Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Adventure - Ubuntu Linux and Open Source Software

8/29/2009:  I have decided to install Ubuntu Linux 9.04 onto my old Dell Inspiron 5000e laptop.  I am creating this blog entry as the ubuntu .iso file is downloading.

Ubuntu recommended InfraRecorder (a free CD/DVD burning application for windows) to write the .iso file onto a CD. I have downloaded it and will install after posting this blog entry.  InfraRecorder directed me to Uberdownloads for the software download.  This site has a lot of "free" applications available for download.  The files are listed as "Free Open Source". They only up front cost is time, an internet connection and hard drive space.  Although I have to say, as a natural skeptic, that "open source" and "free" are a bit scary to me.  I'm going on faith that this install will not bring with it a horrible Trojan that compromises my entire network and all of my data.  I guess that worries are also "free".


I'll keep updating this post as the install continues in my spare time.

Atomic Structure Timeline

Have you ever wondered-

How did people determine the structure of an atom- A particle that, to this day, has never been seen? How can we be certain that the actual structure of an atom matches the current scientific model?

This site explores discoveries related to atomic structure including the electron, proton and neutron.

It is interesting that, according to this timeline, major individual discoveries seem to have peaked in the 1940's and 1950's. There are many physicists in the world today and many new theories have been proposed. But where are the new discoveries?

Thursday, August 27, 2009






Source site:

Chris Markowski

Chris Markowski guest hosted Michael Savage's "Savage Nation" Wednesday night. He did a good job. I've subscribed to his podcast. Here's his web site:

One of Markowski's pearls of wisdom from the show: "Everything in life that has meaning, value and worth involves work, time and effort."

Here's another one from his web site: “The second oldest profession in the world is the get-rich-quick-artist.”

Check out his "about page"to learn more.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mother Teresa Quote- Take a minute and think about it.

"The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between." - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

If we can hold to a lie - that abortion is ok - then we are capable of all manner of evil. It is as simple as that.

Source of this post: Blogs for Victory

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Congressman Gene Taylor- D. Mississippi

I watched a town hall meeting on C-SPAN last night.

It was amazing to see that at least one Democrat appears to be on the right side of the issues.

Here are a couple more links:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

God, Guns, Guts and American Pickup Trucks

I received this in an email this morning:

Any of you need a new truck or assault weapon?? I liked the fact that the car salesman kept his cool with the CNN anchor and he didn't come off looking like a snaggle-toothed, red neck, gun toting hillbilly- as the anchor's questioning implied.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

READ THE HEALTH BILL- It is clearly set up to ration care.

Here's the bill: Full Text See evaluation below.

(ii) EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN READMISSIONS.—For purposes of clause (i), with respect to a hospital, excess readmissions shall not include readmissions for an applicable condition for which there are fewer than a minimum number (as determined by the Secretary) of discharges for such applicable condition for the applicable period and such hospital.
and, under “Definitions”:
‘‘(A) APPLICABLE CONDITION.—The term ‘applicable condition’ means, subject to subparagraph (B), a condition or procedure selected by the Secretary . . .
‘‘(E) READMISSION.—The term ‘readmission’ means, in the case of an individual who is discharged from an applicable hospital, the admission of the individual to the same or another applicable hospital within a time period specified by the Secretary from the date of such discharge.
‘‘(6) LIMITATIONS ON REVIEW.—There shall be no administrative or judicial review under section 1869, section 1878, or otherwise of— . . .
‘‘(C) the measures of readmissions . . .


1. This section amends the Social Security Act
2. The government has the power to determine what constitutes an “applicable [medical] condition.”
3. The government has the power to determine who is allowed readmission into a hospital.
4. This determination will be made by statistics: when enough people have been discharged for the same condition, an individual may be readmitted.
5. This is government rationing, pure, simple, and straight up.
6. There can be no judicial review of decisions made here. The Secretary is above the courts.
7. The plan also allows the government to prohibit hospitals from expanding without federal permission: page 317-318.

The source of this evaluation and more information can be found here:

Plain and simple, Americans don't need this bill and it should not be signed into law- Doing nothing is always an option. In this case, it is the option that I clearly prefer.

Friday, August 7, 2009

SEIU Propaganda - You have to see this on their web site. It's surreal.

The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is the union involved in the St. Louis town hall arrests. I went to their site to see what they are about. It didn't take long to understand.

This video (actually on their site and hosted on YouTube) is priceless. Towards the end, I was actually expecting to see them clip to SEIU=Jesus / TeaPartyProtestors=Satan. I really haven't seen anything like this before... At least not posted on a representative organization's web site. SEIU members should be ashamed of their leaders for posting this kind of progaganda.

Here is the SEIU Site Link where the video is posted.
Here is the SEIU Home Page Link.

This is what they are saying on their web site:
"5:08 PM Eastern - August 7, 2009
Stop the violence at health care town halls
By Dr. L. Toni Lewis, MD
Things are turning ugly. Town halls, which typically serve as open, safe environments to ask questions of elected officials, have degenerated into violent shouting matches.
Last night in St. Louis, Missouri, a reverend and staff member of SEIU was assaulted at a town hall. The incident, along with a town hall in Tampa, Florida, has been all over the radio and cable news shows. GOP operatives are rushing to paint it as SEIU "thug" violence. That couldn't be further from the truth.

Cable news channels are broadcasting images of neighbors turning against one another in chaotic, sometimes frightening town hall meetings. Incited by extremist radio and TV hosts, "teabagger" protesters are yelling and chanting talking points that span from radicalism to racism. Enough is enough.

It is extremely discouraging to see people treating one another like this. And it's a reminder of how GOP scare-tactics ("the government will kill the elderly,!" "the government will choose your doctors!" or "the government will ration care!") use fear to overpower the truth."

If anyone wants to know what really happened and what is really going on...
Here are some links:
» Gateway: Tea Party Protesters in St. Louis, Six Arrested Including SEIU Members
» Fox: Town Halls Turn Violent in Tampa and St. Louis & Houston & Detroit & Denver
» Politico: Obama White House to Democrats: ''Punch Back Twice as Hard''
» YouTube: Kathy Castor - Healthcare Town Hall Meeting in Tampa

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The 10 Most-Respected Global Warming Skeptics

The 10 Most-Respected Global Warming Skeptics

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Hey... They left out Lord Christopher Monckton.

The global warming hoax:
Get some facts here.
Gain some perspective here.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Legistorm - Factual Non-Partisan Online Data Source

LegiStorm launched in September 2006. It is a web site dedicated to providing a variety of important information about the US Congress.

Based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, LegiStorm's first information product was a database of congressional staff salaries but have now added other valuable information, such as the most comprehensive database of all privately financed trips taken by members of Congress and congressional staffers.

The information is provided in a strictly factual, non-partisan fashion. Legistorm claims to have no political affiliations and no political purpose except to make the workings of Congress as transparent as possible. They expect this resource to be useful to journalists, researchers, lobbyists and current and would-be staffers - as well as regular citizens who simply want to know how their representatives spend public money.

LegiStorm, the publisher of this web site, is a sister company to Storming Media, a company supplying a wide range of technical, policy and strategy papers from the Pentagon, and PatentStorm, a searchable database of millions of US patents.