Friday, March 31, 2006

My 100th Trip to the ER


When I was growing up somehow my brothers and I never had a trip to the ER. With my kids, no such luck. Between all 4 of them I've had my fair share of trips and I feel like I'm a pro at it now. My youngest son has developmental delays which includes coordination problems so he's fallen in the wrong place several times and has also stuck a lite brite up his nose. My youngest daughter has broken her finger by jumping on my bed, broken her arm riding her bike down a hill and had a bad toe as a result of her brother dropping the couch on it. My oldest daughter is by no means a daredevil but somehow she has managed to make a couple trips as well. My oldest son (Calvin) has only been once so I guess it was his turn last night.

He was tilting his chair forward and the chair gave way and he hit his chin on the computer desk. Being the compassionate, kind mother that I am, I am reminding him how many times I've told him not to do that with his chair. Then we saw the blood and I figured it was time to stop the lectures. It turns out that his tooth somehow cut through his mouth between his chin and his lip. When I realized there was a cut all the way through I felt sick. It wasn't a big cut so the bleeding stopped pretty quickly and he wasn't in pain. Nevertheless we still had to go to the ER at 10:30 at night.

Not to be mean but have you ever paid attention to the majority of the people that end up in the ER? I don't know if its the area we live in but most of them could score really high on Patrick's White Trash test. You usually have to wait 2-3 hours so you see all kinds of "interesting" people coming through.

The guy nurse that checked us in was hilarious. He had a nice big tattoo on his arm. He examined Calvin's wound and said "Nice!!" like he was impressed. Then he asked Calvin if he had any medical history and starts asking him things like: "Ever have a heart attack, stroke, cancer, etc.?" It was pretty funny.

Then Calvin cracked me up with the things he was saying to me while we waited. He remembered a story that his grandma (my mom) had told him about an accident that Grandpa had had when he was tilting his chair. I had never heard this story and was asking him about it. I said, "Did Grandma tell you this one time when you were tilting your chair?" He said yes and I should've listened to her. LOL--I was cracking up. Then he tells me that his sunday school teacher has also told him some horror story about what happens when you tilt your chair. Lets see-- your mom, grandmother, sunday school teacher all tell you not to tilt your chair but somehow thats not enough warning :-). You have to find out for yourself.

Then he starts talking about how fun it is to tilt his chair and why does everything that is fun have to be dangerous like jumping on the bed? I'm so cracking up. The wisdom of boys.

He was very brave during the stitches and the nurse was impressed. He predicted he would get 3 stitches and thats what he got. The Dr. told me this actually is pretty easy to do and pretty common. Learn something new every day.

All that to say he's doing fine but I lost quite a bit of time at the ER. Today I was supposed to do my post on Terri Schiavo since it is the 1 yr. anniversary but I will do the post justice and work on it tonight and post it tomorrow.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

In Defense of the War and George W. Bush--Part 2


Cartoon pic--Hat tip: Chas Compilation

"NOW IS THE TIME FOR RESOLVE, NOT RETREAT"

Doom and gloom seems to be the order of the day. Support for W and the War is at an all time low. I am one of the few who is still keeping the faith and thats what this post is about.

I am a little discouraged at the faint hearts of so many. Anything worth doing takes time and hard work. I know it is human nature to be negative and give up easily. But we are fighting a just cause that is worth fighting! Rumsfeld said it well:
"Fortunately, history is not made up of daily headlines, blogs on Web sites or the latest sensational attack. History is a bigger picture, and it takes some time and perspective to measure accurately."

"Now is the time for resolve, not retreat."

Let me take you back to the beginning and let you see the war through my eyes.

September 11th, 2001--Ofcourse none of us will forget that day. I still remember watching the burning buildings. By the time I turned on the TV the media was aware of all 4 planes. I was crying but there was also initially some fear. If 4 attacks could happen in such a short amount of time what else could happen? It was very unsettling. As I watched the days' events unfold tears just kept streaming down my face. I was grieving for those who died and for our country. I cannot begin to tell you how relieved I was that George W. Bush was my president. I knew he would do the right thing and do whatever it took to protect the American people. And he has!!


If you need a picture of what a cut and run strategy looks like, one only needs to watch the movie "Black Hawk Down". It is based on the true story of how a Democrat president faced terrorism by backing down. Osama Bin Laden himself has been quoted as saying that he saw the U.S. as a paper tiger after the events in Somalia.The cut and run strategy only emboldens terrorists.

By the time 9/11 happened the U.S. had been dealing with terrorism for 20+ years without much of a response. Bush has responded and I think history will prove that he has been right. In the song "Bush was Right" there is a very simple message but it is true. Here is an excerpt of some of the words:
"Freedom in Afghanistan, say goodbye Taliban
Free elections in Iraq, Saddam Hussein locked up
Osama’s staying underground, Al Qaida now is finding out
America won’t turn and run once the fighting has begun
Libya turns over nukes, Lebanese want freedom, too
Syria is forced to leave, don’t you know that all this means

Bush was right!

Democracy is on the way, hitting like a tidal wave
All over the middle east, dictators walk with shaky knees"

Pic--Hat tip: Aeon Web
Terrorists all over the Middle East and the whole world now know that the U.S. is serious when it comes to fighting terrorism. Democracy is gaining a foothold and dictators are taking notice. The reason the terrorists are fighting so hard in Iraq is because they know if they lose there, democracy will spread and the evil guys will lose their power. All of this won't happen in a short amount of time but it is worth persevering for.

Donald Rumsfeld wrote a column entitled "What We've Gained In 3 Years in Iraq" on the 3rd anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He made a lot of excellent points. Here are some excerpts:
"The rationale for a free and democratic Iraq is as compelling today as it was three years ago. A free and stable Iraq will not attack its neighbors, will not conspire with terrorists, will not pay rewards to the families of suicide bombers and will not seek to kill Americans.

Though there are those who will never be convinced that the cause in Iraq is worth the costs, anyone looking realistically at the world today -- at the terrorist threat we face -- can come to only one conclusion: Now is the time for resolve, not retreat.

Consider that if we retreat now, there is every reason to believe Saddamists and terrorists will fill the vacuum -- and the free world might not have the will to face them again. Turning our backs on postwar Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis. It would be as great a disgrace as if we had asked the liberated nations of Eastern Europe to return to Soviet domination because it was too hard or too tough or we didn't have the patience to work with them as they built free countries.

What we need to understand is that the vast majority of the Iraqi people want the coalition to succeed. They want better futures for themselves and their families. They do not want the extremists to win. And they are risking their lives every day to secure their country.

That is well worth remembering on this anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom."

In part 3 I will bring up the doom and gloom lefties' arguments on why they think the war is wrong and isn't going well. And I will respond with the truth :-).

Sources:
Mike from Mike's America helped me with research
What We've Gained In 3 Years in Iraq

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

"You'd better get a life!!"


Hat tip: Ucomics.com (Click on it to make it bigger)

I'm doing research for my part 2 of Defense of Bush & the War so wanted to post something light. As you might of figured out by now--I love Calvin and Hobbes. This was a particularly good one that I thought some of you might enjoy. Calvin and his "Get Rid of Slimy Girls Club" is classic. And come to think of it this would apply to my son Calvin :-).


My buddy Rummy had a great response the other day to Maureen Dowd. Apparently she wrote in an article that "an unnamed administration official said that Rumsfeld was being treated like an old eccentric uncle who's ignored." This was Rumsfeld's response:
"If you believe everything you read from Maureen Dowd, you'd better get a life."
Yes!! Score another one for Rummie :-).


Mike over at Mike's America has an awesome song playing when you click on his site. The song is called "Bush was right" by the Right Brothers. I absolutely love it. It has a great tune and great lyrics. Go check it out.

Hat Tip: Rush

Okay, I admit that this is a little low but someone sent this to me today and I thought it was funny :-).

Lets take up a collection

A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the highway. Nothing is moving. Suddenly a man knocks on the window.

The driver rolls down his window and asks, "What happened?"

Terrorists have kidnapped Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Jesse
Jackson and Al Sharpton. They are asking for a $10 million ransom. Otherwise they are going to douse them with gasoline and set them on fire. We are going from car to car, taking up a collection." The driver asks, "How much is everyone giving, on average?"

About a gallon.





It is with a sad heart that I say a farewell to my blogging buddy Rebecca. She is moving on to other new & important ventures. Bloviating Zeppelin and I are trying to talk her into leaving her blog up and just posting occasionally. She and I are friends and started this blogging venture together so she will be greatly missed in the blogworld. Best Wishes Rebecca!!

Monday, March 27, 2006

LMC's Smorgasbord

I didn't get a chance to blog this weekend because I was working hard on my house. I've kept it clean for over a week now--Woohoo!! :-)



Last weekend FX had a "Prison Break" marathon leading up to starting to air the new episodes of the series last monday. I finally got around to watching them this weekend while doing tons of laundry. It is an awesome show. If you liked the movie "Shawshank Redemption" you will like this. A lot of people including Wyatt were telling me it was a good show and they were right.


I actually found an article in the KC Star that I liked. A brother and sister both joined the Army at the same time. I thought that was pretty cool and the article even portrayed it as a good thing and talked about how proud their parents were. It was inspiring to me.


My kids and I listen to a Christian radio program in the car called "Adventures in Odyssey". We get the CD's of the show from the library and have listened to them in order. I really like them and they are entertaining enough for small children to adults. They teach really good moral lessons without being legalistic. A lot of times Christian kids' shows are cheesy or unrealistic. Odyssey is not like that at all and my kids and I have really gotten a lot out of it. This weekend there was a great storyline that extended over many of the episodes. It was so good we had to bring the CD into the house when we got home and listen to the ending. It was an intense storyline and one of the characters was supposed to have died. I've definitely seen too many Alias and 24 episodes because I figured out the guy wasn't really dead even though my kids were shocked.

Some of you may have noticed my template is different. KC, a fellow blogger, was gracious enough to widen my posting space for me and I am very appreciative. Thanks KC!!!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

In Defense of the War and George W. Bush--Part 1


"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."--Proverbs 16:24

As many of you have probably figured out by now I am not a fan of the cynical or the pessimist. I am an optimist and an idealist by nature. I don't live in denial. I live in reality (more so than I would desire) but I don't believe anything is accomplished by being negative.

All that to say I am so sick of the doom and gloom MSM and the liberals. They offer constant negative criticism and defeatism without ever giving hope and/or solutions (you should hear some of Carville's recent advice, pathetic). So in an effort to combat some of that I'm going to tell you what has gone right with the war and what George W. Bush has done well.


Rich Lowry has written an excellent article entitled "Murtha Democrats". He points out how ill-informed and negative they are and responds with what is really happening in Iraq. Here are some excerpts:

"John Murtha is the longtime Pennsylvania congressman and former Marine who fits the Democratic party’s preferred political formula on the war. That formula is to say inane or incoherent things, but have a veteran say them on the theory that, then, no one will notice their inanity or incoherence.

Murtha produced his usual hail of misstatements. He said Bush went to war “against the advice of his father and the whole administration.” But the closest there was to a major dissenter in the administration was then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, who supported the war. Murtha said there was “no connection to terrorism in Iraq itself.” Leaving aside the more controversial arguments about Saddam’s relationship with al Qaeda, it is incontrovertible that Saddam was giving $25,000 to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, a rather stark connection to terrorism. He cited the U.S. military’s goal of giving Iraqi forces control of security in 75 percent of Iraq, and scorned it because “75 percent of it is desert.”

It is impossible to know if Murtha wants to be deliberately misleading or is simply ill-informed — but neither option is flattering. Nearly half of the key Baghdad province has been handed over to Iraqi security forces. According to USA Today, these forces have also been given responsibility for parts of such dangerous areas as Fallujah, Ramadi, and Samarra. This is why U.S. deaths are down to one a day — almost the lowest level since the insurgency began — while Iraqi deaths are increasing. So much for deserts.

The difficulties in Iraq have created an open season for the war’s critics, who get a license to say anything even if it has no connection to reality. A few months ago, The Atlantic Monthly ran a cover story by James Fallows titled, “Why Iraq Has No Army.” It was widely cited, even though it appeared smack in the midst of an extraordinarily successful training effort to build up an Iraqi army. From February 2005 to February 2006, top-rated Iraqi security forces went from 10,000 to 54,000, according to researchers from the liberal Brookings Institution, who report that “Iraqi security forces continue to improve.”

Despite all the hue and cry over Iraq, there is a basic consensus around a common-sense strategy that involves attempting to form a national-unity government and train Iraqi security forces. Whether it ultimately works no one can know, but it is irresponsible to lack the patience to give it a reasonable chance."

His last line there is my exact point. When did everyone become such defeatists? Why are we so willing to throw in the towel so quickly? Isn't victory over terrorists and freedom worth fighting for? Do we not realize what we've already accomplished so far?


Mike did a recent post showing a great comparison between the naysayers today and the ones in Europe after World War II. His post is entitled "Winning is not Easy, Just Absolutely Necessary". Here are some excerpts:
"The mainstream media at the time reported doom and gloom. Where was our plan for victory? History repeats itself today in Iraq where our slow, steady, measurable progress is met with "but, but, but" from the same people who are desperate to escape accountability for never having any practical, effective solutions of their own on how to solve the immense problems we confront in geopolitics.

It took fifty years to clean up the mess after World War II. Would the naysayers say we shouldn't have bothered? Had we followed their lead, everyone in Europe, or at least the few permitted to survive the Holocaust, would either be speaking Russian or German."

This topic is too broad for me to fit everything into one post so stay tuned for part 2.

P.S. I had some great pics to go with this but blogger wouldn't let me post them.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Victory Over Anxiety #1


Five years ago I went through a really bad bout with anxiety. My personality was always prone to anxiety but in 2001 it all came to a head. I started having physical symptoms and panic attacks. And for any of you who have struggled at all with anxiety one panic attack will increase your fear and anxiety and cause you to have more and it becomes a vicious cycle. Before you were afraid and anxious about different things but then you become deathly afraid of another panic attack and that ofcourse is what will actually trigger another one.

It was the worst trial that I ever went through. But with God's grace He enabled me to have victory over it and it changed my life. I am living life now instead of being afraid and anxious. I got a lot of counseling and learned how to face, deal, and cope with it. To some extent it will always be my Achilles' heel but it doesn't paralyze me or hinder my life anymore.

When I was going through the worst of it I compiled some verses, prayer and quotes that were of great encouragement and comfort me. I recently shared these with a friend who is struggling in a very similar way with this that I did. I decided I am going to post them one at a time on my blog. If they encourage and help even one person they will have been worth it.

We all have our inner demons and struggles and we need to be honest and open about them so others will know they are not alone. Some may judge you but most will be glad you shared. Here is the first one I compiled:


I have not grasped God’s everlasting love for me. I know for me it has not been internalized the way it should be. So my heartfelt, fervent prayer is Ephesians 3:14-21. I have read it before & even prayed it for people before but it has taken on a new meaning for me during this time.

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may STRENGTHEN you with POWER through his Spirit in your INNER BEING, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being ROOTED & ESTABLISHED in LOVE, may have power together with all the saints, to GRASP how WIDE and LONG and HIGH and DEEP is the LOVE of Christ, and to KNOW this LOVE that SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen."



QUOTES FROM STORMIE OMARTIAN’S CHAPTER ON TRIALS IN THE POWER OF A PRAYING WIFE

"After all, if we never suffered anything, what kind of shallow, compassionless, impatient people would we be? But prayer can help maintain a positive outlook of gratitude, hope, patience, and peace in the midst of it…"

"His purpose for our trials is often to bring us humbly before Him to experience a breaking in our inner, independent, self-sufficient selves, and grow us up into compassionate, patient, spiritually strong, God-glorifying people. He uses these situations to teach us how to trust that He loves and cares for us enough to get us through the tough times."

"If nothing can separate us from the love of God, then no matter how bad it gets, we always have hope."

TRIAL PRAYER FROM STORMIE’S BOOK

God, You are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). You have invited us to "approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). I come before Your throne and ask for grace. Strengthen my heart for this battle and give me patience to wait on You (Psalm 27:1-4). Build me up so that no matter what happens I will be able to stand strong through it. Help me to be always "be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12). Give me endurance to run the race and not give up, for You have said that "a righteous man may fall seven times, he rises again"(Proverbs 24:16). Help me to remember that "if the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand" (Psalm 37:23,24).
I pray I will look to You to be my "refuge until the disaster has passed" (Psalm 57:1). May I learn to wait on You because "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (Isaiah 40:31). I pray that I will find my strength in You and as I call out to You, You will hear me and save me out of all my troubles" (Psalm 34:6).

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Husband Store and Children


I know this Calvin and Hobbes definitely applies to me sometimes :-). I'm doing research for another post so thought I'd post some good stories. The first one Gayle posted part of on her Friday Evening Post but I liked it so much I thought I'd post the whole thing. Unfortunately, even being a woman myself I have to admit there was a lot of truth to this :-).

The Husband Store
A store that sells new husbands has just opened in New York City,
where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the
entrance is a description of how the store operates.

You may visit the store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the
attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends the flights.

There is, however, a catch: you may choose any man from a particular
floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down,
to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads: Floor 1 - These men have jobs.

The second floor sign reads: Floor 2 - These men have jobs and love kids.

The third floor sign reads: Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love kids, and are extremely good looking.

"Wow," she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and sign reads: Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead good looking and help with the housework.

"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!"

Still, she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads: Floor 5 - These
men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with the
housework, and have a strong romantic streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the
sign reads: Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are
no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are
impossible to please.Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.

A new wives store opened across the street.

The first floor has wives that love sex.

The second floor has wives that love sex and have money.

The third through sixth floors have never been visited.


Children!
1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.

ADVICE FOR THE DAY: Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day.
AND FINALLY:

IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF TENSION AND YOU GET A HEADACHE, DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE ASPIRIN BOTTLE:

"TAKE TWO ASPIRIN" AND "KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN"!!!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Remembering Terri Schiavo


On March 31st it will be the 1 year Anniversary of Terri Schiavo's death. At Michelle Malkin's blog she linked to the Blogburst in Memory of Terri Schiavo. This is what they are wanting to do:
"We invite you to join us for a Blogburst in remembrance of Terri Schiavo beginning March 18th (or earlier). Over the 13 days we are asking our friends to write about Terri's life and death, link to her family's foundation (Terrisfight.org) and affirm the intrinsic dignity of human life."

I was very passionate in my defense of Terri during her fight for life. It was one of the first things I wrote about on my blog. I wrote a letter to the KC Star that got published and I was very distraught when she died. It still seems so wrong that such an injustice was able to take place in the United States.


I did a lot of research on the case and read Mark Fuhrman's excellent book. If you haven't taken the time to read it, it is well worth your time. And it was a very easy book to read, I think I read it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down.

I encourage everyone to join in and post for life and in remembrance of Terri. I am planning on doing a post dedicated to her remembrance on the anniversary date of March 31st.

Earlier Posts:
Terri Schiavo
Heroes

Additional Terri Links:
Crystal Clear
Terri Schiavo Foundation

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Fun Post


Okay, 2 serious posts in a row, time for some fun. As I've mentioned before I'm hooked on the show LaFemme Nikita. I've decided after getting hooked on these cult tv shows only to be tormented that a woman needs to be in charge of these series. These men set it up so there are 2 main characters that are destined to be together but then they torment you by not having them get together. Very frustrating!! Then, I'm just at the part in the series where they are going to have Nikita and Michael finally get together and Blockbuster sends me the wrong disc. Aaaaaaaaaahhh!! Anyway, all that to say this is a pic of Roy Dupuis and he is one of the main characters in Nikita. He is hot so I've decided I don't want to know what his politics are :-))).

Juanita had these fun quizzes over at her blog and I loved them.

You scored as Yellow. Your heart is yellow. You are very fun loving and you\'re the life and soul of the party. Some people may call you childish, but they\'re boring and should be shot! Be happy to be happy and don\'t change for anyone. Oh wow, I'm very proud of you *sniffles*. This is my first quiz so bite me...

Yellow

86%

Pink

79%

Blue

61%

Green

54%

Purple

39%

Red

25%

Black

18%

White

14%

Orange

4%

~What colour is your heart?~
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You scored as Charlies Angels. You are a kick ass girl! You and your friends are intimidating!

Charlies Angels

100%

The Notebook

75%

A Cinderella Story

67%

Legally Blonde

67%

Mean Girls

58%

What Chick Flick is just like Your Life?
created with QuizFarm.com


Good News!!:

So far John Roberts seems to be doing a good job as Supreme Court Justice. "A New Day at the Court" quoted Jay Sekulow saying this:
"I think that Justice Alito's addition is very important, but it's too early to tell about his effect. But Chief Justice John Roberts is going to be able to bring along others to his viewpoint. He's an incremental kind of justice, and I think at the end of the day that's going to serve the country very well."

This article put a smile on my face:
"Poll: Republicans Are Happier Than Democrats
The Pew Research Center recently updated a question about happiness that the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago has been asking since 1972.

In every asking of the question, ROLL CALL reports, Republicans have been happier than Democrats.

Republicans tend to be better off than Democrats, and that is one explanation for the happiness gap. But when the researchers controlled for household income, Republicans at all income levels were happier than Democrats at those same income levels.

As for ideology, conservative Republicans were happier than conservative Democrats, and moderate to liberal Republicans were happier than comparable Democrats."

Sounds about right to me!!! My liberal in-laws are the most pessimistic people I know!!

Monday, March 13, 2006

"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"


I don't know why but I love this phrase that was the title of one of Clint Eastwood's movies. It seems to sum things up pretty well. Wyatt does a post once a week on people he hates. I have to admit they usually make me laugh and I find myself nodding in agreement. But since this is a Conservative Christian blog I figured I better come up with something a little less harsh. Thus this title will let me talk about the people I like AND dislike :-).

THE GOOD:
1)Dick Morris made my night tonight by talking to Bill O'Reilly about McCain. He said there is absolutely no way that McCain will get the Republican nomination for 2008. I could've kissed Morris for saying that. I've been getting nervous with so many people talking about McCain being the frontrunner. Rush was even pointing out today that he is "courting the conservative intelligentsia". I was talking to my friend from the Missouri Republican party though and she doesn't think he has a chance either. We'll see. More about McCain in the bad and ugly section.

2)George W. Bush has been getting pummeled non-stop by criticism from all sides. He is not perfect but he also doesn't deserve 80% of the criticism that comes his way. I am planning on doing a post in the near future listing all the awesome things he has done for this country as a reminder for all the naysayers. Foremost of all is the fact that we have not had a terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9-11. Who would've thought that possible in the days after 9-11?

3)Bill Kristol made my morning on Fox News Sunday yesterday. I love Kristol's passion. Either I love what he has to say (if I agree with him) or I get upset if I disagree with him because he is so expressive when sharing his opinions. I agreed with him yesterday and was proud of him. He was pointing out that the sabotaging of the Port deal was Congress reacting to the fears and the ignorance of the American people. And he said it well.

4)My friend has started a new blog entitled "I Read So You Don't Have To". I love it. She reads a lot so thought she'd post helpful reviews (some serious, some funny) on books and TV/movies. She gives talking points on each book so you can try to look intelligent while at social functions even if you haven't read the books. This reminded me so much of the movie "Born Yesterday" with Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Johnson plays a guy that is supposed to smarten Melanie up. He gives her these all-purpose lines to use at dinner parties so she'll look like she knows what she's talking about even though she isn't very knowledgeable. Exactly what I needed since I find myself not having time to read as many books lately as I would like. I'm going to put her blogsite in my sidebar under non-political blogs.

The Bad and The Ugly:
1)Russ Feingold thinks he has a prayer at the democratic nomination and thus is sucking up to the hard-core leftwing loonies of his party. He is jumping on the Bush-bashing bandwagon and wants to censure Bush for so-called "domestic spying". Rush brought up that since Hillary is trying to play to the center Feingold thinks he can woo the left-wing base. Maybe Hollywood actors who tell Hillary that she can kiss their butt will buy into his political posturing.

2)Harry Reid for being annoying and boring. As I was listening to clips of him talking today it struck me how boring and un-charismatic he is. He was Tom Daschle's replacement and he definitely wasn't an improvement. Same boring manner and same hateful, untrue rhetoric about Republicans.

3)The anti-war protestors at Walter Reed have no class. If you want to protest that is fine but not at a hospital where soldiers are recovering from serious injuries. I linked to CJ from "A Soldier's Perspective" because he was courageous enough to confront these protestors.


4)John McCain was trying to make excuses for why he didn't do well in this past weekend's straw poll. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Over my dead body will this man get the Republican nomination for 2008. Not if I have anything to say about it. I will have to do a post in the future on all the reasons why McCain is a RINO.
McCain pic courtesy of Rush Limbaugh's website.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Smorgasbord


HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY CALVIN!!!!!

My awesome friend (who is also the one who originally set up this blog for me)is good at photoshopping pictures. She put my oldest son's face on this pic so we could use it for an edible image on a cake for his birthday. I waited till the last minute so there was some stress involved in us being able to get it done. But finally I had the pic printed out at Wal-mart and it was ready to be put on a cake. That's when the real trouble started.

I took it to the bakery department at Wal-mart. My friend had already used a similar photoshopped pic of her daughter with Care Bears at another store so I wasn't expecting any problems. Well- they freak out because of copyright laws. I try to explain that this is a free downloadable picture off the internet but to no avail. Now for the funny part. I have a manager come over acting very confident. He says that as soon as he saw the picture he knew it wasn't going to work because he recognized Kiefer Sutherland. I looked incredulously at him and didn't even hesitate. (For a moment I forgot about being ticked off that they weren't going to use the picture on the cake.) "That is not Kiefer Sutherland," I said emphatically.

Hello?? My friend and I were joking later that this guy made this mistake with the wrong family. First of all I'm a Kiefer Sutherland expert :-) and my husband is a Star Wars expert so this would've never flown with either of us :-). By the way for those of you who don't know the other guy in the pic is Ewan McGregor not Kiefer.

After some other complications we did finally get the pic on the cake. But it turned out to be a much bigger deal than I expected :-).


HAPPY DAY for me!!! :
McCain bombs in a Republican Straw poll for president. I especially loved this line:
One activist said, "McCain voted against all the Bush tax cuts... maybe he should have voted for the president then, instead of waiting for a political stunt to try and distract."


Your Musical Tastes Match: Jennifer Garner


See her whole playlist here (iTunes required)

I found another one of these quizzes and I loved my result so I thought I'd post it. Let me know your results :-).


My friends and I went and saw "Failure to Launch" last night. The film critics (again the artsy fartsy elites) were giving it terrible ratings. But talk to any woman who won't go to a Matthew McConaughey movie and she probably needs her head examined. It was awesome!!! We laughed out loud throughout the whole movie, it had a great ending and I loved the other actors in the movie also. For those of you Alias fans "Will" (Bradley Cooper) was in it and was endearing as always. Also, the last time I did a conservative hunks post Mark led me to this great site that had a list of conservative celebrities. I almost died when I saw McConaughey on there. So right then and there I knew I'd have to do a conservative hunks #3 sometime in the future.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Life


Click on the cartoon to make it bigger so you can read it. This one doesn't relate to much but when I was looking through the Calvin and Hobbes archives I found it and thought it was hilarious!!

Life has been crazy lately. My oldest daughter had a baton competition last weekend that I spent the whole day at. It went very well though and her group took 2nd place in both of the numbers they did. I was very happy with how things went this year. Last year she had a different teacher who didn't prepare us for what we were going to face at competition. And it was a fiasco. So I was very relieved that it went so well this year.

Last night my son had his 10th Birthday party and my friend helped with a special cake for him. I will post the great pic and tell the story that goes with it when I have the picture.


So anyway all that to say my house desperately needs my attention so will be back to blogging when I get a breather.

Monday, March 06, 2006

La Femme Nikita and other Highlights


A friend of mine told me about this awesome lady named Billie who does great reviews of Cult tv shows and Scifi shows. She reviews shows like "Lost", "Battlestar Galactica", "Alias" and others. My friend said that she had mentioned that if you like "Alias" you might also like "La Femme Nikita". Since I love Alias I figured it was worth checking out and then I found out Joel Surnow (the executive producer of "24") also worked on it. By then I was sold.

My friend and I decided to watch it "sort of" together since we live in different states. And another friend said she'd try to watch it too. So we thought it would be fun to watch it at similar times and be able to talk about it. I watched the first 3 episodes and I'm hooked. It is similar to Alias but different. And if you've ever watched the movie "Point of No Return" with Bridget Fonda it has the exact same premise. But "Point of No Return" was sad whereas this series has a lot of hope and excitement to it.

On to other highlights:
Lone Pony posted about Governor Rounds signing the South Dakota abortion ban today and talked about how Mississippi is in the process of doing the same thing. It is very exciting news!! I have also been thinking a lot recently about everyone bringing up the ban not having the rape/incest exceptions. I may be in the minority but I just don't get it. Does a baby suddenly stop being a baby because I've been raped or molested? The baby doesn't deserve to be murdered because of a criminal act by someone else. I understand the mental anguish for the woman in carrying a baby from such a conception. But I think it would bring more psychological damage to get an abortion than to carry the child. I understand carrying the baby and giving it up for adoption but not killing the baby. So I guess I can't personally agree to supporting those exceptions.


Texas Fred, Abfreedom and Sparks from the Anvil all posted about how Psycho Fred Phelps and his hate group disguised as a church are picketing Soldiers' funerals. The original article said that it was Westboro Church doing the picketing and I did a quick google search and sure enough Fred Phelps is the pastor of the Church. Fred Phelps is someone I just don't get. He thinks God hates homosexuals and all sorts of other people. Picketing at anyone's funeral to make some kind of hate statement is beyond despicable. I abhor his message no matter where it would be given but to be given at a funeral while people are grieving is beyond heartless.

I still remember a group like this in Chicago. I was a student at Moody Bible Institute and a group of us walked past them walking around with signs and screaming out messages. Their signs said "God hates fags" or something similar to that and other people that God supposedly hated. I was so upset that I went up and confronted them. I told them that they were driving people away from God not to Him with their message. Their response was that Jesus confronted the Pharisees with strong messages. I pointed out how they were missing a fundamental point. The Pharisees had religion without love and faith and they needed to be confronted harshly. When it came to sinners Jesus always showed them unconditional love and he spent time with them and showed them He cared.


I still haven't had time to do a thorough post on the Ports deal. But I thought this cartoon was good and points out the ridiculousness of the Clintons. Give me a break!! Are we really supposed to believe Hillary didn't know Bill was working to make this deal happen? One of the things about the Clintons that really bothers me is how stupid they must think the American people are. The lines they feed us and expect us to believe are beyond ridiculous.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Smorgasbord

Is this pink button cool or what? The guy that runs the awesome website Aeon Web (New Media Resources for Conservatives) not only links to me but made this great button for my link on his site. I felt honored when I was one of the first blogs that he linked to and then he made this great button. So thanks to Hans at Aeon Web for making my day. And if you haven't checked out his great website yet, you need to. He always has great stuff and while you're there check out the pink button on the left sidebar :-).

I also got to be in Blogs 4 Bauer's first Carnival of Bauer. They linked to my "Why I love 24" post so I will forgive RFTR for his sarcastic comment about it being touching :-).


HERO OF THE WEEK: 16 yr. old Sean Allen
For being willing to stand up and expose a liberal teacher's left-wing propaganda. The more Sean Allens there are and the more hope I will have for the future of this country!!



One of my favorite men was in Kansas City this week. Donald Rumsfeld spoke at the Truman Museum & Library on thursday. One of the articles in the KC Star had this to say about him: "Rumsfeld has angered detractors and charmed admirers with his straight talk." I think that is true because you either love Rumsfeld or you hate him like Ann & Rush he gives it to you straight and thats what I love about him.

Unfortunately there were only 200 invited guests and alas I wasn't one of them. But he had some great things to say. He talked about how tough Truman was in fighting the cold war. And how there were skeptics then about democracies in Japan and Europe but they happened. And the cold war lasted for 40 years but it was worth fighting just like the war on terror. Here is an excerpt from an article about what he said:
Rumsfeld was correct, however, in characterizing the unpopular sentiments – at home and abroad – that Truman met in his early fight what he saw as a growing Red menace, said Truman Museum archivist Randy Sowell.

“There was a lot of resistance” to the Truman Doctrine unveiled in March 1947, which initially lent U.S. aid against Communist insurgencies in Greece and Turkey, Sowell said. “There were public concerns about U.S. meddling in global affairs. Isolationism didn’t just disappear with World War II.”
“Our country was tired after the Second World War,” Rumsfeld said in the speech. “Strong strains of isolationism still persisted.”

And yet, he said, the leaders of both parties “tended to get the big things right. They understood that war had been declared on our country – on the free world – whether we liked it or not. And that we had to steel ourselves against an expansionist enemy, the Soviet Union, that was determined to destroy our way of life.”

Rumsfeld proclaimed his admiration for Truman early in his speech, and he underscored his interest in a lingering 90-minute tour of the library and museum where the president spent much of his final years.

There have been a lot of comparisons of George W. Bush to Truman and I think rightly so. Truman was one of the first presidents I studied and I think very highly of him. That was back when there were more Democrats that actually cared about national security. Truman didn't care about polls and did what was right like W. I've been to this museum several times and it is a neat place.

Suzie did a very important post on The Child Safety Act. Go to her site and find out all the important details. Please take a couple minutes out of your day to contact your elected officials about this important bill.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Life is Beautiful


My apologies, I didn't get a chance to visit hardly anyone's blogs today, it was a busy day. One of the reasons was 2 friends from college came over for a girls' night. We try to do it once or twice a month. Two of us are night people and my poor friend who is a morning person always gets stuck staying up way past her bedtime. But we must be worth it because she keeps coming :-). We talk, pray and watch movies. Tonight we watched "Life is Beautiful". To be honest they had both seen it before and loved it but I had my doubts. But they were right, it was an inspiring movie. It really inspired me to try to make the best of bad situations in life and how much it helps to be optimistic and not bitter even when things are bad. It is a movie for everyone and I highly recommend it.

I also got to have lunch with my spiritual Mom/mentor today. She was in Kansas City for work. Tuesdays my kids go to a Homeschool Co-op so its my one day a week I get to do errands and have lunch with friends. Anyway, she also has a blog and she wrote about our me and our lunch. We had a great time.

Since she brought up the fry story I figure I might as well tell it. She was my awesome sunday school teacher, youth leader and many other things when I was in junior high and highschool. She was my pastor's wife and her and my pastor were crazy enough to take us teens on fun fieldtrips. When I was in highschool I could go from being very quiet in unfamiliar situations to being very outgoing when I was in my comfort zone. Well, with my youth group I was very much in my comfort zone. That night we were on our way back from the fieldtrip and we were at Wendy's. It was pitch dark out and I was wearing sunglasses to give you some background of the mistake I was about to make. I went up behind my pastor's son and decided to steal one of his french fries and obnoxiously said, "Thanks for giving me one of your fries." To my horror he turned around and it wasn't the pastor's son. It was some kid that I didn't even know and I had just stolen his french fry. It was very embarrassing and I'm sure he thought I was psycho. But it has made for a great story to tell--my kids really enjoy hearing it.

On a completely different note The Republican party called me yesterday. The Bush guy that I worked with in '04 passed on that I had been a great volunteer. So the GOP chic was calling to see if I would be interested in helping her and being in charge of some of the phonebanking for the fall elections. I am excited and looking forward to being involved again. Lone Pony, I may be contacting you to help :-). Her blog is also where I snagged my quote of the week in my sidebar.

I'll be back to politics in a day or so :-).