Top Of My Head

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Date: May 9, 2006

If this is true, then the Bush boys are jerks…

According to the NY Times, President Bush and his brother , Jeb, have not been standing behind Katherine Harris in her bid for the Republican Senate nomination.

Now, I don’t live in Florida, so it is really none of my concern who becomes the next Senator from there, but what is up with the Bush boys? Didn’t Barbara and George Sr. teach them to stand by their friends? Didn’t they show them how to be gracious?

The Bush boys have been pushing for Allan Bense to run for the nomination. And, on Monday, Jeb Bush publicly announced that he didn’t think MS Harris could win and he mentioned that she has problems in her campaign.

Now, maybe, with President Bush’s ratings dropping to toilet level, his lack of endorsement for MS Harris won’t matter. Or, maybe she’s doing so poorly, because MS Harris is linked so closely with the 2000 election and President Bush and the people of Florida are mad their state went to Bush. Again, I don’t know, I don’t live there.

So, enough with the speculation.

I’m still upset that the President and Governor cannot stick by their friend. It shouldn’t matter whether or not she can win, she’s one of their friends and friends always stick up for friends — at least publicly.

God Bless

Bill Maher and Victor Davis Hanson

Bill Maher had Victor Davis Hanson, the author of “A War Like No Other”, on his show recently. I’m not sure what date, because I was watching HBO on Demand.

Normally, I don’t review TV shows, but Mr. Maher asked a question I would like someone to give me a straight answer to: “If we had to go around the world and attack all the countries that were evil, we’d never really stop. Why don’t we attack Darfur?”

Mr. Hanson interjected with “We’re not at all.” Then, his answer was “We’re not. Secretary Rice gave a very good lecture to the Egyptians about reforming their political process last summer. We put pressure on the Saudis…” He went on to mention the other places we’ve been putting pressure on, but he never answered the question. “Why don’t we attack Darfur?”

Why can’t anyone answer that question? If we didn’t like the killings Saddam Hussein was committing in Iraq and he was evil enough to take out of office by starting a war, why aren’t the people of Dafur just as important?

God Bless

Consumer Reports

Do you have a subscription to Consumer Reports? Do you pick it up on the newsstand? Well, you should. Cheryl and I subscribed just over a year ago. She’s really big on reading all the reviews on , well, everything. My wife wants to know everything she can about anything we’re going to purchase — cars, TV’s, Stereos, etc. So, Cheryl subscribed us to Consumer Reports.

Did you know that they DON’T accept any advertising in their magazine (and, I’m assuming, their website).

Did you know that they DON’T accept anything they test for free. They purchase all of it — and the consumer versions, so that what they review is what we, the consumers, will be purchasing. They conduct reader surveys so that when you purchase a product, you know what other people thought of it.

In this month’s issue, the have an interesting article about Privacy and the RFID tags that can now be found in all kinds of products. I didn’t know a lot about the RFID tags, but I remember reading an article about them a couple of years ago. Wal-Mart was going to start adding them to the products they sell, so they can track all their products in a particular store. Great idea for any retail environment. You can keep track of all your inventory within minutes.

However, what I didn’t know about RFID tags is that they can be tracked as far away as 750 feet. I’m not going to rewrite the whole article here, you can get your own subscription, but after reading the CR article, I’m a little leery of these tags. All ready my purchases are tracked by my Jewel, Pick N Save and Barnes & Noble cards. Now, according to CR, these purchases can be linked to my credit card and more of my personal information. I’m a little concerned at the idea that the government could, at a whim, ask Barnes & Noble and my local library what books I read (I like to screw with the system and every so often I research bomb building or anarchy in books or on the Internet, guess the government isn’t paying any attention to little old me). But, I’m not comfortable with my shopping habits and my prescription needs are in a database that easily hacked. Yes, I know that ShopKo and Walgreens have my prescriptions in their databases, but I worry that more and more of my personal information is getting spread out over more databases, which makes it more venerable.

Or, maybe, I’m just paranoid for no reason at all.

God Bless

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