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2009 May 13 — Why Now?
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Name Recognition

Marco Rubio has a problem – supporters can’t remember his name.

My Mother had her TV on tonight and Pat Buchanan was discussing the Republican primary for the Senate race in Florida with the bubble-headed bleach blond [Chris Matthews]. He said that the young guy who was a Hispanic or Cuban or something was more conservative that Crist and Republicans should vote for the young guy in the primary. It might have been a meaningful endorsement for the primary if anyone had managed to remember the candidate’s name.

I have to wait for the transcript to appear for the exact quote which is why all I provided was a paraphrase. I guarantee, no one said “Marco Rubio” on the show. I had to tell my Mother who they were talking about, but she had never heard of him.

Update 5/18/09 : the transcript is finally available:

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May 13, 2009   3 Comments

He Was For It Before He Was Against It

The BBC reports on the Obama U-turn on abuse photographs.

The only people who don’t know what those photographs are going to show are the American people. A major portion of what the Hedgemony classified was solely to hide the truth of what they were up to from the American people.

The claim that this will endanger the troops, is unadulterated bovine excrement, as the only “troops” who will be endangered by the release of these photos are those with stars on their shoulders who lied to Congress and the American people about what was going on in their name.

Let people see exactly what “enhanced interrogation techniques” means in human terms. These are crimes, and crimes need to be prosecuted. Low ranking soldiers have been convicted and sent to prison for engaging in conduct that was approved in the Justice Department and White House, so don’t try to say it wasn’t a crime. If it wasn’t crime why were charges filed against these “few bad apples”.

It is time to end the cover-up and come clean. Prosecute the people at the top who approved these crimes and let everyone see what those leaders approved.

May 13, 2009   6 Comments

Good News For Geeks

The Shrubbery tried to have it killed but public opinion won out and finally, Space shuttle catches up to Hubble for a repair mission. The Hubble, like the Mars Rovers, has exceeded expectations and provides hard science and popular appeal. It is the ability of these types of missions to engage a wide spectrum of the US population that makes the space program possible. Update: Successful capture.

Justice is served: European Commission fines computer chipmaker Intel $1.45B for a continuing pattern of anti-competitive behavior that has been going on for years. Monopolies are inherently inefficient, and they have no reason to improve their products. The lack of innovation generally leads to the conditions that have cost the US its manufacturing base. If you don’t upgrade your factories, you will get leaped-frogged by foreign competitors and die.

One of the major reasons that IT jobs can be outsourced so readily is because of the absurd dominance and stagnation of the Microsoft-Intel model. The older computer infrastructure in the developing world has become irrelevant because there isn’t a significant qualitative difference between a five-year-old Wintel box and a new one.

Since profits are all Intel cares about anymore, maybe they’ll wake up and start innovating, but I doubt it.

May 13, 2009   Comments Off on Good News For Geeks