President Obama on Censorship

Extracted from a CNN Breaking News:

Obama said at a White House news conference:  “We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” Obama said. “That’s not who we are. That’s not what America is about.” (emphasis added)

You see what’s important here, right? We cannot allow some dictator some place to impose censorship on us, because we are much better at doing that domestically.

If you think that the pervasive surveillance that has continued to grow in the world (under every political party) is not a form of censorship, you are simply delusional.

Obama vs Krazy Kim

CNN Breaking News:

U.S. investigators have evidence that hackers stole the computer credentials of a system administrator to access Sony’s computer system, U.S. officials tell CNN’s Evan Perez.

The United States is preparing to publicly blame North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack, and one official said, “We do think it’s appropriate to respond.” The White House and government agencies are holding a series of high-level meetings to discuss the range of options, a senior official in the Obama administration said. 

Maybe President Obama will “draw a red line!”

Sony, The Interview and North Korea

So, it appears that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (hereafter referred to as Krazy Kim) hired some hackers to jack Sony servers, release a bunch of personal trash and get a movie release canceled. Nice. That’s SO “Communist Dictator Play Book” material. All of the Great Leaders who have gone before would just love that.

From CNN: “The movie’s plot involves the attempted assassination of North Korean dictator [Krazy Kim].”

Anyway, now there is this movie setting on servers at Sony, and thousands of copies (on whatever media studios ship movies to theaters on) out there that I had no interest in seeing…. But now I have to!

I predict that a copy will escape, get bootlegged and become the most watched movie of 2015, and an instant cult classic – even if it is terrible… Especially if it was terrible!

I am already imagining the official press release from Sony Studios with angry language about the criminals who released a copy of their intellectual property and the criminals who continue to copy and distribute the material and calling for legal action and threats…. Yes, “don’t watch this illegally obtained movie. That will make us very, very angry. Don’t do it!”

I wonder if they will re-edit the movie before it “somehow” gets “leaked?”

To Christmas or Not To Christmas…..That Is The Question – Sola Sisters

Imagine my delight, then, as a born again Christian when I came to realize that it WAS true after all: God did become flesh, and He did dwell among us. And He did it out of his great and wondrous love for us, as part of his plan of redemption. Amazing!

To Christmas or Not To Christmas…..That Is The Question http://www.solasisters.com/2014/12/to-christmas-or-not-to-christmasthat-is.html

ARPA DARPA ARPA DARPA

From the Wikipedia article:

…Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) created in 1958…

ARPA was renamed to “DARPA” (for Defense) in March 1972, then renamed “ARPA” in February 1993, and then renamed “DARPA” again in March 1996.

I wonder what that cost the American Taxpayer?

Confused in Chief – Immigration (from the news)

Our President seems to be confused on a number of issues:

CNN Breaking News 20.Nov.2014 4:10 PM
President Barack Obama will order immigration officers to deport “felons, not families” as he wields executive power to shield five million illegal immigrants in the most sweeping reform of the immigration system in decades.

In a prime time address to the nation Thursday, Obama will lay out changes he is making to immigration laws without the consent of Congress.

A key element of his plan is to instruct immigration authorities to prioritize expulsion action against gang members, felons and suspected terrorists rather than law abiding undocumented parents of US citizens and residents and others, senior administration officials said.

  1. “Obama will lay out changes he is making to immigration laws without the consent of Congress”It seems that our Commander-in-Chief is not aware that he is NOT our king. Being as he was a Professor of Constitutional Law, you’d think he would be able to fake his way around this issue.
  2. “A key element of his plan is to instruct immigration authorities to prioritize expulsion action against gang members, felons and suspected terrorists rather than law abiding….”Now, hold on a moment: “undocumented” is a politically kind way of saying “residing in the United States in violation of the law.” What the President is saying is, “I want to get rid of those criminals that will come back to haunt me, but not the ones that I can get to vote (illegally) for me and my party.”

    Let’s try to pretend to honesty, Mr. President. At least you can try to pretend, can’t you?

  3. “felons, not families”There is a gaping hole here concerning felons with families. Since we have already established that “undocumented emigrants” are felons…. well…. do you see the problem?

Quote – Unfriendliness

Friendliness in itself is not holiness; it is sometimes a mask for hidden agendas and a palliative for a conscience that hides other iniquities.  “I may be a monster, but at least I am nice to strangers and puppies,” the hedonist and serial killer might say.  However, in the kingdom of Christ selfishness is not allowed, it is a sin.  Unfriendliness as an expression of that selfishness is anti-Christ; it is a putting off of people not a welcome to them.  It is a symptom of a wretched and nasty heart.
– Randy Nabor

The fish tank returns

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The Things finally moved the Wii fish tank from the original Wii (which suffered a disk drive failure and was replaced) moved onto the Wii U. This fish tank was written by a little software company called Hudson Soft which is now defunct. This fish tank ran on a hand-me-down Wii, on a hand-me-down TV in front of the pharmacy counter at the Medicine Shop in Roswell for a couple of years until the store closed. It has pacified countless customers and entertained countless children for countless hours. It’s still my favorite Wii “game.”

Archaeology that sounds to good to be true, probably is

Questions To Ask of Sensational Stories in Biblical Archaeology

Every now and again a sensational story related to biblical archaeology hits the headlines. (This week it was this one.) It’s not long before I receive emails asking about the authenticity of the alleged discovery. To help my readers better discern whether they are dealing with a potentially legitimate discovery or not, I suggest that the following questions be asked as you read the report.

  • Does this discovery sound too good to be true? If so, it’s probably bogus.
  • It is reported by a news source you’ve never heard of? If so, it’s probably bogus.
  • Does it cite archaeologists that you’ve never heard before and don’t appear on a Google search? If so, it’s probably bogus.

Blind Faith is NOT Biblical Faith

“Do You Have Blind Faith that Faith is Blind?”.

You might be wondering, “Why does it matter?” The answer is that whether you believe faith is blind or based on evidence, there is no escaping the fact that it is indispensable to Christianity. While there are different ways of understanding the passages mentioned above, it is hard to escape the meaning of Hebrews 11:6: “without faith it is impossible to please God.” So it is vitally important to know what the biblical view of faith is.

Schneier on Security: Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US

Schneier on Security: Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US.

We have one infrastructure. We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don’t. We get to choose a world where everyone can spy, or a world where no one can spy. We can be secure from everyone, or vulnerable to anyone. And I’m tired of us choosing surveillance over security.

Green. Kills.

Why birds are igniting in midair over Calif.

Wildlife experts say that at least 1,000 and as many as 28,000 birds will die within a year, and Grist reports that the plant has had problems with tortoises as well — scores of them were uprooted from their homes when the plant was constructed, Businessweek reported in 2012.