Archive for February, 2007

Waste of Time

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Representative Lamar Smith(R-TX-21) recently introduced a bill called the “Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today’s Youth Act (SAFETY) of 2007” which on the surface seems like a nice idea.  Trouble is, it will give ISPs an opportunity(or requirement) to jack up the prices they offer to consumers due to this section:

Sec. 6. Record Retention Requirements For Internet Service Providers.

(a) Regulations- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Attorney General shall issue regulations governing the retention of records by Internet Service Providers. Such regulations shall, at a minimum, require retention of records, such as the name and address of the subscriber or registered user to whom an Internet Protocol address, user identification or telephone number was assigned, in order to permit compliance with court orders that may require production of such information.

From the perspective of the ISP, this will be a nightmare.  The volume of information the ISPs will be required to hold is massive.  They will also have to keep at the ready tools to parse this information.  While the technical aspect of parsing these logs is not that much of an issue, it would take time for employees to do.  The additional disk space required to hold the logs and the threat of the time sink brought about by any subpoena, however frivolous, will all mean higher prices for consumers.  I think this could fall under the heading of “sharing the guilt”.

From the consumer perspective, we all value our privacy.  While it’s true that the animals who prey on children do not deserve the right of privacy on any level(having surrendered that right the first time they touched a child), forcing the non-pedophiles among us to surrender their privacy because of the actions of a few pieces of human trash is wrong.  My activities, whether online or out there in the brick and mortar world, are private.  If I want to share with the world what I do, that’s my business.  Why should the law abiding folks be punished for the law breakers activities?  The Internet isn’t the cause of this particular perversion.  To twist up an cliche’, The Internet doesn’t abuse children, People abuse children.

Contact your Congresscritter and suggest that they oppose this horrendous waste of time.

    Domestic Enemies

    Saturday, February 17th, 2007

    While I’m not altogether surprised, it still climbs right up under my skin. The House passed this useless piece of trash condemning the mission in Iraq. Even though many of them voted for the mission in the first place.

    I’m just so tired of the same old garbage being kicked around by the Democrat party. They apparently have no plan for Victory and are willing to run away when things get tough. They talk about the lies told by the President. They talk about fighting “the real enemy”. They talk about the “civil war” in Iraq. They don’t come out and say that our military is incapable of winning this war…oh but wait…they do:

    In my judgment, this war is beyond the scope of our men and women in uniform. The situation in Iraq is in dire need of a diplomatic solution. Sure, we need to be ready to take down al Qaeda training camps in the region, but we do not need to be refereeing age-old religious disputes.

    THOMAS [Page: H1645] [Time 21:00]

    Who said that? To my shame, it is my very own Congressman Ben Chandler(KY-6). Congressman, do you really mean to say that our military cannot win this fight? Do you actually mean to say that our military is incapable of defeating the barbarians? Do you honestly think that our men and women in uniform are weaker than the barbarians? Mr. Chandler, you have a strong family name in our Commonwealth. AB Chandler was a great Kentucky Governor. I fear you are casting shame upon your grandfather’s name by these words and your vote in support of this resolution.

    Thankfully, we in Kentucky have someone who believes our military *IS* stronger than the barbarians. Ron Lewis(KY-2) spoke strongly against the Defeat Resolution.

    [pre-emptive update: Dianne Feinstein just called for a deadline of the initial Iraq invasion. Calling for a deadline where the President would have to come back to Congress for further activity in the country. Good Lord, we are heading to hell in a handbasket because of these people]

    Mr. Lewis said in part:

    Mr. Speaker, if we cut and run, if we retreat from Iraq , we will forfeit our ability to lead the world against the enemies of peace. Iraq , in all likelihood, would fall to Iranian dominance and would become a launching pad for terror attacks against the United States and Israel. Islamic jihadists will be emboldened in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the greater Middle East. The world oil supply could be vulnerable to jihadist control, and nuclear armed missiles in Pakistan could turn into a hellish nightmare.

    And Israel, Mr. Speaker, one of our closest and most faithful allies, could see its very existence perilously close to total annihilation. World War III could even be the final consequence of the misguided actions of this Congress if we retreat from Iraq . But sadly, Mr. Speaker, there are some in this Congress who are more concerned about the next election than the next generation.

    Thomas [Page: H1764]

    That is the bottom line on a couple fronts.  First, walking away from the fight in Iraq would certainly lead to an Iranian dominated state.  Jordan would then be in the cross hairs of Iran as they continued to spread their “revolution” across the Middle East and the world.  Second, this whole useless debate on this useless resolution was about 2008 and the elections in our country.  We have a bunch of people more willing to allow the deaths of untold thousands of people just to get reelected.

    It appears as I write this the Senate is working on passing the same Surrender and Get Elected resolution.  God help us.

    The roll call for the House vote will follow shortly.

    Democrats refuse to hear Republican alternatives to Biden-Levin Resolution

    Monday, February 5th, 2007

    THAT should be the headline rather than G.O.P. Senators Thwart Debate on Iraq Policy as the Crimes has it or Republicans block Senate debate on Iraq as the AlQeada Propogandists has it.

    It seems that McConnell (R-KY) wants to see a couple of alternatives hit the floor as well. If Senator Reid is so convinced that the American People are for this Biden-Levin resolution then why wouldn’t they simply relish the opportunity to see two Republican sponsored resolutions go down in flames? Could it be because those resolutions would force the Senate’s hand on whether or not they might cut funding later on? You betcha. All their rhetoric about “supporting the troops” and all that is the crap we knew it was. They want to offer up Biden-Levin, have it pass, and then at the first sign of something that might appear to be a set back in the President’s “Clear and Hold” plan declare “DISASTER” and cut funding….with the full faith, support, and ink from the Crimes et al no doubt.

    Senator McConnell, keep this up and you just might get the coveted first “Half Horse – Half Gator” award this year.

    Indianapolis Colts…Superbowl Champs

    Sunday, February 4th, 2007

    small prediction. 😉

    Peyton Manning, Superbowl MVP. What say you now haters?

    Somethings just won’t change

    Friday, February 2nd, 2007

    After the elections in November when the Democrats reclaimed Congress I made a pledge on this blog that all labels I had slapped on individuals and organizations within the US were withdrawn. One of those labels was placed on the NY Times newspaper for their continual leaks, misrepresentation of soldier’s final words, and outright political activism. I called them the New York Crimes. After the election, in the spirit of recognizing the change in the country, I wiped the slate clean of any real or perceived injustices by the New York Times.

    Today I replace the title of NEW YORK CRIMES on this rag. Michelle Malkin first brought my attention to a video on the Crimes website containing the final moments of Army Staff Sgt. Hector Leija . The Crimes posted the article before DOD could notify the Sergeants family which violated their “embed” rules. Michelle, of course, covered this extremely well so check her site for the details. The Crimes claimed they were all torn up about posting this before the family was notified on Wednesday and that they would write a letter to the family expressing their “concern and sympathy” or some such tripe as that. That was wednesday. Michelle has a screen cap of the video, still available, as of Thursday morning. Here’s this cap from just a few minutes ago… (read on at your peril)

    Vista has improved security!…or something

    Thursday, February 1st, 2007

    You just gotta love this.  All the ranting and raving about how great Vista is going to be has covered the industry rags for the last year and a half.  I’m sure that great strides have been taken to clean up the mess.  SecurityFocus ran an article earlier this week claiming “Vista raises the bar for flaw finders” touting the new OS.  This quote caught my eye:

    “None of the features in Windows Vista, either individually or together, are meant to be bulletproof,” said Stephen Toulouse, senior product manager for Microsoft’s Security Technology Unit. “But the defense-in-depth will significantly raise the security level compared to Windows XP.”

    It’s great that they recognize that the bad guys will certainly find holes somewhere.  Time is always on the attackers side.  Defense in Depth is the SOP for all security practices and Vista has gone along way to that end over it’s predecessor. So just when you think the boys and girls in Redmond are on the ball, this breaks on the DailyDave list yesterday from George Ou:

    “I recorded a sound file that would engage speech command on Vista, then engaged the start button, and then I asked for the command prompt.  When I played back the sound file with the speakers turned up loud, it actually engaged the speech command system and fired up the start menu.  I had to try a few more times to get the audio recording quality high enough to get the exact commands I wanted but the shocking thing is that it worked!”

    So LITERALLY right out of the box Vista is saying, quoting SecurityFocus, “PC, root thyself!”

    I love it when a plan comes together.