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Speaking of the Two-Year Anniversary of the Original iPhone

June 29th, 2009

Palm investor Roger McNamee, back in March:

“You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two-year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone,” McNamee said today in an interview in San Francisco. “Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later.”

(via Daring Fireball Linked List: Speaking of the Two-Year Anniversary of the Original iPhone.)

He’s right.  I’m not.

I’m using my shiny new iPhone 3GS.

Obama’s FCC Pick

June 29th, 2009

Obama’s FCC pick:

Last week, tucked inside a short announcement of White House nominations being sent to the Senate for confirmation was a little-noticed line: “Mignon L. Clyburn, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years.”

Clyburn is the eldest daughter of James Clyburn and a member of South Carolina’s Public Service Commission. She’s also a former weekly newspaper publisher.

From Obama’s “Blueprint for Change” in the Ethics section:

Reform the Political Appointee Process: FEMA Director Michael Brown was not qualified to head the agency, and the result was a disaster for the people of the Gulf Coast. But in an Obama administration, every official will have to rise to the standard of proven excellence in the agency’s mission.

Change you can believe in.

Obama Calls on Iran to End Violence

June 20th, 2009

Finally:

President Obama on Saturday called on the Iranian government to “stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people” amid calls for the White House to go further in showing support for the Iranian people after the country’s disputed elections.

I wonder if it was dropping chemicals on people from helicopters and having marksmen shoot unarmed women on Facebook that finally got him to speak up, or if he just saw an inconvenient poll.

Either way, I’m glad he’s finally stopped abiding evil.

A Lesson for America

June 20th, 2009

Right now, the Iranian “government” is dropping chemical agents on “protesters”.  I use scare quotes, because I’m not sure if the “government” is that, or usurpers, or tyrants.  (Actually, I know that they are tyrants.)  And I don’t know if the “protesters” are just protesters, or if they have or are about to move over into insurgents or revolutionaries.  The difference between insurgent and revolutionary is whether or not you succeed.

I’ve said before that I don’t even know if Ahmadinejad stole the election.  To me, it is significantly likely that he actually did win, but cheated anyways to make sure.

The lesson for America to me is stark.  In order for an election to be successful, the majority of the people must see it as legitimate.  Ahmadinejad may have screwed himself by ruining any sense of legitimacy by being ham-handed with his fraud.  The Iranian people have had their elections meddled with long enough that they have a much higher tollerance for shenanigans than Americans do.  Even with that, they felt disenfranchised by this treatment, and now people are dying, and the dying isn’t over.

There were serious questions about the legitimacy of both the 2000 and 2008 elections.  Both were serious situations, but a large portion of our society is far, far too cavalier about the 2008 legitimacy.  Obama was too cavalier about proving his constitutional legitimacy, and is pouring fuel on the fire by casting a blatant appearance of partisanship in prosecuting polling intimidation.

Too many of us take the legitimacy of our elections too lightly.  There are enough people who now question the legitimacy of our elections to start buckling down and doing things by the book, instead of letting ACORN run wild with voter fraud and turning a blind eye to voter intimdation.

One of the rallying cries of the American Revolution was, “No Taxation Without Representation”.  A vital part of representation is the belief that your vote is actually counted.  To be disenfranchised is to be without representation.  It’s no coincidence that the Tea Parties started almost immediately after the ACORN fraud of 2008.

If the same thing happens in 2010, it will get worse.  If nothing changes before 2012, well, that’s four long years of every supplier selling out of ammuntion and powder as soon as it hits the shelves.

Mary Smith

June 15th, 2009

TaxProf Blog: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Mary Smith to Head DOJ Tax Division Over Fierce Republican Opposition

At a committee meeting, three Republican senators spoke against Smith, noting that she has never held a job specializing in tax law. She has never written or spoken on tax issues, does not have a specialized degree, and has never taken a continuing legal education course in tax law, said the committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

And of course, the obligatory “Blueprint for Change”:

Reform the Political Appointee Process: FEMA Director Michael Brown was not qualified to head the agency, and the result was a disaster for the people of the Gulf Coast. But in an Obama administration, every official will have to rise to the standard of proven excellence in the agency’s mission.

Change you can believe in.

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