Did anybody even notice I was gone, lol? I have not a clue what a "secfilter engine" is, or why it is not needed in the "new appache version", but I would sure like to thank Pete at Total Choice Hosting for getting me up and running again. It seems that, for a change, it WASN'T me screwing around with the site that got it all borked up!! That'll teach me not to check in for a day or two while I'm obsessing over final exams.
This one makes me cry every time.
The Atlantic Online | June 2009 | What Makes Us Happy? | Joshua Wolf Shenk.
His central question is not how much or how little trouble these men met, but rather precisely how—and to what effect—they responded to that trouble.
Just how poorly are things going for Mr. Brown? His popularity has fallen further and faster than any prime minister since reliable polling became available nearly 80 years ago. Just six weeks ago, the G-20 summit in London provided him the opportunity to play the role of effective economic crisis manager. But since the event, he's had to fire a close adviser, Damian McBride, when the press discovered that Mr. McBride had attempted to smear various members of the opposition with salacious falsehoods. Mr. Brown's annual budget drew an avalanche of criticism because it raises the income tax rate for top earners to 50%. He thus broke the Labour Party's pledge not to raise income taxes. He's also losing control of his parliamentary majority. On the foreign-policy side, Mr. Brown drew surprisingly little attention at home for his visit last week to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He won faint domestic praise for the final British pull-out from Basra in southern Iraq. In fact, pressure is now growing in London for a 9/11-style commission to study how and why British troops were sent to Iraq in the first place. Cameras and microphones now trail Labour Party heavyweights in hopes of capturing a major public blow against what's left of Mr. Brown's authority. And polls show that Labour now trails the Conservative Party by 15 to 20 percentage points.via Gordon Brown's Free Fall - WSJ.com. But then, pics like these probably don't help Brown's cause much... Politicians really shouldn't get their picture taken in front of a Nazi flag. Especially not..... smiling.
Aide Quits Over New York Flyover - WSJ.com.
In a resignation letter submitted to President Barack Obama on Friday, White House Military Office Director Louis Caldera said the controversy over the April 27 photo-op has made it impossible for him to lead effectively and "has become a distraction to the important work you are doing as president."Does anybody else think this is a pretty sucky photo, for a photo op that cost over $300,000 and the job of a White House Aide? The color is terrible, and as has been pointed out dozens of times, Photoshop could have made a better-looking pic. In fact, with some good Hollywood special effects video editing, we could have had a movie of Air Force One doing LOOPS over Lady Liberty!! This one is my favorite, though.
(tap, tap) Is this thing on?? Automatic crossposting is a good thing.
Latest buzz is that new free-agent QB Brett Favre, 39, who could end up with the Vikings, has hired a personal trainer at home in Mississippi. Favre's sudden arrival on the market makes you wonder if that's the reason the Vikings haven't spent much on free agency this year. Maybe they knew something.via Is Brett Favre seeing Minnesota Vikings purple in his future? - TwinCities.com.