November 2006


November 30, 2006: 11:50 pm: Breaking news, Post

Snow is falling in Eastern Jackson County, Missouri as of 11:47PM on 11-30-2006.

It is cold and windy, and my camera doesn’t take good pics in this stuff.  The flash just bounces while the distortion of light is just insane.

More snow keeps falling.  Its nice to see so much snow.  I have not seen a decent amount of snow in Kansas City in about 8 years now.

I will get daylight pics.

: 1:32 am: Bitching and Moaning, Daily Dread, Random babble

29letter.1.pdf

The link is to a PDF hosted by the New York Times.

The full text of the letter to the American people from the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Message of H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
To the American People
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
O, Almighty God, bestow upon humanity the perfect human being promised to all by You, and make us among his followers.
Noble Americans,

Were we not faced with the activities of the US administration in this part of the world and the negative ramifications of those activities on the daily lives of our peoples, coupled with the many wars and calamities caused by the US administration as well as the tragic consequences of US interference in other countries; Were the American people not God-fearing, truth-loving, and justice-seeking, while the US administration actively conceals the truth and impedes any objective portrayal of current realities; And if we did not share a common responsibility to promote and protect freedom and human dignity and integrity; Then, there would have been little urgency to have a dialogue with you. While Divine providence has placed Iran and the United States geographically far apart, we should be cognizant that human values and our common human spirit, which proclaim the dignity and exalted worth of all human beings, have brought our two great nations of Iran and the United States closer together.

Both our nations are God-fearing, truth-loving and justice-seeking, and both seek dignity, respect and perfection.
Both greatly value and readily embrace the promotion of human ideals such as compassion, empathy, respect for the rights of human beings, securing justice and equity, and defending the innocent and the weak against oppressors and bullies.

We are all inclined towards the good, and towards extending a helping hand to one another, particularly to those in need.
We all deplore injustice, the trampling of peoples’ rights and the intimidation and humiliation of human beings.
We all detest darkness, deceit, lies and distortion, and seek and admire salvation, enlightenment, sincerity and honesty.
The pure human essence of the two great nations of Iran and the United States testify to the veracity of these statements.
Noble Americans,

Our nation has always extended its hand of friendship to all other nations of the world.
Hundreds of thousands of my Iranian compatriots are living amongst you in friendship and peace, and are contributing positively to your society. Our people have been in contact with you over the past many years and have maintained these contacts despite the unnecessary restrictions of US authorities.
As mentioned, we have common concerns, face similar challenges, and are pained by the sufferings and afflictions in the world.
We, like you, are aggrieved by the ever-worsening pain and misery of the Palestinian people. Persistent aggressions by the Zionists are making life more and more difficult for the rightful owners of the land of Palestine. In broad daylight, in front of cameras and before the eyes of the world, they are bombarding innocent defenseless civilians, bulldozing houses, firing machine guns at students in the streets and alleys, and subjecting their families to endless grief.
No day goes by without a new crime.
Palestinian mothers, just like Iranian and American mothers, love their children, and are painfully bereaved by the imprisonment, wounding and murder of their children. What mother wouldn’t?

For 60 years, the Zionist regime has driven millions of the inhabitants of Palestine out of their homes. Many of these refugees have died in the Diaspora and in refugee camps. Their children have spent their youth in these camps and are aging while still in the hope of returning to homeland.

You know well that the US administration has persistently provided blind and blanket support to the Zionist regime, has emboldened it to continue its crimes, and has prevented the UN Security Council from condemning it.
Who can deny such broken promises and grave injustices towards humanity by the US administration?

Governments are there to serve their own people. No people wants to side with or support any oppressors. But regrettably, the US administration disregards even its own public opinion and remains in the forefront of supporting the trampling of the rights of the Palestinian people.
Let’s take a look at Iraq. Since the commencement of the US military presence in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, maimed or displaced. Terrorism in Iraq has grown exponentially. With the presence of the US military in Iraq, nothing has been done to rebuild the ruins, to restore the infrastructure or to alleviate poverty. The US Government used the pretext of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but later it became clear that that was just a lie and a deception.
Although Saddam was overthrown and people are happy about his departure, the pain and suffering of the Iraqi people has persisted and has even been aggravated.

In Iraq, about one hundred and fifty thousand American soldiers, separated from their families and loved ones, are operating under the command of the current US administration. A substantial number of them have been killed or wounded and their presence in Iraq has tarnished the image of the American people and government.

Their mothers and relatives have, on numerous occasions, displayed their discontent with the presence of their sons and daughters in a land thousands of miles away from US shores. American soldiers often wonder why they have been sent to Iraq.
I consider it extremely unlikely that you, the American people, consent to the billions of dollars of annual expenditure from your treasury for this military misadventure.

Noble Americans,
You have heard that the US administration is kidnapping its presumed opponents from across the globe and arbitrarily holding them without trial or any international supervision in horrendous prisons that it has established in various
parts of the world. God knows who these detainees actually are, and what terrible fate awaits them.
You have certainly heard the sad stories of the Guantanamo and Abu-Ghraib prisons. The US administration attempts to justify them through its proclaimed “war on terror.” But every one knows that such behavior, in fact, offends global
public opinion, exacerbates resentment and thereby spreads terrorism, and tarnishes the US image and its credibility among nations.
The US administration’s illegal and immoral behavior is not even confined to outside its borders. You are witnessing daily that under the pretext of “the war on terror,” civil liberties in the United States are being increasingly curtailed. Even
the privacy of individuals is fast losing its meaning. Judicial due process and fundamental rights are trampled upon. Private phones are tapped, suspects are arbitrarily arrested, sometimes beaten in the streets, or even shot to death.
I have no doubt that the American people do not approve of this behavior and indeed deplore it.
The US administration does not accept accountability before any organization, institution or council. The US administration has undermined the credibility of international organizations, particularly the United Nations and its Security
Council. But, I do not intend to address all the challenges and calamities in this message.
The legitimacy, power and influence of a government do not emanate from its arsenals of tanks, fighter aircrafts, missiles or nuclear weapons. Legitimacy and influence reside in sound logic, quest for justice and compassion and empathy
for all humanity. The global position of the United States is in all probability weakened because the administration has continued to resort to force, to conceal the truth, and to mislead the American people about its policies and practices.
Undoubtedly, the American people are not satisfied with this behavior and they showed their discontent in the recent elections. I hope that in the wake of the mid-term elections, the administration of President Bush will have heard and will
heed the message of the American people.
My questions are the following:
Is there not a better approach to governance? Is it not possible to put wealth and power in the service of peace, stability, prosperity and the happiness of all peoples through a commitment to justice and respect for the rights of all nations, instead of aggression and war?
We all condemn terrorism, because its victims are the innocent. But, can terrorism be contained and eradicated through war, destruction and the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocents?
If that were possible, then why has the problem not been resolved? The sad experience of invading Iraq is before us all.
What has blind support for the Zionists by the US administration brought for the American people? It is regrettable that for the US administration, the interests of these occupiers supersedes the interests of the American people and of the
other nations of the world.
What have the Zionists done for the American people that the US administration considers itself obliged to blindly support these infamous aggressors? Is it not because they have imposed themselves on a substantial portion of the banking,
financial, cultural and media sectors?
I recommend that in a demonstration of respect for the American people and for humanity, the right of Palestinians to live in their own homeland should be recognized so that millions of Palestinian refugees can return to their homes and the future of all of Palestine and its form of government be determined in a referendum. This will benefit everyone.
Now that Iraq has a Constitution and an independent Assembly and Government, would it not be more beneficial to bring the US officers and soldiers home, and to spend the astronomical US military expenditures in Iraq for the welfare and
prosperity of the American people? As you know very well, many victims of Katrina continue to suffer, and countless Americans continue to live in poverty and homelessness.
I’d also like to say a word to the winners of the recent elections in the US:
The United States has had many administrations; some who have left a positive legacy, and others that are neither remembered fondly by the American people nor by other nations.
Now that you control an important branch of the US Government, you will also be held to account by the people and by history.

If the US Government meets the current domestic and external challenges with an approach based on truth and Justice, it can remedy some of the past afflictions and alleviate some of the global resentment and hatred of America. But
if the approach remains the same, it would not be unexpected that the American people would similarly reject the new electoral winners, although the recent elections, rather than reflecting a victory, in reality point to the failure of the
current administration’s policies. These issues had been extensively dealt with in my letter to President Bush earlier this year.
To sum up:
It is possible to govern based on an approach that is distinctly different from one of coercion, force and injustice.
It is possible to sincerely serve and promote common human values, and honesty and compassion.
It is possible to provide welfare and prosperity without tension, threats, imposition or war.
It is possible to lead the world towards the aspired perfection by adhering to unity, monotheism, morality and spirituality and drawing upon the teachings of the Divine Prophets.
Then, the American people, who are God-fearing and followers of Divine religions, will overcome every difficulty.
What I stated represents some of my anxieties and concerns. I am confident that you, the American people, will play an instrumental role in the establishment of justice and spirituality throughout the world. The promises of the Almighty and His prophets will certainly be realized, Justice and Truth will prevail and all nations will live a true life in a climate replete with love, compassion and fraternity.
The US governing establishment, the authorities and the powerful should not choose irreversible paths. As all prophets have taught us, injustice and transgression will eventually bring about decline and demise. Today, the path of
return to faith and spirituality is open and unimpeded. We should all heed the Divine Word of the Holy Qur’an:
“But those who repent, have faith and do good may receive Salvation. Your Lord, alone, creates and chooses as He will, and others have no part in His choice; Glorified is God and Exalted above any partners they ascribe to Him.”
(28:67-68)
I pray to the Almighty to bless the Iranian and American nations and indeed all nations of the world with dignity and success.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
29 November 2006

November 28, 2006: 8:30 pm: Post

Judge rules paper money unfair to blind – Nov. 28, 2006

This judge is stepping over the line.

November 26, 2006: 4:12 pm: Post

So I lost my dog a couple of months ago, and I miss her terribly. I have been working with the breeder I got her from, so I will get another GSD, and then my house will be a home again.

There is just something missing now without Asteria around.

Regardless, I have started working in training dogs beyond basic obedience training. Most dogs I have worked with have been owned by the same person, the breeder. He seems to keep it all under control, with only 1 litter of pups a year, and only in the spring. His dogs are smart, show no fear and are confident in their manners.

Now he has been trying to train another German Shepherd from a different breeder, which operates more like a puppy mill from what I am understanding.

The dog is cowardly, afraid and not confident.  It doesn’t respond well during agitation, and tries to hide rather than protect.  To help break this I stood against a wall and gave him almost no lead, so it was fight or fight for him.  That finally made him respond.

In all,

Don’t buy a dog from a puppy mill.

: 3:51 pm: Post

Xbox.com | Xbox 360 – Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

Yeah, hook it up to your Xbox 360. Hook it up to your desktop computer via USB 2.0 and then suddenly have a $200 HD DVD player for your desktop computer. If you have a high end computer and a nice big flat TV with HDMI and 1080P support, you get a cheap HD DVD player.

What does all this mean?

The PS3 is a monstrous assault in a battle between huge companies. The add on HD DVD drive that is universal for the Xbox is huge.

Sony is counting on the PS3 being its main wedge in the war between Blu-Ray and HD DVD. If Sony wins, it will be on the receiving end of a rather large royalty payment when companies make or sell a Blu-Ray device or media. Of course, many other companies other than Sony helped create the standard for Blu-Ray, and will share in the payment, but still Sony gets paid and wants revenge for Beta.

HD DVD, however does not have a massive media blitz going for it. But its far cheaper than Blu-Ray. And…its actually available. Not in huge, huge numbers. But I can go to my local Wal-Mart and plunk down my money and suddenly have the “next big thing”. I was blown away when they had a HD DVD player in the store, for sale, and actual stock of the player and some HD DVD movies. The discovery of the in stock Xbox HD drive was a surprise also. I have failed to see anything for Blu-Ray, but now that the PS3 is out driving some demand for Blu-Ray based content will dramatically rise over the next few months.
With auctions going insane on Ebay, it will be a while before Blu-Ray is thought of as affordable. Being technically better on paper but overpriced is a bad situation to be in. But if Sony somehow does pull it off with the PS3, it will be a coup for the Blu-Ray standard over HD DVD. If Sony fails and Blu-Ray falters off to the side, it will have a heavy horse to carry in regard to the PS3. Telling people that they purchased expensive electronic paperweights is not always fun. OF course, the Xbox is going to be able to switch at any time it needs to either format. Telling a few thousand people is better than telling every person that purchased your product that the format you backed is really the losing standard. I could imagine the press release for that.

Of course, the Nintendo Wii could very well wipe them both off the face of the earth. With the desire to ship 4 million units this year, they have ambitious goals and desires. With good press, good tech and actual units for sale, they may top Sony and Microsoft, since those two units are extremely over priced. Yes the ability to play games in 1080P HD is great, but since 99.5% of Americans don’t even know what that means, its pointless. Most HD displays can’t do 1080p yet. Some can, but they are expensive still. The lack of an HD or Blu-Ray drive doesn’t really hurt the Wii, since it is hooked up via wi-fi. It can download and play loads more games than the Xbox and Xbox 360, the Original Play Station, the PS2, and now the PS3 can. Plus the Wii can play any Gamecube game. How about them apples? I have many cool games I would like to keep playing on the Gamecube.

Problem solved.  I will get the add on HD DVD drive and use it to bypass higher costs, while getting a Wii to keep playing games with.

November 22, 2006: 12:44 am: Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb, News of the Obvious

Half of abortions are repeats for women – Women’s Health – MSNBC.com

“The ‘wall of separation’ that the federal government has erected between family planning and abortion services is, paradoxically, leading to more abortions,” said Sharon Camp, the Institute’s president and chief executive officer.

“This suggests that we need to do a better job helping all women better prevent unwanted pregnancies, so they can avoid having to decide whether to seek abortions or raise children they are not prepared for,” said Rachel Jones, a senior research associate who helped lead the study.

I think this proves that stupidity is painful.

November 18, 2006: 2:29 am: Post

The only real role of the government is to protect the minority from the will of the majority.  In a perfect world, that would be the ideal solution…

but the ultimate minority in America is the super wealthy, and they have manipulated the government to the point that now the government forces the will of the minority onto the majority.

Even if you make $10,000,000 you aren’t really super rich, you can still go broke.  Are you really better off now than you were 2,4,6,8,10,15,20 years ago?

The Democrats won this year, but now have to prove consistently that they can work to really help the people of America.

November 6, 2006: 10:20 pm: Post

I have the dumbest class this semester.  One assignment is to make a personal advertisement. Here is what I wrote:

I am searching for a partner to share my time with, and perhaps consider marriage.  I am a college student currently, but have been in the professional world before, and know how to take care of business.  I am seeking a mature, stable female with large sums of extra time and money to devote to me.  No fat chicks.  Having body measurements of 38-22-32 is ideal, but again, no fatties.  Blonde or brunette or redhead, it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s natural.    No smokers, no drug users or alcoholics or psychopaths.  If a previous relationship still bothers you, don’t bother me, since my time is infinitely more important than yours.

My interests include photography, computers, spending your money and wasting your time.

Now about myself, I have brown hair, blue eyes, I am 5’3’’ tall, weigh in at almost 350 pounds and have chronic halitosis, plus I sweat profusely all the time, even when its cold outside.  I am balding and still live with my mom, in her basement with no plans of moving out.

If this sounds good to you, send a photo of yourself in lingerie and a 2nd photo of yourself naked.  Again, please, no fat chicks.

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