Saturday, April 25, 2009

Reader Stars

From oldest to newest, here's what I caught up on today

Ron Paul is diligent to address the House of Representatives as often as he can, but is anyone listening?
Ron Paul: Living Beyond Your Means Will Force You to Live Beneath Your Means

Somewhat boring, but hey, our Second Amendment rights as individuals are extremely important.
Obama's Attorney General Pick Questioned on Gun Rights

Fat Jack got some star treatment too....
ISN'T THIS WHAT GOT US IN THIS MESS TO BEGIN WITH?

Hey, I do have another side of nerdy. I'm a programmer by day. I really want to get some Grails code going.
Grails Tips Part I – Domain Classes

I started to follow Bruce Schneier because of his work with cryptography and general security while I was helping O'Reilly become PCI compliant in their stores. Everything but his squid posts have been interesting to me since then though.
Jeffrey Rosen on the Department of Homeland Security

More Grails fun. I'm hoping there's a way to accomplish that with less code in the GSP. I'm not really fond of the idea of going back to scriptlets.
Google Calendar integration within a Grails GSP

The main thing I say about Israel is that if the United States and the United Nations got out of the way, I'm sure there'd be a resolution reached by Israel. We should end foreign aid to the entire middle east, including Israel, because we actually give more money (in total) to Israel's enemies than to Israel.
Recommended Reading 3: Dershowitz Makes The Case For Israel

Alas, it is time to fight back the jungle in my front yard. No more time for catching up.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Corruption in Government is a Symptom, not the Disease

Dan Mitchell at the Cato Institute has another video installment. This time, he's discussing the strange persistence of corruption throughout all administrations, all congressional balances through the last 30 years.



Please consider breaking out of the Republican - Democrat dichotomy. We can't just cheer for "our team" any more. Wake up and demand accountability of your own team, whether that be the Democrats in power, or the desperate Republicans who will say anything to regain power.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Safety

Not much more needs to be said...

Emergency Preparedness

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Interesting Video on Education

I haven't done much research into the creators of this video, but I agree with what the video says. I also emphasize so much more the rights and freedoms of the parents. It is the trampling of our rights that must be fought against on principle. Parents should have the rights and responsibilities in educating their children.



I wrote this up several days ago. Forgot to finish it off. I hope it's interesting.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Internal Checkpoints

I am posting this video with some trepidation. I have researched this pastor, and I do not agree with his preaching style, nor with several points of his Theology. I do not think that his position as a pastor has anything to do with the contents of this video. He appears to have simply stood firm in his 4th Amendment rights and he paid the price for his stand. Once again, I am not posting this video as support for his pulpit, but I do stand in support of his rights as a Citizen of these United States. Even if he were my enemy, I would stand in support of his freedom.



Here's how it works when you have a camera and are prepared to resist their unlawful demands. (This second video is by a completely different person. I have no knowledge whether they know anything about each other)



This is not propaganda, these are citizens of the United States asserting their Constitutional Rights. It is time for all men and women of this nation to rise up and assert our rights. I do not advocate violence under any circumstance. It is our duty to resist men and women that would take away our freedom. It is time for Civil Disobedience.

These check points were not set up on major highways coming across the border. These check points harass the Citizens of the United States in their lawful conduct of their lives. It is unconstitutional to place a border patrol check point across a highway that does not intersect with the border. The dissenting justices in the US v Martinez-Fuerte case demand that check points on interior highways that do cross the border are unconstitutional, but unfortunately they were outnumbered.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Opinionated

Well, I decided to weigh in on several topics over at the Springfield News Leader Forums.

First was the opinion piece entitled "No radicals among Ron Paul backers".

I didn't think it appropriate for anonymous individuals to slander a whole group of people with no refutation. Honestly, they currently still don't have anything to say in response to a well reasoned line of questions. I hope the conversation turns to more rational terms, but I somehow doubt it.

Next, I commented on the piece entitled "Aggressive believers not an issue locally", which is a weak response to a piece in the past of an atheist bemoaning the religious people in the are.

Honestly, atheists and agnostics tend to be extremely intolerant of people with beliefs other than their own. It's comical that they have that complaint about religions. One commenter brought up the freedom we need in Education. I spoke more extensively on that topic.

After that, I offered my thoughts on the purpose of government when it comes to protecting life on the piece "Take a pill, don't take unintended lives".

I think that many people confuse the Pro-Life / Pro-Abortion issue. One of the first ways they confuse it is calling one side Pro-Choice instead of Pro-Abortion. The next thing that is done to cloud the issue, is arguing from a moral viewpoint. Morality isn't something the Government can enshrine. The first amendment protects individuals Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness explicitly when it comes to Speech and Religion.

Finally, I challenged Len Eagleburger on his fear mongering in the piece, "Vote for candidates with experience"

I do not think he actually makes a case for his candidates in his piece. He only casts shadows of doubt without basis. I presented some of the campaign promises of the group I support, Donegan, Ibarra, Martz, and Ellison (DIME). We'll see if he joins me in discussion, or remains in his fear mongering state.

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