29 December 2003

Dave McGinnis is an exemplary man

According to Bill Bidwill, though it still meant Dave McGinnis was getting fired despite yesterday's Cardinal victory that was simply stunning and one to remember.
Arizona Cardinals President Bill Bidwill has relieved Head Coach Dave McGinnis and his coaching staff from their duties effective immediately.

The victory yesterday was one for the ages. Trailing 17-6 with a little over six minutes left in the game, the Cardinals came back in a most improbable fashion, in stumbling style to a 18-17 comeback victory. Knocking the Vikings out of this season's playoff pool.

Viking fans who seemed to outnumber Cardinal fans, whose hopes were crushed, were taunted exiting the stadium.

Some suggest that the Cardinals should have just rolled over as the win was really just a big loss, considering that they forfeited the top pick in 2004 draft.

Some other memorable games in Sun Devil Stadium over the past few years...

28 December 2003

Think about what could happen if your broadband provider could discriminate

Federal Communications Commission commissioner writer says FCC forces are pushing to clamp down on the "open access" that the present day internet offers.
A new battle is brewing at the Federal Communications Commission. It's about the future of the Internet. Entrenched interests are threatening open consumer access to the Net and stifling innovation and competition in the process.

The Internet was designed to defeat government or business control and to thwart discrimination against users, ideas or technologies. Intelligence and control were consciously placed at the ends of a non-discriminatory network. Anyone could access the Internet, with any kind of computer, for any type of application, and read or say pretty much what they wanted.

This Internet may be dying. At the behest of powerful interests, the FCC is buying into a warped vision that open networks should be replaced by closed networks and that the FCC should excuse broadband providers from longstanding non-discrimination requirements.

Proponents of eliminating non-discrimination rules claim that allowing dominant broadband providers to build walls around the Internet is just ``deregulating'' and ``letting the market reign supreme,'' deploying the rhetoric of Libertarianism to serve decidedly parochial interests. The truth is that these corporations -- so fond of railing against government picking winners and users -- are now asking the FCC to do precisely that.

23 December 2003

Claude Lemieux would have loved this place

Phoenix Coyotes new home in Glendale opens for NHL play Saturday night.

An Arizona Republic article describes five ingredients for success offered by the new digs - pride, true home-ice advantage, intimate fan surroundings and greater revenue streams.

Will it be enough to erase reported losses of $25 million and turn a tidy profit? I did not renew my season ticket plan ... it's a lot of money ...
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17 December 2003

America is not a Christian nation

Historian Robert Carver writes a letter to the Illinois Leader refuting the notion that "America was founded as a Christian nation".
Those who first came to America were not running from religious persecution. The Puritans were a minority in England and were intolerant of the majority religion and left England for Holland so their children would not be exposed to what they saw as a false belief system. Holland was even worse for them so they set sail for the newly established colonies in America. Once they arrived, they set up an intolerant system to prevent the exercise of any belief system that differed from their own.

16 December 2003

We don't think of it as one shore or another shore

Says James Sciales, IBM spokesman, regarding reports that IBM plans to move nearly 5,000 jobs offshore to India and China.
A number of Boulder IBM employees could be training their foreign replacements soon if IBM goes forward with a plan to move thousands of jobs to India and China.

The company reportedly is moving up to 4,700 application management services jobs offshore starting next year, according to documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

"We have been in India since 1951 and China since 1979," said James Sciales, spokesman for IBM. "Most of our revenue doesn't come from the U.S. We don't think of it as one shore or another shore. We're a global company."

Perhaps they should stop billing themselves as an American company then and recharter in a foreign locale. And give up the advantages, blessings, and protections that flow to American business entity.

In a related story, the state of Washington outsources its IT work to India, and compels its employees to train their less expensive foreign replacements. A scenario that is playing out all over the U.S. in these times. Not a good time to be a computer programmer working for employee wages...

Also, check out Rescue American Jobs for more articles on Information Technology importing of guest visa workers, offshoring, and outsourcing. And read the stories of others displaced, like me, were mandated to train their foreign replacements before they were cut loose from their IT positions.

Bush administration inaccurate and deceptive claims

As chronicled by the Center for American Progress.

15 December 2003

We Finally Got Our Frankenstein... and He Was In a Spider Hole!

Michael Moore sounds off on the capture of Saddam Hussien.
Thank God Saddam is finally back in American hands! He must have really missed us. Man, he sure looked bad! But, at least he got a free dental exam today. That's something most Americans can't get.

America used to like Saddam. We LOVED Saddam. We funded him. We armed him. We helped him gas Iranian troops.

But then he screwed up. He invaded the dictatorship of Kuwait and, in doing so, did the worst thing imaginable -- he threatened an even BETTER friend of ours: the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia, and its vast oil reserves. The Bushes and the Saudi royal family were and are close business partners, and Saddam, back in 1990, committed a royal blunder by getting a little too close to their wealthy holdings. Things went downhill for Saddam from there.

12 December 2003

Radio Show Archives Online

Some notable radio show archives on the internet in a more preferable download format:

Yes, lefty shows. I haven't found any righty shows, well at least that are not in a stream format.

Or you could use a nifty program like this one to preserve radio streams from live radio or capture any available net streams.

2 December 2003

Combat Leader Writes About the Battle in Samara

Over the weekend, mainstream news outlets reported that 54 Iraqis were killed in the northern city of Samarra by U.S. forces. Newspaper accounts told of a convoy ambush, but a soldier's letter to former soldier David Hackworth offers a different perspective than the big media story accounting.
The convoy which was attacked while driving through Samara was not a supply convoy as reported, but was carrying large amounts of new Iraqi currency to stock local Iraqi banks and US greenbacks used to pay for goods and services the US forces need to accomplish their missions in Iraq. This convoy was heavily guarded by Abrams Tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles. It was akin to a huge Brinks Truck delivery.

The reports of 54 enemy killed will sound great on the home front, but the greater story is much more disturbing and needs to be told to the American Public.

The letter writer believes that more civilians were killed than "enemy insurgents".

The Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Colonel Frederick Rudesheim, said after this battle that "We are going to continue to take the fight to this enemy. This is the most significant contact we have had to date in the city of Samarra. We are going to have to respond accordingly."

This is a great attitude for a combat commander to have when fighting an armored force on force, but Colonel Rudesheim is not trained in Counter-Insurgency and my soldiers are taking the heat. We drive around in convoys, blast the hell out of the area, break down doors and search buildings; but the guerillas continue to attacks us. It does not take a George Patton to see we are using the wrong tactics against these people. We cannot realistically expect that Stability and Support Operations will defeat this insurgency.

As one would expect from using our overwhelming firepower, much of Samarra is fairly well shot up. The tanks and brads rolled over parked cars and fired up buildings where we believed the enemy was. This must be expected considering the field of vision is limited in an armored vehicle and while the crews are protected, they also will use recon by fire to suppress the enemy. Not all the people in this town were hostile, but we did see many people firing from rooftops or alleys that looked like average civilians, not the Feddayeen reported in the press. I even saw Iraqi people throwing stones at us, I told my soldiers to hold their fire unless they could indentfy a real weapon, but I still can't understand why somebody would throw a stone at a tank, in the middle of a firefight.

Since we did not stick around to find out, I am very concerned in the coming days we will find we killed many civilians as well as Iraqi irregular fighters. I would feel great if all the people we killed were all enemy guerrillas, but I can't say that. We are probably turning many Iraqi against us and I am afraid instead of climbing out of the hole, we are digging ourselves in deeper.

I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year

Were those the words of the committee chairman to reelect President Bush?

No. They were uttered by Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold, whose touch-screen voting machines are in increasingly widespread use across the United States. Yes, the head of a firm whose voting machines tabulate American voters selections. The individual that's supposed to be the "head referee" of vote tallying hardware also serves as a leading fund raiser for W. Bush. Incredible.

Last month, Diebold got a bit miffed and started going after web hosters who published internal Diebold memos or even the links to the memos under the DMCA. Memos revealing shoddy electronic voting machine security.

Bev Harris, of has a compiled a compendium on the chicanery in electronic voting as it has been implemented to date. In fact, there's a complete online book available detailing the damage. Very troubling is the text contained within those chapters....

1 December 2003

No one should be able to own facts about other people

Conservative columnist Phyllis Schlafly pens an alarming article on the recently introduced Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act bill in Congress.
Giving new powers to the federal courts to police the use and exchange of information collected in databases would have a negative effect on our already shaky economy. Creating federally mandated ownership over data is not the way to go if we still believe in free enterprise.

Nor is H.R. 3261 the way to go if we believe that the federal government should exercise only enumerated powers. The Constitution does not authorize Congress to create any property rights beyond those specified in the Copyright Clause.

The American Library Association is also opposed to this legislation.