I’m not sure how I’m going to get all the things done today that I need to get done. Around 5:00AM last night, the Planet finally got their act in gear. The server migration has finally begun in earnest. To all Blip users: I will get to your tech support requests as soon as this is done.
Ugh. I just looked at the time left in the transfer. This is going to take the rest of my life. You podcasters never shut up, do you!?
Just Check: Where are the Transcripts?
Of course, the big news in right now is that Michael Brown made his statement today on Capitol Hill. Despite an adaquate defense on his part, Republicans were quick to turn tail and critisize him with no provocation or rational ground to stand on. Witness: “I’m happy you left,” said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn. “That kind of look in the lights like a deer tells me you weren’t capable of doing that job.”
Statements like that, you usually expect to hear from Harry Reid. I don’t have a Harry Reid quote on hand for him at the moment, but I do have a stand in: Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., told Brown: “The disconnect was, people thought there was some federal expertise out there. There wasn’t. Not from you.”
To be honest with you, I think Michael Brown held his own pretty well. A couple highlights: “My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional,” two days before the storm hit, Brown said. “I’ve overseen over 150 presidentially declared disasters. I know what I’m doing, and I think I do a pretty darn good job of it.”
What’s upsetting to me is that I watched it through half-asleep eyes this morning on C-Span, and I know for a fact he directly referenced a blog as beeing bad journalism (if my memory serves, it was called JustCheck), and blasted the MSM on several occassions. Unfortunately, neither C-Span, any blogger, nor the MSM seem willing to post up a transcript of his testimony as willingly as they would, say, post a transcript of them suing Michael Brown.
If anyone can hunt down a transcript of this, or even some saved video, please let me know!
Find the Brownie
In other Michael Brown news, Paul Krugman of the bastion of inventive journalism (tip: that’s not a complement) has invented a “fun new game” for liberals to play:
The objective in Find the Brownie is to find an obscure but important government job held by someone whose only apparent qualifications for that job are political loyalty and personal connections. It’s inspired by President Bush’s praise, four days after Katrina hit, for the hapless Michael Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency: “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”
There are a lot of Brownies. As Time magazine puts it in its latest issue, “Bush has gone further than most presidents to put political stalwarts in some of the most important government jobs you’ve never heard of.” Time offers a couple of fresh examples, such as the former editor of a Wall Street medical-industry newsletter who now holds a crucial position at the Food and Drug Administration.
O.K., enough joking. The point of my games – which are actually research programs for enterprising journalists – is that all the scandals now surfacing are linked. Something is rotten in the state of the U.S. government. And the lesson of Hurricane Katrina is that a culture of cronyism and corruption can have lethal consequences.
I’m all aflutter with excitement! The New York Times is going to try to play the blogger game by getting the readers involved! Go go gadget NYT! Try as you might to imitate the New Media, MSM, you will always be second best.
We’ll Miss You by THIS Much
Don Adams, better known as Inspector Gadget and Maxwell Smart, passed away on Sunday of a lung infection at the age of 82. He was way before my time, but he was one of the few old school showman that really pulled me in as a kid.
FCC sets VoIP wiretap rules
As if the FCC’s 911 mandate wasn’t enough of a challenge for VoIP providers, the agency has now given the industry until spring 2007 to accommodate a new and complex set of rules designed to make it easier for police to seek wiretaps. The FCC’s 59-page ruling requires that any VoIP provider linking to the public telephone network must be wiretap-ready. Yet, despite the decision’s length, much remains uncertain. Still to be decided, for instance, is who will pay for the cost of equipment upgrades: taxpayers or VoIP providers and their customers. Industry trade groups, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the Voice On the Net Coalition, said they will work with the FCC toward service compliance.
On the other hand, some analysts are questioning the legality of the FCC’s ruling, claiming that the move marks an unreasonable extension of 1994’s Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). Critics note that a House of Representatives committee report prepared in October 1994 states that CALEA’s requirements “do not apply to information services such as electronic-mail services; or online services such as CompuServe, Prodigy, America Online or Mead Data (Central); or to Internet service providers.”