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Again we have the Army trying to protect their information (which is essential) running up against the silliness of blocking some websites here at home from our men and women serving in Afghanistan. The Rules of Editing have apparently blocked sites such as Blackfive and War Is Boring.

These are two excellent sites which provide much necessary information. God only knows we do not have a media covering the war. Oh, wait a minute. Yes they do…if they’re bleeding or someone screams ‘Torture!’, then they’re all over it. Back to reality…

Here is the article which has me conflicted:

Dispatches from FOBistan: The Army’s Woeful IT Policies Poison the War Effort.

BAGRAM AIR BASE, AFGHANISTAN — In January, when I first arrived here, I made an alarming discovery about the state of IT in the Army. Practically all of the blogs and other online tools I use to stay informed and connected to my colleagues (see here, for example) did not work. More accurately, they are deliberately blocked by a series of web filters, both automatically and manually constructed, in an effort to restrict inappropriate uses of the Internet from Army computers. This is a noble goal—I prefer that they block porn from office computers—but it is so unevenly implemented as to make me wonder what its real intent is.

…it also speaks to a deeper problem in how the military in general is approaching IT issues in the field: it makes absolutely no sense. Many of the blocked blogs are sources for deep, intelligent, and even essential analysis, news, and discussions. In fact, I only know they are blocked because I read them and see value in them. Moreover, when the Army’s own Command General Staff College is requiring its students to blog (how lucky they can actually read that news, as it is on SWJ), blocking other blogs, especially ones written by think tankers and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists of the very wars we are fighting, is nonsensical. The military wants to be relevant, it wants to be able to compete in the “information battlespace” (a wretched term I use only for simplicity’s sake), yet it cripples anyone’s ability to have situational awareness. It would be one thing if the Army were good at disseminating information internally, but they’re not. [Continue reading.]

I have offered my services to Joshua Foust, and you should think about offering yours as well. We must not forget about our men and women in uniform fighting for our very lives. You think you have it bad now? Wait until there is sharia law! Not on their watch. And I’m not about to let them think for one minute that we’ve forgotten them or that they are not loved and appreciated.

We are not the land of the free and the home of the brave because we sat on our butts…

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Talon, The Conservative Underground, Smart Girl Politics and Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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Today a friend of mine has started an Roll Call for all Veterans and Active Duty Service members so that we can honor them on her site. I think this is a tremendous idea! The site is The US Honorable Troops and the link to the Roll Call is Roll Call for Veterans and/or Members of Our Armed Forces.

Please come over and give thanks to those who have sacrificed so much so that we may remain free. All service members, please add your name, rank, and anything else you want. We are very gratiful to you, and we are also very proud of you. You are the best of America! (That does not mean that others cannot be great, don’t get me started, okay?)

This group is one that I am a member of, and it is part of TCU Nation, otherwise known as The Conservative Underground. We are trying to build our numbers so as to overcome moveon.org and elect the people we feel would do a much better job than the squishy RINO’s that are in the senate and the house right now. These sites somehow are the same one, they just have different names. How did that happen? I cannot explain it, I just know it works. lol.

Another site which I am a member of which is more for activists is Top Conservatives On Twitter. This one is more for our activists. If you are on Twitter, please come over and register free. There are many things we can do to keep this country from going totally nuts, and this must be done. You can help, and now is the time.

You’ve asked if there were anything you could do to help our Vets? This. We owe it to them to keep our country free on the homefront while they are fighting for our freedom doing the heavy lifting. Don’t ya think doing whatever we can is worth it? Thought so. 😉

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Talon, TCU Nation, SmartGirlPolitics and Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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I have some new videos to share with you, so let’s get started.

Blackfive.
U.S. Marines Jump from Osprey. 2:15.
USAF JTACs teach Call for Fire to Embedded Training Teams in Afghanistan. 1:32.

IDFnaDesk.
Night Strike on Hamas Terrorists 14 Jan. 2009. 4:29.
IDF VLOG: Strikes Aborted to Protect Civilians – Lt. Barak Raz – 11 Jan. 2009. 1:48.
Weapons Horde in Gazan Mosque 13 Jan. 2009. 1:31.
Hamas Booby Trapped School and Zoo 11 Jan. 2009. 3:24.
IDF Captures Hamas Intelligence Map – Lt. Barak Raz – 10 Jan. 2009. 1:51.
Hamas Rockets During Cease-Fire and From Schoolyard 8 Jan. 09. 1:36.
رسالة لأهل غزة من جيش الدفاع الإسرائيلي ٧,١,٢٠٠٩ . (There is English written so you can understand what he is saying.) 2:34.

MachoSauceProductions.
Bill O’reilly’s Question. 6:38.

What a mix, eh? Zo (MachoSauceProductions) keeps me going through some of these days. Thanks, Zo! 😉

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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I knew it would take some time, and that it did. It has now been three days (I think, I haven’t been sleeping that much). You must check EVERY site you haven’t been to for a while just to make sure someone is still there. That is one of the ways I’ve been able to get out of blogging for a while. Actually, my computer started locking up on me, and I don’t know why.

I thought it could have something to do with the number of gadgets I have on it, so I am moving my sidebar to Rosemary’s Blogrolls. Yeah, I had to create ANOTHER headache. lol. Since I have this site and Rosemary’s Thoughts, I have links that I have here but not there and vise-versa. Hopefully with these new links, that won’t happen again.

I put the links into categories so people could seek their interests. Just to give you an idea of how many links I have, I put all of those links alphabetically into one category, Rosemary’s Blogroll. And that’s not all of them! Ugh…

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

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Everyday I have an Open Trackback Linkfest party for all my friends – the ones I know and the ones I will come to know. If you have a post you would like to share, why not trackpost it here? All you have to do is add my Permalink somewhere in your article (usually at the bottom), then trackback to it. You don’t have trackbacks available? Why not use Wizbang Stand Alone Trackback? Everyone have a nice day. regularly

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts. Trackback URI. Digg! Digg!

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Video On Our Economy

I received an e-mail from a group that is starting up, and their name is NetRightNation.com. The e-mail appears very professional and promising. So does the website. I found this video on their blog. It is a little over 8 minutes, and it is done by Fred Thompson. I wish he would have been this way on his campaign trail. Grrr. That was then, let’s keep moving forward, starting with this video.

Did you like that sarcasm? So did I. Where was he hiding it? I’m sorry, I’m still pissed-off that we got stuck with John MexiCain…grumble, mumble, etc.

PS. I would like to encourage all my readers to check out this new site at NetRightNation.com and join up. Get in on the grassroots level, and let’s get this Conservative base up and powerful. Okay, you’ve got your marching orders. GO! 😉

Source: NetRightNation.com.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Source: NetRightNation.com.

Friends I’ve trackbacked to: The Pink Flamingo – WP: The Big Winner–Sarah Palin Of Course, Allie is Wired: Allie is Wired Hot Links 111, Faultline USA: Now Comes Door Buster Crowd Control, third world county: 41-39-51321, The World According To Carl: Uncle Jay Explains The News — December 1, 2008, DragonLady’s World: OTA Monday 112, Leaning Straight Up: Barack Obama a Ring, E-I-E-I-O, Cao’s Blog, Democrat=Socialist: I Hate To Say It, But I Don’t Blame Ahmadinejad One Bit, Right Voices: AP: Atheists continue to win friends, influence people, Woman Honor Thyself: Spoiled Kids= Violent Teens, Right Truth: “‘Fascist’ from the Left for me, ‘Infidel’ from the Shiites, here I am stuck in the middle with ewes.”, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts. Trackback URI for Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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Thursday I received these great videos, and I want to share them with you. These guys are something special. Blackfive’s site has several contributors, yet his videos are his own. You may know PascoGOP by his site, Stuck On Stupid! Take a moment from all the news and pay tribute to Blackfive, and get some opinion blasters from PascoGOP. Have fun!

Blackfive:
An Interview with Travis S. Taylor, Part 1.
An Interview with Travis S. Taylor, Part 2.
An Interview with Travis S. Taylor, Part 3.
An Interview with Travis S. Taylor, Part 4.

You may also visit his website here if you wish.

PascoGOP:
Morning Joe Scarborough Drops The F-Bomb.
President-Elect Obama’s Gaffe About Living Ex-Presidents.
Gay couples Protest Calif. Gay Marriage Ban.
Obama Campaign Workers Enraged Over Unpaid Wages.
Obama Supporters Wave Communist Flag At White House Rally.

You may also visit his website here if you wish.

Yes, I realize today is Monday. Better late than never, eh? 😉

Update: I just simply had to add this video, contributed by MONACO of Read My Mind, to this collection. This is a video of Jeff Dunham and his puppet, Achmed-the dead terrorist. It is very funny. It is 10:47 minutes long.


There are 5 more videos just waiting to be watched. Have a great time!

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I am having an Open Trackback Linkfest party for all my friends – the ones I know and the ones I will come to know. If you have a post you would like to share, why not trackpost it here? All you have to do is add my Permalink somewhere in your article (usually at the bottom), then trackback to it. You don’t have trackbacks available? Why not use Wizbang Stand Alone Trackback? Everyone have a nice day.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts.

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From Wilderness To Womanhood

This post is written by Karl’s 18 year old daughter, and it is beautifully written. She is intelligent, articulate, and witty. Weren’t we all at 18? *heh* Karl is very proud of his daughter, and I can see why. I have decided to use the end of her of post to share with you, but I recommend you go to Leaning Staight Up and read it from the beginning.

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I have paid close attention to the reactions of Liberal Obama supporters when bloggers and such responded to the election with their own opinions. What I saw was a disgusting combination of oppression and childish insults hurled daringly at the poor person who didn’t support Obama. What I have seen is finger pointing, accusations of being nutty right-wings.

“You nutty right wingers can go gibber in the corner about stupid rumors like this; just get out of our way.” – Jftp (LSU Commentor)

What kind of American attitude is that? What happened to our country’s firm beliefs in escaping persecution, in allowing ourselves to believe in something different? What will these next four years do to us? Will we be further banned from expression our religion, our politics, our views, everything, for fear of ‘insulting’ someone or ‘offending’ someone? Will we be so forced to be open-minded that we are forced to quell any form of personality we had left?

I am a young woman, with a higher then normal intellect. I participate in musical activities, and am proficient in the viola and violin, as well as the piano when I put my mind to it. I play video games, and I openly admit to my World of Warcraft love. I am of a minority religion that I fear to speak of on a daily basis because of the way people have reacted in the past. I do not judge others by their skin or the way they speak. I love theatre and worked on the stage as an actress and as a technical worker. I sketch and draw, and I am currently working on a book series that I hope to someday have published. I have been working at my job for over a year, and already, I am being nominated for one of the national workers who have done beyond-outstanding in their and other work centers. I have two piercings in my ears, and love dressing up punkish and gothic for a good concert. I go to the mall and laugh and shop with my friends. I kiss my boyfriend and hold hands with him. I’m not shy of swearing. I accept other people’s religions, and at least one-third of my friends are gay, lesbian, or at least bisexual. I hold myself to a moral code that would make my grandparents proud. I’m patient with those I have to teach, and willingly offer to help those around me, whether at work, at home, or at play. I wear glasses, and I read paperbacks and hardbacks that are thicker then my forearm, especially David Eddings and Robert Jordan.

I am no different then any other person out there. In fact, I’m probably quite better then many people out there.

So then, readers of LSU…

Why do I feel so oppressed by whats to come?

Once more… I am an eighteen year old young woman who looks upon those around her, her peers and those who are older, and shakes her head in disgust… and sorrow at what consumes these people’s minds.

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Well done, young lady. Welcome to adulthood. I know it doesn’t appear to be all you may have expected right now, but it can be anything you make it. There is nothing that can stand in your way unless you allow it to do so. God bless your journey.

Ah, I almost forgot to explain the title. From Wilderness…We all remember High School, yes? Those awkward years, the hormone changes, the uncertainty, the new challenges, and everything that got us into trouble or at least tried? Ah, yes. The good old days! NOT! lol. Then at that magic age of 18 we are all of a sudden adults. Why was I not an adult yesterday again, the day before my birthday? I will never get an answer that is acceptable to me to that question, so I will just carry on from here. One more of those adult answers that a 17 year old will never understand…lol.

Everyone, have a nice day.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts.

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