Monday, August 24, 2009

Phil Connors spent in Punxsutawney

Web Personas

Here goes the rest of your evening ...

The Personas Project, just type in a name and watch it


Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy

What's the Fuss?

Netscape Retro

Old Netscape users will find this a familiar sight.

Like many of you I began began life using the Netscape browser -- what got et up by Microsoft's bully boys.  Before releasing Firefox, Mozilla was keeping Netscape alive, as sort of a community nerd thing I never quite understood.  Finally they  rereleased it as SeaMonkey.  Why Mozilla later did Firefox as a separate browser is beyond my ken, and interest. Anyway, since I'd never quit using Netscape E-mail, and Composer (Netscape had a HTML editor called  Composer) I've kept it, and later SeaMonkey, up to date. 

Because I use the SeaMonkey e-mail (as well as Thunderbird), any time y'all send me a link it's auto opened in SeaMonkey's browser, which still has the look and feel of Netscape.  I copy useful information/urls over to Firefox.  A few weeks ago I decided to actually use the SeaMonkey browser, just a little each day.   Many, but not all of the Firefox add-ons are available for SeaMonkey, including all those I find indispensable.

Guess what?  I find myself going to it more and more, and just now realized I've had it running all day. It's faster and smoother (thanks to an add-on called Smooth Wheel, which by god I see is also available in Firefox)  than Firefox.  You  may want to take a look at SeaMonkey, if only for Composer.  Yes, you get the whole suite but don't have to use them all.


MuShu Dog

Save America from Soros - Register and vote MuShu daily

What Hillary is good for

Hillary's ass is great for screening Lawrence of Arabia in Cinemascope.

Media schmucks find more racism

"It is very rare for African Americans to visit national parks ... "

The media seem intent on doing Charles Manson's job

Old Dogs-New Tricks

Dog Quote - Daniel Pinkwater
"The old saw about old dogs and new tricks only applies to certain people." 

Hoyer Memo

Dear Leader Hoyer ...
Memo from CBO Director Elmendorf to Rep. Hoyer discussing PAYGO Asset seizure plans

If you're trying to figure out what you're reading, this is a summary memo for a Steny Hoyer requested review of HR 2920 (the PAYGO budget act). The response was sent to Rep. Hoyer's office yesterday, as a followup to his request to review an amended version of the bill. I'm not sure we've seen the 'amended version' released publicly yet.

Obviously the most disconcerting statement in this on page 1:

• The legislation would shift some control over the budget process from the Congress to the executive branch in ways that could effectively require lawmakers to vote on legislation without a clear indication of the potential impact of their decisions on the triggering of a future sequestration.

For those reaching for the dictionary...a 'sequestration' is basically a property seizure, for the benefit of creditors, or THE STATE.

So in this case; asset seizure, taxes, etc are the sequestration being discussed. And it would transfer the power to the executive branch, to make requests for those sequestrations in such a vague way, that the Congress may be 'forced' to vote on such without any clear understanding of what is to be seized.

Abuse of power anyone?

Now on page 3 of the PDF is where it gets more interesting. Take a look at the CBO's 'Scoring to Reflect Current Policy':

Scoring to Reflect “Current Policy.” Both H.R. 2920 as introduced and the amendment would specify unique scoring rules for legislation affecting four areas of the budget: 1. Medicare’s “sustainable growth rate” (SGR) mechanism for paying physicians; 2. The estate and gift tax; 3. The alternative minimum tax for individuals; and 4. The income tax cuts enacted in the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.   (more)

nukkin nunt!