Friday, November 22, 2002

This is what I was talking about

A couple of days ago, I posted something about how when he was Texas Guv, Bush would occasionally do something right.

Here's an example of the Bush Administration doing something right.

Now, for those of you out there who think that this means that I'm some sort of big Bush supporter now ... well, you should know better. All I'm doing is pointing out that like Darth Vader, there is some good inside the man ... I know it. If he'd only turn against Emperor Cheney ...

These are the good old days

It used to be said that anyone could grow up to be president. Nowadays, it seems you have to be part of the "family" to even get considered. (Note that Bush and Gore are both children of successful politicians).

We may be in for more of this crap. See for yourself.

Molly knows crap when she sees it

Nice quote from Molly Ivins:

"For those who relish irony, there's a comical extent to which liberals are the new conservatives, exactly where the old principled Republicans used to be -- reluctant to get involved in foreign wars, suspicious of foreign entanglements, harping on fiscal responsibility and worried about constitutional freedoms."

Read more about it here.

Just in time for Christmas!

The GOP wants you to believe that they care about the little guy.

That's a good one!

And last but not least ...

Local control?

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

There's something about Bush

As a long-time Texas voter, I've been a "constituent" of George W. Bush for many years now. Back when he was governor of Texas, I noticed that he had a real penchant for occasionally doing something that would surprise me.

Oh, sure, most of the time it seemed he was merely a tool for business interests. But I think that once in a great while, his wife or someone would get to him and he would do the right thing on some sort of policy issue. However, those "right things" were too far and few between for me to ever feel comfortable casting my vote for the man.

I think that Bob Woodward's new book will have the same effect on many of my fellow travelers. Bush can be surprisingly nuanced in his understanding of what power he has and how he uses it. And the man does seem to recognize his faults ('impatient' and 'talks too much in meetings'). I still think his personal style translates poorly to the world stage. And I also think that Bush is a bit removed from what real people need from tax reform. But maybe he'll come around -- now that the Republicans are running the show, maybe Bush will begin to show his true centrist colors. Maybe.

Oh, and kudos to John McCain for showing some backbone.

Crappy mail server security

You'd think that if Saddam was such an evildoer of great proportions, he'd be pretty tight about security.

Apparently not.

I guess you really don't have to be a rocket scientist to run an email server. Whaddya want to bet Saddam uses MS Exchange?

Monday, November 18, 2002

He say kill it before it grows

What's the refrain I've been hearing from well-intentioned conservatives lately?

"If you don't have anything to hide, what's there to worry about?"

I don't suppose this story will help them see the light.

Sunday, November 17, 2002

Is this how they do it?

It seems like a pretty easy recipe:

Pick the most vile, hated group you can think of. In this case, pedophiles.

Make the case that if we just implanted a chip in these people, we'd be able to track them and we'd all rest much easier.

Also make the case for including ways to monitor heartbeat and respiration, suggesting that by doing so, the police might be able to predict and prevent an attack.

The next step: "Well, it's worked so well for the pedophiles. Let's do the same thing to everyone who's ever been convicted of a DUI."

Then: "That's been great. Let's implant them in "at risk" populations so we can prevent them from doing crimes."

Then: "It's okay. This chip will allow us to keep tabs on your child. That way he can never be abducted."

Strange days indeed.