Tuesday, August 31, 2004

So where have I been?



So much to write about, so little time to do it.

Work progresses on, drudingly slow (but its a job!). I still do not have my own PC yet, and as such even lunch blogging is next to impossible. However, I have a few notes that I will tie into a post tomorrow.

Note to file: Barbara and Jenna Bush are both bright, attractive, and obviously loving daughters. Public speakers, they are not. I've spoken before individuals, groups of a half-dozen, three dozen or more, and literally hundreds of people: these two have no clue how to work a room.






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Joseph Heller would be proud



Adventures in security

Background: My regular commuting car is in the shop, so I brought another one to work. Parking onsite requires a parking permit. No biggie, right?

ME: Good morning. I need to get a permit for my car today; here's my id badge.

GUARD: You cannot park here without a permit.

ME: Right. But the first week I was here, I didn't even have this photo id; I had a slip with my name and an expiry date on it. I was able to park here in order to get a permit.

GUARD: No cars are permitted in this lot without a permit. You must go to the Security office.

ME: How can I get a permit to park if you don't let me into the lot?

(Note: it is at this point I think of Joseph Heller)

GUARD: Without a permit, I can't let you park.

ME: Look at my badge; this lets me walk onto the base! Can't I park in this lot to get a permit?

GUARD: You have 10 minutes, sir, to get your permit.


The chaps who run Security are, suprisingly enough, a private company (although it is never difficult to find people in fatigues). However, all of the guards do posess firearms, so the idea of suggesting where he might stick his watch wasn't a very good idea.




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Saturday, August 28, 2004

Just when I had some free time...



So here I am ready to try to catch up with the boat-load of unread items in
both my e-mail and feed-reader, and what do I see? None of my subscriptions
exist! Last I checked (Thursday) the few 'must reads' I try to keep up with
certainly had postings, now I have none at all.

And goof ball I am, I neglected to export my feed list, so I am presently in
the dark (outside of my Blogroll on the right).

Ah well, good a reason as any to seriously trim my feed list.


UPDATE Probably a glitch ... my feed list is back, and considerably 'unread' as it was before. Time to export it, read it, and then trim it.



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Unusual referrals



I've been wondering where have these unique referrals to my blog have been coming from:




The ones in question today are the last two. I've never heard of these Blogs, and I don't appear to have any links on them to my humble Blog. Then it occurred to me: they (like mine) are hosted on Blogger. I've been so busy of late I never realized when Blogger added the NEXT BLOG button at the top right of the window. So I am assuming these referers are coming from them.

Now why would someone whose interest is so far removed from my Blog ('lost cause of a messed up girl') find it necessary to visit my site twice??






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Attention fans of Senator Kerry: Please defend



A lot of people are pretty angry that critics of Senator John Kerry, Democratic Party candidate for President, question his service record in the Vietnam War era. I, for one, have gone on record defending his accomplishments during his time in Vietnam (and certainly not during his testimony before Congress), because I have a particular fondness for any Veteran, and especially for those who have served in combat.

That much being said, I find it curious that while Senator Kerry can dish it out (his comparison of those who serve in the National Guard to those who flee the US to avoid draft), no one is apparently permitted to question his military career if the question doesn't center around his carefully worded talking points on his own website.

After calls from Sen. Kerry and the demands of his supporters, President Bush has opened all of his service records, indeed even his dental records, of his time served in the National Guard. The President does not speak often of his service, and generally only when he is asked about it. He does not have tales of working under enemy fire, but no one would suggest piloting a fighter aircraft is an easy (or safe) task. He did not serve outside of this nation's border, but I've read report where as many as 1 in 6 pilots who died in Viet Nam were Air National Guard members (currently, I cannot substantiate this figure); if you were to tell me Lt. Bush served as a QuarterMaster at the Dallas Armory, I would submit he would have little to call upon as having 'served' (with all due respect to those domestic QM personnel). Regardless, there is ample evidence that Lt. Bush served and was honorably discharged.

The latest concern over his service revolves around the apparent 'issue' over whether he was legitimately allowed to wear his Unit's Outstanding Unit Award. Amazing... could the young Lt. Bush actually get away with wearing what amounts to be a an award regarding attendance (or other non-heroic issue) in a family photo op?? Since no one, not even the President himself, has made an effort to tout his military career, this seems to be the scraping of the barrel by his critics.

However, politics, as we all know, is not for the fainthearted. So as one group questions Mr. Bush's Unit award, another focuses again Sen. Kerry's award. I refer to Friday's Chicago Sun Times, which reports:

The Kerry campaign has repeatedly stated that the official naval records prove the truth of Kerry's assertions about his service.

But the official records on Kerry's Web site only add to the confusion. The DD214 form, an official Defense Department document summarizing Kerry's military career posted on johnkerry.com, includes a "Silver Star with combat V."

But according to a U.S. Navy spokesman, "Kerry's record is incorrect. The Navy has never issued a 'combat V' to anyone for a Silver Star."

Naval regulations do not allow for the use of a "combat V" for the Silver Star, the third-highest decoration the Navy awards. None of the other services has ever granted a Silver Star "combat V," either.


What's more, while we have been invited to review the filled-cavities in Mr. Bush's teeth, we're left in the dark over a considerable amount of Mr. Kerry's military record:

Reporting by the Washington Post's Michael Dobbs points out that although the Kerry campaign insists that it has released Kerry's full military records, the Post was only able to get six pages of records under its Freedom of Information Act request out of the "at least a hundred pages" a Naval Personnel Office spokesman called the "full file."

What could that more than 100 pages contain? Questions have been raised about President Bush's drill attendance in the reserves, but Bush received his honorable discharge on schedule. Kerry, who should have been discharged from the Navy about the same time -- July 1, 1972 -- wasn't given the discharge he has on his campaign Web site until July 13, 1978. What delayed the discharge for six years? This raises serious questions about Kerry's performance while in the reserves that are far more potentially damaging than those raised against Bush.


So there it is: unanswered questions about the Senator's service. Possibly illegitimate awards for heroism -- which, despite the radical critics of the Senator, he did show bravery and was wounded (a questionable number of times, but wounded indeed he was), and that is not to be taken lightly except for how the designation of 'Valor' is concerned. And 6 years before discharge?? What's the nuance in that?

Unless and until Sen. Kerry releases his records to the same degree that Pres. Bush has done, these questions will linger on and on, for the remaining 66 days.

(The full Chicago Sun Times article is a must-read, regardless of which side of the aisle your are on)

At the nomination acceptance speech, Sen. Kerry saluted the nation and announced he was ready for duty once again. He spoke of his military service for most of the speech, taking time out only to speak of one achievement in his Congressional service in all of 19 years. Since he has painfully little to run on regarding his Senatorial career, and since he consistently speaks of his military career, he cannot now say his critics are unfair. Give the critics something, Senator, or the questions will linger.

And I am still waiting, WAITING, for someone to ask for the specifics of the war crimes he admitted to under oath before Congress. Come on, Senator, tells us more about what you and your Band of Brothers did!

The people are waiting.




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Friday, August 27, 2004

They do chicken ... right?


My much better half and I were at a loss for dinner ideas, so off we
went into town to find some take out (or, as its called in London, 'take
away'). After not finding anything particularly interesting, we decided
upon KFC.

We queue up at the drive-thru, get up to the speaker, and place our order.

Clerk: "Um, ok, that's the 8 piece meal? Right... with slaw and mash
potatoes? OK. Um, the chicken isn't quite ready yet, can you wait?

Me: "Well, I don't know. How long do you think?"

Clerk: "Um... I think about 12 minutes."

Me: "12 minutes???"

Clerk: "Um, no, more like 14 minutes, really. Can you wait?"

Me: "Well what do you know? Burger King is across the street!"


If I had my druthers, I'd pick McDonald's over BK, but it was
close and I was tired. Who'd ever think KFC would run out of
chicken???




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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Interview Etiquette



Ah, the interview. The ultimate opportunity to 'sell' myself.

Um, let me rephrase that. The opportunity to make money... no that's not quite right either.

OK, so I was on another job interview today; I need to find a better position than the one I am in. So I was in a small room with three (count 'em) three people: 2 managers and a member of the technical team. And we went at it for more than an hour (a good sign, I'd say).

So at the end of the meeting... business cards? Nope. "May I have your e-mail address?" "Um, no.. that's ok."

How am I to make a lasting impression vis a vie a thank you, if I have no direct method of contacting the individuals I spoke with today?

I do have the email address of the HR rep who set up the meeting, and I assume I can ask the rep to forward a thank-you note to the parties I met with, but that seems so tacky. Can't a person get a business card anymore?

Hell, I have had my own cards for years, despite where I've worked!


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Who works for which network?

Late last might I happened to catch part of LARRY KING LIVE on CNN. His guests (possibly for the full hour) was Katie, Matt, and Al from NBC's Today Show.

Since when are people who do largely mindless morning noise worthy of allegedly prime time interview?

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Get a haircut, and a get a good job



Well, the first part may well be true for me. My present position of Logistics Analyst has me working onsite at a Naval base. So the other day I decided it was high-time I got a hair trim. As much as I prefer the longer hair days of my youth, I long ago learned I can't keep my hair as long as I would prefer, but I still long for the past in that regard.

However, a cut I needed, so I took advantage of the barber shop on base.
"How did it go?" you ask?? Better hide your fruit....







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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Paging Dr. Dean to retraction... Dr. Dean to retraction, please....


From various sources, including The New York Times:

British Charge 8 With Conspiracy in a Terror Plot
LONDON, Aug. 17 - The British police charged eight men on Tuesday with conspiracy to murder and with violations of the Terrorism Act after finding that two of them possessed surveillance information on financial centers in Washington, New York and New Jersey that were the focus of the terror alert earlier this month in the United States.


So it is now abundantly clear the heightened terror alerts at the beginning of the month were more than a little legitimate. So taking this story into consideration, what do you suppose the media will say to former Vermont Governor (and presidential hopeful) Howard Dean who said:

"I am concerned that every time something happens that is not good for President Bush, he plays this trump card, which is terrorism. His whole campaign is based on the notion that, 'I can keep you safe (therefore in times of difficulty for America) stick with me.' And then out comes Tom Ridge."


Remember, Gov. Dean stands with Sen. Kerry, and since the Senator did nothing to dissuade the kinds of statements Howard Dean (and others) made, we can assume he agrees with them.

Will the media ask Dr. Dean to retract his statement? Will they grill him? Or will they start to snidely wonder where his priorities are? After all, the media did the same to President Bush at the beginning of the month, didn't they?

Tell me again there's no liberal bias in the media!



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Elvis, Woodstock, Back to School, and more




This post was intended on being posted last evening... where it went in the ether is anyone's guess...

  • Late to be blogged, but valid nonetheless: today is the anniversary of the King's death. I was a young Boy Scout on long-term camping in Narrowsburg, NY when I heard the news. Truth be told, that single event gave me all the reasons I needed never to touch drugs; I didn't want to every be found dead on a toilet. Of course, by then, unlike the stamps that depict him in his younger prime, by the time of his death Elvis Presley was teetering on the fat, bloated, has-been persona that he evolved into. Neil Young said it best:

    it's better to burn out, then it is to rust
    the King is gone but he's not forgotten.

    Memo to Neil... perhaps it's time you gracefully (and finally) bow out of the spotlight, because you're rapidly approaching the point of being 'out of the blue, and into the black', and you know well 'you can never come back.'


  • Ah, Woodstock turns 35. I still have the 3-disc LP on my shelf. Won't buy the CD; just not the same. I was too young to go (not that my parents would have ever even considered!), but I strongly identified with that era musically (if not, as mentioned above, in the area of tripping).


  • School's in! Well, for some. Home School students who use the K-12.com program started this week. The exceptional beauty of the program is that in many states, local school taxes are used to offset the cost of the program (Pennsylvania, for one). Ironically, the local school boards use the same tax monies to sue the state capital to prevent said funding. A pity we can't properly teach kids (in public schools) the benefits of competition.


  • New Commercial for the Bush Campaign: Sen. Kerry missed all but some 25% of the Senate Intelligence Committee meetings, but HE'S going to fix the Intel! Looks like another bad week for Sen. Kerry is on the way.


  • NJ Democrats are now starting to clamor for their disgraced Governor to step down NOW and not wait until November. No one really cares that he's out of the closet (save his wife, who has been brushed aside mercilessly). People are mad at the cheating, the lying, the poor choices for state-wide homeland security honcho (at the cost of former FBI head Louis Freeh, no less!), and now the opening to state lawsuits.

    Here again: Democrats who argue for being Pro-Choice are starting to yell for the residents' right to pro-choice regarding their Governor. Time to leave, Gov. McGreevy, and sooner rather than later.


  • 78 77 days to go and counting. A little early to make precise predictions, but re-election is in the air!








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    Monday, August 16, 2004

    A tribute to the King, and to mom



    It's been a while since I've been able to read and enjoy other's postings. Here's one that's worthy of reading, by Michele.


    Mom ran into the bathroom and turned on the little radio she kept in there. I remember the voice. I remember the exact sound of the tinny, staticy voice that relayed the news to my mother in a much softer way than I did.

    Elvis was dead.

    My mother's eyes filled with tears and despair while her face registered only that small "o" one's mouth makes when they hear shocking news. That "o" stayed there for a while, but the despair in her eyes had become hard and angry. She was pissed at me.

    How could I have told her like that, knowing that she idolized Elvis in a pure, passionate way? How could I do that? What kind of daughter was i?

    Well, I was fourteen. That's my only excuse.

    I was a fourteen year old whose mother made fun of her own idolization of another self-obsessed, overly dramatic singer who similarly became a bloated replica of himself. And later, dead and bloated. Maybe it was my way of evening up the score.


    A good read... please go on to read it all.


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    Odd...



    Earlier this evening I composed a post to this Blog using MS Outlook (was offline at the time).

    Well it was sent some time ago, it's cleared my outbox, and it's not here! Where else could Elvis, Woodstock, school and politics end up except for one of my posts?

    If it's not here by morning, I'll manually post it.

    Dang...




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    Saturday, August 14, 2004

    Since when...

    Since when does Halloween candy hit the supermarket shelves before the end of August?

    They're out at Wegman's already!

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    Triskaidekaphobia



    I've never cared a whit about Friday the 13th, probably because I was born on it. Besides, I've had what some considered a boatload of crap hit me at different seasons, different years, to different members of my family, so the day of the week has little to do with anything.

    Today at work could be summed up as 'it didn't suck quite as much as I expected it to.' I intend on detailing the various reasons why I am so down about this position, but it will indeed take time. In short, it wasn't the right position for me, and while there is nobility in saying 'I'll bow out', I need the benefits and salary, so I'll put my best foot forward and do the job. No one says I have to love it, however.

    Yet if one more person says 'hey, you're pretty knowledgeable about PC's' I may have to kick a wall...

    Someone asked if title of this post had anything to do with my oral surgery last week. Admittedly, I forgot that it could! The swelling is all but gone, the nasal congestion (and its foul odor!) is largely gone, and the soreness is at a point I believe correct for a week after the procedure. I have some definite thoughts about the oral surgeon's use of antibiotics, but this issue is about done.

    On another issue altogether: am I the only one to realize the person who is believed to be the center of the NJ Governor McGreevey's love interest spoke only of 'unwanted advances', whereas the Governor spoke of a 'sexual relationship with another man'? Why do we assume the gentlemen who has spoken out about the 'unwanted advances' must naturally be the man the Governor spoke about?

    Bad week for Senator Kerry: first, the SwiftBoat Veterans made their claims (and if Mr. Kerry can have Vets stand beside them and no one questions their integrity, no one should question the Swifties' integrity either). Then President Bush challanged the Senator to state the Iraq war was a bad idea (he hasn't said). Then he opens himself to the 'sensitive war' comment.

    Not a good week at all.

    Happy Friday the 13th!




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    Thursday, August 12, 2004

    Poo -- tmmm anngh ma Ritz!


    "Say, Charlie... how goes the new job?"

    Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Love is the only thing that can save this poor creature, and I am going to convince him that he is loved even at the cost of my own life. No matter what you hear in there, no matter how cruelly I beg you, no matter how terribly I may scream, do not open this
    door or you will undo everything I have worked for. Do you understand? Do not open this door.

    Inga: Yes, Doctor.

    Igor: Nice working with ya.

    [Dr. Frederick Frankenstein goes into the room with The Monster. The
    Monster wakes up]

    Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Let me out. Let me out of here. Get me the hell out of here. What's the matter with you people? I was joking! Don't you know a joke when you hear one? HA-HA-HA-HA. Jesus Christ, get me out of here! Open this goddamn door or I'll kick your rotten heads in! Mommy!

    Oh, where to start?? Certainly not now, however; had no power for +2 hours due to the rain. No workstation on my desk at work yet, so I am still reliant on my trainer, who said to me, apparently in all honesty, "Gee, you seem to know a lot about computers and stuff!"

    Due to the bureaucratic layers upon layers around and above me, I cannot rise about my level without the weight and anger of others, so I will do my time and move on. I found comfort in the following thought: had I took a real McJob at McDonalds, there would be a period of novelty, for a time. You know, the whole 'grab a bucket and mop', yada-yada-yada, the fries, etc. A few days, maybe a week, and then it would wear off. Well I didn't even get a few days of novelty and I despise this place (for several reasons I'll detail later).

    Back to the Job Agents.... after the storm clears!

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    Wednesday, August 11, 2004

    Can't believe it...

    I am learning more and more of my tasks and I am astonished how redundent the procedures are! What's even worse, the process is saddled with poor, manual procedures that could easily be automated!

    I will begin my employment search again in earnest tonight!

    Meanwhile, I can't believe I just charged sick time on my 3rd day of work. I believe this sinus infection has manifested into an abcess (pardon spelling). Am off to the dentist for relief.

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    Tuesday, August 10, 2004

    Day the 2nd

     
    Well the first day went well;  the mountain of HR paperwork, etc.
     
    Today's focus is securing my parking permits and assorted security issues (passwords and the like).
     
    About the only thing that is marring the week so far is this sinus infection; good heavens!  I never knew the pain.  There's a dentist in the famous play Little Shop of Horrors (portrayed in the movie by Steve Martin);  I am beginning to understand that character right now...
     
    12 hours of antibiotic, 2 Darvocets and a fitful night of sleep later, and I am still sore and feel crappy overall.  What a way to make a few days worth of 1st impressions....
     

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    Monday, August 09, 2004

    Day 1 in the can

    Well, first day is done. Did all the HR paperwork and such.

    If all goes well I'll late a desktop before Thursday. These kind of secured things take time.

    I'm trying to be upbeat about the position but its clear the tech positions won't be available to me anytime soon.

    The dentist has prescribed Amoxicillan for what is best described as a sinus infection: my sympathies to those who have this line of pain often!

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    Well, I'm off



    Here then starts my day!

    Updates, when time permits, via WAPBlogger.






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    Sunday, August 08, 2004

    End of 'vacation'



    Well then, as I sit here and reassemble my briefcase, my extended 'vacation' draws to a close.

    Recapping:

  • May 26 - 'We've lost funding for you; we're letting you go June 18th. Make sure all of your processes are well documented before you go.' That's paraphrased but about right. Sure... get out, but make sure we know what you do! Fortunately for them, I had long before documented my procedures as is appropriate!

  • June 15 - Er, well... we know we said this Friday would be your last day, but... um, could you stay an extra two weeks??

  • July 1st - My desktop is disconnected from the network; the end is near.


  • Now here I am, 5 weeks later, and I am about to embark on a new job. In the meantime, I replaced a dishwasher and clothes dryer in my home, did the chauffeur routine for wife and kidlets, and worked as much as I could manage to find a new position.

    Tomorrow I take the first step in becoming a Logistics Analyst. I much more preferred the title Senior Systems Engineer, but I am not too terribly picky. Perhaps in time I can work my way into a technical position once again.


    I had imagined being online more often during these 5 weeks that I was. I promised (several times) to revise this Blog's lacking template, but never did. The new job will, at the very least, have limited web surfing capabilities, but I intend to maintain updates via e-mail as necessary. I wish to thank the number of people who visit this Blog weekly, and those who have given me prayers and support via Comments or e-mail; your kind words inspired me and will do so in the coming weeks.

    Suffice it to say, I will do what I can to keep pointing out the shortcomings in the media and my take on politics in general, and the upcoming Presidential election specifically.







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    Who is a coward?

     
    From the AP:
    "Rodney Alexander has betrayed voters in Louisiana and leaders like (Senators) John Breaux and Mary Landrieu, who have helped him. We have no use for turncoats like Rodney Alexander in the new Democratic majority," said Kori Bernards, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
     
    Let me get this straight.   Congressman Alexander waits until just before he is up for re-election and announces his party switch, in a state with an open primary system, wherein he'll face competition from one Republican and one Democrat.   For this he is a turncoat.
     
    Perhaps Rep. Alexander should have waited until after the election to make his switch.  In that case, he would be considered brave, not unlike Senator Jim Jeffords, who crossed over from Republican to Democrat after the GOP and Republican voters helped win he re-election.
     
     

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    Friday, August 06, 2004

    Ow

     
    Join with me now as I pay homage to the god DARVOCET, as I implore it to spread its Codine influence to my sore jaw.
     
    And if Davorcet can't get the job done, I know a man named Jack Daniels who will certainly aid in this endeavor...
     
     

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    Today will not be a happy day

    No no, it's not because today is one of the last 3 days of 'vacation' before I start my new job.
     
    Nope.
     
    More than a year ago my dentist recommended having two wisdom teeth pulled, because they were coming in crooked.   Since I used the wonderful logic of 'well, they don't hurt now, so why rush it?', I put off the procedure for quite sometime.   Seeing as how I was laid off, I finally got around to scheduling the extractions.
     
    Well... today is the day.  
     
    So, does this mean with 2 less wisdom teeth, I'll become that much less wise??
     
    If, as I predict, I'll be in aching pain tonight,  you can expect a Blog update...
     
    C:

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    Wednesday, August 04, 2004

    Verities and Balderdash

    Not only is that a title of a Harry Chapin album, but it's apropos for a posting that covers a lot of ground:
    • Many people were seemingly pleased to hear Mrs. Nancy Reagan speak out on behalf of stem cell research.  Many people saw it as a direct attack on the Bush Administration, and that was fairly accurate.   Then there was the eulogy and the DNC speech by Mr. Ron Reagan, Jr. and again many saw the Bush Administration as the target of the Ragan family grief.   And again, they were right. 

      But this week we learn that Mrs. Reagan has come out and endorsed the re-election of President Bush.   I imagine this has put the Left into a quandary.

      Stem Cell research is an important area that should not be ignored.   While the debate goes on exactly how many possible cures could come about from stem cell research, it is clear that the possibilities of ANY single cure ought to make the research valid.   Few people, outside of the extreme right-to-life supporters, want a halt on research.   In fact, despite popular rhetoric, even President Bush endorses the research. ... to a point.

      In his August 2001 speech on the topic, President Bush did not say he wanted an end to stem cell research;  he merely made it clear he did not want federal funding for the purposes of destroying human embryos.   Note: this did prohibit using human embryos, in any way, even if the research destroyed them.  It merely meant federal funding could not be used to destroy them.  This is a far cry from saying the President doesn't support stem cell research.  This position is well within the norms of many European countries (and I've heard by some lately that we're supposed act like our Allies do).  And just as there are fund raising for MS, Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, and on and on, there can be private fund raising for stem cell research -- with no federal holds on where that money is spent. 

      Once again, the rhetoric against President Bush doesn't add up.

      Few people have more respect than I have for the memory of President Reagan, and all of the benefits of his administration.  And as much as I dislike going against his family, I can't help but think the position taken by President Bush is the same as President Reagan would have taken. 
    • Quoting the infamous Governor (Dr.) Howard Dean, as quoted in the Boston Globe:
    "If this information was three years old, and if this Al Qaeda operative, the most recent capture, was on July 13, that means that this administration knew about this at least three weeks ago, that the information was three years old, that they could have chosen any date they wanted to reveal this to the public," Dean said on MSNBC. "Isn't it unusual they might choose two days after the Democratic National Convention, when John Kerry was in the middle of his bounce?"
    The first question I must ask is, quite simply:  WHAT BOUNCE??   

    That much said ... Once again, President Bush is damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.  If DHS released this information on July 14 (or any day through the DNC), the charge from Dr. Dean would have been 'they did this in the middle of the convention on purpose!'   If an attack happened before the information was released, 'why did they wait?'  The fact is, Dr. Dean and the Left can't say anything if it is not a slam at the Bush Administration.
    • I start my new position on Monday.   On the first day will be the routine HR paperwork and orientation.  The second day is an orientation at a local military base that I will, presumably, do a fair amount of work.   I am looking forward to getting back to work:  a 5 week vacation is more than I've wanted, and it's time to get back to work.   In 1996 I was laid off from a tech job the week before Thanksgiving.  I was mostly idle through February, as I was working weekends in those years at a local hospital in their IT department.   So this month has been the longest I've been 'without work' and I am ready to go.   I realize there are others who have been out of work for far longer than I, and to some extent I feel for them.   But I knew well that I would have taken any job, at any rate, at any position, if I did not get this offer by this week.   For me, to have a hole in a resume' would have been more costly than it would have been to accept a 'lesser' position.    As I said more than a month ago I would never sit at home and complain, so long as there was honest work to be done, no matter what the position.
    • My GMail issues seem to have be resolved; I'll get to all who have written this week.  Thanks for your encouragement and patience!
     

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    Monday, August 02, 2004

    More on Mr. Kerry's acceptance speech

     
    I am trying to keep up with my favorite reads and Lord knows I've fallen far behind (and may not be able to get up!).
     
    Deborah at My Little Corner of the World analyzed the Senator's speech from last week and has provided some excellent insight:
     
    Saying there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq doesn't make it so. 
       
    But Mr. Kerry, you said there were WMD's in Iraq?
    Saying we can fight a war on the cheap doesn't make it so. 
        Didn't you vote against supplying the troops with body armor and tanks and other equipment?
    Click over to read the rest... she does present some thoughtful arguments.
     
     

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