Sunday, February 12, 2006
Friday, February 10, 2006
Google is releasing a Chinese version of their site that will censor search results (in spite of their "don't be evil" motto).
Today, Google produced a video commenting on Michelle Malkin. Michelle Malkin pointed out that Danish Imams had fabricated some offensive cartoons about the Muslim prophet Muhammed and blamed the cartoons on the Danish newspaper that previously printed a series of 12 cartoons. In the video, Google said it is not clear how much of Malkin's theory is true.
What? Michelle Malkin provided links to news organizations to back up her statement. How does Google not know how to verify this information? Do the people at Google not know how to click on links? First, the three pictures did not run in the original Danish newspaper; they should be able to verify that through their own search engine. Second, there is absolutely no doubt that one of the fabricated pictures taken from a French newspaper story about a pig calling contest and had nothing to do with Islam or Muhammed until the Imams claimed it did.
I'm sick of both Yahoo! and Google at this point. (Yes, I know Google owns blogger who hosts this blog. I'm working on it.)
By the way, if you are concerned about Yahoo! helping to jail Chinese citizens, you can call their media relations at (408) 349-3300.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Carolyn graduated from Orange (CA) High School in 1966. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Irvine in 1973, specializing in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Carolyn was employed by Rockwell International on the Space Shuttle program in the 1970's in Environmental control and Life Support Systems.
Carolyn also did environmental airport noise consulting for J.J. Van Houten and Associates, and thermal engineering for TRW Systems. She became a registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering in 1978.
Carolyn married Will in 1975. They have one daughter, Bonnie, who was born in 1978. The Whitakers Lived in Diamond Bar, CA and Rancho Cucamonga, CA between 1975 and 1994.
In 1985, Carolyn made a career change. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Chapman University. She was licensed as a Marriage, Family, and Child counselor in California. She also was a Certified Trauma Counselor. Carolyn worked as a counselor in several clinics and also established a private practice.
With a move to Tucson, AZ in 1994 Carolyn became a Certified Professional Counselor and Certified Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona. She worked as a Mental Health Counselor for Palo Verde Hospital, and was also in private practice. Later she did substitute teaching in the Marana Unified School District.
Carolyn's varied interests have included Making clothes, painting, and writing. She taught sewing classes at Stretch & Sew in the 1980's.
Carolyn became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1990. Her callings in the church included ward librarian, in-service teacher where she trained other teachers, stake missionary, and primary teacher. Recently, she served a mission at the Tucson West Family History Center assisting members of the Church as well as many who are not members of the church who were interested in searching their genealogical roots.
Carolyn was diagnosed with cancer in the lower abdomen in late 2005. After a short struggle with the cancer, she passed away on January 31, 2006. Carolyn is survived by her husband Will Whitaker. She is also survived by three siblings: James Ward of San Diego, Alice Nelson of Redding, CA, and John Ward of Centennial, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Thomas Matthew Ward. Other survivors include her daughter Bonnie Harper and son-in-law Kevin Harper, and their children Margaret, Matthew and Andrew.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
(overdub in a deep husky voice)"Two brothers on a journey of discovery. All they have is a car, an iPod - and each other..."
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
When I was growing up, we would visit her family in California a couple of times every year. I still associate her with Disneyland and Knott's Berry farm.
She is survived by her husband, daughter and grandchildren. May God bless you Carolyn.
We know their claim is true from all the new car owners who are vearing off the road after being overcome by toxins and collapsing behind the wheel. Wait, that isn't happening. Somehow our society has survived decades with new car smell - this silent killer (insert scary music here: da da da dum!). Thankfully these people warned me before I drove my new Elantra any more. At least I'll take precautions now, like sticking my head out the window whenever I'm driving. Or maybe not.
I feel sorry for these people. They go through life looking for hidden dangers and can't even enjoy one of the smaller pleasures in life - that new car smell.
An EPA advisory group thinks Teflon causes cancer now.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
CBS was made to look foolish when memos it used in a news story criticial of President Bush were proven to be false within hours of the story airing thanks to the guys at Powerline Blog.
Most recently (and perhaps most dramatically) the liberal government in Canada was ousted in the last election thanks to Captain's Quarters, an American blogger, who exposed political corruption in the Great White North.
So what happens when people become influential and others feel threatened. The threatened people insult them. Makes you wonder, if three successful lawyers like the guys at Powerline are "afraid of dealing with people in real life", what does that make people who draw cartoons for a living?
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
I'm a Mazda Miata!
You like to soak up the sun, but your tastes are down to earth. Everyone thinks you're cute. Life is a winding road, and you like to take the curves in stride. Let other people compete in the rat race - you're just here to enjoy the ride.
Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.
Honeybun is a Lamborghini Murcielago!
You're not subtle, but you don't want to be. Fast, loud, and dramatic, you want people to notice you, and then get out of the way. In a world full of sheep, you're a raging bull.
Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.
OK, that isn't embarrassing for me.
The biggest example is the abortion issues. Liberals frequently refer to polls they claim show that Americans want abortion to remain legal. Yet they are afraid to let people vote on it. Liberals rely on the Supreme Court to keep abortion legal.
Liberals are also against freedom of speech. That is, they are against freedom of speech for people with whom they disagree. University of North Carolina at Greensboro recently tried to punish a libertarian campus group for ,ironically, protesting the university's restrictions on free speech. The university dropped all charges only after wide attention was drawn to their unconstitutional actions. TheFire.org documents case after case of colleges trying to silence conservative students. The motto of too many universities is "free speech for me but not for thee."
Need another example? Check out Zombietime's photo essay about the Walk For Life demonstration in San Francisco on January 21. He documents an organized effort of leftist groups that were trying to disrupt the march to silence the conservative march.
Now there were a few extreme right protestors - both sides have their wackos. But they extreme rightists weren't the ones trying to keep a liberals from stating their message. It was liberals who were trying to prevent conservatives from exercising their right to demonstrate. My favorite photo is the one where the police officer is explaining to an anacharist why exactly Christians are allowed to display their messages. Clearly he doesn't understand the freedom of speech protects the expression of other view points.
Do you think there are producers working for NBC that are scratching their heads and wondering why a show that addresses "spiritual issues" isn't being watched?
It amazes me how these networks completely misunderstand their audience.
I suppose it had to. The only Disney's own animated studios haven't put out a hit movie since "The Lion King". The days of "Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast" are long gone. Anyone remember the debacle that was "Brother Bear"?
In the mean time Pixar has had hit after hit. They ignore the PC pandering and put out hits like "Toy Story", "Monsters Inc." and "The Incredibles".
The only way this will be successful is if Disney stays away from Pixar's creative decisions. If day Disney pushes a Pixar movie with an environmental message is the day we see Pixar's first flop.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
In the past, protesting meant drawing people's attention to your cause. Now it seems to mean demonstrating how much of an ass you are. Why do these people think that will change anyone's mind. The only thing it proves is that anti-globalization is the position of selfish people. Who wants to join that movement?
Monday, January 23, 2006
Art was describing the events that led to the death of his wife, Romona, earlier this month on January 5th. They were travelling in their RV and Romona began having problems with her athsma. In Laughlin Neveda, they stopped at an RV park. Art stayed up with his wife through the night while they waited for the medication she took to work. Finally, Romona told him she was feeling better and they went to bed early in the morning.
They went to bed and he put his arm around her and said "I love you." She said "I love you too." I'm sure you've guessed those were the last words they said to each other.
Art woke up at about 1:30 PM alone in the bed. He went out into the living room part of the RV and found his wife's body on the couch. The best guess is that shortly after Art fell asleep, Romona got up and went into the living room to use a nebulizer treatment. The coroner said she either fell asleep or passed out before dying. She was 47.
Art said the coroner sent him a letter with some advice for people on how to treat their loved ones. The coroner said that he sees many people who wish for one more minute with their loved one to say the "I love you" that they didn't say the last time they parted. This is why I never leave the house or let Honeybun leave without giving her a kiss saying those words. I'm serious - every time.
She even has a blog where you can hear a demo of a song that will be on the album.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Death Cab for Cutie is one of those 10-year overnight sensations. That is, they've been putting out indie releases for years and have just had their first release on a major label.
The Mazzy Star album is "So Tonight That I Might See" released in 1993 - easily their best. If you like a psychadelic style, you need to check them out. I had the cassette tape when it first came out but never got around to buying the CD. Well, thanks to an iTunes gift card for Christmas, it was time.
The gift card also got me the Steve Taylor "Meltdown" album from 1983. Steve Taylor was a "Christian" act. He had a long solo career spanning into the late 90's. He is certainly a Christian but he never was an evangelizer. His music was generally social commentary from a Christian perspective with a lot of humor thrown in. His biting wit frequently targeted so-called Christian beliefs he disagreed with. For instance his "I Blew Up the Clinic Real Good" from the album I Predict 1990 mocked abortion clinic bombers. (If you know where I can get a copy of that one on CD, let me know.)
Meltdown was his first full length album. Taylor was "alternative" before alternative was cool. Probably why I'm such a fan of the genre.
It is a great idea doomed to failure. No one in congress is going to pass a law creating more work for themselves.
Then again, this group is against the Patriot Act so maybe the idea isn't that good after all.
Friday, January 20, 2006
There are only seven students in the class. I am the only man. Yep, six other women. I'm not sure why the technical communications program has so many more women than men. Yes, there is a writing component but this program is also heavy in technological courses like html and xml coding, mulitmedia authoring - things that women generally aren't known to flock to.
Then there is the problem that men are outnumbered by women in college these days. It sure is evident in my program. Where did all the men go?
Monday, January 16, 2006
My question is how does a spell checker on a blogging site not know the words "blog" and "blogging"? That would be like MS Word not knowing how to spell "word processor."
A. Watch daytime TV.
C. Drink IBC.
Since A is worse than being sick, I'm going with B & C. I'm pretty sure medical experts agree that IBC rootbeer shortens the duration of the flu by at least 3 to 4 minutes.
As for blogging, I see the New York Times published a fake photo today (hat tip Powerline Blog). The caption claims to show the remains of a missile that destroyed from a home in Pakistan. This is supposedly the result of an airstrike from a Predator Drone the happened on January 13th that is getting protests from Pakistani citizens. Yahoo News changed their caption to claim it is "unexploded ordinance". The catch here is that the attack was from a predator drone which doesn't carry ordinance. American Thinker has a through debunking of claim.
Is this another case of "fake but accurate" reporting that CBS news invented with the forged Air National Guard memo?
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
I made it to the sprawling metropolis of Walsenburg. Watch out for the traffic jams here.
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So this morning I'm taking a Greyhound bus down to Las Cruces and Honeybun and I will drive both vehicles back on Friday. I'll see if I can blog a bit by cell-phone with a few pics to document my trials and tribulations. I believe Dante designated a 14-hour bus ride as the third circle of hell...
Friday, January 06, 2006
This story quickly follows the news the another former college star Maurice Clarett has been arrested for armed robbery.
I find stories like this fascinating. Marcus Vick is a young man who is following in his older brother's footsteps - seemingly on a guaranteed track to a lucrative NFL contract. Yet he is self destructing similar to Terrell Owens. Maurice Clarett was a hot prospect who also seemed assured of a profitable NFL contract yet couldn't keep himself out of trouble.
They have the ability, their failings can only be the result of flaws in their character. Shakespeare could have written plays about these guys.