A blog dedicated to the researchers who dyed a captured chimp's fur pink, then released it. The other chimps promptly tore it to pieces.

Friday, April 27, 2007

We Kansans really love Utah

They, along with shitholes like Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas, help take the heat off us when our dumbass politicians pull idiotic stunts like trying to teach creationism in the public schools.

Today's offering from Mormonland:

Utah County District 65 Chairman Don Larsen has submitted a formal resolution to oppose the devil’s plan to destroy the country -- to be discussed this weekend at the Utah County Republican Convention.

“In order for Satan to establish his ‘New World Order’ and destroy the freedom of all people as predicted in the scriptures, he must first destroy the U.S.,” Larsen’s resolution states. “[It is] insidious for its stealth and innocuousness.”

Larsen’s proposal to defeat Satan? Close the borders to illegal immigrants to “prevent the destruction of the U.S. by stealth invasion.”

Utah Republican Blames 'The Devil' For Immigration

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Eternal Cloud-cover of the Republican Mind

Bush, confident of enough votes to sustain his veto, was unambiguous in his response. 'I will strongly reject an artificial timetable (for) withdrawal and/or Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their job,' he told reporters in the Oval Office as he met with his top Iraq commander, Gen. David Petraeus.

Democrats Challenge Bush on Iraq Bill (AP)

What the fuck does Bush think he is, chopped liver?

Friday, April 20, 2007

If I were running the government . . .

A government official or employee who took the Fifth in an investigation of government corruption would be permanently disqualified from holding ANY government position in the future.

If you have extraordinary power and authority, there should be extra restrictions on your behavior. The need for such restrictions should be obvious to anyone who's been paying attention the past few decades.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Statement from a Registerfly customer

I think one of the most poignant cries in the wake of the Registerfly implosion outlined below, was the following from a single mom with two kids, posted in response to an official statement from Registerfly:
This is crap....you must excuse me but I have lost everything. I am a single mom of two. My husband left me with nothing five years ago, instead of giving up which I felt like doing I started my own company and have been sucessful for five years, supported my children FOR Five YEARS ON MY OWN. Registerfly has single handedly destroyed my business. Today I lost my last large client. They all walked due to what they say Is MY fault. I can not renew, transfer or host thier domains. These are million dollar companies that are well known and now the names have expired. I am now being sued by them. Well goodbye house, goodbye car, goodbye life! Thank RegisterFly. You say that the customers are now working for us but as of today the only answer I get is "Our systems are down" then they laugh at me when I break down and cry. I no longer care. SO I hope they continue to enjoy thier mansions and cars and HOOKERS! Because all they did was find a fall guy, it is all crap. People are loosing thier business and thier words mean NOTHING.....more BS more BS more BS.

No kidding.

Registerfly and the Myth of Commercial Competence

Ya know how Republicans/conservatives just LOOOOOVE to bitch about the inefficiencies of government, and how the hallowed "private sector" (a.k.a. big business) can always do it better cheaper? You DO know they're full of shit, right?

When Bill Gates registered the microsoft.com domain name, it didn't cost him anything. Back in the days when the 'net was a service more or less provided by the military/government, domain names didn't cost a penny - all you had to do was request a name and it was yours. Defense Data Network Network Information Center (DDN-NIC) handed them out to anyone crazy enough to want one. (it was extremely expensive to have a domain at that point in time) Needless to say, the freebies didn't last. By the time the general public began flooding onto the 'net in the early to mid 1990s, the days of free domain names were long gone.

Then came ICANN.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers was created in the boom days of the late 90s to replace the work previously done by Jon Postel, one of the founding fathers of the modern Internet, at IANA. A bastard offspring of the Clinton Administration (which never met a sell-out to corporate interests it didn't like) and the Republican Congress spawned by Newt Gingrich's Contract with America, ICANN presided over one of the greatest sellouts of the public interest since the licensing of broadcast airwaves.

Prior to ICANN, only one company - Network Solutions - sold domain name registrations in the USA. ICANN opened up the field to every two-bit hustler with a few bucks to spare.

Pretty much anyone who could scrape up the bucks could become a registrar - I was offered the opportunity more than once, and it wasn't like you had to be Warren Buffett to afford it. The "list price" of a domain name at Network Solutions was seventy dollars for two years, down from the original hundred when they first started charging. (imagine the furor that must have caused - for something to go from free to a hundred dollars overnight) "Bargain" registrars took that as low as $6.95 a year for .com, .net, and .org domains and as low as SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS a year recently for slow-sellers like .info names.

Registerfly is a bargain registrar, until recently accredited by ICANN to sell domain name registrations. Registerfly's thousands of customers are currently in a bit of a pickle because of internal issues at the Registerfly company. (two owners are apparently locked in a fight to the death for control of the company) So ICANN has yanked Registerfly's accreditation, Registerfly is (naturally) contesting this action, and in the meantime, Registerfly's customers are fucked. (full disclosure - I'm one of Registerfly's fucked customers)

So far, I've only been able to rescue one of my eight domains from the sinking suckhole of Registerfly. Two of the others have mysteriously "expired" (despite the renewal charges showing up on my credit card) while Registerfly refuses to answer either e-mails or support tickets. If you look them up in whois, it now shows Registerfly as the "owner" of the domains. To top it all off, in the course of researching this mess online, I've also discovered that Registerfly has the nasty habit of punishing disgruntled customers who initiate credit card chargebacks by confiscating ALL the customer's domain names and charging exhorbitant fees for their return.

I think that's what's really the most galling about this: these crooked motherfuckers are flat-out ripping people off and our noble protectors in government aren't doing shit about it. In fact, they're the ones who sold the whole operation to incompetent crooks like Registerfly in the first place. Goddamn cocksuckers are right there when it's time to bust some kid with a doobie, but they're nowhere to be found when well-connected thieves abscond with millions.

Even if I don't get any of my other domains back, I'm still better off than a lot of people. There are people losing their businesses - their livelihoods - over this shit. People are going to lose their homes and possessions. Where the fuck is THEIR protection?

The only thing big business can do better than the government is line its own pockets. Efficiency my ass. Who needs a more efficient mugging?

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Is this a great time to be alive or what?

I just love watching Bush finally getting what's coming to him as his corrupt misadministration comes crashing down. How sweet it is.

Free advice to the Dems: when you've got your bootheel on the rattlesnake's neck, letting up isn't a good idea.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Bush: "Wah! Wah! WAAAH!"

How sweet it is. A Presidential temper tantrum, right out there in public where we can all enjoy it. Well, except for the idiots who voted for him.