Saturday, January 29, 2005

A Warning to the Stupid/Ignorant/Dolt/Cretins

If you post a comment on my blog, I reserve the right to edit whatever you post. For a purely theoretical example, let's say your name is Tyzilee and you are posting comment spam in a poor attempt to promote your own blog. Well, I reserve the right to edit whatever you post.

Have a Good Day.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Another Blog I Ran Across

I was clicking through the recently updated list on Blogger yesterday when I stumbled across this one entitled "Web/Tech Stuff". Since I consider myself "technically proficient", I decided to read through & check out his site. The first thing I noticed was that this dude endorses Firefox with every post. So then he must be a good guy, right?

You all know about my ruthless bloodlust for more speed out of my computer. Well, I ran across a post entitled "Make Firefox FASTER!!!!". After doing these simple, brief adjustments, woo-wee! Firefox is blazing now. Check it out.


Thursday, January 27, 2005

Today in Brit. Lit.

This literature is like torture to my soul. There is no logic, no linear progress. It is all randomness. What right do these dysfunctional people have to talk about Heaven, Truth and Love? They are all so deranged. They have never known even one of the three. How much I would give for some logic and thought this very moment. Yes, their descriptions may seem life-like, but what is the sense in studying these people that have only lived inside one man's head? How much better my time could be spent studying the rise and fall of a nation. Students of literature can't even decide and agree upon the "meaning" of any work. These pieces were written by men, not gods. And again I ask, why study the creations of the imaginations belonging to the deranged? These words I penned during my literature class, which is why my language is not as it is normally.


Wednesday, January 26, 2005

US-CERT TA05-026A -- Multiple Denial-of-Service Vulnerabilities in Cisco IOS



I Told You it Would Happen

The only difference, was that I expected it to send me into a tail spin of a tangent for a few paragraphs. My Political Science professor made a very profound statement in class today. It went something like this:

When a liberal hears the word freedom, he thinks, "Freedom from..." slavery, oppression, disease, etc. When a conservative hears the word freedom, he thinks, "Freedom to..." start a business, travel abroad, etc.

Those weren't the exact examples he gave. I wish I had written down the exact words he used for the examples because they were quite insightful, but the main point is still conveyed.

Alright, so check it out. About the last twenty minutes of class was reserved for a debate: Liberals vs. Conservatives. I freakin' live for this stuff. There were 2 Libs & 2 Cons. I was a member of the "audience" (the rest of the class). The 3 topics they decided to discuss was 1) Abortion, 2) Gun Control and 3) the Draft. *rubs hands together* This is going to be fun, I started thinking to myself. I flip over to a fresh page so I can take notes on things I want to comment on (fallacies in the Libs argument & points that I want to make).

First up, abortion.

Lib1: Abortion is an Individual Liberty.
No, it isn't. It is murder committed by one human being against another. Reference any case where a "fetus" was killed while still inside the mother because of a drunk driver.

Lib1's response to the driving accident issue was that, in those situations, it wasn't the decision of the mother. (A great, logical response, of course.)

If it is wrong for one person to kill a baby, it is wrong for all. End of discussion.

Lib1: Her [the mother's] right to decide.
Again, this is murder. What about the father's opinion? The only reason there should be any legislation against abortion is because it involves the murdering of citizens.

Lib: Abortion is a personal thing. It doesn't affect society.
You keep telling yourself that. Answer me this. How many doctors/scientists/poets(not that I care, but some do) have we murdered by allowing abortions? An estimate will suffice.

There were many other non-sense comments mixed in, but I'm just hitting the bigger ones.

My rebuttals for the gun control argument was nothing that you haven't already heard here. And the libs didn't even make comments that were worth writing down to respond against.

As for the draft, we ran out of time to cover that one.

Debates Rule!

You Said It, Colonel Hack.

US Army COL (Ret.) David Hackworth writes in this week's commentary on WND:

There's more to supporting the troops than slapping a bumper sticker on the back of your wheels or occasionally flying Old Glory and feeling good about vowing to bring freedom to the world.

This is something that I have been mulling over the past few months, but hadn't written about yet. Here's the story: If my memory serves me correct, it was over Thanksgiving break. I was back at home in Florida and decided to join my dad on an adventure over to the local WalMart. We were walking through the parking lot and I started looking at all the quaint yellow magno-ribbons that said, "Support Our Troops". I had seen a POW/MIA magno-ribbon, which is what initially got my wheels turning. I started to think about how pointless they (ribbons) are. The sad fact behind the magno-ribbons is that the people they are for will, when it matters most, never see those things. Yes, it is a nice thought. But, honestly, that is all it is. There is nothing that is benefiting our troops by you "proudly displaying your patriotism & support of our troops" on your vehicle.

The part that sickens me is this: You're driving around somewhere and see a yellow magno-ribbon. Your first thought is, "Wow, that person is a great American. He/she supports our troops." However, when you see another truck with JumpMaster, Pathfinder, CIB & Ranger badges, all you say is, "Oh look, another army guy," (when in fact you don't really know if a person is Army, AirForce or flippin' Coast Guard. Other tangent: Don't assume every person in uniform is "Army". Say "military" if you aren't sure. Better yet, take 5 minutes & hit the websites of four of the branches & learn the uniforms. That way, if you encounter one you don't recognize, it'll be the one branch site you didn't visit.) That is utterly ridiculous. The man that's BEEN there & DONE it should be honored exponentially more than the person that wastes $2.50 for a yellow magno-ribbon and thinks that makes him or her a "good person".


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Monday, January 24, 2005

Crispy23 Needs Your Help!

I'm thinking about adding another section entitled "The Best of My Round Box". BUT, for this to happen, I need your help in determining what you think are the top ten best posts. Email your votes here.

Thank you in advance!


Sunday, January 23, 2005

New SiteSearch Feature

MRB is rounder & boxier than before.

Wondering if I tackled a certain topic in the past? Can't remember how I phrased one of my many ingenious statements? You can now search the site for your favorite articles! Introducing: Google SiteSearch. Located at the top of the page in the black box, just enter your search query, click on the box, click search & want the results pile up before your eyes.

Good luck & use your new toy responsibly.


UPDATE 24Jan @ 1430:

After toying around with the SiteSearch, it doesn't seem to be working 100%. I'll give it a few days for the Google search engine to crawl through the pages. If it still doesn't work, I'll either take the feature down or try a different one.

Early Morning Random Observation

It seems that Crispy23 is a popular "screen name" to use. Just remember, I'm the one in the blogs, not that other stuff.


Ever Have One of Those Times When...

Have you ever been sitting around thinking about things and, for some reason, it feels like everything is right? I don't really know how to describe it. It isn't as if something "wonderful" has happened to me or anything. It just feels like things are "right". I can't really put my finger on it.

I've been feeling this way shortly before 9PM (while I was eating dinner). Though you're reading through this post in a matter of seconds, there is actually a couple of minutes worth of time between each of these sentences as I reflect back on things. The best way I can describe this feeling is like when I woke up from my wisdom teeth removal surgery - I was on Cloud 9 and everything was right in the world. Well, right now, it just seems like everything is right in the world. Peace. I feel very peaceful & relaxed right now. This is a rare emotion for me to have (which isn't hard to notice just by reading my posts) as I'm always thinking about things, which in turn make me frustrated due to people's ignorance & poor decisions.

Well, enough of that. Anyway, there were flurries coming down tonight amongst the 27+ MPH winds. It is quite cold here. I can't remember if I wrote about it here or in the comments of another blog, but the heat is working again. So, I won't be freezing, thank God.

Mark it down in your calendars, ladies & gentlemen. This has been Crispy23's first "reflective" post.

M.R.B., breaking new ground every day. [snicker]

Peaceful & Relaxed,

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Intruder Dies after Scuffle with 79 year-old Man During Break-In


Julian Scott, 79, was visiting his sister in Sarasota, FL when George T. Jackson, 24, broke into her house at 2AM. The sister, Henrietta McCormick, 82, called 9-1-1 while her brother conducted a "Movement to Contact" with the intruder. Upon contact, a fight for control of the firearm ensued (between the 79 yo & the 24 yo) with one shot being fired into the ceiling. Mr. Scott (79), won the fight & whacked the thug (24) on the coconut. The seventy-nine year old Mr. Scott held the twenty-four year old pansy on the ground until police arrived. At which time, police took the criminally-inept to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where the plankton-puke died four hours later.

I'm glad to see someone in my area of FL kicking butt with a firearm. Rock on, Mr. Scott!


Hat tip to The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.

Movie Reviews: Collateral, Darkness, The Terminal, Ocean's 12, and The Ladykillers

All praise Michael Mann! This director is the Guru-Dali Lama-el Presidente-Fürher-a hair short of god-status as a director. As for character development during and prior to film production, I've never seen something so well done. In Mr. Mann's choice of camera angles, you can see reflections (pun intended) of his "Miami Vice" days.

Tom Cruise plays his most convincing role yet. Via the magnificent character development that I mentioned earlier, a tear will be in your eye for his character by the end of the movie. I want to be careful to not say too much.

Overall, this is a 4.8 out of 5. I cannot accurately describe the high caliber that this movie attains. This is a must see. Drop whatever you are doing right now & go watch the movie. Then, check out the extra features. Finally, watch it again. You won't be disappointed.


Um, okay. The story builds suspense, but the ending is so abrupt, it seems like they didn't complete their thoug...

I have a feeling that the Director's cut/special edition will be a decent movie because it will contain explanations and answers that the theatrical version left out. The premise of the movie was that Girl X needs to prevent Action Y from taking place. The majority of the suspense in the second half of the movie is about the prevention of Action Y. As the credits were rolling by (I waited a few minutes just to be sure it was really over), I started to ask myself what the big deal was if Action Y did, indeed, happen. Well, they explained it! So, for those of you who like to think about a movie after you see it, it will be extremely disappointing. Again, maybe the Director's Cut will answer it.

Tolerable movie... as long as you have something to do afterwards that will distract you from thinking about the movie. Due to the killer (of the movie) ending, I'm going to have to give it a 2/5.


The Terminal
Tom Hanks does it again. He never fails to impress me with his acting skills. By the end of the movie, you will be cheering along side the other characters as they celebrate "The Goat"'s victory, you could say. K. Zeta-Jones, on the other hand, plays a constant relationship-destructo-machine (which boar an eerie resemblance to the behavioral pattern of a certain relative of mine, but I'll save that for another day).

Good movie. Tom Hanks. What more is there to say? 3.6/5


Ocean's 12
I'd rather try to snort onions out of a blender. Man, you thought Starship Troopers was bad? You ain't see nothing yet. This movie is horrible. Please, skin my forehead with an ax, but just don't make me watch that again.

Overall, 1/5. I mean, it took some kind of effort to get all those names to scrolling past at the end.


The Ladykillers
Again, Tom Hanks does a job that will keep you laughing throughout. Beware of the crude language in about a 10 minute span of the movie, though (towards beginning). Other than that, I'd say a good, fun movie.

3.3/5 If you are looking for an action film, this isn't it. I have a feeling that if you are a cynical person, you'll enjoy this one more than others will.



Wednesday, January 19, 2005

US-CERT ST05-002 -- Keeping Children Safe Online


If your son or daughter (even though the sexist article only refers to daughters,) is old enough to be using a computer, he or she should know more about that computer that you. Before you bore me with a story about how you "know computers" inside and out because you have been using MS Word since the 3rd version, let me explain how 1) you are wrong and 2) I am right. The foundation of my computer experience began around the time of Windows 3.0 (and various DOS versions of that time). So, I have since been building on that foundation, just as O/S's build upon themselves. The beginning foundations of your child's computer knowledge will be one of the top floors, if you will, of your computer knowledge. For example (at the time of this writing), your child's foundation will be Windows XP (or equivalent O/S). In a way, they will be starting where you are leaving off. To an extent, they will be mastering your learned techniques or previous O/S's simply by interacting with XP and performing other semi-advanced tasks.


Tuesday, January 18, 2005

What --->NOT<--- to Do When "Tinkering" with Your Windows Box

When I'm trying to sort out someone's disaster that they call a "computer", I am almost always asked how I became "so good with computers". Well, here is part of it...

My hard drive has several partitions on it (C-Windows, 2 Linux partitions & E-Windows "Storage" for images, misc, etc). Earlier in the week (~Wed) I had enabled the "Compress drive to save disk space" option for my E drive just to see what, exactly it did. Turns out, it saved a little bit of space. Since it is starting to get a little tight on my C drive, I decided I'd give it a shot on my primary installation location as well. All was well... Until last night. I'm one of those guys that leaves his computer on 24/7 (never know when you might need to blog!). For some reason, I decided to reboot* my computer last night. Well, as it was going through the boot-up sequence, shortly after the XP logo and the little progress bar on the bottom ran for a bit, I received a quick flash of the Blue Screen of Death™ and my system rebooted itself. Not cool. MY computer(s) doesn't (don't) do that. Other people's systems can, but not mine. I take care of my computer. So, I proceeded to boot in Safe Mode (successfully, which was a relief), and I did some more tinkering, to which availed no result. Last night I decided to disable the "Compress drive to save disk space" option for my C drive. Some time this morning, it finished. Rebooted computer. "You are a no-go at this station." Fiddle sticks! Some more tinkering. Some more thinking & headaches. Got an idea, but it depends on a Microsoft product doing its job (like that'll happen). Boot into Safe Mode once more. Give System Restore a shot. Windows starts to shut down and begins the restore. Restore completes & the computer reboots. *crosses fingers* I boot up normally & all is a go! W00t! I was almost shocked. Kudos for System Restore. But then I remember, this is MY computer. My computer always works.

If Sys Restore didn't work, I had also begun to entertain the thought of bringing my computer down to the witch doctors at IIT (Information & Instructional Technology; yeah I know, gay name = gay people). But then I decided I'd rather totally reinstall Windows before I let them get their greasy demonic claws on my system.

*Rebooting & restarting are the same thing. Though, reboot is the technically correct term. "Restarting" is a term from Microsoft. Rebooting is NOT reinstalling Windows/reformatting a drive. It is extremely annoying when non-technical people use incorrect nomenclature when they are trying to bring me "up to speed" on how they got their computer in the horrible state it current resides. /end rant

Use this new-found knowledge wisely.

Monday, January 17, 2005

And Another Point to That...

Why the heck is there a "Council on American-Islamic Relations"? Does anyone else see the glaring contradiction there??

"Council on [Country]-[(False) Religion] Relations".

Why on earth do you need a relation council between a country and a religion? This just further proves my point... Also, this, yet again, blows your stupid idea about separation of church and state right out of the water.

Once again, I have proved Evil wrong by calling them out of their on devices.

Red Hot and,

Stupid, Stupid Insurgents, rather, Terrorists

In the infinite wisdom of the Iraqi insurgents, they decided that kidnapping the Archbishop, in Mosul, was a good idea.

By this action they have unmasked one their many true motives. This isn't just about freedom and all that hoopdy-blah. They view this as a religious conquest for their false religion of Islam. To define "this": 9/11, the WTC bombing, USS Cole, Russian school, and all their other little "activities". I'm almost getting tired of hearing myself say this (almost)...


And it never will be. Those of you that want to live "peaceably" with the Muslim, go for it, on his turf. Don't you dare invite him over here & say that we can peacefully co-exist. From the very foundations of our beliefs, we are pitted in a deeply entrenched warfare with each other. We are not on the same side as the Muslims and will never be on the same side.

I frequently make a joke when I'm discussing current Muslim-related (read: Islamic terrorist) events with a girl up here, at the college: "Learn your place. You should be ten steps to the rear and never speak in public." Then we yuck it up some more. Yeah, it may be funny here, but in some twisted sections of the world, she would be beaten to within an inch of her life if she spoke or walked next to a guy.
Tell me what about such an action is 1) peaceful and 2) tolerant? Give me a break! I really don't understand why the Femi-Nazis aren't screaming all over the television for the liberation of women and their rights in these backward Muslim countries, but I'll save that one for another day.

And for the dumb-arse at FOX that decided to make a deal with Hamas (AKA: Council on American-Islamic Relations), get a grip. Don't back down from what you see in the real world. By making believable characters, you increase the appeal of your television show ("24"). But again, this belongs in a different post.


Coming Soon: Movie Reviews!

I was looking over my blog and realized that I haven't posted movie reviews in quite a while. Some of the movies you can expect commentary about include: Collateral, Darkness, The Terminal, Lady Killers, and last and definitely least, Ocean's 12.


Sunday, January 16, 2005

GA Evolution Stickers Ordered Removed

Doug Gross (AP) reported last Thursday (13JAN) that a federal judge ordered these stickers to be removed from the Cobb county (Georgia) science books:

"This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."

U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper said this about the stickers,
"By denigrating evolution, the school board appears to be endorsing the well-known prevailing alternative theory, creationism or variations thereof, even though the sticker does not specifically reference any alternative theories."
I don't see mention of any other "theories" regarding creation (or 'where we came from') mentioned in those stickers.

This story begins to take on a very unusual twist once we look at the number of people on either side of the fence.

Fact #1: In 2002, over 2000 parents had complained that the science books "presented evolution as fact, without mentioning rival ideas about the beginnings of life".

Fact #2: SIX parents and the American Civil Liberties Union sued claiming the stickers violated the separation of church and state and "unfairly singled out evolution from thousands of other scientific theories as suspect."

At a trial in federal court in November, the school system defended the stickers as a show of tolerance, not religious activism.

"Science and religion are related and they're not mutually exclusive," school district attorney Linwood Gunn said. "This sticker was an effort to get past that conflict and to teach good science."

But the judge disagreed: "While evolution is subject to criticism, particularly with respect to the mechanism by which it occurred, the sticker misleads students regarding the significance and value of evolution in the scientific community."

This judge is a clueless mystery of the universe himself. Charles freakin' Darwin recanted his own ideas of his death bed. But, that's not part of the "science" that we teach in public schools. It must really stink to try and prove a false truth your entire life and finally admit to yourself that you were wrong all along, shortly before you die.

I hope this decision is reversed shortly. That ruling is completely ignorant.


Thursday, January 13, 2005

Vox Day as an Anti-Semitist

I wasn't going to comment about the ignoramus that are calling Vox an anti-semitist, UNTIL I saw Arielle's comment in response to Vox's "The merits of anti-semitism" post. After further reading, WGM's comment set me off too.

Arielle comes to the party ready to puke up scripture all over the place, while not really understand what is at hand. What this saddle-wearer doesn't get is that people of Jewish decent and Jewish people living in Israel are, quite often, two very different people. When was the last time you saw a leftist-New York-Jew calling for the bombing/bulldozing of a local gang after that gang killed someone? Never happened. Israeli Jews, on the other hand, are hard-core butt-kickers, as I referenced in an earlier post. Arielle, you are a dolt. Arielle's comments in full:

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."

Keep in mind that the "spiritual hosts of wickedness" take great delight in perverting and destroying everything that God has created. Therefore God's chosen people have been a priority target for millennia. I'd suggest being careful of becoming someone that looks down on the Jewish people - instead pray for them.

"I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: 'The deliverer will come from Zion; He will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.'" (Romans 11:25-27)
The line "I'd suggest being careful of becoming someone that looks down on the Jewish people - instead pray for them," tells me just how ignorant you really are. Something tells me that you are an idle pacifist. You believe if someone comes into your home to harm your family and steal your property that you should "turn the other cheek". Hippie.

And now WGM steps up to the plate...

Got to go with Arielle on this one. When you see human history as the resolution of the Angelic Conflict that started before the creation of man - the only card that Satan has left to play to prove that God lacks integrity is the annihilation of the Jews. That would prove that God could not fulfill His promise to them. Are some Jews idiots? Sure. That does not make them any less the primary target for the principalities and powers at work behind the scenes.

There have been anti-semitic rants in other threads on this blog that have not been properly put in their place and this is a matter for concern.
Initial reaction after your opening sentence, "Moron." What I find very funny is that you had absolutely nothing to say your entire paragraph. Your only pseudo-worthwhile comment was your closing sentence. However, that comment was inaccurate as well. It isn't that hard to see what Vox is saying. Just READ and maintain an above-room-temperature level for your brain.

Next, je offers his meaningless banter in the following comment,

I think Arielle makes a great point, when I read this article, I selfish & one-sided. It is easy to forget in moments of injustice, that we live in dark times. Dark people reign and rule. What sort of justice and peace do I expect from vipers? It has already been written, why should I be surprised? I should be surprised when I wake up, one day and it’s NOT this way. Our obligation lies in harboring a passion for the human race--in its present-state. For God so loved the world…I was once a viper.
No, thanks. I've already got a penguin.

Odd how all the supporters of Arielle don't make any sense, isn't it?

The more I read of these comments, the more tinkled-off I got. I've never read such thoughtless, elitist, and out right ignorance of the facts comments before. I hate stupid people.

I guess I can withdraw my previous comments about "Stupid People Wanted", now. Sheesh.


US-CERT TA05-012B -- Microsoft Windows HTML Help ActiveX Contol Cross-Domain Vulnerability



NASA 'Aims' to Kamikaze Comet

The Washington Post recently reported that NASA will be launching the two-part space craft "Deep Impact" tomorrow. The whole idea of the project is to take a $330 million dollar vehicle and ram it straight into the comet Tempel 1 so we can study the nucleus of the comet. The 22,000 MPH impact is expected to have the force of 4 tons of TNT which should result in a hole approximately 80 feet deep and 300 feet wide crater.

The impact is scheduled to take place on the 4th of July, appropriately enough.

Just as important is the view from Earth. Astronomical spacecraft such as the Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer telescopes, will observe the results from the impact, as will dozens of telescopes from the Earth's surface.
The collision will happen, appropriately enough, on the Fourth of July.
"We expect to provide some great fireworks for all our observatories," said NASA program manager Rick Grammier.
The encounter only will be visible above the horizon in the west and over the Pacific — from New Zealand to Arizona. Scientists expect the results to be spectacular, lasting for days so observers around the world can participate, including amateur astronomers.

For any readers that may be in the New Zealand to Arizona area, please email me any pictures that you take of the event.

It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's,

Stupid People Wanted

That is rather humorous coming from me, isn't it? But the fact of the matter is, I want to hear more about stupid people and the stupid things they do. (That way, I'd have more to post about.) The recent lack of posts is due to 1) being busy and 2) lack of (worth while) material. I'll continue to scour the headlines.

As always, if you see an article or link that you'd like for me to comment about, please send it my way. Thanks.


US-CERT TA05-012A -- Multiple Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Icon and Cursor Processing



Finally MS is addressing this long-time issue.

Also worthy of note, on Windows Update, MS has a "Malicious Software Removal Tool". I'm looking forward to playing with this new toy.


Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Quote of the Spring 2005 Semester

It only took five days of classes, but I now have the quote of the semester. Mind you, this is what my British Literature teacher said,

"I don't believe in ghosts, but I know they exist."

Yep, that's what she said. Kinda reminds me of, "Dry, yet slightly moist".


Saturday, January 08, 2005

Light Traffic

Sorry for the lack of traffic recently. I took over a training program for a friend of mine earlier this past week. I've since been running just about non-stop. It is supposed to end on Sunday. Once I catch up on sleep & classes, I'll be full blast.


Wednesday, January 05, 2005

One Reason I Like Israel

WND's title says it all,
"Fatah claims abduction of 2 Israeli soldiers
If crime confirmed, IDF plans to enter Palestinian villages"

I love Israel's no-BS policies. You want to shoot at our troops? Okay, kiss 10 of your terrorists goodbye.

Since I'm talking about the IDF, as is my tradition, I must endorse the sending of pizza to IDF soldiers.


Ma Fish Falastin!

The Mark is Near, Rather, It is Here

I sure didn't expect to see this in the news while I was still in college. I was almost sure it would come about around the time that I was retiring after a full career in the military. Vox Day writes in his most recent article on WND about a small section of the recently proposed Intelligence Reform Bill. It is disguised as a National Birth & Death Registration System.

    In consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Commissioner of Social Security, the Secretary shall take the following actions:

  1. Work with the States to establish a common data set and common data exchange protocol for electronic birth registration systems and death registration systems.
  2. Coordinate requirements for such systems to align with a national model.
  3. Ensure that fraud prevention is built into the design of electronic vital registration systems in the collection of vital event data, the issuance of birth certificates, and the exchange of data among government agencies.
  4. Ensure that electronic systems for issuing birth certificates, in the form of printed abstracts of birth records or digitized images, employ a common format of the certified copy, so that those requiring such documents can quickly confirm their validity.
  5. Establish uniform field requirements for State birth registries.
If that isn't enough to make you clench your jaw, I don't know what is.

Since WanderingMind has thoughts similar to my own, I will yield the rest of my time to the fanatical, right-wing, Bible-thumping, Libertarian (just like me) from Florida.


US-CERT ST05-001 -- Evaluating Your Web Browser's Security Settings



Thanks to Some New Classes

From my first impressions, it seems that my political science class is going to have some level of debate to it. If it proceeds as I'm expecting it to, you can all expect an increase in political related posts from me, again.

Two of my other classes are American History so that will probably be like gasoline on a fire. So be ready for some good stuff.


Monday, January 03, 2005

Travel Day

Tomorrow is going to my travel day back up to the college. Once I find a routine, you can expect to see my regular amount of postings again.

I hope you were all able to spend significant time with your families and loved ones and were able to make a few lasting memories too.

Missing the Sunshine State Already,

Sunday, January 02, 2005

New Blog I Like

There is a new blog (DEC '04) that I have been watching for a few weeks. The blog is written by a 1LT Armor officer (Army). Its called ARMOR GEDDON and contains some of the more memorable "happens" that this LT & his tank platoon encounter on a semi-day-to-day basis. The events that he writes about have happened over a month ago (due to security reasons).

If you are wondering what Iraq is like (at least from the perspective of a M1 Abrams), this is a great place to get the picture. Check it out, that stuff is nothing short of amazing.


Saturday, January 01, 2005

Quote of the Year - 2004

The Quote of the Year here, by Kathy Kneer, president of Planned Parenthood's California Division:

"'I do think part of government's role is to regulate the health-care profession,' Kneer said. 'We have many conditions of licensure. We tell hospitals they can't refuse to treat patients. I think it's consistent with government's role in making sure the health-care delivery system meets the needs of the patients."

In other words:

"'I do think part of government's role is to regulate the health-care profession,' the Witch sneered. 'We have many instances of where the government does the job of a free market. We also force companies to provide services to anyone we say, no matter their opinion on the situation. Since the federal government has over stepped it's bounds in the past, I think they should continue to do so."
(Leftist) Psycho.

By the way, where does the government get it's power from the Constitution to do such things? Oh wait, silly me. You guys don't bother with that old piece of paper anymore. I'm sorry.