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History Lesson

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I came up with the idea of “The Conservative Zone” back about 1995 when personal web pages had just started to take off. This was when 28.8k modems was the fastest you could get. I wanted to make my web page based on The Twilight Zone. I tried coming up with a graphic similar to the Twilight Zone, but I am not an artist. I cobbled together a graphic of a flag, coupled with some text and a gif animator. I made one for the front page, and a banner ad because I was part of the Link Exchange network at the time.

To give the CZ a TZ feel, I had the following header:

(Say it like you know Rod Serling would)
Submitted for your approval. A small corner of a global network of information. A place where the cornerstone of society is the belief that you are responsible for your own actions. A society where you are treated according to how you treat others. A world where you have the freedom to starve as well as succeed. You have entered…The Conservative Zone.

This was also about the time of Hillary’s “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” rantings, so just to yank her chain, I proudly put the “charter member” bit.

For your amusement, I decided to include my banner, which as soon as BlogSpot decides to start selling ad space once again, I just might put into the rotation.

Enjoy.

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Problem solvers or causers?

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A thought came to me while driving my clients around today. It may not be original, but I would still like to point it out.

The Democrats and their screechingly vocal special interest groups have a vested interest in perpetuating problems rather than actually solving them. Democrats have been asking for power since the 60’s so they can solve problems such as poverty, race relations and so on. They say “Here is a problem. Let us solve it.” The bad news is years later the problem still exists, or made even worse.

When you look at the poverty problem, the only thing Welfare has done is perpetuate (yes, I know I repeated myself, but it’s the best word to use) poverty into multiple generations. After almost 40 years and $5 trillion, the same percentage of the population is still in poverty, with no end in sight. Well, the Republican Congress forced President Clinton to sign Welfare reform which did what was supposed to have been done in the first place.

Race relations are at its best since the end of segregation. But if you listen to the NAACP, I mean really listen, they are calling for segregation all over again. They want the races to be separate. That’s so (in their eyes) Blacks can get a better chance than everybody else. I mean, after centuries of slavery, then another century as second class citizens, then 40 years as being equal, they want to be (thank you George Orwell) more equal than everybody else. And only as long as there exists this controversy do they have a job, telling other Blacks how “oppressed” they are and how they deserve two bites at the apple instead of just one.

Look at the 9 Democratic candidates. They were all against the tax cut. They all positioned themselves so they could only take advantage of a bad economy. Because only if there exists a problem can they complain about something. The signs of a recovering economy have been around for a while. Economists have been hinting at this for months. They have been cautiously optimistic up until the numbers really started to take off lately. The more economists have been pointing this out, the more shrill about the bad status of the economy the 9 stooges have become about it. When the numbers were undeniable, they switched to “jobless recovery,” and still didn’t listen to the fact that the jobless rate always lags other indicators. So they got bit twice by this.

Now look at the Republicans. They solve problems, then point to their accomplishments. They say “See what we’ve done, let us build on what we’ve done and do more.” They work hard on tax cuts because this is the third time it’s been tried and it’s the third time it has worked big time. Republicans give incentive to Welfare recipients to get off of the government dole so they can be productive members of society, being tax producers instead of tax consumers. Republicans have more minority and women members in high ranking positions than Democrats ever did.

The Contract With America is a classic example. Here was a list of sore points for Americans. Republicans promised, “Elect me and I will get this to the floor for a vote.” Some passed, some didn’t. But every item on the list was brought to the floor of both houses for a vote.

The fact that those of President Bushs judicial nominees that have been blocked are women and/or minorities is not a coincidence. They are being blocked because they are minorities. I said so here.

Republicans solve problems, Democrats perpetuate problems. Once you realize that I’m right, things will go a lot smoother.

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Michael the Molester

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I love Law & Order. I watch all of them, and occasionally partake of the marathons that run on TNT. I love the plot twists and how you can never guess if the good guys will win or not.

This years season premier was a two parter, and in the second part had the tragic story of a baby dropped from a hotel window during a fire. The father was a famous comic who had adopted the kid. During the investigation, they discovered he was a pedophile. They could locate only one victim, who had brought legal action, and since the case was settled, the case was sealed.

Using the logic of “how could you let a 12 year old play with a 40 year old man,” McCoy brought charges against the parents. You see, the parents received a million dollar check from the comic/pedophile, plus a stipend from the lawsuit. The parents claimed that the million dollar check was for writing a movie script for the comic/pedophile. During the trial, it came out that the check was cut before the kid went up to the comics house and was molested, drawing the assertion that the parents knew what was going to happen. The parents did it because they had no money and a younger son who had a serious heart defect. They sacrificed one kid to save the other. On the evidence of the timing of the check, the parents were convicted.

Now, let’s look at Michael. He has an amusement park at his house. He likes making kids happy. Those are okay things, to a point. He has admitted that he likes to have slumber parties with young boys. That sets off rather large and loud alarm bells for me. It has been stated that he has an alarm system inside the house, so that whenever anybody gets within 50 feet of his bedroom, an alarm goes off in there. When combined with the slumber parties, this makes my alarm bells ring all over again.

He was already the defendant of one molestation lawsuit. I and most parents would not allow our children to be within a mile of this man. But there are some that hope that his star stuff will rub off onto their children, and all they have to do is play by Michaels rules. Which allows Michael to molest young children.

I can tell that Michael is sick, by no more that what he has admitted to. The other allegations just throw more fuel onto the fire.

All I can hope for is he gets put away for a long time, and that this gets done before he molests any more boys, including his own children.

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Closet time

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I did some shopping this afternoon, enjoying a nice walk in the beautiful weather. Ever since I got back, my condition has been deteriorating. I’ve already spent a couple of hours in the closet, I’m out for a bathroom break and I’m going back in, probably for the rest of the night.

Something is wrong, but I can’t put my finger on it. I know I don’t feel right, but I can’t explain it. I really wish I could see my case manager twice a week. At least I could bounce stuff like this off of him, and let him make the Mental Health Professional decisions for me. I used to see him twice a week, but budget cuts did away with that.

I want to write, I’m beginning to think that I need to write. But it doesn’t help when your side-effects deny you the ability to concentrate. My eyes and other muscles twitch, it seems like someone is playing around with the volume control with my hearing, it feels like I’m always tired. Things like that, and that’s just what I can think of through the mental haze I have right now.

Back in I go, trying to conquer the obsessive thoughts.

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Sick Freak

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When I do my research for posting, I need absolute silence. If my Conures yak too much, they end up in the bedroom. I have re-acquired my taste for Glenn Beck so I have spent my mornings tuned into him. Like I said, I can’t stand distraction, so I can’t concentrate on my research. I’ll try to do some research for something to blog after I walk down the street and pick up some things.

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Let’s learn from this

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This was a preventable tragedy. Concealed Carry Permits Fire up Debate Over Workplace Shootings

Javelle distinguished himself that day by trying to delay and disarm the gunman, 42-year-old Michael McDermott, before being killed. But Javelle might have saved his own life and at least four others if the concealed handgun permit he held in New Hampshire had allowed him to carry a weapon on his job in neighboring Massachusetts, according to one of Javelle’s friends and numerous firearms policy experts.

If this citizen had been legally armed, the incident would have stopped, before as many people died as there was.

Let me say this again: this was preventable. If the shooter was confronted by a legally armed citizen ready to stop this rampaging madman, less people would have died. Either the madman would have laid down his weapons and surrendered, or he would have been shot by the legally armed citizen.

This is a classic case that 911 is a government sponsored Dial-A-Prayer. Don’t let this happen to you. If you are of the mind that you will do anything necessary to protect yourself and your family, I suggest you explore this option. It is better to have and not need than to need and not have.

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“Assault weapons”

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There ain’t no such thing folks. Candidates Confused on Gun Ban show that the Democratic candidates are trying to blow smoke up your butt.

The bans have now been in effect for almost a decade, without any evidence of any benefits. Increased crime is not the biggest danger arising from not extending the law. Politicians who have claimed such dire consequence from these mislabeled “assault weapons” have put their reputations on the line. If the extension fails, a year after that voters will wonder what all the hysteria was about.

I have already brought this up here. But it’s time to go over it again.

The Assault Weapons law banned a specific list of “evil looking” weapons by manufacturer and model number, and any weapon that has certain cosmetic features, such as a separate handgrip or a bayonet lug. All manufacturers had to do is change one cosmetic feature and their weapons were legal again. When a law can be as easily circumvented as this one is, it is a classic example of bad lawmaking. This law was passed to make everybody look good for having passed such a law, but it really does nothing.

Stuff like this makes me sick.

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Conspiracies

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I am no conspiracy nut, but I found this interesting: Some Relevant Facts About the JFK Assassination.

I read a book some years ago, called Mortal Error in which only the ballistic forensic evidence is examined. The book is out of print, so let me summarize the findings:

  • First shot: By Oswald. It misses, hits a curb and the bullet fragments, one part of which hits JFK. (“I’m hit” he says)
  • Second Shot: By Oswald. It hits the President in the back, causing a fatal wound. He wouldn’t have died right away, but it was fatal.
  • Third Shot: By a Secret Service Agent in the car behind the President. This was the head shot that sealed JFK’s fate.

In the book, the shot by the Agent was deemed accidental, since no Agent could even be considered to have done this on purpose. Again, the book only looks at the ballistic evidence, it doesn’t get into why the shots were fired, only where and when.

With this information out, it re-opens some questions as to the motivations of the shooters, or LBJ was the luckiest SOB on the planet.

I’ll leave it up to you.

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Slamming the door

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Well, it looks like somebody is taking action on this. Congress Targets the Patriot Act and it looks like they are tightening it up. I have already spoken on this, here and here.

The Craig-Durbin act, dubbed Security and Freedom Ensured (SAFE), focuses on four issues: wiretaps, access to library records, surveillance of citizens and multi-jurisdictional warrants.

One of the things that I like to collect is the little witticisms that put essential truths of life into few words. Here are a couple on this subject:

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal. Well meaning but without understanding. – Justice Louis Brandeis

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. — Patrick Henry

These comments seems to be spot on concerning the Patriot Act. I’ll let their words stand by themselves, because I doubt I can say anything as profound as these men.

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Gay Marriage

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I thought it was time for me to weigh in on this again. Same-Sex Ruling Causes Democratic ‘Heartburn,’ Says Political Analyst is going to definitely cause some tap-dancing to be done for the Democrats. I have already spoken on this subject here.

“Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to gay marriage. Democrats, many of whom are opposed to gay marriage, [still] favor [same-sex] civil unions, and most Americans don’t see the difference between the two,” Sabato added.

According to Sabato, the eventual Democratic presidential nominee will have to try and parse the difference between support of homosexual civil unions and the more comprehensive issue of same-sex marriage. The Democratic candidate will also have to balance the support of homosexual lobbying groups with the views of the general electorate, Sabato predicted.

This decision has opened a rather large can of worms for every state across the nation. The other 49 states will now have to make the decision to support or deny recognition of Massachusetts gay marriage licenses. This is a polarizing issue for the American people. It’s not a subject for the single issue voter, but it is enough to push an undecided voter one way or the other. And while you can’t necessarily say the Republicans win, but the Democrats will lose for sure.

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Off my feed

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I seem to have developed a weird side-effect of my Abilify. I keep waking up throughout the night. Before I started this drug, I would wake up once about 2:30 am, roll over and go back to sleep. Now I seem to wake up every 30-45 minutes and not fully fall back to sleep.

I’m still getting up at 8:40 and feeling okay (other than my normal side-effects) but this sleep thing is really starting to get me upset. I like to sleep. It gives me a break from all of the obsessive thinking I do about all of the problems in my life.

Let me clarify what obsessive thinking is. When you are presented with a problem, you define the problem, think about some general possibilities for a solution, then work within the general solutions to make the specific solution that addresses the problem you defined. Then you go out and fix the problem. You do a lot of this process unconsciously.*

Well, I get stuck in the “define the problem” stage. I am up to my eyeballs in this problem and all I can do is spin around in circles like a dog chasing its tail. This is where I’m in the closet crying and banging my head on the wall. I spend a lot of the time in my closet.

*It was part of my Navy training as an Electronics Technician to be a problem solver. I carried that system throughout my life and it has always served me well. Before I was sick, I used to be the “go-to” guy when tough problems came up. I usually solved the problem with a subtle, inventive solution. At work.

At home I used the brute force approach and upset my wife to no end. She knows how inventive I can be, especially at work, but when it comes to personal problems I act like a bull. Head down and charge forward. “If brute force doesn’t work, you’re not using enough” and all that.

I don’t know what to do. I’ve gone through this at a low level of Abilify (10mg/day). Now I just started 15mg/day and I am wondering if this sleep problem will get better or worse. Maybe it will stabilize in a week or two, I don’t know. I’m stuck with it for at least another 3 weeks.

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The party of diversity

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Here is a wonderful example that the Democrat party truly is the party of diversity. Why Dems borked Estrada, in their own words.

For those who don’t remember, when the 1964 Civil Rights Act was being voted on in the Congress, Democrats were against the bill. The party of diversity, the party the Blacks suck up to, wanted to keep them in their place. Never forget that.

November 7, 2001/To: Senator Durbin
“…They also identified Miguel Estrada (D.C. Circuit) as especially dangerous, because he has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment. They want to hold Estrada off as long as possible. [emphasis mine]”

There is a major difference between the Conservative and Liberal appointees that are or have been filibustered. Liberal judges look to furthering Liberal agendas that can’t pass the legislature. Conservative judges look to interpreting the law and nothing more. Personally, I like judges that interpret the law as it stands instead of drawing on their own views to impose on the rest of us.

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Liberals and guns

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This article, Dems Tout Second Amendment, but Voting Records Show Hostility shows the contempt Liberals have for citizens.

Here are a couple of facts for your consumption:

  • There are bad people that want to do bad things to you and your family.
  • The police have no obligation to protect you.
  • Armed citizens prevent 2,500,000 crimes a year.

Now, the leaders of the anti-gun movement aren’t out to get rid of guns, they are just against you having guns. They have armed guards wherever they go. They are important enough to need firearms for protection, but you aren’t. Don’t you find that hypocritical?

It shows that liberals don’t trust you. The liberal reporters try to feed you your opinion by shaving news pieces. Liberal politicians don’t trust you to vote for them. Liberal anti-gunners don’t trust you with the power to protect yourself. And so on, ad nauseam. They try to sway you by appealing to your emotions and ignoring facts.

Conservatives, on the other hand, appeal to you by presenting you facts and then trust you to make the decision that fits you by yourself.

Who would you rather trust?

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Meet The Press

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I must be more careful about who I watch on the Sunday morning news shows. General Wes Clark was on MTP this morning, and I spent a good part of the show yelling at the TV. There was so much garbage coming out of his mouth I’m surprised it didn’t pile up to his chin.

He made a big deal of WMD, again. Let’s revisit that subject and see why the democrats are dead wrong on this issue.

There are four facts in evidence:

  • Saddam had chemical weapons at one time.
  • Saddam had used said chemical weapons.
  • Communication intercepts indicated that permission was granted to field commanders to use chemical weapons.
  • There exists no evidence that he got rid of any of his WMD.

Given the above facts, taking the position that Saddam did not have WMD would have gone beyond stupid, it would have been suicidal. When you are talking about the lives of up to 50,000 American citizens, how can you not take the position that he continues to have WMD and is willing to use them, or give it to people who are willing to use them against us?

There was several reasons we took on Iraq. WMD made it a #1 priority. It was easy to take out. It is the central Arab state. By setting up a free democracy in Iraq, we start knocking over a long line of dominoes that will cause a large scale positive change in all of the Arab states. We are seeing that change even today. This change will not happen overnight, it may have a few speed bumps, but it will become a large force in almost no time.

Clark also accused the President of not having a plan. You need to keep your plans close to your chest. Talking about what you want to do and how you’re going to do it will give the enemy the information they need to defeat you. So apparently not having a plan is good. That means we are keeping the enemy off balance and guessing at us and our plans. The strategic plan is working. We have our tactical objectives, but there’s a few bumps along the way.

If we do not defeat the Baathists, I give the new democracy a maximum of six months. Just because the US is no longer in Iraq does not mean the violence will end. In fact, it will increase until the new government becomes unstable, whereupon Saddam will surface, the Baathists will rise behind him and he will retake control of the country. The people who are in the uprising are all united, not against the US, but for Saddam to return to power.

Bookmark this entry and look at it in a year to see if my prediction is right or not.

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