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!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Vote No on Missouri's Amendment 2-- Update

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

"Stem-cell research on embryos is an even worse excuse for the slaughter of life than abortion. No woman is even being spared an inconvenience this time. … It's just harvest and slaughter, harvest and slaugther, harvest and slaughter."
Ann Coulter, "Godless," page 195

I have an awesome update to give when it comes to Missouri's Amendment 2. When I was on the radio show this past tuesday the Missouri Professor George Connor said that even though the grassroots movement against Amendment 2 was incredible there was no way we could make a dent in the 60% of people who favored it. When he said that I didn't completely agree just because I'm an optimist but reality dictated that he was probably right. Well, imagine my shock and excitement when I saw a recent poll. Support for the amendment has gone from 60% to 45%!!!! Ky3 Political Notebook reported the Survey USA poll that shows these results:
45% 'Certain' Yes
36% 'Certain' No
18% Not Certain

The grassroots movement on this is incredible. Professor George Connor agreed with me that it is unbelievable and that it is in every church in Missouri. The truth is getting out about the lies in this amendment and the tide is changing. I have brought hundreds of Vote No signs to my county's Republican Headquarters and they are just flying out the door. I have also written an article for the KC Star and submitted it for the "As I see it" section where they print opinion articles from every day people of up to 350 words. I'm hoping they decide to print it. If they do I will post it here on the same day it appears in the paper, if they don't I will post it here sometime next week anyway.

My blog has been getting a lot of hits this past week of people searching for information about the amendment. Another sign that the word is getting out. Several sites have linked to me and I am encouraged that many are helping to spread the word. I was honored to have Sister Toldjah highlight the issue and link back to me. Here are her posts and some others:

Proposed Missouri Amendment 2: Pro Human Cloning?--Sister Toldjah
Another Look at Missouri's proposed Amendment 2: It's a fraud--Sister Toldjah
And in This Corner--Pastor Walter Snyder
John Combest
Missouri "stem cell initiative" explicitly allows "cloning"

My previous posts:
Vote No on Missouri's Amendment 2
My Radio Debut & Missouri's Amendment 2 ads

Other sites with info on Amendment 2:
Missourians Against Human Cloning
Stem Cell Research Facts
Missouri Roundtable for Life

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.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Some Levity

Hillary Clinton- Can't Wait for 2008

I enjoyed this Hillary video immensely and it brings some levity since things are getting pretty heavy 2 wks. before elections. Enjoy!!

Toon Credit: Michael Ramirez

Wordsmith has some awesome cartoons up that express the political mood right now very well. I especially thought this particular one proves a great point in that are you going to sacrifice all the issues that are so important to you just because you might be upset about one or two issues?

And Prison Break fans don't forget to check out Prison Break Central. I just put up a post about this week's episode and Wyatt has some great humor posts up.

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.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court & Christian Conservatives

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

Finally some common sense and it comes from the U.S. supreme court. Supreme Court upholds Arizona's photo ID law for elections. Yet another illustration of why it is so important to get strict constructionists on the bench. It seems Alito and Roberts are having a good impact. Arizona has been fighting to have photo ids for their elections longer than Missouri has. Once again liberal judges from the 9th Circus Court of Appeals put their law on hold. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the law being in place for the November 7th election. They haven't ruled on the constitutionality of the law yet but I'd say the odds are in our favor and once that happens Missouri, Georgia, Arizona and others will have their rulings overturned and be able to require photo ids at the polls.

Earlier posts on this subject:
Activist Judges Strike Again
The Hysterics Over Photo Ids in Missouri

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

David Limbaugh has written an excellent article entitled, Christian conservatives should feast, not fast, on politics. Here is an excerpt:
"Former Sen. John Danforth's book laments the Christian right's apparent hold on the GOP. Former White House Faith-Based Initiative Deputy Director David Kuo charges that while President Bush is sincere about his faith, "he is a politician and is ultimately no different from any other politician, content to use religion for electoral gain more than for good works."

With friends like these on the right, it's no wonder Democrats are feeling so cocky about their November election prospects. While I believe Danforth is a good and honorable man, I couldn't disagree with him more – assuming I understand his position correctly – about the involvement of Christian conservatives in politics and, in particular, the Republican Party. They have as much right – indeed an obligation – to influence policy consistent with their worldview as any other group. If not Christian conservatives, who will stand up for the unborn? Who will stand up for traditional marriage? Who will better stand up for originalist judges and religious liberty?

Conservative Christians, I might add, didn't start this fight. They didn't issue the unconstitutional federal judicial edict severely restricting state regulation of abortions. They didn't try to change the thousands-year-old institution of traditional marriage. They aren't leading the assault on religious freedoms.

Secular forces are not planning on withdrawing from politics. They don't believe in leaving their worldview out of their policy advocacy, their governance or their lawmaking. How can responsible Christians even consider unilateral surrender? And why are they always asked to make the false choice between their politics and their evangelism? They can and should do both, with vigor.

David Kuo, despite his suspicious timing, appears to proceed from genuine motives, but his concerns and solutions are woefully misguided. He seems most upset that Bush didn't secure the promised funding for his faith-based program and thereby betrayed Christian conservatives, who he took for granted."

Kuo laments the political naiveté of certain Christian leaders for putting too much faith in political leaders. He believes they have been duped by the administration and intoxicated through their proximity to presidential power from holding the president accountable for failing to deliver.

But it is Kuo who is politically naive for believing that government handouts should be Christian conservatives' most urgent concern. President Bush might have failed to secure the funding he'd earmarked for faith-based programs, but he has most certainly delivered for Christian conservatives on policy – and that's what is most important.

Kuo's naiveté is further displayed by his reckless recommendation that Christians tell Republicans "we are fasting from politics for a season." To the contrary, it would make more sense for Christian conservatives to become political gluttons for this electoral season. If not, they will be directly participating in the acceleration of the decline of their culture, a cultural climate less hospitable to their evangelical duties and a less secure America, for starters.

In the meantime, Democrats are enjoying their popcorn as they watch the spectacle of these intramural GOP squabbles, hoping to laugh all the way to the polls, secure in their knowledge of a depressed values voter turnout.

But, as usual, they can't leave well enough alone, as they are once again playing semantic games to convince values voters they are on their team. Their latest "values friendly" platitude designed to make this case, recently articulated by Bill Clinton, is: Democrats are striving for the "common good." I hope they just keep on insulting our intelligence. If nothing else will motivate Christian voters to go to the polls, maybe that will.

Limbaugh makes some excellent points and I was happy to see that his assessment of John Danforth was the same as mine. Again being the eternal optimist I think Christian conservatives/Values Voters will turn out because as Bill Kristol has pointed out we aren't idiots. We have no desire to see Nancy Pelosi become Speaker of the House.

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!!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Why it is crucial for all Missourians to vote for Talent on November 7th

This is going to be the 1st part of a 2 part series of posts. This one will be on why it is so important to vote for Talent. Part 2 will be on why you should just say no to Claire McCaskill.

All Missourians need to think about what issues are important to them and what they want their senator to fight for in Washington. I make phonecalls 3 times a week to voters and hear all kinds of opinions. One lady told me she was going to vote for Claire because she would fight for her in the senate. I was incredulous because the other questions I had asked her were all things that she agreed with Talent on. She had completely different values than Claire but somehow thought Claire would be a better fighter for her in Washington. Today I ask all Missourians to consider their values and what is important to them when deciding on who to cast their vote for in November.

Talent Supports Life at all stages

One of the most important issues to me is where a candidate stands on the issue of the sanctity of life. I challenge Missouri voters to look at a picture of an aborted baby and tell me how it is okay to kill the most innocent among us. Talent is also against Amendment #2 which experiments on human life and promotes cloning. Talent agrees with 89% of Missourians who are against human cloning.

Talent is For Border Security with no amnesty

Are you concerned about illegal immigration and the threat it poses to our national security? If that is a concern for you Talent has been stellar on this issue. Gateway Pundit points out how Talent introduced a comprehensive border security bill.

Talent is strong on the War on Terror

Talent understands the struggle that we are in when it comes to keeping this country safe from terrorists. He supports finishing the job in Iraq and does not believe in a cut and run policy.

Talent supports appointing Strict Constructionists to the Supreme Court

Are you tired of liberal judges legislating from the bench? I certainly am. I am tired of liberals who can't get their policies passed via legislation (because the American people don't support it) so they accomplish it through the courts. This is an extremely important issue to me and Talent supports judges who would interpret the constitution not legislate from the bench. He voted for both Roberts and Alito.

Talent supports allowing you to keep more of your hard-earned tax money

Talent is a big supporter of tax cuts and was called a "taxpayer hero" by Americans for Tax Reform. Most people are aware that taxes are always too high so it is nice to have a senator who understands that you know how to spend your money better than Washington does.

Talent supports really helping the poor and minority communities by empowering them

In doing research for this post this was the most impressive thing about Talent that I was unaware of before now. Talent has done a lot for poor and minority communities by empowering them instead of just supporting entitlement programs that keep them in poverty. As a result many African-American leaders are supporting Talent and abandoning the Democrat party. Here are two recent articles about the support for Talent by African-Americans:
Neglected by Democrats, blacks jump the party line
McCaskill offers little new for blacks here

This link shows what Talent has done for the African-American communities: An Effective Leader for African-Americans.

Talent supports protecting our kids

Talent joined two other U.S. senators this past July in introducing legislation that would "safeguard our kids from internet exploitation, drugs and sexual predators".

These are just some of the issues that Talent supports. I have highlighted ones that are of importance to me. Talent has been great on many other issues as well including helping small businesses, fighting meth and the list goes on. This election is a crucial one because it may determine which party controls the Senate next year. I for one do not want to lose a strong, conservative senator that represents the values of Missouri to a liberal who represents the values of the East Coast. In 18 days all Missourians will make a choice and I pray you will choose the senator who represents your values.

Talent on the issues
Jim Talent for Senate

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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Why Vote Republican in November

Why Vote Republican

Okay, I found this gem of a video over at Joe's blog. Awesome, awesome, awesome is all I can say. This is a must see video. Fellow Conservative bloggers spread it all over the blogosphere.

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

Friday, October 06, 2006

Ann Coulter Mania

Ann Coulter: Bill Clinton's Meltdown

Ann Coulter: Chafee is an Idiot!

I know there is new stuff coming out about the Foley incident but I'm tired of focusing on yucky stuff. I also am pressed for time so I'd been saving these videos for future use and I figured I'd just have a post on Ann Coulter :-). And after hearing Hastert's press conference yesterday I decided that he needs to get either Rumsfeld or Coulter to be his press secretary. Below are links to her recent columns--enjoy:

Who knew Congressman Foley was a closeted Democrat?
Favorite lines:
"We need to get a rulebook from the Democrats:

* Boy Scouts: As gay as you want to be.

* Priests: No gays!

* Democratic politicians: Proud gay Americans.

* Republican politicians: Presumed guilty.

* White House press corps: No gays, unless they hate Bush.

* Active-duty U.S. military: As gay as possible.

* Men who date Liza Minelli: Do I have to draw you a picture, Miss Thing?"

I Did Not Have Sex With That Nomad, Osama Bin Laden
Favorite line:
"Listen up, Democrats: Let's energize the undecideds by throwing a hissy fit on national television!"

Are Videotaped Beheadings Covered By Geneva?
Favorite lines:
"But being nice to enemies is an idea that has never worked, no matter how many times liberals make us do it. It didn't work with the Soviet Union, Imperial Japan, Hitler or the North Vietnamese — enemies notable for being more civilized than the Islamic savages we are at war with today.

By the way, how did the Geneva Conventions work out for McCain at the Hanoi Hilton?"

"Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill had a different idea: Instead of rewarding bad behavior, punish bad behavior. How many times does punishment have to work and coddling have to fail before we never have to hear again that if we treat terrorists well, the terrorists will treat our prisoners well?

Fortunately, history always begins this morning for liberals, so they can keep flogging the same idiotic idea that has never, ever worked: Be nice to our enemies and they will reward us with good behavior.

Never mind trusting liberals with national security. Never mind trusting them with raising kids. These people shouldn't even be allowed to own pets."

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.

Previous Post on Lost

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."

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Despicable Mark Foley

Tony from Tony's KC was curious what my take was going to be on the Mark Foley scandal. This was my response and pretty much sums up my opinion on the subject:
"I think Foley is a despicable perv who would've gotten kicked out of congress by his own party had he not resigned and deserves to rot in jail, it doesn't matter that he's a Republican. That said don't expect me to take kindly to being lectured to by the hypocritical Democrat party that keeps their pervs in office and out of jail."
This was his response:
"Somehow, I think that's the perfect response."

Since my post was going to be short I spent a lot of time on other conservative blogs to see what others' takes were on it. Patrick's post entitled "That Fool Foley" expresses other sentiments that I have about the scandal and says it well. Chickenhawk, Ex-Donkey and Mike site reports that show the Democrats and the Media possibly knew about this for awhile and waited until right before the fall elections to release it. Old Soldier points out the hypocrisy on all of this and GG brings up that if the Republicans knew about this and covered it up they deserve the heat that will come down upon them. I agree that if anyone knew about this and covered it up they are just as despicable but I will reserve judgment on that until we hear all the facts.


Monday, October 02, 2006

Why I'm not a big fan of Moderate Republicans

"Uncompromising men are easy to admire. He has courage. So does a dog. But, it is exactly the ability to compromise that makes a man noble."--This is said by the despicable man who betrays William Wallace in the movie Braveheart. This is exactly the opposite of what I believe. The reason Braveheart is my favorite movie is exactly because Wallace was a man who fought for his beliefs with courage and didn't compromise.

"There are two things you find in the middle of the road: a moderate and a dead skunk, and I don't want to be either."--John Ashcroft

I am pretty sure this post is likely to tick some people off but such is the nature of things. This blog is an expression of me and most of the time I write what I think regardless of whether someone will like it or not. The following quote is so true:
"To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing."
Obviously seeking to avoid criticism is no way to live life and thus I charge ahead :-).

I have major issues with those who consider themselves to be moderate republicans. Now ofcourse it depends on how you define that. Mahndisa considers herself to be somewhat of a moderate but she is not who I'm talking about. Mahndisa has strong opinions on various issues and she happens to be strongly conservative in some areas and not in others. I admire her because she knows what she believes and she takes a stand for it. The people I'm talking about have no backbone and they seem to change with the current of the wind. They want to be in the middle on everything so as not to offend either side. As most people know when you stand in the middle you get shot at from both sides. I have more respect for those who consider themselves liberals and have strong principles that they believe in.

A perfect example would be John McCain. Does anyone know what he truly believes? My best guess is he believes whatever will get him the most attention from the media. Thats a despicable way to live life in my opinion.

I'm not sure what Timothy will think about my use of this scripture in this context but it always comes to my mind on this issue. In Revelation God is talking about this church that is lukewarm:
"I know your deeds that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth."--Revelation 3: 15-16
And thats how I feel. I respect you if you have firm set of beliefs no matter what they may be. But if you seem to be someone who sticks his finger in the wind to find out which way its blowing, I'm not a big fan. Compromise is often necessary but when you are someone that is always willing to compromise your beliefs you've lost my respect.

Anyway, all of that to say I am not a big fan of Moderate Republican John Danforth. He was a senator here in Missouri before Ashcroft. Since then he has made his moderate voice known on various issues. The most recent is even though he's a Episcopalian minister he is all for the Stem Cell Research Amendment that is up for a vote here in November. No matter that it will force taxpayers to pay for experimentation on human life and will clone in the same way that Dolly the sheep was cloned. He is all for it and is out encouraging people to support it.

He has also written a new book entitled Faith and Politics. It always bothers me when liberal/moderate ministers lecture Conservative Christians on how they are not allowed to be involved in politics. As if somehow we are the only group in society that is not allowed to participate. He bashes Dobson and other conservatives and I'm sure I would be a perfect example of what is wrong with the Republican party. He wants the Republican party to be more centrist, more moderate. Do you know how that makes me gag? In other words he wants the Republican party to stand for nothing and sing kumbayah and can't we all get along? Meanwhile the Democrats are still unwilling to compromise and so all our principles get trampled on as we let the Democrats dictate how things should be done. The Democrats' defintion of compromise is doing it their way. I think not. And why does he have to bash his own party? When does ANYONE ask the Democrats not to be so partisan and to compromise on their principles? Never!!!

He is being praised by the MSM since they love anyone who criticizes evil Conservative Christians. The media and the Democrats may be big fans of the likes of John Danforth and John McCain but alas I am not!!