Archive for May, 2007

democrat "Soprano-type politics"

May 31, 2007

Not surprisingly discussing democrat congressman John Murtha.

The democrat Culture of Corruption marches on.

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Microsoft reintroduces the touch screen

May 31, 2007

The MIT Tech Review has an article on how Microsoft has repackaged the touch screen in an interesting and expensive way. To be fair, it also can recognize what is placed on it, including bar codes, which is an interesting application of technology.

Apple to charge extra for not screwing over their customers

May 31, 2007

In a step in the right direction, Apple announced that it will start selling music through its iTunes service that does not have restrictive usage software (so-called DRM software) embedded in it.

In a step in the wrong direction, Apple will charge more ($1.29 per song instead of $0.99) for not assuming their customers are thieves.

Update: Apple still assumes its customer are thieves. Ars Technica has the details:

With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently with DRM-free music comes files embedded with identifying information. Such is the situation with Apple’s new DRM-free music: songs sold without DRM still have a user’s full name and account e-mail embedded in them, which means that dropping that new DRM-free song on your favorite P2P network could come back to bite you.

What Moore doesn’t tell you…

May 29, 2007

Even the Fat Socialist Weasel doesn’t call his films “documentaries”, but it has to hurt when the far left leaning NY Times calls bullshit on his latest film:

“Actually there are three systems,” Dr. Cordova said, because Cuba has two: one is for party officials and foreigners like those Mr. Moore brought to Havana. “It is as good as this one here, with all the resources, the best doctors, the best medicines, and nobody pays a cent,” he said.

But for the 11 million ordinary Cubans, hospitals are often ill equipped and patients “have to bring their own food, soap, sheets — they have to bring everything.” And up to 20,000 Cuban doctors may be working in Venezuela, creating a shortage in Cuba. . . .

Until he had to have emergency surgery last year, Fidel Castro — who turned 80 this year — was considered a model of vibrant long life in Cuba. But it was only last week that he acknowledged in an open letter that his initial surgery by Cuban doctors had been botched. He did not confirm, however, that a specialist had been flown in from Spain last December to help set things right.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Tony Blair still gets it.

May 29, 2007

From the Daily Telegraph:

I was stopped by someone the other week who said it was not surprising there was so much terrorism in the world when we invaded their countries (meaning Afghanistan and Iraq). No wonder Muslims felt angry.

I said to him: tell me exactly what they feel angry about. We remove two utterly brutal and dictatorial regimes; we replace them with a UN-supervised democratic process.

And the only reason it is difficult still is because other Muslims are using terrorism to try to destroy the fledgling democracy and, in doing so, are killing fellow Muslims.

Why aren’t they angry about the people doing the killing? The odd thing about the conversation is I could tell it was the first time he’d heard this argument.

HT to Ed Driscoll.

The US went into eastern Europe to protect Muslims from genocide and are still there performing that task.

Hate Crime in Liberal Stronghold

May 29, 2007

From the AP, vandals invade graveyards in Washington state to burn American Flags and replace them with Swastikas.

Tolerant liberal in action

May 28, 2007

Except, they are not tolerant if you dare to disagree with them.
By way of Hot Air, is this New York Post story:

Yesterday, Rosie’s chief writer, Janette Barber, was allegedly escorted from the building after she was caught drawing moustaches on photographs of Hasselbeck that hang in the “View” studios.

The Post’s Adam Buckman reports ABC confirmed in a statement only that “photographs at ‘The View’s’ offices were defaced. Rosie O’Donnell was not in the building. ABC Legal and Human Resources are investigating the matter.” Barber is an old friend of O’Donnell who worked with her years ago on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

There were also rumors O’Donnell was so angry after her argument with Hasselbeck that she trashed her dressing room, although ABC denied the tantrum.

Freedom of the Press gone under Leftist Rule

May 27, 2007

By way of Rob is this story on Yahoo News:

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s top court on Friday ordered the Defense Ministry to take control of installations of an opposition television station amid a show of military force before the station’s controversial closure.

President Hugo Chavez’s decision to close the RCTV television channel, which he accuses of backing a 2002 coup against him, has prompted international condemnation and several demonstrations.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court ordered the military to “guard, control and monitor” some of the station’s installations and equipment including transmission equipment and antennas throughout the country.

An RCTV source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said staff at the station believed troops would take over the station’s Caracas headquarters.

The court determined that the government must take RCTV’s broadcast equipment to ensure a smooth handover to a state channel that will replace RCTV with broadcasts promoting the values of Chavez’s socialist revolution.

Rob follows up with some damn good points:

Don’t worry guys, Chavez is totally not a dictator. He was elected by the people, remember? And Cindy Sheehan likes him. She’d even rather live in in Venezuela under Chavez than America.

Hillary Clinton’s fund raising partner Harry Belafonte loves him too, as does American actor Danny Glover who has agreed to make movies funded by Chavez’s blood money.

And don’t forget all those union leaders and college professors who were giving Chavez standing ovations when he was in the US to speak at the UN.

All joking aside, though, I’d like to hear just one of Chavez’s apologists on the left to explain to me how the seizing of his country’s media is a good thing.

You can’t make this stuff up…

May 27, 2007

“Syriana Writer Weds Oil Heiress”.

HT to Ed Driscoll

Sounds like a good idea

May 27, 2007

According to Reuters, NASA is in the market for commercial relationships and private capital as it gears up for its next manned missions to the moon.