MS Propoganda

The IW Center
Naw, that's not a new software package from Microsoft. It's what you could call the "Prodcast". This is a regular offering on the Information Worker Center website, where regular folks can hear the latest from the MS Mothership. Similar to the Drive Time CDs which Microsoft used to offer to folks in the information industry, this is available to anyone and helps users understand the joys of new Microsoft toys. Need a good reason to upgrade your version of Microsoft Office once again? Check out the site and you're sure to get the details on what makes the latest version of product X from Bill Gates and Company such a must-have buy.

Freedom to Fascism


Aaron Russo's documentary on his quest to learn about whether or not the Federal Income Tax is legal or not. This is a pretty interesting movie! (1:51:16 long)

Ron Paul Rising


Last post tonight. "He's catchin' on!"

Something Big - YouTube Debate Ad


This ad does a great job of conveying the feeling of the Ron Paul Revolution in only 30 seconds. Nice job!

Proud to Call Ron Paul Our Next President


Great Ron Paul ad on YouTube!

We Want Ron Paul Music Vid


OK, this is one really excellent RP video!. Check it out!

Don't Believe the Elitist Media Lies About Ron Paul


The "greatest hits" of media BS about Ron Paul. Right here, one can see why the US media is worthless. Thank God for the Internet!

The Ron Paul Song by Shelby


This is yet another catchy Ron Paul song in a slightly silly video. Great voice and great song! This kinda reminds me of Sixpence None The Richer's "Kiss Me". Awesome video, so here it is below (I'd never seen it till recently!)

UK Media mogul sings for Ron Paul!


Wow! Talk about an endorsement. John Mappin, who is a wealthy media mogul in the UK was so inspired by Ron Paul that he wrote and sang a song for his campaign. He also appeared on the British show The Agenda to discuss how he could be a threat to Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House. Read more at Daily Paul.

McCain Booed by Republicans at Debate


I missed the YouTube debate, but have been putting the pieces together from comments and various clips. This is sort of like the story about the blind men and the elephant—everyone got a different take on the elephant. (No pun intended.)

According to NPR, McCain and Huckabee seemed to do the best. Of course, I've lost all respect for NPR political reporting. It's one of the worst out there. Enjoy the clip! (Ya gotta love Keith Olbermann!) The clip from the debate is below:

Romney supporters stuff FL straw poll ballot box



From the Daily Paul:
This is from some Ron Paul supporters at the St. Petersburg Straw Poll:

"We shot this video in Saint Petersburg at the Straw Poll on Novermber 29th 2007. It was my first time going to one of these events and I bought my ticket and voted ONCE. one vote per person. I saw 10 Ron Paul supporters to their 1. I will never go again. The voting was a scam. There were a small number of Mitt supporters there voting 20 to 30 times each. SCAM!"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=6Rm-AUMJ6Ko
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZzFnrLvszFw

"Thank you sir for voting (20 times)!" Is this guy blind or what? (Notice the one guy in Mormon uniform–white shirt and tie.)

Obama Grassroots leader switches to Ron Paul

From ObamaLA.com:
"My name is Marc Whittemore. I started the original grassroots group ObamaLA and carried it until it was 2,500 people strong. Having done substantially more homework now I am inclined to switch my vote."

It looks like integrity attracts integrity. Congratulations, Marc! You just saved a bunch of money by switching to Ron Paul for President!
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Paul: Supporters buying into stance on Iraq


From NHPrimary.com:
"NASHUA – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said his opposition to the Iraq war, his strict adherence to the Constitution and calls to change the monetary standard all fueled his GOP fundraising record via the Internet. 'I think the attention-getter is the war because it's a big issue, but I think that prompts a lot of people to go look at our Web site and say, 'Oh, I agree with these other issues,' ' Paul said during an interview with The Telegraph editorial board on Wednesday. The 72-year-old, soft-spoken Texas congressman already had a legendary individual donor base, the third largest in Congress as far back as 1994."

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Depleted Uranium: The best reason to bring the troops home


Invisible War, Part 1
Invisible War, Part 2
Invisible War, Part 3
Invisible War, Part 4
Invisible War, Part 5
Invisible War, Part 6
Invisible War, Part 7

"MS I-pod" Marketing Parody by Microsoft



According to iPod Observer, this popular video, found on YouTube and other sites was actually produced by Microsoft marketing as a way of critiquing their own over-abundance of information on their packaging. (This explains the funny spelling of iPod—intentionally avoiding a trademark lawsuit.) The video is hilarious—a true 'net classic!

Judith Regan explains why Fox loves Giuliani

From Salon.com
"Nov. 15 2007 | Of all the allegations contained in former ReganBooks Publisher Judith Regan's lawsuit against her one-time employers at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., the most explosive is the first. Regan charges that News Corp. executives wanted to destroy her reputation because she knew too much about her ex-boyfriend&emdash;former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik&emdash;and that what she knew could be harmful to the presidential hopes of Rudy Giuliani&emdash;whom she depicts as the preferred candidate of News Corp. and its subsidiary, Fox News. According to Regan s suit, 'This smear campaign was necessary to advance News Corp.'s political agenda which has long centered on protecting Rudy Giuliani's presidential ambitions.'

'Regan and the married Kerik had a well-publicized yearlong affair. Their assignations often took place in a lower Manhattan apartment that had been specifically reserved for the use of workers in the aftermath of 9 11. After Giuliani left the mayor's office on January 1 2002, Kerik went to work for him as a consultant at Giuliani Partners. Kerik and Regan broke up later in 2002. In December 2004, according to Regan s complaint, when President Bush tapped Kerik at Giuliani's recommendation to head the federal Department of Homeland Security Regan was pressured to keep quiet and asked to lie on Kerik s behalf. ' "[A] senior executive in the News Corp. organization told Regan that he believed she had information about Kerik that, if disclosed, would harm Giuliani's presidential campaign. This executive advised Regan to lie to, and to withhold information from, investigators concerning Kerik. ... [D]efendants knew they would be protecting Giuliani if they could preemptively discredit her."

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"Stunning": CBS News Discovers "Hidden Epidemic" of Military Suicides


From the Huffington Post:
"Tonight CBS will air the first of a two-part series on the 'hidden epidemic' of military suicides, revealing numbers that CBS calls 'stunning.' The report examines data on the suicide rate amongst veterans once they return home, which indicates a serious mental health issue — and a hidden mortality rate. 'We first started researching military suicides because it had never been done before,' said Armen Keteyian, CBS News' chief investigative correspondent in a statement forwarded by CBS News. 'But when all the data was collected, we were astonished. I had no idea how much of an epidemic CBS uncovered. We expect this to be a wake up call.'"

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CBS Investigates

Picasa vs Adobe Photoshop Album

Author Danny Sullivan writes a good comparison between the Free Google Picasa 2 software and Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0. It's amazing all the free and great software that's currently available to organize your photos!
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Still, if you haven't tried Picasa yet, you're missing out on a really sweet piece of free software. Upload albums of photos to free web pages and then share them with friends. They can get a copy of Picasa and then easily download all of the photos to their computer with one click. That's very cool and a real timesaver!

Sean Hannity meets CHANGE


You say "ambush" like it's a bad thing!

Financial Community Supports Ron Paul



Ron Paul is so money, baby!

Ron Paul for John Paul


Every Catholic deserves to check this out!

Ron Paul for the Long Haul



Wow! What a music video!

Mitt Romney’s a whore of the business class
And a Mormon who says that he supports abortion
Not for civil rights - wants to torture more
wants to double guantanamo with sodomy force
like the freak Guiliani workin’ for the Luminati
he’s a puppet of the banks and the real ruling party (Bilderberg)
he cleaned up the ground zero crime scene bombs
they let him run for prez and the press applauds
he’s a pro-war cross dresser womanizing gun-grabbin’
nothin’ but a fake wanna make new wars happen
pushin’ for a biometric national id card
worse than the George Bush coke-head retard
Fred Thompson, who’s Fred Thompson?
Another fake liar that keeps the world constantly at war
John McCain hold-s on to fame
And he cheers the Iraq Vietnam McCain
We need Ron Paul for the long haul
Cause he’ll stop all the wars where the bombs fall
So it’s Ron Paul, we gotta stand tall
Every other politician made the wrong call and passed the wrong laws
We need a long pause from the lies, that’s why we need Ron Paul
We need truth like the border needs a strong wall (yo, yo)
RonPaul2008.com, ya’ll

Hillary Clinton is big-money pimpin’
With the cash that the corporations goin’ insane
Cuz she’s Bilderberg pro-war CFR scumbag
She’s plannin’ on invading Iran we better run faster
Lady Clinton wanna manage a police state
Pan-American she bring death like cheese-steak
Barack Obama wanna bomb Iran
But he pretends he’s an anti-war kinda man
Hasn’t said a damn thing about the Patriot Act
Or the fact that most people live in one-room shacks
Or the fact that our economy’s about to collapse
And the fact that most whites won’t vote for a black
And besides, he’s a gun-control free-trade pro-tax
More-war still takes AIPAC kick-backs
Like John Edwards a tool of the Israeli war-crime clean-break murder…
We need Ron Paul, for the long haul
Cuz he’ll stop all the wars where the bombs fall
So it’s Ron Paul, we gotta stand tall
Every other politician made the wrong call
Passed the wrong laws, we need a long pause
From the lies, that’s why we need Ron Paul
We need truth like the border needs a strong wall
RonPaul2008.com, ya’ll (yo, yo)

Ron Paul’s 71, a former doctor and Vietnam op
Ten terms in Congress
And he uses the process, the Constitution
The propers, not pushin’ some fake democracy
Voted down Iraq war, said it was illegal
Wanna bring the troops home and end American imperial wars
For the Constitution
While these other politicians sell souls like prostitution
Ron Paul stood tall against the patriot act
All the Abu Graihb torture and never raised taxes
Voted down NAFTA
Voted down CAFTA
Says that the free trade bill’s a disaster
You see we got to stop it all, and return to bilateral trade
And get us out of an age where the people are losing freedom
Get us out of the cage
Or the banks will treat us all like cattle and slaves
We need Ron Paul, for the long haul
Cuz he’ll stop all the wars where the bombs fall
So it’s Ron Paul, we gotta stand tall
Every other politician made the wrong call
Passed the wrong laws, we need a long pause
From the lies, that’s why we need Ron Paul
We need truth like the border needs a strong wall
RonPaul2008.com, ya’ll (yo, yo)

Everybody’s fake
We got one chance Ron Paul
So you better bump this song like I’m Carl Walls
Chris Dodd, pissed off?
Well he’s Bilderberg
Joe Biden hidin’ what?
Well he’s CFR
Tom Tancredo was a pro-war Neocon
Sam Brownback outta wear a white-hooded sack
I need some Ron Paul!
Say What?
SAY WORD!
Bill Richardson, real first name Bildgerberg
Al Gore’s pro-war, read his own killer words
Sure this is a nerve, but I still spit killer verbs
smokin’ the herb, smokin’ the herb, smokin’ the herb
And Dennis Kucinich, with zero percentage
in chance to I vote Ron Paul to the finish
Even Mayor Mike Bloomberg might run
A pro-tax over-board billionaire to ban guns
With the parties that control gotta break that bond
RonPaul2008.com
Both parties want wars so they make that bomb
RonPaul2008.com
Most politicians lie so they make that dime
RonPaul2008.com
Or else we’ll go invading Iran, and then we all die
RonPaul2008.com
Yo, it’s all real, man. You know what I’m sayin’, they’re about to run World War IV real soon against Iran, you know so chew on that, bro. They got aircraft carriers in position to strike Iran, moving nuclear-armed planes to launch Armageddon in the middle-east. And if Cheney, and the Pentagon generals and the bankers that control him don’t do it, the next president will. You know, why do you think every single candidate, Obama included, is talking about bombing Iran? You gotta see the big picture, that’s why we call this album Tha Big Picture. You gotta think beyond Iraq, but most of these candidates, including all of the major media darlings are globalist banker hand-puppet leaches off the major international crime syndicate, dealing the oil, dealing drugs, dealing the weapons, but you know what I’m saying Ron Paul is the real deal. I say, death to British Petroleum, death to Shell Oil Company, and Lockheed, and Raithion and SAIC, and Stratcom and Northcom, this is the REAL revolution, this is the real hip-hop, this is Roy Shivers, this is King Solomon, this is talent

Robertson for Rudy (by Jim Wallis)

"Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for president is simply astonishing. Robertson - the television preacher who founded the 700 Club and once ran for president himself - has made opposition to abortion and same sex marriage his political north star and has been a relentless champion of traditional marriage and family values. Remember Robertson's merciless attacks on President Bill Clinton's lapses of sexual morality with Monica Lewinsky? Or his comments about how the 9/11 attacks were the result of America's tolerance for homosexuals and abortion? Now Robertson is for Rudy, a thrice married adulterous husband, who is estranged from his own children and is both pro-choice and pro-gay rights. According to Pat Robertson's twisted moral logic, forgiving the social conservative shortcomings of Republicans is a Christian virtue, so long as the same virtue is never applied to Democrats. But Pat thinks Rudy can beat Hillary, and Pat really cares about winning for the Republicans."
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Giuliani Outed


Rudy Giuliani has caught the wrath of some gays who feel he's flip-flopped on his support of gay rights. Hell hath no fury like a queen scorned! Watch Gays For Giuliani: "A Gay Leader". It's pretty funny.

Ron Paul Support is a Conspiracy, claims National Media

Major media outlets have denied fund raising reports, rally attendance, and record breaking internet support as the work of a small secretive group of Ron Paul supporters conspiring to defraud the public. Is it time for them to give up this conspiracy theory before they lose credibility?

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Ron Paul: November 5th


The Ron Paul Money Bomb. Supporters of Ron Paul will be donating $100 to the campaign in an attempt to break the record for most donations in a single day. Be a part of history and donate!!

True Reason for Ron Paul's Low "Scientific" Polls


Dueling Banjoes - Theme from "Deliverance"

Ron Paul: An American Tune


Simon, Garfunkel and Ron Paul. Nice vid!

Ron Paul - Critical To Get Political Music Video


This is a very catchy song and excellent music video!

Catchy Ron Paul Revolution Music Video

Another Ron Paul Music Video - In the Air Tonight

Ron Paul, Rudy and the German Kid (Treg)


German. Isn't it a beautiful language?

How to Embed FLV Flash Videos in your Blog

"Video Sharing Sites like Youtube or Google video provide simple HTML code for embedding their video clips in your web pages. But sometimes we want to add raw Flash Video files like SWF animations or FLV [streaming or progressive] which are frequently used by News or media websites.

Now to embed flash video files, you can either download the flv or swf flash video to your hard drive, convert it to avi, wmv or mov format and then upload it to your Youtube account. Then you can use the Youtube supplied HTML code to embed that video in your webpage or blog. The video will play wrapped inside the Youtube or Google Video player skin.

The above approach works but is clearly not the best way to do things. What if the original video is updated - then you will have to revisit the whole encoding-decoding cycle again. Secondly, there will be considerable loss in video quality when it is converted from one format to another and Youtube is definitely not the best place to see high resolution video clips. They will degrade it to 320x240 size clip.

So here's a very easy way for embedding flash videos in your website without loosing any quality. [Read More]

Mentos World Record Attempt


Get fresh! This looks like a lot of fun to make and a royal pain to clean up.

Speaking of Mentos, the Mentos FAQ is probably one of the funniest bits of Internet history out there. Just reading some of these, I feel a little fresh and breezy. Truly great comic descriptive writing!

Ron Paul Revolution BIG Interstate Billboards!


This video could have been edited down a bit, but the amount of work that went into making this extraordinary advertising for Ron Paul is really impressive. I would be very surprised if any other candidate has anything close to this kind of dedication from supporters.

Congressman Ron Paul has helped HUNDREDS of our veterans


This is how they talk in East Texas! Nice old guy shows that Ron Paul really cares about veterans. Great congressional ad that still works well to show that Ron Paul comes through for people.

10 Things I Hate About Liberty, starring Hillary Clinton



Great video! Good music and great Mike Gravel slam of Hillary at a debate.

Turn google into your own free napster

Some great tips here for finding all kinds of things, just by putting the right search terms into Google. Very interesting!

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Following us home

Somewhere in Washington, there's a catchphrase factory pumping out dumb new words and slogans that become the neocon mantra. "Islamofascists" and "global terrorism" are the de rigeur bon mots in any self-respecting neocon scare speech. One oft-repeated argument I have heard way too many times is this notion that if we "just leave" the terrorists in Iraq, then they will "follow us home".

It's a stupid argument, partly because it is often presented with no facts to back it up—just the kind of stubborn assurance that got us into this war. It also makes no sense, because it presumes that these guys have war planes or war ships that will attack us as we are attacking them. Or else, it presumes that it's just as easy for them to come here and kill us as it is for them to kill us over there. That is patently false. They like us over there, because we are saving them all of that transportation cost they'd have to incur to kill us in the U.S.

Thinkprogress.org did a great piece on all of this. Follow this link to its home. ;-)

The case for a Ron Paul presidency

Anti-War.com's Justin Raimondo relates how to explain US Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul to British citizens. As is often the case, the most interesting insights come after the article. [Read the article]

Fun with Crooks

Back around 1992, I received a very strange letter in my P.O. Box. It was typewritten and from Nigeria and made mention of a great deal of money that could be sent my way if I were to assist in some bizarre scheme. I vaguely remember the amount being about 10 million dollars. I don't recall any more, but I thought it was one of the oddest and most unbelievable letters I had ever received. So, I saved it, but never replied. Years later, I worked for an ecommerce company, whose number 1 rule was to never trust any orders from Nigeria. I didn't make the connection right away, but within a few days of working there, I saw that we did indeed receive a lot of online orders from Nigeria for our most expensive products. Every one of these orders was bogus, my boss assured me. And he was right.

It seems that a lot of others have noticed this aggressive scamming going on by folks in Nigeria, and have even taken to writing back and "scamming the scammers". Some very amusing exchanges have gone on with a lot of laughs being had at the expense of the those trying to swindle their savvy "victims".

One of my favorite stories comes from the website 419eater.com.

The Incredible Shrinking Artwork is the story of a guy who tricks this con-man into sending him statues to compete for a lucrative contest and then convinces him that the entries were damaged en route.

Sweet Chili Sauce is another site promoting a book called Dances with Thieves that relates many stories of messing with con men. Some are laugh-out-loud funny!

Finally, there was a great spoof done about a fake Nigerian Email Symposium a few years ago that is a riot!

Priests Protesting Torture at Fort Huachuca Jailed for Justice

From CommonDreams.org:
"TUCSON, Arizona — October 17 — Louis Vitale, 75, a Franciscan priest, and Steve Kelly, 58, a Jesuit priest, were each sentenced today to five months in federal prison for attempting to deliver a letter opposing the teaching of torture at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Both priests were taken directly into jail from the courtroom after sentencing. 1017 10Fort Huachuca is the headquarters of military intelligence in the U.S. and the place where military and civilian interrogators are taught how to extract information from prisoners. The priests attempted to deliver their letter to Major General Barbara Fast, commander of Fort Huachuca. Fast was previously the head of all military intelligence in Iraq during the atrocities of Abu Ghraib.

In a pre-trial heating, the priests attempted to introduce evidence of torture, murder, and gross violations of human rights in Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib in Iraq, and at Guantanamo. The priests offered investigative reports from the FBI, the US Army, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Physicians for Social Responsibility documenting hundreds of incidents of human rights violations. Despite increasing evidence of the use of torture by U.S. forces sanctioned by President Bush and others, the federal court in Tucson refused to allow any evidence of torture, the legality of the invasion of Iraq, or international law to be a part of the trial"

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Israel asks U.S. foreign aid be paid in EUROS

From Wake Up From Your Slumber:
"Israel asks U.S. foreign aid be paid in EUROS FYI - the Euro is now worth about 1.4 US Dollars. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni Secretary of State Rice has acknowledged a communique from Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Levni which requests that all foreign aid payments and loans from the United States be made in Euros rather than in Dollars. Foreign Minister Levni cited the rapidly declining dollar and it's disfavor as a world currency as reasons for the request.

'In the spirit of Yom Kippur, the United States will not hold Israel to any agreements obligating them to accept Dollars as payment for their foreign aid. We will translate our obligations into Euros or whatever currency that best fits Israel's needs' Secretary Rice said in the Friday, Sept 21 announcement.

'We need to place our Israeli obligations at the top of our national priority list. Israel should not suffer any inconvenience due to currency fluctuations' said Rice before heading off to Camp David. A similar request from Egypt was declined last week."

Now that's chutzpah!

Brownback To Announce He's Leaving the Race


Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, the Kansas conservative who struggled to raise money and gain recognition in the 2008 presidential campaign, will drop out on Friday, people close to him said Thursday.

Only makes this 2 month video that much more silly. I wonder who he's gonna endorse? I'm sure he's in a dilemma over who to support, as he probably wants to support the guy with the greatest chance of winning, who will then "owe him something".

Wireless Networks Tab Missing

It's always frustrating when you're on Windows XP and it just isn't performing the way you're used to. One missing tab can screw up your whole morning. For today's handy little tidbit, TRENDNET KnowledgeBase

Lucky Lieberman?

File this under "What are the odds?" From Rense.com:
"We may have the clearest evidence of vote fraud coming out of Connecticut with the re-election of Pro-Israel Joe Lieberman as an Independent. http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=95480 Now, how exactly did Lieberman win TWO elections and his two opponents got exactly the SAME number of votes at exactly 448,077 votes each time?!?! 'In Connecticut Ned Lamont (Dem.) lost EXACTLY with THE SAME number of votes as did Phil Giordano (Rep.) collected in 2000.' Any of you mathematical geniuses want to calculate the odds on that? It is beyond staggering. It is statistically IMPOSSIBLE and could not happen twice in one million years, much less twice in 6 years for one lucky Pro-Israel Jewish Senator. I think this matter needs to be investigated because it is smoking hot and beyond outrageous."

You can google this for yourself: Lieberman 448,077. You'll get lots of results.
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Giuliani Is Everyone's Worst Nightmare

From chuckbaldwinlive.com:
"Former New York City Mayor and Republican Presidential contender Rudy Giuliani said this week that he was 'liberals' worst nightmare.' However, the truth is, Rudy Giuliani is everyone's worst nightmare. That Rudy Giuliani is currently trying to cast himself as a conservative is beyond laughable--it is hilarious. This is a man who is unabashedly pro-abortion. He has been seen walking down Fifth Avenue with thousands of homosexuals demanding 'gay rights.' He himself is a cross-dresser. He has had numerous marriages and only God knows how many sexual affairs. He has been one of the country's most radical proponents of gun control. He made New York a sanctuary city for illegal aliens and is a strong proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens. As a prosecutor, his abuse of power and disregard for law are legendary. (See http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts208.html ) In addition, Rudy Giuliani is a senior partner in the law firm that 'represents CITGO, the oil company controlled by Venezuela's anti-American and terrorist-supporting ruler Hugo Chavez.' Giuliani's law firm also acts 'as the exclusive legal counsel for Cintra, the Spanish firm that has been granted the right to operate a toll road in the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) project.'"

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Another Anti-Rudy Movie: Giuliani Time


Another goodie on Google Video! This is a very thoroughly-researched movie which goes to great length to document the life and career of Rudy Giuliani. The title of the film refers to a catchphrase coined by the NYPD to indicate acceptable police brutality aimed at cracking down on street crime.

The movie does not gloss over the mayors many accomplishments, but it also manages to catch him during his most embarrassing public moments, such as the awkward cross-dressing video made with Donald Trump and as the object of a demonstration where citizens of New York lined up to "throw a doodie at Rudy". At this event, frustrated Big Apple residents were able to toss dung at a depiction of Rudy as the Virgin Mary–a reference to his attack on a controversial artist. Don't miss the ironic clip at the end, featuring the late Bishop Sheen, seemingly lambasting this cradle catholic.

How anyone would want to vote for or support this man after watching this movie is beyond my understanding. It's close to 2 hours long, but if you're at all curious about what makes America's Ex-Mayor tick, I would recommend watching this.

Washingtonpost.com gives Ron Paul a fair interview!!!

Washington Post's Michael Shear interviews Ron Paul and talks about coming across angry, raising $5 million, and whether he'll seek a third party bid for the presidency. No set-up questions or antagonism--just a good straight interview. In other words, not the norm for a Paul interview from the MSM. Also broadcast on XM Radio, POTUS08 channel.

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FIAT EMPIRE - Why the Federal Reserve Violates the U.S. Constitution


Stranger than fiction? This documentary explains what the Federal Reserve is, its history and how it violates the U.S. Constitution. Really startling stuff.

Rudy Giuliani Provides Plenty of Comic Material

Poor Rudy Giuliani. Such an easy guy to make fun of! Here are a few great jokes from an excellent political humor site.

'Last week during a speech to the NRA, Rudy Giuliani was interrupted by a cell phone call, which he stopped his speech to answer. Giuliani then told the audience, 'That was my wife reminding me to pick up some milk at the 9-Eleven'' --Seth Meyers

'This kind of seems like bad taste to me. A Giuliani fundraiser is now charging $9.11 in reference to 9/11. ... Isn't that inappropriate? I mean, isn't it like a Bill Clinton fundraiser charging $69 a head?' --Jay Leno

'Iran's president ... wanted to lay a wreath at Ground Zero, but his critics said, 'No, no. You are trying to exploit Ground Zero for political gain, and that is Rudy Giuliani's job.'' --Bill Maher

'Did you see Britney Spears at the Video Music Awards? I don't want to say that that performance was a disaster, but after the show, I saw Rudy Giuliani having his picture taken standing on her.' --Bill Maher

'Oh, I kid Rudy with love, because he is on the attack against Hillary Clinton. Have you seen this? He accused her of spitting venom at General Petraeus, and he paid for a full-page ad in the New York Times. He must miss the days when he was the mayor of New York, and the New York Times would have to print his bulls**t for free.' --Bill Maher"
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Rudy's favorite words to use in speeches: "Global Terrorism", "9/11" and "Hello, Dear"

Rudy Giuliani's stubbornness and his wife's meddling could very well cost him the nomination for his party. Can Rudy overcome his biggest liabilty: his wife?

According to WSJ.com:

A lot is going well for Rudy Giuliani's campaign. His fund raising is strong. He outstrips his GOP rivals in national polls. His speeches on taxes and health care were solid. He picked up some foreign-policy gravitas with a successful trip to London.

But there is a fly in the ointment. Even members of Mr. Giuliani's own staff are appalled at how he handled the incident in which he answered a phone call from his wife, Judith, right in the middle of a nationally televised speech to the National Rifle Association.

What was that about? Columnist Robert Novak cites "supporters from outside the Giuliani staff" who claim that taking phone calls from his wife as been "part of his political bag of tricks all year." But Mr. Giuliani's deputy press secretary Jason Miller told me the NRA incident was definitely not a stunt. Instead it was a "candid and spontaneous moment" that would humanize the tough-guy former mayor with voters.

Nice try. Just in case this isn't obviously ridiculous, Fox News commissioned a poll on the subject. It found that only 9% of Americans think a candidate should ever interrupt a speech to accept a call from his spouse.

The fact is that people inside the Giuliani campaign are appalled at the number of times their candidate has felt compelled to interrupt public appearances to take calls from his wife. The estimate from those in a position to know is that he has taken such calls more than 40 times in the middle of speeches, conferences and presentations to large donors. "If it's a stunt, it's not one coming from him," says one Giuliani staffer. "It's an ongoing problem that he won't take advice on."
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Giuliani To Run For President Of 9/11

From The Onion:
NEW YORK—At a well-attended rally in front of his new Ground Zero headquarters Monday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani officially announced his plan to run for president of 9/11.

"My fellow citizens of 9/11, today I will make you a promise," said Giuliani during his 18-minute announcement speech in front of a charred and torn American flag. "As president of 9/11, I will usher in a bold new 9/11 for all."

If elected, Giuliani would inherit the duties of current 9/11 President George W. Bush, including making grim facial expressions, seeing the world's conflicts in terms of good and evil, and carrying a bullhorn at all state functions.

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Word of Blog


Word of Blog is a site where you can promote your website/blog or where you can promote the work of others you like.

It's a simple concept, but a nice way to find information or people with similar interests. Unless you've got a lot of free time on your hands, you'll probably want to use the search tool, rather than browse the site.

Look up a service provider by phone



You can perform a Reverse Phone Number Lookup on WhitePages.com and learn whether a number is a land-line or cell phone as well as what service provider provides the number. Now, I wish there was a way to upload a whole list of numbers and find out which people I know are on my service providers, so I could call them for free.

How Popular is Rudy in the UK?

Who Would The World Elect is a website that detects your IP address and counts your vote under the correct country. For instance,

UNITED KINGDOM Votes for:
668 votes for Barack Obama
458 votes for Ron Paul
174 votes for Hillary Clinton
97 votes for Dennis Kucinich
60 votes for Mike Gravel
24 votes for John Edwards
24 votes for Rudy Giuliani
20 votes for John McCain
8 votes for Fred Thompson
8 votes for Mitt Romney
6 votes for Duncan Hunter
5 votes for Joe Biden
5 votes for Tom Tancredo
3 votes for Sam Brownback
3 votes for Bill Richardson
2 votes for Chris Dodd

This is interesting, as Rudy Giuliani recently said he was probably one of the 4 best-known Americans in the UK. (Perhaps, after seeing these results, this would explain why he's doing so poorly on this poll.)

It's not very scientific, but it is interesting to see how at least the educated web-savvy users in other countries see our political process. (Note that Mitt Romney gets much less votes when he's not paying for them.) I would imagine that many of these foreign "voters" have a better understanding of our candidates and their positions than the average American. That's actually pretty pathetic.

Giuliani and Cell Phones


The Atlantic recently wrote about Rudy and cell phones.
Big surprise: he doesn't like them. In fact, in one recent speech, he humiliated a woman in the audience whose phone went off while he was talking. Here's Hanna Rosin in the Atlantic last year: In Iowa, Giuliani was up to principle No. 2 ("Follow your hopes and dreams") when he was interrupted. From down in the audience, just beyond the stage, he heard a cell phone ring. He stopped in the middle of telling a story. "It's okay, you can answer your cell phone," he said. "You won't interrupt me." The woman whose phone had rung was mortified; he had just embarrassed her in front of 18,000 people.
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Press for Truth


9/11: Press for Truth is a documentary about how families of 911 victims got together to find answers to how 9/11 could have happened to us. It covers how only through the influence of the 911 families, the US government formed a 911 Commission to report on the disaster, but this effort was met with stonewalling at every turn.

The movie explains that much of the information for what happened on 911 was revealed in the press, but that often key information was often buried, if it was covered at all. According to the film, the press failed to do its job of synthesizing information and it failed to present the kind of editorials that would "connect the dots" on what actually happened.

I've seen many 911 movies, but this account is one that can't be refuted, because it doesn't go into conspiracy theory territory. It simply lifts the veil of deception that blinded so many people for far too long.

Limbaugh Faces Blowback

TheHill.com - Democratic leaders call Limbaugh comments ‘beyond the pale’: "In a letter prepared Friday by Senate leaders, Democrats continued to blast conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s description of antiwar troops as “phony soldiers,” setting up a parallel to Republican outrage over MoveOn.org’s recent Iraq ad. During his Wednesday broadcast, Limbaugh responded to a caller who identified himself as an active-duty member of the Army and said troops who criticize the war are not “real soldiers.” Limbaugh responded in agreement, rousing Democrats’ ire."

Iran President speaks at Columbia


"Iran's president wanted to lay a wreath at Ground Zero, but his critics said, 'No, no. You are trying to exploit Ground Zero for political gain, and that is Rudy Giuliani's job.'" --Bill Maher

I started wading through all of the hundreds of news pieces offered up by Google News, covering the Iranian president's speech at Columbia and realized how terribly biased most of them seemed to be. I've given up on most US press and now, I'm afraid the BBC is also suspect. Finally, I came across the best site to take in what was discussed. It's the official transcript. I also found a lot of the comments at Salon.com fairly interesting. A lot of folks were criticizing Columbia University's president, Lee Bollinger, for railing on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The consensus was that Bollinger's preceding remarks were rude and insulting and were a poor way to treat a "guest".

My advice to those who want to learn about what was said is to read the transcript. Otherwise, you'll just be subjected to an editorial.

Bob Dylan promotes Ron Paul!


Folks have always said that Bob Dylan was a visionary. This was taken from a post on the Daily Paul website, from a tool on the Dylan website. Pretty cool stuff!

Iraq For Sale


This is a must-see movie to understand the privatization of the Iraq War. 40% of the war spending is going to private contractors. (1hr 15 min)

Google Wants You To Share Stuff

Google has entered the social bookmarking market with a new product called Shared Stuff. Shared Stuff is simple enough; users drag a “email/ share” button into their browser, and click it when they want to add pages to their Shared Stuff profile. Links can include an image, text extract, and/ or a user comment.

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Talking to Americans



Before there was Borat, there was "Talking to Americans". This is from our friends up north in Canada. (Hey, if Jay Leno can do it, so can they!)

What's it Take to Win in Iraq?


According to Slate Magazine, General David Petraeus in his counterinsurgency field manual seems to indicate that the forces supplied for The Surge™ are way below what would effectively take care of the Iraqi insurgency.
One point they made is that it requires a lot of manpower—at minimum, 20 combat troops for every 1,000 people in the area's population. Baghdad has about 6 million people; so clearing, holding, and building it will require about 120,000 combat troops.

Right now, the United States has about 70,000 combat troops in all of Iraq (another 60,000 or so are support troops or headquarters personnel). Even an extra 20,000 would leave the force well short of the minimum required—and that's with every soldier and Marine in Iraq moved to Baghdad. Iraqi security forces would have to make up the deficit.

In the short term, then, say for a year or so, enough troops might be concentrated in Baghdad if troops now deployed in Iraq have their tours of duty extended, troops due for redeployment to Iraq are mobilized several months ahead of schedule, nearly all these troops are transferred to Baghdad, and enough Iraqi troops can be mobilized to make up the remaining slack.

It seems we as a nation have 2 choices: 1) Cut our losses and leave Iraq, Mission Accomplished-style or 2) Invest more money (and American bodies) than we can possibly afford to force democracy on Iraq, meanwhile bankrupting our country. You can read the entire article here. Also, if you'd like a free copy of Petraeus' manual, go here.

MoveOn vs Free Speech


Goodness gracious. Oh, my paws and whiskers. Some of the meanest, most ornery hombres around are suddenly feeling faint........

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The Only Pro-Peace Candidate



What happened to the George W. Bush who ran on a platform of No Nation Building? It takes a lot of guts to swim against the tide of fear being promoted by the US war machine and its "imbedded" media. Support a candidate who has the right vision for our great country and for the world. Support Ron Paul!!

LEAVE GENERAL PETRAEUS ALONE!!!! - Hilarious Video

This is a parody of video that's gone viral on YouTube featuring a sobbing Britney Spears fan asking folks to stop picking on her. Whether you're a fan or not of the Iraq war, you should be able to see the humor in this. (This is the original version, not the one on Keith Olbermann's show.)

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No Wonder Giuliani Sounds So Much Like a Democrat!


[This was posted 11/14/06 on the DNC's official website]
The Democratic National Committee issued the following statement in response to news that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani may seek the GOP nomination for President:

"It's unclear whether or not Rudy Giuliani will be able to just 'explain away' the fact that he's consistently taken positions that are completely opposite to the conservative Republican base on issues they hold near and dear," said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney. "Throughout his career Giuliani has tried to paint himself as a moderate, but now that he's vying for his Party's nomination will he undergo an extreme makeover in an attempt to cozy up to the far-right?"

Giuliani Was A Registered Democrat For Much Of His Life. Giuliani registered as a Democrat and even served as a party committeeman on Long Island when he was 21. [U.S. News & World Report, 3/23/87; USA Today, 12/20/99]

Read more here.

Where was Osama on September 11, 2001?

"Where was Osama on Septembers 11? There is evidence that the whereabouts of Osama are known to the Bush Administration. On September 10. 2001, 'Enemy Number One' was in a Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi, courtesy of America's indefectible ally Pakistan, as confirmed by a report of Dan Rather, CBS News. He could have been arrested at short notice which would have 'saved us a lot of trouble', but then we would not have had an Osama Legend, which has fed the news chain as well as George W's speeches in the course of the last five years. "
Read the whole story here.

George Bush Encourages the Terrorists to Attack American Troops (2006)



Unbelievable! A 2006 display of titanic arrogance from the chickenhawk who recently boasted that we were "kicking ass in Iraq". It's this kind of cowboy stupidity that is going to bankrupt this country and has made us one of the most hated nations on the planet!

Bush planned Iraq invasion days after taking office in 2001


The invasion of Iraq was planned long before 9-11 according to Paul O'Neill, former Secretary of the Treasury under George Bush. In this 60 Minutes interview (aired in 2004), the author of "The Price of Loyalty" gives startling testimony to the pre-meditated plan for nation-building in Iraq. This proves that the war was illegitimate and aggressive.

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Ron Paul supporter demonstrates how to show the "LOVE"


This little video shows someone with some real passion for their politics. The R3VOLution will be mobile!

Mike Huckabee gets pranked by Canadian show


On April 1st 2001, Canadian network CBC aired a comedy special called "Talking to Americans" with host Rick Mercer traveling around the US and asking Americans questions designed to show how little they knew about Canada. One of the show's segments, shot in Arkansas, even managed to fool formerly-obese governor Mike Huckabee.

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Mainstream Media turns on Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani
Despite being named Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2001, the 09-03-07 issue of the mag does a pretty good job trashing America's favorite victim. Accounts of the ex-mayor's popularity open and close the article, but the bulk of the piece is essentially an evisceration of Giuliani's campaign, purported foreign affairs experience and qualifications to be the next U.S. President. If he were an opening show on Broadway and this were a review, they'd be packing it in right about now. Read the article at TIME.com. [Photo above from www.robbieconal.com.]

The K.I.S.S. method of campaigning





To paraphrase a popular architectural acronym, Keep It Simple, (and) Stupid. These 2 videos pretty much sum up Giuliani's entire campaign.

Fred Thompson would guarantee a Democrat win, says liberal source


Liberal site MotherJones.com explains why "Lazy Fred" hasn't got a chance against a Democrat contender. They make a pretty good case, too. The real question: Do Republicans want to win or just have another actor in the White House?

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America's Ex-Mayor


To know him is to dislike him intensely. Check out the site and the video that exposes the truth about "Mr. Global Terrorism"—therealrudy.org I can't believe this guy thinks he's going to be our next president!

New iPods Arrive!


The old saying that only death and taxes are inevitable should be re-written to include another sure thing: the release of new iPods from Apple. They just keep surprising folks with new offerings, more choices and lower prices. In fact, with the release of the new iPodtouch, they've dropped the price of their iPhones by $200. (So, you can imagine the profit they were making on all those poor schlubs who wanted to be the first on their block with a "Jesus phone".)

Another new offering is the ability to buy iTunes via your iPhone. Oh, and for all those people who were going balistic when they heard about the price drop, there's a $100 rebate for iPhone "early adopters". Good damage control by Apple!

More news at the MotherShip.

Who's Visiting My Blog?


Now that I've got a number of posts on the ol' blog and have dropped some crumbs here and there in cyberland, I decided to get myself a page hit counter. A quick Google search and 5 minutes later, I had my own counter.
StatCounter is a free web counter with lots of great features, including providing a map approximating from where your visitors are viewing your site. Pretty cool!

YouTube - Ron Paul : Stop Dreaming


In 8 minutes and 46 seconds, you can know more about Ron Paul than the majority of the US population! The r3VOLution will be on YouTube! Read what others have said about this video here.

The Truth vs Barack Obama


The difference between a politician and a truthful person is that politicians don't know how to give straight answers to direct questions. See the video with visitor comments at YouTube.

Senator Craig, "I Am Not Gay"


How does one accidentally touch another person's shoe in the adjacent bathroom stall? When will the politician scandals ever end? There's some great political humor here. This one above's my current favorite.

FaUX News Redefines Journalism



"Fair and Balanced" sounds more like Newspeak than "news speak" when it comes to the Fox News Channel. Way to go, Keith Olbermann!

Tivo for Movies


If you had to make a master list of all the world’s problems, “limited access to movies” probably wouldn’t appear until Page 273,996. Truth is, life is teeming with opportunities to see movies: movie theaters, video stores, DVD-by-mail services, TV movie channels, pay-per-view, video-on-demand, Xbox 360, iTunes, Internet downloads, hotel rooms, airplanes and so on. But according to the team at Vudu, all of those outlets are flawed. " Read More

YouTube - Ron Paul : When in the course of human events...



This is a great Ron Paul video. This country needs a doctor in the 'House!

A Video Every American Needs to Watch



I found this video today and it scared the hell out of me.

Digg Your Own...


Pligg is a Content Management System that lets you roll your own Digg-style website using the ever-popular PHP/MySQL combo for dynamic web content. It lets you setup a site that looks a whole lot like the popular Digg.com site. Here, you can generate content and other users can vote on the content to make it more popular. The price is right--it's free--and you get many cool features to give your website a very rich Web 2.0 look.


One website already taking advantage of Pligg is iphonewishlist.net which lets you vote on and comment on suggestions for the next versions of the Jesus Phone. The big question: Will Apple bother to check this site out?

Newsweek predicted Rudy McRomney would be hurt by pro-war stance


This story is almost 6 months old, but speaks volumes in common sense. Most Americans are against the war, but yet the Republican "front-runners", like lemmings, follow the advice of their political advisers. It shows most candidates are too afraid to run based on their own convictions. Note: The Ron Paul candidacy hadn't gone official at the time.

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Spy Journal Excel Tips

Spy Journal Excel Tips is a great Excel tip blog written by an Aussie with a real passion for all things Excel. It features an extensive list of other Excel tip sites broken down into RSS and non-RSS feed sites. There's an incredible amount of info here and in the associated blogs! Interesting reading on Excel 2007 and the stuff it brings to the table.

Bill Moyers' "Buying the War"

Lots of good information coming out of the discussion on the excellent presentation by PBS--"Buying the War" by Bill Moyers. <Click to watch>

Here are the latest links I've gotten off of the comments section:
Dr Robert Bowman: The Impossibility of the Official Government Story http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6900065571556128674
http://patriotsquestion911.com/

PR Firms=Propaganda: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rPQCPwdwHQ

Terrorstorm: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=786048453686176230&q=terrorstorm&hl=en

On attacking Iran: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3346275,00.html

Spoof John McCain website: http://www.electjohnmccain2008.com

Live chat Thursday night 4/26/07 at 9PM EST DemocracyInteractive.com about the Moyers program: http://www.democracyinteractive.com

PNAC's role in attacking Iraq: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PNAC

David Ray Griffin on 911 coverup: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PNAC
Explanation for launch of Iraq war: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=CHO20070104&articleId=4347

Quick history lesson: http://www.mapsofwar.com/images/EMPIRE17.swf
The press and the Kennedy conspiracy: http://karws.gso.uri.edu/JFK/the_critics/griffith/Press_and_assassination.html

Lisa Finnegan's book "No Questions Asked : News Coverage Since 9/11": http://www.noquestionsasked.org/
War Profiteers and the Media: http://www.lexrex.com/enlightened/articles/warisaracket.htm

Orwell Turns in His Grave: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1925114769515892401

Transcript of Kucinich press conference: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/21728

Iraq poised to end drought for thirsting oil giants: http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article2132467.ece

Institute for Research - Middle Eastern Policy: http://www.irmep.org

Blockage of solutions: http://nomadeyes.com

Suppression of Iraqi body count: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_un_report_4

Freedom to Fascism


Please visit http://www.freedomtofascism.com to purchase the DVD.

This is the "Director's Final Cut" authorized version of Aaron Russo's documentary, America: Freedom To Fascism (AFTF). It is being uploaded to Google Video for the first time during the evening of October 19-20th, 2006. Aaron has listened to everyone's feedback - volunteers, students, lovers of freedom & liberty, young and old alike - and, true to his word, he is putting this up "for free" on Google Video knowing that the hour has come for Americans to either be awakened to restore the Republic or be swept aside by the dark global forces of fascism that seeks to enslave mankind.

AFTF's main focus comes in a statement with six very simple words: SHUT DOWN THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM!!

The Money Masters Video


The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private ... all » hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole...Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world's money..."

THE MONEY MASTERS is a 3 1/2 hour non-fiction, historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today. The modern political power structure has its roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money. The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned "central" bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation, including America, has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers.

Hamster Security



Got a hamster and lots of secure documents you want to dispose of? Take security to the next level with this hamster-powered paper shredder. Not only are your documents shredded, but then they're further rendered useless by hamster poop and pee. Brilliant!

Your Magazine Archive Online


I was thumbing through an old copy of Texas Monthly the other day at work and found a nice article on popular hiking destinations. At the website, I learned that only members got access to online articles. Now, I live for these sorts of online challenges, so a couple seconds of googling later, I dug up this site: AccessMyLibrary

Jackpot!

This website has tons of text information from many popular magazines you'd find if you were to walk into your local public library. This is one of the best reference sources I've found in a while.

My New Favorite TV Show



Being the documentary junkie that I am, I was glued to our local-channels-only TV set last night at the discovery of a program new to me--Frontline (on PBS). This show rocks! So does their website.

On last night's episode, there was a story on the Afghanistan war followed by a show on person-to-person loans that were both excellent. The companion website lets you "drill down" with more info and online links, plus you can re-view the video from the program, if you'd like. (It takes a couple of days for the videos to post.) I guess I have a lot of catching up to do now! I wonder if this is available on iTunes...

Cisco Blog



http://www.ciscoblog.com

There's a lot of great links, here, even links to simulators. How awesome is that?

Fix: USB flash drives won't get assigned a letter in Win XP




I've run into this problem recently at work, where users have numerous network drives mapped to their computer. The flash drives are recognized by the computer, but fail to show up in the drive list under My Computer.

The solution I've found is (with the USB flash drive inserted into a USB port) to use "Manage" under the My Computer "Preferences" right-click menu and then click the Manage Drives icon to bring up the computer drives. Right click on the band that relates to the USB drive and pull down to where it lets you assign a new letter. Try to assign a letter you're not going to need later on.

That's pretty much it. I'm not sure why some drives have this problem and some don't. I have noticed that the drives that have run into problems are formatted with the FAT file system, so this could have something to do with this issue. I hope this is helpful to someone out there. Comments would be appreciated, too.

Quicksilver - Mac utility par excellence




"Quicksilver is bar-none the best productivity application on the market today. Whether we're talking Mac, Windows, or Linux, freeware or shareware, this Mac-only, freeware application launcher-and-then-some is the best productivity booster I have on my computer."

Reading the geeky giddyness over this product is a little embarrassing, but it also makes me want to check it out! Mac users/lovers only!!

Type, don't Mouse!




SlickRun is a free floating command line utility for Windows. SlickRun gives you almost instant access to any program or website. SlickRun allows you to create command aliases (known as MagicWords), so C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe becomes MAIL.

Enter a web URL into SlickRun and it will launch your browser and navigate to the specified address. Run multiple programs in a few keystrokes, jot a note, look up a definition... SlickRun is the most natural way to interact with your computer.

It's freeware, but if you like the software, they will gladly accept PayPal donations.

What you find when googling "BurnLounge sucks"




I found this great post (among many others) while researching BurnLounge. BurnLounge sounds like a good way to make money as long as you don't mind going to hell. Here's one member's comments, found at indiemusician.com:

"Okay, how about an objective opinion from someone without an axe to grind, who's actually a Mogul, and who is not one of these cultish fan boys?
Here it is:
In January a friend approached me about BurnLounge, so excited he was about to pop. I said sure - why not? That $450 figure is only if you're stupid enough to purchase the utterly useless 'university package.' My initial investment was just $140 or so.
(For those not in the know - the 'university package' is pushed HEAVILY because (OF COURSE!) it makes the guy who sells it to you a nice chunk of change. The only actual money I've seen from BurnLounge came from - you guessed it! - the idiot I signed up who blew $300 on the 'university package.' So what IS the university package? It's a bunch of CD/DVD's that help you convince OTHER people to sign up - sort of like those marketing things you see on 4:00 a.m. infomercials. And yes, you read right. For half a dozen DVD's, you pay THREE HUNDRED bucks. But hey, the guy right above you makes like $50 off your stupidity, so that's cool, right?)
It's now been more than five months since I signed up. I told the pal who got me into it that my own business was far too busy at the moment to do much with it for at least six months (and besides, I actually MAKE money with my own company :) )
So I signed up one guy, and then watched. Just watched to see what would happen. Here's the results:"


Another good link to BurnLounge discussion is http://digitalmusic.weblogsinc.com/2006/07/19/burnlounge-still-ripping-consumers-off/ or http://digitalmusic.weblogsinc.com/2006/06/16/burnlounge-sell-digital-music-snakeoil

Fix Disappearing SendTo "Compressed (Zipped) Folder" in XP

For those who have always relied on WinZip, there's a little-documented feature of Windows XP that lets you unzip and zip folders of files very easily. Just right-click a folder and go to SendTo > Compressed (Zipped) Folder to create a zip archive of the selected folder. If you double-click the icon, it will open seamlessly. To add a password, just open the archive window and go to File > Add a Password...

One problem I've seen is that for some reason, this icon in the SendTo folder has a tendency to disappear. Here's the solution. Type:

rundll32 zipfldr.dll,RegisterSendto into the Run window and run it. The icon will re-appear under SendTo! By the way, it's also a good idea if you first choose Compressed (Zipped) Folders as your default app for opening .zip files. Right-click and go to Open with... to choose this.

I hope this is helpful to someone.

Damn Print Job Be Gone!

Here's a cool solution for the notorious Print Job that will Not Delete. The original link:
Gizmos Grabowski: TIP: Can't Delete Print Jobs:
1. On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Run.
2. Enter the following:
net stop spooler (and hit enter)
3. Delete all files in the following folder:
C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Printers
4. Once the spool files are deleted, start the spooler again:
net start spooler

You can also find some useful suggestions in the comments below.

Make 7-Zip Yours



It's great free utility day here on My Net Gems! Here is another kick-bootie tool that is très useful!

The main features of 7-Zip:

* High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
* Supported formats:
o Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
o Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS
* For ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
* Self-extracting capability for 7z format
* Integration with Windows Shell
* Powerful File Manager
* Powerful command line version
* Plugin for FAR Manager
* Localizations for 63 languages

Did I mention it's FREE?!!

Awesome screen capture freebie



I'm on a cool free tools kick today. Here's another gem that everyone should load onto their PC immediately!!

PrintKey is activated when you press the PrintScreen Key and allows you to capture the entire screen or any portion of it. You can then make changes to the screen capture and save in a variety of formats including .gif, .bmp, .jpeg, .jpg, .emf and .wmf. You can also swap colors, convert to grayscale or black and white, change picture size and send to the printer all from this little freeware program. Tested and works fine with Windows 9x/Me/2000/XP

This description comes from a great PC fan website called New Life Windows 98. Thanks, Harry O!

PageDefrag - Free Windows defrag tool from Microsoft

The words "Microsoft" and "free" are not often used together. So, it's worth noting this software --which I just heard about--which provides some system performance enhancement benefits gratis.

PageDefrag v.32: "One of the limitations of the Windows NT/2000 defragmentation interface is that it is not possible to defragment files that are open for exclusive access. Thus, standard defragmentation programs can neither show you how fragmented your paging files or Registry hives are, nor defragment them. Paging and Registry file fragmentation can be one of the leading causes of performance degradation related to file fragmentation in a system.

PageDefrag uses advanced techniques to provide you what commercial defragmenters cannot: the ability for you to see how fragmented your paging files and Registry hives are, and to defragment them. In addition, it defragments event log files and Windows 2000/XP hibernation files (where system memory is saved when you hibernate a laptop).

PageDefrag works on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Server 2003."

Geeky but old Windows Info

I found this page with some old but interesting info. A lot of it is still applicable. (I was searching for info on hacking Windows Explorer.)

Computer Viruses and Parasites - How they work and how to remove them
Windows Explorer configuration - How to make it friendlier
Computer Language Comparisions - C++, Delphi/Pascal, VisualBasic 6.0
Notes on Database Development - MS Access | Delphi | Visual Basic | Java | Firebird
Problems with System Upgrades - Includes a list of suggested debug tools.
Browser Wars - Some children just don't know how to play together
Internet Explorer - Various notes and comments related to Internet Explorer
HTML Examples - Learn by example
Various notes - Just a collection of unrelated technical data

Thanks to Robert Clemenzi for publishing this info!

Cool Windows Search Tool!




Agent Ransack - home: "Agent Ransack is a free tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently. When searching the contents of files Agent Ransack displays the text found so you can quickly browse the results without having to separately open each file!

Agent Ransack provides compelling advantages over similar search tools:

* Regular expressions that allow complex rule based searches.
* Immediate contents results view.
* Various wizards to walk the user through the searching process.

Agent Ransack is provided FREE of charge for the benefit of the Windows community."

Just Say No to the VC

SmartBiz.com: Small Business Resources - Bootstrapping 2.0: Smart, Marketable Ideas Trump Outside Capital: "One of the first lessons an avid outdoorsman taught me is that when you’re facing the unforeseen elements of nature, it isn’t smart to rely on outside help for survival. We sometimes forget that the same is true for business, particularly in light of the venture capital-fueled dot-com boom and rise of advanced Web-based (or Web 2.0) tools that are helping to redefine the concept of “bootstrapping,” or building a business without outside capital."

This is a great article that highlights what I think is an important principle that many entrepreneurs miss. Sometimes, big success starts with prudent but smart investment.

Dump file and directory listing to text file (DOS batch)

Ahh, the magical world of ".bat"! Having always used a GUI, I feel like some kid who missed out on years of television. Here's a gem I found that lets you get a directory listing from anywhere on your hard drive, using the "SendTo" directory. That's an invisible folder, kids, so make sure to turn that on in your Windows Explorer--at least for this. (Tools > Folder Options, under the "View" tab)

Windows Vista News Roundup

Amazon.com featured some nice links to news and info on Microsoft Vista. Here are the first 3. You can click the "Next" link to get to the others. Looks like Bill Gates will be making a few extra bucks this year!

Amazon.com: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade Additional License Pack - 1 PC: Software: "1. Windows Vista Home Premium (from reviews.cnet.com)
Windows Vista Home Premium is essentially warmed-over Windows XP Home Edition. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we ...

2. Microsoft Vista Basic (from reviews.cnet.com)
Windows Vista Basic is essentially warmed-over Windows XP, Windows XP SP3. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we ...

3. Six Versions of Vista Set for Second Half of 2006 (from www.winplanet.com)
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