Monday, September 25, 2006

It can be kind of funny when random humanists run around and bash you on their blogs.

Evolution speaker to face tax evasion charges

This article was published by The Collegiate Times on September 16, regarding Kent Hovind, the nutty "professor" that tries to align himself with creationists, parrots a lot of their arguments to sound legitimate, and then goes off the deep end once you're hooked.

Well, I'm just minding my own business, defending the causes I believe in, so I post the following:
As a Bible-believing young-earth creationist, I can agree with you on the style of Mr. Hovind's presentations. I have observed a few of them, and agree that his performance leaves one with little doubt that Mr. Hovind suffers from attention deficit disorder, and is only pandering to his already-Christian audience in most cases.

And now his testimony, such as it was, is further harmed by disputes with the IRS and transparent attempts to dodge tax laws.

Because we disapprove of Mr. Hovind does not cheapen the merit of the arguments such as evolution and Nazism. Just as when deaths are committed in the name of religion (which are fewer than you think) one must determine if the actual cause championed supports such actions. For example, I could stone someone I thought God disapproved of and claim support in the Bible. Am I a nut or am I truly acting on the religious text? The question then becomes, is the person's actions justified according to the Bible or not? A close examination of the Bible yields the answer; NO, the Bible does NOT justify its readers in stoning anyone.

Let the same question be applied to evolution. Can the laws that govern evolution, and the consequential moral judgments, be used to support Hitler's actions? Whether Hitler had specific knowledge that he was following the tenets of evolution is irrelevant. Can Hitler be justified according to evolution. The answer is yes. E-mail me if you wish to contest this.


Another person who left a comment went by the name Neil Purcell, who I presume is the "Mr. Neil" of a blog that he later retreated and bloviated to.

He blasts my initial comments in a comment entitled Typical Creationist Goading (**Warning: Objectionable language**). I made an attempt to contact the old boy via YIM.

He doesn't reply, but posts about it in another entry entitled Proof that people don't read.

I tried to leave a comment on his little feedback form, which he deleted, with the following explanation: "f*** off!"

Mr. Neil is a very cute specimen of humanity, and his debating skills lead one to doubt his claims to have debated creationists so many times.

Carry on, Neil. Hope you find saving grace ere the end.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Dishonoring the Dead: Part 2

PETA Attacks Irwin's Wildlife Career Only Days After His Death

Just days after he died, animal rights group PETA have launched an attack on the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, making insensitive remarks about the Australian's work with wild animals.

Campaigners for PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - blasted the T.V. star - who was killed September 4, aged 44, by a stingray - about his life-long work with exotic animals.

PETA spokesman Dan Mathews said, "He made his career out of antagonizing frightened wild animals, and that's a very dangerous message to send to young children."


And again, desperate for media attention, these self-important lowlifes are perfectly willing to stand on the coffin of Steve Irwin. Their alleged love for dumb beasts overshadows care for their fellow man.

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Dishonoring the dead to get your name in the news?

Cousteau: Irwin's tactics 'misleading'

LOS ANGELES -- Marine explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau said Tuesday that while he mourns the recent death of "The Crocodile Hunter," Steve Irwin, he disagrees with Irwin's hands-on approach to nature television.

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But, he added, Irwin would "interfere with nature, jump on animals, grab them, hold them, and have this very, very spectacular, dramatic way of presenting things. Of course, it goes very well on television. It sells, it appeals to a lot people, but I think it's very misleading. You don't touch nature, you just look at it. And that's why I'm still alive. I've been diving over 61 years - a lot many more years that he's been alive - and I don't mess with nature."


That's why he was beloved by millions, and why everyone tuned in. His passion and enthusiasm permeated his life's work, and naturally drew attention, if no one else, than the ones going "what in the world is this nut doing? I think I'll stay and watch him get eaten."

And that's why nobody watches you, Mr. Cousteau, and your condemnation-laced shows. You're BORING. So much are you neglected that you must demean the dearly departed to get your name in the news. Back off and let the world mourn in peace.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Saddam was a threat - Democrats


Bin Laden reportedly leaves Afghanistan, whereabouts unknown
- Saddam offers asylum

Saddam offering our number 1 enemy asylum. Just one more offense among Saddam's many.

Of course, back when it benefited them, liberals said Saddam was a threat too.

“[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…”

• John Kerry, (D, MA), Jan. 23, 2003

“We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.”

• Senator Bob Graham (D, FL), December 8th, 2002

“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He also has given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members … It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”

• Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct. 10, 2002

“He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do”

• Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10th, 2002

“There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”

• Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct. 10th, 2002

“I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”

• Sen. John Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9th, 2002

“The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retained some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warefare capability. Intelligence reports also indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”

• Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3rd, 2002

We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”

• Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27th, 2002

“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to completely deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”

• Al Gore, Sept. 23rd, 2002

“We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”

• Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandates of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.”

• Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI) Sept. 19, 2002

“There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to refine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”

• Letter to President Bush, signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL) and others, Dec. 5th, 2001

“Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”

• Madeleine Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10th, 1999

“Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to the countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”

• Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) Dec. 16th, 1998

“[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”

• Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9th, 1998

“He will use these weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”

• Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Advisor, Feb. 18th, 1998

“Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”

• Madeleine Albright, Feb. 18th, 1998

“If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”

• President Clinton, Feb. 17th, 1998

“One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”

• President Clinton, Feb. 4th, 1998

"Saddam Hussein has stockpiled, weaponized, and used chemical and biological weapons. And he has made no secret of his desire to acquire nuclear weapons. He has ignored international agreements and frustrated the efforts of international inspectors, and his ambitions today are as unrelenting as they have ever been. … We do know, however, that Iraq has weaponized thousands of gallons of anthrax and other deadly biological agents. We know that Iraq maintains stockpiles of some of world’s deadliest chemical weapons, including VX, sarin and mustard gas. We know that Iraq is developing deadlier ways to deliver these horrible weapons, including unmanned drones and long-range ballistic missiles. And we know that Saddam Hussein is committed to one day possessing nuclear weapons. If that should happen, instead of simply bullying the Gulf region, he could dominate it. Instead of threatening only his neighbors, he would become a grave threat to US security and to global security. The threat posed by Saddam Hussein may not be imminent. But it is real. It is growing. And it cannot be ignored. ..."


• Tom Daschle, Thursday, October 10, 2002

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Bush approval rating rebounds in new poll

Bush approval rating rebounds in new poll

This time, it's a USA Today/Gallup poll. This makes two polls showing the President rebounding. Just in time for midterm elections. What are liberals going to do with themselves now?

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Your laugh for the weekend

This is apparently a popular poem that's made the rounds, but I've only now seen it, and thought to share. I twisted a couple of the words so more would be misspelled.

Eye halve a spilling checquer
It came with my pea sea
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye kin knot sea

Eye ran this poem threw it
Yule shore be glad two no
It's vary polished in it's weigh
My checker tolled me sew

A checker is a bless sing
It freeze ewe lodes of thyme
It helps me awl stiles four two reed
And aides me when aye rime

Two rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud
And wee mussed dew the best wee can
Sew flaws are knot aloud

And now bee cause my spelling
is checked with such grate flare
Their are know faults with in my site
Of nun eye am a wear

Each frays comes posed up on my screen
Eye trussed to be a joule
The checker poured o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule

That's why aye brake in two averse
By righting wants too pleas
Sow now ewe sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear for pea seas

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Adult Stem Cells vs. Tiny Baby Bodies

Adult cells are behind much of stem cell success so far

I have been asking the question for months now. Stem cell therapies are a relatively new field. When there is so much promise in the field of adult stem cells, why must scientists be so eager to take the most destructive avenue yet known to this new study?

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Keeping Earth's Garage Dirty - For Our Own Sake

US air quality has improved in past decade: report

Hey, good news, right?

In the previous entry, I showed that maybe the sun is to blame for part/all/some of the observed global warming. What does that mean for us? It means if we want to combat global warming, we should find of blocking the sun and keeping the planet cooler.

Take clean air for example. As environmentalists have been saying, mankind has been driving its big nasty SUVs and spitting aerosol pollutants into the air, cluttering it up. But as it turns out, those pollutants are kind of like the junk in your garage. When your garage is clean clean, it's easy to move through. Same thing with the sun. When the air is clean, the sunlight can get through easier. The solution? Pollution.

Sounds crackpot nuts, doesn't it?

Pollution May Slow Warming; Cleaner Air May Speed It, Study Says (This link, like many on this blog, goes to a story on FreeRepublic.com because the original news source has removed the article.)

Air trends 'amplifying' warming - Reduced air pollution and increased water evaporation appear to be adding to man-made global warming.

Does cleaner air make hurricanes worse? - The cycling of hurricane activity from high to low, which some scientists have attributed to a natural cycle in global weather patterns, is in fact caused by the rise and fall of pollution released by humans.

So much for cleaner air being good news. Now we have to pollute more.

So drive that SUV guilt-free, and if anyone stops you and whines at you, explain that you're doing your part to help stave off global warming. Tell 'em Dave said you could.

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Study: Sun Not To Blame For Global Warming

Changes In Solar Brightness Too Weak To Explain Global Warming

This one has received a fair amount of coverage in the media. (A Google News search revealed 31+ articles on the study.) Just one study that supports anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming and exonerates the sun. This study is not the last word. It's just the latest. Given the nature of the debate over global warming, one doubts that a 'last word' ever will come.

There are a good deal more articles on the subject that disagree with this new study.

Phenomenological solar contribution to the 1900–2000 global surface warming:
"[T]he solar impact on climate change ... is significantly stronger than what some theoretical models have predicted."


Sun's Activity Increased in Past Century, Study Confirms

Sun more active than for a millennium

The Sun is More Active Now than Over the Last 8000 Years Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research go back eight times the above link's time frame and still find we're at a solar peak relative to their time scale.

Sun's warming influence 'under-estimated' from the Armagh Observatory.
"We can see global warming taking place over the past two centuries that suggests that changes in the Sun are at least partially responsible."


Blocking sunshine with aerosol may help avoid global warming (If the sun isn't causing it, then why will blocking sunlight help slow it?)

Brighter sun adds to fears of climate change
"The enhanced warming we have seen since the 1990s along with phenomena such as the widespread melting of glaciers could well be due to this increased intensity of sunlight compounding the effect of greenhouse gases."


Scientists blame sun for global warming
Careful studies over the last 20 years show that its overall brightness and energy output increases slightly as sunspot activity rises to the peak of its 11-year cycle.

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That, say scientists in Philadelphia, could be a more significant cause of global warming than the emissions of greenhouse gases that are most often blamed.


Sun's direct role in global warming may be underestimated, Duke physicists report

Sun's Output Increasing in Possible Trend Fueling Global Warming

Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says


(Size is proportionate, but not distance)

Ya know, maybe that great big bright ball 'o gas in the sky is causing some of this. Is this at all possible?

Not to biased scientists funded by left-wing groups intent on blaming humans (specifically, George W. Bush) for everything, while trying their darndest to alarm citizens and persuade them that electing them to power is the only way that we can save the earth from destruction.

**Update August 2, 2007**
Math used in new climate change assessment

**Update August 14, 2007**
Global warming and cooling linked to the sunspot cycle

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Bush Approval Ratings Up - Rasmussen

President Bush Job Approval - 47%.

No breathless media reporting on significant numbers now approving of Bush. But this shows how fickle the oft-flawed public approval ratings can be. Other polls show lower.

Is this the result of oil prices dropping? Or the result of Bush's prime time speech on Monday? Hard to tell. One thing is for sure; Bush can help other candidates if his approval ratings are higher. Thus, although he is a "lame duck" President with nothing to lose, he should still be communicating more with the American people.

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Taking the time to say "Thank you."

I was walking to class yesterday and I spied a minivan with several fellows in the white uniforms and caps of the Navy. I felt just a tad nervous, but I went up to them and said "You guys military?"

I know that may seem like a dumb question, but I don't want to find out after I start thanking them that they're just security guards, or dressing up, or something like that.

They said they were. So I shook each man's hand and thanked him for his service.

I'm not bragging. I'm telling you this to encourage you to do the same. It was stepping out of my comfort zone just a tad, but think of the difference it will make in these young servicemen's lives. They may never forget you or I for coming up and thanking them.

If you see someone in uniform, tell 'em thanks. Make sure they're for real first.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Getting up oily the next morning

And while we're on the subject of oil, let's share some more good news which you've probably already heard.

Chevron oil find in Gulf of Mexico a 'breakthrough'

"Experts predict that Chevron's successful test drill of its Walker Ridge Block 5.3 miles below the deep Gulf waters could lead to 750,000 barrels of new daily U.S. crude oil production within six years. That's equal to about 15 percent of last week's U.S. oil production of 5.03 million barrels per day."


So not only will we not run out of oil, but we'll be less dependant on those Middle-East oil moguls who have Vegas hotels for summer condos.

Hasn't hurt gas prices lately either. It's been weeks since we've seen articles about "pain at the pump." Last I checked, gas was $2.11 a gallon at its cheapest where I live. (Log on to Gasbuddy.com to find the cheapest in your area, and report lower prices if you've seen them, and pass the favor along!)

I also have to wonder what happened with the last big oil find? Let me refresh your memory.

Study reveals huge U.S. oil-shale field
The United States has an oil reserve at least three times that of Saudi Arabia locked in oil-shale deposits beneath federal land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, according to a study released yesterday.

But the researchers at the RAND think tank caution the federal government to go carefully, balancing the environmental and economic impacts with development pressure to prevent an oil-shale bust later.

"We've got more oil in this very compact area than the entire Middle East," said James Bartis, RAND senior policy researcher and the report's lead author. He added, "If we go faster, there's a good chance we're going to end up at a dead end."


That should help a little more too.

And let's not forget about all the oil we can tap in ANWR, if stubborn liberals and spineless Republicans would let us. Congress is closing all the doors and windows with regulation, and then complaining about how stuffy it is in here. Hey genius(s), peel that regulation red tape off the windows and let's get some air in here.

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Texas Tea Springs Eternal

Saudi: Just 18 Pct. of World Oil Tapped

If this guy knows his stuff (and as every conspiracy theorist will tell you, the Saudis know oil) then there is enough oil to power this country for another 140 years. I don't know if he accounts for inflation, but let's halve that for moderation. (China, India and Pakistan are slurping more oil as they expand.)

So let's say we've got enough oil for 70 more years. Does anyone truly think that in a world of technological ingenuity, somebody will NOT come up with a cheaper way to produce natural fuels, or discover cold fusion, or something? Tell any group of scientists that they've got 70 years to develop an oil alternative, and they'll probably tell you they only need ten.

So no need to panic about oil supplies running out. As with most media-perpetuated alarms, brush this one off and don't sweat it. Have some tea.

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Dress for success

Survey: Work Clothes Speak Volumes About You

This survey says that casual clothes make people think and relate more to you. So it depends on what image you want to convey. When I worked as a Jewelry Specialist at Kohl's, I would wear dress slacks and a long-sleeved dress shirt. People would routinely mistake me for a manager.

There's something to be said for casual Fridays.

But something is lost not only on Fridays, but if you were casual clothes every day. There is something about wearing working clothes you don't wear in leisure time that adds to your attitude. When you put on the fancy duds (even a tie if need be) you're stepping into your role. You look yourself in the mirror, and even subconsciously throughout the day, your clothes are telling others and you that you are at work.

When you get home, you shed your work persona like a snake sheds skin, and can step back into being you again.

But if you want advice from me, ONE dress nice and TWO don't dress nicer than your higher-ups. And, oh yeah, THREE, if you work at a construction yard or a related field, skip the dress shoes and grab the steel-toes, okay?

Feeling low, and couldn't be happier

Nation's Crime Rate Hits 32-Year Low


If you'll remember, last year at about this time, it was a 30-year low. We've gone even lower.

(Flashback to 9/2005: U.S. crime rate holds at 30-year low)

Unemployment is low too: Bureau of Labor and Statistics Monthly Unemployment Numbers for August 2006.

Murder Rates are also lower: Murder Rate Hits 40-Year Low

And, Abortion rates are lower.

We're hitting a lot of lows these days, and they're all good. Of course, good news is no news at all. Good news goes under-reported. And of course, no one will think to blame Bush.

By the way, given that homicide is any death by a gun, one must wonder if these gun victimizations that are jacking up the numbers include stories of civilian self defense.

For example, does Kennya Johnson's use of a firearm count in those numbers?

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Conspiracy weirdos

Democrat Underground: The famous bunny cage, kerosene and concrete blocks experiment

People are A) so desperate to distrust and disprove somebody and B) so eager to place blame on an entity other than who is at fault, people will buy into crackpot theories such as this. A lot of people have devoted valuable time and energy debunking these silly myths.

Popular Mechanics had a good piece on the subject, for example.

But what good will it do, really? It serves to reassure the tiny minority of us who are beginning to wonder. That's all. It won't convince anyone else. They want to believe a lie. And as Friedrich Schiller said, against stupidity even the gods wrestle in vain.

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CNN News Alert: Water is wet

Researchers identify 'male warrior effect'

In Annie Get Your Gun, Annie sings the classic line "Anything you can do, I can do better." In the ongoing gender-neutralizing feminization of America, people are starting to believe it. Men are being castrated left and right. Programs like "Queer Eye" and terms like "metrosexual" are being pushed into the culture, and men are losing their identity as men. In essence, men are no longer allowed to be men.

Let's get this good and straight. Men and women are separate, and not equal. Women excell in some things that men do not, just as men excell in some things that women do not. Men are physically built larger and stronger and thicker. Can women also heft loads of bricks in the brickyard? Sure. Are they made for it, are they fit for it, is it ideal? No.

Likewise, women are more natural caretakers. Their generally softer disposition and inclination towards leniency, among other things, makes them closer to their children. Can men also be delicate and sensative to sons and daughters? Of course.

Neither role is absolute, but one is generally more suited to the role than the other.

Take this simple test. You are standing in front of a table which holds a Blackberry, a bottle of alcohol, a squishy ball, a whistle, and a sword. Which did you pick up?



If you picked up the sword first, my friend, you are A MAN. Or a woman with good taste.

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"What's 'is capeh, luv?"

Chicken parts keep falling into neighborhood


As the rats in Chicken Run say, "It's raining hens!"

Monday, September 11, 2006

Disney music

I used to be a part of that whole "Boycott Disney" thing back when it was in its heyday and you had all of fourteen people actively boycotting Disney, except maybe at Christmas and birthdays. I think Narnia finally brought them back into our good graces.

No one can deny that, while Disney itself isn't in its prime, it has produced some marvelous works. The classic cartoons like Peter Pan and Robin Hood are fondly imbedded in many of our memories.

The theme park ain't so bad either.

But what really grabs me as I get older is the music. The theme park music, the soundtracks from films like The Rescuers Down Under, all appeal to me because A) it's good music and B) the music lets you relive those memories from youth.

I found a website not too long ago which lists a lot of music from the theme parks, including the marvelous, upbeat, positive, pro-America, patriotic song "Golden Dream" which I was able to listen to from a CD I purchased in the park.

If you want to relive some memories from childhood, or perhaps pick up some tunes from the park, here are some links for you to enjoy.

The Sounds of Magic - Click on "welcome" and then "sounds of magic."

Disney UK runs a good sound-and-music site too. Love listening to that Monorail announcer.

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Engaging 9/11/06

I'll admit, although I personally lost no one in the attacks on September 11, the anniversary still hits me hard this year. I don't help myself much. I listen to sad music from films like Batman Begins or The Lord of the Rings. I found a great website that plays the touching music from the film We Were Soldiers. (You can listen to the tune here and download the mp3 version here.)

I wanted to create this blog because my normal dig, Free Republic, has hundreds and thousands of people all wanting to express their personal opinion, and since I've toyed with the idea of having a blog of my own anyway, I thought there was no better day to launch it than today.

I was/am a member of the blog/website Faithfusion.net (and by the way, go take a look there, that's my brother's site) but I like the idea of having my own personal blog anyway.

The very few visitors who come here will find I am interested in news and politics. I give a brief bio of myself at my Free Republic profile, which is located here. I don't know how often I'll post. I post news articles quite frequently on Free Republic. So we'll see where my interests truly lie. Expect a lot of

I'm surprised you're reading this blog, much less that you've read this far. Welcome to the blog, stranger. Can't promise that there will be a lot to hold your interest, when video, audio, pictures, more compelling websites, and far more interesting blogs than mine are calling you. Whoever you are, glad you stopped by for a minute, and I hope I can see you more in the future.