I know it’s been a while since my last post here, but I just haven’t had much to say, sadly. I’ve sort of become fed up with politics for the last several months, and have just been focusing on recording videos for my YouTube Channel of games I play on a regular basis.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to pick this up again soon. See you all out there!
Was browsing Yahoo News earlier today and saw this Associated Press article about President Obama lecuturing the GOP on Campaign Finance Reform. Apparently he believes that the Supreme Court’s decision gives the Republican Party too much of a boost financially compared to the Democratic Party.
Huh? Is he serious? I think it sort of levels the playing field. It gives campaigns on both sides the monetary support they sometimes need. The Unions focus on the Democratic Party – and their money isn’t anything to sneeze at – and a large number of corporations give to Republicans. So, it balances it out quite effectively.
Personally, I would love it if no Unions or Corporations could donate to a political campaign, but then that would be stepping on their rights as entities, and that just wouldn’t be right. Maybe the Unions and Corporations should voluntarily reduce how much they give in a campaign season? That would be good, but I don’t believe the government has the right to stop them, or force them to reduce their efforts. It’s not in the government’s job description. Okay, enought blabbing from me. Here’s the article:
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Stop blocking legislation to limit the amount of money corporations and unions can spend on campaign advertising, President Barack Obama is telling Republicans, saying their strategy is “politics at its worst.”
“This is common sense,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. “In fact, this is the kind of proposal that Democrats and Republicans have agreed on for decades. Yet, the Republican leaders in Congress have so far said ‘no.'”
At issue is a Supreme Court ruling that reversed a centurylong trend of limiting the power of big money in politics by saying corporations and unions may spend heavily to influence presidential and congressional elections.
Republicans, seen as mostly benefiting from the ruling, argue that Democrats are only trying to protect themselves with the bill.
The Democratic-controlled House has passed legislation to scale back the ruling and require greater disclosure by donors. Senate Republicans have blocked it and it’s unlikely that the Senate will act on the measure in time to affect the Nov. 2 elections, when control of the House and Senate is at stake, along with 37 governorships.
Obama said a partisan minority in Congress wants to “ride this wave of unchecked influence all the way to victory” on Nov. 2.
“It’s politics at its worst. But it’s not hard to understand why,” he said.
In response, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Democrats are the ones trying to get the upper hand.
McConnell criticized Obama for talking up a “a partisan campaign bill” for the second time in four weeks at a time when Americans are desperate for Washington to focus on creating jobs and growing the economy.
“By focusing on that partisan effort to rig the fall elections rather than the stagnant economy, Democrats are proving once again that the jobs they care about most are their own,” said McConnell “It’s a transparent effort to help themselves ahead of an election in which they clearly can’t run on their record.”
Republicans devoted their weekly address to promoting a GOP plan to freeze government spending and stop tax hikes scheduled to take effect next year unless Congress intervenes.
“If President Obama and Washington Democrats are truly focused on creating jobs, we should take action immediately to cut government spending and stop all of these impending tax hikes,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.
So what do you all think? Until next time…
Here’s the article:
By Barry Collins, Posted on 31 Aug 2010 at 09:26
AMD is to scrap the ATI brand by the end of the year, killing off one of the most famous names in the computer industry.
AMD acquired ATI four years ago and, at the time, pledged to preserve the brand. Now the company claims the time is right to bring all the processor and graphics technology under the single AMD umbrella.
The chip manufacturer conducted research that showed the AMD brand name was stronger than ATI’s, and decided to merge the two. The move mirrors a merger of the two brands’ technology, with the new Fusion product line merging CPU and GPU technology into a single package.
The company will retain its Radeon and FirePro product brand names, but they will adopt the AMD moniker when the company releases its new range of GPUs later this year. Existing products will retain the ATI name.
ATI was founded in 1985 and started life producing integrated graphics for companies such as IBM and Commodore.
In 2006, AMD bought the Canadian graphics firm for $5.4 billion, in a deal that has weighed heavy on AMD’s finances ever since, but which is finally starting to bear fruit.
ATI has pulled ahead of chief rival Nvidia in recent months, with ATI cards topping the PC Pro A List in both the value and enthusiast graphics cards categories.
Read next month’s PC Pro, out 16 September, to find out if ATI retains its crown in our graphics cards Labs.
So there you have it. ATI is going, but AMD is going to continue. Please feel free to comment on this story below. I appreciate all comments.
Until next time…
Yahoo posted an article about this young man in Iraq who has been awarded the Medal of Honor. He pulled two of his fellow soldiers out of a shit storm of bullets when Insurgents ambushed his squad. Several in his squad died, but thanks to the actions of one Staff-Sgt Salvatore Giunta, many survived the engagement.
President Obama called him personally to inform him of the award. The date has yet to be determined.
Congratulations, Staff-Sgt Giunta. We are all glad that you are coming home.
However, there is some sad news. Staff Sgt. Robert Miller will be awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on the 6th of October at the White House. I’m not sure if he died in the same ambush as Staff Sgt. Giunta, but they don’t award the MoH to someone over something trivial. May he rest in peace.
Here is the article:
DES MOINES, Iowa – A 25-year-old soldier from Iowa who exposed himself to enemy gunfire to try to save two fellow soldiers will become the first living service member from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced Friday.
President Barack Obama phoned Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, on Thursday at the base in Italy where he’s stationed to tell him he’d be receiving the nation’s highest military honor, Giunta’s father told The Associated Press. He will become the eighth service member to receive the Medal of Honor during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The seven previous medals were awarded posthumously.
“It’s bittersweet for us,” said Steven Giunta, of Hiawatha. “We’re very proud of Sal. We can’t mention that enough, but in this event, two other soldiers were killed and that weighs heavy on us. You get very happy and very proud and then you start dealing with the loss as well. You can’t have one without the other.”
Giunta was serving as a rifle team leader with Company B 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment when an insurgent ambush split his squad into two groups on Oct. 25, 2007, in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, the White House said in a news release.
Giunta went above and beyond the call of duty when he exposed himself to enemy fire to pull a fellow soldier back to cover. He engaged the enemy again when he saw two insurgents carrying away a wounded soldier, 22-year-old Sgt. Joshua C. Brennan, of McFarland, Wis. Giunta killed one insurgent and wounded the other before tending to Brennan, who died the next day.
“His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon’s ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American soldier from enemy hands,” the White House said.
Giunta, who enlisted in the Army shortly after graduating from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, is now stationed in Italy with the Battle Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was in his second tour of duty in Afghanistan at the time of the ambush.
Giunta, who was previously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other medals, called his parents after hearing from the president, his father said.
“He was very honored to talk to the president but he’s very reserved about it,” Steven Giunta said. “It’s not something he’s comfortable with, the event or the Medal of Honor.”
Steven Giunta said his son is humbled because he believes he was just doing what he was supposed to be doing.
“He mentions every other soldier would have done the same thing. It kind of rocks his world that he’s being awarded the Medal of Honor for something each and every one of them would have done. He’s very aware of that.”
“What a privilege and honor it is and what the men have done over the years to receive it, the feat, the above and beyond portion of it, it’s amazing to me,” Steven Giunta said.
Giunta will be awarded his medal at a White House ceremony at a date yet to be determined.
The President will present the Medal of Honor posthumously to Staff Sgt. Robert Miller in a White House ceremony on Oct. 6.
Until next time…
Well, Vox.com – my former blogging site – has decided to close its doors. So I’m transferring everything to my WordPress account. I’m thankful that WP has an import option. I was wondering what I’d do with all my blog posts, comments, and other stuff.
So, hello, WordPress. I hope we have a long partnership. To Vox, goodbye. It was fun while it lasted, but in the end, the spammers ruined it.
Until next time…