Friday, June 29, 2007

The Fairness Doctrine


Toon Credit: Eric Allie
"The Fairness Doctrine is affirmative action for liberalism."--Newt Gingrich
I haven't bothered to post on the weak attempt by liberals to revive the Fairness Doctrine up until now because I knew it didn't have a chance in he** of passing!! Yet the more it is brought up the more concerned I get about the future. Right now we have enough Republicans to stop it in its tracks and a President that would veto it. Yet, God forbid we end up with a Democrat president and enough Democrat congressmen this could actually become law sometime in the future if we don't speak up.


Toon Credit: Paul Nowak

If you look at this rationally it is beyond absurd. The liberals control 95% of the Drive By Media outlets, they control all the cable news channels except for Fox, they control 95% of the print media but they have panic attacks about the fact that via capitalism Conservatives dominate talk radio.

The bottom line is NO ONE wants to listen to liberal talk radio. Liberals have tried repeatedly and failed. Dennis Miller gives an excellent reason on why liberal talk radio fails, go here to listen to him. He points out that it isn't Conservative vs. Liberal but optimism vs. pessimism and I couldn't agree more. Most liberals are glass half-empty people and the American people don't want to hear ranting from doom and gloomers. This is why I despise Michael Savage and he is in the minority of Conservative talk show hosts. He is extremely negative and offers no positive solutions, no one but angry people want to listen to that.



Toon Credit: Bob Gorrell

Newt Gingrich has been irritating me lately in some of his comments but he was 100% right on when he talked about this issue on Hannity and Colmes the other night. He mentioned that if we need equal time in talk radio then we need equal time in Hollywood, College Campuses, the NY Times editorial page, Time, Newsweek.... He brought up how liberals want access to the airwaves whether they've earned it or not and even if no one wants to listen to them. He also said liberals want to drive Conservatives off the airways because they can't compete. He couldn't be more right. If people want to hear what you have to say they will tune in. If they don't, government regulation isn't going to help.

What I find ironic is that one of the promoters of the Fairness Doctrine, Dianne Feinstein argues that talk radio is "dwelling in hyperbole" and "pushes people to extreme views without a lot of information." Yet this Pew Research Center Study poll shows the exact opposite. Rush Limbaugh listeners are found to be the 2nd most knowledgeable after Weekly Standard readers on knowing the most about what is really going on in the news. Here is an excerpt from their study:
"Judged by their answers to three news knowledge questions2, the most informed audiences belong to the political magazines, Rush Limbaugh's radio show, the O'Reilly Factor, news magazines, and online news sources. Close behind are the regular audiences for NPR and the Daily Show."
The most disappointing person in all of this has been Trent Lott. He must be spending too much time with John McCain, prohibiting any kind of free speech is wrong and I can't believe for one thing that Trent Lott doesn't realize talk radio listeners probably make up 90% of his base.

Kudos to Mike Pence for sponsoring the amendment that passed in the House yesterday. He had this to say:
Before the passage of the amendment, which he sponsored, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), a former full-time radio host, forecast a big majority and took a shot at the Senate, saying: “This House will say what some in the other body are not saying, that we believe in freedom on the airwaves. We reject the doctrines of the past that would have this federal government manage political speech on the public airwaves.”
I get that Dick Durbin, John Kerry and Dianne Feinstein are catering to the Kos kiddies but what is wrong with Trent Lott? If you live in Mississippi, you might want to give him a call and ask.

Others blogging:
Marie's Two Cents
Bloviating Zeppelin
Dean Barnett
The Source
Wake-Up America

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Senator Kit Bond & My Thoughts on the Immigration Bill


In Defense of Senator Kit Bond

Shane emailed me on Tuesday and wanted to know what was up. My Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill had seemingly voted to kill the immigration bill and my Republican Senator Kit Bond had voted to continue debate on it. I let Shane know that Kit Bond has been a stellar senator on almost every issue so I would check into his reasoning. Over the years I can't remember ever disagreeing with him on any issue, he is a Conservative's dream Senator.

This is what Kit Bond had to say about his vote:
"First, I voted to allow this debate to occur so I could force a vote on my amendment that cuts the heart out of amnesty. My amendment would cut the path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

"I think it is critical that my colleagues go on-the-record regarding whether they support giving U.S. citizenship to illegal immigrants. That is the heart of the amnesty that I, and a majority of Missourians, oppose.

"Citizenship is the most precious gift America has to offer. It should not serve as a reward to those who broke the law to enter or remain in this country.

"Also, the more this bill is exposed to the light of day through debate, the more people will see its fundamental flaws -- like the amnesty provisions and the $25 billion in new mandatory entitlement spending for illegal immigrants.

"Many people don't realize that the 12 million illegal immigrants legalized in this bill will eventually qualify for Medicare, Social Security and other entitlements. This will cost a lot of money and not even half of it will be covered by the new fees impose in the bill.

"The more my colleagues and the public understand what is really in this flawed bill, the better chances we have at ultimately defeating it.

"It is important to understand that yesterday's vote on the motion to proceed is just one of several 60 vote chances we have to kill this bill.


"I agree with Missourians who are outraged with this bill in its current form and I will vote against waiving the budget act to allow this bill's mandatory new entitlement spending on formerly illegal immigrants - that requires 60 votes.

"I will also vote against the motion to end debate, which also requires 60 votes.

"I want to be clear - unless the bill's fundamental flaws are stripped from this bill - such as amnesty for illegal immigrants and the $25 billion in new entitlements -- I will vote to kill this bill."

To hear his comments about it yesterday, go here, to hear his comments about his vote on Sean Hannity's show, go here.

My Thoughts

This issue just continues to make my heart sick. I hope the bill is killed today like many are predicting. I am upset with the President for pushing this so hard when he knows so many are against it. I am upset with the likes of Lindsey Graham and John McCain for turning a deaf ear to their constituents. I am upset with those on our side who are so hysterical and irrational on this. Hearing Ann Coulter trash my President hurts my heart tremendously.

I don't care how important an issue is, it isn't worth the vitriol and eating our own. I hate the immigration debate for that very reason, it seems to bring out the ugliest side of all people. I hope next time around our Representatives listen better to what the American people are saying and I hope Conservatives will be a bit more rational and civil on how they handle the debate.

UPDATE:
Thank God, the bill is dead!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Palestinians and Israel


The above video is a shocking tale of a Palestinian female suicide bomber who had been cared for at an Israeli hospital. She was willing to kill the very doctor who saved her life. She was unsuccessful, but it is a glimpse into a culture few can comprehend.

Icognito posted this video and has done several excellent posts recently on Palestinian and Israeli issues. They are all worth checking out:
**Insight into the mind of an ordinary Hamas-lover
**The Truth about Israel and Palestine
**You get what you ask for: Palestinians and the escalating violence

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Banned by PBS: Muslims Against Jihad


"Muslims Against Jihad" didn't air on Saturday like it was originally supposed to because of the late breaking news on the Jessie Davis case. Instead, Fox News aired it Sunday night. It was extremely well done and very eye-opening.

The question is often asked, "Why don't moderate Muslims speak out more against radical Muslim extremists?" The documentary shows the reasons why, many of them are terrified and afraid to speak out because of what might happen to them. It showed many Muslims in Europe, especially Denmark, who would try to break away from Islamic extremism only to live in fear for their lives.

"The Koran states: First of all guidance, advice, and admonition, then, banishment from the bed and then 'beat them'. When the Koran presented this verse, it did not present it for all cases, but for one case out of all ways of female behavior-the case of disobedience."
The above quote was taken directly from a clip that they showed that aired on an Islamic channel that Europeans were able to access from the Middle East. Basically, it says men don't beat your wife in all cases of bad behavior, only when she disobeys. The whole concept makes me shudder to think about how oppressive it would be to live in a extremist Muslim home.

One of the things I have never understood about U.S. feminists is why they aren't speaking out more about how atrociously women are treated in the Middle East and other countries. The documentary showed how women who flee arranged marriages or who try to flee abusive relationships are often at risk of losing their lives.

Islamic Honor Killings

Islamic Honor killings are where the men in the family, whether it be a father, brother or Uncle are ordered to kill a female relative for a transgression that she has committed. One Pakistani man who lived in Denmark was ordered by his father to kill his sister. Why? Because she wanted to divorce her husband. He refused to do it so his father sent men to try and kill him also. The man said that Islamic honor killings aren't necessarily taught, it is just an unwritten rule in the culture. In Denmark there are crisis centers set up for Muslim women who are fleeing abusive treatment and/or arranged marriages.

Even though there is fear for their lives, more and more women and men are leaving the extremism and speaking out. One such man, Abdel Malik who lives in France was recruited into an extremist group that turned out to be actively involved in terrorism. At first they had him luring in others and then they actually wanted him to commit an act of terrorism. He refused to do it. Instead, he was just starting a rap singing career and after 9/11 he began speaking out against the extremism in his music.

Throughout the airing of the documentary E.D. Hill was talking to producer and director Martyn Burke, and Executive Producer Frank Gaffney. They both talked about the blatant liberal bias at PBS. Early on Martyn Burke was told by PBS to fire Frank Gaffney and another partner because they were conservatives. They asked Burke, Don't you check into the political backgrounds of the people you work with? Burke said he didn't and he refused to fire them. PBS fought them all along the way and when this documentary along with its companion film, Islam vs. Islamists was done they complained that they were alarmist. They showed them to an extremist Muslim group and of course they didn't like them.

As a result, PBS refused to air "Muslims against Jihad" and its companion piece "Islam vs. Islamists" will only be available through Oregon Public Broadcasting. If you live in Oregon check it out, and hopefully Fox News will re-air Muslims Against Jihad if you missed it. It is well worth your time.

Republican Presidential Nominees, Mike and More...

Togi Radio made this banner for me that I have in my sidebar. It links to their website where you can access my show.

Today at 9:00 am CST, I will be talking about the Republican Presidential nominees and Mike from Mike's America will be my guest on the show. I confirmed that the call-in number for today will be 1-877-864-4869. Last week they changed it on me that morning. I will also try to do better about announcing the number throughout the show this time.

Click here to join us for the fun!!

What the critics :-) are saying about the show:
1) Skye says--"its like candy for the mind!"

2) Anna says--"Dee, the voice that launched a million watts of fun and information."
UPDATE:
It looks like they are going to re-air it today at 2:00 and again at 6:00 CST if you missed it.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Praise You in this Storm


The 2nd installment of Worship Video Sunday! Enjoy!!

Praise You In This Storm

words by Mark Hall/music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms
sung by Casting Crowns

I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus:
And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes unto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday Smorgasbord


1) Michael Bloomberg Leaves the Republican Party--The above cartoon about sums up how I feel about Bloomberg. I have never cared for him and always knew that he was a Democrat in Republican clothing. He switched parties right before running for Mayor and was able to basically buy the election with his billions. As Mayor he has done nothing but expand NYC's socialist programs.

There is much debate about whether he will run for President in 2008 as an independent. He has the potential to be a Ross Perot race spoiler but the debate is which side would he really pull votes from? He is anti-war so he could likely pull votes from the Democrat side, of people who don't like Hillary. If Fred Thompson is our nominee I don't foresee much of a problem whereas if we have someone that Republicans are divided over there is more potential for Bloomberg to mess things up.

Bottom line: I'm not sure there is much to be concerned about. Bloomberg is very unlikable for various reasons and the odds are he won't even run.


2) Michael Moore's propaganda film, Sicko, makes even top Democrats ill--Again, the cartoon for this story says it all.


3) PBS banned it, but Fox News is airing the documentary, Muslims Against Jihad--Make sure to tune in tonight at 9 pm ET.


4) Mike Nifong "minister of injustice" has been disbarred after being found guilty of ethics violations and now faces criminal contempt charges and civil lawsuits. This story really deserved a whole post considering how fired up I have been about it, but I haven't had the time.

Bottom line: Justice has finally been served!! I talked about it at length on my radio show this past Tuesday. As Susan Filan points out, his punishment is extreme but appropriate. Here are some excerpts from her excellent article:
"For a panel of lawyers to strip another lawyer of his license to practice law is a rarity indeed. This is the legal equivalent of a unicorn sighting."

"Nifong had many chances to escape this fate, yet he never chose to do the right thing. Not once."

"Nifong finally admitted he made mistakes and violated the Rules of Professional Conduct under cross examination, but claims they were all unintentional and the result of getting a little “carried away.” Nifong was trying to spare himself. Nifong’s actions always serve Nifong. He used the Duke case to get re-elected, and he resigned to try to save his law license."

"I believe his tears were genuine, but I think he cried for himself, not for the damage he did to the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system, nor the damage to the three innocent young men whom he had indicted, nor the damaged reputation of Duke University or the sport of lacrosse. There are so many victims in this tragic tale of shattered lives. Not the least of whom is Nifong’s own teenage son who attended Friday’s hearing at his father’s request, only to see his father skewered on the witness stand, culminating in tears and resignation. Why put your own son through this? More of a ploy to gain sympathy, leniency, if not pity?"

The possibility that Nifong would be disbarred was real. But it took him until the bitter end to see what everyone else has seen for months. But his realization, admissions and resignation came much too late. When asked whether he still believes a crime was committed that night, he refused to admit that “nothing” happened that night in that house. He still believes “something” happened.

"This statement supplies the bitter evidence that he was talking out of both sides of his mouth. He wanted to save his law license, but he could not completely exonerate the three young men whose lives he could have destroyed."
Will Nifong even go to jail?

Friday, June 22, 2007

Funny Jay Leno Interviews


THE JAY LENO INTERVIEWS - Free videos are just a click away

My husband found this and I thought it was pretty funny. These are pretend interviews with Jay Leno and OJ Simpson, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Michael Jackson. Obviously, the George Bush one was my least favorite but they are all pretty clever. Enjoy!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

My 1st Radio Experience


First of all, I just want to thank everyone for being so supportive. I am so thank-ful for what a great support system I have. I had a lot of friends praying for me and sending me words of encouragement. I have to admit the night before the show I was pretty nervous. I'm thinking, maybe I shouldn't have told so many people about this :-).

So how did it go? Overall, pretty good. I'm sure I still have TONS to improve on and lots to learn but no major screw-ups so I was able to heave a sigh of relief when I was done. I even got over my nervousness about 10 minutes in and by the end of the show I felt like I was in my element. I did have a glitch at the beginning. I had to click a button twice to make sure I was on the air. I did that but the button was still flashing. Then one of the producers asked me if I was still there and I panicked and thought that I hadn't been on the air yet so I repeated my first minute or so of what I had just said. Other than that, no major mistakes.

Our blogging friend Patrick was my first caller. I can't tell you how great it was to hear his voice. I have visited his blog for about 2 years now and talked to him via email but had never heard speak. He has this awesome South African accent that I guess he's not fond of but I thought it was wonderful. And I can't begin to tell you how much more relaxed I was after he called. He joked with me that he wasn't sure when he was going to get a word in edge-wise. I'm not called Little Miss Chatterbox for nothing. This next week I plan to try and slow down a little and give out the phone number more often and ask for callers to weigh in with their opinions on the topic I'll have at hand.

Also, my friends Rebecca and Joia called in. I talked with both of them about immigration. Overall, it was a good experience and the people at the radio network gave me positive feedback. I was asked if I was ready to expand to 2 hours. I said I would love to but not right away. I want to have at least a couple of weeks to get used to doing 1 hour.

Two of my friends took me out to lunch to celebrate and it was a lot of fun. They too commented on how much they loved Patrick's accent ;-)!!

Many of you have mentioned that you missed the show but would like to listen. They are re-airing it several times this week so just go to their site to see when it will be on next. It is called, Conservatism with Heart. The radio network (Togi Entertainment) will be giving me some kind of icon to put in my sidebar to link to them. In the meantime I may just put a link by itself in the sidebar. Tune in next week where I will have Mike from Mike's America on as a guest.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Gaza Civil War


"Washington politicians take note: Gaza is what can happen when you precipitously pull your military forces out of a Middle Eastern war zone without making sure there is in place a truly democratic government and adequately trained and armed security forces capable of insuring law and order."--Joel Rosenberg
"Hamastan is here, Welcome to Hell"--Israeli Press

I've learned a lot the past couple of days as I have tried to wrap my brain around what is going on in Gaza. I'm sure most bloggers are very familiar with Israel and Palestinian issues but for those (like me) who initially didn't have a clue what was going on, here is a crash course.

The basics:
Gaza--A 25 mile strip of land with a population of 1.4 million people

Lands that Palestinians occupy--Gaza and The West Bank

Hamas--Recognized Terrorist organization supported by Iran and Syria

Fatah--Supposed to be a more moderate Palestinian group backed by the Western World but some argue it is also a terrorist group that just pretends to acknowledge Israel, was started by Yasser Arafat (who publicly would denounce suicide bombers but was known to secretly support them)

Palestinian President--Mahmud Abbas (member of Fatah)

2006 elections--Members of Hamas were elected to the Palestinian government which thus gave a known terrorist organization shared power with Fatah.

Civil War--Between Hamas and Fatah for control of Gaza, which fell within a few days to Hamas

When did the Civil War start?--Acts of violence started escalating on Sunday, June 10th.

Control--Hamas now controls the Gaza strip and Fatah controls the West Bank

Killed--At least 113 Palestinians have been killed so far in the bloodshed

Gang-style executions--Carried out by masked Hamas against Fatah and PA security forces in front of their wives and children

Fleeing--Many Palestinians, especially members of Fatah have tried to flee from Gaza knowing their lives are at risk but Gaza has been sealed off

International Embargo--After Hamas took control of part of the Palestinian government an embargo was placed on aid to the Palestinian people. The embargo may be lifted against the West Bank since Hamas will no longer be in the government there.

Whose fault is all of this?--According to our very own Boston Globe, Israel. It is unfathomable to me how 2 Palestinian groups at war with each other could be Israel's fault but it is like everything here, somehow no matter what happens everything is George W. Bush's fault.

Israel's response--Plans are already being made to take out Hamas in Gaza.

Bibi Netanyahu and Natan Sharansky warned in 2005 that it wasn't a good idea for Israel to take troops out of Gaza. They had argued that it would show weakness and surrender, I think they have been proven right. I'm not sure what the solution is to this mess now but Joel Rosenberg concludes his excellent post with these 2 thoughts:
"1) Iran's efforts to surround Israel and prepare to "wipe Israel off the map" has just been significantly advanced and thus the prospect for a full-blown war in the Middle East this summer or fall now seems more likely, not less; and 2) U.S. politicians had better think twice about a precipitous withdrawal of American military forces in Iraq before the Iraqis are ready unless they want a repeat of the nightmare now unfolding in Gaza."

Meanwhile, Mr. Insanity aka Jimmy Carter supports the terrorist group Hamas. This man knows absolutely no shame.

**I wrote this post several days ago in preparation for the radio show and then of course, never even got to it. Since I wrote this more has happened. Joel Rosenberg has this update at his blog.

Also, Shoprat points out in this post how now that Hamas has control of Gaza they are persecuting Christians as well.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Radio Show Tuesday--TODAY!!


I finally have the details on how to tune into the show tomorrow. You can either go to http://togientertainment.com and click on radio or go straight there by using this link, http://togientertainment.com/radio.php.

At first, I was told I wouldn't be set up to take callers right away, but it looks like I will be, so feel free to call in. Here is the number to use: 1-877-864-4869.

Also, the time of the show has changed to run from 9:00 to 10:00 am, CST. It will also re-air tonight from 7-8 and will be replayed several times throughout the week.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Presidential Nominee Profile #1--Fred Thompson


"Republicans need someone like Ronald Reagan, someone everyone knows, someone everyone likes, someone who is conservative and – most importantly – someone who would hold the presidency for eight years. What qualifications would such a candidate need? He would have to be someone who is very articulate and convincing in front of the camera, someone who exudes confidence, someone who naturally appeals to women voters, someone familiar with the news media, someone who has kept very much in the public eye and yet someone who has been away from the mess in Washington for awhile.

Is there such a man? Yes, there is: Fred Thompson. He has been consistently conservative on social policy and his help in getting John Roberts confirmed as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court was critical. Thompson has a record in the Senate and he voted conservative, according to the American Conservative Union, eighty-six percent of the time."--Bruce Walker

I have to say that when I first heard about Fred Thompson's possible run for the White House I wasn't that impressed. I thought, first of all I don't know how impressive this guy is, and if I'm going to get behind an ideal guy who doesn't have a chance I'd get behind Duncan Hunter.

That has all changed for me. I'm not one of these people predicting that he's our next Reagan but I like what I'm seeing. First of all, to know Fred Thompson is to love him, the more I hear, the more I like. Second of all, the fact that he is #2 and even #1 in some polls and has already gotten the backing of some influential people shows that his viability is real. In fact, I will go out on a limb even before he has declared and predict that this race is now his to lose. I think its very likely that Fred Thompson will be the Republican nominee for President in 2008.

WHO IS FRED THOMPSON?

Personal:
--born August 19, 1942 in Sheffield, Alabama
--married Sarah Lindsey in 1959 at age 17
--had 3 children with Sarah, 1 whom died in 2002 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs
--divorced from Sarah in 1984 after 25 yrs. of marriage, it was reportedly amicable and according to sources she will help with his campaign for president
--married Jeri Kehn in 2002
--had 2 children with Jeri, one just born in 2006
--he has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma but is in remission, it is reportedly indolent, and the lowest of the three grades of NHL, he has said it should not affect his life expectancy
--is a member of the Church of Christ

Schooling:
--Florence State College
--Memphis State University--Degree in philosophy and political science
--Vanderbilt University Law School--JD Degree
--admitted to the State Bar of Tennessee

Law & Political Career:
--assistant U.S. attorney from 1969 to 1972
--campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senator Howard Baker's successful re-election campaign in 1972
--co-chief counsel to "Watergate Committee" from 1973 to 1974
--maintained law offices in Nashville and Washington, D.C. for the rest of the 70's
--special counsel to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander in 1980
--special counsel, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 1980-1981
--Special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 1982
--member of the Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission 1985-1987
--worked as a corporate lobbyist in Washington, D.C. from 1975-1992
--elected in landslides to be the U.S. Senator from Tennessee in 1994 and 96

Acting Career:

Most well known for his role in the movie Die Hard 2 and the TV show Law and Order. To see the rest of his acting career go here.

Where he stands on the issues:
--against abortion
--against same-sex marriage
--for school vouchers
--for abstinence education
--for drilling in Anwar
--for Presidential line-item veto
--against gun-control
--for national missile defense system
--for personal social security accounts
--for tax cuts
--strong supporter of the war on terror
--against the current immigration bill, for securing the borders first, for a comprehensive post on his immigration stance, go here
My only 2 qualms:
--supported McCain/Feingold
--voted yes on funding the National Endowment for the Arts (I guess we have to give him this one since he's been an actor)
For a comprehensive list of where Fred Thompson stands on the issues, go here!!

My favorite thing about Fred that I have seen so far is his willingness to be candid and not nauseatingly, politically correct. He has supported Scooter Libby without hesitation, he took on Michael Moore and he seems to have the same core today that he had 30 years ago.

There are a plethora of articles and blog posts out there on Fred Thompson. I have yet to encounter a conservative in the blog world that isn't impressed with him. Below are just some of the many pieces on him.

Sources:
My previous posts on Thompson
Patrick's long list of Fred posts
Astute Blogger posts on Fred
Conservapedia
Wikipedia
Hawks for Thompson
The Next Reagan?
Key Bush Backers rally to Fred Thompson
Peter Robinson interview with Fred
Republican Thompson to meet with Thatcher

Support for Fred Thompson:
I'm with Fred
The Fred Thompson Report
His articles for National Review Online
Maine for Fred Thompson

Sunday, June 17, 2007

I am so in love with you....


I'm going to start a new thing I hope to become a standard event on my blog. Each Sunday I am going to try and post a meaningful worship song.

I am kicking it off with Everytime I Breathe by Big Daddy Weave. Kudos to Kelli for finding the song for me. I kept hearing it on the radio but didn't know who sang it or what the name was and so I asked Kelli and she knew right away. I can't begin to tell you how much I love this song. I encourage all of you to take 3 minutes today, lift your hands in praise and sing your heart out to God! Thats what I did and I am so uplifted. Below are the words, play the video, follow the words and sing :-):
Every Time I Breathe

I am sure all of heaven's heard me cry
As I tell You all the reasons why
This life is just too hard

But day by day
Without fail
I'm finding everything I need
And everything that You are
To me

Chorus:
Every time I breathe You seem a little bit closer
I never want to leave
I want to stay in Your warm embrace
Oh basking in the glory shining from Your face
And every time I get another glimpse of Your heart
I realize it's true
That You are so marvelous God
And I am so in love with You


Now how could I after knowing One so great
Respond to You in any way
That's less than all I have to give
But by Your grace I want to love You not with what
I say
But everyday
In a way that my life is lived

Chorus:
Every time I breathe You seem a little bit closer
I never want to leave
I want to stay in Your warm embrace
Oh basking in the glory shining from Your face
And every time I get another glimpse of Your heart
I realize it's true
That You are so marvelous God
And I am so in love with You

Wrapped in Your mercy I want to live and never leave
I am held by how humble
Yet overwhelmed by Your majesty
Captured by grace and now I'm finding
I am free
You are marvelous God
And knowing You is everything
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Make sure to scroll down and also check out my Father's Day post.

Happy Father's Day!!


Father's Day makes me think of how thank-ful I am for my Father God, my earthly Dad and my husband. RT asked for our favorite memories of our Dads and I wrote that one of my best memories of my Dad is that he always listened to me and cared about what I had to say. He made me feel that what I had to say had value. That makes a big impression, especially on a girl in her teenage years. When I look at my husband I realize that personality wise he is very different from my Dad and yet listening is what they both have in common. One of the reasons I married my husband is because he's a great listener (thats important when you like to talk :-))).

My kids are so great at the gift giving. My kids picked out neat things for my husband and made him cards and other neat stuff. My 12 year old even sent him an e-card at work on Friday.

I had an amusing experience while trying to pick out cards at Target, though. My 3 other kids were at various places and it was just me and my talkative 9 year old daughter. While I'm trying to pick out cards for my dad, my father-in-law and my husband's step-dad my daughter keeps reading cards out loud and making incessant comments (I wonder who she gets that from :-)). I think it took me 3 times as long to to pick out the cards. Towards the end she sees this card with the word beer on the front. She's like, why would it say beer on here? By this time I'm almost incredulous about all the commenting and I'm grasping at straws, what am I supposed to say about this? The lady next to me has a big smile on her face. I finally say, well some Dads like to drink beer. I'm sure I should've used it as a teaching moment but I was worn out and left it at.

Anyway, Happy Father's Day to my dad, my husband, my father-in-law and all my fellow bloggers out there who are Dads. You rock!!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Two of my Favorite Men--Fred Thompson & Peter Robinson


This past week was the 20th anniversary of Reagan's awe-inspiring "Tear Down This Wall" speech. Mike and others posted the video of the speech. I was reminded of the person who wrote that speech, Peter Robinson. Peter Robinson wrote my 2nd favorite book on Reagan after Peggy Noonan's, entitled, How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life.

So, when I saw this interview of Fred Thompson by Peter Robinson at Patrick's blog I was just ecstatic. What an awesome find! The interview is long but take the time to watch it. I have to admit the more I see of Fred Thompson the more I like him. At first I wasn't sure how much I liked him or how viable he was going to be. Both factors have changed for me. When you see Mary Matalin and Liz Cheney signing on as advisers I think the viability question is going by the wayside.

Also, Christian conservatives like myself are just waiting for him to declare, so they can throw their support behind him. I had a politically-connected friend who said at one time that she thought Fred didn't have a prayer at getting the nomination. I haven't heard her say otherwise but I would bet that she's changed her mind.

My plans are do a comprehensive profile on him early next week. He will be the first in a series of profiles on the presidential nominees. I also hope to talk about him on my first radio show.

For those of you interested in Fred's take on the immigration issue, go here!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Michael Moore and Angelina Jolie


What do Angelina Jolie and Michael Moore have in common? Outwardly, absolutely nothing, but they have similar political views and they are both in the news right now and irritating the heck out of me.

I still remember the first time I got a glimpse of Michael Moore. He was on Judith Regan's late night show on Fox where she would interview authors about their new books. He totally looked like he had slept in his clothes, rolled out of bed, didn't brush his hair and just put on a baseball cap. Michael Moore's new movie Sicko is making me sick just having to hear about it. The only way it would be fitting is if it were a movie on his life. His movies are 100% propaganda and it irritates me that so many people are duped by his lies. I hope Sgt. Peter Damon is successful in his totally justified lawsuit against Moore.

As for Angelina Jolie, I'm sure most men drool over her but I have NEVER cared for her. There is something about her that I have always disliked, I literally have never had a desire to see any of her movies and I'm a big movie chick!! True or not I view her as the vixen that broke up a marriage. I also want to gag every time I hear about her humanitarian UN work. If you really want to do good, invest your money in an organization that isn't thoroughly corrupt.

I saw the preview for the Daniel Pearl movie yesterday and I was all excited to see it until I saw that she starred in it. Talk about my hopes being dashed. Then, to top it off she tried to ban Fox News "from covering the "Mighty Heart" premiere on the red carpet. It was only with the intervention of mortified Paramount staff that an FNC camera crew was allowed to be present." She also appears to be an elitist snob because she had her lawyer come up with a ridiculous agreement that she wanted all reporters to sign before interviewing her. Talk about a big time Gag!!

My plea to Angelina & Michael: PLEASE GO AWAY!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Freedom

William Wallace Speech

Sir William Wallace of Elerslie is still regarded as Scotlands greatest hero and patriot.
Freedom is always worth fighting for. As I'm preparing for my radio show I've been reflecting on my philosophy towards life and what inspires me. As most of you know Braveheart is my all time favorite movie. It inspires me in a way that no other movie has come close to. Amazing Grace is the only one that has even gotten close.

"Sir William Wallace of Elerslie, hero of Scotland and true patriot, his desire for peace and freedom united the clans, gained the loyalty of the people, struck fear into his enemies and defied the cruel hand of an evil, waring and invading King - Edward 'Longshanks' Plantagenet I of England."
Braveheart was based on some of the true history of Scotland's fight for independence and the man, William Wallace. The movie isn't completely accurate but does base a lot of it on William Wallace's real life. This site prides itself on telling the true story of William Wallace.

"We fight not for glory nor for wealth nor honours; but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life."--from the Scottish Declaration of Independence signed in 1320 at Arbroath Abbey on the east coast of Scotland.
One of these days I will do a historical profile on William Wallace, but until then watch the William Wallace speech and be inspired to fight for whatever cause it is that you most believe in.

Books:
In Freedom's Cause by G.A. Henty

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

More on the Immigration Debate


The nice thing about going out on a limb on an issue is you find more people think like you than you realize. I found this to be true when I wrote my post, The Bloody Immigration Debate. I braced myself for a lot of vitriol from my own side but instead I found a lot of people who felt the same way.

Sister Toldjah wrote a wonderful post entitled, The immigration debate: The good, the bad, and the ugly - and suggestions. Here are two excerpts:
"I don’t question the president’s good intentions on wanting to pass ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’ He came into the WH after being a two-term governor of the border state of Texas, and it wasn’t exactly a secret that he was in favor of naturalization then, so the positions he’s taken on the issue of illegal immigration have not been a shock to me, nor should they have been to anyone else. To accuse the President of ‘betrayal’ on this issue when his position should have been well-known from the getgo is baffling to me.

What I despised, deplored, and was disgusted by throughout all this was the way conservatives treated each other as it related to disagreements over this issue. There were strong arguments for and against this bill, but lost in all that was the need to “one up” the opposition, whether it was Senator Graham foolishly accusing the bill’s opponents of being “bigots”, the President wrongly questioning the patriotism of conservative critics or people like Tom Tancredo and others like him claiming that anyone who didn’t oppose every aspect of this bill “had to be” a proponent of “open borders” and “shamnesty” and were, essentially, “traitors” to their country for “not wanting to secure its borders.” Incidentally, Tom Tancredo is a guy I do not respect, considering he’s not just against illegal immigration, but he’s against legal immigration as well.1 Tancredo is popular with many on the anti-immigration bill side, and I hope to see more denounciations of his suggestion in the immediate future. Of course, I have to wonder how many Tancredo supporters agree with that sentiment, especially since he’s been expressing it for a few years now and has maintained his popularity amongst staunch immigration bill opponents. Oh, and let’s not forget the calls for impeachment from Michael Savage and Pat Buchanan, either. Along with that, there’s at least one full thread devoted to Bush’s impeachment not at the Daily Kos or the usual Nutroot hangouts … but the Free Republic. This is insanity."

"If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years about the issues that are the most important to me, it’s to learn to be happy with the little victories because the big victories are hard to come by. Take, for example, abortion. It’s no secret that I oppose abortion, but I’m also a realist and realize that abortion can’t be outlawed tomorrow. It’s just not going to happen. So I take comfort in the little victories - like the ban on PBA, and the restrictions on funding for embryonic stem cell research and US funding for international abortions (both advocated by this President, BTW). Those are baby steps (no pun intended) towards a - hopefully - change in attitude on right to life issues. I believe that step by step with each small victory, one day, we just may get to a point in this country where babies aren’t looked at as a “choice” but instead a “child” by an overwhelming majority of the American people. That will be the “big victory” for me. Abortion, as I’ve said before, is my “no compromise” issue, so if the party ever did turn it’s back on its pro-life platform, I’d be saying goodbye."

Robin wrote an excellent post yesterday entitled, About BDS, BBS (Bush Betrayal Syndrome) and IDS (Immigration Derangement Syndrome). Here is her conclusion:
"Then step back and take a deep breath. Think about all the times we've mocked the Left for their outrageous comments. Think about all the times we've almost blown a gasket when Conyers, Sheehan, etc ridiculed and denigrated our President. The IDS/BBS crowd has bellied up to the "Eat Your Own Buffet" with KOS and the DUmpers as honored guests. This is one dinner party that I will NOT be a part of."

Robin and Sister Toldjah both highlighted The Anchoress's post and I have to say its definitely worth reading. She takes the time to post the following list on all the awesome things that Bush has done that so many conservatives have just thrown by the wayside:
Did he protect us from the reach & province of the International Criminal Court? Yes.
Did he keep us from the Kyoto mess that is currently tying up Europe? Yes.
Did he create a workable alternative to Kyoto that other countries have embraced? Yes. Bet you didn’t know that!
Have US Carbon Emissions decreased on his watch, without Kyoto? Yes.
Did he submit a comprehensive energy plan that got killed by a weak congress? Yes.
Has he lowered the deficit ahead of schedule in time of war? Yes. Even the NYTimes admits it!
Did he cut taxes? Twice? Yes. And yes.
Did he try to get the cuts made permanent? Yes. Congress dropped that ball.
Did he stop government funding of EMBRYONIC stem cell research? Yes.
Has he kept the promises he made as he held a dead cop’s shield before the Joint Houses? Yes.
Did he go after the Taliban and AlQaeda in Afghanistan barely a month after 9/11? Yes.
Has he been unflagging in his efforts to subdue terrorism, worldwide? Yes.
Has be been the consistent voice for human liberty around the globe? Yes.

After some serious missteps, is the surge working? Yes.
Has he been a staunch friend to Israel, the only stable democracy in a frantic region? Yes.
Did he end the farce of world-wide Arafat admiration? Yes
Did he remove Saddam Hussein, whose state supported terrorists, from power? Yes.
Did he invade Iraq at a time when the whole world believed Saddam had and “would use” WMD? Yes.
Did he bring a much-maligned coalition with him? Yes. Some are still there.
Did he liberate 50,000 people in keeping with the ideals of the 1998 Iraqi Liberation Act? Yes.
Has he inspired the Iraqi people to finally believe enough in freedom to fight AlQaeda with us? YES!
Has he figured out that a free and engaged Middle East makes America safer? Yes.
Has he kept you safe since 9/11? So safe that you’ve almost forgotten to fear? Yes.
Did he remove “the wall” between the CIA and the FBI? Yes.
Did he go to the UN before invading Iraq? Yes.
Did he tell the UN that the US would never ask permission to defend herself? Yes.
Did he inspire Libya to surrender it’s WMD without firing a shot? Yes.
Did he appoint excellent SCOTUS and Federal Judges to the bench? Yes.

Did he implement the NSA terrorist eavesdropping program? Yes.
Did he immediately move to freeze assets and make terror funding more difficult? Yes.
Did he reform Medicare? Yes.
Did he reform Social Security to give you more power over your money? He tried. See Congress.
Did he manage an economy thru recession, terror attack & war w/ consistent gains for over ten quarters? Yes.
Has he kept unemployment between 5.5% and 4.4% for an impressive period? Yes.
Does he say what he means and mean what he says? Yes.

Did he try to address immigration last year, when the houses in his party? Yes.
Does he support the second amendment? Yes.
Does he support school vouchers and school choice? Yes.
Did he sign the ban on Partial Birth Abortion? Yes. It went to court, but he signed it.
Did he reverse Clinton’s intent to kill Reagan’s pro-life Mexico policy? Yes.
Did he support the Defense of Marriage Act? Yes. That used to be vitally important to you.

Did he expand the roles of faith-based organizations in social programs? Yes.
Did he prosecute the white-collar criminals like Ken Lay who ran riot through the ‘90’s? Yes.
Has he handled himself with enormous courage, dignity and grace in the face of world/media/hate?
Is he a man with a creed before he’s anything else? Yes.

Did he establish Health Savings accounts? Yes.
Did he have the Border Patrol installing monitoring devices along the borders? Yes.
Has he made mistakes? Yes. Some undeniable beauts.
Has he been an imperfect president? Yes.
Has he spent too much? Probably.
Has he given you most of what you’ve wanted? Actually, looking at the list…yes!
Has he dared to disagree with anyone to keep his principles, even you? Yes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Lots of Good News!!


1) Albania loves the United States!! Albania gets what so many liberals do not, how much President Bush has done for the cause of freedom. Kudos to the Albanians for giving Bush a Hero's welcome!!


Mike did an unbelievably, excellent post on Bush's whole G-8 Summit trip. He had this to say about the above picture:
"A Bush Milestone: More Conservative, More Pro-American leaders than at any previous G-8! Go right down that row! Most of these leaders have been elected or re-elected in the last few years on a platform of more conservative, more pro-American policies! That's quite an achievement."

2) Bush has promised to veto the embryonic stem cell bill. Our president is getting a lot of flack for his stance on immigration right now but he deserves our praise when he stands by principle and does the right thing.


3) The Democrats crash and burn on their attempt to cast a meaningless, no confidence vote for Alberto Gonzales.

4) Fred Thompson and Rudy leading for the Republican Presidential nominees. My 2 favorites right up front!!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Freedom Writers


I saw a great movie yesterday. Freedom Writers goes on my list for being one of those movies that empowers and inspires. It is based on the true story of Erin Gruwell, a teacher who reaches out to kids who everyone else has given up on and helps them find their voice. Here is a description of the book on which the movie is based:
"The Freedom Writers Diary is the amazing true story of strength, courage, and achievement in the face of adversity. In the fall of 1994, in Room 203 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, an idealistic teacher named Erin Gruwell faced her first group of students, dubbed by the administration as "unteachable, at-risk" teenagers. The class was a diverse mix of African-American, Latino, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Caucasian students, many of whom had grown up in rough neighborhoods in Long Beach. In the first few weeks of class, the students made it clear that they were not interested in what their teacher had to say, and made bets about how long she would last in their classroom.

Then a pivotal moment changed their lives forever. When a racial caricature of one of the African-American students circulated the classroom, Erin Gruwell angrily intercepted the drawing and compared it to the Nazi caricatures of Jews during the Holocaust. To her amazement, the students responded with puzzled looks. Erin Gruwell was appalled to discover that many of her students had never heard of the Holocaust. When she asked how many in her class had been shot at, however, almost all of them raised their hands, and began lifting their shirts to show their scars. This initiated a battle-scar show-and-tell that left Erin Gruwell shocked and inspired to take advantage of the powerful energy she had sparked.

By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students' lives. She encouraged them to rethink rigid beliefs about themselves and others, to reconsider daily decisions, and to rechart their futures. With Erin's steadfast support, her students shattered stereotypes to become critical thinkers, aspiring college students, and citizens for change. They even dubbed themselves the "Freedom Writers" - in homage to the Civil Rights activists the "Freedom Riders" - and published a book."

Erin Gruwell faced a lot of obstacles, not only did people not support her but many tried to thwart her every step of the way. It was a good reminder for me that when you have a cause worth fighting for you can persevere even if you don't get the support that you would desire. In fact, sometimes you will be abandoned in your cause, that doesn't make it any less worthy.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Conservatism with Heart


I've finally come up with a name for my radio show, Conservatism with Heart! Actually, my contact at the radio network came up with it and the more I thought about it the more I liked it. I kind of wanted something a little more flashy but I think this works. There are going to be liberal shows on the same network so conservative needed to be in the title and I think heart can represent my passion.

As of right now my first day for the internet radio show will be on June 19th from 8:30-9:30 am central time. I will give more specific details as soon as I have them. My preparations are coming along well and right now I'm getting ready for my first show. I am going to have a biography/profile segment on each show and I think I'm going to profile the Republican presidential candidates. I'm thinking I'll do Fred Thompson first and put a profile up about him up on my blog around the same time.

I am going to change the name of my blog to coincide with the radio show. So in the next couple of days my blog's name will change to Conservatism with Heart. I will keep the same blog address for now so you won't have to change your link, just the name. I'm hoping to have a new look for my blog in the near future also.

Friday, June 08, 2007

The Bloody Immigration Debate


I will be honest, I hate the immigration debate, with a passion!! It is an issue that divides Republicans and people, the likes of which I've never seen. Which is why I usually avoid the subject at all costs. That said, it is time for me to wade into shark infested waters and talk about it.

Why am I so reticent to talk about it? Its one of the few issues on which I can see both sides. If I talk about it, I will get bludgeoned by both of these sides. Yet, I am never one to back down from a challenge, so here it goes.


A liberal friend sent me the video of the Wall Street Journal talking about the immigration debate and in it you see them trashing National Review. It made my heart sick to see 2 Conservative organizations at such odds. I was going to post the video but it is no longer available.

Some bulletin points for how I look at the immigration debate:

1) Border Security is the bottom line! It has absolutely nothing to do with race and everything to do with not wanting terrorists sneaking into this country through an open border.

2) I hate to say it but some on our side have become irrational about this issue. When I heard the Wall Street Journal people talking about how irrational some on our side have gotten over this, I couldn't help but agree. I can't tell you how many blogs I have come across that have vowed to never vote for any Republican again because Republicans haven't done enough to fix immigration. Many of these same people have crucified Bush over this and have completely abandoned him. Meanwhile, these same people praise Reagan in the same breath when Reagan had the same views on immigration, if not a more lax stance.

There seems to be this anger that causes people to start saying things that aren't even logical to me. I get that many are extremely passionate about this issue and it trumps all for them. Yet, we need to stay clear headed if we are to do anything constructive and make real progress on immigration reform.

In the '06 elections ticked off people voted some Republicans out because they were mad about immigration. What was so ironic to me about that was they just shot themselves in the foot. Talent was voted out and he was stellar on immigration. So what was the result? More Dems in Congress and now the bill before us is even worse than the earlier one that everyone was so unhappy about. How is any of this logical? If you want to be angry at McCain & Specter and weed them out in the primaries I am all for that, but don't vote out any incumbent just because you are mad in general.

3) I'm glad the current immigration bill was killed! Anything with the names McCain/Kennedy on it has to suck!! Rush said if the bill passed it would be worse than the status quo and thats when I knew I was against it. I am for a compromise bill that give us more security than what we have now but not one that makes it worse.

4) I am for RATIONAL debate on this issue even though its hard to stomach at times. One of the reasons Rush and Sean Hannity are my favorite talk show hosts is because even though they are honest when they aren't happy with our side they don't descend into bitterness and pessimism. To be honest people like Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin get too defeatist and negative for me when they talk about this issue. Open, honest debate is good but when you just start getting people so mad that they start to become bitter you've lost ground, IMHO.

5) Progress isn't made over night. If those of us who were passionate about abortion demanded that it be outlawed or we wouldn't vote for anyone that didn't outlaw it tomorrow what would be accomplished? Its that all or nothing thinking that I've talked about before. Guess what? You get nothing. Lets be willing to be rational about this and make some progress even if we don't get everything we want right away. If conservatives abandon Republicans over this one issue then we once again usher more Dems into Washington to screw things up even worse.

Finally, I think Peggy Noonan says it best in her column, Slow Down and Absorb. Here is her solution:
"We should stop, slow down and absorb. We should sit and settle. We should do what you do after eating an eight-course meal. We should digest what we've eaten.

We should close our borders. We should do whatever it takes to close them tight and solid. Will that take the Army? Then send the Army. Does it mean building a wall? Then build a wall, but the wall must have doors, which can be opened a little or a lot down the road once we know where we are. Should all legal immigration stop? No. We should make a list of what our nation needs, such as engineers and nurses, and then admit a lot of engineers and nurses. We should take in what we need to survive and flourish.

As we end illegal immigration, we should set ourselves to the Americanization of the immigrants we have. They haven't only joined a place of riches, it's a place of meaning. We must teach them what it is they've joined and why it is good and what is expected of them and what is owed. We stopped Americanizing ourselves 40 years ago. We've got to start telling the story of our country again.

As to the eight or 10 or 12 or 14 million illegals who are here--how interesting that our government doesn't know the number--we should do nothing dramatic or fraught or unlike us. We should debate what to do, at length. Debate isn't bad. There's a lot to say. We can all join in. We should do nothing extreme, only things that are commonsensical.

Here is the truth: America has never deported millions of people, and America will never deport millions of people. It's not what we do. It's not who we are. It's not who we want to be. The American people would never accept evening news pictures of sobbing immigrants being torn from their homes and put on a bus. We wouldn't accept it because we have hearts, and as much as we try to see history in the abstract, we know history comes down to the particular, to the sobbing child in the bus. We don't round up and remove. Nor should we, tomorrow, on one of our whims, grant full legal status and a Cadillac car. We take it a day at a time. We wait and see what's happening. We do the small discrete things a nation can do to make the overall situation better. For instance: "You commit a violent crime? You are so out of here." And, "Here, let me help you learn English."

I normally hate the C word (compromise) but when it comes to this issue I think we need to. And lets be logical about it. Vote out the losers but don't punish everyone just because you're ticked off!!

Other great posts:
Chas' Compilation
Sister Toldjah
Chickenhawk Express
The Anchoress

Thursday, June 07, 2007

May God Comfort Kelsey Smith's Loved Ones


A local Kansas City girl, Kelsey Smith (18) disappeared Saturday night after going on a short errand to Target. Her body was found by searchers yesterday around 1:30 pm. Late last night the police announced that they had arrested 26 year old Edwin Hall in connection with her kidnapping and murder.

News of her disappearance made it on the national news and Greta spent a good portion of her show yesterday and the day before talking about it. It is a tragedy whenever this happens. A friend and I were talking about how unsettling it is because she didn't do anything that would've remotely put herself in danger. Alls she did was make a routine trip to Target.

Kudos to the police and all those who helped the family in their search. Despite how heartbreaking all of this has been I'm so relieved for the family that they found her and her killer so quickly. It always bothers me when families don't have any kind of closure and continue to be tortured by not knowing.

That said, my heart and prayers go out to Kelsey's family and friends. May God bless and comfort them. Kelsey's father made a statement and included Psalm 46. Here are the first 3 verses:
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Ups and Downs


In the fashion of the Beltway Boys I'm going to give you who is up and who is down this week, LMC style!!

WHO IS DOWN!!

1) John Edwards--Former Kerry Campaign Manager, Democrat Bob Shrum trashes John Edwards. Jonah Goldberg calls Edwards a hustler in this excellent column.

2) Congressman (Cold Cash) William Jefferson--20 years later (or so it seems) Jefferson is indicted for the cash he had in his freezer. He is crying innocent but when they've got you on videotape, things don't look too good. And since Nancy "ethical" Pelosi isn't going to do anything, Republican John Boehner who is the minority leader is calling for Jefferson to be expelled.

3) Democrats in Congress--No shocker here!

4) Hugo Chavez, as he continues to try and supress those who want freedom in his country.

5) Joe Scarborough--Michelle points out that Scarborough used to be a conservative until he started drinking the MSNBC kool-aid. I love that line and agree wholeheartedly!

WHO IS UP!!

1) Fred Thompson--Things just keep looking better and better for this guy. Many Conservatives are hoping he comes through and announces his run next month.

2) Bush's Policies that helped foil the JFK attack--I love how this is being down played in the media. It really wasn't that big a deal. I'm sure those flying through JFK may have felt differently had the terrorists been successful.

3) Iraqi Women Soldiers--More provinces are turned over to the Iraqis and as usual the Drive By Media is silent.

4) France--For getting tough on illegal immigration. Even with Sarkozy in office I'm sure my praise for France will be scarce so take it while you can get it.

Monday, June 04, 2007

President Bush Fed Up With UN's Lack of Action on Darfur


"I promise this to the people of Darfur: the United States will not avert our eyes from a crisis that challenges the conscience of the world."--President George W. Bush
The genocide in Darfur is one of those issues that I care deeply about. I did a comprehensive post on it a year ago where I highlight what was going on and what could be done to stop it. As I pointed out a year ago, I was skeptical that the UN would make any real steps to actually solve the problem. They have done nothing but pass resolutions which isn't effective in curbing the violence and President Bush has had enough.

Steve Paterno, a Sudanese man living in the US, points out how Bush has cared about this issue and has done much more than past administrations to change things in the Sudan and of course, has gotten little credit for it. Here is some of what he had to say:
"When it comes to Sudan, President Bush knows it too well that he dedicated most of his efforts and time to issues affecting Sudan. There are even rumors that he has been nicknamed within the White House circles as "Sudan Desk Officer." It has been alleged that President Bush does not only passionately taken into heart the problems affecting Sudan but also developed some level of expertise on Sudan in the course of his tenure as president of the U.S."

"It was in 2002, that the U.S. under the leadership of President George W. Bush took serious initiatives to broker a peaceful settlement between the North and South Sudan. If history will record Iraq, Iran, North Korea as President Bush’s international diplomatic blunders, and then the same history will favorably record the peaceful settlement between the North and South Sudan as President Bush’s successful diplomatic legacy. President Bush enthusiastically involved in the North-South peace agreement."
Now Bush is taking things a step further and issuing tough economic sanctions. He spoke on this last Tuesday. Here is some of what he had to say:
"For too long, the people of Darfur have suffered at the hands of a government that is complicit in the bombing, murder, and rape of innocent civilians. My administration has called these actions by their rightful name: genocide. The world has a responsibility to help put an end to it.

Last month I announced that the United States was prepared to take new steps if the government of Sudan did not allow the full deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping force; if the government did not begin living up to its many commitments, that the United States would act. I made clear that the time for promises was over, and that President Bashir had to do something to end the suffering.


I held off implementing these steps because the United Nations believed that President Bashir could meet his obligations to stop the killing, and would meet his obligations to stop the killing. Unfortunately, he hasn't met those obligations. President Bashir's actions over the past few weeks follow a long pattern of promising cooperation while finding new methods for obstruction.

One day after I spoke, the military bombed a meeting of rebel commanders designed to discuss a possible peace deal with the government. In following weeks, he used his army and government-sponsored militias to attack rebels and civilians in South Darfur. He's taken no steps to disarm these militias in the year since the Darfur peace agreement was signed. Senior officials continue to oppose the deployment of the U.N. peacekeeping force.

The result is that the dire security situation on the ground in Darfur has not changed. And so today, at my instruction, the United States has taken the steps I announced in April. First, the Department of Treasury is tightening U.S. economic sanctions on Sudan. With this new effort, the United States will more aggressively enforce existing sanctions against Sudan's government."

Once again I am extremely proud of my President for standing up to evil and doing something about it. A liberal whined last week that I hadn't done any I love Bush posts lately, well consider this the latest edition ;-)!!

Others blogging:
Gateway Pundit
Politik Ditto (He named Bush his person of the week for his action on Darfur!)