Saturday, July 09, 2005

Sister Blog Wuss Out?

Just what is going on over at The11thHour?

Dave at The11thHour had "enrolled" in a evil-sister-blog relationship with a right leaning group of pundits at fileitunder.

But that relationship appears to have been terminated - or at least suspended.

Dave's link to the sister blog site no longer appears on The11thhour blogroll.

Dave indicates he was offended by several ad hominem attacks.

Folks, we need to stay focused on the issues, and avoid castigating our opponents.

I also believed that it was a novel idea to have a evil-sister-blog arrangement with those bloggers who, in general, disagree with one's political outlook. So I'm sad to see it end, despite the fact that I warned Dave from the outset :)

I recreated part of the posting, and comments from Dave's site below:

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Lunatic At Fox News Blames France & IOC
The French and the International Olympic Committee apparently are to blame for the London bombings today. Expect more of this insanity from the right. Just to save you the trouble here is a list of others who surely will be fingered for blame:

Bill Clinton (that goes without saying)
Hillary Clinton (ditto)
The "Liberal" media
The U.N.
Dick Durbin
John Kerry
Anyone who questions George Bush's policies
The Democratic Party
Flag burners
and, locally, Jim Leach

It's probably my fault too. I should never have scoffed (well, laughed really hard) at the "flypaper" theory that conteds that by invading Iraq and creating a cool place to fight terrorists they will never attack anywhere else. Because obviously it's working quite well as today's news about the London, Iraq bombings demonstrate.

UPDATE: Two points of clarification.

The linked to article was written yesterday before the London attack. That makes it no less insane and accusatory toward the French and IOC for what (yesterday) "might" happen and it makes my point that the blame for such things from the right is always the usual suspects.

Also, the flypaper strategy only emerged AFTER the WMD rationale was no longer tenable. There was no flypaper strategy going in. It was concocted by a bunch of Bush true believers who had no other rationale to hang their war on. To be clear, I don't blame the flypaper nonsense for the London attack just that it, predictably, was no deterrent.



Bush’s 2005 budget allocation for train security was just $115 million, equal to what the U.S. spends on eight typical hours in Iraq. (The White House spent $15 billion on airline security, “though as many as 16 times more people ride rail lines than airplanes.”)

JeromeProphet's comments are in red. They were added after the fact. I guess that makes me a wuss too.


The attacks in London were likely carried out by Moslem extremists living in London. I'm sorry, but the Republicans have nothing to do with Abu Hamza- whose "racial hatred" trial was to begin today.

It's funny that rather than comment on the horror of the London attacks- you spin, by trying to pervert the message of a Fox News journalist.

[Dave, you perverter you! Next thing you'll be wanting your own opinion not spoon fed to you by Rupert Murdoch & Karl Rove]

The radical Islamic elements in Britain have been railing against Western society for a long time; long before Iraq, and long before 9/11. Why do you think that is? Maybe because they hate the West? The society that embraces them allows them to foam at the mouth and incite hatred, and THAT Hatred is what led to todays bombings. NOT Iraq. NOT because they're angry about globalization. NOT because George Bush was elected for a 2nd Term.

The radicals perpetrate violence because they are lashing out against a society which they cannot accept or tolerate; for a MULTITUDE of reasons.

[But not the one's you just listed?]
"but the Republicans have nothing to do with Abu Hamza- whose "racial hatred" trial was to begin today"

Who said they did? I'm saying just the opposite: Conservatives are blamming "liberals" as they always do.

The first comment was deleted because I will not be called names on my own blog. Start your own blog and call me names there -Asshat.
You cherry picked a guy who you totally disagree with, labled him Conservative, and used him as an example for how "stoopid" Conservatives are to blame someone for attacks that happened after the article was written.

What??? How does that rationale make sense?

You shouldn't be called names on your blog, but you should try to use logic.

Why don't you find a Conservative who wrote an article blaming the French and the IOC for todays attacks? Preferably an article written After the attacks took place.

I won't blame the French for today, but I will blame the Liberal policies which allowed the Islamic fundamentalists to worship at a Mosque that incited violence and racial hatred long before Abu Hamza was arrested. These tendencies to overlook and forgive the rats in our midst have allowed networks of radicals to form- especially in Europe. I bring up Abu Hamza not just because his trial was set to begin today, but also because he was a key mouthpiece in a drive to recruit Jihadis for the purposes of carrying out Bombing attacks... against Jews, against Westerners, against whoEver.

[Liberals overlooked, and forgave the terrorist in their midst? If Liberals have been negligent, what would be the Conservative's solution to the terrorist problem? Oh yes, begin arresting people for speeches they make.]

If Abu Hamza would have been arrested as soon as he preached violence, maybe todays incident wouldn't have happened. Freedom of Speech doesn't extend to those who incite harm against others. Why was Freedom to Incite Violence allowed Abu Hamza for so long? Was it because it is politically incorrect to challenge Moslem Imams in politically sensitive areas of London?
I do have my own blog, Dave. It's called File it Under. And I wasn't calling you an asshat but those that thought 9/11 is some kind of conspiracy theory by our and/or Israel's governments.

Feel free to delete this comment, too since apparently poking holes in your idiotic blame post offends you.

Your knee-jerk post has so many holes in it, I can understand it being picked apart line by line might frustrate you to no end.
The linked to article was written yesterday...

Which totally destroys your own heading for this post. Did you even read the article you linked?

That makes it no less insane and accusatory toward the French and IOC for what (yesterday) "might" happen and it makes my point that the blame for such things from the right is always the usual suspects.

I'd argue that this post lacks a little sanity, Dave. The author accuses the French of being soft on terrorism and letting it fester within France. He'd like to see them have to clean it up or face the risk of an attack at an Olympics in Paris.

France isn't even on your "list of the usual suspects," Dave. You should add it to add validity to possibly the worst post I've read on your blog.

[That's because the article attacking France was just a list of old myths which are used to attack all of those listed by Dave in his post. Your man at Fox is so incredibly lame he just copy-pasted the same old crap he always scarfs up.]

Plus the article is an opinion piece and is no less "insane" than op-eds in the New York Times or Washington Post.
Good lord, Hoodlumman, take a pill.

France isn't on the list because the list (tongue-in-cheek as it may be) was in addition to France. That's why I said "Just to save you the trouble here is a list of others who surely will be fingered for blame." Get it!? Others. O-T-H-E-R-S. If you weren't frothing so much foam from your rabid conservative mouth you would have been able to see to read that part of my worst post ever (EVER, I tell you!).

If you don't like the NYT or WP editorials, post about them on your blog. Shine the light of truth on those losy terrorist-loving, traitorist, baby-killing commies! Go for it! That's what I do.

You called me rabid! RABID!! Delete your comment, sir! Delete it!!

Shine the light of truth on those losy terrorist-loving, traitorist, baby-killing commies!

Very Durbinesque hyperbole, Dave. I like it.

That's what I do.

Though not very well in this case. Not at all.

More rabid frothing here. Manual trackback..., I tell ya!

And thank you for the Durbin comparison. We both call Springfield home ya know!

And you're not really rabid I guess, just cute when you're angry.

Have a good day!
I'm not afraid of Commies, but Here are some that like to get into frequent protests with police...

I don't think these guys have any correlation on the Right. These Black Bloc anarchs are about a step away from the Islamic terrorists in my book.
Hey Darius, how about real life rightwing terrorists like Eric Rudolph and Tim McVeigh? The second and third worst U.S. terrorist attacks in the last decade weren't brought to us by from anyone on the left.

Be careful before you start throwing stones brother.

And what does your comment have to do with anything anyway? Go troll elsewhere. I'm done.
Dave ... you're wrong.
Diana's point is very persuasive. I concede.
Ahem, hey Dave. In case you DID NOT get it, which apparently you didn't. Jacques Chirac has been a terrorist butt-kisser for MANY YEARS. He OPPOSED, underminded and did everything possible to block the war in Iraq, not because he thought Saddam was an innocent man, but because Saddam was stuffing his pockets with BILLIONS of dollars in oil contracts! The French haven't done jack squat in the war on terror, and that editorial was aimed to blast the corrupt as hell Chirac administration for their sh***y conduct. Why do you think there's a UN Oil for Food scandal and investigation Dave? Have you been asleep? Don't be rushing to cover Chirac's arse, unless you're prepared to defend their actions for the past several years which are quite indefensable.

[A Conservative's Mantra (they take this with them wherever they go): "French Companies Bad, Haliburton Good, French Companies Bad, Bush Family's Profiting Off Of Bin Laden Family Connections Good"]

Bleh, underMINED.
Oh God, the insanity continues. MCC, I think Leach just posted something very liberal. You better go see.
Dave said, "Hey Darius, how about real life rightwing terrorists like Eric Rudolph and Tim McVeigh? The second and third worst U.S. terrorist attacks in the last decade weren't brought to us by from anyone on the left.

Be careful before you start throwing stones brother.

And what does your comment have to do with anything anyway? Go troll elsewhere. I'm done.

I'll take this point by point.

1. Regarding Rightwing Terrorists- these are individual nutjobs acting alone. Leftwing Terrorists organize into cells similar to Radical Islam, and they coordinate their efforts via the internet while maintaining a public face. Look no further than the Earth Liberation Front. There are plenty of nutjob Leftists too- Ted Kaczynski, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and plenty of self-labeled-Leftwing cop killers to more than counter your pseudo-rebuttal.

[Yes, imagine that, left wing terror cells organizing on the Internet right in plain view! I say it's too dangerous, it needs to be shut down! Shut down the Internet! That way only ideas, like those presented on FOX will be available.]

2. Be careful about throwing stones? Do you consider what I've said to be a personal attack? Clearly you view me as a troll, not interested in rational discussion, I didn't accuse you of being a feces-spewing pseudo-intellectual, so you shoulnd't accuse me of being a troll.

3. What does my comment have to do with anything? You stir up accusations against conservatives- accusing us of blaming the French and the IOC for a bombing that hadn't took place when the article you cited was written, and you ask me what MY comment has to do with anything? My comment was meant to draw a parallel between the bombings in London and the leftist motivated anarchist-on-police violence taking place in Scotland right now. It's funny that you accuse conservatives of bias, when it's not conservatives marching through the streets of Scotland throwing rocks at police. It's not conservatives giving license to Islamic fundamentalists to foment violence against the West- it's the Liberals who promote a stance of non-Judgemental-tolerance for all brands of Anti-Americanism and Anti-Westernism. Why did I post my comment? To see how you would handle the inclusion of silly Leftism into a debate you created by referencing some silly conservatism into the London bombings discussion.
Oh God, the insanity continues. MCC, I think Leach just posted something very liberal. You better go see.

Dave, you couldn't counter an arguement, it appears, if your life depended on it.
>Oh God, the insanity continues. MCC, I think Leach just posted something very liberal. You better go see.

Dave, you couldn't counter an arguement, it appears, if your life depended on it.

Yeah no kidding...big wuss out if I ever saw one.
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Poles & Lines

I love the beauty of a uncluttered urban skyline. This photo is of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Parking Garage Gate. The photo looks west down Madison, from the corner of Madison, and Sixth Street.

In the first photo I edited out the utility poles, and power lines. I also include the unedited photo for comparison.

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Why I hate utility poles? One example below.

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Millions of dollars have already been spent remaking downtown Springfield, Illinois. Millions more will be spent in the coming years. Despite these efforts, the overlooming utilty poles, hanging about, always remind us that Springfield has a long way to go.

Union Station Forever

Springfield Illinois' Abraham Lincoln Presidential LIbrary, and Museum is still very much under construction. Just across the street from the museum on Sixth Street can be found Union Park, and Union Station.

Union Station, located on Madison Street, between Fifth, and Sixth Streets, right across the street from the ALPLM Parking Garage!

Union Station is undergoing a twelve million dollar makeover! When refurbished, the station will become the visitor's center for the ALPLM complex.

I've included some photo below of the construction currently taking place. I also include an image of the Great Seal, which suggest that Union Station's design may have been influenced by Masons.

One thing is for sure, those modern windows must go - hideous!

The history of the building is interesting, and I'll post more on it later.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Fourth Celebrated in Downtown Springfield

Like most cities of Springfield, Illinois size there are official activities celebrating July 4th.

The "official" July 4th fireworks display is presented at the front of the Illinois State Capitol building, located at Second, and Capitol street.

The display always attracts thousands of patriotic citizens. Our family has made attending the display an annual tradition.

I recorded some great videos, but unfortunately I won't be able to post those to this blog.

This year I followed my wife's advice, which was to park closer! We paid for this decision at the end of the show - having to wait a good fifteen to twenty minutes in the car as we tried to get out of the parking lot.

Never again, I say! We'll park farther away next year.

Shocking, but true, this year's display actually started at Nine! It has always started a little late in the past - between, fifteen, and twenty minutes late. Perhaps those in charge were trying to launch the display ahead of an approching storm front. I witnessed groups of people racing into the area as the show was beginning.

I snapped many photos, but I'll post just a few. For fun I've posted each firework photo with another "similar" photo stolen from various images off the web.

In the first set of photos I present an incredible image taken by the Hubbell Space Telescope. The photo is part the Deep Space series on ancient, and very distant galaxies.

The galaxies are imaged from just one incredibly tiny spot in the sky, yet each galaxy is immensely huge, and the space between them even larger. I bring up for comparison one of my paltry firework photos from July 4th.

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A Set of Sprites! Sprites are amazing natural phenomena created at the upper edges of the atmosphere by lightening storms (only recently discovered). I took the second photo from this year's July 4th celebration.

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The next photo is of the Horse Head Nebula in Orion, along with my own firework version just below it.

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This last set is somewhat racey - well, if you were a Bee. Sperm (a Bee's), and my imaginative firework analogy.

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No doubt about it, I love July 4th!

I do wish roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, etc., were easier, and more legally obtained. Something missing in this "perfect" world.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Jerome's July 4th, 2005 Parade

This post is a works in progress - I'm posting what I have now, and will finish up over the next few days.

A little hokey? A little too down home?

Maybe, but I like Jerome's annual 4th of July Parade.

I've noticed over the years that more, and more groups have found their place in the procession. There's just something to be said about a small town 4th of July Parade.
It's hard to describe, sort of like going back in time - to a kinder, and gentler era. One where everyone knew their neighbors, and looked out for them.

The odd thing is that Jerome is completely surrounded by a much larger community - Springfield. So perhaps it's all an illusion - but's it's also possible, that it's what we, who live in Jerome, make of it.

The following series of photos were taken at the corner of Alberta Lane, and Filmore.
The parade commenced Saturday, July 2nd, 9:00 a.m., at the Village Hall, which is located at 2901 Leonard Street.

In the lead is Jerome's Finest!

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Patriotic Bicycles (I've prepared many a bicycle for my own child)

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Grand Marshall (I blanked out their names. Residents 56 Years!)

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Babies on Parade!

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Springfield, Illinois' Fire Truck - Thanks SFD, For All You Do!

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Hey, Wait! Who let this clown behind the wheel? Oh, it's alright, the monkey's driving! What would a parade be without the Shriners?

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Some Proud Veterans Bearing Our Nation's Colors!

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Wait! Aren't these guys a little young to have fought in the Civil War?

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The Ansar Arab Patrol Are Always A Blast!

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Great Care, Great Respect, The VFW Color Guard.

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Doing the Polka is a July 4th Tradition in Jerome!

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More to Come!

A Fourth of July Blast!

Now this is a 4th of July Blast!

I'm including several photos taken from JPL's, and NASA's websites. I include my own comments, and official captions, and credits.

The following image was taken from the surviving Deep Impact spacecraft. It shows the immediate result of the Impactor probe's high velocity encounter with comet Tempel 1. The comet is half the size of Manhattan Island, while the Impactor probe is only the size of a washing machine. Due to the velocities involved, (i.e.,
23,000 mph), the explosion generated at impact was the equivalent to five tons of TNT.

Enough to create quite a show!

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NASA Caption: This image (ab0ve) shows the initial ejecta that resulted when NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with comet Tempel 1 at 10:52 p.m. Pacific time, July 3 (1:52 a.m. Eastern time, July 4). It was taken by the spacecraft's high-resolution camera 13 seconds after impact. The image has been digitally processed to better show the comet's nucleus.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD

This next image (below) seems straight out of a science fiction movie!

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NASA Caption: This image (above) from NASA TV is a view from Deep Impact's flyby showing the impactor colliding with comet Tempel 1.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD


The next image (below) is from Impactor moments before it slammed into Tempel 1. I love how this image makes, in my mind anyway, a very real thing-place out of what has been something previously only imagined, or seen in science fiction movies.

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NASA Caption: This image (above) from NASA TV shows shows one of the last images from Deep Impact's impactor before collision with comet Tempel 1.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD.

In the photo (below) we see how the apparent brightness of the comet has increased (temporarily) due to the ejecta thrown off from the impact. I like this series of images as it shows the effect of what we did in space can be seen all the way back here on Earth.

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Official Caption: This is a series of images (below) taken at the CFHT (Canada France Hawaii Telescope) equiped with the Megacam camera, pre- and post-impact. The images are 10s exposure time and were taken through the r filter. North is up, East is left. The field of view is about 11 x 11 arcmin, which corresponds to about 430,000 km at the comet. The increase of brightness after impact (which occurred at 05:52:24 UT as seen from Earth) is obvious on the second and third images.

Credit: J. Pittichova, Y. Fernandez, K. Meech (Institute for Astronomy, Hawaii), R. Cabanac, M.B. Laychak and P. Martin (CFHT).

Some may question our priorities, that is, spending money on the space program when there are so many problems here on Earth. Let me say, I believe every dollar spent on this mission was worth it. This mission shows that we can send a craft to a comet. One day, the whole of humanity may depend on our ability to nudge a comet out of a collision course with Earth. In fact it's just a matter of time.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Urgent Care's Condition Upgraded!

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Photo: Urgent Care - Macarthur Blvd - Springfield, IL July 2005 (before demolition)

The Springfield Urgent Care, currently located at 1836 S. Macarthur Blvd., is yet another facility slated for the wrecking ball. A recent posting on the Walgreen's just down the road from Urgent Care sparked some interesting responses.

Several comments regarding the soon to be demolished building that currently houses Walgreen's at the corner of Ash & Macarthur were posted. Those comments helped to spur the creation of a new blog titled Look Back Springfield. Look Back Springfield is dedicated to the posting of Springfield's history. Anyone, and everyone is invited to participate!

I doubt that many comments will be made regarding the small building that currently houses the Springfield Urgent Care. I see the move as a great improvement. The current facility is cramped, and dingy. The new building, which is located just south of the existing facility, appears to be a significant improvement to South Macarthur Blvd, and to Springfield, Illinois.

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Photo: New Facility Will Be Called Priority Care - Springfield, Illinois - July 2005


I've located Joseph E. Duncan III's Blog.

Duncan is the individual accused of kidnapping Shasta Groene (see my blog posting immediately prior to this one), and possibly will be charged in the killings of Groene's two brothers, her mother, and step father.

His final posting's make it clear he is close to the breaking point - shortly before the killings. He hints at other crimes as well:

Friday, May 13, 2005
Still Confused

My blog entries lately are erratic and full of a lot of B.S., for that I apologize. I am just trying to put down what is in my head, regardless. As far as "taking people with me" well, I don't know if that is right or wrong. In fact, I don't know much any more what right and wrong even is. My view is either everything is right (in some regard) or everything is wrong (in some other regard). The question (one I am struggling with at this point) is, "Does it matter?"
Does anything matter? My mother is crying right now, because her son is in trouble again. She tried to raise a good son, and she knows her son has a good heart, so why does he do these things? She is probably more hurt and confused than me. Does it matter? It hurts me to know these things, but DOES IT MATTER???
A hundred years from now, all my mothers pain will be forgotten, and other mothers will cry for there sons. A million years from now there probably won't be any mothers (at least not like we know).
I have feelings, in fact I think I must be more sensitive than most people because I seem to feel more than they do, at least more than what they openly express. I feel for the starving children and families in the world, others say, "Oh, that's too bad, but I can't do anything so..."
I wish I could be more honest about my feelings, but those demons made sure I'd never be able to do that. I might not know if it matters, but just in case, I am working on an encrypted journal that is hundreds of times more frank than this blog could ever be (that's why I keep it encrypted). I figure in 30 years or more we will have the technology to easily crack the encryption (currently very un-crackable, PGP) and then the world will know who I really was, and what I really did, and what I really thought. Also, maybe then they will understand that despite my actions, I'm not a bad person, I just have a disease contracted from society, and it hurts a lot.
I hope to complete this journal before I die (soon) or turn myself in (I still might do that, I think it is the right thing, but of course, I'm not sure).
Speak of being sure; I wish I could be sure about my thoughts. But right now the only thing I'm sure about is that I'm sure about nothing. It is not a good position to be in considering my circumstances (being a felony fugitive and all).

And yet another post:

Sunday, April 24, 2005
Wrestling With Demons

7:21 PM
Yes, I am still alive. I honestly wish not, I just don’t know how to kill myself so it makes sense. Nothing makes sense to me right now. Last night I realized I was “scared and alone.” Being scared doesn’t bother me as much as being alone, but it is a fate that I probably chose sometime before I was ever born because I’ve been making the decision to fight my battles alone since I was a small child. The current battle is of epic proportions (I do not make this claim idly either). It is a battle between me and my demons. Only two people in the world have a clue as to the power and nature of my demons (besides me) and they will probably never read this. But just the same, these demons are stronger than even I gave them credit for, and now they are taking my best blows and not even staggering. I’m afraid, very afraid. If they win then a lot of people will be badly hurt, and they’ve had their way before, so I know what they can do. I’ve been praying a lot and asking God for help. I’ve asked him to step in and intercede directly, because I see no other way at this point that I can win. If you are reading this, and you believe in God, please pray for God to help me defeat my demons. God has shown me the right choice, but my demons have me tied to a spit and the fire has already been lit. I don’t know if the right choice is even an option any more!

Yes, I know, it's morbid - but it is useful information too.

If more people had read Mein Kampf, and taken it seriously, maybe there would have been no WWII.

Needless to say, people are finding his blog, and posting comments like crazy.

Caution: When I surfed to the very first page of this blog archive (January 04?), which you can't reach through the link I provided above, a TROJAN may load on your PC!

My virus scanner stopped this, but I find that very odd, that a TROJAN could be downloaded off of a blog page.

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