11/29/2005 07:55:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Well as said before, nothing gets you closer to the true mind of the Right wing-nut like Newsmax. Let me give you a gems that has floated into my inbox from Newsmax in the last 2 days. *“John McCain: Torture Worked on Me”* Wow! you'd think that someone would mention that John McCain is a war hero and a descent human being (which is probably why they hate him). But no, we got cherry picked quotes from his book suggesting that he spilled the beans because he was tortured by the vietnamese. Which is obviously who I suggest we emulate, the Viet Cong. After 5 year under torture and inhuman treatment the crack staff at Newsmax has uncovered that McCain said “Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant.” *GASP!* who would've thought it! John McCain a traitor and a wuss...but in the same paragraph Newsmax quoted this, Recalling how he gave up military information to his interrogators, McCain said: “I regret very much having done so. The information was of no real use to the Vietnamese, but the Code of Conduct for American Prisoners of War orders us to refrain from providing any information beyond our names, rank and serial number.” So after 5 and 1/2 years being brutalized McCain A) gave up info that they couldn't use and B) signed a document in Vietnamese that he had committed “war Crimes” Way to go Newsmax, you have falsely framed an argument so that the US government can torture prisoners by discrediting a republican war hero. Another Feather in the cap for you!

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|W|P|113331574646407236|W|P|Newsmax once again attacks McCain for being a hero|W|P|11/29/2005 06:19:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| Dear Senator First As one of your constituents I am continually saddened by this congress' inability to take responsibility for it's own actions. Congress has refused accountability for the lack of equipment for our troops, and to this day soldiers are still buying their own body armor. You have refused accountability on the swelling budget deficit that I will be passing to my four year old. Congress has yet to accept ANY responsibility for the horrible state of our world wide image after the scandal of Abu Ghrab. Congress has not accepted any responsibility for why we went to war with a country so obviously incapable of harming us. Congress has done little to assist the victims of hurricane Katrina. We in Tn are still paying for the administration's lack of foresight. Congress has yet to accept responsibility or offer assistance to the millions of Americans (many of the employed in low wage jobs) who live without health insurance. Congress has yet to accept any responsibly for continued misdirection of our country. When will you as Majority leader of the Senate going to be a man and take responsibility for the mistakes you and this Congress have made? When will you begin the very FIRST step of fixing a problem and admit that there is one? Until you do, the problems will continue to fester and grow. Wounds don't heal on their own Senator. And the country you serve is wounded and needs to heal. I am asking you as someone who trusted your judgement to prove me right in that assessment by standing up like a true civil servant and saying simply "we made some mistakes, now it's time to fix them..."I'm sure your political advisors and handlers wouldn't allow such honesty. But it is what voters and citizens deserve from their public servants. thank you Edward Arnold|W|P|113331007895644409|W|P|open letter to Senator Frist|W|P|11/28/2005 08:52:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Very Good article...
here's a quote
“I think we are witnessing the beginning of the end of a major era in world history. It may take fifty years, it may take a hundred, but the age of copyright is drawing to a close. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it's inevitable.”

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|W|P|113323275584652170|W|P|The End Of Copyright|W|P|11/27/2005 07:12:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I picked up World of Warcraft recently, which is probably a mistake given my Obsessive compulsive nature. But never the less the game has been everything that was advertised. It runs smooth on my iMac, the controls are great the GUI is smooth and the game is likely to get you more addicted than a meth-head in Missouri. But this is only a first impression, since this game is a full year old, there are tons of guys who are running around at level sixty (the max in this game untill the new Espansion pack comes out. so most people tell me that the MEAT of the game kicks in around level 40 or so.I think it's hard to pass judgement right now. As I have said before, one technology pirchase leads to another. New phone = bluetooth headset, PSP = PSP ware, Memory Stick Duo, New iMac= Memory, blah blah blah blah... But never the less the addition of woW has brought me Apple's new Mighty Mouse which is apple's crazyn @@$$ take on the two-button mouse. It works pretty well, but it has taken some getting used to . It seems as though I have been grabbing the mouse soimewhat sideways all these years withpue noticeing . The mighty mouse's odd construction is breaking me of that...

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|W|P|113314038943798057|W|P|Recent Toy update|W|P|11/27/2005 06:44:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|

Fairy Wings
Originally uploaded by knots.
How great is this pic of Emily in her new Fairy Wings? Thanks Gran
|W|P|113313865238070811|W|P|Fairy Wings|W|P|11/25/2005 08:55:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| I was saddened last year when the King Biscuit Blues festival in nearby Helena, AK lost it's “King Biscuit” Monicker. For those that are unaware, The King Biscuit Flour Hour was a staple of black radio in the bad ol days of Jim Crow in the Mississippi delta. It became like WDIA in Memphis THE show to listen to for most of the regions black American's. And after the heyday of radio and long after King Biscuit Flour was no longer available, The Blues Fest in Helena was great time. The Beale street music festival and Oxford, MS's Double Decker festival where chock full of semi pop acts and frat boys that they became un-fun and repetitive. But the King Biscuit was usually filled with regional rock and blues acts and it was truly the locals that came out to support it. But recently the King Biscuit monicker was removed, but the Helena Ak blue fest marches on. But now, the King biscuit will open a cafe a Beale street here in Memphis and have a King Biscuit blues fest here in Memphis. How will this pan out? Who was in charge of booking the acts? Helena? or the King Biscuit music guys? Will anyone care? read more here

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|W|P|113293058216492978|W|P|Blues Fans of Memphis rejoice|W|P|11/23/2005 09:35:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P||W|P|113276021778203714|W|P|What my desktop looks like, Right now|W|P|11/20/2005 01:35:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|What's playing right now in iTunes

Big Chief from the album “Dr. John`s Gumbo” by Dr. John
Tipitina from the album “Dr. John`s Gumbo” by Dr. John
Benzie Box from the album “The Mouse and the Mask” by Danger Doom
Welcome To The Working Week from the album “My Aim Is True” by Elvis Costello
Last Night from the album “The Complete Stax-Volt Singles Vol. 1” by Mar-Keys|W|P|113251540492990275|W|P|Itunes|W|P|11/19/2005 04:14:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|So as you might know, one of my favorite things to do is to provide a window into the mind of the NEWSMAX reader. Ah Newsmax, if I want an eye on the wingnuts of America you are my magnifying glass. And this one is no exception.

Study Links Oral Sex, Cancer
Some mouth cancers are caused by a virus contracted during oral sex, according to a new Swedish study.
Done at the University of Malmo, the study shows that individuals orally infected with human papilloma virus, HPV, are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer.
HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that is known to cause a variety of health problems, including cervical cancer. It is most often passed by genital-genital contact.
But the Swedish research shows that when the virus is contracted orally, presumably by means of oral-genital contact, it increases the risk of mouth cancer.
“You should avoid having oral sex,” said Dr. Kerstin Rosenquist, who headed the study comparing 132 patients with mouth cancer with a control group of 320 healthy people.
Dr. Rosenquist and her colleagues found that 36 percent of the cancer patients were carriers of HPV while only one percent of the control group had the virus.
Mouth cancer is most commonly contracted by middle aged and older men, and is primarily related to smoking and drinking alcohol, said Dr. Rosenquist.
“But in recent years the illness has been on the rise among young individuals and we don't know why.” she said.
“But one could speculate that this virus is one of the factors.”

mind you this the third story leading the Newsmax “Health Alert” newsletter AKA the scare you so bad you pee your pants threatening email. Check out the other awesome health stories

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Cancer Caretakers Need Care Too
2. Roller Coasters Rocket Heart Attacks
3. Study Links Oral Sex, Cancer
4. Diet Pills Go Better With Exercisehttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.spell.gif
5. Study: Statins Delay Alzheimer's
6. A Better Drug For Gout
7. Heart Patients Must Reveal Extra Herbs, Vitamins
8. Exercise Can Add 3 Years to Life

You can really get a feel for the Newsmax reader with this list of health concerns. A speed freak with developing Alzheimer's, Gout, who avoids oral sex and roller coasters.
Bless you Newsmax, you allow nuts like Alan Keyes to appear “Centrist”. You are truly doing good work.

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|W|P|113243866152453051|W|P|So THAT explains why conservatives are so unhappy|W|P|11/14/2005 08:49:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| Tonight we had to say goodbye to BB our friend and companion for many years now. In fact, my wife had BB before she had me. Sadly, BB had to be put to sleep. The Vet said that his bladder and kidneys were damaged and this was the best case option for him. We are all very sad right now, especially Ashley, so if you could send her a note please do. Also, I've made a Flickr set of BB pictures you can see here|W|P|113202298401426624|W|P|R.I.P. BB the Cat|W|P|11/14/2005 12:14:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Goooood LAWD! I just got finished listening to the podcast of this weekend's On the Media on NPR and I just want to direct your attention to the total beat-down that was Bob Garfield's interview of the New York times favorite "scooter" enthusiast Judy Miller. With a quote like "did you ever come to feel like you we're being chumped?" I believe this is the same line that began the famous Iron Sheik vs. Hulk hogan match during Wrestlemainia. the battle in MP3 my own personal opinion is that Judy was not only a shill but most likely also Libby's own personal Jeff Gannon I mean, dig this quote "Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work -- and life. " that is, essentially a booty call

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|W|P|113199223269799116|W|P|OTM vs. Judy Miller|W|P|11/14/2005 08:50:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|So as a distraction from how crappy his number are the president has been on a full frontal scare assault with the whole bird flu deal. Which to be fair could be a legitimate problem...like SARS, or Monkey Pox, or West Nile. You know a disease that could hurt some one you know...or not. But recently the genius that is Dubya suggested a $7.1 billion plan to make a pandemic avian flu vaccine for every American. Boy, that sounds great doesn't it? But the fact is no one on earth can make enough to help. the soonest that we could have a vaccines for every American? 2011.... hmmmmmmmm read the wired story here.

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|W|P|113197997042240823|W|P|More incompetence|W|P|11/11/2005 08:35:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I hate to re-blog this from EFF but if anyone who doesn't know a lot about technology but cares about civil liberties should read this and learn more about the EFF.

Are You Infected with Sony-BMG's Rootkit?:

EFF Confirms Secret Software on 19 CDs

San Francisco - News that some Sony-BMG music CDs install secret rootkit software on their owners' computers has shocked and angered thousands of music fans in recent days. Among the cause for concern is Sony's refusal to publicly list which CDs contain the infectious software and to provide a way for music fans to remove it. Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has confirmed that the stealth program is deployed on at least 19 CDs in a variety of genres.

The software, created by First 4 Internet and known as XCP2, ostensibly "protects" the music from illegal copying. But in fact, it blocks a number of legal uses--like listening to songs on your iPod. The software also reportedly slows down your computer and makes it more susceptible to crashes and third-party attacks. And since the program is designed to hide itself, users may have trouble diagnosing the problem.

"Entertainment companies often complain that fans refuse to respect their intellectual property rights. Yet tools like this refuse to respect our own personal property rights," said EFF staff attorney Jason Schultz. "Sony's tactics here are hypocritical, in addition to being a security threat."

If you have listened to a CD with the XCP software on your Windows PC, your computer is likely already infected. An EFF investigation confirmed XCP software on the following titles:

Trey Anastasio, Shine (Columbia)

Celine Dion, On ne Change Pas (Epic)

Neil Diamond, 12 Songs (Columbia)

Our Lady Peace, Healthy in Paranoid Times (Columbia)

Chris Botti, To Love Again (Columbia)

Van Zant, Get Right with the Man (Columbia)

Switchfoot, Nothing is Sound (Columbia)

The Coral, The Invisible Invasion (Columbia)

Acceptance, Phantoms (Columbia)

Susie Suh, Susie Suh (Epic)

Amerie, Touch (Columbia)

Life of Agony, Broken Valley (Epic)

Horace Silver Quintet, Silver's Blue (Epic Legacy)

Gerry Mulligan, Jeru (Columbia Legacy)

Dexter Gordon, Manhattan Symphonie (Columbia Legacy)

The Bad Plus, Suspicious Activity (Columbia)

The Dead 60s, The Dead 60s (Epic)

Dion, The Essential Dion (Columbia Legacy)

Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten (Epic)

This is not a complete list and Sony-BMG continues to refuse to make such a list available to consumers. Consumers can spot CDs with XCP by inspecting a CD closely, checking the left transparent spine on the front of the case for a label that says "CONTENT PROTECTED." The back of these CDs also mention XCP in fine print. You can find pictures of these and other telltale labeling at http://www.eff.org/IP/DRM/Sony-BMG/.

"Music fans should protect themselves from this stealth attack on their computer system," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Fred von Lohmann.

For more tips on keeping your computer uninfected:



Corynne McSherry

Staff Attorney

Electronic Frontier Foundation


Jason Schultz

Staff Attorney

Electronic Frontier Foundation


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|W|P|113176292888410319|W|P|Are You Infected with Sony-BMG's Rootkit?|W|P|11/10/2005 02:07:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Collierville TN.
An suburb of Memphis and one of the quickest growing in the state, has just cancelled their head start program, negativly affecting the lives of 15 families. Now, 12 families drive to the far less affluent Fox Meadows part of town to give their children a pre-k education. What happened to the other 3 families who aren't in the Fox Meadows pre-k you may ask? They dropped out of the program. So, those families are either paying a daycare or keeping their kids at home (Probably watching All My Children). Now to put this in perspective, the overall Black population of Collierville is most likely less than 20% and the black population of Fox Meadows is most likely around 70%. But I bet nearly 100% of head start kids in Collierville are black. This is another typical situation in America. The poor must suffer for the needs of the wealthy. I want these children to be able to go to school in the best possible situation. I'm guessing that's why these poor people have decided to stay in Collierville despite being pushed and shoved at all corners of their lives. Property taxes unfriendly neighbors and overpriced development are pushing the poor away every place you look. I think someone should stand up for them. Sadly, there is no money to be made on it...

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|W|P|113165408428059181|W|P|next time just burn a cross|W|P|11/09/2005 06:22:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|

actually, not as much as you think guys...
from Hannity and Colmes

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|W|P|113158225448826912|W|P|Wait... I was wrong|W|P|11/09/2005 06:19:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|
Sure, conservatives have been growing more and more desperate in their attempts to spin the whole torture debate. First it was an emphatic "we aren't torturing anyone!!" to well, this...

Which may be the single greatest Fox News screen grab ever.

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|W|P|113158216277521973|W|P|The Fun Continues|W|P|11/06/2005 06:45:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Ok as far as I'm concerned this is the Big News for Mac next year. I personally have no complaints about the IBM power PC chip, but of coarse, I have an iMac so power+portability in the sub $1200 price point wasn't my biggest concern. However, I might be the first chump in line for the new 15" widescreen powerbook at the Apple store. check the story here at Engadget

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|W|P|113132440973243187|W|P|Mac rocks out the new intel laptop next spring!?|W|P|11/06/2005 11:18:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|check out come random camera phone pictures over at my Moblog it's basically were I put all my junk camera phone pictures so that I don't junk up the Flickr account.

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|W|P|113129751110422076|W|P|interesting stuff at the moBlog|W|P|11/06/2005 11:09:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|this morning The Baptist Central hospital was imploded. It was the biggest demolition in the U.S. this year and it was a mother. the Baptist central hospital is to transformed into a biotech research facility to link with the UT medical center. It was live on all the local TV stations. Check the CA link Here

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|W|P|113129709850747059|W|P|they done blow'd it up.|W|P|11/03/2005 03:09:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|With the wonder of modern science we may soon know who Jack the Ripper really was!

read more | digg story|W|P|113105217989951046|W|P|Jack the Ripper to be ID'd soon|W|P|11/03/2005 08:20:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Democrats defeat election-law aid for bloggers:
Proposal would have amended U.S. election laws to immunize bloggers from hundreds of pages of federal regulations.
I still don't know what to make of this one. On one hand, bloggers are simply tiny tiny self sufficient publishers. And therefore, should be obligated to conform to the same laws that others would have to. However, I worry that the very fact that most people, myself included, are ignorant to how the law would affect them. So it could get real messy. Please tell me what you think.

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|W|P|113102765245068829|W|P|Democrats defeat election-law aid for bloggers|W|P|11/02/2005 01:24:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|
I love penny arcade. I first fell in love with the online comic strip when I was working slave/management at the local Funcoland. Every week the strip was spot-on.I love this one, even though I don't run a damn thing..

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