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First WordPress Post

I finally moved off of Community Server as my blog engine and migrated to this site using WordPress.  It’s all new to me so I’m still figuring out the settings, but with the help of my hosting company (WebHost4Life.com) and Vincent (support guy), I was able to get all the content over (I think.)

I decided to move off CS for a couple reasons.  First, I was on an older version of the software and to upgrade would’ve been a pain in the ass.  Second, I initially created the site thinking it would be used to host blogs for other coworkers and friends, and post pictures.  It seemed like folks I ran into that were interested in blogging already had a blog, so it became my personal site.  As for pictures, I’m still trying to figure that solution out, but I know CS isn’t part of it.  Perhaps a newer version would’ve been useful, but see previous first point.  Lastly, although the CS setting for allowing comments was set, no one could comment on my posts.  Not what I wanted.  I realize I don’t have a lot of readers, but I’d like to have the option for communication with anyone that stops by.

Hopefully WordPress will last a while for me.  I’d, of course, like to get on a SharePoint platform some day, but that will have to wait.  If anyone has any WordPress tips, feel free to leave them in the comments (because you can do that now!)

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Politics

Drill Here, Drill Now!

I guess if you sit and wait long enough, someone will do something to solve a problem.  In my eyes, the problem is our dependency on foreign oil.  There are two angles of attack to solve the problem.  First, reduce our dependency on oil regardless of source through alternative fuels.  This is a great idea and it’s awesome to see work done in this area, including my uncle creating a home-brew hydrogen cell as an example.  Second, increase our production of oil so we don’t need to depend on foreign sources.  If both of these could be done at the same time I think we’d be well on our way to solving the problem for good.

Not much is needed to increase our production.  The oil is there, we just need to go get it.  To that end, I came across a petition earlier which was started by Newt Gingrich called "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" which is meant to collect signatures which will be presented to the Senate.  He’s already delivered 350,000, and the site is up to 805,000.  One of those signatures belonging to Chuck Norris!  Take a look at americansolutions.com and sign the petition if it looks like a good solution to you!

Politics

House Performance

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how “well” the new House has been doing with Pelosi at the helm, leading their 100 day march.  I really did try to take a look at it as an independent and find some positives, but they just aren’t there.  Most of what I’ve seen has been wasted tax dollars arguing policy that either is non-binding or will not pass the Senate, let alone get through the White House.  According to PoliPundit, Pelosi came out yesterday (no, she’s not gay) and gave herself a big pat on the back.  Now we have the biggest tax hike in history being championed in the House.  Is anyone holding these folks accountable??

Personal, Politics

Green Gore?

Is Gore as green as he’s preaching we should all be?  Apparently not.


That’s a disappointment.  Democrat vs. Republican aside, I really wish we could count on folks in the public eye to not be so hypocritical.  Maybe that’s just part of the job for folks in politics, but I like to have higher expectations than that.


Note to self:  Don’t be hypocritical.

Personal, Politics

Republicans Better in Bed

I’m slowly catching up on my magazine reading and finally opened the “sex” issue of GQ from a month or two ago.  I found a GREAT article by an anonymous woman that gives 10 1/2 reasons why Republicans are better in bed than Democrats.  First of all, of course it’s all true.  Second of all, it’s damn funny!  After a quick google search, here you go:


http://men.style.com/gq/features/full?id=content_4268


In case you’re wondering, numbers seven and eight are my favorites.

Personal, Politics

Katrina vs. Tsunami

Details are still being put together in the aftermath of the tragedy caused by Katrina down along the Gulf Coast.  The best estimate at this point is that there will be thousands dead and take many months, if not closer to a year, to get to a point where people can move back into various cities, including New Orleans.


Like many, I can easily make a comparison between this tragedy and the Tsunami that hit southern Asia.  Both were natural disasters, both involved water as the main destruction force, both killed (apparently) thousands, both have caused destruction that will take many months to recover from.  There are more, but those are the biggys. 


Two additional commonalities are more on the positive side, and hopefully will end up being the “take away” from the tragedies.  First, each tragedy has lead to various governments and private agencies focusing more on preparedness.  This will help with future incidents to reduce the negative impact.  Second, both have caused nations and people from around the world to come together in order to assist those in need.  I’m sure there are all kinds of psychological benefits to these activities, but the biggest benefit I see is the world “practicing” at working together.  When I want to have a more effective sand shot when playing golf, I practice.  The more I practice, the better I get.  Hopefully we see the same results here.  It might take a while, perhaps not even in my lifetime.  But a guy can dream, can’t he?


Now on to what really pisses me off and is the main reason for me making this comparison.  I by no means have the answers to these questions, but why in the hell do Americans resort to looting, violence, car jackings, murder, fighting, arson, …damn, I could go on and on.  It seems like the big stories coming out of the Gulf these days are about stupid things people are doing.  Let’s see how this mentality works:
”Ok, I’m stranded on a roof with my family and friends…and some strangers.  We need help.  Oh look, here comes a helicopter…wait…it’s not going to rescue us?….what the?”


Do you
A)  Realize the copter is going to help someone who needs it more than I do and wait for the next copter/boat/whatever
B)  Realize there are a lot of people in need of help and you may need to start figuring out how to help yourself
C)  Pull out your 9mm and shoot at the copter in hopes of convincing them to come pick you up


For folks that went through the Tsunami, I’m betting they went with option A or B.  C probably didn’t even cross their minds! 


Give an American these choices and apparently option C is not only a viable option, but the first option.  Ok, I’m generalizing.  Perhaps the folks who choose C are specific to a certain economic or social status?  Perhaps those who shoot guns at those working to save refugees are those who haven’t learned any other way to deal with adversity?  Perhaps they’re just really, really scared and don’t know what else to do?  Well, perhaps these are all valid points.  But guess what…they were all valid points in South Asia as well!  Damn, people.


I could go into a whole long schpeel on how the socialist/democratic mentality that has spread like a virus around this country has made people so dependent they don’t know how to take care of themselves, but I won’t.


I will say this…Folks who are dealing with this first hand and resort to breaking the law in order to attempt to survive more than likely did not vote for Bush.

Politics

Dan Rather’s Retirement Party


The Rather-Gate is getting Rather interesting.  Get it…Rather…rather…oh nevermind.


Once the blog community exposed the deception with the CBS Bush report having to do with his Guard service, I just chalked it up to the liberal media.  Little did I know how deep and contrived the story was until the recent firings at CBS and subsequent media stories regarding the cover-up.  It’s really quite amazing that a story, based on obviously contrived evidence, could make it to our eyes and ears through the national media.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely ignorant and believe everything I see on the channel 9 news…quite the opposite.  I’m just surprised that there was such an oversight and attempted cover-up that made it through all of the supposed checks and balances of producing a national news program.


The latest article I’ve read on the subject was from Ann Coulter.  Granted, she’s as conservative as it comes and is expected to have a field day with this, but she gives some additional insight into the scandal and walks through the steps of how it all took place.  It’s on her home page right now, but once she writes a new article this one will be in her archives.  So if the article on the home page isn’t titled “Liar, Liar, Now You’re Fired”, try this link to her archives (I’m guessing where it will be, so if this link doesn’t work just look in the archives for the article.  I know, manual labor.)


My favorite Rather quote to date:  “I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.” 


Brilliant!!


The retirement party that wouldn’t end.

Personal, Politics

What’s the Population of Madagascar?

Beats me.


But I found a really cool site that will tell you.  And the best part is, it’s paid for by our tax dollars.


It’s called The World Factbook and is put together by our friends at the CIA.


Oh, the population is 17,501,871.

Politics

Is Your Fourth Grader a Criminal

The whole “school violence” and political correctness of this world is really getting to me.  As a father of two it’s getting close to being frightening.  Not that I’m worried my kids will be the victim of some crazy kid…I’m more worried that they will be the victim of some crazy school administration policy.


Here are the latest examples of school administrations “protecting” our kids:


Philadelphia A fourth grader going to school to get an education ends up being dragged away to the police station in handcuffs.  Did she threaten someone?  Did she beat someone up?  Did she get caught with drugs?  No, much worse…She brought a pair of scissors to school.  That’s right, a pair of scissors.  She didn’t threaten anyone with them.  She didn’t use them in a threatening way.  She just brought a pair of scissors.  Probably to help with an art project.  I don’t blame her.  Those school scissors are crap.  But, apparently it’s not just against school policy but it’s so looked down upon that the kid needed to be dragged away in handcuffs.  Ridiculous!


Louisiana A fourth grade girl and her mother decide it would be nice to make some Jello and bring it to school for her classmates.  They decide to use little individual cups, like what you would use for Jello shots at a bar (turns out her mom works at a bar, which is probably where the idea came from.)  Turns out that was the wrong choice.  The girl was suspended nine days for “possession of materials that appear to contain alcohol.”  Yes, you read that right.  Possession of materials that appear to contain alcohol.  Not “possession of material that contains alcohol”, but that “appears to contain alcohol”.  Ever seen those root beer bottles that look like beer bottles?  Better not send any to school with your kid!


Policies like this are what’s leading so many parents to take their kids out of public schools and either put them into a private school or home-school.  I don’t know if the school districts don’t understand that, or they just don’t care because they’re too scared of being sued by a parent who says their kid is emotionally damaged because they saw a real pair of scissors at school. 


I think I’ll just do what all the democrats did after losing this last Presidential election…I’m moving to Canada.


(Update 12/14: The police chief apologized for the arrest of the fourth grader, but still no apology from the school district. Just a statement saying that they wasted “vital law enforcement resources.”)