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Posts in March 2006

Immigration...

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-03-29 00:00:00
Well my old high school and junior high made the news again. Can't say I'm not surprised. Drives me crazy.

Scalia... Man I like this guy.

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-03-27 00:00:00
Once again Justice Scalia's common sense approach to the law baffles those who would have you believe terrorists are just misunderstood. Many newpapers (LA TIMES Article) are reporting that Scalia has recently commented that prisoners in GITMO have no U.S. rights and are not protected by the Constitution. Among some of the comments were, "War is War," and "I had a son on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son, and I'm not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial. I mean it's crazy." I could actually rant on this topic for hours, but I shall refrain as to save myself from the idiocy of even arguing the point.

Malkin On Immigration

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-03-26 00:00:00
Link: Bush's Open-Borders Platitudes.

Really great post. Near the end, she quotes the Instapundit as saying: "I think that these marches just made passage of strict immigration laws much more likely." If you follow the link he describes how individual immigrants working quietly are sympathetic, but mass congregations of immigrants "makind demands on the polity are considerably less so."

Yeah. And the way to convince me you deserve to live in the United States isn't to chant "Mexico" repeatedly. This chant is, in fact, the quickest way to the further hardening of my heart towards your cause.

Arresting Drunks

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-03-24 00:00:00
Via Trooper, this article on TABC's crackdown on drunks in bars.

It's not that silly at all. Public intoxication is illegal no matter where you are in public (private homes don't count since, by definition they aren't public), but previously there was tacit approval of drunkenness inside bars. With the increase of drunk driving and all the fatalities that come along with that, law enforcement has been hard pressed to develop strategies to prevent drunks from driving home from the bar. Prior to this new pre-emptive strategy, it was largely the responsibility of a bartender to determine if one of his or her patrons was too drunk to drive home and there were several options available to the bartender to prevent that. And of course, prior to that, not much was done at all. Apparently, TABC feels that the efforts to prevent drunk driving to this point have failed and decided to exercise their discretion in enforcing the law in places where it already applies anyway.

The goal, she said, was to detain drunks before they leave a bar and go do something dangerous like drive a car.

They obviously cannot detain all drunks before they get on the road, but the idea is that once TABC starts cracking down on public intoxication in bars, that a larger number of people will be more responsible for the actions. The specific deterrence is limited, but TABC seems to be hoping that this will be an effective general deterrence to drunk driving.

Polls

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-03-23 00:00:00
It has been a while since I've posted an Ann Coulter article. So without further adieu, HERE it is.

Gains in Iraq

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-03-19 00:00:00
Given that today marks the three-year anniversity since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense, has an article in today's (Sunday) Washington Post. The article is brief, direct, and well worth a perusal. It covers some of our accomplishments in Iraq since the inception of the war.

One of my favorite parts:

What we need to understand is that the vast majority of the Iraqi people want the coalition to succeed. They want better futures for themselves and their families. They do not want the extremists to win. And they are risking their lives every day to secure their country.

Rumsfeld goes on to make some salient and compelling points about the change in attitude of Sunnis, the huge turn outs to elections, and the adoption of a constitution and the subsequent formation of a democratic government.

Rodeo Austin

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-03-17 00:00:00
Yesterday I participated in one of the great events of Southern culture for the first time. That's right, my friends, I went to the rodeo. Trooper was nice enough to invite me, and so she, her family, and I packed ourselves into a white mini-van and headed on down to Rodeo Austin.

We saw some world-class rodeo contestants. These people have impressive skills. The mutton bustin was a favorite, but the best part of the whole thing was that I got to wear my cowboy hat. (You know, Dubya, the one you gave me.) It was good times all around.

Texas Governor 06 (Part I)

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-03-13 00:00:00
Well, this will definitely be an interesting race. I'm gonna start ranting about the policy stances of each of the candidates, and first up is border control.

  • Rick Perry (Republican): No mention of border policy stances on website.
  • Carole Strayhorn (independent): Couldn't find ANY policy issues on her website.
  • Kinky Friedman (independent): Says that border issues are extremely important, and that "Texas policy under Governor Rick Perry has been "give us your tired, your weak, your poor, your criminals, your drug dealers and your terrorists, welcome to Texas"." Says we need new ideas but doesn't list anything specific. Says we should work with other governors and that even though we have to work with the federal government we can't wait for them to solve the problem.
  • Chris Bell (Democrat): No stance given (I like the website though)

It seems that the gubernatorial candidates are going to address border control the way Texas politicians usually do: ignore it. Kinky gets points for talking about it, but I was hoping for more substance.

A new Rant Fever?

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-03-12 00:00:00
I'm in the early development stages of the almost total redesign of Rant Fever. If you'd like to see some specific changes/improvements, leave a comment describing what you want changed/improved.

Some of the changes include:


  • Working skins.
  • More categories.
    • Multiple categories applied to one rant.
    • Sort by categories.
  • A more robust search.
  • Ability to upload images and use them in a rant.
  • A sub-categorized blogroll by Ranter.
  • Ability to edit your own About page.
  • Ability to change the photo on about page.
  • More dynamic shoutbox that remembers more past shouts.
  • Color ... that's a joke, folks.
  • Ability to send a message through Rant Fever to a specific ranter. (Without divulging email addresses.)
  • More flexibility/functionality with the poll.

I should also note that this will not happen overnight. It is a lengthy process, but sometime in the next few months, there will be a big change. The changes will involve a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff, so I'm going to have to ask myself some tough questions. I.e., should I keep all of the polls done so far or comments or rants... you get the point. Sometimes it is good to start completely over; sometimes it is good to keep what you have already. But no worries yet, we'll burn that bridge when we come to it.

Kinky's Got A Point

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-03-10 00:00:00
From a foxnnews.com article on Kinky Friedman:

He describes the two-parties as “the Crips and the Bloods, playing little insider games with each other, like neighborhood bullies…. The only time they got off their asses is to attack each other. And they’ll do it forever. They’ll never stop until there’s an alternative available.”

It's at least true of the national parties. I don't agree with everything he says, but hey, I don't agree with a lot of what current Republican leadership has accomplished, either.

Overland Headache

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2006-03-09 00:00:00
If you’re completely unaware of the Jay Bennish incident at Aurora’s Overland High School, Michelle Malkin provides a transcript of the tirade here.

Now, I am mildly uncomfortable with the fact that Denver is an obscenely left-wing metropolis, and I am admittedly embarrassed over the fact that the city I consider to be oh-so-cool has had more than it’s fair share of politically-based “incidents.” I have even come to terms with the fact that I will likely have to wait to attend a state University until the next presidential term unless I accept “Bush-bashing” as part of the regular curriculum, but this time it’s in A-Town, my own backyard. Not only that, but this is my county, and my school district, and my perpetually unpleasant discussion.

I hate trying to educate myself about these things, and simply screaming the word “treason” doesn’t feel like much of a solid argument. So for the sake of us humble Denver conservatives, I leave it up to Rant Fever to tear into this one.

Come on boys, don’t let me down.

Arizona Sends Troops

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-03-09 00:00:00
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano sent National Guard troops to the border to back up federal agents.

This is what I've been waiting for Rick Perry to do. But this is an election year, so don't hold your breath, guys.

A Nice Quote

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-03-09 00:00:00
"A liberal is a person whose interests aren't at stake at the moment." - Willis Player

Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 Preview

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-03-09 00:00:00
I am writing this rant from within the latest web browser release from Microsoft: namely, Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2.

I think that everyone should check it out. I find the experience to be very good. As a matter of fact, it is almost exactly like browsing in Mozilla Firefox. That's right, folks, it is like Microsoft took all the good features of Firefox and Opera and slapped them into IE7.

For example, it has a search bar built in and is customizable. You can choose which search engines you want to use (i.e. Google, Yahoo!, etc.). Also, it introduces tabbed browsing (almost exactly like Firefox). The similarities continue.

Are these reasons enough to switch to IE7? Well, no. Even though it seems solid, it still doesn't have the extensibility of Firefox.

I will say this, however, the best improvements are better adherence to web standards. This is good news for developers, like yours truly.

Field Trips

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-03-06 00:00:00
One of my political science professors here at Sam Houston organized a field trip for today. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it reminded of the good old days el Seco and I had at Lee College.

We left Huntsville around 9:30 this morning and headed out to Texas A&M to the George Bush Presidential Library. We took a tour of the library (presidential libraries are more like museums), and I was quite impressed. I'm ready to go back and stay longer. The main reason we went was to hear Louis J. Freeh deliver a speech at the Bush Library. Freeh is a former Director of the FBI, having served under Bill Clinton. Freeh delivered an outstanding speech concerning terrorism, and his dislike of Bill Clinton was evident. He had some wonderful anecdotes and such and I picked up his book "My FBI" (which he graciously signed for me). Read more...

Giullieta's Confession

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2006-03-05 00:00:00
Sometimes life has these moments where everything culminates. You feel like you’re coasting by, things almost stagnant, then *boom* choices unfold. Some time ago, Abinadi asked for my picture, and as ever I was elusive. Anonymity comes as a welcome protection because one can avoid to some extent an amount of awkwardness, and most importantly in this case, presumption. But something happened over time, by keeping my identity a secret I was then able to develop a certain part of myself that I never really had a chance to show to anyone else. Sometimes when you’re stuck in your body and given circumstances, you feel as though there are certain expectations regarding who you’re supposed to be. The person that I was when I stumbled across Rant Fever two years ago is profoundly different than the person I’ve become having had one tiny chance to express myself, and see myself as the person I wanted to be.

Alright, perhaps I am making this a little more dramatic than it has to be. But that’s just it, by keeping a secret for so long the anonymity became something bigger than that which I was hiding. Dodging Abinadi’s questions became habit more or less, but in recent months I’ve toyed with the idea of revealing myself. Needless to say, the apprehension towards the inevitable explanation was overwhelming, so instead I tried to put more of the “real world” self into what I’ve been writing. Then something happened, my “real life” became a mess. Not in the sense that tragedy hit, but rather that I was forced to come to terms with some pretty big mistakes I’ve made in the past once and for all. I lost part of myself when I made those mistakes, and lost even more by hiding in shame. The thing is, I finally realized that “Giullieta” was the missing piece I needed, and it was time for them to merge.

Last Thursday marked the day of the unveiling, and in my explanation, I’m going to invoke my rights as a fellow ranter by going off on a prolonged tangent.Read more...

1st Amendment

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-03-02 00:00:00
How many of you can list the five rights gaurenteed by the first amendment. Don't cheat, look them up. Honest assesment here. I was suprised I could only list four. Most Americans can't even list 2, according to a recent poll it is more likely that Americans can list 2 of the 5 Simpsons. As important as the Simpsons are, why is it that Americans feel they have "rights" when they don't even know what they are!Read more...

Lent for a Non-Catholic

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-03-02 00:00:00
Yesterday marked the first day of Lent. For those of you who aren't savvy, yesterday was Ash Wednesday. Forty days (not counting Sundays) after Ash Wednesday comes Holy Saturday (the day after Jesus was crucified). For those forty days, Catholics traditionally do something special. First, they abstain from eating meat. In fact, the Greeks use the word for 'fast' for Lent. During the Lenten season, observers focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (to the needy). The current custon is to also give up something you enjoy. (Every year someone gives up chocolate and coke.)

Now, for the record, I am not Catholic. However, I am intrigued by the origins and customs of Lent. Especially interesting to me is the notion of sacrifice that is so intwined in Great Lent. I think that a lot can be gained through sacrifice. It can be a good method for growth and strengthening one's relationship with God. Therefore, my friends, in the sacrificial spirit of the season, I have decided to give up something for Lent. I have decided to give up something I enjoy. Namely, I am giving up sleep. That's right, folks: sleep. Now, understand me, I'm not giving up all sleep. I have simply decided to begin every day at an early hour ... an hour that I am not accustumed to arrising at. Who knows, I may even become more productive every day.

What are you giving up for lent?