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An early start on one of my New Years’ Resolutions

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 31, 2005

One of my New Years’ Resolutions will be to try to find, take, and post a quiz a week to this blog… wonder how long that will last?

Here goes:

Which internet subculture do I belong to? [CLICK]
You are a Trekkie!
It’s a geek, Jim! You probably have a starfleet uniform and a tricorder. Bonus points if you speak klingon. One day you will walk down the aisle with your buttertroll trekkie partner, humming to the Voyager theme.
More Quizzes at Go-Quiz.com

I altered the above text to correct the spelling of Voyager...the ninny who typed in the code spelled it 'Yoyager', shesh...they aren't a Trekkie.

Guess what? I really do like Star Trek, but have not visited any Trek sites with any regularity. Battlestar Galactica sites are a different story, though.

BTW, new episodes begin airing next Friday night. Here are the episodes for January:

01/06/006...Resurrection Ship, part 1
01/13/006...Resurrection Ship, part 2
01/20/006...Epiphanies
01/27/006...Black Market

And I received the Season 2.0 (1st half) of BSG from amazon yesterday…

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It’s too early to think of a title

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 29, 2005

Citizen Journalist, Michael Totten, has had one of his pieces published on the left coast. You may find it here.

More citizen Reporting can be found here and here.

Also, another General has geared up for the 2008 Presidential Elections.

More later if the “expected” snow develops, it ain’t looking good for those who are working in Maggie Valley.

Bobby

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Quiz pegs me as a … Centrist?

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 28, 2005

I thought I was Conservative, but what really scares me follows below:

You can take the test here.

ACCORDING TO YOUR ANSWERS,

The political description that
fits you best is…

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CENTRIST

CENTRISTS espouse a “middle ground” regarding government

control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on

the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention

and sometimes support individual freedom of choice.

Centrists pride themselves on keeping an open mind,

tend to oppose “political extremes,” and emphasize what

they describe as “practical” solutions to problems.

The RED DOT on the Chart shows where you fit on the political map.

Your PERSONAL issues Score is 50%.
Your ECONOMIC issues Score is 80%.
(Please note: Scores falling on the Centrist border are counted as Centrist.)

…………………………………………………………….

5,341,382

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THAT’S HOW MANY TIMES THE QUIZ
HAS BEEN TAKEN SO FAR.

(Results are renewed after each submission.)

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How People Have Scored

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Centrist 30.14 %

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Right (Conservative) 7.49 %

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Libertarian 34.88 %

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Left (Liberal) 18.86 %

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Statist (Big Government) 8.64 %

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Other Political Philosophies

Right (Conservative)

Conservatives tend to favor economic freedom, but frequently

support laws to restrict personal behavior that violates “traditional
values.” They oppose excessive government control of business,

while endorsing government action to defend morality and the

traditional family structure. Conservatives usually support a strong

military, oppose bureaucracy and high taxes, favor a free-market

economy, and endorse strong law enforcement.

Left (Liberal)

Liberals usually embrace freedom of choice in personal

matters, but tend to support significant government control of the

economy. They generally support a government-funded “safety net”
to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation

of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations,

defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action

to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.

Libertarian

Libertarians support maximum liberty in both personal and

economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one
that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence.

Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose

government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate

diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.

Statist (Big Government)
Statists want government to have a great deal of power over the

economy and individual behavior. They frequently doubt whether

economic liberty and individual freedom are practical options in

today’s world. Statists tend to distrust the free market, support

high taxes and centralized planning of the economy, oppose

diverse lifestyles, and question the importance of civil liberties.

…………………………………………………………….

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More links Pray for rain

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 28, 2005

Dymphna over at The Gates of Vienna points us to a good fisking.
Read her first, then follow her link to the action.

While he and I differ a bit on politics, Screwie Hoolie has an interesting post on the NSA eavesdropping program. I’m for it, he’s nervous. Now I’m still for it, and nervous.

Note to self: Save this for next year.

Pray for rain out of this next system coming through…I hate freezing rain and icy conditions.
Well, in the time it took for me to post, the forecast HAS CHANGED. Yippee! And I’ll still get a day off work. 😉

Bobby

Rain at 10am!!! My girl has come through for me here. Link will probably only work until she posts a new article, so scurry!!!

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Tuesday Linkagery

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 27, 2005

Appeasement in 1938, a blast from the past on the Belmont Club.

Huge Coalbed fond off Norway coast should move the Oil Peak back another couple of centuries, eh?

Hope your Christmas went well, and Happy Hannukah to my Jewish readers, if any.

Bobby

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Christmas Eve Picture

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 24, 2005

Billy took everybody out to eat yesterday for Christmas. We ate at a Chinese restaurant called New Happy Garden in Waynesville. We pretty well destroyed their Buffet Line. Thanks, Billy!

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Are the Main Stream Media Treasonous?

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 24, 2005

Earlier in the week, the New York Slimes revealed the NSA program of spying on phone calls of suspected terrorists with other people in the United States of America. Duh. They better be doing that!

It bothered me, but did not surprise me that the NYT would expose these activities. I don’t buy the paper from the few racks in WNC, and I make sure I berate anyone I see doing so. You should try it sometime. Nothing nasty, just a simple laugh does the trick. Not a horse laugh, just an expression of my amusement usually gets me the reward of an angry stare, or if (I suppose) the person is a native, they tell where I can go do my silly laughing. So far, I haven’t been beaten up.

Enter the US News & World Report

Now a newsrag I still have a little respect for (only because a Muslim once told me it was run by the CIA and Jesse Helms) has outed an FBI program that has been monitoring radiation levels around mosques and other places frequented by Muslims near our nations’ capitol. Double Duh!

If good ole Jesse Helms was running USN&WR, he’d have had a heart attack, or certain editors at the magazine would be pounding the pavement right about now.

Little Green Footballs has covered the story, which I first heard about an hour ago on the BBC via shortwave. I cut the radio off and connected to the internet to see what was going on.

Commentary

Pay attention, people! We are at war with a bunch of nuts who think their god is going to reward murder and mayhem with paradise. I am very likely preaching to the choir when I say people should go to prison for printing these stories exposing our efforts to monitor these whackos.
And as far as Mr. Speilbergs’ entry into the ‘Middle East Peace Process.’ A movie that casts blame on Israel for going after terrorists after the massacre of their athletes in 1972 at the Munich Games. Even I can see the very thinly veiled comparison to our actions after 9/11/2001. I wonder if Michael Moore served in an ‘advisory’ capacity on the mockumentary. Puh-Leeze!

If so many innocent people wouldn’t get killed, maimed and ruined, I would love to pull an ‘Atlas Shrugged’ on the Left. I would bet they wouldn’t last a calender year without us.

In the spirit of the book,I will not provide a link for those who wish to know more.

Oh, yeah… Have a Merry Christ-mas Eve! If I go shopping today, I’m waiting in the truck with a good book…Atlas Shrugged.

Bobby

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Night Before Christmas

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 23, 2005

The following was posted in a forum I am a member of:

Title and Author unknown

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The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.

In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.

Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

“What are you doing?” I asked without fear,
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!

Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
Then he sighed and he said “Its really all right,

I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.
Sleep without fear as you turn out your lights.”

“It’s my duty to stand at the front of this line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one has asked or begged or implored me,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ‘Pearl on a day in December,
Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembered.”

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘Nam’,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue… an American flag.

“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..

Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.”

“So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”

“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
“Give you some money, prepare you a feast?

It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
“Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.

Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.

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World War IV

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 22, 2005

The following is a brief excerpt from an excellant post:

World War IV

By Ohmyrus

The War on Terrorism is actually World War IV. Most people don’t appreciate this because of the asymmetrical nature of this war. Nation states are pitted against terrorist organizations and not against other states like in previous World Wars.

In a way, asymmetrical warfare is more dangerous because the enemy could be living amongst us. These men are eager to die so as to be rewarded with Paradise with its carnal pleasures. This is so unlike World War III (i.e. the Cold War) where the free world fought the repressive communists.

They wanted to live and can be deterred by Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Now we are fighting a bunch of medieval mad men who are not afraid of MAD. What if they get hold of a nuclear device?

The complete post is here.

It says so many of the things I have tried to say, but is much more effective and eloquent.

Also, Fjordman has left the blogosphere, but never fear, he will post on other blogs every so often. Goodbye, Fjordman, I will miss you.

Things at work have been rough. The cold weather has sapped my energy, and the slick and frozen ground have made using a chainsaw interesting at times.

Bobby

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Monday Morning Briefing

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 19, 2005

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Winds of Change has their Monday morning briefing on the progress of World War IV.

I just wish that The President would up the ante by letting the American people know that this war will last at least a generation. This coddling of the left has to stop. We need to get this internal war with the nihilist leftists over so we can proceed forthwith to the destruction of Islamo-fascism, and their enablers…Europe and Russia. Chew on them apples!

Here is what it looked like last Wednedsay morning at work.

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