Abraham Lincoln Had No Experience
Abraham Lincoln Had No Experience
There is a direct relationship between the fact that Abraham Lincoln had no experience and he went to become the greatest president America ever had, and his record still stands. There is a reason why all the top names in the tech industry today are college dropouts. There is a reason why Bill Gates did not first join IBM and worked his way to the top before launching Microsoft.
For Abraham Lincoln to have worked his way up the system, he would have had to make soul level compromises on the slavery question. He would have to give in to the system. I am so glad Barack Obama has not chaired any Senate Committee, ever. When JFK went to the White House after his election, that was his first time. That was the only way for a Catholic to break the glass ceiling. You come from the outside in because, well, you have been outside the entire time.
But if it is experience you are looking for, as counted in the number of years, Hillary is not that person. How long has she been an elected official? Has she ever held any local or state level office?
And what about life experiences? The reason the US intelligence agencies so miserably failed in the months before 9/11 is because they are peopled by people whose life experiences fall short. They are people too steeped in one worldview, the white American worldview. That makes them unprepared for the other worlds that exist out there. One of those worlds broke the American window on 9/11.
Hillary's mistake on Iraq, her refusal to learn from it, and her repeat mistake on Iran shows it is very hard to get out of that worldview. You are imprisoned by it.
With Barack, you get the best of several worlds, and I don't just mean culturally. You get his life experiences, his experiences as an elected official at the state and national levels, you get the experience of a guy who was the Democratic Party's top campaigner for the 2006 victory, and you get the national experience of a guy who has run a presidential campaign that shows all signs of becoming a classic. The presidential campaign is designed to test if you are ready, and he has been acing the tests.
But, with him, you also get freshness, guts, newness, boldness of vision, boldness, ease and classiness of style. He is no Ronald Reagan, Reagan looked contorted. Barack is so very comfortable in his skin. He will carry more than 35 states next fall.
Lincoln liberated America from slavery. Barack will liberate America from racism. If America wants to benefit from this new, globalized century, it will have to grow like that. FDR gave social security. Barack will give that program a new birth, a new life. He will deliver universal health care, an unkept promise of half a century. He will expand education and credit opportunities. JFK offered charisma, youthfulness, vigour, and a global reach. So will Barack.
I am going to say Barack is an amazing package deal. This is not a presidential election, yo. That happens once every four years. This is different. This is more than even a movement. Whatever this is, this s__t happens once a generation, maybe once every few generations. Barack is more than the best candidate. There is a best candidate every four years. Barack competes with the top five in the league for greatness. He is going to be epoch making.
Barack means deliverance.
In The News
Mississippi Senator Trent Lott Set to Resign By Year's End
Reprogrammed Skin Cells Could Replace Embryonic Stem Cells
NFL Star Shot in His Home, Fighting for His Life
A Game of Chicken on Iraq Funding "denial and deception" is a key part of any military campaign ....... the Administration is encouraging the sense of an impending train wreck, shouting early and often that doom is just ahead. ...... Congress has already sent the military $460 billion for its operations in fiscal 2008 ....... Bush is for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ....... seeking $196 billion more..... the betting inside the Pentagon is that the Democrats will fold in the coming weeks ..... Bush's announcement in September that he was beginning a drawdown was "a study in calculated public deception" ...... The pullout of 30,000 troops by next summer will still leave about 140,000 troops in Iraq, the same size force that was there before the 30,000-strong "surge" began earlier this year. "He made clear in that speech that as far as he's concerned," Obey said, "we're going to be there for the next decade." ........ "Because the Pentagon says it, you believe it?" .... "Go back and look — 'Mission accomplished,' al-Qaeda connection, weapons of mass destruction, on and on and on, and you believe the Pentagon?" He calls the Pentagon's alarmist warnings "Rumsfeld-like," which is perhaps the ultimate insult in Washington today.
The Last Mideast Peace Conference? a conference that ends all peace? ....... the two-state solution and its hope of peace may die forever. ...... Palestinian leadership has become badly splintered ...... transforming Arab dictatorships into pro-Western democracies will not be simple ....... The Iraqi quagmire has helped Iran rise as a leader of forces opposed to a Pax Americana, with the clout to play a spoiler role in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East. ........ the launching of a serious new round of comprehensive negotiations based on a solid consensus for realistic solutions. ......... accept Jerusalem as two capitals for two states. ...... an increasing consensus about Israel's need to withdraw to the pre-1967 borders ...... Israel will agree to allow a symbolic number of perhaps several thousand Palestinians to return ....... the bulk of refugees will be incorporated into the Palestinian state, or given citizenship in their current countries of residence or in third countries under an international humanitarian program ...... If the sides can agree on that much, what's holding them back? The answer is the rough-and-tumble of Israeli and Palestinian domestic politics ..... a past tendency toward unsuccessful brinksmanship in negotiations. ........ The Clinton administration waited until its final six months in office to tackle the main issues of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. The Bush administration ignored mediation altogether for its first six years in office. .......... She has now, quietly and painstakingly, re-launched comprehensive peace negotiations based on past agreements and plans that enjoy a wide consensus. .... "the prolonged experience of deprivation and humiliation can radicalize even normal people." ...... "My fear," she said, "is that if Palestinian reformers cannot deliver on the hope of an independent state, then the moderate center could collapse forever and the next generation of Palestinians could become lost souls of unbridled extremism."
What Sharif's Return Means to Pakistan
Clinton Critiques Obama PAC Washington Post "response to another false attack from hillary clinton." .... "Whatever happened to the confident front-runner who said she wouldn't attack other Democrats just two weeks ago?" .... "The latest personal attack from Hillary Clinton is a completely false attempt to misrepresent Barack Obama's full disclosure of his campaign finances. Senator Obama's commitment to disclosure is one that Hillary Clinton does not share, and until Senator Clinton is willing to make this commitment - by disclosing her White House records, the list of donors to her husband's presidential library, how much her bundlers raise, and releasing her personal tax returns to the public -- she's not really in a position to point fingers at others." ............. Burton called the PAC and lobbyist donations to Hopefund irrelevant to Obama's campaign pledge. "Apples and oranges"
Review: Costly 'Kindle' reader gets a lot of it right Christian Science Monitor this product was not designed by anybody working for Steve Jobs. ....... like the iPod, it could be the tipping point in a whole new way to access a popular medium – in this case, books. ....... Amazon has included free wireless (so no monthly service charges), and not just any middling wireless, but top-quality Sprint EVDO wireless. This means anytime you want to read a new book, you can download one right away. ....... another smart move by Amazon: e-book pricing. The company is offering many top-selling books and new releases for $9.99 each. ........ crushed ink on dead trees ..... just over 10 ounces ...... the revolutionary e-ink technology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, which duplicates the look of a book page pretty faithfully. That means no glare. ....... will hold up to 200 books ...... $399. It's too much. ...... wait for the price to drop. ...... a Web browser and the ability to send and receive e-mail (each Kindle comes with a free e-mail account). ....... Give it a year or so, a few tweaks, a lower price, and the Kindle is going to be a machine you are going to want to own.
Obama Touts His Time Away From Capital
Clinton Bores Into Obama pac's Distribution of Money in Primary States
In West Iowa, Obama Man Thinks Locally He stepped across a few rows of soybeans, climbed up the steps of a red Case combine and squeezed into a seat next to Lyle McIntosh, who was circling a field. ....... think like a local, which in this part of Iowa means only gently pestering people about politics. ........ has worked as a truck driver in the Pacific Northwest and a crab fisherman in Alaska ..... one of the most competitive presidential races that anyone here can recall. ....... 1,781 precinct meetings ...... creating a strong and loyal person-to-person network ...... building — and sustaining — those networks throughout the state’s 99 counties. ....... Obama DVDs he lends to neighbors. ...... getting the office computer printer to work falls on his abilities to beg and barter. ...... neither Mr. Steele, a soft-spoken, bearded man, nor his ever-growing cadre of young staff members spend time tracking daily campaign developments on cable television or the proliferating blogs. They seldom have time to watch the presidential debates. Their lens is purposefully microscopic. ....... precinct captains, the supporters who will organize Obama followers on caucus night ....... ....... On the Fourth of July, he “Snoop Dogg breaks” — brief naps on the sofa near the front doorway of the campaign officevowed to have himself tattooed with the initials of whoever turned in the most signed supporter cards. Delane Adams, a campaign organizer from Chicago, won by submitting 33. ......... “DA 33 July 4.” (“I thought it would have been weird to tattoo “Obama” on my arm,” he said, “but now I have some dude’s initials on me.”) ...... He is intimately familiar with Mr. Obama’s voice, his positions and his biography, yet Mr. Steele has had only a few passing conversations with him. ...... sprawling national headquarters in Chicago, on the 11th floor of a downtown skyscraper, with views of Lake Michigan ........ “We never want to burn those bridges and we never — ever — speak ill of another candidate.” ....... “maven,” which is campaign shorthand for a community leader, party official or, quite simply, someone who can persuade others to join the Obama team. ........ Steele mostly listened and took pages of notes on a yellow legal pad, writing down Mr. Knock’s concern about presidential powers and what he fears are threats to the Constitution and the politicization of the Justice Department. ...... “But I’ve got to figure out how I can step away from Biden. They gave me the cellphone of his national political director and his niece!” ....... his daily report to state headquarters in Des Moines ..... Within a week, a campaign policy aide from the Chicago office was on the phone, answering Mr. Knock’s specific questions. ...... When Mr. Obama went to Creston a month later, Mr. Steele arranged a brief one-on-one meeting between the senator and Mr. Knock, who signed on to the campaign soon after. ..... Jefferson-Jackson dinner ..... who was seated at Mr. Obama’s table? Mr. Knock and his wife, Jan. Later, Ms. Knock told her husband that Mr. Obama had “swept her off her feet”
US dismisses Russian claim of election meddling
Gaza fears Israeli push to smash Hamas Independent
Hotmail Cofounder Challenges Microsoft Office
My face is ugly enough: Amitabh Bachchan Hindustan Times "That's as far as I go. My face is ugly enough. I can't do anything to improve it. Nothing can save it." ..... "From January 2008, I'll be working with Mira, Warner Bros and Johnny Depp on Shantaram."
I like Salman very much:Big B
Kamalesh Sharma as Commonwealth boss: a vote for India
Russian Police Detain Prominent Opposition Leaders Washington Post
Hezbollah raises specter of long Lebanon power void Reuters
French president says China must revalue the yuan AFP
Online Nicknames Google better than Real? Slashdot
"Black Friday" sales rise an unexpected 8.3% BloggingStocks
Soccer Roundup S. Africans to Receive World Cup Tickets Free New York Times
Teen's Suicide Spurs Anti-Cyberbullying Law
In Broadway Dispute, Both Sides Agree: It’s All About Fairness New York Times
Firefighters make progress against blaze near Malibu CNN International
Sharif makes it back to Pakistan second time lucky Reuters
Nepal's Maoists threaten to take up arms again
Obama says his health package does more
The Lord at Obama's hypothetical dinner table Los Angeles Times
Ron Paul: A big tent, but unlikely bet
Clinton Takes On Student Loan Industry
A New Face for Australia TIME
Former US President in bid to save Nepal's peace process
French transit workers back on job
Kindle; the demise of books; rise of the e-reader YourHub.com
Obama closing in on Clinton Chicago Tribune Perceptions are nine-tenths of reality in politics. ...... What's changed? He's gone on the attack. ...... Or, as he puts it, he is drawing sharp contrasts and distinctions between his own positions and those of his leading opponent. ..... Obama has since made a theme of criticizing Clinton as lacking honesty, candor and consistency. Clinton countercharges pointedly that Obama lacks experience. ..... The poll is the first in which Obama has scored a higher percentage than Clinton in Iowa ....... "honesty" versus "experience"
Democrats 2008: Hillary 52%, Obama 29%
Regardless of Kadima Leader, Likud First in Israel
Russians Back Mostly One Party Before Election
High Support for Democratic Reforms in Hong Kong
No to health care mandates, Obama says
Candidates' Stances on Social Security
Clinton Unveils Autism Plan The Associated Press
Official: Nepal pushes for SAARC transportation corridors Xinhua
Former US Commander Criticizes Bush on Iraq Voice of America
As Democrats See Iraq Gains, a Shift in Tone
Vote Is Postponed as Lebanese President Leaves New York Times
Attacks on Pakistani Military Kill 15 New York Times
Moscow cops suppress democracy march, arrest Kasparov Chicago Tribune
jotspot to replace Google Pages soon? ZDNet
google bets on open-source software Canada.com Speculation around the potential of the two projects had investors pushing the company's stock to a record high of US$741.79 this month ...... the company hopes the product will drive more traffic to the rest of Google's application offerings. ...... "OpenSocial has nothing to do with making our slice of the pie bigger but making the pie itself bigger." ..... "Google is an advertising company, first and foremost, and one of the things that makes that possible is a fair and free Internet" ...... if Google can manage to work its advertising model into Andriod-run cellphones, the revenue potential is astronomical.
Scratched Discs Can Wreck a Rock Band Washington Post
Dell Remakes Itself InformationWeek the future of his company lies in reducing IT complexity for customers. "We're simplifying your client infrastructure, we're simplifying your data center ...... launching services to assess complexity and simplify your environment." Dell said he plans to triple the size of the company's services business within three years. ...... Acquisitions are one way he plans to get there. In a turnaround from its historical organic-growth strategy, Dell has acquired five companies in the past four months, topped off with the Nov. 15 agreement to acquire Everdream, a provider of on-demand software services for managing business PCs. ...... Dell tends to commoditize things and lower prices ..... IT buyers for whom simplicity means having fewer technology vendors to manage. That makes Dell like Oracle, where the one-stop-shop philosophy for software has outweighed occasional complaints of service and support hiccups arising from its manic acquisition strategy.
AMD v Intel Oil money and hafnium Economist Mubadala Development, an investment arm of oil-rich Abu Dhabi, would pay about $622m for 8.1% of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) ..... it has only two chip fabrication plants, or “fabs”, compared with Intel's 15 ...... Intel can usually introduce new manufacturing processes faster. ...... hafnium, an obscure metal, to insulate the transistors in its chips ..... Intel was able to recover quickly from its missteps because it has deep pockets. After slashing nearly 11,000 jobs in the past 12 months, its profit in the third quarter soared by 43% ....... Mubadala Development will not get a seat on AMD's board. But the deal will prompt worries that if technology spending slows, as many industry-watchers expect it to, America's high-tech industry will suffer, and more resource-rich countries will take the chance to buy their way into it.
Cisco launches network on wheels Business Standard The company has decided to take its networking solutions to SMB customers, on a mobile van ..... ‘Network On Wheels’ (NOW), a customised van with a live network environment on board will visit industrial locations across Karnataka, hosting live demonstrations for customers. ...... The NOW van has already covered cities including New Delhi (NCR), Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Karnal, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune and Mumbai
Microsoft Blows Zune Supply PC World the last-generation Zune ...... the Zune 80, the Apple competitor's top-of-the-range Zune player ...... 80GB device includes Wi-Fi and an FM radio
Nintendo Wii pulls even with Microsoft's Xbox 360 Seattle Post Intelligencer
Live Documents enters the Office suite ring ZDNet Sabeer Bhatia was the co-founder of Hotmail, the Web email service Microsoft acquired for $400 million in 1998. Now, Bhatia wants to bite the hand that fed him. He formed a new company, InstaColl, and is joining Zoho, ThinkFree, Google, Yahoo (Zimbra), Adobe and lesser know others in the effort to squish Microsoft Office with a new suite and complementary collaborative component, Live Documents. ....... a set of Flash-based Office 2007-like applications and also embeds collaborative capabilities and adds online/offline synchronization into Microsoft Office documents. ........ “We are just a few years away from the end of the shrink-wrapped software business. By 2010, people will not be buying software. This is a significant challenge to a proportion of Microsoft’s revenues.” ..... The idea of software moving mainly to the cloud and collaboration is a logical outcome based on what is going on today ....... Office 2007 accounts for 17.4 percent of all PC software dollar volume and retail sales the suite are about double the rate of Office 2003 at a similar post-launch stage. ....... Zoho has less than 500,000 users of its array of browser-based applications. Microsoft has hundreds of millions of Office users. ...... the shift from shrink wrapped software to “live” services is not unknown to Microsoft. The company probably has something similar to what Live Documents has developed waiting in the wings for the day, or year, when the balance shifts and Google Apps or another suite becomes more than an ankle biter. ........ Microsoft is developing a Sync Framework for adding synchronization, roaming, and offline capabilities to applications, and using any data type, data store, transfer protocol, or network topology. ...... InstaColl describes its offering as a “software plus services” value proposition, using Microsoft’s way of characterizing its approach to marrying the client and the Web. ...... Live Documents is a full-featured suite of online Office productivity applications offering functionality equivalent to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Built using RIA technologies such as Flash and Flex, Live Documents allow users to view and edit documents within any common browser on any operating system from anywhere. Live Documents uses a Flash-based user interface that offers a richer and responsive user experience that is comparable to native Office software applications. ........... Microsoft Office is a justifiably huge target for competitors, a $16 billion business. Bandwidth, browser technology, development tools, infrastructure costs and user expectations are enabling more sophisticated applications to live on the Net.
Google races ahead of Yahoo! and Microsoft ihotdesk - IT News
City IBM execs to work 6 days a week Times of India
JOHN DVORAK'S SECOND OPINION How Oracle can lose by winning MarketWatch The crux of the case stems from Oracle's ability to track down what seems to have been a spidering operation, where TomorrowNow allegedly sent a crawler into the Oracle support site and downloaded every document it could find. ....... Oracle charges that TomorrowNow, using Honeywell's and other customers' accounts and passwords, went on the support site and downloaded what it could. Oracle also says that this was to be used for providing the exact same support services sold by SAP. ...... Oracle is 100% in the right and SAP is bad. ...... once on the Oracle treadmill, you'll never be able to get off it. ...... pricey support and endless upgrades. To Oracle, support and upgrades add up to $2.1 billion in revenue ...... Because Oracle has created a gravy train for itself with no escape routes for the clients, it will not be able to give up any of the free money. Who would? .... I'm not jazzed about software plans where, like it or not, you are wedded for life.
sap's tomorrownow Looking Like Yesterday's Toast
Shoppers pack area stores before sunrise Cincinnati Post the same things that other shoppers were searching for from Connecticut to California. ..... Toys and electronics
On Black Friday, Shoppers Display Pragmatic Restraint
Judge Rejects Wal-Mart Effort To Block Public View of Documents
AT&T’s 3G wireless broadband network goes live in Virginia TeleGeography
tanzania: wimax network set up AllAfrica.com
AT&T launches wireless broadband service in western Massachusetts
Eyes Will Be on Bush At Talks on Mideast Washington Post
Australians Vote on 11 Years of Conservative Rule Voice of America
Obama's Generation X Factor CBS News old grudges and revenge plots hatched on a handful of college campuses long ago -- played out on the national stage .... the Millennials ..... Obama's own generation, i.e., Generation X, the Lost Generation, whose name has been virtually erased from the national conversation. ...... X-ers -- a sociocultural label typically used to describe those born between 1961 and 1976 ...... "lazy," "passive" and possessing "only a hazy sense of their own identity." ....... lost in translation, their rejection of politics-as-usual mistaken for apathy, their questioning of liberal credo interpreted as "backlash" politics, their anxiety about economic security condemned as materialism and their reluctance to be identified either by labels or with larger institutions dismissed as a lack of commitment. ........ The X-er economic philosophy was better described by Ted Halstead in The Atlantic Monthly as "balanced-budget populism," combining fiscal responsibility with a concern for income inequality. ...... many of the political and cultural orientations of Gen X have been recast as the "new progressive" politics. The scalding contempt for the mainstream press expressed by bloggers was ingrained in the Gen X point of view long before the Iraq War. ........ angry idealism with a studied disdain for ideology and partisanship ...... Clinton was in many ways "our first political love who broke our hearts. We've never been able to trust any politician quite in that same way again." ...... X-ers had never embraced street protests like the boomers. So they turned to the medium most of them knew best: the Internet. ...... the Internet offered something just as valuable in the jittery aftermath of 9/11: community ...... "We didn't like being controlled or defined by an association with these fake communities like nationality, or religion or [corporate] brands." The Internet always carried the potential for connection, but X-ers would use it to create a vast array of political and purely social blogs, networking sites and other forms of community, which we now refer to as Web 2.0. ....... we also understood the technology in a way that baby boomers did not ....... the potential of online activism -- from raising money to organizing meet-ups -- having been present and intimately involved in the development of the web during the dot-com heyday. ...... the revolutionary opportunity to get involved in politics so late in our life, and enter it at a fairly high level ....... from her outsider status in the green movement to her entrepreneurial spirit, community-based focus and emphasis on fiscal responsibility and real-life outcomes. ...... relationships between ideology, identity and activism ...... "see politics as a fluid field of choice rather than a hard-and-fast test" of ideological commitment. ........ "challenging the tired orthodoxies of both the right and the left." ...... progressives intensely focused on outcomes ...... a certain impatience with the "romanticism" of boomer lefties ...... far less inspired by the idea of "saving the world" than fixing the local school system or creating a green transit alternative ..... a specific problem with a concrete solution ...... a roll-up-your-sleeves, nuts-and-bolts politics, built on collaboration ....... collaborative, open, transparent, bottom-up, fair ...... X-er ambition is perfectly embodied by the now infamous anti-Hillary spoof of Apple's "Big Brother" ad, created by 33-year-old Phil de Vellis, who declared it a victory for citizen politics. "The underlying point," he says, "was that the old political machine no longer holds all the power." ....... if a Republican or a conservative or a libertarian or a free-marketer has a better idea, I am happy to steal ideas from anybody, and in that sense I'm agnostic ..... his netroots strategy looks a lot like old-fashioned marketing. "He's skipped right over the blogosphere to the younger social networking sites ...... "Anxious Xers" as the swing voters to watch in 2008. ..... Or X-ers may end up like the Silent Generation, who, sandwiched between the GI Generation and the baby boomers, were simply squished into obscurity.
Drudge Report Leaks, Web Media Integral Part of Clinton's ... Wired News
Democratic Presidential Campaign Is Boiling Down to a 4-Letter ...
Clinton hits China again on toy safety
Exiled ex-leader Sharif ready to return to Pakistan Guardian Unlimited spells a further headache for Pervez Musharraf ...... has his powerbase in Punjab province, Pakistan's most populous. .... Musharraf flew to Saudi Arabia this week to meet King Abdullah, apparently to try to stave off Sharif's return.
Pakistan Court Orders Musharraf to Step Down as Military Chief ...
Iran: Allegations About Nuclear Program 'Baseless' Voice of America