Friday, July 29, 2005

Homespun Blogger Symposium XXX

Woo Hoo! Back to easier to figure out roman numerals!

First, let me apologize for the lack of a post last week. I was out in Virginia finishing up some "book learning" at the Army's Management Staff College at Fortress Belvoir, just outside our nation's capitol. Great week! Highlight? Besides walking across the stage and picking up the equivalent of 15 graduate level credits...was a visit to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Accompanied by some very knowledgable guides from the Staff College, I finally got to tromp the ground I'd spent so much time studying 20+ years ago. Better late than never! Talk about REAL MEN!!! Those guys were tough!

Back to the topic at hand...

Today, President Bush is expected to sign the Central American Free Trade Agreement. How do you feel about it and why?

Today on the Rush Limbaugh Show, Dr. Walter Williams entertained a number of callers that were dead set against about you?

See you on the high ground! It's good to be back in Texas!


The Contributors

Cross Blogging

Monday, July 25, 2005

2 3 4 New Bloggers


Sunday, July 24, 2005

Best Of Homespun Bloggers July 17th & 24th

Dr. Hartline

Conservative Rebellion

Are young people becoming more conservative? I once heard someone say
that my generation has an advantage over those in the 60s, because so
much of what is now the establishment is liberal (especially in the
Ivory Tower), "defending virtue today has all the exhilaration of

GrannyTiger's Reality Check

New HRT Study: No Rest for the Menopausal

In a new study coming out in the July 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, we're being told that menopause symptoms can rebound after stopping hormone replacement therapy. Well, duh. I could have told them that. Cold turkey equals hot flashes, with a vengeance...


More Eminent Domain Non-Action

I'll summarize: Democrats want to talk, study and generally delay. Republicans want to act.

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Democratic leaders of the General Assembly on Monday urged municipal leaders not to use their eminent domain powers until the legislature has time to consider changing the state's laws on seizing property.

Muslims Turning On Bin Laden - Or: We're Winning

The lie is so common that the media seems to report it as a matter of fact. "The War On Terror is causing more terrorism..." Now there is new evidence that the liberals are lying.


Counting the cost

Has the Iraq war been worth the cost? Rep. Diane Watson, a California
Democrat, adds it up and finds us wanting. However, she's missing (and
ignoring) a host of positive developments in the credit column.

The Redhunter

Shocked, Shocked!

So Tony Blair is shocked, shocked! that the London terrorists were indiginous and did not come into the country especially for that purpose, as did the 9/11 hijackers:

Tony Blair said it is "shocking" that the four suspected London suicide bombers are believed to be home-grown terrorists.
Unbelieveable. Anyone who has followed events in the UK knows that the Islamists are tolerated there, all in the name of "tolerance" and "multiculturalism."

Cursed by a Classical Education


Well folks, the MajorBaby is knocking on the door for her "Terrible Two's." As one of the gifts, the MajorFamily made a pilgrimage to the local mall to have some photos taken at our local Glamour Shots. It was a very informative trip to say the very least. However, let me elaborate...

Michael Fitch

Villainous Rove

The Lefties regularly make illogical leaps and bounds across chasms devoid of fact to put two things together that have nothing to do with each other. A few had the good sense to point out that, if appointed, Roberts will serve on the court for decades, while the Rove nonsense is a short term issue, so a SCOTUS nominee is just a shade more important. The response to this was usually, "We can walk and chew gum at the same time."...You people have been absolutely 100% wrong about everything, all the time, for all of history. That's your problem. You have a track record...

The Southern Conservative

On Harry Potter And Christian Parenting

It bothers me a little when I hear Christians voice the concern that Harry Potter has an evil effect on children. I try to take that concern seriously, and I suppose that it is a legitimate concern in certain instances. I insist, though, that Harry Potter could only influence a child negatively if the child is not benefiting from proper parenting. A child more influenced by Harry Potter than by his or her own parents has bigger and more immediate problems than Hogwarts.

Tom Tancredo is an Idiot

Representative Tom Tancredo is an idiot.

He is morally bankrupt, as is anyone who agrees with him that we should "take out" Mecca if the United States is struck by nuclear weapons planted by Islamic terrorists.

And if you can't figure it out from the title of the blog, I'm a conservative who is in favor of strong action in the War on Terror.

Don't Let Me Stop You

Abe the Gun Runner

On our return from vacation in France, alert Customs officials found contraband in our luggage: an illegal toy gun. Americans can rest easier knowing that the vigilance of our government has foiled another smuggling attempt.


Like Rats In A Corner

Michael Cristofaro alerted me to this today.

The NLDC (New London Development Corporation) has, in the grand tradition of a cornered rat, decided to get nasty and fight back. They have decided that since they have lost resoundingly in the court of public opinion that they are going to try to personally destroy their main adversary, Susette Kelo.


Tibor Machan on terrorism

Tibor Machanÿs recent discussion of terrorism and terrorists is worth reading.

In this article, Machan quite rightly notes that Islamist terrorists are not victimized innocents, forced into retaliation against a vicious, bigoted, unfriendly world or the excesses and unwelcome involvement of the western world. They are uncivilized bullies, thugs and murderers, operating at the intellectual and emotional level of a small, irrational child. Furthermore, they are quite appropriately described as childish, uncivilized thugs, even if we provisionally accept their incorrect charges that their current situation is wholly the fault of some other country, government, or religion.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

2 3 4 New Bloggers


Saturday, July 16, 2005

Homespun Blogger Symposium XXIX

Hmmmm....this might be something of a follow-up to last week's question, but one I think we need to answer...go here and read the article, but believe what you read to formulate the answer. (I do not vouch for the author...and his sources. I'm interested in the discussion and thought that goes into your responses.

Al-Qaida nukes already in U.S.

Given that this information is true...remember, I'm not saying that it is, but for the purpose of this intellectual exercise, give it your best shot to imagine that it is.

What do we do about this potential threat not only to the United States, but to the global economy and the history of mankind?

See you on the high ground!


Cross Blogging
Michael Fitch
Dane Bramage

Thursday, July 14, 2005

2 New Bloggers


Sunday, July 10, 2005

Homespun Bloggers Best Of July 3rd and 10th, 2005

[Ed. Note: This week's Best Of will contain submissions from both this and last week.]

Don't Let Me Stop You

Why Kelo Is So Hard to Swallow

If you read any of our previous posts on the Kelo v. New London case, you've probably noticed we feel strongly about it. Truth be told, this one really sticks in our craw in a way the other recent decisions haven't, even though we disagree with some of those, too. So why is that?


Abuse at Gitmo

You know the routine by now. Youÿve heard it a million times before. Youÿre barraged with stories of abuse at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on a daily basis.

Well now stories are coming out that appear to back the ideas that there is abuse going on there.

Senator Durbin, CNN, CBC, ABC, NBC, Howard Dean, and the rest of the far left, Michael Moore wing of the party, sit up and take note.


House Makes A Move

The House has apparently decided to at least take some action to oppose the Kelo decision (via Tran Sient's Watch):

House Votes To Undercut High Court On Property
The House measure, which passed 231 to 189, would deny federal funds to any city or state project that used eminent domain to force people to sell their property to make way for a profit-making project such as a hotel or mall. Historically, eminent domain has been used mainly for public purposes such as highways or airports.
Cursed By a Classical Education

Military and Civilian Contractors Clash in Iraq

I think that a very large part of this problem is that we're asking civilians (both Department of Defense and contractors) to do the jobs traditionally left to the uniformed services. If there are 20,000 security contractors in Iraq, it seems that we could buy a "division" that could take care of that role, BUT we're having trouble just with the status quo of recruiting. If we're going to fall short of the 80,000 this year...things are only going to get worse next year.

The Redhunter

Static vs Dynamic Analysis: Why the Critics don't Get It

Once again we’re hearing all the things that we “should” have done in Iraq. Over the last two days I listened to General Barry McCaffrey and Senator Joe Biden on the radio and both of them excoriated the administration for not having followed their
oh-so-wise advice.

At least these two have our best interests at heart. I do truly believe that they want us to succeed in Iraq. Others, like, and, well, the entire
leadership of the Democratic Party, seem only to be concerned with scoring political points.

The first problem I have with Biden and McCaffrey is that they are engaged in static thinking.

Blog d'Elisson

Independence Day

I love a good fireworks show, though, and once the Annual Fourth of July Clambakes receded into distant memory, those became the sine qua non of a superb July 4 experience. I?ve seen a lot of good ones, including the one at the Mall in Washington D.C. on the Bicentennial, 29 years ago. There?s something hugely satisfying about feeling the concussive ?thud? of a good-sized aerial shell seconds after the fire-blossom has appeared in the sky.

But despite all of these wonderful experiences, Independence Day is always a bittersweet day for us at Chez Elisson ? for not all memories of July 4 have to do with picnics and swimming pools and fireworks...

The Southern Conservative

A Loaded Question, A Slanted A.N.S.W.E.R.

Ask yourself this question: If an American is patriotic and loves his country, is he more likely to be a liberal or a conservative? I know, it sounds like a loaded question, but stay with me here. I DO have a point. It’s not that conservatives have co-opted patriotism. It’s that, over the past 30 or so years, liberals have aligned themselves more and more with the angriest, bitterest, most passionately anti-American fringe groups out there. What started in the 60’s as a kind of relevant and important national introspection has devolved into the ugliest possible


Support For Stealing Property

Now, let me get to someone who has gone above and beyond the call and, in the process, nominated himself as the inaugural member of new group I call Enemies of the People (soon to be added to the sidebar). Who is the person drawing my ire? Senator William Finch (D). Why? See for yourself:

The Redhunter

Live Aid II

I cannot believe it.

When I wrote "Live Aid" below, it was in the usual morning hurry. I'd heard about Geldorf's comments on the radio yesterday, made a few notes, and then did some quick research this morning and wrote the post before hurrying off to work.

Then today I found out the details.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Homespun Blogger Symposium XXVIII

Next week should be see if I remember how to do the Roman numeral for 29.

And on to this week's question...

This week saw terrorism raise it's ugly head in London killing more than 50 people, wounding over 700.

Based on this recent you feel that we're winning, losing, or holding our own in fighting the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT)? (Hint: The answer may be none of the above.)

Our thoughts and prayers here at Homespun Bloggers go out to those that lost loved ones in the subways, on the bus, and those families supporting the GWOT with their sons and daughters in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world.

Sorry about the sports question last week. It's pretty obvious it wasn't that popular.

See you on the high ground!


Michael Fitch

The BlogFather

Cross Blogging


Dane Bramage

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

2 3 4 5 6 New Bloggers


Sunday, July 03, 2005

Homespun Bloggers Radio, Program #7, released!

Yes, it's been a while, but HBR is back with some old and some new voices.
  • First, a tribute to Mike "Bunker Mulligan" Reed, an HBR contributor who passed away in June. We'll miss him very much. Juli from Dagney's Rant says it for all of us.
  • Bob James, a new contributor who write the blog CrosSwords, gives us an example of another country that is already misusing Eminent Domain.
  • Andrew Ian Dodge of Dodgeblogium brings the London report, about a Conservative Party that isn't acting all that conservative.
  • The founder of Homespun Bloggers and writer of MuD&PHuD, Tom Carroll, speak out against the Kelo decision with some concrete steps to take to protect your property.

To listen, click here or on the "Homespun Bloggers Radio" button to the right. The current audio feed is a loop of show #7. Also, you can click here to download a high-quality version of the show. (Scroll down on the right side to download previous shows.) The 3 previous shows can also be heard by clicking here or on "Previous Show(s)" beneath the HBR button.

Homespun Bloggers: If you're interested in participating, E-mail me at "frodo at thepaytons dot org". It's open to all members. All you need is a PC and a microphone!

Visitors: If you'd like to get on the air with HBR, just join our band of bloggers and you're eligible. (And immediately getting over 200 links to your own blog ain't so bad either!)

Friday, July 01, 2005

Homespun Blogger Symposium XXVII

At the risk of alienating you non-sports fans, I'm going to bring up the recent controversy boiling over here in the Lone Star State.

By now, you've probably heard about the Texas Ranger's pitcher, Kenny Rogers (no, not crooning kind), pitched another fit in Arlington, Texas. Read about it in this FoxNews story here. for the symposium's question of the week:

Is the penalty imposed by Major League Baseball Commissioner, Bud Selig, appropriate for the infraction? If you didn't go the story, Kenny Rogers has been suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000.

Please address the problem with professional athletes seemingly to think that they are above the law and untouchable when it comes to their on and off field conduct.

Thanks...and have a great Fourth of July weekend. Be careful out there.

See you on the high ground!