September 2010

Gotta be careful here. My wife and I were the outsiders, the only ones actively involved with the tea party movement. Our host was a conservative insider specializing in foreign affairs. Our host was asked who would run on the GOP ticket in 2012. He listed a bunch of contenders and omitted Sarah Palin. His wife said she was a quitter because she resigned her governorship. I don’t think these insiders know much about Sarah and don’t understand what she is doing. First up, she is reshaping the Republican party by her primary endorsements. None of the other contenders have had anything like her influence. That wasn’t recognized.

Secondly, she is by-passing the lame stream media to get her message out. Facebook and Twitter are the new media.  Our friends don’t get that.

On the other hand, we learned about China’s aggressive behavior and the administration’s weak responses.


The two people who read my blog know I’m a big supporter of Sarah Palin. They also know I am an aged male with the fashion sense of a color-blind aardvark. But I do know one thing; whatever Sarah Palin was wearing when she appeared on Greta was not a good choice. I hope she burns that white thing or uses it for target practice.

Stuxnet is a computer worm that has infected thousands of PCs and the industrial control systems that are programmed using those PCs. Symantec, one of the leading anti-virus software makers, has a series of blog posts analyzing Stuxnet. The worm has a very specific function: to sabotage the industrial processes controlled by the industrial control systems. For example, Stuxnet could tell the controller monitoring the pressure in a gas pipeline to increase pressure to the point where the pipeline would fail catastrophically. It could tell the controller monitoring vital functions in nuclear reactor to ignore warnings. It could tell the centrifuges used to separate U235 from U238 to spin out of control.

Stuxnet is not the creation of a criminal hacker organization because it serves no criminal purpose. It doesn’t steal passwords or identities. It doesn’t transfer funds. All it does is screw with very specific industrial processes. It is also very sophisticated. It knows a lot about its targets:

The overall process of infection for methods A/B is as follows:

  • Check the PLC type; it must be an S7/315-2
  • Check the SDB blocks and determine whether sequence A or B should be written
  • Find DP_RECV, copy it to FC1869, replace it with a malicious copy embedded in Stuxnet
  • Write the malicious blocks (in total, 20 blocks) of the sequence, embedded in Stuxnet
  • Infect OB1 so that the malicious code is executed at the start of a cycle
  • Infect OB35, which will act as a watchdog

As a software guy, I’m impressed. I do what I call “ethical programming”. I make certain that my code is clean, easy to understand, and reasonably efficient. If I use a hack I document it. I have to do that, because the people maintaining my code likely work in Mumbai and have a couple of years of experience compared to my thirty plus years. The people who created “Stuxnet” are very skillful unethical programmers. They may also be ethical in that they used their skills to prevent a greater evil. What might that evil be? Let’s say a nuclear Iran.

Let’s look at where Stuxnet has hit, India, Indonesia and Iran top the pops. The rest of the world, not so much.

Did it work? Who knows? The victims aren’t going to own up, are they? But there are hints that the Iranians have had difficulties at their nuclear plants.

We do see reports like this from the LA Times:

Now, as experts’ analyses of the worm are being published and as it becomes clearer that computers associated with Iran’s controversial nuclear program were affected, it is also becoming clearer that Stuxnet is about sabotage, not espionage, and it’s way bigger than was apparent. Computer technicians thought they could root out the virus in a month or two, senior Iranian information technology official Hamid Alipur was quoted as saying, but attacks keep coming and new versions of it continue to mutate and spread, hampering cleanup.

Gerry Egan, a top Symantec executive, told CNN that the high level of design and specialized knowledge associated with worm was not something “the average hacker at home or in a garage” would have access to.

The sophistication behind Stuxnet combined with Iran’s nuclear facility as an apparent target is spawning much speculation.

The theory among experts is that this “took the resources of a nation-state to create a piece of malware so sophisticated,” Richard Falkenrath of Chertoff Group told Bloomberg this week. It is theoretically possible that the U.S. did this, he said, noting that this was a remote possibility. A more likely creator, he said, was Israel.

The end result is that Iran will not be able to trust any Western technology. Siemens was the target this time. Who knows who will be next?

Even if it wasn’t responsible for Stuxnet, Israel will get the blame. But the end result is good; evil regimes have learned that western technology can be used against them. Their isn’t any alternative Muslim technology, as specified in the Koran, that they can fall back on. So it puts them between a rock and a hard place, which is where they deserve to be.

One of the most wonderful days in my life was when the McCain campaign sprung Sarah Palin upon the world as his VP candidate, and I watched it on live TV. Why? Because I had already checked out her history in Alaska, her fight against corruption in her own party, and her successes against the oil  industry and its allies. I hoped against all hope that McCain would spring Sarah upon the world. He did that; and then his campaign tried to bury her.

That’s history. Here we are in 2010. McCain is beholden to her. GOP incumbents lose to her endorsed candidates,  Facebook and Twitter allow her to bypass the MSM (Lame Stream Media in Palin-speak) and she keeps hitting the Obama Administration where it hurts.

The lady has America at heart and risks all to defend American values.

God bless Sarah Palin and may she achieve her dreams for America.  I want a strong America; an America that values work over welfare, strength over weakness, and charity over dependency.

(as an Atheist I use God to represent the Judeo-Christian values of religious Americans)

Let’s take Delaware as an example. If Mike Castle had won the primary and gone on to the Senate, the GOP would become hostage to his vote. Will he vote with the Left, as he usually does, or will he vote with the GOP? And, if he does vote GOP, what terms will he extort for voting with the GOP? These RINOS are very bad news for the GOP. They force compromises that the vast majority of GOP voters hate. Better to have a conservative Democrat who might break for the GOP position than a RINO who has to be bribed to do so.

Sarah fired a broadside against Obamacare on Facebook (where else?).

It’s a brutal dissection of Obamacare and Obama’s claims. Here’s an extract:

Remember when the president said, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”? Not true. In Texas alone a record number of doctors are leaving the Medicare system because of the cuts in reimbursements forced on them by Obamacare! The president of the Texas Medical Association, Dr. Susan Bailey, warns that “the Medicare system is beginning to implode.”

Remember the Obama administration’s promise that Obamacare would cut a typical family’s premium “by up to $2500 a year”? Not true. In fact, fueled by reports that insurers expect premiums to rise by as much as 25 percent as a result of Obamacare, Senate Democrats are contemplating the introduction of price controls.

Remember when the president said in his address to Congress that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions”? That turned out to be yet another one of those “You lie!” moments. We found out that Obamacare-mandated high risk insurance pools set up in states like Pennsylvania and New Mexico will fund abortions after all.

Remember the promise that Obamacare would “strengthen small businesses”? Not true either. The net result of Obamacare is that small businesses will face higher health care costs, new Medicare taxes, and higher regulation compliance costs, while the much-hyped health care tax credit for small businesses turns out to be almost impossible to obtain.

This is a well researched take-down of Obamacare that every American needs to read. Spread the word.

It could have been stronger but that’s not the point. It answers the Democrat’s accusation that the GOP has no plans to address the issues the country faces. Moreover, it puts the Democrats in the position of explaining why planks, such as repealing Obamacare, are bad ideas.

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