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AUTHOR: Ray DATE: 3/24/2005 04:15:00 PM ----- BODY: SHARED DAILY MOVED RIGHT HERE.
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1. Google's obvious bias towards some mainstream blogs.
2. Google's preferreed stance of looking the other way for some and hindering others for their "right" to free speech also.
3. It would not be right to continue this blog here at this location in light of one and two above.


Hopefully, I will pop somewhere else soon in the blogosphere and will continue to blog and excercise my right to free speech and not support those through use of their tools or adds or email or through name brand recoginition to promote their brand.

I intend to leave this blog up as a reminder for me and for those who will come after and for the sake of archival of the few short posts I have written in 3 months and to support those of whom I intended to help in my own way.

PS: Their adds are gone and their search engine gone also. -------- (0) comments Protest Warrior Posted by Hello


Code Pink MOAB Posted by Hello


WoodStock over there----> Posted by Hello


"8 Million Iraqi's gave Saddam the finger!" Posted by Hello


The good guys of Free Republic, Rolling Thunder, Protest Warriors, Veitnam Veterans, Veterans, Families and Families of Veterans. Posted by Hello


The kids have the Spirit of America also. Posted by Hello


Who's watching who more? Posted by Hello -------- (0) comments Update: Images are now posted here on Image Station.

Still working on picture posting issues with Blogger and Hello in which quite a few other people are having also. Greyhawk has an excellent round up and some links I missed this morning from Fayetteville Online and protest coverage that didn't make the front page of local news. Local news gave only a few sentences to the counterdemonstrators. WRAL, WNCN and WTVD were all pathetic using the canned AP filed report. It's hard to believe all 3 major outlets in Raleigh NC used the same AP report as the only source of what happened yesterday.

The counterdemonstrators were a very good group who traveled from a far to show their support for the troops and the dislike of the anti-war crowd. See my earlier post for an on the ground write up of the days events. -------- (0) comments local station, other local coverage here and here but my guesstimate put the crowd about 1500-2000. The anti-war crowd was made of up the young misguided college set, the over the hill hippies, the handful of anarchist and some common folk who came along for the ride.

The good guys came from Free Republic, Rolling Thunder and Protest Warriors and some concerned veterans like myself. Vietnam Vets and Gulf War I Vets and other veterans and their families and families of some active duty spoke at the counter demonstration. If you were keeping score and decided that score on the number of American flags the two groups had the anti-protestors won hands down and the pictures below will prove this with out a doubt. I had two flags sticking out of my backpack and from the vast crowd of anti-war protestors I only counted two American flags. So one person was able to neutralized a whole crowd of barking, ranting, and the disrespectful anti-everything people.

There was one arrest from a Duke Univserity student who was to be a speaker named Rann Bar-On, hmm Duke again why does that university keep giving us grief locally. Sounds like we need an update over at Discover the Nework.

I listened to some of the anti-war protestors speeches over our crowd and one or two things struck me as a bit subversive at best. One comment made by a anti-war protestor was that "we need the troops here at home" not just bring the troops home but "we need the troops here at home". What was we trying to say? Did I hear it out of context? Only part of it? The main thing is that it did jump out at me as an attempt to plant a seed in the audience. What the intent of that seed was I don't know and I can only speculate. The other thing that jumped out at me was when one of the lady speakers was done she says" all of you flying back to New York tonight..." meet over there or something along those line.

It's not enough that a good percentage of these people are on the wrong side of the fight and war here at home and abroad is that these out of town blue county progessives come into our backyard and spread their filth of lies and undermining the war effort. They are here in the home town of our military families who need both of our support no matter what, but if they want to protest they should protest in Washington DC. and not here in Fayetteville.

A controversial banner was put up in the American Zone directed at Code Pink and it's leader Medea Benjamin who was there at the rally today. This is the same group who gave huge money to the other side fighting our men and women in Iraq. It became apparent that she was there today, when she walked up to the hill where the anti-protestors were and only came about 5o ft from the group before she turned back in the face of truth and opposition. The blowhorn was blaring at her and shouting at her and her group and she didn't like that very much when she got called out on it in front of her supporters. The other special guest I did not know was there today was Nick Berg's father Michael Berg and there is only so much I can say about this man and so I won't.

This is rush post and I hope everyone enjoys the pictures.
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They were marking the one month assassination of Rafiq Hariri which has sparked this nationalist movement and attempt to rid their country from the dogs of the Syrian Bathist operatives.

There are plenty pictures abound on most of the popular blogs so I wont post here but what I will say is this: these pictures are raining down from the heavens to all the homes of the middle east with a satellite dish or has access to international news or the internet and that my friends is priceless. -------- (0) comments
End of note.

A total of 24 man hours consumed/wasted/learned doing what I know best, geek stuff, to figure out that somehow Saturday morning that either my week old All in One printer combo somehow either died suddenly or my computer. The task at hand to figure it out and fix it as my better half was enjoying the scanning of old pictures and making them digital to save until time ends, that's a good thing.

What I learned from this is yet again is a lesson to understand it is advisable to never never never never never to trust Windoz to tell you the truth. Why? Well because the printer software or Windoz was lieing saying all was ok and it was not. In all my years working with DOS, starting I might add back in early 1982, and all versions of Windoz, NT, ME and XP, UNIX servers etc., is that they(computers) at this point in time 2005 should be smarter than we are and tell us what the problem is and how to fix.

You see this all comes down to my 6 on board USB ports and they all were reporting ok, printer was reporting ok, but during the final step of the two where they marry and live happily ever after neither wanted to consummate. All they both did really was: Hang. Sit there. Lie. Fail but not fail.

Well, what to do? Reinstall. Uninstall. Reinstall. Uninstall. Both the USB's and the printer software to no avail. How could this be? The initial install a week ago was painless, no tweaking, no errors all went perfect. What could it be?

Let's skip the technical support website and interactive chat as that would be a whole another post by itself. Let's just skip to what we did and back running.

By another cable and another 2 port USB PCI card to install. Tried cable first and all looked well it's gonna work, thinking that somehow the cable which was new went bad or got zapped(best technial term I could come up with) during the first week, possible, but nope back to square one.
Doubt myself again and dig and dig in Event Viewer for anything, nothing there. Last hope would be to install the new 2 port USB card and prove either 1) all 6 ports went bad or 2) the software. Earlier in the saga I proved the printer was still good by directly downloading a test picture directly to the printer via the USB cable and digital camera thus proving that still good and limiting the problem to the software or PC.

That installation of the new 2 port USB card, value $32 dollars, saved me probably hundreds of dollars and down time on our main family PC, all because Windoz lied. The problem was the on board 6 USB ports and that new 2 port USB card got me back and running.

Post mortem: turning off the PC and not turning off the printer and turning the PC back on while the printer was still on somehow smoked all the onboard USB ports. Windoz lied I wasted time. -------- (0) comments invasion on our southern border. Now the ACLU is going to go an instigate something from nothing on April 1st when the Minutemen Project starts to document all the illegal border crossings occurring on our southern border.

Over on Free Republic you'll find the latest on this with responses about this very subject.

What the people are doing at the Minutemen Project, of which I have no affiliation[sad state of affairs that I feel I must type that disclaimer], is exactly what other watchdog groups across the US and the globe do and should be able to do without hindrance and intimidation: observe, document and report.

I feel that ACLU's only reason to go and do this is to find that one incident and make a story out of nothing or atleast a small incident and create a dog and pony show for their Borg and drum more support for the extreme leftwing arm of the ACLU.

What does the ACLU hope to gain here? Protect whose rights? The rights of who American's or "illegal aliens" who have no US rights the last time I checked. Now if were talking about human rights as like not being shot or beaten up when trying to cross I'm all for that, but the point is they shouldn't be there in the first place. The border/immigration/security situation on the southern border is broken. Period. This leads me to think that during the Clinton years and the way NAFTA was explained south of the border led everyday Mexicans who want a better life for themselves and their children, who can blame them, to believe: it's all ok come on up, no problem at all, no checks, no documenation needed to prove who you are.

The ACLU serves just as much a function as the Mintuemen Project. Now who is going to watch ACLU? We are and there are plenty of us watching. -------- (0) comments Danny Boy lyrics

Oh Danny boy, the blogs, the blogs are calling
From east to west and across the digital hill side
The elections gone and all the dems are crying
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bye

But don't come ye back when the elections in '08
Or when the blogs multiply and expose what you sow
And I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow(s)
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy I loathe you so

But if he come and all the dems are crying
And I am read, as read I well may be
He'll come here and find the place where I am lieing
And kneel and say an ava there for the blogs

And I shall see, the soft "th" tread above me
And then my blog will be richer, sweeter be
For you will bend and tell me that you respect me
And I shall rest in peace when you say to me "I lied" -------- (0) comments
My earlier post I tried to give the impression and sincerity over the death Nicola Calipari when this was first reported Friday afternoon and Friday night and that still stands. Nobody wants to loose anyone to friendly fire or a good agent in the field. I'm sure he knew the risk as he had done this kind of op before.

This whole episode reeks of a flim-flam from her abduction to the tape of her recording to the Italian President and people for the withdrawl of Italian troops from Iraq, to her release whether with a ransom paid or not to the death of the Italian agent during the rescue.

I played the conspiratorist on one message board and wondered where the money went:

1. Iraqi insurgents
2. War profiteer
3. Foreign Terrorist
4. Local Criminals out for a buck
5. None of the above.

I'm still going with number 5. None of the above. Why? They would be killing multiple birds with one stone with the withdrawl of Italian troops, exposure for the communist newspaper and movement, show that journalist are in deed "targeted" by the US military and make the US look bad, make some money and write a book and live happily ever after. Now the death of the Italian agent did not fall into "their" plan but it did come out because of the abduction/ransom/release and it is what made the story. Other blogs have called this "catch and release" and I tend to agree.

However, I'm taking this story a step further with number 5 above and say that somehow Silvio Berlusconi's opposition in Italy ends up with the money along with a slice for the kidnappers in Iraq, whoever they are. It's a stretch I know but it would round out this whole story if you were writing a 21st century espionage novel that is and this would close out the loop on this one quite well and with a rather dramatic ending I might add. -------- (0) comments
I found an Italian blog here who had recent commeents about this and I sent our sympathy and how sorry we are that this happened. So if you'd like to send them a word feel free.

I used Bablefish to do the translation so I hope it came across correctly. Not sure why I did this besides it being the right thing to do in my mind anyway. -------- (0) comments yourself.


HT: Family Friend -------- (0) comments Jenny:

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Imagine, 150 or 200 million more human beings able to collectively choose their own path and place in the world all without firing a single shot. Amazing.

Some do not feel that way, the use of force will never be justified, ever. They would bow down to the enemy and let them overrun the whole world and then complain when it comes to our shores that we did not do enough to prevent it from ever happening in the first place.

The groups are many, Codepink and United for Peace and Justice are two that stand out. Let's take a look at the women first as women should always come first, but in another time and place that may not be so, they aim to stop the war by holding pathetic anti-war protests in San Diego and Fayetteville North Carolina on March 19th. I won't give them the satisfaction of linking to their websites.

These women of Codepink would not have a say in the world ever if it were not for men and women who give them and paid their lives for them to hold such protest under the disguise of anti-war protest to challenge corporate America and for that matter the world. You see they are not just anti-war protesters, they are anti-everything people they set up their anti-everything websites and form umbrella movements to hide and synergize their true purposes. What they do want? They want the power and prestige for themselves and to feel significant in a world they can not control and want for themselves. Yes. Power.

There are young punk kids who are anti-globalisationist who setup anti-war websites and say they are doing acts of civil disobedience. For what? For who? Themselves? This wasted effort would better serve the men and women and children of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt in the promotion of democracy which by design keeps the peace among it's members and hinders the development of extremist the world over.

Let me end this post by saying, I have been on foreign shores and have seen the plight of peoples from central America, Europe, Africa and the middle east and democracy there is our best hope for our future and peace there and here at home. -------- (0) comments road again. Drove from Raleigh south to the great small town of Raeford, N.C. , home of the Turkey festival, to visit a while with the in-laws, celebrate rug-rat birthdays and catch up on things.

Noticed one article this morning from Rantburg about a journalist killed in Mosul with coverage of the story from the BBC. Excerpt from the story:
Raiedah Mohammed Wageh Wazan was abducted Feb. 20 by several masked gunmen. Her corpse was found Friday, said her husband, Salim Saad-Allah. She had been shot in the head.
Why was this done? Could it be that they are telling the truth in Iraq on the news now of who some of the insurgents are:

This week, the station aired extensive interviews with alleged insurgents -including Syrians, Lebanese, Egyptians, Sudanese and Iraqis - that security forces captured in Mosul.



Now she was not the only news in the world broadcasting this information and showing the story of the alleged Syrian Intelligence chief and admitting the level of involvement from the Syrians. She was a local Iraqi who worked for the local news and was broadcasting what they thought important and not propaganda to the Iraqi people so they would understand that it was not just the ex-Bathist that are causing violence, terrorism and all out barbaric attacks on the innocent men, women and children of Iraq.

This attempt at silencing the free Iraqi people will not work and will only drive more an more Iraqi people to the side of a free press unafraid to report the truth and expose those who are aligned against them. The Syrians and Iranians have been put on notice and their alignment of shared interest to confront any threats is only talk, nothing more, nothing less. A warning and response will come from the Iraqi government, once the PM details are worked out I hope, that will directly let their Iraqi neighbors know without hidden meanings that they will not stand for interference from either of them. And if necessary, will take all appropriate actions to stem the flow of money and support and find the "source" of this support where it may lead and put an end to it once and for all. -------- (0) comments Sisyphean Musings has been spotted.

Welcome back. -------- (0) comments US military personnel has shown the courage of not only our own men and women but the Iraq people themselves. I read this earlier today on another news outlet and than ran back across again on Yahoo News.

This was a routine patrol that turned tragic when a Humvee overturned in a canal and the three members of 1st Brigade 3rd Infantry Div drowned in the extremely cold waters. Another member of the US military also died trying to rescue the first three and other in danger personnel during the rescue.

It's a hard read and may bring tears to your eye's but please read and remember them always both the US personnel and the Iraqi soldiers. -------- (0) comments
What I've been watching of late is the slow turn of the MSM and the news cycle and the "tone" at some of the major outlets, which is a good thing, it's a start.

Hopefully, the Presidents trip to EU and NATO will soften some of the trans-Atlantic squabbling that has been going on since the war in Iraq. The new focus of the EU/NATO should be on Iraq as the bigger picture has been painted for them quite clearly. Freedom and liberty in the heart of the middle east is a big goal, but you have to have a plan. Without one we are all doomed to fail and failure is not an option as the stakes are to high.

With this in mind the future success of Iraq relies on the Iraqi people but they need support and the end to the bickering here at home and abroad. The Iraqi people have shown the world their desire for freedom and liberty. So let us support them and put our own personal beliefs aside for now.

On that note, if you have the time and interest in supporting the Iraqi people please take a visit to Spirit of America's website and review their current needs. You can contribute by monetary contributions to projects, assist with projects, or become a member and just stay current on what Americans are doing to assist the Iraqi people to a brighter future. -------- (0) comments this and much more emphasis into what's going on with these deaths. Could be any number of things but making it through 18 months of combat than to die from the flu has to be very hard on the family of this latest hero Sgt. Clay Garton. The other North Carolina veteran and hero is Staff Sgt. Christopher Rogers who also died of flu like symptoms. The other soldier Capt. Gilbert Munoz died from a bacterial infection after returning home and no further details have been provided.

These deaths are hard for the families so keep them in your thoughts.

Updated: Drudge is on it. Great minds think alike, just got done posting this. -------- (0) comments
You are not alone and there are resources availabe to you. If you would like more information and help with any issues please take the time to review Students for Academic Freedom. From here you can read about the latest happenings and check on chapters in your area that provide support when dealing with college and univserity issues.

Our colleges and universities should not condone or support radical hate professors whose only goals are to sow seeds of hate and spew their twisted view of the world.

To see what your California Tax dollars do for your students higher education at UCLA. This is from a UCLA website. Scroll down to see 4 More Years a spinoff of JibJab. This is one of the professors official Webpage telling them to go view his BlogLeft blog. This is what SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED, you should teach not brainwash our kids. We are watching and taking note of your behavior.

If you have students there and would like to contact the dean here you go:

Aimée Dorr

Dean, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Professor
Psychological Studies in Education

2320 Moore Hall -- (310) 825-1838 -- dorr@gseis.ucla.edu

Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University, 1970


Update: HT Rantburg. Some how I missed this today but David Horowitz started a new website today. A Guide to the Political Left can be found here.

-------- (0) comments The votes are in and the Shia dominated list number 169 has almost 50% of the vote. Turn out stands at about 60% which is very good considering the on the ground situation. The Kurds will come in second and the Ayad Allawi's list will come in third. For updates and analysis go to the source. The Iraqi bloggers themselves: Iraq the Model, Hammorabi, or Iraqi Bloggers Central.
-------- (0) comments Warning Warning this has R Rated lyrics. So be warned.

This a video/stills production with music showing some of the Battle of Falluja from some of our tankers. There is nothing really to add to this but our men/women did an outstanding job against a dug in enemy in an urban environment who had months and months to prepare.

HT: LGF poster jouth. -------- (0) comments resigned.

As many bloggers are pointing out that Mr. Jordan's resigning was not the only objective in all of this but it was to see the videotape or transcript at the WEF conference in Davos where these comments were made. We all want to see the full context of the comments and exchanges between the panel the reaction of the audience etc.

Please continue to read the whole story and more background information on Eason Jordans past from Michelle Malkin, Cpts Quarters, La Shawn Barber, Powerline, LGF, Sisyphean Musings and Easongate.

While everyone writes and dissects this we should keep in mind that this was not done out of revenge or a show of force by the blogsphere it was done for the "truth" and the respect it deserves. -------- (0) comments LT Smash and the Protest Warriors recent Thank You event over in San Diego and he goes on to ask if you live near a military base show them support. Well are you?

More information on showing your support for our military men and women can be found at America Supports You. And if you do not have a military base near you please visit the offical website of the USO where they have many locations at airports to hand out some coffee and a warm smile and to say Thanks. -------- (0) comments here to sign if you wish. Blackfive has a post up also about why he is doing this and his motivation. The most important part of his post to me is:

This is the Chief News Executive of CNN that we are talking about here - not the left-wing rep on Crossfire or the latest radio line-up on Air America. And he's giving Al Qaeda and Al Jazeera propaganda ammunition.

I've written on this very subject before and it's how many of us feel.


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Defining the enemy in the GWoT seems to always move but what are the causes and their resentment of the US? Our western culture? religous beliefs? Capitalism? I've read the following lengthly post/essay from USS Clueless which has some interesting thoughts and actions of which I don't agree on all points but the insight to root cause was very well thought out and explained in detail. A full list of his essays can be found here.
-------- (0) comments change. Somehow some of the Wisconsin Quarters in the 50 States collection were found with some flaws and collectors are grabbing them up at hefty prices.

I've only found one the Wisconsin quarters so far, that's bad, you see I've got 3 sets going for all three rugrats, and I still need the other two plus a couple more for padding. So if you see some of them take a look and start collecting.
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Blair warned Iran and Syria not to assume it was in their interests to allow insurgents to cross into Iraq in order to weaken U.S. forces and reduce the chance of an attack on themselves.

"I think if they were to make that calculation it would be a very severe miscalculation," he said, The Associated Press reported.

Ya ya I know the source but I stumbled across this and did not want to let it go by. He says it more clearly than anybody from Europe by far and even better than we have to drive home the point to the mullahs to not use the Iraq as a delaying tactict and we can respond if we need. Bravo. Bravo.

Note: Did you see this anywhere? Nope.
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Myself included I got caught up in watching this unfold more of than active participant and doing updates and commenting on the latest. There has been a tremendous amount of work by some really committed and extremely bright people. It was encouraging to watch this unfold and the respect that was showed on the whole by all involved for the "truth".

Watching La Shawn Barbers Corner with all the latest really helped put everything in the right place and Sisyphus doing all he can so we go to the instant replay for ruling shows the real commitment for finding the whole "truth" and not just part of it. Easongate is up and running and trying to keep the focus of the issue with the media blackout still in affect and the lack of respect that is being shown the blogger community for that matter is really showing true colors I might add.

There is much much more out there about all of this, just go and find it.
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