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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Personal update

The last two days have been rough. I spent most of yesterday and this morning hiding. The ruminating of my thoughts has been rather severe, and I had to miss work yesterday. I have some things that I need to do today, I hope this doesn't continue.

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Babs shows she's an idiot (again)

I think the title says it all. Barbara Streisand is an idiot, and I can prove it by her own words: Where is our Free Press?

In this two paragraph missive, she spends paragraph one talking about all the people who crossed the President and got their asses handed to them for it. The problem is, she ignores facts, like all good Liberals do.

I don't know about Lawrence Lindsay, General Shinseki or Paul O'Neill, but these guys serve at the pleasure of the president. Right or wrong, if the President doesn't like it, he can fire you. I'm sure Babs has fired at least one person for having a viewpoint that was different from hers.

Then she goes on about Joseph Wilson and his wife. Mr. Wilson's report has since been proven 100% wrong, as "yellowcake" from Niger has since been found in Iraq.

Babs also comes to Dan Rather's defense, alluding that he is innocent and is being investigated by the FCC for punitive purposes.

In paragraph two, she talks out of both sides of her mouth in the same breath:
Yes...the documents CBS presented could not be confirmed for their authenticity, but these details of Bush's military record have been out for public consumption for years.
These "details" have not "been out for public consumption," as the memos were proven as F-A-L-S-E and no supporting evidence exists, leaving only unsubstantiated rumors.

It has been shown that he did not take a flight physical because he was going off of flight status anyway, with the aircraft he flew being retired. With limited time left in the Guard, it was not practicable to train him to fly in a more current aircraft.

Babs thinks that the Press hasn't been hard enough on Bush, when it has been proven that the Liberal News Media has examined minutely everything on President Bush, while ignoring major discrepancies in Senator Kerry's war record.

That's a Liberal for you.

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The North Korean Problem

This article, U.S. Calm After N. Korea Nuke Claim, shows another way a Kerry Administration would make things worse.

Senator Kerry blasts President Bush for not being more direct, by not treating NK more seriously than Iraq. He couldn't be more wrong.

North Korea can't be attacked militarily, simply because we don't have enough troops to do the job right without massive casualties. With NK's nuclear option, the chance of an entire Division disappearing under a mushroom cloud makes things like this impracticable.

There is also no long term goals to be achieved by invading NK, as opposed to Iraq. The presence of a democratically controlled Iraq is destabilizing the entire region in a positive way.

"Possibly President" Kerry would give the NK's just what they want, one-on-one talks with the US, which will only result in a repeat of the Clinton Administration, the "Here's a whole bunch of stuff, please don't build nukes" plea from a position of weakness.

By holding six-way talks (China, Japan, Russia, NK, SK, US) the US is more or less brokers in getting the other five countries to solve the problem themselves. It's China's problem more than it is ours. They are the ones primarily responsible for keeping this psychopathic monster in power. NK wants to talk to us because they know we (with a Democrat administration in power) will cave into their demands.

We can't let this guy win, folks. Either Kim Jong Il or Senator Kerry.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Not doing well this morning

Other than the important post below, I am not up to posting this morning. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Sorry.

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IT: JPEG Virus found on Usenet

Found on Slashdot: jpeg virus in the open?!

Bookmark this page and remember the info, especially if you view jpegs. While the two discovered jpegs appear to be porn, you must suspect any file now. If you don't have it, install Zone Alarm right away, it blocks outgoing as well as incoming attempts to cross it.

If you do have ZA and when viewing it comes up with an alarm, treat it very seriously. Get back to this web site and see if it fits the description.

Stay safe out there.

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Monday, September 27, 2004

By his own words

A new Swift Boat ad is coming out, this time using Senator Kerry's own words against him. A Death Blow To Kerry's Campaign.
Let me quote him exactly, because it's important to get this right. Kerry said, "I have been to Paris. I have talked with both delegations at the peace talks, that is to say the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government." His words, ladies and gentlemen. While the United States was at war, John Kerry went to Paris and spoke with the enemies of the Republic.
And here's the really bad news. He was a Naval Officer at the time, albeit Inactive Reserve (and that is open for debate as well). This upgrades cavorting with the enemy from a youthful indiscretion (ala Hanoi Jane) to a death penalty matter, since that is the punishment called for under the UCMJ, Uniform Code of Military Justice.
ART. 104. AIDING THE ENEMY
Any person who--
(1) aids, or attempts to aid, the enemy with arms, ammunition, supplies, money, or other things; or
(2) without proper authority, knowingly harbors or [protects or gives intelligence to or communicates or corresponds with or holds any intercourse with the enemy, either directly or indirectly;
shall suffer death or such other punishment as a court-martial or military commission may direct.
So there is a torpedo homing in on the Kerry campaign, and it's loaded for bear. When it hits, it could very well sink Kerry all on its own.

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Perspective

This article, Death Is not a Final Diagnosis, puts into perspective deaths in Iraq.

It lists the murder rate of three major American cities and shows more people were murdered in each city than died in Iraq. But such numbers to bring perspective will never grace Rather's/Jennings/Brokaw's lips.

Here's one more number to bring things into perspective. In 2003 alone, 4,100 people died from binge drinking. Let's say that again. For every American death in Iraq over the past 18 months, six people have died from drinking too much alcohol at one sitting.

Now let's look at the comparative worth of their deaths. The 1,000 who have died in Iraq have been doing their best to make that a free country, with the rule of law and free elections. Those who died of binge drinking was a waste of a life. Most of the binge drinkers were either underage or just legal enough to drink. The potential of those lives would stagger you, and with the waste of even one life like that is just too much.

Now what do you think of those who have died in the service of their country? Are they a waste of a life?

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Jimmy strikes again

James Earl Carter, former President and now an "election certifier" is an idiot. After screwing up down in Central America (I had written a piece on it but can't find it now. I guess I'll have to go to MT and get a better search function) he is exclaiming that Florida is "biased." Carter fears Florida vote trouble.

You know, though, I could be wrong. Maybe we could use a little foreign help. After all we have several tens of thousands of New York snowbirds who are registered in NY and Florida. Why we aren't throwing those people off the Florida state rolls and/or prosecuting them for voter fraud is beyond me. Maybe they are and it's not showing up in the news. I hope someone is doing something about it.

I don't think we need international help. We've been doing this for a good long while and I think we can manage on our own.

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Friday, September 24, 2004

Don't let this happen to you

I think the title says it all. This article was rather disconcerting to me: Political Ignorance Is No Bliss.

I have done all that I can to teach you about not only political issues, but Conservative ideals as well. I hope my writings have given you the impetus to find out more about the issues of the day and how to deal with them.

Then I get this bad news:
Surveys show that 70 percent of American adults don't know that Congress recently passed a prescription drug benefit for seniors, even though the new law - projected to cost $500 billion over the next 10 years - is probably the most significant domestic legislation passed during the Bush administration.

More than 60 percent do not know that President Bush's term has seen a massive increase in domestic spending, about 25 percent above previous levels, that has led to a major increase in the national debt.

And despite the extensive media attention focused on employment numbers, almost two-thirds of the public don't know that there has been a net increase in jobs this year. Three quarters admit they know little or nothing about the USA Patriot Act and 58 percent mistakenly believe that the Bush administration perceives a connection between Saddam Hussein and the Sept. 11 attacks.
I most certainly hope that all of my readers are not within the percentages listed above. Please, please, please, keep your eyes and minds open. It is the job as a citizen to keep their mouth open and communicate your wishes to your Representatives and Senators in Congress. The most effective way to do that is to be informed about the issues of the day and how they affect you.

For your sake, and your families, stay informed.

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Let's not do this

Again, the Socialists and Liberals (pretty much the same thing these days) want to get into health care provided for by the State. Health Care, Canadian Style.

This turns my stomach:
Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry wants the federal government - that is, the taxpayer - to become the country’s catastrophic insurer. Other Democrats openly assail any private involvement in health care.

"Does this mean that the American way is wrong and that we should switch to a Canadian-style single payer system?" writes New York Times columnist Paul Krugman (search). "Well, yes."
I don't know that much about Mr. Krugman, but people whom I trust hold the opinion on nice days that he is an idiot.

Liberals look at "FREE health care" and don't look at anything past that. They don't see the extraordinarily long waits for care, they don't see the lifetime cap on care, they don't see the long line of Canadians jumping the border to the U.S. to get timely health care.

Let's look at this logically. Which way are the sick people going? North to where it's free, or south to where you have to pay for it? That alone ought to tell you who has the better health care system.

Let's not get into Socialized Health Care. If it doesn't bankrupt us, it will ruin the health of America.

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Are the poor really poor?

This article came across my screen, The Specter of Poverty in America, and I was wondering if we set the standard too low or too high.
The following are facts about persons defined as "poor" by the Census Bureau, taken from various government reports:

  • Forty-six percent of all poor households own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and porch or patio.

  • Seventy-six percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, 30 years ago, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

  • Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.

  • The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens and other European cities. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

  • Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 30 percent own two or more cars.

  • Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television. Over half own two or more color televisions.

  • Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

  • Seventy-three percent own a microwave oven, more than half have a stereo, and a third have an automatic dishwasher.
I mean, wow. I guess I was a working poor during my first year out of the Navy, because I had all of those things while working for a measly $10 an hour back in 1992-94.

Are the standards too high? This would be considered rich in almost any other country in the world.


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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Sign the form, Senator Kerry

This from a cut out who has paid the fee for To The Point News.
Comfortable? Have a bucket of buttered popcorn and a cold beer at the
ready? (If you were my friend Otto, you’d have instead a Grey Goose martini.) All set for the greatest political fireworks show of your life? Showtime is about to begin.

Those SwiftVet ads, you see, have been just the pre-lims to warm the audience up. The main acts will be much more entertaining. They’ll begin with signs appearing at Kerry campaign rallies saying:

Ho, ho, ho - Kerry must sign the One-Eight-Oh

What does that mean, you ask? It is the demand that Kerry sign a DoD (Defense Dept.) Form 180, which authorizes the release to the public of all military records the Pentagon possesses on him. George Bush has released all of his, just like John McCain and Al Gore. Kerry refuses. He’s hiding stuff in there that destroys him, is why. One such record has already been leaked: The official Navy "after-action report" that was the basis of Kerry’s being awarded the Silver Star. This is the key quote: PCF 94 [Kerry’s Swift Boat] beached in center of ambush in front of small path when Viet Cong sprung up from bunker 10 feet from unit. Man ran with weapon towards hootch. Forward M-60 machine gunner wounded man in leg. Officer- in-charge, LTjg Kerry, jumped ashore and gave pursuit while other units saturated area with fire and beached placing assault parties ashore. Kerry chased VC inland behind hootch and shot him while he fled -- capturing one B-40 rocket launcher with round in chamber.

It is impossibly insulting to anyone in the military awarded a medal for bravery in battle that Kerry was given one of the highest honors the military can bestow - the Silver Star - for shooting a single wounded man while he was running away. How did Kerry engineer this? Only the yet-unreleased records will tell.

Yet this is small potatoes to what’s really in there. For starters, he has AWOL and performance problems that blow similar charges against Bush away. On February 18, 1966, Kerry signed Enlistment and Officer Candidate contracts for five years of active duty and reserves, plus one year of inactive standby reserves. On November 21, 1969, he wrote a letter requesting early release from active Navy duty, lying that "my current regular period of obligated service (will) be completed in December of this year." Obviously, the true completion date was February 17, 1971.

Nonetheless, after only three years and 18 days of active service, on January 3, 1970, Kerry was transferred to the Naval Reserve Manpower Center in Bainbridge, Maryland. Yet Kerry has refused to release his Performance Records showing that he completed the 48 drills and 17 days of active duty per year required during his 2½ years in the Ready Reserves. For some reason, the Democrat Party propagandists posing as journalists in the mainstream media have never asked about them.

On July 1, 1972, Lt. John Kerry was transferred to Standby Inactive Status. Over 5½ years later - and six years after his enlistment contract expired - Kerry was discharged from the U.S. Navy on February 16, 1978. It’s not the phoniness of the medals and the after-action reports Kerry is hiding by refusing to sign Form 180. It’s not even his Reserve Duty Performance Records showing he missed as many drills as he’s missed votes in the Senate. What he is really scared of is the record of his spending six years fighting an OTH - Other Than Honorable - discharge.

There are five classes of Discharge: Honorable, General, Other Than Honorable, Bad Conduct, and Dishonorable. Kerry’s public activities in leading the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), including lying under oath, knowingly lying about alleged "atrocities" committed by his fellow soldiers, meeting with North Vietnamese government officials and Viet Cong leaders in Paris - all while still serving as an officer of the US Navy - were in direct violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), qualifying Kerry for a Dishonorable Discharge.

When Kerry appealed, he was offered an OTH - Other Than Honorable - as a compromise. He knew even that would destroy any possible political career, so he continued to stay in the Reserves with further appeals and re-submissions for over five years, until finally, somehow and someway, he cajoled the military into making his discharge Honorable. Then and only then did he leave the Navy.

The full story of how he gamed the system is in those records he won’t release. The legal activist group, Judicial Watch, has now filed a formal complaint with the Pentagon demanding such release. But this is just the opening salvo. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution has five sections. Here is Section Three: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

As Kerry took an oath to support the Constitution as a military officer of the United States, and subsequently gave public and verifiable aid and comfort to an enemy engaged in warfare with the United States, he is Constitutionally disqualified to run for President (or be a Senator for that matter).

Judicial Watch is thus preparing to file a lawsuit in federal court charging that Kerry’s candidacy for President is a violation of the 14th Amendment.

Note, however, that last sentence in Section Three: "But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability." It turns out there are many Republican Congressmen and Senators who are closet Kerry- supporters - so much so that they will be offering H.R. and S. Resolutions exempting Kerry from his 14th Amendment disability. They will stand up on the House or Senate floor and give earnest speeches in support of the resolution. How they will keep a straight face, and suppress any sign whatever of malicious glee, I have no idea - but that’s one of the skills any politician has.

So sit back and relax, folks. Have another beer (Otto - have another martini ). This is going to be as Ed Sullivan used to say, rrrreallybig, a rrrreallybig show.

(Oh - did I forget to say who leaked that after-action report from Kerry’s Pentagon files, and who will be leaking the rest by, say October 15, if Judicial Watch can’t pry them loose first? Here’s a clue: he’s two or three cutouts away from a certain senator from New York who dreams of once again residing in her husband’s former home.)
Wow. For an officer to have received an OTH discharge, he must have really screwed up. But then again, being UA (Navy term, Unauthorized Absence, same as AWOL) is a pretty big thing, especially when it is for several months of drills.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

It's back on again

I'm getting dizzy over this, Navy Launches Second Kerry Medal Probe.

It seems that while the first probe was merely a superficial scan, this one is looking a lot deeper. Senator Kerry has *three* citations for his single Silver Star, one of which was signed by Reagan's SecNav John Lehman. As you read each citation in order, it appears that the subsequent citations were "upgrades" for the original document.

One small problem. Secretary Lehman disavows signing the citation.

This opens a whole new can of worms, as it appears that the citation was signed by an autopen, a device that duplicates someone's signature. Used for mass document signing, autopens were never intended to sign such a personal and high profile document. So, there will now be a probe to find out who and why used the autopen on this particular document.

I hope they catch the guy who did it, and he squeals big time on Senator Kerry.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The Left has no Center

I found this article interesting. The left thinks legally, the right thinks morally.

Conservatives derive their decisions from their moral center, while Liberals have no center at all. They do not have any limitations on their decision making process. No, "have we gone too far?" kind of thing.

The recent events of CBS goes to show you that the only thing driving Dan Rather was animus from over 20 years ago. He was called on the carpet and embarrassed by Bush 41 back in the 80's and Rather never forgot it. There is no reason, no limit as to how far he will go. The mere existence of the memos was enough for him. He might have even known they were fake and didn't care. The evidence is becoming clearer and clearer that CBS knew the memos were hokey and didn't care. They just wanted something out there, real or not, that would impugn the President. That's a good example of what no morals will do to you.

These people will do what they want, no matter what. If the law allows them, that's just gravy. If not, they go ahead anyway.

Of course, there are extremists on the Right as well. I am embarrassed by them, and they serve no constructive purpose in the Conservative cause. Any movement will have people with an addictive personality who will clutch to certain ideals of the cause to the exclusion of all else.

But the vast majority of these people are on the Left side of the spectrum. Civil Disobedience is a term coined by the Left. The Right prefers to work within the system to affect change, which is why we are in power and get our ideals advanced. Liberals protest and hold rallies and such and refuse to work within the system.

Just look at the recent Democrat and Republican conventions. The same people protested the Republicans for being on the Right side of things (not necessarily the right side of things) and they demonstrated at the Democrat convention because they weren't Left enough. See what I mean?

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Monday, September 20, 2004

Too many positions

This article spells it all out, Nowhere Left to Flop.

Senator Kerry has taken so many nuanced positions on every subject that it is difficult to understand where he stands. Which may be part of his strategy, I don't know.

But because he has so many positions on every campaign issue, especially the war in Iraq, it is nigh impossible to discern his true feelings and position on the issue. Which, again, might be part of his strategy.

But for people with thinking processes that don't include "Anybody but Bush!" things have become rather confusing. And when faced with a candidate who can hold multiple positions on one subject, and his opponent who says what he thinks and does what he says, my choice is pretty clear.

I like a man who is blunt with his words, you know where you stand with him. I like a man who does what he says he is going to do, you know what to expect out of him. I may not always agree with the President, but I respect him for his candor and honesty. He has one position, and he sticks to it.

Then you have Senator Kerry:
These dizzying contradictions -- so glaring, so public, so frequent -- have gone beyond undermining anything Kerry can now say on Iraq. They have been transmuted into a character issue. When Kerry went off windsurfing during the Republican convention, Jay Leno noted that even Kerry's hobbies depend on wind direction. Kerry on the war has become an object not only of derision but of irreconcilable suspicion. What kind of man, aspiring to the presidency, does not know his own mind about the most serious issue of our time?
A man who should not be President, that's who.

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Whitewash!

This has gotten me furious: Navy Halts Kerry Medal Probe.

Here I go, out on a limb and they saw it off behind me. I promised you guys an investigation that would have done the Spanish Inquisition proud.

And here they go and drop it with nary a glance.
"Our examination found that existing documentation regarding the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals indicates the awards approval process was properly followed," Navy inspector general Vice Adm. R.A. Route said in a memo to Navy Secretary Gordon England.

"In particular, the senior officers who awarded the medals were properly delegated authority to do so. In addition, we found that they correctly followed the procedures in place at the time for approving these awards."
But some questions remain. There are more questions in the article.
"The Navy IG obviously is afraid of the political ramifications of a thorough investigation into a presidential candidate’s service record," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, adding that he may appeal the decision.
Those are pretty strong words, but I think fitting in this case.

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Friday, September 17, 2004

I screwed up

I knew I shouldn't have, but my breakfast this morning consisted of chocolate and orange juice, both of which drive my blood sugar crazy. To put them together is really crazy, because it drives me into a frenzy. I can't concentrate enough to make coherent posts. I'll just go and crawl into the closet until it's time to go to work.

Stupid me.

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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Happy Blogaversary to me!

Yep, today is when I started with a "stay tuned" post. I actually didn't publish it until the next day, but this is when I set up the Conservative Zone.

Over 800 posts later, how do you, my dear readers, think I am doing?

Thanks for your patronage, with 4,579 visitors to this particular moment.

It has been a hard year for me personally, but things are under control as best they can be controlled. I am as stable as I can be.

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System Maintenance

Posting will be delayed until I have done some system maintenance.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Stupid, stupid, stupid

I knew Senator Kerry was a little loopy, but not this bad. Kerry: I'll 'Take On the Terrorists' With Gun Control.

Gun control doesn't work. Look at "Ban all guns" Washington D.C., the murder capitol of the nation to see it doesn't work. Even the liberals have guns there.

The junior Senator from Mass. doesn't seem to realize that terrorists use AUTOMATIC weapons, which have been severely regulated in the United States since 1934. The Assault Weapons Ban that he so severely touted was against SEMI-AUTOMATIC weapons, which no terrorist would be caught dead with.

I can't even quote from the article. The level of stupidity expressed makes my head swim.

But, that is what we're up against.

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More and more taxes

This disturbs me, Democrat offers income-tax alternative.

This article is about a consumption tax, where every transaction is taxed. Of course, they have gracious exemptions like food and stuff so they don't "overburden the poor" like me, but that will only last so long. Income taxes started out as 1% on the rich with lots of exemptions as well, and look at what it is today.

I have no doubt that if this consumption tax passes, all the stuff to favor the poor will be lowered or done away with entirely eventually. It will also create a black market, where you can get stuff without the tax as well. Worst case scenario is they institute a consumption tax and keep the income tax as well.

This is one of those ideas that sound good, rather than a good, sound idea. If your Congresscritters are contemplating this bill, do your best to talk them out of it.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Kerry the traitor

I found this article, John Kerry vs. The 14th Amendment and I thought you would be very interested in it.
Kerry's actions were doubtless instrumental in prolonging the war, and adding to the number of Americans wounded in action, and to those killed in action, whose names are now engraved on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. - The Wall.

This is not rumor, nor speculation, nor spin. Kerry did all these things openly, publicly, proudly, intentionally, willfully, and deliberately, in the full light of day and history.

He did these things with an obvious and express intention to impede America's war effort, and assist its enemy. It is common, public knowledge, and fully, indisputably documented. John Kerry, while an officer of the United States, knowingly, willfully, deliberately, intentionally gave aid and comfort to America's enemy in a time of war.
While his supporters might try to spin this to be "civil disobedience" or some other bullshit, the facts remain facts.

The article continues on:
The Constitution of the United States, Article 14, Section 3 (also known as Amendment 14, Section 3) states in relevant part:

"No person shall be a senator or representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military . . . who, having previously taken an oath . . . as an officer of the United States . . . to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof . . ."
This pretty much disqualifies Kerry from his post as Senator, not just his run for the presidency, don't you think? I most certainly think so.

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Monday, September 13, 2004

Quote of the Century

"I voted Republican this year,
the Democrats left a bad taste in my mouth."

-- Monica Lewinski

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Good riddance to a bad law

I don't think it got too much coverage today, but President Clintons Assault Weapons Ban law expires today, without hope of renewing it in Congress.

Like most Clinton laws, it appeared to "do something" about the problem, but in reality it did nothing. It was a bad law based on cosmetic features of weapons, which were easily circumvented by the firearms manufacturers.

I hope the "high capacity magazine" law limiting firearm magazines to 10 rounds dies a similar death.

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Dems beyond hope

Here's an interesting piece that shows you there is no learning curve with the Democrats: Kerry Repeats 2002 Dems' Fiasco.

During the 2000 Presidential elections, and during the 2002 mid-term elections, their entire message was, "Vote for us! We don't have a plan but don't vote for those eeeevil Republicans! They want to poison the water, cut down all the trees, etc., etc., etc.."
On Nov. 19, 2002, right after the Republicans had dashed Democratic hopes of retaking the House of Representatives or the Senate in the midterm congressional elections, I wrote in this column that the Democrats "can still win in 2004." But then I added, "Here's the bad news: If they don't change their losers' strategy, they haven't a prayer."

Well, they still haven't a prayer.
That's because their entire message is "Vote for us because we're not them!" While President Bush lays out his vision for the future and what he wants to do, the entire Democrat message is "I wouldn't have done it THAT way!" No clear message on what he wants to do, other than raising taxes on the rich and raising taxes on everybody.

This "message" is getting out loud and clear, and unfortunately for the Dems, the people are hearing it. Other than the Democrat base, the message is driving away moderates and swing voters, simply because Senator Kerry does not have a message of his own, and what little he does have repels any non-die hard Democrat right into the Bush camp.

I'm sure someone can find some correlation between every time Senator Kerry speaks, his poll numbers go down. Without giving too much strategy to the wrong camp, maybe the good Senator from Massachusetts should just SHUT UP.

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And now a pause to catch your breath

I have to go into work, even though it's an off day, special project and all. I'll see you in a couple of hours. More stuff on the hook, including the quote of the century.

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Get ready for the food police

We already have the handicapped police, the tobacco police and now the food police. The Great Obesity Scam.

Trial lawyers do not retire or change jobs willingly. There is too much money in being told to go away. They can skim (B) billions off of lawsuits if the target is big enough, as in the case with "Big Tobacco." Now they are casting their hungry (pun intended) eyes on Big Food. They intend to sue McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, et. al. into submission. All because they produce a product that people like to eat.

Of course it's not the people's fault, we are programmed to like fat, so the more fat they put into the food, the better it tastes. And so on.

It is the peoples (that means you and me) fault, because we have a choice. This choice is being quickly taken away from us step-by-step by trial lawyers and the Government, wanting to "do something" about the problem.

Most of the people in this great country of ours exhibit something called restraint, which means they don't eat every meal at Mickey's. They have one or two meals a week there, sometimes opting for the salad instead of the Big Mac. This is known as responsible eating, and these people should not be punished or restricted because of a small minority who have no will power to resist advertising.

Shakespeare was right.

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Kerry opens mouth; sticks ass in it

If Kerry is a typical Senator, I think we should contemplate Amending the Constitution to take the power to make treaties away from the Senate. Kerry is just too stupid to understand the facts. Kerry Criticizes Bush's 'Massive Failure' on North Korea.

This article is all about how Senator Kerry is attacking the President for failing to "do something about North Korea." The President did do something about NK, he cut off the bribe oil and food when NK admitted it had broken the agreement.

Kerry likes to think that he has a persona that will change the position any world leader has, simply because he's John Kerry. He doesn't understand that the rest of the world wants him in office because he is weak and spineless. The rest of the world does not want a powerful United States, and he is the perfect candidate to make sure that happens. Kerry has no idea what he is going to do when the other world leaders (like NK) say "no" to him.

President Bush is engaged with NK through six-way talks for a reason. It's their problem not his. If Kim Jong Il descends far enough into madness to actually launch a nuclear weapon at the West Coast, the Chinese and SK had best to be ready to invade at a moments notice to prevent a nuclear holocaust. The only way to prevent a return "limited" nuclear strike would be a Chinese invasion, followed by a public execution of Kim Jung Il, ala Uday and Qusay: Feed the bastard feet first into a wood chipper.

NK is primarily China's problem and the quicker they realize it the sooner good things will happen. But as long as they keep feeding the monster, he's going to stay there and not go away. And that missile heading towards the West Coast? They might just launch one West at Beijing as well.

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Saturday, September 11, 2004

NEVER FORGET

I can't begin to tell you the depth of my rage against the perpetrators and those who supported, condoned and celebrate this day. Just as deep is my wound remembering the horrors of that day.

Like my parents before me, they remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard about Pearl Harbor. But a radio news report does not have the same impact as live video of a plane crashing into a building. To actually see the horror of the impact, to watch each tower fall, to know there were thousands of trapped people in those buildings. Then to have those horrible moments shown over and over again, to brand those moments indelibly into our collective consciences.

And yet, we have become stronger than before. We have flexed our muscles and two tyrannical regimes have fallen. We are by and large more aware of how delicate our freedoms are, and how easily evil men can kill us wholesale.

We are now engaged in a great fight, one that must be fought. There are two places where this battle can be fought. On the streets of Iraq, or on the streets of America. One man who wants the presidency for the next four years wants to fight it overseas, the other wants to wait until the terrorists attack again.

We have a nation to protect and a war to fight. We have places to be and terrorists to kill. The time to act is now....LET'S ROLL.

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Friday, September 10, 2004

Going in early

I'm going into work early today, so no posting. I'm trying to find my vitriol again. Tomorrow is 9/11, I do have something to share with you then.

See You.

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Thursday, September 09, 2004

I think I'm slipping

When I peruse my web sites looking for stuff to comment on, I easily find a half-dozen, minimum. But when it actually comes to making the comments, I can't do it. I just can't seem to find the energy, the fire, the indignation to bring my Conservative viewpoint to bear.

It's getting to be all the same anyway. Kerry is stupid. The press is biased. The terrorists hate us. It's just wearing me out.

I do want to keep blogging, at least to my Blogaversary next week.

I also fear I might be backsliding into depression. For normal people who experience depression, you need to be like this for at least a month before the doctor will even look at you. If you have fast cycling bipolar like me, that standard goes out the window. Despite my careful lifestyle, a big enough jolt could have me walking in front of a bus without enough warning to call my case manager. I don't keep things around my apartment that could hurt me. My knives are so dull they barely cut water. No hazardous chemicals to mix or drink.

Please excuse me while I spend some time in the closet.

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Stupid people and laws

Found on Neal Boortz's website: Just a few random thoughts ... 'cause I can't help it.
In Tucson, Arizona they're building new municipal playgrounds. The playgrounds don't have swings. One federal agency and one out-of-control law to blame. The Consumer Product Safety Commission demands soft landing areas surrounding swings. At $14 a square foot, the rubberized landing areas are too expensive. Sand is the best option. Simple sand. But sand is a no-go under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Wheelchairs don't move all that well in sand. How long before the government has us pave beaches?
Every reasonable effort should be taken to accommodate people with disabilities to go everywhere. Reasonable. Not absolutely. I know that it's disappointing for people with disabilities not to get everything they want. I know because I'm one of them. With my disability there are things that I used to be able to do that are no longer within my reach. I accept that and go on. But I do not scream "SINCE I CAN'T NOBODY ELSE WILL EITHER!" There is no reason to limit the vast majority of people from doing something because the minority can't participate.

Stupid.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Good news and bad news

It seems that some mornings I am overcome with such a malaise that I must take the day off and crawl back into bed. It is so powerful that despite my best efforts, I am powerless against this force. I have finally discovered what this force is.

Orange juice.

Yep, you read that right, orange juice. It seems when the sugar rush dies away, I am left with nothing as far as energy goes. So, it seems that I need something else for a breakfast drink. For the moment while the weather is warm, sweet tea. Once it turns cold again, hot tea. The sugar gets me up, the caffeine keeps me there.

That's the good news. The bad news is I had a healthy glass of OJ this morning and I am wiped out. Nothing is interesting enough to comment on. Maybe this afternoon.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Did Kerry pull a Bush?

First of all, this comes from a biased website, crushkerry.com. But as Rush likes to say, "It is not the nature of the evidence, it is the seriousness of the charge." Sen. Kerry: Did You Go AWOL from the Naval Reserves?

These people do bring up an interesting point.
It bears repeating: Kerry obligated himself to at least 3 years active duty, and the remainder of his 6 year obligation in the Ready (not Standby) Reserves.

He further agreed that while in the Ready Reserves (from discharge to 1972) he would perform no less than 48 drills per year and up to 17 active duty days per year, or alternatively, 30 active duty days per year.

None of Kerry’s released records shows any evidence of his performing these Ready Reserve obligated days in 1970 through 1972, after which he was transferred to the Inactive Reserves. The only Performance of Duty form released covers 1966. There should be one for every year.

Nor is there any excusal from drilling status in his records, or alternatively, pay and attendance records indicating that he performed any drills in 1970-72 as required of a Ready Reservist.

It was George Bush's alleged non-performance of his obligated reserve duty that caused all the furor last February, yet Kerry apparently cannot show his performance of his obligated Reserve duty.
I guess what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Read the whole thing.

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Zell the racist?

I found this on Fox news, What to Make of Miller's Speech?

What to Make of Miller's Speech?

Zell Miller's (search) speech last night went over badly not only with Democrats, but much of the media. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee called it, "obnoxious, hate filled, caustic ... wild-eyed, [and] vicious," adding, "Zell Miller is a self aggrandizing old curmudgeon."

Time Magazine's Joe Klein called it, "angry... [and] ugly."

And The Wall Street Journal's Al Hunt said, "[Miller] was passionate when he was a racist 30 years ago ... and now he's passionate as a Republican."

Hunt was referring to the fact that Miller once worked for Georgia's axe-handle wielding segregationist Governor, Lester Maddox, something national media never mentioned as long as Miller was a loyal Democrat. [emphasis mine]
Hmmm, "something national media never mentioned as long as Miller was a loyal Democrat." Sounds like bias to me. I understand friends keep secrets for you, but "friends" don't dump those secrets just because you went off and did something you didn't like. Those aren't friends at all. Perhaps they never were.

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Monday, September 06, 2004

Every time I think I'm getting better...

I have to go into the closet and hide. I'm a couple of hours late because I had to spend it hiding in the closet. It may be this is the best that I will ever be for the rest of my life. Not the most appetizing thing to look forward to.

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A proper ruling

Eminent Domain was envisioned in 1787 as a way for the government to buy property from private hands to be used by all, with proper recompense.

Today, land developers use their leverage in various governmental councils and legislators to take land in the name of "more tax dollars." They will get the government to take with minimal recompense land away from private hands, and then to sell to developers to put in shopping centers and business parks so that the government will collect more tax revenue (after the tax abatement to draw businesses) than by the original owners.

Things are starting to change: Home, safe home.
Anyone who owns a home, a small business or a piece of property became much more secure in those possessions on July 30. That day the Michigan Supreme Court released a unanimous decision ruling unequivocally against government use of eminent domain to take private property because someone else's use of it might be more profitable.

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For 23 years, [Poletown] has been the foundation of the most oppressive eminent domain practices sweeping the nation. And on July 30, 2004, the Michigan Supreme Court admitted it had been a terrible mistake, a "radical departure" from the protections written into the Constitution to protect individuals from abuses of power and the taking of their properties for other private parties.
The Michigan Supreme Court finally recognized what should have been obvious at the start: Every business produces taxes and jobs and contributes to the economy's health, but that does not and cannot mean all private businesses are now "public uses" for which others' property may be condemned.
Read the article, it shows common sense coming back to the judicial bench.

About time.

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Who is the uncaring party?

I listen almost exclusively to talk radio. Last week, when the news broke that former President Clinton was having chest pains and was heading into the hospital for bypass surgery, I heard nothing but well wishes from the various talk-show hosts, both local and national.

If this had been a Republican, and the network Air America, I am sure the wishes would have been for him to die on the table.

I can prove this by the way the AP relates this story: AP Changes "Boos" to "Ooohs" in Report on Bush and Clinton.
The Associated Press changed "boos" to "ooohhs" Friday afternoon in reporting on President George Bush's first statement to supporters on the heart ailment that has befallen former President Bill Clinton.

[...]

The new version moved on the wire Friday described the same incident this way, after relating Bush's remarks: "The crowd reacted with applause and with some 'ooohs,' apparently surprised by the news that Clinton was ill."
So sure are the Liberal media that we will act like they would in a similar circumstance that they jump the gun and end up with egg on their face.

It just goes to show you who the real party of tolerance and diversity is.

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He's in trouble now

I told you that Senator Kerry was in trouble when they launch the Inquisition on him. Well, it's here: Navy Launches Formal Kerry Medal Probe.

Senator Kerry has three citations for his Silver Star because he wanted more powerful people than just a plain admiral signing the citation. The second citation was signed by a CNO (Chief of Naval Operations) and the third by a Secretary of the Navy. Too bad they weren't the CNO or SecNav at the time of the award, meaning that he used his political connections to "sex-up" (in British parlance) his deeds.

I have written throughout this blog about doing the right thing for the right reasons. If you do the right thing for the wrong reasons (or worse yet, the wrong thing) you will get bit in the butt over it. It might take years, you might think you got away with it, that's when it will all come crashing down on you. Such a thing is happening to Senator Kerry at this very moment, despite the best efforts of the willing media to underreport it. See the next post for that.
"Even if it was the Navy's fault," one source following the story told NewsMax, "surely Senator Kerry knew the citations were wrong. Why did it take a formal Navy probe for him to correct records he had to know were fraudulent?"
A very good question, with no good answer forthcoming.
Kerry campaign spokesman Michael Meehan suggested that the Navy probe was a waste of time and money.

"The facts are clear, the Navy awarded John Kerry the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with a Combat V and three Purple Hearts. It is waste of taxpayers' dollars and the Pentagon's time, especially during wartime, to investigate a 35-year-old Navy clerical error," Meehan said in statement.

But Meehan's boss disagreed, at least when it came to the case of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jeremy Boorda.

In 1996, Adm. Boorda committed suicide after he was accused of wearing medals he hadn't earned.

At the time, Sen. Kerry told the Boston Herald that the error was "sufficient to question his leadership position."
So he stabs himself in the back, with an eight year delay,
"If you wind up being less than what you're pretending to be, there is a major confrontation with value, self-esteem and your sense of how others view you," Kerry told the Boston Globe.
I couldn't have said it better myself, and I am talking about Senator Kerry.

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Too much, or not enough?

This article brings up some good points: The Swift Boat Controversy Is Being Under Reported.

The Pro-Kerry news media is giving short-shrift to legitimate questions that they should be asking. They go over President Bush's records with a fine-toothed comb and a magnifying glass, then ignoring the mountains of evidence that the Kerry records holds.

Here are some good questions:
...Where are Kerry’s records, both military and medical? Who wrote up the citations for his various medals?

How did Kerry initiate his military service? Why won’t Kerry allow his previously published book, "The New Soldier," to be republished? Was Kerry’s Silver Star citation revised many years after the fact, and if so, by whom and why? In short, there are a great many questions that one would think journalists hungry for the facts would be pursuing. But we don’t see anyone in the mainstream media aggressively pursuing these or similar questions.
But they won't. The media is so anti-Bush, so much Pro Anybody But Bush that Kerry could have been a documented baby-killer (let me say there is no evidence whatsoever that he is) and it wouldn't change things one bit.

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Friday, September 03, 2004

Ribbons and Medals

I for one respect Senator Kerry and his tour in Vietnam. I resent his weasly way of trying to wrest medals from events that do not warrant such rewards. Here is more on that: Kerry’s Bit Of Colored Ribbon.
Senator Kerry no longer has a problem with just the 35-year-old recollections of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that are questioning his military records. He now has to deal with the United States Navy.
His focus on his awards has brought the Inquisition upon his own head and these guys can grind cement into dust.
This is a serious issue. The chief admiral of the Navy, Jeremy Michael Boorda, committed suicide over questions raised about his right to wear a Combat V by Newsweek magazine in 1996. Boorda stated in his suicide note to his sailors that the questions raised about those he wore caused him to take his life. And that was only a Bronze Star, not the Navy’s third highest decoration.
That was a tragedy. But being a man to always take an extra kick at the dead, Senator Kerry said this,
At the time, Mr. Kerry told the Boston Globe that Boorda’s conduct was "sufficient to question [Boorda’s] leadership position. ...If you wind up being less than what you’re pretending to be, there is a major confrontation with value and self-esteem and your sense of how others view you."
Out of his own mouth he brings it upon himself as well.

Besides the Silver Star with Combat "V" (which doesn't exist, the valor is what makes it the Silver Star as opposed to a lesser award), there are other...inconsistencies on his chest.
The Navy also questioned the listing on Mr. Kerry’s Web site of a DD215 form listing four bronze campaign stars for his service in Vietnam. According to its records, the Navy credits Mr. Kerry with two campaigns. That is sufficient for the wearing of the Vietnam Service Medal for one campaign bearing one campaign star for the additional campaign —- not four
The Senator should really get his ducks in a row, especially when the author of one of his *three* citations for his Silver Star disclaims it.
Perhaps most puzzling of all is Mr. Kerry’s display of a citation for his Star signed in 1986 by the Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman. Mr. Lehman, who recently completed his service on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, finds this "[a] total mystery. I never saw it. I never signed it. I never approved it. And the additional language it contains was not written by me."
This shocking lack of detail does not bode well for a man who wants to be the leader of the free world. If such details escape him, how can anything else be trusted to him?



Here are my medals. For what little they are, I am proud of them.



They are (in order) Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (with star), Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Overseas Deployment Ribbon (with 2 stars), Rifle Marksman Ribbon and Pistol Marksman Ribbon with Sharpshooter "S".

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Out of time

I've got three links on the hook waiting for tonight. See you then. Have to get ready for work.

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Endorsements are important

Senator Kerry has picked up an endorsement, but I think it will hurt more than help: Kerry picks up another important endorsement — Egypt's.

Of course, this could help Bush even more. The sensible Americans will see this as foreign countries interfering in our electoral process and anybody they are for might have the foreign governments interests in mind before our own. Which is true. Senator Kerry has already alluded that he will put the security of the United States in the hands of the UN or our "allies" such as France and Germany. Countries with interests in opposition of our security.

Anyway, Egypt's non-existent vote would be more against President Bush than for Kerry. Which is the way most Democrats are voting anyway.

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Stick it in deep

This article, Put a fork in Monsieur Kerry. He'’s done. details how the Kerry campaign is imploding.
Here it is two months before the election and there’s not much to look forward to. That’s because Kerry’s campaign is collapsing faster than the Cubs do every year. Absent a colossal Bush blunder, it’s all over except for the finger pointing.
I couldn't say it any better myself. Even if a terrorist attack were to occur between now and election day, all that would do is strengthen Bush's win over Kerry. You don't "be sensitive" with people who use aircraft as weapons. If the terrorists actually managed to use a nuke in the US, Kerry would still want to negotiate with them, rather than show them how we do it in the big leagues.

They brought down two towers, we brought down two governments. If they use a nuke, we will show them there is no such thing as a 'limited' nuclear strike.
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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Streaming Rush and Glenn

I just found a radio station in San Antonio that streams Rush and Glenn Beck for free. That is great for people like me who don't get the local radio station very well and can't afford to buy their subscription services.

Here you go: WOAI.

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It's getting to be predictable

Yet another article to show how biased the Liberal news media really is: Swift Boats and Double Standards: Why aren't the media scrutinizing lawyers and advisers to Kerry?

I've said for years that I would like to gather reporters into three groups and then shoot all of them. As time goes on, the filtering and internalization of the Liberal Media will only pull them further left.

I'm sick of it. But other than purging the entire system and starting all over again, I don't know what to do to correct this problem.

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They need a Reformation

I happened across this part 2 of an article, Islam is a religion of WHAT? II: A response to our critics and found one part of the article interesting.
Over two weeks ago, Jackie [Mason] substituted for radio host Jim Bohannan. On that show we discussed the religion of Islam and The Koran. Our point was a simple one: obviously not all Muslims are evil people, but the basis of the religion itself, fairly put, is not one of love and charity, as are the basic tenets of our Judeo-Christian religions.

Simply put, there are Jews that eat ham and shrimp, but the religion does not direct cutting their heads off. There are Catholics who do not go to Mass every day, but the Pope does not call them "Infidels." And we must make the uncharitable observation that it is not a group of Norwegian cub scouts that are slicing the heads off people around the world, and blowing up women and children who happen to be in their way on their trip to get to the 40 virgins waiting for them in terrorist heaven.
The Christian faith back in the 12th century had a similar outlook on life as the Muslim religion. Torturings, executions, Inquisitors all had their place, until Martin Luther came along and started the Reformation.

The Muslim faith is still in the 12th century, with that same outlook. While there are peaceful followers of the faith, the faith itself is not peaceful, at least where other religions are concerned.

Islam is overdue for a Reformation. Hopefully someone with the power and the following will step forward and start the process. It is sorely needed.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

No posts this morning

Sorry, but I'm having some suicidal ideations right now. Nothing to worry about, they're just ruminating thoughts that I have no intention of carrying out. But it is interfering with everything, so I need to crawl into the closet for a couple of hours until everything gets straight again.

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