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Archive for October 12th, 2006

Album Covers Galore!!

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12 October 2006 at 4:25 pm

Posted in Movies & TV, Music, Video

Murtha will campaign against Mean Jean Schmidt in Ohio

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This is good.

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12 October 2006 at 1:08 pm

Posted in Election, GOP, Iraq War

Good election ad

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12 October 2006 at 1:00 pm

Getting ready for Hallowe’en: carve your pumpkin

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12 October 2006 at 12:29 pm

Posted in Art, Daily life

Unbelievably funny — you must listen

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Now this is how to handle a telemarketer.

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12 October 2006 at 11:08 am

Posted in Daily life, Games

Let’s stop training Iraqi police

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Apparently Bush really wants us to stay in Iraq. Remember our standing down as the Iraqis stand up? Well, Bush is now closing a police academy that graduated 1,800 Iraqi police per month. Via ThinkProgress:

The Bush administration plans to shut down a highly successful Iraqi police academy in Jordan even as security in Iraq worsens, the Daily News has learned.

The Jordan International Police Training Center near Amman will stop training Iraqi police recruits this year, having already graduated 40,000 cops from its eight-week course since 2004, U.S. officials confirmed.

“The word we have is that JIPTC completes its mission on Dec. 31, and we are proceeding on that basis,” said academy spokesman Iver Peterson.

President Bush has said American troops can come home from Iraq when Iraqi forces can secure their own country.

The $120 million Jordan academy is safe and has police trainers from 15 nations. It graduates a staggering 1,800 Iraqi cops and border guards each month. Fewer than 4% have washed out.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) expressed shock when told by The News that the facility will soon close.

“It is mystifying and maddening that they would shut this down while violence in Iraq is spiraling out of control and in the face of an urgent shortage of trained police officers,” said Leahy, ranking Democrat on the Senate subcommittee overseeing Iraq reconstruction funding. Read the rest of this entry »

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12 October 2006 at 9:57 am

Netgear Skype WiFi phone review

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The Netgear Skype WiFi phone is not quite ready for prime time, apparently, but still serviceable. The review is here.

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12 October 2006 at 9:28 am

Posted in Skype, Techie toys

Teachers: Google has a portal for you

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Google is really branching out a lot. Here’s a portal for teachers. It might become useful—it’s just starting.

UPDATE: And check out these ideas using Google for teaching.

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12 October 2006 at 9:08 am

Looking for a job? How’s your credit report?

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This is news to me: potential employers are starting to do credit checks on job applicants.

So: pay attention to your credit rating—which you do anyway, right?

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12 October 2006 at 9:06 am

Posted in Business, Daily life

PDF conversion — free

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I blogged about Google Docs. Now I find that a guy uses it to convert document files from one format to another.

We’ll use a feature in the just introduced Google Docs & Spreadsheets Suite that lets you create new online documents by emailing them directly to a secret email address. The documents can be sent as an email attachment or even as a rich text email.

Here’s a step by step approach to creating PDF file from your rich-text email messages or a Word document using Google Docs [support for spreadsheets is expected soon]

The rest is at the link.

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12 October 2006 at 9:02 am

Posted in Daily life, Software

Skype into love

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Skype even serves as Cupid’s messenger:

It started as so many relationships do — the long phone calls, the movie dates, the tentative introductions to family and friends.

But the courtship of Mark Passerby and Salwa Al-Saban was hardly ordinary. The two were separated by the Atlantic Ocean, a time difference of six hours and vast cultural contrasts. He lived in Lansing, Mich., she in Cairo.

They say they fell in love over Skype, a service that allows people to call each other for free over the Internet.

In November 2005, one month after they first “clicked” online, they were married.

“Everyone around us thinks we’re crazy,” said Salwa, a 25-year-old doctor who just moved to Lansing and took her new husband’s name. “But it is much more perfect than anything I could have ever wanted.”

Software like Skype is creating a world of online dating that enables relationships between people who live all over the globe, some of whom may never meet in person. By allowing free phone calls between those who share a common language and a high-speed Internet hookup, Skype has spawned love connections between Belgians and Japanese, Germans and Israelis, Americans and Egyptians and even a Guatemalan nail technician and a Canadian member of the Raelians, a group that advocates human cloning. Read the rest of this entry »

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12 October 2006 at 8:44 am

John Solomon and the ax he grinds at AP

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TPMmuckraker has an interesting comment on the journalist who wrote the Reid hit piece:

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) “collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn’t personally owned the property for three years,” the AP reports.

Except that’s wrong. Reid made a $700,000 profit on the sale, not $1.1 million. Also, the story, by the AP’s John Solomon, makes it sound as if Reid got money for land he didn’t own. But that’s not the case.

It’s not the first time that Solomon has published a misleading story about Reid. This is the third such story by Solomon over the past six months. Each time, Solomon has hit Reid for taking actions which might create the appearance of ethical impropriety. But because Solomon writes for the most powerful news organization in the land, these very gray-shaded stories pack a wallop. It doesn’t help that on numerous occasions, he has missed or distorted key details – missteps that help blow up his stories. Read the rest of this entry »

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12 October 2006 at 8:34 am

Posted in Election, Government, Media

Rove pushed Foley to run

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Via TalkingPointsMemo, this interesting report:

It seems increasingly clear that the GOP congressional leadership, eager for every safe incumbent in the House to run for re-election, looked the other way as evidence accumulated that Mark Foley had a thing for pages. Holding onto his seat became more important than confronting him over his extracurricular activities.

But there’s more to the story of why Foley stood for re-election this year. Yesterday, a source close to Foley explained to THE NEW REPUBLIC that in early 2006 the congressman had all but decided to retire from the House and set up shop on K Street. “Mark’s a friend of mine,” says this source. “He told me, ‘I’m thinking about getting out of it and becoming a lobbyist.'”

But when Foley’s friend saw the Congressman again this spring, something had changed. To the source’s surprise, Foley told him he would indeed be standing for re-election. What happened? Karl Rove intervened.

According to the source, Foley said he was being pressured by “the White House and Rove gang,” who insisted that Foley run. If he didn’t, Foley was told, it might impact his lobbying career.

“He said, ‘The White House made it very clear I have to run,'” explains Foley’s friend, adding that Foley told him that the White House promised that if Foley served for two more years it would “enhance his success” as a lobbyist. “I said, ‘I thought you wanted out of this?’ And he said, ‘I do, but they’re scared of losing the House and the thought of two years of Congressional hearings, so I have two more years of duty.'”

The White House declined a request for comment on the matter, but obviously the plan hasn’t worked out quite as Rove hoped it would.

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12 October 2006 at 8:19 am

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