Well, let’s see. So far I’ve replaced a light switch in the bathroom, re-bolted the sink to the wall, added shelving to my office, aided my wife in rebuilding her desktop from 2000 to XP, and I’m not done, yet. I still have to re-wire the the network and power around the servers, and upgrade the Anti-Virus on one of them.

So, in short a typical Saturday.

I’d really like to add some power capacity to my office… particularly for the server supply, since I’m considering adding another server in here. Trouble is, I’ve only got 60 amp service to the house, so the line from the pole to the house isn’t up to the drill, even if the load center is. Replacing THAT would run me around two grand… so… I’ll put up with what I have.

As for the office, maybe I ought to post a couple of pictures once I get place cleaned up.  The process of having the shelves and basically ripped up 3/4 of the room. In this space only slightly larger horizontally than my van, I’ve managed to cram 4 servers, a dual monitor desktop, and all the associated electronica… along with a small mountain of sound gear, a couple printers, and a couple police scanners.

You can imagine, with all of that, it’s going to take a little while to get it cleaned up, again.


As I’ve been working today, I have been thinking with great intensity, on the situation currently going on in Iran with regards to the suppose it ‘conference’, regarding he holocaust.  I must say, that I have on the surface of some serious problems with calling it a “conference”, sine the word implies some give and take, rather than simply a bunch of people showing up to listen to a pronouncement.

“Not acceptable,” says Ban Ki Moon, new Secretary-General of the United Nations. “Repulsive,” say the editors of Britain’s Guardian newspaper. “An insult . . . to the memory of millions of Jews,” says Hillary Rodham Clinton. Global polite society is in an uproar over the Holocaust conference organized this week in Tehran under the auspices of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Moral denunciation is what reasonable people do–what they must do–when a regime that avows the future extermination of six million Jews in Israel denies the past extermination of six million Jews in Europe. But let’s be frank: Global polite society has been blazing its own merry trail toward this occasion for decades.

So says Bret Stevens, this morning in Opinion Journal.

I find the reference to Hillary Clinton, a little out of bounds. But in this case I stipulate that her statement is quite correct. It is an insult to the memory of millions of Jews. But what is more deeply insulting, and certainly more deeply dangerous, is our refusal to confront such things were we find them, instead of simply sitting back and being “polite”…. treating such acidic nonsense as a valid difference of opinion… a point of view we must respect.

But in point of fact, we must NOT respect it…we must denounce it… and the world of Islam would too, if they had any interest in peaceful co-existence as they claim.

Read again that sentence in the second para;

Moral denunciation is what reasonable people do–what they must do..

I am reminded in conversation about a comment of mine as regards American Democrats; I wasn’t seeing at the time many mainstream Democrats, coming forward and denouncing the “Bush is Hitler” meme. My comment at the time, was that the reason that we don’t see them loudly objecting, was because they don’t object…  they agree with that nonsense.

Well, the same rules apply to the world of Islam.  There is an awful lot of non- disagreement going on out there.  There is no counter-conference… none of the other Islamic nations are holding a conference to cry foul on Iran’s claims… indeed there is, comparatively speaking, nobody speaking out against this madness from within the world of Islam.

At that moment, the whole thing gelled for me.  We have not seen any counter conference… one that is actually open to conferring…

What we have seen is a total lack of objection from the Muslim dominated countries. No surprise, given that for generations such countries have been feeding their people aren’t consistent diet of anti Jewish propaganda that Hitler himself would be proud of.

It doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to see where that leads us, and that continuing to be ‘polite’ in the face of this is going to get a lot of people killed.

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2 Responses to “Nightly Ramble: A Busy Saturday”

  1. “We have not seen any counter conference. One that is actually open to conferring… What we have seen is a total lack of objection from the Muslim dominated countries.  no surprise…”

    Great minds, Bit.  You and Hirsi Ali.  A snippet of her LA Times Op-Ed:

    What’s striking about Ahmadinejad’s conference is the (silent) acquiescence of mainstream Muslims. I cannot help but wonder: Why is there no counter-conference in Riyadh, Cairo, Lahore, Khartoum or Jakarta condemning Ahmadinejad? […]

    Could the answer be as simple as it is horrifying…”

    The whole enlightening thing, fleshed out with first-hand experience, is here: http://tinyurl.com/wslmt

  2. She’s a rare one, that.  All too rare, in fact.  And therein lies the problem.  It’s the rare one that objects to this murderous band of thugs.  And the fact is it isn’t just Ahmadinejad that’s the concern.  There’s an avalanche going on here folks, and the stones that along with the crowd just to be polite, are every bit as much to blame for the damage as the ones who started the movement in the first place.