Again with the Thursday Morning Muses

The night was filled with distant rumbles of thunder…Well, it was the time I woke up, anyway. The steps outside the back door show signs of rain having fallen, just not very much. The weather prognosticators on the evening rumor and propaganda shows were literally glowing over the possibility of rolling masses of thunderous precipitation, both overnight and throughout the unsunny, cloud covered, non-night hours today…We shall wait to be convinced.

Just for the record, outside it is a springlike 65 degrees this pre-daybreak am. The interesting number, and the one that keeps the skin so smooth here in SE Texas is the 96% humidity. One would think, with those kind of numbers, one could look out the window and see fish swimming or at least some foggy type of water droplets floating around. One would be mistaken, this is one of the clearest mornings of the past couple of weeks…

I see in the NY Times they are all ado about Alberto…They can’t seem to come to a conclusion about what to do about the affair of the President’s shield though (does the AG carry a brass shield like a police officer?). Some are of the opinion he should be impeached for lying to congress. Personally, I think this whole administration has reached the point of tragic comedy. No one in their worst nightmare would wish this kind of incompetence on the country. I thought this quote said it very well…

Changes in the occupant of the White House should not affect the way justice is administered. If the Gonzales mess ends up giving us an apolitical Department of Justice, the American people will be well served.

Arnold I. Burns was the deputy attorney general in the second Reagan administration.

See ya down the road…

Virtual Environments

Kate, over on Cider Press Hill has a post on “Virtual Environments” where she makes some interesting points. Which really got me to thinking about what our virtual workplaces must look like. That led me to this post where I want to share my virtual desktop at work…


Keep in mind that this is a dual monitor setup where I work on highly graphic intensive programs. I also spend at least nine hours a day in front of these screens, so when I minimize the working projects I really am “North Carolina Mountain Dreaming” with a bit of Virginia thrown in.

Where do you spend your day? Post a link in the comments and let’s visit each others virtual environment…

Spring – It was nice to have met you.

Well, it’s official summer has arrived to SE Texas. The temperature when I came into the kitchen for coffee this morning is at 70 degrees and the humidity is above 90%. By my definition, summer has slunk in and it wont be leaving for a while. Luckily for us, we are just south of the storm line that has been dumping rain, lightning, and street flooding on the folks just a county or two away. For two days now heavy rains have fallen just a bit north of where we live here without a drop falling at our house.

I see from the morning emails that Tom Poston has died at the age of 85. I never really thought a whole lot about Tom but when I read the announcement his image immediately popped into my mind from the old Newhart Show. There are a lot of actors out there whose name I know but who I couldn’t picture on a dare, so I guess Tom made an impact o me at some level. Rest in Peace, Tom.

The President made this comment yesterday after he Vetoed the Iraq War Funding Bill…”Many Democrats saw this bill as an opportunity to make a political statement about their opposition to the war. They’ve sent their message.”

I suppose the real question is, did he hear the message and understand that it came from the American people and not just their Democratic representatives in Congress? I really doubt it.

While David Ignatius’ column is about Paul Wolfowitz, I think his insight is valid. Though I don’t know that it’s totally about the “we know best” as much as it’s about “you don’t know nothing”.

This disdain for career staff officers — whether at the Pentagon, the CIA, the Justice Department or an international agency such as the World Bank — is a defining characteristic of the Bush administration and a big reason for its undoing. Administration officials are arrogant — no other way to put it. They ignore the advice of the professionals, whom they regard as obstacles to their agenda of transformation. In their impetuous self-confidence, they become wreckers.

This hubris recurs again and again. We saw it in Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s high-handed management style, in Vice President Cheney’s continuous pressure on CIA analysts to bolster the administration’s message on Iraq, in CIA Director Porter Goss’s purge of agency officers suspected of disloyalty, in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s treatment of career attorneys at Justice.

Or maybe they are accomplishing exactly what they set out to do…

Source: David Ignatius – The Price Of ‘We Know Best’ – washingtonpost.com

Time to run…later

Spring – It was nice to have met you.

Well, it’s official summer has arrived to SE Texas. The temperature when I came into the kitchen for coffee this morning is at 70 degrees and the humidity is above 90%. By my definition, summer has slunk in and it wont be leaving for a while. Luckily for us, we are just south of the storm line that has been dumping rain, lightning, and street flooding on the folks just a county or two away. For two days now heavy rains have fallen just a bit north of where we live here without a drop falling at our house.

I see from the morning emails that Tom Poston has died at the age of 85. I never really thought a whole lot about Tom but when I read the announcement his image immediately popped into my mind from the old Newhart Show. There are a lot of actors out there whose name I know but who I couldn’t picture on a dare, so I guess Tom made an impact o me at some level. Rest in Peace, Tom.

The President made this comment yesterday after he Vetoed the Iraq War Funding Bill…”Many Democrats saw this bill as an opportunity to make a political statement about their opposition to the war. They’ve sent their message.”

I suppose the real question is, did he hear the message and understand that it came from the American people and not just their Democratic representatives in Congress? I really doubt it.

While David Ignatius’ column is about Paul Wolfowitz, I think his insight is valid. Though I don’t know that it’s totally about the “we know best” as much as it’s about “you don’t know nothing”.

This disdain for career staff officers — whether at the Pentagon, the CIA, the Justice Department or an international agency such as the World Bank — is a defining characteristic of the Bush administration and a big reason for its undoing. Administration officials are arrogant — no other way to put it. They ignore the advice of the professionals, whom they regard as obstacles to their agenda of transformation. In their impetuous self-confidence, they become wreckers.

This hubris recurs again and again. We saw it in Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s high-handed management style, in Vice President Cheney’s continuous pressure on CIA analysts to bolster the administration’s message on Iraq, in CIA Director Porter Goss’s purge of agency officers suspected of disloyalty, in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s treatment of career attorneys at Justice.

Or maybe they are accomplishing exactly what they set out to do…

Source: David Ignatius – The Price Of ‘We Know Best’ – washingtonpost.com

Time to run…later

Stormy Evening


This photo was taken last evening just after sunset as storms moved by to the north. The sky was impressive…

Scandals and Rumors of Scandals

And who said they were going to change the tone in Washington?

Putting industry insiders in charge of the agencies that govern and regulate the very industries they worked for is a good idea…Why?

Oversight of government is a bad idea…Says who?

“The Department of Education has been run as a wholly owned subsidiary of the loan industry under this administration,” said Barmak Nassirian, a longtime advocate for industry reform at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. “They are running the federal loan program for the profit of their friends and not for the benefit of students and taxpayers.”

All it took to open this administration up to the light of day was for someone to ask a question, any question.

What will the next scandal be?

Source: Warnings On Student Lenders Unheeded – washingtonpost.com

Scandals and Rumors of Scandals

And who said they were going to change the tone in Washington?

Putting industry insiders in charge of the agencies that govern and regulate the very industries they worked for is a good idea…Why?

Oversight of government is a bad idea…Says who?

“The Department of Education has been run as a wholly owned subsidiary of the loan industry under this administration,” said Barmak Nassirian, a longtime advocate for industry reform at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. “They are running the federal loan program for the profit of their friends and not for the benefit of students and taxpayers.”

All it took to open this administration up to the light of day was for someone to ask a question, any question.

What will the next scandal be?

Source: Warnings On Student Lenders Unheeded – washingtonpost.com