Saturday, October 23, 2004

Mama T Speaks out on the Gay Issue

Theresa Heinz speaks thoughtfully on the topics of Gays and this year's elections. Nice to see a future first lady of such substance. Women should support this woman 100%.

Something our Soldiers could learn - A friend passed along this article from the BBC. Written from the British perspective, of course, but nonetheless, no doubt true, sadly enough.

Will Bush Spark a seismic Youthquake? There's hope yet! I can only hope the polls are missing these people and that they will come out in droves, unlike in past elections. If there was ever the time, this is it.

Quotes of the Day
Resentment is the most precious flower of poverty
spoken by Jake Blount in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves."
August Strindberg

Oddly Enough
AP - A man missed a mouse he was trying to shoot with a small-caliber handgun and wounded his girlfriend instead, state police said. Read the whole story .

Web Site of the Day
Transcripts of Bill Maher's Show

Stock Indexes YTD
Dow - 6.66%
Nasdaq - 4.40%
S&P 500 + 2.64%

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Firefox much faster than IE

Get Firefox! For those of you using IE as a browser, you might want to try out the new Firefox 1.0PR . It loads pages much, much faster than IE (very noticeable if you have a dialup connection). It also, via the aid of "extensions" (small plug-ins that you download and which are easily installed), gives you all the added bells and whistles of browsers like MYIE2 which are "skinned" versions of IE with extra features. Firefox (and Mozilla) also offer more security, in part, due to the fact that there is a much smaller user base for them, than IE. Some of the extensions I have found to be useful are:

  • URL2NewTab 0.2

  • easy Gestures 2.11

  • Tabbrowser Preferences 0.6.13

  • Super DragandGo 0.2.3

  • Foxy Tunes 0.61

  • Dictionary Search 0.6.3

  • Reload Every 0.3.2

  • Google Preview 0.7

There are more than 162 extensions. You can see them here
Computer Deal of the Day
San Disk 1 Gig USB 2.0 Thumb drive - only $50! (after rebate)

Sunday, October 17, 2004

I'm Rich!

David Broder writes in the Post regarding the admin's tax policies - " Tax cuts they can do. With bipartisan majorities, they passed a $143 billion bonanza for corporations of every sort, shortly after extending what the lawmakers were pleased to call a "middle-class" tax cut of $146 billion. You might be surprised to learn, as I was, where that "middle class" tax relief actually goes.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, households in the middle 20 percent of the income scale -- the "middle class" -- receive only 9 percent of the benefits. Their average saving will be $162. Those in households with incomes from $200,000 to $500,00 will be $2,390 better off. "

Geez George, my problems are completely solved now that I have $162! That will pay 20% of my health insurance premium for 1 month!

Broder goes to to quote: "The Concord Coalition, whose leadership includes prominent Republicans, says that with realistic assumptions but no change in policy, the federal debt will swell by a staggering $5 trillion in the next 10 years. The liberal Economic Policy Institute says that a "budget train wreck" lies ahead. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warns that it looks as if "substantial reductions in the projected growth of spending or a sizable increase in taxes -- or both -- will probably be necessary" to avoid fiscal disaster."

You can read the entire article here