Friday, February 29, 2008

Who Will McCain pick for VP and What Message Will it Send?


"In sum, with an ill conceived pick McCain can pour salt in the wounds of the conservative base. With a solid one he can signal a willingness to build a bridge to the GOP base, enhance his domestic policy credentials and electoral prospects and select a plausible #2 in a time when all presidents must be concerned about a successor.

Conservatives will be watching carefully -- and making their preferences clear -- as the presumptive nominee makes his first major decision."

--from How Will McCain Choose his Running Mate by Jennifer Rubin
I did a bunch of research for the radio show this week on who McCain may pick for VP and for what reasons. There are several theories and many names.

Of course, as I have mentioned, J.C. Watts is my top choice and I also named a couple others who would make good choices.

Here are some of the names that are circulating. I've split them up into 4 different categories--Great, Don't Work for Me (most of these are people who are just too old or who wouldn't add anything to the ticket), Too Moderate, Horrible.
Great Picks:
--J.C. Watts
--Senator John Thune (SD)
--Congressman Mike Pence (IN)
--Senator Jim DeMint (SC)
--Governor Haley Barbour
--Frank Keating
--Michael Steele
--Governor Mark Sanford (SC)(I've heard mixed things about him so not totally sure he belongs in the great picks)

Don't Work for Me Picks:
--Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson
--Phil Gramm
--Steve Forbes

Moderate Picks:
--Governor Charlie Crist (FL)
--Governor Tim Pawlenty
--Governor Rick Perry

Horrible Picks:
--Mike Huckabee
--Colin Powell
--Senator Olympia Snow
--Senator Susan Collins
--Senator Joe Lieberman
"On the one hand, he badly needs to fire up an apathetic conservative base that even now has not warmed up to his candidacy. For a long time, he’d been assuming that Hillary Clinton—perhaps the most reviled figure among the conservative grass roots—would win the Democratic nomination and accomplish this for him.

But if the vastly less polarizing Obama is his opponent, McCain may find his VP choice to be his best remaining means of mobilizing the G.O.P.’s base."


--from The VP Stakes: If It's Obama Vs. McCain, Who Runs With Them? by Steve Kornacki
As I was doing the research something became crystal clear to me. McCain's VP pick is important for many reasons (much more so than it normally is) but the biggest one is it will send a huge message on how he is planning on leading.

If he picks a stellar conservative he will be sending a message to conservatives that he respects us and realizes that we play an important part of the Republican party. If he picks a moderate/liberal candidate then he will basically be giving conservatives the finger and saying he doesn't care what we think and he could care less if we support him.

I will lobby for a conservative pick but I'm not holding my breath. If McCain sticks to his maverick ways he will give us the finger and pick someone just as objectionable as he is. If he chooses to go that route I will wish him luck on winning the presidency without any help from the conservative base. And as if we didn't already have enough doubts, check out McCain's own criteria (below)for picking a VP and tell me if that sounds like someone who is planning on reaching out to conservatives???

“The process will begin and the fundamental principle behind any selection of a running mate would be whether that person is fully prepared to take over and share your values, your principles, your philosophy, and your priorities. I think that's the first and only real criteria for the selection of a running mate.”--John McCain

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Kansas City Government is a Nightmare!


The Kansas City Water Department is a mess. They are switching to new automatic readers and in the process screwing up everyone's bills. Our November water bill was 3 times what it was normally supposed to be so I called and complained. Since then I have been on the phone countless times, put on hold forever and been given the run around. Each time I call I'm told that they have a stack of bills to fix and that they should be getting to mine by the end of the week.

All of the people I've talked to need some serious lessons on how to deal with the public. No one has been friendly and/or that helpful. One lady finally told me that she "had already told me that they had frozen my account" so I didn't need to worry about it. She hadn't told me that but once finding that out I stopped calling.

A month goes by and I get a new bill with all of the old charges still on it plus some new ones. I call again and am told the EXACT SAME STORY. I hang up in disgust and figure I won't worry about it until they send me an amended bill sometime in the next year.

I was just irritated during this whole time and not mad until I get a notice telling me that they are going to turn off my water if my bill is not paid. By this time I'm fuming. I called yesterday and demanded to talk to a manager and was told that the lady who was handling my account would call me back. Of course, she didn't so I had to call again and was told that they had re-frozen my account and that my bill would be given top priority. Then a lady, whom I assume was supposed to be a manager called me and was snotty about the whole case.

I was so frustrated that I called City Hall to try and find a way to make a formal complaint and of course there doesn't seem to be a way to do that. Aaaaaaaaaahhh!!! It is times like this that you start to understand why people go postal.

I was talking to my husband about all of this and our consensus was that it is always a nightmare when government is running things. Especially when governments are run by liberals, which Kansas City is. How in the world anyone could even think of turning our health care system over to big government liberals is beyond me. Total Insanity!!

I just did a phone survey about Kansas City government not too long ago, it was focusing on the ridiculous smoking ban that is going to be on our ballot in April. I wish I could take it again and they'd really get an earful.

I think this calls for another letter to the KC Star.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Wednesday List


"On a moderately unrelated note, much of my inspiration for today's blog, as it often is on Tuesdays, is based on listening to Dee. I guess I must be following her as the media does Obama, except without the stalking, and taping expensive things to doors, and making life-sized cardboard cutouts of her before which I bow in utter subservience."--Patrick M

1) Newer blogs to the blogroll! The above quote put a huge smile on my face. Patrick M from Sane Political Discourse is one of my new additions to the blogroll recently and he's a great guy as you can obviously see ;-).

Here are a couple more new ones:
--Joco Sob--He is a local guy that I recently discovered. He likes Harleys, Jack Bauer, Carrie Underwood and he is a Conservative. Does it get any better than that? He won me over with this post on Chick Flicks. He also agrees with me that this winter has sucked!

--Joshua P. Allem--This guy is a buddy of Skye's and it is easy to see why. He is a fellow radio guy who likes Rush and is pained by the nomination of Mr. Straight Talk Express.

--Photo Paintings by Kelley--A fellow Christian and he likes to do humor posts.

2) The Encourager Award goes to Rivka! I'm so glad Rivka jumped back into blogging again recently. She is a great friend and one of my biggest supporters. She sent me a wonderful email this week that really encouraged me.

3) Ted Kennedy singing! The first time I heard this I thought it was a joke. Once again, time to enact a "sanity" test for U.S. Senators to pass before getting re-elected. We'd trim the senate of a lot of unwanted chaff.

4) Hillary or Obama? I talked yesterday about how the Clintons are in melt down mode. That doesn't mean Hillary can't still pull off the nomination, although that now seems unlikely. However, as Rush pointed out the longer the Dems are in disarray the better it will be, so I'm hoping Hillary does fairly well next Tuesday. The longer she sticks around and fights the longer there is a huge split in the Democratic party.


5) I'll leave you with this Calvin and Hobbes! This particular one describes some of how I feel right now. I can't muster much energy or enthusiasm right now for much of anything so one push-up may be all that can be done ;-).

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Clintons in Full Melt Down Mode!


One thing you have to say about this election season (aside from the tremendous heartburn) is that it has been anything but boring. If someone had told me 6 months ago that McCain would be the Republican nominee and that Obama would be the Democrat nominee I would've told them they were on drugs. Yet, here we are!!


So as the Clintons watch the nomination that was supposed to be Hillary's slip away they are both losing it. As a Clinton aide even points out, she is throwing the kitchen sink at Obama hoping some of it will stick. I thought the picture of Obama dressed up in the Somali Muslim garb was just one of her latest stunts that show how desperate she has become.


Her outrage at Obama over the mailings is just irrational and is another illustration of her desperation. The way she says, "Shame on you, Obama!", gives you the impression that she is outraged over something really substantial. She has been involved in the political game longer than anyone and to get upset about mailings is hilarious. Then this convoluted accusation that he is running a campaign straight out of Karl Rove's play book. Okay!!

I'm sorry but the woman who invented the "politics of personal destruction" and ruined people's lives just to protect her husband's political career is the last person to be outraged over mailings.

As Novak points out, who will tell Hillary that it is over after the fall out on March 4th?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!

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

Some of the articles & topics that I might be discussing:
--Drew Peterson Case
--Oscars
--SNL Obama skit
--Michelle Obama's gaffe
--The VP Stakes
--J.C. Watts for VP
--Taking a good look at J.C. Watts
--And more.....

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Drew Peterson and Injustice!


What we know about Drew Peterson:
--2nd wife abused

--3rd wife murdered--(The police were called 18 times on domestic disturbance calls during their marriage)

--4th wife, Stacy Peterson missing

--Drew's former fiancee speaks out

--Pastor: Stacy Peterson Told Me Drew Killed 3rd Wife

--A relative helped Drew move a large blue container that was warm to the touch around the time Stacy disappeared

I was watching the latest on this case while working out the other night and I had renewed outrage. Most likely this man played a part in the death of 2 women and there may never be any justice for either one of them. He used to be a cop and it appears that he's been very controlling and manipulative and knows how not to leave incriminating evidence behind.

I know many will not agree with me but it is cases like this and the OJ Simpson case that make me sympathetic towards people like Mary Winkler. I don't ever condone vigilante justice but domestic violence is often a crime that people don't walk away from. I think it is possible that people like Winkler put up with the abuse for too long and then they snap.

I pray and hope there is justice for Stacy and Kathleen Savio's families. I also hope this is a wake up call for any woman who is in an abusive relationship to get help and get out, today.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Cartoon Smorgasbord







It didn't take long for McCain's best buds in the Media to turn on him now that he is the guaranteed nominee for the Republican party. I think 99% of conservatives saw this coming, it was only a matter of time.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

My J.C. Watts Theory is Spreading!


Ok, so I came up with my JC Watts theory even before Super Tuesday and shared it with some friends. Then I made it public last Friday in my post entitled, JC Watts for Vice President. Then Julie aka Mad Cow tipped me off to this Town hall article written by Matt Barber yesterday entitled, Vice President J.C. Watts? Here is an excerpt:
Speculation has already begun as to whom McCain might tap for his veep if he gets the nomination. I’ve heard some good names and some bad ones. There are many quality conservatives for McCain to choose from, but a name I haven’t heard mentioned is former Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts.

Now, it’s quite possible the good congressman won’t appreciate my throwing his name out there at all, but it seems to me that, barring some major skeletons in his closet, J.C. Watts could bring a lot to the table.

He’s a rock-solid social and fiscal conservative and is pals with Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. If he were on the ticket, it might placate conservative heavy hitters just enough to call off the dogs.

He’s a former minister and is 100 percent pro-life, pro-family and pro-traditional marriage. This is a must for evangelical voters, who make up the preponderance of the GOP base.

Congressman Watts is young, vibrant, articulate and from the South (well, Southish). He’s a former Oklahoma Sooners football star and, I believe, would appeal to conservatives both young and old.

Oh yeah, and J.C. Watts is African-American. This might attract minorities whose values — especially on social issues — are more closely aligned with those of Watts than Clinton or Obama.

So, again, I’m not suggesting that J.C. Watts is the only potential running mate for McCain who might convince conservatives to poke his chad, or, for that matter, that any VP choice can.

But, since it’s the season for speculating about possible vice presidential candidates, I thought I’d go ahead and speculate.

Well, Matt Barber hadn't heard anyone mention JC Watts' name but thats because he doesn't read my blog, yet. Just remember, if this pans out that you heard it here first ;-)!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wednesday Smorgasbord


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1) Michelle Obama is finally proud of her country--I agree with Gateway Pundit in that this is just sick. She has lived in this blessed country for 44 years and she is just now proud? As Rush pointed out both her and her husband have been very successful and part of the elite of society but I guess this whole time she hated this great country that enabled all of their success. The ultimate representation of how liberals view our country.

Cindy McCain did a great job at responding. She has always been proud of her country. Hot Air did a great job of summing up what they thought about Michelle Obama's comments:
“Only her husband’s run for president has made her proud of America? That’s … extremely narcissistic and self-centered.” “How sad. I certainly don’t want such a vain pessimist as First Lady.”


2) Al Qaeda in Baghdad has Been Defeated--Steve always does a great job of pointing out the good news in Iraq and Afghanistan that the Drive By Media ignores. If things are going well you know because there is silence.

3) Bill Clinton continues to come unhinged. How much therapy are both the Clintons going to require if she loses the nomination?

4) I'm really enjoying Facebook. A friend of mine talked me into signing up for My Space awhile ago and I've never done anything with it. Yet, a blogging friend talked me into signing up for Facebook and I've really enjoyed it. It is much more user friendly than My Space and they have all kinds of neat gadgets. I'm able to compile all my books and movies and there are all kinds of fun ways to stay in touch with friends. If you are already on Facebook let me know and if not I encourage you to sign up.

5) I love the Tv show, The Office! I have been watching all the past episodes via Netflix and I am almost caught up. I have even watched quite a few of the Season 4 episodes through the NBC site. It is hilarious and the more you get to know the characters the funnier it gets. I also love the relationship that Pam and Jim have.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Victory for Conservatism


Andy Harris wins in the Republican primary race in Maryland against the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest who was a liberal/moderate Republican. This is exactly what it is all about. You fight for the more conservative candidate during the primaries so we have good choices come election time.

I urge all of you Conservative Republicans who live in Harris's district in Maryland to not only vote for Harris but to get out there and make your voice heard and campaign for him.

Also, when I did a search on Wayne Gilchrest on my blog, guess what post came up? He also came up in this post on RINOs. These say it all about him needing to be defeated in the primary. Every once in awhile we win one!!

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Truth About McCain's Economic Record


“There are certainly aspects of McCain’s economic record that are praiseworthy,” Mr. Toomey continued, “but the question facing American taxpayers is whether they can sufficiently trust a McCain administration to produce consistently strong economic policies. Unfortunately, both his rhetoric and record suggest that the answer is no.”

I have no desire to distort or embellish the flaws in McCain's conservative record. On the other hand I'm also not going to sit back and let history (that I lived) be rewritten.

Much has been made about the REASON why McCain voted against Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. Here are my thoughts on and the facts about it:
#1--The reason doesn't necessarily even matter to me. If you believe in supply side economics you will always be for tax cuts because they stimulate the economy and bring in more revenue not less.

#2--The reasons have been falsely attributed to the fact that McCain was protesting the fact that there was too much spending. Thats what John McCain would like to spin it as now but HIS OWN WORDS from 2001 & 2003 tell a different story.

#3--McCain's own words on why he was against the tax cut in 2001:
"I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us at the expense of middle-class Americans who most need tax relief."

In 2003:
"The tax cut is not appropriate until we find out the cost of the war and the cost of reconstruction."

#4--Not only is the liberal tactic of class warfare disturbing but the fact that he comes up with 2 DIFFERENT REASONS for being opposed to the tax cuts is also alarming.

The Club for Growth, which specializes in Conservative views on Economic issues has done extensive research on John McCain's Economic record. While they give him praise on spending, school choice and free trade the rest of his record leaves much cause for concern. Below is their summation of his economic record:
"While John McCain can easily point to a handful of pro-growth votes over his twenty-four years in Congress, a deeper look at Senator McCain's record and rhetoric, especially in recent years, ought to give American taxpayers a long and hard pause.

To give credit where it's due, John McCain's record on spending, school choice, and free trade is extremely positive. His go-it-alone moralism sometimes results in pro-growth policies, as is the case in his anti-pork crusades. However, this moralism often manifests itself in the form of more government, less freedom, and a distrust of the individual and the free market system. This is dramatically the case in his opposition to the Bush tax cuts, his class-warfare rhetoric, his occasional support for large-scale increased government regulation, his willingness to raise Social Security taxes, and of course, his abysmal record on political free speech.

Senator McCain's outspoken pursuit of anti-growth and anti-free-market policies in the realms of taxes, regulation, and campaign finance reveals a philosophical ambivalence, if not hostility, about limited government and personal freedom. This ambivalence, combined with a rebellious nature, often leaves taxpayers the victims of his latest cause célèbre. Despite his positive votes-and there are several-his negative positions have tainted, perhaps beyond repair, the positive ones over his twenty-four years in Congress. The evidence of his record and the virulence of his rhetoric suggest that American taxpayers cannot expect consistently strong economic policies from a McCain administration."

To be honest I had no desire to rehash all of this but I can't sit back while others try to tell me what a great conservative McCain is. While I agree that he is probably the lesser of 2 evils I'm not going to be told that he is this stellar conservative and that because I'm "irrational" I just am unable to see it. My eyes have been wide open these past 8 years and I watched in vivid color while McCain made the decisions that he did, all while knowing he was going to run for President.

I am not happy about the split McCain's nomination is causing in the Republican party. Yet, as Rivka and I have discussed the more we are criticized for not enthusiastically jumping on the McCain bandwagon the further alienated we become from McCain. As David Limbaugh has pointed out, criticizing conservatives is no way to rally them to your side. I'll leave you with some of his words:
"Given the aggressiveness of McCain's soldiers, I'm thinking they are not as interested in a rapprochement with Reagan conservatives as they are in taking over the party from them.

If they were seeking reunification, would they be making their attacks personal? Would they be suggesting that those not-yet-warm to John are afflicted with "McCain derangement syndrome?" Would they be salivating over their delusional fantasy that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham are losing their influence?

You'd think they'd think twice before hurling invectives toward the very base of the Republican Party, whose support in the general election is indispensable to McCain.

Not to worry, say the McCainiac lieutenants. "We're not directing our fire at the base. We're just criticizing its self-appointed spokesmen: Rush, Sean, Mark, Laura, and assorted winger pundits. Those fire-breathing loudmouths don't represent the base, but only a 'very conservative' group, which is statistically insignificant."

McCainiac elitists should be careful not to discount the depth and breadth of the angst out there against this ongoing abandonment of conservative principles under the Republican umbrella. It's not just Rush, Sean, Mark, and Laura.

If they could see my e-mails alone, they'd be shocked. Just think of what the others are receiving. To be sure, I'm receiving plenty from people chiding me — after misreading my columns — for refusing to support McCain and thereby facilitating the election of Hillary or Obama and all that entails.

Let me say it again, more directly: I will support McCain if he's the nominee. So please quit putting words in my mouth. I won't, however, stop trying to make him accountable to the base and to pull him to the right.

But it doesn't appear McCain's henchmen will be satisfied with the mere support of the base. And they darn sure won't cotton to our efforts to keep McCain from straying further to the left.

No, what we are witnessing is a resurrection of the historical GOP turf war between the Reagan conservatives and the disgruntled Rockefeller moderates. This neo-Rockefeller branch of the GOP sees this moment, McCain's inevitable nomination, albeit by default, and the politically confused state of evangelicals under the tutelage of Mike Huckabee, as an opportunity finally to retake the GOP from the Reagan conservatives.

Think of it as "GOP rearrangement syndrome." And their strong support of the war has given them a narrative around which to forge their new coalition — as if they have a monopoly on hawkishness."

"This is just a humble suggestion, but perhaps John McCain should be less exercised about the recalcitrance of traditional conservatives to his liberal meanderings. Instead, he should worry about the silent coup being orchestrated in his name, as if his default ascension gives him some kind of McMandate to restructure the party. He should stop and consider whether he is being used to usher in a paradigm shift in the conservative movement and the Republican Party."

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!

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Some of the articles & topics that I might be discussing:
--The split McCain's nomination is causing in the Republican Party
--The Truth about McCain and Bush's Tax Cuts
--McCain's True Record on Economic Issues
--Bush's Warm Welcome in Africa
--PBS Special on the Haditha Marines
--Obama is an empty suit and everyone, even his supporters know it
--The Dash Poem by Linda Ellis
--Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom
--1776 by David McCullough
--The World's Ten Worst Dictators
--And more.....

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


I finished listening to Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom. The story of Bonhoeffer is an incredible and inspirational story of a Christian willing to sacrifice his life to take a stand against evil.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

My Book List So Far...


I mentioned at the beginning of this year that I had joined a group where we committed to read 50 books this year. I was excited about it but had no idea I would be doing as well as I am this early in the game. Most of the credit goes to how easy and fun the Stephanie Plum series is but I have read and listened to a couple of other good books as well.

Right now I am listening to Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom on CD. It is phenomenal!! It is an inspirational true story and I am enjoying it immensely. I am also in the middle of reading the 12th book in the Stephanie Plum series, entitled, Twelve Sharp.

Here are the books that I have read so far:
1) The Faith of the American Soldier--Stephen Mansfield
2) My Grandfather's Son--Clarence Thomas
3) A Patriot's Handbook (CD)--Caroline Kennedy
4) 1776 (CD)--David McCullough
5) One for the Money--Janet Evanovich
6) Two for the Dough--Janet Evanovich
7) Three to get Deadly--Janet Evanovich
8) Four to Score--Janet Evanovich
9) High Five--Janet Evanovich
10) Hot Six--Janet Evanovich
11) Seven Up--Janet Evanovich
12) Hard Eight--Janet Evanovich
13) To the Nines--Janet Evanovich
14) Ten Big Ones--Janet Evanovich
15) Eleven On Top--Janet Evanovich
16) Visions of Sugar Plums--Janet Evanovich

Also, this is a perfect post to wish my friend a Happy Birthday because she is a huge book reader and puts me to shame in her book reading.

Friday, February 15, 2008

JC Watts for Vice President!!


So since I refuse to jump on the McCain bandwagon, my efforts are going to be put into persuading the McCain camp to pick a stellar conservative for VP. I truly think thats the only way he has a chance of getting many of our votes. There is nothing he can say or do to personally redeem himself with us but if he picks a great VP we could be persuaded to vote for him.

I've decided to start compiling a list of stellar Conservatives that would make good candidates. JC Watts is at the top of my list and I've heard through the grapevine that Watts and McCain are friends which IMHO would be Watts only flaw.

I'll never forget the first time I heard JC Watts speak. He gave the Republican response in 1997 to Bill Clinton's State of the Union address and I was mesmerized. Not only was he a charismatic speaker and a likable guy but he came across as sincere, genuine and had stellar conservative beliefs and credentials.

A year ago when I did a post on who my dream candidates for President would be he was my number one pick!!

So who else would qualify? Shane did a good post about all of this and listed a couple. So below I'm going to start a list and if you know of someone that you think qualifies just leave their name in the comments and if I agree I'll add them to the list. Then I will be sending an email and I'll be calling the McCain campaign.

The Conservative VP list:
1) JC Watts
2) Michael Steele
3) Governor Mark Sanford
4) Senator Jim DeMint
5) Governor Haley Barbour

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day Smorgasbord!!


1) Congressional Circus on Steroids... WHO lied? who cares? I'm totally not getting what the reason was for the circus yesterday. I am not much of a sports fan except for Ivan Rodriguez so I don't have an opinion one way or another about the steroids controversy but yesterday seemed absurd to me. I don't know which Congressman it was that I saw lecturing one of the ball players but I felt like I was in a classroom and the teacher was reaming out a student.

2) The Writer's Strike is finally over--yah!! Unfortunately, I don't think it was solved early enough to save some of our shows from having a shorter season but at least its finally over.

3) James made my day yesterday with another one of his comedy posts. Good stuff and made me laugh out loud as usual.

4) The McCain Files--
--John McCain funded by Soros since 2001 (Candidate's Reform Institute also accepted funds from Teresa Kerry)

--McCain ad guru wants Obama win (Vows to abandon GOP candidate if Illinois senator gets Dem nod)

--There's a Democrat behind door No. 1, 2 and 3

--Rein in the Rhetoric, McCain

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The McCain Debate


“He stabbed his own president in the back on legislation, a number of times. He doesn’t support his party or his president when the chips are down. He called people who want to protect the border racists, nativists, protectionists, and worse. And what kind of character is it that tries to slide all that through under cover of darkness, in a back room.”--Rush Limbaugh (Hat tip: Wordsmith)

THOUGHTS ON MCCAIN

Patrick has already decided to jump on the McCain bandwagon but unlike others he respects those of us that haven't decided yet. I have absolutely no problem if you disagree with me. I'm very aware that we all have very different opinions and life would be boring if we all thought the same. What I do have a problem with is people questioning motives and being condescending and hostile if they have a different opinion.

James and I disagree on a lot because he is a flaming liberal and I'm a conservative. Yet, he and I have a great respect for each other, are friends and have great discussions and are bonded by humor. I've known James since day one of my blog and we've been able to maintain a relationship. So there is no reason why we can't disagree as conservatives without attacking. I'm not going to hold back what I feel about McCain but I'm not going to attack any blogger personally who feels they need to support him.

Here was my response to Patrick on one of his posts on my thoughts on the subject:
I don't have a problem with you supporting McCain, I just like the fact that you have said in the past that you respect those of us who aren't sure that we can.

This has been an EXTREMELY DIFFICULT week for me. My dislike for McCain goes back 8+ years. It is very deep and very personal for me. He has shown no regret for betraying conservatives over and over again. It isn't just one issue, its like 10 plus his attitude that he has contempt for us.

When Mike met McCain a couple of months ago he asked him what he would say to those of us that were really upset at him over the gang of 14 decision. McCain's answer was that if we were upset about that then we shouldn't vote for him. Unbelievable arrogance!! Its a little difficult for us all now to turn in lock step and support someone who doesn't even seem to want or care for our support.

The odds are likely that I will eventually pull the lever for him but I'm a little irritated at those critics (not you) who expected me to fall in lock step behind McCain the night of Super Tuesday. I was devastated that night. Conservatism lost and there is no hope of it returning for 5 years at the earliest. When someone experiences a loss like that they can't be expected to turn around and automatically jump on the bandwagon. It doesn't work like that.

As you know I am a HUGE lesser of 2 evils person but I never thought I would be stuck with someone as despicable as John McCain. How we ended up with the 2 most repulsive candidates out of the 5 that we had to pick from is beyond me.

I also am not opposed to disagreements. If you are able to jump on the McCain bandwagon this early thats fine. I just have been really ticked off at all the condescension and arrogance that has been directed at me this week by others because I am not falling in lock step. If they want to disagree with me thats fine, just don't do it in a hateful, arrogant way.

The biggest indicator for me is going to be who McCain picks for VP. If he picks a really stellar conservative then its very likely that I will vote for him. But if he picks a loser it will be hard. There is a little difference between him and Hillary/Obama but not much. And the BIGGEST PROBLEM I have with him is his lack of character and trustworthiness. I have no idea how he will govern.


Anyway, thats just my 2 cents!!

THERE IS STILL CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM AND HOPE

Gordon sent me one of the best emails the other day on how conservatives can cope with what we are dealing with. I thought it was worth posting:
It seems you and I share the same bitter pill that many thinking conservatives are swallowing this cycle. I feel both disappointment and yet I feel optimism that the above situation exists at all. I remember the 'misery index' of those 'Ford/Carter' years and I felt then like a "voice crying in the wilderness" - i.e There was no talk radio, no Moral Majority, no bloggers, I hadn't started reading National Review yet, etc etc.

But today we have all of the above and the discontent will increase and if we, as conservatives should, believe in the law of supply meeting demand - and greater still believe in the sovereignty of God - as you mentioned - then we should pick our chins up from our chests, scour the local landscapes for valid candidates on the local and state levels and get to work for them -- or even possibly take on the role of becoming a local candidate. Conservatism never dies!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Review of 1776 by David McCullough


I've been listening to 1776 (unabridged) on CD. The most striking thing to me in listening to it is how little of the specifics I know or remember of the Revolutionary War.

Also, its fascinating how much history puts current events into context. 1776 was a rough year for the Americans and if there had been polls done back then George Washington and the troops would've had very little support. Yet, Washington and the soldiers did not give up despite the odds and some of the losses that they suffered. Washington had a lot of critics during the war who thought he wasn't fit to be Commander in Chief.

Today, very few are aware of this because of how things turned out and Washington is considered one of our greatest presidents and leaders. Once again I think history will view George W. Bush much more favorably just like history has judged George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Reagan much more favorably the more time went by and the fruit of their leadership was revealed.

David McCullough is by far one of my favorite History authors. When I first started on my journey of researching the Presidents I listened to McCullough's book on Truman. I learned so much and it was very exciting since Truman is from the KC area.

I learned a lot by listening to 1776 on CD, but there is so much rich history in it that I think I'm also going to take the time to read the actual hard copy of the book.

Book Rating--9 out of 10 stars

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Fox 4 Interview


I'm in the process of seeing if I can get the video put onto You Tube to be able to post directly on my blog, but until then I have the links to the actual video of the interview and a synopsis of it.

--Here is the link to the video of the interview that aired Friday night.

--Here is a description of the show which was entitled, Blogging Kansas City.

--The other 2 blogs featured in the story were Tony's KC (my favorite KC liberal) and The Kansas City Post

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--Victoria's Secret 2008 Sexy List
--The Top 10 Ways I'm coping with the McCain saga
--Bush Weighs in on McCain
--1776 by David McCullough
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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Homesick


If you've ever lost a loved one (and even if you haven't) this song will bring you to tears. It is a moving song about heaven.

Homesick
sung by Mercy Me

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Inspiration & Humor!


I need to take a break from politics. So here is a very inspirational song and I'll throw in some humor as well.
You are God Alone
sung by Phillips, Craig and Dean

Chorus:
You are God alone
From before time began
You were on Your throne
Your are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone

HUMOR:

I asked a friend of mine to fine some humor in the dire political situation that we now find ourselves. This is what she sent me:
Things That Should Make You Smile:

1. You really have no idea which side of the aisle Sawyer’s on. This means your dreams of being Lost on an island with him can live on.
2. Sean Hannity still loves you
3. If Hillary wins, you won’t be so wont to watch so much political tv, which means more time for Netlix.

I was surprised when I got this Hillary joke that I'd never seen it before. Usually, when you get a Hillary joke via email you've already seen it 10 times.
Hillary Goes To Elementary School

Hillary Clinton goes to a primary school in New York City
to talk about the world. After her talk she offers a question time.
One little boy puts up his hand. The Senator asks him what his name is.
'Kenneth,' he replied.
'And what is your question, Kenneth?'

'I have three questions:
First - whatever happened to the medical health care plan you were paid to develop during your husband's eight years in the office as President?
Second - why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office?
Third - whatever happened to all those things you took when you guys left the White House?'

Just then the bell rings for recess. Hillary Clinton informs the kids that
they will continue after recess.
When they resume, Hillary says, 'Okay, where were we? Oh, that's right,
question time. Who has a question?'
A different little boy puts his hand up. Hillary points him out and asks
him what his name is.
'Larry', he replied.
'And what is your question, Larry?'

'Well, I actually have five questions:
First - whatever happened to the medical health care plan you were paid to develop during your husband's eight years in the office as President?
Second - why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office?
Third - whatever happened to all those things you took when you left the White House?
Fourth - why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early?
Fifth - what happened to Kenneth?'

Another friend sent me 2 things via email this week that totally cracked me up:
1) It reminds me of an old joke, without the humor of course. A person states that when they die they want to go out just like their grandfather, quietly in his sleep not yelling and screaming like the other people in his car with him at the time.

It appears many conservatives are, in some fashion, asleep at the wheel,and some of us are wide awake and horrified at the thought of a McCain nomination.

2) I share your depression. Watching Romney's speech today with my wife I turned to her and ask what is wrong with our Country. How can Romney be pulling out and someone like McCain be coming to the podium to ask for unity.

I received a request from the RNC this afternoon for money. Bad timing. I replied:" Let me try to understand this you are pushing a liberal, McCain, as our Presidential candidate. Our do nothing Republicans lost Congress to the Democrats and now can do even less. And you want me to send money to support this? One of us is smoking crack and it is not me."

My wife thought it was harsh.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Friday Smorgasbord


1) Tess Koppelman's Fox 4 interview with me and 2 other bloggers will be airing tonight at 9 pm. If you live in the Kansas City area make sure to tune in. I'm not sure how much she will air of her interview with me because Tony of Tony's KC was the main person but it should still be good. I'm hoping to be able to post it online after it airs so you can all see it.

2) Romney shows what a man of integrity he is by caring more about the Republican party and the Country than himself. To listen to Romney's wonderful speech, go here. I consider Mike Huckabee to be the exact opposite. If he cared about the Republican party more than himself he would've dropped out a long time ago. Yet, with Huckabee it is all about him. I was extremely disappointed in Dobson once again since it looks like he is going to endorse Huckabee. Groan!!

3) The lectures continue, I guess some people didn't pay attention to my last post or didn't care. Once again, I'm not sure what they think they are accomplishing but I hope I'm saving them therapy money by letting them vent on my blog.

For the record, I'm not an idiot, so I won't be voting for Hillary. I have to admit that was a huge insult that anyone would even think I would consider that. I obviously never even implied it, but it is amazing what people come up with.

As for voting for McCain in the general election I am still doing some soul searching on that. I never thought I'd even consider not voting for the Republican nominee since I am huge lesser of 2 evils person but I never thought I'd have McCain forced upon me as my only choice. At this stage there is nothing McCain could say or do to win me over to his side.

What it will come down to for me is who he picks for VP. If he picks a stellar conservative I'll probably hold my nose and vote for him. If he picks Huckabee the chances are good I'll not vote for a Republican for president for the first time in my life. I will not let Huckabee anywhere near the White House. I want a whole new set of candidates come 2012. I don't want to go through this hell all over again 4 years from now. I'm very aware of the importance of the war and judges, the problem is, on judges I just have no idea who he would pick.

Reliapundit shows an example of a good McCain administration. If McCain was willing to pick good people like this for VP and his cabinet than I would be much more likely to vote for him.

Ann makes some excellent points in her latest article. I obviously don't agree with her on voting for Hillary but on most everything else she speaks for me and many others. This is how she concludes her article:
If Hillary is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with Republicans ferociously opposing her, followed by Republicans zooming back into power, as we did in 1980 and 1994, and 2000. (I also predict more Oval Office incidents with female interns.)

If McCain is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with the Republicans in Congress co-opted by "our" president, followed by 30 years of Democratic rule.

There's your choice, America.

4) Ronald Reagan's Birthday was this past Wednesday.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

How Did it Come to This???


Tomorrow I will come up with a good news/humor post but today's will be a sober look at reality.

**How did it come to this? The problem from day one has been that we never had a chance to get a good conservative nominee. The field was dismal from the start. You need 2 things in order to captivate people, substance and inspiration/charisma. We didn't have either. We thought Fred Thompson was going to save the day and while he came close to having the complete package on substance he had no inspiration/charisma. Rudy had some charisma but not enough substance.

As a result Republicans ended up becoming extremely divided along a lot of different lines. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush had both substance and inspiration/charisma which is why they captivated enough people to win 2 terms. We didn't have anyone close to them this time around which is exactly why we are going to end up with a Ford/Dole type candidate.

**I'm done with the annoying, preachy lectures. If you think I'm out in left field thats fine, no one is forcing you to read my blog. The lack of civility by some just amazes me. I don't go to other people's blogs and gloat, tell them how stupid they are, etc... So I'm always at a loss for why people think they are free to do so at mine and others.

**Many of us conservatives who really care about our party and have a lot invested in it need to allow ourselves time to grieve. Its okay to not be optimistic right away and we don't have to feel like we need to be a mindless supporter of McCain to quote, unify the party. Even if we do get lectures from others who don't believe in conservative principles and think they have the right to tell us "we have to" fall in lock step behind McCain.

**Some have suggested that those of us who don't like McCain and are very upset about him being the front runner are "out of touch" with the rest of Americans. If that happens to be true it still doesn't mean that we are wrong. Yet, I don't necessarily think its true. McCain has been winning most of the primaries by an average of 30% of the vote. That means 70% of Republicans aren't voting for him. That sends a huge message. And McCain is going to need a lot more than 30% of Republicans to vote for him in the general election if he thinks he's going to have a shot at winning.

**The Drive By Media was really annoying me election night, even Fox News. Everyone is talking about how it was a big night for McCain and Huckabee. They then talk about whether Romney should drop out or not. Hello? Huckabee did better than expected but he's still behind Romney, why isn't anyone asking when Huckabee is going to drop out.

Also, there was a Young Republicans Chick on Fox News talking about how McCain was going to redefine the Republican party and how exciting that was. Thats exactly what conservatives are afraid of. The Republican party doesn't need to be redefined.

**I'm a little shocked at how many people Huckabee has snowed. I have been told that many voted for Huckabee as a conscience vote. A conscience vote is supposed to be for someone who has a lot of integrity and who has some strong moral principles. I don't see that in Huckabee at all. In fact, I've been appalled at his lack of integrity in how he has run his campaign and his ethical issues.

**If I'm in the minority, I don't mind being there because I'm joined by the likes of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and many other stellar conservatives. I think there are a lot more of us than people realize and none of us are going to shut-up and go bury ourselves under rocks.

**Those of us who are critical of McCain are being accused of having "McCain Derangement Syndrome". Call it whatever you want!! Many of us conservatives have been betrayed by McCain over and over again and for us it is very deep and personal. If you were on a team with someone and they kept scoring goals for the other team and snuck up and stabbed you in the back and spit in your face more than once would you be able to support them??? Thats exactly how it is for us and I find it incredible that some don't seem to understand. If you don't, thats fine, but I'm not really in the mood for your patronizing lectures and you aren't going to be able to convince any of us all of sudden that McCain is this great guy.

McCain doesn't seem to care at all that conservatives don't like him. In fact, instead of reaching out to us he is bragging that he is winning without our support (as the cartoon illustrates). That kind of behavior isn't going to endear anyone to you. I also think he's in for a very rude awakening. He may get a lot of the wishy washy swing voters but Bush barely won the last 2 elections and he had a TON of grassroots support. I don't know how McCain is planning on winning when he has little to no grassroots support. There will be a certain percentage of us that may hold our nose and vote for him but we won't be campaigning for him so it will be interesting to see how he pulls it off.

**Newt Gingrich brought up a great point on Hannity and Colmes last night. He said that he thinks McCain's campaign is majorly underestimating the conservative animosity for him. And if he doesn't try to reach out to conservatives he's going to be in big trouble come November. Exactly!!

My fellow bloggers with related posts who I guess, also suffer from McCain Derangement Syndrome ;-):
Conservatives: We've Been Hucked!
Super Tuesday? Yeah Right!!
Super Tuesday Sucketh Indeed
Random Thoughts on Super Tuesday
GOP Super Tuesday After Math
How Will McCain Address CPAC Conservatives?

I Did My Part!


I found this map via Gateway Pundit. It shows what counties went to which candidates. As you can see all the rural counties fell for Huckabee's rhetoric.

But, my county went for Romney and that gives me a little bit of satisfaction. I definitely did my part on influencing people and encouraging people to vote for Romney. A small ray of hope in an otherwise dismal day.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Super Tuesday Sucked!!


Well, once again it was a rough night for Conservatives. I don't have anything cheerful or optimistic to say. I need a day or two to regroup.

The Huckabee fans were not happy when Sean Hannity, I and others kept on insisting that a vote for Huckabee is a vote for McCain. Yet, I think we were proven right beyond a shadow of a doubt when you see the back room deal that McCain and Huckabee brokered in West Virginia. There is no doubt that they are working together to take out Romney and they may be successful.

It looks like we will have a rerun of 1976 (Gerald Ford) and 1996 (Bob Dole). Those didn't turn out so well but we got Reagan after Ford and W after Dole so we will rise again.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Pulling the Lever for Romney Today!!



Since, The New York Times and the KC Star both endorsed Hillary and John McCain, I thought it only fitting to post cartoons on the both of them. The McCain one had me laughing out loud.

So, who is voting today?
The Super Tuesday States:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia.

I have been encouraged at the momentum in the polling for Romney and in my own personal encounters. I can't tell you how many blogs I visited last night who were planning on voting for Romney today. So, I thought I'd list them to give all of us a boost.

Here are some of my fellow bloggers who will be pulling the lever for Romney:
1) Amy Proctor
2) Degree of Madness
3) Big Girl Pants
4) Bloviating Zeppelin
5) America is Cool
6) Christopher
7) Marie's Two Cents
8) Wordsmith
9) Sandy
10) Reliapundit
11) Robin
12) Conservative Belle
13) Denny
14) Linda
15) Chad
16) Gateway Pundit
17) Public Pondering
18) Bob
19) Steve Ashley
20) Debbie
21) Verlin Martin

The big guns voting for Romney:
1) Sean Hannity
2) Tammy Bruce
3) Hugh Hewitt
4) Governor Matt Blunt
5) Ann Coulter
6)
Senator Jim Talent


"If this country is going to be driven into a wall at 80 miles an hour, I'd rather a real liberal be doing it than a fake conservative. John McCain is Hillary Clinton in drag."--Tammy Bruce

Tammy Bruce rocks with the above video clip. I am just as passionate as she is and understand what is at stake.

Meanwhile, the 2 spoilers in the race, Huckabee and Paul continue to whine!! Huckabee says he will stay in the race even after Super Tuesday, groan!!

**I spent a lot of time trying to find all the bloggers I knew who would be voting for Romney today, but if I accidentally left you off just let me know in the comments' section and I'll get you added.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Jordin Sparks at the Superbowl


A little diversion from politics is always nice. I am not a sports fan at all so I didn't even watch the Super Bowl yesterday but I did tune in to hear Jordin Sparks sing the national anthem. I got teary eyed listening to it because I love the national anthem and she did such a wonderful job.

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--Huckabee as the spoiler
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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Romney Gaining Momentum


The above video is a short, great ad exposing McCain.

I am so excited because Romney has been gaining momentum, especially here in Missouri.

Gateway Pundit shows that Romney has gained 9 points in Missouri and won the Maine caucus yesterday.

Suzie voted for Romney in Florida and has a great round-up post on him.

Huckabee seems to be determined to sabotage the results by playing the spoiler. He ranks #6 on Judicial Watch's 10 Most Corrupt Politician's list with 14 ethics violations. He's not even worth a "conscience vote", as I'm sure some are doing with him and Ron Paul.

Mitt Romney, our last chance to get a conservative nominee.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Why I'm Voting for Mitt Romney on Super Tuesday




"Let’s face it, none of the candidates are perfect. They never are. But McCain is the least perfect of the viable candidates. The only one left standing who can honestly be said to share most of our conservative principles is Mitt Romney.

I say this as someone who has not been an active Romney supporter. If conservatives don’t unite behind Romney at this stage, and become vocal in their support for him, then they will get McCain as their Republican nominee and probably a Democrat president. And in either case, we will have a deeply flawed president."--Mark Levin

I will be honest and admit (as most of you are aware) that Romney was not my first choice. Yet, as I look at what is at stake in this November's election I think it is crucial that we pick the most conservative candidate for our nominee. I am a pretty loyal Republican and I like, probably 80% of our guys. Why we are somehow stuck with several candidates that are a part of the 20% is very frustrating, to say the least.

Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows that I have had HUGE issues with McCain for many years. The fact that he is now the possible nominee for our party is just beyond dis-heartening. It is like driving a stake through the heart of Reagan Conservatism. I cannot sit by silently while what so many of us have worked for is dismantled by someone as liberal as McCain. Therefore, it is expedient to support the one conservative left in this race, Mitt Romney.

Here are some articles to take a look at that make the case:
--5 Good Reasons to Vote for Mitt Romney
--Rally for Romney by Mark Levin
--Governor Romney on the issues
--A Call to Conservative Action
--A very comprehensive post on Mitt Romney
--Mission Impossible: Save the Republican Party
--Governor Romney Campaign Conference Call

Solid, Stellar Conservatives who are endorsing and/or are supporting Mitt Romney:
--Senator Rick Santorum
--Sean Hannity
--Talk Show Host Mark Levin
--Michael Reagan
--Reliapundit's post comparing Team Romney with Team McCain

Other sites on Romney worth checking out:
--Evangelicals for Mitt
--Denny's pro-Romney Blog
--Hugh Hewitt's blog

Also, it is worth noting that Mike Huckabee is no longer a viable candidate and the only purpose he serves is to take votes away from Romney. One wonders if he hasn't made some kind of deal with McCain because he refuses to bash McCain but goes after Romney with a vengeance. This post makes the case for Huckabee being a spoiler and I think its blatantly obvious that at this stage of the game a vote for Huckabee is really a vote for McCain.

Friday, February 01, 2008

McCain Cartoon Smorgasbord




"It ought not to be necessary to have this debate about whether McCain is a Reagan conservative. Beyond the non-exhaustive list here, just look at the people who are constantly cheering him on – liberals in the mainstream media, Hollywood and New York entertainers, and Democrats. Why? Because McCain not only often thinks and acts like a liberal, he also routinely and joyously sticks it to his own team; he's the "maverick" – the anti-conservative in our huddle."--David Limbaugh

These cartoons do a good job of describing just some of the reasons why Conservatives have huge issues with McCain. I think the top cartoon does a good job of showing that Romney is the only one left in the race that is conservative. That is why I'm hoping enough of us can rally behind him to help defeat McCain on Super Tuesday.

Here are some McCain links:
--Democrats say McCain nearly abandoned GOP
--Sources affirm McCain dissed Alito--McCain found Alito too conservative. This alone should really concern us. If Alito is too conservative for McCain what kind of justices would he pick?
--McCain, the anti-conservative
--The Core Difference Between McCain and Romney
--McCain's Conservative Credentials

Stay tuned for tomorrow where I will attempt to make the case for why Conservatives should rally around Mitt Romney.