Monday, October 31, 2005

"Scalito"

Alas, I must say I'm a tiny bit disappointed that W didn't pick JRB since she was the unanimous pick from my poll. But otherwise I'm ecstatic over this pick. When looking at the choices on saturday he was my favorite choice from the men on the short list. If your nickname is "Scalito" because you are like Scalia there isn't much I can complain about. Now for the showdown. Drudge put up a very good article about him. Yah!! I can now read Ann Coulter's new column this week. No more Bush bashing :-).

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Who Would You Pick?

I spent too much time this afternoon researching the reported "short list" of candidates W is going to be picking from for the next Supreme Court Justice. I ofcourse want W to pick the most qualified person but I have to admit I would really like a woman. The only 2 women SCJ have been Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg who have both been dismal failures. I would love to have a woman hero like Scalia & Thomas. So here's the "short list" (I have set up links for some of them for those that would like to read more):

Alice Batchelder
Karen Williams
Priscilla Owen
Janice Rogers Brown
Maura Corrigan
Samuel Alito
J. Michael Luttig
Michael McConnell

These 3 are the only ones who aren't judges:

Senator John Cornyn
Chris Cox
Maureen Mahoney

As some of you know I have been leaning towards Janice Rogers Brown but I would like to know more about the other women. Karen Williams looks good but I wasn't able to find out much about her. Out of the men I like Samuel Alito the best but Luttig looks good too.

So fellow bloggers let me know who you would pick. And anybody that has some good info on any of these people I would love to know more. Thanks.

Townhall asked the same poll question and Janice Rogers Brown was by far the favorite at 42%, Michael Luttig 25%, Samuel Alito 12% and everybody else only getting anywhere from 2-5%.

Friday, October 28, 2005

I'm Seeing Red Today!!!

I have to admit my blood pressure was very high as I listened to Patrick Fitzgerald's speech on the indictment of "Scooter" Libby. Don't get me wrong I will never condone perjury, lieing or obstruction of justice. If Libby has truly lied under oath he deserves to be punished. But I was seeing red listening to Patrick Fitzgerald and how pious and smug he sounded. All of a sudden the rule of law is important and lieing under oath is a serious crime. The Clintons got away with "murder" during their 8 years in the White House. They repeatedly and intentionally lied over and over again and were never held to account for it. During their time in the White House the rule of law never seemed important and lieing under oath was okay depending on the circumstances.

The thing that bothers me the most about all of this is a man's reputation has been ruined. It won't matter now if Libby is exonerated, he has already been convicted in the court of public opinion. This criminalization of politics needs to stop.

All of this seems very unfair and unjust to me. The heart of this investigation was whether Valerie Plame was a covert agent and whether her identity had been revealed. It has become widely known now that she was not covert and hadn't been for awhile. Her friends and neighbors had known for quite some time that she worked for the CIA. She was not outed by anyone, it was already known. So from that perspective it was much ado about nothing. As many of you know I am a huge fan of Alias. When you see the jeopardy that a real covert agent would be in, you do understand how important it would be not to disclose their identity. But that wasn't the case here at all. She was not covert.

Lastly the Democrats and the media are salivating over claims that this has something to do with the heart of the war on terror. Talk about being absurd and really reaching. Our basis for going to war was dependant on a lot more than what Joe Wilson "claimed" wasn't true.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Thank-you to the troops!!

Go to this website and click on QuietCommercial.wmv. This awesome commercial aired during the Super Bowl. It brought tears to my eyes and says volumes. I want to take this chance to thank all those men and women who are serving our country now and who have in the past. We owe you a debt of gratitude and without you we wouldn't have the freedoms we enjoy today. THANK-YOU!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Quote of the Day

This is my 7th year homeschooling but my 1st year to teach all 4 of my kids. It has been a little overwhelming and yesterday was a difficult day. A quote from Patsy Clairmont (a motivational Christian speaker) came to mind that I have always loved. She was talking to her 7 yr. old son who said he wanted to quit school. She asked him why and he said, "It's too long, too hard and too boring". Patsy said, "You have just described life, now get on the bus." Sometimes it does seem like life is too long, too hard and too boring.

Last night as I was trying to go to sleep 1 Peter 5:7 came to mind which says "Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." This morning my devotional was on 1 Peter 5:7 of all verses :-). It was about a hymn which was based on 1 Peter 5:7. It is entitled "Does Jesus Care?" by Frank E. Graeff. It was very comforting and encouraging. Here are some of the words:

"Does Jesus care When my heart is pained Too deeply for mirth and song; As the burdens press And the cares distress And the way grows weary and long?

Does Jesus care when my way is dark With a nameless dread and fear? As the daylight fades Into deep night shades, Does He care enough to be near?

O yes, He cares; I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief; When the days are weary, The long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Charges Against Tom Delay

A fellow blogger asked me why I thought the charges against Tom Delay were flimsy. So here it goes. I'm sure we have all heard the phrase that prosecutors could indict a ham sandwich if they wanted to. Well the indictments of Tom Delay would fit that description.

First of all we need to look at the prosecutor Ronnie Earle. He is in Travis County which is the last remaining liberal stronghold in the state. As Rush says "All roads lead to Travis County". What he means by that is Bill Burkett (the source for Dan Rather's false documents) is from there and so is Dan Rather's daughter and many other liberals that still live in Texas. Twenty years ago Ronnie Earle started indicting his political enemies. At that time there were no Republicans so he went after conservative Democrats. He continued after the conservative Democrats became Republicans and not too long ago went after Kay Bailey Hutchinson. There was no evidence to support the charges so they were eventually dropped but in the meantime Hutchinson's name was drug through the mud. Here are some comments from an editorial published in the Wall Street Journal on September 29th of this year:

"The Majority Leader also deserves the presumption of innocence because of Mr. Earle's guilty past. A liberal Democrat, he has a history of indicting political enemies, Democrat and Republican, on flimsy evidence that didn't hold up in court. In the mid-1980s, he indicted Attorney General Jim Mattox, a rival of his ally Ann Richards, on bribery charges. Mr. Mattox was acquitted and won re-election.

In 1993, he indicted Kay Bailey Hutchison, who'd just been elected to the U.S. Senate, on charges of misconduct and records tampering. Mr. Earle was forced to drop the case even before it went to trial. Earlier this year, the prosecutor delivered a widely criticized speech at a Democratic fund-raiser in which he compared his prosecutorial targets to "Mussolini and his fascists" and all but declared that he had Mr. DeLay in his sights."



Ronnie Earle has also been involved in corporate shakedowns (like our buddy Jesse Jackson). He gets ready to indict some corporations but says I won't indict if you give to my favorite charity or organization. Here are some comments regarding this from Byron York of National Review:

"Ronnie Earle, the Texas prosecutor who has indicted associates of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in an ongoing campaign-finance investigation, dropped felony charges against several corporations indicted in the probe in return for the corporations' agreement to make five- and six-figure contributions to one of Earle's pet causes.

A grand jury in Travis County, Texas, last September indicted eight corporations in connection with the DeLay investigation. All were charged with making illegal contributions (Texas law forbids corporate giving to political campaigns). Since then, however, Earle has agreed to dismiss charges against four of the companies — retail giant Sears, the restaurant chain Cracker Barrel, the Internet company Questerra, and the collection company Diversified Collection Services — after the companies pledged to contribute to a program designed to publicize Earle's belief that corporate involvement in politics is harmful to American democracy."


So we see that Ronnie Earle is a liberal democrat who seems to have a habit of going after his political enemies. Now lets look at the actual indictments. The first indictment was on criminal conspiracy charges which are easy to charge but hard to prove. Then it turned out the law that Delay was accused of violating wasn't passed until 2003 a year after he supposedly had broke it. So since that indictment wasn't going to work Earle went "Grand Jury Shopping" again. He had taken the charges to numerous grand juries before getting the first indictment so now he was scrambling to get another one.

The second indictment was for money laundering. The essence of what both indictments are about is that in Texas corporations aren't allowed to give directly to political campaigns. But they can give money for administrative expenses for political committees. The charges are that the Texas PAC took money from corporations and sent the excess money after expenses to the RNC. Then the RNC sent money back to the PAC for certain State House seats. None of this is illegal unless the RNC specified where this money was to go. So far there is no evidence of this.

The Republicans are running ads in Texas that Earle is making it a crime to be a conservative. I think that nails it on the head. Delay has been very successful in helping Republicans win and since the Democrats can't win at the ballot box they are resorting to the criminalization of politics.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Nauseating Lectures From The Left

I made the mistake of watching some of "Meet The Press" this morning. I watched for a couple of minutes before running out the door to church. In those couple of minutes my blood pressure rose and I found myself yelling at the TV (not an uncommon occurrence).

Chuck Schumer was smugly lecturing the American People on how honorable Patrick Fitzgerald is. So whatever decision he comes to on the CIA leak case everyone should support it. I am having extreme difficulty this week being lectured to by Democrats. Seeing Schumer was the last straw after already hearing Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean lecture us on how corrupt the Republican Party is. This from the people who carried Bill & Hillary's water during the myriad scandals during their administration. The depth of the injustice and the unfair treatment of Republicans is unfathomable. If a prosecutor can indict Tom Delay on such flimsy charges how many times should Bill & Hillary have been indicted on real, legitimate charges? Clinton and Gore knowingly and blatantly violated campaign contribution laws. Yet when they were called on it their defense was that we should have new laws to keep people like us from committing crimes. I never understood how someone breaks an existing law and then gets away with saying the solution is to have more laws.

The bottom line is I refuse to be lectured to by Democrats on corruptness. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. It is breathtaking to me to witness the Democrats' audacity. My only consolation is that the witchhunts to get Rove & Delay are the Democrats last desperate attempt to regain some of their lost power

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Inspiration

I finished watching the 1st series of 24 again last night. I was thinking about what it was that made me like Kiefer Sutherland's character Jack Bauer and the character David Palmer. 24 portrays Bauer and Palmer standing up for truth and justice. They do the right thing even when they are pressured not to. They bring about justice even when they have to sometimes go outside conventional norms. They inspire admiration in me because they represent a rare breed.

There are people like them in the real world. My optimism wants to believe there are lots of people willing to fight for truth and justice. Although I'm often told by others that is not so. I run into many cynics who say that all politicians and many others are corrupt and money and power hungry. The more I live life the more I see their point. However, no one can ever convince me that there aren't still numerous heroes out there. People who are willing to fight for truth and justice in politics and in many other arenas. They aren't perfect. Many of my heroes are very flawed but that is life in the real world. In the Bible there are many heroes and the only one without flaws was Jesus. So it is in our world today.

One of my favorite movies of all time is Braveheart where Mel Gibson plays a character that is the ultimate in inspirational. He plays William Wallace who leads an army into trying to obtain freedom for Scotland. As the common, everyday people are rallying behind Wallace Robert the Bruce is torn on whether to support him. His father who is a hideous looking man believes in compromise. He tells Robert the Bruce that "uncompromising men are easy to admire". I think Mel Gibson purposely made the compromising father hideous looking because of what he stood for. The politically correct people of today would tell you that compromise is the ultimate virtue. Don't take a stand for truth and justice because you might offend someone. You can't always get what you want. The ideal is unattainable. Compromise may be important and good in your marriage and in personal relationships. But when it comes to sticking to your beliefs and your virtues and taking a stand on what is right compromise is not admirable. At least not to me.

I may be in the minority but I guess thats what makes me, me. I've always had a passion for taking a stand for what is right. So thats why fictional and real life people who fight for truth and justice will always be inspirational for me. I love reading books and watching movies with these heroes in them because they give me a snapshot into what I can aspire to be. They give me examples to give to my children to inspire them to be better. To communicate to them it is important to stand up for what is right. Truth and justice are worth fighting for and it is part of the reason God has us here on earth.

Friday, October 14, 2005

The Rhetoric About Miers

David Limbaugh wrote the best article today. It is entitled MORE THOUGHTS ON MIERS at http://www.jewishworldreview.com.
I think we all need to take a deep breath and wait to see how the hearings go. Being that I am a news junkie I continue to hear both sides and continue to be torn but for once in my life I think we need some moderation here. I see the conservatives' side that are upset and I understand those who want to trust and be loyal to the President. My biggest hope is that when this is all over and Bush gets another chance to nominate a supreme court justice he will pick a known quantity. Then we can all rally around that person so that we don't have to go through this again.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Humility

I made the mistake of watching parts of the morning news shows this morning. Bill Kristol was over the top and asking that Miers take herself out and ofcourse Pat Buchanan was trashing her. Then today I was teaching Children's Church and the Bible Story was the one where Jesus washed his disciples' feet. I was thinking about how Jesus is God and yet lowered himself to do a servant's job and how I sometimes think I'm too good to do certain jobs. I do think there is some elitism on the part of some of these conservatives that are freaking out about Mier's nomination. Ann Coulter was deriding the fact that Mier's humility was being praised in that she was willing to do any menial task at church. I know thats not a qualification in some aspects but it is in other aspects because it shows she has good character and she has humility. And in the realm of politics there are VERY FEW people even among conservatives that could claim humility as one of their attributes. I really think Bush knows her character, integrity and judicial philosophy and that may count a lot more than whether she went to an ivy league school or not. Just a thought.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Harriet Miers

I feel like I'm one of the nuns on The Sound of Music. Instead of "What do we do with a problem like Maria?" it's; What do we do with Harriet Miers?

When I tried out for the Radio Talk Show Host contest last year they said I did a great job except that I didn't take a strong opinion and I said I could see both sides. Anyone who knows me well knows that rarely happens. Usually I have a strong, passionate opinion and I don't see both sides. But today I'm going to see both sides and declare I'm still not completely sure where I stand on Harriet Miers.

David Limbaugh said it well in his article http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=46649 . Limbaugh is "disappointed but still hopeful". I think that is where a lot of conservatives are. I must admit this whole discourse has been very painful for me. Ever since I have been paying attention to politics one of my greatest passions has been to elect a conservative president who would then put conservative justices on the Supreme Court. And other conservatives have been waiting a lot longer than me so we all had high expectations. And it seems we are all a little disappointed.

It is hard to hear my conservative icons trashing my conservative president. It feels like one of my close friends attacking another one of my close friends. It's not fun. The problem is some of the points Rush, Ann Coulter and others make are valid. As much as I love Ann I think she has gone off the deep end a little on this one although she makes one good point. We have a lot of excellent, brilliant legal power on the right and Harriet Miers doesn't seem to even be in their league. Could she still be even though she doesn't appear that way? Yes. Are we in doubt? Also, yes.

Rush makes another valid point in that what kind of precedent are we setting with this nomination? Have we left conservative judges like Priscilla Owens and Janice Rogers Brown hung out to dry because they have a record that can be attacked? The conservative judges that have fought for us on the front lines have been persecuted and have received very little thanks. Do we snub them even further by not considering them for the Supreme Court? Or has the precedent already been set by what happened to Bork? He went down in flames not because he was inexperienced or unqualified but because he was a conservative and not afraid to show it. Clarence Thomas squeaked by but not before having false, vicious attacks against him that some still believe today. And although we have many awesome conservative senators in the senate we also have a couple of weak-kneed ones who seem to be willing to turn on the president in a heartbeat. But should we have fought anyway and set a standard and shown the democrats' true colors? Peggy Noonan thinks we should have and the idealist in me thinks maybe she's right.

I don't know the answers. Some conservatives seem to be doing what David Limbaugh says he's not ready to do, "run in front of a beer truck". I think thats how extreme some of the rhetoric has gotten. On the other hand does Bush deserve some of this criticism? Yes!! He knows how important this is to so many of his hard-core supporters and yet his comments to us are "Trust Me". I am willing to trust him and Dobson and others who try to assure me that this will be okay. Dick Cheney told Rush on his show that we could trust him and that in 10 years we would be very happy with Harriet Miers. As I heard him say that I made a mental note, I will trust you but if I'm not happy in 10 yrs. I will hunt you down and call you and remind you that you said trust me and we got screwed. As I am often the eternal optimist I am hoping and praying that will not be the case. I am hoping and praying that she and Roberts will both turn out to be awesome justices. The good news is that even if they aren't we can trust in the One who never lets us down and can always be trusted to somehow make things right.