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That Solves It…..

27 March 2008, 9:26 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Borders.

….reckon I’m a racist after all!

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Swiped from Freedom Folks

Must Be Seen

27 March 2008, 8:54 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Religion of Pieces.

WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC!

I’m fairly sure I’m going to have nightmares tonight.

H/T: Jenn

Swiped…..

27 March 2008, 8:19 pm. Comments Off. Filed under 2008, Feckless Weasels.

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

…..from silent E speaks!

Making a Switch Soon

27 March 2008, 7:59 pm. 5 Comments. Filed under Blog Stuff.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll have noticed that the page loads have slowed down to the point of being absurd. Silent E has been trying to get the problem resolved (he’s on the same host, slot, whatever ya call it), but has gotten no relief from the geniuses at StartLogic. The following is a conversation he had with one of their very helpful tech support folks (insert MASSIVE SARCASM):

Chat InformationWelcome to StartLogic! You are number 1 in the queue. Please be prepared to answer your Security Question when we begin chatting. To enhance our security protocols, we’ll need you to provide the answer to your Security Question at the beginning of our conversation. If you have not yet set your Security Question and Answer, please log into your account now to set it up. Thank you. Please hold for the next available operator to respond.
Chat InformationYou are now chatting with ‘Sandy Ray’

Sandy Ray: Hi Eric. My name is Sandy Ray, how are you today?

Eric: OK….. You?

Sandy Ray: I’m great, thank you. How can I help you today?

Eric: 3 site that we have on your server utilize WordPress and 3 sites are html. The wordpress sites are horribly slow. We’ve had them optomized but still slow. Could you be having problems with a php server??

Sandy Ray: To protect your account from unauthorized changes, can you please verify for me the answer to the Security Question:

Sandy Ray: What is your mother’s maiden name?

Eric: All aspects of the sites are slow.. Page loads and admin.
Eric: ***********

Sandy Ray: Thank you for the authentication.

Sandy Ray: We have not experiencing the slowness with the PHP servers.

Eric: Any suggestions? It’s taking 5 mins to load admin then they same when navigating admin..

Sandy Ray: Please contact the ISP.

Eric: it’s not the ISP.. The sites are accessed through multiple ISP’s depending on the time of day and the site. It’s always the same.
Eric: We know at least a dozen others using the same wordpress software on different webhosts and they are not having any issues

Sandy Ray: Can you please provide me the exact URL where you are getting the error?

Eric: one is http://silentespeaks.com

Sandy Ray: It may be a temporary issue and will be resolved.

Eric: The other sites are http://olbroad.com and http://waleswisconsin.org

Eric: BTW we have been having multiple problems since the new vdeck platform was implemented…

Sandy Ray: It may be a temporary issue and will be resolved.

Eric: OK…… do we know what the problem is and the ETR?

Sandy Ray: There is no exact time and it will corrected itself.

Eric: This has been going on for a number of weeks now. If there was a problem that is self correcting, how come it didn’t correct itself then???? I really need to know if there is a known problem or if I need to find another webhost. We have not been satisfied since the platform change

Sandy Ray: It may be a temporary issue and will be resolved.

Eric: Do you know what the issue is??

Sandy Ray: No

Eric: Do you have a ticket number I can reference?

Sandy Ray: No.
Sandy Ray: Is there anything else I can assist you with today?

Eric: How am I suppose to track the progress of what is being done if I need to contact Startlogic again?

Sandy Ray: You can contact the chat support.
Sandy Ray: Is there anything else I can assist you with today?

Eric: And reference what?? Surely you must assign unresolved issues a trouble ticket number.

Sandy Ray: Okay.
Sandy Ray: Is there anything else I can assist you with today?

Eric: No… I will escalate this with management later today

Sandy Ray: Could you please let us know if you have contacted us earlier via e-mail with regards to the same issue?

Eric: I have but I never received a response

Sandy Ray: Thank you for chatting with us. Please feel free to contact us at any time. We are available 24×7.
Sandy Ray: Bye!

Yup….a veritable genius! Thanks to the type of “help” that Sandy Ray offered, we will be moving to a new host. Not sure when this will happen, but hopefully, in the not too distant future!

 Update 8:30 pm 3/28/2008 – We’re movin’ on up.  One note; you no longer have to type olbroad.com/WordPress; just typing olbroad.com will work.

Wombat Love

27 March 2008, 7:43 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Crime.

Man Claims to Speak ‘Australian’ After Allegedly Being Raped by Wombat

A New Zealand man has been sentenced to community service after telling police he was raped by a wombat and the experience had made him speak “Australian”.

Arthur Ross Cradock, 48, from the South Island town of Motueka, called police on February 11 and told them he was being raped at his home by the wombat and he needed help, The Nelson Mail newspaper reported.

The orchard worker later called back and said: “Apart from speaking Australian now, I’m pretty all right, you know.”

Cradock pleaded guilty in the local court to using a phone for a fictitious purpose. He was sentenced to 75 hours’ community work.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Stringer told the court alcohol played a large role in Cradock’s life.

Alcohol was involved? Gee, ya think?

I Wanna See!

27 March 2008, 7:14 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Religion of Pieces.

Dutch lawmaker releases anti-Koran film

Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders released a film critical of Islam on Thursday, setting verses of the Koran against a background of images from terrorist attacks.

The 15-minute film was posted on a Web site. Shortly afterward Dutch television channels rebroadcast segments of it.

The Dutch government had warned Wilders the film could spark violent protests in Islamic countries, like those two years ago after the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

“The film equates Islam with violence. We reject this,” Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said in a televised reaction.

“We…regret that Mr. Wilders has released this film. We believe it serves no other purpose than to cause offense.”

Initially, Dutch television refused to broadcast it and Wilders had difficulty finding an Internet platform.

Ok, where is it?  I’ve done a search, and have had no luck.  Is anyone knows where this video might be hiding, let me know!  I have NO problem posting it!  Preferably with English dubbing or whatever.  :)

Ya see, I’m a big girl, and I’m actually able to make up my own mind.

Not Middle Named’s Manure

27 March 2008, 6:32 pm. Comments Off. Filed under 2008, Feckless Weasels.

Obama calls for financial regulations, stimulus

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama proposed greater government regulation of the U.S. financial system and a new $30 billion economic stimulus plan on Thursday in response to the housing crisis.

It’s not the government’s job to stimulate the economy! I am so sick and tired of these candidates promising things they have NO authority to do!

Both Obama and his Democratic rival, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, accused Republican candidate John McCain of supporting little to ease the current credit and housing problems, which drew a quick response from the McCain camp.

McFeingold may not be strong on the economy, but at least he’s not making promises to do all these wonderful things for the gimme folks.

The focus on the economy mirrors its pressing importance for Americans. A Pew Research Center poll said people are as negative as they were during the recession of the early 1990s, with just 11 percent rating the economy as excellent or good.

This just tells me that our public school system is a total failure.

“It is time for the federal government to revamp the regulatory framework dealing with our financial markets,” the Illinois senator said in a wide-ranging speech on the economy.

Which is Dhimmi speak for MORE regulations!

“If you can borrow from the government, you should be subject to government oversight and supervision,” he said.

Well, let’s turn that around. The gubmint sucks money out of paychecks on a regular basis. The gumbint should be subject to CITIZEN ‘oversight and supervision’!

“If we can extend a hand to banks on Wall Street when they get into trouble, we can extend a hand to Americans who are struggling through no fault of their own,” he said to applause.

It’s my understanding it wasn’t the gubmint, it was the Federal Reserve, which is NOT the gubmint. As to those “struggling through no fault of their own”? Horse manure! We are responsible for our own actions! If I go out and buy a million dollar house, when I KNOW I can’t afford it under normal circumstances, it’s MY bloomin’ fault when the bank comes around says, “Pay up, or vacate!”

Honestly, these people who claim the government is the answer to all ills, mistakes, or whatever, really need a reality SLAP! Who do they think FUNDS the government? We do! You and me! And I am sick and tired of my money (well, the Mr’s now) going to support wasteful socialistic schemes! We are a Republic! Not Cuba!

New Addiction

27 March 2008, 6:09 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

I have acquired a new addiction.   Not drugs, although it can have that effect.  Not alcohol, cuz I don’t like the taste, and I SURE don’t like the after affects.   Smoking…..well, we won’t go there.  (hush Fred)

Nope, while all those are credible addictions, mine is …………. drum roll please………. GARDENING!

I keep asking myself what is wrong with me.  I’m blaming it on the new drug they’ve got me on.  That’s the only explanation with which I can come up!

I’ve been outside, moving bricks around, forming a flower bed type thing, planning, pulling stuff up, getting…..DIRTY!  Blech!

I’ve stuck flowers in pots, and have more than need to go in the ground.  I’m clearing out that nasty black aerating stuff that is suppose to stop the weeds….which doesn’t, by the way!

Dang, I hurt!

Facts Confuse the Left

27 March 2008, 9:21 am. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

Conservatives Really Are More Compassionate
By George Will

Residents of Austin, Texas, home of the state’s government and flagship university, have very refined social consciences, if they do say so themselves, and they do say so, speaking via bumper stickers. Don R. Willett, a justice of the state Supreme Court, has commuted behind bumpers proclaiming “Better a Bleeding Heart Than None at All,” “Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Beauty,” “The Moral High Ground Is Built on Compassion,” “Arms Are For Hugging,” “Will Work (When the Jobs Come Back From India),” “Jesus Is a Liberal,” “God Wants Spiritual Fruits, Not Religious Nuts,” “The Road to Hell Is Paved With Republicans,” “Republicans Are People Too — Mean, Selfish, Greedy People” and so on. But Willett thinks Austin subverts a stereotype: “The belief that liberals care more about the poor may scratch a partisan or ideological itch, but the facts are hostile witnesses.”

Sixteen months ago, Arthur C. Brooks, a professor at Syracuse University, published “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.” The surprise is that liberals are markedly less charitable than conservatives.

If many conservatives are liberals who have been mugged by reality, Brooks, a registered independent, is, as a reviewer of his book said, a social scientist who has been mugged by data. They include these findings:

Although liberal families’ incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).

– Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.

– Residents of the states that voted for John Kerry in 2004 gave smaller percentages of their incomes to charity than did residents of states that voted for George Bush.

Read on…

Something to Ponder

27 March 2008, 9:09 am. Comments Off. Filed under Economy, Opinion.

Glenn Beck: The $53 trillion asteroid

Proposals to fix the problem have been rejected by those who love YOUR money.

Here’s a snippet:

Realizing that Americans have become pretty much numb to these kinds of ridiculous sounding proposals, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson tried to up the ante this week. “Without change,” he said, “Rising costs will drive government spending to unprecedented levels, consume nearly all projected federal revenues, and threaten America’s future prosperity.”

Now, I know we’re all worried about important sounding things that none of us understand, like CDO’s, SIV’s, and Credit Default Swaps, but did you hear what our Treasury Secretary just said?

“Rising costs will … consume nearly all projected federal revenues …”

Translation: Every single tax dollar that is sent to Washington will be used to pay for just these two programs.

That means no money is left for anything else. Nothing. No Department of Defense or Homeland Security, no Department of Energy, no Department of Justice, no Environmental Protection Agency, no Internal Revenue Service. Actually, knowing our government, they’d probably keep the IRS going somehow.

Of course, none of this is exactly breaking news. Our leaders have known about this rapidly approaching asteroid for years now and they’ve done nothing but debate it. At the same time, I’m a realist. I understand that this stuff is “the third rail of politics,” but our leaders’ negligence on this issue is damn near criminal. No, correction, it is criminal.

Read the whole thing here.

Dhimmis – 2008

27 March 2008, 9:03 am. Comments Off. Filed under 2008.

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Morning Coffee 03/27/08

27 March 2008, 8:54 am. 4 Comments. Filed under General News.

Census Bureau Estimates U.S. Population Continues Shift to South, West

Four Texas metropolitan areas were among the biggest population gainers as Americans continued their trend of moving to the Sun Belt in 2006 and 2007, according to Census Bureau estimates to be released Thursday.

Dallas-Fort Worth added more than 162,000 residents between July 2006 and July 2007, more than any other metro area. Three other Texas areas — Houston, Austin and San Antonio — also cracked the top 10.

Yup….they’re getting out of the freakin’ freezer….caused by all this man made global warming! Pfft!

When the waist widens, risk of dementia rises

Having a large gut in midlife increases the chance of dementia in old age, according to new research published Wednesday that suggests that abdominal fat is a bigger risk factor than even family history.

The study of 6,583 adults found that people with the highest amount of abdominal fat between the ages of 40 and 45 were about three times more likely to develop dementia than those with the lowest amount.

Reckon the Mr and I are SOL. Gonna have to re-introduce ourselves to each other on a daily basis.

Bush considers halt in Iraq troop cuts

In the confidential confines of a Pentagon conference room known as “the Tank,” President Bush moved one step closer to temporarily halting U.S. troop cuts in Iraq.

No decisions were announced at the closed-door session Wednesday, but officials said later that the heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps indicated they would go along with a halt.

The chiefs stressed, however, their concerns about the accumulating strains caused by an Iraq war that is now in its sixth year and that has forced the Army and Marine Corps in particular to keep troops in combat longer and on more frequent tours than officials believe can be sustained in the long term.

Not being military, but raised in a military household, I can’t give any expert opinions….just gut reaction. With the increase in violence, thanks to some of our countrymen’s encouragement, I’d say decreasing troop level isn’t the brightest of ideas. Now, being on the other side of the planet from Iraq, I wonder why the administration refuses to allow the troops to do their jobs, which is kill the bad guys, secure the area, and come home. This is going on way too long. We should have kicked their asses to Allah by now!

Iraq implodes as Shia fights Shia

A new civil war is threatening to explode in Iraq as American-backed Iraqi government forces fight Shia militiamen for control of Basra and parts of Baghdad.

Heavy fighting engulfed Iraq’s two largest cities and spread to other towns yesterday as the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, gave fighters of the Mehdi Army, led by the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, 72 hours to surrender their weapons.

The gun battles between soldiers and militiamen, who are all Shia Muslims, show that Iraq’s majority Shia community – which replaced Saddam Hussein’s Sunni regime – is splitting apart for the first time.

Oh goody! They can use up their ammo on themselves. (sarcasm) This is getting ridiculous. Stop pussy footin’ around, blow the bad guys to whatever paradise is awaiting them!

Balcony plunge boy unlawfully killed

A six-year-old boy who died after he was pushed by his father off a fourth-floor hotel balcony in Crete was unlawfully killed, a coroner ruled today.

Liam Hogan, from Bristol, died of severe head injuries after falling 50ft from the Petra Mare Hotel, in Crete, with his father John and sister Mia, then aged two.

Unlawfully? Is that the British PC way of saying murdered?

McCain tacks to center

Sen. John McCain, carefully distancing himself from President Bush and seeking to sound a moderate tone, called Wednesday for stronger ties with allies and cautioned that American power “does not mean that we can do whatever we want, whenever we want.”

In his first major foreign policy speech since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, McCain told the World Affairs Council that to end terrorism and pacify Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. must lead by “attracting others to our cause” and “defending the rules of international civilized society.”

I’m baffled. How the hell do you “defend the rules of international civilized society” when you are fighting UNcivilized pond scum?

Rancher arrested for selling snake vodka

A rattlesnake rancher who calls himself Bayou Bob found a new way to make money: Stick a rattler inside a bottle of vodka and market the concoction as an “ancient Asian elixir.” But Bayou Bob Popplewell’s bright idea appears to have landed him on the wrong side of the law, because he has no liquor license.

Heh. He should have sold it as a novelty, and not said anything about vodka.

Senate to probe bailout by Fed

The Senate Finance Committee said it is probing the Federal Reserve’s bailout of Bear, Stearns & Co. last week, in which the Fed took more than $30 billion of the firm’s mortgage holdings of questionable value in exchange for cash, putting taxpayers at risk of losing money in the transaction. The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold hearings next week.

While I don’t hold with the bailout by the gubmint of any feckless business, I also am none too thrilled at the Senate wasting more tax dollars with their endless probes!

California homeschooling case to be reheard

A state appeals court has agreed to reconsider its decision last month that barred homeschooling by parents who lack teaching credentials, raising the possibility that the judges will change a decision that has infuriated homeschool advocates nationwide.

The Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles granted a rehearing Tuesday at the request of a couple who have taught their eight children at home without credentials.

With the quality of schools, or lack there of, in California, I’m really surprised there aren’t more folks out there homeschooling.

Attorney General challenges furniture store promotion

A furniture retailer offering refunds if the University of Memphis wins the NCAA men’s basketball championship will press ahead with the promotion even though the state attorney general says it is illegal.
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Spencer says his company consulted the secretary of state’s office and was assured of the promotion’s legality before launching the first of multiple Tiger free-for-all weekends in December at stores in Cordova, Memphis and Southaven.

Illegal? Why would it be illegal? It’s a private company, and as far as I know, the AG has no business butting in. Now, if they were promising a pound of crack, he might have some say about the promotion, other than that….. A lot places I’ve lived have had promotions similar the Ashley’s, and I’ve never heard a word about it being illegal. If it were, I kind of doubt they’d keep doing it year after year.

‘Bias and Hypocrisy’ Displayed at UN Rights Council, Say Critics

The United Nations’ Human Rights Council has elected onto a panel of special advisors a left-wing Swiss sociologist with a record of sympathizing with the Castro and Mugabe regimes and criticizing the United States and Israel.

And in another move that drew fire, the U.N.’s top rights body also appointed an American academic strongly critical of Israel to a post dealing with Israel’s conduct in the territories claimed by the Palestinians.

During its less than two years in existence, the Human Rights Council has itself been criticized — by Western governments and two U.N. secretary-generals among others — for focusing disproportionately on Israel, while paying relatively little attention to pressing rights issues elsewhere.

Ooooo…..now there’s a shocker! The Useless Numnuts are anti Israel and anti Western! (insert extreme sarcasm here)

Verse of the Day

27 March 2008, 7:38 am. Comments Off. Filed under Faith.

Psalm 62:7

7  In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.