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2561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nation States! on: October 27, 2004, 02:54:32 PM
Thanks, I just joined smile

The Republic of True Conservatism
2562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] An Open Letter to Libertarians on: October 27, 2004, 02:35:00 PM
John Hospers (born 9 June 1918) was the first presidential candidate of the United States Libertarian Party, running in the 1972 presidential election. He and his vice-presidential running mate, Theodora Nathan, received one electoral vote from Roger MacBride, a Republican elector from Virginia. He has written an open letter to libertarians regarding next weeks election. It compliments My Thoughts, as a Conservative, on our President really well and should be read by everyone.

An Open Letter To Libertarians
by John Hospers

Dear Libertarian:

As a way of getting acquainted, let me just say that I was the first presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party back in l972, and was the author of the first full-length book, Libertarianism, describing libertarianism in detail. I also wrote the Libertarian Party’s Statement of Principles at the first libertarian national convention in 1972. I still believe in those principles as strongly as ever, but this year — more than any year since the establishment of the Libertarian Party — I have major concerns about the choices open to us as voting Americans.

There is a belief that’s common among many libertarians that there is no essential difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties — between a John Kerry and a George W. Bush administration; or worse: that a Bush administration would be more undesirable. Such a notion could not be farther from the truth, or potentially more harmful to the cause of liberty.

The election of John Kerry would be, far more than is commonly realized, a catastrophe. Regardless of what he may say in current campaign speeches, his record is unmistakable: he belongs to the International Totalitarian Left in company with the Hillary and Bill Clintons, the Kofi Annans, the Ted Kennedys, and the Jesse Jacksons of the world. The Democratic Party itself has been undergoing a transformation in recent years; moderate, pro-American, and strong defense Senators such as Zell Miller, Joe Lieberman and Scoop Jackson are a dying breed. Observe how many members of the Democrat Party belong to the Progressive Caucus, indistinguishable from the Democratic Socialists of America. That caucus is the heart and soul of the contemporary Democratic Party.

Today’s Democrats have been out of majority power for so long that they are hungry for power at any price and will do anything to achieve it, including undermining the President and our troops in time of war; for them any victory for Americans in the war against terrorism is construed as a defeat for them.

The Democratic Party today is a haven for anti-Semites, racists, radical environmentalists, plundering trial lawyers, government employee unions, and numerous other self-serving elites who despise the Constitution and loathe private property. It is opposed to free speech – witness the mania for political correctness and intimidation on college campuses, and Kerry’s threat to sue television stations that carry the Swift Boat ads. If given the power to do so, Democrats will use any possible means to suppress opposing viewpoints, particularly on talk radio and in the university system. They will attempt to enact “hate speech” and “hate crime” laws and re-institute the Fairness Doctrine, initiate lawsuits, and create new regulations designed to suppress freedom of speech and intimidate their political adversaries. They will call it “defending human rights.” This sort of activity may well make up the core of a Kerry administration Justice Department that will have no truck with the rule of law except as a weapon to use against opponents.

There are already numerous stories of brownshirt types committing violence against Republican campaign headquarters all over the country, and Democrat thugs harassing Republican voters at the polls. Yet not a word about it from the Kerry campaign. Expect this dangerous trend to increase dramatically with a Kerry win, ignored and tacitly accepted by the liberal-left mainstream media. This is an ominous sign of worse things to come.

Kerry, who changes direction with the wind, has tried to convince us that he now disavows the anti-military sentiments that he proclaimed repeatedly in the l970s. But in fact he will weaken our military establishment and devastate American security by placing more value on the United Nations than on the United States: for example he favors the Kyoto Treaty and the International Criminal Court, and opposed the withdrawal of the U.S. from the ABM Treaty. He has been quoted as saying that it is honorable for those in the U.S. military to die under the flag of the U.N. but not that of the U.S. Presumably he and a small cadre of bureaucrats should rule the world, via the U.N. or some other world body which will make all decisions for the whole world concerning private property, the use of our military, gun ownership, taxation, and environmental policy (to name a few). In his thirty-year career he has demonstrated utter contempt for America, national security, constitutional republicanism, democracy, private property, and free markets.

His wife’s foundations have funneled millions of dollars into far-left organizations that are virulently hostile to America and libertarian principles. Not only would these foundations continue to lack transparency to the American people, they would be given enormous vigor in a Kerry administration.

Already plans are afoot by the Kerry campaign to steal the coming election via a legal coup, e.g. to claim victory on election night no matter what the vote differential is, and initiate lawsuits anywhere and everywhere they feel it works to their advantage, thus making a mockery of our election process, throwing the entire process into chaos — possibly for months — and significantly weakening our ability to conduct foreign policy and protect ourselves domestically. Let me repeat: we are facing the very real possibility of a political coup occurring in America. Al Gore very nearly got away with one in 2000. Do not underestimate what Kerry and his ilk are going to attempt to do to America.

George Bush has been criticized for many things – and in many cases with justification: on campaign finance reform (a suppression of the First Amendment), on vast new domestic spending, on education, and on failing to protect the borders. No self-respecting libertarian or conservative would fail to be deeply appalled by these. His great virtue, however, is that he has stood up — knowingly at grave risk to his political viability — to terrorism when his predecessors, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton did not. On many occasions during their administrations terrorists attacked American lives and property. Clinton did nothing, or engaged in a feckless retaliation such as bombing an aspirin factory in the Sudan (based on faulty intelligence, to boot). Then shortly after Bush became president he was hit with “the big one”: 9/11. It was clear to him that terrorism was more than a series of criminal acts: it was a war declared upon U.S. and indeed to the entire civilized world long before his administration. He decided that action had to be taken to protect us against future 9/11s involving weapons of mass destruction, including “suitcase” nuclear devices.

Indeed, today it is Islamic fundamentalism that increasingly threatens the world just as Nazi fascism and Soviet communism did in previous decades. The Islamo-fascists would be happy to eliminate all non-Muslims without a tinge of regret. Many Americans still indulge in wishful thinking on this issue, viewing militant Islam as a kind of nuisance, which can be handled without great inconvenience in much the same way as one swats flies, rather than as hordes of genocidal religious fanatics dedicated to our destruction.

The president has been berated for taking even minimal steps to deal with the dangers of this war (the allegations made against the Patriot Act seem to me based more on hysteria and political opportunism than on reality). But Bush, like Churchill, has stood steadfast in the face of it, and in spite of the most virulent hate and disinformation campaign that any American president has had to endure. Afghanistan is no longer a safe haven for terrorists. Saddam’s regime is no longer a major player in the worldwide terror network. Libya has relinquished their weapons of terror. The Pakistani black market in weapons of mass destruction has been eliminated. Arafat is rotting in Ramallah. Terrorist cells all over the world have been disrupted, and thousands of terrorists killed. The result: Americans are orders of magnitude safer.

National defense is always expensive, and Bush has been widely excoriated for these expenditures. But as Ayn Rand memorably said at a party I attended in l962, in response to complaints that “taxes are too high” (then 20%), “Pay 80% if you need it for defense.” It is not the amount but the purpose served that decides what is “too much.” And the purpose here is the continuation of civilized life on earth in the face of vastly increased threats to its existence.

Bush cut income tax rates for the first time in fifteen years. These cuts got us moving out of the recession he inherited, and we are all economically much better off because of them. 1.9 million new jobs have been added to the economy since August 2003. Bush has other projects in the wind for which libertarians have not given him credit. For example:

(l) A total revision of our tax code. We will have a debate concerning whether this is best done via a flat tax or a sales tax. If such a change were to occur, it would be a gigantic step in the direction of liberty and prosperity. No such change will occur with Kerry.

(2) A market-based reform of Social Security. This reform, alone, could bring future budget expenditures down so significantly that it would make his current expenditures seem like pocket change. Kerry has already repudiated any such change in social security laws.

The American electorate is not yet psychologically prepared for a completely libertarian society. A transition to such a society takes time and effort, and involves altering the mind-set of most Americans, who labor under a plethora of economic fallacies and political misconceptions. It will involve a near-total restructuring of the educational system, which today serves the liberal-left education bureaucracy and Democratic Party, not the student or parent. It will require a merciless and continuous expose of the bias in the mainstream media (the Internet, blogs, and talk radio have been extremely successful in this regard over the past few years). And it will require understanding the influence and importance of the Teresa Kerry-like Foundations who work in the shadows to undermine our constitutional system of checks and balances.

Most of all, it will require the American people — including many libertarians – to realize the overwhelming dangerousness of the American Left – a Fifth Column comprised of the elements mentioned above, dedicated to achieving their goal of a totally internationally dominated America, and a true world-wide Fascism.

Thus far their long-term plans have been quite successful. A Kerry presidency will fully open their pipeline to infusions of taxpayer-funded cash and political pull. At least a continued Bush presidency would help to stem this tide, and along the way it might well succeed in preserving Western civilization against the fanatic Islamo-fascists who have the will, and may shortly have the weapons capability, to bring it to an end.

When the stakes are not high it is sometimes acceptable, even desirable, to vote for a ‘minor party’ candidate who cannot possibly win, just to “get the word out” and to promote the ideals for which that candidate stands. But when the stakes are high, as they are in this election, it becomes imperative that one should choose, not the candidate one considers philosophically ideal, but the best one available who has the most favorable chance of winning. The forthcoming election will determine whether it is the Republicans or the Democrats that win the presidency. That is an undeniable reality. If the election is as close as it was in 2000, libertarian voters may make the difference as to who wins in various critical “Battle Ground” states and therefore the presidency itself. That is the situation in which we find ourselves in 2004. And that is why I believe voting for George W. Bush is the most libertarian thing we can do.

We stand today at an important electoral crossroads for the future of liberty, and as libertarians our first priority is to promote liberty and free markets, which is not necessarily the same as to promote the Libertarian Party. This time, if we vote Libertarian, we may win a tiny rhetorical battle, but lose the larger war.

John Hospers
Los Angeles, CA
2563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 26, 2004, 09:03:14 PM
A router is your best bet.
2564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Not up on lingo. Is this being "pwned"? on: October 26, 2004, 08:34:10 PM
Quote from: "Siljanus"

This is being pwned...on national TV no less!

2565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / From time to time I wish I was Master Chief on: October 26, 2004, 03:26:48 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
I thought you were MC?

Nah, that was just a front.  I'm actually

2566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / From time to time I wish I was Master Chief on: October 26, 2004, 02:43:25 PM
2567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN: San Andreas is the best PlayStation 2 game ever made on: October 26, 2004, 01:34:20 PM

I'll get the Xbox version for sure.
2568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HALO 2 OXM Review on: October 25, 2004, 09:10:35 PM
I heard Phantom Dust is oustanding.  Let us know if you figure it out any more.  I don't have the demo disc so I really can't check.
2569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P]Global Test on: October 25, 2004, 03:22:14 PM
2570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Music] Jem! on: October 24, 2004, 05:19:35 AM
Quote from: "Ypmur"
Not bad at all. If  you like her, you'd probably like Catie Curtis

Thanks!  I will check her out.  I ordered Jem's CD from her website for $10 tonight (Media Play doesn't have it).

I also heard her on the OC (can't wait till it starts back in Nov.)  I just never thought about checking her out.  

Glad I did.
2571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Music] Jem! on: October 23, 2004, 04:40:07 PM
Quote from: "Blackadar"
Good find...sounds excellent!

Glad ya like it.  I'm heading out to pick it up right now smile
2572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Music] Jem! on: October 23, 2004, 04:55:32 AM
And I just found out she is coming to Nashville soon!

I'm going to buy tickets for my gf and I tomorrow. smilesmile
2573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Music] Jem! on: October 23, 2004, 04:52:15 AM
Tonight I was checking my email using comcast's webmail and they had a link to a new album from someone I haven't ever heard of, Jem

Wow, I'm completely impressed.  I can't really describe her sound and I'm nowhere near as talented as rmorton or trigger at eloquently describing music so I guess you'll just have to check it out for yourself.  

A little more about her from

Billed as a 'Welsh songstress' Jem Griffiths released a 5 song EP last year and garnered critical acclaim. Born in Wales, Jem started writing songs at age 11 and got her first mini studio at 13. While in school, Jem pursued her musical interests by working on production at UK festivals and promoting Skint Records acts such as Fatboy Slim and Lo-Fi Allstars. She then hooked up with DJ Adam Freeland and helped set up and manage the specialist underground breakbeat imprint, Marine Parade. On top of this, Jem started DJ'ing and promoting DJ nights in Brighton and London. After a series of twists and turns, Jem knew it was time to exit the behind-the-scenes side of the industry and follow her dreams of becoming a singer. Her successes during the last two years have shown that she's made the right decision. Jem also co-wrote the track "Nothing Fails" with Guy Sigsworth and Madonna, which Madonna recorded for her American Life album. This new album has become the soundtrack for the FOX network. The album's lead single, "They," is one of several cuts used in the new Friday night series, Wonderfalls, while another song, "Just a Ride," will be featured both on The O.C. and the show's upcoming soundtrack.

I can say that I will without a doubt purchase her CD tomorrow.  Heck, I
would go get it tonight if somewhere was open. smile
2574  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Building a PC - where to start? on: October 22, 2004, 09:32:55 PM
Charlatan, are you set on the P4?

You should get an AMD 64 instead.
2575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gaming News: B.C. Development Suspended on: October 22, 2004, 08:11:02 PM
That really sucks.  BC was my most anticipated game for next year frown
2576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The new Superman on: October 22, 2004, 07:17:08 PM
Quote from: "JSHAW"
Probably to avoid "typecasting". Once Christopher Reeve took the role it's all anyone can imagine him in, just like Shatner as Kirk or Nimoy as Spock.

I think you nailed it.
2577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gaming News: New In-Game Features for College BB 2K5 on: October 22, 2004, 03:03:44 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Thanks Fox!

This game has easily become my 2nd most looked-forward-to game each year.  Right after ESPN NFL 2kx and right before ESPN Baseball 2kx.

IMO, VC does an EXCELLENT college basketball game.

I can't wait for this one.


I agree lockdown, I'm all over this one.  I don't care for the NBA, but college basketball is a different story.  If only VC would make another college football game using the 2K5 engine.  I would be set smile
2578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How bout that new mustang? on: October 22, 2004, 02:15:29 PM
I think black would be tough looking though. smile
2579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hey Devil - Look what they gave me ! on: October 22, 2004, 01:38:54 PM
2580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How bout that new mustang? on: October 22, 2004, 01:37:57 PM
So that is yours?  I like them.
2581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Apprentice 10/21 "Exorcism of the Gerbil" SPOILERS on: October 22, 2004, 01:16:30 PM
Me too.  I watched it at my g/f's house and we were all cheering smile
2582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HALO 2 OXM Review on: October 22, 2004, 01:11:14 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
PoP : WW did get a 10/10 from PSM, but with their new design that is apparently supposed to be read only by people whose attention span is shorter than that of a hyperactive rabbit, I'm not sure how much that means.


Man, I can't wait for POP:WW though.
2583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HALO 2 OXM Review on: October 21, 2004, 09:51:33 PM
The World Exclusive Review of Halo 2: Yes, it's true. Fourteen pages of The Big One. It's the feature you've been waiting to read in a magazine for three years, and we've got it before anyone else. Editor in Chief Rob Smith and I had the unique privilege of doing nothing but play Halo 2 from start to finish in our own little office at Bungie (it was actually The Clubhouse for those of you who watched the Bungie Video Update), and we bent deadlines and sacrificed sleep to do it. We'll certainly start a Halo 2 Q&A thread once you guys start to get your issues, but until then I'll enjoy being the only person outside of Microsoft (along with Rob) to know everything about Halo 2 for another 30 days. =)

-World Exclusive Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Review: Does Ubisoft Montreal do it again? The answer will shock you! It's only in Official Xbox Magazine.

-Xbox 2 Rumor Mole Special!: The facts, the fiction, and the pure speculation!

-Reviews of, uh, pretty much everything! Including: Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna *** Laude, Mortal Kombat: Deception, OutRun 2, Tony Hawk's Underground 2: World Destruction Tour, X-Men Legends, ESPN NBA 2K5, and NBA Live 2005. Plus a ton more...

-A Hero's Guide to Albion: The lead tester at Big Blue Box shares some cool stuff you didn't even know you could do in Fable.

-Another amazing demo disc! A play-it-before-you-can-buy-it playable demo of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Dead or Alive Ultimate, The Incredibles, Conflict: Vietnam, ESPN NFL 2K5, The Dukes of Hazzard, and a hidden Easter egg demo of a certain Japanese title that isn't coming out here in the U.S. You can probably guess what it is, and I guarantee you guys will be lighting up this forum trying to crack the code to play the game!

-And a bunch more!
2584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HALO 2 OXM Review on: October 21, 2004, 09:50:18 PM
The Incredibles
Conflict Vietnam
Dukes of Hazrds

features on the disk, GR demo, LOTR third age

2585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HALO 2 OXM Review on: October 21, 2004, 09:45:37 PM
It scored a 9.7 smile
2586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why the heck doesen't Evil Genius have a sandbox mode? on: October 21, 2004, 07:31:38 PM
How ya been Drazzil?
2587  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / DVD-R Drive Help on: October 21, 2004, 06:36:57 PM
So I tried it on my lunch break today and it didn't work.

First I made sure the cables were in and everything looked fine.

I uninstalled the drive from Device Manager and rebooted.  XP found new hardware, first saying "Found Pioneer DVR 108", then saying Found CD Drive.  I then launched Nero to see if it worked and it still gets hung up on the "Scanning SCSI/IDE Bus".  I then put CD 1 from Rome Total War in and it wouldn't load.  It spun like it was going to load though.

Do you think I need to reformat?

If so, if the IDE bus is corrupted or something, would I even be able to boot to the XP CD?  

That's the last time I'll ever unhook my components to help out a friend...
2588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone pick up Men of Valor? on: October 21, 2004, 04:17:41 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"

My friend and I are having a great time playing through it coop.

Yes, as I said above.  My friend and I are having a blast with it.  If one of you dies though, you have to wait till you get to a checkpoint to return.  It's quiet intense smile
2589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST 10-20 [SPOILERS] on: October 21, 2004, 03:38:38 PM
That would rock indeed.

I thought the episode was great.  I'm reall digging this show and can't wait till next weeks.  

This and Smallville have a hold on me.
2590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone pick up Men of Valor? on: October 21, 2004, 03:22:13 PM
I also agree with the above posts.

The sound is oustanding.  Some of the best sound work I have heard in a game in a really long time.

My friend and I are having a great time playing through it coop.
2591  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / DVD-R Drive Help on: October 21, 2004, 02:50:13 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
XP is notorious for mislabeling CD/DVD drives in Explorer, and it usually doesn't matter.

After you make sure the IDE cables are 100% fully inserted ... here's the progression I would take:

1.) go into device manager and remove the device. Right click the Pioneer, and then click 'Uninstall', power off then back on, and let XP add it back automatically.

if that fails:

2) if nothing is on IDE2, put the DVDR on the IDE2 chain. Power up, and see what happens.

Btw ... look at the heads on the IDE cable you're using. Look where the pins are, and make sure there's not lint, or worse, a small metal shaving down in there touching the pins, that can screw things up. I've had that happen before and it drove me nuts trying to figure it out.

If all fails, try the DVD-R in another PC, just to make sure it's ok.

Thanks for the advice.  I'll check it out on my lunch break today at 1:00.  I sure hope it works smile
2592  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / DVD-R Drive Help on: October 21, 2004, 01:25:03 PM
FYI, I took the whole IDE cable out so it's possible it isn't hooked up correctly.

It's on IDE1, jumpered as cable select I believe.   It's the only drive on IDE1, my HD is SATA.  I normally hook another DVD Drive up to the same cable, but I've taken it out of the picture until I figure this out.
2593  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / DVD-R Drive Help on: October 21, 2004, 01:16:56 PM
I have a DVD-R that was been working flawlessly for me since I bought it a month ago.  Last night I unhooked it from the IDE cable, to temporarily hook up a friends hard drive.  

I hooked it back up last night and it isn't working right.  It's getting power just fine, but windows xp sees it as a CD Drive now, where as before the only time it showed it as a CD drive is if a CD was in it.  An empty drive would be shown as a DVDRW, drive with a DVD in it DVD etc.  

That isn't the problem though.  I tried to copy a DVD last night and Nero got hung up on the Scanning SCISI/IDE Bush.  I then tried to put a DVD in the drive to see if it would run. No luck.

I don't think the drive is messed up at all.  It appears to be a config setting of some type that is screwed.  When booting up the drive is recognized as a Pioneer DVDR108 ATA66.  That isn't normal is it?  That speed probably doesn't matter as much on a DVD drive as it does a HD, but I'm almost positive that is normally much higher (133 maybe).

Does it sound like it's hooked up incorrect?  Or I need to reinstall something?  Or am I just screwed all together?  

Thanks in advance for any help smile
2594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Top 5 Best New shows on TV on: October 20, 2004, 03:49:31 PM
Lost is the only new show I watch as well.

The other shows I make a point to watch are :  Smallville, The Apprentice, Everybody Loves Raymond.

Can't wait till Jan., Alias & 24! smile
2595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the last thing you've copied and pasted? on: October 20, 2004, 03:46:03 PM
2596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where you're sitting right now.. let's see it! (56k beware) on: October 20, 2004, 02:57:17 PM
Wow, what a sub  :shock:
2597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR - XBOX] "Halo 2" Makes Entertainment History on: October 19, 2004, 08:28:54 PM
I don't think Halo 2 will have a hard time living up to the hype.  Honestly, it's more of the same, with sharper graphics, some new gameplay twists, better designed maps, and live play.  I'm sure MS has nothing to worry about... smile

Killer Instinct will be a launch title for Xbox 2 slywink

I hope I'm right.  That would make my year.
2598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall Movies on: October 19, 2004, 08:14:26 PM
I'm looking forward to:


*The Incredible


*Meet the Fockers

That's all I can think of right now.
2599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 coop on: October 19, 2004, 07:34:02 PM
Quote from: "Loomi"
Isn't there a way to play Halo 1 over the internet?  Couldn't you use this same program to play Halo 2 coop via Internet?

Yup, that should work.
2600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw on: October 19, 2004, 06:00:22 PM
I don't like wrestling either, but playing a wrestling game online sounds like a ton of fund smile
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