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Images from Hubble

Posted by Mark on March 15, 2006

A truly astounding collection of images from one of humanity’s greatest achievements.

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Have the Censure Vote Now!

Posted by Mark on March 15, 2006

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Russ Feingold, whose clock is most assuredly missing a few springs, is absolutely correct that Democrats are running, hiding and cowering from standing with him on his censure resolution. Harry, Nancy, Teddy, Hillary, Senator Dick, Osama Obama and the rest of the knothole gang need to get a spine. Just listen to my friends over at Bring It On! Jet’s post is an example of the outrage:

Party Dog wants to carefully and collectively micromanage what they do to ensure they stay in office. They hate Feingold for his censure bone and its potential to shake up the good gig they’ve rigged. The occasional bone they throw Voter Dog should be enough. They don’t want to fight for supremacy in the pack, and they don’t want to fight shoulder to shoulder with Voter Dog.

Feingold does.
Hence the disconnect between the party and the people. This is why Feingold is so brilliant. He’s forced this issue, the disconnect between the party and the people, into the daily conversations of a huge number of Democratic voters who see, thank God, somebody willing to fight, stand fast and alone if necessary, and NOT BACK DOWN to the GOP and the enormous lying sack of crap called the Bush Administration.

I predict that Feingold understood and tapped this discontent with the full knowledge that the blatant exposure of spineless Dems to the Dem voters would cement his name, positions, and platform into the mind of voters a full two years before that 2008 presidential campaign gets into full swing. I could really give a crap if everybody on the hill thought it was grandstanding. It’s the kind of action I’ve been screaming for since Bush’s deceitful legacy took hold.

If nothing else, the most politically active Dems (bloggers and people who actively follow politics) see Feingold as the dog in their fight and they’ll promote him as such. He’s got teeth and he’ll use them.

The rest of Dem puppies are staying on the porch.

Too bad for them. Voter Dog wants his bone.

I’m not making fun of Jet, or the Bring It On! crowd. I think it’s time for Democrats to follow their base. If I really believed what the folks at Bring It On believe, I too would be livid.Here’s a partial list of the Left’s litany of charges:

    That President Bush “stole” the elections in 2000 and again in 2004 in an unelected “coup.”
    That the President lied to get us in to war.
    That he is secretly and ILLEGALLY wiretapping American citizens.
    That he is SYSTEMATICALLY condoning torture of terrorists…er…insurgents…er…freedom fighters in SECRET prisons around the world.
    That the Bush Administration is SYSTEMATICALLY and INTENTIONALLY polluting the planet, increasing global warming and threatening to kill us all.
    That he INTENTIONALLY leaked the name of a CIA agent (Valerie Plame) to get back at her husband Joe Wilson.
    That his administration orchestrated tax cuts to help his wealthy friends at the expense of the poor, the homeless, and the illegal immigrants who are the back bone of this nation.
    That he and his administration INTENTIONALLY waited to help Katrina victims because of their color.
    Enron.
    Haliburton.

The list could go on and on and on and on.
If I believed all that, and more, I would be on the phone to my Senator and Congressman day and night. I’d DEMAND they call for the censure vote in preparation for impeachment hearings. If you are reading this, and you believe ANY ONE of the above, you should be on the phone too. If you honestly believe ANY ONE of the above, you are a hypocrite if you don’t IMMEDIATELY get on the phone and the email to Washington.

So, why aren’t your Democrat Senators and Congressman doing what you want? Because they don’t believe any of the above any more than I do. Because when it comes down to it, they know their whole campaign of attack on the President is a bunch of baseless lies. Because they know that the majority of voters don’t believe any of it either. And they know beyond any doubt that they will get KILLED in the 2006 elections if they follow their base off the cliff.

But, if you honestly believe your own rhetoric, then you should be forming your own third party right now. It’s obvious the Democrat Party is far too conservative for you, far too right-wing. It’s time for the Left to stand up and take a stand. Of course, that stand will be on the shifting sand of baseless accusations and rage, and you’ll go right over the cliff of defeat. But by all means, take a stand. And it starts with joining the Republicans in the Senate and DEMANDING a Censure vote.

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Finally, Some Competition for Google

Posted by Mark on March 15, 2006

I’m currently reading The Search, by John Batelle. (You can find it at Liberty Recommends in the right sidebar.) It’s not just a history of the rise of Google and other search engines, but a look at how internet Searching has changed our culture over the past ten years. Great book so far, but reading a book on the history of the internet is like reading ancient history. It’s filled with outdated words like GoTo, WebCrawler, and even Gopher. Yet, I used all of those at one time or another. After all, it was only ten to 15 years ago.

One of the key figures in the history of Search is Bill Gross, founder of GoTo/Overture, IdeaLabs, Magellan and a dozen other startups. His current startup is Snap.com. Having tried it for just a few minutes, I’m already hooked. It’s now a part of my home tabs in Firefox. The snap News feature is far superior to GoogleNews, and the WebSearch feature seems to bring back far more relevant links than Google, at least so far. Check it out for yourself, and let me know what you think.

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A Reason to Police Your Own…

Posted by zaphriel on March 15, 2006

As many of you know I am involved in a grassroots organization that promotes fiscal conservatism in Nevada. As the fall out from the Abramoff Scandal continues, lawmakers continue to try to find scapegoats, and their newest is Grassroots Organizations. Beyond the blame shifting, this does bring up a good point. It is always a good idea to be harder on your own people than your adversaries.

Grassroots Prove Tough to Weed Out in Ethics Battle


WASHINGTON — …Officially known as grassroots lobbying, USAction’s type of campaign is used by groups across the political spectrum — from liberals to conservatives, and from hand-to-mouth activist groups to high-paid business conglomerates.

Through grassroots lobbying, groups work to mobilize public support for or against positions on a seemingly endless number of issues, spanning Supreme Court nominees and foreign trade practices, civil liberties and gasoline prices.

But in the wake of ethics reform proposals that followed the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, the mechanics of grassroots lobbying is under new review by lawmakers seeking to tighten rules that had been flaunted and flouted by Abramoff. …

When others within your particular group start to abuse the system, even those that are acting properly get tainted and always under suspicion. This is a perfect example, now that Abramoff used paid for artificial grassroots companies to do his bidding, now all Grassroots are under a microscope. Admittedly other Grassroots organizations could have done little about it, keeping an eye on those that make your entire group look bad, is just good business. This same concept follows to anyone in any other organization. If you are a Republican, corrupt republicans should make your skin crawl, and should be policed from within, before they make the rest of us look bad. Always a good Idea, so you don’t end up with things like this…

Grassroots Lobbying Rules Could Target Wrong Groups

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