Sunday, April 30

Plans for Miles Standish Day

Monday is "May Day", known at my house as Commie Christmas (and/or Ignorant-Ass Pagan Hannukah). It has been a rather neglected holiday since the demise of Soviet Tank Parades, during which Kremlinologists studied the spectators atop Lenin's Tomb to figure out which geriatric Bolshevik was in or out of favor. They would note things like the fact that Bulganin was not wearing any pants, which meant that he was The Walrus who killed Paul McCartney, and so on.

Now that American progressives are reviving this moribund holiday, I've decided that it should be re-designated "Miles Standish Day". That in honor of the old Puritan blunderbuss who arrested the intoxicated inhabitants of Merrymount, Massachusetts, for reveling around a maypole: "Dancing and frisking together - like so many fairies, or furies rather - and worse practices. As if they had anew revived & celebrated the feasts of ye Roman Goddess Flora, or ye beastly practices of ye mad Bacchanalians."

This early effort to control multiculturalism is insufficiently appreciated today. What started with a little casual Bacchanalian group sex ended up with thousands of goose-stepping Russians. I'm dead serious. Tyranny begins not with tyranny but with the abuse of liberty, as Hitler and Mussolini well understood.


1. Wear ye pants, and avoid ye beastly practices until sundown.

2. Boycott Tyson Foods. This is a good idea every day, as that corporation is a morass of organized crime, Clintonism, and exploitative labor practices. Not to mention the processing waste product known as "fecal soup". Their decision to close in support of "immigrant rights" (which is actually the "right" of Tyson to use Mexicans as virtual slave labor) shows which side they're on.

3. Find a person who's legally applying for citizenship, and help him or her study.

4. Call the IRS and ask if paying taxes is now optional. If they say no, ask why companies like Tyson are allowed to hire illegals without collecting payroll tax. Pretend to be Paul Krugman of The New York Times, just in case they put you on their Audit Hit List for being a wiseass.

5. Call the embassy of whatever country your ancestors came from, and thank them for kicking you out.

6. Be extra nice to the people who fix your car, wait on your table, clean your office, and bust their asses doing all the millions of little things for you every day. If it weren't for them, you'd be in Hell.

Saturday, April 29

Fall in, Troop!

I think we should sign up.

Mad props to Captain Ed

United 93

A Review

There are really two ways to judge the new movie United 93. The first is as a historical accounting, the second is as "entertainment" or "art". While not mutually exclusive they are perforce in conflict at certain stages. The review by the Washington Post chooses to focus on the former to an obsessive degree. I want to address that first, and then delve further into the other aspects of this excellent movie.

The headline for the WP article could not be more stark: ‘United 93’ movie includes invented details. Note the pejorative term "invented", as in made up, implying false, instead of "speculative" as in unknown to be true, but possible. The latter is more factual, but when have the MSM let mere facts get in the way of trashing America? Some examples of these "invented" details:

The film asserts that the hijackers' intended target was the Capitol. In one scene, Ziad Jarrah, the Lebanese terrorist who piloted the plane, props a picture of the building on the cockpit's console, imposing a cinematic answer to a question that the 9/11 Commission could not resolve: whether the terrorists were trying to hit the Capitol or the White House. Investigators said that point was a source of contention among the 9/11 plotters, with Osama bin Laden favoring a strike on the White House and others, including Mohamed Atta, favoring the Capitol.

Aside from accentuating the trivial (does it really matter which building was the intended target?), this is a perfect attack against which there is no defense. Had the director/producer, etc. chosen the Whitehouse instead, the exact same argument would have been leveled. Had the target remained unstated, though, the entire thrust of the attack on United 93 would have been left ambiguous. Was the intended target Government or civilian? Or was it even a military target?

Given that there are those on the Left and in the Media who have tried to claim that the Pentagon was a legitimate target because of its military connections, this is not a trivial matter. The consensus is that the intended target was either the Capitol or the Whitehouse. Due to the courageous acts of the passengers of United 93, we will never know which one of those the pilot would have chosen, and, frankly, it doesn't matter.

"United 93" also suggests that the terrorists killed the pilot and co-pilot, for example, but what occurred is unclear.

As a point of fact the hijackers did kill both the pilot and the co-pilot, as well as all of the passengers and themselves. Perhaps they did not kill them immediately, but there can be no doubt that they did kill them. Is the author afraid that the terrorists will look like blood-thirsty monsters? Um, they were blood-thirsty monsters. They and their accomplices killed thousands of innocent people, and intended to kill who knows how many more.

Again, it is a detail that has no real bearing on the actual events. Surely the author doesn't intend to imply that if the passengers would have just cooperated, then the Islamofascist terrorists would have let the pilots (who were so well treated) resume command of the plane? Well, actually, he does seem to want to imply that:

A United 93 flight recorder picked up the terrorists ordering someone repeatedly to "sit down" and discussing whether to "bring the pilot back" late in the hijacking.

He goes on to complain:

"United 93" also shows the passengers breaching the cockpit with a beverage cart and wrestling the terrorists for control as the plane plummets. Although the 9/11 report states that the passengers fought back in the flight's final moments, the commission had no indication that the passengers entered the cockpit. The report suggests the opposite: "The hijackers remained at the controls but must have judged that the passengers were only seconds from overcoming them."

Um, we don't know that they didn't breach the cockpit, but everyone agrees that the passengers "...were only seconds from overcoming [the pilots]" when they rammed the plane into the ground. There is not a whole lot of wiggle room there.

So where is this cat going with this? Well, perhaps knowing the author's name will shed some light: his name is Paul Farhi. At the very least he is sympathetic to Islam, and if this article is indicative, he is sympathetic to Islamic Terrorists as well. The gist of the article is that the Americans were portrayed as heroic, the terrorists as bad (really cowardly, but he doesn't mention that), and that this is somehow wrong because every little detail might not have happened exactly the way it was shown on the screen.

It wasn't sufficiently nuanced to show the terrorists as heros to their culture. Hate that for them.

As "entertainment", the movie is what it is. The subject matter is very somber. No one will vote United 93 the "feel-good" movie of 2006. But it is an American movie through and through. As the horror unfolds and the passengers come to realize that they aren't going back to the airport, they aren't going to get out of this alive no matter what they do, a steely resolve creeps through the aisle. From an elderly woman who gives her cell phone to the young girl next to her so she can say good-bye to her family, to the martial artist who almost gleefully declares that he will break the arm of the bomb-wielding terrorist, these people step up as Americans and decide that if they are going to die, they'll at least make it count.

They won't let the terrorists kill anyone else on the ground. If they can't save themselves, at least they can stop the terrorists from completing their perverted mission. And as their confidence and resolve grows, the terrorists sense it, and become increasingly afraid of their "hostages" until the passengers rise up, defeating first the terrorists in the cabin, and then storm the cockpit.

Leaving the terrorists to crash the plane in a futile act of defiance. I say futile, because the passengers succeeded in their mission. No one trained them. No one prepared them for it. They didn't believe that they were going to be mystically translated into heaven for their success.

They knew they were going to die. So they made it count. It doesn't really matter if it was the Whitehouse or the Congress or anything else that was the "target", because the real target was America. On that fateful morning they decided to step up and defeat the enemies of America before most of the rest of us even knew we were at war.

That makes them heros.

And no after-action nit-picking by the fifth-column fourth estate will change that.

[/Endeth the Sermon]

Friday, April 28

What Do You Expect, It's California

Knight Ridder is reporting that some California Democrat lawmakers are planning to walk off the job on Monday, May 1st to show their support for "immigrant’s rights."

The Democratic-controlled Senate, on a party-line vote, approved a resolution supporting the May 1 "Great American Boycott 2006," which supporters say will serve as a warning to Congress to avoid punitive immigration reform.

Organizers believe the boycott, in which large numbers of students also are expected to participate, will show just how vital immigrants are to America's major cities and the nation's economy.

"These immigrants are fighting to embrace this nation," said Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys. "What a good time this is when people can express their anger, their frustration, desires, hopes and dreams, all for the purpose of becoming American. That's a good thing."

Republicans voted unanimously against the resolution, saying it encourages lawlessness.

"The Legislature should not be encouraging students to leave school," said Southern California Sen. Dave Cox. "And, it's irresponsible to recommend to people they leave their jobs, especially when many can lose those jobs, whether they obtained them illegally or not."

Once again the democrats confuse the issue. This debate is not about legal immigration or their rights, it is about giving "rights" and support to people that should be deported.

The 60's counter-culture is still alive and kicking, and undermining the laws of the US. When is America going to wake up and smell the cappuccino? If the law-makers in the State of California are any indication of the national trend, we'll be calling California "Mexifornia" before we know it.

Sunday April 30th 2006

Sunday, the day after tomorrow is the day we in the Houston area have been working for so long.

At 7:30 A.M. the group of motorcyclists that I ride with will meet at Kroger’s on 2920 and begin our trek to the Pasadena Fairgrounds on our annual Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation benefit by way of Honda’s 14th annual event.

I know I have mentioned this event not only here but on several other blogs however I can not stress how much these kids need our help and I try to get as many people as I can involved in this Nationwide event.

Years ago I had a member of my staff visiting Texas Children’s Hospital on a regular basis because her son Jonathon was always crying from headaches. After a while we all were going back and forth in and out of Texas Children’s Hospital while they tried to save poor Jonathon. I am sorry to say we lost him to a cancerous brain tumor. I believe he was 3 years old at the time. It was and still is heartbreaking.

I’m sure there are others out there who have experienced this as Pablo mentioned on an earlier post and many lives are touched by both the illness and the quest to cure it.

I can not stress enough the need to get more people involved in this in an attempt to eradicate Pediatric Brain Tumors. Today I am asking that all of my friends pray for two things. First I ask for prayers that Houston sets a record this year in its fundraising efforts and believe me I am digging pretty deep to try to achieve that. And second I ask for a prayer that this will be the last year that and the have to do this. Hopefully we can end this deadly killer.

Again if you own a motorcycle check the website and locate the ride in your area. If you don’t own a motorcycle you are missing a lot but you can still go to the website and donate and make a difference.

And remember that when you donate you can get t-shirts, caps, pins to show your support. I have several Ride For Kids shirts, jackets, pins, caps plaques etc however the one thing I want the most is a Jacket that says “Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. A thing of the past. We beat it”

Thursday, April 27

What is it that these people do not understand ??

I for one have decided that this situation has gotten out of hand. As an American voter with a voice I am going to contact all of my elected representatives and demand that the laws of the United States be enforced.

And I think if I start with a camera at the local labor pool I might get some attention.

And no I am not biased against hispanics or against immigrants. I am pro USA and pro enforcement of existing laws.

Read the story and lets urge our representatives to enforce the law.

Wednesday, April 26

Stuck on Stupid

Of all the stupid things to say, attorney Domingo Garcia may have just hit on the stupidest and most insulting thing anyone could possibly utter.

Garcia said: “Using words like illegal alien is like calling people derogatory names…like calling people nigger!”

Apparently, Garcia cannot distinguish between the two terms. Illegal is a status based on conduct. The "n" word is a deragatory term that evolved from the word Negro, and is wholly based on the individuals racial heritage.

Domingo, an illegal alien, or immigrant, is someone that did not come into this country through proper legal channels and who is here "illegally." There is nothing racist about it.

NIMBY And The Kennedys

Are you ready for a new 30 second cartoon ad featuring Ted Kennedy as "Godzilla" to hit the airwaves?

Apparently, Greenpeace thinks it's a good way to get their point across that Ted Kennedy and young Robert Kennedy Jr are hypocrits.

Greenpeace is launching a nationwide TV ad campaign against Kennedy, with spots that portray the Massachusetts Democrat as Godzilla.

The Cape Cod Times reports:

"In the 30-second spot, a cartoon Kennedy looms over the water like a Japanese movie monster, pounding wind turbines as they sprout from the water, and barks, 'I might see them from my mansion on the Cape.'"

And this...

Kennedy's nephew, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is a leading environmentalist who urges Americans to cut back on energy consumption and who blamed Bush environmental policies for Hurricane Katrina.

But he, too, opposes the wind farm in Nantucket Sound - going so far as to argue that it would cause pollution.

Wait, I thought wind engergy was Clean engergy. Hum, guess it only causes pollution in Nantucket.

For more on the topic, visit the Cape Cod Times webpage.

Bee County leaders urging boycott of Exxon Mobil

As one of the people who drive a gas guzzling SUV I watch gas prices sharply. And about 2 weeks ago I got an e-mail urging a boycott of EXXON and see now that someone is actually going to try to do something.

Jeorge ZarazuaExpress-News Staff Writer

BEEVILLE — Texans don't like to be messed with, especially in this rugged South Texas county not far from some of the state's major independence battlefields.

So, it was only a matter of time before Bee County Judge Jimmy Martinez said someone had to stand up to tackle a national epidemic striking at the heart — and pockets — of local residents: Rising gas prices.

This week, Bee County became the first in the state, possibly the country, to pass a resolution asking motorists to boycott fuel pumps beginning Monday.

County elected officials said they would ask others in the state to follow suit.

Read the entire article

Monday, April 24

Is That Hole Deep Enough Yet?

Rep. Cynthia McKinney just can't seem to put her shovel down. While being interviewed by a WGCL-TV, CBS 46 reporter the following occurred:

The reporter asked if the controversy over the confrontation with the police officer has been a distraction for her.

McKinney told the reporter, "You're a distraction because that seems to be all you want to talk about."

She then got up and walked out of the interview, still wearing the mike. She is heard saying, "You know what? They lied to Coz and Coz is a fool."

McKinney apparently realized her blunder and told the reporter that the comments about her communications director, Coz Carson, were off the record.

Way to go Cynthia!
If her district re-elects her, they are getting what they deserve, and losing what they are hoping to gain... respect.

No word yet from the grand jury on whether or not charges will be filed.

One Very Cool Ad

I don't drink beer, but this is one very cool ad.

Crank up your speakers for this one.

Saturday, April 22

Milblogger Conference

Well, I went to the Milblogger Conference today. Here are my thoughts on at least one of the issues raised.

Otherwise, there seems to be some drama around here, but I'm so clueless, I can't figure out what it is. Maybe somebody can e-mail me about it...

John Kerry's Better Name

Ferris on LGF posted the following portions of John F. Kerry's speech in Faneuil Hall:

"I have come here today to reaffirm that it was right to dissent in 1971 from a war that was wrong. And to affirm that it is both a right and an obligation for Americans today to disagree with a President who is wrong, a policy that is wrong, and a war in Iraq that weakens the nation," Kerry said to a standing ovation Saturday at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.

Kerry's speech came 35 years to the day after he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to call for an end to the Vietnam war.

[and then later]

Kerry also blasted those who question the motivation of retired generals who have recently called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

"That is cheap and shameful," he said. "How dare those who never wore the uniform in battle attack those who wore it all their lives."
[emphasis mine]

So let me get this straight. Anyone Kerry likes (those who criticize the president) has every right to voice his opinion, but anyone Kerry doesn't like (those who disagree with the generals calling for Rumsfeld's resignation) cannot voice his? How one-sided can you be?

Senator Kerry, you only want to take a position that fits your agenda. Rather than call you Flip-Flop Kerry, I think the better term is Rubber Kerry. You'll bend any way that fits your agenda.

Real Domestic Espionage Ring?

Well, the Pulitzer prizes are out for 2006, and they once again demonstrate the Mainstream Media's dedication to fair and impartial reporting. So long as that reporting attacks the current Republican President, and, especially harms the war effort in Iraq and, indeed, against al Qaeda. I am speaking specifically of the Pulitzer for Beat that went to Dana Priest of Washington Post for her "reports on [purported] secret "black site” prisons and other controversial features of the government’s counterterrorism campaign", and the Pulitzer for National Reporting that went to James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of New York Times "For their carefully sourced stories on secret domestic eavesdropping that stirred a national debate on the boundary line between fighting terrorism and protecting civil liberty."

The reason that I select these two is that they show a very disturbing trend of reporting highly-classified leaks with important National Security implications with absolutely no consideration for the possible impact it could have on the war effort, and with apparently no scrutiny into the possible motivations of the leaker(s). More on that in a moment.

First, let us consider the national security aspect of these leaks. Had the leakers knowingly leaked this information directly to al Qaeda operatives then it is a slam-dunk case of treason. The knowledge that they can no longer, as Mohammed Atta did, call from the United States anywhere in the world without an increased likelihood of interception is pretty important information for a clandestine terrorist operation on the run. If we were relying on these intercepts being unknown as a means of hoping to catch some unguarded "chatter" (if?), well, al Qaeda has now been duly warned.

And whether true or not the reports of "black site" interrogation prisons, shades of Abu Ghraib, and the implication of questionable interrogation techniques gives propaganda to our enemies to paint America as the Great Satan. The first leak, is obviously the more serious of the two, but both were clearly intended to impede the war effort.

Earlier, I pointed out that if these leaks were given directly to al Qaeda then the case for treason is quite strong. However, if you were in possession of some information that you wanted to get to Osama and his merry men, how exactly would you go about it? Give Zarqawi a ring on his cell phone? Look him up under "Terrorist Mastermind" in the Baghdad Yellow-Pages? Smoke signals?

The truth is it would be very difficult to get the information directly to the intended recipients. On the other hand a leak to a well-known reporter for a prestigious newspaper who is know to be, if not actually sympathetic to the Cause, unprincipled enough to not care. Since the beginning of this war, the direction of the press has been clear and unrelenting. Anything that harms the war effort is trumpeted, anything helpful is given short shrift if it is mentioned at all.

Treason is a pretty harsh charge to level at anyone in the higher ranks of our government. However, that treason most likely was not the intent of these leaks. We now know who the leaker of the "black sites" story was. Her name is Mary McCarthy. What is more interesting is what the Post's story omits. First, she was a heavy contributor to the Democratic Party. She was the Special Assistant to the
President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs
to President Clinton appointed by Sandy Berger. You remember Sandy Berger don't you? The Clinton Administration who stole classified documents, destroyed them, and then couldn't remember what they were exactly, or why he stole them?

Couldn't have been anything too important. I mean, what's a year in the slam, and $100,000 fine (the maximum penalty he faced)? Most people are willing to risk that to save a dime a gallon on gasoline.

So we have a story that was leaked by a Partisan Democrat who is linked to another Partisan Democrat who has also broken the law in regards to classified material as the source of a story that is potentially damaging not only to the President and the Republican Party, but to our relations with the EU, and the reporter in question doesn't question the motivations of the source?

The more damaging leak, of course, was the leak of our intelligence gathering operations involving tapping the telephones of foreign nationals believed to be involved in terrorist organizations. Who was that leaker, and what are his or her connections to the Democratic party? How many people even knew about this program, and why did the New York Times withhold the story at the request of the Administration on National Security grounds, only to release it during the run up to the 2006 elections?

Certainly not because the war has ended.

After spending so much time on the Valerie Plame non-story, why are reporters not looking into these questions?

Who leaked the eavesdropping story needs to be found. Their identity is critical because there is a suspicious pattern here. Maybe the leaker was some non-entity in the NSA who was mad because he didn't get his raise. But if it turned out to be a highly placed Democratic partisan then the question has to be raised: are these just hyper-partisan individuals who are unfit for their positions, or is this a wider strategy of the Democratic Party? If it is, it is a story to make Watergate look like just a little fun between friends.

What does Howard Dean know? And when did he know it?

Friday, April 21

Changes to lgc

I have made some changes to the lgc admin list. If you happen to notice that you can no longer access the template or other stuff you once could access, don't worry, thats also the case for the majority of members here. It ain't personal, please don't think it is.

Also, the haloscan admin password has been changed, and if you are one of the few who has admin status at lgc, then you'll also be getting the new password to haloscan.

I just do not have time to monitor lgc right now. Untill such a time that I am able to pay as much attention to it as I would like, I'm going to have to tighten it down a bit. PEACE !!


I've changed the width settings to make the page more easily viewable for those with smaller monitors, or those in the 800X600 setting, or both or whatever. I'm sorry if you find this less visually pleasing, it makes the page easier to look at for some and I side with them. :P

Welcome To San Jose, Mr. President

President Bush will be arriving here in San Jose later this afternoon to present a volunteerism award to Joe Russo, an IBM retiree who has given years of service to a community center in the Willow Glen area of San Jose.

Bush, in town today to meet with business leaders, will take a moment to present Russo with the President's Volunteer Service Award. The 68-year-old IBM retiree is being honored for his dedication to the elderly at the Willows Senior Center, where he teaches computer classes.

He will also be participating in a discussion forum at Cisco Systems on a competitiveness plan. (click here for the story)

The moonbat anti-Bush left are planning protests.

Local news reports the protestors will be kept blocks away from where the President will be.

Later he will be taking a helicopter to Napa Valley (wine country).

Welcome to San Jose, Mr. President.

Let me ask a question Please

Hurricain season is right around the corner and predictions are strong that this season will be as bad as last year if not worse.

We all know the basics, ration and store water food, flashlights etc.

However learing from the past we all know that the evacuation was a shambles. FEMA fell apart at the seams. With no finger pointing or blame let's discuss how we as a community can better prepare ourselves and our community in preparing a network so to speak to take care of ourselves and our friends and family be they in this city or far away. Last year a friend showed me a device that is a battery operated cell phone charger. A simple device. Since than I have found solar powered or hand crank chargers also.

What can we do to better prepare ourselves for this and to better prepare ourselves to spring into action and help others afterwards.

As a starter I suggest we network and trade cellular numbers with those we hold dear. We find a list of who has what in order to find who has what resources to spring into later. So and So has a genset or another person has equipment to clear trees or such.

Since I live in an RV which is parked under a 250 year old Treaty Oak ( I know all I heard last year was "Dov, get out of there" however a man named Ed of many names predicted it right so I stayed and blogged my way through it) I would hope we could better protect ourselves rather than wait on FEMA or Insurance Companies etc.

Any suggestions ? And any positive ways we could prepare to survive and later assist others would be greatly appreciated. And remember those in need probably will not have land line phone service or basic utilities since those are almost always knocked out.

Thursday, April 20

Missed It By That Much

Next time you look around the room and see nothing but clutter and decide it isn't that bad, or you decide you'll just "do it tomorrow," remember this guy:

Somebody was getting lucky in Kentucky, and they didn’t even know it.

Someday, somewhere, that lucky someone will come to a horrible realization that he or she has, in fact, been forsaken by fate: The person unwittingly let a winning Powerball ticket worth $853,492 expire, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Talk about kicking yourself all the way to the bank...

Wednesday, April 19

Yes, it was me

I deleted my own post.

Why? The whole thing made me upset and I'm not going to go into it.

The last straw was when my Father called me to ask what was going on. He reads LGC everyday and has told me how proud he is of the content and comments and that I am associated with it.

I was not proud of what happened to my post.

That's all I'm going to say about that.

Will She, Or Won't She

New information is available in the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on "Slapgate™". It appears Cynthia McKinney did not slap the officer, nor did she jab/stab him with a cellphone, and she apparently didn't push him either... she punched him... with a closed fist.

The official police report on Rep. Cynthia McKinney's clash with a Capitol Hill police officer three weeks ago says the DeKalb County congresswoman struck the officer "in his chest with [a] closed fist."

The story also answers my questions about where the Congressional Black Caucaus was on this incident.

But under pressure from House Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus, McKinney, a Democrat, apologized for the incident on the House floor last week.

Hum, maybe there is hope for them afterall, but I'm not going to hold my breath. Perhaps they just realized that they'd be backing the wrong horse on this one and decided to keep their powder dry for a fight they could win.

In any case, it looks like we'll learn soon enough whether or not Rep. McKinney will face crimial charges.

Mexico Harsh to Undocumented Migrants

TULTITLAN, Mexico - Considered felons by the government, these migrants fear detention, rape and robbery. Police and soldiers hunt them down at railroads, bus stations and fleabag hotels. Sometimes they are deported; more often officers simply take their money.

While migrants in the United States have held huge demonstrations in recent weeks, the hundreds of thousands of undocumented Central Americans in Mexico suffer mostly in silence.

And though Mexico demands humane treatment for its citizens who migrate to the U.S., regardless of their legal status, Mexico provides few protections for migrants on its own soil. The issue simply isn't on the country's political agenda, perhaps because migrants make up only 0.5 percent of the population, or about 500,000 people — compared with 12 percent in the United States.

Read the article and than I would like to ask the readers. What are we to do about the 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants ??

click here

[Updated by Mafia Princess: Dov, I fixed your broken link.]

Tuesday, April 18

Milblogger Conference in D.C. this weekend -- Saturday April 22

Click on the title for the details; registration is free.

I will probably go, and post a report here as well as at my long-ignored personal blog.

Maybe other D.C. Lizardoids will show?

Monday, April 17

I stopped smoking 3 weeks ago

I dont want to become an anti smoking pain in the butt. But when I saw this list of chemicals I'm not dumping into my system twenty times a day anymore, I thought I would share it with you all.

Things added to tabacco:

Acetic Acid
2-Acetyl-3- Ethylpyrazine
Aconitic Acid
Alfalfa Extract
Allspice Extract,Oleoresin, and Oil
Allyl Hexanoate
Allyl Ionone
Almond Bitter Oil
Ambergris Tincture
Ammonium Bicarbonate
Ammonium Hydroxide
Ammonium Phosphate Dibasic
Ammonium Sulfide
Amyl Alcohol
Amyl Butyrate
Amyl Formate
Amyl Octanoate
Amyris Oil
Angelica Root Extract, Oil and Seed Oil
Anise Star, Extract and Oils
Anisyl Acetate
Anisyl Alcohol
Anisyl Formate
Anisyl Phenylacetate
Apple Juice Concentrate, Extract, and Skins
Apricot Extract and Juice Concentrate
Asafetida Fluid Extract And Oil
Ascorbic Acid
1-Asparagine Monohydrate
1-Aspartic Acid
Balsam Peru and Oil
Basil Oil
Bay Leaf, Oil and Sweet Oil
Beeswax White
Beet Juice Concentrate
Benzaldehyde Glyceryl Acetal
Benzoic Acid, Benzoin
Benzoin Resin
Benzyl Alcohol
Benzyl Benzoate
Benzyl Butyrate
Benzyl Cinnamate
Benzyl Propionate
Benzyl Salicylate
Bergamot Oil
Black Currant Buds Absolute
Bornyl Acetate
Buchu Leaf Oil
Butter, Butter Esters, and Butter Oil
Butyl Acetate
Butyl Butyrate
Butyl Butyryl Lactate
Butyl Isovalerate
Butyl Phenylacetate
Butyl Undecylenate
Butyric Acid]
Calcium Carbonate
Cananga Oil
Capsicum Oleoresin
Caramel Color
Caraway Oil
Carbon Dioxide
Cardamom Oleoresin, Extract, Seed Oil, and Powder
Carob Bean and Extract
Carrot Oil
beta-Caryophyllene Oxide
Cascarilla Oil and Bark Extract
Cassia Bark Oil
Cassie Absolute and Oil
Castoreum Extract, Tincture and Absolute
Cedar Leaf Oil
Cedarwood Oil Terpenes and Virginiana
Celery Seed Extract, Solid, Oil, And Oleoresin
Cellulose Fiber
Chamomile Flower Oil And Extract
Chicory Extract
Cinnamic Acid
Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Bark Oil, and Extract
Cinnamyl Acetate
Cinnamyl Alcohol
Cinnamyl Cinnamate
Cinnamyl Isovalerate
Cinnamyl Propionate
Citric Acid
Citronella Oil
Citronellyl Butyrate
itronellyl Isobutyrate
Civet Absolute
Clary Oil
Clover Tops, Red Solid Extract
Cocoa Shells, Extract, Distillate And Powder
Coconut Oil
Cognac White and Green Oil
Copaiba Oil
Coriander Extract and Oil
Corn Oil
Corn Silk
Costus Root Oil
Cubeb Oil
Dandelion Root Solid Extract
Davana Oil
2-trans, 4-trans-Decadienal
Decanoic Acid
Diethyl Malonate
Diethyl Sebacate
Dihydro Anethole
5,7-Dihydro-2-Methylthieno(3,4-D) Pyrimidine
Dill Seed Oil and Extract
Dimethyl Succinate
3,4-Dimethyl-1,2 Cyclopentanedione
3,5- Dimethyl-1,2-Cyclopentanedione
3,7-Dimethyl-6-Octenoic Acid
2,4 Dimethylacetophenone
alpha,para-Dimethylbenzyl Alcohol
alpha,alpha-Dimethylphenethyl Acetate
alpha,alpha Dimethylphenethyl Butyrate
Ethyl 10-Undecenoate
Ethyl 2-Methylbutyrate
Ethyl Acetate
Ethyl Acetoacetate
Ethyl Alcohol
Ethyl Benzoate
Ethyl Butyrate
Ethyl Cinnamate
Ethyl Decanoate
Ethyl Fenchol
Ethyl Furoate
Ethyl Heptanoate
Ethyl Hexanoate
Ethyl Isovalerate
Ethyl Lactate
Ethyl Laurate
Ethyl Levulinate
Ethyl Maltol
Ethyl Methyl Phenylglycidate
Ethyl Myristate
Ethyl Nonanoate
Ethyl Octadecanoate
Ethyl Octanoate
Ethyl Oleate
Ethyl Palmitate
Ethyl Phenylacetate
Ethyl Propionate
Ethyl Salicylate
Ethyl trans-2-Butenoate
Ethyl Valerate
Ethyl Vanillin
2-Ethyl (or Methyl)-(3,5 and 6)-Methoxypyrazine
2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol, 3-Ethyl -2 -Hydroxy-2-Cyclopenten-1-One
2-Ethyl-3, (5 or 6)-Dimethylpyrazine
Fennel Sweet Oil
Fenugreek, Extract, Resin, and Absolute
Fig Juice Concentrate
Food Starch Modified
Furfuryl Mercaptan
Galbanum Oil
Genet Absolute
Gentian Root Extract
Geranium Rose Oil
Geranyl Acetate
Geranyl Butyrate
Geranyl Formate
Geranyl Isovalerate
Geranyl Phenylacetate
Ginger Oil and Oleoresin
1-Glutamic Acid
Glycyrrhizin Ammoniated
Grape Juice Concentrate
Guaiac Wood Oil
Guar Gum
Heptanoic Acid
trans -2-Heptenal
Heptyl Acetate
Hexanoic Acid
cis-3-Hexen-1-Yl Acetate
3-Hexenoic Acid
trans-2-Hexenoic Acid
cis-3-Hexenyl Formate
Hexyl 2-Methylbutyrate
Hexyl Acetate
Hexyl Alcohol
Hexyl Phenylacetate
Hops Oil
Hydrolyzed Milk Solids
Hydrolyzed Plant Proteins
5-Hydroxy-2,4-Decadienoic Acid delta- Lactone
4-Hydroxy -3-Pentenoic Acid Lactone
4-Hydroxybutanoic Acid Lactone
Hyssop Oil
Immortelle Absolute and Extract
Isoamyl Acetate
Isoamyl Benzoate
Isoamyl Butyrate
Isoamyl Cinnamate
Isoamyl Formate, Isoamyl Hexanoate
Isoamyl Isovalerate
Isoamyl Octanoate
Isoamyl Phenylacetate
Isobornyl Acetate
Isobutyl Acetate
Isobutyl Alcohol
Isobutyl Cinnamate
Isobutyl Phenylacetate
Isobutyl Salicylate
alpha-Isobutylphenethyl Alcohol
Isobutyric Acid
Isovaleric Acid
Jasmine Absolute, Concrete and Oil
Kola Nut Extract
Labdanum Absolute and Oleoresin
Lactic Acid
Lauric Acid
Lauric Aldehyde
Lavandin Oil
Lavender Oil
Lemon Oil and Extract
Lemongrass Oil
Levulinic Acid
Licorice Root, Fluid, Extract and Powder
Lime Oil
Linalool Oxide
Linalyl Acetate
Linden Flowers
Lovage Oil And Extract
Mace Powder, Extract and Oil
Magnesium Carbonate
Malic Acid
Malt and Malt Extract
Maltyl Isobutyrate
Mandarin Oil
Maple Syrup and Concentrate
Mate Leaf, Absolute and Oil
Menthyl Acetate
Methyl 2-Furoate
Methyl 2-Octynoate
Methyl 2-Pyrrolyl Ketone
Methyl Anisate
Methyl Anthranilate
Methyl Benzoate
Methyl Cinnamate
Methyl Dihydrojasmonate
Methyl Ester of Rosin, Partially Hydrogenated
Methyl Isovalerate
Methyl Linoleate (48%)
Methyl Linolenate (52%) Mixture
Methyl Naphthyl Ketone
Methyl Nicotinate
Methyl Phenylacetate
Methyl Salicylate
Methyl Sulfide
2-Methyl-3-(para-Isopropylphenyl) Propionaldehyde
Methyl-trans-2-Butenoic Acid
alpha-Methylbenzyl Acetate
alpha-Methylbenzyl Alcohol
2-Methylbutyric Acid
2-Methylheptanoic Acid
2-Methylhexanoic Acid
3-Methylpentanoic Acid
4-Methylpentanoic Acid
(Methylthio)Methylpyrazine (Mixture Of Isomers)
Methyl 3-Methylthiopropionate
2-Methylvaleric Acid
Mimosa Absolute and Extract
Molasses Extract and Tincture
Mountain Maple Solid Extract
Mullein Flowers
Myristic Acid
Myrrh Oil
beta-Napthyl Ethyl Ether
Neroli Bigarde Oil
Nonanoic Acid
Nonyl Acetate
Nutmeg Powder and Oil
Oak Chips Extract and Oil
Oak Moss Absolute
9,12-Octadecadienoic Acid (48%) And 9,12,15-Octadecatrienoic Acid (52%)
Octanoic Acid
1-Octen-3-Yl Acetate
Octyl Isobutyrate
Oleic Acid
Olibanum Oil
Opoponax Oil And Gum
Orange Blossoms Water, Absolute, and Leaf Absolute
Orange Oil and Extract
Origanum Oil
Orris Concrete Oil and Root Extract
Palmarosa Oil
Palmitic Acid
Parsley Seed Oil
Patchouli Oil
4-Pentenoic Acid
Pepper Oil, Black And White
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Peruvian (Bois De Rose) Oil
Petitgrain Absolute, Mandarin Oil and Terpeneless Oil
2-Phenenthyl Acetate
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Phenethyl Butyrate
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3-Phenylpropionic Acid
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3-Phenylpropyl Cinnamate
Phosphoric Acid
Pimenta Leaf Oil
Pine Needle Oil, Pine Oil, Scotch
Pineapple Juice Concentrate
alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene
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Potassium Sorbate
Propionic Acid
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Pyroligneous Acid And Extract
Pyruvic Acid
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Rose Absolute and Oil
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Sage, Sage Oil, and Sage Oleoresin
Sandalwood Oil, Yellow
Smoke Flavor
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Sodium Acetate
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Spearmint Oil
Styrax Extract, Gum and Oil
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Tagetes Oil
Tannic Acid
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Tea Leaf and Absolute
Terpinyl Acetate
2,3,4,5, and 3,4,5,6-Tetramethylethyl-Cyclohexanone
Thiamine Hydrochloride
Thyme Oil, White and Red
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para-Tolyl 3-Methylbutyrate
para-Tolyl Acetaldehyde
para-Tolyl Acetate
para-Tolyl Isobutyrate
para-Tolyl Phenylacetate
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para,alpha,alpha-Trimethylbenzyl Alcohol
2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohexa-1,3-Dienyl Methan
2-Undecanone, 1
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Valeric Acid
Vanilla Extract And Oleoresin
Vetiver Oil
Violet Leaf Absolute
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Wild Cherry Bark Extract
Wine and Wine Sherry
Xanthan Gum

Sunday, April 16

Since Google Won't Touch it...

Hear the bells ringing
they're singing that we can be born again!
Hear the bells ringing
they're singing "Christ is risen from the dead!"
The angel up on the tombstone
said "He is risen, just as He said.
Quickly now, go tell His disciples that
Jesus Christ is no longer dead!"

He is risen, Alleleuia!

Happy Easter, everyone!

From Easter Song by Second Chapter of Acts

Saturday, April 15

San Francisco, CA

It might be a wacko city, but it sure is beautiful at night!

(Taken by my son the night before last from Treasure Island.)

Friday, April 14

Happy Easter!

Here's an open thread for a holiday weekend. Party on!

Neener, Neener, Neener

I wonder if the Krazy Kos Kids are pitching a hissy over this one.

Al Qaeda in Iraq and its presumed leader, Abu Musab Zarqawi, have conceded strategic defeat and are on their way out of the country, a top U.S. military official contended yesterday.

The group's failure to disrupt national elections and a constitutional referendum last year "was a tactical admission by Zarqawi that their strategy had failed," said Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, who commands the XVIII Airborne Corps.

"They no longer view Iraq as fertile ground to establish a caliphate and as a place to conduct international terrorism," he said in an address at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Okay, so does this mean we're winning after all? [/rhetorical question off]

Gen. Vines said the foreign terrorists had made a strategic mistake when they tried to intimidate and deny Iraqis a way to vote.

"I believe Zarqawi discredited himself with the Iraqi people because of his willingness to slaughter Iraqi people," he said.

Zarqawi has been demoted.

Azzam said Zarqawi had "made many political mistakes," including excessive violence and the bombing last November of a Jordanian hotel, and as a result was being "confined to military action."

Of course, if we go by what the Left is saying we're in a hopeless quagmire, and we've lost the war. Or maybe what this all means is we did do the right thing going into Iraq, but I doubt we'll here that reported by the MSM.

Thursday, April 13

Martin Had a Dream

I don't think anyone with half a brain would argue against the assertion that Dr. Martin Luther King was probably the largest and most well-known symbol of the civil rights movement in American before he died. His "I have a Dream " sermon (speech) has become the watermark by which others (most) measure how far we have come since the days of the trubulent struggle for equal treatment under the law. In those days, the civil rights movement gave birth to many triumphs for the cause of equality, but it also yielded many gifted and visionary lives to the evil forces that wanted to keep them from succeeding. Medger Evers, Dr King, the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi: Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Micahael Schwerner; and all the other martyers of the civil rights movement were victims of those evil forces. But what has happened to their dream? What has happened to, and in the black community since the deaths of Dr. King, Medgar Evers, Emet Till, Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner?

What was Dr. King's dream? (click the title for the entire speech)
  1. 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.
  2. I have a dream that one day out in the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
  3. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
  4. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by their character.
  5. I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interpostion and nullification; that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and
  6. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be engulfed, every hill shall be exalted and every mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

And how did Dr. King hope this dream would come about?

This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. 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 symphomy of brotherhood.

With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to climb 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 new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father's 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 how are we doing?
Who are the keepers of the torch, and how are they doing?
And what of the standard bearers, what is their message to the black community and the rest of America?

I'd like to examine each of these in a coming series of topic. I invite the other contributors to explore this as well, and share your thoughts and research on the topic.

America is a divided land. The seeds planted at the birth of this great nation grew among thorns and brambles that threatened to strangle the life from it. The foundations for the first American Civil War were there from the birth of this nation and the unfinished business from it is with us today. If we do not learn from the mistakes of the past, we are doomed to repeat them over and over again. Are we going to raise new visionaries who speak the hard but necessary truth, or are we going to allow oursleves to be lead to oblivian by the current crop of posers and pretenders?

I'd love to hear what you all think.

Wednesday, April 12

Can You Spell B.A.C.K.F.I.R.E.

While I place little faith in polls, espcially Zogby's polling service, I do find the following interesting.

Recent images of seas of illegal aliens marching in cities across the U.S. are having a far greater negative than positive impact on the foreigners' cause, according to a new poll. also links to the following story on the real message of the protestors that are now wrapping themselves in the American flag (like we couldn't tell it was a ploy to curry favor with the ill-informed).

Marchers say gringos, not illegals, have to go Activists turn tables, offer no amnesty for 'non-indigenous' on 'our Continent'Marchers

My neighborhood has houses and apartments filled with illegal Mexican immigrants. While most keep a low profile, and "obey the laws" (so as not to attract attention to themselves) the fact remains they are breaking the law by their very presences in this state. I've stood in line to vote knowing the people in front of me, who were completely non-English speaking were most likely not here legally, nor were they entitled to vote. While I have compassion for their plight and what they might have left behind in Mexico, they should be deported back to their country of origin.

This is a huge problem and the only solution I personally support is locking down the borders, deporting anyone not here legally, then reworking the immigration policy and procedure before anyone is let back in. If you are caught, you go back unless you've committed a crime for which you should be jailed.

But they don't let me make the rules.

Your Lips Are Moving, So You Must Be Saying Something

Do you ever feel like saying, "I can tell you are talking, because I see your lips moving" to people on the other side of the debate?

I have semi-regular e-conversations/debates with friends who are proud liberals, leftists, and anti-Bush/Bush haters, and those conversations usually involve the same basic elements:

  1. They try to get me to agree with them that Bush lied.
  2. There really is no "threat" to America except the republicans and our leaders.
  3. Soicalize anything is better than our current system.
  4. Conservative news agencies are propagandists that don't report the truth, and only leftist sites, or MSM news outlets report the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Occasionally, they try to convince me that the mantra of the Left is the only possible truth, but mostly they respect our differences and accept that we don't agree. I think the dialog between us is a good thing. My one friend really wants to believe he can be convinced that he might be wrong, but so far, no evidence contrary to his held beliefs has risen to the watermark he has set. (He would argue the same is true of me and my held beliefs, so I guess that's fair.)

So, I wonder how much are we really listening to each other? In my a fairly regular e-debates, we freqently say the same things to each other, but rarely hear what the other person is saying. Case in point:

Everyone hears only the evidence that they want to hear or concentrates on the parts of the story that they want to believe. The truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Hum, I've said the very same thing on many occasions. He also offered the following:

Isn't it all a matter of opinion still?

And this:

I'm willing to give ground that although Bush may have lied to get us into Iraq (let's not debate that now), the noble goal of stabilizing the Middle East is a good one that, if it works, will eventually lead to a better world. Are you willing to give ground anywhere w.r.t. Iraq?

While my friend and I disagree on many substantive things concerning the WoT, terrorisim, socialized medicine, taxes, and the whole gambit of issues that devide this country, he and I agree on this... we seem to be so busy talking at each other, we're not listening to, or hearing what the other person is saying. Are we are so entrenched in our positions and hunkered down in our bunkers like they are the only things that will save our lives from the enemy's fire, that we can't see there are real people over on the other side who want the same basic things we want: a safe world to live, and raise our families in. In some cases, they are truly the enemies of our freedoms, but I'd argue that in most cases, we just have different ideas as to how to achieve it.

If things are going to really improve in this country, in our world, in our own personal lives, maybe we should try to listen to each other.

But what would be the sense in that. ;-þ

Tuesday, April 11

Spring Break...and Spring Cleaning...and Mid-Life?

This is my spring break (oh yay!) and I am haven't been on my computer much because I have been trying to make some order out of entropy in my house. For months little more than the bare minimum got done because I was too sick to do it, but now I am feeling better and, well...I don't have that excuse any more.

I hate housework.

So my daughter and I have been cleaning carpets and moving furniture and washing windows and emptying drawers of junk and filling up the garbage bins to overflowing. It's a tedious task, but I know we'll be glad we got it done. We're having a mini-crowd over to the house on Saturday to celebrate her 30th birthday, which is today, so the timing is good for my break.

I can't believe that I have a 'child' who is 30.

30 years ago I was staring at this little bit of miracle that I had somehow created out of my own body, and now, here she is, all grown up and 11 years older than I was when she was born. Where did the time go? I remember when I was a much younger adult my dad telling me that every morning when he looked in the mirror he was surprised to see an old man looking back at him. He didn't feel any older, and the world looked the same out of his eyes, but the mirror reminded him that yes, time was passing. He was younger then than I am now, and yes, when I look in the mirror I know exactly what he meant.

Spring, the time of renewal, of new hope, and of a Risen Savior. Life is short, make it sweet.

Oh, and clean that house!

Sunday, April 9

Barking Kitty

Friday, April 7

We Got Ya Proof Right Here

NewsMax picked up a story from Captain's Quarters on a recently released document which ties Saddam Hussein directly to terrorism against American interests. The memo is dated 6 months before 9/11.

In the Name of God the Merciful The Compassionate
Top Secret

The Command of Ali Bin Abi Taleb Air Force Base

No 3/6/104

Date 11 March 2001

To all the Units

Subject: Volunteer for Suicide Mission

The top secret letter 2205 of the Military Branch of Al Qadisya on 4/3/2001 announced by the top secret letter 246 from the Command of the military sector of Zi Kar on 8/3/2001 announced to us by the top secret letter 154 from the Command of Ali Military Division on 10/3/2001 we ask to provide that Division with the names of those who desire to volunteer for Suicide Mission to liberate Palestine and to strike American Interests and according what is shown below to please review and inform us.

Air Brigadier General

Abdel Magid Hammot Ali

Commander of Ali Bin Abi Taleb Air Force Base

Air Colonel

Mohamad Majed Mohamadi.

Click the title of this post to go directly to the story on Captain's Quarters blog.

A few questions come to mind.
  1. How long will the MSM ignore this story?
  2. How long will DU and the Kosites continue to chant out their mantra "Bush Lied, People Died" in the face of this proof that Bush did not lie?
  3. Will this make any difference now?

I hope it will make a difference, but I won't hold my breath. Those who are so emotionally invested in their position on a particular issue are not likely to accept any evidence that refutes their position. Dismiss the evidence, and dis the source. The blog-o-sphere took down Dan Rather, Mary Mapes, and CBS by getting the truth out for the world to see. I wonder if it can get this story out too.

Thursday, April 6

This Just In... is reporting:

WASHINGTON — An ancient manuscript rediscovered after 1,700 years may shed new light on the relationship between Jesus and Judas, the disciple who betrayed him.

Rather than the traitor Judas is portrayed as in the New Testament, this document — the "Gospel of Judas" — indicates that he acted at the request of Jesus to help him shed his earthly body.

Um, when exactly did Judas write this "gospel"? He hung himself on a tree immediately following the payment of blood money. So, he stopped in the midst and said, "hum... let me rewrite history so folks don't think badly of me. I know, I'll just say Jesus asked me to do this."

Give me a flippin' break.
The debate over this should be quite humorous, but I pity the fool that takes this "ancient" document seriously.

Wednesday, April 5

Coming Home From Ramallah

What do you do if your are Jewish, live in Israel, and you find you may have just invited a sworn, mortal enemy into your home?

Dan's heart skipped a beat. He was sure he'd heard the boy say "Ramallah," a large Arab city on the West Bank. Quickly he caught himself, and then realized that he must have said Ramleh, an Israeli city. Dan said, "Oh, I have a cousin there. Do you know Ephraim Warner? He lives on Herzl Street."

The young man shook his head sadly. "There are no Jews in Ramallah."

Dan gasped. He really had said "Ramallah"! His thoughts were racing. Did he just spend Shabbos with an Arab? Wait a minute! Take a deep breath and let's get this straightened out. Giving his head a quick shake he told the boy, "I'm sorry, I'm a bit confused. And now that I think of it, I haven't even asked your full name. What is it, please?"

The boy looked terrified for a moment, then squared his shoulders and said quietly, "Machmud Ibn-esh-Sharif."

Machmud was looking even more terrified now; obviously he could tell what Dan was thinking. Hurriedly he said, "Wait! I'm Jewish. I'm just trying to find out where I belong."

Dan stood there speechless. What could he say?

Machmud broke the silence hesitantly: "I was born and grew up in Ramallah. I was taught to hate my Jewish oppressors, and to think that killing them was heroism. But I always had my doubts. I mean, we were taught that the Sunna, the tradition, says, 'No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.' I used to sit and wonder, Weren't the Yahud (Jews) people, too? Didn't they have the right to live the same as us? If we're supposed to be good to everyone, how come nobody includes Jews in that?

"I asked these questions to my father, and he threw me out of the house. Just like that, with nothing but the clothes on my back. By now my mind was made up: I was going to run away and live with the Yahud, until I could find out what they were really like."

[read the whole story here]

First, what would you do? You're following the tenants of your faith by inviting a stranger from church into your home. You then learn through the conversation that he's from a country and culture that is seeking your destruction. Do you try to learn more, or do you react? Dan endeavored to discover who the young man was, and what he was about. He was the perfect host. He accommodated his guest's peculiar request to sing "Lecha Dodi" over and over again. He pressed on, through the difficult and frightening revelations to learn the surprising truth about the "Arab" man in his home.

Dan's voice quivered with excitement as he explained to Machmud who his ancestor was. "He was a friend of the Arizal, a great Torah scholar, a tzaddik, a mystic. And Machmud, your ancestor wrote that song we were singing all Shabbos: Lecha Dodi!"

This time it was Machmud's turn to be struck speechless. Dan slowly stood up from the bed, still in awe about what had happened. He extended his trembling hand and said, "Welcome home, Machmud. Now how about picking a new name for yourself."

We are all travelers in this world. We may (unknown to us) some day be in the presence of angels. What will we do? The world is uncertain, but our days are numbered. We all (rightly) fear the Muslim expansion and grand plan to dominate the world. We know the face of our enemy, but how many are not our enemy? Will we have the courage to learn the truth or just "kill them all and let God sort them out?"

Lecha Dodi

Lecha dodi likrat kalah, penei Shabbat nekabelah.
Come my Beloved to greet the bride--the Sabbath presence, let us welcome!

Shamor vezachor bedibur echad, hishmi-anu E-l ham'yuchad. Hashem echad ushemo echad, leshem ul'tiferet velit'hilah.
'Safeguard' and 'Remember' - in a single uttererance the One and Only G-d made us hear. Hashem is One and His Name is One, for renown, for splendor, and for praise.

Lecha dodi likrat kalah, penei Shabbat nekabelah.
Come my Beloved to greet the bride--the Sabbath presence, let us welcome!

Likrat Shabbat lechu venel'chah, ki hi mekor habrachah. Merosh mikedem nesuchah, sof ma-aseh, bemachshavah techilah.
To welcome the Sabbath, come let us go, for it is the source of blessing; from the beginning, from antiquity she was honored, last in deed, but first in thought.

Lecha dodi likrat kalah, penei Shabbat nekabelah.
Come my Beloved to greet the bride--the Sabbath presence, let us welcome!

Mikdash melech, ir meluchah, kumi tz'i mitoch hahafechah, rav lach shevet be'eimek habacha--vehu yachamol alayich chemlah.
O Sanctuary of the King, royal City--arise and depart from amid the upheaval, too long have you dwelled in the valley of weeping. He will shower compassion upon you.

Lecha dodi likrat kalah, penei Shabbat nekabelah.
Come my Beloved to greet the bride--the Sabbath presence, let us welcome!

Hitna'ari! meafar kumi! liveshi bigedei tifartech, ami! Al yad ben yishai, beit halachmi, karevah el nafshi gealah.
Shake off the dust--arise! Don your splendid clothes, My people, through the son of Yishai (Jesse), the Bethlehemite! Draw near to my soul--redeem it!

Lecha dodi likrat kalah, penei Shabbat nekabelah.
Come my Beloved to greet the bride--the Sabbath presence, let us welcome!

Hitoreri, hitoreri, ki va orech! Kumi, ori, uri uri, shir daberi; kevod Hashem alayich niglah.
Wake up! Wake up! For your light has come, rise up and shine; awaken, awaken, utter a song, the glory of Hashem is revealed on you.

Lecha dodi likrat kalah, penei Shabbat nekabelah.
Come my Beloved to greet the bride--the Sabbath presence, let us welcome!

Lo tevoshi velo tikalemi; mah tishtochachi, umah tehemi? bach yechesu aniyei ami, venivnetah ir al tillah.
Feel not ashamed, be not humiliated, why are you downcast? Why are you disconsolate? In you will My people's afflicted find shelter as the City is built upon its hilltop.

Lecha dodi likrat kalah, penei Shabbat nekabelah.
Come my Beloved to greet the bride--the Sabbath presence, let us welcome!

Vehayu limeshisah shosayich, verachaku kol mevaleayich; yasis alayich Elokeicha, kimesos chatan al kalah.
May your oppressor be downtrodden, and may those who devoured you be cast far off. Your G-d will rejoice over you like a groom's rejoicing over his bride.

Lecha dodi likrat kalah, penei Shabbat nekabelah.
Come my Beloved to greet the bride--the Sabbath presence, let us welcome!

Yamin usemol tifrotzi, ve'et Hashem ta'aritzi: al yad ish ben partzi, venismechah venagilah!
Rightward and leftward, you shall spread out mightily, and you shall extol the might of Hashem, through the man descended from Peretz, then we shall be glad and mirthful.

Lecha dodi likrat kalah, penei Shabbat nekabelah.
Come my Beloved to greet the bride--the Sabbath presence, let us welcome!

Bo-i veshalom, ateret ba-alah; gam besimchah uvetzoholah. Toch emunei am segulah. Bo-i chalah! Bo-i chalah!
Enter in peace, O crown of her husband, even in gladness and good cheer, among the faithful of the treasured nation Enter, O bride! Enter, O bride!

Lecha dodi likrat kalah, penei Shabbat nekabelah.
Come my Beloved to greet the bride--the Sabbath presence, let us welcome!

How Far Is "Too Far"?

Maybe there is hope for the democratic leadership after all. It appears Cynthia McKinney's plan to race-bate and blame the Capitol Hill police for her lack of self-control and arrogant delusions that she is more important than she actually is, is back-firing on her. is reporting:

Asked Tuesday if the cop-bashing Democrat should resign her seat, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi refused to defend her embattled colleague.

"I think that all members of Congress like to be recognized - that's for sure," Pelosi told a Capitol Hill press conference. "I don't think any of it justifies hitting a police officer. I don't know if that happened. But I'm just saying that if it did happen, I don't think it was justified."

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer echoed Pelosi's complaint, telling CNN: "It is the responsibility of anyone who visits the Capitol, whether they're members of Congress or visitors, to fully cooperate with the Capitol police. The police can't possibly know every member and can't possibly know every person who comes through that door."

And this:

Yesterday, The Hill newspaper revealed that Pelosi was so irked by McKinney's attempts to blame the altercation on police racism that she's no longer speaking to the Georgia Democrat.

For more on the meltdown of support, click here.

Guess Cynthia will now accuse those in her party who don't support her in this effort racists as well. All of this melodrama, while entertaining, won't make a thimble's difference if the voters that elected this woman to office agree with her. Next we'll see Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson standing beside her to show their support by trashing the rest of the democratic party in Congress.

I say again, all of this is just plain shameful, but if this is the type of elected representation black America wants, then it can't really hope for a better future.

Tuesday, April 4

A Once Every Century Event

...that I'm not staying up to celebrate.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5th, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.

And Giggles says we can try and sponsor a meetup on a weekend between June 17th and July 23rd here in River City. Voting on the best weekend begins... NOW

Mcgyver, out

Frankly I could care less ! An Americans point of view

I wish I could take credit for the following letter which was forwarded to me by a Viet Nam Vet who was shot down over there I can’t do it as that would be plagiarism.

And although has labeled this as an urban legend and I wish to remove the name of the person who supposedly wrote this letter and say Thank You to the man who did write it (Doug Patton). It voices my opinion exactly.


She says it better than I ever could!!! The lady who wrote this letter is Pam Foster of Pamela Foster and Associates in Atlanta. She's been in business since 1980 doing interior design and home planning. She recently wrote the following letter to a family member serving in Iraq....... Check it out!


"Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001? Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania?

Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they? And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet? Well, I don't. I don't care at all.

I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.

I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.

I'll care when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi tells the world he is sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling, slashed throat.

I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding inmosques.

I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicidebombs.

I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.

In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.

When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college hazing incident, rest assured that I don't care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank that I don't care.

When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed "special" food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts that I don't care.

And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran." Well, Jimmy Crack Corn, and, well, ---- you got it, I DON'T CARE!

If you agree with this view point, pass this on to all your e-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior! If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great country.

"If you can read this, Thank a teacher.

If you are reading it in English, Thank a Veteran."

Monday, April 3

Small F1 Tornado passed through the Neighborhood

Sunday ...and where the heck was Ed? And we never heard any sirens, though I knew some severe weather was on it's way (Did I mention I work with flyers? We pay attention to that sort of thing) The Mcgyver household made it through with minimal damage, more of an annoyance, really. All my roof vents are ripped loose (one is missing in action completely), some shingles missing, a water spout ripped off. Siding fascia popped loose. My trash enclosure ripped loose of the rebar I had it mounted to and smacked my Z-3. Good thing the enclosure was plastic, no damage on the car that I can see. Giggles' grill is... uhmm... bent.

Later - (After Charter reconnected the tins cans by putting in new string)

But, some people have it bad. A couple in my neighborhood is on vacation/travel and they lost their chimbley. Folks with power out accoss a large area. 27 dead, I heard. One man killed in the area, when a building fell on him.

I realize this is small potatos in comparision to Katrina, or most all weather related tragedies. But some people are missing a member of their family, and that's a shame. Other people are out a lot more time and money than I am/will be (roofer comes this afternoon). I'm gonna see what I can do to help around the area.

Mcgyver, out

Sunday, April 2

Looking War in the Face

It's been a long hard week for me at Winds of Change, banging my head against the brick wall of Islamic Reform. Capping it off is Armed Liberal's objection to the photo on the front page of today's LA Times.

I wanted to repost my comment here for ease of future reference, since this issue has come up so often before:


During the Second World War (Note to Michael Reynolds: WWII was when we went to "make orphans" in Hitler's Europe) LIFE published several pictures of dead or wounded soldiers. Among them was a famous photo of dead GIs at New Guinea, lying on the beach half buried in sand. There was also a photo of a bandaged British soldier with facial injuries, not too different from this one. Heavily criticized for publishing these images, some editor said, "The dead have died in vain if the living refuse to look at them." (Note to Michael Reynolds: He didn't say "Boo hoo.")

The merits of that aside, I'm not crediting the Los Angeles Times with having any such philosophical intention. LIFE also published photos of enemy dead killed in action, and of Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen. I doubt if you'll see LAT lingering over Saddam's victims, or the civilian victims of "insurgent" terrorism, and I think they'd chew their own rosy pink toes off before they'd show a photo of dead jihadists littering the sand after a failed attack.

So what are we supposed to conclude from seeing something like this on the front page? It's pretty clear that some on the other side see it as a welcome piece of propaganda, not a lesson in realism. As previously pointed out, they would not welcome a photo essay on partial birth abortion, that being the wrong sort of propaganda. And if a photo of a suicide bomber who was shot dead before he could detonate were shown, they would join the screams of protest about "insensitivity". Not that they're going to see anything like that in the LAT.

Armed Liberal says the thing speaks for itself. I suppose it does, knowing the LAT and knowing the disgusting, hypocritical, and selective use that such images are put to. But so long as we don't go down and wallow in that sty ourselves, I don't think we should see depictions of reality as inherently objectionable or even as bad taste. Otherwise we buy into the view that the purpose of the media is to present a selectively edited cartoon to dupe the ignorant masses.

One more thing: There's nothing necessarily wrong with propaganda, within reasonable limits, so long as it highlights reality rather than distorts it, and so long as the person engaging in it knows the difference between right and wrong and - just as importantly - has a rational and honest sense of proportion. When I was a kid a saw a sickening photo (courtesy of LIFE again) of a black lynching victim who had been chained to a tree and murdered with a blow torch. If more kids saw that picture the Ku Klux Klan would be hiding in Costa Rica.

So the dead have not died in vain, so long as humane people understand why they died.

Saturday, April 1

Jill Carroll

I have refrained from commenting on the Jill Carroll matter, wishing to give her the benefit of the doubt regarding her release and the statements she made prior to being found.

So many are attacking her - and those who are in my opinion have jumped the gun. Although I am willing to admit that I was wrong about her, my gut feeling is that she did what did in order to gain her release. According to this new story, she stated that she had been kept in a cave-like, dark room throughout her captivity.

Upon release, she was afraid to enter the Green Zone for fear she would be killed. She had been told by her captors that the Green Zone was infiltrated and she would be killed.

She has not been trained by our military to know how to survive in captivity, nor to communicate distress. So IMHO, anyone who attacks her for the video she made prior to being released is reacting too quickly. Let's see what the next few weeks bring.
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