Sunday, November 22, 2009

Moyers, lbj ,nam and afgan.

The POTUS, LBJ.,Moyers, Nam and Afgan.
((Sweet, sweet memories you gave-a meyou can't beat the memories you gave-a me
Some grief, some joyMemories are made of this.."Dean Martin, Memories are Made of This-----POTUS Obama will shortly make a decision and speech on strategy for Afgan.
The Pentagon favors a big COIN move. Thousands more NATO (US) troops and a nation-building thrust. This could include a “neighborhood watch” for 40K villages. That’s a lot of nation-building.
Hopefully the POTUS will describe an exit strategy..displaying a get-out of Afgan.card. It has been 9 years since we went into Afgan.
Last night’s Bill Moyers Journal drew a parallel between Obama’s Afgan. mess and LBJ’s Nam mess.
Moyers was a bright 30-yr. neophyte in the Johnson entourage. Not a heavyweight, but a consensus builder.
Last night, Moyers used audio tapes of LBJ’s Nam conumdrum.We hear LBJ lamenting to Georgia Sen. Dick Russell. Russell had no useful guidance or knowledge.
We hear JBJ talking to Sen. Bill Fulbright. Ol’ Bill says go into Nam full-time. This was 1964, and Fulbright was in his half-bright stage.
We hear LBJ cutting-off McGeorge Bundy. LBJ had no use for the Harvards.
We hear McNamara’s gunho silly support for a ground war.
We DON’t hear Sec.St. Rusk. He was always an inscrutable Budda, but a hard-liner. JFK always said Rusk never gave him anything to chew on.
We hear LBJ’s fear of the Goldwater right.
We DON’T hear Humbert Humphrey, who was marginalized by 1964.
And we DON’T hear LBJ quoting from George Ball’s prescient anti-Nam memo.
LBJ went for the ground troops-500K +.As a result, he lost over 40 House seats in 1966. And he was forced to retire in 1968.
He fractured our politics by 1968. In 1968, there were peace candidates everywhere. RFK and McCarthy. HHH, after his Salt Lake City bombing halt speech. Nixon, who had a secret plan to end the war. But Nixon also had Kissinger sabatoge the Paris peace talks. And then there was Wallace and his VP candidate, Curtis LaMay. They were peace candidates who would have brought peace to Hanoi thru nuclear attacks.
LBJ was wrong on a ground war in Nam. Let’s hope our POTUS is not an LBJ.
November 21, 2009 10:00 AM

The Senate and the health care debate

The Senate and the health care debate

There are at least 40 millionaires in the Senate. Being wealthy does impact a person’s values. The Senate is an elitist (House of Lords-type) club.

The Senate also grossly violates the “one man, one vote” equalitarian dictum.

The two Utah,conservative Mormon Senators, Orin Hatch and Bob Bennett, represent <1>6% of the US population.

Some of the founding fathers even argued against a Senate body as it would violate majority rule.

The wealthy Senate club is an elitist anti-majoritarian institution. This came through clearly in last night’s health care reform debate.

The Utah GOP rightwingers, Hatch and Bennett, led the debate, denouncing the Dem. bill as a budget-busting, big government boondoggle. These two dour Mormons have no sense of humor; no visible Joie De Vivre.

The two Arizona rightwingers, John McCain and Jon Kyl, replicated the Utah Senators’ arguments. McCain also came off as slightly wacko.

I have not read the 2000+ page Senate bill; and few Senators have. The size of the bill is a product of lawyers on steroids. It is mostly incomprehensible legalize.

What is clear is that the bill attempts to deal with the immorality of 40 million + uninsured Americans. This total masks several different sub-groups. But you can slice and dice it all you want. 40 million uninsured is unacceptable.

The bill will have about 15 million moving into an expanded Medicaid. That will be difficult to do. The GOP rightwingers have it right. Medicaid is a health care Gulog or ghetto. It is sub-standard primary care.

If the bill leaves the Medicaid financing the same ( 50% paid by the states), moving 15 million uninsured into Medicaid will not happen.

Like our friend in Vermont, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I favor eliminating Medicaid and expanding Medicare (Medicare for all).

The cost shifting will come with moving $50 billion annually from Medicare. This is doable, without cutting elder care. There is $30-50 billion annual waste/fraud in Medicare.

There is also those Medicare preferred private plans that have infiltrated Medicare. Get rid of them.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

world series

The third game of the world series is scheduled for Halloween. I can see clearly now. I see alpha males, clutching beer, greeting kids at the door, spewing profantity at the Sara Palin-look alikes to go away.Pro baseball, and pro sports generally, are capitalism on steroids.It is all money.There was a time when , if the Yankees ended in first place, they went directly into the Series. And the series was over by mid-October.Now there are playoffs everywhere, in every type of division. It is all about money.The baseball pros are paid big bucks. So why not work them till they drop. I’ve long thought that baseball is as exciting as watching grass grow.Now with Astroturf, the grass doesn’t even grow.Last night’s Yankee-As game took almost 5 hours. I watched the last hour.The little kids in the stadium were dressed as little Yanks or As. How much do those uniforms cost at Target? The tykes are walking billboards for baseball teams. It is marketing on steroids.For 5 hours, you are fixated on the outfield billboards. By the second hour, you begin to see the the geico walking on the GEICO billboard.Every hour you see Kate Hudson routing for ARod, who will dump her faster than Dave Letterman rotates his interns.For five hours, you see that ubiquitious Pat Sajak sitting in his expensive box seat behind home plate. Every pitch, every inning, for 5 hours, there is that guy sitting there, spinning his wheel of fortune in his overactive neurotransmitters. Vanna White is easy to take for 5 hours..but Sajak?Waiting for the World Series is like waiting for Godot.It is all about money.I imagine that Sajak will ask to be cryogenicly frozen after his death.
Let's hope some disgruntled hoodlum will not use his head for a baseball, as someone did with the frozen Ted Williams head.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

the american spectator- tyrell is a wacko

“He calls himself Barack Obama, but he could just as easily be Kcarab Amabo. Either way, his incoherent policies will end with the same oncoming train wreck. He claims he hails from Chicago, but could just as easily come from Ogacihc. Where the hell is Ogacihc, you ask: Perhaps it is somewhere in Kazakhstand or Kyrgystan. Again, it just depends on the way one looks at it. After four months of this bizarre dervish in the White House he looks like President Amabo from Ogacihc to us all at Am.Spec, and we shall not be surprised if he trades in his presidential limousine for a magic carpet with government-mandated airbags..”R. Emmett Tyrell Jr. the continuing crisis column , editor of The American Spectator.
Tyrell, the editor of the marginal conservative The American Spectator, is a wacko.I used to spell my name backwards in high school, and thought it was super cool. No one else did, including the teachers.But the current Am.Spec. has two good reads on the health care debate.One is by our state’s former LG, Dr. Betsy McCaughey.She dismisses the care reform plans as destructive state control.Her major reform is a Cato libertarian debit card issued to millions of the uninsured (like food stamp debit cards). Her price tag to cover millions is $20-25 billion yearly. But that is for a very high deductable policy. She also dismisses covering any illegals,without defining illegals. How many current illegals are on a pathway to citizenship? How many are children?
She is totally opposed to a public option, whether it’s a real one or a trigger-based phoney one.
I’m still perplexed on why Gov. Pataki, or Bruno and Shelly, did not order Betsy to sit down during Pataki’s state of the state.
The second article, by Philip Klein,”the matter with myths”, is a very good read.
He breaks down the 47 million uninsured; and realistically concludes that 10 million are the core that need near-term coverage.

the ragin' cajun

The ragin’ cajun says “40 more years”
James Carville is always a good read. His new book “40 More Years:How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation” is chock full of good ideas.
Carville dismisses the neo-cons as highly destructive to our system. The neo-cons’ Big Ideas, neo-conservatism and supply-side economics, are stupid.
Carville calls for Obama to frame and articulate the Real Deal. It would include the environment; energy independence; the economy ( inc. tax policy); education; and teen-age pregnancy.
What? Teen-age pregnancy ? Yes! And the Real Deal is not the theocratic nostrum of abstinence. Humans should abstain from destructive fundamentalism, not sex. That is my statement, not Carville’s.
Fundamentalism is highly destructive. Be careful of those who believe God is whispering in their ear.A good read on this is Michael Baigent, Racing Toward Armageddon.He argues that the three big religious movements all have fundamentalist wings, and these wings are directing the plane of state in many countries. Here, the wing controls the local GOP in many states. These radicals are converging , leading the world to Armageddon.
His best summary of the fundamentalist mindset is:
“..they are humanity’s greatest enemy. They leave no room for human fraility; for compassion; for forgiveness; or for creative freedom of thought. They want to return to darkness; bend belief rather than farsighted discovery; and are more dogmatic, and less tolerant; and are false more than true…”
See Jaycee Lee Dugard as the most recent media example of the fundamentalist mindset destructiveness.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

the kennedys

The Kennedys
The story goes that Ted Kennedy was sitting outside the Senate chamber, crying.Sen. Orin Hatch, a very conservative Mormon, sat down behind him.After a few minutes, Hatch told Ted, “Let’s work together (perhaps meaning the SCHIPProgram).They built a strong personal friendship, transcending political ideology.At least 44 Senators attended the Boston services, attesting to EMK’s charisma.The ceremonies yesterday were a great learning moment. I suspect many of the 18-30 yr. old millennials became acquainted with JFK, RFK, Jackie and the symbolism of the eternal flame for the first time. We are formed by the decade that we come-of-age. For me, it was the 60ies. It was the best and worst of times.JFK had a tremendous impact on me. I became a political junkie in grammar school; had a temporary illusionary belief that I was JFK; and married a young Jackie look- alike.I showed my grammar school classmates the Time cover of RFK that I sent to the AG ,and that he sent it back,signed.I watched RFK and Hubert Humphrey debate in the Senate during my time in Wash. Ol’ Hubert looked up to gallery, waved to me, while RFK smiled, but failed to wave. He wouldn’t do that,but Ted would have.I also became an assassination conspiratorialist.JFK’s murder was a conspiracy. The best, and most recent, books on this are the two by Thom Hartmann and Lamar Waldron, Ultimate Sacrifice and Legacy of Secrecy. These books describe the JFK/RFK plans for a coup against the Castro brothers, scheduled for Dec. ’63. The plans were infiltrated by organized crime, and turned against JFK in Dallas.RFK’s murder was a conspiracy. There were too many shots fired in the Ambassador Hotel kitchen, and Sirhan was not in the position to shoot RFK behind the ear.Two recent books make a case that Aristotle Onassis was the bag man for the murder (see Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys by Peter Evans and Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story by C David Heymann. )In Nemesis, the author has witnesses to Onassis’ confession that he paid to have RFK hit. Aristotle could not marry Jackie as long as RFK was alive.The assassination conspiracy community has accumulated voluminous data on both these murders.It is now time to come together and file legal murder charges in both of these cases. There is no statue of limitations on capital murder.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ted Kennedy

Psalm 72: Read today by Kara Kennedy at her father’s service.
1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,the royal son with your righteousness.
2 May he judge your people in righteousness,your afflicted ones with justice.
3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 May he defend the afflicted among the peopleand save the children of the needy;may he crush the oppressor.
5 May he endure [a] as long as the sun,as long as the moon, through all generations.
6 May he be like rain falling on a mown field,like showers watering the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourishand prosperity abound till the moon is no more.
8 May he rule from sea to seaand from the River [b] to the ends of the earth.
9 May the desert tribes bow before himand his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shoresbring tribute to him.May the kings of Sheba and Sebapresent him gifts.
11 May all kings bow down to himand all nations serve him.
12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needyand save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,for precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live!May gold from Sheba be given him.May people ever pray for himand bless him all day long.
16 May grain abound throughout the land;on the tops of the hills may it sway.May the crops flourish like Lebanonand thrive [c] like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever;may it continue as long as the sun.Then all nations will be blessed through him, [d]and they will call him blessed.
18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,who alone does marvelous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;may the whole earth be filled with his glory.Amen and Amen.
20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.———–For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.Ted Kennedy.—–Kara Kennedy’s reading of Psalm 72 is very appropriate.The positive legacy of the Kennedy brothers will endure.This positive legacy includes JFK taking Curtis LaMay’s cigar and stuffing it up his arse during the Cuban missile crisis. It saved the world from a nuclear war.It includes JFK pushing the military-industrial complex aside and calling for an end to the Cold War at his American U. commencement address in 1963.It includes RFK’s anti-Vietnam war stance after 1967.It includes RFK’s empathy for the powerless.And it includes Ted’s long public career fighting for the powerless.The Catholic Church’s social gospel and Ted’sliberalism were, in many ways, compatible.The major difference is that the Church rejects the unfettered private-market capitalism, while Ted accepted the private market while fighting to protect us from the ravages of this same private market.The Church is good on death. Faith and redemption are very positive. Ted’s death is easier for him and the Kennedys if you believe in an afterlife.I like to believe something of us lives after our body dies.If we don’t believe this, nothing in our earthly lives would be worth while, including posting on this blog.Today is a day to put aside the warts in the Kennedy legacy.But I would still like to see murder indictments in the Kennedy brothers’ assassination conspiracies.Indictments against Carlos Marcello in the JFK murder; and Aristotle Onassis in the RFK murder. After all, both of this criminals confessed to these murders.Let’s get on with the indictments.
Comment by gecannonphd — August 29th, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Heath care reform

( Congressman Paul Tonko got an earful during his town hall on health care reform yesterday)
I attended some of this town hall meeting. The opponents of the House reform bills were loud and insulting.Their minds are rigid, and they do not want an honest dialogue.Having said that, there are many myths swirling around this debate.It’s important to separate the myths from the reality.Myth 1:There are 50 million uninsured Americans.There are, but this figure blurrs the reality of the segments included in this total.The Census Bureau report “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005,” puts the initial number of uninsured people living in the country at 46.577 million.But 10 million are non-citizens. They need health care, and they go to ER for treatment. This costs all of us.“… according to the same Census report, there are 8.3 million uninsured people who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and 8.74 million who make more than $75,000 a year. That’s roughly 17 million people who ought to be able to “afford” health insurance because they make substantially more than the median household income of $46,326.”So there are 17 million who could afford their own insurance.That leaves about 20 million that cannot afford health insurance, but may qualify for already existing programs (Medicaid)It is this core that should be the priority in moving to universal care.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

spitzer and the albany coup

(So good government groups and editorial boards rightly demanded that individual legislators be empowered to turn the Assembly and Senate into real deliberative chambers. In an odd way, that is exactly what is happening. With control of the Senate almost perfectly divided between the parties, any one legislator can tip the balance of power, and hence every legislator has something heretofore denied them—great negotiating capacity. After playing the role of sheep for years, legislators are now recognizing they have the power to be coyotes.)Eliot Spitzer, Slate OnLine his current Slate column, Spitzer suggests the Albany Senate pusch is a good move. Spitzer argues that it shows non-leader Senate members becoming enboldened...a good sign of backbench democracy.
It's an interesting position, but it seems to ignore many negative elements of the coup.
Espada and Monserrate's independence is hidden in the shadow of the authoritian Golisano. Golisano is a non-elected, wealthy lobbyist directly intervening in the Senate operations.
Espada and Monserrate are not altrustic politicos acting to democratize the system. Instead, they are opportunistic, ethically-challenged men who are seeking the biggest bribe.
Spitzer also slides around the issue of the absence of a lieutenant-governor. It was his personal hubris that has allowed the bandito Espada to be next in line to play governor.
Spitzer can argue that Espada is democratizing the system. It can also be argued that Espada is power- mad and dangerous. Is it good that Gov. Paterson cannot leave the state for the next 18 months, afraid that Espada is holding the only key to the Gov's 2nd floor office? &D

Friday, April 17, 2009

(Howard Dean at Union last night)
Schenectady’s Union College’s ambience is human-friendly. The buildings are human-scale, providing an enironment tjhat is conducive to human interaction.
What a contrast to the SUNY-Albany campus and the Empire Mall down the road in Albany.
Union is fortunate that Nelson Rockefeller’s grandiose edifice complex did not infiltrate Union Street.
Howard Dean spoke at Union’s Memorial Chapel last night. The Chapel is one of several attractive buildings surrounding the college’s central square. In front of the Chapel is a plack honoring Union alumni who died in the “great war-1914-18”. It’s an honor of course, but it’s a stretch to call WW I the great war.
Dean filled the Chapel with at least four generations-the millienials, the yuppies, boomers and post-boomers. But he really preached to the choir-the millienials (18-30 yr. olds). Dean believes Obama is the millienials' savior. Obama took the technical tools used by the millienials-the internet, Facebook, MySpace and even the early Twitter, and built networks of support.
The strategy was also employed in Dean’s 50 state ’08 election strategy. Through micro-targeting (marketing), potential Dems. supporters were targeted.
Dean called for the students to combine their internet social sites with their commitment to diversity, fairness and bottom-up organizing. This combination could bring down authoritian governments everywhere, as it did in the former Soviet empire.
Dean spent just a few minutes on health care reform.He favors the inclusion of a public single-payer option in a reform package. But he didn’t elaborate on how this option is being opposed by private insurance interests. I would have liked to see him outline how this option is needed and how the millienials can use their technical tools to guarantee it becomes part of a reform package.
While Dean preached to the millienials, there were also three other generations present. The interests of all these generations may not always be compatible. Millienials are strong libertarians, living in the Now. The issues of interest to the latter groups, such as SS ,Medicare, and retirement security, may be incidental to the y generation.
The millienials are strongly individualistic and independent. They form networks through the internet, but this networking is done alone with a computer or Blackberry.
I would have liked Dean to have urged the building of bridges between the generations..bridges built with motar that would create solidarity, that would have all the generations believing that we are all in this together.

Friday, March 13, 2009

the cramer-stewart and rush-keillor feuds

You can listen to some of the fabulous radio feud between Fred Allen and Jack Benny. One of Allen's best lines was announcing that Benny was named the chairman of the March of Dimes, but that no dime has ever been minted that could march pass Benny.
The feud made for great radio comedy ratings.Allen was an original wit, and wrote most of this humor and program dialogue. Benny needed writers, and, in fact, once told Allen that he couldn't talk to him that way if he had his writers present.
The Jim Cramer-Jon Stewart feud is also media hype, and makes for good ratings.Cramer is a kinda of dangerous kook, and Stewart is sorta of a bargain basement Fred Allen.The feud is helpful in that Cramer is attacking Obama, and along with Fox cable, is sowing deep seeds of cynicism

Speaking of feuds, we have now reached the ultimate.Garrison Keillor is going after Rush Limbaugh:
"...When it comes to disability pensions, you ought to include congressmen, especially these remarkable Republicans who, in the midst of a serious banking crisis, are recycling Herbert Hoover and decrying socialism and paying homage to a fat sweaty guy living alone with his cat in a five-mansion compound in West Palm Beach. At the moment, he seems to be steering the Republican Party like it's his personal power boat and Mitch McConnell is the girl in the bikini on water skis.
"I am at the top of the mountain of what I do. Everybody underneath it wants what I've got," Rush said on his show the other day. "As such, they'll do what they can to take me down or to criticize me or what have you. It is beneath my dignity to be critical of those beneath me. It's just a waste of time."
For similar delusional megalomania, you have to go back to the rock stars of yesteryear, but they were 30 or so, and Rush is somewhat north of there. You have to wonder if the man doesn't need to get out of the compound more and converse with real people and not just talk to his cat. Has he ever sat at a bar and talked to other men over a beer? One of the problems with OxyContin is that it's such a lonely drug: Guys don't get together to toss back a few pills and tell jokes, so an Oxhead like Rush is missing the social skills that one might develop over beer and bourbon. At the bar, a man can rant and rave about Obama and hope he will fail, but when he stops for breath, he has to listen to someone else point out that we are in an economic crisis and the country seems to want a change of course....."

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pres. Obama's budget proposal is audacious

Two impeccable liberals, Robert Kuttner (the American Prospect co-editor) and NYT's oped economist, Paul Krugman, like the proposals.
President Obama's new budget is, well, audacious -- not just because it includes several big, audacious initiatives (universally affordable health care, and a cap-and-trade system for coping with global warming, for starters) but also because it represents the biggest redistribution of income from the wealthy to the middle class and poor this nation has seen in more than forty years. In order to see the whole, you need to look both at where revenues will come from and at where they’ll go:
Come from: By allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, the marginal income tax on the highest earners goes back to 39.6 percent (from 35 percent, now), and capital gains rates to 20 percent (from 15, now). The budget also limits the amount highest earners can claim for mortgage-interest and charitable deductions (from 35 percent now down to 28 percent), raising an estimated $318 billion over ten years. Finally, wealthier Medicare beneficiaries will have to pay higher premiums for prescription drugs.
Krugman:Op-Ed ColumnistClimate of Change Published: February 27, 2009
Elections have consequences. President Obama’s new budget represents a huge break, not just with the policies of the past eight years, but with policy trends over the past 30 years. If he can get anything like the plan he announced on Thursday through Congress, he will set America on a fundamentally new course

(President Obama said the end is in sight for the Iraq War)

Our soldiers performed at the highest level in Iraq, and there should be unconditional support for whatever services they need- medical, rehab. or anything else.
The geopolitical question is whether our invasion of Iraq was necessary, proper or legal. I vote NO.
The neo-cons posed the argument that Iraq's Hussein was a threat to the US, Israel and the oil-producing states in the Mideast. And 9/11 was allowed to happen to prepare the public for the invasion of Iraq.
Hussein was not a direct threat to us; posed a hyperthetical, perhaps existential, threat to Israel; and was contained within the Middle East.
The real reason for our Iraq invasion was oil. It was another oil war.Hussein was moving to freeze out the private international oil giants. He was opening oil contracts to French,Russian and other European companies. He was moving to trade oil in euros, instead of petrodollars.He was also a petty, psycho tyrant. The Iraqies deserved better.
It is illegal to go to war to control national resources.
It is now necessary to have Obama go further than his speech/announcement of yesterday. He needs to declare the goal of total separation of oil and the state.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The death penalty, fair trials, and Nancy (witch bitch) Grace

I’m opposed to the death penalty. I’m concerned about media,particularly cable sensationalism.I believe everyone is entitled to a fair trial.These are cosmic issues, and they’re all relevant in the Anthony family tragedy.
CNN’s Headline News Nancy Grace had extensive film coverage of last week’s Caylee Anthony’s memorial service. She also had home movies. I assume CNN bought the rights to these and the money will be used for Caylee’s mother’s (Casey) defense.
I have followed this case, and have posted earlier comments.
Grace has already declared Casey guilty. If there is a mistrial, Grace will be one of the reasons. It will be impossible for Casey to get any semblance of a fair trial. A change of venue will be necessary, but not helpful.
Grace has hammered Casey hard, and comes across as a witchy bitch. She has an obvious anti-Casey bias, and her guests are tilted in the same way
I have followed this case because I’m not convinced Casey murdered her daughter, certainly not intentionally. Mothers are not hardwired to do that. Prosecutors do not have to show a motive, but what would Casey’s motive have been? She doesn’t have a history of violence. She may be immature, but she does have a moral core, although undeveloped. She gave birth to Caylee, rather than aborting.
Her parents are giving Casey unconditional love. Dr. Phil has an interest (although it may be totally opportunistic). The forensic anthropogist for Fox’s Bones has been a member of Casey’s defense team. An opportunistic Texas bounty hunter put up early bail for Casey, but only to get close to her to gather information. At least 150 threats were received leading up to the memorial service, most likely motivated by witchy Grace’s sensationalism. The Casey family is living through a perfect emotional storm.
So many questions; so few answers.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama's blackberry

Obama gets to keep his BlackBerry)Good, although he needs to limit his texting to a small number of people.Reports from Obama's WH staff suggest that the Bush WH was a technological disaster...outdated computers, and software, broken telephone lines etc.Perhaps in the technogical lexicon, Bush Jr. was a dork.A geek, like Obama, is techo. savy and socially sophisicated.A nerd is techo. savy, but lacking in social skills.A dork has no techo. savy, or social graces.*****************James Taylor is reported to be going to give the girl in NYC a new IPhone. This is the girl who was ordered to give a taxi driver her ipod when her credit card payment collapsed. Kudos to Mr. James. Enjoyed his participation at the Lincoln mem. concert. The IPhone will have all of Taylor's tunes..hey, its worth it.****************Obama has ordered Gitmo. to close. Kudos to him. It signals a repudiation of Bush Jr.'s terror fighting unconstitutional tatics. It can also lead to the unfreezing of our relationship with Cuba. With Gitmo. closing, we will have to put Bush Jr., Cheney and other neo-cons. somewhere else.