Wednesday, January 31, 2007

More Bad News for Claire


Antonio French and John Combest are both on top of a recent breaking news story. It seems State Representative John Bowman has been indicted on both bank and credit card fraud charges. What does that have to do with Claire McCaskill? She has some pretty strong connections to John Bowman. Here is an excerpt from an article written in The St. Louis American:
"Following campaign finances is always a lot of fun. Here are some of what shakes out of the McCaskill campaign financials.

In August and September, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee started sending large sums of money into the Missouri Democratic Campaign Committee’s federal campaign account.

Out of the Missouri Democratic State Committee’s federal campaign account,“Bowman’s Consulting” received $10,580 on 9/1/06, and then $6,000 on each date of 9/14, 10/02, 10/16, 10/31 and 11/15; and $10,000 on 11/16.

“Bowman’s Consulting” was filed as a business by state Rep. John L. Bowman with the Missouri Secretary of State on April 7. That is a lot of jack that Bowman raked in to deliver the vote."

Also, according to this article he was running her campaign in the St. Louis area:
"According to Missouri state Rep. John Bowman (D-70), who is coordinating the McCaskill campaign for the St. Louis city and county area, the answer is yes. He told the World, “We are running one helluva ground campaign."

On a final note Gateway Pundit points out that while McCaskill pretended to be an independent during her senate race her voting record already shows that to be a complete lie. What a shock!! If I could just get those swing voters on the phone now. Sigh... Here is just a sample:
* Skipped freshman orientation for a vacation in Indonesia (at least thats what I hear) - it was somewhere exotic.
* Hired a lobbyist as her Chief of Staff.
* Applied for exception to the rule status for unlimited fundraising limits. Who says you cant claim independence and get paid millions by lobbyist?
* Take rides on hubby’s planes - aka “Claire Force One” - while complaining about others taking private planes.
* By my count Claire has voted with Harry Reid 24 out of 26 times.
* Voted against reforming the FEC act of 1971 to indian tribes (this should be noted because the abramhoff scandal was directly tied to indian tribes).
* Voted against prohibiting committee and leadership PACs from employing a spouse or immediate family member of any candidate or Federal office holder connected to a committee (hello Roy temple and company complaining about Congressman Blunt).
* Voted against clear identification of ear marks (thats pork spending folks).
* Voted against protecting free speech by not stripping out section 220 of a senate bill which would have forced preachers, bloggers and anyone who “influenced” more than 500 people to register as lobbyist.
* Voted against protecting small businesses and providing them tax breaks to allow for them to better cope with the minimum wage increase.
* Voted against allowing states flexibility to determine minimum wage.
* Voted against basing the federal minimum wage via applicable state minimum wages.

SOURCES:
PubDef--Bowman Indicted
PubDef--Combest: Bowman & McCaskill
John Combest--John Bowman and Claire McCaskill
Gateway Pundit--Shocker! MO Sen. McCaskill Is Not an Independent!

Others blogging:
Combest: McCaskill will dispose of Bowman like "an obsessive-compulsive at a leper colony"
Tighter Than A Drum

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

When NBC TV Attacks

Liberals Finally Grasp Power of Ann Coulter

GG posted on an issue yesterday that really got my blood boiling. It is not enough for liberals that they control most college campuses, all the news channels except for Fox News, most newspapers, most of Hollywood and now Congress. They still have to take every chance they can get to bash conservatives. Most of you know that I love movies and certain TV shows. I put up with some political correctness at times and if I like an actor/actress I try not to mesh their idiotic political views with the fact that I like their movies. Yet there are certain things that just drive me over the edge.

A perfect example would be the show Law & Order. As Patrick always says he used to love the show until it turned commie. Truer words have never been spoken. One of the reasons I was initially drawn to Law & Order was because they were very justice oriented and not politically correct. I'm not sure when exactly things started to change but they went from one extreme to the other. It was after Benjamin Bratt & Angie Harmon (my 2 favorites) both left. Angie Harmon is a conservative in real life and I don't know if she saw the PC stuff coming but the change happened not long after she was gone.

I have never done a thorough check but I'm convinced that they must've changed their writers. Episode after episode they began to bash conservatives in a very blatant, offensive way. One episode was all about this guy that they made out to be the devil incarnate and it was totally supposed to be about Bill O'Reilly. Then there was the episode where they demonized 2 people who were clearly supposed to be Curtis Sliwa and Chuck Norris. I had enough and I wrote NBC a letter and complained and I've never watched a new episode of Law & Order since. My mom told me that after I stopped watching that they did this episode that was supposed to be about Terri Schiavo and they made the parents out to be these awful people. Just completely despicable.

I remember another show bashing Drudge, and ER did many episodes bashing the President and the U.S. because we haven't done enough to help the people in Darfur. Of course, they never mention anything about the UN or any other country being responsible. Its always the evil U.S.'s fault.

So this latest incident that GG was referring too just put me over the edge. Crossing Jordan started out as a fairly decent show but I quickly lost interest and stopped watching. Thank goodness because their latest attack would've sent me over the edge not to watch anymore. They didn't even pretend to be referring to someone else they blatantly bash Ann Coulter. Watch the video clip that I have at the top and then email NBC if it makes you as mad as it did me. What do all 3 shows that I have talked about have in common? They are all on NBC. NBC obviously doesn't have any qualms about offending conservatives. Maybe its time they heard from a bunch of us. I don't watch any current shows on NBC and this just motivates me not to start watching any.

Monday, January 29, 2007

My New Senator Claire McCaskill


I worked my tail off volunteering for Jim Talent last year. So it was a big blow and loss for me when he lost to Claire McCaskill.

The night of the election I figured out how old I would be before we could even have a chance to vote her out. Even more frustrating than seeing Nancy Pelosi in the Speaker's chair the night of the SOTU was seeing Claire McCaskill in the audience.

She has already made several negative headlines including this one, Your cash ain't nothin' but trash.
The Federal Election Commission says Sen. Claire McCaskill’s campaign may have accepted “excessive and/or prohibited” donations from 19 people in the final weeks of the 2006 election.
Imagine that, and here I thought her and Nancy Pelosi were going to combat the "culture of corruption" in Washington. It is going to be a long six years.

Remembering to Value Life

Samuel Armas' tiny hand grips Dr. Joseph P. Bruner's finger just as Bruner finishes returning him to his mother's womb - Dec. 9, 1999

I know this picture is hard to look at but it is an important reminder that we have babies in our wombs when we are pregnant, not just some blob of tissue. Unfortunately I let the 34th Anniversary of Roe Vs. Wade pass without a post this past monday but Lone Pony didn't. Click here.


I also decided it was past time to join Pro-life blogs so I finally did that today.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Anti-War Protest


A glimpse into an anti-war protest, hear them talk, see who their leaders are and who shows up. My proposition is for Sean Penn, Jane Fonda and Susan Sarandon to take their buddies and go live in Europe permanently since they will be happier in their socialist utopia and we would be happier too.

Others have done a great job of posting pictures and writing about the protests so I will link to them:
Flopping Aces
Chicken Hawk Express
Sister Toldjah
A Soldier's Perspective--"Peace-Lovers" Deface Capitol Building


Flopping Aces did an especially good job with pics of those who were there to protest against the protesters. Spc Joshua Sparling was there even after having lost his leg. I wrote a post about him and what an incredible guy he was last year.

Does Jesus Care?


I read the following verses and sang this hymn recently and both were a huge encouragement to me. I hope this gives everyone a little lift today.

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and You Will Find Rest For Your Souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."--Matthew 11:28-30

Does Jesus Care?
Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress
And the way grows weary and long?

Refrain

Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said ‘goodbye’
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Backstabbing McCain Strikes Again

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

Wordsmith gave me the heads up that McCain was at it again. He seems to be more than willing to strike another "Gang of 14" compromise. Here are some of the details:
"The Republican senators urging " a deal" to allow the Democrats to get a vote on Biden without getting the 60 votes for cloture clearly do not believe General Petraeus or Secretary Gates or don't care about stopping an "encouragement to the enemy." Instead of demanding that republican senators not vote for cloture, John McCain is joining John Warner in seeking a "compromise" on this issue, Gang of 14 style, that will end up handing the Democrats what they want --a victory on the Biden resolution. If Mitch McConnell agrees to this deal, he will be signaling the GOP base that nothing --nothing-- has changed in D.C. when it comes to the Senate Republicans.

What part of "encouragement to the enemy" don't the Republican senators understand? They can stop the Biden resolution, or at least do the public the service of illuminating which republicans are willing to join Democrats in providing that encouragement. There is no valid reason --none-- to agree to cloture."

More details:
"Americans who are serious about the war cannot tolerate the Biden/Warner resolutions, and sense in John McCain's attempt to produce another "Gang of 14" deal not seriousness but opportunism. If Senator McConnell steps forward and simply declares these are not maneuvers worthy of a great country in a time of war, he will have the esteem and gratitude of those who are serious about the war. He and the other serious senators might lose --there might be 11 Republicans willing to expose themselves as defeatists who would join Democrats in voting for cloture on the Biden resolution.

But the Republican senators might actually wake up to the reality that the Republican Party supports victory in the war, and act accordingly. The GOP senators ought to fight their political battles with at least one-tenth the effort for victory as the hundreds of thousands of Americans have fought real battles in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Contact Republican senators urging them to block Biden/Warner/McCain:
Please tell the candidates in the ’08 cycle especially –Alexander, Collins, Coleman and Smith and would be presidential nominees McCain and Brownback—that a vote for the Warner resolution is the end of support for them and the NRSC.

Senator Alexander’s phone: (202) 224-4944. His e-mail is here.

Senator Brownback’s phone: (202) 224-6521. His e-mail is here.

Senator Coleman’s phone: (202) 224-5641. His e-mail is here.

Senator Collins’ phone: (202) 224-2523. Her e-mail is here.

Senator McCain's phone: (202) 224-2235. His campaign e-mail is here.

Senator Smith’s phone: (202) 224-3753. His e-mail is here.

Senator Voinovich's phone: (202) 224-3353. His e-mail is here.

Senator Warner's phone: (202) 224-2023. His e-mail is here.

The GOP leadership, which need to announce that no resolution will voted on that encourages the enemy, and that includes the Warner resolution or any cousin of the Warner resolution:

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s phone is (202) 224-2541. His e-mail is here.

Minority Whip Trent Lott’s phone is (202) 224-6253. His e-mail is here.

Senator Jon Kyl’s phone is (202) 224-4521. His e-mail is here.

Senator John Ensign’s phone is (202) 224-6244. His e-mail is here.


Sources:
Sign the Pledge!
"The Pledge" by Tarzana Joe, With Apologies To Robert Service
Memo To The Republicans: Fight The Biden Resolution

UPDATE:
U.S. Senate Republican Pushes Iraq Alternative

Bush Sr. Isn't Alone


I definitely think I like Bush Sr. a lot more as W's dad than as a president. I love the way he and Barbara are more offended by the Bush critics than President Bush is himself. It speaks so much to their family, character and loyalty.

So when I saw this article about Bush Sr. being upset about the level of media hostility towards his son I felt his pain. These comments made me smile:
"President George W. Bush's father accused the news media of "personal animosity" toward his son and said he found the criticism so unrelenting he sometimes talked back to his television set.

"It's one thing to have an adversarial ... relationship -- hard-hitting journalism -- it's another when the journalists' rhetoric goes beyond skepticism and goes over the line into overt, unrelenting hostility and personal animosity," former President George Bush said.

The elder Bush, the 41st U.S. president, had a relatively collegial relationship with the press but things turned sour during his losing 1992 re-election campaign. He got so fed up with media coverage that supporters at the time circulated hats with the slogan "Annoy the Media -- Re-Elect Bush."

To Bush Sr.:
You aren't alone! I talk back to the television set too, for the very same reasons ;-)!

Friday, January 26, 2007

A Call to Action

I don't normally do the petition thing anymore but in this case I think it is extremely important that we send spineless senators a message. In Punditarian's post he talked about Petraeus' great answers that he gave on the hill. Here is something else he said while there:
"No matter how well-intentioned, a resolution being opposed to this new strategy is a vote of no confidence in you. No matter how well-intentioned, the enemy will see it as a weakened resolve."
As Flopping Aces points out we expect this appeasement from the Democrats but click on this link to see how to contact all the Republican senators "who want to send the message to the enemy that we give up."

Also, if you agree with this statement:
"If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution."
Click here to sign the pledge!

Cross posted at The Astute Bloggers

Others blogging:
Wordsmith-- Resolute in Rejecting the Resolution
Flopping Aces--The Resolution For Quitting
Mike--Progress Report in Iraq
Skye--Open Letter to US Senators
Robin--Hello Mr. Terrorist--We're Spineless and Stupid...

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Don't Mess With Me!!


"I'm in a dress, I have gel in my hair, I haven't slept all night, I'm starved and I'm armed--Don't mess with me!!"--Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality

I love to use movie lines to relate to what I'm feeling or experiencing in life and the above quote expresses exactly how I feel right now. Personally and politically its been a rough past couple of days and I feel like I'm surrounded by pessimists. I'm pretty optimistic but even I can only withstand so much negativity. I won't bore you with the details but I am going to list some of the things ticking me off and then I'll end with the good news since we can all use some.

THINGS THAT ARE TICKING ME OFF

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

1) Al Gore's ridiculous propaganda movie getting nominated for an Oscar. Basically it comes down to the fact that if you make a politically correct movie with no fact checkers and you bash the President, conservatives or Republicans you're bound to get an Oscar nod. Just ask Michael Moore. Speaking of Gore's propaganda movie Lone Pony did an excellent review of it.

2) Have I mentioned recently that I'm not a McCain fan?


(This video has been making the rounds of the blogs but it is so good that I had to post it. It tells the truth about both Matthews and Hillary.)

3) The Drive By Media drooling over Hillary. Monday night I was working out at the gym and unfortunately their TV channel options still suck!! While I was doing cardio I could see 3 different TV's all on Broadcast News stations. They were ALL interviewing Hillary. You could tell Katie Couric was just beyond ecstatic. Always on the Watch has a great post about all the questions that the Drive By Media should ask Hillary but never will.

Toon Credit: Cox and Forkum

4) The conservatives that are bashing Bush. I feel like so many of these people are kicking W when he is down. He has done so much good for this country and I feel like he gets no credit for that from people on either side of the aisle. The Michael Savage Conservatives helped the Republicans lose in '06 and at the rate they are going we will lose in '08 as well.


5) The Democrats and Traitor Hagel passing their resolution against Bush's new troop surge plan for the war.

THINGS THAT I AM CHEERING ABOUT

1) The Cheneys are Awesome!
--Dick Cheney takes on Wolf Blitzer
--Liz Cheney's wonderful article

Toon Credit: Michael Ramirez
Hat tip: Timothy

2) A great cartoon

3) Kerry isn't going to insult our intelligence or torture us by running for the presidency again. Thank the Lord for small favors!!


4) Five friends and I are all going to see Jennifer Garner's newest movie tomorrow night.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

President Bush Addresses the Nation


"Our success in this war is often measured by the things that did not happen."--President George W. Bush

First of all I have to give W credit for being such a big and gracious man. The kind words he gave to Pelosi was more than she or many other Democrats would've given to him and yet he gave them anyway. Here are some excerpts from the President's awesome speech:

Domestic Successes
"A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy -- and that is what we have. We're now in the 41st month of uninterrupted job growth, in a recovery that has created 7.2 million new jobs -- so far. Unemployment is low, inflation is low, and wages are rising. This economy is on the move, and our job is to keep it that way, not with more government, but with more enterprise.

We set a goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, and met that goal three years ahead of schedule.

Spreading opportunity and hope in America also requires public schools that give children the knowledge and character they need in life. Five years ago, we rose above partisan differences to pass the No Child Left Behind Act, preserving local control, raising standards, and holding those schools accountable for results. And because we acted, students are performing better in reading and math, and minority students are closing the achievement gap."

New Domestic Proposals
"In the coming weeks, I will submit a budget that eliminates the federal deficit within the next five years. I ask you to make the same commitment. Together, we can restrain the spending appetite of the federal government, and we can balance the federal budget.

Next, there is the matter of earmarks. These special interest items are often slipped into bills at the last hour -- when not even C-SPAN is watching. (Laughter.) In 2005 alone, the number of earmarks grew to over 13,000 and totaled nearly $18 billion. Even worse, over 90 percent of earmarks never make it to the floor of the House and Senate -- they are dropped into committee reports that are not even part of the bill that arrives on my desk. You didn't vote them into law. I didn't sign them into law. Yet, they're treated as if they have the force of law. The time has come to end this practice. So let us work together to reform the budget process, expose every earmark to the light of day and to a vote in Congress, and cut the number and cost of earmarks at least in half by the end of this session.

And so tonight, I propose two new initiatives to help more Americans afford their own insurance. First, I propose a standard tax deduction for health insurance that will be like the standard tax deduction for dependents. Families with health insurance will pay no income on payroll tax -- or payroll taxes on $15,000 of their income. Single Americans with health insurance will pay no income or payroll taxes on $7,500 of their income. With this reform, more than 100 million men, women, and children who are now covered by employer-provided insurance will benefit from lower tax bills. At the same time, this reform will level the playing field for those who do not get health insurance through their job. For Americans who now purchase health insurance on their own, this proposal would mean a substantial tax savings -- $4,500 for a family of four making $60,000 a year. And for the millions of other Americans who have no health insurance at all, this deduction would help put a basic private health insurance plan within their reach. Changing the tax code is a vital and necessary step to making health care affordable for more Americans. (Applause.)

My second proposal is to help the states that are coming up with innovative ways to cover the uninsured. States that make basic private health insurance available to all their citizens should receive federal funds to help them provide this coverage to the poor and the sick. I have asked the Secretary of Health and Human Services to work with Congress to take existing federal funds and use them to create "Affordable Choices" grants. These grants would give our nation's governors more money and more flexibility to get private health insurance to those most in need.

There are many other ways that Congress can help. We need to expand Health Savings Accounts. (Applause.) We need to help small businesses through Association Health Plans. (Applause.) We need to reduce costs and medical errors with better information technology. (Applause.) We will encourage price transparency. And to protect good doctors from junk lawsuits, we passing medical liability reform. (Applause.) In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors. (Applause.)

Achieving these ambitious goals will dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but it's not going to eliminate it. And so as we continue to diversify our fuel supply, we must step up domestic oil production in environmentally sensitive ways. (Applause.) And to further protect America against severe disruptions to our oil supply, I ask Congress to double the current capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve."

Judges
"A future of hope and opportunity requires a fair, impartial system of justice. The lives of our citizens across our nation are affected by the outcome of cases pending in our federal courts. We have a shared obligation to ensure that the federal courts have enough judges to hear those cases and deliver timely rulings. As President, I have a duty to nominate qualified men and women to vacancies on the federal bench. And the United States Senate has a duty, as well, to give those nominees a fair hearing, and a prompt up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. (Applause.)"

The War on Terror
"For all of us in this room, there is no higher responsibility than to protect the people of this country from danger. Five years have come and gone since we saw the scenes and felt the sorrow that the terrorists can cause. We've had time to take stock of our situation. We've added many critical protections to guard the homeland. We know with certainty that the horrors of that September morning were just a glimpse of what the terrorists intend for us -- unless we stop them.

With the distance of time, we find ourselves debating the causes of conflict and the course we have followed. Such debates are essential when a great democracy faces great questions. Yet one question has surely been settled: that to win the war on terror we must take the fight to the enemy. (Applause.)

From the start, America and our allies have protected our people by staying on the offense. The enemy knows that the days of comfortable sanctuary, easy movement, steady financing, and free flowing communications are long over. For the terrorists, life since 9/11 has never been the same.

Our success in this war is often measured by the things that did not happen. We cannot know the full extent of the attacks that we and our allies have prevented, but here is some of what we do know: We stopped an al Qaeda plot to fly a hijacked airplane into the tallest building on the West Coast. We broke up a Southeast Asian terror cell grooming operatives for attacks inside the United States. We uncovered an al Qaeda cell developing anthrax to be used in attacks against America. And just last August, British authorities uncovered a plot to blow up passenger planes bound for America over the Atlantic Ocean. For each life saved, we owe a debt of gratitude to the brave public servants who devote their lives to finding the terrorists and stopping them. (Applause.)

Every success against the terrorists is a reminder of the shoreless ambitions of this enemy. The evil that inspired and rejoiced in 9/11 is still at work in the world. And so long as that's the case, America is still a nation at war.

In the mind of the terrorist, this war began well before September the 11th, and will not end until their radical vision is fulfilled. And these past five years have given us a much clearer view of the nature of this enemy. Al Qaeda and its followers are Sunni extremists, possessed by hatred and commanded by a harsh and narrow ideology. Take almost any principle of civilization, and their goal is the opposite. They preach with threats, instruct with bullets and bombs, and promise paradise for the murder of the innocent.

Our enemies are quite explicit about their intentions. They want to overthrow moderate governments, and establish safe havens from which to plan and carry out new attacks on our country. By killing and terrorizing Americans, they want to force our country to retreat from the world and abandon the cause of liberty. They would then be free to impose their will and spread their totalitarian ideology. Listen to this warning from the late terrorist Zarqawi: "We will sacrifice our blood and bodies to put an end to your dreams, and what is coming is even worse." Osama bin Laden declared: "Death is better than living on this Earth with the unbelievers among us."

These men are not given to idle words, and they are just one camp in the Islamist radical movement. In recent times, it has also become clear that we face an escalating danger from Shia extremists who are just as hostile to America, and are also determined to dominate the Middle East. Many are known to take direction from the regime in Iran, which is funding and arming terrorists like Hezbollah -- a group second only to al Qaeda in the American lives it has taken.

The Shia and Sunni extremists are different faces of the same totalitarian threat. Whatever slogans they chant, when they slaughter the innocent they have the same wicked purposes. They want to kill Americans, kill democracy in the Middle East, and gain the weapons to kill on an even more horrific scale.

In the sixth year since our nation was attacked, I wish I could report to you that the dangers had ended. They have not. And so it remains the policy of this government to use every lawful and proper tool of intelligence, diplomacy, law enforcement, and military action to do our duty, to find these enemies, and to protect the American people. (Applause.)

This war is more than a clash of arms -- it is a decisive ideological struggle, and the security of our nation is in the balance. To prevail, we must remove the conditions that inspire blind hatred, and drove 19 men to get onto airplanes and to come and kill us. What every terrorist fears most is human freedom

-- societies where men and women make their own choices, answer to their own conscience, and live by their hopes instead of their resentments. Free people are not drawn to violent and malignant ideologies -- and most will choose a better way when they're given a chance. So we advance our own security interests by helping moderates and reformers and brave voices for democracy. The great question of our day is whether America will help men and women in the Middle East to build free societies and share in the rights of all humanity. And I say, for the sake of our own security, we must. (Applause.)

In the last two years, we've seen the desire for liberty in the broader Middle East -- and we have been sobered by the enemy's fierce reaction. In 2005, the world watched as the citizens of Lebanon raised the banner of the Cedar Revolution, they drove out the Syrian occupiers and chose new leaders in free elections. In 2005, the people of Afghanistan defied the terrorists and elected a democratic legislature. And in 2005, the Iraqi people held three national elections, choosing a transitional government, adopting the most progressive, democratic constitution in the Arab world, and then electing a government under that constitution. Despite endless threats from the killers in their midst, nearly 12 million Iraqi citizens came out to vote in a show of hope and solidarity that we should never forget. (Applause.)

A thinking enemy watched all of these scenes, adjusted their tactics, and in 2006 they struck back. In Lebanon, assassins took the life of Pierre Gemayel, a prominent participant in the Cedar Revolution. Hezbollah terrorists, with support from Syria and Iran, sowed conflict in the region and are seeking to undermine Lebanon's legitimately elected government. In Afghanistan, Taliban and al Qaeda fighters tried to regain power by regrouping and engaging Afghan and NATO forces. In Iraq, al Qaeda and other Sunni extremists blew up one of the most sacred places in Shia Islam -- the Golden Mosque of Samarra. This atrocity, directed at a Muslim house of prayer, was designed to provoke retaliation from Iraqi Shia -- and it succeeded. Radical Shia elements, some of whom receive support from Iran, formed death squads. The result was a tragic escalation of sectarian rage and reprisal that continues to this day.

This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we're in. Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. (Applause.) Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory. (Applause.)

We're carrying out a new strategy in Iraq -- a plan that demands more from Iraq's elected government, and gives our forces in Iraq the reinforcements they need to complete their mission. Our goal is a democratic Iraq that upholds the rule of law, respects the rights of its people, provides them security, and is an ally in the war on terror."

The Consequences of a Cut & Run Strategy
"If American forces step back before Baghdad is secure, the Iraqi government would be overrun by extremists on all sides. We could expect an epic battle between Shia extremists backed by Iran, and Sunni extremists aided by al Qaeda and supporters of the old regime. A contagion of violence could spill out across the country -- and in time, the entire region could be drawn into the conflict.

For America, this is a nightmare scenario. For the enemy, this is the objective. Chaos is the greatest ally -- their greatest ally in this struggle. And out of chaos in Iraq would emerge an emboldened enemy with new safe havens, new recruits, new resources, and an even greater determination to harm America. To allow this to happen would be to ignore the lessons of September the 11th and invite tragedy. Ladies and gentlemen, nothing is more important at this moment in our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East, to succeed in Iraq and to spare the American people from this danger. (Applause.)"

Cause of Freedom
"We will continue to speak out for the cause of freedom in places like Cuba, Belarus, and Burma -- and continue to awaken the conscience of the world to save the people of Darfur. (Applause.)"

Heroes
"Three weeks ago, Wesley Autrey was waiting at a Harlem subway station with his two little girls, when he saw a man fall into the path of a train. With seconds to act, Wesley jumped onto the tracks, pulled the man into the space between the rails, and held him as the train passed right above their heads. He insists he's not a hero. He says: "We got guys and girls overseas dying for us to have our freedoms. We have got to show each other some love." There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey. (Applause.)

Tommy Rieman was a teenager pumping gas in Independence, Kentucky, when he enlisted in the United States Army. In December 2003, he was on a reconnaissance mission in Iraq when his team came under heavy enemy fire. From his Humvee, Sergeant Rieman returned fire; he used his body as a shield to protect his gunner. He was shot in the chest and arm, and received shrapnel wounds to his legs -- yet he refused medical attention, and stayed in the fight. He helped to repel a second attack, firing grenades at the enemy's position. For his exceptional courage, Sergeant Rieman was awarded the Silver Star. And like so many other Americans who have volunteered to defend us, he has earned the respect and the gratitude of our entire country. (Applause.)

In such courage and compassion, ladies and gentlemen, we see the spirit and character of America -- and these qualities are not in short supply. This is a decent and honorable country -- and resilient, too. We've been through a lot together. We've met challenges and faced dangers, and we know that more lie ahead. Yet we can go forward with confidence -- because the State of our Union is strong, our cause in the world is right, and tonight that cause goes on. God bless. (Applause.)

See you next year. Thank you for your prayers."

I thought the speech was great. Dick Morris was on Sean Hannity's radio show yesterday listing all of Bush's great domestic accomplishments. He talked about how everything Bush touches domestically turns to gold. Ironically though, you would never know this by the way the Drive By Media talks or by how harshly people are treating him via the polls because of Iraq. Although, Chas has a great post about What the opinion polls are actually saying and so does Flopping Aces.

All in all I think Bush deserves a lot more credit than he gets and this speech is just another demonstration of what a gracious and wonderful man we've got in the White House. May God bless him!!

Others blogging:
Gateway Pundit
Hugh Hewitt
Sister Toldjah
Mike's America
The News Buckit
Flopping Aces
Chicken Hawk Express

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

My Dream Candidates

"To be honest with you, there's nobody out there that revs me up, so why should I pretend that there is?"--Rush talking about our current crop of Republican candidates for 2008

Joia asked me who my dream candidates were since I'm not thrilled with our real choices for 2008. I thought that sounded like a very fun post to do. I thought about it for awhile and wondered if there was anyone I considered ideal and it didn't take long for JC Watts to come to mind.

1) JC Watts--I can't say enough good things about this man. He gave the Republican response to Clinton's 1997 State of the Union address. I was so impressed with the speech I remember taking notes and just thinking, "Wow! This guy is awesome!!" He meets all of my requirements and he is a very likable guy with wonderful charisma. Here is an excerpt from a bio about him:
"Watts earned a solid reputation in Oklahoma and throughout the nation as a perceptive and passionate spokesman for improving and redeveloping communities, exercising fiscal discipline, strengthening education, restoring values, and bolstering national defense. In Congress, he served on the Armed Services Committee and was a member of the Military Readiness Subcommittee and the Procurement Subcommittee. Taking the lead on one of the most important issues of the day, Watts served on the Special Oversight Panel on Terrorism."
He is a pro-life Christian who believes in all of the above. I can't think of an issue I've ever disagreed with him on although I'm sure there has to be some. If Watts was running I would be begging to work on his campaign. He would be my first choice by a long shot.


2) Jeb Bush--Amazingly I thought I disagreed with Jeb on more issues than I do. I just checked this link to see where he stood on the issues and I agree with him on almost everything. The only issue that bugs me is that he has thwarted drilling off the Gulf of Mexico. Otherwise there was no major issue I had problems with. He was exceptionally great on pro-life issues, crime and he supports school vouchers which is a HUGE issue for me. Ironically if he wasn't a Bush I think he would be the top contender for 2008. Not only is he a stellar conservative on the issues he has real charisma and a likability to him.

Nobody else is immediately coming to mind so let me know your thoughts and who your dream candidate would be.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Another Smorgasboard


Hat tip:
Wordsmith

I usually don't do smorgasboards this close together but there is a lot of good stuff to link to.

1) The above video is a classic. I never knew much about Danny Bonaduce except that he was a child actor. He is now one of my new hereos. He takes on this 9/11 conspiracy theorist guy and doesn't hold back. Click here to see Wordsmith's other great video find. He has a video up of SNL's mock version of Chris Matthews interviewing Hillary. It is way too close to the truth.

2) Check out my post on Homeschooling & the Culture War

3) Skye has written an awesome letter and sent it to ALL U.S. Senators. I encourage all of you to jump on the bandwagon and send a similar letter. I know I'm planning on sending one to my 2 senators, especially since 1 of them is now a Democrat.

4) I will be taking my first crack at liveblogging tonight at Prison Break Central. Please join us for the fun. It is soon to be a blog run by 4 very cool chics, so come check it out.

5) My view on the comments about the Missouri Kidnapping case:
I have been very concerned and disturbed by comments made by many about Shawn Hornbeck. He was missing for 4 1/2 years and there have been reports that he had some freedom and even had chances to talk to police. Bill O'Reilly who is one of the biggest advocates for abused children has said some of the most moronic things I've ever heard. He gave some kind of speech about how maybe the kid enjoyed not having to go to school and playing video games so he didn't attempt to escape. Hello???? The creep Michael Devlin has kidnapped 2 boys that we know of and is the prime suspect in similar disappearances of other children. The authorities found child pornagraphy on Devlin's computer so we know he didn't kidnap these boys just for surrogate sons.

He was a sex offender who most likely sexually abused both boys and tortured and threatened them in ways that we can't imagine. Does Bill O'Reilly really think that Shawn didn't mind being tortured so he could play video games? What kind of torn logic is this? It scares me to think of how bad the brainwashing and torment must've been for Shawn to be that scared of escaping. I have heard many times about how these monsters tell their victims that they will kill their parents and other unimaginable things if they even think about escaping. When Shawn was first kidnapped he was only 11 years old. Who knows the amount of damage that was done to him in those 4 years. The fact that people are now criticizing him for not trying to escape just is bewildering to me.

O'Reilly talks about how he thinks this needs to be a lesson for other kids, blah, blah, blah... What lesson? I just can't believe the thinking here, it makes no sense to me.

I don't know what happened to Shawn. I don't know if he was a victim of Stockholm syndrome or if he was just tormented and brainwashed. But whatever happened to him I don't think he stayed to be a sick man's sex toy so that he could avoid going to school and be able to play video games.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Going After Terrorists in Somalia

It seems that Ethiopia doesn't mess around when it comes to Islamic Terrorists. Islamic Militants took over parts of Somalia last June and ever since then Ethiopia has been helping the weak, transitional government combat them. Things came to a head in December when "Ethiopian Warplanes Attacked Somalia".

The U.S. has also gotten involved with a U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship attacking a target suspected to be harboring al-qaeda terrorists in Somalia on the 8th of this month. The next day they coordinated with the transitional government of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya to continue operations against the terrorists. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was deployed in the Indian Ocean to aid in the mission.
The transitional Somalian government welcomed the U.S. help since the mission is to go after al-qaeda terrorists indicted for the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The War on Terror isn't just about Iraq and Afghanistan. As President Bush has said we go after the terrorists wherever we find them. Except this time I'm willing to bet we won't leave Somalia until the job is done.

Sources:
U.S. aids in Somalia anti-terror push
Attack in Somalia targets al-Qaida
Somalia sees more air strikes

Cross posted at The Astute Bloggers

Friday, January 19, 2007

LMC's Smorgasboard

Toon Credit: Paul Nowak
Hat tip: Wordsmith

I absolutely love this cartoon. Make sure to click on it to enlarge so you can read it better.

1) Clarification on my views on Rudy Giuliani

I knew some might be upset and/or disappointed in my comments about Giuliani in my last post. Let me clarify that I don't know yet whether I could go into the polling booth and pull the lever for him because of his liberal, social views. Here are some of my comments though that might help some of you understand better where I am coming from. I made these in the comments section of my last post:
"I don't know how to explain it other than I have gut dislike for McCain and I have a gut love for Giuliani.

I agree with Mike that you can trust what he says and that he has stellar leadership abilities when it comes to the War on Terror. When it comes right down to it no other issue is going to matter if we are all dead from a terrorist attack.

I also think that most of the moral issues come into play in the nomination of judges and Supreme Court justices and I think that Giuliani could be trusted to pick strict constructionists that would make great strides for us in the moral arena.

My other thought is that he would surely pick a strong conservative to be VP.

I'm still not saying that I could vote for him its just that as our choices get slim he's looking better and better.

I also talked to my very conservative Pastor about it and was shocked to hear that he can't stand McCain either but would consider voting for Giuliani. I think thats when I started thinking of him as a possibility. I do know this that if it came down to him or McCain I would pick Giuliani in a heartbeat."

2)Quote of the day

"Abraham Lincoln would've ended the civil war in defeat if he had listened to polls."--Newt Gingrich talking about the Iraq War on Hannity and Colmes.

3) You go Jim DeMint!

Mike has an awesome post with video of Senator Jim DeMint taking on Harry Reid and winning. Mike also totally cracked me up by referring to Lindsey Graham as John McCain's Mini-Me. That will officially be Graham's new nickname as far as I'm concerned.

4) Chuck Hagel officially sucks!!!!!

5) McCain Tanking in New Hampshire--yah!

6) My post on Evangelicals Embracing Global Warming
--Includes Rick Warren's 3rd strike!

7) Awesome GOP video

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Republican Options for 2008



I was graciously invited to be a contributing blogger over at The Astute Bloggers which is a group blog with lots of good stuff. There are bloggers from Israel, Australia, New York and other places and now Missouri. Check it out!! The following is my first post that I did for them:

I did an extensive post at my blog on why I vehemently despise John McCain and don't want him to get the Republican nomination in 2008. So who would I support?

First of all, I wish we had better choices. I am a pro-life, conservative Christian and I wish we had someone more Reaganesque. We don't, so here is my take. Brownback and Huckabee are conservative enough for me but not presidential IMHO. Brownback proved my point recently by not supporting Bush's troop surge. Mitt Romney is trying to cater to conservatives but I have a contact in Massachusetts that knows Romney's true colors and they aren't those of a genuine conservative.


So who does that leave? If forced to pick right now my 2 choices would come down to Newt and Giuliani. I'm concerned about some of Newt's baggage but he is a genuine conservative and I think he has what it takes to be president. As for Giuliani, I love this man. If he was more conservative on social issues he would be my first choice by a long shot. He is still an option for me though because it boils down to 2 issues, the War on Terror and Supreme Court Justices. I think he would be stellar on both of these.

It will be interesting to see how it all plays out but my mantra as always is, "Anyone but McCain!!!"

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

When it comes to McCain Just say No!!

Pic Credit: Rush

"I will need medics to carry me out of the polling booth if my party forces me to choose between Hillary and the Traitor McCain."--Troll

I am very concerned about the talk that John McCain is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2008. I and others are determined to make sure that doesn't happen while there is still time to thwart his candidacy. I was extremely pleased to see Dr. Dobson's recent remarks regarding McCain. Here are some excerpts of what he had to say:
"Speaking as a private individual, I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances," said James Dobson.

He noted that legislation he'd just been discussing on the program, regarding an attempt by Democrat leaders in Congress to create obstacles for ministries such as Focus to reach constituents with action messages about pending legislation, is being supported by McCain, too.

The provisions of the new congressional proposal, hidden deep inside a plan to reform lobbying rules to eliminate the many recent scandals involving members of Congress, would require pro-family groups to provide documentation of their actions to the government any time they try to spark any "grass-roots" action.

Phone calls, personal visits, e-mails, magazines, broadcasts, phone banks, appearances, travel, fundraising and other items all would be subject to government tabulation, verification and audits, Dobson said during a recent program. "On and on it goes."

"Clearly, the objective here is to hide what goes on from the public and punish and silence those of us who would talk about what our representatives are doing," Dobson said of the plan by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. American Family Association Chairman Donald Wildmon, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and American Values President Gary Bauer joined Dobson in urging listeners to flood Capitol Hill with phone calls demanding those speech limits be removed.

"Republican leaders in Congress during this term apparently never understood, or they forgot, why Ronald Reagan was so loved and why he is considered one of our greatest presidents. If they hope to return to power in '08, they must rediscover the conservative principles that resonated with the majority of Americans in the 1980s – and still resonate with them today. Failure to do so will be catastrophic," Dobson said."

I have a lot of respect for Dobson and I must say that 90% of the time he speaks for me. I have never been a fan of Falwell or Robertson for various reasons. If you pinned me down and asked me what Christian spokesman I most identify with it would be Dobson. After graduating from college and getting married I listened to Dobson's Focus on the Family program every day. He is the reason I decided to homeschool and why I got involved in politics. So I'm relieved to see his declarative statements on McCain.

So why does the thought of a McCain presidency concern me so much? Let me list the reasons why.

1) McCain Cares More About Campaign Finance Reform Than the First Amendment. Campaign Finance did nothing to take money out of the process but did everything to silence free speech. It was a direct violation of the First Amendment. Matthew Roberts had this to say about it:
"As noted by a whole host of commentators (George Will, Jonathan Rauch, and even Justice Clarence Thomas), this act poses blatant restrictions on political speech. It especially affects AM Radio and political internet blogs – the only two spheres of popular media where conservatives can truly compete. Critics remain divided why McCain supported a dictate so damaging to conservatives. Was it perhaps so that he could silence many on the Right whom he laconically loathes?"

Also, after trashing the first amendment McCain made sure that his cash cows were protected. Here is an excerpt from one of my earlier posts:
"McCain preaches to everyone on the corruption of money and yet it turns out when he planned his Campaign-Finance bill he had some loopholes. Guess what one of the main ones was? Indian Tribes. Who is the biggest receiver of Indian Tribe money? John McCain!!! Thus the picture of John McCain as "Chief Speaking Bull". The Cato Institute had an article entitled "Campaign Finance Folly" from 2002."
McCain even admitted that clean government is more important to him than First Amendment rights. So in other words he would sacrifice the constitution for any pet cause that he deems more important.

2) He was the head of the backstabbing gang of 14. I cannot even begin to tell you how this incident made my blood boil. One of the reasons I was so concerned about the outcome of the elections in 2000 & 2004 was because judicial nominees are so important. I had been just sick about how the Democrats were filibustering all the nominees and not even letting them come to the floor for a vote. The word on the street was that the Republicans were going to go with the "nuclear option" or the "constitutional option" as Rush termed it. I was so excited that finally there would be no more obstruction and filibustering. Right before it was to happen I see the breaking news that McCain and 13 other senators have come up with this ridiculous compromise where as always the Republicans do all the compromising. Ever since that day the phrase "Over my dead body will John McCain get the Republican nomination" often comes out of my mouth.

3) He supports embryonic stem cell research.

4) He seems to have a complete disdain for the Christian Right. Again, I'm no big fan of Falwell or Robertson but the way he bashed them and talked about Christians gave you the impression that he despises Conservative Christians. Its hard to woo a group that you have expressed extreme dislike for. His back peddling with Falwell doesn't impress me at all because it doesn't seem to be even remotely genuine.


Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

5) He seems to be more concerned with the rights' of terrorists than protecting the American people.

6) He seems to have no core principles. This point seems to sum up my concern about McCain. He flip flops on the issues and he gives me this uneasiness that he will betray conservatives any chance he gets. He has voted against a gay marriage ban. Yet recently he's made contradictory statements knowing that he needs to support one to win over many conservatives. It is the same on abortion and taxes. The real problem is you never know what he really believes. He seems to be so enamored with media attention that he seems to say or do anything that will garner praise from them.

He has betrayed conservatives in the past and he gives no indication that he wouldn't do it again at the drop of the hat. In short I don't trust McCain and thus could never support him. I don't agree with much in this article by Chuck Todd but he does express well conservatives dislike for McCain:
"Conservative ire for McCain is real. The question, of course, is: Are there enough of these conservatives to stop McCain from getting the GOP nomination? Apparently, it's a question both Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are determined to find out.

I've never fully understood the blind rage conservatives have for McCain. On some issues, like pork-barrel spending and earmark reform, he's a standard issue, small-government conservative. The guy is pro-life (though his libertarian tendencies on social issues seem to concern some evangelical types), and he's one of the most hawkish legislators in the upper chamber. There's nothing in his record that screams "liberal" other than his comfort level in dealing with the media. I've always wondered if McCain's acceptance by the media has actually hurt him with conservatives who don't trust media outlets like, say, the New York Times.

When pressed about why they hate McCain, a movement conservative usually ends up concluding that it isn't any one issue, although some do bring up the Gang of 14's scrutiny of judicial nominations, immigration and the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation. It's more of a gut check for these folks. They just don't trust him to stay true to his Republican roots. They believe that once he's in office, he'll act more like former President George H.W. Bush than Ronald Reagan.

For many of these folks, there isn't going to be anything McCain can say or do in the next year that will sway them to his side during the primaries."

The reason I want to stop McCain is because I don't want it to come to a general election and have no one to cheer for and support. I may have to do what Troll once said at Mike's blog, about needing "medics to carry me out of the polling booth if my party forces me to choose between Hillary and the Traitor McCain." But I would refuse to lift one finger to get him elected. And as many of you know I spent many hours volunteering for both Bush and Talent in previous elections.


For those of you who agree with me I urge you to join me as I join Blogs against McCain. Bloggers are showing their influence more and more and its time to have our say on who our party nominates for 2008. Just say no to McCain!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

24 Goes Nuclear


Okay, so I know I should be posting about what is going on in Somalia or how ecstatic I am about Dobson's comments on McCain or Bush's great radio address but alas, I must talk about 24 first. I will get to all those hot topics later this week.

Spoiler alert!!

The first 4 hours of 24 did not disappoint. Even though Jack has been held captive by the Chinese for 2 years he comes off the plane in rare form. He looks great despite his burned hand and the whip marks on his back. Being the compassionate conservative that I am I felt his pain. It reminded me of Billie telling everyone that they needed to stop hurting Sawyer on Lost. Its just wrong to hurt Jack!!

There are always people for you to love and people for you to hate, its a show that evokes passion and thats why I love it!! So far I can't stand the creepy white house aide whom Dave Barry affectionately calls the weenie from Ally McBeal. Nor can I stand the National Security Advisor who is married to our beloved Bill Buchanan. When I first found out the 2 were romantically involved I said ewww but to make matters worse they then let you know that they are married. Since Bill is cool and Karen isn't we are all predicting things are going to end badly for their marriage before the season is out.

Another chic that is incessantly annoying all of us at Blogs 4 Bauer is the President's sister who seems to be much more concerned with the rights of terrorists than stopping them. Sounds like a lot of liberals in real life, no wonder she's annoying!! It's a shame too because I loved Regina King in Jerry Maguire and Enemy of the State.

Speaking of the president I'm still trying to decide what I think of him in that office. He certainly doesn't come close to measuring up to his brother David who I'm still mad at Fox for killing off. David Palmer was the best TV president ever and I miss him. I digress. Anyway, Wayne certainly isn't David but he's obviously better than Logan since even I would make a better president than Logan.

So which characters do I love since I told you about all the annoying ones? Jack Bauer of course. Thus, it is extremely irritating when Jack is always right and people still refuse to follow his advice. Hello? When is Jack ever wrong?? I also like Buchanan and Chloe is always in rare form and you can't help but enjoy her. Although I'm finding it hard to believe she has men fighting over her.

Also, I must point out that one of the smartest people on the show last night was a woman. We women always have to come to the rescue. There was a family being held captive by a terrorist and the mom was the only one smart enough to call the police. The husband thought it was smart to listen to a terrorist, not call the police, kill an innocent man and deliver a package to dangerous terrorists!! Thus, he's partially to blame for the nuclear bomb actually going off. I'm still in shock about that one.

The other big shock was Jack going all vampire to escape from his captors. A little gruesome for me but I guess he was just trying to relive his Lost Boys days. All in all I can't wait till next week. It'll be a full night with Prison Break first and 24 following. Lots of liveblogging all in one night.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

4 Hours of 24 starts tonight


Don't forget about 24 starting back up tonight and head over to Blogs for Bauer to see all the new stuff going on!!

IS FOX SET TO BLOW THE NUKES ON '24'?
Dave Barry's 24 blog

Miracle in Missouri

2 Missing Boys Found Alive in Missouri

I can't tell you what awesome news this is. Ben Ownby disappeared this past monday after getting off his school bus. It was on the local and national news and since the 72 hour mark had passed everyone was fearing the worst. I can't tell you what a shock it was to see the news break live while I was watching Court Tv friday afternoon. They had found him alive but not only that they had found another boy who had been missing for 4 1/2 years. Shawn Hornbeck had also been found alive after disappearing 4 1/2 years earlier.

As the pundits on Fox News were talking about it yesterday they were saying this is the most shocking and best news on a case like this since Elizabeth Smart was found alive. You don't get good news in cases like this very often so it was very exciting.

I also watched Shawn Hornbeck's stepfather talk about the pain he had gone through the past 4 years and what it was like to have the reunion with his son. What always breaks my heart is you know irreparable damage has been done to this kid. Hopefully Ownby won't be too traumatized but with Hornbeck how do you recover from having been kidnapped and held by a sex offender for that amount of time? That was what always made me sad about Elizabeth Smart. It was so great that she was found but how will she ever recover from the abuse that she suffered those months that she was gone? These monsters steal their childhood and then they are supposed to live normal lives. Yet another reason to strengthen our laws against sex offenders.

KC Star articles:
Missing Boys Found Alive
Questions Accompany Elation

Others Blogging:
Suzie's post-- Prayers Answered Miracles Happen O/T
Gateway Pundit-- St. Louis Officials Find Ben Ownby & Shawn Hornbeck Alive!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Does Sending More Liberals to Congress Make Any Sense?

Toon Credit: Chip Bok

Toon Credit: Chip Bok

Toon Credit: Paul Nowak

I especially loved this last cartoon. It is so right on the money. Hat tip to Chas for giving me this link to a treasure chest of awesome cartoons.


On another note I can't begin to tell you how furious I am at Barbara Boxer's below the belt comments towards Condi. Skye did an excellent post on it that is a must read!! This woman is a vicious person who doesn't care about women or children and has no business being in the senate. If a conservative had said anything remotely similar to a liberal, black woman their head would be on a platter.

Other articles:
Tony Snow Weighs In
Exchange Turns Into Political Flashpoint

Others blogging:
Barbara Boxer: Unhinged Liberal Of The Week
Vicious Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer Attacks SOS Condi Rice
Barbara Boxer versus Condoleeza Rice-Round 1
Democratic Womyn: Not So Nice, Not So Truthful

Friday, January 12, 2007

Dealing with Iran

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

Thank God the Bush administration did not capitulate to the insane advice from the Iraq Surrender group that we should ask Iran and Syria for help with Iraq. Instead Bush and Condi are finally starting to get tough with Iran.

Yesterday, U.S. Troops Raid 2 Iranian Targets in Iraq, Detain 5 People. Here are some excerpts:
"The action in Irbil is one of the genuinely new additions to the U.S. strategy in Iraq. Bush said Wednesday that the United States will now "seek out and destroy the networks" arming and training U.S. enemies. He also announced that he is ordering another aircraft carrier and supporting ships to the Persian Gulf area near Iran in a show of force.

Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, charged yesterday that Iran is "complicit" in providing weapons designed to kill American troops. "We will do all we need to do to defend our troops in Iraq by going after the entire network regardless of where those people come from," he said at a news conference with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

Rice outlined a carrot-and-stick strategy, offering to meet with her Iranian counterpart "anytime, anywhere" to discuss "every facet" of U.S.-Iranian relations -- with the condition that Tehran suspend its program for enriching uranium, which can be used for nuclear weapons as well as for generating energy. Until that time, she said, the United States will "use all our power to limit and counter the activities of Iranian agents who are attacking our people and innocent civilians in Iraq."

Rice effectively dismissed a key recommendation of the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan panel that last month urged the administration to launch a dialogue with Iran and Syria to help stabilize Iraq. She told reporters that Tehran and Damascus should not "be paid" to end their "destabilizing behavior," and that such a move would both demoralize friends and embolden enemies across the Middle East."

Most of us are saying what took so long? Gateway Pundit has several great posts on this, my favorite one with this title, How Condi Got Her Groove Back- Threatens Iran, Rejects Dialogue With Syria! His last sentence from that post is strikingly revealing, "Iran and Syria and democrats and the media denounced the Bush plan today." What a shock, terrorist nations, democrats and the media all having the same view on Bush's plan.

Previous posts:
Iran and Hitler Jr.
The Iraq Surrender Group

Others blogging:
As Bush Explains New Direction, US Troops Raid Iranian Consulate

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Bush Combats the Summer Soldiers and Sunshine Patriots


"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."
--Thomas Paine, “The Crisis”, December 23rd, 1776


Tom Delay has written an excellent post on Bush's speech and he put this Paine quote at the top. It is so good that I wanted to post it also.

To read Bush's entire speech go here. My favorite quote:
"...Americans have always defied the pessimists and seen our faith in freedom redeemed."

Here are some excerpts from the speech:
We Must Succeed

"The consequences of failure are clear: Radical Islamic extremists would grow in strength and gain new recruits. They would be in a better position to topple moderate governments, create chaos in the region, and use oil revenues to fund their ambitions. Iran would be emboldened in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Our enemies would have a safe haven from which to plan and launch attacks on the American people. On September the 11th, 2001, we saw what a refuge for extremists on the other side of the world could bring to the streets of our own cities. For the safety of our people, America must succeed in Iraq."

Iran & Syria

"Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.

We're also taking other steps to bolster the security of Iraq and protect American interests in the Middle East. I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region. We will expand intelligence-sharing and deploy Patriot air defense systems to reassure our friends and allies. We will work with the governments of Turkey and Iraq to help them resolve problems along their border. And we will work with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and dominating the region."

More than a Military Conflict

"The challenge playing out across the broader Middle East is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of our time. On one side are those who believe in freedom and moderation. On the other side are extremists who kill the innocent, and have declared their intention to destroy our way of life. In the long run, the most realistic way to protect the American people is to provide a hopeful alternative to the hateful ideology of the enemy, by advancing liberty across a troubled region. It is in the interests of the United States to stand with the brave men and women who are risking their lives to claim their freedom, and to help them as they work to raise up just and hopeful societies across the Middle East.

From Afghanistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian Territories, millions of ordinary people are sick of the violence, and want a future of peace and opportunity for their children. And they are looking at Iraq. They want to know: Will America withdraw and yield the future of that country to the extremists, or will we stand with the Iraqis who have made the choice for freedom?

The changes I have outlined tonight are aimed at ensuring the survival of a young democracy that is fighting for its life in a part of the world of enormous importance to American security. Let me be clear: The terrorists and insurgents in Iraq are without conscience, and they will make the year ahead bloody and violent. Even if our new strategy works exactly as planned, deadly acts of violence will continue -- and we must expect more Iraqi and American casualties. The question is whether our new strategy will bring us closer to success. I believe that it will.

Victory will not look like the ones our fathers and grandfathers achieved. There will be no surrender ceremony on the deck of a battleship. But victory in Iraq will bring something new in the Arab world -- a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law, respects fundamental human liberties, and answers to its people. A democratic Iraq will not be perfect. But it will be a country that fights terrorists instead of harboring them -- and it will help bring a future of peace and security for our children and our grandchildren.

This new approach comes after consultations with Congress about the different courses we could take in Iraq. Many are concerned that the Iraqis are becoming too dependent on the United States, and therefore, our policy should focus on protecting Iraq's borders and hunting down al Qaeda. Their solution is to scale back America's efforts in Baghdad -- or announce the phased withdrawal of our combat forces. We carefully considered these proposals. And we concluded that to step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government, tear the country apart, and result in mass killings on an unimaginable scale. Such a scenario would result in our troops being forced to stay in Iraq even longer, and confront an enemy that is even more lethal. If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle of violence, we can hasten the day our troops begin coming home.

In the days ahead, my national security team will fully brief Congress on our new strategy. If members have improvements that can be made, we will make them. If circumstances change, we will adjust. Honorable people have different views, and they will voice their criticisms. It is fair to hold our views up to scrutiny. And all involved have a responsibility to explain how the path they propose would be more likely to succeed.

Acting on the good advice of Senator Joe Lieberman and other key members of Congress, we will form a new, bipartisan working group that will help us come together across party lines to win the war on terror. This group will meet regularly with me and my administration; it will help strengthen our relationship with Congress. We can begin by working together to increase the size of the active Army and Marine Corps, so that America has the Armed Forces we need for the 21st century. We also need to examine ways to mobilize talented American civilians to deploy overseas, where they can help build democratic institutions in communities and nations recovering from war and tyranny.

In these dangerous times, the United States is blessed to have extraordinary and selfless men and women willing to step forward and defend us. These young Americans understand that our cause in Iraq is noble and necessary -- and that the advance of freedom is the calling of our time. They serve far from their families, who make the quiet sacrifices of lonely holidays and empty chairs at the dinner table. They have watched their comrades give their lives to ensure our liberty. We mourn the loss of every fallen American -- and we owe it to them to build a future worthy of their sacrifice.

Fellow citizens: The year ahead will demand more patience, sacrifice, and resolve. It can be tempting to think that America can put aside the burdens of freedom. Yet times of testing reveal the character of a nation. And throughout our history, Americans have always defied the pessimists and seen our faith in freedom redeemed. Now America is engaged in a new struggle that will set the course for a new century. We can, and we will, prevail.

We go forward with trust that the Author of Liberty will guide us through these trying hours.
Thank you and good night."

I know I shouldn't be surprised but I can't believe what doomsayers the Democrats and the Drive By Media are being about this new approach. As Rudy Guiliani said if Bush had come up with a different strategy the Democrats would be whining that we need more troops. It saddens me that there is so much venom for the President that the Democrats can't even cheer for their own country. They aren't even giving this plan a chance. They denounced it before the speech was even given. The Democrats and the Drive By Media are truly "summer soldiers" and "sunshine patriots".

I am thankful that as Bush points out "Americans have always defied the pessimists". May God strengthen our soldiers for this fight and give the military leaders wisdom so that we can see freedom prevail.

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