Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Something long forgotten

Roman Polanski drugged and raped a 13 year old girl.

His arrest isn't about a great artist being persecuted. It's about a pedophile and rapist being caught to face justice.

There was a plea bargain that the judge was waffling on. I don't know California law from the 70s, but most states didn't require judges to follow plea bargains for sentencing.

Even if it did, Mr. Polanski ran first and asked questions later. He should be in jail in California, awaiting the results of his appeal.

Sorry, Roman, you're no OJ. I tolerated the Not Guilty verdict for OJ because IMHO the state didn't prove its case. You on the other hand are a dirty old man who ran from his jail time and should face it.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

And now the fun starts

Early this year, I told Milady, "I really hope they don't keep using the Great Depression as a to-do list". They are.
President Barack Obama has imposed new punitive tariffs on all car and light truck tires coming into the U.S. from China, a move Beijing condemned Saturday as protectionism and a violation of the guidelines of global trade.

At first, I thought the powers that be were "just" going to try to repeat Japan's 20 year depression. The same people that told Japan to let their banks fail are now propping up ours. However, getting into a trade war with our #1 creditor, one who has already publicly expressed doubts to our ability to pay(*), just isn't smart.

(*) There's no doubt about our ability to pay off our Treasuries: we can't. Sorry, sucker!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I watched Fearless Leader's Speech

I was impressed that Fearless Leader essentially allowed the progressives go under the bus to save his plan. That said, I have little trouble with the bullet points; they sound good. The devil will be in the details, of course.

The Republican who gave the response looked like a complete and total idiot. He outlined the 4 Republican points, but Fearless Leader had already put them in his speech. Once again, the Republicans failed to not fail.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Snow Leopard is faster

My work copy of Precious, um, Snow Leopard is here, and I installed it tonight.

Wow. I am impressed. Everything in the OS really is faster. Mail flows faster. Exchange integration does 80% of what I could ever need in Outlook. Safari is a LOT faster. The only feature I've lost so far is network scanning for my Brother MFC-420CN, and I'll pester Brother and Apple about that tomorrow.

Of course, my adventures in .0 land are probably only just beginning.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Tim Hawkins Video

Normally, I don't repost videos, but my hero John Stossel had this one up. Tim Hawkins is a favorite of the Packrat family (watch The Wife Song. Now.)

The Government Can.