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The top cone is my ObamaCone. NO, not because it more closely matches his skin color. (Why does everyone think that?) It's because while I was making it, I heard him on TV saying he wanted to use the media to change the minds of his opponents, and that "triggered" me, and I forgot I left the cone in the iron.
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This is the Website of the Year.  I love it so much.

Yes, it is not perfect.  I mean, it gives the Patriots one "cheating point" for the snowplow incident, which was perfectly legal in every possible way.  And the scores for each incident are subjective.  But most of it is pretty reasonable, and I love that the Patriots' biggest critics -- Baltimore, NY Jets, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Denver -- all have a lot more cheating than the Patriots, even in recent years.
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President Obama is the worst President ever.

I don't say this because I think he's the most liberal President ever (even if he is, that doesn't make him a bad President), or because I watch Fox News (which is what Obama himself probably thinks), or because he is a Muslim (as Madonna thinks), etc.

Obama is the worst President ever because, from the beginning, he has never understood that it is both perfectly valid and necessarily true that different people will have different opinions, even about things that he himself is passionate about.  He demonizes people simply for disagreeing with him, and has done it literally his entire presidency, since his first inaugural address, when he proclaimed that those of us who want a smaller federal government are "cynics [who] fail to understand ... that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply."

Literally, in his first act as President, he told us that I, James Madison, and about half the country is simply wrong, and that we should all just change our minds to agree with his.

That's the opposite of being a leader.  A leader takes people as they are, serves their needs, and does whatever is in his power and job description to help them succeed.  Instead, Obama tries to do whatever he wants -- even when it goes beyond his power and job description -- to push us to do, say, and think things against our will, whether it's forcing us to buy health insurance, chastising an entire media organization for disagreeing with his policies, and now literally saying that he wants to change how elected representatives think, to be more in line with his thinking.

... if we're going to change how John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, we're going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we're going to have to change how the media reports on these issues ...

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/05/12/obama_scolds_fox_news_over_welfare_poverty_were_going_to_have_to_change_how_the_media_reports_on_these_issues.html

Perhaps Obama's should re-read Federalist 10 -- which he surely read when he was becoming an expert in constitutional law -- wherein the aforementioned Madison tells us how to ensure that everyone thinks the same way.  Clearly, Madison and Obama are concerned about the same problem, which Madison describes as the negative "effects of the unsteadiness and injustice with which a factious spirit has tainted our public administrations.""

He continues:

By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

This is what Obama thinks that us on the right represent.  Well, what to do about it?  Madison notes:

There are two methods of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its causes; the other, by controlling its effects. There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests.

And that's where Obama apparently stopped reading, because this is what he is now trying to do: give everyone the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests.  But Madison explains the problems with this:

As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed. As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love, his opinions and his passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other; and the former will be objects to which the latter will attach themselves. The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. From the protection of different and unequal faculties of acquiring property, the possession of different degrees and kinds of property immediately results; and from the influence of these on the sentiments and views of the respective proprietors, ensues a division of the society into different interests and parties.

In summary, Madison is making these basic points:

* Right or wrong, men will have different opinions.
* Their passions will inform their opinions.
* They will become passionate about their opinions.
* The differences between men -- which result in differing economic interests -- will further inform their opinions.
* Government's main job is to protect these differences.

Of course, we know that Obama doesn't want to protect the "different and unequal faculties of acquiring property," as his main domestic goal these days is to eliminate them.  So maybe I don't give Obama enough credit: maybe eliminating wealth inequality is one step on his way toward giving us all the same opinions, passions, and interests, which will ultimately result in furthering his desired policy goals.

This isn't a new idea, of course: it's built in to the modern Social Security system.  Supporters of the system made sure everyone got benefits from the system, to ensure lasting support for the system.  They gave everyone the same economic interests, which results in having the same opinions.

Madison said that this is impracticable, but Madison greatest fault was always that he underestimated what others would do to subvert the system he was designing.
To the People of the State of New York: Among the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction. The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for ...
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Lyndon McLellan is a convenience store owner who lost $107,000 to the IRS because it considered his bank deposits suspiciously small. Yesterday the government agreed to drop the case and return all of McLellan's money.
The feds drop a forfeiture case that violated their own policies.
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I am probably going to the Red Sox @ Mariners game tomorrow.  Should I wear my Patriots jersey?
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Teasing those heavily invested in sports is about the only sport I enjoy.
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Dear Exchange: do not send me "I'm out of the office" email just because I accepted an invitation.
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"Why are you so fixated on the idea of personal safety, by which you apparently mean not having uncomfortable or unhappy thoughts and feelings? Is there any chance this preoccupation is unworthy of you? Please say yes."
If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait till you get a taste of adult life, Peggy Noonan writes.
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People still get "Spygate" wrong.  Here's the Spygate Executive Summary:

* The NFL rule said you can't use "information gathering equipment" that "might aid a team during the playing of a game."

* The league sent a memo saying that you could not record from the field, because that might facilitate the use of the material during the game.

* The Patriots disregarded the memo, and followed their interpretation of the written rule: they recorded from whereever they felt like it, and did not use the material during the game.

* The NFL interpreted the rule not in terms of whether the material was actually used during the game, but whether it might be used during the game.  And the memo was designed to outline how "might aid a team" would be interpreted: if on the field, it might be used, whereas upstairs, it wouldn't be.

* The NFL affirmed that the Patriots never used the material during the game.

* All teams record the opposing teams, both before this incident, and after.  They never stopped doing it.  It's perfectly legal.  But to stay within the guidelines designed to ensure you don't use the material during the game, you have to do it from a specific location.

That's it.  There was no cheating.  There was no league allegation of cheating.  The NFL even admitted that the Patriots didn't cheat.  The Patriots did violate the league's guidelines -- designed to give a bright line for "might aid" -- for how the rule would be interpreted, and got severely punished for it.

But there was no cheating.  Period.
Do you think WrongLocationgate (aka Spygate) was about the Patriots secretly recording another team's practice? Perhaps you think that recording your opponent's defensive signals is illegal and an unprecedented display of organizational cheating? Either way, you're wrong, and this page is for you.
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“New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble. When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence. So they did what they needed to do.”

What situations in the past, Darrelle?  You mean like when the Jets cheated just a few months ago, to sign you as a player, and they got penalized for it?  And then when the Jets made a false claim back at the Patriots out of vindictiveness, and didn't get penalized?

Or maybe the year before you got there, in 2006, when the Jets illegally taped the Patriots?

The fact is that -- setting aside PED use, and on-field incidents like cheap hits -- the Patriots, with Brady, have only ever been found guilty of one thing before "Deflategate": the one "Spygate" that you mentioned.  That's it.  Once.  You are ignorant or lying when you say they've done it "repeatedly."

The Jets have been far worse cheaters than the Patriots (who are "average"), ranking third in the league.

http://yourteamcheats.com/NE

http://yourteamcheats.com/NYJ
Apparently when you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet for life. Because even though he ducked out of town and won a Super Bowl with Tom Brady and the Patriots, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said he’s not losing any sleep over Brady’s four-game suspension. “Everybody’s blowing it up because it is Tom Brady,” Revis told Manish…
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Haven't read any of it yet. 
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I got Project CARS for PS4!  And then I plugged in my Fanatec Porsche GT3 RS V2 wheel and tried it out.  And ... the game froze.

Nothing moving.  Just frozen.  I unplugged the wheel, game moved again.  Plugged it back in, game froze.

Then I moved the wheel ... and the game moved again.  Then froze again.  I moved the wheel again ... and the game moved again.

Basically, as long as I moved the wheel, the game moved.  When I stopped, the game froze.  So as long as the track I'm driving didn't have straightaways, I'd be fine.

Some research told me that people recommended firmware updates for the wheel.  Great!  Except that they are Windows only firmware updaters.  I have VirtualBox, and Microsoft puts up time-limited VM images for testing IE.  So I grabbed Windows 10 (about 5GB), and booted it up, and the image wouldn't boot.

It was apparently corrupt.  So I grabbed XP (<2 GB), and I booted it and installed the updater, and it wouldn't recognize my wheel.  I eventually figured out I had to make a "USB Device Filter" to let the VM see my wheel.  I did that, making a filter from the existing wheel.  Then I ran the updater, and in the middle of the updating, it stopped recognizing my wheel, because the updater changed the specs of the wheel for how it is recognized, and the filter stopped working.  I modified the filter so it only recognized by the wheel manufacturer "Fanatec" and not on device ID, or version, or manufacturer ID, or anything else.

So I tried again.  It froze in the middle again.  Thankfully, no Flashing had started yet.  I tried again, same problem.  The wheel was still being recognized, the updater just wouldn't work.

So I downloaded Windows 8.1 (5 GB).  Tried again.  Made my filter.  Flashing started ... and froze.  Now I am worried.  But I needed to kill the installer and restart my wheel and hold my breath.  It seemed to start OK.  Flashed again ... and this time it worked!

To verify the firmware, I restarted the wheel, held the wheel during calibration when it was 1/4 turn away from the final move to center, press four buttons, and then move it back to center manually.  It showed the correct firmware version on the wheel display.  Success!

But now the fan won't turn off on the wheel.  More research: the same operation to see the firmware version toggles the feature to then the fan on (instead of being on only when needed).  Do the same operation again, fan turns off, and I finally have a working wheel with Project CARS.

And Project CARS is pretty good.
The official website for upcoming next-gen racing game Project CARS!
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The stupid thing about moves to eliminate gender differences on a shopping site, of all places, is that when I am shopping for a toy for a child, it does not matter why the child prefers certain toys over others -- whether it is due to nature or nurture -- because at that point, the child has preferences, and I want to provide toys that match those preferences, and if those preferences happen to be in line with what children in society of each gender generally want, then there's nothing wrong with that, and preventing me from being able to search by gender just limits how much I'll be willing to use the site.

The problem is worse with Amazon than most sites, because the breadth of available products is so great that gender filters can really make a huge difference in getting to what I might actually want to purchase.

Pushing gender equivalence on children and their families who have already established preferences is just stupid.  There's nothing immoral about boys liking things "for boys", or girls things "for girls."  If you have another label for it, fine, but the group of things with that label are generally what people who associate with that label want, and it's nonsense to say that it is wrong for them to want those things, or to make it harder for them to get to those things for the sake of your social agenda.
A report that Amazon no longer sorts toys into “boy” and “girl” categories is currently sweeping the internet. It’s not exactly true, but it might be a sign that the change might be on the way.
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I like Perl, work, politics, guns, music (writing, playing, and listening), movies, video games.  I love my friends and family.

I love arguing, but I don't like fighting ... but I will fight you if you want me to.  Your call.  :-)

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I ran use.perl.org, wrote much of Slashdot's code, and have written tons of code, books, and articles about Perl. I wrote and performed a song that opened the YouTube/CNN GOP Debate in November 2007. An episode of "Sports Night" was based on me. I have had the same beard for more than 20 years.
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  • Biola University
    Journalism, 1991 - 1995
  • Amador Valley High School
    1987 - 1991