Archive for January, 2006

Arguments on Alito

January 24th, 2006

Politics amazes me sometimes…somebody said yesterday that politics is the only career in the world where the longer you server, the worse you become. Sometimes I think that must be true when I read the arguments of our representatives. Like take this one from Harry Reid on why Harriet Myers nomination was withdrawn:

“They (conservatives) couldn’t go for her because she was an independent woman.”

Um…no. They wouldn’t go for her because on a list of the top 1,000 judicial minds in the nation, she wouldn’t come close! Alito, on the other hand, would be darn near the top. If you are going to have brain surgery, do you want the best man or woman? No, you want the best surgeon.

Bonus material: We need more Senators to speak like Lindsey Graham:

If Democrats want to make judges a campaign issue, “we welcome that debate on our side. We’ll clean your clock.

Tyson General

Are Blackberrys going bye-bye?

January 24th, 2006

With the Supreme Court’s rejection of the federal appeals case, Blackberry maker RIM is facing a gloom future. Are millions of Blackberry users really going to lose service? (Excuse me while I go buy some stock in Palm…)

The worst part of it all, I might have to find a new design for my site! On second thought, maybe it will be retro.

Tyson Technology

Win some money for dual-boot success

January 24th, 2006

Here’s an opportunity to win a bit of cash ($3,338 at the moment) for successfully booting Windows XP on one of the new Intel MacBooks. I do believe this will eventually happen, and it will be really cool too. I would suspect there’s tons of folks who like the looks of the Apple notebooks, but can’t stray from Windows.

Tyson Technology

Breaking News: Psychic is a fake!

January 5th, 2006

We all know that it just takes one wrong prophecy to prove a false prophet. You’ll be glad to know that TV psychic Silvia Browne is now disqualified. She just happened to be on George Noory’s live radio show when the West Virginia mine tragedy was unfolding (actually it was the tragedy after the tragedy). Here’s some excerpts:

Noory: “Had you been on the program today, would [you] have felt if — because they heard no sound — that this was a very gloomy moment — and that they might have all died?”

Browne: “No. I knew they were going to be found. I hate people that say something after the fact. It’s just like I knew when the pope was dead. Thank God I was on Montel’s show. I said, according to the time, it was 9-something and whatever Rome time was. And I said he was gone, and he was.”

Of course the events were unfolding. In just a matter of minutes, the entire situation changed. Here’s Browne’s thoughts now:

Browne — who was still in the studio taking questions from listeners — had to say something. Now she was just riffing: “I don’t think there’s anybody alive, maybe one. How crazy for them to report that they were alive when they weren’t!” Then she added: “I just don’t think they are alive.” She cleared her throat, and there was a deafening pause.

Minutes later…

She blurted: “I didn’t believe that they were alive.”

Noory: “What’s that, the miners?”

Browne: “Yeah, I didn’t think — and see, I’ve been on the show with you, but I don’t think there’s any that are going to make it.”

Noory: “They say there are 12 gone. I think we threw you a curveball, we were telling you after the fact.”

Browne: “Yeah, no, I did believe that they were gone.”

OK…just a little fun for you on this slow Thursday.

Tyson Theology

Letterman vs. Oreilly – Round 1

January 4th, 2006

This was fun stuff…Bill O’Reilly went on Dave’s show last night, and spent about 10 minutes going back and forth about Iraq, Christmas and Cindy Sheehan. Now these are two men that I enjoy watching, for different reasons of course, so I was very intriqued with the conversation. It’s sad that the blogosphere was filled with meat-heads blobbering on about how Letterman destroyed O’Reilly, or O’Reilly couldn’t handle Dave, or this or that. It’s all nonsense. Letterman did nothing but change the subject and shoot off quick one-liners that he knew would draw an applause, regardless of the fact that they had nothing to do with the debate. Here’s an example:

Letterman: “See, I’m very concerned about people like yourself who don’t have nothing but endless sympathy for a woman like Cindy Sheehan. Honest to Christ.” [audience applause]

O’Reilly: “No, I’m sorry.”

Letterman: “Honest to Christ.”

O’Reilly: “No way. [waits for applause to die down] No way you’re going to get me, no way that a terrorist who blows up women and children.”

Letterman: “Do you have children?”

O’Reilly: “Yes I do. I have a son the same age as yours. No way a terrorist who blows up women and children is going to be called a ‘freedom fighter’ on my program.” [mild audience applause]

Letterman: “I’m not smart enough to debate you point to point on this, but I have the feeling, I have the feeling about 60 percent of what you say is crap. [audience laughter] But I don’t know that for a fact. [more audience applause]

I thought O’Reilly was respectful, but it will be very interesting to see what Bill says tonight on his show, when Dave isn’t there to defend himself. While my respect for O’Reilly has been waning in recent months, he’s obviously in a different league than Lettermen when it comes to debate. Dave, stick to the jokes. Bill, stick to the facts.

Tyson Politics