Archive for the ‘The Blue Pill’ Category

Chase Bank

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Identity theft is a big deal. Doesn’t take a lot to completely take over someone’s identity giving you access to their credit rating which in this world is all you really need to royally screw up someone’s life while enriching yours…if you can sleep at night.

This video shows several Chase Bank branches in New York City and what these guys found in their trash. Does YOUR bank have a shredding policy? Do they follow it?

Kentucky State Government blocks access to some blogs

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Notably, Bluegrassreport.org who has been very critical of the Fletcher Administration because of the Merit System scandal. I haven’t been exactly friendly to this administration either because of the same scandal and my blog is no long accessible within the state’s network.

The geeks tell people they blocked blogs and newsgroups based on a list provided by the company who made their content management/monitoring system. If that’s the case then they need to dump that product because the BIG political blogs out there are not blocked. Sites like Instapundit, Daily Kos, and Andrew Sullivan were accessible as of yesterday while Michelle Malkin, Blackfive.net, and lil ole me are blocked. How exactly I ended up in the same block rule as Michelle I’ll never know…I’ll just enjoy the company for a while.

If you can read this then you can head over to BGR for all their details. They are filing FOIA requests for the discussion that led to this implementation of “the list”. As friendly as Fletcher has become with email, I’m all but certain we will see this reveal one of two things:

1) Fletcher either ordering, or ignoring the spectre of, censorship of certain sites based on political content. If this is the case he has to go. Before, I wanted him to resign because of the indictment. It was the right thing to do. Now, if this proves to be a censorship thing, he has to be thrown from office. His behavior is unbecoming a Kentucky Governor or even a Kentuckian.

2) Total and complete incompetence in the implementation of a policy designed to limit the availability of “time sinks” to employees. Networks are not democratic things and they cannot be run by committee. Policies are necessary dictating what users can and cannot do. If this proves the case then someone else has to go…we’ll find out who in due time.

Jesse MacBeth…what a piece of work is…well…

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

With a surname like MacBeth I just couldn’t help myself.

… have we eaten on the insane root That takes the reason prisoner?
Macbeth, 1. 3

Yep…he certainly has.

What bloody man is that?
Macbeth, 1. 2

Why that would be some useless piece of trash after the milblogs have gotten done with him, that’s the (rhetorically) bloody man!

Stands not within the prospect of belief.
Macbeth, 1. 3

It certainly doesn’t. Maybe that’s why IVAW has dropped him like a hot rock.

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
Macbeth, 1. 7

Well, he tried to hide it but fortunately the Milblogs were here and, well…

The attempt and not the deed
Confounds us.
Macbeth, 2. 2

That it did.

The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!
Where gott’st thou that goose look?
Macbeth, 5. 3

Amen to that!

VA Infosec nightmare

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Security Focus reports in part:

“The U.S. government warned on Monday that a database containing sensitive information about veterans and their families had been stolen, after an employee violated policy and brought the data home.”

Several things jump out at me about this.

First, and most obvious, the fact that 26.5 million identities are now exposed, mine included.

Second, the only reason VA knew this data was exposed was after the “analyst” reported the burglary to VA. I can’t imagine his horror after realizing what had happened. I’m hoping he also kicked himself for bring it home in the first place. Here’s hoping he at least had it encrypted some how but I’m not holding my breath.

Third, in their statement, the VA says this “analyst” didn’t have authority to take this home. The VA must be the most trusting Federal Agency in government. Makes you wonder what their internal security looks like. Hey VA! Ever heard of VPN? If you are going to let these people tinker with this information then at least force them to do so over an encrypted channel and leave the data where it lives.

This kind of thing makes me want to get even more draconian with my users.

May Day “Boycott”

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Tomorrow will be a media frenzy as the criminals attempt to “shutdown” several US cities. Yeah, they are criminals. They violated US laws to enter our country. Over a year ago I wrote this. The same still holds true except now the criminals are doing us the favor of gathering together for us. Should make it simple enough right?

Why doesn’t someone with some authority in these matters, as I surely do not, why don’t they setup an ICE booth right smack dab in the middle of these “parade” routes with the same paperwork these people SHOULD HAVE completed at a LEGAL port of entry. Right there in the middle of the “parade” route we offer them the ability to get legal.

At the end of the “parade route” we have crates full of zip ties and several of the HUGE army tents of old. If they didn’t queue up at the table in the middle of the route then surely they have no intention of becoming legal immigrants. Arrest them, cuff them, and toss them into the new tent city to await immediate deportation. If anyone resists this arrest, then we consider them invaders. Any physical assault on the ICE agents will be regarded as an act of war and we just shoot the bastards on site. Harsh? Absolutely! Almost as harsh as a 12 million man invasion of a soveriegn country don’t you think?

Okay fine, we don’t shoot them but we certainly don’t concern ourselves with that whole “civil rights” crap being rammed down our throats either. Because I demand that our laws are followed does NOT make me a racist, Conrad. The thought that these people can flagrantly celebrate their illegal actions frustrates me to no end. Who has the authority to arrest these criminals? If no one, then we are all in a world of hurt.

Here’s a thought, if these “demonstrations” occur in your city, call the police on them. They have violated the law right? As a LEGAL citizen of the USA, it’s my civic duty to place that call isn’t it?

What a world we live in where criminals can hold demonstrations in the streets of our largest cities and the FRIGGIN POLICE ARE EXPECTED TO PROTECT THEM!

Joel Stein…Blue Pill Person

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Joel Stein’s editorial in the LA Times was something I tried to read but the ignorance and self righteous drivel smelled to bad. I got the point quickly. He’s another one of those folks who doesn’t even consider the US Military useful. He would probably be in favor of severe cuts in DoD funding like a certain Georgia peanut farmer. I pretty much ignored the drivel as just that drivel.

Today, while scanning Memeorandum, I saw the maelstrom that was created by his bit of “writing” and checked out some links. For starters, he was interviewed by Hugh Hewitt and Radioblogger has an MP3 as well as the transcript. Just reading the transcript isn’t good enough…you REALLY need to hear the interview to get a handle on the job Hewitt did on this guy. Mr. Stein, here’s your lunch, hat, and ass back.

And then, as if Hewitt didn’t disassemble Mr. Stein already, The American Thinker has a letter from LTC Steve Russell, Commander Task Force 1/22nd Infantry (the folks that dragged Hussein from his hole). Normally I would just leave the link and be done with it but the good Colonel’s letter is SO dead on I’m going to post the whole thing.

Mr. Stein’s commentary on soldier support is remarkable because it reflects more than just his opinion. It may even express a viewpoint.

While most of Mr. Stein’s commentary is indicative of a man who has enjoyed our freedoms with none of the responsibility (by his own admission), he has at least one point of merit. He does not conceal his true conviction. When one considers those that say they support the troops but not the war, it is hard to distinguish which is more harmful to the soldier.

Mr. Stein alludes to this as trying to have it both ways and implies this is a moral cop out. He may be right. It can also be viewed as similar to telling the trash man, “Thanks.” It is seldom sincere. It is just so the trash will keep being taken away by someone willing to do it so one does not have to get his hands dirty.

Mr. Stein’s tragedy is not his clear conviction but rather that he steals freedom from his sacrificing countrymen. He sees no moral dilemma with that—which is indicative of an attitude prevalent among some self-proclaimed, high-browed, educated types that believe there is somehow a moral superiority in non-involvement. To defend his position, Mr. Stein is critical of what he calls ‘American imperialism.’ To borrow what he surely intended as a denigrating analogy, we can indeed see parallels in attitude if not government and conquest.

Rome had its internal critics. So did Greece. But when the vast majority of Romans began to view the finer points of life as morally superior to the lower points of necessity, Roman youth lost their appreciation for what held Rome together in the first place. Soon, hired or conquered levies replaced Romans in the ranks. Why should Romans fight wars that they could not see any reason for fighting? After all, what impact did they have in Rome?

Eventually, the theory of a moral superiority in non-involvement met the cold steel of non-theoretically superior sword thrusts from Vandals and Huns that replaced Romans in the Roman empire.

I take exception to Mr. Stein’s comment about soldiers ignoring their morality. And as a soldier that has served in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, none of those experiences ever made me feel ‘lucky.’ The noble ‘wars’ and ‘fights’ are seldom noble for the soldier. They involve pain and human suffering on a grand scale. Mr. Stein I am quite certain has never killed a man and is proud of that. I have had to kill several men in desperate, close combat while I watched my opponents facial expressions change as life ebbed out of them. I am quite certain that I am not proud of that.

But what separates him from me is certainly not education. Nor is it conviction of purpose. It is indeed morality. But of a nobler kind. No greater love has a man, than he lay down his life for his friends—even when they act and write unfriendly.

As an American, I no longer draw a distinction of who qualifies to be one or is best suited to appreciate democracy. After serving nine years overseas and on multiple continents, I do not see white or black or Hispanic or Indian or oriental or educated or simple-minded Americans. I only see Americans. Even the unfriendly kind. And when I am old, I will be able to look in the mirror and know that I acted on my convictions to preserve what others will not. Cannot. Do not. And what I will see is a man with a clear conscience and a moral sense of purpose.

I am thankful I do not have to look into Mr. Stein’s mirror.

LTC Steve Russell

And, on Hewitt’s blog he posts a note from a member of our military.

Hugh, Only one word can describe how I feel after reading the editorial by Mr. Stein – sadness. Sadness that such ingorance is still so prevalent in such an educated (at least I want to believe we are educated) society. I am on my 3rd year of active duty deployment since 11 Sep 01. I served 9 years in the Navy during the Cold War, both in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. My son Adam, who graduated high school in 2004, is currently stationed near An Najaf, and, by the way, reenlisted for 5 years while in country. He had other alternatives and opportunities and I even tried to steer him in a different direction. Yet, he joined and serves willingly, as do I. By the way, Hugh, lest folks like Mr. Stein think we soldiers are an ignorant lot, I happen to have a bachelors degree in computer science from the esteemed Chapman University of Orange California. I worked 10 years as a software engineer for various companies such as Rockwell, The Soma Group, DCA Services Inc., COM2001, etc. I am working on my masters in homeland security/information security. One of the sergeants in the battalion I previously served with had his doctorate in education. Most soldiers are working on higher education even as they serve in the combat zone. Some of the brightest, best thinkers I have met have been in the military. Ignorant? Stupid? Duped? Foolish? Hardly. I can tell you this, Hugh, we serve because we understand the world around us, we understand reality, and we understand that the best defense is a darn good offense. Hugh, thanks for the interview with Mr. Stein – you certainly laid bare his depth of knowledge and understanding of not only the military, but the realities of the world in general. And should he care to experience some military training first hand, he can contact me at the below numbers or this email. We have a lot of infantry field training coming up this year and we can certainly find a place for him for a couple of days, and I will personally serve as his escort if he agrees. Consider it an open invitation. Best Regards, SSG A. B.

Hewitt says that if Mr. Stein is interested, he will facilitate the meeting. You might want to drop Mr. Stein a note, care of the LA Times, and encourage him to participate.

NYTimes earning plunge? SHOCKED!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Fancy that, the NYCrimes earnings have plummeted. I bet they are scratching their little empty heads about that one. “Gee, we attacked the troops at every turn!” they whine. “We even distort their final letters home when they are killed by the ‘dissidents’ in Iraq!” they cry. “We have made every effort to undermine the country!” they stammer. “Why oh WHY are we slowly going under?”. **sigh** Perhaps this is why.

But, what can you expect from this treasonous fishwrap. If their readership continues to drop along with their profits they will begin paying US advertising dollars to line our bird cages with their despicable rag.

Tracphones? I’ll have 60 please

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Well well well Mr. Risen, sure this has nothing to do with your book…er…SCOOP huh? Tracphones are wonderful for parents who want to have contact with their kids without the fear of their kids running up huge cell bills. They are also great for blowing up subway trains and other things.

Mr. Risen, you broke the story of the NSA program where our government was monitoring telephone calls from and to suspected barbarians. Cell and land line phones are easy to sniff…except for these tracphones. I just wonder what these particular barbarians were going to do with 150 tracphones. It would be all but impossible to track them. Say each barbarian has four or five phones and the rotate them every five days. Impossible to find let alone monitor.

This particular bunch of barbarians were captured by sharp eyed and quick witted Walmart and Target employees. What about the others who are doing the same thing, possibly right there in Gotham, and are NOT getting caught? What about those who are getting them online?

Mr. Risen, you do realize of course that your actions may well have contributed to this, right? Your blue pill mentality has put us all at risk just so you could sell a few pathetic books. Thanks Mr. Risen, the blood is on your hands.

Patriot Act extended for 6 months

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

AP reports a deal may be in the works in the Senate to extend the Patriot Act for 6 months. Four Republicans want their “grievances” addressed in the next debate and given an agreement to that effect they will vote for the extension.

Michelle Malkin reports via Kathryn Lopez at NRO that there are still four more votes needed for cloture and those have to be Senate democrats. Tall order that, it would appear.

If nothing else, this proves that direct action against our elected folks in DC is far more productive than having battles of wits with unarmed opponents. Keep the calls\faxes\letters going to DC!

FISA and SigInt

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

My oh my how this has stirred up a mess. We have supporters of the President reaching for anything they can find to support the Signals Intelligence gathering on American Citizens during wartime while the “loyal” opposition supporters of the barbarians are screaming for impeachment and waxing poetic about civil liberties.

While the barbarian supporters can do little to harm the President, the supporters of the President are causing all manner of problems by just muddying the waters. Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive is doing just that by drawing Clinton’s SigInt activities into the question. Uncle Jimbo, THEY. DON’T. CARE. All they want to do is hurt this President and, as you can tell in the comments to your post, you bringing up Clinton only gives them ammunition.

People…calm down. You are not going to convince the Anti-American citizens to change their minds, they just want to play a tit for tat game with this President. Let them rant and target your wrath to the Congressmen and Senators in your districts and states. Hammer them to investigate the leak of this program to the New York Crimes/Washington Boast. **THAT** is the real crime here. If a desk jockey at the CIA can stir up an investigation about her being “outed”, then surely this meets a similar(though far more sober) standard.

But, this is the world we live in now. The story is out and the lengths taken by NSA to rip my civil liberties apart should be investigated. Like Smash, I hope this investigation doesn’t harm our National Security more than the initial leak but with the barbarian supporters thinking they see blood in the water…well…it’s going to be a very interesting Winter.

Reality II – with illustration

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Today a tragic event played out at Miami International Airport. A man with Bi-Polar disorder had failed to take his medication and declared that he had a bomb. An Air Marshall ordered the man to the ground at which point the man reached for a carryon bag. Air Marshall did what he had to do and now the man is dead from one or more pistol rounds.

Referencing yesterday’s rant, That is reality. Now for an illustration of the contrived world of a Blue Pill person:

Federal Airport Nazis execute unarmed citizen

The Federal Marshalls assasinated an innocent citizen in Miami. These idiots murdered an unarmed passenger once they had him on the ground. Here’s a prediction. They will discover that 1) he wasn’t a terrorist and 2) he didn’t have a bomb and 3) he was unarmed and 4) they over-reacted and killed the poor man. Of course, this is just the price we have to pay for living in a police state.

Mr. Wallie left this on the Counterterrorism blog as a track back to their report of the incident.

1) The man wasn’t innocent. He was sick but certainly not innocent. Claiming to have a bomb in an airport is likely to get you shot in any airport in the world. Well, except France.

2) He was never on the ground willingly although he was ordered to the ground.

3) True he wasn’t a terrorist but how would the Air Marshall know that? The guy said he had a bomb and was reaching for his bag. Is Air Marshall supposed to wait until AFTER he’s been blown up to try and stop him?

4) True again, he didn’t have a bomb but how would the Air Marshall know that? Ask him? Wait for the hand to come out of the carry on bag with a rubber chicken?

5) They didn’t over react. Over reacting would have been jumping to conclusions before even confronting the man with the order to get on the ground. You are well familiar with jumping to conclusions though.

6) They did kill the man and it turned out to be a tragic, yet necessary, killing.

7) Police State? perhaps you are also off your medication.

Reality

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Reality is the rake that breaks your nose after you forgot and left it in the yard. Reality is that nasty cut on your hand when you fall on the broken glass. Reality is the bastards in the world ready to slowly strip the skin from your children while you and your wife are bound and forced to watch. Reality is the bastards in the world that fly airplanes full of innocent men, women, and children into buildings full of innocent men, women, and children. Reality sucks.

Fortunately we have a whole bunch of people in this country that refuse to accept the basic reality based fact that there are people in the world that will kill you for the simple pleasure of watching you die. No reason. No oppression. No political balderdash wrapped in an upside down American flag. These are the people that work for Human Rights Watch and the other people who cling to their outrageous reports exposing covert CIA locations around the world. Is it outrageous because the reports are false? I doubt it. Maybe because the locations are wrong? Doubt that to. It’s outrageous because these people don’t get it…they don’t understand what reality is.

I’m with Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive:

I’m about ready to just moor an aircraft carrier 50 miles off DC and centralize all funky operations out of there. Surround it with a bunch of Aegis Cruisers decked out with anti-missile gear and float a few shark boats underwater and Game on!

Here’s alittle more reality. We are at war. The enemy will stop at NOTHING to “win” and to them that means destroy America. While we are fighting terrorists the world over we fight this war against our own citizens who cannot accept reality. These people are the epitomy of Blue Pill People. They can’t see the real world because they are too busy looking at their contrived world where we can all just hug and sing some stupid song to get along.

You know what happens when you try to hug pre-war Saddam Hussein? His thugs kill you. You know what happens when you try to hug ol’ Stumpy Zarqawi? He knocks you down and slowly relieves you of your brain bag. If we capture Zarqawi do you really think a nice cushy cell, 3 Islamic friendly meals a day, Prayer Beads, and a Koran is going to make him tell us about his network? Well you are wrong. The only way to get this barbarian to talk is to threaten him with a slow painful not-quite-death…and then exercising your option of it. They don’t fear death…they do fear pain for they are cowards.

Is the above activity against the standards of a civilized society? Absolutely. But, dear reader, let me ask you this:

Since when has civilized behavior won a war of attrition?

That’s the reality of this War on Terror, deal with it.

Update: Of course, Wretchard of the Belmont Club has an excellent article related to this. He goes into the moral issues surrounding torture. Excellent excellent read…as always.

Schoolyard Rhetoric – The last bastion of modern liberalism

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Michelle Malkin has to be one of my favorite “talking heads”, columnists, and bloggers. She’s always on target with brilliant research, logic, and wit. It helps that she’s Conservative but I would appreciate her talents regardless of her political stripe.

Tonight I read her blog entry, “JUST A YELLOW WOMAN DOING A WHITE MAN’S JOB“, and found myself wanting to reach through the screen and either hug her or strangle the bastards causing her such grief. They can’t argue positions with her, for surely they would lose, so they begin insulting her. Not even insulting her positions…no…that would be a slightly higher road. No, they choose to go for the elementary school tactics of attacking her physical appearance and calling her names I wouldn’t reserve for a rabid dog.

Of course, we are used to this behavior from the left. When they fail to win the election at the ballot box and ultimately in the courts, they fall back on calling the President illegitimate, attacking his daughters, and constantly reminding him of his misspent youth. When the Vice President speaks out against Gay Marriage they tear into his family, reminding us all that his daughter is Lesbian. Can’t engage him in the arguement…no no…attack his family. Woe be unto the person who uses the same tactics against them but any rational person would never think of it.

We witnessed it again Friday night when the Republicans called Rep. Murtha’s bluff. Suddenly Republicans were calling him unpatriotic when the word was never mentioned. Suddenly Republicans were calling him a coward EVEN BEFORE Rep. Jean Schmidt relayed the message from her constituent.

It’s the same old story, the same old song and dance, my friend(c). I believe it’s here to stay. There is no way to wrench these attitudes, personalities, and character faults from these people. The Dems don’t have a monopoly in the Marketplace of Idiocy either. Republicans are chock full of them as well. It’s pure stupidity. The kind of stupidity that burns Crosses in yards, gathers Jews into cattle cars, and flys planes into buildings. The “people” saying these things about Michelle are no better, and possibly worse, than the barbarians we are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and many many other places.

And now, at the risk of running afoul of Mr. Malkin, allow me to talk about the qualities of Michelle that the “loyal” opposition find so troubling. I won’t speak of her abilities and talents because they don’t. I will say she has her priorities in order. She’s a Believer in Christ first, a Mother to her children second, a wife\lover\friend to her Husband third, and somewhere down the list…she’s a Conservative. Her first priority tells everyone that these attacks are expected. Her second priority tells everyone that you really should think twice before attacking a Mother’s children. Her third priority tells everyone she’s sweet and gorgeous and probably had her pick of men…Mr. Malkin should count himself the second luckiest man in the World next to me. Somewhere down the list her Conservatism tells everyone that she understands that sometimes a line must be drawn.

When you attack someone’s family you are crossing a line that, up until recent years, can be a Very. Dangerous. Thing. Where I come from such a verbal attack would definately provoke an immediate violent reaction resulting in bruised knuckles and broken noses.

God Bless You Michelle Malkin. Your friends out here know you because of the content of your Character and not the color of your skin…which is sexy as “aw gitout” by the way. 😉

Frist has to go

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

If this is true, and it’s from the NY Times so ya never know, then Bill Frist has to go from his leadership position.

Senator Frist: Lead, Follow, or get the hell out of the way.