On the Heels of Custer Battles

Seems the web of Randy “Duke” Cunningham is being unravled little by little.

Witness the recent MSNBC/Newsweek article referencing plum CIA contracts given in a quid pro quo arrangement with a friend of Cunningham’s nephew.

I do wish someone like George Sorros would put his momey where his mouth is and fund a team of forensic auditors to follow the money. Because were we to follow it, there would be connections to both political parties and the whole scam would come apart at the seams. Wouldn’t that be nice.

Sure, we already know about Halliburton, and now this recent article. But imagine what could be done if we just dug in? Of course the MSM would ignore it but that’s where the web comes in. Just publish the audit report and notify everyone via email, blogs, etc. until the MSM has no choice but to look.

I feel an idea germinating here. It’d have to be a grass roots effort and money would have to be on a donation basis. But I’d love to see where this would go.


Dim Memories of the Vietnam War are Refreshed

It’s happening all over again. Iraq is pretty much a quagmire, getting worse by the day, regardless of what the talking heads on television will tell you.

But the thing that will destroy the war hawks is the net. Because you see – video can be uploaded and shared very easily.

Cindy Sheehan was recently arrested when she and a group of people tried to present a petition to the U.S. Mission to the U.N. And members of the group captured the protest and arrest on video .

I’d like to pose this open question to both U.S. Mission staff, the NYPD and more importantloy the Administration of George W. Bush.

What part of that ‘god damned piece of paper'(Dubya allegedly called the Constitution that in published remarks.) otherwise known as the United States Constitution, did you not comprehend?

I’m particularly incensed that the first amendment that allows me to post this is also being used against peaceful demonstrators. It’s all over, the blush has come off the rose. I hope we don’t see another Kent State – but maybe that is precisely what we the people need. An event perpetrated on us by our own government so heinous that we all have to stand up, including those who do the bidding of our overlords.

For those who need a refresher, the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

But now I see where the Bush Administration and the neo-con hawks everywhere get their motivation. The 1st Amendment states only that Congress shall not make law abridging the right. But a President has full rights to do so. Maybe we do need to create a new constitutional amendment that includes all three branches of government in that statement.

Construction in Providence

This is a shot that depicts three major construction projects within a half a mile radius of each other. Actually all the pictures in the set are from sites within one half mile radius.

Just in time for the real estate market to come crashing down. Hey, maybe I’ll actually be able to afford something in La Prov when that happens. Wouldn’t mind paying short money for a place on the 28th floor of say, the Westin Residences.

Here are the rest of the images. There aren’t that many but I’ll try to get more shots as progress is made on the projects.

My Latest Amazon Order

I got bored and decided I need more reading material. So I plunked $40 on Amazon for these titles:

Gangs of America : The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy (Bk Currents)

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

Regime Change Begins at Home: Freeing America from Corporate Rule

Disturbing reading trends lately. I’ve already posted my required reading list for this blog. Depending on how I like these, they may also become part of the reading list.

How Interesting: PersonalDNA

Something of an expansion of the Meyers-Briggs tests (Depending on which MB test I take I either come out ENTJ or INTJ.) but a little more detailed in its descriptions.

You can take the test at PersonalDNA.

And the following is what it told me that I am.

My Personal Dna Report

I’m a Reserved Inventor. I already knew this but it’s nice to have confirmation from an outside source. Additionally – if you’ve taken the Political Compass test you can now post your results in comments to this message. I turned off the requirement that you be a Blogger user but do still moderate comments.

In case you’re wondering – I rank in the lower left corner – the communistic/liberalistic side. Surprise suprise.

When a bunch of regulars on alt.rhode_island tested one of the group members did a comparison graph for the group. I’m Tony P. on this image.

Custer Battles Found Guilty in $3 Million Fraud Case

The reason I’m posting about this (Which can be read free here, and with registration here.)is because first of all, they were a Rhode Island based company approximately two years ago. Secondly, I interviewed with them two years ago and now don’t feel so bad telling the story.

When I interviewed it was with Mike Battles. Immediately I knew something was up when i was left in an office and saw a notepad with a long list of company names on it. Shell game immediately jumped to mind.

Anyhow, Battles was antagonistic in the interview. After I left the interview he called and asked if I’d do the job on a contract basis, after advertising the job as full time. I told him to go pound sand, and that I couldn’t wait until they convicted his ass. He took a bit of umbrage but what the hell – I knew he was dirty just interviewing with him. I guess my years at the AG’s office really gave me insight into dirty characters and Battles was one of them.

Well, looks like my little bon mot came true. The boys in the slammer will just love him.

130th Anniversary of Bell’s First Transmission of Speech over Wires

It’s being held in Boston, MA at Verizon’s HQ there. Should be interesting – Verizon is opening up its telephone museum so I’ll be like a kid in a candy store. I’ll try to get some good photos to post here.

In case nobody had mentioned it, not only am I computer geek, I’m also a phone geek. For example, I recently bought this off Ebay because I wanted to have some old school phones that handle multiple lines and intercom:

This of course makes this kind of phone work:

Yes, I’m a geek.