Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’
Twitter is a marvelous tool. On it, you can find all manner of verbosity ranging from breaking news to articles of in-depth analysis; from real-time flame wars of the rude, crude, lewd and lasciviousness variety to the Holy Word of God quoted stream of consciousness style personally tailored for the ADHD generation. In other words, it’s an ingenious trap for an information hungry robot like myself to get lost in for hours on end. And so I do.
Once in a while, I run across an article in my internet travels that stands above the rest, like it’s etched in granite on the side of a mountain, awaiting discovery by some traveling information junkie willing to follow a rusty signpost on a side-road detour.
Today, I followed one of those signposts and rounded a corner to find an honest work of personal testimony and, for me, needed motivation. Of course, I didn’t take the road completely on blind faith. I knew one of my favorite writers would be waiting for me, but it was a welcome destination to say the least.
The essay is:
Thanks to Bill Whittle for composing that piece. To say I wish I could command that kind of clarity of expression would be to understate the obvious..
Thanks also to Twitter friend
@SmoosieQ for putting up the signpost.
Now, quit wasting time reading my blather. Head over to Eject! Eject! Eject! for some edification.
Side note: You can find other great works from my internet travels on the Prime page.
A friend caught me the other day making a simple but profound mistake. While bemoaning the recent SCOTUS decision on ObamacareTax, I brought up the wrongness of striking down the Stolen Valor Act, which made it illegal to claim to be a war hero.
“Why do we need a law against that?” He asked. “We’ve already got laws on the books against fraud. We don’t need to pass another law every time someone gets their panties in a wad about some hot-button issue, especially when there’s usually a law already on the books to address a particular infraction.”
Much as I hate to be wrong, I was. I let my respect for our veterans cloud my judgement. I was reminded yet again to be wary of issuing laws at the whim of what seems expedient which, like my friend pointed out, usually serve to be just another tightening of the clamp around our freedoms.
Don’t let your emotional response to an issue cloud your reasoning. Of course it’s despicable to imitate a war hero or veteran, but it’s not a crime until that person uses the deception for monetary or personal gain. So in this case, the SCOTUS ruled correctly.
We must maintain vigilance over our own righteous outrages in order to be true to the real cause of liberty, even and especially if it’s speech we don’t agree with, because that is one thing distinguishing us from those that would silence our opinions just because we express dissent.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. ~ Voltaire
The right to free speech is one of the many things our heroes fight for. We would do them a grave disservice by diminishing that right in the slightest, especially with some attempt to defend their honor which can never, ever be stolen by anyone.
After campaigning for nearly 5 months, we took a break last Friday evening and jammed-out to the masterful tunes of Mr. Phil Pritchett and The Full Band. Without knowing the political leanings of P2, I gathered some strong libertarian concepts in the lyrics of his songs.
Here’s a couple of shaky video examples. Enjoy:
I appreciate and admire gun-toting patriots who are proud to be American and are willing to educate the great unwashed as to exactly what that means. Bubba fits that description as well as anyone I can think of.
Here’s his speech on the Second Amendment. I’m posting it here because it doesn’t have enough views, yet. When you’re done with the video (be sure to watch ’til the end), please pay a visit to What Bubba Knows and let him know you appreciate his brand of unflinching patriotism too.
That is all.
They are away from home risking everything for America and the world:
7/5/2011Â By Pfc. Sean DennisonÂ , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)Â
Â KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, AfghanistanÂ â€”Â US Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 513, deployed from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Airz., celebrated Independence Day at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 4Events at the Afghanistan airfield included an oath reaffirmation ceremony headed by Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. Forces Afghanistan and NATO International Security Assistance Force commander, while the Marine attack squadron held its own barbeque at the squadronâ€™s hangar.
â€œAmerica can never thank you enough,â€ said Petraeus. â€œI think itâ€™s important to note that unlike the soldiers of my generation, each of you joined knowing there was a possibility youâ€™d be facing hostile combat activity.â€
â€œBeing in Afghanistan on the birthday of our nation is one of the most rewarding moments of my life,â€ said Sgt. James Vickrey, Marine Attack Squadron 513â€™s career planner. â€œWhile it is not easy to be away from my loved ones on this day, I know that in some small part that what I am doing on this is making this world a better place to live.â€
Connect with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) throughout the deployment. Stay up to date with the latest 2nd MAW (Fwd.) news, photos and videos at http://www.facebook.com/2ndmawfwd.
The Army Team is in the lead. We need to work harder if we are going to catch up and pass them!
Please consider a donation to Project Valour IT Marine Team to ease the burden of those wounded in service to our country.
Enjoy your July 4th weekend, folks!
Sorry so quiet. Been busy at work during the day and at the studio at night working on a new project. This one is shaping up to be pretty intensive so blogging will likely be lite for the foreseeable future.
Hang in there. I’ll be back before you know it.
Here. Have a little Fleetwood Mac to tide you over.
This was totally unexpected and greatly humbling. Thanks Mr. Hudson. I’m grateful for the acknowledgement. It’s good to know these pixellated pages are read, much less appreciated.
Another big plus is, I’ve been introduced to some unknown-to-me blogs I obviously need to visit. Out of the ten, I was familiar with only one blog listed, my new friend The Conservative Pup. Congratulations, Pupster!
Be sure to check out Walter Hudson’s piece and all of the worthy blogs he has honored.
Thanks again, Sir.
Walter Hudson also blogs at Fightin’ Words.
You know the honeymoon is over when the comedians start.
The liberals are asking us to give Obama time. We agree . . . and think 25 to life would be appropriate.
America needs Obama-care like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask .
Q: Have you heard about McDonald’s’ new Obama Value Meal?
A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.
Q: What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted felon?
A: A fund raiser.
Q: What’s the difference between Obama’s cabinet and a penitentiary?
A: One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers, and threats to society. The other is for housing prisoners.
Q: If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and it started to sink, who would be saved?
A: America !
Q: What’s the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo?
A: Bo has papers.
Q: What was the most positive result of the “Cash for Clunkers” program?
A: It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road.
I didn’t check to verify if these were correctly attributed. In fact, I’d be surprised if any of them are with the exception of Jay Leno. But then, I don’t watch late night TV.
Blogging Note: My apologies for the lack of posting lately. I’ve been busy with other projects and while I’ve tried to find inspiration for some new essays or articles, I’m just too darn distracted to do the ideas any justice, so they are simmering on the back burner.
Hang in there. Both of you.
Your patience is appreciated.
Hey look, a Blogroll! Shiny! Shiny!
I haven’t featured a blog lately because well, I’ve been lazy. There, I said it. I was also having a little battle in my tin-clad head about how much the previous posts extolling the virtues of some of my favorite bloggers were beginning to seem cookie-cutter in their formulated ummm… formulation.
I’ve gotten over that.
Now, I think I’ve found some inspiration by way ofÂ Wisconsin Representative, Paul Ryan through a bit of commentary onÂ Ryan’s recent budget proposal and the firestorm of conservative bloggers squawking about how it doesn’t go far enough.
No sh*t, Sherlock.
But the road to fiscal solvency begins with a single step – Confucius said that – and Rep. Ryan should be applauded, not berated, for proposing that first tiny step. (Never mind the fact that it won’t pass. Obama has to sign it, don’t you know?) At least he’s getting the issue out front and center to show the insolvency that is our government’s financial mess and it’s bloated entitlement programs.
Lance has taken the Ryan budget argument to a logical conclusion. Here’s a large excerpt:
Itâ€™s an incredible thing to consider: a budget plan that cuts $6.8 trillion in spending over the next 10 years; that cuts deficits by $4.4 trllion over the same time frame; that actually reduces spending, but still isnâ€™t completely balanced.
A plan thatâ€™s going to be ravaged for its cruelty and hatred, for its sheer indifference toward human suffering, for its blatant choosing of corporate profits over hardworking families. [‘bot – never mind the sheer demagoguery.]
Itâ€™s Hitlerâ€™s next coming, except without the love and personal warmth.
This should tell us two things:
- This is how far gone we are. For a plan this bold to still not solve the problem means the problem has become so big you can see it from space.
- Whatever the final budget bill is, it wonâ€™t be anywhere near as good as this.
Thatâ€™s the nature of adversarial politics. Sure, I think we should just take Ryanâ€™s plan and pass it. You think Iâ€™m being incredibly stupid: budgeting is easy, after all! Just figure out how much money you have, and spend it. Donâ€™t spend more than you have!
But. No matter what you do â€“ no matter how reasonable, thoughtful, necessary your plan is â€“ somebodyâ€™s going to hate it. Whether out of ideology or good old-fashioned American political opportunism, somebody (or, more likely, a large group of somebodies) is going to spend a great deal of effort casting you as a monster for even thinking about it.
Speaking of Ryan’s proposals, when is the last time a politician uttered words like those that weren’t just platitudes and hokum? Not since Reagan if I recall, and Kennedy before him, but I was a mere notion of a circuit board then.
So, aside from the one article, why the feature?
For the instinctive wit, logic and brevity of presentation. And having been at it since 2004 or before, longevity. Don’t dismiss the gig at Right Wing News or the Million Hits Club either. I could also point you to the snarkish commentary, his uncanny ability to make a humorous and relevant motivational poster out of every situation, or the unbelievable fact that a neanderthal can operate a keyboard or computer at all.
Hell, with a bit of coaxing and a small fee, I could go so far to say it would be good to see him elected to some sort of political service.
V. P. for instance.
How about a Ryan – Burri ticket? He would certainly be better than Joe Effing Biden.
Barring that, how about Dog Catcher? Joe Effing isn’t even qualified for that one. Besides, I hear cavemen are really good at that hunter-gatherer thing, especially with a light saber.