Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I Have Bad News About Swine Flu... Updated! Tell Me, is W.H.O. an Extension of the U.N.?

By now, it's likely that everyone in America has heard about the fact that Mexico has several hundred cases of swine flu, some of which have resulted in death. However, please take this moment to note that although there have been a few reported cases of swine flu in America, only one person, a two year old, has died from it.

Yes, you read that correctly. At the time I write this, only one person in the whole country has died from this disease. From the way the media talks, though, every other person in America has it, or, if they don't, then the pandemic's about to spread. Well, let's get to the root of this problem. From UK Reuters:

Barely 100 days in office, President Barack Obama is facing his first domestic emergency with the outbreak of swine flu and is seeing yet again how fresh challenges can erupt from the unlikeliest of places.

In the space of a month, he has had to deal with a North Korean missile launch and a hostage drama involving Somali pirates half a world away.

Um, no. Barack Obama did not do anything about North Korea, AT ALL (see Is Korean/American History Repeating Itself), nor did he do anything about the Somalian pirates, AT ALL (see I Love SEALs @ There's My Two Cents.)

But alas, those are different rants, for another time. I digress:

And now, from Mexico, comes a new flu that has killed up to 149 people south of the U.S. border but has not had the same deadly force in the United States, sickening at least 65.

If there is any clear tendency he has demonstrated in his response to all of these challenges, it is that he has responded to all of them with an abundance of caution.

He denounced the missile launch as provocative but made no sudden moves. The Somali pirate crisis played out over four days before U.S. snipers killed three pirates and freed the hostage American freighter captain.

In the case of this swine flu, Obama has walked a fine line, appearing concerned but trying not to generate panic among Americans already on edge from the weak U.S. economy.

"This is obviously a cause for concern and requires a heightened state of alert. But it is not a cause for alarm," Obama said on Monday.

Really, Barry? Then would you please tell the media to shut up? They way they talk, we're on the verge of a pandemic.

...[Janet] Napolitano said the number of confirmed swine flu cases is likely to rise in the next few days, but that "we are confident in the efforts underway across the federal government and across state and local governments to keep Americans safe and healthy."

Good heavens, not again. Much like with the Korean/American History, history has popped up with some rather interesting notes. From

On the cold afternoon of February 5, 1976, an Army recruit told his drill instructor at Fort Dix that he felt tired and weak but not sick enough to see military medics or skip a big training hike.

Within 24 hours, 19-year-old Pvt. David Lewis of Ashley Falls, Mass., was dead, killed by an influenza not seen since the plague of 1918-19, which took 500,000 American lives and 20 million worldwide.

Two weeks after the recruit's death, health officials disclosed to America that something called "swine flu" had killed Lewis and hospitalized four of his fellow soldiers at the Army base in Burlington County.

The ominous name of the flu alone was enough to touch off civilian fear of an epidemic. And government doctors knew from tests hastily conducted at Dix after Lewis' death that 500 soldiers had caught swine flu without falling ill.

Any flu able to reach that many people so fast was capable of becoming another worldwide plague, the doctors warned, raising these questions:

Does America mobilize for mass inoculations in time to have everybody ready for the next flu season? Or should the country wait to see if the new virus would, as they often do, get stronger to hit harder in the second year?

Thus was born what would become known to some medical historians as a fiasco and to others as perhaps the finest hour of America's public health bureaucracy.

No, I read the article, and it was mostly a fiasco. Only David Lewis died from the swine flu back in 1976, but the government decided to get everyone in America immunized against the dreaded disease.

Weeks after Lewis died, doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and other federal public health officials were meeting in Washington, trying to decide if they should recommend the government start a costly program of mass inoculations.

One doc later told the authors of "The Epidemic that Never Was" that he and others in on the meetings realized there was "nothing in this for the CDC except trouble," especially because a decision had to be made fast to get the immunizations manufactured by the fall.

The whole thing was a lose-lose situation, as doctors faced criticism if the vaccine wasn't ready, but if they immunized everyone and the pandemic didn't come, they would still be criticized. But still, they started the immunizations. Then, things kind of went wrong...

Within days, however, several people who had taken the shot fell seriously ill. On Oct. 12, three elderly people in the Pittsburgh area suffered heart attacks and died within hours of getting the shot, which led to suspension of the program in Pennsylvania.

The effects of the vaccine were as bad as the flu. In fact, more people died from the vaccine then died from the flu.

On Dec. 16, increasingly concerned about reports of the vaccine touching off neurological problems, especially rare Guillain-Barre syndrome, the government suspended the program, having inoculated 40 million people for a flu that never came.

No pandemic, no massive chaos, just a bad virus and horrific hemorrhaging of taxpayer's money.

The question now is, Will history repeat itself? Obama is already asking for $1.5 billion dollars to fight the swine flu. If he decides to force everyone to get inoculated, well, we're gonna have some trouble.

Yes, swine flu does sound very sinister. But, like I said at the beginning of this post, only one person of the billions in America has died from it. That doesn't make the death any less important, but it should put things in perspective. Here's an interesting note from WebMD:

If your doctor suspects swine flu, he or she would be able to write you a prescription for Tamiflu or Relenza. Those drugs may not be required; U.S. swine flu patients have made a full recovery without it.

I don't know -yet- if all this hype will have been about nothing, but Rahm Emmanuel said "Never waste a good crisis," so I have some suspicions.

No one can explain why people in Mexico have died and people in America have done alright; it could be alot of things. But I for one am sick to death of this fear mongering. Yes, I don't know whether or no this will get worse. But at the moment, I do know two things:

1) 68 people infected is by no means a epidemic.
2) The fear mongering is making this whole thing out to be worse than it actually is.

So please, until we have about 1 million people in the country affected by this sickness, can we please not run around screaming that the sky is falling?

(Postscript: I don't know if there's a vaccination against this round of swine flu. Back in 1976 there was a vaccine, but WebMD has indicated there is not a vaccine. It's probable that after the fiasco with the first swine flu vaccine, they're not giving it out again, but I don't really know.)

Begun 4-28-09
Completed 4-29-09

Update! 4-30-09

Is the World Health Organization an extension of the U.N? Seriously. This is the kind of stupidity I would expect from the United Nations.

There are, I believe, 150 cases of swine flu outside Mexico. Actually, according to one website I was looking at, it's 148, but still basically 150 cases in nine different countries.

So what does W.H.O. decide to do? Stop just short of declaring a pandemic. The Associated Press reports:

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has delivered a strong signal that a swine flu pandemic is imminent by increasing its alert level to five.

The alert phase is characterised by human-to-human transmission of the virus into at least two countries, and indicates that the time to finalise planned mitigation measures is short.

They're about ready to declare a pandemic based on 148 cases of flu outside Mexico? 148? You've gotta be kidding me. As for human-to-human trasmisson, that's also how normal flu spreads, a cold spreads, chicken pox spreads, I could probably come up with a list, given enough time, of diseases that spread through human to human contact.

How is this deserving of an almost pandemic? The cases in other countries, and the death here in the U.S. happened because the people involved had recently visited Mexico.

Good grief.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sure! Let's Fly A Jet Low Over NYC. It's Not Like That Will Cause Panic.

How stupid is Obama? No, I want this question answered. 'Cause you aren't going to believe what this idiot just went off and did.

He decided to have Air Force One fly low over New York City. For a photo op.

The Obama administration is doing their best to keep New Yorkers on their toes:

An Air Force fighter jet and one of President Barack Obama’s official planes on Monday flew low over the Statue of Liberty in an approved photo opportunity that startled some New Yorkers who have memories of the September 11 attacks.

New York City officials notified some businesses but not all city agencies or the general public. People in New York remain sensitive to such incidents in lower Manhattan, site of the 2001 attacks involving hijacked airliners that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Many people left their buildings, and stock prices extended losses at the time.

The U.S. Air Force, which operates the president’s plane, said the “aerial photo mission” involved an F-16 fighter jet escort and one of the Boeing 747s designated as Air Force One when the president is aboard. Obama was not on board.

Police said federal authorities told them not to disclose the information ahead of time but to direct inquiries to the Federal Aviation Administration.

...Look for Obama’s people to claim it was a selfless gesture on the part of the president to take New Yorkers minds off the swine flu.
Heckuva good job there, Barry. Looks like our Dear Leader has already gone off and forgotten 9/11, but hey! What do you expect from someone who has 9/11 Syndrome and used to listen to Jeremiah "G-Damn AmeriKKKa" Wright?

Here's a great headline from MSNBC: "Obama: New York City flyover was 'mistake'" Yeah. No kidding. Here's what Obambi had to say to MSNBC:

"It was a mistake," he said in response to a reporter's question. "It was something we found out about along with all of you. And it will not happen again."

I don't know about anyone else out in the blogosphere, but I highly, highly doubt that. He probably knew right from the start.

One of the president's official planes and a supersonic fighter jet zoomed past the lower Manhattan skyline in a flash just as the work day was beginning Monday. Within minutes, startled financial workers streamed out of their offices, fearing a nightmarish replay of Sept. 11.

For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the lower Manhattan skyline near the World Trade Center site. Offices evacuated. Dispatchers were inundated with calls. Witnesses thought the planes were flying dangerously low.

But the flyover was nothing but a photo op, apparently one of a series of flights to get pictures of the plane in front of national landmarks.

What the crap? Why does he need pictures of the plane in front of landmarks? But if you have to be that stupid, Barack, Doug Powers was right: There's this thing called 'Photoshop.' But I digress...

It was carried out by the Defense Department with little warning, infuriating New York officials and putting the White House on the defense. Even Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't know about it, and he later called it "insensitive" to fly so near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

...The FAA notified the New York Police Department of the flyover, telling them photos of the Air Force One jet would be taken about 1,500 feet above the Statue of Liberty around 10 a.m. Monday. It had a classified footnote that said "information in this document shall not be released to the public or the media."
The same FAA that grounded all aircraft after 9/11 caused massive panic by not telling anyone about this idiot stunt of Obummer's. Nice.

Workers in lower Manhattan were stunned by what they saw.

John Leitner, a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange Building, said about 1,000 people "went into a total panic" and ran out of the building around 10 a.m. after seeing the planes whiz nearby.

"We were informed after we cleared out of there," Leitner said. "I kind of think heads should roll a little bit on that."

I'd be a bit stunned, too. Out all the ghoulish, tasteless things Obama could have done, this is by far one of the worst. Video footage:

Conservative blogger 2Cents put it quite nicely: "What in the world were they thinking?!"

But it would appear that Obama wasn't.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

The FFN Slang Dictionary

If you spend any amount of time on FanFiction.Net, you will undoubtedly run into odd slag terms. (It's like we're speaking a separate language.) If you spend enough time on FFN, you will eventually begin to learn what these terms mean.

However, even some people who've been on FFN for awhile still find these terms confusing. So over here, I'll list out some of the more common FFN terms, and what they mean. Some of these terms are seen all over the net, and some are exclusive only to FFN.

rolf = Rolling on the floor laughing

lol = laugh/laughing out loud

pwn/pwned = own/owned

R&R = Read & review

OOC = out of character (refers to having character A act different in the fanstory than he did in the movie/book/ whatever he originally came from.)

OC = Other Character. This refers to a character that you designed to put in your fanstory. Also known as fancharacters.

Kawaii = Japanese word for cute

Uber = German word for ultra

AU = Abbreviation for Alternate Universe

n00b = This is what we call newbies. Yes, on the Internet is spelled with two zeroes.

lmao = laughing my @$$ off.

Cannon = Oh, my, this is a hard one to explain. Let me give you an example. In the Sonic the Hedgehog series, one of the characters, Shadow, uses a power called "Chaos Control." In one author's story, he changed Shadow's power so that instead of Chaos Control, Shadow used pyrokinesis. He altered cannon. Do you kind of understand?

Fluff = I'm not really sure about this one. The only thing I can really tell you is that it usually goes hand in hand with Romance stories.

Now, for other important words, that you want to watch out for.

Hentia = Internet term for explicit pictures/ acts.

Lemon = explicit

Lime = like lemon but worse.


Slash = This term is used to indicate that two of the characters will be involved in homosexual relationships.

Yaoi = This term also refers to two characters involved in a homosexual relationships. This term, however, refers exclusively to two male characters involved in the relationship.

Yuri = Once upon a time, this was a decent, respectable Japanese word for lily. At least until the yaoi-freaks got their hands on it. This refers to homosexual relationships between two female characters.

Slash, Yaoi, and Yuri are posted only for reference. I do not support, promote, or endorse these types of stories.



So there you have your basic glossary of commonly used FFN terms. if there's any slang I missed that you want to know what it means, leave a comment with the term inquestion, and I'll get back to you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Missing Artist - Update: Artist Found

Can someone help me? I'd like to buy this song (preferably from but I don't know who does it, and all my searches have been inconclusive. The closest I've come so far is this mixed album over on Amazon, which has the original, but not the remix.

I'm fairly certain the title of the song is Sound of My Dream, and over on Amazon I've tried looking at DJ Amanda with no luck, and DJ Melodie with no luck.

I would try and search YouTube, but it's down again, dangit. If you know this remix, please leave a comment and let me know who does it. Anon comments are turned on.


(P.S.: The video clips are from Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star [A.K.A. "Pretty Cure Splash Star"] episode 49)


Update! 5: 44 p.m.

YouTube's back, and through it, I was able to learn that the song was by East Rockerz and is the DJ Splash remix. Yay! Thanks YouTube!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Politics, Kabuki Theater, and YouTube Poop

Now there's a mix for you. This should be a nice long post, covering a variety of topics.

First off, a word about part four of Kill the Bill. It is going to be late; I wanted to have it up after part three, but I ran into trouble when it got to long and the click to enlarge didn't work, so it will have to be broken in half and then posted. It is complete, so all I have to do now is break it up and post it, but it might be awhile. My apologies if you were waiting.

Politics. It's odd I should be so passionate about something I hate so much. I really despise big government, and I have a very Conservative outlook on things. I didn't realize this until 2008, when I heard about Obummer Obama for the first time, and, having missed public school and heard the truth about socialism. I didn't want Dial R to be a Conservative blog, but it's a multi-purpose blog, so I guess that's they way it's gonna be.

Here's something guaranteed to give people fits: this post I didn't post earlier this week, but I think I'll throw it in here now.

Barack Obama is a Parasitic Worm

How's that for a title? (If you're ticked off at me already, without even hearing my story, chances are you're a liberal.)

Barack Obama is a parasitic worm. Now, let me explain.

Actually, this applies to all Democrats. Last Saturday, I took a walk out in the backyard, and stopped by a puddle leftover from where the creek had flowed after a rainstorm. When it rains hard enough, a creek flows through our backyard, and this had been one of those times.

As I looked in the puddle, I noticed this reddish-brown worm writhing around the puddle almost angrily, and as I watched, I realized two things: First, this worm was evil. And second, it was probably parasitic. I left to get a jar and a stick, then used the stick to lift the worm into the jar. (There was no way I was touching that thing.) I took it back to our detached garage and showed it to my family, who confirmed it was a tapeworm.

As my brother was preserving the thing in rubbing alcohol, and I was washing my hands for the third time, I thought about that worm. I don't like parasitic worms, and I have a good reason for hating the things.

I thought about it again later, and realized that Barack Obama is a lot like that worm. All liberals are like that worm. They suck out the life of America, just like that worm sucks the life out of it's host. Obama's insane cap-and-trade, promises to bankrupt the coal industry, and socialized health care (which, by the way, may sound good, but doesn't work anywhere) are all sucking away America's life - and freedoms.

Barack Obama and the rest of the left are a group of parasitic worms, determined to suck the life out of America.

How's that for insulting? I've stated the truth, and now I feel guilty about it. But, moving on...

Next, Kabuki theater. For a minute I thought I was wrong, but I guess I'm not, since Kabuki uses Noh actors... hmmm. Well, maybe I'm wrong, but Kabuki theater (at least the way I understand it) is a theater where the actors use masks, and depending on how the light falls on the mask, the expressions on the masks change. I've seen this used on Michelle Malkin's blog where it's used a as "the Democrat's kabuki theater of outrage." Which means they aren't outraged, but they're pretending to be. Personally, I'm with the commenter over on Malkin's site who said, "I'm waiting for the Seppuku part of this Kabuki theater." Me too.

(Seppuku was a ritual suicide performed by samurai in Japan. It's been outlawed now, but I could think of a few politicians I'd like to see do it.)

Now, for the YouTube Poop. A YouTube Poop is a mash up is different clips and I found this Emperor's New Groove poop to be quite entertaining, if not stupid in some places. (But that's generally how poops are.)

The Emperor Inflates the Barter System

9:19 - 9:26 : "This isn't poison, this is, Obama!"
What's the difference? Seriously....

One more thing before I call it a day. I'd like to quote this post by ErinF over, once again, at Michelle Malkin's blog. This was too good.

From the First Book of Democrat:
Psalm 2008-2012

Obama is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He leadeth me beside the still factories.
He restoreth my faith in the Republican Party.
He guideth me toward the path of unemployment.
Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the breadline, I shall not go hungry.
Obama has anointed my income with taxes.
My expenses runneth over my income.
Surely, poverty and hardship will follow me
all the days of his term.
From hence forth, we will live all the days of our lives in a rented home
with an overseas landlord.

I'm sorry, that was just too good. Alright, I'll quit now. See y'all later.

Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm a Terrorist!

Who'da thunk?

Anyway, here's the deal. The Department of Homeland Security has issued a report calling all sane, rational, patriotic Americans, in effect, terrorists. If you are against any of the following things, you are a now a right-wing extremist (List from Bare Naked Islam):

The Report specifically mentions the following political beliefs that law enforcement should use to determine whether someone is a “rightwing extremist”:

-Opposes restrictions on firearms
-Opposes lax immigration
-Opposes the policies of President Obama regarding immigration, citizenship and the
expansion of social programs
-Opposes continuation of free trade agreements
-Opposes same-sex marriage
-Has paranoia of foreign regimes
-Fear of Communist regimes
-Opposes one world government
-Bemoans the decline of U.S. stature in the world.
-Upset with loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China and India
-. . . and the list goes on

Do you see this? Do you see this? These people have violated almost every aspect of the U.S. Constitution. Right off the bat I can pick off that it violates the first and second amendments.

I fit most of the things on this list, therefore I am, if not a terrorist, at least a right-wing extremist. (I know this is the liberals doings. Barack Obama is a left-wing extremist, and they haven't issued a memorandum against him.)

Let's look at that list again:

[X] Opposes restrictions on firearms


[X] Opposes lax immigration


[X] [X] Opposes the policies of President Obama regarding immigration, citizenship and the expansion of social programs

Double check.

-Opposes continuation of free trade agreements

I don't know what that means, but if it's what I think it is (or if it involves any Communist country in any way), I'm against it.

[X] Opposes same-sex marriage


[X] Has paranoia of foreign regimes


[X] Fear of Communist regimes

Absolutely. Especially with the freakin' communist regime Obama's trying impose on me!

[X] Opposes one world government


[X] Bemoans the decline of U.S. stature in the world.

[X] Upset with loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China and India.

Check and check.

So, this is a hit list against Conservatives, violating the core principle of the Constitution of the United States. Here, I'll make it easy for you. This is what you should have said:

"To all law enforcement officers. Today is tax day; be on the lookout for tea partiers protesting the money The One has spent. He is the president, and he must not be questioned.

We expect these Conservatives and Tea baggers to be out in full force today, and they may get out of hand. [Ironically, I'd like to interrupt this fictitious narrative to point out that no one did. Except CNN.]

Protesting what the president is doing is a violation of federal law. Be prepared."

Or something like that. When, once again, ironically, protesting anything the government does is not a federal offense in this country!

Fortunately, this story has a somewhat happy ending. This Right-wing risk assessment was released because of the Tea parties, but not everyone the DHS's crap. Michelle Malkin reports:

Senators Coburn, Brownback, DeMint, Burr, Murkowski, Inhofe, and Vitter sent the following letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano yesterday concerning the DHS conservative hit job:

You can follow the link up there to get the whole letter. It's good stuff.

Well, I'm off to go off and be a terrorist proudly and patriotically support my country.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

I love the triumphal feeling of the hymn "He Arose." You wouldn't mind if I quoted some of it here, would you?

Up from the grave He Arose (He arose)
With a mighty triumph o'er his foes
He arose a victor from the Dark domain
And He lives forever with His Saints to reign

He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah, Christ arose!

Hallelujah, indeed! I'm bursting with happiness right now, which is odd because I'm writing this post in advance.

Well, I have music for just about everything, and Easter is no exception.

Petra - He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

He Came, He Saw, He Conquered
Words and music by Bob Hartman
Based on Genesis 3:15, Matthew 28:6, John 20:19, Revelation 6:2

He came alone into the battle
He knew nobody else could face His foe
He left His throne, He left His glory
He knew nobody else could ever go
He called the bluff, He took the challenge
He came into this world to seek and save
No one could know, no one could fathom
The way to win was only through the grave
They laid Him in His tomb
They thought they'd sealed His doom
But He rose He rose!

He came, He saw, He conquered death and hell
He came, He saw, He is alive and well
He was, He is, and only He forgives
He died, He rose, He lives
He came, He saw, He conquered!

The doors were locked, they heard Him knocking
They were afraid they would be taken, too
Familiar voice said, "Come and follow"
Come and see the things the Lord can do
They went to where He lay
The stone was rolled away
He rose He rose!

He came into this world
He saw humanity
He heard the SOS
He met the enemy
The enemy was conquered
The enemy was conquered!

Lyrics from

~ Wide Open! Wide Open
They nailed His arms wide open
After three days, in a cold grave
The power of sin was broken
Now with outstretched arms, He welcomes in
Everyone who trusts in Him!
His nail-scarred hands hold heaven's gates wide open! ~
-Newsong, "Wide Open"

Happy Easter!
How many Resurrection Sundays have you had?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Happy Friday! Good Friday! And it's good because if Jesus hadn't died for sins, we would have no salvation.

I seem to have music for just about every occasion, and I have a song for Good Friday, also.

Petra - It is Finished

But it isn't over yet ... Sunday is coming...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Rest Easy

Before I start down my Kill the Bill aisle, I think I need a breather.

I didn't start this blog with the idea of another Conservative blog in mind. I use it for other things besides the occasional irritated report of what Obambi's Obama's doing, and I'm about to start on those reports again. But for now, I could just use a rest, from everything.

This song ended up on my Mp3 by mistake. I didn't want it there, but I never actually got around to taking it off the machine. One night, I actually listened to it, and found out, it was amazing. Give it a shot.

Audio Adrenaline - Rest Easy

I am such a sinner, I fear my evil ways
I fear my imperfection, I fear my final days
I just want to take control, and snap this rusty chain
Drop my heavy burden, it seems to be in vain

....I am not a bold man, even though I want to be
I am just a dreamer, with a timid history
Scared of confrontations, I fume all through the night
The world has it's hold on me and I just want to fly
The sky, the sky is open wide
but I can't fly, 'til I step aside

...Rest easy, rest easy
rest easy, in My embrace
Rest easy...

Lyrics snippets from

Rest Easy.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Is Korean/American History Repeating Itself?

By now, chances are everyone in America knows that North Korea is up to no good. (Everyone except liberals: "There are none so blind as those who will not see.") I don't know about you, but North Korea's making me pretty nervous.

I've never liked North Korea. North Korea, China, Russia, Cuba, and please welcome Iran (, the newest member,) are all countries that aren't high on my list of favorite countries, mostly because all except maybe Iran are Communist countries, and I have about as much use for Communism as my European ancestors had for the Bubonic Plague.

Several weeks ago, an article about North Korea planning to launch a "satellite" came to my attention. It interested me because as I read the comments from N. Korea, I noticed they were just getting more and more shrill: "We're going to launch a satellite, and if you blow it up, that will be an act of war. If you blow our satellite up, we'll declare war on you!" And on and on it went, getting more and more shrill. So I read it and sat in my chair, thinking, "Okay, you're up to something. I don't know what it is, but you're up to something." And wouldn't you know, they were.

Time passed, and it went from "satellite" to rocket. And, by the way, the first one has been launched. Rumor has it that there are three rockets, but I can't deny or confirm that...yet.

North Korea shot off its rocket tonight at 10:30 EST.FOX News reported:

North Korea defiantly carried out a provocative rocket launch Sunday that the U.S., Japan and other nations suspect was a cover for a test of its long-range missile technology.

Liftoff took place at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday from the coastal Musudan-ri launch pad in northeastern North Korea, the South Korean government said. In Washington, the State Department also confirmed the launch.

"We look on this as a provocative act," U.S. State Department spokesman Fred Lash said.The rocket flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean, the Japanese broadcaster NHK said, citing its government.
That stern finger wagging by President Obama didn't seem to deter them much, did it?
But wait, it gets better. North Korea launches rocket, D'Obama decides everyone in the world should disarm, starting with America. Oh, by the way Mr. Lash, are you going to do anything about this provocative act? I didn't think so. Here's a hint: The dictator of N. Korea could really care less what the U.N. has to say. But I digress; back to NObama:

Just hours after North Korea launched a long-range rocket, President Barack Obama called for "a world without nuclear weapons" and said the United States has a “moral responsibility ” to lead the way, as the only nation ever to use them.
Ummm, What the crap? "N. Korea fired a rocket. Quick! We have to hurry! Pull out! Pull Out!!" That's actually how China's in the mess it's in, but I'll get to that in a minute. Let's continue:

“Now is the time for a strong international response, and North Korea must know that the path to security and respect will never come through threats and illegal weapons,” Obama said to a crowd estimated at 20,000 in the cobblestone square at the elegant Prague Castle, in what was the largest audience of his five-country, eight-day swing.

“All nations must come together to build a stronger, global regime. And that's why we must stand shoulder to shoulder to pressure the North Koreans to change course.”

Oh yeah, 'cause that worked so well the first time we tired it. I refer to the first quote in this blog post: "North Korea defiantly carried out a provocative rocket launch." I don't think Kim Jong Il's feelin' the pressure.

Now, let's look at the Korean War. This often overshadowed by World War II, before it, and the Vietnam War, after it. And apparently, it wasn't actually a war, and least not from the American viewpoint:

In North Korea, while commonly known as the Korean War, it is formally called the Joguk haebang jeonjaeng or Fatherland Liberation War (Hangul: 조국해방전쟁; Hanja: 祖國解放戰爭). In the United States, the conflict was officially termed a police action — the Korean Conflict — rather than a war, largely in order to avoid the necessity of a declaration of war by the U.S. Congress.

Strange. I'm used to "Korean War" instead of "Korean Conflict", so I will be referring to it as a war. I got out my history book and looked this up, and found it pretty interesting, if not with some scary comparisons. Here's the shortened, paraphrased version.

(The president when the Korean War happened was the Democrat Harry Truman.) After WWII, Korea was divided with the north half controlled by Russia and the south half controlled by America. Both countries were supposed to let the Koreans establish their own government in a unified country, but the U.S. and Russia didn't trust each other.

The United States set up a democracy in South Korea, and the Communists Russians set up a puppet Communist government over in N. Korea. Meanwhile, over in China, the Nationalists (the good guys) were fighting the Chinese Communists in attempt to take control of China. A U.S. general went over to try and negotiate peace between the groups, but that didn't happen. Dissatisfied, the general recommended that U.S. troops be withdrawn from China. Without U.S. support, the Nationalists were overwhelmed, and were forced to escape to the island of Taiwan. (Remember this fact; Taiwan will reappear later.)

With China and N. Korea controlled by Commies, South Korea was in trouble. The brilliant U.S. State Department decided to appease and contain Communists (Because that worked so well when dealing with Hitler.) Finally, the Secretary of State said the U.S. would protect the Philippines and Japan but wouldn't get involved on the Asian mainland.

Sure, just hand the Commies an invitation. But that was what the Commies saw, and they took it, and invaded S. Korea on June 25, 1950. N. Korea went in after S. Korea.

Now, look. This was tried prior to WWII, when dealing with Hitler. Appease, appease, appease, contain, contain, contain. It was used with Nazism (which is just an extension of Communism.) Hitler wanted part of Czechoslovakia; France and Britain negotiated with the Czechs and gave it to him. He claimed it would be his last conquest; one bloody war later....

History lessons one and two:

1) Never try to appease Communists.
2) Never trust a Communist.

Now back to Korea. Appeasing the Communists by pulling out didn't work. The United Nations demanded N. Korea stop; N. Korea (surprise, surprise) ignored them. The Commies made it all the way to Seoul before the U.N. finally did something. By July 1st, the U.S. Army was back in Korea under the command of General MacArthur. S. Korea, the U.N., and America were still outnumbered. Finally, MacArthur moved part of his forces up near Seoul, cut the N. Korean supply lines, and then recombined the army and basically overran the place.

This alarmed the People's Republic of China Communism, who immediately sent 300,000 soldiers to help N. Korea. The U.N. troops were pushed back, but before MacArthur could carry out his next plan of attack, Truman replaced him with a different general.

See, MacArthur wanted a complete victory. He didn't just want to appease and contain. Truman didn't want an all-out confrontation with Communism. The Chinese Nationalists offered to come help South Korea, and he sent American ships to prevent them from leaving Taiwan. Technically, the Korean War may not be over, since all that came from it was a truce and not a peace treaty.

Now, look. Here's my point. Do you see what Truman did? He wanted to appease and contain, not eliminate the problem. Obama wants to appease and contain, not confront N. Korea. He's as much as said it. Obama would rather pressure N. Korea to stop, and that didn't work. The United Nations is worth nothing. They have no power, and can do nothing.

Obama thinks America ought to disarm to inspire N. Korea to do the same. Really? Does this idiot remember America has these things called 'enemies'? And they want us dead? Freedom is a bane to Communism, and I cite the Berlin wall to back that. Russia built that wall to keep people from escaping to freedom.

North Korea seems to be itching to start something. The question is, will Obama do anything about it? The American people seem to want something done. Obama, however, doesn't seem to feel that way.

We know Obama lacks the will to use the military for pro-active measures (like securing American interests abroad), but did he even bother with defense? The U.S. has developed a missile defense shield to protect ourselves and our allies from precisely this sort of attack, but one of the key pieces of that defense -- an extremely powerful radar system -- was floating idly at Pearl Harbor. I'm sure our ally Japan really appreciated our help as North Korea's missile rocketed straight toward it.

I hope our allies will forgive us for what Obama has done. Is it to much to ask that we at least intimidate N. Korea with a show of strength? There's also this thing called a "preemptive strike."
North Korea doesn't care what the U.N. says. Communists don't play by the rules. So why does Obama insist that the rest of us play by the rules? Ace of Spades put it pretty well:

After Obama acknowledges that the N. Koreans ignored UN Resolutions, he calls on the N. Koreans to abide by them. This is smart and tough diplomacy?

That is a rhetorical question. I hope no one gets hurt while Obama flubs his way through foreign policy.

Begun 4-5-09
Ended 4-6-09

Friday, April 3, 2009

Iraq War Hero Denied Entrance to The U.S.

Well, it wasn't Obama this time, it was the State Department. Oh, for the love of our allies:

The State Department has made a decision to make an Iraqi translator, Jasim, wait another three years for a visa. One of the reasons that the denial was issued was that, Jasim, as part of the Kurdish Peshmerga, infiltrated Uday Hussein's organization to steal data and then stole Uday's car to escape. He was captured, tortured, and then released six years later when Saddam let all the prisoners go on the eve of the Invasion in 2003.

The theft of Uday's car is looked upon as criminal and not political.

"On several occasions while our guys were putting rounds down range, Jasim put himself in harm's way to pull the wounded out and treat them," Keene said. "Jasim is a hero to everyone he has ever met."
After the invasion, Jasim became a legendary translator, assisting
above and beyond.

"I owe my life to Jasim ... hands down," said Master Sgt. Jason Krieger, who went on over 200 combat patrols with Jasim. "I consider him a brother, not only in arms, but in love as well."
For six years, Jasim has put his life on the line to help our troops. His stepbrother paid the ultimate price for Jasim's heroism.

Jasim said his stepbrother, in fact, was captured in the fall of 2007 and was tortured to death in an effort to get to him. The U.S. Army officer who received and processed the report on the murder, Major LeslieParks, told that Jasim's stepbrother was tortured with an electric drill through his eyes.
So his application had letters of recommendation, awards and certifications from soldiers, and the DoD and DHS approval.

Do I smell liberal, or just error? I can't help but wonder... The most relevant bits from Fox News:

An Iraqi translator who has earned commendations for risking his life repeatedly to save the lives of many American soldiers in combat has been denied a visa to live in the United States because of nonviolent actions he took to overthrow Saddam Hussein — at the same time the U.S. government was calling for regime change in Iraq.

Jasim, whose name is being withheld for his safety, has received strong support from the U.S. military, and the Department of Homeland Security approved his application for a visa. But the State Department has denied Jasim a visa because he was arrested in 1996 for actions against the Saddam dictatorship.

Some of Jasim's supporters, however, believe the real reason he's been denied a visa is that he has become a "nuisance" to State Department personnel at the Baghdad Embassy. The State Department, citing privacy concerns, declined to discuss Jasim's case.

Because Iraqi translators are seen by jihadists and former Baathists as "traitors," Jasim's life is at greater risk the longer he stays in Iraq, according to multiple State Department and U.S. military officials. A number of translators and their families have already been tortured and/or murdered.

Wait, it gets better. Keep reading:

U.S. military officials familiar with Jasim's case believe that he will be in even greater danger after U.S. forces withdraw from most of Iraq next year.

The State Department, meanwhile, has told Jasim that he must wait three more years before he can apply for a waiver of its visa rejection.

When he applied for his visa, Jasim feared it might be denied by an overworked consular officer on the basis of his arrest, so he attached a letter explaining the full circumstances.

Jasim wrote that his hatred of Saddam was formed at a young age, as the regime murdered five of his relatives during his childhood. Barely into adulthood, Jasim joined the Peshmerga, a largely Kurdish group whose primary goal in the 1990s was to overthrow Saddam — an objective supported by the Clinton administration.

The Pehmerga assigned Jasim to obtain documents and eavesdropping equipment that were in the possession of Saddam's ruthless son, Uday, and Jasimn said that he stole Uday's car in order to retrieve the documents and equipment.

Soon after, he was arrested, and he was sentenced to life in prison. For the next six and a half years, he was routinely tortured, he said.

On the eve of the Coalition invasion in 2003, Hussein released many prisoners as a "goodwill" gesture, and Jasim was among them.

... Four experts in visa policy, including three former consular officers who reviewed Jasim's case history for, said they found the official reasoning for Jasim's denial puzzling...

They said a specific provision in the law relating to "crimes of moral turpitude" should define Jasim's action of stealing Uday Hussein's car as "political," thus making him eligible for a visa. The first exception listed in the relevant law is that "purely political" actions do not qualify as "crimes of moral turpitude."

...Even if the State Department were to ignore the political motivations of Jasim's actions, each expert agreed that standard car theft likely wouldn't
disqualify an applicant with an otherwise clean record.

"It's not such a serious crime that you could say anyone who steals a
car is ineligible for a visa. Then you consider that it happened over a decade
ago, while he was young, and he has no other criminal history," explained a
former consular officer who served two tours. But, he stressed, "It certainly
seems political to me."

It's just not good enough for the State Department. I won't be emailing them becuase my family is frowning on me for even suggesting that I email, but here's what I would have written:
Dear Sir:

It has come to my attention that a man known as "Jasim" who assisted us in the war on terror, has been denied a visa to the United States. I would like to know why this is.

Thank You.

Because first, I want to know why (And car theft doesn't seem like a good reason). Then I'll take it from there. From Gateway Pundit:
Here is the link to the contact email form.The main switchboard phone number is here: 202-647-4000 The Press Office is (202) 647-2492 Contact Congress.

Be polite, be professional, be unwavering in letting them know they are going to be hearing a lot more about this bureaucratic issue that could easily be resolved.

I might ignore my family and email them yet, but I doubt it. I smell liberal at the back of this...

Top Ten Things T.A.R.N.S. Would Do if She Was President

Well, I've decided that, for a change, I want to have some fun. First, I want to wish Gmail a happy fifth birthday. My Easter banner went up early; the lyrics in purple are from Eleventyseven's "Love in Your Arms." I like that banner, mostly for the nice spring colors that were used. And now, on with my fun...

Top Ten Things The All Real Numbers Symbol Would Do if She Was President of the U.S.

10) Ask Neil Boortz to take a few weeks off his broadcast, put together a crack team of Conservative lawyers, and ask them to go over everything the Dems have passed to look for anything unconstitutional, so I can take steps to correct it. (I'll pay him for his time, if he wants to be payed.)

9) Instill Ann Coulter's motto as related to dealing with Communists /countries that have Nuclear Weapons: "Raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences."

8) Add Ann Coulter to my Presidental Cabinet.

7) Regularly consult Rush Limbaugh about different issues.

6) Same for Shawn Hannity.

5) Dispatch members of the State Department to make sure Great Britain wasn't too insulted by Barack Obama and if they were, to find out how I could fix it.

4) Pass a law barring anyone who 'forgot' to pay taxes from working in the IRS, or anywhere else in the upper levels of government, for that matter.

3) Outlaw environmentalism. (I don't care if you practice it privately, but don't expect the rest of the country to outlaw flush toilets and black cars just because YOU think it's right.)

2) Overturn Obama's law banning drilling in ANWR and send American Oil companies up there just as soon as they can go.

1) Cut taxes on businesses. (And taxpaying Americans, for that matter.)

And there you have the top ten things I would do if I was President. Hopefully, I can leave this up for a few days before Obama does something else then sends me into spasms of agony and back here to report on it.

Have a great weekend!

(Hey, come to think of it, I'll be out for most of tomorrow, so it can probably stay up over the weekend. Cool. Anyway, see y'all later!)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Great Britian Gaffes

On behalf of sane, rational Americans everywhere (read: everyone who didn't vote for Obama), I'd like to apologize to England's leaders; Gordon Brown and the Queen.

I am deeply, deeply sorry for what NObama has done. We are doing our best to ensure he does not get a second term. In the meantime, please accept our apologies for the slights and breaches of etiquette.

No, Americans, I'm not kidding. This is what your hope and change has done:

Barack Obama met the Queen at Buckingham Palace today and gave her a gift of an iPod loaded with video footage and photographs of her 2007 United States visit
to Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg in Virginia. In return, the Queen gave the President a silver framed signed photograph of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh - apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries.

It is believed the Queen already has an iPod, a 6GB silver Mini version she is said to have bought in 2005 at the suggestion of Prince Andrew.

UPDATE: Pool reporter Richard Wolf of USA Today says that an Obama aide told him the President also gave the Queen a "rare songbook signed by Richard Rodgers". END UPDATE

An iPod. He gave the Queen an iPod...

Oh for the love of freedom. JammieWearingFool reports:

Jake Tapper updates with the entire playlist that Obama had loaded on the Queen iPod.

"Send in the Clowns," Judy Collins,

Sadly, 53% of the American people did just that in November.

In case the Queen can't get to sleep fast enough, the megalomaniac also included his own speeches.

What a sport.

Oh for the love of decency! It gets worse:

I just hope that its power can be recharged in the UK. They have a different power-system also.

First it was the region 1 encoded DVDs for Gordon Brown, and now it's the iPod for the Queen. Oh for the love of anything other than liberalism.

My deepest, most sincerecest apoligies to Great Britian. Remember, not everyone voted for this idiot. Please don't hold him against us.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Rules for Request Fics

Every once in awhile, someone asks me, ‘Can you write me a request fic?’ or ‘Can you write something about this/these character(s)?’ Usually, I can and am willing to do that, though it may take awhile for me to get done. However, as of the last one I wrote (a three-chapter fic that I only got one review for), the rules for these things have become stricter.

1) The person who asks me “can you write --” must review EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER.
I’m not having anymore of the crap I got last time I wrote a request fic. I spend my own time writing someone a story, and so that someone who asked me to write it had better review all of it. The only exception is if the person can’t immediately get to a computer.

2) No fancharacters.
Fancharacters (A.K.A. ‘OCs’) are characters that people make up, designed to fit into a specific fandom. Guess what my last R.F. was about? Yeah. I will let fancharacters play minor roles in R.F.s (all you have to do is give me a decent character bio), but stories revolving completely around an O.C.; don’t even ask.

3) Plot summary must be vague.
This one isn’t quite as strict as the others. For this rule, all this means is that I don’t want a PM saying, “I want a story about this character and the other characters should be this, this and this, and this MUST happen in the story-” I think you get the point. You need to say what you’d like the plot to be, and of course which character(s) you want the story to be about, but I need space to write, too.
4) I refuse to write ANY slash, yaoi, yuri, M-preg, and gender-bender fics.
This gets more enforcement that even the first one. I refuse to write any of these kinds of stories.

5) Be patient.
It may take a while for your story to get done.
Here is a list of places I can write fanfictions for. Be sure to visit my homepage at FanFiction.Net, there's a more complete list over there. (located for your convenience at the top of my profile, under "Author has written XX stories for..."):


Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch

Winx Club

Sonic the Hedgehog

Tokyo Mew Mew

Kingdom Hearts

Lord of the Rings

[Navy] NCIS

Futari wa Pretty Cure/any spin-off

Wolverine and the X-Men

Avatar: The Last Airbender
And there you have it. 5 simple rules for a request fic.