As one who has had their website hacked before for no reason than some puke getting his/her jollies I can understand why there are some upset about Coulter’s website getting hacked. Coulter is a bigot in nearly every aspect of her life and makes all Americans regardless of race, religion, socio-economics, ir political affiliation look bad. Unfortunately these hackers just made her a sympathetic figure so she’ll continue to get a free bye from the media over her continuing bigoted behavior.
Net and Taxes It appears Congress has extended the Net Tax Ban for another four years, which is good in my opinion. People already pay enough for computers, internet software and security, and provider fees to access the Net anyway. Wouldn’t being taxed for internet connection really just be an illegal double taxation?
Office Workers Greatest Security Threat A recent survey showed businesses felt their workers were the greatest security threat to their IT systems. What did they expect? Companies often hire people for a pittance of a wage for in house employees and try to hire on the cheapest contractors for outsourcing. In both cases the addage ‘You get what you pay for” comes to mind. Hire cheap people and you tend to get cheap quality. Neither group cares in the least about the company and it’s IT given many feel the company doesn’t care about them. It’s all just a symptom of the continuing breakdown of the American workplace that started with so many companies screwing over their retirees and workers by methodically stripping away their pensions, health insurance, and other benefits, outsourcing their jobs to other nations lacking workers protection and wage laws, and lowering wages to new employees and opportunities for new workers.
China’s President Hu Jintao is once more claiming he wants to create peace between China and Taiwan under the communist country’s “one China” policy. The problem is the “one China” policy only means one thing: the supremacy of communist China. Perhaps more disgusting is the current administration on Washington, DC blindly accepting anything China says without so much as a disapproving look to the Chinese government internal repression and aggression against US allies. Don’t get me wrong, the Tawainese regime isn’t much better at this point but they are a product of constant threat from China.
Coddling dictatorial regimes only leads to greater problems later. Just look to Burma, North Korea, and a multitude of countries the Middle East and Africa that are in chaos because the world turned a blind eye to what is going on. Unfortunately, I don’t see the Bush administration actually standing up to China anytime soon nor do I have much confidence of the potential future US Presidents doing so either. None seem to have the fortitude to take a stand against China to protect the Unoted States and it’s allies from any potential Chinese agression.
I was rather amused at certain reporters on the Fox News Channel for their histrionics on learning about a hearing going on about protecting native lizard species in Arizona from being threatened by the new border fence being built. Obviously these reporters have no confidence what so ever in border security and as an Arizona I find that extremely amusing given what been going on at the border my entire life. Listening to them you’d think the United States was going to be destroyed solely by these local reptiles.
I derived much amusement from this east coast Yankee acting like she has a vested interest in what happens here in my homestate of Arizona. Where was this concern over the past few decades? Oh that’s right, no one cared then because illegal aliens weren’t stirring up trouble in their prestine, lily white homes and backyards. It was a southwestern “problem” and therefor undeserving of being addressed. I guess the East coasters arrogant enough to think themselves better than the rest of the USA can’t stand their little world being shattered by the reality that they are part of the US after all and have to deal with the same problems. Sucks to be them.
Cuba Everyone’s all abuzz about Fidel Castro being seen on television again. I can only wonder why? He’s an old communist dictator that will eventually be dead and good riddance when it happens. Maybe then the Cuban government and the US government can get over their childish tit for tat politics and develop a real relationship.
Russia Vladimir Putin continues is attempts to make Russia appear to be resurgent as a wolrd power with a rather silly claim that an assassination attempt is in the offing should he go to Iran. Considering this news is coming from Russian news outlets which are entirely controlled by the increasingly dictatorial Putin regime the plot has to be considered questionable at best. Putin is too busy setting up Russia to remain under his control through censorship, arrests, and blantant manipulation for me to believe his Iranian friends would allow anything to happen to him. Given the illegal activities his government has carried out I wouldn’t be surprised if much of Eastern Europe actually hopes the plot is true given Putin’s increasingly aggressive policies and belligerence towards those independent nations.
China Hu says China is going to become more democratic. When? This is the same dictatorial government that routinely threatens Taiwan, refuses to let Tibet return to it’s independent status, and supports brutal regimes in North Korea and Burma. In addition, China doesn’t allow any non-communists to run for political offices and routinely quashes members of it’s Communist Party that question party practices and principles. I can not think of any dictatorship that willingly embraced and encouraged democracy. No this is just more games on the Chinese government’s part to distract the world from their activities.
It’s good to see the Airbus A380 finally flying officially after several delays attributed to wiring concerns and being over design weight to redress certification test failures. While I personally question some aspects of the design such as the large passenger capacity and the large percentage of composites used in it’s construction, I have to assume the design engineers knew what they were doing. I do hope it’s successful, which may sound odd coming from an American. It already has a strike against it as far as some airports may need to rework their infrastructure before it could operate safely at those ports.