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26Aug/040

Argh, so much for that idea. Online auction leagues coming soon.

25Aug/040

I recently bought an unlocking kit for my Sony Ericsson along with a T-Mobile To Go SIM since I wasn't sure that I would be able to use my Cingular prepaid phone outside of the Northeast region. Interestingly, I just noticed that the Cingular prepaid coverage map extends nationwide (as of July 2004?). Guess I will get to verify this change soon. [It's true!]

19Aug/040

Democrats' Legal Challenges Impede Nader. I find it ironic and appalling that in attempting to limit our choices, some Democrats are proving to be anything but democratic. Rather than trying to keep Nader off the ballot, wouldn't courting the 49% of the voting-age population that didn't vote in 2000 make more sense?

Ralph Nader's efforts to get his name on presidential ballots in important swing states are becoming mired in legal challenges and charges of fraud by Democrats who have mounted an extensive campaign to keep him from becoming a factor in this year's election.

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With Republicans in several states acknowledging that they are bankrolling and gathering signatures for Mr. Nader, local Democratic parties across the country, aided by a group of lawyers calling themselves the Ballot Project Inc., have initiated mini-campaigns to stop him, state by state.

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Mr. Zeese said it was "crazy" to have to appear in five courtrooms at once. "This is a perfect game plan for how to destroy independent politics in this country," he said, accusing Democrats of "antidemocratic activities."

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14Aug/040

U.S. Signals End to Legal Fight Over an 'Enemy Combatant'. Follow-up to a story that is a few years old. It is easy to revile Bush for trashing one of the core values of the Constitution, but perhaps a more interesting issue is, will executive policy be any different with Kerry as President?

The Justice Department's announcement that it may soon free Yaser Esam Hamdi, an American citizen captured in Afghanistan and held as an enemy combatant for nearly three years, signals an end to one of the longest and most important legal struggles to result from the Bush administration's war on terrorism, administration officials acknowledged Thursday.

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Officials at the Justice Department, which failed to convince the Supreme Court that the government had the right to hold an American citizen as an enemy combatant indefinitely and without counsel, said that a decision to free Mr. Hamdi would not suggest any failure by the Bush administration.

Out of Spotlight, Bush Overhauls U.S. Regulations. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." -President Bush (Aug 5, 2004)..

On the same day, deep within the turgid pages of the Federal Register, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a regulation that would forbid the public release of some data relating to unsafe motor vehicles, saying that publicizing the information would cause "substantial competitive harm" to manufacturers.

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Allies and critics of the Bush administration agree that the Sept. 11 attacks, the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq have preoccupied the public, overshadowing an important element of the president's agenda: new regulatory initiatives. Health rules, environmental regulations, energy initiatives, worker-safety standards and product-safety disclosure policies have been modified in ways that often please business and industry leaders while dismaying interest groups representing consumers, workers, drivers, medical patients, the elderly and many others.

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Some leaders of advocacy groups argue that the public preoccupation with war and terrorism has allowed the administration to push through changes that otherwise would have provoked an outcry. Carl Pope, the executive director of the Sierra Club, says he does not think the administration could have succeeded in rewriting so many environmental rules, for example, if the public's attention had not been focused on national security issues.

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Bush administration officials and their allies say they use regulations because new laws are not needed for many of the changes they have made and going to Congress every time would be needlessly complicated.

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12Aug/040

The little one is getting "altered" today. I'm sure he will be fine. Gonna give him lots of attention and hugs tonight.

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10Aug/040

Kerry Says His Vote on Iraq Would Be the Same Today. Are these guys trying to lose the election? Neither will admit to the possibility of being wrong, and I have long held that Kerry is part of the problem with the status quo.

Senator John Kerry said Monday that he would have voted to give the president the authority to invade Iraq even if he had known all he does now about the apparent dearth of unconventional weapons or a close connection to Al Qaeda.

Dangers from terrorism scant compared to other risks, experts say. The sooner Americans realize this, the better. On the other hand, I have often contemplated the carnage that would result if one of those heavily-armed soldiers were to actually fire his rifle inside a busy subway station or airport terminal.

To be sure, bombs or other forms of attack on the homeland could take lives, and the respite since Sept. 11, 2001, may not last. But the danger of average Americans or their loved ones becoming casualties in the war on terrorism is scant compared, say, to the daily risks they face from automobile accidents, crime or weather-related menaces.

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3Aug/040

Fantasy football on the brain. Keeper league draft is less than four weeks away, but by the time the season begins, I will likely have six or seven teams including two new pay leagues. On a related note, came up with an interesting business idea today...

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