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Just testing out some journal submission changes

cascadefx Re:Congrats and good luck (8 comments)

My son is four. Yep, that math works a bit better. See what I mean about getting rest.

more than 4 years ago
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Just testing out some journal submission changes

cascadefx Congrats and good luck (8 comments)

My daughter is about to turn one, her favorite word is "Wow!" and I have a son who is one. They are a lot of work and take a lot of time, but I really am constantly delighted by them.

You are in for a wild ride.

My only advice; rest while you can.

more than 4 years ago
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No New States?

cascadefx Possibilities... (16 comments)

Puerto Rico...

American Samoa...

US Virgin Islands...

?

more than 5 years ago
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Obama to meet with Hamas

cascadefx Interesting.. (4 comments)

I thought you were going to bring up the point about a campaign speech in which Obama said that he knew that he would take any actions necessary to stem the tide if it were his family being shelled in their bedrooms when asked about whether Isreal should respond to Hamas.

This has a number of liberals frothing for sure, but I don't hear many conservatives bringing it up.

Carter may have been bad, but Bush appears to have the actual title right now. Sure history will tell finally, but he kind of has it in the bag at the moment IMHO.

more than 5 years ago
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Merry Christmas to All*

cascadefx Re:Out of curiosity... (26 comments)

Wasn't it O'Reilly who was pissed off about Target or some place using Happy Holiday as their seasonal greeting among their checkers as corporate policy?

I could be wrong.

more than 4 years ago
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Merry Christmas to All*

cascadefx Out of curiosity... (26 comments)

Do you get offended when people wish you Happy Holidays?

more than 5 years ago
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Local WA Artist Hates the Constitution, Christmas, and America

cascadefx I agree... (21 comments)

This is crappy and she doesn't appear to be too bright.

more than 5 years ago
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[OBP] Obama not closing Gitmo after all?

cascadefx Re:How do I like my "Change"... (11 comments)

I am totally accepting of you guys. I have been a discussed things with Pudge and Railgunner for YEARS and I think we've all been really civil to each other even though we disagree on policy issues often.

I'm just pointing out how silly all this hyperbole is. There is nothing intolerant in pointing that out. We all have the right to be silly and sometimes it is helpful when friends and colleagues point it out to us. I know I have been schooled in the errors of my own ways and thoughts by both Pudge and Railgunner on multiple occasions.

Maybe that owes to the fact that I am from Indiana in a deeply conservative area. Virtually everyone I know, including many of my close friends, are conservative and Republican or Libertarian. I treat them as my friends and colleagues. So I miss your point about hypocrisy of the lowest order.

more than 5 years ago
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[OBP] Obama not closing Gitmo after all?

cascadefx How do I like my "Change"... (11 comments)

I love it.

And watching you guys froth about this stuff is just icing on the cake. I knew there would be a little bit of this sort of thing, but the Fourth Reich stuff and all the infighting and Sarah Palin as a litmus test for true conservatism is just too precious. You guys are so cute when you get all worked up in such weird ways. It is so wacky that it is utterly amusing.

You do realize that NOTHING has happened yet. NOTHING. All of this is speculation at this point. I feel like the My Little Ponies are about to bolt out the stable.

Thanks.

more than 4 years ago
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Interesting article on ex-Hitler Youth Member

cascadefx Re:Oh, I get it... (23 comments)

Isn't this the same garbage that you guys complained about when Bush was in power and many lefties compared him to Hitler. You guys said it was horrific to do such a thing. But Bush did away with habeous corpus; spied on Americans without warrants; prosecuted a war based on fear of an "other"; set up secret prisons around the world to interrogate "enemies" outside of the United States judicial system; restructured the justice department based on political affiliations; signed off on torture; vastly expanded the powers of the executive branch; and effectively suspended the Posse Comitatus Act (assigning a combat unit for US deployment for the first time ever. To name a few things...

And given all that, I still wouldn't seriously call him a Nazi or the next Hitler. And the people that did were silly and/or being hyperbolic.

It is an overblown sentiment.

This stuff with Obama makes you guys look silly.

Seriously, do you bandy these "Fourth Reich" scenarios around in the real world? How are they received? I would love to know. Because to me, and the few people that I have mentioned them to, they appear to be pretty silly.

more than 5 years ago
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Interesting article on ex-Hitler Youth Member

cascadefx Re:Typical response from an Obamunist... (23 comments)

It seems clear that you don't understand the point of Godwin.

By constantly making comparisons with Nazis, you lessen the real horror of the Nazis and the Holocaust.

Show me ONE thing, just one, that Barack Obama has done that is on par with the horrors that were undertaken by the Nazis.

Not all this vague stuff about the Fairness Doctrine that Barack may enact if it is brought by party leaders when he is President even though he has stated he is against it. Its just speculation.

All of this stuff is speculation.

You guys are getting into a hefty froth over speculation and its kind of embarrassing to watch.

Nothing matches by degree with anything undertaken by the Third Reich.

It makes me wonder if you talk like this and raise these theories with the general public. Your boss or pastor maybe.

If you do... that look they are giving you... that's the "what's this guy smoking" look.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Proposes Hitler Youth Program

cascadefx Re:One other thing... (17 comments)

Too bad that Obama has stated that he opposes re-instating the Fairness Doctrine and finds the whole debate about it a distraction.

But Hannity and Limbaugh have their panties in a twist over it as a way to cast themselves as being persecuted victims and, thereby drive up their ratings and martial their core audience after a crushing political defeat.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Proposes Hitler Youth Program

cascadefx In one... (17 comments)

I invoke Godwin's Law. It's amazing, you did it in one step.

You forgot the buildup.

more than 5 years ago
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Woke Up This Morning, Got Myself a Gun

cascadefx Re:Ronald Reagan (76 comments)

An attempted assassination will do that to a guy.

It's the "oh shit complete whacko's can get a hold of these and wreak havoc with them" response.

That's not to say that all gun owners are such (quite the contrary). Just an observation about gun control under Reagan.

more than 5 years ago
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Woke Up This Morning, Got Myself a Gun

cascadefx Re:Keep a list of promises broken, too. (76 comments)

You might need it sooner than you realize.

Need it for what? Seriously. Can you give some details and just what you are realistically going to be "needing" this stuff for?

more than 5 years ago

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My Dad talked about this with Viet Nam...

cascadefx cascadefx writes  |  more than 7 years ago I found this article illuminating, "Kerry was Right: bad students are getting stuck in Iraq". Particularly these two paragraphs:

I recently spoke about this with my friend Eli Flyer, a longtime Pentagon consultant on military recruiting, who painted a grim picture of the Army's current recruiting strategy. In 2005, Flyer noted, the Army fell far short of its goal of attracting 80,000 enlistees. It managed to meet that same target last year by deploying about 1,400 new recruiters, by offering larger enlistment bonuses and other incentives, and by systematically lowering educational standards for new recruits. For example, the portion of non-high school graduates in last year's enlistee pool was 27.5 percent, up from 17 percent in 2005. In the 1990s, non-grads (most of whom do have a G.E.D.) made up only about 5 percent of new Army recruits.

There has also been an increase in the number of recruits coming in with "moral waivers" for a criminal history (a story covered last year by the Los Angeles Times). Last year, one in ten recruits had a prior misdemeanor or felony conviction. That adds up to 7,500 individuals, up from 4,000 in 2004. Meanwhile, a Hartford Courant series last year found that the military is enlisting (as well as redeploying) a growing number of mentally-troubled soldiers.

When they get desperate enough, they will waive all sorts of prior requirements to joining the armed forces.

My Dad went to Viet Nam even though he had flat feet. Later when we wanted to rejoin the army after being a civilian, they said that he couldn't because of his flat feet. He responded that if we was good enough for Viet Nam, he was good enough then and they took him back in. My dad said he knew a number of guys that were given the "jail or join the army" sentence.

Is it me or does this just show the level of desperation going on in order to feed the war machine?

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I called it...

cascadefx cascadefx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I called it way back in February.

My mom and dad, working in a military base town talked how dear friends were being called up for the 3rd time. That they knew people that came close deployment after deployment to losing life and limb.

Finally.

Finally, they were tired of it. They thought that maybe an oppositional government wasn't a bad thing.

I don't think they voted for anything other than straight ticket Republican. But if they were even thinking about it showed a sea change to me.

People are tired. They want relief and the election was one to attempt to get it.

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The Gripping Horror of Electronic Voting

cascadefx cascadefx writes  |  about 8 years ago

Avi Rubin, a security researcher that has done a lot of electronic voting analysis, has blogged his experience working as an election worker in a precinct that not only uses electronic voting, but (more horribly, it turns out) uses electronic check-in and verification in an effort to stop voting fraud.

My wife and I are trying to volunteer to work the polls for the next election. Not sure if we will be able to. This will be the first election that we are reuqired to use electronic voting. It's stories like these that make me shudder at the thought of what it could be like.

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I guess Sadam was a target from the beginning...

cascadefx cascadefx writes  |  more than 8 years ago Don't you just love the Freedom of Information Act. Seems a law student blogger exercised his FoIA rights and got Rumsfeld's notes from soon after the Semptember 11th attacks. http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1716842,00.html.

The blog post is can be found at http://www.outragedmoderates.org/2006/02/dod-staffers-notes-from-911-obtained.html.

The flickr image of the Rumsfeld notes can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/66726692@N00/100545349/

What I find interesting about this, above and beyond the actual content - which is fascinating in itself - is just the transmission speed. One person makes the FoIA request and posts the results on his blog. 8 days later, it is picked up by the Guardian, then it shows up at the top of reddit.com. It's not novel or new... but I still am awed by this sort of thing. Even 5 years ago, this would be such a foreign idea. Very strange and very interesting in my mind.

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cascadefx cascadefx writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I am calling it now... just to have a record. I think the Dems are going to take back the Congress.

Just a gut feeling.

I will say why when and if it happens, but has to do with a recent interaction with family.

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cascadefx cascadefx writes  |  more than 10 years ago Just saw this in JordanH's Journal.

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Turn to page 23.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"For example, if a part of your program uses different data types at different times, Psyco may generate a different version of machine code to support each different type combination."

Source: Learning Python 2nd edition, by Mark Lutz & David Ascher

I have a feeling that a lot of technical books will be in the sample if this catches on.

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