November 05, 2008
The temptation is high to gloat. To get IN THE FACE of ignorant people like this.
Short, angry, bitter, and in the minority. I now feel as I believe Justice Ginsberg felt at that time. This election was not, despite the hype, the grand demonstration of egalitarian democracy and the fulfillment of promised ideals. Rather, it proved that a slick thug from Chicago with no executive experience whatsoever can get elected President if he has enough money, is protected from tough questions by a complicit media, and runs a campaign on pure style and hype. It's not just for con men anymore.
But I think Obama's speech last night, and the almost 63 Millon people who voted for him, demand something more of us.
I woke my son last night when the results were announced and shared the moment with he and my family. My wife and kids are thoroughly Costa Rican, so it has been a lonely 11 months for me, and I watched, celebrated and even cried... alone at times. But last night they got it, even my wife who was a Hillary fan if anything.... GOT IT. They looked at the huge crowd of people in Chicago. They watched the students gathered at the gates of the White House, they watched the reaction around the world, and THEY GOT IT.
My baby daughter asked me why I was crying last night... Why so many people were crying. I saved the copy of todays Costa Rican newspaper for her.
One day she will understand. One of the most moving things for me was watching people like Collin Powell weep...
As a black man, born in 1960... someone who has dealt with discrimination... someone who has been called Nigger to his face... I can not describe in mere words this moment for me. Translate my tears of joy and share with me, this moment of sublime hope.
I feel myself quite unworthy of documenting this moment. The images we view today throughout the world are so much more powerful than mere words.
So a few petty, angry people, who would seek to belittle what we as a country have accomplished are to be pitied. Those who's racism would not allow them to vote for a black man yesterday missed out on a great opportunity to change forever for the better our great nation. Those who voted for McCain out of a sincere belief that he was a better candidate, have an open invitation from Our President Elect, to be part of the solution... Lets hope that they elect to do so. For the moment, I have no more words to contribute, instead I invite you to review the video of the President Elect's remarks from last night....
God Bless America!
December 17, 2006
Forget the Weblog Awards!
You need further convincing that the Web is the new Forum? It is the communal hearth arround which all of us gather. Web 2.0 is not just a catch phrase any more. The sale of You Tube to Google, the Rise of Google itself... The phenomenon of My Space... It's a new world, and indeed a new story:
But look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story, one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people's network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
Some of us are pioneers in this new world... Our friends ragged on us about our blogging, and for our personal web pages... Those same friends now quietly create their own blogs, or sign up for my space.
We have built massive repositories of information, created virtual worlds and communities, sold billions of dollars in merchandise, created candidates and helped win elections. We have faced down major media operations, and raised millions to help victims of natural disasters.
Netcitizenship has become a common ground, bringing citizens of the world closer together.
But it has also spawned some bad...
Terrorist use the internet to communicate and dispense propaganda.
Scammers from Nigeria, other parts of Africa and Europe, farm tens of thousands of emails a day, to send their ridiculous scam emails, and attempt identity theft through phishing attacks.
Hate Groups use the internet to spread their message of hate.
Scammers of every ilk use the internet as their virtual office...
It's not perfect, but perhaps that is why Time is so RIGHT. The Internet IS the new world, it is a place where all of us can participate Rich and Poor, and where access to a connected computer is all it takes to be heard. A friend of mine and fellow blogger, used to run his popular blog from Library computers... He was homeless and did not own a computer, so he logged on at his local library and contributed to the debate. He inspired me... With all the wants and needs a person in his position must have had... Having a voice in the debate was a priority. It is HIS picture that should grace the cover of time, because despite the contributions of email@example.com, and her lingerie shows from her bedroom... It is people like my friend who has led this revolution...
So thank you Time Magazine, for acknowledging us. I have taken the liberty of preparing my cover... After all, all of us would not fit!
August 16, 2006
A couple of recent articles...
Featuring quotes by yours truly....
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March 18, 2006
The Start of a New Adventure
Busy week ahead. I hope to meet with the representative of a group of Angel investors this week. I have been working since the completion of the Guatemalan project on an idea for a new company focused on wireless technology. The response to my initial executive summary has been encouraging, but there is still much work to be done.
The truth is that after five years, I have grown tired of the original charter of Grupo Utopia. To be sure we have acomplished some incredible things on the small investment we started the company with. GU has become synonymous with high technology leadership. We have forged relationships with some of the biggest technology companies in the world, including Intel, Oracle, IBM, Motorola, Palm and HP, and we have created a buzz about wireless technology and high technology in general. We have also created a strong brand...
So why start a new company?
There are many reasons, but the primary one is to seek a level of investment that will allow me to develop some exciting new concepts. With the ownership structure of GU, it would be hard to raise sufficient funds to do so, without long and drawn out negotiations with existing investors. I plan to refocus GU on Call Center Consulting, while structuring the new company to be 100% focussed on wireless and associated technologies.
One of the great things that has come out of my adventures has been developing a relationship with the Press. GU is one of the most written about companies in Costa Rica.
This week, I have two interviews appearing in the local business press. This picture is from one of the Interviews.I am frequently consulted about trends in Outsourcing or wireless technology.
Both subjects are hot right now, as Costa Rica struggles with more competition from other countries in the region, as an outsourcing destination, and as ICE (The National Phone Company), is finaly working to make their three year old GPRS wirless network a "real service."
RACSA, ICE's official Internet subsidiary has also put together plans for the launch of a Metropolitan Area network of wirless hotspots, more than likely 802.11B or G.
So wireless is about to take off in a big way in Costa Rica, and we want to be there to take advantage of the trend. Five years ago, Grupo Utopia installed the first, "Public," wireless network in Costa Rica, at the Palma Real Hotel, and then we stood by and watched the market explode with public access points at almost every major hotel here. We made ZIP off of our Pioneering efforts. We will NOT miss this opportunity!
I have never been a believer in LUCK. I believe in Destiny. The two interviews appearing this week were not planned, they just happened, as I got a call from a reporter friend who was in the process of writing them. The timing is perfect...
December 15, 2005
The voting is in!
And ISOU came in a respectable 9th in the voting. Considering the fact that I have been too busy to blog much for the last couple of months, I am satisfied with a respectable showing. Thanks to all who voted for ISOU. Despite what is an obvious Right Leaning slant to the Awards, I am happy to be a finalist, and for all the new people the nomination bought to ISOU.
Congrats to The Devil's Excrement, an excellent blog and very deserving of the award. I am proud to be in such good company again.
September 29, 2005
Welcome CNN/Netscape News Readers
Welcome to Readers of CNN/Netscape News. Please feel free to comment and weigh in on other posts on the blog.
August 25, 2005
Welcome Cnet News.com Readers
I would have never expected that my little personal reminiscing from last night would have made News.com, but hey who am I to question success. I hope that you will stick around and read other articles from ISOU. Welcome, and please feel free to comment.
August 24, 2005
Welcome to About.Com Readers
Kathy Gill of About.com, has a great roundup of some of the coverage in the blogsphere on the Pat Robertson issue. ISOU is included in the roundup.
Blogosphere on Robertson
There are some great nuggets in this post, from a wide diversity of Bloggers, check it out.
Great Question at the end of the post:
"Question? Define "becoming a dictator" when you've been elected, 71 percent of the population supports you (far more than Bush) and new elections are scheduled for December."
The truth is, that Chavez has strong support in Latin America. The same Latin America that has been victimized by American Politics for decades. Too often, "Dictator," is defined as any leader not catering to U.S. interest. "Pinochet," one of the most murderous Dictators in Latin American History, was all but installed by the Nixon Administration, and the region has a history of exploitation by American interest.
I don't know enough about Chavez one way or the other to judge what kind of President he is, but living in Latin America, I can assure you of one thing, he is a helluva lot more popular than George W. Bush!
August 21, 2005
Welcome Salon dot Com Readers - Updated
And if you want to read two more interesting viewpoints on the effects of the war in Iraq on Bush's legacy. Professor Bainbridge and Kevin Drum have two excellent pieces on the subject. It is heartening to see Conservatives like Bainbridge waking up to the reality of this folly.
I found these two comments, particularly compelling:
The trouble with Bush's justification for the war is that it uses American troops as fly paper. Send US troops over to Iraq, where they'll attract all the terrorists, who otherwise would have come here, and whom we'll then kill. This theory has proven fallacious. The first problem is that the American people are unwilling to let their soldiers be used as fly paper. If Iraq has proven anything, it has confirmed for me the validity of the Powell Doctrine.
I have to admit, I often wonder what some Conservatives out there are smoking, that they can't see the obvious. I am convinced that they do see it. If 2000 was a heady experience for Conservatives who had suffered through eight years of Bill Clinton, despite aggressive attempts to get rid of him at any cost, then 2004, after surviving numerous mini scandals and debunking Rathergate, must have been the greatest of highs.
That Republicans managed to take healthy majorities in both Houses, and seemed to dominate the U.S. political agenda, must have given Conservatives a sense of invulnerability. But the cracks have been showing in the armor for some time now, and it has taken "Rovian," measures to keep the fact of the Emperors Nakedness from the American Public. It must be painful in the extreme to see those cracks appearing, and know that not only did they make a monumental mistake, but that all they worked so hard for is based on a foundation of lies, deception and corruption.
Even still, some refuse to acknowledge the obvious:
I honestly don't see anything "inappropriate" about it. Cindy accuses the President of "lying" about several of the reasons for war in Iraq, so maybe these television stations are worried about giving air time to somebody calling the President a liar when its clear to most of us with common sense that he didn't lie about Iraq. But that's just a guess.
Rob's argument is deeply flawed... First off, recent polls indicate that as many as 51% of Americans feel the American Public was deceived about Iraq. With some polls nearing 60%. So the argument that "Most Americans believe that the President did not lie is intellectually and morally dishonest.
9/11 was a catharsis for America. Karl Rove and the Administration have shamelessly taken advantage of this to smear Liberals, out a CIA agent in an act of revenge, and execute a disastrous and unjustified war. This administration's legacy will be based on Post 9/11. With information coming to light almost daily on how badly they bungled the so called "War on Terror," and with little else to point to as accomplishments, Bush's legacy will likely suffer. More significantly, he may join Nixon as a President corrupted by his own sense of infallibility.
August 03, 2005
Welcome Slate Readers!
Looks like we made Slate's Online Magazine today, where I was quoted:
Many liberal bloggers are ignoring the issue. In Search of Utopia's self-described progressive/centrist Democrat David Anderson writes, "To be honest, it is hard to tell where the political opportunism ends and reality begins, and considering the clear cut common sense thing to do, it is not worth me 'researching'. Whatever the situation, pay the goddamned money and move on! ... The bozo who took it is already gone from Air America, and this 'scandal,' only dilutes the message Air America is trying to get out."
With all of the attention ISOU is getting lately, maybe some of our core issues will filter to the top! Here's hoping anyway.
July 31, 2005
Some of my Ohio Coverage from 2004
Considering Today's Piece on Ohio, I thought I would dig up some of my old archived discussions on the subject. This piece from October 24, 2004, just before the election. More to come.
And thanks to Oliver Willis for giving this some attention.
Also a big thanks to Digby of Hullabalooo.
Where the Hell is Malcom X or the Black Panther Party
when you need them. Someone needs to gaurantee that people will be able
The Bullshit is starting to stink up the whole country now. What is happening in Ohio is an outrage. But this time it wont be allowed to stand. A lot has happened in four years, and part of what happened is US, the troops in the trenches who will not allow this to be covered over.
I am going to make it my mission the next days up until the election to fight this bullshit at every turn, and to mobilize as many progressive bloggers as I can to the cause as well.
So I am throwing out a challenge to progressives everywhere, and to those on the right who care about our constitution, and not just their guy winning. It is time we cleaned up the dirt, and go back to being Americans again, people who pledge every day to defend the ideals of our republic.
Pass the word on what is happening in Ohio and elsewhere, and trackback to this post. I will do likewise.
Others Blogging This subject
Crossposted the The PBA Site.
I am sorry Marty, but I dont really care what my conservative friends think about this one. I have read the comments from Philadelphia about the rationale for moving polling places at the last moment. I believe the Republican Party official said he was insisting on them being moved becuase he did not want to go into minority areas for fear of being stabbed in the back. Please Marty, I am just as sick of this shit as you are, but I am also tired of the hypocritical bullshit coming out of republicans and conservatives so save me the lecture.
Ohio is cesspool of dirty Republican Tricks. I guess you would explain this:
away as an annomoly as well, right? I like you and Chad, Rob and JT, Kevin, Johnny Walker Red, Boyd, Bo, consider you all friends, but why is it that you can run with the most hateful and slanderous bullshit about Kerry, and its okay. As soon as someone brings this kind of thing up, its lowering the discourse, I am going to call you on it... BULL SHIT.
Why is it, that none of you are concerned about the CIA report that hasnt been released. Or the lies on Iraq. If this country is harmed it will not be becuase some of us choose to question what is going on on BOTH sides in this filthy process we are calling an election. At least I have the decency to point out both sides. Point to me ONE post you have made where you seriously questioned the actions of your party and the administration, just one!
I am black man, one who's parents suffered to win the right to vote, and this is an EMMOTIONAL issue for me.
And when you talk about hypocrisy on NADER, PLEASE.... How many republicans would be writing checks for him and insisting he were on the ballot if they thought he would hurt Bush. No one is fucking stupid enough to even imagine that scenario. I noticed a couple of my conservative friends stopped linking to me a few weeks ago as things started to heat up on the election. I have never stopped linking to them if I find something interesting on their blog. So I really dont give a rats ass, it simply goes to prove you can dish it, but you cant take it. But you know what, you are right about the Nazi picture, it just gives people an excuse to blow off what I am saying. So I have changed it for a more appropriate one with a Link that will explain it.
You said, "What is also outrageous is the fact that the Kerry campaign and the DNC have planned all along to challenge the outcome of the election regardless of the outcome (unless of course they win every state.) Even if there is no sign of voter intimidation, they have as their stated objective to make the charge everywhere they think that they are not doing well. Of course, I wouldn't expect you to write about that. It's your blog, and that doesn't match your agenda."
My agenda is seeing a fair election, whoever wins. Democrats would be STUPID not to be prepared to contest the election based on things that are going on right now. Why do I have the feeling that all the conservative bruhah over it, is a preemptive strike to discredit such efforts should they be necessary? You have the audacity to question my fairness in my blog postings. I challenge you or anyone else to find a blog on either side who has attempted to be as fair and objective as mine. You noted the link to the conservative blog, How often do you see a conservative blog giving the other side via links, it is rare. So sorry Marty, save me the lectures.
I saw my people robbed of their constitutional right in Florida, something that infuriates me every time a conservative denies it. I also saw what happened in Philadelphia....It wont happen again, and if I have to join forces with the devil himself, (a reference to you and my other conservative friends constantly criticizing me for linking other liberal blogs who take a harder outlook on the issues) I will do so.
It IS time we woke up and realized we were all Americans, and part of that wake up call is to realize that no one candidate is worth subverting our constitution or throwing our American values out the window for!
Some Additional Reading
Pierre Omidyar (Founder of eBay) - Requires Registration
UPDATE- Via Jesus General who says....
The Following is my favorite part of the Column:
Kerry is lying to Negroes about being disenfranchised in Florida. You may recall that it was Democrats in West Palm Beach and other Dem strongholds in Florida who tried to steal the election in 2000 by having people stuff several blank ballots in the voting machine at the same time and punching the Democrat Party slate--giving rise to ''hanging'' and ''pregnant'' chads (partially punched out ballots). If a single ballot is placed in a Vote-a-Matic machine, which is the proper and legal way to vote, it is virtually impossible to punch one's vote in such a way as to produce either a hanging or bulging chad; each punch is clean and complete, producing a perfectly punched-out hole. Knowing that they had stuffed the ballots in those heavily Democrat (and heavily Negro) areas, the Democrats demanded recounts in only those areas, hoping that if enough of the ballots with the hanging and pregnant chads were counted--instead of being discarded for being spoiled as they should have been--that their man Gore might win. At the same time, the Gore lawyers worked to disenfranchise native Floridian military personnel serving overseas from voting by absentee ballot on the assumption (probably correct) that most of them would be for Bush and not Gore
Negroes???? Why dont cha go all the way Sam Baby, and just say Niggers, or Niggras as you Southern Boys used to say. Oh I know he didnt... And you people question WHY I am pissed on this issue? A bit of advice, dont come incorrect at me on this one, becuase if you do, friend or FOE, you are subject to get your feelings hurt!
UPDATE III: And now McGehee, a conservative I know from Wizbang, thinks we are drinking Koolaide. You know what McGehee, all the pathetic little insults in the world are not going to matter in this case. Bring it on... This has me so angry, I can barely talk about it. You pooh pooh it all you want. But the we will not stop. I lived in the South in the Early 60's and I saw these kind of intimidation tactics. This is not 1960, and it will NOT STAND. So pass the fucking KoolAide.
Thanks to the Commissar for trying to lighten the mood. And for pointing out ballot irregularities. But Rooftop Report has a logical explanation. It seems that whatever comes up indicating Republican Dirty Tricks, the other side has an answer and points to something suppossedly even more sinister.
Update IV: And now Paul from Wizbang has weighed in, determining that Democrats are really trying to steal Ohio. Surprise, Surprise Gomer Pyle.
July 17, 2005
Welcome Salon dot Com Readers!
May 10, 2005
ISOU Classic Greatest Hits - A Special Open Letter
I am continuing to add to the ISOU Classic Section via Google's cache. This was one of my favorite pieces:
Open Letter to the Whales of the Lefty Blogsphere
In reading comments to my post yesterday about Big Left Wing
His strong, challenging voice, is one I respect and admire. I would nothave found him except through another blog that is off most people'sradar, the Legendary Nitecrawler, who's blog now seems to be inactive.
Michael of Comments from Left Field, points to the Daily Kos linking policy,
THE DAILY KOS LINK POLICY: As you can no
While I have set the number of links on my blogroll in stone, its
Be clever, funny, original. Get away from the default templates. Get away from Blogspot. Create your own identity. Your own domain. Have attitude. Be self-confident. Participate in the
But Blogrolling is NOT the point of this. It is supporting a sense of community, and encouraging smaller bloggers to exercise their voice.
Instapundit has helped launch many smaller blogs, simply by acknowledging their work. Many of those blogs who have benefited from an Instalanche, never make it onto Reynolds Blogroll, but he at least acknowledges
I am no KOS, my biggest traffic day was probably 50 thousand visits
There is one other thing I agree with Kos on, I don't give a rats
While I will often return a recipiricol link, many of the blogs I have linked to, I did so because they were cool.
Update: Tas makes a very good point!
Update II: Since I don't read Atrios on a Daily basis, I had not
"I ran this blog a long time before I made a cent off of it.
Now that may well be true for Duncan, but as he acknowledges in the
"So is there an argument to be made for credit? Yes, because
Duncan seems to think that "the little people," are amusing:
"Continuing from yesterday's amusing email, there seems to be some amount of general disgruntlement throughout parts of the blogosphere about people receiving appropriate credit and recognition, some green-eyed monster sniping at the "big bloggers," some kvetching about the Koufax awards (the most transparent and open awards process in the universe - it's an excuse for community, people, not the Pulitzers), along with the usual mutterings that your Pet Issue isn't the #1 topic in the blogosphere, etc..."
And gives us this stellar advice:
"While fully acknowledging that nothing and no one is beyond
Have you ever stopped to consider that the reason we are "doing this," is because we believe in doing what's right? Or that "getting over ourselves," should be advice that you should first extend to yourself before you criticize someone else. I know Ronnie B. I have seen the blood, sweat and tears he puts into his blog. I have read his LONG pieces demonstrating his willingness to dig and research. While I probably would have never sent that email. I damned sure know where he is coming from. And I have been one of the people who has sent you an email asking you to support a post. Like the one on the missing young black woman from South Carolina. It was not a "Pet Issue," it was asking a colleague to help with a serious matter, that could have meant life or death for a young woman. You ignored it, interestingly enough, every Conservative Blog who I asked to post about it, DID! SO, as did many others, including Oliver Willis.
You had a chance to address Ron's concern and instead you treated
There is a scene in the movie Patton, where General Patton
I personally don't give a rats ass if you ever link me or not. What I do care about is moving a progressive agenda, something we should be more focused on than our over inflated egos... ya think?
UPDATE III: Ron Brynaert responds in the first thread:
"Atrios kind of stuck up for me in the comments but as a
I thought it important to move Ron's comment front and center, since
I almost feel like putting up one of those damned posters on my Blog
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