Archive for February, 2006

These legendary heroes and their brave families.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

NAJIM ABDULLAH ABID AL-JIBOURI, Mayor of Tall テ「竄ャヒ廣far, Ninewa, Iraq, sends his compliments to the 3rd Armored Combat Regiment:

To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the souls of your loved ones. Their sacrifice was not in vain. They are not dead, but alive, and their souls hovering around us every second of every minute. They will never be forgotten for giving their precious lives. They have sacrificed that which is most valuable. We see them in the smile of every child, and in every flower growing in this land. Let America, their families, and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life.

Greyhawk has the rest…go. Read. NOW!

Freedom of Expression

Monday, February 13th, 2006

I’ve always loved watching people express themselves. I was in High School at the hieght of the “punk” craze and it was amazing the the stuff people did to express themselves. Spiked hair, ink, the beginnings of what has come to be known as “body mods”. Amazing stuff.

Artists are by their very nature expressive people. God Bless them for what they do…especially the visual art types. The things people can dream up in their heads and then somehow translate into something visual amazes me. Some folks get all bent out of shape about some works of art. Piss Christ(forgive me for not linking, search this blog for the title and you’ll find it) didn’t do anything for me personally and in fact I found it pretty offensive. But…it was the artist’s way of expressing his opinion of the Christian Faith. I don’t care for it but I respect his right to express himself.

Back in September some cartoon artists in Denmark expressed themselves concerning the Mohammed theme. For several months very little was said about it beyond a few blogs. In the past couple of weeks the “muslim street” tried to destroy itself over the “blasphemy”. Westerners were, and are, appalled at the violence, deaths, and acts of war resulting from the “outrage”. Westerners screamed about the “Freedom of Speech” and “Freedom of Expression” of the Denmark cartoonists. I happen to agree with them…being a “westerner” I guess it’s in my blood. It’s clearly not in the blood of the “muslim street”…heaven knows we’ve seen enough of it.

Here’s a test for those supporters of “Freedom of Expression” out there. Check out Giuseppe Veneziano’s latest.

Microsoft wants to think for you…again.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Well well well, M$ has come out with a subscription based program that will roll all of your security related applications(firewall, AV, and Spyware) into one handy package. They call it OneCare. You can read all about it here, start at the bottom and read up.

They seem to be implying that this won’t interfere with the other security related apps you are running and will be the onestop shop for all things malware. Right. Holes have already been found and probably addressed…the program is still in Beta until July. These problems, however, show at best, a stunning ignorance of the threats out there and at worst a sloppy implementation.

Problem 1: Anything utilizing JVM gets a free pass through the firewall.

Problem 2: Any signed application gets a free pass through the firewall.

“Oh but signed applications are safe aren’t they?” Uh…no. Many bits of Malware are signed today to keep windows from alerting on them. It’s become standard practice and most everyone in the security world knows it…except the folks at Microsoft apparently. Oh, wait, I mentioned “security world” and “Microsoft” in the same sentence…silly me.

M$ wants $49.95/yr for the use of this “service”.

As I said on their blog, why would I move away from Zonealarm(free), AVG(free), and Spybot(free)? Why do I need OneCare to tell me about threats when I already have SANS Internet Storm Center? Why would I encourage my not-so-tech-savvy family and friends to participate in this post-modern version of the Bait and Switch? They’re going to call me anyway…

Ed “The Legend” Skoudis, SANS instructor and Malware expert, welcomes M$’s foray into the security world:

I agree with Ed in that it’s all about trade offs…I’m just not sure the trade offs made by M$ are worth the gamble. My recent rant has been “Don’t Think For Me!” and it holds true here. Let ME decide what my trade offs are. I really believe that in todays network world users have to be educated. The days of dropping $2500 on a machine and jumping on the “super info-highway data freeway thingamajig” with your killer 300bps acoustic coupler are over. Today’s world simply requires users to know and understand alittle about how their machines operate on the network. They don’t need an indepth knowledge of TCP/IP. They don’t need to be CCNE’s. They **DO** need to understand that programs will try and reach them across the internet and not all of those programs are nice. They **DO** need to understand that not ALL of the programs on their machine need to have access to the Internet. If folks can’t grasp those two ideas then perhaps they need to reconsider getting online.

Cartoon Wars

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

The Face of Mohammed blog is keeping track of how the countries of the world are responding to the Danish Cartoons.

Amazing isn’t it?テつ Well…okay the map is showing nothing that we didn’t expect already. What is truely amazing is this post by sbrant on the unfortunate reality of “Today”.テつ It seems that 12 Cartoons have done more to solidify the players on the War on Terror than 4000 dead ever could.

Religion of Peace…or something

Monday, February 6th, 2006

It has become a bit of satirical humor to call Islam the “religion of peace”. Some have even gone as far as to call it the “religion of pieces”. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, until the “good” Muslims begin to get loud and proud, ALL Muslims will be painted with the broad brush of ignorant, intolerant, violent, extremists who are either supporting terrorism or are actively involved with the acts themselves.

Last week the Danish cartoons broke in the national media. The blogosphere has been talking about them for a while…proving once again that WE are the ones determining news and the MSM just hangs on our coattails. The “Islam Street” erupted into fits of firebombs, threats, and riots. The pictures from these “demonstrations” are enough to make the most hardened person cringe, cry, and vomit. This from the “religion of peace”.

I do not think it’s appropriate to go out of one’s way to offend the sensibilities of another’s religion. However, when the deed is done, the offended shouldn’t then call for the beheading of the offender, burn down his country’s embassies and those of the allies of said country, and certainly don’t teach your children that outright slaughter is the appropriate response. I’ve been waiting for the more moderate reasonable Muslims in the world to come out with a more reasonable response…ANYTHING except riots, firebombs, and children wrapped in barbarians slogans. When Andres Serrano released the NEA funded despicable “artwork” Piss Christ was released the American “Christian street” erupted. Not in firebombs and riots but with rhetoric. We called for the end of the NEA…not of Mr. Serrano. We called for the boycott of the work…not the destruction of the work. We were moved to screams in prayer…not screams of vengeance. I have to wonder why American Christians are consistently labelled as “Extremists” yet the best the world can muster about the Danish cartoons is “Row
It’s been a week and there’s been nothing in the news from the “moderate” Muslims.

Maybe that’s the problem. The newsies aren’t interested in anything but the “bubble headed bleached blond” telling us of the “plane crash with a gleam in her eye” because “it’s interesting when people die”. What would be more newsworthy than a group of devout Muslims calling their brethren to the carpet for such infantile behavior?

That is unless the the “religion of peace” isn’t that at all.テつ Perhaps the “religion of peace” is more about destroying anyone who may have something even slightly derogatory to say about their “prophet”.テつ Perhaps the “religion of peace” is just a blood thirsty bunch of barbarians masquerading under the veil of “religion”.

I’m with Steven at Vodkapundit.テつ If they, the barbarians masquerading under the veil of “religion”, want a war…then we’ll give them one.テつ But not with rocks, firebombs, and IEDs…no no…that’s not how you obliterate a cultural threat.テつ Go read his piece for the correct approach.