Saturday, April 29, 2006

United 93


Some friends and I are going to see United 93 tonight. Rush interviewed the director and writer of the movie, Paul Greengrass and played excerpts on thursday and friday. Greengrass is a liberal but according to everyone who has seen the movie he gets it right.


To be honest I don't understand the hoopla at all that this movie is being done too soon. If anything I think we've waited too long. Too many people have forgotten what we are up against and what the enemy is willing to do. Amazingly all the critics are giving this movie high ratings and so are the American people who have seen it. But you notice that the MSM keeps pounding the drum that no one will go see this because its too hard. What kind of wimps do they think we are? And I think the MSM and the liberals don't want people to see it. They don't want Americans to be reminded of why this war on terror is so important.


It was interesting. Bill McCuddy and Richard Roeper were talking about the movie on O'Reilly's show and I found myself agreeing more with Roeper. I usually love what McCuddy says but he kept pounding home how difficult the movie was to watch and how people needed to be warned. I understand that sentiment and I realize there may be people who won't be able to see it. But David Beamer (Todd Beamer's dad) wrote an opinion piece talking about how important this movie is and recommended everyone see it to be reminded. I think if the families of the loved ones who died on United 93 can watch it, so can we.

Here are some excerpts from Beamer's very moving editorial:
"Paul Greengrass and Universal set out to tell the story of United Flight 93 on that terrible day in our nation's history. They set about the task of telling this story with a genuine intent to get it right--the actions of those on board and honor their memory. Their extensive research included reaching out to all the families who had lost loved ones on United Flight 93 as the first casualties of this war. And Paul and his team got it right.

There are those who question the timing of this project and the painful memories it evokes. Clearly, the film portrays the reality of the attack on our homeland and its terrible consequences. Often we attend movies to escape reality and fantasize a bit. In this case and at this time, it is appropriate to get a dose of reality about this war and the real enemy we face. It is not too soon for this story to be told, seen and heard. But it is too soon for us to become complacent. It is too soon for us to think of this war in only national terms. We need to be mindful that this enemy, who made those holes in our landscape and caused the deaths of some 3,000 of our fellow free people, has a vision to personally kill or convert each and every one of us. This film reminds us that this war is personal. This enemy is on a fanatical mission to take away our lives and liberty--the liberty that has been secured for us by those whose names are on those walls in Battery Park and so many other walls and stones throughout this nation. This enemy seeks to take away the free will that our Creator has endowed in us. Patrick Henry got it right some 231 years ago. Living without liberty is not living at all.

The passengers and crew of United 93 had the blessed opportunity to understand the nature of the attack and to launch a counterattack against the enemy. This was our first successful counterattack in our homeland in this new global war--World War III.

This film further reminds us of the nature of the enemy we face. An enemy who will stop at nothing to achieve world domination and force a life devoid of freedom upon all. Their methods are inhumane and their targets are the innocent and unsuspecting. We call this conflict the "War on Terror." This film is a wake-up call. And although we abhor terrorism as a tactic, we are at war with a real enemy and it is personal.

There are those who would hope to escape the pain of war. Can't we just live and let live and pretend every thing is OK? Let's discuss, negotiate, reason together. The film accurately shows an enemy who will stop at nothing in a quest for control. This enemy does not seek our resources, our land or our materials, but rather to alter our very way of life.

I encourage my fellow Americans and free people everywhere to see "United 93."

Be reminded of our very real enemy. Be inspired by a true story of heroic actions taken by ordinary people with victorious consequences. Be thankful for each precious day of life with a loved one and make the most of it. Resolve to take the right action in the situations of life, whatever they may be. Resolve to give thanks and support to those men, women, leaders and commanders who to this day (1,687 days since Sept. 11, 2001) continue the counterattacks on our enemy and in so doing keep us safe and our freedoms intact.

May the taste of freedom for people of the Middle East hasten victory. The enemy we face does not have the word "surrender" in their dictionary. We must not have the word "retreat" in ours. We surely want our troops home as soon as possible. That said, they cannot come home in retreat. They must come home victoriously. Pray for them."

McCuddy was upset because the movie makes you re-live that day. I think we need to re-live that day so we don't forget. I am a movie girl and movies help me process life and even though it will be hard I am looking forward to seeing the movie. I will update this post after I've seen it and tell you what I think.

UPDATE:
The movie was very good!! It was very intense and very moving. You did feel like you were viewing the day through the eyes of those on Flight 93 and the Air Traffic Controllers. It was disturbing to see the terrorists constantly praying to Allah. How could you really believe the god you were serving could bless the slaughter of innocent people?

The bravery of the passengers on the plane was impressive. Once they realized that the twin towers had been hit they knew it was a suicide mission and they knew they needed to do something. It amazed me that the terrorists allowed the passengers to make phonecalls and to talk amongst themselves. I think Moussaoui was supposed to be on this flight so they were short one man and they were all pretty young.

I cried a lot at the end as you watched the passengers' struggle to take the plane away from the control of the terrorists. I found myself wishing that they could've gotten to the cockpit sooner. But their courage was inspiring and who knows how many lives they saved by not allowing the plane to hit its target.

I highly recommend it!!

"United 93" No. 2 at box office

Friday, April 28, 2006

The Melodrama Over Oil


Jumping on the Bash Big Oil Bandwagon

I can't even begin to tell you how sick I am of people blaming Big Oil for high gas prices. I did a post on this in November entitled The Scandal of Supply and Demand. Many of my arguments in that post are still the same. Bill O'Reilly is upsetting me more and more with his hysteria over how evil the Oil companies are. I agree with him about 70% of the time and on the Sex Offender issue he's right on. But on the oil companies he's way off base.


So who is my hero on this issue? Neil Cavuto!! He took on Dick Durbin on his show and crushed him like a bug. Go here to see the video. (You need to forward about halfway through to see the good part.) Here are some of Neil's questions to Durbin:
"Senator, do you think with your zeal to save the environment, and some of these blended fuels that we have to have in order to meet these new environmental requirements, that, with the best of intentions, you're the one who is gouging Americans at the pump?"

"Do you know how much, out of curiosity, senator, is billed into a gallon of gasoline, profits of the oil companies, per gallon? Do you know what's the average?"

"Maybe you could answer my question. It's about 9 cents. Do you know how much taxes are, senator? About 50 cents."


"So, don't you think you should be more focused on the tax- gouging than necessarily the profit-gouging?"

"So, 50 cents a gallon, those taxes are okay? The nine-cent profit, that's not okay?"

To see the rest of the transcript go here.

And to be honest this is one of those times when I'm upset with not just Democrats on this issue but also Republicans. I know it is an election year and everybody is scrambling. But this is a time to educate the American people on the concept of Supply and Demand and the benefits of a free market. It is not time to pander and to jump on the bash Oil Companies bandwagon.

So what is the real reason for high gas prices?

1) No new refineries in the U.S. in 30 years

Nick who works for an evil oil company :-) wrote an excellent post entitled: It's All Big Oil's Fault. Here is an excerpt:
"There has not been a refinery built in the United States in 30 years. Business and start up taxes, along with increased environmental regulations and the fact that not many states want a refinery, means that oil companies are not building new refineries to handle the increased demand for gasoline. Oil companies can produce all the oil and gas out of the ground they want, but limited refineries means limited production of gasoline. Liberals want it both ways. They want low gas prices but no more facilities built to refine the crude oil into gasoline. How in the hell is that the fault of Big Oil?"


2) No new drilling in the U.S.

Another great excerpt from Nick:
"Ten years ago, liberals said that drilling in ANWAR was not worth the “environmental disturbance” because the oil would not be ready for consumer use for 5 years. 5 years ago, liberals still said drilling would do no good because the oil would not be ready for consumers for 5 years. Now, today, those same morons are complaining that drilling in ANWAR would do us no good because the oil would not be ready to use for 5 years. Well, what if we had started drilling 10 years ago? That oil would be ready for gasoline consumption certainly by now. But, it’s too late to start now, right? After all, we’d have to wait 5 years to use it.

ANWAR is over 19 million acres. The proposed acreage that would be used for exploration is about 20,000. That is like placing a regular postage stamp on a football field. Exploration would not ruin the refuge. As a matter of fact, warmth from pipelines has actually been proven to become a mating spot for wildlife and fisheries. Just ask any offshore fisherman about the best places to fish, and he will tell you about fishing along rigs for snapper.

Also, what ever happened to states’ rights? ANWAR is in Alaska, is it not? Rather than having a bunch of tree huggers in California and Massachusetts decide ALASKA’s economy, why not allow ALASKA’s citizens to vote on the drilling proposal. Most of the citizens of Alaska want some exploration in ANWAR, to provide jobs and revenue to benefit the state’s economy. Let’s do things the DEMOCRATIC way. Let ALASKA vote, not politicians who live 2,000 miles away."


3) Government Taxes

As Neil pointed out the average profit of oil companies is 9 cents per gallon whereas between state and federal taxes it is 50 cents per gallon. Who is really doing the gouging? And now Democrats want to tax Oil companies even more with their windfall tax. Who do you think ultimately pays the price for higher taxes? The consumer.

Who is to blame for these reasons?

Environmentalist whackos and liberals!! I can't tell you how upset I have been over the liberals blocking the Anwar bill. Everytime we drill in the U.S. we lessen our dependancy on foreign oil. But we can't do that if environmentalist whackos and liberals keep thwarting our efforts. We also can't build new refineries if the environmentalists don't lessen their restrictions. I would think these high gas prices would be our wake-up call to all of this. But again instead of using this as a platform to educate the American people everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.

It is time to wake-up and start coming up with long term solutions. Raising taxes or trying Jimmy Carter regulations is a death sentence that we need to avoid. Let's build new refineries, drill in the U.S., find new alternative energy sources and then let the free market of supply and demand continue unhindered.

Sources & Other Excellent Posts and Articles on This Subject:
Kudos to Cavuto on Destroying Dick Durbin
Oil & Tax Maps--Mike's America
Cartoon--Cox & Forkum
It's All Big Oil's Fault--Nick
Gas Taxes are Too High--Mike
Oil Profits Go Up and Down, Gas Taxes Only GO UP!--Mike
Oily Politicians--Thomas Sowell
IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PUMP--Ann Coulter
Those Evil Greedy Oil Companies--Patrick
A Little Research--Nick
Oil Price Solutions--Mark

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Culture of Treason


So what is the CIA leaker story all about?

Here are the facts:

1) CIA Officer Mary McCarthy was fired for leaking classified information to the media. It was national security information that may have endangered our country and aided the enemy. (She failed a polygraph and then admitted this according to the CIA.) Here is what Porter Goss had to say about these leaks:
"CIA Director Porter J. Goss told a Senate committee yesterday that unauthorized leaks of classified information about agency activities have caused "severe damage" to the CIA's operations and that journalists who report leaks should be questioned by a grand jury."

"...the damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our mission." He added: "It is my aim and it is my hope that we will witness a grand jury investigation with reporters present being asked to reveal who is leaking this information. I believe the safety of this nation and the people of this country deserves nothing less."


2) McCarthy was hired during the Clinton administration by Sandy Berger. She worked with Joe Wilson. She was a big Kerry Supporter. She replaced Rand Beers who left to become Kerry's foreign policy advisor. She was also a member of group that included Generals Wesley Clark and Anthony Zinni. And there are even more connections that show a group effort to undermine the Bush administration and the War on Terror.

3) McCarthy is the "4th Clinton National Security Council Member to assault the Bush White House."--Rush Limbaugh The 1st 3 were: Sandy Berger, Richard Clarke and Joe Wilson.


4) Dana Priest from the Washington Post published the leaked information she learned from McCarthy and it won her a pulitzer prize.

5) The MSM is ignoring this story except to portray Mary McCarthy as a hero and a whistleblower. And here is John Kerry's pathetic attempt to justify her actions:
"...Of course not. Of course, not. A CIA agent has the obligation to uphold the law and clearly leaking is against the law, and nobody should leak. I don’t like leaking. But if you’re leaking to tell the truth, Americans are going to look at that, at least mitigate or think about what are the consequences that you, you know, put on that person. Obviously they’re not going to keep their job, but there are other larger issues here. You know, classification in Washington is a tool that is used to hide the truth from the American people. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was eloquent and forceful in always talking about how we needed to, you know, end this endless declassification that takes place in this city, and it has become a tool to hide the truth from Americans."


6) Mary McCarthy isn't a lone wolf but part of a rogue group within the CIA. Rush points out that there are people in the CIA, the State Department and the Pentagon that are hell bent on undermining Bush and the War on Terror. Here are some excerpts:
"A culture of treason, we are dealing with. The CIA is infested. If you think Mary McCarthy is the lone wolf over there, you have a lot to learn. If you think that there are not a bunch of Mary McCarthys at the State Department, and over at the Pentagon, you have a lot to learn about what's going on. The president of the United States decided, because of the new tone when he took office in 2001, not to clear out these Clinton holdovers and he's paying the price for it now -- and I think he's fully awakened to what his faces and the administration faces and what the objective of the Democratic Party has been ever since he was inaugurated and especially since the war in Iraq began.

But I have told you people since the last three or four years that the CIA and the state department are infested with career liberals and Clinton holdovers, and they are doing their best to undermine this administration, and they don't care how many American soldiers lose their lives. They don't care to whom we lose in the war on terror, the war with Iraq. It's all about destroying George W. Bush and this administration as well, I think, as continuing to cover up the incompetence of the Clinton administration. I think 9/11 has scared the hell out of these people and there's a lot to be learned about what was not done in the 1990s to deal with and respond to rising indications, alarming indications of terrorist attacks.

Now, the Weekly Standard recently had a piece about all of this, and here's just an excerpt. "The CIA's war against the Bush administration is one of the great untold stories of the past three years. It is, perhaps, the agency's most successful covert action of recent times. The CIA has used its budget to fund criticism of the administration by former Democratic officeholders. The agency allowed an employee, Michael Scheuer, to publish and promote a book containing classified information, as long as, in Scheuer's words, 'the book was being used to bash the president.' However, the agency's preferred weapon has been the leak. In one leak after another, generally to the New York Times or the Washington Post, CIA officials have sought to undermine America's foreign policy. Usually this is done by leaking reports or memos critical of administration policies or skeptical of their prospects. Through it all, our principal news outlets, which share the agency's agenda and profit from its torrent of leaks, have maintained a discreet silence about what should be a major scandal."

SOURCES:

1) A huge hat tip to Curt at Flopping Aces for his awesome post on this. He did a ton of research and got linked by Michelle Malkin . When I printed the post out it was 23 pages. I got some of my info and the treason picture for this post from him.
2) The Democratic Party: A Culture of Treason
3) Goss Says Leaks Have Hurt CIA's Work, Urges Probe
4) McCarthy Matrix pic--Mind in the Qatar
5) KERRY: 'IF YOU'RE LEAKING TO TELL THE TRUTH...'
6) Leaking At All Costs
7) Glenn McCoy Cartoons
8) Hat tip to Mike and Wordsmith for pointing me to some of these sources.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I am so excited!!--Tony Snow New White House Spokesman


UPDATE:
Fox News has confirmed that Tony Snow will be presented as the new White House Spokesman wednesday morning. Sing that song "I'm so excited" with me!!

I'm so psyched about this news. Rumor has it that Tony Snow is probably going to take the job as White House spokesman. Hat tip to Rebecca for sending me the article this morning.

A friend and I were talking and we think McClellan definitely contributed to Bush's low poll numbers. He was Bush's face and he sucked at it. We think Tony Snow may even be better than Ari was. Yahoo!!!!!

Here is an excerpt from the article of this awesome news:
"Sources close to the White House said Monday that Fox anchor Tony Snow is likely to accept the job as White House press secretary, succeeding Scott McClellan.

The sources said they expect him to announce his decision within the next few days.

A source familiar with the discussions said Monday that newly appointed Chief of Staff Josh Bolten asked Snow to make a decision by early this week.

Two sources familiar with the discussions said Bolten wanted to fill the post this week, as early as Tuesday.

Sources familiar with Snow's deliberations said he has been focusing on family, finances and his health, as he battles colon cancer."

Monday, April 24, 2006

Simple Pleasures


Well--I kicked butt this weekend. I got some weeding and pruning done outside (narrowly avoiding poison ivy). I got my house cleaned and my laundry done. I've been staying on top of my workouts and I'm trying to get the kids' school wrapped up. Its hard to juggle everything and blog :-)--I need to have 30 hour days.

Anyway, trying to stay on top of everything and jump back into blogging. My list of posts that I want to do on heavy topics is getting long. I always like to do some research for the bigger posts and it seems like I never have time. I still want to do posts on my 3rd Defense of Bush, Immigration, Iran, etc... Also 2 issues came up this weekend and today. The Clintonista CIA leaker and all the drama over how evil the oil companies are. Hopefully I will get to the Clintonista CIA leaker tomorrow but tonight I wanted to get caught up on visiting everyone's blogs.

Juanita tagged me with the 10 Simple Pleasures meme. I figured that would make for a perfect light post while I get caught up.

1) Touching someone's life with a word of encouragement or a simple hug. Being hugged, a smile or a word of encouragement from a friend or a loved one.

2) Answered prayer

3) Laughter

4) Hugs, kisses and love from my kids

5) An inspirational movie or TV show

6) The house to myself for a couple of hours

7) Going out with my husband or with my friends

8) A favorite song

9) A gorgeous, sunny day

10) A good book

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Carpe Diem


It is a gorgeous day outside today!! I am going to work on my yard and my house. I was going to post on the news of all the Dems that are having ethics problems but that'll hold for another day. Today I'm going to Seize the Day and live life!! I'm in a good mood and I'm going to embrace life and be thankful for all of God's blessings :-)!! And I'll give everyone another Calvin & Hobbes to enjoy.


Friday, April 21, 2006

LMC's Fun Stuff


This I just thought was funny :-)!! Anything to annoy the libs!!



This cracks me up because it so reminds me of myself. In highschool my panties always matched my outfit. But it was a little frustrating because you weren't really supposed to tell or show anyone so how would they know?? So I would proudly announce it to my mom before I left for school and she always had this worried look on her face that said "Please don't tell or show anyone else that." In fact I'm pretty sure she even said it to me a time or two :-).


I found this over at American and Proud of It. Another fun, meaningless quiz :-).


Alias was so unbelievably good this past wednesday. Vaughn is indeed alive--yah!!!! It went above and beyond my expectations. JJ Abrams did not let me down. My friends and I were very happy. My one friend and I were on the phone at 11:00 at night talking about how awesome it was. Looking forward to the last couple of episodes.


Awesome Rumsfeld link entitled "Rumsfeld Fighting Technique" courtesy of Skye and Mike.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Good-bye Scott, Hello Tony!!


I've been accused of being a Rabid Bushie. I don't necessarily mind that title but I think a more accurate description would be I'm a loyal Bushie :-). I love Bush and make no apologies for that. I think he is a Godly man of integrity with core principles that he sticks too. For that he gets my loyalty unless or until he proves that he has abandoned his principles which I don't expect to happen anytime soon. That said, I am intellectually honest and I will admit that I've never liked Scott McClellan, I don't care who picked him.


As I mentioned in a previous post I loved Ari Fleischer. I still remember the first time I saw him I thought, "What was Bush thinking?" But it didn't take long to warm up to him and see his charm and realize how smart Bush was to pick him. With Scott McClellan there was apathy at first but then I noticed how he repeatedly looked like a deer in the headlights. I'm sorry, but conservatives have enough problems with the media, they don't need a deer to be their representative.


I don't want to be too harsh. McClellan has gotten unfairly pummeled by the MSM. And I'm sure he is a decent and nice guy. I have nothing against him, he just wasn't cut out to be a White House spokesman. So I was actually encouraged by yesterday's news that he was stepping down. Ofcourse the rumors are rampant about who will replace him. The biggest name making the rounds is Tony Snow. If he got the job I would be ecstatic. I love Tony Snow. But my thought is who would be crazy enough to want this job? The stress level has to be extremely high. Nevertheless, I would be a very happy camper if #1 Bush offered him the job and #2 Snow accepted. We shall see.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Conservative Profile #6--Why I Love Donald Rumsfeld


“At least Rummy is tough enough" and “He’s a ruthless little bastard. You can be sure of that.”--President Richard Nixon

If you want to see a liberal back into a corner like the devil who has been shown a crucifix just tell them you love W, Condi or Rummy. Its sure to illicit shrieks and howls. My response is, let them howl. If my dream of becoming a radio talk show host comes true, I’ll know I’m a success when liberals use my name like a curse word, just as they do with Ann Coulter’s name.


"If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much."--Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld is 74 yrs. old and his experience is so great and the list so long I can't list it all here. So I will give you a summary:
--born in Evanston, Illinois
--married Joyce Pierson and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren
--attended Princeton and was an accomplished amateur wrestler while there
--served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-57 as an aviator and flight instructor

--U.S. Congressman from Illinois from 1962-69
--served in the administrations of Nixon, Ford, Reagan and George W. Bush
--he was the youngest person to be the Secretary of Defense under Gerald Ford and the oldest person under George W. Bush
--received the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977
--very successful in private business as Chief Executive Officer and President of G.D. Searle & Company, Chief Executive Officer of General Instrument Corporation, and Chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc.

For a more extensive list of his accomplishments and experience go to Wikipedia.


"Let's hear it for the essential daily briefing, however hollow and empty it might be. We'll do it." --Donald Rumsfeld

I found a biography on rotten.com that does a good job of describing him. Here are some excerpts:
"After terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers, Rumsfeld set up an emergency position near the Pentagon, which was subsequently hit by a third plane. Rumsfeld nixed a plan to evacuate the center, even as the air filled with smoke. According to the Defense Department, Rumsfeld rushed to the crash site against the urging of security personnel and helped evacuate the wounded.

September 11, and the resulting invasion of Afghanistan, made Rumsfeld into a star. His daily briefings were as popular as the Tonight Show monologue, and twice as entertaining. Striking a colorful balance between crude violence and clever wordplay, Rumsfeld made it clear that professional wrestling had lost a first-class superstar the day Donny threw his shoulder out.

With all this energy directed toward quipsterism, one might wonder how Donald Rumsfeld rates as an actual Secretary of Defense. After all, history's shortest war —the eviction of the Taliban from Afghanistan — took place under his watch. As Defense (or at least "the best defense" vis a vis a "good offense") goes, that's not too shabby.

By all reports, Rumsfeld runs as tight a ship as one might infer from his odd combination of prissiness and crankiness. He gets up at the crack of dawn and goes to work, where he stands behind a small metal desk firing instructions off to all corners via dictaphone.

Rumsfeld generally gets good marks from the media, although the aforementioned charm may have something to do with that. Most reports indicate he played a major role in dictating broad strategy during the Afghan war while leaving battlefield tactics to the commanders. His Baywatch-style heroics during the Pentagon attack deservedly inspired deep loyalty among the men and women he commands. Even with a war on the ground, and another up and coming, he has doggedly continued pre-9/11 reforms designed to revamp the armed forces for the new millennium."


"When you make a decision, you make a choice, somebody is not going to like it."--Donald Rumsfeld

As everyone knows Donald Rumsfeld has been under fire recently because some retired generals have come out for his resignation. Patrick linked to a great post by Dafydd ab Hugh about this. He points out that these generals who are attacking him are mostly from the Clinton era and are more "Old School" generals. Rumsfeld has done a lot of reforming and that has made some of the older generals unhappy.

"I think we ought to have a new rule: You can ask two questions, and then we can pick the one we want to answer."--Donald Rumsfeld
So why do I love Donald Rumsfeld? Probably my favorite thing about him is how he handles the press. In a previous post I linked to a SNL skit where he holds a press conference. It is so funny and very close to being true. The MSM is so hostile to conservatives and it can be extremely frustrating. The President and his spokesman have to be nice but Rumsfeld doesn't err on the side of being PC. He sometimes uses his wit and charm and lets the MSM have it. And I love that. He has core principles and passion, two other things that I absolutely love. He has worked hard all his life spending many years in public service. He has earned enough money that he could comfortably retire but instead he sacrificially serves this country working from morning till night. And he cares about the soldiers and visits them often. You can see their love and loyalty to him in how they respond when he visits.

The MSM and liberals may demonize him but I am extremely thankful for him. I sleep better at night knowing that he is working hard to help protect this country. Think about it!! Do you feel safer with William Cohen or Donald Rumsfeld at the helm?

UPDATE:
Mike wrote a great post today on Rumsfeld as well. He quoted a lot of Rumsfeld's own words in responding to this media frenzy. Here is a great excerpt:
"And the person who is appointed by the president -- who's elected by the people -- and then confirmed by the Senate as secretary of Defense has to make those kinds of decisions. And when you make a decision, you make a choice, somebody's not going to like it. It's perfectly possible to come into this department and preside and not make choices, in which case people are not unhappy, until about five years later when they find you haven't done anything and the country isn't prepared."
Sources:
Cartoon--Glenn McCoy
Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld--Wikipedia
Rumsfeld Not Considering Retiring
Grumbles from the Griped

Monday, April 17, 2006

Alias


I have been under the weather today so haven't been able to post or visit. I was trying to think of something light I could post on. I'm very excited because Alias returns this wednesday after a couple months break. This is the last season so the last episodes should be good. I'm hoping that J.J. Abrams will not disappoint me and give the show a fantastic ending.


Rumor has it that Vaughn (Michael Vartan) isn't really dead (which is what we've all been hoping for) and that they are going to bring back Will (Bradley Cooper) for at least one episode. I had to laugh when I read Cooper's comments on coming back. He mentions that he is going to be tortured again for like the 8th time. But he plays such a good torture victim :-).

I was so disappointed in La Femme Nikita that it motivated me to go back and rewatch the earlier seasons of Alias. They are so good. It reminded me why I loved the show so much. The 1st 2 seasons are gold, the 3rd season is good but a little painful. The 4th season was a little disappointing. I think they made a big mistake by not having Cooper stay on the show and I know a lot of people who agree with me.

But the show is awesome and there is so much about it to love. The whole concept of a Woman spy who is able to kick some serious butt!! You absolutely love all of the main characters and there are some great scenes and great plotlines. I know I've already talked a lot of you into watching 24 but this is another show soooooooo worth your time. I'm looking forward to wednesday.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Via Dolorosa--Happy Easter!!



What is the Via Dolorosa? Here is what wikipedia has to say about it:
Via Dolorosa (Latin for "Way of Grief") is a street in the Old City of Jerusalem. Traditionally, it is held to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion, although this is uncertain. It is marked by nine of the fourteen Stations of the Cross. The last five stations are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

It is a focus of pilgrimage.

Whereas the names of many roads in Jerusalem are translated into English, Hebrew, and Arabic for their signs, the name Via Dolorosa is used in all three languages

Sandi Patti sings an awesome song with that exact title. Please go here and listen to the song. It is very moving and beautiful and somehow you feel and see Jesus walking down that road to Calvary as you listen. I have tears in my eyes as I listen to it right now.

Here are some of the lyrics:
Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King,
But He chose to walk that road out of
His love for you and me.
Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.

For all of the words to this beautiful song go here.

Friday, April 14, 2006

LMC's Smorgasbord

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN

Suzie, our fellow blogger and crusader to protect children has taken a task and run with it. A World Net Daily article entitled "Google hosts 'boy love' site" revealed that there are blogs that promote the quote man/boy love relationships. Stacy Harp, a family therapist and owner of a company entitled Active Christian Media has been trying to contact Google (who owns Blogger) about removing these pedophile sites but Google hasn't been very responsive. Fox News and others have interviewed her about this. To see the Fox News video of her interview go to Crazy's Blog.

Action to take:

First, I went on all the links and flagged these blogs. I refuse to put these sick links on my blog so for the complete list go to Jessie's blog.

Second, I cut and pasted the list of blogs and sent an email to blogger about my thoughts on them hosting these blogs. Their email address is: support@blogger.com.

There are additional steps you can take and many have posted on them. Here are some of the bloggers who have posted on it and what they are doing about it:

Suzie-BEWARE Pedophiles, Child Molesters-The Blog World is Watching
Mahndisa-Suzie's Letter
Jessie-Perverts and Pedophiles Stop Them Now
Kender Musings-Blogger Hosting Boy Love Site
Jay-Stop The ACLU-Blogger Hosting Boy Love Site
Crazy Politics-Pedophile Blogger Tries to Bite Back
Lilo-Alice Day and Pedo Blogs
The Great Separation-Pedophiles, Google-
A Deputy Sheriff’s Take


Okay, on to other more pleasant topics like Jack Bauer killing terrorists :-). Kiefer Sutherland is now the $40 Million dollar man because he has just signed a contract to play Jack Bauer for 3 more seasons on 24. Woo-hoo!! Also, Joel Surnow (the executive producer of 24) was on Rush's show recently for an interview. He revealed that there will be a 24 movie but it probably won't come out until 2008.

I have a love/hate relationship with Joel Surnow right now. Ofcourse I love him for doing 24 but he has done some things to tick me off. First of all in this year alone he has killed off 3 of my favorite characters (Palmer,Tony & Michelle). Then I started watching one of his other shows "La Femme Nikita". The show had a lot of potential but he totally wrecked it by some of the things he had happen. I finally gave up and had to abandon the show in frustration.


Boy, did I feel vindicated last night. I heard Big Lib Juan Williams admitting on Brit Hume's show that Patrick Fitzgerald is having some problems. I can't remember exactly what he said but it was something along the lines of Fitzgerald not getting his facts straight more than once. Espella posts on this in detail. I had posted back in October on how mad I was about Fitzgerald's self righteous speech on indicting Scooter Libby in my post entitled I'm Seeing Red Today!! It was nauseating listening to Chuck Schumer talk about how honorable Fitzgerald was and how fair and objective he was. The libs were singing his praises but his speech alone did not sit right with me. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out.


I've been meaning to do an in-depth post on France and their issues. But I think these cartoons say it all. Socialism doesn't work!! If you are a lib who believes in Socialism move to France and see how well things work out for you. Me, I'll stay here and thrive in my wonderful capitalistic country where hard work pays off.


Cartoons:
Glenn McCoy
Cox & Forkum

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Why I love Scalia


"For Pete's sake, if you can't trust your Supreme Court justice more than that, get a life,"

It's hard to pick but if I could pick a political figure to meet after W high up on the list would be Donald Rumsfeld and Antonin Scalia. As you've probably figured out by now I love people who are anti-PC and just speak their mind. Scalia is brilliant, wise and refreshingly honest.

I will have to do an appropriate Conservative profile on him in the future with lots of info. But when I heard the quote at the top on Brit Hume's show I just knew I had to do a post on him.

Yesterday he was speaking at the University of Connecticut's law school. He said that not recusing himself from a case involving Cheney was his "proudest moment". I find it hard to believe with his numerous wise decisions that this was his "proudest moment". But I love him for being willing to stand up and say he's not ashamed of it and throw it back in the liberals whining' faces.

I read awhile back that his children had been encouraging him to get out and speak more. Boy, were they smart to do that.

I posted this quote recently which was from a speech in March:
"What is a moderate interpretation of (the Constitution)? Halfway between what it says and halfway between what you want it to say?" he said.

He said this at the beginning of his remarks:
"I brought three speeches, and I decided to give the most provocative one, because this seems to be too happy a crowd."

LOL--you gotta love him!

Jeff Jacoby wrote a great opinion piece about Scalia's point in that speech in "Scalia Loosens Up". He talks about how Scalia has a great sense of humor and shows it but also the point that the Supreme Court should not be giving moral judgments. This is the strict constructionist's (including myself) whole point--judges uphold the law not make it. He talks about how women got the right to vote through an amendment, which is how it should be. If you want the law changed you do it legislatively, not by stacking the court with activist judges.

And Scalia concluded by saying this:
"Twenty years ago, Scalia's nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by a unanimous Senate. Today, he says, a judge with his views — a judge who believes that social policy should be made democratically, not dictated from on high — could not be confirmed. That is something every democrat — small ''d" — should regret."

And my response to that is I can only hope and pray that isn't true!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

"The Church of Liberalism"

I found this link to a great video over at Suzie's blog entitled "In God We Trust". Check it out, it is awesome!!



Ann Coulter has written a new book and it comes out in June. I don't usually buy books hot off the presses but you can bet I will be buying hers right away. Sam's club always carries her books at a great price. This book looks like it is sure to ruffle feathers but thats her specialty :-).

Toon Hat tip: Chuck Asay

This awesome cartoon made me LOL!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Iraqi Liberation Week


I found out about Iraqi Liberation Week at Skye's blog. Families United is remembering it all week. I highly recommend you all go to their site and check out all the great info they have and sign their letter. They have an awesome document called "Then and Now" that is a detailed report of Iraq and what has been accomplished there.


I have a homeschool group of girls that meet in my house and we are going to volunteer at Operation Iraqi Child. The warehouse where they put the school kits together is based here in KC. My husband already had his youth group volunteer there and it was a good experience. I think its an awesome way for kids to help and to feel like they're making a difference.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Party Pants


LIVE WELL, LOVE MUCH, LAUGH OFTEN

The above quote I got from Lone Pony's blog. It seems I get all kinds of good stuff from her :-)!! And she is applying that quote to her life right now by living it up on Spring Break in Cozumel :-). But that quote says it all. We all spend too much time worrying, being negative and hateful, crabby and pessimistic, fearful and sad, etc... It is human nature to dwell on the negative but we need to remember to enjoy life and embrace it and not take things so seriously.

I spent a huge part of my life taking everything way too seriously. If I didn't worry about this and that something catastrophic might happen. Thank God he brought me to terms with it and I felt him telling me to embrace life. My theme song is now LeeAnn Womack's "I Hope You Dance". This is the line that always motivates me:
"And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance"

The thought is instead sitting out of things because of fear take a chance, take a risk and live life.

I finally finished reading the book "Life is Short--Wear Your Party Pants" by Loretta LaRoche. It may not be a deep book but it has a great perspective on life. She helps you to embrace and live life. There are 10 chapters and each one starts with "An Amazing life requires...". And here are the 10 things that an amazing life requires:
1)Resilience
2)Living in the moment
3)Optimism
4)Acceptance
5)Humor
6)Creativity
7)Moderation
8)Responsibility
9)Meaning
10)Connection

Here are some quotes that I found especially meaningful and inspiring:
"We should never wait to celebrate life only on special occasions."

"My metaphor of wearing party pants is about more than just enjoying the things we have in the moment and not denying ourselves. It's about recognizing that within us we have a lot to give that makes life extraordinarily special. We can show appreciation and concern more often, hug each other with gusto, be more forgiving, and love each other in more profound ways."

"My mother used to always say to me, 'You can have fun when your chores are done.' And isn't that the way we all seem to be living our lives? We don't allow ourselves to have fun until all the menial tasks have been taken care of.

But guess what? Our chores are never done. Welcome to the real world! A life without stress is a life without challenges and passion.

Don't wait! Incorporate fun into as many moments as you can. At the end of your life, your eulogy should feature a list of all the wonderful things you did for yourself and others."

"Science has proven that people who employ a positive attitude tend to live longer and have a stronger immune system. In other words, optimism appears to be a natural antidepressant and mood enhancer.

I always tell my audiences that pessimists may be more accurate, but they don't live as long..."

"If you think the worst and get the worst, you suffer twice, if you think the best, and get the worst, you suffer once..."--Anonymous

"In fact, studies suggest that reality is overrated."

"People who are most closely in touch with reality are probably depressed."--Susan C. Vaughan

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."--Winston Churchill

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."--Charles Dickens

"As George E. Vaillant has said, humor is 'man's most elegant coping mechanism."

"We should never be content to be thwarted, inhibited versions of ourselves. Since the beginning of time, human beings have desired to be more, make more of ourselves, and essentially go where no one has dared to go before. Inside all of us is a deep desire to be creative. We're born full of curiosity, and we yearn to be unique."

"It's safer to "fit in", so we stop experimenting and daring to be silly. That's why it's ironic that many of the people we admire for being bold and different aren't really that unique. It's simply that they've chosen to expand their minds and souls rather than retract them."

"Where do you want to go, and what do you want to do? Are there ways you can see yourself leaving a legacy that reflects your life's work? Are there dreams you've always wanted to realize?"


In conclusion I hope this inspires and encourages you to: Live well, Love much and Laugh often!!!!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

LMC's Smorgasbord


When I did my post on Overcoming the Odds, inspiring movies I can't believe I forgot this gem of a movie. Dreamer is a wonderful movie for the whole family. My oldest daughter and I went and saw it at the movie theater and recently rented it and watched it again. It is so good and will make you cry. I love Kurt Russell and Elisabeth Shue as actors and they do a wonderful job in this. Dakota Fanning is adorable and does a superb job. It is definitely an inspirational movie about a family down on their luck who overcome the odds.


Ann Coulter's column this week does a really good job of backing up my Tom Delay post. If you haven't checked it out yet go here.



It's a good thing Calvin's parents and teacher were on top of his antics. Otherwise with this thinking he would've grown up to be a liberal :-).



Quote of the week: "What is a moderate interpretation of [the Constitution}? Halfway between what it says and halfway between what you want it to say?" --Justice Antonin Scalia



Go check out this great commercial that I found at Jimmyb's site.



Found this over at Nick's site:
Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels once said, “In my life, I have set two beliefs in stone. The first being that the lowest form of life is a child molester.” And in his song, Simple Man, which he sings at his concerts after making that statement, good ole Charlie declares, “As for as I’m concerned, there ain’t no excuse for the rapin’ and killin’ and child abuse, but I got a way to put an end to all of that mess. You just take them rascals out in the swamp, put them on their knees and tie ‘em to a stump, let the rattlers and the bugs and the alligators do the rest!”

Amen. We need to put more priority towards protecting our children and punishing their attackers and less emphasis on “rehabilitating” child predators, though I’m sure the ACLU would beg to defer.

Oh, and incase you're wondering Charlie's second belief set in stone, "The only good terrorist is a DEAD terrorist!"

Friday, April 07, 2006

Moonbat Women


I must say that I was less than thrilled when I heard that Katie Couric was getting the top anchor job at CBS. Even though most of the MSM was hyper-ventilating over this news there were others that joined me. To be honest I wish I could be happy. A woman getting the top anchor job is a big deal but I wish it was someone that I liked and respected.

I have 2 problems with Katie Couric. #1--She has an extreme dislike of conservatives and she doesn't attempt to hide it. I will never forget how in 1998 she attempted to blame organizations like Focus on the Family for the murder of Matthew Shepard. Here is what Focus had to say about it:
"When Katie Couric took to the air in the days after Matthew Shepard's tragic murder to suggest that groups like Focus on the Family were somehow responsible for the killing, it was religion-baiting at its worst," said Don Hodel, president of Focus on the Family. "There never was any evidence to support her outrageous implications -- in fact, there now seems to be evidence contradicting them.

To suggest that the scriptural standard on homosexuality leads to murder was unconscionable then -- and it's all the more unconscionable now in light of the revelations of ABC's report."

And the ironic thing is that as Focus alludes in this statement ABC did a show in 2004 that showed Shepard wasn't even killed as a result of a gay hate crime. Talk about jumping to conclusions. First, she jumped to the conclusion that he was killed as a result of a hate crime. And second she blamed Christian organizations for inciting violence when linking the two is completely ludicrous.

2--I have a good friend whose husband (who is a liberal) works for an NBC affiliate. When I asked her to articulate for me what his thoughts about Couric were she said they would all involve words that I wouldn't be able to post :-). She has shared with me that everybody in the media spotlight has 2 faces. But Katie Couric's TV face and her off camera face are dramatically different; much more than with most. During commercials the live camera feed keeps running via satellite to the affiliates, even though the audience can only see the commercials running. In other words, NBC employees still see what she's doing during commercial breaks because of this live feed. The second the “on-air” light goes off, she goes from being smiley faced for the camera to screaming and cursing at people for the smallest things. She is nasty and mean to those that she works with unless they have the power to fire her. That doesn't instill a whole of respect and admiration. I'm aware that power corrupts but how you treat people is something that should just be common decency.


I know the Cynthia McKinney story is all over the place. There isn't a whole lot left to say about it (that hasn't already been said) but I wanted to add my 2 cents. McKinney is no stranger to controversy. In 1993 she had an altercation with the U.S. Capitol Police. She refused to wear her security pin identifying her as a member of Congress. Since then there have been FOUR more incidents with the Capitol Police. They have had to post her picture because she refuses to wear her security pin. How irrational is that? There are hundreds of members of Congress and they are supposed to remember her because she's more important than everyone else. And that gives her the right to assault someone who is there to protect her.

She is then so arrogant that she can't accept responsibility. She has to play the race card and attack these honorable men and women who risk their lives everyday to protect her. It is despicable. Her non-apology today demonstrated how she still refuses to accept any responsibility for her bad behavior. Since she has had 5 altercations with the Capitol Police I would hope she will suffer some consequences this time around. She has lost re-election in the past. One can only hope that the good people of Georgia will be smart enough to kick her out of Washington for good.

Cartoons Hat Tip: Glenn McCoy

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Conservative Profile #5--Tom Delay


I'm sure this post will make the liberals howl but my blog isn't for the faint of heart :-). I must confess, I think Tom Delay is awesome. I can't say that about a lot of Republican members of Congress but I can about him. Why? Because he has a backbone, he speaks his mind and he gets things done. I love people like that.

Tom Delay has been demonized more by the MSM than almost any other person I know. Why? Because he's been extremely effective at electing Republicans and getting things done. And since the Democrats can't beat him at the ballot box they need to try and invent a scandal to defeat him like they did with Newt Gingrich and others.

Tom Delay started his career in the House of Representatives in 1978. He admits that he was an alcoholic and was living a wild life. In 1985 he became a born again Christian and his life started to go in a different direction. You have probably never heard this in the MSM but him and his wife are foster parents and his wife has volunteered as a special advocate for foster children.

For most of his career he has been a strong conservative: 100% pro-life, anti-NEA, anti-EPA, pro-2nd Amendment rights, pro-Israel. He gets high scores from places like "Americans for Tax Reform" and receives extremely low scores from places like the ACLU :-). Delay accused extreme environmentalist democrats in the senate of being "BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything) environmentalists". And he was someone I forgot to thank in my Terri Schiavo post. He was very passionate about the case and had this to say, "the men responsible [for Terri Schiavo's death] will have to answer to their behavior." He was condemning activist judges like Judge Greer for their horrible decisions.

The lengths to which this man has been attacked even astounds me. When I was reading Wikipedia on him they listed 1 Citizen group supporting Delay and 9 Citizen groups that were critical of him. The Democrats have been obsessed with removing him from power because he has enabled the House to stay in Republican control for quite some time. And he has even admitted that he gets tons of indictments with no convictions because they need to come after him with phony charge after phony charge.

Pic Hat tip: Rush

Today Rush had him on his program and it was a great interview. It gave me even more respect for him. They ofcourse talked about Ronnie Earle and his ridiculous indictments. I wrote about this in an earlier post entitled "The Charges Against Tom Delay". I won't re-iterate what I wrote there but suffice it to say that I will be shocked if Delay doesn't easily beat these charges.

During the interview I realized what Delay is doing. He is sacrificing his seat for the better of his party. How many democrats would do that? Clinton didn't care how much he drug the Democrat party through the mud as long as he didn't have to eat crow and resign. And he was guilty!! By Delay stepping down he takes away a huge target for the Democrats. He could've won his seat but it would've cost a lot of $ and he wanted that to go to other Republicans. He cares more about the Republicans staying the majority in the House than he does his own career even though he is being unjustly attacked. I'm very proud of him although I think his absence will leave a huge hole in the House.

In the interview Rush asked him about the Republicans' accomplishments since Bush has been in office. Delay did a really good job of explaining how hard it is to get over 200 people to agree on anything. And this is exactly the reason I am so reticent to be overly critical of Congress or the President because they have to deal with so many things that we aren't aware of. Delay admitted that if he could've made the decisions all by himself spending would've been a lot lower, etc. Take the time to read the whole interview, he explains a lot.

Pic Hat Tip: Rush

Rush also asked him about Cynthia McKinney. Boy, again, did he tell it like it is. He didn't hold back and said that she has used the race card from day one. And he was really passionate in his defense of the U.S. Capitol Police. Apparently 8 yrs. ago 2 Capitol Police died protecting him. So he has the utmost respect for them and the job that they have to do. He said on September 11th when the members of Congress were fleeing the Capitol the Police stayed behind. It made me really appreciate how tough their job is and how despicable McKinney is for unfairly attacking them.

In conclusion I am not saying Tom Delay is perfect. I'm sure it is likely that he has skated close to the line at times in order to be effective. John McCain's ridiculous campaign finance laws have made it harder for groups to raise money and that has caused problems. But I greatly admire loyal conservatives who work hard, have great principles and speak their mind and that is Tom Delay. The Democrats may think they have won this battle but they haven't won the war, not by a longshot.

Sources:
The Charges Against Tom Delay
Rush's Interview of Tom Delay
Wikipedia on Tom Delay