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Bob Geiger, a Navy vet, is a bit upset: American Legion Attacks On Edwards Sicken This Veteran.

I have had issues with the American Legion for a very long time. I have always viewed them as less than effective at helping vets than other organizations, and have never been happy about their status as under regulated bars in many areas. Vets have enough problems with alcohol, that I don’t appreciate vet organizations that sell it.

The Legion not only enables drunks, they enable militarism through faux patriotism. They should be supporting vets and the troops, not political parties.

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May 18, 2007   2 Comments

More Proof Of What I Say About Them

Microsoft buys ad firm for $6bn:

Microsoft is paying $6bn (£3bn) to buy digital marketing firm Aquantive in its biggest ever acquisition.

The all-cash takeover will allow Microsoft to expand into the highly lucrative internet advertising market, that Google and Yahoo have targeted.

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But analysts are sceptical.

“There had to have been some desperation for Microsoft to pay the price that it did,” said Morningstar analyst Toan Tran.

“Sometimes, I am worried that Microsoft has Google-tunnel vision. It’s so worried what Google is doing that it becomes way too reactionary,” he added.

Microsoft is going after Google. They view Google as a threat and they want to bury them. This is what they do in every market they attack: they come in late, buy an existing player, destroy the price structure, and then screw things up for everyone else. Microsoft views everything as a zero-sum game – the only way to prosper is to be the last company standing in the wreckage of the market. If you’re a Microsoft stockholder you may have noticed that the strategy hasn’t been working lately.

Now, savvy media buyers are going to hold off on ad purchases to wait for Microsoft to slam the price down to nothing, and then sign long-term contracts.

May 18, 2007   Comments Off on More Proof Of What I Say About Them

Bibles Everywhere, But The Wrong Kind

When you hear “Judeo-Christian Tradition” you are supposed to understand that it means “evangelical Christian.”

Louisiana school district sued over Bibles in school:

The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday filed its fifth religion-related lawsuit in 13 years against an eastern Louisiana school district, this time alleging that a principal improperly allowed people to distribute Bibles to students.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of the parents of a fifth-grader at Loranger Middle School in Tangipahoa Parish, who were upset that Gideons Bibles were being given to students on school property during class hours.

“School officials in Tangipahoa Parish habitually show disdain for the Constitution, while disrespecting the right of parents, who happen to be Catholic in this case, to choose the religious tradition in which to raise their children,” said Joe Cook, the ACLU executive director for Louisiana.

People forget that there is no such thing as a single Bible, which is a bit embarrassing for those who claim it is the “inerrant Word of G-d.” I personally prefer the King James Version. It isn’t the most accurate, but it has a better class of sex and violence.

May 18, 2007   6 Comments

And When They Read It…

One of the odd things about godless Communists is that they tend to be prudes which makes most Socialist Realist literature rather dull. Thus, if you have been paying attention, this should come as no surprise: Bible drawn into Hong Kong sex publication row

HONG KONG (Reuters) – More than 800 Hong Kong residents have called on authorities to reclassify the Bible as “indecent” due to its sexual and violent content, following an uproar over a sex column in a university student journal.

A spokesperson for Hong Kong’s Television and Entertainment Licensing authority (TELA) said it had received 838 complaints about the Bible by noon on Wednesday.

The complaints follow the launch of an anonymous Web site — www.truthbible.net — which said the holy book “made one tremble” given its sexual and violent content, including rape and incest.

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May 18, 2007   Comments Off on And When They Read It…

Friday Cat Blogging

Busted!

Friday Kitten Blogging

But it always worked before?

[Editor: This time I saw the little miscreant trying to turn off the power. Fortunately my custom power switch protector prevented his nefarious scheme from working.]

Friday Ark

May 18, 2007   16 Comments