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A TALE OF 3 FOOTBALL FANS

This was passed along to me, but being a football fan I decided it belonged here just out of spite for the local teams.

A Chicago Bear fan, a Minnesota Viking fan and a Green Bay Packer fan were all in Saudi Arabia, sharing a smuggled crate of booze. All of a sudden Saudi police rushed in and arrested them. The mere possession of alcohol is a severe offense in Saudi Arabia, so for the terrible crime, they were sentenced to death! However, it was a Saudi national holiday the day their trial finished, and the extremely benevolent Sheik decided they could be released after receiving just 20 lashes each of the whip.

As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheik suddenly said, It’s my first wife’s birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one wish before your whipping.”

The Bears fan was first in line (he drank the least), so he thought about this for a while and then said, “Please tie a pillow to my back.” This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes before the whip went through. The Bears fan had to be carried away crying like a baby.

The Viking fan was next up (he almost finished an entire fifth by himself), and after watching the scene, said, “All Right! Please fixtwo pillows on my back.” But even two pillows could only take 15 lashes before the whip went through, sending the Viking fan out crying like a little girl.

The Packer fan was the last one up (he had finished off the crate). The Sheik turned to him and said, “You support the greatest team in the world. Your city and fans are the greatest. For this, you may have two wishes! “Thanks, your most Royal highness,” the Packer fan replies. “In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20, but 100 lashes.”

“Not only are you an honorable man, you are also very brave,” the Sheik says with an admiring look on his face. “If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it. And your second wish? What is it to be?”, the Sheik asks.

“Tie the Viking fan to my back.”

Concealed Carry in WI?

A little political viewpoints to toss into the mix, since it’s a subject very near and dear to my heart, one that has left a very sore spot in my life. After the WI State Supreme Court issued instructions to the state legislature to change the current law on the books to permit the carrying of concealed weapons, this was issued shortly after the court basically overturned the conviction of a man carrying a concealed weapon in his own place of business as he was closed and getting the days proceeds sorted and prepared for deposit to his bank, when he allowed to law enforcement officers to enter his closed establishment for coffee or something along those lines, his shop is located in a high crime area of Milwaukee If memory he was slapped quite hard for this, as it was in violation of current law, in his residence this would have been deemed permissible. This a brief overview of the events, ultimately on appeal his was fined $1 and released. Following these events there were several revisions of the proposed law, setting requirements for applicants concerning training on safety and education of the laws, setting boundaries where carrying would be illigeal all sorts of restrictions, actually well written and very acceptable in my view.

Gov. Jim ‘Turncoat’ Doyle vetoed the bill last year after being passed by the state house and senate, shortly thereafter a veto override was pushed up, whipped back through the assembly and due to one house member who flipped at the last possible second killed the override, his politicking days are now numbered, so are many others.

Currently 42 states have laws permitting the carrying of concealed weapons, and surprise since introduction these states have seen dramatic reductions in both violent and nonviolent crimes against people. I can’t fathom why……

Guess now would be a good time to explain why this is so near and dear to me, I’m a 15 year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement, with the last 9 being in Federal Corrections (all military). So what are the odds of me running into some of my prior aquaintences that I’d either locked up or kept locked up during this span…. pretty damn good. My first 5 minutes in the state while fueling up I had the pleasure of a confrontation with two ex-cons who were more than happy to see me, right up until they were looking down the barrel of my .44. Never had the need to fire a shot, as they dropped to their weapons immediately. Good thing I still had my credentials, when the state trooper rolled up to some pissed off redneck holding two knuckle heads on the ground wearing flexicuffs at gun point. For all intents and purposes I was in total violation of the law (my cred’s were no longer valid since I’d terminated my contract. They were taken into state custody for parole violations. Too bad this was not the only time I’ve encountered former residents of my previous profession. So what are my choices, violate the law and carry to ensure the protection of my family and take my chances with the law, or worse abide by the law as written…… I’ll leave my personal choice out of this for now.

From The Wisconsin Concealed Carry Association web site
Senator Dave Zien will be live on 790 AM WAYY Radio in Eau Claire at 8:30
a.m. tomorrow, January 27 to discuss concealed carry with John Murphy and
Bruce Butler. Be sure to tune and call the talk line at (715) 836-9299 to
voice your support for this legislation!

If you’re not able to hear the show in your area, please go to WAVY’s
website and vote in their online poll on concealed carry. The address for
WAVY’s site is http://www.wayy790.com . The poll questions are on the far
right side of the page.

This issue is not yet over by any means, Senator Dave Zien has been spear heading the campaign to get this into law….

If you’d like more info on this take some time and run through the WCCA website listed above, there are great references and links out to the actual bills and public court documents surrounding this issue and events.

As a side note, I personally contacted the WI State District attorney to gather as much info as possible, the accepted interpretation of the current law is that citizen (barring those whom possessing a firearm is prohibited) can strap on a loaded pistol or sling a rifle across his/her back and walk on any street in the state, just not in a vehicle (where it must be unloaded and cased), nor into a ‘public building’ ie.. state buildings such as courthouses, police stations, gov’t offices etc…. and of course schools and such, so long as the weapon is in plain site.

Just for fun I’ve been tempted many a time to grab my huge .44 bag, by huge I mean a 10.5″ barreled hand held cannon that serves as a deer rifle and general fun gun to shoot, and drive into down, shoulder rig her up and go for a stroll though town… just to wait till one of the local wanna be a real cops thinks he’s gonna score a big collar an arrest me… then file a huge lawsuit and sue the living hell out of everyone involved. I’m 99% convinced this would work perfectly, as every peace officer I’ve encountered and had the opportunity to talk with at any length has told me I can’t carry in plain sight… hee hee

One of these days….

phpBB Forums Blog Hack

If you have not seen it yet, there is a new hack for phpBB out in Beta test, the Blog Mod, now up to v0.2.0, it’s working so well I’ve moved into production so all of my forum members can now have a blog of their own, mostly to keep track of their saltwater reef tanks and things along that line, provides them with a great record keeping service, but also adds a bunch pages to the allinurl of the site, search engines are chewing through them like crazy! Very feature rich , the only issue I have with it thus far is that by default it is so customizable that it may be daunting for some users and they may be getting lost in the options, that would explain why most are using the default layout. Oh wait I still fit in that category for WordPress, one of these days I’ll make this a bit more presentable.

I’ve added a couple of new templates to the Mod, so we’ll see as time goes by what everyone thinks. If you’d like to see it in action, here is the listing of publically viewable blogs, and my personal Reef Journal can be viewed as well…

Harnessing the popularity of Blogs in general and tie them to Google tearing through them, this can only give things a boost.

1 of 6 people can actually use a search engine?

Now this is going too far, money and time being pissed away on the dumbest things. The best thing ABC could come up with this morning is that 5 out of 6 people don’t know the difference between search engine results and sponsored results? Who cares, so long as I can find what I am looking for, and I’m able to tweak my sites to gain in the results for the 1 person who has a clue…

ref: this article

Good grief.

Their heads see daylight

Just after midnight CR is back up and flying straight! The hosting company pulled their heads out of their collective asses just far enough to actually READ the content of the emails I sent explaining what the problem was and low and behold… There were 2 records.

At least at this point things are back and rolling.

/steps off the soap box and quits throwing rocks for a while.

Total screw up

New hosting company for Captive Reefing has already managed to screw things up, not bad only took 12 hours to hose the site up. 2 A records for the hostname each point to different IP addresses, only one of them a valid Apache server configured to serve the domain, 50/50 shot of hitting the site every 14400 seconds = SANFU.

DNS is not that hard to figure out if you take a second to actually LOOK at it, silly tech tells me I’m wrong with I forward results retrieved from their DNS server, but apologizes for the confusion? Who’s confused here, I’ve only been earning a living doing this stuff for over 15 years. Odd that nothing like this happens on MY corporate network, maybe that’s why my mortage is still current huh?

If someone doesn’t pull their head out of their ass and quick I’ll be pulling all my sites off and back onto my own servers and go looking for that 91 day satisfaction garuntee, 3 days after signing up for service, if this is typical service, may not even be a new record for them. Maybe I’m just too demanding and am wrong expecting things to actually work, these crappy automated frontends sure look good on paper, but geez I’ll take the good old CLI and pico anyday over them, hell give me vi and I won’t complain, hell I’ve written more than one website with nothing but vi.

Enough venting, really did get a great deal on the hosting, out of 6 sites I’ve moved, only one is hosed, too bad it was the most important to the most number of people.

Back to hammering at the problem at hand.