Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Interesting reading...This Press Secretary's more of a WEASEL than Ari !

Scottie & Me - White House Briefing -

I have to wonder why reporters even bother to go to the White House briefings anymore.

Now I realize that it probably will NEVER happen, but I wonder what Scott McClellan would do if ALL the reporters (well, ALL but the faux reporters like Gannon who are bought and paid for) DEMANDED answers every time [he] avoids the [actual] question asked ?

I mean someone please stand up as a g-damn AMERICAN and say "NO, that's NOT what I asked! WHY won't you answer the question?
Kind of like the movie line, "I'm mad as HELL, and I'm not going to take it anymore!!!" Enough of the secrecy. Enough of the BS ! If you're not going to answer our questions, WHY are we here ?
I mean, might as well just hand out press/propaganda releases and save everyone the time, right ? ....but as usual I digress.

If enough of the "reporters" in the room backed them up... what am I saying? If enough of the "reporters" had the GUTS/INTEGRITY (well, like Helen Thomas for instance) they COULD do it.

I'm afraid that the way the White House seems to like to run things these days, they'd just as soon fill the briefing room with "Jeff Gannons" (and some WH interns for filler).

Why do we stand for this ?

And on another note, WHY is Robert Novak walking around a free man ? If it's a crime for the person who gave him (and the others) the CIA agent's name, WHY isn't it a crime for [him] to publish it in his column ? What a POS. (I fart in his general direction!..a-la Monty Python)

Saturday, May 28, 2005

WHAT is the White House HIDING ?

White House denies senators papers on Bolton nomination - The Boston Globe - Boston.com - Washington - News

It's obvious that the administration doesn't want the contents of these papers made public and we shouldn't allow them to BS the public by changing the subject, attempting to divert attention away from the real issue. They used this tactic successfully in the last election, and continue to use the tactic (usually with the help of some "talking head" who's either ignorant, gullible, or partisan) to shift the current debate away from the real issue/truth.

More and more intolerance and censorship from the American Taliban ?

Broward pressures Art Guild to remove graphic painting of Bush from 'Controversy' exhibit: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

I know, it could be worse. At least people aren't being taken to the local athletic stadium and beheaded, shot, or hung.

It's kind of funny that this was instigated by an artist whose own work could be similarily condemned by others...

I wonder how much pressure is put on the heads of CBS and NBC (especially lately) to "tone down" the jokes about
the current administration and the Delay Gang ?

Friday, May 27, 2005

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

It's time for the MAJORITY to stand up for OUR rights !

Watchdog group slams 'soft porn' Paris Hilton TV ad - Yahoo! News

I'm sick of this. I think it's time we in the majority stand up for our rights and stop letting a small but vocal group of tight-assed puritans (yes, and some of them serious hypocrites) on the far right dictate what the MAJORITY sees and hears !

Does this remind you of.... oh I don't know.....maybe THE TALIBAN ?
I'd bet that most if not all of the same people associated with "The Parents Television Council" thought that the strict control that the Taliban exercised over the people of Afghanistan was a bad thing.
Can they not see that they themselves are guilty of similar intolerance of whatever they determine is "bad" for society ?

The time is long overdue for "We the People" to counteract the threats of boycott (which Wall St. seems to take quite seriously) from these control freaks who want everyone to live their lives the way THEY think is best. They are more than welcome to voice their concerns, but unless WE stand up for ourselves THEY will continue to dictate to the media/business what we can and can NOT see/hear !

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Another example of sloppy reporting....

Following The Trail Of Illegal 'Star Wars' Downloads - Yahoo! News

Now when it comes to illegally downloading copyrighted materials, I never have, and I never would.

Now that I have that out of the way, this is what is wrong with a certain comment in this article.

Here's the sentence in question:
" The majority of illegal downloads of "Star Wars" has occurred on the BitTorrent site, Garland said, and despite the number of downloads so far, Hollywood did a good job at preventing the movie's release sooner. "

Notice that it says "[on] the BitTorrent site".

This statement, to (and BY) people who haven't taken the time to understand HOW the BitTorrent process works is totally misleading !
absolutely NOTHING happens [on] that web site (or ANY web site).

I realize that to many people this might not be a big deal, but accuracy in reporting is crucial, so as not to leave the reader/listener with a false impression ! (Of course lately the current administration has actually developed misleading folks in this manner to an art form...)

I believe that part of a reporter's job is to actually KNOW something about that which they're reporting !

You don't send a gossip columnist to cover a "technical" story... Of course [this] reporter (Antone Gonsalves) seems to a technical background (from a "Google" of his by-line), so there's no good reason for him to have mis-led his readers in this way. He should have possibly corrected Mr. Garland and/or asked for a clarification.

Yes, it was probably just an oversight (we've all done it), but because I think ACCURACY (in reporting) is so important I felt I had to mention it here.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Is it me, or does it seem like the current administration is acting more like Putin's ?

Daily Kos :: Suppressing free speech

Wow, and I thought this was the USA. Is it me, or does it seem like the current administration is acting more like Putin's ?

The NERVE of those crooked bastards using TAXPAYER money to pay for one of those 'friendlies-only' photo-op/soundbite affairs, and then kick out "three people who had personally picked up tickets from Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez's office" all of whom I'd be willing to bet ARE taxpayers !

I swear, the mainstream press ought to be ashamed of themselves for not following this story AND the British "memo" story (and SO many others).

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

digg adds blogging features

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Friday, May 06, 2005

Did you watch the recent hearings about this on c-span?

FCC boss proposes 911 for Internet phones -sources - Yahoo! News

I can't recall the politician's name, but if you watched this hearing you might recall a guy quite persistant in the way he kept mentioning the company Vonage. It looked to me like this guy really didn't have much 'tech knowledge', but he sure knew one Vonage's name!

I just don't think that Vonage got a fair shake there. They're just one of MANY companies that have the SAME issues with 911 connectivity, but this guy made it sound like Vonage is the only one.

It almost seemed to me that this was a planned attack, but I don't know... Maybe the guy's just ignorant, and doesn't know any better.

I'd like to hear from some people who watched it, and see if you noticed this too.

BTW, I signed up with Vonage about a year ago, and while checking out ALL the information on the web site, I [read] about all the issues and limitations concerning '911' connectivity. The information wasn't hidden, but you DO have to be responsible, and not just quickly breeze over the 'fine print' (in the excitement of the purchase).

Ultimately, due to hardware incompatibility reasons, I decided that I'd wait for a little while, and I returned my Vonage unit (for now).
I'll try it again once the service becomes more 'reliable'.

This is GREAT (Yahoo!) News! ;-)

Technology News on Yahoo! News

I really hope this decision stands. It's about time this issue is settled, and it appears that common sense (and not 'special intrests', as typically happens in the other two branches of government) prevailed.

Now, if we could only make it so that when you buy a cell phone, it will work no matter which provider you do business with.....