Monday, October 31, 2005

Best Of Homespun Bloggers October 30th, 2005


Cord Blood Bill Stalled in Senate

I guess it's time to write our senators. A noncontroversial bill that could do a great deal of good is stalled in the Senate along with the very controversial bill to expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The Senate is not planning to address either bill before the next session. That would be a mistake.

Collecting my Thoughts

1667 What do the Democrats need to do

to take back the Congress, the Presidency and the Courts? Well, a few weeks ago all you needed to do was type in “Democrats need. . .” into Google and you’d find that Democrats were longing, begging even, for some good, strong ideas, values and concepts. But that’s all changed during the Fall of 2005. Bush has stumbled badly and his base is discouraged. And it’s this, not ideas or programs, that has energized the Democrats. It’s really pathetic--from both parties--isn’t it? The Democrats still have no ideas, but they’re smelling blood, and they know how soft and wimpy the Republican voters are. The President of big, bold ideas cracks up when he should be going for the gold. He should be rallying the troops and giving us one of the best courts in the history of the nation.

The Bull Speaks!

Finally! I've been asked the Question Outright!

“Is American ready to have a woman, or a black, in the Office of President of the United States?”


Story time!
Eh, here's something to make up for having to read my homework. Something a bit funnier, I thought.

(a) Love Story (to my wife)

The old Sentra creaks as I step out, leaning a bit too far to one side, its bones groaning at the sudden movement of my rather over-sized bulk. I pat the purple-gray roof reassuringly once I have emerged, but my hand comes away dirty and I curse, not wanting to wipe it off on my party clothes, but also not thinking of entering the party dirty-handed as much of an option.


US Today doctors Condi photo

The mediaÿs attempts to belittle and attack the Bush administration are moving beyond the realm of partisan politics into the realm of pathetic immaturity. It doesnÿt matter if the attacks come in the form of improperly characterizing the Plame investigation or doctoring photos to make peopleÿs eyes glow.

Righting America

Ya' Gotta Love Tony Blair - He's PISSED at Iran

Israel "must be wiped out from the map of the world," according to Iran's new President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, "And God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism."

This does not seem to bode well for the West's future relations with this "other" Gulf country, and Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair was not amused. Not amused at all…..

The Redhunter

Fake Vigils

Here they are, holding their fake vigil in my home town:


What these people claim to be doing is holding a vigil to "mark the death of the 2,000th reported U.S. military death in Iraq and to say that the country’s pro-peace majority wants Congress to stop the deaths by stopping the dollars that are funding the war."

What they're really doing is exploiting war dead to push an insane agenda that at the least would result in more, not less, bloodshed in Iraq, and at worst an al-Qaeda run caliphate throughout the Middle East.


Great Question

Here is a really good question from post-hurricane Florida:

"This is like the Third World," said Claudia Shaw, who spent several hours in a gas line. "We live in a state where we suffer from these storms every year. Where is the planning?"
Well Ms. Shaw, let's see what your good governor has to say on the matter.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Homespun Symposium XXXVI

I apologize for letting this feature slide a little more than I should...sometimes it's quite difficult to come up with something I think that the masses might be interested in. Just be thankful that the World Series ended fast enough that I didn't get another sports topic up here.

For this week, I'd like you to pontificate upon the following:

Once again, it would appear that Halloween is under attack by those that find the practice offensive. An elementary school in the Boston area has cancelled a planned Halloween celebration for the kids and staff due to threats of children being kept home to avoid participating. Rather than have kids kept home...the principal caved to the pressure exerted by a few families and took a holiday that can be good, clean fun from the majority.

Where do you fall in on this argument?

See you on the high ground....and a very Happy Halloween or Fall Festival Night...depending how you answer the symposium question.


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Pumpkin by MajorTeen.

Symposium Contributors...please email me the permalinks to your responses. MajorDad1984 - at - gmail - dot -com.



Wednesday, October 26, 2005

2 3 4 New Bloggers


Monday, October 24, 2005

Homespun Bloggers Radio, Program #10, released!

Homespun Bloggers Radio hits 2 milestones; our 10th show and our first since starting podcasting. We have some of our regular voices, some old voices returning, and a new voice, not to mention music from the band of one of our own Homespun Bloggers.
  • Tom Carroll, of MuD&PHuD and founder of Homespun Bloggers, starts off with a welcome and some thanks to folks for listening and contributing.
  • Andrew Ian Dodge of Dodgeblogium brings the London Report; a tale of two Davids, and the latest from Open Europe. Also appearing on HBR is his band, "Growing Old Disgracefully".
  • Doug Payton, of Considerettes, talks about his "discovery" of podcasting, and mentions some of his favorites (Shelley the Republican, Money Matters, Slashdot Review, and The Transmission).
  • Derek Gilbert, of the blog Weapon of Mass Distraction and the podcast Peering Into Darkness, reads between the lines in regards to avian flu preparations.
  • Amelia Latella, granddaughter of famed commentator Emily Latella, speaks out on the California ban on phishing.

You now have 3 ways to listen to HBR:
  1. Streaming audio (click here or on the HBR button on the right for the current shows, or click here or on "Previous Show(s)" beneath the HBR button for some of the recent previous shows)
  2. Download the show (click here or on "Show 10" down below in the right)
  3. and now the Podcast (click here or on the "Podcast" graphic on the right, copy the URL into your podcast software)

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 280 links to your own blog ain't so bad either!)

Best Of Homespun Bloggers October 23rd, 2005

Grizzly Mama

From Sunup to Sundown?

This article, which I found via Homeschool Buzz tells the story of a homeschooled young man who attained a perfect score on his ACT. It's a wonderful story - and one that supports my belief in homeschooling - except that I take issue with the statement at the beginning of the article. It is this:

"Daniel studies from the time he wakes up until the sun sets, and his studies are paying off."

The Bull Speaks!

Terror Survival, my big ol' butt!

"I’ve just wasted 15 minutes of the short amount of time I have left on this planet reading a pile of shyte called a Terror Survival Handbook. Here’s the list of items they suggest you have on you at all times."


Goldstein On Language

Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom has been developing a bit of a theme that boils down to the seemingly simple concept: Language matters. The concept is so simple, methinks, that we tend to not notice when someone (or some group) hijacks the very words we use to express our thoughts (paging Mr. Orwell). Here's a bit of his latest post on the subject:


On Plame-gate

The New York Sun has an interesting op-ed on the Plame-gate situation, noting that most of the recent media hype seems to be based on weak logical foundations ... The Dems appear to be missing the fact that they are far from scoring a death blow against the Bush administration here. Once again (as evidenced by their drooping public ratings) they are coming out of this investigation looking like petty, partisan hacks that willingly turn a blind eye to leaks in general and then actively use the information derived from leaks when they stand to gain from them, but then scream bloody murder when an, at best, questionable ´leak¡ might possibly gain them a few political points. Theirÿs is a naked and transparent grab for power, not an attempt to clean out corruption in DC. If they were serious about addressing corruption, they would have to demand indictments for themselves just as vigorously.

The Redhunter

Syria: Threat Assessment

Following is the Theat Assessment regarding Syria that was jointly written by myself, Marvin Hutchins of Little Red Blog, and Bill Rice of By Dawn's Early Light. An introduction and explanation of these "Threat Assessments" can be found in my post on the matter here.

Following is our assessment of the threat to the United States posed by Syria, as of June 2005.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

2 New Bloggers


Monday, October 17, 2005

Best Of Homespun Bloggers October 16th, 2005

The Redhunter

On Hate and Self-Satisfaction

Why do some people hate George W Bush so much? A pious urge to feel better about ones self, or self-satisfaction, is part of the answer, I think.

Collecting my Thoughts

1616 So how's that working for you?

is a favorite expression of Dr. Phil after a guest has just spilled her guts about how badly she messed up her life and that of 37 other people. I've been wondering that about FEMA. For all of you who want more federal interference in our health care system, have you been watching the response? Let's skip New Orleans. I don't care how good FEMA might have been, it couldn't have overcome the Blanco-Nagin disaster response team.

Blog D'Elisson

Life and Death

In Judaism, we have plenty of commandments to observe: 613 of them, to be precise, although not all of them can be observed in the absence of a Temple and sacrificial cult. But, with rare exception, *none of those commandments is more important than the need to save a life.* The Hebrew term is /pikuach nefesh/ - the preservation of life – and it trumps all religious duties.


Schoolyard Bullying

The morning DJ on my drive into work today was talking about a recent survey that found something like 60% of students report witnessing some form of bullying every day in school (perhaps along these lines, but I can't seem to find the actual 'recent' study). When I was in middle and high school there certainly was a good (or perhaps, bad) amount of bullying going on, and I'm sure it has not gotten better.

The Bull Speaks!

The Cell Phone & Freedom

"I can’t help but to wonder how some of these protesters would have felt had they stood looking down on the carnage of Gettysburg on the third morning, or had they been at Pearl Harbor, Omaha Beach, or Iwo Jima."

Monday, October 10, 2005

2 New Bloggers


Best Of Homespun Bloggers October 9th, 2005

Righting America

Racism, the Welfare State, Sharpton, Bennett and YOU

Is it just me, or is all this fuss about racism making many of us non-minority folk (who are NOT racists), feel kinda', ummmmm, RACIST? Is the taboo of talking about racism finally wearing off for white people, who might be tired of paying a pennance that we did not (personally) earn? Well, it is for me. Big time.

Eric's Grumbles Before The Grave

Continuing to Correspond with Senator Boxer

I sent this to Senator Boxer (D-CA) tonight after having received her response to my initial correspondence with her suggesting that she support cutting pork spending to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. I posted my initial response to that correspondence in this entry. Based on her response, Senator Boxer appears to think that pork spending constitutes "vital social programs".

Thoughts By Seawitch

My Mississippi

I have been searching for a song or a poem to articulate my feelings about my Mississippi and have failed. So tonight I wrote this.

My Mississippi

Gentle waves that lap the shore
Hot grains of sand my feet long for

Poor Man

Once, again, Al Gore has lost it.

Ever since loosing to W in 2000, he has become positively unhinged.

In a speech the other day at a media conference he said that American democracy was in "grave danger" because of....


Never Here, Revisted

I originally wrote this as a comment in response to probligo (which was in response to this post) but decided that it deserved its own post. Here goes:


I know, cases like that are extremely difficult. I have spent time at a hospital dedicated to long-term care. The pediatric ward is possibly the most depressing thing I've ever witnessed. And, some way I can't describe, the most beautiful.

Monday, October 03, 2005

2 New Bloggers


Best Of Homespun Bloggers October 2nd, 2005

Grizzly Mama

Ground Zero

Had a great time with my sister. Went to the shore, Reading Terminal Market, a family dinner and NYC to see the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero. Taking a 5 y/old to NYC was quite an adventure. I had no idea that it would be so difficult because my girlies and me..well..we go everywhere together. But it was hard for the 5 y/old.


Naginÿs excuse

Ray Nagin has come up with a classic excuse for his overblown hyperbole, forecasting tens of thousands dead during the Katrina aftermath...´As far as exaggerations, I was in the moment,¡ said Nagin. I was in the moment should be the rallying cry for all of the officials that so badly botched the job in Louisiana, as well as the MSMÿs lies and misinformation about Katrina. It provides a nice contrast to ´stuck on stupid".

Photos and Report from the Protests in Washington DC

As promised, I attended the protests in Washington DC on Saturday, September 24

The short version; it was a freakshow.

But it was also an awful lot of fun, in a weird sort of way, and I advise anyone with such events taking place near then to do likewise and attend them. Heck, we had people on our side fly in from all around the country just to attend our counter-demonstration.


To Federalize Or Not To Federalize

Choice 'B', please.

The answer to disaster readiness is not to strip state and local government of power and responsibility in favor of giving that power to the federal government. While I think Bush has a lot of really good qualities as President, this is one case in which he and I disagree. That's fine, the thing that scares me is that I agree with the ACLU on this one. Yikes.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Homespun Blogger Symposium XXXV

This week President Bush is kicking around the idea of increasing the role of the US armed forces in reacting to major natural disasters here at home. This seems to be pushing up against the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 pretty hard. This law prevents the US military from acting in a law enforcement role within our borders. Following the Civil War, it made sense to provide a sense of sovereignty to the states that had law behind it from enforcing an overbearing federal government from wrongly using federal troops in a domestic role.

What are your thoughts about this mission creep for our military, especially in a time when we're at war with a major portion of our forces engaged?

When you're done with your response...please email me and I'll post your link!

See you on the high ground!


The Responses

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