In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence
is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
~ Ambrose Bierce~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"When I wake from dreaming, it's then I'm most alive."
- Name: The Impudent One
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Democrat Crime Spree
My Favorite Marxist, Part Deux
Friday, October 22, 2004
Kerry Gets Another Key Endorsement
Ann Coulter: Miss American Pie?
Dems 4 GOP 0
Law of Unintended Consequences
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Note that Kofi's term is up in 2006 -- just in time for the start of the next Presidential election campaigns. That means Bill will have the world's largest glass soapbox from which to assist his ex-wife . . . er . . . wife Hillary run for President. That's just scary.
Films for the Good Guys
Another movie opening tomorrow is Celsius 41.11, the temperature at which the brain begins to die. This movie addresses the truth behind the lies of Michael Moore's movie, Fahrenheit 9/11.
And last, but not least, Laura Ingraham has this link on her website. The film Voices of Iraq shows what is really happening in Iraq, without the "Nightline" spin. Click here to find out if it will be showing at a theatre near you. It is scheduled to open October 29th.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
American Digest's Fifty Reasons
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Another Reason to Vote Republican
Friday, October 15, 2004
Kerry's Lesbian Comment - The Real Outrage
The real outrage came from the mouth of Elizabeth Edwards, John Edwards wife. In response to the Lynne Cheney's taking exception to Kerry using their daughter for political purposes, Elizabeth Edwards said, "I think that it indicates a certain amount of shame with respect to her daughter's sexual preferences." Shame. Shame? I think that is the most offensive thing I have ever heard! Who is Elizabeth Edwards to comment on what Lynne Cheney thinks or feels about her daughter's lesbianism? The Cheney's have been anything BUT ashamed of their daughter. In fact, they are so supportive of her that they openly disagree with the President's position on a Marriage Protection Amendment to the US Constitution. For EE to claim that the response of two loving parents whose child has been made a political pawn is evidence that they are ashamed of their daughter is beyond the pale - the real outrage.
Elizabeth Edwards comments only confirm that the original purpose of Kerry bringing Mary Cheney's name up in the debate was political and not complimentary.
Edwards Gantry's Snake Oil
Thursday, October 07, 2004
I Think There's a Moral In This...Somewhere.
"This whole bloging (or blogging?) thing is interesting to me. It sort of reminds me of when I was into CB radios in about 1975. There people would have a semi-anonymous forum to speak their mind and create an identity for themselves. I found it intoxicating and I began to search out some of these Radio Stars I was talking to. They sounded so clever and witty and intelligent on the radio. They always seemed to be lurking by their radio ready to provide an amusing comment or story. So I was really interested in meeting some of these people that I had grown to admire in a certain sort of way.
One of the most interesting was a guy who called himself "Castaway". He was kind of a cult hero over the CB air-waves. He had what we called a "Linear" (short for linear amplifier) which boosted his signal so that you could always hear him all over the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. He couldn't hear you unless you were close because your signal wasn't amplified but you could hear him. It made him large, important, mysterious. Here was someone I considered a celebrity. He was somewhere in the hills above Pasadena with a giant antenna and all the best equipment. He had style when he spoke. He had a certain air about him and because of the type of microphone he used, had this erie echoing sound to his voice. He sounded larger than life. My curiosity was aroused. Who was his CB knight? It was the same feeling that makes the bad guy want to peek under Batman's mask. I had formed a picture of what Castaway looked like. He was cool and popular. So, I don't remember how, but somehow I found out where Castaways secret hideout was. And to ventured into the hills to meet him.
I arrived at the modest home in Sierra Madre. I knocked on the door and was met by a lady who owned the house. I believe it was, indeed, his mother. She pointed me to a door on the side of the house that led to a tiny apartment attached to the house. It was Castaway's Island. I knocked on that door and when it opened the first thing I noticed was the smell. The smell of a room that had not been cleaned in years. It has been almost 30 years but I can still smell that smell. Castaway was a shock! He was something over 6 feet tall and very thin with shoulder length hair. He looked to be about 19 or 20 years old and obviously considered personal hygiene optional and even hazardous. He sat down at his microphone and I stood over him as he began to show me his setup. He seemed to be a loner. You imagine someone like the Unibomber having similar beginings. As I looked down over his shoulder, I was stunned to see in the middle of his hair was the biggest matte of hair I had ever seen. It was like a ball of twine stuck to his head. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I wondered if "No More Tangles" would solve that or if he would just have to shave his head. Did this guy ever leave this room?
It was then that I realized that the radio was all he had. It was his escape from who he was. It allowed him to create a new identity with no real effort. He could "be somebody" without the "becoming" part which involves effort, initiative, stuggle and self-discipline. The rest of his life was a train wreck. He knew he was a hero on the radio with a self-formed identity and status. His was an empty, lonely life based on illusion. It made me very sad that day.
Soon after this experience, I turned my radio off. I didn't want to become a Castaway.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it. That is some wise advise... if I only understood what it means.
As I look back at that time, I was at a fork in the road. I was just beginning my college career and I had taken every hard class I could. I was only at a Junior College and it was only my first semester but I was already over my head. I was in danger of distroying my entire college GPA and vaporizing any hopes of going to Medical School. I was behind in Calculus, behind in Biology, behind in Political Science, behind in English... all at the same time. I could just seen my grades....D D D D or even worse. I was supposed to be pre-med. I needed A's. Lots of them. The CB was a great escape. I could lose myself for hours, pretending to be somebody important. All the while I was ignoring my studies and fact that I was nearing a point of no return. The ship was taking on water 1000 miles from shore and I was afraid to bail.
My encounter with Castaway shocked me. I needed the jolt. In the nick of time, I picked up the bucket and started to bail. I ended up dropping every class I had on the very last day I could do so. Instead of F's, I had I's for incomplete. It would look odd on my transcript but it would not be F for Fatal! In the mean time, my brother in medical school at the time, sensing my desperation, flippantly had offered to have me move in with him and his wife to undergo a sort of Boot Camp for Students. With my near death experience so fresh in my mind, I jumped at the opportunity. I moved in with them, changed to a different school close to their house and began my chrysalis transformation. They monitored every aspect of my studies. They wouldn't allow me to take on too much at first, aiming for early success. Amazingly enough, I learned that I could change, that I could accomplish what I had worked so hard at avoiding the previous semester. I got nearly all A's that semester. I felt good about the direction I was headed. I was going in a new direction and I did not turn back. And I never turned that CB radio back on again.
I often wonder how God is involved in those kinds of situation. Did he guide me or just allow me to go through my Castaway experience. I am sure he knew that it was good for me to taste failure without being crushed in the process. He also knew that it would be good to teach me about the tendency to run away from problems instead of dealing with them. Those were good lessons. I know that how ever I got into the situations, God protected me along the way. And the lessens learned have stuck with me like the smell of Castaway's room."
Oil for Bribes Program and the UN
BTW, Claudia has a great article today about America standing on principle instead of worring that the world won't love us. Maybe I'll email it to John Kerry. Nah. Why waste the electrons.
Selective Reporting on WMD
As Condi Rice said, "We don't want 'the smoking gun' to be a mushroom cloud." That's exactly where the Democrats on the Left would lead us. That's why this election is so important.
Twins Blow a Prime Opportunity
The good news is that they now have two home games to finish off the Yankees. Hopefully, they won't repeat their performance of last year.
Lament of a Busy Blogger
BTW, Cheney did take Johnny to the woodshed. Ouch!
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
A Twin Killing . . . 5 Times!
They Just Don't Get It
The Democrats and Leftists who are attacking the President and the War on Islamofascism are more concerned with grasping power for themselves than they are for the safety of America. The don't get it and, I believe, they don't want to get it. They are blinded by their own lust for power and hatred of the man they believe "stole" it from them. America cannot afford to have people like that running the country. This is a turning point in American history. We must either fight the War we must fight in order to survive, or we will face the inevitable collapse of our way of life and, perhaps, of Western civilization. This may sound a bit dark, but if you're going to play in the game you have to know the stakes -- and they couldn't be higher.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
A Little Respect...
Rodney Dangerfield may not have been a saint, but he did make a lot of people laugh. Measured against eternity that may not be much, but it's at least worth a blog entry.
Give Peace A Chance?
Maybe A Rolled Up Newspaper On The Nose...?
The judge's reasoning was that the amendment dealt with two issues instead of just one: Gay marriage and civil unions. I suppose if it only dealt with gay marriage, the judge would still claim it was two issues: Gays and marriage. Anything to thwart the will of the people.
Monday, October 04, 2004
If The Truth Be Told...
If You Have Nothing Better To Do...
I'm Baaaack! Let's Talk Debate.
Don't get me wrong. I do not think the President had a good performance. If he had, the election would be over and even the Dems would be wondering why we're bothering to actually vote. John Kerry may have looked good, but what he said was NUTS! He actually said that the Iraq War was a mistake, but that the soldiers who have died in the war did not die for a mistake. Oh, yeah. He said it was the Presidents mistake. But isn't he still calling it a mistake? Of course he is. John Kerry was astonished that the USA is developing new nuclear "bunker buster" weapons. He was further aghast that we might consider using them. That is the voice of someone who voted against virtually every weapons system our military is using to win the War. John Kerry believes that the United States of America cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons any more than the totalitarian regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang (that's Iran and North Korea, for my friends on the Left). Here's a little free info for Senator K.: there are countries, in this world who view us as AT LEAST a potential enemy (i.e. China, Iran, North Korea..) and they have no problem with developing nuclear weapons. We are currently in the middle of World War IV against Islamofascism. Unilateral disarmament in the middle of a World War would be national suicide. I don't believe, Senator, that that is an issue you want to run on. You'd be better off sticking with your "Global test" idea.
National Sovereignty No More?
"The Bush administration is bitterly opposed to the new court and rescinded former President Bill Clinton's signature to the tribunal's statutes, arguing that it would expose U.S. soldiers and officials to frivolous law suits."
The reporter then adds:
"But supporters of the court say the ICC steps in only when a country is unwilling or unable to investigate, making it highly unlikely U.S. citizens would be targeted." (emphasis added).
Highly unlikely. That's not very comforting. In fact, it wouldn't be comforting if they swore on a stack of holy books from every possible religion that there was no way any U.S. citizens would be targeted. They could even cross their hearts and hope to die. I still wouldn't believe them.
Who gets to decide when a country is "unwilling" to investigate? I've got a gajillion dollars that says the good old US of A will not be given a say in it. As soon as we elect a President and Congress who are stupid enough to go along with this charade, we can all say goodbye to the freedoms we now take for granted. (By the way, I don't really have a gajillion dollars.)