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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Monday September 16, 2002
04:00 PM

Pent up

[ #7763 ]

My annoyance at Tony Blair and George Bush is now incredibly pent up and I feel like I'm going to burst. I can't talk about it at work for fear that someone will disagree with me (mustn't talk politics and all that). And I'm sure there are those here who will disagree too, but it just seems to me that Bush is doing nothing more than trying to make a name for himself - to try and go down in history. Either that or to finish what his Dad started. Bah.

Personally I'd rather have Clinton back. His sexual antics made me feel a whole lot safer than Bush's attempts to destabilise the gulf yet again.

ARGH! OK, I feel marginally better now. Maybe it's time we had a revolution :-/

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  • the conservative PM'ers? Perhaps if Clinton figured out a way to accept Bin Laden when he was offered []... well, you can figure out what impact that would have made, especially on Sept. 11th.


    • How can anyone say with any degree of accuracy whether that would have had any effect on the Sept. 11th attacks whatsoever? Is it not possible that Bin Laden's followers would have attempted to extract /more/ vengeance from us if we'd captured/killed their leader than they did with him alive and well? Speculation on mistakes of the past is pointless, even dangerous, when it dwells only on one side of the issue.
      • I agree - my point was that Matts was only looking at this issue from one (liberal) perspective and that is quite limited. All of us each have a limited perspective and no one, even our political leaders, is without fault. But I do believe it's safe to assume that they're (the political leaders) operating with a greater perspective (and intel) than you (and me - saying you in a general sense).
    • the conservative PM'ers?

      What, all two and a half of us? ;)

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • In my doctors waiting room I read an article in Time Magazine about how the Bush administration ignored the research and knowledge passed on from the Clinton administration about Al Qaeda.

    -- ask bjoern hansen [], !try; do();

  • Personally I'd rather have Clinton back. His sexual antics made me feel a whole lot safer than Bush's attempts to destabilise the gulf yet again.

    Do a search on any combination of these terms: Dan Burton, Clinton, China, Chung, Lee. Then let me know how "safe" you feel.

    Oh, and just for good measure, do a search on "Al Gore" + "Occidental Petroleum" just in case you were about to play the environmentalist card.

    • Umm, still a million miles less safe as long as Bush is in the white house. I guess that wasn't the reaction you hoped for though.
    • Clinton sure was far from perfect but imho anything beats a blathering idiot. Oh how nice would it be if it had boiled down to Bradley vs McCain...


      -- Robin Berjon []

      • Bradley -- What did he do for New Jersey? If he can't govern one state well, then what makes you think he would have done well with a whole country?

        McCain --- Is a one trick pony with only one issue and almost no support in congress. His presidency would have most likely resembled Carter's without the brilliance and honest humanity.

        Clinton -- How rose colored do you glasses have to be to continue to believe this man was so good? What did Clinton really do during his term? The "boom" of the economy durin

        • "What did Clinton really do during his term?"

          This is an ignorant comment, which I'll file alongside those who suggest Carter also achieved nothing during his administration.

          "The "boom" of the economy during his years is turning out to be a sham"

          It wasn't a "boom" in the economic sense. The economy saw a very steady rise during this period, and it experienced a shake down, and is now on the rise again. I don't see how you can blame income tax fraud on the Clinton administration though, unless I'm serio
          • I notice that you selectively removed my favorable comment on Carter; typical of an attempt to maintain a viewpoint that doesn't stand up to the light of day. I did state that Carter's presidency was marked by brilliance and humanity. Carter had almost every trait we might have desired in a President but two -- the support of congress, and the willingness to deceive those around him; the lack of these two traits are what severely hampered Carter's ability to affect the changes he desired.

            The economic boom
        • Can anything be done for New Jersey?


          -- Robin Berjon []

  • International politics is a lot more complex than it seems. No one says exactly what they mean. Everything they say and do means something else. It's all about putting pressure on other parties, not about the substance of what is said in a press conference or interview.

    Right now, it appears that the US and UK have maneuvered Iraq into accepting weapons inspectors (something last week Iraq said would not happen at all; then this weekend said would only happen with certain conditions; then yesterday said