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Friday, August 03, 2007

Humanity trumps ideology. Finally.

The U.S. Senate defied President Bush on Thursday and passed a bipartisan bill that would provide health insurance for millions of children in low-income families.

The vote was 68 to 31. The majority was more than enough to overcome the veto repeatedly threatened by Mr. Bush. The White House said the bill "goes too far in federalizing health care."

(The problem is the Children's Health Insurance Program is wildly successful, but only covers kids. Medicare is wildly successful, but covers primarily senior citizens. The neocons pulling Bush's strings feel it "goes too far" because they're worried that people will start asking why the approach won't work for everyone else, too. Of course, the real outrage here is the reprehensible policy of denying poor children health care primarily because it doesn't coincide with Bush's fascist ideology. All the opposition votes came from the GOP, but, to their credit, 18 Republicans and 2 independents joined the unanimous Democrats in passing the measure. It still has to be reconciled with the House's version of the Bill, but eventual passage seems certain.)

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The Pentagon sold more than a thousand aircraft parts that could be used on F-14 fighter jets- a plane flown only by Iran- after announcing it had halted sales of such surplus, government investigators say.

In a report Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said the Defense Department had improved security in its surplus program to prevent improper sales of sensitive items.

But investigators found that roughly 1,400 parts that could be used on F-14 "Tomcat" fighter jets were sold to the public in February. That came after the Pentagon announced it had suspended sales of all parts that could be used on the Tomcat while it reviewed security concerns.

Iran, trying to keep its F-14s able to fly, is aggressively seeking components from the retired U.S. Tomcat fleet.

The Pentagon's surplus sales division- the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service- told investigators the parts were sold because it failed to update an automated control list and remove the aircraft parts before they were listed on its Internet sales site.

(via sfgate.com)

Hope they also remembered to pull down the e-Bay listings.

This reminds me of the joke that the reason we knew Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was because we kept the receipts...

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The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that it will cost $188 billion ($9.4 billion a year for 20 years) to eliminate all the structural deficiencies in U.S. bridges.

Or, less than 40 percent of what's been spent in the last four years on the war in Iraq. That figure's at $448 billion and is increasing at about $2 billion a week.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

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The fact that nothing's happening never stops a real reporter.
-P.J. O'Rourke

Aside from the varying body count, there's really nothing new to report about the Minnesota bridge collapse. That does not, of course, prevent the "news" channels from having wall-to-wall coverage.

About the only thing that can be said for certain is that the primary cause of the collapse is, well, gravity.

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Teenage girl: Oooh! Look at that security guy! He's a hottie!

Mom: Yeah, and he has handcuffs, too!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

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So a reader from Germany is waiting at Greater Pitt for his flight home, looks up in the area of Gate 80, and sees:

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Quote of the day

One of the principle differences between a woman and a volcano is that a volcano doesn't fake eruptions.
-Tim Dedopulos

(via the "Fantasy Contessa" on the alt.quotations Usenet newsgroup.)

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Wow.

Impressive. Particularly the eggs and the Christmas lights.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

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kgbreport.com used to be kgb.com until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up kgb.com and adopting kgbreport.com created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the kgb.com domain name in 1993, and had since that time used kgb@kgb.com as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that kgb@kgb.com was no longer kgb@kgb.com but rather kgbarkes@gmail.com which is longer than kgb@kgb.com and more letters to type than kgb@kgb.com and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than kgb@kgb.com but actually just as functional as kgb@kgb.com? I sent e-mails from the kgb@kgb.com address to just about everybody I knew who had used kgb@kgb.com in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the kgb@kgb.com change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which kgb@kgb.com was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for kgb@kgb.com would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that kgb@kgb.com no longer is the kgb@kgb.com they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. kgb@kgb.com. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...

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