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the new daylight savings time change is killing me…. dst 2007 sucks

i have 60+ servers that need to be patched on both the operating system level as well as multiple patches for application levels … all so that we can save some energy or some bogus reason

it would be simple if they were all the same kinds of machines… but i have solaris 8/9, windows 2003/xp, redhat 7/9, centos 3, centos 4, fedora 6, freebsd and also java jdk for all the developers… and some of the old old old machines don’t have support or patches… so having to roll my own.  i think there are patches for ipods and blackberry as well… anything with internal time keeping mechanism

the stupid thing is.. you have to reboot the machines for this change… but that makes me sad… i have machines that i have not had to reboot for over 1.5 years… almost 600 days of uptime… and i have to reboot for a stupid daylight savings thing…i actually have one server that has not been rebooted for over 3 years..

9:49pm up 1241 day(s), 5:29, 0 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.01

congress needs to ask the sysadmins before they pass things like this… cause.. reboots can be very stressful… never know if the server will come back up properly..

this daylight savings time thing has cost me 5 days of planning and coordinating reboots during off peak hours… endless meetings about trying to write code that will capture the proper 2nd sunday of march and first sunday of november.. and having to argue that we need to set a code to march 6th or march 7th so that if march 1st was a sunday.. then the next sunday would be march 8th… or just setting absolute dates and then having to remember to change them next year..

time to reboot some more boxes… fingers crossed

florida congressman ric keller is a dumb freak … in going for a sound bite… he is feeling the crunch of all of the smarties and people that have half a brain that are offended by his body bag comment… and his stupid lawnmower analogy was one of the worst ever

here is the whole rambling bamblin retarded look at me commit political suicide speech… watch it here

mr. speaker, the iraq war is the central issue of our time. we.re spending $2 billion a week, and losing 100 american lives a month. under these conditions, i feel i owe my constituents my best judgment.

interjecting more young american troops into the cross hairs of an iraqi civil war is simply not the right approach. if the president sends these troops anyway, i will support their funding 100% so they have the bullets and equipment they need to defend themselves.

i approach this decision with a great deal of angst and humility. i.m not trying to micromanage this war. i.m just a member of congress, not a 4 star general. but i have listened to what our most well-respected 4 star generals have to say about this matter. and generals abizaid, mccaffrey, and colin powell have all said that sending more troops into baghdad is not the answer.

now, some people will say, if you.re not in favor of surging more american troops into baghdad, what are you for?

i.m for a different kind of surge.

i.m for a surge of iraqi troops to take out al-sadr and his militia, especially since the iraqi security forces outnumber the al-sadr militia by a ratio of 5 to 1. that.s 325,000 versus 60,000.

i.m for a surge in political progress by the iraqi government to finally reach a deal on the sharing of oil revenue.

i.m for a surge of action in implementing the iraq study group recommendations, which were arrived at in a bipartisan, unanimous fashion.

i.m for a surge in gratitude among the iraqi people, 61% of whom think it.s ok to kill american troops. and 79% of iraqis have a .mostly negative. view of the united states.

some argue that we should support president bush.s decision. i like and respect president bush. i want him to succeed. three years ago, i could have voted in favor of this surge. but the situation on the ground is very different than it was three years ago.

three years ago, iraq was not in a civil war. now it is.

three years ago, iraq did not have 325,000 of its own security forces to defend itself. now it does.

three years ago, we did not know whether a surge of additional american troops into baghdad would have a long-lasting impact. now we know the answer. we tried the same thing last summer. the benefits were temporary. the body bags were permanent.

we.re told that we should trust the maliki government. i.ve been down that road before.

i personally visited baghdad last summer and met with the maliki government officials. i was told that by december of 2006, they would have all the security forces they need, and we would be in a position to start bringing home our troops. now they say give us just another year.

the maliki government told our country that their troops would be right there beside us when we surged 15,000 american troops into baghdad last summer. well, the iraqi troops didn.t show up. the benefits of the surge were only temporary.

i voted in favor of authorizing the use of force back in 2002 because i did not want saddam hussein to give weapons of mass destruction to al-qaeda. now saddam hussein is dead, and there are no weapons of mass destruction in iraq.

we have remained in iraq for 4 years because we want a unified and secure iraq so it won.t become a haven for terrorists. unfortunately, it seems that the americans want a unified and secure iraq more than the iraqis do.

let me give you an analogy. imagine that you have a next door neighbor who refuses to mow his lawn, and the weeds are up to his waist. you mow his lawn for him every single week. the neighbor never says thank you, he hates you, and sometimes he takes out a gun and shoots at you.

under these circumstances, would you keep mowing his lawn forever? would you send even more of your family members over to mow his lawn? or, would you say to him, you better start mowing your own lawn or there.s going to be serious consequences for you?

mr. speaker, sending more young american troops into the middle of iraqi civil war violence is not the answer. i will support the troops. funding 100%. but we are not going to solve an iraqi political problem with an american military solution. and that.s my best judgment.

may god bless our troops, and our country.

heard this while driving home from work.. and pulled it up again to read again..

this puts to light why the actions of our congress and senate… with their stupid non-binding resolutions hurt our troops

like i wrote before… time to take the fight to the bad guys… let the ttroops do what they have to.. to stay alive and to win this fight

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Things that I am tired of in this war:

I am tired of Democrats saying they are patriotic and then insulting my commander in chief and the way he goes about his job.

I am tired of Democrats who tell me they support me, the soldier on the ground, and then tell me the best plan to win this war is with a “phased redeployment” (liberal-speak for retreat) out of the combat zone to someplace like Okinawa.

I am tired of the Democrats whining for months on T.V., in the New York Times, and in the House and Senate that we need more troops to win the war in Iraq, and then when my Commander in Chief plans to do just that, they say that is the wrong plan, it won’t work, and we need a “new direction.”

I am tired of every Battalion Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major I see over here being more concerned about whether or not I am wearing my uniform in the “spot on,” most garrison-like manner; instead of asking me whether or not I am getting the equipment I need to win the fight, the support I need from my chain of command, or if the chow tastes good.

I am tired of junior and senior officers continually doubting the technical expertise of junior enlisted soldiers who are trained far better to do the jobs they are trained for than these officers believe.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who fight this war with more of an eye on the media than on the enemy, who desperately needs killing.

I am tired of the decisions of Sergeants and Privates made in the heat of battle being scrutinized by lawyers who were not there and will never really know the state of mind of the young soldiers who were there and what is asked of them in order to survive.

I am tired of CNN claiming that they are showing “news,” with videotape sent to them by terrorists, of my comrades being shot at by snipers, but refusing to show what happens when we build a school, pave a road, hand out food and water to children, or open a water treatment plant.

I am tired of following the enemy with drones that have cameras, and then dropping bombs that sometimes kill civilians; because we could do a better job of killing the right people by sending a man with a high powered rifle instead.

I am tired of the thousands of people in the rear who claim that they are working hard to support me when I see them with their mochas and their PX Bags walking down the street, in the middle of the day, nowhere near their workspaces.

I am tired of Code Pink, Daily Kos, Al-Jazzera, CNN, Reuters, the Associated Press, ABC, NBC, CBS, the ACLU, and CAIR thinking that they somehow get to have a vote in how we blast, shoot and kill these animals who would seek to subdue us and destroy us.

I am tired of people like Meredith Vieria from NBC asking oxygen thieves like Senator Chuck Hagel questions like “Senator, at this point, do you think we are fighting and dying for nothing?” Meredith might not get it, but soldiers do know the difference between fighting and dying for something and fighting and dying for nothing.

I am tired of hearing multiple stories from both combat theaters about snipers begging to do their jobs while commanders worry about how the media might portray the possible casualties and what might happen to their career.

I am tired of hearing that the Battalion Tactical Operations Center got a new plasma screen monitor for daily briefings, but rifle scope rings for sniper rifles, extra magazines, and necessary field gear were disapproved by the unit supply system.

I am tired of out of touch general officers, senators, congressmen and defense officials who think that giving me some more heavy body armor to wear is helping me stay alive. Speed is life in combat and wearing 55 to 90 pounds of gear for 12 to 20 hours a day puts me at a great tactical disadvantage to the idiot, mindless terrorist who is wearing no armor at all and carrying an AK-47 and a pistol.

I am tired of soldiers who are stationed in places like Kuwait and who are well away from any actual combat getting Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay and the Combat Zone Tax Exclusion when they live on a base that has a McDonald’s, a Pizza Hut, a Subway, a Baskin Robbins, an internet café, 2 coffee shops and street lights.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who take it out and “measure” every time they want to have a piece of the action with their helicopters or their artillery; instead of putting their egos aside and using their equipment to support the grunt on the ground.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who are too afraid for their careers to tell the truth about what they need to win this war to their bosses so that the soldiers can get on with kicking the ass of these animals.

I am tired of Rules of Engagement being made by JAG lawyers and not Combat Commanders. We are not playing Hopscotch over here. There is no 2nd place trophy either. I think that if the enemy knew some rough treatment and some deprivation was at hand for them, instead of prayer rugs, special diets and free Korans; this might help get their terrorist minds “right.”

I am tired of seeing Active Duty Army and Marine units being extended past their original redeployment dates, when there are National Guard Units that have yet to deploy to a combat zone in the last 40 years.

I am tired of hearing soldiers who are stationed in safe places talk about how hard their life is.

I am tired of seeing Infantry Soldiers conducting what amounts to “SWAT” raids and performing the US Army’s version of “CSI Iraq” and doing things like filling out forms for evidence when they could be better used to hunt and kill the enemy.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who look first in their planning for how many casualties we might take, instead of how many enemy casualties we might inflict.

I am tired of begging to be turned loose so that this war can be over.

Those of us who fight this war want to win it and go home to their families. Prolonging it with attempts to do things like collect “evidence” or present whiz bang briefings on a new plasma screen TV is wasteful and ultimately, dulls the edge of our Infantry soldiers who are trained to kill people and break things, not necessarily in that order.

We are not in Iraq and Afghanistan to build nations. We are there to kill our enemies. We make the work of the State Department easier by the results we achieve.

It is only possible to defeat an enemy who kills indiscriminately by utterly destroying him. He cannot be made to yield or surrender. He will fight to the death by the hundreds to kill only one or two of us.

And so far, all of our “games” have been “away games,” and I don’t know about the ignorant, treasonous Democrats and the completely insane radical leftists and their thoughts on the matter, but I would like to keep our road game schedule.

So let’s get it done. Until the fight is won and there is no more fight left.

-D

oorah!


there are no less than 3 non-binding resolutions floating around about the war….

why do it if it is non binding??? it is just so they can hear themselves speak… like us bloggers… we love to see our words posted for the handful of people that read to see

but in this case… by doing this… they are aiding the enemy with propaganda and showing them that since the country is divided… they just need to hold out for a little bit longer

unlike generations past… the united states seems to have lost its resolve to finish the job that it started…

what is the gain in passing a non binding resolution? just to bash bush… you have done that enough already.. and you can continue… but not in this manner. you hate the war… too bad.. we are in it.. and pulling out is not like what you think it is… the election was the referendum.. there is no need for yet another thing to say you are against the war… we know already… you have been saying it for years… it is nothing new… just that you feel you have some power, now that you are the majority party…

wait… you hate the war? you hate bush? we had no idea… really… could you tell us again. and pass some legislation that says you hate george bush…

the war is not like simcity or civilization games that work themselves out in hours or days… it is going to take a while even after the war is done to bring people home. have you thought about the logistics of moving that many people? what happens to the terrorists whenwe leave iraq? are they just going to stop fighting… or be enboldened by ‘defeating’ or making the united states ‘retreat’? and bring it here… or other places. remember.. we were not in afganistan or iraq when 9/11 happened… they came here. lived here. trained here. planned here.

look wht happened after we left iraq after gulf war 1 … we had to go back.
look at what happened in afganistan after the russians left…
look at what happened when we left somalia… after blackhawk down.
look at what happened in vietnam after we left
why do we still have a presence in german after world war II…

there is some saying about history and not learning from the past and doom or something…

it has taken this long to make sure that the germans don’t go back to the way they were… back in nazi days.

stop funding? or even talking about it? what is the message to the troops that are there… after X day.. you are out of luck.. and you will have to suck it up cause we are not sending any more money…

those opposed to the war spout the … we support the troops, but we are against the war… umm… the troops are in the war. and by yapping your gums… you are hurting morale… you are making it harder for the troops… by giving those that would kill us more recruiting tools.. show that we are not resolute in our fight with them…

if you support the troops… shut the heck up… wait till the fighting is over.. and then you can have all the yakitty yak you want to have… but let the troops do what they need to do

yeah.. you have the right to voice your opinion.. but you should not… not right now… have a little bit of patience.. and that is not in the 30 second attention span… prozac induced, adhd mentality that makes you not stay on task… and move on to the next shiny thing… or get hyperfocused on this single issue without putting everything into perspective.. first amendment.. check. patriotism… inconclusive… determination to finish what was started… no. we need a huge national dose o ritalin or something so everyone can focus on what the real issue is.

either we go and get them… or they will come here like they have numerous times already.. and harm us here.

both the democrats and republicans have failed the troops. this is not politics. this is not a game….

so you pass the resolution… does that change how fast the troops come home? does it bring back those that were lost? dos it change how the commander and chief executes the war? last i knew… congress is not in charge of running a war..

although it has been political suicide… bush et al.. are the only ones that have held a modicum of steadfastness that is a show of force and determination to the terrorists… in this.. president bush has done an excellent job. he seems stubborn and ‘staying the course’ but that is how things get done.. that is how the troops come home..

did i say shut up already… yeah… it bears repeating… shut the heck up… and let the troops do what they need to do.. support the troops.. even if you hate the war… and yeah.. shut up… and quit doing stupid stuff like the non binding resolutions

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no.. that is not my engrish …. as there are some that are royally opposed to this administration.. and specifically to president bush

as i am watching/listening to the state of the union … with the clap fest that begins with all of those in both parties waiting in the aisle that the president is going to walk through.. even if they hate him.. they want some face time on national tv…

there are a lot of us that are loyal to the united states.. but growing opposed to how the administration has executed the fight over in iraq.

the words. the lack of getting insight and ideas from outside… all are frustrating.

this was probably the best line in the whole speech… again a few years too late.

This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we’re in. Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory. ( read the whole thing here )

although the speech as decent.. delivery was spotty at times which is paar for course for president bush…. kind of that.. dog with tail between the legs attitude. he was sheepish.. looked tired. but he should be heartened that the speech was good… and most of what was said was fair

policy wise… hate the immigration amnesty plan.. the insurance tax savings seems interesting… i loved the call out of the earmarks and fiscal irresponsibility that the congress has shown over the past few years…

i love the shout out to all the north koreans on the peninsula (love his struggle with the pronunciation) but i want nukes… so we can blow kim jong il away..

a lot of the speech should have been passed along before the elections…

i hate that people consider reintroducing 21,500 troops back into baghdad is some major undertaking… if they needed to.. they could mobilize the entire armed forces and have over 500,000 troops in play if they wanted. the troop level is the same as it was a few months ago… but this time.. there are new rules… we have gotten better at the door to door.. house to house search and destroy missions that this battle has turned into…

i just really hate the clap fest. and the akward introductions of people like mutumbo ? that was just weird. and the ny subway hero guy…

it is nice that the democrats held to some semblance of decorum and applauded the president.. but they panned to the presidential hopefuls a bit too much.. joe biden looked like he was sleeping. hillary with her smirk.. during the insurance policy statement… priceless. hillarycare is gonna be so sweet.

i will have to read the democratic response…

lets see if the presidents gets a it more time to let the plan work… or show signs of improving the situation in iraq

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