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Nine years ago, this week

I woke up late, hopped on IRC, joined my paintball channel, and everyone said “GLASS GO TURN ON A TV NOW!”
I got it on just in time to see the towers fall.

The rest of the morning was spent reading and relaying the CNN closed captioning channel. Web sites wouldn’t work, lots of information was missing.

Two days later, I was on my way to a client’s site to work. There was practically nobody out there. I went minutes without seeing another car. I was going down 45 between Houston and Galveston on the salt flats, took my foot off the accelerator, and coasted until stopped, probably over a mile. Then I got out and walked down the freeway, car off and door open. The world felt completely empty. No cars were on the road. No planes were in the sky, that was the real creepy part. The skies felt dead. The only sounds were the wind in the salt grass and my shoes slapping the pavement that’s never touched by anything but tires.
I walked a hundred feet down the freeway, turned around, got back in, and left. I’ll never forget that feeling.


Repost: You Worry Me

“This pilot hit the nail on the head in his open letter. He needs to be awarded a Medal for having the TESTICULAR FORTITUDE to say all this in a very profound way!

The newspaper stated today that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling him because he has been checked three times while getting on an airplane.

The following is a letter from a pilot. This well spoken man, who is a pilot with American Airlines, says what is in his heart, beautifully…. Read, absorb and pass this on.

“YOU WORRY ME!” By American Airlines Pilot – Captain John Maniscalco

I’ve been trying to say this since 9-11, but you worry me. I wish you didn’t. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country.

But you don’t blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you because I can’t help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don’t fully understand their grievances and hate, but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

On September 11, nineteen ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children’s mothers.

The Palestinians Celebrated, the Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world. So, I notice you now. I don’t want to be worried. I don’t want to be consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that have destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.

How do I differentiate between the true Arab / Muslim-Americans and the Arab Muslim terrorists in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter these same good neighbors and children?

The events of September 11th changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me.

I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a right to know, whether or not you love America? Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation, that He will protect and prosper it? Or do you pray that Allah will destroy it in one of your Jihads? Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by also paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America?

If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it. Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America.

Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent because I worry about who you regard as innocent. No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy. I am only interested in action.

What will you do for America – our great country – at this time of crisis, at this time of war?

I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting “Allah Bless America ” I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole.

The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize right now in Muslim communities. You know them. You know where they are. Hand them over to us, now! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals. The very few Arab/Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating.

They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States proves who was responsible before taking action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing “leaders” like Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat.

If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good, and pure, and true, when your “leaders” are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance?

It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if huge numbers of the world’s Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after a year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.

We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest constitution in the world.

I want to know where every Arab Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family. I am pleading with you to let me know.

I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American.

But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand. Until then. “YOU WORRY ME!”

pyxlated on libertarianism

Libertarianism is built around a single idea: "The government which governs best governs least." Essentially because more power = more corruption. While this is technically true, it is an idea fragment, not a political platform. (One could accuse it of being anarchism for adults.) In recent years, that ideological vacuum has been filled by a mashup of hardline conservatism, reactionary conspiracy theories and (oddly enough) disenfranchised liberals seeking greater personal freedoms. While its dedication to civil liberty is admirable, beware of the bedfellows it attracts: rhetoric calls for the dissolution of such essential public services as the public school system, medicare, even road maintenance. Taxation of any kind, for any reason, is anathema, and Ron Paul has professed that he does not believe in evolution. (Think about that for a minute. He’s a medical professional, and he doesn’t believe in the scientific foundation of modern biology.) When recently interviewed about the party’s stance on protection against racism in public places, Rand Paul (Ron Paul’s son and successor) chose to condone racism by refusing to answer the question. No other party member has stepped forward to say otherwise.

Libertarianism gained huge popularity during the decline of the Bush years thanks to the Internet’s support, it being the only party that publicly condemned copyright enforcement and supported greater personal freedom. Unfortunately, many supporters (such as myself) failed to investigate the fine print of Libertarianism’s platform, and didn’t realize until it was too late that we were in bed with conspiracy nuts, creationists, anarchists and bigots.

Windows Live Fail

You know, normally I’m something of an evangelist for microsoft stuff.  But they really screwed up their live mail recently.  From reading their support forum, they flagged thousands of established accounts as spammers, and are doing their best to ignore reports of it.  This is the second major Live problem that’s come up in the past week.  I’m seriously considering jumping ship.

So it looks like the FBI’s Dallas Cybercrimes Division is getting a little wild

And half the county’s 911 system is down because of it.

Apparently they did something similar a couple of weeks ago, raided a guy’s home for some alleged misdemeanor offenses supported only by druggie witness testimony (

This morning they raded Core IP down the road.  They provide the internetwork telephone routing to the county 911 centers.  Oops.

Wonder what else the feds can screw up.

Relating to the sale of ale and malt liquor by brewer’s permit holders.

SB 1062 is up for hearing tomorrow.  This proposed legislation would allow commercial breweries to sell beer on their premises for off- and on-premises consumption.

Make sure your support of this legislation is fresh in the mind of your house representative.  If you’re not sure who represents you, look them up.  It wouldn’t hurt to notify your senator of your support of SB 754 either, though it’s not scheduled for action yet.

Why don’t we listen to Ron Paul?

Originally Posted by Dr. Mike

Because he’s too good. Too honest. Too up-front. Too .. correct.
People can’t handle it. Americans love drama … and Ron Paul = everything would go smoothly = no drama. Our government has become a mockery at this point … it’s just another dumb reality TV show, except it’s airing on CNN and Fox News.