Monday, January 31, 2005


In case you're hiding under a rock tonight, Martelles Bennett just made his college football decision on live TV. He was choosing between Texas A&M, LSU and the University of Texas.

Martelles is the number one recruit from Texas this year, he is the number one Tight End in the nation, and he is the number 5 rated player overall.

And he chose (wisely, I might add!) Texas A&M! WHOOOOOOOP!

Secret Website Tracks Christian's Personal Info

This story is being covered at Jihad Watch, Little Green Footballs, and The Counterterrorism Blog to name just a few.

This all relates to the death of a NJ couple after the man had received death threats on the same website.

Apparently, the site PalTalk hosted chats that got very heated between Christians & Muslims, among others. Now, a secret password-protected site in Arabic is tracking posters on the PalTalk site who argue with Muslims. The Muslim site posts their photos, their personal info and makes no secret of the fact that they are trying to obtain the Christians' addresses. This among posts celebrating the death of the Armanious family!!

WHY is the MSM not covering this?

Why do I keep asking that question?

Good News from Iraq, Part 20

this update from Chrenkoff is about the best summary of what's going on in Iraq that I've read. Enjoy!

Freedom Fightors....or Minions of Satan?

Blackfive has this post telling of a Down's Syndrome child used by the terrorists to bomb a polling station on Sunday.

I've read threads at the Democratic Underground saying things like "where are the freedom fighters?" and "are they just going to sit back and let the evil Americans TELL them to be a Democracy? They didn't even get to choose their form of was mandated by the US".

If these Democrats want to side with the likes of those who would use a disabled child as a suicide bomber, then they deserve a similar fate. Please, if this is you, fly to Iraq and volunteer your services! Strap on the bombs TODAY! Anyone who finds a way to "justify" this atrocity is inherently evil themself.

Thank God the tide is rolling in Iraq and true freedom is on the way. These types will not be tolerated by a people who are willing to face death themselves to defy the terrorists. We have hope in the Iraqi people, after what they've shown us over the weekend, that they can be trusted to get their country on track. God Bless them and all their future efforts to eliminate such atrocities as this.

Introducing: Mullet Mondays!

After a weekend of such heavy and dramatic news, we're starting off the week a little more light-hearted. In fact, this is how we're going to start the week from now on! Thanks to for the inspiration, and welcome all you Mullet Hunters!

On Mondays, we will now be featuring photos of random citizens caught sporting the lovely coiffure known as the "mullet". In case you're not overly familiar (?!?) with this hair phenomenon, here's an illustration of what qualifies:

Now if any of you are brave enough to do some Mullet Hunting on your own, you can send your pics to me for Monday postings (with all due credit of course) or you can do you own post and I'll link to you (no celebrity photos, please). I'd love to see some other bloggers joining me on Mondays! Let's document this truly American icon!

And now for this Monday's submission......this one was hunted myself at the local touristy boardwalk type place:

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Iraqi Election Slideshow

This is a MUST SEE!

Iraqi's Give Terrorists the Finger

Hosted by

The brothers of Iraq the Model show their voting ink

The Election

Here's a link to my original post regarding election news. It has been updated with current news!

And lest we forget, here's a report from the last time Iraq held an election.

This one may not be perfect, but what a long way they've come! Congratulations Iraq!

Additionally, WHY are all the leftist bloggers totally silent about the election? I can only assume it's like their silence on the day after our own election in November....they are sitting around scratching their heads and wondering how they got it all wrong.....AGAIN??

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Remembering Auschwitz-Liberated January 27, 1945

Remembering the Wannsee Conference and the Liberation of Auschwitz

This article is posted by participants of the January 27, 2005, BlogBurst (see list at end of article), to remember the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, sixty years ago, on January 27, 1945.

On January 20th, we marked the anniversary of the 1942 Wannsee Conference. In the course of that Conference, the Nazi hierarchy formalized the plan to annihilate the Jewish people. Understanding the horrors of Auschwitz requires that one be aware of the premeditated mass-murder that was presented at Wannsee.

Highlighting these events now has become particularly important, even as the press reports that '45% of Britons have never heard of Auschwitz' (see this article at the Jerusalem Post).

So, in case you're one of 45%, or even if you just need a's some history for you:

The Holocaust, symbolized by Auschwitz, the worst of the death camps, occurred in the wake of consistent, systematic, unrelenting anti-Jewish propaganda campaign. As a result, the elimination of the Jews from German society was accepted as axiomatic, leaving open only two questions: when and how.

As Germany expanded its domination and occupation of Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, the Low Countries, Yugoslavia, Poland, parts of the USSR, Greece, Romania, Hungary, Italy and others countries, the way was open for Hitler to realize his well-publicized plan of destroying the Jewish people.

After experimentation, the use of Zyklon B on unsuspecting victim was adopted by the Nazis as the means of choice, and Auschwitz was selected as the main factory of death (more accurately, one should refer to the “Auschwitz-Birkenau complex”). The green light for mass annihilation was given at the Wannsee Conference, January 20, 1942, and the mass gassings took place in Auschwitz between 1942 and the end of 1944, when the Nazis retreated before the advancing Red Army. Jews were transported to Auschwitz from all over Nazi-occupied or Nazi-dominated Europe and most were slaughtered in Auschwitz upon arrival, sometimes as many as 12,000 in one day. Some victims were selected for slave labour or “medical” experimentation. All were subject to brutal treatment.

In all, between three and four million people, mostly Jews, but also Poles and Red Army POWs, were slaughtered in Auschwitz alone (though some authors put the number at 1.3 million). Other death camps were located at Sobibor, Chelmno, Belzec (Belzek), Majdanek and Treblinka.

Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army on 27 January 1945, sixty years ago, after most of the prisoners were forced into a Death March westwards. The Red Army found in Auschwitz about 7,600 survivors, but not all could be saved.

For a long time, the Allies were well aware of the mass murder, but deliberately refused to bomb the camp or the railways leading to it. Ironically, during the Polish uprising, the Allies had no hesitation in flying aid to Warsaw, sometimes flying right over Auschwitz.

There are troubling parallels between the systematic vilification of Jews before the Holocaust and the current vilification of the Jewish people and Israel. Suffice it to note the annual flood of anti-Israel resolutions at the UN; or the public opinion polls taken in Europe, which single out Israel as a danger to world peace; or the divestment campaigns being waged in the US against Israel; or the attempts to delegitimize Israel’s very existence. The complicity of the Allies in WW II is mirrored by the support the PLO has been receiving from Europe, China and Russia to this very day.

If remembering Auschwitz should teach us anything, it is that we must all support Israel and the Jewish people against the vilification and the complicity we are witnessing, knowing where it inevitably leads.

Experiments on children at Auschwitz

For a complete list of the over 150 blogs participating in this "blogburst", see this list.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Iraqi Election Update!

Keep checking - I will be adding to this post as I find relevant information on the Iraqi elections.

This is a historical moment in history....a people subjected to tyranny and oppression for decades are breaking free and on the road to democracy. Sorry if that sounds melodramatic, but it IS pretty dadgum dramatic. Here's what I've found so far:

Baghdad Dweller has comments from Iraqi's worldwide and what they've gone through to vote.

Friends of Democracy has live election news in English. They will be posting voter turonout info here as it becomes available.

This website has info for Iraqi Ex-Patriots living elsewhere to vote in their resident countries.

Iraq Election Diatribe is a blog devoted to election items and news and has some very interesting poll results from Iraqi's regarding the upcoming elections.

The AP has a surprisingly even-handed account of some Iraqis' opinions of the elections and what they hope to achieve through them.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has issued these election videos to promote the elections in Iraq. Worth your time for viewing! (hat tip to my buddy at American Conservative Blog for the link)

MORE: Hill Country News has a link to this article at The Moderate Voice regarding the elections. Great point of view!


Iraq the Model
The Mesopotamian
Free Iraqi
Iraqi Humanity
Democracy in Iraq

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Way Better than a Yellow Ribbon

You NEED this bumper sticker. Here it is:

Sign America's Thank-you note!

Defend America is going to send a list of names to the troops at the end of this month of all the people who sign this Thank You note to the troops. GO SIGN! It takes all of 2 seconds!

Major hat tip to The Politburo Diktat via Argghhh!!!

Life Means So Much - A Personal Side of Roe V Wade

Rae at A Likely Story shares this very personal story from her past, and how lives have been affected by the Roe V. Wade decision. It is a beautiful and touching story, well written and sincere. Please take a moment to stop by a read it.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

UPDATED: American Soldier Subject of Protesters Anger

An angry bunch of students planning on protesting the inauguration this past Thursday, instead aimed their venom at an Army Recruiting Officer sitting at a table nearby. They were even successful in having him removed from campus by security!

As a parent, I can say that their parents should be ashamed of themselves. These students have not even been taught the most basic of human behavior. I still do not believe that the leftists "support the troops but not the war", and incidences like this just prove my point. They are anti-military, anti-troops and anti-anyone who does support the troops. Too bad we can't really live in their world, where all we need to do is sit around a campfire and smoke some reefer with the terrorists and then they'll forget about their little "jihad" thingy and we'll all just love each other. I think they've participated in a similar scene one too many times, and the effects of reefer-madness are starting to show.....

UPDATE: You can send an email of support to SFC Jeff Due at this Blackfive post

Republic of Texas Bloggers

If you're a blogger from the Lone Star State, check out Texasblogs and leave your mark! A great new place for Texans to gather and share stories. Enjoy!

Photos from Galveston Bay

These were taken today:

Mr. Texasbug at the helm of our boat

photos by kOoK.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Captain Daniel Gade Needs Your Help

Blackfive has done it again with this post containing a prayer request for the recovery of Captian Daniel Gade. Please take a moment to read about Cpt. Gade and his situation, add him to your prayer list, and visit the site linked by Blackfive to sign the guestbook for Cpt. Gade and his family to read.

These men and their families are sacrificing SO MUCH for our families and our freedom. We need to tell them we support them and pray for them so they can be encouraged!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Urgent Prayer Request from the Troops

I completely blog-lifted the following letter from Blackfive's blog, but this is too important for just a link. Please read this and commit to praying for these requests daily until the election is over and successful! Thanks!

As a transportation battalion, my unit will be delivering the voting machines and the ballots to villages and cities throughout Iraq during the upcoming elections. (January 30/31) Our convoys are prime targets for the insurgents because they do not want the equipment to arrive at the polling stations nor do they want the local Iraqi citizens to have the chance to vote; timely delivery must occur so that the elections occur.

Encourage your friends and family members and those within our churches to pray specifically for the electoral process. Historically, the previous totalitarian regime would not allow individual citizens to vote.

Democracy will not be realized in Iraq if intelligent and competent officials are not elected to those strategic leadership positions within the emerging government; freedom will not have an pportunity to ring throughout this country if the voting process fails. Announce this prayer! request to your contacts throughout your churches, neighborhoods, and places of business.

Those with leadership roles within the local church post this message in as many newsletters and bulletins as possible. There is unlimited potential for God's presence in this process but if we do not pray then our enemy will prevail (See Ephesians 6:10-17). A prayer vigil prior to the end of the month may be an innovative opportunity for those within your sphere of influence to pray.

This is a political battle that needs spiritual intervention. A powerful story about God's intervention in the lives of David's mighty men is recorded in 2 Samuel 23:8-33. David and his warriors were victorious because of God's intervention. We want to overcome those who would stand in the way of freedom. David's mighty men triumphed over incredible odds and stood their ground and were victorious over the enemies of Israel. (Iraqi insurgents' vs.! God's praying people). They don't stand a chance. I will pray with my soldiers before they leave on their convoys and move outside our installation gates here at Tallil.

My soldiers are at the nerve center of the logistic operation to deliver the voting machines and election ballots. They will be driving to and entering the arena of the enemy. This is not a game for them it is a historical mission that is extremely dangerous. No voting machines or ballots. No elections. Your prayer support and God's intervention are needed to give democracy a chance in this war torn country. Thank you for reading this e-mail. Please give this e-mail a wide dissemination.

Thank you for your prayer support for me and my family. Stand firm in your battles.

Lyle CH (CPT) Lyle Shackelford
Battalion Chaplain
HHD, 57th Transportation Battalion

Reversal of Roe v. Wade?

Apparently that's what the "Roe" half (Norma McCorvey) is hoping and filing for. Big hat tip to blogging newbie LifeSteward for his posting about her press conference today.

WorldNetDaily reports as follows:

As WorldNetDaily reported, Norma McCorvey began a quest in 2003 to reopen the case, based on changes in law and new scientific research that make the prior decision "no longer just." She cites the sworn testimony of more than 1,000 women who say they were hurt by abortion.

At a news conference at the Supreme Court tomorrow at 11 a.m. Eastern, McCorvey will announce she wants the high court to reverse Roe vs. Wade, or at least, order a trial on the merits.

"This is the day I've longed for," she said in a statement issued by her legal representation, the San Antonio-based Justice Foundation.

"Now we know so much more, and I plead with the court to listen to the witnesses and re-evaluate Roe vs. Wade," McCorvey said. "It was a dreadful day in America when the Supreme Court allowed a woman to kill her own child."

What perfect timing, as evangelicals nation wide kick-off Sanctity of Life Week this week, focusing on (what else?) the sanctity of human life as provided by God.

Other bloggers who are discussing Ms. McCorvey's press conference include:
Booker Rising
Pajama Hadin
The Caretaker
Liberals are Intellectual Morons
Elephants to the Right

There are more, and if I've left you off, let me know and I'll add you to the list. Where is this in the news you ask? I'm offended! This IS the news, my friend!

Monday, January 17, 2005

To Celebrate MLK Day....An Interview with Alveda King

Alveda King, niece of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. gave an incredible interview to Newsweek. Here are some excerpts, but I encourage you to read the whole thing:

What is the most pressing issue facing African-Americans today?
If we were in the 1990s, I would have said that school choice is the most pressing civil-rights issue. We're now in the new millennium, and the battle for life, in my heart, has equal place. By that, I'm speaking of the pro-life movement. I am a member of a group called Silent No More, of mostly women who say they regret their abortion. I'm post-abortive so I know this, when we abort the child, we violate his or her rights, we as the mothers suffer tremendously, and our families suffer. I remember my children saying, "You killed our brother or our sister, how could you do that? Did you want to kill us, too?" My uncle said that "the Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for personal comfort and safety.” Now if you look at the issue of abortion, that's immediately sacrificing the life of a child for personal comfort and safely.

What about a young, single woman growing up in a poor neighborhood, with few resources? A lot of people would say that it is better for her to have an abortion than to raise a child in poverty and perpetuate the cycle of poverty for another generation.
I had an abortion in my early twenties. I was married, but the father did not want the child. He was very emphatic about that, and somewhat threatening, and I felt under tremendous pressure, and so I made that choice. At the time, we had one son, and [the father] did not want other children. And it was so convenient, because Roe v. Wade had just passed, and my medical insurance paid for it. I would say in retrospect, we have a greater responsibility as a compassionate society to teach our young people, male and female, the responsibility of parenting, what happens when you have sex, and to teach again like we used to: be prepared to raise a child if you have sex. People stopped saying that. And so I do have compassion for the young person who says, “If I have this baby, my life will be ruined.” But I believe the answer is: Think about that before you have the sex. I would say to that young lady, if she's already pregnant, then we go into intervention and look for opportunities to have the child adopted, or to strengthen her with maybe a scholarship to finish school so she doesn't feel deserted or abandoned.

Bill Cosby has been very outspoken about the need for better parenting and self-improvement in the African-American community. Many were outraged by his suggestion that blacks need to take more personal responsibility and stop "blaming the white man." What's your take on this?
I admire him for what he's doing. People were upset: “Why are you knocking our people? It's the white man's fault.” Of course it isn't. White privilege aside, we as African Americans have an opportunity to be successful. Look at Dr. Cosby himself and his wife. We have many examples of African-American men and women who have succeeded without blaming others for their plight. This message can be taught in the family and it can be taught in the church, and there is a responsibility to do that.

Coretta Scott King has said that if Martin Luther King were alive today, he would be a champion of gay rights.
No, he would champion the word of God. If he would have championed gay rights today, he would have done it while he was here. There was ample opportunity for him to champion gay rights during his lifetime, and he did not do so. His daughter, Elder Bernice King has been recorded as saying, “I know in my sanctified soul that he did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage.”

Hat tip to The Dawn Patrol for the link to this article.

UPDATE: More MLK Blogging at Pajama Hadin, and La Shawn Barber's Corner

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Another Thwarted American Hijacking??

I was looking for this article on Michelle Malkin's website when I stumbled on the article about the Hero Bands

Anyway, Michelle cannot verify that the story is true, but physician/blogger Dr. Bob has a patient that says it is. Scary!!

Hero Bracelets

Oh, I love this! Michelle Malkin says this about Hero Bracelets, which are black and list the one of now 1,350 American Troops lost in the Iraqi war. One of these happens to be a great friend of mine.

Purchasing the bracelets insures a minimum of $2 to be donated to the Fallen Heroes Fund which provides aid to the families.

Help me spread the word!

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Hey Blue-staters......sing this!

First of all, country music sales were up 12% in 2004. Part of that is due to the incredible success of country's newest Gretchen Wilson, whose first song, Redneck Woman, was the fastest debut song to hit the top 10 in Radio & Records history!. For those wondering what life in the red states is all's Gretchen Wilson's

Redneck Woman:

Well, I ain't never been the Barbie doll type
No, I can't swig that sweet Champagne, I'd rather drink beer all night
In a tavern or in a honky tonk or on a four-wheel drive tailgate
I've got posters on my wall of Skynyrd, Kid and Strait
Some people look down on me, but I don't give a rip
I'll stand barefooted in my own front yard with a baby on my hip
'cause I'm a redneck woman
I ain't no high class broad
I'm just a product of my raising
I say, 'hey ya'll' and 'yee-haw'
And I keep my Christmas lights on
On my front porch all year long
And I know all the words to every Charlie Daniels song
So here's to all my sisters out there keeping it country
Let me get a big 'hell yeah' from the redneck girls like me, hell yeah
Victoria's Secret, well their stuff's real nice
But I can buy the same damn thing on a Wal-Mart shelf half price
And still look sexy, just as sexy as those models on TV
I don't need no designer tag to make my man want me
Well, you might think I'm trashy, a little too hardcore
But in my neck of the woods I'm just the girl next door
I'm a redneck woman
I ain't no high class broad
I'm just a product of my raising
I say, 'hey y'all' and 'yee-haw'
And I keep my Christmas lights on
On my front porch all year long
And I know all the words to every Tanya Tucker song
So here's to all my sisters out there keeping it country
Let me get a big 'hell yeah' from the redneck girls like me, hell yeah
I'm a redneck woman
I ain't no high class broad
I'm just a product of my raising
I say, 'hey y'all' and 'yee-haw'
And I keep my Christmas lights on
On my front porch all year long
And I know all the words to every ol' Bocephus song
So here's to all my sisters out there keeping it country
Let me get a big 'hell yeah' from the redneck girls like me, hell yeah
Hell yeah, hell yeah
Hell yeah
I said hell yeah!

lyrics from

Monday, January 10, 2005

It's time for Rodeo Houston! YeeHa!

Check the official entertainment calendar here. The dates are quite a bit later this year (March 1 thru 20th) than the usual February....this'll be the first year I can't go for my birthday! My guess is they're trying to get more weekday traffic by having it during Spring Break.....ya think?

Anyway, it looks like The Muzic Mafia has made the list....and they're not even sharing a show, they all got their own. Awesome!

So here it is folks....the official Rodeo Houston 2005 Star Lineup:

* Tuesday, March 1 - Brooks & Dunn
* Wednesday, March 2 - Alan Jackson
* Thursday, March 3 – Armed Forces Salute - Neal McCoy, Charlie Daniels Band, Lee Greenwood
* Friday, March 4 – Black Heritage Day - Alicia Keys
* Saturday, March 5 - Gretchen Wilson
* Sunday, March 6 – Spring Break Stampede - Hilary Duff
* Monday, March 7 – Spring Break Stampede - Jeff Foxworthy, Big & Rich
* Tuesday, March 8 – Spring Break Stampede - Keith Urban
* Wednesday, March 9 – Spring Break Stampede - Kenny Chesney
* Thursday, March 10 – Spring Break Stampede - Rascal Flatts
* Friday, March 11 – Spring Break Stampede - Miller Lite presents Pat Green
* Saturday, March 12 – Spring Break Stampede - Martina McBride
* Sunday, March 13 – Go Tejano Day - Duelo, Jimmy G y El Grupo Mazz
* Monday, March 14 – Spring Break Stampede - Steve Miller Band
* Tuesday, March 15 – Spring Break Stampede - Brad Paisley
* Wednesday, March 16 – Spring Break Stampede - Maroon5
* Thursday, March 17 – Spring Break Stampede - Montgomery Gentry
* Friday, March 18 – Spring Break Stampede - Lynyrd Skynyrd
* Saturday, March 19 – RODEOHOUSTON™ Finals - Clint Black
* Sunday, March 20 – RODEOHOUSTON Collegiate Championship - Clay Walker

So....I can't decide.....Gretchen Wilson, Martina McBride, Pat Green...

I'm pretty sure it's gonna be Martina McBride. I've been dying to see her in concert and I still haven't. I've seen Clint at the rodeo several times, but being that he's a hometown boy, he IS the perfect rodeo concert. Pat Green, I'd love to see but somehow it doesn't seem like a "rodeo" show, kwim? More of a smaller-venue, more intimate kind of thing. And Gretchen, well, she's just getting started so I'll have plenty of chances to see her in the future. So Martina it is! The only problem is that it's a Saturday night show, so tickets will be hard to get.

And since I'm NOT going to participate in the likes of this:

Most Ticketmaster locations in the Houston area will be distributing linestubs beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 15. Drawings will be held at each of the locations at approximately 9:30 a.m. to determine the linestub number which will start the line for ticket purchases at these locations.

At all ticket locations, linestubs will be available only to persons ages 12 and older, and each person will receive only one linestub. Linestubs that have been tampered with will not be honored. Ticket buyers should be aware that the only Show-authorized ticket outlets are Ticketmaster outlets.

My chances are not good. Hopefully Mr. Texasbug will get some from a client or something....better start polishing those boots!

Drink Coffee....Help the Tsunami Victims

Tully's coffee has teamed up with World Vision to offer their Tsunami Response Blend from which 100% of the proceeds will go to Tsunami relief efforts!

World Vision says:
Starting Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, and running through Apr. 15, purchases may be made at all Tully's Coffee stores in Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho. For those elsewhere, is the exclusive online retail location for the Tsunami Response coffees, at

Tully's Chairman Tom O'Keefe explains, "We at Tully's Coffee are dedicated to supporting our local communities and by partnering with World Vision, we are all helping the global community in this time of need."

World Vision is grateful for Tully's corporate leadership and quick response to the people who have been so devastated by the events of Dec. 26, 2004

Buy your coffee from Tully's and help out!

Posters That Should Not Exist

Check out This ad for a poster with the slogan: "You Can't Be All You Can Be If You're DEAD". The poster used the exact fonts and colors of the Army recruiting poster, with a slight difference:

Poster picturing Tombstones of Unknown Soldiers with title text.

Becky Johnson / SCW

The site description is as follows:
A blunt re-work of the Army recruitment slogan designed for wide distribution at schools, youth centers, or on the streets. One side is a poster; the reverse discloses the real story on money for college, depleted uranium munitions, �Who Fights, Who Doesn't�, and letters and quotes from veterans. SCW resources and national counter-recruitment contacts also listed. Poster/Leaflet: 17x22, folded 8 x 11

Also available as a postcard

hat tip to My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, who had an email from someone who has seen the poster in their workplace!

So much for supporting the troops, huh? And to think they are willingly fighting to protect rights such as these...God Bless them.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Millions Die Worldwide for Nothing

As a follow-up to an earlier post, and thanks to a tip from C-Pol, here is an article about The Enviro's Flip-flop on DDT. Yes, now even the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace are saying that DDT should be used in countries with problems with malaria.

Tell that to the 10's of millions who have died from malaria since DDT was banned in the early 1970's (intenseley pushed by the Environmental Defense Fund).

This is appalling. When will we learn to check the facts before responding with politically correct legislation that has not been properly researched?

And far more importantly....when will DDT be used to kill mosquitoes in countries where millions have died from malaria?

I'm all for a more eco-friendly way to kill mosquitoes, but once again the environmentalists have shown that they value "nature" more than human life. Until there is a more eco-friendly alternative, DDT must be used to save lives!

Friday, January 07, 2005

Incredible Tsunami Satellite Photos

Check out this link for a series of 14 different locations with before & after shots of the tsunami. On each page, the "before" button at the top of the page is actually a toggle between before and after shots. Then click on the "Next" button to go to the next set (different location). The damage gets more and more shocking the closer to set 14 you get. In the last few, there isn't even grass left afterwards.

Please remember to Pray for the tsunami survivors and see this post for ways you can help.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

G.I. J

I couldn't resist's a pic of TexasBug's own Big J, enjoying his recently installed bunk beds (tent compliments of mommy) and his new army gear (rank of 2nd Lieutenant compliments of his Iraqi vet cousin 1st Lt. Snelgrove) Ain't it great to be 3?

Andrea Yates' Conviction Overturned

This one hits close to home, because the Yates' lived just a few miles from my home. In case you've been living under a rock, Andrea Yates was convicted in 2001 for drowning all 5 of her children in the bathtub in their home.

Today, a judge has overturned that conviction based on a ruling that a proscution witness gave false testimony at the trial.

When this story first happened, I had trouble sleeping for weeks. Images of the oldest, 7 year old son, seeing his siblings and trying to run for his life would haunt me. This woman is deeply disturbed, and whether or not she is insane (seems like a no brainer!) or what, she has no business out of confinement of some kind.

Having said that, I think another tragedy of this story is that the father was not also held accountable. Mrs. Yates had a history of severe mental illness. She had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression, which had gotten more severe with each childbirth. Yet her husband insisted that they homeschool their children and not use birth control because that's "what they agreed to when they married". Even though he was an engineer at NASA, he had his family of 7 living in an RV until after Andrea's second unsuccesful suicide attempt, when he finally bought them a house to live in. And the clincher....he had taken Andrea to her doctor and had her taken off of her drugs just a few days before she took her children's life. Why is this man able to walk around free??

I was talking with a good friend of mine today while our kids were at gymnastics and she had an interesting point. She said she actually thought the death penalty would be the most humane thing for Andrea because if she is ever treated in a mental facility and has a lucid moment to remember and realize what she's would she ever cope with it? It's a lose lose situation not matter what.

You can read some people's reactions here. What's yours?

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

America's Best Sniper? Over 1,000 yards!

I think so! Check out this article about a Marine Corps News> Marine sniper credited with longest confirmed kill in Iraq. His name is Sgt. Herbert B. Hancock, and he rocks!

I was reading about him at blackfive and Argghhh! when I read the part about him being a Marine who is also a police officer in Bryan, Texas and it jogged my memory...

After a bit of checking around to confirm....sure enough, his cousin attends the same church I do and we had spoken about Sgt. Hancock and his awesome sharpshooting skills just a couple of weeks ago! Small world, huh?

Thank God for men like Sgt. Hancock who are fighting daily to keep us free.

If you'd like to support the efforts of our fine snipers, please visit Adopt A Sniper

Abortion Regret TV Ads

Silent No More Awareness campaign and VirtueMedia have produced these video commercials which are currently running in Arizona and Wisconsin. The 60-second one incorporates both of the 30-second ones so you can get it all by just watching the longer one. I urge you to watch it.

I think it's important for those who want to make a choice to have this kind of information....and they're certainly not going to get it from Planned Parenthood.

If you're reading this and you or someone you know has had an abortion, please visit Silent No More Awareness for help and healing.

Aggie List Eater Video

I know I'm a little behind, here, but I just stumbled on this List Eater Video at another Aggie Blog, Deep and Wide.

For those of you unfamiliar with this story (non-Aggies), it is a long standing tradition at A&M (and you know how we love our traditions!) to camp out for big-game tickets. It's a way of standing in line first....starting several days before tickets go on sale. Now to prevent ourselves from *actually* standing in a line for many days, we form a list. First come, first served as far as getting on the list. To make sure folks don't sign the list and then go home, there are frequent, random roll-calls taken. This way you can relax in the comforts of your own tent instead of standing in a line for days on end. And who says Aggies aren't smart, huh??

Well there always has to be a crybaby, now doesn't there? This year, some young idiot marches herself up to the ticket counter the day tickets go on sale and declares herself first in line at 4am. Never mind the hundreds of peacefully sleeping Aggies in their tents who are resting in the fact that their place in line has been determined by their order on The List. As extra insurance for when the sleeping Aggies wake up, said chick decides to EAT The List!

Yes, you heard me. She actually consumed it so there was no record of those who had been camping out for weeks for Cotton Bowl tickets. In hindsight, was the meal really worth it? I digress...

And to my fellow Ags.....BTHO The List eater!!

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

DDT Saves Lives??

Apparently so! Check out this article at Ogre's View. Very interesting observation! What do you think?

Howdy Aggie Bloggers!

I got tired of waiting for someone else to do it, so....I've started a Webring for Aggie Bloggers. You can see the logo on the right and underneath you can click on "join" guessed it, join.

Hopefully we can make quite a list of fellow Ags in the blogosphere...

The Human Cost

Here's what one warrior thinks of the Media's portrayal of the war in Iraq. Go get 'em Greyhawk!

UPDATED: More Great Poetry...

When the World Dials 911

Disaster strikes a world away We get the call, what do we say? We move at once, to ease their plight, To aid them through their darkest night. But come shrill cries from carping Press, That’s not enough to fix this mess. We know that, fools, but give us room, To counter Mother Nature’s doom.
America gives to those in need, With no regard to faith or creed. We’re there for all when need is great A helping hand to any state, That’s fallen under Nature’s wrath And needs a lift back to the path. So what they may have mocked our ways? We’ll turn our cheek ‘til better days.
But there are those who hate us so, They’ll carp and snipe and hit us low, Who’ll bend disaster to their needs, And try to choke us on our deeds. They’ll play their dirty liberal tricks, For them it’s only politics. In the face of massive human pain, They only think of their own gain.
But the world knows sure whom it must call, When disaster strikes, when nations fall. America is the beaming light That fades, dispels disaster’s night, And standing firm provides relief To salve the pain, allay the grief. So to Hell with what our critics say, America’s fine, still leads the way.
Russ Vaughn

Hat tip to Blackfive

UPDATE: You can read more of Russ Vaughn's great poetry at Esoteric*Diatribe

Could it be?

Seems doubtful, but Drudge is saying that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is reportedly arrested in Iraq. Let's send him to Abu Ghraib....

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