Sunday, December 31, 2006

We Are Marshall


I have some fun New Year's posts that I want to do tomorrow and later this week but first I had to post about this AWESOME movie I saw today. I cannot say enough good things about it. We Are Marshall is based on a true story and is incredibly moving.


A small college town in West Virginia loses almost their entire football team and many other members of their town in a plane crash. This picture is of the real football team in 1970.


Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox star in it and they both did an incredible job. It cracked me up because I'm used to seeing McConaughey as the good-looking bachelor in most of his movies and he played such a different character this time. He had this horrible 70's hairstyle and wore these wretched plaid suits and yet he did such a good job as the coach that he was playing. I cried through most of the movie because it was so moving and inspirational.


It was also neat because it takes place in West Virginia in the 70's and I actually lived in a small town in West Virginia in the 70's so that was kind of cool.


At the end of the movie they showed a lot of pictures of the real people that the movie was about. I always love it when they do that and this is a picture of Fox & McConaughey with their real life counterparts.


Matthew Fox talking about his thoughts about doing the movie and getting to know the real life Coach Red Dawson that he plays in the movie.

LMC gives the movie two thumbs up and I highly recommend you see it. It is also rated PG so it is a great family friendly movie.

Wonderful review by Michael McBride

Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Butcher of Baghdad has been executed


This is an important day in history!! A mass murderer who had no qualms even killing people in his own family has met his Maker. Justice has been served.

Father and child gassed in Halabja
Photo Hat tip:
Mike's America

Lest we forget the horrors he inflicted upon thousands and thousands of innocent men, women and children this picture is just a small reminder. This evil man's reign of terror would have continued with his even more pathological sons, Uday and Qusay had it not been for President Bush and our brave U.S. troops.

I watched several A&E biographies on Saddam Hussein and his sons and I was horrified at what I saw. When his sons were very young they were forced to watch the torture and murder of fellow human beings and even ordered to commit murder or be killed themselves. Uday breeded terror among the women at the University of Baghdad where he would pick out the most beautiful women, rape them and then kill them. Qusay was just as brutal and Saddam had succeeded in turning his sons into monsters. Here is an excerpt from a short piece on Saddam's sons:
OUTLANDISH DEPRAVITY
"The stories told about Saddam’s sons, related to NEWSWEEK by several Iraqi exiles, seem almost too grotesque to be true. Some are probably exaggerated, but not by much, according to a senior administration official who has access to CIA files on Saddam’s sons. More is known about Uday, but only because he was outlandish in his depravity. Qusay is “in the shadows,” says this source. “We don’t know much.” But U.S. intelligence believes that Qusay is Saddam’s true heir apparent, for the simple reason that he controls the security that keeps his father in power and alive. Given their family history, it is remarkable that his two sons have not killed each other (though they may have tried).

Both men (Uday is 38, Qusay 36) were born and bred to violence of the most lurid kind. As infants, they were supposedly given disarmed grenades as toys. More reliably, they were said to accompany their father on outings to the torture chamber. What did they see? The methods used by the ruling Baath Party have never been subtle. When the Army briefly drove out the Baathists in the early 1960s, it discovered a chamber of horrors where Saddam worked as an officer. In the cellars of Qasr-al—Nihayyah (“the Palace of the End,” so-called because King Faisal II was murdered there in 1958), the Army found “electric wires with pincers, pointed iron stakes on which prisoners were made to sit, and a machine which still bore traces of chopped-off fingers,” according to one account based on official sources.

Saddam has always believed in the symbolic power of mutilation. “Under torture, the high and mighty are quite literally exposed as being made of the same stuff as everyone else,” writes Kanan Makiya in his study of Saddam’s Iraq, “Republic of Fear.” As Iraqi ruler, Saddam delivered the broken bodies of his victims to their families. He was aiming at the creation of “a new man” in Iraq, just as Hitler and Stalin had tried to do in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. He may well have made his sons into psychopaths."


Not only did Saddam torture and murder thousands of his fellow muslims but he had many ties to terrororism around the world.

Toon Hat Tip: Flopping Aces

It must be mentioned that had it been up to the Liberal Democrats and the Cindy Sheehans of the world Saddam Hussein and his sons would still be alive to continue their reign of terror. Thank God for President Bush and our U.S. troops who have protected the lives of countless innocent men, women and children. Even though we are still unearthing mass graves in Iraq no new ones are being created. Saddam's reign of terror is over!!

Others blogging:
Mike's excellent post: Saddam is executed!
Report: Saddam hanged; Update: Last word — “Muqtada”
Suddam Hussein 'Swinging from a Rope' Execution
"I die a martyr"
Justice Served
Swinging Saddam Watch
Gone!
Together, at Last
Swinging Saddam-Live Thread
Saddam Will Be Dead By Sunday
Butcher of Baghdad is Dead
Saddam is a Done Deal! Yay!
Answering for the wicked he done
Sister Toldjah
No New Year for You-Know-Who

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Projects and Headlines


I'm trying to use this week to get a bunch of projects done at home. I actually sorted through 4 boxes of paper clutter that I had let pile up over the year. I'm still in shock that I got it all done. I'm actually caught up on reading my newspapers as well. I can't tell you how long it has been since I've been able to do either of those things. Yet there is still a bunch of things to be done that I got woefully behind on this hectic year so I'm still plugging away.

That said I haven't been blogging but I thought I'd pop in and mention some headlines. As you can see by the cartoon it looks like Saddam is going to hang. If you have done your homework on Saddam or seen any of the A&E documentaries on him and his sons you will know that justice is being served even if its a little late.


I feel bad but I can't evoke a whole lot of emotion about Gerald Ford passing. I respected him as an American President and I mourn his loss but thats about it. I don't think he did a very good job as president and he never did anything afterwards to help my respect level for him to grow. He was the epitome of compromise and moderation, neither of which I'm a fan of. Although I did love how real Betty Ford was and appreciated her outspokenness even if I didn't agree with her on many issues. Mike gives a nice tribute to Ford and mentions how much Betty was loved.


It is hard to find anyone these days who is a fan of Democrat prosecutor Mike Nifong. I'm not sure who is advising this guy but whoever they are, they aren't too bright. I'm all for pursuing people who actually commit rapes with the harshest penalties possible. In fact I think this country is too soft on rapists. Yet, you don't go after 3 men when you don't have any evidence and drag their reputations through the mud for a whole year. I think this is despicable what has been done to these men and the fact that Nifong is keeping some of these baseless charges is reckless. It concerns me how much power some of these judges and prosecutors have when they become activists who go after politically correct causes and ruin people's lives in the process.


I got this picture in an email recently and it just cracked me up. The line next to it said something like "Don't we all have days where we feel like doing this to someone?" I know I do :-)!!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Smorgasboard


I've been out of the loop for awhile so I thought I'd hit a couple of highlights before wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!!


1) My wonderful Senator Kit Bond is replacing Senator Pat Roberts as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. In the midst of all the bad news for the 110th Congress this was encouraging. Even though Roberts is a Republican I have never been a big fan of his. He is from Kansas and the the KC Star endorsed him in '02. I was surprised until I learned he didn't even have a Democrat opponent. I had to laugh because they will do anything to throw a token endorsement in whenever they can. All of that to say I think Bond will be an awesome asset and improvement over Roberts on this important committee.


2) Those of us on the anti-cloning side aren't giving up the fight after barely losing against Amendment 2. Two Missouri congressman are proposing a new amendment to go on the ballot in 2008 or in a special election. Of course the supporters of Missouri's Amendment 2 are screaming to high heaven, but the reason why this needs to come up for a vote again is because the wording of Amendment 2 was intentionally misleading.

ZUCKER TAKES ON THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP AND JAMES BAKER

3) Appeasement didn't work for Neville Chamberlain and it won't work today. Take the time to watch this excellent video. Hat tip: Mike's America


4) Dennis Miller gives us the straight scoop once again in the link to this video. This time about Obama and the Clintons.


5) Matt is back and he posted this really neat letter that he and others in the military received from Rumsfeld. Have I mentioned how much I love this man?


6) A Winter Calvin & Hobbes. This one cracked me up because it reminds me of something that would happen at our house. Click on it to make it easier to read.


Well, I want to truly wish each and everyone of you a very, Merry Christmas!! I appreciate you all and am thankful for each one of you, even my resident liberals :-). We are very blessed in this country and I hope we can each be thank-ful for our many blessings. May God bless each and every one of our troops this Christmas and encourage them while they are away from their loved ones.


Saturday, December 23, 2006

Dreams for Christmas


I heard this song recently and didn't know who sang it or what the name of it was. I was at RT's blog and she had this great post that I loved. She included a link to this song. I found a way to put it on my blog and I snagged it. It is such an encouraging song and since I've been a little down lately it was a huge lift for me.

May you be inspired and encouraged to seek God's strength to follow your dreams.

Here are the words to the song. Play the video and sing along, it is beautiful.

Anyway by Martina McBride

"You can spend your whole life building
Something from nothin'
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway

You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might never come your way
Dream it anyway

God is great
But sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway

This world's gone crazy
It's hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway

You can love someone with all your heart
For all the right reasons
In a moment they can choose to walk away
Love 'em anyway

God is great
But sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway

You can pour your soul out singing
A song you believe in
That tomorrow they'll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway
Yea - sing it anyway

I sing
I love
Anyway"

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Birthday to Harley & My Little Brother


My daughter Harley actually turned 9 on the 12th but today is her Birthday party. We are having an American Girls' Christmas Party at my house and then I am taking Harley and 4 of her friends to Build a Bear. My baby brother also turned 30 this month on the 14th. So I'm wishing him a belated Happy Birthday as well.



I apologize for not posting or visiting much lately. I've been busy making these Christmas wreaths and Peanut Butter cookies with Hershey kisses in them. I've also been trying to get Christmas cards out and make my house look presentable and get laundry done. Right now I have an hour before everyone arrives at my house and I have laundry all over my house and my house looks scary so I've got to get my act together. I hope everyone is enjoying the craziness of Holiday preparations as well :-)!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Honesty, Optimism & Encouragement


Okay, so this picture describes how I've felt lately :)!! Christmastime is supposed to be this wonderful time of year and in a lot of ways it is. Yet I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious and depressed.


I'm a sanguine so I can never stay down for long but I get in these short ruts where it just seems like there is too much to do and not enough things going right and life just sucks. Thats where I'm at today. So I decided before tackling my overwhelming list of projects I'd better sit down and fill up my empty cup by spending some time with God. Max Lucado's devotional had a bunch of encouraging stuff that I thought would be fun to share. This first one I need to remind myself of everyday. He talks about how kids never want to go to bed and then can't wait to wake up.


Here is an excerpt:
A Well of Optimism
"Oh, for the attitude of a five-year-old! That simple uncluttered passion for living that can't wait for tomorrow. A philosophy of life that reads, 'Play hard, laugh hard, and leave the worries to your father.' A bottomless well of optimism flooded by a perpetual spring of faith. Is it any wonder Jesus said we must have the heart of a child before we can enter the kingdom of heaven?"
I think we can apply that quote to our adult lives by just adding two words: "Work hard, play hard, laugh hard, and leave the worries to your Father."


The other devotionals talked about how God is with us, He loves us no matter what we do and that we need to leave our worries with Jesus on the cross. They were all awesome reminders and the last one was really cool because it reminded me so much of my flawed heroes post. Here is an excerpt:
God Uses People
"Would you choose a wanted murderer to lead a nation out of bondage? Would you call upon a fugitive to carry the Ten Commandments? God did.

The reassuring lesson is clear. God used (and uses!) people to change the world. People! Not saints or superhumans or genuises, but people. Crooks, creeps, lovers, and liars--he uses them all. And what they may lack in perfection, God makes up for in love."
So my encouragement for the day is to, 1)"Work hard, play hard, laugh hard, and leave the worries to your Father." 2) Remember that God uses us to change the world despite our imperfections.

UPDATE:

My friend read this post and sent me this Hallmark e-card. It is hilarious. Check it out, it will make your day :-)!!!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Flawed Heroes


I used to be extremely idealistic and perfectionistic and in some ways I still am. But realizing people's imperfections and humanness can be a breath of fresh air. It doesn't have to be a cause to become negative and bitter because no one is perfect besides God himself. We don't have to give up on heroes just because none of them live up to our expectations 100% of the time.

When I used to strive for perfection I was too hard on myself and others and Daniel was my Biblical hero. You read the book of Daniel and I don't think there is a record of anything he did wrong. He obviously sinned but for whatever reason none of them ever got recorded. Oh, that the rest of us could be so lucky :-). Yet, as I worked through my own imperfections and learned how to give myself and others a break my Biblical hero changed. I found myself identifying more with David or perhaps Rahab or another person who had faith and was praised by God but had obvious flaws. You don't condone the sin but you are also realistic about the fact that we are all just human.

I say all of this to explain my admiration for different people who have imperfections but also have done a lot of good that can't be overlooked because of their humanness. The first time I came to terms with this was with Michael Landon. I have seen almost every episode of Little House on the Prairie too many times to count. There is so much about this show that I love and it amplifies everything that is good about family, faith, life and it does it with heart and humor. Anytime life gets difficult I put in an episode of LHOP and everything is right with the world. My mom watched hours of it with me when I was in the beginning stages of labor with one of my sons :-).

Anyway, Landon's character embodies what it looks like to be a wonderful father and husband. Because of this I had a great admiration for him and even though he was acting you could often see his true heart come through in what he said and did. I also saw him in real life interviews and a biography of him showed how he would go to a camp for kids with cancer. Most celebrities would come for a day and get their photo-ops but Landon would go and actually spend the whole week interacting with the kids the entire time. There was something about him that gave you the impression that he was genuine and sincere.

So, it was very difficult when I found out that even though in real life he believed in family and faith he hadn't done a very good job of living it out. I was stunned when I learned that he had been married 3 times. But it was then that I realized that it didn't discount all the good he did. If I had known about the 3 marriages first it may have colored my view of him but I knew about the good first.


As some of you may have suspected this is leading up to my thoughts about Mel Gibson. I see the same qualities in Gibson's movies as I saw in LHOP and I see the same sincerity and heart in Gibson in real life as I saw in Michael Landon. Braveheart and The Patriot portray so much of where my heart is when it comes to passion, fighting for what you believe in, loyalty and never giving up. Gibson poured his heart into Braveheart like Landon did with LHOP and it shows.

I watched Sean Hannity's interview with Gibson last night and saw so much transparency in him and all the qualities that have garnered my respect and admiration for him. He had a sense of humor and seemed very genuine and real. He talked about faith and grace and you saw it in him. He talked about how we all have to be humiliated at times and that it leads to humility. It helps you keep perspective about your small place in this world. We are all human beings and we need a tap on the shoulder when we are getting out of line. He talked about how it is important to turn a negative into something good.

Does the drunken, anti-semitic speech bother me? Am I disappointed that he doesn't like Bush and is against the Iraq War? Yes, to all of those but it doesn't discount the tremendous good he has done with the Passion and all his other endeavors. He is a flawed hero of mine.


My last example would be Rush. This man has done more good for the conservative cause than anyone I know aside from Reagan. I adore the fact that he speaks his mind and doesn't care what anyone thinks or says. He is real and honest and believes in many of the same ideals that we all believe in.

Am I disappointed that he's had 3 failed marriages? Did the drug addiction disappoint me? Yes, but once again his flaws can't possibly discount all the good he's done.

The True Measure of a Man/Woman

All of this causes me to reflect on what is the true measure of a person. It is not whether they lived a perfect life because Jesus Christ is the only one who did that. It is whether they took the good and the bad, the strengths and the weaknesses and grew as a person. It is whether their faith in God has enabled them to bring good out of bad situations. It is whether they lived life with grace and faith and tried to make their corner of the world a little better.

(Sidenote: Many of you may disagree with me on this. You are free to do that and for some it may be because you knew the negatives about these people before the good. There are probably some people that had I known their strengths before their weaknesses I might view them differently. Such is life. But this post reflects my heart and is sincere and genuine.)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

More Movie Stuff


There are a couple of movies that have come out this year that I want to see but haven't gotten a chance to yet. I admit that even though I am a big Gibson fan it was hard to think about going to see one of his movies since his incident. But Sean Hannity got to see his newest movie Apocalypto and said it was very good and very moving. That describes a lot of Gibson's movies so I wasn't surprised. It made me want to go and see it especially since its about the Maya Kingdom which is an intriguing subject for me. Also, I know this is a little corny but O'Reilly has this body language expert on occasionally who analyzes people's body language. O'Reilly had her observe Gibson on Leno's show and she said that his body language conveyed a real remorse about what had happened.

I also wanted to see Flags of our Fathers awhile back but never made it to the movie theater. Another one that is out right now that looks good is Bobby which is about Robert F. Kennedy. I'm in desperate need of a movie night but no time right now.


I watched End of the Spear last night and was pretty impressed. I am actually pretty familiar with this story about the 5 missionaries that were killed by tribal people but never knew the details. Elisabeth Elliott is a famous speaker and writer and she was one of the widows of the missionaries. I'm not a big fan of hers since she is a little on the legalistic side but never understood how some of the widows and children went back in to minister to the very people who killed their husbands. When you watch the movie it all makes sense. It is still pretty remarkable and it is a true picture of Christians showing the unconditional love of Christ to the lost. It is a movie well worth seeing.


Joia reminded me that I forgot to mention Clueless in my movie reviews. She lent it to me so I forgot since it wasn't on my Netflix list. This is a total gem of a movie. I was always turned off by it because it just seemed like an airhead, teenage movie to me but its actually very fun. First of all it is a modern version of Jane Austen's book Emma so that makes it neat. Also, I was so excited to see the name of one of the main characters. Alicia Silverstone is the main character whose name is Cher but her best friend is Dionne and they are both named after has been singers. This was so awesome to me because I have literally never seen a movie with a character in it with my name but also for her to be named after the same singer was very cool.

DVD Warning:

Just to save some people some stress I felt I needed to issue this warning. The two big DVD renters that send movies through the mail for a monthly fee are Netflix and Blockbuster. These are awesome services because you get unlimited movies for one low price. My warning comes in that there is a big difference in the customer service of Netflix versus Blockbuster. I started out with Blockbuster and had numerous problems. A friend and I both got frustrated and switched to Netflix. I have used Netflix for about 8 months and have never had any problems. Recently Blockbuster is trying to lure people to them with their option of enabling you to return DVDs that you get through the mail at the store and immediately get a new movie. I thought this would be a nice feature and so decided to give them another try. After going through the hassle of switching back to them I immediately encountered problems. Within one day I had 3 different issues with them. I decided it wasn't worth it and switched back to Netflix immediately. Bottom line, go with Netflix and save yourself a lot of stress.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Rumsfeld & Hannity Visit Iraq


Two of my favorite men visited the troops in Iraq this past weekend. Take the time to watch both of the videos I link to below.

Rumsfeld's Farewell Tour

Talkin' with the Troops

Movie Reviews


Patrick had a great idea where he looked at all the movies he had gotten through Netflix this past year and gave mini-reviews on what he thought of all of them. I thought that sounded like a fun idea so I'm doing the same although I'm categorizing them a little differently and I'm not listing every single movie. Of the ones I can remember I'll list the movies I saw in the theater.

Netflix Movies

These are the movies/TV series that I loved:

LOST--Seasons 1 & 2--shocking to all of you I'm sure

The Outsider--I loved this movie, bought it and have watched it several times

Iron Jawed Angels--I did a whole post on this

The Inheritance--based on Louisa May Alcott's book

Reality Bites--I had seen this before but I liked it much better the 2nd time.

American Outlaws--my favorite Colin Farrell movie

Dreamer--inspirational movie with Kurt Russell & Elisabeth Shue

Tears of the Sun

Movies I liked:

She's the Man

Save the Last Dance 2--This wasn't bad but wasn't near as good as the first one which I love.

Drive Me Crazy

Last Holiday

Eyes of a Stranger

Just Like Heaven--Reese Witherspoon

Cinderella Man--I liked this more than I expected too

Miss Congeniality 2--Not as good as the 1st one but cute

These movies I thought I would really like but they were a big disappointment:

Young Guns 1 & 2--Kiefer Sutherland is awful in these. I don't think I ever liked him in anything until 24. Its almost like he's a different person in 24. He is one of those actors like George Clooney who looks and acts better in his 40's than he did in his 20's.

The Sentinel--A recent Kiefer Sutherland movie that I thought would be good but was just kind of a flop.

The New World--Huge Disappointment

La Femme Nikita (the series)--I was told this was similar to Alias. I love Alias but Nikita is nothing like Alias in terms of its appeal. They have similar story lines but I love Alias and despised Nikita.

Tristan & Isolde

Casanova

Movies I just didn't like:

Tigerland

The Recruit

Hart's War--This had Bruce Willis & Colin Farrell in it and was a war movie but it still didn't cut it for me.

Hostage

To end all Wars

Rumor has it

Movies I saw at the Theater that I loved:

World Trade Center

United 93

Annapolis

Failure to Launch

Movies I saw with my kids at the Theater:

Superman Returns--I got to see it in 3D with my boys. A friend had told me it was really good so I had high expectations and ended up not even liking it.

The Devil Wears Prada--I saw this with my girls and it was pretty good.

Santa Clause 3--I saw this with all my kids. It was good but not as good as 1 & 2.

Yours, Mine and Ours--Cute movie

Monday, December 11, 2006

Kofi Annan Speaks in KC

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

When I read this in the paper yesterday I thought I was going to be sick. Kofi Annan is going to make his last major speech as secretary-general here in Kansas City today. It is going to be at the Truman museum. I've been to this museum many times and there are a lot of things I love about Truman but his role in the founding of the United Nations is not one of them.

While there Annan is going to sit down and do an interview with Mike Wallace for "60 Minutes". Since "60 Minutes" never does any pro-American shows we can only imagine what this one will be like. RINO extraordinaire Senator Chuck Hagel is attending and will be introducing Annan. In otherwords its going to be a liberal love fest here today.

It is enough to test my gag reflexes. This man has done nothing to aid the people who desperately needed the UN's help in Rwanda and Darfur. He presided over the UN during the Oil for Food scandal which his son was directly involved in. The UN has become one of the most corrupt and worthless organizations and Kofi Annan is a huge part of that. Yet we have people here in KC saying that "Kofi Annan has inspired people all over the world..." Inspired people to do what?

The KC Star did briefly mention among all the "excitement" here in KC about his coming that there might be some protestors. Ya think?

Update:
I found this article (which I link to below) where it describes the fact that Annan plans on bashing Bush in his speech. What a shocker!!

Kofi Annan to Deliver Harsh Criticism of Bush in Speech

Friday, December 08, 2006

The Iraq Surrender Group


"Consensus is the absence of leadership. To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies. So it's something in which no one believes and to which no one objects."--Margaret Thatcher

President Bush's response to a BBC reporter's question regarding the Iraq Study (aka surrender) group:
"Make no mistake about it. I understand how tough it is, sir. I understand there's sectarian violence. I also understand that we're hunting down Al-Qaeda on a regular basis, and we're bringing 'em to justice. I understand how hard our troops are working. I know how brave the men and women who wear the uniform are and therefore they'll have the full support of this government. I understand what long deployments mean to wives and husbands and mothers and fathers, particularly as we come into a holiday season. I understand. And I have made it abundantly clear how tough it is. I also believe we're going to succeed, not only do I know how important it is to prevail, I believe we will prevail. I also want the American people to understand that if we were to fail -- and one way to assure failure is just to quit, is not to adjust and say it's just not worth it. If we were to fail, that failed policy will come to hurt generations of Americans in the future.

I believe when an ideological struggle between forces that are reasonable and want to live in peace and radicals and extremists, and when you throw into the mix a radical Shi'a and radical Sunni trying to gain power and topple modern governments with energy which they could use to blackmail Great Britain or America or anybody else who doesn't kowtow to them, and a nuclear weapon in the hands of a government that would be using that nuclear weapon to blackmail to achieve political objectives, historians will look back and say, "How come Bush and Blair couldn't see the threat?" That's what they'll be asking. And I want to tell you, I see the threat. And September the 11th should be a wake-up call for the American people to understand what happens if there is violence and safe havens in a part of the world. And what happens is, people can die here at home."

What Senator Joe Lieberman had to say about talking with Iran & Syria:
"I believe that America is a mighty enough nation that we should never fear to talk to anyone. But anyone who believes that Iran and Syria really want to help us to succeed in Iraq, I just is missing the reality. Asking Iran and Syria to help us succeed in Iraq is like your local fire department asking a couple of arsonists to help put out the fire. These people are flaming the fire. They are the extremists. They are supporting terrorists in Iraq, in Lebanon and of course in the Palestinian areas."

It sounds similar to my analogy:
"Its like asking a pimp to help you with the prostitute problem on Portland street. Iran is a huge part of the problem so asking them for help is ludicrous."

Jeff Jacoby had this to say in his column ‘Conversations’ with the enemy:
"As things stand now, however, negotiating with Iran and Syria over the future of Iraq is about as promising a strategy for preventing more bloodshed as negotiating with Adolf Hitler over the future of Czechoslovakia was in 1938. There were eminent "realists" then too, many of whom were gung-ho for cutting a deal with the Fuehrer. As Neville Chamberlain set off on the diplomatic mission that would culminate in Munich, William Shirer recorded in "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," Britain's poet laureate, John Masefield, composed a paean in his honor . When the negotiations were done and Czechoslovakia had been dismembered, the prime minister was hailed as a national hero. The Nobel Committee received not one, not two, but 10 nominations proposing Chamberlain for the 1939 peace prize.

Chamberlain and his admirers had been certain that Munich would bring "peace in our time." Instead it helped pave the way for war.

How many times does the lesson have to be relearned? There is no appeasing the unappeasable. When democracies engage with fanatical tyrants, the world becomes not less dangerous but more so."

In conclusion my only hope is that Bush will continue to stand strong in his stand against the enemy and ignore this insane advice. In reading Jacoby's column it amazed me to learn that King Appeaser Neville Chamberlain received 10 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. I guess things haven't changed all that much. Peace prizes are still given to appeasers like Carter who not only don't bring peace but put our country and the world in further danger. I pray that the American people wake up soon to the real threat we face so we don't wake up to another 9/11 attack or something even worse. Have you forgotten?

Other Sources:
Hat tip for the title, Thatcher quote & the President's quotes: Rush
Bush: 'Tough Assessment' refers to Iraq Report
Anger, Tears and Fears(A Must Read by Robin)
December 7th 1941 A Tragedy That Could Have Been Avoided(An excellent post by Mike on the lessons from Pearl Harbor)
America Wake Up

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Rick Warren's Lapses in Judgment

(Syria's Grand Mufti Sheik Badr al-Din Hassoun and Rick Warren)

Pastor Rick Warren (author of The Purpose Driven Life) and Pastor of Saddleback Church has come under fire recently for 2 different issues. My gut reaction was these were both red flags to me that something was wrong. Others urged me that we should give him the benefit of the doubt. So I decided to investigate it further and my research has only raised more concerns about him. He seems to be having some serious lapses in judgment.

Issue #1--His trip to Syria

He made a trip to Syria recently and after getting back he came under fire for some of the comments he made over there. His response was that he was being misquoted by the Syrian press. He also said there was no recording of him over there and yet a video that had been played at his church appeared on youtube. When confronted about the video it was quickly removed. It turns out that someone still had the audio and the transcript of his actual words:
"Syria's a place that has Muslims and Christians living together for 1,400 years. So it's a lot more peaceful, honestly, than a lot of other places because Christians were here first.

"In fact, you know Saul of Tarsus – Saul was a Syrian. St. Paul, on the road to Damascus, had his conversion experience and so Christians have been here the longest, and they get along with the Muslims and the Muslims get along with them. There's a lot less tension than in other places.

"It's a moderate country, and the official government rule and position is to not allow any extremism of any kind."
Joseph Farah goes through his statements line by line and shows how factually erroneous his statements are. Here are just 2 paragraphs from Farah's column:
"Less tension? Let me explain how Warren's buddy, dictator Bashar Assad, manages to keep peace and tranquility. Secret police. Wiretapping. Torture. Political prisoners. Death squads."

"In other words, Rick Warren seems to want to be everything to everyone. He seems to want to please the whole world – everyone, that is, except the voiceless victims of tyranny, anti-Christian persecution and anti-Jewish bigotry in Syria."

Here is an excerpt of what Mark D. Tooley had to say in his column Purpose-Driven Terrorism:
"In contrast to the lovefest between Warren and Syrian officials reported by SANA, human rights organizations portray a different "real story" about Syria. This story tells of a nation where only the ruling Baathist Party and its allies are permitted to win elections, where all news media are owned or controlled by the government, where indepedent labor unions are prohibited, where universities must proclaim Baathist Party policies, where clerics are appointed by the government, where the president by law must be Muslim, and where women's limited rights are governed by Islamic Shari'a law, even though the government is ostensibly secular.

Ten percent of Syria's population is Christian, having diminished greatly in recent decades. Compared to Saudi Arabia, where conversion away from Islam is punishable by death, Syria is tolerant. But Syria's constitution stipulates that Islam is the "main source for legislation." Christians cannot preach to non-Christians, and churches, like mosques, are tightly regulated by the government. No construction of a new Christian school has been permitted in 40 years, and all schools by law must have Muslim principals.

Will Warren share this news about Syria with America?

Next year, Warren is scheduled to visit North Korea at the invitation of its despotic Communist regime. It is reasonable to assume that the North Korean state-controlled media will issue reports about Warren's visit there that are remarkably similar to the Syria's dictatorship's boastful coverage of Warren's chit-chat with them.

It is sad story, repeated often. Big-name U.S. preachers, often otherwise sensible and orthodox in their faith, visit despotic regimes and naively curry favor with police state thugs. The preachers supinely believe that their cozy ties with the dictatorship will facilitate greater preaching access to the oppressed populations. But the end result more usually is a propaganda bonanza for the tyrants, and a population that is left to feel forgotten by the outside world.

Fortunately, the Deity whom these preachers proclaim, whatever the failures of His ostensible messengers, has not forgotten the imprisoned and the persecuted. For the oppressed He will contend, even while the celebrity preachers attend to the public relations considerations of the oppressors.
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Issue #2--AIDS Conference Speakers

First of all let me say that I think AIDS ministries especially in Africa are extremely important and a worthy cause. My kids and I pray for missionaries in Malawi and a huge part of their ministry is dealing with the problem of AIDS. I think an AIDS conference on helping the church to deal with this issue is a great idea. I just don't agree with who Warren asked to speak at the conference.

Rick Warren's Church had an AIDS conference this past weekend and Senator Barack Obama was one of the featured speakers. I initially had a bad reaction to this and the more I thought about it the more the reasons multiplied. Here is my list:
1) Barack Obama contrary to the image he portrays is a hard-core liberal who believes in partial birth abortion and has other extreme liberal social views.

2) Obama has a completely different worldview and even though he is concerned about the AIDS problem he would deal with the problem in a much different manner.

3) Obama will likely be the Democrat presidential or vice-presidential nominee in 2008. He will be able to say that he spoke at an Evangelical church of 30,000 thus implying that he is a friend to Evangelicals when that couldn't be further from the truth.
One of my first thoughts was this reminded me of when Bill Hybels asked Bill Clinton to speak at his church's Leadership conference. I had huge issues with that and I have huge issues with this. Kevin McCullough wrote an excellent opinion piece that completely describes where I'm coming from on this issue. He also mentions Hybels and Clinton so we are coming from very similar perspectives. I think he goes a little over the top at times and I didn't like his reference to satan but otherwise I agree with 95% of what he says. Here is an excerpt:
"Even if they share a professed concern over the AIDS pandemic, what difference would Warren and Obama's union actually make?

Sen. Obama does not share with evangelicals a belief in moral absolutes. Right and wrong are terms of humor to Obama. All issues are shades of gray.

So how does Rick Warren believe their efforts can legitimately be joined? And what does he have to give up to do so?

By scriptural standards, Rick Warren is to be bound by the biblical text and its teaching on morality. Obama would pursue and has pursued mass distribution of condoms.

If you say to a society, as Uganda has, that the only way to be sure of not getting AIDS is through "abstinence until marriage," then they will be likely to believe you. (It's scientifically provable. And it explains Uganda's unique improvement on the African continent in the number of people contracting the virus.) On the other hand, if you say to a culture, as has happened in more than one African nation, "Try abstinence – but if you can't remain abstinent then use a condom," what do you think the likely outcome will be?

Warren's reasoning might be similar to other leaders of doctrinally weak seeker churches like Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois. Senior Pastor Bill Hybels first invited an unrepentant then-President Bill Clinton to attend his pastor's conference, and proceeded to pitch him one softball after the next in an interview before the gathered masses. Hybels' idea was to allow Clinton to "teach pastors" ideas about what "true leadership" was all about. (At what? Adultery? Lying under oath? Oral Sex?) Clinton was at least smart enough to be able to play the game a bit and profess certain vagaries about a "life of belief in God." Obama doesn't let such nonsense get in his way.

Barack Obama is likely to run for president in 2008, and speaking from the pulpit of one of America's most well-known evangelical churches is likely to be footage that could be used over and over in trying to dissuade Christians from thinking about moral issues that real Christians truly value."

Warren also had other questionable speakers in attendance and he has had lapses of judgment in the past.

I take no pleasure in being critical of an Evangelical leader but this was something I just couldn't let slide. I was very irritated with those that made excuses for Hybels when he invited Clinton in 2000. I didn't have a blog then and couldn't vent about it but I had to have my say about this. I don't pretend to know what Warren's true motives were for doing either of these things but I have to wonder if the success of his book and his church hasn't gone to his head.

Sources:

Megapastor Rick Warren blasts Iraq war, praises Syria
Purpose-Driven Terrorism
Why is Obama's evil in Rick Warren's pulpit?
Obama, He said what I told you he'd say...
Rick Warren shows Syria video in church
Can Butts, Obama, Dybul and Rick Warren Save the World?
Rick Warren on Syria: 'A moderate country'
Megapastor Warren denies praising Syria

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Hilarious Lost Video & Calvin

Saturday Night Live: Lost Elevator

Matthew Fox from Lost was on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. This clip is a skit he did and it made me laugh out loud. If you are Lost fan you will love it.

Toon Credit: Calvin & Hobbes

Gotta love Calvin!! No time for a real post so some fun stuff for today!!

Also, go congratulate our liberal friend James, he got married this past monday.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Democrats Win, America & The World Loses...


To all of those swing voters and Bush-bashing, Michael Savage conservatives that voted Democrat or just didn't vote here is what you've already accomplished:

1) The resignation of one of the best Secretaries of Defense the U.S. has ever had.

2) Amnesty & Citizenship to illegal immigrants

3) The loss of any hope we had of reforming or getting anything done at the U.N.

As someone who deeply cares about what is going on in Darfur I view this as a tragedy since Bolton was the perfect man for the job at the U.N.. Once again Democrats obstructed Bolton from even getting an up or down vote in the senate. As a result Mike's comments over at his blog about the U.N. are oh, so true:
"The bottom line is that the failure of the UN to live up to it's creed has meant that people continue to die in horrific circumstances all over the world. And there is no political will in this country, or elsewhere, to tackle the problem in an effective manner."

Monday, December 04, 2006

This Week's Awards


Gag Me With a Spoon Award

Its been awhile since I've done some awards so I thought it might be fun to hit some highlights. Its really been a long time since I've given away a Gag Me With a Spoon award so I figure I'm past due. Amazingly I couldn't think of one person in particular that has ticked me off more than another so the award goes as a whole to "Airhead, liberal celebrities". I know that describes most but I'm sure there are some who still have some decency and character left. My problem is I enjoy movies and Tv so it makes it hard for me when they start opening their big, fat mouths.

As I mentioned earlier in the week a lot of them have been suffering from foot in mouth disease. Michael Richards, Danny Devito and then this weekend Gwyneth Paltrow. I hate this because I like Paltrow just like I love Goldie Hawn and Drew Barrymore. Yet, when all 3 of them have opened their mouths they come across as complete airheads. The bottom line is Laura Ingraham had it right in her book, "Shut-up and Sing". These people are good at their jobs which is acting. When it comes to politics and current events they need to SHUT-UP because they don't have a clue what they are talking about.

Hero Award

Dennis Miller wins for being a celebrity with common sense and for being able to mix humor with truth and to be able to do it well!!

Best New blogger Awards

These 2 big time bloggers aren't new to the blog world just new to me. I stumbled across Joel Rosenberg's blog via Suzie and Passionate America via Little Orange Fox. Joel Rosenberg has an excellent post on the Russian poisoning cases and Vladimir Putin. Wild Bill at Passionate America has a really good blog and he has ventured into radio. My desire to want to do radio someday has intrigued me to tune in this week to his show.

Best Post Awards

Becky and Skye outdid themselves this week and win the award of best posts of the week. Skye had her excellent post where she wrote the awesome letter to Hitler Jr. Becky (Lone Pony) did a wonderful review post on the movie Obsession.


Best Movie Award

Two of my friends and I got together for movie night or our "estrogen fest" as my husband calls them. I talked them into watching Iron Jawed Angels with me. This movie so inspires me to get out there and fight for a just cause. We talked about how maybe it is time to really get serious about the pro-life cause. The movement seems to have stagnated and maybe its time that conservative women do something about it.

The pic of the boots are what I call my suffragette boots that I just recently bought. I love them and they remind me of boots that women wore during the 1920's thus they are "suffragette boots".

Best Quote Awards

My quote of the week in the sidebar is one that I had in my quotes post:

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

I also found one of my favorite quotes of all time in Becky's Obsession post:

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." ~Edmund Burke

I have had that quote on an index card somewhere in my house for over 10 years. It is the quote that best sums up my passion and desire to be involved in politics. It sums up my political philosophy!!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Six Imams


I love Dennis Miller!! I may make it a weekly event to link to his real free speech segments that he does every Friday on Hannity and Colmes. Click here to see his latest on the six imams. Dennis Miller isn't politically correct and speaks on just having common sense. What also cracks me up is he comes with up with new nicknames for Hannity & Colmes each week. This time he called them Fred and Barney although they weren't sure who was who.

Ann Coulter also weighs in on her take on the six imams on the plane.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Iran and Hitler Jr.

Toon Credit: Michael Ramirez

It came as no shock to learn that there is smoking gun evidence that Iran is supporting terrorism in Iraq.
"U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories. According to a senior defense official, coalition forces have recently seized Iranian-made weapons and munitions that bear manufacturing dates in 2006.

This suggests, say the sources, that the material is going directly from Iranian factories to Shia militias, rather than taking a roundabout path through the black market. "There is no way this could be done without (Iranian) government approval," says a senior official. "

Toon Credit: Gary Varvel

Perhaps Nancy Pelosi is shocked but for the rest of us who do live in reality we realize what a threat Iran is and the last thing we want is to do is "talk" to them about helping us in Iraq. It is like a bad nightmare that this suggestion has ever even seen the light of day. Its like asking a pimp to help you with the prostitute problem on Portland street. Iran is a huge part of the problem so asking them for help is ludicrous.

Dick Morris points this out in his column entitled, Don't trade Iran for Iraq. Here is an excerpt:
"A consensus seems to be developing that only a "regional solution" embracing Iran and Syria can extract the United States from Iraq without jeopardy to those who have stood with us and without damage to both our reputation and Bush's place in history.

But at what price? Nobody seems willing to say what "engagement" with Iran for a regional solution would entail. We cannot ask Iran's help while we bomb its nuclear reactors or impose tough sanctions on the country.

But we must be sure not to accept the siren song, reportedly being pedaled by former Secretary of State James Baker, that we can have a regional solution by getting our two old friends, Iran and Syria, into the act. That way lies disaster!"

(Sidenote: Speaking of Iran and Syria I was very disappointed to read about Pastor Rick Warren's (author of Purpose Driven Life) recent visit to Syria where he describes Syria as a "moderate country". He is also hosting a conference today where he is having Barack Obama and several other questionable people there. He is starting to concern me.)

In conclusion I'm sure most of you have heard about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's (aka Hitler Jr.) recent letter. Skye came up with a priceless response. Here is her letter:
"Dear hitler jr. Mr. Ahmadinejad,

Allow me to quote from two women of your own culture who posses a deeper understanding of peace and Islam than you will ever know:

Golda Meir:

“We will have peace with Islamofascists when they love their children more than they hate us"

Irshad Manjii

Courage is not about being free of fear, Courage is the recognition that some things are more important than fear. One of the things that's more important than fear, to me, is justice.

Put more simply: Bite Me.

Love and Kisses,
Skye (MidnightBlue)

P.S. God Bless the United States of America - God Bless President George Bush!
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