Friday, January 23, 2009

Please Don't Release the Detainees, Mr. President!

NYT reports that a Saudi militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen's capital, Sana, in September, 2008. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists, that our country pays for in part, before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen. His status was announced in an Internet statement by the militant group and was confirmed by an American counterterrorism official. "The lesson here is, whoever receives former Guantánamo detainees needs to keep a close eye on them," the American official said. Yeah, right.

Tell me, dear ACLU bleeding hearts, how can you "rehabilitate" a terrorist? This proves that you can't.

Mr. Obama, please allow our courts to try the terrorists, and when they are found guilty, sentence them accordingly.


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Friday, January 16, 2009

What a dummy

I think the Verizon tech fixed a cabling problem that led to my Internet woes. Time will tell.

Meanwhile, the cleaning folks knocked out power to my clock. I reset it last night. This morning, I felt especially tired. Then I noticed the kitchen clock was off by an hour. Then I noticed all the clocks were off by an hour. Then I noticed my watch was off by an hour. Too many clocks to be a coincidence. Boy am I tired.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Go Nuclear and Fix My Internet

When asked about nuclear power, Dr. Chu, Obama's prospective Energy Secretary said it had to be "part of our mix." He favored tapping loan guarantees to restart the nuclear industry.

Verizon meanwhile has rescheduled my appointment. We'll see if they show up today.

At least 24 taped. Too bad you can't watch the DVR on any of the STBs in the house. That sux, its not like they aren't networked together.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fix My Internet

Just after Thanksgiving, I switched my Internet and television service from Cablevision to Verizon, just so I can arbitrage. Verizon promised cheaper service with more features. Instead, I got a more expensive service with more channels of shit, and worse customer service.

Because my Internet goes out, so goes my telephone (I have Vonage). The government should mandate 24 hour repair for broadband Internet, just like it does for telephone service, since many now use VoIP. Hello?

Obama has made the deployment of high-speed Internet networks as a central part of his plan to create jobs and better compete with global economies offering much faster broadband Internet speeds, often at lower prices.

But we have to have working Internet first.

Next year, I may try Direct TV. In the meantime, fix my Internet, please.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Split Atoms, Not Wood

In light of the Russian gas crisis, French government-owned electricity giant EDF is now marketing its expertise, as demonstrated by high-profile moves into Britain and the United States over the past few months.

Meanwhile, back at home, our federal government gives more money to the unscrupulous bad actors that line their own pockets with bonus money.

Senate Democratic leaders said a vote could come as early as this week on providing a second $350 billion for the financial industry. The incoming Obama team has undertaken an effort to obtain the money from reluctant lawmakers, to have it waiting for Obama when he's sworn in Jan. 20. Sunday, President-elect Barack Obama and Obama's economic adviser, Larry Summers, made assurances that the for roughly $800 billion in spending and tax breaks to spur the economy for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, would be better monitored and spent.

But banks and other financial institutions have received billions from the government with few rules, and most won't say where the money has gone. Yeah, we knew that would happen.

Instead of our government helps the private sector to rape the public. The government should remember its history of public works programs from the last depression, and should be building infrastructure like the French have.


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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Mayor Mike Routs Hamas

Asked about the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza, Mr. Bloomberg replied sharply: "That they [Hamas] are putting people at risk is an outrage. If Hamas would focus on building a country instead of trying to destroy another one, then those people would not be getting injured or killed."

My sentiments exactly, Mr. Mayor. I'd even take it a step further and say that if people elect a terrorist organization as their government, then they shouldn't complain about being in terror.
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