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Testing Changes to the ini file

Need to see if the changes I made to the php database and the ini file in the wordpress folder have worked. I will type something in Korean and if the changes work you should see something other than questions marks.
한글

So, what’s your verdict?

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Waiting for the inevitable: Reformatting my Windows OS

Last week I finished writing the paper that I will submit to the 2009 proceedings of the KOTESOL conference, but before I could send it around to colleagues for some feedback, my computer kept crashing. It got to the point where it seemed to be crashing every 30 minutes or so regardless of how it was being used. This made me realize something that I have actually known for quite some time: It was time to erase everything on my computer and begin again.

The problem is that Vista isn’t designed to be erased. They have these restore points but if your operating system is crapped up; it’s still crapped up after you’ve restored it.

I’m not 100% sure why Microsoft made it so difficult to reformat a Vista hard drive. I speculate that it’s because they didn’t want people buying new computers with Vista OS only to take that new computer home and re-install Windows XP. Now, as we know, people were doing just that so there was plenty of reading material on the internet to help me with my task. 

Unfortunately, the vast quantity of reading material actually hindered my task rather than sped it up.  It took me a day to find and figure out how to erase Vista and then re-install Vista. I actually don’t mind Vista. There were plenty of suggestions for ways of getting rid of Vista so you could re-install XP but few posts describing how to reformat Vista to re-install Vista. 

Once I knew what to do, it then took me another day to download the program (an illegal versions of the Vista operating system call Vista Black 2009 Edition v. 2 by Benjamin) that would allow me to partition my hard drive, install a working version of Vista that would then let me delete the old partition containing the crapped up OS. Sadly, it then took me another day to hack the illegal program so it would work, and then one more day to re-install the data and programs back onto my computer.

In the process of doing this I discovered that the CS4 DVD I bought in Thailand was defective, but their instructions for hacking Adobe CS 4 Design Premium were excellent. I downloaded my own version of the software and followed their hacking instructions and I now have a fully operational version of CS4 Design Premium.  

As I mentioned above, I don’t hate Vista. In fact when I bought my Dell Inspiron Computer at the end of October 2006, I didn’t have a choice about which OS I could have installed. Because the popping of my mother board in my Toshiba computer happened to coincide with the release date for Vista, Dell wasn’t selling any XP machines. I, of course, had the lowest possible expectations for the new OS. Low expectations are a good thing, because I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Unlike the XP OS which required reformatting every six to nine months, this is the first time I’ve had to re-install the Vista OS; three and a half years is a pretty good run. 

Three-and-a-half-years is a pretty good run, and now after last week and our many trials and tribulations I am back together with my computer. I feel much closer to my computer now after we worked through all these issues together. I wouldn’t say our relationship is more open, but it’s certainly more up-to-date.

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Referring Links: Is that the Great Firewall of China?

I like checking my blog stats, because sometimes it provides me with some unanticipated entertainment such as when people use their whole name when searching for things that target my site.

I have two ways of monitoring my stats. One service is provided by wordpress the publishing software that I use to maintain my blog, the other is statcounter, which I use for my all my sites.

The following address listed as one of the referring links which brought traffic to my site: http://firstbathrooms.co.uk/china/login.php

The address appears like this in the address bar of your browser:firstbathrooms-address

The address looks innocuous enough, but  the website looks like this:firstbathrooms-screen

The imagery obviously makes one want to ask: Is the Great Firewall of China checking up on me?

If recent news denotes a trend, then one can safely assert that China probably invests more manpower into cyber-security and cyber-mischief than any other nation. For example, a search of googles news aggregation service reveals that there are approximately 10,000 articles for the search terms: “China,” “cyber,”  and “attack” and approximately 3 million news articles for the search terms “China,” “cyber,”  and “security.”

Interestingly the two blog articles that this entity checked out were: “SLA meets the Faithful” and “A Morning Mish Mash.” Both of these particular blog posts mention two things that this entity might find interesting bathrooms and China. However, the entity did not check out all articles that mention bathrooms and I have mentioned bathrooms on several occasions on my blog:

nor did it check out all the articles about China that I have posted on my blog:.

Stranger still no search terms were entered to find these articles. In fact there have been no searches targeting my site since the 13th of January. The lack of search terms seems to suggests that one party monitors the internet for specific terms and another party inspects the sites that the first party finds. 

The question still remains: Why these two articles and not the others? The only reason I can think of for “SLA Meets the Faithful” is that I mentioned that my former student dreamed of going to China as missionary and teaching the Bible in English. If I were the Chinese government, I’d certainly be worried about this. Remember the guy used Universal Grammar to prove the existence of the Tower of Babel. In terms of “A Morning Mish Mash” it would have to be due to Tony’s email and blog posting which I quoted about how the Koreans and Saudis trashed the US, but the lone Chinese student provided the expected pat answers. Maybe the Chinese government is wondering if this student is a dissent in the making.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Music in the 21st Century

I read a thought provoking article this morning from CNET called: “Will Recorded Music Survive the 2010s?”  My guess is that the current trend which is described in the article will continue and that big studio produced albums will be “a thing of the past.”

Like he argued there will be less money in the music industry, because musician will produce and market their own music through social networking sites like facebook and myspace and they will upload self-made videos to youtube with links to places where you can buy and download their songs.

Because of these trends I see music becoming more local; more community oriented. Bands will work their local area and if they are lucky they will become regional, but only a few will become truly national or global. The reason for this is that social networking is a targeted form of marketing that uses a bottom-up distribution approach rather than the top-down distribution approach that major record companies currently have in place.

A good example of this can actually be found here in Korea. The EV Boyz  are a community based band that has self-produced and self marketed their own music. They primarily are entertaining the expat community here in South Korea and their facebook site reflects that.

But many other bands and not just one band here in Korea are using this approach. There are tens of thousand of bands to be found on facebook and other social networking sites. Youtube is also filled with the music of both amateur and struggling professional musicians.

But music marketing isn’t comprised to just those sites. An article posted to Mashable: the Social Media Guide called “Social Music: 5 Essential Tools for Marketing Your Band”  listed five web sites especially designed to help musicians market their music and their bands using a bottom-up, grassroots approach.

This will also make music conferences like SXSW even more important. In fact I would not be surprised to see even more of them in the future. SXSW has already inspired similar festivals elsewhere, including North by Northeast (NXNE) in Toronto and West by Southwest (WXSW) in Tucson, AZ.

The author of “Will recorded music survive the 2010s?” seemed to think that this loosening of music industry control was a bad thing. He made the following statements:

You can’t record the sound of a band in a great sounding room, unless you have a great sounding room. No wonder most new recordings sound so contrived. Just because you can make a record at home doesn’t mean you should.

He has a point. The sound quality may not be as good, but in some ways at least in terms of diversity and creativity I believe the music scene will be better. The music industry will certainly become less hierarchical. Music will be driven by the artists and their communities of followers which might create opportunities for more collaboration and experimentation. 

Personally, I feel that the record companies deserve what they have got. I remember when I was a college DJ in the late 1980s just as the transition from vinyl albums to CDs was being made. I read an article in the College Music Journal that said CDs were going to be great for consumers because compact discs were so relatively cheap to manufacture. The article describe how typical production and distribution cost of CDs ranged from .20 to .50 cent a unit compared to .50 to .75 cents per unit for vinyl and cassette tapes.

The article went on to predict that CDs would usher in a golden age for music consumers, that is, significantly cheaper music. But that actually never happened. CDs did usher in a golden age for the music industry as they gouged consumers with prices that were 20 to 30 percent higher for CDs than vinyl or cassettes.

The music industry exploited technology for its own purposes and now they are dying because of technology they cannot control. Perhaps if the music industry had looked beyond short-term profits in the late 1980s and early 1990s they would have avoided alienating their consumers. But that is a what if that simply never happened.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Thoughts on the End of a Dynasty

I have never considered myself a rabid sports fan, but I enjoy keeping up with my hometown teams, and since I live overseas following my hometown team doesn’t mean flipping through the sports section in the local newspaper. Instead I keep abreast of my hometown teams electonically. More specifically I have a newsfeed. This morning’s newsfeed brought me this article from the Providence Journal: “Pats Dynasty Died When Brady Hurt His Knee.” 

 
As the headline indicates, the article argues that the New England Patriot’s dynasty died not with the loss to the Ravens this year in the playoffs, but with Brady’s injury in 2008. I disagree. I believe the day the Patriot’s dynasty died was September 9th, 2007; the day that “Spygate” or “Videogate” was exposed.  Sure, the Pats went on to have an 18-1 season in 2007, but it was on that day that the mystique and majesty of the dynasty, the decade long dominance died. It died because what they had accomplished became sullied. It died because NFL fans and players alike looked differently at the Patriots. Where they once saw preparation, hard-work, and effectively implementation of tactical plans, they now saw cheaters and no one can respect or be in awe of cheaters.

Although this doesn’t change my feeling for the home team, I am still a Patriots fan. Furthermore, my feelings regarding “Spygate” or “Videogate” has also not altered my respect for Tom Brady. I believe Brady is great quarterback and his rise to prominence is a wonderful story of hard-work and determination; however, my feelings about Belichick are more ambiguous and complicated. Do I believe he is a great coach? Yes, but…and this is the key…his greatness is overshadowed by his ethical bankruptcy. He has a very Machiavellian approach to winning; that is to say he has a win at all costs mentality that allows him to justify the use of any means necessary, which, I believe runs counter to the idea of sportsmanship and fair play.

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The Funny Thing About Search Queries and Blogs

The good thing is that I know my family and friends are reading my blog. I know they are reading my blog not by the comments they are leaving or the discussions we are having but by the search query strings which are being reported in my blog stats. The search query usually begins with the person’s name and then is followed by some other term usually but not exclusive to the word “sex” or one of it’s many variations or synonyms.

I also know that my family and friends are not only confining their queries to the search box at my site, they are also inputting similar queries into google such as: person’s name, some other term usually but not exclusive to the word “sex” or one of it’s many variations or synonyms, and then brawnblog or brawnblog.com. This is also being reported in my blog stats. If you were wondering, yes, I also know that some of you are using firefox when you enter my site. 

For many bloggers interpreting their statistics is crucial for the advertising revenue they hope to generate from their sites, but I don’t sell ad space at my site, so how should I interpret this data? What is my readership trying to tell me? Are these queries silent pleas for me to write about their sex lives? Are they looking for soft porn in which they themselves are cast in the leading role?

As a writer one should always consider his or her audience. Obviously I can not ignore these stats, but as of yet, I do not know how I should respond.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Twitter and the Brain

Wednesday the sixth of January 2010 was a productive day as far as days go. My main task was to get ready for my Oxford University Press interview. It’s actually more of a presentation. I’m going for a semi-permanent, part-time position which will involve teacher-training, curriculum consulting, and book selling. My presentation needs to demonstrate that I can do all three simultaneously. Obviously, such an endeavor requires a certain amount of creative thinking; consequently, I took numerous facebook and google breaks.

The reason why I call this day productive is because:

  1. I finished what I set out to accomplish
  2. I learned something that I had no intention of learning
  3. I reconsidered something I had originally determined was a waste of time
  4. I am blogging about the all of the above

My solution for tomorrow’s presentation was actually fairly straight forward. As part of my skill-set as a teacher-trainer I often have to do “demonstration” or “sample” lessons. These “demonstration” or “sample” lessons often have to be done in front of real students with whom I have never met. My lessons are usually successful even though I have never met the students and there are observers and/or video equipment in the room. Therefore, I thought I should play to one of my strengths. Oxford University Press sent me one of their text books Surprise Surprise! and they asked me use it as part of my presentation. They said that the presentation should be 30% theory and 70% practical. A sample lesson with processing seems to fit that description perfectly. If I do a sample lesson from the textbook, that is very useful for a teacher or a prospective buyer. After the sample lesson, I will process what I did (that’s the theory) and I will also show how other units in the book can be adapted to the framework I modeled in the sample lesson.

Because I plan my lessons backwards, that is, I determine the last thing that my Ss will do in the class, before I decide how the class will start, the planning process is naturally somewhat discontinuous for me. Consequently, I had a lot of “time for reflections” as I was putting together my lesson. I used this “time for reflection” to check the news and to peruse facebook. While looking over the news and facebook I stumble across a couple of interesting articles, which at first seem completely unrelated.

The first of these articles, “Why Twitter Will Endure” was from the NYT and it directed me to a second article, “How Twitter Will Change The Way We Live,” from Time Magazine. After reading these two articles I decided to re-evaluate Twitter. I originally checked it out two years ago. My first tweet:

@jbrawn67 Checking out Twitter 9:27 PM Apr 23rd, 2008 from web

At the time twitter was only about a year old and I only checked it out because it had been mentioned in a couple of articles I had read about the 2008 SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas. Both articled had mentioned how it had added to the overall experience of the conference. When I lived in Austin form 1993 to 1996, I had been a regular attendee of the SXSW Music Conference, and so I decided to check out twitter, in part, I suspect, with the hope of rekindling some of those fading memories of Austin and its great music scene. Obviously reading 140 character long comments about something that had happened that you hadn’t personally experienced didn’t do much for my sense of nostalgia, so I chalked the whole twitter experience up to another web-based waste of time.

Since I had a little extra time on my hands and both articles seemed to suggest that even if twitter itself doesn’t endure aspects of the the platform it uses will. Both authors basically argue that real-time search about what’s “hot” has already become essential. Here’s a brief look at how google’s real time search and twitter compare. The article used a San Fransisco earthquake as a measurable event and where twitter actually did report the event in real-time, it took google’s search engine six minutes to start producing results. I don’t know if  “real-time search”  is as vital as those two authors claim, but twitter did introduce me to Death Cab for Cutie an alternative music band that debuted in 1997, the year I debarked for Korea, so I am at least grateful for that.

The next two articles I read were introduced to me through facebook by Justin, a former Daewon Foreign Language High School colleague. He seems to be on a brain kick these days, because he has posted several articles and video dealing with the topic on facebook. Naturally since I was being “reflective” a kind of brainy thing to do I checked them out. The first was called Scans Show Learning ‘Sculpts’ The Brain’s Connections and it describes how learning changes the structures in the brain and the second article was called Mind Reading  a NYT book review for Stanislas Dehaene’s Reading in the Brain.  

Obviously both of these article, although talking about different things, the first focuses on learning the second on how it is the brain is able to read, both describe how malleable our brain is. Although the brain was not designed to be able to read we have jerry-rigged the platform so that we can. If we believe what the first article describes, then by learning to read we also in turn sculpt our brains. Structures that were designed to recognize shapes in the wild are sculpted so we can accurately distinguish between a ‘b’ and a ‘d.’  Reading is a powerful technology and once the individual masters it, it in turns opens up the knowledge of the ages. 

As an undergraduate I was a philosophy major and one of the philosophy classes I took was a philosophy of language course. In that course I was first introduced to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis which is the idea that the language we speak and the culture we are embedded in affects the way we think.  There is a strong version of this and a weak version of this hypothesis. I have lived outside my culture and native language for 12 years now. I have also been privileged to function as an educator, and I would have to say that I support a weak version of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. I beleive language and culture do to a certain extent affect the way we think. Based on the idea that learning sculpts brain, then this shouldn’t be unreasonable.

In that philosophy of language class I remember writing a paper on the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and while doing research of the that paper I ran across the Sylvia Schribner and Michael Cole book called The Psychology of Literacy. In the book they looked at the differences between literate and illiterate brains especially in terms of cognitive tasks. Based on their research they were able to conclude that there are definite cognitive skills associated with literacy, but not necessarily with classroom learning. This conclusion seems to run counter to the findings described in Scans Show Learning ‘Sculpts’ the Brain’s Connections.  This, however, isn’t necessarily true, because in 1981 when they were doing their research they had to use paper and pencil type tasks to measure ‘effect’ therefore the task types may account for some of their results. One conclusion I think that can be drawn from this is literacy changes the brain more than classroom learning.

In the end, what these four article got me thinking about is how technology, reading after all is a technology, affects us. Twitter, the internet, facebook and blogs, they are changing not only the way we think but possibly even how we think on a very physical level; however, because we all come to these technologies differently and with different cultural baggage the way we change is profoundly different. Perhaps like the NYT reviewer says at the close of his article Mind Reading:

But the dance through time between old brains and new ones, parents and children, tradition and innovation, is itself a deep part of human nature, perhaps the deepest part…[As] parents, [we] have to watch our children glide irretrievably into a future we can never reach ourselves. But, surely, in the end, the story of the reading, learning, hyperlinking, endlessly rewiring brain is more hopeful than sad.

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Visa Waiver Program & Dual Citizenship

South Korea was recently added to the to the United States Visa Waiver Program. I think the Announcement was made back in the middle of October by President Bush.

Today, after Anna’s, BoA’s, and Andy’s new electronic Korean Passports arrive, I jumped on line and went to the Department of Homeland Security’s ESTA website, and filled out the application form. I was pleasantly surprised. There had been a lot of complaints in the Korean media about it, but I didn’t find it a challenge at all. in fact I thought it was all pretty straightforward.  

Most surprisingly of all was the quickness of Andy’s approval. It could only have taken thirty or so seconds.

This means we are all set to travel to the US. There are still a few loose ends regrading our return to Korea. For example I need to renew my Alien Registration Card (ARC) because it will expire while I am away. The ARC is similar to an American Green Card. It it my Korean identification card which informs officials about my status and eligibility to work in Korea. We also have to make a trip to immigration with Noah, so he can get his Korean passport. That way BoA and Noah can leave Korea as Korean citizens, enter American and US citizens, leave America as US citizens and then re-enter Korea as Korean citizens. Although it may seem overly complicated and unnecessary, it does have one advantage. It will allow Noah and BoA to escape from the long lines at immigration that Anna and Andy will be stuck in when we enter the US in Detroit and that I will be stuck in upon my return to Korea. Let me tell you after you’ve been traveling for twenty or more hours straight any thing that saves time is worth the preparation and hassle.  

Dual citizenship does have its small advantages. Unfortunately for Koreans they will be force to choose when they turn 18. Both Noah and BoA and eventually Andy when we finish the US adoption process will have to decide: Are they Korean or are they American because Korea doesn’t allow it’s citizens to hold dual citizenship into adulthood.

I think it is a stupid policy and I suspect it will be change in time. I have read conflicting statistics, but one newspaper said that 1 out of 8 Korean marriges are occurring between couple of mixed nationalities and then in another paper I read that 1 out of 5 Korean marriages are occurring between couple of mixed nationalities. In either case that is a significant amount of the population, and if those marriages produce children, then those children often have dual citizenship. 

Interestingly Korean women tend to marry western men and Korean men; especially tradesmen and farmers, are marrying women from Southeast Asia and China. The purported purity of the Korean race seems to be under siege. Personally I think its a good idea. I still remember the cab driver who corrected my pronunciation of Boston. He said I was pronouncing it wrong.

I looked at him and said, ‘Excuse me. I’m from Boston. I think I know how to pronounce it.’

He said no, it should be pronounced like this.’ He then proceeded to write how Koreans have transliterated the city name into Hanguel. When reading the Hangeul, the /o/ sounds become long and the /st/ creates a additional syllable, so it sound like (BO-SEU-TON). He then said something along the lines of: ‘Hanguel is the most perfect language because it can correctly capture the sounds of any language.’

I decided to let it drop. How can you argue against that?

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

The Internet Age is Getting Old

I was reading today on CNET how IMDb turned 18 this week. The blogger pointed out:

“You may not have thought it was possible for a Web site to be older than 14, since the Web didn’t even come along until 1994.”

Actually I didn’t think that. I assumed it was older only because I was assigned my first email address soon after I arrived at Indiana University. I’m not sure of the exact year, but I think it was either in my freshman or sophomore year; it was more likely to have been in my sophomore year so that would have made it 1987 rather than 1986.

The Honors Division prophetically decided to assign all its students an email address and they also selected several courses that would require use of email and a Usenet which had been set up for the course.

I remember I decided to enroll in one of these courses, I don’t remember the exact title, but it was something like “The History of Technology and Society.”  I decided to enroll in it for several reasons. First it was an afternoon class; I wasn’t much of a morning person in college; second the class was in Sycamore Hall where all my Philosophy classes were held, so it would save me valuable commuting time; and finally I had taken an Honors Division and LLC course at Collins the previous semester entitle “Art and Social Change.”  I had really enjoyed analyzing how ideas circulated through society and how they were often either promoted or demonized for political and/or religious reasons. I undoubtedly suspected that “The History of Society and Technology” would mirror much of what I had observed in the previous class.

I still remember my first email address ifdu450@vms.cc.idiana.edu. Many of you are probably wondering why on earth I would devote valuable brain space to such a nonsensical monstrosity. Unlike the email programs we use today, the dos based programs that we used back then required the user to fill in all the address fields. I must have typed that email address a thousands times in the 2½ to 3 years I had it.

Based on those early forays into cyberspace, I always assume the internet started back in the late 80s and networking a little before that, because I remember our high school having a mainframe that was accessible from the library. I also remember taking a computer programming class back in high school in which the computers were linked in a diasey chain configuration. We were using TRS 80s to learn simple programming; something I didn’t excel at but Russell did. And then I remember, in the wake of all those seminal Apple ads , getting my first computer the Christmas of 1984; it was a Vic20, and I think my best friend, Russell, got like a Commodore64 that same Christmas. We both got machines that were either discontinued (Vic 20) or about to be discontinued (Commodore 64), but they were, nevertheless, personal computers. To think that the 20 and the 64 stood for the memory: 20 kb or 64 kb. I routinely get emails that are larger than the memories of those early computers.

Computers and nascent networks have been in my life for more than 20 years; approximately half my life. My students say I am getting old, so I guess that means that the internet is getting old too, since it was born while I was coming of age.

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Facebook & “100,000 Strong Against Evan Bayh for VP”

 August 21

Facebook used to consume a lot of my time, but now its just part of the electronic background noise of my wired life. As such I often join things such as “100,000 Strong Against Evan Bayh for VP” without much thought. I assumed that since someone sent this to me there must be a political reason why I wouldn’t want Bayh for VP. Several weeks went by and I had just about forgotten that I had joined this group, when out of the blue I receive the following email from Facebook & “100,000 Strong Against Evan Bayh for VP”:

Subject: Digg it!

With both the New York Times and AP still reporting that Evan Bayh one of the three likely VP picks, and the selection expected to be announced any day now, it’s a good time for another recruiting push.

By now presumably everybody’s invited all their Facebook friends, blogged about it if you have a blog, and mentioned it in comments wherever anybody else is talking about VPs. [If not, please do so!] But there’s something we haven’t tried yet …

A digg campaign!

Max’s HuffPo article about Max and the Marginalized’s new song “Vultures and Hawks” is the perfect opportunity. Getting a few hundred diggs is typically enough to get it featured as a hot story, and if we can get it onto the digg front page, then we can get the word out to zillions of new people.

So … digg it!

At first the email didn’t seem to have any connection to Bayh, Obama or the presidential elections, since there was no link in the email to the article/song mentioned. This immediately got me thinking about Tony and his experience with Facebook: Was this group just some bizarre marketing scheme for this “Max and Marginalized”? (It probably is, but that has nothing to do with the topic of this blog). 

With these sudden doubts, I decided to take a moment to reflect critically. I asked myself: “What do I know about Evan Bayh?” Not surprising I realized that I knew very little.  I remember that Evan Bayh became governor of Indiana while I happened to live and go to school in the state. If I were to pick a date I am pretty sure it was 1988, the year that Dukakis lost to Bush the First. I also remember his father, who was a senator before him. But other than those facts and the obvious point that Bayh always compared favorably to that other Indian scion Dan Quayle, I realized that I really didn’t know anything about his recent work. Consequently I decided I had better take a look.

The first thing I decided to check was his stance on the Iraq War, and this is obviously why there is a Facebook group dead-set against him being the VP. He took the lies and trumped up intelligence mustered by the current administration hook-line-and-sinker. Not only that he and Lieberman were the democratic party advocates for the Bush administration who helped secure needed votes among fellow Democrats. According to the Washington Post’s blog, The Case Against Evan Bayh, he, unlike other democrats, has staunchly refused to admit having made an error in giving his support to the administration’s policies on Iraq. He beleives there is some plausible middle ground which requires us to keep our troops committed yet is somehow different from the policies of the current administration.

As I predicted back in October 2001 and something I still personally believe: The military interventions that started with the failed “seek and destroy mission” for Osama bin Laden and then the schizophrenic switch of focus to Saddam Hussein were the biggest strategic blunders in our nation’s history. And while we have been preoccupied with chasing terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq,  North Korea has gone nuclear and Iran is on the verge of doing so, the economy is on the brink of collapse and many of the the refugees driven from their homes by Katrina three years ago are still waiting for affordable permeanant housing. 

Now that I was comfortable with my decision to join the group, “100,000 Strong Against Evan Bayh for VP,” I decided to track down the Huffington Post article mentioned in the email which seemingly initiated this whole tirade.

Finally I decided to see who else was on Obama’s short list of possible running mates. Joseph Biden and Tim Kaine were the other two names mentioned most frequently. For me, Biden is too much of a Washington insider to feel comfortable with him as VP. Sadly I don’t know much about Tim Kaine accept for the fact that he is the governor of Virginia and Karl Rove was ragging on him: “No disrespect to Gov. Kaine…[but] he’s been a governor for three years. He’s been able but undistinguished. I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done.” 

Hold on a minute Mr. Rove! Your former boss had been an “undistinguished” governor of Texas, and I bet back in 2000 not many people could have named anything he had done either accept for the fact that he had been a fairly unsuccessful businessman.

If Carl Rove is laying into Tim Kaine, then one has to ask one’s self: “Why?”

Personally if Rove believes this is a man he needs to undermine, that is all the endorsement I need to make this man my choice for VP.  

Thursday, August 21st, 2008