Eden Hill Journal

Comments, dreams, stories, and rantings from a middle-aged native of Maine living on a shoestring and a prayer in the woods of Maine. My portion of the family farm is to be known as Eden Hill Farm just because I want to call it that and because that's the closest thing to the truth that I could come up with. If you enjoy what I write, email me or make a comment. If you enjoy Eden Hill, come visit.

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Saturday, October 30, 2004

The snow-dusted trail at the top of Big Moose Mountain (Big Squaw) east of Greenville. It was late afternoon on October 28 with a winter-like wind mildly driving the below-freezing air. Posted by Hello

Friday, October 29, 2004

Maggot Infested

Yesterday afternoon I was driving home after two long nights of work. I was listening to Rush Limbaugh for entertainment. He made some interesting claims. Mind you my mind was blurred and I didn't record his talk so I may not have these memories exactly right, but from what I recall...
Some high school is encouraging students to get out and vote. Like all public schools, this is a liberal effort to undermine the election of the President. Limbaugh pictured long-haired maggot infested teenagers going to the home of vulnerable old ladies who would happily let these scumbag kids into their houses where the kids would case the place for liquor and whatever else they may wish to remove at some later date. I was thinking as I listened to this that this doesn't sound like the civic-minded high school kids that I have known. Are public high school kids who participate in after-school civic activities really like that? Where did Limbaugh get that image?
Then there was his little talk about the UN. It seems that Rush thinks the UN is a breeding ground for anti-Semitism. They consistently vote against Israel.
One of Rush's listeners messaged him to ask him why he seems a little depressed as the election approaches. Rush denied it.
Rush did confirm, though, that this whole New York Times story about the missing explosives was just totally bogus. The place was looted by Saddam long before any US soldiers got there. That's sure comforting to know.
Oh, and Arafat? He looks chipper and well, certainly not on the verge of death as the liberal media would have us think.
And these high explosives missing (or not) in Iraq... they are "weapons of mass destruction" according to Rush, chief spokesperson of the "Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies" broadcast on the "Excellence in Broadcasting" network.
How many conservatives does it take to spin this many circles and not have any of them overlap in conflict? Or are the circles something like smoke rings. Overlapping circles don't conflict if the previous smoke rings have had time to fade, something like the memory of the typical conservative American. It seems to me that there are two different kinds of conservatives involved here. One group is smart enough to spin all these circles and still maintain control. The other are forgetful enough and trusting enough to not even see the circles spinning. I'm beginning to think there is a third group as well, those who maybe aren't quite clever enough to create the spin but can see the spin and think it is necessary to keep the American mob under control.

Al Cuckoo

You sure don't need to stray very far from the right to dispel the notion that the Bush administration is genuine about wanting to discover and reveal to us the truth about the al Qaqaa explosives. I was just reading one Fox report dated today, Friday October 29, titled "U.S. Team Took 250 Tons of Iraqi Munitions"
That article included this interesting little tidbit. "The bunker with the trucks parked next to it in the Pentagon's image is not one known to have contained any of the missing explosives, and Defense spokesman Di Rita said Thursday the image only shows that there was some Iraqi activity at the base on March 17."
Anyone who saw that single surveillance picture would have thought that the Pentagon photo was at least showing one of the bunkers in question. But no, it wasn't showing that at all. Go figure.
So then today the Pentagon brings forward Maj. Austin Pearson who was there April 13, three days after the date which the the Administration had claimed earlier this week that the explosives were not to be found, and this major's team removed or destroyed 250 tons of munitions from this site, presumably including some or all of the missing explosives that weren't even there three days prior to today October 29, 2004, not to mention three days prior to the major's visit on April 13, 2003. This despite the fact that there are now available for public consumption videos of those explosives in a sealed bunker at this same facility on April 18, presumably around five days after this major's team discovered and removed them.
Bush says he wants to get to the bottom of this controversy. Guess what? Bush is commander in chief of the US military. Every Army unit to visit this facility was led by people who would presumably write reports of what they did and what they saw and what they found and didn't find at these bunkers. Not only that but it would seem reasonable to conclude that the leaders of these Army units are still in the Army and could speak directly to top brass in the Pentagon or even to the President himself if that is what it would take to discover the truth. If the President can't come up with the truth in the two weeks between October 15 when he claims he first found out about this till today, then who can find it? If the President of the United States needs 14 hours to get to the bottom of something like this, the whole US government is in deep doodoo. If it takes 14 days and they still have no real clue...
Either Kerry is right and the President is incompetent or else Kerry is wrong and Bush is deliberately putting up a smoke screen to hide the truth from us for as long as he can keep it hidden. Which is it?

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Qa Qaa

For those of you following the debate about the plastic explosives missing from al Qa Qaa, take a look at this Fox News story dated April 4, 2003, nearly a week before today's conservative news is saying the first US troops arrived at this site:

"Col. John Peabody, engineer brigade commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, said troops found thousands of 2-by-5-inch boxes, each containing three vials of white powder, together with documents written in Arabic that dealt with how to engage in chemical warfare.
"Initial reports suggest the powder is an explosive, but tests are still being done, a senior U.S. official said. If confirmed, it would be consistent with what the Iraqis say is the plant's purpose, producing explosives and propellants."

Networking XP

I had a fun day yesterday. The public library here in town was awarded a grant for four new Dell computers which arrived Friday. Since I am the computer guru, I went in yesterday to see if I could set them up on the network. Should be a piece of cake, right?
But I am not familiar with Windows XP and these new computers have XP Professional. I read somewhere that XP Home Edition is not meant to be networked on a domain. I believe it! By the end of the day yesterday, you could easily have convinced me that XP Professional wasn't either! I looked everywhere (almost) to see where I could make this new version of Windows submit to a domain controller and I just couldn't find it. I looked in the control panels, particularly the network and users control panels. I tried network wizards. I looked through the help system. I went online to Microsoft's support system. Nothing. Not even a clue.
By the end of the day I had managed to get XP to request a password at login and then access network resources, but it wasn't actually logged on to the domain. From the XP end of things, they appeared to be on the network, but from the Server perspective, they weren't. I discovered this when I tried to "push" the Symantec AntiVirus client onto the XP computers.
I came home after this miserable day with my tail between my legs. The day would have been better spent if I had driven to a bookstore and tried to find a book about networking XP. It's a long drive from here to the nearest bookstore containing such a book, but I still would have been better off. But I think I found the answer online last night. It would appear that there is a "Computer Name" tab in the System Properties dialog box. I guess this is the dialog box that opens when you right-click My Computer in the Start Menu? Also it is in the Performance and Maintenance Control Panel under System?
Anyway, I'll give this a shot today.
Is it my imagination or is each new version of Windows just a little less friendly? Personally, I despise XP!

Monday, October 25, 2004

350 Tons

What would life be without explosive stories like this one:
"Tons of Iraqi explosives missing"
OK so sometime around April 9, 2003, three-hundred and fifty tons of highly explosive plastic explosives vanish in Iraq. The UN knew about this material and had it under seal before the war, but because the "coalition forces" wouldn't allow the UN into Iraq during the invasion or the looting period following the invasion, enough plastic explosives to fill a dozen or more tractor trailers vanishes from a known weapons storage site?
The Pentagon and the interim Iraqi government knew about this but didn't report it till now?
That BBC site in the link above said this: "The paper claims US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was told about the missing explosives only in the past month... It is not yet known whether US President George W Bush has been informed."
Shouldn't someone in the Pentagon get fired if they are keeping these kinds of secrets from Condy and Dubya? Or are our leaders simply too busy to worry themselves with the little things? National Security Advisor???
Imagine how much safer we are now that these explosives are in the hands of unknown potential terrorists rather than the hands of Saddam.
Personally, I think they are what the Iraqi Phantom (alias Zarqawi, alias Wolfowitz) has been using to keep this war going but that's just one man's opinion, isn't it?