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Saturday, May 14, 2011

William Butler Yeats

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.”

 William Butler Yeats

Friday, May 13, 2011

NEXT TIME, USE FEDEX

http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/article.cgi?article=421


NEXT TIME, USE FEDEX
May 4, 2011


The CIA stepped up the search for Osama bin Laden last week after becoming as sick of royal wedding coverage as the rest of us.

American intelligence operations located Osama by following his trusted couriers, whose names were given up by al-Qaida members during harsh interrogations at CIA black sites under President Bush.

Yes, the same interrogations endlessly denounced by the entire Democratic Party (save Joe Lieberman), the mainstream media, and an especially indignant Jane Mayer in The New Yorker.

The most-wanted terrorist in the world was living in a moldy, million-dollar mansion in a gated community just outside of Islamabad. It took the CIA five years to figure out the four-digit code to get in.

One important missed clue was that Osama was living at 72 Virgins Way. He might still be alive today if only he hadn't borrowed his neighbor's shoulder-mounted rocket launcher and never returned it.

Our mighty Navy SEALs not only put a bullet through Osama's head, but carried off his computers, disks and hard drives. So far, all they've revealed is that Osama had multiple Netflix rentals of "Rendition," "In the Valley of Elah," "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Love Actually."

Can you imagine what's on Osama's hard drives? I mean besides the goat pornography. Pants are wetting throughout Pakistan's military establishment.

The New York Times reports that the raid that killed Osama is being bitterly denounced on Pakistani TV as a breach of that country's sovereignty. Osama, our dear allies say, was not a terrorist, nor has al-Qaida ever been unfriendly to Pakistan -- unlike the United States, which they call "an enemy of Pakistan and Muslims."

(Also, bin Laden's entire video crew is in line at the Islamabad unemployment office today. Thanks, Barack.)

The one Islamic country that openly cheered our taking out bin Laden is Iraq. According to reports from inside the country, TV stations are treating the raid as a great victory for Iraq -- the final battle in a war that was mostly fought by Iraqis on Iraqi soil. They view bin Laden's killing as their own personal triumph in the war against Islamic terrorism.

Similarly, when there was an explosion of violence throughout the Muslim world in response to some Danish cartoons in 2006, guess which Islamic nation was nothing but placid contentment? Again: our plucky Iraq. (Having U.S. Marines in your midst apparently has some sort of calming influence.)

It's great that we got bin Laden, but if the last Democratic administration had been doing its job, there would have been no Osama bin Laden and no 9/11 attack to begin with.

Democratic presidents are always too busy feverishly redistributing wealth at home to devote serious attention to our national interests abroad.

Obama gets to reap the rewards of Bush-era terrorism policies -- policies that he, his fellow Democrats and Jane Mayer hysterically denounced at the time -- while Reagan and Bush had to deal with the consequences of Carter's Iranian policy and Clinton's bin Laden policy.

According to Michael Scheuer, who ran the bin Laden unit at the CIA for many years, President Clinton was given eight to 10 chances to kill or capture bin Laden but refused to act, despite bin Laden's having publicly declared war on the United States and launched various terrorist attacks against us, murdering hundreds of Americans.

(If only one of those opportunities had presented itself on the day of Clinton's scheduled impeachment, instead of Clinton's bombing Iraq, he might have postponed his problems at home by finally taking out bin Laden.)

Clinton's CIA director, James Woolsey, never once met with Clinton in a one-on-one meeting. This is in contrast to Monica Lewinsky, who got about a dozen face-to-face -- or face-to-something -- meetings with the president.

That's why Sandy Berger, Clinton's national security adviser, was caught stealing documents from the National Archives during the 9/11 commission hearings. That's also why Clinton blew a gasket and forced ABC to cancel the DVD release of the docudrama "The Path to 9/11" -- based on the commission's report.

Bush had to deal with the ticking time bomb of Osama bin Laden left by Bill Clinton.

All presidents have had to deal with the ticking time bomb set by Carter's passive acceptance of the Iranian revolution in 1979, giving Islamic lunacy its first nation-sponsor.

What ticking time bombs are being set around the globe by our current Democratic president?

Following the Democratic playbook, Obama's overall approach to national security is to pointlessly fling our influence and military around the globe -- in Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan -- with no evident national security purpose.

Thanks to our feckless president, most of the Middle East is rapidly degenerating into a terrorist fever-swamp.

The Muslim Brotherhood is emerging as a power broker in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya. Meanwhile, the "democracy" movement in Syria seems likely to end with President Bashar al-Assad gaining a tighter grip on power, after he's killed enough of his own people to remind them why he's their president.

All of these countries are becoming worse than they were before. (On the plus side, Obama is set to announce the SEALs have just found Joe Biden.)

But George Bush's legacy -- Iraq – will be standing there, all on its own, the one point of light in a sea of Islamic darkness. And the media will coo about how reassuring it is that we now have a "thoughtful" president in the White House, instead of a cowboy.

COPYRIGHT 2011 ANN COULTER

OBAMA'S BUDGET: MORE WASTE, FRAUD AND SELF-ABUSE

http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/article.cgi?article=420


OBAMA'S BUDGET: MORE WASTE, FRAUD AND SELF-ABUSE
April 27, 2011


In a priceless formulation in his budget speech two weeks ago, Obama said that Americans look at the poor and say, "There but for the grace of God go I." And so, in the president's words, "we contribute to programs like Medicare and Social Security."

Except we don't "contribute." We are compelled under threat of imprisonment to take out a joint checking account with the government. Ask Wesley Snipes what happens when you fail to "contribute" sufficient alms to Uncle Sam. It's easy to find him: He's sitting in the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.

The downside of Obama's exponentially expanding government -- to the detriment of the private sector -- is that it is now impossible for young people to find work.

But there's also good news! Now there are plenty of government social workers to counsel the unemployed through their depression over not being able to find a job and to process their unemployment checks.

The unholy alliance between unionized government workers and elected Democrats has led to an explosion in taxpayer-funded government employees, who, incidentally, can never be fired.

In the 1980 award-winning PBS series "Free to Choose," Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman described the steps required to fire a civil servant:

"In January 1975, a typist in the Environmental Protection Agency was so consistently late for work that her supervisors demanded she be fired. It took 19 months to do it, and this incredible 21-foot-long chart lists the steps that had to be gone through to satisfy all the rules and all the management and union agreements.

"The process involved the girl's supervisor, his deputy director, his director, his director of personnel operations, the agency's branch chief, an employee relations specialist, a second employee relations specialist, a special office of investigations and the director of the office of investigations. This veritable telephone directory, need I add, was paid with taxpayers' money. Who could invent a better protected job than this one -- before it came to its end?"

Thirty years later, a civil servant whose poor job performance consisted of only being chronically late would qualify as "Civil Servant of the Year."

Taking only one performance problem in a single government office -- surfing Internet pornography at the Securities and Exchange Commission: In 2010, 31 employees were found to have spent their workdays downloading Internet porn in the 2 1/2 years during and preceding the financial crash that led to the greatest depression in nearly a century. (One of their favorite online porn sites was "Fannie Mae Hill," while those who prefer big girls were at "Too Big to Fail.")

If only Bernie Madoff had posted naked videos of himself on the Internet, the SEC might have noticed him. Seventeen of the porn-surfers were being paid government salaries of $99,356 to $222,418.

One senior lawyer at SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., admitted to spending eight hours a day looking at Internet pornography. Sometimes he even worked through his lunch hour. He had downloaded so much pornography that his computer was full -- at which point he began burning the pornography onto CDs and DVDs, which he stored in boxes in his office.

In another classic example of the left hand not wanting to know what the right hand was doing, an employee with the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance admitted watching up to five hours a day of pornography in his office. His favorite pornographic websites were bookmarked on his government computer, and he had both downloaded and uploaded pornographic videos to the numerous websites he had joined.

Even after admitting to surfing porn all day on the taxpayers' dime, not one of the lonely SEC employees was fired, nor were their names released by the government, even in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. (Although most of them were referred for membership in D.C. sex clubs.)

These are the true beneficiaries of big government -- or our "commitments," as Obama calls them -- not the poor, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and those about whom we say "There but for the grace of God, go I."

Democrats don't resent "the rich" on behalf of the poor. They resent the rich on behalf of the government.

COPYRIGHT 2011 ANN COULTER

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Intel's 3D transistor fuels tablet fight with ARM

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9216451/Intel_s_3D_transistor_fuels_tablet_fight_with_ARM?taxonomyId=15




Intel's 3D transistor fuels tablet fight with ARM

Intel hasn't broken into the tablet market, but 3D processor tech announced Wednesday could boost chip maker

By Sharon Gaudin
May 5, 2011 05:17 PM ET
Computerworld - Intel's new 3D transistor technology should position the chip maker to grab a piece of the burgeoning tablet market that it's been missing out on.
On Wednesday, Intel announced that it has made a major leap in advancing chip technology: 3D transistors. The new technology, expected to make PCs, smartphones and tablets faster and more power-efficient, is slated to make its first appearance when Intel moves to 22-nanometer chips next year.
Instead of building traditional, flat 2D transistors, the new transistors will be built upward, allowing Intel to squeeze in more transistors while maintaining density and a small chip size.
That means new chips using the 3D transistors, which use less than half the power of 2D transistors, will be as much as 37% faster than Intel's current 32nm chips.
What does this mean for Intel? Well, of course it represents a huge boost to the company's efforts to keep up with Moore's Law, Gordon Moore's 42-year-old prediction that the number of transistors on a chip will double about every two years.
But the advancement also means that Intel may now have a shot at working its way into the lucrative tablet and smartphone markets, which have eluded Intel and have been a treasure trove for rival ARM.
ARM's chips are used in most tablets and smartphones today, and the company has become an increasingly formidable competitor to Intel, basically blocking the chip giant from getting a solid foothold in the new market.
"The market for mobile devices, like tablets and smartphones, has exploded over the past few years, and Intel needs to be part of the solution on these devices," said Dan Olds, an analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group. "The 3D transistor is a big leap forward for Intel and could be a game-changer for mobile devices.... When this technology is applied to processors in the Atom range, it's going to make them much more competitive with ARM processors."
Intel is the dominant player in the PC chip market, but that segment has been taking a beating lately.
Just last month, industry analysts at IDC reported that global PC shipments dropped 3.2% in the first quarter of 2011, compared with the same period last year.
IDC called the decline the first contraction in the global PC market since the end of the recent recession.
What caused this lack of enthusiasm for PCs? Many point the finger at tablets such as Apple's iPad 2.
One IDC analyst said there was a direct connection between Apple's release of the iPad 2 and the drop in interest in traditional PCs. And analysts from various research firms have been noting for months now that tablets have been cannibalizing the PC market.
Intel faces a twofold problem: It makes a sizable portion of its revenue as a chip supplier in the struggling PC market, and it hasn't made any big inroads into the tablet market.
Rob Enderle, an analyst at Enderle Group, said Intel is working hard to correct its footing. "Intel has been on the wrong side of this one, and they are aggressively working to correct that," he said, adding that the new 3D transistor technology alone won't likely fix all of Intel's problems.
"Much like it has been near impossible to displace either Intel or Microsoft in the PC space, it is likely to be equally hard to displace ARM in these new device classes, because ARM is entrenched and the ecosystem around it is becoming more robust by the day," Enderle said.
He said Intel desperately needs some very large design wins to get moving in the tablet and smartphone markets. And this 3D chip announcement is a strong place to start.
"Intel has virtually nothing compelling in either the tablet or smartphone space in terms of a shipping product," he added. "[The new technology] is core, no pun intended. This is generally how they advance. But Intel needs to address technology and marketing requirements and, so far, they are only effective on technology."
Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at Twitter @sgaudin, or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed Gaudin RSS. Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.
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Egyptian Copts, reeling from violence, want protection

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/05/08/egypt.clashes/?hpt=T2

vogt

http://www.freesfonline.de/authors/A.%20E._van%20Vogt.html

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Iran helping Syrian regime crack down on protesters, say diplomats

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/08/iran-helping-syrian-regime-protesters

"Claim comes as four women shot dead by security forces in first use of violence against an all-female demonstration"

"The diplomat pointed to a "significant" increase in the number of Iranian personnel in the country since protests began in mid-March.
Mass arrests carried out by door-to-door raids, similar to those that helped to crush Iran's "green revolution" in 2009, have been ramped up in the past week."

'Thor' paves path to a superhero summer

http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2011-05-09-boxoffice09_st_N.htm

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