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2009 August 07 — Why Now?
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The Florida Fundies

As I wrote over in comments at the Culture Ghost: “If you could bottle and sell stupid, the local economy would soar.”

The Pensacola Beach Blogger has been doing yeoman’s work patiently explaining the situation which has resulted in a Federal judge charging two Pace high school officials with criminal contempt.

Naturally, the facts are meaningless to people who consider themselves to be victims of vicious secular discrimination, and having their freedom to force their religious views down everyone’s throats violated. Make no mistake that only their religious views count. If you are a Catholic, your choices are to send your children to school in Pensacola or Fort Walton Beach, or have them put up with evangelical agitprop. This isn’t about just non-Christians complaining, it is about the freedom of/from religion for everyone who isn’t an evangelical.

And this “Christian” approach really works to instill morally, as in “Jay teachers accused of sex with students”. All of the trademarks of the earlier Janelle Bird soap opera. That abstinence sex education is really taking hold 😈

If you aren’t an evangelical, the reception in Santa Rosa county is a bit different: Santa Rosa says no to Coptic church retreat. There’s no room for one of the oldest branches of Christianity in Santa Rosa county.

This is what the selfishness of the “Reagan Revolution” has spawned. Only the “elect” have freedoms and rights.

August 7, 2009   2 Comments

It Was All Politics

The BBC notes that Twitter went down because of a Web attack ‘aimed at one blogger’

A “massively co-ordinated” attack on websites including Google, Facebook and Twitter was directed at one individual, it has been confirmed.

Facebook told BBC News that the strike was aimed at a pro-Georgian blogger known as Cyxymu.

The attack caused a blackout of Twitter for around two hours, while Facebook said its service had been “degraded”.

Google said it had defended its sites and was now working with the other companies to investigate the attack.

“[The] attack appears to be directed at an individual who has a presence on a number of sites, rather than the sites themselves,” a Facebook spokesman told BBC News.

“Specifically, the person is an activist blogger and a botnet was directed to request his pages at such a rate that it impacted service for other users.”

Anyone want to guess where the attack originated? Come on people you can get free anti-virus and anti-spyware software that will stop your machine from becoming part of these attacks. ISPs can clamp down on this garbage. Make these people work for their attacks, don’t help them out with an unprotected machine.

The academic world really needs to look at its systems, because I’m tired of sending e-mails about spammers using their networks. You don’t need to censor anything, but you do need to protect your own infrastructure.

August 7, 2009   6 Comments


Florida’s junior Senator, Mel Martinez, has decided to make things in state politics more interesting, reports the Miami Herald, and every other Florida news source, by resigning early, as in ASAP.

The names of possible placeholders like Connie Mack, Bob Martinez, and Jim Smith have surfaced, as well as the “cunning plan” option: Charley Crist steps down as governor, elevating Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, who then appoints Crist to the Senate [oh, yeah, give Kottkamp power and expect him to “do the right thing”].

I think we can all assume that Charlie won’t be appointing Marco Rubio.

It may be irrelevant, but the resignation of Martinez a day after he voted for the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, and listened to his Republican colleagues race-baiting the process, makes one wonder if he was tired of the Repub caucus?

Come on, Charlie, let’s have some fun – appoint Katherine Harris.

August 7, 2009   2 Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

The Gathering

Friday Cat Blogging


[Editor: The Gray-nosed Cat looking towards the camera is the only tom. KT2 is in the foreground, with KT and KT4 in the background. The Lone Ranger is the tuxedo on the left who is greeting Toes, the newest mom in the group. I was actually looking for the kitten(s), but she has moved out of the pump house.]

Friday Ark

August 7, 2009   4 Comments