My mother is something of a PUBLIC FIGURE in San Francisco who is KNOWN by her OPINIONS ON SUVS. I grew up and left home before she met GOD ten years ago and became outspoken politically. She believes that people who drive SUVS are SELFISH, uncaring, and HAVE NOT HEARD THE WORD. I drive a SUV, but it is a small Nissan Xterra SE that I need to drive 14 miles in steep, often snow or ice covered, dirt roads that serve as driveways of my clients. I think large, powerfull, SUV's and trucks have legitimate purposes. My views on SUVs are more tolerant. There are legitimate uses for powerful vehicles. However, I still believe PEOPLE WHO DON'T NEED POWERFUL VEHICLES BUT LIKE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE BIG AND POWERFUL ARE HICKS.
Sometimes there are no comments here because folks are just to shocked and disenfranchised from Bl;ues News that they can't respond. Political discussion isn't easy for anyone ... it's sure a lot easier to commiserate with Ray Marden for his unfortunate experience beta testing a game he did not enjoy - or help bronco out because out of sympathy that he works with poop all the time -- than it is to say, "Hey Buddy, You're Wrong, and here's why . . "
I thought the discussion of the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals was pretty interesting. Noting that the author of of one of the linked articles 'was an expert on corruption in the 9th circuit federal court of appeals' I don't have anything to say about that Court. My expertise only extends to 7 years practicing experience before the First District Court of Appeals for the 1st (Northern) District of California.
The 9th Circuit FEDERAL Court hears appeals from all the cases proceeding in the Federal Court System in the 9th Circuit, which includes California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and a couple other states. The Federal Court hears Federal Cases, dealing with the Laws of the United States (a.k.a. The US Code, Constitution, and Amendments) and disputes between the citizens (and businesses because the law treats a business the same way it treats a person -- nothwithstanding the fact that businesses can't go to jail for employing child labor or deducting hours from employee payrolls) of different states.
Federal Court Judges are appointed by the Federal Government. Maybe the President has a role in the appointment of Judges to the bench of Federal District Courts.
Each State also has it's State Court system, complete with a State Supreme Court which hears appeals from lower courts of appeal or from trial court. Judges in these courts are appointed by the States, and, the Governor has a role in appointing Judges.
It seems entirely plausible to me that Busch could have caused more liberal rulings from the Federal Court, and, through his support of the Governator, indirectly caused more liberal rulings in the State Courts.
'Liberal', however, is troubling. If liberal means the Judges ignore the laws and improperly take the law into their own hands dispensing justice as they personally see fit for their personal reasons, then, I totally agree that Busch would be a role model for SELFISH TEXAS LAWLESSNESS. But, if 'liberal' means the opposite of 'conservative', then I would have to say that Bush would cause the courts to be more conservatively minded rather than liberal.
As far as software goes, if its not broke, or you don't absolutely need it, don't play with it. Win XP Pro & Office have so many basic features out of the box that most people don't need much more than Adobe Acrobat & Quicktime. It takes far less time to rebuild a system if you are comfortable working with the limited feature set of what's available out of the box. Where necessary, you can often manually tweak windows to obtain the specific result you could with shareware or retail software.
Of course, if you aren't running your system behind a real firewall, then security software wouldn't be a bad idea. Something like a FreeBSD Unix box running headless with x-windows server provides decent security if you have nothing.
With all teh money you save from not purchasing software, you can save up to buy a top notch system to run the latest free Federal Government third person game running the Doom 3 engine.
Currently reading, "Then Again, Maybe I won't", by Judy Blume.