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Live blogging the debate

Blogs for Bush has a list up of folks who will be live blogging tonight's debate. Blogs for Bush will be live blogging the debate as well. I've got my official blogging pajamas (with optional bath robe) on just in case the blogging spirit moves me.

9:43 PM So is Kerry going to say anything other than Bush is wrong? And can we get some details please on how Kerry would do things right? I would really love to ask him if he thinks the President has done anything right EVER.

9:44 PM Another Vietnam reference, never saw that coming.

9:57 PM I wonder how many more Iraqis Sadam would have killed while we did things Kerry's way? Did North Korea, Iran, and the Darfur genocide suddenly spring into being the moment Bush became president? No. What would Kerry do to solve these problems? Don't know but we do know that Bush is WRONG.

10:09 PM Oooh, a question on character. This'll be interesting. Lots of mush mush but nothing new.

10:16 PM How much longer is this going to go on?…

Have you no shame Mr. Rather? Scaring people about the draft.

Baldilocks had this post up in JUNE about the possibility of the draft being reinstated: Drafty Story
The word is out about the draft. Oh, you didn’t know that there was a plan for a draft? Au contraire! Those nefarious Republicans are plotting to send the unwilling to the quagmire Iraq. And just to show how crafty those Republicans are, check out who they put up to do their bidding!

House:
Charles Rangel, NY
Neil Abercrombie, HI
Corrine Brown, FL
Donna M. Christensen, VI
William Lacy Clay, MO
John Conyers, Jr., MI
Elijah E. Cummings, MD
Alcee L. Hastings, FL
Sheila Jackson-Lee, TX
John Lewis, GA
Jim McDermott, WA
James P. Moran, VA
Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC
Fortney Pete Stark, CA
Nydia M. Velazquez, NY

Senate:
Fritz Hollings, SC

All Democrats! Pretty impressive manipulative technique, don’t you think? And they say the president is dumb!She posted about it again just a few days ago.

So why is CBS just now running a story claiming that the draft may be reinstated? And why did they chose…

Battle Ready

We sang this hymn in church a few weeks ago. As we sang this hymn this verse came to mind, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:3,4

Then I thought of, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12

What exactly do the weapons that Christians wield look like? What does a Christian who is battle ready look like? And what does a Christian engaged in a battle against things that are not flesh and blood look like? Is this what the church in America is doing today? Some how I think we have strayed a bit off of the path of battle readiness with fights over which political party to support and which candidate to vote for. And which pet issue to lobby the gov…

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"Anybody But Bush" crowd hiding behind the environment

Yesterday we went down the road a bit to the annual neighbourhood cultural fair. (See hubby's post here for a bit of back story.) Every year I go I ask my self, exactly who's culture is being celebrated here? Last year when I performed with my belly dance troupe there was a large inflatable thing that was supposed to be a nuke but didn't look anything like a nuke just up the street behind us. There were lots of Dean signs around last year too.

I don't know if it's because it's an election year of what but things seemed a lot worse this year than they've ever been. The Kerry-Edwards signs almost matched the number of Bush Must Go signs (they usually don't). There were some cheerleaders in drag calling themselves the System Shakers. Three guesses who the butt of their cheers were. But you know this is my neighbourhood. These folks are trying to make a living and raise their kids just like me. And what else would you expect from a street fair in college nei…

Do you owe me? II: A student perspective on reparations

Alright, enough poking fun at CBS and that silly "guys in pajamas" comment. Back to some real blogging, in my pajamas of course, but not in the livingroom.

So I've finally gotten my hands on that in class writing assignment I mentioned that hubby gave his students a few months back. The question was (roughly), "Do whites owe anything to non-whites because of past injustice?" A secondary part of the question was about white guilt and self hate. The students had some interesting answers to that question as well. I think I'll deal with those answers separately though. Here are the answers to the first part of the question:

"I'm not exactly sure how to answer this question. I'd like to say that I feel bad for something like slavery, if that's part of the question, but how exactly do you repay something like that. If we were to do something like this, I think it would just provoke racism and be a little more counter-productive than productive. I …

Now ain't that somethin'

A Climate Of FearHere and now there is a quiet, low grade, but very real concern among many Republicans about what an increasing proportion of liberals have become and the petty violence of which more and more of them are now capable and prone. I sense they have been led to this new state by the same factors that have created the new angry Howard Dean Democrats.

I call it "a climate of fear" because nobody should have to take into account a serious likelihood that those who do not agree with a bumber sticker's sentiment will damage a car or a home. But I am not really afraid of these new liberals. They are pathetic.

(Hat tip Instapundit)

Girly Pajamahadeen

(Courtesy Lindy Eddy)

This is just way too much fun! I bet Klein never thought he would have to deal with this kind of stuff when he said, "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at '60 Minutes'] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing." From the Opinion Journal article, I'd Rather Be Blogging CBS stonewalls as "guys in pajamas" uncover a fraud.

The part of this story that really bothers me though is this: Mr. Klein didn't directly address the mounting objections to CBS's story. He fell back on what high school debaters call the appeal to authority, implying that the reputation of "60 Minutes" should be enough to dissolve doubts without the network sharing its methods with other journalists and experts. He told Fox's Tony Snow that the "60 Minutes" team is "the most careful news organization, certainly on television." He said that Mary Mapes…

The rise of the Pajamahadeen

(Courtesy Lindy Eddy) Yes the Pajamahadeen, pursuers of the truth. We are the ones sitting around in our pajamas keeping a critical eye on the main stream media (MSM). We're not all male computer geeks blogging from our livingroom as one CBS supporter seems to think (I do a lot of blogging in bed thank you very much). We are the real rainbow coalition, men and women hailing from every ethnicity and walk of life. We apparently have more common sense than many in MSM and aren't afraid to call 'em like we see 'em. For the most part we know how to think for ourselves and we're not afraid to piss people off in the search for the truth. We are not going to go away. If anything, we are going to be even more skeptical, more critical, and more demanding that MSM get their facts straight. We want the truth not your packaged, polished, slanted, handpicked idea of what should be true. [Insert evil genius laughter here.] Thanks to Rambling's Journal for pointing out the pic.

Bloggin while pregnant: Any day now

I went to my doctor yesterday for a regular prenatal check up. He said that I'm far enough along in pregnancy now that if I went into labour they wouldn't try to stop it. Junior has also assumed the appropriate position for delivery (which means that I'm making more late night trips to the bathroom now). So when I got home yesterday I started packing my hospital bag. Later that day I mowed the lawn, did the dishes, did the laundry, and took some of the trash out ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Yes I know, I must be crazy.

Today I went shopping for last minute supplies for when the baby finally does make his/her appearance. Diaper pins, waterproof diaper covers, cloth diapers, and the like. I spent several minutes standing in the aisles of Toys R' Us and Babies R' Us trying to remember what I was forgetting. When I finally got back home today I went diving into the closet looking for all of the bits to the bassinet/changing table for the play pen we have. There's a whole …

Helping parents help their autistic kids

I found a link today to a promising non-profit organisation on Amy Ridenour's blog that helps autistic children. The Brent Woodall Foundation For Exceptional Children helps autistic children by teaching their parents how to help their children. Exactly the kind of thing hubby and I have been looking for all these long months! Right now we're in contact with the group to see what kind of programs they offer. I'm very excited to come across a group that is willing to help children and parents in this way. Take a look at this write up on the organisation at Strengthen the Good.

September 11th 2001, I remember

It was starting out to be a nice day. Ethan was 6 months old and had slept in that day so at 9:00 AM I was just contemplating getting out of bed. Ethan had decided that it would be fun to crawl off the edge of the bed so I had to keep a hand on his ankle to keep him from going over head first. Hubby was getting ready to head to campus to teach a little later that morning.

A little after 9:00 AM we went down stairs to get breakfast. As has been my habit since the 2000 election fiasco I turned on Fox News to see what was going on in the world that day. I saw a picture of the north tower of the World Trade Center (WTC) on fire. Shepard Smith, who was on at the time, looked stunned as if he couldn't believe what he was seeing.

I watched as they replayed footage of the first plane hitting the WTC just moments before we had come downstairs. I thought to myself, "People are so bloody stupid! What are these damn fools trying to prove now! Why does any one ever think that killing lots…

No more computer woes and other random thoughts

Hubby finally got his computer fixed yesterday so my computer is all mine again. Those of you who have been sending email to him through my email address can resume sending it to him directly. Since Ethan is off at school for a couple of hours each day and Isaiah seems inclined to take naps again it seems as if I will have lots of free time to do absolutely nothing. At least until junior arrives in another 4 weeks or so (hopefully).

I have two more additions for my list of Things I Really Look Forward to Once I Give Birth. The first is being able to get off of the couch unassisted. Actually it's really only one thing. Being able to out run a two year old again was the other thing I was going to add but I guess that's kind of covered by the first item of my original list.

I've got more fan mail: I thought my wife Donna and I were an only couple. Here I am a white conservative man married to a black (Jamaican) conservative woman. We are alone in the world no more! How many m…

That's just wrong

This is all unbearably pathetic.
CBS News lied and forged their on-air documents, Ramblings' Journal.
Feckless Friends Of Kerry Fooled By Forgeries, La Shawn Barber.
Stop It Now, True Or False?, Baldilocks.
Forgeries?, "Get real", AP weighs in, Ain't competition grand, More on purported forgeries, World Magazine Blog.
Instapundit has lots of links start at the top for today and work your way down.

This has got to be one of the most pathetic political stunts I have ever seen. I went to bed last night hoping I would wake up to find that this was all a very bad dream. No such luck. I hope the idiot(s) responsible for this gets some jail time. We can't be having this kinda mess, it degrades the whole political process. It turns it into a gruesome parody of some teeny bopper popularity contest with the fate of millions of Americans hanging in the balance. We are in a contest for the leader of the free world this is not the time to be pulling juvenile stunts like this.…

Christian Carnival XXXIV

Is over as the Fringe. My post below, Single Sin, is in it. The theme this week is Be Thou My Vision using verses of the hymn as categories. I especially like the verse that my post falls under:

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise, Thou mine Inheritance, now and always: Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

Single sin

I'll probably regret getting into this can of worms but here goes. Jollyblogger has a post up entitled Can singleness be a sin?. It chronicles the brouhaha over Al Mohler's assertion that some people do remain single for sinful reasons. Here are some of my thoughts on the whole thing.

Can singleness be a sin? No more so than staying in bed half the day, eating a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream in one sitting, or not answering the phone when someone you really don't want to talk to calls. These things in and of themselves aren't really good or bad but our reasons for doing them most certainly can be.

Given the hot button topic that singleness is in Christian circles (and our obsession with marriage even though we don't seem to be any better at it than non-Christians) I think it would have been a bit more prudent to say that some of the reasons that some people are single are sinful (it seems as if this was the point that Mr. Mohler was trying to make but other …

Precious gem quiz

! You are most Like A Sapphire !
Dark, mysterious - but unforgettable. You have a deep beauty. Delicate, and shy you try to stay away from the limelight but often your intelligence puts you in at the deep end. You're like a Sapphire, because, your beauty is priceless. You're intelligent, full of opinions, and not big-headed about it all. Sometimes you need to put yourself out there, as you can be a bit shy. Congratulations ... You're the mysterious gem everybody wants to have and learn more about.


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I have to admit that this is how I often think of myself. (Quiz found at Dappled Things.)

Computer woes

Hubby and I have to share my computer until at least Wednesday. His has been on the blink lately and seems to have finally gone on strike. We can't get a tech to come look at the thing until Wednesday. Please pray for us as this computer sharing thing is really putting a strain on me. In addition to having to make sure that the kids are all settled (instead of wandering down the street which seems to be a favorite hobby of theirs) I now have to pry hubby loose from my computer if I want to use it. He's always got some very long and very important post/comment to work on. I've been reduced to using pen and paper to write draft posts, how primitive!

Russian school hostage situation

According to Jihad Watch Russian soldiers stormed the building and engaged the terrorists. 4 or 5 children dead so far. I'm see what else I can find.

I knew there was no way this would end well as did the children's parents. Were I in their position I'd be swinging back and forth between wanting to rip throats out with my bare hands and crying hysterically. Although I suppose at some point I would run out of tears.

Fox News: Russians Storm School; at Least 7 Killed
Yahoo News: Bloody Shootout Ends Russian School Siege (hat tip to LaShawn)
Bloomberg.com: Russian Troops Storm School as Hostages Break Out (Update1) (hat tip to Instapundit who reminds us, "That could be happening here, and sooner or later it will if we don't win this war first.")
MSNBC: Russian authorities claim control of school, has some history at the end about what the "rebels" have been up to over the years.

Update:Hostages shot in the back, more here, and here.
Fox News: More Than …

RNC convention

Okay so I caved. I've been avoiding the RNC convention coverage like the plague but I got hooked tonight. Sis 2 has gone into hiding so dad can't bug her while he watches the speech. My thoughts so far:
On Pataki's speech: made me proud to be a New Yorker.
About the lead in to the President's speech: DANG they laid it on thick! They've got a great public relations team working for them.
About the speech itself: my brain's refusing to pay attention, it's heard it all before. Wait, what does he mean when he says he wants to reform the tax code?
On knuckle head protesters: why? Just why?
The end: well that wasn't so bad. Was it just me or did he get a little teary eyed at the end?

Now I just have to survive the debates (shudder). Bush, Kerry, Cheney, and Edwards all sniping at each other for our benefit on national television. Oh joy.

Fan Mail

Shelley Hartman writes in referance to my post The New Black Freedom Fighter:
hi
just had to drop you a line after reading the following paasage: How long do you think the last vestiges of racism in our society would last if they were faced with a generation of black people who were ready to walk the talk? Imagine an army of young black men and women well versed in the intricacies of American (their) culture, fluent in the languages of economics, science, domestic and international politics, and so many of the other things that too many now consider “white.” How long do you think the real racists that still cling to life in our society would last if they were daily confronted with men and women who by their very existence prove the remaining racists to be lying frauds?
I literally started to cry at the plain commonsense of it. Racism couldn't be viable when people saw the beauty and quality in that "generation of black people". How did the Sharptons and the Jacksons twis…

Rage against the press release (and President Bush of course)

I've been meaning to do this since I first read about this a few days ago. Apparently Rueters editor Todd Eastham so disapproves of the National Right to Life Committee and their opposition to partial-birth abortions that he just had to let them know. Here's his response to a press release he received from them:

"What's your plan for parenting & educating all the unwanted children you people want to bring into the world? Who will pay for policing our streets & maintaining the prisons needed to contain them when you, their parents & the system fail them? Oh, sorry. All that money has been earmarked to pay off the Bush deficit. Give me a frigging break, will you?"*Let's try a little exercise shall we? Changes are in red.

"What's your plan for educating all the freed slaves you people want to let loose in the world? Who will pay for policing our streets & maintaining the prisons needed to contain them when you, their liberators & the…