Sunday, December 19, 2004

Best Of Homespun Bloggers, December 19th, 2004


I was very disturbed to see this story today (via Say Anything):

(12-15) 17:14 PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco supervisors want voters to approve a sweeping handgun ban that would prohibit almost everyone except law enforcement officers, security guards and military members from possessing firearms in the city.
Here's why...


Jihad Fellow Travelers

One more question for the ACLU executive director, Mr. Romero, if you had to choose to be in the custody of either the US Marines or a band of terrorists, which would you prefer? If you really think the Marines are so cruel and awful you have to choose the terrorists. If it comes to that, I suggest you wear an armor plated necktie.


Hail The Victorious Dead

King Theoden begins the feast with a toast in which all the hall joins: "Hail the victorious dead." What a foreign concept that's become to so many of us! "To hail" is to show honor and gratitude and deference, and a substantial portion of our populace appears incapable of doing that anymore, especially as regards our military...What a great loss it would be if we forgot how to honor our heroes.

Mad Poets Anonymous

Gmail, PGP, and the End to End Solution

Yeah, I should be studying. But before I head to the library to piece together my responses to the other two possible questions on the ethics exam I'll be taking tomorrow, I thought I'd perform a public service by explaining briefly how to get PGP working with Gmail using free tools. That's right. You can protect your privacy using free tools with Gmail.


An interesting legal issue

Now that homosexual couples in Massachussetts can marry, several companies are changing the way they view unmarried homosexual couples.

According to the Boston Globe, as well as a few other gay news sources, several companies, including IBM Corp, the Boston Medical Center, and the New York Times Co., are removing benefits for unmarried homosexual partners:
"If you're a same-sex domestic partner, you now have the same option heterosexuals have, so we have to apply the same rules to you," said Larry Emerson, Baystate's vice president of human resources.
This could be one of those classic cases where the saying "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it" applies in spades.

The Bull Speaks!

Bad Hips and Doctor Dogs

"... I say here that I’m coming close to believing that my Shih Tzus, especially “Max", have a well developed nose for what ails me and knows how to best relieve my pain. On certain kinds of pain I suffer, Max is more effective than the meds I take."

Yelling at the Windshield

Fisking Michael Moore

One sign of Moore's extremism is that he completely shuns and belittles any maleness demonstrated by anyone on the political stage (consider Moore himself--as much of a political eunich as we have ever had).

The Colossus

Captain Ed has seen the future, and it looks like middle management. Seriously, do all these new intelligence jobs really add anything? I can think of a few guys I'd hire before I'd add another manager.

Red Hunter

Humvee Armor and the Secretary

...from most of what I read the Pentagon is and has been trying to get armor on the Humvees and trucks. Have their been mistakes, and should the job have been done faster and better? Perhaps so.

However, we need to put all this in the perspective of history. And if we take a little trip back through time, here are some things that we discover:


All We Want for Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, the house seemed so sad,
Early this year, this family lost "Dad."
He'd been a soldier, in Afghanistan serving,
To help people live free, now thankful, deserving.

His wife and the kids have cried a river of tears,
They had known this could happen, through all of the years.
It's a dangerous business, no place for wimps.
Some don't come home, some others with limps.