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Just Say No

Based on his choice for Chief Technology Officer, I didn’t put much hope in Obama’s plan to create a Cyber Security Tsar.

If Digby is right, and the CyberCrat is going to be Representative Tom Davis [R-VA], I will have been proven correct.

Digby had just featured Davis in her post, Let Them Eat Fancy Feast¹, with his aristocratic attitude towards the problems of working people who need health care. Apparently he is unaware that we are in the GOPression with double-digit unemployment, because his response was for a woman to find a job that offered health insurance.

I guess putting qualified technology professionals in technology jobs isn’t enough of a change.

1. For non-cat people: Fancy Feast is overpriced wet cat food in tiny cans that is labeled “gourmet”.


1 cookie jill { 06.23.09 at 9:10 pm }

Slightly OT but speaking of eating “fancy” things…thought you might be interested that there is another Pistachio recall….well…actually the SAME pistachio recall that we had earlier. The tainted nuts were simply repackaged.


2 hipparchia { 06.23.09 at 9:40 pm }

The tainted nuts were simply repackaged.

geez. sometimes you just have to laugh at these to keep from going postal.
.-= ´s last blog .. =-.

3 Bryan { 06.23.09 at 9:49 pm }

That is either incredibly stupid or incredibly sleazy. Given that the product seems to be distributed to airports and hotels, I’ll vote for sleazy.

4 cookie jill { 06.23.09 at 11:20 pm }

Sleazy it is, then.
.-= ´s last blog ..Vote for the Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market =-.

5 Bryan { 06.23.09 at 11:44 pm }

It would be harder than hell to back trace something from the airport or a hotel. The package would be discarded and the effects would take a while to develop.

This is what greed does to people.

6 Steve Bates { 06.24.09 at 9:46 am }

What is it with naming executive positions the “Tsar” of this and the “Tsar” of that? Where did the recent American usage of that term originate, anyway? Do they put something in the coffee in Washington that makes these people… these repackaged tainted nuts… choose a title that almost never really applies appropriately?

If so, I want to tell them straight out: you don’t have to be a Tsar to be in my joe.

7 Bryan { 06.24.09 at 12:36 pm }

Actually, Jean Hayworth of the Breckenridge American wondered the same thing and did the research which was printed on 06/16/09 – Richard M. Nixon started it with an Energy Tsar [misspelled, of course].

Like many of the ideas of Nixon, the media have embraced his terminology and make any new position a “Caesar”, just as they append “-gate” to every aspiring scandal. It is a lazy shorthand, because writing out “Chief Technology Officer” or “Director of Information Systems Security” is too hard.

They ignore the reality that, just as Kazaki [Cossacks] “bow only to G-d and the Tsar”, the Tsar bows only to G-d. A Tsar creates laws, he doesn’t follow them.