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Saturday, December 18, 2004


Realism Has Never Been More Good-Looking

Gooooooooooooood evening, sports fans. Some of you(though probably not many) may remember a certain 15 year old boy who went by The Young Socialist a while back. Yes, that was me, and I turn 18 in early January 2005. Time has gone back, and my politics might have changed a bit, but fear not, faithful liberals, I'm still on the blue(the very deep blue) side of the political spectrum. Now you can find me playing solo on an only-sometimes-political livejournal entitled Allibaster's Garden. I'll let you decide my political ideas from the way I respond on here, so I'll keep this short. Adios.



Mothers, lock up your daughters

Greetings! Casual asked me to drop in and write a quick intro before the savage work week begins again, and that's what I'm here to do.

I am The Cunning Linguist, and I have a really nifty banner that I will use everytime I post. Yes, I am an attention whore.

I believe that I will be one of the folks representing Left Field. For the record, I am a registered Independant, and prefer to disassociate myself with any political party, for numerous reasons.

1) No party can go longer than 3 or 4 days without doing something completely asinine, and that's too high of a stupidity:intelligence ratio for me.

2) I can't fully pledge allegiance to a organization or group that I don't believe in 100%. I'm picky. So sue me.

3) When the hard-core nutjobs come out of the woodworks, I can honestly say "That idiot doesn't represent my views", and not have to worry about being pigeon-holed into a certain demographic.

Now, although I may see more eye-to-eye with the liberal Democrats, please don't lump me in with Michael Moore, Al Franken, Bill Maher or anyone else that The Right likes to use as a stereotype for all liberals. While they are intelligent people, and I do agree with some of the things they say, I also think that they're jackasses. If you absolutely must label me, then I'll take Jon Stewart.

In return, I promise that I will not hold the G.O.P. responsible for hateful bigots like Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh or anyone else that The Left likes to use as a stereotype for all conservative Republicans. I know that they don't necessarily represent all you Red Staters (with the exception of homo-hating Mississippi). I will, however, still hold the Religious Right accountable for Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, as well as anyone affiliated with the 700 Club or the PTC. Without them, I wouldn't have as much humorous material to write about.

I prefer to argue more for common sense. I believe that homosexuals, women, blacks and even Bill O'Reilly are all human beings, and should not be denied the right to do anything that the straight, white male can do. I believe morals have no place in government, because not everyone has the same moral code. I believe in rational debate, before childish name-calling. I prefer not to take myself too seriously, and interject my posts with humor. And I really don't care about who is irked by Christmas displays on government buildings.

I also tend to be long winded, I'm going to end this post by seeing J'myle's chipmunk, and raising him a water-skiing squirrel.



It begins.

Sometime Monday or Tuesday, we begin. We have two more members joining us, and room for a few more people who think they can compete with the impressive team assembled here. I'll put up the first question soon, and then it begins.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004


NORAD Tracks Santa Thoughout Christmas Eve

Before we get too serious, here is a little Santa Blogging.

Well NORAD is going to be tracking Santa again this year. This is the 50th year Santa will be tracked by the military. This is essential to ensure that we don't accidentally shoot Santa down and we have advised Santa in the past of hot spots so he knows when he'll have to be particularly stealthy.

Personally we have been tracking Santa on the NORAD site for the last 4 years. It has been great and the kids get to see Santa cam footage (a new report every hour) as Santa progresses through the time zones. Make sure you have the right plugins setup ahead of time.

NORAD helps you setup and test your machine ahead of time.
Every year, Santa's travels are watched by the men and women of NORAD. This year will be no exception. Starting early in the morning of December 24, 2004, we'll be tracking him. Based on careful record keeping from years past, and highly skilled radar and satellite technicians, we normally know exactly where Santa is throughout Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Eve we'll post a map of the world on this web site. It will pinpoint a few of the thousands of places Santa visits. We'll update the map throughout Christmas Eve, showing you where Santa is every moment, where he's been and where he's going. Clicking on that map will display Santa Cam videos of his journey.
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How this tradition came about.
This is the 50th season that NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa. The tradition began after a Colorado Springs store's advertisement for children to call Santa on a special "hotline" included a misprinted telephone number. Instead of Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, received the first "Santa" call on Christmas Eve 1955. Realizing what had happened, Colonel Shoup had his staff check radar data to see if there was any indication of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Indeed there were signs of Santa and children who called were given an update on Santa's position. Thus, the tradition was born. In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States decided to create a bi-national air defense command for the North American continent called the North American Air Defense Command. Canada and the U.S. believed they could better defend North America together as a team instead of separately.

The Command carried out its first Santa tracking in 1958 after inheriting the tradition from CONAD. Since that time, Canadian and American men and women who work at NORAD have responded to phone calls from children personally. Additionally, media from all over the world call NORAD on Christmas Eve for updates on Santa's location. Last year this Website was visited by millions of people who wanted to know Santa's whereabouts. This year, the information is provided in six languages.

NORAD relies on many volunteers to help make Santa tracking possible. Many people at Cheyenne Mountain and Peterson Air Force Base spend part of their Christmas Eve with their families and friends at NORAD’s Santa Tracking Operations Center in order to answer phones and provide Santa updates to the many thousands of children who calls in.


Howdy Folks

Greetings, Walt from Truth, Lies & Common Sense here. This is the Welcome Greeting from my blog.
When I retired from the Navy after twenty-two years of service. I was read a poem titled "The Watch". This poem outlined how I had protected this great land for twenty-two years while standing the watch. The end reads “Shipmate the watch stands relieved. Relieved by those you have Trained, Guided, and Led. Shipmate you stand relieved we have the watch.

I am glad that there are those standing the watch even as you read this. I thought that in retirement I could let those that I had trained stand the watch. I now realize that there are watches to be stood in civilian life. This Blog is my watch. I have created this to assist those who do not have the time to ferret out fact from fiction.

Our wonderful "Free Press" is primarily liberal in action and reporting. They go so far as to not even allow a fair discourse of the issues. Because of this slant I have chose to again stand the watch in the name of protecting our country's freedom and our individual liberty. My goal is to separate the Truth from the Lies and infuse a good dose of common sense.
I do not have all the answers but I do have an opinion. I'm anxious to see how this group interacts. I am still a little confused about where were going but it should be fun getting there.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Nearly complete

The team is nearly ready to go, we've got a liberal or two but the team is still listing decidedly to the conservative end. If there are any liberals out there with a blog that would like to play, send me a link. Likewise for any American Socialist or Communists. At this pace, we could be putting up the first "Spectrum Perspective" next week. I'm glad so many people have decided to bring their skilled minds onboard


Vlad Tepid and others

I love the reaction I get when I call Attila the Hun a "Left Wing Wuss."

I dunno, it's just fun to twit people like that. Not that most of them actually know what "Left Wing" means.


Ah-ha, so that's how this works

So, where's the party?


Vlad Tepes?

Hi-ya, all. I'm I.C., otherwise known as J'myle, and sometimes known as Utah. I've been called a few other things as well, none of them publishable. Like Quilly, I also think Vlad Tepes was a skirt wearing sissy. Unlike Quilly, I am a big fan of Vlad Tepes.

It's good to be here. I've brought you all a picture of a chipmunk:

Monday, December 13, 2004


We're Growing

As y'all can see we've gotten a bit deeper in the ranks, Sidial will probably do most our Webmistress duties. Quilly is a Conservative who appears to think Vlad Tepes was a skirt wearing sissy. You might be surprised by the others who have agreed to come play. Keep watching.


All right, all right....

I've been invited to join (read: harassed and bothered into) this particular blog -- I'm told the reason is because I consider myself allergic to politics, and I've never figured out if I'm "actually" a Democrat, a Republican, or a Libertarian (definately not Green, though). I'm allergic to politics, and when it comes to hunting up that story I read a week and a half ago, I'm hopeless. Still, I will try to be a nice neutral voice on most of this stuff. Don't expect to see a lot from me.