The Riots of the Faithful by Orson Scott Card

Worldwatch I was just turned on to an Orson Scott Card article that, as usual, makes you think.
World Watch – May 15, 2005 – The Riots of the Faithful – The Ornery American

Thank you for telling it like it is, Mr. Card. Everyone should read this and think on it. Maybe you don’t agree, but it’s worth thinking about first.

SD Strikes Again!

SD stands for Software Dilletante. Yet another attempt at a software program. This one is an old tried and true program I’ve used for a while when it was free, called MacJournal.

Pardon the hell out of me if I like to try out programs before I go to using one permanently. I’ve tried Ecto, MarsEdit and now I’m trying MacJournal. What’s the big deal? I like to try before I buy. So sue me.

So far, I like Ecto best, mainly because it can post a thumbnail of a picture. MarsEdit is also nice because of its integration with NetNewsWire. I just have to see how this program integrates images before I spend too much money on it, though.

I’m not sure I like that I can’t seem to pull down my current blog entries, though. I haven’t read the manual so I might be able to do this. More later.

Update: 1 hour later

I gave it a try but can’t get MacJournal to post to the weblog. It will create a blank draft on the server, but none of my text is there. I would take the time to figure it out, but since I have two other programs I know work and I didn’t have to figure them out, I’m not going to bother.

In the end, I like ecto best because it can set up thumbnails for any pictures I put up, integrates with iPhoto and just works.

I won’t make a decision for a bit (I have to go out today), but unless something major changes, I expect I’ll be buying ecto this evening.


Ash sent me a quote about persistence by Calvin Coolidge. I like it. I’ve seen it before and I can’t help thinking it’s probably true. I’ve seen a lot of people who succeeded because they didn’t give up. Their quote when asked about the secret of their success? “Never give up on your dream.” Persistence is the key to success.

PRESS ON. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Our new digital camera

We bought a new digital camera a couple of weeks ago. It is really sweet! I love this thing. I understand why people like the really small ones, but I just don’t think they can take pictures as good as this. It came with a 16 MB memory card, which was good for 8 really high resolution pictures. We decided to buy a couple of 128 MB cards since they were on sale for only $20 each. Originally, I wanted to get a 256 MB card, but buying two 128s wound up a lot less expensive. We also got a carrying case so we could lug it around and not worry about damaging it.
Fujifilm S3100

Now we can take pictures without having to worry about film developing. We just need to get them printed.

We’re still going to need to develop the rolls we still have from our old camera. I guess we’ll be putting that up for sale sometime.

Oprah and the terrorists

Oprah and the terrorists:

: Debbie Schlussel, conservative columnist and Howard Stern fave, writes a pretty damning indictment of Oprah’s mollycoddling of terrorists: Schlussel says Oprah wants us to understand mass murderer Mohammed Atta and understand a Palestinian human bomb and not mention that the murderers in Beslan were Islamic but instead came from the mountains. Maybe if you gave the terrorists cars, Oprah, they wouldn’t be mad anymore.

(Via BuzzMachine.)

The only reason to try to understand these people is to more effectively stop them. The real problem here is that we’re willing to co-exist (or we were), but these people aren’t.

Even if it’s true doesn’t mean you should say it

Capital Games: More on the Pentagon’s Koran Fib: “First there were no credible allegations; now the Pentagon admits there were ‘incidents.

(Via The Nation Weblogs.)

So what! What possible good or public interest was served by reporting this in the first place? What the hell did Newsweek think would happen?! In their childish quest for a scoop, they poured lighter fluid on a fire.

It was totally irresponsible, and it doesn’t matter if it was true or not. Reporters are supposed to use judgement. For the same reason they wouldn’t publish military information that could jeopardize lives, they shouldn’t have published this.

To defend reporting this because it is true just misses the point. Shame on Newsweek.

Editor’s Cut: Wal-Mart Avarice

Editor’s Cut: Wal-Mart Avarice: “Morley Safer takes aim at Wal-Mart.

(Via The Nation Weblogs.)

Brown, who has been nominated to serve on the powerful US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has condemned the New Deal, which gave the United States Social Security, the minimum wage and fair labor laws. She has expressed doubts about whether age discrimination laws are a good idea. And she has made it clear that she is no fan of affirmative action or other programs designed to help minorities and women overcome centuries of oppression.

So it appears that this is what the Collectivists in the Democratic party consider reprehensible in a judge. Condemning the New Deal, opposition to minimum wage and fair labor laws? They all sound like good ideas to me. I just wonder why the Republicans want this judge in office.

They don’t even understand why the New Deal, minimum wage laws and fair labor laws are wrong. That’s how far gone they are.