Barack Obama is the Antichrist

25 07 2008

OK, I said it.  I’m going to stand back now and watch what happens.  After his speech in Germany today, his promises of bringing unity and peace to everything and everyone under the sun…this guy really is drunk with a vision of changing the world.  He believes he is some sort of Messiah character to the world.  And people all around the world are eating out of his hand.

I read in Newsweek Magazine this article – http://www.newsweek.com/id/145971

Here is the one statement that made me realize that Obama doesn’t have any idea what he believes and that he is flying by the seat of his pants with his head in the clouds and dreams of fame and historical glory:

The story of Obama’s religious journey is a uniquely American tale. It’s one of a seeker, an intellectually curious young man trying to cobble together a religious identity out of myriad influences. Always drawn to life’s Big Questions, Obama embarked on a spiritual quest in which he tried to reconcile his rational side with his yearning for transcendence. He found Christ—but that hasn’t stopped him from asking questions. “I’m on my own faith journey and I’m searching,” he says. “I leave open the possibility that I’m entirely wrong.”

A guy that is supposedly so smart, so bright, so intellectual, a man with such vision, with the audacity of hope, he leaves open the possibility that his belief in god is entirely wrong.  He is a political figure standing up to all that is before us in this new millenium, that he is going to be the one to bring about change, to bring unity and peace to the world, to stop nuclear proliferation, to bring peace to Darfur and settle wars around the world, and he doesn’t even know who his god is.

I bet he will be our next president.  Will he be the one to secure Israel?  Will he be the one who, after three and a half years, turns on Israel?

I’m going to get a big fat tub of popcorn, the most comfy barcalounger money can buy, turn on cable news and watch it all unfold.  This is gonna be good!

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The paper MCSE – A success Story

11 07 2008

Well the cutbacks have hit me and it’s time to find a new job.  I got laid off a couple of months ago and it has been an interesting experience from the one I had eight years earlier when I landed what I thought was the job that would carry me on through into retirement.

I’ll backtrack a little and start in 1997.  I picked up this big fat techie book called ‘Networking Essentials’ and basically devoured it, committing to memory everything I could, all the acronyms, the ISO/OSI Network Model, etc.  I could talk tech but the truth was, I had no clue what I was talking about.  I was on the road to becoming one of those paper MCSE guys.

So, I got through the book, learned the terms enough to be able to fake my way through a couple of job interviews and wound up landing a job doing tech support for 3Com’s new PCMCIA fast Ethernet laptop NIC.  I was about as familiar with computers as Liberace was at pleasing women and there I was with a headset and phone calls coming in for support of OS2, Banyan Vines, Novell, I had no idea what I was doing but I read the scripts, got as familiar with things as I could and actually I turned out to be one of the best support guys there.  I picked up on things pretty quickly and I have to tell you, my feet were held to the fire at times and I scrambled for answers to things I had no clue what to do with.  I walked people through autoexec.bat files, config.sys files they taught me while we were troubleshooting and they had no idea it was my education they were paying for while we were trying to figure out how to browse their Network Neighborhood.

Seriously, I was new to all this stuff and I was the guy supposedly, the expert, supporting it on the other side of the phone.  It blew my mind that I was able to actually succeed by just RTFM and nobody had a clue around me that I was completely ignorant to what was going on.

So I figured, if I can pull this off I could probably do that MSCE thing I heard about on the radio and make $60,000 after finishing four weeks of intensive training classes and testing.  So I hit my relatives up for a good $12,000 loan, I took the MCSE back in the NT days with my emphasis on TCP/IP and Exchange Server.  I had no idea how good an idea that was at the time, it just sounded like the right thing to do.  I sat in those classes while the instructor talked about network protocols, domains, NTFS, shares, NetBEUI, etc.  I memorized everything I could and had no freaking idea what it all meant.  All I knew was that this mumbo jumbo was going to get me a big fat salary and a brand new career.  This actually happened.  I’m not making it up!

I went through the entire MCSE education, spent all that money on those silly classes that promised me that big fat salary, and one day while still doing 3Com tech support I decided to put together a resume that looked like an entry level network admin.

I found a trucking company in Portland, Oregon that needed an admin.  They had a T1 with no firewall (yikes!), they had just tried this new email thing called Exchange Server and they had Netware 4.11 running with an AS400 behind a sliding glass door.  The cables were everywhere, running to dumb terminals throughout the building.  It was ugly.  So I interviewed with a guy they called the IT director who was an RPG programmer and knew very little about networking, and also interviewed with the CFO.  Why the CFO I’ll never know, but I made an impression, talked the tech talk out my arse, throwing acronyms around the room and baffling them with everything I had been inundated with through those training classes.  Still, no hands on training and these guys hired me to manage their network operations.

So, In a six month period I actually went from knowing jack about computers to becoming a for real network admin.  My salary at that trucking company was $43,000 to start but it gets better.  Remember the promise of $60,000 after taking all those classes?  Well, while I was at the trucking company I actually completed all the testing, actually got my MCSE and CNA certs, used those guys as my education lab, learned a buttload of good stuff including Cisco PIX, Netware, Exchange, etc. and went out one day to Computer Associates to see if they would hire me to help test their AV products.

Well, with all my new found knowledge and having actually had some real world experience finally with all those acronyms and protocols they made me an offer of $80,000.  I kid you not!  The catch was that I would have to have worked like 15 hour days to make that money.

So, I took that offer back to my boss and told him what that I would stick around if he would give me $60,000 a year.  He went to the CEO the next day and whammo!  I was the paper MCSE making $60,000 a year.

I stuck around, learned more, actually got certified with Novell also, learned some HTML & java script, built the corporate website and then got bored.  They could see I was unimpressed with things because I basically built them a textbook infrastructure while I learned and it was pretty much on auto pilot.  So, they saw that $60,000 as a big liability and brought in some flunkie who was raised on computers unlike myself but who didn’t have all that textbook knowledge.  His salary was $20,000 less than mine and they had me train him then laid me off.  It was a weird situation.  I think they finally caught on to me that I was using them as an education lab.

I had convinced them that they needed to buy Cold Fusion Pro to build their website, which could have been written in notepad, because I wanted to get into web dev stuff.  So the boss kind of saw what was going on finally and brought me into his office one day and pretty much just said, “Look, I know this place isn’t really where you want to be and I see you wanting to move on to bigger things so we’re gonna have to let you go”.

Long story short, I moved to Utah and found a job making the magic number of $60,000 as a network admin and helped build that infrastructure from five little tower PC servers in 2000 to a fully redundant, world class data center in 2008 with an EMC SAN, redundant ASA firewalls, HSRP failover, Cisco 6500 core switches, all Proliant server racked up in the most beautiful configuration.  I mean it was pure IT porn at the end of my tenure.

Through the years from 2000 to now I had hired a couple of brilliant Linux admins, a Cisco engineer we pulled from the TAC team to manage our core and a bright young kid to do all the internal support with a shiny new diploma from the University of Utah in Information Management.

Then the company brought in a new CTO and promptly lost a couple of their biggest clients, putting them in a financial bind.  Well, the new CTO came in a saw things as they were, not knowing all the blood, sweat and 36 hour days I had put into building this rock solid infrastructure, looked around, saw my salary, saw the guys I had hired, saw my duties, saw their abilities and logic told him that I was the one to cut.

So now it’s 2015 and my wife divorced me in 2006, took everything I worked for, the furniture, the trampoline, the swing-set, drum-kits, and in an ironic happenstance my peach tree fell to the ground, unsupported and dead for the compost the year we divorced.

I got sent through the proverbial ringer twice ( a story you might enjoy at http://digmenograve.wordpress.com )

And today I am Vaughn Hocksworth Brown, the artist.  No more Information Technology for me ( except for building kickass websites and learning LAMP )

You can see my portfolio of photography here –> http://picasaweb.google.com/vaughnbrown.  Please enjoy my many albums of photography as slideshows to your Rod and Cone pleasure.

You can also see some of my kooky art at http://darthmistake.wordpress.com

Thank you for being awesome you IT people and keeping the Introwebs free and clean of the bullshits.

I am out, word…





Addicts turn to AIDS medication to get high

2 07 2008

There are a lot of screwed up places on this big ol’ crazy planet of ours but nothing is as nuts as the continent of Africa. What is wrong with those people?? They can’t govern for shit, they’re killing each other over diamonds, drugs, and who knows what other ethno-religious reason they come up with. It seems like they’ll do anything to fuck up their lives. What a paradox. The most amazing natural beauty on the planet and the most barbaric chaos known to mankind.

I found this article at Breitbart.com. People are completely out of their minds!

Reposted from Breitbart.com

2 01:07 PM US/Eastern

South African AIDS patients in Durban are under siege from drug addicts who rob them of their antiretroviral treatment to get high, the provincial health department said Wednesday.

The life prolonging drug Stocrin, one of the antiretroviral drugs used to fight AIDS, is reportedly crushed and mixed with marijuana and sold in the townships around the coastal city.

The health department has warned that the trend could spark shortages in the city’s hospitals and health centres, in one of the provinces worst afflicted by the AIDS pandemic.

“This practice is disturbing, a large number of HIV patients depend on the state sponsored treatment to stay healthy,” spokesman Leon Mbangwa told AFP.

The department dismissed media reports that health workers at certain hospitals were involved in selling HIV drugs to criminal rings, who then target patients when nurses cannot keep up with the demand.

“All medication is kept in the hospital pharmacy and only certain levels of nurses have access to it,” said Mbangwa.

Patients collecting medication at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi, south of Durban have complained of being ambushed by criminals on their way home.

Others have had their home ransacked by thugs looking for the lifesaving drugs.

“The concoction of Stocrin and dagga (marijuana) is very dangerous and eventually leads to death. The drug mixture breaks down the immune system and reduces the resistance of the body,” said Anwar Jeewa, director of the Minds Alive rehabilitation centre.

South Africa has the highest number of HIV sufferers in the world with around 5.5 million of the 47 million population affected by the virus, and the world’s biggest ARV programme with more than 478,000 people registered for treatment.





How much time do we have left?

1 07 2008

I like to keep my eye on the news, watch events unfold around the world, see the calamities pour out on unfortunate peoples around the world and stay informed about the wars being fought here, there and everywhere.

I see California burning, I see the Midwest being drowned, Asia is being rocked by earthquakes, and we had the big tsunami and then Katrina tear things up in New Orleans. I got excited just the other day when I saw gas for under $4.00/gal.

I was around for the gas rationing in the 70s and remember complaining about the price hitting $.75/gal and having the stomach to imagine a world where a gallon of gas cost a whole dollar! Good gawd, here we are at $5.00+/gal for freaking gas in the USA. I think it might be time to tap into the oil reserves. Screw the wildlife, they will figure out how to survive, I need to get to work and back without having to scrape together my life savings for a tank of gas.

Global warming is completely weird too. I mean, yeah we have had acid rain, greenhouse gas, the holes in the ozone layer, sun spots, etc. and Al Gore is telling us that we are going to kill the earth when there’s a pattern of warming and cooling according to scientists that has been going on as long as this planet has been spinning. I don’t think measly little man has the power to kill mother earth on his own.

I do, however think that man has the power to completely screw things up so bad that only the Messiah will be able to save us. I think we’re headed in that very direction and it’s coming faster and faster every day. Talk about time speeding up, it’s exponential with the way technology is going and how crazy the godless scientists are going with their theories and power mongering with all their new discoveries big and small. Space and Genetics, the infinite bigness and smallness and now man has tapped into these things so far that quantum physics and genetic engineering are playgrounds where man can play god.

I find it odd that there are so many apologists for Islam out there defending the rights of a religious movement that has done nothing for the world other than to bring terrorism front and center. There, I said it. Maybe the Quran teaches peace, I don’t know. I don’t even know if I spelled Quran right but I can tell you this. There are Christians, there are Jews and there are Muslims. The Christians have done their fair share of crusading and screwing the world up but we’re over that. The Jews have always been a peaceful people. The Muslims have always been hell bent on destruction, murder, mayhem and chaos. Hey, I call it like I see it. We can point fingers in all directions at one time or another but there’s no other world wide religion out there like Islam that is causing so much horror across the world.

Why don’t people wake up and just see things as they are? It would be nice to be able to succinctly put it all together in a little signs-of-the-times pocket reference book but that’s impossible to do. The closest thing we have is the Bible. It’s just so dang hard to understand! I just wish more people would do their own research and not think that history began at the chapter they found themselves reading in their local high school history book.

There are so many voices talking so loudly with such soothing and seductive messages and they are controlling the minds of the masses with their messages telling people what they have to believe to fit in category A, B or C and then defining the categories and telling the youth that they must choose which category to belong to if they want to prosper in today’s society.

Who should we listen to? Who is the voice of reason in today’s world? Who has the answer? Where do we turn for comfort? Where do we go for shelter when things really start crashing in?

I look forward to your comments.








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