Friday, September 30, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Here’s a straightforward FFM: Favorite Words (that you actually use)

Ten Favorite Words (That I Actually use on a Regular Basis)

1. ubiquitous (simply a cool word)

2. writ large (ok two words, but used together)

3. indeed (I was into “indeed” long before I knew what a Glenn Reynolds was–I think it is a Spock influence, in fact)

4. vis-a-vis

5. exigencies

6. cognizant

7. synergy (I’ve noticed I have been using this one a lot lately)

8. penultimate

9. albeit

10. Spiffy

Honorable mentions (words I like, but don’t necessarily use all the time):




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By Steven L. Taylor

Via Reuters: Reporter breaks silence in CIA leak case

Miller agreed to break her silence and testify after receiving what she described as a voluntary and personal waiver of confidentiality from her source, identified as Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis Libby.

This bolster my point made below, especially in the comments. Her stay is jail is linked to this waiver business, for reasons I don’t totally understand. It is why I mentioned “misguided journalistic ethics”–she allegedly stayed in jail because she thought the Libby waiver was coerced. Now, supposedly, she is willing to accept that it was freely given.

As such, I am not certian that anyone can assume they know how this will play out:

With Miller’s testimony, lawyers said, Fitzgerald could move quickly to bring indictments in the case. Or he may conclude that no crime was committed and end his investigation and possibly issue a report on his findings.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Times Reporter Free From Jail; She Will Testify – New York Times

Judith Miller, the reporter for The New York Times who has been jailed since July 6 for refusing to testify in the C.I.A. leak case, was released Thursday from a Virginia detention center after she and her lawyers reached an agreement with a federal prosecutor in which she would testify before a grand jury investigating the case, the publisher and the executive editor of the paper said.

Interesting, and potentially a big story, depending on what she says.

Although staying in jail all that time and then testifying is amazing. It is like staying up watching a baseball game going into extra inning after extra inning to the point at which you have stayed up until 2am, yet your team loses. At that point you have to ask was all that time worth it?

She goes to the Grand Jury today:

Ms. Miller said in a statement that she expected to appear before the grand jury on Friday. Ms. Miller was released after she and her lawyers met at the jail with Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the prosecutor in the case, to discuss her testimony.

No doubt many on the Democratic side of the Sphere are salivating at the possibilities of what she may say–given the Frist and DeLay situations. And if she is going to finger someone in the WH, especially if it is Rove or Libby, the President’s current rough ride is about to get far rougher.

Of course, just as it is possible that this could all end in a bang, it cold also end in a whimper. Until there is more information, I can’t really say how it will all go.

The NYT piece focuses on Scooter Libby and the whole waiver issue and Miller’s view that it might not have been freely given. This story could end up being about miscommunication and/or misguided journalistic ethics. On the other hand, someone could be in very big trouble. I would state that it is impossible to say at this point–unless I am missing something. I have only had time to read this story on the subject at this point..

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Thursday, September 29, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Via Reuters: Latest News and Financial Information

U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, led by technology shares, as a big drop in weekly unemployment claims and better-than-expected earnings from companies including PepsiCo Inc. (PEP.N: Quote, Profile, Research) lifted sentiment about the economy.

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By Steven L. Taylor

I thought this interesting/noteworthy about our school:

Troy University’s enrollment of international students is up 43 percent over fall semester of 2024, setting a University record and bucking a national trend in the process.

Troy University now enrolls 620 students from 50 countries on its Troy campus, the greatest number of international students enrolled in University history, according to Dr. Curt Porter, Director of International Programs.

I find it interesting if anything because Troy, AL is a small town just under an hour away from any populaiton centers in the middle of rural Alabama. The town’s population is between 13k and 15k and the county’s populaiton is about 30k. The University itself only have somewhere between 5000 and 6000 students. Still, we manage to have a broad spectrum of international students on campus.

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By Steven L. Taylor

I respect Mark Kleiman’s academic work, and like his blog, even if we have a number of philosophical disagreements on a range of matters.

However, I can’t help but note that it is ironic, at a minimum, that a blog with the tagline “A weblog for the reality-based community” would give even partial credence to the National Enquirer, yet he does so here: Should we care if Bush is drinking again?

Yes, he does cast some aspersions in the direction of the Enquirer, yet the basis of the post is the “Bush is drinking story” which derives from the tabloid in question–albeit he is making a broader point about the issue of politicians and alcohol.

Nonetheless, I am not sure this passes the “reality-based” test at this time. Further, given the someone taunting nature of the “reality based” business, I find the whole thing interesting, shall we say.

Sourcing matters. I won’t say that I have never blogged a story from a questionable source, but I refuse to use sources like NewsMax because, quite frankly, their stories are often wither obviously slanted or too good to be true. I also refuse to use state-run media like Xinhua (or, for that matter, VOA). I have cited Drudge, but I have been more reluctant to do so as my time blogging has gone on. I must confess that I rarely check Drudge these days.

I will note that I did post twice on the Kerry intern story–once as a result of the Drudge story and again citing Kos noting that the story came from the Clark camp.

I do agree on one thing: if Bush is abusing alcohol (indeed, any President) then I do want to know.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Vai the AP: Chip Helps Electric Outlet Go Broadband

The implications for cable TV/the merging of cable TV and the internet are mosting intriguing.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Pretty much as expected: German grand coalition most likely option-Merkel.

Of course, the details remain a bit fuzzy at the moment.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Here’s the vote: at MSNBC

The “nays” (all Dems):

Durbin (IL)
Cantwell (WA)
Reed (RI)
Cinton (NY)
Schumer (NY)
Corzine (NJ)
Lautenberg (NJ)
Reid (NV)
Boxer (CA)
Feinstein (CA)
Dayton (MN)
Stabenow (MI)
Kerry (MA)
Kennedy (MA)
Sarbanes (MD)
Biden (DE)
Mikulski (MD)
Harkin (IA)
Bayh (IN)
Obama (IL)
Akaka (HI)
Inouye (HI)

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By Steven L. Taylor

As expected (via MSNBC): Senate confirms John Roberts as chief justice – The Changing Court.

No exact counts yet–but he appears to have won 70-75 votes.

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