Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Bloggers strikeout at Instapundit

Instapundit occurred the wrath of some conservative bloggers, because Glenn claimed "demonizing the ACLU is a bit silly."
The little boycott is silly, Intapundit is a bloggers blog. Although Glenn is not a hardlined conservative he is more to the right than he is to the left. His blog is must reading, for his blog sets the stage and often the topics on which the bogosphere feeds. It's not likely that Glenn's blog will notice any traffic differnces from these delinkages. In fact the contriversey is apt to to give him a small surge in his numbers.

It strikes me a little strange that bloggers would link only to other blogs of a like mindset. To do so will result in reading only ones own blog

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Galveston Hosts Louisianna Refugees

Some of the folks who evavacuated Louisiana found refuge in Galveston. There stay here may be longer than they expected or or prepared for. Unlike the Baytown Comfort Inn some hotels are giving breaks for those from Louisiana.

As Hurricane Katrina whipped and lashed Louisiana on Monday, it also kicked up an unexpected gust of tourism here.

Storm refugees poured into hotels or sought shelter with families as thousands more prepare to arrive on the island to board cruise ships that were supposed to sail from New Orleans.

Profiting from another city’s catastrophe is a delicate proposition. Done in the wrong way, and businesses can seem crass or insensitive.

In a city that has seen its share of devastating storms, few wanted to appear to be taking advantage. With that in mind, some island hotels were reducing prices out of sympathy for other coastal dwellers.

Still, Katrina evacuees, who didn’t know on Monday what had become of their homes, friends and co-workers, were welcoming diversions as they waited for the storm to subside and a chance to return to their homes.

The folks we have seen don't appear to be happy go lucky vacationers, but rather shell shocked and stunned.
Update:
Houston is making the refugeees more comfortable

Monday, August 29, 2005

Katrina Strikes and Strikes Hard.

The damage is just starting to be unveiled. There appears to be mass devastation in New Orleans, Pass Christian, Gulfport and Pasqualula. The images on the news are of miles of destruction. The folks that evacuated may be the lucky ones. The Streets are now canals and the night time is bringing total black, there is no electricity.

It being said that New Orleans dodged the big one and was spared even more horrific damage. Although the French Quarter has been spared some of the devastation, most of the residential areas are under water. Damage to homes appears almost universal. Even the Superdome received massive roof damage.

Some evacuating folks from New Orleans were finding a hard time finding reasonably priced hotels as they approached Houston. The Comfort Inn at Garth and I-10 was charging $200 for an advertised $79.00 room. Plenty of rooms were/are available in Galveston, but there was little informaton available.

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. There has been no sightings of Cindy Sheehan nor Beth Holloway Twitty.
Update:
Some incredible Photos of New Orleans here

Scum Gets Chased

The Westboro Baptist scum were chased away by the counterprotesters, who surrounded the nutty group and isolated them from the mourning friends and family of two Tennessee soldiers killed in Iraq.

Members of a church say God is punishing American soldiers for defending a country that harbors gays, and they brought their anti-gay message to the funerals Saturday of two Tennessee soldiers killed in Iraq.

The church members were met with scorn from local residents. They chased the church members cars’ down a highway, waving flags and screaming “God bless America.”

“My husband is over there, so I’m here to show my support,” 41-year-old Connie Ditmore said as she waved and American flag and as tears came to her eyes. “To do this at a funeral is disrespectful of a family, no matter what your beliefs are.”


Hundreds of Smyrna and Ashland City residents and families of other soldiers turned out at both sites to counter the message the Westboro Baptist members brought.

So many counterdemonstrators were gathered in Ashland City that police, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers were brought in to control traffic and protect the protesters.

The church members held protesting permits, and counterprotesters in Smyrna turned their backs to Westboro Baptist members until time expired on the protest permits.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The big move

Yesterday I reconfigured Blogger and posted to the new web site. I know it looks pretty much the same, but it becomes much easier to change the site here, and to post more pictures. I think everything is still here, but I'd apreciate it if anyone drops me line to let me know if something doesn't work right or an image doesn't show up.

The tough part about starting over again is that google doesn't know who I am any more ,and all the linkbacks that have come our way aren't working anymore. Still in the long run, we will build our traffic and people will eventually find us again. I want to thank the readers who have put up with these changes, but I think you will find that this is better in the long run. If nothing else the URL is now easier to type

Katrina bearing down on the big easy

Katrina looks like it is heading straight to New Orleans. Living on the sandbar known as Galveston, I watch these things pretty closely. They scare the crap outa me. This storm has the potential to be a worst case scenario. A category 5 with up to a 30 ft storm surge hitting a city that sits below sea level is a potential disaster of catastrophic proportions. There is always a chance that this storm will not live up to its full potential, but even the most optimistic scenario is going to result in lots of deaths and tremendous property damage. Winds are now reported at 75 mph, and she is expected to make landfall tomorrow. The folks that stay are in for a worse time than those who are evacuating and having to travel for hours trying to find a place to stay. All we can do watch, wait and pray.
Update:
There are those who claim that they did not know Katrina was going to hit New Orleans so severly. I Posted this at 9:30 AM, Sunday, the day before it hit with full force. I am just a know-nothing blogger.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Hate so silly it could make you sick

Via Instapundit A Tennessee Editorialist Speaks out,
Small, pitiful groups of perverse traitors cloaked in a warped, hate-filled and degraded version of Christianity are tirelessly traveling across America, cruelly protesting at the funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq.

They are scheduled to stop in Middle Tennessee today, in Smyrna and Ashland City, to dishonor the solemn services and add to the horror and grief of those who mourn Staff Sgt. Asbury F. Hawn of Lebanon and Spc. Gary Reese Jr. of Ashland City. The Army National Guardsmen served together in the 278th Regimental Combat Team and died in an enemy attack Aug. 13 in Iraq.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., will be there, not to spread the comforting Gospel of Jesus Christ, but to spew a disgustingly vulgar and crude message of gay hatred while celebrating the death of U.S. soldiers.

This evil little congregation, led by Fred Phelps, gained infainfamy for showing up at the funerals of homosexuals to taunt family and friends and to promote their own unique brand of hatred. This summer they started picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in battle with placards that say, "We hate gays" and "Thank God for dead soldiers."
Their Web site, http://www.godhatesgays.com/, promotes the protests in crude press releases that say, "They turned America over to fags; they're coming home in body bags."infamy for showing up at the funerals of homosexuals to taunt family and friends and to promote their own unique brand of hatred. This summer they started picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in battle with placards that say, "We hate gays" and "Thank God for dead soldiers."

On the bright side apparently someone hacked the forwarding and the God Hates site is forwarded to a God Hates Phelps site.
Update:
Jack has more.

Google Chat

Google this week introduced their versiom of Chat. I hadn't used chat clients in a while, but I thought I would try it out. It is very spartan and doesn't have a load of features. It doesn't play with other formats at all and you can't have group chats. It doesn't even have search capabilities. Still the beauty of it may just be in the simplicity. It does support voice, but I haven't tried it out yet, and probably won't. The quality of the voice is getting good reports though. One needs a Gmail account to use Gtalk, and the program does monitor your gmail account for new emails. Gmail is only available via invitation which one can get by emailing me with first and last name information. On the whole I like it, its simple downloads and loads quickly.

Coming to A DNS Server near you

Liberty's blog has been a lot of fun, and grown tremendously. We've covered Hurricanes and elections. Justice injustice, and even Pelicans. All in all its been a lot of fun, at Zero cost. Blogger is free, and I've successfully used SBC's provided web space to keep it going.

After 2 years I invested in a domain name and web space. I'm running out of space at http://pages.sbcglobal.net/liberty.freedom With the new site I will be free to post more photo's and not try to skimp on some other features. Folks will be able to type out the web address a little easier, Whats tough though is that lots of folks have been real kind with their linkages. and promoting the site is not one of the fun tasks of blogging. In the long run its going to be worth it. The new site will be at
http//:libertysblog.com Right now there isn't much/anything, and it may take a couple of days before the dns servers all get activated.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Irony from the Left and Right

In Crawford the Protestors put up crosses to represent the fallen, as part of their protest of the Iraq war. Some Guy mows them down with his pickup in protst.

Is it me? but the thought of leftist putting up crosses, and a right winger mowing them down is a more than a little ironic. The neighbors never seemed to mind the stench of the pig farm that was the Bush Ranch before W bought it, but they are complaining about Cindy stench these days.

As President Bush's neighbors seek relief from protesters by way of the county commission, one local resident took matters into his own hands and now has been charged with criminal mischief. McLennan County resident Larry Northern, 59,
faced $3,000 bail Tuesday after witnesses said he swerved his pickup truck in and out of a display of crosses set up on the side of the road by anti-war protesters.

The crosses represented the U.S. troops who have died in Iraq, with individuals' names on each. Northern was charged with criminal mischief over $1,500 and under $20,000. Cindy Sheehan, who has led the protest outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, said she was very upset by the vandalism. "I just want to say that what happened last night is very disturbing to all of us and it really should be very disturbing to America, because no matter what you think about the war, we should all honor the sacrifices of the ones who have fallen," said Sheehan, whose son Casey died in Iraq in August 2004."What we saw here last night was a sacrilege ... five of
those crosses are those of my friends," added protester Charlie Anderson, who said he is a veteran of the Iraq war. But Sheehan and her group are largely blamed for creating the hostility brewing among the president's neighbors, who have appealed to the McLennan County Commission to erect a barrier that could prevent anti-war protesters from congregating on the road outside Bush's ranch. More than 60 people signed a petition sent to the commissioners asking them to expand the no-parking zone that bans cars within a few hundred feet of the ranch. The effect would be to push the anti-war protesters, who have pitched tents and set up port-a-potties on the winding two-lane road, about seven miles away from the neighbors' properties into the town of Crawford. Some residents said they worry about the safety of children waiting for school buses in the area. Schools began classes Tuesday.
"All those of us that live in that area and in that community and our children also have civil rights, and we do feel that those are being seriously compromised at this time," said John Laufenberg, who attended a Tuesday meeting of the commission and refuted concerns raised by protesters that expanding the parking ban would violate civil rights.

Northern's alleged aggression isn't the first by area residents. On Sunday, Bush neighbor Larry Mattlage fired a shotgun, in part to sound his frustration with the constant guests in his neighborhood. Police say Mattlage broke no laws and so he was not arrested. No one was hurt in either incident. Bush said he sympathizes with Sheehan but has made no indication that he will meet with her. Sheehan did meet with Bush in June 2004, at a gathering at Fort Lewis, Wash., for grieving families.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Edwards , wife of former vice presidential candidate John Edwards, wrote a letter of support for the protesters that urged others to call the president and demand he meet with Sheehan."The president's cavalier dismissal of Cindy Sheehan is emblematic of a greater problem. This is a mother who raised her son to love his country enough to serve. ... And when the worst does happen, when
the world comes crashing down and she puts the boy she bore, the boy she taught,
the boy she loved in the ground, what does that government say to her? It says we'll do the talking; we don't need to hear from you," Edwards wrote.

Rob has something about this

A long time Passing

Some time off from blogging. Its been a while longer than I expected.
Mostly this sabbatical has been about readjusting time. There is only so much time in a week. So much time in the day. ( 9 hours at work + 2 hours driving). Other projects come into our lives and something just has to give.

The other projects are:
Getting a handle on Visual Basic .NET, an almost impossible task, but I did get a product out that works somewhat reasonable.

Beta testing Agent 3.0. What sucks for a blogger is that I'm tied to a none disclosure agreement. Its released now and I like it it, but it doesn't have all the features it sorely needs yet. Multi Server Email !!

Exercise and good health. I bought a tread mill. It sucks up at least 30 minutes a day of my time. I still eat poorly I love good food, but hopefully I will drop a few pounds.