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Here are some great anti-saddam, pro-freedom t-shirts..

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Mackubin Thomas Owens on Iraq War on National Review Online

The war is only a week old, and already the second guessing has begun. The press, having for all intents and purposes claimed victory after the first two days of the conflict, seemed ready to surrender to the Iraqis after the setbacks of Sunday. You'd think it was 1861 or early 1942, dark periods indeed in American military history. Patience is a virtue at all times, but especially in time of war.

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I brought up Mel Gibson's movie about the last 12 hours of Christ's life a couple of weeks ago. Here is an article defending Gibson after he was made to look a bit kooky in an New York Times article recently.

Crucifying Mel Gibson

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War American-style -- The Washington Times

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This article talks about Michael Moore, Oscar winning directory of "Bowling for Columbine". It shows him for what he truly is, a phony.

"Then there's his latest "documentary," "Bowling for Columbine."

Documentary might not be the best word for this manipulative piece of cinematic celluloid. "Fictitious," Moore's current term of choice, would be more accurate. "


TCS: Defense - The Moore the Scarier

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Here are my answers to the this or that tuesday questions:

1. Poetry or prose? Poetry
2. Funky modern art or the older, "classic" variety? Classic art
3. Sculptures or paintings? Sculptures pique my interest
4. Theatre: exuberant musical or serious drama? drama definitely
5. Ballet or modern dance? Not sure, don't like either much, but I guess if i had to choose, modern dance?
6. Movies: major studio or indie? major studio
7. Authors: Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss? Dr. Seuss
8. TV: PBS or A&E? A&E
9. Music: Beethoven or Beatles? Beatles
10. Thought-provoking question of the week: You are a contributing member of your favorite art museum, and visit on a regular basis. They announce a new, temporary special exhibit by an artist surrounded by controversy...this person's work and/or political views offend you. Do you stop supporting the museum, or just stay away during the time the exhibit is there? I stop supporting the museum. If I don't agree with the views that are expressed by an artist who the museum gives space at the exhibit, I don't think I would want to support an institution that endorses that. I would find another similar institution that supports artists I find agreeable, and begin donating to them. And no, i don't believe that this is censorship. I think it is ok for me to choose what artists/views/etc I support, and that if they still want to have the exhibition, they can. They just need to find another contributing member.

This-or-That Tuesday: as mentioned on Weblogs Central at MSNBC.com!

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Sky News, a good place to get Iraq war news.

Headline news from Sky News - Witness the event

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This article relates how the Iraqi military is intentionally using human shields in their war agains the US. They will set up military positions within heavily populated civilian centers, so that in order for the US to get the enemy, they have to also kill innocent civilians.. They are using their own people as human shields!

Defensive terrorism

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Here's an enlightening story written by someone who was formerly a "human shield". It's interesting to see someone who held an anti-war view before they visited Saddam's Iraq, and then after meeting the Iraqi people and seeing Saddam's cruelty, changed their views. A real eye opener. Enjoy!

Telegraph | Opinion | I was a naive fool to be a human shield for Saddam

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To help gain perspective on the war thus far, read this article by Ralph Peters. It details why things are going well, and why the doomsayers are wrong:

NYPOST.COM Post Opinion: Oped Columnists: WINNING BIG By RALPH PETERS

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United Press International: Lucky Break for Jordan

A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip "had shocked me back to reality." Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera "told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head."

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More of a smoking gun? Possibly an Iraqi chemical weapons plant?

FOXNews.com

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For Photo Friday the challenge this week is "BLUE". Here is what I came up with, its a lamp that hangs in my office as seen through a fisheye lens:


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To see what a lack of coherent arguments the protestors have, watch these videos, they're pretty revealing:

Video 1
Video 2

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1. If you had the chance to meet someone you've never met, from the past or present, who would it be?
Jesus, because he is my Lord and savior, and because he is person who has had the single biggest impact on the world

2. If you had to live in a different century, past or future, which would it be?
In the future, because I already know what happened in the past.

3. If you had to move anywhere else on Earth, where would it be?
Somewhere warm and beautiful, probably Hawaii.

4. If you had to be a fictional character, who would it be?
I would be Gandalf, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

5. If you had to live with having someone else's face as your own for the rest of your life, whose would it be?
i would probably want someone who is very good looking. I have no idea though.. maybe that guy from the princess bride. People have said I look like him anyway..:)

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Its my wife Maria's birthday today. She's turning the big 22! I love you Maria, and happy birthday!



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Iraqi troops surrender in Southern Iraq:

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More on the evidence of French companies supplying rocket fuel to Saddam.

French Connection II

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As of last night, the United States, along with the support of 45 other countries launched the war to liberate Iraq. They shot around 40 cruise missles, and dropped a few bombs on some targets of "opportunity" in Bagdhad. It sounds like they were aiming to hit Saddam himself, along with some of his top leaders. At this point they don't know who, or how many people they killed. Saddam went on the air after the raids, declaring the Bush administration as criminals. It looked like it may have been an impersonator, however, and there were indications that the speech was taped, not live.

It is expected that the US will begin their "shock and awe" bombing campaign sometime in the next day or two. We can only hope and pray that most of the Iraqi military will surrender and spare their nation the devastation that will come their way if they don't.

God bless our troops, and the USA!

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71% of Americans Support War, Poll Shows (washingtonpost.com)

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Again, last fall, Daschle supported the use of force when he voted to authorize President Bush to disarm Iraq if he deemed it necessary. And with that vote in his pocket, George W. Bush went to the United Nations and extracted a 15-0 vote from the Security Council telling Saddam -for the 17th time -to disarm.
Saddam refused, and the president tried to get the French and others to support him. He failed at that because the French showed their cards: opposing Bush is more important than their integrity. It's sad to say, but it looks like Daschle is holding the same cards.

TownHall.com: Conservative Columnists: Jonah Goldberg

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Gallup Poll Analyses - Public Approves of Bush Ultimatum by More Than 2-to-1 Margin

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Thousands of people demonstrate Sunday in Valley Forge, Pa., to show their support for President Bush and U.S. troops.

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I have begun posting some of my photos on this site, and am even offering some of them for sale.. check it out!

Photographica - An Online Photo Community and Photography Gallery

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Even Bill Clinton is behind the war effort now. I'm not sure what this will do to his campaign to become secretary general, but we'll see. I can't believe for once Bill Clinton and I agree!

Bill Clinton - Trust Tony's judgment

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NYPOST.COM : SADDAM'S WAR PLAN By AMIR TAHERI .

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War, even without UN backing is just:


Might makes right when global security is at stake

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Another interesting site that gives you a weekly task/questions to answer..

This-or-That Tuesday

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For many, myself included, I have found it strange that France is so adamantly against a war with Iraq. Once you look at how they have supplied Iraq with weapons, rocket fuel, etc, it begins to make more sense. Charles Krauthammer talks about why he thinks France has taken the stance they have:

TIME.com: France's Game -- Mar. 24, 2003

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More evidence is surfacing showing that Iraq had a link to several, if not many, of the 9/11 hijackers. Click on the story below for details:

The Observer | International | Spain links suspect in 9/11 plot to Baghdad

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Well, it looks like war in Iraq is a foregone conclusion now. At this point we need to pray for those that are going into combat, that they would be kept safe. Also, I am praying a prayer for all those innocent iraqis who will be caught in the crossfire, that they also would be kept safe. And when the conflict is over, hopefully soon we will have a movement in Iraq for democracy.

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For our work party this year the management had a caricaturist come and do caricatures of everyone on staff. I wasn't at the work party, but they had the artist come down to work another day for those who weren't there. (wasn't that nice of them?) I just got mine back, so here it is:


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Another "Friday" Site.. Answer the five questions they give you on the Friday Five. Here are my answers for this week:

1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not?
No I don't. I'm a guy of few words, and phone conversations just don't interest me that much. Have you ever been on a car trip with both guys and girls? The girls in the back seat going a mile a minute, and the guys sitting in the front seat - silent.

2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?
.My wife Maria

3. About how many telephones do you have at home?
We have 4 telephones in our house, 5 if you count cell phones.

4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened?
While working customer service i have had people who were really upset about something threatening to sue me and the company because they didn't get what they expected. Also, any telemarketers I've ever talked to.

5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not?
I would rather email anyone any day. I like to think about what I'm going to say, mull it over, and then write it down. I'm not as verbal a communicator.

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I discovered a fun site today, its called Photo Friday. On this site every Friday you are given a task to take a picture of something. Today's task was "garbage". I took a picture of the garbage in my bathroom at work.. nothing spectacular, paper towels, toilet paper wrapping and a dial container with some soap still in it.. did it get bumped in there? Here's my pic:


GARBAGE - for photo friday

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Maria and I had our small group over for our weekly meeting last night. They are such a fun group of people! We always end up talking and laughing and just having such a great time. Two of the couples are pregnant, with one of them due next month. We keep joking about how we're giving birth to the next small group. Someone last night made a joke about Maria and I having a baby next.. eeek! scary thought.

This morning I got up around 6:45 and went for a run near our house. It was such a beautiful morning, around 37 or 38 degrees, the sun was coming up on the horizon, and it just felt so good to be alive! I've been doing the body for life thing all week, starting tuesday, and my body is a bit sore. I am getting to the point where i look forward to excercising now!

Well, back to work!

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"France's position has the support of only five countries in Europe - six, counting Russia."

However, we are reminded that "Sixteen countries support the U.S. position on war without a second resolution; five support the U.S. position in favor of war with a second resolution.” Six countries are neutral. "Taken together, the European vote is 21-6-6 in favor of the United States."

American-European 'Rift' Is a Myth

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A case against affirmative action in America's universities.

Don't Do Me Any Favors
The Case Against PreferencesOnline

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Getting Serious
Questions for the peaceniks.

BY PETE DU PONT
To quote columnist Andrew Sullivan, "War is an awful thing. But it isn't the most awful thing." Enslaved peoples and peace without freedom are worse.

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The UN as an entity has become an irrelevant body where countries with legitimate concerns are taken hostage by countries with atrocious human rights records, and others with sinister underlying motives. It is time to back out of the UN.

The UN lets tinpot dictators rule the world

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Do you know what time it is?

Click Here to Find out

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Finally, someone is willing to stand up to the France and their one-upsmanship on the Iraq issue. PM Howard of Australia calls Chirac on what he calls France's "spoiling role". Read about it here:

Australia's Howard assails France for anti-war stance

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Homestar runner is such a funny site.. check it out :

Everybody! Everybody!

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Here's one of my new favorite blogs. It is done by Dave Barry, the author and humorist. It is pretty funny.

Dave Barry's Blog

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Are you sure?

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Today's picture of the day is another from my afternoon in the Burnsville, MN cemetary 2 days ago. It shows Jesus stretching his arms out in love:

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For those who say there is absolutely no link between Iraq and Al Qaeda, please read this and rethink your position.

Ex-CIA Chief Woolsey: No Doubt Iraq Involved in 9/11

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Maria and I both decided to get in shape, so we're now on a program where we work out 6 days a week, and eat healthier. It has been a rough go of it to get started because we both eat so poorly normally, and I think we're having a tough time adjusting to the new food.. (It needs more breading and cheese and grease and stuff!). I think in the long run we'll be happy that we did this though. To check out the system we're doing go to Bodyforlife.com.

Maria's birthday is coming up on the 21st of March. I'm going to be planning something for us to do, any ideas anyone?

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I have been very frustrated to watch as the UN has time and again found excuses for Saddam Hussein to weasel out of giving up his weapons. The UN has emboldened the Iraqi dictator, and throughout this crisis has shown that they don't have the will to act as they should. They need to go the way of the dinasour. George Will talks about this in his piece below:
NYPOST.COM Post Opinion: Oped Columnists: U.N. HUBRIS By GEORGE F. WILL

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This article talks about another motivation that France has for trying to nix the war on Iraq. They are engaged in helping sell banned rocket fuels among other things, to Iraq. They don't want us to find the smoking gun, because it has FRANCE written all over it. I think we need to invade France next.

The French Connection

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John Fund writes about how hypocritical the Hollywood left is when it comes to their anti-war stance. The more I hear celebrities complain about the war, the less I like them.

Stars and Gripes
Hollywood celebs aren't antiwar. They just hate the president.

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I went to a cemetary by my work yesterday and took a bunch of photos of the statues of Jesus that they had there.. I liked how this one turned out:

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Here's a more in-depth look at Mel Gibson's movie about Jesus last 12 hours..(thanks Joel for the link)

Here

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Here's an interesting story about a movie that Mel Gibson is working on about the passion of Jesus Christ. Jesus will be played by Jim Caviezel (From "The Count of Monte Cristo", and "Angel Eyes"). Sounds interesting, and i never knew that Gibson was a Christian before. I wonder how this project will turn out, it seems that Gibson's intentions are pretty good. Read about it here:

Mel Gibson's Great Passion

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Zogby Poll: Support for War Grows, Dems Oppose

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Blix Cover-up Angers U.S.

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America must not be tied by Lilliputians

This is what the UN "process" comes down to: a country that keeps its own people in the dark, literally and figuratively, is asked to shed light on what America and Britain should do with regard to Iraq. Gaining the imprimatur of Guinea - and of such other global giants as Angola, Chile and Syria - is supposed to confer "international legitimacy" on the actions of two of the oldest and most successful democracies in the world.

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Hans Blix hid the smoking gun from the UN security council on Friday in his presentation. Just more proof that inspections won't work, the head inspector is hiding evidence:

Blix 'hid smoking gun' from Britain and US

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Maria and I went to a small group retreat with our church this weekend. To see the photos, click here

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My most recent submission to mirror project:

Pete on Mirror Project

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Iraq strengthens air force with French parts -- The Washington Times Gazelle attack helicopters.
An intelligence official said the illegal spare-parts pipeline was discovered in the past two weeks and that sensitive intelligence about the transfers indicates that the parts were smuggled to Iraq as recently as January

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Shooting down peaceniks top ten reasons for not going to Iraq

The Peacenik Top 10

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Why liberating Iraq is crucial to beating terrorism.

OpinionJournal - Extra

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France and Russia's real reasons for being against a war in Iraq

Franco-Russian Realpolitik

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It seems there are many people fine with killing as long as it is not called war and is not an U.S. action. Saddam Hussein’s regime has slaughtered, raped and tortured hundreds of thousands of Iraqi innocents during his presidency.

There is an excessive amount of reports chronicling these crimes, including using chemical weapons. The only way one could conclude, no war would save the lives of innocents is to ignore this mountain of evidence proving the opposite.

The Collegiate Times

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Remember those human shields who went to Iraq to put themselves in harms way to stop a war? Well, once they got there the Iraqi government started putting them at high risk sites that could have dual use as civilian and military targets. Once they realized they were being used, and that they may actually be harmed, they hightailed it out of there...Can you say useful idiots?

Human shields take a powder -- The Washington Times

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Martin Palous is the Czech ambassador to the United States, and he makes a good case for why we need to go to Iraq. Sounds like the US may be at war within a week or two.

All Too Familiar With Dictators (washingtonpost.com) is at stake now is the authority of the United Nations. We are convinced that the international community should not only "contain" in this case but also act resolutely and in a timely manner. It needs to be said here: We are convinced multilateralists. We strongly believe that the United Nations is the right place to deal with this issue, and we hope that it will not be necessary to use force. But if it is necessary, the next step of disarming

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Invasion of Iraq to happen sooner rather than later?

Daily Telegraph: Troops 'told of March 17 invasion' [06mar03]

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a good way to make photo galleries quickly!

onfocus.com : snapGallery

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What continues to breathe life into Saddam's camp is not the Arab street (which already smells his weakness and mostly wants him gone) but the French street, which is so obsessed with countering U.S. power that it can't acknowledge what is happening right before its eyes: Saddam is finally doing some real disarming, not because the U.N. sent more inspectors to Baghdad, as France demands, but because Mr. Bush sent the 101st Airborne to Kuwait.

Chicken à la Iraq

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An insightful look at the peace movements of yesterday and today:

NYPOST.COM Post Opinion: Oped Columnists: ANTI-WAR OR ANTI-U.S.? By AMIR TAHERI

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U.S. News: Mortimer B. Zuckerman on the high price of waiting(3/10/03)

it is time to implement U.N. Resolution 1441, authorizing military action against Iraq. As a leading German paper, Die Welt, put it, such action "would not be might over right but right over might."

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NYPOST.COM Post Opinion: Oped Columnists: A MORAL DEFENSE By GEORGE F. WILL

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Iraq Terror link:

Philippine terrorists claim link to Iraq -- The Washington Times

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Now even Hillary Clinton is supporting Bush's war effort in Iraq.

NYPOST.COM National News: HILLARY HAWKS UP WAR TALK By DEBORAH ORIN

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I am so encouraged to have a faith filled President like Bush.

Bush and God

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'Human Shields' Run Home Crying