29 February 2008 · Comments Off on Hands Across the Chest Department · Categories: Hypocrisy Watch · Tags: , ,

Phillybits has the scoop.


. . . why persons transporting illegal substances don’t obey traffic laws:

A rookie state trooper making a routine traffic stop near Harrington uncovered 140 pounds of marijuana Thursday stashed in three laundry bags hidden in the vehicle.

State police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said the trooper, who had been on patrol for less than a week, was driving south on U.S. 13 with his field training officer about 9:35 a.m. when he saw a 1999 Chevrolet blazer bearing the registration belonging to a 1988 Mazda.


On Tuesday night, Laurel police stopped a New Jersey man on U.S. 13 in Laurel for running a red light and discovered 105 pounds of bundled marijuana worth an estimated $85,000 in two cardboard boxes in the rear of his van.

Of course, it’s not always that simple. Some years ago, there was a run of busts on the Jersey Turnpike in Carneys Point township. A cop–actually, he was a Captain in the APD–I was working with at the time told me what was happening:

The smugglers would send the mules north. They would then call the cops and turn them in. The cops would pick the mules up, and the smugglers would collect the reward.

29 February 2008 · Comments Off on Headline · Categories: Personal Musings

Too long. They should have stopped with the first two words.

29 February 2008 · Comments Off on Too Dumb for Words · Categories: Give Me a Break

How can one reclaim a state of nonbeing?

Via Karen.

29 February 2008 · Comments Off on Good Bye, M$ · Categories: Geek Stuff

70,000 desktops switching to Linux.

The French gendarmerie has blown a big framboise at Microsoft by ditching Windows XP in favour of Ubuntu.

The paramilitary police force is to switch 70,000 desktops over to the Linux OS, two years after switching its browsers to Firefox, and three years after dumping MS Office for OpenOffice.

29 February 2008 · Comments Off on Vote for Your Favorite Sci-Fi Movie Line · Categories: It Is To Laugh

At El Reg.

29 February 2008 · Comments Off on Wrong Crowd · Categories: It Is To Laugh

I’ve known some bikers. By that, I don’t mean persons who ride bikes and pin false ponytails to the back of their balding heads.

I mean perosns who would break your kneecaps for a dime.

No hard feelings, of course. Just business. They want the dime.

These perps picked the wrong crowd with which to mess:

The Southern Cross Cruiser Club was enjoying its get-together at the Regents Park Sporting and Community Club last Wednesday when the masked pair, bearing blades and machetes, burst in and “yelled at patrons to drop to the floor as they emptied cash registers at the bar”, as CNN puts it.

The bikers quickly entered from an adjacent room and laid into the master crims with tables and chairs and “pretty much anything that wasn’t bolted down”.

29 February 2008 · Comments Off on Pine View Farm Mobile, Reprise · Categories: Geek Stuff

I installed a different plugin for mobile devices. Unlike the one I was using, this one comes with its own theme and does not strip links and pictures out of the content.

There’s no special URL. As long as your mobile device identifies itself as a mobile device, the blog will be reformatted to fit on a mobile browser screen.

Now my two or three regular readers can be annoyed my me anywhere they go.

Any WordPress users out there who would like to take a look at the plugin here.

I’ve also added a few other plugins to make this site easier to use and to administer. There will be more coming.

29 February 2008 · Comments Off on The Votes Are In · Categories: Geek Stuff

LQ announces the winners of the 2007 Members Choice awards.

If you are thinking of throwing off the Micro$oft yoke, these are some apps you might consider.

And LQ is a great place for help and support. When I have Linux questions, it’s the first place I go after I RTFM.

29 February 2008 · Comments Off on “More Spooks in More Places” · Categories: First Looks

AT&T Sells You Out

Via Todd.

28 February 2008 · Comments Off on Living in the Past · Categories: First Looks

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002


28 February 2008 · Comments Off on R. I. P. William F. Buckley · Categories: First Looks

As wrong as he was in throwing the public good under the bus in favor of private gain, he was a brilliant and witty man and a scintillating writer.

Dick Polman offers a memoriam.


The person who wrote this had health insurance. She got t-boned in a traffic accident–not her fault. First, her health insurance carrier cut her off. Then the other driver’s auto insurance cut her off.

This happens when health care is based, not on caring for health, but on making money for anonymous third parties. (Emphasis added)

So here I am, some 4 years later more than $20,000 in debt and still without a job, a car, or health insurance. I was very fortunate to meet someone special who has helped me out, and given me the time to learn a new career that I can actually physically do.

Now, I am sure I left a bunch of stuff out of this, and if you have questions I will gladly answer them. But here is my point.

Universal Health Insurance doesn’t solve a damned thing. Insurance companies, all types of insurance companies, do what they want. What good is having insurance if they can refuse treatment?

I had insurance. I had health insurance from work, I had insurance for my car. I had disability insurance. I had insurance for my credit cards.

You know what it did for me? Not a damned thing. We don’t need universal health coverage, we need universal health care; where you cannot be told, oh sorry, we’re not going to cover that.

28 February 2008 · Comments Off on Brendan’s Paid His Phone Bill and He’s Making Calls Again. · Categories: First Looks


27 February 2008 · Comments Off on Electrons Don’t Lie · Categories: First Looks

But Bushies do. ASZ has the scoop.