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I am working on the template of this blog today in order to chase down some problems that have developed with my template and widgets.

Macon County Commissioners

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

Coverage of the meetings of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen.

Macon County School Board

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County School Board.

Photoblog

Photos from my photoblog.

Nothing is here yet

I haven't decided what to put here yet, so look at this pretty photo.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

VIDEO- Rediscovering Your Party Part 3

This installment features NC-10 Congressman Patrick McHenry:

Highlighting the importance of keeping spending in-check through accountability and transparency

The third episode of the Rediscover series features Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) discussing the importance of keeping spending in-check through accountability and transparency. Congresswoman Blackburn also points out the Democrats’ dangerous “tax and spend” addiction they have carried out since taking over Congress. And Congressman McHenry underscores the importance of trusting the American people with more of their own hard-earned money.



Part 1

Part 2


NC Dems Dinner Named After White Supremacist

Bob Parks has the story, and here is a portion of his remarks:



Can any of us imagine the hell that would be unleashed if the Republican Party in 2007 held an annual fund-raising dinner named after a white supremacist?

Well, I guess it's okay if Democrats do it….
Source: Black And Right


Commentary

Sauce for the Goose...

Friday, September 28, 2007

WCR Video Seminars

I have embedded some videos at West Carolina Report that might be interesting to watch.
The first column is former NC Senator RL Clark discussing buffer zones with Richard Bernier on URTV. The first 2 of 5 have been uploaded as of this morning.

The second column is a series of 5 videos where Dr. Carl Mumpower (R-Asheville) sits down with Richard Bernier and Randy Thomas of "Sound Off Buncombe" of URTV. He is currently seeking the NC-11 seat held by Congressman Heath Shuler (D-Waynesville).

The third column is a favorite of mine I've had embedded on that page for quite a while, a portion of Thomas P.M. Barnett discussing the nature of warfare in the 21st Century.

Visit WCR Video Seminars

West Carolina Report For Sept 28

I have updated West Carolina Report for today, and will be updating it throughout the day since I will not be working. I will also be engaged in redesigning the sidebars to accommodate my West of Balsam readers who are on dial-up, so the pretty pictures are gonna hafta go!

I am also playing with a site re-design for WCR to accommodate contributions from Citizen Journalists as they become available.

Thank you for reading, and consider this an open thread. Any body have any ideas on how to implement Trackback on Blogger? Every time I've tried it, things get broke!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Press Release: Mumpower on Inflight Movies and Open Air Drug Markets

PRESS RELEASE




Wednesday, September 26, 2007



Congressman Heath Shuler’s Tuesday introduction of a bill requiring cabin separation for children under 13 who might be exposed to PG-13 and R rated in-flight movies has prompted a response from announced 11th District candidate, Carl Mumpower. Citing an appreciation for Shuler’s values, Mumpower did offer challenge to the Congressman’s priorities. “In flight movies are a pretty lofty target for congressional action” said Mumpower. “It might be better if we came down to earth and got more serious about open air drug markets that are kidnapping our children’s futures and leave airplanes to the friendly sky people and their customers.” Mumpower further noted that this is the kind of legislation for which Washington is famous. “Our nation’s leaders love to focus on secondary special interests while dodging the accountabilities of the real issues that affect real people in real ways.”



Carl Mumpower

Candidate for the 11th District Seat




Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Massive Redesign of Thunder Pig Coming

Your voices have been heard load and clear, West of the Balsam Readers!!!

I fully admit to having abandoned load-time for "pretty pictures and shiny objects."

My recent access to a Giga-bits per second connection from a secure location has blinded me to the needs of my Primary Audience...the people from West of the Balsams.

From home, I have access to the intertubes via a "56k line" that seems to average right about 40k or so, with swings from 22k to 45k depending on how many clouds are in the sky, birds on the wire, and Floridiots lost in my driveway.

I test loaded Thunder Pig from home last night, and was shocked. My blog took 13 minutes 42 seconds to fully load, although posts were readable nearly 8 minutes into the loading...a full minute behind the local paper.



I apologize, and will work on correcting that grave error.

I'll work on stripping the time-consuming photos and graphics from my sidebar on Friday, and be ready for a leaner, meaner, relaunch on Saturday with Thunder Pig 3.0.

Question: How Do You Define Terrorist?

I am a firm believer that questions can reveal more about the Questioner than the Answerer, so I was intrigued by the question from a Commenter that I have appropriated for the title of my post for today.

MY off-the-cuff definition is: One who uses terror to further an agenda.

My 10th Ed. of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary says:

One who systematically uses terror as a means of coercion.

The context of my use of terrorist was in relation to the Freedom's Watch advertisement in this post.

I sincerely hope my inquisitor was not hoping to roll out the dead phrase: "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter," because that dead phrase is a lie. I've heard that from pseudo-intellectuals on college campuses (campi) for 20 years, and read of it being used since the 60's.

The parrot often tries to aver that our first President, George Washington was a terrorist, and a freedom fighter. George Washington did not, by action (or mission of action) directly target civilians to be killed as a tactic in our first War of Independence.

The sixth President of The Islamic Republic of Iran is a terrorist. He is a primary funder of Terrorist Groups such as Hizbullah and Hamas. He has sent funds, weapons and men to support terrorist groups in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Eqypt, Jordan, and other countries. This man was a participant in the 1979 Revolution in Iran that President Jimmy Carter set in motion that brought The Ayatollah Khomeini into power.

I thank God that we have a President named George W. Bush to oppose this man, and others like him. I only hope he can foster another Iranian Revolution to oust these evil mullahs behind Ahmadinejad, or if that fails...take military action to hurt their nuclear program, and take out other targets of opportunity.

I am also confident that President Hillary Clinton will follow in George W. Busah's footsteps in addressing these evils.

Monday, September 24, 2007

ALERT: Boy Scout Troop Missing in Haywood County


(CNN) -- Eleven members of a Boy Scout troop did not emerge
from a camping area in the mountains of western North Carolina as scheduled
Sunday evening, prompting an overnight search effort, local authorities said.


The Scouts were camping in southern Haywood County, North Carolina.

The eight scouts and three adult leaders from Troop 217 in Raleigh,
North Carolina, were on a weekend camping trip in the Black Balsam Gap area near
the Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Haywood County, according to Haywood County
sheriff's dispatcher Michael Huffman.

Their vehicles were still in the
parking lot at the entrance to the campground Sunday evening, leading
authorities to suspect the scouts simply camped out for another night, Huffman
said.

Lisa Logan, whose husband is one of the scout leaders and son is a
scout, said she has "a complete peace that they're fine."



Source: CNN

No Closer

Ahmadinejad Is A Terrorist

PRESS RELEASE




WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Friday Freedom's Watch
President Bradley A. Blakeman released a statement and a copy of the print
advertisement it has requested to be run in the Monday edition of the New
York Times.
"Freedom's Watch could not sit back and allow a terrorist to come to
America masquerading as a world leader. We have an obligation to warn the
world of the dangers of a nuclear Iran and to uncover the true intent, that
being, the destruction of the United States and the State of Israel. Let's
be clear, Iran today kills American soldiers in Iraq and they will not stop
there," said Bradley A. Blakeman, President of Freedom's Watch.
The text of the advertisement follows.
For more information about Freedom's Watch, please visit
http://www.freedomswatch.org
Ahmadinejad Is A Terrorist

Columbia University is wrong to give him a platform.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatens our nation and the
freedoms we value. He has supported attacks on our soldiers and our allies.
He should be treated as the terrorist that he is.
Yet, while Columbia gives a terrorist like Ahmadinejad a platform to
speak, they refuse to allow the ROTC on campus.
What has happened to this prestigious university?
People who support killing Americans are welcome. But the military that
defends them is not.
Columbia should be ashamed of its actions.
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We know the threat of terrorism is real. And we know Democracy must
prevail.
The terrorists and their appeasers are wrong.
"And God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon
experience a world without the United States and Zionism."
-- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(CNN, 10/27/05)

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RELATED NEWS:



The Kos Kidz are terrified of a reporter's questions!

* Richard Cranium's diary :: ::
*

I am sitting here absolutely stunned after watching the 60 Minutes interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Reporter Scott Pelley was unbelievably scary in asking the questions he asked.

At the moment, I'm at a loss for words, but if you watched it, and were as stunned as I was, please let me know. I need a sanity check.

I'm going to have to wait for a transcript, but here's what immediately scared me:

* Pelley's "questions" (allegedly from George Bush)
* Pelley's declarations that the U.S. had "proof of Iran firing missiles at Americans in Iraq"
* Pelley's assertations that "Iran is providing material support to Iraq insurgents. We have proof. What do you say?" ... or something like that. Very close.

It was a masterful Goebbel-esque performance by 60 Minutes, on behalf of Dick Cheney and the drums of war.

I'm telling you, it was scary beyond belief.

Perhaps I'll update this diary as my thoughts come to me. Hopefully, the vid is posted soon at C&L or elsewhere.


Update: Interview, video and transcripts here.

Source: Daily Kos Diary

Hat Tip: Little Green Footballs

Commentary

When presented with a murderous dictator being interviewed by a reporter, Lefties all over share a common fear...that the reporter will ask the wrong questions. That says more about them than I could in a dozen posts.

For those of you who are able (and not afraid), there are several protests on to show this thug we are so on to him (and that we are not afraid).

Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Night Jazz:
Lily Was Here



This is a live version of Lily Was Here performed by Candy Dulfer and Dave Stewart.

Candy Dulfer's Official Page, and a Wikipedia article about her.

Dave Stewart's Official Page, and a Wikipedia article about him.

Spokes

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Watching

West Carolina Report For Sept 20

I have updated the news content for West Carolina Report for today, including links to local bloggers and national and international news.

Congressman Shuler Keeping Pro-Life Promise

RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, N.C.-11th, who ran for office as a pro-life Democrat last year, has fulfilled his campaign promises on those issues, according to a national lobbying group that concentrates on social and family concerns.

Focus on the Family Action, a lobbying group separated from the more familiar Focus on the Family advocacy organization founded by Christian leader James Dobson, said Shuler has been reliably pro-life since entering office last year, although his opportunities to demonstrate that have been relatively few. Focus on the Family Action officials said three other House Democrats who ran on anti-abortion platforms — Reps. Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, and Rep. Charlie Wilson of Ohio — have also kept their promises.

“Based on their voting records in the 110th [Congress] so far, we’ve got four freshmen lawmakers in the House who have voted consistently pro-life," said Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family Action.

Shuler defeated longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor in November 2006, as Democrats regained majority power in both the House and Senate for the first time in 12 years.
Source: Carolina Journal Online

If the congressman continues to vote conservatively on social issues, it will be hard to unseat him this time around, and he might be our Congressman for quite a while.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fred on Hillarycare


Fred Speaks Truth to Socialism!

What Do All These People Have In Common?
(Besides Being Stupid)

This is a serious question.


Drunk Guy Getting Tasered



Sheffield Taser Incident




Mad At The World



Philly Protest



Answer: All these idiots were resisting the police. Which would you prefer, a taser, a billy club, or following instructions like an adult instead of a childish temper tantrum?












UF Student Andrew Myers Got What He Deserved

I don't normally comment on pop poop culture. 99% of it is junk, something to be wiped off your shoe at the earliest opportunity.

The tasering of UF Student Andrew Myers is available on many online videos, and these two are the best I've seen:

This video was shot by Claire Jessup with Andrew's own video camera, and has been edited to remove scenes of him resisting arrest. Another video:
This guy also has described himself as:"a born heckler."
Now, you have to know this about me: I am huge Marlins fan, and a born heckler. My purpose in life is to badger, jeer, and cajole professional athletes. I have angered two other All-Star baseball players, Bobby Abreu and Odalis Perez, on separate occasions. I have booed singers that mess up the national anthem. Heck, I’ll even heckle other hecklers if I don’t care for their stuff. What happened during this particular game was destined to be, the paths of Griffey and I on a collision course.
Andrew's Bio Andrew's Website Google Cache Snapshot of Cache The next video:
From the video description:
I couldnt get to my camera in time to record his entrance, but this guy basically comes running in with 4 or 5 cops in tow and says he has been running around trying to get in to ask a question and the cops are going to arrest him for it. they almost do it then but Sen. Kerry says he will answer it. he then answers a previous question someone else asked (i cut that part out because it isnt important to this video) then the guy asks his questions and when he is done all hell breaks lose. to the cop haters: i have no doubt the cops were going exactly by the book, the problem isnt them, its the book!
So, by this description, the guy has already been misbehaving, and has attracted the attention of the police. This guy is a trouble maker. Anyhow, the youtuber fozzymandias has videos of the Andrew Myer protest, if you want to watch. The videos of the protest reveal an ignorant attempt by UF Students to make something out of nothing, much like the Kuhn case in Asheville recently. At least there weren't enough idiots in Asheville to stage a major demonstration...they just spent a lot of time whining to each other. **Update** Another set of UF protest videos [Pt1] [Pt2] [Pt3] from a different angle. **Video Update**
A dose of Common Sense
**update #2** Here is a hilarious remix of the tasing incident with MC Hammer's "You Can't Touch This" LOL

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Rays of Light

Blogs For Borders Blogburst 091807

FBI cover ups and scandal at the border! We investigate.

100% Preventable! And this week every one had been deported previously.

Amnesty alert! Congress seeking to pass an amnesty...again!








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NumbersUSA has the goods on stopping the latest amnesty debacle.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Buncombe County District Elections Meeting

Community Meeting Notice:

Monday, the 17th of September
Community meeting at the AB Tech Campus in Enka
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Local citizens are beginning our push for elections for our commissioners by School District Boundaries. This is the first community meeting of many and we will hold a meeting in each community. Please let your friends and neighbors know and urge them to attend.

Rally Recap: The Enemy Among Us

My internet connection crapped out over the weekend, so I couldn't follow the rallies like I wanted to, and here is the guide to coverage of them.

Gateway Pundit has a few links, and an interesting bit of reporting on Cindy Sheehag:


Cindy Sheehan in true Leftist fashion called for mass resistance against the government yesterday since the "peaceful" tactics were not working so well.
Cindy can go ahead and call for "mass resistance", or even "mass protests" because they will fall on deaf ears. The people of America support our troops, and support the war effort because they have not turned out into the streets in protest---except for the weirdos who already hate America anyway, like the Communist A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

West Carolina Report For Sept 16

I've updated West Carolina Report for today, and it was a real struggle because my phoneline was acting up, and I was surfing at between 22k and 34k...so the connection kept dropping on me. Just think, I only live 4 miles outside of Franklin, imagine how bad it must be at my childhood home 12 miles from town!

So, I limited my coverage of the Rallies in DC and the local blogging scene, with whatever else I could squeeze in before I went nuts.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Eagles v Traitors in DC

This is the weekend culmination of the Surge in September, with Gathering of Eagles III: Operation Eagle Justice.




The Eagles are back in DC to protect our National Monuments from vandalizing traitors, and Michelle Malkin has been liveblogging the event.

Update 5:00pm Eastern. Well, they came, they spewed, they cursed. Several thousand Soros marchers descended on the Capitol yelling “Fuck Bush” and “Fuck you” at Gold Star Families. As Capitol Hill police arrested the “die-in” participants, young peaceniks shouted “What does a pig look like? The Capitol police” and “Oink! Oink! Oink.” Others shrieked about “Fascism!” and gleefully performed “Sieg Heil” salutes. We’ll have video from the midst of the moonbats. Across from Taft Park, some anti-American demonstrators waving a large, upside-down American flag and pulling a coffin with Army boots got in a scuffle with Eagles. We’ll have that video of that as well.

Read the whole thing.

CBS Coverage


And, always on top of the Counter-Protests, Free Republic has a thread.


And, one thing to remember is that safety is of paramount concern when dealing with moonbats:

This was released before the March Gathering of Eagles, and it bears repeating!



Friday, September 14, 2007

Pets Killed For Food In Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Pets are being slaughtered for meat in shortage-stricken Zimbabwe and record numbers of animals have been surrendered to shelters or abandoned by owners no longer able to feed them, animal welfare activists say.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it could not feed surrendered animals or find them new homes and was being forced to kill them and destroy the corpses.

Animals, like people, are being hard hit by Zimbabwe's economic meltdown, with official inflation of more than 7,600 percent, the highest in the world. Independent estimates put real inflation closer to 25,000 percent and the International Monetary Fund has forecast it will reach 100,000 percent by the end of the year.
Source: Guardian Unlimited


Related: Blue Crab Boulevard has an open letter from Mugabe to the world.


Commentary

Seems to me, I remember that the productive farmers were run off their land, and it was given away to idiots who could not farm. Now, the people are starving.

The answer is simple, and works every time it is tried, CAPITALISM !!!!



When Marxism, Socialism, or Progressivism (but I repeat myself) are tried, it always leads to starvation...especially if the people have no weapons with which to defend themselves against the government.



Pray for the people of Zimbabwe.

Tree Hugger For Asheville City Council

And we have video to prove it, too!

Get on over to the Carolina Stompers to watch Pagans in Action!!!


Will Hsu Keep His Mouth Shut About Hsillary?



Norman Hsu (pronounced shoe) is in custody, and is hsure to be questioned about his fundraising activities, and his straw man donations.

West Carolina Report For Sept 14

I've updated my news site, West Carolina Report for today, and will be posting updates to it as other people Live-Blog The Gathering of Eagles III: Operation Eagle Justice.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Official Twelve Step Program For Liberals


1. Admit that you are powerless and that your life is best managed by strict adherence to progressive ideology.
Congratulations for taking this, your first step towards recovery. You will soon find a new global community of friends that are just like you. Your first step requires you to surrender independent thinking and acknowledge the wisdom of the majority. It is essential you learn to disregard facts in favor of consensus. Consensus to be defined by your sponsor, the Democrat party.

2. Come to believe that the power of progressive ideas can restore you to popularity and boost your self-esteem.
This step opens a vista of new hope and, if completed successfully, will guarantee you instant popularity and numerous social opportunities. Please visit www.move-on.org for the most current definition of progressive ideas. Keep in mind, it is not necessary to actually believe in these ideas but you must learn to give the impression that you do. (For the learning challenged, this means it's OK to fake it.) Relax, have fun. You'll be amazed how easy it is to fool most people.


Source: Right Bias
Hat Tip: Free Republic

Scary Stuff!

TERRORISM & SCHOOL SAFETY


In light of recent developments (and a Glenn Beck Special Series), I believe I should point all my readers to a web page with helpful information for parents, administrators, and local civilian militia groups that have been forming to respond to local terror incidents. [Free Republic discussion]


The following five videos are from Jihad: Slaughter of the Innocents (Beslan)



















Wednesday, September 12, 2007

VIDEO: NC Senator Fern Shubert
Illegal Immigration in North Carolina



This is an interview I conducted with former NC Senator Fern Shubert at the "Rally to Stop Illegal Immigration" on June 23rd of this year.

Press Release From Dr. Mumpower

~ Press Release ~



9-12-07





On Wednesday, September 12th, Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower committed to running as a Republican candidate for the 11th District Congressional seat. Mumpower, who has served for 6 years as an independent conservative voice on Asheville's liberal City Council has vowed to stay the course on this important political race.



Mumpower highlights a commitment to what he defines as essential issues as the foundation of his principles over politics approach to public service. Some of those issues include securing our borders; resisting a ballooning national debt; challenging Washington's indulgence of special interests; reducing bureaucratic strangulation of our education; business and health care systems; redirecting our energies in the fight against the harms of hard drugs; and renewing a national priority on enforcing existing laws over making new ones.



When asked to share one statement that broadly defines his position on the issues, Mumpower offered, It is the a dedication to the American Success Equation of liberty, opportunity and responsibility that we best secure a future of hope for our children and sustain America as a model for the people of the world reaching for a light.



Mumpower indicates his campaign approach will be straight forward. I want the people of WNC to know my name, that I am running for Congress, and where I stand on the issues they will take it from there.





Carl Mumpower

Suite 209 One Oak Plaza

Asheville, North Carolina 28801

**Note** I have made edited out symbols from the original that did not translate well into blogger, and made the words in bold print near the symbols.

Dr. Carl Mumpower to Challenge Heath Shuler

I just saw this on WWNC-AM:


Republicans have been wondering who would challenge Heath Schuler for the 11th District Congressional seat. Shuler will have at least one challenger - Asheville City Council member Carl Mumpower says he will run. Dr. Mumpower has served on City Council for six years. He says he hopes to bring his 'independent conservative voice' to Congress.



This will get interesting.

Also in the Citizen-Times:
ASHEVILLE – City councilor Carl Mumpower today announced he is running as a Republican candidate in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.


Mumpower, who has served for six years on the Asheville City Council, seeks to unseat Democratic incumbent Heath Shuler. In a news release, Mumpower said he is committed to what he defines as “essential issues” as the foundation of his “principles over politics” approach to public service.

Some of those issues include, "securing our borders, resisting a ballooning national debt, challenging Washington's indulgence of special interests, reducing bureaucratic strangulation of our education, business and health care systems, redirecting our energies in the fight against the harms of hard drugs and focusing on enforcement of existing laws over the creation of new ones," the news release states.




VIDEO: O'Reilly Punks Paul


Congressman Ron Paul has not got a clue about our enemy in this war, not a freaking clue!

Russia Claims New Bomb Rivals Nukes and Environmentally Friendly, Too!

Well, isn't that just nice, a green bomb:


MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has tested the world's most powerful vacuum bomb, which unleashes a destructive shockwave with the power of a nuclear blast, the military said on Tuesday, dubbing it the "father of all bombs".

--snip--

Such devices generally detonate in two stages. First a small blast disperses a main load of explosive material into a cloud, which then either spontaneously ignites in air or is set off by a second charge.

This explosion generates a pressure wave that reaches much further than that from a conventional explosive. The consumption of gases in the blast also generates a partial vacuum that can compound damage and injuries caused by the explosion itself.

"The main destruction is inflicted by an ultrasonic shockwave and an incredibly high temperature," the reports said. "All that is alive merely evaporates."

--snip--



Sounds like a Type of Fuel-Air Explosive to me.

Rukshin said: "At the same time, I want to stress that the action of this weapon does not contaminate the environment, in contrast to a nuclear one."


--snip--

This ought to tell you that our enemies still view the Left as udeful idiots who will aid them in their goals.


Tu-160


The Tu-160 supersonic bomber that dropped the bomb, widely known under its NATO nickname of "Blackjack", is the heaviest combat aircraft ever built.

Putin, who has overseen the roll-out of new tactical and anti-aircraft missiles and combat aircraft, has ordered "Blackjacks" and the Tu-95 "Bear" bombers to patrol around the world.

The report said the new bomb was much stronger than the U.S.-built Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb -- MOAB, also known under its name "Mother of All Bombs". "So, Russian designers called the new weapon 'Father of All Bombs'," it said.

Showing the orange-painted U.S. prototype, the report said the Russian bomb was four times more powerful -- 44 metric tons of TNT equivalent -- and the temperature at the epicenter of its blast was two times higher.


Source: Reuters

44 metric tonnes translates into 48.4 tons, or 96,800 lbs for us Americans, and those Brits who haven't yet cowed tot he rising EU Empire.

The claim to rival a nuke is just hyperbolic beating on their chest, as the smallest of Atomic Demolition Munitions had a TNT equivalent of several hundred tons to a few kiltons.

I still think that Neutron Bombs are a better alternative, unless you're smoking out people and things buried deep underground.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Belgians Arrest Anti-Jihadi Protesters



Protesters sought to use the Sept. 11 anniversary to point out that Islam threatens democracy and the rule of law in Europe.The demonstration was initially planned by Stop Islamization of Europe, a loose alliance with roots in Germany, Britain and Denmark, which had predicted that 20,000 people would come to Brussels from all over Europe.Brussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans banned the protest last month, calling SIOE an inflammatory group and its proposed
demonstration a threat to public order. An appeals court upheld the ban Aug. 29.

Only 200 or so protesters showed up Tuesday for a protest lasting only 30 minutes. The demonstrators faced more than 100 police, backed up by water cannons and helicopters, who closed off streets around the EU headquarters.


Read more at the Gates of Vienna

September 11, 2001

This is the sixth anniversary of a day I shall never forget.

I would suggest that you begin with this CNN Chronology of events.

**Update** Better Time line is at Free Republic.

List of all Victims

Fox News has more videos here, including Presidential and Mayoral footage.

Twin Towers Memorial Site. Watch for the Troofer stuff. (Thanks John W.)


And, if you have a fast internet connection, the Television Archive has links to streaming video of event coverage as it happened.

I will present bits and pieces of the events as they happened:

8.46am: First Impact caught on amateur video .






9.03am Second Plane Impacts.



9.37am Pentagon hit by Flight 77.







10.03am Flight 93 is brought down short of it's intended target by passengers and crew struggling with the terrorist hijackers.







Home Video hosted on Google of the Collapse of both buildings. Nearly 30 minutes in duration.


11.59am CNN runs video of Paleostinkians celebrating in the streets:





1.04pm Barksdale ,Louisiana Remarks by President Bush.






Passenger Manifest differences are addressed most eloquently here.

Where ever you are today, take moment to remember the fallen that day, and remember our soldiers who have fallen in a successful attempt (so far) to keep the terrorists focused away from us. Pray the Democrats, and their traitorous allies, fail to cause us to lose the will to fight this war.

Patriot's Day 2007




This is Phyllis Fox of the Sylva, NC Lions Club planting flags on Main Street in Sylva in honor of Patriot's Day 2007.

Why The Left Must Deny September 11, 2001

In the endless Summer of Love there is no 9/11. And to tens of millions of dreamy folk on the Left, the Summer of Love never stopped. For those people there is no dangerous Ahmadi-Nejad in Tehran, threatening a fiery new holocaust for Tel Aviv and Washington, DC. There is no nuclear proliferation by mad little mass-murdering Kim Jong Il. There is no Osama Bin Laden stirring up terror cells around the world -- just a poor, confused man somewhere in the mysterious, deeply spiritual East, whom we have offended in some terrible way.

For the Dreamy Left there is no history, and no fundamental human conflict. There was no Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor half a century ago -- except as a terrible misunderstanding, because our parents and grandparents were just so ignorant and racist in that benighted time. There was never a Cold War, there is no necessary war ever, there is no human value worth fighting for. We have transcended all that by our saintly morality and good will. History was mostly a big misunderstanding. Reality is only an agreement. Peace and Love are forever and ever, and nobody has to do anything to make it so, except to wish for it hard enough. If everybody wants it, it will be so.
Source: The American Thinker

Hat Tip: The Freedom Fighter's Journal


As long as I have breath, I will remember that day, and tell others about that day. I will pull out audio, video, and written accounts of that day and show my nephews, nieces, children, and grandchildren.

We must never forget.


Or else, we will end up like these idiots in (where else) AshevilleSan Fransisco:





The anti-American War Protesters all gathered in San Fransisco, and the crowd included 9/11 Truthers, International ANSWER, Communists, Idiot Ron Paul Supporters, the Revolutionary Workers Group, Vegans, Cannibis Action Network, Wonder Woman and Spiderman.

Don't believe me? Check out Zombietime's Photo Essay, from whom I swiped the headlining photo for this post.

Anti-American War Protesters Deface Viet Nam Memorial

It should be no secret to regular readers that I am diametrically opposed to the America Haters, whether they be jihadis, or juveniles.

Yesterday, I received an email about an act of vandalism at the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington, DC. My first thoughts were of the families of those remembered by the wall, and of their buddies who still lived, and visited the Wall. This attack was on them as well as America herself.

Not content with defacing flags, these people are like psychic vampires, feeding off the anguish of others to fill their empty souls from the abundance of people who are the salt of the earth.

These vandals are always angry, never happy, unless they can have an ersatz happiness from the act of tearing down what others have built, if only symbolically. This is a form of Mental Marxism, where the vandals attempt to "redistribute the wealth of honor" earned the fallen to those who have no honor, and have no idea of how honor is earned.

You can read more about the vandalism at Redstate, where they link to other accounts, and photos of the physical handiwork of an act I believe meant to satisfy the non-physical needs of the perpetrators.

Today is the sixth anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on America, and these people, and their fellow travelers still do not get it. See Zombie's Photo Essay on a gathering of these types.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Letter To The People of America
From Ahmad Shah Massoud




Date: 1998

A Message to the People of the United States of America

I send this message to you today on behalf of the freedom and peace-loving people of Afghanistan, the Mujahedeen freedom fighters who resisted and defeated Soviet communism, the men and women who are still resisting oppression and foreign hegemony and, in the name of more than one and a half million Afghan martyrs who sacrificed their lives to uphold some of the same values and ideals shared by most Americans and Afghans alike. This is a crucial and unique moment in the history of Afghanistan and the world, a time when Afghanistan has crossed yet another threshold and is entering a new stage of struggle and resistance for its survival as a free nation and independent state.

I have spent the past 20 years, most of my youth and adult life, alongside my compatriots, at the service of the Afghan nation, fighting an uphill battle to preserve our freedom, independence, right to self-determination and dignity. Afghans fought for God and country, sometime alone, at other times with the support of the international community. Against all odds, we, meaning the free world and Afghans, halted and checkmated Soviet expansionism a decade ago. But the embattled people of my country did not savor the fruits of victory. Instead they were thrust in a whirlwind of foreign intrigue, deception, great-gamesmanship and internal strife. Our country and our noble people were brutalized, the victims of misplaced greed, hegemonic designs and ignorance. We Afghans erred too. Our shortcomings were as a result of political innocence, inexperience, vulnerability, victimization, bickering and inflated egos. But by no means does this justify what some of our so-called Cold War allies did to undermine this just victory and unleash their diabolical plans to destroy and subjugate Afghanistan.

Today, the world clearly sees and feels the results of such misguided and evil deeds. South-Central Asia is in turmoil, some countries on the brink of war. Illegal drug production, terrorist activities and planning are on the rise. Ethnic and religiously-motivated mass murders and forced displacements are taking place, and the most basic human and women’s rights are shamelessly violated. The country has gradually been occupied by fanatics, extremists, terrorists, mercenaries, drug Mafias and professional murderers. One faction, the Taliban, which by no means rightly represents Islam, Afghanistan or our centuries-old cultural heritage, has with direct foreign assistance exacerbated this explosive situation. They are unyielding and unwilling to talk or reach a compromise with any other Afghan side.

Unfortunately, this dark accomplishment could not have materialized without the direct support and involvement of influential governmental and non-governmental circles in Pakistan. Aside from receiving military logistics, fuel and arms from Pakistan, our intelligence reports indicate that more than 28,000 Pakistani citizens, including paramilitary personnel and military advisers are part of the Taliban occupation forces in various parts of Afghanistan. We currently hold more than 500 Pakistani citizens including military personnel in our POW camps. Three major concerns - namely terrorism, drugs and human rights - originate from Taliban-held areas but areinstigated from Pakistan, thus forming the inter-connecting angles of an evil triangle. For many Afghans, regardless of ethnicity or religion, Afghanistan, for the second time in one decade, is once again an occupied country.

Let me correct a few fallacies that are propagated by Taliban backers and their lobbies around the world. This situation over the short and long-run, even in case of total control by the Taliban, will not be to anyone’s interest. It will not result in stability, peace and prosperity in the region. The people of Afghanistan will not accept such a repressive regime. Regional countries will never feel secure and safe. Resistance will not end in Afghanistan, but will take on a new national dimension, encompassing all Afghan ethnic and social strata.

The goal is clear. Afghans want to regain their right to self-determination through a democratic or traditional mechanism acceptable to our people. No one group, faction or individual has the right to dictate or impose its will by force or proxy on others. But first, the obstacles have to be overcome, the war has to end, just peace established and a transitional administration set up to move us toward a representative government.

We are willing to move toward this noble goal. We consider this as part of our duty to defend humanity against the scourge of intolerance, violence and fanaticism. But the international community and the democracies of the world should not waste any valuable time, and instead play their critical role to assist in any way possible the valiant people of Afghanistan overcome the obstacles that exist on the path to freedom, peace, stability and prosperity.

Effective pressure should be exerted on those countries who stand against the aspirations of the people of Afghanistan. I urge you to engage in constructive and substantive discussions with our representatives and all Afghans who can and want to be part of a broad consensus for peace and freedom for Afghanistan.

With all due respect and my best wishes for the government and people of the United States,

Ahmad Shah Massoud.

On September 9, 2001, he was assassinated by suicide bombers. Two days later, America was attacked by terrorists on a suicide mission that killed 3,000 people in Newyork, Washington, DC, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Afghanistan Onlne

CNN

National Geographic

Commentary

It would take the loss of 3,000 people before his words made sense. If the Satanic forces of the Islamofascists are allowed time to breathe, many more of us will die, not to mention the millions that will die in the Middle East.

VIDEO: Osama bin Laden "Sounds Like a Lefty Blogger"



Thank You, David Brooks!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Willow in the Light

Friday, September 7, 2007

Friday Night Jazz:
Diana Krall "Fly Me To The Moon"



Diana Krall Official Website (You can buy MP3's there as well, I have!)

If I remember, I hope this will be a regular weekly feature.

Guest Commentary from Frank Salvato:
A Single Reason for US Intervention in Iraq

GUEST COMMENTARY
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A Single Reason for US Intervention in Iraq
USA Frank Salvato, Managing Editor
September 7, 2007





“It is as useless to argue with those who have renounced the use of reason as to administer medication to the dead.”
– Thomas Jefferson

As progress continues to be made in every aspect of the Iraqi conflict – militarily, socially and politically – the debate among the ideologically entrenched here in the United States rages on. This is in large part due to the positioning of candidates from all political parties in preparation for the 2008 elections. There is an intense desire to look both peace-loving and hawkish on the issue of the Iraqi front in the overall war against Islamofascist aggression. This is not an easy task when they are simultaneously declaring their support for the soldiers in the field and questioning the value of the mission and how well it is being executed. Meet the two-faces of the political panderer. Not very attractive, are they?

While factions of our society debate the pros and cons of US military intervention in Iraq the facts presented for the initiation of efforts there have always stood clearly defined. They were laid out in no uncertain terms, and in order of priority, by President Bush before the United Nations General Assembly on September 12, 2002:

▪ Violation of UN Security Council Resolution 688: Human rights violations and the torture, rape and murder of political opponents and ordinary citizens, including the genocide of the Iraqi Kurds.

▪ Violations of UN Security Council Resolutions 686 and 687: The refusal to release prisoners of war captured during the Gulf War.

▪ Violations of UN Security Council Resolutions 687 and 1373: The refusal to disassociate with terrorist organizations and the facilitation of terrorist entities within and traveling across Iraq borders.

▪ Violations of UN Security Council Resolutions 660, 661, 678, 686, 687, 688, 707, 715, 986 and 1284: Refusal to cease development programs for weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles, and refusal to allow UN inspectors uninhibited access to any and all weapons development programs.

In summary: genocide, refusal to return prisoners of war, enabling of terrorists and their organizations, refusal to cease WMD development programs and refusal to allow verification of said cessation.

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My Commentary

The anti-war movement has become as insane, and completely devoid of reason, as the 9/11 Truther Movement. I believe the root cause of these phenomena is spiritual in nature.

How Will Thunder Pig Die?

I saw a quiz over at Ogre's, and couldn't help but take it.

How will I die?
Your Result: You will die while saving someone's life.

The most noble of all deaths. Your rewards will be great in the next life. You are most definitely a humanitarian. If not currently, you will be. To give one's life is a precious moment that will be remembered by friends and family for many decades.

You will die while having sex.

You will die in your sleep.

You will be murdered.

You will die of boredom.

You will die in a car accident.

You will die in a nuclear holocaust.

You will die from a terminal illness.

How will I die?
Create a Quiz




Guess that means I'll have to start wearing body armor again!!!

I also note that very close to the number one choice is that I will be die while having sex. Now the obvious question to ask is that could some evil fiend choose sex as their weapon to take me out, or will the act be a sacrifice I make to save someone else's life? Bah! It's just a silly quiz anyway...

Correction to a previous post

Lightning Baron was so kind to correct a misapprehension I had over the music in a recent BSG video on You Tube, and I have corrected the post.

So, if you are working on a BSG Tribute Video with 300 music, you haven't been scooped yet!

Rolls of Hay

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Video: Video Technical Analysis Stock Market Review For 0906




I am heavily into using charts to determine my market moves, (disclaimer---I take all my money out of the market in late July, and return sometime in September or October) and I discovered this guy a few months ago. I never got around to highlighting him until now. He blogs at Alpha Trends, and he usually puts out a video or two a day during trading, or shortly after the markets close.


John J Murphy is the best place to start, and get the study guide, too!

Martin Pring is also someone I study.

Video: Hippies Still Smell

Are you going to DC with the Eagles, or with The Smelly Ones?




Move America Forward

Gathering of Eagles


Rolling Thunder

I'm With Fred

I'm throwing my lot in with Fred Thompson for President, and I would like for him to choose either Mike Huckabee or Newt Gingrich as his running mate.

I will also be active in my community campaigning for Fred, and am glad I have decided to take a sabbatical from work this winter so I can devote a few hours a week working for various GOP Candidates.

Another Reason Not to Vote for Ron Paul

I was going to post some video of Mike Huckabee smacking down Ron Paul...okay I lied, I'll do it anyway:



I had a thought to look at the Political Predictions Markets to see how things were going, and found that Slate has a page where the major markets are listed, with current prices.

Ron Paul is currently trading on Intrade, a spin-off of TradeSports, at $4.00 a share on a contract that would pay out $100 if Ron Paul wins the GOP nomination, and zero if anyone else wins. That is people betting with their own money on the outcome of the race.

The top five are:

1. Julie Annie 38.50

2. Romney 25.20

3. Fred-o 22.00

4. McCain 4.50

5. Ron Paul 4.00

On the Dem side, it looks like the HildaBeast is gonna take it:

1. Hillary 67.80

2. Obama 16.50

3. Breck Girl 7.20

4. Gorebot 6.80

5. Richardson 1.10

Enough said!!!

Reflection


I shot this while driving down the back street in Sylva yesterday near 6pm.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Resource: The Militant Ideology Atlas

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point has an excellent resource for those wishing to find out more about just who we are fighting in the Global War on Terror.

It is available as an Executive Summary [Link to PDF 991kB and 23 pages] and as a hefty Research Compendium [Link to PDF 4,918 kB and 361 pages].


SUMMARY

The Militant Ideology Atlas identifies the most influential thinkers in the Jihadi Movement (see appendices) and delineates the movement’s key ideological vulnerabilities. It situates the Jihadi Movement within the various Muslim constituencies that Jihadi leaders seek to influence and persuade.

These constituencies can be envisioned as a series of nesting circles (Diagram 1:Jihadi Constituencies). Each constituency is responsive to leaders in the broader constituencies of which it is a part, but each also has its own set of thinkers that are best positioned to influence their base.

The largest constituency is comprised of Muslims, people who follow the Qur’an and the example of Muhammad. This includes Sunnis (people who follow the example of the Prophet) and Shi`a is (people who follow the example of the Prophet and his descendents through his son-in-law Ali), and ranges from secularists to fundamentalists. This constituency is much too broad to identify one or two individuals who shape opinion across the broad spectrum of Muslims.


I hope many of you download and read this study and realize the utter shallowness of the anti-war crowd in facing up to reality and the goals of the Islamofascists who are dedicated to the removal of our civilization from the earth.

And to the lefties out there who would critique my position, try reading the thing instead of falling back on lefty talking points.


Clinton Donor Hsu Money Tracked to Tennessee


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Led by a number of conservative bloggers, some of Tennessee's news media outlets have begun to report on the connections of convicted felon and big-time Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu to the Tennessee Democratic Party and the failed Senate campaign of former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., who now heads the Democratic Leadership Council.


Read more, and find more links, at News Busters

Red Dawn Teaser


Folklore has it that Red Dawns are a harbinger of unsettled weather approaching, and I think this one was just a teaser, with no bad weather in the outlook.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

VIDEO: Thinkers of the Left and Right of the 1900s

Here are two short videos about some thinkers of the last century, I have to admit to having read few of the lefties, and about a third of those on the right...



Left




Right




Guess I'm gonna have to add a few more names to my list as I sift through the used book stores of WNC.




Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst 090407

Border Security: Instead of removing dangerous aliens experienced
agents to be inspecting grapefruit!

100% Preventable! More Americans killed -- raped -- molested by those
not supposed to be in this country!

The Deportation Joke: Deported pedophile returns to molest more
children, does our government care?



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Monday, September 3, 2007

Palestinian Terrorists Rocket Lands Near School in Israel

I have been reading about the terrorist rocket attacks on Sderot for some time on blogs, with very little mention in the Legacy Media, and wire reports giving up little in the way of information.
Today, someone has released a video of a palestinian terrorist rocket landing near a school in Sderot, Israel:





**UPDATED INFO** Muqata was the source of the video, and stands at the gateway into the JBlogosphere.


SDEROT, Israel, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Summer break for Israeli students came to an end Sunday, one day after a Qassam rocket landed near a school in the city of Sderot.

The Saturday evening rocket was followed by two Qassam rockets that landed in open fields Sunday morning outside the city, Ynetnews reported Sunday.

Despite the rocket attacks, some parents expressed confidence in the safety of their children while at school.

"There is no doubt that the school is more fortified than our house," said Avivit Dahan, mother of a first-grade girl.

Officials said the rocket attacks are a part of daily life in the city.


Source: United Press International


GAZA: Israeli aircraft struck a rocket- launching cell in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing two militants from the Palestinians' Hamas party, after Hamas activists fired a barrage of rockets at southern Israel and threatened to turn one city into "a ghost town."
Source: International Herald-Tribune from June of 2006.

Note the Palestinian Terrorists are called "activists". Would I be called an activist if I launched rockets at anybody? This is part of what the Legacy Media-types do, they call terrorists activists, or militants, or insurgents...giving them a moral equivalency they could never earn on their own in a thousand years!

Background: from Gateway Pundit:

Gaza Qassam Rockets Pile Up in Sderot- Israel (Photos)

Sderot, Israel Blasted By Gaza Rocket Attacks


Bloggers Catch Video of Qassam Rockets Fired on Israel