Another White House whistleblower

CNN.com – Ex-Bush aide: Iraq war planning began after 9/11 – Mar 20, 2004

Quote: “Rumsfeld was saying we needed to bomb Iraq … We all said, ‘but no, no, al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan,'” Clarke said in the interview. “And Rumsfeld said, ‘There aren’t any good targets in Afghanistan, and there are lots of good targets in Iraq.’ I said, ‘Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with [the September 11 attacks].'”

This is the second former White House official to blow the whistle on this whole fiasco. Time for new leadership. Can we please have an administration that is not almost entirely staffed by ignorant war-mongering pathological liars for once? No?

Chen wins election

Taiwan’s president wins presidential election one day after assassination attempt

We were up all night watching this stuff on TV. I am sooooo tired now. Chen and Lu won by a narrow margin of less than 30,000 votes, but on the other hand – by a far higher percentage than they received four years ago. Lien Chan and James Soong are losers and rather than concede with honor they are demanding a recount and are claiming that the assassination attempt yesterday against Chen and Lu gave them an unfair advantage. But there’s nothing really fair about getting shot at either – I mean what if the idiot that tried to shoot them actually succeeded in blowing their brains out? Stupid freakin’ conspiracy theories…

Shooting in Taiwan

Yahoo! News – Taiwan President Shot, Says Nation Secure

On the eve of a major election in Taiwan, incumbent Pres. and VPs Chen Shui-Bian and Annette Lu were both grazed by bullets in a failed assasination attempt. Chen now holds the dubious place in history of being the first Taiwanese president to be shot. It is sad to think that no place in the world is safe from such violence. Thankfully, both are OK and the wounds were minor.

We plan to stay up all night watching the election results unfold, cheering Chen and Lu on of course, and hoping for a massive Green Camp turnout. It amazes me that the polls were slightly tilted toward the KMT camp a few days ago – Lien Chan and James Soong are such a couple of stiff and shady weasels. Why anyone would want to elect that is beyond me – but especially that guy Soong, who seems to want to be president so badly you can see him salivate behind his running-mate Chan. This election should be a real cliffhanger.

The Joy of CSS

I just finished reading “Eric Meyer on CSS – Mastering the Language of Web Design”, by Eric Meyer of course. Another excellent geek book, and a great follow-on to Jeffrey Zeldman’s book “Designing with Web Standards” These two should be sold as a boxed set. In this book, Meyer puts forth chapter after chapter of project-based examples; sort of like mini-tutorials. But the whole book reads well and the examples are written clearly and concisely enough that simply reading through with just a bit of visualization one can learn the concepts without having to hammer out each example verbatim. To keep the momentum going, I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of Meyer’s “Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition”.