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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.

Monday, June 30, 2008

My Middle Name Is Sidney

Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on Facebook.com, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.

“Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads.

With her decision, she joined a growing band of supporters of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who are expressing solidarity with him by informally adopting his middle name.

The result is a group of unlikely-sounding Husseins: Jewish and Catholic, Hispanic and Asian and Italian-American, from Jaime Hussein Alvarez of Washington, D.C., to Kelly Hussein Crowley of Norman, Okla., to Sarah Beth Hussein Frumkin of Chicago.


Source: New York Slimes

Whadda buncha idiots!

Guess that backs up the observation that Republicans vote with their heads, and Dumb-o-crats vote with their hearts.

Crunching The Numbers On 527's: Exposing Barack Obama's Lie

To hear Barack Obama speak you'd think he is gonna be overwhelmed by a folld of Republican 527's this fall. Methinks the guilty dog is barking first:

Before the conventions in 2004, 527's had raised $189.1 million, with Conservative groups raising $43.8 million and Liberal groups raising $132.6 million. The Liberals out raised Conservatives 3 to 1.

Now, the 527's have raised $207.8 million, with Conservative groups raising $68.4 million and Liberal groups raising $116.4 million. The Liberals out raised Conservatives 1.7 to 1.

I can see why Obama would be worried. If the Democrat 527's can't get a Democrat into the White House when they have a 3 to 1 advantage in money...they might have a problem doing it at 1.7 to 1...unless they really over work those ACORN people and increase their fraudulent voter registrations to unheard of levels.

Source for figures: Center for Responsive Politics.

So, when you hear Barack Obama, or any Democrat, speak of the Republican attack machine...you will be armed with figures that will show them that they have been told a lie, and are repeating it.

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The Tunguska Mystery 100 Years Later


June 30, 1908, 7:14 a.m., central Siberia—Semen Semenov, a local farmer, saw “the sky split in two. Fire appeared high and wide over the forest.... From ... where the fire was, came strong heat.... Then the sky shut closed, and a strong thump sounded, and I was thrown a few yards.... After that such noise came, as if . . . cannons were firing, the earth shook ...”

Such is the harrowing testimony of one of the closest eyewitnesses to what scientists call the Tunguska event, the largest impact of a cosmic body to occur on the earth during modern human history. Semenov experienced a raging conflagration some 65 kilometers (40 miles) from ground zero, but the effects of the blast rippled out far into northern Europe and Central Asia as well. Some people saw massive, silvery clouds and brilliant, colored sunsets on the horizon, whereas others witnessed luminescent skies at night—Londoners, for instance, could plainly read newsprint at midnight without artificial lights. Geophysical observatories placed the source of the anomalous seismic and pressure waves they had recorded in a remote section of Siberia. The epicenter lay close to the river Podkamennaya Tunguska, an uninhabited area of swampy taiga forest that stays frozen for eight or nine months of the year.

Ever since the Tunguska event, scientists and lay enthusiasts alike have wondered what caused it. Although most observers generally accept that some kind of cosmic body, either an asteroid or a comet, exploded in the sky above Siberia, no one has yet found fragments of the object or any impact craters in the affected region. The mystery remains unsolved, but our research team, only the latest of a steady stream of investigators who have scoured the area, may be closing in on a discovery that will change our understanding of what happened that fateful morning.

Source: Scientific American
Related: Wikipedia
The Stupid: Rense Article "Great 1908 Tunguska Explosion - UFO Meets Comet?"
The Nonsensical: The Vurdalak Conjecture


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Tunguska Epicenter


I have enjoyed reading about this event all my life, and especially remember the wilder claims of the conspiracy nuts that it was an alien craft that had blown up in the atmosphere, or even the speculation that it was a tiny black hole that happened to evaporate as it intersected our atmosphere.

I have always believed it to have been a piece of a comet, more specifically, the short-period comet Encke. I forget where I read that, and a quick Google Search tells me that British Astronomer Fred Whipple suggested that in 1930. I read very heavily in the area of Astronomy, so I could have read that anywhere, and tend to go with the scientific explanation where it fits Occam's Razor.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The John Batchelor Show For June 29th

WMAL has added the show to it's Sunday Night lineup!!! The show will air from 7pm to 9pm on WMAL.


It's Sunday night, and that means it's time for John Batchelor!

Here is his new website.

WABC & WMAL Schedule

WABC & WMAL Schedule

KFI Schedule

If you can't listen to him over the air, you can listen to him from 7pm to 10pm Eastern Devil Time on WABC.

The main WABC Stream is not working this week, try this one.
Another backup is here.

Then, he switches over to KFI for the 10pm to 1am Eastern Devil Time slot.

His blog.

Enjoy!

Hour Long Video Of Mexican Consulate Protest In Hendersonville, NC

Citizens in western North Carolina came together yesterday and protested the Mexican Consulate issuing Identification to 400 or so Mexicans yesterday in Hendersonville, North Carolina:

Among the groups participating were The Action Club, ALIPAC, NC Listen, and congressional candidate Carl Mumpower. The videographer was Richard Bernier who has a public access show called Sound Off Buncombe on URTV. The show airs on Charter Cable channel 20 in Buncombe and Madison counties.

**update** I forgot to add Paul Purdue to the list. He is a candidate for NC House District #115.

Previously:

WNC Citizens Protest Mexican Consulate in Hendersonville




Democratic Party Bans Southern Fried Foods From Convention

As part of the effort to make the August 25-28 convention the greenest ever, the Democrats' guidelines for food catering include one that strikes at the heart of Southern cuisine: no fried food.

No fried chicken. No fried catfish. No fried green tomatoes. No fried okra. No fried anything.

In promoting healthy eating habits, the Democratic guidelines say every meal should be nutritious and include "at least three of the following colors: red, green, yellow, purple/blue and white."

"It's the new patriotism," says Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the driving force behind the greening of the Democratic convention.


Source: Denver Post
Hat Tip: Jonah Goldberg

You know, I'm betting someone could make a lot of money by smuggling fried chicken into that convention...unless the Dems flip-flop on this issue, too.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

WNC Citizens Protest Mexican Consulate in Hendersonville

The protest I wrote about yesterday is previewed in the following video shot by Richard Bernier of URTV's Sound Off Buncombe:

He hopes to have full hour up by Sunday Night on Google Video, and it will be airing on URTV in Buncombe and Madison Counties on Charter Cable Channel 20.

Manure Thief Falls In Manure, Flees Scene Naked


A woman trying to make "manure bombs" using stockings, slipped into a slurry tank and fled the scene naked, German police said.

Two women entered a farm in the northern village of Eberholzen on Wednesday evening and started to fill the stockings with manure.

"One of them slipped into the manure tank, right into the cow muck," said a spokesman for local police. "The other one helped her out. We found their clothes in a field. One seems to have run off completely naked, the other in her underwear."


Source: ABC News

Manure Bombs? As in Water Balloon-type Bombs? Doood, that's not cool.

Poetic justice stikes again. I'm hoping there were parasites in the manure.

Technical Analysis Video For June 27th

For the naysayers on the economy, listen to Alpha Trends:


Smart traders make money no matter which way the market is going.

He has a book on Technical Trading.

Crunching The Numbers On Algal Gasoline

According to the US Energy Information Administration, US gasoline consumption is currently averaging (4-week rolling) 9.027 million barrels of gasoline per day, or about 379 million gallons (42 gallons per barrel). Thus, to completely replace US gasoline consumption, Sapphire Energy would need to “scrub”, at 100% efficiency, just over 83000 cubic kilometers of air per day. Certainly there is plenty of air available - this volume represents less than 0.02% of the volume of air in the first 1 km of atmosphere. Nevertheless, it is an enormous amount to process each day.

Of course, Sapphire Energy’s near-term goals are much more modest. As CEO Jason Pyle told Biomass Magazine, “the company is currently deploying a three-year pilot process with the goal of opening a 153 MMgy (10,000 barrel per day) production facility by 2011 at a site yet to be determined.” Using my fuzzy math above, that equates to a minimum of 92 cubic kilometers of air a day. Still seems like a lot.

So where will all of the CO2 come from?

Source: Watts Up With That? (Be sure and read the whole post over there).



Commentary


This is the one thing enviro-weenies seem to forget when they try to force alternative energy on us...it is usually not scalable the way oil is scalable. They make good supplemental sources of energy, but cannot replace oil completely.

I am very interested to see more research in this direction for producing fuels from biological sources that are not also food sources. Al Fin has a post on a similar effort that boasts 100,000 gallons of oil an acre production, which leaves me to ponder the possibility of lefties and enviro-weenies (often the same creature) will begin to oppose that process should it promise to free us from bondage to the Middle East, and perhaps create true wealth here. If it is successful...count on it as surely as the protests against wind mills and clean coal plants...which they championed a few years ago.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Latino Advocacy Group Assisting Illegal Aliens Tomorrow At Blue Ridge Community College
Updated With Protest Plans

This was forwarded to my via my You Tube Account this morning:

Immigration Reformers and Concerned Citizens,

I know I have emailed you a fair amount in the last two weeks, but events don't happen always in order.

Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock - NC), part of the North Carolina Community College system, was sent a letter by NC LISTEN to inform them that the Latino Advocacy Coalition of Henderson County was renting a state building on their community college campus for purposes of inviting Mexican Consulate officials to provide and assist illegal immigrants with Consular Matricula ID cards. The event scheduled [and predominantly advertised in Spanish] for this Saturday 28 June at the Thomas Auditorium Gallery at Blue Ridge Community College [8am to 9pm] will also provide recommendations and other information to illegal immigrants and foreign nationals. Foreign government officials should not be using our state government buildings for purposes of issuing foreign ID cards that have the primary purpose of being used by illegal immigrants to open bank accounts, etc. Our federal government does not accept Consular Matricular cards for ID purposes and the FBI has stated they are unreliable as an ID and can be easily forged.

Blue Ridge has just informed us the event will not be stopped and will be allowed to take place on their campus. Even though foreign government officials from Mexico and illegal immigrants will be there as noted above, Blue Ridge Community College through their PR person [Ms. LeeAnna Haney] has pointed out the event is not open to the general public and furthermore we [citizens with interest] are advised not to come-on campus during the event. I expect citizens should decide for themselves whether they can attend or not and whether to videotape what they observe.

It is important to call Dr. Molly Parkhill, President of Blue Ridge Community College, at (828) 694-1705 to insist rental space not be provided for this event on 28 June [her asst has the same phone number]. Also email local politicians for that area: State House member Carolyn Justus at Carolynj@ncleg. net and State Senator Tom Apodaca at Toma@ncleg.net and call US Congressman Heath Shuler at (828) 252-1651. Also please contact Henderson County Blue Ridge Comm College Board of Trustee members [College President's office said they could not give out email addresses] Bill Farrell at 828-697-5640, Tom Orr at (828) 693-6430, Chip Gould at (828) 692-5960, and Candler Willis at (828) 693-3164.

Let's stop this event HERE and NOW. Word has it they are going to be doing this at several other of our NC Community Colleges around the state in the next two months. This type of activity is outrageous and I need your help to put a stop to it.

Regards,

Ron Woodard
Director
NC LISTEN
(919) XXX-XXXX
www.nclisten. com

Commentary

Well, this would seem to be an illegal effort, especially by a FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, would it not? Hendersonville is a little to far for me to travel on such short notice, but perhaps not for others. If you are interested in showing up there tomorrow, email me, and I might put you in touch with other people so you can coordinate with them, or you can get in touch with Ron via his website.

**update**

Press release from Mumpower:

Mexican Consular Visit To Be Protested


An anticipated Friday and Saturday visit by the Mexican Consulate to the Blue Ridge Community campus in Hendersonville is subject to protest according to a spokesman for the Mumpower for Congress Committee. The visit is being sponsored by the Latino Advocacy Coalition of Henderson County, who have rented space at the campus for those interested in receiving a "Consular Matricula" I.D. card from the Mexican Embassy. According to Lee Anna Haney, a spokesperson for the college, North Carolina is one of the few states that recognize the Consular Matricula I.D. card as a valid form of identification to obtain a state driver's license.

Ron Woodard of North Carolina Listen, a non-profit group targeting illegal immigration issues, has shared concerns with the school that the consular I.D.'s make it easier to remain in America illegally. "It also appears that this event is to assist illegal immigrants in general with recommendations and other information," said Woodard.

A request by North Carolina Listen to monitor the event was declined by the Blue Ridge College administration. "As to your group's desire to "monitor" this event that request is denied," said Ms. Haney. "The College is not the equivalent of a public park. Use of College facilities must comply with our facilities use policy and groups or individuals may not come on campus to monitor other groups."

The office of 11th District Republican Congressional candidate Carl Mumpower has announced a planned protest of the event. Those interested are invited to meet at the Mumpower for Congress campaign office at Suite 310, One Oak Plaza, in Asheville at 6:15 am for the trip to Hendersonville. There will be a follow-up breakfast gathering at the Upward Road Cracker Barrel at 7:00 with the protest beginning sometime around 8:00 that morning on or about Blue Ridge Community College.

"This activity on a tax supported college campus illustrates our government's paralysis on illegal immigration; the audacity and double standard of the Mexican government; and the indulgences of those who conspire to appease, support, and otherwise benefit from illegal immigration," said Mumpower.

"Illegal immigration is the greatest law breaking scheme in America's history and it is past time for our politicians to be more concerned with enforcing the rule of law and protecting America's borders than shielding their dignity and getting reelected." "This protest has nothing to do with Latinos, immigration, racism or any of the other decoy issues that conspirators use to distract Americans from action. It is simply about one word - illegal."


Mumpower has been encouraged by supporters and advisors to offer a position statement but otherwise avoid the event. "Concern for image and political correctness has kidnapped accountability and action in America - I have no interest in continuing that theme with my own version of political cowardliness," said Mumpower. "With our staff and resources, we are in a better position than about anyone in WNC to organize a responsible protest of this event." "No doubt we will run into hurdles, but we will do what we can and leave the rest in the hands of higher authority."

Principles before party, power, or popularity - always.

Our Next National Purpose: The Lexington Project

Senator John McCain has a plan: 




Our nation's future security and prosperity depends on the next President making the hard choices that will break our nation's strategic dependence on foreign sources of energy and will ensure our economic prosperity by meeting tomorrow's demands for a clean portfolio. John McCain has made the necessary choices - producing more power, pushing technology to help free our transportation sector from its use of foreign oil, cleaning up our air and addressing climate change, and ensuring that Americans have dependable energy sources. John McCain will lead the effort to develop advanced transportation technologies and alternative fuels to promote energy independence and cut off the flow of oil wealth to repressive dictatorships like Iran.


Source: The Lexington Project

Commentary

While I do not agree with every aspect of his plan, I believe it is a step in the right direction. Just by announcing our intent to drill more oil here at home would send oil prices lower.

I have problems with McCain's extremely ignorant view on what he calls "speculators". The very word belies a Marxist connotation. If he is against someone betting on prices going up (called going long), then he should be against someone betting on prices going down (going short), and one would think he is against people trading stocks, futures, or other financial instruments just to make money. Someone should educate the Senator on what makes Capitalism work. The markets are the best indicator of how the economy is doing, and makes judgment calls on the worth of companies and entire segments of the economy of far more efficiently than any economist, or group of economists ever could.

I support The Lexington Project just on the merits of using our own resources, which would be better than giving our money to despots in the Middle East. That money would be better spent paying Americans to do the work here. And oil jobs pay well. Very well. I have a friend who works on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana six months out of the year, and takes the other six months off to do whatever he wants.
 

Something like this could supercharge our economy beyond our wildest creams...and the worst lefty nightmare.

BTR: Fausta's Blog for June 27th

At 11:00 AM Eastern, Fausta will have blogger and author on the show. Among the topics will be politics, the 2008 Campaign, and yesterday's landmark decision by the Supreme Court:


Chat Room

Fausta's Blog

Kevin's Blog, Musclehead Rvolution

Kevin's Books, On Amazon

Move America Forward Webathon Raises More Than $1 Million For Care Packages!

The leftist rabble are once again licking their wounds as the patriots of America delivered a rousing, unambiguous show of support for our troops prosecuting the missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Although they entered the night with a goal of $500,000, they had that cleared by 9 PM Eastern. At the end of the day, MAF collected over $1 Million to supply our troops with care packages.

Source: A Newt One

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the event and contributed to purchase care packages for the troops. Callers raised $1,055,719 to purchase care packages for our troops.

Lefties Realize Olberman, Obama Were Faking It On FISA



Keith Olbermann on FISA earlier this year...he was against it before he was for it!







On January 31 of this year, Keith Olbermann donned his most serious face and most indignant voice tone to rail against George Bush for supporting telecom immunity and revisions to FISA. In a 10-minute "Special Comment," the MSNBC star condemned Bush for wanting to "retroactively immunize corporate criminals," and said that telecom immnity is "an ex post facto law, which would clear the phone giants from responsibility for their systematic, aggressive and blatant collaboration with [Bush's] illegal and unjustified spying on Americans under this flimsy guise of looking for any terrorists who are stupid enough to make a collect call or send a mass email."
Olbermann added that telecom amnesty was a "shameless, breathless, literally textbook example of Fascism -- the merged efforts of government and corporations that answer to no government."

Source: Glenn Greenwald


And, when confronted with Obama's acceptance of FISA, Olberman reveals his true colors:

Last night, Olbermann invited Newsweek's Jonathan Alter onto his show to discuss Obama's support for the FISA and telecom amnesty bill (video of the segment is here). There wasn't a syllable uttered about "immunizing corporate criminals" or "textbook examples of Fascism" or the Third Reich. There wasn't a word of rational criticism of the bill either. Instead, the two media stars jointly hailed Obama's bravery and strength -- as evidenced by his "standing up to the left" in order to support this important centrist FISA compromise:


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Now this is too funny!!!

Will the lefties keep on drinking the Obama Koolaid as Olberman has done?

Obama was against immunity before he was for it.



**update** 11.20 AM


Olberman has fired back at Greenwald over at KKKos Kidz.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

(LIVE EVENT) From The Frontlines Webathon
4 PM to Midnight Eastern Time

This post is sticky, and will remain on top for the remainder of the day, visit WNC Citizens Blog for today's posts.
I have decided to post the player in my header so that you might enjoy the chatroom as well during the show.


This webathon has the purpose of getting as many people as possible to call in and pledge to contribute to sending care packages to our troops serving overseas.

**update** 2.03pm A Newt One will have an hour long pre-show broadcast beginning at 3pm:

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Make Your Pledge Here
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The grand finale to this effort will be a Jerry Lewis style 8-hour Internet Telethon ("From the Frontlines") on June 26th (from 4:00pm - Midnight - Eastern). This cutting edge production “From The Frontlines” will be broadcast live by UStream.tv and hosted by Melanie Morgan & Michelle Malkin. Live and taped reports will be broadcast from our troops serving in Iraq & Afghanistan during the historic 8-hour event. We are also deeply honored that Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has also signed on to support the "Candy Diplomacy" portion of this effort!

Mumpower Visits the Henderson County Republican Mens Club

I have the video of the event at my local and state issues blog, WNC Citizens Blog.

Arapaho County Prepares for DNC Protestors

The law enforcement authorities in Denver, Colorado are being very proactive regarding the legions of anarchists, communists, progressives, and other freaks known as Democrats descend upon Denver in an attempt to "Recreate '68".

They have passed an ordinance that makes it unlawful for protesters to possess large sticks, whether they be metal or wooden, gas masks or projectile launchers.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. -- No large sticks and no poles. Those are the rules approved Tuesday by the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners for protesters surrounding the Democratic National Convention.

“As we were planning for our efforts toward the DNC it became obvious to us that this was a public safety gap that needed to be filled,” said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.

# The ordinance makes it unlawful for anyone in unincorporated Arapahoe County who is involved in a demonstration, rally or picket line or similar public assembly to:

# possess any metal, hard plastic or wood object that is sharpened or that exceeds the allowed dimensions set forth in the ordinance (no longer than 2 feet)

# possess any type of projectile launcher
possess a gas mask

Demonstrators said they understand the need for safety, but believe this ordinance goes too far.

“A gas mask can never be used to hurt somebody, it is not an offensive thing,” said Glenn Spagnuolo with Recreate 68. “It can only be used to protect somebody from being injured.”

Source: Denver Channel 7 News
Hat Tip: InfoShop News

Commentary


I hope that these nuts are able to mount a large protest effort that will show regular Americans just how nutty the Democrat Party has become. I have also been monitoring some forums where delegates to the DNC are planning to mount Direct Actions inside the convention itself. This will be a convention to remember, and savor the nuttiness of the left.

Here is a video from the Communism Now Newscast about the planned DNC protest from this past April:


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

On Blog Talk Radio Tonight, June 24th

Sorry for the light posting today, I've been under the weather.

7:00 PM



First up this evening is Loki and Eeevil Conservative, who are hosting The Halls of Valhalla on American Truth Warriors:


Chat Room


A Newt One


9:00 PM



Then we have Andrea Shea King. From her show notes...Madame Pelousy wants to shut us up.Update on Broadcasters Freedom Act. From the Front Lines, and what's going on in Israel -- assassination attempt?


Chat Room

Radio Patriot

10:00 PM



Next up is Political Pistachio. On this show...The Ugly Truth About America's Public Schools - Join guest karen Holgate, co-editor of "From Crayons To Condoms" to discuss the hard truth about what is going on in our public schools.



Chat Room

Political Pistachio


11:00 PM



Last up is Josh Allem with his keen observations and commentary of politics and anything else:



Chat Room

Joshua P. Allem

Salman Rushdie Knighted By Queen Elizabeth II


Sir Salman Rushdie
Muslims around the world condemned the award when it was announced last year in the Monarch's Birthday Honours list.

Sir Salman, 61, who has written a number of acclaimed books, went into hiding in 1989 after the publication of his book The Satanic Verses.
The novel sparked widespread protests by Muslims and Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him.

Source:
BBC

Well done, Sir Salman Rushdie, and well done to the Queen for sticking it in the eye of Islamists all over the world!

Number of Libertarians in North Carolina More Than Doubles

According to Under The Dome, the number of registered Libertarians in North Carolina has increased from 5 to 11, more than doubling in size.

Now, that's funny!!!

**update** 6.11pm

Registration Totals:

2,633,098 Democrats
1,932,529 Republicans
1,245,234 Unafiliateds
0,000,011 Libertarians (I'm laughing so hard, I'm crying, here!)
5,810,872 Total registered voters in North Carolina

Maybe I should keep a running tally.

BTR: Nikki Rocks The Politics

Nikki Starr and Shaun O'Mac are interesting to listen to. The show starts at 10am Eastern Time:


Chat Room

Iranian Mortars Pound Israel During Ceasefire

Israel is moving anti-mortar radars to its border with Gaza, to fight the growing number of Iranian 120mm mortars Hamas is using. While the mortar is heavy (about 300 pounds), it can be broken down into components (barrel-94 pounds, base plate- 135 pounds, bipod-72 pounds, sight-four pounds). More accurate than the locally made Kassam rockets, and with more range (normally 6-7 kilometers, but up to 10 kilometers with special ammo), the shells weigh 35-40 pounds and have about the same destructive effect as 105mm howitzer shells.


Source: Strategy Page

Another news story:

Under cover of a barrage of more than 50 missiles, mortars and rocket, Hamas made three attempts to breach the Gaza border fence for major suicide bombings, the last one late Thursday, June 12. They sent a bulldozer to ram Netiv Ha’asara, a bomb car to crash the border fence and gunmen on foot to blow up the Erez crossing. Israel ground and air units foiled them all.

Israeli locations from Ashkelon in the north down to Shear Hanegev, Kibbutz Nir Oz and Sderot were struck by 20 missiles, one Grad rocket and more than 35 mortar shells. A woman was injured at Kibbutz Yad Mordecai. Sirens warned people under attack to stay in indoors, as fires blazed and explosions erupted – one close to the Barzilai regional hospital in Ashkelon.

The first Hamas attempt to blow up Israeli military guard posts at the Erez crossing was mounted early Thursday as the Israeli defense ministry’s political coordinator Amos Gilead traveled to Cairo to hand over Israel’s acceptance of the Egyptian formula for a truce in Gaza.

They were intercepted and at least one was killed by Israeli ground and air fire.


Source: DEBKAfile

The terrorists have been at war with Israel, and they are using weapons supplied by Iran...thus acting as a proxy for Iran in its' quest to destroy Israel.

Why are we aiding the terrorists by restraining Israel?

Why is Secretary of State Condi Rice acting to assist terrorists kill Israelis?

When will we face a reckoning for our actions that contribute to the harming of God's Chosen People?
When will the government of Israel realize that all a ceasefire does is allow the terrorists to re-arm? I point you to the concept of hudna:


"What is being touted as a 'cease-fire' is something called a 'hudna.' A hudna [also known as a hudibiyya or khudaibiya] is a tactical cease-fire that allows the Arabs to rebuild their terrorist infrastructure in order to be more effective when the "cease-fire" is called off." -- "Cease-fire?" by Shira A. Drissman


**update** 6.54am
It has occurred to me that most people alive today have not been taught anything other than the pro-Palestinian lies pushed on them by the lefties in our "public" schools systems, and in the media.

I have tracked down and made a playlist for an excellent movie about the founding of Israel told from the point of view of the story of American Mickey Marcus. Note: The videos are out out of order...sorry about that. The owner uploaded them out of order and mislabeled them.

You can buy a DVD of Cast a Giant Shadow, or order the book, Cast A Giant Shadow: The Story of Mickey Marcus Who Died to Save Jerusalem.


There are many history books you can read on the subject at a library near you. There are many online sources of the same information, and I will introduce you to them over the next few weeks.

Here is a complete series put out by the BBC on the birth of modern day Israel in 6 parts:

Wednesday Hero ~ SSG Jude Voss


Staff Sgt. Jude Voss
1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne)
U.S. Army

His courage illustrates a combat truth to these veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam: Soldiers arent thinking about glory or ideals in the midst of a battle. They fight for the men to the left and right of them.

And that's just what SSgt. Jude Voss did in September of 2006 when, without consideration to his safety, SSgt. Voss ran through enemy fire and the burning, smoking debris of a truck to rescue Sgt. 1st Class Greg Stube. Sgt. Stube was in a bad way. Uniform burning and legs busted, but because of the actions of SSgt. Voss he is alive today.

Because of his actions that day, SSgt. Voss was nominated for and received the Silver Star Medal for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action. "I did what everybody out there would do" Voss said. "I was just the closest guy."

You can read SSgt. Voss's story here.



These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives
so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday.
For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes,
They Just Don't Know Where To Look


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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Ed Morrissey Show for June 24th

Ed's show is on from 3pm to 4pm:

Online Video provided by Ustream


This is the recorded version, and it will stay embedded as long as the file stays at Ustream.tv.
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From his show notes:

Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), we return in style with two great guests from the Washington Examiner. In the first half, Quin Hilyer joins us to talk about his work at the newspaper ( and VP choices), and in the second half, we get a visit from Mary Katharine Ham. We’ll talk about the stories of the day, as well as yesterday when I played hooky, and catch up with the Examiner’s efforts.

**update** 3.46pm
Here is the new NRSC ad for John McCain that Ed played during the show while we waited for the long overdue Mary Katherine Hamm:


**update** 3.49pm
And the latest McCain ad, "Just Words" showing Obama going back on his words:

Less Than 48 Hours Until "From The Frontlines" Telethon

What do all these people have in common?

Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan

The Office of General David Petraeus

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton

Rush Limbaugh

Ann Coulter

Sean Hannity

Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Lt Col Oliver North (Ret.)

Actor Kelsey Grammer

Comedian Jackie Mason

Singer John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting)

Laura Ingraham

Mark Levin

Monica Crowley

Mike Gallagher

Rich Lowry - National Review

Kathryn Lopez - NationalReviewOnline

Jed Babbin - Human Events

Joseph Farah - WorldNetDaily

Matt Lewis - TownHall.com

Ron Kessler - Newsmax

Kyle-Anne Shiver - American Thinker

Navy Cross Recipient Marcus Luttrell

NBC's America's Favorite Mom - Patti Patton-Bader (of Soldier's Angels)

Cliff May - Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Larry Bailey, Chairman of Gathering of Eagles

Julie DeMaria, Operation Care & Comfort

Iraq War Veteran - Pete Hegseth, Vets For Freedom

Gold Star Mother, Debbie Lee

Gold Star Father, Mike Anderson

Gold Star Father, Mark Crowley

Gold Star/Blue Star Parents Joe & Jan Johnson

Bev Perlson, Band of Mothers

MilBlogger Matt Sanchez

Vietnam War Veteran & Author, Ron Winter

Brian Sussman - KSFO, San Francisco

Michael Graham - WTKK, Boston

Mark Williams - WROW, Albany

Roger Hedgecock - KOGO, San Diego

Martha Zoller - WDUN, Gainesville/Atlanta

Kylie Williams, Miss Florida 2007

Radio Talk Show Host, G. Gordon Liddy

They will be featured on From The Frontlines, a telethon which will be streamed live on the internet from 4pm to midnight Thursday (I will be streaming it here).

The goal of the telethon?

Sending the single largest shipment of care packages in U.S. history to our American fighting forces in war zones thousands of miles away --Iraq and Afghanistan--with the help of an All-Star line-up.

For more information, visit Move America Forward, or Melanie Morgan's website.

June 24th on Blog Talk Radio

Here is my way to avoid posting 5 or 6 radio shows everyday on the blog, and run the risk of burning out, or worse yet, overlooking some shows when things get hectic. so, if you are a BTR host, and you wonder why I only embed your show occaisionally, it is because I forget. I still listen via the RSS Feed due to internet issues at night from home. My neighbors all give me a hard time because I got them all to switch to DSL, and now...we all go dark at 6pm every night, and teh intertubes don't come back until 2am. They will be burning down the local Verizon Office right after they burn my house down (with me still in it).


11:00AM

First up, we have Fausta's Blog. I accidentally posted it yesterday because I didn't know what day it was yesterday. Today's show is billed as The Return of the All Stars:



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Her blog


7:00PM

Snooper is scheduled to be on American Truth Warriors tonight, and his description is a stream-of conciousness thing that goes like this: Sound bytes, idiot politicians, the Smith Act, treason, sedition, subversion. Sounds like it will be another winner:



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A Newt One

8:00 PM


Patriot Action with Matt and Wyatt is next up. These guys discuss the news and issues of the day from a conservative point of view:



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Matt's Website

Wyatt's You Tube channel


9:00 PM

Andrea Shea King is next up at bat, and this evening's show will be about The steady and inexorable encroachment of socialism in our government, and the expectation of the citizenry that abets it. Tonight we take a close look at the proof:



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Radio Patriot

10:00 PM

Doug has an appropriate title for his show, "The Show Must Go On" and his show notes give us a clue about the topics he plans on covering...What happened to silence my show and blog?, as well as "Return of the Censors - How the Canadian Human Rights Commission has placed Mark Steyn, and the Freedom of the Press, on trial:



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Political Pistachio



11:00 PM

And to end the day is Josh Allem, clean-up hitter who is a very astute political observer. He offers great commentary and wonderful insight on today's political situation:



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Josh's Blog



So that is the roundup of shows I normally put on my MP3 player and listen to while doing other stuff. I just wish that I could participate in the chat rooms more often, there are some great people in them!

Thunder Pig 2008


The world will never be the same.

Barack Obama: The Candidate of Change

We keep hearing that Barack Obama is the candidate of change, that he is clear and consistent in his leadership and in his message. But what does that mean? A look at a few of the positions and counter positions the Junior Senator from Illinois has taken in the course of his four short years from a candidate for the United States Senate to a candidate for the Presidency:

The Return of Political Pistachio

My internet service was down last night (Thank You, Verizon DSL), so I couldn't embed or listen to Doug's return to radio last night, so I'll post the podcast today instead.

Yesterday, I found out why Doug hadn't been on the air. The brief recap is that he had reason to believe that his family would be in danger if he kept on broadcasting and blogging, so he stopped.

Last night, he returned to the airwaves (or intertubes) in his regular slot as Monday night co-host on The Andrea Shea King Show:


You can read his post about the situation.

And I couldn't resist adding Josh Allem's Return as well:



Here are blogs for more info:

Doug blogs at:
Political Pistachio

Andrea Shea King blogs at:
Radio Patriot

This is just another example of Quinn's First Law in action:

Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent.

The lefties that targeted Doug and his family had no idea that they would stiffen Doug's resolve, or that other people come forth to stand with Doug. I know that I would have been unlikely to start a series of posts on The Homosexual Agenda, or why Gay Marriage is not a good thing.

I am also going to have to find a better way of promoting these Blog Talk Radio Shows, because if I embedded the shows i liked...this blog would be featuring 5 or 6 shows a day. Perhaps I can start an ...on BTR Today post that has all the BTR Shows for the day that I like to download and listen to later. My primary source for these shows is my RSS Reader, so I listen to them a day od so, or more, after they have aired. Especially the night shows. My internet connection isn't the greatest, and I am usually in bed by 8pm every night unless something is going on in the sky.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Fighting Back Against Gay Marriage and The Homosexual Agenda




Peter Wolfgang, Director Public Policy on how Gay Marriage fits into the Homosexual Agenda.



The video that audio was taken from is worth watching, and many of the points raised in the Connecticut and Massachusetts discussion apply to the California case and nationally. The goal of getting same-sex marriages approved is the destruction of the traditional family unit, "In order to push same-sex marriage, you have to deny that children do best in a home with both a mother and a father".

From the video description:

On this episode, Corinn talks with Peter Wolfgang, Director of Public Policy for the Family Institute of Connecticut, on this mission of the FIC and their current battle against same-sex marriage. Mentioned in the discussion is how the same-sex marriage agenda is fueling attacks on religious liberties in Boston, Minnesota, England, Canada, and Sweden.

Also included is how it is effecting what are children are being taught in school. "Children are not mere creatures of the state," was the decision passed down in a famous 1920s Supreme Court case (Pierce vs. Society of Sisters), and yet Peter explains how in the Boston school system today, the Constitutional and parental rights are being subverted in the name of teaching our children sexual immorality. Such is always the case when "the State"deifies itself and vilifies Christ and His followers.

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What brought this about was the news that an internet friend and family were threatened and had a window broken and had his property defaced with graffiti because of his stand on homosexual marriage.

Here was his last radio show (June 18th) on the subject:

And tonight at 9pm, he will appear on the Andrea Shea King Show. I plan on embedding that show here as well.

This fight we face on homosexual marriage is with the forces of evil, and with principalities and powers who oppose anything that is Christ-centered. Many of them seek to replace Christianity with a demonic faith called the New Age movement, and follow this link to see some of the ones in my neck of the woods.

These people should realize that they no longer have a free ride. We will push back, and we will not be silenced. If Doug is silenced, I will take his place. I am no where near as eloquent as he and his lovely wife...but I will answer the call, and get others to add their voices in opposition to this perversion of human sexuality.

More on the Homosexual Agenda from Coral Ridge Ministries:


In order to successfully oppose their agenda, we must know what it is before we begin to formulate our response.