Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Making an Impact on Your Culture


My 3 older kids and I are headed to Missouri's Capitol Thursday night. On Friday my kids and I are going to attend the one-day Teenpact class for 8-12 yr. olds. We have been busy getting them ready for the class.


We have been reading the book Real Citizenship by Tim Echols who is the founder of Teenpact. It is good, although Echols is definitely a little more rigid and strict than I am but the kids and I are learning and being reminded of some good stuff. On the cover, after the title it says, "Practical Steps for Making an Impact on Your Culture". I want my kids to learn early how to make a positive difference in their culture instead of the other way around.

Their homework before the class includes:
1) Reading the book Real Citizenship
2) Memorizing I Timothy 2:1-3
3) Learn their State Rep & State Senator's name and district
4) Pray for and send a letter to them
5) Write a one-page bill

My kids sent an email to our State Senator LuAnn Ridgeway and she responded and said we could stop by her office after the class. My oldest daughter wants to write a bill outlawing abortion and my son wants to have his bill say you can't get married till you are 18 (not sure where that came from :-)). My youngest daughter is still deciding.

Besides making sure my kids are getting the homework done we are having to find the appropriate attire. They are pretty strict about what they are allowed to wear. My son doesn't even own dress shoes let alone a tie :-).

The class is going to last from 9-3 and we are also going to have a tour of the capitol building. I'm looking forward to it and excited that my kids are going to be learning how to make a difference.

Besides getting ready for and being gone for the class my parents are coming for a short visit. So I will be somewhat sporadic in posting and visiting until next Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The KC Mayor's Race Sucks

We have 12 people running for Mayor of KC and I can't find one of them that impresses me. Part of the problem is Kansas City is infested with liberal Democrats, thus mostly Democrats run for the Mayor's office and if you are a Republican you make sure no one finds out.

That said I've tried to do my homework and narrow down the candidates to maybe at least find out who the least objectionable people were. I first found out who NOT TO VOTE FOR with these endorsements.

Then I narrowed the 12 down to 2 candidates through my own research and info from other conservatives. It came down to Becky Nace and Mark Funkhouser. I was leaning towards Mark Funkhouser but then I finally found out some info that sent me over the edge. He supports private school vouchers and school choice. Thats a big and important issue for me so Mark is who I'm voting for today.

I still don't know enough about him to be 100% sure but at this point he looks like the best bet. Probably the biggest strike against him is that the KC Star endorsed him :-). On the good side though, The News Buckit has also endorsed him and they are an awesome conservative blog.


Video credit: Tony's Kansas City

While doing my research I stumbled onto this video of an interview with Mark Funkhouser done by my one of my favorite liberals. Somehow I missed it when he first posted it on his blog. Anyway, I enjoyed it and I thought it showed a good side to Funkhouser.

Monday, February 26, 2007

What are the Oscars?


A politically correct, liberal love fest!! An opportunity for snobby, Hollywood elitists to bash Bush, our country and the people who live in the midwest and believe in traditional values. I love movies but the Oscars very rarely nominates or awards people and/or movies that I like. The only winning movies in the past 11 yrs. that I've thought were worthy of Oscars were Braveheart and Titanic.

Last night the movies nominated for best documentary included a propaganda film about global warming, a film that bashed Christian home schoolers, a film that bashed Catholic priests, a film about Iraq from the perspective of "An outspoken critic of the U.S. occupation", and another film about Iraq described like this, "told by Iraqis living in a time of war, occupation and ethnic tension". All of these documentaries reek with political correctness and a hostility to average, every day Americans.

So Al Gore got his Oscar last night for best propaganda film. Melissa Etheridge also won for best song from the film and she said this after kissing her wife:
"Mostly, I have to thank Al Gore for inspiring me, showing me that caring about the earth is not Republican or Democrat, it's not red or blue. We are all green," Etheridge said.
I thought I was going to be ill.

Does Gore getting the award impress me? No, I figure if Michael Moore can get one they aren't that hard to earn. Then I see that Gore is Carter's favorite pick to run for president on the Democrat ticket for 2008. Go here to see the video. I literally am shaking my head trying to figure out who is more insane, Carter or Gore? It's a toss-up!!

Bottom line:
There are a lot of good movies out there but few that will be nominated, let alone win Academy Awards.

Cross posted at The Astute Bloggers.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Flags of our Fathers


I really wanted to see this movie in the theater but never made it. I just got it thru Netflix and was not disappointed. It is a very good movie although difficult to watch at times.


It paints a very realistic picture of how horrific the fight at Iwo Jima was for our soldiers. It reminded me of how D-day was portrayed on Saving Private Ryan. You are charging up the beach and men all around you are dropping. It is unfathomable!!


The movie also shows how difficult it was for the 3 surviving men from the famous Iwo Jima picture to cope with coming home and being regarded as a hero. I don't think we ever think about what that would be like.

Seeing the movie also made me think about all the needless deaths that happened during that war. Hindsight is always 20/20 and looking back I'm sure there were things that could've been done to save lives. Yet, that is war. Wars are never planned perfectly or executed perfectly, war is hell! It showed me how unfair so many liberals are being in their criticism of our current war and of our president.

Wordsmith has been debating a liberal in the comments' section of one of my other posts. It is now up to 55 comments :-). Wordsmith made some excellent points that I thought were worth quoting here about the war & Bush:
WAR
1st comment

"Democracy, especially in the presence of an insurgency and those who are working actively to sabotage it every step of the way, takes time and effort and energy and sacrifice. It doesn't happen overnight, as much as we may wish it to. There is blood, there is dying, and there are setbacks amidst successes. It's hard work. It's difficult work. Now is not the time to lose one's resolve. Now is the time to do what's right and to do what needs doing, especially when things get tough and it looks like the darkest hour. What did you expect? For our enemies in Iraq to just roll over and play dead? For us to incur zero loss of life? Giving me the latest body count isn't an argument for invalidating this war. It's WAR. And people die. What would the cost in American and Iraqi lives have costed us, in the long run had Saddam remained in power? We will never really know.

We're there now. We're in this war. There's no excuse for not working toward victory. Defeat or a perceived defeat will not make America safer.
But how fair is it for civilians to armchair quarterback and micromanage this war, when we do not have all the facts available to us? Following the press releases is not sufficient to make educated, strategic decisions.

2nd Comment
So many things went wrong during the invasion of Normandy; so many lives that can be seen as avoidable losses. But that's the nature of hindsight. And it creates anguish in all of us- including our elected leaders who made the big decisions- to know that mistakes cost lives. But what's the solution? Fire the generals and Administration officials every time something goes wrong?

I understand you want leaders to be able to "adjust accordingly", and not stubbornly keep doing the same thing over and over again. But I think the situations and relationships are complex ones, and all we end up doing is armchair second-guessing. We are not there, sitting in the war-room, absorbing all the available intelligence and data.

"Stay the course" is a nice, silly little phrase, that unfortunately, has been political ammo for the critics. It shouldn't be. "Staying the course" doesn't mean you keep applying the same strategy when the war has evolved. It means, you have the intestinal fortitude to outlast the enemy, even when the going gets tough. Throughout the past 3 years, we have adapted and changed tactics; as has the enemy.

Now, that being said, some decisions in hindsight should have probably been made sooner (such as more troops) that weren't. But, again, this is the advantage of 20/20 hindsight.

BUSH
I see President Bush as someone who will go down as one of our nation's strongest leaders, precisely because he has faced so much opposition; that against the odds, I think he will emerge as having been right, and made the big decisions, even when they weren't the popular decisions. Leaders cannot lead a nation, based upon the latest gallup polls. Bush is someone who thinks big, and has tackled head-on, some of the big challenges of our time. He is a mover and a shaker, and has affected the world as a risk-taker, for better or worse you may argue.

I think 9/11 transformed Bush into one of our nation's best; it jumpstarted his greatness to think big and to go long. The status quo was a slow kill for the world, as terrorists festered through the 90's, like a malignant cancer upon the world, largely ignored and left untreated. Reagan was much hated around the world; and there were demonstrations even before he swore the oath, as protestors thought it would be the end of the world."

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Why I Love Dick Cheney


During the 2004 election cycle I got to hear Dick Cheney speak and got to meet both him and Lynne. I think the thing that most struck me about him was what a genuine and funny guy he was.

I remember when talk first surfaced in 2000 about who W's possible VP picks were. I said, "Who is Dick Cheney?" I have come to see and learn that W couldn't have picked anybody better, IMHO.

This past week he has just had me cheering. First, he called McCain on his hateful comments about Rumsfeld. Here is some of what he said:
"John's entitled to his opinion. I just think he's wrong," said Cheney, a friend of Rumsfeld. He also disclosed that the Arizona senator had apologized to him for a previous comment that the vice president had "badly served" President Bush on Iraq.

"John said some nasty things about me the other day, and then next time he saw me, ran over to me and apologized. Maybe he'll apologize to Rumsfeld," Cheney said in an interview with ABC News."
He scored a home run on 2 accounts. He defended Rumsfeld and he made McCain look like a wimp.

Second, he slammed the Democrats' approach to the Iraq War.
"I think if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting, all we will do is validate the Al Qaeda strategy," the vice president told ABC News. "The Al Qaeda strategy is to break the will of the American people ... try to persuade us to throw in the towel and come home, and then they win because we quit."
Naturally, Pelosi has whined to high heaven about the remarks. Yet, Patrick over at The News Buckit spells out how right Cheney is.

I posted the above post yesterday morning on The Astute Bloggers before hearing Rush call Cheney his hero on his show the same afternoon. You can imagine what a big grin that put on my face. Here is an excerpt of some of his comments:
"RUSH: My hero, Dick Cheney, is back. The highest levels of the administration are not backing down. He was on Good Morning America today from Sydney, Australia. Correspondent Jonathan Karl again talking to him. Question: “The speaker of the house was so upset about your comment that she called the White House to complain.” But Cheney did not back down.

CHENEY: I'm not sure what part of it is that Nancy disagreed with. She accused me of questioning her patriotism. I didn't question her patriotism. I questioned her judgment. Al-Qaeda functions on the basis that they think they can break our will. That's their fundamental underlying strategy. My statement was that if we adopt the Pelosi policy, that we will validate the strategy of Al-Qaeda. I said it, and I meant it. And I'm not backing down.

RUSH: My hero, not backing down. Nancy Pelosi, not referring to her as Speaker Pelosi, just referring to her as Nancy. You know, girl's gone hormonal. Next question from Jonathan Karl. Get this. “But hasn't our strategy been failing? Isn't that why the president has had to come out with a new strategy?”

CHENEY: A failed strategy. Let's see. We didn't fail when we got rid of Saddam. We didn't fail when we held elections. We didn't fail when we got a constitution written. They’re all success stories.

KARL: Didn't we fail when 3,000 American soldiers are all killed --

CHENEY: You wish there was never a casualty, Jonathan. Always a regret when you have casualties. But we are at war."

Friday, February 23, 2007

Geffen, Hillary and Obama--Way too Enjoyable


"Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it's troubling," Geffen said of the Clintons in a New York Times interview published Wednesday.


I hate to admit it but watching Hollywood people going after Bill and Hillary is pretty enjoyable. You know it is really, really bad if even people from Hollywood have a problem with your morals :-). Geffen spoke the truth when he uttered the following words but anyone who knows the Clintons know they don't take this kind of stuff lying down:
"Mr. Geffen said the Clintons lie “with such ease, it’s troubling” and that the Clinton political operation “is going to be very unpleasant and unattractive and effective.” Mr. Geffen called Mr. Clinton a “reckless guy” who had not changed in the last six years, and suggested that Mrs. Clinton was too scripted."

It was almost ludicrous when Hillary's campaign said the following:
"...called on Mr. Obama to sever his ties to Mr. Geffen and return the portion of the $1.3 million that Mr. Geffen helped raise on Tuesday at a reception in Beverly Hills."

Then Obama really impressed me with this response:
"...saying it was “ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen” when he was “raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln Bedroom.”
Ouch!! I think it was Rush that brought up that Obama's campaign definitely did their homework. They knew that the Clintons have a hit machine and they go after their enemies. The ironic thing to me is Hillary can't blame this on the right wing conspiracy this time.

This will be interesting to see how it all pans out. I'm rooting for Hillary to get the Dem nomination because I think the Republicans have a better shot against her. Yet, how vicious will the 2 campaigns be willing to be? Any dirt they dig up now will be fodder for the Republican nominee in the general election. Also, I'm betting a lot of money Hillary is pretty ticked that her coronation isn't going as smoothly as she planned.

Meanwhile, Bill Richardson is trying to play Mr. Nice guy and asking everyone not to say negative things about each other. Did he not work in the Clinton White House? Hello?? On what planet is he living on? Richardson is on drugs if he thinks any of the Democrats are going to listen to him, especially the Clinton hit machine.

Dennis Miller on Geffen comments

Dennis Miller has some other great things to say but said some insightful things about Hillary, Obama and Geffen in this.

Other excellent posts:
Fight club, Dem Style--The News Buckit
Democrat Cat Fight Between Obama and the Hill Woman--Mike's America
Talk about Heated--Anna's Clue Tank

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Carnival of Bauer LMC Style


Since I am one of Bill Buchanan's favorite chics he has been awaiting with eager anticipation for me to host the Carnival of Bauer. Today his wishes come true!!

I've learned some fun things from reading everyone's posts and info on their blog. Thus today's carnival is entitled, What did I learn?

K.B. Spends the Day with J.B. - Hour 10
I learned all kinds of interesting stuff from Kyle's post and blog. First of all he is a star in his own right and he earns extra points with me right off the bat for posting a pic of Sawyer on last week's recap. What else did I learn? He doesn't like the Chief's uniforms which should offend me since I'm from KC but it doesn't because I don't care about football. He doesn't like Bill Maher (scores more bonus points with me). He sometimes slept in his shower as a kid and wishes he had Chloe's line of "not metabolizing the alcohol" when he was pulled over by the police.

Latest 24 Rundown
I found out that CTU doesn't have a very tough screening process and Logan is Al Gore's long lost twin brother.

24 Day 6 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jeff gets bonus points for the most analogies and references to a wide range of topics. The list would include a Tennyson poem, Monty Python, Star Trek, the Lifetime channel, congressional hearings and the "Don't ask, don't tell policy". He is also watching Firefly on DVD, thinks there is a type of music called boom-a-chicka music and he has a makenosensemeter.

Treasonous Spies Expunged from Tabernacle
Lone Star Pundit is a little confused and thinks that Jack Bauer actually does work for the Federal government :-).

24 Season 6 - Episode 10 - 3 pm to 4 am Summary
I didn't know before now that Gredenko spelled sideways is Tancredo. I also didn't know that “No one’s life is worth the destruction of everything I’ve built” is Microsoft’s secret company motto.

Your Weekly Dose of "24"
Besides learning that even liberals like Ricky love 24 I also learned some interesting tidbits about the main characters. Chloe's official title is, Socially Inept Computer Analyst, Jack went to the School of Ridiculously Hard Knocks and Bill Buchanan went to Michigan University.

Jack Bauer 'makes it work' a la Tim Gunn and Project Runway
I learned about 24 fashion styles and noticed a reference to Animal House.
New goals in life include...
I discovered all kinds of intriguing things about Kiefer Sutherland's personal life. Also, that Lou would like to hang out with Sutherland on one of his wild, partying nights on the town.

What the?!?!
I found out that Amy is a fellow Lost fan. She posted some great pics and she too has noticed the similarities between Logan and Al Gore. (I would like to add that they are probably similar in a lot of other areas apart from just the insane look.)
I also learned that some psycho in England officially had his name changed to Jack Bauer, thats what I call obsessive. Also, I suspect that Amy must either be a big Smurf's fan or loved "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" because she kept referring to Jack's dad as "Papa Bauer".

This Week's 24: So many questions, so many bitchslaps...
Pantrygirl predicts Al Sharpton will appear on 24 if another Palmer is assassinated. Knowing Sharpton's track record I'd say its pretty likely.

Father of the Year
I learned that there are such things as a local software pirate ring and a L.A. Political Correctness badge. I also noticed references to Justin Timberlake, N'Sync, Okinawa and Karl Rove.

The beard of evil
Tom is now the 3rd person to see the similarities between Logan and Gore, this is getting scary! He also brings up hanging Chads and thinks that Milo is the new Tony. I like Milo but Tony he is not!!

WTF? Moments From Hour 10, Day 6
Adam doesn't bring up Al Gore but he does think Logan is impersonating George Lucas and we get some comparisons to Richard Nixon. Logan has to be pretty despicable to be compared to both Gore and Nixon, yikes!
Leave Politics = Grow an Ugly Beard!
I spoke too soon. In Adam's 2nd post he brings up how there seems to be this tendency after leaving office to grow beards. Not only does he give us our 4th comparison to Gore but he also compares him to Saddam Hussein, ouch!!

A public service announcement from Jack Bauer
I learned that shooting a handgun really isn't that hard and that in Jack's spare time he has fought 767 wild grizzly bears.

Many thanks to the guys at Blogs 4 Bauer for allowing me to be the hostess for the Carnival of Bauer this week.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Some Good News about Iraq


Since the Drive By Media has a hard time talking about the good news in Iraq I thought I'd give a couple of examples.

1) There are some polls out showing that the Democrats' slow bleed plan isn't exactly what many Americans had in mind.

--This poll shows that 66% think winning in Iraq is important, and 58% think we will.

--According to Neil Newhouse this poll says:
The survey shows Americans want to win in Iraq, and that they understand Iraq is the central point in the war against terrorism and they can support a U.S. strategy aimed at achieving victory, said Neil Newhouse, a partner in POS. The idea of pulling back from Iraq is not where the majority of Americans are.

James Joyner talks about the poll and Iraq war attitudes. He breaks the poll down like this:
* 57% believe “The Iraq War is a key part of the global war on terrorism.”
* 57% “support finishing the job in Iraq, that is, keeping the troops there until the Iraqi government can maintain control and provide security for its people.
* 50% want our troops should stay and “do whatever it takes to restore order until the Iraqis can govern and provide security to their country” while only 17% favor immediate withdrawal
* 56% believe “Even if they have concerns about his war policies, Americans should stand behind the President in Iraq because we are at war.”
* 53% believe “The Democrats are going too far, too fast in pressing the President to withdraw the troops from Iraq.”


2) CBS's 60 Minutes did a segment on how Kurdistan loves the US (don't faint from the shock) and how that part of Iraq is peaceful and thriving.

--Hat tip: News Buckit

--I found it amusing that about 8 minutes into the interview with some of the Kurdish leaders the Drive By Media reporter says, "So the Kurds supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq?" The Kurdish leader immediately corrected him that it wasn't an invasion but a U.S. liberation. Burn!!!!!

I was so ecstatic to see him correct the reporter. Yet, it still enrages me that a reporter has the audacity to use the word invasion. Later in the video a young man who returned to Kurdistan from the U.S. told how when he was 6 Saddam's regime murdered his father and then charged his family for the bullets that were used. A reason was never even given for why he had been killed. This is what the U.S. saved the Kurds from and much more.

3) Gateway Pundit shows the positive progress that is already being made in Iraq from the Iraqis themselves in, Iraqi News Reports On The Surge in Baghdad.

--Also, from Iraq the Model

--The Iraqis have an anti-terrorism media campaign with this as their mission:
All religions, human codes and ethics, and even our most primitive intuition regard terrorism to be villainous. True Islam also rejects and condemns terrorism.
‘Terrorism has no religion’ is our on-going communication campaign against extremist ideology that breeds terrorism, and we use Quranic Verses in their true Islamic meaning; free of the distortion committed by the misguided malicious terrorists.

4) Skye talks about Iraqi progress also in her post, Deflecting Defeat.


5) "Tell the American people we need the U.S. Army here"

--Hat tip: Victory Caucus

--An interview with Iraqi soldiers


6) Pat Dollard is one of the first to reveal the 11 point plan for Victory in Iraq.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

LMC's Smorgasboard


1) 22 Week old is youngest baby to survive
Another chink in the pro-abortionists' armor!!


2) Click on the political spectrum pic to enlarge. Its pretty accurate!

3) McCain makes a weak attempt to pander to conservatives
Remember in my recent post where I quoted the comments about the further McCain goes to try and pander to the right the more he ticks off his main constituency, the Drive by Media? As was also mentioned there is nothing he can do to win some conservatives over, that would include me.

Another prediction that McCain is toast by Dick Morris on Hannity and Colmes last night.


4) McCain bashes how the war was handled and Donald Rumsfeld
Do you want a guaranteed way to tick LMC off? Be a RINO and bash Donald Rumsfeld, that'll do it everytime.

5) The Half Hour News Hour was a big hit!

6) Contact the 7 Republican Traitors in the Senate!

7) The Worst Presidents
Click on the link and vote for who you think are the 3 worst presidents. It is being overrun right now by liberals. My worst 3 are Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Warren G. Harding.

8) I heart Tony Snow!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Flyboys


As many of you know I am a big history and war movie buff. My husband and I watched Flyboys this past weekend.


It is based on the Lafayette Escadrille which was a group of American pilots that fought in World War I. Here is a brief summary about them:
"The Lafayette Escadrille (LE) was made up of American pilots based in France that fought against the Jagdstaffeln of Germany prior to the United States entry into World War 1. Originally called the Escadrille Americaine, this group is perhaps as well remembered for their actions in the officer's club, as their success in the skies.

The Lafayette Escadrille had 38 American pilots that rotated to other squads within the Lafayette Flying Corps, a part of the French Air Service. In all, 65 Lafayette Escadrille and Lafayette Flying Corps members perished during the air war effort over France. The Lafayette Escadrille was formed in April 1916 and carried the cause of freedom to skies over western Europe until the squadron was absorbed by the United States Air Service in 1918."


James Franco did a wonderful job as one of the main pilots. He has also starred in 2 other movies that I love, Annapolis and The Great Raid.


It was a great movie and I recommend it if you like war movies based on factual events in history.

Sites about Lafayette Escradille:
American Volunteer Pilots in WWI
Wikipedia
LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE SQUADRON

Carnival of Bauer at The Chatterbox Chronicles


Yes, stop the presses a chic is going to host The Carnival of Bauer. I think that I am the first female to have the prestigious honor of hostess. So tune in because this remarkable event will happen this Thursday, February 22nd.

Many of you know the drill- we're looking for reviews, commentary, humor pieces and anything else "24"-related. If you would like to participate, please have your posts to us by midnight on Wednesday (2/21).

You have two options to submit your articles:
1) Email your post to blogs4bauer@gmail.com with "Carnival of Bauer" in the subject, or
2) Use the Carnival submission form, linked via the button below.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

U.S. House votes for defeat in Iraq


"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



The U.S. House voted on Friday 246-182 for defeat in Iraq. Nancy Pelosi may have a ridiculous grin on her face but our troops have just been told that the U.S. House or at least the Democrats and some linguine-spined Republicans don't support them.

There are 2 Democrats who showed courage:
Representative Jim Marshall

Phone: 202-225-6531
Fax: 202-225-3013
Web Email

Representative Gene Taylor

Phone: 202-225-5772
Fax: 202-225-7074
Web Email

There are 17 Republicans who showed they have no backbone:
Representative James T. Walsh
Representative Walter Jones
Representative Wayne Gilchrest
Representative Michael Castle
Representative Richard (Ric) Keller
Representative Philip Sheridan English
Representative Ronald Ernest Paul
Representative Frederick Stephen Upton
Representative Thomas M. Davis
Representative Mark Kirk
Representative Howard Coble
Representative John J. Duncan Jr.
Representative James Ramstad
Representative Steven C. LaTOURETTE
Representative Robert Inglis
Representative Timothy V. Johnson
Representative Thomas Petri

For contact info go here. I urge everyone to give praise to the 2 lone Democrats and criticism for the 17 Republican traitors. I also will be calling my Republican Representative Sam Graves with praise for being one of the strong Republicans.

On Saturday the senate once again blocked a symbolic vote of defeat. Kudos to Mitch McConnell and others who stood strong on this.

Please watch this video to be reminded of how crucial all of this is and the historic importance of the fight we are in.

For those of you who haven't heard there is an awesome new site called The Victory Caucus. This site is where I snagged the 2nd pic and the contact info. I urge everyone to register and join. They have a special post letting people know how they can get involved.

Other blogging:
Gateway Pundit
Mike's America
Wordsmith
Flopping Aces
Let Freedom Ring
Chickenhawk Express
Anna's Clue Tank
Cajun Tiger
The Liberal Lie, The Conservative Truth
Midnight Blue
The News Buckit

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Burt Brady


ABC did something right for a change. They named Burt Brady their person of the week. He deserves that honor and much more. Get the Kleenex ready!! This video brought me to tears and was very inspiring.

Friday, February 16, 2007

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly #3


THE GOOD:

1) John Howard Bashing Obama

2) Giuliani goes to the mat for Bush

3) South Dakota passes a ban on abortion.

4) Margaret Thatcher Honored With Statue

5) It looks like McCain is toast:
Sen. John McCain is in dire straits, real trouble. And he and his advisers know it. They are panicking, having big trouble raising money, and are advancing their announcement schedule from next fall to a few weeks from now.

McCain is a dying candidate. You can sense that he is headed downhill. He never was liked by the GOP base - and the more he tries to win their affection - and he can't do it because he has insulted too many people for too long - the more his patrons in the so-called mainstream media fall out of love with him.

Bottom line: McCain is toast. But he will not go down easy. He will also get nasty toward anyone who appears to be ahead, so look soon for McCain to hit Rudy.




THE BAD:

1) Edwards' bloggers bashing Christians.

2) Anti-War Left Wing Comic Book A Textbook in S.F. Schools

3) Malicious Prosecutions

THE UGLY:

1) Al Franken running for the U.S. senate in Minnesota.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Hilarious!!!!!!


Video Hat Tip: Mike

This is another clip from The Half Hour News Hour. I laughed so hard I still have tears in my eyes.

24's Joel Surnow


This video is the promo for Surnow's new show "The Half Hour News Hour". It is going to start airing this sunday on Fox News at 10 pm ET.


This is a hilarious clip from the show.

“America wants the war on terror fought by Jack Bauer. He’s a patriot.”--Joel Surnow

I came across an interesting article by Jane Mayer entitled, Whatever it takes. I learned some fascinating things but it wasn't hard to tell that Mayer is not a fan of 24 or of conservatives. Nevertheless, I found some excerpts worth sharing:
Surnow, for his part, revels in his minority status inside the left-leaning entertainment industry. “Conservatives are the new oppressed class,” he joked in his office. “Isn’t it bizarre that in Hollywood it’s easier to come out as gay than as conservative?” His success with “24,” he said, has protected him from the more righteous elements of the Hollywood establishment. “Right now, they have to be nice to me,” he said. “But if the show tanks I’m sure they’ll kill me.” He spoke of his new conservative comedy show as an even bigger risk than “24.” “I’ll be front and center on the new show,” he said, then joked, “I’m ruining my chances of ever working again in Hollywood.”

During three decades as a journeyman screenwriter, Surnow grew increasingly conservative. He “hated welfare,” which he saw as government handouts. Liberal courts also angered him. He loved Ronald Reagan’s “strength” and disdained Jimmy Carter’s “belief that people would be nice to us just because we were humane. That never works.” He said of Reagan, “I can hardly think of him without breaking into tears. I just felt Ronald Reagan was the father that this country needed. . . . He made me feel good that I was in his family.”

Surnow said that he found the Clinton years obnoxious. “Hollywood under Clinton—it was like he was their guy,” he said. “He was the yuppie, baby-boomer narcissist that all of Hollywood related to.” During those years, Surnow recalled, he had countless arguments with liberal colleagues, some of whom stopped speaking to him. “My feeling is that the liberals’ ideas are wrong,” he said. “But they think I’m evil.” Last year, he contributed two thousand dollars to the losing campaign of Pennsylvania’s hard-line Republican senator Rick Santorum, because he “liked his position on immigration.” His favorite bumper sticker, he said, is “Except for Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism & Communism, War Has Never Solved Anything.”

A year and a half ago, Surnow and Manny Coto, a “24” writer with similar political views, talked about starting a conservative television network. “There’s a gay network, a black network—there should be a conservative network,” Surnow told me. But as he and Coto explored the idea they realized that “we weren’t distribution guys—we were content guys.” Instead, the men developed “The Half Hour News Hour,” the conservative satire show. “ ‘The Daily Show’ tips left,” Surnow said. “So we thought, Let’s do one that tips right.” Jon Stewart’s program appears on Comedy Central, an entertainment channel. But, after Surnow got Rush Limbaugh to introduce him to Roger Ailes, Fox News agreed to air two episodes. The program, which will follow the fake-news format popularized by “Saturday Night Live,” will be written by conservative humorists, including Sandy Frank and Ned Rice. Surnow said of the show, “There are so many targets, from global warming to banning tag on the playground. There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit.”

I for one am looking forward to Surnow's new show, "The Half Hour News Hour".

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!!


I hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day. The hubby and I are going out this weekend for our Valentine's Date to Hereford House and to a movie. Instead of getting me flowers or candy he's letting me pick out my own present. Anyone who knows me knows that is the best present for me :-).

Scottish Wife

I'm not sure how appropriate this video is for Valentine's Day but it is hilarious. My husband brings home these funny video clips all the time and we watched this one last night and died laughing. It is particularly funny to me because I have a good friend who likes to do painting and other stuff around their house. She is very good at it but her husband is a perfectionist and is fairly critical of her work. Somehow I can envision her having this response after he'd been critical one too many times ;-).

Fun Item:
I found this via my sitemeter and thought it was kind of cool. On The Fantasy Blog Stock Market I'm #5 out of the top 100 KC blogs. I'm sure it doesn't mean much but its a neat tidbit.

Future profiles:
I'm preparing to do conservative profiles on Rudy, Duncan Hunter, Newt & Mitt Romney. Some of you have already sent me some great info, anyone else that has good articles please send them to me via email.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Utah Voucher Program


"The significance of this bill cannot be overestimated," said Andrew J. Coulson, Director of the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom. "If passed, it will be an unprecedented step forward for educational freedom in America."

Strike 1 for the Teachers' Unions!! Utah's House and Senate have both passed a bill providing school vouchers for all kids in the state of Utah. Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. signed the bill into law yesterday so Utah will be the first state to have a state-wide voucher program.

Get out the moving boxes, I'm moving to Utah. This is awesome progress for the supporters of school choice. Kudos to Representative Stephen H. Urquhart for sponsoring the bill.

The Associated Press seems to be whining in their description of this news :-). I can't imagine why all the teacher's organizations would be against it. Perhaps, it is because it would strip all their power and money away. It doesn't matter that it will be much better for the kids.

Support for vouchers:
Milton Friedman's--Free to Choose
Alliance for School Choice
Nine Lies About School Choice: Proving the Critics Wrong

Monday, February 12, 2007

Movie Review--Obsession


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

"This is a film about a radical worldview, and the threat it poses to us all, Muslim and non-Muslim alike."

Since I was sick this weekend I finally had an opportunity to watch two movies that a friend had lent me, Obsession and Fahrenhype 9/11. I will review Fahrenhype 9/11 later this week.

This movie is a must-see for everyone but especially for those that think Bush has exaggerated the terrorist threat that we face. I ask everyone, especially my resident liberals to at least watch this 12 minute clip of the movie.

The movie makes it clear that it isn't talking about all Muslims because many don't buy into this radical worldview. It is also worth noting that Muslims are just as much at risk as anyone else of suffering from the terror that these radicals would inflict. The problem lies in what Khaled Abu Toameh, a Palestinian journalist, had to say. He hopes that "the silent majority is not speaking out against the radicals out of fear and not out of sympathy" but he isn't sure.

Daniel Pipes, director, Middle East Forum, estimates that 10-15% of Muslims worldwide support militant Islam. Many more though, are anti-American and anti-Zionist.


INDOCTRINATION OF CHILDREN

"This religion (Islam) will destroy all other religions through the Islamic Jihad fighters."--Taken from a Jordanian/Palestinian school book--1998

The scariest aspect of dealing with this struggle is the fact that many children are indoctrinated from a very early age to fight in jihad and that it is honorable to die as a suicide bomber. Nonie Darwish, daughter of Shahid (martyr), was raised in the Middle Eastern Islamic culture. She said it is a culture that produces terrorism. "In the Middle East Islam is our identity, it is our political life, our social life; it is our life."


COMMON DENOMINATORS

I have always been aware of the similarities between World War II and the struggle against radical Islam but this movie brings it home. The Grand Mufti Al-Husayni collaborated with Hitler. They had the same goal, to exterminate the Jews. There were even Muslim SS Divisions. An excerpt from wikipedia about the Grand Mufti:
"Until the end of the World War II, al-Husayni worked for the Nazi Germany as a propagandist for the Arabs and a recruiter of Muslim volunteers for the German armed forces. Beginning in 1943, al-Husayni was involved in the organization and recruitment of Bosnian Muslims into several divisions of the Waffen SS and other units."
Hitler used the war of propaganda with hate speech and paranoia. Radical Islam is doing the same thing. When you see pictures of Islamic youth being indoctrinated they look just like the Hitler youth did. Many argued on the movie that Islamofascism is actually more dangerous than Hitler's indoctrination because it spreads across many Muslim countries.


CULTURE OF DENIAL, WE MUST WAKE UP

"Of course not all Muslims are like that(the radicals in the video clip). But we've been infiltrated with this kind of agenda. America has to wake up. We are strangling ourselves with our political correctness."--Nonie Darwish


The movie mentioned that the press does us a great disservice by minimizing the threat we face. According to Michael Moore and many like him "there is no terrorist threat." Neville Chamberlain disagreed with Winston Churchill over the threat Hitler posed and the result was a longer war and more deaths. We can't afford to ignore this global threat that we face by Islamic militants who would commit suicide just to kill some of us. Just like Hitler admitted in his speeches that he was for exterminating the jews we have video clips of Islamic extremists calling for the death of all infidels (non-Muslims). They can't make it any clearer what their intentions are, are we listening?

Links:
TIMELINE OF ISLAMIST-LINKED TERROR: March 1977 - July 2006
Get involved: What we can do
Interview with Nonie Darwish

Other reviews of Obsession:
Lone Pony--Obsession
Chas' Compilation--Obsession: What we are up against
Obsession: Documented Terror

Sunday, February 11, 2007

The World's 10 Worst Dictators


Parade Magazine does an annual report on the worst dictators. Here is the list from, The World's 10 Worst Dictators by David Wallechinsky:
1) Omar al-Bashir, Sudan

2) Kim Jong-il, North Korea

3) Sayyid Ali KhamEnei, Iran

4) Hu Jintao, China

5) King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia

6) Than Shwe, Burma (Myanmar)

7) Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe

8) Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan

9) Muammar al-Qaddafi, Libya

10) Bashar al-Assad, Syria

To see #'s 11-20 go here!

Wallechinsky used the U.S. Department of State, Human Rights Watch and several other organizations to compile his list. I find it interesting when you consider some of the liberal leanings of some of these Human Rights' groups and yet they still have Bush's axis of evil guys as #2 and #3. Maybe W knew what he was talking about during that speech after all. Also, note that Syria's dictator was on the list, the one that Rick Warren praised for having a country where Christians and Muslims were able to get along.

Cross posted at The Astute Bloggers

Saturday, February 10, 2007

LMC's Smorgasboard of Posts


Hat tip: Anna

I can't tell you how much I LOVE this video. This song is so inspirational and dedicating it to the troops is so special. I've either linked to it or posted it before but when I found it at Anna's I just had to repost it. Especially after dealing with traitors like William Arkin I can never say often enough how much I love our troops and how thankful I am for their sacrifices.

As I've mentioned I'm also blogging at The Astute Bloggers and I've posted some things over there that I haven't mentioned on my own blog so I thought I'd link to several of them.

24's Joel Surnow--I found out some really cool things about Conservative Joel Surnow. He does an awesome job on 24, he is buddies with Rush Limbaugh and he is starting a new show to be a righty version of The Daily Show.

Ending Abortion--Why are pro-lifers smiling? I give you some of the reasons. Hat tip to Gayle for finding the article and posting on it also.

Hollywood Liberals--Facts don't matter, just feelings if you are a Hollywood leftie.

Arlen Specter--Traitor #2--I have no use for the likes of Specter, Hagel or McCain.

Friday, February 09, 2007

I like People Who are Real


"People will love you for being yourself more than for being perfect or for imitating someone else."--Dr. Archibald Hart

Awhile back I did a post entitled, Flawed Heroes where I shared my heart on having heroes that aren't perfect. What do all my heroes have in common? They are real. I don't like people who are wishy washy, who don't know what they believe or try to be someone they are not. Be who you are and have people love you or hate you and let the chips fall where they may. The quote that I highlighted at the top has been a quote that I think of often and is a quote to live by.


What got me thinking about all of this is Patrick's post on Rudy, Until we resurrect Reagan.... He talks about how Rudy isn't perfect but he is real. I think that is one of the reasons I am so drawn to Rudy. Here are some excerpts from Patrick's post:
Rudy is a fairly open and honest man. He also sticks to his convictions (unlike Romney and McCain who seem to change their minds depending on which way the wind is blowing.) I trust someone who sticks to his principles (even if I don't agree with them) more than a person who adapts his principles to what he thinks others want to hear. Rudy is, as far as I can see, a sincere man. He's not a phony or a liar or two-faced.

Now, if Rudy picked Duncan Hunter as his VP, I would be a very happy voter. Actually I wouldn't even mind if he picked Joe Lieberman. All I want from politicians is they stick to their convictions and are fairly honest, sincere and trustworthy. So, until we resurrect Reagan, Rudy is the horse that I'm betting on.

I am still doing some soul-searching about the 2008 candidate but I would have to say that I am 90% in agreement with what Patrick says here. If Rudy picked Hunter or Gingrich for his VP I'd be a pretty happy camper. I just can't see myself supporting McCain or Romney when I doubt their sincerity this early in the game. If someone better comes along thats great but I don't see anyone else on the horizon right now.

This will be very hard for me because I know there is going to be a lot of conflict within the party over our nominee. There are Christians that don't like Romney because he's a mormon. I do believe Mormonism to be a cult but I don't see that influencing Romney's ability to be president. I'm more concerned about his insincerity.

There are Christians that will refuse to support Rudy because of him being pro-choice. It will kill me if I pick a different candidate than Tony Perkins and James Dobson. My dad always told me that he would never support a politician that wasn't pro-life and for many years I have been in 100% agreement with him on that. The only reason I'm even considering Rudy is because I think the biggest areas that the pro-life issue influences are Judges. So when Rudy said he would pick strict constructionists I believe him, why? Because he's real and I don't think he says things just to appease people. If Romney or McCain said that I'm not sure I would trust them. Trust is a big issue. Why am I still so loyal to Bush? Because I trust him. I think the same of Rudy.

I still remember the first time I saw Rudy on Meet the Press. I asked my mom, who is that guy? I love him. I also remember the first time I saw McCain on Meet the Press. I said, who is that jerk? There are gut instincts that many times pan out to be true.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Explosion Rocks Kansas City

Photo Credit: My World as I shot it

Every blogger in KC is talking about the same thing. We had a Chemical Plant explode here yesterday. Tony has links and says, Kansas City looked like Mordor for a day. Blog KC broke it down like this:
* Thick ash and 3-inch chunks of crud are falling Downtown and as far away as Midtown. The crud is reported be highly toxic.
* Downtown buildings are shutting down their HVAC system.
* KCMSD has evacuated five elementary schools in the area, all kids have been taken to the Paseo Academy.
* Two big power lines were hit, causing power outages as far away as Barry Road and several of the suburbs.
* The plume of smoke is visible as far away as Libety and Overland Park.
* I-35/29 is closed in both directions at the Paseo Bridge
* The fire has spread to at least one nearby house
* EPA ground monitors report no air problems, but an EPA plane is en route from Texas to test air inside the cloud.
* The plant produces lots of solvents and paint thinners that can cause eye and lung irritation.

Photo Credit: Living in the Scoot Utopia

Personally the kids and I noticed our lights flickering around the time of the explosion. Of course we didn't know at the time what it was from. A little less than an hour later I ironically first found out about it on the national news via Fox (of course). Then a friend whose husband works at our local NBC affiliate called me and told me to turn on the local news. The Chemical Plant really isn't that far from our house but we weren't close enough to be in the danger zone.

The real issue is it wasn't far from my husband's work. He could see the flames and the smoke while driving home which took him twice as long because some of the highways and a bunch of the roads were closed down.


Several friends called to see if I knew since I live the closest to the plant. One friend was driving on the highway all the way in Overland Park and could see the smoke. Another was on I-70 and could see it too. Last night I saw on the news that NKC Highschool was being turned into a Red Cross shelter and many schools were still going to be in session today just at alternative places.

As far as I can tell they still don't know what caused the explosion and one of the main concerns is the toxicity of the air around the plant. Thankfully, everyone was able to evacuate before the plant exploded and no one was hurt or injured.

Lost & Best Movie Line


I was out late watching Lost with a friend so no time to post. I leave you with this pic.

BEST MOVIE LINE EVER!!

Also, a friend sent me this video clip via email. I have seen it many times on other blogs but it is so good I figured it was time I posted it. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Republicans Have a Backbone and the Resolution Fails

Lieberman Iraq Speech (part 1)

Part 2

Many of us posted on this despicable resolution and how it was imperative that it fail. Many of us asked everyone to contact Republican senators and let them know how you felt. It looks like our voices made a difference because all of the Republican senators blocked the resolution except two RINO's, Collins and Coleman.

Take notice, because very rarely will you see me posting a video of a Democrat's speech and praising it :-). Lieberman nails it and all of the Republicans joined him in voting against this resolution coming up for a vote without more debate except Collins and Coleman. I give praise where praise is due and in this case the Republicans get my commendation.

Of course, the Drive By Media is spinning this as Republicans being obstructionists. It isn't really true but even if it was you would see me laughing since Bush has had to deal with obstructionist Democrats for six years on the crucial issue of judges. The Republicans actually wanted MORE debate on other resolutions. They wanted the Democrats to put up or shut up. Either vote not to fund the war or support the troops. Don't come up with this pansy resolution which is a vote of no confidence and undermines our troops and encourages the enemy.

I have an extra spring in my step today seeing Republicans stand on principle, fight for a just cause and have a backbone. Kudos to Lieberman too for standing strong on such an important cause in the face of fierce opposition. Also, very rarely will you see me praising McCain but he gets some today too for standing strong on this.

Others blogging:
Simply Kimberly
Wordsmith
Mike's America
Flopping Aces--The Cowardly Resolution Fails!
Flopping Aces--Debate Or No Debate

Previous Posts:
Backstabbing McCain Strikes Again
A Call to Action

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Rudy is in!!

Rudy Giuliani on Hannity & Colmes (Part 1 of 2)

(Part 2 of 2)

I watched him talk to Sean Hannity about the crucial issues and I have to admit I was pretty impressed. Make sure you watch the video if you didn't see him on Hannity and Colmes last night. His answers on guns and marriage both worked for me. He said he believes marriage should just be between a man and a woman and that he believes in domestic partnerships for homosexuals.

I am still nervous about him not being pro-life but his assurances on picking good judges confirmed my hunch that he would pick strict constructionists. The fact that he even used the word strict constructionists and that he loves Scalia, Roberts and Alito was music to my ears. That is the area where the pro-life issue is most important.

He is awesome on taxes and stellar on terrorism. He is pro-school choice which is a big issue for me. Overall, I was encouraged.

Afterwards Dick Morris was on the show and talked about his meeting with some right wingers. He said he was shocked (I was not) that when he asked them if Republicans could get over McCain's issues 75% of them said they couldn't and when he asked them the same question about Giuliani it was the exact opposite of 75% saying they could. Rudy over McCain any day!!

Here are some excerpts from Morris's column, IT'S NOW A RUDY ROMP:
Until now, the status of front-runner in the Republican primaries for president was jointly held by Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. McCain is clearly no longer the front-runner. In the last week or so, Giuliani has moved out to a clear lead.

* McCain's latest fund-raising report, for the fourth quarter of 2006, was pathethic: He raised only $1.7 million and has only pocket change - $472,454 - on hand.

* A Fox News poll of Jan. 30-31 shows the former mayor jumping out to a significant lead among Republicans - 34 to 22 percent.

* A Gallup poll taken Jan. 25-28 shows Giuliani is better liked by Republicans than McCain -74 to 21 percent and more trusted to handle a crisis (68-20). Some 60 percent say Giuliani "better understands the problems of the average person," against 33 percent who pick McCain. By 58-34, America's Mayor is seen as the stronger leader.

Giuliani has developed an effective parry to charges that his pro-choice stance would undo eight years of pro-life heavy lifting by the Bush administration. He's saying he'd oppose partial-birth abortion and work to continue to curtail Medicaid funding for abortion. More, he'd appoint judges like Justices Samuel Alito and John Roberts to the Supreme Court.

Other posts and articles:
Giuliani Is In and Becomes the Immediate Favorite
Flopping Aces--Rudy on Hannity & Colmes
Yes, Rudy Giuliani Is a Conservative
Mike's America--Everybody's Talking About RUDY!

A great resource for staying up to date on 2008 candidates:
Patrick Ruffini's 2008 Presidential Wire

71 Charges against Michael Devlin


I posted awhile back about the miracle in Missouri where 2 abducted boys were found alive. I also expressed dismay over comments critical of Shawn Hornbeck, who had been missing for over 4 years. Many were questioning why he didn't escape. I brought up that he obviously had been so traumatized and tortured that he was too afraid to escape. Well, yesterday we found out some of the trauma that Shawn was forced to endure.

Devlin faces 71 charges, 17 related to Ben Ownby and 54 related to Shawn Hornbeck. Here is the list of the specific charges. Gateway Pundit breaks down the charges like this:
In the case of 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck, the abuse lasted four years, according to the charges. For 13-year-old Ben Owbny, the abuse began the day he was abducted last month and lasted until he was rescued four days later.

The charges represented the first time authorities have openly accused Michael Devlin of molesting the children.

...Seventeen of the charges allege that Devlin kidnapped Ben on Jan. 8 and forced the boy to have "deviate sexual intercourse" with Devlin four times that day and four times each day for the next three days. There are no charges for the day of Jan. 12, when the boys were found.

The remaining 54 charges claim that after kidnapping Shawn in October 2002, Devlin kept the boy isolated in Devlin's apartment for the first month.

The boy was forced to have intercourse with Devlin throughout that month and at least once a month until Shawn and Ben were found in January, prosecutors said.

What was done to these boys is really too horrific to contemplate let alone endure. It breaks my heart that even though Ben was only gone for 4 days he was still sexually assaulted at least 16 times. What kind of a monster does this?

Thanks to Missouri's version of Jessica's law that was passed by Missouri's Republican Congress and signed into law by Governor Blunt last year Devlin should get the book thrown at him. He is supposed to get a life sentence for every act of sodomy and he has 69 such charges against him. In my opinion he should get the death penalty but life in prison will work. I just hope he doesn't get any breaks because there is talk of a deal since he may have confessed to some of the charges. Life in prison without the possibility of parole, nothing less!!

SOURCES:
Accused kidnapper, Michael Devlin, faces 71 new charges
Gateway Pundit--Michael Devlin Charged With 69 Charges of Sexual Assault

Previous posts:
Miracle in Missouri
Another Smorgasboard