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Archive for March, 2006

Illegal Immigration

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 28, 2006

Thanks to a problem with Blogger, and a very late start, my post for yesterday didn’t make it to the web. Where is it? I dunno. Probably alongside about three hundred unmatched socks.
Update:I found the missing here.


Are we going to reward people for breaking the law, just because there are a lot of them and they contribute to the economy?
What if our forefathers had had that attitude about slavery?
Oh, wait. They did do that, didn’t they? The issue was too difficut to deal with, and their descendants paid the price in blood to free their brothers.

We need to face the problem of illegal immigration now, or pay the problem with interest, later.

I think our problem, and that of the illegals, is Mexico.
The Mexican economy is a basketcase. Corruption is rampant… Their whole country resembles life inside the beltway of Washington, DC.

I say if they can’t solve their own problems, and those problems spill over our borders, then perhaps it is time to look at solving their problems for them. We need to consider putting boots on the ground inside Mexico.
NAFTA has increased the problem. Our factories have gone south for lower taxes, lower costs, and lower wages. This has fueled the Mexican hope for a better future. They see more money across the border in America. Why work for slave wages in Mexico when you can get twice, thrice, or more in America?
I can’t blame them, really. I blame the morons in Washington for allowing this lawlessness to continue. I hope we don’t inherit the whirlwind.

Call, Write, Email your Elected Critters. If you live in WNC, you can find them on my sidebar. If you’re not worked up enough to look up the contact info, then you don’t understand the danger we are all in, or soon will be.

Here is a link I found interesting.

It is now time for me to eat my breakfast and go to work.

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Shuler update for March ‘006

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 24, 2006

I received an update from The Shuler Campaign in my e-mail this morning. I will post some of it and comment a little. If you are interested, you may subscribe to the newsletter here.

Heath Shuler has recently been endorsed by: the North Carolina AFL-CIO, the Blue Dog Democrats, and the Western North Carolina Central Labor Council.


Follow the links to find out who has cast their lot in with Heath. I will note that the Western North Carolina Central Labor Council appears to be part of the AFL-CIO, but maybe they are incorporated separately. In my view, a labor union endorsement would lessen my chances of voting for this candidate because I don’t care for unions.

The Blue Dog Democrats are also listed here as the Blue Dog Coalition, with 35 members listed. From their site:


The Coalition has been particularly active on fiscal issues, relentlessly pursuing a balanced budget and then protecting that achievement from politically popular “raids” on the budget

I agree with practising fiscal conservatism and balancing the budget where ever possible. It would be interesting to see if these elected critters would band together with like-minded critters on the other side of the aisle and trim the budget where appropriate. I view this endorsement as a potential positive.

Heath Shuler with IOI employee

The candidate visited Industrial Opportunities, Inc. in Andrews, NC last week. Find coverage in a local paper.
I coulndn’t find a web site for IOI, but did find some history here, and an idea of some of what they manufacture for the feds.

This endorsement is a good one. Of course, the endorsement is used as a spring board to attack the loss of 170,000 manufacturing jobs in NC. Also another swipe at Representative Charles Taylor’s CAFTA vote, which I think will make things harder in the primary, and, if he survives, the general election in November.

I will also be posting on the other candidates as I have time and events allow.

It’s times like these I wish I had a regular 9 to 5 type job. My present job leaves me wore out since I leave the house around 6am and don’t make it back until just after 7pm..even later as daylight lasts longer.

Here is a view of some of my fellows as I take a break from running the chainsaw:

I guess that means everyone was working except me !!!

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A very disturbing post

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 24, 2006

Have you ever seen the movie “Dctor Strangelove?” Oddly enough, it is one of my favorite movies that I never tire of watching. I was shocked when I discovered it was supposed to be an anti-war film. Oh well. Not being brought up to enjoy the nuances of the fine arts, I think it is a hilarious movie with some ridiculous imagery.

The following copy and paste job is not funny. The full article is over at The Winds of War. You should go read it, and follow the links. Very troubling stuff.


How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Mullahs and Embrace The Bomb
by Guest Author at March 24, 2006 06:56 AM

by “Dr. Strangelove,” a.k.a. Mark Buehner
Why We Must Nuke Iran; or
How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Mullahs and Embrace The Bomb

American foreign policy is approaching a crisis more catastrophic than any since at least World War 2. According to some sources, the terrorist nation of Iran has already acquired an unknown number of nuclear weapons of at least the Hiroshima variety. Trent Telenko has written about the high likelihood of Iran being in possession of nuclear weapons, and the “certainty of nuclear war” should we attempt to divest them of these weapons via a bombing campaign as some have suggested. Ladies and Gentlemen, this evidence is impossible to ignore. Even if by some unlikely quirk our Intelligence Services prove incorrect about Iran’s current state of nuclear readiness, it is still only a matter of time before the Mullahs retain a full nuclear arsenal, perhaps rivaling our own. Perhaps soon.

As glorious as the halcyon days of the Cold War proved to be, with our shining bombers and prowling submarines on constant standby to shower our enemies with American ingenuity, those days are gone forever. A standoff with Iran will prove to be a messy affair of dirty bombs and irradiated oil wells, hardly worthy of our bravest warriors and finest minds….


How can i comment on this stuff?
On a Monday, sure. But on a Friday?
I guess I should be prepared for bad news anyday.
Don’t say you weren’t forewarned.

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Posted by Thunder Pig on March 22, 2006

Here is a humorous “test” I came across the other day. I wouldn’t advise anyone under 18 to read it, or anyone who hold their political beliefs sacrosanct for that matter.

Dymphna, one of my favorite thinkers, has an interesting post primarily concerning another favorite, John Robb.

I’m not a fan of wrestling, but did you see that smack down W put on Helen Thomas? I was waiting on one of the other reporters to break out a chair to avenge their queen of discontent.

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Candidate Websites

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 21, 2006

Thanks to Tim Peck for these websites. Now, If I’d been more scrupulous about checking my e-mail, they would’ve been posted nearly ten days ago, Sheeeesh!!! What a Bum I am. Here they are:

R.L. Clark

Mike Harrison

Eric Gorny

Bill Reynolds

Don Yelton

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New Quiz!!!

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 21, 2006

It’s been awhile since I posted a quiz, and I received this via spam-mail. I don’t do the on-line dating thing, but SOME of the quizzes are fun, like this one whose results I posted below.
My only gripe is that the time isn’t tracked.

You scored 94% Recognition!
It looks like we have quite the expert here…you must have a lot of world knowledge or perhaps have travelled a fair bit. Very impressive! Since you recognized nearly every place, I trust you enjoyed the sites. Here is a shot of one of my favourites – the Parliament Building in Budapest, Hungary. If you had fun, please rate my test! Here are the answers: Sydney Opera House, Parthenon, Easter Island, China, Rio de Janeiro, St. Basil’s in Moscow, Niagara falls, the Sphinx, Taj Mahal in India, Mount Fuji, CN Tower in Toronto, Ayers Rock, Notre Dame, Mexico, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Tower Bridge, Maccu Picchu, Alamo, Hungary.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 72% on Recognition

Link: The Around the World in 80 Seconds Test written by thinkandcome on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

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New Public Photo Album

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 21, 2006

Robin flees digital stalker!!!Hey! Come back! I won’t hurt you!

I'd Rather Hunt With Dick Cheney Than Ride With Ted Kennedy. I got it for my grandfather because he laughed really hard when I told him about Rush Limbaugh saying the phrase after tha infamous friendly fire incident.Enough said.

There is nothing worse that a very amateur photographer with a cheap camera, except one with a blog to publish them to the world. (Evil laughter follows.)

Signs of Spring

And another day off work. Yessss!

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The Shape of Things to come?

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 20, 2006

Okay, put on your seatbelts, zombietime has posted new photos of another rally in San Fransisco.

To get the mood correct, might I suggest you listen to this while looking at the photos. The name of the piece is “The Shape Of Things To Come” and is from Season One of Battlestar Galactica.

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What does Heath Shuler have in common with Senator Russ Feingold?

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 20, 2006

Click here to see the web page. Scroll down to see a reproduced portion of that page:

Make Heath Number 1!
Date Published: 12/12/2005

Dear Friends,

Russ Feingold has presented us with a unique opportunity. Senator Feingold and the Progressive Patriots Fund are conducting an online contest to determine who Senator Feingold will support in the ’06 elections. The candidate who receives the most votes by midnight on the 14th will receive $5000.00 for his or her campaign.

We face a challenge here in North Carolina in unseating Representative Charles Taylor. I am up to the fight and I know you are ready as well. With your support I will be able to represent the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina starting January 2007.

I ask you all to go to the Progressive Patriots Fund Website and vote to help me. Once you are done voting send three of your friends a request to vote. Each person voting will ensure that Senator Feingold and the Progressive Patriots Fund will help us here in North Carolina 11.

Thanks for your time and your vote in this contest. With your continued support we will ensure that Western North Carolina will be represented in DC by the people.



I know this was back in December of ‘005. I wonder if he still wants to win the money from Feingold? This is the kind of thing that would send fence sitters into the Republican camp, stay home, or not select a candidate for that race.

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Meet John Armor in Asheville

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 20, 2006

About ten minutes ago, I received this from Tim Peck:


Meet Republican candidate for Congress John Armor tonight at 8:00 PM at
El Chapala Mexican Restaurant at 868 Merrimon Ave, Asheville NC 28804.

(7:00 PM to eat.)



If you are able, please attend. I would appreciate reports via email here. Or, if you have a blog, lemme know about it, and I’ll link to it.

I found an article by John Armor here in the North Carolina Conservative. I just wish Taylor would have forth on the issues, because in a vaccuum, I’ll have to go with what I know.

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