Random Neural Discharges

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I do NOT like reinstalling the extensions every time I install a new version of Firefox. Hence ...

The Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights:
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

Section 311 of US Code Title 10, entitled, "Militia: composition and classes" in its entirety:
"(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are -
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia."

... Seems pretty clear-cut to me. However, does this mean I must give up my Glock when I turn 46? :(

17 APR 03
Three weeks. True, there was no real resistance, none that could be considered organized, and certainly nothing close to the force wielded by the Americans. True, it's not over yet, but Iraq's capital city is in the hands of a foreign power after a mere three weeks.

I'm glad the USA is on my side...

20 MAR 03
I quote, "Iraqi television broadcast a taped message from Saddam that denounced the U.S.-led military campaign as "criminal" and said his countrymen would be victorious."
That boy, my friends, has been overindulging in the products of imported Afghani poppies, methinks.
By the way, OPEC, I hate your monopolistic guts - $2.26 9/10 per gallon, my ass.

But wait! There's more: Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Iraqi Information Minister, says to the US, "You have tainted the reputation of the American people to the most extreme taint. Shame on you. We will defeat you we will destroy you." (In response to the "decapitation attempt" strike.) Hee!

07 NOV 02
What was so different between the "war" in Afghanistan and the "war" in Vietnam? Aside from utilizing native forces and having bigger bombs, both countries are horribly nasty and have a plethora of hiding places. Yeah, I just watched the "redux" version of Apocalypse Now (with 49 extra minutes!), and I find myself wondering two things:
  • Was the resolve of the Vietnamese that much greater than that of the Taliban fighters?
  • Why did I start watching a 202 minute movie at 2230 on a weekday?

11 SEP 02
Just a thought: yes, we all know what happened a year ago today. Yes, it's terrible that more than three thousand people were murdered, and no, we shouldn't forget. Yet, I'd rather the day be remembered for the loss and not specifically for the cause; don't let the perpetrators even have that small victory.


31 JUL 02
We need "vigilante traffic cops." To attone for the senseless atrocities committed daily on the freeways of our country, we must allow ordinary citizens to apprehend reckless drivers by any means possible. (Some examples: waving over/flagging down, boxing in, ramming, shooting out tires, shooting out engine, shooting out driver, vaporizing vehicle... just to name a few.)

I just wanted to make one thing perfectly clear to all the drivers out there: the shoulder(s) is not a passing lane!

13 MAY 02
I just got back from watching Spider-Man. (What a great flick!) One thing about the whole experience bothers me, and it's not anything in the movie. During the final scene, MJ declares her love for Peter/Spidey, but Peter doesn't follow suit. It seems that he's decided he isn't prepared to deal with
1. his newfound powers,
2. the associated responsibility,
3. MJ's love, and
4. the danger it could bring to both him and her if he tried to juggle all those at once.
In those few seconds, I identified with poor ol Pete. Sure, I'm no super hero; I'm just a pansy with a firearm, a weak spine, and a lot of personal problems, but I see what is going through Peter's mind. I understand. He stonewalled her advances because he was afraid that by nurturing a relationship with MJ at that point, the whole thing could end badly for the both of them; he needed time to get things straight. That is exactly how I feel right now. I've shunned advances from people I hold near and dear to my heart because I am so screwed up right now that it isn't even funny. I've come a long way, but I still have issues to deal with; once dealt with, then I could be sure of having a deeper relationship with someone I love without the fear of intimacy.
In that moment of realization, I heard a voice coming from about four feet behind me and off to the right say, "Huh, are you gay?".
I hate people.

15 APR 02
Ugh, my router is being flaky. After heavy testing, it looks fine now, but seems to have been the cause of all the packet loss and crappy latency I've been seeing for the past... year? I hate it when that happens! It looks like it was my crappy gear all along.
Here is an example of the problem, and another can be found here.

Also, the SSSCA is bad. (Printer-friendly)

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