Archive for February 13, 2009

We haven’t forgotten

Posted: February 13, 2009 by datechguy in war
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Well with plane crashes and stimulus bills etc going on some things have been forgotten, but not by us:

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck just south of the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon as officials from the Hamas Islamic movement said they were close to signing a truce that would halt such attacks.

This was the second such strike today, after another rocket fired from Gaza struck an Israeli agricultural settlement this morning, according to an Israeli army spokesman speaking on customary condition of anonymity. There were no reported injuries in either incident, the first rocket attacks since the morning of Feb. 6, the army said.

You didn’t think that pulling back from Gaza was going to stop Hamas from trying to kill Jews did you?

Reuters being Reuters reports it with this headline:

Israel troops kill Palestinian teenager-medics

At Paragraph 5 we hear about the rockets. Some things never change do they?

Customer in Texas needs a virus cleanup

Posted: February 13, 2009 by datechguy in tech
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I’m in the process of starting a virus cleanup for a customer in Texas so blogging might be a tad slower the rest of the morning.

All quiet on the Red Sox front

Posted: February 13, 2009 by datechguy in baseball
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The Boston Globe notes that its as peaceful and quiet in Red Sox land as opposed to the land of the Yankeess:

The calm and the chaos – the tale of the Red Sox and Yankees.

But does it really matter in mid-February that the Red Sox seem a sea of tranquillity compared with the Yankees and the turmoil they are about to endure with L’Affaire A-Roid? The fact is these are the two elite teams in baseball.

As pitchers and catchers reported to the Sox’ minor league complex yesterday, the atmospheres of the rival camps will be diametrically different. As Terry Francona and Theo Epstein addressed the Red Sox media, you wouldn’t have been surprised to see a cocktail waitress carrying a frozen drink with an umbrella. When Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi address the Yankees media, you might see a few men in white coats carrying straitjackets.

There’s plenty of time for things to fall apart, but right now the Red Sox are on Easy Street compared with the Yankees.

I wouldn’t make too much of it, the yanks have always been strong finishers. A tumultuous clubhouse doesn’t mean losing the A’s of the 70’s did just fine. Don’t forget there could be steroids revelations on the sox side too:

I find myself having to come to grips with something that I have looked to ignore for a considerable amount of time. Red Sox players are not exempt from the steroid debacle that has engulfed our National Pastime. It would be foolish to be optimistic enough to think that our Red Sox were on such a moral high ground that none of the players that we let into our lives cheated to earn their place there.

It is with that thought, and attempting to come to grips with my reactions towards a player that was let into my home and my heart on a nightly basis, that I decided I must flesh out my stance on such a player before he was named publicly.

Now, I have no knowledge of any players, outside of Jeremey Giambi, on the 2003 roster (or God forbid, the 2004 Championship roster) that used performance enhancing drugs and I don’t claim that anyone in particular used them. But with 5-7% of Major League ballplayers having tested positive during that season, that leaves 1-2 players on every 25 man roster and 2-3 players on the 40 man roster a user of performance enhancing drugs on every team.

There are a 100 of unnamed names. It won’t be fun to find out.

The story of Gregg

Posted: February 13, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Byron York shows that a change of Venue doesn’t mean a change of quality:

And what was going on this week? In a written statement released before his news conference, Gregg explained that “on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me.” A short time later, in front of the press, Gregg played down both issues, but a number of observers believed his original statement was the more accurate. On the stimulus, his decision to stay out of the debate had put him in an awkward position; as a longtime fiscal conservative, he couldn’t vote his conscience, because it would conflict with the president who offered him a place in the cabinet, and as the Commerce Secretary-designate, he couldn’t vote with the president, because it would violate his conscience. On the Census, Gregg told reporters that it “was not a major issue,” but he appeared to protest too much when he said the Census “wasn’t a big enough issue for me to even discuss what the issue was.” If that were the case, then why did he specifically mention it in his written statement?

At the very least, the Census issue would have made for a very uncomfortable confirmation hearing. Gregg’s fellow Republicans on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee would certainly have asked him what he thought of a plan that would move control of the Census from professionals in the Commerce Department to Rahm Emanuel, the hyper-partisan White House chief of staff. What would Gregg have said? It was the stimulus problem all over again; Gregg couldn’t have said what he believed, but he probably couldn’t have brought himself to support the president, either.

Very much worth your read, what a loss for National Review.