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March 2, 2011 by terpfan1980
News just hit:

High court rules for military funeral protesters

8-1 decision (with Alito dissenting) basically saying the First Ammendment trumps all.

I'm saddened by this as I think the members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas that have been doing these protests are nothing but publicity whores with a complete and total lack of respect for others. Apparently any portion of the bible that related to "do unto others" has been conveniently ignored by these individuals.
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February 7, 2011 by terpfan1980
As I browse the internets today, I see a headline at MSN.com noting that Wikileaks founder Assange fears that if he is extradited he could wind up being sent to the U.S.A. and eventually executed.  Really?  He believes he'd be executed for what he's done?!

He's not a citizen (to the best of my knowledge, admittedly I've not looked it up to confirm, but I think I'm correct on this) of the U.S.A. so can't really be charged with treason, correct?  He could be charged with espionag...
February 7, 2011 by terpfan1980
Some random thoughts.

First, congratulations to the Green Bay Packers.  Not that I cared who won the Super Bowl this year, but... for the sake of history, well, I think it's cool that Green Bay gets to take the trophy named for their legendary coach back home with them for a while.

Second, AOL is picking up the Huffington Post to the tune of, well, a lot of money.  If that rag was worth that much, how much should my prose be worth?!  PRICELESS. 

Third, the situatio...
January 10, 2011 by terpfan1980
Birds mysteriously falling out of the sky, fish dieing by the hundreds and hate-filled gunmen taking the lives of as many people as possible while trying to kill a congressperson.  What the heck is wrong with the world we live in?!

I'm not a tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, but one does have to wonder just what is going on with the world and if perhaps all of these things are a sign that we are horribly off track and well off the path that some higher power might have intended f...
January 6, 2011 by terpfan1980
So I see a headline today that cranky old journalist Helen Thomas is going to be "working" or at least writing for a newspaper in Virginia.  I'm a bit surprised by this news since my own thoughts are that the only place that bitty should have a byline would be on her own hopefully completely ignored blog.  Just to be clear here, she should JUST. GO. AWAY.

I'm snickering a bit at the news that John Edwards was "written out" of his wife's will.  I wouldn't have written him out co...
December 15, 2010 by terpfan1980
I was in the grocery story last night, waiting for my daughter to finish her grocery shopping, when one of the employees came up to the register area and had to wait for a supervisor to come over and ok the ID check that was required because he was buying a bottle of cough syrup.  That reminded me of how ironic it is that so many kids that had so little time and patience for learning in say a Chemistry class in High School are so fascinated by the topic in their everyday lives.  Perhap...
December 13, 2010 by terpfan1980
The Warhol Foundation threatens to withdrawal, or at least cease to provide future funding (over $300k of it) from Smithsonian system (National Portrait Gallery) over the pulling of a video that showed ants crawling on a crucifix.  Catholics and others had taken offense to a video clip that was approximately 10 seconds or so in partial length (small part of a much longer video).  When they started protesting, politicians started threatening to pull funding from the NEA and ot...
December 7, 2010 by terpfan1980
Only yesterday the news circulated that Elizabeth Edwards' cancer treatments would be ceased as the doctors had determined there was no longer any chance of those treatments helping her.  Today the news hit that her fight was over as she had, in fact, succumbed to cancer.  I know it was a long fight, so in reality it wasn't that fast, and yet it seemed that way given the timing of the news yesterday followed with the announcement of her death today.

There have been other discussions...
December 6, 2010 by terpfan1980
I saw news (via CNN) that Elizabeth Edwards, former spouse of adulterer and former Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards, has been told by her doctors that further cancer treatments would be fruitless and thus she is discontinuing such treatments.  I'm saddened by that news.  While her former husband's politics were not in agreement with my own, I believe she handled herself with class throughout, and certainly didn't deserve to be cheated on or cursed with the plaque we call cancer...
October 13, 2010 by terpfan1980
So over the last day or so we've had an update on the Judge's decision that says that the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy is unconstitutional.  Now the word is that the policy must be immediately stopped since the Judge found the policy unconstiitutional.  Uh, ok.  Sounds good to me.  We'll just drop that policy entirely.  No more not asking, no more not telling.  Say what you want, and ask what you want.  No more issues with impeding on someone's ...
October 7, 2010 by terpfan1980
With the news of the last several days that the Supreme Court of the United States has heard the case of the father whose son was killed during military service versus the {please forgive the use of the term, as I think most organized religious groups are fine, but for this one in particular the term fits} nut-jobs that are claiming that soldiers are being killed because of the U.S.'s acceptance of homosexuality and such, I was again struck at just how much freedom we supposedly must allow to th...
October 5, 2010 by terpfan1980
A couple of news items found via USAToday.com that got notice from me...

First up, the story about the Tennessee firefighters that watched a man's home burn to the ground because the man hadn't paid the town the $75.00 fee that is required (by the town) to get service from the firefighters.  What kind of screwed up world are we living in where someone's home is allowed to burn completely because some additional fee hasn't been paid.  According to the story, the guy even offered to p...
September 10, 2010 by terpfan1980
If you've not been unlucky enough to run into it and/or see the news of the last 24 - 48 hours, there's a nasty little e-mail worm making the rounds, normally with a subject line of "Here You Have" or something similar.  Attached there-in is a .scr file and/or .pdf attachment that includes some nasty payload objects that will load your system up with a keylogger and other unwanted items.

I bring up the issue because as the issue ignited it reared its ugly head at my place of work as...
August 31, 2010 by terpfan1980
Over the last few weeks Pepco, one of the major power suppliers for Maryland, along with their compatriots at BGE, have found themselves getting beaten up pretty badly in the media and facing scorn and discord from their customers.  Many of their customers lost power during some severe thunder storms that passed through the area a few weeks back and then once the storms passed through the clean-up efforts began and soon after the power restoration efforts, and therein is the problem for the...
August 19, 2010 by terpfan1980
According to some news reports the stock market is diving (at least a little) because of an unexpected jump in jobless claims.

I'm left to ask just who the heck was doing what expecting?!

Seriously, the jump in unemployment claims is surprising someone?!  Really?!?  I'm not sure that I should say this, but I think I'd like to meet whomever had the expectations that aren't being met so I can perhaps knock a little sense into their heads (and please note, this isn't meant as a thre...