October 26th, 2007

Let's try pulling the clowns back from the precipice

The third Patriot Act?

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 1955 titled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. This bill is one of the most blatant attacks against the Constitution yet and actually defines thought crimes as homegrown terrorism. If passed into law, it will also establish a commission and a Center of Excellence to study and defeat so called thought criminals. Unlike previous anti-terror legislation, this bill specifically targets the civilian population of the United States and uses vague language to define homegrown terrorism. Amazingly, 404 of our elected representatives from both the Democrat and Republican parties voted in favor of this bill. There is little doubt that this bill is specifically targeting the growing patriot community that is demanding the restoration of the Constitution.


The above was snagged from rinku.

A site for contacting Congress--this was the first one that came up in google. I don't know if there's a better one.

And, "Center of Excellence"? In addition to the frightening power grab, these people are completely tone-deaf.

Mood: weird, but vaguely socially responsible

My scanner and the chaotic universe

Yesterday, it worked, but long about my third or fourth scan, a pop-up appeared telling me that my Dell Premium program was expiring. Did I want to renew?

I foolishly failed to notice the full name of the program, and was peeved at the idea of spending extra for features I probably didn't need.

Since I don't like to do irrevocable things, I marked the pop-up "Remind me in 30 days".

I'd previously been able to attach my scans to email, but I couldn't get a scan I made after the pop-up happened to attach to email.

So I contacted the ebay vendor I'd gotten the scanner from, and they said that there was no time-limited software sent with the scanner, quite reasonably, that they needed more information or a screen shot.

So I made another try at attaching one of the newer images, and this time it worked.

I can easily believe that I made some error earlier when I was trying to attach an image, but I don't believe I hallucinated the pop-up.

How can I find the mysterious pop-up program, or do I just need to wait for a month?