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Tweet I grew up believing that Supreme Court nominees were supposed to be the gods and godesses of their profession. But with John Roberts and to a far greater extent Harriet Miers, President Bush is selecting people who not only others have not looked up to, but in the case of Ms. Miers isn’t even a judge. I love that she was the first woman to do a number of things, but look: she’s no Thurgood Marshall. This is his biography: “…Born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 2, 1908, Thurgood Marshall was the...

Tweet This came to me in an email from the Democratic Party – Zennie: Governor Dean wrote the following op-ed for national distribution: John Roberts is a decent family man and a bright, articulate, thoughtful judge. He has a quality absent in previous right wing candidates like Antonin Scalia and Robert Bork, namely a judicial temperament that makes litigants feel that they have been respectfully heard whether they are on the winning or losing side of a verdict. But John Roberts is the wrong man for the job. Despite the...

Tweet As CNN reported if you click on the title post, FEMA Director Mike Brown was recalled to Washington because of his lack of experience in handling disater relief scenarios. My question is this: why in the heck would President Bush hire someone who didn’t have that kind of experience? What? He lied on his resume? Well, this is what the Detroit Free Press reported: RESPONSE TO KATRINA: FEMA chiefs new to disaster relief Leaders have little experience for jobs September 9, 2005 BY ANDREW ZAJAC and ANDREW MARTINCHICAGO...

Tweet The New Zealand Red Cross (NZRC) is alerting the public to the presence of fake websites which siphon off donations to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Acting director general Graham Wrigley said fraudsters were sending emails that linked to bogus American Red Cross websites. The emails strongly resemble the American Red Cross website donation page, but donation information is sent to a completely unrelated third party. ———————– This is a terrible development. It’s...

Tweet If you live in Central or East Texas, Mississippi, or Georgia you should be concerned that the dangerous water problem that exists in New Orleans not impact the quality of your water supply. In my training as an urban planner, we were instructed how to be concerned with and measure environmental impacts of development projects. What’s not discussed at all — by FEMA or the media — is the spread of the “bad” water and which states will be effected. Given the run of the water system, it’s...

Tweet This is From Lexis Nexis:“Copyright 2005 Environment and Energy Publishing, LLC Environment and Energy DailySeptember 6, 2005 TuesdaySPOTLIGHT Vol. 10 No. 9693 wordsDEVELOPMENT: House begins look at eminent domain legislationDan Berman, E&E Daily reporter The House Agriculture Committee tomorrow will hold the first congressional hearing into the controversial Supreme Court decision on eminent domain and examine legislation designed to address the ruling. The June Kelo v. City of New London decision has galvanized...

Tweet Call me late to the party, but I just learned of Kanye West’s “George Bush hates black people” comment while watching “The Big Idea with Donny Deutch.” It was Deutch, who’s a good friend of Russell Simmons, who revealed that NBC actually cut the West Coast feed from the show where West — standing with Mike Myers of “Austin Powers” fame — launched his tirade. I wondered just what he said, so I cyberscrounged for some text. I found it in this account by Yahoo! News: NEW...

Tweet Click on the title of this post to see the poll. This is an outrage. I’m not surprised over the anger with the government, but the government is us. If only 39 percent of us gave — I did — it’s no wonder we have a system that can’t help people. We can’t ask our government to do it, if we’re not going to ourselves. Come on America — dig deep and donate! Let’s get this number up to 70 percent! ...

Tweet If you understand how to make animated representations of characters and buildings (like stadiums) on the web for online games, please contact me ASAP. If you have a website, share the address with me. I can’t go into detail here! ...

Tweet I have to share this with you all, as my friend Jody May gets ready for her participation in the “Nationals” in Atlanta later this year. She’s a terrifically lovely woman with a kind heart. I wish the best for her. More on that later, but here’s what she looks like, now: My friends ask me why I like this kind of look, and I can’t explain it except to say that it’s been with me since I was old enough to realize I was attracted to this kind of woman. (Which was when I was nine years...

Tweet I know I’m getting to the point of middle age, when this happens: Bob Denver, star of Gilligan’s Island, passed away last week. I grew up watching the syndicated re-runs of Gilligan’s Island, and fell totally in love with Dawn Wells (who played Mary Ann and marked the first time I realized I prefered brunettes to blondes!) and those terrific legs of hers. But I always felt sorry for Denver’s character. I always rooted for him. In retrospect, it was because even though he made mistakes, he had...

Tweet We were returning from a rousing game of Laser Tag, and got onto the subject of women and dating again. John and I were talking about one of his women friends with John’s twins, Sam and Gabe. (Both six years old at the time.) I said “She’s hot.” So, Sam said “Dad, is she hot..or is she “hot.” Gabe then said “Yeah, what is she?” John said “Well, she’s a friend. You know.” And I said “She’s hot. A good looking woman that you hang...

Tweet What I love about kids is their simple and to the point statements of observation about all aspects of life. But this takes the cake. My friend John’s twin seven year old boys Sam and Gabe are a never-ending source of joy for me. They’re always smiling and nice — and smart as heck. On the way back from our Sunday golf game — they beat me at “nine-hole,” we were talking about women and dating (as John’s recently divorced and I’m single). Gabe said this: “Women like...

Tweet Hey Sil, In general, I liked your idea of a permanent home for the NFL’s Super Bowl Game in New Orleans, as expressed in your Sports Illustrated Online column (for those reading this, read “Open Mike” by Mike Silver by clicking on the title of this post). If I may provide some detail to shape your proposal, I do so here. The NFL can certainly add to its $1 million donation (considering the estimated revenue of the league is somewhere north of $5 billion), by pledging $350 million toward the redevelopment...

Tweet “No One Can Say they Didn’t See it Coming”Spiegel OnlineBy Sidney Blumenthal In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war. Biblical in its uncontrolled rage and scope, Hurricane Katrina has left millions of Americans to scavenge for food and shelter and hundreds to thousands reportedly dead. With its main levee broken, the evacuated...

Tweet According to the Washington Post, Gas prices are going to only rise. CNN reports $6 a gallon already at one point today. President Bush can stem this with price controls and then inact a program to restore oil supplies while these controls are in place. Otherwise, these prices can cause double-digit inflation. ...

Tweet The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is the most terrible disaster I’ve ever witnessed on TV in my life. I was in the 1989 Loma Piereta Earthquake here in Oakland and the SF Bay Area, and that was not bad by comparson, because the damage was in certain areas, like the Marina District of SF, or the Cypress Freeway (which collapsed), again here in Oakland. I also helped my high school friend Val and her parents move out of the sudden war zone that was their neighborhood during the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. That was...

Tweet On Tuesday, Pat Robertson stated that if Venezualan President Hugo Chavez thinks the US is going to assasinate him, we might as well do it. There was no mistaking that. Now, I like Pat and have watched his show on many occasions, particularly when I was small. But even then I felt like he was trying to mold me into a Republican. I’ve watched Pat long enough to be able to tell when he’s serious. It’s when he shakes his head slightly but rapidly from side to side as he talks. He did that on Tuesday....

Tweet I orignally shared this with my good friend Jody (check out Ms. May’s site!), but I thought it was cool enough to present here..I returned from EA Sports Headquarters in Redwood City. Who are they? EA Sports makes Madden NFL 2006, Tiger Woods Golf, The Sims Online, and other games. I was invited to a meeting of The Silcon Valley Chapter of the International Game Developers Association. Who? IGDA www.igda.org is a large worldwide group of people who make, market, finance, run corporations that make, or just are...

Tweet Saturday, Mom and I went to visit my step-cousin Michelle and her adorable daughters six-year-old Kiyana and three-year-old Alana. Mom went shopping for clothes for the little ones and Alana could not have been happier. She put on one of the dresses and immediately went to pick out matching shoes and a purse from her closet. Then she came over, sat next to me, and said “Like my shoes?” I had an immediate flashback to the previous night, when I was at Bix and met Rachel and Alex (See “Good People...