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Bookstore observations

August 30th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in People are Stupid, School

Teenage Customer: “I’m looking for a book I need for school.  I think it’s a year or something like that.”

Me: “1984?”

Teenage Customer:”Yeah, that’s it!  So, what’s it about?  Is it, like, about the 80′s or something.”

Me: “Yep, talks about Member’s only jackets, hair bands, all that stuff.”

Teenage Customer:”Cool, I can handle that.”

Some people we shouldn’t even try to educate.

What’s wrong with this picture

August 30th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Cry FREEDOM!, WTF

The federal government is working on passing a bill that would allow our Dear Reader to assume emergency control of the Internet.

Let’s pause and take that in.  He will be able to take over the one truly open forum of communication that exists where ideas can be spread quickly and in a non-linear fashion.

The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.

So first, he can declare an emergency for computers that don’t even belong to him, while also designating that those systems (which still aren’t his) have to be managed by professionals that the government has endorsed.  I don’t see any problem with that, do you?  No possibility at all that those licenses would be given out at political payback and that the holders of those licenses would be a lot like the political officers that the Russians had.

“Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?”

The Rockefeller proposal plays out against a broader concern in Washington, D.C., about the government’s role in cybersecurity. In May, President Obama acknowledged that the government is “not as prepared” as it should be to respond to disruptions and announced that a new cybersecurity coordinator position would be created inside the White House staff. Three months later, that post remains empty, one top cybersecurity aide has quit, and some wags have begun to wonder why a government that receives failing marks on cybersecurity should be trusted to instruct the private sector what to do.

Why should the government be involved in ANY form of security that is outside of the government itself?  This attitude that government should be there as a “working partner” and to help us along is crap to begin with.  Will they be coming around to our houses and advising us on our door locks and smoke detectors and then make us hire a government approved adviser to make sure we get the right one and have them put in the right way?

“The language has changed but it doesn’t contain any real additional limits,” EFF’s Tien says. “It simply switches the more direct and obvious language they had originally to the more ambiguous (version)…The designation of what is a critical infrastructure system or network as far as I can tell has no specific process. There’s no provision for any administrative process or review. That’s where the problems seem to start. And then you have the amorphous powers that go along with it.”

Translation: If your company is deemed “critical,” a new set of regulations kick in involving who you can hire, what information you must disclose, and when the government would exercise control over your computers or network.

Isn’t that nice.  If the government decides, for whatever reason, that your company is a critical company, then the government will essentially take it over and make all of your hiring and firing decisions for you as well as take over your computers.  Tell me how many businesses do you think will keep their doors open if they know that at any time the government can step in an say “We’re in charge now, you’re too important to allow to run around free.”

And what happens when that company is something like, oh – I don’t know, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Cisco? Do you really think that once the government has it’s hands on them that they won’t be digging into your computers right after that?  Or maybe just shutting down parts of the Internet that they don’t want you to see?

Gee, what country does that already…. right on the tip of my tongue…. oh yea, CHINA!

Here is the official response that Declan McCullagh received about this when he asked.

The president of the United States has always had the constitutional authority, and duty, to protect the American people and direct the national response to any emergency that threatens the security and safety of the United States. The Rockefeller-Snowe Cybersecurity bill makes it clear that the president’s authority includes securing our national cyber infrastructure from attack. The section of the bill that addresses this issue, applies specifically to the national response to a severe attack or natural disaster. This particular legislative language is based on longstanding statutory authorities for wartime use of communications networks. To be very clear, the Rockefeller-Snowe bill will not empower a “government shutdown or takeover of the Internet” and any suggestion otherwise is misleading and false. The purpose of this language is to clarify how the president directs the public-private response to a crisis, secure our economy and safeguard our financial networks, protect the American people, their privacy and civil liberties, and coordinate the government’s response.

“The President of the United States has always had the constitutional authority…”

Hmmm…. looking…..

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Nan

August 27th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted in Libtards, ramblings

Has anyone ever noticed that Nancy Pelosi looks a lot like Gollum in  a wig?

nan

I’m just saying…

Obama stacked the deck???

August 11th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in B Hussein, Libtards

Say it ain’t so, Joe!!!

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread490870/pg1

And are any of us really surprised???  I didn’t think so.

Meghan McCain redefines “Epic Fail”

August 11th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in I heart Michelle Malkin, Loving the GOP

I love Michelle Malkin, She’s smart, funny, well spoken and does her homework so she knows what she’s talking about. I tried picking up her new book at the store when it came in but by the time my shift ended we were out of them. I wrote to Michelle Malkin and told her of this disappointing moment in my life and she actually wrote back to me (I feel special now, and not the “special” kind of special either).

And then I wake up this morning, drive my wife to the airport (blog on that later) and as I’m flipping through Ace I see that Meghan McCain is attacking my favorite person in the press. Then, to top it off I get this email from my friend Jen:

You better jump in there, Instinct.  Meagan McCain is dissin your girl.

http://www.cassyfiano.com/2009/08/meghan-mccain-attempts-to-take-on-michelle-malkin-epically-fails

We all know that Meghan McCain is an attention whore who only got where she is because her daddy is John McCain and the press loves how she will attack everyone on the right while trying to convince us conservatives that “She’s one of us.” Problem is, every time she opens her mouth something stupid falls out.

I don’t know exactly what about me threatens them so much, other than that people are listening to me. Malkin has the No. 1 book on The New York Times bestseller hardcover nonfiction list, but I have nearly twice as many Twitter followers as she does.

Wow, Michelle Malkin (who I have a conservative crush on) is a bestselling author but because Meghan has sooo many followers on Twitter she is somehow a powerhouse force to be reckoned with. Can you say “Delusions of adequacy”? I knew you could. Who cares how many people are following you on Twitter, it’s free and (as others have said) most of it is to see how you will stick your foot in your mouth next.

No one wants Meghan to shut up because of her ideas, we would like her to shut up because her ideas (what few she throws out) are about as dumb as a screen door on a submarine.

It’s true that Democrats make being a member appealing in a much different way than the Republican Party does. The Democrats seem to have mastered inclusiveness—whereas Republicans, like a country club, seem to require a litmus test.

Meghan McCain is a prime example of someone who is famous for no other reason than who she’s related to. Her view of how the Republican Party should change is along the lines we have heard before – from the Democrats. We should be more inclusive, we should reach out more, and we should be more like the Democrats. Yea, we’ve seen the inclusiveness of the Democrats in action. They welcome diversity with closed fists as demonstrated by almost every protest rally that you have seen over Obamacare with Grandma Botox Pelosi calling those of us who oppose it ‘un-American”. They attack anyone who disagrees with them, physically assault those who don’t take their side, and do anything to try and drown out opposing viewpoints. Yea, those Democrats are so inclusive – as long as you are part of their hive mind style of organization.

Except that her dad tried that road, didn’t he? Didn’t win him an election either. In fact, the only reason a very large majority of us turned out to vote for him was because we were really voting for Sarah Palin. Yes, we LIKE Sarah Palin because she is a true conservative, and that has nothing to do with her religion or her having kids or the fact that she hunts. She is a conservative because she believes that the government should stay the hell out of people’s lives.

The old conservatives of the past need to start accepting that this is a new era and I am a part of a new generation. I am as sick of the infighting as everyone else, but I would like to point out that I am not the one starting this fight or demanding that the other half of the party leave.

REEEALLLY? You didn’t start it. Wow, you have the same kind of memory that Obambi has, Meghan. Maybe that’s why we don’t take you seriously as a Republican or a Conservative. How many conservatives like Limbaugh, Coulter and Palin have you attacked in order to get your name out there in the press? So yes, you need to shut up, not because we conservatives feel threatened by you but because you are an embarrassment to higher education. To think that you graduated from college and still have nothing to really offer the world, it’s a damn shame. You hold no conservative values and yet act like you are the new spokeswoman for the young conservatives of America. Hell, my sister in law is a better fit for that job than you, because she actually has ideas and is actually a conservative.

And I can assure them that unless they start being realistic about the cultural and generational differences between the two sides of the party, there will not be a new generation of Republicans.

Really? Then I suggest that she look at our armed forces and at the flyover country because I see more young conservatives coming up there than I do liberals. Hell, I even see young conservative beginning to appear here in the bay area the more I speak to my fellow classmates and slowly break through the BS indoctrination education they’ve received and get them thinking for themselves.

No Meghan, you are wrong. You are just another whinny liberal who is so self-absorbed you don’t even realize it. Go home and write another crappy children’s book (yes, I read it, it is crappy) because the real conservative women you hate so much could kick you to the curb in a debate over ideas without even breaking a sweat. You aren’t the voice of the new Republican party, you’re just a mouth.