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Betsy's Page: An Ounce of Prevention

With the attention given to the temporary loss of Betsy's Page from Instapundit, Hugh Hewitt, and Captain Ed, I thought I would look into the process or steps to doing a blog back up. For those who are convinced that this is reason to jump ships, you'll want to know how to move over your posts. I myself am starting to consider moving my blog, but not for technical reasons--mostly because I want to have it on my own domain.

It's a major feature lacking in that they don't offer an easy backup system, specially when you consider the value and importance of many blogs out there. They provide a page explaining step by step how to create a backup. Its worth checking out, thought it might be medium difficulty in terms of technical requirements.
How do I create a backup of my entire blog?

Blogger does not have an export or download function. However, you can use the following instructions to create a single file with all your posts which you ma…

Modern myths: Cuba's free health care, a round-up

Fausta's Blog has the roundup. But for Castro, its not enough to let Cuban's in the island suffer under his communist health care--he exports it. I have a few past posts where I blog about this.

Here is one that bothered me--Cuban doctors in Honduras. I know the poor in these remote areas need medical care, but I am thinking the service these doctors provide, and the social unrest they will create, may cost more than what they are worth at the long run.

Two additional deaths following medical abortion with mifepristone (RU-486)

Update: Christina commented, "Four of the seven US women to die got their abortion drugs at Planned Parenthood, and two at National Abortion Federation facilities. Only Brenda Vise, the woman with an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, got hers at a fly-by-night abortion mill.

If this is the care women get at the "best" facilities, what is happening to the women at the seedy places?"I am certain that this is being seriously under-reported.


Got this in my email today from an FDA Public Health Advisory released yesterday. The Food and Drug Administration has been informed of two additional deaths following medical abortion with mifepristone (Mifeprex). The Agency received verbal notification of the deaths in the United States from the manufacturer, Danco Laboratories. At this time we are investigating all circumstances associated with these cases and are not able to confirm the causes of death. However, all providers of medical abortion and their patients need to be …

Value Voters: "...Dance with the one that brung you"

The Republican party better not say they have not been warned. The value voters are the ones to watch. If you thought Hispanic voter turnout was great in 04, wait untill '08! The evangelical churches are getting serious about being involved, and are organizing voter-drives. More importantly, in this new era of information, voters are MUCH better informed about the candidates that have an impact on the issues that matter to them.

FRC has more on value voters, and they are not happy with the lack of results.
At the Press Club yesterday, FRC held a press conference to announce the opening of registration for the Washington Briefing coming up in September.We also presented the results of a poll we commissioned from Riehle-Tarrance about the political opinions of values voters. Here's what Tony had to say:Also:
The National Omnibus Riehle-Tarrance Poll surveyed over 1,000 adults last weekend, March 9-12. A sizable percentage -- 41 percent of poll respondents -- were self described e…

Quote of the day: Wishing for small government

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble,finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy."

Ernest BennTalking about politics, check this article out. Just another reminder about the importance of small government.
The Senate voted Thursday to allow the national debt to swell to nearly $9 trillion, preventing a first-ever default on U.S. Treasury notes.

The bill passed by a 52-48 vote. The increase to $9 trillion represents about $30,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States. The bill now goes to President Bush for his signature. UGH!

CALL TO ACTION: Pass HR 1606 or face regulations on the internet

This is going to affect the small guys more than anyone! The blogosphere is the one place where any one person has the power to influence many and be heard. Take action!

From Krempasky at
Friends, We've been working for a long time on HR 1606 - The Online Freedom of Speech Act. It will come up for a vote on the floor of the House TOMORROW but as you read this - the campaign regulation community is hard at work - working the halls of Congress, lying about not only our bill - but "their" bill as well. And as far as their intentions go - well, I think it's fair to say that when it comes to THEM bragging about protecting free speech - they are not to be trusted. Of all the work you've done on this issue - no day is more important that today. Start with this list. Call the Republicans that wobbled last time 1606 was on the floor. And don't stop there. Here are the relevant points: HR 1606 is a simple bill that simply puts into law the existing stat…

C-SPAN: Immigration Issues at U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

4:08: Jorge Ramos challenges the panel to spend a day without benefiting from illegal immigrant labor. His point, I think, is to highlight migrant worker's role in our society, and it seems to me he was speaking of the problem of illegal immigration as a problem of exploitation. He has a point.

4:02PM: Mexican ambassador, "lets not get into the blame game" A Mexican citizen in the audience reminds him that the Mexican president has failed to provide job opportunities to Mexican citizens, and asks why he does not accept the blame.

3:59 PM: Talking about the Minutemen. Hector, President of League of United Latin American Citizens, doesn't agree with the MinuteMen project. I think non-Americans cannot understand the great American tradition of voluntarism and the citizen's responsibility. I do have to agree with him in that Minutemen project is a symptom of a failed immigration policy!

LIVE STREAM BLOGGING: Becerra, D-CA., "Jobs being offered is the big magnet&quo…

Happier people

Is it because they are registered Republicans, or perhaps because they way they see the world allows them to understand and look at life's challenges much differently and positively? Interesting.
...conservative Republicans were happier than conservative Democrats, and moderate to liberal Republicans were happier than comparable Democrats.Happier, and all of it, without wanting more government handouts.

Off Topic: Dell to Buy Alienware?

Well, I rarely go into technology issues, but I heard about this, and I checked in with a friend that works inside Alienware.
According to a few sources in my department Dell has already bought out Alienware and will be going with it public very soon. The owner of voodoo pc mentioned it in his blog a few weeks back. There is already talk in the office about the buyout but not one executive in the company has given validity to the rumors. I'll let you know if I hear anything else. So, it sounds like it happened, but true to what I have heard on the blogosphere, there has not been any official confirmation. These kind of buyouts are always sort of sad, because there is a special kind of service and quality a small company offers. Let's hope Dell doesn't cannibalizes their product line, and is able to keep the service levels. Mostly, I think its regretable because it reduces competition in the Gaming PC nitch--that's never good. But, hey--if this will help both compani…

Quote of the day: Preserving meaningful limits on government

Here is a small reminder why government has no business asking for my money! I love my "Get Liberty News" emails, just because of these quotes.

"As government grows, the temptation to misuse it for personal or political gain multiplies. Preserving meaningful limits on the size and scope of government protects taxpayers and protects politicians--from themselves."

Mark Hillman, Colorado State Treasurer
It's to bad CO citizens didn't get this, and approved Ref. C last year. I got taxed heavy this year! Ugh! Looking at my Federal Income taxes comparison, it shows that my income in 2005 increased by about %50, but my income tax increased over 400%!!

The Federal government is taking to much of MY money! Every time President Bush mentioned another initiative or another "great-next-big-thing" at the State of the Union, I would cringe!! I could feel my pockets getting lighter!

Online Freedom of Speech Act (a.k.a. The Blogger Bill)

This via
Congressman Charlie Bass, a Republican in the House, is one of the co-sponsors of H.R. 4900, which would deny you your right to participate in blogs other than your own.

Call Congressman Bass at (202) 225-5206 and tell him to vote for H.R. 1606 and to withdraw his name from H.R. 4900.

The First Amendment needs your help.From the GOP Press Office via email:
Online Freedom of Speech Act (a.k.a. The Blogger Bill)Expected to be on the floor of the U.S. House this Thursday The House Republican Conference recognizes the efforts of bloggers from across the political spectrum who have helped raise awareness about this legislation. Below is some information that should help you follow the bill and debate this week: Watch the webcast of the bill's mark up last week.CSPAN 1 covers the U.S. House of Representatives. Tune in to watch the floor debate and vote live. Thursday we will let you know the approximate time debate will begin.The office…

False Friends: Fidel's newfound supporters are doing ordinary Cubans no favors.

This is an article worth reprinting and passing around. I am deeply saddened for the suffering of the Latin American people that is yet to come if they continue down this path towards socialism, central government control, and repression of the free press. Many more will die from a social ill that has been proven evil.
By Raul Rivero
Newsweek International

March 20, 2006 issue - Political leaders in Latin America, intoxicated by a bad case of populism, are preparing a safe landing for Fidel Castro and his grim dictatorship. In a region that Castro bloodied with his mad policy of fomenting guerrilla wars, where a number of countries lost worthy citizens in misguided attempts to replicate his armed rebellion in the late 1950s, presidential palaces have been seized by the left through the same democratic means that those insurgents of yesteryear tried to destroy with bombs and bullets.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez provided the first and most important pillar of support to Castro. Now com…