Huzah, another hack politician comes to rescue the chilren

Thursday, March 30, 2006

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=1786632&page=1&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

Making Sex Crimes Against Kids a Capital Offense
By TARANA HARRIS

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 March 30, 2006 — When two teenage girls were kidnapped from their beds and raped in an underground dungeon, allegedly by a convicted sex offender, it provided a new impetus to South Carolina legislators to make one of the most terrible crimes imaginable punishable by the death penalty.

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I guess this politician is now going to save us from the menace that they created. How did they create it? Why is a sex offender out at all?

There is IMHO a fundamental Intelligent Designer given right to life. I have no right to take someone's life unless they initiate force against me. If they attack, I only have a moral right to use sufficient force to stop them. So my response has to be a proportianal response. So I can't kill someone for anything other than a potentially fatal attack.

How does this bear on the problem?

My government is an extenson of me. It only can do the things that I delegate to them. If I don't have the power to do something, then I can't give them that power.

So the government NEVER has the right to kill it's citizens. The government has a track record of convicting innocent people. So there is never a 100% certainty of a correct verdict, but there is a 100% certainty that the the government can not FIX a death sentence.

These politicians never learn.

Sex crimes probably deserve a life sentence without parole. At least the prisoner will be around should a mistake have been made.

AND, the insanity defense should be reexamined. Anyone, who says a criminally insane defendent is "cured", should have to "guarantee" their diagnosis with their own freedom.

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A Jasper who spent spring break reparing homes in NOLA (applause) lectures us on racism (huh?)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

http://www.mcquadrangle.org/media/storage/paper663/news/2006/03/29/Perspectives/New-Orleans.In.Peril-1763886.shtml?norewrite200603291614&sourcedomain=www.mcquadrangle.org 

New Orleans in Peril – Perspectives

I applaude those that went to NOLA. It would have been easier and more "fun" to go to a different destination. It's easy to see that the writer is changed by the trip. But from here in the peanut gallery, up in the cheap seats, I think he has spent too much time in the "skools". I read his article twice just to be sure I didn't over-react. (1) We are responsible for ourselves. If we rely on "government" for anything, we're going to be disappointed. (2) The government's response will be slow and pathetic because that's what government is — a poor excuse for self-help, charity, and private enterprise. (3) What the wrtier attributes to poverty and / or racism would be more properly attributed to  stupidity, "let George do it", sloppy thinking, and some sloth. (4) It's not a very good idea ("I R an injineer" and know stuff like this) to build a city below sea level. It's an even worse idea to rebuild a city below sea level. It's the worst idea to think that a glorified version of the Post Office is going to do it right. (5) Our thinking gets us into trouble. The governement has no magic font of money to throw at the problem. Every dollar they spend on NOLA is stolen from some poor slob like me who has to work to make ends meet. The government is my partner. Even if I don't want one. So as bad as I feel for the NOLA situation, I have to say let's move on. Run a telethon. Setup a voluntary private charity. DO what ever needs to be done, BUT don't impose the costs of it on us by force. How about this for an idea? The various levels of government agree sell the city to Wal Mart, Disney World, or Google. Let them invest in it. But the government won't tax it, fund it, or have anything to do with it. My bet would be that it would be rebuild in nothing flat; be better than it ever was; look better than it ever was; and be an economic engine to pull the entire southeastern US along with it. Make it an enterprise zone with no laws but what the buyer wants to permit. Then I'd suggest everyone stand out of the way because they'll be a migration to live tax free, the construction trucks would be rolling, and NOLA would be the new shining city on the hill. IMHO


Sorry, Lou, you missed the root cause!It’s the government involvement in the education of our people.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/5243

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"If teaching remains a second-rate profession, America's economy will be driven by second-rate skills," Gerstner says. "We can wake up today — or we can have a rude awakening sooner than we think."

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Sorry, Lou, you missed the root cause!

It's the government involvement in the education of our people.

Government "public schools" have dumbed down the population to such a point that "graduates" know a fraction of what they did in 1890s. Take a high school graduation exam from the turn of the century, and see for yourself. Between the politicians, the teacher's unions, and their "suppliers", we have created a nightmare. The early advocates of "free government public schools" were avowed socialists with visions of creating soldiers for the armies and workers for the factories. All of whom could be manipulated by the "elites". They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. We now have a dismal one-size-fits-all education system which condemns everyone, especially minorities included, to low expectations and political correctness, to the serfdom of an unenlightened life. And, in doing this, we have created an entitlement system for government retirees that is unmatched anywhere else.

Want to fix it? It's easy. Change the paradigm! (Sorry consultant speak for the mental model you're using to understand the problem.) Motivate the individual to solve their own problems and stand back!

We need separation of School and State.

Repeal mandatory attendence laws. Transition from a "public" system to a truly free market education system. Empower parents to choose the education that is best for thier children. Allow them to pay for those choices.

Compare Montessori and Headstart. Compare anytime the government produces a free good and you have a tragedy of epic proportions. Compare a gumamint skool and a prison, they look remarkable alike. Think the Post Office is teaching.

Want to know why education is abysmal, want to know why only why the bright people don't go into education, want to know why we are dropping in the ranks of the world's educational elite? Yup, your gumamint at work!

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Interesting question: What is the most important priority to get back our liberty?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

http://freetalklive.com

Well the boys over at my favorite podcast asked a very challenging question. What are the most important things in my mind that get us back to our liberty that we used to have?

It's is too hard to identify just one thing. I have three:

(1) Fiat currency allows the government to fool us in several different ways at the same time. A fiat currency is one with no backing. "Our" Federal Reserve Notes, the construction of a favored group of private bankers, have nothing backing them other than the illusion that they are obligations of the United States of America. The Constitution mandated a currency of gold and silver. If followed, it would prevent the Government from just printing more "money" to fund increased spending. The inflation of the currency is a hidden tax on all our savings. In thirty years, the dollar has lost more than 95% of its purchasing power. Unfunded liabilities like "Social Security Insurance", a Ponzi scheme, and the National Debt represent a national disaster in the future. All of this is enabled or allowed by having an unbacked currency.

(2) Government "public schools" have dumbed down the population to such a point that "graduates" know a fraction of what they did in 1890s. Take a high school graduation exam from the turn of the century, and see for yourself. Between the politicians, the teacher's unions, and their "suppliers", we have created a nightmare. The early advocates of "free government public schools" were avowed socialists with visions of creating soldiers for the armies and workers for the factories who could be manipulated by the "elites". They succeeded. We know have a dismal one-size-fits-all education system which condemns everyone, minorities included, by low expectations and political correctness, to the serfdom of an unenlightened life. And, in doing this, we have created an entitlement system for government retirees that is unmatched anywhere else.

(3) The "war on drugs" has allowed the government to repeat the stupidity of Prohibition without the Constitutional Amendment. This empowers the government to oppress us, imprison us, and attempt to defy human liberty and human nature. We have lost our Bill of Rights with their war on drugs. It fills our prisons with non-violent offenders. It attempts to deny the basic human right to do with our body whatever we want. We have an Intelligent Designer's given right to make mistakes AND pay for those mistakes. It also ignores the fact that laws don't make people do things. Speed limits don't slow cars. Drug laws don't stop drugs. And laws are only obeyed by the law abiding.

These are the three things that we need to have our liberty back — Separation of Minting Money and the State, Separation of School and State, and Separation of Medicine and the State.

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I recommend Free Talk Live (http://freetalklive.com) for the intellectual challenge interrupted with some humorous characters and juvenile laughs!


WXPNEWS asks should computer security be mandated by law?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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What do you think? Should computer security be mandatory? Just for businesses, or for everybody? How should it be enforced: technologically forced on us, enforced by ISPs, or enforced by the government? Should repeat offenders be banned from the Internet? Do you want security mechanisms such as firewalls and anti-virus included in the operating system? If so, should you be able to disable it if you want? Should software security patches be mandatory, and should your software stop working if they aren't applied? Let us know what you think at feedback@wxpnews.com.

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Intelligent Designer forbid! Have you seen where the "laws" have gotten us? Are we looking at a different country?

Law doesn't DO squat. The only one, who obeys laws, are the law abiding. Last I looked, they were not the problem. AND, every time the government makes a law, it's a joke. Heard of the "Law of Unintended Consequences", like the "Law of Gravity", it's a real law. It operates regardless of anyone's intention.

Let's examine our "computer security" problems.

Identity theft? Caused by the government. Yup, remember that social security number that would never ever be used as a universal identifier. Fooled ya! It is. Without the social security number, identity theft would be unknown. Let's nuke the ssn, and the ponzi scheme called social security "insurance".

Spam, phishing, and unknown bad guys doing bad things on the net. Hmm, who designed IPv4 as an unautheticated protocol? Yup, came out of government funded research. Wide spread because it was free and the government subsidized it. Ever compare IBM's SNA, a competing protocol at about the same time? It only allowed known devices to join the network. And, you could string them together; each network responsible for its members. IPv6 would fully triple A the network, but there is no incentive to move to it.

Insecure computing platforms? Guess there isn't a penalty for software that is flawed. Let's see the government buys lots of software. It could say that they were only going to buy Open Source Software where I can see the security. Poof, there goes the market. Oh, but no political contributions from the Closed Source Software vendors. Government says all voting machines must be open source, produce a paper ballot that the voter can check, and "cast" as their vote. No contributions from Diebold or rigged elections. They could say that all data storage has to be in an open format; we saw how well that idea worked in Taxachussetts.

The government doesn't have to pass a law. They can use their economic power to mold the marketplace. They can open the courts to "injured" "consumers". Cut out this sham of "licensing". They can do lots of things without "laws".

One criticism of Sarbox is all they did was make consultants rich. What makes you think that this would be any different?

No leave the internet alone. Leave the vendors to duke it out. Competition, free of laws, will improve everything. It's the invisible hand of the marketplace, enforcing a discipline that is swift and hard. Only when the government comes in does trouble begin.

IMHO


TECHNOLOGY: Puppy Linux

Monday, March 27, 2006

http://langa.com

http://www.puppylinux.com/

He recommends it as a small distribution; just had to try it.

Found out that I never put the iso burner back on lugable. Argh.


WRITING: I wish I could have all my old ideas.

Monday, March 27, 2006

http://stevehargadon.blogspot.com/2006/03/belated-appreciation-for-blogging-in.html

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Which may explain why I can't bear to throw anything written away–from my own grade school papers, to any book I've ever bought.

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Steve H hit a responsice chord with this line. I wish I could have my old ideas back. I wish I could have all the time I have wasted back. I wish I could have all the time I have lost back. I know I had some great things. If I have, then I know many others also have had. Blogging, personal computing, and virtually unlimited storage will mean "never having to throw anything away". Sigh. The youngsters have no idea how good they have it.


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