July 31, 2009
Apparently, contrary to popular screaming opinion, Mac's do get viruses.
Oh Noes! It's the Uber-Mac, the iPhone.
Security experts have uncovered flaws in Apple Inc's iPhone that they said hackers can exploit to take control of the popular device, using the tactic for identity theft and other crimes.
July 30, 2009
My first attempt at a video has to be my favorite You Tube.
Update: Fixed 10/14
July 29, 2009
The U.S. government said Tuesday it has revoked the diplomatic visas of four Honduran officials, stepping up pressure on coup-installed leaders who insist they can resist international demands to restore the ousted president.
The U.S. State Department did not name the four, but a Honduran official said they included the Supreme Court magistrate who ordered the arrest of ousted President Manuel Zelda and the president of Honduras' Congress.
They are the ones that Honduras' Constitution give the power to do what they did to a potential dictator, like that commie bastid Zelaya, friend of Obama, Castro and Chavez.
He's spending more time and effort to screw over the Hondurans than he's spending on anything else except trying to get us to shut up over that stupid, racist cop who hassled his friend.
And notice the editorializing in this supposed "news" story "coup-installed leaders", no, they were installed according to the Consitution.
Oh wait, now I understand, he hates our Consititution so maybe he hates them all.
( H/T Drudge)
Edited to make sense and for spelling.
July 28, 2009
And it shows itself in many different areas.
First up, we have global worming, via Cold Fury we see this Mark Steyn comment
In the mid-nineties, which climatologist and which model predicted the cooling trend of the turn of the century and the oughts? And, if they didn’t, on what basis do you trust their claims for 2050 or 2100?”
To quote that eminent philosopher and cold-ologist, Mr. Freeze, Eggs-zactly.
They throw out all the current numbers, substitute "models" and then demand that we destroy the economy or else we're worse than Holocaust-deniers. And if you point out the actual numbers? You're a tool of Exxon-Mobil or Haliburton or, even worse, Dick Cheney.
Next up, we have Robert "You're All Racists" Samuels, of all people (he's one of the reasons I finally stopped reading the Wash Post, I got sick of him and Eugene Robinson calling me a racist every Monday morning.)
If you listen to President Obama, his "reform" will satisfy almost everyone. It will insure the uninsured, control runaway health spending, subdue future budget deficits, preserve choice for patients and improve quality of care. These claims are self-serving exaggerations and political fantasies.
And the money quote
They have destroyed what should be a serious national discussion of health care.
Yup. And as we can see from the Steyn bit, so have the global warmmongers and it's spread virtually throughout the leadership of the Democratic Party. The leadership. Sure, politicians lie, that's just what they do. But the Dems lie about anything, even easily checkable things, and are never, ever called on it (unless they're going against Obama or Pelosi, then they're fair game).
How else do you explain the fact that whenever Obama says, "Now let me be clear, I've always..." he then does a 180 from his previous position?
Every single time he says he's "always stood for" something he's actually changing his stance 180 degrees.
And he's never called on it! He's asked about his jump-shot instead.
Now, it's no surprise that con-men and idealogues lie like nothing to try to get you on their side, and he is a Chicago-machine politician but....
What makes this so endy is that it's fairly new in American history for a party's leaders to be so shameless and self-serving.
We can't properly debate anything in America anymore because of this.
Minitru is happy to lie for their chosen political party.
Their chosen political party can say whatever pops into their willfully ignorant and/or lying skulls (it was funny during the election watching Hillary find out she didn't get a pass when opposing Obama), how else do you explain Biden? Seriously. Joe's says the stupidest thing you've ever heard at least once a day and all we hear is "Oh, that's just Joe being Joe" while Bush purposefully mispronounced words (like nukular, I guarantee that was on purpose) and he's an idiot.
The acolytes of leftism (a new religion with Mother Gaia as their god, Gorequemada as their official inquisitor and Obama as their messiah) shut down any attempt at rational debate with gigantic puppet heads and screeching, unwashed, hippies.
How the hell did Code Pink always get some unwashed hippy three feet away from whichever GOPer was testifying before Congress?
Seriously, remember when Medea Benjamin got within touching distance of Condi Rice during testimony?
The White House reacted harshly Wednesday after a protester at a House hearing got close enough to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to put her dyed hands in Rice’s face.
And it's all of a piece with that dust-up between Patterico and Goldstein.
Patterico seems to want to work within the strictures set by lying, dishonest, win at any cost lefties, setting himself up to be the Washington Generals or John McCain.
Goldstein doesn't want to cede the meanings of words or what is 'acceptable' to lying, leftist douchetools.
Since our political betters in the GOP are mostly in Patterico's camp (with that breeder snow-billy Palin apparently and unashamedly in Goldstein's camp) we're all screwed.
But at least we have the hilarity.
I've been trying to think of what could make this any funnier and the only thing I can think of is for the Dems to impeach Obama so we'll get Biden as president.
And that'll be as funny as funny can be. Until the cities start going up in nukular fireballs. But since it's gonna happen anyway, might as enjoy the ride.
Don't forget, buy ammo.
When gold is worthless, lead and steel will be worth their weight in...uhhh.... lead and steel.
Oh shut up.
You know what I mean.
July 27, 2009
I still buy brie but I try to get the stuff from Normandy, I hear they still like us.
But in high end sun-glasses, Bolle is my favorite.
I have a convertible so I need anti-glare sunglasses and my usual preference, $5 sunglasses, just don't cut it (heh).
Bolle cost around $100, which is relatively cheap for high-end sunglasses, and they're the toughest. Last time I almost bought a more expensive, Hawaii-themed pair, but for $100 less, the Bolle looked to be at least as good and possibly better.
Better because if I break a $130 pair of sunglass I'm a $100 less bummed than if I break a $230 pair.
I treat mine like crap. I stick them in my front pants-pocket or shorts pockets with my keys and change regularly. I drop them, I walk into stuff (especially on the left side), and they don't get scratched too bad (the left lense has a bad scratch, but I don't need that one). They can bend like mad and don't break.
And most importantly, they're some of the best anti-glare sunglasses on the market. I started using them because I heard some skier friends say they were the best for goggles to cut the glare from the snow when skiing.
My last pair was getting rough. One side had cracked by the ear-piece thing and was ready to go when I took them out of my shorts pocket last week,the other side had broken clean off. Crap.
I called Bolle, and they said for $15 they would replace both ear pieces and for $35 they would change the lenses. I said, "Okay, do both".
The nice, helpful operator said, "Well, for $50 you get a new pair."
These are $100+ new and I just got my brand-new pair for $50.
It's the small things that make me happy.
July 26, 2009
Yes, it's a NY Times link so I really should wait until a more reliable source covers it, but I'm going with it anyway.
So anyway, according to this "journalist",
The BearVault 500 withstood the ravages of the test bears at the Folsom City Zoo in California. It has stymied mighty grizzlies weighing up to 1,000 pounds in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park.
But in one corner of the Adirondacks,
a 125-pound bear ...has managed to systematically decipher a complex locking system that confounds even some campers.
Do you realize what this means?
It won't be Planet of the Apes, it'll be Planet of the Bears!
They already know how to dance and ride bikes, how long until we make them servants?
So Zeus and the rest won't be damn dirty apes, they'll be damn dirty bears.
I figure Zeus will probably be a panda.
Cornelius will be a black bear.
And Aldo will be a freaking polar bear.
I've been making fun of global worming for a long time.
I am so screwed.
(H/T Just One Minute)
(edited to make sense)
July 25, 2009
While the government does not fall if it loses in the
polling, it limps on until either its ratings improve or
it is voted out of office at the next election.
Bush didn't lead by polls, he led by principle.
I didn't always agree with his principles, but that's what he
did. He was as upopular as Minitru could make him and yet, he
did everything he wanted to do except Social Security and
immigration. Social Security was scuttled by wimpy GOPers who
believed the NY Times that they needed to do nothing or
lose an election.
Amnesty was defeated not by polls, but by Americans calling
their congresscritters and screaming that they had better not
do that crap.
And that's why I think Dick Morris is aptly named, he's a dick.
He doesn't care about principle, he cares about polls.
Clinton rarely tried to direct the polls, he followed them.
And that's why this Dick wrote that column, that's his
philosophy too, he's always believed it. And he's wrong.
When Bush wanted something, he got people to follow.
Dems like this Dick are like the Ghandi quote,
"Look, there go my people,
I must get ahead of them for I am their leader" or whatever.
So that Dick Morris column is as stupid as the rest of his
idiocies and all it does is show that he has no principles
and, indeed, doesn't see any need for them.
Leader by Polls isn't what Americans want, and since the polls
are often "rigged" to get the result our political, intellectual
and social "betters" want, they're often useless.
July 24, 2009
How much do I miss them? This much, first in a series of reposting some of his posts.
A taste of "Chomps, the World's Angriest Egg Timer" to wet the whistle
At the front wall was a massive rottweiler, furiously chewing away at the metal chain that bound him.
"That chain is made from reinforced steel," Rumsfeld continued, "and thus it will take him about ten minutes to chew through. I recommend you all have asked your questions and left by then if you don't wish to be eviscerated."
"I have a question about finding WMD's in Iraq," said a reporter as he stepped forward while cautiously eyeing Chomps.
"Let's me you save you your breath," Rumsfeld answered, "I don't give a rat's ass."
And one of my favorite all time lines
"North Korea says they need nuclear weapons so they can reduce the size of their military. What is your response to that?"
"I would like to remind North Korea that we also have a plan for reducing the size of their military that involves nukes. Next question."
Now that's funny. I miss Rumsfeld.
In a new stem cell development we see the commies in China (grain of salt warning) claim a breakthrough in stem cells.
For the first time, they were able to produce live mice from stem cells that were coaxed from skin tissue of adult mice and then reprogrammed. And while there were abnormalities and unusual deaths with some of the first generation of mice, one team produced enough normal mice this way to create hundreds of second and third generation mice.
And notice, they were not embryonic stem cells.
I'm philosophically against using embryonic stem cells. Not for religious purposes (obviously, I don't believe), but because I don't like the slippery slope of creating humans to experiment on them. Of course, the commies are using non-embryonic stem cells to create life to experiment on it, but that's one example of why I hate commies. Even as they're doing something good, they have to do evil.
I always check every stem cell article I can find and, while they often try to confuse the issue, I have yet to see any major breakthrough come from embryonic stem cells, it's always different stem cells.
But as I read further, I realized that it updated my first post, about Hillary giving the Norks a time out.
So I quote, you decide.
“Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl (I wish. V) and sometimes a pensioner going shopping.”
So I have to agree with that, in theory. I'm absolutely sure I don't want to see her in a Catholic School Girl Outfit, but she surely acts like someone with a thin grasp of the world.
So far, it looks like an update on the previous post.
But wait, there's still more!
For her part, Mrs. Clinton said she was encouraged by the international support for pressuring North Korea.
But, but, but, but you just said we should ignore them!?!?!?!?! So which is it? Pressure them or ignore them?
So, an update on the first post with a little "We've always been at war with Eastasia" thrown in.
But wait, there's still more!
Even Myanmar, she said, had responded to requests by China and other countries to track a North Korean freighter this month that American officials suspected was carrying illicit cargo.
Yeah, I bet. Burma's super tracking facilities consist of a dude on a hill with a pair of commie Chinese binoculars.
And gratuitously praising Burma? Seriously, why throw that in? There's absolutely no reason to just mention those Buddhist monk murdering despots. And as we read a little further on, the ship never made it to Burma because it turned around so the murderous Burmese dictators never had a chance for their dude with binoculars to see it.
And now just to throw in another amateur hour aspect of the current administration
But even before Thursday’s vitriolic statements from North Korea, American officials said they were more focused for now on inflicting pain on North Korea than on luring it back to the bargaining table.
But, but, but the Super Smart Sec State just said we were going to ignore them?!?!?! Which is it?
And that is why I've started capitalizing The Funniest End Of Civilization Ever and I'll soon have to add at least one exclamation point and maybe more with a few 1s thrown in.
Because nobody's in charge of foreign policy. There's a bunch of assholes and idiots running around saying whatever pops into their willfully ignorant, little brains and it's causing havoc in the world.
And that's the funniest part of all.
Anybody want to bet that all the world leaders, including Iran's neighbors, who spent 8 years bashing Bush are not now saying, "Damn do we miss having adults in charge"?
Think about it, Iran's neighbors, all of them, not just the Jooooos, are scared shitless.
The EUniks are screwed, with Obama destroying our economy, theirs won't be far behind. And as we cut missile defense and lots of our defense spending, they'll be on their own. I hope they have good Russian dictionaries.
Even the murderous commies in China have to be bummed out. Bush wasn't any better at stopping their spying, but at least with him in charge all the American bonds and whatnot were worth something. They're going to be owed $billions by an America that can't afford to pay them.
Tsar Putin I in Russia is probably the only one who's happy, the only way Russia becomes a real player again is for the rest of the world to sink to their level.
What makes it funnier is as cities start going up in nukular fire and Russia and China start getting all invasiony, Obama will blame it all on the Republicans.
We are so screwed.
In this exciting episode, the Norks are making fun of her.
And they're right.
We cannot but regard Mrs Clinton as a funny lady as she likes to utter such rhetoric, unaware of the elementary etiquette in the international community," the spokesman said.
When they're right, they're right. She's done it all the time. Like, oh, two days ago when she talked about accepting a nukular Iran. Which position Obama was surprised he had. Or, oh, when she suggested we ignore them and maybe they'll go away.
While I'm all in favor of ignoring most problems because they do go away (don't just do something, stand there!), but the Norks are lobbing missiles at our allies and blowing up nukes. That takes it out of the realm of the 90% of problems that will solve themselves.
More from Mr. Nork
Her words suggest that she is by no means intelligent," the statement said,
I'm gonna have to quibble with that, I personally think she's not stupid as the statement seems to imply, I think she's willfully ignorant and only feels warm in her leftist cocoon.
The problem is, of course, that willful ignorance and stupidity are, functionally, the same but WI is much worse. Stupidity isn't on purpose.
So, funny that I agree with the Norks, but I don't think it's all that endy. Certainly not enough to be an example of the, well, you know.
July 23, 2009
Apparently, around 50K years ago all animals over 55 lbs died off and nobody knows why.
As I was watching I was wondering, "When did people get there?".
After all, if you can hunt a kangaroo that weighs 400 lbs why would you go after one that only weighs 50 lbs? Sure it's harder to kill a huge kangaroo, but is it harder than killing 8 smaller kangaroos?
So as the show went on, they mentioned that people made it to Australia just about that time, maybe a thousand years earlier. So I figured, "Well, they'll say that maybe people did it."
But no, the narrator's attitude was basically wondering how people survived when all the other big animals died off.
So we have a small band of travelers who end up on Australia and, within a thousand years, all the large animals on the island are dead and they can't find any other change that occurred around that time.
Hmmmmm, that's only a conundrum for people who have to do a study to find that alcohol leads to lowered inhibitions (I've actually seen that study, I figured at the time it was just an excuse for "scientists" to go to bars to pick up college women, but alas, I think they were actually a little surprised by their findings).
July 22, 2009
I gave money to Sarah Palin's legal defense fund.
Why? I saw another Minitru hit job on her, this one about another bullshit ethics complaint over that fund.
It's funny, people fall all over themselves saying she's not worth their time and yet, they surely do spend lots of time attacking.
The only thing I'm afraid of is that in my life, I've voted FOR a politician maybe 4 times and I could see myself voting FOR her.
I voted FOR Mario Cuomo. My excuse? That was back when I actually sorta trusted the media to not lie. Yeah, I was young and stupid.
I also voted For Moynihan. That one might have been okay. I've heard mixed things about him, but he did two things I have to respect, he coined the phrase, "Defining deviancy down", which pissed off the left then just as much as now, and he punched Kit Bond on the floor of the Senate. Too bad it wasn't Kennedy, but punching any Senator is a good thing most of the time.
I also voted FOR Ronnie Raygun. That one I'm pretty proud of. Too bad he wasn't a Democrat, I could have voted for him twice! (badum-chee!)
I also voted FOR John McCain in the 2000 primary. Man was that stupid.
I'm still not sure I voted FOR Bush either or both times. I was definitely voting AGAINST the Gorebot and then John Effin Kerry (the worst presidential candidate, until the last election, in my lifetime. I've spent much of my adult life voting AGAINST Democrats, so that's the default. But.... I hated Bush's domestic agenda and only liked his foreign policy in regards to Iraq, Afghanistan and NoKo, he sucked up to China, kissed Putin's ass and was absolutely pitiful in how he dealt with the oil ticks and, well, he wasn't always so stalwartly against terrorism against Israel. If 9/11 hadn't happened, he would have been a one-termer and we would be in the second term of President Hillary. Funny how things work out.
So in other words, I'm at probably 50% in voting FOR.
Another Heinlein quote
If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for ... but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong. If this is too blind for your taste, consult some well-meaning fool (there is always one around) and ask his advice. Then vote the other way. This enables you to be a good citizen (if such is your wish) without spending the enormous amount of time on it that a truly intelligent exercise of franchise requires.
I read that quote when I was pretty young, I had probably only voted once or twice, and that's generally been my voting stragety.
I've found that voting AGAINST is a much better voting stragety, the difference between "bad" and "worse" is always much more stark than the difference between "good" and "better".
Edited for spelling and again because I always put the % on the wrong side of the number. .
Today was the coldest day ever in Gore's hometown as he's screeching about how we need to give him another $hundred millions pass the climate bill or WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!11!!!!!!1!
While I love pointing and laughing, it's a stupid metric. First, our records don't go back very far. And most importantly, they haven't really been all that accurate for much longer than maybe 30-40 years.
The previous low was 1877, I'm gonna assume their tech wasn't all that great so the margin of error on their thermometers was probably pretty high. I mean, they didn't have computers and they certainly couldn't measure in thousandths of inches so it could have been colder or warmer.
Ditto arctic ice. Just because there's a real lot compared to our records, that's only the last 30 or so years since we have had accurate enough satellites to measure it.
I don't think Admiral Peary brought a yard stick to measure the ice at the North Pole in 1906.
The ice could have been 100 feet lower or higher in 1850 and only the polar bears would know.
Wait,no they wouldn't, they hate the freaking cold too. They do a walking hibernation as they stroll around mostly asleep during the winter.
That must be kinda weird, watching a polar bear sleepwalk on by.
I bet that's where the old wive's tale came from, it's very dangerous to wake a sleep-walking polar bear.
Here we have DC's police chief being all angry and stuff that Teh Peepul are revolting (in at least two senses of the word, they're revolting against her and they're revolting to her).
Apparently there's an iPhone app that allows you to track speed traps, and as we all know, free speech doesn't include the right to oppose our political betters.
Area drivers looking to outwit police speed traps and traffic cameras are using an iPhone application and other global positioning system devices that pinpoint the location of the cameras.
And we can't have that, they're for our safety. (All the revenue is merely an unwanted side effect. It's all for our own good, we're just sooooo childish we need our betters to protect us).
Don't believe me?
"It's designed to circumvent law enforcement -- law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives."
I wonder, did she say that with a straight face? DC is among the worst in coming up with creative ways to enhance revenue. Every couple years they get busted towing legally parked, out of town vehicles for instance.
Still from the first link.
Lanier said the technology is a "cowardly tactic"...
How about "fuck you" Lanier?
...and "people who overly rely on those and break the law anyway are going to get caught" in one way or another.
We'll get you. And your little car too.
This is from the guy who came up with the app
Founder and CEO of PhantomAlert Joe Scott claimed nine out of 10 police departments across the country support his software....
Ummm, I'm with you Joe, but I call bullshit on that. You're messing with their revenue. That's unpatriotic and downright unAmerican. It's not as if our country was founded in response to a heavy handed gov't imposing ridiculous regulations and taxes while taking our freedom.
"If police come against us, it's going to make them look like they are only [after] revenue" from the camera-generated citations, he said.Now why would he think such a thing from our political, social and intellectual betters?
Photo radar tickets generated nearly $1 billion in revenues for D.C. during fiscal years 2005 to 2008.
Related(h/t the puppy blender)
Approximately forty minutes into the event, Charlottesville police were called to the parking lot area. Unconfirmed reports from the scene tie at least one of the complaining phone calls directly to Congressman Tom Perriello’s office staff. While the attending police officers (professionally and politely) compelled the gathered crowd to disperse, rally attendees grumbled at the prospect of their own congressman’s office terminating their first amendment, free speech protest. A protest that was peaceful and non-invasive in contrast to prior leftist assaults on the office of former 5th District Congressman, Virgil Goode.
"Shut up", they explained.
July 21, 2009
You knew my first post had to be about The Funniest End of Civilization Ever.
So our super fantastic Secretary of State, the Smartest Womyn in the Worldtm let's us know NoKo isn't all that big a deal.
"And maybe it's the mother in me or the experience that I've had with small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention -- don't give it to them, they don't deserve it, they are acting out," she said
So what were these 'unruly children' doing?
North Korea tested a nuclear device in May and fired seven ballistic missiles earlier this month
That "earlier this month" was, of course, the poofy haired maniac celebrating the 4th of July.
So far just mostly endy, but now we get to teh funny from the super diplomat/genius.
They don't pose a threat to us. We know that our allies, Japan and South Korea, are very concerned."
I'll translate, that's super-genius, diplomatese for "Sucks to be you".
See? Both endy and funny.
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