August 9th, 2002

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Patriotism

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.

Theodore Roosevelt
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MSNBC likes OpenOffice

(Technically, it's the AP that does, but MSNBC published the story.)

"If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Microsoft Corp. should feel supremely complimented by the OpenOffice.org suite of software. And, perhaps, just a tad worried. OpenOffice’s sleek word processor, spreadsheet and presentation programs capture Microsoft Office’s look and some of the most popular features without the $479 price tag and anti-piracy measures."

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