Saturday, February 04, 2006

Amen, Pat Roberts

The program is "legal, necessary and reasonable."

Grandma can get as mad as she wants, but she wouldn't have known about this anyway. It is not "hurting" anyone. This is for the better good of our country. The true bottom line is just that: You would not have known this was going on. Uncovering this program just gives our enemies an advantage. But hey, what else is new with the Democrats? I can't wait for them to get elected and cut our military funding once again!

Related Facts: Between 1992 and 2000, the Clinton Administration cut national defense by more than half a million personnel and $50 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars. The Army alone has lost four active divisions and two Reserve divisions. (Heritage.org)

- The facts show that Bill Clinton halted military development, wasted critical weapons and allowed our forces to become dangerously weak. (Charles R. Smith- Friday, April 11th, 2003- NewsMax)
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WASHINGTON - Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said Friday the Bush administration's domestic spying is within the president's inherent power under the Constitution, and he rejected criticism that Congress was kept in the dark about it.

The program is "legal, necessary and reasonable," the Kansas Republican wrote in a 19-page letter, taking a particularly expansive view of the president's authority for the warrantless surveillance. "Congress, by statute, cannot extinguish a core constitutional authority of the president," Roberts wrote.

Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush have intercepted communications to ascertain enemy threats to national security, Roberts told the chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Roberts' letter came just three days before that panel was to question Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about the surveillance.

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PHOTO: AP

Diplomatic Solution to Iran

"There's only one thing worse than military action, that is a nuclear-armed Iran."

MUNICH, Germany - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld urged the world Saturday to find a diplomatic solution to halt Iran' s nuclear program, but Sen. John McCain only hours later said that military action could not be ruled out.

Rumsfeld told an international security conference that the United States stands "with the Iranian people, the women, the young people, who want a peaceful, democratic future," and he accused Tehran of sponsoring terrorism. "The Iranian regime is today the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism," he said. "The world does not want, and must work together to avoid, a nuclear Iran."

Despite Rumsfeld's call for diplomacy, McCain said military action could not be ruled out if diplomatic efforts fail to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. "Every option must remain on the table," McCain told the security conference after Rumsfeld spoke. "There's only one thing worse than military action, that is a nuclear-armed Iran."

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Experts: Hype Moderated Worm

My take: With all the knowledge these worm creators have (in the computer sector), why don't they go into a business and make money. I guess that would be stupid? I guess.

Companies and individuals heeded this week's warning — some may call it "hype" — about a file-destroying computer worm known as "Kama Sutra," helping minimize its damage Friday, security experts said.

One Italian city shut down its computers as a precaution, but otherwise the worm's trigger date arrived with relatively few reports of problems.

For days, experts warned that the worm could corrupt documents using the most common file types, including ".doc," ".pdf," and ".zip." It affects most versions of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system, prompting the software giant to issue a warning Tuesday.

Hundreds of thousands of computers were believed to be infected, but security vendors say many companies and individuals had time to clean up their machines following the alarm, carried by scores of media outlets including The Associated Press.

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Photo: AFP/FILE

Stupid Americans: Message in a Bottle

"You Americans don't seem to be happy unless you are mucking about somewhere."

Someone needs to lighten up.

NAPEAGUE, N.Y. - A sailor who sent a message out to sea in a bottle says he received a reply from England — accusing him of littering. "I kind of felt like no good deed goes unpunished," Harvey Bennett, 55, told the East Hampton Star.

The plastic bottle was one of five that Bennett placed in the ocean off Long Island in August. Last week, he excitedly opened a letter from England, and was stunned by the reply:

"I recently found your bottle while taking a scenic walk on the beach by Poole Harbour. While you may consider this some profound experiment on the path and speed" of "oceanic currents, I have another name for it, litter."

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Yo tengo la clase de español dos...

Me gusta mucho! If only that was true.

For those of you who have been visiting, you might notice my posting has been off and on for about 4 months now. I have no excuse for this, and you can be mad! Send your complaints.
No me gusta escuchar...
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Here is a bit of the 1 minute speaking I had to do the other day.

Las estaciones..

Las cuatro estaciones del año son la primavera, el verano, el otoño y el invierno. En América del Norte, la primavera empieza en marzo. En América del Sur, la primavera empieza en septiembre. Me gusta jugar videojuegos en el invierno. Mi estación preferida es el verano. Me gusta el verano porque hace sol. Me gusta ir a la playa en el verano. En el otoño yo trabajo en el jardín.

I make sure I look up a nice complement and then say it in spanish if I run out of things to say about my topic (In the 1 minute time span). The other day, I said to mi profesora. "Your hair is beautiful today my professor. How about a 20? (out of 20)" I pulled out an 18/20.

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I will try to keep the blog more up to date with current events and offer more of my perspective. You might have noticed, I changed the layout. The whole thing was due for a makeover. I hope you all like it! On that note, Adiós mis buenos amigos.