new site launches: rejoicing ensues

Well, that’s it. Criminey, this has been quite a haul. After a few weeks of planning, and a good week of futzing and fooling with templates, hosts, and random CGIs, the new site design is alive and well here on our new domain: truthlaidbear.com . First thanks goes to Stacy over at Sekimori; she turned […]

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We like to call it “Urbal Renewal”

OK, I was about to declare posting done until the relaunch, but damn: The Israeli army has destroyed most of the Palestinian Authority’s local headquarters in the West Bank town of Hebron, which it says has been used as a refuge by 15 wanted militants. Soldiers and bulldozers are working their way through the rubble […]

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Pledge Roundup Part I : Everybody’s Got an Opinion

Lots of interesting thought going on around this issue; here’s a roundup of the comments I’ve received from folks: Dave the Redwood Dragon firmly agreed with my position, and added: To his sentiments I’ll add only this: that the genius of the Founding Fathers in regards to the place of religion in political affairs was […]

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Site redesign / relaunch status

Making great progress; the new design seems to be holding up well under the critical eye of those folks who voluntered to check it out in ‘beta’. Most everything is done; a few more tweaks and then I’ll tackle the (hopefully not too odious) task of converting my Blogspot posts. The final conversion will occur […]

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Flying Blind

Wow. I feel like I’m “flying blind”. SiteMeter has been down all day, and I have no idea how many folks are visiting, or who’s linking to me. Is anyone out there? Hellloooooo…..?

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Interesting lawsuit filed against Gator

Interesting lawsuit filed against Gator for (effectively) putting pop-up ads on websites that it doesn’t own. I’ll wait for the Blogospheric Legal Eagles to weigh in on this one, but seems to me there’s no case here. Gator’s agreement is with its users; if they agree that they are willing to have ads be served […]

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Suman vs. the QA team from hell

Suman Palit takes a break off from subcontinental politics to give us brilliant insight into the twisted and sad world of software development. Been there, done that, my friend. I feel your pain. And while I’ve got your attention, Suman: could you help me understand Pervez’s little little changes — minor, minor things, so tiny […]

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Today in the grudge match: NZB vs. VP!

Wow. I actually think VodkaPundit is flat-out wrong on an issue. That doesn’t happen too often. He’s right when he says that a functioning society requires manners and understanding; but he’s flat out wrong when he applies that principle to the Pledge case. It’s a secular society, Stephen. Either you agree with that principle — […]

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Blogging has been light

Blogging has been light, and it’s late and I’m tired. But I feel the obligation to catch up a bit here, so here’s the quick capsule Bear Truth on all the latest issues: Bush Speech: Dug it — groovy riffs and a beat you can dance to, all the way from Ramallah to Riyadh. Lilo […]

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Blogathon: Sponsor someone, you cheap weasels

Folks – If you haven’t done so already, you need to sign up to sponsor somebody in the Blogathon. Coming up on July 27, it’s a marathon session where bloggers get “sponsors” to donate $$$ to charity in return for the bloggers pulling a 24-hour session of blogging (minimum one post per 30 minutes, if […]

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Pledge Ruled unconstitutional

A federal appeals court has ruled the Pledge of Allegiance to be unconsititutional as it endorses religion. (Found via InstaP) Interesting. I seem to recall that the “under God” portion of the Pledge — which I presume was the part causing the court heartburn — was only added in recent times. I want to guess […]

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Additional info on allegedly unconstitutional judge

Sir Reynolds, being a gentleman as well as a scholar, indicated to me that he’d rather I blog my info on the case of Judge Patterson and he’ll link. So never one to refuse the InstaGuy, here it is, in slightly-less-edited-for-primetime form than usual (I’m low on time, so mostly just cutting & pasting from […]

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Sorry for the light blogging

Sorry for the light (in other words, nonexistent) updates this morning; probably won’t be much new until tonight. I just burned through my lunchtime blogging doing some additional research on the case of a judge in Denver who is alleged to have dissed the Constitution: believe it or not I’m just going to send you […]

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Wanted: Beta testers for new

Wanted: Beta testers for new site design Folks – Yes, I’m getting real serious about this site redesign. And yes, I’m equally serious about trying to ensure the design works well for all users. Therefore, I’m looking for folks to volunteer to check out the new design and verify that it looks passable on your […]

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In case anybody had any

In case anybody had any doubts remaining that Colin got his hat handed to him with Bush’s speech last night, here’s a revealing quote from Raghida Dergham, senior diplomatic correspondent for the Arab newspaper Al Hayat, during her appearance on WBUR radio’s The Connection this morning (RealAudio here): “Instead of listening to his Secretary of […]

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It has been pointed out

It has been pointed out to me (not that I didn’t know it already) that as we add more and more blogs to the Ecosystem, the ratio between the microbes vs. the elite non-microbes is growing increasingly large. So, at some point, it would seem logical to either increase the size of the higher levels […]

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