Guest blogger at Patterico’s seems certain of a Bush loss

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Please – convince him we’ve still got plenty of time between now and election day!

The loss of the first debate is not the end of the world! Remember Reagan V. Mondale in 1984?

CORRECTION: Oops! I made a booboo in the title of this blog entry. The original read: “Patterico seems certain of a Bush loss” – but Watcher – via my comments section, alerted me to this error (it wasn’t actually Patterico but a guest blogger) and I’ve corrected it. That’s what I get for reading too fast! Thanks, Watcher, for the heads up.

A Slithering Reptile, you say?

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If you scroll down to the lower right hand side of this page (or in the middle, if you’re using the Superwoman or Geek Girl skins) you’ll see that Truth Laid Bear has me ranked as a lowly slithering reptile in the TTLB Ecosystem.

Oh how I hate snakes! I so can’t wait to move up to the ‘next level’ – but that depends on how many links/tracksback I get here … TLB doesn’t rank based on number of visitors but links back. Ah well! I’m fairly new to this so maybe one day I’ll get beyond being a slithering reptile!

Ok – the “hissy” is over now ;)

Patriot Act successes

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Much has been said back and forth between the two parties about the controversial Patriot Act. Democrats hate it, the ACLU hates it (oh, but I repeat myself) and even some Republicans hate it. Deroy Murdock, contributing editor at NRO, gives a rundown here of the successes of the Patriot Act.

You be the judge. A few snippets:

* FBI efforts to nail the Lackawanna Six al Qaeda cell began in summer 2001. Separate teams probed their suspected drug and terrorist violations. According to the Justice Department’s “July Report from the Field: The USA Patriot Act at Work,” “there were times when the intelligence officers and the law enforcement agents concluded that they could not be in the same room during briefings to discuss their respective investigations with each other.” Under the Patriot Act, these officials began exchanging data, pooled their energies, and jailed all six upstate New York terrorists for seven to ten years for pro-al Qaeda subterfuge.

* In the Portland Seven case, the Patriot Act let the FBI follow one terrorist’s plans to attack domestic Jewish targets while other conspirators tried to reach Afghanistan to help al Qaeda and the Taliban battle American GIs. The FBI and prosecutors jointly imprisoned six of the Seven for three to 18 years. As the DOJ dryly adds: “Charges against the seventh defendant were dismissed after he was killed in Pakistan by Pakistani troops on October 3, 2003.”

* The Palestinian Islamic Jihad Eight were indicted for materially supporting foreign terrorists. Before that, Patriot Act Section 219 let the supervising federal judge quickly issue a search warrant in another jurisdiction, rather than consume precious time by involving an additional, local jurist.

Mount St. Helens

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Damn – things are awfully tense right now in the vicinty of Mt. St. Helens. Here’s the latest from Fox.

I saw a photo today of people who looked to be not even a mile away from it just watching it. Um, hello – get away from the thing!

NC Senate race tightening up

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I’m happy to report :)

Richard Burr ( R ) and Erskine Bowles (D) are vying for the seat that will be vacated by Sen. John Edwards. Well, for all intents and purposes, it’s already been vacated, but it will be officially so at the end of the year.

If you take a look at the latest state poll (found here, scroll down a bit for the NC Senate Race) you’ll see that the race between Burr and Bowles has tightened. Two months ago, Burr was behind Bowles 38-47. The latest Mason-Dixon poll shows Burr 44 – Bowles 45. There’s hope yet!

Sadly, no such luck on the race for the Governor’s mansion. Easley (D-the incumbant) is looking strong right now – Ballantine ( R ) has actually LOST points in the last two months. Oh well.

New skins are up!

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And a HUGE thank you goes out to Lisa at Elegant Webscapes for working so hard to get these done … they look fab! If you want to check out the two new skins, look on the right hand column and scroll down to where it says “skin this site” and click on the down arrow. The two new are labelled “Geek Girl” and “Super Woman” :)

FYI, Lisa not only does design work but she also runs Blogs About Hosting, where you can have your every hosting need met and you can register a new domain there as well. She makes it so easy!

Thanks again, Ms. Lisa!