Saturday, March 28, 2009

Food Production Insanity

I'm sure at least one of the people supporting this act thinks they're helping consumers. It's just insanity to think that the Federal Government can keep track of every piece of food from creation through all the steps of production. It must stop!



Small farms and food businesses may very well save us from the modern Great Depression, yet the Federal Government seems to want to accelerate our decline.

Check out the Well-Fed Neighbor Alliance on Facebook, or at their Home Page.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

MIAC + More

I'm not exactly a prophet. I haven't been saying publicly enough the things that I've believed in over the last 2 years. I have believed strongly that the honest and true patriots that have supported the Bush Administration in its power grab were making a dire mistake. The question I brought up more often than not was this:

Will you still support the Government having these powers when they are in the hands of the Democrats?

This question is now more significant than ever. I am calling on all those who opposed the damage to Civil Liberties under the Bush administration continue in their opposition of the Obama administration's abuse of power. Here in Missouri, I call on those same people to continue to bring to the light of day anything that infringes upon individual rights.

We have learned that the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) has produced and distributed a report that instructs State and Local law enforcement to be on the watch out for groups that range from extremist to every day patriotic conservatives. One patriot has already been the victim of harassment by Governor Nixon's administration, and is going public with his response. It appears that if you make a request to the Governor's office under the Sunshine Law, it is possible for you and your friends to be investigated by the law enforcement agencies.

LetterToGovernorNixon

(Wow, Scribd.com is pretty cool.)

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Computing Goodness

Well, this is my first blog post from my new computer. It's not anything particularly impressive, except when contrasting it with the old one.

CPU
Intel E5200 (2.5 GHz dual core)
vs
AMD Duron 1.3 GHz

Motherboard
Gigabyte EP45-UD3L
vs
MSI K7Turbo

Video Card
Gigabyte Nvidia Geforce 9500GT (PCI Express 2.0)
vs
PNY Nvidia Geforce 7800 (AGP)

Case
Antec Nine Hundred
vs
Unspeakable Cute thing my wife picked out

Power Supply
Antec EA650
vs
Antec True380S

Hard Drive
Western Digital SATA 750 GB
vs
Western Digital IDE 40 GB
Western Digital IDE 20 GB

RAM
2x1GB G.Skill PC-6400
vs
1.25GB various PC-133

Optical
SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe
vs
IDE 6x CD-RW
IDE 2x DVD

Misc
Rosewill 52 in 1 Card Reader
vs
1.44 MB Floppy

Speakers
Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound
vs
Altec Lansing 2.1

Monitor
Acer X223W (22" Widescreen LCD)
vs
Sony 19" CRT
Viewsonic 19" CRT

Router
Linksys WRT54GL
vs
Pentium 120 with no working fans running floppy based Coyote Linux

Operating System
OpenSuSE 11.1
vs
Windows 2000 Pro

I'm extremely pleased with the new setup. I can actually sit at my desk and use the computer. Before the two 19" CRTs completely covered the surface of my desk. The LCD is bright and large, and with the 5.1 speakers, watching movies is much more enjoyable than it was.

I don't have any TV's to speak of in my house (A little 13" junker that the kids get to watch movies on), so this is the biggest display here. One of the 19" beasts got hooked up to my wife's MacBook Pro 15" to give her much more screen real estate. It helps in flash quite dramatically. The old system is going to be kept around until I'm sure I have everything set up properly here. Then I'm going to clean it up and upgrade the kids entertainment center by putting the other 19" CRT there and ripping some of the more valuable DVD's that they like to watch. That way there's no risk for those movies to get scratched or their boxes to get destroyed. All the Pixar movies come to mind first.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Earmarks and Such

I've been having a rather long discussion with Paul Seale of Arena Of Ideas about earmarks.

Earmarks are an ingrained process in the current flawed budget process. By flawed budget process I mean that when Congress approves a budget, any money that they do not allocate for a specific purpose is given to the Executive Branch to spend in any way they see fit. This is the process that most needs changing, and we the Citizens of this Nation are the only ones that can do it. We must reign in the size of the budget of the Federal Government. We must shut down many of the Executive Departments such as Education, Energy, etc.

Earmarks are unconstitutional. This statement is supported by Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, and the 10th Amendment. Earmarks, by their very nature are allocations of Federal Money for either a state or congressional district SPECIFIC purpose. Even when we interpret the General Welfare Clause quite broadly, the Uniformity Clause reigns it back in by demanding that the efforts of the Federal Government must be uniformly applied across the States. Earmarks must stop, but they are a symptom of the budget process, not a core flaw in our Federal Government.

To reform the budget, we must require the budget to only include things explicitly authorized by Congress. They must allocate funds to anything they determine as necessary to make the Federal Government fulfill its Constitutional duties. One massive step in that direction would be to pass the Enumerated Powers Act.

My discussion with Paul digressed into a discussion about individual Congress people, and candidates for Congressional offices. This was a mistake and a significant distraction. I do not feel that my statements in that discussion were incorrect, just irrelevant to the topic at hand.

In addition, I have to acknowledge something that I mentioned in my latest comment. Paul was not combative or insulting in any part of this discussion. For that I am very grateful. We have all witnessed situations where disagreements over Politics devolve into shouting matches or simply name calling and lies. My conversation with Paul has in no way approached those problems. I hope to keep the conversations flowing between us.

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