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Obama Administration so very different from Bush

Posted by – 2/12/10

From CNET:

[T]he Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.

Hope! Change!

Perhaps this is some change I can believe in…

Posted by – 11/6/08

Take a look at this: Change.gov

No, that’s not a joke. Jokesters can’t get ahold of the .gov top level domain name.

It’s very well-designed, easy to navigate, aesthetically pleasing. And this is for the President-elect, not a candidate. Could it be that an Obama Administration will do away with the embarrassingly horrible websites currently representing our national government? Please!?

(For an example of the innerwebs blasphemy, check out the ironically-named Usability.gov)

UPDATE: Hmm. I can only hope this page is simply a placeholder. The coming administration doesn’t honestly think there are not service opportunities, do they?

Letter from a Cuban American

Posted by – 10/20/08

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30 I celebrate my independence day and on July 4 I celebrate America’s. This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence. 

On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba and a few months later I was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.

I’ve thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what transpired there. In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, and they were right. So when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive.

When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said “Praise the Lord.” And when the young leader said, “I will be for change and I’ll bring you change,” everyone yelled, “Viva Fidel!”

But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner’s guns went silent the people’s guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented Cuba had been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the time the change was over more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I’m back to the beginning of my story.

Luckily, we would never fall in America for a young leader who promised change without asking, what change? How will you carry it out? What will it cost America?

Would we?

Manuel Alvarez Jr. Sandy Hook.

Letter to the Editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch on July 7, 2008

And a derivative work: the Youtube video.

Camp Obama

Posted by – 10/5/08

Keep telling yourself this man isn’t a socialist agitator. At Investors’ Business Daily, this column details an invitation thousands across the country are now finding in their email inbox.

The unsolicited pitch goes like this: “Camp Obama attendees will receive real world organizing experience that will have a direct impact on this election. Graduates of Camp Obama will go on to become Deputy Field Organizers who will lead this campaign to victory in crucial battleground states around the country.”

The letter continues, “By participating in Camp Obama you’ll get the kind of experience that Barack got as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he learned that real change happens from the bottom up.”

While the letter neglects to identify the source of that “experience,” a slide on a camp blog linked to the Obama Web site offers a clue. Underneath a “Welcome to Camp Obama” banner, a trainer at Obama headquarters in Chicago is seen speaking next to a wipe board with the words “Saul Alinsky” scrawled across it.



Posted by – 6/17/08

Some great stuff about the mirage of changeyness over at Protein Wisdom:

The appeal is vague precisely because it is illusory…  The Framers of the US Constitution recognized – as James Madison explained in Federalist No. 10 – that factions are one of the costs of liberty.  There is nothing high-minded about selling the notion that faction can be magically eliminated — a notion that is equal parts snake oil and tyranny.

Seems like loads of stuff is starting to come out about Obama (the Republican machine has held it in wait until he became the presumptive nominee, no doubt), and I’m starting to feel as though most intelligent people that are supporting him might really start to take a hard look at him. I wouldn’t be surprised if his support really starts to tumble here in the next few months. Of course, that’s all assuming there are enough intelligent people out there. If the Democrats are right, there aren’t. There are more people that will enjoy stories of emotion than any kind of real, intelligent, in-depth discussion of the issues:

Much of Obama’s lofty message of unity and hope really came from campaign consultant David Axelrod, who “long ago hatched the idea that Democrats’ campaigns should revolve more around personality than policy.” … Not that such themes are in any way unique to American presidential politics, as demonstrated by Bill “The Man from Hope” Clinton and George W. “Uniter, not a Divider” Bush. 

And you know what? I think the Democrats might actually be right.

The Unity that results from marginalizing your opponents is the Change that we’ve been waiting for… [comment]