Saturday, January 2, 2010

Army to Field New Pack for Afghan Ops

Army to Field New Pack for Afghan Ops

Army to Field New Pack for Afghan Ops

The Army is set to field a new combat backpack that meets the emerging needs of Soldiers fighting in the steep terrain and remote outposts of Afghanistan.

The so-called “medium ruck” uses technology from today’s mountaineering equipment and tactical packs and combines it with the specific needs of Soldiers doing rotations of up to three days at observation posts, long patrols, or helicopter assaults where a trip back to the forward operating base may not happen for up to 72 hours.

The new 3,000 cubic inch-capacity backpack will offer Joes a better option for missions that don’t require the 5,000 cubic inch-capacity modular lightweight load bearing equipment, or MOLLE, ruck, or the 2,000 cubic inch “assault pack.”

“We talked to the Infantry Center and they were starting to get some rumblings about needing something in between for Afghanistan,” said Lt. Col. Mike Sloane, the product manager for Soldier clothing and individual equipment with PEO Soldier. “Before, a lot of those missions were being conducted by special operations forces and certain light units that had specialized equipment. But now you’re having some of the ‘Big Army’ moving in and they need something to accommodate this capability gap.”

Officials at PEO Soldier told in a wide-ranging interview at their Fort Belvoir, Va., headquarters that the service’s equipment engineers began looking into developing a mid-range pack last February after talking to Joes from the 173rd Airborne Brigade who said they had a “void to fill” when it came to carrying their loads into combat.

News of the new pack comes on the heels of comments from senior Pentagon leadership, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, that some of the Army’s current equipment may not be suitable for Afghanistan and could be contributing to Soldier fatigue and injuries.

“In Iraq, people weren’t carrying a lot of rucksacks, they were carried on the vehicle,” said John Kirk, the lead engineer for MOLLE systems at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Mass. “But now [in Afghanistan] they’re carrying a lot of loads on their back and the MOLLE large is a little bit too big.”

Natick later surveyed a “focus group” of 17 Soldiers from the 173rd and asked them to show engineers the packs they used most in combat. Natick officials were stunned to see that out of 17 packs displayed only two used the MOLLE, and the remaining 15 were made by 11 different manufacturers.

“It wasn’t even like we could say ‘this particular brand A meets their needs,’ ” Kirk said.

So Natick engineers set to work on putting together the perfect midsized ruck – call it the Af-Pack – that combined some of the most appealing features of the commercial packs Soldiers actually used and matched them with emerging requirements coming from the infantry gurus at Fort Benning, Ga.

Three prototypes have been developed so far, but engineers have yet to settle on a particular frame to help stabilize the pack’s load. The medium ruck will have two separate horizontally-aligned pockets on the front, each with separate pockets and dividers inside. The sides of the pack sport MOLLE webbing to accommodate add-on pouches and accessories and the bulk of the pack is comprised of one main, top-loading compartment.

Engineers are still evaluating whether the pack should have a hybrid suspension system that uses a rigid backing – one that is just foam and another that actually has a cavity built into it to fit better on a combat-loaded Soldier.

“We’re trying to look at being compatible with that rear plate of the body armor,” Kirk said. “The rear plate needs to be cradled in this suspension system.”

Engineers want to deploy the three prototypes to the 173rd in Afghanistan for testing and select a final design by the fall of 2010, Sloane said. He’s working with the Infantry Center to finalize a requirement for the pack and if all comes together, Joes could see their new pack before next winter.

“With the recent concern about this gap, we said ‘hey, we’ve got this solution’ and so we’re looking to accelerate the evaluation of these rucksacks,” Sloane said.

And if everything comes together like officials hope, “we may be able to pull a couple months out of there,” Sloane added.

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13 ways to naturally Increase your testosterone

13 ways to naturally Increase your testosterone

1. Get more Zinc

Zinc is very important for the production of natural testosterone because Zinc prevents testosterone from being converted into estrogen (the female hormone) by making the enzyme aromatase not work (look at #3 below) plus...

Zinc itself turns estrogen into testosterone and Zinc helps produce healthier sperm and higher sperm counts so actually... Low levels of zinc can cause low testosterone levels.

Foods high in Zinc include oysters (a natural aphrodisiac), beef, liver, crab, seafood, poultry, nuts and seeds, salmon, brown rice, cheese, pine nuts, beans, turkey, milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese or you can supplement with at least 50-to-100mg of Zinc daily

2. Eat more healthy fats

Research has shown that men who ate diets rich in healthy fats like monounsaturated fats & Omega-3 fats had the highest testosterone levels so...

You can naturally raise your testosterone levels by adding more healthy fats by eating more nuts & seeds, fatty fish like salmon & tuna, avocados, olives, vegetable oils, and natural peanut butter and...

Eating a very low-fat diet can actually lead to lowered testosterone levels because your body needs healthy fats in order to produce testosterone but...

This doesn't mean you need to eat a REAL HIGH fat diet - Just make sure at least 20-to-30% of your total daily calories comes from healthy fats.

3. Lose body fat

The more overweight you are or the higher your body fat percentage is = The higher your estrogen levels will be because body fat contains an enzyme called aromatase that converts your 'manly' testosterone into 'womanly' estrogen making your testosterone levels drop so...

Go on a weight loss workout program to lower body fat, reduce estrogen and increase testosterone and...

Try not to Diet or cut too many calories when trying to lose body fat because you don't want your body going into starvation or survival mode which will cause your body to stop making testosterone so whenever you're trying to lose fat & increase testosterone at the same time...

Make sure you focus on losing 1-to-3 pounds of fat a week mainly thru weight loss exercise.

4. Get rid of excess estrogen

To get rid of excess estrogen that makes you fatter & weaker so your body can naturally produce more testosterone...

5. Try to avoid Xenoestrogens

Xenoestrogens are man-made estrogens that are found in things like pesticides, artificial growth hormones & steroids, air fresheners and plastic containers and these xenoestrogens will increase your levels of the female hormone estrogen while lowering testosterone so...

  • Eat more organic fruits & vegetables that are free of pesticides and if you do buy your fruits & vegetables at a regular grocery store... Make sure you wash them to lower your chances of consuming any xenoestrogens and...
  • Eat more naturally raised meats instead of eating beef, chicken, pork and even milk that was raised using artificial growth hormones and steroids and...
  • Use glass products to store food & water instead of plastic since plastic products tend to produce xenoestrogens that'll get into your water & food especially when heated and... Even some canned foods contain plastic coatings that contain xenoestrogens and...
  • Don't use any perfumes, colognes, or air fresheners that have parabens listed as one of the ingredients. Parabens are xenoestrogens.
Please note: It'll be fairly hard for you to 100% completely avoid all xenoestrogens but if you follow the other tips on this page (especially tips #3 & #4) - You'll still be able to naturally increase your testosterone while getting rid of excess estrogen without having to worry so much about trying to avoid xenoestrogens and...

Also note: Since most xenoestrogens accumulate in your body fat - your best defense against xenoestrogens is to lose body fat (look at #3 again)

6. Get at least 6-to-8 hours of Sleep every night

A university of Chicago study showed that men who got little sleep had way lower testosterone levels than men who got 6-to-8 hours of sleep and... According to a University of North Carolina study... Your testosterone levels can drop down by as much as 40 PERCENT when you don't get enough sleep and generally...

Your testosterone levels are 30% higher in the morning than in the evening and this is why you may be more horny in the mornings and as a matter of fact...

A loss of morning erections or loss of sexual desire in the morning could be a sign that your testosterone is declining so you need to get 6-to-8 hours of sleep every night because while you're sleeping...

Your body produces the most testosterone and the better you sleep the more testosterone your body will produce while you sleep so if you're having trouble getting 6-to-8 hours of good quality 'testosterone producing' sleep every night - Look at 33 Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep

7. Stress Less

When you get stressed out - your body releases a "stress" hormone called cortisol that shuts down testosterone production...

Research led by Population Council endocrinologist Matthew Hardy found that stress hormones like cortisol overpower the enzymes responsible for ensuring that cells in the testes produce testosterone

Cortisol also makes you gain belly fat and you already know from #3 above that the fatter you are = you'll have more estrogen and less testosterone so...

You need to stop worrying about the little things, avoid overtraining, control your temper and look at these ways to lower stress and Being more positive can reduce your stress levels and increase Testosterone...

A recent study found that fans of a losing team had 50 percent lower levels of testosterone after their team lost and fans had up to 100% higher levels of testosterone after their team won.

Taking a natural supplement like Ashwagandha can also help reduce cortisol.

8. Take 1000-to-1500mg of Vitamin C per day

Now if you have a hard time avoiding stress - you want to start taking 1000-to-1500mg of Vitamin C per day because...

  1. Vitamin C has been shown to lower cortisol levels allowing your body to make more Testosterone and like Zinc...
  2. Vitamin C reduces the armostase enzyme that converts your Testosterone into Estrogen.

9. Workout like a man

You can force your body to produce a lot of testosterone when you...

  • Do Compound exercises that train several large muscle groups like Power Cleans, Squats, Deadlifts, Bench presses, Chin-ups, Dips, and Military presses and you can still do isolation exercises like triceps extensions, bicep curls or chest flyes for definition but if trying to boost your Testosterone and build more muscle quickly - stick with compound exercises and...
  • According to a Swedish study... To get the biggest boost in testosterone when you do your compound exercises... Make sure you use heavy weights that will allow you to only do about 3-to-5 reps per set and you want to do about 5-to-8 sets of each compound exercise you do but...
  • You also want to limit your workout time on those compound exercises to 1-to-2 hours so just do only 1-to-2 compound exercises followed by a few optional isolation exercises twice a week (Mon. & Thur. for example) and as for burning fat...
  • Avoid 'sissy cardio' where you walk or run for long periods of time and start doing Manly Cardio workouts like Hill sprints and intervals 3-to-4 times a week and limit your long duration sissy cardio workouts to only 2 times a week and...
  • Make extra sure that you rest harder than you work out because overtraining leads to more cortisol and lower testosterone (see #7 again) and you may need to get 8+ hours of sleep to allow your body to recuperate and produce more testosterone after you workout like a man (see #6 again) and...

10. Try to get Sexually Stimulated as much as possible

If you're not getting sexual stimulated or sexual aroused very much right now (especially if you're over 40)... You can dramatically boost your testosterone levels by getting sexually stimulated more often so basically...

You need to start doing almost anything you can to get a sexually stimulating 'Viagra free' erection and German scientists even found that simply having an erection causes your levels of circulating testosterone to rise significantly and look at how these other 3 studies prove how much your testosterone can rise after getting sexual stimulated...

In a study done by Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Urban Ethology in Vienna... 10 men viewed a 15 minute pornographic film and the men's testosterone levels increased 100 percent afterwards.

Another study published by Psychoneuroendocrinology used sexually arousing films on 9 males and testosterone levels increased within 10 minutes of sexually arousal.

In a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior... Testosterone was measured every 15 min for 3 hours in 8 men before, during, and after the showing of a sexually explicit movie and there was an average increase of 35% in testosterone so...

Not getting sexual stimulated or aroused for long periods of time can actually decrease your testosterone levels so if you find it hard to get sexually stimulated... You can do all the other 12 things on this page to increase your testosterone which will increase your sex drive or libido making you get sexually stimulated much easier and/or...

You can take a supplement like Horny Goat Weed to make you get sexually stimulated more easier to ramp up your testosterone levels.

11. Make sure you're getting enough vitamin A, B & E

Vitamins A, B, E (along with Vitamin C & zinc) are all essential in the production of testosterone and not getting enough A, B, & E Vitamins will lead to lower testosterone levels but... If you're eating plenty of fruits & veggies, lean meats and nuts then you shouldn't have to worry too much about supplementing with any extra A, B, & E Vitamins.

12. Don't overheat your testicles (your balls)

Your testicles need to be 94-to-96 degrees or about 2 degrees cooler than your body temperature to function at it's best and produce the most testosterone so...

If you're wearing tight underwear, tight pants, take long HOT baths or do anything thing else to overheat your testicles... You may inhibit your testosterone production so it's best to wear looser clothes like boxers to prevent overheating your balls and did you also know that...

Carrying around excess fat also overheats your testicles so look at #3 again for how to burn fat.

13. Don't Drink any Alcohol & Don't eat any Grapefruit

Even if you had only 2 drinks a day... Alcohol makes it hard for your liver to breakdown estrogen making you have more estrogen & less testosterone which will cause you to become more woman-like by making you loose facial & pubic hair, get man boobs and become impotent and...

Alcohol decrease zinc levels in your body (look at #1 again) an just like alcohol - Grapefruits can also make it hard for your liver to breakdown estrogen.

Look at these to also help increase testosterone...

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Fringe: The 10 Best Moments of 2009

Fringe: The 10 Best Moments of 2009

by Roco on December 31, 2009 · 6 comments

Fringe: Best Moments 2009

With 2009 nearing its end we thought we’d follow up our “10 Most Fascinating Characters” retrospective with a look back at our 10 Best Fringe Moments from the past year. Let me tell you, it was NOT easy to select just 10 moments from the 20 episodes that aired in 2009. However we painstakingly cast our minds back to the very best (and in some cases, most significant) moments from those episodes and came up our ordered list, counting down to what we believe was the very best Fringe moment of 2009.

See whether or not you agree with our choices below the jump.

10. Jones Opens a Door (”There’s More Than One of Everything”, episode 1.20)


David Jones was a fantastic character with many highlights during his short stint on the show. One of our favorite Jones, and indeed, series moments came as he opened the doorway to over there only to be thwarted at the last moment by that pesky Peter. There he was bandaged up like the invisible man, his molecules disintegrating and yet he still had time to reel out one or two classic Jones lines. We particularly love the way he said “your bullets just go right through me”. The man went far too soon, but thank goodness there’s more than one David Jones.

9. Olivia Returns (”A New Day In The Old Town”, episode 2.01)

If I lie here I might get the day off

What can I say, some moments are just visually impactful. The sight of Olivia doing her very best Superwoman impression as she came crashing back from her visit to the other side was quite simply stunning. And haunting! We debated whether this moment really deserves to be in our top 10 moments of 2009, but in retrospect we think it encapsulated the return of the show perfectly and the scene in general condensed a lot exposition.

8. Grave Mistake (”There’s More Than One of Everything”, episode 1.20)

We had figured it out long before the reveal, nonetheless the confirmation that original Peter was both dead and our Peter was from an alternate reality was one of the most powerful Fringe moments of 2009. The fact that no words were required to make this scene work speaks volumes. The loss, the pain, the deception -- all summed up in the tears of a father.

7. Olivia Remembers (”Momentum Deferred”, episode 2.04)

I'll ring your bell if you're not careful..

Or, the “Olivia in Wonderland Tea Party”, as I like to call it. Although the scene had some contrivances in the way it was presented (i.e. continuity from the season 1 finale went right out of the window), it was visually memorable and loaded with important information, including; The First Wave, The Storm and the symbol, Bell’s illness and the suggestion that he’s trapped on the other side. I especially loved the time-slips which helped to illustrate the jet-lag, or displacement that comes with crossing over in the way that Olivia did. Olivia really cemented herself as my favorite when she stood there, arms folded and laid the smack down on doctor Bell:

Olivia: Oh, I can grasp it just fine. I don’t trust you, Doctor Bell…or William, or…Willum…or whatever cutesy name you think might appeal to my childhood instincts. It won’t. Your company has been involved in, if not directly responsible for, some of the most horrific things that I have ever seen, to say nothing of the fact that you just yanked me into a parallel universe to warn me about an inter-dimensional war that I believe you are responsible for starting. So what I want is not warmth, or tea. It’s the truth.

You go girl! :) This was one of those moments where you just have to sit back as you realise just much far a character has grown. As Bell himself said: “You are only just coming into your domain”. As an aside, I’m curious as to why Bellie decided not to mention The Blight. Bell propaganda?

6. Lights Out (”Ability”, episode 1.14)

This moment was all about the realisation, or rather, confirmation, of Olivia’s ability, both for us as an audience and for Dunham herself. It was a special scene because David Jones had just upped the stakes by threatening to destroy countless lives unless his faith in Olivia’s ability to disarm the bomb was founded. This required Olivia -- at this stage open minded, yet skeptical of any kind of self-importance -- to dig deep and find faith in herself. Logic went out of the window as she braved the impossibilities and popped away the little lights. The moment was made all the more important because of Peter’s part in disabling the bomb. He may have just stood there but I haven’t changed my opinion that his own ability played some part in helping Olivia to disable the bomb. Indeed, events in season 2 have only solidified Peter’s mercurial talent, even if he doesn’t yet know it himself.

5. Over There We Go (”There’s More Than One of Everything”, episode 1.20)

As Olivia crossed over to the alternate universe, I felt that the audience went there with her. The reveal itself wasn’t a surprise for me, but it gave the entire season perspective. The scene was filled with powerful symbolism -- reflections, sliding doors, blue lights, and, of course, the Twin Towers pull back, conjuring a mixture of emotions including sadness and hope. And isn’t that what this show is about? On top of all that we have a physical metaphor for the twin reality concept. I still have no idea why Bell had to step out from the shadows like a crazy man -- but the scene itself worked and provided a satisfying end to a terrific prologue.

4. Bad Dreamin’ (”Bad Dreams”, episode 1.17)

This scene was so un-Fringe-like, but it worked. You’ve got Lady Gaga’s “Starstruck” and Olivia (Lane) acting like Olivia’s bad twin -- how could this not work! The girl-on girl-kiss wasn’t bad either, but that’s not what made this scene so captivating. It was dark, sexy and descriptive -- even though no words are said for over 90 seconds. Then we get the reveal -- even if you realised the trick, it was still fascinating as Olivia whispers every detail, every emotion that is coursing through Nick Lane as his feelings literally kill the dancer. The detail here is fantastic:

Olivia: The Dancer. He’s infecting her. She’s catching it. His emotions are jumping to her.

The writing, directing and acting were on top form here. In retrospect, I’d say this was one of Anna Torv’s finest performances in 2009. We also got some great comic relief with Walter, Peter and Astrid reacting to Olivia’s moans, and, we get another clue that the boy Peter has THE POWA:

Walter: Peter. Help her. Help her calm down.

*Peter touches Olivia’s hand and she calms down under the green and red blinking lights*

3. Rooftop Stand-off (”Bad Dreams”, episode 1.17)

Olivia’s rooftop stand-off with Nick Lane is a scene that has stuck with me ever since I first saw it. We got so many clues as Lane, young Olivia’s “buddy” during their childhood Cortexiphan experiments, pleads with her to kill him so that he won’t be able to hurt any more people with his ‘ability’. The emotion from Lane is touching and equally reflected in Olivia as she grapples to understand and remember:

Lane: You were always the strong one. Whenever I got scared you would make me feel better. Do you remember, Olive?

Olivia: I’m sorry, no. I don’t.

Lane: It’s OK. I think they meant for us to forget. I just couldn’t

Olivia may be the strong one but I can’t help but see Lane as a cautionary tale for the struggles that Olivia will eventually face (things have so not got bad yet). Let’s just hope that Peter is by her side if when she becomes as broken as Lane is in this scene. Somehow, I don’t think that Peter has the ‘touch’ for no good reason. Perhaps this is the pattern we should be focusing on.

And of course, the moment of levity with Peter, Walter and the crushed car is quite fantastic. :)

2. The Choice (”Grey Matters”, episode 2.10)

Choices, choices

I spoke quite a bit about this moment in our Grey Matters review, and a few weeks later, I still believe this to be one of the best and most important moments in Fringe to date. Not only do we have Olivia face to face with an antagonist who may or may not end up being sympathetic in his own right, but we have her making an important choice - prevent a crucial moment in the of history of worlds, or save Walter Bishop. Newton taunts Olivie for being “weak”, but this is much more than a jibe -- he now knows for a fact how to get to her. By saving Walter, Olivia hasn’t just saved the life of a friend, she’s left everyone around her open to attack -- Walter, Peter, Ella, Rachel, Broyles. Choosing to save Walter wasn’t, in my opinion, “weak” on a human level, but it did expose the gaps in Olivia’s armour. There’s no way the shape-shifters would have agonised over such a decision (at least from what we’ve seen). Advantage First-Wave. For these reasons alone, and for ethical and moral implications involved, this is one of those moments that will surely define the show in 2009.

1. The Truth (”Bad Dreams”, episode 1.17)


The series high -- and therefore BEST moment -- came as Olivia discovers that Walter was involved in her childhood Cortexiphan trials. Suddenly the “mysterious events” took on greater meaning as the characters begun to realise just how intertwined their lives are. The scene works on many levels, and it’s one of the few occasions where the characters spend a good few minutes just talking. But it’s the details that really get me; from the way Olivia locks the door (no-one is leaving the room until she drags some answers from Walter!), to Walter’s “where’s the fire!”, to the tender manner in which he cups Olive’s face -- sending Olivia reeling in disgust -- as the pieces begin to come together. And of lets not forget lines like this:

WALTER: It worked on perception. Carlos Castaneda, Aldus Huxley, Werner Heisenberg, all focused on one single elementary truth. Perception is the key to transformation.

PETER: Reality is both subjective and malleable. If you can dream a better world, you can make a better world.

WALTER: Or perhaps travel between them.

PETER: What did you just say?

*Walter opens a fridge door, its glass reflecting Peter*

Indeed, Fringe..indeed.

Honorable mentions: Walter finding the chapter of Ethics, death of Evil Charlie, September telling Walter “there’s more than one of everything”, Nicholas Boone asking Walter “how far would you go for someone you love?”, the death of August -- “she’s responsible for the death of one of us”, Walter watching the tape of Olive/The Incident, and Walter’s jig!

So there you have it -- our 10 best Fringe moments from a memorable 2009. What do you think? Are there any moments you think we missed? Do you have a different order? Feel free to share any thoughts that you might have.

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Kirby homeowner shoots at teen intruders; one dead, one hurt, one jailed

Kirby homeowner shoots at teen intruders; one dead, one hurt, one jailed

by Chris Sadeghi / KENS 5

Posted on December 22, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 23 at 6:12 PM


Kirby police are continuing their investigation one day after a home invasion led a man to shoot at the intruders, killing one teen, sending another to the hospital and a third to a jail cell.

Police say the shooter, homeowner Gabriel Arenal, 26, probably won't face any charges after the shooting near the 2800 block of Von Braun and the 5100 block of Gordon Cooper in Kirby. He was taken into custody after the shooting and questioned, then later released.

17-year-old Alex Aleman was killed, and Justin Rivera, also 17, underwent surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center is is expected to survive, police said.

A third suspect, 18-year-old Oscar Alatorre, was jailed and charged with felony burglary of a habitation.

Hater sites take flight

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Florida Rep. Alan Grayson became the latest Democrat with his own dedicated hostile site, thanks to the recent creation of Photo: Courtesy

Can’t stand a member of Congress and desperately want him or her out of office? There’s a blog for that.

For many members, there are blogs or websites solely dedicated to making them look bad, designed to highlight all their foibles and offer news and commentary aimed at portraying them as unfavorably as possible.

With names like Where’s Eric Cantor?,, and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, these hater websites are proliferating on the Internet, providing aggrieved constituents and local activists with the opportunity to vent, usually anonymously, and offer an unvarnished partisan take on an incumbent’s performance.

For the most part, the blogs are grass-roots, citizen-driven enterprises — in other words, they are different from another species of derogatory websites that are created and maintained by national party organizations or competing candidates during the course of a campaign.

While the sophistication of the design and quality of content varies widely, there’s one common denominator: The bloggers who run them are committed to taking down their targets.

Consider Where’s Eric Cantor?, published by Bradley Herring, a 30-year-old video editor for the liberal group Media Matters who tries to spend time nearly every day commenting on — or more precisely, disparaging — Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

A sampling of recent posts includes references to Cantor as a “noted partisan hack and corrupt politician,” “a preening little twerp” and a “zombie liar.”

After launching the blog in 2007, Herring says, his site has worked its way into becoming one of the top 10 entries in a Google search of the House minority whip’s name.

“After Sept. 11, ... I saw my home representative leading the charge in the disastrous policies of the Bush administration and serving as his loyal lieutenant in the House,” said Herring, who recently moved out of Cantor’s district but still maintains the blog. “Cantor’s biggest fault was how out of touch with his district he had become, spending so little time with his constituents and so much time raising money for other Republicans. Hence the name Where’s Eric Cantor?”

Cantor, it turns out, is one of numerous House Republicans tracked by a hostile blog. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is on the trail of Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). monitors Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). Other sites include, a clearinghouse on Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), and The Idiot Factor: Todd Tiahrt’s Folly, a blog that’s been hammering Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) for four years.

David, a 50-year-old professional who asked to remain surnameless to “protect” his job, says he averages about 20 hours per week on his anti-Roskam blog.

“I started blogging because I got tired of writing letters to Roskam and getting patronizing replies. I decided that I could have more effect on things if I made that dialogue public,” David said. “Peter Roskam is much more extremely conservative than most of his district, but I don’t think people always have a real awareness of what he is doing in Washington, how he is voting.”

Eva Young, a co-founder of — perhaps the most comprehensive anti-incumbent blog and one that dates back to Bachmann’s days in the Minnesota state Senate — says she spends nearly an hour per day writing. Her blog’s been mentioned on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” and Young has even had an opportunity to debate Bachmann in a radio interview.

Among Democrats, higher-profile members tend to be the ones who get the hostile blog treatment, including Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who is targeted by a handful of local blogs and websites.

Mike Thompson, who publishes the blog Beat Reid, says he has four volunteer bloggers who take turns posting and cataloging anti-Reid nuggets. All of the volunteers, he says, are white-collar Nevada constituents.

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson became the latest Democrat with his own dedicated hostile site, thanks to the recent creation of, a site created by a group of Central Florida Republicans. The name is a spoof of Grayson’s own website,

The anti-Grayson site, which simply features clips of the Democrat’s controversial comments and a link to donate money to oust him, refers to itself as an independent organization committed to defeating Grayson in 2010.

“The site was formed due to outrage and embarrassment within Central Florida over Alan Grayson’s liberal positions and childish approach in Washington, D.C.,” the site’s initial press release said.

Then there is the recently launched, a site that hopes to create individual blogs aimed at the nearly 60 incumbent senators who voted for Congress’s initial $700 billion bailout package last year.

Ron Davis, a 32-year-old IT administrator from Georgia who is behind the effort, has already recruited one grass-roots blogger to run the blogs aimed at Virginia Democratic Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner.

“I did this out of frustration,” said Davis, a self-described “apolitical” who initially launched last year after Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) voted for the bailout. “I thought there was no way possible [that] conservatives would keep supporting him after voting for something that fiscally irresponsible. I was always what you’d call an uninformed, straight-ticket Republican. But that vote woke me up.”

For the most part, the sites don’t attract significant traffic, and those targeted by these sites claim not to pay much attention to them.

“We are certainly not taking these websites seriously,” said a Reid spokesman. “One of the petitions on one of those sites has barely 11 people on it.”

“We just don’t pay much attention to it. He just reprints [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] press releases,” Cantor senior strategist Ray Allen said, referring to the anti-Cantor site. “Virginia has a lot of very active bloggers in the community that we do pay attention to. This is not one of them.”

Dodd campaign spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan also dismisses an anti-Dodd site in Connecticut, noting that doesn’t have much readership.

“I wouldn’t even call it a headache,” said Flanagan. “We’re aware of them, certainly, but it’s not something that’s keeping us awake at night. We’re not going to have a logical conversation with a group of people who suggest Sen. Dodd should commit suicide.”

The hater blogs, however, aren’t always easily ignored. Conservative tea party organizer Chris Ford of says he has passed out 4,000 Dump Dodd bumper stickers and nearly 600 road signs. He adds that there are eight “mobile units” of volunteers that deliver signs from their cars to interested customers. The units are named after James Bond agents — 005, 006 and 007.

In 2008, when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ran for reelection, the site similarly created a stir with its Internet-based activism.

In that case, graduate student Matt Gunterman partnered with local 70-year-old progressive activist Jim Pence, who followed McConnell across the state, shooting videos for their anti-McConnell site.

“We really pissed off McConnell,” said Pence. “At one point, we had 250 people in front of McConnell’s house, raising Cain.”

Justin Brasell, McConnell’s former campaign manager, said the campaign kept daily tabs on the site.

“I spent six months trying to convince Kentucky Republicans that we were going to have a tough race,” said Brasell. “Everywhere we went, whether it was a big political picnic in the country or whatever events were going on, it was all about Ditch Mitch. ... When you see a site like that, you definitely want to watch it.”


by Ann Coulter
December 30, 2009

In response to a Nigerian Muslim trying to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day, the government will now prohibit international travelers from going to the bathroom in the last hour before the plane lands.

Terrorists who plan to bomb planes during the first seven hours of the eight-hour flight, however, should face no difficulties, provided they wait until after the complimentary beverage service has been concluded.

How do they know Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab didn't wait until the end of the flight to try to detonate explosives because he heard the stewardess announce that the food service was over and seats would have to be placed in their upright position? I can't finish my snack? This plane is going down!

Also prohibited in the last hour of international flights will be: blankets, pillows, computers and in-flight entertainment. Another triumph in Janet Napolitano's "Let's stay one step behind the terrorists" policy!

For the past eight years, approximately 2 million Americans a day have been subjected to humiliating searches at airport security checkpoints, forced to remove their shoes and jackets, to open their computers, and to remove all liquids from their carry-on bags, except minuscule amounts in marked 3-ounce containers placed in Ziploc plastic bags -- folding sandwich bags are verboten -- among other indignities.

This, allegedly, was the price we had to pay for safe airplanes. The one security precaution the government refused to consider was to require extra screening for passengers who looked like the last three-dozen terrorists to attack airplanes.

Since Muslims took down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, every attack on a commercial airliner has been committed by foreign-born Muslim men with the same hair color, eye color and skin color. Half of them have been named Mohammed.

An alien from the planet "Not Politically Correct" would have surveyed the situation after 9/11 and said: "You are at war with an enemy without uniforms, without morals, without a country and without a leader -- but the one advantage you have is they all look alike. ... What? ... What did I say?"

The only advantage we have in a war with stateless terrorists was ruled out of order ab initio by political correctness.

And so, despite 5 trillion Americans opening laptops, surrendering lip gloss and drinking breast milk in airports day after day for the past eight years, the government still couldn't stop a Nigerian Muslim from nearly blowing up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day.

The "warning signs" exhibited by this particular passenger included the following:

His name was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

He's Nigerian.

He's a Muslim.

His name was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

He boarded a plane in Lagos, Nigeria.

He paid nearly $3,000 in cash for his ticket.

He had no luggage.

His name was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

Two months ago, his father warned the U.S. that he was a radical Muslim and possibly dangerous.

If our security procedures can't stop this guy, can't we just dispense with those procedures altogether? What's the point exactly?

(To be fair, the father's warning might have been taken more seriously if he had not simultaneously asked for the U.S. Embassy's Social Security number and bank routing number in order to convey a $28 million inheritance that was trapped in a Nigerian bank account.)

The warning from Abdulmutallab's father put his son on some list, but not the "no fly" list. Apparently, it's tougher to get on the "no fly" list than it was to get into Studio 54 in the '70s. Currently, the only people on the "no fly" list" are the Blind Sheik and Sean Penn.

The government is like the drunk looking for his keys under a lamppost. Someone stops to help, and asks, "Is this where you lost them?" No, the drunk answers, but the light's better here.

The government refuses to perform the only possibly effective security check -- search Muslims -- so instead it harasses infinitely compliant Americans. Will that help avert a terrorist attack? No, but the Americans don't complain.

The only reason Abdulmutallab didn't succeed in bringing down an airplane with 278 passengers was that: (1) A brave Dutchman leapt from his seat and extinguished the smoldering Nigerian; and (2) the Nigerian apparently didn't have enough detonating fluid to cause a powerful explosion.

In addition to the no blanket, no computer, no bathroom rule, perhaps the airlines could add this to their preflight announcement about seat belts and emergency exits:

"Should a passenger sitting near you attempt to detonate an explosive device, you may be called upon to render emergency assistance. Would you be willing to do so under those circumstances? If not we will assign you another seat ..."


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