I'm Over There

For the time being, I'm over here and blogging away. That's not where I plan to stay very long (but I did say that about my current employment where I've been for 7 years now), but I'm there at the moment. Come on over and say "Hi!"

I Surrender

I give up.

I've spent over 7 hours now in the past 4 days deleting spam. I'm done. Until I find another platform or another way to deal with spam, I'm simply done blogging here (or maybe I'll just post sans comments). It's not worth the time and trouble. When I find another way, I'll post here again. Until then, have fun!

Update: Thanks for all the kind emails of support. Please realize, I'm not completely giving up -- I'm just stopping until I find somewhere to blog where I'm not spending hours a day dealing with spam. It might be here, it might be somewhere else, but I'm not stopping. I just really don't want to change urls, if there's any other options.

Update #2: Hundreds more spam each day, even after manually closing and programatically closing posts. Gah. In the meantime, I'm playing over here.

Welcome to Friday

Well there's been lots of crap in the news this week. There's been lots of religious persecution, advancement of communism at the expense of freedom, and degradation of all that is good. And there's been some good news, too. But today's Friday, and I'm taking a news break.

I meant to post pictures all week about the Carolina Renaissance Festival. I got busy and forgot. So throughout the day today, I'll just be posting pictures and other lighter fare. Forget the news for a day -- I guarantee that when you check back again, you'll find you really didn't miss anything. So check back later here today, and there will be more fun and excitement!

Weird Search Results

Okay, this is SO what I was going for. My life as a blogger is now complete. Well, I was going for the #1 result, but I'll settle for #4. I'm now the #4 result when searching google for cheat programs dota pimp my peon. I'm so happy.

Oh, but only when using Google in Greek.

Just thought I'd share.

Be Vewy Quiet...

Many things in progress. Muse taking nap. See you soon.

Update, Wednesday, Oct 10th, AM: Things progressing. New blog stuff not here yet, but hopefully real soon. I know most people read this in an RSS feed, but I like making the blog design look nice, so I will. :P Regular blogging to resume shortly.

Gone Fishing!


Time again to head off to the North Carolina Mountains for fishing and, well, whatever else I feel like doing while camping until Sunday or Monday. Have fun without me!

Pajamas Media Goes Mainstream

Pajamas Media, the newest entrant into the mainstream media, is moving into a new venue: Radio.

Mark your calendars because this Thursday, September 27 at 3 pm (PST) on XM Radio, Channel 130, Pajamas Media debuts its weekly radio show on P.O.T.U.S. '08.

Not only do we hope you will take a listen but this is an amazing opportunity for our bloggers to get involved. Contact Ed Driscoll for more info at ed@eddriscoll.com.

P.O.T.U.S. '08 is a new channel launched by XM who is partnering with C-SPAN and other media outlets to offer a 24-Hour, commercial-free channel devoted to the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

The channel will be broadcast free to all XM radio receivers. If you have an XM radio but opt not to subscribe to XM, you can still listen to the presidential election channel.If you don't subscribe to XM, they are offering a free trial where you can listen online.

Just in case you can't already find enough news and information about the presidential election. I wish I had time to monitor and count how many times each candidate is mentioned to determine whether this becomes just another cheerleading squad for the status quo.

FCC Fines for Fake News

This news is rather interesting. The FCC has proposed a fine aginst a network for running a commercial that looks like a news program and forgot to tell people watching it that it was a commercial. That part isn't really news. The interesting part is that this is the first time the FCC has tried to fine a cable network.

I'm wondering -- if the FCC is claiming power to regulate and monitor cable television networks, what else will the claim jurisdiction over? If the data that is transmitted over a television cable line can be directly regulated by the FCC for content, how soon before the FCC claims jurisdiction over the internet and all information transmitted over the internet?

Of course, in the real world, I understand the internet -- I know that the FCC will never be able to actually regulate it. Heck, they can't stop child porn and illegal gambling on the internet now. But if they claim jurisdiction, I know it will be just a matter of time before they start wasting time trying to shut down or fine various internet sites.

Keep in mind this is an organization that YOU, personally, have to pay for, whether you like it or not. Perhaps the FCC is yet another government organization that has outlived it's usefulness. Have you ever noticed that no government programs EVER end, even when they have no purpose any more? Wouldn't it be great to have the option to elect people who would get rid of such programs? If you know of anyone running for election that would actually reduce useless parts of government, let me know. The only person I know of running for election at any level that would actually reduce government is Ron Paul.

Pajamas Media vs. The Mainstream

Many in the blogosphere are buzzing over Edward Driscoll, Jr's article talking about the birth of the objective media. He writes about how the mass media, the mainstream media, lost touch with Americans. It outlines when, where, and how the mainstream media got lost, and how others worked against them -- culminating with the expansion of blogs and internet news. He makes guesses at the future and how even the word "blogs" will become useless, as information continues to move to the internet and allows all voices to be heard.

Of course, any discussion of this type would be incomplete without a mention of "Rathergate" -- and he mentions it as well. He also makes mention of the "pajamas blogger" that got much of this movement moving.

However, at the same time, one of the largest organizations that might be considered "anti-mainstream," Pajamas Media, has made a move in the opposite direction. Pajamas media has recently announced that they apparently don't like that various candidates that they apparently don't agree with are winning their online polls (and not just Ron Paul, either). Therefore, Pajamas Media has decided to only include candidates that have been "approved" by the mainstream media -- they will no longer allow so-called "second tier" candidates in their poll.

I have run this poll on my blog. However, it is no longer there. I realize that I generated just a few votes a week for their poll, but they've joined with the mainstream media in shutting out Republican voices with which I agree. Pajamas Media claims that they're doing this because people "lost interest" in voting in their poll. Well now that their poll is exactly like every other mainstream media poll, I'm not sure how that's going to increase anyone's interest.

Congratulations, Pajamas Media. You have become so big and so successful that it appears that you have now joined the mainstream media that was the reason for your creation.

Where is Ogre?

Ogre's not here. Today, and for the next few days, Ogre is at Graffiti Church in the Lower East side of New York City. Yes, THAT Lower East side.

But don't go away just yet! Today, since I won't be around, a number of editorial cartoons will post throughout the day. Come back and check them out. Some are funny and some are just sad commentary on society.

Gone Fishing!


Well I'm off in the wilds to do some fishing and camping until Sunday or Monday. Have fun without me!

Ogre's Back

Yay. What a vacation. I had almost zero contact with news or information. I didn't even see algore's internet (which is why I had so much spam). As Angel says, "Ignorance is bliss." I can certainly see why so many people are disconnected from the news and politics. Regular blogging will continue tomorrow (unless I go the way of Daisy Cutter)...

For those who weren't aware, I was traveling up and down the east coast, driving and camping. It was indeed lots of fun. I talked to lots of people about lots of things. A few awards:

Worst roads:
PA without a doubt. Sorry, Oddy, but those roads were really bad. I thought I broke a tire (not a wheel, but a TIRE) on more than one of those damn potholes. NJ used to be bad, but PA really took the cake here. Avoid I-84 and I-81 in PA if you can. Runner-up: NC I-40 west of Statesville.

Worst Traffic:
CT without a doubt. CT simply does not have enough roads. If they'd build a few more lanes, there wouldn't be people driving 20mph on the interstate at all hours of the day. CT is ALWAYS bad. They need to build more lanes, period. Actually the traffic is so bad there ALL hours of the day, that I'm seriously considering driving to NH via Albany, NY just to avoid driving through the parking lot that is CT. Runner-up: no one. Nowhere was traffic this bad.

Dumbest Law:
TN alcohol id. Apparently TN has a new law that requires EVERYONE to show ID when purchasing alcohol. The lunatics that make laws in the state apparently honestly believe that forcing gray-haired old ladies to show id to buy beer will make the world a safer place for everyone. Runner-up: VA and their moronic "safety zones" on the interstate to raise cash for the state.

Best law:
When horseback riding in NC, they had a sign posted that informed riders that if you were killed while riding a horse, you were not able to sue the farm. It really is a sad state of affairs to even think that we need that law, but it sure is a good law to have in place. Runner-up: NH helmet laws. I think I saw 30-40 people riding motorcycles in NH and THREE of them had helmets. That really goes to show that when you let people have freedom, they will exercise that freedom. People really do want to be free.

So I'm back, and I'm trying to get things in order before I head back to work. In the meantime, for those thinking about a run for public office:


Ogre's Not Here!

Camping PictureWell, it's that time again -- time for the Ogre to go off into a cave and ignore the world for awhile. All you people who read blogs and news daily, I strongly suggest that you find time to do the same. What you will find out when you return is that nothing really important happened. Now this year there's a chance that the Senate will pass amnesty while I'm gone. But I've done all I can to stop that nightmare (dozens of faxes and phone calls). So I'm going camping.

Sometimes in the past I've had posts that would appear the two weeks I've been gone, but this year that didn't work out. So basically, you're not going to see anything new here for a couple weeks. I'll be tent camping without electricity -- no phones, computers, internet, or much of anything. Well, I might have to check the email once or twice to quell the urge... ;)

So please accept my thanks for stopping by today and reading this post. And I promise, I'll be back about July 9th or so with more analysis of North Carolina government and reporting on the daily losses of freedom in this once-great country formerly known as the United States of America. And maybe one day, in the far future, we truly will be able to live free.

Oh, and I know it's been awhile since I've seen a comment party anywhere, so you people behave in the comments or I'll be calling on horse-dog Jake to deal with you...

The New Layout

Well, it's here. What do you think?

I've removed much of the advertising that marked this site as spyware, and I removed Sitemeter that's setting 3rd-party cookies. Blogrolling still is incredibly slow to load, but it's still there. I haven't finished with the permalink page, so that layout may change a bit as I fine tune this.

However, the site does work better with FireFox. What you should be seeing at the top, just under the picture, is a line that's updated as the page loads. With FireFox, it counts steps 1-4, then gives you a percentage as the slow blogrolling pages load. However, IE didn't want to do that, instead it kept skipping the last few steps. So, with IE, you get the Steps countdown, but then it shows the link to the Information Booth -- however, the blogrolls may not be completely loaded before you get the link. Oh well.

Feel free to check out the information booth and look around. Let me know if anything looks odd on your screen, please. Oh, and if you're reading this in a RSS feed, you probably won't see any differences. I'm thinking about playing with those settings soon...

A Momentary Delay

For those looking for the latest news, information, and freedom-based commentary about North Carolina and the U.S., sorry for the delay -- I'm in the middle of a slight re-design of the site and want to finish that up. Once that's complete, regular blogging will continue.

Ogre's Not Here

Yes, it's time once again to teach small children to use firearms! Hooray, firearms!

Ogre is off to the North Carolina mountains to teach boys age 7-10 how to shoot guns. And yes, the kids absolutely love it. I know Democrats and their pals absolutely hate it, but they can't stop me (yet). And if I can arm enough of these kids, maybe we'll have more people armed for government resistance when it's needed (sadly when, not if). And I'd be remiss if I didn't include the classic folk tale:

Interviewer: "So, LTG Reinwald, what are you going to do with these young boys on their adventure campout?"

LTG Reinwald: "We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting."

Interviewer: "Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?"

LTG Reinwald: "I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the range."

Interviewer: "Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?"

LTG Reinwald: "I don't see how, we will be teaching them proper range discipline before they even touch a firearm."

Interviewer: "But you're equipping them to become violent killers."

LTG Reinwald: "Well, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?"

End of the interview

Trackback Program?

Does anyone know of a 3rd-party trackback program that works with blogs? I'm looking for something like Haloscan -- because Haloscan hasn't worked in quite a long time and the trackback features of the server I'm currently on doesn't work, either. So is there a haloscan-like solution that isn't Haloscan?

Thanks in advance, if you know of anything...

Ogre's Not Here

dragon.jpgBy the time you read this, Ogre will be long gone. Where? On the Dragon. Joining lots of other silly people at Minis on the Dragon for the weekend. Unfortunately, it's supposed to be overcast and rainy -- but I'm still going. If you happen to be out there look for Ogre -- I'll be the one in a Mini with the "Ogre" nametag. :)

I'll take the camera to hopefully gets lots of pictures of Minis in the rain -- but no computer. See you next week!

Programming Note

Today will continue posts about the North Carolina Conservative Leadership Conference that happened last Friday and Saturday. If you missed Ogre's live blogging of the event, please do check the links in the upper right corner of the main page, or check here for an index of all the posts from the weekend event. Regular programming will continue tomorrow! And thank you for stopping along.

Well, that was the plan for today -- only I left my notebook with all my notes somewhere I can't get to it today! So instead, today will be mostly regular programming, while tomorrow will have updates, comments, and other final notes about the conference.

NC Conservative Leadership Conference

If you are a regular reader here, you know that Ogre will be live-blogging this upcoming conference. However, if you're anywhere near Raleigh (Ogre is about 2.5 hours away), there's still time to sign up and join us at this conference! Here's a few details:

ITS NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER: www.jwpcivitasinstitute.org/clc2007.html

Rudy Giuliani, Presidential Candidate
Mark Sanford South Carolina Governor
Bob Ehrlich, Former Maryland Governor
Michael Steele, Former Maryland Lt. Governor
Jim Gardner, Former North Carolina Lt. Governor
Elizabeth Dole U.S. Senator
Walter Jones, U.S. Congressman
Virginia Foxx, U.S. Congresswoman
Patrick McHenry, U.S. Congressman
Heath Shuler, U.S. Congressman
Bill Graham, Gubernatorial Candidate
Bob Orr, Gubernatorial Candidate
Fred Smith, Gubernatorial Candidate
Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard and Fox News
Craig Shirley, Author of Reagan Revolution
Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
Richard Viguerie, Funding Father of modern conservative strategy, political strategist and author
Frank Donatelli, Director of Political and Intergovernmental Affairs, Reagan White House
Frank Gaffney, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Reagan Administration
Jeff Katz, Talk Show Host, WBT-Charlotte
Bill LuMaye, Talk Show Host, WPTF-Raleigh
Matt Mittan, Talk Show Host, WWNC-Asheville
Curtis Wright, Talk Show Host, WNTB-Wilmington

PLUS ... General Sessions on the Reagan Legacy, the Future of Conservatism and the 2008 Presidential Campaign Straw Poll of 2008 gubernatorial and presidential candidates Four sets of Issue Forums Grassroots Activist School Live broadcasts of radio talk shows Book signings by conservative authors Exhibits by conservative organizations Five meals with conservative camaraderie.

Dont miss this opportunity to participate in the Civitas Institutes Second Annual Conservative Leadership Conference a two-day event that will inform and motivate North Carolina conservatives.

Thank you, Readers

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you -- yes, you, the person reading this right now. Based on the logs for the site, there are a number of people who come by and read and who do not comment. I know some stop by to read commentary on various national political events. I know there's others who come by for the daily commentary and news on North Carolina Government events and activities. And there's still others who stop by for the afternoon or Friday silliness sections.

Well, for whatever reason you come by, whatever method you arrive (from another site, a bookmark, a random search, or a blog scanner like BlogExplosion), thank you for stopping by and thank you for reading. Without readers, a blog really doesn't have quite as much of a purpose.

Thinking Blogger Tag

Well, if you haven't seen it by now, there's a viral award making the rounds called the "thinking blogger award." It's sort of a mixed bag. It's an award, but it's a virus. So while at the same time, I really am honored that now at least two different people (Kender and Raven) picked me; I still feel like I've been backslapped with a slimy rubbery hand slathered with moldy crud.

Now this meme comes with specific rules:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote.

Well, I did get tagged, so I suppose I'm going to link to 5 blogs. Here goes nothing:

*** WARNING WARNING WARNING *** Do NOT hold Ogre responsible for loss of brain cells if you follow the links provided. They are not there for you to follow, they are there because the rules require them. In some cases, your intelligence WILL decrease should you follow the links. You have been warned.

#1. Thinking Meat. I know, you're screaming, "WHAT?!?" Look, the rules said that I was supposed to link to bloggers that make me think. And when I read Thinking Meat, I do think -- usually the thoughts are, "How can such a person actually form words when they cannot have more than 2 brain cells?" Seriously. The author of this site can read minds (in his own mind) and lives in a world that is not just disconnected from reality, but would never recognize reality, ever. I honestly do not know how a person with this sort of mindset can function at all in society. I'm guessing it's a government worker.

#2. Blue NC. My motto for this one is "Know Thy Enemy." As for thoughts, this site makes me think, "Holy crap, this IS what the Democrats in NC honestly believe." And that's really, really BAD for freedom. The opinions on this site show why freedom will continue to be oppressed in North Carolina.

#3. Gun-Toting Liberal. This site is interesting because it's another group site with more than one author. Every time I read this site, it makes me think, "Geez, GTL, how can you be so right in some areas, but so far off the reservation in others?" This is one of the few liberals I know (well, I'd like to know -- we're going to sit down and have a beer one day) that is capable of understanding logic and can honestly argue (even if he is wrong quite a bit...)

#4. The Evangelical Outpost. Most of the posts there are very thoughtful and get me to thinking -- however, usually at the bottom of the post will be comments that will immediately derail the thinking process as my mind is invaded with thoughts like, "Why do people need to just attempt to be evil?" and "Again, it's amazing how little brain power it takes to type words on a keyboard."

#5 Drunken Wisdom. This one pretty much is limited to one thought, "I wonder how many beers T1G had before he made this post?" I'm pretty sure the answer is almost "more than 5."

Friday Feast

Here's how it works:

Each Friday when you visit this meme, you will find 5 enticing courses for your mind to gobble up:

- a quick, tasty morsel to get you started

- smooth and warm to soothe your mind

- a nutritious blend of "veggies"

Main Course
- a hearty portion that is sure to satisfy

- light concoction for your sweet tooth

And now for this week's fare:
Appetizer: What are you proud of?

Oh, you're not getting me with that one! Pope Gregory the Great said that pride was the #1 deadly sin! Now I could plead the fifth, but then that would imply that I am, indeed, proud of something, which means I'd be admitting that I'm guilty. So I'm not doing down that road either. And I'm not a moron like Specter, so I won't claim "not proven," either.
Soup: What is the best thing youve ever won as a prize?

You mean people actually WIN stuff? Wow. I know I MAY have won a few million from Publisher's House Clearinghouse once or twice...and that's about it.
Salad: Name something you do that is a waste of time.

Hello? Are you even reading this? Did you think for a minute that blogging all this stuff is actually "productive" in ANY sense of the word?
Main Course: In what year of your life did you change the most?

I'm not sure, but I think I'm going to go with the year I was born. Before that year, well, there wasn't really much going on. After that year, well, there was a whole lot more going on with me than before...
Dessert: Where is a place you consider to be very tranquil?

Mississippi (3356′32″N, 8835′58″W).

Come Meet Ogre

Well, you probably haven't wanted to meet the Ogre. I mean, think about that one logically. But hey, if you are one of the two or three people who wants to actually meet and talk with the Ogre in person, you've got two chances coming up soon.

The first is April 27-28 at the NC Conservative Leadership Conference. If you can be there, you will have a good time, even if you do find Ogre. And I'll be relatively easy to spot -- I'll be bogged down with a camera and a laptop most of the time. If you see someone set up with a tripod and typing away furiously, that will be me. And the nametag that says, "Ogre" will sort of be a giveaway. And if you can't be there, be sure and check here, because I'll be liveblogging everwhere I go. It will be a blast!

The next will be the very next weekend at Minis on the Dragon. If you don't have a Mini, I probably won't see you there. And I doubt I'll be liveblogging, but I'll take lots of pictures for posting the next week!