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The Tragedy Of Africville: Halifax' Shame

I don't have a problem with progress. I always like to see new bridges built when they are needed.
But sometimes they negatively affect certain communities.
Take the former Halifax neighbourhood of Africville for example. The Nova Scotia community basically forced the inhabitants off their land in 1967 to build a bridge.
And what is tragic about that is this historically Black community, dating back to 1790, was purposefully targeted because of its apparently backward conditions.
My understanding is many Canadian communities were without modern amenities later than most American communities were. Why is it that instead of having to remember the community at a local park near the bridge the African-Canadians of that community could have simply had their community preserved as much as possible whilst modernising the neighbourhood? It's no wonder Nova Scotia MLA Percy Paris, a Black New Democrat, condemned the past treatment and demanded an official apology.
Methinks that the Nova Scotia premier has an obligation to seriously consider how people in the Black, and for that matter the First Nations communities as well, were treated. And though there is nothing that can be done to reverse the ill treatment including the destruction of Africville, there is always a lot we can learn from the bad moves of the past and learn to respect other cultures where necessary, yet still uphold the culture of a nation where required as well.
And Canada can learn a lot from the way Africville was treated.

Maxthon: The Way I Surf The World---And You Should Too

Earlier this afternoon I stumbled upon this awesome browser developed in Asia.

It was quite by accident, as I was looking for WindowShades, a popup blocker, but kept finding a 404 Not found message.

However I found something even better. It was a new browser that wowed me from the moment I started using it. And it outperformed every other browser I had ever used.

I have used Internet Explorer, the SBC/AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet browser, and even Mozilla Firefox, and had recently gotten the last of those, and was really enjoying Firefox.

But then along came Maxthon.

And let me tell you about Maxthon.

Maxthon is a very lightweight browser with heavyweight performance. It takes up significantly smaller file space on your disk than any other browser yet you would be amazed at how many tabs you can use with multitab browsing. Right now I am working with six tabs open, and I am used to working with a number of tabs and sometimes windows open.

Maxthon also has an awesome popup blocker and a number of addons such as RSS feed finders, and even go as far as to incorporate links to Microsoft sites and FlashSave...

And you won't believe the variety of skins available for Maxthon browsers. They are mindblowing in nature.

I urge you to download the Maxload browser on the Maxthon website (see the Maxthon horse pill on the right) and get prepared to experience the way more and more people surf the world.


Kim Schaefer's Blog

What do fitness, physical development, beauty, and sex appeal have in common?
Why, Kim Schaefer's Blog, of course. Kim Schaeffer is an up and coming physique artist who puts a lot of work into her personal training business and in her fitness competitions and it clearly shows as she credits her latest physical condition to a new supplement that boosted her strength, explains about her photo shoots and competitions, and basically shows us once again that physical fitness and feminine beauty not only are compatible but also all but inseparable.


My Life Adventures

Lovely Filipina model Vivian Casaclang has this brilliant blog here on Blogspot in which she writes about, well, she calls it My Life Adventures, but I call it a lot of fun.
Also get prepared to face the music...because her blog features a GREAT jukebox. Wonder if I should put one up here on WWE SmackDown! Republicans...Maybe I could, but put only heavy metal tracks...maybe only wrestling themes...maybe...naaaaaahhh...
Anyway it deals with her day-to-day (more or less) existence with some great insights of her own. You should give her a visit or two both here on Blogspot and even on Myspace if you are so inclined...it is your call.


Armageddon's Been In Effect

Armageddon's Been In Effect for a little while now...or maybe more than that. And that is exactly the name of the blog I decided to talk about.
Where else can you get a dictionary worthy definition of terrorism or even a good commentary that tells people like PETA to put their money where their mouth is?
All in all it is a wellwritten blog that you should certainly read...


Political Cola War Leaves A Foul Taste In Our Mouths

HEY, FRIEND, DO YOU EVER GET TIRED of the state of politics, being just another untenable mire, where a pro wrestling match is more dignified than the state of political discourse today?
We have watched it deteriorate to the point where the two major parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, are basically straitjacketing us into having to vote for the lesser of two evils. Remember the cola wars of the 1980s? Actually, they are still going on today. And sadly the state of politics has descended to just that. Just as Diet Coke battles Diet Pepsi, Diet Bush battles Diet Dean. Diet Schwarzenegger battles Diet Angelides. Diet Frist battles Diet Reid. Diet Hastert battles Diet Pelosi. Diet Cheney battles Diet Gore.
And the whole bloody thing has left a bad taste in our mouths.
The Democrats and others susceptible to more liberal viewpoints or maybe illiberal is a better word, including antiwar activists and the controlled American media, the likes of CNN, New York Times, and Newsweek magazine, have become bogged down in irrational partisan hatred which we have seen erupt from the likes of Howard Dean, Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Kerry, and John Murtha, and have maligned the President and his administration some of it necessary, other parts unnecessary, however much freedom they have to do so, but sometimes there comes a time when enough is enough and folks need to settle down.
And they have also resorted to using trial lawyers and civil rights organisations to sue against the things they don't agree with, from Bush administration policies they don't like to immigration reforms to education reforms.
But the Republicans are not off the hook either: They have proven highly ineffective and have worked to accelerate government spending faster than the Clinton administration EVER did, even adding a new (and ineffective) Cabinet level department. What we needed instead was a DIVISION of Homeland Security---under the authority of the State Department. What we have instead...is both parties accelerating spending at a dangerous rate, creating more bureaucracy and appeasing illegal aliens who jumped our borders to get here for fear of being sued by trial lawyers some of who are part of a group which just changed their name in order to try to gain more respect when what they need is a total reformation of how they conduct themselves in first place.
And the Republicans have ramped up spending, some of it for justifiable reasons, like rebuilding a defence neglected by the Clinton Administration, with other elements unneeded, like increased spending for social services for illegal aliens even with vigourous public sentiment opposed to such moves. Additionally they have enacted at least three consecutive years of massive spending increases that we should ALL be concerned about.
Add to that the debacles behind Portgate---in which only public outcry prevented a sale of American ports facilities to the United Arab Emirates-government owned Dubai Ports World---which Republicans openly supported, President Bush included---then add in the failure to fully establish a coherent energy policy---and you realise we have a massive mess on our hands.
So why is it that we have only Diet Bush and Diet Dean to pick from? Where the hell is our SevenUp, our Dr Pepper, our A&W Root Beer, our Royal Crown Cola? We may yet have to find our own solution if the politicians can't get out of this political cola war and start working together. It may be time to start looking to another party on our own, the Libertarians, the Greens, the US Taxpayers Party, the Constitution Party, the Socialists, the Peace and Freedom Party...
That's why I respect folks like my state's junior senator, Jim Talent, R-MO, who has worked to cross party lines for the sake of getting the job done. He's facing vicious attacks from Claire McCaskill on the DNC side as she challenges him for his seat. Looks to me like she's bound to become a two-time loser, having lost to Matt Blunt in the gubernatorial race in '04. That's also why I respect Roy Blunt, Matt's father, and also the House Majority Whip, my Congressman, in the Seventh District, because he has worked to get more cohesion and more sensible policies implemented, not to mention he has helped get more road construction money to Missouri which had experienced deteriorating road conditions. If you had driven down the I-44 in Missouri from St Louis to Joplin or the I-70 from St Louis to Kansas City or US71 from the Arkansas line to the Iowa line in the early 2000s you would understand, as the rough condition of the roads would have you bouncing so much you'd think your car had hydraulics. US54, MO5, US60, MO7, MO17, US65, US63, the whole lot...ALL of them suffering. But road monies started pouring in even when Bob Holden was still governor, and that money has been poured into rebuilding existing routes and even building new routes, including southwestern Missouri where I live, and where expansive growth has spread from Springfield, from Branson, from Joplin, from northwestern Arkansas, which has de facto claimed McDonald County at the very southwest corner in its metropolitan area. (Little do most folks know is Mac County almost became part of Arkansas for real: Jefferson City snubbed McDonald County on a state map in the early 1960s and Mac County almost seceded from Missouri to join Arkansas.)
That is also why I respect Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, a true Democrat with a very rational and mature viewpoint which the likes of Jack Kennedy and even Lyndon Johnson exhibited. He has worked hard with the administrations of BOTH Bushes even though he has voted against George W Bush 90 percent of the time, yet he is being attacked by people in his own party simply for his friendship with talk radio host Sean Hannity and for supporting the current War on Terror. Lieberman may wind up a lame duck Senator simply for his beliefs, but they are principled beliefs which his party the Democrats have abandoned for no good reason. Lieberman is an old school liberal, with a respect for those whom he disagrees with, yet George Soros amongst those pumping money into Ned Lamont's campaign to unseat Lieberman in the primary shows irrational vitriol toward the GOP and toward the President.
Let us remember the last time George Soros pumped money into a Democrat campaign...which was in an effort to basically buy John Kerry the White House. Bush still won by 3 percent of the vote...and appears to have gone weak as have the GOP.


1) The GOP must adopt a back-to-basics approach. This may mean returning to the values that put them back into control of the House and the Senate in 1994 after an eight year run as the Senate minority and that 40 year run as the House minority. Time to bring back the Contract With America, maybe?
2) Cut spending in unnecesary areas. The flat tax is looking more attractive every day. Talk radio host Neal Boortz has just written a successful book about that measure.
I would suggest a 7 percent flat tax, with the following measures:
A) Standard deductions must be raised
1) $17.500 for single taxpayers
2) $42.500 for married filing jointly
3) $7.500 for EACH of the following
a) Children
b) College age children living at home
c) Differently abled
1) Which require special healthcare needs
2) And even special transport needs
d) Old age pensioners
B) Corporate taxes need to be lowered, maybe to as low as 7 percent, though 11 percent would be tolerable
1) With a libertarian array of tax breaks
a) For job development
1) Establishing manufacturing facilities in the USA
2) Relocating jobs into the United States from outside the USA
b) For taking care of employees' primary and secondary benefits
1) Like childcare
2) And healthcare programmes
3) And even dental care programmes
2) Make it easier to do business in the United States
a) Relax regulations that hamstring business development
b) Make it easier to start one's own business
c) Make it easier for small businesses to keep pace with larger businesses
d) Establish tax credits to modernise equipment
e) Establish tax credits for taking advantage of alternative energies
1) Tax credits for creating biofuels
2) Tax credits for building equipment and vehicles capable of running on biofuels
3) Tax credits for using a certain percentage of vehicles capable of running on biofuels
3) Close unnecesary departments at the cabinet level and relegate those duties to lower entities or even the private sector.
a) Close the Department of Education.
1) Let the local communities and the states handle this capacity.
2) Let the private sector handle this capacity.
b) Close the Department of Health and Human Services.
1) Let the local and state agencies handle this capacity.
2) Let the private sector handle this capacity.
3) Make it easier for doctors to operate without an HMO.
4) Let the states handle food stamps and food distribution.
c) Close the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
1) Let local communities handle this capacity.
2) Let the private sector handle this too.
d) Close the Department of the Interior.
1) But leave the Parks Service and Fish & Game Office as stand-alone agencies. THEY are effective.
2) However the rest of the Department can be handled at the State level.
e) Close the Department of Energy.
1) We can handle this far better in the private sector.
2) What innovations have the DoE contributed to energy development lately?
f) Close the Department of Commerce.
1) We can let the private sector handle this one.
2) Anytime a government agency is developed for the sake of managing the business climate we run the risk of a managed economy like that which is in place in China or Viet Nam.
g) Fold the Department of Homeland Security into the State Department.
1) Homeland Security have been mismanaged from day one. Some oversight from an appropriate agency will benefit it as a Division of Homeland Security.
2) Practically all functions in the department work better as State Department functions.
h) Fold the Veterans Affairs Department into the Defence Department.
1) After all, where else would you expect such affairs to be handled best?
2) Fewer departments means less overhead.
i) A reduced workload on the part of the central government will leave a myriad of benefits.
1) Americans will experience a lower tax burden.
2) Americans will see a more efficient government.
3) With fewer layers of bureaucracy more Americans will see more money for investment and more money for economic stimulation.
4) Continue working toward laws that safeguard individual freedoms.
a) Work to protect gun ownership rights
1) Work to repeal gun bans of all kinds
2) Work toward implementing a concealed carry law in every state and even at the federal level like those in states like Vermont or Alaska
3) Work toward allowing concealed carry even inside certain locations
A) Like schools
1) To deter criminal conduct
2) To deter violent assaults
B) Courthouses
1) So the common man can work to safeguard lives as necessary including
a) Judges
b) Crime victims
c) Witnesses
d) Prosecutors
e) Bailiffs
f) Law enforcement
2) So the common man can help work to prevent additional crime as necessary
C) Banks
1) To prevent bank robberies
2) To help safeguard armoured transporters
3) To prevent violent assault
D) Other businesses
1) To prevent armed robberies
2) To prevent violent assaults
b) Work toward criminalising the abuse of eminent domain
1) Ensure that the recent executive order from President Bush mandating limitation on the use of eminent domain is a framework for further reforms of the practise
2) Forbid, in ALL states, the use of eminent domain
A) For transfer of land to another private entity, ESPECIALLY for the sake of satisfying the government's idealistic bottom line
B) For the establishment of "open space" or ANY OTHER limited use capacity not designed for greater benefit of the ENTIRE community
C) If a landowner says no to a prospective project and does not want to move
c) Work toward preserving traditional freedoms
1) Work to mandate that ALL ideologies are respected in education
2) Work to mandate that ALL ideologies are taught with equal measure
3) Work to mandate reduced regulations in our lives for the sake of preserving freedom for future generations

The Democrats need a bit more work of their own but there are simple solutions for them as well.


1) Start learning how to compose more critical and structured arguments.
2) Start rooting those arguments in fact-based information, instead of partisan disinformation.
1) Make an effort to work with Republicans.
2) Have a truly open mind toward their ideas and find a rational argument against them.
3) Hold a TRUE dialogue with Republicans. The Democrats might even find some of their ideas worth supporting, and they will probably consider some of their ideas too.
2) Start adopting a more coherent platform.
a) And start adopting one that is more freedom-oriented.
b) Show consistency on ALL of the Constitutional amendments.
c) Stop relying on the trial lawyers to handle lawsuits when elections don't go their way.
1) Simply learn to accept defeat if they lose elections and move on.
2) Don't hold the democratic process hostage for the sake of pushing their agenda.
d) Stop relying on activist judges who inspire inflammatory opinions from the majority of the populace.
3) Make an effort to work with those who oppose their POV.
a) Work to get along with their opponents. They might be surprised at the positive results.
b) Don't force their ideology upon captive audiences like schoolchildren.
1) They should present a truly unbiased view of history.
2) Don't politicise EVERY subject in school college or university.
3) Don't force obviously very young children into sex education programmes.
a) This means no pushing primary school children into graphic depictions or descriptions of sexual activity.
b) No promoting books about sexuality upon primary school children. Let the parents handle this capacity.
c) Respect the wishes of parents who decide they do not want their children in such programmes. Don't force children to attend if their parents don't want them in those programmes.
4) Don't teach them "new math" or "new English" or "ebonics". Teach them the subjects the way they were meant to be taught.
c) Stop attacking religious expression in public.
1) Stop suing to prevent the display of crosses and Magendavids (Stars of David) on War Memorials.
2) Stop suppressing the free exercise of religion in public, this includes Christianity, Wicca, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
3) Remove all objections to school prayer.
4) Stop suing to remove crosses and fish from city seals.

With those suggestions in place for both parties maybe we can put a stop to this political cola war that has left a foul taste in all of our mouths.
A very foul taste at that.
And one which we still need something to wash out of our mouths. SevenUp anyone? Dr Pepper, A&W, how about some iced tea?
Or even a capful of mouthwash---maybe even the medicinal Listerine?


Red Meat Conservative

Red Meat Conservative is presently carrying full coverage of the current battle of Israel versus the terrorists.
You read that right: It's Israel versus the terrorists.
It's not a war on Islam---after all, Muslims are condemning the terror threat, including a Wahhabist.
It's not a war on the Arabs---the Arab League have supported Israel's right to self-defence.
It comes down to fighting the terrorists who give Muslims and Arabs a bad name. More soon.


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The blog of the day round here is "Welcome to woman bodybuilder's blog"
and you WON'T regret checking in to that place. You get to see just how pleasant a female physique artist can really be not to mention how much like the rest of us she is. What an impressive and well-crafted weblog she has...and you should take the time to check this place out as I have...
And maybe you too will blog her as I have...Did I not already mention that I am attracted to muscular women?


When a 2-digit east/west interstate route ends in a zero it implies a major route designed to go cross-country.
That cannot be said to be the case with Interstate 30 which connects Dallas to Little Rock, about 400mi in length in total. And even so some of that route is misaligned, specifically the Arkansas route east of Texarkana.
This is why the route should be extended and realigned in both directions. Some folks think that extending the I-30 northeast, and thus north of the I-30, makes sense.
But the reason that route is totally warped is it does not adequately connect enough areas let alone along a heavily used corridor.
And this is where the US82 corridor from Little Rock to Birmingham comes in.
In the first graphic to the left, just below, we see a better corridor that serves more communities and more people.

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In the centre we can see the westward extension through Texas and the Rockies, including a branch off the current I-30 near Greenville to the northeast of Dallas and thus the route skirts the DFW area then connects to Wichita Falls, Lubbock, Clovis, Socorro, Show Low, and Prescott before connecting to the I-40 near Kingman. After following the I-40 to Barstow the I-15 carries the I-30 to Victorville (right panel) and then skirts the Angeles Crest area north of Los Angeles to cross the I-9 (coming later) (current CA14) and then connect to the I-5 at Castaic at the current CA126 which would then become the I-30 to Ventura.
Which would then give the sprawling populace of Ventura and Oxnard an interstate route and the prospect for a couple of 3dis not to mention interstate commerce to connect straight to the southeast.
Speaking of which, the I-30 need not stop in Birmingham when the route could continue further east to Atlanta and maybe even Athens in Georgia. An extended I-24 southeast of Chattanooga could connect to Augusta as well.
Such a rerouting would easily improve connectivity and transit for the Sunbelt and even continue to bolster agriculture and commerce...as well as help the military in the event they need to send more troops for possible missions along the Mexican border. In addition, it would provide for an extension of the I-57 from Sikeston south along the US49 corridor southwest through Arkanss to the capital, Little Rock. I'll pick up on that in my next installment in this series.


The Case FOR Rearming Japan

I imagine that a lot of folks are wondering just how tense the situation with North Korea is. It is however becoming increasingly evident that the tension could not be cut with a laser beam the width of an old Buick.
There is no question that the South Koreans are on edge;
they even fear that Japan have ratcheted tensions in the matter with THEIR grave concerns. THIS from a country that is now working on cruise missile technology, perhaps as a result of their OWN experiences since the Korean Conflict of the early 1950s.
Considering that
last week's failed launch of a long-range Taepodong 2 missile landed in the Sea of Japan, it is clearly evident that Japan have EVERY reason to worry about a North Korean missile strike, even if America were the intended target.
And America are not the only folks concerned about the Taepodong's impact:
A North Korean missile strike could just as readily hit western Canada. As it stands the failed Taepodong missile could have easily hit any of the following communities on central Honshu island, where the bulk of Japan's population are concentrated:
Kanazawa, Fukui, Otsu, Maebashi, Gifu, Kobe, Tottori, Matsue, Niigata, Utsunomiya, Fukushima, Nagano (site of the 1998 Winter Olympics), or even Kyoto (site of the failed 1997 international environmental arrangement). And to top that all off both Kyoto and Kobe are major industrial and business centres, each every bit nearly as important as Tokyo, even if not as large in population.
We must also remember that the Japanese are more tightly concentrated than Americans or Canadians are. Picture a country with the landspace of California or Manitoba, but with about quadruple the populace of California or 120 times that of Manitoba, and then subtract areas used for national parks, national forests, and of course sacred Buddhist and
Shinto sites.
Then you take out land used for agriculture and you begin to see how tightly compacted the Japanese truly are, when houses are about half the size of American houses if not smaller, and you also begin to further understand how little land they have for industrial production, such that in many cases they have had to send much of their production to foreign countries, most notably the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It has even gotten to the point where the Japanese now produce MORE cars OVERSEAS than they do in Japan.
As much as some folks are inclined to fear a rearmed Japan---memories of Hirohito's brutal empire of the 1930s and 1940s still haunt a number of east Asians, most notably in China and Korea,
even to the point where they STILL rake current prime minister Junichiro Koizumi and even some Japanese parliament members for visiting a war shrine.
I have reason to believe that the Japanese have learned a lot of lessons from their imperial past and that the Japanese government of today is definitely NOT the same imperial government of 65 and 70 years ago that aligned themselves with the Nazis of Adolf Hitler, and that reason is more than enough to warrant some level of defencive armament.
And whilst I abhor the idea that we should embrace war I think that in rare instances it may be necessary, however tough a solution it is to reach, and I think if such war is necessary, God forbid, but if it comes down to having to go to war with the Pyongyang regime, then it is imperative that we support the effort to eliminate the regime of Kim Jong Il and bring down a dictator who has left his people so grossly destitute that they are forced to subsist on food aid---some of which comes from neighbour South Korea
which have now suspended food aid to the North, and not without good reason either. It has gotten to the point where President Bush---already under fire for the current War On Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq---is now taking direct aim at North Korea by demanding a united front against the Il regime, even urging cooperation from Russia and China in efforts that even involved the six-way talks which Il refuses to attend to anymore. As it stands, neither of the other five nations involved in those talks wanted North Korea to fire any of those seven rockets.
Some will question what they see as the United States' supposed need to disarm other countries. I think that there is no doubt that those who have TRULY abused power have no business with such powerful weapons. America have a reputation for acquiring a lot of power but abusing it relatively little in comparison to that which other countries have achieved. If anything America have a track record of liberation---the Philippines in 1944, Europe in 1945, Grenada in 1983, Kuwait in 1991, Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2003, and that is just a short list. It is that SAME America that for better or for worse gives a lot of freedom---A LOT OF FREEDOM---and in today's terms far more than what would have been permitted even 50 years ago---to criticise the United States government's policies, wartime policies included.
If it takes that same United States to rearm Japan, so be it: Japan are clearly at reasonable enough risk that some level of rearmament is apporpriate, especially given the recent landing of the Taepodong missile off the shore of Japan on America's Independence Day. Therefore it may be time to arm Japan once again.