My Archives: November 2002

Friday, November 29, 2002

Very good article by Andrew Sullivan.

Posted by gwonk @ 10:05 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Instapundit comments on a Wired article:

It's this kind of stuff that explains why people don't trust the whole Homeland Security enterprise.
I think he missed the point. These guys worked for the University of California, not the goverment. UC Fired them because they were afraid they would lose thier contract to run Los Alamos.
This is really about expecting sub-contractors to self-police. Standard conflict of interest. The University of California has an interest in not disclosing that anything is wrong. Self-policing does not work. I would suggest the GAO or someone hire these guys and send them back, just to poke UC in the eye.

Posted by gwonk @ 11:32 AM EST [Link]

Friday, November 22, 2002

From The NRO:

So they continue to be. The Democrats' self-criticism is that their officeholders voted for a war, or declined to be vocal in opposition, even though they were really against it. Have Democrats stopped to consider what this critique says about them? It says that they thought that an Iraq campaign would throw American lives away while undermining Americans' security but gave it a green light for political reasons. That their chief regret about this behavior is that it backfired as a political tactic. The Democrats are making an indictment of themselves more damning than they realize.

Again, it's all principle. GW took risks and stood up for what he thinks is right. Someone in the Democrat party needs to stop looking at polls and lead. Wellstone did. That's why most people on the right, while disagreeing with him on almost every topic, still respected him and morned the loss.

It took me a while to see it and it's becoming more obvious as time passes. The Democrats have no priciples. There's no there, there. Do they stand for the working class? or just the unionized workers. Are they against sexual harasment in the workplace? or only if the perpitrator is not a Democrat. Are they for or against the war on terrorism? Who knows for sure... And that's the problem.

Posted by gwonk @ 06:36 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

A whole lotta bad puns from Andrew Sullivan:

One theory is that Jesus would tool around in an old Plymouth because "the Bible says God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden in a Fury."

Posted by gwonk @ 01:03 PM EST [Link]

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Via a small victory: Add your name to a thank-you note for the troops Also check out the main page.

Posted by gwonk @ 11:01 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

That was one freeky-ass weird episode. Very disturbing. I have to watch it several more times to see what I can make of it. Dawn's little adventure was very spooky. Willow's would have been much more powerfull if Amber Benson hand been able to show up as Tara, even so it was intense Buffy's shrink session with the vamp was enlightening, humorous and well paced. I particularly enjoyed the tomb-as-couch scene.

So, what do we end up with: Buffy admits she loves Spike and finds out that he is vamping people. Willow stuck between thinking that her powers will destroy her friends, or maybe save them. Dawn believing Buffy is going to abandon her. Spike vamping people? I'm not sure what to make of that.

I have to watch it again tonight, just to be sure of what I saw.

Posted by gwonk @ 01:08 PM EST [Link]

Friday, November 8, 2002

Patrick Ruffini comments:

There's something politically stupid about these developments, and it's not just the folly of alienating the sensible center just because it hasn't been tried before. Rather, it's the notion that you can build a Democratic majority on the cheap ? ratchet up the rhetoric a little, get that Gore + Nader vote out, and win. While this strategy seems to be the most explosive, in fact, it's the most passive and intellectually self-abnegating the Democrats could adopt. It's mirrored by Judis & Teixeira's recent book, which calls for Democrats to bide their time, and simply trust that the electorate will catch up with their base voters.

The comments are good as well.

Posted by gwonk @ 12:45 PM EST [Link]

Thursday, November 7, 2002

I've been playing with the scripting language Ruby. Neat little language. It has a simple syntax and so far seems pretty well though out. Now I need to come up with a project to test it out on.

Some links:
Main ruby site
A ruby WikiWiki
The ruby mailing list archives

Posted by gwonk @ 11:06 PM EST [Link]

Good article in The Nation (via Andrew Sullivan).

The Democrats need to come up with plans, programs and issues that they can push. Take social security for instance. The Dems attacked the Republican plan constantly. The problem is that everyone knows that social security needs help. It's running out of money. The Dems have not provided (or haven't promoted) a social security plan of thier own. Privatizing social security is probably not the best way to help the program, but at least the Republicans are not ignoring it and hoping it goes away.

Posted by gwonk @ 10:56 PM EST [Link]

I agree with Eric Raymond on the problem with the Dems. I see it as an agenda issue. While you may not agree with the agenda of the Republicans, at least they have one. I don't have a clue what the Democrat agenda is.

Posted by gwonk @ 12:09 PM EST [Link]

Tuesday, November 5, 2002

It's pretty boring here in CT. There aren't any close races. I want Fred Wilms(R) for the State Rep, but he has a tough fight against Duff(D).

I pretty much voted the Republican line, with the exception of Blumenthal for Attorney General. He didn't cave to Microsoft.

Posted by gwonk @ 01:25 PM EST [Link]

Via GeekPress: These are cool. If you get dizzy, run away.

Posted by gwonk @ 01:11 PM EST [Link]

Friday, November 1, 2002

I think this is hillarious. The Immigrant Song

Posted by gwonk @ 10:29 PM EST [Link]

From FoxNews:
Election 2002: The Joke's on U.S.

John Stewart is great:
"Torricelli, a powerful fund-raiser who helped raise more than $100 million for the Democratic Party, took inappropriate gifts from a businessman, including an $8,000 gold Rolex watch ?," The Daily Show 's Jon Stewart said during a recent monologue. "To recap, raising $100 million in contributions from gigantic corporations: ethical. Taking a watch: unethical. That's the Senate Ethics Committee: an oxymoron since 1974."

Bill Maher was canceled because his show sucked. I seriously doubt that censorship had anything to do with it. If he had the ratings he would be on the air regardless of his position.

Posted by gwonk @ 09:22 AM EST [Link]

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