Great New Buzzword

Heard on the radio as I was driving home from work tonight…. the US occupation of Iraq was called “Compassionate Colonialism”.

Unfortunately I don’t know who originated the phrase, but I’ll try to find out.

Bring on The Bat

The candidate I’m supporting for President of the USA, Howard Dean, is trying to do something that no other presidential candidate has done before. He intends to raise 5 million dollars in 10 days from average Americans – not special interest PACs or high-roller donors. Here’s a regularly-updated view of how he’s doing:

I’ve put both my money and my time where my mouth is on this issue. I urge you do to so as well. Please consider making a donation to Dean’s campaign fund. We desperately need to get GW Bush and his cronies out of the White House in 2004.

Insecure Security

jetBlue Airlines, for reasons passing understanding, violated their own privacy policy and handed passenger information lists over to a government contractor.

Why they blithely handed millions of passengers’ names, addresses and phone numbers over without a subpoena to a private company that could do anything with that data passes understanding.

I’m not feeling inclined to be flying jetBlue again.

Update: Check out this website for more on jetBlue and their invasions of personal privacy.

Kitten Update

Went to do a shift at the SPCA this afternoon and got some sad news. The SPCA got hit by a Panleukopenia outbreak and 2 of the 6 kittens I spent some of my shift with on Sunday are dead.

Panleuk outbreaks are, sadly, not uncommon in animal shelters during kitten season and the SPCA team is working hard to minimize the impact. I feel awful and wish there was something more I could do to help.

Let The Games Begin!

IANAL, but this smells like an impeachable offense to me. I doubt it will happen though, since there aren’t enough Democratic votes in Congress to get articles of impeachment through.

Thanks to The Left Coaster for the following:

March 18, 2003

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based on information available to me, including that in the enclosed document, I determine that:

(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither (A) adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq nor (B) likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and

(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.



But on 9/17, Bush says that:

“There’s no question that Saddam Hussein had al-Qaida ties,” the president said. But he also said, “We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the Sept. 11” attacks.

The failure to find any imminent WMD threat has now negated Article 1 of the rationale Bush used above. Today he says he has no evidence that Saddam was involved in September 11(when on March 18 he says he did have such evidence), which then negates Article 2 of his legislatively-required justification for war as outlined under PL 107-243.

A reason to have a phone camera?

It suddenly occurred to me tonight that if I’d had a camera in my phone, I might possibly have gotten a photo of the cute kitten on my shoulder at the SPCA on Sunday.

I was always one for pooh-poohing convergence devices. It took getting my hands on the oh-so-well-designed Treo to get me over my “PDAs and phones don’t mix” kick and make me a major Treo enthusiast. So now I’m wondering whether the upcoming Treo 600 might get me over my disdain for cameras integrated into PDAs and phones.

Not that I can afford the Treo 600. But a gal can dream…..