Daily Archives: Friday, 25-Apr-2003

Those Iraqi Playing Cards

Want a deck of those Iraqi playing cards? Lord knows I’ve been inundated with enough spam offereing those cards that some folks out there must be wanting them. Well, you don’t have to give those spammers any of your money to get the cards. Print them yourself by downloading the deck from the Department of Defense website.

My brother is in the printing business, I think I’ll see if he’ll print up a few decks for me. Heck, with his equipment he would have to print up a few thousand decks to make it worthwhile to even begin. Maybe I’ll get him to go into the playing card business with me. If we hurry we can just make the last couple of days of demand for these cards.

Single Referendum May Decide Flag

Proposed Georgia Flag

It looks like it might boil down to a single referendum and the choice of the old "state’s rights" flag won’t be among the choices. The flag to the left is most likely going to be voted on, up or down. If the new flag is approved by the legislature it will be raised immediately with an up or down referendum following it. If the flag wins it remains our state flag, if it loses then we were suppose to have another referendum between the "state’s rights" flag and the pre-1956 flag. If this goes through the way the Democrats want it to then that second referendum will not be had.

The First Flag of the Confederacy

One thing I’d like to bring to attention. You might know it if you are from the South or have spent any time in the South or maybe not, but the new flag design draws heavily on the First Flag of the Confederacy (seen at the right), sometimes referred to as the "Stars and Bars". The "Rebel" flag that made up a part of the old "states rights" flag is often erroneously referred to as the "Stars and Bars" but it’s actual nickname is the "Southern Cross" and was never actually flown by the Confederacy in the exact form that we see it today. It’s an adaptation of the regimental battle flag of the Army of North Virginia. This flag was incorporated into the canton of the Second and Third flags of the Confederacy.

From a historic perspective the new flag will be a more fitting tribute to Georgia’s Confederate heritage than the "states rights" flag. I don’t believe any of Georgia’s armies adopted any form of the Southern Cross as their regimental flag so I never understood the cry of “heritage” as a reason to keep the old "states rights" flag. I hope this new proposal passes tomorrow and we can get this whole thing behind us.

Microsoft Announces Dropping Toy Operating Systems

I couldn’t help it. It was the first heading I thought of when I read Steve Ballmer’s remarks on the release of Windows Server 2003.

Ballmer joked about the ribbing Microsoft had taken in the past about Windows Server’s capabilities compared to those of Unix systems and mainframes. Referring to previous efforts at server operating systems, he said there are “no more toy operating systems” at Microsoft.