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Ron Paul takes 16% in PA primary

Posted in 2008 Elections, Ron Paul by rip747 on April 24, 2008

Media is reporting how Ron Paul took a staggering 16% of the votes in the PA primary on Tuesday. I say staggering because Ron Paul doesn’t get any media coverage what so ever and supposedly McSane is the repulican nominee so it should have been a slam dunk. Even Huckabee took around 11% of the vote and he conceded!

I’m looking at this outcome as a smack in the face to McCain. This should tell the republican party once and for all that they need to rethink the man they want to represent us. I wouldn’t be saying that if Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee were actively participating in debates and receiving the amount of media coverage as McCain, but just the plain fact that he should have this thing in the bag and receiving numbers like this tells us something.

What’s going to happen come November? Are the people who are voting for Paul and Huck willing to support McCain or will they switch sides and vote for the Democratic party?

As for blogger, I can tell you that I will write in Ron Paul as my first choice and if I can’t so that then I’m voting Democratic. I refuse to support McCain or my registered party. If me man Paul is the nominee then I’m not going to roll over like I did in 2004 and give my vote to candidate that I only half supported. I’m sure there are millions out there that are thinking about doing the same thing.

Just be prepared come November when the Democrats take over the whitehouse because the Republicans felt they owed something to McCain. We’re going to be in for a rough and long 4 years.

Ron Paul steals 107 delegates from McCain

Posted in 2008 Elections, Ron Paul by rip747 on April 22, 2008

Despite the siren call of the warm spring weather last Saturday, a record number of hopeful Republicans turned out for the 4/12/08 Spokane County Republican Convention held at Lewis & Clark High School. Though disappointed that I was unable to participate as a delegate due to a prolonged, out-of-state work commitment during our February Caucus, I knew it would be instructive to see first-hand how the process worked and so I volunteered at the Ron Paul information booth. I figured that even if I couldn’t sling a ballot, at least I could show up to discuss the issues with the curious and uninformed – and maybe even help sway a vote or two.

With people arriving at 7:30am and some staying past 9pm to finish counting the ballots and conclude the work, few could have predicted that this event would turn into the marathon that it did. Approximately 540 delegates showed up to vote for 111 delegates and a platform to take to the upcoming WA State convention. There were many young people in attendance and amazingly, over half of the delegates were first time participants which is a promising sign of renewed participation in our political process. It is a common story that many new people decided to get involved after years of apathetic inaction. They cite an escalating sense of alarm and frustration over the Iraqi War debacle, unprecedented deficit spending, porous borders and a general sense that we have lost control over our party and our country.

Listening to the morning speeches from WA State gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi and others was both informative and reassuring that we’ve got some talented people running for various offices. One of the highlights of the morning was a rousing speech by Rob Chase that echoed the themes of Ron Paul’s candidacy. Yet as the day wore on and the platform was debated and voting ensued, it became increasingly apparent that what I was witnessing was something far more significant than what I expected. This was no ordinary, pre-ordained, rubber-stamp-the-party-line-and-get-out-before-lunch kind of an affair. What was unfolding through the arduous and combative convention process was nothing less than a stunning GRASSROOTS REVOLT!

It was obvious from the beginning that the McCain campaign came prepared to win by trying to dominate the event. In the basketball stadium where we met, one certainly couldn’t miss their HUGE 40’x10′ McCain For President sign that took up half of a wall and dwarfed all other signage from other campaigns (I wonder how much that must have cost?). Even though they brought in professional hired guns in the form of well-paid staff (that nobody seemed to recognize as being from our community), the day was carried by the passionate, well-organized and extremely dedicated Ron Paul campaign.

In the 6th District meeting that represented the largest delegate total, it was decided that each delegate publicly declare their preference for a Presidential candidate before the voting could actually began (not sure which camp asked for that). Throughout the day we witnessed the McCain team doing everything within their power to try to dominate the agenda and sway the voting (as expected). Their tactics were both subtle and overt as they tried to confuse the newbie Ron Paul conventioneers by quoting obscure rules and procedures. At other times, they used heavy-handed, authoritative sounding directives and gamesmanship in attempts to promote their chosen delegates and derail the Ron Paul delegates and positions. At one point, Yoko managed to prevent one of them from trying to steal an unattended Ron Paul delegate list.

Also notable in the 6th District meeting, the McCain people employed a multi-media projector that prominently displayed on the front wall exactly which (McCain) delegates they expected everyone to vote for. After another round of protests and debate, their projector was eventually turned off (almost by force) and their subsequent attempts to dominate the process were systematically beaten back as we fought steadily throughout a very long and exhausting day of arguing, motioning and voting. This meeting eventually concluded well into the evening after three time consuming rounds of voting and hand counting.

In the 3rd District meeting, a female delegate became disruptive which temporarily brought activities to a halt while a search ensued for the Sergeant-at-Arms to bring the meeting back to order.

In several of the instances mentioned above, the only thing that saved the day were some alert Ron Paul people who were willing to display some intestinal fortitude by literally standing up and questioning authority and/or challenging the status quo. Courage is what it takes to be successful in a political process where the war of ideas can inflame emotions and sometimes manifests as a verbal boxing match. Convention politics is a forum where big egos try to dominate the discussion and silence dissent. Small, organized groups promote their agendas and sway the votes through a Byzantine set of rules that few people know and understand. Those in powerful positions don’t hesitate to use those rules to their advantage, even squelching debate at times.

So the fact that the upstart Ron Paul camp was able to pull it all together in a relatively short period of time to upset the status quo and soundly defeat the McCain contingent was an astonishing achievement. We should all be extremely proud of this recent success, as it is the latest and most tangible example to date of how far we have come in taking back our party.

Still, we would do well to remember that much of the drama was primarily an expression of multiple passionate viewpoints. This cathartic process strengthens our local Republican Party and proves to the skeptics that we have a vibrant and evolving, non-monolithic group of thoughtful people that is capable of self-reflection and change.

Here are some of the most important accomplishments that came out of this Convention:

1) 107 out of 111 delegates were elected who favor Ron Paul and his positions. Only 4 delegates were elected who favor McCain. This was a HUGE and unexpected upset that surpassed the wildest expectations of everyone in our group.

2) Perhaps the most far-reaching and controversial platform position originated from the grass roots organization. It was a statement under the National Sovereignty And Defense heading, “Limiting the executive privilege of committing troops to police actions to a duration of 180 days, without a Congressional Declaration of War” (as the Constitution mandates). The McCain people fought this plank VERY hard and tried to add an amendment gutting the intent of this position by changing the language to a simple statement to “support our troops”. After approx. 30 minutes of back and forth arguments, motions and multiple votes, the McCain amendment was soundly defeated 280 to 170. As stated in the Spokane Spokesman Review, “The platform statement on the use of troops didn’t specifically name Iraq, but County Chairman Curt Fackler and representatives of the McCain campaign agreed it was essentially a repudiation of the current war policy and the course that McCain has said he would take if elected”.

3) The overwhelming nature of our victory suggests the strong possibility for future changes in our local area. Indeed the groundwork has been laid to influence future leadership and platform direction as we have successfully outmaneuvered and overturned the status quo in our County and helped shape the debate moving forward.

We have proven once again that a small group of dedicated, organized and tenacious people can make a huge difference, the end result of which was a dramatic tipping point that happened right here in our own backyard. If similar stories can successfully play out in other parts of America, it would mark the beginning of the end of the Neo-Con grip on the Republican Party and a chance to return to the traditional core values and principles that made our country great.

Reprinted from the DailyPaul.com

Since Tony is taking a break…

Posted in Just Geeky by rip747 on April 17, 2008

Hey all. Charles here (Tony’s evil twin brother…and yes I am a real person). Since Tony is taking a break from posting to his blog, I thought you all would like to be entertained by visiting my blog. Basically, all the junk emails I get I post them. Some are funny as hell, other stuff is cool and then there is some gross stuff as well.

Anyway, check it out for a good laugh or to look up that junk email you received a while ago that you would like to view again. Here is the link:

http://myjunkmail.blogspot.com

Oh, don’t forget to send your junk mail to myjunkmailblog@gmail.com.

Charles out.

I’m taking break….

Posted in Personal by rip747 on April 11, 2008

I’m under too much stress in both my personal and professional life right now. I’ve been getting quickly agitated lately and jumping the gun a lot. Now this is starting to spew over into my posting and comments on not only my blog, but other places on the net as well and I don’t want or need that.

Granted most of the time I’m very out spoken, but I’m not nasty, just direct. With the way I conducted myself yesterday with my answer to Peter, that really bothered me. So much so that I was up last night just thinking… “Why the fuck did I do that?”.

So rather then continuing to make a complete asshole out of myself, I just need to sign off for a while.

Friday!!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by rip747 on April 11, 2008

This weeks comedic conversations come from a different source then bash. Can’t tell you the name of the site because it’s very racy and isn’t SFW. However if you’ve been around the net, you probably know the site. Just to let you know, I didn’t participate in any of these conversations. It’s just fun to see these people at work.

Mr. T brought boy out of coma

First thing is you have to read the story to get the full effect: Mr. T brought boy out of coma

Demonic_Chronic: On a side note this is only the second best thing Mr. T has done. The first? While being interviewed on the street by a Canadian comedy show, he was being annoyed by a bee. As the interview continued he bit the fucking bee out of the air, chomped a few times and spat it to the ground yelling “T one, Bee zero!!”

Madprofessor13: No fucking way… I want to see that.

Why Baseball IS Fun to Watch

me: AH! This happened to me when I was 11! Except in this video the ball didn’t get to accelerate to its top speed… in my case, I was waiting at 2nd base and the ball hit my young beautiful face (that day, it was parents vs kids… one of the fat parents pretty much owned that ball) no stitches, but do have a smaller nostril. Wish parents would’ve filmed it for me to win money at America’s Funniest Home Videos… or win bride on Blogwars…

ScreamAtAMonkey: the ball stops accelerating when it leaves the bat

cybernigel: 🙂

Astigos: Well said. PICK UP A FUCKIN PHYSICS BOOK ‘ME’.

getdafuckout: it actually keeps accelerating vertically down 😉

me: Ummm… I would understand that the ball would decelerate if it hit the bat itself, or the wall… but since the batter is giving extra energy, wouldn’t the ball accelerate until it reaches terminal speed, and then decelerate? How can tennis players play if the ball keeps on decelerating?

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CSS3: css variables are a bad idea. Just allow us to call other selectors.

Posted in Uncategorized by rip747 on April 10, 2008

Everytime I hear about CSS3 allowing the use of variables, I cringe. I can tell right off the bat that this is an extremely bad idea and will be abused beyond belief.

One of the ways I propose replacing this up and coming feature is by just allowing us to call other selectors within a selector. I’ll demonstrate:

<style type=”text/css”>
.bold {font-weight:bold;}
.blue {color:blue;}
.testingagain {selectors:.bold, .blue;}
</style>
<p class=”testingagain”>testing this out</p>

In the above code block the testingagain class would inherit the properties of both the bold and the blue selectors. Further more you could overwrite them, just as you do now.

<style type=”text/css”>
.bold {font-weight:bold;}
.blue {color:blue;}
.testingagain
{
selectors:.bold, .blue;
font-weight:normal;
}
</style>
<p class=”testingagain”>testing this out</p>

Hell, let’s get jiggy with it:

<style type=”text/css”>
.cool {font-weight:bold;color:blue;}
.shout{background-color:red;text-align:center;text-decoration:underline;}
.testingagain
{
selectors:.cool, .shout;
font-weight:normal;
text-decoration:none;
background-color:yellow;
}
</style>
<p class=”testingagain”>testing this out</p>

Why I like this method

Because you can already do it now! You have to do it in the HTML like so

<style type=”text/css”>
.bold {font-weight:bold;}
.blue {color:blue;}
</style>
<p class=”bold blue”>testing this out</p>

With my proposed method it moves this into the css file for easier maintenance and readbility.

So what do you think?

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CSS Naked Day ’08

Posted in Design by rip747 on April 9, 2008

Like everyone else on the planet. I found out that it was CSS Naked day by accident. I would love to participate in it, but Wordpess doesn’t let you. One thing that bothers me about it, is that it falls on different days of the year (kinda like easter or thanksgiving). I really wish they would pick a date and stick with it. To me, the perfect day would be April 1. Think about, everyone will think that it’s some huge internet April Fool’s Joke.

Here is how I participated 3 years ago:

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CF 8.01 implicit creation bug still exists. I knew it!

Posted in ColdFusion by rip747 on April 4, 2008

As much as people think I’m a jerk, I’m a jerk for a good reason. I’m not afraid to stir the pot or call people out and I expect them to do the same to me.

Back on Feb 29, Ben Forta posted an entry to his blog about how the updater that was to be released for CF8 would fix the nesting problems that implicit creation had. If you haven’t already done so, take a minute to read the posting and the comments.

If you read through the comments, it was asked by Hansjoerg if the updater would fix the implicit creation problem where you couldn’t directly pass an implicitly created array or structure to a function. I noticed that 5 days went by with no answer, so I reiterated the question and again, got no answer from Ben. At this point something told me that it wouldn’t be fixed.

Today the updater was released and I ran to download and try it out. I hoping that I would be made a jerk of and the function call bug would be fixed…. it’s not.

Here is the function I used for testing:

<cffunction name=”testing” access=”public” returntype=”void” output=”true”>
<cfargument name=”a” type=”struct” required=”false” default=”#structnew()#”>
<cfdump var=”#arguments.a#” label=”argument”>
</cffunction>

Pretty simple. It just takes a structure as an argument and then dumps the contents to the screen. With this in hand I tried the implicit creation.

First off, implicitly creating the structure as a variable and then passing it into the function:

<cfset s = {a=4, b=[1,2,3,4]}>
<cfset testing(s)>

Hey it works! But I figured that it would. So now the really issue at hand, passing an implicitly created structure directly to the function:

<cfset testing({a=4, b=[1,2,3,4]})>

It failed.

Hell I even tried:

<cfset testing(#{a=4, b=[1,2,3,4]}#)>

and

<cfset testing(“#{a=4, b=[1,2,3,4]}#”)>

just for kicks. They all failed… the bug still exists.

This is what pisses me off, every other language out there allows you to do this, but you can’t do it in CF. We try to bring this to the attention of Ben Forta ( our evangelist, you know the guy who’s suppose to listen to us and address our concerns) and even directly to Adobe by submitting a bug report (thanks to Ben Nadel) and still we’re ignored.

I would rather have had Ben and / or Adobe tell me flat out that this issue wasn’t going to be resolved in this updater, then just ignore the question all together like they did.

I guess we’ll just have to wait for CF9 to see if this gets fixed or not?

BASH!!!!!!!

Posted in BASH!, Fridays, Jokes by rip747 on April 4, 2008

It’s been a while since everyone of the new BASHes have been funny as hell. I guess the maturity level of IRC is going down the toilet again… thank GOD!!!

http://www.bash.org/?851971
http://www.bash.org/?853345
http://www.bash.org/?854262
http://www.bash.org/?854608
http://www.bash.org/?854899

This week’s winner:

http://www.bash.org/?853555

For those of you that got RickRoll’d last week: Yes, I am an asshole… sue me 🙂

For more sick twisted fun on this Friday, visit my brother’s blog!

The war on beans

Posted in ColdFusion, oo by rip747 on April 2, 2008

I’m declaring war on beans. I can’t for the life of me see why they are used and I want someone out there to give me an intelligent answer as to why you should even bother using them.

Here’s my argue for getting rid of them.

For some odd reason, some bright boy a long time ago though that we should break apart the DAL (data access layer) of our application into 3 classes for each table in our database. You had a bean (which had getters and setters), the dao (data access object which contained the CRUD methods) and a gateway (which I was told was for general queries against the table).

Now using this approach, you would load your daos and gateways into the applications scope so that they persisted and were only called once. Then you would use your beans to populate the data you wanted to pass to the dao or gateway and then pass the bean to the dao or gateway.

I find this stupid.

For one it sucks because if you need to make any changed to your dao or gateway, you have to reload your application in order for the changed to take affect. This really can become a nightmare during production as it lock the application scope until all the changed are loaded.

The other point is that now every time I create a new dao or gateway I have to remember to write some code to load it into the application scope. I’m a forgetful person and I can see this causing a problem.

Then there are those that claim that using an approach like this can give your app a performance increase since you’re not constantly creating and destroying objects all over the place. Personally, this is a lie told to us to sell us on the idea. I have never seen a performance increase in an application using this approach and isn’t creating a bean still creating an object?
My whole argument calling for the end of the bean is the plain fact that they are useless when you use an approach like the one table per class design.

When using the one table per class design, you have your getters, setters, CRUD, validation and queries all in one class. By following this design you instantiate the class each time you want to use it, inject the values into the setters and perform the action you want on the class. To me this makes developing and maintaining an application much easier.

For one I don’t have to load a ton of crap into the application scope. Second, now if I need to make a change to a method I don’t have to reload the application and cause a stand still in my application until the action completes. Third, it just makes sense.

I never understood why people would want to create a bean and throw a bunch of values in there and then have to call a whole other class to perform the validation and action. Sure you can put the validation method inside the bean, but that’s not really the purpose of a bean.

So I ask the world…. Why do people even use these things and do they really make an application more maintainable? Personally editing, seeing and tracking the logic in one file is a lot easier then doing it across three files.

Don’t even get me started on TOs.