Friday, June 27, 2003

So what is the conservatives' next move? The main argument -- that gay marriage puts marriage "under attack" -- is such utter and total bullshit. Yet it persists. The amusing thing is that these same GOPers have no problem with the horrible problems like homeless families, unaffordable childcare, or underfunded k-12 schools, things that really and truly hurt kids and families, but rant on and on about how straight people getting married more will solve everything. I guess they will also fear-monger, the "slippery slope" that Rick Santorum brought forth: if you say that the hallmark is privacy and consent, this allows incest, prostitution, and perhaps touch-dancing. Whatever.

Of course, not every conservative is crying in her beer. The worst are already putting terrific pressure on Bush to nominate folks slightly to the right of Heinrich Himmler to replace the eventually-retiring William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O'Connor. As Phyllis Schalfly said today: "Well, the good news is that it opens the door to reversing Roe v. Wade... If the court can overturn a decision made 17 years ago, they can now overturn Roe."

in other news....

Friday, June 27, 12:00pm�No candidate won a majority in this week�s first-ever Democratic online presidential primary, therefore MoveOn.org PAC will not make an endorsement at this time. Howard Dean received the highest vote total with 43.87% of the vote (139,360 votes); followed by Dennis Kucinich with 23.93% (76,000 votes); and John Kerry with 15.73% (49,973 votes).

The rest of the field was in single digits: John Edwards, 3.19% (10,146 votes); Richard Gephardt, 2.44% (7,755 votes); Bob Graham, 2.24% (7,113 votes); Carol Moseley Braun, 2.21% (7,021 votes); Joe Lieberman, 1.92% (6,095 votes); and Al Sharpton, 0.53% (1,677 votes).

Ghostbuster quote for today:

Dr. Raymond Stantz: Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything. You've never been in the private sector. They expect results.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

"You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that need altering."

-Doctor Who [via baron]

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

If Ellison pulls off his PeopleSoft bid, it could allow SAP to focus on just one major competitor. "It might even be better for us," says [SAP CEO Henning] Kagermann, "because the difference between Oracle and SAP is clearer than between SAP and PeopleSoft in the culture of the companies." - from "The Man Who Mooned Larry Ellison" [found on Ditherati]

Because mySQL is now under the GPL, PHP5 will no be bundled with mySQL. This isn't unexpected, since SAP acquired mySQL you figure this sort of thing would be happening. But it's a little weird, all these OSS apps that seemed hippy-dippy and free are becoming commodities. Is this the missing future that people are talking about?

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

"Placeholder for Mindy's Editorial." Take a look at Slate's sneak of BushCo. web site, coming soon to a browser near you. I love all the faux headlines: "President Signs Amber Alert Law," "President Acts to Lower Rx Bills." Would some unsuspecting soul actually venture to the BushCheney04.com site to have a taste of phony news? Why are sites like that even necessary? The web is weird.

For several years... [public policy professor Richard] Florida queried audiences, asking which career they'd choose: machinist with higher pay and job security, or hairstylist with lower pay and no job security. "Time and again, most people chose the hair salon, and always for the same reasons" - flexibility, freedom from supervision, stimulation, creativity, and the immediate satisfaction of their customers. The aesthetic imperative has spread new economy values beyond just knowledge workers. -- from Virginia Postrel's "The Aesthetic Imperative"

I have to say, I bought all of that "end of work" stuff, I was totally into it. I used to stare at those Business 2.0 print ads by Guru.com. I thought, "in my generation..." And I am still thinking that my days in my (relatively) creative job are quite numbered. I have more or less the job I dreamed of five years ago. I do web design, database design, flowcharting, technical writing, and scripting. So how long will it last?

Friday, June 20, 2003

Here's Andy about the left's moral abdication vis-a-vis Iran. OK, guys, the American left should extend the love to Iran's dissidents. But conservatives have bad history with dealing with democratic countries, in the sense that it likes to intervene with non-aligned democratic govts., and is loath to intervene w/ allied govts. So Pakistan... there's a slim definition of "democratic nation," but the administration won't rock the boat there. There are much more repressive folks in the region, like, the Saudis, upon whom Bush has applied little or no pressure. And they haven't said much about Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi. Actually, the State Department is talking about that. And Iran, well, the US didn't really do a good job the last time.

I just think it's the Rumsfeldian selectivity (sounds like a psychological disorder) that irritates me. The fact that everything that the Administration doesn't want to talk about (read: WMD) is just dismissed as not relevant. And everything they want to discuss is suddenly a hot issue.

Which brings me to the article by Kinsley. I liked it, because I think the argument is sort of lost. I hope that someone will ask GWB hard questions about it next year at the debates, but probably not. And even if they did, Bush is going look at the camera with that "steely" look (I hate that look; America loves it) and talk about his commitment to democratic government and "the pee-pul of eye-RACK."

But I do think the failure of intelligence is frightening. Yes, Rumsfeldian selectivity was at work, but a lot of people in intelligence did think it was a bad scene, and I thought that they would have found a ton of shit by now. I hope that if another attack happens, that people really ask what the fuck DOJ and NSA are doing with all the information they've gathered, because they were so wrong about Iraq when they were telling us they were so right.

But the fact that we invaded a despertately poor country and ousted its tinpot cowardly torturer of a dictator, I mean, it's not exactly a campain handicap. He's a cowboy, for better or for worse.

From Andy: "My bet is that we soon have a breakthrough in WMD evidence in Iraq - and that we are getting closer by the day to discovering Saddam himself. Bush and Blair will be vindicated more clearly than before; and this president will - once again - out-fox his mewling critics on the war. I have a feeling Kerry has just inflicted on himself a massive unforced error. Gephardt looks more promising by the day."

Thursday, June 19, 2003

I used to have an affection for lists and list-centered writing, especially The Book of Lists. I loved that book in the fifth grade because (a) it contained a ton of sex information and (b) it bestowed volumes of worthless trivia, a boon to pretentious fifth-graders everywhere. But list books are now the bane of gift stores, with hundreds of "1000 things that will make you smile" type-books polluting the book industry. And lists in magazines are now so prevalent that they warrant their own hit piece. So: death to lists.

Thursday, June 12, 2003

Working on my PHP error handling. Security, error handling, a little intimidating. Error handling is a weak spot. I guess it's the perfectionist in me, I don't want to mess up something that isn't messed up already.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

You gotta love Jon Brion.

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