McCain = McLame

nytimes endorses mclameThe New York Times has endorsed John McCain, as their hopeful, Republican presidential candidate.

Senator John McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe. With a record of working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation, he would offer a choice to a broader range of Americans than the rest of the Republican field.

In other words, “he’s less of a conservative, and that’s way cooler.”

John McCain has consistently worked only to his own benefit and stood only on the principles that work to his advantage. Forget Republican Party ideals, I’m talking just plain ol’ conservative principles. McCain-Feingold, Gang-of-Fourteen, Gunshow-loophole ring any bells? Senator McCain, like Mike Huckabee, has been a consistent, divisive force within the GOP. The only people he seeks to unite are those that will get him elected.

I’m not saying I wouldn’t like to see some aspects of “George Bush style of governing” come to and end, but McCain is not the answer!

I respect his military service greatly and the years he suffered at the hands of the Vietcong. In fact, how does one thank someone like that enough?

The least I can do is hold my nose and vote for him if he does indeed become the GOP candidate. I am sure there are many Democrats that will do the same when it comes to Obama and Hillary.

…and as if I needed another reason to not want him as the Republican candidate.

Digeo Stumbles Again

Digeo’s other shoe drops: CEO leaving, products killed, staff halved

Other new around the net on this (Google).

I worked at Digeo from late 2000 until mid-2006 (the previous round of major layoffs).

The real story is that Mr. Fidler, despite his accomplished background with Sony, couldn’t hack it at this company. Digeo has chewed up and spit out more people in 8 years than I’ve seen anywhere else.

There was so much money wasted on proof-of-concepts that went nowhere, money cut off from projects that were actually generating revenue, and good people that came in to try to improve things, but would hit the wall 3-6 months later when no one would cooperate.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still *lots* of good people there (my old manager, whom I have great respect for), but the corporate strategy has changed so much in the last 3 years that I don’t know what else they’ll be able to do with the current work force.

It wouldn’t have survived this long if Uncle Paul hadn’t been there funding the whole ticket. It’s one of his pet projects; if it goes under, so goes a cornerstone of his ‘Wired World’ vision.

They need to search for some new, enthusiastic blood to run the company, not some member or acquaintence of Paul’s back-room, cigar & brandy society… AND Paul needs to stop micro-managing something he clearly knows little about.

Billmaier (the original CEO) had the right idea back in 2005 (or so I heard)… sell. I think that’s why Mr. Allen asked him to step down… or chose to step down, depending on who’s telling the story.

There, I’ve said/written my peace on the matter.

Last of the Big Spenders?

The fam and I try really hard to be good stewards of our life energies (read: money). So, it bugs me to no end when the people who have been living beyond their means (you with the subprime mortgage & the home you can’t afford… I’m looking at you) for the last 4 years are being rewarded by the government with tax rebates!

And what are we supposed to do with it? Why spend it, of course… the very thing that got us into this situation in the first place.

Drop the “stimulus package” phraseology already and consider it a late Christmas gift from Joe & Jane Responsible-Tax-Payer.

Of course, we could just tell the government to let us keep more of our money in the first place.

And don’t be surprised if this “stimulus package”, as it journeys through congress, gets packed with some extra pork-barrel spending. I’m sure the good folks over at Pork Busters will be keeping an eye out.

I LOVE, Don Surber’s take on this…

Instead of “doing something,” politicians should do nothing. They have already messed things up.

In the 1960s, people complained about the redlining of inner-city neighborhoods. Banks would not lend money to people to buy homes in the slums.

Politicians changed that.

Today, banks loan money to people who can’t repay loans. These are called subprime mortgages. Lo and behold, the live-beyond-their-means crowd defaulted on these loans.

Now the politicians are blaming the banks and want to save the “homes” of those who don’t pay their bills.

Ta-da.

Ta-da, indeed.

Turning a Corner on Guns?

news of interestPaul Helmke, HuffPo’s anti-gunner-in-chief, believes America is “turning a corner on the gun issue“. This was in regards to the passing of H.R. 2640.

Someone might want to buy Paul a clue… like the fact that the NRA worked dilligently to make this legislation extremely friendly to the law-abiding. I especially liked this part:

Elimination of all references to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulations defining adjudications, commitments, or determinations related to Americans’ mental health. Instead, the bill just uses the same terms as in the Gun Control Act , thereby leaving interpretation of the terms to the courts rather than to BATFE.

That’s right folks: consistent laguage. Imagine that!

Like all other gun-control measures, despite it’s good intentions and good people fighting to make it more “fair” to the law-abiding, it worries me a little. People will tell me, “there’s lots of ‘common sense’ in there, Jimmy,” but that’s not any more reassuring. When it comes to our Constitutional rights, the burden should always be on those we have chosen to represent us as to why any one of those right be infringed upon… especially the one that “shall not be infringed”.

Do I think the mentally ill/incompetent should have access to firearms? No. But there are disparate movements out there always moving the goalposts on what constitutes mental illness, infirmaties, and/or unfitness. And that alone can affect more issues than just gun ownership, as well.

I suppose I find some comfort in the provisions that provide processs for error correction, purging/correction of outdated/false/incorrect records, and limited time for the government to respond to your requests.

Gun Owners of America shares my concerns. 

A big “thank you” to Senator Tom Coburn for fighting the good fight, ALONE I might add, against The Violence Policy Center, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, The Brady Campaign, Sen. Carolyn McCarthy, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and the Cape Cod Orca Sen. Ted Kennedy.