Berkeley CSUA MOTD:2006:January:08 Sunday <Saturday, Monday>
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2006/1/8 [Politics/Domestic/911, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:41288 Activity:nil 80%like:41289 80%like:41292
1/7     Was Bush and the NSA wiretapping the media?
2006/1/8 [Politics/Domestic/911, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:41289 Activity:nil 80%like:41288 80%like:41292
1/7     Was Bush and the NSA wiretapping the motd?
2006/1/8-9 [Politics/Domestic] UID:41290 Activity:nil
1/7     Who can check the president?  Interesting historical overview and
        current analysis of the expansion of presidential power and related
        recent court cases.  By Noah Feldman, a law professor at NYU.
2006/1/8-9 [Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:41291 Activity:nil
1/7     Nonpartisan Congressional Research Group concludes that
        Bush wiretapping was illegal: (WashPo)
2006/1/8-9 [Politics/Domestic/911, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:41292 Activity:nil 80%like:41288 80%like:41289
1/7     Was Bush and the NSA wiretapping CNN?
        \_ (Alternative Press Review)
           Looks like the Administration may have been wire tapping
           lots of media critics.
2006/1/8-10 [Reference/RealEstate] UID:41293 Activity:nil
1/8     Has anyone else found that over the years, the doors in their house
        don't open or close easily anymore? It seems like maybe the house has
        gotten slightly warped, maybe because the ground it's on has shifted
        slightly, or something. What do you do about something like that?
        \_ new houses settle over time, makign doors not fit their jams as well
           and such.  It just happens.  In my case, we adjusted the doors that
           were having problems.
        \_ you might want to have your house checked out, especially if it's
           an older house for foundation or other structural problems. if your
           house is "sagging" and if it will get worse over time, you might
           want to have the problem fixed.
        \_ Wood expands and contracts with moisture, too. I plane down the
           high spots on the doors and make sure the hinges are screwed in
        \_ -> KNOW HOW -> Doors -> Freeing a Sticking Door.
2006/1/8-10 [Politics/Domestic/911, Politics/Domestic/Election] UID:41294 Activity:moderate
1/8     Re: Abramoff.  Transcript of Howard Dean on with Wolf Blitzer, CNN.
        "There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, not one,
        not one single Democrat. Every person named in this scandal is a
        Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every
        person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal.
        There is no evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any
        money. And we've looked through all of those FEC reports to make sure
        that's true."
        \_ I hope Howard Dean knows what is he talking about.  I vaguely
           remember Abramoff also paid lavish trips for Democrats as well.
           \_ Replubican lies.
              \_ How would you know?  Do you have special insider info?
                 Like everything else, this will be investigated, maybe a
                 few people will resign from one or both parties and nothing
                 will change because politicians are corrupt.
                 \_ sheesh. take a chill pill.  My point is that Republicans
                    have been spreading the message that Abramoff paid $$ to
                    Dems.  And that's the reason why he "vaguely remembers"
                    \_ You didn't have a point if you wrote "Republican lies".
                       That isn't a point.  It is partisan noise.
                       \_ I expanded it in the pp. make sense now?
                 \_ Do you think that politicians everywhere are corrupt?
                    I do not. Why are politicians in some other countries
                    less corrupt? Could we perhaps figure out why and reform
                    our system to be more like theirs?
                    \_ I think all career politicians are corrupt.  What county
                       did you have in mind where they are less so?
                 \_ I am a democrate.  but i just don't think Abramoff is so
                    stupid that he only oil up Republicans.  And Democrats
                    are not exactly clean neither... just that they are not
                    nearly as blatant as Republicans under Bush's reign.
                    \_ I think all career politicians are corrupt.  What county
                       did you have in mind where they are less so?
              \_ "Democrats' Travel Costs Linked to Lobbyist" [Washington Post]
                 Is this a Republican plant?  Reading Dean carefully, do paid
                 trips show up in FEC reports?
                 \_ has a lot more
                    "Clyburn said in an interview he had never heard of
                     Abramoff at the time, and provided a copy of a letter
                     showing he was invited by the nonprofit foundation."
                    The sum total of both trips was ~$4.5-5k airfare and a
                    $227 hotel bill per Congressman.  This is proof that
                    Abramoff paid for "lavish trips."  It sounds like first
                    class plane travel, and a nice night in a good hotel, but
                    "lavish?"  And I don't know about you, but I don't think
                    a $5k first class plane ticket buys much influence in
                    Washington these days.
                    Certainly, Dean was careful with his language, and these
                    were not filed with the FEC. However, "Both Clyburn and
                    Thompson filed House disclosure reports showing the
                    [nonprofit] group paid for the travel."  Apparently,
                    these reports are now incorrect, but they were filed b/c
                    at the time, Clyburn and Thompson "weren't told the
                    foundation that invited them never put up the money."
                    Considering the point of lobbying is to direct money to
                    the congressmen in order to curry favor with them, not
                    telling the congressman that you gave them money doesn't
                    curry much favor.
                    Clyburn and Thompson may turn out to be Democratic
                    sleazeballs.  Who knows?  But $5,000 of disclosed money
                    received doesn't swing the pendulum of corruption from
                    red to purple.
                    \_ Hey, my post was only in response to the quick
                       "Republican lies" claim above.  -pp
                    \_ Direct quotes from the congressmen or staff:
                       "The invitation was signed by a chairman of the Joint
                        Chiefs. What was I supposed to believe?"
                       - The letter said the Congressional delegations would
                         "be paid for by the nonprofit N.S.C. Foundation, and
                          they will not involve any cost to the US government."
                       Thompson staff:
                       "He received an invitation from a nonprofit group to go
                        down and visit the islands. It was a legitimate trip.
                        And once he returned from the trip, he complied with
                        House rules and filed the required ethics forms."
                       \_ Man, the spin is coming hard and fast now.  Do you
                                \_ point A
                          even read your *own* source?  The letter was signed
                          by Thomas Moorer, who was the *former* Chairman of
                          the Joint Chiefs.  Hello, "former", as in 1970 to
                          1974?  Meaning Moorer was a private citizen at the
                          time of the invitation.  Since the writers of the
                          article knew Moorer was only the former Chairman,
                          and they didn't call Clyburn on it, you have to wonder
                          why not and where their bias lies.  As to point 2,
                                \_ point B.
                          as the WaPo article said, "Greg Hilton [the director
                          of the group] understood at the outset that the
                          expenses would be covered by 'the private sector'".
                          Hilton was later told that the government would
                          cover the costs, but barring more evidence, it's
                          hard to say if Clyburn was told specifically if the
                          trip were covered by private or public funds.
                          \_ You're absolutely right. We should impeach and
                             fire all politicians who took money from
                             Abramoff, regardless of political affiliation.
                             If that ends up being more Dems than Repubs, fine.
                          \_ A+B: your own biases and paranoia are showing
                             through. You don't address the points, but rather
                             attack the news source as being biased. Oh, yes,
                             and you accuse pp of "spin" when the whole post
                             is pretty much direct quotes.
2006/1/8-10 [Computer/HW/Display] UID:41295 Activity:nil
1/8     Would an aftermarket DVI-VGA adapter produce a better VGA signal
        than the adapter that Apple includes with the Mac Mini?
        \_ it doesn't have to be expensive.  There are just problems with
           the apple adapter.  I believe that you can fix it by cutting
           one or two pins, but it's been a long time since I looked into
           \_ Does a DVI->VGA adapter just remap pins/conductors, or does
              it actually do non-trivial digital to analog conversion?
              \_ It depends on if you're talking about DVI-D (digital only)
                 or DVI-I (which carries both digital and analog signals).
                 The latter is a simple pin remapping.
           \_ Thanks, I just found a DVI->VGA adapter that came with one
              of my video cards a couple years back. It has less pins
                                                            \_ fewer
              than the one that came with my Mac Mini, and the display
              quality looks better using it! -op
2006/1/8-10 [Consumer/PDA, Consumer/TV] UID:41296 Activity:nil
1/8     I just saw a Sony commercial highlighting The Play but using little
        play characters. Anyone have a link to it?
        "If you're not watching HDTV, what are you watching?"
        Nevermind here it is in flash format:
        \_ sigh. I still want to see a hi-rez clip of the play.
        \_ Is that an effective ad?  Most people don't know what The Play is.
2006/1/8-9 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Troll/Jblack] UID:41298 Activity:kinda low
1/8     suck my dick jblack
        \_ Does jblack even do MOTD anymore?
           \_ Does jblack even suck dick anymore?
2006/1/8-10 [Uncategorized] UID:41299 Activity:nil
1/8     This is just bizzard-- poisoning park trees to get a better view:
2006/1/8-10 [Industry/Jobs] UID:41300 Activity:nil
        Hiring, firing. Hints for employers and employees. good luck.
2019/01/23 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular
Berkeley CSUA MOTD:2006:January:08 Sunday <Saturday, Monday>