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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Any Way You Like It (Unless You Are A Christian) in Asheville, NC

This is the second installment in a new series devoted to pointing out the principalities, powers, and spiritual wickedness that has laid claim to Asheville, NC...and operate from it as a stronghold.

Asheville is famous for being a center of satanic New Age activity. The folks at the Buncombe County Tourism Authority want to present Asheville in a positive light, with the newly minted motto, Any Way You Like It, complete with advertising campaign.


Last weekend, Asheville celebrated it's 30th Bele Chere, and people came from all over to the festival, including people wanting to preach the Word of God in a Lost City full of Lost People.

So far, nine videos of the street preaching have been uploaded to you tube, and I took the liberty of making a play list out of them and embedding them here for your edification, especially if you are thinking of moving to, or visiting Asheville with small children:



Note the abuse the people heap upon the preachers. Even the local blogging superstar partook in the activity of mocking those preaching the word of God.

The preachers have a ministry called Pinpoint Evangelism, and if you are interested in supporting financially, here is a checklist to go through before giving to them.

Whether or not you are able to give them financial support, you can support them and their mission in prayer in your role as a Prayer Warrior.


And pray for Asheville, and the people who live there, that they might become convicted of their sin, and turn to God for salvation.

This post is dedicated to those who heed The Great Commission, and go forth to preach on the streets of America.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

John Armor Article in Human Events

Local author, raconteur, and former primary candidate in the GOP NC-11 race, has an article on Human Events entitled, "Anybody Remember The Red Lion Case?" and here is a snippet to whet your appetite for more:


...What Justice White does not include in his opinion is the relative availability of media when he was writing his opinion. There were slightly more than 4,000 daily newspapers in the United States, then. Most major cities had competing dailies. Some cities like Chicago and New York, had more than six competing newspapers.

At the same time, in 1969, the number of TV licenses were in the hundreds, and there were fewer radio licenses than newspapers.

Today, all of those figures are reversed. The number of daily newspapers is down to about 2,000 and declining. The number of TV stations are above 10,000, and the number of radio stations about five times as many. Given cable and satellite technologies, the average American household now has access to at least 100 TV channels, plus dozens of specialized radio stations. That average household has access to less than two daily newspapers.

It was this change in the facts which led the FCC to end the Fairness Doctrine almost thirty years ago. The disparity, with print media declining and electronic media growing, has continued apace since then. This huge advantage in favor of individual access to broadcast channels that offer what they want, is increased by orders of magnitude when the Internet, plus pod casting, are added to the mix.

Those who are arguing for reestablishment of the Fairness Doctrine have not done their homework....

Source: Human Events




Commentary

You can bet everything you own that the Democrats will get a new Fairness Doctrine in place if Barack Obama is elected President, and that will mean the end of AM Radio.

Fortunately for us, the Internet will be here for the conservative commentators to utilize to side step the ban on conservative talk. That will be good for people who have access to DSL or faster Internet connections, but not for the millions who are on dial up, or listen while on the road, or away from computers.

Will wireless carriers be able to stream Internet radio? Or will people employ a work around like I did while WZNN/WZGM was offering talk radio programming? (I used a transmitter to take the audio from an AM Radio and transmit it on FM so I could hear the faint 1350 kHz signal on my Walkman on an empty slot on the FM Dial, usually 87.9 MHz, up to a mile from my pickup).

I am firm in my belief that if the Fairness Doctrine is passed, we will find a way around it...for the Neo-Stalinist Democrats do not understand the power of freedom, and the utility of Free Markets...that is one reason lefty talk never took hold. They just don't get it, and never will.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

LA Earthquake Data
Now Called Chino Hills Quake

An earthquake hit Los Angeles this morning (5.4 Magnitude), and here are a few places on the web you can go for more data:

USGS Info

USGS Main Website

KNBC Live Stream (LA TV Station)

LA Fox 1 Live Stream

LA Fox 2 Live Stream

The Live Streaming pages require a broadband connection and probably Windows Media Player.

**update** 5.04 PM I noticed on the live feeds that the reporters are calling this quake the Chino Hills quake. Also...LA Fox 2 is not active currently. It may be brought back up in case of breaking news.



Quiz: Nerd, Geek, or Dork?

As I was taking his quiz, I kept thinking to myself..."Have I taken this before?". I looked it up, and sure enough, here are last year's results, (78 % Nerd, 73% Geek, and 26% Dork). Here are my results this year:

Your result for The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test...

Modern, Cool Nerd

83 % Nerd, 70% Geek, 30% Dork


For The Record:



A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.



You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.



Nerds didn't use to be cool, but in the 90's that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn't quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and "geek is chic." The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!



Congratulations!


Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

Take The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test at HelloQuizzy



So, I am getting Nerdier and Dorkier, while losing some Geekiness. I have no life.

Obama's Prayer Approved For Publication


A Ma'ariv spokesman was quoted in the Jerusalem Post as saying that "Barack Obama's note was approved for publication in the international media even before he put in the Kotel, a short time after he wrote it at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem." The paper added that is was "pleased" with its "journalistic accomplishment."

The campaign might be less pleased with another pronouncement by Maariv: "In any case," the spokesman said, "since Obama is not a Jew, publishing the note does not constitute an infringement on his right to privacy.

Source: Israel Insider

Related: Belief Net
Related: Atlas Shrugs



Commentary

The prayer should not have been published. I know I would not have allowed my prayer to be published, and the very fact that Obama's Campaign had copies of the prayer to hand out to media outlets mocks the nature of man's relationship to God:

[Update as to Maariv's statement as published in Haaretz on July 28: "Obama's note was published in Maariv and other international publications following his authorization to make the content of the note public. Obama submitted a copy of the note to media outlets when he left his hotel in Jerusalem."]
This stinks of a cynical manipulation of the media on a scale that reminds of one other:



It's something to think about.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Is Abu Khabab A Shish Kabob?


A Pakistani intelligence official claimed al Qaeda weapons expert Midhat Mursi al Sayyid Umar, better known as Abu Khabab, was killed in this morning's airstrike in South Waziristan.

"We believe he was killed in this strike," a senior intelligence official told AFP on condition of anonymity. "It was his hide-out and information that has been shared with us says he was targeted in this strike."

Six Pakistanis, including three foreigner terrorists, were reported killed in the airstrike, which hit either a madrassa or a home next to a mosque.

Abu Khabab and four other senior al Qaeda commanders were reported to have been killed in an airstrike in the town of Damadola in the Bajaur tribal agency in January 2006. The US military believed the safehouse in Bajaur, which was run by Taliban chieftain Faqir Mohammed, was sheltering Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command. Khabab and the other commanders were later found to be still alive.

The US Rewards for Justice Program has a $5 million bounty out for the capture of Khabab.

Khabab has a long history of working with al Qaeda's secretive weapons of mass destruction program, which is known as al Zabadi, or “curdled milk." Project al Zabadi is al weapons of mass destruction program.

Source: The Long War Journal



Commentary


I hope this is true. Read the links included in the story at Long War Journal to see what kind of a monster we hope to have killed.

HuffPo Tries To Soften The Blow For Edwards By Asking
"Could Infidelity Save Your Marriage?"

And then, for the first time in 10 years, I silenced it. As Alex placed his hands on my hips, I knew with absolute clarity that I was about to have an affair. I knew it was a decision that could unravel even the strongest of unions. I never could have guessed that it would save mine.

I had felt this kind of passion only once before, when I first encountered the man who would be my husband. I was wandering my college campus, terrified, when a gorgeous man walked confidently up the hill. He saw me, and asked if he could help me find my way. “Well, yes,” I wanted to respond. “How about for forever? Does forever work for you?”
Source: HuffPo (read the transparent article with barf bag handy)
Commentary
This is indeed sickening at how these lefties will excuse any crime committed by their heroes. I still remember how the Legacy Media published several stories with the same bent when Clinton got caught, and how they would wax eloquent on the beauty of telling lies, and how Great Men had a different set of needs than the rest of us poor peasants.
I think it is very funny that John Edwards (who they held up as a hero who stood by his woman during a life-threatening bout with breast cancer) was sleeping with another woman while his wife was fighting for her life, even fathering a bastard child. Yes, I know the "Politically Correct" term is love child. I just can't help seeing Elizabeth Edwards fighting for her life while John Edwards was catting around just like Bill Clinton.
It is a hypocrsiy as delicious as the hypocrisy of "Green Guru" Al Gore with a Carbon Footprint the size of a mid-sized town!
**update** 7.05 AM
When I was checkingout the headlines on Yahoo! News, there was an article with the title Expert advice on surviving the aftermath of an affair. Am i reading too much into this?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mudville Gazette Launches MilBlog TV


Greyhawk continues to be a leader in reporting the news of our efforts in World War IV when the anti-American Legacy Media types won't.
 

Jihadis Bring Polio Back To Children in Pakistan


Second polio case in Swat

ISLAMABAD: A second young girl has tested positive for polio in Swat valley, where militants have warned against vaccinations, health officials said on Sunday.

They said security fears were preventing health workers from carrying out a new anti-polio campaign. A three-day polio vaccination campaign for children aged less than five years is scheduled to begin in the NWFP on Monday.

But the campaign will not be carried out in two areas of Swat Valley, Kabal and Matta, due to ‘uncertainty’ and deteriorating security in recent days, said Dr Abdul Waheed Khan, a senior provincial health official.

A local pro-Taliban cleric, Fazullah, has said that polio vaccinations are a Western conspiracy to make Muslim children infertile.

Source: The Times Online

Hat Tip: United States Action

Commentary

Jihadis share the same Luddite tendencies as the anti-technology of hippies and certain circles of the conspiracy nuts who oppose vaccination of children because they fear science.

Tell me again why I am to believe Islam is a Religion of Peace?

Record Setting Chill in Anchorage This Summer;
Global Temperature Continue Decline


The coldest summer ever? You might be looking at it, weather folks say. Right now the so-called summer of ‘08 is on pace to produce the fewest days ever recorded in which the temperature in Anchorage managed to reach 65 degrees.
That unhappy record was set in 1970, when we only made it to the 65-degree mark, which many Alaskans consider a nice temperature, 16 days out of 365.This year, however — with the summer more than half over — there have been only seven 65-degree days so far. And that’s with just a month of potential “balmy” days remaining and the forecast looking gloomy.

Source: Watt's Up With That?

it's been a cool summer here in my valley...I have yet to turn on my air conditioning this summer, and several mornings have been in the upper 40's, forcing me to wear a jacket on my way to the office.

And I guess this would be a good time to point out the July Update on Global Temperature that came out a couple of days ago (and duly shared via my Google Reader) that shows a continued cooling trend. While June was the 9th warmest June on record, it was part of a trend of ever cooler Junes after the peak in 1998. You won't hear the fear mongering Legacy Media report that fact.

I am also working on adding a Climate News section to West Carolina Report, and an RSS Feed to go with it.

Unarmed Sheep Shot (One Dead) in Knoxville Church


Multiple people have suffered gunshot wounds in what witnesses describe as a mass shooting inside a church in West Knoxville Sunday morning.

The shootings happened at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on Kingston Pike.

A witness who spoke to 10 News said police had arrived and one person was being detained at the scene.

A children's production of "Annie" was taking place as part of the normal Sunday service at the time of the shooting, the witness, who is a member of the church, said. The gunman walked into a packed sanctuary and opened fire.

Source: WBIR (The Website is being updated continuously)

Commentary

I call them sheep because they did not have to be shot, and face death. An armed congregation could have defended themselves, saved lives, and lessened the number shot. The number of bullet holes in the attacker would (hopefully) have been at least equal to the number in said congregation with a firearm.

The sheep scenario would not happen at my church, as the number of shepherds outnumber the number of sheep in our flock.


Of course, since it was a Unitarian Universalist Church, odds were low that anyone inside would be armed under any circumstance.

Barack Obama Loves Communist Ideas

For those who claim to love liberty, consider these words of Barack "Fidel Castro" Obama:




Basically, what Obama is talking about is creating a Committee for the Defense of Liberal Ideology and Political correctness funded by a half trillion taxpayer dollars. National Security for this crowd is not about stopping terrorists from killing our children. National Security means to teach our children to understand the terrorists and their motivations so that our children can learn how to live their lives submissively so as not to offend the sensitivities of the very sensitive America haters.

Their version of National Security is to force you to act for the common good of society and not in your own best interest. Since this goes against human nature, the half trillion dollar “Civilian National Security Force” will have to force Americans to change their nature and create a new citizen that is self sacrificing and collective in nature-an ant-like new man, like Che's and Fidel's new man.

Source: Babalu Blog

More, from another source:


In his campaign document entitled "The Blueprint for Change: Barack Obama's Plan For America," Obama's "Service" section runs a close second to "Education" in complexity. But, with his Colorado Springs' statement, it grabbed first place in its projected costs to taxpayers. Obama did the cost projection himself.

He plans to double the Peace Corps' budget by 2011, and expand AmeriCorps, USA Freedom Corps, VISTA, YouthBuild Program, and the Senior Corps. Plus, he proposes to form a Classroom Corps, Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, Veterans Corps, Homeland Security Corps, Global Energy Corps, and a Green Jobs Corps. Here a corps - there a corps - everywhere a corps corps.

So it made sense in Colorado Springs when he said his call to community service "will be a central cause of my presidency." He couldn't be clearer in signaling his intentions, including a Social Investment Fund Network to link local non-profits with the federal government.

The entire plan is breathtaking in its scope. But it does not, as at least one internet writer has suggested, portend a "giant police force." It would be easier to rebut if it did. As it is, it's silly stuff born of naively fanciful dreams.

Senator Obama aims to tap into the already active volunteerism of millions of Americans and recruit them to become cogs in a gigantic government machine grinding out his social re-engineering agenda. It's Orwellian-like, with a novice social activist's mentality at the helm...

Source: American Thinker

Commentary

I can think that an Obama Presidency would combine the very worst aspects of FDR's experiment in socialism and Woodrow Wilson's experiment in fascism:


Indeed, in a disturbing 1890 essay entitled Leaders of Men, Wilson said that a “true leader” uses the masses of people like “tools.” He writes, “The competent leader of men cares little for the internal niceties of other people’s characters: he cares much–everything–for the external uses to which they may be put…. He supplies the power; others supply only the materials upon which that power operates…. It is the power which dictates, dominates; the materials yield. Men are as clay in the hands of the consummate leader.” So much for the dignity of each person!

These are going to be some of the points I will be hammering home to people in the days until the election...and, for the life of me, I cannot understand why someone would vote for Bob Barr when their vote would be better served casting it for the only person in a position to defeat Barack Obama...John McCain.

Listen to the opening monologue from Friday night's Old Glory Radio Show:





Saturday, July 26, 2008

Saturday Matinee:
The Desert Rats (1953)



Rommel has the British in retreat on his way to the Suez Canal. All that stands in his way is Tobruk, held by a vastly out numbered force of Australian troops. Richard Burton leads these troops on daring raids against Rommel, keeping him off balance as they earn the nickname 'The Desert Rats'.

Wikipedia Article on the British 7th Armoured Division.

Find movies, video and more at Hulu.



These types of services works very well for me, because I live out of range of over-the-air television signals and have no interest in purchasing a satellite receiver. Thank God that I have had Verizon DSL since March.

Is Snopes in the Tank for Obama?

Ever wonder if something silly that came in the mail is true or not? If you have, you may have headed right on over to Snopes.Com to check it out. See if it was valid. See if it was a hoax. You trusted the trusty debunking of email myth by the Snopes.Com tribe. Well, you now have to be careful what you believe from Snopes.Com.

Obama wound up canceling a trip to visit wounded soldiers in Germany when he learned he could only do it in his official capacity as a Senator and he could not bring along his blabbering, loving horde of media. He worked out instead during that time. A fact.

But now, the 'Progressive Regressive Immature Children of the Scorn' PRICS are quoting a Snopes.Com article to say a 'blow off' isn't so.

Never mind the topic. For that matter, never mind the country. To PRICS, context has a way of just getting in the way. After the PRICS have changed the context to match the topic (a favorite pastime for them, otherwise known as 'spin', perpetrated by SPIN PRICS) they are proceeding to act as if it matters, which is how SPIN PRICS manage to justify themselves.

We have Snopes.Com accepting an email forwarded from one of the Democratic Underground SPIN PRICS, writing up a nice 'debunking', and the SPIN PRICS grab it as if it was real, to point out how 'Obama never did 'blow off' soldiers. Very few of them bother to notice it was in Afghanistan, and the context in the news is Germany, of if they do, it doesn't matter.

To determine whether Snopes.Com is in the bag for Obama, just take a look at their items. Look at 'The Natural' from an email in July 23, 2008 an old topic, just now being reviewed? Or how about July 9, 2008's 'Campaign Contributions' a false article gave Snopes.Com the opportunity to push the Obama line. "57 States" is not only true, it is true more than once, but instead of stating whether it is true or not, Snopes.Com gives excuses for Obama, he was tired. 57 and one more to go, and he was tired.


Source: Lee Hempfling on Red State


Commentary

If this is true, it would ruin the reputation of Snopes. Of course, it would lend credence to the whole Obamessiah meme.

I have inquired as to the disposition of this...let's see if I hear anything back.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Old Glory Radio Show for July 25th

Here is tonight's show of Old Glory Radio:


Randy Pausch Dead at 47: The Last Lecture

In honor of Randy Pausch, I am embedding his famous Last Lecture:


The video is 1 hour and 16 minutes long.

PITTSBURGH, July 25, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Randy Pausch, renowned computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, died July 25 of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 47 (b:10/23/60).


Celebrated in his field for co-founding the pioneering Entertainment Technology Center and for creating the innovative educational software tool known as "Alice," Pausch earned his greatest worldwide fame for his inspirational "Last Lecture."
That life-affirming lecture, a call to his students and colleagues to go on without him and do great things, was delivered at Carnegie Mellon on Sept. 18, 2007, a few weeks after Pausch learned he had just months to live. Titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," the humorous and heartfelt talk was videotaped, and unexpectedly spread around the world via the Internet. Tens of millions of people have since viewed video footage of it.
Pausch, who had regularly won awards in the field of computer science, spent the final months of his life being lauded in arenas far beyond his specialty. ABC News declared him one of its three "Persons of the Year" for 2007. TIME magazine named him to its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. On thousands of Web sites, people wrote essays about what they had learned from him. His book based on the lecture became a #1 bestseller internationally, translated into 30 languages.


Source: Market Watch

Carnegie Mellon--An Enduring Legacy
Wikipedia Article

Ratio of MSM contributions to Democrats is 100-1

But then you already knew they were hostile to Republicans, and covered for miscreant Democrats, didn't you?

Read more at Investor's Business Daily.

Hat Tip: Sister Toldjah

535 Neros Fiddle While Rome Burns


WASHINGTON - House Republicans on Thursday scuttled a bill that Democrats hoped would help lower gasoline prices by forcing the Energy Department to release 70 million barrels of oil -- about a three-day supply -- from the national stockpile.

Democrats vowed that the action would have produced immediate relief at the pump, as was the case with similar releases in 1991, 2000 and 2005. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve now holds about 700 million barrels.

Despite winning a clear 268-157 majority, the measure still lost. Democratic leaders had brought the proposal up for debate under rules requiring a two-thirds vote to pass.

But passing the bill by just a majority would have meant allowing Republicans to force a vote on new offshore drilling leases.

"They're hiding from a vote," said GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio. "They're scared to death to allow us to ... force their members to vote on drilling."

Source: Raleigh News & Observer
Related: HR 6578
Related: Roll Call #527

How Local Congress Critters Voted on the measure:

NC-05 Virginia Foxx....Nay
NC-10 Patrick McHenry...Nay
NC-11 Heath Shuler...Yea



Commentary

This election is very important, and the Senate and US House Races are now more important than ever. Due to their boneheadedness, the GOP will be playing defense this year as they attempt to prevent the Democrats from obtaining a supermajority of 60 seats in the Senate (which is likely to happen), and increasing their lead in the House.

One way out of this "prevent defense" is for McCain to choose an acceptable conservative running mate with credibility in economic matters, and I believe that to be Mitt Romney. This wish to pry Bobby Jindal away from his state before he can fix it is stupid. Jindal has decades ahead of him before he need to consider running for President.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lady Justice


Atop the Old Courthouse in Sylva, NC

How Many People Read Blogs?

The short answer, according to PEW, is 11% of internet users regularly read blogs, and 58% don't have a clue. The funniest observation is that 5% of internet users blog on a daily basis...so that means about half of people who read blogs have one themselves.

Okay, fine. 11% of what number?

According to World Internet World Stats, that would be about 247 million Americans who use the Internet, which would lead me to the number of 27 million daily blog readers in North America. I find that hard to believe.

The last time such a study was released, it was claimed that 8 million had blogs, and 32 million read them, and even then, it was hard to believe.
Another survey from Hostway.

I note that even now, some of the bigger blogs like Daily KKKos gets just under a million hits a day, and a certain percentage of those hits are multiple hits from people reading the various dairies in the site. Of course, that doesn't take into account those who read via the RSS Feeds...but it can't be that many.

I suspect that many who said they read blogs really don't know what a blog is, or read blogs on Legacy Media websites, like CNN, MSNBC, FOX, or the various newspapers.I don't consider those blogs as part of the blogosphere.

I hope there is more forthcoming from this survey, and I'd like to look at their methods and how they asked the questions. I suspect we may never really get a real answer to  the question posed in the title of this post because of advertising concerns.

It would be bad for business.

Hat Tip: Digital Inspiration

For the Geek Impaired...Hat Tip is blogger short hand for..."and this is what I was reading when the urge to blog about it hit me"

I wonder how many bloggers suffer from OCD?

Democratic Activists Store Urine To Attack Police


Just how sick are these people?


A new kind of warning has come up about protesters gearing up for the Democratic National Convention. Denver firefighters have learned of a house full of urine being stored to throw at police. An internal memo is warning first responders that disgusting acts are a significant concern. Protesters in other cities have used urine and feces filled balloons to throw at police and there are concerns that could happen during the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Denver City Councilman Doug Linkhart has proposed an ordinance to keep protesters from carrying the so called urine bombs or other liquids in the protest areas.
Source: Gateway Pundit


Commentary
Attention lefties. This will not win you friends or influence people to do anything other than stomp your sorry face into the ground, or get you shot if you do it to the wrong person.

Media: Sexual Impropriety Is Okay For Democrats
Why They Refuse To Cover Edwards Love Child

Yesterday, I ran a story from the National Enquirer (courtesy The Drudge Report) about John Edwards spending the night with his mistress, and the Legacy Media did not.

Jack Shafer at Slate has a story on the non-story:

When the original Enquirer story about the affair with Rielle Hunter came out, Edwards categorically denied the relationship, stating: "The story is false. It's completely untrue, ridiculous." As he rejected the Enquirer's charges, Edwards was making his wife and their marriage a central component of his campaign. If Edwards had had no affair, he wasn't a hypocrite, not then and not now.

But if Edwards had an affair and lied about it, shouldn't he suffer scrutiny akin to that of Craig? At least three-dozen daily newspapers in the United States published the Craig news the day after the Roll Call scoop, according to Nexis, but this morning not a single U.S. daily mentioned the Enquirer piece.




Source: Slate



Commentary


I can guarantee you if John Edwards had been a Republican, every person on the planet would know about it, and would know the name of his illegitimate child.

The Legacy Media is very biased about what they report, and act as Gate Keepers to protect their fellow travelers. This is why newspapers are hurting, and part of the reason the network news are losing viewers. People are catching on, and seeking the news themselves on the Internet...at least the younger ones.

**update** 4.41 AM

Thanks to Jon Ham at Right Angles for linking to me!

Also, John in Carolina has a good piece on the Raleigh News & Observer ignoring this story.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Transformus 2008

I posted an article on the Neo-Pagan Religious Festival called Transformus on WNC Citizens Blog yesterday, including a photo of last year's temple burn, and videos a participant posted to you tube.

The festival is based on the Burning Man that takes place every year in the Nevada desert.

Asheville is really living up to their new motto (Any Way You Like It) designed to bring in the tourists, and this Neo-Pagan Festival seems to fit the bill.


I wonder how many of the Pagans who cast spells to protest their Magnolia in front of City Hall went to this festival? They are currently camped out on Stewart Coleman's property in front of Asheville's City Hall.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

John Edwards Caught With Mistress And Love Child!



The married ex-senator from North Carolina - whose wife Elizabeth continues to battle cancer -- met with his mistress, blonde divorcée Rielle Hunter, at the Beverly Hilton on Monday night, July 21 - and the NATIONAL ENQUIRER was there! He didn't leave until early the next morning.

Rielle had driven to Los Angeles from Santa Barbara with a male friend for the rendezvous with Edwards. The former senator attended a press event Monday afternoon with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the topic of how to combat homelessness.

The bad news...this comes from the National Enquirer.
Hat Tip: The Drudge Report

The Good News...it will likely remove him from Barack Obama's short list of Vice Presidential candidates.

Henderson County GOP No Longer Co-ordinating With Mumpower

The Hendersonville Times-News is reporting that the Henderson County GOP is distancing themselves from congressional candidate Carl Mumpower:

Danos provided no other details for the decision, though he had said that party officials were increasingly frustrated in recent weeks with Mumpower's positions, including his support for impeaching President Bush over border security, his opposition to the domestic surveillance bill and his threat to suspend his campaign if mountain counties did not endorse his "Principles First" campaign.

Commentary

For the most part, I believe Mumpower is hitting the nail on the head.

What I think is hard on regional Republicans is that Mumpower is an involved candidate. Congressman Taylor was not involved in his campaigns, and was a very hard person to get in contact with (I never was able to speak to him in person during the 2006 Campaign, and spoke to Heath Shuler several times, even though I am a Republican).

Republicans in the NC-11 District have forgotten what it is like to have a candidate that is not controlled by handlers and gate keepers.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Battle of Frog Town

Cross-posted on WNC Citizens Blog:



This is "The Battle of Frog Town" mock battle by members of the 25th NC Infantry Civil War re-enactors as part of the 5th Annual Franklin Folk Festival in Franklin, NC this past Saturday, the 19th of July.

It was tremendous fun.

For more information visit:

Folk Heritage Association of Macon County

Macon County Historical Society

The Battle of Iotla Ford

25th NC Infantry


Kirk's Raiders

Kirk's Raiders Attack Our Boys Near Franklin!


This is one of the photos I took of the dastardly Yankee criminals as they attacked the 25th North Carolina Infantry in FrogTown near Franklin, NC on Saturday. I will have a full video and photo report of the battle later this morning.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Pat McCrory Speaks At Mars Hill


Pat McCrory was in Madison County, and Richard Bernier was there to capture it.

Richard is the co-host of Sound Off Buncombe, which airs on URTV.
URTV is channel 20 on Charter Cable in Buncombe and Madison Counties.

Pat McCrory Campaign Website
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Madison County GOP Website (in development)

Buncombe County GOP

July 20, 1969 "The Eagle Has Landed"


Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body. Apollo 11 achieved its primary mission - to perform a manned lunar landing and return the mission safely to Earth - and paved the way for the Apollo lunar landing missions to follow.
Find out more at Apollo 11.

Here's how we'll return to the Moon, this time to stay!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

McCain Throws Phil Gramm Under Bus

What is he doing? Competing with Obama on who can throw the most people under the bus?

Phil Gramm made the mistake of correctly identifying Americans as whiners, and John McCain could not take the heat...so he tossed Gramm aside.

A local lefty, Errington Thompson, has the MSNBC video.

I will say that the McCain Campaign is appearing to be the most poorly run affair since the Fred Thompson Campaign. At least Fred let people self-organize, and I was proud to be part of that. I have tried to get in touch with the McCain people about organizing a ground game in western North Carolina, but they do not seem to be interested. "We'll win that part of the state anyway, so why waste resources there?" That mentality will cost them the election, mark my words.

Peace out, people. I will be out of communication for most of the day today as I attend the Franklin Folk Festival in Franklin, NC. I am looking forward to a wholesome good time.

You might see a small part of the activities on this webcam.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Old Glory Radio Live Show For July 18th

If it's Friday Night, It's time for Tom Fredricksen to host "The Old Glory Radio Show"! Tonight, he will introduce us to Uncle Abdul's Madrassa:



Turn the player on at 9 PM Eastern Time, and sit back, and enjoy! From this player, you can also watch past shows, or visit the Live Show Page, and use the calender to select the show you wish to watch.

**update** There will be no live show this week due to a power outage in the area the show originates. Tune back in next week.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

National Press Conference.... Oil Price Spurs ANWR Action

To pay less, save the environment, and stop sending trillions to foreign dictators. “We can’t drill our way out of our energy problem.” This daily mantra underscores an abysmal grasp of economics by the politicians, activists, bureaucrats and judges who are dictating US policies. If only their hot air could be converted into usable energy.
This is from Syrin, who hosts a radio show on Blog Talk Radio. She will be broadcasting live at 2.30 PM Eastern Time, and you can listen to her here:



Or on her show page, and join in the chat room (I don't know if it will be open or not) and interact with her and the chatizens.

I enjoy downloading and listen to Syrin's shows, and hope that you will, too.

The American Phsyical Society Reverses View On Global Warming,
Will Sponsor Debates To Test Validity


The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming. The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science. The leadership of the society had previously called the evidence for global warming “incontrovertible.”

In a posting to the APS forum, editor Jeffrey Marque explains,”There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution.”

Source: Watts Up With That?



Commentary


I note that today is the 74th day in a row without a sunspot, and what may be a Cycle 23 spot is coming around the western limb of the sun. And for all you lefties that keep quoting the various IPCC Reports, read this devastating analysis [pdf download] of that flawed organization:


The IPCC is a single-interest organisation, whose charter presumes a widespread human influence on climate, rather than consideration of whether such influence may be negligible or missing altogether. Though the IPCC’s principles also state that a wide range of views is to be sought when selecting lead authors and contributing authors, this rule has been honored more in the breach than in the observance. More than two-thirds of all authors of chapter 9 of the IPCC’s 2007 climate-science assessment are part of a clique whose members have co-authored papers with each other and, we can surmise, very possibly at times acted as peer-reviewers for each other’s work.

Of the 44 contributing authors, more than half have co-authored papers with the lead authors or coordinating lead authors of chapter 9.It is no surprise, therefore, that the majority of scientists who are skeptical of a human influence on climate significant enough to be damaging to the planet were unrepresented in the authorship of chapter 9. Many of the IPCC authors were climate modelers - or associated with laboratories committed to modeling - unwilling to admit that their models are neither accurate nor complete.

Six NC-11 Counties Support "Principles First Campaign"

I wrote about it on WNC Citizens Blog.

I am really surprised at how everyone has misinterpreted this move by Mumpower, and misunderestimated him. Just ask his former opponents in the GOP Primary. I know I did.

In my opinion, the core of his support comes from people seeing him portrayed on WLOS as the sole adult on City Council (not on purpose, to be sure) all these years. Take this video I posted of Mumpower making Mayor Bellamy (and The Fab Four) look like idiots on the matter of partisan elections in Asheville. He was vindicated by the voters of Asheville, when they rejected the measure.

TIME Magazine: "We Love High Gas Prices!"

I kid you not, and they prove it by coming up with an article entitled Ten Things You Can Like About $4 Gas.

Here are their ten things (read the article for their excuses):

  1. Globalized Jobs Return Home
  2. Sprawl Stalls
  3. Four-Day Workweeks
  4. Less Pollution
  5. More Frugality
  6. Fewer Traffic Deaths
  7. Cheaper Insurance
  8. Less Traffic
  9. More Cops On The Beat
  10. Less Obesity



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All these things add up to one thing, the TIME is in the tank for the Democrats, and the Democrat goal of controlling every aspect of your lives. Remember how the Legacy Media strated running stories about how good it was to lie, and the benefits that came from lying when it became apparent to all that Bill Clinton was lying about Monica Lewinsky?

This is the same sort of thing. Expect future articles on how sitting down with muggers over a cup of coffee is good for you and the mugger, and how Obama bin Laden is just a misunderstood Freedom Fighter who should be invited to sit down with President Barack Osama to "find common ground". (Yes, I really wrote an intentional Spoonerism).



Cool Nights, Refreshing Mornings


This has been a cool summer for the most part. The nights have been cool in the valley, and the mornings have been refreshingly cooler.

This morning, I was reminded of a fall morning when I stepped out at 4 o'clock to listen to the birds cheerfully greet the dawn. It was one of those moments that I wanted to last forever, wishing that I could somehow save it for later recall.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hamid Karzai: Pakistan Is The Source Of Terrorism In My Country

A portion of the transcript:


Hamid Karzai: The problem of terrorism, as it is affecting Afghanistan, is not entirely an Afghan problem. As a matter of fact, a greater part of this problem is a regional problem, and a greater part of this problem is unfortunately coming to us from Pakistan. So the Americans, the international coalition – when they say they are continuing to work in Afghanistan, and yet the security is not there, they are right, because they have not gone to the right place to fight terrorism.

Interviewer: Which is?

Hamid Karzai: Which is the sanctuaries that the terrorists have in Pakistan.

Interviewer: But Pakistan, actually, recently... I have noticed that there is a very strong declaration from the Afghan government against Pakistan. You have accused the Pakistani government of being behind your attempted assassination, the last one, and the most dangerous thing is that you have threatened that you would go behind the borders just to find Al-Qaeda, and Taliban as well, which means you will go to Pakistan. Right now, Mr. President, if you don't have the power to secure the situation in Afghanistan, do you think you have the power to go behind the border?

Hamid Karzai: When I said that Afghanistan would go in self defense beyond the Durand Line, [it] was in response to a statement that came from terrorist networks from Pakistan, from someone called Baitullah Mahsoud – you must have heard of him, and from someone called [Maulana] Fazlullah. They declared that they would cross the border and come into Afghanistan, to kill Afghans and the international troops. Now, for me, the president of a sovereign country – when there is a threat issued to me beyond my borders by someone, what is my responsibility?

Interviewer: That's right, but the question is: Do you have the power? Can you do it?

Hamid Karzai: The power is the power of the government, of the institutions of the government, and of the people. Afghanistan is known in history – and Afghanistan has proven that in history – that when the Afghan people decide to defend themselves, they always win – as we have always won.

Source: MEMRI TV clip of excerpts from an interview with President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, which aired on Dubai TV on July 14, 2008.

Watch the interview.




Commentary

The War on Terror (World War IV) is not limited to fighting against governments (such as Omar Mohammed's Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein's Iraq, or Syria, Iran, North Korea, Sudan...etc), but also against organizations that are not governments. In this war, the umbrella organization called al-Qaeda is an enemy, as are Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah, Abu Sayyaf, Jamaat ul Fuqra, and dozens of other terror groups worldwide.

Fighting this war to a successful conclusion will involvemany things, but one of the most important ingredient is not allowing terrorists to have sanctuary anywhere in the world. They must always be pursued, and never allowed to rest or re-build their strength.

Previously, the Democrats have agitated for more troops to go to Afghanistan. Wanna bet they'll change their minds once they realize there might be some possibility of going into Pakistan to fight the terrorists, even as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama, once suggested?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Watch Those Trendlines!



This is Brian's analysis of today's action, ignore what the Legacy Media is screaming, and don't forget to check out this oil price chart.

Brian blogs about the market trends at Alpha Trends.

Not Dead Yet


I'll be back tomorrow. Until then, you can read about North Carolina wanting to put a meter on your well.

Dangerous Drought Bill Advances Past Second Reading

This post archived from WNC Citizens Blog.


House Bill 2499 [HTML Version] [PDF Download] has advanced past it's second reading in the General Assembly.

In the following article, all sections in red are direct quotes from the legislation.

The bill has the innocuous-sounding title "
AN ACT to improve Drought preparedness and response in North Carolina, as recommended by the Environmental review commission."

Here are just a few of the more egregious items I found with the legislation:
Section 4. (a):
(9) Any member of the Commission or any person authorized by it, shall have the right to enter upon any private or public lands or waters for the purpose of making investigations and studies reasonably necessary in the gathering of facts concerning streams and watersheds, subject to responsibility for any damage done to property entered.

Yay! Shoot The Trespassers!!!I wonder if this includes posted land. And you can guarantee this will be just another camel nose under the tent that will further threaten our nearly non-existent property rights.





And if you want to have nightmares, just read the amended § 143‑355.2. Water conservation measures for drought, which includes measures for requiring local governments to implement water conservation measures whether they are in a drought condition or not, at the discretion of the Secretary. This includes water source restrictions in multiple counties or municipalities when one are has been declared to be in drought, and the neighboring area is not.

And here is the biggie: SECTION 6. The Environmental Review Commission, as part of its ongoing study of the allocation of water resources in the State required by Section 1 of S.L. 2007‑518, shall study whether and to what extent private groundwater wells and the use of water produced by private groundwater wells should be regulated by the State or units of local government. The Environmental Review Commission shall report its findings and recommendations, including any legislative proposals, to the General Assembly as provided by Section 1 of S.L. 2007‑518, as amended.

Here is the smoking gun that was denied earlier...the regulation of private wells. The State of North Carolina will be investigating whether or not they will regulate your private wells, and that includes putting meters on wells, no matter what Joe Sam Queen said in this Sound Off Buncombe Video. How else will the State of North Carolina determine your water usage unless they put a meter on the wells?

People, this should be the time we pick up our pitch forks, torches, and buckets of tar to let our elected representatives in Raleigh know that we are watching them, and we are not happy.

There is much more that is wrong with this bill, especially in the enforcement section where fines and penalties are spelled out.

Here is how the western delegation of the NC House voted last night on this legislation:

AYES


Bob England (D-112)

Susan Fisher
 (D-114)

Bruce Goforth (D-115)

Phillip Haire (D-119)

Ray Rapp
 (D-118)

NOES

Phillip Frye (R-84)

Carolyn Justus (R-117)

Trudi Walend
 (R-113)

Roger West (R-120)

NOT VOTING

Charles Thomas
 (R-116)

You can click on the links to find out how to get in touch with the representatives, and be polite with regardless of how they voted. Get your point across politely.


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