Monday, February 27, 2006

16 Things


I was either going to do a serious post on the port deal or my next conservative profile on J.C. Watts tonight. But I've been busy with real life and didn't have the energy. So instead I'm going with a Calvin and Hobbes and a funny post by Dave Barry. He is a great humorist and ofcourse does a great bit on "24" each week. I loved some of these!! At least one of them should put a smile on your face :-)!!

16 THINGS THAT IT TOOK ME OVER 50 YEARS TO LEARN:
By Dave Barry, former nationally syndicated columnist

1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."

3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

7. Never lick a steak knife.

8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.

12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)

14. Your friends love you anyway.

15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

16. Thought for the day: Men are like fine wine. They start out as grapes, and it's up to the women to stomp the crap out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Tears of the Sun & a Meme


Even though it came out 3 years ago I just watched "Tears of the Sun" last night. It was really good. If you can handle war movies I highly recommend it. It was an inspiring story about doing the right thing in the midst of the horrible tribal wars that go on in Africa. It is amazing how difficult life is for so many people there and I think we need to be reminded of it more often.


A couple of days ago Mark did a fun Meme about what books people are reading. I'm going to do his added section where he tried to guess what books different people might be reading. I loved that so I thought I'd try to come up with some of my own. So here it goes:

Mark & ABFreedom: A Guide To Hot Conservative Women Who are Single

Texas Fred: How to Offend a Liberal

The Conservative UAW Guy: The top 100 guns in America

Suzie: A Model's Perspective on Fox News

Rebecca: A Busy Mom's Guide to Putting Liberals in their Place

Lone Pony: A Teacher's Encyclopedia on the Truth about Islam

Bloviating Zeppelin: A Libertarian's View of 'The Last Jihad'

Mahndisa: The Complete Handbook of Physics

Patrick: A South African Nature Guide

Juanita: The Biographies of Famous Hymn Writers

Wyatt: How to Torture Liberals or Battlestar Galactica Babes

Sandy: A Collection of Clever & Witty Quotes

Bob: A Crazy Sailor's View on Politics and Current Events

Wordsmith: Why I'm a 'South Park' Republican

Grey Ghost: The Idiot Celebrities Who need to Shut-up and Act

Gayle: A Woman's Guide to Kicking Liberal Tail

Rebekah: A Teenager's Guide to Kicking Liberal Tail

Titus: Best Sermons of the South

James: The Black Man's View of Saturday Night Live

Shoprat: The Complete Book of Religion, Politics and Current Events in Michigan

Big White Hat: A Texas Man and His Obsession with Guns and Cowboy Hats

Friday, February 24, 2006

Frontal Assault on Abortion


Amazingly South Dakota may soon pass a law banning most abortions. On February 10th the SD House was the first to pass the ban. Earlier this week the senate passed it and today the House gave final approval.

Governor Rounds who is pro-life said he is likely to sign it into law. Ofcourse Planned Parenthood will sue and the case will end up before the Supreme Court. Kate Looby, state director of Planned Parenthood, had this to say: “I have to say I’m disappointed in the news that the governor has indicated he would sign the bill.”


Earlier this week the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case on Partial Birth Abortion. Lone Pony did a great post on it. So with these 2 cases we are about to find out how Roberts and Alito will vote on this issue. The feminists are near hysterical about this and have already started in with the lines they used in the 70's. Women will die in back alley abortions. Give me a break. A lot fewer women and babies will die if this becomes law.


I have no idea how this will turn out but for the first time in 33 years there is hope. Hope that unborn babies will be protected from mass slaughter. Many have prayed and worked tirelessly over the past 33 years for this and it is encouraging to see. Approximately 800 abortions occur every year in South Dakota. That is a very small number compared to other states but 800 babies' lives are very valuable.
"And according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights organization in New York and Washington, similar abortion proposals are in the works in seven other states: Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee."

I don't know how this will all pan out but I liked what Republican House Speaker Matthew Michels had to say: "I think the stars are aligned." "Simply put, now is the time."

Sources:
Forbes
Argus Leader

Associated Press

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Fun Stuff I've Collected


Don't have time to spend on a serious post so thought I'd post some fun pics I've collected over time.


My dream: to be a cross between Wonder Woman and Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) :-).



She's tired of hearing Nancy Pelosi talk about the "Culture of Corruption".

Hat tip to Lucianne.com for the pic.


My favorite guy character (Max)(Jason Baehr) and couple (Max & Liz) of all time from the TV show "Roswell".



You gotta love this picture. Bloviating Zeppelin posted it awhile back.



This speaks for itself and is just funny!!



You need to go watch this video (by clicking on the picture) for your laugh for the day. Got this from Rebecca. I think its a stretch advertising for the product but nevertheless it is hilarious.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Main Stream Media Bias--Stuck on Stupid


This cartoon from Glenn McCoy does such an awesome job of illustrating what we are up against with Main Stream Media Bias. Grey Ghost brought up recently that: "24" needed to hire me to be their Head of Promotions. I had to smile when he said that. If I'm excited about something and passionate about it I will promote it to the hilt. So I guess Glenn McCoy also needs to hire me to promote his cartoons because I love them. They always illustrate my points so well. Today is no exception.

Again I got behind on my newspaper reading and had several newspapers to go through this weekend. The KC Star never seems to disappoint when it comes to blatant liberal bias. In looking through the papers I came across 3 blatant biases that really ticked me off. I'm sure there were more but these were the ones that stood out to me.


First was the Star's Reader's Representative's article. I am so immersed in the blog world that I just realized recently that none of the MSM was airing or printing the danish cartoons. I had seen them on so many blogs that it hadn't hit me that the regular press wasn't publishing them. I am getting more and more upset at the blatant hypocrisy of how it is okay to bash Christianity but we have to walk on eggshells when it comes to Islam. Lone Pony and Bloviating Zeppelin have both recently posted on how a newspaper actually admitted they weren't posting the cartoons for fear of what radical muslims might do to them. That is a form of terrorism in itself. The whole point of the danish cartoons was to show how intolerant and violent radical muslims are and I think their point has been proven.

Anyway the the Reader's Representative for the Star had this to say about why they didn't publish the cartoons:
"The Kansas City Star has not printed any of the Danish editorial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. After weeks of violent reaction to the drawings overseas, readers are still debating that decision.
At least 20 persons who contacted me thought The Star should run the images instead of simply describing them.
“The purpose of your paper is to present ALL the information regarding a topic and let the readers make their decisions,” wrote Craig Davis. “If part of that information includes images, you are obligated to publish them. It’s what we do in a democracy that champions its right to free speech.”
Another common thread from the critics: The paper isn’t always consistent in judgment calls like these. Several pointed out that The Star ran an image from a recent Rolling Stone cover depicting rapper Kanye West covered with welts and wearing a crown of thorns.
“So it’s OK to offend Christians here, publishing the picture instead of telling us what it looks like, but you have different criteria for other religions,” said a caller. “Make sense to you?”
That’s certainly a good question, and I agree it looks like a double standard."

It cracked me up that he agreed that it looked like a double standard but he never really explained why it wasn't. So I think he's admitting that the Star has a double standard when it comes to offending Christians vs. Muslims.


Second was how they did a million articles on Cheney's hunting accident but only printed a tiny blurb on Al Gore's speech in Saudia Arabia. They only wrote 2 sentences about it and never mentioned that he was paid by a Bin Laden relative. And there was no comment about any problems with what he said except that conservatives were complaining about it. I think a former VP of the United States giving a speech in a Middle Eastern country and bashing the U.S. is worthy of more than a blurb. Unbelievably ridiculous!!


Third was an actual article (not a blurb) picked up from the Associated Press. It is about how Rush Limbaugh thought someone was black and had gotten the guy mixed up with someone else. When he realized the mistake he acknowledged it. Somehow that was news enough to print a whole article. Give me a break! Rush was joking today that he makes mistakes so infrequently that it is newsworthy when he does make a mistake. How many mistakes does Al Franken make? I'm sure there will never be any articles about them even though they are probably numerous.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Cool Stuff


My husband and I went to see "Firewall" this weekend with Harrison Ford. It was an okay movie, worth seeing once but can't say I was that impressed. The best part was probably seeing "Chloe" from 24 play his secretary. It was interesting seeing her play a different role. But I was more excited about one of the previews before the movie. In April a movie is coming out called "The Sentinel". It has Kiefer Sutherland in it playing a "Jack Bauer" role. Click Here for a trailer of the movie. Kiefer Sutherland is in it as a secret service guy along with Michael Douglas. I just hope like someone else mentioned that Kiefer doesn't end up being the bad guy in the end.


The second thing I noticed recently that caught my eye was a new show coming out in March. My favorite fictional president ,David Palmer, is going to be in it. It is called "The Unit". The show looks similar to 24. Here is another link that talks about it. Dennis Haysbert (aka David Palmer :-)) leads a special forces team which includes a new member, Scott Foley (Jennifer Garner's ex and he was on the show "Felicity").

They both look like they are worth checking out.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Thankful!!!


I've been reflecting this week on my life. My youngest son just recently got glasses and is needing vision therapy. My wonderful husband is taking off from his lunch break once a week to be able to take him to this therapy. He is doing it because he's a great dad and because he knows I have a lot on my plate. As I was talking to a friend about this she commented on how great my husband was to be willing to do this. I realized she was right. So this week I'm going to do a post on my husband but I'm in the process of having a friend scan pics before I can do that.

Tonight, I was having an awesome time of reflection in prayer and reading my Bible. I have been very bad about my consistency in this area recently. The interesting thing about this stage in my life is my works seem to be less but my faith seems to be greater. My love and faith grows and deepens as I realize I have nothing to offer him but my faith. The Bible says it is impossible to please God without faith. But you notice it doesn't say if you jump through this many hoops or are this perfect you will please God. It says you please God by having faith. Faith, trust and dependance on God is what He wants.

By nature I tend to worry and stress out about too many things. As I was reflecting tonight (and listening to Michael W. Smith praise music) I realized how much I have to be thankful for. Especially with all the trauma going on around me, I need to take a step back and realize what I do have to be thankful for. Some of it may not be here tomorrow. All of us have good and bad in our lives and sometimes we need to stop and be thankful for the big and little things in our lives.


I came up with a list of big and little things I am thankful for. I'm sure I have forgotten many things and some of them may make you laugh but it is my list.

--My faith in Jesus and my worn-out Bible
--My wonderful husband
--My 4 precious kids
--An awesome group of girl friends
--My family
--Our blessed country which is the home of the free & the brave
--Our Great President George W. Bush
--God providing for all my family's needs & more
--For enabling me to embrace and live my life more by taking risks and letting go of what people think of me
--Cable :-)
--My blog and the internet
--For this season in my life where I'm able to stay home and homeschool my kids
--Talk Radio
--Good movies
--Good books
--Being able to go out to eat :-)
--Caffeine-free Coke
--Candy Bars :-)
--My cell phone
--A warm home and bed when it is cold outside
--God's beautiful creation
--My health

Let me know what you're thankful for :-)!!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Psychos-R-Us Cruise # 2


Since the first Psychos-R-Us Cruise was such a big success we have already started planning a second. The first was for those with Extreme Liberal Disorder. The second is for those with Media Attention Disorder also known as MAD. It is very closely related to Extreme Liberal Disorder but it only applies to those who are in the media. Many in the Media seem to have problems getting enough attention. They seem to have this curious notion that the world revolves around them and they forget they are supposed to be objective reporters. They also have issues with liberal bias which is a component of the disorder as well.


After the media meltdown this week we at Psychos-R-Us became very concerned about the mental health and well being of many in the media. We decided that this cruise will provide the extra attention they need and as always lots of drugs and therapy. We had barely put the word out when we got our first applicant.

David Gregory didn't like it being pointed out this past week that he was an attention whore. His anger problem was evident for all to see as he yelled at the White House spokesman. He is ready for the cruise seeing as we have classes in anger management.


Andy Rooney has taken that all important first step. He is an admitted agnostic and has acknowledged that he has a liberal bias. The first step in getting help is admitting you have a problem. We commend him for being aware of his need for intensive therapy.


Terry Moran has issues with being annoying and obnoxious. We realize those aren't crimes but they are areas that need to be addressed. We have specific drugs that can address these special needs.


Lest we think that only men suffer from this disorder Katie Couric has expressed interest in joining us. She is an admitted feminist and has problems with professionalism when interviewing conservative guests. She has made inaccurate, extremely biased statements about conservative organizations such as "Focus on the Family." And when it comes to attention she thinks she deserves much more than she is owed.


We realize that there are many others that will be buying tickets in the near future. We expect that this cruise will be sold out quickly just like our first one. Please submit names of media (in the comments)you have seen that need help and could benefit from this cruise. We realize the list could be endless and that we have only barely scratched the surface by mentioning these few guests.

For more laughs check out James's Christian Cuss Out Kit. I was laughing so hard I had tears coming out.

Sources for cartoons:
1st one--Aeon Web
2nd one--Glenn McCoy

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Conservative Profile #4--Karen Hughes


To be honest my first impression of Karen Hughes wasn't that great. I'm not sure what it was. But after reading her book "Ten Minutes From Normal" I was really impressed with her and even more impressed with W than I was before.

She was born on December 27, 1956 in Paris, France in an American Hospital. Her father was Hal Parfitt who was a U.S. Army General. As a result she had dual citizenship.

Career Highlights:
--Graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1977
--Television News Reporter from 1977-1984
--Texas Press Coordinator for Reagan Campaign in 1984
--Worked for the Republican Party in the early 90's
--Worked on George W. Bush's campaign for Governor of Texas
--Director of Communications for Governor Bush from 1995-2000
--George W. Bush's campaign for President
--Counselor to the President from 2001-2002
--Worked for the Presiden't re-election campaign
--Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy from July 2005-present

She is married to attorney Jerry Hughes and mother to two children. She is a strong Christian who is an elder and a Sunday School Teacher in the Presbyterian Church. Her faith is a big part of her life. She says, “Faith is a foundation, a set of beliefs upon which my life is grounded and from which all decisions can be based.” She got the phrase "Lord, give me grace under pressure" from her minister and prays it before all her speech or television interviews.

When she was counselor to the President she was the highest-ranking woman ever to work at the White House. Yet throughout her whole life of having exciting jobs she always managed to juggle being a wife, a mother and a woman of faith.


It has been awhile since I've read her book but I had several impressions after reading it. First, I was so impressed by her genuine faith. Before, I didn't know if her Christianity was in name only. But after reading the book I saw how her faith was an integral part of her life. One of the neatest stories was the deep discussion she had with her minister on whether she should move to Washington D.C. to work in the White House. She wanted to make the right decision and I was so impressed with her minister for spending the time with her to talk about it.

Second, was how she juggled her career with her family. She left television for her "part-time years" to spend more time with her family in the late 80's. She asked W to let her bring her son on the campaign trail in 2000. What an awesome experience for a junior high kid to witness first hand a presidential campaign. And no one thought W would agree to it and yet he didn't even hesitate. I thought that was so great and really impressed me. And when her son was miserable in D.C. she left the White House and moved back to Texas. She seemed to have her priorities in order.

Third, was just what a neat, strong woman she was. Totally a power player. I loved all the great jobs she had and how she juggled everything but still maintained her integrity. I think she is a strong, conservative woman who is a great role model for all women and our daughters.

Sources:
"Ten Minutes From Normal" by Karen Hughes
Review of "Ten Minutes From Normal" by Sissy Jacobson
Wikipedia on Karen Hughes

Monday, February 13, 2006

Media Unhinged


Okay, so how ridiculous can the media get? I was literally laughing today during the news conference. The reporters were hyper-ventilating asking Scott McClellan questions about the accidental shooting. Was it a slow news day or why are we freaking out about something like this? They kept asking why there was a delay in getting the story to them. And someone even ridiculously asked if Cheney was going to resign. Give me a break!! How ludicrous is this?

Also, I miss Ari Fleischer. He was so good at being the White House spokesman. He was charming and funny and he put the media in their place. Scott McClellan always looks like a deer caught in the headlights. He's not up for the job. To be honest, do you know who I would love? Donald Rumsfeld for White House spokesman. I love how he handles the media. Saturday Night Live did a skit once entitled: Donald Rumsfeld Holds a Press Conference and it was hilarious.

Hat tip to Lucianne.com for the great picture.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Worth Looking At


I wanted to turn your attention to some excellent posts at several blogs today. But I always have to have a picture for each post so I was trying to decide on one . A friend sent this pic to me recently along with the transcript of Rush talking about the show 24. The problem with this picture for me is who do I be jealous of? Both of these men are high on my list of people I'd love to meet. So I guess the ideal would be if I could meet both of them and get my picture taken with them at the same time :-). Now to the blogs.

First is Wordsmith's blog Sparks from the Anvil. It is an excellent blog and already a favorite of mine. He has 2 great videos worth checking out. The first one is of Cindy Sheehan that he put together himself. The second one is hilarious. It is a clip from a show that isn't politically correct about why this guy is a Republican. (Warning: Subject material would probably be rated at least PG-13)

Second is Patrick's blog. He is a great storyteller. He tells a true story about his life that I just found greatly encouraging and inspiring. Take the time to read it, I think you will be glad you did.

Third, Grey Ghost addressed the Harry Reid situation this week. I knew as soon as I heard Howard Dean bragging about how the democrats weren't involved with Abramoff it wouldn't be long before he would have egg on his face. I already posted that most democrats had been given money by Abramoff associates. Now I would like to hear Nancy Pelosi's favorite speech on "Culture of Corruption" applied to her buddy Reid.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

There are too many "chicken bleep democrats"


It is time once again for my smorgasbord and my GMWAS(Gag Me With A Spoon) award. I have talked about my feelings for Jimmy Carter in two different posts. But I have never officially given him the GMWAS award. He wins it this week for his disgraceful behavior at Coretta Scott King's funeral. I'm sorry but taking cheap political shots when you are supposed to be honoring someone is just low. Especially when you are a former president who is supposed to have class. The impressive thing to me is that W never sinks to their level and always shines as the one who does have class.


Ted Kennedy (above), Alec Baldwin and others were not happy about Alito getting confirmed. Alec Baldwin went on a little tirade about it which inspired my title for this post. Here is a little of what he had to say (which made me smile):
"Hollywood Democrat Alec Baldwin is blasting his party's Senators for failing to block Samuel Alito confirmation to the Supreme Court, saying he's appalled that Sen. Ted Kennedy and other liberals could muster only 25 of the 41 votes needed mount a successful filibuster.

The problem is there are too many "chicken-bleep Democrats in the Senate," the agitated actor told the New York Daily News."

I love it when Hollywood isn't happy with democrats. It is a lot of fun to watch :-).


In the good news department South Dakota's House of Representatives passed a ban on abortion today. It still needs to go to the senate. It will be interesting to see how our new Supreme Court will eventually rule on this.


In the Muslim cartoon/violent rioting controversy few have mentioned some of what is behind it all. The cartoons were originally printed last fall with little fanfare but Muslim Clerics didn't want it to die so they made sure that it got the violent reaction they wanted. Check out an article printed in the Walstreet Journal entitled "How Muslim Clerics Stirred Arab World Against Denmark". Many of these protests were staged and Condi Rice brought up that Syria and Iran have been encouraging the violence. Here is a little of what she said:
"I have no doubt that Iran and Syria have gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and have used this for their own purposes," Rice said. "The world ought to call them on it."
Joe Scarborough wrote an awesome article on the controversy that sums up how I feel about how ridiculous it all is.

And last but not least I'll bring up some comments about Hillary. Much was made this week about what a great job her husband/power grab partner did with his speech at the King funeral. He didn't bash anyone and said some feel-good sentiments that made everyone feel better. Bill is the ultimate in what makes a smooth politician. He says what you want to hear and he pretends to feel your pain. It is supposed to help you overlook his lack of morals and integrity. The problem for Hillary is she doesn't have the smooth politician part of her. She doesn't even pretend to feel your pain. She has hard-core liberal philosphies combined with a myriad of scandals of her own. Kathleen Parker illustrated this in Hillary's reaction to W trying to be nice at the state of the union speech. Here is a little of what Parker said about it:
"Hillary blew it.

That was the instant reaction in the room where I watched Tuesday night's State of the Union address. It was such a simple thing, but the senator from New York missed her cue.

It was this: smile and show the nice people that you're a human being and that you have a sense of humor.

But no. When President George W. Bush tossed a valentine to her husband, former President Bill Clinton, the senator sat stone-faced, nary a crack in her facade.

Catty? Not at all. Shaken, perhaps, but not stirred.

Nothing, nada, zip. Cheekbones bouncing light back to the fluorescent gods, her ruby lips a door slammed shut for all eternity to the minions of mirth. My mind immediately free-associates to the ancient vampires in Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles," who, cold and bloodless through the ages, had turned to stone.

Clinton was the sphinx the joker couldn't budge. If eyes could emasculate, Hillary's would send a man into the high octaves.

I don't know what was going through Clinton's mind in that moment, but her expression said, "Bug off," or sentiments to that effect. What we do know is that Bill Clinton would have loved it. And laughed. And reminded Americans of his humanness and his ready sense of humor.

His wife, by defining contrast, showed the world that she is something else. That thing — what is it? It is what she isn't: human, gracious and humorous."


One last cartoon, I loved this one!!!
All cartoons by awesome Glenn McCoy.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Hope Amidst Injustice


My heart has been very heavy and distracted lately so I have found it hard to post about politics. So I'm going to do a personal post today. I think it will be therapeutic for me and hopefully helpful to others.

First of all I had the weekend from hell. Saturday I was awokened to a phonecall from a close friend. She broke the news to me right away that her husband had molested her daughter. For anyone who is a mother these are the worst words you ever have to hear. There are so many other things a woman can survive. You can survive a death, divorce, an affair but to know your child has been molested is the most horrific news. And especially for the molestation to be by the person who is supposed to be your support system and help you through this trauma.

Another friend and I went over to her house and spent the whole day helping her deal with everything until her parents arrived from out of town. It was awful. As I'm doing her laundry I see her husband's clothes and a range of horrible emotions goes through me.

My friend had to contact a lot of people including her ex-husband who is her daughter's father. And on saturday we didn't know a lot of things so my friend was envisioning the worst. After the investigation it appears (although I'm sure nothing is for sure) that there was only one incident and her daughter was asleep.

Everyone heaved a sigh of relief that her daughter had been spared. We thanked God that He had intervened before something worse had happened. But my friend also realizes that her life will never be the same. Her hopes and dreams of having a normal, happy family life and future are gone. The death of the dream of what your life was supposed to be like. She won't be able to homeschool anymore and will have to get a job. Her daughter won't be able to see her step-father anymore and she won't know why. There will be no vacations together and no husband to help her through the difficulties of life. My friend keeps saying she doesn't know how to live her life now, this wasn't how it was supposed to be.

As I have been praying for her and trying to help her the awareness of the unfairness of life becomes a reality. What do you do when you feel like life is unfair and you have no hope?


I remembered a "Little House on the Prairie" episode. Mary was losing her sight and Charles and Mary were devastated. Charles was praying at the church and the Pastor told him that it was God's will. Charles lashed out and said how could it be God's will that his daughter was going blind? After initially being bitter and angry Mary went on to learn to cope with her blindness. Her dream before blindness was to be a teacher. She thought that dream was dead. But she ended up being a teacher for the blind. It was a different version of the dream. But the difference was if she had never gone blind she wouldn't have been able to help blind children.

So my thought was when it seems that you have no hope and your original dreams have been dashed God can give you a different dream. It may not be the one you would've originally chosen but you still have a special purpose and a reason for being here. It takes awhile to grieve and mourn your loss but while you are grieving you can be aware that there is still hope even though life is many times very unjust and very unfair.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Jack Bauer


Life has been very sobering recently. I have some close friends going through some difficult things. It is late and I can't think of a good way to talk about it in a post. So I have been wanting to post these fun things about Jack Bauer so now seemed as good a time as any. Last night my favorite Jack Bauer line was: "Trust me, you don't want to go down this road with me." He said this right before he was going to torture a guy who wasn't cooperating. If the guy only knew how true that line was :-).

Jack Bauer Truths

If you can lead a horse to water. Jack Bauer can make him drink.

If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Meyers, and he had a gun with 2 bullets, he'd shoot Nina twice.

If you wake up in the morning, it's because Jack Bauer spared your life.

Upon hearing that he was played by Kiefer Sutherland, Jack Bauer killed Sutherland. Jack Bauer gets played by no man.

Jack Bauer let the dogs out.

Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.

1.6 billion Chinese are angry with Jack Bauer. Sounds like a fair fight.

Jack Bauer killed 93 people in just 4 days time. Wait, that is a real fact.

Jack Bauer was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Jack Bauer.

Osama bin Laden's recent proposal for truce is a direct result of him finding out that Jack Bauer is, in fact, still alive.

Jack Bauer doesn't miss. If he didn't hit you it's because he was shooting at another terrorist twelve miles away.

If Jack and MacGyver were locked in a room together, Jack would make a bomb out of MacGyver and get out.

Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas. (this one is my favorite)

Jack Bauer's favorite color is severe terror alert red. His second favorite color is violet, but just because it sounds like violent.

When Google can't find something, it asks Jack Bauer for help.

The reason why terrorists attacked New York City was because Jack Bauer was in LA.

Jack Bauer got Hellen Keller to talk.

Jack Bauer played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won.

Lets get one thing straight, the only reason you are conscious right now is because Jack Bauer does not feel like carrying you.

People with amnesia still remember Jack Bauer.

When the boogie man goes to sleep, he checks his closet for Jack Bauer.

When you open a can of whoop-ass, Jack Bauer jumps out.

When life gave Jack Bauer lemons, he used them to kill terrorists.
Jack Bauer hates lemonade.

Killing Jack Bauer doesn't make him dead. It just makes him angry.

It would only take 1 bullet for Jack Bauer to kill 50 Cent.

The quickest way to a man's heart is through Jack Bauer's gun.

Jack Bauer is the leading cause of death in Middle Eastern men.

Jack Bauer once won a game of Connect 4 in 3 moves.

Jack Bauer can get McDonald's breakfast after 10:30.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Women Leaders--"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"


Last week when I was cleaning my house I had a week's worth of papers to sort thru. In doing that I came across several women that have become leaders of their countries recently. Ofcourse my favorite Woman leader so far has been Margaret Thatcher. I'm planning on doing more research and doing a conservative profile on her because she is awesome. She is a tough, conservative woman who was Reagan's "conservative soulmate". I love her nickname "Iron Lady".

Here are some statistics about women leaders according to an article in the KC Star entitled "More Women Emerge to Lead Their Nations":

--Approximately 45 women have been presidents or prime ministers from 1950-2000
--There are 12 female heads of state elected or appointed since 2000
--Current Women Leaders:
1) Bangladesh--Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
2) Germany--Chancellor Angela Merkel
3) Ireland--President Mary McAleese
4) Latvia--President Vaira Vike-Freiberga
5) New Zealand--Prime Minister Helen Clark
6) Philippines--President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
7) Liberia--President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

There are 3 Women who have come to power just recently that I would like to highlight.

First, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected to be President of Liberia. Not only is she the first woman president of Liberia but the first woman to be elected president in Africa. She was just inaugurated into office on January 16th with Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush standing by in support. Ironically her nickname is "Liberia's Iron Lady". Here are some excerpts from a Washington Post article written about her before she was elected:

"Nicknamed the "Iron Lady of Liberia," the 66-year-old economist has often held jobs in fields dominated by men, including finance minister of Liberia and vice president of Citicorp. She has also run for office against one autocratic Liberian leader and gone to prison for criticizing another.

Johnson-Sirleaf's campaign pledges to stop corruption and promote development hold appeal for people in Liberia, which emerged in 2003 from 14 years of civil war that left an estimated 200,000 dead and the infrastructure destroyed.

She also has promised to bring electricity to the capital within six months and to launch an ambitious education program that includes rebuilding schools, opening vocational training centers and promoting sports.

Although Johnson-Sirleaf's election would make her the first female head of government in Africa, she is one of a long list of Liberian women who have made their mark on domestic or international politics."


Second, is Angela Merkel who became the first woman Chancellor of Germany on November 22nd of last year. She is a 51 year old Conservative, Protestant Christian (although I think that term has a much different meaning in Germany than the U.S.). She is a Pastor's daughter and Mahndisa will be happy to know she was a physicist before entering politics. She has been underestimated by her political foes and when she was in Chancellor Kohl's cabinet he referred to her as "my girl" or "the girl". As Chancellor she has vowed to improve the German economy and reduce Germany's high unemployment rate. Here is an excerpt from what Wikipedia had to say about her:

"According to an article in Der Spiegel, her background in the former GDR has served her well in post-reunification politics. For the first 36 years of her life, she honed her skills at disguising her inner thoughts and feelings — essential for survival in a society where every room might contain a State Security Police (Stasi) informer, and especially for a pastor's daughter. Speaking near-perfect English and remarking on her background as an "Ossi", she says: "Anyone who really has something to say doesn't need make-up". Besides being fluent in English Angela Merkel also speaks Russian fluently."
I personally loved the make-up line :-).


Third, is Michelle Bachelet who is not only the first woman to be elected as President of Chile but the first woman to win in a direct election in a major Latin American country. She won in a run-off election on January 15th of this year. She will be inaugurated in March. She is a 54 year old, single mother who is a Chilean Socialist. Her father was in the Air Force so she traveled a lot as a child and even spent some time in the U.S. where she became fluent in English. After the military coup in 1973 that brought Pinochet to power her father was imprisoned and tortured to death. In 1975 Bachelet and her mother were also imprisoned and tortured and later that year exiled to Australia. Eventually in 1979 she moved back to Chile and became a surgeon.

She delved into politics after democracy was restored to Chile in 1990. She eventually was appointed to be the Defense Minister in 2002. She was the first woman to hold this position in a Latin American Country. Here is some excerpts from a BBC article about her:

"The 54-year-old became the sole candidate for the ruling centre-left coalition after another woman, Soledad Alvear, dropped out of the contest in late May.

The coalition, known as Concertacion, has held power since the return of democracy in 1990 and Ms Bachelet says she will carry on the tradition of maintaining strong economic growth - but has also pledged change.

Ms Bachelet, who will be inaugurated in March, is keen to bridge the gap between rich and poor."


The reason for my title is it is fascinating to watch women rise to leadership but not all of it is good. I'm all for conservative women being in leadership positions but I'd still take a conservative man over a liberal woman. I've only done minimal research on these women but I definitely think Merkel is going to be an improvement for Germany. She is probably a moderate but pro-American and supportive of the War in Iraq. Bachelet on the other hand is an admitted Socialist and an agnostic. I can't imagine that she's going to lead Chile in a good direction. Sirleaf seems to be an amazing woman but don't know much about her politics yet so it will be interesting to see. She's vowing to fight corruption and if she can make any headway with that it will be a good thing.


We may soon have a woman president here in the U.S. Although I think most of us are praying it won't be Hillary. And one of the reasons Condi is such an attractive candidate to conservatives is: she is conservative, brilliant and she would be the first African American and first woman president. That would be a very cool way to make history.

SOURCES:
KC Star articles: 1) Will Women Show a New Way? by Trudy Rubin
2) More Women Emerge to Lead Their Nations by Rick Montgomery

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf--Wikipedia
Liberia's 'Iron Lady' Goes for Gold

Angela Merkel--Wikipedia
Merkel's Meteoric Rise to Power

Michelle Bachelet--Wikipedia
The Woman Taking Chile's Top Job

Friday, February 03, 2006

Is Hollywood Moving to the Right?


Awhile back Patrick posted some pictures that were Babes for Bush. I then posted some Conservative Hunks in response. Blogger would only let me post so many pictures in the post and I also had some 24 pictures in there so I knew I would have to do a part 2. In collecting pictures for my Conservative Hunks 2 post I found this awesome article entitled "Conservatives in Hollywood?!". It is really good and it talks about how the box office is suffering because of the lack of conservative movies. There is also a paragraph in there that talks about how many conservatives are afraid to "come out of the closet". Its okay for gays but not for conservatives. And one of those is supposed to be Freddie Prinze Jr. I may be getting him in trouble for posting him with Conservative Hunks but he was already exposed in the article :-).

Here are some excerpts from the article:

"But guess what: ever more Americans are shunning Hollywood’s wares—and disgust with Left Coast politics, both on and off screen, clearly plays a part. In a time of declining moviegoing, what gets people out to the theaters, it turns out, are conservative movies—conservative not so much politically but culturally and morally, focusing on the battle between good and evil, the worth of heroism and self-sacrifice, the indispensability of family values and martial honor, and the existence of Truth. Hollywood used to turn out a steady supply of such movies—watch just about any film from its Golden Age of the thirties and forties—and it still makes them once in a while (sometimes thanks to off-screen lefties like Steven Spielberg). We may soon see a lot more of them.

There’s no question Hollywood is reeling. Film attendance is down a wrenching 12 percent from last year, and a May USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll found that nearly half of American adults go to movies less often than they did in 2000. Some pundits have blamed the rising price of tickets, but in constant dollars a ticket costs less than it did 25 years ago. Others believe that it’s all those DVDs that people are buying—except that DVD sales are slumping, too. The most likely explanation is the left-wing politics. “You can date the recent box-office decline from the end of the summer last year, with the intensification of the presidential campaign,” notes conservative film critic and talk-radio host Michael Medved. “It wasn’t just Hollywood’s hostility toward President Bush; it was the naked, raw partisanship.”

If even one in ten Bush voters boycotted Hollywood after hearing the latest Tim Robbins anti-Bush diatribe or seeing yet another big-screen conservative villain (like the Dick Cheney look-alike who nearly destroyed the world in last year’s The Day After Tomorrow), it would add up to 6 million fewer viewers, Medved points out. “This is what many people in the movie industry don’t get: when you express hostility to conservatives, many Americans feel that you’re expressing hostility to them.”

Nevertheless, several indicators suggest that the film industry’s cultural stance may be changing more dramatically than hiring some new marketers. For starters, Hollywood is home to a growing right-of-center presence, including hotshot young producers like Mike De Luca of DreamWorks and Gavin Pollone, and rising screenwriters like Craig Mazin, Cyrus Nowrasteh, and Klavan. What’s more, if reports are true, other young Hollywood types are on the Right, but keep their views quiet, for fear of career trouble in a still-liberal town. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that a significant majority of the young people coming into Hollywood are conservative,” opined Chetwynd this summer. Last fall, Details magazine’s exposé “Young and Republican in Hollywood” caused a stir by “outing” comedian Adam Sandler, actor Freddie Prinze Jr., and others as secret right-wingers. AMC’s 2004 documentary Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood, directed by former Democratic speechwriter Jesse Mosse, concludes that Hollywood will be shifting right as the under-40s become its new establishment. Already reinforcing David Horowitz’s long-established Wednesday Morning Club, which hosts conservative speakers for open-minded industry listeners, are such newly formed right-wing salons as the Hollywood Congress of Republicans and the discreet Sunday Evening Club, for still-closeted rightists.

After long using liberal Hollywood as a political punching bag, conservatives are moving to an if-you-can’t-beat-them-join-them approach. If they can create a popular cinema that artistically reflects a right-of-center worldview—rather than crudely imposes it—it would be a huge advance for the Right in America’s ongoing cultural struggles. After all, it’s not just reason and analysis that will decide the outcome of those struggles. The imagination and the heart—the Dream Factory’s stock-in-trade—will play at least as large a part."


Now for some more pics:

1) Kurt Russell (He's a libertarian but I've even heard Rush talking about having dinner with him. I loved him in Overboard.)
2) Scott Baio (When I was in Junior High my friends and I were all in love with him :-)
3) Dennis Quaid (He's had some personal issues but he's supposed to be a conservative)
4) Bruce Willis (I know I posted a pic of him last time but I liked this one better)
5) Kirk Cameron (Him and his wife are strong Christians and he speaks at Worldview Conferences)

(Again, when I was ready to post a Michael Moore pic for the liberal guy blogger wouldn't let me post any more pics, Oh well!! We all know what he looks like. And James, I never saw Denzel on any lists saying he was a Conservative. I know he has done some great things for the troops but I don't know if he claims to be a conservative. So I didn't post his pic.)