Friday, November 18, 2005

Easley shows no mercy to Syriani family

Victims of "Justice" receive no Mercy

Easley denies clemency for Syriani

What do you do when someone's mother is taken away from them? Governor Mike Easley of North Carolina apparently thinks the answer is to take away their father as well. Personally I think it is wrongheaded and hard-hearted. But then again, I don't get to kill people like Easley and other governors and presidents do. Must suck to be one. Blood on the hands and all that.
Maybe he actually thinks Javier is a better man than Valjean. Sure acts that way.

By showing no mercy to the Syriani children, Mr. Easley has lost my respect and vote, as if he really gives a damn. I guess he can feel like a manly man now though. Heaven forbid he should appear soft, or the Taoistic ideal. (The soft shall overcome the hard. Oops!)

So while Mr. Syriani killed the mother of these children, Mr. Easley killed their father. I seriously hope he gives this some thought. I cannot imagine he will ever be forgiven for his short-sighted need to take away life, and inflict even more pain on this suffering family.

Idea Consultants: Turn your blog into a book (and sell it)

So, you've been writing a blog for quite some time now. You are proud of some of your work. You are particularly proud of some of your old stuff, now burried deep in the archives never to be seen again. Who reads archives, after all? You don't want to repeat yourself over and over again, and have never felt at ease with constantly linking back to your old posts (I never had such qualms). So, what can you do to make your old stuff more accessible and available?
Let Bora show you how...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

"To question your government is not unpatriotic -- to not question your government is unpatriotic," Hagel said.

Hagel Defends Criticisms of Iraq Policy

US used chemical weapons in Iraq

BBC NEWS | Middle East | US used white phosphorus in Iraq

White phosphorus is highly flammable and ignites on contact with oxygen. If the substance hits someone's body, it will burn until deprived of oxygen., a defence website, says: "Phosphorus burns on the skin are deep and painful... These weapons are particularly nasty because white phosphorus continues to burn until it disappears... it could burn right down to the bone."

'I treated people who had their skin melted'

"They used these weird bombs that put up smoke like a mushroom cloud," he said. He had seen "pieces of these bombs explode into large fires that continued to burn on the skin even after people dumped water on the burns".

Bill Clinton, like Gore and Edwards, acknowledge that Iraq Invasion was a big mistake

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World

Unlike many of the pussilanimous Democrats and nearly all the Repuppetlicans, Clinton, Gore and Edwards are using their eyes and minds...

Bush's Political Capital

Where it's at
Another excellent cartoon from Zencomix.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Welcome to DAVETV

IPTV - Coming to a Computer Near YOU!

From Wikipedia
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) describes a system where a digital television service is delivered to subscribing consumers using the Internet Protocol over a broadband connection. This service is often provided in conjunction with Video on Demand and may also include Internet services such as Web access and VOIP where it may be called Triple Play and is typically supplied by a broadband operator using the same infrastructure.

IPTV is expected to grow at a brisk pace in the coming years as broadband is now available to more than 100 million households worldwide. Many of the world's major telecommunications providers are exploring IPTV as a new revenue opportunity from their existing markets and as a defensive measure against encroachment from more conventional Cable Television services.

Is traditional TV news still relevant to young people?

BBC NEWS: Digital challenge to old-style TV news

Note the reference to Buzzflash: Left Drudge on Steroids

To Torture, or Not To Torture

That is our question...

White House declines to totally rule out torture
WASHINGTON (AFP) - In an important clarification of President George W. Bush's earlier statement, a top White House official refused to unequivocally rule out the use of torture, arguing the US administration was duty-bound to protect Americans from terrorist attack...

Can the C.I.A. legally kill a prisoner?
After September 11th, the Justice Department fashioned secret legal guidelines that appear to indemnify C.I.A. officials who perform aggressive, even violent interrogations outside the United States. Techniques such as waterboarding—the near-drowning of a suspect—have been implicitly authorized by an Administration that feels that such methods may be necessary to win the war on terrorism. (In 2001, Vice-President Dick Cheney, in an interview on “Meet the Press,” said that the government might have to go to “the dark side” in handling terrorist suspects, adding, “It’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal.”) The harsh treatment of Jamadi and other prisoners in C.I.A. custody, however, has inspired an emotional debate in Washington, raising questions about what limits should be placed on agency officials who interrogate foreign terrorist suspects outside U.S. territory.

Monday, November 14, 2005