Friday, March 31, 2006

My 100th Trip to the ER


When I was growing up somehow my brothers and I never had a trip to the ER. With my kids, no such luck. Between all 4 of them I've had my fair share of trips and I feel like I'm a pro at it now. My youngest son has developmental delays which includes coordination problems so he's fallen in the wrong place several times and has also stuck a lite brite up his nose. My youngest daughter has broken her finger by jumping on my bed, broken her arm riding her bike down a hill and had a bad toe as a result of her brother dropping the couch on it. My oldest daughter is by no means a daredevil but somehow she has managed to make a couple trips as well. My oldest son (Calvin) has only been once so I guess it was his turn last night.

He was tilting his chair forward and the chair gave way and he hit his chin on the computer desk. Being the compassionate, kind mother that I am, I am reminding him how many times I've told him not to do that with his chair. Then we saw the blood and I figured it was time to stop the lectures. It turns out that his tooth somehow cut through his mouth between his chin and his lip. When I realized there was a cut all the way through I felt sick. It wasn't a big cut so the bleeding stopped pretty quickly and he wasn't in pain. Nevertheless we still had to go to the ER at 10:30 at night.

Not to be mean but have you ever paid attention to the majority of the people that end up in the ER? I don't know if its the area we live in but most of them could score really high on Patrick's White Trash test. You usually have to wait 2-3 hours so you see all kinds of "interesting" people coming through.

The guy nurse that checked us in was hilarious. He had a nice big tattoo on his arm. He examined Calvin's wound and said "Nice!!" like he was impressed. Then he asked Calvin if he had any medical history and starts asking him things like: "Ever have a heart attack, stroke, cancer, etc.?" It was pretty funny.

Then Calvin cracked me up with the things he was saying to me while we waited. He remembered a story that his grandma (my mom) had told him about an accident that Grandpa had had when he was tilting his chair. I had never heard this story and was asking him about it. I said, "Did Grandma tell you this one time when you were tilting your chair?" He said yes and I should've listened to her. LOL--I was cracking up. Then he tells me that his sunday school teacher has also told him some horror story about what happens when you tilt your chair. Lets see-- your mom, grandmother, sunday school teacher all tell you not to tilt your chair but somehow thats not enough warning :-). You have to find out for yourself.

Then he starts talking about how fun it is to tilt his chair and why does everything that is fun have to be dangerous like jumping on the bed? I'm so cracking up. The wisdom of boys.

He was very brave during the stitches and the nurse was impressed. He predicted he would get 3 stitches and thats what he got. The Dr. told me this actually is pretty easy to do and pretty common. Learn something new every day.

All that to say he's doing fine but I lost quite a bit of time at the ER. Today I was supposed to do my post on Terri Schiavo since it is the 1 yr. anniversary but I will do the post justice and work on it tonight and post it tomorrow.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

In Defense of the War and George W. Bush--Part 2


Cartoon pic--Hat tip: Chas Compilation

"NOW IS THE TIME FOR RESOLVE, NOT RETREAT"

Doom and gloom seems to be the order of the day. Support for W and the War is at an all time low. I am one of the few who is still keeping the faith and thats what this post is about.

I am a little discouraged at the faint hearts of so many. Anything worth doing takes time and hard work. I know it is human nature to be negative and give up easily. But we are fighting a just cause that is worth fighting! Rumsfeld said it well:
"Fortunately, history is not made up of daily headlines, blogs on Web sites or the latest sensational attack. History is a bigger picture, and it takes some time and perspective to measure accurately."

"Now is the time for resolve, not retreat."

Let me take you back to the beginning and let you see the war through my eyes.

September 11th, 2001--Ofcourse none of us will forget that day. I still remember watching the burning buildings. By the time I turned on the TV the media was aware of all 4 planes. I was crying but there was also initially some fear. If 4 attacks could happen in such a short amount of time what else could happen? It was very unsettling. As I watched the days' events unfold tears just kept streaming down my face. I was grieving for those who died and for our country. I cannot begin to tell you how relieved I was that George W. Bush was my president. I knew he would do the right thing and do whatever it took to protect the American people. And he has!!


If you need a picture of what a cut and run strategy looks like, one only needs to watch the movie "Black Hawk Down". It is based on the true story of how a Democrat president faced terrorism by backing down. Osama Bin Laden himself has been quoted as saying that he saw the U.S. as a paper tiger after the events in Somalia.The cut and run strategy only emboldens terrorists.

By the time 9/11 happened the U.S. had been dealing with terrorism for 20+ years without much of a response. Bush has responded and I think history will prove that he has been right. In the song "Bush was Right" there is a very simple message but it is true. Here is an excerpt of some of the words:
"Freedom in Afghanistan, say goodbye Taliban
Free elections in Iraq, Saddam Hussein locked up
Osama’s staying underground, Al Qaida now is finding out
America won’t turn and run once the fighting has begun
Libya turns over nukes, Lebanese want freedom, too
Syria is forced to leave, don’t you know that all this means

Bush was right!

Democracy is on the way, hitting like a tidal wave
All over the middle east, dictators walk with shaky knees"

Pic--Hat tip: Aeon Web
Terrorists all over the Middle East and the whole world now know that the U.S. is serious when it comes to fighting terrorism. Democracy is gaining a foothold and dictators are taking notice. The reason the terrorists are fighting so hard in Iraq is because they know if they lose there, democracy will spread and the evil guys will lose their power. All of this won't happen in a short amount of time but it is worth persevering for.

Donald Rumsfeld wrote a column entitled "What We've Gained In 3 Years in Iraq" on the 3rd anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He made a lot of excellent points. Here are some excerpts:
"The rationale for a free and democratic Iraq is as compelling today as it was three years ago. A free and stable Iraq will not attack its neighbors, will not conspire with terrorists, will not pay rewards to the families of suicide bombers and will not seek to kill Americans.

Though there are those who will never be convinced that the cause in Iraq is worth the costs, anyone looking realistically at the world today -- at the terrorist threat we face -- can come to only one conclusion: Now is the time for resolve, not retreat.

Consider that if we retreat now, there is every reason to believe Saddamists and terrorists will fill the vacuum -- and the free world might not have the will to face them again. Turning our backs on postwar Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis. It would be as great a disgrace as if we had asked the liberated nations of Eastern Europe to return to Soviet domination because it was too hard or too tough or we didn't have the patience to work with them as they built free countries.

What we need to understand is that the vast majority of the Iraqi people want the coalition to succeed. They want better futures for themselves and their families. They do not want the extremists to win. And they are risking their lives every day to secure their country.

That is well worth remembering on this anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom."

In part 3 I will bring up the doom and gloom lefties' arguments on why they think the war is wrong and isn't going well. And I will respond with the truth :-).

Sources:
Mike from Mike's America helped me with research
What We've Gained In 3 Years in Iraq

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

"You'd better get a life!!"


Hat tip: Ucomics.com (Click on it to make it bigger)

I'm doing research for my part 2 of Defense of Bush & the War so wanted to post something light. As you might of figured out by now--I love Calvin and Hobbes. This was a particularly good one that I thought some of you might enjoy. Calvin and his "Get Rid of Slimy Girls Club" is classic. And come to think of it this would apply to my son Calvin :-).


My buddy Rummy had a great response the other day to Maureen Dowd. Apparently she wrote in an article that "an unnamed administration official said that Rumsfeld was being treated like an old eccentric uncle who's ignored." This was Rumsfeld's response:
"If you believe everything you read from Maureen Dowd, you'd better get a life."
Yes!! Score another one for Rummie :-).


Mike over at Mike's America has an awesome song playing when you click on his site. The song is called "Bush was right" by the Right Brothers. I absolutely love it. It has a great tune and great lyrics. Go check it out.

Hat Tip: Rush

Okay, I admit that this is a little low but someone sent this to me today and I thought it was funny :-).

Lets take up a collection

A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the highway. Nothing is moving. Suddenly a man knocks on the window.

The driver rolls down his window and asks, "What happened?"

Terrorists have kidnapped Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Jesse
Jackson and Al Sharpton. They are asking for a $10 million ransom. Otherwise they are going to douse them with gasoline and set them on fire. We are going from car to car, taking up a collection." The driver asks, "How much is everyone giving, on average?"

About a gallon.





It is with a sad heart that I say a farewell to my blogging buddy Rebecca. She is moving on to other new & important ventures. Bloviating Zeppelin and I are trying to talk her into leaving her blog up and just posting occasionally. She and I are friends and started this blogging venture together so she will be greatly missed in the blogworld. Best Wishes Rebecca!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Moonbat Men


I can not even begin to tell you how I feel just seeing a picture of Michael Schiavo. On the anniversary week of his wife's death (that he caused) he is giving his side of the story to sympathetic ears in the media. It is interesting to me that Fox News is the only one interested in Terri's family's side of the story. All the other media outlets are interested in Michael's side of the story. How typical is that!!


Alec Baldwin has a major problem having an honest debate. Sean Hannity has repeatedly asked him to be on his show and Baldwin is too afraid to make an appearance. Baldwin was invited to be a co-host on Brian Whitman's show sunday night. So Sean Hannity decided to call in. He had some legitimate questions for Baldwin that no one in the MSM has enough guts to call him on. Baldwin advocated stoning Henry Hyde on national tv during Clinton's impeachment. He has called Cheney a terrorist and has called Bush a mass murderer. Those are all violent and unfair attacks that he has never been called to task on. Hannity wanted to ask him about these statements and Baldwin immediately launched into a personal attack. In a typical, elitist, Hollywood way he tried to demean Hannity by saying he had no talent and should go back to Construction work. Hannity has the 2nd most listened to radio show in the U.S. so the "no talent" attack rings a little hollow.

Now granted Mark Levin called in too and launched into his over the top attacks (that he is so well known for) against Baldwin. But still, Baldwin couldn't take the heat of the debate and literally stormed out of the radio studio. Baldwin has always struck me as one of the most mean-spirited of all the hollywood activists. I think this is another strike against him. If he is this thin-skinned then he shouldn't be running around attacking our President and Vice President during a time of war. Fellow Blogger, Mark has his own take on this.


Sean Penn reportedly has an Ann Coulter doll that he tortures.
I think Penn might have some anger issues among other things. I just always remember how upset he got over the "South Park" creators depiction of him in the movie "Team America". He can bash the U.S. and the President but he can't take the heat when he is criticized. Ann Coulter speaks the truth about him and the issues and he needs to get a doll of her to torture. I don't think the elevator goes all the way to the top floor.

I really loved a lot of the puppet depictions on "Team America". It did a great job of showing how narcissistic a lot of the Hollywood activists are. And that would include Baldwin and Penn. But there was one really over the top crude scene at the end that ruined the movie for me.

Monday, March 27, 2006

LMC's Smorgasbord

I didn't get a chance to blog this weekend because I was working hard on my house. I've kept it clean for over a week now--Woohoo!! :-)



Last weekend FX had a "Prison Break" marathon leading up to starting to air the new episodes of the series last monday. I finally got around to watching them this weekend while doing tons of laundry. It is an awesome show. If you liked the movie "Shawshank Redemption" you will like this. A lot of people including Wyatt were telling me it was a good show and they were right.


I actually found an article in the KC Star that I liked. A brother and sister both joined the Army at the same time. I thought that was pretty cool and the article even portrayed it as a good thing and talked about how proud their parents were. It was inspiring to me.


My kids and I listen to a Christian radio program in the car called "Adventures in Odyssey". We get the CD's of the show from the library and have listened to them in order. I really like them and they are entertaining enough for small children to adults. They teach really good moral lessons without being legalistic. A lot of times Christian kids' shows are cheesy or unrealistic. Odyssey is not like that at all and my kids and I have really gotten a lot out of it. This weekend there was a great storyline that extended over many of the episodes. It was so good we had to bring the CD into the house when we got home and listen to the ending. It was an intense storyline and one of the characters was supposed to have died. I've definitely seen too many Alias and 24 episodes because I figured out the guy wasn't really dead even though my kids were shocked.

Some of you may have noticed my template is different. KC, a fellow blogger, was gracious enough to widen my posting space for me and I am very appreciative. Thanks KC!!!

Friday, March 24, 2006

"Things That Make You Go Hmmm.."


Hat tip: Wayne Stayskal

Okay, what initially made me think of that song? Hillary's recent statements inspired this post. I looked up the lyrics to the song and the only good part of it is the title :-)!! So we'll just stick with that.

#1--A direct quote from Hillary: "My understanding of the Scriptures...." Okay, I was laughing so hard I didn't hear anything else she said after that. She was talking about immigration. This would definitely qualify to be one of O'Reilly's most ridiculous items of the day.


Hat tip: Cox & Forkum

#2--Anti-War Peace Activists who are freed by brave American soldiers but don't even thank them. Talk about spitting in the faces of the very people who sacrificed their own lives to save your butt!!!

I just found out that they finally apologized after all the noise that was made but there was a big But... that followed the lame apology. Michelle Malkin posted on this.

Posts:
Wyatt
Mike

#3--The NY Times continuing to publish things that aren't accurate.

Posts:
JimmyB
Patrick

#4--Helen Thomas refuses to bless us with her retirement and continues to ask inane questions.

Bloviating Zeppelin's post

#5--Charlie Sheen has now entered the Twilight Zone. He appears to be a part of the kook left-wing with his theories about 9/11.

Posts:
Grey Ghost
Nick


Hat Tip: Glenn McCoy

#6--Liberal Media admitting their hatred of Bush.

Posts:
Suzie
Rebecca

Thursday, March 23, 2006

In Defense of the War and George W. Bush--Part 1


"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."--Proverbs 16:24

As many of you have probably figured out by now I am not a fan of the cynical or the pessimist. I am an optimist and an idealist by nature. I don't live in denial. I live in reality (more so than I would desire) but I don't believe anything is accomplished by being negative.

All that to say I am so sick of the doom and gloom MSM and the liberals. They offer constant negative criticism and defeatism without ever giving hope and/or solutions (you should hear some of Carville's recent advice, pathetic). So in an effort to combat some of that I'm going to tell you what has gone right with the war and what George W. Bush has done well.


Rich Lowry has written an excellent article entitled "Murtha Democrats". He points out how ill-informed and negative they are and responds with what is really happening in Iraq. Here are some excerpts:

"John Murtha is the longtime Pennsylvania congressman and former Marine who fits the Democratic party’s preferred political formula on the war. That formula is to say inane or incoherent things, but have a veteran say them on the theory that, then, no one will notice their inanity or incoherence.

Murtha produced his usual hail of misstatements. He said Bush went to war “against the advice of his father and the whole administration.” But the closest there was to a major dissenter in the administration was then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, who supported the war. Murtha said there was “no connection to terrorism in Iraq itself.” Leaving aside the more controversial arguments about Saddam’s relationship with al Qaeda, it is incontrovertible that Saddam was giving $25,000 to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, a rather stark connection to terrorism. He cited the U.S. military’s goal of giving Iraqi forces control of security in 75 percent of Iraq, and scorned it because “75 percent of it is desert.”

It is impossible to know if Murtha wants to be deliberately misleading or is simply ill-informed — but neither option is flattering. Nearly half of the key Baghdad province has been handed over to Iraqi security forces. According to USA Today, these forces have also been given responsibility for parts of such dangerous areas as Fallujah, Ramadi, and Samarra. This is why U.S. deaths are down to one a day — almost the lowest level since the insurgency began — while Iraqi deaths are increasing. So much for deserts.

The difficulties in Iraq have created an open season for the war’s critics, who get a license to say anything even if it has no connection to reality. A few months ago, The Atlantic Monthly ran a cover story by James Fallows titled, “Why Iraq Has No Army.” It was widely cited, even though it appeared smack in the midst of an extraordinarily successful training effort to build up an Iraqi army. From February 2005 to February 2006, top-rated Iraqi security forces went from 10,000 to 54,000, according to researchers from the liberal Brookings Institution, who report that “Iraqi security forces continue to improve.”

Despite all the hue and cry over Iraq, there is a basic consensus around a common-sense strategy that involves attempting to form a national-unity government and train Iraqi security forces. Whether it ultimately works no one can know, but it is irresponsible to lack the patience to give it a reasonable chance."

His last line there is my exact point. When did everyone become such defeatists? Why are we so willing to throw in the towel so quickly? Isn't victory over terrorists and freedom worth fighting for? Do we not realize what we've already accomplished so far?


Mike did a recent post showing a great comparison between the naysayers today and the ones in Europe after World War II. His post is entitled "Winning is not Easy, Just Absolutely Necessary". Here are some excerpts:
"The mainstream media at the time reported doom and gloom. Where was our plan for victory? History repeats itself today in Iraq where our slow, steady, measurable progress is met with "but, but, but" from the same people who are desperate to escape accountability for never having any practical, effective solutions of their own on how to solve the immense problems we confront in geopolitics.

It took fifty years to clean up the mess after World War II. Would the naysayers say we shouldn't have bothered? Had we followed their lead, everyone in Europe, or at least the few permitted to survive the Holocaust, would either be speaking Russian or German."

This topic is too broad for me to fit everything into one post so stay tuned for part 2.

P.S. I had some great pics to go with this but blogger wouldn't let me post them.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Victory Over Anxiety #1


Five years ago I went through a really bad bout with anxiety. My personality was always prone to anxiety but in 2001 it all came to a head. I started having physical symptoms and panic attacks. And for any of you who have struggled at all with anxiety one panic attack will increase your fear and anxiety and cause you to have more and it becomes a vicious cycle. Before you were afraid and anxious about different things but then you become deathly afraid of another panic attack and that ofcourse is what will actually trigger another one.

It was the worst trial that I ever went through. But with God's grace He enabled me to have victory over it and it changed my life. I am living life now instead of being afraid and anxious. I got a lot of counseling and learned how to face, deal, and cope with it. To some extent it will always be my Achilles' heel but it doesn't paralyze me or hinder my life anymore.

When I was going through the worst of it I compiled some verses, prayer and quotes that were of great encouragement and comfort me. I recently shared these with a friend who is struggling in a very similar way with this that I did. I decided I am going to post them one at a time on my blog. If they encourage and help even one person they will have been worth it.

We all have our inner demons and struggles and we need to be honest and open about them so others will know they are not alone. Some may judge you but most will be glad you shared. Here is the first one I compiled:


I have not grasped God’s everlasting love for me. I know for me it has not been internalized the way it should be. So my heartfelt, fervent prayer is Ephesians 3:14-21. I have read it before & even prayed it for people before but it has taken on a new meaning for me during this time.

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may STRENGTHEN you with POWER through his Spirit in your INNER BEING, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being ROOTED & ESTABLISHED in LOVE, may have power together with all the saints, to GRASP how WIDE and LONG and HIGH and DEEP is the LOVE of Christ, and to KNOW this LOVE that SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen."



QUOTES FROM STORMIE OMARTIAN’S CHAPTER ON TRIALS IN THE POWER OF A PRAYING WIFE

"After all, if we never suffered anything, what kind of shallow, compassionless, impatient people would we be? But prayer can help maintain a positive outlook of gratitude, hope, patience, and peace in the midst of it…"

"His purpose for our trials is often to bring us humbly before Him to experience a breaking in our inner, independent, self-sufficient selves, and grow us up into compassionate, patient, spiritually strong, God-glorifying people. He uses these situations to teach us how to trust that He loves and cares for us enough to get us through the tough times."

"If nothing can separate us from the love of God, then no matter how bad it gets, we always have hope."

TRIAL PRAYER FROM STORMIE’S BOOK

God, You are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). You have invited us to "approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). I come before Your throne and ask for grace. Strengthen my heart for this battle and give me patience to wait on You (Psalm 27:1-4). Build me up so that no matter what happens I will be able to stand strong through it. Help me to be always "be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12). Give me endurance to run the race and not give up, for You have said that "a righteous man may fall seven times, he rises again"(Proverbs 24:16). Help me to remember that "if the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand" (Psalm 37:23,24).
I pray I will look to You to be my "refuge until the disaster has passed" (Psalm 57:1). May I learn to wait on You because "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (Isaiah 40:31). I pray that I will find my strength in You and as I call out to You, You will hear me and save me out of all my troubles" (Psalm 34:6).

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Husband Store and Children


I know this Calvin and Hobbes definitely applies to me sometimes :-). I'm doing research for another post so thought I'd post some good stories. The first one Gayle posted part of on her Friday Evening Post but I liked it so much I thought I'd post the whole thing. Unfortunately, even being a woman myself I have to admit there was a lot of truth to this :-).

The Husband Store
A store that sells new husbands has just opened in New York City,
where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the
entrance is a description of how the store operates.

You may visit the store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the
attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends the flights.

There is, however, a catch: you may choose any man from a particular
floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down,
to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads: Floor 1 - These men have jobs.

The second floor sign reads: Floor 2 - These men have jobs and love kids.

The third floor sign reads: Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love kids, and are extremely good looking.

"Wow," she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and sign reads: Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead good looking and help with the housework.

"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!"

Still, she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads: Floor 5 - These
men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with the
housework, and have a strong romantic streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the
sign reads: Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are
no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are
impossible to please.Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.

A new wives store opened across the street.

The first floor has wives that love sex.

The second floor has wives that love sex and have money.

The third through sixth floors have never been visited.


Children!
1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.

ADVICE FOR THE DAY: Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day.
AND FINALLY:

IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF TENSION AND YOU GET A HEADACHE, DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE ASPIRIN BOTTLE:

"TAKE TWO ASPIRIN" AND "KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN"!!!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Remembering Terri Schiavo


On March 31st it will be the 1 year Anniversary of Terri Schiavo's death. At Michelle Malkin's blog she linked to the Blogburst in Memory of Terri Schiavo. This is what they are wanting to do:
"We invite you to join us for a Blogburst in remembrance of Terri Schiavo beginning March 18th (or earlier). Over the 13 days we are asking our friends to write about Terri's life and death, link to her family's foundation (Terrisfight.org) and affirm the intrinsic dignity of human life."

I was very passionate in my defense of Terri during her fight for life. It was one of the first things I wrote about on my blog. I wrote a letter to the KC Star that got published and I was very distraught when she died. It still seems so wrong that such an injustice was able to take place in the United States.


I did a lot of research on the case and read Mark Fuhrman's excellent book. If you haven't taken the time to read it, it is well worth your time. And it was a very easy book to read, I think I read it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down.

I encourage everyone to join in and post for life and in remembrance of Terri. I am planning on doing a post dedicated to her remembrance on the anniversary date of March 31st.

Earlier Posts:
Terri Schiavo
Heroes

Additional Terri Links:
Crystal Clear
Terri Schiavo Foundation

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Fun Post


Okay, 2 serious posts in a row, time for some fun. As I've mentioned before I'm hooked on the show LaFemme Nikita. I've decided after getting hooked on these cult tv shows only to be tormented that a woman needs to be in charge of these series. These men set it up so there are 2 main characters that are destined to be together but then they torment you by not having them get together. Very frustrating!! Then, I'm just at the part in the series where they are going to have Nikita and Michael finally get together and Blockbuster sends me the wrong disc. Aaaaaaaaaahhh!! Anyway, all that to say this is a pic of Roy Dupuis and he is one of the main characters in Nikita. He is hot so I've decided I don't want to know what his politics are :-))).

Juanita had these fun quizzes over at her blog and I loved them.

You scored as Yellow. Your heart is yellow. You are very fun loving and you\'re the life and soul of the party. Some people may call you childish, but they\'re boring and should be shot! Be happy to be happy and don\'t change for anyone. Oh wow, I'm very proud of you *sniffles*. This is my first quiz so bite me...

Yellow

86%

Pink

79%

Blue

61%

Green

54%

Purple

39%

Red

25%

Black

18%

White

14%

Orange

4%

~What colour is your heart?~
created with QuizFarm.com


You scored as Charlies Angels. You are a kick ass girl! You and your friends are intimidating!

Charlies Angels

100%

The Notebook

75%

A Cinderella Story

67%

Legally Blonde

67%

Mean Girls

58%

What Chick Flick is just like Your Life?
created with QuizFarm.com


Good News!!:

So far John Roberts seems to be doing a good job as Supreme Court Justice. "A New Day at the Court" quoted Jay Sekulow saying this:
"I think that Justice Alito's addition is very important, but it's too early to tell about his effect. But Chief Justice John Roberts is going to be able to bring along others to his viewpoint. He's an incremental kind of justice, and I think at the end of the day that's going to serve the country very well."

This article put a smile on my face:
"Poll: Republicans Are Happier Than Democrats
The Pew Research Center recently updated a question about happiness that the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago has been asking since 1972.

In every asking of the question, ROLL CALL reports, Republicans have been happier than Democrats.

Republicans tend to be better off than Democrats, and that is one explanation for the happiness gap. But when the researchers controlled for household income, Republicans at all income levels were happier than Democrats at those same income levels.

As for ideology, conservative Republicans were happier than conservative Democrats, and moderate to liberal Republicans were happier than comparable Democrats."

Sounds about right to me!!! My liberal in-laws are the most pessimistic people I know!!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Why I'm for School Choice

Hat tip to: Glenn McCoy

Most of you probably don't "get" this cartoon. I didn't either. I did some research. It turns out the school superintendent, Sandra Schroeder came into Madison Community school district in Illinois and shook things up. She is getting results, but guess who isn't happy? The teacher's union.

Unfortunately the Teachers' Unions are one of the main reasons our kids are in failing schools today. Why? Because they are the main people standing in the way of school choice becoming a reality for American schoolchildren.


John Stossel did an awesome show entitled "Stupid in America" on ABC about how the public schools are failing our kids. He talks about "how lack of choice cheats our kids out of a good education." Truer words have never been spoken. To watch clips of the show go here. There is a transcript of the show and 3 video clips. They are all short so take the time to watch them all.

He points out that our kids aren't doing well on tests compared to other countries.
"At age 10, American students take an international test and score well above the international average. But by age 15, when students from 40 countries are tested, the Americans place 25th."
Why is that? Are foreign kids just naturally smarter than our kids? No, its because other countries don't have a government monopoly over their schools. Belgian kids are given vouchers where their parents can pick what school they can go to. Here in America great public school teachers like our friend Becky get paid the same as lazy, incompetent teachers. It is almost impossible to fire bad teachers because of the teachers' unions. And without competition schools have no incentive to get better.

We are now spending on average $10,000 per kid for public schools. Obviously throwing more money at the problem has not helped. Other countries spend significantly less per kid than we do. And one of the reasons $10,000 per kid isn't enough is because so much of it ends up in the bureaucracy instead of going to the kids or to pay for better teachers.

So guess who is mad at John Stossel for his show "Stupid in America"? The teachers' unions. Stossel wrote an article about it entitled "I'm sorry that union teachers are mad at me". Why are they mad? And why do they fiercely resist school choice? Because they wouldn't have a monopoly on the school system anymore and they would lose their power. They don't care about the kids and the educational system. They care about their bureaucracy and their power. And its time we took up the fight and demanded better for our kids.

We have a form of school choice in Cleveland, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Milwaukee, Vermont and Washington D.C. We deserve to have school choice in all 50 states and in all school districts. I resent the fact that I have to pay double to either homeschool my kids or put them in private schools. I have 4 kids who I want to put in private school in the next year or two and I will have to get a job just to be able to pay for their schooling. Am I willing to do that? Yes! Should I have to? No

I pray that school choice becomes a reality sooner rather than later. If we can pick the schools that our kids go to schools will be forced to do better and hire better teachers. And we can also weed out insane teachers like Jay Bennish. How many parents would send their kids to a school with teachers like him? And how quickly would the school fire him once he was hindering the school from being able to keep students enrolled. It seems like everyone would be happier--teachers, parents and students. Except for the liberals who would lose their power and control over our kids!!

P.S. I'm not saying that kids can't do well in public schools and this isn't a criticism of public school teachers. This is a plea for parents to have more options.

Sources & Great Resources on School Choice:
Cato Institute
Alliance for School Choice
School Choice Info
John Stossel's 'Stupid in America'
I'm Sorry That Union Teachers Are Mad at Me
They Want to Teach me a Lesson

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Despicable Judge #2--John Connor


I don't always agree with Bill O'Reilly. But I can't tell you how proud I am of him for going after child predators and those that won't hold them accountable. It seems that these psycho judges are becoming more and more common. I posted on Judge Cashman back in January. He was the first despicable judge to be highlighted. Why was he despicable? Because he gave an admitted child rapist 60 days in jail.

Now we have Judge John A. Connor , a Franklin County judge in Columbus, Ohio, who gave an admitted child rapist probation!! Can you believe that?? The innocent children of Ohio are worth so little that a man can repeatedly rape little boys and his only consequence is probation. Andrew Selva is the child rapist and he repeatedly raped 2 little boys over a 3 yr. period. Can you imagine how horrific that must've been for them? And Connor decided to give Selva 5 yrs. of probation. I literally cannot fathom or comprehend how this is possible.

Connor's defense was that psychologists said that Selva was treatable. Do you really think that a man who repeatedly rapes little children can ever be normal again and not re-offend? That is ludicrous.

Our society needs to really re-think what our priorities are. If a rape of a child doesn't deserve prison time I don't know what crime does. I think rape is worse or at least equivalent to murder. When you rape a child you take part in destroying part of their soul and our justice system needs to reflect that.

Bill O'Reilly is on a campaign to make sure child predators are stopped and we all need to join him. So what can we do?? We can start by getting rid of John Connor. What do we know about Connor? Here is a little of what O'Reilly dug up on him:
"Judge Conner has been arrested eight times for D-U-I and has been convicted three times for D-U-I. What's really important here is going back to the Selva case, when he compares Andrew Selva's disease of being a sexual predator to his own disease of being an alcoholic. The first thing is we have received a number of calls from members of AA who are completely offended and angered by that decision. What's really important here is when Conner goes on to say ‘I don't think prison would have helped, only for revenge. I believe that Judge Conner has clearly demonstrated that he no longer has the ability to remain impartial on the bench and give just sentences. He clearly has no concern about punishments or protecting the community."

The other shocker is that Connor is a democrat. I hate to be partisan on an issue like this but liberals seem to more concerned with the rights of predators than the rights of innocent children.

You can start by contacting Ohio Governor Bob Taft on your feelings about this judge. And the good news is he is already listening to those who have contacted him and he has released this statement. The other good news is the Ohio Legislature is moving to get rid of this judge. If you live in Ohio you can also sign a petition. For more info go here.

Suzie has done several awesome posts on this that I will list in my sources.

Sources:
Drunken Judges
National Talk Show Host Blasts Franklin County Judge
Sentence in sex-abuse case angers neighbors
BillO'reilly.com
Ohio Judge Worst Ever
Convicted OHIO JUDGE- Talking Points by O'Reilly-Part 1
Fox and Friends-E.D. Hill's Blog on OHIO JUDGE

Monday, March 13, 2006

"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"


I don't know why but I love this phrase that was the title of one of Clint Eastwood's movies. It seems to sum things up pretty well. Wyatt does a post once a week on people he hates. I have to admit they usually make me laugh and I find myself nodding in agreement. But since this is a Conservative Christian blog I figured I better come up with something a little less harsh. Thus this title will let me talk about the people I like AND dislike :-).

THE GOOD:
1)Dick Morris made my night tonight by talking to Bill O'Reilly about McCain. He said there is absolutely no way that McCain will get the Republican nomination for 2008. I could've kissed Morris for saying that. I've been getting nervous with so many people talking about McCain being the frontrunner. Rush was even pointing out today that he is "courting the conservative intelligentsia". I was talking to my friend from the Missouri Republican party though and she doesn't think he has a chance either. We'll see. More about McCain in the bad and ugly section.

2)George W. Bush has been getting pummeled non-stop by criticism from all sides. He is not perfect but he also doesn't deserve 80% of the criticism that comes his way. I am planning on doing a post in the near future listing all the awesome things he has done for this country as a reminder for all the naysayers. Foremost of all is the fact that we have not had a terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9-11. Who would've thought that possible in the days after 9-11?

3)Bill Kristol made my morning on Fox News Sunday yesterday. I love Kristol's passion. Either I love what he has to say (if I agree with him) or I get upset if I disagree with him because he is so expressive when sharing his opinions. I agreed with him yesterday and was proud of him. He was pointing out that the sabotaging of the Port deal was Congress reacting to the fears and the ignorance of the American people. And he said it well.

4)My friend has started a new blog entitled "I Read So You Don't Have To". I love it. She reads a lot so thought she'd post helpful reviews (some serious, some funny) on books and TV/movies. She gives talking points on each book so you can try to look intelligent while at social functions even if you haven't read the books. This reminded me so much of the movie "Born Yesterday" with Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Johnson plays a guy that is supposed to smarten Melanie up. He gives her these all-purpose lines to use at dinner parties so she'll look like she knows what she's talking about even though she isn't very knowledgeable. Exactly what I needed since I find myself not having time to read as many books lately as I would like. I'm going to put her blogsite in my sidebar under non-political blogs.

The Bad and The Ugly:
1)Russ Feingold thinks he has a prayer at the democratic nomination and thus is sucking up to the hard-core leftwing loonies of his party. He is jumping on the Bush-bashing bandwagon and wants to censure Bush for so-called "domestic spying". Rush brought up that since Hillary is trying to play to the center Feingold thinks he can woo the left-wing base. Maybe Hollywood actors who tell Hillary that she can kiss their butt will buy into his political posturing.

2)Harry Reid for being annoying and boring. As I was listening to clips of him talking today it struck me how boring and un-charismatic he is. He was Tom Daschle's replacement and he definitely wasn't an improvement. Same boring manner and same hateful, untrue rhetoric about Republicans.

3)The anti-war protestors at Walter Reed have no class. If you want to protest that is fine but not at a hospital where soldiers are recovering from serious injuries. I linked to CJ from "A Soldier's Perspective" because he was courageous enough to confront these protestors.


4)John McCain was trying to make excuses for why he didn't do well in this past weekend's straw poll. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Over my dead body will this man get the Republican nomination for 2008. Not if I have anything to say about it. I will have to do a post in the future on all the reasons why McCain is a RINO.
McCain pic courtesy of Rush Limbaugh's website.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

LMC's Smorgasbord


HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY CALVIN!!!!!

My awesome friend (who is also the one who originally set up this blog for me)is good at photoshopping pictures. She put my oldest son's face on this pic so we could use it for an edible image on a cake for his birthday. I waited till the last minute so there was some stress involved in us being able to get it done. But finally I had the pic printed out at Wal-mart and it was ready to be put on a cake. That's when the real trouble started.

I took it to the bakery department at Wal-mart. My friend had already used a similar photoshopped pic of her daughter with Care Bears at another store so I wasn't expecting any problems. Well- they freak out because of copyright laws. I try to explain that this is a free downloadable picture off the internet but to no avail. Now for the funny part. I have a manager come over acting very confident. He says that as soon as he saw the picture he knew it wasn't going to work because he recognized Kiefer Sutherland. I looked incredulously at him and didn't even hesitate. (For a moment I forgot about being ticked off that they weren't going to use the picture on the cake.) "That is not Kiefer Sutherland," I said emphatically.

Hello?? My friend and I were joking later that this guy made this mistake with the wrong family. First of all I'm a Kiefer Sutherland expert :-) and my husband is a Star Wars expert so this would've never flown with either of us :-). By the way for those of you who don't know the other guy in the pic is Ewan McGregor not Kiefer.

After some other complications we did finally get the pic on the cake. But it turned out to be a much bigger deal than I expected :-).


HAPPY DAY for me!!! :
McCain bombs in a Republican Straw poll for president. I especially loved this line:
One activist said, "McCain voted against all the Bush tax cuts... maybe he should have voted for the president then, instead of waiting for a political stunt to try and distract."


Your Musical Tastes Match: Jennifer Garner


See her whole playlist here (iTunes required)

I found another one of these quizzes and I loved my result so I thought I'd post it. Let me know your results :-).


My friends and I went and saw "Failure to Launch" last night. The film critics (again the artsy fartsy elites) were giving it terrible ratings. But talk to any woman who won't go to a Matthew McConaughey movie and she probably needs her head examined. It was awesome!!! We laughed out loud throughout the whole movie, it had a great ending and I loved the other actors in the movie also. For those of you Alias fans "Will" (Bradley Cooper) was in it and was endearing as always. Also, the last time I did a conservative hunks post Mark led me to this great site that had a list of conservative celebrities. I almost died when I saw McConaughey on there. So right then and there I knew I'd have to do a conservative hunks #3 sometime in the future.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Life


Click on the cartoon to make it bigger so you can read it. This one doesn't relate to much but when I was looking through the Calvin and Hobbes archives I found it and thought it was hilarious!!

Life has been crazy lately. My oldest daughter had a baton competition last weekend that I spent the whole day at. It went very well though and her group took 2nd place in both of the numbers they did. I was very happy with how things went this year. Last year she had a different teacher who didn't prepare us for what we were going to face at competition. And it was a fiasco. So I was very relieved that it went so well this year.

Last night my son had his 10th Birthday party and my friend helped with a special cake for him. I will post the great pic and tell the story that goes with it when I have the picture.


So anyway all that to say my house desperately needs my attention so will be back to blogging when I get a breather.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Cartoons and The Oscars


I heard about this the other day, it is such a shame :-)!!!


I think we should put Dick Cheney in charge of our Iran policy :-).


I really, really liked this one :-).
Glenn McCoy

My take on the Oscars:
I didn't watch this year because I figured I'd find out in the news immediately afterwards. I felt like this year was a celebration of immorality and political correctness and I didn't want to waste my time. Here is a comment that I left on Rebecca's blog about my opinion:
My 2 cents worth is that there are a lot of things about Hollywood that I do love. I love movies and pop culture. But what I don't like is the Artsy Fartsy elites. I don't like how there is a disconnect between what the American people love and what the elites decide is a good movie.

At one time Harrison Ford had starred in 6 of the top 10 money making movies of all time and yet he has never received an academy award. I think there is something wrong with that.

Someone responded that only the film critics understand what really makes a good movie and understand the technicalities. I'm aware of that (and I know people that understand films in a way that I never will) and I know I'm not even close to a film critic. But my question is why do film critics always like immoral and politically correct films? The two almost always seem to go together. That is my fundamental problem with Hollywood. And I'm also tired of hearing politically correct speeches by airheaded Hollywood actors that don't know what they are talking about. Laura Ingraham needs to write a 2nd book entitled "Shut-up and Act".

A friend sent me this awesome article on the Oscars by Ben Stein. The more I read his columns the more I am impressed with him. Here is the whole article:

Missed Tributes
By Ben Stein
Published 3/6/2006 2:08:21 AM


Now for a few humble thoughts about the Oscars.

I did not see every second of it, but my wife did, and she joins me in noting that there was not one word of tribute, not one breath, to our fighting men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan or to their families or their widows or orphans. There were pitifully dishonest calls for peace -- as if the people we are fighting were interested in any peace for us but the peace of the grave. But not one word for the hundreds of thousands who have served and are serving, not one prayer or moment of silence for the dead and maimed.

Basically, the sad truth is that Hollywood does not think of itself as part of America, and so, to Hollywood, the war to save freedom from Islamic terrorists is happening to someone else. It does not concern them except insofar as it offers occasion to mock or criticize George Bush. They live in dreamland and cannot be gracious enough to thank the men and women who pay with their lives for the stars' ability to live in dreamland. This is shameful.

The idea that it is brave to stand up for gays in Hollywood, to stand up against Joe McCarthy in Hollywood (fifty years after his death), to say that rich white people are bad, that oil companies are evil -- this is nonsense. All of these are mainstream ideas in Hollywood, always have been, always will be. For the people who made movies denouncing Big Oil, worshiping gays, mocking the rich to think of themselves as brave -- this is pathetic, childish narcissism.

The brave guy in Hollywood will be the one who says that this is a fabulously great country where we treat gays, blacks, and everyone else as equal. The courageous writer in Hollywood will be the one who says the oil companies do their best in a very hostile world to bring us energy cheaply and efficiently and with a minimum of corruption. The producer who really has guts will be the one who says that Wall Street, despite its flaws, has done the best job of democratizing wealth ever in the history of mankind.

No doubt the men and women who came to the Oscars in gowns that cost more than an Army Sergeant makes in a year, in limousines with champagne in the back seat, think they are working class heroes to attack America -- which has made it all possible for them. They are not. They would be heroes if they said that Moslem extremists are the worst threat to human decency since Hitler and Stalin. But someone might yell at them or even attack them with a knife if they said that, so they never will.

Hollywood is above all about self: self-congratulation, self-promotion, and above all, self-protection. This is human and basic, but let's not kid ourselves. There is no greatness there in the Kodak theater. The greatness is on patrol in Kirkuk. The greatness lies unable to sleep worrying about her man in Mosul. The greatness sleeps at Arlington National Cemetery and lies waiting for death in VA Hospitals. God help us that we have sunk so low as to confuse foolish and petty boasting with the real courage that keeps this nation and the many fools in it alive and flourishing on national TV.

Ann also had her usual great take on it also.

UPDATE:
After I posted this I heard Rush talking about Peggy Noonan's article on the Oscars. It is awesome and as always she says it so much better than I could. Here are a couple of excerpts that are really good:
But there's another challenge, an obvious one, and in the long term a bigger one. You don't have to be a genius to figure out that viewership of the Oscars is down because movie attendance itself is down, and that movie attendance is down because Hollywood isn't making the kind of movies that compel people to leave their homes and go to the multiplex.
There are those who think Hollywood hates America, and they have reason to think it. Hollywood does, as host Jon Stewart suggested, seem detached from the country it seeks to entertain. It is politically and culturally to the left of America, and it often seems disdainful of or oblivious to its assumptions and traditions.

I don't think it is true that studio executives and producers hate America. They are too confused, ambivalent and personally anxious to sit around hating their audience. I think they wish they understood America. I think they feel nostalgic for what they remember of it. I think they find it hard to find America, in a way.

I also think that it's not true that they're motivated only by money. Would that they were! They'd be more market-oriented if they cared only about money. What they care about a great deal is status, and in their community status is bestowed by the cultural left. This is an old story. But it seems only to get worse, not better.

If a lot of the American audience, certainly the red-state audience, assumes Hollywood hates them, they won't go as often to the movies as they used to. If you thought Wal-Mart hated you, would you shop there?

Most Americans aren't leading media, they're leading lives. It would be nice to see a new respect in Hollywood for the lives they live. It would be nice to see them start to understand that rediscovering the work of, say, C.S. Lewis, and making a Narnia film, is not "giving in" to the audience but serving it. It isn't bad to look for and present good material that is known to have a following. It's a smart thing to do. It's why David O. Selznick bought "Gone With the Wind": People were reading it. It was his decision to make it into a movie from which he would profit that gave Hattie McDaniel her great role. Taboos are broken by markets, not poses.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Port Deal


Okay, I know everyone has been waiting with baited breath for my take on the port deal. Probably not, but I wanted to take my time to thoroughly research it before posting on it. This has become an incredibly divisive issue with strange bedfellows on both sides. This article shows how you have Rush & Bill O'Reilly on one side and Sean Hannity and Michael Savage on the other. As you know I love Rush and Sean both so it was hard to see them on opposite sides of the issue. You also have Jimmy Carter on the same side as Rush and Hillary on the same side as Sean so it gets strange :-).

I initially was very wary of the deal but the more I heard from both sides the more I had to agree with the pro-side. I know conservative bloggers have also come out on both sides of this. In my opinion the best post so far has been done by Matthew. He did an outstanding post on this and really did his homework. If you haven't read it yet I strongly urge you to check it out. Mike also did an excellent and thorough post and Bob did 2 good posts as well.

I also want to point out that I think it is ridiculous how liberals like Hillary and Chuckie are supposedly, suddenly concerned about national security. I'm not buying it. They are just playing on the fears of the American people who aren't that aware of the details of how all this works. And they can finally claim they care more about national security than the President. Anyone who buys that needs their head examined.


In all of this I think Tony Snow has had the best take. He seems to have done his research and has kept a cool head during it all. He does point out (and I have to agree) that W needs to do a much better job of communicating issues like this to the public. I think W has the same character and principles as Reagan did he just isn't as good about communicating them.

I thought Tony Snow's column on this was so good that it was worth posting it in its entirety. And I think it best explains my view and take on this deal.

"A fair number of analysts have linked the Dubai Ports World controversy with President Bush's approach to border security. The president, they say, can't keep our borders safe, so why should we trust his word when it comes to securing our ports?


The question unmasks the questioners. While our borders have become porous, they haven't become highways for terror, at least by the slender evidence available to laymen. Instead, they have become the focal point for fearful imaginings — of Islamofascists secreted in otherwise empty trucks or train cars; underground railroads for bin Laden-trained thugs who have slithered around the world and up through South and Central America.


When one asks the Frightened Fringe for data to support the claims of a silent invasion, one gets mildly paranoid, slightly off-point questions: What if you're wrong? What about the Millennium plot?


The same with the Dubai Ports deal. The most furious critics of the transaction seem blithely uninterested in facts. It doesn't matter that DPW operates worldwide. It doesn't matter that the port in Dubai services more U.S. Naval vessels than any port outside the United States, or that Dubai Ports World handles some of that business. Nor does it matter that the company's management team is American, or that the parent government (the United Arab Emirates) has been more helpful in the war on terror than virtually any other nation in the world — having placed troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, while providing extraordinary amounts of intelligence since literally the first volley of the war. (Gen. Tommy Franks says the Emirates actually provided the grid coordinates for the first bombing strikes in the Afghan invasion.)


Supporters of the deal, including the president, get peppered instead with vague indictments of all Arabs and Muslims — "How can you trust them?" The DPW skeptics knit these suspicions to a set of shaky assertions — that the Emirates recognized the Taliban (upon whom it spied), doesn't recognize Israel (it adopts the standard Arab position of acknowledging Israel's right to exist, with the expectation of diplomatic recognition upon completion of a peace treaty with Palestine), funneled money to 9-11 terrorists (as did U.S. banks) and was the homeland to two of the 9-11 hijackers (which is akin to blaming the United States for having raised Timothy McVeigh).


The problem with such an approach to the world is not that its advocates are racists — it's that they're afraid. Fear has become the defining characteristic of a new strain of American nativism that sees the world as a hive of imminent threats and the United States as a large, lumbering, disabled beast, ripe for a good stinging.


The analysis not only ignores the facts, but defies them. The Dubai hysteria came on the heels of a successful effort to tamp down a would-be rebellion in Iraq, followed by the arrest of dozens of al-Qaida operatives spread across Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Levant. More importantly, the United Arab Emirates offers a case study in how one must proceed in order to prevail against a murky, terrorist foe.


The Emirates have supplied for this war what the French Underground provided in World War II: Locals who can infiltrate, investigate and even disable enemy cells. They also have become active and aggressive partners in developing prophylactic measures, such as the testing of outgoing cargo for radiation, and of screening all outgoing sea cargo by means of technology that would permit a thorough but quick scan of all containers.


This is precisely what Democrats demanded in the last election campaign — remember John Kerry's insistence for making nice with the rest of the world and soliciting active aid from allies? It also fits the president's announced plan for victory — turning the battle over to local authorities, so the Americans might enjoy the comforts of home once more.


And yet, the fear of the Outsider persists — demonstrating that in at least one important regard, bin Laden is still winning. He has managed to plant the seeds of blank, unreasoning, hide-under-the-bed fear in many Americans, including talk-tough politicos who affect boldness while advocating retreat.


These are the naive folks. They seem to believe that the United States ought to go it alone in order to avoid contact with impure elements. This is the Pat Buchanan variation of Jimmy Carter's foreign policy.


But that's as much a loser now as it was 30 years ago. America always has thrived by engaging a fractious world, and demonstrating what a free people can achieve, especially under conditions of stress and privation.


Eternal vigilance remains a cost of liberty — and Fearful Fringe nativism is what it always has been: the essence of surrender."

Monday, March 06, 2006

La Femme Nikita and other Highlights


A friend of mine told me about this awesome lady named Billie who does great reviews of Cult tv shows and Scifi shows. She reviews shows like "Lost", "Battlestar Galactica", "Alias" and others. My friend said that she had mentioned that if you like "Alias" you might also like "La Femme Nikita". Since I love Alias I figured it was worth checking out and then I found out Joel Surnow (the executive producer of "24") also worked on it. By then I was sold.

My friend and I decided to watch it "sort of" together since we live in different states. And another friend said she'd try to watch it too. So we thought it would be fun to watch it at similar times and be able to talk about it. I watched the first 3 episodes and I'm hooked. It is similar to Alias but different. And if you've ever watched the movie "Point of No Return" with Bridget Fonda it has the exact same premise. But "Point of No Return" was sad whereas this series has a lot of hope and excitement to it.

On to other highlights:
Lone Pony posted about Governor Rounds signing the South Dakota abortion ban today and talked about how Mississippi is in the process of doing the same thing. It is very exciting news!! I have also been thinking a lot recently about everyone bringing up the ban not having the rape/incest exceptions. I may be in the minority but I just don't get it. Does a baby suddenly stop being a baby because I've been raped or molested? The baby doesn't deserve to be murdered because of a criminal act by someone else. I understand the mental anguish for the woman in carrying a baby from such a conception. But I think it would bring more psychological damage to get an abortion than to carry the child. I understand carrying the baby and giving it up for adoption but not killing the baby. So I guess I can't personally agree to supporting those exceptions.


Texas Fred, Abfreedom and Sparks from the Anvil all posted about how Psycho Fred Phelps and his hate group disguised as a church are picketing Soldiers' funerals. The original article said that it was Westboro Church doing the picketing and I did a quick google search and sure enough Fred Phelps is the pastor of the Church. Fred Phelps is someone I just don't get. He thinks God hates homosexuals and all sorts of other people. Picketing at anyone's funeral to make some kind of hate statement is beyond despicable. I abhor his message no matter where it would be given but to be given at a funeral while people are grieving is beyond heartless.

I still remember a group like this in Chicago. I was a student at Moody Bible Institute and a group of us walked past them walking around with signs and screaming out messages. Their signs said "God hates fags" or something similar to that and other people that God supposedly hated. I was so upset that I went up and confronted them. I told them that they were driving people away from God not to Him with their message. Their response was that Jesus confronted the Pharisees with strong messages. I pointed out how they were missing a fundamental point. The Pharisees had religion without love and faith and they needed to be confronted harshly. When it came to sinners Jesus always showed them unconditional love and he spent time with them and showed them He cared.


I still haven't had time to do a thorough post on the Ports deal. But I thought this cartoon was good and points out the ridiculousness of the Clintons. Give me a break!! Are we really supposed to believe Hillary didn't know Bill was working to make this deal happen? One of the things about the Clintons that really bothers me is how stupid they must think the American people are. The lines they feed us and expect us to believe are beyond ridiculous.