OpenID’s Time has Come!

OpenID is an open standard that describes how users can be authenticated in a decentralized manner, eliminating the need for services to provide their own ad hoc systems and allowing users to consolidate their digital identities.”

What this means for us, and why it’s so critical, particularly in light of the last election:

It’s already very widely adopted:  “As of December 2009, there are over 1 billion OpenID enabled accounts on the Internet.”

No central authority, such as any governmental body, was involved in its establishment, nor will they be allowed to monkey with the way it’s run:  “The OpenID protocol does not rely on a central authority to authenticate a user’s identity.”

YOU are the one who establishes and verifies who you are:  “An end-user is the entity that wants to assert a particular identity. A relying party (RP) is a web site or application that wants to verify the end-user’s identifier.”  Relying parties, such as the DMV or a prospective employer can further authenticate an end-user, and keep additional information on file using the end-user’s unique public identity number.  ONLY the actual end-user, however, can verify they are who they say they are.

The process is 100% electronic, using the same modern authentication and encryption techniques used by modern banking, and which successfully protects billions of dollars each day against hackers.  A hacker would not only have to know everything about you, they would also have to know your personal security code/password, without which the system knows the hacker is not you.

As your actual code/password is not stored on the system, even if the system were hacked, or accessed by unauthorized internal breach of security, because of the way the system works, they would still be unable to authenticate themselves as you.

It is fully-endorsed by such noteworthy and objective leaders in cyber security as Sun Microsystems, VeriSign, PayPal, IBM, and Symantec.

Now, here’s why it’s so important given what happened during the last election:  100% of the states whose votes fell towards Obama REFUSED to implement Voter ID measures.  Meanwhile, 100% of the states who did implement Voter ID wound up supporting Romney.  Coincidence?  I think not!

Instead of having 50 different Voter ID systems, however, why not have ONE system, a system that’s managed by those who use it, rather than a system created by a potentially corrupt government who might very well rig the system?  Or worse, what we have no, which is no relying system at all…

Hire a Veteran!

I you’re wondering whether you should hire a veteran, I would encourage you to stop wondering and simply do it.  Sadly, America has an OUTSTANDING workforce being shunned because of…  What?  Fear of failure?

Those of us with a military background have a “Can Do!” attitude.  Failure wasn’t an option.  We’re sons of success, not sons of failure.  Successful businesses hire people who’re both self-learners and self-starters.  They hire people who will see the job through to the end, who do quality work, and who will accept nothing less than the best. 

So why aren’t more companies willing to hire veterans?

I think it boils down to one thing:  Fear.  Some HR managers are afraid of the “unknown.”  Perhaps their only contact with a vet has been negative.  If so, they should visit a Rotary Club meeting, or an on-base open-house.  Others are afraid the only thing veterans know how to do is fire a gun, drive a tank, and fly airplanes, none of which has anything to do with their business.  They forget that military aviators like me, my 2,500 hours in the cockpit and the accompanying 2,500 hours spent in mission planning and debriefings comprises just 12% of the total time I spent in the military.  At the most, another 12% was spent in ground training, in everything from firearms to self-aid/buddy care (combat first-aid), protection of the President, records management, anti-terrorism/force-protection (AT/FP) and many, many other fields of study.  Some of those areas have no applicability to modern business, but most of them do.

Take records management, for example.  That’s a given, as all businesses have records they need to manage.  But with about first-aid?  Most businesses require at least some of their employees to know first aid, and at least a few to also know CPR.  AT/FP is indirectly applicable.  It’s primary focus is to be fully aware of your surroundings, and to be unpredictable.

Most businesses use various forms of SWOT analysis to assess themselves and their environment.  Being aware of one’s self, one’s unit or crew, and the environment in which we’re operating is always in the mind of a veteran.  Combined with our winning attitudes and solid work ethic, we do a great deal of good for the companies who hire us!

So what did I do the remaining 76% of my time in the military?  I worked!  I did the same kind of work required by all businesses.  In fact, I’ve been all of these:

  • computer technician
  • network designer, installer, systems administrator
  • database designer, developer, and administrator
  • corporate trainer
  • records manager
  • team leader
  • department head ($220k non-personnel annual budget)
  • scheduler
  • project manager
  • program manager ($11 million non-personnel annual budget)
  • academic instructor
  • courseware developer
  • writer / technical writer
  • editor
  • executive assistant
  • data and systems analyst
  • photographer
  • webmaster

The rest of the time, about 25% of the time I was in the military, I had the distinct honor of being able to mission plan, fly a multimillion dollar aircraft, and debrief, both in training and combat.

So, in answer to the question, “Why should I hire a veteran?” the only valid response is to ask you, “Why NOT hire a veteran?”

Pearl Harbor – A Day of Remembrance

Seventy-one years ago today, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in an unprecedented, unprovoked attack against U.S. military forces.

2,402 people were killed.

Eleven years ago, Islam attacked the World Trade Center in an unprecedented, unprovoked attack against U.S. citivilians.

2,977 people were killed.

According to the U.S. Congressional Record, on file in our Library of Congress, socialism in its many forms (progressivism, communism, marxism, lenninism, fascism, and naziism), was directly responsible for massive loss of life.

135,000,000 people were killed.

Four years ago, a man who has repeatedly voiced his alignment and loyalty to both Islam and socialism (via communism), was elected serve the United States of America.  He did not.  Instead, he served both Islam and socialism, siphoning off trillions of hard-earned American taxpayer dollars to Islamic and socialist interests outside U.S. borders.

Many Americans did not realize it, but they’d opened the door to their own doom.

One month ago, some Americans realized their mistake and voted against the Islamic socialist/communist in office.  Unfortunately, most Americans doggedly continued in their misconceptions, thereby sealing their country’s doom.

Should the world continue to allow dictators like Obama to rise to power, the 21st Century is likely to go down in history as surpassing the 20th Century in terms of the number of millions of people who die as a direct result of socialism in one of its many forms.

So, as you remember and honor those of sacrificed their lives for our country, please consider what you can do today to forestall this century’s looming battles of groundless socialist ideologies against the sound reason and judgement on which our country was founded and rose to greatness.

Demand Congress enact GMO Labeling Now

GMO Labeling is something that’s long overdue here in the U.S.  Watch this short video, and you’ll know why.

Then, use the following form letter to write your Congressman of your desire for him or her to implement mandatory GMO labeling of all GMO foods:

Dear Congressman X:

Were you aware most GMO corn in the U.S. (i.e. most corn in the U.S.) is treated by by crop-dusters who are required, by law, to wear full chemical protection suits while spraying your food with 2,4-D, which is one of the two active ingredients in Agent Orange?

It’s true.  Please watch this video:  http://youtu.be/FyWMuA8HcJk

Armed with this information, along with the fact that 9 out of 10 Americans want to know whether or not their food contains GMO foods, please pass legislation requiring the mandatory and conspicuous labeling of all GMO foods as “GMO.”

We deserve to know what’s in our food!  Russia passed the bill, as did China, and more than sixty other countries around the globe, including most EU countries.

They passed the bill because they care enough about their citizens to require complete disclosure on their food labels.  What does that say about the United States and how little we care about our citizens when we allow big business to run roughshod over the government and keep people in the dark about what’s in our own foods?

Please pass the mandatory GMO labeling legislation.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

The Communist Takeover of America – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Before you get the wrong idea, I didn’t support the Communist Takeover of America.  I fought against it, first in the trenches of electronic bulletin board systems (eBBSes), then while freezing in the belly of a B-52H on alert with twelve nuclear-armed air-launched cruise missiles strapped under the wings and another eight in the main weapons bay, again while flying C-130s all over the world, supporting our troops who’re fighting for freedom, and yet again, back online, throughout my time in the military, and into retirement, this time on a variety of message forums.

We thought we’d beat the Soviets and their communism when the wall fell and the U.S.S.R. disbanded into its member states.

We were wrong.

Turns out, they never stopped fighting us on the home front, via infiltrators who brainwashed the weak-minded, idealistic, and the ignorant with socialism and communism repackaged under the guises of “progressivism” and “political correctness.”  Don’t believe me?  Read on, from their own manifesto.  Please identify for me which of their goals they’ve failed to accomplish.  By the way, none of these had been accomplished in 1950.  By 2009, ALL have been accomplished:

THE COMMUNIST GOALS (1963) aka OBAMA’S PLAYBOOK:

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in
preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use “united force” to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

 

Jeapordy: “Trayvon Martin” — “What ties Obama, Holder, Corey, and Zimmerman together?

Repeat after me: “It is lawful to use deadly force in cases of self defense. It is lawful to use deadly force in cases of self defense. It is lawful to use deadly force…”

…particularly when you’re defending yourself against aggravated assault.  In case you’re wondering what that means, it means if you don’t defend yourself, you’ll likely be dead very soon. Technically it means to “cause serious bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon.” If you don’t think Trayvon Martin’s use of a slab of concrete sidewalk against which he was bashing Zimmerman’s head isn’t a deadly weapon, you’ve never hit your head on a concrete sidewalk.

This is true not only in Florida, but in nearly all 50 states in our United States of America. Since the the local police department processed him and the local prosecutor declined to press charges, this naturally begs the question as to the real reason behind State Attorney Corey’s reversal, more than two months after the fact.

Did Obama call her directly and impress upon her the need to prosecute Zimmerman in order to cover up Obama’s ridiculous and grossly inappropriate comments?

Did the Blank Panthers threaten her or her office if she didn’t prosecute, in order to cover up their ridiculous and grossly inappropriate comments with respect to their putting a $10k (or was it $15k) bounty on Zimmerman’s head?

Did Eric Holder, acting on behalf of either the Blank Panthers (with whom he had ties back in college) or Obama (for whom he’s covered up several times) call her office and twist her arm?

Or was in Angela Corey herself, who recently sent a woman to prison for 10 years merely for carrying a firearm out of her own home after her physically abusive husband threatened to beat her if she left him? Corey is no stranger to the anti-gun nuts, and was not at all happy when Florida’s Stand Your Ground law passed. I wouldn’t put it past her one bit if this was her way of attempting to undermine the law, instead of enforcing it as per her oath and job description. She didn’t care one lick about the beaten woman she threw behind bars for twenty years, and I’m sure she could care less about Zimmerman, either. The only thing she cares about, like most Democrats, is her career and her reputation.

Well, Corey herself has, by her own actions, utterly trashed her own reputation. She has shown her true colors, that she cares nothing for the law, but only for her anti-gun agenda, and she could care less how many honest, law-abiding citizens spend decades behind bars in order for her to get her own way. She’s a cold-, if not black-hearted person, and she has absolutely no business whatsoever being in public office, much less politics.

Then again, that goes for both Obama and Holder, as well — both of them have multiple deaths of honest, law-abiding citizens on their hands, and such is the company that Corey keeps.

The TRUTH About The Federal Reserve Bank

If you have politically conservative friends who’re active on Facebook, by now you’ve heard LOTS and LOTS of stuff about “The Fed” i.e. the Federal Reserve Bank.

Most of what I’ve read is hogwash.  Those who posted it meant well, but they obviously have never studied the Federal Reserve Bank in any detail.  Instead, they were simply sharing something they read which “sounded about right” given their limited knowledge and understanding of the institution.  Unfortunately, while there’s some truth as to what’s posted, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, as well.

Hopefully, this will clear up some of the misconceptions about the Federal Reserve Bank:

A Visual Guide to the Federal Reserve

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