We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The scoundrels at Dell Computers are finally getting a comeuppance. I remember hearing about this nightmare way back in the day:
From 2003 to 2005, Dell sold computers with faulty capacitors that allegedly caused most motherboards on two Dell Optiplex models to break, rendering the computers useless. Dell was aware of the issue, according to recently unsealed court documents from a pending lawsuit, yet continued to sell the computers anyway.
Though the juiciest details are still sealed by the court, several internal company e-mails show that Dell instructed its sales staff to downplay the malfunctions to customers.
Before Dennis Hopper passed, he filed a restraining order against his estranged wife, Victoria Hopper, in the hopes that it would extend his life.
Can't blame a guy for tryin'.
One of the biggest disappointments in the global warmalarming hoax has been the response of NOAA and the USGS. While everybody knows NASA runs on politics and it shouldn't be too surprising that they've been corrupted by Jim Hansen and his ilk, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey are supposed to be above the politics of the day and focus on matters at hand. Yet both have been just as bad as NASA when it comes to jumping on the AGW bandwagon.
A few years ago, I would have read the following, thought, "Oh, come on, every agency blows a few bucks on some perks, what's the big deal. Leave NOAA alone!"
Inspector General Todd Zinser investigated after fishermen complained for years about arbitrary enforcement of the nation's fishery laws, saying the fines amounted to a bounty because NOAA kept the money.
Gloucester fishermen Richard Burgess, who has fought $85,000 in fines, said NOAA should pay fishermen back every dime.
"We've all known that they're criminals," Burgess said of the law enforcement office. "Every one of them has got to go."
What's notable about this is that you've got some guy hollerin' to throw all of the bums out — actually calling them criminals — and all of this is taking place on... the uber-liberal, uber-Obamafan ABC News?
As Tiger Woods' star fades slowly into the sunset, here's a (hopefully last) pictorial tribute to what he had (pictured above), what he gained, and what it cost him. Besides his golfing career, that is.
You're a director of operations with the top Russian spy agency. Your assignment is to plant a sleeper cell deep in the United States of America. You assemble two separate teams, one composed of professionals and the other composed of a bunch of bozos who can barely keep their laptops running.
Dan Drezner follows the trail of idiocy and wonders what possible mission could have been assigned to these morons. Given that they weren’t in particularly close contact with anyone involved in U.S. national defense, their scoops seem to be limited to the sort of stuff you can find on Google.
Spies: their scoops seem to be limited to the sort of stuff you can find on Google.
Well, yes, but I have read that the spies who did things like gather stories about construction projects and storm damage provided, overall, more useful info during WWII than those who stole "Top Secert" plans.
Nor am I into the possibly sham shock that there are spies in this country. Heck, I am sure that the UK and France have "spies" here, never mind Russia. And I certainly hope we return the favor.