Thursday, November 30, 2006

The List is Growing Long...

Hard Drinking Devito Bashes Bush on

The list of celebrities making idiots out of themselves is growing long. Danny Devito is clearly drunk when he made this appearance on "The View". I'm not sure I'm even that upset about the Bush bashing because he just made such a moron out of himself.

Michael Richards just keeps digging his grave deeper by contacting Jesse Jackson for help. It is completely ridiculous and you have to start wondering what the IQ is of your average celebrity. Celebrities and politicians have to be cursing Youtube since they can't get away with their usual stuff anymore without everyone on the internet knowing about it.


Speaking of celebrities I just saw this article about "Rocky" (Sylvester Stallone) finding God. I am skeptical of those in the public eye finding redemption after Jane Fonda's fiasco. Nevertheless, Stuart Shepard from Citizen Link (Focus on the Family) started out skeptical and ended up being impressed as he details in his article, The Gym of the Soul. We shall see in time if its for real. Stephen Baldwin is one of those that became a Christian and his whole life literally did change. He's done a lot of great things since his conversion.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Linky Love

The real meaning of Christmas

I found this awesome video at Sister Toldjah's. I love Charlie Brown and she is right that this is a great reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

Your Birthdate: August 21

You're a restless rebel with an unpredictable nature.
Bright but unbridled, you tend to seek out wild experiences over new ideas.
People are frustrated by your great potential, but you love your unconventional life.
You're a heartbreaker. People get attached to you, and then you're gone.

Your strength: Your thirst for adventure

Your weakness: Not taking time for slow pleasures

Your power color: Hot pink

Your power symbol: Figure eight

Your power month: March

I found this over at RT's blog. I was cracking up because so much of this does describe me. Its obviously not completely true but it was enjoyable to read. Check out your birthday, I put several family and friends in there and they were all fairly close to being true.


Prison Break was awesome monday night with a great ending for the fall. If you haven't checked out our great Prison Break blog yet you need to do that, and tell your friends!!

Lost also had an awesome fall finale (although we all agree that fall finales are lame). I was excited to find a blog on Lost, woo-hoo!! I'm linking to this video of Sawyer and Kate mostly for my enjoyment but I figure there are a couple of others who might enjoy it too ;-)!!

Little Orange Fox did a really enjoyable post in response to Michael Moore's ridiculous letter to conservatives. Check it out here!!

Now onto the serious stuff!!

1)--War on Terror

I am up for a serious rant on how the Drive By Media and the Dems are undermining this War on Terror. It really saddens me that so many people don't get it. But instead of my rant I'll link to some others who make the point well. Dennis Miller is my new hero!! I absolutely love his segments on Hannity and Colmes. In this video he points out that no matter what the Dems do they need to take the War on Terror seriously and that President George W. Bush deserves an A+ for preventing a terrorist attack on our soil for the past 5 years. Extremely well said!!

Gayle makes some similar points in her post entitled, Why We Need to Stand Strong.

2)--AP is busted!!

Flopping Aces did their homework and busted the AP for repeatedly using a fraudulent source and getting their news from the enemy. And we wonder why the American people have grown so negative about the war when they are constantly being fed enemy propaganda by the Drive By Media.

Skye and Wordsmith both weigh in on this too.

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

3)--Climate of fear created by Global-warming alarmists

It seems Al Gore and his global warming alarmists' predictions fell a little short this year. Mike did an excellent post entitled, Why Liberals Should Not Forecast the Weather Or, How Scare Science Got It Wrong Again! But as we all know we are just anti-science, pro-God kooks because we don't buy into the politically correct BS of the day.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

LMC's Smorgasboard



Women talk three times as much as men, says study

I'm not sure how this article is news but it made me smile. Here is an excerpt from the article:
"It is something one half of the population has long suspected - and the other half always vocally denied. Women really do talk more than men.

In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day - 13,000 more than the average man.

Women also speak more quickly, devote more brainpower to chit-chat - and actually get a buzz out of hearing their own voices, a new book suggests.

The book - written by a female psychiatrist - says that inherent differences between the male and female brain explain why women are naturally more talkative than men.

In The Female Mind, Dr Luan Brizendine says women devote more brain cells to talking than men.

And, if that wasn't enough, the simple act of talking triggers a flood of brain chemicals which give women a rush similar to that felt by heroin addicts when they get a high."
I have never denied that I'm a talker so I don't get the part where it says we've denied this truth. I will freely admit that I talk 3 times as much as my husband but of course that also has to do with my personality. I didn't know that talking could be like heroin but hey, maybe thats why I've never needed drugs :-).

A-List Blogger
A lot of people have been posting about this. I'm not sure how much it really means but hey, its fun to say I'm an A-list blogger :-). Check out where your blog fits in.

Despicable Judge #3--Missouri Circuit Judge Larry Meyer gives rapist probation

The 3rd despicable judge that I'm highlighting happens to be from my own state. I couldn't find a news article on this anywhere but Bill O'Reilly had my Governor Matt Blunt on last night talking about this. The Missouri Legislature passed our version of Jessica's law to prevent stuff like this from happening but apparently this happened before the law was in effect.

Unbelievably this 50 yr. old sicko raped his 9 year old step-daughter and Judge Meyer gave him probation. You've really got to wonder what is wrong with these judges. Why would they put monsters like this out into society? The law that Missouri passed will force Judges to give people like this mandatory life sentences which means they would serve at least 30 years behind bars. Instead of that this Judge gives a child rapist probation. Completely despicable!!!

Previous post on despicable judges



Trial against Warren Jeffs

I can't tell you how upset this story makes me. It shows you what happens when religion gets twisted and is used for power and money for one person instead of truly devoting yourself to God. I was watching Greta's show a week ago when I saw her talking about Warren Jeffs' cult and what was done to the children in it. One of the prosecutors that was talking on the show described how "kids in the cult were living in hell."

Jeffs' cult forces 14 yr. old girls to get married to men that are much older and who are picked out by Jeffs and other men. There are other women who have escaped that tell how they were abused by their fathers at very young ages. This one victim said that in this cult women are worthless except to bear children. It seems this cult is a big cover-up that enables dirty old men to sexually abuse girls at all ages and its all okay because its supposed to be part of their religion. Meanwhile passive mothers and adult women stand by and let all this happen. It is hard to stomach.

One of Jeffs' previous lawyers was saying that by trying to prosecute Jeffs the attorneys were prosecuting him for practicing his religion. I literally yelled back at the TV that raping children has nothing to do with religion and this is all a farce to cover up what one woman called "organized pedophilia". Sick, sick, sick!!!

Health update

I finally made it into the Dr. today and I'm glad I waited to go to the specialist. She was very helpful and gave me some good drugs and is going to get my regular Dr. to prescribe something for the migraines. I can't take ibuprofen anymore since that is probably what caused the ulcers and tylenol doesn't cut it for migraines. Thanks for praying.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Live Like You Were Dying

Toon Credit: Calvin & Hobbes

Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw
He said I was in my early forties, with a lot of life before me
And one moment came that stopped me on a dime
I spent most of the next days, looking at the x-rays
Talking bout' the options and talking bout' sweet times.
I asked him when it sank in, that this might really be the real end
How's it hit 'cha when you get that kind of news?
Man what did ya do?
He said

Chorus
I went skydiving
I went rocky mountain climbing
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denyin'
And he said some day I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dyin'

Verse 2
He said I was finally the husband, that most the time I wasn't
And I became a friend, a friend would like to have
And all of a sudden goin' fishin, wasn't such an imposition
And I went three times that year I lost my dad
Well I finally read the good book, and I took a good long hard look
At what I'd do if I could do it all again
And then
Click here to listen to the song.

These are some of the words from Tim McGraw's song Live Like You Were Dying. I heard this song recently and absolutely loved it. It really expresses how I feel about grabbing the bull by the horns and really living. It is a wonderful and encouraging song and I hope I can apply the words to my life.

The reason I wasn't able to post this weekend is because I've been out of commission most of the weekend. I got a migraine that sent my stomach into orbit which seems to be triggering my ulcer problem. My husband was out of town so I was very thankful that my friend Joia who has struggled with a lot of medical issues herself came over and brought gingerale and badly needed drugs. I still don't have complete relief from the pain so I'm going to be trying to get into the Doctor today. Please pray that I can get in quickly and find some relief from the pain. Thanks!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Birthday Matthew & Happy Thanksgiving!!


Happy Birthday Matthew!!

My youngest son turns 7 today! This pic is of him in his Karate outfit. He is my youngest and thus my baby. My nickname for him is cute boy but he's almost getting too old for that name. He has some slight developmental delays but he has come really far from where he started. He didn't walk until he was 2 1/2 and he didn't really start talking until he was well over 3 yrs. old. Today he still goes to speech, OT, physical and vision therapy but he can hold his own with his siblings and anyone else. He basically can say and do anything any other 7 yr. old can. He is also my charmer so I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't love him. He has a twinkle in his eye and he can be sweet one minute and ornery the next. We are going to celebrate his birthday next week at the Karate Studio with pizza.


Happy Thanksgiving!!

I read the American Girls series of books to my girls. We just finished the Kit series which takes place during the depression in the early 1930's. It is amazing what people went through back then and what they did to survive. It was another great reminder of all the things we have to be thankful for, especially here in America.

I am extremely thankful for all my blessings and freedoms!! I am especially thankful to our men and women in uniform who make our freedoms possible. I am truly blessed and thankful for all the gifts God has given!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope you have a great time with family and friends! May God bless each and every one of you!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Quotes

Painting Hat tip: Patrick

I posted this thanksgiving pic today because tomorrow is not only Thanksgiving but my son's 7th birthday and I'll have to post a cute pic of him.

I've been collecting a lot of neat quotes lately. They are all so good I thought they would make a neat post. I found several of them at people's blogs and linked to them if I remembered where I found them. We have a lot to be thankful for this thanksgiving season and these quotes remind us of some of the reasons why.


My 1st quote is from a special 4 yr. old who is a friend of mine's daughter. As some of you may remember I did a post a year ago about my beloved pastor passing away. It seems hard to believe he's been gone a year. I can't help but think that Heaven is a little richer having him but earth is a little less special without him. My friend's family was listening to a song and the 4 yr. old granddaughter of my pastor said "I always cry along with this song when I hear it on our cd. Because of the dying Grandpa." It was beyond sweet and my friend said they all teared up hearing her say it. Out of the mouths of babes.

Now onto the rest of the quotes:


"This country was founded and built by people with great dreams and the courage to take great risks."--Ronald Reagan (Right Wing Rebel)

"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done ask a woman."--Margaret Thatcher

"It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites."--Thomas Sowell(Sister Toldjah)

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

"It's better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you're not."--Kurt Cobain from Nirvana

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."-John F. Kennedy

"America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens." ~ George W. Bush(Mark)

"We can't accommodate terrorism. When someone uses the slaughter of innocent people to advance a so-called political cause, at that point the political cause becomes immoral and unjust and they should be eliminated from any serious discussion, any serious debate." ~ Rudy Giuliani(Mark)

"With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plea; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost." ~ William Lloyd Garrison(Mark)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

My Take on the News

Hat tip: Anna

The list of blunders by the Dems are piling up and they aren't even in power yet. It may suck for us that we lost but them being in power sure provides a lot of fodder for conservative blogs and talk show hosts. I have nothing to add about Rangel's latest absurdity of calling for a draft except that Rangel is an idiot.

Score one for decency!!

I can't tell you how encouraged I was to hear yesterday that the OJ book and special had both been pulled. Its refreshing to know that when there is enough outrage by the American public there is a line that media types will pull back from. All of us made a difference, our voices were heard and News Corp. did the right thing.


Michael Richards loses it!

Michael Richards who is famous for his role as Kramer on Seinfeld lost it in a comedy club. He went on a racial tirade against some African Americans who were heckling him. As most of you know I am a huge Seinfeld fan so was a little disappointed to learn of this. But as we all have learned very few Hollywood actors have admirable personal lives. I guess Richards has always been known for his angry tirades so this wasn't something completely unexpected.

I watched Letterman last night because Jerry Seinfeld had already been scheduled to be on and he asked if Richards could come on as well and apologize. Watching both of them talk I came away with an even more favorable impression of Jerry and a much lower one of Richards. Richards whole statement was awkward, pathetic, sad and I didn't buy that he isn't a racist. I guess I just really got the impression that he has a severe anger problem but it doesn't explain where his comments came from. There was one phrase in particular that wouldn't even enter my thought process. I guess I just don't buy that he's not a racist. When someone like Mel Gibson is drunk you can somewhat understand that they weren't aware of what they were saying (not that it was okay) but when you are completely sober how do you say these things unless they are really a part of your thought process? The whole ordeal is disappointing but not shocking.

Bolton

Check out Chas's post on Bolton entitled We Must Keep John Bolton at the U.N. He is right on the money!!

Evolution of Dance

And since "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" take time to enjoy your daily dose of humor by watching this fun video!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Massachusetts Marriage Fight


"A decision not to vote is a decision to usurp the Constitution, to abandon democracy and substitute a form of what this nation's founders called tyranny, that is, the imposition of the will of those in power, on the people," Romney said earlier. "The issue now before us is not whether same-sex couples should marry. The issue before us today is whether 109 legislators will follow the Constitution."--Governor Mitt Romney at the Marriage rally on November 19,2006

Photo credit: AP

The rally that I talked about yesterday did indeed take place. The following post is pretty much word for word from my source, who is a key player in this whole fight to get the marriage amendment on the ballot.

Photo Credit: AP
Today’s rally in Boston sponsored by Mitt Romney and VoteOnMarriage.org was extremely successful. With well over 5,000 in attendance on the conservative side as well as 2,000 pro-gay marriage protestors, the event certainly got significant coverage. The 2,000 protestors were a nuisance – jeering and screaming “bigots!” as “God Bless America” was sung and the Pledge of Allegiance recited by the crowd – but they couldn’t detract from the purpose of the event. Romney’s demand for the legislature to reconvene and vote has been reported all over, but here’s the link to the FoxNews.com article.

Opponents to the right to vote on marriage are they’re trying to say that the issue is over, that people in Massachusetts want to move on. However, when over 5,000 people show up in the cold with their children on only a few days notice it is clear that this issue is not dead. As well, those 5,000 are only a small percentage of the 170,000 who signed the petition requesting a vote on this issue. Those citizens, and indeed all citizens in Massachusetts, have a right to expect their legislature to honor their oath of office and uphold the constitution.

The Massachusetts constitution states very clearly that with the appropriate conditions met, the legislature MUST vote on this issue. With half a dozen legislators making public comments in the media about how they are using this tactic in order to kill the issue, there is obviously grounds for legal action to be taken. A few options are open at this point. It’ll be interesting watching this situation develop as we see which legal avenue Romney and the Vote On Marriage organizers choose to pursue.

The most common argument in defense of gay marriage is, “How does my marriage affect our marriage?“ The clear answer is kids.

By taking out the male/female equation to marriage you are basically making the argument that there is nothing unique about male and female. Hundreds of years of studies contradict that idea, though. Children who are raised with both a mother and father are more likely to get an education, go to college, stay off of drugs, and maintain employment. The benefits of state-sponsored marriage therefore exist because the state has an interest in children being raised in a home with a biological mother and father. Male/Female marriage promotes healthier children and thus healthier citizens. With legalized gay marriage the state is, as a matter of public policy, depriving children of their best shot at having two parents – a mother and father.

Whether or not children exist in a marriage, marriage does not exist to validate people and make them feel good about themselves. Marriage exists to promote the healthiest environment to have children. It has been proven time beyond measure that children are missing something significant, something absolutely crucial, without a parent of both sexes. Marriage benefits, therefore, exist in order to promote that special environment, not make people feel good about themselves.

On a related note, the Arizona marriage amendment may not be such a dead issue after all. The amendment there failed by only 1%. However, the absentee ballots were not counted at the point when the measure was announced to have failed. At the moment, the amendment is down by only 33,000 votes, with 300,000 absentee ballots still out. Arizona’s amendment was a trickier one than most states, as their constitution already technically prohibits gay marriage. This amendment was seen as redundant by many, which in part contributed to the difficulty there in passing it.

And on a complete shallow side note, Romney appears to be so over-handled that his own wardrobe at this rally is obviously attempting to send a message. A red tie, blue scarf, and white shirt as he stands in front of the Red, White & Blue? Give me a break! I swear he looks like Mattel’s version of Ken the Politician doll. ;-)

Despite his ambivalence in the past I am very proud of Romney for taking this stand. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

LMC's Sunday Smorgasboard

Anne of Green Gables: At The Beginning

If you are a woman or a guy that likes 1800ish movies Anne of Green Gables is a must-see movie. It is one of the few movies in my opinion that isn't as good as the books but it is wonderful. This video clip is a neat set of scenes with Anne and Gilbert pointed out to me by my friend Joia.

Sunday's Devotional
A Positive Power
"Nathaniel Hawthorne came home heartbroken. He'd just been fired from his job in the custom house. His wife, rather than responding with anxiety, surprised him with joy. 'Now you can write your book!'

He wasn't so positive. 'And what shall we live on while I'm writing it?'

To his amazement she opened a drawer and revealed a wad of money she'd saved out of her housekeeping budget. 'I always knew you were a man of genius,' she told him. 'I always knew you'd write a masterpiece.'

She believed in her husband. And because she did, he wrote. And because he wrote, every library in America has a copy of 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

You have the power to change someone's life simply by the words that you speak. 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue.'"

pg. 255 of Max Lucado's Grace for the Moment Volume II

Life

My husband and kids are all taking Karate together. It has been very cool and I'm hoping to eventually join them if I can ever find the time. My youngest is only 6 so he is in the Tiny Tigers group but the rest are in the bigger group that is family oriented and has people of all ages. My oldest 3 have now all graduated to a gold belt with my middle 2 just graduating yesterday. It is very cool to see them excel and gain confidence as a result. My husband would've graduated as well had he not had his knee surgery which caused him to have to drop out for a couple of months. My youngest also graduated to the Tiny Tigers' version of gold belt and I have never seen his face beam more than when he excitedly told me about it.

If I had a digital camera I would've put pics on here from the event but I'm getting one for Christmas so I'll be able to do that soon.

I finally got my pic of Bush and I. It is very cool and has his signature on it. My outfit matched his very well since I had on a red dress and he had a red tie. I didn't like the expression on my face since I think the photographer did catch me talking but it'll have to do ;)!! I will post it as soon as I can get it scanned.

UPDATE on Marriage Amendment status in Massachusetts:

Mitt Romney has recently called a rally on the Massachusetts Statehouse steps for Sunday (today) at 1:30pm where he is going to demand that the legislature reconvene and take a vote. (Click HERE for details.) As VoteOnMarriage.org reports, “The Massachusetts legislature arrogantly has chosen not to vote on the people's amendment on marriage - in violation of our state constitution. Media outlets around the Commonwealth and around the country are denouncing the legislature for their dereliction of duty.”

Romney has previously waffled all over the place on this issue. Publicly he has claimed to be against gay marriage, however he did nothing to prevent it from becoming law, and he has been very weak in taking a stand on this issue. Now, however, he seems to finally be standing up on the issues his party stands for.

The cynical side of me questions whether he is motivated by personal conviction or by the fact that it is acknowledged he is likely going to make a run for the presidency. (In fact, he very recently hired a well-known producer of campaign ads who is best known for working on George W. Bush’s campaigns.) However I have to praise him for finally taking a public and decisive stand here. There is hope that this can have some real results. This is, unfortunately, the last real hope for drive as the 170,000 signatures “expire,” for lack of a better term, in January. (See my previous post for more details.)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Nancy Pelosi Crashes & Burns

Real Free Speech: Dennis Miller on Nancy Pelosi

It is too bad that more people didn't listen to the warning Dennis Miller gives in this video about Nancy Pelosi before the election. Nevertheless he says it well!!

Nancy Pelosi had her first crash and burn this past week. She backed corrupt John Murtha for House Majority Leader and he went down in flames.

Michelle Malkin points out in her column "Mrs. Clean set to recycle same old soiled legacy" Pelosi's next unsavory character that she wants to appoint to a leadership position:
"Case in point: Which congressman is Mrs. Clean considering as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence? Impeached federal judge Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, who took bribes and lied under oath."

It comes as no surprise to us that Pelosi wants to usher in her crooked friends after screaming about the "Culture of Corruption". I just wonder if all those moderates/independents who voted Democrat had a clue what was coming down the pike after the Dems got back into power.

This past week I kept wondering how the Democrat party has managed to keep in power so many unsavory characters and yet labeled the Republicans the party of corruption even though we kick all our despicable people out. And not only do the Democrats keep them in power but they want them in LEADERSHIP positions. Republicans are labeled racist even though we aren't the party that keeps a Klu Klux Klan leader in power. It is amazing what a double standard there is but I guess thats how it works when the Drive By Media carries your water for you.

In conclusion, another Dennis Miller video for you!!

You gotta love Dennis Miller!! I saw somewhere that he was supposed to be the right's Jon Stewart. Make no bones about it Miller is still liberal in many areas but one thing he gets is the War on Terror. In this video he gives his take on torture and I would have to say I wholeheartedly agree. Kirk, this video is for you!!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Despicable OJ Simpson--Part 2


I watched O'Reilly, Hannity & Colmes and Greta all have their say about this last night. I was most proud of O'Reilly and Mark Fuhrman as they talked about this. O'Reilly was outraged and urged people to not watch the show, read or buy the book and to boycott all the sponsors of the show. He had Detective Tom Lange and Christopher Darden on the show. Detective Lange described the brutal murders and it still just defies comprehension how Simpson got away with such a horrific crime. O'Reilly asked both Darden and Lange how convinced they were that Simpson was guilty. Lange said he was 99% convinced and it would be 100% except for the fact that he didn't actually witness the murders. Darden said 100% and that anyone who thought he wasn't guilty was an idiot. I enjoyed that comment.

Mark Fuhrman was on Hannity and Colmes and was outraged as well. Despite what you think about Fuhrman (I have changed my opinion of him since the OJ trial. He has described how the tape of him using the n word was a tape of him doing a fictional screenplay, he has passed a polygraph about his testimony in the trial and he has done many worthy things since then.) he did a great job of expressing the outrage that we all feel about this book and interview. He sees no redeeming value from it and even said that he will never use Regan Books/Harper Collins for a book publisher again. He asked a great question "What is this Rome?"

He described Simpson as a sociopath with no remorse or guilt. I think if we were in doubt about that before all of this there is no doubt now. I was a little disappointed in how naive Hannity was in suggesting that maybe Simpson has felt bad about this and so this was his way to get it off his chest. I see absolutely no evidence of that and his behavior is that of a narcissistic sociopath. The very fact that he cares so little about the damage that this will surely do to his children is proof in and of itself.

And I mentioned recently how Colmes has really been ticking me off lately and I found myself actually yelling at him last night. I guess he actually wrote a whole chapter in his book about how he thought OJ was innocent. Unbelievable!! So he starts being combative and taking pot shots at Fuhrman and making ridiculous arguments. I was incredulous. I guess the liberals who have been upset with Colmes for being too nice on the show have had their way with him.

Then on Greta's show she replayed excerpts from her interview that she did with Simpson in 2004. The man knows absolutely no shame. During some of the clips she showed he was trying to imply that Denise Brown was being vocal about things because she was in it for the money. That is such an unfair and grotesque accusation that I don't even know where to start. First of all Denise Brown was in the news as an advocate for her sister WHO COULD NO LONGER SPEAK FOR HERSELF because she was dead. And OJ's despicable defense team was maligning her character as part of his defense. Second she was trying to get the truth out for her sister's sake and for the sake of her kids. If you ever saw her interviews you could see she was on a mission of passion in defense of her sister and rightly so. Third, she did a lot of good and helped a lot of women deal with domestic abuse. Many women got help because of seeing Denise Brown speak out. To see Simpson accuse her of ill motives when his are so debase, it was just beyond the pale.


Judith Regan finally came out with a lengthy statement about all of this last night. To be honest I found myself going a little easier on her after hearing her side of the story. I still think she is mistaken in any good coming out of this but her own story of domestic abuse made me understand why she would do it. Here is an excerpt from her statement:
"I made the decision to publish this book, and to sit face to face with the killer, because I wanted him, and the men who broke my heart and your hearts, to tell the truth, to confess their sins, to do penance and to amend their lives.

I have not spent a lifetime in the study of deception detection, but ex-CIA specialist Phil Houston has. “When killers confess,” he told me, “the way they often do it is by creating a hypothetical”—and then they spill their guts.

For many of them, it is the only way to tell the truth.

I thought of this and the many books I’ve published over the years on the subject of sociopaths and their lack of empathy (Without Conscience and Snakes in Suits). And I thought about The Mind & The Brain, a book about the power of the human will. Is such behavior the result of a genetic flaw? Could it be caused by a head injury? Is it the result of a weak and damaged human will? Was this man suffering from a sort of emotional autism?

How did it happen? How could a man with so much have so little? And how could we, as a society, continue to protect him and others from the consequences of his wrong-doing?

I don’t know why he did it—why he did the book, and sat for the interview. Was it his own disturbed need for attention? Did he have remorse? Was he ready to come clean and make amends and do his penance? I wouldn’t know until I sat down in a chair across from him.

What I do know is I didn’t pay him. I contracted through a third party who owns the rights, and I was told the money would go to his children. That much I could live with.

What I wanted was closure, not money."

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Despicable OJ Simpson


Words cannot express my disgust with learning about OJ Simpson's latest narcissistic stunt. He has written a book entitled "If I Did It" where he talks about if he had killed Nicole and Ron Goldman this is how he would've done it. He is also going to be interviewed about the book on Fox Broadcasting on November 27th & 29th (to clarify this is Fox Broadcasting not Fox News). As if I didn't already despise him enough. While looking to see what others were saying about him on the blogs I saw several very good titles that say it all.
What happened to shame?

Is this really happening?

How I got away with murder special!

Are they on crack?

Beyond the pale

In the early 90's I didn't pay much attention to current events but this is one case I paid attention to. I remember hearing enough about it to think that he would surely be found guilty. I still remember where I was when I heard he had been found not guilty because I was literally in shock at the news.

I then read several books about the case and just couldn't get over how the jury had let him go despite all the evidence. I understood the need by the African-American community to want to get back at the police for previous injustices but do you do that by letting a murderer of 2 innocent people go free? It shook my faith in the justice system and to me it surely sent the message that if you have enough money and fame you can literally get away with murder. OJ Simpson is living proof of that.

It just sickened me that Denise Brown and the rest of Nicole's family had to let Nicole's kids get raised by a murderer. That was what disturbed me the most. And despite Geraldo being a liberal this is one thing in the course of his career that he got right. He interviewed Denise Brown many times and showed her family's side of the story. I was proud of him for that.

Hat tip: Sparks from the Anvil

Fast forward to today and I am just sickened that he could do this. He is describing the murder of his children's mother!!!! It is hard to imagine anyone more despicable right now except for maybe Charles Manson. And I am also extremely unhappy with Judith Regan for publishing the book. I have never been a fan of hers but this tops it all. She says that she considers this his confession. Well how convenient that he is going to make millions off of pretend confessing to his ex-wife's murder and stay out of jail at the same time. And never mind the fact that he has never paid a dime to any of the families who won the civil suit. I hope the people at Fox and Judith Regan can sleep at night because the money they make off of this is truly blood money.

Again Fox Broadcasting is separate from Fox News and if you want to contact Fox Broadcasting to complain go here.

Wyatt weighs in on the subject with a much calmer post :-).

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Iron Jawed Angels


I have been dying to do a post on this movie. I cannot say enough good things about Iron Jawed Angels. When I got to visit The Henry Ford Museum this past summer a friend and I saw a clip of this movie in the Civil Rights section. We both made a mental note to get the movie from Netflix. As shocked as I was that HBO was capable of doing a great movie it was wonderful.


I love history but between my busy schedule and my short attention span I don't do well with documentaries. So I love it when Hollywood does a historical movie and actually does the history behind it justice. I watched the movie and loved it and then spent a ton of time researching to see how accurate it was. Then after spending way too much time on the research I found out there was extra stuff on the DVD itself that explained what parts of the movie were true and what was not.


I was pleased to learn that movie was very accurate. The lady who wrote the script read 15 books trying to make the movie as historically accurate as possible. There were 2 characters that were representative of people of that time but not actual people. And they had to compress some time & events to get it all in the movie but otherwise it was pretty true to life.


Hillary Swank plays the main suffragist Alice Paul who really was instrumental in getting women the right to vote. The movie was extremely inspiring in depicting women fighting so passionately for a worthy cause they truly believed in.

They showed the divide between the older suffragettes who wanted to implement change non-aggressively and the younger group who was tired of waiting. Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were part of the younger group who started out by restraining themselves and joining the older group known as the National American Women's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) in the hopes of making headway. But when the older women from NAWSA undercut them they went off on their own and started more aggressive action like the suffragist movement in Britain. They started their own group entitled the National Woman's Party (NWP). Their main goal was to get a constitutional amendment passed giving women the right to vote.


One of their big events was a parade they had on March 3, 1913. Here is an excerpt from an Alice Paul biography that describes their early efforts and about the parade:
"In 1912, Alice Paul and two friends, Lucy Burns and Crystal Eastman, headed to Washington, D.C. to organize for suffrage. With little funding but in true Pankhurst style, Paul and Burns organized a publicity event to gain maximum national attention; an elaborate and massive parade by women to march up Pennsylvania Avenue and coincide with Woodrow Wilson's presidential inauguration. The parade began on March 3, 1913, with the beautiful lawyer, activist, and socialite Inez Milholland, leading the procession, dressed in Greek robes and astride a white horse. The scene turned ugly, however, when scores of male onlookers attacked the suffragists, first with insults and obscenities, and then with physical violence, while the police stood by and watched. The following day, Alice's group of suffragists made headlines across the nation and suffrage became a popular topic of discussion among politicians and the general public alike."


Then they began picketing the White House in the hopes of pressuring President Wilson to help pass a constitutional amendment. At first Wilson ignored them but they persevered and then he began to have them arrested. While in prison Paul and others staged hunger strikes which was met with being violently force fed. This was a hard part of the movie for me to watch since I saw this soon after I had gotten out of the hospital where I had a tube down my nose and throat. It showed the lengths to which these women were willing to go to advance their cause. Here is another excerpt from Paul's biography which shows that eventually their torture and imprisonment turned the tide in their favor:
"When news of the prison conditions and hunger strikes became known, the press, some politicians, and the public began demanding the women’s release; sympathy for the prisoners brought many to support the cause of women's suffrage. Upon her release from prison, Paul hoped to ride this surge of goodwill into victory."

This was the turning point where Wilson finally gave in. Here is another excerpt that describes how it all went down:
"In 1917, in response to public outcry about the prison abuse of suffragists, President Wilson reversed his position and announced his support for a suffrage amendment, calling it a "war measure." In 1919, both the House and Senate passed the 19th Amendment and the battle for state ratification commenced. Three-fourths of the states were needed to ratify the amendment. The battle for ratification came down to the state of Tennessee in the summer of 1920; if a majority of the state legislature voted for the amendment, it would become law. The deciding vote was cast twenty-four year-old Harry Burn, the youngest member of the Tennessee assembly. Originally intending to vote “no,” Burn changed his vote after receiving a telegram from his mother asking him to support women’s suffrage. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment. Six days later, Secretary of State Colby certified the ratification, and, with the stroke of his pen, American women gained the right to vote after a seventy-two year battle. August 26th is now celebrated as Women's Equality Day in the United States."

In the movie they actually show Burn changing his vote after hearing from his mother. I thought surely that didn't happen so imagine my surprise to find out it actually happened. It was fascinating!! And the title of this movie Iron Jawed Angels was an actual name given to the suffragettes by the media while they were imprisoned.

The movie was an inspiring account of one of the most exciting events in our nation's history. It inspired me to fight for what I believe in and not give up.

Unfortunately, as many of you are probably aware I was disappointed to find out in my research that many of these suffragettes were also socialists, pacifists and Eastman was even a fan of Margaret Sanger. I realized that many of them were Quakers which would explain the anti-war stance but the socialistic beliefs were disappointing. And Alice Paul was the author of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) which I'm not a fan of. But despite these flaws I think their cause was noble and I for one am thankful that because of them I have the right to vote today.

While watching the movie I pondered on whether I would've been a suffragette or not. I think I would've but I would've had more conservative views like Susan B. Anthony and others did. Also, many of the early suffragettes were also anti-slavery and fought for the rights of African-Americans to be free. Both were just, worthy and inspirational causes.

UPDATE:
Shoprat made some excellent points in the comments section that I thought were worthy of adding to this post. He says exactly what I was thinking about their beliefs.
"Most of the women who fought for the right to vote would be sickened by what modern feminism has become. Susan B. Anthony (a great feminist hero) was fiercely against abortion and infanticide as well as divorce. Of course Margaret Sanger was a follower of Hitler but leftists don't like to acknowledge that little piece of trivia.

Yes some were Socialists, but at that point in time Socialism was not yet proven wrong and inhumane. It was quite possible for a Christian to be a socialist until the middle of the 20th century when Socialism was proven unworkable and inherently inhumane. I like to think that they would have been horrified at what socialism really did and would have repudiated it, as many others did."

SOURCES:
Iron Jawed Angels
Woman's Suffrage
Alice Paul: Feminist, Suffragist and Political Strategist
List of suffragists and suffragettes
Photo Credits--Suffrage History
Leaders in the Women's Suffrage Movement

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

LMC's Smorgasboard

Men Do Stupid Things

Gayle sent this to me via email and I found it on You tube. As usual the clarity isn't as good but it works and is hilarious. And speaking of You tube I am not happy with them. It seems they've become copyright nazis since being taken over by Google. Not only did my Nancy Pelosi video stop working early yesterday but I found this clip of Kate & Sawyer from last week's awesome episode and literally hours after I found it, it no longer worked. Aaaaaaaahhh!!!

Toon Credit: Michael Ramirez

Boy, does this describe my feelings about the Drive By Media right now. The news is so bad these days I'm even having a hard time watching Fox News. And I used to be able to laugh at the KC Star because I knew the Dems didn't have power but now that they do their ridiculous ideas and behavior aren't quite as humorous. And speaking of the Drive By Media I have several pet peeves with them right now. Two of them that come to mind:
1) If you are against embryonic stem cell research, cloning or evolution you are labeled anti-science. It doesn't matter that the science is on our side on all of those issues. Because we have some moral concerns in those areas we are anti-science. I guess the only way to be truly pro-science is to be an atheist. This is how liberals in Kansas have framed the debate because a Kansas School board actually had the audacity to want Intelligent Design taught in the schools. I'm pretty sure the KC Star even used the word anti-science when describing them.

2) If you are against illegal immigration you are a racist. I can't tell you many times I've heard this recently. And the Michael Savage conservatives want to know why nothing has been done about this issue? Did you see what happened to JD Hayworth who has been as good on immigration as can be in this last election?


I watched a great movie awhile ago entitled "The Inheritance". It was in the middle of election stuff so I never had a chance to talk about it. It is based on the book by Louisa May Alcott. I recommended it to Patrick since he is a fellow Jane Austen fan and he liked it too. So two thumbs up, if you like Jane Austen stuff check it out.


And for those of you who care I took my first crack at tivo blogging Prison Break last night. It was a lot of fun so go check it out at Prison Break Central.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Fun Stuff

SNL Nancy Pelosi skit

Amazingly enough I found out about this video through my parents. They told me they had seen it saturday night and I went and dug it up through You tube. You will either laugh or cry because even though so much of it is funny it rings true.

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy


I have never been a fan of vegetables. My dad always had a big garden and I'm sure my parents thought I was adopted because of my eating habits. They had to force me to eat about every vegetable imaginable, my dad specialized in brussel sprouts, yuck!! So when I left for college I felt like I was free to never eat vegetables again. I love fruit so I ate lots of that. I actually had guys that I dated try to get me to eat salad. I would just look at them like they were crazy because there was no one who was going to make me eat vegetables again if I didn't want to. Now when I was pregnant and nursing I ate veggies for the benefit of my kids but after I was done I reverted to my old ways.

When I went to the gym to lose my last couple of pounds of baby fat I was ecstatic to learn that I could control my calories without forcing myself to eat lots of vegetables. So I finally stopped feeling guilty about it and ate fruit. Now between ecoli issues and the following article by Jay Leno I feel vindicated. He hasn't eaten a vegetable since before I was born :-).


Here is an excerpt from the article:
Why Jay’s sticking to pizza

I’m a meat, chicken, potatoes, pasta kind of guy. I eat a lot of junk food like pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs. When I have a soda, I have a soda—not a diet soda. I don’t think I’ve ever had a salad, actually. And I don’t think I’ve had a vegetable since 1969. My mother gave up on trying to make me eat them.

I was stuck between two worlds growing up: My family was half-Scotch and half-Italian. Dinner with the Italian side would be meatballs, pizza, lasagna and a cannoli for dessert. And when I would go to my Scottish aunt’s house, she would give me a stale scone and a warm glass of Coca-Cola. And at my house, my mom would pour milk in a pitcher and pour it back in the carton afterward. God forbid you ever put the carton on the table.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Tribute to the Veterans & the Psalms


Last year on Veteran's Day I linked to this video but this year I wanted to actually post it on my blog since I know how to do that now. Literally everytime I watch it I tear up. I found this over at Rachel's blog.

Bloviating Zeppelin has some really neat posts up at his blog. There are 3 different posts talking about his father, grandfather and great-grandfather who all served in the military during wars. He has some great photographs and it is very touching.

Lone Pony has a neat post on adopting soldiers to make sure no soldier feels unloved or unsupported.

Also, Check out Wordsmith's awesome Veteran's Day post.

And I would just like to say I am thankful to each and every soldier who has sacrificed and put their lives on the line for my freedom. There is no way to express my gratefulness and appreciation. May God bless each and every one of our men and women that are serving right now and/or have served in the past.


As some of you may have noticed I deleted my spiritual blog. I just didn't have time to keep up with it. I'm hoping that occasionally on sundays I can do some kind of short, encouraging devotional to give people a lift for their coming week.

This week my thoughts turned toward the Book of Psalms. I can't begin to tell you how much I love the Psalms. During my highschool and college years I struggled a lot with anxiety, fear, guilt and condemnation. I found a lot of refuge in the Book of Psalms. I still use my college Bible because its special to me and a lot of the Psalms are highlighted and it encourages and comforts me to see it.

If you are ever struggling the Book of Psalms is a great place to go. I have numerous favorites that make them hard to list but some would be Psalms 34, 91, 103 & 121. I always remember a card that my dad sent to me while I was at college that had Psalm 121 on it. I memorized it and it brought me a lot of consolation. I am going to post the words in the hope that it will encourage even one person today.

PSALM 121
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From whence shall my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.

The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.

The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Good News & Things I'm Thankful For...

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

1) Our Veterans!! Unlike John Kerry I am beyond grateful to all the men and women who put their lives on the line for my freedom!!


2) President George W. Bush is still President for 2 more years!!

3) Michael Steele may be the new chairman of the RNC.


4) Ann Coulter makes some really good points as always in her recent column. Here is an excerpt:
"So the left won the House and also Nicaragua. They've had a good week. At least they don't have their finger on the atom bomb yet.

Democrats support surrender in Iraq, higher taxes and the impeachment of President Bush. They just won an election by pretending to be against all three.

But according to the media, this week's election results are a mandate for pulling out of Iraq (except in Connecticut where pro-war Joe Lieberman walloped anti-war "Ned the Red" Lamont).

In fact, if the Democrats' pathetic gains in a sixth-year election are a statement about the war in Iraq, Americans must love the war! As Roll Call put it back when Clinton was president: "Simply put, the party controlling the White House nearly always loses House seats in midterm elections" — especially in the sixth year.

In Franklin D. Roosevelt's sixth year in 1938, Democrats lost 71 seats in the House and six in the Senate.

In Dwight Eisenhower's sixth year in 1958, Republicans lost 47 House seats, 13 in the Senate.

In John F. Kennedy/Lyndon Johnson's sixth year, Democrats lost 47 seats in the House and three in the Senate.

In Richard Nixon/Gerald Ford's sixth year in office in 1974, Republicans lost 43 House seats and three Senate seats.

Even America's greatest president, Ronald Reagan, lost five House seats and eight Senate seats in his sixth year in office.

But in the middle of what the media tell us is a massively unpopular war, the Democrats picked up about 30 House seats and five to six Senate seats in a sixth-year election, with lots of seats still too close to call. Only for half-brights with absolutely no concept of yesterday is this a "tsunami" — as MSNBC calls it — rather than the death throes of a dying party.

During eight years of Clinton — the man Democrats tell us was the greatest campaigner ever, a political genius, a heartthrob, Elvis! — Republicans picked up a total of 49 House seats and nine Senate seats in two midterm elections. Also, when Clinton won the presidency in 1992, his party actually lost 10 seats in the House — only the second time in the 20th century that a party won the White House but lost seats in the House.

Meanwhile, the Democrats' epic victory this week, about which songs will be sung for generations, means that in two midterm elections Democrats were only able to pick up about 30 seats in the House and four seats in the Senate — and that's assuming they pick up every seat that is currently too close to call. (The Democrats' total gain is less than this week's gain because Bush won six House and two Senate seats in the first midterm election.)

So however you cut it, this midterm proves that the Iraq war is at least more popular than Bill Clinton was."
When you consider the fact that popular president Franklin D. Roosevelt lost more seats in congress during his sixth year than Bush did I think we can all agree this is more about the normal ebb and flow of politics than anything else. I knew this was the case going into the elections I was just hoping to beat the odds.

5) Marriage Amendments passed in Wisconsin, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia on election day. And the only reason it didn't pass in Arizona is because they basically already had the protections they needed in their constitution.

6) All of you!! I can't tell you how thank-ful I am for all of the friends I have made this past year while blogging. You have been a source of knowledge, humor and encouragement to me. And during this rough time it is nice to know others can relate and empathize.

7) My family & friends!! My husband had the kids put all of the Christmas decorations up while I was gone all election day and night. I came home to a decorated house and it was a nice sight. Also, my adorable 6 yr. old asked me why I was sad on wednesday. He said, "Is it because Claire McCaskill won?" I can't even begin to tell you how cute it was hearing his little voice say that. I didn't even know that he knew her name. It was beyond cute and then he gave me a big hug!!

My friends were wonderful too. They made sure I had support on election day and then they all called me the next day to see how I was doing.

8) Stand!! This is one of Rascal Flatt's songs on their newest CD. I was listening to it on the way home election night. This is our mantra, we've been kicked in the gut but now its time to get up and stand!! It is beyond encouraging, here are some of the words:
You feel like a candle in a hurricane
Just like a picture with a broken frame
Alone and helpless like you’ve lost your fight
But you’ll be alright, you’ll be alright

Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you’re made of
You might bend ‘til you break
Cause it’s all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you stand, then you stand


Life’s like a novel with the end ripped out
The edge of canyon with only one way down
Take what you’re given before it’s gone
And start holdin’ on, keep holdin’ on

Every time you get up and get back in the race
One more small piece of you starts to fall into place – yeah


9) And finally I'm thank-ful for humor. What the Democrats are really saying!! I especially liked the ones with Bill & Hillary Clinton!

Friday, November 10, 2006

People I'm not happy with...

Toon Credit: Calvin & Hobbes

As I watched all the political pundits spout their opinions on election night and the day after I found myself talking back to the Tv. So as a therapeutic way of venting I will list all the people who ticked me off :-). Again Wyatt does this every friday under his title of People I Hate. I usually agree with his choices except for the week when he risked bodily harm from me by listing Sean Hannity.

Bill Kristol--The night before the elections he looked like he was completely demoralized and he predicted that Republicans would lose 40 house seats. I was so mad at him for being so pessimistic the night before the election when our side needed to be energized. He also seemed more concerned with getting his predictions right and being the smartest person in the room rather than being optimistic for our side. Then on election night he almost seemed to be happy that his predictions had come true and he didn't seem the least bit upset while announcing that Rumsfeld would be resigning soon.

Bill Kristol is one of those people who I love about 60% of the time and the other 40% of the time he is ticking me off like when he supported McCain over W.

Gloating Liberals (especially those in the Drive By Media)--You wouldn't believe how happy the local ABC guy looked when the numbers came in that showed Claire McCaskill had beat Talent in Kansas City and that the numbers were big in her favor. Ugh...

"Michael Savage" conservatives--These are the people who call themselves conservatives but have no problem bashing the President, Rumsfeld and our own side on a consistent basis.

John McCain--To add insult to injury yesterday on Fox News they were predicting that John McCain was the front runner for the Republican nomination for 2008. I don't get this. EVERYONE I know who is a Republican despises this man, how can he have a prayer? This past weekend when I was in Republican headquarters one of the ladies said that she had been asked to work on his campaign and she just laughed at them. And I have spent countless hours on Bush's & Talent's campaigns and I would not lift one finger to get McCain elected so tell me how he gets anywhere with no support.

Alan Colmes--Normally Alan Colmes is a somewhat rational guy for being a liberal. But lately he seems to have gotten worse and more irrational. I couldn't believe how he insisted on carrying the water for Jon Kerry. What Kerry did was unspinnable and yet Colmes looked ridiculous trying and he didn't give up.

Then tonight he was badgering Mary Matalin to give him a list of what the Republicans did wrong. She was awesome!! She responded by saying, "Are you listening to me? You are reminding me of my husband." It was hilarious!!

Governor Mitt Romney & the Massachusetts Legislature--Yesterday I told you about the Marriage Amendment that they are trying to get on the ballot in Massachusetts. My contact, who is a key player in the marriage effort and who is very involved in Massachusetts politics, is very upset tonight.

A quick recap: Throughout 2006 Massachusetts voters worked to gather signatures on a petition to re-address the issue of gay marriages in Massachusetts. This petition is not attempting to make gay marriage illegal – it’s simply asking for the question to be put on the November 2008 ballot so that citizens can make the decision. The Massachusetts legislature is required to vote on all petitions that have the required number of signatures. The petition had three times the required amount of signatures. However, the legislature refused to vote on this when it was first scheduled in July 2006 and delayed it till today.

Fast forward to today when the state legislature pulled the same stunt. They have now recessed until January 2nd, which is the last day of the session. If this petition is not voted on by January 2nd, the petition essentially “expires.” It is blatantly obvious that come January 2nd the issue is going to be ignored again, which means that this massive campaign expressing the will of over 170,000 citizens will have been killed.

Gov. Mitt Romney has been a wimp on this issue. In 2004 there were legal steps he could have taken, as a later court ruling proved, which would have prevented gay marriage from becoming legal. However he wasn’t sure what he was allowed to do at the time, and so rather than take any risks, he did nothing. He could have at least spoken up against it – protested it – but he didn’t. In fact, according to my MA friend, until he began working towards gaining national recognition with an eye toward the White House in 2008, Romney refused to say much of anything about this issue. Even today he failed to make a stink about this absolutely shady (if not illegal) behavior by the state legislature. Romney has obviously proven himself to be no friend to Evangelical causes. He is more interested in consulting with countless advisors (sound like Clinton to anyone?) than sticking his neck out. He seems to have no moral courage whatsoever.

Now it looks like all the hard work of thousands of volunteers is down the drain and this issue may never make it to the ballot.

And for those of you wondering what this has to do with the rest of us, remember – as the Northeast goes, so goes the rest of the nation eventually.

Tomorrow I will be back to my optimistic self and will be looking at the good news and all the good things we have to be thankful for. Maybe a People I am happy with...:-)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

My 2 Cents


I got a wonderful diversion from politics last night because there was an AWESOME episode of Lost on. As you all know I'm a huge Sawyer fan and they finally had Sawyer and Kate get together last night. It was so good that I called my friend who is a fellow Lost fan and said "There is a God and He loves me!" Quoting Kurt Russell's character on Overboard ;-).

Back to politics I have been having a lot of thoughts about everything that was said yesterday in response to how the elections went. First of all Open Source decided to have me back on the radio show instead of just reading my responses. You can go here to hear the show. I was only on for about 10 minutes but I got a chance to present a lone conservative take on the elections. I think there was an audible gasp when I said I was one of 30% who still loved George W. Bush and I'm sure someone fainted when I said I loved Rumsfeld and was sad to see him go. There were several liberals on but one was extremely far to the left and condescendingly referred to me after I was off the show as an anti-science, pro-God kook. I guess I will take that as a badge of honor coming from someone who sounded like Al Franken.

I am sick of hearing even good people saying that the Republicans deserved this on tuesday. Did DeWine, Chafee and Tom Kean deserve to bite the dust? Yes, they did but Talent, Santorum and Steele didn't deserve to lose. I feel like the "Michael Savages" of our party wanted to punish everyone for the sins of the liberal/moderate Republicans who gummed up the works on different issues. Was the Republican party perfect? No, it wasn't but until we weed the Specters and the McCains out we are going to have roadblocks. It doesn't help our cause to throw good conservatives overboard only to be replaced by liberals.

My list of people that I am highly irritated with is growing so I'm going to have to do a post similar to Wyatt's "People I Hate" posts but with a kinder, gentler title :-). Stay tuned for that tomorrow.

Also, I have a political contact in Massachusetts who has been deeply involved in their Marriage movement there. Today is a big day for them to try and get a Marriage Amendment on their ballot but the Speaker of the House is trying to thwart their efforts. I may be reporting some breaking news later today as I find out what takes place. There may be some big things happening. Here is an excerpt from their website on what has taken place so far:
"VoteOnMarriage.org -- the campaign to allow voters to decide on the definition of marriage in Massachusetts -- collected a record-breaking 170,000 signatures, the greatest number ever in Massachusetts history. This remarkable and historic response clearly shouted, "Let the People Vote!" Our volunteer grassroots army includes more than 1,200 diverse houses of worship and thousands of volunteers in virtually every city and town in the Commonwealth.

Having collected nearly three times the required signatures needed for certification by the Secretary of State, the Protection of Marriage Amendment now awaits a vote by the Massachusetts Legislature. A joint session of both the House and Senate was to meet as a Constitution Convention on July 12, 2006, but Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi successfully orchestrated a postponement until after the November elections on November 9.

This should come as no surprise as Speaker DiMasi was quoted by State House News Service last year urging lawmakers to make sure gay marriage "never, ever appears as a question on the ballot." This hijacking of the democratic process-in which 99 other legislators joined with Speaker DiMasi-was outrageous, and was condemned by the editorial pages of most of the major newspapers in the Commonwealth.

While the Constitutional Convention was a disappointment, the development was not all negative. Ninety-one legislators voted against recessing the joint session, demonstrating their support for continuing debate and taking a vote on the people's amendment. Furthermore, Senate President Robert Travaglini promised before the last Constitutional Convention that every item on the calendar-of which the Marriage Amendment is #20-will be voted on. We have every reason to believe that a vote on the People's Amendment will take place on Nov. 9.

If approved by 50 legislators this year and again next year, the Marriage Amendment will appear on the November 2008 ballot for a statewide vote."

The Aftermath


Well, it seemed the night from hell continued yesterday morning. Since I didn't go to bed till insanely late I didn't know about Rumsfeld resigning until a friend called me. I must admit the tears flowed freely. I make no apologies for the fact that I love Donald Rumsfeld and was sad to see him go. And unfortunately I haven't heard good things about his replacement so for the most part I do not see this as a good thing. I thought Bush made some great points about Rumsfeld and I also loved Rumsfeld's parting words. Of course, genius that he is he quoted Winston Churchill. I think that was clever on several fronts because Churchill was not appreciated until many years later. He saved England from the Nazis and his reward was being voted out of office. Rumsfeld helped remove 2 terrorist regimes and he gets nothing but criticism. Here are some excerpts from both Bush & Rumsfeld.

Bush:
"Bob follows in the footsteps of one of America's most skilled and capable national security leaders, Donald Rumsfeld. Don is the longest-serving member of my Cabinet, and next month he will reach another milestone when he becomes the longest-serving Secretary of Defense in the history of our nation. I appreciate his willingness to continue serving until his successor is in place, because in a time of war, our nation cannot be without a strong and steady hand leading our Department of Defense.

Don has served in times of great consequence for our nation. Few will forget the image of Don Rumsfeld as he helped rescue workers carry the victims from the rubble of the Pentagon on September the 11th, 2001. In the weeks that followed, he directed the effort to plan our nation's military response to an unprecedented attack on our soil. Under his leadership, U.S. and coalition forces launched one of the most innovative military campaigns in the history of modern warfare, driving the Taliban and its al Qaeda allies from power in a matter of weeks.

In 2003, on my orders, he led the planning and execution of another historic military campaign, Operation Iraqi Freedom, that drove Saddam Hussein from power and helped the Iraqi people establish a constitutional democracy in the heart of the Middle East. History will record that on Don Rumsfeld's watch, the men and women of our military overthrew two terrorist regimes, liberated some 50 million people, brought justice to the terrorist Zarqawi and scores of senior al Qaeda operatives, and helped stop new terrorist attacks on our people.

America is safer and the world is more secure because of the service and the leadership of Donald Rumsfeld. As he led the Pentagon in an unprecedented war, Don never took his eye off another vital responsibility, preparing America for the threats that await us as this new century unfolds. He developed a new defense strategy. He established a new Northern Command to protect the homeland, a new Joint Forces Command to focus on transformation, a new Strategic Command to defend against long-range attack, and transformed the U.S. Special Operations Command for the war on terror.

He led our efforts to create a new NATO Response Force that allows NATO to deploy rapidly anywhere in the world. He undertook the most sweeping transformation of America's global force posture since the end of World War II. He revitalized America's efforts to develop and deploy ballistic missile defenses, and led a comprehensive review of America's nuclear forces that has allowed us to undertake dramatic reductions in offensive nuclear weapons.

Don's work in these areas did not often make the headlines. But the reforms that he has set in motion are historic, and they will enhance the security of the American people for decades to come.

Over the past six years, I've relied on Don Rumsfeld's advice and counsel. I've come to know his character and his integrity. As the Secretary of Defense, he has been dedicated to his mission, loyal to his President, and devoted to the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces.

Don once famously said, "There are known knowns; there are known unknowns; and there are unknown unknowns." Well, Mr. Secretary, here is a known known: Your service has made America stronger, and made America a safer nation. You will be missed, and I wish you and Joyce all the best in the years to come."

Rumsfeld:
"Mr. President, thank you for your kind words, and the wholly unexpected opportunity you provided me to serve in the Department of Defense again these past years -- six years. It's been quite a time. It recalls to mind the statement by Winston Churchill, something to the effect that "I have benefitted greatly from criticism, and at no time have I suffered a lack thereof." (Laughter.)

The great respect that I have for your leadership, Mr. President, in this little understood, unfamiliar war, the first war of the 21st century -- it is not well-known, it was not well-understood, it is complex for people to comprehend. And I know, with certainty, that over time the contributions you've made will be recorded by history.

I must say that it's been the highest honor of my life to serve with the talented men and women of the Department of Defense, the amazing men and women -- young men and women in uniform. It's a privilege. And their patriotism, their professionalism, their dedication is truly an inspiration. They have my respect; they will remain in my prayers always."