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Entries from October 2007

The Homogenization of Halloween

October 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment ·

Every Christmas there’s a bunch of complaining from our more religious compatriots about how secularists are trying to take the ‘christ’ out of Christmas, getting nativity scenes banned from public property, bullying WalMart employees into saying ‘Happy Holidays’ and generally trying to redirect the holiday away from what they think it stands for. But if […]

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Review: Carnifex by Tom Kratman

October 27th, 2007 · 14 Comments ·

Tom Kratman’s new book Carnifex is a sequel to A Desert Called Peace which was published only a few months ago. It continues the story of Patricio Carrera on the war-torn planet of Terra Novo where history and the political forces of the world bear a not entirely coincidental resemblance to our contemporary world. Kratman […]

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Iraq News Update

October 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments ·

The Surge and the Defeat of al Qaeda in Iraq In his latest message sent out as an audio statement through al Jazeera, Osama bin Laden essentially recognized the fact that al Qaeda in Iraq is no longer a functional force. Al Qaeda is regrouping its resources, largely outside of Iraq and looking for new […]

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Central Texas BBQ: The Salt Lick in Driftwood

October 22nd, 2007 · 17 Comments ·

One Sunday afternoon we went out for barbecue, but we got a late start and missed Smitty’s in Lockhart, which closes at 3. So we thought we should fill a gap in our barbecue education and try one of the most renowned barbecue hotspots in the region and headed west to Driftwood and the famous […]

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Conspiracy Fanatics Invade Bill Maher

October 21st, 2007 · 3 Comments ·

So I’m watching the Bill Maher show and starting to doze off as Sheila Jackson Lee spouts some sort of moronic socialist nonsense, and all of a sudden I’m jarred alert as the show gets sucked into a bizarre alternate reality by a loud shouting voice from the audience. I have no idea what the […]

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Hugo Chavez and the Cult of Personality

October 20th, 2007 · 19 Comments ·

Some have taken me to task for being too eager to announce Hugo Chavez’ membership in the Junior Dictators Club. After all, he’s just trying to help the people of Venezuela and if he’s taken away free speech, judicial independence, rendered the legislature meaningless, shut down or intimidated the press and turned the schools into […]

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Nugget: Hillary Buys the Blogosphere

October 18th, 2007 · No Comments ·

Several stories just crossed my desk about a developing scandal which is being called ‘bloggergate’. There has always been a suspicion that some bloggers were being paid by political campaigns and a few isolated cases where there was evidence. Two recent articles go into a great deal more detail and show a widespread network linked […]

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Drug War Stumbles in the UK

October 18th, 2007 · No Comments ·

This week Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom who is responsible for law enforcement in orth NWales made a strong statement against the aggressive anti-drug stance of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, stating that the war on drugs in the UK is “irrational, illogical, immoral and hypocritical” and that “most importantly it doesn’t work.” Brunstrom went further to […]

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Time for the GOP to Look Backwards and Move Forwards

October 17th, 2007 · 2 Comments ·

Today the Republican Party is at a crossroads. It faces the choice of continuing down a path of failed leadership and forgotten principles, or taking the hard and rutted road back to its beginnings. The party was founded to restore the values of our founding fathers in a time when those values had been forgotten. […]

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Societal Failure, Voter Despair and a Small Ray of Hope

October 9th, 2007 · No Comments ·

As may be clear from my recent article about Al Gore, I’m getting pretty desperate for some alternative to the Hillary Clinton juggernaut in 2008. That I’m willing to draft Gore and accept his mediocrity and ecopimping shows just how desperate I am. But recent developments have offered me another faint hope which might be […]

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