Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Linky Love

The real meaning of Christmas

I found this awesome video at Sister Toldjah's. I love Charlie Brown and she is right that this is a great reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

Your Birthdate: August 21

You're a restless rebel with an unpredictable nature.
Bright but unbridled, you tend to seek out wild experiences over new ideas.
People are frustrated by your great potential, but you love your unconventional life.
You're a heartbreaker. People get attached to you, and then you're gone.

Your strength: Your thirst for adventure

Your weakness: Not taking time for slow pleasures

Your power color: Hot pink

Your power symbol: Figure eight

Your power month: March

I found this over at RT's blog. I was cracking up because so much of this does describe me. Its obviously not completely true but it was enjoyable to read. Check out your birthday, I put several family and friends in there and they were all fairly close to being true.

Prison Break was awesome monday night with a great ending for the fall. If you haven't checked out our great Prison Break blog yet you need to do that, and tell your friends!!

Lost also had an awesome fall finale (although we all agree that fall finales are lame). I was excited to find a blog on Lost, woo-hoo!! I'm linking to this video of Sawyer and Kate mostly for my enjoyment but I figure there are a couple of others who might enjoy it too ;-)!!

Little Orange Fox did a really enjoyable post in response to Michael Moore's ridiculous letter to conservatives. Check it out here!!

Now onto the serious stuff!!

1)--War on Terror

I am up for a serious rant on how the Drive By Media and the Dems are undermining this War on Terror. It really saddens me that so many people don't get it. But instead of my rant I'll link to some others who make the point well. Dennis Miller is my new hero!! I absolutely love his segments on Hannity and Colmes. In this video he points out that no matter what the Dems do they need to take the War on Terror seriously and that President George W. Bush deserves an A+ for preventing a terrorist attack on our soil for the past 5 years. Extremely well said!!

Gayle makes some similar points in her post entitled, Why We Need to Stand Strong.

2)--AP is busted!!

Flopping Aces did their homework and busted the AP for repeatedly using a fraudulent source and getting their news from the enemy. And we wonder why the American people have grown so negative about the war when they are constantly being fed enemy propaganda by the Drive By Media.

Skye and Wordsmith both weigh in on this too.

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

3)--Climate of fear created by Global-warming alarmists

It seems Al Gore and his global warming alarmists' predictions fell a little short this year. Mike did an excellent post entitled, Why Liberals Should Not Forecast the Weather Or, How Scare Science Got It Wrong Again! But as we all know we are just anti-science, pro-God kooks because we don't buy into the politically correct BS of the day.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Live Like You Were Dying

Toon Credit: Calvin & Hobbes

Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw
He said I was in my early forties, with a lot of life before me
And one moment came that stopped me on a dime
I spent most of the next days, looking at the x-rays
Talking bout' the options and talking bout' sweet times.
I asked him when it sank in, that this might really be the real end
How's it hit 'cha when you get that kind of news?
Man what did ya do?
He said

I went skydiving
I went rocky mountain climbing
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denyin'
And he said some day I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dyin'

Verse 2
He said I was finally the husband, that most the time I wasn't
And I became a friend, a friend would like to have
And all of a sudden goin' fishin, wasn't such an imposition
And I went three times that year I lost my dad
Well I finally read the good book, and I took a good long hard look
At what I'd do if I could do it all again
And then
Click here to listen to the song.

These are some of the words from Tim McGraw's song Live Like You Were Dying. I heard this song recently and absolutely loved it. It really expresses how I feel about grabbing the bull by the horns and really living. It is a wonderful and encouraging song and I hope I can apply the words to my life.

The reason I wasn't able to post this weekend is because I've been out of commission most of the weekend. I got a migraine that sent my stomach into orbit which seems to be triggering my ulcer problem. My husband was out of town so I was very thankful that my friend Joia who has struggled with a lot of medical issues herself came over and brought gingerale and badly needed drugs. I still don't have complete relief from the pain so I'm going to be trying to get into the Doctor today. Please pray that I can get in quickly and find some relief from the pain. Thanks!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Birthday Matthew & Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Birthday Matthew!!

My youngest son turns 7 today! This pic is of him in his Karate outfit. He is my youngest and thus my baby. My nickname for him is cute boy but he's almost getting too old for that name. He has some slight developmental delays but he has come really far from where he started. He didn't walk until he was 2 1/2 and he didn't really start talking until he was well over 3 yrs. old. Today he still goes to speech, OT, physical and vision therapy but he can hold his own with his siblings and anyone else. He basically can say and do anything any other 7 yr. old can. He is also my charmer so I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't love him. He has a twinkle in his eye and he can be sweet one minute and ornery the next. We are going to celebrate his birthday next week at the Karate Studio with pizza.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I read the American Girls series of books to my girls. We just finished the Kit series which takes place during the depression in the early 1930's. It is amazing what people went through back then and what they did to survive. It was another great reminder of all the things we have to be thankful for, especially here in America.

I am extremely thankful for all my blessings and freedoms!! I am especially thankful to our men and women in uniform who make our freedoms possible. I am truly blessed and thankful for all the gifts God has given!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope you have a great time with family and friends! May God bless each and every one of you!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Painting Hat tip: Patrick

I posted this thanksgiving pic today because tomorrow is not only Thanksgiving but my son's 7th birthday and I'll have to post a cute pic of him.

I've been collecting a lot of neat quotes lately. They are all so good I thought they would make a neat post. I found several of them at people's blogs and linked to them if I remembered where I found them. We have a lot to be thankful for this thanksgiving season and these quotes remind us of some of the reasons why.

My 1st quote is from a special 4 yr. old who is a friend of mine's daughter. As some of you may remember I did a post a year ago about my beloved pastor passing away. It seems hard to believe he's been gone a year. I can't help but think that Heaven is a little richer having him but earth is a little less special without him. My friend's family was listening to a song and the 4 yr. old granddaughter of my pastor said "I always cry along with this song when I hear it on our cd. Because of the dying Grandpa." It was beyond sweet and my friend said they all teared up hearing her say it. Out of the mouths of babes.

Now onto the rest of the quotes:

"This country was founded and built by people with great dreams and the courage to take great risks."--Ronald Reagan (Right Wing Rebel)

"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done ask a woman."--Margaret Thatcher

"It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites."--Thomas Sowell(Sister Toldjah)

"All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope." ~ Sir Winston Churchill(Mark)

"It's better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you're not."--Kurt Cobain from Nirvana

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."-John F. Kennedy

"America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens." ~ George W. Bush(Mark)

"We can't accommodate terrorism. When someone uses the slaughter of innocent people to advance a so-called political cause, at that point the political cause becomes immoral and unjust and they should be eliminated from any serious discussion, any serious debate." ~ Rudy Giuliani(Mark)

"With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plea; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost." ~ William Lloyd Garrison(Mark)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

My Take on the News

Hat tip: Anna

The list of blunders by the Dems are piling up and they aren't even in power yet. It may suck for us that we lost but them being in power sure provides a lot of fodder for conservative blogs and talk show hosts. I have nothing to add about Rangel's latest absurdity of calling for a draft except that Rangel is an idiot.

Score one for decency!!

I can't tell you how encouraged I was to hear yesterday that the OJ book and special had both been pulled. Its refreshing to know that when there is enough outrage by the American public there is a line that media types will pull back from. All of us made a difference, our voices were heard and News Corp. did the right thing.

Michael Richards loses it!

Michael Richards who is famous for his role as Kramer on Seinfeld lost it in a comedy club. He went on a racial tirade against some African Americans who were heckling him. As most of you know I am a huge Seinfeld fan so was a little disappointed to learn of this. But as we all have learned very few Hollywood actors have admirable personal lives. I guess Richards has always been known for his angry tirades so this wasn't something completely unexpected.

I watched Letterman last night because Jerry Seinfeld had already been scheduled to be on and he asked if Richards could come on as well and apologize. Watching both of them talk I came away with an even more favorable impression of Jerry and a much lower one of Richards. Richards whole statement was awkward, pathetic, sad and I didn't buy that he isn't a racist. I guess I just really got the impression that he has a severe anger problem but it doesn't explain where his comments came from. There was one phrase in particular that wouldn't even enter my thought process. I guess I just don't buy that he's not a racist. When someone like Mel Gibson is drunk you can somewhat understand that they weren't aware of what they were saying (not that it was okay) but when you are completely sober how do you say these things unless they are really a part of your thought process? The whole ordeal is disappointing but not shocking.


Check out Chas's post on Bolton entitled We Must Keep John Bolton at the U.N. He is right on the money!!

Evolution of Dance

And since "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" take time to enjoy your daily dose of humor by watching this fun video!!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Despicable OJ Simpson--Part 2

I watched O'Reilly, Hannity & Colmes and Greta all have their say about this last night. I was most proud of O'Reilly and Mark Fuhrman as they talked about this. O'Reilly was outraged and urged people to not watch the show, read or buy the book and to boycott all the sponsors of the show. He had Detective Tom Lange and Christopher Darden on the show. Detective Lange described the brutal murders and it still just defies comprehension how Simpson got away with such a horrific crime. O'Reilly asked both Darden and Lange how convinced they were that Simpson was guilty. Lange said he was 99% convinced and it would be 100% except for the fact that he didn't actually witness the murders. Darden said 100% and that anyone who thought he wasn't guilty was an idiot. I enjoyed that comment.

Mark Fuhrman was on Hannity and Colmes and was outraged as well. Despite what you think about Fuhrman (I have changed my opinion of him since the OJ trial. He has described how the tape of him using the n word was a tape of him doing a fictional screenplay, he has passed a polygraph about his testimony in the trial and he has done many worthy things since then.) he did a great job of expressing the outrage that we all feel about this book and interview. He sees no redeeming value from it and even said that he will never use Regan Books/Harper Collins for a book publisher again. He asked a great question "What is this Rome?"

He described Simpson as a sociopath with no remorse or guilt. I think if we were in doubt about that before all of this there is no doubt now. I was a little disappointed in how naive Hannity was in suggesting that maybe Simpson has felt bad about this and so this was his way to get it off his chest. I see absolutely no evidence of that and his behavior is that of a narcissistic sociopath. The very fact that he cares so little about the damage that this will surely do to his children is proof in and of itself.

And I mentioned recently how Colmes has really been ticking me off lately and I found myself actually yelling at him last night. I guess he actually wrote a whole chapter in his book about how he thought OJ was innocent. Unbelievable!! So he starts being combative and taking pot shots at Fuhrman and making ridiculous arguments. I was incredulous. I guess the liberals who have been upset with Colmes for being too nice on the show have had their way with him.

Then on Greta's show she replayed excerpts from her interview that she did with Simpson in 2004. The man knows absolutely no shame. During some of the clips she showed he was trying to imply that Denise Brown was being vocal about things because she was in it for the money. That is such an unfair and grotesque accusation that I don't even know where to start. First of all Denise Brown was in the news as an advocate for her sister WHO COULD NO LONGER SPEAK FOR HERSELF because she was dead. And OJ's despicable defense team was maligning her character as part of his defense. Second she was trying to get the truth out for her sister's sake and for the sake of her kids. If you ever saw her interviews you could see she was on a mission of passion in defense of her sister and rightly so. Third, she did a lot of good and helped a lot of women deal with domestic abuse. Many women got help because of seeing Denise Brown speak out. To see Simpson accuse her of ill motives when his are so debase, it was just beyond the pale.

Judith Regan finally came out with a lengthy statement about all of this last night. To be honest I found myself going a little easier on her after hearing her side of the story. I still think she is mistaken in any good coming out of this but her own story of domestic abuse made me understand why she would do it. Here is an excerpt from her statement:
"I made the decision to publish this book, and to sit face to face with the killer, because I wanted him, and the men who broke my heart and your hearts, to tell the truth, to confess their sins, to do penance and to amend their lives.

I have not spent a lifetime in the study of deception detection, but ex-CIA specialist Phil Houston has. “When killers confess,” he told me, “the way they often do it is by creating a hypothetical”—and then they spill their guts.

For many of them, it is the only way to tell the truth.

I thought of this and the many books I’ve published over the years on the subject of sociopaths and their lack of empathy (Without Conscience and Snakes in Suits). And I thought about The Mind & The Brain, a book about the power of the human will. Is such behavior the result of a genetic flaw? Could it be caused by a head injury? Is it the result of a weak and damaged human will? Was this man suffering from a sort of emotional autism?

How did it happen? How could a man with so much have so little? And how could we, as a society, continue to protect him and others from the consequences of his wrong-doing?

I don’t know why he did it—why he did the book, and sat for the interview. Was it his own disturbed need for attention? Did he have remorse? Was he ready to come clean and make amends and do his penance? I wouldn’t know until I sat down in a chair across from him.

What I do know is I didn’t pay him. I contracted through a third party who owns the rights, and I was told the money would go to his children. That much I could live with.

What I wanted was closure, not money."

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Despicable OJ Simpson

Words cannot express my disgust with learning about OJ Simpson's latest narcissistic stunt. He has written a book entitled "If I Did It" where he talks about if he had killed Nicole and Ron Goldman this is how he would've done it. He is also going to be interviewed about the book on Fox Broadcasting on November 27th & 29th (to clarify this is Fox Broadcasting not Fox News). As if I didn't already despise him enough. While looking to see what others were saying about him on the blogs I saw several very good titles that say it all.
What happened to shame?

Is this really happening?

How I got away with murder special!

Are they on crack?

Beyond the pale

In the early 90's I didn't pay much attention to current events but this is one case I paid attention to. I remember hearing enough about it to think that he would surely be found guilty. I still remember where I was when I heard he had been found not guilty because I was literally in shock at the news.

I then read several books about the case and just couldn't get over how the jury had let him go despite all the evidence. I understood the need by the African-American community to want to get back at the police for previous injustices but do you do that by letting a murderer of 2 innocent people go free? It shook my faith in the justice system and to me it surely sent the message that if you have enough money and fame you can literally get away with murder. OJ Simpson is living proof of that.

It just sickened me that Denise Brown and the rest of Nicole's family had to let Nicole's kids get raised by a murderer. That was what disturbed me the most. And despite Geraldo being a liberal this is one thing in the course of his career that he got right. He interviewed Denise Brown many times and showed her family's side of the story. I was proud of him for that.

Hat tip: Sparks from the Anvil

Fast forward to today and I am just sickened that he could do this. He is describing the murder of his children's mother!!!! It is hard to imagine anyone more despicable right now except for maybe Charles Manson. And I am also extremely unhappy with Judith Regan for publishing the book. I have never been a fan of hers but this tops it all. She says that she considers this his confession. Well how convenient that he is going to make millions off of pretend confessing to his ex-wife's murder and stay out of jail at the same time. And never mind the fact that he has never paid a dime to any of the families who won the civil suit. I hope the people at Fox and Judith Regan can sleep at night because the money they make off of this is truly blood money.

Again Fox Broadcasting is separate from Fox News and if you want to contact Fox Broadcasting to complain go here.

Wyatt weighs in on the subject with a much calmer post :-).

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Iron Jawed Angels

I have been dying to do a post on this movie. I cannot say enough good things about Iron Jawed Angels. When I got to visit The Henry Ford Museum this past summer a friend and I saw a clip of this movie in the Civil Rights section. We both made a mental note to get the movie from Netflix. As shocked as I was that HBO was capable of doing a great movie it was wonderful.

I love history but between my busy schedule and my short attention span I don't do well with documentaries. So I love it when Hollywood does a historical movie and actually does the history behind it justice. I watched the movie and loved it and then spent a ton of time researching to see how accurate it was. Then after spending way too much time on the research I found out there was extra stuff on the DVD itself that explained what parts of the movie were true and what was not.

I was pleased to learn that movie was very accurate. The lady who wrote the script read 15 books trying to make the movie as historically accurate as possible. There were 2 characters that were representative of people of that time but not actual people. And they had to compress some time & events to get it all in the movie but otherwise it was pretty true to life.

Hillary Swank plays the main suffragist Alice Paul who really was instrumental in getting women the right to vote. The movie was extremely inspiring in depicting women fighting so passionately for a worthy cause they truly believed in.

They showed the divide between the older suffragettes who wanted to implement change non-aggressively and the younger group who was tired of waiting. Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were part of the younger group who started out by restraining themselves and joining the older group known as the National American Women's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) in the hopes of making headway. But when the older women from NAWSA undercut them they went off on their own and started more aggressive action like the suffragist movement in Britain. They started their own group entitled the National Woman's Party (NWP). Their main goal was to get a constitutional amendment passed giving women the right to vote.

One of their big events was a parade they had on March 3, 1913. Here is an excerpt from an Alice Paul biography that describes their early efforts and about the parade:
"In 1912, Alice Paul and two friends, Lucy Burns and Crystal Eastman, headed to Washington, D.C. to organize for suffrage. With little funding but in true Pankhurst style, Paul and Burns organized a publicity event to gain maximum national attention; an elaborate and massive parade by women to march up Pennsylvania Avenue and coincide with Woodrow Wilson's presidential inauguration. The parade began on March 3, 1913, with the beautiful lawyer, activist, and socialite Inez Milholland, leading the procession, dressed in Greek robes and astride a white horse. The scene turned ugly, however, when scores of male onlookers attacked the suffragists, first with insults and obscenities, and then with physical violence, while the police stood by and watched. The following day, Alice's group of suffragists made headlines across the nation and suffrage became a popular topic of discussion among politicians and the general public alike."

Then they began picketing the White House in the hopes of pressuring President Wilson to help pass a constitutional amendment. At first Wilson ignored them but they persevered and then he began to have them arrested. While in prison Paul and others staged hunger strikes which was met with being violently force fed. This was a hard part of the movie for me to watch since I saw this soon after I had gotten out of the hospital where I had a tube down my nose and throat. It showed the lengths to which these women were willing to go to advance their cause. Here is another excerpt from Paul's biography which shows that eventually their torture and imprisonment turned the tide in their favor:
"When news of the prison conditions and hunger strikes became known, the press, some politicians, and the public began demanding the women’s release; sympathy for the prisoners brought many to support the cause of women's suffrage. Upon her release from prison, Paul hoped to ride this surge of goodwill into victory."

This was the turning point where Wilson finally gave in. Here is another excerpt that describes how it all went down:
"In 1917, in response to public outcry about the prison abuse of suffragists, President Wilson reversed his position and announced his support for a suffrage amendment, calling it a "war measure." In 1919, both the House and Senate passed the 19th Amendment and the battle for state ratification commenced. Three-fourths of the states were needed to ratify the amendment. The battle for ratification came down to the state of Tennessee in the summer of 1920; if a majority of the state legislature voted for the amendment, it would become law. The deciding vote was cast twenty-four year-old Harry Burn, the youngest member of the Tennessee assembly. Originally intending to vote “no,” Burn changed his vote after receiving a telegram from his mother asking him to support women’s suffrage. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment. Six days later, Secretary of State Colby certified the ratification, and, with the stroke of his pen, American women gained the right to vote after a seventy-two year battle. August 26th is now celebrated as Women's Equality Day in the United States."

In the movie they actually show Burn changing his vote after hearing from his mother. I thought surely that didn't happen so imagine my surprise to find out it actually happened. It was fascinating!! And the title of this movie Iron Jawed Angels was an actual name given to the suffragettes by the media while they were imprisoned.

The movie was an inspiring account of one of the most exciting events in our nation's history. It inspired me to fight for what I believe in and not give up.

Unfortunately, as many of you are probably aware I was disappointed to find out in my research that many of these suffragettes were also socialists, pacifists and Eastman was even a fan of Margaret Sanger. I realized that many of them were Quakers which would explain the anti-war stance but the socialistic beliefs were disappointing. And Alice Paul was the author of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) which I'm not a fan of. But despite these flaws I think their cause was noble and I for one am thankful that because of them I have the right to vote today.

While watching the movie I pondered on whether I would've been a suffragette or not. I think I would've but I would've had more conservative views like Susan B. Anthony and others did. Also, many of the early suffragettes were also anti-slavery and fought for the rights of African-Americans to be free. Both were just, worthy and inspirational causes.

Shoprat made some excellent points in the comments section that I thought were worthy of adding to this post. He says exactly what I was thinking about their beliefs.
"Most of the women who fought for the right to vote would be sickened by what modern feminism has become. Susan B. Anthony (a great feminist hero) was fiercely against abortion and infanticide as well as divorce. Of course Margaret Sanger was a follower of Hitler but leftists don't like to acknowledge that little piece of trivia.

Yes some were Socialists, but at that point in time Socialism was not yet proven wrong and inhumane. It was quite possible for a Christian to be a socialist until the middle of the 20th century when Socialism was proven unworkable and inherently inhumane. I like to think that they would have been horrified at what socialism really did and would have repudiated it, as many others did."

Iron Jawed Angels
Woman's Suffrage
Alice Paul: Feminist, Suffragist and Political Strategist
List of suffragists and suffragettes
Photo Credits--Suffrage History
Leaders in the Women's Suffrage Movement

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Good News & Things I'm Thankful For...

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

1) Our Veterans!! Unlike John Kerry I am beyond grateful to all the men and women who put their lives on the line for my freedom!!

2) President George W. Bush is still President for 2 more years!!

3) Michael Steele may be the new chairman of the RNC.

4) Ann Coulter makes some really good points as always in her recent column. Here is an excerpt:
"So the left won the House and also Nicaragua. They've had a good week. At least they don't have their finger on the atom bomb yet.

Democrats support surrender in Iraq, higher taxes and the impeachment of President Bush. They just won an election by pretending to be against all three.

But according to the media, this week's election results are a mandate for pulling out of Iraq (except in Connecticut where pro-war Joe Lieberman walloped anti-war "Ned the Red" Lamont).

In fact, if the Democrats' pathetic gains in a sixth-year election are a statement about the war in Iraq, Americans must love the war! As Roll Call put it back when Clinton was president: "Simply put, the party controlling the White House nearly always loses House seats in midterm elections" — especially in the sixth year.

In Franklin D. Roosevelt's sixth year in 1938, Democrats lost 71 seats in the House and six in the Senate.

In Dwight Eisenhower's sixth year in 1958, Republicans lost 47 House seats, 13 in the Senate.

In John F. Kennedy/Lyndon Johnson's sixth year, Democrats lost 47 seats in the House and three in the Senate.

In Richard Nixon/Gerald Ford's sixth year in office in 1974, Republicans lost 43 House seats and three Senate seats.

Even America's greatest president, Ronald Reagan, lost five House seats and eight Senate seats in his sixth year in office.

But in the middle of what the media tell us is a massively unpopular war, the Democrats picked up about 30 House seats and five to six Senate seats in a sixth-year election, with lots of seats still too close to call. Only for half-brights with absolutely no concept of yesterday is this a "tsunami" — as MSNBC calls it — rather than the death throes of a dying party.

During eight years of Clinton — the man Democrats tell us was the greatest campaigner ever, a political genius, a heartthrob, Elvis! — Republicans picked up a total of 49 House seats and nine Senate seats in two midterm elections. Also, when Clinton won the presidency in 1992, his party actually lost 10 seats in the House — only the second time in the 20th century that a party won the White House but lost seats in the House.

Meanwhile, the Democrats' epic victory this week, about which songs will be sung for generations, means that in two midterm elections Democrats were only able to pick up about 30 seats in the House and four seats in the Senate — and that's assuming they pick up every seat that is currently too close to call. (The Democrats' total gain is less than this week's gain because Bush won six House and two Senate seats in the first midterm election.)

So however you cut it, this midterm proves that the Iraq war is at least more popular than Bill Clinton was."
When you consider the fact that popular president Franklin D. Roosevelt lost more seats in congress during his sixth year than Bush did I think we can all agree this is more about the normal ebb and flow of politics than anything else. I knew this was the case going into the elections I was just hoping to beat the odds.

5) Marriage Amendments passed in Wisconsin, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia on election day. And the only reason it didn't pass in Arizona is because they basically already had the protections they needed in their constitution.

6) All of you!! I can't tell you how thank-ful I am for all of the friends I have made this past year while blogging. You have been a source of knowledge, humor and encouragement to me. And during this rough time it is nice to know others can relate and empathize.

7) My family & friends!! My husband had the kids put all of the Christmas decorations up while I was gone all election day and night. I came home to a decorated house and it was a nice sight. Also, my adorable 6 yr. old asked me why I was sad on wednesday. He said, "Is it because Claire McCaskill won?" I can't even begin to tell you how cute it was hearing his little voice say that. I didn't even know that he knew her name. It was beyond cute and then he gave me a big hug!!

My friends were wonderful too. They made sure I had support on election day and then they all called me the next day to see how I was doing.

8) Stand!! This is one of Rascal Flatt's songs on their newest CD. I was listening to it on the way home election night. This is our mantra, we've been kicked in the gut but now its time to get up and stand!! It is beyond encouraging, here are some of the words:
You feel like a candle in a hurricane
Just like a picture with a broken frame
Alone and helpless like you’ve lost your fight
But you’ll be alright, you’ll be alright

Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you’re made of
You might bend ‘til you break
Cause it’s all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you stand, then you stand

Life’s like a novel with the end ripped out
The edge of canyon with only one way down
Take what you’re given before it’s gone
And start holdin’ on, keep holdin’ on

Every time you get up and get back in the race
One more small piece of you starts to fall into place – yeah

9) And finally I'm thank-ful for humor. What the Democrats are really saying!! I especially liked the ones with Bill & Hillary Clinton!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

My 2 Cents

I got a wonderful diversion from politics last night because there was an AWESOME episode of Lost on. As you all know I'm a huge Sawyer fan and they finally had Sawyer and Kate get together last night. It was so good that I called my friend who is a fellow Lost fan and said "There is a God and He loves me!" Quoting Kurt Russell's character on Overboard ;-). Back to politics I have been having a lot of thoughts about everything that was said yesterday in response to how the elections went. First of all Open Source decided to have me back on the radio show instead of just reading my responses. You can go here to hear the show. I was only on for about 10 minutes but I got a chance to present a lone conservative take on the elections. I think there was an audible gasp when I said I was one of 30% who still loved George W. Bush and I'm sure someone fainted when I said I loved Rumsfeld and was sad to see him go. There were several liberals on but one was extremely far to the left and condescendingly referred to me after I was off the show as an anti-science, pro-God kook. I guess I will take that as a badge of honor coming from someone who sounded like Al Franken. I am sick of hearing even good people saying that the Republicans deserved this on tuesday. Did DeWine, Chafee and Tom Kean deserve to bite the dust? Yes, they did but Talent, Santorum and Steele didn't deserve to lose. I feel like the "Michael Savages" of our party wanted to punish everyone for the sins of the liberal/moderate Republicans who gummed up the works on different issues. Was the Republican party perfect? No, it wasn't but until we weed the Specters and the McCains out we are going to have roadblocks. It doesn't help our cause to throw good conservatives overboard only to be replaced by liberals. My list of people that I am highly irritated with is growing so I'm going to have to do a post similar to Wyatt's "People I Hate" posts but with a kinder, gentler title :-). Stay tuned for that tomorrow.

The Aftermath

Well, it seemed the night from hell continued yesterday morning. Since I didn't go to bed till insanely late I didn't know about Rumsfeld resigning until a friend called me. I must admit the tears flowed freely. I make no apologies for the fact that I love Donald Rumsfeld and was sad to see him go. And unfortunately I haven't heard good things about his replacement so for the most part I do not see this as a good thing. I thought Bush made some great points about Rumsfeld and I also loved Rumsfeld's parting words. Of course, genius that he is he quoted Winston Churchill. I think that was clever on several fronts because Churchill was not appreciated until many years later. He saved England from the Nazis and his reward was being voted out of office. Rumsfeld helped remove 2 terrorist regimes and he gets nothing but criticism. Here are some excerpts from both Bush & Rumsfeld.

"Bob follows in the footsteps of one of America's most skilled and capable national security leaders, Donald Rumsfeld. Don is the longest-serving member of my Cabinet, and next month he will reach another milestone when he becomes the longest-serving Secretary of Defense in the history of our nation. I appreciate his willingness to continue serving until his successor is in place, because in a time of war, our nation cannot be without a strong and steady hand leading our Department of Defense.

Don has served in times of great consequence for our nation. Few will forget the image of Don Rumsfeld as he helped rescue workers carry the victims from the rubble of the Pentagon on September the 11th, 2001. In the weeks that followed, he directed the effort to plan our nation's military response to an unprecedented attack on our soil. Under his leadership, U.S. and coalition forces launched one of the most innovative military campaigns in the history of modern warfare, driving the Taliban and its al Qaeda allies from power in a matter of weeks.

In 2003, on my orders, he led the planning and execution of another historic military campaign, Operation Iraqi Freedom, that drove Saddam Hussein from power and helped the Iraqi people establish a constitutional democracy in the heart of the Middle East. History will record that on Don Rumsfeld's watch, the men and women of our military overthrew two terrorist regimes, liberated some 50 million people, brought justice to the terrorist Zarqawi and scores of senior al Qaeda operatives, and helped stop new terrorist attacks on our people.

America is safer and the world is more secure because of the service and the leadership of Donald Rumsfeld. As he led the Pentagon in an unprecedented war, Don never took his eye off another vital responsibility, preparing America for the threats that await us as this new century unfolds. He developed a new defense strategy. He established a new Northern Command to protect the homeland, a new Joint Forces Command to focus on transformation, a new Strategic Command to defend against long-range attack, and transformed the U.S. Special Operations Command for the war on terror.

He led our efforts to create a new NATO Response Force that allows NATO to deploy rapidly anywhere in the world. He undertook the most sweeping transformation of America's global force posture since the end of World War II. He revitalized America's efforts to develop and deploy ballistic missile defenses, and led a comprehensive review of America's nuclear forces that has allowed us to undertake dramatic reductions in offensive nuclear weapons.

Don's work in these areas did not often make the headlines. But the reforms that he has set in motion are historic, and they will enhance the security of the American people for decades to come.

Over the past six years, I've relied on Don Rumsfeld's advice and counsel. I've come to know his character and his integrity. As the Secretary of Defense, he has been dedicated to his mission, loyal to his President, and devoted to the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces.

Don once famously said, "There are known knowns; there are known unknowns; and there are unknown unknowns." Well, Mr. Secretary, here is a known known: Your service has made America stronger, and made America a safer nation. You will be missed, and I wish you and Joyce all the best in the years to come."

"Mr. President, thank you for your kind words, and the wholly unexpected opportunity you provided me to serve in the Department of Defense again these past years -- six years. It's been quite a time. It recalls to mind the statement by Winston Churchill, something to the effect that "I have benefitted greatly from criticism, and at no time have I suffered a lack thereof." (Laughter.)

The great respect that I have for your leadership, Mr. President, in this little understood, unfamiliar war, the first war of the 21st century -- it is not well-known, it was not well-understood, it is complex for people to comprehend. And I know, with certainty, that over time the contributions you've made will be recorded by history.

I must say that it's been the highest honor of my life to serve with the talented men and women of the Department of Defense, the amazing men and women -- young men and women in uniform. It's a privilege. And their patriotism, their professionalism, their dedication is truly an inspiration. They have my respect; they will remain in my prayers always."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

My Election Story

(What my friends and I looked like after hearing the election results)

Open Source, the radio show that I got the privilege of being on a couple of weeks ago asked for my input again and this time on how the election affected me. Since I got to have my pity party in the post below I will try to be a little more clearheaded as I answer their questions in this post.

What did this election change for me?

This election changed the fact that I had a great conservative senator and now I have an extremely liberal one who will vote against judicial choices that will be important to me. Most of her votes will be against things that I deem important and for things I'm against. Her views will not be representative of me at all.

This election has made my family and I less safe. I truly believe that with Democrats in charge they will undermine all our tools for making us safe from terrorists since they have made it clear that they are against all methods of fighting terrorism.

This election has made my state complicit in crossing ethical lines of cloning and experimentation on human life. Life has become less sacred in Missouri.

Is my life better or worse?

It has made my life worse. Democrats have promised not to renew Bush's tax cuts which will mean that I will have less of my own money because they think the Government needs it more than I do.

And it is worse for the reasons I stated in response to the first question.

What will this mean for my own community?

Higher taxes, less regard for the sanctity of life and a senator representing us that believes more in the values of the ACLU than in those of regular Missourians.

What difference will this election make in your life a year from now?

I will still have 5 more years of a liberal senator representing my state. But hopefully people will be able to see that the Democrats didn't have much of a plan except to bash the other side and it will up our chances of winning the presidency in '08.

What was I doing while watching the results?

I was with friends. First a friend and I ate at Applebee's and watched the results coming in on the TV. Our waiter was a Republican and was rejoicing with us at the first results that were coming in favorably for Talent and against amendment 2. Then I headed to a different friend's house and we ate junk food and flipped channels looking at national results and local results. As things began to look bleak we grasped at straws for reasons and made jokes to try to bring humor to the situation.

I worked very hard on the campaigns and sacrificed a lot of my time so the results were difficult to take. I worked hard in 2004 but we won everything I had worked on. So this was a much different and discouraging experience. I still believe in my causes and think what I did was worthwhile even though we lost. I will continue to plug away with passion on the things that I believe in.

I didn't get drunk last night but I wish I would have

Okay, for anyone who is offended by my title I blame it all on my friend Joia. She came up with the title and I was so upset last night that I couldn't resist.

There is no way to spin last night and I'm not even going to try. This is going to be a brutally honest post. Last night sucked!! I put my heart into working on causes that I genuinely believed in and they all lost. I stayed at Joia's until after 1:00 am and if only you could've been a fly on the wall to hear some of the things we were saying. At one point Joia is giving me this talk and I look/glare at her and say, "Joia, that sounds like something Falwell would say and I'm not buying it." She started to defend it and then admitted that she was grasping at straws. So thats what we did most of the night, grasp at straws and come up with hilarious statements about Democrats and eat junk food.

At first I thought I was too mad/frustrated to cry but on my way home at 1:30 I had a good cry. Life goes on, our causes are still worthy, God is still sovereign and God is still on his throne. But in this post I'm going to mourn our losses. I'll be back to my optimistic self soon enough but for now I will grieve for what we lost.

And to be honest the people I'm the most mad at today are the Michael Savage "supposed" conservatives who undermined our own party and president. I hope bashing the President, Rumsfeld and our party was worth getting stuck with Pelosi and Reid. And I hope you are happy with your tax hikes, amnesty and being less safe from terrorists because thats what you've accomplished.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

LMC's Voter Guide

The 2 most important issues to me on today's ballot are for Jim Talent to win re-election and for Amendment 2 to be defeated.

No shocker I will be voting straight Republican this year but I would like to highlight a couple of local candidates who are stellar and worth mentioning.

When I met Ken Mehlman last week I also met several people running for local elections here in my county. Myles Perry is running for Clay County Prosecutor and he is awesome. He is an great guy with a wonderful sense of humor and an impressive record. His opponent is being funded by defense attorneys who ofcourse want him in because he will be soft on their criminal defendants. Yet another reason to vote for Perry. If you live in Clay County vote for Myles Perry.

I only wish I could vote for this guy, Doug Ervin but I am not in his district. One of the offices that I make phonecalls through we make calls for various state representatives' elections. I got to make calls for Ervin and it was an honor. I had heard lots of good things about him but I was even more impressed meeting him in person. You hear people say that others are nice and you take it with a grain of salt but Ervin is just one of the most genuinely nice guys I have ever met. When I asked him how he felt about being endorsed by the liberal KC Star his face was priceless. Most conservatives take it as an insult to be endorsed by the paper since they endorse 95% of Democrats and liberal causes.

He also has been a champion for defeating amendment 2. He has done 2 presentations at churches explaining the truth about the amendment. Thats what you call taking a stand on principle and running with it. You win big points with me for taking principled stands on the right issues. If you live in Ervin's district there is no doubt, vote for Doug Ervin.

John DeStefano is another guy running for state representative that I only wish I could vote for since he isn't in my district either. He is a great guy and great on all the issues. If you live in his district I encourage you to vote for John DeStefano. Unfortunately I live in the only district in my county that has a Democrat state representative. And the worst thing is a Republican didn't even run against him this time so he's a lock. My husband and I are planning on writing in either Spongebob or Jack Bauer as our write-in candidate ;-).

I will be voting no on all the amendments except for the Veterans' amendment which is amendment 6. No on proposition B and no on both Kansas City questions.

Voting yes on the following judges:
William Ray Price
Stephen Limbaugh
James M. Smart, JR.
Harold Lowenstein

Nationally I'm hoping for a chance to hold both the Senate and the House. Gary over at The Ex-Donkey blog has a post on Republicans being optimistic and links to an awesome article by Dean Barnett. I'm rooting for Santorum (despite how the polls look) and Steele to win their seats. Gary also has a post on how Zogby gets busted for skewing his poll results. There does seem to be some movement towards Republicans so we'll see how it pans out.

In conclusion I would like for everyone to get a big laugh out of this video. Again I snagged it from Gary who snagged it from The Colossus. The idea is to rally our team and get out there and vote. It really does all come down to turnout so do your part and turn out and vote. My mantra is if you don't vote you aren't allowed to whine!!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Republican Rockstars

Ken Mehlman (Chairman of the Republican National Committee) came to our county's Republican Headquarters this past week to kick off our 72 Hr. Get out the Vote effort for Talent. I got a chance to meet him and get my picture taken with him. He's a great guy and when you consider the fact that he's the Republican counterpart to Howard Dean we definitely have the much saner of the two running our party :-).

I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the more stellar Republicans that are up for election and/or re-election on November 7th. These are just some of the good guys (rockstars) that I would really like to see pull out a win on tuesday. The Bush campaign guy who I worked with in 2004 always called his best volunteers rockstars and I loved it!

"We have a lot to gain through furthering stem cell research, but medical breakthroughs should be fundamentally about saving, not destroying, human life. Therefore, I support stem cell research that does not destroy the embryo."--Michael Steele

Michael Steele is running for the senate in Maryland and this guy is AWESOME!!! He is a conservative's dream on most issues and he is a dynamic speaker who has a great presence about him. I saw him on Meet the Press with his opponent Ben Cardin and I almost felt sorry for Cardin because Steele just shone compared to the old guy. Here is the video of his appearance on Meet the Press. I didn't agree with all his statements on the War in Iraq but otherwise he was great. Here are some of his positions on the issues that I was really impressed with:
"Steele is opposed to abortion including in cases of rape and incest. He supports federal funding for stem cell research (e.g., adult stem cell research or cord blood stem cell research) if it does not cause the destruction of a human embryo--as is the case in embryonic stem cell research. He supports free trade, tax cuts, school vouchers, welfare reform and tort reform. He opposes gay adoption and supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage."

Rick Santorum has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I remember years ago hearing about his debate with left wing looney Barbara Boxer on the issue of abortion. He was talking about partial birth abortion where the baby can be killed up until 9 months while coming down the birth canal. He kept asking her where she would draw the line, if the foot was out was it okay to kill it? If the toe was out, etc... Boxer was extremely upset about the debate because it showed how barbaric and wrong partial birth abortion was and it was hard for Boxer to run away from that.

Skye lives in Pennyslvania and is a big supporter of Santorum and has done some great posts on him. This one is entitled "Santorum is good for...".

Wordsmith pointed out an excellent article on him that just came out yesterday by Peggy Noonan entitled, "We Need His Kind".

Ken Blackwell is running for Governor of Ohio. Joe who lives in Ohio did a wonderful, comprehensive post on him and talked about how he is Ohio’s version of the great Ronald Reagan. He linked to an article written about him entitled "Ronald Reagan’s Unlikely Heir". Here were the paragraphs Joe quoted in his post:
"Ken Blackwell has just finished regaling a group of Ohio retailers with his vision of how to turn around the state’s struggling economy with a heavy dose of fiscal restraint and tax cuts. The crowd, accustomed to Republicans who tax and spend as furiously as Democrats, is rapt. But as Blackwell works the room afterward, on a warm fall afternoon in Columbus, one well-dressed woman stops him to outline her concerns. “I like your ideas on taxes,” she tells the former college football star, who at 6 foot 5 towers over her imposingly, “but I don’t like your other ideas so much”—meaning Blackwell’s strong pro-life positions and support of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. “I am not just an economic being,” Blackwell unapologetically replies. “I have a wider set of beliefs that I follow.” And then, before the woman moves away, Blackwell adds: “With me, you’ll always know what you are getting. You’ll always know where I stand.”

Right now, Ken Blackwell stands at a pivotal point in American politics. He’s taken an early lead in the race for governor of a state that was key to reelecting George W. Bush and that may well be even more crucial in picking the next American president. Moreover, Blackwell has built his early lead not by tacking toward the center of this swing state but by running on an uncompromisingly conservative platform that’s won him grassroots support from both Christian groups and taxpayer organizations—a novel coalition that makes the old-boy network in his own Ohio GOP as uneasy as it makes the state’s Democrats, who have begun a “stop Blackwell” campaign.

Ken Blackwell has so many people worried because he represents a new political calculus with the power to shake up American politics. For Blackwell is a fiscal and cultural conservative, a true heir of the Reagan revolution, who happens to be black, with the proven power to attract votes from across a startlingly wide spectrum of the electorate. Born in the projects of Cincinnati to a meat-packer who preached the work ethic and a nurse who read to him from the Bible every evening, Blackwell has rejected the victimology of many black activists and opted for a different path, championing school choice, opposing abortion, and staunchly advocating low taxes as a road to prosperity. The 57-year-old is equally comfortable preaching that platform to the black urban voters of Cincinnati as to the white German Americans in Ohio’s rural counties or to the state’s business community."

And ofcourse we have my own wonderful senator Jim Talent. It is unbelievable how tight the race is between him and Claire McCaskill. Here is what Real Clear Politics had to say about the race:
"The RealClearPolitics conventional wisdom: Talent sitting at 48% is not good news for guy whose past opponents got 49% against him in better times for Republicans. But stem cells could backfire against McCaskill, and independents/moderates don't show up in as high numbers during midterm years."
We are working our tails off here to get out the vote for him and we've been told we've made more calls this year than we did in 2004 at this time. I spent all day at headquarters yesterday and today I will be there from 3-9, sunday from 1-7, and election day all day. I will be sleeping on November 8th :-). And for those of you who haven't read my comprehensive post on Talent yet it is entitled, Why it is crucial for all Missourians to vote for Talent on November 7th.

In conclusion I would like to mention 2 Republican senators who are in trouble who I think deserve to be in trouble. Lincoln Chafee is a complete RINO and isn't doing well in Rhode Island and Mike DeWine is struggling in Ohio. DeWine was one of the 7 backstabbing Republicans who joined the infamous gang of 14 who botched us getting rid of the filibuster on judges. I predict if either of these 2 lose its because they aren't genuine conservatives and are trying to be too much like the Democrats and thus lose their base. I thank God I don't live in Rhode Island or Ohio where I would have an extremely difficult choice to make.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

I Apologize to No One...

"Please stop it. Stop talking. Go home, get on the bike, go windsurfing, anything. Stop it. You’re going to ruin this."--Don Imus (liberal talk show host)

"I guess Kerry wasn't content blowing 2004, now he wants to blow 2006, too."--Anonymous Democratic Congressman

I know everyone and their dog has been talking about this but being the chatterbox that I am I just had to have my say.

1) There is no way to spin what Kerry said. I have been in the trenches of politics for awhile now and never have I seen a more definitive statement that can't be spun away. And yet Kerry ineptly made an attempt. It was so sad to watch. His quote was everywhere, we ALL had the video (Kerry had to be cursing You tube yesterday) and yet he attempted to say that he was being taken out of context. Hello?? We all saw and heard him make the statement!!

2) His spin was pathetic! I meant to bash Bush, it was a joke that got botched. What in the world was he talking about? Watching Alan Colmes try to defend him tuesday night was beyond sad. I was cheering on Michael Barone when he told Colmes that his arguments on behalf of Kerry were "intellectually indefensible". That just says it all!!

3) When Tony Snow throws you a lifeline, take it :-)!! Here is an awesome quote from Tony Snow's press conference from yesterday:
"Two words, really -- two words were sufficient to convey an apology: I'm sorry. And he hasn't -- I think Senator Kerry is -- I think he's insistent on pointing fingers at the President, or whatever, rather than simply saying -- look, it's real simple; you and I and everybody in this room have said things that we didn't intend to say, and when it offends people, you say, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say it, I'm wrong. And he hasn't done that. All he has to do -- it's really easy -- say, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend the troops. But instead there's always, I'm not going to apologize for going after the President. Fine. But there are troops out there who are clearly unhappy.

And again, how hard is this? You say something, it's not what you meant to say, you apologize. You say, I'm sorry. And instead, he's coming out and accusing Republicans of dirty tricks. This is helpful advice. We're trying to help you out. We're throwing you a lifeline, buddy. Just say you're sorry. It's not hard."
Let me say it for the 100th time--Tony Snow Rocks!!

4) His apology was a non-apology and pathetic. I remember reading over and over again in marriage books before I got married that you don't apologize and then say but... You just say you're sorry and leave at that. If you say I'm sorry but you made me mad or I'm sorry but if you hadn't done this, etc... you totally take away from the apology and it doesn't help things to heal. Kerry said "I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform..." Again what planet is the guy on or what is he smoking? Saying that he was misinterpreted conveys that he takes absolutely no responsibility for what he said. It is all our fault because we "misinterpreted" his words. The arrogance he displays with this mentality just astounds me.

5) Kerry's comments represent a mindset of many on the left. (I'm not talking about my resident liberals who are much more rational than the average leftie.) Dean Barnett had this to say:
"The reason this Kerry thing has struck such a chord is because it reminds the electorate of certain facts concerning the modern Democratic Party. Even if John Kerry was making a dumb joke about the military, it’s a subject that his party and Kerry in particular just don’t have the credibility to jest about. If Robert Byrd began a joke by saying, “There’s a white boy, a Jew and an African American,” chances are his most loyal supporters would tear him away from the microphone and tell the crowd that it’s time for the Senator’s afternoon nap. The one-time Kleagle just can’t joke about such things. The same holds true for the Democrats, Kerry and the military."

"Lastly, the Kerry affair matters because it reveals fundamental truths about Kerry’s party. Both Kerry and his party remain arrogant and unserious, especially on matters concerning the military and national security. It sure was nice of the Senator to remind the public of these things a week before the elections."