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  1. I found Al-Jazeera's take on the individual candidates a lot more even-handed than what I've seen in the Western media. Kind of refreshing, actually. Bush appears to be attempting to lock up certain niches of the electorate - Latinos (with his immigrant amnesty deal) and non-unionized white-collar workers (the Labor Department scuttling of overtime for some blue-collar workers). But in doing so, he's also scuttling good relations with conservatives in his own party ... so much so that he might even convince some of them to vote for a (ulp) Democrat.
  2. When I was growing up in rural Eastern Oregon in the early 1960s, I watched a CBS News special on the Ku Klux Klan. During the special, they played a song that had become popular in Oklahoma at the time. FWIW, as the song was playing, I heard my step-dad "humming" along to it ... as if he already knew it. He was the most racist person I knew when I was growing up ... referring to blacks as niggers, Jews as kikes, Latinos a spics or wetbacks, and Catholics as papists. And, though I found no direct proof of it, I had every suspicion that he was a member of the Klan himself. In any case, I d
  3. I'm watching CSPAN's coverage of a Senate hearing on the Department of Labor's upcoming rule changes that could force many people to lose overtime benefits (but extend overtime benefits to 1.3 million "white collar" workers who currently don't get overtime). Elaine Chou, Secretary of Labor, is on the hot seat. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) seems to be her only friend. Patty Murray (D-Washington) is taking potshots at the vagueness of the proposed rules. But, her biggest and most dangerous foe appears to be Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania). Specter is on the Subcommittee For Labor &am
  4. Iran has received their first brush with broadband. Although until now there have been dial-up providers, this is the first opportunity to connect via broadband. ADA, a division of Iran Telecommunications says there will be connectivity in homes and motels across Iran in a few months. * Read the article. * - Paragraph added by admin
  5. This is an excerpt from a Washington Post article: Click here for the entire article. U.S. politics may be a bit stuffy at times but it's always entertaining, hehe.
  6. NITV has started taking a poll of how their viewers (some of them in Iran, some of them exiles) feel change will come about. Here are the results as of 5:26 PM today.
  7. Too bad he's Canadian. This would be a great case for the ACLU, hehe. Just because someone owns a big software corporation doesn't mean they should have the right to tell people they can't use their own names publically in business just because they "sound" like the corporation's name. I think the kid's lawyer should just tell Microsoft to go fish ... and let Microsoft risk the incredibly bad P.R. image they'd end up with for going after a kid for something as nonsensical as this.
  8. A 17 year-old Canadian entrepreneur named Mike Rowe started his own website ... named MikeRoweSoft.com. Now, Microsoft is bullying the kid, saying that using his own name is violating their rights. Read the following story and weep. http://www.themilwaukeechannel.com/technol...660/detail.html
  9. That does it. If a professional spoon-bender says Michael Jackson is innocent, he must be innocent.
  10. FWIW, my broadband ISP just released their own VoIP service plan ... and boy, does it suck big time, hehe. Not one of their three offerings includes an anytime/anyday rate for long distance ... and their cheapest plan is still more expensive than my Vonage plan and has connection fees ON TOP of it!!! Jeez Louise, if they're trying to "compete" with Vonage or any other plan, they're doing an incredibly lousy job of it.
  11. Those two quotes call into question whether or not we can fully appreciate their troubles. The pro-reform party is called the League of Combatant Clerics. Apparently, the Guardian Council has completed their "review" of the disqualified candidates and has chosen to stand firm: http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/local/7744503.htm I think that only an Iranian can appreciate the depth of this divide. But, it's clear that feces is about to hit the fan. I'm closely watching NITV's site (the Iranian-exile satellite station in Southern California) and the English Al-Jazeera site for the
  12. You can change the color of a Cheerios box from yellow to red ... but inside the box, you've still got Cheerios. I don't really see much different on their new site than what I saw on their old site. It's just coded differently.
  13. We may be on the verge of seeing a revolution in Iran. Reformers, led by Iran's President (Khatami) are now in direct odds with the Islamic hardline Guardian Council ... which disqualified over 1,000 reformist candidates in an upcoming election. The reformers are now beginning the 2nd week of a "sit-in" in Parliament ... threatening to boycott the upcoming election. The hardliners do have part of the military on their side ... but the reformers are confident that the majority of the military is on their side. Here's the CNN version of current events. The Guardian Council is squarely betwe
  14. Last week, I was listening to Rush Limbaugh's radio show and heard him get roundly embarrassed by a Wesley Clark supporter. Limbaugh was railing about Clark's speech he made a couple of years ago, purportedly supporting Bush (or any President) using pre-emptive force ... and saying his current stand on Iraq constituted a "flip-flop." The Clark supporter called up and read the "rest" of the speech, where Clark said the reasons for a pre-emptive strike against Iraq were not there yet ... proving that Limbaugh (and other neo-cons) were taking Clark's comments out of context. The supporter was
  15. I've got a lot of sympathy for McCartney and others bothered by paparazzi. Frankly, I think paparazzi activities should be punishable under stalking laws. Celebrities should expect public interest ... but being followed around, day and night, can easily get out of hand ... and no celebrity should be made to feel like a prisoner in their own home in order to enjoy privacy. I'm also surprised there haven't been any paparazzi "deaths." I know that, about a year ago, someone was taking photos from a plane above some actor's estate and the plane was shot at. What really surprises me, though, i
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