Thursday, December 30, 2004

Free Speech

I have recently been informed that some of the comments on this Weblog are offensive. Some people, apparently, do not agree with my opinions. And that is supposed to be news? People have opinions and these pages reflect mine. They are not the opinions of any company for which I have ever worked.

It has also been suggested that some of my comments here are somehow unpatriotic. They are not. Get over it. I have opinions on the actions of every administration. I can also see interesting statistical corrolations without being unpatriotic. Those who think not should keep in mind that I am a medically retired naval officer who gave my health, and nearly my life, to my country. Unpatriotic? I think not.

To any of you who would criticize these pages I say this: Feel free. That is what free speech is all about. But don't expect me to change my mind in the face of anything other than a reasoned argument.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Changes at Tucana Technologies

Tucana Technologies is undergoing some major structural changes that will impact the way our technology is fielded and supported. Watch this space to get the announcements when they come.

The official board position that was posted here a while ago has been changed. In an effort to avoid confusion, I am not going to report their position until it is final.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Go Canadian?

CNN has a story on an American T-shirt company who "has a solution for their fellow citizens who want to vacation in Europe without having to answer questions about U.S. politics -- pose as Canadians." The kit offers Canadian patches, t-shirt and a phrase book, eh?

How did it come to this? Two generations of American chief executives hell-bent on protecting and expanding the power of the executive branch, that's how. Naturally, that undermines the careful checks-and-balance system laid down by the founding fathers. Sigh. I wonder if George Bush realizes that the Great Seal of the United States of America shows a bald eagle facing the olive branch of peace in its right talons, not the arrows of war in its left? No, perhaps he has been reading the Chinese Book of the Lord Shang: "If things are done that an enemy would be ashamed to do, there is an advantage".