Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Bloggers and Freepers: Helping Spread the Word

Kelsey Briggs' story made the news in Oklahoma last night --thanks to the overwhelming support for the family online. The focus of the report was the support from the blogs...

Watch the Report

The mother still has had no charges against her. Her stepfather (Mike Porter) has been charged with her death. Kelsey’s father, who just returned from Iraq, has yet to receive records and information from DHS.

The Justice for Kelsey website is still running and has new updates.

*Thanks to Lost in Lima for the update!

Ted Rall & Some Actual Men...

You all remember Mr. Rall, right? That nice young man that rewarded Pat Tillman's ultimate sacrifice with comics calling him an idiot...?

Well, he never has claimed to support the troops, so I guess this should come as no surprise.

"Supporting our troops while they're fighting and immoral and illegal war is misguided and wrong." -Ted Rall

You have to give the "man" this though, he's definitely unique. Instead of embracing and hailing John Murtha like the rest of the left...he degraded him too.

Rall also has a new radio show for those lucky folks that live in the SF bay area...

So I don't waste a whole post on that milquetoast, let's talk about some REAL MEN.

JP and Blackfive to be precise. Not sure if you all know this, but JP of The National Guard Experience now runs JP has posted an interview with BLACKFIVE that's really interesting. Look for why B5 started his'll cancel your Newsweek subscriptions!

JP is now taking nominations for the go get your votes in (you have until December 31st).
Also, go by Blackfive's and see how you can help stop Fred Phelps from dishonoring another military funeral if you are near Topeka!

Tammy Faye...Philosopher?

Well, not really, but she did say something that got me thinking...

Surreal Life was on the TV in my room (don't ask). Tammy Faye Baker was on and speaking at her book signing (don't ask), and she said something that really struck me....something I found amazingly astute (I can't believe I'm admitting this).

Baker spoke of ancient civilizations where the punishment for murder was to carry the dead victim strapped to your back. Eventually, the murderer would be killed by the rotting corpse he was forever tied to (quite ingenious actually). She equated this to how we carry toxic people and grudges on our backs. We hold on to things that are unhealthy and will hold us back. "Put that man down and be free to live".

Wow. That lost a lot of the finesse in translation. Well, the meaning was one that I liked. We waste so much time being angry and bitter. By looking back in regret instead of forward in anticipation. I am guilty of this with The Man's business. Harboring so much hate for "friends" that have "forgotten" about large invoices. How can someone hire you and then claim to have no money? Sigh, It's done and carrying it around only makes me feel anger and tension.

Thanks Tammy...I'm laying down the dead bodies of D** Leader, B*** McKeever and D*** & S**** Fazio. I will trust that Karma will deal with them.

This Post is Not for Everyone...

If you were offended that Kid Rock was going to perform at the GOP convention, or think Victoria's Secret's ads are obscene, or that I'm going to hell for going to see the "performers" at The Cave Saturday night...this post isn't for you.

Everyone else can click here to experience what life is like for the opposite sex.

This link is for everyone: On South Park Republicans... (This article annoyed me).

In the Sandbox...

Give Them Some Respect
"I have been deployed to Iraq for nearly nine months. This is my second tour with this unit. I know the stresses that go along with deploying to a hostile area. What I and many other soldiers don’t understand are the added stresses we encounter daily.

I understand there are standards that must be followed to maintain good discipline and combat readiness. It’s not the standards that create the stress. It’s all the unneeded things on a daily basis outside of the mission that build up to higher stress levels and lower morale.

We are laughed at by other units because of the things we have to do and the way we are treated. I am a man serving with other men and women who want to be treated with respect. We are all here to defend our nation’s freedoms.

The Army value of respect states: Treat people as they should be treated. I agree and also believe you should treat people the way you would want to be treated. I, along with many others, feel we are treated as though we are incompetent and undisciplined. I realize some soldiers need guidance to meet standards, but not all of us. I do not feel comfortable speaking to our chain of command because of the way we are treated and looked down upon because of our ranks. This is not good for maintaining full combat readiness.

I am proud to have served my country and proud to have served with the men and women who stand to the right and left of me. Although the outcome of this letter may not affect me directly, it may influence leaders to look at what their soldiers do for them and give them the respect they deserve as men and women in uniform."
-Spc. Justin Finch, Mosul, Iraq (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)

...girls of the Army...
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Homeschooling Continued...

A week or so ago I told you all that I was going to interview a 29 year old that had been home schooled from 3rd grade to 12th grade. When I sat down to write out the questions, I couldn't seem to do it. I had already had a long conversation with him a few days before and asked all the questions that I had. When I was trying to write the questions to email him, they all felt contrived...

Since home schooling wasn't always as common as it is now, it's rare to meet someone our age that was home schooled. When I found out Mason had a speech disability I wanted to ask anyone that had been through it 1,000 questions and I thought maybe those of you home schooling your little ones may feel the same.

So this is a chance to find out some things that you normally wouldn't be privy too. How your child may feel now or in years to come. (I am not setting you up for anything, my friend (I'll call him Maine) is glad that he was home schooled --but maybe you could use the issues that he had to make your child's experience more complete)

Any questions you would like answered, please leave them in the comments and I will pass them along to be posted at a later date.

The New Mumia?

What is it with celebs and guilty death row inmates?!

Apparently there are 15 prisoners (Mumia included) that receive monthly stipends from the Partisan Defense Committee’s program as an "expression of solidarity to those imprisoned for standing up to racist capitalist repression." (*warning: you may gag as you read this link*)

So now killing a cop in cold blood is standing up to racist capitalist repression?

"Tookie" (Stan Williams) started the Crips and executed four innocent victims with a shotgun...and now HE HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. This man has been on death row for 25 years and been afforded tons of appeals...a privilege his victims were never granted. He is asking Arnie for clemency (execution date: December 13th) and the "cause celebs" are rallying to his aid...

On Single Women...

I think some people may have taken my post on social security yesterday as an indictment on single women. Not so. Actually, this can work as a nice segue to something I have been thinking about...

I actually have much respect for single women. Rock on to those of you that hold your standards and your ground instead of marrying the first Neanderthal that comes around because you don't want to be alone...

Also I wanted to commend the single women for something else...something that seems to pass by with no notice.

All the money and time you spend on your married friends. First the friend gets engaged and you have to get a gift (let's say $50) for the engagement party (bad Bridezilla, this is sooo tacky unless your last name is Vanderbilt, Hearst or Hilton). Then there's the bridal shower...another $50 to $100. Then she asks you to be in the wedding so you probably helped throw the shower, and had to buy some god-awful dress (another $300). Then the bachelorette party, and finally the wedding (another $150 -$200). So after your out about $600 to celebrate your friends nuptials (that have a 70% chance of ending in divorce) she announces that she got pregnant on her honeymoon and almost seven months to the day after the wedding you are in Babies 'R Us looking for yet another gift. Then baby comes and you can't go to the hospital empty more money spent. It's then that she apologizes that she can't get you a birthday gift because she has a family now...

I wasn't a Bridezilla. No engagement party, bachelorette party or bridal shower and most horrible bridesmaid dresses. Go buy a black dress that you love, looks good on you and that you will wear again. AB isn't a Bridezilla either. Thank God.

Last but not least, I LOVE my single-kid free friends. You don't need to "ask" a hubby if you can go out or find a sitter. After Mason was born I could call Liz when I got a free second and say "Wanna go get a Pedi?" and she could just go. It's so refreshing. This is my acknowledgement of single women and all you silently endure. It has not gone unnoticed (at least by me anyway...)

No Kids and School Taxes...

A second issue that came up in the comments of the Social Security post that I thought was worth further exploration:

People that have no children that resent paying school taxes...

Well, there are many different arguments to justify that. Many conservatives would say that no one should pay them and all education should be privatized.

My parents had to pay school taxes even though my dad worked 1,000 jobs to send five kids to private school. I pay school taxes and still pay Mason's tuition each month.

I see it as an investment in the next generation. Right now 75% of Americans have a high school diploma. It's a fact that crime rates rise as education rates fall. If I have to pay for public education even if my kids don't use it, or after they're grown...I look at it as lowering my chances of being held up, carjacked or assaulted.

Those without children shouldn't complain about educating the leaders, business owners and healthcare workers of the future as it will benefit everyone to do so. That's how I see it anyway...

Caption It...

(*Picture from Australia’s Military website)

Monday, November 28, 2005

Social Security - Gen X Will Take the Hit...

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the whole Social Security dilemma (though it seems I am the only one...).

President Clinton said it was a "crisis" years ago, and somehow now that Bush says it's a "crisis" the definition of crisis changes to mean political hype (Hey, just like Saddam having WMDs...are we seeing a pattern here? Raspberry nose says it and it's true, Bush says it and it's right wing scare tactics....)

So here's there's the thing, everyone is really indignant over certain car companies announcing that promised pensions and benefits will never be brought to fruition for long time workers...though they were indeed promised. The car companies knew this was coming, but didn't want to scare/panic their workers (and maybe thought a magical "out" would appear). If workers would have known when the trouble began, they could have made alternative plans. Unfortunately none of that happened and many will live in poverty, depending solely on SS, for their last years. This is what is going to happen to Generation X...

...and I blame it on the progressives of the Baby Boom generation.

Yes, once again, blame it on the libs. Here is my layman's take on the problem:
Each generation pays into SS, but not for themselves, for the generation or two before them. The folks receiving the SS now are the creators of the Baby Boomers...they deserve the SS as they did their part in replenishing the work force. The problem began when the Boomers grew up and embraced hippie-ism, feminism and choice. On top of the fact that all these "progressive" ideas mean less children (translation: smaller work force), they also come of retirement age when there are way too many medical advances to keep them alive and using up the SS way longer than they should. So, not only did they fail in replenishing the work force that will pay their Social Security...they are overstaying their welcome by not signing DNRs when they're 80+ years old. The burden of funding this huge, never-dying, non-procreating generation will then fall on the shoulders of Generation X...and we will be in the same boat as those car company employees when it's our turn to collect. Screwed.

So, unlike many that bitch about various dilemmas that face our country, I offer up a "FAIR" solution. As Social Security teeters on the edge of disrepair, we change the rules a bit to make it fair (something the libs they always want people getting something for nothing). You get back from SS what you put in. Not in a monetary fashion...but in a "who's paying your way" practicality. If you have no're out of luck. You didn't put back into the work force. Sorry. If you have one kid, you and your spouse have to split the SS. Two kids and you’re covered. Three-plus kids and I guess there should be some perks or something...

In America we do have many choices...but that doesn't mean those choices don't have consequences. If you picked being a CEO or a perpetual bachelor over having kids --that's perfectly fine, but you're on your own after retirement.

Don't hate the "breeders"; we're keeping your parents and grandparents in cat food...

Amendment: It has been brought to my attention that I failed to address a crucial constituent in my "solution" that would create an unfortunate loophole. My amendment to the aforementioned proposal would be:
*Any time during the raising of said children (i.e. workforce) you are on Public assistance to raise them -that time will be deducted from your SS for a day.*

Technical Glitch My A**....

For all those that believed the "technical glitch" story that CNN tried to peddle...

I mean, plah-lease, the "glitch" just happened to be an X over the face of the #2 most hated man of the left (Rove being #1).

Over the weekend a techie was fired because he admitted it was "free speech":

"We did it just to make a point. Tell them to stop lying, Bush and Cheney," the CNN operator said to a caller. "Bring our soldiers home."

The caller initially phoned the network to complain about the all-news channel flashing an "X' over Cheney as he gave an address live from Washington.

"Was it not freedom of speech? Yes or No?" the CNN operator explained.

"If you don't like it, don't watch." (Drudge's Scoop)

CNN's Response:
"A Turner switchboard operator was fired today after we were alerted to a conversation the operator had with a caller in which the operator lost his temper and expressed his personal views -- behavior that was totally inappropriate. His comments did not reflect the views of CNN. We are reaching out to the caller and expressing our deep regret to her and apologizing that she did not get the courtesy entitled to her." source)

Come on people, this is Ted Turner's network we're dealing with here. Stop being so trusting.

Note: Fox has yet to have a scandal in the news, unlike the other networks and the NYT. Hmmmm....

Credit Where Credit is Due...

Once again, Senator Joe Lieberman out-shines his party affiliation. He spent Thanksgiving with the troops at Camp Liberty in Iraq. "Lieberman spent the holiday with U.S. Soldiers, meeting with commanders and listening to troops talk about the progress the U.S. Army is making in Iraq." (source)

...Also in Iraq over Thanksgiving was Aaron Tippin (with the 101st).

In the Sandbox...

Less is better in Iraq
"After finally breaking away from the Powell Doctrine, it seems that we are still unable to break away from the mind-set of overwhelming power. We still have multimillion dollar bases glutted with vast numbers of support troops, and we are still employing large unit “search and destroy” missions.

In order to pacify Iraq and make it a model in the Middle East for other radical Islamic states, we need to commit long term. Such a commitment under the current mind-set involves large numbers of Reserve and National Guard troops. The reservists, though they are doing a superb job, are not ambitious, career-driven soldiers — they have other priorities in life. If we are so terrified of guerrilla warfare, why are we bringing more “sheep to the wolves?” History has taught us that highly trained, volunteer soldiers can perform incredibly well in much smaller numbers, suffering much fewer casualties, and thus attracting less media attention. Why do we, then, stray from strategies that have proved effective in previous conflicts such as the Banana Wars, Boxer uprising, and in some cases, even in Vietnam?

We need to remove a considerable number of support troops and all KBR and Army and Air Force Exchange Service civilians. That’s right, no more ice cream. Maintain only hard-charging, highly trained and supple combat troops who can aggressively and ubiquitously patrol the Iraqi streets with Iraqi augmentees. Most combat arms troops join the combat arms to fight (though some of them quixotically) and possess a sense of duty, patriotism and proud heritage. Let’s give them the same chance that Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler and his Marines had."
-Sgt. Eros Kopliku, Balad, Iraq (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)

...girls of the Marine Corps...
One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Pure, Unadulterated Feminism...

I did it for all those women out there that have been objectified for decades. I hooted and hollered and cat-called to attempt to even the score. For you women I endured hours of hot, sweaty, gyrating, mostly naked men. It was an exercise in evening the score, in true equality and in turning the proverbial tables. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Don't worry AB and JustRose, what happens at The Cave stays at The Cave... ;)

When your baby sis is getting married in less than a week, you are expected to do something memorable...a bonding experience and laughter to sustain the next few years of marital "bliss"... She is finally ready to turn in the sassy boots and $200 bags for dirty diapers and sore nipples and that transformation deserves a hearty celebration!

We began the evening at The Marrakesh (one of my favorite restaurants). Seven courses of delectable meats, fruits and powdered phyllo dough. The ambiance is key with barely lit rooms, Arabic adorned walls and big cushioned seats.

The party then moved on to Delaware Avenue's infamous "Cave". It's male review X 10. We all got comp'd and VIP seating thanks to my good friend Jim (thanks Jim!!!!) --you gotta love good connections and VIP. For one night we indeed were Very Important People that got to sit next to the stage while all the "regular" girls crammed in far from the action.

The police man, the fireman, the Italian Stallion, the construction worker and the Military man were among the many that put on a show. It's very dependant on audience participation and by the end of the night I had no voice. ALa/AB Mom went and...Well let's just say a bicep or two may have gotten a little kiss...LOL

This still doesn't compare to men's clubs as the dancers were wearing as much clothing as they would on a beach...but the laughter was plentiful, the bonding unique, the atmosphere jovial and the estrogen tangible. It was indeed, pure, unadulterated feminism...

And for all the girls that couldn't be there --I took these just for you! Enjoy...
The Fireman and the Policeman:

Best Dancer:

The Military Man:

So there you have it...I will persevere through even this to advance the equality of the sexes. The Conservative feminazi at your service!

FREE advert: Men of the Cave: If you are in Philly...this is SOOOOO worth the money!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Things You Shouldn't Miss...

  • Scientists uncover the evils of "beer goggles"...why people are pretty when you're drunk

  • Teachers gone wild in Vermont

  • Shoppers have lost their friggin' minds in Texas and Florida

  • Asian Flu birds found in Canada

  • Sheehan supporters back in Texas and eating a traditional Iraqi meal for Thanksgiving.

  • Possible Al Qaeda evidence found on the U.S. border

  • Far worse that "Body by Victoria" panties on the head, Saddam's hangman talks about actual torture

  • I guess money really can't buy happiness...

  • (*Hot guys in honor of AB's Bachelorette Party tonight! WooHoo!)

    Girls Night Out!

    As some of you may know, my little sister (AB) ties the knot next week...
    The Bachelorette party is tonight...
    The Bachelor party was last night...
    I was able to fall asleep though because they rented a limo, so I knew The Man wouldn't be driving...He has yet to stir.
    The girls are going to an eight course meal at a Moroccan restaurant complete with ceremonial hand washing and belly dancers...
    ...then, who knows... The Cave?

    This morning I am going to buy her lots of naughty lingerie and...
    Justrose and Liz are going too... They have both known my sister since the day she was born -conceived even...
    I haven't been to a club in SO long and I imagine it's going to make me feel quite OLD...
    I am one of the designated drivers, which is fine since I rarely imbibe...
    Is there a perfume that wards off Philly Guidos.............? LOL

    Friday, November 25, 2005

    Quote of the Day...

    "Editors are just frustrated writers that specialize in put-down letters."

    -Michael Savage, PhD

    Talk Radio Wars

    Yesterday, while I was getting ready for the festivities, I watched the HBO documentary Left of the Dial (See what I endure for research!)

    It's about the start up of Air America and the first couple of months they were on the air. Each of the new hosts (Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, and specifically Randi Rhodes) made huge claims of how they would immediately dominate talk radio because there was such a void for what they were about to do. They referred to conservative talk radio as "Satanic" at fundraisers. They got perks conservative talk never got...front page on New York Magazine, tons of write ups in the NYT and the Washington Post and tons of press on TV news. Their major targets were Rush, Sean and Savage.

    The documentary can actually be enjoyed by those on the "right of the dial" as the AA journey takes you right through the November '04 election. You get to witness the elation that morning -the smug confidence that it was going to be President elect Kerry....then the shock, the deflation and the depression. It's quite rewarding after having sat through all the delusions of grandeur in the beginning.

    Anyway, I decided to look at the numbers. To see if Air America is ahead in any markets. They aren't even in Philly (which is a pretty big market). I began with all the big, strongly Democratic cities using the information on Arbitron's rating web site:

    ____________Air America_____________________Conservative Talk

    Boston, MA..........0.2.................................................3.9
    Detroit, MI (was 0.4 during summer now too small to register)...........5.2
    Miami, FL...........1.5.................................................2.8
    NY, NY..............1.2.................................................9.6
    San Fran, CA........1.2.................................................3.0
    Seattle, WA.........2.0.................................................2.3
    Los Angeles, CA.....0.9.................................................4.0

    Wow. Looking pretty bad for AA, but then i thought maybe I was doing this the wrong way. Maybe Air America would be more popular in the really RED states/cities because those Dems would be isolated and looking for an outlet.

    Rochester, NY.......1.4.................................................9.6
    Memphis, TN.........0.5.................................................3.7
    San Antonio, TX..(was 0.7 now too small to register)....................4.6

    Ok, so I was wrong. They are just completely bombing everywhere.

    There was one thing that I noticed while going through the websites of all the various hosts though...the leftwing talk hosts all have TONS of blogs linked on their sites. The right wing sites don't. Well, except for Michael Smerconish who has a few and Hugh Hewitt (but he's a Blogger himself). What's up with that?

    p.s. Speaking of Hugh Hewitt...he has a Straw Poll for the '08 Presidential race up on his site. Fred Thompson is a fantasy candidate.


    Pat Morita died yesterday.
    Strange that I just mentioned him here the other day...

    H/T: Liz

    It's Come to this...

    I am now consulting Blog quizzes for what I should do with my life...

    You Should Get a JD (Juris Doctor)

    You're logical, driven, and ruthless.
    You'd make a mighty fine lawyer.

    My college advisor always said I should have went to law school...unfortunately, prosecutors don't make enough to cover their student loans and if I ever wanted to look at myself in the mirror again I couldn't be a defense attorney.

    Thursday, November 24, 2005

    Post-Thanksgiving Thought....

    You can keep your foofie berries...

    It ain't cranberry unless it's shaped like a can...

    The Politics of Thanksgiving...

    For a REALLY interesting Thanksgiving read...go here, scroll down and read where it begins -"The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the seventeenth century. The Church of England under King James I was persecuting anyone and everyone who did not recognize its absolute civil and spiritual authority. Those who challenged ecclesiastic authority and those who believed strongly in freedom of worship were hunted down, imprisoned, and executed for their beliefs...." Read the rest.

    Thanksgiving... a Christian holiday that is also tied to the (pre-Karl Marx) rejection of socialism? A holiday that was based on devout thanks to God in the tradition of the Bible and not on pilgrims and Indians eating turkey together? ...Cool stuff.

    Have a wonderful holiday all... get off the computer and go enjoy your family (and your in-laws LOL)!

    ...And don't drive while experiencing food-a-coma.
    ...And don't sit on your bum and watch football while the women do all the work.
    ...And don't assume the person that has you over doesn't want help cleaning up.
    ...And don't get drunk and fess up to your "secret" blogs.
    ...And don't bring store bought desserts.
    ...And don't complain if the hostess decided that fresh yams would be better than candied sweet potatoes.
    ...And make sure to gush for at least a full minute over the little hand cut leaves made out of crust that adorn the sides of the pumpkin pie.
    ...and have fun!

    Happy Turkey Day!!!

    What Kind of Pie Are You...?

    I wanted to be pumpkin, but...

    You Are Apple Pie

    You're the perfect combo of comforting and traditional
    Those who like you crave security

    Wednesday, November 23, 2005

    I get it!

    I should be making pies and stuffing and somehow making room for the 10 people that will be enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at my home tomorrow afternoon...

    BUT, something just became crystal clear in my I had to share.

    Maybe everyone else already "got" this and I'm just slow on the uptake, but here goes.

    I was driving home from picking up some last minute items and I was sitting at a traffic light behind a green Subaru station wagon with "Peace is a group effort", "War is not the answer" and "Bring them home now" bumper stickers adorning the back window.

    "Bring them Home Now"
    Obviously the other stickers show that this person is AGAINST war...most likely war of any kind...if, in fact, war isn't the answer. "Bring them home now" implies that it's about the troops and not the fact that war is "wrong".

    That's it! That's why the antiwar crowd needs to perpetrate the myth that our Armed Forces are of inferior intelligence and education. Why they MUST believe that the recruits are only there as a way to get an education in a cruel Capitalistic society that holds them down unless they dedicate four years to Uncle Sam.
    If they believed all soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors were like Free & Jpck and wanted to "blow things up" how could they have sympathy for them? How could they "support" people who were OK with killing? How could they use them in their campaign against war if they want to be part of that war? ...because if they are dumb, they don't know any better.

    If the anti-war crowd accepted that the military was as smart (or smarter) than the general population and that they were enlisted of their own free will...then they would have to hate them as much as Bush. More than Bush, as "Bush never served". How could the peaceniks not loathe the warmongers? If they openly disdained the military they would loose almost all support from the average American. Therefore it serves their cause to believe the troops are dumb rubes that were tricked into this predicament...that way they can have stickers like "Bring them home now" and pretend that their concern is for the military personnel...

    Islam in Russia

    Russians are monitoring Muslims closely...

    There is talk of a "list" and people on that list "have committed no crime" and are "being persecuted" because they are Muslim (persecuted means being on the list and being stopped by police...which, in my vocab, would be more of a nuisance than persecution...)

    "Ovod Golayev is on that list. He lives in Karachayevsk, a city nestled in the foothills of the Caucasus, where he works for a tourism company that organizes skiing and hiking excursions. He wears his hair and beard long. He prays five times a day. He fasts during Ramadan, which is unusual here.

    In recent weeks, he said, the police have detained him four times, twice in one day.

    Mr. Golayev, 36, said the Islam he observes is opposed to violence, but he warned that the mistreatment of believers was driving men like him to desperation.

    "They will pressure me enough," he said, "and then I will blow somebody's head off." (source)

    So, his religion teaches no violence, but if he gets stopped by police he will "blow someone's head off". I guess this a fine example of how deeply the "peace" conviction goes...

    The article goes on to indict the Russian government for the "control" and "oversight" they have on the Muslim community and religious leaders using the fact that "the Muslims of Russia are not immigrants and outsiders; they are typically the indigenous people of their regions" as an argument against the growing trepidation by the government. Steven Lee Myers, the author of the NYT article, may want to think back to the London bombings and the fact that those bombers were also "indigenous" to the country.

    "The number of Muslims is estimated at 14 million to 23 million, 10 percent to 16 percent of Russia's population. They are spread across the country but congregate in several Muslim-majority republics." (source)

    I don't know the solution. I am 100% aware of the fact that there are Muslims that don't want to kill all the infidels, but how do you balance that with SMART vigilance? If what happened in Beslan happened here...I would wager that our tolerance would be a lot lower than it is now...especially for groups that cut themselves off from society in general.

    Overheard in the House of Sage...

    ALa: "...See, definitive proof women are better -we can create life."
    The Man: "Yeah, but women need makeup and men are naturally better looking, just look at nature..."
    ALa: "Exactly! In nature the male is more beautiful so he'll be the one to die first...because the female is more vital."
    Mason: "Boys are better!"
    ALa: "No way, girls are way better...boys are smelly."
    Justice: "But GOD is a BOY!"
    ALa: "How do you know?"
    Justice: "'Cause if he was a girl, everybody would hate him..."
    ALa: ...

    And FNC is the one that's criticized...

    ...for not being fair and balanced?

    This appeared over Cheney's face during a live speech being broadcast on CNN.

    Drudge has the whole story.

    OK, let's add MSNBC to the networks that have gone over the edge... specifically Chris Matthews (I know, he was already a nut job...but he's never gone this far)

    "The period between 9/11 and 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." (source)

    Read the article...this ridiculous statement is NOT being taken out of context.

    The kumbyah crowd is alive and well...

    H/T: Michelle Malkin & Blackfive

    Study Abroad (JYA)

    The choice to study abroad is a huge one...and one that requires boatloads of work and dedication to get through the process before you ever step foot on foreign soil.
    People that choose to embark on this venture do so for many reasons, but there is one common edge. I knew that after graduation there would be many candidates in the job market that graduated with the same (or higher) honors as I did, that had just as many extra-curricular activities, etc...but I would have something they didn't. The fact that a student has studied abroad shows they are willing to take risks, willing to change, and able to persevere tedious work. An invaluable edge.

    Now Congress wants to give that edge to everyone at no cost...and I'm pissed as hell about it. They want to spend $50 million dollars annually to send students abroad.

    "Study abroad is not a frill," said Peter McPherson, chairman of the Lincoln Commission and former president of Michigan State University. "If you have a number of students go abroad and come back, it changes the way people can teach. It adds a global richness to a campus that just a few students abroad can't achieve." (source)

    That's right, it's not a frill. And yes, it does add to society, which is why we went and PAID for it. It's a HUGE decision that SO many students back out of even when they aren't looking at a free ride. The huge process and financial consideration helps solidify your desire.

    It was bad enough sitting in classes with the "Mommy & Daddy are paying my way" kids and the "the government is paying my way" kids. I was one of the "I’m cleaning other people's houses to be here" kids...

    Yeah, maybe I'm just bitter, but I hate this free ride crap. Don’t we have soldiers in un-armored hummers in Iraq and we're going to pay for JYA?

    First One of These I Got Nervous Taking...

    You Passed the US Citizenship Test

    Congratulations - you got 8 out of 10 correct!

    H/T: JRob

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005

    As Per Your Request...

    ID is right...not to belittle these stories, but we need a bit of happiness and laughter. I have emailed all the people I can regarding Kelsey Briggs and hopefully if everyone does we can use this here Blogosphere to get some National attention on this case...

    Let's do a "Caption It"...

    And here's a post from IMAO that I found VERY funny...

    Who Frank J suspects as the "leaker"...

    I promise not to be the harbinger of gloom and doom tomorrow...

    The Heart-wrenching Tale of Two Fathers...

    Russ called yesterday to let me know that he was still alive and kicking and said that he's noticed my tone has been "down" on the blog... I didn't realize it was coming through, but there have just been SO many depressing stories lately. A part of me wishes I could skip by them, but a stronger part feels that they deserve to be read... So here goes...


    Not even sure where to begin here... I will be brief because these two stories have been eating at me for two days.

    After almost 9 months of reported abuse and no real action from DHS, Lance Briggs was informed that his beautiful little daughter was dead. He was at Ft. Benning getting ready to return home after being deployed in Iraq. Michael Porter, Kelsey's stepfather, has been charged with her murder. She had bruises, broken bones, fractures, and bleeding... No one took her from that home, no one informed Briggs or his parents...and now she's gone. He made it back from hell and he will never see that gorgeous face again. (Once again, Free0352 and my mom are always is "the boyfriend").

    Many Milblogs are following this, but Lost at Lost in Lima Ohio has complete coverage of this horrific story and has spoken with Kelsey’s aunt.

    THIS SITE (which may get "taken down" soon has the story and begs you to use the CONTACT NUMBERS to get this story on national news).

    Tribute Page

    (Oh God, as if things couldn't get any worse I just read an update on Lost's page...the mother of this girl is pregnant again. *sigh*)


    Over the summer People magazine did a piece on Terrell Pough. He was the exception to the rule. He was still in high school yet he took sole custody of his baby girl and went to school during the day while he worked as a night manager in a fast food restaurant in Philly. He said that all he wished for was that if something ever were to happen to him he wanted his daughter to know that he had worked hard and tried the best he could.

    Last Thursday night someone shot Pough in the back of the head as he returned from work and stole his car. A car that had been donated to him after someone read his story in People...

    Now at least you can all understand why I'm down...

    Milblogger Hacked by Pacifists...

    Grey Eagle, a female soldier who is currently deployed with the 101st Airborne, has had her site hacked by anti-war/anti-military "pacifists". They managed to shut her site down, and she was able to get it back up and running, BUT when she attempts to update her Tribute section (to the fallen soldiers) she is redirected to a "Bush Lied" site.

    Once again, I am struggling to understand this. Here is a woman that left her family behind to serve at the behest of her government and to great peril to herself. Have the anti-war crowd really resorted to crashing milblogs and harassing individual soldiers? Hello!? Seriously, isn't this the party of protests, sit ins, boycotts (or Gillette obviously) and Free speech no matter what? Yet they look to get Rush pulled from military radio, accost Protest Warrior members, hack milblogs and use RICO laws against anyone with a (R) that dares to hold a sign in protest...

    If you feel so inclined...go throw some support her way. (She has posted a letter to the hackers at the top of her (very well designed) page called "Congratulations to those Who Oppose the Soldiers"). While you're there you can watch the "American Soldier" Toby Keith video...

    Milblog Confusion...

    I am a bit confused and I wasn't going to bring it up...but if I was able to keep things in I wouldn't have a blog right?

    I have read Sgt. Stryker's "Daily Brief" before (though not in a while as I have been consciously limiting my online time)... and, well, uh...

    This post (which is being linked all over the Left-o-sphere) really caught me off guard. I saw it first on Andrew Sullivan's blog (Quote of the day II)...

    ...To those that read Sgt. Stryker I taking this too personally? Was this meant for Government Republicans and not us down here in the trenches? Or is a just a pissed off rant that should have been kept to a private journal? I say that not because I would seek to censor...but because Cindy Sheehan will surely have it on her website --if she doesn't already.

    *Speaking of the lovely Ms. Sheehan...Oprah saw fit to give her a four page spread in this month's "O" magazine. So glad I never sent in that subscription card...

    10 Pts. for The Man...

    I have to admit, when the delivery guy rang my door with these in hand made last week's fight almost worth it. ;)

    Ok, I have a question...
    Are you supposed to TIP the flower delivery guy? I almost never have cash on me and always feel so awkward when flowers get delivered...

    Monday, November 21, 2005

    The Brains & Breeding of the US Military -Some things the MSM Isn't telling You....

    Caught up in the fervor of the anti-war/anti-Bush movement, some prominent democrats (Namely Charlie Rangel) and Michael's Moore's Fahrenheit 911 made claims that the military is primarily made up of undereducated, poor, urban minorities. This notion somehow took hold and many Americans cling to this belief. It's not true.

    A new study done by the Heritage Foundation, that was meant to counter calls for a draft, is long but a fascinating read.

    "Representative Rangel’s theory is that if all citi­zens faced equal prospects of dying in a conflict, support for that conflict would have to pass a higher standard. This theory assumes that the priv­ileged classes would be less willing to commit the nation to war if that conflict involved personal, familial, or class bloodshed. It also assumes that the existing volunteers are either ignorant or lack other options—that is, they are involuntary participants. One way to test this thesis is to explore the demo­graphic patterns of enlisted recruits before and after the initiation of the global war on terrorism on September 11, 2001." (source)

    "A disproportionate number of the poor and members of minority groups make up the enlisted ranks of the military, while most priv­ileged Americans are underrepresented or absent." -Charlie Rangel, NY (D)

    According to this in-depth study, the troops of the United States Armed Services are actually higher educated than the general public. 98% have high school diplomas or higher, whereas in the civilian public only 75% have this level of education. Recruits were also found to be from primarily rural and not urban areas. House income levels of the troops matches that of the general population for the most part, but in direction opposition to what has been said by anti-military opponents --"There are slightly higher proportions of recruits from the middle class and slightly lower proportions from low-income brackets. However, the proportion of high-income recruits rose to a disproportionately high level after the war on ter­rorism began, as did the proportion of highly edu­cated enlistee."

    Addressing claims that minorities (and specifically blacks as shown in Fahrenheit 911) are carrying the burden of the WOT..."We found that whites are one of the most pro­portionally represented groups—making up 77.4 percent of the population and 75.8 percent of all recruits—whereas other racial categories are often represented in noticeably higher and lower propor­tions than the general population." (source)

    Due to statements like those that have been made by top Democratic leaders and the propaganda in Moore's film, many Americans have erroneous ideas about our military. They believe they are of inferior intelligence, yet their education level is higher than the general public. They believe the military is made up of minorities while "rich, white, educated" kids never enlist...this also isn't true (actually since 9/11 the Army has a higher recruitment of enlistees from high income brackets with Bachelor Degrees. Wouldn't you think the media would be reporting this, breaking the story of our above-average military?

    Linked at Stop the ACLU

    Creative Punishments...

    Listening to the radio in the car the other day, I heard a story about a mom that tagged around behind her son all day at school. He was repeatedly getting in trouble, so mom came with him in a beat up pink robe, slippers and curlers and walked by his side all day. I think he might think twice about acting out in the future... brilliant.

    This mother made her daughter stand on a street corner with a sign that said, "I don't do my homework and I act up in school -- will work for food." People actually called the police wanting them to charge the mom with "mental abuse". I say if your kid is heading down the wrong path...whatever you can do to save them is OK.

    On the other hand, a principle who takes a child from class to class calling them a Liar & Thief is going too far in my book. Especially in light of the fact that the student that originally accused the young girl of stealing recanted her story.

    H/T: Liz


    First and foremost...If you see ANY movie over the holiday weekend, make it PRIDE & PREJUDICE.

    I may be biased as Jane Austen is one of my very favorite authors...actually; I guess that would make me a better judge as I would be much more critical than most when it comes to messing with my favorite novel.

    Can we just say....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Ms. Austen's works are the genesis of all romantic comedies/romance novels that exist today. She was a feminist before there was such a word. The creators of this film have done her justice.

    Also, this weekend I watched Do You Believe in Miracles? on HBO Sports. This is a documentary about the 1980 USA hockey team that beat the undefeated Soviet Union team and won the gold medal in the midst of the Iran Hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the gas strike and non-existent American morale caused by a flaccid President. I am not ashamed to say that I shed a tear or two. After watching I went out and rented Miracle with Kurt Russell...a movie about the same event. It was really good, but if you only see one--choose the documentary.

    Last, I have wanted to post on this for a while but I am a bit embarrassed. I am 100% addicted to the show Judging Amy. It's about a liberal judge and a liberal social worker and I started watching it by accident (it's on TNT every day from 12:00 - 2:00). I can honestly say this is one of the best shows I have ever watched. The commercials never did anything to make me want to watch it...but now I'm hooked (which may explain to many of you why I never answer the phone during those hours...LOL)