At last, Honesty…

Friends, a couple years back, my Wife and I were inching along in the typical Southern California traffic when I saw a panhandler with his sign.  It read: “…all I want is a beer…”  I thought what genius!, what honesty!.  At that moment, I observed someone a few cars up from me actually hand this guy a beer!  Of course!  Just like any well documented business plan, the panhandler’s sign was direct and to the point.  Good for him!  Fast forward to present day.  Panhandling_BoobsI ran across a  woman in Florida panhandling for… wait for it… BOOBS!  Now I can relate to panhandling for change, a meal or an insignificant amount of money or even a beer, but a major cosmetic surgery procedure?  Get a fu(k!ng job!  Christ!  Ok, ok, I will be the first to admit that boobs is on my list of desirable attributes a woman should have but to stand on a street corner with sign that reads “…not homeless, need boobs…”  It seems that this fund raising technique is gaining popularity because as the article points out, other women from Akron, Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona have made signs of their own.  I think I’ll make up a sign of my own: “…not homeless, just a lazy bastard…” or what about: “…not homeless, need cock enlargement…”  Wait!, I got it!, “…not homeless, just want to continue to burden society…”  Tina, here’s your sign…

Try and take my flag…

Trouble a’ brew’n in the City of New Rochelle, NY.  Looks like a federal lawsuit was filed last week against the City, its Mayor and five members of the City Council for confiscating the “Don’t Tread on Me” Flag (known as the Gadsden Flag) from a flagpole at the local Armory.  gadsden-flagThe lawsuit was filed on behalf of the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association of New Rochelle (UVMPA-NR) and its president, Peter Parente, a Marine Corps veteran.  The story goes that City Manager Chuck Strome ordered Peter Parente to remove the Gadsden Flag because it was a Tea Party symbol.  Strome later changed his mind after Parente provided him with information describing the historical significance of the flag.  However, less than 3 hours later, Parente was informed that the New Rochelle City Council ordered removal of the flag.  It was later discovered that the Council’s meeting violated New York’s open meeting laws and neither the public nor the two Republican council members were notified.  The Gadsden Flag was retired by the Veterans and confiscated by the Public Works Department.  Friends, I don’t know about you, but I’m fighting mad right now.  Please take some time to tell these idiots that they have confiscated a piece of American history infringing on individual and organizational rights of the UVMPA-NR; That they have no honor, or values; and like most of our leaders need the $hit slapped out of them.  Semper Fi, Marines…

UPDATE – 08/19/13 –  I just ran across a nice editorial discussing the historical significance of the Gadsden Flag.  Nice piece.

UPDATE – 02/26/14 – New Rochelle Council Member Filed Hate Crime Complaint with Police After Receiving Racially-Charged Phone Calls Amidst Gadsden Flag Controversy.

UPDATE – 12/27/14 – New Rochelle veterans lose Gadsden flag case

Encryption App Silent Circle Shuts Down…

The communications encryptions firm ‘Silent Circle’ chose to shut down it’s e-mail service as one if its competitors ‘Lavabit’ recently shut down it’s core email service.  Lavabit cited that he had been the subject of a U.S. government investigation and gag order.  It appears the NSA came knocking and instead of fighting for our disappearing privacy rights, Lavabit decided to fold.  Silent-Circle-screenshot5Co-founder and CTO Jon Callas said in a blog post Friday that Silent Circle’s e-mail service had “always been something of a quandary for us.” This, in spite of the fact that one of Silent Circle’s other co-founder is Phil Zimmermann, inventor of the popular e-mail encryption software PGP.  Electronic mail uses standard internet protocols that cannot have the same security guarantees that real-time communication has, Callas said. “Email as we know it with SMTP, POP3, and IMAP cannot be secure.”

“We’ve been thinking about this for some time, whether it was a good idea at all. Yesterday, another secure email provider, Lavabit, shut down their system lest they ‘be complicit in crimes against the American people.’ We see the writing on the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail.”  Callas said Silent Circle had not received subpoenas, warrants or anything other similar request from any government. The company had been debating what to do about its email service for weeks, and up until Friday was ready to phase the service out so that it would continue for existing customers. “It is always better to be safe than sorry,” Callas said.  What he meant was “…better whipped and submissive than free…”

Friends, this is truly sad.  On a daily basis, I see our rights and liberties evaporating due to the efforts of our government and it’s agencies that LIE to us and SPY on us, all under the banner of Social Reform.  This post show that a society that fears and distrusts it’s own leaders cannot thrive.  Had enough yet?

UPDATE – 08/15/13 – Monterey-based Privato Security sped up the launch of its email service.  “I think it is a golden opportunity for us,” CEO Neal Smith, 68, said Tuesday.  Privato works by sending an email to a cloud server, an Internet-based storage system, where it stays — heavily encrypted — until the recipient downloads it, instantly deleting it from the server.  Check it out.

UPDATE – 08/16/13 – NBC reports that senior US Attorney James Trump sent Lavabit founder Ladar Levison and his lawyer a veiled arrest threat when Levison shut down his private email service (used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden) rather than comply with a secret order to spy on his customers.  More interesting reading on the subject here.

UPDATE – 08/23/13 – Ladar Levison, the owner of the now-shuttered encrypted email service used by Edward Snowden said that he will continue to defend online security free of government surveillance, hopefully with success in courts or a possible move of his company overseas.

UPDATE – 08/29/13 – Usage for Tor doubles in wake of secure email shutdowns.

UPDATE – 09/16/13 – Interesting reading on the subject.

My Crapper got Hacked!

Jesus, you can’t even take a $hit in peace!  Of course, being the only male in my house, that was always true but now watch out where you crap in public, you could get hacked with your pants down!  A Japanese manufacturer is turning out a $6000.00 toilet which is controlled by an Android app.  IFW_HackingThis marvel of modern engineering contains a hardware flaw which allow anyone with the app on their phone to control the features of the unit.  I could see it now: I just sat down after a monster 5-bean and cheese burrito to relieve myself of the oncoming results of the meal.  As I’m doing my business, some punk with a smart phone walks in and decides he wants to have some fun.  First the toilet flushes by itself.  No problem, saves me the trouble.  Next the lid begins to slap my ass repeatedly as the bidet and air-dry mechanisms shoot $hitty water all over my pant legs.  Of course, I’d have to run-down the little bastard with the phone and deliver some VooDoo instant justice (use your imagination).  Friends, some things are best left low-tech.  This is decidedly one of them…

She put the body in the freezer…

Friends, if you’re going to ‘off’ someone, don’t put the body in a freezer inside your own storage unit!.  Apparently a Ventura, Ca. resident Mary Hannan helped her son store the body of her boyfriend after he killed him.  “…What’s that?, you whacked who?, you want me to do what?… no problem; I’ll meet you at my storage unit.  No one will ever know…”  Idiots.  I don’t know how long the victim was on ice but he was reported missing in July 2011.  Damn!  If this would have happened somewhere in the deep south or ‘Bunny Kill, Kentucky”, I would have said “…Of course!, makes perfect sense…”  I like to think that those of us on the ‘Left Coast’ are a bit more sophisticated in our murders.  Out here, for example, we use chippers and acid to dispose of bodies.  At the very least we throw their ass in the ocean for the sharks!  Not that the Villainous VooDoo condones murder in any way (for the lawyers).  The point is put the body in someone else’s freezer, not yours.  Mary, here’s your sign…

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