A Big Week

Lots has happened in the news and on the web this week. Here goes my weekly update of items I find post-worthy:

Iowa has set the Democratic party straight. My friends now believe there is a fighting chance to take back the White House. Monday was a bad day for the Bush Administration. Kerry’s comeback (CNN) is very impressive. The press had all but killed his candidacy by panning him as “boring” and “aloof” (ya know.. like that other “loser” Al Gore), but Kerry and the grounded folks in Iowa have set the party straight. I can’t be happier seeing him and Edwards rise against the predictions of the pundits – who I believe are manipulated like little marionettes by the Bush campaign and the Right – however unwittingly.

I think it’s important that “in opting for John Kerry and John Edwards over Howard Dean, (Iowans) signaled (among other things) that they want a presidential candidate who is serious about fighting the war against the Islamist totalitarianism threatening open societies.” (NYTimes) It used to be the Democrats who were the party of defense and belief that American ideals are universal ideals (think Kennedy and Roosevelt). Somewhere along the way, the Republicans, traditionally a party of isolationism, has appropriated the theme and made it their own. Fighting for freedom is what liberals should do. Freedom doesn’t come cheap or easy. People have died to give us these freedoms and they are not to be taken lightly. Get it back in your head.

Kerry is a threat. And the Bush campaign will put out bad vibes to shake confidence in him yet again. You can bet on it… oh – they already have (Philadelphia Inquirer via Scripting News)!

Thank you Iowa.

So… how many of you watched the State of the Union? Like Bill Maher I gotta wonder – where was the state of the union mentioned in the speech? I tell ya – Bush is a master politician. He triangulates better then Clinton and has set up his re-election bid in a big way. But whenever he claims the center… it’s all talk and little real action. For example, last year he pledged to fight AIDS in Africa. This year there was no mention at all. Why would that be I wonder?

What if Watergate happened all over again and nobody cared? Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media (Boston Globe)! Watch this news story go nowhere fast. Too many people on both sides look bad.

Another news story I expect to get little play in the mainstream: David Kay, who led the search for Iraqi weapons (for the Bush Administration), said he now believes there were no stockpiles (Philadelphia Inquirer). He resigned.

Bob Keeshan, better known as Captain Kangaroo has passed away. (Patriot Ledger). God bless him and his family.

Hey, have you seen furl? A great concept, well executed, and a new way of using the web. (via Scripting News).

Another site to check out is musicplasma. Type in a band and it attempts (very well I might add) to guess other bands you might be interested in. A little slow, but the pretty neat.

Have you seen the Mazda RX-8 Transformer transformation? At Mazda’s own site!

Star Wars video games are hit and miss. Battle of Endor, freeware from Bruno R. Marcos, is a hit. Lots of fun.

And Bill, I gotta second your feelings about mr. dangerousmeta. Garret has moved his site to WordPress from MoveableType and it is a beaut.

Shelley has thankfully overcome a directed comment spammer attack.

Lots of people are doing Dean re-mixes, but I really like Al Hawkins’s Garageband composed tune. Put a smile on my face :)

And as for Philly Blogs the name change is on! I have a new name… or rather an old name that got stolen by porn spammers two years ago. Nice to have it back. Thanks to those who made suggestions :)

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