Monthly Archives: November 2003

L.A. Wants to End Master and Slave Equipment

I’ve got a project to get out the door before 8:00PM tonight and then I’ve got to pack and head to Chattanooga to be with family for Thanksgiving so I don’t have time for comments on this now but I do want to note it here for a possible later rant. L.A. wants it’s vendors to stop using the terms “Master” and “Slave” to identify equipment.

The request — which has some suppliers furious and others busy re-labeling components — came after an unidentified worker spotted a videotape machine carrying devices labeled “master” and “slave” and filed a discrimination complaint with the county’s Office of Affirmative Action Compliance.

Some folks are just too easily offended.

Conspiracy No More?

Last night I watched the ABC News special on the death of John F. Kennedy. The show did a real good job of showing that the single bullet theory that has been the brunt of so many jokes is accurate and should be considered fact. The only question that wasn’t answered for me, wasn’t even addressed is the discreprencies in the descriptions of President Kennedy’s head wound.

In several accounts that I’ve heard there was an exit wound in the back of President Kennedy’s head. If this is the case then I can’t see how he could have been shot from behind. The Zapruder film doesn’t show him turning around and looking back at the Book Depository.

Still, after seeing the 3D model that was used and the view from the sniper scope as the shots were fired I have to say that Lee Harvey Oswald had to have been one of the best shots alive to have fired off those three shots as fast as he did and hit where he hit.

Reason Number 54728 for This Anti-Drug Crusader Being Against The War On Drugs.

This is bullshit. I don’t care what you think of Rush Limbaugh personally, our drug laws are in place to dissuade people from using drugs. Rush Limbaugh sought out treatment for his addiction so he has shown that he knows he has a problem. You don’t add legal problems to a persons drug problems when they are actively seeking help for that problem.

Study supports tougher state seat belt laws

The one thing that can get me motivated to write is people proposing laws to protect me from myself. The National Safety Council has released a study concluding that fatal crashes could be reduced significantly if 30 states enacted tougher seat belt laws. Now, I’ve worn a seatbelt religiously for the past twenty-five years. I may involve myself in some high risks activities but I believe in taking safety precautions no matter what I’m doing to reduce risks to a minimum. That’s something I choose to do for myself. I don’t need government making those decisions for me.

I think that’s why I was put off by the following comment in the story:

“These laws are viewed by some legislators as the line between enough government and too much government,” Hurley says. “We feel strongly the fight for personal freedom ought to take place on some other level.”

What other level? We’re talking about personal responsibility here. What other level is there to fight for personal freedom?

WNT Interview

ABC’s World News Tonight requested hearing from people who had been out of work but have recently returned to the work force. They are doing a piece to go with the release, tomorrow, of the latest labor statistics. I thought, “What the heck” and sent in a response. The result is that I will have a camera crew in my house at 6:30 in the morning for an interview and their taping me leaving for work. If they use it it will be on World News Tonight tomorrow night, Friday, November 7.

Why did I agree to do this? Gerri had the same question. Curiosity, for the most part. I’ve always wondered how they set these interviews up. I’m also curious to see if I get lead in the interview toward any certain perspective.