Yesterday George Bush, when referring to the new G.I. bill (which adds benefits such as more money for veterans and more flexibility when choosing a college) said
The bill is a result of close collaboration between my administration and both parties on capital hill.” … “and I want to thank members who worked hard for the G.I. expansion. Especially senators Webb, Warner, Graham, Burr, and McCain.”
Yep – that G.I. bill that both Bush and McCain were against….
Although McCain was absent for the vote on the bill, he pushed for legislation that would allow veterans to transfer benefits to their spouses or children and for use to pay student loans. The transferability provision was included in the final bill.
Sounds good, right? Except that it was already in the old G.I. bill and has been part of it for 6 years.
This is the equivalent of Microsoft coming out with Office 2009 and calling spell-check a new feature.
If the president thanks someone for their help on a bill… shouldn’t he at least:
1) Make sure the person supported the bill
2) Make sure the person VOTED on the bill
Typical republican bullshit lies. Oppose a bill from beginning to end, then when it passes you claim you were for it the whole time and thank your buddies for their help even if they opposed it too.
You can’t see the text of the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) because it’s being drafted in secret, but it’s not so secret that the RIAA doesn’t get to submit its own wishlist to the government. Knowledge Ecology International, an NGO that works on trade and public knowledge, published the alleged list (hat tip to Michael Geist) late last week. I hope you like mandatory ISP filtering.
It’s not just Internet users and ISPs that would feel the heat, though; traditional CD stampers are still targets. The RIAA suggests that countries “with high rates of production of pirated optical discs” be required to institute a licensing system that would control both the manufacture and export of discs—even supplies of optical grade polycarbonate would be restricted.
State protective services commissioner Carey Cockerell said Friday that he will retire on Aug. 31.
A spokesman said the departure wasn’t forced and isn’t the result of Child Protective Services’ much criticized removal of hundreds of children from a polygamist sect’s West Texas ranch this spring.
Let me guess – he wants to spend more time with his wive(s) and children.
“Middle Classes Losing Faith In Police” screams the Daily Mail today amidst the coverage about the dissatisfaction law abiding people now feel with the police. There were a record number of complaints made in 2006-7: 29,637. Well, please add me to next year’s total after I was stopped and ordered to account for my actions recently. My crime: using my mobile phone in a manner likely to take a photo. I kid you not.
Sony will reach out to consumers in emerging economies as part of a growth drive after several years of sweeping changes and job cuts.
Chief executive Sir Howard Stringer announced today that Sony will invest ¥1.8 trillion (£8.6bn) over the next three years on new technology and expanding its business beyond the traditional markets of Japan, North America and Europe. He also said the company is aiming to return to profitability in its game and TV businesses this fiscal year.
“Our mission is simply to be the leading global provider of networked consumer electronics and entertainment,” Stringer said at a news conference. “Sony will be united. Sony will succeed.”
“If you’re looking for exotic, look at the network-enabled world,” he said, before damning his rival with faint praise. “Apple is a marvellous company, but it is a boutique. We are a giant conglomerate.”
In addition to blocking traffic from websites they don’t like, it looks like the web-geniuses behind the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow site have a few other tricks up their sleeves, such as automatically replacing any use of the word “gay” with the word “homosexual” in any of the AP stories they run … leading to instances in which proper names are reformatted to meet their ridiculous standard, such as this article about sprinter Tyson Gay winning the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in which he is renamed “Tyson Homosexual”: