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calendar   Tuesday - October 24, 2006

Foxy Browser

According to the BBC article below, you will have to wait until 5:00pm PST today to get your copy. However .... never let it be said that The Skipper let you down when it comes to new high-tech goodies. You can go to this FTP site here, pick your platform, then pick your language and you can beat the crowd. So what are you waiting for?

Note: If you can’t get to that FTP site and just want the Windows/English version, you can grab it real quick from The ArgoKnot (The Skipper’s tech blog). Go visit The Argoknot for other cool tech info.


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Firefox Browser 2.0
(BBC) - October 24, 2006, 06:32 GMT 07:32 UK

A new version of the Firefox browser for the web 2.0 age is to make its debut on 24 October. Built in to the updated software is anti-phishing technology, to prevent fraud, as well as built-in spell checking and a search engine manager. It is released less than a week after Microsoft unveiled Internet Explorer 7. The non-profit Mozilla Corporation, which oversees the development of Firefox, says more than one million people helped refine the final release.

Firefox 2 is due to be released at 1700 PST (0100 BST).

The first version of Firefox was released in November 2004 and since then has steadily been chipping away at the dominance of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Now it is believed to enjoy a 12-15% market share of the net browsing market globally. But, said Mike Schroepfer, vice-president of engineering at Mozilla, in some nations the share is far higher.

Mr Schroepfer said that there were about 12 big improvements in Firefox 2.0 along with thousands of minor tweaks and bug fixes. Big changes include a phishing finder that alerts people when they stray on to a site that tries to trick them into handing over login details for a bank or other valuable service.

Another change was a spell checker that keeps an eye on every bit of text typed in almost any Firefox browser box be it in a web-based e-mail program or an add-on that lets people post blog updates directly.

Firefox 2.0 also has an improved session restoration system that will let users resurrect tabbed webpages they accidentally closed or will re-start a net session at the point before a crash. Other changes include improvements to the web feed, search engine and add-ons manager.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2006 at 08:08 AM   
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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

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Larry Wright - The Detroit News

The Cardinals and Tigers are tied with one game apiece and are back in St. Louis for the next three nights. The Boys Of October nearly froze to death in Detroit’s unseasonably cold (34-38 degree) temperatures on Saturday and Sunday. The bad news is it ain’t gonna get much better down here. In addition, thunderstorms are on the way so look for Wednesday nights game to be rained out. You know things are getting out of hand when Al Gore’s Glowball Warming Machine even screws up the World Series.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2006 at 07:24 AM   
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Wake Up Call

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Have you had your apple (NSFW) today ... ?

 
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2006 at 04:00 AM   
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calendar   Monday - October 23, 2006

Through The Looking Glass

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“Anchors Aweigh!”

San Francisco (October 7, 2006) – A Parade of Ships led by the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), pass under the Golden Gate Bridge while entering San Francisco Bay during San Francisco Fleet Week 2006. Since 1981, San Francisco Fleet Week has been an annual opportunity for Northern Californians to honor the men and women serving in the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marines.

This year approximately 9,000 crew members on visiting ships will arrive in the City to participate in Fleet Week. Ship’s tours and community service projects are scheduled throughout the Bay Area. Ships participating included, the destroyers USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Chafee (DDG 90), the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Steadfast (WMEC 623), destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), and amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).  -- U.S. Navy Photograph by Mr. John F. Williams


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/23/2006 at 05:21 PM   
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CENTCOM Briefing

Very interesting! Did you know that our media are perfectly willing, lame tools of the terrorists? Who’da thunk it?

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/23/2006 at 04:39 PM   
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Slinging Mud

Want to see all the dirt on every race that matters? Sure you do! Click a few of these links and you’ll see what I mean ....

Senate

Connecticut: Ned Lamont

Maryland: Ben Cardin

Michigan: Debbie Stabenow

Missouri: Claire McCaskill

Montana: Jon Tester

New Jersey: Bob Menendez

Tennessee: Harold Ford

Virginia: James Webb


Democrat House Seats

(CO-03): John Salazar

(GA-03): Jim Marshall

(GA-12): John Barrow

(IA-03): Leonard Boswell

(IL-08): Melissa Bean

(IL-17): Phil Hare

(IN-07): Julia Carson

(NC-13): Brad Miller

(PA-12): John Murtha

(WV-01): Alan Mollohan


Republican House Seats

(AZ-08): Gabrielle Giffords

(CT-04): Diane Farrell

(CT-05): Chris Murphy

(CO-07): Ed Perlmutter

(IA-01): Bruce Braley

(IL-06): Tammy Duckworth

(IN-02): Joe Donnelly

(IN-08): Brad Ellsworth

(IN-09): Baron Hill

(FL-13): Christine Jennings

(FL-16): Tim Mahoney

(FL-22): Ron Klein

(KY-03): John Yarmuth

(NC-01): Heath Shuler

(MN-06): Patty Wetterling

(NM-01): Patricia Madrid

(NY-20): Kirsten Gillibrand

(NY-24): Michael Arcuri

(NY-26): Jack Davis

(OH-15): Mary Jo Kilroy

(OH-18): Zack Space

(PA-06): Lois Murphy

(PA-08): Patrick Murphy

(PA-07): Joe Sestak

(PA-10): Chris Carney

(VA-02): Phil Kellam

(WI-08): Steve Kagen


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/23/2006 at 09:52 AM   
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Open Post: Suggestions

I am fast approaching burn-out on this upcoming election. I just wish it would all go away. I am also sick and tired of the lamestream media’s bias, the Democrats’ constant obstructionism, Liberals’ endless moonbattery and troglodyte Muslims insisting on being offended.

With that in mind, I toss the ball to you gentle readers out there. This is an open post. Throw out your two cents in the comments on any topic you want. One thing I want you to consider is the following question:

“What can The Skipper do to make this blog more interesting and fun?”


Yep, I’m asking for feedback from all of you and yes, I know ahead of time that I’ll catch hell from some of the more deranged specimens out there. So go ahead and chime in. All suggestions will be given serious consideration. Some more seriously than others.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/23/2006 at 05:12 AM   
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And Now For Something Completely Different

It’s almost Halloween. Time to have a little fun.

Question: How do you scare an Islamic terrorist and drive him crazy at the same time?

(Click “Continue Reading” to find out. Warning: NSFW)

 
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/23/2006 at 04:07 AM   
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One If By Land …

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Chuck Asay - The Colorado Springs Gazette

When reading the articles below, one can almost picture the editors at the New York Times sitting at their desks, clapping their hands and cackling gleefully.

On the bright side, as long as they’re gloating we won’t have to endure any more of their constant whining, complaining, second-guessing, obstructionist horse-shit for a while.

If Iraq calms down and Democrats don’t take power ... we’ll never hear the end of their blathering idiocy.

To Stand or Fall in Baghdad: Capital Is Key to Mission
BAGHDAD (NY TIMES) - October 23, 2006

After three years of trying to thwart a potent insurgency and tamp down the deadly violence in Iraq, the American military is playing its last hand: the Baghdad security plan. The plan will be tweaked, adjusted and modified in the weeks ahead, as American commanders try to reverse the dismaying increase in murders, drive-by shootings and bombings.

But military commanders here see no plausible alternative to their bedrock strategy to clear violence-ridden neighborhoods of militias, insurgents and arms caches, hold them with Iraqi and American security forces, and then try to win over the population with reconstruction projects, underwritten mainly by the Iraqi government. There is no fall-back plan that the generals are holding in their hip pocket. This is it.

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As G.O.P. Mopes, Bush Adds the Duties of Optimist in Chief
WASHINGTON (NY TIMES) - October 23, 2006

The capital is filled with Republicans convinced that they will lose the House and maybe the Senate. So last week, the White House and party leaders convened a “friends and allies” teleconference to dispute what Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee, considers flawed conventional wisdom.

For 20 minutes, Mr. Mehlman and the White House political director, Sara Taylor, tried to lift the cloak of gloom that has descended on the top ranks of Republican strategists, using what one of the dozens of lobbyists, donors, party aides and other supporters who listened in later called “happy talk.”

President Bush and his political strategists may be the most outwardly optimistic Republicans in Washington these days, and perhaps the only ones. They are doing their best to fend off the sense of impending doom within their party that they fear will become a self-fulfilling prophecy on Nov. 7.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/23/2006 at 02:51 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - October 22, 2006

The Obama Conspiracy

The Chicago Tribune started it when they followed him to Africa and while doing so flattered him, adored him, promoted him and did their best to push him into the limelight. Follow the Tribune as they try to convince you what a humble, intelligent, nice young man Obama is and how much he feels your pain.

Then the Washington Post jumped in, helping Obama promote his new book, “The Audicity Of Hope” (which has nothing to do with Hope, Arkansas - or does it?). The Post obviously fell in love with Obama, calling him a “rising star” and a “magnetic speaker who delivers original phrases in composed yet passionate tones” and concludes by saying he “articulates a mode of liberalism that sounds both highly pragmatic and deeply moral”. Obviously, according to the Post, Obama can do no wrong and is fully capable of walking on water and raising the dead.

Then TIME magazine came along this week with a front-page cover story (that ran to over two dozen pages inside) entitled “The Fresh Face”. After reading this article, you would think Obama was the new Moses who can lead the Democrats out of evil Republican bondage and into the promised land of Washington. TIME compares his candor to John McCain and his empathy to Bill Clinton.  TIME also says the “white folks” just love him as a nurse proclaimed at one of his recent press-the-flesh events, “Oh, my God! Oh, my God! I just touched a future President! I can’t believe it!”.

Then Obama showed up on Larry King Live a few nights ago and King and his fans went wild over the new “Great Democratic Hope”. King’s introduction went like this, “Born to an exchange student from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas, who split when he was two, Obama was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia. He managed to attend an elite prep school while his mom was on food stamps. He became the first African American president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review before entering politics where his diverse background is reflected in his inclusive vision.” For Liberals, you can’t get any more perfect than that, I suppose.

Finally, the New York Times chimed in on the Obama bandwagon with an editorial by David Brooks entitled “Run, Barak, Run” (subscription required) and the excited proclamation, “Whether you’re liberal or conservative, you should hope Senator Barack Obama runs for president.” He can cross party lines, leap tall buildings in a single bound and he’s faster than a speeding bullet.

Are you starting to get the picture yet? The next presidential election is two years away and the Liberal Rags Of Record are already flogging Obama’s case to the American people. It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t so obvious and seemingly a concerted effort to plow the road for Obama to ride into the White House in 2008 on a white horse and packing silver bullets ready to take out those evil Conservatives. The only unanswered question is who will play the part of Tonto? Is Hillary already practicing how to say “Kemo Sabe”? That is the Sum Of All Fears ....

Sen. Obama Says He’s Weighing 2008 Run
(BREITBART) - Oct 22 1:40 PM US/Eastern

imageimageSen. Barack Obama acknowledged Sunday he was considering a run for president in 2008, backing off previous statements that he would not do so.

The Illinois Democrat said he could no longer stand by the statements he made after his 2004 election and earlier this year that he would serve a full six-year term in Congress. He said he would not make a decision until after the Nov. 7 elections.

“That was how I was thinking at that time,” said Obama, when asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about his previous statements.

“Given the responses that I’ve been getting over the last several months, I have thought about the possibility” although not with the seriousness or depth required, he said. “My main focus right now is in the ‘06. ... After November 7, I’ll sit down, I’ll sit down and consider, and if at some point I change my mind, I will make a public announcement and everybody will be able to go at me.”

Obama was largely unknown outside Illinois when he burst onto the national scene with a widely acclaimed address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

In recent weeks, his political stock has been rising as a potentially viable centrist candidate for president in 2008 after former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner announced earlier this month that he was bowing out of the race.

In a recent issue of Time magazine, Obama’s face fills the cover next to the headline, “Why Barack Obama Could Be The Next President.” He is currently on a tour promoting his latest book, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/22/2006 at 03:02 PM   
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Endorsement

I urge all of our readers in Pennsylvania to vote for Diana Irey on November 7. Why? Because she is running against Jack Murtha and Murtha is a butthead ... then again, you already knew that. Cast your vote for Diana and throw the bum Murtha out.

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Here are just a few reasons why Jack Murtha must go ...

There’s more at the Diana Irey For Congress web site.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/22/2006 at 03:15 AM   
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The Galloping Gourmet

Yum, yum! Tasty, right? Click here for the recipe.
(WARNING: These are NOT buffalo wings.)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/22/2006 at 03:03 AM   
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Weird News Bytes

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/22/2006 at 01:19 AM   
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Sunday Funnies

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/22/2006 at 12:46 AM   
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