Saturday, October 25, 2008

Palpatine, Where art thou?

As Anjha noted earlier this week, emotions are running high. A little too high.

Some of the people getting high are getting rough though.

The Blueshirts they aren't. Yet.

So far, we have individuals in non-organized little groups of demonstration whom individually provoke violence or use intimidation. The crap being committed is more passive-aggressive than it is violent. They aren't yet wearing the Blue Shirts of Freedom. They don't all yet attend group meetings (even online, they're not a 'group' - yet.), contribute to the group (solely or largely), or identify with one icon or image.

They identify as Conservative more than Republican still. Their brand is in disarray and suffers from weakness in leadership. They lack a Demagogue. So far.

They also lack enough idle and angry hands. Right now.

So all we have a bunches of people who wish that they could wear a Blue Shirt, but they don't even know they need one, much less that it's Blue.

Now in 5 or 10 years, after Sarah Palin or the next big thing has been a talk radio voice, and then runs for president - then I'll be worried.

It'll be then the Blueshirts will start appearing in our streets.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Voter Suppression in Arizona

Yesterday, Mrs. Seven of Six and I voted early here in Arizona.

The Wife likes to get on me about my paranoia over voter suppression. Low and behold, "mi espousa", was almost ruled ineligible for voting because according to registration records, the year she was born didn't match her drivers license. She was born in 1957, somehow, in a week it miraculously changed to 1937. The thing is, I made sure to check last week, as per Anjha's orders, with the county recorders office to verify we were registered, at the time, all was copasetic.

The wife couldn't believe it, she told the fellow Hispanic female poll worker, "I've been voting in Arizona for 5 years now, all of a sudden there is a discrepancy with my date of birth?" I mumbled under my breath, loud enough for everyone in the room to hear, "Voter Suppression!" The young poll worker made a call, then commented, "It must have been a typo." Right... we believe that.

Mrs. Seven was a little bit more pissed than usual. She ranted on, "What if I waited until election day to vote? Would they have been so kind as to make that phone call while hundreds waited in line?" Now my wife is convinced our Republi-con Secretary of State, Jan Brewer and Republi-con Maricopa County Recorder, Helen Purcell, are purging Hispanic Democratic voters from the rolls.

Then I pulled one of my high pitched Jon Stewart imitations, "Told you so!" She smacked me in the arm!

Cross posted at LEFT is RIGHT

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

F8r, for reals!

I only send emails about Windows security warnings to the people I really like . .

Microsoft has issued a rare immediate patch to address flaws within Windows XP. The technical information can be found in the notes below, but I won't try to explain them to you. If you do NOT see a Windows Update icon appear in the lower right corner of your computer today, October 23, immediately go to and run the patches marked as urgent.

This patch will require you to reboot. If you shut down your computer today and it asks to install patches, please do so.

No foolin'. Bill Gates will NOT be sending you $10,000.

-----Original Message-----

Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2008 3:35 PM
To: Windows Administrators
Subject: Re: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 - Critical

Details about this out of band patch are very sparse. Some very useful information is being reported by SANS. See the SANS diary entry for details:

The Sans diary also has a link to a Microsoft blog by Christopher Budd with a very readable version of the story.

The folks at SANS wonder if the hacker community will write a worm that uses this RPC vulnerability in the same manner as the infamous blaster/nachia worms.

It is hard to know if a hacker will be motivated to write a modern version of blaster. It would be best to patch your systems and avoid the issue entirely.

>At 01:13 PM 10/23/2008, wrote:
>Windows Admins:
>Microsoft has issued an "out-of-band" critical patch for Windows 2000, Windows XP, >and Windows Server 2003 (it is tagged "important" on Vista and Server 2008). This >patch relates to "remote code execution". See the following for more info:
>In general, when Microsoft releases patches immediately (not waiting for the >monthly updates) it means this critical vulnerability should be patched ASAP as the >exploit is available on the internet. You would be strongly advised to patch your >systems.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Polls

I'm sure that you all have heard about the new poll showing Obama with his widest lead yet.

When I woke up this morning and turned on MSNBC, I was a little surprised at what I was hearing. Here was the analysis, in summary.

When John McCain acts like an asshole, the people actually perceive him to be an asshole.

When John McCain runs his campaign like a great big dick, the people see him as a great big dick. The voters really do not like big dicks.

When Sarah Palin acts like a moron, the people question her ability to be Vice President.

When Sarah Palin riles up her crowds and foments violence, the voters notice that she is fomenting violence and riling up her crowds.

In summary, when John McCain and Sarah Palin show that they are cruel, unqualified, have poor temperament and seek to divide the Nation rather than bring us together - the people actually prefer the candidate who appears qualified, calm and seeks to bring us together.

It was one of the most interesting, no shit analyses that I have ever heard.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

So what's goin' on?

I'm workin', and watchin' my way through the West Wing, though not at the same time. Not much else. The election is swirling around me, but not through me at the moment. I'm tired of the campaign and just want it over with.

I'll be working Election night at my regular job, but in the morning, will be covering the poll for my little town. Unlike the election itself, being a poll volunteer is fairly exciting.

Which brings me to a problem - the building I work in is reasonably proof against analog TV signals. When at work that evening, how should I keep my staff and I apprised of the news? Does the digital signal penetrate better? Whom will be streaming their live TV signal over the Internet? My university has gigs, yes gigs, of bandwidth - streaming video can look real good. And we have a 42" plasma screen.

Now if TV networks would just broadcast our football games on Saturday . .

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Field Trip for SoS

I am so sick of the culture wars and crap that are swirling around the upcoming election. I was accused of being a Socialist by a man in my neighborhood while doorbelling for Obama yesterday. It did not make me stop, but it was incredibly discouraging. The McCain campaign is purposely fomenting violence and encouraging division in a way that will only lead danger, for all of us.

So, instead of getting discouraged, I thought that I would focus on an article that I ran across by mistake.

"Huge Field of Dinosaur Tracks Found"

More than 1,000 dinosaur footprints along with tail-drag marks have been discovered along the Arizona-Utah border. The incredibly rare concentration of beastly tracks likely belonged to at least four different species of dinosaurs, ranging from youngsters to adults.

The article says that because they found such a wide range of sizes of tracks that mothers were walking around with babies. (Cute.) The article calls the area "a dance floor" for dinosaurs and says that there were many different species who gathered there about 190 million years ago.

After reading this article, I can't help but think that this whole election and all of the crap that I worry about, from losing my home to being unable to walk, is really just that: crap. It just does not mean much when I think about the fact that 190 million years ago there were enormous creatures wandering around the south west of the United States. It makes my current worries and anxieties miniscule in comparison.

It also made me think that this would be a great field trip for SoS. It's practically in your back yard! You could go and fill us all in on the details and post pictures for all to see. Just a thought.

Yes, I have been reduced to living vicariously through the vacations of others. I actually enjoy seeing slide shows of people's summer trips.

Well, I have wasted most of another day, yet again. I now have to get to work. Have a great day everyone. Strange times, strange times.

(Hopefully someone will send this article to Sarah Palin, who believes that dinosaurs lived with humans 5 million years ago. She would only claim that it was a conspiracy of the 'liberal media,' but it would be fun to see her face.)

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