Saturday, July 20, 2002
Most left-leaning (and more than a few libertarian) websites were (understandably) upset over the asinine TIPS proposal put forth by the Bush Administration, under which millions of Americans would essentially become professional snitches. Lost in the sound and fury was yet another proposal to create a national ID card. Both plans were killed on Thursday, but few of the sites identified who was responsible for killing themDick Armey, the House Majority Leader, despised by the left for his unalloyed conservatism. The Washington Times, however, did note his actions, and praised him in today's editorial.
(Link courtesy of campc.)
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Note to Self
Sunburn on the back of one's knees is a reminder to use sunscreen liberally.
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Quana Jones got fed up with Blogger and Blogspot, and has moved her blog, Eristic. The new address is http://www.eristic.nu.
All of her archives (including her Jeremiad against the Saudi ambassdor) are still on blogspot, but her new material will be powered by Grey Matter.
Check her out.
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Blinded by bias
Dodd, over at Ipse Dixit, links to this idiotic editorial in the Louisville Courier-Journal, which includes an absolutely ludicrous statement. I sent them an e-mail.
...the nation's second most important political party ...
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You are referring to the party that controls the White House, the House of Representatives, and a sizable majority of governorships. How does this translate to "second most important", as opposed to most important?
I understand your editorial board's obsessive need to flack for the Democratic Party, but do try to keep the facts straight when you are coordinating your releases with Terry McAuliffe and James Carville.
Friday, July 19, 2002
A note on Comments
I just deleted a comment because it broke my site.
The comments section is not designed for long rants, If you have a lot to say on a subject, use you own blog and a link. There is no reason to post a 1440 word comment (totally off-topic, for what it's worth), on ANYONE'S blog. If your comment is long enough to prevent my site from loading correctly, it's too long, and it's history as soon as I find it.
UPDATE-19 July 11:15PM I have exchanged e-mails with the individual involved, and it appears to have been an unintentional screw-up on his part (the post was intended for another blog who has a link to mine; he might have clicked on the link to my blog before he started posting). I have deleted the entire comment, including his name; no need to embarass him.
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(Note: This was originally posted as a commentsee this thread. I decided to slightly reword it and post it in a thread of its own.)
This is a quickie list of large groups that fund environmental activism. It is by no means all-inclusive. I provide it as a counterweight to the argument that big business has no well-funded opposition to prevent it from controlling politicians and dominating the media markets.
-Provided grants totalling $23.5 Million in 2001.
Daivd and Lucille Packard Foundation
-Provided grants of $360.2 Million just to environmental groups 1999-2001. They also donate to several other causes.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
-Provided grants of $42.1 Million just to environmental groups in 2001. They have an extensive grant program covering a wide variety of causes.
John D. and Carolyn T. MacArthur Foundation
-Provided grants of $72.8 Million just to environmental groups and $62.7 Million just to Human and Community Development groups in 2001. (A significant portion of the latter goes to family planning and "social justice" agitation groups; most goes to projects that are worthy of funding.)
-Provided grants totalling $652.1 Million in 2001. This is a total for all grants. I could not find a breakdown of grants by area on their site, only totals and individual grants, through which I was not going to spend hours sorting.
Even the Environmental Protection Agency, an arm of the federal government, has joined inthey contributed a total of $4.6 Million to the Natural Resources Defense Council from 1996-2001, and over $3 Million to the Tides Foundation from 1993-2001 (that is a total, not a yearly amount).
Of course, one's personal beliefs will dictate whether the groups that have received funding can be considered "extremist", but groups such as EarthSave, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Natural Resources Defence Council, Greenpeace, PETA, and Ruckus Society are probably likely to be considered extremist by a large majority of the populace of the United States. These groups are not the only ones that have received funding from the above foundations, but all have received significant chunks of change.
Because their brand of environmentalism is one of opressive regulation, they are inherently anti-capitalistic, another reason to oppose them. Some, such as CSPI, wish to impose taxes upon the food we eat in an effort to socially engineer our society to one that is more to their liking. Others simply want to impose regulations that will eliminate industry and return us to the pre-industrial age, regardless of what the rest of the people want. Some, like the Ruckus Society, specialize in training protesters such as the anti-globalization and anti-WTO protesters that have wreaked havoc in Seattle, Quebec, Washington, DC and elsewhere. These people are "watermelons"green on the outside, red on the inside. I don't like watermelons, and I don't want any part of their agenda.
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(Apparently I am not alone; No Watermelons Allowed derives its name from the same concept.)
Posting has been very light this week, due to an unexpectedly unpleasant week at work. Monday morning, one of my test benches smoke-checked, and it was downhill from there. However, the weekend is here, and I will be posting more frequently than in the earlier part of the week.
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Stupid Letters Entry
From today's Seattle Post Intelligencer comes this screed, straight from Karl Marx's decomposing brain. I doubt that commentary will be needed on this one.
The source of corporate corruption is not greed, dishonesty, fraud or plain highway robbery. The source is the capitalist system.
The system itself is based upon exploitation of workers for the sake of profit. It steals a share of what labor produces and pockets it as profit. If there is any other explanation for the source of profit, it is yet to be discovered.
Just ask yourself, where would profit come from without labor? It's obvious there would be no production, no market, no money and no profit. The system would cease to function. Yet, under the profit system the critical role of labor in the system is disrespected.
The evil is the system. It takes part of labor's production in the form of profit without compensation. This thievery amounts to two or more hours of uncompensated labor. There is no other source of profit.
Why should capitalists be reluctant to engage in fraud, deception and manifold ways of stealing for more profit at the expense of workers, shareholders, pensioners and the public? After all, they are acting strictly under the rules of the system.
Pardon me while I wash my hands; I feel soiled.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Truth behind Cheney stock sale
Mike Hendrix, over at Cold Fury, has this fantastic post about Cheney's stock sale, and why the whole incident reeks of double standards and Democratic hypocrisy. I'll let Mike tell the story; go check it out.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Brendan O'Neill steps in it again
Brendan O'Neill needs to have the dosage of his meds adjusted.
In this little rant, a worthy follow-up to his temper-tantrum about lousy writing, he works so hard to bash those of us who posted the open letter of support to the Iranians that he forgets that the Iranians are not Arabs. (see the second paragraph)
And of course, there is the requisite bashing of those of us who have the colossal nerve to run a weblog without having a background in journalism (that is the first paragraph). By the way, isn't a single-sentence paragraph a faux pas? I commit it often enough, but then, I'm not a journalist, so substandard writing is clearly all one can expect from the likes of me.
Of course, there *is* the rest of the post, but I am way too burned out to dissect it. Maybe Andrea will take a whack at it.
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We interrupt this period of unplanned non-posting for this announcement:
Protein Wisdom has been yanked off the net by its host, which abruptly changed its rules and now demands more money to continue hosting the site. Jeff is attempting to resolve the issue. Hopefully this will be resolved soon. Good luck, Jeff.
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Sunday, July 14, 2002
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
To show our support for the Iranian people, we each have agreed to display this letter, in English and in Farsi, on our pages from sunrise to sunset today, Tehran time.
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come.
(Courtesy of Daily Pundit.)
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At 11:23 this morning (Pacific Time), a visitor from the University of Georgia became my 5000th visitor.
We now return to our scheduled broadcast.
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Letter to the Editor
Reading the letters to the editor in the Seattle area papers can be tremendously frustrating; any time an issue arises that involves big business or the Republican party, the resultant torrent of letters to the editor show that most of the letter writers are reading from the same playbook. Here's a few of the more popular myths I've seen in the past week's worth of letters to the local news outlets.
Myth 1: George Bush was 34 weeks late in filing the paperwork from the sale of his stock.
This is partially true. When selling stock, there are two forms filed, Form 144 (filed on the day of the sale) and Form 4 (due within one month of the sale. The Form 4 was late; the Form 144 was filed on time. If Bush was truly trying to avoid scrutiny of the sale, one would think that he would not have filed the Form 144 (or he would have filed both to avoid an investigation).
Myth 2: Bush sold the stock to avoid a huge loss.
This is untrue. Bush sold the stock to purchase an interest in the Texas Rangers baseball team. At the time he bought into the Rangers, his most valuable asset was the stock he held in Harken; he sold $800,000 worth of Harken Energy stock to pay off a $600,000 loan for the purchase of the team.
If he "knew" the stock was going to tank, would it make sense to hold on to the 100,000 shares he didn't sell? Yes, that's rightBush only sold two thirds of the stock he owned in the company. Krugman, McAuliffe, and Daschle never mention that fact.
Myth 3: Bush knew that the company was in trouble.
Another falsehood. Bush knew the company was going to have a bad quarter, but it was far worse than he could have known. At the time of the stock sale, Harken was forecast to lose about $4.2 Million for the quarterit was actually more than $20 Million, a figure Bush had no way of knowing. The reports he received as a member of the auditing board at the time of the sale showed the company had lost $3.9 million. After the stock sale, write-downs and charges significantly increased the company's loss for the quarter.
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Myth 4: Harken "cooked the books" to keep the stock price artificially high.
No, they didn't. Harken Energy's stock fluctauted between $4 and $5/share prior to the Bush sale. It began a slow decline though August, 1990. The day Harken released their third quarter results, the stock, then trading at $3/share, dropped to $2.38/share. However, the next day, it recovered to $3/share. The stock continued dropping for the rest of the year, however, bottoming out at $1.25, at which point the stock began recovering. By June of 1991, the stock was trading at $4/share again, and by August, it was $8/share.
Myth 5: Bush dumped the stock on unsuspecting shareholders.
Bush was actually contacted first by a stockbroker representing a large institutional shareholder interested in Harken stock. He contacted Harken's in-house counsel, the company's chairman, another director, and the company's outside counsel to verify that the sale would not raise insider trading issues. Only then did he sell the stock.
Myth 6: Bush's proposals are hypocritical because they prevent anyone else from doing what he did.
Yet another falsehood. Nothing Bush has proposed would make illegal the sale of stock by company board members, whether at a loss or at a profit. To propose that board members cannot sell stock in a company of which they are board members is absurd; nobody would serve on the board of a company in which they owned stock, which would mean that the boards would be composed of members with no financial interest in the company's health.
Perhaps if the left wing actually did a little checking, instead of regurgitating what they hear from the DNC and its media adjuncts, they would realize that they are being sold a bill of goodsone not emanating from the GOP or big business, but from the Democratic Party's anti-capitalist puppeteers.
Stupid Letters entry
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Let's get this straight. The market's downward spiral is entirely the fault of our nearly-elected President Bush. Investors were looking for serious solutions to three particular issues: corporate governance, accounting fraud and stock options. Instead, we got the signature Bush diatribe full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. It is absolutely beyond belief that the characters in this administration have such little regard for our intelligence that they think we'd be duped by such pathetic drivel. Now we have a situation where foreign investment is leaving the country at a perilous rate and the rudderless ship of state is headed toward the nearest reef.
It's time for George W. to stop doing the bidding of his corporate benefactors and do something for the common good. Let's all hope that the habits of a lifetime are somehow reversible.
Let's get this straight: The stock market downturn began in March 2000, before it was even a sure thing that Bush was going to be the GOP nominee. Clinton issued a lot of high-toned rhetoric, but did absolutely nothing to address the issues you address.
"Foreign investment is leaving the country at a perilous rate"were you one of the people screaming about the country selling out to the Japanese during the Reagan administration? I'm willing to bet that you were. We don't have a rudderless ship of statewe have Tom Daschle playing obstructionist to any proposal suggested by the GOP-controlled house of Representatives or the GOP-controlled White House.
It's time for idiotarians to stop doing the bidding of their eco-extemist and anti-capitalist benefactors and do something for the common good. Let's all hope the habits of a lifetime are somehow reversible.
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Yes, I've been juggling the links again. I've separated the Sekimori-designed blogs into a category of their own (at the top) and added a number of new blogs to the bloglist.
What Was I Thinking?
Check them out.
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