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    Friday, January 27, 2006

    Link Update

    Added Glenn Greenwald’s Unclaimed Territory to the links. It’s the place to go for legal analysis of FISA/NSA warrantless illegal domestic spying issues.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006


    Pointing out a new link and pimping an old one.

    To my non-Iowa readers, the name Bob strikes fear in the heart. But there is another Bob, a Bob we might also call Stef, a Bob as worthy of the name Bob as our favorite chemist. So visit her blog. Convince her to come to Circle Of.

    While we’re at it, that whole Circle of thing applies to some of my other favorite Iowa bloggers as well, including, but not limited to, Greenman and Side Notes. Join us. Join us. Matt's already there!

    Circle Of – It’s the message board’s message board. Whatever that means.

    You Can Call Him Al

    Great speech. Judging by the reaction, he drew blood.

    "The founders of our country faced dire threats. If they failed in their endeavors, they would have been hung as traitors. The very existence of our country was at risk.

    Yet, in the teeth of those dangers, they insisted on establishing the Bill of Rights.

    Is our Congress today in more danger than were their predecessors when the British army was marching on the Capitol? Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of missiles poised to be launched against us and annihilate our country at a moment's notice? Is America in more danger now than when we faced worldwide fascism on the march -- when our fathers fought and won two World Wars simultaneously?

    It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same."

    I’d vote for him again in a heartbeat. I wish he had run in the last election. Re-Elect Gore in 2004 would have been a great slogan.

    Tuesday, January 17, 2006

    To Establish Network Connectivity...

    Yesterday afternoon I submitted a 102 page document that was completed in a little over two week’s time. Don’t get me wrong: while I oversaw completion of the document, I didn’t write the whole thing. But I easily wrote about 60-70 pages of it. Of that, 20-25 pages were from scratch. The rest were boilerplate passages I modified to fit the needs of the document. So as I sit here today, with no current assignment other than waiting to see if there are questions about the document, I am feeling a great deal of relief. I am also feeling a great sense of wonder about the fact that so much has sunk in over the years regarding telecommunications, network security, business continuity/disaster recovery, and contact center operations. Obviously, having that knowledge doesn’t add to my popularity at parties, but it does make doing my job a hell of a lot easier.

    Anyway, just wanted everyone to know I had time on my hands again, so look for more posts.

    Oh, and FYI. Everytime I have to work a passage that talks about the inserting department in our warehouse, and the fact that some packages have to be processed by manual fulfillment, I giggle like a little girl.

    Thursday, January 12, 2006


    Gotta love a job where you get to use phrases like rigorous penetration testing and an attempt will be made to satisfy all callers electronically.

    Friday, January 06, 2006

    Post Of The Year

    From ReddHedd at firedoglake. As with the best writing, it's tough to summarize. Go read it. They'll be a quiz later. Here's a sample from near the end:

    The bottom line is this: there are some really tough choices facing this nation (and the discussion above is my no means a comprehensive list), and we need to approach them carefully because the results of our action or inaction have long-term ramifications for our children. Democrats used to own these issues because they listened to the voices of those people who needed help, who needed a hand up, and who were willing to do the work on their end to get the job done. And they spoke up for them, gave them a voice in the halls of power.

    Ever since 9/11, Republicans have hijacked the message. It's been all security, all fear, all the time. It's been "we tell you what to think about morals" and never mind that what you are being taught is to hate your neighbor because he thinks differently than you do.

    Well, I've had it with this divide and conquer strategy, and I'm standing up today to say that this nation deserves better. My child deserves better, and so does yours.

    The ends do not justify the means. That only works if you are on the top end of the food chain and don't give a rat's ass about anyone underneath you.

    Growing up, my folks taught me that I was no better than anyone else. Period. But they also taught me that no one else was better than me, either, and that sense of self has helped me to question things that I thought were wrong my whole life. It's one of the reasons that I started blogging.

    But it isn't enough that I want more for myself and my family. Every person in this nation needs to wake up and realize that they deserve more as well. That's a message that Democrats could take to the bank, I'm sure of it. I know it is a message that would resonate here in West Virginia. People are hungry for hope, they are hungry for someone who will value them -- and not just use them as a pawn.

    More than that, they deserve to be valued. It's a question of doing what is right, not just what is politically expedient in the moment to win the election or raise more money or whatever else seems to be driving political power these days. Let's give the little guy a voice again -- help him to stand on his own two feet and make something for his children, and you help the whole country. That goes for moms, too, I can tell you that.