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"Anything you'd like to say about yourself?" — Jim Robinson

Sure, Jim, and thank you for the opportunity.

First, I am an American, and proud of it.

"I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people;
    whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;
    a democracy in a Republic;
    a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States;
    a perfect Union, one and inseparable;
    established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

"I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."

          — William Tyler Page (The American's Creed, 1917)

I am a Jeffersonian small-l libertarian by nature and choice. I find much common cause with Free Republic, a Conservative forum. This is because:

"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them."
          — Thomas Jefferson, quoted by Jim Robinson, Founder of FreeRepublic here.
"If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom - and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. I think that libertarianism and conservatism are traveling the same path."
          — Ronald Reagan (Reason Magazine, 1975)
"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' 'interests', I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can."
          — Barry Goldwater (Conscience of a Conservative, 1960)
" Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the First Law of Nature. "
          — Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists, The Report of the Committee of Correspondence to the Boston Town Meeting, Nov. 20, 1772

Without our Constitutional freedoms, we have nothing. These freedoms are worth fighting for.

" Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty. "
          — John F. Kennedy

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
          — Samuel Adams

" If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
          — Winston Churchill

" It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. "
          — Samuel Adams

Beware of those Americans, from left or right, who would undermine the Constitution.

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself... A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague."
          — Cicero

Be proud that we have the finest Constitutional Republic the world has ever known.

If The Bill of Rights doesn't make it clear why I'm proud to be an American, there's nothing more I can write.

Sometimes it's not easy, but we must do what we must do.

"If you are going through hell, keep going."
          — Winston Churchill

"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."
          — Thomas Paine

But through it all, keep a sense of humor. This is where my tag line is from...


"The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king."
          — King Arthur

"Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you. "
          — Dennis

(Monty Python's Holy Grail)

Computer-tech Full Disclosure Section

I participate in a number of tech (computer) threads, so to save the effort of posting a "Full Disclosure" comment in each one when somebody wonders where my comments or opinions are coming from, here's a summary of my tech background and creds:

I started as an audio electronics hobbyist in 1964, and was designing and building tube amplifiers by 1968 (for my electric guitar). I entered college in 1970, learned Fortran and PDP8 assembler, earned a BS in Physics, and started working as an engineer designing microcomputers (hardware and software). I've never stopped since (that's 44 years of programming and 40 years of hardware engineering as of 2014).

During my engineering career, I've designed, built, programmed, and delivered spacecraft attitude control electronics, high-power multi-phase inverters, industrial process controllers, home computers and peripherals, and embedded controllers. Mostly I've worked for small companies, but I spent half a dozen years as an independent consultant and still do some consulting on the side.

Computer-wise, I built my first microcomputer in 1976, based on the 6502; designed using 6502 and 6800 uPs for industrial controllers, wrote and delivered production software as well as hobbyist stuff. I used (and hacked) IBM-PCs starting in 1982; Macintoshes in 1984; got my first Unix system in 1985, learned C, and it's still my favorite language. Both BSD and Sys5 are like family. I've used every version of Windows from 2.0 onward. Built a network of Unix workstations in the early 90's. Started playing with Linux in the late 90's, built my first Linux workstation in 2001. Windows systems have provided my income more than any other. Had a break though -- designed and programmed peripherals for Mac OS-X systems starting in 2001.

I'm currently Director of System Administration for a software company with offices networked around the globe, and have learned a few things about security, though I don't consider myself an expert in that field.

I work every day -- and play at home every night -- in OS-X, Windows, Linux, NetBSD. I love 'em all, and I hate 'em all. I have them all running at home (either multi-boot, or in VMware or Xen VMs) as well as in the network I administer professionally.

I don't take sides in religious tech arguments. OSes and hardware architectures all have their strengths and weaknesses. That said, OS-wise I'm more of a "Unix-head" than anything else. Hardware-wise, I have dozens of machines at home, all sorts, and currently prefer working on Apple and Fujitsu hardware, running OS X, Windows 7, and both CentOS and Ubuntu Linux. Oh, and a Raspberry Pi. All of the above subject to change, of course...

For more information on me, check out Dayglored's Wikipedia User Page.

One Proud American.