My new new home

I guess now that mBlog ran and hid I'm going to be blogging at http://smalltownveteran.typepad.com/. It's going to be sort of messy at first, but please come by anyway. For now my sidebar, including the tip jars and blogrolls, are on this site but not there yet.


I'm completely moved to the new place. You can use the link above or http://www.smalltownveteran.net/.

mBlog: Arrrggghhh!!! #$%@*&# !!!

I just copied this from www.mblog.com:

Due to issues such as rising cost of service, network abuse, and inability to reach an agreement with MoveableType [sic] we reget [sic] to inform you that we are forced to discontinue this service.

There was absolutely no advance notice.

I may start posting here again or I may post a new forwarding address in a day or two. For now I'm too angry to think straight so I'm not doing anything.

I'm moving.


I've posted my last new post on this blog. Please look over what I've left here and then come see me at Small Town Veteran. I hope you'll like it there and come back often.

An 'Extended Entry' Technique for Blogger/Blogspot

Blogger users, would it be useful to be able to use "Extended Entries" like they have in Movable Type and some of the other higher-end programs? (Please see my "So how much is a Soldier's life worth, Mrs. Kerry?" post at The Mudville Gazette for an example of how it's done in MT if you need one.) Actually, there is a way to do that with Blogger. Please click the 'Continue Reading "An 'Extended Entry' Technique for Blogger/Blogspot"' link to learn more. If you came here via a link directly to this post, please click here to get to my main page so you can see the effect in action.

Continue reading "An 'Extended Entry' Technique for Blogger/Blogspot"


Still Blogging on TypePad

I'm not sure how long Blogspot keeps blogs around after the last time they're updated so I guess to be safe I should post something here now and then. Except for an occasional post to keep this blog from disappearing I'll still keep doing all of my blogging at Small Town Veteran.


I know it isn't December 31st ...

I know it isn't December 31st, and no I have not quit ranting. I just decided my blog should open on a positive note regardless of my mood. If you've already seen the first three posts after this one, just scroll past them for more information.

Taking time to brag on "Daddy's little girl"

I hadn't realized till tonight what a philosopher "daddy's little girl" had become, or what a gifted writer. This is why life is worth hanging around for:

In Another Life

In another Life, another Timeline, Another point in space and Is, things worked out much differently.

15 years ago, I was thrown from my horse and trampled. In another life, he stepped a couple centimeters left and crushed my spine …


8 years ago, an 18 wheeler hit me as I sat at a stoplight on a busy road. … In a thousand different alternate realities, I never made it off that road alive. In this reality, I drove that car to work and was forcibly taken to the hospital, but they only found mild whiplash. They asked me to stay up for 24 hours, and this cute guy came over to keep me company... and we've been married more than 7 years now.


2 years and 5 days ago, I gave birth to my son. He was born at 8:05, although his birth certificate says 8:06 because it took them a minute to get him breathing. In another life, one that I don't even want to visit in my nightmares, the doctors and nurses didn't do some tiny necessary detail, and it took 5 minutes, or 10, or they never made it. In that timeline, I doubt if I would be here today.

At every turn, I have chosen who I am going to become. …


… I have the life I love because of the pain I have lived. And for that, I am grateful.

Take a break from worrying' about the election and the War on Terror. Smell the roses for minute. Click here.

[Actual posting date 2004-08-26]

Meet my grandson

How about grandson-blogging, cat-blogging, and computer-blogging all in one place?

(Click the pictures to enlarge them.)

There are a lot more where these came from. Click here for more pictures of Ian and here to see my entire web site.

Update: I originally posted this July 17th. I'll be bumping it to the top of my blog every few days. I mean, I'm not proud or anything. :-)

Update 2: I forgot to mention that I bought Ian that HP Travel Mouse (just the right size for little hands) as soon as I found out he was on the way. I also gave him the computer as an early Christmas present when he was 3 months old.

Just Dumb Ol' George

1) Click the pictures to learn the stories behind them.

2) Compare and Contrast: George W. Bush, Jean Fraud Kerry.

Kerry would have been too busy consulting the French to bother with a lowly Sgt. and would have reminded young Miss Faulkner he'd been to Vietnam.

Hat tip: Louisiana Conservative for reminding me about the picture of the president with Sgt. McNaughton.

Update: Check out Infidel Cowboy's related post. (I'm bumping this to the top of my blog so you won't miss it. Originally published 20040818 9:28 PM)

No, I Have Not Quit Ranting.

No, I haven't quit ranting, and there's a reason for the bogus date on the first few posts. I've decided that my blog should always open on a positive note. So, from now on, the first item at the top of my blog will always be a short note telling you to watch for this one and the next item or two will be devoted to bragging about my daughter and/or my grandson. After that will be something positive about George Bush, followed by this post.


I am NOT always politically correct. I am NOT always polite. Beware of occasional rough language ahead. The only thing I hate worse than John Kerry, Michael Moore, and their sorry ilk is Islamic radicals. If any of that offends you, go hug a tree or something. You have been warned.

Some links I want to keep handy near the top of my blog at all times: [Updated 9/18/04 -- new links added, reformatted lists]
[SBVT ad 6 link added 9/22/04]
["Meeting With The Enemy" link added 9/23/04]
["Never Forget" link added 10/02/04]

It's still Sept. 12, and it will be for quite a while.

It's September 12th. For some of us, it will be for a long time to come. For other's, it was September 10th again before the WTC even quit smoking. If you're back in that September 10th world, here are some links I hope you'll click to refresh your memory.

Read how Lila remembers that day.

Read how Greyhawk remembers it.

Read about young Sara's grasp of the situation.

Did you see the poster Michele and Lisa put together? Look at it again.

Maybe Charles Johnson's slideshow will refresh your memory.

Or how about a short movie?

Didn't enjoy that one? How about this one?
(Hat tip: gecko sent me that link but hasn't posted it himself yet.)

Check back later, I'll find you some more. I have the URL for at least one more, but the sites are getting so much traffic I can't get to them to verify what I have right now.

I'll keep this near the top of my blog where it's easy to find.

(Post-dating this post to keep it near the top of the stack. Originally published 12Sep04)


Thank you Greyhawk, and all of your wonderful readers

I just posted this as a comment on Greyhawk's post asking his readers to come to my place and hit the donations button. I can't think of anything better to say here than I said there.

Greyhawk, I'm going to take up some more space at your place to thank you again, and thank your wonderful readers. I'm ashamed to say I haven't put up proper "Thank you" posts on my blogs yet, but that is the next thing on my to-do list. I would never have dreamed that the monthly transaction limit on my Amazon account could ever become an issue. Due to the generosity of your wonderful readers, I spent a major part of last night scrambling to put a working PayPal button on my site. (Note to self:: If Amazon was all you needed, why did Greyhawk have a PayPal button?)

Thanks to you and your wonderful readers, we won't be losing an insurance policy on the home I grew up in, my sister's car, and Dad's truck, which Mom wouldn't part with for any amount of money.

Thanks to you and your wonderful readers, my sister will not be going back to work against her doctor's advice.

Thanks to you and your wonderful readers, I feel good about "people" again.

Thank you, all of you. May God bless and keep you.

Bill Faith

My favorite quote from the V.P. debate

Senator Gone

He Said It:

VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD CHENEY: “Senator, frankly, you have a record in the Senate that's not very distinguished. You missed 33 out of 36 meetings in the Judiciary Committee. Almost 70% of the meetings of the Intelligence Committee. You've missed a lot of key votes on tax policy, on energy, on Medicare reform. Your hometown newspaper has taken to calling you Senator Gone. You've got one of the worst attendance records in the United States Senate. Now, in my capacity as Vice President I am the President of the Senate, the presiding officer. I'm up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they're in session. The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight.” (Vice President Richard Cheney, Vice Presidential Debate, Cleveland, OH, 10/5/04

(And he didn't tell him to go do anything anatomically impossible.)



Amazon Problems

Please use PayPal

(I've removed some along-the-way information that was here earlier.)

I learned today, due to an outpouring of support that I never imagined was possible, that there is a monthly transaction limit on my Amazon Honor System account. Thanks to a donation from a reader who is more familiar with PayPal than I am, I realized a little bit ago that I do have a functional PayPal account and started scrambling to come up with a button. It's on my sidebar now. It works. It will be about a month before the Amazon button works again.

If anyone would prefer to use non-electronic methods, you can send money to my sister at:

Vicki Hussey
RR1 Box 271
Lawrenceville IL 62439

Thank you one and all, and may God bless you and yours.

Bill Faith

Vacationing Marine's help praised by many


Hat tip: The Mudville Gazette

Just a mail I sent some friends ...

I sent this email to two very dear friends, neither of whom I’ve seen in way too many years. In two separate parallel universes not far removed from this one, I’m married to each of them. After I sent this, I realized it might be of interest to some of my readers as well. I especially hope those of you in the teaching profession will note my suggestion for commemorating Veterans’ Day.

To two very dear friends whom I’ve been neglecting lately:

I know I’m long overdue to write to both of you, and I am sorry. I hope this finds you both well and I should be kicked for not staying in touch. I miss getting mail from you even if I am terrible about writing back. I hope the fact you haven’t been writing doesn’t indicate that your lives aren’t going well.

Read the rest here.


More light blogging while I move

Thanks to a tip from Bert Meyer, I am now "Small Town Veteran." It's going to take a while to raise the flag there, get my sidebar set up like I want it, etc, and I'm not about to just quit posting while I'm in the process, but please do stop by there now and then to see how things are going. Eventually I'll leave a note here saying I'm not posting here any more so please come see me there, but it isn't time yet.

A tip to all Blogger users, courtesy of Bert Meyer. Go, now, immediately, to http://www.mblog.com/ and set up an account. mBlog is free and uses Movable Type, which absolutely, purely, to put it mildly, beats the Hell out of Blogger 8 ways from Sunday.

An Interview With Swift Boat Vet Van Odell

Dean Esmay at Dean's World scored an interview with Swift Boats vet Van Odell, the man who served on the same boat as Jean Fraud Kerry longer than any other person. It's informative. Go read it.

Jeff's Morning News Briefing -- 10/05/04

Jeff Quinton posts a daily Morning News Briefing that should be on everyone's 'read every day" list. Click here to read today's briefing.

"If you vote for George Bush, you've lost your mind."

From Drudge:

Dem vp hopeful John Edwards cut to the chase last night on ABCNEWS NIGHTLINE:

ABC'S BOB WOODRUFF: "He has avoided the kind of negative attacks that can make national news, although recently, he has stepped up his rhetoric."

SEN. JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC) (clip of a speech): "I'd say if you live in the United States of America and you vote for George Bush,you've lost your mind."

WOODRUFF: "There's been criticism that you have been too soft."

EDWARDS: "Do I seem soft to you?"

Apparently some one has lost his mind, but it his case it was no great loss.

Dan Rather Vindicated

The memos prove to be genuine. Here's the typewriter Killian used to type the documents, running MS Word v.-9.2 in Windows 59.

Shamelessly stolen from Cartoon Nazi. Go there often.

Belmont Club: Ring, Ring

Ring Ring

The London Times (hat tip: NGR) illustrates the futility of any real retreat from fighting terrorism. Thair Shaikh writes about how cellular phone technology is being used to capture "that perfect moment" for family and friends among a certain circle of persons.

Mobile phones are being used by young Muslims living in Britain to watch videos of hostages being beheaded by militants in Iraq. With their color screens and access to the internet, the latest generation of mobile phones are being used to download the videos after they are posted on Islamist websites. The videos can then be sent to other mobiles.

One militant has saved every available video of hostages being killed in Iraq. An Algerian in his thirties who has lived in London for almost ten years, he is a follower of Abu Hamza al-Masri, the cleric whose extradition is sought by the US ... said "for us the jihad is alive in our hands as we watch American infidels get their heads chopped off ... within a few minutes of the Americans dying last week I was watching them on my phone"

Read the rest of it.

John Kerry's hometown paper endorses George W. Bush for President

Remember how the lamestream media played it up when the Crawford TX paper, which may reach almost a thousand daily readers, endorsed John Kerry for president? Don't hold your breath waiting for C-BS to tell you about this.
Endorsement: George W. Bush for president

It's about national security.

That's the key issue on the minds of Americans planning to vote in the Nov. 2 presidential election.

They must decide whether Republican President George W. Bush or Sen. John F. Kerry, a Democrat, can provide the leadership to safeguard America from foreign terrorism.
Go read the rest of it.


Blogger problems again.

BlogSpot seems to have had another one of its frequent headaches most of the day. I'm not at all certain I'll be able to post this. I replaced the power supply in the computer I normally use this afternoon and I’m in the process of transferring documents and images from the rented computer to the one I fixed so the rented computer can go back tomorrow. Blogging would have been light even without the BlogSpot problems.

I received an email today telling me one of my blog posts had done something better than I ever dreamed I was capable of doing. I’m not free to tell you any details at this point but I’m optimistic about receiving permission to finish the job, after the election when no one can question my motives. More later, I hope.

Morning News Briefing -- 10/04/04

Jeff Quinton posts a daily Morning News Briefing that should be on everyone's 'read every day" list. Click here to read today's briefing.

For a more sensitive war

More Guest Blogging

I am pleased to report that, in addition to this site and The Mudville Gazette, I will now be posting at Backcountry Conservative, another fine site of which I've been a fan for quite a while. Jeff and I need to exchange another email or two before I'm sure what subjects I will or won't be addressing there. At first I may copy a few of my favorite posts from this site to Jeff's, then after that everything I post there will be posted, or at least excerpted with a link, on this site. Backcountry Conservative is a stop on the MilBlogs ring so I'm pretty sure we'll get along just fine.

Heather, if you're keeping score, my Site Meter currently reads 20,731. Greyhawk's reads 621,102. Jeff's reads 1,927,002. If I can't make it as a blogger with the opportunities Greyhawk and Jeff have given me to establish a reputation then I just don't have what it takes. But I'm still not going to change your mind about Kerry, am I?