Archive for August 2004

Wow

Iran’s judiciary ordered a man to be released after he killed his unfaithful wife in the courtroom, because the woman’s immediate forebears are not alive to claim retaliation, press reports said Thursday.

(Via Allah)

Medal Hound or Excited Puppy?

JustOneMinute asks at the end of this post:

OK, what is on your wish list for released records?

I want to see the recommendations for citation that Kerry put in for other people.

Think about it. Accept for the sake of argument that Kerry’s medals are puffed up. Not exactly fraudulent, but not on par with the other meritous things going on in Viet Nam at the time. There are two explanations for that:

  • Kerry is a medal hound that wants to rack up as many citations as he can for a future political campaign

    or

  • Kerry is one of those guys who, through no ulterior motive, writes everything up in glowing praise and thinks any little act is worthy of high citation and award.

I really do (even with that Blogs for Bush button over there) hold out hope for the second one. The election is by no means certain, and if Kerry wins, I would rather it be the second guy in that list than the first. To show that, we need to look at how Kerry talked about other men compared to himself.

If there are Bronze Stars and Silver Stars being recommended for the men on his boat, and other skippers, and everyone else Kerry came into contact, I’ll give him the benefit of doubt. If he deluging the commendation board with piles of recommendations for everyone, and not just himself, then he certainly gets the benefit of doubt. But if 9 out of 10 recommendations that went up the ladder were signed John Kerry and recommending John Kerry, then it sure looks like the first option up there, not the second.

So I want to see the recommendations that Kerry made for citations, both for himself and others. I want the context of Kerry talking to the commendation board.

A Thousand Words

Kerry Telling You What You Need to Know

I just heard John Kerry say:

But here’s what you really need to know about them. They’re funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican contributor out of Texas. They’re a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the President won’t denounce what they’re up to tells you everything you need to know. He wants them to do his dirty work.

Hmm. Moveon is funded by millions of dollars from a Democrat out of Europe. They are a front for the Kerry campaign. And the fact that Kerry won’t denounce what they’re up to tells you everything you need to know. He wants them to do his dirty work.

I think that in Psychology that is called “projection”.

Piranas in the Rio Grande

Two Russ posts in one day. Russ inspired the new banner.

Russ Martin for Governer! Piranas in the Rio Grand now!!!

Russiah Rubbers

Russ: Did you wear a condom?

Gavin: Always.

R: Everytime?

G: Everytime. She didn’t want to, but I have too much riding on the line.

R: Why would she? No one wants to be the only one with it.

Real Dumb

Real Bites Apple on Downloads

Real’s promotion is the latest volley by the company to pressure Apple Computer into opening up its music format to interoperate with other players. Several weeks ago, Real unveiled its Harmony technology, which allows music bought from Real to be played on more than 100 different portable players, including Apple’s iPod.

Given Real’s history, it will probably hijack your player, corrupt all your non-Real music, and cause your iPod to start crashing on every other song.

Locking paying music fans into a particular device or service “is very anti-consumer and dangerous to the growth of the overall music business,” he said.

Wow. Saying that an iPod user is locked into the iTMS is like saying that the Coalition of the Willing was unilateral. You aren’t “locked into” the iTMS. You can buy regular CDs (that haven’t been intentionally corrupted by jackasses who think like the Real execs), you can use MP3s, you can use AIFF files, you can use quicktime music files — in fact, almost anything you can play on your computer (except Real’s locked rm format) can be converted to MP3 inside iTunes and played on an iPod.

What you can’t do is put another locked and restricted file on an iPod. And that is, from a DRM standpoint, a good thing. Apple has a responsibility to the iTMS labels to keep the songs reasonably secure. When people like Real start hacking into the system, the problem isn’t that they are coming in the door. The problem is that someone who didn’t have a key to start with has smashed a hole in the wall, and Apple has no idea who else can come in that hole and start taking things out. When Real starts hacking into the system, they are making holes.

I’ll be staying away from Real. They have been historically consumer hostile, and I’ll pay an extra $.50 a song to know that they aren’t going to screw up my $300 iPod.