(And, PS, here I am, posting with Firefox in Linux. Cool.)
(And, PS, here I am, posting with Firefox in Linux. Cool.)
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire secretary of state will conduct hand recounts of Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primaries, reported Manchester, N.H., TV station WMUR.
Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich and lesser-known Republican Albert Howard asked for the primary recounts.
Under New Hampshire law Kucinich and Howard will have to pay for the recount.
"It is imperative that these questions be addressed in the interest of public confidence in the integrity of the election process and the election machinery," Kucinich said in a written statement.
That's nothing less than heroic, IMO. Too bad we're not hearing that kind of thing from the other candidates as well.
Microsoft has an update for some older versions of Office - for others, not so much. And there are at least two web sites that offer conversions and/or conversion software: docx-converter and docx2doc.
I tested a copy of the document and it opens fine in Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) in either TextEdit (my version is 1.5) or Pages ('08) with only a couple of very small, very easily corrected formatting glitches. (It was a very highly formatted document to begin with - manuscripts, letters, and the like should present no problem at all.) I don't have access to xlsx or pptx files at the moment but I'd venture a guess Numbers and Keynote, respectively, should behave the same way.
And he'll be remembered as St. W, no doubt.
Personally, I think seeing Willard get trounced thrice would be pretty amusing right there. Anyway, I quit playing Kos's kind of politics in the 60s when it got Lester Maddox ("unquestionably colorful" is the operative phrase) elected Governor in Georgia.
In the long run, it's a bad idea.
Just two days after the U.S. Navy released the eerie video of Iranian speedboats swarming around American warships, which featured a chilling threat in English, the Navy is saying that the voice on the tape could have come from the shore or from another ship....
Today, the spokesperson for the U.S. admiral in charge of the Fifth Fleet clarified to ABC News that the threat may have come from the Iranian boats, or it may have come from somewhere else.
Somewhere else. Oh.
Promoting his new provocatively titled book Liberal Fascism, conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg said modern day liberalism is at least a distant relative of Adolf Hitler's political philosophy, if not a direct descendant.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, asked Goldberg whether he could "draw a line from Mussolini to Hillary Clinton or Mussolini to Barack Obama."
"I'm saying you can draw a line, but it's not a straight one," Goldberg said Thursday on Morning Joe. "I'm not saying that today's liberalism is the son of Nazism or the son of Italian fascism. I'm saying sort of like the great-grand niece once removed. They have some common DNA, some common themes, some family resemblances that come up, but we also have them in the Republican party today. I think compassionate conservatism is essentially a right wing progressivism, and it is very scary which way that could go."
Well, OK, he's rght about one thing. It's certainly not a straight line. It's all sorta dim and wobbly and - look! it's changing colors!
But common DNA?
Like Willy Lump Lump used to say, "Whoa! A flock of 'em flew over that time!"
Remember all that stuff about benchmarks? You know, measurements of progress by the Iraqi government? Well, that was last year.
There's a new catchphrase in town: "Iraqi solutions." And it means that while the Iraqis might have failed to accomplish just about all the goals the U.S. set, that's OK, and you gotta just roll with it and let the Iraqis do their thing.
Writing for AP News (via TPM), Laura Jakes Jordan reports...
Telephone companies cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time, according to a Justice Department audit released Thursday.
WWKD? Endorse Obama, it seems. CNN interprets this as a snub to Edwards. Complete this sentence:
With snubs like that you don't need ________
Brad Stone at the New York Times says, speaking of telcos...
At a small panel discussion about digital piracy at NBC’s booth on the Consumer Electronics Show floor, representatives from NBC, Microsoft, several digital filtering companies and the telecom giant AT&T said the time was right to start filtering for copyrighted content at the network level....
...AT&T has been talking to technology companies, and members of the M.P.A.A. and R.I.A.A., for the last six months about carrying out digital fingerprinting techniques on the network level....
After the session, he told me that I.S.P.’s like AT&T would have to handle such network filtering delicately....
Delicately? AT&T? If you believe that, Bunky, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn you'd be interested in.
There was no shortage of polls going into the New Hampshire primary in 2008 and it looks like we all missed the mark on the Democratic side. This will require a lot of scrutiny in the coming days and weeks, but here are some initial thoughts on what has been happening...
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 – Well, we held your first in the nation presidential primary. It’s over now. Was it everything you thought it would be? Did you get what you wanted? Are you happy now? Are you satisfied?
(The New Hampshire Gazette)
Nope. Turns out when they took a closer look everything came up fine. They tightened some bolts, took it for a test drive, and pronounced it done, no charge. How often does that happen at the auto shop?
Once in a while I think I should try to get something done today, just anything, but then I think, nawww. I'd rather not.
Without a doubt, a big source of the discrepancy between the pre-election surveys and the election outcome in New Hampshire is the order of candidates' names on the ballot and in the surveys...
...writes some guy from ABC. OK then! Because, hey, how else could a few thousand people in New Hampshire disagree with a few thousand people in Iowa? Or with...OMG...the polls?
Sure, the polls are usually right, or pretty close. This time, not. Clinton won. In New Hampshire. And that's about it.
Mitt Romney's big problem is he thinks Washington is the current President. It's Bush, Governor. He's in your party. You supported him twice. Yes, we blame you.
Which is pretty much my attitude toward the whole R party, come to that. Not one of that lackluster collection of Rsters actively campaigned against Bush in the last two general elections, as far as I'm aware. Sure, McCain got a little grumpy once or twice but he made it all up with a big, wet kiss in the end. Ick.
And although some people I know argue it's not Rs or Ds who elect Presidents, it's independents, I remind you Bush was the winner of two Republican primaries, nominee of two Republican conventions, and ran with Republican support, Republican money, and an R after his name on the ballot. Not to mention a couple of Republican state voting officials, for good measure.
Republicans, bah: I blame them all.
Clinton Upsets Obama; McCain Wins
(Headline at nytimes.com)
It was only an "upset" because the polls were so wrong, not to mention the pundits (Maureen Dowd, already behind the curve, piles on about the tears.)
We're talking about a 2% edge in a state that represents 1% of the population, here. Upset the NYTimes, maybe, but other than that, what?
In Texas, a dog shot a hunter. Jumped on the shotgun, which was lying on the truck bed. (Getting shot in the face with a shotgun is known as "peppering" and is no big deal, you may recall, but getting shot in the leg killed this dude.) It's not uncommon, according to AFP.
And, oh yeah, Hillary. Good on you, New Hampshire. I'm not fan of any candidate yet, but still. We're gonna see a whole lot of journalists and blabbermonkeys, now, switch stories in mid-sentence without so much as a blush, blah blah blah - a glorious display of gibberish.
If you want to hum along, here's the tune.
Edwards -- who, just one week ago, was 10 points behind Obama nationally among Democrats -- is now only two points behind him. Less than a month ago, he trailed Clinton by 29 points. Now it's 13 points. He is, by far, at his high point of support nationwide. Apparently, the more exposure Democratic voters get to Edwards and his campaign positions -- and that exposure has been at its high point during his surge -- the more they like him. By contrast, Obama is more or less at the same level of support nationally, even having decreased some since his Iowa win (for most of mid-Decemeber, he was at 27-28 points).
Yet to listen to media reports, Edwards doesn't even exist. His campaign is dead. He has no chance. They hate Edwards, hate his message, and thus rendered him invisible long ago, only now to declare him dead -- after he came in second place in the first caucus of the campaign.
If she shows the strength expected from a male candidate she's a ball busting bitch. If she shows any emotion, she's a fragile emotional woman with no qualifications to lead a country. She'll cry if the Russians insult her.
Get the headlines from Spiiderweb™.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who once was leading the polls here and is still close behind McCain, told members of the Rotary Club in Nashua that Obama was rising in the polls because voters don't want longtime Washington insiders. If the Republicans nominate a longtime senator, "Barack Obama will do to him what he did to the other Democrats."
So maybe Willard figures he'll have more luck running against Obama than he's had so far against the Rs. Or maybe he's running for Obama. With Willard, it's kind of hard to tell.
And, despite what appears like snowballing reports of TASER abuse, TASER officials remain incredibly bullish on TASER's potential as a fashion accessory. "These new product are a result of listening to our customers. Personal protection can be both fashionable and functionable," said Rick Smith, CEO and founder of TASER International, in a press release issued by the company. "The TASER C2 leopard print design provides a personal protection option for women who want fashion with a bite."
And wait! That's not all! It's an mp3 player too. So you don't even need to hear the screams.
Bush celebrated the anniversary by going to a Blue Ribbon School in Chicago. "Every good school-- every school that succeeds -- by the way, it's a Blue Ribbon School. So I asked Margaret -- like, I remember coming up, everybody was a blue ribbon school. I don't know if you remember those days. It was kind of a feel-good era. Just say, okay, you're a blue ribbon school, and everybody feels better about education."
of the sidebar (right) so you can read the blog in German or Korean,
whatever - probably not very good whatever, the machine is just a
machine, but then it's not all that good in English either.
And if you're not too dizzy to notice by now there've been a few other
changes too, all because I have too much time on my hands today.
NEW YORK (AFP) - A lone trader out to win a little fame made the purchase that took oil prices to the historic 100 dollars a barrel level this week but he lost 600 dollars on the deal, analysts said.
The trader has been named by US and British media as Richard Arens who runs a one man oil brokerage, ABS.
"The magic figure was hit apparently on the back of a single trade, rumoured to be a local intent on fame," Sucden analysts wrote in a commentary Thursday on the record breaking deal.
Missed this, a couple of days ago (Jan. 4) when it appeared, but now that all the candidates have opined on it it's sort of amusing to know what really took place.
The results of this test are in: Blah.
Which means either I give up with this journalling app I'm playing with here or your in for more pain anon.
Wallington, a division chief in the Army's office of enterprise information systems, says the military is quietly working to integrate Macintosh computers into its systems to make them harder to hack.Of course the real story here is not so much that Macs are harder to hack (they may be for now, but with enough high-value targets floating around hackers will try harder, too) but that, as is pointed out in comments on Schneier's blog, a uniform environment is easier to attack than a diverse one. I call it the potato famine effect.
(Forbes, noted by Schneier on Security)
(And yeah, this is posted in a new way which will probably need some adjusting.
(Which in fact it did. Good idea, but needs work.)
Well here's where you can start, guys.
(Discovered at Spiiderweb™)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 — The California Nurses Association (CNA)/National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) launched a national campaign today in favor of what the group has dubbed "CheneyCare" -- guaranteed, publicly-funded health care for all Americans....
"All Americans have the right to the quality of care that our Vice-President, President, and Congress already have," said Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director of CNA/NNOC and a vice-president of the AFL-CIO. "All the leading Democratic proposals fall well short of "CheneyCare," keeping insurance companies at the apex of power and allowing them to deny care that can save lives. The Republican proposals are even worse."
(Centre Daily Times)