U.S. deserves a “D” in the “Battle of Ideas”- Rumsfeld

Filed under:War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 3/30/2006 @ 6:32 pm

From:Best of the Web

“We have not found the formula as a country” to counter the message of the extremists in the Muslim world. “The strategy must do a great deal more to reduce the lure of the extremist ideology by standing with those moderate Muslims advocating peaceful change, freedom and tolerance.”

The enemy we face may be the most brutal in our history. They currently lack only the means — not the desire — to kill, murder millions of innocent people with weapons vastly more powerful than boarding passes and box cutters.” –  Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld

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Bernard Siegan – Propery Rights Advocate Dies at 82

Filed under:Bill of Rights,General — posted by 3wire on @ 6:10 pm

From: Best of the Web

“Bernard Siegan: Reaganite and University of San Diego law professor Bernard Siegan, died on Monday at age 82.

In a pathbreaking 1980 book, Mr. Siegan challenged the view set out by the New Deal Supreme Court in 1937 that property rights are somehow inferior to other rights and deserve lesser protection. Gail Heriot, a colleague at the University of San Diego, summarized Mr. Siegan’s thinking this way: “What’s yours is yours, what’s mine is mine, and the government does not have unlimited power to take that property or to tell us what to do with it.” Who could have given him such a crazy idea? It was James Madison, the father of the Constitution, who wrote: “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort… that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.”

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Nyko Releases New Xbox 360 and PSP Accessories

Filed under:Gaming,Technology — posted by Maverick on 3/29/2006 @ 10:32 pm

Nyko Releases New Xbox 360 and PSP Accessories

New accessories help to cool the Xbox 360 and make it easier to hold the PSP.

A day in the life of the 21st MP Company – Iraq

Filed under:War on Terror — posted by 3wire on @ 3:28 pm

This from Capt. Dan Sukman via Foxnews.com:

“We dropped off the recruits at the academy early in the day, then waited until the testing was complete before heading back to base. Once again, like so many other days, we all had some downtime to kill. No matter what our jobs are, all soldiers think about and often discuss what we would be doing if we were not in Iraq — watching TV, drinking a beer, taking college classes, kissing our spouse, playing with our children, going to a ball game, arguing the merits of “Rocky IV” being a war movie.But days like that don’t belong to soldiers over here. Days of spending time with our wife or playing with our dog are owned by someone else. For 365 days, soldiers are working hard, for long hours. Today, soldiers of the 21st MP Company and the transportation company within our brigade worked almost 12 hours straight, before they even had lunch.

A lot of time and effort went into the mission to take the Iraqi police recruits up for testing. Of the 75 that came up with us only 19 passed, but all the effort was worth it. There will be 19 more policemen on the streets of Iraq sometime soon.

You will never see these soldiers in a headline. The staffs coordinating testing, the mechanics working on trucks and soldiers driving 75 Iraqis to take a written exam will never be breaking news, but they are important in this war.

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HD Movies Won’t Be Downgraded

Filed under:Technology — posted by Q Ball on 3/28/2006 @ 2:18 pm

Via Ars Technica

“Paramount, Disney and Twentieth Century Fox have all backed off of using the ICT, leaving Warner Brothers as the only major studio saying that they will use the it. According to BusinessWeek, sources say that Warner will use the ICT on “at least some” of their initial titles.”

Damn Warner Bros., I want The Matrix in HD with no downgrading!

Russia Tipped Off Sadam

Filed under:War on Terror — posted by Q Ball on 3/26/2006 @ 12:52 am

It it is becoming clearer that the United States of America’s “friends” are not friends at all. As of right now I can only say with certainty that Great Britain is our ally. All others are to be determined.
Russian Spies

V for Vile

Filed under:Bill of Rights,War on Terror — posted by Maverick on 3/23/2006 @ 5:01 am

V for Vendetta, a film based on a 1980s graphic novel, was released to theaters late last week and with it (for me at least) came confusion and frustration. What could have been a great film about the tenacity of free will and the unwavering human desire for liberty was twisted and mangled into an anti-Bush, Mulslim-loving fright fest. Even the author of the graphic novel wanted nothing to do with the film.

“He told MTV, ‘[My comic] has been turned into a Bush-era parable by people too timid to set a political satire in their own country… [The film] is a thwarted and frustrated and largely impotent American liberal fantasy of someone with American liberal values standing up against a state run by neo-conservatives — which is not what “V for Vendetta” [the comic] was about.'” (from the townhall.com movie review)

Sounds like someone screwed up.

How to talk to a Muslim Extremist

Filed under:Bill of Rights,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 3/22/2006 @ 6:46 pm

This from: Mike Adams

“Well, I guess it had to happen. Several weeks after writing my “Queer Muhammad” column, I finally got a call from a Muslim extremist – one who mostly shouted at me over the phone in broken English. I have decided to reprint our conversation in today’s column, hoping that it will shed some light on how to deal with the fundamentalist Muslim disdain for free speech, not to mention the fundamentalist Muslim disdain for satire.” (more)

Rockbox

Filed under:Technology — posted by Q Ball on @ 4:06 pm

I just found this cool opensource project called Rockbox. They are designing opensource firmware for popular mp3 players like the the Ipod and players from iRiver and Archos. Be warned: you will most likely violate your warranty if you overwrite the manufacurer’s firmare to add this new firmware. The more options people have the better.

Rockbox Firmware

No Downgrading for Sony

Filed under:General,Technology — posted by Q Ball on 3/14/2006 @ 8:33 pm

Sony has come out and stated that it will not alieanate early HDTV adopters by downgrading the signal of Blu-Ray players, if they only have analog inputs on their TVs.

No downgrading!

Heroic Syrian/American Speaks Out

Filed under:War on Terror — posted by 3wire on @ 8:28 pm

It will be a miracle if this woman is not murdered by the Islamofascists.

Dr Wafa Sultan speaks out about Muslum injustice and hypocracy.

Watch this unbelievable interview which was broadcast on
Al Jazeera television on Feb. 21.

A North American Patriot

Filed under:Bill of Rights,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 3/13/2006 @ 10:09 am

Another freedom-loving Canadian.

A North American Patriot

Cannuckistan Chronicles

Filed under:Bill of Rights,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 3/12/2006 @ 10:05 am

Its tough beliving in personal freedoom and living in Canada. Check this out.

Cannuckistan Chronicles

Controversy Over Turkish Movie: Beyond the Valley of the Wolves

Filed under:War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 3/11/2006 @ 6:55 pm

Controversy Over Turkish Movie: Beyond the Valley of the Wolves – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News

“The film is based on an actual incident in northern Iraq on July 4, 2003: US soldiers arrested 11 Turkish officers and pulled bags over their heads before taking them away. The images were an insult to Turkish nationalists and anyone concerned with the country’s honor. Many Turks also suspected the US was taking revenge for the Turkish parliament’s refusal to allow the US to move troops through Turkey into Iraq during the 2003 Iraq war.

The main theme of the movie is revenge (and maybe even the reason for the movie itself). The film follows a Turkish intelligence agent as he seeks to avenge the officers and restore their honor. This wouldn’t be so bad if the film didn’t portray the opponents of Turks and Muslims so brutally — the bad guys in this black and white world are the Americans, the Kurds, the Christians and the Jews.”

What’s so hard to understand about this?

Filed under:General,War on Terror — posted by rcviper25 on 3/2/2006 @ 4:34 pm

By Brigitte Gabriel. Excerpted from Brigitte Gabriel’s speech delivered
at the Intelligence Summit in Washington DC Saturday February 18, 2006

We gather here today to share information and knowledge.
Intelligence is not merely cold hard data about numerical strength or
armament or disposition of military forces. The most important element
of intelligence has to be understanding the mindset and intention of
the enemy. The west has been wallowing in a state of ignorance and
denial for thirty years as Muslim extremist perpetrated evil against
innocent victims in the name of Allah.

I was ten years old when my home exploded around me burying me
under the rebel drinking my blood to survive as the perpetrators
shouted Allah Akbar. My only crime was that I was a Christian living in
a Christian town. I learned at 10 years old the meaning of the word
“infidel.” I had a crash course in survival not in girl scouts, but in
a bomb shelter where I lived for seven years in pitch darkness,
freezing cold, drinking stale water and eating grass to live. At
the age of thirteen I dressed in my burial clothes going to bed at
night waiting to be slaughtered and by the age of 20 I had buried most
of my friends who were killed by Muslims.

We were not Americans living in New York, or Britons in London,
we were Arab Christians living in Lebanon. As a victim of Islamic
terror, I was amazed when I saw Americans waking up on September 12th
2001 asking themselves “Why do they hate us?” The psychoanalyst experts
were coming up with all sort of excuses as to what did we do to offend
the Muslim World? If America and the west were paying attention to the
Middle East they would not have had to even ask the question. Simply
put, they hate me and you because we are defined in their eyes by one
simple word, “infidels.”

(more…)

DRM Can’t Protect Content

Filed under:Technology — posted by Q Ball on @ 4:32 pm

This is a great primer article about DRM, with a bunch of good links and quotes. This demonstrates the stupidity of DRM and those who think it is a good idea: RIAA, MPAA and CEOs of major tech companies. How is it that they can be so stupid and run huge organizations? Give me a record label to run and I will clean them all out.

DRM is double plus ungood.

Finally!

Filed under:War on Terror — posted by Q Ball on 3/1/2006 @ 4:25 pm

Writers speak out against Islamo-facscists.

“We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all.”

via BBC News

Getting Fit With Condi

Filed under:General — posted by Q Ball on @ 4:15 pm

Apparently Condoleezza Rice works out every day no matter where in the world she is.



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