Thursday, April 29, 2004

Help The U.N. to NOT get LOST

If you still think that the UN is harmless you obviously have not been reading my Blog very long, and you have not read about their most recent attempt to garner dictatorial control over 70% of the planet. The secret to this powerplay is LOST or the Law of Sea Treaty. This deal would give them the ability to rule and tax the sea. Every nation on earth would be weakend by this treaty that makes the U.N the most powerful entity in existence.
As always when I write about the U.N. I must end with an invitation. I invite you to tell your elkected officials that you want America OUT of the UN!
My brothers notes in his blog aboutLibertarians and the War on Terror and states his disagreement with their views. Like my brother I am not a member of the Libertarian party, nor am I even philosophically within the strictest definition of libertarinism. I am actually what would be called a confederate consitutionalist (Lex Rex) if you were to really get to the heart of the issue, but that is a matter for another post.
My brother, please read his post first, in the samll print on the bottom, is wrong that the classic "isolationism" attitude of the past is not only unattainable, but would also weaken and impoverish our country. My wife, who I agured this with for like an hour after reading and agreeing with my brother is also wrong. The only way to continue our international wealth is to stay out of the political agenda of other nations.
I pointed out the poll a few days back that noted most Iraqis were unhappy with the US liberation and occupation of their nation. Even today I saw a USAToday/CNN poll that says the people dislike the American liberation and occupation of their nation. This means, these people were happy living under a dicator, and it is therefore not our business.
I believe that people are deserving of freedom, and I believe people should fight to bring freedom to themselves.
We should be seen as a client, a customer, and vendor to the world not as a nanny and ATM machine. As long as we continue to fulfill these two functions for the world we will have to host a war on terror. The answer is and always will be POLITICAL Isolationism. In a consitutional confederacy (read your history books that is how this nation was originally organized) states choose to share in your freedom through association. In a imperalist state, people force their nation through military occupation. HMMMMMMM which one do we look like today?

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

3 Baby Book or 1 Big Kid Book

In the past we have read 3 "First Reader" books at bedtime. Recently however Ella has switched to wanting a "real' story. She is a big fan of Wemmicks by Max Lucado. 2 nights ago we read Cinderella, so she does have varrying taste as well.
Anyway, last night she brings me over "Bath Time Ernie" and I read it, then I tell her, "That was a little book, so we can read a few more." Next she brings me "Bed Time Grover" and last she brings "Happy Halloween Blue." It is now time for Bible and prayers, but she begs for "1 more book please" and I cave in. She comes over carrying what but a long, big kid story. DOH... She got 4 books and 1 was a big kid story. Go her!

Monday, April 26, 2004

Christi Is 27 Today!

Christi is 27 years old today. If you want to send her some virtual flowers you can do that using this website.

Don't forget to remind how close she is getting to 30. She is not comfortable with her own geriatric progress.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

FBI wants to watch you type - News - ZDNet

An intresting article.
FBI wants to watch you type - News - ZDNet

Now I do not share his politics but you must at least agree with his quote, "Maybe they're right. New technologies do present police with new headaches, and perhaps that justifies additional wiretapping powers. But the question will be: Who gets to make that call--elected representatives in Congress or well-meaning but unelected bureaucrats at the FCC?" We can not let power hungry theives steal what little scraps of liberty we are still afforded through backdoors and open floors.

Why Only 2 Canidates

According the US Dept of State Poll - Bush Maintains his lead in this 2 canidate election cycle.
I am a firm supporter of the freedom of the press, and a free press has the right to cover any number canidates it feels makes good press. However when the state department acts as if there are only 2 canidates in this election, that shows even a greater need to cleanup the system.

A Quote From "The Federalist"

"The Supreme Court is divided almost in half on the decisions. Talk about an international court. How would we ever agree with a lot of foreigners when we can't even agree among our own judges?" --Will Rogers

Aljazeera.Net - Poll finds most Iraqis oppose occupation

A Link to the other side of the Press Office telling us how much Iraqis love American occupation. Aljazeera.Net - Poll finds most Iraqis oppose occupation

Truth is usually found in the means

Guess Who's Back...The Military Draft

I remember growing up in school learning the famous words of Patrcik Henry, "Give me liberty or give me death" A sort of mantra that summed up the feelings of a prenatal nation founded on the principals of life, liberty, and happiness. The words of this great American hero were forgotten yesterday by Senator Chuck Hagel, R-Neb said ""'Why shouldn't we ask all of our citizens to bear some responsibility and pay some price?' Hagel said, arguing that restoring the draft would force 'our citizens to understand the intensity and depth of challenges we face.' "
Senator Hagel forgot the context of English occupation that prompted Patrick Henry to say, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery! Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" He, and John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton, and George W. Bush, and many more on both sides of the congress across party line are seeking to enslave and chain America's young people to forced labor in a war that is about imperialism and power.
There is only 1 way to end the "War on Terror" and it is not the enslavement of America's youth. It is to adopt a non-interventionst policy in the politics of foreign of nation.
Senator Hagel and others I implore you to fix the problem not the disease.

Quote Source: WorldNetDaily: Republican senator: Bring back the draft:

Monday, April 19, 2004

Interface or Code?

My brother asks an intresting question in the Programmer Interview PDF he has posted on his blog.

"In your opinion, which is more important in the development of an application: the design of the interface or the design of the code?"

As I read this question I thought that it was a question that would apply and should be asked everyday by everyone of us before we sit down to perform any task in life.

For those of you with no computer background let me reword the question, "Which is more important, the answer or the presentation of the answer." I have head several friends of mine fired from preaching jobs because they did never focused presentation of the answer. I have had other friends fired for focusing only on presentation and never on the answer itself.

To my brother, a rational linear annalytical thinker, there is only on right answer, the design of the code. The problem is perfect code with no interface that can be understood will only drive people away from the application not toward it.

Allow me the oppurtunity to give an example. Many time people find Legalism in the Bible and are therefore turned off toward Christianity. Is there a black and white unmoveable LAW within the Bible? Yes, of course, but the interface is what shows us the law. My personal interaction with God and time spent learning more about his passionate pursuit of his people, has shown the benefits of the "application." I am sure you have all had this same experience in your lives.

On with applying this in every encounter we have with people. Many hurdles in my marriage, friendships, family, and work life could have been avoided by better "application" on my part. If I had focused on the needs of the other person many times I would have made different choices. At the same time, relationship will hit hard choices, and at times I could have benefited each of these relationships by simply presenting the underlying application within a better interface, (i.e. more wisely chosen words.)

We as people must be both application and interface driven in our personal relationships. We must trust the Lord and our humble submission to his will to show us which choice in more important in the development of each situation we face in lfe.

Friday, April 16, 2004

Iraq war is Treason

I would ask you read the thoughts of Dr. RObert Bowman (no relation) on Georgie Porgie's war in Iraq. Yahoo Some Dare Call It Treason Choose to agree or or disagree, but it is definitely worth reading.

Friday, April 09, 2004

Your Libertarian Purity Test Score

Use this link Your Libertarian Purity Test Score to find out more about the Whako Libertarians of the world. I score a 97! As I have said before, I am not a libertarian purist. I am not an anarchist. I do believe in responsible self government. A small republic must exist for the purpose of general wlefare.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

The Genius of Microsoft!

Score one for Microsoft and their inovative comitment to a free market society. I know that people who work in the Information Technology arena are supposed to hate Microsoft. I however LOVE Microsoft, and love their abilty to dominate. Here is a quote from a great great article. The article is slanted against Microsoft, but hey it still can't deny the truth.

"Long before Microsoft learned the 'importance of sharing code,' it learned that to beat any competitor, it should 'embrace and extend' that competitor's technology. Want to take over the Internet? Embrace Web browsing technology with a free browser, Internet Explorer, that's incorporated into the operating system, and extend it with proprietary 'enhancements' that make other browsers look bad. It worked.
So, although some people rave about how great Mozilla, Opera and Firefox are, according to, Internet Explorer this January had a total global-usage share of 94.8 percent. Second place went to Mozilla with an almost insignificant 1.8 percent, and Opera 7 came in with a global usage of 0.8 percent."

MS Open-Source Move is Straight from Playbook

Monday, April 05, 2004

Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people.

As we approach the anniversary of the last ruling the 9th circuit made against the second Amendement I wanted to post KOZINSKI, Circuit Judge, dissenting opinion as a reminder to the Judicial liberty taken by our court system in their carefully chosen abuse against our personal liberty. Please bear with me, it is a lot to read, and it's in leagealese.

Judges know very well how to read the Constitution broadly when they are sympathetic to the right being asserted. We have held, without much ado, that “speech, or . . . the press” also means the Internet...and that “persons, houses, papers, and effects” also means public telephone booths... When a particular right comports especially well with our notions of good social policy, we build magnificent legal edifices on elliptical constitutional phrases —or even the white spaces between lines of constitutional text... But, as the panel amply demonstrates, when we’re none too keen on a particular constitutional guarantee, we can be equally ingenious in burying language that is incontrovertibly there.

It is wrong to use some constitutional provisions as springboards for major social change while treating others like senile relatives to be cooped up in a nursing home until they quit annoying us. As guardians of the Constitution, we must be consistent in interpreting its provisions. If we adopt a jurisprudence
sympathetic to individual rights, we must give broad compass to all constitutional provisions that protect individuals from tyranny. If we take a more statist approach, we must give all such provisions narrow scope. Expanding some to gargantuan proportions while discarding others like a crumpled gum wrapper is not faithfully applying the Constitution; it’s using our power as federal judges to constitutionalize our personal preferences.

The able judges of the panel majority are usually very sympathetic to individual rights, but they have succumbed to the temptation to pick and choose. Had they brought the same generous approach to the Second Amendment that they routinely bring to the First, Fourth and selected portions of the Fifth, they would have had no trouble finding an individual right to bear arms. Indeed, to conclude otherwise, they had to ignore binding precedent... did not hold that the defendants lacked standing to raise a Second Amendment defense, even though the government argued the collective rights theory in its brief... The Supreme Court reached the Second Amendment claim and rejected it on the merits after finding no evidence that Miller’s weapon—a sawed-off shotgun—was reasonably susceptible to militia use.... We are bound not only by the outcome of Miller but also by its rationale. If Miller’s claim was dead on arrival because it was raised by a person rather than a state, why would the Court have bothered discussing whether a sawed-off shotgun was suitable for militia use? The panel majority not only ignores Miller’s test; it renders most of the opinion wholly superfluous. As an inferior court, we may not tell the Supreme Court it was out to lunch when it last visited a constitutional provision.

The majority falls prey to the delusion—popular in some circles—that ordinary people are too careless and stupid to own guns, and we would be far better off leaving all weapons in the hands of professionals on the government payroll. But the simple truth—born of experience—is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people. Our own sorry history bears this out: Disarmament was the tool of choice for subjugating both slaves and free blacks in the South. In Florida, patrols searched blacks’ homes for weapons, confiscated those found and punished their owners without judicial process. See Robert J. Cottrol & Raymond T. Diamond, The Second Amendment: Toward an Afro-Americanist Reconsideration, ... In the North, by contrast, blacks exercised their right to bear arms to defend against racial mob violence...As Chief Justice Taney well appreciated, the institution of slavery required a class of people who lacked the means to resist... A revolt by Nat Turner and a few dozen other armed blacks could be put down without much difficulty; one by four million armed blacks would have meant big trouble.

All too many of the other great tragedies of history— Stalin’s atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name but a few—were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed populations. Many could well have been avoided or mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece, as the Militia Act required here... If a few hundred Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars. My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed—where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once. Fortunately, the Framers were wise enough to entrench the right of the people to keep and bear arms within our constitutional structure. The purpose and importance of that right was still fresh in their minds, and they spelled it out clearly so it would not be forgotten. Despite the panel’s mighty struggle to erase these words, they remain, and the people themselves can read what they say plainly enough:A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. The sheer ponderousness of the panel’s opinion—the mountain of verbiage it must deploy to explain away these fourteen short words of constitutional text—refutes its thesis far more
convincingly than anything I might say. The panel’s labored effort to smother the Second Amendment by sheer body weight has all the grace of a sumo wrestler trying to kill a rattlesnake by sitting on it—and is just as likely to succeed.

SILVEIRA Vs. LOCKYER -05/06/2003 Visit Myth of Sisyphus for very intelligent commentary on the Supreme Court's denial to hear this case.

Aaron Russo Audio Message

I want to invite all of you who are willing to download and listen to this Aaron Russo 3 Minute audio appeal from his website blog.

Aaron Russo is the ONE canidate America needs to be listening to as she seeks to decide her future. We are headed toward the grave ending of Egyot, Greece and Rome. Russo holds to the principles that will turn the tide and save this great nation. If you are TRULY a patriot, you will listen to this message, and vote for Aaron Russo this November.

1-700-555-4141 - Check Your Long Distance Provider

You can check the status of your long distance provider by dialing 1-700-555-4141. I never knew that, and thought it was a cool little fact.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Not Without My Daughter

So my wife was able to return home last night. YAY!!! but she forgot to bring our daughter with her. Well, that may be a bit of a misstatement. Ella is spending a week w/ her Granny in Nash"gaudy"ville, TN. We will be going down next weekend to pick her up. This will be an entire 2 WEEKS I will not see my precious little girl and that makes me sad.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Mobog - Send pics directly from your camera phone

I have been at Midway for an hour and a 1/2 waiting for Christi to land. So in my boredom I have been surfing through Mobog The premier site on the net for those who want to send pics directly from their camera phone to be pubished on the web.

There is some offensive material on it, since it is unedited, but if you are willing to overlook the people posting inapropriate pics, it seems to be an intrestesting study in perspective.
You can visit Kevin's Mobog to see a compendium of my post, which is only three so far.

I Am Not Of 2 Minds

My brother had a post on his Blog that seemed to miss the point of my comments. I assume in a case like this that I was unclear in my statements. When I stated that it was not easy being a Conservavtive Christian and Libertarian both, it was predicated on the following sentence " It is not always easy to walk both worlds and I often find myself at odds with friends both in the church and within my libertarian circles." That comment explained I was meaning this socially speaking, not ideallogically. From a philosophical perspective I agree with my brothers comments completely. However there are many I have social interaction with that do not see this dynamic.

If The Crime Doesn't Fit, You Must Acquit"

This interesting article about the Martha Stewart case for the Northwest Arkansas Times make great point about the governments case against Martha. In essence it asks how a person can be sent to jail for lying about a crime that never took place. Since Ms. Stewart did not participate in Insider Trading, how can she be convicted for lying about it. Sounds to me like the Federal Bureau of Gestapo Style Investigation is just up to it's typical atrocities.