What about the Bush doctrine?

From [Boston Globe — Jeff Jacoby columns](http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial*opinion/jeff*jacoby:)

REMEMBER George W. Bush? He was the president who warned in 2002 that Iran and North Korea were part of an “axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.” On his watch, he vowed, the United States would “not permit the world’s most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world’s most destructive weapons.”

Yeah, what happened to him? I was with him when he spoke those works. I believed that we could make the world a better place. But, I was also afraid that we as a nation would not have the collective will to see this sort of sweeping policy all the way through to the end. Unfortunately, it turns out that my fears were well founded. Now, the only real option we seem to have is to minimize the damage that we have caused, and try and fix our reputation around the world. Barak ’08.

Del Toro, Jackson Talk Hobbit

From [Sci Fi Wire](http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/:)

Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, who will respectively executive-produce and direct two upcoming films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, interacted with each other and fans during an international Internet chat dubbed “An Unexpected Party,” answering dozens of the 6,000-plus questions sent in and offering tidbits about things to come.

This is a great interview, and it makes me even more confident that Del Toro will do a great job with the movies… especially since PJ is still writing and producing. The only problem??? We have to wait until 2011 to see the first one! ARGH!

Del Toro, Jackson Talk Hobbit

From [Sci Fi Wire](http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/:)

Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, who will respectively executive-produce and direct two upcoming films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, interacted with each other and fans during an international Internet chat dubbed “An Unexpected Party,” answering dozens of the 6,000-plus questions sent in and offering tidbits about things to come.

This is a great interview, and it makes me even more confident that Del Toro will do a great job with the movies… especially since PJ is still writing and producing. The only problem??? We have to wait until 2011 to see the first one! ARGH!

Are Macs Going Corporate?

From Business Week:

Soon after Michele Goins became chief information officer at Juniper Networks (JNPR) in February, she decided to respond to the growing chorus of Mac lovers among the networking company’s 6,100 employees. For years, many had used Apple’s (AAPL) computers at home and clamored for them in the office as well. So she launched a test, letting 600 Juniper staffers use Macs instead of the standard-issue PCs that run Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows operating system. As long as the extra support costs aren’t too high, she plans to open the floodgates. “If we opened it up today, I think 25% of our employees would choose Macs,” she says.

You betcha. It might be time to buy some more shares of Apple.

Tesla Motors Opens Retail Store

From [Slashdot](http://slashdot.org/:)

Tesla Motors has opened their first retail store front to allow the masses access to their new cars. …the Roaster will have a range of 220 miles per charge and the mileage equivalent of 135 miles per gallon.

Now, if only it didn’t cost $109,000! If I could get one for around $30K, I’d do it in an instant. Here’s to hoping for the economy of scale to kick in.

Sportsmanship… Defined by Example

From [ESPN.com](http://www.espn.com:)

Western Oregon senior Sara Tucholsky had never hit a home run in her career. Central Washington senior Mallory Holtman was already her school’s career leader in them. But when a twist of fate and a torn knee ligament brought them face to face with each other and face to face with the end of their playing days, they combined on a home run trot that celebrated the collective human spirit far more than individual athletic achievement.

Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace [from the opposing team] lifted Tucholsky off the ground and supported her weight between them as they began a slow trip around the bases, stopping at each one so Tucholsky’s left foot could secure her passage onward. Even with Tucholsky feeling the pain of what trainers subsequently came to believe was a torn ACL (she was scheduled for tests to confirm the injury on Monday), the surreal quality of perhaps the longest and most crowded home run trot in the game’s history hit all three players.

Tucholsky had hit a home run, and while running between first and second blew out her right knee. The rules of baseball/softball state that even on a home run, the batter must round the bases touching each one. If she couldn’t make it around, her home run, the only one in her career, wouldn’t count.

Members of the opposing team decided to take matters in their own hands and carried her around the diamond.

Sometimes, people do things that give me faith in humanity.

McCain wants gas tax holiday

From [CNN.com](http://www.cnn.com/?eref=rss_topstories:)

Sen. John McCain Thursday admitted his idea of a gas tax “holiday” would not solve the problem of rising oil prices but said it would give low-income Americans “just a little break this summer.”

Uh… yeah. Based on some analysis that I’ve read, the average American family would save a total of $30 over the course of the summer. Yeah, that’s worth it. Let’s get ourselves even deeper in debt! When will these guys wake up!!!!