So I'm reading the coverage on Karl Rove and it suddenly occurs to me, I don't really get why he's hated.
George Bush, I understand why he's hated. (Not asking for examples, that one's been beaten to death, thanks.)
Bill Clinton, I understand why he was hated.
Congress, I understand why they're hated.
But Karl Rove... what exactly did he do to be so hated? I mean, beyond being the scum of the Earth, deserving of every form of execution known to man, and all the other hyperbolic things I've seen today. How did he earn actually earn those labels?
What concrete things would putatively be better for his enemies had he never been?
I have no idea. Given how much venom I've read about the guy, it occurs to me that's rather odd. Is it simply that he got Bush elected?
This is an honest question. Feel free to answer, but as I seem to be really asking for it with that sort of invitation, please keep it concrete and spittle-free.
Update: "Anon Ymous" provides a good summary link, relatively long on substance and short on spittle IMHO. I think I'd summarize it by saying the concrete things I'm looking for don't really exist, since he acted through others since he was an advisor, which explains the vagueness I saw.
I wanted to file this away in my blog where I can find it easily in the future: The Problem with Threads, a rather sedate name for an article that end up calling them insane.... and pretty much meaning it wholeheartedly.
I think in coming years this will come to be considered one of the seminal papers in software engineering, if it isn't already. The topic has been covered before, elsewhere, but I don't know of any other single work that demolishes threads as thoroughly and undeniably as this.
I have discovered my purpose in life and it has been fulfilled: I spawned the Lego Genetics entry on the TVTropes wiki. It's been significantly worked over since I submitted it (for the better), but I can still see the basic form of my original entry.
It's all downhill from here.
From the "we-don't-say-enough-nice-things" department: I screwed up my Amazon.com order by leaving off the suite number of the destination. After noticing on the package tracking that that there was a problem, I went to the UPS website and got more information, then called the UPS number. Once I got past the initial menu which didn't really have the options I wanted simply by waiting (though I could have pressed 0 as it turns out), the process of changing the address was as slick as could be. I immediately got an operator, I said what I wanted, gave my tracking number with no hassle, gave the address correction, and that was that. I dreaded doing it over the phone since I figured it'd be a horrific hassle, but it was as smooth as you could hope for.
Kudos to UPS.
The programmer certification debate seems never ending and I usually never like the arguments in favor of it... but I could totally get behind this certification, a certification largely based on testing and quality control, with some other related concepts. Like the author, I probably couldn't immediately pass either, but I've gotten far enough to know how important it is.
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