November 2008 Archives

My Webhosting Service Killed Some Spammers

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Major Source of Online Scams and Spams Knocked Offline - Security Fix:

"Two hours later, I heard from Benny Ng, director of marketing for Hurricane Electric, the Fremont, Calif., company that was the other major Internet provider for McColo.

Hurricane Electric took a much stronger public stance: 'We shut them down,' Ng said."

(Via Security Fix.)

Hurricane Electric is a great service provider. Plenty of power. No frills. The dark side I guess is this is a spammer's dream.

Mad Men

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The Word - Pity Party | Wednesday November 12 |


(Via The Colbert Nation.)

Classic conservatism? Victims whenever they lose?

The Messiah Myth - TIME

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The Messiah Myth - TIME:

"It pains me to deliver this sobering news to those who think Obama will wave his hand and erase whole ghettos: Barack Obama is a black President, not black Jesus."

(Via Time Magazine.)


Op-Ed Columnist - How to Fix a Flat -

"‘In return for any direct government aid,’ he wrote, ‘the board and the management [of G.M.] should go. Shareholders should lose their paltry remaining equity. And a government-appointed receiver — someone hard-nosed and nonpolitical — should have broad power to revamp G.M. with a viable business plan and return it to a private operation as soon as possible."

(Via NY Times.)

Amen. Been saying this for all government bailouts. Incompetence should not be rewarded and put in charge of fixing itself.

Taking Their Kids

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Op-Ed Contributor - Anti-Gay, Anti-Family -

"Most ominous, once ‘pro-family’ groups start arguing that gay couples are unfit to raise children we might adopt, how long before they argue that we’re unfit to raise those we’ve already adopted? If lesbian couples are unfit to care for foster children, are they fit to care for their own biological children?

The loss in California last week was heartbreaking. But what may be coming next is terrifying."

(Via NY Times.)

Why the so-called "pro-family" agenda is all anti-gay and very little family.

They Caught the Vapors

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Washington Memo - Harsh Words About Obama? Never Mind Now -

"‘I don’t think that’s happened very often,’ Ms. Goodwin said. ‘The best answer I can give you is they don’t want to be on the wrong side of history, and they recognize how the country saw this election, and how people feel that they’re living in a time of great historic moment.’"

(Via NY Times.)

Biz Markie would be proud.

What an Obama Presidency Means for Technology — RoughlyDrafted Magazine:

"Rather than answering to big contributors, Obama now faces a different constituency: the people of the United States. The new president will now face an expectation for the same level of support that individuals have come to expect from companies on the web."

(Via Roughly Drafted Magazine.)

One of the sea changes this election made in my view is that Obama showed that technology can be a real democratizer. Accelerating this process will make government more transparent and directly accountable to the people.

Senior Iraqi backs Obama withdrawal plan - Yahoo! News:

"A senior Iraqi official on Thursday explicitly backed U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's plans to withdraw combat troops from the country by mid-2010, Baghdad's clearest endorsement yet of Obama's exit strategy."

(Via Yahoo! News.)

This was obvious to me. It seemed like Bush-McCain-Leiberman types all wanted to stay until "victory" could be declared. Whatever that meant. It seems to me that if you are fighting for democracy, you leave because the people say so.

Indecision 2008: America's Choice - Barack Obama Wins:


(Via Indecision 2008.)

It's deep when comics well up with emotion.

More on Prop 8 - Ta-Nehisi Coates


More on Prop 8 - Ta-Nehisi Coates:

"But if you believe black people are not just receptacles for bigotry, not just automatons programmed by centuries of racism, if you believe they consume oxygen like the Irish, that they ingest solid food like the Italians, that they enjoy a good drink like the denizens of Appalachia, that they like to party like gays of any color, that they like to dance like white women, then you understand that no group, anywhere, ever was ennobled by oppression."

(Via The Atlantic.)

Embarrassing on a day we should be about freedom.

No Longer a Pep Talk

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I voted yesterday morning and had an emotional moment. I took my son into the booth and saw Barack's name with "President" underneath it. Everything else blurred out and all I could see was his name. I pressed the button and lit it up. I realized I was about to live history. I looked at my son and thought, "My son could do this." I pressed the "VOTE" button, left the booth, and my eyes welled up.

Yes We Can. This is why America is the greatest country in the world.

Yes We Did

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A Conservative for Obama | D Magazine - Dallas Fort Worth's Resource for City Guides, Daily Blogs, D Bests, and Restaurants:

"Today it is conservatives, not liberals, who talk with alarming bellicosity about making the world ‘safe for democracy.’ It is John McCain who says America’s job is to ‘defeat evil,’ a theological expansion of the nation’s mission that would make George Washington cough out his wooden teeth.

This kind of conservatism, which is not conservative at all, has produced financial mismanagement, the waste of human lives, the loss of moral authority, and the wreckage of our economy that McCain now threatens to make worse.

Barack Obama is not my ideal candidate for president. (In fact, I made the maximum donation to John McCain during the primaries, when there was still hope he might come to his senses.) But I now see that Obama is almost the ideal candidate for this moment in American history. I disagree with him on many issues. But those don’t matter as much as what Obama offers, which is a deeply conservative view of the world. Nobody can read Obama’s books (which, it is worth noting, he wrote himself) or listen to him speak without realizing that this is a thoughtful, pragmatic, and prudent man. It gives me comfort just to think that after eight years of George W. Bush we will have a president who has actually read the Federalist Papers.

Most important, Obama will be a realist. I doubt he will taunt Russia, as McCain has, at the very moment when our national interest requires it as an ally. The crucial distinction in my mind is that, unlike John McCain, I am convinced he will not impulsively take us into another war unless American national interests are directly threatened."

(Via D Magazine.)

Wow. Like the Reagan Democrats before them, prepare for the Obama Republicans!

An endorsement of Barack Obama | It's time | The Economist:

"For all the shortcomings of the campaign, both John McCain and Barack Obama offer hope of national redemption. Now America has to choose between them. The Economist does not have a vote, but if it did, it would cast it for Mr Obama. We do so wholeheartedly: the Democratic candidate has clearly shown that he offers the better chance of restoring America’s self-confidence. But we acknowledge it is a gamble. Given Mr Obama’s inexperience, the lack of clarity about some of his beliefs and the prospect of a stridently Democratic Congress, voting for him is a risk. Yet it is one America should take, given the steep road ahead."

(Via The Economist.)

A clear eyed endorsement. Contrast that with their succinct criticism of McCain. Remember when McCain claimed how no one could list any issues that he's flip flopped or relinquished his maverick street cred? Well, read on!

If only the real John McCain had been running

That, however, was Senator McCain; the Candidate McCain of the past six months has too often seemed the victim of political sorcery, his good features magically inverted, his bad ones exaggerated. The fiscal conservative who once tackled Mr Bush over his unaffordable tax cuts now proposes not just to keep the cuts, but to deepen them. The man who denounced the religious right as “agents of intolerance” now embraces theocratic culture warriors. The campaigner against ethanol subsidies (who had a better record on global warming than most Democrats) came out in favour of a petrol-tax holiday. It has not all disappeared: his support for free trade has never wavered. Yet rather than heading towards the centre after he won the nomination, Mr McCain moved to the right.

Cornel West on the Campaign

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