Archive for September 28, 2009

To come in 11th in an 11 man field in a primary when the top 10 advance:

City Council President Stephan Hay garnered the most votes in Tuesday’s preliminary election while Pacific Street resident and perennial candidate Ronald Dionne lost the chance for his name to appear on November’s ballot, according to unofficial results announced Tuesday night.

How bad was it? This bad:

Only 173 residents cast a vote for Dionne, less than 3 percent of the total vote.

Overall, 6,093 residents voted on Tuesday, according to unofficial election records.

And the title of the story?

Dionne loses preliminary

That’s gotta smart.

Hey that was a fine use of the $25,000 that election cost, it’s not like we need the money to get streetlights on or something.

Then again there are some who think streetlights are no big deal. After who ever heard of a city paying for streetlights? If we conservatives don’t like it we should pay for it ourselves!

Windows 7 or no windows 7

Posted: September 28, 2009 by datechguy in tech
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Steve Calvi of Zolex PC has some sensible advice:

The Average Home User doesn’t need to have the latest technological advancements. They want their computer to work with as minimal problems as possible. To be easy to use and comfortable while using it. Jumping up to Windows 7 if you are happy with Vista is not worth it.
Unless you are one of those people that must have the newest toy on the market, I would advise against upgrading your Vista machine to Windows 7 at this time. Six months from now once Windows 7 has been through plenty of testing from consumers etc, we may reach a different conclusion.

If you want to upgrade to Windows 7 and you have Windows XP, time to buy a new PC. If you want to upgrade to Windows 7 and you have Windows Vista, you may do so but it is not advised at this time. Sit back and let others experience the issues/problems that will happen with a new operating system. Why experience the Growing Pains if you don’t have too? Save your money for now.

I would go even so far as to say if you only use your machine for mundane stuff you might even consider picking up one of those vista (shudder) machines that will be selling for a song over the next 30 days.

Your PC only needs to be as strong as how you use it.

As for upgrades, there is always the risk of tanking a machine, I’d go for a new machine with Windows 7 before upgrading myself.

BTW although of course I recommend a certain politically minded blogger of Sicilian decent as your first choice for tech support; I do however know the Zolex guys and can heartily endorse them as a source of pc support.

If you remember the old Zorro TV show Sgt. Garcia was a good natured bumbler who dreamed of catching Zorro to get the reward:

But he knew what to do about bears.

Maybe if Aspin had more Sgt. Garcias around they wouldn’t have to worry so much about bears or the Bears would stay away.

Via Glenn to whom this is a pet peeve.

Update: At Moe Lane’s a commenter gives a lesson in cause and effect:

Gene K says:
September 28, 2009 at 7:56 am

Colorado Issue 10 (1992) was a measure was to prohibit the taking of (hunting) black bears. It passed. The bear population has increased with all the expected consequences.

It looks like the city shot itself in the foot and didn’t have charcoal instead of gunpowder in their muskets.

So Ziggy can sleep soundly no US airspace to violate:

INTELLIGENCE chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran’s new nuclear site.

The head of MI6 discussed the issue in London with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials after British intelligence officers helped to uncover the plant, in the side of a mountain near the ancient city of Qom.

I guess the powerline folks were right:

After the painful spectacle of Obama’s U.N. address, however, no amount of wishful thinking can obscure Israel’s situation. Israel is in this alone. Not only can Obama not be expected to partner with Israel when it comes to dealing with Iran, he cannot be counted on to provide — indeed he is not capable of providing — sound counsel on the matter. And perhaps most importantly, Netanyahu has less to fear from ignoring Obama’s counsel then he would from a formidable, or even just competent, American president.

Thus, Netanyahu must feel less constrained from acting alone, even as he fully realizes that acting along represents the only option for acting.

Just a reminder of Principle #12

12. Israel should not be expected to risk another Shoah for the sake of the national interest of any other country.

You know it’s only when we have a Carter in office that Israel sees the need to ask alone. And we’ve got the closest thing to Carter that we ever are going to get.