Thursday, July 31, 2008
I have owned the hard copy of David McCullough's book, John Adams for quite a few years but just hadn't gotten around to reading it. So recently, I have been listening to it on Cd. As always, McCullough does an excellent job.
I enjoyed learning about Adams and the key role he played in the founding of our nation. I was also fascinated by his relationship with his wife, his children, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Rush. I didn't realize that Adams and Jefferson started out as close friends, then became fierce, political rivals and then became friends again towards the end of their lives. I did remember that they both died on the same day, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
Benjamin Rush's name came up quite a bit and he was the one responsible for re-kindling Adams and Jefferson's friendship. I have a book on Rush that I've been wanting to read and hearing about him in this book, makes me even more motivated to read it.
Adams ended up being separated from Abigail so often that they wrote endless letters to each other. Abigail loved and adored her husband and found the separations difficult, but was willing to sacrifice for her country. I have studied the presidents' wives, but not extensively. Yet, so far, if I had to pick a favorite I always come back to Abigail Adams. She was a strong woman and her husband so admired her that he went to her for advice.
Adams was also a good father who cared for his children. He took son, John Quincy with him on many of his trips which ended up making John Quincy more than qualified to be in public service later on in his life. John Quincy Adams didn't become president later on in life just because he was John Adams' son but because he had come by his experience and wisdom in his own right.
I highly recommend this book and any other history book written by David McCullough.
Book rating--8 out of 10 stars
Previous Book Reviews:
My Grandfather's Son
Stephen Mansfield's Books
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I only caught a small part of this segment on O'Reilly's show last night but it got me to thinking. Monica Crowley and Tammy Bruce were on and O'Reilly was asking them what advice they would have for McCain, since he wasn't running a very good campaign. I started thinking about it and I realized that there was a lot of truth to what they were saying. I have been so caught up in the fact that we have such a lousy candidate that I haven't really thought about how he's been running his campaign.
I'm sure McCain has plenty of advisers, but obviously they aren't doing a very good job so far. So I will offer just a few things that I think would help his campaign and possibly garner more support. If he could change the dynamic of his campaign it could give a lot of us in the base that have problems with him a reason to vote for him. Some of these are things that Tammy Bruce and Monica Crowley brought up, some are things that I have mentioned in the past, some are things that other bloggers have mentioned and some are new.
1) Stop pandering to Democrats, liberals and the Media. This is something that Tammy Bruce brought up. You would think this would be a no-brainer for someone who is the Republican nominee but McCain has always had a problem with this and it is a huge reason why many of us distrust him. My Pastor just brought this up the other day as a reason why McCain bothers him.
2) Pick a really good, solid conservative for your Vice President. I and every single other conservative of note has talked about this incessantly. I know of no other election where the Vice Presidential pick was as crucial as it is this time. McCain's pick literally could make or break him winning in the fall. I'm not sure if he's fully aware of this, but it is the truth.
I would love to see him pick someone like J.C. Watts or Governor Sarah Palin, not someone like Crist or Pawlenty and definitely not Huckabee or Lieberman.
3) Put your wife out front and center and have her do a lot of campaigning. I think Monica Crowley brought this up and I wholeheartedly agree. I stumbled across the above link and talked about it on the radio show this past Monday. I don't know that much about Cindy McCain but what I do know is positive. So far her only flaw is marrying her husband ;-). She can only be an asset and she has to be better than Michelle Obama.
4) Make a HUGE deal out of domestic drilling and come up with a great energy plan!! Rush, Bill Kristol as well as myself and Patrick M have brought up how this issue is a win, win. It is something conservatives have been talking about for years, it is what is best for the country and the American people support it because they are tired of gas prices being high. This is a winning issue for conservatives.
5) Run on the theme of just 3 to 5 core issues. Monica Crowley brought up how Reagan ran on 3 main issues of lower taxes, defeating communism and smaller government. She mentioned 5 things for McCain and I don't remember what all of them were. But 3 that come to mind are lower taxes, the war on terror and Judges. If McCain could talk about those 3 issues in a way that made me believe that he would really follow through on them he might have a chance along with a stellar VP.
6) He needs to get tougher and be more aggressive! Tammy Bruce brought this up and called McCain, Mr. Rogers. She is exactly right. I'm kind of bewildered at how McCain can get agitated at his own party, seems to have a temper and yet doesn't take the Democrats to task on barely anything. How does he expect to win this election? If he runs his campaign the way he is now up until November without going after Obama, he will get trounced. At some point he is going to have to take off the gloves. Even Bush did that with his "new tone" in Washington.
Crowley, Bruce and O'Reilly also mentioned that he seems to lack passion and strength. I'm not sure how you muster that when you don't have it. I think, once again, this is yet another reason I'm not a fan. Rudy had both of those, passion and strength and you can't fake them. But, bottom line, should the better, more principled person win at the end of the day? Yes, and that would be McCain over Obama. Can he do it? We shall see.......
Monday, July 28, 2008
LIVE TODAY at 9:00-10:00 am CST!! To listen, go here!!
Today's show is dedicated to the legacy of Tony Snow. The theme will be optimism, hope and humor!!
Some of the articles and topics I will be discussing:
--Maintaining Optimism in Judgment of History
--How Obama could lose and McCain could win
--My Friend's Optimism Brightened This World
--A David in Pennsylvania is Challenging Goliath
--She'd be an adventurous, compassionate first lady
--Legacy of Life Lessons
--As Jefferson hoped, Declaration still sacred
--Where To Send Wishes to the Snow Family
To be a part of the show, call in, toll-free 1-877-864-4869!!
To listen to podcasts of my previous shows, go here!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Your Grace is Enough
sung by Chris Tomlin
Great is Your faithfulness oh God
You wrestle with the sinner's heart
You lead us by still waters and to mercy
And nothing can keep us apart
So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me
For the rest of the lyrics, go here!
Friday, July 25, 2008
1) I've been teaching the 2nd Graders in Vacation Bible School this week at our Church. This is why I've been light on the blogging. I went straight from getting back into town to teaching VBS and so I'm a little on the sleep deprived side. After today, my goal is to get caught up on sleep and get my act together before I commit to anything else.
2) I can't imagine why I've never been a David Letterman fan!! This latest stunt of his is just beyond the pale.
3) On August 1st, Rush will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his radio show!
4) Obama is having a tough time reconciling the fact that he predicted the surge wouldn't work with the blatant truth that it is working, and has been for some time. Even the Drive By Media is reluctantly being forced to admit it.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
During a previous post some of us had a discussion about John McCain and the issue of gas prices. We said that if he didn't run on drilling here in the U.S. as a campaign issue he would have no one to blame but himself for losing. Why? The majority of Americans say they want to drill here.
So I was very pleased when I came across this ad by McCain on Mike's blog. I will give McCain some praise today while he deserves it. The buzz right now is that McCain is getting ready to announce his choice for VP. I hope to be pleasantly surprised but I expect him to pick someone that I will be less than thrilled with. I would love to have J.C. Watts or Governor Sarah Palin. There are some others that would be good, another set that would be tolerable and then there would be those like Huckabee and Lieberman that would send me out to orbit.
Right now, the rumor is that Pawlenty and Romney are at the top of the list. I have no way of knowing if those two are even on McCain's short list but I'm not ecstatic about moderate Pawlenty at all. As for Romney, he would be better than a lot of others but I fear that he carries too much baggage. We shall see!
Monday, July 21, 2008
LIVE TODAY at 9:00-10:00 am CST!! To listen, go here!!
Tony Snow was a man who was larger than life and whose contribution to the world and the Conservative movement cannot be measured. He enriched, touched and changed countless lives.
Today, I will look at just a small portion of his life and the contributions he made. Feel free to call in with your favorite memory of Tony and/or a way in which he inspired or made a difference in your life:
--A Man Who Walked the Walk
--Cancer's Unexpected Blessings
--Tony Snow: A Tribute
--Tony Snow: Writer, father, friend
--Tony Snow: A real man
--Tony Snow, Former White House Press Secretary and FOX News Anchor, Dies at 53
--Flopping Aces--Tony Snow Links
--My Tony Snow Links
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Sunday, July 20, 2008
This was my favorite Worship song that we sang on the Missions Trip. Its a powerful song.
God With Us
sung by Mercy Me
Who are we that You would be mindful of us?
What do You see that's worth looking our way?
We are free in ways that we never should be.
Sweet release from the grip of these chains.
Like hinges straining from the weight,
My heart no longer can keep from singing.
All that is within me cries
For You alone be glorified:
Emmanuel, God with us.
My heart sings a brand new song.
The debt is paid, these chains are gone.
Emmanuel, God with us.
For the rest of the lyrics, go here!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I am so glad my friend encouraged me to join her book group this year. Their goal is to read 50 books a year. For me, that was a huge long shot since my reading had majorly slowed down since starting the blog and other activities. I also used to listen to a lot of books on tape but had gotten out of that habit as well.
All of that to say, I've been able to get back into both the habit of reading and listening to books on Cd in a bigger way than before. One of the biggest things is to allow myself to read lighter books as well as my serious history and political ones too. Before, I would get bogged down in a history or political book and just not read at all.
During my trip, I had some time to read since I had very little computer access. I read Janet Evanovich's latest Stephanie Plum book. I finally finished my Lincoln book, which I would highly recommend. I also read a book on the Elizabeth Smart case and a book about missionaries on the Amazon River whose plane was shot down because they were accidentally thought to be a drug plane.
Right now, I am reading Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, North and South. I talked about watching the movie awhile back and have since re-watched it numerous times. It is a wonderful story, very much along the lines of Jane Austen. Gaskell like Austen is a little hard to dive into at first but I am now into it and enjoying it.
Now, I just have to find the time to do all the book reviews ;-)!!
Below, I have updated my list. The titles in blue are the ones that I've read since the last post.
Here are the books that I have read and/or listened to on Cd 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
17) Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom (CD)
18) Twelve Sharp--Janet Evanovich
19) Lean Mean Thirteen--Janet Evanovich
20) Plum Lovin'--Janet Evanovich
21) Facing Terror--Carrie McDonnall (CD)
22) The Spiritual Heritage of the U.S. Capitol--David Barton (CD)
23) The Faith of George W. Bush--Stephen Mansfield (CD)
24) Danger in the Shadows--Dee Henderson (CD)
25) T is for Trespass--Sue Grafton
26) Plum Lucky--Janet Evanovich
27) Then Sings My Soul--Robert J. Morgan
28) The Negotiator--Dee Henderson (CD)
29) Wings of Silver--Jo Petty
30) Moments From America's History--David Barton (CD)
31) The Spirit of the American Revolution--David Barton (CD)
32) Stori Telling--Tori Spelling
33) First World War--Ruth Brocklehurst & Henry Brook
34) Mistaken Identity--VanRyn, Cerak & Mark Tabb
35) Mornings on Horseback--David McCullough (Cd)
36) Fearless Fourteen--Janet Evanovich
37) If God Should Choose--Kristen Stagg
38) Come Thirsty--Max Lucado
39) Lincoln, A Photobiography--Russell Freedman
40) Bringing Elizabeth Home--Ed & Lois Smart w/Laura Morton
Book List 1
Book List 2
Book List 3
Book List 4
50 Book List
Friday, July 18, 2008
Before commenting on my trip, I just have to say that I am still reeling over the death of Tony Snow. We were traveling back from Canada to Michigan on Saturday and I hadn't heard any news so I didn't find out until Saturday night. I had heard during the McClellan debacle that Tony Snow wasn't doing well but it was still a big blow that I wasn't prepared for.
My parents had DVRed all the Memorial shows done on Fox about him on Saturday and tears just streamed down my face as we watched them. Snow was larger than life and he just exuded optimism and humor and its just so hard to comprehend that he's gone. I haven't felt such a loss over someone in the public eye since Reagan, yet Reagan got to live 40 more years than Snow. My heart just aches for Snow's wife and kids to lose him when they are so young.
Tony Snow's faith, optimism, humor and political wit and wisdom will be greatly missed. Our loss is heaven's gain, yet his death will leave an incredible void here. In the above video you see how he touched so many people's lives by just caring like he did for Brett Baier's son. That was the kind of man he was and there aren't many like him. As Roger Ailes said, when you look character up in the dictionary you will find Tony Snow.
I am so glad Mike was able to do some good posts on him in my absence. I will do a comprehensive post on him too and I will dedicate a big part of my radio show to remembering him this coming Monday!!
Well, its been a crazy 3 weeks but I'm glad to be back. I've been to Michigan and Canada and back to KC! I went with my husband, who is the Youth Pastor of our church and 19 others to Montreal, Quebec on a Missions Trip. Before and after I spent some time with my parents in Michigan since they live on the way and they watched 2 of my kids while we were in Quebec.
I was exposed to a lot of French since most people who live in Montreal are bi-lingual and speak both French and English. I did a lot of driving and managed to avoid getting lost, and/or get pulled over for any driving infractions ;-). Anyone that knows me knows that this is a big deal. I am "directionally challenged" so I was a little concerned about driving in another country, but having a GPS is a marvelous thing. I love Garmin :-)!!
I was a "support person" on this trip which was a new role for me. I enjoyed seeing God work in others lives and being a part of His ministry from a different perspective. It was also my first missions trip with my husband and it gave me even more respect for my husband in how he handled some of the conflicts. The last missions trip I went on a conflict wasn't dealt with and looking back had the Youth Pastor dealt with it, it could've changed a lot for everyone on the trip.
Many thanks to Mike, Steve and Rebecca for blog sitting for me while I was gone.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Pallbearers, including Tony's son Robbie, carry former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow's remains out of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception followed by his wife, Jill (in blue), and their two daughters after his funeral July 17, 2008 in Washington, DC. U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush attended the funeral for Snow, who died July 12 after a long battle with colon cancer. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Remarks of President Bush at Snow Funeral
White House transcript
July 17, 2008
THE PRESIDENT: Archbishop Wuerl, Father O'Connell, Mr. Vice President, members of the Cabinet and my administration, members of Congress, distinguished guests; most importantly, the Snow family, Jill, Robbie, Kendall, Kristi and Jim, and other family members; former colleagues of Tony. Laura and I are privileged to join you today to pay our final respects to a cherished friend.
Tony Snow was a man of uncommon decency and compassion. He was a devoted husband, a proud and loving father, an adoring son, a beloved colleague, and a wonderful role model and friend.
In a life that was far too brief, he amassed a rare record of accomplishment. He applied his gifted mind to many fields: as a columnist, newspaper editor, TV anchor, radio host, and musician. He had the sometimes challenging distinction of working for two Presidents named Bush. As a speechwriter in my Dad's administration, Tony tried to translate the President's policies into English. (Laughter.) As a spokesman in my administration, Tony tried to translate my English into English. (Laughter.)
Tony always gave me good and candid advice. He was a man of profound substance who loved ideas, held strong beliefs, and reveled in defending them. He took very seriously his duty to inform the public about what its government was doing during historic times for our nation.
In the White House briefing room, Tony worked to build a relationship of candor and trust with the press corps. On his first day at the podium, he told the gathered reporters this: "One of the reasons I took this job is not only because I believe in the President, but because, believe it or not, I want to work with you." Tony was the first working journalist to serve as the White House Press Secretary for nearly 30 years. He knew the job of a reporter was rigorous. He admired the profession -- and always treated it with respect. And the presence of so many members of the Fourth Estate here today attests to the admiration and respect that he earned.
Of course, Tony's adjustment from commentator to spokesman was not seamless. Ann Compton of ABC recently recalled that when you asked Tony a question, he would sometimes get going, and she would have to stop him and say: "Tony, wait, I asked what the President thought." (Laughter.)
Tony brought a fierce and challenging intellect to his duties. And he displayed an engaging wit. When a reporter asked a rather labored question about Congress, Tony did not answer it. The persistent reporter pressed him: "Are you going to just evade that question?" With a smile, Tony quipped: "No, I'm going to laugh at it." (Laughter.)
I believe the reason Tony was so good at his job is that he looked at the world in a joyful way. He was a proud patriot who believed in America's goodness, and an optimist who knew America's possibilities. He believed strongly in the wisdom of the American people. And throughout his career, he took a special pride in being a vigorous and unapologetic defender of our men and women in uniform. He supported their missions, saw honor in their achievements, and found every possible opportunity to highlight their character and courage.
Tony Snow, the professional, is a hard act to follow. Tony Snow, the man, is simply irreplaceable. Everyone who worked with him quickly grew to love him. We will always remember his wry sense of humor and abundant goodness. We'll also remember he was just a lot of fun. After all, he played six different musical instruments and was a proud member of a band called Beats Working. He may be one of the few people in history to have jammed on the South Lawn of the White House and with Jethro Tull. (Laughter.)
We remember Tony's thoughtfulness. No matter how busy he was, this was a man who put others first. He would go out of his way to ask about people's families. He would check in with friends whenever he heard they were ill. He'd reach out to others, sometimes strangers, who were struggling with cancer. Even when he was going through difficult chemotherapy sessions, he sent inspirational e-mails to a friend whose son was suffering from a serious illness.
We remember Tony's resilient spirit. When he received a second diagnosis of cancer, he did not turn to despair. He saw it as another challenge to tackle. He found comfort in the prayers he received from millions of Americans. As he told the graduates here at Catholic University last year, "Never underestimate the power of other people's love and prayer. They have incredible power. It's as if I've been carried on the shoulders of an entire army. And they made me weightless."
Most of all, we remember Tony's love of his family. There was no doubt for Tony Snow that his family was first. When Jill reached a milestone birthday, Tony had a huge celebration. He later said that he and Jill danced that night as if they were teenagers. He said he was the most fortunate man in the world to have shared love like that. So, today, Jill, our hearts are with you, and we thank you for giving Tony such a special life.
For Robbie, Kendall, and Kristi, you are in our thoughts and prayers, as well. We thank you for sharing your dad with us. He talked about you all the time. He wanted nothing more than your happiness and success. You know, I used to call Tony on the weekends to get his advice. And invariably, I found him with you on the soccer field, or at a swim meet, or helping with your homework. He loved you a lot. Today I hope you know that we loved him a lot, too.
I know it's hard to make sense of today. It is impossible to fully comprehend why such a good and vital man was taken from us so soon. But these are the great mysteries of life -- and Tony knew as well as anyone that they're not ours to unveil.
The day Tony was born was also the day that many of his fellow Catholics pay tribute to Saint Justin. Justin was also a gifted thinker and writer, and a powerful witness for the Christian faith. Because of his beliefs, he suffered many times of trial, and in the year 165 A.D. he was arrested. Before he received a sentence of death, he was asked: "If you are killed, do you suppose you will go to heaven?" Justin replied: "I do not suppose it, but I know and am fully persuaded of it."
Tony Snow knew that, as well. That brought him great peace. When talking about the struggle he waged so admirably, he said that no matter how bad times may sometimes seem, "God doesn't promise tomorrow, he does promise eternity."
And so today we send this man of faith and character and joy on his final journey. Tony Snow has left the City of Washington for the City of God. May he find eternal rest in the arms of his Savior. And may the Author of all creation watch over his family and all those who loved him, admired him, and will always cherish his memory.
An urn carrying the ashes of former White House spokesman Tony Snow is ushered from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, July 17, 2008 after his funeral. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON
On Wednesday, Israel released five terrorists held prisoner for the bodies of two dead soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. The two soldiers were kidnapped in a cross border raid into Israel by Hezbollah that sparked the war in July 2006 that also included Hezbollah rockets raining down on civilians in Israel. The bodies of the two soldiers were held hostage for the release of Samir Kuntar, held in Israeli prison since 1979 after being convicted for murdering three Israeli citizens, including a young girl.
Israel releases child killing monster
Samir Kuntar illegally crossed into Israel from Lebanon by boat with a group of three other Palestinanin Liberation Front fighters on April 22, 1979. Once onshore in the coastal town of Nahariya, they murdered a policeman, then broke into the apartment of the Haran family where they took father Danny Haran and 4 year old daughter Einat hostage. The mother Smadar Haran, was able to hide in a crawl space above the bedroom with her two year-old daughter Yael, and a neighbor. Yael was accidentally smothered to death by her mother who held her hand over her mouth to keep her from crying out.
Danny and Einat were taken to the beach where eyewitnesses reported he was shot in front of 4 year old Einat and drowned in the sea by Kuntar who then took Einat and bashed her head upon the rocks until she was dead.
Kuntar's murderous rampage made him an instant celebrity among the terrorists of Lebanon. The PLO mastermind Abu Abas, who U.S. forces found in Iraq in 2003, set up the attack on the cruise ship Achille Lauro, where U.S. citizen Leon Klinghoffer was pushed overboard in his wheel chair. One demand from the hijackers of the Achille Lauro was the release of Kuntar and other Lebanese prisoners held by Israel.
Hezbollah used other murderous methods to gain release of Kuntar leading up to the war they unleashed on Israel in 2006. Countless scores of people, including many Lebanese civilians have died to serve the cause of this monster.
Hezbollah Celebrates "Victory"
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah cam out of hiding today to hail the release of Kuntar in a public celebration.
But aside from the long overdue funerals for Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev there will be no celebrations in Israel.
And neither will be no birthdays or weddings to celebrate for 4 year old Einat. No justice for her at all.
One thing is certain: Hezbollah has learned they can continue to perpetrate these crimes with impunity and that Israel will eventually buckle and return even the most psychotic killer so he may plot again.
There will be more stories like that of 4 year old Einat as a result of this travesty!
3 Anchors to Follow Obama's Trek AbroadIt's been a given that most "mainstream" "news" media types have been in the tank for Obama from the beginning. It's also no secret that the "news" media's former darling, John McCain, has been largely kicked to the curb by the same folks who built up his reputation in the first place.
By Howard Kurtz
July 17, 2008; C02
The three network anchors will travel to Europe and the Middle East next week for Barack Obama's trip, adding their high-wattage spotlight to what is already shaping up as a major media extravaganza.
Lured by an offer of interviews with the Democratic presidential candidate, Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric will make the overseas trek, meaning that the NBC, ABC and CBS evening newscasts will originate from stops along the route and undoubtedly give it big play.
John McCain has taken three foreign trips in the past four months, all unaccompanied by a single network anchor.
Obama has "proven adept at generating excitement," says David Folkenflik, media correspondent for National Public Radio. He said the anchors hope "a little bit of that excitement will rub off on their newscasts if they can convey an American phenomenon abroad, if that's what it turns out to be. Senator McCain is not as magnetic a figure in that way."
But now, the medias bias is becoming so obvious that it would be laughable if they tried to deny it. Three major news anchors going on the road with a presidential candidate? It's unprecedented.
But what isn't new is the media fascination with Obama which often treats McCain as an afterthought. The following chart by the Project for Excellence in Journalism makes it clear:
Bias in reporting isn't always HOW you cover a story. In large part it's whether you choose to cover a story at all. With three "news" anchors leading the cheering section for Obama's upcoming trip, it's clear whose side they have chosen.
Dee should be back posting soon, so hang in there folks!
What is going on with the Obamamessiah obsession these days? I thought he was the savior who had the magical ability to send chills up legs with each word that came out of his mouth. Now it seems the chill is becoming a painful charlie horse.
Not only are some of the Senate Democrats calling him arrogant, as mpinkeyes suggested in yesterday's post, it seems as if the Washington Post has become disillusioned with him lately as well:
BARACK OBAMA yesterday accused President Bush and Sen. John McCain of rigidity on Iraq: "They said we couldn't leave when violence was up, they say we can't leave when violence is down." Mr. Obama then confirmed his own foolish consistency. Early last year, when the war was at its peak, the Democratic candidate proposed a timetable for withdrawing all U.S. combat forces in slightly more than a year. Yesterday, with bloodshed at its lowest level since the war began, Mr. Obama endorsed the same plan. After hinting earlier this month that he might "refine" his Iraq strategy after visiting the country and listening to commanders, Mr. Obama appears to have decided that sticking to his arbitrary, 16-month timetable is more important than adjusting to the dramatic changes in Iraq... (Full story here)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
“They think they know what’s right and everyone else is wrong on everything,”That is how a senior Democrat aide is describing Barack Obama and his campaign. What's funny here is that it is quite natural for Barack Obama to feel as though he knows what is right for everybody. It is perfectly reasonable for him to believe that everybody else is wrong. Most nanny state politicians are Democrats. Nanny staters believe that they know what is best for everybody, they believe they are right and everybody else is wrong. So why wouldn't Barack Obama feel the same way?
groused one senior Senate Democratic aide. “They are kind of insufferable at
They are also upset that he just shows up wherever he pleases with little advanced notice and local Democrats miss the opportunity to have their picture taken with them for publicity purposes. Barack Obama is only concerned with his own campaign, and not interested in helping other Democrats get elected. In my opinion he is correct here. He should only be focused on getting himself elected, but this is causing a rift with other self-important Democrats who feel Obama owes them something.
Until a mailing that went out in the past few days, Obama had done little fundThey also feel that Barack Obama feels a sense of entitlement:
raising for Democratic candidates
Obama has sometimes appeared in members’
districts with no advance notice to lawmakers, resulting in lost opportunities
for those Democrats to score points by appearing alongside their party’s
presumptive presidential nominee.
Democratic leadership staffers complain that, having defeated the vauntedAgain, this is part of the mindset that has been inculcated into the minds of the Democrat voters. The entitlement mindset has been what the Democrats have been playing to for many, many years. It is perfectly understandable that someone who has been raised on this mentality would believe he is entitled to whatever he wants. Democrats are reaping what they have sown and the fruit is bitter.
Clinton political machine in the primaries, the Obama campaign now feels a
“sense of entitlement” that leads to “arrogance.”
Massachusetts rolls over for the Gay lobby and fast-tracks a proposal for same sex marriage without a debate or even a roll call. Of course the house is planning on voting on it next and the governor is prepared to sign it. (link)
The recent ruling in California that usurped the people's wishes was the catalyst for this decision. Apparently, the homosexual lobby has been energized by it.
Same sex couples can marry in Massachusetts, but it wasn't supposed to be recognized in other states until now:
What the senators decided to do was repeal a 1913 law that bars out-of-state couples from marrying in the state unless their "marriage" would be legal in their home state.
So same sex couples will travel to Massachusetts to get married then go back to their home state and demand that it be recognized via the courts.
There you go, our voices don't matter much anymore according to the homosexual activists,the liberal activist judges and the liberal politicians in certain states.
When liberals take the throne it is really what they want more so than what the people want.
A more important issue to me is that this will involve forcing the church to recognize same sex marriages and if a pastor refuses to marry them he will be sued. The trickle down effect of this is huge.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Continuing a campaign to focus national attention on America's needs to develop new energy supplies President Bush stood at the White House podium on Tuesday to repeat his message to Congress that needs to act now to increase the supply of domestic oil by permitting offshore drilling, exploration of ANWR in Alaska and oil shale development.
Today's press conference was a follow-on to his announcement on Monday that he was lifting the executive ban on increased offshore drilling and he called on Congress to do the same.
President Bush has been demanding attention to the energy issue since the first days of his Administration (photo chronicle of his efforts to highlight alternative fuels is here). And yet, every year, the only action from Democrats in Congress has been to use the issue as a political football or to use it to raise taxes, not increase energy supplies.
Are Democrats Listening to The American People?
In June we learned from Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole (R) what aggressive measures House Republicans were taking to address the issue and how that effort has been obstructed by Democrats. There was hope that after House Democrats got an earful on high gas prices from their constituents they would be willing to be more flexible on the issue after returning from their break. Unfortunately, House Speaker Pelosi announced that rather than even permit a discussion on more oil drilling, no energy bill would be brought to a vote.
Up to now, Democrat attention to the energy issue can be summed up by this quote of a Democrat congressional aide:"Right now, our strategy on gas prices is ‘Drive small cars and wait for the wind.’"
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are not sitting still. U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the Gas Price Reduction Act of 2008 on June 26, 2008 with 43 GOP Senators as co-sponsors. The legislation is a compromise designed to attract Democrat votes as it omits drilling in Alaska's ANWR.
Key points of the legislation:
- Remove the ban on offshore drilling 50 miles beyond the shore except on the Florida Gulf coast where drilling is still banned.
- Remove the moratorium on development of oil shales in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming.
- Foster development of "plug in" electric cars and trucks.
- Tighten regulation of commodities markets.
10 Democrat Senators have recently been quoted suggesting that drilling for new oil may be necessary. And it's not hard to understand why they would change on this issue. Polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans favor drilling for new domestic oil supplies. And the following Democrat Senators are up for re-election this year:
Mark Pryor of Arkansas
Joe Biden of Delaware
Dick Durbin of Illinois
Tom Harkin of Iowa
Mary Landrieu of Louisiana
John Kerry of Massachusetts
Carl Levin of Michigan
Max Baucus of Montana
Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey
Jack Reed of Rhode Island
Tim Johnson of South Dakota
Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia
Voters in those states should waste no time contacting BOTH their senators and demanding they support the legislation.
Is Senate Leader Reid Listening?
Response from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been typical. Once again he trotted out the flawed talking point that oil companies already have permission to drill in areas where no oil is likely to be found. But, he also reiterated that Democrats were not opposed to finding new domestic supplies of oil, so it seems he should endorse allowing oil companies to drill where they feel oil is more likely to be found.
Reid also repeated a desire for more wind power. While Democrats criticize drilling as an immediate solution (ignoring the psychology of the market to do so) Reid and friends seem oblivious to the fact that energy solutions from alternatives like wind power will take years and years longer than drilling.
If only we could harness the wind power coming from Democrats on this issue all our energy problems would be solved!
But of course we mustn't forget what plays a huge part in driving the price up: Worry and fear over what Iran may or may not do. So watch for Iran to do something like set up another phony missile launch or some other dumb thing to cause us to freak and the price of oil to go back up.
Nevertheless it is good news especially if commodity investors sell their oil contracts to cut their losses and once it drops to a certain level it could be an uncontrollable thing and could drop dramatically. I could be wrong because I am not knowledgeable regarding every aspect of how this works, but if it happens and it goes down, it could drop faster than it ever has historically due to the commodity market stop loss. But hey, then again who knows what will happen.
This is a great follow up to "mpinkeyes" last post about the Obama and Michelle caricature:
For the first time in history, comics aren't finding anything funny about a presidential nominee to joke about:
Why? The reason cited by most of those involved in the shows is that a fundamental factor is so far missing in Obama: There is no comedic "take" on him, nothing easy to turn to for an easy laugh, like allegations of Bill Clinton's womanizing, or President George W. Bush's goofy bumbling or Al Gore's robotic persona.Then This:
"The thing is, he's not buffoonish in any way," said Mike Barry, who started writing political jokes for Johnny Carson's monologues in the waning days of the Johnson administration and has lambasted every presidential candidate since, most recently for Letterman. "He's not a comical figure," Barry said....
There is no doubt, several representatives of the late-night shows said, that so far their audiences (and at least some of the shows' writers) seem to be favorably disposed toward Obama, to a degree that perhaps leaves them more resistant to jokes about him than those about most previous candidates.
"A lot of people are excited about his candidacy," Sweeney said. "It's almost like: 'Hey, don't go after this guy. He's a fresh face; cut him some slack.' "
Out of the whole article the latter two paragraphs seem to be pretty accurate as to the reason Obama is not kicked around a bit on comedy shows.
Obama is untouchable and honestly that is pretty sad. No one can say anything about him, hence his nickname "The Messiah" of the Liberals.
Come on, Obama has some buffoonery! Take his ears for instance and also the tapes Rush Limbaugh has of him talking without a script. He sounds totally different and loses his "Messiah" quality completely. What about the fact that he gets offended so easily? I can think of a lot of funny things they could come up with regarding his over sensitivity.
It is pretty amazing these people can't come up with satire on him when there are some things about him that are funny. You can't say that about anyone else. We all have something about us we can laugh about.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here is my take:
By now anyone paying attention has seen the New Yorker Magazine cover with Barack and Michelle Obama. Even those who don't pay attention must have seen the cover by now, you can't get away from it. Still I must give you my take on it.
Barack Obama's camp has called the cover "tasteless and offensive", John McCain agreed; "We completely agree with the Obama campaign that it is tasteless and offensive."
And you know what? I agree. The cover is tasteless and offensive, but the wrong people are being offended. Maybe I shouldn't say the wrong people, I understand why Obama would be offended, I understand why McCain is distancing himself from it, but Obama was not the target of the cover, conservatives were. Sure some people will look at that cover and think it is accurate, some will look at it and believe it is an attack on Obama, but it isn't. Will it hurt Obama in the long run, I seriously doubt it.
This cover is an attack on us "angry right wingers" who see the Obamas in this light. This cover was an attack on those who oppose Obama. This cover is basically saying that this is the way that those of us on the right see Obama. See, we are not allowed to oppose him on the issues. He is perfect, so it must be something else. It must be that we are the ones who portray Obama in the caricature on the New Yorker cover, they are just bringing it to the light of day.
It is getting to the point where Barack Obama is untouchable when it comes to debate. We are supposed to simply fall in line. If you question him on an issue, you must think the New Yorker picture is accurate.
I have been attacked several times on this blog for being critical of Barack Obama, the people who do the attacking don't care that I also am also critical of John McCain. They don't care that I am not voting for either of these candidates. Opposing Obama is not allowed. You must be a neanderthal to oppose Obama.
Presidential races are about debating ideas and issues but in this race we are not allowed to debate Obama without being portrayed as believing that Obama is the caricature shown on the New Yorker cover. That is offensive.
So yes, Obama is offended, rightfully so, and conservatives should also be offended, rightfully so.
When I saw this I thought they were making fun of Obama but it turns out they are illustrating the "absurdity" of how the right sees him. Instead of accomplishing their purpose of bashing conservatives they offended Obama.
Politics can be pretty entertaining sometimes. You have to laugh at this.
If they were able to come up with the same type of absurdity as to how the left views McCain I wonder what it would look like? Perhaps simply a picture of Bush with McCain's body but walking with a cane and, as this writer imagines, Cindy overdosing on a bottle of pills.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
In June when Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination Obama advisers expected a solid 10% bounce in Obama's lead over McCain. In most polls they got little more than half that. Consequently, Obama's roadshow began to focus on women's issues in campaign stops in an attempt to shore up weak points among former Hillary voters.
Clearly Obama's private polling is reflecting the concern that has now openly surfaced after a raft of public polls have been released showing Obama losing ground to McCain. Rasmussen currently has Obama and McCain in a tie. Even the Newsweek poll which gave Obama the biggest "bounce" with a 15 point advantage over McCain now has him down to a statistically insignificant 3% lead.
One wonders how the Obama dizzy the Obama spinners will become trying to explain that one away?
It's clear that Obama has still not persuaded the Hillary voters that he's worthy of their support. In fact, Obama is losing support in this group according to the latest CNN survey.
Overall, the rolling Real Clear Politics graph of averages of all recent polling shows Obama with a less than 4% lead. That's down from the recent high of only 7%.
Obama's race to lose?
Still, Obama would seem to have every trend in his favor. Democrats remain highly enthused about the campaign and news stories about the election prominently feature Obama. You may have noticed that some news stories mention McCain as an afterthought. The Project for Excellent June 23-29 report states: "Obama has received significantly more coverage than his Republican rival. But from June 23-29, that gap widened to a 2-1 chasm. Obama was a significant or dominant factor in 82% of all the campaign stories compared with only 40% for McCain."
Other factors in Obama's favor:
President Bush's job approval rating is still very low (though Democrats in Congress are significantly lower). And that's usually seen as bad news for the GOP to hold the White House. Also the generic poll question about whether the country is on the right track or the wrong track is at record levels. Also a bad sign for the party that would attempt to hold the White House for another term.
Not All Rosy for Obama
History has a way of upsetting the ambitions of presidential candidates with a lead in July. This study by Gallup merits attention. Six out of nine July leaders in competitive presidential elections lost in November:
Readers may recall that John Kerry surged ahead of George W. Bush in early July only to see that situation reverse six weeks later. After that President Bush rocketed ahead with a lead that proved insurmountable.
McCain Muddling Along
And alas, McCain here may be just another afterthought. But he's got some good news too: He wins the votes of pet owners hands down!
The Poll You've Been Waiting For: The Pet VoteBut what the heck. Expect the Obamatons to explain it all away with another bit of conventional wisdom: polls before Labor Day mean little. Yep, that may be true. But you can bet if Obama were solidly ahead they'd be singing a different tune!
CQ Poll Tracker
July 8, 2008
McCain is favored by pet owners by a 42 percent to 37 percent margin (the margin of error is 2.3 points). Dog owners back McCain 43 percent to 34 percent.
McCain has an English springer spaniel (Sam), a mutt (Coco), two turtles (Cuff and Link), a black and white cat (Oreo), a ferret, three parakeets and he also keeps saltwater fish.
Obama has nada.
The pet industry estimates that 63 percent of American households have a pet.
As for those who don't, they favor Obama 48 percent to 34 percent.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Tony wasn't able to keep that promise he made to his son. But as he said "It's great to love people this much."
It is great to have such love. But today it is bittersweet and reminds me of the old German hymn In Dir Ist Freude: "In thee is gladness, among the sadness."
Tony Snow (June 1, 1955 – July 12, 2008)
President and Mrs. Bush Saddened by Death of Tony Snow
Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jill, and their children, Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi. The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character.
Tony was one of our Nation's finest writers and commentators. He earned a loyal following with incisive radio and television broadcasts. He was a gifted speechwriter who served in my father's Administration. And I was thrilled when he agreed to return to the White House to serve as my Press Secretary. It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work. His colleagues will cherish memories of his energetic personality and relentless good humor.
All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer. One of the things that sustained Tony Snow was his faith - and Laura and I join people across our country in praying that this good man has now found comfort in the arms of his Creator.
It is a sad day. Made all the more so that the man we mourn was so filled with good cheer and humor. Looking back at photos of his life in the White House and before I was reminded that Tony smiled so easily and communicated such great and genuine personal warmth to all of us.
Whether it was his first press briefing on May 16, 2006 above, or his last briefing on September 12, 2007 below, Tony never lost that smile or his sense of humor.
He dealt with the press in a way that was so natural and genuine, even they couldn't help but like the guy.
20 months ago: White House press secretary Tony Snow fields questions during a briefing in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)And it was clear he enjoyed working in the White House
25 months ago: White House Press Secretary Tony Snow reacts while walking outside the Oval Office prior to a Rose Garden announcement where Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson was nominated to be the next U.S. Treasury Secretary May 30, 2006. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
It's also clear that President Bush had great admiration for Tony:
14 months ago: US President George W. Bush (R) pats White House Spokesman Tony Snow on the back as he is welcomed to the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner 22 April 2007 in Washington, DC. Snow who was recovering from surgery, has been absent from the White House since being diagnosed with cancer
10 months ago: U.S. President George W. Bush (L) puts his arm around White House Press Secretary Tony Snow as they return from an event at the Quantico Marine Base on the south lawn of the White House in Washington, September 14, 2007. Friday was Snow's last day on the job at the White House before returning to private life.
Karl Rove is often seen laughing at one of Tony's quips. It's clear that the two became good friends:
25 months ago: WASHINGTON - JUNE 14: White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove (L) and Press Secretary Tony Snow pat each other on the back after a press conference with US President George W. Bush in the Rose Garden at the White House June 14, 2006 in Washington, DC.
12 months ago: White House Press Secretary Tony Snow plays the flute as he performs with his band "Beats Work" during the Congressional Picnic 19 June 2007 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC
Tony was only 53. He leaves behind his wife Jill and three children.
Goodbye Tony. We'll Miss You!
Our condolences and prayers go out to the Snow family and all those at the Fox News Network.
Tony Snow, the former White House press secretary and conservative pundit who bedeviled the press corps and charmed millions as a FOX News television and radio host, died Saturday after a long bout with cancer. He was 53. (link)
Tony Snow was a great man with a sensitive and generous spirit. He excelled at everything he did and I enjoyed listening to him on the radio and was thrilled when he was hired as the White House Press Secretary.
I was hoping his life would last longer but his appointed time came sooner than we thought. We love and will certainly miss Tony Snow.
James, Dee's liberal friend took the "cake" when he made this comment:
There are racial undertones all around us, Dee. You have to ask yourself: why must I be koo koo for Cocoa Puffs? The Frosted Flakes are great. Does the chocolate cereal make you crazy? It’s blatant racism. You have to look deep.
Take chocolate swirl ice cream. Why does the chocolate swirl, you ask? The swirl is symbolic of the white man infiltrating the mind of the black man, and confusing him with a Eurocentric indoctrination until only remnants of historical ties to Africa remain. These remnants are placed into the cooling air of discrimination and where they harden and then are plunged into the batter of assimilation. To the world, these harden remnants are known as chocolate chips. Any morsels that didn’t take to the batter become chips on our shoulders – or rappers with gold teeth with ebonically spelled scary names… but I digress. To add insult to injury, the Keebler Elves (the white man) promotes dipping the chocolate chip in milk – this oxidation process effects the free “black” radical to break away from the libations of his ancestry which leaves behind a shell of a black man with a high-pitched nasally voice who spends his evenings listening to his Bing Crosby collection. So yes… there is racism in food... We should change devil food cakes to Jesus food cakes cuz we all know that Jesus was a black man. And with me having a bean head, i say we get rid of black beans too. How am I suppose to know if the black beans on the menu is a side order or code
word for “the man” to raise up, decapitate me, then serve me with lemon peppered salmon... when you know (and it’s been proven) I taste much better with tilapia.
So I say, we as Americans have to understand racist subliminal messages that are sent in the foods that we eat. The next time you eat a chocolate chip cookie, think about all of the black men that perished that made it possible. If possible, don’t eat the chocolate chips – better yet, have an Oreo. There’s more vanilla than chocolate in them. It’s true – read the label.
Could it be that Iran's missile test last week was nothing but a huge fraud? In Dee's comment section, one of you asked "why"? Why would they fake two of the four missile launches. Just to make them look scarier? Perhaps so, but could that be the only reason they did it?
I guessed the whole thing could be a fraud and perhaps none of it is real. Looks like I could have been right. It seems they may have only launched one missile that was older and out of production, but the great question comes into play again, WHY?
Soon after Iran faked their big scary missile launch, there were reports that Israel was practicing war drills at U.S. bases in Iraq for a possible attack against Iran. Now they are saying those reports may have come from Iran. Seems fishy to me.
What happened after Iran tested their old missile? OIL PRICES WENT UP! This begs the question as to what Iran is doing. Are they playing games with us to prove to other countries or to others within their own country that we won't go after them because oil prices will skyrocket? Are they simply dumb to think Israel and America will just jump into war with them based on news reports? I think they know we check things out first. I think it is because they want the world to think that we are a lame duck because of the oil crisis and that they are in a good position right now. They are also having a great time observing how much power over oil prices they have.
I think Iran and all of our enemies are privy to the fact that the liberals have put us in a hole regarding oil and war.
Due to the many years of this incessant, ignorant desire to save the caribou and ban drilling on our own territory we have arrived in the year 2008 unprepared to take on the oil crisis. On top of that the liberals and the drive by's have made America look weak by telling our enemies that Bush is a war mongering idiot for going into Iraq and that we are more concerned with what other countries think about us than our own survival. The liberals have done the enemies work of making us, the superpower, look weak.
Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria and other enemy countries are watching very closely and are planning as they see the liberal-socialist movement growing within our country. They have observed how it has weakened us and are waiting to see if it will bring us to the point where they can make their move.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Rep. Ed Markey, who just happens to be the chairman of the House Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee, whatever the hell that is, is blaming global warming for the "blackhawk down" incident in Mogadishu. Isn't it so rewarding to see where our tax dollars are going?
In Somalia back in 1993, climate change, according to 11 three- and four-star generals, resulted in a drought which led to famine,” said Markey.
“That famine translated to international aid we sent in to Somalia, which then led to the U.S. having to send in forces to separate all the groups that were fighting over the aid, which led to Black Hawk Down. There was this scene where we have all of our American troops under fire because they have been put into the middle of this terrible situation,”
And all this time I was blaming Bill Clinton. Who knew? It was global warming all along that led Bill Clinton to cut and run with his tail between his legs like a little child who had just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Okay, global warming didn't send the yellow streak down his back, but he wouldn't have had to go to Somalia in the first place if it wasn't for global warming. Global warming just exposed this yellow streak. Don't blame Bill, look in the mirror. What a joke!
But just look at the reaction this stupid comment got from the children he was speaking to.
Katrina woke me up and made me pay attention,” said 17-year-old Danielle Wold from Harvey, La. “One of the worst disasters in history made me want to do something. In 100 years, New Orleans could just be another Atlantis
This poor child is being indoctrinated into this mindset, correction, she has already been indoctrinated into this mindset, and she has no clue as to any other perspective. She has been taught that global warming is real and is man-made. And according to Markey it is and there can be no more debate.
There now is no question that this harm is being caused by human activity,”
Yet more reaction from the brainwashed:
Fifteen-year-old Stephen Bordes from New Orleans called on lawmakers to do something to end global warming. “Cutting carbon emissions is mainly in your hands since you pass the laws,” he said. ‘You basically control climate change. We should have changed yesterday, but it’s too late to change yesterday so we should start now.”
We are losing this battle, and we are losing it fast. How are we supposed to offer any opposing viewpoints when from the moment that our children are entering our government controlled (read public) schools until the day they graduate as "adults" from our government controlled (read public) universities that this scam is real? We can't. We can try, my boys know my feeling on this issue. They know it well, but is that enough? I am not sure.
The problem is exasperated when you read Ed Markey's position that this is the cause of the new generation.
Markey finished his talk by comparing the debate against global warming to the 20th century fight for women suffrage. “Back 100 years ago, women rose up and said we want the right to vote, and they were successful,” he said. “Now, you are like the green generation and you are rising up and saying we must ensure the planet does not suffer the worst consequences of climate change.”
In his eyes the global warming scam is equal to woman's suffrage, yeah right. But you know what? This type of thinking is what is being taught to our children. Everybody wants to feel like they are part of something. Everybody wants to make a difference. And our children are being taught that not only can they make a difference when it comes to global warming, but that it is necessary that they do something.
It makes them feel good, and after all isn't that what the left is all about, "feeling good?" This is yet another example of the alarmists using a disaster (even if it was 15 years ago) for political gain. And yes, global warming is a political issue, not a scientific one. And I find it disgusting that anyone would use the loss of American lives for such a contrived issue.
Here you go folks, yes this is real. This person is not only walking around on the streets, but he is a Texas county official and he is out of his mind:
"Texas County Official Sees Race in Term 'Black Hole'"- as in the black holes in space but it doesn't end there! Apparently the term "Angel Food Cake" and "Devil's Food Cake" are racist as well. Why? Because an Angel food cake is white and a Devil's food cake is black. (Full story here)
Eventually the word "black" will be wrong to say so we will have to change the name of the color "black" to something else and anything that is the color black that has a negative connotation attached to it will have to be changed as well.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
President George W. Bush delivers remarks prior to the signing of H.R. 6304, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendment Act of 2008, Thursday, July 10, 2008, in the Rose Garden of the White House. Joining President Bush at the signing ceremony are from left, Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M.; Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.; U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey; Director of National Intelligence Admiral Michael McConnell; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; Rep.Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, Vice President Dick Cheney; Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman; Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, Rep. John Boehner, R- Ohio; Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R- Mich.; Missouri Senator Kit Bond, Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas; Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas; and West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
Joined by members of both parties, including the Democrat chairmen of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, President Bush finally signed the long overdue FISA bill to allow for monitoring of terrorist communications.
The votes in both houses were bipartisan and lopsided in favor of the bills (House roll call here, Senate roll call here). Barack Obama voted for the bill which he swore to filibuster. Even Nancy Pelosi voted for it. Only one Republican, Rep.Johnson (IL) voted joined 128 House Democrats in voting against the bill. In the Senate, no Republicans joined the 28 Democrats and the Socialist Bernie Sanders (VT) in voting no.
In contrast to the low key Oval Office ceremony for signing the Iraq war funding bill on June 30, this event showcased Democrat's concerns about being seen as soft on terrorists in the weeks remaining before the November election.
But one wonders why Democrats obstructed passage of the bill and allowed foreign surveillance of terrorists to lapse for so many months if they were going to end up supporting the bill in the end?
Updated, 9:33 a.m., Agence France-Presse has retracted the image as
“apparently digitally altered.”
As news spread across the world of Iran’s provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it appeared to contain one too many missiles, a point that had not emerged before the photo appeared on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, NYTimes.com and many other major news Web sites. (source)
This cracks me up and makes me wonder how tough Iran really is. Don't get me wrong, I think they are a force to be reckoned with and need to be dealt with soon but it is pretty idiotic of them to think we wouldn't catch this.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
One of the best ways to avert war with Iran over the nuclear issue is for a united front on economic sanctions on Iran. The U.N. Security Council has
passed ever tighter sanctions (2006, 2007, 2008) against Iran for failure to comply with demand that Iran cease it's uranium enrichment program.
Collectively and individually our allies have publicly expressed a desire to use sanctions to avoid military conflict by raising the cost of Iran's refusal to obey the U.N. order.
Even Barack Obama supports sanctions as part of his plan for a diplomatic offensive on Iran.
So, on the same day Iran test fired a barrage of missiles, why did the Code Pinkos gather together their little peace flotilla and begin protesting at 7 AM outside the houseboat of Democrat Congressman Gary Ackerman shouting "NO SANCTIONS ON IRAN?" Ackerman has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives for stronger sanctions on Iran.
Apparently, Code Pinkos insist that talks alone would solve the problem. But Iran has already rejected talks with plenty of carrots attached. What delusion do these "peace" protesters suffer that causes them to think that somehow more talks would solve the problem?
Or don't these "peace" protesters care that Iran is developing ever greater missile technology and is on the road to possessing nuclear weapons. I thought "peace" groups opposed nuclear weapons and related weaponry? Or do they only oppose such technology in the hands of the United States?