You’re tolerant? That’s great. Prove it.

A friend shared the blog post entitled “You love gay people? That’s great. Prove it.

I felt this needed a counter-post.

You see, when I was in college many years ago, I had a girlfriend whose roommate was best friends with “David” and “Jonathan”, a gay couple she had met through the university’s theater program. I was actually interested in being friends with these two men because of our shared interest in all things Shakespeare and theater.

ToleranceHowever, it was never to be.

They quickly realized that I was dedicated to the Christian faith, including living the law of chastity.

(To be clear, the law of chastity, by Biblical definition, prescribes abstinence from sex before marriage and complete fidelity after marriage. It proscribes homosexual behavior of any kind, either before or after a marriage. The Bible also clearly teaches that there is no such thing as homosexual “marriage”. Those behaviors are an abomination to the Lord, even though He loves each and every person, heterosexual or homosexual, who struggles against the temptation to commit those behaviors.)

As soon as it dawned on them what type of Christian I was, “David” began to hurl at me every kind of tale of sexual conquest and activity that both he and Jonathan engaged in regularly. These conversations made me uncomfortable, and, trying not to offend directly, I made attempts using my body language and facial expressions, as well as changing the subject frequently, to indicate that I was not interested in hearing about their private sexual lives.

I mean, let’s think about it from a strictly hetero perspective. If I came to a party at your house, and we’re all having a good time watching some movie or whatnot, and I start telling you the intimate details of my relationship with my wife, wouldn’t you be a little uncomfortable?

Apparently there are some who believe those rules of decorum do not apply to gay people. And, apparently, I have bad luck, because with the exception of three individuals (two co-workers and a cousin), every time I have come in contact socially with one or more homosexuals, and they happen discover my affinity for the Christian faith and set of morals (I don’t push it into their faces, but I don’t hide it, either), they literally cannot help but engage in trying to shock my sensibilities with lurid details of their sex lives.

So, can I help it if I sometimes feel a little justified in responding by pointing out that certain choices and behaviors are not pleasing to God? Should I have to refrain from doing so, when such an obvious courtesy from the other side is not forthcoming?

Look. Even though we don’t agree about God’s purpose for sexuality (or maybe that there even is a God) in the name of your god of tolerance, can we not agree to disagree and just try to have civil conversations in mixed company? You respect my spiritual turf, and I’ll respect your sexual turf. If you really want religion out of your bedroom, then please don’t feel it appropriate to force your sexual proclivities into my cathedral. Sound good?

So, without further ado:

Support my rights. Yes, I have them just as much as you have them. I am a human being worthy of dignity just as you are.

Stick up for me, even when I’m not around. Debates about whether there’s a God and whether He cares about one’s sexual behaviors? I’m totally up for a discussion. If I’m not there, feel free to have that discussion with your friends. That’s totally your right! But, if you start bashing me because of my religion (whether I’m within earshot or not), isn’t your tolerance becoming intolerance? At least say “I don’t agree with my heterosexual friend, but I respect his right to believe as he does.” That’s always a good way to make your point without coming across as a gossip…or a jerk.

Invite me to dinner. I do love the non-sexual topics and lively and witty banter that gay people tend to have with each other. I am a fan of “old” Broadway, theater, literature, cooking, and many other topics that (perhaps stereotypically) are interests attributed in pop culture to gays. I even like to paint my wife’s nails (I’ve always loved fine painting detail work since I began to have an interest in building model aircraft as a kid). Just… please… PLEASE… leave your bedroom habits out of it. At least until I’ve finished eating and have my hat and coat in hand to head home for the evening. I promise to supply the same courtesy, m’kay?

Take an interest in my life and relationship. Yes, I’m a straight male committed to a female spouse. I have five kids. I would love to talk about them with you and tell you of my triumphs and defeats in raising said kids. Last I checked, that was not a hate crime and is still an acceptable topic of polite conversation in mixed company.

Ask me about my experiences as a straight person. On second thought, no. Please don’t. That’s a subject I close off to everyone except my wife. I’m not interested in sharing our bedroom life with anyone else. Besides, I am much more than my sexual behaviors. So are you.

Learn the language I use for myself, and use it. I don’t call myself a “breeder”, so please don’t call me that (even behind my back). It’s insulting and hurtful. Just as the f—– word is offensive to you.

Get involved in causes religious people care about. A while back, a group of atheists calling themselves the “church of the flying spaghetti monster” and a group of Mormons got together on and had a friendly competition to see which group could lend the most money to people in third-world nations. Guess what? We all had a lovely time and got along with each other! Sure, there were a few jerks (there always are in any large, mixed group), but we were able to do more good together than separately. The winners were true tolerance and the people to whom we lent money to better their economic situation.

Instead of asking me to join you in settings where you’re most comfortable, look for opportunities to join me in settings where I’m most comfortable.  I’m happy to join you in any activity that doesn’t involve sexual behavior outside of my committed hetero marriage. That leaves a whole wide world of possibilities of interests and activities in which we share (or don’t share) an interest. And, if I turn you down for any reason, it’s not because I “hate gays”. I’m just not interested. For my own reasons. Please respect that. Likewise, don’t be offended if I invite you to come to church with me. Church is important to me just as your activities and hobbies and interests are important to you. Don’t feel obligated or put-upon. At least just consider the invitation as being bona fide and extended with the hand of friendship. If you don’t want to attend, no big deal. I’ll still be your friend.

Be the gay person in my life who doesn’t hurl sexual escapade descriptions and anti-heterosexual rants at me to get a reaction.  Really. Please. It’s not necessary and only damages your credibility on tolerance. It makes it seem to me (and other Christians) that there really is a gay agenda of payback and retaliation for perceived and real grievances. The world doesn’t need payback and retaliation. It needs love and forgiveness.

We can agree on that, right?

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IANA, ICANN and the new threat to online freedom

Just as the data processing industry has Patch Tuesday, the political establishment in Washington DC has Bad News Friday. Unlike Patch Tuesday, which is scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM PST/PDT, Bad News Friday can occur on any Friday near the close of business, but with sufficient time to ensure an early start to Friday Happy Hour at the local Washington DC watering holes. The primary function of Patch Tuesday is to call the public’s attention to critical software updates while to primary function of Bad News Friday is to distract the public’s attention from news which could be damaging to the Washington DC establishment.

On Friday March 14, 2014, at approximately 3:30 PM EDT, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that effective September 30, 2015 NTIA’s contact with IANA would expire and would not be renewed. This gives IANA, which is part of the ICANN, total control of the Internet. As a first step, NTIA asked that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). Basically after September 30, 2015 the Internet will be run by a cast of characters, many of whom may not have a vested interest in the preservation of free speech.

Getting the US Government out of the business of running the Internet is not a new idea. On January 28, 1998, Dr. Jon Postel, the Internet’s great law-giver, hijacked the Internet away from the US Government as a “test”. At the time, Dr. Ira Magaziner, President Clinton’s science advisor, informed Postel that “You’ll never work on the Internet again“. Magaziner’s threat proved to be prophetic because Postel died of complications resulting from heart surgery nine months later.  After Postel’s death, the IANA functions were transferred to ICANN under contact to the US Government which retained oversight.

Under the correct leadership, ICANN could be an effective force to advance the cause of freedom, unfortunately there is no one of Jon Postel’s stature in evidence. ICANN’s record of stewardship has not been outstanding, as too much of their attention has been devoted to making the Internet safe for pornographers, extortionists and scammers of various stripes, when they should have been protecting the Internet user community. There are two critical issues which face the Internet:

1.     End-to-end protection of all Internet traffic with easy to use strong encryption, with the cypher keys under user control.

2.     Replacement of the existing centralized DNS structure with a secure Peer-to-Peer DNS.

It’s not clear that ICANN would be capable of advancing the above agenda but there’s hope this will be proven wrong. The fact that Bad News Friday was chosen to make the unscheduled announcement is a clear indication that the Washington DC establishment doesn’t anticipate a favorable outcome and wants to distance themselves from the fallout. On the other hand, there are many officials in Washington who would be a lot happier if the Bill of Rights didn’t extend to the Internet. The good news is that the Internet can be fixed and there is a growing worldwide community working to address those issues.

The following are some of the stories which are appearing on the Internet pertaining to the Friday announcement.

NTIA Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions

NTIA begins transition of Root DNS Management

U.S. Plans to Give Up Oversight of Web Domain Manager

U.S. to Cede Its Oversight of Addresses on Internet

US government set to give up net oversight powers

U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet

You, ICANN. You can run this global internet. We quit, says US govt.

US government begins loosening decades-old grip on the Internet

In sudden announcement, US to give up control of DNS root zone

US government to surrender control of Internet

U.S. government to end formal relationship with ICANN in ’15

Bitcoin, light bulbs, and a new financial tyranny

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Most Americans, if they know the answer to the question “who invented the light bulb” at all, believe that it was Thomas Edison. But did you know there is some evidence to indicate that Thomas Edison originated the idea of an alternative currency exchange like Bitcoin?

That bit about the light bulb is not quite true. At least not in the way most of us have learned it in grade school. At the time of Edison’s invention, several people were working on developing a light bulb. What Edison invented, in addition to his version of the light bulb, was the network infrastructure (i.e. the ecosystem) to support the light bulb.

Edison had to arrange for coal barges to deliver coal from the mines in Pennsylvania to his new electrical generator which he built in NY City, string the wires to the business and homes of his subscribers, wire those business and homes and install the light bulbs. In addition, he had to develop metering and billing systems to charge his customers for the new service. Still, Edison’s unique mix of drive, ingenuity, and grit put him in a position to do this when few others could have pulled it off.

What has become painfully obvious in the past several weeks is that while Bitcoin (i.e. the latest “light bulb”) works, the supporting infrastructure (i.e. the ecosystem) doesn’t work. This is due to serious security issues which were never identified and/or addressed at its inception.

In the newest revelations pertaining to Bitcoin, and even going back to December 2013, we find some news reports that JPMorgan has been filing patent applications to gain control of a Bitcoin-like technology and the supporting ecosystem. Below are some news reports, links and two very recent patent applications by JPMorgan.

One of the standard tricks of the Capital City Ruling Class is to take a computer-generated document and render it as a non-searchable graphic in a PDF. The two attached PDFs from the US Patent Office have been OCR scanned to restore text searching.

Just as the Internet can be the greatest force for the liberation of humanity in the past ten thousand years, in the hands of a group like the NSA it can be the instrument of our enslavement. Likewise, Bitcoin, which has the potential of liberating financial transactions from the tyranny of government control, in the hands of a willing government proxy such as JPMorgan would give the government total control of the economy.

What is not yet apparent in any declaration is whether the Bitcoin technology is in the public Domain. GNU is happy to accept donations in Bitcode but there doesn’t appear to be any deceleration as to its status in GNU.

Bottom line: The Bitcoin Foundation had better start declaring all the technology in the public domain or plan to start paying very high royalties to JPMorgan.

Also included below is a report from Think Progress pertaining to the evils of Bitcoin, which is historically funny. It looks like Think Progress and JPMorgan may have found a common cause.

Bitcoin: By The Privileged, For The Privileged

Bitcoin rival or lost chance? J.P. Morgan applies to renew a 13-year old anonymous payments patent

J.P. Morgan files for digital-payment patent

JPMorgan Chase Building Bitcoin-Killer

Method and system for processing internet payments using the electronic funds transfer network (A patent application for Bitcoin by JPMorgan!)

System and Method for Sharing Information in a Private Ecosystem (Another JPMorgan patent application for a supporting ecosystem!)

Apparently the JPMorgan patent is not meeting with much success at the USPTO as the following report makes very clear.

JPMorgan’s “Bitcoin-Alternative” Patent Rejected (175 Times)

Meanwhile JPMorgan reaches new levels of hypocrisy.

Jamie Dimon is not a Bitcoin fan despite JPMorgan filing patent for similar payment system

Operation “Choke Point”: Obama’s Weaponization of Government

Banks are taking punitive actions against the firearms industry. This is part of a broader initiative to control Americans through the Federal Reserve, which is accountable to no one.

Obama’s Weaponization of Government

“According to the Administration, those industries interestingly include ammunition salesgun sales, home-based charities, gambling, pharmaceutical sales, short-term loans, raffles, Amway and Mary Kay-style sales businesses, and credit repair services.”

“Then there’s the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, once headed by Elizabeth Warren, also now a key cog in the Obama Administration’s effort to regulate industries and personal decision-making.   The CPFB is rapidly becoming, next to the Justice Department, the Administration’s agency of choice for extending the reach of government into our daily lives and stretching the limits of the law.  Unfortunately for Americans, this little-known agency is housed as part of the Federal Reserve so it exists outside of the direct pervue of Congress.  How convenient for the President.”

Rep. Issa Probes DOJ Crackdown on Banks, Other Companies

Obama’s ‘Operation Choke Point’ Seeks to Destroy Sectors of Private Lending Industry

Third Party Payment Processors: Relationships, Guidance, and Case Examples

In their own words, federal logos and all. Download a copy of the PDF for safekeeping.

The official government hit list is on PDF page 7. In addition to usual sin industries, Native Americans are on the list for gambling and tobacco. The real agenda is guns and the disarming of America.

High Risk Merchants/Activities (PDF Page 7)


Ammunition Sales


“As Seen on TV”


Credit Card Schemes


Credit Repair Services


Drug Paraphernalia


Escort Services


Firearms/Fireworks Sales




Get Rich Products


Government Grants


Home Based Charities


Life Time Guarantees


Pyramid Type Sales


Pay Day Loans


Pharmaceutical Sales




Ponzi Schemes


Racist materials




Surveillance equipment




Tobacco Sales


Other Payment Processors

Justice Department Inquiry Takes Aim at Banks’ Business With Payday Lenders

The Left is focusing on payday lenders and is ignoring everything else.

“In the new initiative, called “Operation Choke Point,” the agency is scrutinizing banks both big and small over whether they, in exchange for handsome fees, enable businesses to illegally siphon billions of dollars from consumers’ checking accounts, according to state and federal officials briefed on the investigation.”

On January 7, 2013 the following news report appeared, which I thought was strange at the time:

Bank of America Freezes Gun Manufacturer’s Account, Company Owner Claims

Don’t trust the following website because I can’t verify who is running it. This could be a sting by the Left and the site should not be trusted until proven otherwise.

Stop The Choke

Even if we vote them out of office, this cabal is NOT going to give up power easily.

Hey, preppers. Maybe a generator isn’t the best investment…

Are you prepping for an electricity-dependent lifestyle? Or will you “go native”, following in the footsteps of our pre-electrical ancestry?

The tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest last weekend were a real eye-opener for beginner and intermediate preppers. I consider myself a little above intermediate in my preparations for emergencies. And even though the tornadoes were well south of us, I still found myself unecessarily scrambling when the power went out.

We had enough flashlights, but our youngest daughter had “borrowed” our brightest one and had not put back where it belonged. It took some searching in the dark with a smaller flashlight to find it.

The battery-less, wind-up flashlight my oldest daughter intended to use in emergencies was buried under piles of clothes in the basement bathroom and I just happened to find it when checking the sump pump.

And, while we did have enough candles for a few consecutive evenings of power outage, they were all of different sizes and types. We needed more, and we needed several with glass enclosures to reduce fire risk. What would have really been nice was if I had remembered to replace the batteries in the electric “camp lantern”, and maybe bought one for each room in the house.

Photo of a gas-powered portable generator

A portable generator in an emergency can ease the situation. It can also cause problems.

The biggest thing we were wishing for was a generator. It’s been on my list for a while, but because it’s easily one of the most expensive preparation items one can buy, obtaining one has been a financial challenge.

Most people buy a small, 3500 watt generator to switch between a freezer and refrigerator. For my family’s unique needs, I had to include enough wattage/amperage to run a freezer AND refrigerator, a sump and ejector pump in the basement, a well pump to pressurize our drinking water, and (for cold Chicago months especially) our furnace. And, the system had to be automatically self-starting and self-testing. At the present going rate of about $1/Watt for most generators, that puts me in the $10,000+ range. Especially if I want to be able to turn on any lights.

Several years ago, we did an appreciable amount of research on the cost and setup of a range of systems: from whole-home generators to generators that would run only the items noted above. Our goal was to have a setup that would automatically kick in for a short-term power outage (my wife and I not being mechanically gifted), but also have enough reserve fuel and capacity to take care of our power needs for a month or more (anticipating a man-made or natural EMP event or power grid hacking attack).

We were about to buy a system from a local installer when it occurred to us that, in the increasingly likely event there is an EMP triggered by the Sun or by a rogue country, a generator would be somewhat useless.

Why? With fuel from a municipal natural gas line, there is no guarantee that gas will continue to be delivered. Line pressure could be difficult if not impossible to maintain when the demand for gas soars in a power outage. What if the central pressurization plant has no power? That means no gas for your generator.

There are huge impracticalities and dangers in storing hundreds of gallons of gasoline, kerosene, or diesel fuel for liquid fuel generators. Also, think about this: in an emergency, do you you want to use your gasoline for electricity, or for spare fuel in case you have to Get Out Of Dodge or drive somewhere to get supplies?

Small propane bottles, while safer to store, are troublesome depending on how much space you have. Constantly swapping out smaller bottles that quickly empty could be a real non-starter in a situation where exposing yourself to mobs, nuclear fallout or chemical attacks is an issue.

Storing fuel in the form of a large, fixed-base propane tank is impossible in some communities with zoning ordinances that prohibit it. Sure, you could probably afford to ignore city ordinances after a disaster, but by then it’s too late.

And, by the time you get into the range of features and wattage that puts you in an optimal position of preparedness, you’re looking at systems that are largely digitally controlled, and which would be set up to supply power to digitally-controlled home systems. If there’s an EMP, your $10,000+, digitally-controlled generator would become a useless, and expensive, lawn decoration. Even the smaller generators have digital components that would render the setup useless if the circuit board got fried.

Sure, you could store spare digital controllers inside Faraday cages and hope they’ll still be okay after an EMP event (and that you’d know how to replace the fried one). But that still doesn’t address the fuel storage issues noted above.

So, even though we still wished we’d had a generator this past weekend, when we thought about it, spending $10,000 on a system that might never work as intended was a huge loss of survival value when compared to what that money could buy today in food, medical supplies, gas masks, guns, ammo, clothing, other preparation-focused home improvements, and other gear. We seemed to be better served by learning how to live a pre-electrical lifestyle in a long-term catastrophe than by trying to maintain a short term, 2013 existence.

There are others who have come to this conclusion as well. I’m not saying nobody should ever get a generator. But, you should carefully consider whether it’s the best idea for your situation, or if old-school living is a better option.

What’s your plan? Will you be investing in keeping up an electricity-dependent lifestyle, or will you “go native”, following in the footsteps of our pre-electricity ancestry?

Google and Yahoo! privacy measures regularly infiltrated by NSA.

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Your Christmas newsletter in Google Docs is now being proofread by NSA contractors

It should come as no surprise that encryption has become a very topical news item which has been appearing with increasing frequency. Yesterday the Washington Post revealed exactly what was going on by publishing these news stories:

The opening line of the first news report says it all:

The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.

One of the more interesting tidbits from the Washington Post’s story was this item:

In an NSA presentation slide on “Google Cloud Exploitation,” however, a sketch shows where the “Public Internet” meets the internal “Google Cloud” where their data reside. In hand-printed letters, the drawing notes that encryption is “added and removed here!” The artist adds a smiley face, a cheeky celebration of victory over Google security.

Two engineers with close ties to Google exploded in profanity when they saw the drawing. “I hope you publish this,” one of them said.

The question becomes what did Google know and when did they know it. Fortunately the news reports establish a chronology for the events describe by the Washington Post. On or about 2013-09-06 stories began to appear that Google had embarked on an extensive effort to encrypt all the data passing between its datacenters worldwide but there were not too many details as to why other than a distrust of the NSA. Apparently Google had become aware that their networks had been hacked in early September based on these stories which suddenly began to appear about that date.

This was a joint project between the governments of the United States and Great Britain and is clearly illegal under the laws of both nations. This makes Watergate look like a Sunday Social. Clearly corporations need to expand their security perimeters into areas which were previously believed to be secure. All data in motion must be encrypted, even on internal networks!

The Mother of All Computer Security Problems Will Be North Korea. Think EMP.

Nuclear north korea

Nuclear north korea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The talk radio circuit did something today that I never thought they’d do. Usually, even conservative talk radio eschews talking about things they deem “extreme” such as Doomsday Prepper type scenarios (unless they’re making fun). But with new tensions between the US and North Korea in the last year, and especially in the last few days, they’re now seriously talking about an EMP event being likely in the near future.

The host on early this morning in Chicago, Big John Howell, is a self-described moderate who regularly makes fun of preppers and other “extreme right-wingers” for concocting weird survivalist scenarios to scare people. Today, he had as a guest a former Pentagon official, Michael Maloof, to talk about what was going on with recent NK developments.

Maloof is a Pentagon veteran who made a career of attempting to suppress the trade in high-tech goods with military uses. He was awarded the Defense Department’s Distinguished Civilian Service Award, then thrown under the bus by Pentagon brass for daring to pursue links between Al Qaeda and Iraq.

On the show, Maloof went into how US officials are tracking NK’s latest launch of a “package” into orbit that could be a miniaturized nuke meant to trigger an EMP. Instead of being his skeptical self, the host was “all in” citing his recent reading of the book “One Second After“. I read part of it a few years ago.

The book’s scenario from when it was published in 2009 is eerily playing itself out now, with Iran seemingly fighting (another) proxy war against the West by giving aid to and partnering with a rogue country that has a demonstrated nuclear capability ahead of Iran’s own. All of what NK has for its nuclear capabilities originated with A.Q Khan, the Pakistani scientist who stole NATO nuclear secrets in the 70s and single-handedly gave Pakistan its nuclear program in the late 90s.

Here’s an article I saw getting a lot of play on Twitter last night.

Also, see “Iran: 2013 Will Be Fall of American Empire“.

As I write this, the US is sending warships to the region to send a message to Kim Jong Un but it appears this might be too little, too late as NK seems to have committed itself to some course of drastic action. It has stopped listening to China’s warnings to back down (the Chinese don’t want the refugees, nor the loss of all those Walmart stores in America). Jong Un has just closed one of the rare instances of diplomacy between NK and SK by blocking access to a major manufacturing facility it had allowed SK to build across the border in NK territory.

I hope you buy a shortwave radio and that you build a Faraday cage to house it. Last night I bought a ton of batteries on sale at Radio Shack as well as a multimeter. People who can fix electronics, have an inventory of batteries, and can communicate with the outside world will be in high demand when this all goes down.