Moby Dick

Frank Rich has an excellent column on Mr. Cheney. As does Richard Clarke.

United Airlines loves to annoy their customers!

After getting the zillionth unwanted solicitation for a United Airlines Mileage Plus Platinum Super-Duper Why-Haven't-You-Signed-Up-Already credit card, I decided to contact the United Vice President who signed the offer. His name is Robert Sahadevan. His title is Vice President of Mileage Plus, United's affinity program (of which I am a member, although I'm beginning to think about getting out because of these endless mailings).

The Devil We Know

I highly recommend the book The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower by Robert Baer. It turns on its head the conventional wisdom about Iran and how we should deal with it. The author spends the first two-thirds of the book showing how Iran is increasing its power and influence, in large part thanks to the very actions taken by the U.S. to contain it. The rest of the book explains why Iran might turn out to be our best strategic friend in the Middle East.

On Cheney on Torture

In honor of Dick Cheney's recent cheerleading for torture, I refer you to some interesting reading on the subject:

Windows "Checks" Performance

Late in the installation process for Microsoft Windows Vista, the system displays the following message:

Please wait while Windows checks your computer's performance.

It then proceeds to display, at a leisurely clip, a series of Vista's exciting new features while, presumably, Windows is doing something useful. At the same time, the person (me) wanting to use the computer is prevented from doing anything useful with it.

While observing this, it occurred to me that the word "check" has more than one definition. I think this is the one Microsoft intended:

A Short Citizen's Guide to Kooks, Demagogues, and Right-Wingers On Tax Day

I don't like taxes any more than you do - except to the extent they make our nation a better place in which to live. The next time you or someone you know wants to complain about taxes, read this first:

You're never too old to dream!

You might have seen this, but you'll enjoy watching it again:

We'll be hearing more of Susan Boyle!

The Onion predicts the future

The uncanny prescience of this Onion article from January 2001 is downright scary.

Or maybe they just have better reporters than other news sources.

Good-bye, Karl Rove!

Karl Rove is the unelected agent responsible for much of the mess our country is currently in. It was his advice and guidance that put W in the White House and led to the countless disasters that constitute W's Presidency. And he did those things by exploiting fear, rank partisanship and divisiveness. When the list of Great Americans is compiled, Rove clearly belongs nowhere near it. On the contrary, one might ask whether he really wanted to damage our nation. Whether he wanted to or not, he certainly succeeded in doing so.

Is Joe the Plumber a winner?

Many pundits declared "Joe the Plumber" the winner of last night's debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. If suddenly becoming famous counts as winning, then they're right. But beyond that, it's not so clear how much of a winner he really is.

He claims to like McCain and dislike Obama, especially the latter's tax plan, but:

  • He admits to making far less than $250,000 per year right now, which means that Obama's tax plan would be far better for him than McCain's.


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