September 2008 Archives

What Bush Meant

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Good article by Ron Suskind over at Esquire.  Couple of quotes:

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heckuva lot easier. Just so long as I'm the dictator." --George W. Bush, December 18, 2000

"If I decide to do it, by definition it's good policy" --George W. Bush, 2001

"President Bush was unmoved by any arguments that challenged his assumptions. Debate was silenced, expertise was punished, and diversity of opinion was anathema, so much so that his political opponents--other earnest Americans who want the best for their country--were, to him and his men, the moral equivalent of the enemy."

"A common thread running through all of these discoveries is a basic misunderstanding of--or disregard for--the limits of presidential power. Indeed, this ahistoric president seems to have never appreciated just how hard-won are the institutions of American liberty. Article II of the United States Constitution grants stunning power to the president, power almost beyond imagining to be entrusted to one man. But for George Bush and Dick Cheney, it wasn't enough. And so, with a level of secrecy that betrayed a basic mistrust of the American people, they proceeded to expand the awesome power of the presidency and in the process upset the balance of powers designed by the founders. And in this, the president and vice-president found their greatest success." [Emphasis added]


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Ahoy, me hearties, it be International Talk Like A Pirate Day.



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Someone sent a link to Stormpulse to our neighborhood mailing list today.  Pretty cool stuff.

Vista doesn't suck

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Since I was replacing the core of my PC's hardware, I decided rather than restore the full system from backup and deal with all the hassles of incompatible drivers, etc, that I would take the opportunity to start afresh without the hassles - and without all the cruft that had accumulated over the past 3-4 years.

I decided to try Vista-64; I'd been thinking about going 64-bit for a while, and since Vista's been out for a while now - and MS has been pushing the hardware manufacturers to support its new baby - I suspect there are fewer driver problems with Vista64 than XP64.

Sure enough, it all installed with no problems whatsoever.  As I've been reinstalling all my old apps, I'm finding just the odd one or two that won't run in Vista (or at least 64-bit Vista), but I'll probably just keep a 32-bit XP installation in a VM in case I really need any of them at some point.

I have to say I was sceptical at first, but after using it for several days now, I have come to the conclusion that much of the Vista paranoia is FUD, or perhaps the early-adopter pains have been addressed by recent updates (the version I installed included SP1).

Thus far, I'm lovin' it.

If Sarah Palin were a Democrat

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Interesting piece over at Scholars & Rogues on the apparent hypocrisy of the conservative Republican faithful.

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