Well I’m back from GenCon. This is the first time I’ve been to GenCon in the last 10 years. I was there back in 2003 and life events prevented me from returning to the game fair over the last 10 years. It was good to return.
I mainly attended seminars this year at my return to GenCon. I did play in a few games as well, including an RPGA event for DnD Next. And also was happy to see 2 of my favorites from FASA picked up by Catalyst Game Labs … BattleTech and Shadowrun.
I also talked with several people in the gaming industry and passed out my IRC Network’s business card. After all my IRC Network OtherWorlders is built by gamers for gamers. And it would be fantastic to get more users on the system.
I saw a lot of old friends whom I haven’t had the privilege of seeing over the past 10 years due to not being able to get to GenCon so the shout out goes to Eric Mona and Russ Morrissey. It was good seeing you guys again. And plenty of new faces at GenCon every year.
I will return to GenCon again. Probably not in 2014 but possibly 2015 or 2016 as time and funds permit of course. And I’m considering running a seminar myself and possibly some games as well.
“Workplace violence” is what the US government is calling the cold blooded murder of 13 soldiers at Fort Hood by Major Nidal Hasan. A confirmed Islamist who has renounced his US citizenship, repudiated his Army oath to the Constitution and calls himself a “Soldier of Allah”.
This is not workplace violence. This is premeditated murder and an act of terrorism. And it should be treated as such. 13 US soldiers lost their lives to this Islamic terrorist and 32 others were wounded in an attempt to murder them.
Hasan has called Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in 2011 by a drone strike, a teacher, mentor and a friend. You are the company you keep. And if al-Awlaki was these things to Hasan, it is only rightly to define Hasan as a terrorist.
Since Hasan has renounced his US Citizenship and has turned his back on the oath he took as a US solider. Then by all means he should be treated as such. An enemy combatant without rights other than those imposed by the Geneva Convention. Ship him to Gitmo and forget about him. Or better yet, execute him for his crimes against the United States and the murder of 13 servicemen.
The August 1st issue of the Rolling Stone shows a very good picture, perhaps a college photo, of the younger Boston Marathon bomber terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This image is generating a lot of flak in the media and social networks across the US and around the world.
In many places, the magazine is being pulled from shelves and not sold by entire chains. Other groups are urging readers of the Rolling Stone to contact all of the advertisers to express their out rage at the choice of covers by the magazine. Some even call for boycotting the advertisers as well as magazine. I’m sure that the Rolling Stone will loose a number of subscribers as well. And some magazine copies may end up getting “lost in the mail.”
The article is available online and free to read by anyone who wishes to do so at this time. The article is located here: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jahars-world-20130717
The article covers a number of sources, including exclusive interviews by the Rolling Stone of some of Mr Tsarnaev’s friends from his neighborhood, his high school and college days. It’s not the point of the article to make Mr. Tsarnaev or his brother into a hero or a rock star. No, the article attempts to uncover how a young man who seemed to have a bright future and had the chance at the American Dream can fall so far so quickly.
It is worth the read. And there are several factors that did lead to the brothers becoming terrorists. The city they lived in is very liberal, “progressive” as it is called in the article. Their Islamic heritage. And being abandoned by their parents return to Russia. Those would be the top 3 factors that pushed them to becoming terrorists.
Although these and other environmental factors did play a role in the events that unfolded. It does not change the fact that they are ultimately responsible for their actions. The older brother has paid for it with his life already. The fate of the younger brother is yet to be determined. If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looses his life at his trial. It would be a just punishment for his actions.
As for the Rolling Stone. It would have been better to post an alternate picture on the cover of the August 1st issue. Even if it was another picture of Mr Tsarnaev. Something a little less glamorous. Perhaps a photo of him in a prison jump suit.
There are cries now by the low-information people in the wake of the Zimmerman trial verdict to call for an end to the Stand Your Ground law in Florida and elsewhere. This is of course a mistake. The Stand Your Ground law of Florida prevented a double tragedy from happening.
Without this law. George Zimmerman would be spending the rest of his life in jail for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Or he may even be on death row facing his own execution. Thus 2 lives and 2 families would be torn apart. Or the other senario would have been Trayvon Martin on trial going to prison and possibly death row for the murder of George Zimmerman after bashing his head into the concrete sidewalk.
Again both of these senarios creates a double tragedy. The stand your ground law prevents this from occuring. As any individual faced with a no-retreat dangerous situation can use deadly force to save themselves from harm.
Stand your ground laws do not make it easy for a person to committ murder at will. They are very specific in the language used. And if challenged, one must prove before a jury that the use of deadly force was justified. Otherwise you just committed murder and will face the just punishment for taking the life of another man.
The stand your ground laws are not to blame for the death of Trayvon Martin. His tragic death was the end result of him pinning and bashing George Zimmerman’s head into the concrete sidewalk. Giving no choice but to use deadly force.
Like it or not. The Justice system of these United States has spoken. Around 9pm Saturday night (Central Time), the jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial reached its verdict. George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” on the charges brought against him. This was based on the evidence, the testimony of witnesses presented by both the prosecutors and the defense teams.
I know this verdict will have strong emotions on both sides. But it does not erase the fact that Trayvon Martin is dead and his parents and family mourn their loss. At this point we may never know the answers to some questions. Keep the Martin family in your prayers, they need them.
And this will profoundly affect George Zimmerman for the rest of his life as well. Within Florida law he was been found not guilty and the use of deadly force was justified. But that does not change the fact that he did shoot and kill a young man. Ask any soldier if they are affected by knowing that they have shot and killed someone, or ask any police officer who has shot and killed another human being. George Zimmerman also needs your prayers too.
Some may think that that justice system we have is broken because of the outcome of this trial. And I will admitt that sometimes our justice system fails. Sometimes the guilty are set free. Sometimes the innocent are sent to prison. But most of the time, it works the way it should work. Which is this outcome? That is for the individual to decide.
What we do know will define us as a people. Taking the law into your own hands because you believed the system has failed is not the right thing to do. Gloating about the victory of George Zimmerman is not the right thing to do. Trying to “get even” is not the right thing to do either. The right thing to do is pray for the those involved and bring peace to the shattered community of Sanford Florida.
Edward Snowden is a hero of the American Republic. He has risked his life, fortune and sacred honor to expose the gross violations of the US Constitution and other founding documents by the current Obama Regime. And for that he is now hunted and hated by that very Regime and it’s multitude of willing and duped followers.
Edward Snowden has fled his homeland because here he is not safe. If he stayed here he would simply disappear and never seen again. We would never know when his trial, if there even would be one, took place. And Mr Snowden knew full well that it would happen when he lelf.
Every free country in the world should offer and grant him asylum. But since several European countries are also spying on their own people to the same degree at totalitarian regimes, they have refused. Only those nations who wish to piss more on the United States have offered to take him in.
But travelling across Europe, even by air would be difficult for Mr Snowden. His plane would be forced to land. And he would be arrested and turned over to the United States by those nations that refuse to aknowledge the sacrifice and patroitism of Mr Snowden.
The United States seems to be on the brink of the edge. Falling into the abyss when heros become traitors and criminals and criminals and traitors become heros. A 2nd American Revolution is just around the corner and a return to the standards and traditions that made America great, poweful, respected and honored amoung nations.
As George Zimmerman’s trial for murder wraps up. The world waits and watches. But make no mistake, this trial is not about gun rights. The right to self-defence. No this trial is purely racially motivated. Prior to President Obama stepping into the picture. The local police department considered it a non-incident. No charges were filed. It was a simple open and shut case of self-defence.
But because Mr Martin was a young black man. And Mr Zimmerman was not. It becomes as racial issue. Had Mr Zimmerman been a black man defending himself from a white young thug. Then this would not have gone to trial. The President would not have said a word about it. Other than commending the blackman for defending himself and his neighborehood agaisnt thugs. And no trial would not be ending with the world sitting on the edge of their seats.
As this trials final remarks are made and the jury goes to cast its verdict. The outcome will be far reaching. Racially and also affecting gun ownership as well. And it doesn’t matter which way it ends either … riots will errupt if George Zimmerman is found to be innocent of the charges. And if he is guilty it opens up the path for thugs of all races to attack neighorhood watches without worrying about being shot and killed.
Yet another reason has surfaced that suggests its best not to use Windows or other Microsoft products. Back in early 2002 a snippet of the Windows code was released that made people question the security of Windows. In this snippet it showed several keys that suggested the NSA had backdoor access to all Windows based machines.
Now there are clear documents and admittion by Microsoft that they have deliverately violated the security and privacy of their users. Microsoft has assisted the NSA in bypassing it’s own security encryption protocols allowing a level of access to our private data that is frightening to say the least.
Microsoft still claims that the NSA and other government agencies do not have direct access to their products and systems however. But who do you trust more?
I personally will continue to trust an operating system that gives me complete access to it’s code base structure. So I and others can read every line if we are so inclined to do so. Pure transperency the way it should be with software. I know my OS doesn’t “phone home” to the government or any agency thereof.
Again, just a little more than a year since the so-called “Arab Spring”. Egypt is again on the verge of a civil war between its various factions sparing for control of the government of this ancient nation. The “democratically” elected Muslim Brotherhood President has been removed from office by the military. The Egyptian constitution has been suspended. And no rights exist for anyone.
And around the world people as the questions of how did this happen when the people of Egypt ousted their dictator President Mubarak and democratically elected a new leader just last year. Well the answer to that is simple. Islam.
Yes I said it. Islam is why democracy did not work in Egypt. Besides democracy doesn’t work in the first place but that’s a topic for another day. Islam is opposed to any form of government of, by and for the people. Islam at it’s very core is a totalitarian regime, dictating every aspect of life for those that follow its path. It does not allow for government by the people. The masses are not to be trusted with such power.
But since Egypt has been Westernized for a long time, there are trickling awareness of what true freedom is like and this 2nd uprising within a year is the result of that awareness. The “Arab Spring” was the forced take over of one dictator by another and not the will of the people.
Well it seems like I’ve been in a writer’s slump for some time now.
Looking back it dates back to when my son Dawson passed away in
February of this year. Since then I have just stopped writing posts.
I’m gonna have to change that. A lot is happening in the world and it
should be written about it. And I’m the one to do it.
So this is just the announcement post about my return to posting on a
more regular basis.
Good reading all.