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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

GOP versus WWE

Brodigan suggests how we political operators can take a lesson from the WWE (the wrestling company) to use the internet, social networking, to improve relationships and results with potential voters.
They connect to their audience on a personal level, and the audience is more engaged as a result. That translates into more revenue through merchandise, PPV’s, ticket sales, etc.  The WWE has effectively taken social media and turned it into a living 24/7 focus group. They instantly know what works and what doesn’t, what their fans are in to and what they can sell to advertisers. They rarely ever don’t know what their viewers are thinking.  
Apply this to politics. Think of the WWE as your state GOP and all the elected officials as the wrestlers, or even as candidate and their staff/trusted supporters.  Following the WWE’s model and taking the time to seriously build a network and develop content (and not just set up x to automatically update to y), you can have a constant flow of information: what issues are most important to voters that week, what messaging works and what doesn’t, what candidates/officials are connecting with voters and which ones should consider doing something else with themselves (very important for the GOP), etc. 
Now all and all I still believe it to be odd to support a company that lost to the World Wildlife Fund, the WWF, the Panda People, over the right to use its own name and logo!  So the World Wrestling Federation is now WWE.

That said, Brodigan is correct. Especially since unlike other entertainment companies they release new product on a continuous weekly basis, and maintain quality despite that real life human events can quickly interfere with well-laid plans.

That sounds a lot like politics, doesn't it?

Conspiracy Speculation Acceptability

wants to help those who do not know the difference between acceptable conspiracy speculation and idiotic conspiracy speculation so here goes:

ACCEPTABLE speculation: These two brothers may not have been the only ones who did this so who or what possible Al Qaeda or home-grown sleeper cell group helped them in planning, financing, or executing these attacks?

IDIOTIC speculation: These two brothers were patsies. The government was behind the Boston Marathon bombing, why did the government do it?

Hopefully this clarification helps some...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Apparently attending the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School failed to provide the Boston Terrorists the proper foundation, educationally and morally, to prevent the Boston Marathon Bombing.

These were highly educated people.  Most people have established barriers preventing poor behavior.  Some of it is a line of morality for specific action.  Some of it is the belief that an action is acceptable but certain victims are not.

A moral framework is generally established within a combination of parentage (who actually raises the kids at home versus who conceived and birthed them), schooling, and when applicable religious upbringing.  Despite being Americans in many sense at least one of actors that would normally instill a proper sense of morality in these people has utterly failed.

One's normal sense of what it is to be American at the very least generally prevents this sort of behavior.  That was not the case this time.

The CRLS has two notable claims to fame among others.  It is a public school and not a magnet school, indicating that anyone can attend if they are living in that school district.  It also has students from 83 different countries.  Perhaps this brand of education intentionally teaches a great respect for a respective background at the expense of promoting the values of this country although I am just speculating.

Jonathan Farley

from a friend about a friend
Rest in peace, Jonathan Farley. You were a good friend, a true classic, and one of the toughest sons of bitches I've ever known. You went the distance with that insidious disease like a champ. You'll be dearly missed by all who knew you.
-- April 17 5:30 PM

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

memetic quns and quote by Theodore Roosevelt

I'm not big on memes and I doubt the middle one is accurate statistically but I am amused.

COME ON FOLKS , MAKE THIS GO VIRAL , SEND IT TO ALL YOU CAN

Monday, April 15, 2013

My Country and my Countrymen

Recently in India a family was involved in a traffic accident, mother and baby girl killed, with the father embracing his injured son crying out for help. Ten minutes went by before anyone in the stream of traffic stopped to help.

Today in America you see what you see every time we get news of tragedy: brave people, on any other day average, rushing towards danger to help a stranger. Not stopping to check their skin color. Not stopping to ask which god they worship. Not stopping to ask where their family is from.

There are good people everywhere. But there is something about this great land we call home, amidst all our disagreements and bickering, there is always lines of people waiting to help - even at mortal danger - a stranger crying out for help.
-- my North Carolina Doppleganger Chris Arndt

Partisanship During a Tragedy


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Political Movements should be more comunitarian

So I was ranting (accurately) about the failure of various political groups to educate the general public regarding their own symbols (as well as the general public's overall unwillingness to learn new things about history) and it occurred to me that a lot of these political groups should present themselves as communitarian service organizations.

It is, after all, easier to sell the ethics of your Pro-Life ideals to people if your organization really is made up of people that have adopted children, especially those with special needs.  Your Pro-Life organization is definitely a positive group rather than a negative organization if they raise money for crisis pregnancy centers, etc.

People will support your crusade to eliminate government programs if they believe there exists an infrastructure, a system, and a group of people extant for the purposes of caring, loving, and and supporting those otherwise dependent on a government program.

Mike Huckabee on Margaret Thatcher

April 8
A personal farewell to Great Britain’s Iron Lady, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She stands beside Ronald Reagan, not just as two towering figures of the 20th century, but as political soul-mates. In those pre-politically correct times, Reagan called her “the best man in England." They deflected vicious attacks by both enemies and alleged allies, fought for conservative policies that revived their nations’ broken economies, and together helped bring about the end of the Cold War. A few years ago, it was my distinct honor to have dinner with Lady Thatcher and to introduce her at a speech she gave at Harding University in Searcy, AR. It remains one of the great honors of my life and the photos with her are cherished treasures.

Brown Rice & Sausage Stuffed Green Peppers

Ingredients:
1 cup brown rice
2 large green bell peppers
1/4 cup large sweet onion, diced
1/4 cup mixed bell peppers, diced
1/2 cup frozen corn, cooked & drained
4 oz maple sausage (Jimmy Dean)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Directions:
Cook rice according to package directions. Cut pepper in half, and remove stem and seeds. Place hollowed-out peppers in a greased 8×8 inch baking dish. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, cook sausage until browned, add onions, peppers and spices; cook until softened but not browned.  Stir into the cooked rice and add the Parmesan cheese & corn, mix until well combined. Stuff the filling mixture into the hollowed-out peppers, using a spoon to press the mixture down so it’s tightly packed into the pepper shells. Bake peppers at 375 F for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and add mozzarella on top of each pepper. Put peppers back into the oven and bake about 5-10 minutes more, until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
Source: A Bit of Nutmeg!

deep fried steak sandwich from Ricobene's



Apparently this is from a restaurant in Chicago called Ricobene's.

A review of the food in the picture by the person who took the picture:
Deep fried steak sandwich. The steak is folded in half twice + marinara, mozzarella & giardiniera. So delicious.
I will have to keep this in mind next time I head to the Windy City.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

a quote on a history of violence

Over the course of something like 5000 years of semi recorded human history all men that held power close to absolute focused on two main goals; building things and killing people.
OR building things that kill people. Or killing people in order to build things.

the Iron Lady on the efficacy of Constitutions

Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.
--Margaret Thatcher

Friday, April 12, 2013

right-wing gun control paranoia

The following appeared on one of my newsfeeds.  I hate reading this stuff.  The lack of thought and the presence of such emotion and stark fear makes me weep at the possibility that so many people would be this suspicious.  Such Tin Foil Hattery disturbs me.
So they finally had to come out and admit it, now that the Coroner has released some info along with police.

An AR-15, or the so-called "Assault Weapon", was not used in the school shooting. The shooter even tried weeks earlier to buy a rifle but was turned down in the background check. So he had to kill his Mother to steal her rifle. There were initial reports, right after the shooting, that police found the AR-15 in his car, NOT IN THE SCHOOL. The rifle was not used. The shooter went into the school with 4 handguns, NOT an Assault Rifle as the media has charged. I remember in the initial hours of this shooting, the Police said they found the rifle in the car. But the Administration-controlled MSM had a pre-planned attack already waiting, to ban so-called assault weapons and jumped on that line of reporting, knowing it was a lie, which included people like Piers Morgan who said the shooter used an AR-15 that shoots hundreds of rounds per minute, as if it were a machine gun. Could it be that the Democrat Liberals and THEIR MEDIA were pushing for the new law, hoping they could do it, before the Coroner released the info? Absolutely.

VIDEO: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50208495#50208495
Allegations that the Executive Branch of our government directly controls the 4th Estate are among the most asinine and every time crap like this hits the internet it reinforces existing stereotypes that afflict the right.

Glenn Beck on Senate Republicans and gun control

Glenn Beck asks
Republicans caved…again. The gun control bill, aka "The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act," will go through the Senate without a filibuster. Unbelievable. If you could be on the Senate floor, what would you say to convince the Senate not to pass this legislation?
The answer of course is
Glenn Beck is in favor of it

John Stossel versus Glenn Beck

keeping silent when appropriate

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
Proverbs 17:28

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Joseph Sobran on a Divine Right to the Monopoly to use Force

By Joseph Sobran, in an excerpt from The Reluctant Anarchist
As is fairly well known by now, I went to work as a young man for Buckley at National Review and later became a syndicated columnist. I found my niche in conservative journalism as a critic of liberal distortions of the U.S. Constitution, particularly in the Supreme Court’s rulings on abortion, pornography, and “freedom of expression.” 

Gradually I came to see that the conservative challenge to liberalism’s jurisprudence of “loose construction” was far too narrow. Nearly everything liberals wanted the Federal Government to do was unconstitutional. The key to it all, I thought, was the Tenth Amendment, which forbids the Federal Government to exercise any powers not specifically assigned to it in the Constitution. But the Tenth Amendment had been comatose since the New Deal, when Roosevelt’s Court virtually excised it. 

[Breaker quote: The conservative illusion]This meant that nearly all Federal legislation from the New Deal to the Great Society and beyond had been unconstitutional. Instead of fighting liberal programs piecemeal, conservatives could undermine the whole lot of them by reviving the true (and, really, obvious) meaning of the Constitution. Liberalism depended on a long series of usurpations of power. 

Around the time of Judge Robert Bork’s bitterly contested (and defeated) nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, conservatives spent a lot of energy arguing that the “original intent” of the Constitution must be conclusive. But they applied this principle only to a few ambiguous phrases and passages that bore on specific hot issues of the day — the death penalty, for instance. About the general meaning of the Constitution there could, I thought, be no doubt at all. The ruling principle is that whatever the Federal Government isn’t authorized to do, it’s forbidden to do. 

That alone would invalidate the Federal welfare state and, in fact, nearly all liberal legislation. But I found it hard to persuade most conservatives of this. Bork himself took the view that the Tenth Amendment was unenforceable. If he was right, then the whole Constitution was in vain from the start.
 

I never thought a constitutional renaissance would be easy, but I did think it could play an indispensable role in subverting the legitimacy of liberalism. Movement conservatives listened politely to my arguments, but without much enthusiasm. They regarded appeals to the Constitution as rather pedantic and, as a practical matter, futile — not much help in the political struggle. Most Americans no longer even remembered whatusurpation meant. Conservatives themselves hardly knew. 

Of course they were right, in an obvious sense. Even conservative courts (if they could be captured) wouldn’t be bold enough to throw out the entire liberal legacy at once. But I remained convinced that the conservative movement had to attack liberalism at its constitutional root. 

In a way I had transferred my patriotism from America as it then was to America as it had been when it still honored the Constitution. And when had it crossed the line? At first I thought the great corruption had occurred when Franklin Roosevelt subverted the Federal judiciary; later I came to see that the decisive event had been the Civil War, which had effectively destroyed the right of the states to secede from the Union. But this was very much a minority view among conservatives, particularly at National Review, where I was the only one who held it... My fellow Christians have argued that the state’s authority is divinely given. They cite Christ’s injunction “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” and St. Paul’s words “The powers that be are ordained of God.” But Christ didn’t say which things — if any — belong to Caesar; his ambiguous words are far from a command to give Caesar whatever he claims. And it’s notable that Christ never told his disciples either to establish a state or to engage in politics. They were to preach the Gospel and, if rejected, to move on. He seems never to have imagined the state as something they could or should enlist on their side. 

At first sight, St. Paul seems to be more positive in affirming the authority of the state. But he himself, like the other martyrs, died for defying the state, and we honor him for it; to which we may add that he was on one occasion a jailbreaker as well. Evidently the passage in Romans has been misread. It was probably written during the reign of Nero, not the most edifying of rulers; but then Paul also counseled slaves to obey their masters, and nobody construes this as an endorsement of slavery. He may have meant that the state and slavery were here for the foreseeable future, and that Christians must abide them for the sake of peace. Never does he say that either is here forever. 

[Breaker quote: Anarchy, the state, and chaos]St. Augustine took a dim view of the state, as a punishment for sin. He said that a state without justice is nothing but a gang of robbers writ large, while leaving doubt that any state could ever be otherwise. St. Thomas Aquinas took a more benign view, arguing that the state would be necessary even if man had never fallen from grace; but he agreed with Augustine that an unjust law is no law at all, a doctrine that would severely diminish any known state. 

The essence of the state is its legal monopoly of force. But force is subhuman; in words I quote incessantly, Simone Weil defined it as “that which turns a person into a thing — either corpse or slave.” It may sometimes be a necessary evil, in self-defense or defense of the innocent, but nobody can have by right what the state claims: an exclusive privilege of using it. 

It’s entirely possible that states — organized force — will always rule this world, and that we will have at best a choice among evils. And some states are worse than others in important ways: anyone in his right mind would prefer living in the United States to life under a Stalin. But to say a thing is inevitable, or less onerous than something else, is not to say it is good. 

For most people, anarchy is a disturbing word, suggesting chaos, violence, antinomianism — things they hope the state can control or prevent. The term state, despite its bloody history, doesn’t disturb them. Yet it’s the state that is truly chaotic, because it means the rule of the strong and cunning. They imagine that anarchy would naturally terminate in the rule of thugs. But mere thugs can’t assert a plausible right to rule. Only the state, with its propaganda apparatus, can do that. This is what legitimacy means. Anarchists obviously need a more seductive label. 

“But what would you replace the state with?” The question reveals an inability to imagine human society without the state. Yet it would seem that an institution that can take 200,000,000 lives within a century hardly needs to be “replaced.” 

Christians, and especially Americans, have long been misled about all this by their good fortune. Since the conversion of Rome, most Western rulers have been more or less inhibited by Christian morality (though, often enough, not so’s you’d notice), and even warfare became somewhat civilized for centuries; and this has bred the assumption that the state isn’t necessarily an evil at all. But as that morality loses its cultural grip, as it is rapidly doing, this confusion will dissipate. More and more we can expect the state to show its nature nakedly. 

the Tin Foil Hat Brigade - Prelude

Is it Tin Foil Hat Brigaders? Tin Foil Hatters? Tin Foil Hat Brigade Members? Tin Foil Hat Brigadiers?

by faith and not by law is your salvation

Galations 2:19-20
For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!
Check it out, in larger context.

the Iron Lady has Passed Part 06

The official site of the British Prime Minister's office has set up an official CONDOLENCES page, allowing mourners to send information and condolences of their own even.  Many of those will be selected for the Baroness's surviving family to ready, and hopefully to be comforted by.

Lady Thatcher 1925-2013

Lady Thatcher has died at the age of 87. She was Prime Minister from 1979-1990 - the first woman to hold the position.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "We've lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton."
You can leave your messages of condolence by using the form below.
A selection of your comments will be passed to the Thatcher family.
Comments will be moderated according to our regular guidelines.
Baroness Thatcher

Kid Rock versus the Republicans

Kid Rock supported Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential race and voted as a Republican.  He will not march in lockstep when members of the Party vote against his best interests and those of his fans.
The rocker, who threw his support behind Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, is now sounding off against the Republicans, who have supported various acts of legislation in Congress to raise concert ticket prices...
"That's one of the times I'm f---ing embarrassed to be a Republican," Rock tells Rolling Stone. "It's f---ing Republican lawmakers passing those laws, you dumba--es. They already did it in New York and they're trying to do it in Michigan. I've even called some of those guys to try and stop it."
Of course, he also directed his vitriol at Ticketmaster, for their use of service charges. "They're taking a f---ing $5 service charge," he says, also noting he's more of a Libertarian than a Republican these days. "It's 25 percent of the f---ing ticket! That's f---ed up, but I've beaten them up as much as I can. Then Walmart stepped in and agreed to charge just $20, and it includes parking."
Will you be attending his $20 concert?

Is Jesus God?

What do you think?
The only time God spoke to humanity at large in the OT was when He offered the Decalogue to the nation of Israel at Mt Sinai; everything else He "said" was actually the words of inspired prophets, not from Him (the styles are too radically different, for one thing). Christ's teachings are identical to the Decalogue; no apostle's writings sound the same.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Asteroid Mining / Asteroid Deflector / Asteroid Lasso

I love going to the Moon and Mars as much as anyone, but you can't do every project, and developing our asteroid detection/redirection technology is something we should all be able to get behind. Just ask the dinosaurs...oh, that's right you can't because they are all dead because they had no space program.
-- Ray Patnaude

NASA is designing a system which ultimately will lead into our old standard notion, sending missions, eventually manned missions, to other bodies orbiting our Sun. The immediate crux is the determination of an asteroid's path and destination, which most should realize is fairly awesome if you consider it.  Asteroids themselves are what some consider minor planets.
NASA is expected to receive $100 million to jump-start a bold asteroid-capture mission, which would drag a 500-ton space rock near the moon for research and exploration purposes.
"NASA is in the planning stages of an innovative mission to accomplish the president's challenge of sending humans to visit an asteroid by 2025 in a more cost-effective and potentially quicker time frame than under other scenarios," a senior administration official told SPACE.com.
"This mission would combine the best of NASA's asteroid identification, technology development and human exploration efforts to capture and redirect a small asteroid to just beyond the moon to set up a human mission using existing resources and equipment, including the heavy-lift rocket and deep-space capsule that have been under development for several years," the official added, referring to NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft. [NASA's Asteroid-Capture Plan (Video)]
In this case specifically you will find an asteroid set to orbit our own natural satellite. Nominally an object achieving Lunar Orbit is an artificial object, a probe or a manned Apollo module. In this case it is a natural object whose path and destiny are altered by artificial means, which means that it will not be too unlike the Apollo missions, except that the point of departure will be severely different.  Nevertheless it will be the first time man has achieved Lunar orbit in decades!





This could well be the most radical step ever taken toward extended manned missions further and further throughout our Solar System.

Best of all, it is achievable, with the technology we have today.
The Keck study estimated that a robotic spacecraft could drag a 23-foot near-Earth asteroid (NEA) — which would likely weigh about 500 tons — into a high lunar orbit for $2.6 billion. The returns on this initial investment are potentially huge, the researchers said.
"Experience gained via human expeditions to the small returned NEA would transfer directly to follow-on international expeditions beyond the Earth-moon system: to other near-Earth asteroids, [the Mars moons] Phobos and Deimos, Mars and potentially someday to the main asteroid belt," the Keck team wrote in a feasibility study of their plan.
The mission would also help develop asteroid-mining technology, advocates say, and advance scientists' understanding of how our solar system took shape more than 4.5 billion years ago.
A major benefit of this mission, especially if among the "natural resources" found in the asteroid is water, is the opportunity to save money and energy used for space travel.
Visited repeatedly by international and commercial robot probes, the captured asteroid will serve as a scientific and industrial guinea pig, giving up its scientific mysteries and sparking the birth of a space natural resources industry.
In the ten-year, $2.6-billion venture, private firms will work with NASA to demonstrate how to extract water, construction material, and even strategic metals from the millions of asteroids that lurk near Earth’s orbit. Access to water, rocket fuel, chemicals, and metals from the asteroids and the Moon would lower dramatically the cost of exploring space, and launch profitable ventures from mining to manufacturing.
The first and most versatile product to go after is water --“space gold.” Water from Earth now costs $10,000 a pound to haul to orbit. Why not extract it in space, where we need it?
The water from a single 500-ton asteroid is worth about $1 billion at today’s launch prices. Baked out of surface minerals with concentrated sunshine, robotic miners can split water into the powerful rocket fuels hydrogen and oxygen, highly valuable to NASA and its partner space agencies.
Private space firms like Planetary Resources, Inc. and Deep Space Industries already plan to prospect and extract water from nearby asteroids. Access to a nearby asteroid would bring us closer to the day when industry can save NASA and its partners billions while turning a profit from space-produced materials. 
Now we need to catalog the existing asteroids in a more complete fashion.




What no one is talking about is the use of weaponizing asteroids as deadly space rocks. One can easily claim an accident if one of these came down on a rival space colony or outright enemy nation. If this is accomplished correctly a given mad scientist can even claim it was just a natural disaster.

Truth be told a space-based rail gun is not actually necessary for this kind of thing. We can do it with the technology we have, including the Asteroid Lasso craft mentioned prior, and just use gravity along with applied mathematics.

equality contrasted to uniformity

Equal value does not necessarily mean equal quality, whether it be the barter system, wine, or anything regarding sex.
I am, of course, deeply aware that when a civilization crumbles, that involves the very relations of the sexes. Equality is not, it must not be, uniformity. The other day I read an orbiter dictum, something that Tocqueville wrote, more than 170 years ago. "It is easy to see that in thus striving to equal the sexes one degrades them both; and that nothing could ever come of such a gross confusion of Nature's work but weak men and unchaste women."
 ~John Lukacs in 'Last Rites' (2009)

Sean Hannity versus Stacy Swimp

The real reason Sean Hannity looks at Stacy Swimp with disdain is hair. Long beautiful hair. Hours after he ran a comb through the growth on his head, the tv host took one look at Mr Swimp and felt a feeling of superiority and disgust, as the light reflected off the surface and into Mr Hannity's eyes. When he got home late that night he asked his wife for affirmation and she gave in, as she always does, and ran her fingers through his hair. The next morning he found more of it in his comb than usual and panic sunk in to Sean Hannity's heart.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Constitution by courage of conviction

written on April 9 by Matt Bedard
The signers of our Declaration of Independence and founders of our nation did not just support their signatures with witty rhetoric and money. Five were captured, tortured and executed by the British for treason. Nine signers and four of their sons fought and died as volunteers in the Revolutionary army. Many more suffered the loss of their homes and families to the revolution, and most never recovered the wealth they lost to the war. No, the war wasn't fought solely by 56 rich old white men. But one doesn't have to be poor to make sacrifices for others, or have faith in a higher ideal.

the Iron Lady has Passed, but not Cher

From NPR, including transcript and broadcast audio:
a Twitter hashtag threw fans of Cher into a panic. It read: #nowthatcherisdead - all one word - referring to the late British leader. But many read it as "now that Cher is dead." One fan of the singer tweeted: I note the hashtag #nowthatcherisdead is trending. I can't confirm anywhere that Cher is dead - leading other users to tweet advice such as why hashtags need spaces.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Steven Weber wants to kill 40% of you, maybe

Remember WINGS?  I liked that show.  Anyway Steven Weber, who at this point is probably somewhat more famous than I am, wants to have "Conservatives" face a trial previously reserved for the genocidal.

the Iron Lady has Passed Part 05 -- from The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

From The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
Statement by Mrs. Ronald Reagan on the death of the Right Honourable the Baroness Margaret Thatcher:
I am terribly saddened today to learn of the death of Margaret Thatcher. The world has lost a true champion of freedom and democracy.

It is well known that my husband and Lady Thatcher enjoyed a very special relationship as leaders of their respective countries during one of the most difficult and pivotal periods in modern history. Ronnie and Margaret were political soul mates, committed to freedom and resolved to end Communism. As Prime Minister, Margaret had the clear vision and strong determination to stand up for her beliefs at a time when so many were afraid to “rock the boat.” As a result, she helped to bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the liberation of millions of people.

Ronnie and I knew her as a dear and trusted friend, and I will miss her. The United States knew Margaret as a spirited and courageous ally, and the world owes her a debt of gratitude.

My heart goes out to Mark, Carol and the entire Thatcher family.

the Iron Lady has Passed Part 04

a Violent Foreign Policy is Sometimes Defensible

There is an aspect of Libertarian Dogma that I must disagree with. This is the notion that if only the United States refused to get involved with the struggles of other nations, then, other nations would leave us alone.

This policy did not work for numerous cultures thoughout history. Recently, it didn't work for the Poles, Belgians, Dutch, Danish, Norwegians, Greeks, Algerians, Egyptians, Indochinese, Chinese, Monogolians, Phillipinos, Indonesians, Albanians, South Vietnamese, South Koreans, Tibeteans, Indians, Kuwaitis, Iranians...I could go on, but what's the point? Dogmatists pay little attention to history.

Surely, there is little value in spending blood and treasure in every little war that comes up. But, anyone interested in living in freedom must understand that sometimes we must fight. That sucks, but if you want to be FREE you must fight those that would take that from you.
-- Bruce Hoepner

the Iron Lady has Passed Part 03

Some people call it a coincidence -- I think it's more than that -- that at the same time in the world, we had Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Margaret Thatcher. Those three leaders on the world stage, at the same time, did more for freedom and liberty for people all over this world than any three people since the founding of this country.
--Rush Limbaugh

Do you smell political fear?

How terrified are Rick Snyder and the GOP estabishment of the Tea Party that they won't repudiate Agema using KKK talking points.
-- Joe DiSano

Fred Thompson on DHS ammunition bulk purchases

The Department of Homeland Security defended their large ammo purchases saying that they buy in bulk to "significantly lower costs".

That's true. Now try it with fence-construction materials.
-- Fred Thompson

the Iron Lady has Passed Part 02

"Our children need strong families raising them with sturdy virtues, not to be smothered in the cold arms of the state."
-- Margaret Thatcher

Catholic Homosexual Communion Perjury

This is above my pay grade, if only because I am not Catholic and the Catholic Church has its own organization and its own rules.
A Detroit professor and legal adviser to the Vatican says Catholics who promote gay marriage should not try to receive holy Communion a key part of Catholic identity.
And the archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron, says Catholics who receive Communion while advocating gay marriage would "logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury." Your thoughts?
-- Wayne Bradley


This could easily demonstrate why it is dangerous for matters and gatherings of faith to get overly political.
David Stephen They should be more concerned about winning souls and not advocating division.
 
Attie Pollard David why do you care?
 
David Stephen It's hateful and representatives of my faith shouldn't conduct themselves in such a manner.
 
Attie Pollard hateful? how is that hateful? that is the law of the church. I don't know why the left wants the church to change.
That sex and politics have become intertwined is irrevocable.  Matters of faith, however, are thoroughly a factor in one's own personal life. If one is a self-professed member of a Church then its rules and how you regard those rules, obey those rules, matter in that person's life.

My only opinion is that if a Church has a traditions or rules then it should be consistent in its application of those rules, tenets, traditions, regardless of its orientation to society's attitude.  In fact a Church ought to be consistent in its application of its rules especially if those rules are contrary to the general flow of secular society.  There is no love in the denial of truth.  That said there is very little point in the application and telling of truth if you are only doing harm in the application or declaration of truth.
 
 

the Iron Lady has Passed Part 01

The new world of freedom into which the dazzled Socialists have stumbled is not new to us. What to them is uncharted territory is to us familiar and well-loved ground. For Britain has returned to those basic truths and principles which made her great—personal liberty, private property and the rule of law, on which democratic freedoms everywhere are based. Ours is a creed which travels and endures. Its truths are written in the human heart.
-- Margaret Thatcher in 1990

Bataan Death March 71st anniversary

On this day in 1942, approximately 12,000 US soldiers became POWs, and then what is know as the Bataan Death March, occurred. This was one of the biggest atrocities in US history. Approximately 650 soldiers perished, and all were beaten, and became malnourished due to the harshness of the Japanese Imperial Army's treatment. Let us all remember the young men who have endured, and sacrificed, so much for our freedom.
-- Dan Lok

on cheering for the Wolverines verus the Cardinals

It’s like saying Ronald McDonald should eat a Whopper, simply because he and the King share a mutual love for burgers.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

"REBUILD" - how to construct a cosmic Cube?

The title of this is "REBUILD" and I found it at design blog called 89-A. I think there is something brilliant here.






The original version of the GIF format was called 87a. In 1989, CompuServe devised an enhanced version, called 89a, which added support for animation delays (multiple images in a stream were already supported in 87a), transparent background colors, and storage of application-specific metadata.
-- About, from Matthew Lucas