2021-02-25

Call Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121 And Tell Them Vote NO

We Cannot Remain Silent!

The Equality Act is a dangerous threat to our nation.

 
I am writing to you about a very dangerous piece of legislation—the Equality Act. The Biden Administration has said they want to pass this within their first 100 days. I cannot say this more emphatically—for people, for businesses, and for ministries of faith, the Equality Act is a threat to life as we know it in our nation today. It's a real game-changer.
 
The Equality Act will:
  • Designate schools, churches, and healthcare organizations as "public accommodations." With this, schools, churches, and hospitals could be forced to accept the government's beliefs and mandates about sexual orientation and gender identity. That would be highly intrusive and incredibly far-reaching. It will threaten everyday speech where people can be fined or lose their jobs for using the wrong name or pronouns.
  • Legislate that we allow boys in girls' sports, boys in girls' locker rooms, men in women's shelters, and men in women's prisons. It will force teachers and students to publicly pretend that a biological male is a female. Schools will be encouraged or mandated to instruct first, second, and third graders that they can choose to be a boy or a girl, or neither, or both, making biological sex (and science) a relic of the past.
  •  Use the force of law across all 50 states to strip Christian and other religious ministries of their right to hire people of shared faith to pursue a shared mission. Can you imagine a Christian organization being forced to hire people hostile to its deeply held beliefs who have no passion for its beliefs, teachings, and mission? That doesn't work.
  • Strip health professionals of their rights of conscience. It will force doctors and medical professionals who long to do no harm to engage in gender transition treatments such as hormone-blocking, cross-sex hormones or surgery. It is obvious that a Catholic or faith-based hospital should not have to perform gender transition surgeries that go entirely against all they believe.
  • Be a tool used by the government to deny or threaten accreditation to religious colleges and universities if they do not satisfy the demands of the secular Left to apply sexual orientation and gender identity to dorms, sports, places of privacy and even teachings. The Act could be used as a weapon to threaten the availability of federal student loans and grants to students at certain disfavored religious schools.
These are just a few examples. Friends, this is a pivotal time for our nation. This impact of this legislation is immense. We must not remain silent and accept what we know is wrong.
 
People of faith need to PRAY. Churches need to recognize the significance of this and pray corporately, asking for God's intervention and mercy to extend the religious freedoms we have been blessed with for so long.
 
In these fleeting hours before the Equality Act comes up for a vote again, we must act now!
 
Sincerely,
 

Franklin Graham

(Me: Y'all still happy with Biden/Harris or the Democrats in general? Dipshidiots.)


2021-02-24

I Got 7-8 Hours Sleep Last Night!!!!!!!!

So, I'm re-reading "The Sands of Mars" by Arthur C. Clarke (which I haven't read since I was a teen) and am surprised what a real writer-scientist had to guess at (conditions on Mars or in Space) and still managed to get pretty much right. Not like our "Scientists" today who make shit up and fit their "data" to promote their supposition. And, yes, it is unfortunate that they're is no Princess of Mars actually on Mars. (But how much you want to bet that'll be the nickname of the first woman to land there?)

It's very sunny, but COLD, out but I think I'm still going outside for awhile. Had a couple of humming birds buzz my head on our tour of the back 40 earlier. Guess I got too close to a nest or something. Is Spring almost here yet?

Got out and started trimming branches from this one tree that I've been meaning to trim the branches on for the past 8-9 years. Only got about half of the branches I want to get done; but feel good that I accomplished at least that much. But I gotta tell you: using that pole-saw thing is tiring! Getting too old for this crap!

Next radio project: Attach a Raspberry Pi4 to my Yaesu 857d and wirelessly get my Netbook to control it all. Gotta find pre-made data/cat cables that use the Sabrent USB audio dongle cause my soldering skills SUCK! Some nice video's on YouTube about doing stuff like that to make the HFHamClock thingie. Fun! Maybe something to show off IF we ever start having our Club meetings in person again.

Y'all have a nice night!


2021-02-21

Another Sunday! Cool!

So, if you can now take a picture of a check and e-mail it to your bank and get the amount on the check deposited to your account, why can't you do that with a picture of a dollar bill? I mean, fair is fair. Right?

SWMBO is off visiting her physically/mentally challenged friend for the day, so I'm puttering around the house. So far I've managed to not do too much except a load of whites, cleared all the really-left-overs out of the fridge and even some of the stuff that's been in the freezer forever. You know, stuff you put in the freezer thinking "I'll use that later." and you never get back to it. Yeah, gone! Of course, it'll be about 3 days and SWMBO will reach into the freezer/fridge for something and it won't be there. She'll come to me and ask "Didn't we have ...?" and get upset cause she finally was gonna use ???? BUT NOW IT'S GONE!

And, to top it all off, the cancel culture is now after "The Muppets." And y'all are going to let them get away with it. This is like listening to Bill Gates on anything climate or vaccine or trusting Fauci to know what he's talking about. Beyond stupid.

SWMBO came home. Yay! She told me that her friend complained that her microwave almost started on fire. We'd given her two of those metal thermos type cups and she'd tried warming them up in the microwave. Yes, sometimes OLD PEOPLE should be supervised while using technology.

Anywho, not a whole lot going on around here. Raining off and on and we try to time our walks between the drops. Building a LOT of virtual machines to play with. Love learning new stuff! My friend in Pa claims he got a version of Mac Os X working in a virtual machine so I'm going to duplicate his steps to see if it really works. Gotta download a 8 Gig file so that'll take 2-3 days.


2021-02-19

Going Through Some OLD Files ...

I find this message from 1989 when we called dBored BBS to get our "e-mail." We used Relay Internet Mail Exchange (RIME) and would dial up the BBS, upload previous mail reply's, download a new mail packet, and hang up. We had programs to read and answer the email then would repeat the upload process. (I even managed to do this while I was in Saudi for Desert Storm.)

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Date: 12-07-89 (13:08)           Number: 9845                      dBored
  To: STAN KING                  Refer#: NONE
From: SYSOP                        Read: NO
Subj: SHAREHOLDERS WANTED !        Conf: (0) Main Board
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I need some help here and will just come right out with it...
 
As most of you already know, dBored is one of the best boards in the US.  Right now, our hard-disk space is causing a major limitation and there is nothing I can do about it financially - period.
 
If I can get PLEDGES totaling approx $3,000, I will install a 700 MB ESDI hard drive that will take us well into the next many years with ease.  Without it, things will continue as-is...

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What grabbed my attention (again!) is the last paragraph: $3000 for a 700 Megabyte hard drive AND controller. An impossibly huge amount for an impossibly huge hard drive at that time. Wow! Well, my first hard drive was a 32mb hard card that cost $400. How times have changed!

Date Day. Took SWMBO to FPH in Port Orchard for breakfast. Inside dining! Nice! Was good and enough that I brought half of it home with me. Not much to shop for at Walmart so we wound up home way early. This afternoon we went to Taco Bell cause neither of us felt like cooking. We had to bring that order home to eat though. But I still got to eat with my Schweetie.

Playing with virtual machines in VMWare and VirtualBox. Got ReactOS, ZorinOS, WinXP, DOS 6.22 and Hamshack working so far.  Fun!

Already wish it would stop raining.


2021-02-18

Rainy Thursday. SWMBO Off To Genealogy. Biden Still POS. Harris Is Going Down.

I used a skill yesterday that I haven't had to use in, oh, 15 years. And I still know what I'm doing! Fat, Old, Fumble fingers anyway.

SWMBO has a cassette with a talk by a woman she wanted to listen to. We have no cassette player. But I do have a thing that turns cassettes into mp3 files! Who'da Thunk? But, at the end of side 1 the tape broke. So I had to remove the 5 screws and disassemble the cassette, reattach the long part of the tape to the little round tape take up thingie, then reassemble the cassette. Worked! I saved the day! (Again.)


This is a skill the "now" generation will never develop. Although I hear that cassettes are enjoying a bit of a resurgence in popularity. Nothing will ever beat that little portable 4-track player I had as a teen in Yuma though.

My first cassette player (1968?) was an industrial sized (guessing 2ft w x 1.5ft d x 8in h or so) thing that weighed probably 20 lbs and only played mono. Recording a song meant holding the mic up to the radio/record player and remembering not to sing along. Or sneeze. Or worse.

After joining the Navy and getting stationed aboard a ship (USS Dixie (AD-14)) I could keep 3 times the music in the same space in my locker than the other guys, with 8-tracks, could keep in their lockers. Still didn't make me any more popular. (My Mom gave all my vinyl albums away while I was in Boot Camp cause "You won't need them anymore." And my extensive comic book collection!)

Bought my first cd player in 86. It was about (guessing) 2ft w x 1.5ft d x about 8in h. Stereo, of course. Thing cost half an arm! First cd I ever bought was "Like A Rock."

Yes, I'm a techno-geek.

I still have some of those cassettes I bought back then. Wow.


2021-02-15

Welp, Back To Normal

Just a light sprinkling so far. That won't last. Gonna be a bit of flooding going on!

Put the truck in 4 wheel high and drove to the mail box and back to test the road. Still really mushy out there. No mail. (Wasn't expecting any today (it being a holiday and all) but maybe some from last Saturday.) Still, SWMBO's little KIA might be able to make it to the road (which was plowed) if she gets a wild hair and decides to go to the Genealogy Library.

Still 6" of snow to slog through but I managed to get trash burned.  Dog and I did half our walk and he went bug-fookin' crazy running around and bouncing through the snow. He crapped 3 times! (Like he'd been saving it up or something!)  Still haven't made a tour of the back 40 though. May try that a bit later.

Have the 1989 series of Batman movies playing in the background. I haven't watched these movies in probably 15 years! (Sorrry. I dislike Clooney so much now that I couldn't watch the last one.)

Tried to make a tour of the back 40 but kept stepping into knee-deep drifts. Maybe tomorrow. It's all melting pretty fast now.

With any kind of luck, or justice, Cuomo will be sentenced to an old folks home; since we aren't allowed to drag him into the street and run him over with that bus that takes the old folks to the casino every Thursday.

Hope you folks in Texas survive the cold and loss of power.


2021-02-14

Still Snowing. Sorta.

Well, it was. Snowed off and on since Friday evening with more fairly heavy Saturday. Small flakes but thickly falling.

We've been pretty much stuck at home. Got 11 inches in the middle of the driveway and up to 14 inches around where snow drifts. You know: near the house or trees. I probably could have gotten my 4wd truck out and about; but why? To check mail? Or chance one of these WaRshington Drivers not to take me and SWMBO out from their stupid driving? I don't think so.

Took a walk, well, slog really, up the driveway and back. That was enough for me. Most places I sank in up to mid-shin but a couple of places it went knee-deep. Old guy. Balance challenged. Footing felt pretty solid until I shifted getting ready for the next step. (Kind of like dealing with females...) Did tire me out though so I didn't want to do my usual walk today. Maybe tomorrow depending on how much snow the coming rain melts.

Dog tried to go with me but he tried jumping from my foot print to foot print and it didn't work very well.  Every time he tried bounding around he got buried in snow. Seemed not to enjoy it as much this year.

Ah well.


Call Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121 And Tell Them Vote NO

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