Perfect is the enemy of good enough.I think those two rules of thumb apply in many walks of life.
A good plan now is better than a perfect plan later on.
Regards — Cliff
Perfect is the enemy of good enough.I think those two rules of thumb apply in many walks of life.
A good plan now is better than a perfect plan later on.
The issue is not comparing the NYT w/ the USG, it is one of comparing the NYT w/ the NYT!And there you have it. The New York Times is free to pick and choose what it exposes to the public. You just have to trust them. Your other option is to read additional sources. I recommend Instapundit as a starter.
When presented w/ Climategate emails, the NYT sanctimoniously declared "We do not publish purloined emails. (Sniff)
Publishing purloined emails and cables are PERFECTLY acceptable, of course, if it is that of the USG.
|1||Vice President||Joe Biden|
|2||Speaker of the House||Nancy Pelosi|
|3||President pro tempore of the Senate||Daniel Inouye|
|4||Secretary of State||Hillary Rodham Clinton|
|5||Secretary of the Treasury||Timothy Geithner|
|6||Secretary of Defense||Robert Gates|
|7||Attorney General||Eric Holder|
|8||Secretary of the Interior||Ken Salazar|
|9||Secretary of Agriculture||Tom Vilsack|
|10||Secretary of Commerce||Gary Locke|
|11||Secretary of Labor||Hilda Solis|
|12||Secretary of Health and Human Services||Kathleen Sebelius|
|13||Secretary of Housing and Urban Development||Shaun Donovan|
|14||Secretary of Transportation||Ray LaHood|
|15||Secretary of Energy||Steven Chu|
|16||Secretary of Education||Arne Duncan|
|17||Secretary of Veterans Affairs||Eric Shinseki|
|18||Secretary of Homeland Security||Janet Napolitano|
All of this is spawning a new and more virulent politics of anger in the nation’s white working class, stoked by Republicans – anger against immigrants, blacks, gays, intellectuals, and international bankers (consider the latest Fox News salvos against George Soros).That conflates a lot of generalizations to come up with Republicans as being against minorities, especially when Caucasian Working Class Men fail to constitute a majority in this nation. The bringing in of the word "Fascist" is especially egregious. For shame, Dr Reich.
According to the right-wing narrative, the calamity that’s befallen the white working class is due to the global and intellectual elites who run the mainstream media, direct the government, dispense benefits to the undeserving, and dominate popular culture. (The story and targets are not substantially different from those that have fueled right-wing and fascist movements during times of economic stress for more than a century, here and abroad.)
UK-based Taliban spend months fighting Nato forces in Afghanistan.Here are eleven pictures to go with the story.
Taliban fighter reveals he lives for most of year in London and heads to Afghanistan for combat.
Former first lady Barbara Bush doesn't appear to think much of Sarah Palin's White House aspirations, saying the former Alaska governor should stick to her home state.OK, so someone asked Governor Palin what she thought of Barbara Bush's comment. From The LA Times we have this:
In an interview with CNN's Larry King scheduled for airing Monday, Mrs. Bush says she sat next to Palin once and "thought she was beautiful."
The outspoken wife of former President George H.W. Bush says Palin, who is considering a presidential run in 2012, seems "very happy in Alaska" but then adds, "I hope she'll stay there."
"I think the majority of Americans don't want to put up with the bluebloods—and I say it will all due respect because I love the Bushes but the bluebloods who want to pick and chose their winners instead of allowing competition," Palin said, reacting to Bush's comment specifically. "I don't know if that kind of stuff is planned out, but it is what it is."And, with that she hit a nerve. I think that on City Life this AM Host George Anthes used the term "elites" several time with a high degree of distain. It wasn't about the Bushes, but a more local elite, but the point was clear. There is the elites and then there is the rest of us.
Who knows, Jimmy, it’s an amazing world.A hat tip to Hot Air for the video.
To be fair, the mistake appeared to be a case of a verbal stumble -- not actual confusion about which country she was supposed to support.
There have been more than 2700 homicides in Juarez, Mexico this year. Right across the river in El Paso, Texas there have been 4. Yet President Calderon (and President Obama) says Mexico’s violence is the fault of our gun laws.Well, maybe the numbers aren't exactly right for El Paso. Let's assume they are off by a factor of 10. The point still holds.
In an official statement, government spokesman Hong Sang-pyo called the North's action a "clear military provocation." In the United States, a White House spokesman said President Obama was "outraged" by North Korea's "provocative" action, adding that the nation stands by South Korea.Fortunately, the rhetoric has deescalated from earlier today, when it was more indicative of war than not.
The latest conflict comes at a particularly tense time on the Korean Peninsula, just days after the reclusive government in Pyongyang revealed to a visiting American scientist the existence of a new uranium-enrichment facility, and just weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il began laying the groundwork for his youngest son to succeed him.
A review of diplomacy, international relations and leadership activities confirms that North Korea is not preparing for war. Its volleyball team just advanced to the quarter finals at the Asian Games in Beijing. Senior officials are receiving foreign diplomats as usual. Kim Chong il and his son were reported on 23 November visiting a plant together and Kim visited two others without his son.I trust this analysis.
The number and detail of the activities show that the North does not expect the shelling incident to escalate. There also are no reports of increased civilian or military alerts in North Korea, which would be mandatory precautions if the North expected or intended an escalation.
The problem is not that Kim JI and his advisors are idiots.And there you have it.
Rather, it is that we have trained them improperly.
Since the 1968 "Assault on the Blue House," when North Korean commandoes tried to assassinate the ROK President Park Chunghee, through various attacks such as the axing of two US servicemen at the DMZ and the bomb that wiped out the ROK cabinet in Burma, to the recent sinking of the ROK frigate, the US and the ROK have not responded.
We have protested, we have corraled international condemnation, we have said mean things to the DPRK, but we have not made it clear that such actions have meaningful consequences.
Indeed, as Tim Hoyt noted, we have even sent food aid (which was promptly seized by the military and the Party leadership, aka Kim Jong-il and family).
If you were the North Korean leadership, and your track record of assassinations and other such actions were met w/ such responses, would you believe that your opponents were going to respond forcefully? Or that they would capitulate, if you were to push hard?
In this regard, it is worth noting how, in one year, we have seen an attack on a South Korean warship, open announcement of a uranium enrichment program, and now an attributable attack w/ land-based artillery. The DPRK is being more and more brazen, not even bothering to try and provide plausible deniability.
I would submit this is an unhealthy trend.
Democrats “have more people than we do, they have more money than we do, and they were paying a lot of people to help get out the vote," Nassour said. Brown’s election was a wake-up call for the Democrats, and they responded, she said.I bet it was.
If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.The author of that quip is the late Sir Kingsley Amis. I think it takes a certain personality to fully embrace that philosophy, but, even for the rest of us, there is something to be said for it. There is some belief that Sir Kingsley was a dipsomaniac and died of it. That condition might contribute to holding a view such as that expressed in the quotation.
Did You Know?I found that interesting. So, I immediately clicked on the link.
Web sites sponsored by newspapers are generally not periodicals. See 5.6.2a.
The page you requested could not be found.Regards — Cliff
The Air Force is reviewing how the disclosures occurred and was "taking steps that it doesn't happen again," said [Air Force spokesman Lt Col Les] Kodlick.The reason it is damaging is that defense procurement has become bogged down in an ever growing bureaucracy that is strangling not only the process, but also initiative. Another layer of review will be added, but since we are dealing with humans, that added layer will mean that the person lower down will relax his or her vigilance just a little bit more. This will just create more opportunities for errors.
Those requirements do prevent diploma mills (i.e., educationally fraudulent schools that don’t teach, but merely sell bogus degrees) from earning genuine accreditation. (There are also phony accreditation groups.) That’s important because government student aid money can only go to schools that have been accredited by a recognized accrediting agency. By preventing students from spending their government aid at diploma mills, we deter them from squandering money on unquestionably fraudulent institutions.Ahhhhh—I have no smart solutions to this.
Unfortunately, our accrediting system does not prevent “real” colleges and universities from operating with such low standards that many students graduate with pathetically poor skills in “the three Rs.” It is not uncommon for weak and disengaged students to enroll in an accredited college and manage to accumulate enough credits to graduate, but learn little in the way of valuable skills and knowledge.
The midterms not only dealt a big shock to Democrats but also sent a message to President Barack Obama. According to the new POLITICO Power and the People poll, only 26 percent of the public believes he will be reelected as president in 2012. Inside the Beltway, however, expectations are quite different, with D.C. elites saying he will have a second term by a reverse 2 to 1 margin. (49 percent say re-elected; 23 percent say not).I think it is too early to tell. For sure I would not count President Obama out at this point. There is a lot of time between now and when candidates have to get serious about putting together a campaign staff.
America's Catholic bishops pulled a shocker today in picking their new president, disregarding tradition and precedent by rejecting its vice-president and instead choosing a man seen as more outspoken and conservative.Yes, a "shocker", but how conservative can New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan be, given that on 9 November of this year he was down at St Joseph's Church, in Greenwich Village, celebrating Dorothy Day's birthday and talking about what she represented.
The Catholic Worker newspaper is not online. Subscription or copy requests must be sent by regular mail to The Catholic Worker, 36 East First Street, New York, NY 10003, United States. Phone: 212-777-9617. The newspaper was started by Dorothy Day herself in New York City in the 1930s'. The price has been and will remain a penny a copy, excluding mailing costs. It is issued seven times per year and a year's subscription is available for 25 cents (30 cents for foreign subscriptions), though all donations in excess of that amount go to the hospitality houses associated with the paper, Maryhouse and St. Joseph House.You can afford it. It isn't like the cost of The Globe, or it's parent The New York Times, or our local paper of record, The Sun.
According to a paper in press in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters (GRL), the problem with such launches is with the black carbon soot emitted by rocket engines. That soot, deposited in the stratosphere, could have a significant effect on the atmosphere should space tourism and other applications of commercial suborbital vehicles generate significant demand for flights. One model, assuming 1,000 suborbital flights a year from a single spaceport, found that the resulting soot could cool the latitude band around the spaceport by 0.7°C while warming Antarctica by 0.8°C. “The response of the climate system to a relatively small input of black carbon is surprising,” one of the study’s authors, Michael Mills of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said in the AGU statement.This via Jeff Faust and The Space Review
Tis sure much finer fellows have fared much worse before.I will likely not be going to this movie.
Listen up, California. The other 48 states—your cousin New York excluded—are sick of your bratty arrogance. You're the Lindsay Lohan of states: a prima donna who once showed some talent but is now too wasted to do anything with it.That was Ms Allysia Finley, writing in The Wall Street Journal. Reading it was like having someone trash talk about an old girlfriend, one for whom you still had a warm spot, even if the relationship was long over.
Naturally the election came up in conversation. Trying to be even-handed and polite, the Brits said something diplomatic about McCain’s campaign, expecting Bush to express some warm words of support for the Republican candidate.There are additional embedded links if you go to the FT site via the link.
Not a chance. “I probably won’t even vote for the guy,” Bush told the group, according to two people present.“ I had to endorse him. But I’d have endorsed Obama if they’d asked me.”
Reportedly, India's position on UN Security Council (UNSC) positions is more than just wanting a seat for New Delhi. It would entail a thorough reorganization of the UNSC, including adding one or more permanent seats determined by region (1-2 for Africa, apparently).The consolidation of the French and UK permanent seats would be a major change in the order of things. On the other hand, 1.2 billion is a lot of people. Is their voice not worthy of being heard on a permanent basis?
This almost certainly precludes any serious movement on the idea of adding India to the UNSC, since it would be the equivalent of reordering the workings of the US Congress in order to add the District of Columbia.
This is in addition to the reality that China has no desire to give up its place as the sole Asian P-5 member.
What is interesting is that no one has seriously broached (as far as I know) the idea of combining the French and UK P-5 seats into a single EU seat, and making India (or Nigeria, or Brazil) the next member of the P-5.
The Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) Capability Development and Planning Division (XRX) is conducting market research analyses to examine applicable materiel concepts and related technology for a Next Generation Tactical Aircraft (Next Gen TACAIR) capability with an initial operational capability (IOC) of approximately 2030. The envisioned system may possess enhanced capabilities in areas such as reach, persistence, survivability, net-centricity, situational awareness, human-system integration, and weapons effects. It must be able to operate in the anti-access/area-denial environment that will exist in the 2030-2050 timeframe.A picture of a possible Boeing design can be found at this blog, The DEW Line.
We turn to Flannery O'Connor this week for our quotes. I forgot to bring Habit of Being to work so picked this up from a quotes page because I think it is something that I actually marked in that book to share. And even if not ... it's good no matter where it came from.I think there is a lot of wisdom in that 21 word sentence.♠To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.
It is a rare confluence of tenure calendars and personal calculations, coming midway through Mr. Obama’s first term and on the heels of an election that challenged his domestic policies. His choices could have lasting consequences for his national security agenda, perhaps strengthening his hand over a military with which he has often clashed, and are likely to have an effect beyond the next election, whether he wins or loses.Not only will top personnel be going away, but promotions from within will ripple down the organization for some distance.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said he plans to retire next year, while the terms of four members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are scheduled to end: Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman; Gen. James E. Cartwright, the vice chairman; Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief; and Adm. Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations.So, if General Petraeus is pulled out of Afghanistan to become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or the Army Chief of Staff, who replaces him? And the same with others.
Cyber Command's chief, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who also heads the National Security Agency, wants sufficient maneuvering room for his new command to mount what he has called "the full spectrum" of operations in cyberspace.I would hope that "senior policymakers and administration lawyers want to limit the military's offensive computer operations to war zones". While some might argue, as does one former National Security Agency (NSA), below, that cyber attacks are going on all the time and thus no big deal, I think it is just the opposite. For any government to attack the vital computers of another nation (say Viet-nam attacking Chinese computers) would be seen as a hostile act. Where that hostile act would lead would depend on a number of factors, but it could lead to overt combat hostilities with lethal weapons.
Offensive actions could include shutting down part of an opponent's computer network to preempt a cyber-attack against a U.S. target or changing a line of code in an adversary's computer to render malicious software harmless. They are operations that destroy, disrupt or degrade targeted computers or networks.
But current and former officials say that senior policymakers and administration lawyers want to limit the military's offensive computer operations to war zones such as Afghanistan, in part because the CIA argues that covert operations outside the battle zone are its responsibility and the State Department is concerned about diplomatic backlash.
Senior defense officials are now inclined to "stay conservative" in line with the draft opinion, one senior military official said. He said it is probable that policymakers will have Cyber Command propose specific operations in order to test the boundary lines.On the other hand, we have this toward the end of the article:
Stewart A. Baker, a former NSA general counsel, said calling cyber-operations, such as dismantling terrorist Web sites, "covert action" incorrectly implies they carry the same risks.Maybe. One thing we have to consider is that to attack the computers of others is inherently an offensive action, even if done for defensive purposes. There is a lot we don't yet know about this kind of thing Until we do there will be the lure of being able to achieve great ends without having to exert a lot of means or fear a lot of retribution. That would be a deception, self-inflicted though it may be.
"There are lots of hackers in lots of countries who regularly break into computers, regularly disguise their identities," he said. "No one would think that discovering the U.S. had done that would lead to a scandal comparable to . . . the funding of Nicaraguan contras with secret Iranian arms sales, which are the kind of activities the covert action law was written for."
For Republicans, the disappointing results reaffirmed their assumptions rather than their dreams: The GOP needs to rebuild from the ground up.Isn't that the truth.
In the hundreds of calls and 22,769 emails the Ombudsman received, many said the same thing: “NPR, you’re fired.” Or, “I’m never donating to NPR again.” Some asked for pledge money back. [NPR, as a matter of policy, said it wouldn't share how many emails it's received.]22,000+ EMails? To the Ombudsman alone?
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America's most perilous period -- using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.This sounds like it will be a great series.
She started off saying "Good Morning", which elicited a pretty tepid "Good Morning" from the conference participants. She responded that her religious tradition was one of "Call and Response". The second "Good Morning" draw a much more enthusiastic response.Then there was a very short Q&A, with one question, which was about how to proceed. The response from the Rev Walker was:
When going to New York City to see my son, I often go by train and there is a large church off to the side as one arrives at Penn Station. It has a quotation from Lamentations: "Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?". In NYC it is, since it is all about no eye contact, my son tells me.
We, as a nation, are in that kind of mood right now. We feel threatened. We are struggling to hold back the darkness. So, I say thank you for what you do. I know it is not about money. It is because you feel it.
I have been working in Sudan, mainly with women and children. We have a group, My Sister's Keeper. We visit villages and listen. The Sudan is run by a very elite government whose ideology clashes with the people they serve. In the south of the country there are limit resources and the people are traumatized and afraid.
We are all traumatized nation after 9/11. We used to live a risky life. But it is still with us. In Sudan it. There is the risk of stepping outside your comfort zone. There is always a security risk. In 1994, I went to Sudan. The north is Arab, Muslim, elite, powerful, no oil, but educated. I went to do a story on the clash of North and South. Then I found I was drawn into their drama. My life changed around these issues. My employer, one of our local TV stations, thought this was an international story and took a long time to agree to run it. Finally they agreed to run it on Sept 11, to include a bit on Osama bin Laden. It didn't run, of course, due to the event of the day. The lesson is that we are all interconnected, all taking risks, all engaged.
Now is the time to turn on to serve. We are all called to serve. Not all called to be a minister. You know you have found your mission "When your joy meets the world's needs", in the words of Frederick Buechner. Things are changing in the world, but we all need to change.
Returning to the south of Sudan, only 1% of the women are educated. The New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof says most of the world's problems are because women are uneducated. How do you get people to accept that? And to fix it.
I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr, came to our city in 1957. He came and called for people to change. People didn't want to change, even Blacks, due to lynching and other actions of segregation. Reverend King admitted he wanted to stay in the pulpit, but in 1953 he went into the streets. When there is change coming, you are either in the train or on the tracks. Because of Reverend King people were motivated to work for change.
My last point is that you have to have imagination. [Admiral] Jim Stockdale said he confronted the brutal facts of his reality during this time as a prisoner of war during the Viet-nam War, but never lost faith in the eventual outcome. He imagined the future as part of his resistance. He said that the ones who didn't make it were the Pollyannas, the ones without the ability to confront reality and still have the imagination to visualize a better future.
Down in DC they don't seem to talk to each other. But, this is a chairos moment, which is Greek for the "right moment". Today we are caught between peril and potential. Maybe you need to take a risk and open up your minds for new thinking. We opened up a school for 500 girls and it has changed things. It was a chairos moment, it was the right time in God's plan.
We need to understand that both Sarah Palin and Barack Obama may have good ideas, but to grasp that we all need to talk and listen. We all feel threatened today, but we have the way out by seizing the moment.
We need to reach out to like minded people to build community, which can refresh and strengthen us and thus we have churches, synagogues and mosques. Thus al Qaeda.From that last little quip I take the point that we need to pull ourselves together towards the goals that WE find important.
Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington, by Sharyl Attkisson (Kindle)
If the Oceans Were Ink, by Carla Power (Kindle)
LAUDATO SI’, by Pope Francis (From the Web)
The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789, by Edward J Larson (Audio)