Friday, September 24, 2004

Florida in the crosshairs

FOXNews reports over 350,000 Floridians are once again marching in the Bug Out Parade, this time in honor of Hurricane Jeanne. Yes, the same Jeanne that's already killed around 1,100 in Haiti.

At times like this, words just fail me. We've suffered from the same hurricanes in North Carolina, but nothing like Florida. Remember these people in your prayers and with any donations you can spare.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

A final thought for the evening

Isn't mine; wish it was.

Do something you like. Forget about the pay, for Christ's sakes. Regulate your style of living to fit your income. Just have fun in your job, that's the main thing.

General Chuck Yeager

Thanks, Doug. I needed that.

Scared

(Recalled to memory by The Federalist Patriot)

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. "

Those are the last words of Captain Nathan Hale. 228 years ago, September 22, 1776, the 21-year old militiaman was hanged as a spy by order of General William Howe. I suppose, brave last words aside, he was scared.

Last night, Michael Savage aired the audio portion of the video made by Islamofascists as the "beheaded" Eugene Armstrong. The screams are enough to tell me that I don't need to see the video. Mr. Armstrong died a horrible, painful death. I've heard other reports that he was crying in the early part of the video. He was scared.

Over 350,000 fighting men and women, most Americans but with a helping of British, Australian, Tongan and other countries, are in Afghanistan and Iraq as I write tonight. They're fighting the kind of creatures that made the Armstrong video, along with plenty of others. I suspect a lot of them are scared.

A lot of civilian contractors are also in both countries. I'll guarantee you that they're scared.

To me, one of the best definitions of the word "hero" are those who can still do what needs doing, even when they're scared.

Wictory Wednesday Marches On

Once again, The Freeholder is happy to note Wictory Wednesday. Other Wictory Wednesday bloggers are




As expected, the polls have moved back toward more of a horse race. The Electoral Vote Predictor is showing Kerry ahead 269 to 253. Just remember, this is to be expected--the bounce from a convention feels good (unless you're John Kerry and get a loss instead), but it doesn't last.

It's getting down to the wire on voter registration--in many places, there are less than 2 weeks left to register. So speak to friends and family and make sure they're registered, and encourage them to get out and vote--for Bush.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Paging Rosanne Rosanadana

CBS Apologizes, Says They Were Duped

Apologizing for a "mistake in judgment" in its story questioning President Bush's Vietnam-era service in the Texas Air National Guard, CBS News claimed Monday it was misled by the source of documents that many experts have singled out as fakes.

The network said it would appoint an independent panel to look at its reporting about the memos. The story has mushroomed into a major media scandal, threatening the reputations of CBS News and chief anchor Dan Rather.

I suppose we can be charitable and accept their words at face value. Personally, I think the went willingly. I doubt that even CBS would be so stupid that they would use the documents if they knew they were fake, but I believe that, due to their own bias, they were predisposed to believe. (Sort of like Agent Mulder's poster of the UFO--"I Want To Believe".)

I don't think the new media, of which this blog is a tiny and insignificant part, is going to supplant the old media--ever. But we sure do seem to be a handy source of fact-checking. Score one for the little folks.