Wednesday, November 30

The Media Are The Enemy

prop·a·gan·da ( P ) Pronunciation Key (prp-gnd)n.
1) The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.

2) Material disseminated by the advocates or opponents of a doctrine or cause: wartime propaganda.

3) Propaganda Roman Catholic Church. A division of the Roman Curia that has authority in the matter of preaching the gospel, of establishing the Church in non-Christian countries, and of administering Church missions in territories where there is no properly organized hierarchy.

WASHINGTON — As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.

The articles, written by U.S. military "information operations" troops, are translated into Arabic and placed in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor, according to U.S. military officials and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Many of the articles are presented in the Iraqi press as unbiased news accounts written and reported by independent journalists. The stories trumpet the work of U.S. and Iraqi troops, denounce insurgents and tout U.S.-led efforts to rebuild the country.

Though the articles are basically factual, they present only one side of events and omit information that might reflect poorly on the U.S. or Iraqi governments, officials said. Records and interviews indicate that the U.S. has paid Iraqi newspapers to run dozens of such articles, with headlines such as "Iraqis Insist on Living Despite Terrorism," since the effort began this year.

The operation is designed to mask any connection with the U.S. military. The Pentagon has a contract with a small Washington-based firm called Lincoln Group, which helps translate and place the stories. The Lincoln Group's Iraqi staff, or its subcontractors, sometimes pose as freelance reporters or advertising executives when they deliver the stories to Baghdad media outlets.

The military's effort to disseminate propaganda in the Iraqi media is taking place even as U.S. officials are pledging to promote democratic principles, political transparency and freedom of speech in a country emerging from decades of dictatorship and corruption.

Where to begin. I guess I'll start with the basics. The United States in particular and the Western Civilization in general is at war with Islamofascism, a totalitarian doctrine with its roots in the religion of Islam. The President asserts that this is not the entire religion of Islam, but a perversion of its teachings.

There are those who dispute that. Nevertheless, the principle front in this war is currently in Iraq and, contrary to the evidence in the Mainstream Media, by historical standards we are winning a stunning victory. Part of that victory lies in convincing the Iraqi people that it is in their best interest for us to win. This is nothing but the truth. Indeed, in the passage above the authors admit that the stories are true, but that they only present one side of the story.

Wartime propaganda, to be sure. A legitimate tactic of war that does not, at least directly, cost any lives. If one reads the entire article, one will see that the goals of this propaganda offinsive were two-fold: encourage the common Iraqi people to stand firm in the face of terrorism and to strike fear and doubt into the minds of the terrorists in Iraq that are attacking our troops and the Iraqi people.

These journalists find that troubling. You see, freedom of speech means you can omit any good news about Iraq while obssessing and exaggerating any bad news from Iraq. Let's discuss propaganda, shall we?

Two words: Abu Ghraib.

You see, independant journalists only focus on the elements of a story that make the US look bad. To read the media's acounts of Abu Ghraib, one would believe that the poor, innocent terrorists were tortured. Forced to be strip-searched, held in small cells, and humiliated by having women guards. Not to belittle the enormity that was Abu Ghraib...well, yes, I'll belittle it. People who cut off people's heads can wear a pair of panties on theirs, and be happy they still have one. We aren't talking about nice people, here. We are talking about illegal combatants. Terrorists. The same kind of people our media like to label "insurgents".

The same kind of people who have kidnapped four anti-American "Peace" activists in Iraq this week. Let's hope they come back safe and wiser than they were. I'm not holding my breath for either.

Remember the Mazar-e Sharif prison uprising? The US media didn't when Abu Ghraib broke. Yet undoubtably it played a part in the mindset of the guards at Abu Ghraib.

One sided reporting, anyone? I suspect that the prisoners at Abu Ghraib were hardly model prisoners, but, while you can find hundreds of thousands of stories about how a few of our troops behaved, you can't find much at all about the behavior of the prisoners. Did they cooperate with their guards? Did they resist their guards? Did they willingly answer questions, questions that could possibly save the lives of soldiers still fighting?

Yes, let's hear both sides of this story. That knife cuts both ways. Before these so-called "independant" journalists complain about a US Military propaganda operation in Iraq, they should first tend to their own pro-Jihadi propaganda effort in America.

You see, the media are the enemy. Not all of them, that is true, but many of them want us to lose this war. They will pound a story like Abu Ghraib for months, yet when is the last time you heard about Nick Berg in the LA Times? Panties on your head is an atrocity, you see. Cutting off someone's head hardly bears notice.

As a final point, I would like to mention that the Mainstream Media has, yet again, spent months over the Valerie Plame affair, where a not-so-covert CIA agent had her "cover" blown based on anonymous leaks. Here, a major military operation was blown, based on anonymous leaks.

Let's hear both sides of the story. The Plame Game didn't get anyone killed. Blowing this one may prolong the war, and that will get people killed. Who leaked this, and why? Were any laws broken in this leak? Further, what contacts do Mark Mazzetti and Borzou Daragahi have with Islamic extremists?

Were they paid to write this article?

Or did they do their propaganda for free?

The Liberals’ Creed

I received the link to this editoral this morning from Tanker JD and wanted to share it with you all. Of particular interest to me are the following excerpts from the full creed:

We believe that President Bush lied.
We believe that Prime Minister Blair lied.
We believe that when Hillary Clinton and Dick Gephardt voted for the war based on the same intelligence relied upon by Bush and Blair, they made reasonable decisions based on the intelligence available at the time.
We believe that there were no WMDs.
We believe that finding sarin gas is 14th page news;
We believe that if the sarin gas is old, then it really isn’t a WMD we were looking for;
We believe that it wasn’t really sarin gas;
We believe that sarin gas isn’t necessarily a WMD.
We believe that the prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib is widespread and is probably the tip of the iceberg;
We believe that Abu Ghraib proves that the America’s occupation is no different than Saddam’s tyranny;
We believe that any attempt to suggest that there is a moral difference between a regime which systematically killed 300,000 people and tortured countless others and a regime which punished the acts of Abu Ghraib is illegitimate.
We believe that soldiers deliberately target women and children;
We believe that the soldiers abuse and kill Iraqis because they are racists;
We support our troops.
We believe that no one should question our statement that we "support our troops;"
We believe in quagmire.
We believe that when fringe Iraqi groups attack hard targets and are soundly defeated with relatively low Coalition casualties, that this is inescapable evidence of crisis;
We believe that Iraq is Bush’s Vietnam.
We believe that Vietnam is the lens through which all wars should be viewed.
We believe that soldiers in Vietnam were baby killers;
We believe in the trinity: NPR, CNN, and the New York Times. We believe in Ted Kennedy, Tom Harkin, John Kerry, and all the DNC, and we look for President Clinton yet to come. Amen.


Read the whole creed. I'm sure there are more things that can be added to this "screed."

I'm surprised they didn't include "We believe Bush is Hitler."

With "Support" Like This, Who Needs Enemies

The democratic leadership continues their drumbeat about the war, pounding down troop morale with every public statement they make.

The anti-war showboating by top Democrats continues despite the findings of an RT Strategies poll released over the weekend, which showed that 70 percent of Americans believe that Iraq war criticism by Democratic Senators is hurting troop morale.

A full 44 percent said the Senatorial complainers had hurt the troops "a lot."

Even self-identified Democrats agreed that their Senators were damaging the war effort, with 55 percent saying their criticism hurts the troops - and just 21 percent saying it helps.


So how can the democrats continue to say they are supporting the troops when their every public statement condemns and demoralizes them? Apparently, Sen. Reid doesn't believe the poll.


Reacting to President Bush's Iraq war speech Wednesday morning, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid griped that all he heard was the "recycled [and] tired rhetoric of ‘stay the course.’

"Simply staying the course is no longer an option, we must change the course. We can do better," Reid groused.


Way to support the troops Sen. Reid. And what pray tell, are your ideas? We're waiting.

Tuesday, November 29

Gangs of the Blogosphere

Absinthe-swillin' Canadian dandy Flea is my muse here. Here's his list of gangs from the recently gamerized cult movie classic, The Warriors. If you visit the Flea Towers please vote Flea for best Canadian Culture Blog. Actually, Flea may just be the best culture blog in this universe.
Of course, i have my own take on the Gangs of the Blogosphere.
The biggest and most powerful gang in the blogosphere is the Pajamafia. Just like in the movie where the Gramercy Riffs are trying to organize the NYC gangs, the Pajamafia is trying to organize the blogger gangs into a mondo-blogger gang.
Here Baldilocks, the leader of the PJM Enforcers gang is engaged in a "face-off" with Ann AltHouse of the Femlaws. Watch out, Baldy! She can kill you with her mind! If you don't know what a "face-off" is, then you have to watch Zoolander for the break-dance-fighting scene.

This is Markos Zuniga and the Kozkidz gang. He is really short, isn't he? I think he might have SMS (Short Man Syndrome). And don't those leather caps look gay? I think they look gay. And not in the "good" gay way.
A gang that is widely feared by many is Jeff Goldstein and the Mobile Attack Penises. Sorry, I couldn't find a good picture. Their mortal enemies are the Femlaws.
Then there is Steve and Robert's Llama Gang. Mostly peaceable, they spit poisonous cud when enraged.
Dr. Rusty's Jawa Gang is one of my favorites. But be careful to act intelligent in the comments section. If they think you're a droid they'll chop you up and sell you for parts.
Charles Johnson's Lizardoid Minions are one of the largest and fiercest gangs. They form part of the basis of the Pajamafia, where Johnson is one of the cappos. Lizardoid Minions can be recognized by their colors, green and silver, and by their extreme loyalty to Johnson.

Here is a picture of Jeff Percifield and the Harajuku Harem. You might think that is Gwen Steffani, but it is really Jeffie in drag. INDC Bill is second from the left, with the red bow.

There are many interesting gangs in the blogosphere. If i have failed to mention your favorite blogger gang, could you put it in the comments, please? And then I will add it in an update. Hmmm....might be a fun video game someday.

Moonbat Sighting

I was happily working on a term paper this evening (actually...happily might be pushing it, but I wasn't unhappy) when I ran across this lovely bit of "holistically relevant" moonbat drivel.
The point that Thompson is making in the passage below - with which his intellectual colleague Margulis agrees, and that applies to the Israeli/Palestian [sic] conflict - is that in order for a new type of cell, organism or system to evolve via symbiogenesis to a stable state, each symbiotic partner must lose part of itself, yield some of its individuality, in order to form a more complex entity in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Who is empowering these cretins? Do they not have to make a living like the rest of us? What absolute crap.

Monday, November 28

Remember Made In America ?

"On the Plains of Hesitation, bleach the bones of countless millions
who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to wait, and waiting, died."
- William A. Lawrence


This statement draws to mind the current state of manufacturing in America. We, the US, climbed atop the world economy, just to sit down satisfied and got soft enough to die on the vine. It was fashionable once, for some reason..?, to buy only American made products, or at least attempt to. Made in Japan once meant "this product is crap". Now, made in China means "this crap is crap". And made in America means, what exactly? Parts manufactured elsewhere, shipped here and then assembled by US citizens under the management of foreign born managers and owners.

If I am buying a product, unless something in the display of the product claims it to be made in the US, I dont otherwise know where it is made, because I dont look anymore. Everything is made in China.

Globalization is turning our once proud bell curve into a crater. We lived so well that we could pick and choose our means of support, expecting always the fat fruit at the bottom of our hard work. Now we eat the fruit at the bottom first and whine that Pedro, who we had to hire to dig the fruit out, would'nt stay and cook for the kids too.

Wake up America ! China has all of the money and none of the heart we do. They'll own us shortly, 30 to 50 years from now. I see no sign of that inevitability changing. What are we going to do about it ? What can we do about it ?

Sunday, November 27

Ann AltHouse in POKEMON CHALLENGE:PART I



"Formidable Law Blogger" (snigger) Ann AltHouse enters the Pokedrome. She brushes an imaginary speck of lint from the lapel of her quietly tasteful Ann Taylor Outlet Store black pantsuit, her natural (?) blonde hair glistening in the Pokedrome lights. She places her lawerly briefcase on a small Poketable in front of her, clicks it open and extracts her Pokeball.

Glaring fiercely at her opponent, she extends her arm full length, holding the Pokeball in the palm of her hand--I CHOOSE: KEVIN DRUM she cries at the top of her lungs.

Instantly a swarm of flying drumbots (fighting skill: 0.5) explodes from the Pokeball, reverses course in midair, turns and begins fiercely attacking AltHouse, biting and stinging.

OWowowow! AltHouse screams, as she turns and runs with great speed towards the exit. Her opponents lie on the floor, doubled up with hysterical laughter.

When she can get her breath, Playah Grrl says, "I guess that would be the double reverse top secret feminist defense. " *giggles*

Props to APF in Jeff G's comment section for the Pokeman ref. Man, Jeff is so good, even his commentors are comedic geniuses.

;-)

lgc numbers and stuff

Continents Unique Visitors = North America 3989 90.05% , Asia 143 3.23% , Europe 130 2.93% , Oceania 115 2.60% , South America 41 0.93% , Unknown 7 0.16% , Africa 3 0.07% , Central America 2 0.05%

Countries Unique Visitors = United States 3892 87.86% , Australia 106 2.39% , Canada 91 2.05% , Israel 85 1.92% , United Kingdom 51 1.15% , Chile 30 0.68% , Germany 16 0.36% , Singapore 12 0.27% , France 10 0.23% , Japan 9 0.20% , Ecuador 9 0.20% , New Zealand 9 0.20% , Belgium 8 0.18% , Iran, Islamic Republic of 7 0.16% , Anonymous Proxy 7 0.16% , Mexico 6 0.14% , Sweden 6 0.14% , Finland 6 0.14% , Korea, Republic of 6 0.14% , Switzerland 5 0.11% , Norway 5 0.11% , Spain 4 0.09% ,India 4 0.09% , Netherlands 4 0.09% , Malaysia 3 0.07% , Jordan 3 0.07% , Turkey 3 0.07% , Denmark 3 0.07% , Taiwan 2 0.05% , Poland 2 0.05% , Italy 2 0.05% , South Africa 2 0.05% , Russian Federation 2 0.05% , Panama 2 0.05% , China 2 0.05% , Kuwait 1 0.02% , United Arab Emirates 1 0.02% , Portugal 1 0.02% , Bulgaria 1 0.02% , Brunei Darussalam 1 0.02% , Czech Republic 1 0.02% , Argentina 1 0.02% , Ireland 1 0.02% , Austria 1 0.02% , Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of 1 0.02% , Luxembourg 1 0.02% , Morocco 1 0.02% , Indonesia 1 0.02% , Thailand 1 0.02% , Brazil 1 0.02% , Greece 1 0.02%

Last 19 Days Unique Visitors

08 Nov, Tue 126
09 Nov, Wed 126
10 Nov, Thu 183
11 Nov, Fri 198
12 Nov, Sat 156
13 Nov, Sun 156
14 Nov, Mon 126
15 Nov, Tue 117
16 Nov, Wed 122
17 Nov, Thu 601
18 Nov, Fri 384
19 Nov, Sat 251
20 Nov, Sun 264
21 Nov, Mon 192
22 Nov, Tue 185
23 Nov, Wed 130
24 Nov, Thu 94
25 Nov, Fri 134
26 Nov, Sat 170

Hours of the Day Unique Visitors

00:00 - 00:59 159 3.59%
01:00 - 01:59 113 2.55%
02:00 - 02:59 83 1.87%
03:00 - 03:59 68 1.53%
04:00 - 04:59 42 0.95%
05:00 - 05:59 43 0.97%
06:00 - 06:59 56 1.26%
07:00 - 07:59 76 1.71%
08:00 - 08:59 154 3.47%
09:00 - 09:59 180 4.06%
10:00 - 10:59 210 4.74%
11:00 - 11:59 259 5.84%
12:00 - 12:59 245 5.53%
13:00 - 13:59 210 4.74%
14:00 - 14:59 237 5.35%
15:00 - 15:59 209 4.71%
16:00 - 16:59 240 5.41%
17:00 - 17:59 272 6.14%
18:00 - 18:59 273 6.16%
19:00 - 19:59 263 5.93%
20:00 - 20:59 264 5.96%
21:00 - 21:59 276 6.23%
22:00 - 22:59 265 5.98%
23:00 - 23:59 236 5.32%

Days of the Week Unique Visitors

Monday 468 10.56%
Tuesday 428 9.65%
Wednesday 378 8.53%
Thursday 1028 23.19%
Friday 844 19.04%
Saturday 669 15.09%
Sunday 618 13.94%

Summary Period: 25 Days Tracked

Daily Unique: Totals:
Today 9 / 27 Nov, Sun, 2005 Unique Visitors 4434 -9.25%
Yesterday 170 / 26 Nov, Sat, 2005 Visits incl. Reloads 5595
Average 177 Visitors per Day Reloads 1161 - 20.75%
Highest Day 601 / 17 Nov, Thu, 2005 Visitors via Referrers 2292-51.69%

Sites that link to lgc:

lgf
baldilocks
Radio Blogger
baldilocks
Dennis The Peasant
Shining full plate and a good broadsword
the skwib
hamstermotor
The Hotline's Blogometer
Radioactive Liberty
BabyTrollBlog Magazine of the Internet
the Dry Bones Blog

NOTE: All links on the main page open in a new window now, except the comments link. NOTE: To Members, If you have a favorite charity you would like for us to link to here, just mention it and I'll git'er done for ya. Also, Im working on a slight holiday season channge for the page, not much, dont get excited, and if you hate it, dont worry, it'll go away soon.

Peace and NBL to all the lgc homeys. You're all doing a great job.

Saturday, November 26

Autumnal Thoughts

In for a mood of prophetic dread?

Well then, you should read John Derbyshire's latest offering of holiday cheer. I remember too that not long ago, even the steadfastly hopeful Peggy Noonan was sharing a cup of bitters as well.

As H.G. Wells famously wrote (in 1920 --notably before atomic weapons, but after the modern horrors of The Great War), "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe". But when you consider the catastrophes our ancestors endured, which should inform any conservative's analysis of the future, it ought to be considered self-evident that we've never had it so good. Like Reagan's, mine is a rational optimism, and that's really what we need to be hearing from political leaders. But to convince and inspire others, first you must believe it. And that's admittedly hard, when the apparent job of the reporter in this age is to put the most pessimistic spin on the news as possible.

But be of good cheer. The old systems of centralized learning and centralized news gathering are waning. Education and spiritual strength to confront whatever catastrophes are over our horizon will be found in the communications between people made possible by our new powers of technology.

If you want to know the history that informs a belief that what we face today is nothing like the hardships our ancestors endured, struggles that with each passing day slip beyond living memory, you have to turn to the Web. It'll be glossed over in school, replaced by generous servings of self-flagellation.

Those who write the "first rough draft of history" should at least acknowledge recent history, even if they can't seem to remember anything that happened earlier than about 1968.

Meanwhile, the Web stores it all, and we make the connections...

Friday, November 25

PJM Discussion Forum

Reminder: If the sober counsel of the Honorary President of Pajamas Media isn't enough for you, you are cordially invited to join in the discussion at the forum:

http://pajamasmedia.isfullofcrap.com/index.php

All are welcome. (There's also a special section for PJM members.) Currently 32 people registered ... you could be #33!

;)

I Am Dorothy the Small and Weak

I liked this comment from Don Surber very much. ;-)
You can see his likeness here on the commissar's monster post, mouse over the guy with the text balloon. I like his comment because he is funnin', and I flat love Wizard of Oz references.
He said:
How dare you little bloggers criticize the great and powerful Wizards of Blogz?
You must be demented! don surber Homepage 11.25.05 - 10:18 am #
Lol, we have only begun to dare. Sure, we are small and weak, but we have dared to criticize the Holy Den Beste-sama, and the great and powerful[-ly boring] Ann AltHouse. We are part of Glenn's Army of Davids. And our Goliaths are the big-name, elitist, entrenched, idealogically bankrupt, oldschool bloggers.
So, you bettah watch out. Or we'll run after you like Toto and bite you in your big fat complacent applesnakesandwich.

Oh, and Ann.....punkrock is dead. ;-)

Little Green Bar-B-Q

Just sayin' hi from Flyboy's hangar bar-b-que. Wish y'all were here.

Carolina says "Hi!". So does the Mafia Princess.

TaxProff Blog

Here is gift of knowledge for all readers. Use it wisely!


Hattip: Pajama Media

Happy Thanksgiving

And have a great weekend.

Give thanks. Enjoy being alive. Hey, this is your chance to stay in your pajamas (or bathrobe) all day! [If you have to work through the holiday weekend, give yourself a raincheck and do the pajamas-all-day thing on your first day off.]

Whether your cosmic view is creationism, intelligent design, anthropic principle, existentialism, or WCCWAGDA (Who Cares Cuz We're All Gonna Die Anyway), make the most of this moment. You won't get it again.

Thursday, November 24

Turkey Night Lyric

Rush - The Trees

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

The trouble with the maples
(And they're quite convinced they're right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made.
And they wonder why the maples
Can't be happy in their shade.

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream "Oppression!"
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
"The oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light."
Now there's no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw.

Ann Coulter Tells It Like It Is

Im going to include the whole article. If Ann wants to sue me she can. Anything she would like to do to me she can.
NEW IDEA FOR ABORTION PARTY: AID THE ENEMY
November 23, 2005

In the Iraq war so far, the U.S. military has deposed a dictator who had already used weapons of mass destruction and would have used them again. As we now know, Saddam Hussein was working with al-Qaida and was trying to acquire long-range missiles from North Korea and enriched uranium from Niger.

Saddam is on trial. His psychopath sons are dead. We've captured or killed scores of foreign terrorists in Baghdad. Rape rooms and torture chambers are back in R. Kelly's Miami Beach mansion where they belong.

The Iraqi people have voted in two free, democratic elections this year. In a rash and unconsidered move, they even gave women the right to vote.

Iraqis have ratified a constitution and will vote for a National Assembly next month. The long-suffering Kurds are free and no longer require 24/7 protection by U.S. fighter jets.

Libya's Moammar Gadhafi has voluntarily dismantled his weapons of mass destruction, Syria has withdrawn from Lebanon, and the Palestinians are holding elections.

(Last but certainly not least, the Marsh Arabs' wetlands ecosystem in central Iraq that Saddam drained is being restored, so even the Democrats' war goals in Iraq are being met.)

The American military has accomplished all this with just over 2,000 deaths. These deaths are especially painful because they fall on our greatest Americans. Still, look at what the military has done and compare the cost to 600,000 deaths in the Civil War, 400,000 deaths in World War II and 60,000 deaths in Vietnam (before Walter Cronkite finally threw in the towel and declared victory for North Vietnam).

What is known as a "hawk" in today's Democratic Party looks at what our military has accomplished and — during the war, while our troops are in harm's way — demands that we withdraw our troops.

In an upbeat speech now being aired repeatedly on al-Jazeera, last week Rep. John Murtha said U.S. troops "cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home." Claiming the war is "a flawed policy wrapped in illusion," Murtha said the "American public is way ahead of us."

Fed up with being endlessly told "the American people" have turned against the war in Iraq, Republicans asked the Democrats to show what they had in their hand and vote on a resolution to withdraw the troops.

By a vote of 403-3, the House of Representatives wasn't willing to bet that "the American people" want to pull out of Iraq. (This vote also marked the first time in recent history that the Democrats did not respond to getting their butts kicked by demanding a recount.)

The vote is all the more shocking because of what it says about the Democrats' motives in attacking the war — as well as alerting us to three members of Congress we really need to keep an eye on.

It is simply a fact that Democrats like Murtha are encouraging the Iraqi insurgents when they say the war is going badly and it's time to bring the troops home. Whether or not there is any merit to the idea, calling for a troop withdrawal — or "redeployment," as liberals pointlessly distinguish — will delay our inevitable victory and cost more American lives.

Anti-war protests in the U.S. during the Vietnam War were a major source of moral support to the enemy. We know that not only from simple common sense, but from the statements of former North Vietnamese military leaders who evidently didn't get the memo telling them not to say so. In an Aug. 3, 1995, interview in The Wall Street Journal, Bui Tin, a former colonel in the North Vietnamese army, called the American peace movement "essential" to the North Vietnamese victory.

"Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American anti-war movement," he said. "Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses."

What are we to make of the fact that — as we now know — the Democrats don't even want to withdraw troops from Iraq? By their own account, there is no merit to their demands. Before the vote, Democrats could at least defend themselves from sedition by pleading stupidity. Now we know they don't believe what they are saying about the war. (Thanks to that vote, the Islamo-fascists know it, too.)

The Democrats are giving aid and comfort to the enemy for no purpose other than giving aid and comfort to the enemy. There is no plausible explanation for the Democrats' behavior other than that they long to see U.S. troops shot, humiliated, and driven from the field of battle.

They fill the airwaves with treason, but when called to vote on withdrawing troops, disavow their own public statements. These people are not only traitors, they are gutless traitors.

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Wednesday, November 23

Hunting is Good in SoDak

Just thought I'd stop and post this as we run around and try to help the Daughter-of-Mcgyver set up for Thanksgiving. She and her new husband and stepdaughter just moved in to their new house... And decide that they had to invite the family - this includes his parents, my family with two Sons-of-Mcgyver and one not-my-kid. Aaaaand my first ex with the Son-of-Mcgyver-whoshallnotbenamed. Please wish her (and Giggles and me) much patience.

But, that's not what this is really about. This is a post that combines some input to a post a few days back about the ATF - Alcohol, Tobbacco, and Firearms. Here's Mcgyver's take on this; shotguns (good), firearm safety (better). Jim Beam (good), Jack Daniels (better). Cigarettes (bad for you), Cigars (good... bad for you but good). Dogs (good) coyotes (bad) Cats (Bad) --I know, but I'm not talking about the home pampered type. So, don't shoot me, yet.


Folks, I had the pleasure of going up to SoDak and hunt with some of the fighter pilots I work with. They're air-to-air guys and actually can shoot ok with a shotgun, too. We limited out each day we were there and tramped through about five miles of SoDak farmland each day, too. There was some drinkin' later in the evening and cigars were enjoyed on the porch.

Did I say anything about dogs? I won't let the not-my-kid have a dog, as he has some issues with responsability (ADHD generated). However, I am now seriously thinking about a Chocolate Lab. Some of the bloodlines were well represented (no, I don't know which ones) and the little bitch pup that one of the farmers was raising is about as well behaved and sweet natured as a pup could be. In the event the Mcgyvers find ourselves headed to Big Sky Country, I'm gonna be real serious about thinking that one through.

JustDanny and some others were comparing what would be the best shotgun to get and which is best for them vs stopping power, home defense and hunting. Well, here in the Peoples Republic of Illinois, If you hunt deer, you use a shotgun. If you hunt birds, you use a shotgun. Ok, for my money and what I own is a 12 gauge Remington 870 Express Magnum combo. Which means I've a rifled slug barrel for deer and a smooth bore for birds. Price was reasonable, too. Shells? I use Remington and Federal. no misfires, ever. Now, I've given some thought to home defense, and am considering a modified 870 receiver, with combat grips and the short barrel. While I make up my mind, the 870 with the rifled barrel will do ( It's shorter by a couple of inches).

Alcohol - some people may be for or against, but for my enjoyment, I really liked Remy Martin when I was in Europe. After the Fwench decided to not help, well... one had to find a substitute. Jack Daniels does ok, and Gentleman Jack is the drink of choice. Howsomever, you cannot make a decent Irish Coffee without Tullamore Dew.

Beer is good, too, but that's for another post.

Tobacco is our next subject. I used to smoke cigarettes. I started again at Sturgis. I don't like them. I do like cigars. I'll try different ones and like maduros from time to time, but if I can get them, Montecristo #5s are what I recommend. Cohibas are nice, both Cubano and Dominican. Arturo Fuentes are good, too. Any of the Davidoffs are very nice.

So, that's my ramblings on some things and I'm curious as to what other people think. Oh, the owner of the Hunt Lodge is a member of the squadron I support, so the link above is a bit of an ad. I hope no one minds. (and his cook/houskeeper, Bev can reeeally cook)

So, I'm going out on the porch - Mcgyver, out

If Chris Mathews Was King...

Some people have learned nothing.

Years after 9-11 and the "crazy Zeitgeist" that permeated the United States, Americans have still not learned to know their enemies instead of just hating them, said American political journalist Chris Matthews yesterday.

In a speech to political science students at the University of Toronto, the host of the CNBC current affairs show Hardball had plenty of harsh words for U.S. President George W. Bush, as well as the political climate that has characterized his country for the last few years.

"The period between 9-11 and (invading) Iraq was not a good time for America. There wasn't a robust discussion of what we were doing," Matthews said."If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil. They just have a different perspective.

"The smartest people understand the enemy's point of view, because they understand what's driving them."


So we aren't smart or understanding enough huh?

The French have recently learned that for all their understanding and "reaching out" to the Muslim population of their country, that it did them no good as they endured weeks of rioting and civil unrest.

The Netherlands went the same route and it didn't protect them either.
Appeasement does not work.

Understanding this enemy doesn't by you peace or security from their violence or plans. They don't give a whip if you understand. To them you are an infidel and they will kill you.

Chris, maybe you need to move to France, or better yet, move to a Muslim run and dominated country. Live under their laws and as they dictate. Then tell me you still think understanding them is the solution.

Thanksgiving Traditions and Blessings


Blessings to all on this Thanksgiving Eve.

Here's a thread to post your Thanksgiving plans and to share some of the blessings for which you are thankful.

Tuesday, November 22

W.H.O. Warns of Spreading OSM Derangement Syndrome


dateline 11.17.05
Recent developments in the observation of OSM/PJM Derangement Syndrome (ODS) have propelled the WHO to initiate countermeasures against the spread of this virulent plague. First identified in Dennis the Peasant, it has recently spread to Jeff Jarvis, Steven Den Beste, Ann AltHouse, and other notable conservative bloggers. Many liberal bloggers, ie, Kos, Walcott, Atrios, etc have been identified as carriers for this dread disease. Places like Metafilter, dU, Discarded Lies, and LGF Watch have become virtual ODS zombie cities (just like in Shaun of the Dead) with nearly 99% infection rate.
Symptoms include glazed, fixed eyes, frothing at the mouth, and continous streams of invective against hat guy and bike guy. Also, the infected begin to exhibit inordinate fear and loathing of satires and mocks, along with profound atrophy of their sense of self-deprecating humor.
Sadly, no known cure exists.

UPDATE: In a brilliant research coup, WHO surgeons have discovered that removing the implanted broomstick can greatly ameliorate the symptoms.

Props to Corvan in Jeff Goldstein's comments for OSM Derangement Syndrome.
Note to readers, i cleaned this up and moved it forward in prep for submission to the carnival of the satires. ;-)

Everyone Hates Ann AltHouse

Wow, there is justice in the blogverse.
There's sure no political bias on this one.
Both sides think she's flat stupid.
Sweet.
;-)

Note: From her post.
"Well, I'm not one eighth of the way into Atrios's comments, and no one has shown up to beat back this sexist crap. Atrios managed to summon up worse misogynists than Charles Johnson did. I hope he's proud of his people."

*giggles*

Monday, November 21

Sepide

This was written by my friend Sepide. She lives in Tehran. I sincerely love her dearly.

the room down the coridor was entirely dark. a chair and a wooden table were beside the wall. the table was covered with dust and the walls were black.

with slow steps, she entered the room. darkness filled her eyes and passed deep into her bones.

she sat at the table and gazed forward. with wide, soulless eyes, eyes that might see things beyond this world, things that eyes are not supposed to see. she raised her hand. something glistened. there was a knife in her hand. she held the knife in front of her eyes and looked at its shimmer. then smoothly she brought the knife to her mouth, just like she was kissing it. slowly she drew the knife across her lips. blood poured down her cheek and a line of blood remained on her neck.

she raised her left hand and took a look at her fingers. then closed her hand and in a swift action, she cut her vein. deep. then she felt a slight irritation, blood flowed away with a weird sensation. as if it were imprisoned all these years and now it was free.


her eyes were growing heavy. how much she longed to sleep !! she felt drunk and relaxed, like in her mother's arms. she slowly put her head on the table and closed her eyes. Maybe now her eyes could see more things than before. Blood was flooding the table and dripped down onto the floor...

Monday Nepo Thread


It doesnt look like this outside yet, but it sure feels like it.

Ann ALtHouse Deletes My Comment

Now i am shocked, shocked i tell yah!
Ann deleted my comment on this post.
Fortunately, you can still read her words that i republished from Baldilocks blog.

Baldilocks: You're misreading the intent of my post. I can defend myself
and am defending myself. I'm also laughing at them. (Listen to me on my podcast
#21.) My post is about asking people who care about feminism to become outraged
about how women are attacked. I'm not asking people to come and help me, but to
be aware of the rank sexism that is displayed in certain parts of the web. I
admit I asked for a fight, but I'm still allowed to criticize how people fight.
In fact, that's part of the way I fight.
Yeah, right, just doin' it for the sistahs. Well no thanx from this sistah. I'll fight my own battles clean, thank-you-so-very-much, without playin' the sex card.

Deleting comments that point to things you said on another blog? Might get the impression you're ashamed, and don't want your readership to see them. ;-)

I'm not gonna turn into Dennis the Pissant about this, but i will reserve the right to craft a couple mocks on her-- less see--
Is Ann AltHouse Really Jesse Jackson in Drag?
and
Ann AltHouse in POKEMON CHALLENGE: FEMINIST DEFENSE

BTW, check the comments on her post--she says loathesome nic-jacker and foul-mouthed stalker Iron Fist's Cat is her hero!!!!
Bwahahahaha!!
Class act, right?

You know, dear readers, up until the OSM launch I thought Ann AltHouse was a nice, sane conservative blogger who sometimes subbed for the Instaguy. But since she's been suckin' down the haterade i've seen a whole different side of her--pus 'n' semen 'n' Iron Fist's Cat. Someone should show her some of that guys comments at Atrios. No wonder they get along. ;-)

Sunday, November 20

Back from Louisiana


Returned yesterday from Covington, LA where I spent five days with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate in their efforts to construct new homes and repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

I spent the first few days at a home that had to be completely demolished and rebuilt from the subfloor up. Six trees landed on the house during the hurricane and destroyed so much of it that it could not be salvaged. Then spent the rest of the week working on homes under construction.

I have never seen so many trees down at once as I saw in the St. Tammany Parish. I was absolutely amazed at the numbers of trees and the size of the trees. On the road out to the church camp where we stayed, I would estimate that over 60% of the trees were down in some areas. Many were simply uprooted, the rootballs being at least 6 to 8 feet across. Logging trucks were taking loads of trees out at a never ending pace. Smaller tree debris that was useless for lumber was being hauled in huge open trailers (maybe 40 feet long?) by semi trucks to a facility where they were being ground into mulch and then trucked back. These loads were being hauled continuously all day long every day past the site where I worked.

It's difficult to describe the extent of the damage in the area I stayed in.

Here's a picture taken early in the week when I was working on installing vinyl siding on the home that was being re-constructed. The homeowner planted a shamrock under the home for good luck. Hopefully it will work this time.

FASCISM

Liberals are fond of calling Conservatives “fascists” and “racists” and other lovely epithets. These are truly despicable terms, which flash disturbing images of Hitler, concentration camps, mass murder, the enslavement of citizens by tyrants, and imperialism. Fascism as perfected by the Nazis easily represents the lowest point to which humanity has ever sunk. When a Liberal brands someone with Conservative beliefs as a fascist, the victim usually dismisses the accusation as utter nonsense or recoils in shock and anger. But do you ever wonder what the hell the Liberals are really talking about? Do you wonder why this outrageous charge by Liberals has now become so routine? This article allows a Conservative to see himself from a Liberal perspective.

Here are definitions from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary comparing the two terms:

Conservatism- a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change.

Fascism- a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

As I asserted in Conservative v. Liberal World Views on September 10, the essence of Conservatism is the celebration of the individual's free will. So attainment and protection of freedom are central to the Conservative philosophy. Therefore fascism and all forms of tyranny have the exact opposite goal from that of the Conservative. Ironically, it is the Conservative who typically honors the sacrifice of military heroes and patriots responsible for the total destruction of Hitler and similar fascist and racist tyrants.

However, according to SERMON: Living Under Fascism by Rev. Davidson Loehr, First Unitarian Church these are the specific reasons Liberals attempt to assert that Conservatives are fascist:


Identifying Characteristics of Fascism
(Excerpted from Fascism Anyone? By Laurence W. Britt )

[With translation from moonbat to English]


1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

[Translation: Apparently our brave troops, who defeated uber-fascist Hitler, were themselves probably fascist because they were patriotic Americans. Displaying a flag is a symbol that someone loves his country, and the U.S. and other evil western countries are not worthy of such recognition. Flag-waving is considered very un-cool by the Liberal elite, who are still bummed that the Communism thing didn’t work out. So if you wave a flag, or recite the Pledge of Allegiance or sing our national anthem, then you might be a fascist.]

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

[Translation: If you think the events at Abu Ghraib prison were appalling, but doubt that some gal putting panties-on-the-head of terrorists warranted 32 consecutive New York Times front page articles, then you might be a fascist.]

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

[Translation: Some sophisticated Liberals hold that terrorists attacking the U.S. was deserved—that it simply represented a case of “chickens coming home to roost” in repayment for all the “evil” the U.S. has done over the years. After the attack, a bogus “perceived common threat”, President Bush said:
Our nation -- this generation -- will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.
If you cheered when Dubya promised this, then you might be a fascist in the throes of a patriotic frenzy.]

4. Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

[Translation: The military is evil; confiscatory transfer payments from achievers to full-time-Oprah-watchers represent the pinnacle to which a civilization may aspire. So if you favor a strong military or object to major universities from Harvard to Berkeley banning military recruiters or ROTC on campus, then you might be a fascist.]

5. Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

[Translation: If you believe that a human life begins at conception, that the sacrament of marriage exists between a man and woman to provide a stable environment for raising children, and that the traditional family is in dire trouble and deserves protection from the Liberal political agenda, then you might be a fascist.]

6. Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes the media are directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media are indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

[Translation: Any news source which departs from the New York Times or PBS Liberal agenda is probably controlled by evil Republican corporations. If you criticize the anointed folks of the mainstream media, then you are attempting censorship, and you might be a fascist.]

7. Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

[Translation: Just like Michael Moore says, the World Trade Center was destroyed by Bush so he could invade Afghanistan and Iraq. If you believe that terrorists are real, then you might be a fascist.]

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

[Translation:
…the greatest threat to our freedom lies not in some mosque in Mecca, but in a simple church in the Bible belt. The time has come for all patriotic Americans to unite under a common cause: getting rid of the Christians…Their backwards, outdated belief system is based on unwavering moral absolutes, which only alienate those enlightened Americans who have no morals at all. Ironically, these so-called "morals" Christians claim to possess aren't even true morals, as they stem not from a Noam Chomsky pamphlet or a Michael Moore film - but from some silly old book they found in a motel room dresser. -Doglip All-Sader
So if you are a Jew or Christian or someone who fails, to embrace the secular humanist agenda as championed by the ACLU, then you might be a fascist.]

9. Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

[Translation: Corporations and the free market economy are evil, as are corporate contributions to political action committees. Only contributions from lawyers and labor unions should be allowed. If you own a share of stock in a corporation, or work for a corporation, or buy anything from a corporation, then you might be a fascist.]

10. Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

[Translation: If you fail to acquiesce to every union demand for exorbitant wages, bloated pensions, or lower productivity; if you believe that unions destroy jobs by driving them into foreign countries; if you believe that every person has the right to choose whether to join a union or pay dues for political purposes, then you might be a fascist.]

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

[Translation: As history will attest, Hitler’s failure to fund the arts was his most egregious error. So don’t dare protest when taxpayer money goes to fund the piss-Christ or feces-smeared-Virgin-Mary “art” exhibits. And if you do, or if you protest when taxpayer funds are used to bankroll vicious America-haters like tenured college professor Ward Churchill, then you might be a fascist.]

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

[Translation: If you favor three strikes laws for repeat violent offenders, life or chemical castration for child molesters, and the death penalty for murderers, then you might be a fascist.]

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

[Translation: Halliburton is evil because…because…uh well Halliburton, Halliburton. If you don’t believe Halliburton is evil and Cheney is their stooge, then you might be a fascist.]

14. Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

[Translation: Bush stole the election…actually both of them. If you don’t believe this or if you voted for Bush, then you might be a fascist.]

[15. Firearm Confiscation.
Um, actually I added this item to the list because Laurence W. Britt seemed to over-look it despite his extensive “analysis of seven regimes which reveals fourteen common threads”. The Nazi Weapons Law of 1938 was used together with inherited registration lists to seize privately held firearms . Firearms ownership was restricted to Nazi party members. Gun Control's Nazi Connection

Translation: Guns are a scary right-wing obsession; my Liberal buddies and I don’t like them, so I have omitted the fascists’ consistent gun confiscation pattern from my research. Hopefully, no one will notice that this omission makes my work look sloppy and/or biased.]


Fascism is utterly disgusting; no Conservative would ever allow his country to be taken over by fascists. Perhaps the only thing almost worse than actually being a fascist, is falsely accusing someone of being one. To do so trivializes the horror perpetrated by real fascists and minimizes the honorable sacrifices of those who oppose tyranny--whatever it is called--wherever it raises its ugly head.

Saturday, November 19

Bike NOLA

Cycle of Violence visits Southern LA:
In NOLA, there is a co-op of anarchists who take donated bicycles, refurbish them, and sell them for $10-20 a pop.
While on R&R in NOLA last week I purchased from them a Spaulding 12-speed with a light, lugged frame. The bike proved a delightful means of touring the French Quarter, traveling to the PX, and getting some much-needed PT.
Back at the camp in scenic Port Sulphur, the camp managers decided to replace my clinic boardwalk with a graveled path. The crew doing this pranged my front steps with a front-loader, and damaged the bike which was locked to the steps. So much for the new-old bike. Still works, but the thrill is gone.

/cross-posted to LGF & www.herbertsobel.blogspot.com

Letter to Den-Beste-sama

Stutefish sez in the comments--
I'm sorry, but the proper response here is to publish a thoughtful, well-reasoned rebuttal of Den Beste's thoughtful, well-reasoned conclusions about OSM.
So, I'll try. :-)

Hi Steven-kun,
(miss me?)
1. I agree with your research and analysis of the trademark issues. But isn't this the way the blogverse is supposed to work? A voice for the little guy? And i'm sure OSM will work something out. I think it would be fine if they offered renumeration to radiopensource, or changed their name.
What i disagree with is the manic tsunami of vituperation that a simple mistake has inspired--comparing Charles to Rather? Puhleez. You object to OSM desiring you for name recognition? What about the extreme cynicism of atrios, metafilter, and dennis, exploiting your name recognition factor to attack OSM, and Charles and Roger?
I'm sorry I said that about pissing in the cheerios. But it wasn't hate mail, just mad mail. You know that.
If you were really interested in helping this venture, couldn't you have just raised concerns in emails to Charles and Roger?

2. May I draw your attention to this email--sent Oct 24

konichi wa, den beste-sama--
lol, your site is the only one guaranteed to make a hefty revenue from advertising--manga and anime purveyors would be clawing each other's eyes out for the chance to advertise with you. ;-)
no wonder charles and roger want you. ;-)

but i understand your
wishes.


now, from Chizu--
Dennis the Peasant explains why "high traffic" is uninteresting when it comes to selling advertising. It's not how many people you get, it's who they are that matters, and political commentary sites don't get people that advertisers are interested in reaching, or rather, don't get enough such people.
What he's talking about is the difference between advertising in Life Magazine and advertising in Sky and Telescope. The latter gets very high rates from its advertisers, virtually all of whom sell astronomy equipment, because its readers are people who want to buy astronomy equipment.



Why is it bad when I say it, but good when Dennis the Peasant says it? that is why i think you are not dispassionate about OSM.

3. You compare OSM to the Borg Cube and talk about assimilation on Chizu. You worry about your favorite blogs. I say that is false. Jeff Goldstein is adamant about there being no change in his content. That is true--he is just as profane, clever, and funnie as ever. Don't you think that is why his mock was on the front page? People like AltHouse are the ones that want to police content, saying Jeff's mock should have "embarrassed him" by being on the front page. feh.

4. You know what a self-organising system is, and you understand social network theory. Perhaps others don't, and I excuse them for their fears. But I say, no organization can force control on the blogverse. It is organic. It evolves. The best you can hope to do is make a channel for the information to flow through.

5. You say it's hubris. But what if it is koros? The right action of man in perfect harmony with the gods?

6. Google stock is at $400/share, up from $70/share. The google guys have $56 billion dollars each. Google serves information and sells advertising space. If OSM is a higher level aggregator than google, and serves blogdata, why shouldn't some of those advertising dollars go to the bloggers?
caveat, i know absolutely nothing about business models. I can't follow Dennis' discussions. But i don't understand why having an evolving business plan will doom OSM to failure. Mebbe someone can explain that to me.

7. Finally, you don't see any advantage to OSM. Well, I do. The evil UN thought police will be back. And OSM is a good place to get organized to fight them. I think the existing carnivals are great, and the up-coming Carnivals could be very high value-added.

I guess we would all like things to go perfectly here. I love this place myself.
But what is ever perfect?
Here is a good japanese word for you.
Itadakimasu.
there is no exact translation, it means, i accept, i take.
Sometimes people say it before eating.
Maybe OSM is flawed, imperfect. But I sure don't see anyone out there proposing an alternative.

Itadakimasu,
the major, out

Friday, November 18

Rise of the Lizardoids

I want to thank dannie for giving me a place to blog.
I've been sort of a coward, commenting on other blogs with alternics, so that people would take me seriously.
I know a lot of other blogs that diss the minions.
According to them, we're the foul-mouthed low-rent trash of the blogverse.

Allah is the only one that stands up for us.

We may be a little rough around the edges, and certainly, i'm no lady. *grins*
But I think we have a lot of really important things to say.
I was heartened by seeing pablo and chris at AltHouses blog.
But the genius of lgfers, is that we see.
We see the real truth, the essentials, the important stuff.
Our vision is clear.
We are disrespectors of elitist authority. We don't care about your law degree, or how long you've been blogging, or who you know.
If you're an idiot, you're going down.

Watch the Democrats squirm

Live - now.

Put Up, Or Shut Up

I'm glad to see someone has a spine.

Responding to Democrats' calls to withdraw troops from Iraq, House Republicans have scheduled a quick vote this evening to settle the issue and put lawmakers on the record.

House GOP leaders expect a swift rejection.

"We want to make sure that we support our troops that are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. "We will not retreat."


I'm sure the Democrats that vote for this measure will be richly rewarded by their L3 base.

I'm also sure this won't be on the evening news.

Shotgun advice, please?

Apologies to those of you who've seen this over at LGF, but my attempt over there has proven fruitless, and since I've never hunted with a shotgun, I really, really need the advice I'm asking for! Rifles and handguns, yeah, even archery when I was younger, but I've never had a shotgun before.

++++++++

WHEE! I got one!

Went to retrieve a rifle I'd been trying to sell on consignment at Shooter's Choice up in Dover -- couldn't hunt with it here, and no one to leave it to -- for a couple of years, with no luck, though the owner did mention he'd gotten one offer for it, but less than they'd been asking to get me what they thought would be acceptable.

I commented that I'd be delighted to trade it for a shotgun (my husband had said this would be useless, but I figured why not try), and the owner promptly led me over to the shotgun section.

After some discussion, I am pleased to report that I'm the proud owner of a 20-ga. Mossberg 505 Youth model (next to last on the page). It actually fits, unlike any other shoulder arm I've tried -- I can hardly wait to fire it. ::happy-dancing::

For those who don't know, here in Delaware it's so flat and densely populated that rifles aren't allowed for hunting. Most deer-hunting is done from a fixed location, either a tree stand or (usually seated on an overturned large bucket) on the ground.

I have a couple of questions, now that I've actually gotten the gun. What do y'all recommend in the way of ammo for deer? Any particular brand?

And do you recommend a scope, if I end up going with rifled slugs? It seems to me slugs would be more accurate than shot, but as I said earlier, I've never had a shotgun before.

Any other advice you might have would be welcome, as well!

Thursday, November 17

Carnival of Satire #9

It's up! At the skwib.
Featuring your own Playah Grrl's Defense Against the Dark Arts Manual Update: Emo-Kidz. And some other really hilarious stuff too!
Oh, thanx Mark! I've never been carnivaled before.
;-)

Copperheads


A Graphical Comparison of American Casualties for All Wars Fought, 1776-Present


With the conclusion of the war in 1865 the Peace Democrats were thoroughly discredited. Most Northerners believed, not without reason, that Peace Democrats had prolonged war by encouraging the South to continue fighting in the hope that the North would abandon the struggle.

Today yet another Democrat called for unilateral surrender to al Qaeda in Iraq. After three years of combat, while we have lost fewer men that were lost in three days at Gettysburg, America is defeated, and must cut and run hoping to salvage what we can?

Oh, the Congressman was more diplomatic in what he said. But what he said was clear. Al Qaeda wins, if they can just hold the line. Like Senator Durbin (D-al Qaeda) Representative Murtha has stepped over a line. Done all we can? Damn straight our troops have done all they can. They've kicked ass and taken names all over Iraq and Afghanistan. Things are so bad for al Qaeda that they decided to run a terror act in Jordan, G-d alone knows why.

I guess maybe they thought that if they showed they were willing to kill Arabs in areas unprotected by the United States it would turn said Arabs against us.

Oops. Bad Idea. The Arab street is furious, and, while I certainly don't consider myself an expert on Arab culture, I doubt that "Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!" is the local equivalent of "Attaboy!"

No, while it is not a done deal, we are clearly winning this thing. Our troops have accomplished feats that no other army in history has done. They've freed two nations from extremely oppressive regimes while losing fewer men than died at the Little Round Top and Cemetery Ridge. All while facing an unprecedented level of requirements to be nice to the Enemy.

They are to be commended, not condemned.

Baghdad wasn't the next Stalingrad, and the current insurgency needs to step up if they want to be the next Viet Cong.

Except, of course, in the twinkle in the Copperhead Democrats' eye. Like the Copperheads during the Civil War, the modern Copperhead hopes that they can give heart to the Enemy; that if they will just hold out, they can exhaust us. That if they can just kill a few more Americans (not to mention Iraqis and Jordanians) that we will tuck our tail between our legs and run.

The Democrats like to say that they dissent, and we should not question their patriotism because they dissent. Fair enough, but saying the equivalent of "Hold the line!" to the Enemy is not dissent. It is aid and comfort.

It is treason, and I do not question a traitor's patriotism. They have none.

It is said that history repeats itself as first as tragedy, then as farce. 140 years later the Democratic Party has decided, with clear intent, to repeat the history of the Copperheads. To try and bring about the defeat of the United States by encouraging the Enemy to stand firm in the hope that America will abandon the struggle. Only this time it is farce. One might can comprehend the Civil War Copperheads wanting to throw in the towel and let the South go her own way. After First and Second Manassas, Antietam, the horror of Gettysburg, and smaller battles too numerous to name, you can understand it.

After 200,000 good men had gone into the ground, and victory looked chancy and the commanding General's strategy boiled down to we out number them so if they kill one of us for every one of them we kill, we'll win (a simplification of the Union strategy under Grant, but nevertheless relatively accurate), you can understand it.

After our troops won the war part of the fight in three weeks, after two successful elections in Iraq, and a good beginning on reconstruction they want to cut and run. Reconstruction in the South took over 100 years from the last shot Johnny Reb took at Billy Yank. 100 years, before the end of Jim Crow and Seggregation, separate water fountains, and socially acceptable racism.

I guess the North lost. At least according to the modern Copperheads. Not really, of course. I am simply illustrating the farce. The Modern Copperhead says that because the Iraqi Constitution wasn't a perfect model of our own (well, the parts of it he approves of. No need for an Iraqi Second Amendment after all), we've lost the war. Because we haven't played nice enough with the Enemy, we should lose the war (witness this latest farce over WP).

Hold on, al Qaeda in Iraq. The Copperhead Regiment of the Democratic Cavalry is just over the hill.

[SPIT]

Thursday Night Lyric

RUSH - One Little Victory

A certain measure of innocence
Willing to appear naive
A certain degree of imagination
A measure of make-believe

A certain degree of surrender
To the forces of light and heat
A shot of satisfaction
In a willingness to risk defeat

Celebrate the moment
As it turns into one more
Another chance at victory
Another chance to score

The measure of the moment
In a difference of degree
Just one little victory
A spirit breaking free
One little victory
The greatest act can be
One little victory

A certain measure of righteousness
A certain amount of force
A certain degree of determination
Daring on a different course

A certain amount of resistance
To the forces of the light and love
A certain measure of tolerance
A willingness to rise above

OSM Madness

Pretty exciting day yesterday. It was fun to listen to the audio stream from the launch, and hear the voices of people that i've read for more than a year. The apogee point for me was wonderful Wretchard the Cat's high praise for Bill Roggio's unique and valuable warblog.
But what wasn't so fun was the boiling controversy that flamed up in the blogverse. Wretchard says "...at midnight EST it led the top of Technorati's charts at 740 posts." Strange alliances bloomed, dignified Ann Althouse and sleazy Wonkette, honorable Den-beste-sama and corrupt Atrios (ha ha, protect me Senator Coryn!). Passions flared, my beloved sempai publically accused me of sending him hate mail, both unfair and untrue.
I don't understand why everyone's so hot.
Sure Dennis mebbe has a right to complain. Sounds like he put some heavy lifting into the initial effort. But Armed Liberal was involved at the start also, and we haven't heard a peep out of him.
I think the name controversy issue has been elevated high enough. If there's trademark infringement, well, leave it to the lawyers at this point. To me, open source doesn't so much mean Torvalds and Linux and software models, as it does open source intel, the intelligence we can gather from open sources, meaning unclassified and undenied. I think that's a better analogy for what OSM is trying to do. They're aiming to be information servers.
And that brings up another point--why are so many so sure that they'll fail? Isn't this the same model as google, serving info for advertising space? What is google stock at anyway right now?
But i have the least patience with those that claim OSM will somehow ruin the blogverse (BTW, i absolutely hate the word "blogosphere"--to a mathematician, a sphere is a strictly limiting construct.) The blogverse is a robust self-organizing system, a powerful and thriving social network (see Social Network Theory), and OSM is not going to destroy it or even lessen it. One of my managers at work (not computer literate) asked me once how many websites there could be. I replied, as many as grains of sand on a beach. In math-speak, countably infinite.
So, i think OSM is a coolio experiment. It may fail (though i don't think so), but for now i am thrilled with it. Even though i've been here more than a year and know lots of the best places to go, i really appreciate the top layer of organization for the carnivals a lot. I never knew where to find them all, inspite of some of them being linked at my beloved Instapundit. Isn't that sort of thing a value-added for newbies?
So, i'll send congrats to Roger and Charles. I think all your critics are just a bit petty and mean-spirited. Aren't we used to seeing visionaries reviled and defamed by now? I guess Charles and Roger are heretics in the Wild West model of the blogverse frontier. A lot of people seem to want to burn them at the stake. ;-)
I'm such a music-head, of course Charles and Roger remind me of a song-- one by the Waterboys-- i think they see the whole of the moon, and, while the rest of us get snatches, they see The Plans.

Update: OSM responds to scurrilous trademark infringement claims.
So there. ;-)

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Go for it!

Thanks TotallySirius!

Obsessive Lunacy

When I logged onto haloscan comments while ago, I saw that the last comment was made by our stalker. I deleted the comment and reported the I.P. as having spammed us. It was obvious that the stalker had spent a lot of time creating his comment so I wondered if the comment was posted somewhere besides lgc. Seems unlikely someone so obsessive and disturbed would waste a much labored over paragraph or two.

I entered a few words from the ramblings into Yahoo, "Donned my tight black shorts", was the line I chose. I was right.

Obsessive lunacy 1
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Obsessive lunacy 13

There are more but I think these give you the picture. This stalker isnt about being on the left and hating Charles because he's strong on the right. We arent dealing with a lefty gone mad, we're dealing with an obsessive lunatic. He doesnt see that his constant attacks on Charles do way more to prove Charles's arguments than it does to counter them. This severely disturbed individual shoots himself in the philosphical foot every time he shows his face.

How much do you want to bet that he is a regular poster at dl ?

Wednesday, November 16

THE HK416 SYSTEM

it aint your daddy's m4 anymore



Inspired by the resounding success of the mid-life improvement program of the British SA80 (L85/L86) Weapons System, Heckler & Koch began a development program to create the HK416 Enhanced Carbine. Working with current users from around the globe, HK set out to produce an Enhanced Carbine that would outperform competing 5.56mm carbines and provide the high degree of performance required by the user community, particularly those within the special operations arena who demand more and expect no compromise when lives are at stake.

High-speed video assessment and extensive live-fire testing in extreme operational environments such as the U.S. Army Desert Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona revealed multiple areas for improvement of the 5.56 mm carbine. Improvements were made to the internal operating system and miscellaneous component parts to improve reliability in best and worse case scenarios, with all types of ammunition, with all barrel lengths and with and without sound suppressors attached.

An innovative free-floating 4-quadrant rail system designed by HK allows all current standard accessories and sights to be fitted to the HK416 and can be removed without tools. The HK-proprietary gas system does not introduce propellant gases and the associated carbon fouling back into the weapon’s interior. This reduces operator cleaning time, increases the reliability of the weapon and extends the interval between stoppages.

To improve reliability, service life, and operator safety during obstructed bore occurrences or after extreme extended firing sessions, HK has produced its famous cold hammer forged barrel for the HK416 in various lengths to include 10, 14.5, 16.5, and 20 inches.

The highest quality steel is used in this unique manufacturing process producing a barrel that provides superior accuracy for greater than 20,000 rounds with minimal degradation of accuracy and muzzle velocity.
In addition to the improvements in the baseline weapon, HK has produced a high reliability magazine and a proprietary buffer to improve functional reliability.

An add-on single shot 40 x 46mm AG416 enhanced grenade launcher module can be quickly attached to the rail system of all models without tools.
Heckler & Koch has applied its proven and fielded Safety Blank Firing Attachment and Live Round Excluder Magazine technology to the HK416 Carbine, eliminating the possibility of live rounds being loaded into and fired through a standard issue weapon outfitted for blank firing only.

A “drop-in” HK416 upper receiver module and a complete carbine are both
being offered with deliveries beginning in February 2005. The full potential of the 5.56mm carbine has now been realized with the introduction of the HK416.

Unique Features: Short-stroke piston gas system --Improved reliability --100% function --No fouling directed into weapon --Less cleaning --User removable/exchangeable components --Insensitive to barrel length or ammunition changes
Improved buffer system
Improved steel magazine: --Improved feeding reliability, durability, service life
Refined barrel/bolt locking recesses/lugs: --Improved function
Improved extractor and spring, buffer: --Improved function
Enhanced AG-C add-on 40mm grenade launcher
HK cold-hammer forged barrel --Extended service life --Improved accuracy and user safety
HK free-floating modular rail system
Additional ongoing work:
Improved surface finish, ambidextrous controls
Safety Blank Firing Adapter and live round excluder magazine
Integrated reflex sight with nested IR laser aimer and illuminator
Caliber 5.56mm x 45
16.5 and 20 inch variants and upper receiver kits coming soon.

UPDATE:

hey look, it is your daddy's m4


The HK416 featured in this post isnt accessable to the civilian market. The gun above, the Colt MT6400C M4 is available for purchase by the general public here in the amazing ol' US of A. $1200 to $1500 will buy it in most cases. For plinking and hunting little critters it is a sweet shooter.

MODEL MT6400C
NAME Match Target M4
FINISH Matte black
ACTION - Semi Auto
- Gas operated
- Multi-lug rotary locking bolt
CALIBER .223 Rem
CAPACITY 9 Rounds
BARREL LENGTH 16.1”
RIFLING TWIST RH. 1 Turn in 7”
RIFLING GROOVES 6
TRIGGER Smooth
FRONT SIGHT Adjustable post for elevation
REAR SIGHT Adjustable for windage and elevation
SIGHT RADIUS 14¾”
WEIGHT 7.3 lbs
OVERALL LENGTH 35”
SPECIAL FEATURES - Flat top receiver allows for scope mounting
- Compensator
- Non-retractable Buttstock

Happy Birthday OSM

The Truth About Homicide


Gun control is a pretty hot Right-Left topic. At its most basic, Doctrinaire Conservatives tend to be liberal (small "L") on gun ownership (i.e. support fewer restrictions on civilian ownership on firearms, the Second Amendment is an individual right, etc.). Doctrinaire Liberals trend between Authoritarian (gun registration, extensive waiting periods, etc.) to Totalitarian (i.e. only the State is permitted firearms; the most radical of these are already looking at regulating non-firearms).

In the effort to garner public support for Gun Control, the MSM often refer to America as the Murder Capitol of the World. The only problem with this is that it isn't even remotely true. The truth is that if one considers Russia a First World Nation (and with Russia now part of the G8 to not consider them part of the First World) we aren't even the murder capitol of the First world.

Ah, the L³eftist will crow, but we are the gun murder capitol of the world. Um, no, not by a long shot. The much-vaunted by the L³eft Costa Rica beats us out there, but it is really South Africa that is the leader with more than twenty times the firearm homicides than the US per capita. Consider this:

Since 1994, recorded violent crimes increased consistently. Between 1994 and 1999,
violent crime increased by 22% but since 2000 there has been a gradual ‘stabilisation’ and downward trend in most of the violent crime categories. The South African Police Service (SAPS) Annual report (September 2004) showed a significant drop in several violent crime categories, with murder being the most important. In 1995 murders peaked at 26,877 staying at this level for several years, with a 10% drop in 1999.

Since then the murder rate has been decreasing each year, with a total of 19,824 murders recorded in 2003/2004. This is over a 23% decrease since 1994. In 2000, 11,176 murders were committed with a gun. For the same period there were over 21,000 attempted firearm homicides. As in the murder figures, both these categories show a decrease in actual numbers but an increase in the ratio of the use of a gun to any other murder weapon. In both murder and attempted murder for 2000, a handgun (pistol or revolver) was the most commonly used weapon, with an assault rifle used in 151 murder cases. While the number of people murdered in South Africa since 1994 has declined, the percentage of people killed by small arms has increased from 41% of all murders in 1994 to 49.3% in 2000.

Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Emphasis, as always, mine.

The most recent statistics show South Africa, with strict gun control that has been in place for decades (during Apartheid, black South Africans were not permitted to own firearms. An exception was later made for black Police officers) has more homicides in raw numbers than America.

With a fraction of our population.

Remember this, the next time you see a pro-Gun Control Op-Ed in the Washington Post or the New York Times or, for that matter, your local brand of fishwrap/bird-cage liner. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the MSM have been lying to us about many, if not most things for decades. In decades past, it was not as easy to pull together the real facts for people like us. Research like this meant driving to libraries, digging through poorly indexed meatworld paper books and microfiche, etc.

Today, I and a co-worker were discussing politics. We have nearly 100% diametrically opposed views on most issues. We start from different First Principles, and reach (surprise!) different conclusions.

We both agree that what America needs more than anything is an informed and educated electorate. OSM and blogs are simply one step in that direction.
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