Sunday, August 31, 2003

"I'm okay, you're small doses"

Excellent piece about introverts by Jonathan Rauch in the Atlantic Monthly. One of his points is that we introverts aren't unsociable, it's just that we can only take extroverts in small doses and need plenty of recharge time afterward.

Answering 5 Questions

There's a "5 Questions" Internet game going around on some blogs. Here's the rules, via Sophorist:

1. If you want to participate, leave a comment saying "interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions - each person's will be different.
3. You will update your journal with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

I've asked Sophorist to interview me, so here are his questions for me that I will endeavor to answer:

1. I love the tagline of your site--the quote from Ecclesiastes. Some people have a hard time recognizing tongue-in-cheek in writing. Have you ever received a complaint about your use of that verse? If so, what was your response? If not, what would be your response?

So far, nobody has criticized my use of that particular verse. If someone did, I would politely reply that I don't believe the Bible endorses a particular political idealogy and that the verse is intended to provoke a chuckle or two. And I would probably also add that God has a sense of humor using a quote [albeit from memory] from watermelon smashing comedian turned California gubertorial candidate Gallagher. "Now, God does have a sense of humor. Take the giraffe, for example. Does this look like the work of a serious artist? I imagine when God was creating animals, He said, 'How about a yellow spotted horse...with a big long neck! Ha Ha Ha Ha!'"

Actually, this isn't the only tagline that I've had, in fact this one is just a few months old. The one that I used before the current was the motto of the town of Springfield, where the Simpsons reside: "The noblest spirit embiggens the smallest man." Never heard of "embiggens"? I don't see why not, it's a perfectly cromulet word. I've had a couple of different ones before that one, but, for the life of me, I can't remember them.

2. You have a BBA in management information systems. What are you doing with your degree now? What would you do with it if you could do whatever you wanted?

I've made a rather nice paper airplane out of the diploma. Just kidding, it's in its leather folder "dealie" on my dresser right now. Oh, [slaps head], you mean how am I employing the education that I earned to my career. That's easy to answer: I'm not. I'm currently in the market for a job where I can show off my mad programming skills. The goings are somewhat slow; any job opening I find I'm either underqualified for or overqualified for. C'est la vie.

If I could use my degree to do whatever I wanted, I guess I would like to work anywhere where I could help design and produce new software, especially in the area of web development. I just think it's pretty cool to create something useful, like software code, from where nothing previously existed. Or take already existing components and then spruce 'em up and ulitize them for new and helpful tasks.

3. You've been blogging at TOMC for over a year. Now you are also part of the gang at Southern Conservatives. What's your take on the weblog phenomenon? How long do you see yourself continuing?

I think blogging is here to stay. Having a blog is like having your own electronic printing press with a potentially worldwide audience, which a lot of people find attractive. Of course, not all gain such popularity or notoriety, but there's always the possibility. Blogging might not conquer the world, but it has found its niche in offering commentary on news events and monitoring more traditional media, i.e. radio, TV, newspapers, magazines, etc., for bias and/or errors.

As for how long I will blog, I plan on sticking around for a long time, much to the disappointment of Leftists everywhere, I'm sure. Blogging has allowed me to come into contact with some very interesting people from around the country, and I would hate to lose that ability to meet new friends. Plus, I figure that venting my opinions on the Internet is better than shooting the TV any time I see something on it that irritates me (at least the TV thinks so, any how).

4. What well-known or little-known Mississippian do you consider to be The Original Ole Miss Conservative? Why?

Hmm...that's a good question. A very good question. I think I would nominate James Meredith who integrated Ole Miss 41 years ago. Meredith has said that he views himself as just an American citizen who demanded to have the same rights as his fellow white citizens. Later, he served for years as an advisor to NC Senator Jesse Helms. However, I would add a few qualifications. Based on what Meredith has said on camera and in writing, he kinda strikes me as a tad loopy. He's declared that he's never made a mistake in his life, has had a few unkind things to say about Jews in the media, and was fired from the Helms' staff for being "too conservative." But, you know what, if you have to be a bit loopy to decide to challenge the admission policy of Ole Miss back in 1962 Mississippi.

5. Oddly enough, the Ole Miss law school was one of four that I applied to for admission. I was accepted but chose to go elsewhere. Did I make a mistake? Why?

Well, looks like you've been fairly succesful in your law career, so I guess it wasn't a complete blunder (wink). But in going to another school, you missed out on a lot on what Oxford (the town Ole Miss is located, for those of y'all reading who don't know) has to offer. You missed out the experience of the tailgating in the Grove before a Saturday football game. The Grove would be literally packed with just about every alum plus his children and each family would its own tent that sheltered tables of mouth watering Southern food. The fancier set-ups even had portable generators to supply energy to small TVs, radios, and other assorted gadgetry. And not so infrequently, you would spot a politican wondering around the place meeting and a-greeting with the law-abiding folks of the good State of Mississippi. The pol would be dressed up, but then so would a lot of the students and alumni/alumnae. And I'm not just talking about guys in polo shirts, though there were plenty of 'em. I mean men sporting three piece suits with a tie and women parading in very exquisite dresses. All of them would be there in the Grove, getting along like a giant family. That's just one thing you missed.

Wow. I have to say that Sophorist came up with some extremely very good questions. I hope that I can come up with some good'uns if some blogger asks me to interview them.

Friday, August 29, 2003

Osiraq, Part II

Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough report that according to a source of theirs Israel is making plans for a bombing raid on an Iranian nuclear power plant on the Persian Gulf. The Israelis will carry out the plan if they believe the plant is being used to create weapons grade material.

They have some experience in this kind of thing. Back in 1981 a group of Israeli jet fighters bombed the Osiraq nuclear power plant in Iraq, thus preventing Hussein from developing a nuclear bomb. And let's not forgot who helped Saddam build that plant: France.

Congressman Charged

US Rep. Bill Janklow (R-SD) was charged with second degree manslaughter today for hitting motorcyclist Randolph Scott while speeding in his car. Paul Weyrich laments the tragedy

A Special Day (To Me)

On this day in history:

Shay's Rebellion breaks out (1786).
Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) (1862).
Gottlieb Daimler patent's the first motorcycle (1885).
Goodyear Tire company is founded (1898).
The first Soviet bomb is tested (1949).
The U.S. Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, CO (1958).
Future VP Dick Cheney marries Lynne Ann Vincent (1964).
The last Beatles concert is held in San Francisco (1966).

And on 29th Aug. 1981 at 11:13 AM, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson, MS, I was born. I was the 3rd grandchild on my mama's side, but the 1st on my father's (and I would be the only one on that side until the birth of 3 cousins in 1990, each from a separate set of parents.)

You know, 22 feels, so far, a heck of a lot like 21. But, to quote a Joe Walsh song, "I can't complain/But sometimes I still do. Life's been good/To me so far."

Other notable births on this day:

philosopher, John Locke (1632)
actress, Ingrid Bergman (1915)
jazzman, Charlie Parker (1920)
director and actor, Lord Richard Attenborough (1923)
Senator John McCain of Arizona (1936)
US Sec. of the Treas., Robert Rubin (1938)
actor, Elliot Gould (1938)
director, Joel Shumacher (1939)
TV host, Robin Leach (1941)
singer turned circus attraction, Michael Jackson (1958)

Notable deaths on this day:

Mormon leader, Brigham Young (1877)
actress, Ingrid Bergman (1982) [died on her birthday. Spooky, huh?]
actor, Lee Marvin (1987)
Liberals beware: Kyle Still is back from a summer hiatus

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Meet George Bush Abdul Kader Faris Abed El-Hussein

An Iraqi couple has named their newborn son after President Bush. Why name their child after the American President?
"He saved us from Saddam and that's why we named our son after him," the baby's mother, Nadia Jergis Mohammed, told the Associated Press Television News. "It was George Bush who liberated us; without him it wouldn't have happened."

Don't hold your breath waiting on Iraqi chlidren to be named after Jacques Chirac.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Jonah Goldberg delivers a punch to the anti-globalization Left:
The anti-globalists use the World Wide Web and Japanese- or Finnish-made PDAs and cell phones to coordinate their protests with kids from Brazil, Japan, Germany and America. They listen to "world music," reggae and rap. They grew up on sushi; they love French films; and they get their news from the BBC and - perhaps - Al-Jazeera.

Even the political agenda of the anti-globalists is globalist. Their favorite organizations have global or universal names: the World Wildlife Fund, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch. Anti-globalization activists will pound their recycled spoons on their recycled high-chairs all day about the need for the U.N. to replace the U.S. in almost every international crisis, be it political or environmental.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Scipio doesn't like MS Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck.

N.B.: there's some bad language.
A Belated Public Thanks

A tip of the hat to Michael DeBow at Southern Appeal for the link. I've e-mailed him a few days ago thanking him, but I would like to publically do so now.
Absolute Idiocy and Complete Nuttery

Robert Moye, a columnist in the Ole Miss student newspaper The Daily Mississippian, pens an odious and imbecilic (I probably just now made up a word) diatribe on how the poor, innocent Palestineans are constantly oppressed by the evil and puppy-kicking Israelis. What's that you say? You want me to fisk this article? Why, I'm only to happy to oblige. Let's begin:

The construction of a Holocaust memorial has begun in Berlin after its approval in 1999.

It is set on a vast plot of land in close proximity to Hitler's suicide bunker. The monument is the size of approximately two soccer fields, stacked with concrete slabs to resemble a mass graveyard.

Its design is to provoke the feeling of loss and loneliness for those who did not survive the brutality of World War II, or that is the hope of the U.S. architect, Peter Eisenman.

Doing okay so far.

Well, I must say, Peter failed miserably to touch my heart with his gesture. In fact, when I read about the monument, it provoked more questions than sorrow. It made me wonder do we really learn from history.

After all, some wise woman once convinced me that the past was always relevant.

But, how could the memories of the self-proclaimed victims of the Holocaust ever forget the atrocities they faced? I mean, with all the recent media hype and sensationalism how could the idea even slip past a newborn? Now it seems as though the accounts weren't as relevant to those who were persecuted.

Oh, great, here we go.

Could the Holocaust truly have never occurred? Seems downright plausible to me.

Excuse me? Did all those Holocaust survivors just made it up? Did 6 million Jews just disappear?

The persecuted (conveniently equipped with forgotten memories) now perform the same forms of brutality on innocent Palestinians, forcing them into camps, bulldozing the homes of innocent family members, while blatantly executing infants via gun-ships and tank treads.

Okay, it seems Moye is being rheotrical concerning whether the Holocaust actually happened. I guess he's saying that "if the Israelis stopped and thought about it, then they would realize that they're treating the Palestineans as bad as the Nazis treated the Jews." Or perhaps I'm giving him too much of the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, to address the above statement of his: what a crock! It's your typical Leftist line about how the malignant bullying bloodthristy Israelis cause nothing but death and destruction to the poor, helpless Palestineans who only sit around reading the Koran all day.

And for one thing, the Palestineans are still in refugee camps because neighboring Arab states (Jordan, I'm looking in your direction) have refused to help absorb the Palestineans, who are similar in culture to them, into their countries. Instead these nations prefer to use them as pawns to keep anti-Israel passions stirred up.

And another thing, the whole bulldozing houses of innocent families: if any are destroyed, it's because those "innocent families" probably have a terrorist or two or three using their home as refuge. Get rid of the house, then there's one less place for terrorists to hide and sends a message to the residents that it's not a good idea to hide any of them.

What especially irritates me is the phrase "blatantly executing infants via gun-ships and tank treads." What idiocy! From what I have observed since I started paying attention to the Mideast, it appears to me that the Israeli military just tries to target those individuals or groups responsible for launching terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. On the other hand, the Palestinean terrorists go after Israeli citizens, not military targets. How often have we seen a suicide bomber detonate himself on a bus with young children on it, or at a discoteque full of dancing teenagers, or families having their Passover meals? (Answer: too many)

In the "great book of international law," does it state that being a victim of genocide allows you a free pass to slaughter the innocent? No, but it does, if the only redeeming quality of your nation is the fact that Americans feel pity for you. Tears, tears, tears, plenty of tears spread about by the media.

Sigh. This column just gets worse. Americans (at least the anti-idiotarians) support and feel sympathy for Israel because it's the only functioning constitutional republic in that despot-infested area of the world.

And because the international community knows we feel sorry for the persecuted, Israel can walk amongst the Mid-East, perpetuating violence without any real defiance. And Aerial Sharon will never face a war crimes tribunal because he's guaranteed a free ride on our coattails.

As Mr. Moye said earlier, the past is always relevant. So let's review the history of that region since 1948. In that year a homeland for the Jewish people was created by the UN with an area smaller than the current state of Israel. The Palestineans were also given a state of their own, however, they preferred to drive the Israelis to the sea with the help of a few neighboring Arab states. Fortunately, Israel repelled the assault and survived; however 600,000 Jews and 600,000 Palestineans became refugees. Israel absorbed the Jewish refugees from the Arab states, but the Arab states kept their Pal. refugees in camps that still exist today.

Again, in 1967, neighboring Arab states struck Israel, and again Israel prevailed. Israel expanded it's borders to the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Golan Heights to order to gain strategic lands in order to more easily resist invasion and protect civilians. And remember, from 1948 to 1967, Jordan controlled the West Bank, yet the Palestineans never demanded a separate state for themselves. And even again in 1973, Israel was attacked by neighbors that wanted to destroy it. (Further details of this conflicts can be found here.)

So, we start condemning Israel, let's keep in mind that she is surrounded by vast numbers of people who want to destroy her, not for the acts she has done, but for the fact she merely exists. Israel "occupies" the West Bank and the other territories because its enemies used those land as launching pads for their attacks.

And notice how he is calling for Ariel Sharon, a man trying to defend his people from assault, to be tried as a war criminal, not Yasser Arafat, man responsible for acts of cruelty and violence against civilians. Oh yeah, I forgot, Arafat won a Nobel Peace Prize. That means he couldn't possibility be an evil man.

It's time to lighten the coat.

Over half of Israel's international debts are owed to us for military and economic support. Without that support, the battlefield may become a bit fairer, at least humanitarianly. And my taxpayer dollars won't be supporting the razing of family homes and the slaughter of infants.

Sniffle. Those meanie Israelis have all those tanks and helicopters and the only way the poor beleagured Palestineans can respond is to suicide bomb Israeli bus passengers. Sniffle. Great William Shanter's Toupee, man, where do you get your news? Al-Jazeera? Yeah, I'm sure there are Israeli soliders who feel they aren't doing their job is they don't slaughter a few dozen Pal. babies.

As Americans, the omnipotent and almighty, we allow this to occur by turning a blind eye. After all, Israel would be a large moon crater if we for a month forgot our "pity-loyalties," and focused a spotlight on their inhumane antics.

Then we could build a needed parking garage and a large Holy Land Theme Park. And not only that, it would do more for ebbing the tide of growing international anti-Americanism than any "war on terror" could ever hope to accomplish.

Good plan: abandon the only nation in the Mid-east with a strong sense of the rule of law in favor of a gaggle of despot-driven regimes that are fertile breeding grounds of terrorism. Yeah, that'll curb anti-Americanism. Let's turn our back on an ally, and let her enemies have their way with her. Sheer genius, Mr. Moye.

And as for the War on Terror, I'll just point out that the Taliban no longer run Afghanistan and that Saddam and his gang aren't running Iraq any more. So far, the Arab "street" hasn't erupted in anti-American outrage.

But if that's not on the sympathetic political agenda, maybe architect Eisenman could make the monument a reminder to the Israeli community that once upon a blue moon they found genocide to be horrific and wished for peace as the answer.

That way, maybe Israel will keep their bullets, rockets and dozers to themselves, because their bullishness will never garner them the Mid-East respect they desire.

I don't think Israel is much interested in "Mid-East respect"; it's more concerned about survival. Its firepower is what keeps the Palestineans and their Arab friends from invading Israel again. And I 'spect that the memory of the Holocaust is very much in the mind of Israeli. The Israelis don't want those that wish to destroy them to have the power to do so again.

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Misreading a Headline

"U.S. Temps Over 100 Blamed in Two Deaths"

When I first glanced at this headline over at Drudge, I momentarily thought that some temporary workers over the age of 100 were responsible for two deaths. But, actually, it's a story on the high temperatures in the U.S.

Just got a hit from the United Arab Emirates. Behold the global reach of The Ole Miss Conservative!

Well, Hallelujah, I've found another Mississippi blogger. "Scipio," a defense lawyer, runs the The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and he's been covering the Mississippi Supreme Court scandal quite well; he's even got a summary of this so far. He correctly notes that I haven't been covering this scandal. I haven't because......ummm.....errrr.....uhhhhhhh.....give-me-a-second.......ummm.....oh, yeah! Laziness! I've somewhat followed the goings-on, but I didn't really know all the details of the scandal. Thanks, Scipio, for being on the job.

Monday, August 25, 2003

Check out my post on the Princeton Review rankings Ole Miss earned.

Sunday, August 24, 2003

It's About Time

A head honcho over at Fox News has written a memo calling for an end to the puns on Schwarzenegger's movie when reporting on his candidacy.

Some Rather Confused People

Republicans for Dean?
Try out the latest release of Windows. And you probably need broadband to view it.

via Tony
Here's a short but good piece on God that Tony found in the deepths of his computer's hard drive.

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Flipping Through the Channels...

...I've caught bits and pieces of C-SPAN's coverage of the March on Washington Anniversary Rally. After a while it was hard to distinguish it from one of the anti-war rallies back around the beginning of the year. On one of my clicks to the channel, I caught a woman who was the national director of the group By Any Means Necessary calling Ward Connerly an "Uncle Tom." It's funny how these "progressive" groups go on and on about the right to dissent, and how wonderful it is to dissent. Yet when a black or a member from another minority group dissents from the Leftist party line, they are called by these same Leftists vile names like "Uncle Tom," or "oreo" (black on the outside, white on the inside). Go figure.

Mideast scholar Daniel Pipes has received a recess appointment by President Bush to the government-funded think tank U.S. Institute for Peace. And, of course, CAIR isn't too happy about that...
...And Then There Were 326,745

California Republican gubertorial candidate Bill Simon has announced that he is dropping out of the race. In a released statement Simon said:

"There are too many Republicans in this race and the people of our state simply cannot risk a continuation of the Gray Davis legacy."

A good chunk of his supporters will probably now back state senator Tom McClintock, who is more right-wing than the fiscal conservative but social liberal (gee, thanks, Maria) Schwarzenegger. So now the race looks to be mostly a three man race between McClintock, Schwarzenegger, and Democrat Lt. Governor and tax-and-spend-oholic Cruz Bustamante.

Still, there's a chance Gary Coleman, that possessor of politican acumen, can come out of nowhere and beat everybody. And pigs might fly

There will be no peace in the Middle East until the Arabs love their children more than they hate the Jews."
--Golda Meir.

One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.
--Sir Winston Churchill

Duty, then is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less.
--Robert E. Lee

And to add a little levity, here's a couple from the former Mayor of Washington, D.C., Marion Berry:

Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?

Friday, August 22, 2003

"Schwarzenegger to Debate His Own Campaign Team"

Another funny one from ScrappleFace.
Rejected Slogans of Some Californian Candidates for Governor

Bill Simon: "Because Schwarzenegger is too long to spell"

Arianna Huffington: "Another candidate with a weird accent"

Peter Ueberroth: "Betcha thought a name couldn't begin with 'Ue', didn't ya? "

Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Would you vote against someone who could snap your neck?"

Cruz Bustamante: "Will tax you 0.000003% less than Davis"

Tom McClintock: "Can bench press 30 lbs more than Arnold"

Leo Gallagher: "...and Sledge-o-matic is good for smashing your opponents' heads..."

Gary Coleman: "The Governor that you could put in your pocket"
New Blog to Me

The Sophorist is a snazzy blog run by a snazzy fella with snazzy ideas. Just great analysis.

Plus he shamelessly stole my Silent Cal quotes, but I guess plagarism imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
For the Political Geek in Your Family...

You can buy an album of presidential campaign songs from the 1789 elections to the 1996 campaign. The title of one song does crack me up, "Get on a Raft With Taft." It better be one buoyant raft. (Even Amazon's editorial review points that out.)

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Wisdom from President Calvin Coolidge

Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. Laws must be justified by something more than the will of the majority. They must rest on the eternal foundation of righteousness. You can display no greater wisdom than by resisting proposals for needless legislation. It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.

A government which requires of the people the contribution of the bulk of their substance and rewards cannot be classed as a free government, or long remain as such.

Our Government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles, they cannot believe in our Government.
Susan Estrich pens an a potent column criticizing pundit turned California candidate for governor Arianna Huffington for her mothering skills:

Arianna Huffington has been recalled as a mother.
Her children have voted with their feet. They didn't want her to run for governor of California. She ran anyway. On the day she announced her candidacy at "A Place Called Home," in South Central Los Angeles, her children moved out of hers in Brentwood and into their father's. "Our oldest daughter has been devastated by it," her dad said.


This is, after all, the woman who runs against oil interests and lives in a mansion financed by oil money, rails against pigs at the trough and pays no taxes, runs as an independent and supports a guru. She's even got a documentary crew following her for the campaign. I wonder if they filmed the children moving out.


MSNBC is reporting that Chemical Ali, head thug of Saddam's chemical weapons program, has been captured by US forces in Iraq.

And you know what? I beat Drudge in posting this story. Ha.

Link-y Love

Be sure to drop in on my fellow Southern Conservatives posters' blogs:

Jeff Quinton: Backcountry Conservative

Joel Foreman: 1 Foreman Lawyer

David: Ya need a blog, buddy!

And eventhough I've linked it before,

Nathan Hallford: Politics and Law Blog

Shameless Plug

The good people at Southern Conservatives have been kind enough to let me become a poster there. Check out my initial post.

UPDATE: And check out my post on the Mississippi governor's race there, too.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Election 2003

If you're a Mississippi voter, please remember to vote for:

Working 9 to 5

In an effort keep its budget from going into deficit, the Swedish government has told its military to operate only during the office hours. Further, "They also will cut fighter plane patrols to a minimum, keep navy ships in port, mothball armored vehicles and stop using large caliber live ammunition during exercises."

Now here's the kicker:

"A parliamentary defense commission said in a recent report that the likelihood of Sweden facing a military threat in the foreseeable future was very small."

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The fools! Don't they know they are next on the blood-thristy warmongering neocons' list of countries to invade? Their bloated welfare state is an affront to chickenhawk Straussians running the government, so it must be eliminated! And now they are ripe for conquest, especially between the hours of 5 PM and 9 AM.

Wow, I'm laying the sarcasm on rather rich, aren't I?

Election 2004

Like I'm going vote for Kucinich.
Tony has no sympathy for the Texas Democrats hiding out in New Mexico. Nor should he.
Quotes of the Day

There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs - partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
--Booker T. Washington
[Ed: Sadly, eventhough he said this around a century ago, it's still applicable today.]

Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils.
--Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

History is not going to be kind to liberals. With their mindless programs, they've managed to do to Black Americans what slavery, Reconstruction, and rank racism found impossible: destroy their family and work ethic.
--Walter Williams
Allende Wasn't A Hero

Val e-diction posts a great (and lengthy) article combating the matyrization of Chilean socialist president Salvador Allende by simply describing the political and economic situation of Chile at the time. Definitely a keeper.

Tip o' the hat to Instapundit for the link.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Quote of the Day

"We Americans understand freedom; we have earned it, we have lived for it, and we have died for it. This nation and its people are freedom's models in a searching world. We can be freedom's missionaries in a doubting world."

-- Barry Goldwater, Speech to the Republican National Convention; June 16, 1964
A Couple of New Blogs

First, there's Southern Conservatives, a group blog of four southern conservatives (hence the name) that is churning out a bunch of a great content.

Also, there's Mookieriffic, run by high schooler Rachel who has a lot of spunk.

Now click on the links and enjoy these new blogging talents!

Monday, August 18, 2003

Back in the Saddle Again

I'm back, y'all. I've been in Mississippi at my grandparents for the last two months, and therefore, I didn't have a convenient Internet connection to blog all the live long day. But, as I said, I'm back in Clarksville with the trusty DSL connection. And as soon as I wade through and delete all the spam in both of my e-mail accounts, regular blogging will resume.

Thanks y'all for all your support with this li'l blog.