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February 14, 2006
Was Cheney Drunk?

And the Plot thickens...

It's been three days now and Dick Cheney has not publicly apologized for shooting a 78 year old man in the face. With the President's approval ratings at 39 when the incident happened, even Chris Matthews noted that at this rate Bush will be in the 20s by next week.

Scott McClellan was cracking jokes about the shooting this morning and didn't mention to the press that he knew the old man had suffered a heart attack. Now he doesn't want to talk about it any more. The sherrif's office has acknowledged that they weren't allowed to talk to Cheney for 15 hours after the accident, but now ranch owner Katharine Armstrong has told MSNBC that people in the party were drinking (though the comment was later scrubbed from the website).

Hmmm, if Cheney was drunk, this ads a whole layer of complexity to the issue... There certainly is no logical reason why law enforcement was not allowed to talk to the VP for 15 hours, although I am sure our Republican friends will come up with one. But the real story remains one of "who is above the law..." Does anyone reading this doubt for one moment, that if you or I had been in the same situation, we would not have been subjected to an immediate interview by the local police?

And Bill Maher absolutely LEVELS Cheney and the Administration on everything from the shooting, to Iraq. This has NOT been a good week for Tricky Dick II.

This administration may just escape all the dirt they have done for the last six years, but the historical record is certainly there, and it is pretty brutal... Any logical person MUST ask, how much more can come out about these guys, before Americans overcome their paranoia about terrorism and face the fact that we have sold our soul for a false sense of security?

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Right On Salmita!

She is not only beautiful, but she is an activist. I love this woman!

(AP) Hollywood actress Salma Hayek has made donations to groups aiding battered women in her native Mexico, calling domestic violence a problem that touches every corner of the globe.
salma.jpgHayek, nominated for a best actress Oscar for her role in the 2002 film "Frida," on Tuesday made a $25,000 donation to a battered woman's shelter in her hometown Coatzacoalcos, in Veracruz state on Mexico's Gulf Coast.

A day earlier she donated $50,000 to anti-domestic violence groups in the northern city of Monterrey, 435 miles north of Mexico City.

"No woman has to be a victim of physical abuse," Hayek told a Mexico City news conference on Tuesday. "Women have to feel like they are not alone."

The 39-year-old works with the "Speak Out Against Domestic Violence" campaign of the Avon Foundation, which cites statistics that domestic violence affects one in three women worldwide.

"Every woman who thinks she is the only victim of violence has to know that there are many more," Hayek said.

The actress was born in Coatzacoalcos and now lives in Los Angeles. She said the United States is not immune to domestic violence.

"It's not worse here or there, it's a worldwide problem," she said.

Hollywood types are often bashed for political activism, but this is the kind of "activism," that I think everyone can appreciate. And Salma is also putting her money where her mouth is. Right On Salma.

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Come'on boys and girls... Fess up!

From Balloon Juice:

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. George Miller, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, and other senior Democrats released a new Government Accountability Office report finding that the Bush Administration spent more than $1.6 billion in public relations and media contracts in a two and a half year span.

"The extent of the Bush Administration's propaganda effort is unprecedented and disturbing," said Rep. Miller. "The fact is that after all the spin, the American people are stuck with high prescription drug prices, high gas prices, and high college costs. This report raises serious questions about this Administration's priorities for the country and I would hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle would agree that changes need to be made to reign in the President's propaganda machine."

Now let's pause for a moment for the outrage to kick in... You know, the outrage that conservatives are suppossed to feel at the thought of fiscal irresponsibility? Yeah that one...

But then again, some of us have wondered for a while about the OTHERS, Armstrong Williams mentioned when he got busted... One of those things that make ya go hmmmmm...

So tell me boys and girls, how many of you big Rightie Blogs are getting juice from Roveco? Hmmmmm?

Almost 2 Billion Bucks... Add to that the orgy of wasted spending in the aftermath of Katrina, and the Billions "misplaced," in Iraq, and it should be enough for Conservatives to tar and feather the Bushies...

But then we know that the "love," has been spread around, so it keeps the mob instinct under control....

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The next big thing in blogging...

Google continues to Amaze:

My first post to my blog was a little paragraph about my obsession with cycling, and I remember feeling a little ... let down. Sure, it was remarkably easy. Write. Click a button. Reload. Cool! But then what? It wasn't until someone left a comment that I was hooked. An audience! Someone is reading!

It was this feeling that led to the idea of Measure Map. Our goal has been to use the power of web analytics to help bloggers feel that same sense of connection with their audience. Today, as the Measure Map team joins Google, our mission remains the same: to build the best possible user experience so people can understand and appreciate the effect their blogs - their words and ideas - can have.

Looks like the next big thing in blogging...

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Why bother?

I realize Verizon has one of the fastest cellular based data networks in the country with their EVDO system, but with this:

Verizon users have been complaining for years that this carrier disables Dial-Up Networking (DUN) on many of the devices it offers.

This means that they can't be used as a wireless modem for other devices, like a laptop.

Now, for the first time, Verizon's hard-line stance has cracked, if only a little bit.

According to PC Magazine, this carrier is now allowing users of just a few of its mobile phones to have access to DUN.

Kind of treatment, and with them crippling client's phones, why would anyone sign up for their services.

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Is this....

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The Sexiest woman in the world?

Well you be the judge, but for me, Jolie still wins in that list, and Spears should not even be on it.

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Encode videos to play on your 5G iPod

If like me you have been struggling to find video content for your 5G iPod, I may have just found a SWEEET solution for you. Check out this FREE video encoding program.

According to their web page, the program can rip video for the iPod as well as various handheld devices, give it a look.

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Adventures in eBay Buying

I recently got into buying stuff on eBay, and I have to tell you, my experience has been mixed. Some of the people I have bough from have been great sellers, shipping product immediately and at reasonable prices, others are borderline scam artist. I bought a 1 GB Memory card for about $25, the guy charged $15 bucks to mail it to my Miami forwarding address and it took nearly two weeks. He claimed all merchandise was shipped the same day it is paid for, via USPS First Class Mail. Anyone want to explain to me how something that weighs a little more than a letter, requires $15 to mail regular old US Mail, and takes 12 days?

Then there is the guy I bought a cell phone from. (I am looking for a contact in the US to buy Smart Phones from at a discount, and was trying a few folks). This guy promises me that the unit will ship last Friday... As of today, it still had not shipped. His last email to me, last night... promised it would ship today, and that I would get a tracking number... So far nothing.

eBay represents a way to get some serious discounts on products I would buy here, even with the shipping cost from Miami and the taxes, but jeez it is stressful dealing with some of these people.

In the interim, if any of you out there have any connections on unlocked GSM Tri-Band Smartphones like the Treo 650 of HP 6515, hit me up, we might be able to do business...

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Congress finaly showing some spine?

From MSNBC:

Feb. 20, 2006 issue - The attorney general of the United States was playing rope-a-dope. Why, the senators wanted to know, did the White House circumvent a law passed by Congress, the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which requires intelligence services to obtain search warrants before intercepting international communications inside the United States? Alberto Gonzales was evasive and bland. Speaking in legalisms, he offered few details about the National Security Agency's sweeping post-9/11 eavesdropping program. After a series of senatorial questions had gone essentially unanswered, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont interjected, "Of course, I'm sorry, Mr. Attorney General, I forgot: you can't answer any questions that might be relevant to this."

Such sarcasm might be expected of a Democrat like Leahy. But Gonzales also came under tough questioning from four of the 10 Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee, including its chairman, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. At the hearing, Gonzales argued, as President George W. Bush has several times before, that Congress gave the executive branch the power to wiretap when it passed a resolution, right after 9/11, authorizing the "use of force" to battle terrorism. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a conservative Republican, called that argument "very dangerous in terms of its application to the future. When I voted for it, I never envisioned that I was giving to this president or any other president the ability to go around FISA carte blanche."

It is not yet clear how the public feels about warrantless wiretapping. As usual, the answer depends on the question. Asked if they approve of government eavesdropping on U.S. citizens, most people say no; asked if they approve of eavesdropping to catch terrorists, most people say yes. More sophisticated polls show a roughly even split in opinion, so it's hard to know how the issue will cut in the 2006 elections. But there is no question that the solons of Capitol Hill and, increasingly, those in the Republican Party are growing restless and ready to challenge the authority of the Bush White House.

You know, I could get all excited about this... And I would really like to. I would like to think that the people who we pay to respresent us, ALL of us, really represent the best interest of Americans. But I have seen too much partisan politics in the last 8 years, and even before that, when republicans wanted to tar and feather Clinton over his "personal indiscretions." But instead, this:

Washington Post: Bob Barr, Bane of the Right? "Are we losing our lodestar, which is the Bill of Rights?" Barr beseeched the several hundred conservatives at the Omni Shoreham in Woodley Park. "Are we in danger of putting allegiance to party ahead of allegiance to principle?"

Barr answered in the affirmative. "Do we truly remain a society that believes that . . . every president must abide by the law of this country?" he posed. "I, as a conservative, say yes. I hope you as conservatives say yes."

But nobody said anything in the deathly quiet audience.

Is this what we have come to in our country... A country that excuses torture, wiretaps it's citizens and holds people indefinately without trial, some of whom have been proven innocent after over a year incarcerated. I have never liked Barr, but I have to give him credit for at least standing up for something he believes in, instead of constantly excusing and justifying the actions of a White House that is simply OUT OF CONTROL.

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I Could Not Resist

Another Meme...
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Me... Piloting A living Space Ship... Cool!
Hehe.. and that Leviathan thing is kindda cool too!

You scored as :

Moya (Farscape)

88%

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

88%

Enterprise D (Star Trek)

81%

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

81%

FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

69%

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

69%

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

63%

Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

63%

SG-1 (Stargate)

63%

Serenity (Firefly)

63%

Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

56%

Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

50%

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Hat Tip Dean's World

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Man! I am about to become a Golf BSG Fan

Is this beautiful lady....

The Grace Park of Golfing Fame? Must be two of them, because Boyd just pointed out that Grace Park #1 is the star of Battle Star Gallactica, my Bad!

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A Milk blown out of the nose moment...

Jon Stewart pisses off a lot of people. The Today show is the hip hit that it is, because it pulls no punches, and it exposes the bullshit for what it is.
Jon is like that cool guy we knew in College who always made his points through humor, and did it to devastating effect. One of his favorite subjects is the Bush Administration, and he has litteraly destroyed them in the last couple of years by exposing with a wink, the total moral bankruptcy of these people. Well the Cheney hunting accident is no exception. It is one of the funniest bits Stewart has ever done...

The idea that the Vice President of the United States, expresses his Macho by "hunting," ranch raised birds is so ridiculous, it is sublime, and really, at least in my eyes is sort of a metaphor for the whole Bush Bunch. A bunch of pansy boy he men, and women for that matter, who talk tough, but who's only exposure to real danger are carefully orchestrated photo ops and macho games.... Think Bush in the Flight Suite on the Abraham Lincoln... These people are walking jokes, and the sad part is I don't think they even realize it.

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Cheats, Shoots, and Leaves

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Well, he's just an Excitable Boy!

Crooks and Liars points out the obvious...why weren't law enforcement officials allowed to interview Cheney in an expeditious manner, and how can they declare no alcohol was involved?

If the old man that Dick Cheney shot dies from his wounds, will Dick Cheney be arrested for involuntary manslaughter?

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Eh.... Yup!

I have to agree with my favorite redneck on this one:

I'll apologize beforehand to anyone with delicate sensibilities for the heartless rant I am about to write. I'll start by saying, yeah, she's crazy. ANYBODY who does what she did HAS to be crazy as a shithouse rat, nutty as a fruitcake, completely FUBAR.

But I don't care how looney-tunes she is. I don't want her walking around free in MY world. I want her taken OUT, so that she never has the chance to nut-up and kill again.

When I lived on the mini-farm, I once discovered a rabid racoon in my back yard. I think the sumbitch was rooting around in search of garbage to eat, but I didn't care about what motivated the critter. I saw the red eyes, the slobbering mouth and the complete lack of fear it showed when it saw ME, and I didn't run back inside to call an animal psychologist to handle the situation.

I ran back inside and fetched a shotgun.

I gave that poor animal a dose of intensive therapy that solved all of its problems once and for all. Thanks to my counceling, it wasn't crazy anymore. It wasn't a menace to me, my family, other animals or anybody else in my neighborhood.

It was DEAD.

Some people simply need to be put out of their misery, and this woman is one of them... And unlike Acidman, when it comes to child murderers, I don't care about offending anyone when I say she ought to be taken out back and shot in the head.

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A roundup of "Huntergate..." Hehe...

Okay, one old fart accidently busting a cap on another old fart, while "hunting," birds is not big news to me, even when one of the old farts is the Vice President. But the coverup angle, is funny as hell. These people are so obsessed with control that I actually believe they thought they could keep this quiet. Anyway, The Reaction, has a great roundup... Read it all, but here are some highlights.

And it's the story of the day -- check out the latest at Memeorandum.

Here's the deal: Michelle Malkin thinks it's just a "media feeding frenzy," but even National Review Online's John Podhoretz thinks the "story is a very big deal"; indeed, continues Podhoretz, Cheney could "be damaged goods for the remainder of the Bush presidency".

Al Franken finds some humour in the story. The Carpetbagger reports on how the story is "piquing the nation's interest" and Firedoglake has post after post on the ins and outs of the shooting and its aftermath. Taylor Marsh looks at Dick's "bad news day" and provides some useful links.

The Raw Story shows just how the White House press corps went after Scott McClellan today and Editor & Publisher reveals that Bush was told about the shooting but not until much later about Cheney's key role in said shooting.

CBS News and The New York Times report on the lag between the shooting and the reporting of said shooting. TalkLeft asks some interesting questions that, in my view, deserve some equally interesting answers. And from Shakespeare's Sister, this: "[I]f Cheney had decided that the media shouldn’t be notified, would we ever have known?" Hmmm.

Hat Tip The Moderate Voice

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I want to see it to..
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Today's Mugu

Today's Scammer:

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February 13, 2006
I did not know Citibank was in the Mugu Business

How stupid do you have to be to believe this crap!

Greetings My Friend,

I am Mr. David Wood, the Bank Manager of CITIBANK
332 Oxford Street, London W1N 9AA. I have an urgent and confidential
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Nine Million Five hundred thousand pounds only) in my branch. Upon
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After a month later we sent a reminder and
finally we discovered from his contract employers, the British
Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Brian David-Marshall died as a result of
torture in the hand of Saddam Hussein during one of his trips to Iraq.
On further investigation I found out that he died without making a WILL
and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore
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did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents,
including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.

These sums of GBP
59,500,000.00 have been floating as unclaimed since 1998 in my bank as
all efforts to get his relatives have hit the stones. According to the
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to the ownership of the British Government if nobody applies to claim
these funds and the Eight years is the end of December 2006.

Consequently, my proposal is that I want to seek your consent as a
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God Bless you,
Mr.
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Even Conservatives want Coulter to SHUT UP!

This is a great Conservative Response to Ann Coulter's recent CPAC speech. Read the whole thing.

On Friday, controversial conservative columnist and author Ann Coulter -- on her way to a well-attended book signing on the show floor -- addressed the assembled attendees at CPAC 2006 with a speech that blogger Sean Hackbarth called bad stand-up comedy with a conservative schtick. Sean was being too generous. In fact, Coulter sailed right past the bounds of good taste, past her usual tactlessness, past the furthest extent of what could be considered socially acceptable discourse.

During her prepared remarks, on the subject of Iran, Coulter said, "Maybe they do [have nuclear weapons], maybe they don't, but they're certainly acting like they do. ... If you don't want to get shot by the police, don't point a gun at them. Or as I think our motto should be, post 9/11," Coulter said, "'Raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'"

Six words. That's all it took. That's all it took to derail the entire conference. That's all it took to confirm every negative stereotype about conservatives. We're no longer smart, driven, sincere people who are trying to raise the level of public debate and shape the future of our country for the better. Now we're all just a bunch of bigots. Now that's the story.

Thanks a lot, Ann.

A prominent conservative blogger who's covering the conference with me describes Ann Coulter as a "gateway conservative." Because she's so controversial, Ann Coulter attracts the attention of people who wouldn't ordinarily find themselves drawn to conservative political thought. They start out reading her, then they get exposed to columnists like Charles Krauthammer and Michael Barone and George Will, and they "mature a little in their political philosophy."

I think that's a valid point. I think that there's something to be said for appealing to people who respond to vitriol and bile and righteous anger in order to get them thinking about more nuanced issues. But there are two major problems with that approach, and because of them I think figures like Ann Coulter end up doing more harm than good.

Every time Ann Coulter gets up and calls Iranians -- or Iraqis, or Jordanians, or Saudis or Pakistanis or Yemenis or Afghans or Sudanese or whomever because really, aren't they all pretty much the same anyway? -- "ragheads," she gets the attention of people who think she's right on. She gets thunderous applause from the members of her audience who share her anger at and disgust with the Muslim fundamentalists who are presently waging their diffuse little war against civilization.

But she also attracts the attention of people from both the left and the right who think that there are better ways of expressing anger than flinging outrageous and condescending ethnic slurs around. And at that moment, she's not just Ann Coulter. She's an icon of the entire conservative movement. She is the conservative movement. When she says "raghead" live on C-SPAN in front of a sign that says "Conservative Political Action Conference," she's speaking for all of us.

I don't even pay any attention to the woman any more. I mean it is obvious that she is an idiot, a racist and perhaps a few other things as well. But I am glad to see Conservatives dissassociating themselves from her.

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What a Macho Man!

I just love Cheney!

The Humane Society had previously condemned a specific of hunt Vice President Dick Cheney was on in December 2003!

Here's a guy who had, "other priorities," during the Vietnam War. Here's a guy who talks tough on Terrorism and curses like a sailor. Here's a guy who has no problem sending other people's kids off to die in an unnecessary war. But he goes on Mickey Mouse hunting trips where the game are literally sitting ducks. And he STILL can't shoot straight! Well at least the victim was not a Liberal.

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Yeah but how much play will it get?

From The Moderate Voice:

We now know, from the mouth of Scooter Libby and the pen of Murray Waas, that Vice President Cheney and other top White House officials authorized the leaking of classified information in order to defend the Bush Administration's fabricated case for war in Iraq.

But what really went on before the war, before all those desperate leaks? How did the Bush Administration fabricate a case for war?

In an important piece in Foreign Affairs, Paul R. Pillar argues that "the Bush administration disregarded the [intelligence] community's expertise, politicized the intelligence process, and selected unrepresentative raw intelligence to make its public case".

In other words: "The Bush administration deviated from the professional standard not only in using policy to drive intelligence, but also in aggressively using intelligence to win public support for its decision to go to war. This meant selectively adducing data -- 'cherry-picking' -- rather than using the intelligence community's own analytic judgments. In fact, key portions of the administration's case explicitly rejected those judgments."

The question remains, will this issue be pursued by the mainstream press to the point that it gets broad exposure?
It is obvious that conservatives and Republicans are not interested in discussing this. The debate on why we went to war has changed as a matter of convenience for them. First it was WMD's then it was remove a dictator, as if we have the right to remove governments because we dont agree with them... The whole issue of lying to go to war has been broadly pooh poohed by the Right. I do not expect this to change with this news...

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Treo 700W Killer?

This thing may be the Treo killer.

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Read more here.

The problem with Palm is that they do not listen very well to feedback from their customers. The fact that there are no wifi card drivers for the award winning Treo 650 is a perfect example of this. HP has made several attempts at entering the Windows smartphone space and each iteration has gotten more interesting. It it doubtful that I will get my hands on one of these any time soon, but if it pans our as advertised, it could be the Treo Killer, and it could definitely give RIM's Blackberry a run for the money, with Microsoft's new push email technology.

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419 Spam of the Month!
Dear friend.

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the funds transferred under the help / co-operation of a new partner from Kuwait.

Presently i'm in Kuwait doiing Oil investment with my own share of the sum.
Meanwhile, I didn't forget all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how along the way. Now I will like you to contact my lawyer who is right now in Cotonou- Republic of Benin, his name is Mr.Chinedu Chukwma; his email address is; chuks_chuks55@yahoo.fr and ask him to send you the total sum of Nine hundred thousand USD( $900 000.00) which I kept for you as your compensation for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in concluding the transaction.

I appreciated all your efforts at that time very much. So feel free to get in touch with my lawyer Mr. Chinedu Chukwuma and instruct him where to send the money to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferies at that time. For now I am very busy in Kuwait because of the Oil investment projects which me and my new partners are having at hand. Finally, remember that I had given instruction to my lawyer on your behalf to attend to you.

Yours faithfully.
Mr.Angus Samba
Your former business Partner.

This is actually a pretty interesting approach, appealing directly to the dishonesty and greed of the recipient. I have never even heard of this moron, much less "helped him," in the past. What he is counting on is that some greedy idiot will jump all over this, "mistake," on his part, and claim the money.

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February 12, 2006
Another meme

This one courtesy of Cobb:

Your Five Factor Personality Profile
Extroversion:

You have high extroversion.
You are outgoing and engaging, with both strangers and friends.
You truly enjoy being with people and bring energy into any situation.
Enthusiastic and fun, you're the first to say "let's go!"

Conscientiousness:

You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.

Agreeableness:

You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.

Neuroticism:

You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.
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The Treo 700W

If you are thinking about buying a new smartphone, you have to check out this presentation.

Verizon does not exist in Costa Rica, so I cant get one of these, but it is pretty slick.

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February 11, 2006
Google Lottery

You know when I read one of these, I wonder why Google lets them get away with it. I mean it is pretty easy to find out who these dirtbags are, so why doesn't Google, or Microsoft, or MCI (Fill in the Blank), go after these morons.
Anyway, here is today's scam for your reading pleasure, entertainment and education!

GOOGLE EMAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD . PROMOTING INTERNET USAGE OVER THE GLOBE (WE ENCOURAGE GLOBALIZATION)

FROM:LOTTERY
COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
GOOGLE B.
V. Boeing Avenue 44 9459 PE.

RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS

Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the
First Category draws of GOOGLE LOTTERY INT. We are happy to inform you
that you have emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part
of our promotional draws. The draws were held on 13th of January 2006
and results are being officially announced on 10th of February 2006.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa,
America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of
our International Promotions Program. Your e-mail address, attached to
ticket number 50941465206-529, with serial number 5772-54 drew the
lucky numbers 3-4-17-28-35-44 and consequently won in the First
Category. You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of
1,000,000 euros (One million euros), which is the winning payout for
Category A winners. This is from the total prize money from 2,000,000
euros shared among the 2 winners in this category.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank. In your best interest
to avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you
keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until
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funds remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol
to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants / non
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To file for your claim, please
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Email:
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You are advised to
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NOTE: For easy reference and
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claims agent. REFERENCE NUMBER: LSLUK/2031/8161/04 BATCH NUMBER:
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I just love these....

Now aint this just special?

Ken Starr, caught lying and trying to suborn perjury!

Lawyers for a death row inmate, including former Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr, sent fake letters from jurors asking California’s governor to spare the man’s life, prosecutors said Friday.

The jurors denied they thought Michael Morales deserved clemency because some of the testimony at his trial may have been fabricated, said Nathan Barankin, spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

"We showed each person the declaration on their behalf and they all said they didn’t say that," Barankin said.

I just love such shining examples of Hypocrisy...

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Hafez al-Bukari and Rahma Hujira

The Yemeni regime has a new label to target its reformers, opposition and civil leaders: pro-Dutch. (The regime employs a variety of stereotypes to label its opponents in an effort to turn public opinion against them: Zionist, Separatist, Houthi, Terrorist, Mason, American-leaning and Treasonous, to name a few.)

This is the story of Hafez al-Bokari and Rahma Hujira, two leaders of Yemeni civil society who have struggled for years for journalists rights. In May of 2005, one of the regime stooge attack papers, Al-Belad, published a horrible article about them, which the Yemen Times at the time described as insulting to Rehmas honor. From all reports it was a very derogatory and crude article, but the Yemeni regime specializes in sleeze as well as brutality. Of course, the public prosecutor to date has not responded to their law suit against al-Belad filed in May.

In December, the following appeared on the internet site of al-Shawa newspaper: The manager of the office of the Saudi Okaz newspaper in Sana'a Hafez al-Bukari was dismissed from his job, reasons are vague. While al-Bukari refused to comment on the dismiss, some media reports though it based upon pressures on and calls to the Okaz headquarters in Saudi by Yemeni informants who do not agree with al-Bukari activities and defending stances for the sake of press freedom after he had been elected a secretary-general of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate in 2004.

Now the paper of the Yemeni military, the 26 September, at the height of public emotion over the cartoons, published a front page article that Hafez and Rahma are agents of the Dutch government. (There was some journalists training program that was coordinated between the Dutch and Yemeni governments. Hafez as the head of the syndicate was coordinating it.)

Yemen Times The board also condemned the accusation that was brought on the 26 September newspaper website. Here, Al-Bokari and his wife, journalist Rahma Hujaira, are said to have connections with Denmark. The syndicate considered this as a way to blackmail the two journalists, especially after the recent crises regarding the illustrations of the prophet Mohammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

They attempted to bring a legal suit against the military’s newspaper for publishing false and inflammatory information.
From their letter to the Public Prosecutor in Yemen:

This article was published on the first news page on February 1st 2006. It included direct and clear instigation and offense against me Hafez Al-Bukari , President of Yemen Polling Center and General Secretary of Yemen Journalists Syndicate, and against my wife Rahma Hujira, Chairwoman of the Yemen Female Media Forum. You will also notice that this article includes false information that was made up intentionally for the purpose of being used unfairly against us….

Therefore, we would like to bring a legal suit against those responsible for the website and to draw you attention to the risks that may endanger not only our lives but also our children, families, the institutions we work for and the employees working in them. The reason for this is that this instigation published by this official military institution which is supposed to protect us as citizens of this country.

Such fake information proves that this article is an attempt to use the anger spread in the Muslim world to attack us individually and to attack our institutions; Yemen Polling Center and Yemen Female Media Forum for that these institutions are concerned with democratic, social, and media reformation and development and they tackle general issues related to the society.

No response from the Prosecutor yet. This incident is a clear example of the Yemeni government is using the cartoon controversy to target reformers. And it shows the true anti-democratic, anti-reform face of the Yemeni government.

More importantly, I hope it shows what Ive been saying for the last year(s): there are some real heroes in Yemen, fighting against enormous challenges, to bring about a more just society. Its not just al-Khaiwani, not just Rahma and Hafez, theres many. The government targets them over and over in a variety of ways. They dont give up. Theres some corrupt people, hungry people, and frightened people who bend to the will of the regime. Those who put their country before themselves deserve our full support.

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February 10, 2006
Hush Money!

And the plot thickens...

I've mentioned the New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal a few times before -- in 2002, state GOP officials hired a telemarketing company to jam the Democrats' phones on election day. Several folks have been sent to prison over this, and one final figure is still fighting his way through the courts.

Last December, James Tobin was convicted for his role. He's appealing his conviction, but it's expensive.

The Republican National Committee has already acknowledged paying almost three-quarters of a million dollars towards Tobin's defense, to the dismay of some (and, sadly, the apathy of many others).

Well, apparently the RNC is following the lead of Republicans in Congress and the White House, and continuing to pour more good money after bad. A New Hampshire newspaper columnist has been following the case, and he noted that the RNC paid Tobin's lawyers a whopping $1,771,360.21 on the very day he was convicted.

No wonder the American public wants to throw the Majority Party out about now.

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How Delicious... Blackmail!

From Pensito Review:

Brown Demands Money and Political Cover to Keep Quiet Ousted FEMA leader Michael Brown says he has emails from and to President Bush that were sent as New Orleans was being destroyed — and that if the Bushistas down't pony up to cover his legal fees, he's going to rat them out.

Too bad the Republicans in the Senate who are investigating the tragic bungling of the federal response to Katrina are powerless to get those emails otherwise. Oh, wait - this just in - they have subpoena power. (Not that Chairman Susan Collins will use it.)

More on Katrina from Crooks and Liars What was known and When... It all comes out eventually...

Meanwhile info on why the Levees broke.

This is turning into a pretty compelling story...

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And another Lottery Scam

Another idiotic Lottery Scam. These people are ridiculously stupid, but so are the people who actually believe these things!

BRITISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL Headquarters: 60 Merriman Road Blackheath London SE3 8RZ England.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Ref. Number: BTL/491OXI/04
Batch Number: 12/25/0304
Ticket Number: 564 75600545-188
Serial Number: 5388/02

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Winners in our
British International Lottery Program held on the 6th of January, 2006. Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number 564 75600545-188 with serial
number 5388/02 drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-31-45, which consequently won
in the 2ND category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum
pay out of USD2,500,000 (Two Million, five hundred thousand dollars).
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Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims have been fully
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to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email
addresses and names from all over the world.

This lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
multinational multinational companies in Europe as part of their social
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ever for British Lottery. The estimated $125 companies in Europe as
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$363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a May 2000 drawing of
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Name:Lawrence More
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Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
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agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members
of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.


In order to verify your winnings, we need your particulars for record
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Continue reading "And another Lottery Scam"

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Today's 419 Scams

You got to give it to them. They dont give up. Here are today's idiots, take note and report them if you get one of these:


Hello,

It is with heartfelt hope that I write to seek your co-operation and assistance in the context stated below. You don’t know me and I also don’t know you but I believe my father knew you when he was alive hence it is from his private file that I got your contact detail when I was going through some of his files. Please excuse my intrusion into your private life because I send this mail in good faith, I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried but I am sorry and assuring you that all will be well. First and foremost, I apologize using this medium to reach you for a transaction of this magnitude, but this is due to confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium. In enfolding this proposal, I am counting on you, as a respected and honest person to handle this transaction with sincerity and trust.

Meanwhile, I wish to properly introduce myself, I am Mr. MAXWELL CHIMANAKIRE the eldest son of Mr. Gift Chimanakire who was murdered in land dispute that was instituted by President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. I am giving you detailed explanation on this issue and please I want you to read through this mail carefully to enable you understand my situation. Mugabe was pretty popular, charming and warm-hearted on a personal level as long as you supported his Government then he sent 400 people to go round the country listening to what the people wanted for a new constitution. It happed that there was so much rejection towards him, this was his first rejection and it was a shock, from the year 1980-2000 no one had rejected him then he realized that people would vote him out of power. For him power is all not serving the people, he ordered the war veterans to invade 3000 farms, which were the backbone of the community. Until that time Zimbabwe had been the second strongest economy in Africa, second only to that of South Africa. Without trying to know the reason behind his rejection, he grabbed the lifeline of the people and gave each war veterans US$5,000:00 which was far too much since the Zimbabwe dollar fell to 56-US$1. In March 2000 farms were invaded, sized and given to friends of his who had no knowledge of farming and sold farming equipment, he encouraged greed and passed oppressive laws, with no independent media, he approved violence, torture and used the judiciary as an organ of his own.

Read on for more of the same...

Continue reading "Today's 419 Scams"

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