I'll be in Chicago for the remainder of the week, handling estate matters. I'll have email...not sure what the status will be of my cell phone since AT&T Wireless seems to be reneging on transferring the number to T-Mobile.
Way back in 1993 or so I used sanctimonious philistine in a post to some IBM forum or another, to characterize a fellow employee who'd called my manager to ask for my head because I was allegedly encouraging employees to use this newfangled internet thing. I haven't had a chance or need to use it again, but I need to consider using encephalic slimemold should such opportunity arise again..
To protect subordinates should they be charged with torture, the memo advised that Mr. Bush issue aSo the right to set aside law ispresidential directive or other writingthat could serve as evidence, since authority to set aside the laws isinherent in the president."inherent in the president. That claim alone should stop everyone in their tracks and prompt a serious consideration of the safety of the American republic under this president. It is the very definition of a constitutional monarchy, let alone a constitutional republic, that the law is superior to the executive, not the other way around. This is the essence of what the rule of law means -- a government of laws, not men, and all that.
This is but one of the many reasons I will vote for John Kerry in the 2004 election.
No one knew who was in charge. The Iraqis, inexperienced at managing the logistics of the day, were overwhelmed. The CPA people just wanted to get the hell out of there. There were attacks throughout the day. The Iraqi Civil Defense Corps troops were merely window dressing, with the real security provided by beefy South Africans private contractors. U.S. troops hung around getting in everyone’s way..
Perhaps most telling is the way Mr. Ashcroft responds to criticism of his performance. His first move is always to withhold the evidence. Then he tries to change the subject by making a dramatic announcement of a terrorist threat.
Firefox has been updated...Firefox is a free, open-source web browser based on Netscape. It's smaller, faster, and more standards-compliant than Microsoft Internet Explorer. I use it on both my Mac and PC, and have made it the default browser on my PC. It's probably too big to download over dialup (about 5Mb) but definitely worth it if you are at all tired of MSIE's various and sundry problems. This latest version of Firefox is still a beta, but the last beta was quite stable and this is likely to be the last version before the package is stablized for version 1.
If your intention is to extract information, you cannot be accused of torture.
Spent the weekend in Amagansett. Managed to do very little other than read a book and watch teh dogs chase each other aronud the yard (look for updated Coco/Frisket pix on frisket.org within the next day).
We ate dinner last night and brunch this morning at Planet Bliss on Shelter Island. I had a chicken-risotto-beets combo, Lisa had some sort of shellfish item. Brunch this morning was ablueberry pancakes and a ham-swiss-scallion omelette.
We drove back down the North Fork, taking the North Ferry from Shelter Island Heights to Greenport. The drive back seemed very fast, maybe 2 hours max, but we left early to avoid traffic from the US Open at Shinnecock.
In April 2003, John Ashcroft's Justice Department disrupted what appears to have been a horrifying terrorist plot. In the small town of Noonday, Tex., F.B.I. agents discovered a weapons cache containing fully automatic machine guns, remote-controlled explosive devices disguised as briefcases, 60 pipe bombs and a chemical weapon — a cyanide bomb — big enough to kill everyone in a 30,000-square-foot building.
More important, is Mr. Ashcroft neglecting real threats to the public because of his ideological biases?
The discovery of the Texas cyanide bomb should have served as a wake-up call: 9/11 has focused our attention on the threat from Islamic radicals, but murderous right-wing fanatics are still out there. The concerns of the Justice Department, however, appear to lie elsewhere. Two weeks ago a representative of the F.B.I. appealed to an industry group for help in combating what, he told the audience, the F.B.I. regards as the country's leading domestic terrorist threat: ecological and animal rights extremists.
The tax language is so broad that virtually any communication technologies in your home or office could be subject to this tax,said Chris Hart, spokesman for ITFlorida, a not-for-profit industry organization for the state's technology professionals.It's difficult to imagine a more anti-technology, anti-business tax. It directly attacks the efficient use of information technology.
I went on a CD shopping frenzy at the Union Square Virgin Megastore today. They are having a 3 for $25 sale and it's a surprisingly good mix of CDs on sale (usually it's a mix of the best hits of a 70s cover band).
I picked up:
- The Essentials by Bronski Beat and Jimmy Somerville
- Time Capsule by The B-52's
- Trance Masters by Various Artists
- End of the Century by Ramones
- Licensed to Ill by Beastie Boys
- Hard Trance by Various Artists
Am ripping them now to the iTunes RAID array I set up.