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Boy, I’m Weird

Posted by zaphriel on July 31, 2005

I found this on What Attitude Problem?

You Are 40% Weird

Normal enough to know that you’re weird…
But too damn weird to do anything about it!

And then I found this while taking the previous test.


You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don’t mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

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The Great Undiscovered Blog

Posted by zaphriel on July 31, 2005

Undiscovered, at least to me.
I know I had heard of him, and talked to him often on chat and yahoo, and we have been in the same circles for a while now, but for what ever reason, never added him to my blogroll and thus never read his blog very often. But I’ll tell you what, Aaron is a great writer, and has allot to say that is worth reading, even if you don’t agree with him, you can at least see his side of things, and that my friends is a hard skill to master. So go check it out.
The Life and Times
It is a good read.

P.S. Blogroll corrected

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The Hate of the “Pacifist” Left

Posted by zaphriel on July 31, 2005

Somedays Cao has a way of hitting things on the head. Once again she has. There is nothing I can add to it, so I just send you to her post.

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Biggest Laugh All Day

Posted by zaphriel on July 30, 2005

I found this on Cao’s Blog, and just had to share it.

The Thong Song – Starring Kozo

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A Tenth Planet, and a Martian Lake

Posted by Mark on July 30, 2005

Two big stories in space tonight.
First, a beautiful picture of frozen water in a Martian crater. What a wonderful resource for future colonists. Not quite warm enough for swimming, but a great source of water, fuel, and oxygen.

Also, a big story. This discovery of a new planet at least one and a half times the size of Pluto renews the debate about defining exactly what a planet really is. How many more like this are there out there?

One of the best sites around for all the late breaking info on both of these stories is Bad Astronomy. The webhost is actually a very good astronomer, but he goes after all the fun, but nutty bad astronomy floating around the internet.

One more thing: While looking for Bad Astronomy, I came across Bad Astronomer, a fascinating look at the death of the Orion Project, one of the great “might have beens” in manned space flight.

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Air America-gate

Posted by Mark on July 30, 2005

My oh my. If you haven’t heard this story, you will.

It begins with former Air America CEO Evan Cohen, who resigned last year from the network after some of its more infamous early debacles. You might remember Cohen was a key part of an HBO documentary, detailing its first days.

Cohen also happened to serve on Gloria Wise’s board and convinced club leader and community activist Charles Rosen to “invest” at least $480,000 in the upstart political talk network.

Rosen has recently resigned from the board, according to New York Nonprofit Press.

The money, intended as a loan to be repaid with interest, was agreed to by Rosen after being sold on the idea of stretching their grant money further, according to one account. Part of the deal included promotional consideration of Gloria Wise’s activities on Air America’s programs.

Did that ever occur? If so, what was the benefit to Gloria Wise?

More importantly, has Air America paid back any of the money to date?

There are many more questions than answers at this point, but New York City’s Department Of Investigation (DOI) is leading the effort to find out where the money went. Will indictments follow?

So far, the activity programs have been saved as other non-profit agencies scrambled to pick up the slack, while investigators look at Gloria Wise’s records.

Cohen may be long-gone from Air America, but who else still at the network might have knowledge of this “investment”?

Has there been a media cover-up? In the Radio Equalizer’s view, yes.

This has all the makings of a huge blogstorm. Hugh Hewitt is all over it, as is Michelle Malkin.
But the blogger who broke the story is Brian Maloney, at The Radio Equalizer. We’ll see if the MSM jumps on this one. I wonder if it would get any coverage if these allegations were made about, oh, say, Rush Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity? I’m thinking you would have heard the story by now if it had.

And here’s an editorial from the Washington Times explaining all this.

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A Tenth Planet, and a Martian Lake

Posted by Mark on July 30, 2005

Two big stories in space tonight.
First, a beautiful picture of frozen water in a Martian crater. What a wonderful resource for future colonists. Not quite warm enough for swimming, but a great source of water, fuel, and oxygen.

Also, a big story. This discovery of a new planet at least one and a half times the size of Pluto renews the debate about defining exactly what a planet really is. How many more like this are there out there?

One of the best sites around for all the late breaking info on both of these stories is Bad Astronomy. The webhost is actually a very good astronomer, but he goes after all the fun, but nutty bad astronomy floating around the internet.

One more thing: While looking for Bad Astronomy, I came across Bad Astronomer, a fascinating look at the death of the Orion Project, one of the great “might have beens” in manned space flight.

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The Muslim World is on Fire

Posted by Mark on July 29, 2005

If you’ve not read this peice, or heard it on talk radio, yet, read it now. I first heard it on The Laura Ingrahm show early this morning. Let’s pray it’s true:

DUBAI The world of Islam is on fire. Indeed, the Muslim mind is on fire. Above all, the West is now ready to take both of them on.

The latest reliable report confirms that on average 33 Iraqis die every day, executed by Iraqis and foreign jihadis and suicide bombers, not by US or British soldiers. In fact, fewer than ever US or British soldiers are dying since the invasion more than two years ago. Instead, we now watch on television hundreds of innocent Iraqis lying without limbs, bleeding in the streets dead or wounded for life. If this is jihad someone got his religious education completely upside down.

He then lists the bombings in Iraq, in London, in Madrid, in Palestine. And the supposed causes?:

The excuse in all the above cases was the war in Iraq, but let us not forget that in September 2001, long before Iraq, Osama Bin Laden proudly announced that he ordered the killing of some 3,000 in the United States, in the name of avenging Islam. Let us not forget that the killing began a long time before the invasion of Iraq.

Indeed, jihadis have been killing for a decade in the name of Islam. They killed innocent tourists and natives in Morocco and Egypt, in Africa, in Indonesia and in Yemen, all done in the name of Islam by Muslims who say that they are better than all other Muslims. They killed in India, in Thailand and are now talking of killing in Germany and Denmark and so on. There were attacks with bombs that killed scores inside Shia and Sunni mosques, inside churches and inside synagogues in Turkey and Tunisia, with Muslim preachers saying that it is okay to kill Jews and Christians – the so called infidels.

And the consequences for the Islamo-Fascists:

Do the cowardly jihadis who recruit suicide bombers really think that they will force the US Army and British troops out of Iraq by killing hundreds of innocent Iraqis? US troops now have bases and operate in Iraq but also from Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman.

The only accomplishment of jihadis is that now they have aroused the great “Western Tiger”. There was a time when the United States and Europe welcomed Arab and Muslim immigrants, visitors and students, with open arms. London even allowed all dissidents escaping their countries to preach against those countries under the guise of political refugees.

It looks like the jig is up:

Well, that is all over now. Time has become for the big Western vengeance.

Visas for Arab and Muslim young men will be impossible to get for the United States and Western Europe. Those working there will be expelled if they are illegal, and harassed even if their papers are in order.

Airlines will have to right to refuse boarding to passengers if their names even resemble names on a prohibited list on all flights heading to Europe and the United States.

What is more important to remember is this: When the West did unite after World War II to beat communism, the long Cold War began without pity. They took no prisoners. They all stood together, from the United States to Norway, from Britain to Spain, from Belgium to Switzerland. And they did bring down the biggest empire. Communism collapsed.

I fear those naïve Muslims who think that they are beating the West have now achieved their worst crime of all. The West is now going to war against not only Muslims, but also, sadly, Islam as a religion.

In this new cold and hot war, car bombs and suicide bombers here and there will be no match for the arsenal that those Westerners are putting together – an arsenal of laws, intelligence pooling, surveillance by satellites, armies of special forces and indeed, allies inside the Arab world who are tired of having their lives disrupted by demented so-called jihadis or those bearded preachers who, under the guise of preaching, do little to teach and much to ignite the fire, those who know little about Islam and nothing about humanity.

Unless the mythical “moderate” muslims take a firm, and vocal, stand, Mr. Ibrahim’s editorial will stand as a prophetic standard in the current war. A powerful statement indeed.

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Air America-gate

Posted by Mark on July 29, 2005

My oh my. If you haven’t heard this story, you will.

It begins with former Air America CEO Evan Cohen, who resigned last year from the network after some of its more infamous early debacles. You might remember Cohen was a key part of an HBO documentary, detailing its first days.

Cohen also happened to serve on Gloria Wise’s board and convinced club leader and community activist Charles Rosen to “invest” at least $480,000 in the upstart political talk network.

Rosen has recently resigned from the board, according to New York Nonprofit Press.

The money, intended as a loan to be repaid with interest, was agreed to by Rosen after being sold on the idea of stretching their grant money further, according to one account. Part of the deal included promotional consideration of Gloria Wise’s activities on Air America’s programs.

Did that ever occur? If so, what was the benefit to Gloria Wise?

More importantly, has Air America paid back any of the money to date?

There are many more questions than answers at this point, but New York City’s Department Of Investigation (DOI) is leading the effort to find out where the money went. Will indictments follow?

So far, the activity programs have been saved as other non-profit agencies scrambled to pick up the slack, while investigators look at Gloria Wise’s records.

Cohen may be long-gone from Air America, but who else still at the network might have knowledge of this “investment”?

Has there been a media cover-up? In the Radio Equalizer’s view, yes.

This has all the makings of a huge blogstorm. Hugh Hewitt is all over it, as is Michelle Malkin.
But the blogger who broke the story is Brian Maloney, at The Radio Equalizer. We’ll see if the MSM jumps on this one. I wonder if it would get any coverage if these allegations were made about, oh, say, Rush Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity? I’m thinking you would have heard the story by now if it had.

And here’s an editorial from the Washington Times explaining all this.

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The Muslim World is on Fire

Posted by Mark on July 29, 2005

If you’ve not read this peice, or heard it on talk radio, yet, read it now. I first heard it on The Laura Ingrahm show early this morning. Let’s pray it’s true:

DUBAI The world of Islam is on fire. Indeed, the Muslim mind is on fire. Above all, the West is now ready to take both of them on.

The latest reliable report confirms that on average 33 Iraqis die every day, executed by Iraqis and foreign jihadis and suicide bombers, not by US or British soldiers. In fact, fewer than ever US or British soldiers are dying since the invasion more than two years ago. Instead, we now watch on television hundreds of innocent Iraqis lying without limbs, bleeding in the streets dead or wounded for life. If this is jihad someone got his religious education completely upside down.

He then lists the bombings in Iraq, in London, in Madrid, in Palestine. And the supposed causes?:

The excuse in all the above cases was the war in Iraq, but let us not forget that in September 2001, long before Iraq, Osama Bin Laden proudly announced that he ordered the killing of some 3,000 in the United States, in the name of avenging Islam. Let us not forget that the killing began a long time before the invasion of Iraq.

Indeed, jihadis have been killing for a decade in the name of Islam. They killed innocent tourists and natives in Morocco and Egypt, in Africa, in Indonesia and in Yemen, all done in the name of Islam by Muslims who say that they are better than all other Muslims. They killed in India, in Thailand and are now talking of killing in Germany and Denmark and so on. There were attacks with bombs that killed scores inside Shia and Sunni mosques, inside churches and inside synagogues in Turkey and Tunisia, with Muslim preachers saying that it is okay to kill Jews and Christians – the so called infidels.

And the consequences for the Islamo-Fascists:

Do the cowardly jihadis who recruit suicide bombers really think that they will force the US Army and British troops out of Iraq by killing hundreds of innocent Iraqis? US troops now have bases and operate in Iraq but also from Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman.

The only accomplishment of jihadis is that now they have aroused the great “Western Tiger”. There was a time when the United States and Europe welcomed Arab and Muslim immigrants, visitors and students, with open arms. London even allowed all dissidents escaping their countries to preach against those countries under the guise of political refugees.

It looks like the jig is up:

Well, that is all over now. Time has become for the big Western vengeance.

Visas for Arab and Muslim young men will be impossible to get for the United States and Western Europe. Those working there will be expelled if they are illegal, and harassed even if their papers are in order.

Airlines will have to right to refuse boarding to passengers if their names even resemble names on a prohibited list on all flights heading to Europe and the United States.

What is more important to remember is this: When the West did unite after World War II to beat communism, the long Cold War began without pity. They took no prisoners. They all stood together, from the United States to Norway, from Britain to Spain, from Belgium to Switzerland. And they did bring down the biggest empire. Communism collapsed.

I fear those na�ve Muslims who think that they are beating the West have now achieved their worst crime of all. The West is now going to war against not only Muslims, but also, sadly, Islam as a religion.

In this new cold and hot war, car bombs and suicide bombers here and there will be no match for the arsenal that those Westerners are putting together – an arsenal of laws, intelligence pooling, surveillance by satellites, armies of special forces and indeed, allies inside the Arab world who are tired of having their lives disrupted by demented so-called jihadis or those bearded preachers who, under the guise of preaching, do little to teach and much to ignite the fire, those who know little about Islam and nothing about humanity.

Unless the mythical “moderate” muslims take a firm, and vocal, stand, Mr. Ibrahim’s editorial will stand as a prophetic standard in the current war. A powerful statement indeed.

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