April 28th, 2006

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Because My WP Blog is Currently Being a Dick

Bill Hobbs is reporting about a citizen journalist in Maine being hit with a lawsuit from the Maine Board of Tourism. Seems that Lance posted a link to an ad done by an agency known as WKPA included the phone number to a phone sex line. The suit, according to Lance, includes charges of defamation, libel and copyright infringement. Seems to me that the man — in this case Lance — is just telling it like it is and the agency and the Maine Tourism Board just can't take the heat. I have one word for those two groups. Get the fuck out of the kitchen. No seriously, you're wasting tax payer dollars on an ad that has an incorrect phone number and instead of saying "Gee thanks for pointing that out lets fix it so some kid, with his parents permission, doesn't call that number and get some phone sex line operator," they are going around and hitting this guy with a $3 million dollar lawsuit. That is to say, he's being charged $3,000,000 and a criminal record for being a good citizen! It's a good thing I don't live in Maine because I think I would be throwing down some serious heat myself (I think I just might anyways). Hat tip again to Bill for bringing this article to our attention.

Bill also brings to our attention proposed fiscal irresponsibility on the part of Bredesen, the same type of irresponsibility Bredesen lambasted four years ago. Hypocritical much, Mr. Bredesen?

Bob Krumm brings us news of a new bill in the TN legislature to start carding everyone, even senior citizens, as a way to prevent juvenile drinking. Um, hello? Is this not idiotic? Look at Germany and the U.K. According to this study, between 1975 and 1990 alcohol related traffic fatalities actually decreased steadily. Could this be attributable to increases in vehicle safety laws? Possibly, the article doesn't track that nor does it track the drinking age. If I recall correctly, though, the minimum drinking age in Germany is 16, compared to 21 in the U.S. Unfortunately I cannot find data from the same time period. The closest I have found is between 1982 and 1992 or 1993. Such studies though can be found here. I will mention though that all sources cite the decrease in BAC limits allowed to be prosecuted as the reason for the decrease in the USA, but I would like to think that groups like the AA, MAAD and other anti-drunk driving and alcohol abuse programs are partly to congratulate. I will be the first to admit, though, that I support anti-driving under the influence laws. More on that in another post, though. I like Sen. Steve Cohen's remarks about the bill, though. It's almost as if he's gone thug gangster on us.

"It is the stupidest law I can ever fathom passing, all about Big Brother getting into your life and telling you what to do."


Apparently, blogger spam is still a big issue. It was for me as well until I employed two methods to not just stem the tide of visible spam (the first method employed I still had to delete the crap after it was posted), but preventing it completely. I use a legible anti-spam image verification system for Ameliorations; I also keep Akismet active, just in case. Any of you other bloggers having problems with spam and use WordPress, let me know and I'll point you toward both anti-spam measures.

I'll have to disagree with The Conservative Zone on this issue. It's not an issue of being a tightwad. It's an issue of it, in the words of the esteemed gentlement from TN, one Mr. Horation Bunce and — rightfully in my opinion — agreed upon by David Crockett, "not yours to give." Yes, 9/11 was a horrible tragedy but more then one tragedy occurred that day and every day since. Billions in taxpayer money was paid out by the government to survivors. It wasn't the government's to give. Land has been procured by the government, with tax payer money, to build memorials. It wasn't the government's money to use in such a manner. How can one espouse fiscal conservatism out of one mouth yet out of the other call someone who is standing up for such principles a tightwad? Yes, Mark, those folks who stood up and said "We will not go quietly into the night" are hero's, but why don't you get a private charity to front the money for the monument, or how about you front for all of it yourself. Until then, stay out of my pocketbook.

Hammer of Truth always has a bunch of articles for me to link to. Don't ya just love it? First we start with the bottom of the page.

A German bordello, reports Stephen Gordon (Good God man you post a lot), capitulated to the demands of radical Muslims to paint over the flags of two Middle Eastern Countries. I would bet this is the first time that such a business has been accused of having no balls inside its walls.

Apparently Ed Rosenthal has been freed, but only on a technicality. While this doesn't make it a win for the drug war, it could be turned into a win for jury education, especially about the beautiful power of jury nullification (FIJA for more info).

Sue Jeffers — who has won but not accepted the LP nomination to run for MN governor — is seeking the GOP nomination to make sure that the fiscally irresonsible are given a run for their money. Unfortunately the GOP in MN is trying to block her from doing so. Without knowing the MN laws for getting a parties nomination, at the very least it is bringing to light a very important issue, that of fiscal responsibility. It also is showing the GOPs true colors to MN voters, whom I hope will think twice before voting for Tim Pawlenty (what an ironic name, poor guy).

A little more mundane, Hollywood seems to once again be buzzing with the idea for a movie based on the 1957 book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Not having read it, yet (I'm still debating whether I should or not), it would be interesting to see what Hollywood could do with it, that is, if they just don't decide to use the title and pretty much that's it, in that case I hope it tanks big time.

Cory Maye has sent a letter to the operator of MayeIsInnocent.com. It should prove an interesting read to those keeping up with the War on (Some) Drugs (and the American People).

According to Rasmussen Polling, if a third party candidate presented themself with a strong stance on immigration enforcement, they could beat out the Republicans by 9% and be in a virtual tie with Democrats (31%) at 30% (a virtual tie because of the given of statistical error, which generally stands at +/- 3%). Rather interesting, but I haven't seen a consistent stance among Libertarians on the issue so I doubt many LP candidates will make that a primary plank in their platform when they run (both for LP nomination and for the actual big election).

Last, but definitely not least, we have HoT dishing out the low down on the $100 scam scheme. With sources cited for their tax numbers we see where all the money is going, and it's not to Exxon, despite record growth.

John Brown brings us more news on the gas issue with this post with a link to Glen Dean who apparently has it on authority that the gas companies are only making 6 cents a gallon on that gas. I'd love to see the markup the gas station franchises have because if you take just the Fed and state taxes on fuel gas shouldn't go above more then 75 cents a gallon. That's just in taxes. So with gas at say, $2.75/gallon (regular no lead, recently reported on by WVLT-TV as being the price at a local gas station), that's a two-dollar markup. Who's gouging who indeed, John. Granted, I'm not suggesting that the government fix this problem – other then by repealing all gas taxes, of course. Even with everyone bitching, no one is driving slower or driving less often, with the exception of the poor who these high prices hurt the worst. One good thing about this so called crisis, though, is that alternative fuel methods are once again being persued. I hope the industrious folks persuing these alternate fuels keeps at it until they find something more efficient and potent then gas without being more dangerous.

I just love this article where John relates how Neil Cavuto nails Sen. Dick Durbin about the gas prices and why doesn't the government permanently repeal the gas tax. The good Senator bucks the question fairly hard and goes on the attack, but Neil stays at it for a while, apparently.

John also has picked up on the Atlas Shrugged movie idea by Hollywood, as he said, should be interesting; as long as they don't just take the name.

Bob Parsons, owner of the company with whom I have my domain registration and hosting plan through has a blog of his own and several of his posts relate the fiasco of the EU Land Rush for the new .eu top-level domain. If his numbers are right, all of Europe just got screwed with a rusty and dull razor blade dildo. I'm surprised someone hasn't brought a lawsuit to bear already.

Instapundit brings us news that Ted Kennedy is trying to kill a proposal to build a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, despite the fact that supporters claim it could provide three-fourths of the Cape and Island's energy needs.

Busy Mom, from Michael Silence's blog, reports on the gas prices. Mostly its just a link to other links, but ya know it's good to spread the blog-love.

Kyle Varner sheds light to his view on offensive commenting and who gets to determine the limit. He's right, too. In a society that values free speech, those making the comments set the limits. Don't like what someone says, don't listen.

Many of you probably remember an earlier post I made about D-Link's rather rude and offensive behavior. Light Blue Touchpaper brings an update which begs the question to those who doubted the effectiveness of even a threatened boycott, how can you still doubt whether or not even the threat of a boycott and a letter writing campaign works today, for this day D-Link has agreed to correct its behavior and the victim in this matter has made current D-Link routers that exhibit this behavior authorized users. Of course as people upgrade the firmware or change hardware, this will most likely no longer be a problem. Its good to see everyone comes out happy in this situation.

Here is a movement I could get behind.

Mark Rose shows that Republicans do have a backbone now only if they were statesmen, too. I imagine that is too much to ask for, though.

Right Thoughts blogger JimK posts on the fuel issue as well, but doesn't add more then what already has been said. The word is getting out, though.

I love SayUncle for various reasons. The only thing I really have to speak of is the Estate, or so called Death, Tax. It really is a tax on being prosperous and reaching your dream. It is not only a tax, but a diminishing of the will of the late fortune holder that his/her assets go to his/her relatives or what not as his will is worded. Not after Uncle Sam takes his cut. Uncle Sam doesn't get a cut, and those who support such a tax are nothing but closet Socialists. Taxes are a wealth redistribution scheme. Taking from the rich to give to those less well off. Unfortunately welfare keeps people poor. Look at Russia. Look at Cuba (does Cuba even have a welfare program). Look at Canada's failing, socialized, public health-care system. Stop redistributing the wealth. Let it stay in the hands of those who either earned it or were given it to them by relatives or friends. Everyone will be better off then.

Chad Perrin writes of open formats, Microsoft, and true standards. Rather above my technical know how to summarize, so just go read it and be informed.

Adam Groves gives a comprehensive look of some of the things going on regarding politics in TN. It'll be interesting to see how everything plays out.

Terry Frank reports on an issue I was going to discuss as well until WordPress ate my entry. No worries though, I still believe that the government shouldn't be wasting my money on the arts at all. Promoting is one thing, supporting is another.

The best tax cut of all would be the one that eliminates all but the Constitutionally limited taxes for post roads, forts, government buildings and the military.

Apparently reporters at the White House have nothing more to complain about then the TVs being on Fox News. Boo hoo hoo, babies.

Mike Hollihan at Half-Bakered lets us know that Knox County isn't the only place were politicians are turning to the courts to overturn the will of the people. Seems that all we have on the county and city level are politi-clones, not even politicians, and power hungry ones at that.

Reason Engaged brings us news of someone who is confused as to what self-defense and the Second Amendment actually means and who apparently believes, that while we have a right to bear arms, that right will make society more dangerous instead of more polite. Oh well, can't win them all apparently.

Hot damn someone gets it! Lets give Tam a cookie.