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Saturday, August 03, 2002

I love Ann Coulter. She has a new book titled, "Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right" and she is also a featured columnist at Frontpage Magazine. Here's her latest article titled, Working for the Poor from Malibu to East Hampton with Citizen Gore

This article provides an example of how major media intentionally or unintentionally distorts the news.

I believe that the choice of words in a story can definitely influence how one views a story. Jonah Goldberg of National Review makes the point better than I can:

DEAD AMERICANS CONT'D [Jonah Goldberg]
For example, why didn' the Justice Department issue fresh indictments of Hamas after the bombing? We know Hamas did it, and last I heard it was a big deal to murder Americans. Hamas even "claimed responsibility" for the attack. Which raises another peeve of mine. Why does the media always say "Hamas claimed responsibility"? What's wrong with saying "...Hamas confessed to the crime." Journalistically, it conveys as much information but maintains the moral context. Actually "claiming responsibility" is morally misleading because Hamas doesn't actually take responsibility for the act in the full meaning of the word. They reject any suggestion that they should be held accountable for their acts, which is what "taking responsibility" is supposed to mean. Memo to Fox News: "Confessed to the crime" is what "fair and balanced" journalists would say.

See what I mean?



And now for something completely different.....

If you aren't watching Spongebob Squarepants on Nickelodeon TV then you are missing a wonderful cartoon. This cartoon is a blessed diversion from all the horrific events that we are bombarded with in the news. My favorite episode is the one where Spongebob and Patrick discover cuss words. It's hilarious. I hate to oversell it because we all know what happens when someone does that but this is a cartoon that children and adults can both enjoy.

I read this excellent piece by Michael Walzer several months ago when it was featured in the spring issue of Dissent Magazine. Walzer is a respected liberal so this piece was a rather surprising indictment of leftism. In this piece, Walzer discusses the illogical and inconsistent hatred most leftists have for America. It appears to me that the left sees America as the source for all the worlds problems and socialism as the cure.

On another note, this is an example of what the blogosphere does best. I don't think this article would have gotten nearly the attention it did if bloggers hadn't linked to it.

Here's a piece in The Christian Science Monitor that details the battle in Afghanistan that was known as Operation Anaconda. I can see this being made into a movie much like Black Hawk Down. I recently saw Black Hawk Down, but before I rented the movie I consulted filmcritic.com to see how they rated the movie. The consensus among filmcritic.com's reviewers was that Black Hawk Down rated one star out of five. One lousy star. Zoolander got three stars. Normally I respect filmcritic.com's reviews, but damn, ONE STAR?! I'm still shaking my head. The movie simply deserved a better rating than that.

Friday, August 02, 2002

Where are my manners? I want to thank Blogger for providing me this forum from which to express myself. Thank you guys very much.

Boy, this guy HATES America Online. He starts off sounding a bit kooky, what with all the conspiracy talk, but by the end of the article he has swayed my opinion. He is asking that people dump AOL because of who they support and because of AOL's goal of consolidating web content under the AOL Time-Warner banner, which would be a bad thing in his opinion.

I said that I would provide a list of my favorite sites today, but I got sidetracked with reading. I will do all that this weekend. I have a lot of reading to make up also.

This piece by Bruce Bawer via Arts and Letters Daily at Partisan Review is pretty long and probably won't interest many people, but I found it fascinating because it shows the face of Islam in Europe. I also found it particularly interesting what a college professor at the University of Oslo in Norway said about the high number of rapes taking place in Europe by Arabs. He was reported to have said, '"Norwegian women must take their share of responsibility for these rapes' because Muslim men found their manner of dress provocative." This is the face of multiculturalism. Those poor Arab men aren't responsible for their actions because the society they come from looks at rape as being the woman's fault.

The Wall Street Journal online is not free, but its editorial page OpinionJournal is free. I especially enjoy James Taranto's Best of the Web column. I think it comes out most everyday. Best of the Web today features a small piece that says that Rep. James Traficant wears a toupee and he won't be allowed to wear it in prison. Anyone who ever saw that dust bunny he calls a wig surely knew that it was not real. I guess they had to report it anyway.

Thursday, August 01, 2002

The PC Patrol at The Fox News site provides a good look at political correctness in America. I wait for this to come out each week. I don't know why I do it to myself. It just makes me crazy when I read some of the stories there.

I can't tell you how good it feels to be able to provide links now. I am a blogger. I have arrived. It was a short trip, but well worth the time spent. If anyone is reading this blog and would like to have one, I believe that I can now help. Let me know. I am eager to help.

Football season is just around the corner. Yet another reason for me to lay on my couch and do nothing. I am optimistic that the Carolina Panthers won't lose 15 games in a row this year. Yes, that is my team. I will admit that they have sucked for several years now, but I believe they are finally headed in the right direction. Jerry Richardson was just too eager to have a winning team. He went with many high priced and highly experienced (old) players in the first few seasons because he wanted to win. I don't really blame him, but I believe his philosophy was simply wrong. I think that they team may finally be recovering from all those bad decisions made years ago.

Now I have figured out how to create a list of my favorite sites. I will print the whole list tomorrow. Have a good day.

Yes! I did it! I created a link to Instapundit. I have no idea how, but it works. Now I just have to figure out how to create a list of my favorite sites.

Instapundit

If it seems like my writing loses focus sometimes please understand that I have to watch the clock. The clock rules my day and night. I reread what I wrote last night and I realized that my post reflected the fact that I had to hurry to finish what I was saying. That makes for poor writing. When I learn to make links (Help!) I won't be writing so much. I will probably write one long post a week, but for the most part I want to be able to link to pieces on contemporary issues and to voice my opinions on those issues.

It's a good thing I saved it because I had a helluva time getting Blogger to publish what I just wrote. Time for bed.

Ok this time I will be sure to save before I post it.

My turn from a passive web surfer to active participant in the online, worldwide conversation that is now taking place has been a work in progress since I got my computer (Thanks for talking me into it Brooks). One of the first sites I visited when I got this computer was a chat room at Excite. In the beginning I would go to the 30ish room and do the ASL (age-sex-location) requests about 15 times a night. The conservation was actually nonexistent, but it was something different, something new. That lasted about 6 months before I got tired of it. I did get one good friend out of that period of time though. Then one night I discovered Excite's Soapbox room. It's a political chat room where people discuss politics, current events, and just about anything else you can imagine. I loved that room. I would often spend hours in there arguing with people from all over the United States and the world. I learned how to formulate opinions and how to express them. I still visit that room, but I feel like I have outgrown it. After I got tired of the chat room I started searching for online magazines that would interest me. I soon found a number of excellent sites that I hope to provide links to in the future. I also found a whole new world of writers that I had never heard of. People like David Horowitz, Jonah Goldberg, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, Victor Davis Hanson, Michael Ledeen, and many more. I was soon spending more than two hours a day just reading. I wish I had the time to do all the reading I want to because I could easily spend three hours a day reading, including books that I wish I could afford (I bet I could go into Borders or some other bookstore and spend 200 dollars....easy). Anyway, as I was saying I found a whole new world that gave me exactly what I was looking for. Then one day while I was visiting David Horowitz's site at Frontpage Magazine I found a link to a site by a man named Andrew Sullivan. His was the first weblog I visited. Then, from there I discovered Glenn Reynold's site, Instapundit. Then I found Campus Nonsense, The Corner at National Review, The Drudge Report, and Arts and Letters Daily, The Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal, and many more. I read till my eyes hurt and my neck was strained. I write letters to school administrators, city councils and councilmen, editors of newspapers when I read things that pisses me off. I even got into an email discussion with a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago over the root causes of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

I should have studied English or been a journalism major because I have found what I really like to do. I like to write. I don't know if I am good at it, but I do like to do it and that is more than I can say about anything else. That is how I came to have my own weblog. I enjoy this and I will probably continue to do it. I am very eager to learn how to make links so that I can share the things that I find on that web.

I better go to bed now. It's late. Later.

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

I will have to remember to post a little at a time. That really pisses me off.. I will have to remember to save it before I do anything else. I guess it's all part of the learning curve.

I don't have time now to rewrite what I lost. I'll do it later. I have to get ready for work now. Later.

Damn. I just spent a half hour describing my evolution from passive reader of internet material to active blogger. After I had spent considerable time making sure I had said it just the way I wanted to, I clicked on Post & Publish only to get a "page not available" notice. I lost it all. Damn! I guess this is one of the reasons why people say that Blogger has a lot of problems. I wonder if it had to do with the size of my post. It wasn't that much, a couple of paragraphs. I better see if this will post.

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

I need to buy a printer cartridge so I can print out the HTML code for this blog so that if I screw up I can always fix it. I think I have an idea of what code I need to write but I am scared of making any changes with the template code until I have a hard copy of it. I am eager to makes links so that I can show you what I mean when I say that something pisses me off. There's a lot of brilliant opinion on the web and I have several favorites that I would like to show people. But I really need to be able to link to them instead of having people highlight, copy, and paste. It's getting late. I have to brush my teeth and crawl in the bed so I can get up early and do it all over again.

Here I was, thinking that I had done something......shit. Rodney has a hosting service with a page all set up for me. He has me all set up with a webpage that even has a "coming soon" trailer on it. Damn. I am just learning to walk and he's jumping hurdles, metaphorically speaking of course. In case y'all didn't get that, write to Rodney and he will set you up with a webpage. I had no idea he had a hosting service.

I was surprised at how quickly I figured out how to create that Instapundit link, but I soon found out that I have to change the code in my template. I have to create a name for my archives. That is my first challenge. I think html works pretty much the same as most other programming languages. I remember Mrs. Jones saying that the first language was the most difficult to learn. Now I understand.

I hope that my site becomes more interesting as I figure out how to link to articles, columns and tidbits. For now, this is it. I hope to have the links up and working by the weekend, if not sooner. I think I will spend the rest of the day trying to figure that out.

Did I mention that this is free? I always thought that I would have to pay for the space to have a webpage, but no this is completely free. Nothing is required. It is helpful if you have some knowledge of programming, especially in html. I have a little programming experience in visual basic (one semester) and even less experience in c++. I did do some programming in ladder logic, but that is not the same. I will have to find a website that has an html tutorial. A friend sent me a page a while back, but I have long since deleted it. If anyone is reading this and knows where to find a tutorial, it would be much appreciated.

Monday, July 29, 2002

Ok I lied. I had to keep trying. I figured out how to create the link, now I have to figure out how to actually open the page I want. That's for tomorrow.

instapundit

Dammit!

Let me try that linking thingamajig one more time. Here's a link to Glenn Reynolds' site, Instapundit . This is one of my favorite sites and I visit it daily.

I am going to post this and then go to bed whether it works or not. Later.

Well, it's obvious that I am not having any luck creating a link. It will take me some time to figure it out because I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I will figure it out. I am just so happy to have my own weblog.

For the uninitiated, a weblog is a personal website for people to write whatever the hell they want to. I don't think there are any rules, but I hope to keep it clean. I probably won't write about any personal issues, but I won't be absolute about it. I hope to write something everyday if for no one else but me. Anyway, this is my first, feeble attempt at weblogging. I have a lot to learn, but luckily (or unluckily, however you want to view it) I have a lot of spare time. I should have done this months ago.

Well, I just lost my first page. I didn't know that I had to open a new browser window to add a link. Let me try that again. Here's a link to Glenn Reynold's site, Instapundit, Let's see how that looks.

This is my first page of my new weblog. I intend to use this page to express my opinions on a variety of subjects. I might be wrong sometimes, but I don't really care.