Wednesday, March 30, 2005

They're Watching You


Hat Tip: A Son of Liberty

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Put that in your pipe

This article was brought to my attention by CF on OO and I figured I better post it here. I've mentioned this topic before and my feelings on it. Of course this is an ominous sign for the future in my mind. Some people never think through the implications. By showing it here and in this way I hope you will.

U.S. retail e-commerce (Internet) sales for the fourth quarter of 2004 was $18.4 billion. You can be certain the government has no intention of allowing this source of revenue get away. The so called "agreement" is just the beginning of the government's intention to take over the Internet. Most people do not know or care how they are losing their freedom, nor will they until it has gone up in fascist smoke.
READ THIS ARTICLE

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Less Hours Doesn't Mean More Jobs Silly

Dash at The Boiling Point has a great article today about the failed experiment in France to boost employment by cutting everyone's hours. Suprise. Artifical means do not achieve actual ends. Dash asks how many hours do you work and why?

I personally work over 50 every week and during season I regularly hit 60. Of course I plan to start school in the fall so my *on the job* work load will decrease but of course my over-all work load will increase.

But then I'm a money - hungry Capitalist :D

I've Had a Good 20 Years

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) --

In Massachusetts, he is a twice-convicted murderer who vanished after escaping from prison. In Illinois, he is a poet and anti-war protester devoted to his local Unitarian church.

Porter's whereabouts have been a mystery to police since he walked away from a prerelease center in Walpole in December 1985. Ever since his escape, he has been at the top of the Massachusetts State Police's "Most Wanted" list.

In 1960, at age 21, Porter shot and killed John Pigott, a 22-year-old store clerk, during a robbery of a clothing store.

During his 26 years behind bars, Porter earned his high school diploma and was working toward a college degree. He escaped in 1985 after he was transferred to a minimum security prison.

Porter's friends in Chicago said Jacob "J.J." Jameson -- as they know him -- has been living in the city for the past 20 years. Porter, 65, was arrested in the Third Unitarian Church.

Porter acknowledged his real identity when police arrested him, saying, "I had a good 20 years," according to Detective Lt. Kevin Horton of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension unit.




Monday, March 21, 2005

Well maybe just one more...


BLUE



You give your love and friendship unconditionaly. You enjoy long, thoughtful conversations rich in philosophy and spirituality. You are very loyal and intuitive.




Find out your color at Quiz Me!


Thursday, March 17, 2005

Holy Crap!

Because we all know how accurate these online quizzes are :p

(I decided to post this here rather than at my other site so as not to dilute the message in my post there on Immoral Evangelists, but it's just too frickin' funny (esp. in light of that article) to let it get away all together.)

You scored as Satanism. Your beliefs most closely resemble those of Satanism! Before you scream, do a bit of research on it. To be a Satanist, you don't actually have to believe in Satan. Satanism generally focuses upon the spiritual advancement of the self, rather than upon submission to a deity or a set of moral codes. Do some research if you immediately think of the satanic cult stereotype. Your beliefs may also resemble those of earth-based religions such as paganism.

Satanism

88%

atheism

58%

Buddhism

38%

agnosticism

38%

Paganism

33%

Judaism

29%

Islam

17%

Christianity

4%

Hinduism

0%

Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
created with QuizFarm.com



Ok, yeah, So I did some research. The only thing I found that applied (courtesy of Wiki) was:
Martin Luther himself would have denied any link between his teachings and Satan, this use of the term Satanism was primarily pejorative. Many Satanists find such use of the term offensive.

Modernly, a large number of Satanists eschew what might be considered traditional religious beliefs, attitudes and worship, in favor of more egoistic worldviews


and
Philosophically, it could be described as heavily influenced by the writings of Aleister Crowley, Niccolò Machiavelli, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ayn Rand, and a few others; "Satan" is appropriated as a positive symbol of this worldview, and is not considered to exist in a literal fashion. Theologically, each individual Satanist is viewed as his or her own god [...]


So if holding Man as the *supreme being* and the only thing worthy of worship being his *earthly* life is Satanism, I guess I'm guilty as charged. LoL but what a ridiculous way to describe it. None of that majick shite applies to me so I think even this snippet is quite a stretch.

Earlier today another quiz pegged me as a liberal!! I'm not sure which I'm more appalled by. I figured that other test had to mean *liberal* in the classic sense of the word. As opposed to say *hippy*

Oy, No more tests for me :p


Hat Tip: A Son of Liberty

The Big Money

See the new ARI press release at The Big MoneyThen check out my related article

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

What Kind of Cocktail are You

"Which cocktail are you?"
brought to you by Quizilla
:P I don't know tht I'd say this was all that accurate, but what are these silly tests anyway :) Something to amuse ourselves I 'spose :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Alpaca Mignon

Read this funny article by VodkaPundit at his other site.(Or at the regular site if you prefer :)

Monday, March 14, 2005

Realistic Paintings

Check out these greatRealistic Paintings from Emily Zasada. She's from my home town :) Though I never had the pleasure of meeting her. Maybe when I go up for a visit I can check out the paintings first hand. They look very nice.

Bush, Getting It From All Sides


Had to laugh at this one courtesy of Adrian Wong

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Planes, Trains, Tanks and bicycles

Planes, Trains, Tanks and bicycles A very neat photoblog (I love photography)

The Antiprotester Journal

The Antiprotester Journal has an interesting post today. That's a blog that may warrant a second viewing when I have more time.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Meanwhile...

Dont forget to read my articles on Legalizing Pot and Rathergate, I'd Rather Not over at my newly decorated, recently renovated... Well you get the idea :) Reclaim Your Brain Think Dammit!

Children of the 80's

I got this in an e-mail, and since I don't forward these things on, I thought I'd post it here. This one is actually really funny-to me at least. Some of these lists are way off but I know every one on this one :)

Children of the 80's - I don't have to say another word, just read below…..

1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word "SIKE".

2. You watched the Pound Puppies.

3. You can sing the rap to the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air"...and can do the"Carlton".

4. Girls wore biker shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy.

5. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club ofyour own.

6. You owned those 'ill Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls.

7. You know that "Whoa! " comes from Joey on Blossom.

8. Two words: Parachute Pants.

9. If you ever watched "Fraggle Rock".

10. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars...and "spokey-dokes" or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect.

11. You can sing the entire theme song to "Duck Tales" (Woo-oooh!)

12. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.

13. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.

14. You saw the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on the big screen... and still know the turtle's names.

15. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.

16. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.

17. You played the game "MASH" (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House).

18. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.

19. L.A. Gear....need I say more?

20. You wanted to change your name to "JEM" in Kindergarten. (She's truly outrageous.)

21. You remember reading "Tales of a fourth grade nothing" and all the Ramona books.

22. You know the profound meaning of "WAX ON, WAX OFF".

23. You wanted to be a Goonie.

24. You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (Some of us...head-to-toe)

25. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.

26. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.

27. You took lunch boxes to school... and traded Garbage Pail kids in the schoolyard.

28. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.

29. You still get the urge to say "NOT" after every sentence.

30. You remember Hypercolor t-shirts.

31. Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band.

32. You thought She-Ra (Princess of Power!) and He-Man should hook up.

33. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.

34. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes. (like #24, probably in neon colors, too.)

35. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?"

36. You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"

37. You remember going to the skating rink before there were in-line skates.

38. You ever got seriously injured on a Slip and Slide.

39. You have ever played with a Skip-It.

40. You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds.

41. You've gone through this nodding your head in agreement.

42. You remember Popples.

43. "Don't worry, be happy".

44. You wore like, EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high top Reeboks.

45. You wore socks scrunched down (and sometimes still do...getting yelled at by "younger hip" members of the family.)

46. You remember boom boxes. . and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that. [I don't know about you but we had "Pocket-Rockers"]

47. You remember watching both "Gremlins" movies.

48. You know what it meant to say "Care Bear Stare!!"

49. You remember watching "Rainbow Bright" and "My Little Pony Tales."

50. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Maselli was hot.

51. You remember Alf, the 'lil furry brown alien from Melmac.

52. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool...and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB".

53. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved by the Bell," The ORIGINAL class.

54. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.

55. You just sang those words to yourself.

56. You remember watching Magic vs. Bird.

57. Homemade Levi shorts...the shorter the better.

58. You remember when mullets were cool!

59. You had a mullet!

60. You still sing "We are the World".

61. You pegged your jeans.

62. You owned a banana clip...and still do.

63. You remember "Where's the Beef?"

64. You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' aboutWillis?"

65. You had big hair and you knew how to use it.

66. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren't you!!!

67. Clear Pepsi and Van Halen's "Right Now" song

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The Bear's Lair

[World News]:
By MARTIN HUTCHINSON WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- "Thank you, Mr. Chamberlain," caroled the musical British after prime minister Neville Chamberlain returned from signing the 1938 Munich Agreement.This week, as Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress that Social Security and Medicare reform required cutting, not expanding, those out-of-control programs, one is tempted to echo their song.Hopefully with more long term success.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Conversational

Sorry, I haven't had much time to post today, perhaps later. Hopefully by tomorrow the new site will be all ready and then I can get back to business. I did make it to the end of the internet today, and Kimberly from Webscapes convinced me to get going with that Mozilla Browser download I've been meaning to do, so that's done. I think I'm going to just call this site Think Dammit. Is Dammit alright to use in a title? Too crass? I took the Think Dammit part out of the headline for the other site, so it makes sense to me if this one takes that name. I also found several other people who are using my title. So I guess that means it's getting even catchier then before I grabbed it :) And I found a cool site on Capitalism I haven't seen before.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

We're Winning

Cox and Forkum have a great cartoon on the Domino Effect Redux. Unfortunately I don't have BloggerBot downloaded at home (My pc at home is ridiculously slow as is) so you'll have to wait until Monday to see it here. For now, just go see it there.

The Right Voices also comments in the events in Syria here and here.

Jon Stewart Smells it Too.

(Update: D'oh, Ego beat me to it-so just read up there, although he's right, I am being overly optimistic-but hey, what's a little optimism now and then :) The world's got enough of the other stuff. Also I'm very very happy because I just saw the preview of my new template for My new site which E. Webscapes is designing for me, and I like it !!!. Should be soon now. Don't forget to update your links. I intend this one to remain the more active site for a while still so if anyone has a suggestion for a title that will link it to RYB without causing confusion all around -do you think it will? It may not actually. Ok, I'm just being silly now-see how excited I am :)

How Stupid Are Our Schools?

I thought school was a place for learning. Not a place to be bombarded with vicious inanities until you are the vacuous pulp that was ground out of the meat grinder on the intro to that Nickelodeon show You Can't Do That On Television.

Grant Jones posts on The Depths of Intellectual Depravity.

If you thought that Ward Churchill represented the very abyss of academic lunacy, think again. Ralph Luker at Cliopatria has an interesting post demostrating how race obsessed the academy has become. The latest fad being something called "Whiteness Studies." What is it? It is a playground for those unable to discern the difference between race and culture or of those that wish to eradicate Western culture:Read It.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Blogexplosion


Hahaha, wonder how I'm finding all this stuff? Surfing Blogexplosion :)

I'm surprised, it's actually kinda fun, I'm finding quite a few good blogs this way and adding some to my blogroll to check out later.

[Edit: Key is Check out Later (above) my blogroll currently is unedited new stuff I just found today. I may find myself in deep opposition with some of the links later, but on first blush, they looked worthy of deeper analysis :)]

I May Need This Soon

Because Polls are Soo Reliable

I was going to post on this article yesterday but I didn't get around to it. TomFoolery did though, and did a right nice job of it, so you can check out his instead.

More Dumb Stuff

You are a drumstick.

Absolutely insane. That is how most would describe you. You aren't afraid to take risks, and enjoy putting yourself in strange situations. Most people hang out with you because of your hilarious sense of humour. You light up any bad situation, and can help all of your friends with their problems, except for your own. Because of this, you enjoy being around people like you. Many shut you out for your very weird, random personality, but honestly, you shouldn't care.

Most compatible with: Guitar, and another drumstick.


Click here -- What Random Object Represents Your Inner Self?Also click here for some jokes curtesy of Surinder.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Big Brother Bullies Blogs

Michelle Malkin Explains

See, this is why I always advocate putting an end to these government agencies. They serve no purpose besides encroaching upon the rights of individuals. They do not protect us from force, They initiate it against us.


Thomas Jefferson warned:

"... the purposes of society do not require a surrender of all our rights to our ordinary governors; that there are certain portions of right not necessary to enable them to carry on an effective government, and which experience has nevertheless proved they will be constantly encroaching on, if submitted to them; that there are also certain fences which experience has proved peculiarly efficacious against wrong, and rarely obstructive of right, which yet the governing powers have ever shown a disposition to weaken and remove. Of the first kind, for instance, is freedom of religion; of the second, trial by jury, habeas corpus laws, free presses." --Thomas Jefferson to Noah Webster, 1790. ME 8:112 [Emphasis Added]

"The spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may commence persecutor, and better men be his victims ... They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of [that] war will remain on [them] long, will be made heavier and heavier, till [their] rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XVII, 1782. (*) ME 2:225

Nation of Need

Launched in 1965 to provide healthcare for low-income women and children, Medicaid has since expanded into the largest health and long-term care program - a symbol of the increasing role of government in paying the nation's health bills. In addition to its own spending, government also pays the nation's health bill by the subsidies it offers for health-related expenses in the tax code, now approaching $200 billion. When you add in the subsidies, "you're way in excess of the government controlling more than one half of the market," said Eugene Steuerle, co-director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at a recent briefing. more...



Now why do you think that is? Do you think it's because the population is growing out of control? Or the more likely answer that once the government starts footing the bill, less and less people will be encouraged to produce enough to take care of themselves, creating the never ending drain of a need based rewards system. The responsibility shouldn't fall to the states, it should fall to the people. The amount of money that the government will save (and the people too) is enormous.
Parents know that as long as they give their kids money, their kids will continue to sap off them and not learn to be financially responsible. Why does our paternal government not get that?

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SOURCE: AP, BOSTON COLLEGE'S CENTER FOR RETIREMENT; RICH CLABAUGH -
STAFF

The graph needs to be reorganized, however slowly to avoid economic crises, to lessen the amount provided by social security and increase the amount provided by Savings.

The bottom line of the Bush plan: If you opt for a private account, and over the course of your working life it earns more than 3 percent per year, on average, you come out ahead. If not, you'd have been better off putting all your payroll tax money in the traditional system.

??? Don't savings and money market accounts offer about this much or less? The stock market generally outperforms this amount does it not? And since it's optional, wouldn't you prefer to make your own mind up about the risk involved?

French Freaks

As if being French weren't bad enough already,

Child sex trial opens in France :


Nearly all the defendants were living on welfare benefits. "Parents of
one kid sold her for a new car tyre," said lawyer Philippe Cosnard,quoted by the AFP news agency. Other children were allegedly bartered for small sums of money, food or cigarettes. A girl of 10 was allegedly raped by more than 30 adults.

Mother admits raping her children:

The case came to the attention of prosecutors in December 2000, when social services alerted them to the possible sexual abuse committed by an unemployed couple against their own four children, AFP said. The children named other individuals involved, some of them neighbours.In 2001, other members of the alleged ring, including a bailiff and his wife, a taxi driver and a priest, were placed under investigation.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Tiny Bubbles

I happened across this article by Eric Englund via THE FORUM. The link from the economist is also worthy if not more so (thanks to HL for posting them) and it reminded me of the last article I wrote on the Bubble.
Just yesterday I heard an advertisement on the radio saying the bubble is a myth and you should go get that loan, people everywhere are making profits and banks are more than willing to loan to you. I still harbor the desire to go into real estate, but have decided that I am not going to do it now, and instead I am going to go back to school. When and if the market evens out I will look to invest then.
My Financial Planning course in high school taught me well that you buy low and sell high, you do not buy high on extended credit and keep your fingers crossed that it will magically keep rising. That is not how markets work. Of course this is pretty basic, and the more experienced you become the higher in the upswing you can place your bets, but for a first time buyer like myself, it simply isn't the best investment I could make right now.
Curses! :p I really wanted to own a house by now. But that's why it's important to have your long term goals and your short term goals. Then if one short term goal gets you knocked off course, you know what action to take to get you back on course. For me at this junction that action is school.

Implanted Electrodes Combat Depression

By drilling two holes in the sides of the skull and implanting electrodes which impair the functioning of an area of the brain thought to be responsible for depression, some people are able to finally overcome. This is one step above shock treatment they say. Read This Article.

(This where I found the great pic for this site, but I don't know what the rules are for using such images. It isn't copyrighted to MSN, so how do I go about getting permission to use it here? Or do I already have it as public property??)

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Budget critics: What would Jesus cut?

"The Bush budget is not one of shared sacrifice," says Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a liberal think tank in Washington. "It maintains all the old tax cuts and adds new ones [$146 billion over 10 years] heavily tilted to the top," while slashing benefits for the poor.

"I doubt there is any person who can stand up and say this [budget] reflects my values or the country's values," says Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan group. That's because the huge deficits extending years into the future mean this generation is passing on bigger debts to future generations. In effect, the budget says, " 'I want the goods and want someone else to bear the cost.' That is the ultimate in immoral action ... to ask your kids to pay for your spending," she adds. (Article By David R. Francis ) [Emphasis Added]


It's interesting that May MacGuineas states the actual problem, but doesn't realize the implications. She is right-but she is right because the Budget cuts do not reduce enough of these federal aid programs. More should be eliminated, because they all represent the "I want the goods and I want someone else to bear the cost" or the ultimate in immoral action. This is money taken by taxpayers against their will and redistributed to those who have not earned it, who have not produced enough to make it. Those programs should be funded entirely by private donations, and the government should cut ties with all of them and eliminate them from the Federal Budget altogether. By supporting any one program, it is giving an unfair advantage to that program, and it feeds the program with money taken by force. This puts the government in the paternal role of deciding what programs are more moral and should be funded, which is improper. Each individual should have the freedom to contribute to these programs as his morals dictate, according to his values, since it is the fruit of his labor, and it is his life to live. Until the government withdraws from all such Federal Aid programs, it will continuously be made to follow the morality of the majority, which is not morality at all, but simple tyranny. These new cuts are actually a step in the right direction, but they are a small step, and there is a long way to go.