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Rant Mode Equals One: "The Commie Rat Anti-Free Software Act of 2001"?

May 06, 2001, 17:16 (54 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)

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"How I learned to stop worrying and love Microsoft"

by Paul Ferris

Well, I give up. I've in the past bashed Steve Ballmer and Jim Allchin of Microsoft for dirty open source/free software tricks. I was wrong, I admit it. I now see the light.

You see, Open Source/Free Software is all part of a dirty commie plot out to destroy helpless American corporations and their complex "intellectual property". It's an impediment to innovation. I must have been smoking crack to see otherwise. And that filthy commie rat Richard Stallman and his manifesto the GPL (GNU General Public License) -- it's the antithesis to America's big corporate right to make the almighty buck at any cost.

Yeah, that's the ticket.

I can't believe I've been so horribly misled too. I need to feel sorry for poor old Microsoft with twenty some odd billions of dollars in the bank -- they just can't compete against a lone hippy with a marketing budget in the thousands if that. Man, it's horrible.

Not that Richard's breaking the law -- but neither were a lot of the commie rats that McCarthy found.

And don't even get me started on that mud-sucking piece of satanic pond scum Eric Raymond. They may play like enemies in public, but I'd bet that if you scanned their home libraries you'd find the same autographed copies of the Commie Manifesto lying around.

I think they have mad cow disease too. You know the stuff spreads like wildfire, and both of em' have been overseas a lot lately. You know how Stallman likes to walk around in bare feet -- prolly when he got home some of his boot-licking cronies spread it worse than a copy of the ILOVEYOU virus. Maybe we need to quarantine them and a bunch of those whining free software hackers until we're sure they're safe. Maybe lock them up for trying to harm those big, helpless American corporations like Microsoft and ... and ... gee, I'm not all that sure I hear anyone else complaining, but hey Bill Gates is like more popular than the president right now, so it's like Microsoft counts for several corporations at once. Remember, Penfield Jackson wanted to make more than one company out of em' (another simian commie rat he was too).

It's just too darn bad that Microsoft is having such a tough time. What with all that money in the bank and this, a threat they obviously can't deal on top of it all. I guess that they might face having to dip into the cash without us chipping in a helping hand. Big corporate interests like Microsoft have always been so fragile, and especially of late what with everyone picking on their intellectual property. The economic hard times seem to really be cutting into them in ways that aren't visible elsewhere with other businesses. Microsoft would never take anyone else's intellectual property and call it their own -- they've been so generous, open and helpful in the past. It's the least we can do to help out by writing our congressmen and asking them to give the poor charitable business (Microsoft) a helping hand.

As a matter of fact, I think we need to pass a law so that this can never happen again. Let's see, what will we call it?

I know! How about "The Commie Rat Anti-Free Software Act of 2001"? It's a piece of legislation I'm proposing that will make it against the law to even think about stuff with the GPL license on it.

Remember, if you don't stop supporting Free Software now, you never know what kind of big corporate interest might go down the tubes. Microsoft is a national treasure and never forget that they've in the past tried to help America by making it so that they were practically the only source for software. Other businesses tried to compete, but they just didn't have the vision and (don't forget) intellectual property that good old flag waving Microsoft has. It had nothing to do with violations of American law (regardless of what that commie Jackson ruled).

With the threat of Free Software extinguished and dangerous criminals like Stallman and Raymond behind bars, imitation, I mean, innovation can continue to be brought to you by just one company like it has in the past. God knows this makes America stronger and more productive, regardless of the fact that businesses spend money every year purchasing the same software they already own. Without a good revenue stream, Microsoft's' American dream can't survive.

So get started and fire a good letter off to your elected officials -- they're waiting to hear from you and ready to pass legislation to help out Microsoft in these tough (only twenty-odd-billion in the bank!) times. It's sure to make them and their political contribution managers happy to boot, so never fear about how popular you're going to be.

Here's a good start on that letter:

 
Dear [my elected official],

I used to have my doubts about Microsoft, but recently I realized that even though they
have tens of billions of dollars in the bank, and they brag about how competitive they are
-- they're actually weak panty-waists who need the helping hand of your legislative
action. Please pass a law to put Richard Stallman and Eric Raymond in jail -- maybe even
those commie rat-fink mud-sucking pond scum idiot programmers that follow them too.

I also think a black-list of names should be collected. People should have to register on
the list if they want to work with Free Software, or be placed there by a colleague who
maybe recently saw them purchase a PC without Microsoft products pre-installed. Maybe we
can put them on it if they've ever been seen buying a CD product with the word "Linux" on
it, too.

Restore my faith in the American-Microsoft-serving way and lend your support to the
proposed bill "The Commie Rat Anti-Free Software Act of 2001"

In closing I'd like to remind you that regardless of all the times I've been infected with
viruses, rebooted and re-installed the operating system on my computer, I haven't been
harmed one iota by Microsoft's monopoly.  I love paying for Windows products -- it doesn't
bother me a bit that I don't have a choice, and that the price keeps going up. I realize
it's my contribution to the American dream -- Microsoft style.

Sincerely,

[your name here] 

Remember folks, Microsoft needs your help! Keep those letters rolling.


To those of you who don't have a sense of humor regarding this issue. I've simply decided to cut to the Microsoft chase, so to speak, and take their marketing strategy to its logical conclusion. The sooner the disease runs its course, the sooner the healing can begin.

--Paul ferris