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The Biggest Missing Story In The News: The ‘Conservative Majority’ Truth

H/T to drillanwr at Pat Dollards: Young Americans
The 'Conservative Majority' Truth
By Bruce Walker – (American Thinker)
The Battleground Poll, the most respected and thorough of all public opinion polls, released its latest results on August 20th. Although many people read this poll for the data on voter preference in upcoming elections, for voter opinions about the two major political parties, for what things matter most to voters, I always zip past this data in the first fifteen pages of poll results and go straight to Question D3, which very quietly and totally ignored proclaims the biggest missing story in American politics and which is the only story, in the long run, that really matters.

I have been tracking Question D3 for a long time, since June 2002, in thirteen straight Battleground Poll results. Americans respond to this question more consistently than to any other question in those thirteen Battleground Poll surveys. People many change their opinions dramatically about Iraq or President Bush or drilling for oil, but not their answer to Question D3.

The Battleground Poll is different. It is bipartisan. A Republican polling organization, the Terrance Group, and a Democrat polling organization, Lake Research Partners, collaborate in picking the questions, selecting the sample population, conducting the surveys, and analyzing the results. The Battleground Poll website, along with the raw data, is “Republican Strategic Analysis” and “Democratic Strategic Analysis.” There are few polls that are bipartisan. No other polling organization asks the same questions year after year, none that reveal the internals of their poll results so completely, and none ask anything like Question D3 in every survey. What is Question D3 and what were the results to Question D3 in the August 20, 2008 Battleground Poll? It is this:

“When thinking about politics and government, do you consider yourself to be…

Very conservative

Somewhat conservative

MODERATE

Somewhat liberal

Very liberal

UNSURE/REFUSED”

In August 2008, Americans answered that question this way: (1) 20% of Americans considered themselves to be very conservative; (2) 40% of Americans considered themselves to be somewhat conservative; (3) 2% of Americans considered themselves to be moderate; (4) 27% of Americans considered themselves to be somewhat liberal; (5) 9% of Americans considered themselves to be very liberal; and (6) 3% of Americans did not know or refused to answer.

Sixty percent of Americans considered themselves conservative. Does this mean that most Americans do not know what “conservative” means? No: The question specifically provides an out to people who are not sure about their ideology; it provides an out to people who want to be considered “moderate.” Americans reject those choices. They overwhelmingly define themselves as “conservative.” This is a huge political story – except that it is not “new” at all. Look at the thirteen Battleground Poll results over the last six years, and how do Americans answer that very question? Here are the percentages of Americans in those polls who call themselves “conservative” since June 2002: 59% (June 2002 poll), 59% (September 2003 poll), 61% (April 2004 poll), 59% (June 2004 poll), 60% (September 2004 poll), 61% (October 2005 poll), 59% (March 2006), 61% (October 2006), 59% (January 2007), 63% (July 2007), 58% (December 2007), 63% (May 2008), and now 60% (August 2008.)

The percentage of Americans who define themselves as “somewhat liberal” or “very liberal” has always been puny. In thirteen straight polls, this percentage has never been higher than 38% (June 2004) and it has usually been much lower. The gap between self-defined conservatives and self-defined liberals has been as high as thirty percentage points and as low as twenty-one percentage points. What does that translate into in electoral politics? If conservative presidential candidates simply got all the conservative votes – if virtually all moderate voters, uncommitted voters, and liberal voters went for the liberal candidate – then the conservative candidates would win a landslide bigger than Ronald Reagan in 1988. Have you ever wondered why liberals like Obama never call themselves liberals? Maybe their advisers have read the Battleground Poll internals.

Are these remarkable results skewed? This has always been the argument, but it is a hopelessly flawed argument. The poll results are incredibly consistent over time. These results are the same when President Bush has poll numbers at rock bottom and when Republicans were facing electoral disaster, like in October 2006 when 61% of Americans called themselves conservatives. The very consistency of these percentages is powerful evidence of their inherent validity.

If people did not know what conservative, liberal, and moderate meant, then the poll results to that question would bounce around over time and people would flock to define themselves as “moderate” or they would say “don’t know.” When given four different options to the conservative label, respondents overwhelmingly chose to define themselves, instead, as conservatives.

Do people feel pressured into calling themselves conservatives? Think: Hollywood regularly excoriates the image of conservatives; the mainstream media demonizes conservatives; schools teach that conservatives are narrow minded bigots; academia tries to hound independent conservative newspapers and organizations off campus. It requires much more courage to define yourself as a conservative than any other label, particularly when the banal “moderate” answer is so easily grasped. No: These answers to Question D3 are real, profound, and great.

Why, then, do other polls show Americans so different from conservatives? The short answer is that other polls are scrupulously constructed to hide the tsunami of conservative opinion in America. On abortion, for example, polls will report that Americans define themselves at least as much as “pro-choice” as they do “pro-life,” but that is just not true. The “pro-choice” advocates nationally oppose bans on partial birth abortion, oppose parental notification, and oppose counseling on abortion. Led by men like Obama, the “pro-choice” position is, quite simply, that a woman always has a right to choose an abortion.

Polls do not show support for that at all. Polls over the last few months give the following levels of support to making abortion always legal: “always legal – 19%” (Quinnipiac Poll, July 2008); “legal in all cases – 19%” (Pew Poll, June 2008); “legal in all cases – 18%” (ABC / Washington Post Poll, June 2008). While it is true that the percentage of Americans who want abortion illegal in all situations is almost exactly the same as those who want abortion legal in all cases, the overwhelming percentage of Americans want just what pro-life advocates want: abortion generally available in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening health problems for the mother; abortion for minors regulated just like abortion for any major medical procedure for minors is regulated; and abortion on account of personal inconvenience more strictly regulated. All of these polls showing Americans equally divided were crafted by people and by groups intent upon presenting a false impression of how Americans felt about abortion.

Polls on other issues are just as bad. The CNN poll of June 2008 on gun control is a good example. CNN asks people to interpret the Constitution, by reciting the text of the Second Amendment. Then asks whether this text in the Bill of Rights was intended to provide for “a well regulated militia” or to preserve “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” In other words, the question implies that the Second Amendment cannot preserve two rights, both of which are explicitly recited within the text of that amendment: A well regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is specifically guaranteed as well.

Like everything that the Left does, from entertainment to higher education, the structure, the format, and the revealed results of information is conformed to present an image in which conservatives and their values are as invisible as blacks in the Antebellum South. Even Leftists themselves believe this false picture. Consider, in 1988, how many liberal Democrats did not believe that Reagan had won an overwhelming landslide because they, personally, knew of no one who voted for him. Consider how blindsided the Left was by the overwhelming popularity of an unapologetic conservative like Rush Limbaugh. Consider that Republicans walk about in a blue funk wondering where the next Reagan is, utterly forgetting that not only Leftists, but “moderate” Republicans in 1980 were labeling Reagan as far, far too conservative. The Gipper, in fact, was comfortably in the middle of a huge American majority. The extremists are that 9% of Americans who call themselves “very liberal.”

Conservatives are like those proverbial sailors becalmed off the coast of Brazil, dying of thirst, and wondering how they would survive until tomorrow. When another ship passed asked the listless sailing ship if its crew needed help, the urgent call was for fresh water, to which the passing ship replied “Lift down your buckets into the sea. You are in the mouth of the Amazon.” Fresh water was everywhere around the dehydrated men; they just did not know it. Conservatives are not just a majority of Americans, but an utterly overwhelming majority of all Americans. As soon as they grasp this huge fact, government and politics in America will be transformed.

Obama on Abortion, SB 230, SB1661 and more ObamAbortion

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

At what point does a baby get human rights?
Which of these babies would you kill?

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Great Photos of 24th MEU Marines in Garmsir

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I am a Marine! Must See Testimony

Veterans of Valor

Speech by Klayton South

Video recorded by an audience member.
No tripod was available for the filming, so we apologize if the film is shaky at times.

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America’s Heroes at Work: Making the Transition from Warrior to Worker

Cross Posted from ABC (America’s Best Companies)

By Charles Cooper posted 8/21/2008

There are men and women in this country who have made great sacrifices for you and me. We see them in the news programs on television and we see their faces looking down on us from highway billboards. We read of their bravery in the face of an enemy that has been indoctrinated from early childhood to have nothing but homicidal hatred for Americans and for the American way of life. We shed a tear at the flag-draped coffins and puff up with pride at these soldiers and seamen, airmen and marines—and rightly so—but is that all we owe them; the hearty handshake, pat on the back and letting them know they did well?

We do owe these Americans more, much more. We owe them a chance to make the transition from warrior to worker, to go from the chaos of war to the stability of Main Street. The problem is that many of our veterans are not getting that chance. According to a study by the Rand Corporation, there are approximately 300,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan that have come home with mental health problems, so-called invisible wounds, and about the same number suffered head injuries. Problems associated with these issues can include depression, flashbacks, irritability, headaches and short-term memory loss. They come home, reenter civilian life while dealing with these new problems and can’t find work because employers are hesitant to hire them.

The Truth about the Wounded Warrior

Many of today’s wounded warriors would likely have died during previous wars. That they have survived is a tribute to the new equipment they carry, the training they receive and the excellent trauma care they get in the theater and later at military hospitals. On a medical level, we know more today about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than ever before, but in the civilian world, myths and misconceptions still exist. Some of the things that these Vets, on the whole, are not include:

  • Weak in mind and/or character
  • Violent and unpredictable
  • Unable to tolerate the stress of holding a job
  • Second-rate workers
  • Doomed to a life of problems
  • Unresponsive to therapy and self-help strategies
  • Impossible to help

The truth is that these are people who have come through a terrible experience, so terrible that it cannot help but leave a mark on anyone it touches, and because of that they have problems that require treatment and, occasionally, some accommodation. This is as true for our wounded vets as it is for a burn victim who survives a house fire, or the paralyzed survivor of a car wreck; and the same rules and standards of common decency apply to all of them.

The Nature of TBI and PTSD
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. TBIs can range from very mild, such as a brief change in mental status or consciousness to severe, such as an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia. A TBI can result in short or long-term problems, although most people with TBI are able to function independently. TBI symptoms can include poor concentration, irritability, fatigue, depression, memory problems, headaches, anxiety, trouble thinking, dizziness, blurry/double vision and sensitivity to bright light. The most rapid recovery occurs in the first six months after the injury. In mild cases, patients will often be back to normal within three months. When several symptoms persist beyond that point, then a diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome can be considered.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), on the other hand, is really an anxiety disorder that can develop in response to an extremely traumatic event such as combat, a violent personal assault such as a rape or a robbery, terrorist attacks, natural or man-made disasters, or a serious accident. What’s more, the trauma can be either directly experienced by the patient or witnessed in another person, it usually involves actual or threatened death, serious injury or a threat to one’s physical integrity; and the patient’s response is one of intense fear or helplessness. Symptoms may appear months or even years after the event and they can vary in intensity. Patients can experience flashbacks, nightmares and intrusive recollections, and stress reactions can arise from exposure to events and situations that remind them of the traumatic event. Other symptoms include:

  • Avoidance of triggering cues.
  • Feeling detached from others.
  • Emotional numbing.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Problems concentrating.
  • Irritability.
  • Being hyper-alert to danger.
  • Feeling on edge.

For many, PTSD symptoms will resolve completely while, for others, symptoms may persist for many years.

How You Can Help
As an employer, there are many ways that you can help our wounded vets get back into civilian life, but they begin with becoming educated on the issues these people face and understanding that these issues do nothing to lower their value as employees.

Educate Yourself
Probably the best way to learn about the issues facing vets with TBI and PTSD is to visit a Department of Labor website that went up recently called America’s Heroes at Work. Here you will find information these conditions, the importance of work to those who suffer from these conditions and resources to give you access to this pool of exceptional employees.

Explore Disabled Veteran Resources
In addition to the government, private organizations, such as The Wounded Warrior Project, have appeared to help wounded vets make the transition to civilian life. These organizations provide a great deal of help to vets coping with their new lives back home and they deserve your support for their efforts. In fact, one of the best ways to help them succeed in their mission would be to post your job openings on these sites. Visit the Wounded Warrior Project’s Warrior to Work Program for a comprehensive list of organizations that are looking for your help wanted ad.

Adopt “Promising Practices” in the Workplace
A good employee deserves some accommodation so they can do their job to the best of their abilities. These are some of the “promising practices” that are known to help:

TBI-related Promising Practices. These accommodations may not be needed for long, if at all, depending on the severity of the employee’s condition and the speed at which they are healing.

  • Schedule-reminders (telephone, pagers, alarm clocks)
  • Scheduled rest breaks to prevent stimulus overload and fatigue
  • Work task checklists and clipboards
  • Tape recorders as memory aids
  • Stop watches for time management
  • Job coaches who make frequent, scheduled site visits
  • Supportive phone calls after work
  • Role playing exercises related to the job
  • Periodic evaluation forms completed by supervisors and/or job coaches
  • Job-site accommodations including adaptive technology
  • Job sharing with another employee
  • Mentoring by a co-worker or retired worker
  • Setting reasonable expectations for task completion
  • Limiting multi-tasking
  • Scheduling more difficult or challenging tasks at the beginning of the work shift to account for fatigue
  • Recognizing accomplishments through positive reinforcement


PTSD-related Promising Practices. These practices and accommodations may not all be needed, but they have proven effective in making the workplace a better environment for PTSD sufferers.

  • Flexible work schedules and/or job sharing with another employee.
  • Schedule-reminders (telephone, pagers, alarm clocks).
  • Scheduled rest breaks to prevent stimulus overload and fatigue.
  • Work task checklists, clipboards and tape recorders as memory aids.
  • Stop watches or timers for time management.
  • Job coaches, who make frequent, scheduled site visits.
  • White noise or environmental sound machines to help eliminate distractions.
  • Mentoring by a co-worker or retired worker.
  • Providing encouragement, moral support, and a listening ear.
  • Understanding that PTSD and symptoms of any psychological condition may ebb and flow, and that the person may experience good days and more challenging days.
  • Support for pursuing treatment and assistance, even during work hours. Employers should know that treatment is a process that can be effective in managing psychological symptoms and conditions. Supporting employees in their need to regularly follow up or comply with treatment recommendations is an important part of their recovery.

The Bottom Line: Doing Well by Doing Good
Look, it’s not difficult: Beyond the fact that it is the right thing to do, hiring a disabled vet is good for you and good for your business and, according to HireVetsFirst, here’s why:

  • Accelerated learning curve.
    Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real-world situations. This background can enhance your organization’s productivity.
  • Leadership.
    The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation, and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.
  • Teamwork.
    Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.
  • Diversity and inclusion in action.
    Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion, and economic status as well as mental, physical, and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.
  • Efficient performance under pressure.
    Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.
  • Respect for procedures.
    Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
  • Technology and globalization.
    Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
  • Integrity.
    Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.
  • Conscious of health and safety standards.
    Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property, and materials.
  • Triumph over adversity.
    In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina, and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strength and determination.

These are some great reasons to hire some great people. Now it’s up to you.

Irena Sendlerowa Truly Deserved The Nobel Peace Prize that Gore Bought

Cross posted from Freaky Frugalite

I got this in my email this morning. It’s a true story. And I cannot BELIEVE this woman lost the Nobel Peace Prize to stupid Al Gore and his loony movie!!!!

May 12, 2008, marked the death of a 98-year-old lady named Irena Sendlerowa. She was born in Germany in 1910. During WWII, Irena, a German, received permission from the Nazis to work in the Warsaw ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist.

She had an ulterior motive…

Irena knew the Nazis’ plans for the Jews and smuggled infants out in the bottom of the large tool box she carried. Larger children were placed in a burlap sack in the back of her truck. Also in the back was a dog that she had trained to bark each time the Nazi guards allowed her out of the ghetto and back in.

The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog, and its barking covered any noise made by the infants and small children. Irena managed to smuggle out approximately 2,500 children before she was finally caught.

When she was captured, the Nazis beat her severely, breaking both her arms and her legs.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the children she smuggled out of that Warsaw ghetto and kept them in a glass jar buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents who may have survived so she might reunite the child with its family. Most, of course, did not survive the Holocaust, and the vast majority of the surviving children were placed in foster homes or adopted.

Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but she lost to Al Gore, who won the award for presenting a slide show on the philosophy behind global warming.

Read more at a website dedicated to Irena.

U.S. Military Provides Humanitarian Aid to Georgia

U.S. military provides humanitarian aid to Georgia

U.S. military provides humanitarian aid to Georgia

International press photograph the first of 16 pallets containing $1 million in humanitarian aid to the Republic of Georgia. The delivery was a joint-service effort between U.S Army Europe Soldiers and Airmen representing U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Mobility Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Wagers)   Download Full Image

by Capt. Erin Dorrance
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

8/13/2008 – TBILISI, Georgia (AFPN) — A C-17 Globemaster III departed Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and landed at Tbilisi International Airport today delivering $1 million in humanitarian aid to reduce the suffering of the people of the Republic of Georgia.

The joint military effort supported coordination by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development with the Georgians. The Department of Defense was requested to support with a joint U.S. military operation which launched with the delivery of 16 pallets of medicine, clothing, sleeping bags, cots and other essential items to Georgians.

“Our sole goal is to safely and rapidly deliver humanitarian aid to Georgia to alleviate human suffering and save lives,” said Col. Benjamin Everson, chief of U.S. Army Europe’s International Operations Division. “We will continue to support this humanitarian mission until the host nation and the U.S. State Department determine that it is no longer needed.”

The C-17, based out of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., was operated by a 3rd Airlift Squadron aircrew from Dover AFB, Del., and landed among cheers and smiles from local nationals on the airfield.

One pallet after another was quickly off-loaded from the aircraft. The Georgians on the ground continually thanked the U.S. military team for its efforts.

“We are in dire need of these supplies,” said Sergey Khomchenko, Counterpart Community and Humanitarian Assistance Program director. “Thank you so much for helping us in this great time of need. These supplies will surely save lives.”

U.S. officials, including a U.S. European Command survey team, continue to coordinate closely with the government of the Republic of Georgia to determine what aid is most needed within the country and how best to distribute the aid.

“We are very pleased that the joint military community, EUCOM, U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Air Forces in Europe, have the opportunity to provide logistical support to bring these humanitarian supplies here,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker, USEUCOM spokesperson. “EUCOM forces will remain ready to support as further needs are assessed.”

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The Second American Revolution

Thomas Paine, author of “Common Sense,” returns to modern times to pleas for a second revolution to take back America, Now!

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Conflict of Interest – US vs Pelosi

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Boots On The Ground: Reporter Shows How Main Stream Media Deceives People

Let’s be Honest

August 8, 2008

Chuck Holton

Chuck Holton

CBN News Correspondent

Bagram Air Base near Kabul, Afghanistan

As I passed through the Media Operations Center at Bagram Air Base today, I saw a CNN story contrasting Iraq and Afghanistan. My biggest beef with the story is that CNN continues to show footage of Marines involved in heavy combat in Ramadi every time they talk about the war. Unfortunately that the footage was shot in 2005. This is usually overlaid on a big screen when they have a talking head pontificating on the war. They’re just using it as background footage, but it gives the American people the subtle message that the fighting is still that intense – when in reality Iraq is now probably safer than Columbus, Ohio. It’s dishonest, and they should stop doing it. Believe me, nobody understands the need for exciting b-roll more than I do – but how about showing the Iraqi Security forces going on a raid instead of the worn-out old footage of Marines in a firefight that happened years ago?

The CNN piece also showed clips from an interview with General McKiernan, the commander of forces here. They touted it as an “exclusive,” but that’s not quite true, either. CNN requested the footage, but it was shot by a military combat camera crew – there was no CNN reporter present. The footage was then uploaded to www.dvidshub.net, where it becomes public domain and is available to every media outlet on the planet – for free. As a matter of fact, here’s a link to the footage. It’s a bit of a stretch to call that an “exclusive.”

One big reason these things keep happening is inherent in the nature of modern news broadcasting. It’s expensive to get good footage – sometimes more than $10,000 for every minute of video. Think of what it costs to fly a reporter and camera crew halfway around the world – then pay for the equipment and airtime for satellite communications that can cost up to $1000 per minute of footage uploaded. Add to that salaries, per diem, and incidentals like replacing equipment that gets wrecked (a very real possibility in such extreme environments) and you can run into real money. So CNN (and everyone else) look for shortcuts. One way is to buy footage from stringers in Iraq – which usually means we’re watching the war through the eyes of the enemy, since the stringers often come from outlets which are, to put it mildly, not fans of the U.S. This means the reporter never has to leave his air conditioned office in the green zone, but it also means he has little idea what he’s talking about.

CBN News faces these challenges as well – especially since we aren’t a for-profit organization, and do our best to be good stewards of the resources that are entrusted to us. One of the ways we do that without compromising the quality of our news is by getting creative – sending me out here alone, for instance, instead of with a costly camera crew. I also make regular use of the military’s combat camera resources, though I wouldn’t claim any of that footage as an “exclusive.” We fly coach everywhere we go, unlike the crews from the MSM, who normally fly business class. This is something I’ve always thought was a good idea, though my legs sometimes disagree on long overseas flights.

And we certainly aren’t spending much on lodging this trip – Last night was the first night since I’ve been here that I actually slept on a mattress. I even had an air conditioner. It was wonderful.

One other way we save money is by not carrying the expensive satellite gear. This means you have to wait an extra week or two for the best footage I bring out of the field. But I’m here to tell you – it will be worth the wait. Stay tuned.

Chuck Holton
www.livefire.us