Wednesday, September 28, 2005

New Blogger


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

We're podcasting!

Homespun Bloggers Radio, in addition to being available via streaming audio and download, is now available via Podcast. Click here or on the Podcast graphic to the right for the subscription URL you need for your Podcasting software. Now you can take HBR with you with ease.

UPDATE: As suggested by Andrew Ian Dodge, the podcast now sends the high-quality version of the show. The low-quality version will still be used for the streaming audio (due to bandwidth limitations at the server side).

Monday, September 26, 2005

Best Of Homespun Bloggers September 26, 2005


Donÿt get stuck on stupid

Use it widely and often. Whenever some liberal activist reporter starts into the stupid questions, PLEASE tell them not to get ´stuck on stupid".


What's Wrong With the New New Deal

Is rebuilding a city with little or no federal funds really possible? Well, we did it before; 3 times in a 35 year timespan. Why can't we do it now?


A New Beginning

Arising like a phoenix from the cleared rubble of our offices, a new beginning:

It's a 30x10 trailer and will have to hold 7 or more people. But we'll manage. The back of the trailer which will be my office and one other is where my desk used to be in the old office. One of my bosses remarked that now I had a great view of the Back Bay. Which is true because Katrina wiped out the houses and most of the trees which were behind there.

Work has begun on the freezer and the newest section will be repaired first so that we can start freezing shrimp again. We maybe able to start peeling shrimp in about 3-4 weeks. There were a couple of seafood plants on the south side of Biloxi Back Bay that survived and arrangements are being made to use those facilities at night so we can go into production. A lot of our customers have contacted us via e-mail and are awaiting our product.


Leaving New Orleans

I've blogged few stories I've run across about people dealing with the aftermath of Katrina in various was, mostly good (1, 2, 3). Well, here is an account that is less than inspiring (expect, of course, that he survived):

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Homespun Bloggers Radio, Program #9, released!

Music and opinion are the fare in this edition of Homespun Bloggers Radio.
  • Andrew Ian Dodge, of the blog "Dodgeblogium", gives us some music in response to the London bombings of last July. His band "Growing Old Disgracefully" plays "Cry Freedom".
  • Doug Payton, of "Considerettes", talks about the federal response to Katrina, and what that tells us about the role of government.

Click here to listen or on the "Homespun Bloggers Radio" button to the right. The current audio feed is a loop of shows #8 & #9. 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 2 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!)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Homespun Blogger Symposium XXXIV

This week we all sat on the sidelines...and some of us were in the path of the next hurricane after Katrina.

What did you see different in the preparation and aftermath of this storm compared to the one that devestated the Gulf Coast regions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama?

Was the response better? Worse? What would you change?

See you on the high ground!


Monday, September 19, 2005

2 New Bloggers


Sunday, September 18, 2005

Best Of Homespun Bloggers September 18th, 2005


Presidentÿs speech

I listened to the Presidentÿs speech from New Orleans last night as I was driving home from work. While I was listening, I was torn; at times I was shaking my head in disgust at other times I was I little hopeful.

The Roberts Hearings

...for three days in a row John Roberts has been questioned by various senators. Interestingly enough, before about 1955 nominees to the court didn't even apear before the senate. In fact, they refused to go, considering it beneath their dignity to subject themselves to questioning to a bunch of political hacks. And from what I've seen (or rather, heard), they had a point.

For all their pontificating, and attempts by some (Shumer, Biden) to show us that they too know the law ("really, we do!"), it all comes down to one issue. There is only one thing they want to know, because it is at the heart of modern liberalism.



It would appear that the NLDC has officially made it onto the poopy-list of a no few state and local officials:

New London — Gov. M. Jodi Rell ordered the New London Development Corp. Thursday to rescind the relocation notices it sent to some property owners at Fort Trumbull, and her staff suggested that she — like some city officials — had lost confidence in the agency's management of its $73 million redevelopment project.
spinbadz own

Truth is a harsh mistress

Near the climax of his 1966 novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, sci-fi legend Robert Heinlein details an attack on earth by a rebelling colony of humans exiled to the moon.

The moon rebels hurl bombs with pin-point accuracy at strategic targets on earth. They want to cause structural damage and frighten rather than kill human beings. So, in the case of St. Louis, Kansas City and New Orleans they aim for the nearby rivers.


Our efforts haven't been wasted

A million dinars may not be a whole lot ($680) relative to the amount required for the Katrina cleanup, but this donation, collected by the Iraqi military from soldiers, is both heartwarming and a good barometer of how much they actually do love us over there.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Homespun Blogger Symposium XXXIII

Using the president's address on Thursday night as the basis of this week's question...

How do "we" eliminate the "deep, persistent poverty having roots in racial discrimination" such as we've seen in the Gulf Coast region over the past three weeks?

This is a pretty open-ended question...feel free to answer completely.

See you on the high ground!


The Respondents

Cursed by a Classical Education


Monday, September 12, 2005

New Blogger


Best Of Homespun Bloggers September 11th, 2001


And Wolf is so stupid

What's up with Wolf Blitzer?
BLITZER: "You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals, as Jack Cafferty just pointed out, so tragically, so many of these people, almost all of them that we see, are so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold."
Whereas we are all now very much aware that "George Bush doesn't care about black people!", it is abundantly clear that CNN really does care.

From Thoughts by Seawitch

Not My Stories

These are not my stories but are ones that need to be shared. They are stories of survival from a storm surge that is estimated to have been from 28 feet to 32 feet.

One of my bosses sons stayed in his house on Biloxi Back Bay during Hurricane Katrina. He ended up in his attic to escape the wall of water and watched as the water crept higher and higher and then subsided. He had to be rescued by his family after the winds subsided. The only means of communication he had was his Nextel radio. He is safe and sound and was not injured and is working at the plant to clear the rubble so the rebuilding process can begin.

Support the Troops Weekend

September 23, 24, and 26 is Support the Troops weekend.

Rallies are being held in Washington DC area throughout that weekend, so if you live here or can get here please attend one or more. Several leftist groups are holding "anti-war" (and anti much else, too) demonstrations, and it is important that there's is not the only message that is seen and heard.


Never Forget, Always Remember

Each of these pictures are worth well more than 1000 words. I'll offer only two:

Always Remember.

Friday, September 09, 2005

HomeSpun Blogger Symposium XXXII

Sorry about not being on top of things for the past few weeks, but I'm back AND so is the Symposium.

The question this week...

How do you feel about Hurricane Katrina?

Yes, that's a very open ended question and gives you plenty of latitude in formulating your responses.

I'll have something up later tonight!

See you on the high ground!


Thoughts by Seawitch

Cursed by a Classical Education

Grizzly Mama
Dane Bramage

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

2 New Bloggers


Homespun Best Of For August 28th and September 4th

Righting America >>>

Make September 11th a “National Day of Service”

Gary Sinise (LT Dan of "Forrest Gump" and star of "CSI: New York") has sent out a call to all Americans to help recognize September 11th in a most human and patriotic way - make 9-11 a National Day of Service.

In case you don't already know it, Mr. Sinise is nothing like his narcissistic Hollywood contemporaries. He, along with Laura Hillenbrand (author of "Sea Biscuit") launched an excellent program in March 2004 called Operation Iraqi Children which is a program that enables Americans to send School Supply Kits to Iraqi children, which is distributed by American Soldiers on the ground in Iraq. (I am proud to say that I contributed an original T-Shirt design for that effort, which Mr. Sinise used, along with funding by my old shipmate and his friend Mike Burress, to gain contributions for OIC).

Now, Gary is at it again. Here is his message:


Like I said

Just like I said in a recent comment here, the Cindy Sheehan brigade is
being headed up by a bunch of burnt out hippies ... Joan Baez people
JOAN bloody BAEZ!!!


Limits To Free Speech And Assembly

I am absolutely disgusted by how amazingly egregiously this crosses the line of Free Speech:

Washington ( - The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the current home of hundreds of wounded veterans from the war in Iraq, has been the target of weekly anti-war demonstrations since March. The protesters hold signs that read "Maimed for Lies" and "Enlist here and die for Halliburton."
Shame on these bastards and shame on the DC Police Department for issuing them permits to protest.

The Southern Conservative

The SouthCon True Hollywood Story

Canadian Actress Margot Kidder immerged from her neighbor's bushes this week, long enough to become a US citizen. Kidder said that she became a citizen because she was afraid that she'd be deported because she opposes the war in Iraq. Kidder is best known for three days she spent missing in 1996, only to be found hiding in her neighbor's back yard, claiming that the CIA was following her. For it's part, the CIA denied Kidder's claims, stating that they were too busy rounding up and deporting people who opposed US government policies to spend their time stalking
unemployed actresses.

Grizzly Mama

Amanda has a question

I don't know that there is an answer to her question in her entry titled Longing and Denial. It is about people suffering with infertility. Longing for a baby and never having that need fulfilled. The question asks, 'Why won't more young women give their babies away, rather than killing them?' I wonder this same thing. We have suffered through infertility and were blessed with a baby after much anxiety, years of heartbreak, dollars spent, testing endured and anger.


Now it was Reaganÿs fault?

In a June article, Joseph Bast, from the Heartland Institute, predicted that there was going to be a serious upheaval in the political scene in the next decade. In fact, he predicted the election of a Libertarian President by 2016.

The Southern Conservative

Getting Science Off It's Butt

I've believed for some time now that some scientists are in such a rush to harvest embryonic stem cells for research mostly because they like new technology and new potential, not because they really believe the primrose promises they make us. From my point of view, two recent medical advances seem to support my belief.