Month: December 2006


Today we hit 3000 military deaths in Iraq.  Can someone tell me why they died?

Posted by Paul in Global Politics, Politics, US Politics

We are loosing in Iraq.

While I am not going to give him any kudos for saying this, the last person in America to thing that the war was going well changed his mind.  George W. Bush said yesterday in an interview with the Washington post that we are not winning in Iraq.

Posted by Paul in Global Politics, Politics, US Politics

You are time person of the year?

Well good damn times, we are all the person of the year.  But the title may be a little mis-leading.  Time magazine is not referring to everyone, but particularly the folks who participate in “Web 2.0.”  I find the person of the year selection interesting and troubling at the same time.  I remember several years ago when time named Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as the person of the year, based almost entirely on the hype of the dot com bubble.   The Bezos person of the year designation came without Amazon making any profit.  This years announcement comes when we should all ask the question what does Web 2.0 really mean.  Does it mean that we, the people of the information age, have a real voice in spreading information, opinion, and community?  Or does it mean that the new distribution of information that Web 2.0 provides will be just another avenue that the professional media will exploit as a means of delivery?  We all love YouTube, but I have heard that some of the most popular videos are the professional videos that come out of the mainstream media.

Nevertheless, this is an exciting person of the year, even though it comes from the old media.  Hell, even Matt Drudge had this as the top headline on his site.  I guess we are all flattered.

Posted by Paul in Media

What do we do in IRAQ?

I am watching Meet the Press.  Brooks and Friedman are talking about Iraq.  The situation has become so chaotic.  Many of us are waiting for the President– The Decider — to change his policy.  I think we have reached a point where there are no good decisions in Iraq.  We have past the point of no return.  We, the United States of America, have failed in Iraq.  We lost.  It sucks but it is true.  We were in over our heads.  The policy was flawed.  The Middle East is just to much of a tinderbox for we naive Americans who thought we could bring peace and Democracy to the world.  I think that this war may signal the decline of the America as the last remaining super power.  We simply do not have the goodwill left to be the diplomatic leader of the world.  What a shame.

Posted by Paul in Global Politics, Politics, US Politics


There is a pretty decent snow storm outside my window.  Finally!

Posted by Paul in Vacation

Ground Breaking

This morning I woke to helicopters and security vehicles in my neighborhood. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is officially breaking ground on the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple today which is two blocks from my house. While I am not a very active member of the Church, I am very excited to see this building come to my neighborhood. It will preserve this area for many years to come.

Posted by Paul in Christianity, Mormonism

Mormons in the news.

As a member, all be it possibly an extreme jack Mormon member, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it is my duty to report on what other members are doing in the world. Last Thursday Senator Gordon Smith R-Oregon, broke ranks with the president and withdrew his support of current policy in Iraq. Senator Smith claimed that the policy may be immoral because we continue to employ policies that have failed. I have to hand it to the Senator here— he is speaking plainly and honestly about the war. I get a strong feeling that Iraq will continue to divide the Republican party because of the way it relies on the personal convictions of one of the last Americans who still strongly supports the war —> George W. Bush.

Oh yeah and I bet Gordon Smith can dissent and still be a good Mormon 🙂

Posted by Paul

Computer Upgrades

I really want to upgrade the server at home. I am currently running Fedora Core 4. It is kind of strange that an operating system that is 18 months old would be dated, but in the fast pace world of Linux it is. I think I am going to wait for RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 to be released and then repackaged as Centos 5 before I change the server at home. I guess everything works ok on my current server, I am just anxious to have the latest, greatest software.

On a different note I am publishing this blog entry through Office 2007. While I am no fan of Office or Microsoft in general, this blog publishing feature is pretty cool. I am sure the new Microsoft software will provide all sorts of new “features.”

Posted by Paul in Linux