I want to see Shen Yun

I have been watching Shen Yun for a year or so now, waiting for it to come to Orlando. Orlando usually gets a lot of these type of shows, but for some reason I have not seen it come here. It went down to Broward county where I used to live, but not here. I have seen the muscle musical while in Las Vegas a few years ago (2006 I think) which went by the name Matsuri so look for it if they come back to Vegas at some point. To be clear, these are two entirely different shows. Matsuri is a more athletic show with acrobats, stunts, and similar content. Shen Yun looks to be much more artistic and cultural which is why I want to see it so badly.

If anyone has a chance to see this, make sure that you do. It may be a once in a lifetime type event.

You can have my gun when you pry it out of my cold, dead fingers.

I am an “American constitutionalist“. I believe in the constitution from top to bottom and consider it one of the greatest documents ever written. This country was founded under it and grew and prospered under it. Recently, we have been going away from that very foundation that made us great and look at what is happening to our country. We are falling to pieces economically, morally, and structurally. Americans are starting to finally wake up to problems that we have had for the past 30+ years. I am glad that people are starting to see the light. I only hope that it isn’t too late.

To ensure that it isn’t too late, I have recently re–embraced my rights granted to me in the bill of rights (aka the preamble) of my constitution. Particularly, the second amendment. People who know me know that I am a big believer in the first amendment which, as every knows (or should know) is freedom of speech. I find it funny that many people support this 1st amendment, but they are against the second amendment. As the saying goes, the 1st amendment is so important, that the second amendment was made to guarantee it.

I think that a lot of people jump onto political party agenda bandwagons without realizing WHY this amendment exists. You have to have a grasp on the history of our country to get it. We left to form our new country to get away from a government that was repressive. We didn’t want to be told what we could or could not say or think. We did not want to be forced into a certain particular religion or any religion for that matter. This is not the role of the government. These things were so important that they were written as the foundation to our constitution. Originally started as the “Constitution of Virginia” which was written in my home state, it was solid for 200+ years and I would argue, still solid to this day.

Today, in 2010, we have been witnessing a government that has been repressive to say the least. In my opinion, we have been losing our rights slowly but surely over the last 30+ years. The government has been taking over some of the most important institutions on our lives. They run things like our banking system (The Federal Reserve), our Housing industry (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac), our health care (which looks privatized, but permitted to only a few companies by the government. and who knows what will happen to it now), our transportation systems (Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation), and our communications (the Federal Communications Commission).

Look at those things. Now look at where all of the problems are in the United States right now. Do you see a pattern? The pattern is that WE CAN’T DO ANYTHING RIGHT!! I don’t mind some socialization, it is not about that. I just don’t trust this government to do it right. This government is screwing this country up so badly that I cannot even put it into words and we have sat by all of this time and let it happen. The sad thing is that 99.9% of us are still standing by and letting this happen because we are simply oblivious to the way things work. Americans are lazy, unmotivated, and uneducated and because of this apathy, those of us who see the truth are prisoners of our own government.

Not me. Fuck that.

Back to my second amendment rights… The second amendment is not just the right to bear arms. It is not some Warmongering mindset that America has been labeled with. We don’t want guns because we a re a bunch of hellraisers. that is not what that amendment was written for. It wasn’t for wars. It wasn’t for hunting. It wasn’t so that we could kill each other or become barbarians. Quite the opposite. Read these words carefully.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The key words here are “necessary to the security of a free state”. You see, our forefathers knew that the government that they were escaping form had repressed them leaving no way to rebel and stand up once things had gotten too far. This amendment was written, and made number 2 on the list, because they realized how important it was that they did not allow that to happen again. This right allows us to bear arms not to protect ourselves against outsiders but for something much more important. It allows us to protect ourselves from our own government. All of the other reasons mentioned above are important also, but this was the true reason that it was written.

This is what I have chosen to do. I already had guns as a kid. When you live in the country, and in the South, you grow up around guns. But my guns were for mostly hunting. Now, I have purchased some guns for my own protection. Now before you thinking I am going into full kook mode, let me clarify one thing very clearly. I HOPE THAT I NEVER HAVE TO USE THESE GUNS!!! Sincerely. All of the stuff that I am talking about here is not part of some nut job columbine scheme nor am I going postal. what I am doing is simply exercising my rights as an American citizen before this right, like many others, gets taken away as well.

It is happening people. I don’t understand why so many people are blind to it when it is right in front of your eyes. You have rights and if you don’t use them, you may lose them. Luckily for me, I am using mine and as to paraphrase the true sentiment of what says in the subject of this post…

“You can have my RIGHTS when you pry them from my cold dead hands.”

I saw Aretha Franklin in concert

Possibly the greatest singer of all time made her way to Orlando Florida this past weekend. I have always wanted to see Aretha in concert and I have been looking forward to it since it was announced. I am sad to say that it was a bit disappointing.

I know that when you have such reverence and high expectations for someone, that you are setting yourself up for a fall, but I don’t think that is the reason that the concert was disappointing. It was disappointing because Aretha just didn’t seem to be into being there in the first place. She wasn’t “into” the whole thing. Maybe because this was at Universal Studios and not at a fancy/expensive venue. Maybe she was sick. Maybe she is just tired of touring. It might even be a combination of all of these reasons. After performing for about an hour and a half (no complaints there) she left the stage without singing “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” which is, as everyone knows, the classic Aretha song. She pulled the classic, leave the stage move and everyone thought that she would come right back out for an encore to do that one last song. The crowd was chanting and everything and the band was still sitting there as though they were also waiting for her…but she never came back out. Slowly, the band started packing up one by one but they also seemed confused. Eventually, they brought up the lights and everyone headed home but the whole thing was just strange. The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if she saves that big song for the expensive concerts and not the large venues.

Either way, she is amazing. She is one of the few people that I put in my “gifted” category. She has a God-given gift that very few people on the planet have. Sure, lots of people can sing…and sing very well. But Aretha is on a whole different plane. No one on Earth can sing like her. She has complete control over her voice, incredible power, and the whole thing is effortless. she doesn’t strain…she doesn’t run out of breath. She just sings. When people say that someone can sing, Aretha Franklin epitomizes that. Aretha Franklin could sing the phone book and I would be mesmerized. I once saw her perform on some awards show (the grammys one year, don’t remember when) when Pavarotti was supposed to sing an opera song but he was too sick and unable to perform. Aretha stepped in on extremely short notice (I heard only an hour to learn the song) and sang this amazing and beautiful opera song…in Italian! Are you kidding me? And I was watching…it was beautiful…just amazing. I mean, you think of Aretha as motown and soul, which is true. But this woman can sing everything.

A lot of people claim to be divas and call themselves Divas, but Aretha is the only Diva in my book. I think the word was invented for her since there is no other way to describe her greatness. If you ever get a chance to see her perform, do it. Despite the slight disappointment I mentioned earlier, I would see her again in a heartbeat.

Just saw KICK-ASS the movie…

I just got back from seeing an advanced screener for the movie KICK-ASS and I am not going to post the obvious comment that it “kicked ass”.

Oh crap..i guess I just did…damn…anyway…

I am not supposed to comment on it to much and write a full review, but I have to say how incredibly awesome it was. This was the best movie that I have seen since Lord of the Rings. It was very accurate to the comic including some very violent stuff but it as all done in an appropriate way. It fits to the point and the message of the movie about being a super-hero. This was every bit as violent as sin city if you ever saw that.

The best part of the movie was Hit Girl. She stole the entire movie. Perfect casting, perfect acting, Hit Girl was the most amazing super hero in any movie, ever.

I know it doesn’t come out for a month and a half, but GO SEE THIS MOVIE WHEN IT COMES OUT!

Look at me! I’m qualified to be a “US cyber defender”

United States Department of Defense Embraces Hacker Certification to Protect US Interests
ALBUQUERQUE NM, March 1, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announces the official approval of the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification program as a new baseline skills requirement for U.S.cyber defenders. Specifically, the new Certified Ethical Hacker program is required for the DoD’s computer network defenders (CND’s), a specialized personnel classification within the DoD’s information assurance workforce.

The Certified Ethical Hacker requirement falls under the auspices of DoD Directive 8570 Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. The current version (incorporating Change 2) was signed by Assistant Secretary of Defense, John G. Grimes and was officially instated on February 25, 2010. Directive 8570 provides clear guidance to information assurance training, certification and workforce management across all components of the DoD.

The CND groups protect, monitor, analyze, detect, and respond to unauthorized activity within DoD information systems and computer networks.

With this directive, military service, contractors, and foreign employees across all job descriptions must show 100-percent compliance with the new Certified Ethical Hacker training requirement by 2011. This shows the DoD’s focus on better training and preparation of the U.S. military workforce in this area.

The Certified Ethical Hacker qualification tests the certification holder’s knowledge in the mindset, tools and techniques of a hacker, fortifying it’s certification tag line: “To beat a hacker, you must think like one.”

“CEH has been selected due to the immense technical and tactical nature of the certification,” said Jay Bavisi, co-founder and president of EC-Council. “It is one of the most technically advanced certifications on the directive for CND professionals. In fact, it is the only certification approved across four out of the five categories to prepare the CND teams. While other policy-based programs add value, CEH prepares the U.S. CNDs to combat hackers in real time, defending U.S. interests globally.”

Bavisi added: “We have been researching this space for quite some time and with this mandate from the DoD, there has never been a better time for us to beat the hackers at their own game. We are racing to research complex hacker techniques and in the next release of our CEH program, we hope to showcase in over 150 modules, detailed and extremely complex attack and countermeasures that will help raise the level of knowledge of the CND teams.”

KEY FACTS:
· CEH is now formally integrated into the certification requirements for U.S. DoD IA Workforce
· CEH is now required for CND Analyst, CND Infrastructure Support, CND Incident Responder, and CND Auditor as defined by
Directive 8570
· Newly revised DoD 8570 is available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/857001m.pdf
· More information about EC-Council and Directive 8570 can be found at https://www.eccouncil.org/about_us/dod_8570.aspx

ABOUT EC-COUNCIL:
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world.

EC-Council has trained over 60,000 individuals and certified more than 26,000 members, through more than 450 training partners globally. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For more information about EC-Council, visit the website: www.eccouncil.org

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Look at me! I am qualified to be a cyber security czar…person..hacker…dude…something or other.