Saturday, August 14, 2004

Book Review Inside Intel

Inside Intel: Andy Grove and the Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Chip Company by Tim Jackson is a very interesting look at the corporation that becomes Intel and the people they essentially ran over on the way to the top. I am a fan of strong arm tactics and using every resource available but some of these people should be in jail. Not to mention the fact that their rise is due to a great deal of luck since they were so inept at production in the beginning. It was sad that they could not pull what they needed together and they simply had a product that no one else was producing except in second source operations. I highly recommend this as a good look for those looking into the computer industry. Do not bother reading Direct from Dell by Michael Dell which is a glossing over and offers almost nothing of value in analysis.

Air Force One

A note to all who would be future presidents of the United States. Every president who has had Air Force One would fly into a military base so as to cause as little disruption of air traffic control and travel. This was true until President Clinton who did not want to have anything to do with the military and landed in public airports. He maintained that this did not affect air travel which is bullshit. President Bush is also not realizing how much harm he causes when he lands at a public airport. Recently I was in Las Vegas and sat on the runway for TWO HOURS as bush landed, spoke and then took off again. I am for defending Air Force One but these presidents have to realize the precautions taken for their safety. Standard airplanes are kept at 5 miles distance when flying in air. Air Force One is three times that. When a president lands at an airport it is SHUTDOWN and nothing goes in or out for about 20 min while he is moved to a safe location. This really screws up a schedule. President Bush shut down Vegas twice in a three hour period. That is very hard to recover from. President Clinton used to land at LAX and have his hair cut which is obviously a very bad idea and keeps the airports shut down even longer. Hopefully presidents will realize what problems they cause and land at appropriate times at Air Force Bases.

Korea???

To anyone who watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics they were treated with a rare sight as North and South Korea marched as one “Korea” in the opening ceremony. This certainly caught me by surprise and I had not seen anyone else reporting on it before it happened. This is a historic event in my opinion and I believe that it is a good sign to relations in the region if they are at least willing to make a show of peace. On a side note China did take the gold in Synchronized Diving(was not aware of this sport until today) and I was hoping for an Australian victory as I thought there team was performing very well. I will not post much about the Olympics with school starting but I will try to keep people updated of US victories.

Friday, August 13, 2004

McGreevy

I imagine most people heard today, but in case anyone reading this didn't, New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy announced his resignation today, saying he had a homosexual affair, amid speculation about blackmail over sexual harrassment and other charges. Lots of callers from New Jersey and New York to the national talk shows today were also mentioning that McGreevy ran a corrupt administration anyway (Corruption in New Jersey politics? Never have I heard of such a thing...) and several pointed to this as an extention of the controversy with the Homeland Security advisor there. I'm too tired to properly blog on this right now, so I'll just direct everyone to Drudge and Instapundit for information. Tomorrow I'll try to write a bit about the electoral sleight-of-hand involved.

Well, I do have to take the time to disagree with the quote featured in the Instapundit link. It's most certainly not just about him being gay. (Incidentally, I feel really bad for his wife and children in all this. I don't understand how people can do things like this.) There's a lot more involved here than his sexual preferences. If it was just him being gay, he would have made the announcement, been lauded by gay groups and the New York Times and that would be that. No, this goes much deeper; something forced him to resign.

Also note Jeff Jarvis' thoughts.

By the way, I highly recommend Kevin's link to the O'Reilly vs. Krugman transcript. Krugman's such an amazing phony.

Thoughts on Alan Keyes

There's a lot of talk about wisdom or lack thereof in having Alan Keyes run against Barack Obama in Illinois. I think Keyes is a great guy, extremely articulate and is a great opponent for Obama. Unfortunately, Obama is hugely popular and makes a good show of sounding moderate, while Keyes is too honest to play that kind of game. Some have said that the GOP is throwing Keys to the dogs, setting him up for failure. They'll never win there, so they just need someone who can lose graciously. Keyes is certainly gracious, but if the GOP just needed someone to make a show of losing, why go to the trouble of asking Keyes? Well, the conspiracist's answer involves GOP racism and all sorts of other nonsense. There are plenty of angles to this story that are interesting, but I find two in particular rather interesting.

First, there is the "carpetbagging" matter. As mucha s I like Keyes, this is a definite problem. It's part of the trend of just moving people around to run for office in states where it is convenient, and whether they know anything about the state from which they're running be damned. Keyes is a Maryland resident, but is moving to Illinois just to run for the Senate. It's not right. I really don't like this idea, and I despised it when Hillary Clinton tried it. However, there is a distinction in that the Illinois GOP asked Keyes to move in and run, while Hillary forced herself on the people of New York. In the end, though, this kind of thing is just not right, and I don't like it when the GOP pulls it any more than when the Democrats try it. Still, when all is said and done, it will be up to the voters of Illinois as to whether any of this is important to them. If I were voting, I would still cast my ballot for Keyes, with reservations of course, but in weighing his ideology against Obama's and the value having more Republican Senators, they simply outweigh the capetbagging element. It's similar logic to that used with the presidential election: Bush has hardly been a conservative's conservative, but the fact that he is right on the war simply outweighs his shortcomings on domestic policy.

Jonah Goldberg has some thoughts on the carpetbagging issue, and I largely agree with him. His readers' opinions here and here are also interesting.

The other issue that interested me was raised in the Corner by Mark Krikorian. Namely, why didn't the GOP go to the runner-up in the primary? Krikorian says it's because he is outspoken in favor of enforcing immigration law. If that's the only reason, and Krikorian says Hastert said as much, then that is absolutely disgraceful. Not only do we need people who are interested in enforcing immigration law, pretending that avoiding it is what the electorate wants is lunacy. The very real fact is that immigration law is seriously flawed, with major implications for the War on Terror. It's pathetic that the Illinois GOP is afraid of immigration issues. Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo should set them straight.

O'Reilly v. Krugman

Text here.

You can't write this stuff

He doctored a headline from an Op/Ed to make it look like a news story!

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Funniest Thing I Heard All Day

Now, as my co-bloggers know well, I can't stand the coverage of any of the "celebrity" trials. While tragic, Lci Peterson and Lori Hacking are NOT national news, especially at a time like this. Nor is Kobe Bryant. Michael Jackson I think deserves the coverage. This may sound contradictory but what I think tips the scales in favor of coverage is this guy's history and the public statement's he's made for years about his issues with children.

Anyway, I happened to hear on the radio today about the things Scott Peterson was making up and saying to Amber Fry. The best one was his greetings from "the snow-capped mountains of Belgium...."

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Pete Coors: The Next Senator from Colorado

Coors won the Republican primary to be the GOP nominee for the US Senate in November, soundly defeating former congressman Bob Schaffer, who, for all his good values, ran a bitter and negative campaign. Pete is a staunch conservative across the board (having been featured in the "I'm the NRA" ad series), is a really nice guy and a successful businessman. He's not a career politician, so he should be a breath of fresh air in the Senate. His family has been integral in the history of Colorado so he knows and will represent the state well. I think he's going to make a great opponent to Ken Salazar (the Democratic candidate) and will make a great Senator.

I was very happy to go to a polling place for only the second time in my life yesterday (all the others have been absentee ballots) and was just as happy to see that all the races I voted for came out in favor of my chosen candidates. That included the Senate race, the DA race (where the two candidates argued over who gave more multiple-hundred year sentences to violent criminals), and a race for cunty commissioner. I actually spent the day helping the Coors campaign and spent the evening with the commissioner candidate's well-wishers watching the results come in on the computer.

El Paso County (my county) deserves high praise for its performance yesterday. Precincts reported in a timely manner and votes were tallied and posted on the county website efficiently. El Paso consistently had more up-to-date and more complete number than any other county in Colorado last night. By the time El Paso had over 90% of precincts reporting, most other counties had barely 60% reporting, if that. And with some hotly contested races, the County Clerk & Recorder's office did an outstanding job in making sure everything was fair and legal. Southeastern Florida counties take note.

Now, I'm off to a GOP unity rally downtown, featuring rockstar Governor Bill Owens, Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, Pete Coors, and lots of other cool Coloradans. So, I'm gonna go enjoy and schmooze.

Oh, and I can now add Post #400 to my trophy case of landmark posts, including 1st post and 300th post.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Off the Market

At 2:15 a.m. on Friday morning (California time), I received a frantic call from my friend Jackie, still out on the East Coast, informing me that our favorite Republican heart throb, George P. Bush, was to be married this weekend. When I woke up in the morning, I thought the phone call had all been a bad dream.

It wasn't.

Yes, yesterday, Jeb Bush's eldest son married some girl who attended law school with him. (To quote Jackie, "SHE'S BLONDE AND SHE'S A BITCH!!!!") What a disappointment. I have nothing left to live for.

Except for the Nixon Library tomorrow! :P

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Voila!

Haha victory is mine, I remembered my name! All this California weather is messing with my mind.

Hey, Boys

Greetings, my fellow bloggers. This is Mary, but I can't remember my login, so Brian signed me in, since I'm at his house in CALIFORNIA!!! I can't believe how liberal this state truely is. :)

On Friday, we went to the Reagan Library, and let me tell you, it was just fantastic. The scenery is absolutely amazing outside where he is buried. The exhibits are also fantastic, so I highly recommend it to everyone who loves Ronnie. (Kevin!, says Brian lol) Hope you're all having fun and enjoying the end of your summer while I bake out in the desert.

Mary (who should be getting credit for this post in her profile but isn't)

Meanwhile, in Dallas...

John Lehman, of the 9/11 comission, had a candid interview with the editorial staff of the Dallas Morning News about what he observed in the course of the investigation. Rod Dreher summarizes it over in the Corner, and it isn't pretty.

Kerry's Plan for Iraq: Disengagement

Instapundit points to a very, very interesting post at Redstate analysing Kerry's various discussions of his plans and ideas about Iraq and the military. Of particular interest is an interview Kerry and Edwards did on NPR, where Kerry presents typically contradictory goals and generally shows he has no idea what he's talking about. Tacitus is a war supporter who is critical of Bush for not being aggressive enough and has issues with how the war was handled politically. I'm not sure I fully agree with him in those areas, but I think they're certainly valid concerns. His thoughts on Fallujah make an interesting contrast to Den Beste's view of it. But, I digress. Read it and see how Kerry has learned nothing from Vietnam.