Thursday, January 31, 2008

In the News: Internet Outages Hit India, Middle East

Jan 31, 9:25 AM (ET)


NEW DELHI (AP) - India's lucrative outsourcing industry struggled Thursday to overcome Internet slowdowns and outages after cuts in two undersea cables sliced the country's bandwidth in half.

The disruption - which has hit a swath of users from Egypt to Bangladesh - began to affect much of the Middle East on Wednesday, when outages caused a slowdown in traffic on Dubai's stock exchange.

Such large-scale disruptions are rare but not unknown. East Asia suffered nearly two months of outages and slow service after an earthquake damaged undersea cables near Taiwan in December 2006.

The cables, which lie off the coast of Egypt in the Mediterranean, were snapped as the working day was ending in India on Wednesday and the impact was not immediately apparent

You can find the complete article here at

Quote for the Day

God promises a safe landing but not a calm passage
- Bulgarian Proverb

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I must say I'm not surprised at this

Full article at New York Times

Giuliani Ends Campaign and Backs McCain

Published: January 30, 2008

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the combative New York City mayor who rose to national prominence during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, formally ended his presidential campaign on Wednesday and declared that he would throw his support to the candidacy of Senator John McCain.

Under-reported: Scandal in China Over Tainted Cancer Drugs

Published: January 31, 2008

BEIJING — A huge state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical company that exports to dozens of countries, including the United States, is at the center of a nationwide drug scandal after nearly 200 Chinese cancer patients were paralyzed or otherwise harmed last summer by contaminated leukemia drugs.

Chinese drug regulators have accused the manufacturer of the tainted drugs of a cover-up and have closed the factory that produced them. In December, China’s Food and Drug Administration said that the Shanghai police had begun a criminal investigation and that two officials, including the head of the plant, had been detained.

The drug maker, Shanghai Hualian, is the sole supplier to the United States of the abortion pill, mifepristone, known as RU-486. It is made at a different factory than the one that produced the tainted cancer drugs, about an hour’s drive away

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Quote for the Day

Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.

I'm actually disappointed to hear this

via CNN (as well as every other news source). As always here's a bit, click link to read article in its entirety:

Edwards quits presidential race

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Former Sen. John Edwards dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday

"It is time for me to step aside so that history can blaze its path," Edwards said in New Orleans, the same city where he first declared his run for the 2008 Democratic presidential race.

With his wife, Elizabeth, and children at his side, Edwards said he couldn't predict "who will take the final steps to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.," but he said it would be a Democrat.

"We must do better if we want to live up to the promise of this country we love so much," he said.

Earlier, an Edwards aide said the candidate was not getting the media attention he needed to get his message out and win delegates, especially with races coming up in 22 states next Tuesday.

Edwards has amassed 26 delegates for the Democratic nomination.


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Quote for the day

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? - Jean-Jacques Roussea (1712-1778)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Rudy Giuliani Widget


A Huckabee Widget

Just found this. Thought I would share. Again, do your own research and ask questions.


Quote for the Day

The family is one of nature's masterpieces -
George Santayana

Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Clinton Advertisement/Commercial



Cheney's daughter joins Romney campaign

Interesting article in USA Today.

Follow the link...

A snippet:

MIAMI (AP) — Liz Cheney, one of Vice President Dick Cheney's daughters, has signed onto Mitt Romney's presidential campaign as a senior foreign policy adviser.
Cheney most recently worked in the State Department handling Middle East affairs.

While her father and President George W. Bush have both vowed to remain neutral as their fellow Republicans battle it out for the party's presidential nomination, the endorsement is likely to be well received among conservatives who comprise a critical primary voting bloc in both Florida, which votes Tuesday, and the 22 states voting Feb. 5.

Romney has also enjoyed the support of aides with ties to the Bush family, including top assistants to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former President George H.W. Bush


Political Widget

I am fascinated by the political process (some of which I disagree with). Anyway, I will continue to share news and widgets on ALL candidates since knowledge is power. Make an INFORMED choice. Check out each candidates page. Ask questions, you know the drill...

Some candidates I may not cover not because I am ignoring them but because my webpage skill is limited (so far - I'm learning). So if I can't figure out how to add it or if it doesn't show up you won't see it.

Anyway, here is one I found today:


Tribal hatred fuels more Kenya violence

I keep wondering when will it end. But we can't live in despair must have hope backed by action. Anyway, my CNN daily reading brought me this news. Click to read complete article.

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- Tribal fighting once again engulfed Kenya's western Rift Valley Sunday as members of President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe attacked other ethnic groups.

The violence was centered around the Rift Valley towns of Naivasha and Nakuru.

According to an opposition party member, tribal fighting has killed at least 47 people since Thursday in Nakuru, one of the places just visited by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.


On Sunday the violence spread to the town of Naivasha, around 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Nakuru, with gangs of Kikuyu erecting makeshift roadblocks and reports of people being burned alive in their homes.

A Red Cross official said anywhere between 20 and 30 are believed to have been killed in the Rift Valley town, although the official stressed that the figure had not yet been verified by police.

The official said the agency had received reports of a non-Kikuyu family burned to death in their house.

Newspaper Delivery

What is running through my head?

The fact that for the third week I've had problems with my Los Angeles Times being delivered. One week, I have no idea. Second week on the wrong porch and opened.

I hope our regular delivery person is on vacation. If not it seems I have to wake up to meet this delivery person and let them know to look at the addresses. Simple step - huge difference


Suharto, Former Indonesian Dictator, Dies at 86

Checked out The New York Times this morning to read this:

whose 32-year dictatorship was one of the most brutal and corrupt of the 20th century, died Sunday in Jakarta. He was 86.

Mr. Suharto had been hospitalized on Jan. 4 with heart, lung and kidney problems, according to medical officials of Pertamina Hospital in Jakarta. His condition worsened dramatically over the weekend and he lost consciousness and stopped breathing on his own, they said.

A statement issued by the chief presidential doctor, Marjo Subiandono, said he was declared dead at 1:10 p.m. The cause of death was given as multi-organ failure.

Click link to read complete article.


Quote for the Day

If you want to ruin the truth, stretch it. - Author Unknown

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Quote of the Day

A Lie has speed, but truth has endurance - Edgar J. Mohn

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Quote of the Day

Put your future in good hands - YOUR OWN
-Author Unknown


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sometimes it is easy to forget about what is happening in other parts of the world

I read this article on 5 million. 5 million. Can't say more than that.

Here's a bit

Report: Congo conflict claims 5 million lives

(CNN) -- Hopes are high that the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and armed groups can end a decade of fighting that a new report says has claimed the lives of more than 5 million people.

The two sides have been attending a conference for more than two weeks in the eastern city of Goma and late Tuesday, they appeared close to signing an agreement. Their discussions are focusing on peace for the country's eastern Kivu provinces.

Humanitarian group, the International Rescue Committee, released a report Wednesday saying that conflict and humanitarian crisis in Congo have taken the lives of some 5.4 million people since 1998, and that 45,000 people continue to die there every month.

IRC President George Rupp said the loss of life was equivalent to the entire population of Denmark, or the state of Colorado, dying within a decade.

Even with the country's violence, the IRC found that most of the deaths were from non-violent causes like malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, and malnutrition.

Nearly half the deaths were among children younger than 5, even though they are only 19 percent of the population, the IRC said.

Quote of the Day

"A short saying often contains much wisdom"-Sophocles

It's important to know what is going on

Monday, January 21, 2008

Quote of the Day

I quite being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down - Allen H. Neuharth

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Consider a Click

The Animal Rescue Site

Quote of the Day

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. - George Burns

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A lot of little things can add up to something big

The Hunger Site

Quote of the Day

Truth fears no questions

What am I reflecting on?

Why am I NOT surprised Andy Roddick is ...

out of the Australian Open. To be honest I'm actually surprised he made it this far. I think we have a lot of talented young men players in the United States and I truly hope that they will get more opportunity and press in the future. Meanwhile, once again, Andy Roddick is done and NOT a contender. Man can NOT win by ACES alone (neither can women)

Here is a bit of the writeup. Full story found here at Herald Sun.

ANDY Roddick limped out of Melbourne yesterday, stung by an Australian Open humbling and no closer to a second grand slam title.

Hopeful of Melbourne Park success after Davis Cup victory and a third consecutive AAMI Classic triumph, Roddick made his earliest Open exit in six seasons.

Frazzled and frustrated, Roddick was yesterday fined $570 for racquet abuse after a five-set loss to German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

And he was fortunate to escape being penalised for sledging umpire Emmanuel Joseph, Kohlschreiber and the German's support group during a traumatic defeat.

Roddick hit a career-high 42 aces and three double faults in a magnificent serving display, but still lost. Almost 80 winners flowed from his racquet, but they were innocuous in the face of Kohlschreiber's superior consistency.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Quote for the Day

Staying angry is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Quote for the Day

A fellow who does things that count, doesn't usually stop to count them

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Quote for the day: Friendship

True friendship comes when silence between two friends is comfortable. - Dave Tyson Gentry

Monday, January 14, 2008

Showing my Bruins some love

They might not always win and sometimes they disappoint me (when it comes to football) but I will die remaining a UCLA Bruins fan. On a side note I will ALWAYS love John Wooden.

Banner 2 Banner 1 go!

Quote for the day

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice - Author unknown

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Under-reported News: Alabama man confessing to killing his 4 children

first read on Reuters

Here is a bit of what is happening while much of the news is talking about Britney Spears carrying on with a married man:

MOBILE, Alabama (Reuters) - An Alabama father confessed to throwing his four young children from a high-rise bridge into coastal waters after an argument with his wife, police said on Wednesday.

Lam Luong, 37, of Irvington, Alabama, was charged with four counts of murder and was being held in the Mobile County, Alabama, jail. He was scheduled for a bond hearing on Thursday.

Searchers in boats and helicopters were scouring 100 square miles of coastal Alabama waterways for the children, who ranged in age from four months to three years and were presumed dead.

Investigators said Luong first reported the children missing on Monday but later admitted he threw them from the 80-foot (24-metre) bridge connecting the Alabama mainland to Dauphin Island near Mobile following a dispute with his wife.

New Hampshire Primaries - any thoughts

So what do you think ab0ut the NH primary results? I believe that it is still so early in the process that it is frustrating to me when so much "news" consider any particular candidate out of the race. More importantly, we must decide who we want to vote for and not let others decide for us

Quote for the Day

Action springs not from though, but from a readiness for responsibility. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

New Hampshire Results

1. Hillary Clinton
2. Barack Obama
3. Mike Huckabee

1. John McCain
2. Mitt Romney
3. John Edwards

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

So the Primaries are today

Do you know what a delegate is. Here is a pretty good explanation from Wikipedia. I saw a great breakdown on CNN but have to find the link again

A delegate is a member of a group representing an organization (e.g. a government, a charity, an NGO, or a trade union) at a meeting or conference between organisations of the same level (e.g. trade talks or an environmental summit between governments; an arbitration over an industrial dispute; or a meeting of student unions from individual colleges at a national student union conference).

Delegates from the major political parties are involved in the selection of candidates for President of the United States by such assemblies as a convention. Some of the officials involved in the process are called superdelegates.

I'm really interested to see how today's primaries turn out. I've been a bit disappointed at some of the comments/quotes attributed to Bill Clinton recently. I am hoping that he was misquoted but I doubt it.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Iowa Caucus Results

1. Barack Obama
2. John Edwards
3. Hillary Clinton

actually matched my order of preference

1. Mike Huckabee
2. Mitt Romney
3. John McCain and Fred Thompson

I would have had a different #1 but I do agree with not having Rudy Giuliani in the top three. Would have been nice to see Ron Paul with a better showing

Quote for the Day

Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right. - Henry Ford

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Do you know what a caucus is?

Here is a pretty good description from the Wikipedia page:

Caucuses in the United States

Main article: Congressional caucus

In U.S. politics and government, caucus has several distinct but interrelated meanings.

One is for a meeting of members of a political party or subgroup to coordinate members' actions, choose group policy, or nominate candidates for various offices.

The term is frequently used to discuss the caucuses used by some states to select presidential nominees, such as the Iowa caucuses. Along these same lines, in early American history, the Congressional nominating caucus and legislative caucus were influential meetings of congressmen to decide the party's nominee for President and party platforms. Similar caucuses were held by the parties at state level.

The other main context in which the term is used is for a subgrouping and of elected officials that meet on the basis of shared affinities or ethnicities, usually to affect policy. At the highest level, in Congress and many state legislatures, Democratic and Republican members organize themselves into a caucus (occasionally called a "conference").[1] There can be smaller caucuses in a legislative body, including those which are bipartisan or even bicameral in nature. Of the many Congressional caucuses, one of the best-known is the Congressional Black Caucus, a group of African-American members of Congress. Another prominent example is the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, whose members voice and advance issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, including Puerto Rico. In a different vein, the Congressional Internet Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members who wish to promote the growth and advancement of the Internet. Other congressional caucuses such as the Out of Iraq Caucus, are openly organized tendencies or political factions (within the House Democratic Caucus, in this case), and strive to achieve political goals, similar to a European "platform", but generally organized around a single issue.

Among American left-wing groups, a caucus may be an openly organized tendency or political faction within the group, equivalent to a European "platform." Examples would include the "Debs," "Coalition" and "Unity" Caucuses of the Socialist Party of America in its last years.

Please note Wikipedia pages are extremely useful but always look at more than one source when learning about things. Also remember that pages are created by individuals just like you and me and biases will often enter. In addition, people do post false information on purpose from time to time

Quote for the Day

We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves. - George Matthew Adams

If You Street Race or Drive Unde the Influence - YOU ARE AN IDIOT

You know there are two things I realize I have absolutely no patience for - Drunk Driving and Street Racing. It seems lately each morning I wake up to news that some innocent person has had their life taken away from them or changed forever due to the immature, irresponsible and idiotic actions of some moron who is behind the wheel.

Recently in Hollywood, one person died when their car was hit by one of these morons. They died in the resulting fire. Can you imagine how horrible that is? And sorry, does not cut it. These persons knew they were taking a chance but just don't seem to think of others.

Here are just a very few of the stories that made the news. My prayers go out to the families and friends of the innocent victims.

Sudbury Star

National Post

Denver Post

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Quote for the Day

With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation - Edison Haines

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Quote for the day

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until...we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it". - S. Harris