Why the Bush Administration continues to burn my ass

The author of Bush’s Brain, James Moore was recently forbidden to fly.

I’ve read the book. It isn’t overtly critical and in fact is frequently complimentary to Rove and Bush. But it does allude to the fact that Bush himself isn’t the president, that Cheney and Rove run the show, and that the whole show is following the PNAC blueprint.

But to put someone on a secret list and not tell them why they’re on that list flies in the face of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Of course legend has it that Dubya himself has referred to the Constitution as a “God damned piece of paper…”

That is beyond offensive to those of us that revere the Constitution as the basis for life in the United States. Unless we all wake up and see the games that have been played it will only continue to get worse and worse.

But we’re lulled into a sense of complacency. So long as it doesn’t happen to one of us or someone we know and love, we’ll go happily on our way thinking nothing is wrong.

Here’s hoping that Mr. Moore skewers the administration of George W. Bush for its despotic qualities.

Religiosity vs. Spirituality vs. Philosophy

Ok, I think I need to set down a few definitions here:

Religion: a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
or a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Spirituality: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Philosophy:

  1. Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.
  2. Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.

Of the three, I’m more philosophical with a slight streak of spiritualism.

My beliefs are that Jesus Christ was NOT the son of God. That Christianity would be more palatable as a philosophy than it is as a religion.

The more people I talk to, the more I tend to see this attitude among lots of folks. So there is hope for mankind after all.

Finally broke down

I did it. Ordered a new Linksys WAP54G wireless access point. I went this route because I already have dual hardaware firewalls in place.

Right now I’m piggybacking someone elses wireless connection. But then it struck me, I get no benefit from my firewalls. So that’s why I ordered my own.

Of course I do know how to secure wireless. Some hints to those contemplating wireless:

Turn off SSID broadcast. That way when someone scans for networks yours won’t show up. it does mean you’ll have to hard-code the SSID in your wireless devices though.

Use WEP (Wired Equivalency Protocol) with a strong key. The newer standard that comes with most 802.11G routers is also very good.

Use MAC filtering. Every network device including wireless network adapters have an OEM assigned MAC. This way only YOUR devices can connect.

So with all three your device:
1) Has to know the wireless access point to connect to
2) Has to know the WEP or equivalent key
3) And has to be known by the wireless access point.

Way to kill a head cold/sinus issue

Ok, so yesterday I felt like crap and this morning I woke up feeling worse. Sinuses all fouled up, hacking a bit, etc.

I recall that someone had recommended Airborne. It’s an effervescent tablet comprised of a slew of vitamans, herbs, amino acids, etc. Must be taken every three hours at first sign of problems.

I can report that it seems to work. Here it is 8PM and I’ve taken three doses of the stuff and feel great.

Better living through chemistry.

Something I’ve pondered

While I’m not the most religious person, I think I have a strong sense of spirituality.

A week or two ago I was having a discussion with a friend that were I God, the sky would be filled with flaming text proclaiming my glory and not only that but I’d play amongst my creation were it the case.

But this was just me being a curmudgeon. Then a thought occured to me. What if that wonderful display of the engines of the universe (Otherwise known as stars) is that fiery text, but we can’t read it. Plasma universalis.