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Saturday, March 29, 2003
I have been trying to update the site with some bells and whistles. Input, input, input.

Did you see that article I posted before about how there were some actors (not that I care) for the war, and that one of them is Bruce Willis. Also, I have to mention the sign held by the protestwarriors that had pictures of Martin Sheen, Garafolo, and Shawn Penn with the caption "Hollywood Activism, Now THATS Entertainment."

PS I think that someone is getting a bit pissed off by Moore, but I have to say that the Bucknell Alumni who runs mentioned on his site that he wants to make a documentary basically challenging Moore's "documentaries."

There is a great line in Bias in which Goldberg is making a point that the media is basically liberal. He's talking about a reporter's disbelief when Nixon won in '72. She says, "I don't know how he won. I don't know a single person who voted for him." No kidding. I think hollywood may become the next subliminal propaganda machine. THEY GAVE MOORE AN OSCAR FOR A DOCUMENTARY....IT WAS NOT A DOCUMENTARY.

It has made me happy to see a big slump in the movies lately. Actors may hate ol' GW, but not one (with the exception of Steve Martin that ended with a short message for the troops at some unGodly hour), not one whispered a hollywood is with you, America supports you, etc...

Moore also claims in the MSNBC piece that he recieved a standing ovation for his speech. Even when I found him funny I thought maybe he had some mild form of turrets with all his nervous twitchings and googly eyes. Now I think he really suffers from some sort of deep seeded nerosis and seperation from reality. I wouldn't be surprised if he goes home and cries everynight, and wakes up telling himself how the world loves him, and people aren't just buying his book out of general interest instead of what he deems obvious political support.

Don Imus even said that it's a really funny book. I can gaurantee a lot of people went out and bought the book based on that opinion. I can also gaurantee that Don Imus doesn't agree with much Michael Moore had to say. I once heard him tell a story of how his son kept losing friends because other parents didn't approve of Little Imus learned how to safely carry a gun with him. It's not an endorsement Moore, and like you said... it's a comedy.

Another fine film in the works from Michael Moore. (and Mel Gibson's company may produce it)



It pisses me off to the ends of the Earth and beyond that reporters still call his "Bowling for the Second Amendment Liberal Fervor, piece of inacurrate morally delapitated trash" is still called a documentary. He doesn't see his work as factually accurate, a valuable information source, or even to be taken seriously. (Well he does, he just want admit it when critical questions are aimed his way)

Pulled from a WSJ Editorial, Unmoored From Reality: An ideological con artist is the favorite for an Oscar. Friday, March 21, 2003
In print, too, Mr. Moore plays fast and loose with the facts. In his "Stupid White Men," his best-selling book, he blithely states that five-sixths of the U.S. defense budget in 2001 went toward the construction of a single type of plane and that two-thirds of the $190 million that President Bush raised in his 2000 campaign came from just over 700 individuals, a preposterous assertion given that the limit for individual contributions at the time was $1,000.

When CNN's Lou Dobbs asked Mr. Moore about his inaccuracies, he shrugged off the quesiton. "You know, look, this is a book of political humor. So, I mean, I don't respond to that sort of stuff, you know," he said.

"Glaring inaccuracies?" Mr. Dobbs said.
"No, I don't. Why should I? How can there be inaccuracy in comedy?"

This was in the same piece:
Forbes reports that an early scene in "Bowling" in which Mr. Moore tries to demonstrate how easy it is to obtain guns in America was staged. He goes to a small bank in Traverse City, Mich., that offers various inducements to open an account and claims "I put $1,000 in a long-term account, they did the background check, and, within an hour, I walked out with my new Weatherby," a rifle.

But Jan Jacobson, the bank employee who worked with Mr. Moore on his account, says that only happened because Mr. Moore's film company had worked for a month to stage the scene. "What happened at the bank was a prearranged thing," she says. The gun was brought from a gun dealer in another city, where it would normally have to be picked up. "Typically, you're looking at a week to 10 days waiting period," she says. Ms. Jacobson feels used: "He just portrayed us as backward hicks."

Friday, March 28, 2003
Al-Qaeda fighting with Iraqis, British claim

I never understood why an army would need chmical and biological weapons suit to protect themselves when they are fighting against the US who doesn't use any chemical weapons in war. The only "chemical Weapon" the the use said it would use was teargas which was included in a treay of banned chmical weapons to be used. In large quantities it was banned in use. hte US was planning on finding a way to use it in urban warfare to help protect lives on bioth sides because the tear gas would disperse Iraqi forces and would''t cause casualtites.

A U.S. official involved in military planning and intelligence said Iraqi troops have been seen between U.S. and Iraqi lines wearing full chemical protection suits and unloading 50-gallon drums from trucks. - AP

A Columbia University professor told thousands of students and faculty that he would like to see "a million Mogadishus" _ referring to the 1993 ambush in Somalia that killed 18 Americans and inspired the movie "Black Hawk Down."

The professor, Nicholas De Genova, also called for the defeat of U.S. forces in Iraq and said, "The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military." And he asserted that Americans who call themselves "patriots" are white supremacists. -

I have a friend with the 2nd Battalion 75th rangers in western Iraq. I don't they could deliver this to him. It seems like a scam.

Not sure if this site is legit, but it is interesting.... buy pizza for our soldiers in Iraq.

Statements from Iraqi prisoners of war and electronic eavesdropping on Iraqi government communications indicate that Saddam Hussein has moved chemical weapons to the Medina Division, one of three Republican Guard divisions guarding the approaches to Baghdad, Army officials said. -

A woman seen on Iraqi television Thursday meeting with Saddam Hussein is believed to be one of the regime's top biological weapons scientists.-

On the fox news show Hannity & Colmes last night there was a Representative or Senator on who described our soldiers as "baby killers." He said that we were shooting innocent civilians and that the war should be over. I felt ashamed to be an american after watching this show. I can't believe that an elected offical would speak against our soldiers who are fighting and dying for our country right now.

I usually listen to the centcom press breifing on my way to work and I think it is ridiculous the questions that the reporters ask. I think it is amazing how much information that is being released about our troop movements and whereabouts. I like knowing what is going on, but realize that the Iragis also know what is going on by watching cnn or al-jazea. Many reporters keep asking why we haven't taken over the whole country yet. I think that the media hyped this up too much to be over in a matter of hours like desert storm. One news commentar pointed out that last time we bombed iraq for 5 weeks before we even sent in troops and built up forces for almost 6 months before making any type of moves.

As far as the press goes, I wish we would cut off communication with them. It makes me wonder what the point or benefit is of having CNN or whoever brodcasting our troops exact movement to the world. It's not like Iraq doesn't have satellite t.v. or the internet to go check out the newspaper sites to find out where we are going. I would much rather have a media blackout, let the soldiers do whatever they needed to do, and THEN tell us what happened. On a side note, however, I saw a guy on t.v. the other day using a glorified Risk board to show troop movement. He has miniature tanks and planes, and troops, and he was moving them over this huge board game of the middle-east. It was hilarious. He even had a big pointer to point at things and move pieces around. I thought it was a joke at first.

Also, you are all jealous for not having the new Zelda.

Thursday, March 27, 2003
I have to second Protest Warrior. It has some really good and funny stuff on there. I found myself on there when I was looking up a sign that protestors used. It compared Colin Powell to an ape. I wonder if a right-of-center person could get away with that (not that we righties would do that anyway).

Al Jazerra is trash. They gained fame because Osama Bin Laden sent messages to them, and now they gain audience by brodcasting images executed soldiers. The fact that they are "free press" doesn't necesarily make them better than the state run press. Listen to their corespondent's questions in the CENTCOM press conferences. They don't just ask questions, they make accusations and political statements in their wording. It's not good jounalism.

Speaking on jounalism, I'm more than frustrated with reporters complaining and expressing their dislike of openness in this conflict. We are now 10 days in, we have press conferences everyday, America watches every bomb drop LIVE, and reporters are not happy. You could bring them pictures of Saddam's dead body and they would complain because the film was too grainy.

Anyone want to head into NYC with me and a couple posters from the Protest Warrior website? I will meet peopl in DC for the same goal if anyone is interested. Rod or Adam, are you free this weekend?

Interesting website called ProtestWarrior. It is worth taking a look at. Scroll down on the first page and read the sign they held up at the protests. Go to the ant-war link near the top of the first page, then click on the the Protest Warriors logo and take a look at the pictures... the signs that they hold up at the protests are so funny. Be sure to check out all five pages of photos. They protest with the other protestors holding signs that say stuff like "Saddam Only Kills His Own People, It's None Of Our Business!" Check out the other signs. The amazing thing is that one of the days, they only got one person who confronted them the entire time. Later, they get more and more people to help them and the signs get better.

Not exactly what I was looking for, but still interesting. An article from TIME called "Shame on You, Mr. Moore!" about his poor oscar speech and how he was wrong to have said it. The artilce does not touch on the fact that his "documentary" is not even a documentary.

What idiots.

I heard they were also banned cause of their footage of US and British Soldiers held as POWs cause the footage violates the Geneva Convention. I think that one of the other exchanges was also doing the same.

Apparently Al-Jazera Network is asking the US government to help them gain access to the NYSE trading floor. The NYSE has barred them from the florr claiming that they don't have any room or space. Al-Jazera says that they deserve freedom of the press.

A squad of American soldiers was patrolling along the
Iraqi border.

To their surprise, they found the badly mangled
body of a dead Iraqi soldier in a ditch along side the
road. A short distance up the road, they found a badly
mangled American soldier in a ditch on the other side
of the road, who was still alive.
They ran to him and asked him what had happened.

"Well," he whispered, "I was walking down this road,
armed to the teeth. I came across this heavily armed
Iraqi border guard. I looked him right in the eye and
shouted, "Saddam Hussein is an unprincipled, lying
piece of shit!"

He looked me right in the eye and shouted back, "Bill
Clinton, Tom Daschle, and Ted Kennedy are unprincipled, lying pieces of shit

"Well we were standing there shaking hands when the truck
hit us."


I tried posting THIS earlier, but the website got messed up. Not sure where it came from, but check it out. Someone is my new hero.



Apparently, the American Jewish Congress (?) has had a boycott on France already because there are numerous cases of anti-Semetic attacks in France for which the government does nothing about. There site claims that these kinds of attacks have gotten way out of hand in France.

If anyone is interested in boycotting French goods, here is a site that lists French goods to avoid. Personally, I will no longer purchase any french wines or cheeses (not that I bought them before). But I am going to try to make a better effort of buying american, except when quality issues make such foreign purchases unavoidable.

Someone hacked the Baghdad Iraqi Press web site Uruklink. The main page now states:
Hacked, tracked and NOW owned by the U.S.A.
The site is no longer available, but if you click on the link above, you can see a screen shot of what it looked like before it was shut down.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Messed up family, that pretended their daughter had cancer to get donations from others. They shaved the girls head, drugged her with sleeping pills so she seemed like she had gone through chemo, made her wear a protective mask and put her in counseling to prepare for death. Poor girl.

I read yesterday in the WSJ that Sgt. Akbar's family said he was upset at the military. Apparently he felt it hard for a "black man 'to make rank' in the military."

Well my friends, this is now a racial issue. Let's count the hours until Jackson and Sharpton start asking the really important questions like, "It's important to ask ourselves why a black man would do this in our military?"

Let me just make a suggestion now to Sgt. Akbar and encourage him to write a letter to Colin Powell and get some career advice. One tip, stop making excuses for yourself.

I also don't understand how the same people can say the fact that he is Muslim is irrelevant even though as he was arrested stated,"You guys are coming into our countries, and you're going to rape our women and kill our children," and at the same time say that fact he was black is some valid excuse.

I like the term, "useful idiot." It really summarizes a lot of people's utility in this world.

The flag story is the same nonesense from Richmond. Displaying a flag is not a political statement. It only shows support for your country, and now for our servicemen. What sort of country would we live in if our own government refused public servants the right to display their allegance. If people don't like America, or if they get offended when they see the flag that's just too darn bad. Politcal correctness has been going too far for some time now. I love to see peace protests, but protest the war, politics, Bush's haircut, but don't crap on the symbol of what gives you the right to do so. Other Americans are forced to sit in traffic while peace protestors block streets, listen to hate speech, and endure poorly directed critiscism...these people should certainly be able to tolerate an American Flag. The peaceful people of tolerance are some of the loudest, least tolerant groups I have ever known...useful idiots? Yes, but dangerous because some people believe.

I've had an American flag hanging up on our house for a few days now. Every day I hear cars honk as they go by. With the neighbor working in his garden recently I haven't been able to tell what exactly the honks were for. Yesterday afternoon, however, the honks were strangely absent. I went out to get some mail and noticed the flag had fallen from it's hooks. Sure enough as soon as the flag was up again the honking lasted all through the daylight hours. I want to shake every one of their hands.

Opinion piece: "Without Protestors, there would be no War."

I am going off-site today for a meeting in about an hour, so I'll be away from my computer. Keep fighting the good fight.

Ridiculous, they wanted firefighters to remove US flags from firetrucks in Portland, Oregan because of anti-war protestors. Glad the firefighters refused.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003
What trash!

The entire piece makes me a little more than annoyed, but the point that he makes in #5 is really starting to get to me. The families of American Service men and women are not the ones walking in the peace protests. They are not the ones calling for an end to this war, and it agrivates me to no end that he, and others, would use them as political capital. Get the facts right. These are volunteer servicmen that gave an oath and pledged to follow our commander and chief. Even if you totaly discount the loyalty factor these people want to be there. It is there job, and they are prepared, willing, and eager to serve when service is needed. I don't find him entertaining any more, just ignorant and an 'ass.'

For those that could not look at the picture that I sent, here is the link.

What more is there to say: (note it is addressed to Governor Bush)

George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC

Dear Governor Bush:

So today is what you call "the moment of truth," the day that "France and the rest of world have to show their cards on the table." I'm glad to hear that this day has finally arrived. Because, I gotta tell ya, having survived 440 days of your lying and conniving, I wasn't sure if I could take much more. So I'm glad to hear that today is Truth Day, 'cause I got a few truths I would like to share with you:

1. There is virtually NO ONE in America (talk radio nutters and Fox News aside) who is gung-ho to go to war. Trust me on this one. Walk out of the White House and on to any street in America and try to find five people who are PASSIONATE about wanting to kill Iraqis. YOU WON'T FIND THEM! Why? 'Cause NO Iraqis have ever come here and killed any of us! No Iraqi has even threatened to do that. You see, this is how we average Americans think: If a certain so-and-so is not perceived as a threat to our lives, then, believe it or not, we don't want to kill him! Funny how that works!

2. The majority of Americans -- the ones who never elected you -- are not fooled by your weapons of mass distraction. We know what the real issues are that affect our daily lives -- and none of them begin with I or end in Q. Here's what threatens us: two and a half million jobs lost since you took office, the stock market having become a cruel joke, no one knowing if their retirement funds are going to be there, gas now costs almost two dollars -- the list goes on and on. Bombing Iraq will not make any of this go away. Only you need to go away for things to improve.

3. As Bill Maher said last week, how bad do you have to suck to lose a popularity contest with Saddam Hussein? The whole world is against you, Mr. Bush. Count your fellow Americans among them.

4. The Pope has said this war is wrong, that it is a SIN. The Pope! But even worse, the Dixie Chicks have now come out against you! How bad does it have to get before you realize that you are an army of one on this war? Of course, this is a war you personally won't have to fight. Just like when you went AWOL while the poor were shipped to Vietnam in your place.

5. Of the 535 members of Congress, only ONE (Sen. Johnson of South Dakota) has an enlisted son or daughter in the armed forces! If you really want to stand up for America, please send your twin daughters over to Kuwait right now and let them don their chemical warfare suits. And let's see every member of Congress with a child of military age also sacrifice their kids for this war effort. What's that you say? You don't THINK so? Well, hey, guess what -- we don't think so either!

6. Finally, we love France. Yes, they have pulled some royal screw-ups. Yes, some of them can be pretty damn annoying. But have you forgotten we wouldn't even have this country known as America if it weren't for the French? That it was their help in the Revolutionary War that won it for us? That our greatest thinkers and founding fathers -- Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, etc. -- spent many years in Paris where they refined the concepts that lead to our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution? That it was France who gave us our Statue of Liberty, a Frenchman who built the Chevrolet, and a pair of French brothers who invented the movies? And now they are doing what only a good friend can do -- tell you the truth about yourself, straight, no b.s. Quit pissing on the French and thank them for getting it right for once. You know, you really should have traveled more (like once) before you took over. Your ignorance of the world has not only made you look stupid, it has painted you into a corner you can't get out of.

Well, cheer up -- there IS good news. If you do go through with this war, more than likely it will be over soon because I'm guessing there aren't a lot of Iraqis willing to lay down their lives to protect Saddam Hussein. After you "win" the war, you will enjoy a huge bump in the popularity polls as everyone loves a winner -- and who doesn't like to see a good ass-whoopin' every now and then (especially when it 's some third world ass!). So try your best to ride this victory all the way to next year's election. Of course, that's still a long ways away, so we'll all get to have a good hardy-har-har while we watch the economy sink even further down the toilet!

But, hey, who knows -- maybe you'll find Osama a few days before the election! See, start thinking like THAT! Keep hope alive! Kill Iraqis -- they got our oil!!


Michael Moore

"intelligence reports indicate that Iraqi forces - either special Republican Guard forces or Fedayeen Saddam terrorists - in and around Basra are dressing up as U.S. soldiers, then accepting the surrender of other Iraqi forces and executing them.

Britain's ITN news network is reporting that thousands of people are rampaging through the Basra streets. Dozens of buildings are reportedly on fire as the predominantly Shiite population is in revolt against Saddam's minority Sunni rulers." Read about it.

From a seller on E-bay to a customer - "At the present time, we do not ship to, or accept bids from, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany or any other country that does not support the United States in our efforts to rid the world of Saddam Hussein. If you are not with us, you are against us." The buyer tried again to purchase from the same seller with an American address and got... "You are obviously trying to get around the fact that you are Canadian and we will not honor your bid or ship to any location for you." Check out the article, it is interesting and, Rod, there are people selling Saddam Hussein "terrorist hunting licenses" and dart boards, so maybe you should try those targets again.


What in the heck are companies like AOL, Northwest Airlines, and Gateway doing giving thousands upon thousands of dollars to Democrats in campaign funding when AOL may be forced to shed assets, Northwest may get a government bail-out (again), and Gateway is losing big-time to HP and Dell. Note how untainted Tom Daschle is by big business. Blow it out your bank account Tom

1 Northwest Airlines $55,150
2 Citigroup Inc $42,000
3 Qwest Communications $34,000
4 AOL Time Warner $31,350
5 HealthSouth Corp $29,300
6 Bear Stearns $25,500
7 Bank of America $22,000
7 Gateway Inc $22,000
9 AT&T $20,595
10 AFLAC Inc $20,250
11 SBC Communications $18,225
12 AFL-CIO $18,000
13 Natl Assn Insurance & Financial Advisors $17,500
14 Verner, Liipfert et al $17,350
15 Fisher Scientific International $17,000
15 Joseph E Seagram & Sons $17,000
17 DreamWorks SKG $16,500
18 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $15,000
18 Assn of Trial Lawyers of America $15,000
18 Chicago Board Options Exchange $15,000
18 International Assn of Fire Fighters $15,000
18 Seafarers International Union $15,000

I have also realized the extent of union giving to Democrats. Without their funding many Democratic representatives I've researched would get next to nothing. The answer: Scabs

Not to change the topic off of the war, but I wanted to get this out there.

I stumbled upon it, and it has to be one of the most useful/addicting web sites I've seen. (Keep in mind I'm a geek)

Two things
1- They have taken over 3,500 prisoners in Iraq, which says to me that many soldiers are giving up because they realize the war is futile.
2 - It has been reported that Iraqis are rising against Saddam's soldiers in the second largest city in Iraq, and the British are helping them fight the Iraqi soldiers


In the spirit of Moore's idiocy

Apparently most of the booing you heard at the Oscars was from the upper levels where the non-movie stars sat, along with the backstage crew. One man apparently had some choice words for Moore when he walked backstage. When he was asked about the booing he said it was only five loud people, and the rest were cheering. I call bull on Moore. What do you think?

I heard some of the Illegal alien licensing here. I also have to admit I can see why there would be some resentment. In the area that I live in, and although I don't assume them to be illegal immigrants, but we have many many migrant workers here that need a car. But yes, it would seem to make sense that people living illegaly in this country should not have driver licenses.

There was one story several weeks ago when two middle eastern men were wanted for possessing fake driver's licenses and were picked up in NC when someone stopped them while photographing a damn. I haven't heard any more about it.

This was referenced in the Journal yesterday (originally the Seatle times during Gulf War '91):
In the first months of that year, the unit was in the Middle East preparing for the ground-attack phase of the Gulf War.

The story, according to [retired sergeant Kip] Berentson and at least two other former members of the 84th, was that [John Allen] Muhammad threw a thermite grenade into a tent housing 16 of his fellow soldiers. . . .

Berentson was in the tent. He says the grenade went off near him and near a staff sergeant with whom Muhammad had fought earlier that day. The Army's Criminal Investigation Division, Berentson says, concluded Muhammad (then named Williams) was the lead suspect.

Muhammad was led away in handcuffs and eventually transferred to another company pending charges. He had been court-martialed twice before for lesser incidents while serving in the Louisiana National Guard. But an indictment over the grenade incident never materialized, and Muhammad's Army file has no record of it.

Just in case you missed the name, it is the elder of the two DC Snipers. I hope some answers develop in his current trial explaining how this guy got off.

Virginia is trying to make it illegal for illegal aliens to get drivers licences. Seems pretty common sense to me, but aparently people are arguing against this. Twenty-seven other states have already passed laws denying licenses for illegals.

I am starting to collect Mike Moore Articles off the internet... Rod had the great idea of maybe starting a website about how wrong he is. I will post any good articles I come across.

Monday, March 24, 2003
I just want to know why you need to camaflouge your industry from the world if you are trying to be so open to the world to show that everything is ok.

Welcome Adam

I read an article an hour ago that said the US army is now down playing the chemical plant they found, as if it really is nothing, or that they initially over reacted and it may be a legit facility. Still, it sounds suspicious. Why did UN inspectors miss it?

When the hell did Adam Bielemeier get access to this site? I thought this was secure! Hello Adam. Welcome to my, I mean Rod's, blog site.

I have a meeting with my boss that I have to go to, but quickly: reparations is not a fun discussion; I want to get my gun owner's ID card this weekend before it gets jacked up to $500 (it's now $11), which means I won't be able to carry the gun on me, but at least i can own one; the video of Saddam is interesting. I wonder if he is alive or dead or incapacitated, or whether those videos were taped earlier, and are just being released to make everyone think he is alive (conspiracy theory, anyone?); the story of the guy dumping a grenade into a tent full of his own platoon is gross.

And Michael Moore is still an ass.

I don't think saddam has any means of using wmd over here, but I think he may have helped supply and train al qaieda with some chemical weapons. I keep watching the news wondering what surprise will be coming as our troops get closer to Baghdad. I think Saddam may have been injured in wednesday missile attack, but his closest members have to realize that if they are captured they will tried for all their war crimes. I hope the the discover of the chemical plant yesterday is the proof that everyone needs and soldiers that die from a chemical weapon in a last ditch effort to stay in power.

As Iraq's top Olympic official, Uday Hussein is accused of the torture and murder of athletes who fail to win.

I remember you telling me about that Rod and I agree, that reparations are not going to improve or help, only divide and hurt. The biggest problem would be who to give the money and who to charge. There are no easy answers.

Do you know who the slavery reparations go to? I heard some woman organizer being interviewed and when asked, assuming the US goverment writes the check today who should they give it to. She just kept saying African Americans. I don't exactly know how that works when one considers that there were several thousand African American slave owners, and not all African Americans in this country are decendants of slaves.

I have to stop before I go off on a rant. Things like slavery reparations make people like you, I, and everyone we know start talking badly about race. People that would never utter a racist thing in their lives start getting worked up and ....ok, my rant warning light is going off. I better stop.

I do think Saddam will use some of his WMD soon enough. If he is still alive, and I'm not sure if he is, Saddam or someone in his inner circle are still playing a diplomatic card. As long as they can keep the coalition looking like the bad guys then they can keep the world against the cause. As soon as he starts lobbing chemical weapons or biological weapons then the world will come together, even France.

I do think that he his playing up a lot of the religious messages now trying to get the radical Muslims to unite and plan attacks. He is afterall, not a very religious man. That's one of the reasons that Bin Laden doesn't like him.

I want to get a concealed weapons permit. Just in case. I know VA allows them, and they were recently debating allowing them in bars and any place alcohol is served. Makes you feel good.

Are any of you thinking that Saddam has some kind of terrorist attack coming? His latest speeches (which may be prerecorded) sound very strange as if he is telling his troops that something is going to happen. He said "Iraq will strike the necks (of the enemy) as God has commanded you," and "Strike them, and strike evil so that evil will be defeated." These and some of the other stuff he said make me think that he may have something up his sleeve. Dirty Bomb? Chemical or Bio weapons? Any thoughts?

Can I carry a concealed weapon? I probably shouldn't considering my temper, but still good to know.

Rod, you have to live here in the midwest. For the 9/11 remeberance, American flags were passed out in the lobby of the building, and ther are quite a few still sticking around in peoples' cubes. Mine included.

Go IL.

Although I do think that IL was the first (or among the first) states to vote yes on some form of reparations. So it's not perfect. And I can't carry a concealed weapon.

Check this out, russian arms dealers were caught in Iraq showing Iraqi's how to use the arms they illegally sold to Iraq. This happened after Russians denied (and still deny) breaking UN sanctions to sell Iraq weapons.

Possible 100 acre chemical plant found in Iraq. Still unsure what chemicals are made there, but it had an electric fense around it and had booby-traps around it as well.