Archive for March, 2014

xBox One Screws You – Big Time!

March 27, 2014

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Many of us have an Xbox gaming console. My son, for example, has the original xBox and a 360. Those two were somewhat interchangeable, at least with some of the games and the controllers. Now we have the Xbox One gaming console.

Now we are screwed.

The new Xbox has its own controller. This is not interchangeable with the 360. You can’t use the old controllers on the new console. Period. So, how does this screw you? Well, if you like multiplayer games, you need to buy more controllers. Another, what, $50 to $75? <> And what about the recharger bay you bought for the old 360 controllers? Nope! Don’t work on the new models. <> Aaaaand, the price keypad attachment won’t work on the new controller either. <>

But wait! Surely they didn’t do this redesign just to extract more money from your already overdrawn bank account! They wouldn’t do that…would they? You better believe they would and don’t call me Shirley.

This is an example of capitalism at its worst. So now, some of you are saying, “hey, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.” This is where the games themselves come into play (so to speak.)

The Xbox 360 has a 16GB drive…at least mine does. Pretty small, really. even though most games are played online, you still need the space for game basics and stored games. The Xbox One has a 500 GB hard drive. Still pretty small, but a lot bigger none-the-less. No need to plug in a back-up hard drive, which I have to admit, is pretty cool. 360 came with 256 to 512 Mb of RAM. One comes with up to 8Gb of RAM.

Xbox One starts to look pretty good with that kind of power, doesn’t it? Well, you need it. The new games, and even some of the old ones, demand more and more power to play. So, what am I bitching about? An upgrade kit would have done the job nicely. No extra expense to replace all of the goodies you already have.

Or maybe the mother board in the 360 can’t support that big a change. I can see how that could be the case. Fine, we have to replace the console. So why couldn’t they make it compatible with the 360 peripherals?

Money. Plain and simple. They wanted to reach into your pocket and grab you by the short and curlies.

Oh, wait, there’s more! It takes forever to update the damn thing when you first set it up. Update? On a BRAND NEW CONSOLE? Now they are just fucking with you because they can. And yet, it gets worse! Now you have to PERSONALIZE the damn thing. Now, it has some cool features, like a webcam built into it (making it easier for the NSA to keep an eye on you) voice command (if there is no other noise in the room so you have to turn off the TV and Radio), aaaand a port for you to plug the 360 into so you can access your old games that CAN’T BE FOUND FOR DOWNLOAD! So now, instead of one console eating your electricity and counter space, you have two! And good luck finding your old games to download direct to the Xbox One.

Isn’t this a wonderful way for them to screw you up, down and sideways?

Clearly, they gave no thought to YOUR interests or convenience. Save your $500.00 (oh, yeah, they seriously jacked up the price for your inconvenience) and stick with your 360.

Wolf Rant

 Wolf Rant

Religious Wrong

March 11, 2014

If you follow televised religious shows like the 700 or the Religious Right you get inundated with a lot of talk about what is right and wrong according to this that or some other evangelical type who claim to know the mind of God. Personally, I can think of no greater arrogance that to say you know what is in God’s plan. Seriously, do they5 have Him friended on Facebook? Maybe they Twiffer each other back and forth? Or, and this is what I find most likely, do they just voice their own opinion and claim it is God speaking through them.

I’ll take door number three, Bob!

Normally I ignore the nattering of TV preachers. I give them as much credit as an unmedicated schizophrenic. Not just for their hypocrisy, and there is loads of that, but because they tend to find the devil in every little detail.

Let us start with the hypocrisy. Jimmy Swaggart. He tells people day in and day out how to live in God’s grace, then gets implicated in a sex scandal after he points the finger at Marvin Gorman for much the same indiscretions.

Jim Baker fleeced his followers for millions!

I won’t even get into the Catholic Church’s problems with pedophiliac priests since that is not my focus here, and everybody is well informed on that issue, anyway.

Now, I could go on and on in this vein, but I think I will address the latest round of absolute ignorance on the part of the religious right. Kevin Swanson and Steve Vaughn.

Birds of a feather flock together, and these are two very bird-brained individuals indeed! Swanson and Vaughn attacked Disney’s ‘Frozen’ as a satanic push to turn kids gay. Even claimed that Satan was using it to turn Swanson’s 5 year old into a lesbian.

I watched the movie. Only three main female characters, one of which, the mother, dies about ten minutes into the movie leaving the other two, sisters, alone. So, do these sisters engage in incestuous experimentation? Nope. The elder sister closets (not that kind of closet) herself away from her younger sister for fear of harming her. HOW HORRIFYING! Oh, wait, no, just tragic that they are forced to grow apart because of something neither can control. In fact, they barely even touch for the majority of the movie.

Hmmm…Okay, it must be the male characters behaving improperly. The foreign prince who tries to marry the younger sister is certainly a bad example for…no, he is a guy and she is a girl. That can’t be it. So the ice miner and the prince must have something going on the side. Hmmm…no, they don’t get along, actually. The prince wants the younger princess to steal her throne and the ice miner, whom initially finds the girl troublesome, eventually takes a romantic interest in her.

Not seeing the Satanic agenda here, folks. Maybe the princess is a cross dresser? The ice miner a closet hair stylist? The prince a…well, he was just a douche. No getting around that.

Just what the hell did Swanson and Vaughn see in the movie to attack it, then? Let’s go to the instant replay.

Swanson: Man, how many children are taken into these things and how many Christians are taking their kids off to see the movie Frozen, produced by an organization that is probably one of the most pro-homosexual organizations in the country? You wonder sometimes, I’m not a tinfoil hat conspiratorialist, but you wonder sometimes if maybe there’s something very evil happening here. If I was the Devil, what would I do to really foul up an entire social system and do something really, really, really evil to 5- and 6- and 7-year-olds in Christian families around America?

Vaughn: I would make a movie.

Swanson: I would buy Disney. If I was the Devil, I would buy Disney in 1984, that’s what I would have done.

Vaughn: Then you would start making all these nice little movies that throw little things in there that make sin look enticing, in fact some of the worst of sins, make it look enticing or at least to start to indoctrinate slowly, turn the heat up on the frog in the pan.

Swanson: Friends, this is evil, just evil. I wonder if people are thinking: “You know I think this cute little movie is going to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian or treat homosexuality or bestiality in a light sort of way.” I wonder if the average parent going to see Frozen is thinking that way. I wonder if they are just walking in and saying, “Yeah, let’s get my five-year-old and seven-year-old indoctrinated early.” You know they’re not, I think for the most part they’re oblivious. Maybe they do pick up on pieces of it but they just don’t get up and walk out.

Maybe I am a little thick, but I don’t see one single example of the Satanic agenda being identified. What I do see is a couple of homophobic bigots who need to double up on the tin-foil in their hats.

Everyday more and more evidence points to homosexuality as something you were born with. People don’t chose it, it chooses them. And a couple of religious dumbasses who are probably wrestling with their own sexuality don’t change that.

Frankly, I think this is just another grab for attention. A pretty slick one, too, really. If Disney tries to sue these ass-holes for libel, they risk annoying the LGBT community as well as the Religious Wrong. So Disney has to sit back and take it and wait for it to blow over.

Wolf Rant

WTF is Wrong With This Country?

March 11, 2014

I am a writer. I am currently working on my fourth book and really can’t afford a lot of distractions. Unfortunately, this is an ERA of distractions. What am I distracted by? Stupidity, of course, and right now this country is loaded with it.

Back in the 70s Nixon was run out of office when the Republican Party bugged a room or two in Watergate. Currently, the NSA, under Obama’s administration, is bugging the whole damned country and Congress doesn’t do a thing about it. Nixon one room, run out of office, Obama EVERY room, nothing.

On http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/a-list-of-obamas-constitutional-violations/52988 the following violations of the Obama administration are noted.
 Used Executive Privilege in regards to Fast & Furious gun running scandal. When Government misconduct is the concern Executive privilege is negated.
 23 Executive Orders on gun control – infringement of the 2nd Amendment
 Executive Order bypassing Congress on immigration – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress
 NDAA – Section 1021. Due process Rights negated. Violation of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments.
 Executive Order 13603 NDRP – Government can seize anything
 Executive Order 13524 – Gives INTERPOL jurisdiction on American soil beyond law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.
 Executive Order 13636 Infrastructure Cybersecurity – Bypassing Congress Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress
 Signed into law the establishment of NO Free Speech zones – noncompliance is a felony. Violation of 1st Amendment.
 Attempt to tax political contributions – 1st Amendment
 DOMA Law – Obama directed DOJ to ignore the Constitution and separation of powers and not enforce the law.
 Dodd-Frank – Due process and separation of powers. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau writing and interpreting law. Article. I. Section. 1
 Drone strikes on American Citizens – 5th Amendment Due process Rights negated
 Bypassed Congress and gave EPA power to advance Cap-n-Trade
 Attempt for Graphic tobacco warnings (under appeal) – 1st Amendment
 Four Exec. appointments – Senate was NOT in recess (Court has ruled unconstitutional yet the appointees still remain)
 Appointing agency czars without the “advice and consent of the Senate.” Violation of Article II, Section 2
 Obama took Chairmanship of UN Security Council – Violation of Section 9.
 Obamacare (ACA) mandate – SCOTUS had to make it a tax because there is no Constitutional authority for Congress to force Americans to engage in commerce.
 Contraceptive, abortifacients mandate violation of First Ammendment
 Healthcare waivers – No president has dispensing powers
 Refuses to acknowledge state’s 10th Amendment rights to nullify Obamacare
 Going after states (AZ lawsuit) for upholding Federal law (immigration) -10th Amendment.
 Chrysler Bailout -TARP – violated creditors rights and bankruptcy law, as well as Takings and Due Process Clauses – 5th Amendment (G.W. Bush also illegally used TARP funds for bailouts)
 The Independent Payment Advisory Board (appointees by the president). Any decisions by IPAB will instantly become law starting in 2014 – Separation of Powers, Article 1 Section 1.
 Congress did not approve Obama’s war in Libya. Article I, Section 8, First illegal war U.S. has engaged in. Impeachable under Article II, Section 4.
 Obama falsely claims UN can usurp Congressional war powers.
 Obama has acted outside the constitutional power given him – this in itself is unconstitutional.
 With the approval of Obama, the NSA and the FBI are tapping directly into the servers of 9 internet companies to gain access to emails, video/audio, photos, documents, etc. This program is code named PRISM. NSA also collecting data on all phone calls in U.S. – Violation of 4th Amendment.
 Plans to sign U.N. Firearms treaty – 2nd Amendment.
 The Senate/Obama immigration bill (approved by both) raises revenue – Section
 All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives;
Obama refuses to uphold the Business Mandate Law (ACA) for a year. President does not have that authority – Article. I. Section. 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States. The president ”shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed” -Article II, Section 3.
And nobody acts to stop him. THIS IS NOT THE WAY THIS COUNTRY IS SUPPOSED TO BE!

So, why doesn’t anybody kick his ass out? Well, for starters, the Democrats, who everyday act more like Communists, back him, right or wrong. Not surprising since he was their candidate anyway. Another reason is that they don’t want to be accused of racism. Calling people racist is their thing and they don’t want it turned back on them.

So, Obama gets a free pass to destroy this country from the inside. The next president, likely a Republican since you can’t fool all of the people all of the time, will spend his first four years trying to undue the damage. Or possibly even make it worse since no politician is to be trusted.

Sorry people, the United States of America that we once knew is gone. No longer are we truly free. Bush’s Patriot Act started the ball rolling, and Obama picked it up and made it a thousand times worst. It took an extra 30 years, but George Orwell’s 1984 has arrived, and only a full out revolution will undo the damage.

Wolf Rant