Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday Smorgasbord


I am so exhausted that I was just going to post the above video but once I got on the computer I got sucked in. Too many important issues that I had to weigh in on.

1) Declaration of Independence--after finding the Gettysburg Address on You tube I thought it might be fun to see what other historical documents were on there. There were numerous renditions of the Declaration of Independence but I liked this one the best. There is a Hollywood one but I couldn't handle having to listen to liberals like Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Douglas reading it. It just kind of ruined the experience for me ;-)!!

2) Henry Hyde passed away yesterday. Hyde was a man who did a lot of good for this country and he went above and beyond in his efforts to protect the unborn. I hope to do some research on him and do a conservative profile on him in the near future.

3) Hillary gets a warm reception at Rick Warren's church. As if my respect level for Warren couldn't sink any lower. What is he smoking? Not only does he make a trip to Syria and endanger the lives of persecuted Christians there but he had Obama speak at a conference last year and now Hillary. Unbelievable!! I am beside myself about this.

4) More fallout from the CNN/youtube debate. CNN has lost whatever credibility they had left for being a serious news organization that is objective. Rush doesn't call CNN the Clinton News Network and the Communist News Network for nothing.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

CNN/Youtube Republican Debate


Watching any debate on CNN isn't that pleasant but I had to tune in. Here are my random thoughts on it.

Ouch! Line--Rudy accusing Romney of having a Sanctuary Mansion.

Best Response--Rudy telling Romney that he leaves himself open to attack when he has a "holier than thou" attitude about an issue that he doesn't have a great record on.

Most arrogant & condescending--Tom Tancredo

Most Heated Debates--Between Romney and Huckabee and Romney and Rudy

Funny Line--"We spent 3 million dollars to study the DNA of bears in Montana. I don't know if that was a paternity issue or a criminal issue."--John McCain

Most irritating--Ron Paul & Mike Huckabee

Most irritating host--Anderson Cooper

Best Video Slam--Fred Thompson's

Best You Tube question--The guy on gun-control

Dumbest You tube questions--What would Jesus do on the Death penalty?

--What would you do to repair the U.S.'s image around the world?

Roll my eyes moment--Huckabee offering to help Rudy with the Bible question

Most tap dancing around a question--Romney not answering Bible question completely

Best answer to U.S. Image question--Duncan Hunter

Addition:
A Hillary plant gets a forum to ask a question. It is no surprise to me that CNN allowed this to happen.

UPDATE:
More plants by the Edwards and Obama campaigns. Were any of the youtube questions asked by "average" Americans???

Gateway Pundit has more!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dee's Linky Love!


One of the questions the Fox Reporter asked me was if I liked to link to other blogs. If you've read my site very long you know that the answer to that question is yes!! I may make the linky love posts a regular feature on my site along with my smorgasbords. So below you will find links to some of my favorite recent posts at other blogs.

1) 'Redacted' Grosses 25,000! by Amy Proctor. Amy's blog is a newer addition to my blogroll. Wordsmith alerted me to her blog and she has some great stuff.

This particular post talks about the despicable anti-war movie, Redacted. I love her first line, "Bottom line upfront: Redacted sucks". Amen!!

I also liked this post of hers entitled, Woman Aborts Baby & Gets Sterilized to Save the Planet. Socialism and hyper-environmentalism at its finest.

2) Stephen King Is A Total Prick by Grey Ghost at Politik Ditto. The title alone is a classic, but he also makes some excellent points. It is hard to know who comes up with more clever blog post titles, Wordsmith or GG.

3) Optimism Lives by Karen at Pondering Penguin. I literally just discovered Karen's site last night through Heidi. She has a great way of expressing herself and not only was this post great but anyone who touts optimism is a kindred spirit of mine.

4) What's Your Elf Name? by RT at Public Pondering. I am such a sucker for these fun, meaningless quizzes. My elf name is Giggles Snaggle Tooth. What is yours?

5) Teddy Tells All at Grizzly Groundswell. Grizzly Groundswell is a group blog that I just discovered last night also. Some great stuff there and this post on Teddy by Stephen Kruiser is hilarious.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Election Smorgasbord


1) Hillary is losing momentum against Obama and against most of the Republican candidates.

I still think she will win the Democrat nomination but Dick Morris made an interesting point on Hannity and Colmes last night. Sean asked him if he thought Obama would be a weaker candidate than Hillary. Morris said that the American people wouldn't vote for someone (Obama) who had such little experience and who was so weak on national defense. It was the first time I thought Obama might be a weaker candidate for Republicans to run against instead of Hillary. Especially, when he continues to say make such gaffes as declaring Sponge Bob to be his favorite TV character. It is one thing to acknowledge you watch Sponge Bob with your kids but to say its your favorite character on TV??? Come on, that is beyond pathetic.

2) Fred Thompson thinks Fox News is biased against his campaign.

3) More confirmation for my distrust of Huckabee:

--If You Think Paul is scary, Take a look at Huckabee by Jonah Goldberg
Here is an excerpt:
What's so scary about Huckabee? Personally, nothing. He seems a charming, decent, friendly, pious man.

What's troubling about The Man From Hope 2.0 is what he represents. Huckabee represents compassionate conservatism on steroids. A devout social conservative on issues such as abortion, school prayer, homosexuality and evolution, Huckabee's a populist on economics, a fad-follower on the environment and an all-around do-gooder who believes that the biblical obligation to do "good works" extends to using government - and your tax dollars - to bring us closer to the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

For example, Huckabee would support a nationwide ban on public smoking. Why? Because he's on a health kick, thinks smoking is bad and believes the government should do the right thing.

In this respect, Huckabee's philosophy is conventionally liberal, or progressive. What he wants government to do certainly differs in important respects from what Hillary Clinton wants, but the limits he would place on governmental do-goodery are primarily tactical or practical, not philosophical or constitutional. This isn't to say he - or Hillary - is a would-be tyrant, but simply to note that the progressive notion of the state as a loving, caring parent is becoming a bipartisan affair.

Indeed, Huckabee represents the latest attempt to make conservatism more popular. Contrary to the conventional belief that Republicans need to drop their opposition to abortion, gay marriage and the like in order to be popular, Huckabee understands that the unpopular stuff is the economic libertarianism: free trade and smaller government. That's why we're seeing a rise in economic populism on the right married to a culturally conservative populism. Huckabee is the bastard child of Lou Dobbs and Pat Robertson.

Historically, the conservative movement benefited from the tension between libertarianism and cultural traditionalism. This tension - and the effort to reconcile it under the name "fusionism" - has been mischaracterized as a battle between right-wing factions when it's really a conflict that runs through the heart of every conservative.

--The False Conservative by Bob Novak
Some excerpts:
Who would respond to criticism from the Club for Growth by calling the conservative, free-market campaign organization the "Club for Greed"? That sounds like Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich or John Edwards, all Democrats preaching the class struggle. In fact, the rejoinder comes from Mike Huckabee, who has broken out of the pack of second-tier Republican presidential candidates to become a serious contender -- definitely in Iowa and perhaps nationally.

Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans know that he is a high-tax, protectionist advocate of big government and a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans. Until now, they did not bother to expose the former governor of Arkansas as a false conservative because he seemed an underfunded, unknown nuisance candidate. Now that he has pulled even with Mitt Romney for the Iowa caucuses and might make more progress, the beleaguered Republican Party has a frightening problem.

There is no doubt about Huckabee's record during a decade in Little Rock. He was regarded by fellow Republican governors as a compulsive tax-and-spender. He increased the Arkansas tax burden 47 percent, boosting the levies on gasoline and cigarettes. When he lost 100 pounds and decided to press his new lifestyle on the American people, he was hardly being a Goldwater-Reagan libertarian.

4) Sister Toldjah's round up of campaign news. I loved her comment about McCain.

5) Rudy: It's Time to Unmask Romney. One of the things I've liked about Rudy is his reluctance to be critical of other Republicans. Yet, after Romney's recent pointed attacks Rudy knew it was time to go on the offensive and he makes some good points.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Fox Interview & Conservatism with Heart!!

Tess Koppelman, a Fox News Reporter from our local KC station is going to be interviewing me today before the radio show and will take some footage of me doing the show. The special is not going to air until February but I will keep everyone updated on how it goes and when it will air.


LIVE TODAY at 9:00-10:00 am CST!! To listen, go here!!

I'll be having 2 columnists on the show, one who is liberal and the other who is conservative and they both happen to be brothers. They write opposing columns on different issues each week in Broader View Weekly. They have a blog called All in the Family.

We will be talking about:
--Their backgrounds and philosophies
--The Iraq War Debate
--Presidential Candidates
--Social Issues
--Stem Cell Debate
--And more.....

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Beautiful One


Beautiful One
sung by Jeremy Camp

Wonderful, so wonderful
Is your unfailing love
Your cross has spoken mercy over me
No eye has seen no ear has heard
No heart could fully know
How glorious, how beautiful you are.

CHORUS
Beautiful one I love you
Beautiful one I adore
Beautiful one my soul must sing.

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

We are Winning in Iraq!!


When the NY Times even admits you are having success in Iraq you know things must really be going well.


President George W. Bush has received much more than his fair share of criticism. History will judge him much more kindly than many do now. He took on the regimes of terror that threatened this country and the world and didn't back down. Thanks to his refusal to give in to the Summer Soldiers and the Sunshine Patriots we are now succeeding in Iraq.

I found the above video at Mike's and it is just one small testimony to how great he is. It gives you just a small glimpse into why I still love, adore and remain loyal to our wonderful President.

Others blogging:
Flopping Aces
Mike's America
Cajun Tiger
Sparks from the Anvil

Friday, November 23, 2007

How the Republican Race is Shaping Up!



For me, it has come down to Rudy and Fred for the Republican nomination. A recent Missouri Poll shows that Missouri Republicans are favoring Rudy first with 21% and then Romney (17%) and Fred (16%) virtually tied for second. We get to vote on Super Tuesday so it will be interesting to see how things will look by then.

It is likely that McCain and Huckabee will have to drop out before Super Tuesday and it will be interesting to see who they will endorse and who their supporters will turn to. It is looking like it will come down to Rudy vs. Romney and if thats the choice then it will be Rudy for me. I've done much thinking, seeking wise counsel and praying and I am convinced that Rudy is the best option if it comes down to him and Romney.

I'm not that concerned about the Huckster because even if he does win Iowa he doesn't have a plan or much of a chance of winning anything after that. I view it as a good thing for him to win Iowa because then it may take some of the steam out of Romney's campaign.

Other related articles and posts:
The Two-Man Republican Race
Steve talks about the latest New Hampshire Polls
Proof Rudy Made a Huge Difference

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Some of my best memories of the holidays was watching the Charlie Brown Specials. Take a trip down memory lane and watch part of a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.


I found this wonderful video of The Gettysburg Address at Wake Up America and thought it would be very appropriate to put it in a Thanksgiving post. The Gettysburg Address is one of those speeches that is worth memorizing. I memorized it a long time ago and have worked with my kids on it as well.

Also, check out this link to George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I Have a Good Voice for Radio!!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland
 

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The Inland North
 
The South
 
Philadelphia
 
North Central
 
The Northeast
 
The West
 
Boston
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz


I found this at Patrick's and of course, I liked what mine had to say because of the last line, "You have a good voice for TV and radio". Imagine that!! Take some time and find out what accent you have and leave it in the comments' section.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tuesday Smorgasbord


Here is a quick rundown of some posts/articles I found interesting.

1) Would Susan B. Anthony Tolerate Hillary Clinton?

2) Rudy Giuliani Gets "Dan Rathered" By NYC Firefighters Here is an excerpt of Gateway Pundit's excellent post:
You must read 911 Families for a Safe and Strong America to get the truth about these lies against Rudy.
You may not hear this in the news, but:
- The walkie-talkies used on 9-11 were the old ones.
- The FDNY uses the radios Rudy ordered- today.
- There are still no radios currently in existence that will overcome all the obstacles and atmospheric conditions that detract from communications while operating in high-rise towers.
-Rudy never arrested any firemen family members for protesting
3) Kerry is attempting to disprove Swift Boat Claims This is going to be enjoyable to watch. It reminds me of OJ looking for the "real killers". My response--good luck with that ;-)!!

4) Krauthammer hits a home run with his analysis of Bush's impact on the U.S.'s alliances.

5) Voters, not polls, make or break the candidates.

6) Ron Silver is my kind of liberal, it is too bad there aren't more like him. Here is just a small excerpt of what he had to say:
As far as I can tell, my politics, with regard to American foreign policy and projection of American power haven’t changed very much from what they’ve always been—what I would call revolutionary liberalism. I have always resisted reactionaries from the left or right, Democrat or Republican. At the moment, the reactionary forces on the left, the Democratic netroots and their supporters—Mickey Colitis from the Daily Cuss, MoveOn.org and the Moores and Sheehans—are more fearful to me than the traditional reactionary forces of the extreme right. And the Democratic Party seems to be listening to them.
7) I am going to submit a sample essay to be a part of Midwest Voices at the KC Star. Let me know if you have any ideas on what would be a good subject to write on.

Monday, November 19, 2007

What are You Thank-ful For?


The above video is Jordin Spark's hit song, Tattoo. It is #17 right now and her CD is coming out tomorrow. She won American Idol this year and was my kids and I's favorite. We are looking forward to the CD.

WHAT ARE YOU THANK-FUL FOR?

I talked on the show today about how I am thank-ful for our freedoms. I am thank-ful for the freedom to:
--worship God in the way I choose
--speak my mind without fear of censorship or punishment
--have the family that I want (no 1 child policy here)
--educate my kids how I see fit (no oppression here like in Germany)
--pursue the American dream
Most of all I am thank-ful for God and our soldiers who make these freedoms possible.

The list of things we should be thank-ful for are endless. There is so much in life here in the U.S. that we enjoy and take for granted that others don't have. Today and this week, reflect on all your blessings, be thank-ful, relax and enjoy the abundant life. Then, take the time to help out someone in need and provide a blessing for them. Perhaps by helping out the troops this Christmas season.

In the comments' section let me know what you are thank-ful for and what you are doing to bless someone this season. If you leave a link on a project on how to help the troops or some other worthy cause I'll add it to the post.

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!


LIVE TODAY at 9:00-10:00 am CST!! To listen, go here!!

I'll be talking about:
--Those 2 Rebels who both inspire me--William Wallace and William Wilberforce
--What are you thank-ful for this year?
--Has Bush really trashed our image around the world or has he actually improved it?
--Strategies of Presidential Candidates
--Kerry will attempt to disprove Swift boat allegations (this ought to be good)
--Homeschooling is child endangerment??
--Who Made Hillary Queen?
--And more.....

To be a part of the show, call in, toll-free 1-877-864-4869!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Amazing Grace


Chris Tomlin's version of Amazing Grace is awesome!! I love it and it was a great song for the movie.
Amazing Grace
sung by Chris Tomlin

Chorus:
My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Tv Shows, Hollywood and Conservatives


After a long week I thought it would be fun to talk about my favorite TV shows. I haven't talked about movies or Tv in awhile so its time to indulge.

1) Women's Murder Club--I'm busy, so if a new TV show is going to stick with me it has to be pretty good. If I don't really like it within the 1st or 2nd episode I dump it. Women's Murder Club is a new show and I love it. The reason I decided to give it a try is because I'm a huge fan of Angie Harmon. I first noticed her on Law and Order and she was by far my favorite of all the female prosecutors. Then I found out that she was a conservative in real life and I was really impressed ;-).

The show is based on a series of books by James Patterson. It is about 4 women--a homicide detective, an assistant district attorney, a medical examiner and a newspaper reporter. They are all friends and while you watch them solve crimes you also get a glimpse into their personal lives.

2) Big Shots--This is another show that has been able to keep my attention. I started watching this show because I'm a huge fan of Michael Vartan. I miss getting to see him in Alias. Many times I don't do well seeing someone from one popular show in a different show but Vartan transitions well and I like his character on this show.

I must admit there isn't much redeeming value to this show, it is purely entertainment. Vartan and McDermott especially do a great job.

3) Survivor and Amazing Race--These are the 2 reality shows that my kids and I watch together. Survivor is taking place in China this year. We don't have a favorite team on Amazing Race yet but I do know I'm extremely irritated with the overbearing father and how he treats his daughter so far.

4) Grey's Anatomy--This show is extremely enjoyable and there is so much about it to love. It is deep and you love all the characters, flaws and all. I finally get what all the fuss is about McDreamy and McSteamy ;-).

5) Prison Break--Nothing can compare to season 1 of this show because it was pure gold! But I do think season 3 is a little better than 2. There is something about them being in prison again that works for the show ;-).

6) Private Practice--This show is a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy and its very good, especially for a spin-off show. Kate Walsh and Tim Daly are exceptional in this. It is hard to see Paul Adelstein in it though because he plays this nice therapist whereas in Prison Break his character was a vicious assassin. Quite the contrast.

All my other shows--Lost, American Idol and One Tree Hill will start at the beginning of next year if the writers strike ends soon. It looks like 24 won't be on until summer and most likely not till next fall.

CONSERVATIVES IN HOLLYWOOD?

Steve and Incognito both did interesting posts on how Conservatives are still afraid to come out of the closet in Hollywood. Incognito has a great perspective on this being an actress herself. She has this link on which corporations give to Republicans and which give to Democrats. They both link to this article which shows that apparently Adam Sandler, Joel Surnow, Robert Duvall and Kelsey Grammar are all supporting Rudy and of course, Chuck Norris is supporting the Huckster.

Previous posts on this topic:
Is Hollywood moving to the right?
Shut-up and Sing

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Anti-War Nuts Have No Shame


Sad to say this destruction by anti-war nuts on Veteran's Day happened in KC and I've been so busy I didn't hear about it until Mike brought it to my attention. Kudos to Amy for posting the video and alerting everyone to the latest in the despicable acts of the anti-war left.

My Crazy Week


If you haven't seen Amazing Grace yet you have to see it. It just came out on DVD this past Tuesday. I'm having my kids buy it for me for Christmas ;-). It is my #2 movie (after Braveheart) of all time. If you don't see any other movie this year see this one. For me it is so moving and inspirational because William Wilberforce never gave up his fight to end slavery. He fought against it with passion, conviction and perseverance.

Things are crazy right now. I haven't done a good job at visiting blogs lately or even responding to comments on my own blog. Here are just some of the reasons why I'm exhausted:
1) A friend came over to help me make my front yard presentable (at least not white trash looking ;-)) so that I'm not completely embarrassed when the Fox reporter comes to my house in 2 weeks.

2) Activities with my kids--Speech, OT, PT and Vision therapy for my youngest son, Awana, sewing class and Karate

3) Interview for Radio show

4) Republican Central Committee Meeting

5) Visited a close friend in the hospital after her surgery, took her a meal (that my husband made) and took her daughter to an activity my kids were going to also.

6) I had another friend's 3 kids sleepover so her and her husband could have an Anniversary night.

7) Taking my oldest daughter to get a passport for her missions trip this summer.

8) School with my kids

9) Getting things ready for my son's birthday party

10) Blogging, bills and the list goes on!
Life is like a roller coaster, it is fun but tiring!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hillary and Rudy


The above cartoon was too good, I couldn't resist posting it.

HILLARY

Hillary has been taking a beating the past 2 weeks and it has been nice to see her finally having to answer some difficult questions.

It is hard for me though, because I have little faith that Hillary will ever be held accountable for her corruption and her lies. When Bill Clinton was in the White House it seemed that he could do anything and get away with it. Hillary seems to be able to do the same especially with the help of the Drive By Media. Although, I guess Tim Russert didn't get the memo that he wasn't allowed to ask her hard hitting questions. Wolf Blitzer has received it and it will be telling to see if he walks in lock step.

RUDY

I went to my county's Republican Central Committee meeting last night and learned a lot and had some great conversations. I will post more about it later this week but I did get to talk to a guy that was representing Rudy's campaign. We had a really good talk and I am going to interview him sometime on my radio show.

When I came home I found this excellent post on Rudy by Hugh Hewitt entitled, The Charisma of Courage. I think he makes a lot of really good points. He says that when McCain drops out Rudy will gain a huge majority of his supporters because of his strength on national security issues. I hadn't thought of that but I think it is true. Here is his conclusion:
If Rudy wins that battle with Romney, the GOP will spend the next nine months reminding the values voters that Thucydides was right: "The secret to happiness is freedom, and the secret to freedom is courage."

Rudy needs to start talking about religious freedom and the right to be left alone to worship as you please. He will probably never win over the hearts of values voters, but he can appeal to their minds and to their real sense that a Clinton Administration and Hillary's judges would move to narrow greatly the space given to religious freedom in America. He can also speak to the idea of bringing order to inner cities where gangs prevent kids from reaching their adulthood, and schools that fail despite a thousand carrots dangled in front of them. As a candidate of ordered liberty and personal courage, Rudy can overcome the deep hostility of the values voters.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!

LIVE TODAY at 9:00-10:00 am CST!! To listen, go here!!

I'll be talking about:
--Veteran's Day
--Anti-War movies tanking at the box office
--Optimism Grows in Iraq
--Joe Lieberman Describes the Defeatist Democrat Disease (snagged this line from Mike)
--My interview with State Representative Doug Ervin on health care and politics
--And more.....

To be a part of the show, call in, toll-free 1-877-864-4869!!

Veteran's Day!!


All gave some, some gave All!!


"People across this country are praying."

"We thank God that Liberty found such brave defenders."

"I want you to know that our nation appreciates your commitment and your sacrifice in the cause of peace and freedom."--President George W. Bush
Words cannot express my thanks and appreciation for all our veterans. Thank-you and God bless you!! You are our American Heroes!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My Take on the Writers Strike


This is my take on the Writers strike.

First, I think the Writers strike is valid and they should get their demands. The above video explains what they are upset about. While Hollywood is awash in money and actors may make obscene amounts writers often don't get near what they deserve. I am almost always against strikes since I am no fan of unions but this time I think they have a point.

Second, I am concerned about the strike. The thought of some of my favorite shows being disrupted is not fun. Save all the lectures on how I will have more time to read and pursue other worthier causes, they won't help ;-). I'm hoping they come to a speedy resolution and soon.

24 already appears to be taking a hit. This article says this season is being cancelled all together and this one says it is just being postponed.

TV Guide shows the status of some of the popular shows, below is the status of some of the shows I watch:
Grey's Anatomy: Eleven episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are four left.

Lost: Eighth episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there eight episodes left.

The Office: Twelve half-hour episodes will be produced. Eleven half-hour episodes have aired, so there is one half-hour episode left.

Prison Break: Thirteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are six left.

Private Practice: Ten or 11 episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are four or five
left.

One Tree Hill: Twelve episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there are twelve episodes left.
Another perspective: This guy points out how many people are being put out of work by this strike. Camera, make-up, hair people are all out of work plus numerous others. He talks about how during these strikes many lose their houses and much more. I think it is a bad deal all the way around and I don't understand why the powers that be don't just pay the writers their due and not make everyone, including themselves suffer.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

My Take on Mitt Romney


Photo Source: Mike's America

Mike has made me green with envy because he has now gotten to meet Duncan Hunter, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and just 3 days ago he got to meet Mitt Romney. I guess those are the perks of living on Hilton Head in South Carolina. After Iowa and New Hampshire the best place to be during primary season is South Carolina.

Mike, Wordsmith and I were talking about Mitt Romney in the comments' section and Mike emailed and asked what I thought of Romney's answer to his question. Here was my lengthy response:
I'm a bad person to ask about Romney, I just don't like him and my biggest problem is I don't believe anything he says. Its like that teacher on Charlie Brown, Blah, blah, blah........ I watched him talk and like you said it is a laundry list of what conservatives want to hear but I don't get the sense AT ALL that he really believes in what he's saying.

My other big problem is I know someone who knows him well. He asked her numerous times to come and work for him. He wanted her to be the person to persuade evangelicals to his side and she didn't feel like she could do it because she felt she would be deceiving people.

I find it awfully hypocritical that he is being hard on Rudy on the very things he himself is also vulnerable on. My friend that knows him led the Massachusetts' fight to ban gay marriage there and she basically had to twist his arm to get him to go out on a limb for them. He eventually did it but not without a lot of prodding. It almost makes you think that had he not been planning on running for president he may not have done it period. That kind of mentality does not inspire me.


Another issue is what you point out, what would he ACTUALLY DO once he was president? The way he rattles off that list you almost get the sense that all those are negotiable. Whereas with Rudy he kicked butt while he was Mayor, he actually got things done. I don't know that Mitt got that much done as Governor.

I also sense in Mitt the same arrogance and condescension that Huckabee has although it isn't as bad. Especially when he attacks Republicans. As you know I am not a fan of one Republican bashing another unless its Ron Paul, I agree with Reagan 100% on that.

For me, it is coming down to Rudy and Fred. I am torn between the 2 and have signed up on both websites for their updates. Since the last debate I have been leaning more towards Rudy just because I'm not sure Fred has what it takes to be president. I would be ecstatic if Rudy won and picked Fred to be his VP. But as I said in my latest post I am a little concerned about the Ron Paul factor.

As for the Robertson endorsement even though I am by no means a fan of him I do think it was good because it gives evangelicals the green light to support Rudy if they want too.

Right now people are saying it is a 5 way race between Romney, Rudy, Fred, McCain and Huckabee. I tend to think it is a 3 way race between Romney, Rudy and Fred. I am concerned about how well Romney is doing in Iowa and to be honest some have mentioned a Romney/Huckabee ticket and that just makes me want to puke.

Obviously, I will vote for whoever the Republican nominee is but if they want me to campaign for them it better be Fred or Rudy otherwise I won't be able to muster enough enthusiasm to campaign. I sacrifice a lot during campaign season and I'm not doing that for someone I'm not thrilled about. I will probably spend my time on the cloning thing and local races if thats the case.
Wordsmith linked to an article entitled, Romney Secrets The Media Are Hiding From You, in Mike's comments section. The column backs up a lot of my points and reveals my gut instinct distrust of him to be similar to that of Huckabee. Here are just some small excerpts, but make sure to read the whole thing:
1. Mitt is a liberal. How do you think he got elected to the most left wing state in America? He was as pro-abortion, pro-gay agenda, pro-gun control as Ted Kennedy when elected governor. He was pro-choice when he was elected and pro-abortion when he left the governor's office. When he was elected governor, the Baked Bean State did not have gay marriage. When he left, it did. When he was elected, Massachusetts had a Republican governor for nearly two decades. When he left, it didn't. What it had was a Hillary disciple who is now transforming the Cradle of Liberty into an amalgam of the Soviet Union, Sodom and Las Vegas. Imagine what Mitt could do as president.

3. I thought he was pro-life? Romney's Massachusetts health care plan says "no." The plan covers abortion. What kind of Pro-lifer thinks abortion should be part of his health care plan? Romney signed this bill into law after he claims he had a discussion with an anonymous Harvard doctor wherein he discovered abortion was morally wrong.

Would it be too cynical to suggest the Harvard doctor was a PHD at the Kennedy School of Government who gave him a lot of computer printouts on Republican voters showing they don't like abortion? Was it then he "discovered" abortion was wrong ( i.e. the wrong position for a conservative presidential candidate)?

Unlike Reagan who had a true turnaround on abortion, Romney has ping-ponged back and forth on this issue for years. As a 1994 U.S. Senate candidate, he said he had believed for nearly a quarter century that abortion should be "safe and legal." Yet by 2001, the Salt Lake City Tribune quoted him as saying, "I do not wish to be labeled pro-choice."

A year later, running for governor in Massachusetts, Romney was definitely Pro-choice and promised he would not touch any abortion law. During a candidate's debate, he was so firmly Pro-choice, he renounced an endorsement from Massachusetts' Citizens for Life.

But last year in South Carolina, a modern day miracle occurred. Romney declared, "I am firmly Pro-life...I was always for life."
I have always thought that Romney and Huckabee were less trustworthy than Rudy or Fred but this article confirms it. Romney tells you what you want to hear but I have absolutely no confidence that he will follow through on any of it.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Life Can Never Be Made Perfect


Photo Hat tip: Right Wing and Right Minded

I must confess I was a little distressed yesterday at all the Ron Paul signs I saw in an itty bitty town I was passing through. My kids and I went on a field trip to Ft. Osage which is a fort that was founded by Lewis and Clark. It was a great trip but I couldn't get over the Paul signs. Has the entire town been visited by aliens and brainwashed?

Then I saw this post over at Wake Up America and I've seen the insane amounts of money he is still raising on the internet. While I still think Ron Paul and his supporters are mostly nut jobs I am now getting concerned about him running on a 3rd party ticket. There is no way he gets the Republican nomination but if Rudy gets the nomination and Paul runs as a pro-life 3rd party candidate we may be looking at a Hillary presidency. Hello, Ross Perot Jr.

As I was thinking about all of this I stumbled upon this awesome column by Jonah Goldberg entitled, Do What You Can and Be Willing to Compromise. He makes the excellent point that liberals are willing to make progress one step at a time but conservatives often fall into the all or nothing mentality. Here is his conclusion:
There is another course for conservatives: Simply do what you can, where you can, including supporting the most conservative candidate who can win and succeed in office.

Meanwhile, writes Voegeli, it “makes sense for conservatives to attack liberalism where it is weakest, rather than where it is strongest.”

Unlike the utopianisms of the left, conservatism is defined by an understanding that this life can never be made perfect. So you state your ideals and then you compromise when life gives you no other choice. Pry free the bricks you can, loosen the ones you can’t, and make peace with the ones you can’t budge, until you can.
My plea to conservatives is please don't be one issue voters in 2008. Not only will you make absolutely no progress on that one issue you care about but you will sabotage everything else you believe in by letting Hillary walk into the White House. Whoever gets the Republican nomination may not be your ideal candidate but you will still be making some progress on issues you care about. Your other options are to either not vote or vote 3rd party and both of those will assure Hillary a victory where you will make zero progress on anything you care about.

Friday Smorgasbord


Video Hat tip: Born Again Redneck

1) Awesome Ad by Fred Thompson! He needs to do more of these.

2) Kathleen Parker's column on Laura Bush's Mideast Trip. Kathleen Parker even traveled with Greta, Robin Roberts and Laura Bush on her trip. She gives an excellent explanation for how ridiculous all the criticism was of her trip. Here is how she concludes her column:
In fact, breast cancer wasn't the only piece of Bush's mission. In Kuwait, four high school students participating in the U.S. State Department's English Access Microscholarships Program, part of the larger Middle East Partnership Initiative, spoke passionately about their experiences studying English, American culture and democratic principles.

The aim of the initiative, now in more than a dozen Arab countries, is to foster leadership development, economic growth, cultural understanding and women's empowerment. The Kuwaiti students, including two teenage girls, mentioned their newly gained sense of freedom and their hopes for a democratic future that sounded remarkably American.

If that's not successful diplomacy, I don't know what is.
3) Global Warming is the biggest scam in history. Truer words have never been spoken. Yet, according to Al Gore we aren't even supposed to question his great wisdom. According to Al, the debate is over and global warming is an indisputable fact. Many of us disagree and refuse to buy into the politically correct indoctrination by socialists who want to control our lives and tax us to death.

4) Time Magazine's Person of the Year. Once again Time Magazine is showing their unbelievable, disgusting liberal/socialism bias. These are their 10 options for person of the year:
1) JK Rowling
2) Al Gore
3) Hillary Clinton
4) Barack Obama
5) Steve Jobs
6) Vladimir Putin
7) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad aka Hitler Jr.
8) Condoleezza Rice
9) Hu Jintao
10)General David Petraeus
Apparently, Al Gore was winning until the JK Rowlings fans were alerted to the poll. Go vote so that the few decent people who are on this list get voted for.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

My Interview with State Rep. Doug Ervin


As I've alluded to in past posts I view State Representative Doug Ervin as a stellar conservative legislator. Thats why I'm thrilled that I'm going to have the honor of having him on my internet radio show next Monday, November 12th.

We will be talking about HB818, the groundbreaking health insurance bill that he sponsored that was passed this past summer. It is free-market health care reform that Missouri is leading the way on. This is the ideal direction that we needed to be headed towards instead of some form of Hillarycare.

Here is what Beverly Gossage from the Show-Me Institute had to say about it:
"...the bill offers a common-sense approach to health care reform — not more government intervention and bureaucracy."

I'm sure I will ask other questions as well and it should be an enlightening hour for all. Make sure to tune in and feel free to call in with your comments and/or questions.

The details:
When--Monday November 12th

Time--9:00-10:00 am CST

Where--Togi Net site

Name--The name of my show is the same as my blog, Conservatism With Heart

Number to call in--1-877-864-4869

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Wednesday Smorgasbord


"Dennis Kucinich is on a quest of his own. He sees flying saucers and he acts like one, too."--Alcee Hastings (D-FLA)
1) If nothing else, Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul keep the political discourse from getting boring. Lately, though, every time Kucinich opens his mouth you just have to laugh.

2) My Governor, Matt Blunt has appointed a task force on finding out how abortion affects women. Kudos to Governor Blunt for dealing with this important issue. Its things like this that I think make the case that conservatives should not abandon him in 2008 even though he was on the wrong side of Amendment 2.

3) Phelps' cult is already being sued again, this time in Nebraska. Guess who is representing these sick people? The ACLU. I love how the Phelps' cult so hatefully speaks of how godless the U.S. is and yet they will let the ACLU, an organization that has done more to remove God from the public arena than anyone else, represent them. It is completely hypocritical and irrational. Yet, I would argue that none of the Phelps' cult is mentally well so it shouldn't be surprising.

The charges against the Phelps this time are:
"Phelps-Roper, 50, is scheduled to appear at a Sarpy County Court hearing Monday on charges of flag mutilation, negligent child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disturbing the peace."
4) Utah voted on a Statewide Voucher Program yesterday. I had high hopes for this since I am such a huge fan of school choice but the powerful NEA seems to have scared the people in Utah into not giving it a chance as of yet.

5) Fun President Quiz--Everyone who home schools has one area that they emphasize more than others and mine would be history. So I make all of my kids memorize all of the presidents. Its been awhile though, since I've reviewed them so I missed 6 but it was a good reminder that I need to start working with my youngest son on these.

6) Kudos to New Jersey for rejecting Embryonic Stem Cell Research. I find this ironic since New Jersey is a much more liberal state than Missouri and we weren't able to stop it here. Maybe New Jersey learned from our fiasco.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Presidential Candidates


Video Hat Tip: Born Again Redneck

I have to admit that when I found this Fred video over at Patrick's I was almost giddy. Fred is responding to Huckabee's baseless criticism of his stance on a Federal Marriage Amendment. Fred's response, "I guess Gov Huckabee goes on about these amendments because they are the only conservative positions that he holds." As my buddies on "That 70's Show" would often say, "buuuuuuuuurn!!" This is the Fred that I love and that I wish we would see more often.

MISSOURI REPUBLICANS DIVIDED

Hillary may have a lock on the Democrat nomination but the Republican side is still very fluid, like never before. Missouri is a perfect example. Here are the different top Republicans and who they have endorsed:
Governor Matt Blunt & former Senator Jim Talent--Governor Mitt Romney

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder--Fred Thompson

Senator Kit Bond & Representative Jo Ann Emerson--Rudy Giuliani
I think my Congressman Sam Graves is playing it safe and hasn't endorsed anyone as of yet.

DISCUSSION ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

James and I had a great time on the radio show yesterday talking about all the candidates. Once I have the link to the podcast I will link to it so those of you who missed it can listen. The producers liked James and thought the whole discussion was entertaining.

My favorite comment by James was probably what he had to say about Dennis Kucinich. He said something along the lines of (paraphrasing here), "if you look like you got beat up every day of your grammar school days I don't have a whole lot of faith in you that you can handle foreign affairs as President." I had a good laugh over that, so true!!

James also conceded that while he doesn't like Rudy he understands why he might end up being our nominee. He also brought up that Fred is a better actor than a speaker in real life and I have to admit that he may have a point.

James and I work well together and I think we would make a great Hannity & Colmes team.

WILL GOP WOMEN DEFECT AND VOTE FOR HILLARY?
Article Hat Tip: Mike's America

Before I had James on the show I talked about this article. Kudos to Kyle-Anne Shiver who is one of my new heroines because I love what she has to say and how she says it. She talks about how Mr. Mark Penn (Hillary's Campaign Strategist) says that a poll reveals that 24% of Republican women will vote for Hillary. Here are some excerpts of what Shiver has to say about that:
Clearly, Mr. Penn is either purposefully spinning or indulging in a rather perverted, nearly delusional form of magical thinking.

We Republican women are far, far too smart to fall for Hillary Clinton's ruse. We are not the mindless ninnies that vote with the Special-Interest Express. We think for ourselves and vote for the candidate of our choice based on merit. We cast our precious votes for the candidate we believe would be the best President, not the one with an "emotional" appeal aimed at our womanhood.


But I think Mr. Penn has been hanging out with Democrat women nearly all of his life and maybe doesn't know one whit about the female portion of the Republican Party. For all of his astounding political prowess, he probably thinks that women who think like Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Janice Crouse, Melanie Morgan, Sandy Rios, et cetera, et cetera, are just very successful aberrations of a sort, and that the rest of us have done absolutely nothing all of our lives but stay home, bake cookies and let other people raise our children while we watch The View. (I personally don't know any woman who has ever seen that show, but I hear they have some really great cat fights, and that occasionally one of the women even makes a coherent statement.)

Most of the women I know have spent a great portion of their lives -- in addition to raising fine American citizens -- doing volunteer work in our communities trying to put band aids on the myriad of social problems that have become epidemic in the wake of Democrat social policies. Unwed motherhood. Broken families. Absent mothers and fathers. Broken government schools. Sex education that teaches nothing but how to do a great imitation of an alley cat in heat.

These mostly Republican women are still trying to make sense out of a political Party that would so strenuously object to pornography filters on public library computer terminals, while exposing their seven year-olds to lessons in how to put on a condom. These "soccer moms" (a phrase coined by Mr. Penn) give hours each week to Crisis Pregnancy Centers that offer actual help to young girls whose boyfriends flunked the condom lessons, but got the alley-cat impersonations down perfectly. These conservative women are providing meals to homeless shelters and holiday celebrations and gifts for those in need. These women are a veritable army of soldiers on the front lines of social decay, fighting not with the empty rhetoric but with actual labor to right real wrongs.

So, when Hillary Rodham Clinton wails about those in our midst who have been "invisible" to Republicans, we women stand, with our mouths agape and our consciousnesses fully raised, in utter incredulity. For "the smartest woman in the world," she comes off as pretty darned dumb or blind. You pick.

From where we're sitting, Mr. Penn, it looks like you and Hillary don't get out of your little self-created bubble enough. We Republican women are plum full of emotion every time we see Mrs. Clinton put on yet another female face for the cameras, but it isn't the kind that you ever want to be with in a dark room alone.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Interview with a Liberal


I will be interviewing the one and only James Manning from Peace on That on my radio show this coming Monday, November 5th. He will be my first official liberal guest and he is my oldest liberal blogging friend. He made a comment on my Tom Delay post which I did at the very beginning. He obviously is a pretty good guy if he has been able to survive all this time without getting banned :-). In fact, I don't think he's ever even been deleted.

Tune in for the fireworks as we talk about various political candidates.

One of my favorite things about him is his comedic ability. I've told him he should be a writer for SNL. Here are my top 4 comedy posts of his, take the time to check them out:
--The Cuss Out Kit (I take partial credit for the inspiration for this because he did this in response to a troll problem I was having :-))
--Christian Cuss Out Kit
--Press Secretary
--Bush Appoints Liberal Blogger as Ambassador to Venezuela(This is my favorite since I play a starring role in it :-).)

Sweet Justice!


The family of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, US Marine Corps, has begun this civil lawsuit* against Mr. Phelps and certain members of the so-called Westboro Baptist Church to bring an end to the reign of terror and abuse that they inflicted upon the grieving families of US service members killed in defense of our nation. Using innocent children to deliver their twisted message of hatred and fear, the defendants in this suit have sought to attack the memory of our departed heroes, to strip their loved ones of their dignity, and to use abuse and intimidation as a tool for preventing surviving family members from reaching closure over their loss.

It is the sincere hope of Mr. Al Snyder, Matthew’s father, that this suit will spark similar legal actions against Mr. Phelps wherever he seeks to inflict harm upon the memory of our heroes and their families.--from Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder's website

I was one happy camper when the verdict came in on Wednesday that a Maryland jury had awarded a Marine father $11 million in his lawsuit against Fred Phelps and his cult. As I pointed out in my comprehensive post on Phelps back in April, he is evil incarnate and his group is not a church but a cult.

My hope and prayer is that every single military family who has been subjected to Phelps' picketing at their loved one's funeral will file suit also. This group of hateful people need to be bankrupted so they are unable to inflict pain on anyone else. They are not preaching a message from God. The message they preach is straight from the pit of hell and does nothing but subject innocent people to enormous harm.

Previously:
Fred Phelps=Pure Evil

Others blogging:
Marie's Two Cents
Amy Proctor
Chicken Hawk Express
Born Again Redneck

Friday, November 02, 2007

Life and Politics!


An FYI for my new readers, whenever I do a personal post I often post a pic of Jennifer Garner/Sydney Bristow. I'm a huge Alias/Sydney fan and I love her because she takes on the enemy with no backing down. Perhaps, one could say I like to kick butt politically like she does physically ;-).

First, its been a crazy week. I started off the week being sick. I crawled out of bed to do the radio show Monday morning and then went back to bed and wasn't feeling better until Tuesday night. I'm still not 100% but I'm muddling through.

Second, I'm dealing with teenage drama at my house. It is normal stuff but I would appreciate any prayers sent my way for wisdom ;-)!

Third, I went to 2 meetings about CWC (Cures Without Cloning) yesterday. As many of you know CWC submitted an amendment to go on the ballot in 2008 to close the loophole in Amendment 2 that allows cloning. Robin Carnahan, our very liberal Secretary of State, butchered the amendment when attempting to summarize it to be put on the ballot. As a friend of mine in one of the meetings said, "Does she understand the word summarize?"

The grassroots effort on this is mobilizing. The difference is stark between how we will gather signatures and how Amendment 2 supporters gathered signatures. The Amendment 2 people were from out of town and were paid to gather signatures and were very manipulative and outright lied to people about what they were signing. My husband and I both directly asked if Amendment 2 supported embryonic stem cell research and we were both told no, when in fact it did. Both of us were smart enough not to sign it but many were not and got talked into signing something they didn't agree with.

On the other hand, CWC is training people to be very honest
about what is in the amendment we are gathering signatures for and we will even give people a website and information on what the amendment is actually about.

While Chelsea (from Reflections of a Paralytic) and I may have our disagreements we are totally in sync on all things pro-life. She always has the latest on what is going on with the cloning debate here in Missouri. Here is a link to her recent posts.

Fourth, I have 2 fun interviews coming up on my radio show. This next Monday, November 5th I'll have my first official liberal guest on, the one and only James Manning. Tune in for fireworks as we talk about the various presidential candidates.

Then on Monday, November 12th I am very excited about having State Representative Doug Ervin on the show. He is my favorite Missouri State Representative and I'm thrilled to have the honor to interview him. We will be talking about health care, just one of the many issues on which he is a mover and a shaker on in Jefferson City.

Fifth, I've been asked to be interviewed by a local news station for an upcoming special. Yah!!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Rudy's New Ad


I think this new ad by Rudy is very good. He is able to show how disastrous government run health care would be by using a personal example from his own life. It is short, sweet and effective.

After the short ad, the video continues to play some of Rudy's best moments and eventually ends up playing his entire speech to the FRC. I hadn't gotten a chance to hear the whole speech and it was good to hear it. Pretty impressive stuff!!