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How to Operate The New Widgets On My Sidebar

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 9, 2008

I have worked myself pretty hard chasing down headlines, trying to decide which ones to post on West Carolina Report, and have decided to use a variety of widgets to handle the headlines in various categories by creating a widget for each category of news so I won’t be spending four or five hours every morning copying and pasting headlines and URLs. That will give me more time to highlight a few of the important stories, and perhaps comment on them.

I’ll still have to get most of my state and local news headlines in person because most of the local papers don’t use feeds.

The Widgets will also be in my sidebars…probably on my right sidebar for three categories, and the rest will be at West Carolina Report.

Here are the first two widgets I have developed, one for tracking Jihad Watchers:

and another for tracking the 2008 Presidential Campaign:

The Menu button will allow you to access the feeds individually, and you can use your mouse to scroll down the selections and choose a feed to read, or you can use the arrow keys to go through the websites one by one. Currently, I have 14 in the Jihad Watchers category, and about eight in the 2008 Campaign Tracker, and will be adding more. You can click on a story, and a new window or tab will open up to take you to that website to read more on what piques your interest.

If you have a blog or a website, you can add the widget to your website by clicking on options and selecting either HTML, or JS for use on most platforms, and copy and paste the code into your website template.

I will be adding more categories of widgets for the next few weeks, until I have all my news categories covered. I will also put them on West Carolina Report when I figure out where I am going to put them. Let me know here if you have any trouble operating them.


Posted in 2008, Counter Jihad, jihad, news, self promotion, Widgets | 2 Comments »

Snow Blanket

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 2, 2008

We received about 2 inches of snow in my neighborhood last night, and it continues to flurry. Here is a photo I shot after it got light outside.

Check the National Weather Service for updates and forecasts.

I maintain a weather page that I activate when “weather events” are forecast to occur, or when I have some extra time.

I’d advise you to stay off the road until at least 10am or so so the road crews will have a chance to clear the secondary roads, and most of the idiots will be off the road by then, either in the ditch, or arrived at their “super-important jobs they are willing to risk life-and-limb to get to” already.
I ain’t going nowhere today!

Oh, and I have updated West Carolina Report for today.

**update** 8.52am

I’ve taken a couple more photos as a snow shower moved northeast of me into Jackson County. Pumpkin Town is probably gonna get hammered by this one! (My grandparents live there, about two and a half air miles away (12 by vehicle!), and nearly 6 inches in their cove.)

Posted in news, photoblog, weather | 1 Comment »

Aussies Release David Hicks, Says He is "no longer a Muslim"

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 29, 2007

Taliban and al-Qaeda Fighter David Hicks

Now 32 and no longer a Muslim, Hicks yesterday promised not to let down the Australian community he credited with helping to bring him home. “I will not forget, or let you down,” Hicks said in a statement read by his lawyer, David McLeod.

Source: Gateway Pundit

Most of the other detainees have returned to the jihad after their release. Lets hope that David Hicks is truly an apostate from Islam and Terrorism, and that he is not practicing taqiyya.

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Lakota Indians Withdraw From US, Form Own Country

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 20, 2007

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday.

“We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us,” long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means told a handful of reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy, gathered in a church in a run-down neighborhood of Washington for a news conference.

A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old.

They also visited the Bolivian, Chilean, South African and Venezuelan embassies, and will continue on their diplomatic mission and take it overseas in the coming weeks and months, they told the news conference.

Lakota country includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

The new country would issue its own passports and driving licences, and living there would be tax-free — provided residents renounce their US citizenship, Means said.

Source: Yahoo! News

I wonder how long it will be before these guys end up in prison.

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West Carolina Report 3.1

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 7, 2007

I have upgraded West Carolina Report with the addition of story snippets, and I am testing the use of Google Reader’s “Share” feature that allows users to publish things they find interesting to a public page, and I have embedded a widget that will allow readers access to that page.

The big improvement, for me, is that I don’t have to copy and paste so many times to bring attention to news stories or blog entries as I find them…I just click the share button to include it on the public page.

I am also putting the final touches on the code that will allow independent reporters to contribute content to West Carolina Report without having to go through me. I am looking for local or state oriented features, but will consider material for the National and World War IV pages, or other pages that will be established in the future.

And I have secured the means to go live at any time with videocasting, and may be simulcasting several shows on that website in the near future of a local and regional flavor.

The future for conservative and classical libertarians is looking very bright for western North Carolina, and the WCR News Network will be broadcasting the Revolution Live!

I am very excited, and have been working toward this moment for two and a half years, and can see everything coming together in the next twelve months.

Read More: West Carolina Report
Get Involved: Contact Information

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West Carolina Report for Nov 19th

Posted by Thunder Pig on November 19, 2007

I have redesigned, and relaunched, my headline news site with a much cleaner design with room for expansion and multiple contributors.

I will no longer archive the headlines for more than a day or two, and will accept news articles and commentary for inclusion on the site, and will archive them as part of this blog for the time being.

Email me if you wish to participate with WCR somewhere in your subject line, if you know my personal email address, use that to ensure a quicker response from me.

If you are a Lefty, Libertarian, or Other, and not hooked up with one of the other bloggers in the area, I will be open to including your work in this effort…most especially if you are reporting on local government meetings or providing an account of a news story.

This is also the comment thread for the headlines and stories published over there today.

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Macon County Schoolboard Violated Campaign Laws

Posted by Thunder Pig on October 12, 2007

I thought there was something fishy about all the yellow snipe campaign sides that have sprouted like so many flowers across the county…

After the School Board has been promoting the school bond referendum for more than a month, representatives with a referendum committee have filed with the Board of Elections. The Macon County School Board has promoted the $42.1 million bond for new schools through yard signs, billboards, brochures and flyers that have been sent home with Macon County School children, in addition to several educational public forums.

According to Kim Bishop, Macon County Board of Elections Director, as of Monday she wasn’t aware of who was putting the signs up. Yellow yard signs, which read “Vote Yes for Children, November 6, School Bond Referendum” have appeared on roadsides in several areas of the county over the past few weeks including in front of county schools.

Several billboards with the same message have also been posted throughout the county, including three on the Highlands Road in Franklin.


According to the Macon County News coverage of the August 13 meeting, Chairman Donnie Edwards “proposed they set aside some funds for advertising and the Board voted to allocate $5,000 to cover signs, flyers, radio spots and newspaper advertising.”

Brigman said he has worked in “several districts that have used this approach,” and didn’t believe that it violated any laws. “We’ve got to get the word out on the bond referendum,” said Brigman Monday. He said Pamela Collins, Macon Community Schools Organizer, was in charge of advertising.

As of Monday, Bishop said that it’s obvious the group is doing slogans and advertising how to vote regarding the school bond referendum, which requires them to register as a political action committee. “If this group or individuals are spending money, they need to do campaign finance reports with our office.”

According to the NC Campaign Finance Statutes regarding campaign or referendum advertising, a committee must be formed and is required appoint a treasurer, have a name, and maintain all financial reports on money they are spending and/or receiving.

Under NCGS 163.278.14A, the use of the phrase “vote for” in ads is “evidence of public communications ‘to support or oppose’” an election and falls under the requirement that a group or committee files and submits financing with the Board of Elections.

“Obviously, with the signs, they are spending money,” said Bishop.

Source Article: Macon County News and Shopping Guide

[Emphasis mine throughout. –TP]

As part of my renerwed focus on issues in WNC, I will be covering more of these types of stories to bring a missing conservative viewpoint from the public discourse.

Posted in Macon County, news | 1 Comment »

West Carolina Report for 0827

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 27, 2007

The Muse has left me today, so I’ll gently remind you that of one my other Internet Adventures, the West Carolina Report has been updated for today.

I typically begin gathering them between 2am and 3am every morning, with a morning off every once in a while so I can sleep in until around 5amish on a weekday, or 7amish on the weekends. The sleeping part is getting easier, because it is finally starting to cool down a little at night.

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Cable News Numbers for Augsut 1

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 3, 2007

The numbers via Drudge:

WEDS., AUG 1, 2007

FOXNEWS……….8 PM BRIDGE ……………………3,743,000
CNN……………….11 PM BRIDGE…………………..1,883,000
FNC……………….11 PM BRIDGE……………………1,799,000
CNN……………….8 PM BRIDGE……………………..1,635,000
FNC……………….SHEP SMITH……………………….1,502,000
MSNBC……………9 PM BRIDGE……………………..1,003,000
MSNBC…………..10 PM BRIDGE……………………….954,000

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The Liberal Position on Virginia Tech

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 16, 2007

This just in…

The Democrats are advising that we pull all students out of Virginia Tech by a certain date, and that Bush, Cheney, and/or Halliburton had something to do with it.

But seriously, when you hear the phrase “Gun-Free Zone” think “Death Trap.”

And the only way they can be certain there are no weapons on any campus is to thoroughly search every last vehicle that enters and to throw up a perimeter that they are willing to patrol and enforce with deadly force.

More websites for info…

Northeast Intelligence Network

I am also doing more research…more later, perhaps a scoop.

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