AutoCAD 2011

I’ve been ignoring my geeky CAD/Designer/Engineer side lately.

AutoCAD 2011 in 3 minutes | CAD Panacea

AutoCAD 2011: A Look at What’s New | Cadalyst

Overall based on what I’ve read and seen I like the changed UI so far, particularly the paper-style grid. Old timers might get confused but if you’ve kept up with AutoCAD’s or even if you haven’t they’re easy enough to figure out. Also liked the update to the axis colors (X-red, Y- green, Z- blue). AutoConstrain is a nice feature to have. Admittedly I haven’t used AutoCAD outside of personal projects for some time now, but the newest incarnation appears to be quite good.

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Stupak 11 Pork

After voting for ObamaCare, Stupak wants $578 million in pork

A day after Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and ten other House members compromised on their pro-life position to deliver the necessary yes-votes to pass health care reform, the “Stupak 11″ released their fiscal year 2011 earmark requests, which total more than $4.7 billion–an average of $429 million worth of earmark requests for each lawmaker.

Whether this is actually a buy off or not for their votes for ObamaCare, it looks like a buy off of Stupak and his cronies. Regardless, this is Washington, D.C. where corruption reigns supreme. Those Representatives and Senators, Democrat, Republican or Independent, that partake in earmarks (aka pork) when the nation is in debt, social security, medicaid, and medicare are effectively bankrupt, and the deficit is growing, merely confirm their own corruption and the need for them to be removed from office.

Low Enthusiasm, High Skepticism for Obamacare

Poll Finds Low Enthusiasm, High Skepticism for Health Care Overhaul — Politics Daily

Eighty percent of Americans regard the overhaul as a major change in the direction of the country, and of those, 42 percent call it a negative chance and 38 percent called it positive. Sixteen percent did not regard the overhaul as a major change of direction.

The margin of opposition and support on health care was mostly unchanged from previous Post/ABC polls dating back to December. Of the 50 percent opposed, 40 percent described themselves as “strongly” opposed” while of the 40 percent in favor, 32 percent said they were “strongly” in favor. However, as an indication that the Democratic base may have come together more as final action on the measures loomed, the 32 percent who strongly favored the proposals was an increase from the 22 percent in that category in the last two Post/ABC polls.

Earth Hour

So Earth Hour is upon us this Saturday, March 27. An hour for pseudo-eco simpletons to make themselves feel better about climate change while actually accomplishing nothing.

I know longer consider myself an ecologist simply because such groups have become about regression and repression, about pushing political and social agendas that destroy the individual for some dubious collectivist notion of what is best for all. They push agendas that hinder developing nations to lift themselves out of poverty and attempt to cripple developed nations in the name of “fairness”. Too often they despise technology and innovation that doesn’t fit their strictly narrow, socialized, communalist agenda and reject discourse with any who question their intentions. And so, I reject them in favor of conservationism- recognizing humanity’s right to exist, live, and pursue prosperity through responsible, efficient, and when possible self sustaining use of the world in which we live without the ridiculous notion one must sacrifice progress or individual freedoms and aspirations.

If your want to be conservationist you’d be better served by taking genuine action. Use PV panels to generate power for your homes, or similarly appropriate alternative sources of energy as approrpiate to where you live. Plant oxygen producing trees and plants native to your regions. Make a garden or greenhouse. Support local farming and industrial development. Properly insulate homes, fix leaky and dripping pipes and use energy effecient devices. There’s hundreds of little things to do without resorting to grandstanding empty gestures and without demanding that human progress be sacrificed on the alter of political correctness anf for the green profiteers who exploit the duped masses.

Reconciliation Re-vote

In a Setback for Democrats, Health Care Going Back to the House for Another Vote — Politics Daily

Among the Republican amendments defeated Wednesday were a measure from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to prevent convicted child molesters and rapists from getting reimbursed by the government for drugs to treat erectile dysfunction; an amendment from Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.) to require all members of Congress to enroll in Medicaid; a measure from Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) to certify that no households earning less than $250,000 will see increased taxes as a result of health care reform; and an amendment by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) to certify that Americans will not have to change their health insurance as a result of the bill if they do not want to.

While obviously these were amendments meant to force the House to re-vote on reconciliation you have to wonder why such provisions were not in the bill that supposedly took a year to craft in the first pace. Besides the House has to re-vote on the thing anyway on points already existing in the bill that were irrelevant to health care: student loans. (FWIW, The injection of student loans into health care legislation is another massive problem I have with Washington corruption.)

I do have to wonder why one would oppose amendments preventing sexual predators from getting ED drugs, exempting themselves from Medicaid, ensuring Obama’s promise not to raise taxes on the middle class, and ensuring Americans can keep their health insurance if they want to. Are not the final two promises the Democrat’s vaunted leader, President Obama, promised?

Any adult knows you can’t trust a politician farther than you can toss him. But that does not mean you can’t make them pay at the ballot box for their arrogance and broken promises. Personally, I hope to see many unemployed politicians come November crying over their Thanksgiving meals over their lost positions of power.

Remember in November!

The ObamaCare Battles Continue

One reason (as if you need any more) why you should hate Obamacare:

The very politicians who’ve made Americans indentured servants to the state for their health care exempted themselves from the law. Convenient that what’s “good for America” isn’t good enough for their sorry elitist asses.

Obama’s Executive Order

Executive orders apply only to the executive branch, so effectively the order is useless for the pro-lifers out there with respect to health care. Unless of course, Obama plans to socialize the system, which will only add to the growing firestorm in this country.

Az AG Goddard

Arizona’s gutless wonder Attorney General Goddard has revealed his true stripes as a DNC puppet by his refusal to defend Arizonan’s rights. I hope Mr. Goddard realizes he’s just killed his chances of higher office in Arizona. Arizonans want someone who’ll stand up to Washington, the corrupt Parties, and the special interests, not cower and kowtow to them.

Need more proof of Congress’ true intentions for Obamacare: The Public Option Resurfaces – Prescriptions Blog – NYTimes.com

Threats Against Congressmen

Just plain idiotic to threaten them. Save the rage for this summer’s townhalls and the November ballot box. If they rig the elections or attempt voter intimidation to save their political careers, then you rightfully and justly lash out to defend yourself from their machinations. To do anything else allows the corrupt opressors to whine and grovel and claim victim status in an attempt to silence dissent. Already they’re trying to use a handful of instances to try to suppress the voice of the opposition and ordinary concerned people.

Vote the Bums Out!

AvNews: VSS Enterprise, British Space Agency

VSS Enterprise’s first ‘captive carry’ flight! | International Space Fellowship

Commenting on the historic flight, Burt Rutan said: “This is a momentous day for the Scaled and Virgin Teams. The captive carry flight signifies the start of what we believe will be extremely exciting and successful spaceship flight test program.”

Britain to set up new space agency | Reuters

Britain’s space and satellite sector employs 68,000 people and contributes 6 billion pounds ($9 billion) a year to the economy, the government says. It has grown in real terms by around nine percent a year since 1999, more than three times faster than the economy as a whole.