Raw video walking around at Star Wars Celebration VI. Waiting with the crowd on Saturday morning and then off to see what's upcoming in Season 5 of the Clone Wars.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In a story that has received very little attention in the national media that tends to take its marching order from the well-funded major parties, the Republican National Committee has spent much of this past week trying to unseat duly elected delegates to the national convention because they are supporters of Congressman Ron Paul. The final blow came yesterday when the RNC, unable to get the Maine delegation to comply with a series of so-called compromises, simply decided to nullify the entire Maine delegation and replace them with their own hand-picked delegates. In effect, the Republican National Committee has said that Maine does not exist. In response to this perceived abuse of power, Republican Governor Paul LePage from Maine quickly made a statement that he will follow through with his promise to boycott the National Convention because he believes his citizens are being disenfranchised.
Later in the day, the RNC passed a new rule, giving itself power to change any rule without a delegate vote. Grass roots Republicans have reacted by calling this a power-grab designed to stifle dissent. They believe the GOP is consolidating power in an attempt to override grass roots intentions that may run counter to their top-down agenda. Grass roots activists believe Governor Romney is either behind this top down assault or he is a perpetrator by omission. In either scenario, many are seeing this as a harbinger of what would come if the Governor were elected President of the United States. On the surface it looks like a management style that would be a threat to representative democracy.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died, following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82.
Armstrong’s words “That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,” spoken on July 20, 1969, as he became the first person ever to step onto another planetary body, instantly became a part of history.
Those few words from the Sea of Tranquillity were the climactic fulfillment of the efforts and hopes of millions of people and the expenditure of billions of dollars. A plaque on one of the lander’s legs that concluded “We came in peace for all mankind,” further emphasized that Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were there as representatives of all humans.
In a 2001 oral history interview, Armstrong credited those behind the scenes for the mission’s success: “when you have hundreds of thousands of people all doing their job a little better than they have to, you get an improvement in performance. And that’s the only reason we could have pulled this whole thing off.”
Armstrong is survived by his wife, two sons, a stepson, a stepdaughter, 10 grandchildren, and a brother and sister.
Friday, August 24, 2012
The proposed Gold Commission — expected to be approved next week as part of the party platform at the Republican National Convention — would peg the U.S. dollar to gold instead of to other currencies and interest rates as it is today, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., the platform committee co-chair, told the Financial Times.
The gold standard was abandoned by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1971.
The platform expected to be voted on in Tampa, Fla., would also call for an audit of Federal Reserve System’s monetary policy, Blackburn told the newspaper.
I'll make a bold prediction here. This will never happen. At least not until there is a currency collapse.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Paul continues to urge respectful discourse. He know his supporters are inclined to get excited, and he wants them to fight their battles courteously, bearing in mind that kindness and patience are more effective than threats and taunts. He is paving a way for them to take when he is gone.
Ron Paul still has hope for the GOP. He has a vision of what the GOP can become.
Quantitative easing amounts to printing more money to increase the money supply which is the definition of inflation. Inflation leads to higher prices and amounts to a theft of savings. How do they think the economy will respond to that?
Detainment without due process is never warranted. That's kind of the point.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Advertisement for NBA Jam T.E. (tournament edition) taken from the September 1997 issue of Next Generation.
So, how did Romney and his supporters handle their losses of five measly states to Ron Paul? Honorably? Graciously? With dignity? Maturely?
No. Quite the opposite.
Romney’s people ran to Big Daddy GOP to rescue them from their defeats by trying to disqualify the valid Ron Paul delegates and to take away Ron Paul’s right to speak and be on the ballot by reducing his states won to fewer than the five needed.
On August 21, 1992 a paramilitary unit of the U.S. Marshals Service ventured onto the 20-acre property known as Ruby Ridge. A man named Randy Weaver owned the land and he lived there with his wife, children, and a family friend, Kevin Harris. There was an outstanding warrant for Weaver’s arrest for a firearms offense and the marshals were surveilling the premises. When the family dog noticed the marshals sneaking around in the woods, it began to bark wildly. Weaver’s 14-year-old boy, Sammy, and Kevin Harris proceeded to grab their rifles because they thought the dog had come upon a wild animal.
A firefight erupted when a marshal shot and killed the dog. Enraged that the family pet had been cut down for no good reason, Sammy shot into the woods at the unidentified trespasser. Within a few minutes, two human beings were shot dead: Sammy Weaver and a marshal. Harris and the Weaver family retreated to their cabin and the marshals retreated from the mountain and called the FBI for assistance.
During the night, FBI snipers took positions around the Weaver cabin. There is no dispute about the fact that the snipers were given illegal “shoot to kill” orders. Under the law, police agents can use deadly force to defend themselves and others from imminent attack, but these snipers were instructed to shoot any adult who was armed and outside the cabin, regardless of whether the adult posed a threat or not. The next morning, an FBI agent shot and wounded Randy Weaver. A few moments later, the same agent shot Weaver’s wife in the head as she was standing in the doorway of her home holding a baby in her arms. The FBI snipers had not yet announced their presence and had not given the Weavers an opportunity to peacefully surrender.
There are FBI agents and U.S. Marshals that should have gone to jail for this. Yet today if anybody remembers Ruby Ridge at all it is the 'crazy separatists' they remember...
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Paul campaign attorney told the Republican National Committee’s Committee on Contests a political battle could erupt at next week’s convention in Tampa, Fla., over its promised refusal to seat Paul delegates.
The RNC fears Paul’s supporters from at least six states will disrupt the convention, which is intended to coalesce support for Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, The Portland (Maine) Press Herald reported.
I don't think Ron Paul delegates should support Romney anyway. I mean what is the point? The RNC and the GOP are clearly trying to drive Ron Paul, his supporters and his ideas away from the party. Otherwise, they would not be working so hard to to the point of violating their own rules and changing them as they go along to keep his delegates and Ron Paul himself out of the convention.
Well this certainly makes me feel more secure.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Why are government agencies such as NOAA and the Social Security Administration buying hollow point ammunition? Or ammunition of ANY kind?
Friday, August 17, 2012
Ron Paul has just been right so damn much of the time. From his predictions of the housing bubble and collapse, to his predictions on what we would do in the middle east and how it turned out, to his observations of the Federal Reserve. You would think he would get a little more respect.
More than 21,000 retired federal workers receive lifetime government pensions of $100,000 or more per year, a USA TODAY/Gannett analysis finds.
Of these, nearly 2,000 have federal pensions that pay $125,000 or more annually, and 151 take home $150,000 or more. Six federal retirees get more than $200,000 a year.
Some 1.2 percent of federal retirees collect six-figure pensions. By comparison, 0.1 percent of military retirees collect as much.
And on top of that, this is all unfunded...
“I’m not one [of those] people who votes for something then writes to the government to ask them to send us money. I did not request any stimulus money,” the congressman answered.
But as we’ve now learned, Ryan did write letters. He did request stimulus funds.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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Even though the Romney campaign seems certain it has the Republican nomination won before the convention, its operatives have been working in states such as and Louisiana to ensure Paul cannot claim five states with a plurality delegates and in turn deny Paul’s legitimate right for a fifteen minute speaking slot at the Republican National Convention.
This should lead many Americans to question why Romney would be working feverously to further disenfranchise a group of voters he must have to defeat Obama, and what he has to lose by allowing Ron Paul the fifteen minute speech he rightfully earned according to the rules of the Republican National Convention.
In national politics, where perception is almost always more important than reality, Ryan has managed to perpetrate one of the greatest scams in recent memory by making conservatives believe he’s a glorious mix of Ron Paul, Ayn Rand and Barry Goldwater.
Paul Ryan voted for TARP, Medicare Part D (unfunded), auto bailouts, No Child Left Behind, ethanol subsidies and more. What a politician says is far less important than what he actually does. Paul Ryan's record speaks for itself.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Ryan’s voting record is full of support for things that no fiscal conservative could support, much less a libertarian. Anybody who believes that his candidacy is a win for libertarians or fiscal conservatives isn’t paying attention.
One of the most egregiously irresponsible spending measures of the last few years was the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which forced U.S. taxpayers to purchase the so-called “toxic assets” of big banks. Pure and simple, it was a bailout for banks to allow them to get loans off their books. Ryan not only voted for TARP, but he enthusiastically supported it.
Monday, August 13, 2012
College-aged people are now experiencing the failures of Keynesian economics championed by liberal professors. Excessive taxation and regulations kill jobs, and increased government spending always hurts economic growth.
It shouldn’t take a college degree to figure out that every dime the government spends must first be taken from someone else. And politicians can’t spend your money better than you can. That should be Common Sense 101....
More young adults in their 20’s believe they are more likely to see a UFO in their lifetime than a Social Security check.
That ruling allows the delegates that were elected by the establishment LA GOP to be seated at the convention, rather than the duly elected delegates that represented the voters of Louisiana in four of six districts.
Just goes to show you how undemocratic the election process has really become. You are basically presented with a 'choice' between two appointed candidates. If those in power within the party don't like the result of an election, they simply change the rules so that they can change the results.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
But he says he's sorry...
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Did anyone really think that a massive healthcare program would REDUCE costs?
Gazillions. That’s the number of times the federal government has spied on Americans since 9/11 through the use of drones, legal search warrants, illegal search warrants, federal agent-written search warrants and just plain government spying. This is according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who, when he asked the government to tell him what it was doing to violate our privacy, was given a classified briefing. The senator — one of just a few in the U.S. Senate who believes that the Constitution means what it says — was required by federal law to agree not to reveal what spies and bureaucrats told him during the briefing.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Advertisement for Necromancer by Synapse for the Atari 400/800 from the August/September issue of Video Game Players.
If you raise the cost for a business then you raise the cost for the products that business produces. Is this really a surprise to anyone? $0.11 to $0.14 per pizza may not sound like much but expect similar price increases across a wide variety of products and services as Obamacare is implemented.
Reuters reports this week that the government believes they are justified to have the authorization to lock alleged belligerents up indefinitely because cases involving militants directly aligned against the good of the US government warrants such punishment. Separate from Judge Forrest’s injunction, nine states have attempted to, at least in part, remove themselves from the indefinite detention provisions of included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, or NDAA.
In section 1021 of the NDAA, the president’s authority to hold a terrorism suspect “without trial, until the end of the hostilities” is reaffirmed by Congress. Despite an accompanying signing statement voicing his opposition to that provision, President Obama quietly inked his name to the NDAA on December 31, 2011. In May, however, a group of plaintiffs including notable journalists and civil liberty proponents challenged section 1021 in court, leading to Just Forrest to find it unconstitutional one month later.
I guess it shouldn't shock me anymore that a president would support such a blatantly unconstitutional and un-American law but it still does.
Lewis, a self-described fiscal conservative, has come down hard on a proposed half-cent sales tax that will be on the November ballot.
Explaining her vote on the proposed half-cent sales tax, Henderson said she felt “voters should tell us how we need to move forward.”
I believe education is extraordinarily important but economic times are tough for everyone. Government needs to start saving for a rainy day instead of trying to raise taxes on people who are already hurting economically whenever there is an economic downturn. I will NEVER vote for a candidate or a ballot measure that raises taxes. Taxes are already way to high and spending is out of control. Find the money elsewhere if it is truly needed for education but given the amount per student that is already invested I find that doubtful.
This article should be re-titled 'Brevard School Board candidates differ on taxes'.
This raises the question of whether the US administration is supporting the same people in Syria that we have been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed these same concerns earlier this year when asked whether the US has been reluctant to arm the Syrian rebels. She answered, “To whom are you delivering them? We know al-Qaida. Zawahiri is supporting the opposition in Syria. Are we supporting al-Qaida in Syria?”
That is a very good question. It clearly demonstrates that the United States has no business at all being involved in the Syrian civil war. In the 1980s we supported a resistance movement in Afghanistan that later gave birth to elements of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. When will we learn our lesson and stop intervening in conflicts we don’t truly understand, conflicts that have nothing to do with American national interests?
We have a fairly long history now of creating our own enemies. Al-Qaida seems to be our worst enemy or our best friend depending on the time of day.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
How is it these morons, from the president on down through most members of congress, get elected by the American people. Are we collectively this stupid or has the system simply become to corrupt to function properly?
The GOP pushes out Ron Paul supporters to their own detriment.
Monday, August 6, 2012
They did it! I am duly impressed...
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
I love Amazon but this kind of stuff really pisses me off. Time to start evaluating alternatives when it comes to online purchases.
Presidential appointees that would no longer require Senate confirmation under the legislation include the treasurer of the United States and the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
“The United States Constitution does not bestow kingly powers on the President to appoint the senior officers of the government with no process,” wrote Thomas McClusky, the senior vice president for the Family Research Council’s legislative arm, in a Monday memo to lawmakers.
This seems like kind of a big deal yet I have heard very little about it. Concentrating even more power in the executive branch seems like a really bad idea.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
“We believe that they grossly and blatantly and repeatedly violated their party rules and elected a delegation that was improper,” said Paul’s campaign chairman Jesse Benton. “We believe that our rump convention is the legitimate delegation and they have a right to be seated at the Republican National Convention.”
Even some Romney partisans from the state are telling the RNC that the delegation the Louisiana state party is trying to send to Tampa is illegitimate.
The Republican party appears to be self-destructing. I can only hope the Democrat party does the same.
How the National Institute for Drug Abuse Helped Create the Dangerous Marijuana Alternative Known As "Spice"
...so clearly what we need are more laws...
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Another interesting note is that Paul’s 2012 votes had doubled, tripled, and more than quadrupled his 2008 votes in every state leading up to the Nevada caucuses, yet Paul received only 88 more votes there. Of all the places for this to occur, Nevada, the country’s most libertarian state; is the last in which anyone would expect this.
In spite of these irregularities , Paul won 22 of 25 state delegates and replaced state party officials with Paul supporters. Romney supporters then formed their own state party, called “Team Nevada”. The RNC then bypassed the official state party in order to organize for Romney and send all funds to Team Nevada.Colorado: Romney supporters were caught passing out fake Ron Paul slates at the state convention. The RNC has not investigated or even commented on the matter.
Who knows what might have happened had Ron Paul been given a fair shot. Either way, this list of GOP rule violating and potentially illegal actions is truly frightening in a supposedly democratic process. - http://14a67fb4.tinylinks.co
There is absolutely no reason not to perform an audit. It would simply be Congress doing its job. Maybe that is expecting too much? - http://www.megalextoria.com/politics/?x=entry:entry120801-120248