August 25, 2007
Dangers of flip-flops
They have been to mine . . . but primarily because I'm such a klutz . . .
November 23, 2006
I personally have so much to be thankful for this year. More blessings than I could possibly enumerate!
I am so thankful for my family and friends. For this great nation in which we live -- with the exceptional freedom, prosperity, and opportunity that it provides.
For the men and women who work tirelessly to defend America and it's citizens.
And, most importantly, God's boundless love and grace. Without which none of the above would apply.
I, and my family, wish you and yours a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving, and God bless.
March 17, 2006
I have been greatly concerned since Tuesday, because I could not find Betsy Newmark's blog, Betsy's Page. Finally, I've found confirmation over at Instapundit that something dreadful has happened. Glenn Reynolds received an email from Betsy and posted it:
STOLEN BLOG ALERT: Betsy Newmark emails:
I'm writing you because you seem to have a finger on the pulse of the blogger world and maybe know some way to help me or at least to get the word out so that maybe Blogger will help me.
My blog disappeared from Blogger some time Tuesday. All I ge is a message that my blog wasn't found on their server. When I go to my Edit page, it doesn't show Betsy's Page as one of my blogs anymore. It's as if my identity was erased.
I just get this very irritating message
"The blog you were looking for was not found." It doesn't show up on my dashboard at all.
Now, somebody has started a blog using my address and hijacked it. This is not me, but it is my URL. How despicable is that?
I have been writing Blogger for the past two days and all I get are the irritating auto-generated messages. What does it take to get a personal contact from those guys?
They put up those deceptive notes on their Status Page saying that they are doing maintenance on the server and now everything is fixed.
IT IS NOT FIXED. They are either deceived or are deceiving people. Viking Pundit and DJ Drummond of Stolen Thunder and Polipundit have experienced the same thing, though DJ was somehow able to get his back.
It wouldn't be so bad if an actual human being wrote me and told me what was going on and that they were working on it and when I could expect it to be fixed and what I could do if it is not fixed at that point. But they don't do that. And so people will get angry and leave Blogger and go to some other format for their blogs. And their customer service will be the reason.
I was wondering if you could put up a post telling people of my story and see if anyone has any recommendations of how to get my blog back. I hope to be back as soon as possible at either my old address or at a new address. But I would like to get to the bottom of this saga of my blog.
I have an idea! Let's get Betsy to move to Munuvia!
January 24, 2006
Light blogging this week
I am very busy at work this week so, in all probability, I will not be able to put much time into blogging. Next week may be light, as well.
Don't give up on me, though, because blogging is in my blood now . . .
And I do appreciate you visiting my site . . .
January 12, 2006
W. Thomas Smith, Jr. has an interesting article up at TownHall about modern-day piracy on the high seas. He starts out with this:
They no longer sail in captured English frigates nor do they fly the dreaded skull-and-crossbones, but seagoing pirates in the 21st century are just as terrifying and every bit as dangerous as the sword-wielding dandies who prowled the Spanish Main in the 17th and 18th centuries. And like their forebears of the Golden Age of Piracy (1692-1725), pirates today have the ability to impact national economies negatively, plus – in the modern world – they potentially are adding another dimension in which terrorist networks might freely move and operate. What’s worse, pirate attacks are increasing in terms of frequency and overt boldness.
You should read the rest . . .
January 03, 2006
Notable people of 2005
Spook86 has posted a list of people who really mattered in 2005.
Spook86's list is much more firmly anchored in reality than, say, Time Magazine's list, but who am I to say?
December 28, 2005
I will not be posting very much untill after the new year. We are on a holiday break from work and school and we're enjoying the down time together.
I hope you also are also able to R&R during this season.
November 23, 2005
Sporadic Blogging Alert
Today through Sunday will see spotty blogging on my part. My family and I will be visiting parents for the holiday weekend and I don't know when or for how long I will get online. FYI.
October 26, 2005
Blog Quake Day
I apologize about not getting this post up sooner. You see, today is Blog Quake Day. Bloggers around the world are urging readers to contribute to relief efforts aimed at helping the people of India and Pakistan that have been ravaged by the recent earthquake.
UMCOR is supporting relief efforts now. If you would care to contribute to them, just click here. But there are many other agencies that are working to help. I urge you to contribute to a worthy charity for this purpose.
For more information on the blog quake day, go to DesiPundit » Blog Quake Day.
August 24, 2005
MuNuvians everywhere suffered through a munuquake, also known as a "hard disk crash", that was 6.7 on the Richter scale. Though no fatalities have been reported, many residents have suffered varying symptoms of blogdrawal. Aftershocks can be expected.
The Prime Minister of MuNu, Pixy Misa, is still working feverishly to restore services to his extremely grateful subjects.
August 03, 2005
Another installment of -- Thomas Sowell: Random Thoughts
July 17, 2005
Thomas Sowell, over at TownHall.com, has an article entitled Random Thoughts.
You should read all of the article, but I took the liberty of reprinting some of his Random Thoughts here:
There have always been people without judgment but this is the first era in which being non-judgmental is considered good -- though how anything can be considered good if you are non-judgmental is another puzzle.
It is amazing how many problems are caused by the simple fact that somebody could not be bothered to listen.
None of the people who said that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction -- and who said it before George W. Bush became President -- is accused of lying. Neither are foreign leaders or foreign intelligence services that said the same thing before or during this administration.
The next time someone demands a timetable for the war in Iraq, ask them to name just one war -- anywhere -- that had such a thing.
Many people are so preoccupied with the notion that their own knowledge exceeds the average knowledge of millions of other people that they overlook the more important fact that their knowledge is not even one-tenth of the total knowledge of those millions. That is the crucial fallacy behind the repeated failures of central planning and other forms of social engineering which concentrate power in the hands of people with less knowledge and more presumption.
Those of us who believe in the two-party system regard voting for a third party as throwing away your vote. However, we could use two new parties to replace the Democrats and Republicans.
July 02, 2005
Mark Steyn Interview
John Hawkins: So how successful do you think the Israeli strategy of walling off the Palestinians will be?
Mark Steyn: I haven’t spent a lot of time in “Palestine,” but, when I have, I’ve never seen any sign anywhere in Gaza or the West Bank of anything remotely resembling a "nationalist" movement. There’s plenty of evidence of widespread Jew-hatred and the veneration of death-cult "martyrdom," but not that anybody’s seriously interested in building a nation for the “Palestinian people.” So if you leave it to the Palestinians there's never going to be a state, only decade after decade of suicide bombings. One can advance reasons for this - it's no coincidence that the most comprehensively wrecked people on the face of the earth are the ones who have been wholly entrusted to the formal care of the UN for three generations now. But the fact is what Israel is doing is the only thing that will force the Palestinians to get up off their allegedly occupied butts and run a state: the Israelis are walling off what they feel they need, or what they can get away with, and it will be up to the gangsters of Arafatistan to see if they now feel like dropping the jihad and getting on with less glamorous activities like running highway departments and schools.
The interview covers Steyn's views on a variety of topics. Despite Steyn's hard-right presentation, I found the interview to be very interesting. You will too.
Oh, and I found myself agreeing with him on many of the things he said. Just FYI (in case it wasn't obvious) . . .
June 27, 2005
MIT Survey 2005
Check out this MIT survey. They are looking for bloggers who have something to say!
June 20, 2005
In case you haven't noticed, I just wanted to point out that I have migrated my Blogger archives to this Munu blog. This was possible due to the preparation and excellent instructions given by Pixy Misa, our blog patron/admin here in Munuvia. I tidied up my Blogger blog some, but my transfer to Munuvia is now complete, so I do not expect to ever return to Blogger.
May 25, 2005
This article by Keith Thompson is a rather interesting essay wherein a once-avowed liberal turns away from the political left.
Here's a taste:
A turning point came at a dinner party on the day Ronald Reagan famously described the Soviet Union as the pre-eminent source of evil in the modern world. The general tenor of the evening was that Reagan's use of the word "evil" had moved the world closer to annihilation. There was a palpable sense that we might not make it to dessert.
When I casually offered that the surviving relatives of the more than 20 million people murdered on orders of Joseph Stalin might not find "evil'" too strong a word, the room took on a collective bemused smile of the sort you might expect if someone had casually mentioned taking up child molestation for sport.
My progressive companions had a point. It was rude to bring a word like "gulag" to the dinner table.
It's worth reading all of it -- even if you don't agree with the author. I think you'll find you have more in common with him than you thought you would.
May 05, 2005
Please be patient as I start changing my blog layout around. I'm in the process of learning about stylesheets and such, so you may find things are a little unsettled around here for awhile. However, it will ultimately result in a primo blog layout (IMHO), so it will be well worth it!