Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Awesome Soundbites, etc...

I'm still smiling about Lynne Cheney's butt kicking of CNN. In the past I have mentioned to friends of mine how disappointed I am that there are so few recent first ladies that inspire me. Obviously I have a lot of problems with Hillary; Nancy Reagan was never her own person and when she was her beliefs were the opposite of mine; Laura Bush is nice and you don't dislike her but she doesn't inspire anything in you and Barbara Bush has a wonderful fire in her belly but her pro-choice beliefs just disappoint me. Lynne Cheney may not be first lady but she is quite the inspiration to me. Combine her passion and outspokenness with her writing history books and you find LMC very impressed.

1) When Dick Cheney was asked what he thought about his wife's appearance on CNN he had this to say:
"I thought it was great. We refer to it around the house as the 'slapdown.' And she was very tough, but she was very accurate and very aggressive. I told her I thought it was a sterling performance."

I am extremely proud of both the Cheneys this week. I'm so impressed that Dick didn't try to backtrack or try to say that she shouldn't have been so aggressive.

2) Bill O'Reilly was talking to Juan Williams and a Republican Chic about Lynne Cheney and CNN and Juan gave a startling admission. When Bill asked Juan if he thought CNN was in the tank for the Democrats liberal Juan Williams said yes!! Bill was shocked and re-asked the question. CNN is so blatantly liberal and helping the Democrats that even Juan Williams had to admit it.

3) Well, Mort Kondracke upset me by saying that he thinks Claire McCaskill will win on November 7th. But Fred Barnes made up for it by saying that he not only thinks Talent will win but that Amendment 2 is "sinking like a stone".

Laura Ingraham on O'Reilly - Facts on the cloning bill

And speaking of Amendment 2 Laura Ingraham did an excellent job of exposing the lies that are in it on O'Reilly's show. In this clip O'Reilly asks Laura if he thinks that Michael J. Fox realizes that the amendment is about cloning and not just stem cell research. She says she doesn't know. Well, just two days ago we found out that Fox hasn't even read Missouri's Amendment 2.

Let me just re-iterate again how much I love Michael J. Fox. Family Ties was my favorite show in highschool and I love almost all his movies. I still like him but he is just wrong on this issue. I just don't know how he could put his reputation on the line to do an ad for McCaskill not having even read the Amendment that Missouri is going to vote on. I just find that irresponsible. And it makes me wonder how much he himself has been duped on this whole issue.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Election Stuff

Okay, I know I've posted this cartoon several times already but its one of my favorites and is always good to use around election time :-).

President's Conference Call

On saturday I had the exciting opportunity to be on a conference call to hear some encouraging words from Ken Mehlman and the President. The President was very optimistic and said we were going to win on November 7th because of 3 reasons:
1) We are right on taxes. The Democrats have already promised to raise taxes by not renewing the President's tax cuts when they get into office.

2) We are right on the War on Terror. The Democrats are against terror surveillance, the Patriot Act, virtually everything that has been implemented to prevent future terrorist attacks.

3) The grassroots efforts of people like us. It was so neat to hear him thank us for all our work and to acknowledge that we are making a difference. He said that we have already made more phonecalls this year than we had at this time in 2004 so our get out the vote efforts are going strong.

Democrats Push to Counter G.O.P. in Turnout Race

Here is an excerpt from this NY Times article:
"Democrats are pushing into high gear this weekend a sharply expanded campaign to get their voters to the polls, even as some party leaders expressed anxiety that Republicans would again out-organize them in the approximately 20 House and 3 Senate races that both sides agree will determine the outcome of the midterm elections.

After two national elections in which Republicans’ sophisticated get-out-the-vote operation helped them triumph over their opponents, Democrats have invested heavily in catching up.

The success of that effort could be crucial to their hopes on Nov. 7. Notwithstanding polls that show broad Democratic strength, control of Congress appears to rest on a relatively few races in which the candidates are separated by razor-thin margins. Those are precisely the kinds of races where turnout efforts can make a difference, and the Republicans’ track record on getting their supporters to the polls in districts they focus on is a primary reason that the White House continues to express confidence that it can at least limit Democratic gains this year.

Howard Dean, the Democratic national chairman, said Friday that he was confident that a swell of enthusiasm among Democratic voters, combined with what he characterized as despondency among Republicans, would push Democrats to victory, an assessment that even some Republican strategists said they shared. But in an interview, Mr. Dean said that Republicans continued to have a clear superiority in identifying voters they can persuade to vote for their candidates and then getting them to cast ballots."

I love how even Howard Dean admits that our get out the vote efforts are superior.

Polls and Pundits: How Reliable Are Forecasts?

This was an interesting Wall Street Journal article on polls. Here is an excerpt:
"How reliable are polls? Polls can't predict the outcome of an election; they only take a snapshot at a given moment. Opinions often change in the final days before an election. Up to a quarter of voters don't decide whom they'll vote for until the week before an election, according to Republican pollster Bill McInturff. As many as 8% don't decide until Election Day.

In 1994, when Republicans won control of Congress, few pundits predicted the landslide. In July 1994, the Pew Research Center said that 47% of voters would likely vote Democratic, while 45% would vote Republican. By November, the poll showed Republicans ahead by just two percentage points. Yet Republicans actually ended up trouncing the Democrats, winning 52 House seats and eight Senate seats.

Polls in the run-up to this election are more consistent than usual. From June to late October of this year, people who said they plan to vote Democratic have fluctuated by two percentage points, compared with seven percentage points over the same time period in 1994.

Are polls biased? Polls are only as good as their sample and the questions asked. If the sample group is too narrow or too small, it can skew results. The average size of a poll is 1,000 adults, and pollsters have models that try to include all races, ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

But modern technology poses new challenges. Most polls depend on land-line phones, but one in 10 adults now has only a cellular telephone. That poses a potential sampling problem, since nearly half of voters with only a cellular phone are under 30 years old, compared with 13% who have land-lines. Still, a recent Pew report concluded that cellphone-only users are not yet "creating a measurable bias in the overall finding."

Early voters also can affect poll bias. About a fifth of all votes cast in the U.S. are cast before Election Day, up from at least 8% in 1994, according to Michael McDonald of George Mason University. This "very subtly biases the results," he says, since this growing category isn't always accounted for in polling models."

Go check out this great video over at Skye's!!
And Mike has some neat pics and a humorous video as well!!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Lynne Cheney Puts the Smackdown on CNN

This is exactly why I have always loved Lynne Cheney!! She flat out asks Wolf Blitzer if they want the U.S. to win? A better question one could not ask. I have always liked her because she is outspoken, articulate and passionate. She is also a great writer of history books. I have two of her Children's books that she has written, America (A Patriotic Primer) and A is for Abigail.

My Boy, Ivan Rodriguez

I'm not into sports at all. But when my husband and I first got married we wanted to start a hobby together. We decided to collect baseball cards. We each picked a player and started to collect their cards. He picked Juan Gonzalez and I picked Ivan Rodriguez. At the time Juan Gonzalez was doing great and ofcourse my husband used logical methods in picking out who he wanted to be his favorite player. Why did I pick Ivan Rodriguez? Because I liked Texas and he was on the Texas Rangers at the time. He also was from Puerto Rico where I had just visited and had loved it there. The funny thing is it seems I picked the better player.

I started collecting his cards in 1992 and his rookie year was just one year earlier. So I got his cards cheap. Fourteen years later he has ranked up some great accomplishments. Here is an excerpt about him from wikipedia:
"Ivan Rodríguez Torres (born November 30, 1971, in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico), nicknamed "Pudge" "and occasionally "I-Rod", is a professional baseball player currently playing for the Detroit Tigers. He has a career batting average of .304 and has won eleven Gold Glove Awards as a catcher, as well as the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1999. Iván is considered by many to be the greatest defensive catcher ever. His World Series ring with the Marlins in 2003 and leadership with the Tigers in 2006 earn him recognition as one of the greatest catchers of all time.

When Rodríguez made his major league debut with the Texas Rangers on June 20, 1991, he became the youngest person to catch in a major league game. He immediately established himself as an excellent hitter who was also proficient in throwing out would-be base-stealers. In fact, no other catcher in the past 35 years has been as successful at this aspect of the game, with Rodríguez throwing out 48% of attempted basestealers through May 2006, far more than the runner-up in this period, the late Thurman Munson."

All that to say I'm actually paying some attention to the World Series right now. And even though I'm from Missouri and should be cheering for the Cardinals I'm cheering for the Tigers. I was excited to see Rodriguez score a run last night even though they lost the game. And again being an optimist I'm hoping they will somehow be able to win the next 3 games to win the World Series.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

My Radio Debut & Missouri's Amendment 2 ads

I want to thank Open Source and Chris Lydon for the opportunity to be on the show last night. I had a great time talking about the Missouri Senate Race with Chris, Antonio French and Professor George Connor. It was a great discussion about Missouri politics and I appreciate how gracious everyone was. Here is the link to listen to the show. The first half hour has George Connor and a taped recording of Jonathan Franzen and the second half added in the bloggers (Antonio and I).

Michael J. Fox

We also talked a lot about Missouri's Amendment 2. It seems everyone was talking about Missouri yesterday and its all because of the ad that Michael J. Fox has done in support of McCaskill and Amendment 2. I can't tell you what a disappointment this is to me. I love Michael J. Fox. I was a teenager in the 80's and I loved him in Family Ties and the Back to the Future movies. But there are several things in this ad that just aren't true. First of all Dean Barnett points out that Fox leaves out the fact that this amendment is about EMBRYONIC stem cell research. Instead he just mentions stem cell research and falsely says that Talent is against expanding stem cell research (not true, he is all for expanding adult stem cell research as I am). He also says that Talent is for criminalizing the science behind this research. First of all Talent isn't for criminalizing it but the "science" he is talking about is SCNT (somatic cell nuclear transfer) which is the definition of cloning. And many would be for criminalizing cloning so it is very misleading.

Photo credit: Rush

Rush spent a lot of time discussing this yesterday and monday of this week and many have been commenting on it. On monday Rush had mentioned that either Fox was acting or off his parkinson's medicine in the ad. He probably shouldn't have said that he might've been acting but I think it was blatantly obvious that Fox purposely didn't take his medicine for this ad to up the sympathy vote. He has every right to do that but I think as many have pointed out this may give you sympathy for Fox but it doesn't endear you to McCaskill and may even backfire on her. Here is a quote from some of what Rush had to say about the whole issue:
"All stem cell research is legal today in Missouri. Jim Talent does not seek to criminalize it, as Michael J. Fox asserts in his television commercial. The truth is, Amendment 2 would put human cloning in the Missouri Constitution. Michael J. Fox is participating in this disinformation campaign."

The other tragic thing to me is that studies have shown numerous cures from adult stem cell research and absolutely none from embryonic so this amendment will use tax payer money to do research that will actually be less effective and less likely to bring a cure for people like Fox.

Response Ad to Michael J. Fox

Here is a response ad done by some actors and ball players to combat Fox's ad. To be honest as much as I love Jim Caviezel and am impressed with Patricia Heaton, Jeff Suppan, Kurt Warner and Mike Sweeney for being willing to take a stand on this moral issue I'm not overly impressed with the ad. I think its hard to get all the important points into a 1 minute ad but I would've chosen to emphasize different aspects of the amendment.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

LMC on the radio

I have been contacted by a radio program called Open Source. They are going to be talking about the Missouri Senate Race tonight and they frequently have bloggers on as guests. A lady called me yesterday and talked to me for about a half an hour. As I did research on the show I was a little nervous since it is based in Massachusetts. But I listened to a show they did recently on the Tennessee Senate Race and was impressed. They had on several guests including a conservative and a liberal blogger. But there was no badgering of people or arguments. There was just genuine questioning of the guests on what they thought about the candidates and the race in Tennessee.

Last night I did extra research on Talent and the stem cell issue to be more prepared. I would appreciate everyone's prayers. There are several ways you can listen to the show on the internet. There are 2 different ways to listen to it live and then you can also download it afterwards and listen to it through iTunes. Go here to check out how to listen.

Here was Rob Huddleston's (the conservative Tennessee blogger on the show) take on being on the show.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Fun Stuff

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

So this first cartoon literally made me laugh out loud. It is funny and has oh, so much truth to it.

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

The reason I love Glenn McCoy's editorial cartoons so much is he is awesome about staying on top of current events and combining humor with truth!!

Calling all Prison Break fans!! Blogs 4 Bauer is so much fun for 24 fans so I talked Wyatt into doing a Prison Break blog with me for Prison Break fans. Spread the word and come visit and any other blogging fans out there feel free to jump on board and be co-writers with us. The more the merrier!! I got my first post up for the blog today, Why I Love Prison Break!!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Vote No on Missouri's Amendment 2

Missourians Against Human Cloning

Please take the time to watch this video!! This is a crucial issue here in Missouri that will be on our ballot on November 7th. The thing that grieves me the most is that voters are being outright lied to and mislead. 89% of Missourians are against human cloning and yet that is exactly what this amendment will allow. And yet the proponents of it say that it would ban cloning and are trying to change the definition of it. The cloning that this amendment will allow is the same process that was used to clone Dolly the sheep. If people knew the truth about this amendment it wouldn't have a snowball's chance in he** of passing.

This is soon to become a national issue. Other states are watching to see what Missouri does. And the problem is this is an amendment to our constitution so if it passes it will be very hard to ever repeal it.

Robert Novak wrote an excellent article about it which shows you that it is getting national attention. Here is an excerpt:
Misleading measure may launch U.S. cloning

October 16, 2006
BY ROBERT NOVAK Sun-Times Columnist
A new video available on YouTube marks a late attempt by pro-life forces to avert serious defeat in Missouri Nov. 7, with national implications. Cathy Ruse, speaking for Missourians Against Human Cloning, declares: "Amendment 2 is a fraud. It is an attempt to trick Missourians into approving -- in their Constitution -- human cloning, the right of biotech firms to do human cloning in Missouri -- something Missourians oppose by an overwhelming majority."

But Amendment 2 is identified for many Missouri voters by the language at the beginning of the five-page, 2,000-word ballot initiative: "No person may clone or attempt to clone a human being." That explains why polls have shown a substantial margin of support for the constitutional amendment, also backed by key Republican politicians and business interests. It seems to offer the best of all worlds: government support of stem cell research without fear of cloning.

The problem is that the proposal so narrowly defines cloning as to open the door in Missouri to any cloning procedure that takes place outside the womb. If this is approved by a state that historically is a barometer of national trends and is considered a pro-life stronghold, it will be a national model for breaking popular resistance to what the scientists and biotech companies want.

A campaign costing an estimated $20 million has helped build a substantial lead for the amendment. A September poll by the Republican firm McLaughlin & Associates shows a 59 percent to 31 percent advantage. Democrats appear to have no doubt, favoring it 75 to 22, with only 3 percent undecided. But Republicans are split, 40 percent in support and 45 against, with 15 percent undecided.

Big Republican names -- former Sen. John Danforth, Gov. Matt Blunt and party contributor Sam Fox -- support the amendment. The $2 billion-endowed Stowers Institute in Kansas City, funded by GOP benefactors, spearheads the campaign.

That establishment Republican support for Amendment 2 has created a difficult situation for first-term GOP Sen. Jim Talent, engaged in a difficult re-election campaign. I reported Talent's "defection from the anti-cloning ranks" in February when he took his name off a Senate bill to ban cloning on grounds it might hamper acceptable scientific research.

Talent at that time was taking no position on Amendment 2, but he has since come out against it. In a recent debate with the Democratic Senate candidate, state Auditor Claire McCaskill, on NBC's "Meet the Press," Talent said the proposal "would create ... an unqualified constitutional right to clone the earliest stages of human life. " But he hastened to add he is not against stem cell research.

For the rest go here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

LMC's Smorgasbord

"I don't believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing."--Ronald Reagan

The Reagan quote is my new quote on my sidebar. Rush was talking yesterday about how he is fed up with conservatives and Republicans who have just given up on these elections and resigned themselves to defeat. I would have to say a hearty amen to that!! Rush brought up the Reagan quote and I knew I would have to go look it up because it is a gem of truth. We still have 21 days to make a difference and I for one refuse to just give up and resign our causes to defeat.

I have heard that many conservatives have decided that all incumbents deserve to get thrown out because they haven't done the right thing on this issue or that. If you actually think about this mentality it is completely irrational. I was talking to a man who said he was furious at Republicans even though he was one. He wasn't going to vote for any of them. So I pinned him down on what issues he was upset about. He was upset about immigration. I let him know that both of our Senators and our Representative were as great on immigration as you were going to get. I told him not to blame our Representatives for idiotic things that Specter and McCain had done. Well, he claimed why hasn't anything been done then on immigration? I reminded him that for example our senators couldn't force the other 98 senators to do what they wanted. And actually on this issue there has been a bill passed to build a fence so there has been progress on this issue.

All of that to say I'm one of those eternal optimists that will refuse to be a defeatist. If I find out on November 8th that we've lost than so be it, but beforehand I'm going to work and pray for the best. I, like Bush and Rove am upbeat about our chances in the coming elections. We still have 21 days to get off our butts and make a difference.

In other news...

1)--The Missouri Supreme Court strikes down the photo id law

I was extremely disappointed by this but not surprised. I just found out that ACORN is up to their usual tricks and there is suspected fraud in St. Louis already. Unfortunately the photo id law would've helped prevent some of this fraud from coming to fruition at the polls. Here are 2 links that discuss how the St. Louis election board has already found over a thousand voter registration cards that are suspected to be fraudelent:
Claire Supports Criminal Activity
ACORN Under Fire

2)--Scalia Kicks the ACLU's Butt!!

Have I mentioned recently how much I love Antonin Scalia :-)?

3)--Harry Reid's financial scandals are ignored by the MSM, ofcourse!!

Other posts on this:
Harry Reid Financial Scandal Gets Mostly Media YAWN!
Oh Yeah: Harry Reid Stole Money; May Have Mob Ties

4)--And last but not least the economy is doing well but the MSM is ignoring this also because it is good news for Republicans

Monday, October 16, 2006

Flags of our Fathers

Since I am fascinated with war movies this caught my eye. Even though I was drugged up in the hospital I saw them talking about this on Fox News. The movie "Flags of our Fathers" is supposed to open up in theaters this friday, October 20th.

It is directed by Clint Eastwood and is based on the book with the same title by James Bradley. Bradley's own father, John "Doc" Bradley, was one of the men who lifted the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is a short clip about the book:
"The #1 National Bestseller!
In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America."

I look forward to seeing it!!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I'm Home

Well, as you can tell I've had a rough week. I greatly appreciated everyone's prayers and kind wishes. It meant a lot to me. Through all of the difficulties of this week God really blessed me. I had several friends that came and just took over at my house with my kids. Joia not only was updating my blog for everyone but she came and took care of my kids plus made them do their school. It was nice to know that while I was ill things were being taken care of. God has blessed me with a great family and many great friends and for that I am very thankful.

Thanks also to all of you who did special posts on my behalf and let me know you were praying. The pic from this post was made by Mike over at Mike's America and put a huge smile on my face. Thank-you!!

Well--my stay in the hospital was interesting. I have never stayed overnight in the hospital except to have babies and I had never been in the ICU. Some of the nurses were wonderful and some were the other extreme. But all that to say I'm out and hopefully will be back up to par soon. Right now I'm still feeling very weak but they've got me on some drugs and I'm allowed to eat normal foods now. Several of my friends took my kids overnight so I get to have a peaceful house for awhile.

One friend said that she knew that somehow the democrats were responsible for this :-). It made me smile. One of my daughter's friends made a card for me and said that I needed to get well so I could get back to my blog :-). So no reason to fear I will be back up to par in order to continue my work on the campaigns soon. The GI Dr. who did the scope on me asked me what I did for a living. Right before the procedure I'm telling him that I homeschool and do some political work. He said he had met Talent and was impressed with him. So I guess now that I think about it my Dr. was probably a Republican so that was good :-)))).

Thanks again to all of you and I will hopefully be visiting soon.

Also, my friends did tape Lost for me and it was a nice coming home present to be able to watch it ;-)!!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Further news on LMC

Good evening, all. Joia here again for Little Miss Chatterbox.

Last night (Wednesday night) was pretty rough for Dee at the hospital. Aside from the usual mess of how miserable it is to try and sleep in a busy ICU unit, she was also just dreadfully sick all night. They put her on anti-nausea meds in the morning which helped a great deal, and even when she was sick there was no longer any blood coming up. So cauterizing that one ulcer seems to have stopped the bleeding, even if it has left her stomach very sore and sensitive (thus the pain and nausea).

Dee was moved out of ICU into a regular room this afternoon. The goal at this point is for her to be able to go home on Saturday to continue her recovery. The pain is still severe and the nausea will continue to be a problem, but hopefully by then she’ll be well enough to leave the hospital. Personally, I'm still amazed at how good things are going in this regard, particularly when taking into account how absolutely terrified we all were for her Wednesday morning.

I printed out all your comments and took them to the hospital today. She was very moved and asked me to make sure I thanked each and every one of you for your prayers and your concern. She said, “I guess it takes a situation like this to let me know how much I am loved!”

Dee also laughed at me for getting mixed up as to who is who, as I’ve apparently butchered some of the messages I was supposed to convey. So if you got a completely nonsensical reply from me at any point, just pretend I’m the one drugged up instead of Dee. ;-)

Again, thank you all for your prayers, your wonderful comments (which mean all the world to her!), and your concern. Lord willing you’ll have Dee back on her blog by Saturday or Sunday. Considering how mad she was getting at a campaign ad airing on her hospital TV yesterday, I’m sure she’ll have a lot to say when she returns.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Update on LMC

Just got an update from the hospital: Dee had several ulcers, one of which was causing all the bleeding. They've cauterized that and will be moving her out of ICU tonight. She will be spending tonight in the hospital and may be back home as early as tomorrow to recover. The doctors are hoping that the ulcer medication they give her will allow her to fully heal within two months.

This is obviously a huge answer to prayer, as there have been all sorts of dire causes running through our minds. We're awaiting biopsy results to be certain, but at this point the doctor is very optimistic about a speedy recovery.

Please continue to keep Dee in your prayers as she will still be experiencing pain and difficulty in getting around during her return to health.

Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers.

~ Joia for LMC

Edited to Add: I just got back from the hospital where I spoke to one of Dee's nurses who said that it was extremely unlikely that Dee will be released tomorrow. She is going to remain in ICU overnight and they'll re-evaluate her condition tomorrow.

On a more amusing note, in spite of how completely drugged up she was and how much pain she was in, what was distressing Dee the most tonight was the fact that she's missing tonight's episode of Lost!

Call for Prayer

Greetings, all. This is LMC's friend, Joia, posting on her behalf.

Dee is currently in the ICU at the local hospital. She has been feeling ill for the last 24 hours or so, but became much worse today, vomiting copious amounts of blood. She was in pretty severe pain until they got her on medication at the hospital, so she is doing better in that regard now.

Quite honestly, I'm at a loss right now as to what to say. There is a lot that is unknown. There were no advance symptoms, which means it's very difficult to even guess at this point what's going on. As a result, we're waiting to see the results of tests that will be taking place throughout the day. Hopefully we'll know more by tonight or the morning.

Please keep Dee & her family in your prayers.

~ Joia

ETA: I will be monitoring Dee's email should you have any specific questions or comments that you don't want to post here.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Tattoo Dilemma

I was reading an article in the KC Star last night entitled, "Today, tattoos not a stigma". Here is a clip:
"Never before have tattoos been as mainstream. Gone are the days when the only people who visited tattoo shops were sailors and bikers.

“My clientele has changed completely,” said Mace Arnold, who owns Body Art in Overland Park. “Now, everybody gets tattoos. Bankers, lawyers, doctors, everybody.”
Does that include Youth Pastors' wives :-)?
It got me to thinking. I had this lightbulb moment about 6 months ago that I wanted a tattoo. As I have mentioned before after my struggles with fear and anxiety came to a head in 2001 and I dealt with them I have felt like I have a new lease on life. I'm really living and enjoying life now like I never have before. A tattoo seems to be a very fitting way to express some of that.

The dilemma comes in that my husband is a Youth Pastor at a pretty conservative church. I think most people realize that a tattoo isn't a sign of a lack of spirituality but I know for a fact that some people at our church would literally have a cow. My husband has no problem with me getting one but has warned me that it is likely to cause some controversy. I would get something pretty small and feminine and it wouldn't be overly noticeable but probably wouldn't be completely hidden 100 % of the time.

So anyway not sure what I'm going to do. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts and comments :-).

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Stay Tuned...

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

I think this cartoon says it all!! I have been burning the candle at both ends so haven't been able to do more substantial posts or visit as much. I'm also getting ready to do some substantial posts on crucial issues that Missourians must vote on this November. The race between Jim Talent and Claire McCaskill is extremely important. If McCaskill squeaks out a win that means we go from having one of the most conservative senators to one of the most liberal. Also, this race could literally decide if the Republicans retain control of the Senate or lose it.

Tune in to Meet the Press this morning because McCaskill and Talent are going to be engaged in a debate on the show.

I am also going to do an in-depth post on the Stem Cell Research amendment that Missouri will vote on. It is a huge deal because if it passes Missouri tax-payers will be force to pay for experimentation on human life. Two people connected with Missourians Against Human Cloning are giving a presentation at our church tonight. I set it up and am looking forward to it.

So anyway stay tuned for some important posts that are crucial for Missouri but also for everyone else. Other states are watching how we vote on the Stem Cell amendment because if it passes it will be an encouragement to other states to try and pass one also.


I just watched the debate and took notes. I have to admit that as much as I love the President when I would watch his debates I would just cringe. But that was not the case today watching Talent. I would have to say objectively speaking that he kicked Claire's butt!! Tim Russert raked Talent over the coals about the war and Talent gave an extremely good defense of the War in Iraq. I have to say I was extremely impressed. My only disappointment on his part is that when he was asked if George W. Bush was a great president he wouldn't go ahead and say yes. I don't care about the polls it is ridiculous to feel like you have to distance yourself from Bush.

As for Claire I was more convinced than ever what a complete disaster she would be for this state and our country. Most of what came out of her mouth was talking points, political slogans and stupid quotes. I have 2 ridiculous quotes to use when I do a comprehensive post on her. She compared herself to McCain, Warner and Graham and that is supposed to endear us to her, yikes!! So much of what she said was double speak. Most of rural Missouri hates her as was demonstrated by the fact that she got very few of their votes in her run for the Governorship in 2004. And yet she called herself a daughter of Rural Missouri in a pathetic attempt to cozy up to rural voters. She also insists that she's for a ban on partial birth abortion but only with certain exceptions which basically would enable anyone to get one. When a baby is viable outside of the womb there is no case for killing the baby to save the life of the mother. But by insisting on this she can say she's for a ban even though she isn't. Nice double speak!! Missouri must not fall for it in November.

Mo. Candidates Debate Foley, Iraq War

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Democrats' Plan For Fighting Terrorism

Toon Credit: Michael Ramirez

This strategy is sure to get them elected in 5 weeks. I was listening to pollsters talking on Hannity's radio show yesterday. Even with all the rough times Republicans have had Democrats are not running away with things. To them it was clear that it is because they aren't sure the Democrats are really offering anything better, ya think?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Lost & Rational Liberals

So I had to buy this latest issue of TV guide. In case you hadn't figured it out by now I am a huge fan of the show Lost. And 1 guess on who my favorite character is by all the pics on my blog :-). Sawyer (Josh Holloway) is the bad boy on the show with the sweet heart. I also love Hurley, Kate, Jack and Locke too but Sawyer is my favorite.

I learned some fun things from the TV guide. The 1st episode of Season 3 which airs tonight is supposed to be awesome. Kate's cage gets moved next to Sawyer's and they said that they share a sweet reunion that will thrill fans who have been rooting for them to get together. Woo-hoo!! Within the first 6 episodes Kate is supposed to decide between Sawyer & Jack. On October 25th there is supposed to be a Sawyer centric episode. Josh Holloway doesn't even know yet who she is going to pick.

So a friend and I are getting together to watch this tonight. I am really looking forward to it. And I know Mr. Tastic and Wordsmith are and I can't remember but I think Joe is also a big fan.

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The past 2 posts have been on heavy topics and there has been a lot of debate. But I was so encouraged by liberal Dave's comment last night that he gets my first rational liberal award of the week today. He proved the exact point that I was trying to make and it was refreshing to hear someone from the other side of the aisle acknowledge it. Unlike Clinton he can interact with conservatives and be rational. Here was his comment:
"James, you know I am with you on a lot of issues. I too am a card carrying liberal. But on this case, I must side with LMC.

At least the GOP has whacked (no pun intended) the guy! Yes it might be a little late, but they did it. Do the Dems ever do that? It is one of the great mysteries of the Democratic party. Just how far do you have to go for the party to put you out, or demand your resignation?

I remember when Gingrich quit, his replacement had to leave over an affair before he ever got the job. Have the Dems ever held anyone in their party to that standard? I do not think so. Think Kennedy, Hart, Clinton, etc.

Should Hastert go too? Maybe so. Perhaps he was a little slow on this issue. Time will tell. At least Foley is gone and hopefully headed to cell block C, somewhere in the Federal system."