The IRS reported that America's Income fell two years in a row, the first ever consecutive drop since WWII.
Now the Mrs. and I knew this after my layoff last year and the fact I had to take a job making much less than I was. Times are hard, very hard.
Story @ CNNMoney
PARIS - A half-brother of Osama bin Laden says he enjoyed most of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," except for what he called "inaccuracies" about his family.
"It's a moving film," Yeslam Binladin, a Geneva-based tycoon and one of the al-Qaida leader's 54 siblings, said in an interview with the French magazine VSD.
Read the story at Yahoo!/AP
Wow, this thing was fantastic. Makes me want to make another. :-)
This story is almost like guess how many jelly beans are in the jar. Maybe we should start a collection up and whoever guesses what this thing is wins half and I get half since I'm such a great guy.
Story @ TheWBALChannel.com
It seems Ralph Nader will not be unheard, or at least unseen. Nader is planning to head into Boston to shock the Dems. This should be interesting as I really liked Nader until I found out he supports giving special rights to men who want to have sex with other men and women with other women. That alone made me look elsewhere for a candidate to support. Anyone know of a good candidate who supports all people without wanting to give special privileges to people based on their life choices let me know.
Story @ CBS News
For those who can't catch O'Reilly and Moore have it out tonight, Drudge was kind enough to post the transcript.
Full Text @ DRUDGE REPORT 2004®
BOSTON - Former President Clinton was to declare himself a "foot soldier" for John Kerry and the Democratic Party, and urge voters on Monday to rally against President Bush and a Republican Party that believes in an America "run by the right people — their people."
Story @ Yahoo!/AP
BOSTON - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry doesn't have a problem with his wife telling an insistent journalist to "shove it" when urged to explain her plea for more civility in politics. Neither does Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Story @ Yahoo!/AP
starwars.com is pleased to announce that Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith is the full title of the next Star Wars film, scheduled for release on May 19, 2005.
The Sith are masters of the dark side of the Force and the sworn enemies of the Jedi. They were all but exterminated by the Jedi a thousand years ago, but the evil order continued in secrecy. They operated quietly, behind the scenes, acting in pairs - a Master and an Apprentice - patiently biding their time before they could take over the galaxy. In Episode III, they'll finally exact their revenge on the Jedi.
Story @ Star Wars
Never in its 101-year history has the Tour had a winner like Armstrong -- who just eight years ago was given less than a 50 percent chance of overcoming testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brain.
His streak of six straight crowns has helped reinvigorate the greatest race in cycling, steering it into the 21st century. And the Tour, as much a part of French summers as languid meals over chilled rose, molded Armstrong into a sporting superstar.
No. 6: The achievement was almost too much for even Armstrong to comprehend.
"It might take years. I don't know. It hasn't sunk in yet. But six, standing on the top step on the podium on the Champs-Elysees is really special," he said.
How did Lance get his 6th win? It's all due to this fantastic group of riders.
Without them, Lance would not have made it to six.
I'm obsessive. So it would appear.
How is this one?
I like the simple clean look myself.
Yea I know it's wrong, but it's still funny. Even though Bush is not perfect, and who knows what is truth and lies from Washington (regardless of who is there), Kerry is a wuss and would get more people killed imho.
Aside from the fact his face changes too much, it's creepy. Link Here
Can you tell I'm excited???
Farscape is back, Farscape is back, Farscape is back, Farscape is back, Farscape is back, Farscape is back, Farscape is back, Farscape is back, Farscape is back, Farscape is back, Farscape is back, Farscape is back!!!!! YEAAAAAAAAA!
"Farscape : The Peace Keeper Wars" will premiere on the SciFi Channel October the 17th in the U.S.
Be warned this is only a two part (four hour) mini-series, not a weekly show.
SO DON'T MISS IT, Set your mythtv boxes, tivo's and pvr's to record!
Also send Mr. Jay Leno an email asking him to have Ben on the show. Link Here
You'll have to pardon me, I have to go do my happy dance now. :-P
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Ok, not a big story but this one line has answered many questions I've had for years. Why are people dropping so fast in Gaza?
Here is your answer.. "Israeli missiles twice hit a house in a Gaza refugee camp, White smoke rose into the sky from the building, and a large crowd quickly gathered around the house at the Shati refugee camp"
Ok, correct me if I'm wrong here, but when a house explodes, I don't care what the reason is I'm running like hell the OTHER way, not gathering around it to enjoy secondary explosions and possibly more boom-boom. What the hell is wrong with these people!??
Story @ sacbee.com
Linda, Linda, Linda... you poor misguided fool.
Well kids seems Linda decided her concert would be a good time to push the Socialist Bush Hating agenda of Mikey Moore, seems the crowd did not agree with her, hilarity ensues.
Story @ Las Vegas SUN
I just finished reading this great story about Operation Tiger Claw. Seems Bryan Henderson was growing tired of ideals and opinions that were forced on students and took action. The story linked below is quite good. If you have the time it's very eye opening as to how lost America has become. (like we didn't know already, but it's a good read anyway)
Story @ Protest Warrior HQ
After Lance came in 2nd in the prologue and the Posties came in 1st in the team time trial it was time for him to sit back and let the sprinters do the attacking while his team waited for their time.
The surprise of the tour has been young Frenchmen Thomas Voeckler (above in the leaders yellow) who has been a delightful surprise with this fierce tenacity and strong willpower. In stage thirteen while Lance was taking the lead and eventually winning the stage Voeckler held on to his lead and the yellow jersey buy a mere twenty two seconds. Which if you had watched the stage was no small feat as he continually fell behind on each climb but fought his way back into the peleton.
Pending some breakdown of Lance or the Posties he will get his sixth win, however the impressive riding of Thomas Voeckler cannot be overlooked as one of the finest performances this tour.
Just wanted to put up something real quick. My bro has been putting up some pics he's taking through his telescope, some real good stuff. I myself think the Omega Nebula pic is the best. If you have a couple seconds check it out. Unless you don't like pics if stars and such.
I've discovered a new writer, Gary Brecher. A war nerd by definition his writings intrigue me a military hardware geek. Being that he's writing from personal observations and not to get paid it's a whole lot more honest that you get in normal publications. Some of what he writes I don't agree with. That being said, overall the three pieces I have read today make sense.
Check out this line from the article I've linked at the bottom regarding the recent attacks in Saudi Arabia by the terrorists local 102. "According to the terrorists' account, they drive over to a resort called "Oasis," waltz right in and, believe it or leave it...they take a lunch break! "
I get the feeling he's been numbed like most of us by the constant bombardment of death and destruction to the point some of it is funny.
This particular story is quite interesting.
Full Story @ eXile
Many of you know I'm a huge Open Source advocate. If not you know now. For me personally the reason I stopped using Windoze was due to cost. I'm a lower middle class working stiff supporting a family, mortgage, car, credit cards, and other debts with no room to spare for 199$ software that is total junk and chalk full of security holes. So I wanted to stop wasting money and use something else, something better, something free.
Yes, free is a good thing. A very good thing when we're talking Open Source software. For those that don't know what Open Source is, it's software created by a person or persons made for the "community" and free for anyone to use and edit pending that those who edit it include the original source code for others to also tweak and make better.
It's not really. Take this story/example.
"You hear about this new car with this fancy new engine from a company called Microengine. This engine puts out mind blowing horse power, has ultra smooth shifting and blah, blah, blah... so you go buy this car.
You get the car and when you get home to pop the hood to check out this awesome new engine, you can't. The hood is sealed and your not allowed to look at it, you can't even work on it. If you need the oil changed or the air filter you have to call Microengine, for everything.
Then you drive it for a while and find it's got some problems, so you call the dealership, they tell you to call Microengine. They tell you there is a team working on that fix but it won't be ready for six months, or you can purchase the new version to fix your problems.
You also find out the new version is no different from the old, plus it costs half as much as the car did.
You find that sometimes while driving the engine stops, for no reason.
Pulling over and restarting the car is all you can do, you call Microengine who built the engine and they tell you to restart the car when that happens.
Then you get bills from Microengine who made the engine telling you that the license you agreed to when you bought the car has run out and now you must renew your right to use their engine.
You think, there must be something better.
Your friend tells you about this group of mechanics who work on engines in their spare time and make engines for free.
Free? Yea he says the engine is faster, cleaner and has far more torque than your old engine that came with your car. Plus it never just stops with no reason. You can also change your own oil, or even upgrade the engine with the tools the mechanics gave you to make it faster and powerful to tow that new boat you bought now that you don't have to pay Microengine
Plus a local group of these engine owners meet at a local community center every night of the week so if you ever need help you can talk to a real person instead of a phone directory."
This may not be the best example, but I think it gets the point across. :-)
Well folks, it is that time again. I'm going to be gone with probably zero net access for the next 6 weeks. I've got to go to Virginia for a "work" assignment - those of you in the know will get my drift. I'll return on Friday, 20 AUG 2004. Hasta La Vista.
By 9:10 a.m., John "Winter" Smith—just Winter to those who know him—had already been up for three hours, visited four Starbucks, eaten one Starbucks doughnut, and downed a Starbucks DoubleShot espresso and 12 ounces of regular Starbucks coffee. He's jittery, but he's still on his game: Standing at the counter of Starbucks No. 5 for the day, an unremarkable strip mall location in Scottsdale, Winter realizes something is amiss. "These cards are different!" he says, staring at the store manager's business card, which he's grabbed from a stack at the register. "I haven't run into any other cards across the country that have this on the back." He analyzes the flip side, which uses an acrostic of the word "partner" to spell out why working at Starbucks is so rewarding. Holding the card up to the manager—who offers a confused smile—Winter continues, "And the card stock, it's thinner." He then asks for, and receives, a complimentary half-cup refill of a Starbucks cup he's brought with him, darts in and out of the bathroom, snaps a photo of the store, stows the camera in his car, and declares, "That's it here."
Full Story @ Fortune.com
Now a co-worker and I were talking about this today and he made a very valid point. What kind of crazy painting skillz does John Kerry have to get a jet all painted up after only making his decision and calling Edwards in a matter of 24 hours according to some reports.
It sure would have been fun to see Kerry go up against Bob Ross (R.IP. Bob) in a paint off, however I think Kerry's only strength from the looks of this is painting letters really fast. Ross would of had a happy little tree which nobody can top.
I've discovered a bill that the Dis-Honorable Mr. Hatch and Mr. Leahy are trying to get passed so the MPAA and RIAA can flat out destroy not only individuals but also companies found to make products that encourage file swapping. For Example if this passes and they want to sue Apple for making the IPod it would bankrupt Apple and put them out of business. Microsoft, Winamp, Real and other media companies could also be destroyed since they enable people to make copies of their own cd's.
Please use the link below to find your Senators and ask them to stop this horribly ignorant bill.
Also a couple news stories on it.
Click More to Read the Bill.
Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004 (Introduced in Senate)
S 2560 IS
To amend chapter 5 of title 17, United States Code, relating to inducement of copyright infringement, and for other purposes.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 22, 2004
Mr. HATCH (for himself, Mr. LEAHY, Mr. FRIST, Mr. DASCHLE, Mr. GRAHAM of South Carolina, and Mrs. BOXER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend chapter 5 of title 17, United States Code, relating to inducement of copyright infringement, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004'.
SEC. 2. INTENTIONAL INDUCEMENT OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.
Section 501 of title 17, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
`(g)(1) In this subsection, the term `intentionally induces' means intentionally aids, abets, induces, or procures, and intent may be shown by acts from which a reasonable person would find intent to induce infringement based upon all relevant information about such acts then reasonably available to the actor, including whether the activity relies on infringement for its commercial viability.
`(2) Whoever intentionally induces any violation identified in subsection (a) shall be liable as an infringer.
`(3) Nothing in this subsection shall enlarge or diminish the doctrines of vicarious and contributory liability for copyright infringement or require any court to unjustly withhold or impose any secondary liability for copyright infringement.'.
Not really, I'm just sick of the same drab dark colors and have decided to liven it up. Drop me a note with your thought or other color suggestions. Remember if you suggest colors use their number (ie #00FF66) so I can try it out.
You can use this color chart
Site is mostly done, only a few spots to clean up.
I suggest you use Mozilla Firefox, Firebird or the standard Mozilla web browser for Windows, Linux or Mac as it properly displays this site. Windoze Explorer does not since it's a pile of dung browser that will always be 2nd rate.
(reading my mind)
(keep your finger straight and off the trigger until your ready to fire. Does that sound familiar, war hero?)
Thanks Drudge Report
Seems Mr. Fridley who owns the Fridley Theaters is calling it like he sees it, and I applaud him.
Standing up to the Man and to Moore he has refused to show F911 the "movie". Citing that it is indeed propaganda and designed to further erode our countries moral he has opted out of showing it.
Full Story @ The Wichita Eagle
Ok, we've All said it before and *I'll* say it again. We just don't hear enough of the *good* news coming out of Iraq. SO, with that in mind, I decided about a week ago I decided to go on a mission and find articles to share. Well, unfortunately, I'm not finding a whole lot (who says the media isn't liberal biased?). Why did I look so hard for it? Well, I believe, personally (as I think we all do to a degree) that when you hear and see so much negativity coming from the news (not to mention this new propaganda tactic that Moore put out in the form of a movie) then you tend to really believe that, that's all there IS to see and hear. Soon, this way of thinking fills up our spirit, then very quickly (as has happened already) this thinking spreds like wildfire throughout the rest of society and almost overnight, everyone starts believing that everything is "just horrible" and *nothing* is going right.
Well, that started me thinking: These brave men and women are calling home (and in some cases are *comming* home) and hearing from their families about how everyone is saying how Iraq is "such a failure" and how we've screwed things up and made them worse. Now imagine yourself over there - maybe in some cases since the war began - away from your family and all those you love. You're working SO damn hard to help these people back on their feet and to give them back opportunities that an evil dictator stole from them. You, along with your unit (as well as the entire coililition as a whole) have helped to rebuild schools, hospitals, road ways, bridges and phone lines; you've worked to improve the sewage systems amd worked to help give immunizations to the Iraqi childern not to mention supporting a new currency in the country that does not bear a tyrants evil, ugly face. Then, You *finally* get a chance to call home to share your inspiring stories of success to your family and friends just to hear from everyone of how some people refer to what *your* doing as a "failure"! Now, I'm sure the military are all trained very well to do their jobs no matter what kind of BS comes out from the knuckle headed penut gallery, BUT, *I* still don't think that it would be doing much for their moral.
Now, I also don't think (in alot of cases) that when people say "Iraq is a failure" that they mean to refer to the men and women stationed over there. BUT, how would YOU take it?! You're the one doing the work that everyone is refering to as a failure! Even the democrat's main man - John kerry, himself has refered to Iraq as a failure....is this the method he plains on using in hopes of build up the military's moral? If so...me thinks he should rethink it and, while he's at it - shut up!
All I'm saying is that especially with the 4th of July weekend here, we need to remember what *ALL* of our brave men and women have done. Past AND present. AND be damn thankful that they *gave/give* a damn to defend us all. And as you read this article I have linked then maybe some of you could try to put yourself in this man's shoes, if just for a second, and think about how he might feel about Iraq being a "supposed" failure. Hopefully, some will be more careful of what they say and how they say it. Unfortunately, though, (for some of you anyway) I'm not going to allow any comments on this unless muddy, cwilli, or skywalker (if he has any stories from his friends to possibly add) want to edit something in. As for some of you, I'm not going to allow this story - no matter how "minor" it may be to some of your thinking - be bastardized by negativity.
Happy 4th and many hugs and kisses to ALL our service men and women past and present where ever you are. Thank you so much for you're service! May God bless and keep you all. :-)
P.S: Here's another one:
I think the thing everyone is getting away from. We have no real choice in this election. Both candidates have issues, neither imho should be president. I'll (if allowed) make a write in vote for Olie North.
I think the readers of my site believe I'm some kind of Bush flag waver, that's far from true. I believe he's done some good things, and some bad things. I personally think the whole prison thing is laughable. People honestly think you can get prisoners to talk without forcing them to, need to wake up and soon. Guards taking pictures and making a joke out of it is wrong, the torture (so called) was needed. Ask any vet that was in a German, Japanese, Vietcong, North Vietnamese, North Korean, Chinese or any other camp and they will tell you. We treat our prisoners far, far, far better than our boys have ever been treated.
My Uncle (great) was in a German P.O.W. in WWII and from what all my relatives tell me he came back and did not say word one about it. It changed him forever. I cannot imagine the hell he went through. The fact asshats are crying and bitching over some f**king worthless terrorist made to put panties on his head or stand on a box and hold wires pisses me off to no end.
Ok, 2nd part of my rant.
Michael Moore is an asshat, plain and simple. If he made his movies and called them... uh.. entertainment and NOT a documentary then I'd not care. He'd still be a fat white man with attention deficit syndrome.
He has said over and over again this movie was made to GET BUSH OUT of the white house. How in the hell can you look at it as anything other than a freakin' propaganda movie?!? (morons)
I don't care who is in the whitehouse, republican, democrat, independent or even DF. As long as they are focused on upholding the vision the Godly men who founded this country saw then that's good enough for me. The best leader is the one who fears (not fear as in I'm scared, feared as in respect, adoration and love) God, prays for his country and on the decision he has to make.
Now in closing to those I've offended, get over it.
Bush has some devious back office dealings and has been working on bills that should never get passed.
Charlie Brown (aka. John Kerry) is the most wishy washy person I've seen. I voted for it, no against it, no for it... make up your stinkin' mind and stop following what's popular you spineless little man!
Ok, so everyone make a write in vote for Oliver North! w00t! Olie in 04!
That is all, Happy 4th of July America and have a great weekend World!
I don't know where to begin with this one. I really don't. I left this movie wanting to bang my head into a wall. I also left it wondering If I really want to continue to defend a country where we have people who actually believe this tripe. Read on.
I will say I missed the first few minutes of it as someone decided the they didn't know how to drive in the rain and managed to crash there car into another and one of them caught on fire, bring traffic to a stand still (this after I was stuck in traffic for the 5th bridge jumper in 2 months this morning.) But we all at this point I'm sure know that the movie starts out talking about how Bush stole the election. Which has been proven false: recounts using the standards Bush espoused, the standards un-uniofrmly as Gore espoused and using the disputed district method uniformly all show Bush winning. The margin is next to slim, but still a win. Also, for those whos ay the supreme court gave it to him, that is false. The supreme court simply said that in order to recount hte votes, you must use the same standards for the recount across the state. So there is his first lie/half-truth/distortion of the truth.
From there, the distortions and lies flow like liquor on Friday night at the E-club. The most blatant, which irks me the most was a claim the Bush has cut military pay by 33%. This is a lie. I am in the military. My pay has gone up int he 2 years since I signed my contract. In fact, I'm guaranteed a 3% across the board or better pay raise for the next 8 years. With in 8 years congress has guaranteed that my pay will be equivelant to my civilian counterparts. My benefits have all increased.
Then there is some footage of children playing and people being happy and friendly in Iraq, This is the only footage which I can recall as having a date attached to it (an issue I will tackle in a moment) and it is dated March 2003. I recognized some of that footage immediately as having been shot just in the past few months!
There is footage of American soldiers "abusing" an "Iraqi body." First off, I'm pretty sure that footage dates to Gulf War I, and I'm also pretty sure that was a dummy, not a body. He also in this scene blames the actions of soldiers on Bush sending them to war, the quote being something along the lines of "Immorality breeds immorality, and the immoral actions of a president by sending other wise good American boys to war, causes immoral actions." While I agree Immorality breeds immorality (to an extent - people still make their own choices so you can't blame your own immoral actions on another's) The idea that a president doing what leaders have done for millenia causes soldiers to make wrong choices is absurd.
There is a scene in which he claims the only poor people join the military. This is also absurd. My best friends Ihave in the Marine Corps are millionaires. If I chose to work in the private sector, go to graduate school or what have you, I could make a fortune, with out a doubt. Half the reservists in my unit own their own businesses. One jsut got de-activated cause he was losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year being on active duty, as he was for the past year and he was having a hard time paying his bills. Statistics show that the military represnets accurately the percentages of race and class as is in the rest of our society! This tripe is tired and a long proven lie. In the interests of full disclosure, I must say that I know some guys int he military that would be unable to work in the private sector. It goes both ways, it is a balance.
There are miscallaneous things I could talk about, such as the false claim the Bush arranged for the bin Laden's and other Saudi's to leave Americaby aircraft when all airspace was closed for non-military flight. A lie. There is the links of Haliburton to the Carlyle Group, where both Bush's served on the Board of directors - years after haliburton sold the company. Then, why does it seem so absurd for US companies and politicians to be meeting with a nation's rulers and their most prominent family?!
Mr. Moore did his bes tto make Fox News look evil. To make it look like they have a right-ward slant. Of course he did that by not being "Fair and Balanced." He shows selective clips, used most of them out of context, and put it all in the context of the US having an right slanting media. Mind you he only showed clips of Fox News and an interview with a certain well known self-professed liberal reporter saying how the US media is a servant of the right.
In another segment he talks about the Patriot Act. He actually intereviewed some of the authors who claimed htey didn't know what was in the bill! One official he interviewed said he voted for it having never read it and didn't realize what he was getting into. If he were on my ballot, he would lose my vote for that statement, regardless of his party affilliation. To say you can't know what is in every bill is irresponsible, and if you don't know, you should abstain from voting on it.
He then went on to show how this one group "felt first hand the effects of the patriot act." He talks about a group of "Peace Activists" (who, by the way had helped stage rather violent protests in Seattle, but I guess that just shows how peaceful they are) who were "infiltrated" by a local sherriff's deputy. Nevermind that their meetings were public. They were all upset that they were being "Spied on." What Moore didn't tell you is that this was a roup being supported by "International ANSWER" which is funded by militant communists. Gee, I wonder why they were being investigated and watched. Isn't that what we got upset with the FBI and CIA for not doing prior to 9/11? Of course, somehow, Moore never quite linked this to the Patriot Act, but I guess the mere appearance of "evil" being linked to it serves his purposes.
One scene I particularly loved was an interview that I'm convinced was staged. A woman talks about losing her son. The interview was of course very dramatic, and personally, it didn't bother me because I know that it is a part of war: families lose sons and daughters. But one thing did: she talked about being informed of her son's death by phone. As far as I know, you are always informed in person.
He also interviewed a Marine Corporal who said he wouldn't go back to Iraq. He asked this Marine what consequences he could face for refusing to go. The Marine replied: "Jail time." I hate to be the bearer of bad news but he could be executed as a deserter. This is something a Marine would know, leading me to doubt that this was a real Marine, and his intelligence if he was a Marine.
Then there was a man who claimed to be harrassed byt he FBI for calling President Bush an a----le at is gym. Specifically he said he was a bigger a----le than terrorists. Personally, I doubt the FBI wasted their time,and if they did, why not have the guy get a copy of his FBI file which would have documentation of this little visit in it! Prove this easily provable fact! OF course, this was only int he context of showing the dangers of the PAtriot Act, but, he never quite showed hwo the Patriot Act meant his friend at his gym had to report himt othe FBI for swearing about the president? Or how this enabled the FBI to question him? Or why the FBI questioning him was even otherwise illegal?
You know, I could go on and on as the move was a continous stream of crap, and unlikehis prior films, wasn't even remotely entertaining (except for the Taliban official telling the feminist activist that he feels sorry for her husband, that my friends, was priceless - though I agreed with what the feminist was saying to him.)
To call this film a documentary does not do justice to documentaries. It is propaganda at its best, and a pack of lies at its worst. The tagline should be "Fahrenheit 9/11: A New Left-Wing Propaganda Film by Michael Moore." If anyone doubts me, go see it, do the resaerch on your own. But I asure you, this move isn't worth seeing in a 99 cent theater, much less paying full price. Hence, why I'm glad that me and my friend saw it for free.