Sunday, December 30, 2007

Blogger of the Year: Skye at Midnight Blue

Actions Speak Louder Than Words!

New Year's Eve is a good time to reflect on the year that was and take stock of important events and the people who contributed so much to making a difference.

With that in mind, I name Skye, at Midnight Blue as Blogger of the Year!

It's difficult to make an award of this type. There are so many excellent bloggers out there. Some may post more than Skye, others are as equally generous in providing backup in the comments sections of other's blogs as Skye who aptly earned the nickname: "Moonbat Slayer."

What earns Skye distinction above all others is her desire to turn words into action and to prove that one person can make a positive contribution in defending the principles and values we all talk about daily.

Skye Nests with Gathering of Eagles

In March 2007 Skye showed that willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty by leaving the comfort of her home in Philadelphia and fighting a cold as well as frigid weather to attend the first Gathering of Eagles in Washington, D.C.

The Gathering was inspired by patriotic Americans sick of a left wing media culture that insisted we were defeated in Iraq. This event was months ahead of the curve of the surge success that would be acknowledged by the "news" media late in September.

At Mike's America we proudly posted Skye's reports from the Gathering on the National Mall in downtown Washington (here, here, here and here) While many of our blogging friends also participated both at the scene and online, Skye understood that the success of one event was not sufficient to raise public awareness of the vital issues underscored at the first gathering.

So she set about doing her part to promote the second Gathering in May where the Eagles teamed with Rolling Thunder, a group of motor cycle enthusiasts and Vietnam Veterans who make an annual pilgrimage to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington to remember the fallen heroes from that ill-fated war.

Skye made the trip again to D.C. in September for another Gathering of Eagles. You can read all the Eagles related posts at her site Midnight Blue from this link.

Along the way she's met some very interesting people and created a unique personal network of likeminded patriots.

Skye meets uber blogger Michelle Malkin at the September Gathering of Eagles

Wearing her Flopping Aces T-shirt here's Skye at the Gathering of Eagles May 2007 headquarters with founding member Captain Larry Bailey, USN (retired)(bio here, books authored here) a former Navy SEAL and also organizer of Vietnam Veterans for Truth which was instrumental along with the Swiftboat Vets for Truth in getting out the truth about John Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign.

Going Local for VICTORY!

Skye took the inspiration she received from these D.C. events and applied them at the local level where she has been instrumental in organizing and coordinating a group of pro-VICTORY activists demonstrating America's resolve in downtown Westchester, Pennsylvania on a street corner opposite from the usual defeatist, neosocialist, terrorist appeasing "peace" activists whose voice has been the only one heard for so long.

Christmas VICTORY demonstrators hold the high ground in West Chester, PA opposite the "peace" activists. (photos by Skye)

Skye's blogging has documented the growth of the pro-VICTORY movement in her local community (read her posts on that subject here). Skye has pioneered the use of video-blogging (or as she calls it: a "vlog") and captures the spirit of the pro-VICTORY crowd as well as the sour defeatism and anger of the left.

And she's not afraid to reach out to the defeatists and give those less angry a chance to interact. But that effort has met with stern rebuke from the leaders of the "peace" movement who regard any interaction with the enemy as treason.

Those "peace" leaders Skye's confronted have shown themselves to be suffering from a paranoia and self-induced delusion that makes the average Bush hater seem sane by comparison. One of their leaders, sent out the following email to their members:

Karen Porter
Director The Chester County Peace Movement
P.O. Box 1502,
West Chester, PA 19380-1502
(610) 344-0228

One of you wrote me last week and suggested we "shun" the counter-protesters [editor:The pro-VICTORY group]. I wasn't quite ready to go to that extreme, but - after yesterday's spectacle on the corner - we must shun them.
"Shunning is the act of deliberately avoiding association with, and habitually keeping away from an individual or group. It is a sanction against association often associated with religious groups and other tightly-knit organisations and communities. Targets of shunning can include, but are not limited to apostates, whistleblowers,dissidents, people classified as "sinners" or "traitors" and other people who defy or who fail to comply with the standards established by the shunning group(s). Shunning has a long history as a means of organisational influence and control."

Remember now, this is from the leader of the "peace" activists, a genre of humans who demand tolerance for their dissenting view.

There's more. Ms. Porter goes on to describe the Pro-VICTORY folks:
Here's what the people on that street corner are NOT:

* NOT for the troops
* NOT for the war
* NOT for anything even arguably "good"

Instant replay:
* Picture the Civil Rights Movement - picture dogs on chains and
waterhoses on African Americans.
* Picture jack-booted guards in Nazi concentration camps.
* Picture jack-booted guards in the Soviet Gulag.

The word, "jack-booted" has been in my mind ever since these people first appeared. It means this: Cruelly and violently oppressive: "a revival of the aggressive, jack-booted militarism of the Thirties and Forties".

These people were trained by someone in vicious taunting, in vile language,
in cruel tactics. They are dogs on chains. My guess is that at least a couple of them - if, in fact they were ever in the military, and we cannot even believe that - have been trained in the military or elsewhere (Blackwater-type organizations?) in the most vile interrogation tactics. They have been trained, folks, to do what they are doing - which is to break us down.

If you try to have a "friendly" and "peaceful" conversation with them, they have
been trained to figure out a way to turn it on you. I have sensed this from the
beginning - and have been trying to warn you. But some of you, in your sweet
and loving ways, keep trying to talk with them. I'm not asking you now, but
I'm telling you
Peaceful Pro-VICTORY demonstrators "trained by Blackwater-type organizations?" Coo-Coo! What's next? Accuse the pro-VICTORY crowd of waterboarding the peaceniks?

As if the above wasn't enough.... More:
So who are these people [The Pro-VICTORY crowd], and what is behind it? Do I think it's more than one disgruntled person? Yes, I do. Without a private nvestigator or authorities investigating (for which I hope we never have cause), I firmly believe
there's "more to this picture":
* Some key elections are coming up - use your imagination.
* The war is growing more and more unpopular.
* This country uses private mercenaries - jackbooted thugs - and
has huge bases for them here in the U.S. for whatever the government wants to do TO us.
* They are TRAINED by someone.
* Are they paid? that's my guess - no proof, but I doubt they're doing this free.
* The "Christian right" is on a campaign that is every bit as dangerous as the "jihad" that some characterize extremist Muslims asengaging in. Remember, people who have "God is on tgheir side" will stop at nothing and truly believe that the ends justify the means - they can rationalize everything they do.
Trained and paid! No doubt by Blackwater and Halliburton! Secret bases? You see how hate warps the mind? And she thinks it may be necessary to hire a private investigator? Who is it that's trying to infringe on civil liberties here? There's more, much more, but it reads like the typical communist/pacifist manifesto from people more afraid of the Pro-VICTORY crowd and "right wing Christians" than the Islamists who actually DO want to murder us all.

This is the kind of pathology that Skye confronts cheerfully with a smile and an open hand to those who want to share their views on the life and death issues this nation confronts. And she documents it all with her video blogging (oops, Vlogs).

Skye's Example: One Person Makes a Difference

Skye started her personal VICTORY crusade earlier this year all on her own. Now, she's teamed up with folks like Rich Davis, who started the pro-VICTORY demonstration in West Chester all on his own.

Passion and a dedication to great ideals are never alone for long. They attract growing numbers of patriots who want to be on the right side of history and have their voice heard.

Jack booted Nazis trained by Blackwater on secret U.S. bases, funded by Halliburton, gather in Westchester, Pennsylvania last fall. Note the blue bucket in the center. No doubt, they are about ready to start waterboarding the peaceniks! Oh, and There's our own Jennifer Gallagher (who comments at Mike's America) 2nd in from top left.

Some of us may wonder if our own small efforts are worth the trouble? But after learning of Skye's example, each of us must know that whether we go out on the front lines of the political divide as Skye has done, or whether we stick to doing our own thing in our own way we make an impact. Our voices are being heard. We are not alone in our desire to see the flag of this great nation fly high in VICTORY.

The 2008 election will be a key battle determining our nation's course for years to come. Let Skye's example inspire you in the year ahead!

P.S. I haven't told her I would make this award. I encourage all of you who share my admiration for her efforts to visitMidnight Blue and congratulate her.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Huckabee "Jesus Juice" Turning Sour for GOP Voters?

The last time evangelical Christians pulled the lever for a presidential candidate just because he was an evangelical we got Jimmy Carter.

Is history about to repeat itself?

Huckabee's had a tough week as questions about his foreign policy experience, his immigration record as governor and his personal veracity continue to boil in the media.

But, Jonathon Martin, writing for the Politico, describes how Huckabee supporters in Iowa ignore all those questions: "they just like the guy."

Is liking someone enough?

Foreign Policy? Where's the Beef?

In the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Pakistan Mike Huckabee had a hard time finding Pakistan on the map. First he said it's in the Middle East, it's not. Then he said Afghanistan was on Pakistan's eastern border (that's where India is). And he was totally clueless that the martial law imposed by Pakistan's President Musharraf had been lifted weeks ago.

On Friday, Huckabee said: “We have more Pakistani illegals coming across our border than all of the other nationalities except those immediately south of the border."Again, not true.

His gaffes and missteps on critical foreign policy and national security issues raise the question of who is advising him, if anyone?

After criticism of his article in the journal Foreign Affairs where he insulted the supporters of President Bush by declaring the Bush White House had an "arrogant bunker mentality" Huckabee did not recall if he even wrote those words.

That statement raised questions about just WHO is advising the candidate and helping him formulate his foreign policy?

This week, Huckabee rattled off a list of names of people who he said were helping him on foreign policy issues. Prominent among them was former UN Ambassador John Bolton. On Thursday Huckabee said: "I've corresponded with John Bolton, who's agreed to work with us on developing foreign policy.”

Just one problem: John Bolton has never spoken to Mike Huckabee, nor agreed to help his campaign.“I’m not an official or unofficial adviser to anyone,” said Bolton. In fact, no one on the list of names which includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has come forward to say "yeah, I've been helping him."

Huckabee explains away his gaffes and factual errors by insisting that judgement and character are more important. But what does fabricating members of your campaign say about your character and judgement? Haven't we already seen the downside of another presidential candidate, also from Hope Arkansas, with a truth deficit?

Bob Dole Blasts Huckabee Bush Slam

Regarding Huckabee's insulting article in Foreign Affairs, 1996 GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole released this letter:
Dear Governor:

I’m puzzled by your gratuitous slaps at the President in the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs. By the way, I have no special ties to President Bush and I’m not involved in any presidential campaign.

Why have you joined the “Bush bashers?” I know Iowans fairly well and doubt those attending Republican caucuses will appreciate your critical comments. President Bush gets more than his fair share of criticism from the other side and many in the “mainstream” media. They all really must be heartened by your comments.

As a veteran, I worry about the future security of the good people of Iowa and all other Americans. We are engaged in a global war on terror which will not disappear because you imply a willingness, without any preconditions apparently, to sit down with the enemy. Sure we can all find fault with President Bush and his Administration on policy matters and phases of the Iraq policy. I doubt however Iowans will applaud second guessing more than five years after the agony of 9-11, particularly since you have been either silent or supportive during the interim as far as I can determine.

The Foreign Affairs piece is a perfect example of 20-20 hindsight, and wishful thinking in most instances. You make knotty foreign policy issues sound so easy if we would just change our ways. I never was a foreign policy expert though I followed it closely for nearly three decades under Democrat and Republican Presidents.

The great majority of Americans regardless of party, place liberty, freedom and security as top priorities. I’m certain you do too but I am troubled about some of the statements attributed to you in the Foreign Affairs article.

The administration is certainly not perfect, I cannot recall one, but I do not believe it should be your primary foreign policy target. We are a great, compassionate nation and I know you want to keep it so.

To win in 2008 we need to multiply, not divide.

Bob Dole
As Governor, Huckabee explained he did not support strong measures to control illegal immigration in Arkansas because: “I drink a different kind of Jesus juice.” One wonders if fellow evangelicals in Iowa and elsewhere have sipped enough of the Huckabee Kool Aid and are having second thoughts? We'll know soon enough.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto Assassinated in Pakistan

A sad day for Pakistan and the fight for freedom!

One of the last photos taken of Benazir Bhutto before the gunman/suicide bomber struck

Former Pakistani Prime Minister, and the first woman to preside over the government of a largely Muslim country, knew the risks when she returned to Pakistan. On her return to the country last October, she noted that a terrorist had kidnapped a child, rigged it with explosives and attempted to hand it to her in a blast that nearly killed her.

Today, the monsters succeeded in killing Ms. Bhutto and throwing Pakistan into chaos.

It's a sad day for Pakistan and a sad day for all those who worked hard under conditions of great personal danger to save Pakistan from extremism and death.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Spirit of Christmas Lives Year Round

"It's just another ordinary miracle today. Life is like a gift they say. Wrapped up for you everyday."
From "Ordinary Miracle" by Sarah McLachlan.

Saving Ala'a

At three years of age, Ala'a was found abandoned in the streets of Baghdad afflicted with Cerebral Palsy a condition where the mind is sound, but the body cannot respond normally.

When Capt. Scott Southworth and his Military Police unit visited the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Baghdad, a miracle occurred for at least one Iraqi child. Ala'a dragged his body alongside Capt. Southworth and a bond began which brought Ala'a new hope and enriched the life of Capt. Southworth.

Here's a part of the story, but please read it all:

GI saves Iraqi boy in long-shot adoption
Associated Press
Dec 23, 2007

...Over the next 10 months, the unit returned to the orphanage again and again. The soldiers would race kids in their wheelchairs, sit them in Humvees and help the sisters feed them.

To Southworth, Ala'a was like a little brother. But Ala'a — who had longed for a soldier to rescue him — secretly began referring to Southworth as "Baba," Arabic for "Daddy."

Then, around Christmas, a sister told Southworth that Ala'a was getting too big. He would have to move to a government-run facility within a year.

"Best case scenario was that he would stare at a blank wall for the rest of his life," Southworth said.

To this day, he recalls the moment when he resolved that that would not happen.

"I'll adopt him," he said.
Adopting a handicapped child from a foreign country who requires lifelong care is not an easy committment to make and even harder to fulfill. But Capt. Southworth persisted.

Southworth's decision was cemented in spring 2004, while he and his comrades watched Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ." Jesus Christ's sacrifice moved him. He imagined meeting Christ and Ala'a in heaven, where Ala'a asked: "Baba, why didn't you ever come back to get me?"

"Everything that I came up with as a response I felt ashamed. I wouldn't want to stand in the presence of Jesus and Ala'a and say those things to him."

And so, in his last weeks in Iraq, Southworth got approval from Iraq's Minister of Labor to take Ala'a to the United States for medical care.
A local doctor, a cerebral palsy expert, a Minneapolis hospital, all said they would provide Ala'a free care. Other letters of support came from a minister, the school district, the lieutenant governor, a congressman, chaplain, a sister at the orphanage and an Iraqi doctor.

"We crossed political boundaries. We crossed religious boundaries. There was just a massive effort — all on behalf of this little boy who desperately needed people to actually take some action and not just feel sorry for him," Southworth says.

He mailed the packet on Dec. 16, 2004, to the Department of Homeland Security.

On New Year's Eve, his cell phone rang. It was Ala'a.

"What are you doing?" Scott asked him.

"I was praying,'" Ala'a responded.

"Well, what were you praying for?"

"I prayed that you would come to take me to America," Ala'a said.

Southworth almost dropped the phone. Ala'a knew nothing of his efforts, and he couldn't tell him yet for fear that the boy might inadvertently tell the wrong person, upending the delicate process.
Ala'a's English has improved and he loves music and school, math and reading especially. He gets mad when snow keeps him home, even though it's his second favorite thing, after his father.

At first, he didn't want to talk about Iraq; he would grow angry when someone tried to talk to him in Arabic. But in the fall of 2006, Scott showed Ala'a's classmates an Arabic version of "Sesame Street" and boasted how Ala'a knew two languages and could teach them.

Soon he was teaching his aide and his grandmother, LaVone.

LaVone is a fixture in Ala'a's life, supporting her son as he juggles his career and fatherhood. One day, she asked Ala'a if he missed his friends in Iraq.

Would he like to visit them?

Big tears filled his eyes.

"Well, honey, what's the matter?" asked LaVone.

"Oh, no, Grandma. No. Baba says that I can come to live with him forever," he pleaded.

"Oh, no, no," he grandmother said, crying as well. "We would never take you back and leave you there forever. We want you to be Baba's boy forever."
But Ala'a — who picked out his own name, which means to be near God — knows he's where he belongs. Southworth always says Ala'a picked him, not the other way around. They were brought together, Southworth believes, by a "web of miracles."

Ala'a likes to sing Sarah McLachlan's song, "Ordinary Miracle," from "Charlotte's Web," one of his favorite movies. His head and body lean to one side as he sings off-key.
Ordinary Miracle
Sarah McLachlan
(music video here)

It’s not that unusual
When everything is beautiful.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

The sky knows when its time to snow,
Don’t need to teach a seed to grow.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

Life is like a gift they say
Wrapped up for you everyday;
Open up and find a way
To give some of your own.

Isn’t it remarkable?
Like every time a rain drop falls,
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

Birds in winter have their fling
But always make it home by spring.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

When you wake up everyday
Please don’t throw your dreams away;
Hold them close to your heart
Cause we’re all a part
Of the ordinary miracle.
Ordinary miracle

Do you want to see a miracle?
ohh ohh ohh, ohhh ohh ohh...

It seems so exceptional
That things just work out after all.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

Sun comes up and shines so bright
And disappears again at night.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.
ohh ohh ohh, ohh ohhh ohh...
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

Ala'a and "Baba" home in Wisconsin. Just another ordinary miracle brought about by extraordinary men and women in the U.S. military.

Thank you Cajun Tiger and Wordsmith for bringing this Christmas miracle to our attention!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

A Silent Night in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Photo by Mike's America

Silent Night
By Father Josef Mohr & Franz X. Gruber
Played here by: Michael Allen Harrison from Fireside Carols

Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in Heavenly peace
Sleep in Heavenly peace

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from Heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah
Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior is born

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy Holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth

Throughout the year, we're buffeted by storms both political and natural. But today in the South Carolina Lowcountry all is quiet. Wherever you are and whatever your faith, I hope that the spirit of Christmas brings you Joy and Peace today and throughout the year to come.

Merry Christmas from Mike's America.

Direct link for 'Silent Night' MP3

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Huckabee for Stronger Military, Stronger Families

Gee... Where have we heard this before?

[note:] I was going to go all Christmas for the next several days. But seeing as how Mike Huckabee is campaigning today and attending fundraisers, this news story is appropriate as well.

When Mitt Romney visited Mike's America in November, he laid out the three pillars of his plan:
1. Strengthen our military (100,000 more troops and upgraded equipment) 2. Strengthen our economy (No taxes on savings or investments for those under $200,000 income) and 3. Strengthen our families (support traditional marriage).

Mitt Romney's been saying this since at least May, as his web site documents.

And now the Huckster:

Huckabee: Stronger Military, Families

Dec 22 04:16 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee appealed to Iowa conservatives on two fronts Saturday, calling for a stronger military and stronger families.

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who jumped to a lead in Iowa polls earlier this month, wants a drastic increase in regular forces to ease the strain on National Guard and reserve units being called up for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We need to have a larger regular force to make sure we are capable if we do have to go into battle, and let's pray to God that we don't," Huckabee told about 120 people in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
On his final stretch of campaigning before the Christmas holiday, Huckabee underlined his lifelong opposition to abortion and gay marriage, issues that will likely drive many churchgoers to the Jan. 3 caucuses in Iowa. He spent Saturday traveling the western edge of Iowa, the most conservative part of the state.

Funny how Huckabee omitted the third pillar of Romney's plan for a better America, which is to strengthen the economy by keeping taxes low. Seems Huckabee's habit of raising taxes in Arkansas (There wasn't a tax he didn't like --video here)is a hard one to break.

Let's recap: So far, Huckabee has stolen Barack Hussein Obama's foreign policy ideas, John McCain's long standing demand for more troops in Iraq and now Mitt Romney's stronger America program.

What's next? Take a page from the Ron Paul nutroots and suggest the September 11th attacks were an inside job?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hillary Clinton's "Experience"

The Mistress of the "politics of personal destruction" can't seem to help herself!

With the Norman Hsu/Chinese funny money fundraising scandal as a backdrop, I visited Little Rock, Arkansas in September to retrace the steps of other Clinton scandals, particularly with an eye to Hillary's participation in them.

What I learned was that Hillary's fingerprints were all over the misdeeds that ran all the way to the White House. No wonder she hasn't wanted anyone to see many of her records in the Clinton Liebrary.

Hillary's "experience" with campaigning has also drawn a fair amount of attention in the past few weeks. Voter's across the country are reminded that this was the woman who said that any criticism of her or her husband Bill, or any attempt to hold them accountable to the same standard they daily demand of others was an example of "the politics of personal destruction."

And yet, when it comes to the slime ball politics of personal destruction, no one does it better than Hillary.

Anatomy of a Clinton Smear

Here's the modus operandi for the Clinton attacks. The candidate herself is not the one seen to be doing the sliming. A second or third tier campaign advisor does the deed and is prepared to fall on his or her sword and resign after making an apology that also restates the original smear.

Obama A Drug Dealer?

The best illustration of the Clinton "experience" in this brand of slime politics is raising questions about Obama's admitted drug use. In New Hampshire, Bill Shaheen, husband of the current Governor, himself a candidate for U.S. Senate and a National Co-Chair for Hillary's campaign raised questions with a subliminal racist undertone by wondering whether Obama sold drugs. All the while insisting that his comment was not an attack, but that the Republicans would be making it an issue if Obama was the nominee!

Oh those wrascally Wepublicans! They made him do it!

The comment made the earlier Hillary campaign questions about Obama's essay in Kindergarten (in INDONESIA, a largely Muslim nation...) seem mild by comparison. Hillary rushed to apologize to Obama personally and her campaign put out this statement: "Senator Clinton personally apologized to Senator Obama this morning, and reiterated that this was not anything that came from the campaign or that we condone," Clinton's New Hampshire spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said in a statement.

And yet, that same day, Hillary's Chief Strategist Mark Penn was on the MSNBC show Hardball and again referenced the charge by using the word "cocaine" twice. Here's a short clip of that video.

And even now, Media Matters, the left wing media attack machine which Hillary Clinton claims to have started, is keeping the story alive with a Friday post on what is now an eight day old story.

If this wasn't such a nasty, racist smear we might almost admire the artful way in which the deed was done and the story given new life so that more and more voters will be wondering: "Did Obama deal drugs? Was he a Coke Head?"

What's next? Remember the Bob Novak November column that said Hillary's campaign is sitting on "scandalous" information but wouldn't release it? Will someone in Hillary's camp now leak it that Obama is currently still using drugs? Who knows.

Former Senator Bob Kerrey Endorses Hillary, Admires B. HUSSEIN Obama's Muslim Heritage

Earlier this month, not one, but two workers on Hillary's Iowa campaign were fired after sending out emails suggesting that Obama might be a Muslim and wondering if he was some sort of "Manchurian candidate" for Muslims.

Next, we get the campaign statement: "There is no place in our campaign, or any campaign, for this kind of politics," Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle said in a statement Wednesday. "A volunteer county coordinator made the mistake of forwarding an outrageous and offensive chain e-mail. This was wholly unauthorized and we were totally unaware of it."

Hillary Clinton looks on as former Senator Bob Kerrey "endorses" Hillary in Iowa, December 16.

Just this past week, former Senator Bob Kerrey (a member of the 9/11 Commission) endorsed Hillary Clinton, but went out of his way to praise Obama's Muslim heritage and repeatedly used Obama's middle name which is Hussein (same as in Saddam Hussein).

"His name is Barack Hussein Obama," said Kerrey. I know that middle name is seen as a weakness by Republicans, but I don't think it is.

Again with the Republicans. See a pattern here?

Hard to deny that such tactics are not fully authorized by the campaign when the candidate is standing next to you as you dish the dirt!

As with previous slimes, the the apology is the next step. Then, Kerrey went on televison and not only repeated what he said but also added that Obama attended a Muslim madrassa in Indonesia and repeated the Iowa line about an “Islamic Manchurian candidate” .

When it Comes to Slime, Edwards Gets a Dose Too!

In this same week, Elizabeth Edwards, wife of candidate John Edwards and herself terminally ill, said: "Republicans should scare us in a lot of ways." Perhaps she ought to worry a bit more about what the Clinton slime machine has in store for her and her husband if John Edwards starts to advance in the polls.

The Clinton slime machine effort regarding Edwards was cartoonish. Using the National Enquirer which is owned in part by Clinton backer Robert Altman, who worked in the first Clinton Administration and is hoping to be Treasury Secretary in a Hillary Administration.

The Enquirer story on Edwards was the usual sort of trailer trash gossip that might appeal to many Dem voters.

No apology this time. Just wait your turn John Edwards. The "experienced" Clintonistas will get to you when the time comes.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard the above song, We are the Reason. It used to be one of my favorite songs in high school and I hadn't heard it in a long time. It is a beautiful song with very special words. I thought it was the perfect song to post for Christmas. Here is an excerpt of the lyrics:
As little children we would dream of Christmas morn
Of all the gifts and toys we knew we’d find
But we never realized a baby born one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our lives

We were the reason that He gave His life
We were the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

I am heading out of town this morning and will be away for the holidays. Mike has graciously agreed to blog sit while I am away so I'm sure he will keep you entertained and informed ;-).

I want to extend a warm and hearty Merry Christmas to all of you. May God bless you and may you have a great time of fellowship with family and friends.

Huckabee and Romney too!!

As most of you can tell by now I do not like Huckabee. I have had a gut dislike for him from day one and each day further convinces me that he is a liberal in conservative clothing. He would be a disaster as the Republican nominee and we might as well start setting up the curtains for Hillary. The list of articles that show how horrible he would be are endless.

Yesterday, Rush detailed how one of Huckabee's surrogates attacked him using liberal talking points. As if I wasn't already upset enough, this just had me livid. First of all, what Huckabee's guy says is completely out in left field and not true. Second, how insane is it to attack the most listened to Talk Show Host? Rush has a bigger audience than most Tv shows. Unbelievable!! Neither Huckabee or his advisers have a brain using this tactic.

Also, Robert Novak points out that Evangelicals and Baptists are not on board with Huckabee. Alls I can say to that is a hearty AMEN!! As Ann Coulter has pointed out, he is not one of US! Novak says in the column that Huckabee has embraced the more liberal parts of the Southern Baptist Convention instead of siding with the conservatives. No shocker there!!

Here is just a small list of why Huckabee would be a horrible Republican nominee and horrible president:
--He is soft on crime as is evidenced by his pardoning of more than one serial rapist who raped and killed again
--He has arrogantly criticized Bush on the War on Terror
--He has one of his surrogates attack Rush Limbaugh using liberal talking points
--He is a big government liberal as is demonstrated by his wanting a federal smoking ban, and many other issues
--He raised taxes while Governor of Arkansas
--He was horrible on immigration while Governor
--Conservative Icon Phyllis Schafly had this to say about him--"He destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas, and left the Republican Party a shambles . . . ."
--From what I've read I don't trust him on Supreme Court Justices or the War on Terror and those are 2 issues that are at the very top of my list

So, unfortunately for me if Fred or Rudy can't emerge as strong candidates I may have to go with the lesser of 2 evils and support Romney to keep Huckabee from getting the nomination. I hope it doesn't come to that but it may. It seems odd that as an Evangelical I will be supporting a Mormon over a Baptist but thats the way its panning out.

My problem with Romney is he has always seemed very fake and willing to do whatever is politically expedient. I just groaned yesterday when I saw this hit the news. Romney says his father marched with Martin Luther King Jr. When confronted on it he says it was supposed to be a figure of speech. You have got to be kidding me!!!!!!! This is Hillary and Bill Clinton speak all the way. Sigh...

I must say that as Republicans this election season is giving us all heartburn.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday Smorgasbord

1) Iraq continues to go well and even the defeatist Dems approve the war funding. This is good news for Iraq, for the U.S., for the troops, for Bush and for all Americans but it seems to make the liberals and Code Pinkers unhappy.

2) Time magazine picked Putin as their person of the year, but my pick would've been General Petraeus.

3) More from the Huckabee Files:
--Huck = Harriet Miers?
Rush rarely makes comments favorably or unfavorably about Republicans in the primaries but it is pretty evident he doesn't like Huckabee.
--There's a Huckabee born every minute
Here is Ann's conclusion:
Huckabee claims he opposes gay marriage and says Scalia is his favorite justice, but he supports a Supreme Court decision denounced by Scalia for paving the way to a "constitutional right" to gay marriage. I guess Huckabee is one of those pro-sodomy, pro-gay marriage, pro-evolution evangelical Christians.

No wonder Huckabee is the evangelical liberals like.

--The Huckabee Hustle
Some excerpts:
When evangelicals embraced Jimmy Carter during the 1976 presidential campaign, they didn't know he would repudiate the Southern Baptist Convention a generation later. Today the very same constituency has glommed onto Mike Huckabee, and I can't help but lament how history truly does repeat itself.

One can see why the man I dubbed "Huck the Huckster" would appeal to evangelicals. He's a pro-life Southern Baptist minister with charm, wit and a good-ol'-boy, yuck-it-up style. Yet this resplendent exterior only serves to obscure the stain of liberal sin.

4) Focus on the Family takes notice of our cloning fight here in Missouri.

5) Jeri Thompson is my favorite pick for first lady. Patrick makes a good comparison of her to Abigail Adams and I think it fits.

6) Hillary sinks to a new low by planting her Sunday School teacher at a campaign forum. It is hard to conceive, but is there ANYTHING Hillary wouldn't do to make a desperate grab at power via the presidency?

7) Rudy makes a stop in Columbia, Missouri.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Case Against Ron Paul

I'm not sure that this is even worth a blog post, it is kind of a no brainer but I thought I'd do it just for the record. Stephen Bainbridge took on Huckabee and now he is taking on Ron Paul. Apparently he is a Fred Thompson guy so far but I noticed he hasn't been critical of Rudy whereas he has been critical of McCain, Romney, Huckabee, Tancredo and now Paul.

In Bainbridge's Personal Presidential elimination process he makes 8 points against Paul but I thought the first one was the best:
"1. As Michael Medved observed, Paul’s campaign has attracted “an imposing collection of Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, Holocaust Deniers, 9/11 “Truthers” and other paranoid and discredited conspiracists.” It may not be a case of birds of a feather, but it’s at least a case of lying down with dogs and getting up with fleas. Moreover, “the behavior of Ron Paul supporters (spamming blogs that reference their candidate with fund-raising appeals and flaming anyone who actually dares to express substantive disagreement) frequently alienates far more potential friends than it attracts.” (Link) You’ll almost certainly find some flames in the comments to this post!

Update: Andrew chastises me for leading with “the guilt-by-association charge.” Sorry, but you lie down with dogs and you get up with fleas. Witness the Ronulans in the comment space below. Paul and his camapign have done very, very little to disassociate themselves from such folks, let alone trying to rein them in."
One can see for themselves in the debates how nuts Ron Paul is but his supporters confirm it. I've noticed that those who are angry and/or pessimistic towards the government or just in general seems to gravitate towards Paul. He also attracts conspiracy theorists by the dozen. If I was Paul and these were my supporters I would be concerned, but he seems happy to have them. Nothing more needs be said.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Justice & The Fall of Paul Morrison

“The attorney general is supposed to be someone who abides by the law and protects us and defends the law and is a law enforcement officer," David Gittrich, development director for Kansans for Life, told Family News in Focus.

"What (Morrison) was doing was just the opposite of all that."

As I mentioned last week you need to live in KC and in the surrounding areas to understand how big this story is about Paul Morrison. He switched to the Democrat party to run against Republican Phil Kline for Kansas Attorney General in 2006. During the campaign the Morrison camp and their willing accomplices in the Drive By Media were involved in merciless character assassination of Kline. It was disgusting to watch. What was Phil Kline's unforgivable sin? He rightfully was investigating late term abortionist George Tiller and Planned Parenthood for some violations.

As a result some of us felt justice had been served when Morrison chose to resign last week amid charges of misconduct and an affair that Morrison admitted. Jack Cashill once again does an excellent job in his column describing the truth about Kline and Morrison. Here are some excerpts:
"This holiday season was supposed to one rollicking good time for the progressive, pro-abortion forces that dominate Kansas media. But it hasn’t exactly worked out that way.

For nearly a year, KCTV 5 in suburban Kansas City had been preparing what promised to be a blockbuster expose of former Kansas attorney general Phill Kline, the one man who most threatened the Kansas abortion business.

Instead, the expose proved pointless and--in the words of the dependably anti-Kline alternative newspaper, the Pitch--even “creepy.”

Worse, within two weeks of the KCTV 5 fiasco, a new and very real scandal erupted. This one involved not Kline, but the alleged white knight of the abortion industry and its media friends, the man they had championed to oust Kline as attorney general, Paul Morrison.

Bizarrely, there is a lot of abortion business to protect in Kansas. Thanks to a sympathetic media and some politically savvy abortion doctors, none more so than Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, this unlikely red state has emerged as the undisputed late term abortion capital of the western world.

When Kline, then the state’s attorney general, attempted to enforce the state’s abortion laws, the media went after him tooth and claw.

Kline was a zealot, a “theocrat,” who went trawling through the private medical records of innocent young women in the hope of “furthering his ideological agenda”
"The challenge for the pro-life activists in Kansas is to keep their eye on the real story: the elevation of a morally compromised prosecutor for no larger purpose than to flout the state abortion laws and his exploitation of an illicit affair to subvert his successor’s efforts to enforce that law."

It appears to me that the KC Star, KCTV 5 and the other willing accomplices in the Drive By Media have some egg on their face. Their star has definitely lost his luster.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Ann Coulter Nails it!!

I really was going to try and get away from bringing up Huckabee again. I was going to post something light and funny since I'm exhausted but alls I could find was Huckabee news.

First of all, I found the above video at Kevin McCullough's Townhall blog. His blog post title was, Ann Coulter: Huckabee is the Republican Jimmy Carter. Where have we heard that before :-)?

Second, he majorly ticked me off with this latest bashing of Bush. I realized recently that this was one of the first things that ticked me off about him.

Third, I do not understand where his popularity is coming from except that the Drive By Media is in love with him. If people want to jump on a bandwagon besides Rudy's why aren't they getting on Fred Thompson's? I have found so much about Huckabee that I dislike that I'm to the point where I think I'd even vote for McCain above him and most of you know what a big deal that is. Rudy, Fred, Duncan, Romney and McCain are all preferable to Huckabee. The only ones he beats are Ron Paul and Tancredo and that isn't saying much.

Seriously, Republican primary voters, we can't be this blind. Please let Huckabee be our Howard Dean and may he implode soon!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Case Against Mike Huckabee

Sorry for the lack of visiting lately at everyone's blogs. It is Christmastime and I'm busy with Christmas Cards, baking cookies, running errands, finishing up school, planning my daughter's birthday party and the list goes on.

For those of you who want to hear about another candidate besides Rudy, it looks like the Hunter campaign responded to my email and I may be able to interview a representative of his on the radio show in the near future.

If anyone has any Fred Thompson contacts let me know, I would love to interview someone from his camp as well.

I hate to be a broken record but here is another article that does a good job of showing why Huckabee would be a disaster. I don't agree with some of what Bainbridge says but he makes a lot of good points. His conclusion was right on the money:
In sum, Mike Huckabee may be a “different” kind of Republican. He’s also the wrong kind.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

My Take on the Iowa Republican Debate

This is the first debate I watched live since we are stranded by the ice storm. The consensus seems to be that many didn't like the moderator Carolyn Washburn. The Fox News Panel compared her to Nurse Ratched. I didn't think she was too bad because this debate enabled me to clarify where I stood with each of the candidates and why I view them the way I do.


Disclaimer: My favorites all along have been Rudy, Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter so that is always who I'm leaning towards going into these debates.

My view of the top 5:
1) Rudy--He comes across to me as very clear, concise and inspiring. During this debate he gave very specific answers about what he would DO to solve different problems.

2) Fred Thompson--Although, I like Fred and I view him as real and honest like Rudy, he is the opposite of Mitt (too scripted) in that he seems to ramble and doesn't have a clear answer on things.

3) Mitt Romney--He gives answers that seem to be too scripted and too polished to me. He also came across as very vague on some of his answers and you were left not knowing what he would actually do. In other words he is the ultimate politician.

Although, I am finding Mitt more palatable since the rise of Huckabee. I still prefer Rudy to Romney but if I'm forced to pick between Mitt and Huckabee I would pick Mitt.

4) John McCain--I am also finding him more palatable since the rise of Huckabee. He is still down on my list because of his past betrayal of Republicans but he would be good on the War on Terror. Although, I can't believe his stand on torture.

5) Mike Huckabee--My problem with Huckabee during the debates is he comes across like the bottom tier candidates as annoyingly preachy, lecturing and condescending.

My view of the bottom tier:
6) Duncan Hunter--I have always liked Duncan Hunter's strength. I do think he kind of harps on his main issues of being anti-free trade and strong on immigration but he isn't anything like the other bottom tier candidates whom I can't stand.

7) Tom Tancredo--He along with Ron Paul, Huckabee and Alan Keyes are very preachy, lecturing and condescending. I find it extremely annoying and a big turn off. Tancredo did better this time around than in the past because I did think he got a really good dig in at Huckabee.

8) Ron Paul--The best part about Ron Paul speaking today was that I was watching the Fox News Focus Group's graphing while he was talking. Every time Paul spoke the graphing went down dramatically which meant the Focus group didn't like what he was saying. It dipped to its lowest levels when he said that as President he would get us out of Iraq and that Iran wasn't a threat.

9) Alan Keyes--It pains me to say what I'm about to say because I used to have a very high opinion and respect for Alan Keyes. He used to be a very neat, passionate Christian guy who had a lot of the same ideals I had but he has majorly lost his way. By injecting himself in a Presidential race that he has no business being in he just makes himself look ludicrous. He wouldn't answer the questions, he was extremely preachy and just way out in left field in the way he handled himself. Whining about not getting to speak just made him look ridiculous and petty.

What I didn't like in the debate:
--Huckabee's answers made me roll my eyes more than once. His answer about uniting all the people made me want to gag. That is pure politician speak and not in his control at all. Haven't we learned that by Bush's attempts with the new tone? You can't force Ted Kennedy or Nancy Pelosi to play ball nicely if they aren't inclined to, which they are NOT!!

--Huckabee saying that he can't part the Red Sea but he can part red tape. Please!!!!!! Another roll the eyes moment.

--Huckabee's video talk about faith. I agree that our faith should affect our lives but how it does is not for ANYONE to say. If we are going to use Huckabee's standards Ronald Reagan wouldn't have been a man of faith and we know that wasn't true.

--Romney's statement that he doesn't stay awake at night worrying about what taxes the rich are paying really didn't set well with me. That is pure liberal speak and class envy at its worst. I really couldn't believe it came out of his mouth.

--Rudy, Romney and McCain's answers on global warming. McCain's was the worst but Rudy and Romney didn't impress me by buying into this hoax of man made global warming. Although, Romney redeemed himself a little with saying that it is global warming and not just America warming.

What I did like in the debate:
--I liked Romney and Rudy's answers to the New Year's Resolution question. Romney said he wants all Republicans to come together and support whoever wins the nomination. I couldn't agree more. Also, I liked Rudy's injection of optimism into his answer.

--Thompson's excellent slam on Romney after Romney's class envy tax statement. Thompson said he wished he was in Romney's situation where he didn't have to worry about paying taxes. I also liked Fred's point in his personal statement on who we would want sitting on our side of the negotiating table.

--I liked Rudy's answers on the deficit and on reducing debt where he said that we should rely on the American people and not the government. I also love Rudy on education and thought his answer on that was good.

--As I pointed out, Tancredo got in a good dig at Huckabee. Tancredo pointed out that Huckabee can't claim that he wants government out of education and then say he wants all schools to mandate Art and Music. Well said!! Although, Huckabee's response wasn't too bad.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wednesday Smorgasbord

1) Jeanne Assam Stopped Gunman At New Life Church--This woman is my new hero. She is the perfect example of why gun-control doesn't work. If she hadn't had a gun there is no way of knowing how many other people would have lost their lives at that church. Two people did die but it sounds like it would've been a massacre if she hadn't of been there and if she hadn't showed the courage that she did.

2) NBC initially refused to air ads supporting the troops but backtracked when they were inundated with criticism. I was all prepared to do a post entitled, NBC sucks! but then they came to their senses. Steve did a great post on it including the actual ads. I was prepared to air one of them on the radio show this past Monday but didn't have time.

3) Kooks for Kucinich--Sean Penn endorses Dennis Kucinich--I got in trouble last week for calling a Dennis Kucinich supporter a kook but this time it was Gateway Pundit with the title. It cracked me up that Penn endorsed Kucinich. The real questions are:
1) Which one of them is more irrelevant?
2) Which one of them is more of a kook?
3) Who is listening to either one of them?
Rivka posted a video of a protester at the Kucinich event where Penn was speaking. One of the protester's signs said, "Stop supporting America's enemies" and the other said, "Hey Sean, have you seen ufos too?". I could not think of better messages to convey to Sean Penn.

4) A Democratic Star loses his luster--Shockingly enough, that was the actual title about a Democrat in the KC Star yesterday on the FRONT PAGE of the paper. For those of you who aren't from the KC area its hard to see what a big deal this is. During the 2006 election campaign for Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison, the Democrat ran against Phil Kline, the Republican incumbent. Kline made the decision to go after baby killer Tiller who performs partial birth abortions in Kansas and his character and reputation were assassinated as a result. Morrison drug Kline's name through the mud and so did every other liberal media outlet. The character assassination was merciless.

So some of us find it ironic that Morrison is now caught up in such a big scandal that even the Democrat Governor of Kansas thinks he should resign if he is guilty of the charges. Of course, a lot of the focus is on the extra marital affair that Morrison had but that isn't the reason he is in so much hot water. It turns out that it is alleged that he tried to get his mistress to give him sensitive information about Kline's investigation of Tiller and his abortion clinic.

It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. Rivka has more on the scandal, she has actually met Kline and talks about her perspective on it all.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ice Storm Hits KC

Missouri and KC are notorious for their ice storms. We had one so bad in 2002 that people were literally without power for over 2 weeks. When it is freezing out it is impossible to stay at your house without heat. We were one of the few people that didn't lose power so we had several house guests for awhile.

This ice storm isn't as bad but we did lose power for 4 hours last night. By the time the heat came back on, the house had cooled down by 6 degrees already. All the area schools are closed today and my kids' co-op was canceled as well. The kids and I are going to make Christmas cookies later today since we won't be able to go anywhere.

Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address

A friend bought me A Patriot's Handbook awhile back and it is a neat book that compiles patriotic songs, poems, stories and speeches. I checked out the audio version from the library so that my kids and I can listen to it and I'm hoping to have us memorize some of the founding documents.

I was listening to it last night and I heard Reagan's farewell address and I thought it would be neat to post it. The video has the whole address and below are some of my favorite excerpts:
"Well, back in 1980, when I was running for president, it was all so different. Some pundits said our programs would result in catastrophe. Our views on foreign affairs would cause war. Our plans for the economy would cause inflation to soar and bring about economic collapse. I even remember one highly respected economist saying, back in 1982, that "the engines of economic growth have shut down here, and they're likely to stay that way for years to come." Well, he and the other opinion leaders were wrong. The fact is, what they called "radical" was really "right." What they called "dangerous" was just "desperately needed."

And in all of that time I won a nickname, "The Great Communicator." But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: It was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn't spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation--from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in principles that have guided us for two centuries. They called it the Reagan revolution. Well, I'll accept that, but for me it always seemed more like the great rediscovery, a rediscovery of our values and our common sense.

Common sense told us that when you put a big tax on something, the people will produce less of it. So, we cut the people's tax rates, and the people produced more than ever before. The economy bloomed like a plant that had been cut back and could now grow quicker and stronger. Our economic program brought about the longest peacetime expansion in our history: real family income up, the poverty rate down, entrepreneurship booming, and an explosion in research and new technology. We're exporting more than ever because American industry became more competitive and at the same time, we summoned the national will to knock down protectionist walls abroad instead of erecting them at home.

Common sense also told us that to preserve the peace, we'd have to become strong again after years of weakness and confusion. So, we rebuilt our defenses, and this New Year we toasted the new peacefulness around the globe. Not only have the superpowers actually begun to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons--and hope for even more progress is bright--but the regional conflicts that rack the globe are also beginning to cease. The Persian Gulf is no longer a war zone. The Soviets are leaving Afghanistan. The Vietnamese are preparing to pull out of Cambodia, and an American-mediated accord will soon send 50,000 Cuban troops home from Angola.

The lesson of all this was, of course, that because we're a great nation, our challenges seem complex. It will always be this way. But as long as we remember our first principles and believe in ourselves, the future will always be ours. And something else we learned: Once you begin a great movement, there's no telling where it will end. We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world."

Monday, December 10, 2007

How the Race is Shaping Up!

I interviewed Mike Becker, a volunteer for the Rudy campaign on my show today. I hope to be able to have a Fred Thompson and possibly a Duncan Hunter campaign person on my show in the near future. If anyone knows someone who represents these campaigns and might be interested, let me know. I also wouldn't be opposed to other campaign representatives except I probably wouldn't waste my time with Ron Paul or Tom Tancredo people.

Mike pointed out this post of Ken's to me and I think he makes some good points. The Republican race is still pretty fluid. Huckabee may be the flavor of the month but I doubt his mini-boom is going to get him the nomination, at least I'm hoping not. Here is what Patrick Ruffini says about the possible ramifications of Huckabee doing well in Iowa:
Now, no one — least of all Rudy — wants to be compared with Bob Dole. But here’s what Dole had going for him: the opposition was fragmented. Pat Buchanan won in Louisiana and Iowa. Forbes won in Delaware and Arizona. Lamar! had a Huck-like burst of momentum out of Iowa. Conservatives couldn’t settle on a single anti-Dole candidate. Had such a candidate swept the non-Iowa races up to South Carolina, they probably would have won. But the field was split.

If Huckabee wins Iowa, his momentum is not actionable in New Hampshire because of the demographics, but he probably wounds Romney, making that a closer race than it would have been with Rudy (or McCain?) With Fred (probably) out of the race, Huckabee then wins in South Carolina. A poll released at the YouTube debate already had Huckabee at 17% in Florida. Mitt’s only obvious opportunity in this early state jumble is Michigan, but will he have the momentum needed to move up after underperforming early on (unless Rudy/McCain/Fred somehow all self-destruct)?

This early muddle is exactly the kind of scenario Rudy’s 2/5 strategy was made for. As people try to sort out the Mitt/Huck mess, Rudy bides his time and rolls with big delegate wins in Florida, California, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois.

It’s risky, to be sure. I’ve never been a fan of this approach, and Rudy’s people do seem to be walking it back a bit. But it is exactly this kind of late strike by Huckabee that may validate Rudy’s initial strategy in the end.
Another issue that has made me a big fan of Rudy is his pro-school choice stance. He doesn't just talk about it either, he is someone that given the chance would aggressively implement it unlike Bush who just kind of flirted with it. To sink my opinions of Huckabee and Ron Paul further I find that they are the ONLY 2 Republican candidates who are against school choice. In fact, Huckabee wants to expand the school bureaucracy. The more I find out about Huckabee the more fearful I get of him being our nominee.

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

My Take on Oprah!

Oprah gave her big speech yesterday for Barack Obama. It got me to thinking about my perspective on Oprah. I had forgotten until recently that I actually got to meet her many years ago before she was so popular. I went to school in Chicago in the early 90's and a friend got us tickets to go see her. This was back when she was still doing the show Jerry Springer style instead of the positive show she changed it into not too much later. She took the time to shake everyone's hands after the show.

I am not necessarily a big fan of hers but I do think she's done some good. I don't watch her show but every once in awhile one of my friends will tell me when she's doing a show on a good topic. I was really impressed with her in the late 90's when she made a big deal out of supporting the stay-at-home Mom. I knew she had liberal tendencies and I knew that the feminists couldn't have been too happy with that so it was a risk she took for something she believed in. She also has put her money where her mouth is and has supported a lot of good causes with her own money. The school in South Africa is only one of the many projects she has funded for a good and worthy cause.

One also can't deny that she has broken the barriers for both women and African Americans by being both and rising to be one of the wealthiest and successful women in the U.S. and perhaps the world. Unlike Hillary she did this on her own without riding the coattails of a man.

That said, I do have some issues with her. Her show has become very New Age-ish with a feel good mentality that manipulates people's emotions with things that aren't always true. Even the few shows that I have watched in the past 10 years have nauseated me with how ridiculous some of them are. She had one show with Drew Barrymore and her political odyssey. Barrymore is one of my favorite actresses but she revealed herself to be so air-headed and self-consumed on the show I really regretted that I had watched it. I also happened to see her interview with Madonna and I thought I was going to be ill.

As for her support of Barack Obama I guess I don't blame her. If I was a Democrat and had to pick among the field I guess he would be better than Hillary or Edwards. I personally think Obama will be just as dangerous for our country as Hillary but he isn't as corrupt so I guess that makes him pretty good in Oprah's eyes.

I was trying to think of what impact her endorsement will really have on the race. Few people will vote for him just because Oprah endorsed him but she will be able to draw crowds and money for him that could give him an edge. I noticed that everyone who came to the event yesterday had to promise to help with the campaign. Thats thousands of volunteers they just raked in. Now having worked on a campaign I know not all of them will come through but it will still make a significant difference. It will be interesting to see how much.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Saturday Smorgasbord

Ellen and Jenna Bush call the President

Video Hat tip: Patrick

1) I really enjoyed the above video, it shows what an awesome guy President Bush is, and why some of us still love him.

2) Will the Huckster be able to pass the "smell test"? I still feel a tad bit bad for posting all the Huckster's negatives but I just can't imagine him as our nominee. The bad news just keeps rolling in about him as he seems to be gaining some traction.
--Is the Huckster the Republican's Jimmy Carter? I actually thought this exact thing when a caller was talking about him to Rush the other day.

--Mom: 'Carol Sue Would Be Alive Today' If Not for Huckabee

--The Huckster This excerpt from one of the articles was particularly disturbing to me:
Huckabee is very convincing at expressing regret. That's why he is doing so well in the polls: Because he is so good at sounding good, no matter whether what he says holds water or not.
What he says is an outright lie. Here is the big whopper: "Nobody, not me, not Jim Guy Tucker, not Bill Clinton, not that parole board, could ever imagine what might have transpired.. " This is, to put it kindly, a crock of manure. The whole point of the Murray Waas story out today is that Huckabee was warned repeatedly and convincingly EXACTLY what was likely to transpire if DuMond were to be released, and he ignored all those warnings. Meanwhile, the evidence presented is absolutely overwhelming that he strongly intervened with the parole board to secure DuMond's release -- and he seems to have lied about that too. Just like he lied about whether or not he was "ordered" by his state's courts to impose a particular tax hike, and just like several other now-documented misrepresentations he has made about the circumstances of his tax hikes.
(To be fair, I think that at the state and local level there can indeed be reasonable times, although not many of them, to raise certain taxes for particular purposes. That said, Huck's record is in every way that of a fairly profligate taxer and spender.)

But back to DuMond: We can believe Huckabee's denials, or we can believe the overwhelmingly documented evidence. There was a time when Republicans were empiricists, meaning that we actually pay attention to evidence, to facts. The evidence here is clear. Huckabee has no good answer for it, no matter how sincerely he regrets the ultimate, deadly result of his horrendous decision -- a decision whose horrendous results were eminently predictable.

3) Kudos to Romney for his speech on faith! As many of you know I am not a Romney fan but I was fairly impressed with the speech. Rush played numerous clips of it on his show Thursday and I liked what I heard.

4) Rudy gets a sweeping set of endorsements from State Legislators here in Missouri.

5) Dick Morris says Hillary and Rudy may still get the nominations of their parties.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Fun Christmas Post

Mama as Santa

My husband found the above video, it is pretty cute and funny. It it less than a minute, so worth your time ;-).

We need to take a break from politics every once in awhile, enjoy!!

Also, take the time to vote in my Election Vine Polling Place in the black box in my sidebar. You can vote for anyone that you want by just clicking on the arrows and scrolling till you reach your candidate. Some kook voted for Dennis Kucinich, I bet his followers are like Ron Paul's, scouring the internet looking for polls to vote in for their guy.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Power of Political Women Bloggers!

A lady named Catherine Morgan has started a blog entitled, The Political Voices of Women. She is a liberal but is compiling a list of women bloggers who are liberal, conservative and anywhere in between. I stumbled across her project because she had somehow found my blog and added me to the list.

I decided I would make a list of all the women bloggers I have in my blog roll who blog on politics. Morgan only had 4 of my fellow bloggers on her list so I figured this would be a neat way to add to her list. I am going to list all of these women's blogs and possibly something unique about them.

Sorry men, you don't get any linkage here but you can still enjoy checking out all these awesome conservative women bloggers ;-).

1) Always on Watch

2) Bottom Line Up Front--Amy Proctor

3) The Anchoress--This bigger name blogger was a breath of fresh air when I was frustrated by the Bush bashing by conservatives over immigration.

4) Anna's Clue Tank

5) Big Girl Pants--Heidi is a new ally who lives in the KC area. It is always nice to find a fellow conservative woman blogger, but even more fun when she lives close by.

6) Blue Star Chronicles

7) Chicken Hawk Express--Robin was also a breath of fresh air during the Bush bashing time. Her and I often see eye to eye on issues we feel passionate about. She is an expert on the Haditha Marines' saga and made a great guest on my radio show about the topic.

8) Confessions of a Closet Republican--Incognito is a neat chick (I still use that word for women ;-)) who describes herself as a working actress. She offers a neat perspective on what it is like to be a conservative woman working in the Arts.

9) Dragon Lady's Den--Gayle and I have been blogging buddies since the very beginning. She is an older, wiser woman from Texas ;-).

10) Frankly, My Dear...--Linda and I both enjoy The Amazing Race and share some personal things in common. She is a big supporter of the troops.

11) Frog Princess

12) Grizzly Mama--Monica is a fellow home schooler so it is enjoyable to share things about school and politics.

13) Inches Away From Sanity--Debbie

14) La Shawn Barber's Corner

15) Lone Pony--Becky is an awesome High school Science Teacher and has overcome a lot in her life. She is one of my heroes. She is my only internet, blogging friend that I have personally met besides Rebecca & Michelle who are personal friends apart from blogging.

16) Marie's Two Cents--Marie

17) Michelle Malkin--While Michelle ticked me off during her immigration tirades against Bush she does run a great blog.

18) Midnight Blue--Skye eats liberal trolls for lunch and is a fellow Sawyer fan ;-). Her and I are kindred spirits when it comes to almost everything in politics. She has been a crusader recently at rallies supporting the troops.

19) Now For Something Different--Jennifer

20) Pondering Penguin--Karen

21) Public Pondering--RT has a great sense of humor and is a fellow Prison Break & 24 fan.

22) Right Think--Rebecca is a personal friend of mine from church. We have a lot in common. We both care passionately about politics and we both have sons that have had challenges. Her and I have gone to see George W. Bush, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity together. She is an unbelievably good singer that sings with her group, One Voice.

We started blogging together at the same time and she was the first one who started being aggressive about finding connections and catapulted us into the blogging world.

23) Sister Toldjah--This big name blogger discovered me when I was blogging on Amendment 2 last election season. She has been very gracious in giving me advice and help.

24) Suzie's blog--Suzie has been a great friend in my blogging journey. She does a lot while combatting many health issues. We both share a passion for Fox News and for protecting children.

25) Tammy Bruce

26) This is my United States of Whatever!--Michelle is a fellow home schooler, mother of 4 and we both worked for our U.S. Representative last election season making phone calls.

27) Woman Honor Thyself--Angel

Also, if you know any conservative political women bloggers that I don't have listed here leave their links in the comments' section and I'll check them out. Thanks!!