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Just answer me these questions

I’ll own up to my bad mood, and I apologize to you directly. You took my comments personally, and they made you feel badly about yourself. I apologize for inducing that. The housing market it driving me nuts because the cost of living is extremely high. Condos and Townhouses are typically on the market for 7 days (that’s it, so you’d better keep up with the current listings) before they’re sold. There’s so many people vying for these properties that a listing at $470k easily goes to $500k once the bidding wars end.. (3+2 townhouses, san jose, ca) Maybe my angst transfered it’s aim to you, and you don’t deserve that. I’m sorry, Peter.

Maybe you can understand how it feels to be a target of the fanatical right wing rovian tactics to some degree. I’ve been unfairly cornered by republicans who preconceived me as a “lefty pinko pussy”(whatever that is) and such. You’re right, I preconceived you as a member of that same group. I apologize for accusing you of being a deciptiCon and a member of the hive mentality.

Profanity, well, sorry, that’s just my fucking style. I’m sorry if it offends you, too. I do it for emphasis, not to be profane. Hey, it’s my website, I’m allowed.

So… I’ve been sitting on this post for about… oh, a month and a half? whenever you started posting comments regularly. My links may not all be still live. I’ll check after I post to make sure.

By and large, the problem with debating “Bush vs. Kerry” is that we’ve already seen what Bush can do. 4 more years with Bush ain’t gonna change how things are going right now. “let’s get back to Business” as you say. He’s definitely changed a lot of stuff, but I just don’t understand how it’s better than before he got here.

Can you tell me what good Bush has done for education, public services, veterans, and retirees since he’s been in office? Contrast what he said he’d do from his year 2000 election site to what he’s actually done.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27211-2004Jul30.html

Show me how he’s kept special interests and personal business partners out of his administration’s favor.
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/06/01/cheney.halliburton/
http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2004/08/19/perry/
http://www.refuseandresist.org/war/art.php?aid=660
http://www.detnews.com/2000/politics/0004/16/04080062.htm

Well, ok Ken Lay and halliburton are starting to feel some heat, sort of. Well, not really. Business as usual.

Show me how he’s boosted the economy with tax refunds while maintaining full funding for federal programs. Show me why I should believe that he’s competent. Why I should have any belief that he’s going to be a good financial steward for our country without the burden of reelection concerns?
http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/08/19ky/A7-default0819-2428.html
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/business/9288490.htm

Tell me why I shouldn’t be suspicious of Dick Cheney’s secret meetings. Was this ever make public? I don’t recall.
http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/01/27/enron/

Show me how we’re less dependent on foreign oil? And show me how vehicles make more sense? How we’re taking care of the environment with our domestic vehicle offerings? What is the federal government doing about that “Hydrogen economy”? oil-free cars! Sounds cool… where can I buy one?
http://www.iht.com/articles/535589.html

Show me how teachers are living better with higher pay _and_ affordable health care since the bush administration has been in office.
http://www.aft.org/salary/index.htm

Show me how no child gets left behind. Show me how schools have the money and tools they need and that student engagement has never been better with Bush in office.
http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml?src=pb
http://www.nea.org/esea/

Show me how medical care is affordable for all Americans. This page doesn’t make sense to me.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/03/20040316-1.html

Show me how veterans are taken care of by the federal government in thanks to their incredible sacrifice of service.
http://www.kintera.org/AccountTempFiles/cf/%7BE9245FE4-9A2B-43C7-A521-5D6FF2E06E03%7D/bushtroops.htm
Is this a fanatical news source? It’s so hard to tell. If so, just point me to where I can learn about how veterans benefits are better now than before Bush got here. I mean, we’re at war a lot now, and these aren’t just people who served and never saw combat, these are real, live war vets now. They deserve to be taken care of in exchange for their service!

Tell me, how is that search for “W M D” going? That’s why we spent $129 Billion, right? To buy the stability of Iraq, right? How was Iraq going to be a threat to us? I never understood that, but.. No weapons, no capacity, weapons inspectors said there’s nothing there… now we have to pay for it. And now by the white house’s own admission, the violence is getting worse and terrorists are pouring in becuase of the destabilization we affected.
http://www.costofwar.com/

Then there’s the rest of the issues, like the US withdrawing from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and the Kyoto treaty. Crap, even Russia on on the boat with that one now. Those withdrawals show a blatant disrespect for our neighbors, allies, er.. former allies, and economic partners. Destabilization, or even the threat of destabilization serves only the purpose of inducing fear. Inducement of fear does not encourage people to be business partners. This country, without business partners, will lose it’s position as the leader for all industries.

These issues… They’ve been debated and debated. Political discussion is largely a waste of time for people who already have a political stance. The number of people who actually stop their yammering and open up to the possibility they’re wrong is so incredibly small. I’m not going to do it, and I don’t expect you to either. I don’t take _any_ pleasure in political “debate” when in fact, it’s almost always “argument”. With the exception of my morning tirade, we defy this general rule so far.

It’s all so insane. I half want california to secede (yeah yeah.. it’s illegal), and then I won’t have to bother with this pile of crap. President Ahnold, free from this pesky requirement, might actually do a good job as ceo of “The Sovereign Nation of California” — yeah, that would be awesome. Everyone hates california anyway. We’ll just go hang with Hawaii. Alaska can come too.

http://www.endofworld.net/

On Aug 24, 2004, at 4:47 PM, Peter Bowen wrote:

Steve – It looks like you’re a liberal wiener and I’m a right wing nut job (jibjab.com). Anyway, I’ve been thinking for a while that it might be interesting to get you and I writing point counter-point on some interesting political topics. We can start w/ the election and go from there. What do you think?

-Peter

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maybe she’s right

Tuesday, 21 September 2004
Socked Between the Eyes with an Ice-Cold Futurist Scenario
Mood: don’t ask
Now Playing: I hate waking up in the morning and confronting something like this
Scenarios, anyone?

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The Poisoned Chalice

As the opinion polls move steadily in favour of President George W. Bush and the likelihood of a John Kerry presidency recedes, Democrats in the United States can take solace in two facts. If their man is not in the White House for the next four years, then they will not end up carrying the blame for the almost inevitable US defeat in Iraq — and they will not have to preside over the biggest financial crisis to hit the United States since the Great Depression.

“The US dollar is going the way that [the British pound] went as it lost its place as the world’s reserve currency,” said Jim Rogers, the Wall Street wizard who in 1973 co-founded the Quantum Fund, one of the first and most successful hedge funds, in a recent interview. “I suspect there will be exchange controls in the US in the foreseeable future….Whoever is elected president is going to have serious problems in 2005-06. We Americans are going to suffer.” Why?

If Mr Kerry won, this would be the third time in a row that an
incoming Democratic president inherited a gigantic budget deficit from his Republican predecessor. Jimmy Carter took over a budget deficit of almost four percent of Gross Domestic Product in 1976 and halved it in four years. Bill Clinton was handed a budget deficit amounting to six percent of GDP in 1992 and turned it into a 1.5 percent surplus in eight years. Mr Kerry would inherit a five percent deficit from Mr Bush, about par for the course — but for the first time he would also be burdened with a huge current
account (trade) deficit.

When Jimmy Carter was president, US trade with the rest of the
world was more or less in balance, which made it relatively easy for him to address the budget deficit. America’s trade balance went deep into the red during the Reagan years, but by the time Bill Clinton came into office it had recovered dramatically and so he, too, could fix the budget deficit without having to worry about a big trade deficit. But in the last Clinton years the current account plunged into deep deficit, and it’s now even worse.

It’s the combination of the two deficits that is potentially
lethal. The United States got away with running a big trade deficit for most of the past twenty years because foreigners, mostly in Asia and Europe, kept on investing in the US, and that huge inflow of foreign capital largely covered the deficit. They invested in the US not because it was the world’s fastest-growing economy (it wasn’t), but mainly because the US dollar was seen as the safest currency, the world’s “reserve currency” in which other countries settle their debts even with each other.

That was then; this is now. The inflow of foreign capital is
dwindling, the current account deficit is up to half a trillion dollars a
year — and the budget deficit, thanks to the Bush tax cuts and the Iraq war, is also up to half a trillion dollars a year. Neither Mr Bush nor Mr Kerry even discusses the issue, and the value of the US dollar has been drifting steadily down for a year and a half now.

Foreigners have seen the value of their US investments effectively cut by 20 percent because of that fall in the dollar, and they are getting nervous. Foreigner investors hold about $8 trillion in US securities, and everybody realises that a concerted move to bail out of them would trigger a collapse of the dollar and the destruction of their investments. On the other hand, everybody also knows that the first investors to get out will save most of their money, and the laggards will lose most of theirs. It is
a highly unstable situation.

A far-sighted Democratic strategist might therefore conclude that this is the wrong year to win the presidency. Democrats don’t want the blame for an impending economic crisis that is mostly due to the Bush tax cuts — and since their chosen candidate has no strategy for pulling out of Iraq, why not let the Republicans collect the blame for that debacle, too?

There is going to be a smash; it’s too late to avoid it; let the
other lot stay in the driver’s seat for now. We’ll win next time, and stay in power for a generation. But there is no sign that anybody in the Democratic Party is making such a calculation: they are genuinely committed to fighting Bush.

At the least, that will lend authenticity to their defeat, and win
them credit for next time. And if John Kerry should win, thanks to some wild card we have not yet seen, it may be rough on the Democratic party but it wouldn’t necessarily be bad for the United States or the world.

Though Mr Kerry now vows to “stay the course” in Iraq, he is
likelier than the crew around Mr Bush to accept reality and pull American troops out before too much damage is done. And if economic disaster strikes the United States in the next four years, as it well may, he is less likely than Mr Bush to devote all his energy to shifting the blame for it onto foreigners.
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badass pop locking

Here’s a microsoft-free quicktime version of liquid boy at kollaboration… and he’s truly badass.

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Steve gets a little personal

Then don?t watch CBS, jeez. You know, the TV doesn?t force you to watch CBS alone. I specifically skip right over Fox news because of the common knowledge that they?re a tool of the extremist right wing deceptiCon party. Why should I patronize their advertisers when I know their mission is to deceive me (and guess who else, you too)? Big media, Peter, don?t give them your money.. go watch CSPAN, and run for office. I?m totally comfortable with you calling for an outright boycott of CBS and FOX news if you?re really interested in truth in media. Why aren?t you critical of anything FOX says? I get the feeling you?re actually only interested in the truth only if it parlays into a defense of your precious republican robber barons. That?s the same partisan bullshit that your party is using to divide and conquer the union. My party isn?t good enough at following marching orders to organize such vicious tactics as effectively as yours does. My party probably has too many people thinking original thoughts and having pangs of conscience to effectively combat your Karl Rove political hive mentality rules of engagement. We need to be more like your party, Peter. To combat your party, anyway, we need to play by your rules – we have to get inside the angry white man?s head and fight dirty like one. The dems have a lot to learn from your party, Peter. I?m taking notes.

Wow – I’m a little tired of the election as well. Let’s just re-elect the president and get back to business.

Steve, I’m personally surprised at the tone of your post. You’ve reverted to profanity and basically told that if I don’t like what is happening that I should go somewhere else. Well, if somebody tells a lie, and nobody calls them on it, is it truth? If you don’t like what Fox says then find the flaw and post about it.

I?m interested in getting the whole story – the only way that you get the whole story is to listen to BOTH sides. If that means that I have to watch CBS, then… I WILL. The irony is that I don?t watch much FOX news. I watch Good Morning America, read the local paper, listen to the Wall Street Journal on XM, generally catch snippets of conservative talk on XM (between meetings), check out Drudge, check out Snopes, scan the Netscape portal, read this blog, and watch the evening news. If I?m lucky, I watch CSPAN while I?m working in the garage. This gives me a pretty good cross section of what?s going on.

As far Karl Rove goes, I?m still trying to figure him out. You brought up an interesting point in a prior post, so I?m watching to see if he?s behind any of the issues that we?re talking about. To categorize me as a member of a ?hive? is unfair AND incorrect.

Before you discount me as a deceptiCon (I?m actually more of an AutoBot) maybe you should set your preconceptions aside ad see if there’s any truth to what I say. I realize that politicians are NOT to be trusted, I also look at the big picture to know what they can and cannot do… Here are some examples of what I’m talking about:

As part of a strategy to sharpen his differences with Bush, Kerry told voters here that the president refuses to come clean about the growing problems in Iraq and a hidden strategy for a post-election deployment. “He won’t tell us what congressional leaders are now saying: that this administration is planning yet another substantial call-up of reservists and Guard units immediately after the election,” Kerry said. Bush is trying to “hide it from people through the election, then make the move,” he said.

Washington Post, Sept. 17

This just didn?t sound kosher, but I didn’t discount it as just ‘liberal propaganda’ – I waited to make a decision and I listened. A couple of nights later, on CSPAN there was a discussion about this very topic. The report from the defense department was that November coincides with the normal rotation of overseas personnel. Additionally, the personnel had been notified. There was no news story here. They do this every six months. So why did he say it? He said it because sound bites sell, and people don?t want to do the research.

“There will be no draft when John Kerry is president,” Edwards said, a statement that drew a standing ovation.

USA-Today Sept. 15

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, citing the war in Iraq and other trouble spots in the world, raised the possibility Wednesday that a military draft could be reinstated if voters re-elect President Bush.

Kerry said he would not bring back the draft and questioned how fairly it was administered in the past.

Answering a question about the draft that had been posed at a forum with voters, Kerry said: “If George Bush were to be re-elected, given the way he has gone about this war and given his avoidance of responsibility in North Korea and Iran and other places, is it possible? I can’t tell you.”

USA-Today Sept 22

See prior post. It’s the fine congressman from New York (D) that is pushing the draft. The President can either sign or veto a draft bill, the legislature first has to enact one. John Kerry is in a better position to kill this as The Junior Senator from Massachusetts. So why hasn?t he killed it? Because it is going to die anyway, and nobody wants to piss off New York. This is such a non-issue, that the republicans AREN’T EVEN TALKING ABOUT IT. What’s next? “If elected I won’t force young girls into prostitution. Will my opponent do that? From what I’ve seen, I can’t tell you.”

Here’s what I’m saying – be informed – listen to the other side and call BS when you see it. Do a little research because if you call BS and you’re wrong, you have to take the whole pile of cards. Most of all – think for yourself. Oh yeah – and don’t get personal. I’m not brainwashed, stupid, blind, deaf, and most especially not dumb.

Steve – we grew up in the same city a few blocks from each other, and we chose different paths and see things in different ways. We’re both entitled to our opinions, and the automatic nay saying of anything I say does not constitute an argument.

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Iraq from inside

Mark Frauenfelder – 9/30/2004

Farnaz Fassihi, a Wall Street Journal correspondent in Iraq, confirmed that a widely-redistributed letter she emailed to friends about the nightmarish situation in Iraq was indeed written by her. Too bad the WSJ doesn’t allow this reporter to write these kinds of stories for the paper.

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Being a foreign correspondent in Baghdad these days is like being under virtual house arrest. Forget about the reasons that lured me to this job: a chance to see the world, explore the exotic, meet new people in far away lands, discover their ways and tell stories that could make a difference.

Little by little, day-by-day, being based in Iraq has defied all those reasons. I am house bound. I leave when I have a very good reason to and a scheduled interview. I avoid going to people’s homes and never walk in the streets. I can’t go grocery shopping any more, can’t eat in restaurants, can’t strike a conversation with strangers, can’t look for stories, can’t drive in any thing but a full armored car, can’t go to scenes of breaking news stories, can’t be stuck in traffic, can’t speak English outside, can’t take a road trip, can’t say I’m an American, can’t linger at checkpoints, can’t be curious about what people are saying, doing, feeling. And can’t and can’t.

There has been one too many close calls, including a car bomb so near our house that it blew out all the windows. So now my most pressing concern every day is not to write a kick-ass story but to stay alive and make sure our Iraqi employees stay alive. In Baghdad I am a security personnel first, a reporter second.

It’s hard to pinpoint when the turning point exactly began. Was it April when the Fallujah fell out of the grasp of the Americans? Was it when Moqtada and Jish Mahdi declared war on the U.S. military? Was it when Sadr City, home to ten percent of Iraq’s population, became a nightly battlefield for the Americans? Or was it when the insurgency began spreading from isolated pockets in the Sunni triangle to include most of Iraq? Despite President Bush’s rosy assessments, Iraq remains a disaster. If under Saddam it was a potential threat, under the Americans it has been transformed to imminent and active threat, a foreign policy failure bound to haunt the United States for decades to come.

Iraqis like to call this mess the situation. ?When asked how are things? they reply: the situation is very bad.

What they mean by situation is this: the Iraqi government doesn’t control most Iraqi cities, there are several car bombs going off each day around the country killing and injuring scores of innocent people, the country’s roads are becoming impassable and littered by hundreds of landmines and explosive devices aimed to kill American soldiers, there are assassinations, kidnappings and beheadings. The situation, basically, means a raging barbaric guerilla war.

In four days, 110 people died and over 300 got injured in Baghdad alone. The numbers are so shocking that the ministry of health, which was attempting an exercise of public transparency by releasing the numbers– has now stopped disclosing them.

Insurgents now attack Americans 87 times a day.

A friend drove thru the Shiite slum of Sadr City yesterday. He said young men were openly placing improvised explosive devices into the ground. They melt a shallow hole into the asphalt, dig the explosive, cover it with dirt and put an old tire or plastic can over it to signal to the locals this is booby-trapped. He said on the main roads of Sadr City, there were a dozen landmines per every ten yards. His car snaked and swirled to avoid driving over them. Behind the walls sits an angry Iraqi ready to detonate them as soon as an American convoy gets near. This is in Shiite land, the population that was supposed to love America for liberating Iraq.

For journalists the significant turning point came with the wave of abduction and kidnappings. Only two weeks ago we felt safe around Baghdad because foreigners were being abducted on the roads and highways between towns. Then came a frantic phone call from a journalist female friend at 11 p.m. telling me two Italian women had been abducted from their homes in broad daylight. Then the two Americans, who got beheaded this week and the Brit, were abducted from their homes in a residential neighborhood. They were supplying the entire block with round the clock electricity from their generator to win friends. The abductors grabbed one of them at 6 a.m. when he came out to switch on the generator; his beheaded body was thrown back near the neighborhoods. The insurgency, we are told, is rampant with no signs of calming down. If any thing, it is growing stronger, organized and more sophisticated every day. The various elements within it — baathists, criminals, nationalists and Al Qaeda — are cooperating and coordinating.

I went to an emergency meeting for foreign correspondents with the military and embassy to discuss the kidnappings. We were somberly told our fate would largely depend on where we were in the kidnapping chain once it was determined we were missing. ?Here is how it goes: criminal gangs grab you and sell you up to Baathists in Fallujah, who will in turn sell you to Al Qaeda. In turn, cash and weapons flow the other way from Al Qaeda to the Baathisst to the criminals. My friend Georges, the French journalist snatched on the road to Najaf, has been missing for a month with no word on release or whether he is still alive.

America’s last hope for a quick exit? The Iraqi police and National Guard units we are spending billions of dollars to train. The cops are being murdered by the dozens every day?over 700 to date — and the insurgents are infiltrating their ranks. The problem is so serious that the U.S. military has allocated $6 million dollars to buy out 30,000 cops they just trained to get rid of them quietly.

As for reconstruction: firstly it’s so unsafe for foreigners to operate that almost all projects have come to a halt. After two years, of the $18 billion Congress appropriated for Iraq reconstruction only about $1 billion or so has been spent and a chuck has now been reallocated for improving security, a sign of just how bad things are going here.

Oil dreams? Insurgents disrupt oil flow routinely as a result of sabotage and oil prices have hit record high of $49 a barrel.

Who did this war exactly benefit? Was it worth it? Are we safer because Saddam is holed up and Al Qaeda is running around in Iraq?

Iraqis say that thanks to America they got freedom in exchange for insecurity. Guess what? They say they’d take security over freedom any day, even if it means having a dictator ruler.

I heard an educated Iraqi say today that if Saddam Hussein were allowed to run for elections he would get the majority of the vote. This is truly sad.

Then I went to see an Iraqi scholar this week to talk to him about elections here. He has been trying to educate the public on the importance of voting. He said, “President Bush wanted to turn Iraq into a democracy that would be an example for the Middle East. Forget about democracy, forget about being a model for the region, we have to salvage Iraq before all is lost.”

One could argue that Iraq is already lost beyond salvation. For those of us on the ground it’s hard to imagine what if any thing could salvage it from its violent downward spiral.

The genie of terrorism, chaos and mayhem has been unleashed onto this country as a result of American mistakes and it can’t be put back into a bottle.

The Iraqi government is talking about having elections in three months while half of the country remains a no go zone — out of the hands of the government and the Americans and out of reach of journalists. In the other half, the disenchanted population is too terrified to show up at polling stations. The Sunnis have already said they’d boycott elections, leaving the stage open for polarized government of Kurds and Shiites that will not be deemed as legitimate and will most certainly lead to civil war.

I asked a 28-year-old engineer if he and his family would participate in the Iraqi elections since it was the first time Iraqis could to some degree elect a leadership. His response summed it all: “Go and vote and risk being blown into pieces or followed by the insurgents and murdered for cooperating with the Americans? For what? To practice democracy? ?Are you joking?”

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see what I mean?

Bush Team Prepares Net Assault
The Bush campaign is setting up an extensive war room to monitor Thursday’s debate with John Kerry. The plan? Pounce on Kerry misstatements or exaggerations and send responses to thousands of partisan websites through a live feed. By Louise Witt. [Wired News]

Realtime disinformation to thousands of partisan websites! If you get enough people to repeat the same statement, it must be true! See, that’s a good idea for the dems to use from the deceptiCons. We’re just not as good at the hive mentality thing!

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let it end soon

I can not wait for this fucking election to be over. I am so sick and tired of talking about politics.

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Boycott CBS and FOX

I saw this segment and it worries me. It worries me because just about a week after the Dan Rather thing, they?re (CBS) at it again. The facts don?t back up the innuendo that George W. Bush is going to institute a draft, or that John Kerry won?t.

The truth is that there are a couple of bills working their way through the legislature. Both bills would require the president to enforce a draft (regardless of party affiliation.) Both are going to die (if they?re not already dead after almost two years,) and both are very unpopular. One is so unpopular that it has no co-sponsors, and that?s the legislative equivalent of ?Do I hear a second? No second? Come one won?t anyone second? PLEASE somebody second??

Then don’t watch CBS, jeez. You know, the TV doesn’t force you to watch CBS alone. I specifically skip right over Fox news because of the common knowledge that they’re a tool of the extremist right wing deceptiCon party. Why should I patronize their advertisers when I know their mission is to deceive me (and guess who else, you too)? Big media, Peter, don’t give them your money.. go watch CSPAN, and run for office. I’m totally comfortable with you calling for an outright boycott of CBS and FOX news if you’re really interested in truth in media. Why aren’t you critical of anything FOX says? I get the feeling you’re actually only interested in the truth only if it parlays into a defense of your precious republican robber barons. That’s the same partisan bullshit that your party is using to divide and conquer the union. My party isn’t good enough at following marching orders to organize such vicious tactics as effectively as yours does. My party probably has too many people thinking original thoughts and having pangs of conscience to effectively combat your Karl Rove political hive mentality rules of engagement. We need to be more like your party, Peter. To combat your party, anyway, we need to play by your rules — we have to get inside the angry white man’s head and fight dirty like one. The dems have a lot to learn from your party, Peter. I’m taking notes.

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They’re at it again – Here comes the draft!

I saw this segment and it worries me. It worries me because just about a week after the Dan Rather thing, they?re (CBS) at it again. The facts don’t back up the innuendo that George W. Bush is going to institute a draft, or that John Kerry won’t.

The truth is that there are a couple of bills working their way through the legislature. Both bills would require the president to enforce a draft (regardless of party affiliation.) Both are going to die (if they’re not already dead after almost two years,) and both are very unpopular. One is so unpopular that it has no co-sponsors, and that’s the legislative equivalent of “Do I hear a second? No second? Come one won’t anyone second? PLEASE somebody second?”

Summaries Follow:
HR 163

To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.

S 89

A bill to provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.

Okay so who is it that is pushing this – who are the “lapdogs” of the White House according to the rumor and innuendo… well it looks to be these fine legislators:

S 89
Sponsor:
Sen Hollings, Ernest F. (D – SC)
Co-Sponsors:
None

HR 163
Sponsor:
Rep Rangel, Charles B. (D- NY)
Co-Sponsors:
Rep Abercrombie, Neil (D – HI)
Rep Brown, Corrine (D – FL)
Rep Christensen, Donna M. (D ? VI)
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy ( D – MO)
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. (D ? MI)
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. (D ? MD)
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. (D ? FL)
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. (D ? IL)
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila (D ? TX)
Rep Lewis, John (D ? GA)
Rep McDermott, Jim (D ? WA)
Rep Moran, James P. (D ? VA)
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete (D ? CA)
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. (D ? NY)

It looks like CBS has forgotten to do the research AGAIN! Or maybe they just left that part out?

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Logic Pro 7 UPDATE…

IT INCLUDES WAVEBURNER… the estranged os9 app that was an excellent choice for authoring redbook audio cds is back!!! Included as a seperate app in Logic Pro 7… it keeps getting better and better!

check out this thread on macnn for the discussion…

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My thoughts on Winter…

Been prepping for the cold-weather transition. Kinda like the uphill part of a rollercoaster but way so not as dramatic. Like… you’re kinda excited about the downhill part, but also dreading it… cuz it’s fun, but you might die. Well, cold-weather isn’t really conducive to death, but a lot of times, it sure ain’t fun. 😉 In the end though, you feel good, refreshed… Finishing winter and going in to spring is like hitting the souvenir shop after a roller coaster, where you can look at that pic of your face of death on the downhill part and chuckle a bit… and think “wow, that was fun… way funner than when i was freaked at the uphill part… but… eh, im not sure i wanna do it anytime soon… glad i endured through it though.” Yes, this is me, dragging-ass, kicking and screaming in to winter.

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LOL @ M$

Wow, they must have money to burn… this whole SP2 thing is just such a craze. :)

http://www.kingstoncomputerplanet.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6479

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Logic Pro 7

HOLY MOLY!!!!!! It’s HERE!!!!!!!!!! LOGIC PRO 7!!!!!I can’t remember ever being so excited for a piece of software. Well… at least not since Motion came out. teehee…

Okay, Logic Pro 7 is simply amazing and here’s my top 5 reasons why I’m so excited:

  1. Distributed Audio: Off Apple’s site: “Now, with Logic Pro 7, you can work with up to 128 stereo audio streams simply by using Macs over Ethernet.”Basically, this means that you can lighten the load on your main machine and distribute the grueling CPU tasks over your network to other gigabit ethernet macs!! That’s HUGE!!!
  2. ALF Support!!! Finally! It’s here!! but wait, there’s more… There’s a Loop Browser!!! Freaking awesome!!
  3. Scultpure!!!!! Finally, Emapple does an over-the-top modelling synth. *sigh* I’m in love. This should be a great companion to an already great modelling synth, Urs Heckman’s Zebra, which I’m already and always will be in love with. :)
  4. ULTRABEAT!!! Finally, a decent drum synth. An excellent companion to one of the awesome-ist drum samplers that I use extensively, idrum. Ethno-electro-techno-hip-core drum sounds here we come!!!
  5. New Effects, including PITCH CORRECTION!!!!!! Last but certainly not least, a brotha not unlike myself can SING!!! HALLELUJAH!!! Wow!

    Yeah, I’m really really excited about this. The new effects and softsynths themselves is easily worth the upgrade price. This is truly an exciting offering from Emapple. I’ll post specs once I get it in my anxious hands!!! WOOHOOO!!!




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Finally someone says it…

This guy is freaking brilliant. Thank you Mr. You Have Bad Taste In Music… you took the words right out of my mouth.

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