Archive for January, 2005

Google Browser, coming to a desktop near you?

January 31, 2005


Google Browser, coming to a desktop near you?

Google may be entering the browser market. They have recently picked up two former developers from Mozilla Project, and something else happened. That was Firefox 1.1 has been delayed for “unknown” reasons. So rumors on the web say that is because Google is working with them to brand the next version as the Google Browser. Would you switch to a Google branded browser? More to come as it comes in…


Medicare goes Sexy

January 31, 2005


Medicare’s new prescription benefit will cover sexual performance drugs like Viagra… Developing… Source:

Does Bush need a Statue in Iraq?

January 31, 2005


Tell me what you think, I am still not sure what to think of this:

January 30, 2005 — BAGHDAD — The man replacing the mayor of Baghdad — who was assassinated for his pro-American loyalties — says he is not worried about his ties to Washington.
In fact, he’d like to erect a monument to honor President Bush in the middle of the city.
“We will build a statue for Bush,” said Ali Fadel, the former provincial council chairman. “He is the symbol of freedom.”
Fadel’s predecessor, Ali al-Haidari, was gunned down Jan. 4 when militants opened fire on his armor-covered BMW as it traveled with a three-car convoy.
Fadel said he received numerous threats on his life as the council chairman, and expects to get many more in his new post.
“My life is cheap,” Fadel said. “Everything is cheap for my country.”
As Iraq prepared for a volatile election that is being watched across the world, Fadel heaped praise on the United States.

Fadel acknowledged that many in his country appear ungrateful for America’s foreign assistance. He said most Iraqis are still in “shock” over the changes, and need time to adjust.
Any public monument to Bush is likely to further incense terrorist forces, who have attacked American troops and their supporters for months.
Fadel said he is undaunted.
“We have a lot of work and we are especially grateful to the soldiers of the U.S.A. for freeing our country of tyranny,” Fadel said.
As for his own protection, the new mayor will be traveling in a new $150,000 SUV complete with bulletproof windows and flat-resistant tires.

Microsoft’s Tweak that gets UnTweaked then Tweaked Again!

January 30, 2005


Microsoft was told a few months ago that they had to release a version of Windows in the EU that had Media Player taken out of. So Microsoft agreed. The version was called Windows XP Reduced Media Edition. I kid you not! The EU was not amused and told Microsoft to change it. Insiders say Microsoft knew that that wouldn’t fly, but they just wanted to get underneath the EU’s skin. I have to ask you if you saw two versions of Windows XP one called Windows XP Home Edition and another called Windows XP Reduced Media Edition which would you choose? I think hands down you wouldn’t want to buy a “Reduced” edition of anything. So far we do not know what the new version will be called, but I do know I think this is stupid all together. The Accessibly Options menu in Windows allows you to prevent access to certain programs. Why Microsoft couldn’t have just had it turned off at install and the EU be happy seems odd. But the EU doesn’t want it at all, even though you could easily just download it later on.

My Solution is release Windows XP EUxclusive but not under Microsoft’s name. Have a third party release it. This would mean Microsoft would not have to support the product, so compatibility with other programs could be stripped and access to Windows Update denied. Show the EU that an American company can do what ever it wants, they need to show that the American powerhouse and 500 pound guerrilla Microsoft will not let the EU bully them around. American Superiority in Europe shall prevail through Microsoft.

Democracy Has Won, Iraq Votes for the First Time

January 30, 2005


Democracy has won! The first election in over fifty years in Iraqi history has taken place today with an overwhelming turnout. Surprisingly most of the Arab press has covered this as a positive event that could be a turning point in the outcome of Iraq. Aljazera on the other hand has almost ignored the entire events, and focused more on the next vote in Iraq later this year. The American press is mixed coverage. I have been going between the major channels looking at how they are covering it, and it was not quite what I expected. MSNBC has focused mostly on the positives of the war and how the lockdown on the country has succeeded, Dan Rather also focused on the positives by highlighting the high turnout and also how successful the lockdown was, Peter Jennings took a much more negative approach by making the attacks seem much larger than they were and the turn out being disappointing (which they are in the triangle, but the turnout is high in the rest of the country which he failed to speak of), Fox News is the one I have watched the least of but seems to be the most balanced. I have seen on Fox them question the war itself and whether we even should be there, talking about the successful lockdown, talking about the attacks, saying this will mean the attacks will begin to stop, saying the attacks will step up, and other things that have been said that they then give the opposite side of. Fox News does seem to be for focused on the positives though.

The turn out of the election seems to be very promising. The Iraqi people have come in higher turnouts than any US election in history, as much as seventy-two percent or more. Some precincts are reporting an amazing ninety-five percent turnout! Within the triangle some polling places say that have lines with thousands upon thousands of people in line. Outside the polls the people are dancing and cheering in celebration of the wonderful events they have witnessed and participated in. Attacks have been sparse and mostly within the triangle. Only one US soldier was killed in the election, and one British C-130 down, and as I write the first reports are coming in so I may have some outdated information as far as I know it was an accident. Less than forty Iraqis have been killed in attacks, most of which were by suicide bombers. Before the election insurgents were warning the Iraqis that they had more than five hundred suicide bombers ready for an attack, and now it looks more like maybe a dozen or so.

When it is all said and done with today will be seen as a tremendous day in Iraq and the world’s history. Democracy has won, the Iraqi people are cheering and thankful, and most importantly the Iraqi people are officially free! They may have to walk thirteen miles to vote, US spy planes have tracked large groups of people doing this to get to the polls, but they want to vote in this historic election and shape there country and future. God Bless America, God Bless the Iraqi people, and God Bless Democracy.

Pee and Beer Save Lives

January 28, 2005


In Slovakia a man was trapped in his car after an avalanche of snow covered it. He began to try and think of a way out so he got a beer that he had for a holiday he was taking, well he came up with the idea he would urinate in the snow until he was freed. He said quote, “I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it. It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But I’m glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there.”
All I can say is… WOW! It took 60 beers to do it, I bet he is glad he bought that many!

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Bush pledges to bring troops home!

January 28, 2005


Presidnet Bush said Thursday that if asked he would take the troops out of Iraq right now, because we are not occupiers. He added by saying, “I’ve, you know, heard the voices of the people that presumably will be in a position of responsibility after these elections, although you never know, but it seems like most of the leadership there understands that there will be a need for coalition troops at least until Iraqis are able to fight.” This doesnt seem like much of a change though. Also during the interview Bush said quote, “children can receive love from gay couples, but studies have shown that the ideal is where a child is raised in a married family with a man and a woman” No flip-flopping from this guy.

So what do you think, has Bush changed his positions on Iraq; do you agree with his family statement? Don’t forget to link to my blog.

Chicken Barbie Girl

January 27, 2005


. This is one of the most funny things I have ever seen. It is a must see!

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Rice sworn in as Secretary of State, finally

January 26, 2005


Finally, the Democrats blocked this confirmation long enough. Yes, she does have a questionable past when concerned with the Iraq war, but her shortfalls are acceptable. She is one of the best people fit for this job, and defiantly the best that even had a chance of gaining the position. Though if I had the choice it would be someone a little less neo-conservative. What ever, she is officially our new Secretary of State.

Rice sworn in as secretary of state 13 in Senate vote against nomination over Iraq
The Associated Press

Updated: 8:37 p.m. ET Jan. 26, 2005
WASHINGTON – Condoleezza Rice won confirmation as secretary of state Wednesday despite blistering criticism from Senate Democrats who accused her of misleading statements and said she must share the blame for mistakes and war deaths in Iraq.
The tally, though one-sided at 85-13, was still the largest “no” vote against any secretary of state nominee since 1825.
Rice was sworn-in seven hours later by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card in his West Wing office. Her designated replacement as national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, held the Bible. Bush planned to attend a ceremonial swearing-in Friday at the State Department.
Separately, a Senate committee narrowly voted to send Alberto Gonzales’ attorney general nomination to the full Senate. Jim Nicholson and Michael Leavitt won confirmation as the new secretaries of veterans affairs and health and human services, respectively, as President Bush’s second-term Cabinet fills out.
Rice, Bush’s national security adviser for four years and perhaps his closest adviser on the war and terrorism issues that dominated his first term, becomes the first black woman to be America’s top diplomat. She succeeds Colin Powell, a former Army general who clashed privately with some of the strongest hawks in Bush’s inner circle.
Although Rice’s nomination was never in doubt, Democrats mounted a lengthy and biting protest that showed she will not immediately match Powell’s collegial relationship with Capitol Hill.
Democratic senators denounced Rice’s job performance and truthfulness. Most criticism focused on Rice’s role planning for war and explaining the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. Some accused her of avoiding accountability for the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Others said she seemed unwilling to acknowledge errors in planning or judgment.
“In the end, I could not excuse Dr. Rice’s repeated misstatements,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said of his vote against Rice.
Durbin said Powell had been “a voice of moderation,” and he expressed “hope that the responsibility of leadership will inspire Condoleezza Rice to follow his example.”
The 11 other Democrats who voted against Rice included some of the Senate’s best-known names, such as Massachusetts Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry, the unsuccessful candidate for president against Bush last year.
Independent Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont also voted no.
Thirty-two Democrats voted to confirm Rice, although several said they did so with reservations. Rice won support from all 53 Republicans who voted. Two Republican senators did not cast votes.
Through history, no nominee for secretary of state has been defeated in the Senate. Many have had little or no opposition and were confirmed without recorded votes. Only one, Henry Clay in 1825, received more recorded no votes than Rice, according to the Senate historian’s office. Clay was confirmed by a vote of 27-14.
More recently, Henry Kissinger was approved 78-7, Dean Acheson 83-6 and Alexander Haig 93-6.
As White House national security adviser, Rice was not directly answerable to Congress. That changes now that she is a member of Bush’s Cabinet who must testify before Congress and brief legislators in private. She will also have to ask Congress for the money to run the State Department.
“My own view is she is a forthright person,” Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., said after the vote. Lugar chairs the Foreign Relations Committee that questioned Rice over two days of contentious confirmation hearings last week. He said that trust will come with time.
The Senate also:
By voice vote confirmed Nicholson to be secretary of veterans affairs and Leavitt to be secretary of health and human services.
Received the nomination of White House counsel Gonzales to replace John Ashcroft as attorney general. The Senate Judiciary Committee sent the nomination along on a 10-8 party line vote.
While all senators acknowledge that Gonzales will be confirmed, Democrats have said they will require several hours of debate before allowing a final vote. Democratic senators have accused Gonzales of helping formulate the policies that led to abuse of foreign prisoners.
The Senate is also expected to quickly confirm Samuel Bodman to be energy secretary, perhaps as soon as next week.
Rice spent part of the day Wednesday in her temporary office at the State Department, where she conducted strategy sessions on the upcoming Iraq elections and peace in Sudan. She also met briefly with Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.
The State Department planned a welcome ceremony for Rice on Thursday and a swearing-in by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. Bush was to attend Friday’s ceremony.
The 50-year-old former Stanford academic and expert on Russia faces a formidable foreign policy agenda, topped by the ongoing U.S.-led war in Iraq. She has pledged to try to promote negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Rice also inherits a fitful diplomatic effort to halt nuclear weapons development in North Korea and Iran. Bush has included those countries with Iraq in an “axis of evil.”
In addition to mending fences among Democrats on Capitol Hill, Rice will begin almost immediately to try to rebuild alliances in Europe and elsewhere that were damaged by international opposition to the Iraq invasion.
Bush’s first overseas trip of his second term will be a tour in Europe next month, and Rice is expected to accompany him. She is also expected to make a solo trip abroad sometime beforehand.

31 killed in the fight for Freedom

January 26, 2005


Today we mourn the deaths of thirty marines and one sailor in a tragic helicopter crash in Iraq. As it stands now preliminary reports on the cause have all but ruled out an attack, but rather the fault of the pilot or due to a sandstorm in the area. I hope this is due to one of the latter and not an attack.

In times of war, be it against a distinct or unknown enemy, a person must make sacrifices in the name of that war. Both sides must make antagonist of one another to rally the support of their people. These men were doing their job of promoting peace and waging war on the insurgency. There final mission was to bring much needed supplies to polling places for the Iraqi Election that is just days away on January 30.

For the first time in these Iraqi’s lives they will have the chance to participate in a free, fair, and competitive election, one of the three qualities all successful democracies must have. There have been many estimates made by analyst on what the turn out will be, and many are low but just as many are very promising. I have seen figures where they think the turnout will be in the sixty five to eighty percent ranges. Now I ask how can this be in a country that is supposedly in such bad shape that just walking out of your home puts you at risk?

The country, by some of the latest figures I have seen, is ninety percent stable with the left over ten percent being the trouble spots. If you look at a map almost all of the attacks take place in the same areas. The medias of the world have set their focus on the negatives of the war and one triangle in the center of the country to sell their news. This completely lives up to the philosophy of “bad news sells” that is shared by most media outlets. When Fox News did the “What We Have Accomplished” short on their syndicated Fox News Sunday I thought that this was a positive turn in the reporting on the events happening in Iraq. But since this I have seen few highlights of the “good” things happening in Iraq.

Needless to say the elections will take place on January 30, they most certainly will have there own problems and may create new problems. Any problems resulting from the elections will eventually be phased out and the Iraqi’s will have a country of their own. Whether or not you agree with the war we are in it and we are in to deep to abandon it now. I firmly believe that one-day Iraq will be a great democracy proving that democracies can survive in the Middle East and that the United States’ power will prevail making the world a safer place to live.