David Kirkpatrick

September 3, 2009

The health care debate is officially out of hand

Filed under: Politics, Science — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:02 pm

Everyone needs to take this “discussion” down several notches. At least one grumpy old person now really has something to yell about.

From the first link:

California authorities say a clash between opponents and supporters of health care reform ended with one man biting off another man’s finger.

Ventura County Sheriff‘s Capt. Frank O’Hanlon says about 100 people demonstrating in favor of health care reforms rallied Wednesday night on a street corner. One protester walked across the street to confront about 25 counter-demonstrators.

O’Hanlon says the man got into an argument and fist fight, during which he bit off the left pinky of a 65-year-old man who opposed health care reform.

A hospital spokeswoman says the man lost half the finger, but doctors reattached it and he was sent home the same night.

(Hat tip: the Daily Dish)

August 13, 2009

Keeping the “baby” in Baby Boomer

Filed under: et.al., Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:51 pm

I think I’ve finally gotten a handle on the crazy, old white people spouting nonsense at the Congressional recess town hall meetings. Throughout their lives the Baby Boomer generation have been a bunch of whiny me-firsters at every stage of development and a lot of this “protesting” is just more of the same. Possibly the last real line of BS the rest of us have to deal with from this bunch. And if you think about it, most of the media figures pushing for this brand of activism are, you guessed it, Baby Boomers.

Maybe it’s too bad the death panels are nothing more than fiction. Looks like the old and cranky are not planning on going quietly into the good night.

July 17, 2009

Does Iran have a new great Satan?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:31 pm

Amonst the green wave it looks like that might just be the case.

Taken from an eyewitness report sent to NIAC and posted at the Daily Dish:

… the speaker after Rafi was urging people to shout “death to America” and “death to Israel” people responded in mass by shouting “death to Russia” and “death to the dictator” …

July 9, 2009

The green wave continues

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:59 am

Open protests had largely ended before today’s planned gathering. The despotic ruling regime threatened its own citizens once again to not demonstrate for any reason and looks to be making good on its promise to rain physical violence down on any protesters.

It is horrible the people of Iran must suffer at the hands of what is now nothing more than a brutal totalitarian state and a leadership that over the last several weeks has continually broken Irani law in an attempt to break the will and spirit of the Irani people.

Today’s protest makes it very obvious to both Iranians and the people of the world the green wave revolution is not over by any stretch, and that the ruling despots days are truly numbered. The ideals behind the revolution of 1979 are gone from Irani leadership. There’s no telling what will come next politically and no way of telling when change at the top will occur, but change is coming to Iran.

From the link:

It was the first protest in 11 days, and was called to commemorate the 10th anniversary of violent confrontations at Tehran University when protesting students were beaten and jailed. Iranian authorities had announced earlier that the demonstration was illegal and would be met with a “crushing response.”

But at the end of the work day, hundreds of protesters began packing the streets of one area of Tehran, chanting, clapping and sitting in jammed traffic as drivers honked their horns, witnesses said. Families brought their children. Many held a hand in the air in the defiant V for victory.

The security forces quickly moved in.

Reuters, citing witnesses, reported that the police used tear gas to disperse a group of about 250 protesters as they headed toward Tehran University, shouting support for a defeated presidential candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi.

At the Daily Dish Andrew Sullivan has a great roundup of mainstream media coverage of today’s protests and the ensuing crackdown.

July 7, 2009

China is a quick study …

Filed under: Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:43 am

… when it comes to cracking down on unruly citizens. After watching Twitter rise above other communications in Iran during the ongoing green wave, China made certain to fix that state control bug during its recent Uighur riots.

From the link:

“They cut off the Internet to shut down communications,” said Wu’er Kaixi, an ethnic Uighur who fled China after helping lead pro-democracy protests there twenty years ago. The Uighurs are a minority concentrated in Xinjiang province that China has struggled to assimilate.

Beijing did not want Internet users to upload pictures and videos like they did after deadly riots last year in Tibet, Wu’er said.

China locked down communications much faster this time, he said.

Twitter became inaccessible in China around 3 p.m. local time Monday, according to complaints posted by users on the site. Users of Twitter and similar Chinese sites had been posting messages about the riots through the services. The Chinese sites were not blocked on Monday afternoon.

Twitter and other foreign Web sites, including Flickr and Microsoft’s Bing search engine, were blocked for several days last month. The period included the date when China brutally suppressed the 1989 protests that Wu’er helped lead, an anniversary the government hoped would pass quietly.

April 8, 2009

Twitter v. tyrants

Filed under: Media, Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:13 pm

Twitter is truly the killer app for immediate contact and response be it an earthquake, wildfires, terrorist attack or even rigged elections

From the second link:

Young Moldovans have outwitted their Communist leaders with Twitter.

The social network came in handy after mobile phone networks went down and cable news television stations went off air on Tuesday as 10,000 people protested what they say were rigged elections. Some stormed Parliament and the offices of President Vladimir Voronin in violent riots that left more than 90 injured and led to 200 arrests.

Television stations around the world on Tuesday aired images of the violent protest, with the parliament and Voronin’s offices on fire.

But in Moldova, where press freedoms are weak, state television chose to broadcast a soap opera and another station showed images of dance routines.

So the pro-European protesters turned to Twitter and the Internet to keep in touch.

”We sent messages on Twitter but didn’t expect 15,000 people to join in. At the most we expected 1,000,” said Oleg Brega, who heads the non-governmental pro-democracy group Hyde Park. He added that the attack on Parliament and the adjacent presidential office was not planned.

You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

September 15, 2008

Twitter aids GOP protesters

Filed under: Media, Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 8:01 am

This is my second Twitter postin as many weeks. Microblogging does have its utility, and I’m guessing we’ve not really hit the sweet spot just yet. At the GOP convention a few weeks ago protesters used Twitter to avoid being arrested.

From the second link:

“City is on lockdown. Go to 14th and Jackson if you need help from tear gas pepper spray,” read a Twitter postThursday night. “Explosions all around. Gas or flashbangs? In car in Sears parking lot. One woman chased, tackled and arrested on bike in front of us,” another post noted.

The microblogs were written last night by protesters targeting the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. The group was using the Twitter tool to organize its movements and to help protesters elude and fend off police who were using tear gas and percussion grenades to force them to disperse.