Sunday, 2 April 2006
Eastern Iowa Blog Con
Saturday April Fool's day 2006 I had the distant pleasure of meeting Buster Blocker of InMuscatine
Which was a real treat for me because Buster happens to be the FIRST blogger who ever linked to yours truly.
Those who have their own blogs will remember that feeling, when one day you realize WOW somebody is actually READING this stuff.
I informed Buster that he is responsible for helping create a monster, for I have far passed those days of one single link.
My Technorati Rating has me today at #6,941 out of the 33.2 millions blogs on the Internet with 816 links from 202 sites and according to eXTReMe Tracking I have had visitors from almost 100 different countries.
create your own visited countries map
or vertaling Duits Nederlands
In memory of those early days my blogroll has quite a few links to websites that are in the Multicellular Microorganisms level.
Because I like what they have to say and who knows that blog that I am the only link to today may well far surpass me in the future.
Look at the title of my own blog Committees of Correspondence, I firmly believe that the Blogs ARE the 21st Century Committees of Correspondence and I do not intend to post in isolation, but as part of a Community of like interests and philosophy.
So as I said it was a real pleasure to meet another of the online community and swap, experience, strength and hope.
As a matter of fact Buster and I discussed making an official Eastern Iowa Blog Con as an annual event.
But we don't plan on waiting a whole more year and we discussed using some bait to entice other bloggers.
Premise, those that write blogs, read. Those that write blogs, have an interest in technology. Those that read and have an interest in technology read Science Fiction.
It happens that for the last 30 years or so there has been a Sci Fi Con in the Cedar Rapids, Coralville area called ICON.
This year will be ICON 31 October 13-15, 2006, at the Clarion Hotel
So come join us in the Fun this Fall. Good Company, trading blogging tales and GOOD Sci Fi the Author this year will be C.S. Friedman
It appears that the paypal pre=registration link is not working tonight I will post an update when it gets fixed,
So join the two April Fools this Fall for Fun and Frolic. Looks like Buster takes a better photo, I will try to at least look more allert this October!
Saturday, 1 April 2006
!Este no es su Bario Vato!
This is not
your Neighborhood Homeboy.
Lately since all the fuss about illegal
aliens and such I have seen a few signs and read a few statements, that I object to.
I am part Cherokee, I AM Indigenous.
As for Aztlan? Here is your Aztlan Vato
Don't get in any big rush to go back there now.
As a matter of fact I don't hear about anyone
risking Death in the Desert to cross over INTO
Mexico do you?
Millions have come to the United States of America to escape oppression and enjoy the opportunity we have here, that does not exist in the United States of Mexico.
Does it make sense to recreate what they are fleeing from, where they have fled to?
Yes the Europeans came and took this land.
Both the Anglos and the Hispanics came and took.
The Aztecs? Raided surrounding Tribes for their massive sacrificial rites to their Gods.
No one's hands were clean.
They say Chutzpah is like a man who murders his parents and asks clemency of the Court because he is an orphan.
Here we have those those who murdered and stole the Land and now whine because someone took what they had taken from them in turn.
I grieve for their plight. NOT
Our land is bounded by two nations both rich in natural resources.
One Canada, is Prosperous, with Opportunity and Justice. The other, abounds with Poverty, Misery, and Oppression.
One wonders why this is so. Both have as I stated a bounty of natural resources and the Mexicans I have met in this country are for the most part hard working industrious people. They prosper when they come to the States.
Do they really wish to duplicate the failed society of the South here in the North?
So anyone who is stupid enough to make the statement that only Hispanics deserve to stay on this continent?
Since the Time of Genocide a New Nation has been born in this region, Many of the First Nations consider themselves part of it and have prospered.
Esto es MI Bario Vato.
Mine and the rest of the First Nations, NOT yours!
If you come to be a part of what we have now built welcome.
If you plan to steal across our borders in the Night and take what is ours and build some pipe dream of a Nation that you call Aztlan?
Bring some help Vato, my ancestors where here before YOU or the Anglos came and none of my ancestors cut out captives hearts with stone knives.
We have NOTHING in common with you.
Go back to your Aztlan and if you want to come after me and mine?
Is your hair clean I hate taking dirty scalps.
!Este no es su Bario Vato
!Esto es NUESTRO Bario!
This is not your Neighborhood Homeboy.
This is OUR Neighborhood!
Thursday, 30 March 2006
Lest We Forget:
I heard on the TV the other night Jill Carroll insisting that her captors treated her well, really
Why in So, Anti-American Jill Carroll was Freed . . Debbie Schlussel infoms us
"she says her Islamic terrorist captors treated her "very well," and she talked about the nice shower and bathroom they gave her."
Let us not forget that others who were with her that day she was captured
were not treated so well.
FATHER AND SON: Allan shows off his toddler, Martin. He also had a daughter, Mary Ann, who is 5 years old.
WASHINGTON – He had kept a famous music store open in Baghdad until last summer, when conditions made purveying Western CDs too dangerous.
Still needing to support his young and growing family, Allan Enwiya turned full time to interpreting for American reporters, a job that he had dabbled in since 2004. And it was while doing that job with journalist Jill Carroll on a Saturday morning in January that Allan became a victim of an abduction on a Baghdad street, where he was shot and killed.
As Michelle Malikin states
JILL CARROLL was FREED
but Allan Enwiya wasn't, was he?
Read the rest, don't wait for the Movie!Remembering Allan: a tribute to Jill Carroll's interpreter
Boycott the Boycotts
I was reading through some of the links in Michelle Malkin's DOCUMENTS OF THE "UNDOCUMENTED"
post. This one caught my eye.Nervously, Latinos Protest in the South"Friday's protest in Atlanta was an improvised affair. An anonymous flier had been circulating in the city's Latino communities calling for a protest march, said Teodoro Maus, a former Mexican consul general in Atlanta who resides in the area. But Maus and others were worried that it might be a trap set by immigration officials.
So instead, Maus and other leaders hastily planned the boycott, asking immigrants to stay home from work and refrain from buying anything to demonstrate their economic impact.
Maus called the protest a success, but acknowledged it was difficult to gauge. A few restaurants closed down, but other businesses remained open along Buford Highway — the main drag of one of the city's largest Latino neighborhoods.
To a paraphrase some words out of our history.
I know not what course others may take; but as for me
If I hear about an Illegal Alien Boycott?I am going shopping
And any business I find closed? Gets no trade from me henceforth.
Remember Montebello High
Linked toStandalone FIRST OTA Trackback Fest! at Freedom Watch
What Freedom of Speech?
I just got this in an email. It warrants the attention of all who value Freedom of Speech, Thought, and Belief.Dear Western Standard reader,
Our magazine has been sued for publishing the Danish cartoons, and I need
your help to fight back!
As you know, the Western Standard was the only mainstream media organ in
Canada to publish the Danish cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
We did so for a simple reason: the cartoons were the central fact in one of
the largest news stories of the year, and we're a news magazine. We publish the
facts and we let our readers make up their minds.
Advertisers stood with us. Readers loved the fact that we treated them like
grown-ups. And we earned the respect of many other journalists in Canada who
envied our independence. In fact, according to a COMPAS poll last month, fully
70% of Canada's working journalists supported our decision to publish the
But not Syed Soharwardy, a radical Calgary Muslim imam.
He asked the police to arrest me for publishing the cartoons. They calmly
explained to him that's not what police in Canada do.
So then he went to a far less liberal institution than the police: the
Alberta Human Rights Commission. Unlike the Calgary Police Service, they didn't
have the common sense to show him the door.
Earlier this month, I received a copy of Soharwardy's rambling, hand-scrawled
complaint. It is truly an embarrassing document. He briefly complains that we
published the Danish cartoons. But the bulk of his complaint is that we dared to
try to justify it - that we dared to disagree with him.
Think about that: In Soharwardy's view, not only should the Canadian media be
banned from publishing the cartoons, but we should be banned from defending our
right to publish them. Perhaps the Charter of Rights that guarantees our freedom
of the press should be banned, too.
Soharwardy's complaint goes further than just the cartoons. It refers to news
articles we published about Hamas, a group labelled a terrorist organization by
the Canadian government. By including those other articles, he shows his real agenda: censoring any criticism of Muslim extremists.
Perhaps the most embarrassing thing about Soharwardy's complaint is that he
claims our cartoons caused him to receive hate mail. Indeed, his complaint
includes copies of a few e-mails from strangers to him. Some of those e-mails
even go so far as to call him "humourless" and tell him to "lighten up". Perhaps
that's hateful. But all of those e-mails were sent to him before our magazine
even published the cartoons. Soharwardy isn't even pretending that this is a
legitimate complaint. He's not even trying to hide that this is a nuisance suit.
Soharwardy's complaint should have been thrown out immediately by the Alberta
Human Rights Commission, just like the police did. But it wasn't. Which is why
I'm writing to you today.
According to our lawyers, we will win this case. It's an infantile complaint,
without basis in facts or law. Frankly, it's an embarrassment to the government
of Alberta that their tribunal is open to abuse like this.
Our lawyers tell us we're going to win. But not before we have to spend hundreds
of hours and up to $75,000 fighting this thing, at our own expense. Soharwardy
doesn't have to spend a dime - now that his complaint has been filed, Alberta
tax dollars will pay for the prosecution of his complaint. We have to pay for
this on our own.
Look, $75,000 isn't going to bankrupt us. But it will sting. We're a small,
independent magazine, not a huge company with deep pockets. All of our money is
needed to produce the best possible editorial product, not to fight legal
battles. This is clearly an abuse of process designed to punish us and deter
other media from daring to cross that angry imam in the future.
One of the leaders in Canadian human rights law, Alan Borovoy, was so
disturbed by Soharwardy's abuse of the human rights commission that he wrote a
public letter about it in the Calgary Herald on March 16th. "During the years
when my colleagues and I were labouring to create such commissions, we never
imagined that they might ultimately be used against freedom of speech," wrote Borovoy,
who is general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Censorship
was "hardly the role we had envisioned for human rights commissions. There
should be no question of the right to publish the impugned cartoons," he wrote.
Borovoy went even further - he said that the human rights laws should be
changed to avoid this sort of abuse in the future. "It would be best, therefore,
to change the provisions of the Human Rights Act to remove any such ambiguities
of interpretation," he wrote. That's an amazing statement, coming from one of
the fathers of the Canadian human rights movement.
I agree with Borovoy: the law should be changed to stop future abuses. But
those changes will come too late for us - we're already under attack. The human
rights laws, designed as a shield, are being used against us as a sword.
We will file our legal response to Soharwardy's shakedown this week. And we
will fight this battle to the end - not just for our own sake, but to defend freedom of the press for
Do you believe that's important? If so, I'd ask you to help us defray our
costs. We're accepting donations through our website. It's fast, easy and
secure. Just click on http://www.westernstandard.ca/freedom
You can donate any amount from $10 to $10,000. Please help the Western
Standard today - and protect freedom for all Canadians for years to come.
P.S. Remember, Soharwardy's complaint will be prosecuted using tax dollars and
government lawyers. We have to rely on our own funds - and the generous support
of readers like you.
P.P.S. Please help us now, at
This is not an isolated case, consider it part of the Litigable Jihad Cox & Forkum have a lot more on this subject
I think I will chip in about what I spend on soda pop at work in one week after all as Michelle Malkin says in
THE HECKLER'S VETO"Free Speech isn't free."
Wednesday, 29 March 2006
First They Spit On Our Laws
They Spit On Our Flag
There Is Going To Be
A Reckoning For This
More Than 500,000 Rally in L.A. for Immigrants' Rights
"Joining what some are calling the nation's largest mobilization of immigrants ever, hundreds of thousands of people boisterously marched in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants,( illegal aliens)penalize those who help them and build a security wall on the U.S. southern border. Spirited crowds representing labor, religious groups, civil-rights advocates and ordinary immigrants stretched over 26 blocks of downtown Los Angeles from Adams Blvd. along Spring Street and Broadway to City Hall, tooting kazoos, waving American flags and chanting "Si se puede!" (Yes we can!). The crowd, estimated by police at more than 500.000, represented one of the largest protest marches in Los Angeles history,"
Point of information: There is NO
right for anyone to immigrate to the United States.
There is NO
right for anyone to even ENTER
this country except for US Citizens and Citizens of other Nations who have been INVITED
to enter. PERIOD
Illegal entry into this country is no different than someone breaking into a home without the permission of the owners.
Such actions are illegal those who perform it are criminals.
Those who aid and abet them are criminals
This has to stop.
We read there are some 12 Million Illegal Aliens inside our boarders. Not undocumented workers
In Border Control, Immigration Law Reform, Assimilation
at Big Lizards, Dafydd ab Hugh , makes some valid points.
Despite the wishes of some, we are not
going to be able to round up 12 million or more aliens and deport them, that is wishful thinking, it is not going to happen.
I have some other bad news for those who wish it, we can do a better job of controlling our boarders, but we cannot seal them,
Not unless we are willing to go on a War footing, put real numbers of troops on our boarders, with real ammo and use
it. That is not going to happen. We cannot even dismantle the water stations in the desert. The first photos of dead families laying on the South Western sands would bring that to a screeching halt.
Do I maintain there is nothing we can do? No.
We must not try to correct the systems but attack the cause.
Why do so many wish to enter this country?
Opportunity they cannot find in their own countries.
Not much we can do about that but we can
STOP Illegal Labor.
We can dry that well up.
I know it is a red flag for some, but I have to admit to some extent Daffyd's logic has corrupted me.
So go ahead and institute a Quest Worker Program for aliens who have jobs AND for the businesses that employ them,BUT
make the time period for registration for both groups a definite period of time.
After that you are not registered and, you are an alien you get deported
with a permanent bar to re-entry. You knowingly employ aliens who are not registered? You go to PRISON
. You aid and abet an illegal alien and you have legal status?
that and you also
get deported. You do the same and you are a Citizen you join the businessmen who employed them in the next cell.
If we create a situation were jobs for illegal aliens have serious consequences that would do more to stem the flow.
One final thing that needs to be corrected is the ability of pregnant women to skip across the boarder just before they deliver so they can be the mother of a US Citizen.
Maybe a Constitutional Amendment. Or a declaration by Congress that if neither parent is a US Citizen, for the time of the delivery the location of the delivery inside our boarders shall be the Consulate Territory of the Nation of Origin of the Mother and not
the Sovereign Territory of this Country.
Linked toOpen Trackback Alliance at imagine kitty magazine Wednesday Free Thread at Right Wing NationThe Best Of Wednesday at Don Surber Open Trackback Alliance 3/22 - 3/23 at This May...Or Not Midweek Linkfest &Trackback Party at Stuck On StupidOMG I Thought It Was Tuesday Wednesday Weekly Open Trackback Alliance Fest at Diane's StuffIs that all there is?/Wednesday OTA Post at third world county
Tuesday, 28 March 2006
I Have Been A Baleful Influence.
I have to confess, not being content, with subjecting the universe to my single blog. I have become a carrier of the disease and as a result there is a new presence in the Blog Ecosystem.
My buddy Gabe, who has been mentioned here a time or two has become infected.
Drop by and say hello to The Harp Club
Monday, 27 March 2006
The Open Trackback Alliance XX
For your listening pleasure while you browse
"Der er et yndigt land" (There Is A Lovely Land)
Words by: Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlager
Music by: Hans Ernst Kr?yer
"Derer et yndigt land" was first performed for a large gathering of Danes in 1844, and became popular quickly with the Danish people. It was adopted later that year by the Danish government as a national anthem, but not the sole national anthem. This anthem is on equal status with "Kong Christian",which is both the national and royal anthem.
When the Danish anthem is usually performed or sung, the first verse is played in its entirety, then it is followed by the last four lines of the last verse. (This is true whether the lyrics are sung or not
Recentlty I have been posting music to Illustrate the Diversity of America, this week I have a different motive to express Solidarity with DENMARK
I maintain my Support of Denmark, and will later today, post links to and my thoughts about a Danish Editorial "We are being pissed upon by Per Nyholm "
I think I shall title my Post, "There is no "But" in "Freedom of Speech".
When I first started upon my journey through the blogverse I created a Statement of Purpose
Now upon reading it, one can realize that I did not hold to every detail of that original statement, but from it's basic premise, I have never swayed, in my belief that the Blogs are in fact the Committees of Correspondence of the Second American Revolution.
And that it is a Revolution of Information, no longer can we afford and allow elite gateways to control what we can see, hear and discuss.
For I believe that those bloggers who find their way, here and in particular from the Blogs associated with Sam.
HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY.
Some of us are more Serious, some of us are more lighthearted and some post the common ordinary things that make one smile and recall that Life without the simple things to treasure is meaningless.
And it is important that all have a platform from which to speak.
As I understand this process you can link to this post and trackback to this post on ANY subject or post you think important. It is open. I will repeat this every Monday.
The Committees of Correspondence welcomes your intelligent comments. And also welcomes you to join the
OPEN TRACKBACK ALLIANCE
This week I also have shortened my usual introduction for a more inportant message.
In it's struggle for Freedom of Speech.
Sign the Petition NOW!
JEG opstille hos Danmark!
42351 Total Signatures 3:56 AM CST 27 March, 2006 We can do better pass the word~!
From Agora a call to Support the Manifesto online
by signing another Petition, why not sign both?MANIFESTO: Together facing the new totalitarianism
Created by Mark Jefferson on March 1st, 2006 at 5:42 pm AST
After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.
We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all. "
Blogs that Trackback to this Post:
Harvesting Organs from Life~Florida~Whatever
Invasion!- Guard the Borders Blogburst from third world county
Are you feeling a little?stupid lately? from Quietly Making Noise A?
Y'al come back now, Y'heah? ;-)
Tuesday, 21 March 2006
You Just Might Be A Conservative, IF
In the new WaPo Red America Blog, that has the Kos Kids and DU in a tizzy, a new study indicates that conservative kids might feel paranoid in Berkley?
"Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative," says the article. "At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area
that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals."
You HAVE to read Whiny? Crazy? You Just Might Be A Conservative
by Ben Domenech at Red America
Vets for Freedom
Since we are continuously inundated with news out of the MidEast by those who often don't know a thing about which they speak?
"Operation Swarmer Not Intended As 'Torch II'
Sometimes the press demonstrates such incompetence as to be actually dangerous. The coverage of the latest effort in Samarra in clearing out the terrorists is just the latest example. Operation Swarmer is a significant operation in its scope but mostly for its composition; the Iraqi forces comprise the main battle group of the contingent of 1500 troops and have performed well under the lead of the 101st Airborne.
Since its beginning, however, the press has both hyped the operation and attempted to tear it down as a publicity stunt by the White House. Described as the biggest air assault in three years, the press completely misunderstood this as the biggest air strike since the beginning of the war. As Dafydd ab Hugh reports on his Big Lizards blog, the two are completely different military terms:"
Why not do some reading from those who have been
on the sharp end and do
know what they are talking about?About Vets for Freedom"Vets for Freedom was founded by a group of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans who believe in the mission of freedom, specifically Operation Iraqi Freedom, but who have become frustrated with the way the operation has been politicized and reported to the home front.
In January 2006, this group of veterans, enlisted personnel, and officers decided to take action. The result was the creation of Vets for Freedom, a non-profit advocacy group whose mission is to promote the unbiased, nonpartisan truth of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to educate the public and mobilize public support for the Global War on Terror.
The founders and members of Vets for Freedom consist of those who have witnessed the firsthand events, both the successes and failures, of the Iraq War. While their voice has largely been ignored by many policymakers and the media, they have earned the right to be heard and will utilize this organization to lend their insights to this worthy cause.
Read about our Founders here.
Read an open letter from our Executive Director here.
Read the story behind Vets for Freedom here. "
Newer | Latest | Older