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John "One Thing At A Time" McCain For President?

Friday September 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Just watch this first… McCain lies to Letterman about why he can’t be on the show (9/24/2008).

So, McCain has to be in Washington to “save the economy.” Yet, there he is being interviewed, live, with Katie Couric?

Apparently, John McCain has to cancel his campaign because the economy is failing. Isn’t part of being the President being able to handle more than one situation at a time?

I have to say that I was never really a huge fan of David Letterman, but he’s moved right on up there in the “Late Show” favorites category. He really let loose on McCain.

I mean, really? What is McCain thinking? He bails, last minute, on Letterman to do an interview with Couric. He’s suspending his campaign to “save the economy,” and he wants to delay his debate with Obama.

What’s going on here? This doesn’t sound like a “take action” type of man. As the Daily Journal article says…

After all, the leader of the free world may have to meet with congressional leaders to negotiate key legislation, respond to a military flare-up in the Middle East, and then quickly and effectively deal with an economic crisis during any given 48-hour period or less.

Is McCain going to tell the world to “hold on” because there’s too much going on all at once?

I submit that this is not the man we should be looking to as our next President. Letterman makes a great point: Where is Palin in all of this???

Read a book. It’s good for you.

How To Find Torrent Files (Following The Shutdown of IsoHunt.com)

Wednesday January 17, 2007 Leave a comment

In case you don’t keep up with Tech/Internet news, the Torrent search engine IsoHunt was shut down on Tuesday (1/16/2007). This is just the latest attempt by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association Of America) and the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) to crack down on “illegal” downloading of content on the internet.

As was stated on SlashDot, playing whack-a-mole with Torrent search engines isn’t going to solve anything.

Yes, there may be illegal content found on these aggregators, but there is also plenty of LEGAL content on them. Just because something can be used to do illegal things, that doesn’t mean that it’s bad. Remember all the fuss that was made over the VCR waaay back when politicians and the MPAA were saying that it could be used to record movies without people having to pay for them? Then it came when the CD-R drive came into being.

Now it’s Torrent files. (Click the link if you’re unfamiliar with what Torrent files are.)

Anyway, enough with my rant. Here’s what I intended on writing this for. You don’t need those Torrent aggregators/search engines to find whatever you’re looking for. All you need is Google. Uh-oh. Are they going to shut down Google now? Because you can find Torrent files with it?

Here’s the way it’s done. Open up Google. In the search box type the following: filetype:torrent “whatever you’re looking for.” That’s it.

Here’s an example.

Well, I hope you enjoy!

Oh yeah, and read a book!

Do "Terrorists" Care Who Wins The Mid-Term Elections?

Saturday November 4, 2006 Leave a comment

I have to say, this news story I heard the other day has to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

So according to Dick Cheney (The Vice President), the whole reason the insurgency has stepped up the violence in Iraq is because of the mid-term elections coming up in the United States.

You’ve gotta be kidding me. How stupid does someone have to be to believe that? What is Cheney trying to say? If you don’t vote Republican, you’re a terrorist? C’mon now.

And the reason I put the word “Terrorists” in quotes for the title of this post is because… well, if Canada invaded NY State and we decided we should kill them and take some of them hostage, would we be considered “Terrorists?” No. So why are they considered Terrorists? Defending their own country.

No matter what Canada’s reasons for invading us, in our view, they would be wrong for doing it. Why is it so hard for us to see that in most Iraqis’ eyes, we are wrong for invading them??? It’s got a lot to do with our egocentrism. Most Americans don’t realize that there’s a whole world out there that doesn’t involve us. It’s very true in the Iran situation. And that also speaks to American ignorance.

It’s really funny how easily influenced people are. We’re like puppets. Put something on TV and everyone believes it. If you don’t believe me, just look at what happened with Iraq. We were blindsided by all the lies about WMDs. We believed every single word that spewed out of Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice’s lips. Not to mention the President.

So yeah, I’m sure the “Terrorists” care who wins the mid-term elections. They’re dealing with no electricity, sewage and massive unemployment. I’m sure they give a shit if Randy Kuhl (R) is defeated by Eric Massa (D) in NY. Do they even know what an election is?

Categories: All, Media, News, Politics, Rant

I Felt Stupid After Listening To This… Brainwashed

Thursday October 19, 2006 1 comment

For anyone who thinks they know all there is to know about Iran. For anyone who has this notion that Iran is this 3rd World nation bent on destroying the United States. For anyone who thinks Iran is a nation full of religious fanatics… you NEED to listen to this. It’s from one of my favorite radio shows, The Paul Harris Show. It’s also in podcast form – which is how I hear it every day.

It’s about 30 minutes long, but it’s well worth a listen. It just reinforces the fact that the Bush Administration is exactly what it accuses everyone else of being (namely Islamic Fundamentalists)… Ideologues.

Here it is.

Categories: All, Media, Politics, Skepticism

This "War On Terrorism"

Friday September 22, 2006 Leave a comment

With all of this rhetoric going on, all of the events since 9/11, new legislation, secret prisons where we torture suspected terrorists, domestic spying and, of course, upcoming November elections, has anyone actually thought about what it means to have a “War On Terrorism?” Well, I have. And I’ll tell you, we’ve gotten ourselves into something huge. Not just huge, but never ending.

What does it mean to have a “War On Terrorism?” What is terrorism? Well, the U.S. Department of Defence defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of — or threatened use of — force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives.” That’s pretty broad. Unlawful use of OR threatened use of violence. When you break it down, it’s basically a tactic used to keep people afraid – in order to achieve some goal.

The key part of the previous sentence is the noun “tactic.” Terrorism is a tactic. It’s not an enemy you can fight. It’s an idea, a methodology. You can’t fight an idea. You can’t keep people from thinking about it. And if someone is crazy enough, they act on their thoughts. We might as well have a “War On Flanking On The Right Side,” or a “War On Right-Hooks,” or even a “War On Rough Body Slams.” Because I think if it were me, I’d withdraw troops from Iraq if I was threatened illegally with a rough body slam. I don’t need that pain in my life.

I mean, let’s look at what’s really going on here. They (George Bush and his buddies) say that the Terrorists hate us for our freedoms and the way we live our lives. So what are we doing? Taking away our freedoms to make the Terrorists happy? You can’t even bring a book on an airplane anymore. (That could be because the government doesn’t want a society filled with people who have above-average critical thinking skills. Books, being the primary proponent of critical thinking.) Can’t bring an iPod on an airplane anymore. What happens when a Terrorist invents a way to make a bomb out of a bra and panties? Sorry, ladies. Can’t bring those on board.

Oh yeah, and they need to listen to phone calls whenever they want, without a warrant, which is pretty interesting. Never has any terrorist plot been foiled by tapping a telephone. In fact, the only terrorist plots that have been foiled were done by good old-fashioned police work. And the plot in England more recently was stopped by a concerned citizen who called in and reported strange behavior. No tapped phone lines, no torturing people for precious information. None of that.

We’re picking the wrong fights. No matter how strict “security” is, there’s always going to be a way around it. And what we end up fighting is a reactionary war. The terrorists think of a way around our “security measures,” and there goes one more thing we can’t bring on planes. Meaning endless restrictions on Freedom.

Here’s an idea… how about we work on promoting peace and improving our image in the Middle East? No? Can’t get oil that way? Oh. Alright then.

It’s been a while since I’ve ranted about the government. It’s about time, I guess. There’s more than enough material to go around.

Anyway, take my usual advice and read a book.

Categories: All, Media, Philosophy, Politics, Rant

Happy Birthday To Me! A CNN Poll and Airport Security.

Wednesday August 23, 2006 Leave a comment

Happy birthday to me! I’m now 26 years old. I don’t really feel any different, and I suppose that’s the way it is every year. Just another year older. In mathematical speak, I am: f(x)=age+1. That’s about it.

What’s in the news? CNN’s newest poll on Bush says that 61% of Americans oppose George Bush’s handling of/the relevance of/the “good idea-ness” of this Iraq war. “Additionally, 51 percent of those polled said they see President Bush as a strong leader, 54 percent said they do not consider him honest, 54 percent said they do not think he shares their values, and 58 percent said the president does not inspire confidence.”

And here’s the rub. “Americans are about evenly split on whether their commander-in-chief understands complex issues, with 47 percent saying yes, and 51 percent saying no.” This isn’t the fact that he isn’t handling the issues properly. 51% of Americans believe he doesn’t even understand the issues he’s confronted with. This is the person we elected to lead us.

In speaking of leaving Iraq “early,” he says, “In this case, it would give the terrorists and extremists an additional tool besides safe haven, and that is revenues from oil sales. Leaving before the job is done would be a disaster.” When have you EVER heard a news story of ANY terrorist attack originating from Iraq? I’m talking about before we invaded. Iraq was never a terrorist state until we went there! Now it’s the biggest source of terrorism on Earth.

Speaking of us electing him. In that same article, Bush says that “I’m going to do what I think is right, and if, you know, if people don’t like me for it, that’s just the way it is.” What exactly is he thinking? He just had to appeal to what people wanted until he got elected? After that he just does whatever he wants? I don’t know what’s going on here. What I do know is that he has totally screwed this country up, and he’s done the same thing to his Republican cronies, who are, incidentally, looking at (hoping/praying for) reelection bids. Will we ever be able to trust a Republican again? Who knows?

I’m tired of talking about Bush on my birthday. Today should be a good day.

In other interesting national news, Time magazine had an article back in May (I just stumbled upon this) about a new technique for screening airline passengers. It’s called SPOT (Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques). Aside from high-tech bomb detecting devices, metal detectors, etc., screeners will be looking at people’s behavior, eye movements, and other indicators to determine whether someone is “of interest.” The article says, “Here’s how it works: Select TSA employees will be trained to identify suspicious individuals who raise red flags by exhibiting unusual or anxious behavior, which can be as simple as changes in mannerisms, excessive sweating on a cool day, or changes in the pitch of a person’s voice. Racial or ethnic factors are not a criterion for singling out people, TSA officials say. Those who are identified as suspicious will be examined more thoroughly; for some, the agency will bring in local police to conduct face-to-face interviews and perhaps run the person’s name against national criminal databases and determine whether any threat exists. If such inquiries turn up other issues countries with terrorist connections, police officers can pursue the questioning or alert Federal  Counter-Terrorism agents. And of course the full retinue of baggage x-rays, magnetometers and other checks for weapons will continue.”

Pretty interesting stuff. It seems a little more relevant than taking shoes off and not letting me bring a book on an airplane. Not that I fly on a regular basis, or have ever flown. The TSA just goes too far sometimes.

And finally, for this entry, you need to take a look at this video. Just how secure are our airports?

Read a book.

Categories: All, Life, News, Politics

Something’s In The Water

Thursday July 13, 2006 Leave a comment

I think it’s time for an abstract observation regarding human behavior. I’ll begin with a few questions. Feel free to ponder them before continuing on to my theory.

Where are most religious zealots located on this planet? Where does most extreme human behavior take place? Where does it seem that most strife and turmoil takes place?

The answer to this question, to which I think pretty much anyone will agree, is the Middle-Eastern countries: Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Israel, etc. Now, the source of all the myriad problems in these countries can be severely complex – if you make them such. Terrorism, political disagreements, social upheaval, religious differences, etc. But, behind all this, I think there can be found one commonality: water.

Yes, I said water. Why water? Our bodies are made of what? 70% water. All of the intricacies of how our bodies function, the life force behind everything we are… water. Could one argue with me, that a paucity of water would have little or no effect on mental stability of a man? I say one couldn’t. Water would have a tremendous effect.

Here’s an interesting example, and it seems to prove my point very well. If you were to look at a map of the election results of 2004 and 2000, you’d notice that the Democratic votes were of states close to sources of water, while the concentration of Republican voters are centered around the plains, the Nevada desert area, and of course the “Texas Tea” (oil).

For some reason oil has the exact opposite effect on human behavior that water does. It makes people insane. Look at Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and similar areas with plentiful sources of oil – the homeland of terrorism. It’s not even the possession of oil, but the fact that it’s in the Earth. It’s the aura given off by oil, as it is with water. Think of how it makes you feel when you stand on the beach and breathe in the ocean air, standing next to a waterfall, or hiking in the mountains. The air is filled with negative ions. They have a balancing effect.

(A side note: think of what happens to oil when you mix it with water.)

I feel that water is the primary cause for most of the strife and problems in this area of the world. But how can this be? They are surrounded by water. Yes, they are surrounded by water, but it is hardly drinkable. The Dead Sea has so much salt in it that you can simply lay in it and float. 6X saltier than the ocean.

Now, I know this is not nearly a complete(ly believable) theory, but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. It seems to make sense to me. Almost too much sense. Let me know what you think.

Read a book.