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Saturday, December 31, 2005

If you haven't seen it yet,

Go Here and study just exactly how the commie left has gotten it all wrong.
Summary: "The Iraq War is not going well" is an isolated proposition devoid of supporting evidence (premises) that is unfortunately accepted as true by people on both sides of the debate. For the Left, it is regarded as unassailable Scripture on par with "Bush lies" or "FDR was a great president." For some inexplicable reason – perhaps a result of relentless media pressure – the Right sheepishly accepts this statement as fact more often than not, only to try and salvage the point by discussing "recent progress in Iraq" or "staying the course." Analysis at any level supports a far different proposition: "The Iraq War is going extremely well." The rules of Logic, informally applied in the following flowchart, demonstrate why.
Aslan has lots of other essays to keep you thinking in a logical manner on his site too. He is in the Blogroll to your left at Logic Times.

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Friday, December 30, 2005

I give up

I have put up a Tip Jar. Please click the Button over on the left... Thanks

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Guts, pure guts.

This Kid has what it takes. I found this being discussed in a thread over at Kims Place. Then I find it at the Liberty Zone. I had been thinking that this 16 year old kid was acting the fool, but also he had guts. Nicki, at Liberty Zone, said
He's what every kid should be and what has been bred out of most children by parental apathy and government indoctrination.
I find that I can not agree more. I also fear that this kid is going to end up on a "watch list," because he is willing to go see for himself. The PTBs' fear that sort of person.

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IE sucks

I hardly everuse IExplorer anymore. Firefox is too good. I just noticed that my pgp public key has pushed the postes down below the sidebar in IE Firefox showsit just fine. I guess I'll have to do something about that.

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Contests.

So bullseye, over at American Drumslinger ran a contest yesterday. The wining entry was to get a free sidebar ad. He had an animated gif running. "How many dirty words." So, I post the second comment (one person had posted before me, his answer was wrong) One character. 7 Turns out that was the correct answer. So today, I'm reading his blog, and the contest is canceled. ok, and just for the hell of it, I go read the comments to see how many got it right. 2 people. except my comment was gone. Now, my paranoia says I won. That's why the contest was canceled. ???

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Privacy

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas, Every one

I hope your holidays are grand, and the New year brings you Gladness.

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

words: Talking To My Father

words: Talking To My FatherI told you yahoos to be nice... Pay attention to Redmemory, we can all learn something. Redmemory, I could wish you'd post more often, but then I remember that I don't post like regular or anything... Then again, I only have 2 regular readers you have at least 5!

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Nation of Volunteer update

Bill StClair has a Mention on his blog:
Kim Connie du Toit - Nation of Volunteers Foundation - finally an account of the travails that caused the du Toits to remove their name from the web. They are starting the Nation of Riflemen Foundation, whose goal is education and training in shooting. It will be non-profit. They are asking for pledges of donations, money to be collected once their non-profit status is in place..
Anyone else like the Idea of a literate nation?

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Althouse: Is a role-playing lesson about Islam, complete with prayers, permitted in public schools?

Althouse: Is a role-playing lesson about Islam, complete with prayers, permitted in public schools? I can't. Just go read it yourself. Don't forget to follow the link to the muslim news story. This is just sick. Betcha she's adem appointee...

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Firefox

Performancing for Firefox

Performancing for Firefox is a full featured blog editor that sits right within Firefox. Just hit F8 or click the little pencil icon at the bottom right to bring up the blog editor and easily post to your Wordpress, MovableType or Blogger blogs.

Now this is just too cool! I just got Firefox insalled the other day. I havent even figgured it all out yet. (Hint: the tabs are at the TOP!) Now I find This cool add on blogging tool. This post is actualy a test of the editor. More to come.

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MuD & PHuD

MuD & PHuD Tom has a few nice things to say about the Nation of Volunteers/ Nation of Riflemen. I'll bet there'sa story in how he chose the name for his blog...

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Quote of the day

The public needs to be led to the trough of freedom and made to stand there until they drink of the water of liberty and quit being so afraid they’ll get wet, or learn to leave us alone while we do. We have seen that many will not go there willingly, which is their right, but unfortunately, they want to prevent all others from slaking their thirst for freedom and that is not their right. We don’t have the right to make them drink of the trough, but the only recourse that is theirs is to stand by while we do, or to turn away if they find it repugnant. They do not have the right to prevent us from enjoying and employing our liberty.
By straightarrow, about 2/3 down the thread. Why is it, I can recognise the profound thoughts in others, but can't express them for myself?

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Xavier Thoughts: Civilian Lethal Defense after LEO Incapacitation

Readabout it at Xavier Thoughts: Yet this one will slide on down the memory hole. Lord, GFW's make me sick.

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Knock, knock

Any body out there? Responses help, you know...

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Connie weighs in

I tried to explain how I felt about the NoR here and here As usual, I had (and have) a hard time expressing myself. Click the Post title and read what Connie has to say about the reasons behind their decisions about the Nation of Riflemen. And their reasons for starting the Nation of Volunteers.

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Getting Better

Redmemory1 has, IMHO taken a very good step forward. She went out for a drink, and didn't fall into the traps that could have entailed. Read her blog for understanding. Good show, Red, Damn good show!

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Regarding my previous post.

It has come to my attention that there are a few folks that seem to think that Kim and Connie are trying to run a scam. Having been a Nation of Riflemen member for 6 months, and a lurker on that forum a LONG time, reading Kims and Connies blogs, I can only say that it is my OPINION that they are both trustworthy and honest in their newest endevor. I saw how they tried to help homeschoolers with "Did Today." (A worthy endevor if I ever saw one) I saw how Kims efforts to make this country better (The NoR), destroyed Did Today before it even got off the ground. I saw how Kim and Connie (and their kids) suffered and damn near lost their house. I watched a man cut down to the point that life forced him to sell cherished firearms. I recognised that feeling he had (because I've been there) when he came to understand that even if he regained in the future, those exact same firearms, they would no longer be as cherished. After all, Family - Comes - First. You do what you have to do. I watched him lose an employment opportunity where he is probably one of the top 50 in the field. Because of his efforts with The NoR. Yes, I'm getting involved with the Nation of Volunteers. Because Kims' and Connies' vision is one that I share. A country of people, that understand both their rights, and their duties. A nation of people that are able to think for themselves, and weigh evidence. A nation of sheepdogs, instead of sheep. Through this effort, I can stop muddeling along without guidence and REALY make a difference. I don't have money to donate...My forign trade excursion saved me from being homeless. But I have time. So 'Time' is what I will give. Think of the movie "Pay it Forward." That's the IDEA the DuToits are trying to instill.

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

THIS is worthy of YOUR support

Too. I have happily gotten involved with this project, that Kim and Connie(it feels so good to be able to mention their names again) have begun. From Kims site, the announcement.

New Direction The film Field of Dreams brought the phrase, “If you build it, they will come” into the American lexicon. And that is what we’re going to do. We have launched a new website and a new company, The Nation of Volunteers Foundation. Unlike previous business endeavors, however, this is not a for-profit company. The purpose of this company is to continually raise enough money to fund salaries and endeavors which we believe will make America a better place. We will be calling on Americans to do all sorts of volunteer activities (without compensation), from helping new shooters to sharing their books, information and expertise with home educators. (Details below the fold.) The purpose of the Nation of Volunteers Foundation is to allow us to manage these activities full time.
I volunteer!
What we Need We ask for your financial support and we will be asking for your time, too. In addition, we will need other kinds of services normally provided for a fee (accounting and legal services, business supplies, etc.). For example, we have established Nation of Volunteers Foundation as a not–for-profit corporation, but we need legal assistance and advice to navigate through the IRS requirements to achieve a tax exempt status (so contributions to the NOV Foundation can be tax deductible) . If you can assist us with this it would eliminate the need to hire an attorney to work with us. We are going to become professional beggars, but in exchange we promise this: We will work diligently and tirelessly, for the rest of our lives, to restore America to being a Nation of Riflemen, and a Nation of Educated and Literate, one citizen at a time. Will you help us?
Have, can, and will. Remember folks, these are the people that kept Walter Gaya, and Adam Pluhmdore in our minds. They have a GREAT IDEA and deserve our (the American shooting community) support. Both now, and long term. I hope this gets picked up and passed along the blogosphere. Maybe having joined the ring will help. Update I see Say Unkle has volunteered his time. I hope he posts on his blog about it. He gets a lot more readers than me... Update Baboon Pirate Has an opinion, I think he'll help. (I THINK...) Another update: I don't know how I missed this one... Not enough time to read all my favorite blogs Misha gives a doggie launch. Any more, and they'll be new entries.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Visit from overseas

The company I work for has offices in Japan. -Keep in mind that I am just a small fish in a giant multi-national corporation. Recently, the local PTBs' gave a tour for Visiting PTBs through my department. I didn't even know it (the tour) was coming, that is how small a fish I am. Anyway, they come through my work space, and I have my (not company) laptop running my NRA Basic Pistol Powerpoint presentation on my desk. The VP/Test developement from Japan sees it and starts paging through the presentation. (uh, Oh...) Extended entry Extended entry The questions start. Q. What is this for? A. A class I run for people that want to learn how to use a gun safely. Q. Why do people want to take this class? A. Here in Ohio, the class meets State requirements for people to get their Concealed Handgun Licence. Q. When do you teach this class? A. Evenings and weekends. Q. May I attend this class? A. Certainly! Then Mr. Big says, "We will discuss this." And the whole entourage sweeps away. I go back to running tests. 30 min. later, boss comes in. "Don't bring that gunsh!t in here again!" He said alot of other stuff about personal business on Co. time, too. "consider yourself warned!" I said, "Yessir." uhoh, there goes the bonus... Next day, I have an e-mail waiting for me. Mr. Big wants specifics on the class. Cost, times, etc. Shinola... "Hey, Boss! how do I handle this?" A. "Oh, damn... Well answer them!" But Boss, You said no more personal business on Company Time... Uh, don't you have a website for them to go to? Like I can afford that on what he pays me. "No, sir, I count on word of mouth for adverts." "Well, uh... Go ahead and answer them." Ok... Now, keep in mind that I am trying to not let this interfere with my work... Basic info e-mail sent. Then the phone rings. Boss wants me. Oh ****, what now? Mr. Big wants a meeting with me. Boss will drive. I'm what? Gonna say "No?" 6 hours and a great lunch later, I end up setting up a class, on company time, in the company theater, teaching 39 visiting PTBs (from Japan), and 18 PTBs from other USA divisions. (Not Ohio based people) NRA BasicPistol runs 10 hours. This one ran a week. 8 hours a day. Range time ran another week. (2 hrs. + per student, 2 at a time per instructor.) I had to rent 60 revolvers, and 60 pistols + training ammo for them from a friend of mine.(He's my assitant instructor for the course. My wife, and my son also helped) This is, of course a pass along cost. Oh, have I ever mentioned that my company posts 'No Weapons'?(Lol!) The Boss is in a fluster. Of course, I cannot run tests while running the class... but he's gotten cudos for my work teaching. This hs brought him to attention in a favorable way. But he is a GFW... The best part of all of this, was watching the face of a little (4'9" 84 Lb. -I asked) Japanese secretary shoot her first shot. She gets it. In fact, ALL the Japanese PTB's get it. You could see it in their (normaly inscrutible) faces. I charged my normal $125.00 per person fee, and figured it would be replacing my bonus from work. Todays mail brought me a VERY large personal check from the Japan VP/test developement, Mr. Big. He implies in his letter, that he wants me to run the course for visiting PTBs whenever they are in town. There is a hint of travel there, also. This has promise for my (company) future, which was looking a little shaky when all this started

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Post lite?

Between work, meatings, clubs, and forums, there just hasn't been alot of time for posting... For some reason, I'm not getting e-mail notices when either of you readers post a comment... I'll try to be a little quicker with my responses. Sorry.

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Merry Christmas, ACLU

I wouldlike to take this opportunity to wish all members of the ACLU a Merry Christmas. RSVP not expected.

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