Why Veterans protest…

Posted on October 13, 2013
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“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” There has come a time when the two main parts of the oath they took are in conflict. Veterans LOVE our country and our way of life. They have fought for it; Died for it. They really believe in the United States Constitution. That it IS the ultimate protection of our way of life. I don’t think most civilians can fully understand.

We swore:

 “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same”

And believe me...they will defend it. What do you do when the problem is actually the second part? When perhaps the President and his administration are actually threatening or bypassing the protections of the Constitution?

 “..and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice…”

What do you do when day after day, repeated numerous times. Laws or policies are “forced” upon us that visibly bypass the Constitution? No matter that the “law” will benefit some small portion of the population? That, when finally asked, most of the people disapprove?
Policies put in place by “tricks” when congress is not in session?
Policies that remove hard fought liberties gained by millions fighting for them?
What do you do? When you SEE the very foundation of our country being removed .. the firm footing it stands on,  weakened; One grain of sand of the foundation removed one at a time. Until it begins to tilt, or collapse? You protest. You visibly demonstrate that some of the policies are in conflict with the first part of your oath. Civil dis-obedience. This is not like the “Occupy” movement. This is serious. Depending on how the Government responds dictates any reaction. Hopefully not an escalation. Many of our Vets have actually seen the results of some of the policies / actions our government is trying to implement in its circuitous path around the protections of the Constitution.  And are yet again defending our way of life. Any attempt to bypass the purposefully place protections of the Constitution is EVIL. A threat to our way of life.  They are there for a reason. To force the Congress and government to slowly implement agreed upon changes and laws.  To give time to fully notify the population, to give time to fully comprehend any changes and the ramifications. Its not meant to be easy. If it stops someone from getting their way…Good. If you have a policy you want to implement…get the majority of the people behind you. Get a real majority in congress. You don’t simply bypass by making some “executive order” to implement  laws. Its getting to a boiling point. The people are beginning to get wise, to see whats happening. And they don’t like it. This is only the beginning. If policies and actions of a government are implemented, that is not a reflection of its people, continue to be forced upon us. The unrest will only get worse. Even the “Give me stuff” portion of the population is beginning to realize that those “free” benefits are not free, that they have to pay up for them. When the EBT system went down the other day, before the word came out from Xerox that it was a system malfunction..That the Government had shut it down as part of the “Government Shutdown”. Tempers flared, I suspect that riots would have followed in a short period of time. That is yet another section of the population. Sooner than you might expect. Even non-veterans will come to understand whats happening. Its already started.  People are getting fed up with a Government “where barriers are not erected against terrorists or illegal aliens on our nation’s borders, but rather against citizens, and where wheelchair-bound veterans enroute to honor their comrades face tighter security than terrorists enroute to murder a US Ambassador.” —ricochet.com If all you see in the news is a bunch of old guys protesting closing some memorials.

 

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Try looking closer. They are protesting much more than that.

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His lips are moving —

Posted on October 9, 2013
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“The loss of ethics by the wealthy was a symptom, not a cause. What brought down the system was the unwillingness of the everyday citizens to live up to their own responsibilities. They allowed themselves – in fact, they pushed – to be corrupted. They insisted that public benefits – education, public safety, transportation systems – all be paid for by the rich. That doesn’t work economically unless you allow the rich more income. Once, the head of a business might have made between ten and a hundred times what one of the workers might. At the end of the Commonocracy, some heads of multilaterals made thirty thousand times what their workers did. At the same time that these so-called common people deplored the excesses of the rich, they filed hundreds of thousands of frivolous or semifrivolous claims against businesses and governments for millions or hundreds of millions of dollars, often for trivial injuries. ”  -L.E. Modesitt, “The Ethos Effect”

Its an odd quote, from of all things a book of fiction. Oddly accurate in today’s America.

Today Congress, or at least a small part of it, are locked in battle with Democrats and the President over….benefits…  Medical benefits… the Debt ceiling..so the government can borrow yet more money to fund … benefits.

Its time America lived within its budget…spend less than it takes in.  Common sense – yes?

The President was on TV trying to instill yet more panic in its citizens. We’re going to default on our bills..Maybe cut Social Security .. benefits..  Trying to increase public pressure on the recalcitrant Republicans by scaring the public. Almost everything he said was, *ahem*, inaccurate. No wonder his popularity is at a new low (37%).  It seems to me, that almost all his claims prove to be .. well just wrong.

Can anyone cite one of his programs that he has implemented where the MAJORITY of Americans approve? Immigration? Obamacare? Michelle’s school lunch fiasco? HIS administration using the IRS to target organizations that might be against his policies or goals?

I hope the conservatives stand their ground. I hope they FORCE the administration to negotiate and listen to the people. Stop spending, stop borrowing. And stop taking my money to pay for it all.  I am tired of the administration simply doing what it wants without it listening to the majority.

If the debt ceiling is not raised..we wont default on our “loans” the Government brings in plenty of money to pay those..and the Constitutions 14th amendment specifies that we HAVE to pay those first. I suppose that the current administration “could” choose to pay those and claim they have to cut welfare or other programs.  I suspect that in the long run that probably would be a good thing to reform that program and others.

Somethings will HAVE to be cut back. Simple math.  Its a burden we all must carry.  If not, the burden will fall to our children and their children. And it will be a large burden. The government can not keep raising taxes forever to pay for its excessive spending. Especially when the job market is so slow.

Americans need to change their mindset, being on the government teat is NOT a good thing. Society should encourage these folks to provide for themselves when possible. At one time people were ashamed to be on welfare. Apparently not anymore. We should help those in need…but enough already….

How do you like the selective Government Shutdown?  Most of the places that were closed, cost more to shut them down…then they did to operate. At least the visible ones that were shutdown JUST TO INCONVENIENCE THE PUBLIC.  Why shutdown open air memorials?  Yet another attempt to get the public to complain to congress to do something… Just another evil tactic of this administration to “punish” people. Unless of course its an immigration rally on the “closed” memorial in Washington… Veterans can’t visit memorials built in their honor…but allowing that rally is a SLAP in the face to the “common folks”.

This will all pass, and hopefully America will be on somewhat of a tighter budget for awhile. If it continues, things will get worse, more people will cry and scream next year..or the next time they debt ceiling needs to be raised. More likely when they see their paychecks when all the new taxes kick in to pay for those benefits will hopefully encourage some that are sitting on the fence to complain..dont complain, REPLACE those Congressmen and Senators..with some common sense oriented people.  Its refreshing to see groups going to Washington DC such as the Bikers, and Truckers. Its good to see even some of the more moderate talking heads start to question the might Administrations methods. It shows that public opinion is NOT supportive of his methods.  Such a change when it occurs will have to be a long term change. Perhaps even changing our current political two party system.  That would be interesting.

Change won’t happen until the populace changes….

 

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Roundcube and Poppassd hang solution with centos 6

Posted on September 15, 2013
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Just a quick post so the search engines may find it…to solve this problem for others.

Using the Passwd plugin with Roundcube open source webmail, and using the poppassd service to allow users to change their email password, if there is a problem with the password i.e violates the system limits for passwords such as too short or contains a dictionary word etc, roundcube appears to just hang. Actually the passwd utility changed with centos 6 I think and the output format changed slightly. It outputs 2 lines instead of one with a successful update. So the line that was looking the success code 200 was never found, although it appears in the second line of output. At any rate the code is changed to skip a line before the check and appears to work well now.

The file I modified the poppassd.php driver file,  thats included in   the roundcube plugins directory “roundcube/plugins/password/drivers”.

here is the code:

You can download this file ,zipped here.

<?php

/**
* Poppassd Password Driver
*
* Driver to change passwords via Poppassd/Courierpassd
*
* @version 2.0
* @author Philip Weir
* Modified by Lloyd Kirk, Gulf Coast Information Systems to fix “hang” with centos 6+
*
*/

class rcube_poppassd_password
{
function format_error_result($code, $line)
{
if (preg_match(‘/^\d\d\d\s+(\S.*)\s*$/’, $line, $matches)) {
return array(‘code’ => $code, ‘message’ => $matches[1]);
} else {
return $code;
}
}

function save($curpass, $passwd)
{
$rcmail = rcmail::get_instance();
//    include(‘Net/Socket.php’);
$poppassd = new Net_Socket();

$result = $poppassd->connect($rcmail->config->get(‘password_pop_host’), $rcmail->config->get(‘password_pop_port’), null);
if (PEAR::isError($result)) {
return $this->format_error_result(PASSWORD_CONNECT_ERROR, $result->getMessage());
}
else {
$result = $poppassd->readLine();
if(!preg_match(‘/^2\d\d/’, $result)) {
$poppassd->disconnect();
return $this->format_error_result(PASSWORD_ERROR, $result);
}
else {
$poppassd->writeLine(“user “. $_SESSION[‘username’]);
$result = $poppassd->readLine();
if(!preg_match(‘/^[23]\d\d/’, $result) ) {
$poppassd->disconnect();
return $this->format_error_result(PASSWORD_CONNECT_ERROR, $result);
}
else {
$poppassd->writeLine(“pass “. $curpass);
$result = $poppassd->readLine();
if(!preg_match(‘/^[23]\d\d/’, $result) ) {
$poppassd->disconnect();
return $this->format_error_result(PASSWORD_ERROR, $result);
}
else {
$poppassd->writeLine(“newpass “. $passwd);
$result = $poppassd->readLine();
if (preg_match(‘/^5\d\d/’, $result)){
$poppassd->disconnect();
return $this->format_error_result(PASSWORD_ERROR, $result);
}
$poppassd->writeLine(“quit”);
$result = $poppassd->readLine();
$result = $poppassd->readLine();
$poppassd->disconnect();
if (!preg_match(‘/^2\d\d/’, $result))
return $this->format_error_result(PASSWORD_ERROR, $result);
else
return PASSWORD_SUCCESS;
}
}
}
}
}
}

 

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Lightning Protection

Posted on June 25, 2013
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Last summer we took a direct lightning hit on my dipole antenna. The antenna was tied between two trees with the midpoint about 7 feet above the ground. Needless to say, we suffered major damage to appliances,computers,networking equipment and TV’s.

Oddly enough it did NOT hit my 50 foot tower located about 40 feet away. Nor did it hit the two story house next to the antenna.  The feedline came down from the dipole and I had wrapped it around the water spigot and then brought it around the house to the window where my shack “was” located on the ground floor.  Thankfully? Most of the discharge, I assumed arced to ground via the water pipe. The feedline between the spigot and antenna was essentially vaporized.

 

 

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Of course the antenna itself was fried.

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Now I have added the following grounding to my house:

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Now the first question I have.. Assuming I have my feedline grounded at the top and bottom of the tower, and a polyphaser surge protector installed and grounded at the base of the tower, can I run the coax along the ground (or buried) around the house on the side away from the SVC ground, ground it again at the surface below the bulkhead which is located on the second floor, and run it up to the bulkhead.  The bulkhead is connected to the halo perimeter ground via copper flashing. The intent is to have a single common ground/entry to the shack. Where everything is connected, AC surge protector ground, Coaxial grounds etc. I suppose I could install another polyphaser on the feedline at the bulkhead too.

OR

Should I run it to the SVC GND side, make a bulkhead there for the cable,phone and Amateur gear, and then run it over to the shacks bulkhead?

I am somewhat worried about feedline loss but would rather be safe than sorry later. 🙂

I believe most of my damage last time actually came thru the feedline into the scanner it was plugged into. Thankfully it wasn’t connect at the time to my HF rig.  From there I assume it went everywhere via the AC power outlet.

Another minor question I have… On the right hand side of the house above is another water spigot, should I connect the perimeter ground to that spigot? Or would that possibly cause more problems?

Update:

I have received the two Alpha Delta TT3G50 coaxial surge protectors and the 16 50v MOV (for my rotor controller cable). Will be spending some time mounting the TT3G50’s at the base of my tower in an enclosure. And I will be routing the feedlines from there around to the shack. At which point another bulkhead will be placed. Would like to find a cheap source for some 1.5 or 2 inch copper strap/flashing.  After this is done it will pretty much complete my safeguards. I will be adding a couple more ground  ing radials at the base of my tower.  I will at some time,  ground the distant ends of the tower guy wires.  I need to move two of those that are anchored to trees and build their own anchors.

I remain concerned about a few items.
First, the tower is placed fairly close to the house and very close to our big TV in the living room. I am VERY concerned with any induced voltages (EMP) effects that a direct strike on the tower might provide.  Diverting as much energy as I can to the ground is a good start. But I can’t really put the TV in a Faraday cage. I guess endpoint surge protection devices are about all I can do. Of course the “correct” option would be to relocate the tower to a more distant location…

Secondly, we already have taken at least two hits to nearby trees that caused (EMP) or Ground Potential Rise damage. (surge).

My lack of endpoint surge devices allowed that to occur. (Now pretty much anything that comes into the house has some form of protection for surges).  I am considering some lightning protection for at least one of our trees.  Since these trees are much taller than our house or for that matter my tower, I feel it might be prudent to “protect” them so they hopefully can survive more hits.  One tree was killed. The latest strike did blow a stripe of bark off in a couple of places but the tree looks like it was not significantly damaged. Time will tell.

Third, I have lost much of my initial security camera system/DVR to the surges.  If I am going to replace them I will need to provide some form of protection on the camera video and power runs. Seems like whenever I lost a camera I also lost the video input on the DVR to which it was connected.

Last, I am considering a whole home AC protector at the main service panel. As far as I know to date we have not suffered any damage from INCOMING AC surges..but statistically most surge damages are caused by AC/Telco lines coming into the home.

I continue to be amazed that people think improving the grounding, installation of lightning protection systems will actually “attract” lightning.  If a stepped leader gets close enough to be “attracted” to my grounding system .. thats  GREAT!
Its going to hit anyway. At least this way I have some control on where the immense energy goes… I prefer it go to the Earth and not inside my home. I know that we will suffer some damage (likely) in the event of a direct hit.  But we can hopefully, minimize the damage to our home and electronics.

 

 

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Antique Baby carriage.

Posted on June 1, 2013
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I spotted this carriage in a consignment shop.  Posting this with pictures to allow others to perhaps help identify its  make/year. I emailed photos to several online websites dedicated to vintage strollers or Prams as they are called. One said it was a “Parade Stroller” from around 1880.

Additional emails indicate this is from around 1876.
On this page is a similar item..very similar including the fully elliptical suspension. Tha one was made by F.A Whitney.

One person in a email indicated it might be made by “Ludlow”. I have been,as yet, unable to find references to Ludlow.

 

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