Saturday, October 25, 2003

The Rain In Spain Fall Mainly Where It Wants To

The Spanish were once a world power and are now becoming a major player on the world stage
"Standing up to France and Germany is working its way through the system," he said. "It will be going more deeply into the national consciousness. It is increasingly understood that French policy on international issues is essentially about advancing French national interests. Standing up for Spain, being aware of Spanish interests, as inconceivable as it was in the 80's and 90's, is becoming increasingly credible."

I suddenly had this vision of the British army helping the Dutch defend the Netherlands as the Spanish and American march north on Paris and the Polish and other former Warsaw Pact Armies march on Berlin.

Of course the French and the Germans would have to do something really stupid.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

"Assholes Do Vex Me!!!"

Gator Corporation sues one of their victims

US-based Gator Corp provides free software to consumers that enables them to store information such as passwords for logging onto sites. The catch however is that users of its software must agree to receive ads in return and when they visit certain Web sites a code is triggered that inundates them with pop-up ads. And, very often, the owners of these sites have not agreed to display these ads.

This has led to several companies such as the Washington Post and United Parcel Service (UPS) suing Gator for infringing on their sites. UPS, for instance, charged that it led to its competitors' ads appearing on its Web site.

However, now Gator has decided to turn the tables and has set the lawyers on Extended Stay America Inc to ensure that Extended cannot block its ads, a report on Bloomberg claims. Gator's argument is that consumers should be able to decide what they see on the Web and not Web site owners. It said in its suit that Extended Stay America has no right to prevent computer users from choosing to get its software and "viewing separate works, comprising advertising on that user's own computer screen, even when other works share the screen."


The screen on my computer is my private property. NO ONE has the right to tresspass on my property, impose their message on my computer screen, and interrupt my communications. Pop-up advertising deprives me of control of my property by stealing visual space on the screen of my computer and steals the irreplacable moments of my life in the time it take to kill the ads.

A true right does not under any circumstances constitute a claim upon the life, liberty or property of another person. Because pop-up advertising does violate my life, my liberty, and my property, I would have absolutely no problem when this form of vile behavior is banned.

I futhermore would not be the slightest bit upset if the Gator Corp mob were to be hunted down and killed, and their severed heads impaled on pikes pour encourager autres.

Thought For Today

Never rush a cheeseburger.

Friday, October 17, 2003

Mixed Day So Far

I have a job interview scheduled for 1500 Hours CDT today. (YAY!!!!)

On the way out to take care of some other necessary business I found that my car had been broken into. Several cars on the block had been damaged and one beat-up and a neighbor's ancient van had been stolen. (FEH!!!!)

Update at 1730 Hours
I'm Hired. I begin training on Monday.

Also my primary mail server is down and the owner appears to be out of town.

Doubleplus FEH!!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2003

About [Expletive] Time Dept.

'Every soldier a rifleman'

Everybody in the United States Army’s gotta be a soldier first,” Gen. Peter Schoomaker told reporters during an Oct. 7 roundtable meeting with reporters in Washington.

*Every soldier will be required to qualify on his or her individual weapon twice a year, [Gen.] Byrnes said. The current Army standard requires soldiers to qualify only once a year, although some commanders have their troops qualify more frequently.

*New recruits will qualify on their individual weapons in basic training and then again in advanced individual training, Byrnes added. Until now, qualification in basic training only was the standard.

*Every soldier, regardless of MOS and unit, will conduct at least one live-fire combat drill a year. For higher headquarters rear-echelon units, it might include reacting to an ambush, Byrnes said.

They should have done this twenty years ago when I was in the Army. S.L.A. Marshall was advocating this back during the Korean War.

The notion that infantrymen are expected to be detailed to defend the Artillery and the logistical tail, thus allowing them to not practice basic combat skills, was nonsensical back during World War One and proven to be total bullshit (in several ways) by the Wehrmacht during the Second World War.

It is nice to see that someone (apart from The Marines) in the five-sided funny farm is actually engaged in rational thought.

(We should point out for our readers that active and former military people have every right -- Hell, every duty -- to be critical as to how the folks in the Pentagon run things. More so than any of the totalitarian-socialist-thug-hugging brain-death cases who filled out the ranks of the so-called peace movement.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

It's The End Of The Universe As We Know It!

I found my copy of GALAXY 666 by Pel Toro, a.k.a. R. Lionel Fanthorpe. This is by reputation the worst Science Fiction novel ever published in the English language.

Having become acclimatized to the pink-tinged light, which gave everywhere a strangely roseate appearance, and which had the effect of lulling their senses into a rather dreamy false security, the four explorers looked down at the ground beneath their feet. The ground beneath their feet was a very odd sort of terrain - - though “terrain” is not, strictly speaking, the kind of word that ought to be used to describe the ground of a planet that was not earth. Like so many of the old earth words, it has crept into the vocabulary of the empire. So they examined the terrain.

I wonder who owns the film rights to it.

Maybe another excerpt tomorrow.

Update at 0842 CDT:

I found his homepage:

And now, back to reality...

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Midnight Movie

I just saw a midnight showing of CLERKS at the Riverview Theater.

I would be happy to do a film that was half as funny.

Friday, October 10, 2003

Think Of It As Evolution In Action

Wildlife author killed, eaten by bears he loved

A California author and filmmaker who became famous for trekking to Alaska's remote Katmai coast to commune with brown bears has fallen victim to the teeth and claws of the wild animals he loved.

Alaska State Troopers and National Park Service officials said Timothy Treadwell, 46, and girlfriend Amie Huguenard, 37, were killed and partially eaten by a bear or bears near Kaflia Bay, about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage, earlier this week.

Scientists who study Alaska brown bears said they had been warning Treadwell for years that he needed to be more careful around the huge and powerful coastal twin of the grizzly.

Treadwell's films of close-up encounters with giant bears brought him a bounty of national media attention. The fearless former drug addict from Malibu, Calif. -- who routinely eased up close to bears to chant "I love you'' in a high-pitched, sing-song voice -- was the subject of a show on the Discovery Channel and a report on "Dateline NBC." Blond, good-looking and charismatic, he appeared for interviews on David Letterman's show and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" to talk about his bears. He even gave them names: Booble, Aunt Melissa, Mr. Chocolate, Freckles and Molly, among others.

A self-proclaimed eco-warrior, he attracted something of a cult following too. Chuck Bartlebaugh of "Be Bear Aware,'' a national bear awareness campaign, called Treadwell one of the leaders of a group of people engaged in "a trend to promote getting close to bears to show they were not dangerous.

An "eco-warrior"?

In other words, an enemy of mankind.

I should send the bear a thank you note.

"I told him to be much more cautious ... because every time a bear kills somebody, there is a big increase in bearanoia and bears get killed,'' Miller said. "I thought that would be a way of getting to him, and his response was 'I would be honored to end up in bear scat.' ''

No shit.

Too bad the poor bear who did it was hunted down and killed.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Idea For A Movie

Or for a mock trailer thereof:


We now return you to your reality.

And Now...

My car is in the shop again.

Aren't you glad you looked at this page today?

Friday, October 03, 2003

An Interesting Website

Zulfikar Khan has a site that details the history and effects of Islam

Hinduism tells us that the "Self" which dwells in each and every being in this universe is one and the same with Godhead. Every soul in this uinverse is a reflection of this Supreme Self. Thus every individual has the potential to realize Godhead by the realization of this "Self".

Realization of the "Self" is possible only when someone is free to think on his/her own and act accordingly. The most heinous and barbaric crime in this world would be to stop an individual to think freely. And when such a crime is legalised in the form of a religion, one can easily imagine how disastrous it can be. Islam is such a religion.

Islam imposes a threat to the whole world which is far worse than deforestation, nuclear destruction or AIDS. It is an insidious, devilish disease creeping into the veins of the world. Every individual must realise the destructive and evil nature of this religion, for it eats away at the very foundation of humanity which is an individual's ability to think individually and act accordingly. The following articles logically analyse different aspects of this so called religion and bring forth the true nature of Islam.

Islam Delenda Est!

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

And I Thought That It Was French Incompetence That Killed Her


[Agente France Presse] PARIS

French police and government officials announced Tuesday that Skynet, a computer system designed to control the United States' "Star Wars" ballistic missile defense program, was responsible for the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

"Skynet became self-aware at 2:14am EDT August 29, 1997," French President Jaques Chirac said in a news conference. "Originally, it was feared that Skynet would launch a global thermonuclear war. Anyone not wearing two million sunblock would have a, how do you say in English, a 'real bad day'."

The truth, according to French officials, is even stranger. It is believed that Skynet will remain operational until at least the year 2029. At that time, according to Jean-Paul Renault, France's Minister of Science, the computer system will develop a time travel system.

Renault claims that Skynet will use this time travel system to send agents back to 1997 to kill Princess Diana.


Noted screenwriter and science fiction author Harlan Ellison filed suit against the French government for violations of his intellectual property rights...