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Friday, July 30, 2004

I hit him back first!

I remember a comic from years back, Calvin and Hobbs as I recall. Calvin is sitting on a bench at lunch time, eating. Just then, the school bully sits down next to him, for once minding his own business. Calvin works himself up into a frenzy, thinking about how the bully is going to hit him. Wound up to the point of exploding, Calvin coldcocks the bully, knocking him out. When the teacher shows up to see what happened, Calvin exclaims, "I HIT HIM BACK FIRST!"

I think this best explains our current policy against terrorists. We know they are going to hit us, we know it will hurt, we know the loss of life will be horrendous.

So why not hit them back first? We no longer face a reasonable country as a foe, one who will weigh the advantages and disadvantages before attacking. We face a relatively small group of men who are not afraid to give their lives killing thousands of us in the process.

If we hit them where they live, keep them disorganized, disrupt their plans, we can keep them from hitting us. Which is exactly what our policy has been since Sept. 12th, 2001.

Senator Kerry doesn't like that policy. He prefers to wait until we and our economy is in ruins before doing a damn thing about it. He would rather be REactive than PROactive.

Want proof? here it is, in his own words:
"I will never hesitate to use force when it is required. Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response."
What I want to hear are words like this, paraphrased from President Bush:
"In this day of global terror, we will relentlessly pursue the terrorists and any other clear and present threats of the American people until they are dead or captured. No more will we wait until we are attacked, because the next attack will result in mushroom clouds appearing over our cities."
That may make me a warmonger, and you could be right. But I ask anybody who would prefer waiting until New York, Chicago, LA, Cleveland, Dallas, et. al. are radioactive craters, please speak up and tell me you want to wait to do something until after a terrorist attack like that.

So what should we do? Hit them back first, or be reactive? Comments, please.

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Something you should consider

Found on NewsMax, this article should give you some pause: Comes Death on a Pale Horse.
He walked steadily but not hurriedly. He was neatly dressed in a three-piece Brooks Brothers suit. As he walked he looked directly ahead with a slight smile on his face; no one paid any attention to him. He was everyman; dark-skinned, clean-shaven, with straight black hair neatly combed.
When he reached the front of the largest building in the very center of the busy city, he put his suitcase down and checked his wristwatch. It was 9:54 a.m. His timing was impeccable. He picked up the suitcase and turned toward the street. Traffic was light; most people had already arrived at their jobs and were working. He said his prayers. A few minutes later he placed the suitcase on the sidewalk and slowly bent over and initiated the firing sequence.

"Allah Akbar!" he said, smiling.

Within seconds a huge fireball rose above the city. Already tens of thousands were dead, while buildings blocks away were twisted and ripped open by a wind calculated to approach 700 miles per hour. Within three minutes the dead and wounded would exceed 1 million Americans.

This same scenario was repeated at exactly the same time in six additional American cities. Fortunately, two other bombs failed to detonate. The death toll was over 7 million. America was physically devastated, her economy in shambles. No help came from the United Nations. No European countries sent aid.
Is that our future? I hope not, but we'll find out soon enough, won't we?

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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Kerry's Communist sympathizers

This article, John Kerry's Stalinist Campaign Slogan pretty much explains itself.
In the last days before the Democratic National Convention, John Kerry and John Edwards adopted a campaign slogan: "Let America Be America Again." They were clearly pleased by its provenance, as the first line of a poem written by black poet Langston Hughes (1902-67). At the height of his fame, Hughes was known as the "Shakespeare in Harlem." He also had long history as a Communist activist and virulent atheist. And this poem clearly echoes his admiration of Stalinism.
But then again, according to Jerry Pournelle's political axis, Kerry is a solid Socialist at 4,4, maybe bordering on Communism at 4.5,4.5.

So it's no surprise that they pick a socialist poet with Communist sympathies.

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Vietnam Veterans against Kerry

In this article, 'Hanoi John' Gets Unwelcome Reception From Veterans, it is explained that more veterans are against Kerry than for him, by a wide margin.


"Because of people like Kerry and Fonda, Vietnam vets had to hide under a rock for 15 years," said Reg Cornelia, 60, East Hampton, N.Y. "He came back and he lied about the atrocities, and worse still, he brought guys to testify before Congress who he knew had never served in Vietnam."

Kerry turned on U.S. soldiers as a matter of "political expediency," Cornelia said. He wondered why the news media hadn't pushed Kerry on that subject.
Probably because the media was complicit. After all, it was the media who's slant on the war sparked the protests and fanned the flames.
"We know he's a phony," [Vietnam veteran James] Booth said. "You don't get two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star in 21 days. You don't do it, no way. I was at Walter Reed [Army Medical Center] for 18 months. I got one Purple Heart. I lost an eye, part of my jaw and got hit in the arm. This guy's got three scratches and he's making a big deal out of it. It doesn't seem right."
As you'll read in the next article, it is alleged that two of his three Purple Hearts were self inflicted. I knew one was by firing a mortar at the shore (no combat, he was bored) and a piece of shrapnel ricocheted back and caught him in the arm.

There you go.

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Drudge on Kerry's shipmates

In a related story, straight from Drudges Keyboard to your eyes:
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX THU JULY 29, 2004 10:24:25 ET XXXXX

KERRY WAR COMRADES PREPARE BATTLE -- AGAINST KERRY

Capped by Kerry's primetime speech to accept the Democratic Party's nomination, Thursday's program will include appearances and remarks by Kerry's Swift Boat crewmates, the Kerry-Edwards campaign announced in a press release this morning.

But a group of veterans will soon try to convince a nation how what is presented on the convention stage tonight -- may not be the full story: "Only 2 of John Kerry's 23 fellow Swift boat commanders from Coastal Division 11 support his candidacy today."

A new bombshell book written by the man who took over John Kerry's Swift Boat charges: Two of John Kerry's three Purple Heart decorations (#1 and #3) resulted from self-inflicted wounds, not suffered under enemy fire.

The startling Purple Heart accusations, outlined in detail for the first time, are found in UNFIT FOR COMMAND, Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry.

And that's just the beginning.

The book, previewed by the DRUDGE REPORT, will be unleashed next month by REGNERY.

The book hit #2 on the AMAZON sales chart on the eve of the Kerry acceptance speech in Boston.

Swift Boat Veterans began to fume after Kerry's campaign used a photograph of John Kerry and 19 other Coastal Division 11 Swift boat officers [taken at Ton Sun Nuht Air Base on January 22, 1969] in a pro-Kerry advertisement.

William Shumadine, a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth pictured in the photograph, explains in UNFIT: "John Kerry's use of a photograph with his nineteen comrades, with knowledge that eleven of them condemn him and six who cannot or do not want to be involved, is a complete misreprentation to the public and a total fraud."

[A major campaign is being planned, beginning next week, over 200 anti-Kerry vets involved, with news conferences in battleground states.]

Developing...
I quoted the whole thing because, as always, Drudge does not archive his pages.

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Their words, my comments

I found this article, Notable Quotes: John Kerry Can Secure America and couldn't resist it.

Here's their words and my comments:
Billy Baldwin, actor, representative of the Creative Coalition: "Without a doubt, without a doubt. When it comes to mending fences with the Germans and the French and the United Nations and NATO, I think [a Kerry administration] would take it more seriously...
President Bush spent months courting France and Germany. Then it turned out that these two countries had sweet deals with Saddam and Iraq. If we toppled Saddam, those contracts (and millions of dollars of money) would go down the drain. So they had national interests directly opposed to ours. The only way to get them on our side now would probably to reinstate Saddam.
Aldofo Carrion, Bronx, NYC Borough President:...There are no weapons of mass destruction, there is no evidence, there are no ties with Al Qaeda, no direct ties...
We have found some shells of sarin nerve agent, which shows that there are at least some WMD hanging around. Iraq is a big country and there is a lot of digging to do yet.

The 9/11 commission said there were ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda, just no connection between Iraq and 9/11, which is something the Bush Administration has never said anyway, but the press keeps trying to allude to it.
Michael Moore, filmmaker: "Let me answer that by asking you a question. If a group of people barged in here right now and started to attack us, you and me, who would you rather have standing right here with us, John Kerry or George W. Bush? Think about it in those terms, who do you think would have a better chance of surviving an assault on America with? The answer is clear, John Kerry."
Sure, John Kerry who voted to cut every major military program on the board. John Kerry who voted to cut spending in general to the military. John Kerry who voted to slash intelligence gathering to the very bone. That is who would protect us? Someone who would make us defenseless, subordinate our national security to countries who have interests opposite ours? I don't think so.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Stupid policies

Kerry suffers a severe disconnect from reality concerning our national energy policy. Kerry to assert foreign oil, national security link.

He wants cars to be more fuel efficient, but doesn't realize we have reached the point of diminishing returns as far as fuel efficiency. What we need is a way to diminish the foreign dependence on oil by increasing domestic production. But there is no way for him and his cohorts to increase domestic production. So we have to depend on the middle east to make up the difference. Which means that the stability of the middle east is a national security priority.

It's a circular reasoning problem that is making me dizzy.

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Jib Jab

I have been getting a lot of hits concerning the website Jib Jab and their parody of Woody Guthrie and his song "This land" which is here. So, I thought I'd refresh the link so you wouldn't have to go searching through my archives to find it.

Go see it. It's funny.

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Endorsements Kerry doesn't need

The headline says it all: Socialists Join Communists in Backing Kerry.

Two of the most virulent anti-American forces are backing a Presidential candidate. Shouldn't that tell you something about the man? About his policies and outlook on life? It does for me.
With friends such as these, Kerry won't need any enemies.
Amen to that.

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Department of Idiots

Supporters of Kerry want a cabinet level position, the Department of Peace. Progressives Want Kerry, Dept. of Peace.

I don't know where this reporter got their facts, but it states in paragraph 5 that Kerry spent three tours of duty on Vietnam, when nothing could be further from the truth. He spent 4 months there, whereupon he was rotated out after getting three Purple Hearts.
Still, the progressive activists said they wish Kerry were further to the left.
If the good Senator from Massachusetts leaned any farther to the left, he would be horizontal. They don't realize that he must move to the center to get the uncommitted pool of voters to at least consider voting for him. But his rabid Liberal followers just keep dragging him back to the left.
Kucinich and his backers hoped that the progressive movement would devote some of its energies to pushing hard for a Department of Peace.

Under the headline "U.S. Department of Peace," a banner on the speakers' stage proclaimed: "We, the people of the United States of America, call upon our government to withdraw from the war in Iraq and begin reconstruction of what we have just destroyed."
These people aren't paying attention to the facts. We have been reconstructing Iraq from day one of the invasion. All of the hospitals and schools are open. Oil, water and electricity are flowing better than before the war. It will take a lot of time and effort to fully restore Iraq's infrastructure, because so much of it was neglected during Saddams regime. Instead of investing his Oil for Food money into where it was supposed to go, he built palaces for himself. As with all dictators, he wallowed in luxury while his citizens languished in poverty.

Peace is a pipe dream. Everything we do is a struggle against something and we must wage battles to get what we want. There is no peace. There never will be peace, short of the peace of the grave. We as human beings must fight for everything, including the drawing of breath. Not all fights involve violence. We must fight to win and keep our jobs, fight for payraises, fight with our children so that they may grow up right, and so on.

These people believe that peace is the opposite of war. Slavery is the opposite of war, and that is exactly what Iraq is fighting against right now. The citizens of Iraq are given a choice. They can live in freedom in a country ruled by law, or they can live in a country where there is no freedom and the law of the land is Sharia, or Islamic religious law. They are choosing the former and they have to fight to earn it.

Good for them.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Medication update

I finally got in contact with my case manager and med nurse and got my stuff straightened out. I'm picking up my refills this morning.

I'm glad, I've been feeling out of sorts the past couple of days and that's why I haven't been commenting too much yesterday or today.

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The perfect fashion statement

I think the picture pretty much says it all:





I think they should hand these out at abortion clinics. It might give pause to those women before they do something like this again. Or at least the act that led up to it.

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Monday, July 26, 2004

Medication emergency

Not only has the transmission come off (read that next post) but the wheels are coming off as well.

A couple of weeks back I missed my last medication appointment because of an time-critical emergency task that took precedence over getting my meds that day. I had a weeks worth of meds, so that wasn't the emergency.

Next week comes along and no rescheduled appointment. I am now low on meds, and I call my case manager. He calls the med nurse and then I get a call from her on Friday, when I am down to one days meds. She calls in two weeks worth, but schedules my appointment three weeks down the road.

Well, things broke down last week and I couldn't reach anybody, so I have been off medications now for two whole days. I finally got hold of my case manager who was out sick last week this morning and he's getting the ball rolling.

I've been holding together so far, but the medications I am on are dangerous if you just stop taking them.

I'll keep you informed as to what is going on.

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The right thing for the right reasons

Just last week I got a rather large bite in my karmic butt.

For those of you who don't delve deeply into my archives, I have a minivan who’s transmission died last year. I have been withholding repairing it because it is in my wife’s name, even though she doesn't drive. The reason why it's in her name has to do with my mental illness. She hasn't given me permission to get it fixed, I did this on my own.

Anyway, I decided to spend most of my savings and I bought a used transmission. I also contracted with a mechanic friend to replace the transmission. He quoted me one Sunday to do the swap, so I got the transmission and the minivan to his house and awaited the return of my transportation.

Here's where the wrong reason comes in. While my family would have profited from the van working, I would have gotten way more out of it than they would have. It was for almost purely selfish, not altruistic, reasons that I went ahead with this. There are places that I want to be that I can't get to without someone else taking me there and I feel that I am imposing on my friends in this way.

Well, it took my friend a month to get the replacement transmission in. He was delayed by several unavoidable reasons (bad weather, food poisoning, accident, etc.). Once he finally got it in, he discovered that the replacement transmission is dead as well. Because he took so long, the warranty ran out on the transmission and I am now stuck with two dead transmissions and no money to try again. And I still owe him the money for doing the work.

I have no idea if the transmission is repairable or if it is, if he would do it.

Learn from my mistake. Make sure your motives are in the right alignment before you do something, or risk the negative consequences.

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I got a new chair and B5

Well, after having some spare money from the transmission fiasco (I was going to use it to register the vehicle), I decided to spend it on getting a new chair. I found one on sale at the local Office Max. It's a nice comfortable executive chair with a thick enough back so that my Conures can perch on it behind me while I type my missives to you.

About the same time, I also discovered that all five seasons of Babylon 5 are out on DVD. I decided to get season 1 and I'll spend about half of my disposable income for the month on getting subsequent seasons as the months go by. This just means that I'll be on the Ramin diet for the next 4 months.

B5 to me beats out Star Trek because in the ST universe, there are very little realities to the human condition. At least in B5 you have that underclass of people who are willing to do anything to survive. It means that no matter how good things get, someone will always be left behind. That may not be right, but it's true.

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Stealth marketing

Unusually, I watched 60 Minutes last night, and I came across an interesting article.

It was about something called stealth marketing. It's where you're being pitched to and don't even know it.

There is a term out there known as 'viral marketing.' It's where a person pleased with a product or service will tell other people how much they like it. If the listening person tries the product in question and likes it, they become 'infected' and will pass the good recommendations along to the next person, and so on.

Stealth marketing takes the form of being a paid viral marketer. They are salesmen cloaked in innocent conversation.

One example was a young person at a bar with a pack of cigarettes open and on the bar. They are waiting for someone to come by and then bum a cigarette. Then the person launches into a low-scale pitch about "how good it tastes" and so on to sell this brand to their new found acquaintance.

To me, this is at least slightly dishonest. It just doesn't feel right because there is an element of deceit involved. You could say there is an element of deceit in all marketing, but that's involved with the product, I'm talking about the method of marketing here.

It is things like this that are souring me on striking up conversations with strangers. I must now be suspicious that they will be trying to sell me something.

I'm not paranoid, but I'm getting there.

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Friday, July 23, 2004

Latest hostage crisis

Only cowards take hostages. - Klingon proverb
In their latest gig, the terrorists have started kidnapping Indians, who don't even have troops in Iraq. India, With No Troops in Iraq, Faces Latest Hostage Crisis.

Please notice they have stopped taking American hostages, they have seen that it doesn't work with us. But it worked great with the Philippines, so they are seeing who else doesn't have the stomach to see a little blood.

Please don't take this the wrong way. I grieve for the dead, and I am enraged by the manner of their death. But to give up all that we have gained to prevent one death would be to insure the deaths of thousands later. Terrorists are no better than your common criminal. They pick on the weak and unprotected. If they see a house with bars on the windows and dogs in the yard, they just go on down the street until they find a house that is as good as open.

Actually, this proves to us just who we want on our side in this fight. Better to find out now then if we go to them really needing help and the can't/won't provide that help. Our best friends don't have to tell us we're friends, they show it through their actions.

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CO2 is a pollutant?

The eco-nuts are at it again. States, NYC Sue Energy Companies Over 'Global Warming'.

They are specifically suing out of state energy producers because they can't harm NYC, et. al. Imagine if NYC sued NYPower. NYPower would just totally cut power to the city, claiming that they are no longer contributing to global warming. If they did this with timing and killed power during the hearing, they could settle the case right there, with a rather large exclamation point.

The eco-nuts are going after these specific entities because they have MONEY. You see, Africa pollutes almost as much as we do by burning thousands of tons of dung in campfires for cooking and stuff. But there's no money in suing African tribesmen. Besides, they're living "in tune with Nature," which means a subsistence level two lumps ahead of an animals, with horrendous AIDS levels and a child mortality rate that is through the roof.

If you want to solve the problem of too much CO2, all you have to do is plant more trees. That will solve the problem right there. Also, maintain the trees so they don't burn up in wildfires so they release CO2, instead of absorbing it.

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They just don't get the message

Linda Ronstadt could be invited back to the very same hotel she just got booted from as early as September, after it changes management. Welcome Mat For Linda Ronstadt.

I don't think the message is getting through. It was the audience that got upset and performed a mini-riot over her comments. The management got Ronstadt out of the hotel as quickly as possible to quell that mini-riot. When paying customers don't like your product, they tend to go elsewhere, and the new management needs to take that into consideration.

I think that performers need to understand that the stage is a place for them to sing, not proselytize, unless the concert itself is for a particular cause. I wouldn't have a problem with Ms. Ronstadt saying what she said at a Democrat fundraiser, but not part of a Vegas show. The audience didn't pay for that and in this case they let the management know unequivocally that they did not appreciate her message.

Now what will happen if the new management books Ronstadt again and bills her with Moore? I don't know. They will likely pack the house again, this time with people who are tuned into that message.

But I can hope that no one shows up.

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Follow up on yesterdays sports

Like I said yesterday, I'm not a wild sports fanatic, but I do root for the Titans.

It seems that Eddie George landed on his feet after all. He's almost signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys, all he has to do is pass a physical.

The Titans didn't waste any time in replacing George either. They've already signed Antowain Smith, fresh from the Pats.

This should turn out to be an interesting year.

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Moore to crash convention

Michael Moore plans to crash the Democrat Convention. Fahrenheit 7/26: Michael Moore: I will crash Kerry's party.

This will be wonderful. Kerry is trying to appeal to the uncommitted middle of the country, and the loony far-left is bounding up saying, "I want to help!" This is akin to the Vietnam movie where the newbie doesn't watch where he's going and trips the booby trap, wiping out the whole squad.

This kind of help Kerry doesn't need right now. This is specifically why Moore wasn't invited to the convention. Kerry is trying to go centrist without alienating the Left, and the Left refuses to leave him to go there. As long as the vocal Looney Left is with Kerry, there is no chance for him to get any significant portion of the centrist vote. In fact, as long as the LL stays loudly vocal, it will drive the centrist vote right into the GOP camp.

Perfect.

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Thursday, July 22, 2004

RTB is TCB

The latest Rocky Top Brigade Tailgate Party is up at
Big Orange Michael. And yours truly has the first slot. Boo-Yah!

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More on Sandy Burglar

You know, stealing Top Secret code word documents and notes is a serious offense, and Billy Bob ain't there to bail him out. Whatever his motivations are for doing this, the consequences has to be more serious than 20 years hard time in Club Fed. Unless something miraculous happens Sandy is Persona Non Grata for the rest of his life. His breaches of security is of such seriousness that he can no longer be trusted with sensitive documents.

Archives Staff Was Suspicious of Berger and Guards left Berger alone, sources say are today's reports of more information on this subject.

It is likely that the guards in question who violated protocol will be fired, since they knew better. Ever since the John Walker spy ring, handling and destruction of highly classified material has been tightened to an extreme factor. When dealing with such material, you do so only in places known as "No Lone Zones," where obviously no one is alone in these places. If Sandy Burglar had to make a sensitive phone call, he should have done so outside of the No Lone Zone.

His theft of highly classified documents (and there is no other way to put it, you simply cannot be a National Security Advisor and be that sloppy in the handling of classified documents) constitutes a grave threat to the security of the United States.

He should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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Tech note

Well, it seems the Internet is getting crowded. Trillions more internet addresses may emerge. They are looking to revamp the current TCP/IP protocol with IPv6, which will provide the opportunity for approximately 3.4 x 1037 addresses, or 34 followed by 37 zeros. That's billion, billion, billion, billion. That means that every one of the 6 billion people on the planet can have almost 4 billion web pages each. And still have room to spare.

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Buh-Bye Eddie

I'm not normally a sports fanatic, but this one caught my eye. Eddie takes the money and runs — to where?

I root for the Titans because they're the home team around here. I thought Eddie George was great. His stats has not been fantastic over the past couple of years, but he did his best. Because he got greedy, he's out on his butt, and it's likely no one will touch him. After all, who wants someone who's near the end of their career who's demanding top dollar? If it's anyone, it's someplace that has no one to begin with.

Oh, well. Good bye Eddie.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

No news is not good news

My apologies good readers, but no commentary today.

I am not having an attack, but I think I took a fall on the emotional scale to about a -4 today. Just for reference, Zero is normal and -10 is a suicide attempt. I am feeling down because I am facing a pile of emergency chores that I don't want to do. I am long overdue to clean the apartment, do the laundry and go grocery shopping, even a haircut. I woke up two hours late because I just didn't want to get out of bed this morning.

I know, I know, everybody has days like this. But when it's gone on for a couple of months, it's depression. And this has gone on for a couple of months.

I have had to force myself to do even the simplest things, like feeding myself. Personal hygiene is almost non-existent. Even perusing the message boards that I love to read and post on has become a chore. Blogging has been a way for me to get out of bed in the morning and get my juices working so I can do more stuff. Sometimes it works.

Still, I plan on at least doing my laundry today. That involves my case manager taking me a mile down the road and dropping me off at the closest Laundromat, then picking me up from it to bring me back. It just requires that I have everything ready when he comes by, which hasn't happened over the last couple of weeks. This is something I should be doing at least every other week, not every other month.

I'm going in. Cover me.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Slick Willie and his team strike again

It has been a bedrock of the Clinton administration. If something was potentially embarrassing, it would mysteriously disappear before the press could get hold of the details. As always, it was 'inadvertently' lost, destroyed, etc.

Well, it's happened again. Sandy Berger Probed Over Terror Memos.

As someone who has handled classified material, if I did something like this I would have been in Leavenworth for a looong time. Mr. Burger won't even get a slap on the wrist because he was a high level official under President Clinton.

How do you "accidentaly" stuff classified notes into your pants? How is it only the papers that could be critical of the Clinton Administration end up in his briefcase?

Here's even more evidence of how bad this is: Sandy Berger Not Front Page News in Some Major Newspapers.
The Washington Post played the story at the top of page 2. The New York Times played the story at the bottom of Page 16. USA Today was among the newspapers playing it above the fold on the front page.
Good for the USA Today.
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Another one bites the dust

Linda Ronstadt got unceremoniously tossed from a gig in Las Vegas this past Saturday. Ronstadt Praises 'Fahrenheit,' Gets Booed.

She opened her mouth and praised Moore and his schlock piece, Fahrenheit 9/11. The audience got so raucous that Ronstadt was immediately escorted off the property. They sent her stuff afterwards.

I find this wonderful, that there is an audience that is not willing to put up with celebrities cashing in on the pulpit they have and editorializing their views down the audiences throats. For once, they fought back and the venue was listening.

I'm proud of you guys. Shame on you Ms. Ronstadt.

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Monday, July 19, 2004

Rattling the tip jar

Ladies and Gentlemen, dear readers.

My family lives off my disability, and I live off what Social Security lets me earn, which is $800/month. It's a very tight existence, I can barely afford the bills that I do have, let alone have a lot of disposable income.

As you can see by the picture below, the chair that I use to communicate with you is in very sad shape. I have to sit on it like a one legged stool, and yes there were at one time one legged stools. Ask me and I'll tell you about them.

Anyway, I am asking you to donate $2.00 to my new chair fund. I ask for $2 because by the time PayPal takes it's cut, it's about $1.25. If I can get everyone who visits over the next 3 days to donate 10 minutes and $2.00, I can afford a new chair. This would let me concentrate more on what I need to communicate to you rather than falling off and breaking the chair even worse.

Thanks.





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All men are equal...

All men are equal, up to the point of exertion. How much you exert will determine how far you will go. The Power of Optimism.

I quote it all because it's short and important.
Blacks from immigrant families outperform native-born blacks in school, notes Clarence Page, a black columnist, somewhat belatedly. Why? Page says it doesn't take a Harvard study to figure out the answer:

Immigrant kids work harder.

They work harder, in part, because their parents work harder -- and their parents work harder because of their relentless optimism: Where others see a dead-end job, immigrants of all colors see an entry-level opportunity.

Where others may see inequities, immigrants tend to see a ladder to be climbed. With a hyper-optimism, they move ahead, upward and outward, undeterred by discrimination, short-term poverty, substandard housing, lack of financial capital or any other barriers that fate throws in the way of their hopes and dreams.

And they pass this spirit of enterprise on to their children. A University of Chicago study in 1995, for example, found children from a variety of minority groups whose mothers are immigrants outperform students from their same ethnic group whose mothers were born in the United States. "Family optimism" about the future played a crucially important role in determining school success, according to sociology Prof. Marta Tienda.


In the 20th century, optimistic blacks moved from the rural south to the industrial north, Page writes. But that spirit has been lost and needs to be revived.
There are many outreach programs designed to help the poor and underperforming Black person. But they have to expend the effort to get the help and outperform everybody else. I have found throughout my travels that if you want a promotion, you have to already been doing that job for a while. If you want to be shop supervisor, you need to be doing that job whenever the supervisor is out sick/on vacation/etc.

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Sir Elton gets it all wrong

Sir Elton John should be a little more careful on what he talks about. Elton attacks 'censorship' in US.

Of course, he gets it all wrong. There are no Bush Brownshirts stationed at every radio and TV station to make sure all output is "approved" by the President.

When the Dixie Chicks were yanked off the air, it was because outraged listeners called in to the radio stations and told them not to play their records. When Charlie Daniels, Lee Greenwood and Darryl Worley had patriotic hits, it was because a large majority of that target audience is patriotic.

There are no anti-war events because a majority of people believe that the war in Iraq was the right thing to do. They may not agree with how the plan is being executed, but when faced with the choice of suicide bombers here or there, almost everybody chooses there.

The only people who are truly anti-war are the rabid peace-at-any-cost people, who would rather have 9/11's on a regular basis (because they believe we "deserve" them) than try to prevent them. These people believe that peace is the opposite of war.

You want an example? Here you go:



This is your anti-war crowd. Get used to it.

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The best of everything Government can give

This article, Senate Approves Tobacco Buyout and New Curbs idealizes the phrase "Congress: If it moves, tax it. If it still moves, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it."

The Senate has moved into Phases 2 and 3 in the above statement, handing regulatory power of tobacco to the FDA and subsidizing tobacco farmers so they can continue to produce their product.

I've been saying for a while that Congressmen pass laws like they were paid on a commission basis, and this just proves it true.

Stronger warnings and weaker ads will not change anyone's mind to start. I remember a while back there was a brand called "Death" Cigarettes. Instead of the standard warning on the side, it said something like "You are guaranteed to get cancer by using this product." It was a popular brand from what I understand.

I don't like smoking. Both my parents were two pack a day smokers for over 50 years and they inspired me not to smoke, simply because I hated the way their product invaded my zone of comfort, especially in the car. The windows would be up and they would both light up, never minding the car filling with smoke. I had to yell at them to open the vents to make the air breathable again.

If you want to pollute your body with carcinogens and poisons, that's fine with me, just do it somewhere else.

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Sunday, July 18, 2004

Catching up with the Feedback

Now that I am getting a lot of hits, I am getting a lot of comments. I wanted to start responding to those excellent comments by giving them their own post.

Michael Moore is a lying bastard
He may be, but the clip in the movie where President Bush does nothing for 7 minutes after being told a second plane has hit the World Trade Center is very powerful. I have not heard anything saying that clip is fake. If it's accurate then clearly Bush is merely a figurehead president. The excuse about not wanting to frighten the children is crap. Protecting the entire country during a major attack is far more important then getting up and walking out on reading time.

Zack
All right, I accept your premise. He should have done something.

What could he have done? What orders could he have given? Fighters were already scrambling, the FAA was shutting down the sky's and grounding all of the planes, etc. The only order that Bush would be forced to make (and he made it, but after all the planes had crashed) was to give the okay for a fighter to down an airliner.

A good leader does not have to make all of the decisions for himself. He sets up a network of lower level managers and gives them authority to do things and responsibility to make sure they do the right thing. That in your definition makes him a "figurehead" since he makes very few decisions, most of them are already made by his subordinates. That is what happens when you pick the right people and then let them do their jobs.

Considering that no one (read: sane person) had even thought of someone intentionally ramming an aircraft into a building, I think we reacted remarkably well. Yes, there was a large amount of shock and awe over the paradigm shift, but people took charge and did things. It was too late for it, but not any more.


Medicare now covers being fat
Obesity can be caused by thyroid dysfunction, high blood pressure, digestive tract ailments and much more - so take a hike ya anti-fat bozo.
Brian

I totally agree with you. I was pretty overweight before, but since I've gone on this amazing new diet called get-off-your-ass-and-stop-eating-so-much, I've MIRACULOUSLY lost twenty pounds, with only ten more to go! But seriously, all I did was start eating less (and making my food choices HEALTHY) and got active, and the fat started to go away- slowly but steadily. Another important thing is to have a healthy goal. I know I'm never going to look like Heidi Klum, but I know I can look much better and feel better about myself. And thanks for the support! It's good to know that someone believes in me.
Tessa the Bold
Tessa,

*BIG HUG* I am so proud of you! Congratulations! You are my hero!

Brian,

I realize that there are many MEDICAL reasons why people get fat, which is why I caveated with, "Unless you are taking medications that bloat you,."

Most overweight people eat too much for their activity level. If you are sedentary and eat 5k calories a day, you're going to look like a sumo wrestler. If you run 10 miles a day, plus an hour of weight training, then 5k is proper for you.

I'm not trying to slam fat people, I want to inspire them, like Tessa is.

I wish I could get on a weight loss program, but I lack the commitment. I have trouble doing things like brushing my teeth and shaving every day, let alone going out and exercising. I need to lose 20-30 pounds myself.


The Canadians want to arrest Michael Moore
Getting in line to kick Moore is the no-brain right wing party trick du jour. Wake up.
Fergus
I'm not kicking him because his name is Michael Moore, I'm kicking him because he is a lying bastard of a propagandist on the scale of Goebbels. He is a fat, full-of-himself son of a bitch who thinks he's the greatest thing since Cecil B. DeMille. He and his friends on the Looney Left are so filled with an irrational hatred of _anybody_ who puts an (R) by their name.

The Left Hated Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush 41 and now Dubya. They hate him just because he draws breath. He could do everything Clinton did (as far as policies go) and they would still hate him. Just because he's Conservative.

People with such an irrational feature about them should be watched with great suspicion and everything they say should be taken with a salt lick.



I hope that clears things up.
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Saturday, July 17, 2004

What exactly is an attack?

I received a question in comments on one of my posts asking to describe what an attack consists of. Here you go:
It starts off with a feeling of someone putting a 50 pound bag of sand on my shoulders and neck. Then I get an impulse to stick a gun just behind my right ear and pull the trigger. I start getting racing thoughts (think merry-go-round out of control) and then waves of irrational fear roll over me. I am consumed with emotions that I cannot control and I have to scream and cry and whimper until the attack subsides, which can go from 15 minutes to 6 hours. Being in the darkness and quiet of the closet (or hiding under the covers of my bed, etc.) is the only place that I can wait for these images and feelings to subside. If I were out in the world when one hits me, I can defer it somewhat, but at the cost of increased severity later.
I am lucky to work in a job that requires a mental illness as a job qualification. It means they understand that some days I am not too functional. They have a place set aside for me if I need it.

If I am interrupted or someone (tries) to force me to do something other than crawl into the closet during an attack, I become violent. This is when I have physically hurt my family. My wife has tried to "help" and gotten the shit beat out of her for her troubles. My family has had the daylights scared out of them and this is when I end up in the hospital. This is why I live alone. There is no one here to stop me. I don't have the tools to actually hurt myself here, and I can deal with the suicidal urge. Blowing my brains out is not something that I want to do, it's merely a very clear and insistent image, coupled with an urge to carry the image out.

My anti-psychotics have gotten rid of the gun urge, but not completely. I still get that mental image 2-3 times a week besides the attacks, but without the urge behind it. I used to get the urge 5-10 times a day. My mood stabilizers has finally brought me to Zero on my emotional gauge (it's a Manic +10 - 0 - Suicidal -10). I have been on the minus side for several months, but I have been creeping slowly up to zero.

The best way I can describe it is I am like a recovering alcoholic. It is something that has a large impact on my life. It is never far from my thoughts and I have to wake up every morning with the intention of "I will not have an attack today." Most days I win, some days I don't. I'm glad I survive the attacks and I carry on with my life as best I can.

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Friday, July 16, 2004

The Canadians want to arrest Michael Moore

Yes, the title is correct. The Canadians want to arrest Michael Moore and put him in jail. Elections Canada to charge Moore

It seems that during a showing of his movie, he came out against a particular candidate, which is against Canadian law, under the "Non-Interference by Foreigners" clause (Part 11, Division 9, section 331) of the Canadian Elections Act:
No person who does not reside in Canada shall, during an election period, in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate unless the person is

A) a Canadian citizen; or

B) a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2 (1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Penalty under this law is a $2,000 fine and/or a jail term of up to six months less a day.

The good news (I guess) is that he will be expelled from Canada and prevented from entering again.

You can find out "Moore" about this at chargeMoore.com.

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Medicare now covers being fat

Medicare will now cover obesity treatments. Medicare says obesity may now be covered.
Though not all weight-loss therapies are reimbursable, the move opens the door to payments covering stomach surgery, diet programs and behavioral and psychological counseling.
Unless you are taking medications that bloat you, if you're fat YOU'RE EATING TOO MUCH.

Fad diets mostly "work" on drastically restricting caloric intake by limiting your eating choices, usually to something nasty. All this does is train your body to store more into fat when the diet goes away, leading to 'yo-yo' dieting.

Proper weight loss dieting means a lifestyle change. Like stay away from fried foods. That alone can make a large weight change for the better possible. Just bake what you eat instead of frying it.

Second is portion control. If you eat for six you're going to weigh like six. A normal person consumes about 2,000 to 2,500 calories a day. If you can cut your intake down to 1,900 calories a day (instead of 900 on those fad diets) then you will lose weight gradually instead of a "crash" diet.

Third is the speed. You gained weight gradually, if you lose it just as gradually then you're doing great. This isn't a race with anybody but yourself, and the object is to lose weight in a healthy manner, not how fast you do it.

Weight loss is simply a manner of a small lifestyle change and sticking to it. It takes willpower, which by and large many overweight people have a problem with, otherwise they wouldn't be overweight to begin with.

I highly suggest if you want to lose those unwanted pounds, get Dr. Phil's book on losing weight.

Things like gastric bypass only treat the problem, not the condition.

If you have some extra pounds, you can lose weight, I have faith in you.

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Some sense in airline safety

It seems that the Federal government has come to its senses for once. Doffing CAPPS II.

CAPPS II, the massive intrusion into ones life just to take a trip on an airplane, has been halted, since it provides a minimal increase in security for a massive cost in personal privacy.

Thank God.

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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Attack time again

I have an important appointment on Friday. So I don't have to take a leave day, I'm working today instead to cover for a co-worker that is out today.

I need to start cleaning myself up, I have spent the last several days sweltering in my apartment, but I'm starting an attack. Hopefully I will at least be able to shave. I have great difficulty in maintaining person hygiene. Thankfully I don't stink, but my face gets a little long at times.

It's off to whimper for a few minutes before I start cleaning myself up.

Later.

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It's what you do, not where you do it

This article, The Affirmative Action Myth talks about how it doesn't matter where minorities go for education, as long as they go.

If you had a graduate of the University of Memphis, and put him up against a graduate of Harvard, they both would make the same money at the same time (assuming, of course, that they both work as hard).

Like I said, it doesn't matter what college or university you go to, as long as you have done the high school work and are qualified to go. If you do the work and earn the degree, it doesn't matter where you went to school, your salary potential is almost exactly the same.

Read the article, it will open your eyes.

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Whoopi gets canned

For those of you who don't know, Whoopi Goldberg showed up at a Kerry fundraiser a week or so back. She came on stage drunk, with a bottle in her hand, and proceeded to rip into President Bush, mostly by pointing at her nether regions. The Democrats have released no audio or video of the routine, probably because it would be very embarrassing.

Well, as I have said many times before, there are consequences to every action you perform, and if you do something for the wrong reasons, you get bit in the butt over it. Slim-Fast Cans Whoopi Over Bush Remarks.

Of course, once she sobers up Whoopi will scream "Censorship!" which of course it's not. It is merely a company exercising discretion as to whom they select as a spokesperson.

Good for them, I'll have to pick up a case next time I go to the grocery store.

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527's are crossing the line

This article, Campaign Finance Flap Over 527s talks about how the 527's (over 90% of which are Liberal) are stepping over the line.
The rules say 527s are not allowed to call for the victory or defeat of a certain candidate, but some watchdog groups say these organizations are crossing that line.

"They are staying away from what they call 'express advocacy,' which means saying who to vote for or who to defeat in explicit words. But what they are doing is very clearly doing ads that very clearly oppose a candidate or promote a candidate," said Larry Noble, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics.


It's actually nothing new. I've been talking about this for a while, the Liberals don't like the law that they wrote, so they ignore it by raising money through 527's and just running whatever kind of ads they want to run.

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Even robots are for Kerry

The AOL Instant Messenger robot Smarter Child is for John Kerry. AOL's Instant Message Robot a Bush Basher.

For those occasions when you want to IM and have no one to talk to, you can always talk to this robot, which is basically a modified Turing program. Kerry is "awesome," but Bush is "uncool."

Even after they "fixed" it, it's still biased towards Kerry.
It is still possible to get the robot to reveal its true feelings however. When told that "John Kerry rocks," Smarter Child still responds "Right on!" with a wink. When told that "John Kerry is awesome," it responds "Absolutely. John Kerry rocks." And when users tell Smarter Child that "George Bush is awesome," it replies, "I'll remember that. It's interesting especially since other people I've talked to say they don't like George W. Bush."
I can put this down as another of the 58 reasons why I hate AOL. Don't get me started.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Major attacks

You know, just when I get to be feeling like a normal person, things like this happen. I had a major attack yesterday, I almost didn't get into work. Then I had another major attack this morning as well. I'm still not over it, but I wanted to get out my posts. Now that I've completed that task, I'm going to crawl into the closet and whimper for a while.

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Michael Moore is a lying bastard

You want documentation that he's a worse lying bastard than in Bowling for Columbine?

Here you go: Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11.

Read it. It's long but it's worth it. The article takes apart the movie scene by scene.

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A Halloween you won't forget

I think the title explains it all, Author: Al-Qaida Has Nuclear Weapons Inside U.S..

This article claims Al Qaida has up to ten 10 kiloton suitcase nukes already in place around the country. Just for comparison, we used a 15 kiloton nuke on Hiroshima.

I still anticipate an attack on Halloween to influence our elections. If such an attack were to occur, I also anticipate the complete extermination of the religion of Islam. Either by nuclear fire or a bullet to the head, Al-Qaida will insure the destruction of the religion they claim to love.

If just such a nuclear attack does happen, and Bush and Kerry survive, it will be a landslide for Bush. Nobody thinks that Kerry could handle something like this. He will waffle and do nothing, while the second wave goes off.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

If you think it's so great, here's the real 411

For those of you who want the US to have a socialized medical care system like Canada, here's a look at how well it works from a Canadian. Klaus Rohrich Op-Ed, Dear America....

He gives you the straight skinny on what goes on north of the border and why so many Canadians are jumping the border to our side for medical care.
To give you a brief overview of Canada'’s Universal healthcare system, it all started off well enough and ran like a top for many years. I remember when it was normal to call a doctor and get an appointment the same day, when one could get to see a specialist the next day or when someone needed a by-pass operation he or she didn'’t have to wait a year to get it. Of course, in those days health care wasn't exactly free, either. You see, all Canadians (except those who truly could not afford it) had to pay a monthly premium for their coverage.

Then the federal Liberals (the equivalent of your Democrats) decided to pass the Canada Health Act, which made medical coverage a basic human right. The act stipulated that health care was to be provided by the government only and that any form of private care was illegal. It put the burden of paying for healthcare into the hands of taxpayers, as the service would now be paid from the government'’s general coffers.
For those of you who don't know it, we already have this in America, it's called Veterans Hospitals. Sure it's free, but you could die waiting for an appointment.

Don't let that happen here. Don't let Kerry seize power.

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It's starting today

I told you way back, that if you wanted to start taking away things from everybody, you had to start with the children. If you can get the children to accept it, then when they grow up, it's no big deal.

Here it is: Japan: Schoolkids to be tagged with RFID chips. It's a short article, and of course it's being done "for the child's safety," but here comes This Perfect Day.

I don't want to be tracked wherever I go. I don't do anything unlawful (illegal is a sick bird) but I don't want someone looking over my shoulder to that degree either. And once you get used to tracking the kids in school, then they can do something like modifying the cell phone towers to talk to the chips so we can track the kid from home to school and back, for the child's safety of course.

Then everybody gets a chip. Won't that be fun?

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The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

I found this on the NYT: Will Compasses Point South?

The article talks about a weakening of the Earth's magnetic field and how in a couple of hundred years the magnetic poles could switch. Most of the article is taken up with the repercussions of the said switch.

I can't call this junk science, because it's not. But screaming now that it's going to happen in a couple of hundred years sounds a little like Chicken Little.

After all, what can we do about it? Given our current technology, what can we do to minimize the consequences of this action?

Just thought you'd like to know.

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Monday, July 12, 2004

Yet another Quiz

Here you go, a look into your (hopefully) favorite blogger.

You are a WEDF--Wacky Emotional Destructive Follower. This makes you a menace to society, depending on how you channel your energies. You chew your fingers and have an addictive personality. Properly guided, you can be enormously productive--otherwise you run amok, stir up trouble, and generally have a hell of a good time.

To your friends, you are a source of relentless entertainment. You often get into trouble, but you almost always find a way out. You are strangely popular and feed off others' energy. You live hard, seize the day, and although your more sober friends would like to see you settled down, you generally have fewer regrets and better memories than they do. Your tenet is that, at the end of the day, one regrets only what one didn't try. You are right.

You could benefit from outside help in balancing your highs and lows. Or perhaps cutting back on the caffeine.

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Postpone elections?

In two related stories, Exclusive: Election Day Worries and Counterterrorism officials look to postpone elections, the subject has been brought up on delaying Federal elections due to terrorist threats.

First of all, there is no Constitutional provision for delaying or changing the date of elections. Second, I don't trust anybody, Democrat or Republican, with that power. If you can push it off once, you can push it off indefinitely.

I don't care if they set off a nuke in New York. I don't care if they set off a nuke in Washington D.C., the election goes on as planned, there simply is no other choice.

The quickest way for this country to become a dictatorship is for elections to be suspended. And when that happens, the terrorists will have won.

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Clear Channel gets shafted

I don't really have a problem with this article, Antiwar Group Says Its Ad Is Rejected.

The article stems from an argument over a peacenik sign to be posted in Times Square during the GOP convention.

What I object to is the way CC is slammed for it's being on the Republican side of things. The article goes out of its way to mention that CC is a GOP supporter. Do you think that would get the same play if they were a Kerry supporter? I don't think so.

To address the peaceniks themselves, let me give you a history lesson. Peace is not the opposite of war. Slavery is the opposite of war, because if you don't fight, then you will be slaves of the aggressors. Peace is the absence of war, and is best preserved by being ready to fight and win.

It was our lack of will to fight after Vietnam that emboldened our enemies to attack us. It was our lack of significant response that caused them to believe we would not fight, until two things happened, Bush got elected and 9/11.

It was precisely the willingness to fight for what is right that put Flight 93 into that Pennsylvania field instead of the Capitol or the White House.

It is that spirit which has pushed military recruiting levels to all time highs. Knowing that they could draw Iraq and could die, these young men and women are willing to do this because it is the right thing to do. Never forget that.

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Clinton saw it before Bush

This just shows Michael Moore as a bald-faced liar (again). Clinton White House Saw Saddam-Osama Connection.
To hear controversial filmmaker Michael Moore tell it in his new movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11," the only government officials who knew in advance that al-Qaida was a threat to the United States were members of the Bush administration.
Just read on and you'll see Moore is lying through his tooth.
Even one-time liberal supporters of war in Iraq - including Democrat Sens. John Kerry of Mass., the party's likely presidential nominee, and Tom Daschle of South Dakota, the Senate minority leader - have begun taking jabs at the administration regarding its Iraq war policies, though they voted for the invasion based on the very information offered by the administration.

And why? Because their political predecessors and soulmates in the Clinton administration had made exactly the same cases against Iraq, though President Clinton was never strong enough politically to wage full-scale war against America's terrorist enemies. [Emphasis mine]
Michael Moore is a lying trickster who will use anything to sway you. If you don't know he would sell his own mother for another lie, you just might accept his words at face value.

I have no compunction about not seeing Fahrenheit 9/11 and still calling it a pile of shit. He has been proven a fact shaving liar enough times in Bowling for Columbine that I know he will be at least as bad in 9/11.

If you really want to see it, buy a ticket to another movie and sneak into 9/11 so he doesn't get your money, because he doesn't deserve it.

Moore is a propagandist on the scale of Goebbels. It is time we recognized what and who he is.

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The Tree of Liberty

Colonel North has written another missive, Passing Freedom's Torch.
America's commitment to human liberty has required extraordinary sacrifice from the people of this land. Yet, the lives, blood and treasure expended in this quest have made it possible for hundreds of millions of oppressed and subjugated people around the globe to live in freedom from despotism.
Thomas Jefferson said it best: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Yet, despite this dramatic progress critics, from Paris to the American Left, complain that these steps are inadequate or too slow in coming. Apparently they have forgotten — or do not know — that it took four arduous years for Germany and seven for Japan to assemble sovereign governments after World War II. And even in the United States it was 12 years between Patrick Henry's cry of "Give me liberty, or give me death" and the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787.
There is no difference between today and 1946 as far as the press is concerned. Take a look at the news articles back then on Germany and you will see the same stories, just replace "Germany" with "Iraq" and you couldn't tell them from the news articles of today.

The major difference today is we have a "Instant gratification is not fast enough" mindset. We wanted the war to start on Monday, be over on Wednesday, and Iraq to be sovereign again on Friday. At least that's how the Liberals wanted it. Things of this stature take time, and they take blood. Nothing that is easy is worth having, and having a Democratically sovereign Iraq is worth having.

We must "make haste slowly" and make sure we get it right. Just because Iraq is sovereign again does not mean our job is over. We have a lot more to go, and unfortunately a lot more American blood will be spilled before this gets better.

We must stay this course, because it is the right thing to do. Right for ourselves, and right for the world as a whole. For if we succeed in transforming the face of Islam so that the radical sects can no longer survive, the whole world will benefit.

That, my friends, is worth American blood.

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This land is our land

Hat tip to Say Uncle.

Woody Guthrie must be turning over in his grave. Watch this, but don't drink at the same time. Jib Jab.

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Friday, July 09, 2004

Oops

Just when you thought the internet was safe, Mozilla issue patch for security hole.

I'm sorry to say there is a hole in Mozilla. It's not serious, all the hacker can do is lock up your machine, but it's a start.
Just as everyone was about ready to ditch Internet Explorer in favour of the less popular but theoretically less bug prone alternatives from Mozilla, a patch was issued to fix a recently discovered security hole in Mozilla, Firefox and Thunderbird.

The bug, which only affects users running one of the above products on a Microsoft Windows platform, may allow an attacker to cause a machine to freeze. Although not necessarily hugely damaging to the client machine, this is still a blow to the Mozilla Foundation, as it will cause confidence in their products to drop.
Go to the article and install the patch, please.

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It's all in how you present the facts

No bias here. AP Poll: Kerry Solidifies Base.

You know that when you write a story you put the 5 W's (Who, what, when, why and where) in the first sentence/paragraph.

Not so here.
Democrat John Kerry has solidified his base, gained some ground in the South and among lower income voters and seen independent Ralph Nader's support drop, according to an Associated Press poll.

Still, Kerry is slightly behind President Bush in the AP-Ipsos poll that found voters increasingly confident about the economy just as Kerry picked his running mate.
Things that make you go Hmmm... Everyone else is talking about how Bush is on top, but ABC News is significantly downplaying the lead, probably because they prefer Kerry over Bush.

I love to see fair and unbiased reporting in the media.

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Did I have a dream

I had a dream this morning that I was on the show Last Comic Standing. I've been up for an hour now trying to come up with material for the show. It's funny how one ruminates, eh? I know I'm not funny enough, but I guess one can dream.

G'night.

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Thursday, July 08, 2004

Looking for blogs

My blogroll has become rather stagnant. Some of the blogs have stopped completely. Here's your chance to color my judgment.

If you know of a good blog, Republican or Democrat, Left or Right, please let me know. I'll take a look at it and if I like it I'll add it to my blogroll.

Thanks.

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Cheating Teachers

It's bad enough when the students cheat, but the teachers? Hundreds of Teachers Caught Cheating.

If they have to cheat to get the students to pass, well it doesn't say a lot about their skills as a teacher, does it? Yes, the onus is on the student, then the parent, then the teacher, but these are the people we entrust our children to. If we can't trust them, then it's a pretty shitty world we live in.

The good news is at least some of the teachers caught in this debacle were either fired and/or are in jail. That's more than would happen here in Memphis.

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From an earlier story

This came from the Baltimore Sun: A nation divided by language?

This professor puts forth the postulation that the influx of Mexican immigrants are going to culturally and linguistically split the southwestern states from the rest of the Union.

While the story spends a lot of time dismissing the idea, I am a firm believer in this. We are being flooded with Mexicans far in excess of any legal immigration policy, and even if they all do speak English, all those people will have a cultural impact.

Short of digging an electric trench along every inch of the border I have no idea if we can keep them out. I have no idea if we even should keep them out. There are a lot of arguments for and against such actions, and I do not have the wherewithal to study them and reach an informed opinion. My initial private opinion is to keep the illegal immigrants out, and throw out the ones that are here. I have this opinion simply because we are a nation of laws and if you can't follow the laws to get in, well that sets a pretty bad precedent doesn't it?

We have limits on our immigration so that the immigrants are slowly and carefully assimilated into our culture while bringing a touch of their own along. The flood of illegals are starting to assimilate us instead of the other way around. This is not good.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

If you like what you read here...

Please don't forget to visit Memphis Red Blogs where I am a co-blogger. I generally make my first post of the day over there, so head on over to check it out.
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Crazyfornia Dems not patriotic

The California Democrat controlled Assembly strikes again. Democrats Block Independence Day Celebration.

The Assembly doesn't mind celebrating Cinco De Mayo, but when it comes to celebrating independence day, forget it. All because the guest speaker wants to mention (gasp!) God. In their insane pursuit of the "SOCAS" (Separation Of Church And State), they can't have any mention of that deity's name. You can mention Satan, Allah, Vishnu, Cthulhu, et. al., but not the God of Abraham and Moses.
Four years of Cinco De Mayo and not one recognition of the 4th of July. An L.A. Times reporter praised, and the very person whose sacrifice allows him to express his opinion is banned. It is perverse. It is wrong. And it is disrespectful to all the men and women in uniform who have stared death in the face and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the American people.
Amen to that.

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If you want to live here, you need to speak the language

This Mexican problem is getting worse. Español on patrol. This was written in Denver, but it could have been just as easily written in Memphis' Commercial Appeal, otherwise known as the "morning publication" or the "Death Star," depending upon who you talk to.

The Denver Post article talks about police (and by extension, any emergency services provider) having to interact with Mexicans who won't speak English. I am unable to say "can't" because anybody can learn a second language. Living in the US you need to learn English if you want to blend in.

It's a problem that is only getting worse as more and more illegal immigrants flood into the US and move beyond the SW states where both Spanish and English are spoken by many residents. Once they move away from the border states, the number of Americans that speak Spanish drop to zero and those who won't learn the language are caught in their own ghettos.

It's not a pretty picture and the responsibility falls on the immigrants. If they want to live here, it is their responsibility to learn out language, not the other way around.

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Another reason why

Well, I'm on Mozilla Firefox. I'm not entirely happy, but I'm here. I'm having a couple of problems with Firefox. It sometimes opens to a blank page and doesn't bring up my home page until I click on the home icon 2-3 times, there a website that I visit daily that FF locks up on, I messed up on an autofill and now I can't delete it.

But I guess security is more important than comfort. Another Internet Explorer flaw found. From the description, these aren't chinks in the armor, but holes you can drive a semi through.

Ah, well. Choices, choices.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2004

My text ads are up

Well, they promised 7-10 days, but it only took 4 days to go through 100,000 ads. Out of those 100,000 showings, I intrigued only 77 people to click thru. But it was enough to boost my hits to over 20 a day for all four days. In fact, I broke 30 hits today. Woo-hoo! I'll have to do this every payday. Maybe I'll get some residuals, you know some of these people will stick around. Anything to boost my readership. The more people know, the better off they will be.

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For you nitpickers out there...

A group of severely anal people have sat through multiple viewings of Spider-Man 2 to bring you this list. Enjoy. Spider-Man 2 Mistakes, Bloopers and Goofs.

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Envirocrats and their 65-10 Rule

Oh, boy. Let's hope this doesn't get passed. Private Property May Become Preserved. This is a plan to "let" property owners build on only 10% of their land, and 65% must be preserved in its natural vegetative state. If you cut a tree down, you must plant another one.
The plan is being pushed by King County Executive Ron Sims, who is currently running for governor.
Undoubtedly a Liberal Tree-hugging Democrat.

This is just not right. There is a difference between private and public property and for a reason. People's blood, sweat and tears were poured into these lands and to have a bureaucrat say what you can and cannot do with your land is ludicrous.

If you have anything to say about this, please communicate it to your local officials that you are against this bill.

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Out of time

More goodness to come tonight after I get off work.

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You've got mail!

People have a false sense of security about their emails. They think it is secure from start to finish. Well, it's about as secure as a postcard. You've Got Mail (and Court Says Others Can Read It).

If you want secure emails, go to Pretty Good Privacy home page and download PGP 2.6.X, it's the best one, even if it's written for DOS.

Read the FAQ and everything, it tells you how PGP works with it's public and private keys.

Using PGP, it will take a couple of millennia to crack an email.

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Kerry wants to spend a Trillion dollars

You know, I used to use that number as a kid. "My dad makes a TRILLION dollars a year" and such. Well, Kerry being a tax and spend Liberal, wants to spend almost a trillion dollars over the next 10 years to provide most (but not all) Americans health care. Yet another step towards socialized health care. Kerry Health Plan: Almost $1 Trillion Over Next Ten Years.

This brings up a couple of points I've been trying to work in for a while. First, out of the total amount of health care we consume in our lifetimes, half of it is consumed in the last year to 18 months of life. Second (I learned this from Glenn Beck), most socialized health care systems cut off most, if not all, health care at age 65. Which is why Canadian seniors are jumping the border to the US. They can't get it up there.

Any attempts at true socialized health care in the US will fail, simply because of the over 65 voting bloc, especially once the Baby Boomers get there. There will be no way to control the spiraling costs, and it will drag us down. We have to start pushing people away from the lifeboat, even though I'm one of them.

I require over $300 a month in medication in order to keep me from committing suicide. At least I'm in moderately good health and have no other problems. But there will come a cut off point and that will be the end of my life, one way or another.

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And Finally...

From Cox And Forkum:




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Monday, July 05, 2004

Advertising

Last Friday night, I decided to take the plunge and I purchased 100,000 text ads from Haloscan, the people who do my commenting. It was only $10, so no big deal. I just have to live off ramen and water for a couple of days.

My ad looks like this:

The Conservative Zone
News. Comment.
Attitude. Insanity.


Well, I just checked and I've used a little over 74,000 of them with a total of 52 click throughs. That's about .66%, below the 1-2% normal rate.

If you have any suggestions or comments on what the ad should say, leave them behind and I'll consider it.

Thanks.

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Thought of the day

This came in a porn spam, but I thought it made enough sense to share it.
America is the place where you cannot kill your government by killing the men who conduct it.
This statement is true because the power comes from the people, not the government. If you wipe out the people who run the government, we'll just elect new people to run things again. And again, and again, and again. Think about it.



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I lost an old friend yesterday

Nobody died, I lost my game store.

When my game store was Midtown Toys, it was more than just a place where you go to buy wargaming supplies, it was a place where you got to experience them as well. Me and my friends would spend hours there, impulse buying, putting together and painting our troops, then using our new armies to crush our opponents. We consumed large quantities of high sugar foods and beverages to keep ourselves "up" for the hours long games. We had a cadre of people always at the store, ready to play at a moments notice.

Playing the games was a great social experience and it always provided a great hook for new people coming into the store to see what was going on.

But no more. Now that MTT has become Quest Games, they are more about selling the product than having fun with it. I showed up there for a Mechwarrior:Dark Age tournament yesterday and was informed that they no longer have the floor space to run a tournament, and they no longer have an interest to do so even if they did.

My friend Tom, who was my transportation to the store Sunday, did his normal thing of buying a game off the shelf and then trying it there in the store. While we weren't told not to, we got the impression that the process was now frowned upon.

Quest Games has lost their soul of being a fun place to be. They went from a place of fanatical high-repeat customer customer base and medium sales to an low-repeat impulsive customer base and (hopefully) higher sales. A large part of their former base told them they would not follow to the new location because of the distances involved in dragging the appropriate equipment through the mall.

There are other stores farther away that I will go to over Quest Games, simply because you can still go through an experience at these other places, instead of just a purchase.

Goodbye, old friend, I'm taking my business somewhere else.

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More Kerry Hypocrisy

Do you really want this man in office? Kerry Says He Believes Life Starts at Conception.

He admits that he believes that life begins at conception, a tenet of his faith. While I am not Catholic, I share this belief with him.

But he is willing to subvert these beliefs in order to get elected. He may dull the edge of his words by saying things like "when it is medically necessary," but a tenet of the Democrat Party position is abortion on demand, for any reason. He is again, trying to be on both sides of the fence at the same time, and it isn't working.

Bush has his beliefs, and is doing his best to further those beliefs while in office. Maybe that is why he is so hated, he has rock-solid beliefs and principles, and he sticks with them, even when they might be politically unpopular.

Kerry is another matter. He has sold his soul to the Party in order for a shot to get elected, and he is trying to convince the nations Catholics that he hasn't done so.

It won't work. People (who aren't of the "anybody but Bush" crowd) will see through this sham and realize that this man has no morals other than to get elected. Which makes him a dull version of Slick Willie. At least Clinton was handsome.

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Sunday, July 04, 2004

Happy Independence Day!





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The Pledge of Allegiance

From THE RED SKELTON HOUR, CBS TV, January 14, 1969

COPYRIGHT 1969 RICHARD RED SKELTON

RED SKELTON: "I remember this one teacher. To me, he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom. We were all reciting the Pledge Of Allegiance and he walked over. Mr. Lasswell was his name... He said": "I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge Of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word:

I - me, an individual, a committee of one.
Pledge - dedicate all my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
Allegiance - My love and my devotion.
To the Flag - our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job.
Of the United - that means that we have all come together.
States - individual communities that have united into 50 great states. 50 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that's love for country.
Of America.
And to the Republic - a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
For which it stands.
One nation – one People, many colors, united by a common vision of freedom and the blessings of Liberty.
Indivisible - incapable of being divided.
With Liberty - which is freedom and the right of power to live one's own life without threats or fear or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice - The principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.
For all - which means it's as much your country as it is mine."

Since I recited this as a boy, two states and two words, 'Under God' have been added to the Pledge. Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said, "That's a prayer" and this Pledge would be eliminated from schools too?"

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The Star Spangled Banner


Copied from All Four Stanzas
By Isaac Asimov


Introductory Note. Unless you're already well acquainted with our "national anthem," this interesting piece by the late Isaac Asimov will be an eye-opener. It was for me. It's especially appropriate at a time when there is much talk of tossing out this difficult-to-sing and difficult-to-comprehend old song in favor of something that better suits Ray Charles' voice. You'll understand the song much better after you read Mr. Asimov's explanation.--Hardly Waite, Gazette Senior Editor.

I have a weakness--I am crazy, absolutely nuts, about our national anthem.

The words are difficult and the tune is almost impossible, but frequently when I'm taking a shower I sing it with as much power and emotion as I can. It shakes me up every time.

I was once asked to speak at a luncheon. Taking my life in my hands, I announced I was going to sing our national anthem--all four stanzas.

This was greeted with loud groans. One man closed the door to the kitchen, where the noise of dishes and cutlery was loud and distracting. "Thanks, Herb," I said.

"That's all right," he said. "It was at the request of the kitchen staff."

I explained the background of the anthem and then sang all four stanzas.

Let me tell you, those people had never heard it before--or had never really listened. I got a standing ovation. But it was not me; it was the anthem.

More recently, while conducting a seminar, I told my students the story of the anthem and sang all four stanzas. Again there was a wild ovation and prolonged applause. And again, it was the anthem and not me.

So now let me tell you how it came to be written.

In 1812, the United States went to war with Great Britain, primarily over freedom of the seas. We were in the right. For two years, we held off the British, even though we were still a rather weak country. Great Britain was in a life and death struggle with Napoleon. In fact, just as the United States declared war, Napoleon marched off to invade Russia. If he won, as everyone expected, he would control Europe, and Great Britain would be isolated. It was no time for her to be involved in an American war.

At first, our seamen proved better than the British. After we won a battle on Lake Erie in 1813, the American commander, Oliver Hazard Perry, sent the message "We have met the enemy and they are ours." However, the weight of the British navy beat down our ships eventually. New England, hard-hit by a tightening blockade, threatened secession.

Meanwhile, Napoleon was beaten in Russia and in 1814 was forced to abdicate. Great Britain now turned its attention to the United States, launching a three-pronged attack. The northern prong was to come down Lake Champlain toward New York and seize parts of New England. The southern prong was to go up the Mississippi, take New Orleans and paralyze the west. The central prong was to head for the mid-Atlantic states and then attack Baltimore, the greatest port south of New York. If Baltimore was taken, the nation, which still hugged the Atlantic coast, could be split in two. The fate of the United States, then, rested to a large extent on the success or failure of the central prong.

The British reached the American coast, and on August 24, 1814, took Washington, D. C. Then they moved up the Chesapeake Bay toward Baltimore. On September 12, they arrived and found 1000 men in Fort McHenry, whose guns controlled the harbor. If the British wished to take Baltimore, they would have to take the fort.

On one of the British ships was an aged physician, William Beanes, who had been arrested in Maryland and brought along as a prisoner. Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and friend of the physician, had come to the ship to negotiate his release. The British captain was willing, but the two Americans would have to wait. It was now the night of September 13, and the bombardment of Fort McHenry was about to start.

As twilight deepened, Key and Beanes saw the American flag flying over Fort McHenry. Through the night, they heard bombs bursting and saw the red glare of rockets. They knew the fort was resisting and the American flag was still flying. But toward morning the bombardment ceased, and a dread silence fell. Either Fort McHenry had surrendered and the British flag flew above it, or the bombardment had failed and the American flag still flew.

As dawn began to brighten the eastern sky, Key and Beanes stared out at the fort, tyring to see which flag flew over it. He and the physician must have asked each other over and over, "Can you see the flag?"

After it was all finished, Key wrote a four stanza poem telling the events of the night. Called "The Defence of Fort M'Henry," it was published in newspapers and swept the nation. Someone noted that the words fit an old English tune called "To Anacreon in Heaven" --a difficult melody with an uncomfortably large vocal range. For obvious reasons, Key's work became known as "The Star Spangled Banner," and in 1931 Congress declared it the official anthem of the United States.

Now that you know the story, here are the words. Presumably, the old doctor is speaking. This is what he asks Key
Oh! say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
Oh! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
"Ramparts," in case you don't know, are the protective walls or other elevations that surround a fort. The first stanza asks a question. The second gives an answer
On the shore, dimly seen thro' the mist of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep.
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream
'Tis the star-spangled banner. Oh! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
"The towering steep" is again, the ramparts. The bombardment has failed, and the British can do nothing more but sail away, their mission a failure.

In the third stanza, I feel Key allows himself to gloat over the American triumph. In the aftermath of the bombardment, Key probably was in no mood to act otherwise.

During World War II, when the British were our staunchest allies, this third stanza was not sung. However, I know it, so here it is
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footstep's pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The fourth stanza, a pious hope for the future, should be sung more slowly than the other three and with even deeper feeling.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation,
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n - rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, for our cause is just,
And this be our motto--"In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I hope you will look at the national anthem with new eyes. Listen to it, the next time you have a chance, with new ears.

And don't let them ever take it away.

--Isaac Asimov, March 1991
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Saturday, July 03, 2004

I got today off,

So I "celebrated" with a three hour attack in the closet. I really wanted to get out and do something today, especially with Quest Games just being open, but at this time of the day and a 2 hour transit via bus, it's not worth it. So I'll just spend the rest of the day tuning up my Wahammer 40k models.

See you Monday.

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Friday, July 02, 2004

More WMD found!

The headline says it all. Polish Troops Find Sarin Warheads in Iraq.The press is spinning it as to "We don't know what era they came from..." The fact is they were there. You want WMD, you got it. Don't let the press qualify it. Everybody said Saddam had the stuff, and here's the proof. It doesn't matter when the stuff was there, he had it, and that's all that matters.


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Cos gives them both barrels

A while back Bill Cosby blasted black people for putting themselves into the situation they are in.
"I can't even talk the way these people talk, 'Why you ain't,' 'Where you is' ... and I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk," Cosby said then. "And then I heard the father talk ... Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth."
Well, he's back and this time he brought the Reverend Jesse Jackson with him. Cosby's Harsh Words. Bill gives it to them again:
Cosby lamented that the racial slurs once used by those who lynched blacks are now a favorite expression of black children. And he blamed parents.

"When you put on a record and that record is yelling 'n----- this and n----- that' and you've got your little 6-year-old, 7-year-old sitting in the back seat of the car, those children hear that," he said.
I didn't think he could top that, until he said this:
"You've got to stop beating up your women because you can't find a job, because you didn't want to get an education and now you're (earning) minimum wage," Cosby said. "You should have thought more of yourself when you were in high school, when you had an opportunity."
And for once I'm with the Reverend Jackson on this one.
"Bill is saying let's fight the right fight, let's level the playing field," Jackson said. "Drunk people can't do that. Illiterate people can't do that."
There is a ton of help out there for people to better themselves, but you have to put in the work to do it and it's going to be hard. Nothing worth having is ever easy.

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Opinion from The Colonel

A wonderful op-ed piece from Col. Ollie North, Knowing the Enemy.

It starts out:
The ancient Chinese warrior Sun Tzu taught his men to "know your enemy" before going into battle. For if "you know your enemy and know yourself," he wrote, "you need not fear the result of a hundred battles."
So true, so true. It ends even better:
The War on Terror cannot be won until Americans have a common understanding of who the enemy is. And as long as Democrats target the Bush administration — not the terrorists — as the enemy, we are in trouble.
The middle is even better. Read on.

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Right down there with P E T A

A couple of months back I ran a picture of a "comic book" from P E T A that showed a housewife butchering a scared bunny for it's pelt. Blood was flying everywhere and the mother had a look of absolute glee.Here it is.

Today's Page Six from the New York Post has this entry:
July 2, 2004 -- A SHOCKING image of a blood-spattered President Bush devouring a headless child is causing an uproar. The drawing by sculptor Richard Serra, based on a painting by Goya, is being used to promote pleasevote.com, billed as "a call to vote the Bush administration out of office." It appears on the back cover of The Nation's July 5 issue. Ironically, Serra, a past recipient of NEA grants, was once praised by First Lady Laura Bush in a White House press release about one of his pieces at a Texas museum. His "Tilted Arc" once graced (or defaced) Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan until it was destroyed in 1989. Pundit Andrew Sullivan labeled the Bush image "an obscenity" and "simple demonization."


Isn't it refreshing to see logical discourse and thoughtful dissent from the Left? I'll see if I can't get a copy and scan it in to make it available for viewing. I want you to see how sick and perverted this bastard is.

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