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August 13, 2005

New Concept: Let VOTERS Decide!

I missed this one earlier:

Supreme Court Puts Redistricting Measure Back on Ballot

The state Supreme Court moved Friday to put Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's redistricting measure back on California's special-election ballot, saying discrepancies between different versions of the measure were not "likely to have misled the persons who signed the intiative petition."

"We conclude," the court added, "that it would not be appropriate to deny the electorate the opportunity to vote on Proposition 77..."

Finally - the California Supreme Court recognizes what drives most California voters insane: voting on a proposition only to have it over turned by a single judge.

Will this pass in November? I dunno, but at least we - the voters here in California - will have an opportunity to vote on the darned thing.

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August 12, 2005

Into the Breach Once Again

Okay - I got 'dumped' by Google Ads for some inane reason, so now I'm trying this again with two new blog ad companies.

While I'm not normally a 'click freak' and looking to make a living off my blog, I am shooting for something a bit more noble: cable internet.

What's this you say?

Well, here in San Diego one of the cable companies - the one that I'm using that is - is offering a 'package deal' for it subscribers. The 'deal' includes digital phone (local & long distance including Canada), digital cable (which I already get with no premium channels) and Road Runner internet service. The price is less than what I'm currently paying for SBC local phone service, Sprint long distance, digital cable, AND dial-up internet service. It just seems 'logical' to get the premium services for the same amount of money I'm already paying...

So, why am I posting about this and WTF does this have to do with blog advertising?

Well, getting this new 'package deal' isn't the problem or the direct reason I'm posting about it - getting the high speed cable internet throughout my house is.

I've got three computers in the house - two desktops and a notebook - that will (sooner or later) connected to the cable modem, but after I saw the prices for the wireless router and the wireless adapter cards for the two desktops....well, that's why I'm trying these blog ads once again....trying to get the cash to get this all hooked up in Casa del Mikey de la Loco.

I'm gonna have to shell out close to $160 to get the house 'wired' and to really take advantage of the package deal.

So....with that in mind, I'd like to grovel and ask that everyone click on those ads to help Mikey save poor kittens from evil mercenary PETA commandos.

I'm normally not the type to put my financial problems out on the net for discussion and I'm not looking for the 'pity' factor - just need people to click away.

Click away to the left - Mikey needs a new broad-band router and a couple of kidneys....

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Gateway to Mars

Now here's something cool:

Successful Launch for New Mars Spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A spacecraft blasted off Friday into a golden early morning sky, beginning a mission to Mars to gather more data on the Red Planet than all combined previous missions.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter lifted off on an Atlas V rocket on a seven-month journey to Mars. The booster rocket shut down and dropped off into the Atlantic Ocean minutes into the launch. Seconds later, the second-stage rocket engine ignited.

"Surveying for the deepest insights into the mysterious evolution of Mars!" NASA commentator George Diller said after liftoff. The launch came just three days after space shuttle Discovery completed its mission.

Circling the planet for at least four years, the orbiter is to provide unparalleled information on Mars' weather, climate and geology, which could aid possible future human exploration of the Red Planet.

The $720 million mission is divided into two parts.

During its first two years, the orbiter will help build on NASA's knowledge of the history of ice on the planet. The planet is cold and dry with large caps of frozen water at its poles. But scientists think it was a wetter and possibly warmer place eons ago - conditions that might have been conducive to life. Scientists are also trying to determine if it could support future human outposts.

Equipped with the largest telescopic camera ever sent to another planet, the orbiter also will collect data that will help NASA plan where to land two robotic explorers later this decade. The Phoenix Mars Scout, in search of organic chemicals, will be launched in 2007, and the Mars Science Laboratory will follow two years later.

During the second phase of its mission, the orbiter will serve as a communications messenger between the robotic explorers on Mars and Earth. The reconnaissance orbiter has a powerful antenna that can transmit 10 times more data per minute than the current trio of satellites positioned around the planet - NASA's Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey and the European Space Agency's Mars Express.

This is what my brother would refer to as 'good stuff'. And indeed it is.

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Ass-Whooping on Aisle Four

The legacy of the President Bill Clinton gets another nudge in the 'Most Screwed' category:

'Able Danger' Intel Could Rewrite 9/11 History

WASHINGTON — The federal commission that probed the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was told twice about "Able Danger," a military intelligence unit that had identified Mohamed Atta and other hijackers a year before the attacks, a congressman close to the investigation said Wednesday.

Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., a champion of integrated intelligence-sharing among U.S. agencies, wrote to the former chairman and vice-chairman of the Sept. 11 commission late Wednesday, telling them that their staff had received two briefings on the military intelligence unit — once in October 2003 and again in July 2004.

Weldon said he was upset by suggestions earlier Wednesday by 9/11 panel members that it had been not been given critical information on Able Danger's capabilities and findings.

"The impetus for this letter is my extreme disappointment in the recent, and false, claim of the 9/11 commission staff that the commission was never given access to any information on Able Danger," Weldon wrote to former Chairman Gov. Thomas Kean and Vice-Chairman Rep. Lee Hamilton. "The 9/11 commission staff received not one but two briefings on Able Danger from former team members, yet did not pursue the matter.

I haven't kept up on this fully in the last few days - been dealing with some personal things - but as with most 'smoking crater' stories like this I'll have to reserve final judgement until more information is made available.

However - for the moment, I can say this: one or more people are in need of a serious ass-whooping even if some of this pans out.

And I'm talking about 2x4 with a nail in it type ass-whooping.

Congratulations President Clinton: the *cough* 'legacy' of your presidency is shaping up nicely and you're well on your way to becoming the Neville Chamberlain of our lifetimes....

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August 11, 2005

Business 101, Part IV

Something that stuck me as DUH!! that I found on San Diego Indy Media:

Maquiladora Workers Protest in SorrentoValley

San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network invites you to:


A group of eleven Tijuana workers have filed suit against Cardinal Health (before Alaris Medical Systems), through the labor courts of Mexico (Junta de Conciliación y Arbitraje) since August 2004. One year later, the case is still pending. Asking for a solution to the conflict, the workers and a group of supporters will protest in the Cardinal Health offices at Sorrento Valley, San Diego. This is the second time the workers protest in San Diego; they came to Cardinal Health offices on April 7, 2005.

Now the stupidity in this comes from the fact that while there are quite a few companies here in San Diego that operate maquiladora plants south of the border in Mexico, it's becoming more and more difficult for these companies to keep their businesses running due to silly crap like this.

The manufacturing company that I worked for in the last half of the 1990s had a maquiladora plant in Tecate, Mexico. Part of my job as a Design Engineer there was that I would have to go down periodically. When I did, there was nothing but honest and hard work happening there.

And while these workers were making peanuts compared to what I made north of the border, they still made MORE than the typical wages along the border. The plant managers had to constatnly turn away prospective workers that applied for ANY job in the plant. There was the semi-static 'shuffle' of workers between maquiladoras in Tecate (and I'm sure in Tijuana), but it was such a small 'blip' on the radar screen that there wasn't any worry about having enough people to get product out the door.

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August 10, 2005

Age Limitations

Don't really know what to make of this:

42-year-olds now in Pentagon's sights

As part of a package of "urgent wartime support initiatives," the Defense Department has requested that Congress raise the maximum age for military recruits to 42 for all branches of the service.

According to a report in the Army Times, the move would raise considerably the age of potential service members. Under current law, the maximum age to enlist in the active components is 35, while people up to age 39 may enlist in the reserves. By practice, the accepted age for recruits is 27 for the Air Force, 28 for the Marine Corps and 34 for the Navy and Army, although the Army Reserve and Navy Reserve sometimes take people up to age 39 in some specialties, the report stated.

At a hearing of the House Armed Services military personnel subcommittee last month, David S.C. Chu, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said he felt the military's recent problems with recruiting were improving, but that additional incentives would help.

The Times reported Chu did not elaborate on the request to raise the recruitment age and did not mention whether any of the services were seriously considering recruiting 42-year-olds.

Most of the initiatives in the package were previously requested by the Bush administration as part of the 2006 defense budget, which is pending before Congress, and include raises in certain pay bonuses in incentives to help bolster recruiting.

"Recruitment is a challenge right now," said Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., at the hearing. "Both the military and Congress are working on solutions, but I expect these challenges will be with us for some time. Military service is honorable and can be a real growing opportunity for a young man or woman."

Recruitment goals for most of the months this year have not been met, and military leaders have begun instituting various creative incentives to try to boost the numbers.

To allow this to happen, Congress would have to make changes to Title X (I think that's the one) that specifies the maximum age for entry into the U.S. military.

The current law(s) basically say that for anyone to go into the military, they cannot be older than 35 years of age and as the article says there are exceptions for specific jobs.

And what is the underlying reason? The person entering military service must be able to attain 20 years service by age 55.

I found this out the difficult way back in the summer of 2000.

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Something to Ponder

La Shawn Barber takes notice of 'white flight' in a Texas school district and notes the following:

If racism is holding blacks down, as Jesse Jackson would argue, shouldn’t the absence of “racist” whites in a school district (no white students or staff) improve the performance of black students? Research a few predominantly black school districts and let me know what you find.

Start with the predominantly black, heavily-funded government school system in our nation’s capital. [subliminal message: Homeschool your kids!]

Geez almighty: when is this 'racism!!!' crap gonna stop!?!

To me, it seems like those that scream 'racism!!!' and demand more and more concessions in the name of 'equality' are showing that they themselves are the impediment and not the victims.

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The New Anti-War'Tool'

Yogimus sums this up nicely:

Hey Pablo... there is a new Anti-War prop in town. Note to Cindy: Enjoy being used and tossed to the curb. Hope they use lube.

The last guy they used as a prop? Cleaning shitters for a living. His buddies? Doubt they even remember his name. Do YOU really think all your pity party friends are gonna give a piss about you once they're done using you? Guess again.

Tell you what... Your son lived as a soldier, and DIED as a soldier. For pete's sake, let the world remember him as a soldier. Not as "That dead guy with the fucked up mother".

*Update: If I die and anyone tries this shit, I will HAUNT YOU till the end of time.

It is indeed sad that this woman lost her son in Iraq, but Yogimus has it right: honor your son for what *HE* believed in - not what those whispering in your ear believe in.

UPDATE: It would seem that Cindy Sheehan is acting the part of the 'rogue' in her family:


The family of American soldier Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, has broken its silence and spoken out against his mother Cindy Sheehan's anti-war vigil against George Bush held outside the president's Crawford, Texas ranch.

The following email was received by the DRUDGE REPORT from Casey's aunt and godmother:

Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish. Thanks Ð Cherie

In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheehan Family Statement:

The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.


Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

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Click for Cathy

Clik4Cathy.gifChris Muir, creator of the LMAO on-line comic 'Day by Day' is asking for help - he'd like everyone to click on the banner that appears below the comic strip as it promotes the sight and helps them in the fight against cancer.

Chris has a personal stake in this as it's his sister that's dealing with cancer.

Stop by and help out - it won't cost you a dime.

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August 09, 2005

Crow Anyone?

Haven't heard much from the 'children are DYING because of the UN sanctions!!!' crowd about this:

Ex-U.N. officer pleads guilty

NEW YORK -- A former U.N. procurement officer was released on bail yesterday after pleading guilty to accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in connection with the corrupt Iraq oil-for-food program.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan hours earlier had lifted Alexander Yakovlev's diplomatic immunity in response to a request by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, said his chief of staff.

Mr. Yakovlev was the first U.N. official indicted in the scandal, which is being investigated by federal prosecutors, several congressional panels and a U.N. commission headed by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

He pleaded guilty to counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering and was released later on $400,000 bond. He faces up to 20 years in prison for each count.

The Volcker commission, in an interim report yesterday, said Mr. Yakovlev had "engaged in a continuous course of conduct of accepting payments from U.N. contractors," going back to at least 2000.

Isn't it interesting that before Operation Iraqi Freedom there was no end in sight of the shrill screams from all sorts of 'humanitarian groups' about how the sanctions were causing 'millions of Iraqi children to die' and now there's a chorus of crickets chirping?

(I am quite honestly too lazy to look them up. You know they were out there four years ago - so do I - so let's just assume that history has not been re-written and those people & groups weren't eliminated from time itself.)

Although many suspected that Saddam and his posse were outright stealing money generated from the 'Oil-for-Food' program, there wasn't enough proof to really generate much ado about anything before the war. And now that the war has revealed all of this corruption - not only on the part of the Baathist members in Baghdad, but severely entrenched in the oh-so-saintly United Nations, the only outrage derived from all of this is from those of us that pointed out again and again and again that the 'millions of dead children' were not because of the sanctions themselves.

So where are all those 'end the sanctions' groups? What is their reaction to all these new revelations?

I think I know where: mixed in with the crow pie their shovelling in their faces. Either that or all of those whiners cannot begin to formulate any sort of response that doesn't make them look like....well, complete fracking morons.

Yet another example of people thinking with their hearts instead of using simple logic to analyze a given situation.

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Back on the Ground

Discovery Lands Safely in California

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Discovery and its crew of seven glided safely back to Earth on Tuesday, ending a riveting, at times agonizing, 14-day test of space shuttle safety that was shadowed by the ghosts of Columbia.

Discovery swooped through the predawn darkness and landed at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert at 5:11 a.m. PDT, concluding the first shuttle re-entry since Columbia's tragic return.

The landing was moved to California because of thunderstorms at the shuttle's home base of Cape Canaveral, Fla.

"Congratulations on a truly spectacular test flight," Mission Control said once Discovery came to a stop. "Welcome home, friends."

"We're happy to be back and we congratulate the whole team for a job well done," Commander Eileen Collins replied.

The inherently dangerous ride down through the atmosphere — more anxiety-ridden than normal because of what happened to Columbia 2 1/2 years ago — appeared to go smoothly.


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August 08, 2005

Thanks for the Help

Normally I don't/won't re-post stuff from San Diego Indy Media, but this is hilarious.

The 'special education' crowd over at SDIMC is crowing about the apparent 'dispersal' of the Minutemen Project from watching the border down in Campo near San Diego.

And before it's deleted - at IT WILL be deleted - enjoy a snippet of the overall effect of what they call the 'Buenos Noches Brigade' and it's oppostion:

Surprise, surprise

08.08.2005 07:26

Hate to break it to you folks, but the Minutemen haven't left California, and they haven't left Campo. They just aren't at the VFW anymore. So now you can play hide and seek finding our new location.

While you were patting each other on the back, they were patrolling in Jacumba and other places. They're still on the border fence today, and will be tomorrow. Glad you had a nice party, and thanks loads for all the help the Buenas Noches Brigade and Angeles de Desierto provided. They were SO effective at scaring away illegal immigration that we're discussing making them Honorary Minutemen for all their assistance to our efforts. The music was cool too.

Must be a real bummer to hear the even government officials are glad we were there, while merely tolerating your antics.

And of course, we fully support your rights under the U.S. Constitution as American citizens to freely express your views and assemble to protest legally. It's only a pity you don't hold the same values as dearly where those who disagree with you are concerned, but we still have hopes you'll come to your senses and support the Constitution, eventually.


And there's also this one:

08.08.2005 07:57

You find someone on the top of a hill and surround them and yell at them until they decide to go away. That's your big plan? What happen to the rights of these people? You want the U.S. to treat illegal immigrants with the same rights as its' citizens, but you are treading on our rights now. This will not be excepted. Good luck making, there is a reason we call you people migrants. You're like locusts, you destroy the land you have recently invaded and move north to destroy more. You know what we do with pests?

God bless America and those who have been sworn to protect it.
We'd love to have you here, just go by the rules and laws that are set up to govern this great nation.


The Buenas Noches Brigade did what the Minutemen were attempting to do: make a lot of noise and scare the illegals and the drugrunners away from that section of the border.

Sometimes you have to admire the shear '180-degree' results of the left when they really put their minds to something...

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Mikey is a forty-something U.S. Navy veteran that is currently taking a break from being a full-time student at UC San Diego studying electrical engineering.

He's also a husband, a father, a former Independent/Democrat and is currently dealing with dialysis and getting on the national kidney transplant list.

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