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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.

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Program Note (Updated)

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 24, 2008

I’ll be running a live webcast from the NC-11 GOP Convention this Saturday, from at least 11.30 am until the end of the convention. So, if you plan on being in the area Saturday, drop by and we’ll talk. And if you have a group or candidate you want to promote feel free. If you give me a heads up in the comments, I’ll design a graphic I can put onscreen during your appearance to direct viewers to your website.

I’ll embed the stream on all my websites, and if you want to be added to the network, contact me in the comments, or swipe the embed code once the show starts.

**update** 9.30am I’ve been advised that the internet connection is not 100% reliable for Saturday. Bummer. If that happens…I’ll go to Plan B, and set up to record video and grab some interviews.

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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.

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West Carolina Report and WW4 update for Dec 12

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 12, 2007

I have updated West Carolina Report for today, and have included the World War IV Report in this post to give you a flavor of what I doing over there.

updates 11.38am

|CENTER FOR VIGILANT FREEDOM| Suggested Corrections for Charles Johnson

|NATIONAL TERROR ALERT| Jury Deliberates in Miami Liberty City Seven Terrorism Case

|THREATS WATCH| RapidRecon: Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program Dispersed, Not Halted

At least three attacks on Pakistani nuclear weapons complexes have occurred since August 2007. Attacks on other Pakistani bases in conjunction with the Taliban takeover of the Northwest Frontier Province may be part of coordinated campaign to compromise Pakistan’s nuclear stockpiles.

|LONG WAR JOURNAL| Al Qaeda, Taliban targeting Pakistani nuclear sites

|GATEWAY PUNDIT| BEATDOWN IN HAVANA!!… Castro Thugs Bash Democracy Protesters

Americans are only beginning to realize what they’re up against, Inbal Nachum of the [Israeli] Home Front Command says forebodingly. “Americans don’t understand — you don’t understand — what it is like… [when terrorism] just is … just is the reality.

“They say the difference is that in America talk is about preventing terrorism; here in Sderot talk is about how to maintain sanity and group strength in the face of it. …

When — or perhaps if — terrorism strikes American soil again, America should do more than retaliate, they should also build up a community capable of bouncing back time and again.

Americans don’t ‘get’ terrorism,
by Amar C. Bakshi,,
7 December 2007.

|DNI| Sign up for 4GW

|LONG WAR JOURNAL| Al Qaeda hits UN offices, courts, police station in Algiers

|CENTER FOR VIGILANT FREEDOM| Man Strangles Daughter To Death. Why?

According to the former agent, waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah got him to talk in less than 35 seconds. The technique, which critics say is torture, probably disrupted “dozens” of planned al-Qaida attacks, said John Kiriakou, a leader of the team that captured Zubaydah, a major al-Qaida figure.

35 seconds? That sounds good enough .
Think of all the thugs you could crack in an hour?

|GATEWAY PUNDIT| Waterboarding Saves!… And Saves On Time

|MAVERICK NEWS NETWORK| “Islamophobia” Assault on Free Speech Continues

|KAVKAZ CENTER| Amir of the Caucasus Emirate abolishes the Cabinet of Ministers, the Parliament of the former C.R.I.

|KAVKAZ CENTER| Save Darfur is a PR scam to justify the next US oil and resource wars in Africa

According to the articles, sixteen-year-old Aqsa Parvez was choked to death. Police have arrested Muhammad Parvez, the girl’s father, for her murder (the degree of the charge not yet determined) and her brother for obstructing the investigation.


As the Pakistani military continues the slow push to regain control of the settled district of Swat, suicide bombers struck in two locations, one at a sensitive weapons facility near Islamabad. The most deadly attack occurred in Swat in the Northwest Frontier Province after a suicide bomber hit a police checkpoint near Matta, where the Pakistani Army just established a presence. Ten were killed, including two children and three police.

But the attack at a Pakistani Air Force base in Kamra, while only injuring seven, has far more serious implications. The Kamra complex is a likely location for Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program. The suicide bomber targeted a bus filled with 35 children of Pakistani Air Force officers. The driver, a conductor, and five children were wounded in the strike.

|LONG WAR JOURNAL| Suicide attack at Pakistani nuclear weapons complex

|MULTINATIONAL FORCES-IRAQ| Giving the Gift of Raw for Christmas: Wrestling Superstars Visit Troops

|GATEWAY PUNDIT| Iran Arrests 20 Student Leaders Behind Sunday’s Protest

|BBC| Blast kills Lebanon army general

|GLOBAL GUERRILLAS| Neofeudalization

|SMALL WARS COUNCIL| China Signs US$2 Billion Oil Dev Deal with Iran

|MAVERICK NEWS NETWORK| “Islamophobia” Assault on Free Speech Continues

|STATELINE| Iraq casts shadow on 2008 state races

|BBC| Somali pirates free Japan tanker

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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 21

Posted by Thunder Pig on November 21, 2007

I have posted the morning updates for West Carolina Report, and this post will serve as comment thread for items in the news today as well as open thread.

I can’t believe that Giga Tuesday is almost upon us…and I wonder why North Carolina’s Primary is still stuck way out in May, when the nomination is almost always in a lock, especially in the modern era.

Photo from Wikipedia

This means, to my way of reckoning, that the Primary Season in North Carolina is about nothing more than raising money for use in other states, whose people will decide our party nominees for us…almost as bad as that idiot plan to do away with the Electoral Collage.

Thank God Thanksgiving is upon us, I need the break from all this nonsense!

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West Carolina Report Updated and Improved

Posted by Thunder Pig on November 3, 2007

I have made what I consider to be an improvement to my News Headline Aggregator, West Carolina Report, with the addition of scroll boxes to reduce the ‘footprint’ of the daily page, and to allow the user to move more quickly past sections they may not be interested in to get to a favorite section.

This also addresses the problem of me adding ‘too many’ headlines, as I seem to want to add more and more each day as I streamline my news gathering routines.

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West carolina Report For Oct 30

Posted by Thunder Pig on October 30, 2007

I have updated West Carolina Report for today, and will probably update it until at least noon, as events warrant.

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West Carolina Report for Oct 25

Posted by Thunder Pig on October 25, 2007

I have updated West Carolina Report for today, and published an article on WNC Citizens Blog on the Sylva Town Council Race.

The Scene in Macon County

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West Carolina report For Oct 23

Posted by Thunder Pig on October 23, 2007

I have updated West Carolina Report for today, and will likely be posting frequent updates throughout the day as I work on editing some video. Even when I get a few days off work…I somehow seem to escape relaxing. Maybe that’s why there were pink clouds this morning…

9.10am…Freedom Folks attended an Islamofascism Awareness Event last night, and have plenty of photos, and even video.

9.32am…Feel Good Video of the Morning. I wanna hug!

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