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August 31, 2003

Auditions

If you read Meryl's blog during blogathon you would have seen a guest post by me pretty early in the morning. I will post it here sometime in the future.
The post was about my life or at least part of it and some of the choices I made along the way to get to where I am today.
Part of it was about my love of acting and how if I really could choose anything that is what I want to be doing.
I noticed not too long ago that there was a local playhouse in the area that put on shows pretty regularly and had open auditions.
I decided to go to one of those auditions tonight. I won't know how I did until tomorrow when we all have to go back but I am glad I went. Wish me luck.


[Listening to: Don't Stop Me Now - Queen]

Continue reading "Auditions"
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Grace

Good thing I got a little mowing done yesterday because it looks like it is going to be very wet here for the next few days. The whole area is under flood watch until tomorrow.


Listening to : The Last Resort - The Eagles

Posted by Starhawk at 12:07 PM | Houston | Comments (0)

John Kerry this morning

Diana has the kind of observation about John Kerry that she used to have all the time.
I saw him on Meet the Press this morning too and I agree with her.


He ain't going nowhere. Because he's simply unbearable. Because he is the kind of man who can say things you might agree with but you are still saying to yourself, "he is so full of shit." The hook, please.



[Listening to: Time Passages - Al Stewart ]

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World Trade Center

Michele finally visted the wtc and posted a photo essay of her visit.
I am not as good as she is with words but I will be posting the pictures I took when I was there in May starting tomorrow through 9/11 and will pull them all together into something coherent at the end. It will be my way of remembering that awful day.

Posted by Starhawk at 08:12 AM | WTC Rebuild | Comments (2)

August 30, 2003

Opening Game

Ohio State - 28
Washington - 9

Posted by Starhawk at 10:30 PM | College Football | Comments (2)

Blooming Peach

This is the previously mentioned Blooming Peach from this spring when it was both alive and in full bloom.
I don't remember when we got it but it was several years old.
Click on it for the full image.

Posted by Starhawk at 03:52 PM | 2003 Garden Pics | Comments (0)

Always at the worst time

As if things were not bad enough being out of work extra expenses always seem to appear at times like this.
To recap how my summer has gone.
Drove riding mower over a root, more to fix than a new one costs.
Garage door opener dies.
Garage door dies.
Wireless router dies.
Spare computer dies (at least that was still on warranty).
Wife's Imac dying, slowly.
Car not feeling too good.
Dog needs to go to the vet.
Gutter in the front of the house falls off.
Gutter in the back of the house falls off.
Large tree looks to be dead.
Flowering Peach Dies (One of the wife's favorites).


Now today as I was clearing some high grass with the brush trimmer my father-in-law was nice enough to buy me last year the dang thing falls apart.


Now that I listed all that stuff and see it in one place, I am sorry I did. How depressing.


[Listening to: Queen of the Highway - The Doors ]

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one less blogspot

Rachael at Mookie Riffic has moved to MT.
Will be the last person on Blogger please shut off the lights.

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August 29, 2003

Predictions

John Kerry's Blog is titled We Will Beat Bush but unless they manage to beat Dean he will never get the chance.
Look for him to stop going after Bush and going full steam after Dean. If not, he is history.

Posted by Starhawk at 03:59 PM | Politics | Comments (0)

WiFi at conventions

Glenn and Jeff both expect Wifi at both political conventions.
I think it would prove interesting but technically a very challenging thing to do.
The average router can handle 256 nodes.
I would expect a convention to have thousands.
Would it be one hotspot or many?
What would be the reception like with so many nodes hitting at the same time as well as the interference from all the other electrical stuff that is going to be flying through the ether.
I suspect security will be a big issue too.
Expect to here a lot about 802.11i.
Have not heard about 802.11i anywhere yet have you? Well I have to maintain my technological edge somehow. Read up on the security spec here and here.

Posted by Starhawk at 03:29 PM | WiFi | Comments (0)

Microsoft Day

I could write a large post about all the neat things I learned from Microsoft yesterday but frankly a lot of it was boring. I am a geeky, technical kind of guy and the two day sessions I went to were really for Microsoft partners. If I was more into selling or had a partner who was Microsoft offers some really nice tools and support to people who sell Microsoft stuff.
I learned that I could now set up new machines in less than an hour when it used to take 4 hours. I know where I can get to Microsoft private newsgroups but most of all I was wrong in saying they don't give away decent things anymore. It seems I will be getting a free copy of Windows 2003 small business server when it is released. In case you don't know it will retail for over $1,000, which is not bad for a days work.


The user group was more to my liking intellectually but since I am an officer of the group I spent most of my time doing things other than listening to the presenters (sigh).

Posted by Starhawk at 09:00 AM | Misc. | Comments (0)

August 28, 2003

Light Blogging Alert

I will be gone most of the day so don't expect to see anything here until 10pm cdt or there abouts.
I have one microsoft event that I am late for , another in the afternoon and a user group meeting tonight. I guess you could call it a microsoft day.
I suppose I might at least get a t-shirt out of it but they have been getting cheaper lately.

Posted by Starhawk at 09:38 AM | Housekeeping | Comments (0)

August 27, 2003

Something only I could do

I think I set a new record. I must be the only blogger ever mentioned on Glenn's blog who got not a single referral from it.
Oh well, back to the drawing board.


Listening To: Sad Song - Lou Reed

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Never forget continued

Michele adds her voice to the topic from yesterday.
She is continuing a project from last year and invites everyone to join in.

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August 26, 2003

WOW

I sent Glenn an email mentioning my post on Wifi in Houston Libraries and he actually mentioned it on the Big Blog.
I think I better go to sleep now and quit while I am ahead.
Since it was added as an update I probably won't get my bandwidth trashed but it is an exciting first.


Listening to: You Turned My World Around - Frank Sinatra

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Welcome Home

Lt. Smash has the story of his return from Kuwait. Good Reading.
Welcome Home Sailor.


Listening to: Fame and Fortune - Elvis Presley

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Never Forget

We should never forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.
On that day every year for some years to come we should be reminded but that is not what the networks have in store for us.
Read Rachel's fine rant and Emperor Misha's also.
Unlike Rachel I was not smart enough to turn on my VCR or maybe I was just too much in shock.
I did buy this DVD of the Tribute to Heros which I will probably listen to and maybe this one too of the Concert for New York City.
In addition I will be posting some of the pictures I took last May of the WTC site.

Posted by Starhawk at 08:09 PM | War on Terror | Comments (0)

More Free Wifi Hotspots

Glenn spotlights the Knoxville resturant Krystal's which has free Wifi.

Posted by Starhawk at 11:57 AM | WiFi | Comments (0)

August 25, 2003

Free Wifi to all Houston Libraries

All Harris county public libraries now have free wifi hotspots.
As I said free wifi will one day be everywhere.
Even better they just started to build a new branch pretty close to my house.
Link from : Tony



[Listening to: You Make Loving Fun - Fleetwood Mac]

Posted by Starhawk at 09:54 PM | WiFi | Comments (0)

Hamas is not a Terror Group

Not much I care to say about this. Read about it on Lair's site.
I am too speechless to be coherent about this.


[Listening to: Cocaine - Eric Clapton ]

Posted by Starhawk at 09:31 PM | War on Terror | Comments (2)

Idiots and other creatures

I just watched a bit of a news show of TV where this pawyer was talking about the murder of Geoghan by Joseph Druce. He was saying that the important thing is to see that something like this doesn't happen again and that he was not sure what could be done.
I don't usually shout at the TV but I really felt like just just screaming,
"Its called the DEATH PENALTY you fool"!
When someone has nothing to lose what does another murder matter to them.
What does another life sentence mean, NOTHING.
Too bad we can't move this guy to a state where they can give him what he has demonstrated he so richly deserves.


[Listening to: When The Music's Over - The Doors]

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Rwanda Votes

This is the most hopeful news I have heard coming out of this country in 9 years.
Lets keep our fingers crossed.


[Listening to: Bleeding Heart - Jimi Hendrix - Live In New York]

Posted by Starhawk at 03:41 PM | The World | Comments (0)

Want to live 10 to 20 years longer

Two articles via Drudge on new anti aging research, here and here
.
The long and short of it is, nothing much for several years yet but you should watch your calories and drink red wine.

Posted by Starhawk at 01:20 PM | Home and Family | Comments (0)

August 24, 2003

Financing the Texas 11

The group Moveon.org in not only not moving on but they are raising money to support our runaway state senators.
I have got to give them credit though they are doing something right since the article says that they will raise close to a million in order to twart the Texas constitution.


[Listening to: Hesitation Blues - Janis Joplin]

Posted by Starhawk at 07:04 PM | Texas Politics | Comments (0)

Things you don't hear on the US Media

Six Die in Afghan fighting. Four of the six however were Taliban with the other two being Afghan soldiers.


11 Killed in Kashmir violence. Of these eight were Mujahideen, who the Paks still refer to as freedom fighters, unfortunately.


There are more like these if you look but there are two points I want to make.
First this war we are engaged in is a global war make no mistake. We may lose soldiers but there are soldiers dying in this war in India, Afghanistan, Indonesia and other places.
Second we have been pretty lucky so far. This may not last but we must not falter. Only by wining the war against terrorism will we ever be safe.


[Listening to: Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley ]

Posted by Starhawk at 06:42 PM | War on Terror | Comments (0)

August 23, 2003

Another ex-frenchman

Another story linked from Merde about a former frenchman now living in the US who went back for a visit.
I wish some of our own citizens could appreciate this country the same way that those from foriegn countries do.
To be honest I think most do but a lot of them just don't know how good they have it.


[Listening to: Rave On (live) - Bruce Springsteen]

Posted by Starhawk at 09:53 PM | Other Bloggers | Comments (0)

People confuse me sometimes

Sometimes, rarely, I misjudge people.
With Diana I don't think it is my problem, it must be hers.
I am convinced that this blogger has a multiple personality disorder.
A few days ago she wrote a piece titled
Angry Vengeful rant for which I will probably be sorry for one day and I can't undertand why she thinks she would be sorry for it.
The post rakes the Palestinian's over the coals in reaction to the bombing in Isreal.
It is not as good as the post written by the Emperor Misha on the same subject but a fine rant about something that should concern all civilized people.
Back to Diana.
Then she makes this post about Mel Gibson's unreleased movie the Passion and I think she is off her meds again.
She reads an article written by someone who may or may have not even seen the movie, which will not even be released until next spring and concludes that Christian-Jewish relations are headed for the rocks.
On top of that she jumps on Christian conservatives for something that has not even happened yet and IMHO will not.


Oh, and I don't give a shit what Christian conservatives think, and I don't understand why anyone would conclude from what I've written that I do. But I think that the blogosphere Likudniks would at least recognize the situation.

Not content with that she rants that she would enjoy a Dean Presidency, which I think would be a major disaster to not only our defense but our way of life.
I must say that I am impressed for in one sentence she not only shows how shallow her support of Dean is but manages to display a level of religious intolerance that I had not before noticed in her postings.

One of the reasons why I'd enjoy a Dean Presidency is because I am sick and frikkin' tired of our Psalm-singing President, and I am sick of pretending that I enjoy his form of Christianity. It makes me want to puke.

No Diana you don't have to like the president and I cannot fathom why you would pretend that you enjoy his form of Christianity since I believe you are Jewish as am I.
Already having displayed a shallowness that her other personality hadn't she goes on to come out of the closet as an elistist who obviously believes that unless a person went to an Ivy League school like she did that their opinions don't count for a shit.

I want a White House that looks like me. I want a White House with two neurotic Ivy-League products of the NY-area who take their religion lite. Lite, like me.

Well Diana since you are a neurotic Ivy-League product of the NY-area I guess we will just have to treat your future opinions for what they are worth, namely the end result of the dysfuntional education that our best universities now deliver.
Since you are, as you admit not religious, you can hardly have any idea what motivates the millions of americans who are very or somewhat religious.
We should regard you by the words you write and consider all your posts as you have categorized yourself LITE.


[Listening to: Lady Stardust - David Bowie ]

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More Free access

The other day there was an article (sorry I lost the link) where someone claimed that free wifi was not going to make it. I have strongly disagreed with that and still do. New tech is in the pipe that will not only extend the range of Wifi but will also make it cheaper. Even the Elder God of Blogging Glenn uses free wifi hotspots. If it is good enough for him its good enought for me.
[Listening to: That's the way God planned it - George Harrison - The Concert for Bangla Desh, V (4:30)]
Posted by Starhawk at 12:29 PM | WiFi | Comments (0)

Hitting Hamas in the Wallet

A Hamas Leader called Bush Islam's Biggest Enemy after he ordered the bank accounts of several Hamas leaders and front organizations frozen.
This is very good.
If they are complaining it shows that we are hitting them where it hurts. Now if our "friends" in the EU will go along and do the same we can start making some progress again in the War on Terror.

Posted by Starhawk at 11:21 AM | War on Terror | Comments (0)

August 22, 2003

Bowling for ...

Rachel has a good piece on her take on the infamous Michael Moore flick.

Posted by Starhawk at 08:41 PM | Other Bloggers | Comments (0)

Baseball

I know things are going well when I hear someone on TV talk about Boston's position in the race for the wild card.
With yesterday's victory over the Royals the Yankees have run their current win streak to 7 which is just about the number of games they lead the Red Sox by in the division race.
Which is just the way I like it.

Posted by Starhawk at 05:06 PM | Yankees | Comments (0)

August 21, 2003

Responsibility

I just finished Bill Whittle's new essay, Responsibility.
It took me two days ,sittings , to finish it all and now I have 200+ comments to read through.
Go check it out.


Listening to: I Really Haven't Got the Time - Moody Blues

Posted by Starhawk at 08:26 PM | Politics | Comments (0)

Sanity and Illegals

There was a memo issued the the chief Border Agent in San Diego that ordered his agents not to arrest illegals of city streets or even questions them unless it was along the border.
That memo has been overturned by the new commissioner of the new Bureau of Customs and Border protection. Finally someone who gets it.


Listening to: we will rock you - Queen

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August 20, 2003

How can the make money?

I just got back from a drive and on the way I picked up a snack for my daughter and I.
She got a mighty kids and I got a Big Mac. Yes I still eat those nasty things.
I went through the drive thru, ordered and was asked if I wanted 2 Big Macs for $2.40?
"How much is one?"
"$2.37"
Huh! 3 cents for the second Big Mac. Aside from the fact that it will likely kill me this is a no brainer deal.
Luckily the kid has a bottomless pit for a stomach so she got the second one.


Listening to: Soul Sacrifice - Santana

Posted by Starhawk at 05:03 PM | Finance | Comments (0)

WTC Rebuild Update

The process for choosing final designs for the memorial part of the new trade center inches along.
A total of 937g is being allocated with 100g going to each of the up to eight finalists (new math alert?) that will be selected from over 5200 entries.
The 13 judges are using the latest in high tech to evaluate the entries:


Each jury member places a dot on the memorial design boards he or she likes, and the designs with no dots are excluded from further consideration, the source said.

There are other expenditures detailed in the article.
One wonders why $1 million from the Sept. 11 fund is going to fund a marketing campaign to attract visitors to Chinatown.
This makes very little sense to me, aside from the fact that this is not what the Sept. 11 fund is supposed to be used for, Chinatown does not need a marketing campaign, they can barely fit the people that go down there now.


Listening to: Us And Them - Pink Floyd

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Texas 11 update

In case you have forgotten part of the Texas Senate is still in New Mexico.
We have moved into the law suit phase.
Hopefully the courts will rule against the Dems and in favor of Texas but you never know.
There are suits now in both state and federal courts and I can't keep track of them.


Listening to: You and I - Queen

Posted by Starhawk at 03:02 PM | Texas Politics | Comments (0)

Tampa Scrapes Spy Cams

It appears they spy cam system found almost no one, except a few drug dealers.
I guess they don't count enough.
I never liked this idea anyway.


Listening to: Crown Of Creation - Jefferson Airplane

Posted by Starhawk at 02:53 PM | Misc. | Comments (0)

August 19, 2003

Felicia

I was amazed today to go out and find two of my roses, well three actually but two are the same, sporting blooms.
This one we picked up a few years ago at the Antique Rose Emporium.
The Felicia is a Hybrid Musk. It is a good size scrub rose and is probably the most fragrant rose in the entire garden. The scent is old rose.

Posted by Starhawk at 11:15 PM | 2003 Garden Pics | Comments (0)

Quote of the day


Ilsa Lund: I wasn't sure you were the same. Let's see, the last time we met....
Rick Blaine: Was La Belle Aurora.
Ilsa Lund: How nice, you remembered. But of course, that was the day the Germans marched into Paris.
Rick Blaine: Not an easy day to forget?

Casablanca - 1942

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The difference between us and Europe

Good article in the NY Post about what makes us different from the Euros.


We elevate the individual; Europeans worship the group. We dream. Europeans fear. Indeed, the only belief that has been pronounced dead more often than religion is the American dream. Professors write its obituary almost daily. The rest of us live it.

Read it all, it's not that long.
Link via Merde


Listening to: Kathy's Song - Simon And Garfunkel

Posted by Starhawk at 09:32 PM | The World | Comments (0)

Comments

I just got finished reading a post on Jane's blog about some things that Joe Conason said.
Reading the post wasn't so bad but going through the comments was a major task. It makes me happy I don't have as much traffic as she does. I would try to keep up with the comments and I barely have enough time to do what I should be doing now.
If it ever gets that bad here I may bail.


Listening to: Don't Ask Me Why - Billy Joel

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Will the blast at the UN change anything?

Some people are saying that today's blast at the UN office in Baghdad was a miscalculation that will change a lot of things. I am not so sure.
Most of the UN folk are deep into denial or in bed with the terrorists.
I don't look for much to change.
I hope I am wrong on this one.


Listening to: Dreams - Fleetwood Mac

Posted by Starhawk at 03:25 PM | War on Terror | Comments (0)

Last chance for Peace gone in Mid East

There was a theory I heard not too long ago that part of what was going on in the mid-east was that Bush was basically giving the Palestinians one last chance to get their act together.
After today's terrorist bus attack they may have lost that chance.
Abbas was supposed to do something about Hamas and he has done nothing.
The Israeli's may do it for him after this.


Listening to: Rough Ride - Paul McCartney

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August 18, 2003

U.S. Deaths in Iraq in context

For all you wimps who are complaining about us losing troops in Iraq, one here, one there, just remember this, it could be worse.
They could be in France where they have just admitted that as many as 5,000 may have died in the latest heat wave.
No one likes it when US troops are killed but what we are doing in Iraq is something that needs to be done and it is much better that we engage the terrorists in Baghdad then in New York.


Listening to: Blinded By The Light (Live'99) - Bruce Springsteen

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Hail the recovery

In case you didn't notice the Dow Jones average cleared 9400 today.
It looks like it could hit 10,000 by year end or even 10,500.


Listening to: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - The Beatles

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Venomous Roundup

No I am not going to say anymore about this.
Kevin however has an overview of some of the cross currents that have build up on various blogs and their comments.
Not much new but for those who are interested more background material.

Posted by Starhawk at 11:52 AM | Other Bloggers | Comments (0)

August 17, 2003

All About Eve


Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night

All About Eve - 1950

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My last word on this (I hope)

I have to admit I am not very sure about this whole thing between Kate and Joanie.
Obviously there was bad blood there or at least friction for a while now.


Listening to: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles

Continue reading "My last word on this (I hope)"
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Day Lily

I forgot till I was looking at some old pictures that we had a few of these in the back. The blooms are long gone as are the blooms on almost everything else in the garden but they were pretty nice. I am not sure how many of these are in the back, maybe 6 or so.

Posted by Starhawk at 06:25 PM | 2003 Garden Pics | Comments (0)

Curiouser and Curiouser

As Alice said.
Doing some diligent surfing I think I have found the other end of this latest blog war but I have to admit I am no closer to finding the truth of the matter. In fact things are getting murkier by the moment.
I have to go tend to my poor car but I will return and try to sift through the murk to find a pearl or two.
If you want to try to figure it out your self try going to da Godess and reading more from Greg.
I will have more to say on this later.


Listening to: I Am the Walrus - The Beatles


Update : I was leaving but Dave has a good overview of exactly what happened. At least he is reportiong both sides with relevant links.

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Nastiness in the Blogosphere

I know that some of you were pretty upset with the Moxie/Moxiepop dust up a few months ago but in relation to this mornings latest outrage that was nothing.
You can read about it on Kate's Blog.
Someone had the viciousness to call child protective services on Kate.
The sheer , I can't say stupidity because it doesn't sound like it was done by a stupid person, gall of whoever did this ranks in my list of all time detestable online related acts.
Go over to Kate and give her a good word or two she can probably use the support.
Others who have chimed in on the topic are Michele , Dean and Adam.
There are more links on Kate's site.

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August 16, 2003

Fiddler on the Roof


Constable: You're an honest, decent person. Even though you are a Jew.
Tevye: Oh...! THANK you, your honor! How often does a man get a compliment like that?

Fiddler on the Roof - 1971

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Stereotypes

Dawn seems to have gotten herself a lot of heat for this post on the blackout where she reffered to Michael Bloomberg:


I don't like to say this, but an extremely rich, selfish Jewish man should not be mayor of New York.

I commented at the time that she should have probably left the jewish part out but others who are less tolerant of her style have said a lot worse it seems.
Today she writes that some have said that she is an anti-semite and she tries to explain herself.
Dawn seems to say that because someone fits into a certain stereotype it is ok to refer to them that way.
It is NOT.

Continue reading "Stereotypes"
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Little buddy

Usually I can't get any decent pictures of these little guys but for some reason they are all around this year and this one has taken a liking to my lawn chairs.

Posted by Starhawk at 09:26 PM | 2003 Garden Pics | Comments (1)

August 15, 2003

We needed Rain but...

Just when things were getting boring we may be getting a visit from the new girl on the block named Erika.
Hopefully this one will miss us like the last one did but you never know.
I remember we thought that Allison had passed us by but the bitch circled back and put most of Houston under water.
Let me tell you if you have never seen rain come down at the rate of an inch an hour it is awesome.
I think Allison actually dumped more than that. My memory says 5 inches an hour for 5 hours but that seems like an awful lot.


Listening to: The Beatles - Yesterday

Posted by Starhawk at 08:21 PM | Houston | Comments (0)

Nothing Day

Aside from calling my Mom and sister to see if their lights had come back on yet, mowing the lawn and sending out more resumes I didn't do much of anything today.
I really must make better use of my time.
Being out of work wouldn't be as bad if I did something productive with my time.


Listening to: Bat Out Of Hell - Heaven Can Wait - Meat Loaf

Posted by Starhawk at 08:10 PM | Home and Family | Comments (2)

Blackout

I have nothing more to say about the blackout at this time.
More coverage can be found at command post, at Michele's and at Susanna's.
Be warned if you go to Michele's, she is having a Fair and Balanced day.


Listening to: 09 words - Neil Young

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August 14, 2003

Was a windows virus responsible?

Bigwig thinks that the blaster virus hitting a microsoft based machine might have been responsible for the outage.


Listening to: She's Got A Way - Billy Joel

Posted by Starhawk at 08:50 PM | Misc. | Comments (0)

Good and Bad on the Blackout

In 1965 when I was living in NYC and again in 1977 when I was still living in Chicago the people of New York suffered. The whole northeast suffered.
We were told both times that measures were being taken that would prevent this from happening again.
Well here we are 26 years later and again a massive, region wide blackout.
It is ridiculous that these companies who collect billions of dollars cannot get their act together to prevent the whole system from caving like it is now.
This is exactly the sort of thing that the systems that we were told were being put in place should have prevented.
The good news is that it is not a terror attack and maybe now there will be changes put into effect that will really prevent a massive region wide power outage as is currently going on.
I hope so for next time it might be something more serious.


Listening to: Wasted Time - Eagles

Posted by Starhawk at 06:36 PM | Misc. | Comments (0)

Power out in NYC and other cities

A major power outage has hit NYC and other cities. Command Post has complete coverage.
I was living in NYC during the first blackout in 1965.
It is scary when that happens. It was at night then, I hope they are able to get power back on while it is still light out.
I have been trying to phone my mother but she doesn't seem to be at home and her cell is either busy or more likely the entire cell system is down.


Listening to: Miracles - Jefferson Starship

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Unknown Lily

I decided to try posting pictures from my garden again. I am still not sure how this is going to work in MT but let's give it a shot.
I wish I could take credit for this but it just popped up one spring after we had moved in. Actually there are two of them of the same kind but the other is about 100 feet away for some reason.



Update: That didn't quite work out right so I resized the display. It you click on it though you will see the full size. Pretty neat the way MT does this.

Posted by Starhawk at 04:21 PM | 2003 Garden Pics | Comments (5)

Talking Bullets

Frank has a nice piece on bullets of various sizes told in his inimitable style.
He seems we have a lot in common in guns and ammo.
I took mine out yesterday but it looks like I will have to take it to a gunsmith since it keeps shooting high and to the left.
At least I hope the gun is the problem.
I certainly wasn't high and to the left when I was on the range,


Listening to: English Sunset - The Moody Blues

Posted by Starhawk at 03:01 PM | Guns and Ammo | Comments (0)

Another one Bites the Dust

We have captured a major Al Qaeda leader and planner somewhere in SE Asia.
Yes Virginia we are making progress in the War on Terror.


Listening to: Another One Bites The Dust - Queen

Posted by Starhawk at 02:47 PM | War on Terror | Comments (0)

August 13, 2003

Jeff Davis and Robert E. Lee

Meryl has a post starting out with an email I wrote her about Davis and Lee.
In her original post she stated that Lee should be on the list of worst Americans along with Davis.
I disagreed in, my usual terse prose, stating that Davis was more central to the rebellion than Lee was.
Tom describes a little more clearly why Davis deserves to be on the list.


Listening to: We Can Be Together - Jefferson airplane

Continue reading "Jeff Davis and Robert E. Lee"
Posted by Starhawk at 05:55 PM | Civil War | Comments (10)

Good News - Bad News

Good news - I got calls from two different headhunters today
Bad News - They both called about the same job.
Good News - At least I got a call.


Listening to: You Still Believe In Me - Beach Boys

Posted by Starhawk at 04:07 PM | JobHunting | Comments (2)

Another battle in the War on Terror

When the president told us about the war on terror he stated that this would be a war like no other.
Some battles we would see and some we would not. There would be periods where nothing happened.
One such battle just came to light as we arrested a smuggler trying to bring a surface to air missle into the country.
A lot of people have been complaining about our lack of homeland security, well this refutes them in the most dramatic way.
The arrest was the result of an 18 month operation with the cooperation of the Russians and British.
Read the whole article and feel safer knowing that our people are out there trying to keep us safe.


Listening to: Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

Posted by Starhawk at 03:35 PM | Homeland Security | Comments (0)

August 12, 2003

Texas Senators to be fined

In case you have forgotten about our lost senators, the ones still in Austin have voted to fine the litle wussies.
Fines will start at $1,000 and go up to $5,000 per day.
The Dems say they won't pay.
Maybe they should just resign and then we could get someone in who will do the job that they were elected to do.


Listening to: Fall From Grace [live] - Stevie Nicks w/ Sheryl Crow

Posted by Starhawk at 09:46 PM | Texas Politics | Comments (1)

Teenage Dating

Rachael has a couple of posts on teenage dating.
She is only a year ahead of my daughter.
I really need to get that shotgun.


Listening to: The only living boy in New York - Simon and Garfunkel

Posted by Starhawk at 08:33 PM | Misc. | Comments (0)

School starts

My daughter is starting High school tomorrow.
A freshman already.
I was never a freshman since my junior high was 7,8 and 9th grades.
In some ways I wish she was still 5 years old.
I am getting ready for what I am sure is going to be an exhausting 4 years.
I think maybe it is time to go shotgun shopping :)


Listening to: Scenes From an Italian Restaurant (Live) - Billy Joel

Posted by Starhawk at 08:29 PM | Home and Family | Comments (1)

California - Bigger circus than we thought

Early reports are proving wrong and now the actual number of people running in the recall election might be as high as 247.
I am going to try and get one of those ballots, it will make one heck of a collectible.


Listening to: The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin

Posted by Starhawk at 04:14 PM | California Recall | Comments (1)

What I do Well - redux

As I related in the previous post where I broke Zempt I have a talent for messing up software and hardware.
It seems I am on a roll.
Last night the server I am on crashed while I was tweaking the site.
Verve said that they would have to replace the fan.
Today I got a message that they were going to have to replace the motherboard of the server.
I rock.

Posted by Starhawk at 12:52 PM | Housekeeping | Comments (0)

August 11, 2003

We must never forget

Michele has a good post on the upcoming anniversary of 9/11.


Despite all the increased security, all the color-coded warnings and preparations, we have forgotten the most important thing. We have lost that feeling of urgency, of shared grief, of the solid core of hope we became on that day. We lost our grip on that and now we are like enemies of ourselves, slipping into a wary world where everyone eyes each other as some kind of rival or competitor.

I know some of us have not forgotten.
Every time I see a plane fly overhead I wonder if it will explode or crash into a building.


In case you have forgotten go to this page on CNN and look at some of the video from that day and remember.

Posted by Starhawk at 10:10 AM | 911 | Comments (0)

August 10, 2003

Quote of the Day

Ray Hughes: How come the bad guys always have the good cars?

Running Scared -1986

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Hot Zones

If you recall I have said on more than one occasion that the business model that is being planned for WiFi is doomed to failure.
Now comes this story from Somerville where they want to create a free wifi Hot Zone that will encompass several city blocks and parks.
The article doesn't go into the technology, which I would have liked, but the attitude is that Internet access should be free.
The price of setting up a hot spot is not very much and going lower.
I expect to see kids with laptops camping out on my lawn any day now.


Listening to: Hey Joe. - Jimi Hendrix

Posted by Starhawk at 05:41 PM | WiFi | Comments (0)

Willie and the Wimps

In case you thought I had forgotten about our wayward lawmakers there is this article.
Willie Nelson thinks the Albuquerque assholes are heros.
He even invited them to his sold out concert yesterday but only two showed up.

Listening to: Isabella - Jimi Hendrix

Posted by Starhawk at 04:24 PM | Texas Politics | Comments (0)

Moving Right along

I got the comments line set up the way I want it and the Category Label but MT does not seem to be generating the category files yet.
That should keep me busy figuring that out.

Listening to: Born To Be Wild (Live) - U2

Posted by Starhawk at 03:18 PM | Housekeeping | Comments (1)

August 09, 2003

I didn't expect this one

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?


Listening to: Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Continue reading "I didn't expect this one"
Posted by Starhawk at 11:40 PM | Web Quiz | Comments (1)

Testing Zempt

Well It didn't break but it didn't insert the song playing either but that could have been my fault.
Ah I see, that is how it is done.
Bill,
I noticed that it had lost some of the categories I had downloaded and had to re download them but that was probably because of the crash.
The only other thing I used was the spell checker which I will use now.
Bill,
It doesn't seem to save changes to the dictionary. I tried to save Zempt three times and it flagged it all three times.

[Listening to: People's Parties - Joni Mitchell ]

Posted by Starhawk at 11:11 PM | Housekeeping | Comments (2)

Zempt

At the insistance of the author I am trying to break this again.
I had no idea he was reading here.
I know how I feel when someone breaks software I have written even though I write bug free code (?), so I am trying to use it again, which I would have done anyway.
Another nice feature is that it can grab the sone that winamp is playing and add it to the post which is something I have been doing by hand. So I downloaded the plug-in for winamp 2.x, I use 2.8 and XP Home.
So we can see if all that works too.

Posted by Starhawk at 11:01 PM | Housekeeping | Comments (0)

The California 125

We got the final number.
There will be 125 candidates in the recall election.
According to a CNN poll Arnold would win easily if the election was held today.
As I predicted no other name candidate has entered, in fact the other Dem was forced dropped out , leaving Bustamanate as the only alternative for hardcore Dems.
They are hoping that Arnold is at his high point and will go down from here.
I think that is wishful thinking of the part of the Dems.


Listening To: Killer Queen - Queen

Posted by Starhawk at 09:19 PM | Politics | Comments (0)

Another Issue resolved

A couple of emails from Wind Rider and an hour of squinting at templates and I finally got the sidebar working right.

Continue reading "Another Issue resolved"
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Comments

True to form, I fixed the templates so that comments can be displayed inline however you can no longer post comments.
I am not sure what I did to screw this up but it looks like the typical one step forward, two steps back.
:sigh:

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What I do well

After all these years I can still do one things real well.
It took me all of two posts to get Zempt to crash.
I once crashed an entire microcomputer setup at a PC EXPO show in New York. The Hp people were not very happy with me, to say the least.

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Thanks Dean

I want to thank Dean who did the work of setting this blog up on MT. He has done this for many other people and I am sure they like me are all grateful to him.
We all want him to know that before Google takes out a contract on him.

Posted by Starhawk at 02:57 PM | Housekeeping | Comments (0)

Bridge too Far

Having now gotten a working MT blog and all my links I am going a step further and trying to get a tool named Zempt to work. Zempt was suggested by Joni who is having connectivity problems this weekend. So far the only problem seems to be that I can't update categories unless I go to MT. If this can be doen from within Zempt, someone please let me know.
The one great thing Zempt has that I need is a spell checker.
I am sure it has a lot more but I can't speel worth a shit.
Never could and probably never will.
That will come as no surprise to anyone who has ever read comments that I have posted. I wish comments had spell checking.


Update: Nothing ever works the way you hope it will. That must be one of Murphy's laws. In the sentence above I spelled posted as psoted and the spell checker didn't catch it.
:sigh:
Update: when I spell checked again it caught the error in the update but still didn't correct the original.

Posted by Starhawk at 02:49 PM | Housekeeping | Comments (0)

Beta Testing

There is still a lot of work to do but if anyone wants to go over and bang on the new site at starhawk.net, feel free.
Any constructive advice would be wonderful.

My mother used to always clean up the apartment before the cleaning lady would get there. She said it had to be clean enough to let someone else see. I never understood her when I was a kid but the new web site is about to that point, I hope.

Posted by Starhawk at 02:03 PM | Housekeeping | Comments (0)

Salary Requirement

I got an email yesterday from someone who had seen my resume online and thought I would be a good match for this position he had.
He wanted to know what my salary requirement was.
I hate this question.
If so say too much you may price yourself out of a job, which in the present market I don't want to do.
If you say too little you could end up shortchanging yourself?


How do other people handle this question?

Posted by Starhawk at 01:53 PM | JobHunting | Comments (0)

Silver Lining

The only good things about this heat wave is that the grass doesn't have to be cut as much.
(Another reason I don't water it)
Riding around on the mower for an hour or two when it is over 100 outside is not on my list of fun things to do.

Posted by Starhawk at 01:43 PM | Houston | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Watering

The temperature in over 100, again, today.
Since I don't have an installed system I have to drag hoses all over the place.
I have a LOT of hoses.
I don't bother watering the grass just the flower beds and some of the trees.
The grass can fend for itself.

Posted by Starhawk at 01:13 PM | Houston | Comments (0)

More testing

It seems the side bar wraps around on the bottom , perhaps I just don't have enought entries yet.
I am going to put some more
dummy entires and see if that is the case

Posted by Starhawk at 12:50 PM | Misc. | Comments (0)

Testing

Well it looks like I am getting a little closer on getting this looking better

Continue reading "Testing"
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August 08, 2003

Timeout

Stay with me while posting gets light.
I am going to have to make an effort to get the MT site looking at least as bad as this one so there might not be much here for the next few days. I will try to at least post something but we will see. Sometimes I can work miracles when I focus on something but it is not something I do all that often.


Listening To: say it with Love - Moody Blues

Posted by Starhawk at 09:31 PM | Misc. | Comments (0)

Arnold's Strategery

Time to stick my neck out a little and not get it chopped off.
I think Arnold is holding back.
He didn't want to wait until Saturday to file but because he declared on Wednesday it gives the Dems a chance to find someone to run against him.
Now he wants to appear weak until the filing date is past. He doesn't want the Dems to go ballistic and make Feinstein run against him.
His TV appearances today were window dressing. He is trying to make the powers that be overconfident. To what extent it is working it is hard to tell. Most of them flipped out when he declared. There are signs that it is working with some pundits. Let's see where he is and what he is saying by this time next week.
Arnold didn't get where he is by being dumb. I would no more underestimate him than GWB. The Dems do so at their peril.
It should be an interesting few days.
An interesting and probably dirty election.


Listening To: The Load Out and Stay - Jackson Browne

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Renaissance Fair

It seems a little early to be writing about the Ren Fair in the midst of this heat wave but I just got my order of advance tickets for this event that happens every year on October and November weekends.
Maybe by posting this I will finally get my photo essay from last years fair done.

Anyhow.

This is year is something special. Two friends of ours back east are driving down as part of their honeymoon. To celebrate we decided to treat them (and us) to something we have thought about doing for several years but never wanted to shell out the money for. It is called the King's Feast


The King's Feast Package includes admission to the festival, and an all you can eat 6 course Black Angus Beef meal with a world class dessert, premium wine ,... and a limited edition commemorative pewter mug and a 2 hour variety show hosted by the Duchess Spendalot.

If you didn't guess by the Duchess's name the Ren Fair while very low tech is a easy place to spend a lot of money.
Actually when you consider what the pewter mugs sell for and admission to the fair, the feast is not a bad deal at all.

Posted by Starhawk at 12:54 PM | Ren Fair | Comments (0)

August 07, 2003

Kate Blew it

One of the nice things about blogging is you get the chance to write whatever you want and make an ass of yourself in front of the entire internet.

Kate didn't make an ass out of herself but she sure blew a call when she posted Ten Reasons Arnold won't run yesterday.

She has been on a roll recently but it just goes to prove, you can't win 'em all.


Listening To: Rocket Man - Elton John

Posted by Starhawk at 11:15 PM | Other Bloggers | Comments (0)

Texas Politics

Stoney at Rebel Yell is saying some nice things about me. I am certain I don't deserve it but I am encouraged to live up to my billing. I can't imagine how Glenn does it day after day.


Anyhow I was driving home today from a brief job of fixing an application I did a few months ago listening to our locally owned (one of the few) radio station KSEV.
The afternoon drive guys had went to Albuquerque to interview our wayward lawmakers. They reported that not only did these spoiled brats not want to be interviewed for the folks back home but they were downright rude about it.


The latest on their goal is apparently to hold out until Sept. 15 when it might be too late to make any changes for the 2004 election.


There is a lawsuit being filed in Harris county that might be able to compel one of them to return but right now that is a long shot. A suit would have to be filed in the district of each one.


The real reason behind all this nonsense is an effort to save the seat of congressman Martin Frost who is a leader in the house. The redistricting plan will affect his chances of holding that seat so the Dems are ignoring the oath of office they took for partisan purposes.


Listening To: Alive and Well and Living In - Jethro Tull

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Hot Stuff

It hit 104 in Houston today, a record.
Looks like another record Friday.
Europe is roasting too.
For some reason we are not hearing much about global warming however, quite odd.


Listening To: Over The Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin

Posted by Starhawk at 09:27 PM | Houston | Comments (0)

Busy August

Not normally a big news month this August is shaping up as a busy one.
Right now the spotlight is on Arnold but Kobe is taking up a lot of news time also.

Right on the horizon waiting to blow both of them away is the capture of Saddam.

Of course we will be cursed with more terror attacks also.


Listening To: Don't Look Back - Boston

Posted by Starhawk at 09:20 PM | Media | Comments (0)

August 06, 2003

Quote of the Day


Howard Beale: I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

Network - 1976

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August 6

August 6
On this day in 1945 a plane named the Enola Gay flew over the city of Hiroshima.
A new age had begun.


Listening To: 409 - The Beach Boys

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Arnold

Arnold
I just watched the Tonight show, which is something I rarely do and saw Arnold declare himself as a candidate for Governor.
He didn't sound half bad.

He made a good move by preemptively listing all the bad things that Gray Davis might say about him.
That is always a good move, admit your a womanizer which he didn't do but he did.

He said, Davis will say I am a womanizer.
He didn't admit it but he brought the issue up so if Davis does all it will get is a big yawn.

I predict he will be hard to beat.
Tomorrow there will be dems getting into the race. That will be the end for Davis.
Jay set up a press room in the back and Arnold is holding forth with every LA journalist not in Eagle Co.

Arnold gave two movie quotes during the show. One was from of his movies, the other was from one of my favorites.


Listening To: Your Wildest Dreams - Moody Blues

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Strange Headlines

These are some excerpts from an article headlined Returning Marines critical of Iraq plan.


'Thank you's' the company heard proved to them the war President Bush sold as a quest to destroy weapons of mass destruction was good because it ousted a cruel and ruthless dictator.

Masterson recalled getting thanks even from an Iraqi who believed his wife and child had been killed by an American shelling -- so-called ''collateral damage'' in the march to Baghdad. He also heard it from a man who said his daughter had been raped and murdered by men loyal to Saddam Hussein.

'You were sitting there thinking, 'Wow, I am really doing something important. I am part of a grand scheme to do something good,' McGee said.


There were some critical comments too but the body of the article was a lot more balanced then the headline suggests.


Mostly they were just glad to be home and who can blame them for that.


Listening To: Love Her Madly - The Doors

Posted by Starhawk at 02:47 PM | War on Terror | Comments (0)

Paris Wifi

I was on Mike Wendland's site and came across this story. Since Wifi has been a continuing theme here I thought I should report it even if it is about the French.
This story on NPR touts the new Wifi system which might be extended throughout Paris's Metro.
A more detailed story however indicates that the frogs might blow it after all.
It seems that during the first three month's only 1,700 people have used the system which was free. In the second stage they are planning to charge about $11 per hour for access.

Mike's Wifi Truth #1:


Eventually free access points will be in enough places that no one will even consider paying for it.

The French are going to spend a lot of money find out truth number one for themselves. It couldn't happen to a nicer people.


Listening To: Trouble in Paradise - Bruce Springsteen

Posted by Starhawk at 11:05 AM | WiFi | Comments (0)

August 05, 2003

The Alamo

Quote of the Day



Davy Crockett: Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat - the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step or his first baby shaves and makes his first sound as a man. Some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.

The Alamo - 1960

Texas Politics

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst writes about why the lawmakers still hiding out in New Mexico are hypocrites. He makes the case about why Texas should be redistricted and how the Dems are just crying sour grapes.
My feeling is that they are derelict in their jobs and should be replaced.


Listening To: Wild Horses - Rolling Stones

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Decisions, Decisions

My new, still in testing blog has comments in it. I have not installed comments here because I didn't want to deal with it.
Let me clarify, it is not because I can't deal with it, in fact I can deal with it very well. I dealt with it for nine years when I ran a public BBS system. I also dealt with it on CompuServe where I was a section leader in the Multi-player Games forum for a number of years. I just didn't feel like doing it.
I may leave it in as a test this time.
Of course then we have a bigger problem.
What happens if you throw a party and no one comes?
Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I have never thrown a party where no one came.
The closest I came was my going away party from Columbus where a lot of people turned around when they saw the police car in my driveway.
The cops didn't stay till the end of the party and left with just a warning to keep it down.


Listening To: Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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Learning Movable Type

Which is what I am doing at the moments I can actually log into it.
Today I forgot my password so I had MT send me a new one. The only problem with that was that I had entered the address incorrectly. Luckily I did remember my domain's password so I was able to retrieve the mail that had bounced with the new password.


Listening To: Year of the Cat - Al Stewart

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That's Some Cease Fire

If you think that things are ok in Israel since the cease fire go over to Meryl's and educate yourself on what is really going on.

Posted by Starhawk at 03:56 PM | War on Terror | Comments (0)

more testing

This started out well with me forgetting my password

Continue reading "more testing"
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August 04, 2003

Who I am NOT

I just registered with Blogstreet (see sidebar) and when I clicked on it, at the very bottom were references to books written by Starhawk.
I am not THAT Starhawk. SHE can be reached at starhawk.org.
Aside from some ancestral similarities we have nothing in common, though I do own one of her books.


Listening To: The Hangman's Knee - The Jeff Beck Group

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Goood News - Bad News

The bad news is that I didn't get that job in Dallas I had been working on the last week or two.
The good news is I managed while waiting for word to make all my donations to the blogs I sponsored during Blogathon.


Listening To: Light up or Leave Me Alone - Traffic

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August 03, 2003

More From Diana

I am continuing to follow the changing attitudes of Diana Moon.
Diana was one of the first blogs I read and along with Meryl inspired me to start my own.
She really has gone into uncharted areas though.


I've spoken with a lot of people recently, all of them supporters of the war. We've all developed tremendous misgivings. Every day, every new American death, every ambush, and I feel those doubts grow. Am I not supposed to blog about that?

From what did she and her friends develop misgivings?
Perhaps they all thought that we would march into Baghdad and the people would be cheering in the streets?
That would have been nice but that only had a 10 to 20 percent chance and only if we had gotten Saddam during the war.
No one likes seeing american boys getting killed but this what happens in war.
This is what war is all about and if they supported it, as they say they did, they should have realized that this could happen.
These are not the kind of people you would find drinking latte at Starbucks.
They are animals.
They are vicious, depraved killers.
They won't go easily.
We are going to have to root them out and put them somewhere where they can't hurt others.
My own preference would be six feet under but I suppose we are too civilized for that.
It is going to be a messy business but we will get it done.
In contrast I am pretty upbeat about Iraq because I think things could be going a lot worse, a whole lot worse.
Things may still go a whole lot worse but it looks like we have a handle on the situation and it is improving.


Diana also has some strange ideas about National Defense.

I think that true national defense consists of getting our education system together, because if we had a crack K-12 system we would create our own cognitive elite instead of having to import it from abroad.

Where do I start?
I will grant that our K-12 school system, especially in our major cities is a mess. Howard Dean is not going to change that. If Bush could get a voucher program through congress it would go a long way to moving in the right direction.
The school system is not national defense however.
In some ways it is more important than national defense but it has taken us a long time to let it get as screwed up as it is and it is a problem that we are not going to solve overnight.
Fixing the school system, not just K-12 but the colleges also is going to be a major factor in the future direction of this country.


Real national defense is concerned with breaking things and killing people.
For this Howard Dean would be a disaster.
The world is a messy place, to quote Rush's Undeniable Truth of life #6: Ours is a world governed by the aggressive use of force.
This is not something Howard Dean understands.
Saddam understands this, so does Bin Laden. Every two bit dictator knows this.
The mullahs in Iran and the generals in North Korea understand this.
The Chinese understand this, that is why they are continuing to build missiles that can reach Taiwan.
When Dean was on Meet the Press last, he didn't have a clue. When Russert asked him about the military he gave some lame answer about his advisors. Who are these advisors?
Let's hope that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is not one of them. I recently watched her on TV and was amazed that a woman from California could think herself an expert of military matters just because she was elected to congress.
She is the kind of person, and so is Dean, who would overule generals on tacitcal metters that they have no business being involved in.
Bush at least seems to have enough sense to let the generals do their jobs.


The final problem I have with this post of hers is this idea of a "cognitive elite".
We have plenty of "cognitive elites" already.
What we need is basic citizens who know how to read.
Who know enough to be productive members of society.
Who know who the Founding Fathers were and what they did.
We need people who know what is in the constitution.
We need people who know that the purpose of the bill of rights is to limit what government can do.
We need people who can work together to build a better America for our children and our children's children.

Posted by Starhawk at 11:20 PM | Other Bloggers | Comments (0)

Another Web Quiz ala Harry Potter




I'm from Gryffindor!

Hogwart's Sorting Hat Quiz

made by The Genki Gang


Link Via: View from the back window of My Pickup Truck

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New Webring

Thanks to a heads up from Lair even though it is one I would probably not be in.
You can find it on the right sidebar (only sidebar).
It is for unemployed Bloggers.
This is one Webring I hope to be able to get off of, the sooner the better.
Listening To: Out of The Frying Pan (and into the fire) - Meat Loaf

Posted by Starhawk at 04:20 PM | JobHunting | Comments (0)

Field of Dreams

Quote of the Day



John Kinsella: Is this heaven?
Ray Kinsella: It's Iowa.
John Kinsella: Iowa? I could have sworn this was heaven.
[John starts to walk away]
Ray Kinsella: Is there a heaven?
John Kinsella: Oh yeah. It's the place where dreams come true.
[Ray looks around, seeing his wife playing with their daughter on the porch.]
Ray Kinsella: Maybe this is heaven.

Field of Dreams - 1989

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August 02, 2003

Thinking of Life and Death

I just was flipping through the channels and happened across Field of Dreams and ended up watching the last 90 minutes or so.
What a great movie.
I actually cried during the last scene where Ray gets to play catch with his long dead father.
I am not sure why. I got to play catch with my father many times when he was alive.
How many?
Not enough, not nearly enough.
Enjoy life and the people you love while you can because you never know if this time that you see them or speak to them might be the last.

Posted by Starhawk at 11:16 PM | Misc. | Comments (0)

Starting out

Well lets see how this works .

Continue reading "Starting out"
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Is This Thing On?

Test, test....

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Moving Day Soon

Thanks to Dean I now have an MT setup to play with. I will probably mess with it this week and move over next week when I am sure it is working ok and I am comfortable working with it.


Listening To: Suzanne - Leonard Cohen

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August 01, 2003

UN votes for Peacekeepers in

UN votes for Peacekeepers in Liberia
The vote was 12-0 with 3 abstentions from guess who?
If you guessed France, Germany and Mexico, go to the head of the class.


Listening To: Legend - Poco

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Still Job Hunting 2

According to my headhunter these people have still not decided and they want the person to start Monday. Unbelievable.
Also out of work are Vicki and the Roverpundit. Bloggers and technical people in general are being hit hard during this downturn.
This could have its root cause in outsourcing.
Link via Glenn


Listening To: I've Seen All Good People - Yes

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Thanks, Lair, I Think

I decided today to check my FTP site which as you know has not been working at all.
All of a sudden today it was working fine.
It might have something to do with the fact they are now employing the fine blogger Laurence of Amish Tech support.
It might not but thanks anyway Lair.
Listening To: House of Four Doors - Moody Blues

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Still Job Hunting

I finally had my tech interview over the phone yesterday and I am supposed to find out today. No one has called yet so I am assuming the worst.

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Diana, we Thought We Knew You

Diana, we thought we knew you
Ever since Diana has returned to blogging she has posted things very much at odds with her previous attitudes or so it seems to me.
Since she is no longer answering her emails, at least the ones I send, which she used to, I can not say what is up with her or even if it is the same person doing the posting as the postings I read in the old Letter from Gotham.
Now she has really gone off the deep end claiming she is going to vote for Dean.
I find this very strange because in my previous discussions with her I got the impression that she was concerned with national defense and Dean would be a disaster for defense. Another reason I suspect a ghost blogger has taken over her identity.

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