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  • Google Browser, coming to a desktop near you?


    Google Browser, coming to a desktop near you?

    Google may be entering the browser market. They have recently picked up two former developers from Mozilla Project, and something else happened. That was Firefox 1.1 has been delayed for "unknown" reasons. So rumors on the web say that is because Google is working with them to brand the next version as the Google Browser. Would you switch to a Google branded browser? More to come as it comes in...

    Monday, January 31, 2005 - Permalink -

    Medicare goes Sexy


    Medicare's new prescription benefit will cover sexual performance drugs like Viagra... Developing... Source: DrudgeReport.com

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    Does Bush need a Statue in Iraq?


    Tell me what you think, I am still not sure what to think of this:

    January 30, 2005 -- BAGHDAD — The man replacing the mayor of Baghdad — who was assassinated for his pro-American loyalties — says he is not worried about his ties to Washington.
    In fact, he'd like to erect a monument to honor President Bush in the middle of the city.
    "We will build a statue for Bush," said Ali Fadel, the former provincial council chairman. "He is the symbol of freedom."
    Fadel's predecessor, Ali al-Haidari, was gunned down Jan. 4 when militants opened fire on his armor-covered BMW as it traveled with a three-car convoy.
    Fadel said he received numerous threats on his life as the council chairman, and expects to get many more in his new post.
    "My life is cheap," Fadel said. "Everything is cheap for my country."
    As Iraq prepared for a volatile election that is being watched across the world, Fadel heaped praise on the United States.

    Fadel acknowledged that many in his country appear ungrateful for America's foreign assistance. He said most Iraqis are still in "shock" over the changes, and need time to adjust.
    Any public monument to Bush is likely to further incense terrorist forces, who have attacked American troops and their supporters for months.
    Fadel said he is undaunted.
    "We have a lot of work and we are especially grateful to the soldiers of the U.S.A. for freeing our country of tyranny," Fadel said.
    As for his own protection, the new mayor will be traveling in a new $150,000 SUV complete with bulletproof windows and flat-resistant tires.

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    Microsoft's Tweak that gets UnTweaked then Tweaked Again!


    Microsoft was told a few months ago that they had to release a version of Windows in the EU that had Media Player taken out of. So Microsoft agreed. The version was called Windows XP Reduced Media Edition. I kid you not! The EU was not amused and told Microsoft to change it. Insiders say Microsoft knew that that wouldn't fly, but they just wanted to get underneath the EU's skin. I have to ask you if you saw two versions of Windows XP one called Windows XP Home Edition and another called Windows XP Reduced Media Edition which would you choose? I think hands down you wouldn't want to buy a "Reduced" edition of anything. So far we do not know what the new version will be called, but I do know I think this is stupid all together. The Accessibly Options menu in Windows allows you to prevent access to certain programs. Why Microsoft couldn't have just had it turned off at install and the EU be happy seems odd. But the EU doesn't want it at all, even though you could easily just download it later on.

    My Solution is release Windows XP EUxclusive but not under Microsoft's name. Have a third party release it. This would mean Microsoft would not have to support the product, so compatibility with other programs could be stripped and access to Windows Update denied. Show the EU that an American company can do what ever it wants, they need to show that the American powerhouse and 500 pound guerrilla Microsoft will not let the EU bully them around. American Superiority in Europe shall prevail through Microsoft.

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    Democracy Has Won, Iraq Votes for the First Time


    Democracy has won! The first election in over fifty years in Iraqi history has taken place today with an overwhelming turnout. Surprisingly most of the Arab press has covered this as a positive event that could be a turning point in the outcome of Iraq. Aljazera on the other hand has almost ignored the entire events, and focused more on the next vote in Iraq later this year. The American press is mixed coverage. I have been going between the major channels looking at how they are covering it, and it was not quite what I expected. MSNBC has focused mostly on the positives of the war and how the lockdown on the country has succeeded, Dan Rather also focused on the positives by highlighting the high turnout and also how successful the lockdown was, Peter Jennings took a much more negative approach by making the attacks seem much larger than they were and the turn out being disappointing (which they are in the triangle, but the turnout is high in the rest of the country which he failed to speak of), Fox News is the one I have watched the least of but seems to be the most balanced. I have seen on Fox them question the war itself and whether we even should be there, talking about the successful lockdown, talking about the attacks, saying this will mean the attacks will begin to stop, saying the attacks will step up, and other things that have been said that they then give the opposite side of. Fox News does seem to be for focused on the positives though.

    The turn out of the election seems to be very promising. The Iraqi people have come in higher turnouts than any US election in history, as much as seventy-two percent or more. Some precincts are reporting an amazing ninety-five percent turnout! Within the triangle some polling places say that have lines with thousands upon thousands of people in line. Outside the polls the people are dancing and cheering in celebration of the wonderful events they have witnessed and participated in. Attacks have been sparse and mostly within the triangle. Only one US soldier was killed in the election, and one British C-130 down, and as I write the first reports are coming in so I may have some outdated information as far as I know it was an accident. Less than forty Iraqis have been killed in attacks, most of which were by suicide bombers. Before the election insurgents were warning the Iraqis that they had more than five hundred suicide bombers ready for an attack, and now it looks more like maybe a dozen or so.

    When it is all said and done with today will be seen as a tremendous day in Iraq and the world’s history. Democracy has won, the Iraqi people are cheering and thankful, and most importantly the Iraqi people are officially free! They may have to walk thirteen miles to vote, US spy planes have tracked large groups of people doing this to get to the polls, but they want to vote in this historic election and shape there country and future. God Bless America, God Bless the Iraqi people, and God Bless Democracy.

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    Pee and Beer Save Lives


    In Slovakia a man was trapped in his car after an avalanche of snow covered it. He began to try and think of a way out so he got a beer that he had for a holiday he was taking, well he came up with the idea he would urinate in the snow until he was freed. He said quote, “I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it. It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But I'm glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there."
    All I can say is… WOW! It took 60 beers to do it, I bet he is glad he bought that many!

    Read the original news story

    Friday, January 28, 2005 - Permalink -

    Bush pledges to bring troops home!


    Presidnet Bush said Thursday that if asked he would take the troops out of Iraq right now, because we are not occupiers. He added by saying, "I've, you know, heard the voices of the people that presumably will be in a position of responsibility after these elections, although you never know, but it seems like most of the leadership there understands that there will be a need for coalition troops at least until Iraqis are able to fight." This doesnt seem like much of a change though. Also during the interview Bush said quote, "children can receive love from gay couples, but studies have shown that the ideal is where a child is raised in a married family with a man and a woman" No flip-flopping from this guy.

    So what do you think, has Bush changed his positions on Iraq; do you agree with his family statement? Don't forget to link to my blog.

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    Chicken Barbie Girl


    . This is one of the most funny things I have ever seen. It is a must see!

    Watch the Video

    Thursday, January 27, 2005 - Permalink -

    Rice sworn in as Secretary of State, finally


    Finally, the Democrats blocked this confirmation long enough. Yes, she does have a questionable past when concerned with the Iraq war, but her shortfalls are acceptable. She is one of the best people fit for this job, and defiantly the best that even had a chance of gaining the position. Though if I had the choice it would be someone a little less neo-conservative. What ever, she is officially our new Secretary of State.

    Rice sworn in as secretary of state 13 in Senate vote against nomination over Iraq
    The Associated Press

    Updated: 8:37 p.m. ET Jan. 26, 2005
    WASHINGTON - Condoleezza Rice won confirmation as secretary of state Wednesday despite blistering criticism from Senate Democrats who accused her of misleading statements and said she must share the blame for mistakes and war deaths in Iraq.
    The tally, though one-sided at 85-13, was still the largest “no” vote against any secretary of state nominee since 1825.
    Rice was sworn-in seven hours later by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card in his West Wing office. Her designated replacement as national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, held the Bible. Bush planned to attend a ceremonial swearing-in Friday at the State Department.
    Separately, a Senate committee narrowly voted to send Alberto Gonzales’ attorney general nomination to the full Senate. Jim Nicholson and Michael Leavitt won confirmation as the new secretaries of veterans affairs and health and human services, respectively, as President Bush’s second-term Cabinet fills out.
    Rice, Bush’s national security adviser for four years and perhaps his closest adviser on the war and terrorism issues that dominated his first term, becomes the first black woman to be America’s top diplomat. She succeeds Colin Powell, a former Army general who clashed privately with some of the strongest hawks in Bush’s inner circle.
    Although Rice’s nomination was never in doubt, Democrats mounted a lengthy and biting protest that showed she will not immediately match Powell’s collegial relationship with Capitol Hill.
    Democratic senators denounced Rice’s job performance and truthfulness. Most criticism focused on Rice’s role planning for war and explaining the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. Some accused her of avoiding accountability for the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Others said she seemed unwilling to acknowledge errors in planning or judgment.
    “In the end, I could not excuse Dr. Rice’s repeated misstatements,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said of his vote against Rice.
    Durbin said Powell had been “a voice of moderation,” and he expressed “hope that the responsibility of leadership will inspire Condoleezza Rice to follow his example.”
    The 11 other Democrats who voted against Rice included some of the Senate’s best-known names, such as Massachusetts Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry, the unsuccessful candidate for president against Bush last year.
    Independent Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont also voted no.
    Thirty-two Democrats voted to confirm Rice, although several said they did so with reservations. Rice won support from all 53 Republicans who voted. Two Republican senators did not cast votes.
    Through history, no nominee for secretary of state has been defeated in the Senate. Many have had little or no opposition and were confirmed without recorded votes. Only one, Henry Clay in 1825, received more recorded no votes than Rice, according to the Senate historian’s office. Clay was confirmed by a vote of 27-14.
    More recently, Henry Kissinger was approved 78-7, Dean Acheson 83-6 and Alexander Haig 93-6.
    As White House national security adviser, Rice was not directly answerable to Congress. That changes now that she is a member of Bush’s Cabinet who must testify before Congress and brief legislators in private. She will also have to ask Congress for the money to run the State Department.
    “My own view is she is a forthright person,” Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., said after the vote. Lugar chairs the Foreign Relations Committee that questioned Rice over two days of contentious confirmation hearings last week. He said that trust will come with time.
    The Senate also:
    By voice vote confirmed Nicholson to be secretary of veterans affairs and
    Leavitt to be secretary of health and human services.
    Received the nomination of White House counsel Gonzales to replace John Ashcroft as attorney general.
    The Senate Judiciary Committee sent the nomination along on a 10-8 party line vote.
    While all senators acknowledge that Gonzales will be confirmed, Democrats have said they will require several hours of debate before allowing a final vote. Democratic senators have accused Gonzales of helping formulate the policies that led to abuse of foreign prisoners.
    The Senate is also expected to quickly confirm Samuel Bodman to be energy secretary, perhaps as soon as next week.
    Rice spent part of the day Wednesday in her temporary office at the State Department, where she conducted strategy sessions on the upcoming Iraq elections and peace in Sudan. She also met briefly with Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.
    The State Department planned a welcome ceremony for Rice on Thursday and a swearing-in by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. Bush was to attend Friday’s ceremony.
    The 50-year-old former Stanford academic and expert on Russia faces a formidable foreign policy agenda, topped by the ongoing U.S.-led war in Iraq. She has pledged to try to promote negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
    Rice also inherits a fitful diplomatic effort to halt nuclear weapons development in North Korea and Iran. Bush has included those countries with Iraq in an “axis of evil.”
    In addition to mending fences among Democrats on Capitol Hill, Rice will begin almost immediately to try to rebuild alliances in Europe and elsewhere that were damaged by international opposition to the Iraq invasion.
    Bush’s first overseas trip of his second term will be a tour in Europe next month, and Rice is expected to accompany him. She is also expected to make a solo trip abroad sometime beforehand.

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    31 killed in the fight for Freedom


    Today we mourn the deaths of thirty marines and one sailor in a tragic helicopter crash in Iraq. As it stands now preliminary reports on the cause have all but ruled out an attack, but rather the fault of the pilot or due to a sandstorm in the area. I hope this is due to one of the latter and not an attack.

    In times of war, be it against a distinct or unknown enemy, a person must make sacrifices in the name of that war. Both sides must make antagonist of one another to rally the support of their people. These men were doing their job of promoting peace and waging war on the insurgency. There final mission was to bring much needed supplies to polling places for the Iraqi Election that is just days away on January 30.

    For the first time in these Iraqi’s lives they will have the chance to participate in a free, fair, and competitive election, one of the three qualities all successful democracies must have. There have been many estimates made by analyst on what the turn out will be, and many are low but just as many are very promising. I have seen figures where they think the turnout will be in the sixty five to eighty percent ranges. Now I ask how can this be in a country that is supposedly in such bad shape that just walking out of your home puts you at risk?

    The country, by some of the latest figures I have seen, is ninety percent stable with the left over ten percent being the trouble spots. If you look at a map almost all of the attacks take place in the same areas. The medias of the world have set their focus on the negatives of the war and one triangle in the center of the country to sell their news. This completely lives up to the philosophy of “bad news sells” that is shared by most media outlets. When Fox News did the “What We Have Accomplished” short on their syndicated Fox News Sunday I thought that this was a positive turn in the reporting on the events happening in Iraq. But since this I have seen few highlights of the “good” things happening in Iraq.

    Needless to say the elections will take place on January 30, they most certainly will have there own problems and may create new problems. Any problems resulting from the elections will eventually be phased out and the Iraqi’s will have a country of their own. Whether or not you agree with the war we are in it and we are in to deep to abandon it now. I firmly believe that one-day Iraq will be a great democracy proving that democracies can survive in the Middle East and that the United States’ power will prevail making the world a safer place to live.

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    Is Fox News a Nazi Group?

    Is Fox News's "bias" to Bush like the popularity that Hitler had when he gained power over Germany? Ted Turner thinks so! At the National Association for Television Programming Executives's opening session. He said Fox News may be on top but they are not the best and said also that Hitler got the most votes when he won right before WWII. And that the network is nothing more than a propaganda tool for Bush. He claims the news is dumbed down and twisted to go in Bush's favor. I don't think Fox News is as biased as they are made out to be. Sure Fox's on-air staff is mostly conservative and yes they do let there biased out, but I sure trust Fox more than I do CNN. CNN is nothing but a liberal propaganda tool. Get over it Ted, CNN has lost the battle for cable news supremacy. But thats my take...

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    Rappers, History, and Drugs; how the future of America is in Peril

    Social Changes in America
    ::The following is a post from the old blog created on Jan 25, 2005::

    Well, today I am going to let you in on some personal information about me that pertains to my post. That is I am still in High School, it’s not been let out before simply for one reason. That reason is it never came up, but now I feel I need to bring up some very troubling and at the same time promising information about the future of America.
    The youth of today, me included but not as bad as most, have no idea about there future, past, or present. The main concern of my peers are who they are dating, what some rapper thinks or says, what drug they are going to do after (or in school), or a host of other non-important issues.
    In my history classes they have no idea about the basics of American government, challenges, or people that helped shape America. You may remember from my Martin Luther King Day post I stressed this same point. Well today it’s time again. But don’t worry Dr. King is not my focus for today.
    The other day I had to debate a fellow student about something he heard in a Snoop Dog song about smoking pot with the President. Now we all know Snoop Doggy Dog is a great source for our political information, but this was scary. He also challenged me with other references to so songs and artist I have never heard of, but I knew the events were not true. He honestly believes because of what a rapper sung that Bill Clinton, George Bush (both), Al Gore, John Kerry, and several other past or potential Presidents are all part of a secret organization of weed smoking, power hungry aliens with the sole purpose of using Satanism to take over the world. This is a far stretch, even thought the weed and alien stuff could explain quite a bit.
    To move on from stories from people who were probably high when they made it to the act of getting high. Drug use in my school is a serious problem. They have easy access to steroids, marijuana, cigarettes, ecstasy, and many other illegal substances I have never heard of. I will be honest to you, I have never done drugs and the closest thing to it is the laughing gas at the dentist office. The use of drugs at my high school could be considered at the epidemic levels. Few are untouched by there effects, and I am definitely in a slim minority. The attitude towards drugs, students and teachers alike, are minute and seen as a necessary evil. Those that do them are from the gothic to the cheerleaders. The drug enforcement officer is lax on his job, and would rather be doing other things than saving the life of child. The students do not understand the effects of the drug use; they find ways to justify the use. Some say it’s to feel good, others say it’s to improve their eyesight, and the list goes on. No matter what excuse you come up with they all fall to the human trait of wanting to twist events and actions around until they come out as the innocent one.
    This post may seem all negative from what I have said so fare, but there is hope. There are those who don’t do drugs, there are those who know there Americana, there are those who can defy human temptations. All hope is not lost. I know of a handful of students who I can trust the future of America to. They will be they few that the masses ride along on the backs of, I hope that I can be one of these also.
    If you look back at previous post of mine this seems out of character for me, well it is but I also represent a change in my blogging. I am now adding social issues to the blog. The issues will range from topics you just read to many other pressing social issues affecting America. I will also add some more user integration features into the blog to provide a more diverse web of topics. The main focus will no longer be politics; this new shift will allow many more things to be covered, and political and social issues will share the main focus. I hope you enjoy this new focus shift, and hopefully it will last for many posts to come.

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    Join this blog

    If you are interested one of the main reasons for switching to this new blog was to have multiple members to post to the blog. I would like anyone who wishes to join to please contact me through either email, a100wwe@yahoo.com , or by leaving a comment in the comments section with contact information like an AIM screen name or email address. I would like some mix like a liberal and conservative to be a members, and to not only report on news but also provide commentary on events.

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    the NEW a100wwe's blog, and where to find old post

    Welcome the new home of my blog, I was formerly on tBlog.com but due to some issues with the way they run things I have choosen to switch! I hope you can make this blog as great as it was on tBlog. If you want to review past blogs, prior to January 25, 2004, then you have to go to the blog on tBlog.

    Visit the old blog

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    Pen or Pencil, what are you?

    Sunday at church my preacher had a very good sermon with some very excellent points. I would like to share and analogy he did with pencils and pens.


    Pencils and Pens, what a person uses can sometimes tell you something about that person. First you have to ask yourself what is the difference between a pencil and a pen. The major difference is that with a pencil you can erase, but with a pen you are stuck with what you wrote.

    A person who primarily uses a pen can be seen as a determined, unwavering, overly confident person. The person feels they make no mistakes and have no need to erase. When writing say a paper they can go start to finish without making mistakes, they can take notes without missing a thing, they can create anything with there pen and never mess up. If you do make a mistake it tarnishes your paper and you can scribble it out, but you still have leftovers of the mistake. Now we all know that the first part about perfection is not true to the extreme, but makes you think about the pen.

    Moving on to a pencil. The pencil is for people unsure, can be seen as lacking self-confidence, and can easily be changed. When you use a pencil if you make a mistake you can easily fix it. You can erase and erase and most of your marks are gone. The pencil is no permanent and you are never stuck with what you wrote.

    Now lets relater this to life. Pencil people can go through life and if they see things not going there way they can change it. Think about when you erase a part of a paper multiple times what happens? The piece begins to fade away and eventually wear a hole in you paper, or life. When you continually erase things from life you will begin to corrode at your life itself, this can be mental or physical.

    Pen people on the other hand like I said can’t go back and fix their mistakes; they can only try and scribble it out. Scribbling it out only does one thing, makes a splotch in your life forever that is unchangeable. You can add, or you can blotch it out leaving a flaw in your “perfect” paper.

    So what should we be the pencil or the paper? Well you could be the word processor, but that’s not an option. I say be the hybrid, we have all see those erasable pens with the eraser at the end. With these you can make permanent decisions, but at they same time go back and at least make the mistake less visible but always there. This allows you to have the best of both worlds. Be a pen, be a pencil, or be a hybrid, it’s your decision. If you’re the pencil don’t let temptations stray you down the wrong path, be confident. For then pen people, don’t let your pride over take you. Yes it’s true you can actually make a mistake, I kid you not, always keep in mind your not perfect. And for those hybrid people, pick the best traits of both worlds; be confident and unwavering, but at the same time accept your faults and sometimes you have to go back and fix things.


    ::Sorry if the entry seems a little confusing or poorly written. Like most of the time lately I have not had much time, so I had to get this typed up as soon as possible without really having time to think about the entry. Enjoy, try and piece my thoughts together and then ponder on it::

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    George W. Bush 2nd inaugural address (full text)

    Vice President Cheney, Mr. Chief Justice, President Carter, President Bush, President Clinton, members of the United States Congress, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, fellow citizens:

    On this day, prescribed by law and marked by ceremony, we celebrate the durable wisdom of our Constitution, and recall the deep commitments that unite our country. I am grateful for the honor of this hour, mindful of the consequential times in which we live, and determined to fulfill the oath that I have sworn and you have witnessed.

    At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For a half century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical – and then there came a day of fire.

    We have seen our vulnerability – and we have seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny – prone to ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder – violence will gather, and multiply in destructive power, and cross the most defended borders, and raise a mortal threat. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.

    We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

    America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our Founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation’s security, and the calling of our time.

    So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.

    This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary. Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens, and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities. And when the soul of a nation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.

    The great objective of ending tyranny is the concentrated work of generations. The difficulty of the task is no excuse for avoiding it. America’s influence is not unlimited, but fortunately for the oppressed, America’s influence is considerable, and we will use it confidently in freedom’s cause.

    My most solemn duty is to protect this nation and its people from further attacks and emerging threats. Some have unwisely chosen to test America’s resolve, and have found it firm.

    We will persistently clarify the choice before every ruler and every nation: The moral choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right. America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies.

    We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people. America’s belief in human dignity will guide our policies, yet rights must be more than the grudging concessions of dictators; they are secured by free dissent and the participation of the governed. In the long run, there is no justice without freedom, and there can be no human rights without human liberty.

    Some, I know, have questioned the global appeal of liberty – though this time in history, four decades defined by the swiftest advance of freedom ever seen, is an odd time for doubt. Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of our ideals. Eventually, the call of freedom comes to every mind and every soul. We do not accept the existence of permanent tyranny because we do not accept the possibility of permanent slavery. Liberty will come to those who love it.

    Today, America speaks anew to the peoples of the world:

    All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

    Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country.

    The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.”

    The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve your people you must learn to trust them. Start on this journey of progress and justice, and America will walk at your side.

    And all the allies of the United States can know: we honor your friendship, we rely on your counsel, and we depend on your help. Division among free nations is a primary goal of freedom’s enemies. The concerted effort of free nations to promote democracy is a prelude to our enemies’ defeat.

    Today, I also speak anew to my fellow citizens:

    From all of you, I have asked patience in the hard task of securing America, which you have granted in good measure. Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill, and would be dishonorable to abandon. Yet because we have acted in the great liberating tradition of this nation, tens of millions have achieved their freedom. And as hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well – a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world.

    A few Americans have accepted the hardest duties in this cause – in the quiet work of intelligence and diplomacy … the idealistic work of helping raise up free governments … the dangerous and necessary work of fighting our enemies. Some have shown their devotion to our country in deaths that honored their whole lives – and we will always honor their names and their sacrifice.

    All Americans have witnessed this idealism, and some for the first time. I ask our youngest citizens to believe the evidence of your eyes. You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers. You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs. Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself – and in your days you will add not just to the wealth of our country, but to its character.

    America has need of idealism and courage, because we have essential work at home – the unfinished work of American freedom. In a world moving toward liberty, we are determined to show the meaning and promise of liberty.

    In America’s ideal of freedom, citizens find the dignity and security of economic independence, instead of laboring on the edge of subsistence. This is the broader definition of liberty that motivated the Homestead Act, the Social Security Act, and the G.I. Bill of Rights. And now we will extend this vision by reforming great institutions to serve the needs of our time. To give every American a stake in the promise and future of our country, we will bring the highest standards to our schools, and build an ownership society. We will widen the ownership of homes and businesses, retirement savings and health insurance – preparing our people for the challenges of life in a free society. By making every citizen an agent of his or her own destiny, we will give our fellow Americans greater freedom from want and fear, and make our society more prosperous and just and equal.

    In America’s ideal of freedom, the public interest depends on private character – on integrity, and tolerance toward others, and the rule of conscience in our own lives. Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self. That edifice of character is built in families, supported by communities with standards, and sustained in our national life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran, and the varied faiths of our people. Americans move forward in every generation by reaffirming all that is good and true that came before – ideals of justice and conduct that are the same yesterday, today, and forever.

    In America’s ideal of freedom, the exercise of rights is ennobled by service, and mercy, and a heart for the weak. Liberty for all does not mean independence from one another. Our nation relies on men and women who look after a neighbor and surround the lost with love. Americans, at our best, value the life we see in one another, and must always remember that even the unwanted have worth. And our country must abandon all the habits of racism, because we cannot carry the message of freedom and the baggage of bigotry at the same time.

    From the perspective of a single day, including this day of dedication, the issues and questions before our country are many. From the viewpoint of centuries, the questions that come to us are narrowed and few. Did our generation advance the cause of freedom? And did our character bring credit to that cause?

    These questions that judge us also unite us, because Americans of every party and background, Americans by choice and by birth, are bound to one another in the cause of freedom. We have known divisions, which must be healed to move forward in great purposes – and I will strive in good faith to heal them. Yet those divisions do not define America. We felt the unity and fellowship of our nation when freedom came under attack, and our response came like a single hand over a single heart. And we can feel that same unity and pride whenever America acts for good, and the victims of disaster are given hope, and the unjust encounter justice, and the captives are set free.

    We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom. Not because history runs on the wheels of inevitability; it is human choices that move events. Not because we consider ourselves a chosen nation; God moves and chooses as He wills. We have confidence because freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul. When our Founders declared a new order of the ages; when soldiers died in wave upon wave for a union based on liberty; when citizens marched in peaceful outrage under the banner “Freedom Now” – they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled. History has an ebb and flow of justice, but history also has a visible direction, set by liberty and the Author of Liberty.

    When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, “It rang as if it meant something.” In our time it means something still. America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength – tested, but not weary – we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.

    May God bless you, and may He watch over the United States of America.


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    Inauguration: Fit for a King

    Today is the day that we inaugurate our President for the next four years. I have never hidden the fact I am a strong supporter of President Bush, and looking back at my post you can see that those post were biased during the election horserace. I would like to think that all my hard work in maintaining this blog during those many weeks and months at least shifted one vote to Bush. To be honest with you I would be happy if I only affected one vote for either candidate, just the fact they took there time to vote made all of it worth it. Today all the work of the people who helped Bush win the election will come to an end, the hard work will finally see its final pay off and a new chapter in American History will begin.

    America through the ages has been unique its transfers of power. Throughout history the transfer of power in a government has been full of violence and anarchy. The United States to this date has yet to have either. People have the right to protest and the right to support, but the one thing that has been preserved is the peaceful transfer of the power of the Presidency.

                The day of inauguration is one of the few days in a Presidency that the man who holds that position it treated like a king in a ceremony fit for the monarchy of large kingdoms. When I see the stage of the inauguration and watch re-runs of past inaugurations I cannot help but think of the great kingdoms of the past like the Roman Empire. I imagine that our process of inducting of the President must have been much like it was when greats like Alexander took power. The large crowds coming to show there support, the honoring of the man who takes power, and the overwhelming pride an American must have in our democracy. The inauguration is the day in which Americans should forget their differences from the election and begin show their support* for their leader, the leader of the free world, the leader of our nation. Lets face it, like it or not your stuck with him so make the best of it, set your differences aside for the day and once it’s over use your right to protest and try and make a difference in America.

                When you watch the inauguration today I want one thing to be on your mind. I want you to imagine a Kings induction and compare it to our President’s induction. By no means am I trying to imply the spoof of “King George”, but I only am trying to convey my thoughts of inaugurations. Today is George Bush’s day, one of the few days in which he is allowed to be treated as a king, the day that marks the begging of his Presidency.


    *Remember he is your leader and no matter what you have to support him, but you don’t have to agree with him. Keep in mind by support I mean support for the person, which is different than support for what he does. You have the right to change America and he is one of your tickets to that change. Support him in your prayers, your thoughts, and your hopes. He is your leader for the next four years and he will play a direct role in your future.

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    Rice Defends Her Integrity in Clash Over Iraq

    Rice Defends Her Integrity in Clash Over Iraq

    By Arshad Mohammed and Saul Hudson

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday defended her integrity and honesty as she clashed with senators about Iraq and vowed to press diplomacy to repair ties strained by the war.

    Testifying at her U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, Rice was questioned about the number of U.S. troops sent to Iraq, the adequacy of Iraqi forces being trained to replace them and the failure to find weapons of mass destruction that were the Bush administration's central justification for the war.

    Rice, whose confirmation as the first black woman secretary of state is all but assured in the Republican-led Senate, said she believed the White House sent enough U.S. troops to Iraq despite the raging insurgency that erupted after the invasion.

    In a heated exchange in an otherwise generally cordial hearing, California Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer argued the Bush administration had shifted its justification for the war because it had failed to find stocks of biological and chemical weapons it had asserted were there.

    "You sent them in there because of weapons of mass destruction. Later the mission changed when there were none," Boxer told Rice. "Let's not rewrite history, it's too soon to do that."

    "It wasn't just weapons of mass destruction," Rice told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, saying former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein supported terrorism, attacked Kuwait and Israel and needed to be removed given the new U.S. threat perception after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

    "We can have this discussion in any way that you would like, but I really hope that you will refrain from impugning my integrity," Rice told Boxer. "I really hope that you will not imply that I take the truth lightly."

    The exchange was the most pointed in a hearing that included disagreements between Rice and Democrats on the numbers of trained Iraqi troops -- the linchpin of the U.S. exit strategy -- and the numbers of U.S. troops sent to stabilize Iraq.

    Rice said she believed there were more than 120,000 trained Iraqi forces -- acknowledging problems of absenteeism and desertion -- but drew a quick rebuke from Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, who said he thought the number was closer to 4,000.

    The discrepancy might be explained by a Jan. 12 State Department report that shows 126,961 Iraqi forces -- including 53,520 police and 40,063 national guard -- as trained but only 4,159 regular Army.

    If confirmed, Rice will take on many of the huge challenges facing the Bush administration: the raging insurgency in Iraq, the rift with U.S. allies in Europe, concerns about another attack like Sept. 11, 2001, and U.S. unpopularity abroad.

    Rice said she would seek to rebuild U.S. alliances and to spread freedom around the world -- stances met with skepticism by critics who regard the Bush administration's foreign policy as marked by go-it-alone, America first tendencies.

    "We must use American diplomacy to help create a balance of power in the world that favors freedom," Rice told the committee. "And the time for diplomacy is now."

    Biden shot back: "Despite our great military might we are in my view more alone in the world than we've been in any time in recent memory. The time for diplomacy, in my view, is long overdue."

    "We went in to rescue Iraq from Saddam Hussein, now I think we have to rescue our policy from ourselves," added Sen. John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who failed to unseat Bush. "I don't take any joy in this but it's ... the reality we've got to deal with. We've got kids dying over there."

    Rice declined to predict when U.S. soldiers may come home from Iraq and said the U.S. exit strategy was tied to training Iraqi forces to replace the roughly 150,000 U.S. soldiers still in the country 21 months after Saddam was toppled.

    "Our role is directly proportional, I think, to how capable the Iraqis are," she said.

    Rice was national security adviser during Bush's tumultuous first term, which was marked by the Sept. 11 hijacked airliner attacks, the resulting U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and arguably, the worst rift with Europe since World War II.

    A Soviet specialist, Rice said preserving Russia's democracy was vital to U.S.-Russian relations amid worries the Kremlin is turning increasingly authoritarian, and she promised to work "personally" to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    Bush has chosen the 50-year-old former Stanford provost to replace Colin Powell, widely admired and often seen as the Cabinet's lonesome dove stressing diplomacy to solve crises.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - Permalink -

    My thoughts on Martin Luther King Day (may offend some)

    Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Day here in the United States. The federal holiday is to celebrate the birth and life of a god, sorry I mean Martin Luther King. I said “god” because the man, yes man, has been put upon a pedestal greater than many other important figures in American history. Now don’t get me wrong Dr. King was a great man, and what he did was just as great but the people that made his life what it is are ignored.

                When you ask the average American citizen whom John Locke is chances are they won’t know the answer, but ask them who King is and they can give you an answer quickly. Why does King have a day when the founders of this nation have none? Why does King have a day when George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Locke, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, and countless others that without them King would have never existed not have a day? The simple answer is political correctness and liberal elites have hijacked this nation.

                George Washington and Abraham Lincoln once had there own days to there own where we paid respects to there lives, but now they are thrown into a watered down and almost unimportant holiday called Presidents Day. We get the day off and here some speeches, but in some respects King Day is more important to some people.

                Now to John Locke, I personally think August 29 should also be a National Holiday to honor the man who planted the seed of America. In case you don’t know who he is let me briefly tell you. Have you heard the phrase “life, liberty, and the pursuit of property”? Locke believed that people could be in a contract with one another for a particular kind of government, and that they could modify or even abolish the government. The founders of our nation used Locke’s theorys on life and government to write the Decleration of Independence and provide the foundations of American government. The phrase “life, liberty, and the pursuit of property” was also used by Thomas Jefferson to come up with his world renound and imfamous “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. He felt Locke’s vision was to exclusive to land owners, so Jefferson wanted to be more inclusive by saying all people have the right to be happy.

                To close I ask you why is King seen as a more important figure in America than the very people who created America. When will we begin to respect those who founded America like Jefferson, Locke, and Franklin and stop practicing political correctness to keep the minority happy. I challenge you this MLK Day to not only pay respects to King, which to an extent you should, but also all year long and today pay respects to our founders and other important figures in the story of America.

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