Thursday, August 28, 2008

The US is NOT a Democracy!

"...there is no question that the ruling force in a democracy is not a charter (if there even is a charter), but the vote of the majority."

"A republic is a government in which a restricted group of citizens form a political unit, usually under the auspice of a charter, which directs them to elect representatives who will govern the state. Republics, by their very nature, tend to be free polities, not because they are elected by the citizens of the polity, but because they are bound by charters, which limit the responsibilities and powers of the state. The fact that people vote for representatives has nothing to do with making anything free. The logical consistency and rationality of the charter, as well as the willingness of the people to live by it, is what keeps people free."

The United States of America is a REPUBLIC, NOT A DEMOCRACY!

Read all about it.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Cache Log I'm Proud Of

As a confirmed Armchair Cacher, I created a cache "Found It!" log I am proud to share with my fellow geocachers. The hint on this cache reads:

Our friend Wall-do went out for a walk,
He laid down to nap behind a small rock,
His current bed shouldn't trouble the least,
It's three steps up and clear to the east.

My log:

Pablo Mac went out for a drive,
Out for a cache, not shuck-and-jive.
Read the hint, but his Garmin knew best
Three steps up and clear to the west.

I'm a poet; did you know it?

Taking Photos With & Without Flash

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Put Everything That Matters on a Door

During a flood, you may only have a few minutes to grab your most important possessions.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

What If The Nazis Won WW2?

Citizen Issues Parking Ticket to Cop

A CITIZEN who watched a cop illegally park, then walk into a Chinese restaurant to wait for his food, has issued the officer a series of citizen-initiated parking violations.

Eric Bryant says he was sitting in the SanSai Japanese Grill on NW 21st and Hoyt on March 7 when he witnessed Officer Chad Stensgaard pull up and park his patrol car illegally, next to a “No Parking” sign.

Stensgaard walked into the restaurant wearing his police uniform, but did not make any arrests or citations. Instead, he turned his attention to the basketball game on television, according to Bryant. When Bryant asked Stensgaard about his vehicle, Stensgaard allegedly acknowledged being in a no-parking zone but asked Bryant, “If someone broke into your house, would you rather have the police be able to park in front of your house or have to park three blocks away and walk there?”

Bryant returned to his seat, and says shortly afterward he watched a restaurant employee hand the officer a plastic bag before he left. Unfortunately for Officer Stensgaard, Bryant had recently passed the Oregon bar exam, and decided to pursue the matter further.

“If he had acknowledged and corrected his error, we could have avoided this whole thing,” says Bryant. “But instead, he kept watching basketball and told me he wasn’t doing anything wrong.”

Now, using ORS 153.058, Bryant-as a private citizen-has initiated violation proceedings against Officer Stensgaard. Bryant alleges Stensgaard was in violation of state statutes on illegal parking, illegal stopping, obeying parking restrictions on state highways, and illegal operation of an emergency vehicle or ambulance-the violations carry fines totaling $540.

Officer Stensgaard has received a Multnomah County summons to appear in traffic court on May 23. Meanwhile Bryant denies he is just stirring up trouble.

“Citizens should be concerned that he used his status as an officer of the law as justification for breaking the law,” he says.

Stensgaard declined comment through the cops’ office of public information.

From The Portland Mercury

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Oil

It's common knowledge that oil came from decomposing dead dinosaurs and plant matters (after all, it is called "fossil fuel," right?) - but that's actually wrong.

Ever wonder why the same gas costs differently across town, even if it costs the same to make and transport? You can blame zone pricing.

Last year oil minister Ali Al-Naimi told reporters that the average barrel of Saudi oil costs just (Read all about it.) to produce.

The 8-Year Coma

Monday, August 18, 2008

10 Reasons To Switch To Gmail

1. Gmail spam filters block 99% of the spam that usually makes it to your inbox.

2. With Gmail you get to keep your old email account, and all incoming emails will be forwarded to your new Gmail account. Also, emails that you send from your new account will have your old email account in the from area.

3. You can create Word docs, PDF’s and spread sheets with Gmail via the use of GoogleDocs.

4. Gmail allows you to schedule events with the Google Calendar that will notify you by email to remind you of an appointment or meeting. It can also send a reminder to the person or persons that you will be meeting with.

5. Gmail has something called ‘Stars’ and which allows you to tag emails you find important. You can actually do a search for ‘Starred‘ emails and they all pop up, and as quick as a normal google search!

6. Your emails are tabbed into a thread, which means you no longer have to look for old emails… it is more like a conversation window.

7. You can archive old emails or whole conversations so that you can keep your Inbox clear.

8. You can set up filters and labels to keep your Inbox organised and clutter free.

9. It has a fast, easy search function which means you will never lose an email again. The search is as fast a normal google search which is ace.

10. All your emails are online which means that you access your emails from anywhere, not just one computer.

Read all about it.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Geo-Biking in Eugene

Ground-Speak.Com Novelty Email Address

Want an email address like:

(your geoname) @

It will be forwarded to your actual email address, and only costs $5/year

Read all about it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Most Corporations Pay No U.S. Income Taxes

Most U.S. and foreign corporations doing business in the United States avoid paying any federal income taxes, despite trillions of dollars worth of sales, a government study released on Tuesday said.

Read all about it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Raised by Hamas; Called by Christ

Mosab Hassan Yousef was born the son of one of the most influential leaders of the militant Hamas organization in the West Bank and grew up in a strict Islamic family. He renounced his Muslim faith, left his family behind in Ramallah and is seeking asylum in the United States

Read all about it. And pray for brother Mosab Hassan Yousef, because we know how the "Religion of Peace" deals with these issues.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Blame Game (GC1ETC7) Found It!

Bob Barr for President

I have never publicly endorsed a political candidate until now.

"Bob and I remember an era not all that long ago when Americans didn't need massive government programs, federal funds or tax incentives.We just saw a need and took care of it ourselves. That's not the way it seems to be any more. I hope you'll take time to view this video, it should serve as inspiration for what it can once again be.

- Jeri Barr