February 29, 2004

FOXNews.com - You Decide 2004 - FEC Questions Sharpton Campaign Spending

FOXNews.com - You Decide 2004 - FEC Questions Sharpton Campaign Spending

Sharpton was, is and likely will continue to be a rabble rousing charlatan who is unfit for any public office. I would not be surprised if we was skirting the law.

FOXNews.com - Top Stories - Spain Averts 'Massacre' in Madrid

FOXNews.com - Top Stories - Spain Averts 'Massacre' in Madrid
Terrorists have to stopped and eliminated wherever they are found.

Under Pressure, Aristide Leaves Haiti

Under Pressure, Aristide Leaves Haiti

Perhaps France should reinstate itself as a colonial occupier. Haiti is a failed nation proven repeatedly unable to govern itself. Perhaps the UN should be the perpetual caretaker since seems what they're best at managing.

Friedman: 30 Little Turtles

Op-Ed Columnist: 30 Little Turtles

Friedman's geopolitical take on outsourcing American jobs. He's right, but India is an intelligent nation because it favors and promotes education for its people. Most Arab nations sponsor the madrassa style of education which fails to equip young people for today's world. This medieval approach fails its citizens and moves their countries backward, not forward like India.

Dare we say that British colonialism may have played some small part in this different Indian way of thinking? Some of China is moving in this direction, too, without a colonialist background.

The world must confront for the next generation at a minimum the Islamic failures. The removal of Saddam from Iraq may provide a glimmer of hope for freedom and productive self determination if they can get their act together.

Hussein?s Regime Skimmed Billions From Aid Program

Hussein�s Regime Skimmed Billions From Aid Program

This headline could have been written: UN Ineptitude Rewards Hussein Regime.

Graft and corruption were rampant in Iraq and may well be again if the world community does not monitor the future dealings of Iraq. Perhaps the media will continue their investigative reporting with more stories like this one. However I hope they have the guts to expose the countries, companies and individuals who played this sordid game with a ruthless tyrant and his cronies. Russia, France and Germany were all involved along with the many Arab contries.

In addition, Kofi Anan and his UN cronies should be taken to task for their flagrant ineptitude and some apparent corruption. This is a disgusting travesty and demonstrates once more the ineffectiveness of the UN.

Let's see what Kerry and Edwards have to say about this state of affairs.

February 25, 2004

Yahoo! News - Calif. Pension Fund Won't Back Eisner

Yahoo! News - Calif. Pension Fund Won't Back Eisner

This guy even looks like Mickey Mouse and I'd bet he's on his way out of the Disney leadership job.

PCWorld.com - Senate Weighs Rules for Internet Phones

PCWorld.com - Senate Weighs Rules for Internet Phones

It's clear the Senators, other than Sununu of NH, don't know what they're doing. The fact is IP wins and VOIP is just one manifestation of the services made possible via the Internet. IP technology, disruptive as it is for the entrenched circuit-switched providers and the politicians who have joined the gravy train created by the former AT&T monopoly, is the winner. Because it offers so much promise, efforts to impede TCP/IP's adoption for voice and other services and the benefits the public... and eventually the coffers of state and local governments... obtain, should not be abrogated or impeded.

Haiti is a Failed Country

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Haiti is a failed country with little hope of any real progress. Why is this true?

Tenet Warns of Al Qaeda Threat (washingtonpost.com)

Tenet Warns of Al Qaeda Threat (washingtonpost.com)

These data shared with Congress by our security officials are cause for grave concern. The Islamic world is burgeoning with uneducated, economically destitute people poorly served by corrupt and backward governments and inflamed by radical Islam in the Mosque. We have a crisis coming.

"A number of factors virtually assure a terrorist threat for years to come," Jacoby said. "Despite recent reforms, terrorist organizations draw from societies with poor or failing economies, ineffective governments and inadequate education systems."

"Demographic bubbles" of young people "further burden governments and economies," he said, mentioning a number of countries where a high proportion of the population is under 15: Saudi Arabia, with 43 percent; Iraq, 41 percent; Pakistan, 39 percent; Egypt, 34 percent; Algeria, 33 percent; and Iran, 29 percent.

February 24, 2004

Rosa Parks -- not

Rosa Parks -- not
Right on, Debra! You got it right, girl.

Movie Review | 'The Passion of the Christ': Good and Evil Locked in Violent Showdown

Movie Review | 'The Passion of the Christ': Good and Evil Locked in Violent Showdown

Ahh, it begins. These reviews by self-proclaimed experts in cinematography will continue to find fault by puffing up their reputations.

True, the film should be judged on its cinematic qualities, but where is the recognition of the truth of the Gospel account? The secular Hollywood critics will likely downplay the artistic value of Gibson's production, but if Gibson truly is motivated by the love of Christ and faithfulness to the Scripture, the people will be the final judge of this film. The critics will not prevail.

Assuming the film is financially successful, Gibson is faced with the dilemma of what to do with the profits. If he remains true to his passion, I'd guess he'll give them to charity. He certainly doesn't need the money. Let's see how this plays out.

Scott's reputaion as a critic can be found here:


Bush Calls for Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Bush Calls for Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

President Bush has done the right thing. Marriage IS between one man and one woman. In our free country, gays can have any relationship that pleases them, but not this one. I wonder what Osama thinks about this. Why I'll bet he is on George's side!!

The family, the culture and our society has normative behavior and institutions. Marriage, far from perfect is one of them. This is NOT a civil rights issue, as many would claim. The 'right' of marriage for thousands of years is between one man and one woman.

Let the debate begin.

Americans are on Bush's side on this one. Go George!!

CNN.com - Probable al Qaeda tapes warn of more attacks - Feb. 24, 2004

CNN.com - Probable al Qaeda tapes warn of more attacks - Feb. 24, 2004
The terror ghouls are at it again. Note the Crusader language meant to inflame Muslims. The Crusades were a deadly mistake in Western Christianity, as was the Inquisition. Would radical Muslims repeat this history to take revenge? The ravage of 9/11 answers the question.

These bastards must be eliminated. George Bush's campaign plans would seem to include capturing OBL. The objective must be getting him, the electioneering is distasteful to me, but Kerry or Edwards would be far less effective than Bush, Rummy and Cheney in decapitate the terrorists.

February 22, 2004

Balance of Trade

John Robb's piece explains simply the tremendous risk we face as a nation as the US balance of trade deficits continue to grow. The idea that OPEC may decide to adopt Euros as the reserve currency is frightening. Warren Buffet betting against the dollar is telling.

Unless we can get this problem under control, the long term economic outlook is risky. The argument politically will be 'American job losses' but there are larger stakes to complex for the political rhetoric.

Op-Ed Columnist: Meet the Zippies

Op-Ed Columnist: Meet the Zippies
There's very little to stop this globalization. The market will eventually sort it out. Meanwhile, America had better get really serious, as Robert Reich says, about training and lifelong learning. The unionization part is not the answer...unless unions intend to organize the Zippies in Bangalore, too.

Protectionism, the current rhetoric of the Democrats, will fail.

The short term consequences of all this may make Bush's reelection an uphill battle, even if Bin Laden is captured before the election.

California Chuckles

Nothing is wrong with California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't
cure. (Russ MacDonald)

I've heard that the government wants to put a tax on the mathematically ignorant. Funny, I thought that's what the lottery was! (Gallagher, recent California Gubernatorial candidate)

February 21, 2004

Sunday Telegraph - Bin Laden 'surrounded' [February 22, 2004]

Sunday Telegraph - Bin Laden 'surrounded' [February 22, 2004]
A fascinating turn of events if Bin Laden is hemmed in and we are just waiting for the opportune time to take him. Let's see...what a fine piece of war this will be for Bush if he's taken whilethe campaign is in full swing. Too early will not produce the desired results.

As they say, timing is everything!

Op-Ed Columnist: You?ll Never Walk Alone

Op-Ed Columnist: You?ll Never Walk Alone

What a life! Brooks has captured the unreality of a candidate's campaigning. Exceptionally well done.

February 19, 2004

CNN.com - Gibson's film 'Passion' inflames tempers - Jan. 15, 2004

CNN.com - Gibson's film 'Passion' inflames tempers - Jan. 15, 2004

Here's an idea. If people think Gibson's Passion inflames anti-Semitic feeling or is anti-Semitic, let them produce their version of the Christ's death, but how would they treat the Resurrection if they are not Christian?

Tehran shuts down papers ahead of election

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The religious-political tensions in Iran will one day soon erupt in all out revolution if this is an indication of how the mullahs intend to run the country. If Iraq can move to a reasonablyy democratic system and Iran blows up, there is hope for long term change in the backward Muslim Middle East. If these countries don't change their culture, economies and religious rule, they are headed into a death spiral with terrible implications for the world.

New York Post Online Edition: entertainment

New York Post Online Edition: entertainment

It's about time the radio jocks are called to task. Let's hope all the radio conglomerates and the networks follow suit.

February 18, 2004

FactCheck.org Funding for Veterans up 27%, But Democrats Call It A Cut

FactCheck.org Funding for Veterans up 27%, But Democrats Call It A Cut
This is a great site which seems to be non-partisan and provides facts either supporting or undercutting politicians rhetoric. A refreshing breeze.

The New Republic Online: Say Anything

The New Republic Online: Say Anything
Sullivan nails Kerry. Kerry's 'having it both ways' does not wash. Where does he stand? He's taken a lot of shots lately about his flip-flops. What does he really believe. He can only equivocate for so long.

Conflicting technologies may stall cell mergers

Conflicting technologies may stall cell mergers
A hotly competitive field in North America and South America. The standards issue is a real factor in the M&A opportunities for carriers. CDMA reportedly has technical, capacity and quality advantages over GSM, but we all know the most efficient standard is not the one that always wins in the marketplace. GSM may be dominant only because it's older and cell phones took off earlier in Europe and elsewhere

If Verizon continues to stick with CDMA and it can continue to add new customers and have cost advantages of common technology and scale, it should be able to compete effectively. CDMA makes Sprint a likely acquisition for Verizon. On the other hand, if Verizon Wireless expects to expand outside the US, it may have to wait for 3G technology.

Verizon's best bet is to add customers at a faster rate than their competitors.

February 17, 2004

Why airwaves should be deregulated | CNET News.com

Why airwaves should be deregulated | CNET News.com

While I can buy the premise, their analysis fails to mention the need for public safety and military uses of spectrum and the costs of shifting uses among various frequencies.

Their argument makes sense, but the whole picture concerning a finite resource, the spectrum, is relevant but not mentioned.

BFP Has it Right

The Burlington Free Press has it right on this issue.


Burlington Free Press Editorial February 16, 2004

Some Vermont educators apparently believe that Sen. Edward Kennedy, most of his
fellow congressional Democrats and President Bush are engaged in a conspiracy to
destroy public education through the No Child Left Behind Act.

"It's a weapon of mass destruction aimed at the well-being of our nation's
public schools and the public's confidence in our public schools," said Angelo
Dorta, president of the Vermont-NEA, during a conference earlier this month.

Hold on. No Child Left Behind was largely drafted by Bush and Kennedy and more
House Democrats voted for it than their Republican counterparts. The measure was
also supported by Democratic presidential contenders Sens. John Kerry and John

It's absurd to think that all those people seek the demise of public education.

No Child Left Behind means just that. For the first time, the federal government
is holding schools accountable for ensuring that each American youngster --
whether poor child, handicapped child, immigrant child, rural child or
inner-city child --receives a quality education.

According to the 2003 scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress,
the "nation's report card," roughly 70 percent of the country's fourth and
eighth graders have reading and math skills below their grade level. Those
falling below standards are disproportionately low-income and minority
youngsters whose scholastic failings have long been tolerated by the public
education system.

The primary criticisms of No Child Left Behind center on cost and accountability
provisions. Those complaints are either premature or off-base.

As for academics, No Child Left Behind lets Vermont and other states define for
themselves what constitutes a solid education. Vermont has done that with its
Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities. In effect, the federal
government is merely holding Vermont responsible for meeting its own educational

Likewise, No Child Left Behind permits each state to select its own test to
measure academic performance. Vermont has done that, already mandating state
assessments in grades two, four, eight and 10. The only significant federal
change is that Vermont must also test grades three, five, six and seven.

It doesn't seem too much to ask young people to take one exam a year to help
gauge how well schools are doing.

The other major gripe is funding. Some educators claim No Child Left Behind
means approximately $130 billion in new costs annually.

That figure is disputed in a study released last week. James Peyser, chairman of
the Massachusetts Board of Education, and Robert Costrell, a professor of
economics at the University of Massachusetts, say that federal funds earmarked
for testing are "more than adequate."

They also note that between 2000 and 2004, federal educational spending
increased from $23 billion to $37 billion. At most, Peyser and Costrell say, No
Child Left Behind is underfunded by $8 billion nationwide, with the gap
primarily concentrated in a few large states.

In truth, no one really knows how much it will cost to reach the No Child Left
Behind goal that every American child is proficient in math and reading by 2014.
Indeed, the goal may be impossible.

But the law deserves a chance to work. The federal government is right to expect
that Vermont and other states fulfill their educational obligations to each

If that's a conspiracy, it's one most Americans would support.

February 16, 2004

Op-Ed Columnist: The Thief of Baghdad

Op-Ed Columnist: The Thief of Baghdad
Damning assertions that cannot stand unrefuted by the Bush team. If Chalabi is a a charlatan duping the neocons, they are dumber than I think they are.

They had better get a handle on this. The Democrats smell blood.

February 13, 2004

Op-Ed Contributor: Beware Generals Bearing a Grudge

Op-Ed Contributor: Beware Generals Bearing a Grudge

A fascinating analysis of the generals who did and and did not become president and how Wes Clark fits the mold of those who failed to achieve the office.

February 12, 2004

F.C.C. Begins Rewriting Rules on Delivery of the Internet

F.C.C. Begins Rewriting Rules on Delivery of the Internet
"We can talk about rewriting the Telecommunications Act," he (Michael Powell) said. "But the Telecommunications Act is nine years old and it is being rewritten by technology."

Ain't this the truth! Right on Powell. The upheaval in the traditional telcos will be huge, but they should be able to play on a level field when technology changes the rules of the game.

Iraq's WMD

Quotes below from leading Democratic policy makers and Congress members suggest all relied on intelligence that may have been incomplete or flawed. The intelligence services, if I recall correctly, have been under restrains imposed by Congress in past years.

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to
develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them.
That is our bottom line." - President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear.
We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass
destruction program." - President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

"Iraq is a long way from [the USA], but what happens there matters a
great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use
nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the
greatest security threat we face." -Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten
times since 1983." -Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." -Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass
destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass
destruction and palaces for his cronies." -Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies." - Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December 5, 2001

"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."
- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing
weapons of mass destruction." - Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." -Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force-- if necessary-- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
-Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." -Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do" Rep. - Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members .. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction." - Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real ..." - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

February 11, 2004

Microsoft Warns of Widespread Windows Flaw

Microsoft Warns of Widespread Windows Flaw
Is there no end in sight to this spate of Windows security flaws? I've just about had it with MS. Linux anyone??

Op-Ed Columnist: Found: A Smoking Gun

Op-Ed Columnist: Found: A Smoking Gun

Intriguing. Saddam has links to Al Queda. The opposition to Bush now claiming that invading Iraq created a condition that attracted terrorists to operate in the country to destabilize the reconstruction effort. Will politics never be overridden by the real threats facing Western civilization and the national security needs of our country??

February 9, 2004

Thorny Issues Await F.C.C. on Internet Phones

Thorny Issues Await F.C.C. on Internet Phones

The biggest telecom regulatory issue the FCC has faced in years. No easy answers as technology undercuts the existing division of revenue among traditional providers and VOIP companies.

This is a biggie and will have mega-fallout for state regulators.

February 8, 2004

Haaretz - Israel News

A disaster ahead if this is true. The barbarians have to be found and eradicated soonest.

Rumsfeld Fervently Defends Iraq War to European Critics

Rumsfeld is the right kind of Secretary of Defense for these terrorist times. Would a namby-pamby type be what we wanted? Never forget 9/11.

February 6, 2004

Bush Names Panel to Examine Intelligence on Iraq Weapons

Let's insist that any unrealistic shackles on the intelligence community and its methods of gathering intelligence that may have been imposed by Congress are also fully examined.

We want the best we can get from our spooks and I want them unfettered within the bounds of realism and common sense. The world is too dangerous a place for our spooks to operate with one hand tied behind their backs.

February 4, 2004