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

Macon County Commissioners

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

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

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

Macon County School Board

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County School Board.


Photos from my photoblog.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fried Modem, Anyone?

I took this picture shortly after the big strike on my modem.

During a thunderstorm Thursday afternoon, my modem was taken out by a VERY CLOSE lightning strike. Of course, my machine was unplugged, except for the err, modem. Doh! So I won't be able to post this next week, except from public terminals.

About the Paul Houle interview, it was very good, and had the extra bonus of Dr. Forstchen sitting in as historian, avaition terminologist, and color commentator. All in all, I give it a 15 out of 10.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Paul Houle to appear on AM-1350 WZGM

Paul Houle, a local amateur historian, will be on WZGM after the ten a.m. newsbreak. His efforts have led the NTSB to reopen its investigation into a 1967 crash over Hendersonville, NC involving a 727 and a Cessna that left 82 dead.

Click here to listen live, provided they get the web stream up and running by that time. If not, and you are near Western North carolina, tune your radio dial to 1350 AM. If I can, I will take notes and, as Bill Cunningham says, "Give you a Full Report."

Here is a Asheville Citizen-Times article, and this article is from the News-Leader out of Springfield, MO. Below is an excerpt:

Feds reopen probe of '67 crash

Three local men were among 82 killed when a plane from Springfield collided with an airliner.

By Mike O'Brien

Federal investigators have agreed to take another look into a 1967 midair collision of a private plane from Springfield and a Piedmont Airlines jetliner that killed 82, including three local men.
In an extraordinary move, the National Transportation Safety Board will consider previously ignored evidence that indicates the pilot of the Springfield plane was unfairly blamed for the tragedy.

The News-Leader reported in December that Paul Houle, an amateur historian who lives a few miles from the rural North Carolina crash site, had submitted a petition to the NTSB challenging that federal agency's finding that the Cessna 310 had intruded into the Boeing 727 airliner's assigned flightpath.

Houle's petition argued that the original probe was flawed because:

Air traffic controllers issued confusing instructions, and then gave an OK when the Cessna pilot accurately radioed his location and heading.

The 737 pilot strayed from his specified heading and altitude.

Investigators disregarded the fact that the airliner crew was distracted by a fire in a cockpit ashtray during the 41 seconds before the collision.

An improper conflict of interest existed because the NTSB's chief investigator was the brother of a Piedmont vice president.

Houle's petition seemed a long shot because of the time elapsed since the crash, and because the NTSB usually accepts only requests filed by "parties to the investigation or hearing, or persons having a direct interest in the accident investigation."

Houle (rhymes with "pool") was only 3 years old when the collision occurred and had no connection to anyone aboard the planes nor to the original investigation. The NTSB's acting chairman, Mark V. Rosenker, recently wrote in a letter to Houle that "although the regulations do not define 'persons having a direct interest,' this language was not meant to include independent researchers who have no other connection to an accident."

Nevertheless, Rosenker said, "I have decided that we will consider and evaluate your request as a proper petition."

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Sunset in Macon County

The sunset as seen near my new place.

No news, just spent the weekend resting.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Senator Cornyn named to Conference Committee on Immigration

I've been waiting for more people to be named, and have seen only the initial announcement on his web page. The full text is below:

Cornyn Named To Conference Committee For Immigration Reform Bill

'The differences between the House and Senate bills are significant, and the solutions will be difficult. But it's important to have border state Senators on this committee'
Thursday, May 11, 2006

Good enough. Then for a few weeks, nothing showed on my radar until this announcement, also reproduced in full below:

Cornyn: We Need To Start The Conference Committee Now To Find Agreement On Border Security, Immigration Reform
Though we will be coming to the negotiations with starkly different views on how best to address our immigration system, the bottom line is that we must meet before any reforms can take place, Cornyn says
Monday, June 05, 2006

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), chairman of the Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship subcommittee, made the following statement Monday regarding the need to ‘get started now’ on a conference committee for the immigration bill. Cornyn will be a member of that panel that will work out the differences between the Senate and House bills:

“We need to get started now if the House and Senate are going to reach agreement on a border security and comprehensive immigration reform bill. Though we will be coming to the negotiations with starkly different views on how best to address our immigration system, the bottom line is that we must meet before any reforms can take place. So I encourage the leadership in both chambers to quickly name conferees, and for the conferees to agree to begin the negotiations this month.

“Doing nothing is just not an option. Any delay will not only halt reforms of our immigration system, it will also slow our efforts to secure our nation’s porous borders. And I fear that if we don't get a bill out of conference that addresses border security soon, we won’t have another opportunity to address this critical need for some time.

“There is at least one issue with broad, bipartisan agreement between both the House and Senate: both chambers have recognized the immediate need to gain control of and secure our nation's borders. But securing our borders and reforming our immigration law is an urgent priority, but we can only do that by starting the negotiations soon.”

Sens. Cornyn and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) are the authors of The Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act (S.1438).

We need to keep an eye on this conference committee on immigration if it ever gets off the ground. I suggest sending emails and calling your elected critters in the Senate and House of Representatives and ask them to tell their leadership that you want no R.I.N.O.s on this very important committee. Also, if anyone has more information, feel free to add your comments below.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Gas Hogs Magazine June 2006

Click to view in full glory!!!

Hat Tip to Scrutiny Hooligans

The truck on the cover is mine, and yes, I can backfire it at will!!! All this while getting less than 6 mpg on a 75 mile roundtrip commute!

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Dead

Follow the links:

Winds of Change

AP Story I lifted...

4:54 AM EDT

Al-Zarqawi Killed in U.S. Bombing in Iraq

Associated Press Writer

AP Photo

World Video


BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, carried out some of the bloodiest suicide attacks in Iraq and led a campaign of kidnappings and hostage beheadings until he was killed in a U.S. bombing Thursday. He was the apparent victim of his own hubris after Iraqi leaders said a video he put on the web helped lead them to him.

The immediate impact of his death on the insurgency was unclear.

Al-Zarqawi was the most prominent of the insurgency's leaders, but his strength within the movement was never certain. Homegrown Sunni Iraqi guerrillas are believed to have had as important a role in the fight against U.S. forces and the new Iraqi government.

Still, al-Zarqawi was behind the most vicious of the bloody wave of attacks that has helped turn the swift U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 into a grueling counter-insurgency fight.

The Jordanian-born militant is believed to have personally beheaded at least two American hostages, Nicholas Berg in April 2004 and Eugene Armstrong in September 2004. The United States put a $25 million bounty on his head, the same amount as al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

In the past year, he moved his campaign beyond Iraq's borders, carrying out a Nov. 9, 2005 triple suicide bombing against hotels in Amman that killed 60 people, as well as other attacks in Jordan and even a rocket attack from Lebanon into northern Israel.

He also sought to expand...

The internet is incredibly slow this morning, so I'm only gonna post these two items above. It has taken me an hour or so to get this together. My computer clock says 5.38am, and you'll see what the post time is when I finally logged on to ctreate a post at blogger. When I started, Drudge didn't even have the he does now!

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Adama v Cain Video Clip

There is still time to buy the miniseries and the episodes for season 1 and 2.0 (2.5 should be out soon) so you'll be caught up in time for the October air date of Season 3. You can thank me in the comments!

More on the Canadian Terrorists

The subdision where I work is finally getting paved. Yay!

Yesterday, I overlooked another voice in the analysis of the Canadian Terrorists.

Here is an AP story on the Canadian Terrorists via The Drudge Report. Drudge currently running with the headline "Suspect Sought To Behead Prime Minister". At least the media are now acknowledging the terrorists are Muslim. So much for the canadian experiment in dhimmi 'ism'.

I was happy to hear Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch on The Mike Reagan Show on XM166 last night spaeking about the Canadian Terrorists (that phrase seems to roll off my tongue) with guest host mark Taylor. here is another story at Jihad Watch focusing on another aspect of the problem with muslim terrorists, especially in a country suffering under the yoke of PC oppression.

I used to think that September 11, 2001 could be equated with December 7, 1941. I think perhaps it should be thought of as a date equivalent to September 1, 1939, for those of us who wish a sort of shorthand way to figure out where we stand in World War IV. I think of our current involvement in the war is like a lend lease program for the silent moderate muslim world. My current belief is we won't do what is truly needed until we suffer a debillitating attack.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

A Beastly Day, Indeed

Or, more signs of the impending apocalypse...

Fjordman reports via The Gates of Vienna, and tells us Why the European Union Needs to be Destroyed, and Soon. Very Powerful piece. Personally, I think Europe is lost to us, and we should prepare for operations that would save the Europeans for the fourth time in a century.

Wretchard has some disturbing news about the Eunichs at the United Nations covering up a mass execution of people "under their protection".

Regarding the 17 or so terrorists arrested in Canada, Jihad Watch has the best all-around coverage. Start here, and work your way back to follow the history as it broke, go in the other direction to keep up with events. Be sure to read the comments as well. I have found some good blogs by following the links of the commenters.

Security and Prosperity Partnership Of North America

President George Bush, President Vicente Fox of Mexico, and Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada unveiled a blueprint for a safer and more prosperous North America when they announced the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) on March 23 in Waco, TX. They agreed on ambitious security and prosperity agendas to keep our borders closed to terrorism and open to trade. The SPP is based on the premise that security and our economic prosperity are mutually reinforcing, and recognizes that our three great nations are bound by a shared belief in freedom, economic opportunity, and strong democratic institutions.

Isn't this how the European Union began?

Sunday, June 4, 2006

New Template for Thunder Pig

I guess I should have a link to where I found this template. As luck would have it, Thur is rebuilding his site, hmmm.

Over the next few weeks, I intend to re-arrange my links on the sidebars into more coherent catgories and add a blogrolling service. I have spent the weekend trying to absorb the 5GW thing I stumbled on last week. I have some things to say, but I don't want to repeat what has already been debunked by the theorists.

I can already tell I don't like the color of the link-text. Gotta figure out how to change that without killing the template again.

Friday, June 2, 2006

Sun Rise

The sun rises through the haze as I drive to work.

The sun rises over Barber's Orchard in Haywood County one day this week, either Tuesday or Wednesday. Oh, and I've now busted the 2k mark on pix...this is madness!!!

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Thoughts about Haditha

In my firm opinion, the Main Stream Legacy Media wants nothing less than our defeat in Iraq, and will go to any length to achieve that goal.

I have been a voracious consumer of news from Iraq since my brother first went there in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The news from The Big three (ABC/CBS/NBC) was almost always slanted to point out where The United States was wrong, or had failed, or would fail in whatever it was trying to achieve. Even the addition of CNN, CNBC, FOX, MSNBC, and so on haven't really changed the equation except to increase the number of people playing, "Gotcha".

What does all that have to do with Haditha? The 24-hour news cycle. The jackals will converge and do their thing.

Others have looked down the road, and say we've been down this road before. Have we? Will we repeat past mistakes?

Global Guerrillas has a disquieting take, with a helpful link, from which I will post part:

In other words, he who fights against the weak - and the rag-tag Iraqi militias are very weak indeed - and loses, loses. He who fights against the weak and wins also loses. To kill an opponent who is much weaker than yourself is unnecessary and therefore cruel; to let that opponent kill you is unnecessary and therefore foolish. As Vietnam and countless other cases prove, no armed force, however rich, however powerful, however advanced, however well motivated is immune to this dilemma. The end result is always disintegration and defeat...That is why the present adventure will almost certainly end as the previous one (Vietnam) did. Namely, with the last U.S. troops fleeing the country while hanging on to their helicopters' skids.

Here is the Wikipedia article about Martin van Creveld, who wrote the words I quoted. It seems he is a thinker, but is he right? Have we taken on a tar baby fashioned by Br'er Fox?

I believe we are fighting the right war, in the right place, at the right time. We are fighting the Fourth World War. The enemy has Allies and Sympathizers from our own population, and we are not treating them as such. Sometimes I wonder if our own government has been infiltrated.

This Haditha thing will get very ugly if our "friends" in the press have anything to say about it.

I say we hit them back. Anybody game?