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Addiction Is a Very Bad Thing

Posted by Mark on October 6, 2005

Okay, so I’ve been a very bad blogger lately. I’ve managed to get my copy of Homeworld 2 working, finally. Sigh. I got hooked on the original Homeworld way back in 1998, desperately trying to run it on a computer that was waaaay to slow. And here I am hooked again, this time on a speedy 3 gig computer, but with an incompatible video card. The game works, but just barely.

I’m trying to keep up on my blogging, I really, really am. It’s just that my Mothership is in peril, and I’ve got a Vagyr Battle Cruiser bearing down on my Resource Collectors and Mobile Refinery. Sigh.

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American Legion Will Fight the Release Of Abu Ghraib Photos

Posted by zaphriel on October 6, 2005

Finally someone standing up for us.

Commander Thomas Bock of the American Legion says that the ACLU does not stand for American values, but the American Legion does. They think the release of the additional Abu Ghraib photos will unleash untold violence. And I agree with him. Another point to add here is what do photos of foreign terrorists in prison have to do with our Constitution or Bill of Rights? Last I checked those document’s power does not extend beyond our borders nor does it apply to non-citizen’s (especially not enemies of our country), so why is the ACLU involved anyway? Could it be that they actually have a hidden agenda that has nothing to do with American Civil Liberties?

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, national commander of the Legion, Thomas L. Bock, said Gonzales should lead the way in overturning Hellerstein’s “extremely dangerous? ruling, adding it could produce additional dangers for American troops still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan by further enraging Iraqis.

“This ruling is deplorable,? Bock said. “It will only serve to rally the insurgents into a frenzied crescendo of violence against our servicemen and women, indeed against all Americans living and working overseas.?

Bock said he would lead the 2.7-million member organization in a fight against Hellerstein’s ruling and would “make the journey? with Gonzales “all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.?

In his ruling, Hellerstein said he merely was upholding American ideals.

“Our nation does not surrender to blackmail, and fear of blackmail is not a legally sufficient argument to prevent us from performing a statutory command,? he wrote. “Indeed, the freedoms that we champion are as important to our success in Iraq and Afghanistan as the guns and missiles with which our troops are armed.?

Bock disagreed, suggesting it would, instead, pose a danger to those fighting to establish similar principles of freedom and democracy in war-torn Iraq.

“This decision will put teachers, lawyers, ministers, and workers of charitable organizations who are helping the Iraqis and the Afghans rebuild their societies into the crosshairs of terrorist killers,? said Bock.

“Four U.S. missionaries died in a drive-by shooting in the northern city of Mosul a few months back; two were women. These killers have demonstrated time and time again they can and will target innocent foreigners in a heartbeat. Given the expected widespread publication of these photos, no American would be safe,? he said. – source

Now before anyone goes off half cocked, first off get over your indignant selves. Those responsible for the idiocy at Abu Ghraib have already been convicted and brought to justice. I do not condone their behavior, but I also don’t think that any more U.S. Servicemen need to suffer for the actions of a few. The release of these photos does not serve justice, it only serves to defame and endanger the U.S., it’s Military Personnel, and it’s citizenry.

I think we all need to join the American Legion (those of us who can) and and add to their 2.7 million members so we can help them make some noise. It’s about time someone with pull actually stood up to the lunacy of the ACLU.

Hat Tip to Stop the ACLU for this one.

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The Tomb of Hercules

Posted by Mark on October 6, 2005

Big, huge hat tip to Nariel over at Ancient Eyes for this one!
An incredible find! And apparently it’s been known for years. WOW!

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Addiction Is a Very Bad Thing

Posted by Mark on October 6, 2005

Okay, so I’ve been a very bad blogger lately. I’ve managed to get my copy of Homeworld 2 working, finally. Sigh. I got hooked on the original Homeworld way back in 1998, desperately trying to run it on a computer that was waaaay to slow. And here I am hooked again, this time on a speedy 3 gig computer, but with an incompatible video card. The game works, but just barely.

I’m trying to keep up on my blogging, I really, really am. It’s just that my Mothership is in peril, and I’ve got a Vagyr Battle Cruiser bearing down on my Resource Collectors and Mobile Refinery. Sigh.

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Circular Firing Squads: Redux

Posted by Mark on October 6, 2005

I started this as a reply to two really great bloggers, who stand on, um, opposite ends of the poltical spectrum. Too many links to put in for Haloscan to handle. Besides, I was on a roll.

Okay, guys. KNOCK IT OFF! Please reference Of Bars and Blogs, especially the part about the shotgun behind the keyboard at LJIC.

There, are we all better now? Jeez!

Fred, you’re right, up to a point. Some conservatives are absolutely floored by the nomination of Harriet Miers, when there were so many other seemingly well qualified candidates. And, unlike the left, conservatives haven’t learned to have these fights in private, behind locked doors. It’s a by-product of wandering in the wilderness from WWII until Reagan, almost 40 years. We fought like this through National Review, Weekly Standard, and the Wall Street Journal, and the conservative Think Tanks. We sharpened our ideas and our idealogy in the process. The MSM didn’t care about the fights because conservatives weren’t percieved as a threat. Now, well…you have to say we’ve come a long way since the debacle of Watergate.

Beth did an absolutely fabulous job of exploring the current cat fight on her blog and at Gun-Totin’ Liberal.

Conservatives are fighting about merit, not some silly politically correct diversity issue. And, we are reacting to the trauma of the first Bush nominating David Souter. Miss Miers may be very good, in fact the “anti-Souter.” Everything I’ve seen points in that direction. But for Mr. Bush to just say “trust me, I know what I’m doing” reminds us of his father’s words about David Souter. Conservatives are also well aware of the fact that just because a Republican nominates a judge doesnt’ make them conservative. Seven of the current nine were put on the bench by Republican Presidents. Not a track record to ease the angst of those of us who have worked so hard to see a reversal of the liberal tilt of the SCOTUS.

Unfortunately, the current Bush Administration is behind the times. They haven’t come to grips with the New Media of blogs and talk radio any more than the Mainstream Media and the Democrats. They are unaware of how quickly information, and to a greater degree emotion, is disseminated today. And, they have underestimated just how restless the conservative base, after the anti-America protest in Washington, and the inability of the GOP to fight back. The shrill whine of “Mother” Sheehan made us angry, and we became angrier by seeing the GOP take it all so calmly. That anger came to the surface this week when the President avoided a fight with the left with the nomination of Harriet Miers.

The GOP is dangerously close to doing to conservatives what the DNC has done to Blacks. They have mistakenly assumed that the base is Republican. We aren’t. Most of us are conservatives first, and Republicans second, or even third. The GOP takes us for granted at its own peril.

President Bush just began a speech on Iraq. So far, he’s saying what he, and Republicans in Congress, should have been saying for months. It’s about time. Conservatives, like myself, like Beth, believe our ideas are right. We are not ashamed of being conservative. And we don’t want our leaders to be ashamed of being conservative either.

cross posted at Gun-Totin’ Liberal

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The Tomb of Hercules

Posted by Mark on October 6, 2005

Big, huge hat tip to Nariel over at Ancient Eyes for this one!
An incredible find! And apparently it’s been known for years. WOW!

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Circular Firing Squads: Redux

Posted by Mark on October 6, 2005

I started this as a reply to two really great bloggers, who stand on, um, opposite ends of the poltical spectrum. Too many links to put in for Haloscan to handle. Besides, I was on a roll.

Okay, guys. KNOCK IT OFF! Please reference Of Bars and Blogs, especially the part about the shotgun behind the keyboard at LJIC.

There, are we all better now? Jeez!

Fred, you’re right, up to a point. Some conservatives are absolutely floored by the nomination of Harriet Miers, when there were so many other seemingly well qualified candidates. And, unlike the left, conservatives haven’t learned to have these fights in private, behind locked doors. It’s a by-product of wandering in the wilderness from WWII until Reagan, almost 40 years. We fought like this through National Review, Weekly Standard, and the Wall Street Journal, and the conservative Think Tanks. We sharpened our ideas and our idealogy in the process. The MSM didn’t care about the fights because conservatives weren’t percieved as a threat. Now, well…you have to say we’ve come a long way since the debacle of Watergate.

Beth did an absolutely fabulous job of exploring the current cat fight on her blog and at Gun-Totin’ Liberal.

Conservatives are fighting about merit, not some silly politically correct diversity issue. And, we are reacting to the trauma of the first Bush nominating David Souter. Miss Miers may be very good, in fact the “anti-Souter.” Everything I’ve seen points in that direction. But for Mr. Bush to just say “trust me, I know what I’m doing” reminds us of his father’s words about David Souter. Conservatives are also well aware of the fact that just because a Republican nominates a judge doesnt’ make them conservative. Seven of the current nine were put on the bench by Republican Presidents. Not a track record to ease the angst of those of us who have worked so hard to see a reversal of the liberal tilt of the SCOTUS.

Unfortunately, the current Bush Administration is behind the times. They haven’t come to grips with the New Media of blogs and talk radio any more than the Mainstream Media and the Democrats. They are unaware of how quickly information, and to a greater degree emotion, is disseminated today. And, they have underestimated just how restless the conservative base, after the anti-America protest in Washington, and the inability of the GOP to fight back. The shrill whine of “Mother” Sheehan made us angry, and we became angrier by seeing the GOP take it all so calmly. That anger came to the surface this week when the President avoided a fight with the left with the nomination of Harriet Miers.

The GOP is dangerously close to doing to conservatives what the DNC has done to Blacks. They have mistakenly assumed that the base is Republican. We aren’t. Most of us are conservatives first, and Republicans second, or even third. The GOP takes us for granted at its own peril.

President Bush just began a speech on Iraq. So far, he’s saying what he, and Republicans in Congress, should have been saying for months. It’s about time. Conservatives, like myself, like Beth, believe our ideas are right. We are not ashamed of being conservative. And we don’t want our leaders to be ashamed of being conservative either.

cross posted at Gun-Totin’ Liberal

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A Post in Cartoons

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Right to die.

Posted by zaphriel on October 6, 2005

Currently in front of the Supreme Court is a case that challenges Oregon’s Right to Die laws. This one for me is tough; it’s another one of those situations where my political self and moral self come to blows.

High Court Clashes Over Assisted Suicide

WASHINGTON (AP) – New Chief Justice John Roberts stepped forward Wednesday as an aggressive defender of federal authority to block doctor-assisted suicide, as the Supreme Court clashed over an Oregon law that lets doctors help terminally ill patients end their lives.

The justices will decide if the federal government, not states, has the final say on the life-or-death issue.

It was a wrenching debate for a court touched personally by illness. Roberts replaced William H. Rehnquist, who died a month ago after battling cancer for nearly a year. Three justices have had cancer and a fourth has a spouse who counsels children with untreatable cancer.

The outcome is hard to predict, in part because of the uncertain status of retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor who seemed ready to support Oregon’s law. Her replacement may be confirmed before the ruling is handed down, possibly months from now. – source

As I have stated before, we should always in cases like this, err on the side of freedom. A person’s choice to die, or commit suicide, is between them and their god in my book. Morally I know suicide is wrong, it is wrong for me and I know the effect is has on family (both my Grandfather and closest cousin committed suicide, one because of a medical mistake the other because he was a troubled teen.) But the decision here still lies with the individual, and has ramifications that the individual will have to face either here on earth, because the attempt failed, or in reckoning with their maker.

But even then that is not the issue here as I see it. This one is a plain as day, States Rights issue. Do the states have the right to independently regulate Drug Prescriptions, Medical Care or anything else not covered in the Constitution or Bill of Rights. Well if you follow the Constitution to tit very letter, (which we all know we don’t really) then the answer here is YES.

This one for me is cut and dry, the states HAVE the right to decide for themselves that laws that they should have and how to enforce them. Simple (Maybe overly simple and that is where people will find folly).

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Stop The ACLU Blogburst – Private Organizations.

Posted by zaphriel on October 6, 2005

I continually wonder why an organization that insists it is non-partisan and only interested in the rights granted all of us in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, should concern themselves so much with issues that are plainly partisan and have no mention in the Constitution.

Why would The ACLU have any concern about the activities of a Private Organization, who’s activities are plainly protected by the constitution. This to me seems to be a conundrum. Until you look at the whole picture.

The private organization here is the Boy Scouts of America. An organization of Boys that encourages Love of Country, Love of God, Good Citizenship, Patriotism, and Responsibility. All of it’s members are there voluntarily, and being a private organization, has no requirement of fairness in admissions. So what does the ACLU find so scary about this. Well they use the flimsy excuse that by using federal lands for their activities from time to time, that they then should be regulated. But I see that as a very thin venire. I think, given the ACLU’s founding concepts and lengthy history, they are afraid of one thing, boys growing up to be god fearing, moral, upstanding citizen patriots. That is directly opposed to their goal of societal degradation and the eventual implementation of communism. This seems rather cut and dry, and the whole opposition to the Boys Scouts at every turn, including the attempt to pressure them to admit, gays, atheists and girls, is simply not their role according to their stated objectives. No-ones civil rights are being violated here. There are no constitutional issues with the BSA. It is a private organization that has not obligation to allow an open membership, and there are plenty of private organizations that those other groups involved may join. Everyone involved is there of their own volition.

In this case I say to the ACLU, know your role, and shut your mouth, your not needed here. Try concentrating on Civil Rights abuses that really exist like the consistent deterioration of the Second Amendment, or fairness in employment violations. Leave our private institutions alone.

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