February 8th, 2007

#252: Over the line

I went to Pennock's Fiero Forum, as I do several times per day, and was greeted with this:

It says:

Ok, apparently some people of "RealFieroTech" have found my business forum here:


and they have messed it up completely. Also, they apparently PM'd every single member on that forum with some story about how I'm a fraud and the software I'm selling is stolen or something to that effect.

You know, I don't really care that they hate me and PFF, but this is directly affecting my business and me, and the future of my child. In short, I am not amused at all by this and I will not simply laugh this one off.

It will take some time to clean this one up and in the meantime, I will need to close PFF so I have the time to do it.

And to the ones who are responsible for this: This no longer is a simple internet quarrel. You have decided to take it a step further. I will take every legal effort to make sure you pay for this.

"RealFieroTech" (RFT) was a Fiero forum started by people who were banned from PFF--mostly because they were either abrasive dickheads who didn't know how to politely disagree, or pure trolls. Either way, they--deprived of access to the nicest Fiero forum on the internet--created their own pool to piss in.

The primary reason for the existence of RFT was to serve as a place for these pathetic morons to vent their spleens over how much of a jerk Cliff Pennock was for not letting them shit all over his forum.

The buttplugs at RFT have periodically done things to screw with Cliff's forum--such things as hacking passwords to get in, trying to spoof the registration system so they could register under new usernames, etc--and every time their stupidity has been rapidly put down. Cliff's pretty good at what he does.

This takes the cake, though. And by telling people that Cliff stole the software he writes and sells, they may have just opened themselves to lawsuits for libel or slander or what-the-hell-ever it is when you knowingly post defamatory information on an internet forum--to say nothing of whatever criminal charges might descend from such behavior.

I'm not kidding; the courts take that kind of thing very seriously and I'm certain that there are very few judges who would be amused at the sophomoric antics of a bunch of pea-brained imbeciles.

The saddest part of it is that PFF is closed; the best resource on the internet for Fiero information is inaccessible while Cliff cleans up after a bunch of dickless stooges with the emotional maturity of two-year-olds. They are probably congratulating themselves on "shutting PFF down"--but chances are they will come to regret this.

At least, I hope so.

#253: Liberal Methods of Debate

MGB Experience Off-Topic Thread

I'm not going to quote anything; you can read it if you like, or not. But:

This is what happens when you dare to question a liberal. If a liberal emits a fact, you are not allowed to ask, "Wait, how did you get that?"

He also doesn't like that I added the 9/11 casualties to the total of war casualties. I was trying to find how he got 48,000 when the Department of Defense says 28,000....

Anyway, I think the more valid figure is closer to 15,000, since about 13,000 of those casualties were returned to duty after 72 hours.

When a liberal starts to insult you, you are very close to winning the argument, particularly if they tell you you are a "right winger" or a "Nazi". (Especially if they call you a Nazi.)

The whole thread started as a result of a link in another user's sig; and besides the link to the page that discusses casualties, that particular user has a little pseudo-HTML in her sig:

</war> 012009

I've wanted to counter that with my own little sig notation:


...but I haven't found the courage to do so...yet. >:} Besides, 9/11/01 isn't even the correct date; a more accurate date would be the day that the US Embassy in Tehran was seized by "students". Unfortunately that date would not be so easily recognized.

I think the girl is a little optimistic. We didn't start the war; I don't see how we can realistically end it on the date our next President is inaugurated. She seems to think that electing a President other than George W. Bush will stop the war; but even if the US military stops fighting it, what makes her think that the bad guys will stop? If anything, they would be emboldened by such a move.

I predict that my long post will elicit an argument about the validity of our entry into Iraq. ("Bush lied, people died" or some such nonsense.) I'm hoping that I'm wrong; but if anyone tries to get me to defend Bush's reasons for entry, they will be disappointed. I did not support the idea of attacking Iraq when it was first proposed, but I have come to understand the strategic benefits of an Iraq without Saddam Hussein at its helm. I don't care about WMD or "yellowcake" or any of that hogwash; what I care about is finding a way to end the threat of Islamic terror against the US and US interests.

I don't think that, in war, you have to have "excuses" to try to achieve strategic and tactical goals. You set the goals, you make plans to achieve them; you suffer setbacks, and you adapt, improvise, and overcome. I have come to understand what strategic goals the invasion of Iraq was meant to enable; and understanding them, I agree that it was necessary to depose Saddam Hussein.

Besides that, though, Saddam Hussein himself gave us every excuse we needed when he threw out the UN weapons inspectors. He was in violation of several UN resolutions, all of which stated that the penalty for violation would be military action.

The thing I find most annoying about the forum thread is the morons ascribing motivations to my post. I ask a question and venture an opinion regarding the relative lethality of the Iraq war, and suddenly I am "attacking" the original poster and denigrating the fallen soldiers and their families. Jeeze louise.

Get some perspective!

#254: More track!

Today I visited another hobby store.

Mom's got a bad cold, and she decided she wanted to go see a doctor this evening. I dropped her off at the medical center and--knowing there would be a long wait--decided to go over to the nearby hobby store and have a gander.

I couldn't see any N-scale stuff around. None. This is the hobby store from which Dad had gotten me my enormous Tyco System 200 (see below) but things have changed since then. Half of the store is now taken up with fish and reptile tanks, small mammal and bird cages, and pet supplies. What used to be "Don's Hobby World" is now "Pet and Hobby World".

The store used to have an enormous selection of model train and slot-car paraphernalia, in addition to models of all kinds, R/C stuff, model rocket stuff, etc, etc. Not being able to find N scale stuff there was shocking. They didn't even have N gauge flex track!

Still, I had nothing better to do, so I browsed...and lo and behold, what did I see in a box marked "50% off"? An assortment of Life-Like N gauge Power-Loc track!

The end damage was $40, with tax...but for that $40 I got eighty dollars' worth of track including two turnouts. With the batch of track I expect to pick up tomorrow, from the place in Indiana, I ought to be able to build quite an empire.

I also saw a handful of serious model railroad transformers there. There was an unboxed one for $25, and there were boxed ones for $40, $50, and $60 depending on features. I came this > < close to buying one.

But the track, I reasoned, would be enough for now.

Two items that I bought were, I thought, just short straight track sections. But, as it turns out, they were in fact adapters which allow one to connect flex track to the Power-Loc track. I was thinking that I would have to make my own adapters; now I have four of them.

Besides those and the two turnouts (one left and one right) I also got two 4-packs of curved sections and three 4-packs of straight sections.

Tonight when I had added some new track to the little layout, I was able to spend some time spotting cars on a siding and pretending that the locomotive was servicing an industry. It was pretty cool.

The only real problem is that the couplers on the locomotive don't like to couple to the ones on the cars; and once they have coupled, they don't want to un-couple. I'm starting to think that magne-matic or Kaydee couplers will become a requirement, since these "standard" couplers seem to be for the birds.

The other thought I had with regards to buying a "real hobby" transformer was that I could buy some HO track and run my HO engines--the ones I found recently--on it. It's a thought....