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by operafan
Tue Dec 20, 2005 3:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Good Day for the Prez
Replies: 16
Views: 2923

If the MSM were so unwaveringly opposed to anything supporting Bush and the war, why is it that the lead editorial from the NY Times three days ago started, "Iraq's Election Day was a glorious success"? And how could an opinion column like the following (excerpts quoted only, 'cause it's from the p...
by operafan
Mon Dec 19, 2005 11:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Syriana
Replies: 4
Views: 1510

Great review CD. I hope you take up political writing as well. Time is tight so in lieu of a long piece, thanks for taking care of the board, I hope you and your family are well, and have a great set of holidays. :D
by operafan
Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bad Day (Again) For Pres
Replies: 52
Views: 8324

Ralph wrote:*****Talk of impeachment is nonsense.
Of course, consider what we'd get; Cheney for President.
by operafan
Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Interesting Rally
Replies: 18
Views: 2886

It is hard to rally against a country's leadership if one is wearing their t-shirts. Or buying their toys. Or buying any of their cheap stuff. That could easily be said to be a tad hipocritical.
by operafan
Sat Dec 17, 2005 12:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bad Day (Again) For Pres
Replies: 52
Views: 8324

From the NY Times, the number of people tapped domestically varied. "While many details about the program remain secret, officials familiar with it say the N.S.A. eavesdrops without warrants on up to 500 people in the United States at any given time. The list changes as some names are added and othe...
by operafan
Fri Dec 16, 2005 11:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bad Day (Again) For Pres
Replies: 52
Views: 8324

Ted wrote:
I want to know who leaked the story.
And you shall

http://drudgereport.com/flash9nyt.htm
Ironic that they didn't do it for John Dean's book 'Worse than Watergate' which was published in 2003.
by operafan
Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Funny But Also a Bit Scary
Replies: 7
Views: 1696

Maybe they were talking about the smoke coming out of one's ears problem. :wink:

Seriously, if doctors told women everything that could go wrong with a pregnacy, I doubt the birthrate would be near what it is today. One wants to be reasonably informed, but not too informed.
by operafan
Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Kyoto of the Internet?
Replies: 9
Views: 2221

Update to the above: there are 13 operators of root servers for the internet, there are however many (too lazy to count them) listed here. http://www.root-servers.org/ Some of the root servers are not listed because they are quasi-secret. Not all root servers are equal; some have more addresses avai...
by operafan
Fri Dec 16, 2005 4:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Kyoto of the Internet?
Replies: 9
Views: 2221

The following is my opinion with tech support from my husband (software architect in the kernel group, Oracle). Foreign countries don't like it that the US has the power to decide to pull a domaine range (like .sy for syria). Beside the June document that Washington issued saying we are in charge, t...
by operafan
Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Yea Chimps! Yea Evolution!
Replies: 37
Views: 5846

We're also seeing many dolphins, but they go their way and haven't bothered with us. In my experience, dolphins like riding the bow wakes of boats going more than 10 knots in the open ocean. Weird to see them at night with phosphoresessence - like incomming green lighted torpedoes, making high pitc...
by operafan
Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Police Seize Forged Ballots Headed to Iraq From Iran
Replies: 6
Views: 1668

Could be a piece of planted info, or could be the old 'bullets and ballots' stategy, one has two chances at winning (the term came out of Northern Ireland I think, but the strategy is apparently way old). Hedging one's bets so to speak.
by operafan
Thu Dec 15, 2005 3:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Police Seize Forged Ballots Headed to Iraq From Iran
Replies: 6
Views: 1668

With all the propaganda machines running full tilt, it is hard to know the truth. So here are a few denials. http://www.voanews.com/english/2005-12-14-voa56.cfm http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=38770&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs The Iraqi elections have not been without s...
by operafan
Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Colonel Kline Reports On Iraq
Replies: 14
Views: 2406

I take COL Kline's views very seriously and hope that they presage a true shift of security responsibilities to Iraqis. I just saw too many fine officers hoodwinked during Vietnam so I remain skeptical. An article I just read in the current Foreign Policy magazine, The Mayor of Ar Rutbah, by Major ...
by operafan
Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Kyoto of the Internet?
Replies: 9
Views: 2221

The standard binary/hex derivation of all code would be replaced with the more logical decimal system, thus doing away forever the need to know the multiples of 2 out to 256. It would be a relief to programmers everywhere. :wink: I hope your wink represents a realization that the binary system and ...
by operafan
Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: None Dare Call It Conspiracy
Replies: 5
Views: 1396

The real goal is not oil. The real goal is meaningful political, social, and economic reform in the region so that it will cease to be a breeding ground for the vicious mass murderers who are the gravest obstacle to peace in the post-Communist world. Such reform is a threat to the present ruling el...
by operafan
Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Iran's Ahmadinejad: “Ship the Jews To Germany/Austria"
Replies: 14
Views: 2600

At this point, it almost appears as though he is trying to goad Israel into attacking: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051214/ts_nm/iran_holocaust_dc With more than $200 billion in oil/coal contracts with India and China in his pocket, Russian nukes and small missils in transit, his pick of oil minist...
by operafan
Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Kyoto of the Internet?
Replies: 9
Views: 2221

:lol: If such a thing ever did happen, CMG would be directed to call itself the WesternMockeryofSereneVibrations.fas or some such, with communication only on non religious holidays the world over, by males, because women are disabled, and the standard binary/hex derivation of all code would be repla...
by operafan
Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Kyoto of the Internet?
Replies: 9
Views: 2221

Not similar to the the Kyoto accord - we didn't sign and commit to anything, then dump it. This set of conferences has lofty, even ideal goals like IT for everyone, government coordination on terrorism and spam. Scrolling down to section 35 one can see potential problems in the recognition of indivi...
by operafan
Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: None Dare Call It Conspiracy
Replies: 5
Views: 1396

A couple of things to be aware of; 1) generally people don't like be lied to or made a fool of, 2) alot of people think that 'we know Saddam has WMD' which was retracted later was a lie, that the intel used in the lead up to and the justification for the war was a lie. 3) if the intel on this war wa...
by operafan
Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Harry Potter IV
Replies: 31
Views: 4135

John, IMO if you must change stuff only update the story parenthetically or by footnotes, to keep the flavor, so 'maps' don't become 'charts', etc. The voice of your article is important because it will remind everyone of their own moments of terror. People will remember those mind clenching moments...
by operafan
Tue Dec 13, 2005 1:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Pool is Now Open!
Replies: 21
Views: 4351

Meathead in charge of an institution he reviles? There's a prescription for disaster. The Meathead thing was 25 years ago * * * Reiner also got preschool funding approved, wrote it well enough to benefit all counties according to birth rate (a miracle in our stupid proposition system) and it surviv...
by operafan
Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: March Could be a Month for Mushroom Clouds
Replies: 9
Views: 1962

A question for the physics, chemical, and other knowledgable people here: if one bombs a nuclear site where there is fissionable material, does one or does one not get a dirty bomb?
by operafan
Mon Dec 12, 2005 4:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Pool is Now Open!
Replies: 21
Views: 4351

Then there is the gang leader on death row who is scheduled to die Tuesday. Arnie hasn't said which way he will go as of this moment, Trust me, he won't commute the thug's righteous punishment. The guy's never admitted responsiblity or repented of his acts, the death-penalty issue doesn't split alo...
by operafan
Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bianca Jagger Does the Glitterati Proud
Replies: 5
Views: 1170

Re: Bianca Jagger Does the Glitterati Proud

My question is, how did this buffoon end up being the person authorized to accept the award on Ganji's behalf? UNICEF uses, and has used celebrity ambassadors since 1954 with Danny Kaye. Originally the ambassadors worked with children, but there are now titles like National Youth Ambassador, and Na...
by operafan
Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: March Could be a Month for Mushroom Clouds
Replies: 9
Views: 1962

Ralph wrote:The Ides of March?
Beware. And which Ceasar will it most affect - the bear, the dragon, David, or the emerging Golieth?
by operafan
Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: March Could be a Month for Mushroom Clouds
Replies: 9
Views: 1962

March Could be a Month for Mushroom Clouds

I've only seen this info in one other place so it could be real, could be a plant (part of saber ratteling to get folks to the table) or something else: you can decide. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1920074,00.html The Sunday Times December 11, 2005 Israel readies forces for strike o...
by operafan
Sun Dec 11, 2005 12:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Harry Potter IV
Replies: 31
Views: 4135

Wow. John, you really have good way with a sea story. I suggest you submit it with a few sentences added about where you have been and where you are going to Latitude 38 http://www.latitude38.com/LectronicLat/ ... hor1085433
by operafan
Sun Dec 11, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Pool is Now Open!
Replies: 21
Views: 4351

I dunno about March 1, maybe sooner. OK I'm in with a digital nickel for Feb 1. I wasn't expecting someone to bet on less time. I was expecting people to say he would stay past the off-year election or at least stay longer than 1 March. Yes that is my fruitcake wish for today. (Warning: local polit...
by operafan
Sat Dec 10, 2005 3:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Pool is Now Open!
Replies: 21
Views: 4351

Naw, just insert an EMF generating field in his belts so that everytime he comes within 3 feet of a microphone the mic goes crazy. :lol: Dean's good at digital fund raising and listening to the grass roots. I dunno about March 1, maybe sooner. OK I'm in with a digital nickel for Feb 1.
by operafan
Sat Dec 10, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Share The Iraq Sacrifice, Or End It...
Replies: 66
Views: 8309

The war isn't over, and USAID is looking to stabilize and stay in at least 10 cities for at least 2 years. The Pentagon is going to ask for $100 Billion more in next year's budget. There aren't enough troops. Iraq is about the size of California. The good news is that only 4 counties are out of cont...
by operafan
Sat Dec 10, 2005 2:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Share The Iraq Sacrifice, Or End It...
Replies: 66
Views: 8309

Libya capitulated (there is much speculation that they did not all the sudden become Girl Scouts, but that is a different thread) because of years of Clinton's carrot and stick approach. Mmmm. And they just happened to decide to do it 3 years after the Clintons left office. Riiiiiight. Some people ...
by operafan
Sat Dec 10, 2005 12:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Harry Potter IV
Replies: 31
Views: 4135

The books have gotten too long for the movies to do them justice. Harry Potter IV left out cubic yards of plot line about how much Harry was unjustly blamed for things that went wrong, which IMO will be hard to make things work in Harry V. I miss the fun, fantasy and magic of the first movies. The d...
by operafan
Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Goodbye for 3-5 Days
Replies: 35
Views: 3878

Glad to see you back. :D
by operafan
Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What's Your Day Job?
Replies: 8
Views: 1575

Sailmaker, soccermom, fundraiser, CD and book collector and bad housekeeper.
by operafan
Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: REPUBLICAN CHARITY
Replies: 27
Views: 3719

Corporate income tax needs to be abolished - it taxes productivity and discourages investment and job creation. If wealth is not taxed at the corporate level it will simply be passed through in the form of dividends, capital spending, payroll, etc & taxed at the individual level where it will be su...
by operafan
Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Share The Iraq Sacrifice, Or End It...
Replies: 66
Views: 8309

Nothing - NOTHING! that this administration has undertaken has worked out. So Libya just sua sponte captulated? So Egypt and Saudi Arabia are now taking small incremental steps toward liberalizing their governments just coincidentally? So Iranian dissidents have hope for the first time in 10 or 15 ...
by operafan
Fri Dec 09, 2005 10:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: REPUBLICAN CHARITY
Replies: 27
Views: 3719

A few tax facts, which consider not only fed, but state and local taxes. Now if they could just throw in death taxes, sin taxes, and reverse taxes (fines) things might be clearer. The good graphs in this article do not transfer so I recommend reading it for your self. The numbers for the working poo...
by operafan
Fri Dec 09, 2005 4:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Phony Journalism: yet another Bush export
Replies: 131
Views: 20347

Not content with al-Hurra, Radio Sawa and Radio Farda, we have to buy the Iraqi media al-Sabah but forgot to tell them that they were only supposed to supply things that are on NPR. Al-Sabah declared independence. You can check a sample of your tax dollars at work www.alhurra.com. The following say...
by operafan
Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Modified Rapture
Replies: 10
Views: 2213

They have wondered why Libby made so many statements that were contradicitory to reporters testimony. Why are the reporters's statements the baseline truth? Which leads me back to my question about Miller. Yes - Judith Miller has been less than forthcoming. Does that make Libby less culpable? No, M...
by operafan
Tue Dec 06, 2005 3:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Governator Pronounced Politically Dead
Replies: 4
Views: 953

:lol: Started by these guys http://www.jumptheshark.com/ but better explained by this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_the_shark I don't know as I'd say Arnie is shark meat yet, though choosing a gay Dem with a Rovian approach to politics, who favors still favors deregulation (after all our expe...
by operafan
Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Goodbye for 3-5 Days
Replies: 35
Views: 3878

Three-five days! That is alot of down time. Good luck, rest up, and in my children's vernacular, we'll catch you on the flip.
by operafan
Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Phony Journalism: yet another Bush export
Replies: 131
Views: 20347

Five days after the story broke Rumsfeld says, 'we don't know what the facts are yet'. It's enough to make one worry that they have not yet fixed the intelligence gathering capabilities yet. Can't he get some drone/lackey to find the contract in less than 5 days? Or maybe Rumsfeld doesn't know what ...
by operafan
Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: One Idea for Dealing with Illegal Immigration
Replies: 15
Views: 2141

Every illegal alien I've had contact with has come in quite legally with a tourist or student visa, and simply over stayed, as did some of the 9/11 hijackers. If the Immigration would do it's job, if Social Security did it's job, if employers did their job there would not be nearly as much of a prob...
by operafan
Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Phony Journalism: yet another Bush export
Replies: 131
Views: 20347

And you, CM, can pick and choose little bits of information which without context are meaningless. Like the bit about Michael Ware about who was leading the Iraqi troops in a particular operation -- was he everywhere? That sort of nonsense is obviously written from a partisan perspective. And you c...
by operafan
Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: One Idea for Dealing with Illegal Immigration
Replies: 15
Views: 2141

Hey - it would discriminate against Canadians to only build an anti Mexican wall. Wall equality now!!! :wink:
by operafan
Sun Dec 04, 2005 6:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: One Idea for Dealing with Illegal Immigration
Replies: 15
Views: 2141

Naw, no need to build walls, just use predator drones to patrol both borders - fire when necessary and the border patrol can shoot 'em from air conditioned buildings. Oh. Sorry. Need to give Haliburton more corporate welfare - the Gulf (east) and the Gulf (west) aren't enough. O.K. Build the walls. ...
by operafan
Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Armchair War Stategists and Peaceniks Make Your Plans Real
Replies: 5
Views: 1026

My grant proposal has been submitted. A unique aspect of my plan is the full incorporation of CMG into stabilizing Iraqi cities with a LAN for every municipality and a PC in every home. I went for WIFI with cell phone internet access, pancakes on every griddle, chocolate in every refrigerator, wine...
by operafan
Sun Dec 04, 2005 1:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The heavy, classic literature
Replies: 12
Views: 2485

There are many on the above lists that I really like, plus there are these Voltaire - Candide Kafka - Metamorphisis Montesquieu - Persian Letters - not quite a 'classic' but helps explain his other writings in a delightful way. Machiavelli - The Prince Dante - probably everything GB Shaw - I like hi...
by operafan
Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Armchair War Stategists and Peaceniks Make Your Plans Real
Replies: 5
Views: 1026

:D I'll take Paris or Florence - but Iraq they are not. Drat.

I find this grant an interesting way for the gov to aquire plans to establish lily pads of influence. Wonder if we are going to stay on these lily pads after victory.
by operafan
Sat Dec 03, 2005 5:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Armchair War Stategists and Peaceniks Make Your Plans Real
Replies: 5
Views: 1026

Armchair War Stategists and Peaceniks Make Your Plans Real

And get paid for it - well get them to put the money in the bank first because this agency is scheduled to loose 4.7 Billion from their budget in 2006 ( Katrina). Now you know that we currently intend to be in Iraq for 2 years more or less, at least in 10 cities. The pool is open - guess which comp...