September 05, 2007

Common Sense Can't Be Faked

 

 

Debbie’s Right Truth blog has something extra-special posted worthy of any reader who desires to become a deep, well-rounded, common sense person. The exclusive piece is by R. J. Godlewski.

 

Here’s a snippet:

 

When ancient mariners had dealt with storms as a fact of life, today we cry “My God! We’ve had two Category Five hurricanes reach landfall in the same season! It must be global warming at work!” It is our ignorance that fails to consider that we haven’t been around nearly as long as it takes to fully understand what is considered normal to nature. In our haste to achieve convenience, we even tend to forget what is considered ‘normal’ for us humans. When our ancestors fought wars that raged for decades, even centuries, and endured millions of casualties to ensure that peace was the ultimate goal, we pull out our trusty political remote and say “I’m bored already. ..."

 

Check out Right Truth for the rest of it. And let it sink in.

 

 

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March 27, 2007

First YouTube Millennial Mark

 

 

My first YouTube video has earned over a thousand views (1,328 and earning 4 ½ stars from its viewers to be exact). It's not much really when compared with quite a few out there, but given some pretty modest production skills and my relatively low YouTube profile, its viewership does seem to say something about its resounding message: freedom, not tyranny for the people of Russia.

 

 

 

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January 05, 2007

Read Me at WorldNet Daily

…on Michael Medved, Bush, amnesty, & the rest

 

 

WorldNet Daily’s letter of the week features yours truly. “North American Union in College Texts”, covers some of what I’ve seen since my return to academe, but it also touched a bit on the fallacy imbedded in present-day internationalist thinking.

 

While it can quite rightly be argued that internationalism in some respects and given certain conditions is a good thing, what is being pushed as such today is most often not being done so by level-headed, thoughtful, or apparently moderate voices within that camp. Instead of an intelligent, rational, and fair dialogue with the people, democracy is rather quickly being subverted.

 

By "being subverted", I mean that there is lacking the crucial debate over such things as how much, what, where, and with whom, such laws should be crafted and treaties signed toward regional and global unity on a variety of fronts. If one questions this, he should look at the growing frustration among EU citizens (which I wrote about here) over the increasing disenfranchisement they feel as growing EU power has not coincided with similar growth in EU-wide democratic institutional relief. Yet, this is the model after which many of the North American effete currently pursue, desires and needs of the people be darned.

 

The fact this is the current paradigm in academia does not make those who hold internationalist views evil; however, those who hold hard-line “unity at any cost” views, as I mentioned at WorldNet Daily, are either suffering “bouts of missing history” with respect to the long-standing ebb and flow of localization versus regionalism, or logic with respect to so much as truly rationally evaluating the historical information of which generally they are aware.

 

I Hope you enjoy the read.

 

 

Previous Blogbat posts:

 

The Case Against Breaching the Levee

When is it safe to open the locks in a canal? Only after the water has reached the same level on both sides.

 

Viva Farmer's Branch

 

Alien Amnesty: A Children's Crusade

 

NFTGJ: Hating the Elderly

 

Terrorism and Immigration News Roundup

 

Court TV: Inside the Border War

 

Blogbat does Geno's in Philly

 

Planet Moronia: Sowing Tears (more dead thanks to the wreckless border policy)

 

 

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May 02, 2006

Shop-America Day a Success!

 

 

Here are a few of the items I grabbed while shopping to support America yesterday:

 

I purchased two GlobalSat BT-338 WAAS Enabled multiplatform Bluetooth GPS devices. Aside from being among the best for reception and battery life, these also work with both my Toshiba Portégé M-200 Convertible Tablet-Laptop and XV6700 Pocket PC Phone. Among other items nabbed was also a badly-needed sport-case for the phone, a visit to the car wash (lots of Americans doing jobs Americans will do there yesterday), and of course I filled up the tank.

 

Say, I wonder how many unlawfully present foreigners boycotted their drug dealers yesterday?

 

On another note, but on the theme of toys and gadgets, I’m considering adding a podcasting or similar feature to this blog with updates from time to time. If I do it, I’m going to enlist a lifelong friend of mine to join via telephone as co-host. This will keep it flowing and the subject matter actually interesting, as opposed to just listening to me. I’ll update you as information warrants.

 

 

 

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February 20, 2006

The Huffingpuff Report

 ** Updated: See below for video link

 

 

How much would you pay to be Arianna Huffington?

 

 

 

 

 

 

    First trip to the US: 150,000 drachmas (about ₤375)

 

    Getting ripped off by a diction coach over 40 years of sessions: $112,000

 

    Marrying a Congressman because you both are pretending to be something you’re not and possibly gaining questionable access to the DOD: $15 Million  

 

    Maintaining a leftwing collective blog where members can hide behind each other when they say something that gets them in hot water: $15,200

 

    Limo ride to Fox News studios: Free

 

    Arianna Huffington with the look of terror in her eyes as her Hannity & Colmes segment with Ann Coulter begins: Priceless

 

 

UPDATE: We've got the video right here (c/o exposetheleft.com).

 

In the video Arianna, who would not directly address Ann even once - even when called on it by Sean and Ann - seemed to fall into a Dr. Seuss-like trance as she had this to say: "I think Dick Cheney's an atrocious human being, an atrocious human being, and an atrocious vice president." Arianna's site goes on to blame Cheney's hunting accident for riots in Tunisia - No! I am not making this stuff up!

 

And for those who wondered just how looney Arianna Huffingpuff's maturity-challenged site is, here is what the top item on the page devoted entirely to Ann Coulter obsesses over (of which there are many): "For those who still believe Ann Coulter's denial that she lives in Palm Beach, here's a link to a PDF copy of the deed to her digs..."

 

Not "Ann is a bad debator" or "Ann is wrong" or even "Ann didn't really get straight A's in college" - which I have no idea about.

 

Also, for fun this is how the Huffingpost describes one of the riots in which the militant-anti-free-speech left attempted to silence Ann at one of her recent college campus speeches: "Conservative columnist Ann Coulter cut short a speech at the University of Connecticut amid boos and jeers, and decided to hold a question-and-answer session instead." I'm sure our patient lefty students (no pies in hand) also marrily submitted their questions on 2x5 cards for Ann to read...

 

On the same page for the morbidly curious you can also find this salient snippit (which somehow supposedly ties in to Ann): "American conservatives are so like the radical Muslims taking to the streets this week". Well we know this isn't true, otherwise liberals like Arianna would be the first to defend American conservatives.

 

 

RELATED: Dread Pundit has a few words about Arianna's knack for moonbatery

 

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June 18, 2005

Blogbatland Update

News and announcements from Blogbatman!

 

 

Last month was quite a bit busier than I had anticipated, ergo no real progress on the other portions of this site – and not much in way of fresh posts either. What’s worse is this will probably more often be the rule for the rest of the summer. That said, you might wish to check back about once a week because I might eventually post something really interesting, i.e. insightful articles, breaking news and newsworthy items captured on the Blogbatcam. I recently acquired some video of illegal aliens partying the night away outside a South Dallas apartment complex around 1 a.m. on a Sunday night, giving alcohol to minors and littering. The video was captured supposedly before the kids’ school summer break. The video is further disturbing because it shows just how “busy” many illegal aliens are as they sleep in during the week and collect welfare checks paid for by American taxpayers, all the while lowering the overall quality of life and harming the good reputations of legal Mexican immigrants.

 

So what is your humble blogger up to these days which takes up so much of his time? Well, let me give you a brief run down of some of the biggest pies I have my fingers in that be of interest to you.

 

 

Academia: the sequel. As of earlier this month I have made my long-awaited return to the hallowed halls of academe, to pursue a career outside of information technology, with which I have grown immensely bored – in favor of a lifelong passion. Along with the standard student vow of poverty, which means I spend approximately 16 hours a day studying and attending classes (I’m a geek though so I actually like it), I’ll get to encounter a rich culture (and by culture, I mean it in its moldiest sense) of leftover, backward-thinking, obsolete, inflexible and intolerant leftist academicians who resent they never made it in the real world and because they are mad at the world for that, still think Marxist dialectics still holds water. But there is a fun angle to this. The aforementioned "killer-nerds" tend to be ignored and pushed away by those around them because of the social body odor they are known to emit - of broad generalizations, ignorance of widely known and accepted historical realities and that form of squelching of opposing thought which only comes from those who know their own arguments to be weak. Poor dysfunctionates.

 

 

Horsefeathers. Of course summertime means more daylight for horseplay. I mean specifically my dressage training, shows and generally just hanging out at the barn and harassing and being harassed by other riders and horses. The horse with whom I’m currently training is a genius 16.2 hand Friesian (above). If you haven’t ridden a Friesian, you should. They are, aside from being incredibly striking in their appearance, wonderful movers with keen intelligence - and they emotionally mature more quickly than some other draft breeds, including a Percheron I once owned. While I recommend anybody looking for a family pet look into a Quarter Horse or Morgan, I will say the Friesian is also an inquisitive and sociable sort – trust me – there’s never a dull moment.

 

The two of these together leave only scraps of time here or there in a given month, from most of which those counted among my friends and others I know, together with various events make the greatest demand. Taking classes in the summer is a little like boot camp, but you also get them out of the way faster. Still, Blogbat won’t leave you completely in the lurch and as I mentioned earlier, you probably won’t be disappointed if you check back every week or so, at least until late August, when my schedule should free up a little.

 

Of course, Texas Bloggers won’t want to miss the little shindig going on in New Braunfels, Texas, put on by Beth, Zippo and the rest of the Texas Blogfest folks at the end of June. I will be at the Blogfest steering committee meeting the Saturday of the event and look forward to taking part.

 

That’s about all for this month’s Blogbatland Update. Stay tuned for further acts of incitement, excitement and engagement from your one and only stop for ideas and news on the precipice of widespread importance, from the guy that called the Libyan deception of acting as a conduit of nuclear secrets just three days before IAEA executive director Mohammed Al-Baradi came forward with the news.

 

 

Contributing always my humble part to the intellectual prowess of the masses,

 

 

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May 03, 2005

Blogbatland Update

...Heavy April showers bring Mayflowers

 

 

It’s once more that time, dearest reader, where we stop to talk a little shop. There was much in April and certainly there is much planned for May of note to keep you interested and glued to your monitor.

 

Recollection, Senator? A new addition has joined us this month! No, not human spawn from my loins (for I am unattached), rather I’ve added a new section to the sidebar with some of the more popular highlights of my past two years in the blogosphere. It also includes a special election section (Election 2004) and another (Blogbat Publicitus) dedicated to keeping you up to speed on the latest places you may find me hard at work contributing to the intellectual prowess of the masses ™  via official Blogbat public engagements and appearances. (A reminder I will be at the Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar May 23 and 24, so look forward to an interesting post or two about the items therein discussed. The theme will be Islamic terrorism and national security.)

 

Extra-Blog I will finally be working on a few of the other segments of this site in the coming days and weeks (now that the crazy days of spring – along with its bothersome Frühlingsgefühle - are finally past us). The first focus will be on the “Images” section of the site. After completing this section we shall begin building the “Other Writings” and “More” sections, which I know will be fun all of you mad clickers. “Other Writings” will include original poetry and short stories as well as public domain works of interest by outside authors and speeches. It will also have links to copyrighted or lengthy outside works. “Other” will at some point among other things serve as a repository for various forms of audio and video media where original music mp3’s will be available for download (not that I’m promoting my compositions – they are pretty average – but it might be of interest for the curious). In addition to being the spot to find my music, this will be the place I archive any media featured in my blog, such as the video Blogbat caught of the North Dallas apartment fire in March.

 

Statistic Clinic Well, this has been another great month for Blogbat.us. We have continued to see significant and even exponential growth in readers – and most notably, return readers who I hope will continue to find information of use in these pages. Of some possible interest to is the flavor (or demographic constitution) of visitors (the domains from which they happen to come). While my stat provider doesn’t give me the exact statistics for domains of origin, a significant portion of the pie comes from academic, non-profit, legal, government and military domains, relative to the typical visit that arrives of course through the user’s private ISP or business domain.

 

But with a significant portion of my typical readership visiting from the UN, the DIA and the Five Branches, the US Supreme Court and Senate offices to colleges and universities in China, the Middle East, the EU and North America and the private reader, I only hope that this blog on its more serious side and with some of the ideas conveyed may do at least its part as one component of a larger affect of change promoting what I think is the most fundamental value of basic rights for the defenseless and respect for the free and sovereign citizens across the globe for whom their governments should be their servants and not their masters, as well as respect for the world around us whenever possible. From Terri Schindler to students in Beijing It's my goal to shed light wherever possible in this pursuit.

 

Bourne to Be Wilde I am thinking about maintaining a second, anonymous blog somewhere out there in order to relate a few of the crazy things I see people do around me every day. I have probably amassed over my lifetime the most interesting and wonderful collection of friends and come into contact with the most amazing strangers, from whom incomparable antics have arisen sufficient to be put down in book form, were such stories formally published. In such a manner they would no doubt promote continuous laughter from cover to cover and span several volumes. The idea for this was inspired in part by stories like the “Uno” incident relayed to you in last month’s Blogbatland Update.

 

But of course in order to do this it is necessary to change names, locations and details in order to protect the innocent…and not so innocent as well as my beloved posterior. I also wouldn’t wish for the reader to be burdened with the ability to pick any of these fine folks out in a lineup. In fact, it will not at all be a “personal” blog, rather simply one of humorous anecdotes to which most will be able to relate in some degree, akin perhaps to “cute pet stories” in the manner in which they will be offered. Unfortunately, there will not be any direct link to this blog nor will I naturally be able to announce its existence so I’m essentially simply filling space writing about it for you here. But I know that for him who finds the forthcoming venture, it will be a constant source of fun, frolic and levity. After all, the friends we keep and the acquaintances with whom we often collide are almost never dull – they are the real-life characters faithfully keeping with the best of Oscar Wilde.

 

Ad Emptorum Blogbat has begun bringing advertisers onboard in order to offset some of the costs of maintenance. Please click the ads on the sidebar to enjoy the fine goods or services these trusted advertisers offer.

 

That about does it for May. I hope you continue to find the ever-expanding Blogbatosphere both engaging and entertaining during the coming month. We certainly look forward to seeing you.

 

...There's more, but why further humiliate the Star Wars Kid?

 

 

 

 

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April 24, 2005

Blogbat Publicitus: Gerhard Politz Dressage Clinic

Der mit den Pferden spielt

 

 

 

I had the real delight Saturday of attending a riding clinic featuring a fantastic instructor who originally hails from Stuttgart, Germany. The event was hosted by the stables where I regularly work with my dressage trainer.

 

Dressage, for those new to the concept is an old and highly disciplined equestrian sport (which is also carried out as part of the quadrennial Summer Olympics) that in its more advanced levels really becomes more something of an art involving highly complex movements of rider and horse often set to music. Dressage is an offshoot of ancient military mounted battle techniques.

 

For those of you in the world of horses and particularly the world of dressage, Gerhard Politz is likely no stranger. Accomplished as instructor, medalist and author, Politz is professionally certified as a trainer in two EU member states, Germany and the UK. Since moving to the United States in 1987, he has worked hand-in-hand with the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) particularly with their instructor certification program. He is also a member of the International Dressage Trainers Club.

 

Mr. Politz is a regular contributor to three prominent dressage and equine magazines, The Chronicle of the Horse, Dressage Today and USDF Connections.

 

For a short period after moving to the US he returned to Germany in order to further refine his teaching and riding abilities. During this time he worked with Egon von Neindorff, General Albert Stecken, and Brigadier Kurt Albrecht, an "O" FEI judge who was also the former Director of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna (home of the famous Lipizzaner Stallions). Another mentor of his was Willi Schultheis, who is coach emeritus of the German Olympic team.

 

Now living and working out of California, he’s currently working with 45 horses, several apprentices and still competing at Grand Prix level, having won several gold, silver and bronze medals in national competitions in the US just as he has done back in his native Germany.

 

One of his more trademark accomplishments made its debut in 1995 while on the USDF sub-committee for designing dressage tests. As his website puts it, he introduced “the concepts of ‘Allowing the horse to chew the reins out of the hands’ (Zuegel aus der Hand kauen lassen) and the ‘Rein Release’ (Ueberstreichen).” These of course were two very important ideas he repeated with his students throughout the many hours of the riding clinic today.

 

Most impressively, Politz is extraordinarily patient with his students and prefers his students be extraordinarily patient with their horses, leaving little doubt he holds to the idea that the purpose of dressage is first to better the horse and then the rider.

 

In an article titled “On the Road to Grand Prix” in June 2004’s USDF Connection Politz discusses how this is observed in the training process for the horse,

 

 

Educating a young horse to Grand Prix is a fascinating undertaking. Consider that dressage riding is the only activity in which one neurological system – that of the rider – takes charge of another being’s neurological functions – those of the horse. When perfect harmony between the two is achieved, we can enter the realm of art. It is rather similar to creating a beautiful statue from a block of marble – except, of course, that this work of art is a living creature: the horse… I hope that my suggestions will help you to create a work of art without chipping off any essential pieces in the process. In terms of training your horse, this means respecting him as a living creature and caring for him in the best possible way, not taking any shortcuts, and not making any physical or psychological demands with which he cannot cope at the moment.

 

 

  

Be they applied to dressage, western pleasure or anything in between, these are ideas of course which wouldn’t hurt anyone to heed regardless of his style or manner of equitation.  

 

 

 

 

Related:

 

United States Dressage Federation

 

Gerhard Politz Official Website

 

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April 20, 2005

Blogbat's Site of the Day: Baboon Pirates

 

 

 

Fellow Texas blogger El Capitan at Baboon Pirates explaines spyware in the common tongue. And then he tells us what he really thinks.

 

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April 05, 2005

Blogbat’s Site of the Day: Kiss a Llama

 

 

 

This site needs special introduction. You will either utterly loathe this little cartoon or you will play it over and over as you pop a few more sugar pills. Don’t get frustrated if the lyrics go by too fast to understand the first time – it’s just sundry nonsense. But you will probably remember the tune about 3:00 am tonight when you’re trying to sleep.

 

I link ‘em, you decide: Kiss a Llama on the Llama.

 

 

 

Hat-tip Pooklekufr’s blog which just recently moved to its new digs here.

 

PS: If you have little of worth to accomplish at the moment, try running the thing in two browsers simultaneously by first waiting for one to finish it's second verse then starting the second one and you will get an interesting "Alouette" effect (although you may need something stronger than sugar pills to keep up).

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April 01, 2005

Blogbatland Update

…and a humorous personal story thrown in for free

 

 

 

First the update

 

Well folks, this has been a busy month at Blogbat. Between all of the insanity in the world during March and the many visual changes made around here early last month and the dramatic increase in daily visits (a good portion of them appear to be by frequent-flyers), I’m pretty excited about April.

 

To the last point, we’ve seen a 3-fold increase over visitors in February, 4-fold over January. It’s a comparatively mild growth rate compared to some but more dramatic compared to others and still coming at a good clip no matter. We are as yet in the hundreds range per day but if the exponential increase continues I suppose it might not be forever. But much more importantly than that is the fact this blog is somehow giving something to at least a few people. And really as far as I’m concerned, even if just one or two of you get something out of what is posted here, if I challenge you to think, to laugh, or to wonder why, I would be happy with this little fireside chat. But numbers are good in the sense that good ones attract advertisers who in turn can make this blog self-sufficient. And well, it does stroke the ego of any self-respecting writer, but that goes without saying.

 

 

This month's announcements

 

Our date format will be changing April 04 to the standard American civilian one. From now on the dates will be indicated with month first, followed by day and then year. For those of you reading this who happen to be of the female variety, “date format” has nothing to do with dinner and a movie.

 

UPDATE:

Some of you might have noticed Blogbat was comment spammed today. The scope was pretty large and while I’m pretty sure I didn’t delete anyone’s actual comments, if I have, my apologies.

 

So I’m going to get to work right away on implementing that spam filter I promised last month (which found its way to the back burner as is often the case for the non-squeaky wheel).

 

And now for your story

 

I felt it was necessary to visit on you the above-clarification about “date formats” really for no other reason than to segue smartly into a certain experience to which I recently was a party. In this experience the need for such a clarification under the most amazing and unlikely circumstances became quickly and abundantly clear much to the enjoyment of everyone's funny bone.

It centered around a matter that arose while I was with a few friends and acquaintances last weekend over a game of all things, Uno. As we were handing out the cards the girl sitting next to me asked what the object of the game was (my first flag was her unfamiliarity with a game played at all points across the globe), whereupon I informed her that the object was “to go out”. Almost instantly her eyes grew to be about the size of saucers and haltingly laughing in incredulous amazement she asked, “You mean the object of this game is that you ask someone out?” There are of course times when we all really miss it, but this sweet and actually rather intelligent girl had just uttered a classic. It was almost too good to believe as the room grew silent save some stifled snickers. I too found it difficult to recover from this but eventually as others looked on aware of the punch line which was sure to come I recovered enough from the grasp of the inescapable levity arriving at my doorstep to clarify. To wit I told her there was implied an “of” towards the end of my original statement followed by the item (also implied) in question, “the cards”. We were not trying to “go out”, we were each trying to be the first to “run out” or “empty out” our hand, which I suppose in other English-speaking countries could also run afoul among the overly innuendo-conscious.

 

The funny thing about language is that even among those reasonably well-versed in it as well as familiar with those speaking it is that we are from time to time provided with some of the most memorable moments, of which this one for me ranks high. When you add this to attempts at communication of any sort between genders (as was the case here) such events are even more impressive. It really was fantastically funny and I don’t think I will ever again be able to underestimate the female’s ability to misinterpret any word or unintended nuance which may in future instances happen to flow forth from my lips or actions in some form or fashion. Although I am still convinced it is unnatural and rare to see such a thing and I believe rather, it is the accepted duty of the man to fully and regularly misinterpret the words and deeds of his female compatriots as it has been since the beginning of time and any reversal of this in all frankness casts the whole of our cosmos out of balance, it’s fun to see it work the other way from time to time still.

 

 

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March 30, 2005

Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar, Dallas

 

 

 

-Martin Kite-Powell

 

 

I and a guest will be in attendance this May 23-24 at Westin Park Central in Dallas for the Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar, which will be addressing the topic "America’s War Against Islamic Terrorism". The invitations actually came a couple of weeks ago, but with everything else going on the news of it has had to wait.

 

Among those who will be speaking on the first day will be Washington Post and ABC News commentator George F. Will on the question of “Containment or Preemption?”.

 

On day two we will be hearing from a variety of speakers including Larry P. Arnn, Ph.D Hillsdale College on “Statesmanship in Wartime”, Malise Ruthven, author, A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America on “The Origins of Islamism”, Frank J. Gaffney Jr., President of the Center for Security Policy on “Meeting the Domestic Terror Threat” and finally former CIA director R. James Woolsey, who will be speaking to us on “The Long War of the 21st Century: How We Must Fight It”.  

 

More about the speakers:

 

George F. Will, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, commentator and author, according to the Post Writers Group is, "…one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world. With more than 450 newspapers, his biweekly Newsweek column, and his appearances as a political commentator on ABC, Will may be the most influential writer in America."

 

Will has also written articles for Newsweek and was the Washington Editor for National Review.  His education background includes studies at Trinity College in Hartford, and Oxford and Princeton universities. Will also taught political philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto. Other political work includes his time as a staff-member for U.S. Senator Gordon Allott. After his time on staff for the senator, Will decided to head into journalism where we now find him.

 

Larry P. Arnn is also involved with the Claremont Institute and has stated clear positions on many topics including domestic ones such as repealing the income tax. Larry is also a professor of history as well as the president of Hillsdale College.

 

Malise Ruthven is an expert in comparative religion. According to the biography at the Center for Ismaili Studies website, his background includes,

 

…the author of Islam in the World, The Divine Supermarket: Shopping for God in America, A Satanic Affair: Salman Rushdie and the Wrath of Islam and several other books. His Islam: A Very Short Introduction has been published in several languages, including Chinese, Korean, Romanian, Polish, Italian and German. His most recent book, A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America, explores the religious and ideological background behind the atrocities of September 11, 2001.

 

A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, Dr Ruthven holds an MA in English Literature and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. He has taught Islamic studies, cultural history and comparative religion at the University of Aberdeen, the University of California, San Diego, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and Colorado College. Now a full-time writer, he is currently working on Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction and Arabesque and Crucifix, a study in comparative religious iconography.

 

 

Frank J. Gaffney, in addition to being the founder and president of Center for Security Policy has also written for several well-known publications including National Review and spoke last year before the Congressional Committee on International Relations. Many of his online articles can be found at Townhall.com, Jewish World Review and FrontpageMag.com.

 

R. James Woolsey, who joined The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in 2002 as a Distinguished Advisor, has also written several articles for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, FrontPageMaga.com, The Weekly Standard, The Financial Times, The New York Times Online and for the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also released a whitepaper discussing the dangers we now face as we begin to fight World War IV.

 

Woolsey is best known for his time as Director of Central Intelligence from 1993-1995, but has also served in many other significant government posts including Under Secretary of the Navy and participated in delegations to the START, NST and SALT I U.S.-Soviet arms talks. He has also been involved in various capacities with numerous civilian projects and organizations as well as the law firm in which he was a partner, Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C.

 

On the so-called Wahhabi moderates, Woolsey states in 2002,

 

If you want to a feel for the intellectual infrastructure – if you can call it that – of [Wahhabi] thinking, there are websites where one can go to pull in what the sermons are on any given Friday throughout Saudi Arabia. I looked at one such set of sermons two or three weeks ago before some discussions we were having at the Defense Policy Board. And the three main themes that week were that all Jews are pigs and monkeys. The second major theme was that all Christians and Jews are the enemy it is our obligation to hate them and destroy them. And the third was that women in the United States routinely commit incest with their fathers and brothers and it is a common and accepted thing in the United States. This is not extraordinary. This is the routine Wahhabi view. One Wahhabi cleric was interviewed by a Washington Post reporter a few weeks ago in Saudi Arabia. The Post reporter asked him: ‘Tell me. I'm a Christian. Do you hate me' And the Wahhabi cleric said, ‘Well, of course if you're a Christian, I hate you. But I'm not going to kill you.' This is the moderate view. And we need to realize that just as angry German nationalism of the 1920s and the 1930s was the soil in which Nazism grew, not all German nationalists became Nazis, but that was the soil in which it grew. So the angry form of Islamism and Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia today is the soil in which anti-Western and anti-American terrorism grows.

 

 
 

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March 24, 2005

Blogbat's Site of the Day: Beautiful Atrocities

Shattering canards and saving eggs...

 

 

Jeff at Beautiful Atrocities shows us again the truth is so easy, even a child could understand it.

 

Topic: Communist and Islamofascist totalitarians and the groupies who follow them.

 

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March 19, 2005

Texas Blogfest 2005 Day II

 

 

 

 

Live blogging from the esteemed Attila the Hun chair behind the golden MKP keyboard, yours truly, batting away the buzzards flying overhead.

 

That was my attempt at being subtle. I’m stuck at home being sick again. It seems today my bug became lonely and demanded a bit more quality bonding time with me, so thus we sit presently (the rest of the day spent in bed). But I did dream I was at the Blogfest brunch even if it was sadly interrupted by more coughing.

 

Now with respect to the Blogfest, I know several of them are keeping up with it all, so check any one of them out for all the happenings of interest thereto.

 

For those concerned with my health, I’m presently under the  taking antibiotics so I’m pretty sure this is the last hurrah for the virus. Of course, the down side of the meds is they make me a little loopy. Okay, loopier.

 

I truly enjoyed meeting each and every one of you who were at TBF D-1 yesterday and if I don’t swing by the range in the early afternoon tomorrow, I look forward to next year.

 

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March 18, 2005

Texas Blogfest 2005

 

 

 

Well, here we are at Texas Blogfest 2005. So far, I’ve met a few friendly faces and have had a little time here to get everything booted up and running.

 

More to come later on!

 

UPDATE:

 

MMMM, Good fried mushrooms…

 

UPDATE II: Is Terri Schindler Talking??? Terri: "I...want...to...live!" -Is that "human" enough for the Nazis who want her dead?

 

I just got back from a wonderful evening at Humperdink’s with many, many fine bloggers (as well as some other wonderful folks who enjoy reading them.) The only downer about the festivities was the blaring wall-covering TV’s all around us, but I’ll have to remember that next football season. Actually another downer about the Blogfest was coming home before the second leg of the festivities bagan, but I'm still nursing myself back to health.

 

So far (and please forgive me anyone whose name I didn’t get right -it sometimes takes me awhile, especially in loud places) I’ve had the wonderful chance to meet El Capitan of Baboon Pirates, somewhat left-of-center-but-really-fun-guy Andy T. of Searching for a Better Way Blog, Terrence (who is also an author) over at Another mu.nu Blog, Zippo at Actual Miles, the guy at Spatula City BBS blog, tonight’s host who also is having us all over to his place tomorrow for brunch (I’ll have to refresh my memory on your name tomorrow) our hostess, Beth at Yeah, Right, Whatever blog, and many, many others. One of those many others who is not actually a blogger, Susan came bearing gifts to each and every one of us!  She handed out some neat "Count Me Red" rubber wrist bands. (red as in red-state, not red-commie, but the irony has been duely noted by many since the election.) So we are all wearing our fine new presents and really glad you came!

 

Live blogging was really one of those things that once you do it, you can tell people you did it but it's more fun when around people to not have your nose in your notebook!

 

That said, I did find a couple of worthwhile things to share.

 

First, a commenter today, Tom at Pooklekufr left a link to an excellent blog covering the Terri Schindler tragedy. The blog, Straight Up With Sherri says that today Terri spoke! Here is what Sherry says someone in direct contact with the Schindler's told her:

 

 

Bob and Mary Schindler had asked her twice, "Do you want to live?" Twice, she responded, "Yes". It was then, they were working with Terri to say, "I .. want .. to ..live!". On the word, "want", it was loud enough to draw the attention of the police who entered the room at that time.

 

 

Folks, to kill this woman is murder, plain and simple. It is just as evil as what John Couey confessed today to doing to that poor little girl he kidnapped and murdered. Make no mistake about Michael Shiavo, his attorney, Judge Greer, the US Senators who want Terri dead and anyone else who stands in the direct path of justice here, Terri's blood is on your hands.

 

It was a day for sadness without a doubt, but perhaps there exists yet some hope for Terri - a citizen and a human being - and her family. May God grant comfort to their souls and hopefully a miracle in the case.

 

There is another blog I wanted to share, which is on the lighter side. Its link was given to me by El Capitan himself. The blog, Hog on Ice is witty, funny and interesting. Today's post: "Caffeine Makes You Fat". Check it out.

 

It was good still to have had such a great time at day one of Texas Blogfest 2005 and I’ll be linking to all of you fellow bloggers who were there very shortly. Those who were there and whose blogs or names I didn’t get, feel free to e-mail me and I will link to all of you as well.

 

 

Read related Blogbat post on the Terri Schindler case from today:

 

Notes From the Garden Journal: Auschwitz in Florida

A woman by the name of Kate Adams tells of 7 days of "excruciating pain" during which her own feeding tube was removed. Fortunately hers was a happy ending, but you should read this.

 

 

 

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March 17, 2005

Blogbat's Site of the Day: Blog Dol Erin

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March 15, 2005

Texas Blogfest 2005

 

 

 

It’s time for the 2005 Texas Blog Fest.

 

This weekend I will be in attendance and joining in the distinctly Texas-flavored food, folks and fun and live-blogging at the same time. On Friday night Texas bloggers will be hooking up at Humperdinks in Addison as we get underway. (I hope to actually be a part of this, though it’s still somewhat up in the air thanks to the freakish flu that afflicts me presently – as discussed here six days ago)

 

Saturday the newly-bonded brethren (and sisteren) of the Texas blogocosm will be spending the day doing something as yet undetermined, followed by an exciting night at Billy Bob’s, “the world’s largest honky tonk". There will be abundant Texas feasting and dancing. Nothing planned really to contribute to the intellectual prowess of the masses aside from a morale kick, so just be sure to bring enough grey matter to remember where you left your laptop.

 

Sunday, Blogfest plans to wisk away to a firing range for some target practice. DFW Gun Range has kindly offered us a special bloggers' discount we couldn't refuse. If preferred, you may bring your own "pride & joy".

 

If you are a blogger living in Texas or even the tri-state area, you really won't want to pass this one up- so feel free to join us Friday at 7:00 as we get underway.

 

For more details and to RSVP, either click the Texas Blog Fest link on the sidebar or here.

 

 

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Dell-Dude Update

 

 

 

Spherion has taken some interest in the recent publication here of some more of its (and Dell’s) alleged miss-deeds (other miss-deeds here). In fact, someone over at Spherion spent literally the entire day perusing the fine pages at this humble little blog.

 

It is interesting and perhaps telling how they found Blogbat, too. They found us by doing a yahoo search for "Spherion Dell Religion", which Blogbat currently tops. Could it be they are a little worried about all the negative press that arose from those 30 Muslims? Sure sounds like it.

 

Theories abound for the visit and they range from someone who is a secret defector and a closet-Blogbacker to a Spherion jihadist sent on a Fatwa to find something untrue at the infidel’s blog they could rattle sabers over. Of course, we couldn’t have said it if we couldn’t prove it (we have enough lawyers in the family to know better than that), so they have no option but to grit their teeth and (hypothetically) slap some employees around.

 

Now the thing which made their visit interesting to me however was this little tidbit, from a phrase they typed into my blog’s search panel: If anyone knows what “motor panels” are, they sound pretty interesting and I’d love to know. Maybe it’s something Dell started working on after I left. Perhaps it’s some top-secret piece of originality like another television set or a laptop made by Chinese slave-babies. I hope not, otherwise Spherion could get in big trouble.

 

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March 14, 2005

War on Private Political Speech:

Who's Paying to Shut You Up?

 

 

 

Freedom alert: Camedwards.com blog just linked to an article at Tech Central Station about campaign finance restricting the blogosphere that’ll curl your toehair.

 

From the linked-to article,

 

 

Payments to the media found by Political Money Line include: the $132,000 to the Prospect, $69,000 to Public Radio International, $935,000 to the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation and more than $1.2 million to National Public Radio for items such as, in the words of the official disclosure statements, "news coverage of financial influence in political decision making."

 

No wonder McCain-Feingold contained a "media exemption." The media -- on top of having their voices amplified when private citizens, labor unions and corporations are barred from speaking -- are relatively easy to write some checks to. (Millions of bloggers, on the other hand, might be a little harder to corral -- hence the calls for a crackdown.)

 

  

The good news however is that it spills the beans on who's funding it, and dare we say it is the Left’s usual suspects: Soros, NPR, Ford and the rest of he-man speech-haters’ club.

 

If anyone had to wonder if McCain bought his shoes from a black smith, all doubts have been put to rest now.

 

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March 09, 2005

Personal Note

 

 

 

I will be away from Blogbat for another day or so while I recover from whatever this affliction of flu-likeness be. In the meantime I'm getting lots of rest, drinking fluids, eating saltines and... oh yes, trying to meet a project deadline.

 

If all goes according to plan, I might be blogging again tomorrow.

 

Crossing my fingers,

 

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February 28, 2005

How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)

 

 

 

 

This isn’t a review of Ann Coulter’s latest book. Class was dismissed months ago after that lecture. Now more of us are beginning to put to practice Ann's liberating wisdom.

 

For those who aren’t sure how this is done, Stacy at HouseOfSnark.com shows us how to properly display contempt for the mindless robots on the Left in her PG post, "'Who the H*ll Do You Think You Are' Blogger Quiz". Particularly effective against those who constantly pine against the blogosphere for everything it’s done to ruin their day, using the Lefties favorite rabid accusations of propaganda, conspiracy and everything Rupert Murdock. These are the same crazies who didn’t happen to notice when scores of millions of innocent people were murdered by Stalin, Mau, Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein. Nor did they make a sound about those countries’ state-run, propaganda-churning media. Probably because the little hypocrites don’t mind coercive regimes so long as they agree with them.

 

But House of Snark does, and when appropriate and sporting provides important substantive data to the charges of her detractors: "I’m not ignorant of other countries. In fact, I grew up in California." Thus, while not showing any sensitivity to her accusers' allegations, she points out that she cannot be mischaracterized as ignorant backcountry stock because she to the contrary has grown to both know and loathe the place that has become a leftwing Mecca.

 

A great and liberating truism is that the lefty loons don’t deserve to be taken seriously or treated to the dignity of grown-up conversation. And such was no doubt in mind as Stacy paves the way for other Conservatives to just stop caring. Sure, in a bigger way we all may care, but just like the insane aunt who lives across town, you learn to simply pat them on the head and nod while keeping all your other appointments.

 

 

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Blogbatland Update

Many changes going on at the Blogbatosphere

 

 

 

It goes without saying the sidebar fiasco’s demise is the biggest and most important update this time. As you can tell though, more has happened than putting that seditious sidebar in its place. Truly just as civilization was given the microwave and Tang because of space travel, so too much has been learned while in the quest to right that sidebar. All of them hopefully to make your reads a little nicer.

 

Changes are still in the works, particularly with background colors and patterns. (In fact, last night alone saw six changes to them and with the exception of the current color, I’m not especially in the thrall of this pattern. It remains to be seen who will make it to the final round.)

 

One of the big interface changes being planned for the near future (no exact time, though) is with regard to how visitors such as you post comments. To wit, no longer will you be moderated to death in the quest to prevent spam. Instead you will be free to see your artful arguments, sly retorts, captious complaints and questions about this writer’s sanity popping up instantaneously in a most rewarding way. To achieve this, as countless other bloggers have done, the comments section will soon employ those highly useful images containing random characters which any sober soul should be able to readily hammer out in a corresponding fashion to those little clinic-monkeys with the head-transistors working for their tasty treats.

 

Thanks for visiting, reading and exploring.

 

 

UPDATE:

 

I'm also working on the links to some of the stories I've broken at right, which for some reason appear to have strike-throughs when viewed with FireFox. Those of you who have noticed this, it's on the list :-)

 

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January 31, 2005

Blogbatland Update

 

Seeing only half of this blog?

 

 

 

 

We are working on it. The problem is caused by a bug

in the code that has persisted to this point.

 

A workaround, as mentioned before is to

increase your screen resolution to 1280x1024

and to maximize your browser.

 

-OR-

 

Scroll down and click the comments link.

 

It is still a problem basically because I forgot

about it (the screen resolutions on my computers

are set to 1280x1024 or greater). Fortunately however

Palooka assisted my memory in this matter,

so we're going to get on it.

 

Also, for any code-geeks out there who have any

Suggestions (yes, I am shameless),

please feel free to share them.

 

 


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January 15, 2005

Blogbatland Update

The Outside World As you have no doubt noticed, the sidebars are up now in all of their semi-immaculate glory. I’m working on several enhancements in the coming days that will improve their usefulness.

 

Bugs Funny You might have already spotted one or two bugs as you float about looking at this and that. Just think of this blog as one still in beta. You might notice for example while using IE that the sidebars like to disappear if you follow a link elsewhere on the site or hit refresh - it stays that way until you clear your cache. Also the sidebars are constantly getting called by the ref for encroachment. On the middle, that is. When your browser isn’t maximized with a screen resolution of at least 1280x1024 using either Firefox or IE browsers- and probably any other as well - you probably are one of the lucky ones. But the good news is that it's a fairly straight-forward tweak of the style sheet (something I would have done last night had it not been so late). So more tweaking is on its way. A simple workaround, by the way, for those overbearing sidebars - at least for the time being is simply to click on the comments link which will take you to a screen where there are as yet no sidebars. Or in IE as I pointed out above – simply hit refresh. In other words just like Bill Clinton, that page can easily be disbarred.   

 

 

 


 

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Blogbatland Update

The Outside World As you have no doubt noticed, the sidebars are up now in all of their semi-immaculate glory. I’m working on several enhancements in the coming days that will improve their usefulness.

 

Bugs Funny You might have already spotted one or two bugs as you float about looking at this and that. Just think of this blog as one still in beta. You might notice for example while using IE that the sidebars like to disappear if you follow a link elsewhere on the site or hit refresh - it stays that way until you clear your cache. Also the sidebars are constantly getting called by the ref for encroachment. On the middle, that is. When your browser isn’t maximized with a screen resolution of at least 1280x1024 using either Firefox or IE browsers- and probably any other as well - you probably are one of the lucky ones. But the good news is that it's a fairly straight-forward tweak of the style sheet (something I would have done last night had it not been so late). So more tweaking is on its way. A simple workaround, by the way, for those overbearing sidebars - at least for the time being is simply to click on the comments link which will take you to a screen where there are as yet no sidebars. Or in IE as I pointed out above – simply hit refresh. In other words just like Bill Clinton, that page can easily be disbarred.   

 

 

 


 

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December 02, 2004

Blogbat’s Advise for Bloggers #141

When registering your domain, be sure your host makes your personal information private.

I have been shocked to find while whoizin’ the blogosphere a few weeks ago to discover that many blogger (in fact, many major bloggers) have their personal contact information listed in the public database.

Folks, just a little advice: this is not good. Even for the serious bloggers who use their real names, I need not say more other than..

“ring, ring!” “Hello?” “Hi, Blogger?” “Uhm, yeees?” “You are my favorite blog and I had this dream where I saw you and Eva Gabor at Sears…”

So avoid the cookoo nest and talk to your host provider about hiding your stats.

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