28 November 2007
25 November 2007
24 November 2007
The only way I'd pay for DRMed media is if I can pay with DRMed money.
They can only spend it on what I approve of and I can call it back at any time and at some time in the future it'll just stop working in new stores.
22 November 2007
20 November 2007
18 November 2007
from a WaPo article:
In each new Congress since 1995, Rep. John Shadegg, Arizona Republican, has introduced the proposed Enumerated Powers Act (HR 1359). The bill, yet to be enacted into law, reads: "Each Act of Congress shall contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act. The failure to comply with this section shall give rise to a point of order in either House of Congress. The availability of this point of order does not affect any other available relief."the Enumerated Powers Act has only 28 co-sponsors this time around. sad, but not surprising. in fact, i think most Americans don't give a rat's behind about limiting gubmint, common themes revolving around state militias and providing for the common good. as long as it furnishes for our pet projects, gubmint is doing what it's supposed to do.
the US constitution is now defunct except as a rhetorical tool for sound bite debates. each generation picks out the pieces it dislikes, never returning anything to the pot.
Regarding the "general welfare" clause so often used to justify bigger government, Thomas Jefferson said, "Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated." Madison said, "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions."Congressmen, openly refusing to live up to their oath of office, exhibit their deep contempt for our Constitution. The question I've not been able to answer satisfactorily is whether that contempt simply mirrors a similar contempt held by most of the American people.
17 November 2007
16 November 2007
What we don't see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.
update: found the text of the speech in the NYT.
04 November 2007
Consider, as well, recent calls for new laws aimed squarely at political speech. The reformers -- including certain non-Colbertian presidential candidates -- have suggested reinstating the "fairness doctrine," which would dictate political content on radio and television. There have even been calls to regulate political blogs. These folks want government's hands on every bit of information we receive, whether it's from TV news, talk radio or the Internets (a series of tubes).makes me want to run for office again.
03 November 2007
this isn't the "democracy" you've been promised, folks.
State law allows gray water to be used to flush toilet tanks as long as it has been filtered and disinfected.wtf, people?! i can't use the shower water to flush my fairly nasty waste down the toilet? who comes up with this shit? so now The Man is ordering me to waste more water in a drought that has no end in sight.
"Just think of the reason you're washing your body," Grimes said. "You're washing off waste. You're washing off pathogens."if i'm so riddled with communicable mung that i can't use water that has touched me to flush feces, maybe i shouldn't live and work among humans at all.
02 November 2007
Animal feed is made from corn, which has risen to record levels due to demand for the alternative fuel ethanol.i told you the industry could regulate itself. what they really need is a subsidy.