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Violating the Constitution or Talking Big? September 25, 2008

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : The Chip , 1 comment so far

In a recent interview with Katie Couric, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate suggested that she had foreign relations with Russia and Putin on the behalf of Alaska because Russia was just across the water. Article I Section 10 of the United States Constitution specifically forbids states from from entering into “agreements or compacts” with foreign powers. The question that occurs to me is: Did Sarah Palin violate the United States Constitution, as the chief executive officer of the state of Alaska, or is she just talking big to try to sound like she has done more than she has really done?

WordPress 2.6 Revisions September 17, 2008

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Version 2.6 of WordPress offers a feature that saves copies of each revision you make to a specific post. Unfortunately, there is no option to delete these revision copies when you don’t need them any longer. Nor is there a default way to turn this option off. I actually like the feature itself, but wish there was a quick and easy interface to delete all of your revision copies once you are sure you are done with them.

If you have direct access to your SQL database, you can run this query:

DELETE a,b,c FROM wp_posts a LEFT JOIN wp_term_relationships b ON (a.ID = b.object_id) LEFT JOIN wp_postmeta c ON (a.ID = c.post_id) WHERE a.post_type = ‘revision’

Check out Andrei Neculau’s blog entry for more info about deleting or blocking this feature. Maybe write to WordPress to ask them to add an option to delete ALL revisions?

Clean Green? September 17, 2008

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Are we going to put some sort of green soap in the lines? Today, the Republican VP candidate, Sarah Palin called the supplies of natural gas that lie in America “clean green” energy sources. Maybe she doesn’t understand what the word “green” means when people use it in conjunction with energy discussions? Green energy is renewable and green energy doesn’t pollute. Natural gas doesn’t fit. Biogas might qualify, but that clearly wasn’t what she was talking about pumping out of the ground in Alaska.

British Petroleum wants energy-secure America? September 15, 2008

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British PetroleumI was watching TV tonight when a commercial aired suggesting that America should explore all of its resources in order to become energy-independent. At first I thought it was a Republican-funded advertisement, designed to forward the McCain ticket’s “Drill! Drill! Drill!” mantra. Eventually, though, the commercial revealed its BP origin.

Hm, I thought. How interesting is that? A company whose initials (BP) mean British Petroleum, and which is headquartered in London, wants the United States to become energy-independent?

Very strange indeed. It seems to me that BP wants to hide their origin and headquarters behind their new slogan “Beyond Petroleum” while they bankroll advertisements that push an agenda that gives them control over American resources and uses McCain to do it.

To be fair, I am glad that their commercials suggest that they might want to explore solar and wind power (via little symbols that look like a windmill and a sun). Also, “energy secure” arguably doesn’t really mean independent. But. Please. Why would a foreign company claim to want to help the United States of America become energy-independent, when doing so would clearly hurt its own business? Perhaps a better question is: Why should anyone believe that is what is really going to happen?

On a positive note, if American energy companies will not go green, it may be that somebody else will have to help us do so. If we won’t do it, then it would be good if somebody does. However, I would prefer to see Obama’s plan go forward, strengthening our economy by building our own green industries and putting Americans to work on the future.

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RNC 2008 WTF September 5, 2008

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Arkansas ex-governor Huckabee got a cheap laugh from the 2008 Republican National Convention crowd when he said that Sarah Palin got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla in Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States.

Uh, yeah. Why would he say this when it is so clearly bullshit? Biden collected more than 15,000 votes during the Democratic primary in Florida alone (see NY Times list of results). Palin became mayor of Wasilla in 1996. When the US census was conducted four years later, in 2000, Wasilla had grown to 5,469 people. Even if the entire town population was composed of voting adults (which is clearly not the case) and she got every single vote (which is unlikely), that would still only be about one-third of the votes Biden gained from Florida alone, much less the rest of the states where Biden was on the ballot during the Presidential primary.

With weak math like that, no wonder 8 years of George W Bush and 6 years of Republican Congress have wracked up more debt than any other President and promoted the biggest government ever in USA history while Republican convention speeches keep suggesting that “the liberals” were in charge of Washington throughout that period. I guess they think George W Bush and the Republican Congress are liberals?

Followup: It turns out that Palin only got 651 votes in her first mayorial election. Check out FactCheck.org if you want to see a detailed list of other inaccurate claims the RNC made that evening.