Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Bush's Annapolis Speech

Bush's speech today was awesome. Here are some excerpts. The part where he talks about Corporal Starr was especially moving and inspirational to me.

"These terrorists have nothing to offer the Iraqi people. All they have is the capacity and the willingness to kill the innocent and create chaos for the cameras. They are trying to shake our will to achieve their stated objectives. They will fail. America's will is strong. And they will fail because the will to power is no match for the universal desire to live in liberty. (Applause.)

The terrorists in Iraq share the same ideology as the terrorists who struck the United States on September the 11th. Those terrorists share the same ideology with those who blew up commuters in London and Madrid, murdered tourists in Bali, workers in Riyadh, and guests at a wedding in Amman, Jordan. Just last week, they massacred Iraqi children and their parents at a toy give-away outside an Iraqi hospital.

This is an enemy without conscience -- and they cannot be appeased. If we were not fighting and destroying this enemy in Iraq, they would not be idle. They would be plotting and killing Americans across the world and within our own borders. By fighting these terrorists in Iraq, Americans in uniform are defeating a direct threat to the American people. Against this adversary, there is only one effective response: We will never back down. We will never give in. And we will never accept anything less than complete victory. (Applause.)

To achieve victory over such enemies, we are pursuing a comprehensive strategy in Iraq. Americans should have a clear understanding of this strategy -- how we look at the war, how we see the enemy, how we define victory, and what we're doing to achieve it. So today, we're releasing a document called the "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq." This is an unclassified version of the strategy we've been pursuing in Iraq, and it is posted on the White House website -- whitehouse.gov. I urge all Americans to read it.


Senator Lieberman is right. Setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would send a message across the world that America is a weak and an unreliable ally. Setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would send a signal to our enemies -- that if they wait long enough, America will cut and run and abandon its friends. And setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would vindicate the terrorists' tactics of beheadings and suicide bombings and mass murder -- and invite new attacks on America. To all who wear the uniform, I make you this pledge: America will not run in the face of car bombers and assassins so long as I am your Commander-in-Chief. (Applause.)



Before our mission in Iraq is accomplished, there will be tough days ahead. A time of war is a time of sacrifice, and we've lost some very fine men and women in this war on terror. Many of you know comrades and classmates who left our shores to defend freedom and who did not live to make the journey home. We pray for the military families who mourn the loss of loves ones. We hold them in our hearts -- and we honor the memory of every fallen soldier, sailor, airman, Coast Guardsman, and Marine.

One of those fallen heroes is a Marine Corporal named Jeff Starr, who was killed fighting the terrorists in Ramadi earlier this year. After he died, a letter was found on his laptop computer. Here's what he wrote, he said, "[I]f you're reading this, then I've died in Iraq. I don't regret going. Everybody dies, but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so they can live the way we live. Not [to] have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators_. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark."

There is only one way to honor the sacrifice of Corporal Starr and his fallen comrades -- and that is to take up their mantle, carry on their fight, and complete their mission. (Applause.)

We will take the fight to the terrorists. We will help the Iraqi people lay the foundations of a strong democracy that can govern itself, sustain itself, and defend itself. And by laying the foundations of freedom in Iraq, we will lay the foundation of peace for generations to come.

You all are the ones who will help accomplish all this. Our freedom and our way of life are in your hands -- and they're in the best of hands. I want to thank you for your service in the cause of freedom. I want to thank you for wearing the uniform. May God bless you all, and may God continue to bless the United States of America. (Applause.)"

Some of My Heroes

For those of us who are Christians obviously Jesus is our main hero but aside from that and people in our personal lives who have impacted us who are your heroes? Here is a list of my current top 15. These are people I respect and admire and who I consider to have done heroic type things in my mind. They aren't in any particular order. None of these men and women are perfect since we all have our flaws but they've made a difference. Let me know who some of your heroes are.

HEROES

1) Ronald Reagan
2) George W. Bush
3) Rush Limbaugh
4) Sean Hannity
5) Ann Coulter
6) Michael Landon
7) Mel Gibson
8) John Walsh
9) James Dobson
10) William Wallace
11) George Washington
12) Abraham Lincoln
13) Antonin Scalia
14) Clarence Thomas
15) Teddy Roosevelt

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Sex Offender Registry

I was on the way home from my trip and I heard John Walsh make a passioned plea on Hannity's show for these bills to go through the senate and the house. I think these bills are really important. It could make such a huge difference in keeping our kids safe. I called both of my senators and my representative today asking them to support SB 1086 in the senate and HR 3132 in the House. I encourage everyone to take a couple of minutes to do this. If the bills get held up they will have to start all over next year. Below is an article from Focus on the Family explaining everything.

Crime-Fighting Icon Urges Congress to Act

John Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted," appealed to
Congress today to sign into law more stringent
sex-offender registry guidelines before year's end.

Walsh, whose son was abducted and murdered in 1981, is
co-founder of the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC is a key contributor to
H.R. 3132 and S. 1086 -- identical bills that would create
a national system for sex-offender registry and community
notification.

"How many more children and other victims need to suffer
before our elected officials do the right thing and pass
this legislation?" Walsh said. "Enough is enough. We see
what these predators do and we know how easily they
disappear."

Currently lawmakers are set to adjourn without sending a
bill to President Bush.

Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC, said keeping the
ball rolling on such an important bill is critical.

"We can't wait another week, another month, another year,
for this legislation to become law," Allen said.
"Statistics from the U.S. Justice Department show that 67
percent or reported sexual assault victims are children.
This is powerful testimony to the fact that children are
at risk and we must do something to stop it. Passing this
legislation, this year, will be a step forward in helping
to reduce the risk."

Walsh agreed that lawmakers need to act quickly.

"They owe it to Carlie Brucia, Jessica Lunsford, Shasta
Groene and all the other precious children show were
abducted, abused and murdered by repeat sex offenders," he
said.

TAKE ACTION: You can find contact information for your
senators and representative in Congress in the CitizenLink
Action Center:

http://www.family.org/cforum/action_center.cfm?capwizurl=http://www3.capwiz.com/fof/dbq/officials/





Monday, November 28, 2005

Good News

I took the weekend off from blogging and now I feel like I have too many issues that I want to talk about. So I will highlight some very encouraging articles that I've come across recently. The first is the pictures of Cindy Sheehan sitting alone at her book signing table. It has been mentioned by Rush and others that her protests and her supposed crowds of supporters has been over exaggerated by the media. Amazingly the media exposed itself by showing these pictures of no one showing up here. It is encouraging to know that the average American doesn't support this treasonous behavior.

I found great delight in this next article. Just the title alone is awesome. "Scalia scolds Franken at celeb event in NYC". Scalia said, "My kids have been working on me to get out and do more public appearances....They think it makes it harder to demonize you-and I agree." Can we say amen to that? Most of us know by seeing just a small amount of Scalia's intellect that he could run circles around Franken but it is still nice to see it just the same :-).

This article encouraged me and gave me an even greater respect for Bruce Willis. "Willis film to show diehard GIs 'fighting for freedom'". It is so frustrating to like war movies and to want to watch accurate portrayals of conflicts and have to put up with politically correct and/or liberals' versions of war. So this was very refreshing and I look forward to seeing this movie.

This last article is also good news after all the Bush bashing. "Truman bounced back--so will Bush". Some guy was on one of the Sunday Morning talk shows yesterday talking about how the American people have lost all faith with Bush, blah, blah, blah... I'm sure thats what he's hoping for but I don't think so. Clinton & Reagan both bounced back from similar poll numbers so give me a break.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A Legacy

As I was reflecting on my Pastor's memorial service what stood out to me the most was what an awesome legacy he left. After reading what was written about him by his wife and children I sat in awe. I realized that not only had he been a great pastor who loved and encouraged people but he had been a great dad and husband. Anyone who is a CEO of a company down to a pastor of a church faces the temptation to be a workaholic. Many people in ministry let the demands of ministry (which are many) sometimes cause them to neglect their family. Franklin Graham has even admitted that his dad wasn't around enough. My pastor said "I consider my life to be a success because our two children love the Lord."

I watched his daughter and her strength as she played her dad's favorite songs at the service. His son gave the message. I had known him as a kid growing up and so even though I knew he was now a Pastor of his own church it was still hard for me to picture. His message was very moving and the greatest portrait of a living legacy of his dad. He referenced sayings and scriptures that were important to his dad. His mannerisms and even his voice reminded me of his dad. But his humor and message was his own and an awesome tribute. I have read John 11 and heard messages on it before but he had my attention from beginning to end. It was about listening to God and faith. And at the end he teared up (I still get tears in my eyes) and he said that we should be wanting to join Pastor in heaven not want him to be back down here with us. Those words are hard to hear but meaningful all in one. I think all of us hold on a little too tightly to this world. I know I do.

One of my brothers came a long ways to be at the service also. As we were talking we realized that the biggest reason Pastor had meant so much to us was because we knew he cared about us. It was amazing how many people went to great lengths to come to the service because of what Pastor had meant to them. As a result his death leaves a big hole. But he also leaves a great legacy. Nichole Nordeman sings a song called Legacy. Here are a few words from the song that I think apply:

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy


There was a "Little House on the Prairie" epidsode called "The Legacy". Charles thinks he needs to make these tables with his initials on them so he can be remembered. But in the process he starts neglecting his family. He ultimately realizes that his family & his children are his legacy.

As I reflect on all this I see how important our relationships are. We all think we need to do something "important" with our life and we all do have a purpose. But our legacy will be left by the lives we touch. Whether it be our family, our children or others that we have reached out to.

My Pastor touched people's lives to draw them to the Lord. So in honor of him my quote of the week will be "Stay Straight with the Lord" and my verse will be Romans 10:17--So faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Because thats what he wanted people to know.

Friday, November 18, 2005

One Life Can Make a Huge Difference

My heart is broken today because I found out that my Pastor from my growing up years died last night. My heart is very sad but yet I know he is rejoicing in heaven.

It is hard to explain the difference he made in my life. When I was 13 yrs. old my dad sought out a different church. This new church was like night and day for me from our old church. The people were loving and accepting and made me feel special. The Bible was important and I began to learn a lot about it. My pastor and his wife were wonderful to me. My pastor's wife prayed with me to accept Christ. And they both helped me to grow in my faith. I could come to them with any problems or questions at any time and they would listen and care.

My pastor believed in me and challenged me and I was only a teenager. Most people treat teenagers like they aren't important and can't contribute much but my pastor made me feel important. Him and his wife invested a lot of time in my life and it made a difference. It was a small church and I know sometimes they might've wanted to be at a bigger church where they could reach more people. But there were many individuals like myself for whom they made a world of a difference.

Because of them I developed confidence and a strong faith in the Lord. They encouraged me to go to a good Bible College and so I went to Moody Bible Institute just like they did. I met my husband there who is a great Christian man. I teach kids at my church and my own children about the Lord because of their influence. They made a difference in my life for eternity.

I think in life we need to slow down and remember that it is the personal connections we make with people that make a difference. It takes time to invest in people's lives but it is worth it. I have invested a lot of time in my kids and I know it will make a difference. My husband is a Youth Pastor and his strength is the relationships he has with the teens. They know he cares about them and he has a huge influence on them.

So this is a tribute to my pastor and how much I love him and will miss him. But it is also an encouragement to others to take the time to invest in people's lives.

UPDATE: I will be out of town for a few days for the memorial service. I will be back to blogging when I get back.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Perspective

Today I will take a small diversion from politics to discuss people. Although I'm sure it could relate to politics.

My daughter had a Drs. appointment this morning and I ended up taking all 4 of my kids with me. I will not pretend that my kids are perfect by any stretch of the means. My oldest daughter is quiet and well-behaved but my other 3 are normal children. But it always amazes me how other parents seem to be in denial and have interesting perspectives on childrens' behavior.

My youngest son that I have told you about is almost 6 yrs. old. He was coloring and playing with the toys in the waiting room when he began to be harassed by a bully. The kid was younger than him but clearly aggressive. He took my son's stuffed animal away, hit him numerous times and was trying to take over whatever toy my son was playing with. My son didn't hit back but he also didn't lay down and let the kid walk over him. He stared him down and retrieved his stuffed animal and didn't let him take it back although the kid tried numerous times. He also didn't back off on whatever toy he was playing with when the kid tried to bully him away. As you can imagine I was getting more and more irritated as I watched this and the other boy's mother was completely oblivious. This is one of my huge pet peeves. Parents who have children that are bullies usually appear to be completely oblivious to what their children are doing. Finally I just pulled my son aside and told him to try to stay away from the other kid but to no avail because the kid kept following him. Then the mother says real loudly (to no one in particular) laughingly that these 2 boys have been in a power struggle all morning. I'm sitting there incredulous. Any objective person would not have described the scenario that way. My older 3 children were outraged that this kid was being a bully towards their younger brother. My oldest son was about ready to intervene. I am a very transparent person so people can usually tell what I'm thinking. It had to be obvious that I was not happy and did not agree with this lady's assessment. We were saved by the bell so to speak when the nurse called my daughter's name and we left the waiting room.

Do I have a point to this story? I guess it would be that parents in denial irritate me. And that it seems our culture is accepting bad and irresponsible behavior more and more and justifying it. I don't think that is good for the kids and for society in general.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Gag Me With a Spoon

I can be very nostalgiac when it comes to thinking about the 80's. That's why I loved "The Wedding Singer" and why I watch "The Breakfast Club" everytime they re-air it on cable. I was a teenager in the 80's and I was notorious for using the phrase "Gag me with a spoon" and "Get Real" long after Valley Girl talk was no longer "in". I never considered myself a genuine Valley Girl since most of them were supposed to be airheads but there are some phrases you just gotta love.

All that to say I've come up with my own unique award. Bill O'Reilly has his "Most Ridiculous item of the day", Laura Ingraham has her "Butt Monkey awards" and Bloviating Zeppelin has his "Moonbat awards". I have my "Gag me with a spoon" award. And today it goes to Al Gore. This is what he said to an Australian newspaper:

He believed global warming to be a more serious threat than terrorism.

"I don't want to diminish the threat of terrorism at all, it is extremely serious, but on a long-term global basis, global warming is the most serious problem we are facing," Gore told The Age of Melbourne.


I don't know. I think there is a reason why even democrats heaved a sigh of relief on 9/11 that Gore wasn't president. What do you think :-)? Now you need to hear in your head that song or commercial that says "Unbelievable!!!"

The War

Harry Reid and his pals are having temper tantrums over Bush's supposed lies that got us into the war. Meanwhile there is a plethora of quotes from liberal democrats saying the same things as Bush. Bush finally gave an awesome response to this in his speech on Veteran's Day. Tony Snow has brought up that Bush needs to continue to do this with an aggressiveness and not let the Democrats define this issue. The Democrats are truly trying to rewrite history and they should not be allowed to get away with it. Two of our fellow bloggers have written awesome posts on this and I wanted to highlight them. Check out Mr. Grey Ghost and Exile. I found both of these posts to be very articulate and they did a good job of explaining the issue.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Happy Veteran's Day

Happy Birthday to the Marines and Happy Veteran's Day!!!
My heartfelt thanks goes out to all the veterans and those fighting for our freedoms even as I write this. Here are some quotes that speak for themselves:

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."--Ronald Reagan

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."--John Stuart Mill

"Let us not mourn for those who have died fighting but rather let us be glad that such heroes have lived."

"It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you." ~Dick Cheney

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." ~Elmer Davis

"Freedom is never free." ~Author Unknown

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
Nathan Hale, last words, 22 September 1776 (attributed)
US martyr & patriot in American Revolution (1755 - 1776
I also want to direct people again to this website and you need to click on QuietCommercial.wmv. It is a moving tribute and thank-you to our troops. May God bless our men and women who have fought and are fighting for our country. Words can never express how much we owe you.

SIDENOTE: I didn't think there could be liberal/politically correct quotation sites. I naively assumed that quotation sites would be objective. Hardly any of the sites even had Veteran's Day as a topic and when I would click on the patriotism sections I would get quotes that George Soros could use to bash this country. A little disheartening. If anyone knows of a good quotation website besides quotegarden.com let me know. Thanks.

UPDATE: Focus on the Family has done an AWESOME tribute to our soldiers today. Take the time to listen. This is what the MSM should be doing.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

"The Scandal of Supply and Demand"

Don't get me wrong. Our family's budget has no extra cushion. So the high gas prices and the probable high heating bills this winter are going to kill us just like everyone else. But I am so tired of hearing everyone whine about how evil the oil companies are. Bill O'Reilly whom I agree with about 70% of the time is railing about how awful this is that the oil companies are making profits. Guess what? In a capitalistic society private corporations need to make profits or there is no incentive for them to provide quality products. Rich Lowry has written an excellent article entitled "The Scandal of Supply and Demand" . In it he points out that oil companies make less profit than a lot of other industries. Here are some excerpts:

"Even in this boom, there's nothing untoward about ExxonMobil's profits. They are big, but it is a big company with big expenditures. What is important is the profit margin. For every dollar in sales, ExxonMobil makes 9.8 cents. McDonald's and Coca-Cola make 13.8 cents and 21.2 cents, respectively. Google makes 24.2 cents, and Merck, Bank of America, Microsoft and Citigroup all make more than that.


As an industry, oil and natural gas are less profitable in terms of cents per dollar of sales than banks, pharmaceuticals, software companies, telecommunications, insurance and a host of others. The most outrageous oil profiteer is government, which has collected $1.34 trillion in revenue from local and federal gas taxes since 1977, more than double the domestic profits of major oil companies during that time, according to the Tax Foundation."


So as he points out the people who are stealing most of our money through oil is the government through taxes. So instead of Congress grilling oil executives they should be grilling themselves. Supply and demand is the best way to get oil prices to come down. If the government tries price controls like it did during the 70's it is only going to make things worse. Let's see, in socialist countries in Europe where their government interferes they have cheaper gas, right? No, gas is still cheaper in the U.S. than anywhere else. Let's keep it that way.

What can we really do to lower the cost of gas prices in the future? Build more refineries, drill in Anwar and other place in the U.S. Who is really to blame for high gas prices in my opinion? The extreme environmentalists. I'm for protecting the environment but we can drill in Anwar and other places and not disturb the animals or the land. It is ridiculous that we have to get our oil from abroad because our own citizens have put so many restrictions on building new refineries and not letting us drill in our own land. I have been so excited about the possibility of drilling in Anwar and then today some moderate/liberal Republicans killed it. I am going to find out who each one of them are and they are getting a phonecall from me.

Let's stick with our capitalistic system of supply and demand and keep the government out of it. I would think the fires burning in France should be a stark reminder that a leap towards socialism is not a good idea.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

"Most Ridiculous, Butt Monkey or Moonbat Awards"

Well, Bill O'Reilly has his "Most Ridiculous item of the day". Laura Ingraham has her "Butt Monkey awards". And our fellow blogger Bloviating Zeppelin has his "Moonbat awards". I'm trying to come up with something similar but unique. I'm open to ideas and suggestions as I'm trying to come up with a name. And I have a perfect example today that would be a ridiculous item and be up for winning the "butt monkey" or the "moonbat" award.

Guess who is out endorsing political candidates? Michael Schiavo. It is so ridiculous it is hard to believe it's true. There are few topics after the Terri Schiavo case that I get as passionate about. To read my thoughts about that whole case go to my previous posts on this.

It is unbelievable. He decided to endorse Democrat Tim Kaine for Governor in Virginia against Republican Jerry Kilgore. He doesn't even live in Virginia!!!!! He was said to be testing the political waters and it doesn't look good for him (Thank God!). BayNews9's online message board had people voicing their opinion on the subject and it was overwhelmingly negative. To see all the comments go to the article but here are some excerpts.

"Who cares what this man thinks? He legally starved his wife to death. Why does his opinion matter to anyone?" was the response posted by W. D. Patton.

"Schiavo's opinions are worth two words, 'Who cares.' I vote for whomever I think is the best candidate. I don't need an adulterer who murdered his wife to help me out."

"When did this guy become politically relevant? Mike, you had the right to want your own life. Your wife died long before the plug was pulled and due to insurance policy requirements you could not simply divorce her near-dead carcass and marry your next love. But now you've had your 15 minutes it is time to slink quietly back into obscurity."


"Who gives a rat's a-- what this guy thinks or who he likes politically. His 15 minutes are up. Maybe he should hook up with wacko Cindy Sheehan."


"This SOB is going to get rich one way or another off of his wife's death. Movies, book deals. ... I am sick of this CREEP getting attention for killing his wife!"


I think all those comments speak for themselves. I couldn't say it any better. Unbelievable!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

God's Blessings

My day job is homeschooling my 4 kids and since I'm doing that 24/7 I usually like to escape into the world of politics when I write in my blog. But today I'm going to stray a little.

As I was sitting in church today I and others were admiring the cute baby girl (who had downs syndrome) in the pew in front of us. There was something about her that was special and made everyone smile. I started thinking about how so many people might view her and other special needs children. There is an outlook of pity and in some sense that her life isn't as good of quality as "normal" children.

A lady in our church recently had a baby at the age of 48 after already having 7 other children. She was very apprehensive about telling anyone she was pregnant because of the fear of what others would say and how they would judge her. Amazingly even in our church there were people that said hurtful things to her. I admit that even I thought, better her than me. I have no desire to have 8 children and especially to be pregnant at the age of 48 and what about the possiblity of having a baby with downs syndrome? Ofcourse I didn't say any of these things to her. But as I listened to her struggles and the mean things people said I realized something. If we truly say we are pro-life all life should be valuable. Her decisions may be different than ours but we should be saying more power to her and admire her for valuing life. A downs syndrome baby is just as precious as "normal" babies and maybe more so.

How do I know? I don't have a downs syndrome baby but I do have a son with special needs. My 4th and youngest child was 5 months old when I noticed something was wrong. I am prone to anxiety and so I immediately started fearing the worst. At 10 months we got him into a specialist and the developmental pediatrician said he suspected he had mild cerebral palsy. You have no idea how devastated I was and how hard it was to hear those words. First of all I didn't know what it would all mean and my biggest fear was that I had a child that wasn't "normal" and would other kids make fun of him?

We immediately got everyone praying. I started the grieving process of accepting that I had a special needs child. And we got him into therapy. It was amazing to see what God did with my little boy and with me. I started realizing what was most important. It hasn't been an easy road but God has really worked. He didn't walk until he was 2 1/2 and at age 3 he still wasn't really talking much. I had therapists telling me that he might never talk. But they were wrong. Today he is almost 6 yrs. old and walking well and talking in sentences. His diagnosis has changed to developmental delays with Ataxia. Most of the time I forget he is a special needs child. He can do anything his brother and sisters can do. But every once in awhile I will be brought back to earth with some of his limitations.

You love all of your children the same but my little boy is very special. He has a charm about him that makes everyone love him and he literally has a sparkle in his eyes. He is my most affectionate child and tells me he loves me more than any of my other kids. He is a HUGE blessing to me and I can't imagine life without him. My husband and I are not to be pitied for having a special needs child and his quality of life is not less than any "normal" child (whatever that means). All life and children are a blessing and are valuable.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Joe Wilson Outed His CIA Wife

Bloviating Zeppelin and Rebecca both brought my attention to this excellent article that further proves my point from my "Big Fat Liar" post. I'm going to go ahead and put the whole article from Worldnetdaily here. My question is why didn't this information come to light in Fitzgerald's 2 yr. investigation?


Saturday, November 5, 2005

THE PLAME GAME
Analyst says Wilson
'outed' wife in 2002
Disclosed in casual conversations
a year before Novak column

by Art Moore


Valerie Plame appeared in Vanity Fair magazine with her husband Joseph Wilson in January 2004
A retired Army general says the man at the center of the CIA leak controversy, Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, revealed wife Valerie Plame's identity in a casual conversation more than a year before she allegedly was "outed" by the White House through a columnist.

Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely told WorldNetDaily that Wilson mentioned Plame's status as a CIA operative in at least three, possibly five, separate conversations in 2002 in the Fox News Channel's "green room" in Washington, D.C., as they waited to appear on air as analysts.


Vallely and Wilson both were contracted by Fox News to discuss the war on terror as the U.S. faced off with Iraq in the run-up to the spring 2003 invasion.

Vallely says, according to his recollection, the first time Wilson mentioned his wife's job was around February or March of 2002 – more than a year before Robert Novak's July 14, 2003, column identified her, citing senior administration officials, as "an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction."


Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Vallely

"He was rather open about his wife working at the CIA," said Vallely, who retired in 1991 as the Army's deputy commanding general in the Pacific.

WND learned of Vallely's claim through his interview Thursday night on the ABC radio network's John Batchelor show.

Vallely told WND that, in his opinion, it became clear over the course of several conversations that Wilson had his own agenda, as the ambassador's analysis of the war and its surrounding politics strayed from reality.

"He was a total self promoter," Vallely said. "I don't know it if was out of insecurity, to make him feel important, but he's created so much turmoil, he needs to be investigated and put under oath."

The only indictment in Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's two-year investigation came one week ago when Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was charged with one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury in the case. He could face up to 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines if convicted on all five counts.

Vallely said, citing CIA colleagues, that in addition to his conversations with Wilson, the ambassador was proud to introduce Plame at cocktail parties and other social events around Washington as his CIA wife.

"That was pretty common knowledge," he said. "She's been out there on the Washington scene many years."

If Plame were a covert agent at the time, Vallely said, "he would not have paraded her around as he did."

"This whole thing has become the biggest non-story I know," he concluded, "and all created by Joe Wilson."

Fitzgerald has been investigating whether Plame's identity was leaked by the White House as retaliation against Wilson for his assertion that the Bush administration made false claims about Iraq's attempt to buy nuclear material in Africa.

Wilson traveled to Niger in February 2002 on a CIA-sponsored trip to check out the allegations about Iraq and wrote up his findings in a July 6, 2003, New York Times opinion piece titled "What I Didn't Find in Africa."

White House defenders insist the aides simply were setting the record straight about Wilson, seeking to put his credibility in context by pointing out it was Plame who helped him get the CIA consulting job. Wilson denied his wife's role initially, but a bipartisan report by the Senate panel documented it.

Wilson declared in the column that his trip revealed the Iraq-Niger connection was dubious, but his oral report to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence actually corroborated the controversial "16 words" in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

Libby's charges pertained only to the investigation itself, not the 1982 act that made it illegal to blow a covert U.S. agent's cover.


Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame in July 2005 issue of Vanity Fair magazine


The Washington attorney who spearheaded the drafting of that law told WND earlier this year that Plame's circumstances don't meet the statute's criteria.

Victoria Toensing – who worked on the legislation in her role as chief counsel for the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – said Plame most likely was not a covert agent when White House aides mentioned her to reporters.

The federal code says the agent must have operated outside the United States within the previous five years. But Plame gave up her role as a covert agent nine years before the Rove interview, according to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.


Kristof said the CIA brought Plame back to Washington in 1994 because the agency suspected her undercover security had been compromised by turncoat spy Aldrich Ames.

Wilson's own book, "The Politics of Truth," states he and Plame both returned from overseas assignments in June 1997 and never again were stationed overseas – placing them in Washington at least six years before the 2003 "outing."

Moreover, asserted Toensing, for the law to be violated, White House aides would have had to intentionally reveal Plame's identity with the knowledge that they were disclosing a covert agent.


Art Moore is a news editor with WorldNetDaily.com.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

"Big Fat Liar"

Not only is that the title of one of my kids' favorite movies but I think it's been the title of a book or two. However, today in my blog it is going to be referring to Joe Wilson. To me this is just another example of blatant mainstream media bias. The focus has all been on Libby and Rove and the accusations of them being liars. And yet the only person in this whole scandal that is a proven liar is Joe Wilson himself. My goal is not to trash Joe Wilson but to point out the truth that is being ignored by most media outlets. Max Boot says it better than I could in his article, Plamegate's Real Liar. If you have the time read the whole article, it is very good. But here are some excerpts.

The problem here is that the one undisputed liar in this whole sordid affair doesn't work for the administration. In his attempts to turn his wife into an antiwar martyr, Joseph C. Wilson IV has retailed more whoppers than Burger King.

Good thing for Wilson and his pals that deceiving the press and the public isn't a crime.


Another great article is by Larry Elder entitled, Leakgate: What About Wilson's Credibility?

It bothers me that somehow Wilson and his wife have become martyrs through this whole thing. Wilson has been a democratic hack for quite some time and it seems he set out to try to undermine the president from the very beginning. And yet the media has ignored his lies and made him one of the Democrats' new martyrs/heroes.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

"Shut Up and Sing"

Okay, I must admit I had a lot of fun researching for this blog. I know Rush says that we shouldn't care what celebrities have to say about politics and I agree. But being that I am a political news junkie and also have some interest in entertainment news they sometimes blend together for me.

I usually try not to care what an actor or actress's political views are if I already like them but sometimes it's hard. I never liked Sean Penn or Susan Sarandon to start with so it doesn't bother me to avoid their movies. But when it comes to Richard Gere and George Clooney I just kind of cringe and think "please don't talk". I don't want to know that you are a looney liberal. Like Laura Ingraham says in her great book, "Shut up, and Sing". The phrase is directed at Barbara Streisand since she can sing but doesn't have a clue about politics. All this to say that I have come up with my Top 10 Favorite Conservatives in Hollywood and my Top 10 Annoying Liberals. Let me know who are your favorites and if you think I left someone good off the lists. It was obviously easier to find liberals than conservatives but I found this really good list that you might enjoy looking at. Obviously some of these conservatives are only conservative is some areas and may be liberal in others.

Top 10 Favorite Conservative Entertainers
1) Mel Gibson
2) Jim Caviezel (He was not on any list but I know he is strongly pro-life and moral)
3) Angie Harmon (My favorite prosecutor from Law & Order before they turned politically correct)
4) Bruce Willis
5) Arnold Schwarzenegger
6) Dennis Quaid
7) Stephen Baldwin (I would love to be at a family dinner with the Baldwin brothers :-))
8) Dennis Miller
9) Kurt Russell
10)Patricia Heaton

Top 10 Most Annoying Liberal Hollywood Entertainers
1) Alec Baldwin (He's still going through a divorce with Kim and today in court she called him mentally unstable or something like that. We could've told her that years ago when he threatened to stone Henry Hyde.)
2) Barbara Streisand
3) Susan Sarandon (Her boyfriend doesn't make the list because I love "Shawshank Redemption")
4) Sean Penn
5) Jane Fonda
6) Janeane Garofalo (I used to like her before she became so vocal on Air America)
7) Woody Harrelson
8) Ed Asner
9) Martin Sheen
10)Mike Farrell

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Jimmy Carter

I had heard last night that Jimmy Carter was going to be interviewed on one of our local Kansas City stations this morning. I heard them advertise that the interview was going to be around 6:00 am. I thought, yah I'm going to get up early to listen to what Jimmy Carter has to say. That's going to happen. Not!! Sometime this afternoon I heard on the news that his interview consisted mostly of him bashing Bush. What a shocker!!!

Years ago when I was just delving into the world of politics and starting to read presidential biographies I was trying to formulate an opinion on Jimmy Carter. I vividly remember the 1980 elections. My 5th grade teacher had us make a book on all the presidential candidates. We weren't going to a good Bible Church yet and my mom admits they believed a lot of what the MSM said about Reagan. My mom voted for Carter and my dad voted for the independent, I think his name was John Anderson. My mom confesses that she majorly regrets having to admit she voted for Jimmy. Actually I just realized that I have to admit I voted for him in my 5th grade school election. Ofcourse I can blame it on my mom because I just found out who my parents were voting for and voted the same but still!!! THANK GOD most other people didn't vote for Carter or what would today's world look like?

Anyway all that to say, that was the background going into my presidential study. So my initial thoughts were that Jimmy Carter couldn't be that bad. I read a book about Rosalynn and the author talked about their faith and all their ideals. I remember my Aunt having said she read some devotional book he wrote and how great it was. So initially I thought he was a good guy that was just a bad president. He did work for Habitat for Humanity. But my first sign of concern was when there was COMPLETE SILENCE during all of Clinton's scandals. I was a little disappointed that he didn't make some kind of comment on how these things were at the very least bad for the presidency. But even then I gave him the benefit of the doubt because of the etiquette rules that former presidents don't criticize current presidents. Hah!!!! what a joke that turned out to be.

My eyes were immediately opened when very shortly after W became president Carter started the criticism. I was actually in shock. After 8 years of silence during the Clinton scandals he had the audacity to be extremely critical of W because of policy differences. Unbelievable!!! Then I started learning that he wasn't just a bad president. His failures had led to huge detrimental consequences for our country in only 4 years of him being in office. Sean Hannity wrote about it at length in his second book, "Deliver Us From Evil". Here are some quotes from his book that say it all:

Our alliance with the Shah was strategically crucial, and his demise, facilitated by the reckless policies of Jimmy Carter, cleared the path for an extremely anti-American, authoritarian regime whose crimes far outstripped anything the Shah had done, and ignited decades of renewed turmoil in the Persian Gulf.

Looking back, I'm continually astonished at just how much damage Jimmy Carter managed to do in his single four-year term. Tolerating the Soviet arms buildup, endorsing Senator Frank Church's gutting of the CIA, giving away the Panama Canal-his administration undermined American interests at every turn. But it's hard to think of a blunder that had longer and more disastrous repercussions than his betrayal of Iran.

What was once America's strongest ally in the Gulf had become the number one radical Islamic terrorist state in the world. No president in this century has had a less convincing war face than Jimmy Carter. Cloaking himself in the banners of peace and nonviolence, he proved unwilling to confront evil when circumstances required decisive action-and thousands of Iranians, among others, paid the price. To those who suffer under the despotism born of his appeasement, Carter's Nobel Peace Prize must seem a cruel joke.

Carter's betrayal of the Shah, which led to the enabling of his enemies, demonstrates that the dangers of appeasement aren't something consigned to the history books. And the pattern is always the same: instead of confronting evil at critical junctures, appeasers decline, mostly with the false hope that things aren't as bad as they seem, that problems will solve themselves. It's certainly desirable to avoid wars when you can, but not at the price of slavery, oppression, or simply deferring more disastrous consequences until a later day.

As Carter's example confirms, appeasement doesn't prevent wars; it only leads to more dangerous wars, more death and destruction. The same is true today: if President Clinton had been aggressive with al Qaeda in 1993 when it first attacked the World Trade Center, those thousands of people killed on 9/11 might still be with their famiies today.

So when I heard today that Jimmy Carter had once again bashed Bush I thought who cares what Jimmy Carter has to say? He is a failed ex-president who believes in appeasing evil instead of fighting it. Thank God Reagan defeated the soviets and Bush is defeating the terrorists. Principled men at the helm of our country for "such a time as this".