Archive for June, 2006

Will Supreme Wonders never cease?

Well well well, the supreme court today gave Dubya the Gitmo smack down, pretty amazing if your not familar let me see if I can lay it out for you. Basically one of the detainees at Guantonomo Bay filed a petition with the court saying that he could (or should) not be tried in a military court but that they should be allowed his due process under the Geneva convention. If you want the long drawn out version here is the whole rulling here. The amazing thing about this was that many people painted Dubya’s appointments to the Supreme court as the end of the Liberal Supreme court as we know it and then the first time at bat the court totally goes against Dubya. I’m sure that is the last thing he expected.

Small Iowa town can’t depend on Maytag anymore!

Not sure if you anyone has read this but it’s just another example of the changing face of US companies. If the link no longer works basically it was a stoy in the LA Times about the Maytag company. Sure everyone is familiar with them they produced household appliances and battled with Whirlpool as we were growing up. Well the company recently was purchased by Whirlpool and just 41 days after the deal closed Whirpool announced that they were closing the Maytag HQ’s in Newton, Iowa, as well as two (2) remaining plants in Newton. Many of the employees were hoping that only the HQ’s would be closed but that the plants woudl remain open. But with the close of the plants the town of Newton with a poulation of just under 16,000 will lose about 1,700 jobs or about 10.6% of the people in the city will lose there jobs. Truly devastating effect, if you read the article you will get a glimpse of just what Maytag has meant to this small city which brings me to the point of bringing this article to everyones attention. The world as our fathers and grandfathers knew it is basically over. Working for a company all your adult life until you retire is a thing of the past, the new coporate America is one were companies buy and sell and merge with each other in an ever changing landscape. The Global market a by-product of capitalism has created this sea of change necassary just for companies to compete on a global scale. For Whirlpool the board of directors looks at Maytag as an aquisition or just an asset but the numbers don’t tell the story behind the name of a company that has built up Newton and meant so much to the citizens there. We all shoud take note and it is my philosphy to treat myself as my own company, cause the only one who will look out for you is you!

WMD’s found, oh wait not really!

Well it was announced this week by a senator that an unclassified document shows that there were indeed WMD’s (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Iraq, but wait a minute lets take a closer look and see what is really going on. In a report the following is an excerpt:

According to The Washington Post, Representative Peter Hoekstra, chairman of the House intelligence committee and Senator Rick Santorum made the announcement, based on an unclassified summary from a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center regarding 500 chemical munitions shells that had been buried near the Iranian border.

“We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons,” Santorum said. Reading from the report, Santorum added, “Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.”

Of course, most of those weapons were buried by Iraqi troops during their eight-year war with Iran — which ended in 1988 — and were long forgotten.

Now I dont know about you but when the President, Secretary Powell and Dick “Shotgun” Cheney were talking about the imminent threat of WMD’s I envisioned rockets ready to launch with deadly nerve agents. Sarin, Mustard and what ever else qualifies as WMD’s not degraded munitions buried before the first Gulf War. Wow lets see umm the first Gulf war what was going on then well it was August of 1990 so 2pac and Biggie were still alive and relativly unknown. The bulls had just won Michael Jordans first Championship GW senior was the President, the top grossing movie was “Home Alone” I think you get my point these weapons are so old there is no way that they were really saying that we needed to be concerned about them in 2003. Were they?