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Friday, July 16, 2004

Now that the UK's Butler report has been published, and we know that Joe Wilson was mistaken in his claim that no efforts had been made by Iraq to purchase nuclear material from Niger, a lot of folk seem to be focusing in on his lies to the media regarding the question of how he came to be chosen as the U.S.'s investigator of the Niger question to begin with.  Originally, he had insisted that his wife, CIA agent Valerie Plame, was not involved in the decision to send him to Africa.  It now seems likely that she did, in fact, nominate him for the role.  My question is: why was his "investigation" given so much credibility to begin with?  His own description of his sleuth work consists of him having several conversation of Nigerian government officials over "sweet mint tea."  His word can be no more trusted that can the words of the Nigerian officials, since he was merely passing along their testimony (and his assessment of their credibility), and am I seriously being asked to take a party suspected of engaging in illicit arms deals at their word that they didn't do it?  Even if we concede every claim that the anti-Bush crowd makes about this - that Joe Wilson was sent without the suggestion of his wife, that he made an honest, nonpartisan analysis of the information he collected, as he described it - I still think it's ridiculous to take this guys say-so over the collective intellegence capabilites of the United Kingdom.

Thursday, July 15, 2004 | 07/15/2004 | EBay enters online music marketplace EBay, the world's largest online seller of physical goods, is making a surprising foray into online music sales with a new service to be launched today that will let customers buy and download songs.

TCS: Tech Central Station - How Much Worse Off Are We? Today, there are two Americas. One America agrees with Congressman Sanders and Senator John Edwards that life is getting harder for working Americans, that things have been going down hill for thirty years, and that our only hope is bigger government. The other America realizes that it is nonsense to suggest that the middle class is disappearing and that the standard of living is eroding for working Americans. This Land Featuring Bush and Kerry. - Fast Forward - A PC Pioneer Decries the State of Computing: "Hewlett-Packard's Alan Kay, who played a pivotal role in the invention of the personal computer, says business should think more creatively about the potential of technology. "

Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - U.S. Home You HAVE to check out this website.


So Tired - Where Web surfers go when they haven't slept a wink. By Paul Boutin Are you tired??

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Yahoo! News - Top Stories Photos - Reuters Check out Bush's non-drunk daughter...

Increased Alameda County Sales Tax Highest in State - The Daily Californian 8.75%!!!

Michael Moore, Ugly American (

Working Girls Blog about the oldest profession...

Monday, July 12, 2004

Yahoo! News - Philippines Announces Pullout to Save Iraq Hostage: WOW. The Philippines said on Monday it would withdraw its troops from Iraq (news - web sites) as soon as possible to save a Filipino hostage threatened with death by militants.

Nintendo Song Tracks First run limited to 25 copies 40 remixes of original Nintendo soundtrack material. Hardly any tracks over 45 seconds, Volume One is the first in a series of 3 3" CD-Rs, eventually all three will be available on one CD which will include tracks not released on any volume. Includes bonus track from the upcoming album "The adventures of Saskrotch & 545KR0TCH"

Kerry + Edwards They are just so in love.

Yahoo! News - Entertainment Photos - AP This guy on Jeopardy is a PIMP.