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Halls of Vahalla, Welcome Home MJ

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 14, 2008

I got caught away from the computer yesterday, so I wasn’t able to post the welcome home show for MJ (Screaming Eagle), so here it is:

And here is the Halls of Vallhala for tonight, which will be live at 7pm 8pm. The on-air icon will begin flashing when the show starts.

Or, you can listen from the chatroom.

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The Ed Morrissey Show for May 14th

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 14, 2008

I was an idiot, and forgot to embed the show today (and yesterday and…).

So, here it is:
Live Streaming by Ustream.TV

Now that blogger will allow me to schedule posts in advance, I will (or should) be able to handle all the scheduled posting for the day early in the day so I don’t have to rely on my not always reliable memory.

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Happy 60th Birthday Israel!

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 14, 2008

The modern state of Israel is 60 today, and this blog is 3!

Israel was established in the wasteland of the Levant, and has struggled ever since for her very existence against the hordes of Arab and Persian practitioners of the Religion of Peace (aka Islam), after having almost being wiped out by the forces of the Waffen-SS under the direction of Adolf Hitler.

Today, Israel still faces overwhelming numbers of those opposed to her existence, even her right to self-defense, ranging from children taught to hate Jews from birth, to most members of the evil United Nations, who would allow her to be wiped off the map if God had not placed our nation on this earth as her protector (also certain men)until the time appointed for her tribulation, may I never live to see that day, or if I do, may I have a weapon in my hand, doing what I can to defend her.

The Israeli national anthem: Hatikva

In have an idea for a birthday present for Israel.

Here is a map to give you an idea of the challenges Israel has faced, with just the Arab World included, not counting the Persians, or the Muslim world:
**update** 2.14pm
Another rocket has landed in Israel today, this time in a shopping mall in Askelon. Here is a video an Israeli friend sent me:

And you may read more about it here and here.

Posted in God, Holiday, israel | 2 Comments »

Happy Birthday Thunder Pig!!!

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 14, 2008

On May 14, 2008, I logged onto a public terminal in the Jackson County library and created this blog on a whim. I had been thinking about doing it for months, as I read other blogs from around the country, and listened to Ken Bagwell on Heads Up America (the 1350 WZNN incarnation). I noticed that there were no blogs covering western North Carolina from a conservative perspective. There was no one that posted on a regular basis, or would last long if they did.

We were, and still are eat up with progressives, and those who are slouching toward it.

Here is my very first post, and I think I have lived up to my original vision, nor have I gotten around to posting that short, horrid bio I had promised.

Then and Now comparisons:

Then…I had a 28.8k dial-up telephone connection that clocked a reliable 19 to 21k, Now….I have Verizon DSL with around 3Mbps download and 768k upload speed. Note to self…update this post with the results of my latest speed test when I get home tonight. (I’m still giddy over that). Here are my stats for my current location:

Then…My computer had a 6GB Hard Drive and 256MB RAM and a 1.44MB Floppy Drive and a CD-ROM drive (no burner).
Now….My desktop has a 80GB Hard Drive and 512MB RAM two combo CD-DVD Burners. I can run multiple monitors when the need arises.

Then…My portable memory needs were met with a stack of 1.44MB floppies that I carried around to use in public terminals to save my work, and to save webpages for later viewing.
Now….I have portable Hard Drives that I use, depending on the purpose. I have an ultra portable 60GB WD Passport, a bulky 80 GB Seagate, and my everyday workhorse 320 GB WD Passport that has my life on it. Sadly, it is not backed up, so I am living on the verge of information disaster.

Then…I had a no-name 2.1MP digital camera with with I took pictures, and silent movies. I once lost it at work while weed-eating, and found it three weeks later (after several rains), dried it off for a week, and it was as good as new. In fact, I still have it as one of my backup cameras.


Now….I have a Kodak EasyShare Z710 that takes excellent 7MP photos and movies with sound. [flickr] [youtube]

Then…I had a dream of uniting conservatives in western North Carolina into a coherent online community with efficient sharing of information, and a pool of writers and citizen journalists armed with audio, video, and photo recording equipment to document the actions of local and state governments…and having that information posted in a timely manner so people could act as appropriate to their conscience.
Now….I still have that dream, although I now fully understand the Rear Admiral Grace Hopper quote:

“The most damaging thing in the language is–‘It’s always been done this way.’

I have learned that conservatives are like cats…they cannot be herded in a new direction easily.

Then…We had a Republican President and a Republican Congress…I paid $2.25 a gallon for fuel.
Now….We have a Republican President, and a democrat Congress, and I pay $4.49 a gallon for fuel.

Chart courtesy: Gas Buddy
Why Diesel Prices are higher than gasoline.

Where will I be in 3 more years, provided I survive?

I have no clue. I hope that we will be thinking about which conservative will be the best to replace McCain with in 2012.

Posted in musings, navel-gazing, self promotion | 1 Comment »

West Virginia Primary Results and Ruminations

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 14, 2008

First, the Democrats:

  1. 67.0% Clinton 239,062
  2. 25.7% Obama 91,652
  3. 07.3% Edwards 26,076

And, the GOP:

  1. 76.0% McCain 89,683
  2. 10.3% Huckster12,175
  3. 05.0% Paul 5,914
  4. 04.4% Romney 5,188
  5. 02.4% Rudy 2,831
  6. 01.2% Keyes 1,426
  7. 00.6% Others 727

Source: New York Slimes

Observations

Edwards, the man who dropped out months ago, got nearly 1/3 the vote that Obama did, and nearly 75% of West Virginians voted against the presumptive Democratic nominee. What a protest vote, indeed!

On the other hand, 24% of Republicans voted against the GOP nominee. Not quite the showing the Democrats engaged in, to be sure. Also, there were two Republicans still on the ballot, and ordinarily one would expect the protest vote to coalesce around the minority candidate, however, this year that minority man is Ron Paul..an unacceptable man to the majority of right-thinking Republicans. He received a mere 5%, while the Huckster received more than twice his vote (10.3%) and another 9.6% also said no to Ron Paul, McCain, and the Huckster.

This has been one of the very few benefits to the Ron Paul Supporters (I call them Pauleroids) joining the GOP…it dampens any breakout power that they, or their candidate could have. They have been reduced to formulating resolutions, and planning temper tantrums that will further damage their standing in the party. Just imagine the damage a Ron Paul/Bob Barr ticket could have done to us in the General Election. By himself, Bob Barr is just sad humorless, sarcastic man. With Ron Paul, those two men could have been Ross Perot, redux. With a weak candidate like John McCain, we cannot afford that. God has already given us the gift of Obama, who is about the weakest candidate the Democrats could have put up. He hasn’t decided to give us over to the fire just yet…we have been given another go at it.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, bill Clinton, Democrats, demographics, GOP, Idiot Ron Paul Supporters, John Edwards, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul | 2 Comments »