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Friday, May 20, 2005

Rougher Then I thought

A really bad chest cold set in early this week. I tried to sleep in yesterday but I wasn't able to.

It has kept me from bloggin, I always underestimate the toll things take on me physically! That is part of the problem because then I over do things causing a setback in my disability.

Hope to get bloggin again Friday, but for sure over the weekend.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

It'll Be A Late Start

Hey, bloggin will start late Thursday.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Result of The Apple cart Upset

For the past three years the establishments of diplomacy and world government have been in a tizzy because this President has upset the apple cart. Following 9/11 he looked at the world and demanded results. The old ways hadn't worked and were only endangering us with every day they were allowed to continue.

From that point the US was no longer going to accept stability for stability's sake. We were going to only accept freedom and with freedom came security.

American Future is a great resource for the world's reactions to this policy including this regarding the Arab world's reaction to Bush:
For a people mired in historical pessimism, the message of this outsider was a powerful antidote to the culture of tyranny. Hitherto, no one had bothered to tell the Palestinians that they can't have terror and statehood at the same time, that the patronage of the world is contingent on a renunciation of old ways. This was the condition Mr. Bush attached to his support for the Palestinians.

Those who were in the cart are now trying to catch up as they start to see results. But it hasn't been and won't be easy, after all many of them are losing their stable cash cows!

The path we are on is as life altering as the end of the cold war.

Correction - that is American Future I don't know why I put American Security, link was correct. I fixed it now - sorry.

Do We Want Them To Like or Respect Us?

You know instinctively I have never bought the fact that we had to win the battle for the hearts and minds of the Arab street. We keep hearing about how we are in a battle for the Muslims hearts and minds.

After investigating the Koran issue for hours yesterday I looked up from my computer and realized that the Muslim faith is so specific as to it's requirements specifically related to acceptance of others that it leaves no room for compromise - for example even the exchange of knowledge of another religion is forbidden:

I wanted to give a copy of a translation of the meanings of the Qur’aan to a kaafir man, but he said “I will not take it unless you take from me a copy of the Bible in Arabic, and I will not read it unless you read [the Bible].” Should I do that or not?

He should not do that, because the Bible may have an effect on the Muslim, but it seems that the Qur’aan will not have an effect on this evil person, because he is insisting that the Muslim should take the copy of the Bible.

Last night The Insanity that is Colmes (Hannity and Colmes) had a former CIA interrogator on and he made the most common sense and logically intelligent comment I have heard on this subject.

He said:
I don't think we can win the battle for the hearts and minds of the Muslim world, but we CAN win their respect and that is what we are doing in Iraq!

Based on what I had read about Islam and it's inability to accept others I know in my heart that he is correct. I forgot his name, he had been on Fox before. I will check for a transcript later and link if I can find it.

The key is that we we will never be liked - it will never happen! We can't even get our own liberals or media to like the US, how are we going to get Arabs to like us! But we can get them to respect us and we can do that by having our actions match our words, being tough where we need to be (without fear), and helping them achieve freedom and democracy!

Desecration 101 - Or How I Spent A Few Hours And Still Don't Know

After hearing the arrogance of the media and their defenders yesterday claim that there are numerous claims of desecration of the Koran I decided I would try to figure out exactly what desecration of the Koran is.

I also know that, as LGF has reported, the terrorist plan for and intend to use cries of civil and religious rights abuse claims against us, but that shouldn't excuse actual claims or preclude our investigating. I just know that we have got to be realistic - we are at war after all. Shoot, I remember we were originally ripped for debating whether or not we would allow them to have a Koran and the proper head covers, but we did.

Well, after about 45 minutes of searching I decided to eat dinner then came back for another hour and a half and this is what I have found out.

Please keep in mind that this is not at all inclusive nor is it intended to reflect upon Islam in any way or indicate a knowledge of Islam.

The first rule is:
It is unlawful (haram) for someone not in the state of wudu to carry a Qur'an, even by a trap or in a box , or touch it, whether its writing, the spaces between its lines, its margins, binding, the carrying strap attached to it, or the bag or box it is in.

So by having anyone touch the Koran that wasn't a Muslim was desecration, whether it was the soldier who packed it for shipping or the chaplain who handed it out using clean gloves.
The Holy Qur’aan should not be touched by anyone except those who are purified. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, the Mushrikoon (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah, and in the Message of Muhammad) are Najasun (impure)” [al-Tawbah 9:28]

On this basis, the kaafir should not be permitted to touch the Qur’aan, whether he is a Christian, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Hindu or anything else.

But one must be pure and cleansed prior to even that - unless the Koran is about to be burnt, get wet, or touched by someone who is impure - which is any non believer. Of course no menstruating women allowed

But that is just touching the surface, the list goes on and on. Did you know that you can't have a dog in the house when you read the KoranThis appears in accurate based on new searches that state dogs are not mentioned in the Koran, unless that dog is for hunting, farming, or herding.

It could be considered desecration of the Koran to even bring it into a bathroom, unless you are afraid it will be stolen if left and it is in a bag and the bag is kept away from the toilet (it is allowed to bring cell phones or PDA's with the Koran saved on it in digital form!). So in a one room cell.......is that allowed? Good question but not the only one. It seems that the rules are complicated enough that true believers have to submit questions about what the proper handling of the Koran is.

Oh, when reciting the Koran you should be alone:
so that no one interrupts one, forcing one to mix the words of the Qur'an with replying, for this nullifies the effectiveness of having taken refuge in Allah from the Devil at the beginning;
This is one of the 37 rules of inviolability of the Qur'an (but not all handling rules) that includes this:
not to place other books upon the Qur'an, which should always be higher than all other books, whether they are books of Sacred Knowledge or something else

My point - we couldn't win regarding the Koran. We could have kept them from having them but we already heard an uproar about that. You can't win when your own media disagrees with every aspect of the war that you didn't start.

We know that the Koran is considered holy enough to riot and kill over, is it difficult to believe that any handling would have been interpreted and reported as desecration by those who intend to do us harm?

An even better question is what mind set or illness is it that makes one put all of your faith in the enemy and zero faith in those who are risking their lives to protect our very way of life.

Update - DANEgerous ads a key point!
desecration : To violate the sacredness of; profane. --Pretty subjective huh?

May 2008 fixed expired links and corrected dog passage.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

NPD and The Media

Yesterday I was looking for strange and unusual quotes and I came across this site of actual quotes from people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Most of them are quite funny in a strangely sad way.

But this new development between the press and Americans today -- and that is what it is, it isn't the press against the administration or the President -- it is the press against Americans, reminded me of some of the quotes I had heard there.

Here are some examples, go read the very long list and see if you don't see todays liberal media attitude reflected in these NPD quotes:

"I'm right back at the centre of attention - where I belong!"
"I would feel no different if I lost my mom or if I lost a pencil, or a movie I wanted to watch."
"I tell you things on a need to know basis. If I think you need to know I'll tell you"
“If people are stupid enough to let me run all over them...I'm gonna take advantage”
"A lie is as good as the truth if you can get someone to believe it."
"Look what you made me do!"
"I mean, come on, do you honestly think I would do something that wasn't in my own best interest?"
"While drunk and standing on top of his wood stove (no fire going) "I am God and the world revolves around my a**hole."

Death By Reporting - Murder Via The Pen

That is what Newsweek did.

They are NOT impartial observers - they can not yell fire in a theater! Their actions have consequences. They have cost lives and untold dollars to our nation.

The media has walked the fine line of criminal action for years and Americans are sick of it - check out their ratings and subscription rates.

This holier then thou - we are the media, not Americans attitude has to stop NOW. Let's have this be the tipping point!

Your Damn Right I Am!

Via Drudge - the media is getting up in arms that most of us believe something should be done to correct Newsweek's error that led to damage to our national interests as well as the deaths of at least 17 people.


Q Are you asking them to write a story about how great the American military is; is that what you're saying here?

MR. McCLELLAN: Elisabeth, let me finish my sentence. Our military --

I said it before, how about their next issue address the things we have done right and have improved and empowered the Muslim people.

Of course with the attitude of the media today they couldn't find enough material for a full issue, but lets start with the tsunami.

What is so strange about asking the media to report fairly and support our national interests. I am not asking them to lie or inflate anything just report accurately and fairly!

EXTRA: Go read the whole Drudge Flash here! It is truely amazing!

OH MY GOD - how fucked up do you have to be to feel no responsibility for actions that have killed and caused irreparable damage to our country! To not care about our national interest and the serious damage that has been done is truely a sign of some type of personality disorder - possibly NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER.

Like the high minded, nuanced liberals these people consider themselves above any standards or accountability. They feel they have no blame for their murderous reporting, and that is what this was.

BTW, Definition of Fixed

For those moonbats (and CNN) out there who are trying to read a British Memo - try using the King's English (Merian-Webster Online):

1 a : to make firm, stable, or stationary b : to give a permanent or final form to: as (1) : to change into a stable compound or available form fix nitrogen> (2) : to kill, harden, and preserve for microscopic study (3) : to make the image of (a photographic film) permanent by removing unused salts c : AFFIX, ATTACH
2 a : to hold or direct steadily fixes his eyes on the horizon> b : to capture the attention of fixed her with a stare>
3 a : to set or place definitely : ESTABLISH b : to make an accurate determination of : DISCOVER fixing our location on the chart> c : ASSIGN fix the blame>
4 : to set in order : ADJUST
5 : to get ready : PREPARE fix lunch>
6 a : REPAIR, MEND fix the clock> b : RESTORE, CURE the fixed him up> c : SPAY, CASTRATE
7 a : to get even with b : to influence the actions, outcome, or effect of by improper or illegal methods the fixed>
intransitive senses
1 : to become firm, stable, or fixed
2 : to get set : be on the verge we're fixing to leave soon>
3 : to direct one's attention or efforts : FOCUS; also : DECIDE, SETTLE -- usually used with on
synonym see FASTEN

Updated - I forgot the link to the memo, sorry.

May 21, 2005 Wizbang agree's. This memo is actually pretty good evidence in opposition to the moonbats theory.

Yea, Yea, We Know

Sometimes I feel like I am preaching to the choir, but I plan to continue preaching!

As I have thought about whether another Tet is possible, if we would recognize one, and how one could come about I thought it necessary to reemphasize the feeling of much of the media and most of the left.

You see, there is a large part of the left (which EVERY study I have seen includes most of the media (68% voted Kerry-25% Bush)) believe war should never be an option. Never! They think that by showing the horror that is war that we will give up and find a better, more nuanced, even European solution - you know, the flaccid military option.

The problem they have is that the majority of Americans, including some that voted for Kerry, know that war is a dirty ugly business! War is hell, we know that. But we also know that war is sometimes the best choice available when given the options. In other words, hell, or a worse option.

We didn't choose this war. Even if your short sighted enough to feel that Iraq isn't a front in the war on terror you need to remember that Saddam started this war in 1991. The story that things changed for the President, as it did for many of us, made the status quo - kick the can down the road philosophy that was the policy of our government for most of the 1990's.

Do I think another Tet is possible? If we hadn't been attacked on 9/11, perhaps. It is still possible that the media will tailor their anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-military, anti-American message in a way that could lead to Americans turning on the media and government as happened following Tet, but I doubt they can wrap their minds around the feeling most Americans know in their bones - that this war on terror is necessary in order to preserve our very way of life.

This inherent understanding most Americans have is why I wondered if a Tet could work by inflaming an entire religion. This is what the Islamic fascists want and this is the opening Newsweek gave them.

The Killers Misdirection

I am a big fan of The Killers and their album Fuss.

I have looked forward to seeing their performances on TV twice in the past month. Unfortunately I made the mistake of TRUSTING THEIR (label sponsored) WEBSITE!

It stated that they would be on Leno on the 14th of April, they weren't there and there was no comment on their site.

Their site stated that they would be on MTV's X-Box unveiling on May 19. Unfortunately that show aired May 12 - again with no comment or correction on the site.

Since the advent of the internet (thanks Mr. Gore, hehehehahahah) it has always irritated me when a company only does business half way on the net. Either go for it or don't bother! That applies to updating your performances - you, you Killers!

Rockford Blog Trek - 051605

Update -- I have updated and posted Rockford Bloggers my Right Of The Star Blog, here is a link to the category.

I found the following new sites in the Northern Il area:

SisterTalk - Beloit/Rockford recent MBA graduate Lesbian Blogger - Good site, updated regularly, quite good thoughts from a gay liberal slant!
The Moment - Not really a blog, but a Indie/Punk/Electroica Rock Group from Rockford, 3 songs and schedule here. Quite a good sound, good guitar and tech sound. Kinda got a Yes feel to them, the guys voice reminds me of John Anderson who I LOVE - Hey Snug Harbor (see below) they will be in Byron on the 20th. I would recommend seeing them based on the 3 songs on their site.

By the way, another from my blogrolls is from N. IL. Angry Republican Mom is from Paw Paw.

Here is what is happening in the Rockford Blogs list. If you are a Rockford area blogger or know of one let me know so I can add them to these updates. I would encourage you to visit them all!

Snug Harbor Byron IL. - Completed his switch from Booger!
Power and Control - fairly well known blogger, some really good posts.
Ryan Packer - 18y/o - getting ready to graduate
Phil's Observations - Last update March 15
Purple Medical Blog - Medical Info, some good stuff
The Speed Shop - The Bodyshop Blog - took home the bracket trophy from Sunday’s VAPOR Drag day
T1Rex - Telecom Tech - some really great tech stuff.
Brainspinning - far left Roscoe, IL - appears inactive 2/16/2005

I will be dropping Brainspinning from the list if there are no updates this week and Phil next month.

Kerry 180 Tuesday

107 days ago, John Kerry promised, on national TV, to sign form SF-180 and release his military records. He has yet to do so.

This posting was part of the Tuesdays Kerry 180 Blogburst - check out the links on the right and stop in at Cao's Blog to enroll.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Newsweek Riots: Newsweek retracts

Not just an apology, but a full retraction.

Fox News - NEW YORK — Newsweek on Monday retracted a story alleging interrogators at Guantanamo flushed the Koran down a toilet in front of detainees.

“Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation had uncovered Koran abuse at Guantanamo Bay,” editor Mark Whitaker said in statement released Monday evening.

White House would like more, as would I! How about a full issue to explain what we have done right as well as a full honest disclosure of what they did wrong!

Reading, Writing, and Ridiculous

On May 5, I wrote about the Rockford Public School's No Child Left Behind Follies (NCLB Follies) which allowed nearly $700,000 of NCLB money to be forfeited because the superintendent couldn't meet the program auditors when they showed up for a surprise audit. His excuse was that he didn't intend to use the reading program NCLB required anyway so he didn't screw up getting the money, he more accurately screwed us out of getting the money!

When I first started looking into this I was amazed to learn that many school districts have chosen to give up these funds as their administrators have chosen to use another curriculum, for example Madison Wisconsin, just to 45 minutes North has forfeited $2 Million (yes, MILLION) dollars.

Well, I did some investigating into the two reading programs cited in the news direct instruction and balanced literacy and what I found out is that it is like the new math/old math argument (BTW the results of testing shows that new math hasn't worked as well as hoped).

Here are the arguments from the Register Star's reporting on this issue:
A direct instruction classroom is compared with a balanced literacy classroom. Here’s what critics and supporters have to say.

Direct instruction:

Students are grouped based on ability. Teachers work directly with students, leading all instruction. Teachers read scripted lessons and demonstrate a skill. Students chorus the skill back, then individually show the skill. Strict direct instruction uses a fast pace with teachers sometimes using a clicking device to keep up the pace.

If students are learning the word “boat,” the word in their books is written with a small letter “a” to show that the “o” will dominate the “oa” sound.

* Critics: Students do not learn other reading tools or necessarily understand why they read. Not all words can be sounded out. Teachers are no longer diagnosing weaknesses and strengths, but simply reading scripted material. The program was developed as an intervention for at-risk students.

* Advocates: Students with strong phonics will pick up other words. Students are taught to understand what they read and, in fact, are reading Langston Hughes and other authors. A long list of research backs up direct instruction’s effectiveness. (emphasis added)

Balanced literacy:

Teachers diagnose students’ weaknesses and use various methods to strengthen reading skills; direct instruction among them. Chief instructional officer Martha Hayes also wants teachers using guided reading. In guided reading, students work in small ability groups. A teacher meets with one group, while other groups do more self-directed activities. A teacher may use the book that students are reading to emphasize phonics or other reading tools.

If the word is “boat,” a teacher may ask students if they have ever been on a boat so that they relate to the word. Or a teacher may ask the student to read the sentence and figure out the word based on context.

* Critics: Struggling students get lost in the self-directed reading groups. Teaching them to use nonphonics tools hinders learning phonics. Not every teacher has experience to use a variety of techniques to ensure students learn to read. “Balanced literacy has been espoused in Rockford the last 15 years. Show me some results,” said Bill Bursuck, who created a reading program that improved reading in three Rockford schools.

* Advocates: Students must have all the tools to read. Research shows students need more than phonics to be good readers. New administration is working to get the district on stable financial ground to more fully support teachers. Every elementary school now has a reading coach to help teachers. Next summer, workshops will provide further support to teachers.

The Rockford School district has been running deficits for years as have many districts nationwide. Recently there was a three month heated debated that ended when the distract contracted 186 of it's custodial and maintenance jobs in an effort to reduce it's deficits. Custodians and other workers in the Rockford Building and Maintenance Association had offered a 10 percent pay cut in a package that contained $2.3 million in savings. Their offer did not compete with the $3.5 million in savings that a private contract offers. (BTW, I support this contracting, lets face it with proper accountability private businesses can always outperform government)

It seems to me that for nearly $700,000 in lost NCLB funds - money that now has to come out of the Rockford taxpayers pockets you could make Old Reading work, unless there is another motive that I am unaware of.

Studies show that direct instruction works! If given the choice of two programs that work, one that comes with $700,000 and one that doesn't, which do you think is best for the kids?

Strange How It's The Same Story

More info on the story that lead to the Newsweek Riots. Isn't it strange that we get the same excuse from the media that we got during the Rathergate story:
"Obviously we all feel horrible about what flowed from this, but it's important to remember there was absolutely no lapse in journalistic standards here," he said. "We relied on sources we had every reason to trust and gave the Pentagon ample opportunity to comment. . . .(WaPost via Roger Simon)

That is exactly the same story we heard from the media and the left about the Rathergate story and their unimpeachable source:
Half an hour later, Roberts called "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes with word that Bartlett was not challenging the authenticity of the documents. (HT:Wizbang)
This is just LAME!

How many times did I hear that from the moonbats! Well it's their fault, they didn't deny it.....well, it appears that they are honest enough to only comment on what they KNOW.

This is a serious flaw in today's media - their desire to believe the worst about America, and Republicans more specifically!

By the way, Wizbang made this point about Rathergate here:

CBS Blames the Whitehouse (again)

BTW, can you imagine if the administration had commented? The story would have gone like this, "Bush Administration Tries To Kill Memo/Koran Story."

Is It Wrong..........(Richards)

Is it wrong that I want Richard Gere to start an underwear line and call it:


Hey, maybe he could sell it at that Euro Boutique, you know the one:

Peter Sellers

I got a copy of one of their employees applications:

last - first
Fonda, Peter

By the way, they refer to their STAFF as their:

Dick Army

I could go on for hours, but then it would be wrong! After all I have to get to my scheduled:

Dick Piel (ouch, surgical or chemical procedure? Procedure conducted by Dr. Dick Carpenter!)

Seriously, I worked with a guy and that was his name - we called him Big Dick because he was about 6'5" as opposed to Little Dick (Bowers) who was about 5'3".


Previous Wrongs: (Wrong me, wrong me!)
Poopie Shoot

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Survivor al Qaeda

Um, if the contestants on Survivor (which I don't watch, but happened to catch this when I was surfing) can stand for over 8 hours how can it be cruel for al Qaeda?

Did Newsweek Hand al Qaeda Their Tet?

By now you have already learned about the Newsweek apology and admission that they may have been wrong about their report that sparked riots in the Muslim World killing at least 16 and causing 300 Muslim clerics to call for a Jihad against the US.

The same day that Newsweek was publishing it's f-upped story about the desecration of the Koran I wrote this in Would We Recognize A Modern Tet?
But today we have a media that has been hostile toward the administration and has always been against the GWOT (Greater War On Terror), including the fronts in Iraq and as strange as it may sound some were even against Afghanistan. As such, like the boy who cried wolf their cries of Tet would have little effect.

Terrorist organizations by their very nature are about propaganda and influencing public reaction and behavior.

If I understand this why in the hell don't those bitches at Newsweek?

Remember this is the magazine with the editor, Evan Thomas who predicted that the press would be able to hand John Kerry 10 or 15 % points he’d never have gotten on his own. (Thanks Anchoress)

Does anyone think for a minute that Newsweek would have put out a story during WWII that the US was abusing posters of the Emperor of Japan during in an attempt to get Japanese prisoners to talk? No, wouldn't have happened because during WWII the press realized two things, 1) The US was the good guy and they were on America's side and more importantly 2) THE PRESS REALIZED THAT THEIR ACTIONS HAD CONSEQUENCES AND THAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO PRINT EVERY RUMOR THEY HEARD IF IT COULD HARM THE US OR IT'S INTERESTS!

They no longer feel that way - as I said beforee :
somewhere along the line they decided that being pro-American might "taint" their coverage of the news! You know, that high minded nuanced position! Problem is they have become anti-American. The MSM is no better then the UN. That is why Fox is kicking their butt! Fox makes no bones about being pro-American in their coverage and they admit it is their one bias! (see also Media Contradictions)

So, did Newsweek hand al Qaeda it's own modern Tet Offensive? Only time will tell, but Newsweek's weak apology isn't enough - they have already killed 16 and put the US and it's interests at risk for a long time to come. Anything we had done to improve relations with the Muslim world is now at risk thanks to one sloppy magazine.

If you haven't read the story be sure to check out:
Michelle Malkin (Many links there too)

Knowledge is Power

Check them all out!

Just an extra thought (5/16/05) - Tet had it's main impact here at home, with my thought that we are getting desentized to their rantings turning their Tet to the Muslim world makes lots of sense.