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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

ncc74656 Re:base it around my OS (385 comments)

Just remember to deduct that $100 next year (for those that don't know, tax prep fees are deductible).

Not always. Tax-prep fees go in a part of Schedule A for which there's a minimum you have to meet (2% of adjusted gross income) before you can deduct anything. The $500+ my wife and I forked over to H&R Block last year? Not deductible. :-P

OTOH, I was able to do my own filing this year by looking at what forms had been generated last year and making changes where appropriate. I grabbed the fillable forms from the IRS website, filled them in with Okular, printed them out, stapled our W-2s to them, and stuffed them into an envelope. Since we still owed money (less than $100 this year, vs. $3000+ last year...w00t!), I don't care how long it takes for the mail to get through and for the IRS to do its processing.

3 days ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

ncc74656 Re:Requires Windows 8 (226 comments)

The first attempt at running it failed an error

The first attempt at running it failed with an error...

about two weeks ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

ncc74656 Re:Requires Windows 8 (226 comments)

I think the point is that Visual Studio encourages programmers to code to APIs available only on Windows. Pretty much every time I've tried to load a .NET application in Mono, the application has stopped with an error that a particular system library is unavailable.

You might not have everything installed properly. I wanted to bring this up on a Raspberry Pi recently. The first attempt at running it failed an error regarding missing assemblies, or something to that effect. sudo apt-get install mono-complete fixed that.

about two weeks ago

Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

ncc74656 Re:You cancel service? (240 comments)

If you had donated at some point in the past, it looks like you get grandfathered in. From the email they sent me:

In an effort to better service our customers through increased support and a cleaner network, Dyn announced that in the next 30 days, we will no longer be supporting free hostnames. However, because you believed in us and supported this company through your donations, we are continuing to fulfill our promise to you: your service is still free for life.

I donated somewhere around $10-$20 once, probably at least a decade ago.

about two weeks ago

Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

ncc74656 Re:Huh? (175 comments)

curl http://levex.fedorapeople.org/... | lzma -z9c | base64 | qrencode -t ANSIUTF8

This produces output too large to fit on most screens unless your console font is ridiculously small or your screen resolution is higher than most (my notebook has a 15" 1680x1050 panel). Also, it appears the console (on Ubuntu, anyway) doesn't handle UTF-8. Falling back to ANSI, it's even farther from being feasible.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

ncc74656 Re:Why Ubuntu?! (208 comments)

Remember the blue ethernet cables with the red cable boots?

Most of the premade crossover cables I've run across have been orange. (The ones I've made as I needed them would've been whatever color was in the nearest box of bulk cable, but that doesn't count.)

about two weeks ago

Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

ncc74656 Re:Is it free software? (180 comments)

It's better than being a widower.

This. :-(

about three weeks ago

Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

ncc74656 Re:What about the alternative virtual coins ? (275 comments)

Other than bitcoins, are other virtual coins worthless?

Mining many scrypt altcoins and immediately trading them for Bitcoin can net 40-50x or more what the same hardware would deliver mining for Bitcoin directly. CoinChoose will show you what's most profitable. You can set up CryptoSwitcher (disclaimer: I'm a contributor) to manage pool switching and exchange operations, or you can mine someplace like WeMineAll that manages all of that for you.

about three weeks ago

IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

ncc74656 Re:This seems like good news (273 comments)

I wonder if anyone is really stupid enough to base their retirement plans on bitcoin investment.

It could hardly be much worse than basing your retirement plans on Social Security. :-P

about three weeks ago

Bitcoin's Software Gets Security Fixes, New Features

ncc74656 Re:Just in time for another price dive (173 comments)

TigerDirect, Overstock.com, and Gyft.

Another one I've run across lately is Zinc. I'm testing it out with a hard drive I needed to replace a bad drive in my media server. In addition to allowing you to pay with Bitcoin (or Dwolla, if that's your bag), it'll shop your purchase around among other vendors for a better deal. I put the order together on Amazon (which which I could've used Gyft, and have done so in the past), but they ended up placing the order with Newegg instead (for which there isn't otherwise a way to pay with Bitcoin) to knock a few dollars off. It's supposed to arrive tomorrow...we'll see.

about 1 month ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

ncc74656 Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

With a trade-off of about 3-5 times the processing power required to decode. I learned that the hard way when trying to play movies on my old netbook with an Atom N270.

That's why you offload video decoding to the GPU. A weedy Atom 230 (or even the ARM-compatible core in a Raspberry Pi) is more than up to the task of shoveling 1080p H.264 into the GPU, which handles decoding, scaling, etc. Even the lowest-end nVidia or AMD GPUs are more than up to the task. I have OpenELEC running on an Acer Aspire Revo and a Raspberry Pi, and neither have any issues with anything I've thrown at them. (A third box runs on a Core 2 Duo E8400, which would be sufficient for software decoding of just about anything, but a GeForce 210 uses less power (fanless heatsink!) and adds HDMI output.)

What's that? Your netbook doesn't have a proper GPU? Well, isn't that special? :-P

about a month ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

ncc74656 Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

RAID-5 uses up 1 disk worth for striping, so net space in an 8-drive array is 7-drives worth (about 27TB using 4TB drives). The problem with RAID-5 is that you are 2 disks away from failure and rebuilds often kill the disks.

RAID-6 uses 2 disks worth for striping, so net space in an 8-drive array is 6-drives worth (about 23TB using 4TB drives). Is able to survive a double-disk failure before data loss. Still has some of the same issues as RAID-5.

I use Greyhole for media and document storage. It handles disks of unequal size (currently running one 3TB and two 1.5TB drives), and you can choose the level of redundancy you need. In my case, movies, TV shows, etc. get a single copy (one file exists on one drive), while documents and photos get two copies (one file exists on two drives). If a drive goes bad, you only lose the files on that drive...and only for the files for which you selected no redundancy. With redundancy, extra file copies are recreated on the remaining drives from the surviving copies; this process is most likely less stressful on the disk set than a RAID rebuild.

My movies, TV shows, and music are backed up to BD-R, stored in a binder at work. They hold ~20GB each, as I'm using dvdisaster to guard against media errors. When a 2TB drive failed, I brought the backup (currently about 190 discs) home and restored the files that had gone missing. Backup and restore are managed by scripts, with information about what files are on what discs held in a MySQL database that gets periodically backed up off-site as well. The initial backup took several months (on and off) to finish, and the last time I needed to restore, it took about a week, but now I just burn a disc when I have about enough new data to fill one. Burning and verifying takes a few hours, but it's something you can start and walk away.

about a month ago

Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

ncc74656 Re:Innovation? (264 comments)

Personally, I'm a little disappointed with Apple's system. First, it's not wireless

I don't see the wired connection as a problem. You need to plug something into your phone anyway to keep it charged on a long trip (especially if you're streaming your music collection), so you might as well route whatever data this thing needs over that connection.

about a month and a half ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

ncc74656 Re:Not DRM, just an old business model (769 comments)

And this is why I bought a double edge razor handle.

Right around the time I was considering making the switch, Woot was offering Mach3-compatible cartridges at somewhere near a dollar each for a dozen. Considering that the "genuine" cartridges usually sell for 3-4x more, that was a good-enough savings for now, and so far they've mostly gotten the job done. (The springs in one crapped out after only one or two uses.)

about a month and a half ago

Invention Makes Citibikes Electric

ncc74656 Re:Pricey (166 comments)

$995 will buy a lot of cab rides.

It won't buy that many. Last time I took a cab home from the airport, it was about $50. That would only be about 20 trips.

about a month and a half ago

Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

ncc74656 Re:Obligatory (314 comments)

When you pay at least $18,000 for a car, spending less than $150 for an OBDII reader that can be used on any car is, well, something you should have no problems doing.

You don't even have to spend that much. A Bluetooth OBD-II dongle will set you back maybe $20, and you can use any computer, Android device, or jailbroken iOS device to talk to it.

about 2 months ago

Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

ncc74656 Re: Good luck with all the coming ads (172 comments)

A structured, socialized statist society is always a rich society.

Like Venezuela? How's socialism working out for them, idiot?

about 2 months ago

Where Old Hard Disks (with Digital Secrets) Go To Die

ncc74656 Re:Using encryption is the better option (128 comments)

I've never come across a hard drive with a stepper motor actuated arm. Care to cite a model number for me?

I'm pretty sure the Seagate ST225 I once had in an IBM PC/XT used a stepper motor to move the heads. Voice-coil actuators only came on the scene sometime in the late '80s or so.

about 3 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

ncc74656 Re:Amazing how times change. (444 comments)

Do ya'll buy commercial NAS systems, or does anyone here do the FreeNAS type thing as a full custom solution?

I'm running Greyhole on my home server. It aggregates storage across multiple (possibly dissimilar) drives in one or more pools. You can set varying levels of redundancy for each pool; you can have two (or more) copies of documents so that they're safe in case of drive failure, while disabling it for your video library (which is OK if you have it backed up). You can pull a drive out of a Greyhole box and access the files written to it.

I've had a disk fail recently, and another was on its way out (smartctl reported it had no more replacements for bad blocks). In the latter case, migrating data off the old drive onto a new one was easy. The other drive failed outright. My documents and photos were all safe. Some video and music files needed to be restored from backup...a minor pain. Overall, I think it's worked "as advertised" and would recommend it to others.

about 3 months ago

Porn Will Be Bitcoin's Killer App

ncc74656 Re:seems reasonable (216 comments)

Disney and Warner Brothers ("Maverick") jump-started the infant ABC television network. Disney's move to NBC and color production rocketed sales of color TV sets.

ABC was spun out of NBC because the government believed NBC (owned at the time by RCA) was getting too big.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had, since its creation in 1934, investigated the monopolistic effects of network broadcasting. The FCC found that NBC's two networks and its owned-and-operated stations dominated audiences, affiliates and advertising in American radio. In 1939, the FCC ordered RCA to divest itself of one of the two networks. RCA fought the divestiture order, but in 1940 divided NBC into two companies in case an appeal was lost. The Blue Network became NBC Blue Network, Inc. and NBC Red became NBC Red Network, Inc. Both networks formally divorced operations on January 8, 1942, and the Blue Network was referred to on the air as either Blue or Blue Network, with official corporate name Blue Network Company, Inc. NBC Red, on the air, became known simply as NBC.

After losing its final appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court in May 1943, RCA sold Blue Network Company, Inc., for $8 million to Life Savers magnate Edward J. Noble, completing the sale on October 12, 1943. Noble got the network name, leases on land-lines and the New York studios; two-and-a half stations (WJZ in Newark/New York; KGO in San Francisco, and WENR in Chicago, which shared a frequency with Prairie Farmer station WLS); and about 60 affiliates. Noble wanted a better name for the network and in 1944 acquired the rights to the name "American Broadcasting Company" from George Storer. The Blue Network became ABC officially on June 15, 1945, after the sale was completed.

Di$ney acquired ABC sometime in the '90s IIRC, decades later.

about 2 months ago


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The liberal mindset in one easy video

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 3 years ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF3hbPtCttc

Title cribbed from here. A sample that I transcribed...let's call the protagonists Alice and Bob:

Bob: You said the "right-wing media" was becoming too powerful.
Alice: Yes. We need the Fairness Doctrine to return a balance to talk radio.
Bob: How does it work?
Alice: The government makes things fair.
Bob: How?
Alice: I don't know the details, but it ends with Rush Limbaugh being forced off the air.
Bob: What don't you like about him?
Alice: He uses hate speech.
Bob: Like what?
Alice: He criticizes liberals.
Bob: How is that "hate speech?"
Alice: Because I hate it.


Holy crap...I have mod points!

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

For the first time in I don't know how many years. They expire on the 10th, so if you have some suggestions on where to use them, let me know.


What's with the boxes scattered about in /. posts?

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 4 years ago http://alfter.us/files/slashdot.png

Notice the boxes that show up around posts...anybody have any idea what they're supposed to be? Is it just a worse case of /. b0rkenness than usual, or are they supposed to do something useful? I think it's been like this for at least a week or two.

(That I'm using a beta version of Firefox isn't the explanation...it looks the same on Firefox 3.0.x on my other machines, and in Safari on my iPhone.)


James Hansen Caught in Another Manbearpig Lie

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 5 years ago The world has never seen such freezing heat

A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore's chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.

So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.


It's official: Barack Hussein Obama is a Communist.

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 5 years ago (Looks like I need to get up earlier.)

Guess who said the following:

If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court. I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I'd be o.k. But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn't that radical. It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way , that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can't do to you. Says what the Federal government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn't shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.

If you guessed "B. Hussein Obama," then you, sir, are correct. It's from an interview he gave WBEZ, the Chicago NPR affiliate, in 2001. Go here for the MP3.

"Redistributive change?" "Economic justice?" That's Communism we can believe in.

Do you suppose this would be the new national anthem under an Obummer regime?

Update: (9:15 AM) Sounds like Rush Limbaugh is kicking off the day with this story. John McCain needs to run with this. America won't vote for a Communist.

(Cross-posted at*.)


Hanky-Panky in the 2008 Nevada Democrat Caucus

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 5 years ago Link: http://hillbuzz.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/weve-said-all-along-that-this-nomination-was-stolen-proof-others-know-so-too/

Linked by AoSHQ...check out how Obummer and his minions attempted to engineer a favorable outcome in an early caucus state (he still failed it). The following is an excerpt from a letter from the Hillary Clinton campaign (via its lawyers) to the head of the Nevada Democrat Party, asking for it to look into several improprieties. As I recall from local news reports at the time, the Clark County Democrat convention was also quite the fiasco:

Systematic Corruption of the Party's Caucus Procedures

The Committee received substantially similar reports of improprieties of such a number as to leave no conclusion but that the Obama campaign and its allies and supporters engaged in a planned effort to subvert the Party's caucus procedures to its advantage. For example:

  • Preference cards were premarked for Obama.
  • Clinton supporters were denied preference cards on the basis that none were left, while Obama supporters at the same caucus sites were given preference cards.
  • Caucus chairs obviously supporting Obama:
    • Deliberately miscounted votes to favor Senator Obama.
    • Deliberately counted unregistered persons as Obama votes.
    • Deliberately counted young children as Obama votes.
    • Refused to accept preference cards from Clinton supporters who were at the caucus site by noon on the ground that the cards were not filled out fast enough.
    • Told Clinton supporters to leave prior to electing delegates.
  • Clinton supporters who arrived late were turned away from the caucus, while late Obama supporters were admitted to the caucus.

Manipulation of the Voter Registration Process

Numerous reports received by the Committee demonstrate a concerted effort on the part of the Obama campaign and its supporters to prevent eligible voters supporting a candidate other than Senator Obama from caucusing. The Obama supporters complained of were acting in positions of authority at the caucus sites. Some of these reports are as follows:

  • Obama supporters wrongly informed Clinton supporters that they were not allowed to participate in the caucus if their names were not on the voter rolls. However, Obama supporters whose names did not appear on the voter rolls were permitted to register at the caucus site.
  • Obama supporters falsely informed Clinton supporters that no registration forms were available for them to register to vote at the caucus site.
  • Obama supporters wrongly told Clinton supporters who were attempting to caucus at the wrong precinct that they could not caucus at that site, while simultaneously permitting Obama supporters at the wrong precinct to participate.
  • Obama supporters were allowed to move to the front of the registration and sign-in line.

Voter Suppression and Intimidation

The Committee received a substantial number of disturbing reports from voters that they had been subject to harassment, intimidation or efforts to prevent them from voting. Some of the most egregious of these complaints are described below:

  • Voters at at-large caucus sites were informed that those sites were for Obama supporters only.
  • Clinton supporters at at-large caucus sites were told that their managers would be watching them while they caucused.
  • Workers were informed that their supervisors kept lists of Clinton and Obama supporters, and were told that they could not caucus unless their name was on the list of Obama supporters.
  • Many Clinton supporters were threatened with employment termination or other discipline if they caucused for Senator Clinton.
  • Workers were required to sign a pledge card to support Obama if they wanted time off to participate in the caucus.
  • Workers at one casino were offered a lavish lunch and permitted to attend and register to vote only if they agree to support Obama.

The complaints summarized above represent only a small sample of the complaints received by the Committee. With respect to each of these complaints and many more, the Committee has the names and phone numbers of those reporting these incidents and the specific precinct numbers where the incidents occurred. Upon request the Committee will share these with the Party with appropriate safeguards to protect these individuals from reprisal. On the whole, these reports show a troubling effort by the Obama campaign and its allies and supporters to advance their own campaign at the expense of the right of all Nevada Democrats to participate in the democratic process in a free, fair and open manner.

Chicago machine politics you can believe in. If he's willing to treat other Democrats like this, the rest of us don't stand a chance under an Obummer presidency.

(Cross-posted at *.)


Dust off your Apple II and run your website on it

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 6 years ago In a post to comp.sys.apple2, Simon Williams announced that he has a website running on an Apple IIe. It's a 64K machine with a floppy drive, running a Contiki-based webserver. Instead of a serial card and a terminal server, it's directly connected to the network with an Uthernet card (basically, an Apple II slot adapter for an off-the-shelf embeddable Ethernet module). He says it's a bit fussy as to what will connect to it, but Firefox on both Windows and Linux works for me.


Exhibit #29674 in why Democrats are lying shitweasels

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 6 years ago (Cross-posted to /. and *...I should probably do that more often.)

They've been making plenty of noise lately about the "torture" (really just coerced interrogation) methods that the CIA has used in recent years. They've been whining that use of these methods makes us no better than the Bad Guys, that we're supposed to be better than that, yada yada yada...

Turns out that they were briefed in on it way back in 2002. Said briefing even included the San Francisco Liberal Treat herself, Nancy Pelosi. I suspect that even the 11%ers won't like this:

Hill Briefed on Waterboarding in 2002 (h/t: The Jawa Report)

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

"The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough," said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange.

Congressional leaders from both parties would later seize on waterboarding as a symbol of the worst excesses of the Bush administration's counterterrorism effort. The CIA last week admitted that videotape of an interrogation of one of the waterboarded detainees was destroyed in 2005 against the advice of Justice Department and White House officials, provoking allegations that its actions were illegal and the destruction was a coverup.

Yet long before "waterboarding" entered the public discourse, the CIA gave key legislative overseers about 30 private briefings, some of which included descriptions of that technique and other harsh interrogation methods, according to interviews with multiple U.S. officials with firsthand knowledge.

If these techniques are as heinous as you say they are, why didn't you do something about it five years ago? On the contrary, it appears the opposite happened. Once again, the Democrats have been exposed as the lying, opportunistic shitweasels that they are. They're willing to do anything—even endanger national security—that'll help them get and maintain political power.

They bleat that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism." They need to STFU...they are the last people to tell anyone what is or isn't patriotic or good for the country. I for one am sick and tired of their disingenous sanctimony. That the Republicans lately have been nearly as incompetent as the Democrats have been treacherous is the only reason Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the rest of that misbegotten bunch haven't yet ended up downrange of a firing squad.


Yet another example of how the Left "supports the troops"

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 7 years ago For the circle contingent that hasn't yet made the jump to Multiply (or that won't), I present this lunacy from this past weekend:

Yet another example of how the Left "supports the troops"

Discovered by a reader at Indymedia, this was the scene yesterday in Portland, Oregon, as "anti-war" demonstrators burned not only a US flag, but a US soldier in effigy.

You might not want to go there if you've eaten recently. :-P


It wasn't enough that she straddled that AAA gun...

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 7 years ago ...in North Vietnam like it was her latest one-night stand. Now, it looks like the original American Traitor Bitch, Jane Fonda, is about to round up her seditionist moonbat buddies for some of their usual activities...only this time, they'll be at the Wall. Considering their antics at the Capitol earlier this month, it's highly doubtful that their intention is to pay their respects.

A counterdemonstration to defend the Wall is being organized. If you're anywhere near DC on St. Paddy's Day, I can't think of a better way to spend the day than to defend the memory of our war dead against the predations of the un-American Left.

(h/t: the Rott)


WhoTF does Nancy Pelosi think she is?

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 7 years ago Unfrakkingbelievable:

Pelosi's push for jet remains up in air

The Bush administration has agreed to provide House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with regular access to an Air Force passenger jet, but the two sides are negotiating whether she will get the big aircraft she wants and who she may take as passengers, according to congressional and administration sources.

A congressional source said that Rep. John P. Murtha, chairman of House Appropriations subcommittee on defense, which controls the Pentagon's spending, has telephoned administration officials to urge them to give the speaker what she wants.

The congressional source said Pentagon officials complained that Mr. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, is accusing them of sexism for not immediately heeding her request.


Meanwhile, Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam of Florida said Mrs. Pelosi's request represents "an arrogance of office that just defies common sense" and called it "a major deviation from the previous speaker."

Minority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri called it a "flying Lincoln Bedroom," and Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina Republican, labeled the speaker's plane "Pelosi One."

"This is a bullet point to a larger value -- Pelosi's abuse of power continues," Mr. McHenry said yesterday. "It began when the speaker denied minority rights to Republicans, continued with her 'TunaGate' scandal, and now she's exploiting America's armed forces and taxpayers for her own personal convenience."

"TunaGate" was a reference to Democrats exempting American Samoa from legislation to increase the minimum wage. Star-Kist Tuna, whose parent company Del Monte Corp. is based in Mrs. Pelosi's district, had lobbied against the wage increase.


The congressional source said government lawyers are trying to reconcile Mrs. Pelosi's request with Defense Department policy and congressional travel rules.

The Washington Times first reported last week that Mrs. Pelosi's staff was pressing the administration for access to Air Force aircraft. Sources said the request went beyond what was offered to former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican.

Mr. Hastert used an Air Force commuter-type jet to travel to and from his district. Mr. Hastert gained the access for security reasons after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Previously, the House speaker, who is second in the line of succession to the presidency, used commercial flights for such trips.


The defense source, who asked not to be named, termed her request "carte blanche," saying she wanted a plane that could carry an entourage just like President Bush, who flies on Air Force One, and Vice President Dick Cheney, who also always flies on military planes.


George Soros, Psychopath

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 7 years ago "Currently, psychopathy is defined in psychiatry as a condition characterized by lack of empathy or conscience, and poor impulse control or manipulative behaviors."

Sounds like a suitable description of George Soros. Check out this clip from 60 Minutes : (h/t: the Rott)

KROFT: (Voiceover) You're a Hungarian Jew...

Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm.

KROFT: (Voiceover) ...who escaped the Holocaust...

(Vintage footage of women walking by train)

Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm.

(Vintage footage of people getting on train)

KROFT: (Voiceover) ...by-by posing as a Christian.

Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Right.

(Vintage footage of women helping each other get on train; train door closing with people in boxcar)

KROFT: (Voiceover) And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.

Mr. SOROS: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that's when my character was made.


KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes.

KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. That's right. Yes.

KROFT: I mean, that's-that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

Mr. SOROS: Not-not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don't-you don't see the connection. But it was-it created no-no problem at all.

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

Mr. SOROS: No.

This is the kind of individual with which the Democrat Party associates itself. They've taken millions from him. Given his recent remarks about "de-Nazification" and who needs it, he might want to consider looking in the mirror before he casts aspersions against others.


This is why you don't leech other people's bandwidth

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 7 years ago When you include an image from another website in your website (instead of making your own copy of it), you never know when that image might be changed to something potentially embarrassing:

It's Sad When Jihadis Hotlink

I always love discovering that some leftist or jihadist site has "hotlinked" to one of my graphics (i.e., linked directly to the image on the LGF server instead of making their own copy), because the possibilities for mischief are endless. Today Brian at Snapped Shot found AlJazeera.com (not affiliated with JihadTV in any way except ideologically) hotlinking to a photo at his site, and arranged a most excellent surprise for the mujahideen: Glorious Jihadi Linkage.

As of this writing, if you go here and scroll down, you'll find Mohammed (piss be upon him) with a bomb in his turban. Hope the webmaster's life insurance is paid up...not!

(I think this would've been a better choice. This (which is loaded by the previous link; you may need to refresh after it loads) is a demonstration of one way you can block image leechers.)


The more things change...

ncc74656 ncc74656 writes  |  more than 7 years ago ...the more they stay the same:

Senator Stone knows very well that the President is not going "to plunge this nation into the vortex of this 'world war.'" The Democrats in Congress who are hostile to the President have raised that cry for their own purposes. It may be said with all confidence that Germany has no desire to add the United States to her already formidable array of enemies. We are not likely to have any more serious trouble with Germany than that which has been brought upon us through the influence of her propagandists and her sympathizers in the American Congress.

That was from an editorial in the al-Qaeda Intelligence Service, if you can believe that. The date?

26 February 1916.

I think I've brought up the Copperheads in previous JEs, so you can see that this pattern goes back even further.

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