Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Black Face, BFD

Jump Start the Nuremberg Trials

Obama is Hitler after all?

Secret copyright treaty leaks.
This Blog is Criminal

 Via Boing Boing - If this is true, Obaa has just shut down the internet as we know it.

The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to "national security" concerns, has leaked. It's bad. It says:
  • * That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn't infringing will exceed any hope of profitability.

  • * That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. This means that your entire family could be denied to the internet -- and hence to civic participation, health information, education, communications, and their means of earning a living -- if one member is accused of copyright infringement, without access to a trial or counsel.

  • * That the whole world must adopt US-style "notice-and-takedown" rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused -- again, without evidence or trial -- of infringing copyright. This has proved a disaster in the US and other countries, where it provides an easy means of censoring material, just by accusing it of infringing copyright.

  • * Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even if doing so for a lawful purpose (e.g., to make a work available to disabled people; for archival preservation; because you own the copyrighted work that is locked up with DRM)
This whole thing is  bizarre enough, and Huff Post just made it more so by claiming " The Administration is bowing to demands from a handful of corporations to keep the public in the dark."  That's right.  The Chamber of Commerce is making Obama do it.

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: Fact or Fiction? - Wired
Because the text of the treaty and relevant discussion documents remain secret, the public has no way of assessing whether and to what extent these and related concerns are merited," the groups said in a letter (.pdf) to trade representatives from the participating nations.

Obamanomical Miracles

 All Those Scamulus Jobs Created? 

Why it's as easy as this.

Holocaust silver lining

They'll never take me alive


Two of the damnedest things ...

1. A week ago BGE replaced the meters in our neighborhood with units that could be read remotely.  Took maybe 3 minutes w/o power.  Yesterday we get a notice from BGE that says "many of the homes in your area have been undercharged for their service, but you are not one of them.  Have a nice day."  My wife's friend two doors down got the same letter, except hers said, "you have been grossly undercharged for years.  We'll let it slide but be prepared for the real world."

This makes no sense to me.  How could a new meter recall data from a mechanical meter

2. We,  both of us, were anxious to watch the morning media to see how the election spin went. Guess what?  Every local television channel in Baltimore and Washington came up with this message.

I called the number and am told they will reset ourset top boxes.  They do, and now I can't get any channel.  I'm transferred to a technician who asks "How can I help you?"  GHAK! I tell her, and in a few minutes she explains that the reason I can only get local channels is they have an outage in my area.  No, I tell her, I can only "Not Get" local channels, until you reset me, and NOW I get no channels.  That's because we have an outage in your are, and the estimated time to have you up and running is 2PM. 

It's pretty damned obvious what's going on.  Payback by Obama for calling him a two-bit chiseling wetback mfcs.

RINO Recall

Has the alarm bell been heard?

Semi-related news: SoCal Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Claremont) is facing a recall. The petition has collected 52,000 signatures - 36,000 signatures were needed by Oct. 13.

Anthony voted with Democrats to support a budget plan with $13 billion in temporary tax hikes. Petitioners said Adams had campaigned on a promise to not raise taxes.

Apparently it's sunk in that there may be a special election in January. Anthony's gone from being dismissive, to hosting town meetings with his opponents (I should say 'holding town meetings and daring his opponents to show up - they did), to writing editorial articles that more or less attempt to reinforce his credentials, etc.

food snopery

The Kentucky Fried Rat

aka breaded Waxman

Coming from a person that’s been in the industry for many years, I have heard this legend time and time again. A customer, usually a women, buys a bucket of chicken and brings it home. She sits and eats a piece in a low lite area, and after she has eaten half a piece she notices that it has a tail. Of course, there has never been a documented case of this happening. However, stories like this, especially when we are discussing a huge corporate company, have a way of becoming bigger than they really are because of the medias obsession with contamination in restaurants.
Strange Food and Ingredient
Urban Legends and Folklore


But Wait ...

CBS's Schieffer Denies Vote a Referendum on Obama, Compares Conservatives to McGovern

CNN's Larry King Focuses on Defeat and Threat of 'Far Right'

CNN's Martin: Dems are a 'Big Tent,' GOP Risks 'Fringe' Status

tap, tap, tapper

It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times

 As media continue to cite turmoil within the Republican Party, this from Democrat Media Complex associate ABC.

'09 Exit Polls: Voters Approve of Obama, Wary of Economy

Discontent Voters Heavily Favored Republicans in VA, NJ Races

Vast economic discontent marked the mood of Tuesday's off-year voters, portending potential trouble for incumbents generally and Democrats in particular in 2010. Still the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey looked less like a referendum on Barack Obama than a reflection of their own candidates and issues.

 At the same time ABC's Jake Tapper, out of earshot, was all atwitter

Admonished by the New York Times

Oh No!
    A string of defections by prominent Republicans who endorsed Democratic candidates, the biggest in decades, has exposed an ideological rupture in the Republican Party and demonstrated how difficult it has become for the major parties to enforce discipline.

    While it is not clear how much effect the endorsements will have on this year's state and Federal races, the fissure exposed by the desertions points to trouble ahead for Republicans. . . .

    If the campaign events are any indication, even if the Republicans make major gains next Tuesday, the party may have a hard time smoothing over differences between its conservative and moderate wings. . . . New York Times.

That's right. The New York Times  in "1994, just before the Republicans' sweep that gave them control over both houses of Congress. But experience doesn't dampen the media's enthusiasm for purported civil war in the GOP. [Powerline]