Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Things and People Who Irritate Me

How fitting for this post!!!!! I tried to put a different Calvin & Hobbes cartoon on here that totally went with this post. Blogger won't let me post it. Aaaaaaaaaahhh!!!!! So Blogger gets added to my irritating list!!!

I usually try to make my posts positive, encouraging and inspiring. But I don't have much time this week and I had a bunch of things going thru my mind today that I want to vent about. So I will make a list. You can let me know which ones you agree/disagree with and what your irritating things are as well. This will be therapy for all of us and we can get stuff off our chest :-)))!! I'll start.

Things and People Who Irritate Me

1) Dennis Hastert for joining Nancy Pelosi in complaining about the search of William Jefferson's congressional office by the FBI. Take a look at the evidence, this guy is guilty as sin. They've got him on videotape. He was stonewalling the investigation so they searched his office. Since when should Congress's office be immune from searches?

What is wrong with Hastert? I think it was Ron on Shane's blog that said what has Dennis Hastert ever done? I agree, he's a moderate with no backbone and this just ticks me off. We have to listen to Pelosi talk about the Culture of Corruption but Hastert buddies up with her to defend this guy.

2) William Jefferson for being corrupt and arrogant and refusing to resign.

3) CNN & Local News Channels--My gym has all their tvs set to CNN, local news channels and ESPN--Aaaaaaaaaahhhh!!! So when I'm doing cardio I'm forced to watch this drivel!!

4) John Murtha--Tonight when I was forced to watch CNN they called the Marine shooting controversy the Marine Massacre and Hathida Horrors (CNN isn't biased or anything) . And then Blitzer interviewed Murtha. I'm sorry but I despise this man. All the facts are not in about this incident and he smears our country and our military by talking about this with heated rhetoric. I've watched A&E documentaries on the torture inflicted on the Iraqis by Saddam and his two sons. You want to talk about horrors, why hasn't CNN ever talked about that brutality?

5) All the whining and temper tantrums about illegal immigration. I know this may offend some and I know this is everyone's hot button issue right now. But it's not mine and I'm sooooo tired of hearing about it.

6) Expandable Blogroll Codes --Poor Little Orange Fox is trying to help me with this but for some reason my blog is cursed and I can't get it to work. I know I'm technically-challenged but this is ridiculous!!

7) Laundry--Do you know how long it takes to do laundry for 6 people when you get way behind? Way toooooooo long!!!

8) John McCain--If you've even read my blog for just a short time you know how much I dislike this man. Troll made an awesome comment about what will happen if somehow we end up having to pick between Hillary & McCain: "I will need medics to carry me out of the polling booth if my party forces me to choose between Hillary and the Traitor McCain." I guarantee you will see that quote again when I do my post on why conservatives should just say no to McCain.

9) Harry Reid for trying to justify his money scandals while pointing his finger at Republicans.

I'm sure there are more but I'm tired and I will end here. I may add more as I think of them.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

The Week of Dee & Other Highlights


For all of you Seinfeld fans out there you will remember the episode entitled "The Summer of George". George finds out that he gets a 3 month severance package from his job at the Yankees. He is excited to be able to enjoy the summer w/out having to work. So he calls it "The Summer of George". This upcoming week my kids are going to a Day Sports Camp. So I've entitled it "The Week of Dee" because I get a break from all 4 of my kids for a week. Since I homeschool that doesn't happen very often. In fact the only other time I think I've gotten that long of a break was when I went on a Missions trip and was responsible for teenagers. And technically I won't be getting a break this week because I have a bunch of house projects planned. But I'm just excited to be able to work on them without interruptions. As those of you with kids know, you never get to concentrate on anything for very long w/out getting interrupted. Thats why I usually write on my blog late at night. All that to say I'm looking forward to this week. It will probably be light blogging this week too because of working on my house and I've got political phonecalls and meetings this week at night again.


INSPIRATIONAL POST OF THE WEEK

I think I'm going to start a new tradition on my blog of having an inspirational post, quote, movie etc. of the week. This week I have an inspirational post of the week. Patrick wrote a post reflecting on my Winston Churchill quotes and a comment I had made. He wrote a lot of biography stuff about him and even some of his own memories of events. Churchill is a very inspirational man and I found the post just as inspirational and encouraging. I reflected on it last night while watching Fox pundits talk about W's low poll numbers. It gave me a lot of hope on how history will view W. Churchill got turned out of office after his courage during World War II so the people of the time don't always get it right. Fifty years from now I will tell my grandchildren how I was in the minority at the time but I was right :-))). Go check it out. It is entitled, "Winston Churchill".


JACK BAUER THINKS I'M #1

I think the guys over at Blogs 4 Bauer felt sorry for me that I didn't take first place in the Fox Awards :-). Here is what they said in giving me "The Jack Bauer Thinks You're #1 Award":
"Little Miss Chatterbox recaps the season finale for 24, Prison Break, and Alias. Her recap also notes her losing out on a Fox Award. She has been Jack Bauer's biggest fan this season and deserves something more than a little Fox award. LMC you have won The Jack Bauer Thinks You Are #1 Award, presented by Bill Buchanan (Jack Bauer doesn't have time for awards)."

This put a big smile on my face--thanks guys!!!


MEMORIAL DAY & HONORING OUR MILITARY HEROES

Please go check out this moving tribute to our brave men and women at Focus on the Family. They have it set up so you can listen to it right away. I am listening to it right now and the tears are flowing. Go here to listen!!

I wish I had time to do a post worthy of our men and women who have sacrificed and given their lives on our behalf. But Bushwack has done some great posts recently honoring our military. Here they are: Terrific Tribute's , Serving America, You Gotta Love the Marines & Armed Forces Day.

Other great posts for Memorial Day:
Let Us Honor the Fallen--Suzie
The Fallen--Big White Hat
Remembering--Gayle
A Father's Letter--Griz
Remember Our Fallen Heroes--Skye
Memorial Day: Remember, Honor, Duty I & II--Mike
The First Duty is to Remember--Bob
Quite Frankly "The Best Military in the World"--Wordsmith

Friday, May 26, 2006

Freedom, Justice, Honor, Duty, Mercy & Hope


"All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."--Sir Winston Churchill

"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."--Sir Winston Churchill



"For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else."--Sir Winston Churchill

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."--Sir Winston Churchill


"One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half."--Sir Winston Churchill

"We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job."--Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill is one of the heroes from World War II and for good reason!! When I went to find a quote by him I found a treasure chest of wisdom. I had to stop with these but there were many more gems. In my opinion we need more Winston Churchills today. But I take solace in the fact that Churchill was not looked upon as favorably as he deserved until many years later. I think the same will be true of George W. Bush.

I seem to be in a small minority in my continued support for our awesome president but I've decided thats okay. Our American Girl group went to the Truman Presidential Library and Museum today. Harry Truman did what was right and didn't care about the polls. Many underestimated Truman only to be surprisingly impressed. Again I think the same can be said of W!!!

(Go here to see a bigger version) (They won't let me snag the bigger version to put on here) Cartoon credit: Michael Ramirez

Liberals are bashing Bush over the war and conservatives are bashing him over immigration. On the war I think their points have no merit. War is hell but the MSM and the liberals refuse to point out all the good things, and only the bad. On immigration Bush has made a good start and could stand to improve. But in my opinion he does not deserve all the heated rhetoric and anger that is being thrown his way.


Suzie and Wordsmith both pointed out an AWESOME post to me written by the Anchoress. To be honest it is one of the best posts I have ever read on a blog. I highly, highly recommend that you check out this link to her post. It is entitled, "The Essential President Bush". Here are some excerpts:
"That made me wonder a little - has President Bush lost his bearings, or have we? Is it President Bush who has broken faith with “his base” or have they?

When I read my friend’s line, I thought of a line from Pride and Prejudice, in which Elizabeth Bennett says in new appreciation of Mr. Darcy, “In essentials, I believe, he is very much what he ever was.”

Perhaps I am a dim bulb, but President Bush has never surprised me, and that is probably why I have never felt let down or “betrayed” by him. He is, in essentials, precisely who he has ever been. He did not surprise me when he managed, in August of 2001, to find a morally workable solution in the matter of Embryonic Stem Cells. He did not surprise me when, a month later, he stood on a pile of rubble and lifted a broken city from its knees. When my NYFD friends told me of the enormous consolation and strength he brought to his meetings with grieving families, I was not surprised. When the World Series opened in New York City and the President was invited to throw the first pitch, there was no surprise in his throwing (while wearing body armor) a perfect strike.

And now, the Great Big Immigration Imbroglio of ‘06 has turned “the base” quite vicious. President Bush is no longer simply a moron or an idiot to his base, he is a bad man. He is a bad American. He is a bad president. Everything he does now, is wrong. As yesterday’s WSJ pointed out, Bush is closer to the deified Ronald Reagan on this issue than anyone on the right wants to admit. And they’d never do to Reagan what they are doing to Bush.

How you receive a good has a lot to do with whether any more “good” comes your way. The Conservatives got a “good” in 2000 and 2004; they’re receiving it very badly, indeed. I think the throwing-under-the-bus-of-George-W-Bush by “the base” is one of the most shameful things I have ever witnessed in all my years of watching politics, from both sides of the political spectrum. How do you receive a good?

President Bush has never surprised me. He is, in essentials, the man he ever was. It does not surprise me that he is a Christian man living a creed before he is a President, that he is a President before he is a Conservative. It seems to me precisely the right order of things.

You don’t have to agree with everything President Bush does; I don’t. But he deserves a lot better than he’s getting from his own side. He deserves, dare I say it, a spirit of compromise and workability, as opposed to the hard-line demand for a “perfect” solution (one which will never pass congress) to a problem no one else in government has even dared to even address.

You “base” have received a great good. You’ve forgotten it. Continue to do so at your - at all our - great peril.
"


Blue Star Chronicles also posted on this subject and advertised The Victory Wing blogroll. I was very excited to join and for those of you who agree I encourage you to do the same.

Blogs who also have excellent posts on this subject:
The Essential President Bush--The Anchoress
Quote of the Day--Blue Star Chronicles
Peace Hero--President Bush--Suzie
Supporting Our President--Suzie
Victory or Defeat? I Choose Victory--Mike
The Right Man at the Right Time--Robin
Conservative Battle Fatigue?! Now is not the Time!--Wordsmith

Special thanks to Little Orange Fox for making the anti-defeatism, anti-pessimism, and anti-negativism buttons that you will see on my blog now and in the future. She made them for me at my request.

New to the blogroll:
The Anchoress
Blue Star Chronicles
Chickenhawk Express
Point Five

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A.K.A. Miss Congeniality & My Football Diversion


Unfortunately, I did not get 1st or 2nd place in the Fox Awards. But I did get 3rd place and got awarded the title of Miss Congeniality!!! Since I love that movie I was kind of excited to get that title! Thank-you to all of you who voted for me and even those that tried to vote twice ;-)!! Little Orange Fox was clever enough to set it up not to allow more than one vote per person but I was honored that some tried on my behalf :-)!!

I know most of my readers are into politics and not TV/Pop Culture. But since I am into both you'll have to indulge me from time to time when I need to post on TV and/or movies. People complain when Rush takes a diversion from politics and talks about football but it has to be done from time to time. So allow me to talk about my "football diversion".

I've actually dumped some of my of my shows partly because of time and some because of too much political correctness. I've abandoned all the Law & Orders and the CSI's. One of the reasons I loved Law & Order is during the beginning seasons they were very justice oriented and not politically correct. That is no longer the case. They did several episodes where a murder was committed by someone who was supposed to be the spitting image of a real-life conservative. They made these people out to be despicable. It really upset me. They did shows mocking Bill O'Reilly, Rush, Curtis Sliwa and Chuck Norris. I had finally had it and said good-bye. In regards to CSI I just lost interest. I like shows more that have one episode connect to another. Law & Order and CSI were new characters and themes every week and I'm not as big on that. I have also lost interest in Fear Factor which was good because it wasn't on much this year. I guess they are going to be airing some this summer but I won't be watching.

So what did I watch this year? These were the biggies that I'm going to talk about:
Prison Break, 24, Alias, Survivor and Amazing Race.

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!



Prison Break is my favorite NEW show!!! It is awesome. The season finale was very, very good. Even if I was traumatized by T-bag losing his hand. The genius of this show is how they make you love even the bad guys. The only other show I know that can do this is Alias. I love all the characters and it has a lot of twists and turns like 24. Wyatt did an awesome post summing up the season finale.



24 also had a good season finale. My husband saw it before me since the Alias series finale was on at the same time. He warned me that I was going to be very unhappy with the episode. So I sat there contemplating what could possibly go so wrong that I would be really upset. Then when I watched it and nothing too terrible happened I was like, what??? My husband thought I would be upset about Jack getting kidnapped by the Chinese. Give me a break!! If anyone can escape from the Chinese its Jack Bauer. I'm not worried, he'll find a way out. He always does.

I loooooooooved how Martha & Jack got her weasal husband to confess to all his crimes. Jean Smart did an awesome job this year playing the psycho wife of the Weasal President Logan. I was so glad to see him finally go down. And I loved how she smiled as Logan was taken away. I have to admit I was shocked by the shooting of Christopher Henderson but not upset. I loved Pierce's character this season also.

Favorite quote from last week's episode: (This is Martha Logan talking to her Weasal husband)"If I wasn't so horrified by the fact that I married you I might be impressed."


Alias had an awesome series finale. In fact I'm not sure I've ever seen a series end so well. For example there was so much hype surrounding the end of Seinfeld and then I was so disappointed in the finale. So it was with great pleasure to see Alias go out on such a good note.

I watched it with a friend and there was a lot that we enjoyed about it. We were pretty upset when we thought they might kill Marshall. Sooooooo
glad they kept Marshall & Dixon alive and I even liked how they brought
Marshall's wife back into it and they had this techie-geek connection where
she would know his secret messages. Very cool.

I loved how they had showdowns between Vaughn & Sark, Sydney & her mom and
Sloane and Jack. I thought it was pretty ironic that Sloane figured out how
to live forever only to be trapped forever. Now thats hell!!! And my friend
brought up how Jack ensured by trapping Sloane that Sydney & Isabelle would be safe.
I was kind of sad though that her mom was ultimately more evil than good and
that Sydney lost both her parents in one day. But I think in order for it
to be realistic her mom had to be evil, that was her nature.

I loved how Isabelle called Dixon Uncle Dixon--very cool!! And I also
liked that Sydney still did some CIA work, it was what she was meant to do
and if they had her get completely out it wouldn't have been right.

I cried when Jack was dieing. I wish they had kept him alive but I loved how they showed all his good points in this episode. He died protecting his daughter and grandaughter. I also noticed that the scene where Sydney is holding his wound and crying was EXACTLY like the scene when Dixon got shot in season 1. Her hair, clothes everything was the same. It was pretty remarkable to me, like deja vu or something. Jennifer Garner crying makes you really believe something is happening. I told my friend that thats how Sydney would've cried if Vaughn had really died earlier in the season. That was one of the main reasons I knew Vaughn wasn't dead because of her reaction.

And the ending was so great with Vaughn and Sydney married on the beach w/2 kids and one named after her dad. Cool!!

Favorite quotes from last week's episode: (A guy is talking to Sydney about some evil people)Guy--"You can't stop them!" Sydney--"You don't know me very well."
(Vaughn talking to Dixon about Marshall) Vaughn--"Do you know what he's talking about?" Dixon--"About 50% of the time."

Another friend has a great post on the final episode also.



Survivor can sometimes be a frustrating show to watch. Often the person who wins is not really the most deserving in my opinion. There have been many seasons where I have been unhappy with the winner. The couple exceptions were when Ethan won Survivor Africa, Rupert and Amber both won Survivor All-Stars and when Tom won a recent Survivor. This season's Survivor Exile-Island came up with another un-deserving winner. My kids and I loved Terry and that he was able to make it to the final three with his ethics intact. We were bummed that Aras won instead of Terry.


Amazing Race made us feel a little better after the disappointing winner in Survivor. The Hippies won and thats who my kids and I were cheering for most of the season. They seemed to take most things in stride and were pretty happy and kind the majority of the time.

Monday, May 22, 2006

An Honest Discussion about Immigration, Republicans and Bush


The burning hot topic in the country and especially among strong conservatives right now is immigration. As most of you know I have strong opinions one way or the other on most topics. But for some reason I just haven't been able to get all fired up about the immigration issue. I've heard all the arguments and for the most part I agree with conservatives on this issue. But where I differ is I'm not angry at the President like so many seem to be. I understand his desire to be compassionate and I understand that the issue doesn't have simple solutions.



With that said I do think the time has come to start putting our foot down. I didn't think the President's speech was as tough as it could've been but I thought it was a good start. What I don't get is a point Rebecca brought up on another blog. Illegal immigration has been a huge problem for a long time. Why is it that Bush is getting blamed for the fact that neither Democrats or Republicans have done anything about this issue for years? The Democrats especially are pro-illegal immigrant and have done things trying to block getting tough on immigration. As this cartoon shows Ted Kennedy and his ilk pander to illegals in the hopes that once they do become legal they'll have a whole new voting block. Then we have the likes of Harry Reid telling us that if we want English as our main language we're racists. The Democrats are doing NOTHING on this issue and would like to see things stay the same if not cater more to illegals. How is it that they are getting a pass?


I agree that since Bush and the Republicans in Congress technically have the power in D.C. we should hold their feet to the fire. But I don't get this overwhelming anger, pessimism, cynicism and defeatism towards Bush and the Republicans. Its like getting ticked off that we have only passed a ban against partial birth abortion and not all abortions. So many are throwing temper tantrums because we aren't getting everything we want immediately. I'm not getting it.

I don't enjoy not being able to wholeheartedly jump on the bandwagon with Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and others but I don't get the overwhelming anger. Michelle Malkin blasted Bill O'Reilly because he had similar sentiments to me about Bush's speech.

What I would like to know is what does all this anger accomplish? In some ways I think it has helped to communicate to those in Washington that we are serious about this issue. But on the other hand I hear people abandoning Bush and saying they won't be voting at all this fall or they will vote for Democrats. Okay, lets take a look at what that would look like. Do you really think the Democrats are going to be tougher on this issue than Republicans? There are some Conservative Republicans that are working hard to really make some progress in this area. Strip them of their power and we'll really be up a creek.

Saturday I was making phonecalls for the Missouri Republican party. I was asking past supporters if they would help volunteer or pledge their support for Jim Talent in the fall. I had one guy who said he wasn't happy with Republicans right now. I asked him why and we talked about it. He's mad that the Republicans won't stand up against the Democrats, etc... I told him I had been doing some research in this area and our real problem is the moderate/liberal Republicans that keep gumming up the works. I let him know that abandoning Talent who is a strong conservative doesn't make a whole lot of sense. We need to be supporting the conservatives and trying to weed the moderates and liberals out. Thats why Primaries are so crucial to be involved in. You have your say and make sure the conservative wins against the moderate.

Yes, we need to hold Republicans accountable but we need to put our energies somewhere that can make a difference. Are there any conservatives in the Democrat party? No!! The Republican party isn't perfect by any means but instead of abandoning it lets have our say and make it better. We need to vote more Tancredo's and Hayworth's in. Lets not throw out the baby with the bath water.

Cartoon Credit: Glenn McCoy

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Overwhelmed


I have a million hot button issues I would love to post on but am overwhelmed by my real life right now. I feel like I'm being torn in many different directions. Next week will be crazy too but the week after that all my kids are going to a day Sports Camp at my church. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to that and how excited I am. It will be the first time all my kids can go to something like that for the majority of the day and I will get a break. Hopefully then I can get back to some of my deeper posts.

Tomorrow Monica has an end of the year baton performance, I'm in charge of a Republican phonebank and we need to go to a graduation party. And saturday is supposed to be my recoup day. Also, next week Monica is going to be taking a standardized test. For those of you who pray, please pray for her and me. When you homeschool you tend to feel responsible for how your kids do academically so I'm a little nervous.

Anyway, now I'll explain the reason for the pic of Colin Farrell. I just recently watched "The New World" with him in it. I figured all of us blogging chicks would enjoy the pic. I was EXTREMELY disappointed in the movie and its ending but Colin looks great w/long hair.

ARTICLES WORTH YOUR TIME:

I was sorting thru papers today and came across some articles that are worth your time. The first one is about the genocide in Darfur. It is entitled "World Must End Tragedy Now" by Peter Makori.

The second is about an issue here in Missouri. The Missouri Congress has just passed a bill that says Voter ID's are mandatory for voting. But guess who is screaming that it will disenfranchise voters? The democrats!! I don't get this, you have to have a photo id to write a check. Who doesn't have a photo id???? Democrats are claiming that 175,000 Missourians don't have photo ids. I find that hard to believe but most of them must be people in nursing homes that probably aren't able to vote. To read the KC Star article on this go here.

Third, George Will wrote an awesome opinion piece on John McCain. He points out that McCain might have trouble taking the presidential oath since he seems to think the constitution is flexible. Remember his statement that clean government is more important than the 1st Amendment? His article is entitled "Just What Does McCain Mean?"

Fourth, The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz had this to say about Tony Snow's first press conference:
"He showed more emotion in 60 seconds than Scott Mclellan did in 3 years."
Isn't that the truth?


And finally a great cartoon by Michael Ramirez.

Oh, and don't forget to vote for me in the Fox Awards. I've lost my lead and need your help :-).

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Happy Days!!


Happy Days are here for me :-). I'm celebrating 2 things in this post. First of all I reached 20,000 hits on monday. Woo-hoo!!!

Second, Little Orange Fox also known as The Outlaw Republican has started her Fox Awards. And I was nominated!! I will be shameless (like Wyatt who plugs his blog on Blogs for Bauer all the time and gets irritated if you bring it up :-)) and ask you to go vote for me. To vote go here! Then scroll down and the poll is on the left side.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Politics in General


Tony Snow was awesome yesterday!! I can't tell you happy I am that he took this job. To read the transcript and/or watch the video of the press conference go here! He got emotional about his recovery from cancer and mentioned that his mother had died from the same cancer. Patrick did a post talking about how difficult this cancer was and how admirable it is that he's willing to do this job after having gone through so much. I agree, it gives me even more admiration for him. Suzie also did a good post!!
Favorite lines:
"Let me remind you--we are in a war on terror." (He said this to Helen Thomas :-))

"Are you suggesting we have too much prosperity?"

"You know, it's one of these things where America -- whatever we may say about a health care system, the technologies that were available to me that have me standing behind the podium today, where a doctor who said, you don't have to worry about getting cancer, just heartburn, talking to these people -- (laughter) -- that's a wonderful thing. And I feel every day is a blessing."

Rush was talking yesterday about how the Senate is worthless. He said the majority of the true conservatives are in the House of Representatives. So that inspired me to research the make-up of the Senate.

THE SENATE:
Democratic Senators: 45 (One Independent who in my opinion is a liberal democrat so he gets lumped in here)

Extremist Democrats (that I'm aware of, I'm sure I don't have all of them listed here): 13--Kennedy, Boxer, Byrd, Biden, Clinton, Durbin, Feingold, Harkin, Kerry, Leahy, Levin, Reid, Schumer

Republican Senators: 55

Moderate/Liberal Republicans: 10--Chafee, Coleman, Collins, Hagel, McCain, Murkowski, Roberts, Snowe, Martinez & Specter (this isn't a comprehensive list, just ones I'm aware of)

Strong Conservative Republicans (again these are just ones I'm aware of, I'm sure there are more): 7--Allen, Bond, Brownback, DeMint, Santorum, Talent & Thune

When you look at all of that its amazing anything good comes out of the Senate. When you combine the Democrat Senators and the Liberal Republican Senators you have 55. And I'm sure those numbers aren't exact. So then you only have 45 good Senators left. Among them I found 7 strong conservatives. I hope & pray there are more but am not sure. Frist can be conservative but does some moderate things from time to time that irritate me. So how do you get good bills thru with these numbers? Therein lies the problem. If we had more strong conservatives we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now. That speaks volumes to me that we need more conservatives in '06 not sitting out and not voting and letting the Democrats take the Senate back.

Let me know of other strong conservative senators or liberal ones that I haven't mentioned here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Our Day at the Log Cabin


As I've mentioned before I have an American Girls' group that meets in my home. I started it for my girls to be able to do other things with girls' their ages. It has worked out well over the years and several of the girls have brothers so all my kids are happy.

Once a month we try to go on Field Trips. Yesterday we went to this Authentic 1829 Log Cabin. The lady does all kinds of neat things with the kids and has a ton of energy. We were there from 9:00-2:00 yesterday. These were some of the activities we did:
--Observe how logs of cabin fit together
--Climb ladder to loft in cabin & read from Little House books
--Help put chinking in between logs
--Locate edibles once used by pioneers
--Eat refreshments from covered wagon
--Rediscover site of foundation where Jesse James ate a meal
--Walk on road where Jesse James traveled
--Dip candles, churn butter, grind corn/coffee
--Learn Square dancing
--Basket Weaving

I am exhausted. I got 3 hours of sleep the night before and this week I'm going to be running around like a crazy woman so probably no deep posts and not a lot of comments this week. I'll do my best!!


On the politics front--I wish I had time to do a post on Bush's immigration speech. I liked everything except for the guest worker program. Lone Pony and Patrick both did good posts on this. Check them out!!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Gag Me With a Spoon Award Winners


I haven't done any GMWAS Awards lately so I'm past due. I saw that Code Pink had a Mother's Day protest against the war. I can't begin to tell you how this irks me. All these moms who march against the war, against guns, etc... It makes me want to gather some patriotic, justice moms and march for "Peace Through Strength". I hate that so many moms are portrayed as Oprah, weepy, wimpy type women. Instead of wimpy women that believe in compromise and appeasement how about some strong women that inspire and encourage others to fight for justice and freedom.


Rebekah brought my attention to the fact that Michael Schiavo has a blog at the Daily Kos. Even those that aren't sure what to think of the Schiavo case all admit that Michael makes their skin crawl. Does anyone besides extreme leftists care what this man has to say?


The left which defends abortion at all costs. Judicial Watch has come upon some documents showing the justification and spin that went into Bill Clinton's pushing the abortion pill RU-486 as one of his first acts in the White House. Robosquirrel and Crazy both have good posts on this. They both included these disturbing paragraphs from a letter written by Ron Weddington:
"There have been 30 million abortions in this country since Roe v. Wade. Think of all the poverty, crime and misery...and then add 30 million unwanted babies to the scenario. We lost a lot of ground during the Reagan-Bush religious orgy. We don't have a lot of time left. . . .

The biblical exhortation to "be fruitful and multiply" was directed toward a small tribe, surrounded by enemies. We are long past that. Our survival depends upon our developing a population where everyone contributes. We don't need more cannon fodder. We don't need more parishioners. We don't need more cheap labor. We don't need more poor babies."

And just think of the Code Pink ladies who are so against war and guns. They object to killing terrorists but have no problem slaughtering innocent babies. Whats wrong with this picture?

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day


The first 2 years of our marriage my husband didn't "get" the present thing. For those of you who are married (wife or husband) you probably know what I mean by that. Presents aren't important to my husband so he assumed they weren't to me. BIG Mistake :-). If you've ever read Gary Chapman's "Five Love Languages" gifts are some people's love language and it is definitely one of mine. Don't get me wrong I don't need lavish presents. We've never been awash in cash so they are usually smaller things but special or things I want.

Anyway all that to say my husband does AWESOME in that department now. He is very sweet and takes all the kids shopping to pick things out for me that they know I want. My 11 yr. old daughter is becoming a pro in knowing her mom's likes and dislikes. So then the question is what did I get today :-)? My youngest daughter and son (Harley & Matthew) got me some new workout clothes. My oldest daughter(Monica) got me the 1st season of 24--woohoo!! And my oldest son (Calvin) got me the DVD "The Great Raid". The movie I listed on my Christmas letter as the best movie of 2005.

So that started my morning off great. And then I called my mom and we had a good talk. After church involved going over to some relatives' house which isn't my favorite activity (very long story) but we don't always get everything we want :-). Tonight my husband is taking us out to Ruby Tuesday's so all in all its been a pretty great day.

So Happy Mother's Day out there to all my blogging friends who are Moms!!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Blogging Chicks


I've joined the Blogging Chicks!! Its a group of women bloggers and you've got to love the name Blogging Chicks!! I do :-)!! Suzie joined and I saw it on her site and thought it sounded like a great idea.


Here is the main Blogging Chicks site.

Here is Michele's site (the creator of Blogging Chicks).

If you want to read about why she created this cool group, check out this link.
Pamela is also a contributor to this site & her blog is here.

So any of you other chicks out there want to join? Go here!!

And check out all the cool chicks on the blogroll on my sidebar!!

I also finally got Patrick's Compatriot blogroll on my sidebar. Its a great blogroll also so check out the links :-)!!

Friday, May 12, 2006

LMC's Immigration Plan

"America's Toughest Sheriff"

I have yet to do a post on immigration. It is an issue that I can see both sides of but I am increasingly of the opinion that cracking down is necessary. National Security demands that we have control of our borders. The difficulty is this is a messy problem with no easy answers. But I have found someone who is doing it right and his courage should inspire us all.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has come to be known as "American's Toughest Sheriff" is awesome. Suzie posted on him a couple of days ago and I was intrigued. Here is an awesome excerpt about him from her post:
"He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value.
When the inmates complained, he told them, "This isn't the Ritz/Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back."

He bought Newt Gingrich' lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails.

When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.
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Yesterday Roger Hedgecock filled in for Rush and had Sheriff Joe on the show. Go here to hear the interview. I was so impressed. He doesn't mess around. He said this to Roger during the interview:
"I don't worry about getting sued. I get sued going to the toilet."

Here are some excerpts from his biography on how successful he has been with curbing criminals:
"On August 3, 1993, he started the nation's largest Tent City for convicted inmates. Over 2000 convicted men and women serve their sentences in a canvas incarceration compound. It is a remarkable success story and has garnered the attention of government officials and media worldwide.

The same is true for his chain gangs which work six days a week contributing thousands of dollars of free labor to the community. The male chain gang and the world's first ever female chain gang clean streets, paint over graffiti, and bury the indigent in the county cemetery.

Equally impressive are the Sheriff's get tough policies. Arpaio doesn't believe in coddling criminals, frequently saying that jails should not be country clubs. He banned smoking, coffee, pornographic magazines, movies and unrestricted television in all jails. He has the cheapest meals in the country too. The average inmate meal costs under 20 cents.

Arpaio also has launched innovative rehabilitation programs like "Hard Knocks High ", the only accredited high school in an American jail. His ALPHA program teaches inmates to turn away from drugs. It is one of his proudest accomplishments. A high percentage of ALPHA graduates leave his jail clean and sober and rarely, if ever, return to incarceration."

And right now he is cracking down on illegal immigration. Here is what Valley Law enforcement is doing in Arizona:
"Valley law enforcement agencies are ramping up efforts to combat illegal immigration, but they are using the state's anti-human-smuggling statute to tackle the problem from two different directions.

On the one hand, a multi-agency financial crimes task force has been using surveillance and undercover operations for the past two months to target smugglers and cripple them financially.

On the other hand, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has mobilized a posse to seek out and arrest undocumented immigrants for conspiracy to smuggle themselves into the United States.

The efforts come on the heels of an anti-human-smuggling statute that took effect in Arizona in August and gave prosecutors a tool to go after "coyotes," or smugglers, who traffic in undocumented immigrants. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office later issued an opinion saying undocumented immigrants suspected of paying coyotes could be prosecuted as conspirators.

Both approaches initially appear to be having an impact."

So what is my immigration plan?

We need a Sheriff Joe in every county along the border. Now since we can't clone him I recommend that we begin a training program. We recruit a bunch of like-minded toughies and Sheriff Joe will train them. With men like him in charge we'll clean this immigration problem right up. Sounds good to me!!

SOURCES:
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Immigration Crackdown Intensifies
"America's Toughest Sheriff" Rounding up Illegals
Arizona Sheriff's Posse round up Illegals

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Mel Gibson To Do Iraq War Drama


I love Mel Gibson!! There are so many awesome things about him. He's a Christian, he's a great actor, he's got the looks, he's a great director, he has stayed married to his wife and has like 7 kids and he's got the guts to stand up to the politically correct in our society. The way he handled getting the word out about "The Passion" was so awe inspiring. He knew the Hollywood liberals and the MSM were out to sabotage the movie, so he circumvented them. He marketed the movie in the Christian realm and shocked everyone with how successful it became. He took a gamble and won!!!!! How often does that happen? Not very often which is why it was so inspiring.

I'll quit doting on Mel and get to the point of this post. His production company is going to do an Iraq War Drama on the USA network. Here is the scoop:
USA Network has joined forces with Mel Gibson's production company to develop an Iraq war drama, the cable channel said Tuesday.

"Peace Out," from Gibson's Icon Prods. banner, is envisioned as a six-hour series that tells a fact-based story of two young American men who head out for adventure in Iraq after the fall of Baghdad.

The announcement was made during USA's "upfront" presentation to advertisers.

It will be nice to watch this knowing it is coming from an objective source that won't use it as an opportunity to bash our country and the President. I'll definitely be watching!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Links

(Warning: 24 Spoiler Alert!!)

24 and Prison Break both had me on the edge of my seat Monday night. I was so happy to be vindicated. Secretary Heller is alive--he pulled a Sydney Bristow!!!! I was right! Very cool.

V the K does these awesome Tivo blogging posts after every episode. His one this week on Blogs 4 Bauer was especially good. Go here to check it out!! These were my favorite lines:
"Weasel channels Phil Donahue. "I can live with gassing a bunch of people, framing Jack Bauer, almost getting you and the Russian president killed, and almost shooting down a plane full of innocent people... but I'm really sorry about hurting you."

Mary Todd offers him little comfort. "Well, on the plus side, Jimmy Carter must be glad that he's no longer the Worst President Ever."


(Republican candidate for Congress, Jim Feldkamp)

Patrick has a neat post on Oregon politics that is worth reading.


JimmyB posted a link to an awesome video that many fellow bloggers liked. Crazy and Shoprat also linked to it. It is a video by Penn and Teller entitled "Thats Just Stupid". It shows how ridiculous the 9/11 conspiracy theories are(Warning: Strong language). It is well worth seeing.


(Found this pic onWordsmith's blog)

Grey Ghost posted "Five Witnesses Say Joe Wilson Outed His Wife". Where is the MSM when it comes to reporting on this? Five witnesses who are willing to testify under oath that it was Joe Wilson not Scooter Libby who leaked his wife's identity. Wilson's response to this was: "...it no longer mattered who first outed his wife." Isn't that what all this hoopla was supposed to be about? I can't believe we have allowed these 2 liars to cause so much damage to our country and to Libby's life. Joe Wilson lies repeatedly but is made out to be a hero and Valerie Plame gets a book deal. Despicable!!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Fun Stuff

First of all I wanted to thank everyone for their sweet comments in response to yesterday's post. I don't do personal posts very often so I appreciated everyone's kindness!!

(I think I found this at Patty's blog)

May is always a crazy month for me between end of the year activities and trying to get school done with my kiddos. So my house isn't very clean right now and this cartoon made me smile :)!!



Seeing as my blogger name is Little Miss Chatterbox this Calvin & Hobbes definitely applies to me. My 11 yr. old daughter cracked me up the other day. My husband wanted to surprise my kids with something this weekend. I'm really bad at keeping surprises so I gave the kids a hint. Now my oldest 2 are feeling tortured because they know some of the surprise but not all of it. My daughter said, "Why did you have to tell us only part of it?" And then she says with emphasis, "Little Miss Chatterbox!!" LOL--I cracked up. She's got her mother figured out.


This cartoon would've gone well with my oil post but it came out after I'd already done it. Supplymadam linked to the liberal's new theme song over at Suzie's blog. It is so appropriate and goes well with this cartoon!!



Seeing how we talk a lot about national security and the President I found this amusing!!!

(I think I found this at Suzie's blog)

I can't begin to tell you how much I LOVE this!!!!!



This is what Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry keep saying!!



This is as true today as it was during the '04 campaign season!!

Glenn McCoy
Calvin & Hobbes

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Moussaoui

Toon Credit: Cox & Forkum

May is a crazy month so haven't had much time to blog or comment. But I found a link to Peggy Noonan's column on Moussaoui on Kat's blog and thought it was worthy of linking to and posting on.

I must say I was very disappointed this week when the jury gave Moussaoui life instead of death. I support the death penalty and if Moussaoui didn't deserve it I don't know who does. I didn't buy this ridiculous notion that if we killed him we would make him a martyr. Who cares? He was partially responsible for 2,700 deaths.

I was glad to read that Peggy Noonan agreed with me. Usually she is very mild mannered especially compared to Ann Coulter. But there are times when strong stands are required and this was one of those times. Here are some excerpts from her great column:
"Excuse me, I'm sorry, and I beg your pardon, but the jury's decision on Moussaoui gives me a very bad feeling. What we witnessed here was not the higher compassion but a dizzy failure of nerve.

From the moment the decision was announced yesterday, everyone, all the parties involved--the cable jockeys, the legal analysts, the politicians, the victim representatives--showed an elaborate and jarring politesse. "We thank the jury." "I accept the verdict of course." "We can't question their hard work." "I know they did their best." "We thank the media for their hard work in covering this trial." "I don't want to second-guess the jury."

How removed from our base passions we've become. Or hope to seem.

No one wants to say, "They should have killed him." This is understandable, for no one wants to be called vengeful, angry or, far worse, unenlightened. But we should have put him to death, and for one big reason.

This is what Moussaoui did: He was in jail on a visa violation in August 2001. He knew of the upcoming attacks. In fact, he had taken flight lessons to take part in them. He told no one what was coming. He lied to the FBI so the attacks could go forward. He pled guilty last year to conspiring with al Qaeda; at his trial he bragged to the court that he had intended to be on the fifth aircraft, which was supposed to destroy the White House.

He knew the trigger was about to be pulled. He knew innocent people had been targeted, and were about to meet gruesome, unjust deaths.

He could have stopped it. He did nothing. And so 2,700 people died.


Of course he had a bad childhood; of course he was abused. You don't become a killer because you started out with love and sweetness. Of course he came from unhappiness. So, chances are, did the nice man sitting on the train the other day who rose to give you his seat. Life is hard and sometimes terrible, and that is a tragedy. It explains much, but it is not a free pass.

I have the sense that many good people in our country, normal modest folk who used to be forced to endure being patronized and instructed by the elites of all spheres--the academy and law and the media--have sort of given up and cut to the chase. They don't wait to be instructed in the higher virtues by the professional class now. They immediately incorporate and reflect the correct wisdom before they're lectured.

I'm not sure this is progress. It feels not like the higher compassion but the lower evasion. It feels dainty in a way that speaks not of gentleness but fear.

I happen, as most adults do, to feel a general ambivalence toward the death penalty. But I know why it exists. It is the expression of a certitude, of a shared national conviction, about the value of a human life. It says the deliberate and planned taking of a human life is so serious, such a wound to justice, such a tearing at the human fabric, that there is only one price that is justly paid for it, and that is the forfeiting of the life of the perpetrator. It is society's way of saying that murder is serious, dreadfully serious, the most serious of all human transgressions.
It is not a matter of vengeance. Murder can never be avenged, it can only be answered.

If Moussaoui didn't deserve the death penalty, who does? Who ever did?


And if he didn't receive it, do we still have it?

I don't want to end with an air of hopelessness, so here's some hope, offered to the bureau of prisons. I hope he doesn't get cable TV in his cell. I hope he doesn't get to use his hour a day in general population getting buff and converting prisoners to jihad. I hope he isn't allowed visitors with whom he can do impolite things like plot against our country. I hope he isn't allowed anniversary interviews. I hope his jolly colleagues don't take captives whom they threaten to kill unless Moussaoui is released.

I hope he doesn't do any more damage. I hope this is the last we hear of him. But I'm not hopeful about my hopes."

In conclusion I must admit I'm getting a little discouraged about our judicial system. I still think we have a better system than other countries. But I do think our juries are getting filled up by people who have bought into the political correctness of our day. I still remember exactly where I was when I heard the OJ Simpson verdict. I remember because I was so stunned that he wasn't found guilty.

After witnessing the verdicts in the Simpson, Jackson and Moussaoui cases you have to wonder what people are thinking.

Friday, May 05, 2006

War on Child Molesters


I watched part of Nancy Grace's show the other night. She was talking about how she and others had testified before Congress on the dangers of child pornography. A guest on the show said that the U.S. has declared a War on Terror and its time that we declare a War on Child Molesters. I agree!!

(This 13 yr. old girl is one of my new heroes!!)
Masha Allen is one of the people who testified in addition to Nancy Grace. This 13 yr. old girl is amazing. She was born in Russia to alcoholic parents. Her own mother tried to kill her by stabbing her when she was only 4. At age 5 she was adopted by a man who she thought came to rescue her. Instead this man was a pedophile who had adopted her solely so he could sexually abuse her and take pornographic pictures of her. She didn't have her own room or even her own bed. She was forced to sleep with the pedophile from the very first night. After living in this hell for 5 years she was rescued by police who arrested her adopted father on charges of child pornography.

Today she is trying to move on with her life after being adopted by a wonderful woman who is trying to help her heal. Seeing her testify I was so in awe of how well she was able to communicate the horrors that she experienced. She is a strong girl for being able to live through all of this and for then being willing to take a stand against these sickos.

For anyone out there who still believes child pornography is a victimless crime listen to Masha's story and then try to feed me that line.

Child Sexual Abuse is such a horrific crime that I think it should have the harshest of all penalties. Our society is going to have to start cracking down harder on pedophiles so we can have fewer victims. Otherwise you are going to see vigilante justice.


When I think of this subject I think of 2 excellent movies. "Sleepers" is a very difficult movie to watch but good nonetheless. It is a story of abuse suffered by 4 boys and how it altered their lives forever. They get justice in the end but the sad thing is they still suffer from the permanent scars of abuse from their childhood.

Also, "A Time To Kill" is a movie where a little girl is brutally raped and the father takes justice into his own hands. There was a chance the 2 rapists were going to get off on a technicality so the father shot them. The movie is about his trial. Again in my opinion justice is served in the end but it doesn't negate the tragedy. The tragedy of a little girl who is scarred for life physically and emotionally and will never be able to bear children because of the trauma.

I don't endorse vigilante justice but we need as a society to start providing more justice for these child victims. We've got to do a better job of protecting the most innocent among us.

What is going on with cracking down on these predators?

Great news was announced last night in that the senate passed the Child Protection Act. I guess O'Reilly (by exposing his obstruction on the show) helped light a fire under Ted Kennedy that it doesn't look good to oppose a bill that protects children.

Amazingly John Kerry has done something worth noting. He has introduced legislation to fight child porn and entitled it "Masha's Law".

We need to declare a War on Child Molesters and make sure justice is served against those who would harm our children.

Resources:
Predator Watch
Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace--Fighting the Predators
Suzie's Blog
America's Most Wanted