Sunday, October 24, 2004

Best Of Homespun Bloggers October 24th, 2004

Little Red Blog

A Divided World | A Divided Nation

It appears the entire world has an opinion, or a candidate, in the race for the White House. This is not by chance. A straightforward analysis of the world today reflects that the world is divided sharply, just as this nation is, hence the willingness of political leaders from around the world to state their beliefs about the proper man for the Oval Office. We are apt to pin the divide both at home and abroad on one issue. When we do so, we are wrong.

Yelling at the Windshield

The O'Reilly Mess

Fact 11 of his accuser's lawsuit, which declares that O'Reilly has used his show "to preach the principles of the so-called 'compassionate conservative' espoused by George W. Bush and the Republican Party...[and] to preach their belief in family values and to bemoan the moral decline of politicians and others in positions of power." The use of the word "preach" is clearly freighted with negativity. But I'm a bit puzzled as to why the lawyers saw fit to include this comment: It seems like they're trying to have O'Reilly convicted of hypocrisy--last I checked, it was still legal to be a hypocrite and a phony.

The Southern Conservative

An Acceptable Level of Ecstasy

After three years of flagrant, shameless and unlawful cohabitation, Wendy and I made it legal today. We were married in a small, informal ceremony at a local state park. We’d wanted an outdoor autumn wedding for the foliage… and although Mother Nature helped us out with the colors, we also had heavy cloud cover and an off-and-on rain mist… so it wasn’t sunny, but it was still an all-around lovely day.

Chris Berg

Telstra's Regulatory Waltz

Allan Fels would like to increase the already innumerable regulations to which Telstra is held. Telstra is already responsible to its customers, its shareholders, the government, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Communication Authority, not to mention self-regulation groups like the Australian Communications Industry Forum.

The New Fifth Column

From the BBC's website we learn of a new documentary to be broadcast tonight

The Power of Nightmares
Wed 20 Oct, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm 60mins

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams weren't true, neither are these nightmares.

This series shows dramatically how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion. It is a myth that has spread unquestioned through politics, the security services and the international media.

The Terriorists

Mr. Peabody - Time Traveling Hero

C'mon. Who else would I choose?

Yeah, I know I’m too late for the Truth Laid Bear Heroes for Bush blogburst, but AHM was workin' a lot these last two days and, well, I can't type by myself. But since I wrote this I'm makin' her post it even tho' it is kinda' long.

Peabody's Improbable History The Lost Episode - John Kerry



The mainstream media needs to get its definitions straight (you'd think that shouldn't be a problem with them). In the 2000 election, they parrotted the Democrats' incorrect use of the word, and today they're doing the same thing. Not getting your way is not disenfranchisement.

The Unmentionables

2,500, 1,300, and 2,300

Remember those numbers.

Saying it could do more harm than good, a federal judge last night denied a Bush administration request to force Pennsylvania counties to send new absentee ballots to thousands of oversees voters and to count the results up to two weeks after Election Day.

2,500, 1,300, and 2,300. Those are the minimum number of "invalid" absentee ballots sent to overseas U.S. citizens including numerous soldiers now serving in Iraq. If Bush loses Pennsylvania by less than 6,100 you can trace the reason directly to those missing votes--and those disenfranchised voters.

A Physicist's Perspective

The real problem with our country, and the world

Politics is often very heated, and we certainly see that in this presidential election. But why is it so heated? It's quite likely that it's because we all recognize the world, and our society, has a lot of problems. We come to believe that there are particular reasons for those problems -- such as a wrong government policy in a certain area, etc. So when we see someone who disagrees with us politically, it's quite easy to see them as the origin of all our society's problems. The only problem with this is that the Bible teaches where the problems come from -- and it's not from politics.

Bunker Mulligan

Battle or Diversion?

I heard someone on the radio yesterday say something to the effect that Dubya views Iraq as a battle in the war against terrorism, and Kerry sees it as a diversion from the war. I thought that summed things up nicely, although I believe it was a Democratic Party supporter who said it. I'm not sure he meant it in the same way I perceived it.


Iraq --> Syria

Interesting info from Mr. Duelfer:

"A lot of materials left Iraq and went to Syria," Duelfer said. "There was certainly a lot of traffic across the border points. We've got a lot of data to support that, including people discussing it. But whether in fact in any of these trucks there was WMD-related materials, I cannot say."

If I were a bettin' man I'd put my money on 'We're going to find out that WMDs were transported from Iraq to Syria.'

David M

Serial plagiarism exposed

Following is a day-by-day list of the posts which "Dave's Blurbs" has plagiarized this month, and my best guess as to the source of the material. Each post below is fully or largely "borrowed," and in none of these cases is appropriate attribution given. Where I have noticed any potentially mitigating circumstances, I have noted them next to the link. In some cases he has combined two other blogger's posts into one of his posts; in these cases he leaves each post intact and just puts one after another.

Weapon of Mass Distraction

The Official Ex-Cub Factor

Author Ron Berler, the man who discovered the Ex-Cub Factor in 1981, sent me a note to explain how it really works:

1) Any team with three or more ex-Cubs will lose the World Series. (As I'm sure you're aware, the 2004 Cardinals have three ex-Cubs.)

2) The Ex-Cub Factor takes effect ONLY in the Series.

3) In Series where opponents have two or fewer ex-Cubs, the winner is determined on merit.

Shining Light in Dark Corners

If Bin Ladin Were Endorsing, He'd Pick Bush

The fact is Iran and very likely Bin Ladin want to see Bush re-elected because he has played right into their hands. Their future efforts at recruiting terrorists, political supporters and pan Islamic political movements have been enhanced far beyond their greatest dreams. The next generation of terrorists can now be recruited in greater numbers than ever before. Hatred for America has metastasized all over the world.

Meanwhile, the Bush Administration has no plan to deal with it. Other than standing so close to war criminal Sharon that he shares the stain of blood on his hands. We can't afford four more years.


You tell me…

You tell me why nearly identical economic numbers are considered a boom
for Clinton and a bomb for Bush.