S/SW blog philosophy -

I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Look what I found!

aturday is for cleaning out sock drawers -
(or the draft category of Blogger's dashboard).
When I find something I want to use in another post, I save a link and a few explanatory notes in a draft I call "holding box."
I even gave the draft post a little illustration:

Here are the "orphan socks" I found in the drawer. I am matching them up as best I can. The colors are slightly differerent, the tops are different lengths, but today I wear them in public. The first three are addenda to previous posts:

  1. From behind walls - II; A quick update to a previous post: In an amazing irony, I just saw this story on the MyWay website. Headlined, "Baghdad Embassy Plans Turn Up Online," Click on the link to see two surviving computer generated images of a swimming pool, and yes, a guard post in front of a BIG WALL around this $592 million embassy. Now tell me again that we are getting out. The story begins,
  2. Detailed plans for the new U.S. Embassy under construction in Baghdad appeared online Thursday in a breach of the tight security surrounding the sensitive project.
    Computer-generated projections of the soon-to-be completed, heavily fortified compound were posted on the Web site of the Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm that was contracted to design the massive facility in the Iraqi capital.
    The images were removed by Berger Devine Yaeger Inc. shortly
    after the company was contacted by the State Department.
    "We work very hard to ensure the safety and security of our employees overseas," said Gonzalo
    Gallegos, a department spokesman. "This kind of information out in the public domain detracts from that effort."

  • G8 Summit - II; addition to this morning's post: "Taxing Carbon" and other very pertinent stories as of April 1, from the Climate Crisis Coalition. This explores an alternative to the cap and trade system for which Speaker Pelosi will be advocating.
  • What's your score? - II; the S/SW post that has gotten the most notice: I guess it is time to put up this information now. It has been in "draft" since around the first of the year. It follows as I wrote it that day:
    (Image: TSA Administrator Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley merits recognition for doing a good job, in the opinion of Senator J. Rockefeller, sitting in for Chairman Daniel Inouye. Senator Rockefeller and others on the committee had a very good conversation with Mr. Hawley, covering funding for TSA, balancing technology or people as airport screeners, etc. Hawley is smart, forthcoming, non-defensive, and a-political. He seems to be just the kind of man to head the TSA, a very important, visible and challenged agency. (1/18/07) "Oversight Hearing on Federal Efforts for Rail and Surface Transportation Security" TSA is housed in the Department of Homeland Security.
    Why would a military ISP in the
    Department of Transportation be interested in a post on my other website - the one I call "creative" - on Jacqueline Kennedy?
    The post began with an old black and white photo of Mrs. Kennedy in her now famous pink suit at an earlier happy time. To quote the brief post,
    Myth is the public dream, and dream is the private myth. - Joseph Campbell
    The name is Jacqueline Bouvier, Jackie Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jackie O., The First Lady, the Queen of Camelot.
    Mrs. Kennedy was Caroline and John-John's mom, Jack's wife, Rose's daughter-in-law, Teddy and Robert's sister-in-law, and Aristotle's widow. And a dozen versions of the above.
    And the nation misses her and all the Kennedys who are gone. We are somehow less well-off without them. We are poorer because of the tragedy of assassinations, plane crashes and cancer. It feels like the nicest section of town has been hit with a hurricane.
    But I am glad they were on my path when they were.The family enriched the nation in immeasureable ways.
    Here are the details of the visit from my SiteMeter page:
    Domain Name ? (Military)
    IP Address 152.121.19.# (U.S. Department of Transportation)
    ISP U.S. Department of Transportation
    Location Continent : North America
    Country : United States (Facts)
    State : District of Columbia
    City : Washington
    Lat/Long : 38.884, -77.0221 (Map)

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    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.0.3705)
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    Time of Visit Jan 11 2007 5:43:46 pm
    Last Page View Jan 11 2007 5:43:46 pm
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  • This is under the heading of ugly - From the U.S. News and World Report comes this headline: "U.S. far down the list of most peaceful nations, study shows." Quoting from the piece,

    The United States and Iran finished in a virtual dead heat, far down the list, in an assessment released Wednesday of the peacefulness of 121 countries.
    The United States placed 96th and Iran just behind at 97th, according to the global index compiled on the basis of research by the intelligence unit of The Economist magazine.
    "The United States suffers because it is the world's policeman, with high levels of militarization," said Andrew Williamson, director for economic research, in an interview.

      The next is under the heading of beautiful and needs no explanation:

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