Saturday, November 29, 2003

Due to the glut of foreign reporting, you probably lost track of the Northern Irish elections.

Here's a quick article from the Irish Times and one from the New York Times.

The Good Friday peace accord, into which George Mitchell and that one guy (Bill Clinton) put so much effort, seems to be in peril. I'm sure the visionaries in office right now will engage in much the same way as the ol' pervert did.

With David Trimble out and the DUP and Sinn Fein squaring off, one can sort of see trouble ahead. ...but hopefully not.

Friday, November 28, 2003

Interesting pseudo-editorial from Haaretz. I suppose this would fall into the "walk a mile in a man's shoes" category.

60 years on from the holocaust, it isn't so easy for some to just forget. I would hope nobody would try.

Getting re-acquainted with an old friend

On Wednesday night, Jess and I sat down, made some Martinis, and listened to The Flaming Lips' 1997 tour de force "Zaireeka."

I hadn't listened to this album in a long time. The primary reason is this: it takes more than 1 person to help synchronize the cd players. That's right, it is the ultimate party album - 4 discs, 1 album.

Expanding on Wayne Coyne's "Parking Garage Experiment" and recorded previous and during incredible goings-on to and within the band, Zaireeka is like nothing you have ever heard or will likely ever here.

So if you want, come to Indy, bring a sound system of your choice, (or use what we have) and prepare to be impressed.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

If the woman that you are living in sin with's cat ever does $1300 worth of damage to your furniture, try this.

Works like you can't imagine. ...and I got a hell of an imagination on me.

How I spent my money from the Bush tax cut.

Health care.

c'est ironique n'est il pas?

Zo Retires

From the world of sports, word of Alonzo Mourning's retirement. With his health in serious jeopardy, Mourning retired from the NBA on Monday.

Minus tattoos, a bad attitude, and a "me first" persona, Mourning was one of the best players in the league these past 10 or 12 years. He could rebound, pass, and hit a 15 foot jumpshot.

Mourning needs a kidney, so if you're in Hong Kong, help a brother out will you?

Get well Zo!

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Historically, terrorists and spies have used libraries to plan and carry out activities that threaten our national security.

...but I don't need any evidence. Baaaaaaahhh, bahhhhhh (helpless sheep noise).

Trace this link back for lots of fun.

Monday, November 24, 2003

Nice link over to Kop F&B for more information on the notorious "Case Closed" article over at the weekly Standard.

Nice comments on leaking only to a conservative publication Kop. Go Republicans! Go Democrats!

Just remember, "Patriotism is the last bastion of the scoundrel."

Update: I found something on my own about this. As I posted over at The Wooden Shill, how is it possible that a supposed reputable "news source" like the weekly Standard, ran a bullshit article with a bullshit headline like this?

Nice and secret. That's how they like it.

Hockey? Outside? Take off hoser!

Whether (weather?) or not you're a hockey fan, surely you can appreciate an NHL game played in the freezing cold of Edmonton, Alberta! This is the first time an NHL game has been played outside.

The Heritage Classic featured legends like Wayne Gretzky, Guy LaFleur, and Mark Messier in an exhibition. It was followed by an actual NHL matchup as The Oilers and The Canadiens squarred off.

What's the problem Ober? It wasn't televised! Unbelievable! ESPN2 was actually carrying a re-run of The World Series of Poker. Good choice.

Insert Agent Smith voice> "Do you hear that Mr. Bettman? That is the sound of inevitability. That is the sound of a lock-out. The sound of the NHL losing fans - the sound of its death Mr. Bettman" Insert Agent Smith voice/>

At least a few hosers got to enjoy the game.

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Jlind Revamps Site. Shills for Bush.

Milford, OH - Shock waves were felt across the internet's 9 core DNS servers and 12 Core routers yesterday as Jlind.Blogspot.Com was "upgraded" to shill for the Bush administration.

The site, formerly known as "Lind's Common Sense Conservatism", was renamed, "The Wooden Nickel." Sources cannot confirm the significance of the name change. Lind's earlier promises to "sort out what's right" were discarded in favour of countering Koppelman Fair and Balanced a moderately popular left-wing site that supports hating America. Insiders also suspect that the blog, Public Opinions played a role in Lind's highly partisan and nonsensical move.

Dereck Smith, a webmaster at Ober's Doxology, commented, "We were checking the code the other night, updating the cache on our proxy servers, and boom, there it was. It was like this whole different site. We called the Captain, woke him up, and said, 'dude, you gotta get down here.'"

One of the most noticeable changes on Lind's site is the addition of a link that directs participants to volunteer for the Bush - Cheney re-election campaign. Also included are links to various Bush propagada such as, "Securing Americas Energy Future", "Providing Affordable Health Care for Some", and "Covering Up My 30's as my Youth."

Steven Radelet, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a former Bush Treasury Department official noted, "This is just bat-shit insane. Here I thought we were going to have a non-partisan, conservative site. Instead we get this guy shilling for 'Dubya.' Now that I'm out of this administration I can say, 'what the fuck, man'"

Polictical scientists world wide have dimissed Bush's claims as a conservative a "poppy cock." Brian Zimmer, a noted security professional and political scientist, states, "I think this administration is socially conservative certainly. But fiscally conservative they are not. With support for corporate interests, huge government hand-outs, pork barrel politics, and a fast-and-loose interpretation of the constitution, this is hardly the work of 'conservatives.'"

Late into Friday night, internet service providers where debating on whether or not to block "The Wooden Nickel." Jeff Secrest at Equant noted, "Well, it actually seemed like a good idea. You know we funnel a lot of shit across our networks but this is just a shill for the administration. It makes me sick."

Congress Gets Drunk on Ethanol
Corn + your tax dollars = a bad improvement

I'm a frequent reader of Reason magazine. This week's on-line addition includes a nice piece on Ethanol legislation being debating in the new energy bill. Personally, I'm starting to think that Ethanol is a bit of a Red Herring. I'm just not sure how effective it can be. But I do see that it is an effective way to pile more cash into the bill to get "heart land" support.

I heard Pete Domenici (probably my least favourite Senator) state (and I almost quote,) "This body will never address CAFE standards." How is this related? Well, increasing full efficiency would be a fantastic way to 1) Save money, 2) Reduce pollution, and 3) Relieve some dependence on foreign oil. Nah, make too much sense.

Now as a side-note, if you go to Pistil Pete's site, please pay attention to the use of the word "security" when referring to water legislation. Nice trick asshole. Kinda like when Bush called cattle subsidies a matter of national security.

Nah-uh, no he didn't.

In case you don't follow sports, the headline, "Kenyon Martin: Dickhead" won't mean much to you. Maybe reading this breakdown will help explain.

If you don't want to read, I'll try to explain. Alonzo Mourning is an NBA all-star. A few years ago he was diagnosed with a severe kidney ailment. Every time he plays, he risks his life. Kenyon Martin is also talented but has a bit of a motor on his mouf (mouth.) Last season, in the finals, Kenyon went something like 3 - 23 when it mattered most. Well, "Zo" thought he would challenge Martin to step up and be a leader and stop nursing his injuries. Martin, in a classy and respectful retort, suggested that Mourning should do the same. ...sounds about right.

Friday, November 21, 2003

Maher Arar detained, interrogated, shipped to Syria, tortured, and....then....back home to Canada. Sorry 'bout your luck.

Suppose 1/3 of this is true...which is what I usually do. One could argue, "You gotta break some eggs to make an omelet." But what happens when you break the eggs out of incompetence, need for political gain, or prejudice?

From the Toronto Star: "Neither Ashcroft nor his spokespersons have explained why they accepted such assurances from Syria, a country described by U.S. President George W. Bush earlier this month as one in which its citizens must live 'a legacy of torture, oppression, misery and ruin.'"

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Finally! The media is exposed for their one-sidedness.

Somebody is finally willing to stand up and say, j'accuse!

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Don't have much time to post (yesterday, today, or tomorrow.) Here's a nice letter to the media from Atrios. Liberal, Conservative, Rabbit, Gay, Baltimore Ravens fan, or all of the above - I think we can all agree on this.

Now, back to work.

Happy Birthday Brett! He was so low-key about the whole thing. How did we find out?

Fear the Penguin!

Take your closed-source, non-GPLed code and stick it where 'dat sun don't shine.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

If you've never been to Mozilla's site or if you haven't been in a while, you should check it out. The new changes took effect on the 13th.

If you like standards, open source, and are looking for a free alternative to Internet Explorer, I would recommend downloading Mozilla. Hey, I use it and I'm pretty cool.

Alas, if you're a conservative you don't have to necessarily agree with this administration. From irrational spending increases to protectionist trade policies, the Bush administration really confuses me. Does anybody care to explain the difference between a Republican and a Democrat?

Pat, I would like to buy a "Q," "W," and an "X."

Really interesting article from Al-Jazeera about Turkey's struggle with its alphabet. Most importantly, this article sheds some light on Turkey's struggle to get into the EU and address its "Kurdish Questions."

While I am allergic to turkey, discussing Turkey over any holiday is always a treat for me! I find Turkey to be one of the most fascinating places, governments, and cultures in the world. Wouldn't mind stopping by sometime.

Hopefully one will read this article from Al-Jazeera, supported by this release from Amnesty International, and compare it to Bush's speech detailing the virtues of democracy and freedom.

Given our supposed values and beliefs we wouldn't have a thing to do with this country right? Not so. We have military bases there now, provide financial assistance and support this regime. And Uzbekistan is about as bad as they come. Strangely, we don't seem to care. Isn't Uzbekistan a terrorist state? So isn't this one terrorist helping us fight another terrorist?

Also worth checking into is Lutz Kleveman's new book, The New Great Game. The book details the troubles that seem to follow oil and gas booms. Uzbekistan is mentioned in this book. If nothing else, swing my Barnes and Noble's joint and read the chapter.

Monday, November 17, 2003

Why yes, Sean Hannity is an dolt.

Thank you for axing.

Some interesting stuff from the weekly Standard.

This article, about the most recently "leaked" CIA memo, draws more correlation between Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.

I saw a bumper sticker on a colleague's desk that said, "If you can't change your mind, are you sure you have one." That's probably appropriate in this case but my mind isn't yet made.

...and while driving from Eastern Ohio / Western Pennsylvania this weekend, I happened upon this piece of shit.

Just to give you some idea of what we're dealing with, Jess and I now use the phrase, "What happened to my America" around the house now after listening. At one point Mr. Gallagher insinuated that it is easier to be a Muslim in America than a Christian. Poor Christians. Notice that he appears on ... come on, guess what news network...... Fox!

Damn, blogging takes time that I don't have!

Friday, November 14, 2003

He who blogs fastest, blogs best...

This is stolen from Brett and Koppelman who are a little slow to post.

To quote Brett:

"Point --> 3.5% of tax returns filed in the US account for 86.4% of the capital gains (not loses). The capital gains used to be taxed at the same percentage rate as ordinary income, but this has changed substantially so that now the top income tax rate is about 35% and the long term capital gains rate is 15%. That's a 20% difference! And it's all going to that 3.5% of the population!!!!!!! "

Here's the article.

Please be sure to visit Public Opinions for more good blogging!

Some cool computer stuff. ...but it is for NT/2000 systems. Sorry 71NuX lovers.
A nice tool from Razor @ bindview. Trace 0.3 helps investigators understand which system calls are made by a process.

Holy shit. I just found this referenced at the Christian Science Monitor. I jumped back over to Al-Jazeera and boom, there it is: Pictures of Americans tying up Iraqi women and children. Yikes, what a P.R. nightmare.

This makes an Al-Jazeera hat trick for the evening.

You may remember the Taliban (I hear they're getting back together?) had the fantastic idea of destroying the statues of The Buddha in Afghanistan. Well, now there is talk of piecing them back together. Our second pick from Al-Jazeera for today.

...but at least we're in good company. With executions and tough sentences for drug offenders, the U.S. and Vietnam have come a long way towards patching their differences.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

This had me laughing my ass off today as I drove back from the dirty South side of Indy to the posh North side.

Linguist (Is he a cunning linguist?) Geoff Nunberg discusses idiomatic expressions. What's really funny is when you try these out on people.

For example, I axed several people what "On the up-and-up" meant and got differing results - just as Mr. Nunberg talks about.

So take a listen and have a good laugh.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Link from Mr. Dunne...If that is his real name ... wink wink say no more - say no more.

Dunne gives us this link to Bush's speech in Africa. I personally think it is important to atone for one's sins. This is much further than Clinton went in making such atonement.

We aren't perfect. As long as we come to terms with our faults and failings I think we'll be fine.

So I guess I'm a "Blame America first" kinda guy huh?

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Link to William Safire's column in the NY Times. Safire sho did like Bush's speech. Mr. Safire does point out Bush accomplishing something that I think this President has previously failed to do: articulate a vision. While there are a few platitudes and some stretches, it is a pretty decent speech. But with our press covering Kobe, the Peterson trial, et al nobody saw the whole thing. I'm going to attempt to find the transcripts from the Presidents trip to Africa - he gave a pretty good speech there as well. If anybody has a link please drop dat shit on me.

Here's a pretty interesting link showing people exercising their liberties (as seen in Bush's speech and in the Constitution.) Another variant is captured here!


Time to Salute the Veterans in Our Lives

I wanted to take some time today to respect and appreciate our veterans. Now, I can't toss said thanks, appreciation, and respect to all of our vets, but I can do so to the one's that I know or have known.

So here's how I see it: Not one veteran on this list made any sort of policy. So by saluting a veteran of one conflict or another we are just saying, "damn brother, you rock" that's all. This isn't about debating who should have done what and when.

Also, some wars/conflicts are more "popular" than others. Nuts, I say. Popularity at home and foolishness by politicians has nothing to do with the extraordinary sacrifices our friends and family made.

Our friends and family were away from home for years at a time, shot at, imprisoned, tortured, and in some cases, disrespected by our citizens and government. Well, today we salute you and say: We're proud of you, we have nothing but respect for you, and thank you.

So here's my list of veterans in my life:
Mr. Edward V. Fox - Grandfather - Served in the Pacific in WWII
Mr. Basil McCarty - Great Grandfather - Served in Europe in WWI
Mr. Tom Tearman - Cousin - Served in Vietnam
Mr. John Tearman - Cousin - Served in Vietnam (3 tours)
Mr. Maurice McCarty - Uncle - Served in European WWII
Mr. George Ross - Godfather - Served in Vietnam
Mr. Timothy Guy - Former co-worker - Served in Vietnam
Mr. Don Moore - Former co-worker - Served in Vietnam

Some dope-ass shit

Bush ties Iraq to September 11th - AGAIN!

Under the "Where's the outrage" files: I just watched CSPAN's coverage of the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetary. To conclude his speech, our president again linked Iraq to September 11th. The speech concluded with a letter from a soldier (although they didn't mention his name ;-) ) stating that he, the soldier, was fighting to protect the nation from enemies foreign and domestic. Now that part is, of course, true. Then Bush stated that the soldier was fighting to ensure that the events of September 11th will never be repeated.

If you read his quotes by themselves, they are innocuous. However, taken in context with his remarks, just sentences earlier, about our soldiers in Iraq that our "Veterans in the making," one can only come to the conclusion that this is the typical message we have been getting.

While never directly linking the two events (Iraq and Sept 11th) the administration continues to imply, imply, imply.

...and then implied at the whitehouse press conference:

"Remember what September 11th taught us, that there are new and dangerous threats that we face, and that we cannot wait for those threats to gather and come to our shores. We must address those threats. We must confront those threats. That's exactly what we did, and the world is better for it, and the world is safer for it, and America, most importantly, is more secure for it. "

There is that word "Threat" again plus the linking of September 11th to Iraq.

Also, head over to Tom's site for a fantastically and typically open debate about veterans trying to receive compensation from the Iraqi government for torture they received at the hands of the Hussein regime.

Saint Joseph's College (not the one in Philly) apparently unaware of September 11th terrorist attacks.

Rensselaer, IN - In a shocking discovery late Monday, investigators learned that the faculty and staff of Saint Joseph's College were unaware of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The attacks, for those who don't remember, produced unprecedented death and destruction and were noted for their location: On American Soil.

Professor Donald P. L. Wilkins, an anthropology professor at Johns Hopkins University, noted, "Usually we see this sort of behaviour out of indigenous tribal communities separated or 'unplugged' from the fabric of our information-based society. To see this from an 'academic' institution is beyond the pale of reason and sense.

At issue is the World Trade Center, prominently displayed in the background of the institutions web site. The picture, featuring noted screenwriter, cinematographer, and Hollywood insider Fred Berger, represents the Trade Center towers as intact and structurally sound. Said Wilkins, "Well, it is almost like they are in denial. However, I noticed this picture looks rather old so I'm inclined to believe this is just the work of a sloppy operation."

Users accessing the colleges website are presented with a picture depicting Berger preparing for another action-packed edition of WPUM-TV's "Puma News," a hard-hitting news program serving the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland markets. In the background is the hotly debated picture of lower Manhattan.

Prof. Ronald F. Sullivan, of the UCLA film school, attempted to address this issue. "I'm just not sure Fred [Berger] had time to take care of everything. Between producing sports broadcasts of high school sports in North West Indiana to writing the screenplays for the movies we all love, Fred just can't do everything at that school."

Visitors to the Saint Joseph's College website that are not presented with the picture are advised to hit the "F5" key on their keyboards in order to refresh the picture on the main page. The picture in question is displayed below:

Monday, November 10, 2003

Finally, an objective study on U.S. foreign policy and the Office of the Presidency. While, conducted some time ago, I believe the results are still valid.

Praise for OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

Good news for Democracy - Bad news for Ober's theories on Democracy. Note: Registration required for NY Times - but shouldn't you have that already?

Guatemalan election turn-outs around 80%! Rios Mont places 3rd! Of course this is the genocidal dictator that Ronald Reagan stated was getting "a bad rap" from "liberals."

While the front-runner, Mr. Ãlvaro Colom is a weathly land owner me thinks he's probably the lesser of 2, .... or possibly 3, evils.

There's been a lot of talk about The Pew Research Centers' polls recently. Of note is the recent survey, mentioned by Madeline Albright in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs. While Secretary Albright's essay leaves the reader feeling like the "victim" of a passive-aggressive "assault," there are a couple of moderately interesting quotes like: "...and I understand that democracy cannot be imposed from the outside, I regret not having done more to push for liberalization within the Arab world. We did nudge at times....But we did not make it a priority." and: "Democracy will not end terrorism in the Arab world but neither will it nourish it, as despotism does."

Apparently Madam Secretary believes that there is some sort of crazy cosmic correlation between despotism and terrorism. But I was told that, "They hate us because we love freedom." Well shit, now I'm just corn-fused.

Also of interest is Fareed Zakaria's most recent book, "The Future of Democracy." One of the points of interest is the comment that if democracy took hold in the Middle East it would frighten the hell out of the west. Reference back to Secretary Albright's comment about Democracy not ending terrorism.

I'm not even go to attempt to tie this all together. While I am retired, I still have other stuff to do.

John Edwards' battle too seem a little less ridiculous. Here are the Transcripts of little John's interview with the establishment's favourite shill, Tim Russert. This interview is from Meet the Press today. Read further into the interview and try to understand Edwards' fine line between states rights vs. Federal authority.

SEN. EDWARDS: I think that the issue of civil unions is one that should be decided by individual states. I think that’s the natural way that that decision would be made. Having said that, I think it’s also very important for the president of the United States to make clear that everybody who lives in this country is entitled to equality, including gays and lesbians and those involved in committed gay and lesbian relationships, which means we should have partnership benefits. It means we should end discrimination in the workplace, which we still have not done. We should do something about—I think that just made reference to it—something about our adoption law, something about our immigration laws. I think the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the military is something that clearly needs to be revisited with our military leaders. Now, I think it’s important for us to make clear to people in this country that we welcome all of them.
MR. RUSSERT: If a gay couple goes to Canada and is married legally and returns to the United States, should that marriage be honored here?
SEN. EDWARDS: Again, I think this is a decision that has to be made on a state—individual states have to make that decision and...
MR. RUSSERT: If you were governor of a state, would you be supportive of that?
SEN. EDWARDS: No, I would not.
MR. RUSSERT: You would not. Why?
SEN. EDWARDS: I would not. Because, well, first of all, you probably know this, I just went through my discussion of what rights I think need to be given to gays and lesbians, those in committed gay and lesbian relationships, but I don’t support gay marriage.
MR. RUSSERT: Should states also have the right to set laws on abortion or gun control? If you’re going to say for civil unions, why not abortion, why not gun control, allow states to make that decision?
SEN. EDWARDS: Because I think this is a different kind of issue. I think this is an issue that individual parts of the country have different perspectives on. And I think the logical thing to do is to allow the states to do it, which I believe, by the way, is also Governor Dean’s position.
MR. RUSSERT: But don’t individual states have different views on abortion and gun control?
SEN. EDWARDS: Yeah, but there are some issues—and gun control as an example —we have guns traveling across state lines. They contribute to crime or don’t contribute to crime depending on your perspective, and I think these are issues that ought to be dealt with at the national level.

So a civil union is not a marriage. I thought homosexuals wanted civil union status first and foremost for property and insurance purposes.

Way to be decisive. Here's a leader for the 21st century!

Every post-Clintonian election will now apparently feature Democrats running on a platform of abolishing charizma (stolen from Bill Maher.) Senators Lieberman and Edwards are doing just fine thank you!

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Must go cut the grass and go see Matrix Revolutions and purchase the new Outkast record in stores for a while now!

Before I do, check out this fine new article over at Spinsanity. Basically says we've been lied too - if you can imagine that. But as I always say, "Where's the outrage?".

It is not that I only read the Christian Science Monitor. It is just that I find it more....well, shall we say, Balanced?

Take this as an example of what we knew already: The Bush administration's position on environmental matters is a little shaky.

George Will's column!
Democrats in trouble? Howard Dean correct? You'll have to read.

Pacers Win! Pacers Win! Ok, well, it is probably a little to early to get exited. However, we're all just happy to have Larry Legend and Rich Carlisle back in town.
On another note, I just can't help but think that I'm the only person that would rather just hire DJ John Kelly to spin during the game. Seriously folks, pro hoops has turned into one sound snippet after another. Gone are the days of the organ or the crowd chanting "De-Fense." With 25 seconds left in the game and the Pacers staring down defeat, I sadly found that I wasn't in the game. Perhaps it was the fact that I didn't have to participate - Conseco Fieldhouse was loud enough (noisy perhaps, but not loud) without me. Pro sports in the U.S. has now become rather ironic. The real (the live event) imitates the replication (the televised event.)
I guess the other problem is this: When a family of 4 expects to spend $200 (at a minimum) for a 3 hour "event," the expectations become rather high. Feeling the burden, pro sports franchises and stadium can't help but feel the pinch of making each experience special or unique. ....But in the end, isn't it really about Basketball? We Hoosiers should know.

Friday, November 07, 2003

Can we get this lock-out under way yet? It's unbearable! Ahhh! Make the bad man stop!

"They used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff." Wonder who "they" is?

...and you mean to tell me NBC is taking liberties with the production of "Saving Jessica Lynch?" That doesn't sound right to me. Why would the liberal press do such a thing?

Check out the link and subsequent interview with Diane Sawyer: "I don't think it happened quite like that," says Lynch at one point in the interview.

Economist Robert L. Heilbroner notes: "...The three main questions - the drift toward corporate bigness, the danger of overplanning, and the uncertainty of growth - seemed to penetrate to the heart of the matter. For these tendencies appeared as trends of capitalist development and as such seemed to pose a series of deep-rooted, indigenous problems for the future."

Think John Maynard Keynes, equality, and fairness as you read. Enjoy!

Thanks to Brett for this one. Perhaps Ashcroft has gone mad?

First Post! How exciting!
Lind is Nutz

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