Thursday, May 26, 2005
The era of the moderate center proclaimed by McCain and DeWine on every news show on television lasted a whopping two days.
Tomorrow morning you'll see the two of them making excuses for this debacle, saying, I'm sure, that the Senate vote to postpone the Bolton vote isn't really a filibuster. It's just a delay. And you'll hear them say that the agreement they had with the Democrats extended only to judicial nominees. And that it's all the President's fault for not having done enough to see to it that the Bolton vote was secure.
The Democrats and Matt Lauer and Harry Smith and Wolf Blitzer will all nod in agreement with smiles on their faces and words of conciliation for these centrists who find themselves trying to work within a radically right-wing Republican party intent on subverting our Democracy. Blah, blah, blah.
And behind closed doors, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, and Joe Biden will burst into laughter, knowing that they snookered the nitwits - again.
How does that saying go?
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me over and over and over and over and over again ...
She saved her best for Senator Lindsay Graham, otherwise known as John McCain's boy.
... my favorite was Lindsey Graham, who said, "I know there will be folks 'back home' who will be angry, but that's only because they're not as sophisticated and high-minded as I am. Actually they're rather stupid, which is why they're not in the Senate and I am. But I have 3 1/2 years to charm them out of their narrow-minded resentments, and watch me, baby.""Nitwit" seems to be the appropriate word of the day.
Oh, excuse me, that's not what he said. That's only what he meant. It was the invisible scroll as he spoke. The CNN identifier that popped up beneath his head as he chattered, however, did say, "Conceited Nitwit Who Affects 'Back Home' Accent to Confuse the Boobs."
Oh wait, that's not what it said. It said, "R-South Carolina." My bad.
Actually, what Mr. Graham said was, "People at home are gonna be mad at me for a while." He said he decided to support the deal because "kids are dyin' " in Iraq, "Social Security is comin' up," and "this is a lot bigger than me." If only he knew that is true. (link)
Good for him.
Fighting identity theftEven after having installed sophisticated spyware killer software in my PC, there are several applications that reappear every time I boot the computer. In order to remove them effectively, I'd need to go into the system directory and make adjustments - and I don't have the time or courage to tinker with the directory. I just live with it and hope it doesn't interfere with performance. My daughter actually had a form of spyware invade her PC that directed her to an obscure home page every time she went on line. After a great deal of effort - and expense - she was able to get it fixed.
Bob Goodlatte's bill bans spyware or other tricks to make computer users yield sensitive data.
The Roanoke Times
Federal law hasn't kept pace with the brave new world of computer crime. U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, is trying to change that.
A bill he co-sponsored would criminalize several computer techniques used to harvest information from individual computers for identity theft. Identity theft is illegal, but Congress has yet to pass laws against the technological methods used to acquire the information needed to steal someone's identity. Goodlatte's bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House, would establish a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to install spyware on a computer without the owner's permission. Spyware includes hidden programs, which often piggyback on downloadable games and other software, that can record and transmit passwords or other sensitive information typed into a computer.
The bill would also punish "phishers" and "pharmers." Phishers send out phony e-mails that direct users to equally phony Web sites that appear to be hosted by reputable financial institutions asking for information to verify accounts. (link)
The key to this problem is the fact that at no time did she or I - or you - seek information about, or give permission to have downloaded, this intrusive computer program. It invades your computer and you are not even made aware of it. Much like all those hundreds of "cookies" that you accumulate without effort.
I hope Mr. Goodlatte's legislation passes - and stops the infiltration attempts of spyware customers.
And thanks to the Roanoke Times for addressing this pain-in-the-a** problem.
Well, shoot, it must be true if a bunch of terrorists, who not only hate Americans but want to see every one of us murdered, say it happened.
Documents Say Detainees Cited Abuse of Koran by Guards
By NEIL A. LEWIS
WASHINGTON, May 25 - Newly released documents show that detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, complained repeatedly to F.B.I. agents about disrespectful handling of the Koran by military personnel and, in one case in 2002, said they had flushed a Koran down a toilet.
The prisoners' accounts are described by the agents in detailed summaries of interrogations at Guantánamo in 2002 and 2003. The documents were among more than 300 pages turned over by the F.B.I. to the American Civil Liberties Union in recent days and publicly disclosed Wednesday.
Unlike F.B.I. documents previously disclosed in a lawsuit brought by the civil liberties union, in which agents reported that they had witnessed harsh and possibly illegal interrogation techniques, the new documents do not say the F.B.I. agents witnessed the episodes themselves. Rather, they are accounts of unsubstantiated accusations made by the prisoners during interrogation. (link)
I am constantly mystified by the fact that people on the left will believe anyone - no matter the person's background or motives - as long as they say something bad about the USA. Journalists are trained to be skeptical but, for some reason, that skepticism extends only to anything America says or does. Otherwise it's "there, see? SEE?"
Others are not so fortunate and don't have the luxury.
ANTI-ISLAM RAP VS. ITALIAN WRITERYou'll not read an editorial in the New York Times denouncing the Italian government's decision to punish an author for having said and printed things with which they disagree. We don't want to be offending those Muslims, you see.
ROME — A judge has ordered best-selling writer and journalist Oriana Fallaci to stand trial in her native Italy on charges she "defamed" Islam by criticizing religious extremists a recent book.
The decision angered Italy's justice minister but delighted the Muslim Union of Italy, who accused Fallaci of inciting religious hatred in her 2004 work "The Force of Reason."
Fallaci, 74, lives in New York and has regularly provoked Muslims with her criticism of Islam after 9/11. (link)