Pale Moon Rising

So if you're paying any attention at all to recent events on the internet, you're aware of the controversy surrounding Brendan Eich, former CEO (and CTO) of Mozilla, the company that makes the Firefox web browser. You've probably heard all manner of things by now about what an evil man he is, about how he's a bigot, a homophobe, and an all around terrible person who should be shunned from civilized society. Then what's the problem? The problem is Mozilla itself holding hypocritical viewpoints on freedom, free speech, tolerance, acceptance, and diversity.

( Continued... )
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RIP United States of America

July 1776 - November 2012.

       
Posted on Apr 5, 2014 10:28 pm by Samson in: , | 6 comment(s) [Closed]

Concealed Carry

Score one for the Second Amendment! In a move pretty much nobody saw coming, the 9th District Court of Appeals in San Fransisco has struck down California's restrictive concealed carry law in a ruling that simply said it violated the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Applicants were expected to show "good cause" and "moral character" before being issued such a permit, but the Court decided this was too narrow in scope. This decision flies in the face of this court's activist tendencies. "Good cause" and "moral character" tended to be used to mean "Not a right leaning citizen" considering this court's liberal biases.

So consider this another TRUE moral victory for supporters of our Bill of Rights and Constitutional Law. As I had previously said once before when SCOTUS ruled that the same sort of laws in Washington DC were unconstitutional in 2008, more such rulings would necessarily follow. Although it would seem that 3 other federal appeals courts have ruled differently in other jurisdiction. You know what that means - SCOTUS will have to step in again and set things right.

Sickening that lawsuits of this nature even need to be filed to start with, but thank God for good folk like Edward Peruta standing up for our rights and telling the State where they can shove it.
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RIP United States of America

July 1776 - November 2012.

       
Posted on Feb 13, 2014 7:12 pm by Samson in: , | 0 comment(s) [Closed]

Six Californias

It's been awhile since I've had much to say about stuff here, but a post on Dark Creations caught my eye about a new proposal to deal with California's ridiculous size problem. As many of you are probably aware, California is an ungovernable mess of liberal policy and destructive regulations that has devastated our economy and resulted in massive deficits with no end in sight. Sacramento doesn't represent everyone's interests so instead they've decided to simply represent only the left, and it's only getting worse.

Naturally when your tax base is being bled dry by terrible policy decisions, they start dreaming up ways to get out from under things like this. Inevitably this leads to talk of splitting up the state. We even successfully voted to do so in 1859 but Congress didn't follow through because of the Civil War. There have been numerous attempts to do so over the last 50 years or so, but obviously they've all failed. So far as I've been able to tell, they all involved splitting the state into two parts along various different configurations. The last time one of them crossed my gaze, it was a proposal to carve out the infection (liberalism) and create two states. It's failure to include the Sacramento area is probably what doomed it.... actually no. What doomed it is what always dooms it. Dems scared shitless of being left with the diseased side of things.

Jefferson County has been attempting a secession to form a new state now for a couple of years, but alone, they stand little chance of this succeeding. Though I wish them all the luck in trying, because they're getting raped by the libs up there.

A new version of the movement has sparked up lately and it's garnered some media attention. You'll noticed right off that the "journalist" has taken a dismissive and mocking tone toward something that the majority of us here in California actually do take quite seriously. It's our damn tax dollars after all. The gist of the whole thing is that California is not being properly represented at the Federal level. This is true, we obviously aren't given who those people are. What seems to be missing though is that California isn't properly represented in California by many of the districts that have been gerrymandered into existence.

What we really have right now in CA is a bunch of land occupied by serfs who are ruled from the Two Towers of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Neither of these urban mega-tropolises represent a single thing the remainder of the state actually wants or needs. What normally happens is they steamroll all the garbage they think is best through Sacramento and then the rest of us get stuck paying the bills for it later. It's been this way for decades and it will never get better as long as they continue to treat us as serfs in a fiefdom.

I am assuming based on the picture that the lines drawn are roughly where the splits would occur. For the uninitiated, the orangish portion in the southeast covers San Bernardino, Imperial, San Diego, and Orange Counties. This is the portion I live in, and we have a strong conservative base in this area. Though we share much in common with the large red portion that covers the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada. The blue part at the top is mostly mountain areas, sparsely populated, and an entirely different culture from those south of them. I must profess ignorance about the purple section as I'm not totally sure why that's set apart - but this is also part of why this kind of initiative exists. Sometimes we really don't know anything about parts of our own state! The yellow and green areas are those that contain the root of the problem - San Francisco and Los Angeles. Though the LA section stretches a bit further north than one might expect, both of these two zones are heavily left leaning uber liberals and is where California gets the nickname "the left coast" from. No, not because it's on the left side of standard maps.

With this particular arrangement, the folks living in each of them will be better represented not only at the state level but also federally. Plus, you won't have any of the bullshit where California's current 55 electoral votes can bully the entire country into a disaster like the Obama administration. It's highly unlikely anyone outside of the yellow and green would vote Democrat if you paid them, yet that's how our current situation always runs, making ALL of us appear to be the laughing stocks of the country instead of who rightly deserves it.

So while the left at CNN mocks this, the rest of us perked up and are taking notice. Perhaps this time will be different? Surely we can hope. Welcome to California - we are our own worst enemies.

Not much there right now, but follow the movement at Six Californias.
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RIP United States of America

July 1776 - November 2012.

       
Posted on Jan 18, 2014 2:08 pm by Samson in: , | 3 comment(s) [Closed]

Google Top Ten 2013

Boy oh boy. Another year slipped by on us as though it wasn't even there, didn't it? So much shit hit the fan in 2013 one hardly knows where to start, and as you may have noticed, posting frequency here has taken a nosedive as a result. There's just too much bullshit happening too fast for me to want to keep up with it all anymore. So 2013 has been the slowest year by far around here. Information overload as it were.

As is tradition, I bring you the top 10 lists for 2013, courtesy of Google Analytics. Which, btw, they have made more difficult to check lately. Used to be you could find all of this stuff neatly placed under the organic search data. It's now split up all over the place. So this may not be entirely accurate anymore. Sad.

Top 10 Searches in 2013

#10: "medievia" - I guess it had to happen at some point. I don't recall if this ever featured before, but it's here now.
#9: "iguanadons" - Site's name made it back to the list after falling off in 2012.
#8: "broodmother" - I wonder if EA had a sale or something. This hasn't been in the results for awhile now.
#7: "far side" - All of this from one image in the gallery? Again, since this placed here in 2012 too.
#6: "windhelm" - Still not surr why this is coming up, but ok. There must be enough of a tie in somewhere to do this.
#5: "aswerf" - Suddenly one of my Oblivion characters rates this much attention? Interesting.
#4: "you people of the south" site:iguanadons.net - So... yeah. This one actually gained ground over last year. We still wonder why.
#3: "punishment" - When you stir up political shit, Mr. Obama, this is what happens. People find random political pics on the net that are perfectly fitting.
#2: "lakota" - It's the Indian tribe search that keeps on giving. Even the Energizer Bunny must be jealous by now.
#1: "alsherok morrowind" - This one surprises me as I'm not sure Alsherok has ever featured at all in search hits, much less done this well, especially over a very niche thing like this.

Given the changes to how Google is tracking this stuff, I wouldn't be surprised if I got the data from the wrong place in Analytics, but I don't think so. It looks consistent enough with past lists to let it stand.

Top 10 Visited Pages in 2013

#10. Malacath. Malacath's turn to be on the list. Displacing Boethiah.
#9. Astrid's image page. I can see the appeal since the DB is a favorite faction among players, and this image captures it well. I'm sure being an attractive Nord female didn't hurt :P Though she still lost a slot since last year.
#8. Windhelm. Moved up one since last year. I sense a trend.
#7. Alduin's Wall. One of Skyrim's most iconic images. Moved up 3 spots since last year.
#6. Classic Far Side. Down from #4 last year. I only have one image here. Hey Larson, it's a sign you know.
#5. Unofficial Skyrim Patch Version History. This missed out on one month of the year but got to 5th place anyway. Clearly things are starting to shift around here.
#4: Punishment. Seems about right given the search term follows pretty closely.
#3: Unofficial Dawnguard Patch Version History. Vaulting from nowhere to 3rd place. Not at all surprising.
#2: Lakota Independence. Something must still be driving this to maintain it in such high standing for so long. Though I couldn't tell you what.
#1: Unofficial Skyrim Patch Version History. Anyone who is anyone in Skyrim should have some idea of why this one leapt out of nowhere directly to the #1 slot. Changelogs are a thing apparently.

So more of a shuffle instead of anything truly new, but when you don't post anything new that tends to happen.

Visitor statistics for the last 7 years:

In 2007: 6,567 unique visitors. 32,595 pageviews.
In 2008: 9,095 unique visitors. 31,276 pageviews.
In 2009: 10,022 unique visitors. 27,939 pageviews.
In 2010: 12,563 unique visitors. 74,087 pageviews.
In 2011: 17,237 unique visitors. 76,870 pageviews.
In 2012: 24,337 unique visitors. 77,651 pageviews.
In 2013: 38,696 unique visitors. 80,478 pageviews.

Despite not having done much new, I guess more people are showing up to see what's old here. I've yet to have a year drop in growth. Maybe I should consider flooding the page with ads so I can get rich like Google :troll:

Erm. And I guess I need to fix that Twitter box just as soon as I figure out why it's not working.
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RIP United States of America

July 1776 - November 2012.

       
Posted on Jan 2, 2014 10:36 pm by Samson in: | 2 comment(s) [Closed]

Adventures in Coaxland

So.... the last 3 days here have been fun. A whole lot of fun and games... wait. Actually no, they haven't :P

Our story begins with a decision to switch TV packages, which of course as anyone knows never has any sort of problems whatsoever that would last 3 days and be incredibly annoying. :troll:

Apparently Verizon's TV portion of the FiOS service we have was "too expensive" and needed to be cut off and replaced with the offerings from Dish Network. Eh, ok, I guess I could see why considering Dish won't charge for the extra boxes that Verizon was soaking us for. So we had the Dish guys sign us up for their Satellite package, and then got Verizon to downgrade our TV service with them to "local only" so that we wouldn't run into those evil "early termination" fees associated with canceling service. It all sounds great and wonderful, doesn't it?

So they were out here on Thursday doing their thing. The tech crew was a couple of Mickey Mousers from a subcontractor. They got everything up and running, but apparently not correctly. TV service in one of the rooms died on Friday, along with our internet. It was definitely a surprise since both were working as of Thursday night.

We tried to track down WTF happened, but it was a mess. Cables everywhere. Splitters dangling free in the air, stuff not hooked up, Verizon's ONT with a red blinking light saying the coax link was down. A mess. We did some line testing and the cable that should have gone from the ONT to the router in my room had no signal. Which was a bit surprising given I was JUST using it the night before, although I have been having some other problems with the connection quality so who knows.

So we called Verizon and Dish and they were both scheduled to arrive yesterday between 8am and 12pm. The Verizon guy showed up around 9:30 after having called to say 10:15 so he caught me off guard trying to eat breakfast :P He took one look at the mass of cables, and didn't want to touch it. I convinced him to at least try signal testing with proper equipment. He got nothing, so instead of climbing around in our attic and trying to find the problem he just said fuck it and strung us a new cable. All well and good. Internet was back up by the afternoon.

Dish guy was late, shame on them, 1pm != 8-12. Anyway. He took one look at what the subcontractors did and basically said something to the effect of "are you SURE this shit works at all?" :P Basically what the problem was there was that the idiot kids who did the install left one cable off the satellite dish dangling free in the air - connected to nothing, and the rest they splice-hacked into the old coax cabling from when the house had DirecTV 10+ years ago. Those cables are so old the plastic has cracked and they're not capable of carrying the 3GHz signal. Plus the kids didn't even mount the dish to a stud on the roof. To sum things up - the Dish guy (who wore an actual Dish uniform and had a license from them) had to scrap ALL of the work and redo the entire install. Joy.

Anyway, about 90 minutes later he had some new cabling strung from the dish over to the TV in the living room which is where the master DVR unit is. He had crawled around in our hot, dusty, and fiberglass infested attic and found some further mysteries which answered a lot of questions. Apparently SOMEONE did some work up there at some point and had splitters on splitters and TV aerial cabling strung from them to places unknown and all of that shit was in turn hooked up to the exterior connections in the back yard. God damn, from the sound of it it's a wonder any of our shit has worked at all.

All should be well in the world now though. TV is up in all 3 rooms, internet service is back up again, and life is back to relative normalcy. Though I'm still getting corrupted files on large downloads so I guess I'll need to cajole Verizon into upgrading our router like they were SUPPOSED to when the internet was upgraded to 75Mbit last year.

Let us never repeat this mess again!
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RIP United States of America

July 1776 - November 2012.

       
Posted on Dec 22, 2013 12:44 pm by Samson in: | 2 comment(s) [Closed]
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