August 18, 2006

Morning Notes: August 18, 2006

More in an irregularly occurring series...

In politics, some of the biggest news surrounded the court's call for an immediate halt to the illegal NSA-sponsored domestic wiretapping that Bush and his right-wing cronies have been saying is an integral part of our security against terrorists at home or abroad. Interestingly, in the judge's summation, she wrote, "There are no hereditary Kings in America and no power not created by the Constitution. So all "inherent power" must derive from that Constitution." Her comment on hereditary kings sounded particularly apt when one looks at this administration, and that of the 1988-elected George Bush Sr., a man who towers over his son in intellect and scruples, Iran-Contra aside.

Vanity Fair's James Wolcott piles on in a piece called "Turd on the Run", where he asks, "Is Bush an idiot? Is water wet?"

In technology, gadgets reign supreme. The Web is abuzz over the first leaked photos on Gizmodo of Microsoft's wannabe-iPod killer, Zune. The pictures don't show the device on, or even its true color, in an effort to mask the leaker. But that didn't stop a wealth of discussion on iLounge, Engadget, Slashdot and CrunchGear.

In other news, this morning, a judge ordered that EchoStar has to stop selling its digital video recorders, and must pay TiVo approximately $90 million for patent infringement. It's good to see a company have the opportunity to successfully defend its intellectual property. (Tivo's response)

And finally, in sports, the A's play a rare doubleheader against the lowly Kansas City Royals, after a rainstorm thankfully interrupted a would-be A's loss earlier in the season, forcing a makeup game. The green and gold take on the AL Central's cellar dwellers starting at 2:10 p.m. Pacific. Until then, check out Athletics Nation's interview with A's pitching legend Dave Stewart.

Listening to ''Play For Today'', by The Cure (Play Count: 6)

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