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Friday, October 29, 2004

Special Advisory #1

The surprise will be here Monday, right on time. I really do hope you like it. See you then.


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Special Advisory #2

I said several months ago that if we were going to have another terrorist attack, it would occur around two days. If they were going to release a bio-agent, it would have been around the 10th of October, to give time for it to bloom before election day. If we are going to have a chemical or nuclear attack, it will be on Halloween. That weekend is now here.

Just for the occasion, a tape has surfaced making such claims. CIA, FBI AUTHENTICATE NEW QAEDA TERROR TAPE; ABCNEWS EXECUTIVES CONSIDER POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF AIRING. Actually, ABC has already aired it Thursday night to my knowledge (I was wargaming at the time).

It makes the standard terrorist threats, but after the Madrid train bombings and their result, this one cannot be ignored. Cross your fingers and keep your emergency kit handy.

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More on the Kerry-Hanoi connection

Here's some more documentation: Another document ties Kerry to Hanoi: 3rd Vietnamese communist paper discovered in archive.

It seems that more and more evidence is coming out that describes Kerry as a traitor to the United States. It's sad, really, that he thought he was doing the right thing. He wasn't, of course, because he swore and oath to uphold the Constitution and he violated that oath.

It's funny how Liberals can violate their oaths when they feel they have a "higher duty" to some ideal, usually made up to give them comfort and a reason to violate the oath. A true person is careful about the oaths they take, and adhere to them no matter the personal cost.

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Let Kerry govern? I think not

This article, A Plea for Democracy, calls for peace and civility should Senator Kerry win the Presidency.

I think not.

The man is a documented traitor, who gave aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war. He operated under their instructions and was instrumental in the US losing the war in Vietnam. He also received a less-than-honorable discharge from the Navy. Both of these actions disqualify him from holding the office, and I for one intend not to let up on this issue if he should be elected.

This man would refuse to react to a terrorist attack if our "allies" didn't want us to (and they don't). If he did react, he would treat it as a law-enforcement issue, which we have seen is a useless tactic. Terrorists who are willing to give their lives aren't afraid of a little jail time.

Heaven help us if he should be elected.

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Thought for the day

Never take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

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A lesson to learn

I found this post on LiveJournal the other night, and I wanted to share it with you.

It describes the tribulation a young person went through when he opened his keyboard without regard for the consequences.

He has deleted the original post, but evidently he offered some rather disparaging things towards President Bush and the Patriot Act. He apparently suggested/offered/asked for a violent solution to his problem to befall the President. Details are hazy.

Anyway, someone who doesn't like this person turned him into the FBI, and this young person and his family received a visit from the Secret Service.

While the meeting was nice and it was obvious from the start that this young person was no threat, he now has an FBI file on him.

This just goes to show you that actions have consequences, and this will have life-long ramifications. Anybody that does a background check on him will likely discover the file and the reason for the file. This could lead to denial of things, like a CCW permit, or a good paying executive job.

This is a classic case of "keep your words light and sweet, you never know when you might have to eat them."

If you read my blog, you will never find an instance where I have wished or promised anything bad befall anybody. It's not that I am a non-violent person, push my buttons the right way and I'll beat the crap out of you. But I know the line he crossed and I refuse to cross it. Violence is reserved for only the situations where violence is necessary, and anything that I put on this blog is not necessary for violence.

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Things that make you go "Hmmm"

It turns out that not only did Kerry's "380 tons" was moved before the war, it was moved by Soviet troops. Russia tied to Iraq's missing arms.
Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein's weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned.
Hmmm. You know, we always guessed that Iraqs missing WMD's were in Syria, this is one more piece of evidence that we were right. The question is, what do we do about it?

This certainly presents some interesting options for whoever wins on Tuesday. Do we go in and get them, do we blow them up with airstrikes, do we say, "Give them to us PLEASE?"

Russia was covering their own ass when they did this, and I can fault them for it because they should have known that they would eventually be presented with the photographic evidence of their hand in the cookie jar. That day is here.

The question is, what are we going to do about it? Vote on Tuesday to decide.

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Sign the form, Senator Kerry

I'm going to keep pounding on this issue. Why Won’t Kerry Release Military Record?

He hasn't (and likely never will) sign his SF 180, fully releasing his military record. Certainly the MSM will never press him on this issue, simply because they are giving him considerations that they would never give President Bush (you did read "the memo", right?). The MSM would rather beat a dead horse of the Presidents boring military records than call for Senator Kerrys fireworks filled records.

We have already been able to surmise that he is a deserter (didn't attend drills while in the Reserves) and received some kind of Less Than Honorable Discharge. Documents have also surfaced that he acted at the behest of the Communist North Vietnamese government while part of VVAW. Evidence has come out that his famous "war crimes" speech was written by the North Vietnamese.

This is a man that 46% of the country wants to put into office.

I have been asking those who are not voting for Kerry but voting against Bush, "What if Kerry's worse than Bush?" I have yet to get a coherent answer.

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Loss of common sense and coherent thought

Only in our public school system. The World Becomes Ever More Bizarre.
Item 1. A Washington State school district canceled its annual Halloween celebration because it’s disrespectful to real witches. "Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion and so we want to be respectful of that," said Puyallup School District spokeswoman Karen Hansen.
You want to be respectful of Wiccans, you teach the tenets of Islam including Jihad, but you persecute Christianity like you were the Turks during the Ottoman Invasion. I guess the sense in this is that it makes no sense.
Item 2. The City of Oakland, California has stopped setting up roadblocks to check whether drivers are under the influence because of a rash of complaints from the Latino community. It seems the DUI checkpoints are trapping more than drunks. Apparently they have ensnared dozens of illegal aliens who are not licensed to drive "yet otherwise obey the law."
I'm sorry, but people who are murderers also "yet otherwise obey the law," so why aren't they let loose? And the further point that the police are notifying Latinos of roadblocks is simply ludicrous.

It seems nobody wants to do anything about the illegal immigration problem. Oh, sure, you hear about "big" busts here and there, but these illegals are like a field mouse you find in your house. You take him outside to let him go and you'll more than likely find he's beat you back to your house. We drop these people off at the border and there back in the States the next day.

I have some ideas, but they wouldn't be very popular, especially with the Mexicans. They would probably cause other problems as well, which is why I won't go into details with them.

Why is common sense rare anymore?

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Kerry the documented traitor

A new document has surfaced, this one documenting that Kerry actively worked with the Communist North Vietnamese. Discovered papers:Hanoi directed Kerry

I think the starting paragraphs says it all:
The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry's antiwar group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily.

One freshly unearthed document, captured by the U.S. from Vietnamese communists in 1971 and later translated, indicates the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese delegations to the Paris peace talks that year were used as the communications link to direct the activities of Kerry and other antiwar activists who attended.
Read it and make your own decision.

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Immigration and voting

Michelle Malkin has a wonderful new piece, The Illegal Alien Swing Vote.
The right to vote is precious, the politicians preach. Our democracy hangs in the balance, the pundits screech.

Yes, but if we all value the sanctity of the voting process so highly, why is it that I've never once been asked to produce identification of any kind in the 16 years I've been a voter, from Ohio to California to Washington state to Maryland?

And why is it that we can't protect our elections from people who have no right to vote, no right to be here, and no right to undermine our safety or sovereignty?
What we need to do is tighten up our identification card procedures and use them to positively identify the person before they vote. Linking the identification databases along with the voter rolls is a small technical hurdle considering both are already computerized.

We need to limit our voter rolls to citizens, and one citizen one vote.

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The problem in the schools

While I hold the teachers up to a high standard to teach, not babysit our children, the students themselves are also largely responsible for their performance. Here's Boortz on this:
FACE REALITY LADY .. YOUR SON MAY BE A SLACKER

I was perusing the Naples Daily News on line yesterday and came across a story about some woman whining because her son got a C in English instead of a B. His overall score was 79.8. Diane High says that the grading system is not "beneficial to our children." She's also afraid that the C score will affect her child's chances of getting into honors classes when he goes to high school next year. She says "He's an A student."

Lady ... your kid isn't an A student. He just got a 79.8 in English in today's generally dumbed-down schools. That's not an A, and it wasn't a B when I was going to school either. If I remember my days at Pensacola High I believe I had to get close to an 85 before a B showed up on my report card. Giving an unearned grade to your child would not be beneficial, as you put it. But I'll tell you what would be beneficial. Instead of showing your child that you'll rush to his defense when he slacks off and gets a merely average score in a subject, yank his Play Station away and lock his butt in his bedroom for a few hours of after-school hard-core studying until those grades come up.

And quit whining. If you really gave a flying damn about your kids education you wouldn't have him in a government school in the first place.
While a lot of people don't have a choice as to public vs. private school, that doesn't mean the parents can't help out and teach their children after school as well.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

This is a bad idea

Ending Voter Fraud, especially in this troubling election, sounds like a good idea. But the execution leaves much to be desired.

This thought actually occurred to me the other day, but I dismissed it as unworkable and still cheatable. Short of a National ID card with biometrics and a digital thumbprint cross-referenced with everybody else's (and even then), there is no way that an open ballot would fix the problem.

In fact, it would invite more. We have seen vandalism and shots fired at Republican HQ's in various states. It is not a large stretch of the imagination for voter rolls of who voted for what candidate made available to these violent people to target those who don't agree with them. This is a very bad idea.

Merely enforcing some kind of picture ID with an address, and then using mapping software to verify the addresses would solve many of the voter fraud problems we have today. It's a simple solution to a complex problem, and the best you're going to get without throwing the baby out with the bath water.

This is one of those ideas that sound good rather than a good, sound idea.

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The wrong things for the wrong reasons

TechCentralStation has an interesting article on the Law of Unintended Consequences. The Media's Shrinking Free-Speech Zone.

The Media has always had a lot of room to maneuver because of the Free Press part of the First Amendment. But with the airing of Stolen Valor, it seems that a back door has been opened.

By attacking Sinclair Broadcasting through their corporate side to get at the free speech part, a rather disturbing precedent has been set.

It shows that if you attack and threaten the corporation, you can affect the decisions they make about exercising their free speech.

The DNC, by complaining to the FEC, has in fact muzzled the free speech of Sinclair. If the precedent is set, then anybody can complain about partisan leanings in any network, and just might get away with it.

This is very bad news. I would rather have a partisan press playing politics then find a way to stifle them. Because people I do listen to (Glenn Beck, Rush, Sean, et. al.) would be next on the list. And believe me, they would be on the top of any Liberals list. To stifle anybodies voice is a bad thing.

Which is why I was against CFR from the beginning.

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Degenerating Television

Dr. Laura has an excellent article on the degradation that Television has slipped into, 'Reality' TV is Child Abuse.
For the life of me I can't figure out how the title "Reality Television" came into being as a description of the sick, exploitive, vulgar, humiliating, dangerous, and often cruel programming gimmicks masquerading as entertainment.
I can. It started with the talk shows like Montel, Rikki Lake, et. al. These shows where people come on and bare their souls and their problems. Some shows like Montel help those who come on and raise the awareness of the audience. But it leads to other shows, each of which push the envelope a little farther. Then you have The Jerry Springer Show and it's Katy bar the door. I can feel my brain melting whenever I watch that show.

It is precisely these shows that give us a vicarious look into other peoples lives that intrigue us. And the more outrageous, the better.

I am ashamed to see this happening today. I believe Television is not a reflection, but a precursor to our society today. It will take years, and possibly ratings, but we can shift our culture back to a more moral time.

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Monday, October 25, 2004

The surprise is almost here!

Well, work is progressing quite nicely on my surprise to you, and I plan on unveiling it next Monday. I was going to wait until the first of the year, but this is just as good of a time, if not better.

Without revealing too much, this is going to be a big step up for me. I have a couple of friends onboard as a reality check to make sure I'm not screwing it up. I look forward to having all of you tell me what you think about it after it's been unveiled.

I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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View it for yourself

A while back I asked someone who was in a market to see "Stolen Valor" to record it and send me a tape. Well, the truncated version wasn't much to see from what I understand.

The good news is you can view the whole thing by following this link. It goes to a message board with the direct link to either dial-up or broadband connections.

I have yet to see it, I've been a little busy with my surprise, but I do plan on watching it this week.

Enjoy.
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The disaster that could befall us

I found this, Kerry Could Bring Armageddon and I wanted to share it with you.

History is replete with "what if's" and such that you almost wish you had a time machine to change the past. But there are times when it is obvious and you don't have to guess about yesterdays "what if's" because it is not to yesterday yet.

We stand on a precipice, and looking into it we can see our future as clearly as we have ever been able to do. To not take the proper path today, as shown by our mistakes in the past, will have dire consequences tomorrow.
If we do not continue the fight against the terrorists in Iraq, sometime in the future we will have to confront a much more deadly enemy. If John Kerry is elected and he retreats from the offensive, the terrorists will be emboldened. At some point in the future a nuclear device will be detonated in our country and millions will die. At that point our only alternative may be to wipe several countries off the face of the earth. Armageddon could occur due to a failure to act now. These things could happen anyway, but they will happen if we do not go after terrorists where they are and go after the countries that harbor them. This election is about life and death. A few die to protect us now or millions die later.
And to keep things in perspective, for every soldier killed to protect our way of life, 40 die on our roads and highways in vehicle crashes, about 20 of them alcohol related. That's 40 men, women and children who's lives were wasted.

While the Left argues that the combat deaths are wasted, I beg to differ. As long as we can keep the terrorists busy in Iraq, they are not here in America. That alone is worth the cost.

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Kerry and the Second Amendment

I would like to point out this article, Kerry and guns, and take a moment to go over this important subject.

Kerry may be an avid hunter, but the SA is more than just about hunting. It's about a lot more than that.

In 1787 when the Constitution was being written, these men were fresh from a war of Independence. They had faced a brutal government and did not want themselves or their children to suffer a similar fate. Which is why the Articles of Confederation were drawn before the Constitution, but the Articles were too week and failed miserably.

The Bill of Rights was drawn up separately because at first the Founding Fathers thought that the Constitution was clear enough on these points, but after the Constitution was ratified, they decided to put them in just to make it clear. The Second Amendment is one of those assumed freedoms.

They won their independence by force of arms, and the Founding Fathers never wanted to see a disarmed American. Not only for national defense, but to again overthrow a brutal government that did not respect the rights and freedoms of the American Citizen. They wanted the average citizen to be as well armed as any standing Infantryman. While we are not armed to that standard today, any group meaning us harm (Federal troops, invading army or rioters) who invade the wrong area will certainly get their moneys worth if they want to win.

The Second Amendment is not about hunting. It's about survival. If you don't want to survive, then leave it alone to those of us who do.

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Friday, October 22, 2004

Battle Report

You know, after posting all of that stuff about being a General yesterday, I feel pretty dumb. The short story is I lost.

I went up against orks again, and got beat fair and square. He brought a Basilisk, which is an artillery piece that can reach anywhere on the board. In a game that is measured in inches, it has a range of 10 FEET.

His Basilisk did major damage to two of my squads. I tried taking it out with my Land Speeder, but he kept it stunned (unable to move or fire) for three turns. On the right flank, he destroyed my Dreadnought on the first turn, the only thing that could have hurt his 'ard boyz. He collapsed my right flank, and I collapsed his. But over all, he did way more damage to me than I did to him.

Next week is going to be a bear, as I can't take any Dreadnoughts with me. Not to mention I go up against my son. He's doing pretty good, while I have a 2-1 record, he's got a 1-1-1 and he's accumulating more points than I am.

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The difference is important

A remark from Cox and Forkum:
The American system is not a democracy. It is a constitutional republic. A democracy, if you attach meaning to terms, is a system of unlimited majority rule; the classic example is ancient Athens. And the symbol of it is the fate of Socrates, who was put to death legally, because the majority didn't like what he was saying, although he had initiated no force and had violated no one's rights.

Democracy, in short, is a form of collectivism, which denies the individual rights: the majority can do whatever it wants with no restrictions. In principle, the democratic government is all-powerful. Democracy is a totalitarian manifestation; it is not a form of freedom...

The American system is a constitutionally limited republic, restricted to the protection of individual rights. In such a system, majority rule is applicable only to lesser details, such as the selection of certain personnel. But the majority has no say over the basic principles governing the government. It has no power to ask for or gain the infringement of individual rights.

(from The Ayn Rand Lexicon, edited by Harry Binswanger)
We talk about the United States being a Democracy, when it is the farthest thing from the truth. A true Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch...

Our basic freedoms in the Bill of Rights were put in there because our Forefathers wanted to make clear what they meant. They thought these things were clear in society already, but they realized that they needed to be spelled out in such a place that they can never be threatened again. The process needed to change the Constitution is set to an insanely high degree on purpose, so as to protect those rights from mere mob rule. There has to be a consensus from 2/3rds of the Congress and 2/3rds of the states to change the Constitution.

And so it should be.

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Kerry should be concerned

Senator Kerry's minions are pulling out all of the stops to prevent Sinclair Broadcasting from showing "Stolen Honor." And it appears to be at least partly successful.

Here's why. Why Kerry Fears 'Stolen Honor'
For starters, "Stolen Honor" offers a compelling indictment of John Kerry as a man and as an American. This is powerful stuff. Any reasonable, independent American would likely be swayed by it.

This election could be so close that every vote will count. Kerry has to pay attention to what Sinclair will air in battleground states where it has stations, places like Charleston, W.V.; Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.; and Pensacola, Tallahassee and Tampa, Fla.

Kerry cannot risk this.
He cannot risk it because his entire campaign rests on obfuscation of the facts. While he touts he is a Vietnam war hero, he doesn't want you to know about his Less Than Honorable Discharge from the Navy. He hardly talks about his 20 years in the Senate, because he has absolutely nothing he can stand on there. He wanted to cut military spending, increase taxes and not much else. He never talks about his stint as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, simply because that is the most Liberal state in the Union.

Senator Kerry is relying on tap dancing and hoping you don't see the real him behind the curtain. You cannot trust this man with any power.

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Reasons to vote for, not against

I must admit, it is harder to vote for somebody than it is to vote against his opponent. You always feel you are voting for the lesser of two evils.

But don't look at it that way.

You should pick a candidate that best fits you as a whole. You will never be 100% in agreement with any candidate, unless you are the one running. Always keep that in mind.

With that being said, here is an endorsement: Why I'm voting for Bush.
WHEN TERRORISTS attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush had to decide how to respond.

He could have treated the attacks as if they were a crime and appealed to the United Nations to help apprehend and punish al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan.

Instead, Bush chose to send U.S. troops to hunt down al Qaeda and oust the Taliban regime that protected the terrorist group, even as the anti-war left accused him of killing innocent Afghans in an act of misguided vengeance.

Today, Afghanistan is a democracy. Women participated in the country's first direct presidential election. Iraq is about to hold an election, and Libya has begun disarming its nuclear weapons.
Changes, positive changes have come about from the actions of this man. He took decisive action, and in this post 9/11 world, that is what is needed. If you hem and haw around about nuances, you will be dead, or at least thousands of your countrymen will be.

The United Nations is worthless. It has not ever acted in any substantial way unless the United States was involved, leading the way. It cannot do so even if it wanted. Oh, sure, it can send some French or Ghanaian troops to some part of Africa, but they are just laughed at by the locals as they use the blue berets for target practice. And the "peacekeepers" are limited to how much force they can use back. They may only fire one bullet back for every bullet fired at them. It makes sense, just not to me.

Let's keep this guy around a while longer. 9/11 proved he is the right man in the right place, at the right time.

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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Over to the side there

In case you haven't noticed, I have included a couple of new graphics for you. One is quotes from Liberals, so we can throw their words back in their faces. It comes from the Museum of Left Wing Lunacy. I find them quite amusing.

Second is a day-by-day account of how the states are polling. It is from electoral-vote.com and while it is run by an admitted closet Democrat, it looks to be accurate on the surface. I would rather appear to be a couple of votes behind so as to energize our base and overcome the polling data.

It is quite a well-documented site, as it explains the electoral college, breaks down the polling data in spreadsheets and gives cartograms as well as the regular map.

Read it. It is very enlightening. Just go out and vote for Bush in the Tuesday after next.

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Kerry's Draft

Something from Cox and Forkum:



Read the writeup that goes along with the picture. It talks about Kerry's draft, where high school students are forced into mandatory community service. At least you have a chance to avoid a military draft, this one is for everybody. And where is the money going to come from to pay for all of the supplies, salaries for leaders, etc.? That's right! MORE TAXES!

Ain't life grand?

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Hunting for Votes

John Kerry is hunting this morning near where I used to live. He's hunting in Youngstown, Ohio, hunting for geese and votes.

I wonder if he is using that shotgun. You know, the one he received unlawfully, the one that he would have banned if one of his few bills had passed?

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More hatred

From the Washington Times Inside the Beltway:
Bush intolerance

It's getting ugly out there.

With less than two weeks before Election Day, Willa Untiedt, a grandmother who lives in Northern Virginia, was in Hancock Fabrics in downtown Vienna to pick up a pattern to make her 5-year-old grandson a red velvet vest.

"Here I am buying thread," observes Mrs. Untiedt, "and there is this woman next to me looking at trim who is wearing a button. Now I wear bifocals, so I had to move forward to see this button, and ... then I stepped back very quickly. I have learned to keep away from people like that."

The button read "Kill Bush."

"She was in my age range," says the widowed Mrs. Untiedt, daughter of John Kelso, Washington correspondent for the old Boston Post newspaper.

So what did Mrs. Untiedt do next?

She felt it her civic duty to contact the Secret Service, which frowns upon such expressions of presidential demise, regardless of party or campaign season. The president's bodyguards went so far as to patch the loving grandmother into Uncle Sam's new terrorist hot line.
Go get 'em Grandma!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Off my feed

It's nothing serious, but I think my depression is acting up a bit. I'm just not enthusiastic enough this morning to post my missives. I can't find anything that interests me.

Hopefully I will feel better soon so I can start work on the surprise.


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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

I've got a surprise for you!

But it's not ready yet. I just started working on it this morning and it will take a couple of weeks to get it ready for you. Aren't you excited?

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The American Electorate

Here are some wonderful anecdotes of how informed and full of common sense people in general Americans are. These people would fail the test for Jay Leno's Jay-Walking.
While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which
direction was north because, he explained, he didn't want the sun
waking him up every morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the
north?"
When another person jumped in and explained that the sun rises in the
east (and has for some time), she shook her head and said, "Oh, I don't
keep up with that stuff."
And then she voted.
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I used to work in technical support for a 24x7 call center. One day I got
a call from an InDUHvidual who asked what hours the call center was
open. I told him, "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7
days a week." He responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?"
Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, "Pacific.."
And then he voted.
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So my colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria when we
overheard one of the administrative assistants talking about the
sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in
a convertible, but "didn't think she'd get sunburned because the car
was moving."
And then she voted.
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I was in a high school advanced physics class and the teacher was
talking about a new military weapon that uses sonic waves on the
battlefield to burst enemy soldier's chests. One InDUHvidual in the
class spoke up and said, "Well that's stupid! Why don't they just wear
headphones?"
And a few years later, he voted.
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My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car. It's designed to cut through a
seatbelt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk.
And then she voted.
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My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed that the cases were
discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought two cases. The
cashier multiplied two times 10% and gave us a 20% discount.
And then they all voted.
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I was hanging out with a real liberal friend of mine when we saw a
woman walk by us with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain.
My friend said, "Wouldn't the chain rip out every time she turned her
head?" I had to explain to her that a person's nose and ear remain the
same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned.
And then she voted.
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I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the
lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never
showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because they were
trained professionals and I was in good hands. "Now," she asked me,
"has your plane arrived yet?"

And then she voted.
I am reminded of a Darwin Award where a man had his car stall on a railroad crossing. He was trying to obtain help when a train came along. The Darwin Award part comes along when he is standing on the tracks, cellphone in one hand, the other hand to he ear so he can hear over the trains whistle. Of course the train hits and kills him before it destroys his car.

Sheesh.

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A funny stick man movie

I came across this site from one of my message boards. It's a simplistic stick-man movie on the evils of war. The art is good (for being a stick man movie) and the soundtrack is beautiful, as it fits the movie perfectly. Here it is.

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Monday, October 18, 2004

A Presidents Prayer

From the Washington Times Inside the Beltway:
A fourth-generation logger from Montana, Bruce Vincent, was in tears
when he walked out of the Oval Office.

As executive director of Provider Pals, a youth cultural-exchange
program, Mr. Vincent was among a small group of people invited to
the White House on May 3 to receive the first Preserve America
Presidential Awards.

His first impression of President Bush: "a firm handshake and a look
that can be described only as penetrating. Warm, alive, fully engaged,
disarmingly penetrating."

But then Mr. Vincent came face to face with a personal side of Mr.
Bush that few have seen, particularly in the Oval Office - his spiritual
side.

"After about 30 or 35 minutes," Mr. Vincent recalls, "the president
and first lady made one more pass down the line of awardees, shaking
hands and offering congratulations. When the president shook my
hand, I said, 'Thank you, Mr. President. God bless you and your
family.'

"He was already in motion to the next person in line, but he stopped
abruptly, turned fully back to me ... and said, 'Thank you - and God
bless you and yours, as well.' "

Mr. Vincent then took the opportunity to request that Mr. Bush
remember his stepmother, Loretta Vincent, in prayers that day. At that
exact moment, Mrs. Vincent was having a tumor removed from her
skull at a hospital in Kalispell, Mont. What occurred next is worthy of
presidential, if not religious, history books.

"He grabbed me by the arm and took me back toward his desk as he
said, 'So that's it. I could tell that something is weighing heavy on your
heart today. I could see it in your eyes. This explains it,' " were the
president's words to Mr. Vincent.

Mr. Bush then discussed with the award recipient the importance of
family and the strength of prayer. "He said, 'If it's okay with you, we'll
take care of the prayer right now. Would you pray with me?' I told him
yes, and he turned to the staff that remained in the office and hand
motioned the folks to step back or leave. He said, 'Bruce and I would
like some private time for a prayer.'

"As they left he turned back to me and took my hands in his. I was
prepared to do a traditional prayer stance - standing with each other
with heads bowed. Instead, he reached for my head with his right hand
and, pulling gently forward, he placed my head on his shoulder.

"With his left arm on my midback, he pulled me to him in a prayerful
embrace. He started to pray softly. I started to cry. He continued his
prayer for Loretta and for God's perfect will to be done. I cried some
more. My body shook a bit as I cried, and he just held tighter. He
closed by asking God's blessing on Loretta and the family during the
coming months."

Mr. Vincent's wife, Patti Jo, told Inside the Beltway from the couple's
home in Libby, Mont., yesterday that Loretta Vincent is undergoing
radiation for the tumor and "so far, so good." Sadly, Mr. Vincent lost
his mother to the same form of cancer in 1996.
This is the man who resides in the White House. A kind of man who treats regular citizens like his own family. He does more than "feels their pain", he does something about it. He brings a degree of spirituality and humanity to the office not seen since Reagan.

I for one am glad he is there, and I hope he gets to stay for another four years.

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Some good Moore news

This just in: Moore's Pre-Election TV Special Nixed.

iN DEMAND has decided NOT to run Fahrenheit 9/11, which the article says, "is sharply critical of President Bush." That's kind of like saying the sun is somewhat bright.

Anyway, the article goes on to explain that Moore is upset because he isn't getting his way and he threatens to sue. He has, however, graciously offered to let Sinclair Broadcasting air it for free. *snicker*.

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P E T A strikes again

P E T A, the group who likes to blow up people and places that they don't agree with, has done something really bad this time: They've infringed on McDonald's copyright. I found this on one of the message boards that I frequent, and it just goes to show how far Left-Wingers are willing to go to make their point:



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More Jib Jab

Found on Jib Jab. A new parody song, it premiered on The Tonight Show when I wasn't looking. "Good to be in D.C.!" is the name of the tune, based on 'Dixie.' While it's not as uproariously funny as the first, it's still pretty good.

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Friday, October 15, 2004

Why do they do what they do?

Here are two related stories, Dems urge 'pre-emptive strike' on voter intimidation, and Hate speech and goon squads.

These two stories detail how Dems must spread the lies that they do, from the Right disenfranchising Blacks to the Right reinstating the Draft. Never mind the facts, come up with any divisive strategy and blame it on the Right.

The other article shows who the Brownshirts are today. Shootings, break-ins, vandalism and disruptions of Republican offices, you'd think it's a new version of Kristallnacht. And they call us the Nazis.

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Don't close your blinds

I doubt if this is a true story, but it nonetheless points out something very important. Don't Close Your Blinds - Must Read !
The other day, my nine year old son wanted to know why we were at war. My husband looked at our son and then looked at me. My husband and I were in the Army during the Gulf War and we would be honored to serve and defend our Country again today. I knew that my husband would give him a good explanation.

My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my son to go stand in our front living room window. He told him: "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?"

"I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses." he replied.

"OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States of America and you are President Bush."

Our son giggled and said "OK."

"Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country" my husband said.

"OK Dad, I'm pretending."

"Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and see that man come out of his house with his wife and he has her by the hair and is hitting her.
You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and afraid of their father.
You see all of this son.... what do you do?"

"Dad?"

"What do you do son?"

"I call the police, Dad."

"OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations and they take your call, listen to what you know and saw but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?"

"Dad, but the police are supposed to help!" My son starts to whine.

"They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it," my husband says

"But Dad...he killed her!!" my son exclaims.

"I know he did...but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children."

"Daddy...he kills them?"

"Yes son, he does. What do you do?"

"Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says.

"Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my husband says.

"But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!"

"WHAT DO YOU DO SON?" Our son starts to cry.

"OK, no one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son?" "What Daddy?"

"He walks across the street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then...he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in he window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?"

"Daddy..."

"WHAT DO YOU DO?"

Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I close the blinds, Daddy."

My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him... "Why?"

"Because Daddy.....the police are supposed to help...people who needs it...and they won't help....You always say that neighbors are supposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either...they won't help me stop him...I'm afraid....I can't do it by myself ...Daddy.....I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things and...and.....do nothing...so....I'm just going to close the blinds....so I can't see what he's doing........and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening."

I start to cry.

My husband looks at our nine year old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husbands questions and he tells him..."Son"

"Yes, Daddy."

"Open the blinds because that man.... he's at your front door..."WHAT DO YOU DO?"

My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says:
"I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!"

I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs my son to his chest and hugs him tight, and cries..."It's too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door son.....you should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife. You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before......it's too late." my husband whispers.

THAT scenario I just gave you is WHY we are at war with Iraq. When good men stand by and let evil happen is the greatest EVIL of all. Our President is doing what is right. We, as a free nation, must understand that this war is a war of humanity. WE must remove evil men from power so that we can continue to live in a free world where we are not afraid to look out our window. So that my nine year old son won't grow up in a world where he feels that if he just "closes" that blinds the atrocities in the world won't affect him. "YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT! EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALONE!"


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Some truth in school, finally!

This is funny! High School Answering Machine Message!

Here is the actual voicemail greeting for the school:
"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting the right staff member, please listen to all your options before making a selection:

* To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1

* To make excuses for why your child did not do his/her work - Press 2

* To complain about what we do - Press 3

* To swear at staff members - Press 4

* To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press 5

* If you want us to raise your child - Press 6

* If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7

* To request another teacher for the third time this year - Press 8

* To complain about bus transportation - Press 9

* To complain about school lunches - Press 0

If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, homework, and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort, hang up and have a nice day!"
See? I told you it was funny!

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Battle Report

Here is the Warhammer 40k Batte Report from last night. I'm not that good in writing fluff, so forgive me for any gaffes:

It was on Ultramar, in the valley of Laponis, on the Hera River. Not far from Hera's Falls where the child Robute was found, our Chapter Founder.

Here there exists two towers used by our battle brethren to learn the arts of advanced warfare. Two bridges span the Hera River to join the two towers.

It is on this small plain that Battles of Promotion are held. Four squads of Third Company were deemed ready to take the test.

Supported by two Drednoughts, a Predator Annihilator, a Landspeeder Tornado and two Devastator squads, two of the four squads took the field, opposed by Second Company Squads Azure and Cyan. It was the objective of the Third Company to capture as many of the towers and bridges as possible.

But the Second Company would not make it easy. Second Company immediately deepstriked on this side of the river an Assault Squad. Tactical Squad Silver moved to intercept the Assault squad. Second Company's tactical squads took up covering positions on both of the bridges.

On the second turn, Terminators from Second Company deepstriked in, again on the Third's side of the river. All of the Third's units except for Tactical Squad White came in to help out. Tactical Squad Silver and the Assault squad traded shots and became entangled in close combat. When the smoke cleared, all of Silver was down, but Tactical Squad Red was standing nearby and took up the fight, wiping the Assault Squad out.

Everybody in range, Red, Dreadnought Brother William and both Devastator squads shot up the Terminators, but only some fell. The rest marched into close combat with William and Red squad, plus Chaplain Cassius.

On the left flank, Tactical Squad Green kept Second Company at bay from the first bridge, supported by Dreadnought Brother Marcus. Predator Mortis kept firing at the Second Company Predator, keeping him from firing the entire exercise. Mortis finally eliminated the enemy Predator on turn 5.

On the right flank, Second Companies Squad Azure secured the second bridge with ease, and Third Company was never able to contest it. Their forces were concentrated on holding the first bridge and their tower.

The Terminators were able to immobilize then eliminate brother William before turning on and eliminating Red Squad, then sweeping into White Squad, who was finally allowed on the battleground. The Terminators finally fell to Brother Cassius's Crozius Arcanum, but not before eliminating White Squad to a single member.

The landspeeder was flying around, trying to take out the Land Raider Crusader that came on the battlefield. The Crusader stunned the speeder, but they quickly recovered and sped away out of range. Brother Marcus was able to eliminate the Crusader with a well placed Lascannon shot.

Things were getting tight. Time was running out and things were not clear. Devastator Squad Alpha moved to control Tower Resolute, after firing at Second Company's Squad Cyan.

In a tactical move meant to force a draw and contest the first bridge, Squad Cyan left controlling Tower Meditation and charged toward the bridge, where Squad Green had finally moved up to firmly control, with Brother Marcus right behind them. To protect Cyan, their Rhino moved up to the foot of the bridge and blocked Green from advancing further. Brother Burt raised his Melta and made short work of the Rhino.

In the closing minute, it looked like a draw. Squad Alpha controlled Resolute, Azure controlled the second bridge, no one controlled Meditation. Cyan and Green were both contesting the first bridge.

With quick thinking, Brother Marcus stepped sideways to see around the now dead Rhino so he could see Cyan. Both Brother Marcus and Mortis pumped Lascannon fire into Squad Cyan, felling several Brothers.

With three seconds left to go, Brother Marcus felled one Marine from Cyan, knocking them below 50% and preventing Cyan from contesting the first bridge.

Third Company Won!

With Squad Green being the only squad left, they were promoted to the ranks of Second Company. The other three squads were left to three days of fasting and studying the battle to see where they could have done better. They may retake the Battle of Promotion in six months.

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

This is disgusting

From my inbox:

I'm sad this happened in Tennessee. A local legislator has been handing out these fliers and it has me enraged.



It was already an offensive picture, because it originally read, "Arguing on the Internet is like running in the Special Olympics: Even if you win, you're still retarded."

Where I work, I have to deal with people who have mental illnesses. It's the reason for the job. But a lot of my clients also have some degree of mental retardation as well. Just think about it, being a 7 year old trapped in an adults body, AND being schizophrenic. It's not a pretty picture.

To have someone do this (either picture) shows a large amount of cruelty in their personality. I can't imagine be purposefully cruel like this. I hope he gets censured by the State Legislature for this, but he probably won't.

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This is more like it

This shows more taste than the last post:



This picture is not a personal attack on Kerry. It represents the good old Southern logic of his "plans" and positions (both for and against) don't fly in the face of good old common sense, which more people in this country have than you think.

Contrasted against the post above, it shows the difference between Conservatives and Liberals. We can attack the position and not the person, but Liberals must always attack the person because they can't attack the position. There are too many facts in the way that they can't ignore.


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Stolen Honor film

I have here two related stories, Kerry Backfire: New TV Stations Want to Air Vietnam Film, and The Lucky Cities That Get to View 'Stolen Honor'.

Of course it's the Liberals who are screaming to censor this film. It doesn't agree with them. But it's perfectly fine when FORGED and FALSE documents are passed off as the real thing. The double standard is so blatant that Ray Charles could have seen it.

If you're in one of the cities listed, could someone volunteer to record me a copy of it? Please let me know in the comments for this post. Thanks.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Kerry's military discharge

This interesting article, Mystery Surrounds Kerry's Navy Discharge, talks about how we can observe Senator Kerry's OTH (Other Than Honorable) discharge by circumstantial evidence.

Since the good Senator has not signed his form 180, releasing the last 100 pages of his service jacket that the Navy admits it has, we must use somewhat the same indirect technique that scientists use to observe planets around other stars.
An official Navy document on Senator Kerry's campaign Web site listed as Mr. Kerry's "Honorable Discharge from the Reserves" opens a door on a well kept secret about his military service.

The document is a form cover letter in the name of the Carter administration's secretary of the Navy, W. Graham Claytor. It describes Mr. Kerry's discharge as being subsequent to the review of "a board of officers." This in it self is unusual. There is nothing about an ordinary honorable discharge action in the Navy that requires a review by a board of officers.

According to the secretary of the Navy's document, the "authority of reference" this board was using in considering Mr. Kerry's record was "Title 10, U.S. Code Section 1162 and 1163. "This section refers to the grounds for involuntary separation from the service. What was being reviewed, then, was Mr. Kerry's involuntary separation from the service. And it couldn't have been an honorable discharge, or there would have been no point in any review at all. The review was likely held to improve Mr. Kerry's status of discharge from a less than honorable discharge to an honorable discharge.
Ah, but there's more. And it clears the mystery even as it deepens it.
There are a number of categories of discharges besides honorable. There are general discharges, medical discharges, bad conduct discharges, as well as other than honorable and dishonorable discharges. There is one odd coincidence that gives some weight to the possibility that Mr. Kerry was dishonorably discharged. Mr. Kerry has claimed that he lost his medal certificates and that is why he asked that they be reissued. But when a dishonorable discharge is issued, all pay benefits, and allowances, and all medals and honors are revoked as well. And five months after Mr. Kerry joined the U.S. Senate in 1985, on one single day, June 4, all of Mr. Kerry's medals were reissued.
There are just some things that make you go "Hmmm..." and this is one of them.

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Notice who wants to do this

It's even going on here in Tennessee. States Consider Toying With Electoral College.

Notice it's the Democrats that are the ones bringing this up. They're still upset over 2000. They want Gore to win the election still. They can't move on because of their seething anger.

I hate to tell them this, but even if all of the states went to this proportional allocation, a candidate could still win the popular vote and lose in the electoral college. The same condition exists. If the Blue states win by a large margins and the Red states win by small margins, a repeat of 2000 would happen. But, of course, Liberals who want to fix something that isn't broken are blinded to this possibility.

The electoral college is there for a reason, just for the same reason that there are two Houses to the Congress. The Federal government is a shell over the States, not the People. We are 50 independent entities who are banded together for a common cause, but still we are independent from each other. Laws passed in Texas do not have an effect on me here in Tennessee, unless I were to go to Texas. When we vote for President, we are voting by state, not by individual.

Let's not try to fix what isn't broken.

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What is wrong with this picture?




Apparently, it's a yearbook photo. School Board Bans Yearbook Photo Of Student Posing With Shotgun.

This is going too far. Yes, I can understand that there are inappropriate pictures of kids and guns that do not belong in a yearbook. However, this is a tasteful, non-offending picture, meant to show the Senior's love of the shooting sports. Of course, the anti-gun nuts will have an apoplectic fit even over this inoffensive picture.

The shooting sports is one of the few amateur and professional sports where men and women compete together. It is a safe sport and it has been shown in several studies that children who are raised with a regard to respect firearms are less likely to get into trouble, are better students and are more respectful of their elders.

These kids are like this because to them shooting is fun, and a great path to self-discipline. You must adhere to the safety rules, and practice, practice, practice to perform well at this sport. They also recognize the power of life and death a firearm brings, and 99.5% of the kids perform responsibly with and around firearms.

Give this young adult a break. He's one of the good apples. Let him have his picture.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

A great question!

This is not a rhetorical question at all: Ask Kerry 1 question: What would Zarqawi be doing if he weren't in Iraq?

It would seem obvious to anybody with a clear (versus nuanced) view of things. If Zarqawi wasn't in Iraq killing American civilians individually, he would be in America killing American civilians wholesale.

He and his kind hate. The hate Liberals have for President Bush pales in comparison to the hate Zarqawi has for anybody who does not share his twisted view of Islam. The word hate itself does not lend itself easily to the magnitude of hatred that he feels for us.

Zarqawi would gladly wipe us out any way he can to get himself closer to his bloodthirsty God. Which, I would like to point out, is not the God of Abraham, from whom Muslims are descended.

Even if Zarqawi was not Muslim, he would find a reason to hate and kill, be it Islamic, Fascist, whatever.

Let us not turn into our enemies. While we continue to fight, let us not hate.

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Clinton and Kerry are "brothers"

I read this article, Senator von Munchausen and the One That Got Away and finally realized that former President Clinton and Senator Kerry are related on once particular issue: They are both pathological liars. They lie even when they don't have to.

I quote from the article:
Field & Stream: What's the biggest deer you ever killed?

Kerry: Probably an 8-pointer, something like that. Nothing terribly big. I once had an incredible encounter with the most enormous buck -- I don't know, 16 points or something. It was just huge. And I failed to pull the trigger at the right moment. I was hunting down in Massachusetts, on the Cape.
Explained later in the article, the largest buck ever taken from that area was a 12 pointer. For those of you who aren't deer hunters, a point is a tip of the antlers. The more points, the older the buck is. It also is like earthquakes. Each number you go up is a magnitude greater than the one before. So while 6 pointers are fairly common, 8 pointers are rare and a 12 pointer is the Holy Grail of hunting. If you even see an 18 pointer at least in the East, you might as well be talking about seeing Bigfoot.

Which brings me to my point. Both of these men cannot resist the impulse to make themselves look a little better by stretching the truth. The problem is, the more you stretch the truth, the easier it is to see through it.

We suffered through 8 years of a liar, a guy who left semen stains in the Oval Office. Do we really want a repeat of someone like this, who can't tell the truth to save his own life?

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Monday, October 11, 2004

Progress has been made at home

Yesterday was a very productive day. I spent about 6 hours and cleaned approximately 15 square feet of the house. That's the condition the house is in. I generated 6 thirty gallon garbage bags worth of trash, plus a half-dozen boxes that were just accumulating dust and filling up space. I also filled two vacuum cleaner bags of stuff on the floor. I inspired my son to clean up the computer desk he has been using as well.

This sounds like a lot, and it was. But what is more important is that I was allowed to do it at all. You see, my wife has always been nervous about me "touching her stuff" because I will put it places where she can't find it.

This has been a major crux of why I can't be at home. My wife is in no condition to clean the house and I haven't been allowed to do any substantive cleaning. I can't stand the mess and because I have been prohibited from doing anything about it, it creates a train wreck in me and I eventually explode (It takes more than that, but that is the start and end of the process).

This afternoon I plan on continuing the process, cleaning up a desk that is literally piled a foot high with nothing more than old junk mail and other useless papers. Some progress is projected with the bedroom as well. If this is the way I need to spend my weekends, then I am happy to do it. It means that maybe, just maybe, eventually I can come home and stay instead of just visit.

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A nice, thoughtful read

This article, Big why of anti-Americanism, gives an insight into why European powers like France and Germany hate us.

They hate us because we can have civilized and reasonable discourses and disagreements in our political parties. We can have (and have had for over 230 years) peaceful transfers of power from one person and party to another. There has only been once instance of the cartridge box superseding the ballot box, and that was a county election in Alabama some 50 years ago. In fact, the cartridge box protected the ballot box from being stuffed.

Despite all of the catcalls of our being "uncivilized" we are the ones who can do things without fighting on the floor of the legislature. We are the ones who don't start wars, we finish them.
Without American military and economic power, we would have a different world today. And we did this in the spirit of 13 precious words of Alfred T. Mahan, the great U.S. naval strategist: "The objective of military power is to allow moral ideals to take root." That's why we're in Iraq.
Yes. To make sure that there is not another war in the area.

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Brace yourselves!

It seems that he's got the order of things wrong. Michael Moore, Network Plans Election Eve TV 'Fahrenheit' Showing. You're supposed to go to pay-per-view first, then DVD, not the other way around.

I'll repost this link: Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11 just so you know the truth about the film, should you decide to watch it (I don't recommend it).

Moore has been so disingenuous that I would have to look up if he said the sky was blue. He cut-and-pasted two speeches together by Charleton Heston in Bowling for Columbine and presented it as one continuous speech. If you look carefully between the edits, Heston changes clothes in the middle of the "speech."

A friend told me he actually watched Fahrenheit 9/11, but he bought a ticket to another movie so Moore wouldn't get the proceeds. He was repulsed and sickened by the film.

Do it if you must, but don't say I didn't warn you.

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Friday, October 08, 2004

History does repeat itself

This article is very enlightening: History Repeats Itself In Iraq.

It draws parallels between the "insurgents" of Iraq today and the Werewolf movement in Post-Nazi Germany.
During the closing days of World War II, Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler founded the Nazi Werewolf movement. The aim of this terrorist group was to attack and kill Allied forces, who occupied former Nazi-held territory which later included Germany itself. Werewolf activity continued until at least 1947 and many reports indicate that the Nazi resistance movement was still active as late as 1950.
Wow. Five years of terrorist attacks, assassinations and bombings. Despite the press of the day (who had the same outlook as today in Iraq) we managed to hold on until West Germany became a stable and peaceful place.

It will take at least as long in Iraq to do the same thing. The population must see that they have a better life under the new government. Once they see that, the "insurgents" will be dimed out until we run out of them. As I understand it now, we are killing about 200 of them for every American soldier lost. It could be as high as 800, I am not sure of the number, but nonetheless it is impressive.

And the Liberal press still shouts the same thing. In 1945, it was "We lost the peace," today it's "Quagmire." But then again, it is their job to sell the news and bad news sells better than good news. The problem is constant bad news can turn victory into defeat.

Let's let history repeat itself in this case, but a little faster. The difference between then and now is we have an "instant gratification is not fast enough" society.

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The elephant in the room

Michelle Malkin brings up a pretty good point. Illegal Immigration: The Security Problem Both Candidates Ignore.

Unlawful immigration (Illegal is a sick bird) is a major problem in the U.S. today, and it's not limited to the Southwest anymore. Here in Memphis, we have a rapidly growing Hispanic population, and the gangs to go along with it.
This race is not just about who is better able to hunt down and destroy our enemies abroad. It's about who is more willing to hunt them down right here, jail them, kick them out and keep them out of our home. President Bush has shown he can stand up to the international Axis of Weasels. He must show the same resolve against La Raza, the immigration lawyers and Teddy Kennedy.
Something must be done to stem the tide of unlawful immigration, and the constituencies be damned.

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What are they doing?

In a related story, this really worries me. One Reporter's Opinion - A Gutless 9/11 Bill details how the Administration is trying to gut H.R. 10, the resolution to implement the suggestions of the 9/11 Commission.
The White House has told House Republicans it wants them to REMOVE provisions in their intelligence-overhaul bill that would crack down on ILLEGAL ALIENS obtaining driver's licenses, allow easier deportation, and limit the use of foreign consular ID cards.
I don't know why this is happening, but it has my full and undivided attention. To intentionally pull such things out of a bill signals some serious planning, but what the goals of the plan are I have no idea. I just hope it's to the best interest of the United States.

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Warhammer Battle Report

I know I haven't done this in a while.

Last night I played the opening battle of the "Iron Cross" campaign for the Memphis Area Wargamers League. This is 6 weeks of battles using a finite amount of units. If you lose everything in most games, by week 5 and 6 you're going to be fielding pretty small forces.

So this battle was between my Ultramarines and his Necrons (think Terminators). The guy who I played last night I just so happened to have played last week, so we called it a 'grudge match.' Last week I managed to phase him out (if you inflict 75% casualties, he fades away).

The battle started out with a mind fart on my part. I only brought 1,250 points to a 1,500 point battle. Stupid. I did manage to wipe out one of his units with a preliminary bombardment from orbit. What really helped was on turn 3 he teleported his HQ unit and an entire squad of warriors (about 430 points total) into the side of my tank, destroying all of them.

Anyway, my Marines did what Marines do, march inexorably forward under intense enemy fire and take the battle to the enemy and wipe them out. On turn 5 I managed to phase him out again. I did manage to lose a squad of Marines as far as the campaign goes, but that was it. 63 points out of a possible 65 for the battle.

Victory: Ultramarines.

Next week, I get to go up against the other player in the campaign who also plays Ultramarines, this ought to be fun.

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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Today is not a good day

Well, today is just one of those days. Some news from yesterday is contributing and I am upset and disturbed over it.

My case manager told me that starting next month, I'm going down to one visit a month. It's not that I'm stable enough for it, but rather more cuts in the state mental health care budget has caused a doubling of his case load. The only people he will still see weekly are those he has to keep their medications, as they might overdose on them. So, he has to keep them to just a couple of days of medications.

This has me running scared. I need case management to professionally observe me to make sure I'm not going off the deep end and require hospitalization again. You can't draw a line with one data point. He tried to reassure me that "I'm just a phone call away," but that doesn't work very well because when I get my worst I will close in on myself and that phone call will never be made. I need that knock on the door once a week to make sure I am stable. You, dear readers, are my last lifeline, my final conduit that I can bounce how I feel off of you. There are friends out there who know me and how I get. They read this blog to make sure I'm not going too far off the beaten path.

I just hope it's enough now.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Bill Whittle strikes again

Mr. William Whittle over at Eject!Eject!Eject! writes wonderful essays. He posted a new one just this morning, titled DETERRENCE.

It is important that every American read his essays. He brings up from the depths of his soul important concepts and explains them with great clarity and forcefulness that you cannot stop reading once you've started. Some of his prior essays have included STRENGTH, POWER, RESPONSIBILITY, TRINITY, MAGIC and so on. Read his archives, it will be good for your soul.

Go now. You will not regret it.
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It's not flip-flopping, it's pandering

This article, How Kerry won, shows how Senator Kerry can talk out of both sides of his mouth at the same time.
Sean [a listener] explained that he was an opponent of the war in Iraq and only now could he finally vote for John Kerry. I asked him what Kerry said that confirmed that the Democratic candidate was his man.

Sean: "I believe he has a plan." (Kerry said he has a plan some 12 times.)

Prager: "A plan to do what?"

Sean: "A plan to withdraw our troops."

And then I understood: No matter what position you hold about American foreign policy and the war in Iraq, John Kerry holds your position.
If you read the quotes in the article, you see that Senator Kerry holds both for and against positions on Iraq, quite often at the same time.

I am reminded of a clip of SNL that I saw, it has Kerry in a debate, saying, "I am not flip-flopping! I have consistently held pro-war positions in front of pro-war groups, and anti-war positions in front of anti-war groups. This is not flip-flopping, this is pandering!"

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Someone hasn't been forgotten

Some good news. Just because he's not in the news doesn't mean things aren't happening.
Feds say Berger still under probe.

For those who've been under a rock for the past couple of months, Sandy Berger, National Security Advisor to President Clinton, was caught secreting classified documents in his clothes out of a classified reading area. When confronted, he returned most of them, then claimed that he "inadvertently" destroyed the rest, which just so happened to be embarrassing to himself and President Clinton.

Well, the probe is still continuing and it will come to an eventual conclusion. Hopefully, but not likely, it will result in Mr. Berger being a long-term guest of the Federal Prison System.


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Another waste of tax dollars

I am getting sick of this. Our national disgrace.

Here in Memphis, TN, we have a AAA Minor league baseball team and a NBA team, the Grizzlies. We also have a University of Memphis basketball and football team.

Several years ago, at great expense, a pyramid shaped basketball stadium known as the "tomb of doom" was built for the U of M. Many taxes were levied and bonds floated. Then came the Grizzlies. They thought the Pyramid was nice, but they wanted a better place, so more taxes were levied and bonds floated to create the FedExForum. As soon as the Forum became a reality, the U of M team jumped ship from the Pyramid to the Forum.

This leaves the City with a totally unused arena where we owe approximately $15 million on it. Shameful.

Then we have our Baseball franchise, who built their own stadium, without the city paying one dollar. Nice.

Too bad more cities don't do this to the sports franchises. Make them front the money and pay for their own digs. But the allure of sports teams will likely never let that happen. Cities (actually citizens) will pay through the nose to attract teams.

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No partisanship here

I found this article more sad than funny: Teacher Booted for Displaying President's Picture.

It seems that people think any display of the Presidents picture is a partisan display. It also shows that the principal is an idiot and should be booted himself.

Earlier reports had parents wondering why a picture of Senator Kerry was not up next to President Bush, but there is no mention of that in this article.

It is a disgrace that such a thing happen. But then again we are talking about Liberals. I'm quite sure no ruckus would have been raised if there was a picture of Al Gore in place of the President (since he really is the President, you know) and then a picture of Senator Kerry (since he is going to win, right?).

Despicable.

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Monday, October 04, 2004

A few words that tell a lot

From Thursday nights debate, Global Test? Kerry Failed the Constitutional Test.

This has probably been picked apart in other parts of the Blogosphere, but here's my 2 cents worth. In Senator Kerry's remarks about the "Global Test," he had some very telling words. Here they are:
"No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America. But if and when I do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons."
No president has done it before, but if and when I do it..... You can't get too much more self-damning words than that.

He has already in his mind committed this action, to submit the action of acting in the interests of the United States to other countries, even though those countries probably have interests against ours, so any action by us would be against their interests, such as France and Germany in the case of Iraq. Which means we wouldn't pass that vaunted "Global Test" and thus we (Possibly President Kerry) would not react to a second smoking crater in New York, or a mushroom cloud.

That's the man whom the Democrats want to put into office.

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A worthy SCOTUS case

Finally, a good landmark case, heavy on the "land." Too Late For One, SCOTUS Accepts Land Use Case I have already written on this subject here, about the Michigan SC ruling in a similar fashion.
"No person shall be…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." That's the pertinent portion of the Fifth Amendment, and how that clause has been applied by state and local governments these past couple decades is the issue of interest presented the U.S. Supreme Court, via Kelo v. City of New London.
The current interpretation is, "if it increases our tax base, then we can do it."

Municipalities have for years used Eminent Domain to force people out of their homes in order to build things like business parks, shopping centers and in this case, upscale homes. This was not the intended use of ED, which was to build and develop properties that furthered the public interest, such as roads and schools. Not develop the tax base.

The "one too late" is a lady who has had the land taken out from under her, complete with harassment by mysterious black vehicles, and charges of her stealing the land to begin with.

This, too, should be looked at by the SCOTUS, as it would impact how the Federal Government confiscates land in the name of preservation.

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And they call us mind numbed robots

This gave me a laugh, To Our Readers (and Writers).

Here is what got me laughing:
WE RECEIVED THE following letter from a woman in Yonkers, N.Y.: "Dear editor: This debate made it clear: John Kerry is a leader we can trust to tell us the truth when it comes to our nation's security. George Bush has had his chance; I'm ready for a new direction."

Cogent, succinct, personal -- everything we look for in a letter. So why are we writing about it here, instead of publishing it in the columns to the right? Unfortunately, the letter, perfect in every other way, arrived in our electronic in-box Thursday afternoon, four hours and 14 minutes before debate moderator Jim Lehrer posed his first question.
The article goes on to explain that the DNC told them to write, told them how to write it and gave them what to write.

And write they did. Hundreds to the Washington ComPost, and probably thousands to other major and minor newspapers.

And the Left accuses the Right, especially Talk Radio listeners of being mind numbed robots, unable to think for themselves. We supposedly receive our daily marching orders through the radio and are compelled to carry them out. But this proves that the Left receives "instruction" as well. More so, in fact, than the Right does. At least when the NRA urges me to write my Congressmen and Senators, they tell me what to write about, not what to write.
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Friday, October 01, 2004

Facts don't go away just because they are ignored

I found this, Bias isn't the left's only problem, and I am glad. This article has put into words what I have been struggling with for some time.
Reader letters are one of the more enjoyable aspects of the commentating business. Opinion writers, by definition, have opinions, yet some of us are still on the lookout for information that indicates we just might be wrong about some of our beliefs. Not opinions that indicate we are wrong about our beliefs - but hard facts. We are, at heart, explorers of the intellectual landscape.

Call it a self-editing process. Today it's the hard facts that distinguish conservatives from the left. As conservatives, our commitment is to the truth – because we believe that truth exists. When the facts no longer support our worldview, something has to give. I think that's why conservatives and Republicans turned on Nixon and forced him to resign the presidency.

Compare that with Clinton, where every Democratic senator stood shoulder-to-shoulder (or however they stand these days) and said that the president's lying under oath didn't "rise to the level of an impeachable offense." Pity poor Ken Lay and Martha Stewart: They believed the Democrats.
Nixon, who misused his power, came to his senses when confronted with reality (impeachment) and did what any honorable person would do. He spared the country and the Presidency the dishonor of being impeached. Clinton, not being honorable, held on to his power (because he saw it as his right) and managed to survive the onslaught. We were lucky to have elected GWB next to remove that stain from the office, especially in the light of 9/11.
The left by contrast filters reality through their worldview. If the facts don't fit, toss them into the dustbin or rearrange things until the discomfort disappears. Truth is relative - so what if the dots don't line up, time to move on. The ideology is the important thing - can't let that pesky little reality get in the way of what really matters.
Reshape the facts to fit the paradigm, instead of the other way around. The problem is, what if you are one of the facts? What happens to the people associated to the "wrong" facts? They are destroyed, professionally and personally, because Liberals don't want to deal with those facts. They only like facts that agree with them. Too bad there aren't very many of those.

It is the Left that claims to be the party of tolerance and diversity. But it is the Left that shouts down opposing viewpoints and mercilessly attacks those that don't agree. The Right can agree to disagree, but the Left cannot let the facts that don't agree with them stand. It might show that the Left is wrong and you can't have that, now can you? It wouldn't sit well with the uninformed masses if they knew that their Philosopher Kings (self appointed, no less) are fallible.

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2004 Darwin Awards

For those of you who don't know what a Darwin Award is, it is an "award" that is given to those who kill themselves in rather spectacular and stupid ways, thus removing themselves from the gene pool. There are "survivors" every now and then, but they still find a special way to remove themselves from the gene pool.

From Insight Mag, this years top ten awardees:
Nominee No. 1: [San Jose Mercury News]:
An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club to break a former girlfriend's windshield, accidentally shot himself to death when the gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut.

Nominee No. 2: [Kalamazoo Gazette]:
James Burns, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo, MI, was killed in March as he was trying to repair what police describe as a "farm-type truck." Burns got a friend to drive the truck on a highway while Burns hung underneath so that he could ascertain the source of a troubling noise. Burns' clothes caught on something, however, and the other man found Burns "wrapped in the drive shaft."

Nominee No. 3: [Hickory Daily Record]:
Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally shot himself to death in December in Newton, NC. Awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed, he reached for the phone but grabbed instead a Smith & Wesson 38 Special, which discharged when he drew it to his ear. (For whatever reason, residents of Southern states always seem to figure prominently among the Darwin nominees.)

Nominee No. 4: [UPI, Toronto]:
Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder and plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, fell into the courtyard of the Toronto
Dominion Bank Tower early Friday evening as he was explaining the strength of the building's windows to visiting law students. Hoy previously has conducted demonstrations of window strength according to police reports. Peter Lawson, managing partner of the firm Holden Day, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was "one of the best and brightest" members of the 200-man association. (Nice to see another Canadian province getting into the awards.... The Maritimes always have been heavily involved.)

Nominee No. 5: [Bloomberg News Service]:
A terrible diet and a room with no ventilation are being blamed for the death of a man who was killed by his own gas emissions. There was no mark on his body, and an autopsy showed large amounts of methane gas in his system. His diet had consisted primarily of beans and cabbage (and a couple of other things). It was just the right combination of foods. It appears that the man died in his sleep from breathing the poisonous cloud that was hanging over his bed. Had he been outside or had his windows been opened, it wouldn't have been fatal. But the man was shut up in his nearly airtight bedroom. According to the article, "He was a big man with a huge capacity
for creating "this deadly gas." Three of the rescuers got sick, and one was hospitalized.

Nominee No. 6: [The News of the Weird]:
Michael Anderson Godwin made News of the Weird posthumously. He had spent several years awaiting South Carolina's electric chair on a murder conviction before having his sentence reduced to life in prison. While sitting on a metal toilet in his cell attempting to fix his small TV set, he bit into a wire and was electrocuted. (South Carolina entrants are always perennial favorites.)

Nominee No. 7: [The Indianapolis Star]:
A cigarette lighter may have triggered a fatal explosion in Dunkirk, IN. A Jay County man, using a cigarette lighter to check the barrel of a muzzle loader, was killed Monday night when the weapon discharged in his face, sheriff's investigators said. Gregory David Pryor, 19, died in his parents' rural Dunkirk home at about 11:30 PM. Investigators said Pryor was cleaning a 54-caliber muzzleloader that had not been firing properly. He was using the lighter to look into the barrel when the gunpowder ignited.

Nominee No. 8: [Reuters, Mississauga, Ontario]:
A man cleaning a bird feeder on the balcony of his condominium apartment in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his death. Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheeled chair when the accident occurred, said Inspector D'Arcy Honer of the Peel Regional Police. "It appears that the chair moved, and he went over the balcony," Honer said. (Another Ontario entry.... I wonder if people are
moving there from the Maritime Provinces.)

Finally, THE WINNER!!!: [Arkansas Democrat Gazette]:
Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday. Woodruff County deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock, were returning to Des Arc after a frog gigging trip on an overcast Sunday night when Poole's pickup truck headlights malfunctioned.

The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older-model truck had burned out. As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that the .22 caliber bullet from his pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering-wheel column. Upon inserting the bullet the headlights again began to operate properly, and
the two men proceeded on eastbound toward the White River Bridge.

After traveling approximately 20 miles, and just before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged, and struck Poole in the testicles. The vehicle swerved sharply right, exiting the pavement, and striking a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the accident, but will require extensive surgery to repair the damage to his testicles, which will never operate as intended. Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released.

"Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off, or we might both be dead," stated Wallis. "I've been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the world, but this is a first for me. I can't believe that those two would admit how this accident happened," said Snyder. Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia (Poole's wife) asked how many frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck???

(Though Poole and Wallis did not die as a result of their misadventure as normally required by Darwin Award Official Rules, it can be argued that Poole DID, in fact, effectively remove himself from the gene pool.)


There you go folks, just remember these the next time you do something stupid, you get to think of these people and thank God you didn't get to join this list.

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