Saturday, January 08, 2005

But I'm Sure She Knew Nothing About It

(Via Drudge)

Hillary Clinton's Former Campaign Finance Director Indicted

And her husband did not have sex with "that woman".

Long forgotten events

Today's email bears the treasure of knowledge. NCSouth sends this note on the War For Southern Independence, "The battle at Yadkin River" (odd capitalization is the Salisbury posts).

History is all around us, often invisible to us as we rush about, leading our lives. I've been right down the roads he mentions, never realizing what had occurred there. It makes you wonder what else you miss in the press of modern life.

A Founding Father's words of hope

You know, lately the news hasn't been all that great. Besides the tremendous damage and death in Asia, there has been increasing terrorist activity in Iraq leading up to the elections, more worrisome news from our Federal Government (links here and here) and the economy is still in flux (subscribe to The Travel Insider's free weekly newsletter for a week by week analysis of what may be the most dangerous and underreported trend in the economy, the slow death of many of America's airlines).

So the Friday edition of The Federalist Patriot was a welcome tonic, bearing as it did this quote from George Washington:

We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.

I needed that....

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Noted, if just for the humor

I was perusing the TLB Ecosystem list, and ran into a blog called California Patriot Watch. If you want to see the future of the Democrats, look no further.

I love this line:

"Communists" was the term they used for the progressive student party on the UCSD campus.

Don't like that one, huh? OK, how does "flakes" work for you?

Greeting some visitors

I was looking at the stats, and noticed I've had visitors from and Cool!

Welcome to my little bit o' the blogosphere. Come back any time.

And thanks, for everything. God bless and keep you all.

And while we're on the subject of dictionaries

The Barking Moonbat Early Warning System has 16 new words for us to add to our dictionaries if not vocabularies. Number 3, cashtration, I find particularly humorous, especially if you expand it to mean finding yourself financially barren after any large purchase (or trip to the gun show).

The Urban Dictionary

Dean Esmay has found a wonderful resource for those of us who are terminally unhip, over 40 or who have teenagers (I unfortunately fit in all 3 categories...), The Urban Dictionary.

After poking about for a bit, I find it a bit uneven, but since its a wiki (I think), that's understandable. No matter, it's still a lot of fun.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Shaking my head...

and mumbling about just how much my job stinks. These guys have a great job...

Frank Kelly Freas, RIP

(Via Jerry Pournelle)

Frank Kelly Freas, a long time friend and associate and the dean of science fiction illustrators, died peacefully in his sleep at 4:36 PST last night.

You can see some (a lot) 0f his artwork on his site. I remember a lot of it from my younger days, spent devouring most of the SF section in my hometown public library.


Sunday, January 02, 2005

Has Congress Created 'Federal Police Power'?

Today must be the day for such thoughts...

FOXNews writer Kelley Beaucar Vlahos has an excellent essay on the growth in the number of "federal offenses" and the power that it gives the Federal Government. There is also a catalog of how this new federal police power is being abused by the police, the prosecutors and the courts.

Read and reflect.

Beginning the American Gulag?

(Via Drudge)

Long-Term Plan Sought For Terror Suspects

This is a worrisome development. What happens when the definition of "terrorist" changes?

We were warned, shortly after 9/11, that we would do more damage to ourselves than the terrorists ever could. It seems that we are intent on proving that prediction true. Mourn the Republic; Hail the Empire.