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They Found IT!!!

Posted by zaphriel on June 29, 2006

About GD Time….

Feds Recover Stolen Laptop With Veterans’ Personal Info

WASHINGTON — The government has recovered the stolen laptop computer and hard drive containing sensitive data for up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson said Thursday.

Nicholson said law enforcement officials were still investigating to determine whether data from the equipment, which included names, birth dates and Social Security numbers, had been duplicated or utilized in any way.

So far, he said there have been no reports of identity theft stemming from the May 3 burglary at a VA employee’s Maryland home.

“There is reason to be optimistic,” Nicholson told a House committee at the opening of a hearing on one of the worst breaches of information security. “There is not a certainty, but we have to remain hopeful they have not been compromised.”

Now call me sceptical, but I think I’ll be Optomistic in one hand, and cautious in the other and see where is all gets me. Especially after “The Letter”

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We’re #1

Posted by zaphriel on June 28, 2006

Nevada now has the most large fires burning at one time within the entire U.S. with 12, the runner-up, Arizona, has only 6…
Yay, Nevada!!!

Fires Prompt Nevada Governor to Declare State of Emergency

bilde.jpgRENO, Nev. — Gov. Kenny Guinn declared a state of emergency as state and federal crews put practically every available piece of equipment on the lines to combat dozens of lightning-sparked fires that have burned 125 square miles of Nevada.

More than 1,000 firefighters on Wednesday were battling dozens of fires, from a 57,000-acre blaze burning out of control largely in uninhabited rangeland in northeast Nevada to a complex of a dozen smaller fires around Reno and Carson City that forced evacuations at the town of Mound House along the historic Pony Express Trail.

“We’re stretched about as thin as possible,” said Jeff Arnberger, assistant fire management officer for the Bureau of Land Management in Elko, where the largest fires were burning.

But it’s supposed to rain today, so lets hope for some relief.

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A Church in Name Only: ECUSA

Posted by Mark on June 27, 2006

My hope and prayer is that someday RSP starts his own blog. But as he’s told me many times, it’s not his calling. His calling is to be a gifted reporter on the crisis within the ECUSA. Once the proud home of Presidents and heroes, my denomination is now a Church in name only. Here’s an example from RSP of a resolution that was rejected at GC ’06:
This resolution won’t be passed by this General Convention – It has been rejected in Committee:

Resolved, the House of _____ concurring, That the 75th General Convention
of the Episcopal Church declares its unchanging commitment to Jesus Christ
as the Son of God, the only name by which any person may be saved
(Article XVIII); and be it further

Resolved, That we acknowledge the solemn responsibility placed upon us
to share Christ with all persons when we hear His words, “I am the Way,
the Truth, and the Life. No-one comes to the Father except through me”
(John 14:6); and be it further

Resolved, That we affirm that in Christ there is both the substitutionary
essence of the Cross and the manifestation of God’s unlimited and
unending love for all persons; and be it further

Resolved, That we renew our dedication to be faithful witnesses to all
persons of the saving love of God perfectly and uniquely revealed in
Jesus and upheld by the full testimony of Holy Scripture.

According to the Pittsburgh deputation:

“…debate in the evangelism committee indicated that many believed
this basic statement of Christian and Anglican belief about Jesus and
salvation would be controversial if debated in the house and
counterproductive to the church’s mission.”

RSP’s writings from the Convention have been a constant source of both encouragement and consternation for me. The tear in a once great denomination can only widen following this convention.

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The History Behind The News Explained – An E-mail

Posted by zaphriel on June 27, 2006

I realize that this is somewhat lengthy; but, I think you will it quite enlightening on the “War on Terrorism “. You owe it to yourself to give it a strong scan if you don’t read it all.

It came to me via e-mail (as allot of moving and also erroneous things are).

The originally attributed facts are erroneous but the essay is still a powerful one.

If you care, find out more about the veracity of this e-mail here.

Subject: Muslims, terrorist and the USA. A different spin on Iraq war.

This WAR is for REAL!

To get out of a difficulty, one usually must go through it. Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WWII).

The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even fewer who realize what losing really means.

First, let’s examine a few basics:

1. When did the threat to us start?
Many will say September 11, 2001. The answer as far as the United States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the following attacks on us:

* Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979;
* Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983;
* Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983;
* Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988;
* First New York World Trade Center attack 1993;
* Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996;
* Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998;
* Dares Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998;
* Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000;
* New York World Trade Center 2001;
* Pentagon 2001.

(Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide).

2. Why were we attacked?

Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2. We cannot fault either the Republicans or Democrats as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or their immediate predecessors, Presidents Ford or Carter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nevada is Burning

Posted by zaphriel on June 26, 2006

Welcome to fire season everyone. That time of year when the air fills with a beige color. The refreshing smell of burning sage is only upstaged by the long awaited 100+degree weather. It came early this year as it usually waits until mid July, but then yet it was an unusually wet year here too. (Thus all the abundant nice and dry grass)

Lightning Sparks New Nevada Wildfires as Blazes Scorch the West

ELKO, Nev. — A lightning storm touched off at least nine fires in northeastern Nevada, forcing interstate closures and threatening a small ranching community, authorities said.

A wildfire about 20 miles west of Elko burned about 5,000 acres, while another blaze had scorched about 3,000 acres northeast of Elko and forced residents in nearby Elburz to evacuate. Two sections of Interstate 80 were closed Sunday night.

Also from the Local News Station

Meanwhile, more than 125 firefighters are battling a wildfire that has burned within a quarter-mile of some homes on the edge of the Sierra about 15 miles north of Reno tonight. Authorities say there have been no evacuations or roads closed at that fire.

What’s that you say? Proof of Global warming and weather shifts? Sure, except that this cycle happens here about every 10 to 15 years. We just came out of a 7 year drought, but that has been on the move for a few years now, and I am sure in the future it will happen again. This is record heat, but not the first time for that record, like I said that cycle also repeats.

So let us brace for the annual fire season, and hope Tahoe doesn’t go up like a tinder box.

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Words of Prophecy: Solhenitsyn’s Harvard Address of 1978

Posted by Mark on June 24, 2006

When the history of this time is written, the author’s may look back to these words of the last century as their guide:

The press too, of course, enjoys the widest freedom. (I shall be using the word press to include all media). But what sort of use does it make of this freedom?

Here again, the main concern is not to infringe the letter of the law. There is no moral responsibility for deformation or disproportion. What sort of responsibility does a journalist have to his readers, or to history? If they have misled public opinion or the government by inaccurate information or wrong conclusions, do we know of any cases of public recognition and rectification of such mistakes by the same journalist or the same newspaper? No, it does not happen, because it would damage sales. A nation may be the victim of such a mistake, but the journalist always gets away with it. One may safely assume that he will start writing the opposite with renewed self-assurance.

Because instant and credible information has to be given, it becomes necessary to resort to guesswork, rumors and suppositions to fill in the voids, and none of them will ever be rectified, they will stay on in the readers’ memory. How many hasty, immature, superficial and misleading judgments are expressed every day, confusing readers, without any verification. The press can both simulate public opinion and miseducate it. Thus we may see terrorists heroized, or secret matters, pertaining to one’s nation’s defense, publicly revealed, or we may witness shameless intrusion on the privacy of well-known people under the slogan: “everyone is entitled to know everything.” But this is a false slogan, characteristic of a false era: people also have the right not to know, and it is a much more valuable one. The right not to have their divine souls stuffed with gossip, nonsense, vain talk. A person who works and leads a meaningful life does not need this excessive burdening flow of information.

Gossip. Nonsense. Vain talk. The New York Times story of yesterday presents a perfect example of all three.

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I got my letter today…

Posted by zaphriel on June 22, 2006

Just to let me know MY Identity was stolen… Just like all the other veterans.

Who ever did it better hope they never get caught. Ticking off a whole load of well trained armed individuals is generally hazardous to one’s health.

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A Rarity – Truth in the Press

Posted by zaphriel on June 22, 2006

What many of us have known for a while finally makes the news.

Report: Hundreds of WMDs Found in Iraq

WASHINGTON — The United States has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003, and more weapons of mass destruction are likely to be uncovered, two Republican lawmakers said Wednesday.

“We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons,” Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon.

Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: “Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.”

Degraded Pre-War WMD’s… HMMM… And they were there, and we knew of them, even while the famed “No WMD” report came out. But the U.N. isn’t BIASED

And yet no matter how much evidence we put forward, it won’t make a difference to the defeatocrats.

“We’re Loosing The War… PULL OUT NOW!!!!”

“Retreat retreat, it’s to dangerous to be there. There are actually unstable WMD’s there, bring our boys home now for their own safety.”

The Democrats “War-cry” (or rather War-whine) is deafening and ignorant, just like we have always said.

Read the Larger Report Here

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A Post In A Cartoon – The Democratic Platform

Posted by zaphriel on June 20, 2006

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Somehow they always seem to revel in failure.

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So, What Does the Left Do Now?

Posted by Mark on June 16, 2006

Zarqawi is dead. And the treasure trove of documents may mark the end of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
The “breakout” election in California was won by…surprise!…the Republican. And the Culture of Corruption was found frozen with the $90,000 in Representative Jefferson’s (D-LA) freezer. Oh, and Karl Rove won’t be indicted…ever.

Michael Barone puts it well:

Historians may regard it as a curious thing that the left and the press have been so determined to fit current events into templates based on events that occurred 30 to 40 years ago. The people who effectively framed the issues raised by Vietnam and Watergate did something like the opposite; they insisted that Vietnam was not a reprise of World War II or Korea and that Watergate was something different from the operations J. Edgar Hoover conducted for Franklin Roosevelt or John Kennedy. Journalists in the 1940s, ’50s and early ’60s tended to believe they had a duty to buttress Americans’ faith in their leaders and their government. Journalists since Vietnam and Watergate have tended to believe that they have a duty to undermine such faith, especially when the wrong party is in office.

That belief has its perils for journalism, as the Fitzgerald investigation has shown. The peril that the press may find itself in the hot seat, but even more the peril that it will get the story wrong. The visible slavering over the prospect of a Rove indictment is just another item in the list of reasons why the credibility of the “mainstream media” has been plunging. There’s also a peril for the political left. Vietnam and Watergate were arguably triumphs for honest reporting. But they were also defeats for America–and for millions of freedom-loving people in the world. They ushered in an era when the political opposition and much of the press have sought not just to defeat administrations but to delegitimize them. The pursuit of Karl Rove by the left and the press has been just the latest episode in the attempted criminalization of political differences. Is there any hope that it might turn out to be the last?

Not much hope. Seth Swirsky may have written the seminal work for those who left the Left, or are thinking about it. Worth reading. In fact, it’s worth reading a few times.

The Left will not give up, of course. But their “arguments” are falling apart with each new victory. That’s always the way when one stakes one’s hopes and dreams on America’s defeat. Just ask Al Qaeda.

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