Jan 272005

I went to update my transactions today in Quicken and received the following message:

“As of April 19th, 2005, in accordance with the Quicken sunset policy, Online services… Will no longer be available for Quicken 2002 users.

Sunset policy, how quaint. This means I can’t get Quicken to download my bank transactions. The product could work for years as ’02 gives me all the functionality I need. But they are breaking it so I have to buy the next version. Aren’t they sweethearts.

In 2002, syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher repeatedly defended President Bush’s push for a $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families. But Gallagher failed to mention that she had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president’s proposal. “Did I violate journalistic ethics by not disclosing it?” Gallagher said yesterday. “I don’t know. You tell me.” OK, I will. You did, dumbass.

With the dollar in the crapper, you would think that the govt would be promoting tourism in the US. However a bit back we decided to fingerprint and photograph everyone coming into the country. More than a few got upset over that, and Brazil started doing the same to US travelers. Of course, the US complained. Apparently this was not enough of an attack on these evil people wanting to spent money in our country. Now we are going to start using RFID tags with US-VISIT. RFID tags are about the size of a grain of rice and they transmit an ID number a few feet away. Insane. I think we should just start ear tagging any visitors. Might as well go all the way.

Good ole North Korea is buying Nuclear, excuse me, Nucular bombs from the old soviet block or our best buddies, the Pakistanis. Good thing we focus on trouble makers like Iraq.

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