NEWJERSEY: Kyleigh’s Law a big mistake

Kyleigh’s Law a big mistake
July 10, 2010
Kendall Park

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The law is much too strict, with the costs far outweighing benefits. Our legislators have spent considerable time and manpower on passing this bill. The law was passed in hopes of reducing teen driving fatalities, an admirable goal. There are approximately 5,000 teenage driving deaths per year, a large number alone but when in comparison to the total numbers not as bad.

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I agree, Jake. But see you’ll learn that three things motivate politicians: rewarding their friends, punishing their enemies, and feathering their own nests. And, I’m not sure as to the correct order. In this case, the politicians and bureaucrats “win”. You can’t vote, and usually don’t, so who cares if your rights are infringed. The costumed thugs, masquerading as police, get to steal more wealth. And, obviously, we need more bureaucrats to support this diktat, who turn around and vote religiously for their patron sainted politician. My biggest fear is that the Gooferment has put a huge bullseye on young drivers. If I’m a criminal, who should I target. Reminds me of when the (imaginary) State of Florida removed all rental car identification and aggressive tourist-injuring “hot” car thefts dropped dramatically. So, if I had a child, I wouldn’t permit them to put this modern day “Star of David” on any car they drove.

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UPDATE: TECHNOLOGY iPad; I’m watching. Reported wifi issues. A killer!

The 10 most surprising things about the iPad
Ben Patterson is a technology writer for Yahoo! News.

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The UPS guy handed me my new iPad just a few hours ago, and yes—the jumbo-sized screen is as glorious as they say, and I was shocked by how good HD videos looked. But I was also surprised by how heavy the iPad feels, and if you were hoping to read e-books all day under the clear, bright blue sky, well…bad news, folks. These and more iPad surprises, coming right up.

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I’d like one. The WifI seems most practical. The big memory one is $699.

To be kool?

I don’t think so. If the MacBookAir is any example of Apple doing tech, the iPad will be “good”. Good; not great. Followed soon on by improvements and a price drop. Like a cliff.

When it was a status thing, McBa was 5k$. Soon, it was 1.5k$!

I’d like to play with a cheap iPad. With a phone and a camera.

Does it have a USB for my vwbbie (Verizon wireless broadband dongle)?

Remember that it is “closed” both hardware, software, and to a certain extent in data as well. That’s not “good”!

And, the McBa will burn your leg; it gets so hot when recharging. Haven’t heard anything about the iPad and recharging temperature. Yet?

Waiting for cheaper, better, and faster! And, more “open”!!!

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My understanding of Wifi issues on devices, particularly cramped devices like the Macbook Air and iPad, is that it’s usually a hardware/design issue and something that can’t be fixed via a software patch. I hope that’s not the case with the iPad, because faulty Wifi would make this a very unattractive device. Particularly if they run into Macbook Air type problems.

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Ouch! That hurts. Since I’d only want the WiFi. Can’t afford another monthly inet bill!

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INTERESTING: Saudi girl, 13, sentenced to 90 lashes

Saudi girl, 13, sentenced to 90 lashes after she took a mobile phone to school
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 12:45 AM on 21st January 2010

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A 13-year-old Saudi schoolgirl is to be given 90 lashes in front of her classmates after she was caught with a mobile camera phone.

The girl, who has not been named, was also sentenced to two months in jail by a court in the eastern city of Jubail.

She had assaulted her headmistress after being caught with the gadget which is banned in girl schools, said Al-Watan, a Saudi newspaper. The kingdom’s use of such punishments has been widely condemned by human rights organisations. (snip) The punishment is harsher than tha (sic that) dished out to some robbers and looters. Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading country in the use of torture-by-flogging, public beheadings and publicly crucifying condemned prisoners.

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This is shocking. It offends my sensibilities. And, I’m an ijineer!

Now I have run into children that I’d have liked to give lashes too, but never 90. Never even one. It’s just a brief idle daydream. Maybe for cell phone abuse.

No one has the right to inflict pain on anyone. Any child, no matter how annoying, no matter bad the transgression, no matter how … … how frustrating deserves to be treated this way.

Where are the women’s libers? Where are the politicians?

Gooferment only has ONE purpose: to protect its citizens and residents from aggression. In a primitive society, one step away from extinction, one can expect brutality to ensure compliance necessary for group survival. In an advanced civilization, brutality is inefficient and ineffective.

We, The People, need to instruct our Gooferment that (a) that’s unacceptable; and (b) they need to exert some moral pressure to help the bozos see the error of their ways. Perhaps, PNGing (Persona Non Grata) male Saudi Ambassadors until they send us a woman as an ambassador might get our point across.

No man can be free until all men are free?

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TECHNOLOGY: We’re at war against foreign powers and criminals

World War 3.0: 10 Critical Trends for Cybersecurity
September 2, 2009 7:22AM

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The Internet, private networks, VPNs, and a host of other technologies are quickly weaving the planet into a single, massively complex “infosphere.” These connections cannot be severed without overwhelming damage to companies and even economies. Yet, they represent unprecedented vulnerabilities to espionage and covert attack.

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Bottom line: We care complacent. We’d better deploy IPv6 for its improved security now. Next, we better start encrypting everything in sight.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: We don’t physically inspect squat!

How North Korea could destroy U.S. for $5,000
Posted: June 01, 2009 1:00 am Eastern
By Rob Pfriender

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Several years ago, my company proposed to build three super-security offshore cargo container inspection ports to robotically and cost-effectively inspect each and every container entering the U.S. Despite the proposal being sent to every member of Congress, the Senate, the Whitehouse, Homeland Security and the Coast Guard there was no interest – even though it would cost taxpayers absolutely nothing being privately financed and with a small inspection fee charged to the shipper on each container covering the cost of development and operations. Clearly, this should be considered unacceptable and a national disgrace. How often do the taxpayers get something so worthwhile for free?

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Robert Pfriender is the founder and president of Allied International Development, Ltd., a New York-based privately held real estate development and construction management firm. He has also founded Allied Transgenic Energy, Ltd. to exploit his incredible new proprietary process of producing biologically synthesized and economically competitive alternative motor fuels. Allied has proposed to develop three Super-Security Offshore Cargo Container Inspection Ports to inspect 100 percent of containers for weapons of mass destruction before they enter the mainland United States. The ports would be privately financed and leased to the United States government.

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See that’s the problem. You didn’t have a key role for some Senator’s in-law whereby the Senator could feather their nest. Better yet, three congress critter in-laws. It’s have been done yesterday!

Absurd, that the sheeple think the gooferment is protecting them.

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INTERESTING: Carrier targets

May 25, 2009
A Memorial in Naval History
By Jan LaRue

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Japanese hubris contributed to the loss of their carriers. Their decks, painted bright yellow with the infamous red dot, were perfect targets for our bomber pilots. The decks of our carriers were painted blue, like the sea.

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Re: the Battle of Midway

I never heard that before?

May need some confirmation of that!

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RANT: Peaceful opponent are targeted for harrassment!

Peaceful Dissent and Government Witch Hunts By Anthony Gregory

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As most readers of this are probably aware, the Campaign for Liberty has been singled out, along with a few other political groups, in a leaked Missouri state government report, “The Modern Militia Movement.” The document tells state officials to be on the lookout for violent extremists while conflating them with pretty much anyone who criticizes the government. Perhaps most troubling, the information apparently comes from the Department of Homeland Security, meaning that similar documents could be circulating in states other than Missouri.

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Now the flavor of government has changed from the Republican leviathan of George W. Bush to the Democratic leviathan of Barack Hussein Obama. A different group is vulnerable to being marginalized — in many ways a revitalization of the Clinton era atmosphere, although now with the post-9/11 concern about peace activists and all the surveillance powers inaugurated by Bush still in place.

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The right to question the government, even from a mistaken point of view, is at the heart of America’s proud heritage. When America relinquishes this understanding, it comes to adopt the features of the supposed enemy. In the name of rooting out Communists, America became just a bit more communistic. In an effort to keep an eye on violent extremists, the government resorts to violence and extremism. All the labor agitators, Muslim sympathizers and militia groups put together can never threaten American freedom and security as much as an unleashed police state in a climate of fear.

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Yes, the gooferment is like the gang that can’t shoot straight. But it’s my foot that is in the way.

I’m going to be pulled over for the Ron Paul bumper sticker? I own a gun (e.g., New Jersey has draconian gun registration laws). I own gold (i.e., I once used a credit card; never again). I blog (i.e., just Google my name). I criticize the gooferment of both parties. I “know” my rights. I support FIJA, oppose the psuedo drug war, anti-welfare, pro-immigration, “pro life”, and a “birther” to boot. Maybe I AM dangerous. Maybe I’m a terrorist.

Remember Pastor Martin Niemîller!

When will they come for YOU?

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MEDIABIAS: A new Taliban operations officer


March 11, 2009
Look who showed up as Taliban Operations Officer
Rick Moran

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An old friend of America’s has surfaced as Taliban operations officer, charged with coming up with ways to kill our soldiers.

We know him because he had a nice long stay at Guantanamo:

“The Taliban’s new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the latest example of a freed detainee who took a militant leadership role and a potential complication for the Obama administration’s efforts to close the prison. U.S. authorities handed over the detainee to the Afghan government, which in turn released him, according to Pentagon and CIA officials.”

“Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, formerly Guantanamo prisoner No. 008, was among 13 Afghan prisoners released to the Afghan government in December 2007. Rasoul is now known as Mullah Abdullah Zakir, a nom de guerre that Pentagon and intelligence officials say is used by a Taliban leader who is in charge of operations against U.S. and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan.”

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Now I’m a little L libertarian and wouldn’t be in Afghanistan or Iraq.

BUT, (there is always a big butt), that having been said, I’m not a pacifist. If these folks were taken for good reason, then this isn’t “catch and release”.

In the West, they have the expression “SSS”.

“Shot, shovel, and shut up!”

Varmints — two or four legged — same to me!

Add politicians and bureaucrats to that same list!

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SERVICE: Be careful where you put your data

JournalSpace Drama: All Data Lost Without Backup, Company Deadpooled
by Robin Wauters on January 3, 2009

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Blogging platform JournalSpace (which I’d never heard of to date) has ceased to be, following a wipe-out of the main database for which there was no back-up in place. According to the JournalSpace blog, the database was overwritten as a result of a malicious act from a disgruntled ex-employee.

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Stunning. Why isn’t the fellow in jail?

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SERVICE: GOOGLE NOTEBOOK takedown is symptomatic of cloud computing

Where to Go When Google Notebook Goes Down

By Kevin Purdy, 8:10 AM on Thu Jan 15 2009, 9,709 views

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Google’s Notebook webapp was tightly integrated with other Google apps, had a killer Firefox extension, and was great at getting things done. “Was,” though, because Google is ending support. Here’s where heartsick users should turn.

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OK, here’s why you can’t trust “free” software, “beta” software, or “the cloud”.

Next time you’re going to bet your data on one of these, think “what will I do when?”.

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GUNS: How did “victim disarmament” cause the Indian slaughter

November 30, 2008
How Gun Control Laws Contributed To the Mumbai Slaughter
Posted by Butler Shaffer at November 30, 2008 07:14 PM

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An interesting article, from October, 2005, provided by

Gun Control And Self-defense Against Terrorism In India
by Abhijeet Singh
Colonial Roots of Gun-Control

I live in India and I am a proud firearm owner — but I am the exception not the norm, an odd situation in a country with a proud martial heritage and a long history of firearm innovation. This is not because the people of India are averse to gun ownership, but instead due to Draconian anti-gun legislation going back to colonial times.

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I blogged about this when I first heard it.

It’s not “gun control”; it’s “victim disarmament”!

Interesting how Colonial Laws from one set of politicians are quickly “updated” by another set of politicians. They all fear an armed people.

Riots? The Korean grocers showed how to end mob rule very quickly.

Gun rights, aka the right to defend yourself, is actually also a “women’s rights” issue.

The Holocaust demonstrated what happens when scapegoats are unarmed.

British home invasions, when the homes are occupied, skyrocket with “victim disarmament”!

Apparently the Indian slaughter in Mumbai was pulled off by 10 criminals. Reports have armed police refusing to fire on them. And, the “crack commandos” were like the Keystone Kops. (Remember Columbine, where the “heroic” police encircled the school, until the criminals finished killing everyone and themselves?)

Remember how Israeli schools and daycare centers were targeted until armed grandparents started providing security. And, the last massacre was on a school trip where guns were not permitted.

Wake up folks! Criminals don’t obey laws. Kops are just gooferment bureaucrats who are there to clean up the bodies and fill out paperwork. Dial 911 and die.

Of interest was in the 2006 article, the Indian writer cited Gandhi, the Dali Lama, Lenin, and a slew of the DOWGs! Fascinating.

“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” — Mahatma Gandhi (An Autobiography OR The story of my experiments with truth, by M.K. Gandhi, p.238)

“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” — The Dalai Lama, (May 15, 2001, The Seattle Times) speaking at the “Educating Heart Summit” in Portland, Oregon, when asked by a girl how to react when a shooter takes aim at a classmate

“A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.” — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”— George Mason

From my cold dead hands … …

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December 10, 2008
Mumbai’s Harsh Lesson on Gun Control
By Abhijeet Singh

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At the Jewish outreach centre, bystanders pelted the terrorists with stones in a vain attempt to ward off the attack, but had to retreat when the terrorists opened fire with automatic rifles. Our citizens were trying to ward off the terrorists with stones! I cannot think of a more extreme example of how helpless the government has rendered it’s own citizens. In the absence of guns, and thus incapable of offering any resistance, they were simply like lambs to the slaughter. On that fateful day, this was a story repeated again and again all over Mumbai: unarmed civilians, slow & inept emergency services, and mindless slaughter of innocents.

But we live in a democracy; hence at the end of the day it is each one of us who is to blame. It is we the people who must ask our representatives hard questions; it is we who must bring the right to bear arms to the forefront of the political agenda. We have the power to effect change through our votes and with elections just a few months away, let us not forget the lessons of Mumbai, let us not forget those that lost their lives there, many of who could have been saved if just a few of us were armed.

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