Too Many Topics Today

Posted on July 14, 2005. Filed under: Serious Stuff | Tags: , , , , , , |

Too many topics today. Here’s what has my attention today:

  • The London terrorists appear to be homegrown. In other words, while here in the US calmer heads have pointed out that the Muslim extremist threat is external and therefor we should protect our borders, what do you do if they’re already here? One of the terrorists was 33 years old, taught disabled kids, and had a wife and baby at home. Is this a terrorist profile now?
  • The above is especially disconcerting when it’s apparent this is less related to what the US is doing, and more about religious hatred. The terrorist that murdered Dutch filmaker Theo Van Gogh said so:

    Mohammed Bouyeri, a baby-faced 27-year-old with dual Dutch-Moroccan nationality, broke his vow not to co-operate with the Amsterdam court by admitting shooting and stabbing his victim last November.

    “I take complete responsibility for my actions. I acted purely in the name of my religion,” he told its three-strong panel of judges.

    “I can assure you that one day, should I be set free, I would do the same, exactly the same.” . . .

    Bouyeri then turned to the victim’s mother, Anneke, in the public gallery, and told her he felt nothing for her. Mrs van Gogh watched as he read out from what appeared to be a statement: “I don’t feel your pain. I have to admit that I don’t have any sympathy for you. I can’t feel for you because you’re a non-believer.”

  • San Francisco has decided not to let the WWI battleship Iowa retire there, citing the war in Iraq and the treatment of gays in the military. Liberal and gay bloggers GayPatriot and Gryphmon are calling for a boycott of San Francisco, correctly recognizing that it is our military that provides our freedom:

    Look, the military and I have obvious deep disagreements. But the fact is that it’s not the pacifists, or even the gay activists, who have provided freedom for Americans, and yes, even Gay Americans. It was those that were willing to die to protect it. The means they get my respect. (Of course, I still reserve the right to bitch). Hell, I might even have had relatives serve on the Iowa, like my great Uncle Cliffy, a Marine in WWII.

    So this incident, a part of Navy history, and a part of our gay history, is not welcome in San Francisco. Besides the slap at the military, its a slap at the gay community as well. If we don’t make sure that our own history is remembered, both the good and the bad, its going to disappear.

  • Exodus International is celebrating it’s 30th year as the world’s largest ex-homosexual Christian ministry.
  • The Tulsa Zoo, while allowing a display on the Hindu god Ganesha and a pantheistic “The earth is our mother” globe display, has voted to disallow a Christian display on Creation.
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The Power of Blogging

Posted on July 14, 2005. Filed under: General, The Blog | Tags: , , |

According to Michelle Malkin, MSNBC had 10.3 million visitors the day of London’s 7/7 terrorist attack.

The most heavily trafficked blog is the very liberal Daily Kos with 212,000 visitors, or 2% of the traffic at MSNBC.

The power of blogs pale next to mainstream media.

Chasing the Wind is running about 212 visitors a day. Rawr.

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Karl Rove and Valerie Plame

Posted on July 12, 2005. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , |

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way: the media explosion about Karl Rove’s involvement with the Valerie Plame outing isn’t about some sort of justice. Karl Rove has been effective, the liberals want to take him down. They found something they think will stick.

First of all, I don’t think a crime was ever committed in the first place. Valerie Plame wasn’t an undercover CIA agent; she held a desk job. Her husband published her name in a “Who’s Who” in 2002. She wasn’t secret, she wasn’t in danger if her name became public.

The New York Times pushed for a special prosecutor and it backfired on them, with Judith Miller in jail for refusing to divulge her source. (I think it’s a travesty of justice she’s in jail; I think she shouldn’t have to reveal her source.) But Judith has a release from her source and she could reveal it if she wanted. So the reporter is being persecuted for a non-existent crime.

And Rove apparently didn’t out Valerie Plame, anyway, just pointed out that Joseph Wilson was getting his bogus information with the help of “his wife.”

So Rove’s being hounded for not outing the not-secret name of a non-secret CIA desk jockey in a non-existent crime.

What do most Americans think about all this? Not a thing.

So the media can rant all they want, but days when we are at war in Iraq, terrorists are bombing Londoners on the way to work, North Korea and Iran are inches away from getting nuclear bombs, and it’s summer and vacation time, I don’t think most people outside the Beltway and the political blogosphere care one jot about Karl Rove.

Nope. Not me, either.

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Land Siezure

Posted on June 27, 2005. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , |

More on yesterday’s post that allows the government to sieze property for nearly any reason now, Mud-n-Phud has compiled a list of property about to be siezed and the blogs that cover them.

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Green Eggs and Spam

Posted on October 11, 2004. Filed under: Technical | Tags: , , , |

Bulk email now accounts for all email traffic on the internet. Yahoo catches and diverts one billion spam messages every day.

I don't like spam

I receive 80 pieces of spam a day. Fake phishing emails that look like they’re from eBay or Citibank, ads to buy cheap drugs, online poker, get rich quick schemes, free credit cards. And lots of offers for sex.

I have a spam email box that catches 95% of the spam, but it also catches the occasional legitimate email, too. I still have to look over the email subjects. Looking over 80 in one day is bad enough, but it’s gets wearisome that it’s adding up. Over 400 spam emails this week, over 20,000 in a year. And that’s just spam sent to me.

There’s got to be a better way.

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