Tuesday, January 31, 2006
We now have the ability to put remote control cameras on the surface of Mars.Why should we allow enemies to annihilate us simply because we lack the clarity or resolve to strike a reasonable balance between a healthy skepticism of government power and the need to take proactive measures to protect ourselves from such threats? The mantra of civil-liberties hard-liners is to "question authority"--even when it is coming to our rescue--then blame that same authority when, hamstrung by civil liberties laws, it fails to save us. The old laws that would prevent FBI agents from stopping the next al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were built on the bedrock of a 35-year history of dark, defeating mistrust. More Americans should not die because the peace-at-any-cost fringe and antigovernment paranoids still fighting the ghost of Nixon hate George Bush more than they fear al Qaeda. Ask the American people what they want. They will say that they want the commander in chief to use all reasonable means to catch the people who are trying to rain terror on our cities. Those who cite the soaring principle of individual liberty do not appear to appreciate that our enemies are not seeking to destroy individuals, but whole populations.
Three weeks before 9/11, an FBI agent with the bin Laden case squad in New York learned that al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were in this country. He pleaded with the national security gatekeepers in Washington to launch a nationwide manhunt and was summarily told to stand down. When the FISA Court of Review tore down the wall in 2002, it included in its ruling the agent's Aug. 29, 2001, email to FBI headquarters: "Whatever has happened to this--someday someone will die--and wall or not--the public will not understand why we were not more effective and throwing every resource we had at certain problems. Let's hope the National Security Law Unit will stand behind their decisions then, especially since the biggest threat to us now, [bin Laden], is getting the most 'protection.'"
The public has listened to years of stinging revelations detailing how the government tied its own hands in stopping the devastating attacks of September 11. It is an irresponsible violation of the public trust for members of Congress to weaken the Patriot Act or jeopardize the NSA terrorist surveillance program because of the same illusory theories that cost us so dearly before, or worse, for rank partisan advantage. If they do, and our country sustains yet another catastrophic attack that these antiterrorism tools could have prevented, the phrase "connect the dots" will resonate again--but this time it will refer to the trail of innocent American blood which leads directly to the Senate floor.
A powerful peice, from a steady voice in the midst of all the hysteria.
So the Palestinian vote reveals the falsity of the worldwide Left's view of the Palestinians as committed to peace. It likewise reveals the falsity of the Left's belief that Palestinian terror is supported by a small minority of the Palestinian population.
That is one reason why the Bush doctrine -- we need to spread democracy everywhere possible, including, or even especially, in the Arab world -- is so valid. You cannot deal with any problem in life -- from the most personal to the most macro -- by engaging in wishful thinking and denying reality. Thanks to this election, the mask has been removed. When given the opportunity to express themselves, most Arabs and many Muslims elsewhere support terror and seek the annihilation of Israel. That is why the Hamas victory is such a defeat for the world's Left -- university professors, news media, socialist parties, the European Union, the United Nations, "peace" activists, editorial writers, and all other apologists for the Palestinians.
An excellent piece, sure to make my friends on the Left cringe. Think about what he says before you comment. Let the emotion pass, and think. Then comment if you'd like.
Alito Confirmed as Nation's 110th Supreme Court Justice
The Senate voted 58-42 on Tuesday to confirm Samuel Alito to the nation's highest court, putting to bed the most partisan Supreme Court nomination battle in recent memory.
Only four Democrats joined 54 Republicans in support of Alito. Of the court's present justices, only Clarence Thomas received a slimmer margin of victory, 52-48, but even then received the votes of 11 Democrats who broke party ranks.
Alito replaces the court's first woman justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, a moderate conservative and key swing vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, church-state separation and affirmative action. O'Connor has also in recent opinions demonstrated skepticism of President Bush's executive power claims in prosecuting the War on Terror. Alito is widely expected to be friendlier to presidential power arguments.
The vast majority of Democrats, one Republican and the Senate's lone Independent all protested Alito's nomination for those very reasons. But a last-ditch effort to filibuster the nomination failed on Monday, when the Senate voted 72-25 to end debate and allow a simple majority vote. (source)
While it appeared that the president was giving the national pep talk of the year, the real story was in the reaction. Shameful partisanship ruled the night, most embarrassingly dominated by the Democrats. The Democrats, who are apparently proud of their obstructionism, and defeatism.
The President noted that congress failed to act to solve the social security problem, and the democrats roared with approval. Amazing, but Bush held his own and asked for a true bi-partisan solution.
The president many times seemed to be extending an Olive Branch.
He asked for real border security while providing a humane and rational guest worker program. Something I highly agree with.
He asked both Parties to put aside their differences and solve the social security crisis.
And he proposed that we support initiatives to explore energy alternatives, stating "America is addicted to OIL." An olive branch move if I ever saw one.
But on some important issued the President held his ground. On foreign p0olicy he reiterated, that protectionism and isolationism will not work. America must be pro-active in the cause of freedom and liberty around the world.
He stated, "We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it." …Liberty is the Right and the hope of all Humanity"… "We will not sit back and wait to be hit again." And most of all, "we must stand behind out military on this vital mission" (the first time, by the way that the entire room stood up…Rule number one of politics…never criticize the military…hmmm)
Addressing the partisan divide of the room, the president pointed out that in debate we must respect one another and not let our differences harden into anger. He did get his barbs in though, stating, "Second guessing is not a strategy"… and that retreat is not peace but defeat.
It was a good speech given by a genuine man. While it did resemble more a pep talk than a state of the union, it was a necessary speech, one that needed to be heard, especially by those that plainly were not listening.
Monday, January 30, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate all but guaranteed Samuel Alito’s confirmation as the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice Monday, shutting down a last-minute attempt by liberals to block the conservative judge’s nomination with a filibuster.
Republican and Democratic senators on a 72-25 vote agreed to end their debate, setting up a Tuesday morning vote on his confirmation to replace retiring moderate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Hamas appeals to foreign donors
Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas both appealed to foreign donors on Monday to lift threats to cut vital aid to a new Palestinian government that the Islamic militant group is set to form.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has threatened to curtail EU monetary support, said after meeting Abbas in the West Bank that aid depended on whether Hamas met conditions that include abandoning violence and recognizing Israel.(source)
Strange how simple requests worry them so.
"What, the world will not support our annihilation of Israel?"
You got it Mahmoud.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Emma Thompson is brilliant in this movie as is the mutually deplorable and adoreable cast.
It is a great family film in more than one sense of the word. It's fantastically magical, heartwarming, and clever.
It's a wonderfully written story (screenplay by Emma Thompson herself), about a widower and his children, and ultimately how they come together to deal with what life has dealt them. Nanny McPhee simply being the catalyst to the whole thing.
I recommend this movie highly, as it is another example of Hollywood finally "getting it", and in the end, it was just plain fun. The Cherub was very pleased (it was her report card reward).
My Favorite quote:
"Here is how I work. When you need me, but don't wan't me, I will be here. When you want me, but no longer need me, I must go."
"We will NEVER want you."
"Then I will never leave..."
This one has a very short time table.
The Best So Far, Blog Awards, January 2006
(Note: All correspondence via email to BestSoFar@RightThinking.net )
Super Short Timetable
1. Nominations via email being accepted through Wed, February 1st.
2. Voting via email will take place February 1st through February 5th.
3. Winners announced (and all links posted) Sunday, February 5th.
Only 5 Categories
1. January's Best Pet Blogs
2. January's Best Political Blogs
3. January's Best LinkFest Blogs
4. January's Best Religious Blogs
5. January's Best Humor Blogs
3 Simple Rules
1. Send an email to BestSoFar@RightThinking.net with up to 5 nominations in each category (you may nominate yourself or others in more than one applicable category).
2. Post this announcement and/or link to this entry ( permalink ) on your blog and spread the word quickly (remember, nominations close Wed, Feb 1st).
3. Finalists will be notified on Wed, Feb 1st and listed here. You can then solicit votes at your own blog and have fans vote for their favorite blog in each category via email at BestSoFar@RightThinking.net by Sun, Feb 5th.
1. All nominations will receive link recognition.
2. Winners will get special recognition (I just haven't thought of it yet).
3. Probably mid-stream adjustments. Comments and suggestions welcome.
Here's to the Best So Far!
From Bloggin' Outloud
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Two in a row...
I rarely do that... But when you find good ones, you must share.
Democrats and their One Issue Double Standards
(A.K.A. the Alito Confirmation)
Chocolates and Poker
Somedays how I feel at work...
Whats most funny about this one...It's somewhat true...
Our teacher showed up, as always, to return us to our classroom. Once we arrived, and the chaos settled, or teacher began. "I have some grave news to tell you all," she choked " the space shuttle has exploded…" The general and overwhelming feeling of "WHAT?!?!?!" immediately filled the room as Ms. Wardley's eyes filled with tears.
This wasn't supposed to happen, America was better than that… It is the first event in my life that marked its time in my personal calendar. From then on I could quickly answer the question, "Where were you when the Shuttle exploded?" We all have those moments, but this one was my first. Just as my mother's first was Kennedy, at around the same time in her life.
Strange how those things get seared into our consciousness.
Also Stop The ACLU has a good remembrance post
This was the beginning of the end for NASA, though even now that huge bureaucracy hasn't realized it even now. Manned space travel will become routine again, but only when private enterprise is given free reign to do the exploring. The money now going to keep the technology of the '70's going should be reinvested to the 21st century private space enterprises cropping up all over the country. This would be the most fitting memorial to the brave men and women of Challenger.
A note about the photo: This frame captures the moment the O-Ring failed. The first gouts of flame are clearly visible just above the main engine exhaust. Fractions of a second later, it was over, and they were gone.
Friday, January 27, 2006
The power struggle in a non-existent state.
Hamas and Fatah gunmen exchanged fire in the Gaza Strip on Friday, fuelling fears of Palestinian turmoil following the Islamic militant group's crushing victory over the long-dominant faction in a parliamentary election.
Palestinians simply do not know what democracy, peace, or power sharing is. They are too blinded by decades of hatred, that they cannot even see their own forest through the trees of power that they planted.
Any non-peaceful Palestine state is doomed to fail. And these people know not how to have peace.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombian has dismantled a false passport ring with links to al-Qaida and Hamas militants, the acting attorney general said Thursday after authorities led dozens of simultaneous raids across five cities in collaboration with U.S. officials.(source)
There is, and always has been, another, quieter front in the Global War On Terror. Two years ago now, I went to Colombia to take part. The Colombian government, while not our strongest ally militarily, is among our most loyal allies in the war on terror. They know terror; they have been living it at the hands of the FARC and the numerous cartels for the past several decades. Some of the best work being done is happening down there, where very few people are looking.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
As I'm sure most people who follow the news are aware of by now an LA Times writer, Joel Stein, wrote a controversial piece insulting my career titled, Warriors
and wusses. Mr. Stein is entitled to his opinion and he's been a pretty good sport about the criticism he's received due to his editorial that bashes the troops. However, I think as an American, a blogger and a service member I'm entitled to address Joel Stein directly.
Warriors and wusses is an interesting title. But I don't believe that Joel Stein intended it to be an insult to service members directly. I believe that Mr. Stein thinks that is you support the troops but not the war then you're a wuss with a misguided sense of direction. Joel Stein probably believes that most people that have a yellow ribbon of some sort displayed some where hate the President, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Conservatives but still want to support the troops. I honestly don't think it occurs to Mr. Stein that there are people out there that actually support the troops and our wishes on a grander scale than he imagines (he might now since he's written his editorial).
Go check it out.
I'm a Chevrolet Corvette!
You're a classic - powerful, athletic, and competitive. You're all about winning the race and getting the job done. While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal. You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do.
Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.
Hat Tip to Wonder Woman at A North American Patriot
The latest chapter, with the terrorist organization Hamas winning a majority of seats in the Palestinian parliament may be the last, and worst, bullet the Palestinians can shoot at themselves. Hamas has not changed, or recanted their charter, the Martyr's oath:
"Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious...The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realised...That's the beginning. Here's the final paragraph:
Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Muslim people. 'May the cowards never sleep.'"I'm having some trouble seeing these folks as "partners in peace." It's time we realized that the Palestinians have never wanted peace. They want victory. Hamas has offered to give them that victory, and the Martyr's Oath of Hamas spells out the terms of that victory, the total destruction not just of Israel, but of Judaism. At least Hamas is honest about its goals, at least for now. Their honesty may change as they gain political power. The goals won't. But the honesty may fade as they seek to consolidate their gains before launching their next attack on Israel, and it's ally, The United States.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Wednesday that the government views Russia's
offer to help enrich Iran's uranium as a positive development, but no agreement
has been reached between the countries. (source)
Somehow I just don't see this as positive developement, in any way shape or form...
Using M.R.I. scanners, neuroscientists have now tracked what happens in the politically partisan brain when it tries to digest damning facts about favored candidates or criticisms of them. The process is almost entirely emotional and unconscious, the researchers report, and there are flares of activity in the brain's pleasure centers when unwelcome information is being rejected. (emphasis Hugh's)Interesting indeed. So it begs to be answered, are we too emotionally attached to our politics? I know at one time I was. Reasoned arguments were lost on me, until I re-examined my life. I am sure however that I am also emotionally attached to my current beliefs now, just how much I don't really know.
I have heard numerous peaceniks and ACLU worshipers use a quote supposedly attributed to Ben Franklin, and knowing what I know of Mr. Franklin...and given the time he lived in... it just didn't jive...
I recently heard a local leader of the ACLU utter:
Ben Franklin said, "Those who would give up their Rights, to get Safety, deserve neither Rights nor Safety."Michelle Malkin enlightens us all...
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.There are some strong key words there. I wonder why they were left out.
Hmmm... I knew something was wrong...
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Bombs killed six people and wounded more than 30 others Tuesday in Ahvaz, aHMMM... Very interesting indeed.
southwestern Iranian city...
Seems President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
canceled a planned visit to Ahvaz Tuesday, citing a forecast calling for heavy
rain, IRNA reported. The report did not say whether the blast had any bearing on
Mark Steyn has a great look at the new Prime Minister.
And The Vancouver Sun breaks down the vote by region.
I'll be humming "Oh Canada!" all day. It's much easier to sing than "The Star Spangled Banner, " especially after last night.
Recently people have been leaving comments saying they have detected my liberal bias. I’m starting to think they might be right. After all, if complete strangers with limited powers of perception think I’m a liberal, who am I to argue that point. And the evidence is clear. For example, I AM opposed to the death penalty in its current form. That’s a very liberal view. Specifically, I’d like to see two changes in the law:
1. No death penalty unless there’s forensic (DNA, fingerprints) at the crime scene or on the murder weapon. That would cut down on the killing of people who weren’t even in the room where the crime happened.
2. All executions would happen at the same time on the 4th of July, when all of the condemned are strapped to large fireworks and launched over the bay to be incinerated in spectacular fashion.
Come on, how can you not appreciate someone who can look at the issues this way. Oh, and you really must stop by to read his post on Evolution, great read.
UM... and just for the record, I never thought Scott was anything but funny. His blog is not about politics, and I think he should keep it that way... I wish I could.
UPDATE ... UPDATE ... UPDATE ...
Monday, January 23, 2006
Former President Jimmy Carter expressed optimism Friday over Hamas's participation in next week's Palestinian parliamentary elections, saying that while the group may be terrorists, at least they're not corrupt. (source)
That alone is nutty enough, but one might wonder, why would Jimmy Carter suddenly start making his opinions knows after years of relative neutrality and silence?
His son, Jack Carter, is running for Senate here in Nevada.
Nothing in politics happens in a vacuum.
Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The countergirl took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried. Why do I tell you this?Sigh.
Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:
1.Teaching Math In 1950
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
2.Teaching Math In 1960
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?
3.Teaching Math In 1970
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?
4.Teaching Math In 1980
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.
5.Teaching Math In 1990
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living?
Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? There are no wrong answers.
6.Teaching Math In 2005
Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80.
Code Pink, the radical anti-war guerilla group that has hounded wounded troops outside Walter Reed Army Hospital, won't be monopolizing its
street corner for quite some time. Seems they forgot to renew their
Way to go Protest Warrior.
Few books have captured the horror and the heroism of 1918 as has this one. The horror of hundreds of thousands of deaths, touching every family in the United States. The heroism of the doctors and nurses who fought, and often died, of the same influenza.
And, as the death toll climbs from the latest flu outbreak, it's vital we look back to the last great pandemic, learning the lessons of their heroism and horror.
While it is an amazing feat for Kobe Briant to score 81 points in the Lakers 122-104 win over the Raptors, one wonders how much teamwork actually occurred in a game that's all about teamwork.
Of course this event is only second to Wilt Chamberlains 100 point game for Philadelphia against the New York Knicks in 1962.
"It just happened, man" Bryant said. "It really hasn't, like, set in for me. It's about the 'W,' that's why I turned it on. It turned into something special.
"To sit here and say I grasp what happened, that would be lying. Not even in my dreams." ...
"It feels great to put on a great show here," he said. (source)
The dissenting opinion of Justice White:
"I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court's judgment. The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes. The upshot is that the people and the legislatures of the 50 States are constitutionally disentitled to weigh the relative importance of the continued existence and development of the fetus, on the one hand, against a spectrum of possible impacts on the mother, on the other hand. As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court.
"The Court apparently values the convenience of the pregnant mother more than the continued existence and development of the life or potential life that she carries. Whether or not I might agree with that marshaling of values, I can in no event join the Court's judgment because I find no constitutional warrant for imposing such an order of priorities on the people and legislatures of the States. In a sensitive area such as this, involving as it does issues over which reasonable men may easily and heatedly differ, I cannot accept the Court's exercise of its clear power of choice by interposing a constitutional barrier to state efforts to protect human life and by investing mothers and doctors with the constitutionally protected right to exterminate it. This issue, for the most part, should be left with the people and to the political processes the people have devised to govern their affairs." (coutesy Wikipedia)
Today, in the home state of Tom Daschle, the legislature of South Dakota is taking the first steps to reverse Roe. It's too late for millions of unborn, but it's a beginning.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Bear with me here while I sound like a liberal for a second, but here are some bat facts..
Bats are the only known group of mammals that can fly.
The nearly 1,000 kinds of known bats account for almost a quarter of all mammal species and most are highly beneficial.
A single little brown bat can catch 600 mosquitoes in just one hour.
A colony of 150 big brown bats can protect local farmers from up to 18 million or more rootworms each summer.
The 20 million Mexican free-tails from Bracken Cave, Texas, eat 250 tons of insects nightly.
Tequila is produced from agave plants whose seed production drops to 1/3,000th of normal without bat pollinators.
Desert ecosystems rely on nectar-feeding bats as primary pollinators of giant cacti, including the famous organ pipe and saguaro of Arizona.
In my view, bats are awesome…someday I hope to visit the Carlsbad Caverns and see the mass ascension.
Why then the title of this piece? Well from the day I got involved in blogging, I wanted to make my WebPages with a bat theme.. but then I discovered the unfortunate moniker… MOONBATS… there is nothing worse than a true moonbat, they argue from feelings and without reason. Man I despise moonbats. And the unfortunate part is that it's a slight against all the bats out there. Bats are so much more beneficial and productive than socialist liberals.
Thanks for listening and letting me get this off my chest.
Friday, January 20, 2006
If you grew up Evangelical Christian as I did, you likely knew the name of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot before you knew the name of the President. The story of the five missionaries who died, and their wives and children bringing the Gospel to the very tribe that murdered them was told and retold through out my childhood.
End of the Spear tells that story from the point of view of the tribesmen themselves. It's the latest in a series of independent movies marketed to the growing number of us tired of the "Brokeback Mountain" and " Hostel" garbage coming from Hollyweird. End of the Spear is playing on 1200 screens beginning 1/20/05.
These three people are some of the best people I have ever met in my life.
I first met Eric Odom at a Nevada Independent Conservative Political Action Committee (NICPAC) meeting back in July. He is a soft-spoken man, but very eloquent. Eric is focused and driven, and cares about Nevada and the Country. We were brought together over our mutual concern that Nevada and possibly The U.S. was loosing its focus. We were mutually irritated with both the RINO's and the extreme rightists taking over the Republican Party, as well as the Party’s lack of connection with the common voter. I soon joined NICPAC and became a director, largely due to Eric's urging.
Richard Disney is a former army man, who values family and security. He's for limited government, and lower taxes. Most of all Richard values freedom. But what Richard brings to the table for us is his passion for this project. He believes in the power of the new media, and he sees the potential of what we are trying to do.
KC is a big-hearted, kind, and soft-spoken woman. She has been involved in lobbying, community organization, issue management, and coalition building during Tennessee’s healthcare program changes. She served as the TennCare Outreach Project coordinator on behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, Tennessee Chapter, where she tracked legislative initiatives and worked with governmental and non-profit agencies, drug companies, and legislators. KC is a brilliant strategist and a born leader.
And then of course I round out the committee. I am a veteran and concerned citizen. My thirteen years in the Air Force have taught me leadership by example, and the tenants of personal responsibility. I have learned through the years that action and initiative speak louder than anything, and perseverance gets things done.
These people and I are real people. You may not have heard of us simply because we are just like you, common people with common ideas and a vision of America.
So, what makes them different? The difference is they saw a void, thought of an idea to fill that void and took action. No party, special interest group, or major controlling sponsor backs them. As a matter of fact, when we started this whole thing we didn't have a dime. We simply had an idea, and now we are, almost by force of will, making that idea happen.
We only just started and already there have been harsh criticisms.
Here’s a few of them:
Why not Reno… We live here, it's a great place to visit and the hotels are generally affordable. So is the convention space. There is plenty to do here, rather you love nature, or love the nightlife. It's not just bingo parlors and brush fires. (I have yet to find a bingo parlor anywhere other than the VFW).
Why not Las Vegas?
Well Vegas is nice; expensive, but very nice. Maybe next time we hold BloggerMan, we’ll do Vegas. And yes, we do plan on doing this again. Who knows, we might be coming to your town next. Why limit ourselves?
Why such a "weak" (non-celebrity) line up?
The fact is you do need some big names to make it worth your time. So far we have locked in Hugh Hewitt, and we are still in negotiations for a few others to show. That process is time consuming, but we are working on it. In all reality, the event is 20 months out; we have time to work on all that.
But, this convention is being presented by bloggers for bloggers. Our focus is the power of the New Media, and the tools and methods for effective blogging. We don't need celebrities for that. We just need great bloggers, and we have that.
Why is this only for conservatives?
It's not. This convention belongs to the blogosphere, not
us. We are trying to provide the best content we can for the moderate liberal, libertarian, centrist and center-right conservative bloggers out
there. It's not exactly easy to strike that balance, and the truth is the
committee is generally center-right in their beliefs. We are however open to comments and suggestions from ANY political blogger out there. Help us make this YOUR convention. That is the intent and our goal.
Why would a bunch of bloggers come to a conference in Reno?
If you really don't understand, then you really need to come and find out.
We will have workshops on the power of blogging, and understanding the blogosphere. For beginners, it may very well open your eyes.
If you are a political blogger, then you generally already understand. The blogging community as a whole has a great amount of power. We will be a deciding influence in the next major election. If you don't believe it, just wait. Anyone who underestimates the power of the new media will be left in the dust as the modern world passes them by.
Matthew (Zaphriel) Comprix
Director of Blogger Relations
Blogging Man 2007
Be part of the Wall of Blogs . It's the most affordable way to be part of Blogging Man 2007.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
I've been waiting for New Horizons to launch for three days now. We will finally get a look at the either the last planet, or the first resident of the Kuiper Belt, depending on how you look at it. Either way, we're going to have some fantastic pictures in a few years.
"The delay in similar operations happening in America has not been because of failure to break through your security measures. But the operations are happening in Baghdad and you will see them here at home the minute they are through (with preparations), with God's permission," he said.What's interesting is his confirmation that the terrorists are very much tied down in Iraq, something the Left has gone to great pains to deny.
When the tape was actually made is still being determined. But the threat is very real.
FOR OVER A HUNDRED YEARS children have gathered on the South Lawn of the White House on the Monday after Easter to roll Easter eggs across the yard and meet the Easter Bunny. Seemingly few (if any) Washingtonians have ever tried to exploit the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for political purposes. Until
now. A church-based homosexual rights group is planning to crash the event with
a "family visibility action" to spotlight their non-traditional families.
"On April 17, 2006, when the White House lawn is opened to families for the Annual Easter Egg Roll, imagine if the first 1,000 families onto the lawn were LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] families," enthused a January 4 email alert from soulforce. Once America sees the White House lawn awash in LGBT families, "there will be no going back," Soulforce promised.
Soulforce is the political organizing tool of self-described "militant gay activist" Mel White, the former Jerry Falwell speech writer who discovered his gayness and
became a clergyman in the predominantly homosexual Metropolitan Community
For people looking to just be left alone, they sure seem to crave the negative attention.
Germany thinks we can talk our way out of Iran. In spite of their attitude.
And we think China can help us talk our way out of North Korea.
Lets hope their right, but I really don't think they are.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
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Update: If you'd like to know what all these are, and what heresy you may have mixed in, go here.
So, what did the Defeatocrats say in memorial to this great Christian leader?
A current U.S. Senator, and future Presidential candidate, spoke of "plantations," disgracefully playing the race card in hopes of getting elected to the Presidency on 2008. She said this at the annual "Al Sharpton Homage Dinner," a requirement of all Defeatocrats running for office in New York. I wonder if Tawana Brawley was invited?
A former U.S. Senator, former Presidential candidate with aspirations to run again, proclaims the current President a criminal, and calls for hearings. Just a few words here:
Budhist Temple. Ruby Ridge. Waco. Elian Gonzalez. Aldrich Ames. Perjury. Cigars. Impeachment.
And the erstwhile Mayor of New Orleans gives some interesting culinary suggestions for bringing back his flood ravaged city:
"It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans _ the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans," the mayor said. "This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans."Mayor Nagin also gives his reasons for believing Katrina, and other hurricanes hit.
Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.
"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day.
"Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves."
Can you picture the reaction of Pat Robertson saying such a thing?
Another great Federally-mandated holiday to race bait, whine and complain for the Left. Martin Luther King would be appalled, and rightfully so.
Monday, January 16, 2006
We are not naive about lobbying, and we know it can and has in fact advanced crucial issues and has often served to inform rather than simply influence Members.
But we are certain that the public is disgusted with excess and with privilege. We hope the Hastert-Dreier effort leads to sweeping reforms including the end of subsidized travel and other obvious influence operations. Just as importantly, we call for major changes to increase openness, transparency and accountability in Congressional operations and in the appropriations process.
As for the Republican leadership elections, we hope to see more candidates who will support these goals, and we therefore welcome the entry of Congressman John Shadegg to the race for Majority Leader. We hope every Congressman who is committed to ethical and transparent conduct supports a reform agenda and a reform candidate. And we hope all would-be members of the leadership make themselves available to new media to answer questions now and on a regular basis in the future. (more)
"I Have A Dream"
by Martin Luther King, Jr,
Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. Source: Martin Luther King, Jr: The Peaceful Warrior, Pocket Books, NY 1968
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free.
One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.
So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition. In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.
So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.
The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. we must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" we can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
May his dream someday fully come true. We have made great strides, but the march is not done. Thank you for starting us on this march Dr. King, we are all better for it.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Saturday, January 14, 2006
You are Green Lantern
|Hot-headed. You have strong|
will power and a good imagination.
You are Superman
|You are mild-mannered, good,|
strong and you love to help others.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Iran Threatens to Block Nuke Inspections
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran threatened on Friday to block inspections of its nuclear sites if confronted by the U.N. Security Council over its atomic activities. The hard-line president reaffirmed his country's intention to produce nuclear energy.
France, Britain and Germany quickly responded that they were not demanding sanctions against Tehran just yet.
Some exciting stuff is on the horizon that both Mark and I are involved in. I just finished the first planning meeting for the first ever national Bloggers Conference (how I got in on the ground floor, I don't really know...luck has a lot to do with it). All I can say right now is WOW. It is amazing how fast a thing like this comes together (and how fast it HAS TO come together).
What did we discuss? Well first, who's coming.
The Biggest news of the night, Hugh Hewitt. Yeah, he loved the idea, and really wants to be a part of it.
Sharon Hughes - Talk Radio Host and Move America Forward Activist
Peter and Helen Evans - Washington Insiders
John Armor - Comedian and Blogger from www.ChronWatch.com and www.Newsbusters.org.
Chris Adamo - a Senior Program Director and Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance Inc.
and my old buddy...
Jay Stephenson - founder of StopTheACLU.com
All great people, and this is just who has agreed to appear so far, we are still in negotiations with a few other exciting names (big ones, people)
Right now I can barely contain myself.
Anyways, I am the Director for Blogger Relations for this whole stick, and Mark is going to be one of our EmCee's. So if anyone has any questions about this whole deal, please feel free to e-mail me.
Oh, and I almost forgot the best part, I talked them into some low level sponsorships and ticket packages for the average blogger. More details on them as soon as we get them set up.
Now you can be a sponsor: Click Here for details.
$20 for a 21 month blog ad, and a place on the Blogging Man 2007 Wall of Blogs, Man What a Deal!!!
Thursday, January 12, 2006
The new portrait of Thomas Jefferson and his home, Monticello.
Coming soon: a smiling Thomas Jefferson looking straight at you from a new nickel that will end nearly a century of tradition for U.S. coins.
The Mint planned to begin shipping 80 million of the new 5-cent coins Thursday to the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks for distribution. They will be the first of an estimated 1 billion new nickels to be put into circulation over the next year. (source)
And, Lindsay Graham is off the RINO list after his wonderful performance in these hearings. Of course, if he hangs out with John McCain for awhile, he will quickly find his way right back on the list.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
When you see the picture, you'll remember this hero's body being dumped on the tarmac. What you may not know is that he was tortured by the beasts in front of a microphone, hoping to get him to scream for the waiting journalists. He didn't. So they killed him. And now Germany has released the terrorist who killed him.
All of Michael Yon's posts are important. This one may be his most important of all.
It'll be good to see Judge Alito join Judge Roberts on the court in a few weeks.
Those poor miners wouldn't have died if Bush had done his job! This is Bush's fault!
Um, wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Read the whole peice from TCS, unless you want to keep believing lies and myths, of course.