Buckeyes to Championship Game!

03.31.07 | Permalink | Comments Off on Buckeyes to Championship Game!

I’m not a huge basketball fan, but the Bucks beat Georgetown 67-60 to advance to the NCAA Basketball Championship game against the winner of the UCLA-Florida game later this evening. Whichever opponent, it should be a good game. Florida beat the Bucks at home earlier in the season by 26 points, so we could see a rematch (that was a different team then, they’ve grown up considerably since.) UCLA is very good and would certainly pose a challenge. Since I had Kansas coming from that side of the bracket in my pool, I don’t care which one it is. Only a better outcome than the January 8 Fiasco in Phoenix.

Go Bucks!

Coastal Stuff

No Mavericks 2007

03.31.07 | Permalink | 1 Comment

No Mavericks this year

Even with a 2 week extension, the Mavericks Surf Contest couldn’t make the date. Unfortunately, the waves just didn’t show this year. Around the end of December, 2006 there were some thirty footers, but they weren’t surfable. So, we’ll wait for next year…


Energy post digest

03.30.07 | Permalink | Comments Off on Energy post digest

As previously announced, the energy content normally posted on this site has a new home at Montara Energy Ventures. As a community service, here is a digest that summarizes the content posted on the MeV site. As a reminder, you can easily subscribe to content on the MeV site as well as the content from this site, Musings from the Coast.

Obviously there’s a huge set of content to cover in this area. Stay tuned, we’ll keep writing about interesting stuff and we hope you’ll continue to visit.


Why does VoIP “sound better” than POTS?

03.30.07 | Permalink | Comments Off on Why does VoIP “sound better” than POTS?

If you’ve never had a chance to converse with Peter Cochrane, it’s a must do. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of knowing him for the past few years and catching up with him at least semi-annually. I was reading his blog this morning about VoIP and just took a minute to appreciate what he contributes. I’ve known for some time that VoIP “sounded” better than POTS, but I never knew why this was the case. Read Peter’s article about this and you’ll know why too.

When you talk to Peter or read his blog, you just don’t know what kind of new and interesting piece of knowledge you’ll glean from the experience. Peter is a human router, he connects people to people and people to ideas at amazingly high bandwidth. Subscribe to his blog (he’s got an RSS feed,) sit back, and learn.

Peter, in case you ever read this, thank you for doing this stuff you do, it’s always valuable and interesting.


No end in sight

03.29.07 | Permalink | Comments Off on No end in sight

Consider that the US involvement in World War II started December 7, 1941 and ended August 9, 1945, a little less than 4 years in total. Yes, there was considerable time and effort spent in Japan and Germany postwar with occupation and reconstruction, but generally speaking, combat ceased in late summer 1945.

Like the second world war, an unprovoked attack that galvanized and horrified Americans has forced the country into the present conflicts in Afganistan and Iraq. This month marked the 4th year of war in Iraq with 3,200 US military killed in action and no end to the conflict in sight, let alone a reconstruction period.

With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that the US entered into the conflict with Iraq under the false pretenses of “Iraq has weapons of mass destruction” and “Iraq is a terrorist haven.” Unfortunately, post occupation, the latter has become true and the former was completely wrong. We have a President engaging in theater with “Mission Accomplished” in May, 2003 – yet the mission continues and people continue to die. There were deadlines for the Iraqi’s to meet for self-governance, paper deadlines, as the US is still engaged and occupying the country. That’s all the past now and nothing can be done about it, I only bring it up to raise the issue of credibility.

It’s time for everyone to realize this simple fact: there is no “good” outcome from our unilateral action in Iraq. None. There are only a series of “bad” choices ranging from the Administration’s “stay the course” option to immediate withdraw from the conflict. If we, yet again, extend the benefit of the doubt toward the Bush perspective of staying the course, the US will continue to suffer low level but ever mounting casualties in the Iraq civil war – and it still won’t be clear if/when/how to leave. If we leave, the civil war will likely flare up with outcomes ranging from a fractured series of new nations (Kurds, Sunnis, and Shiite controlled) to some sort of Iranian backed Shiite fundamentalist state.

As previously stated, there a no “good” choices here, only “bad” choices. Given that this is the case, given the Administration’s track record for honesty, clarity of thought, and planning, given that even if we “stay the course,” there still isn’t a good exit strategy, the conclusion is clear. It is time to provide the Iraqi government, such that it is, every opportunity to step up and help itself and for the US to exit Iraq before it becomes necessary to invade Iran.

For those of you who were allergic to history, this reminds me very clearly of the Spanish-American war of 1898 that was started by the sinking of the battleship Maine in Havana harbor. I fear that the situation with Iran is merely awaiting that “incident” – if in fact, it hasn’t already happened with the abduction of the 15 British sailors…

Congress has the right of this. Congress is supporting our troops with funding. Congress has acted on behalf of the US military and the people they represent by putting conditions on the funding. If the Administration vetos the funding bill, it will be clear who really doesn’t support the troops. It will be instructive to see how this all plays out, if the new Congress stands its ground, that will be a good sign.

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