Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Palestinians and Israel

The above video is a shocking tale of a Palestinian female suicide bomber who had been cared for at an Israeli hospital. She was willing to kill the very doctor who saved her life. She was unsuccessful, but it is a glimpse into a culture few can comprehend.

Icognito posted this video and has done several excellent posts recently on Palestinian and Israeli issues. They are all worth checking out:
**Insight into the mind of an ordinary Hamas-lover
**The Truth about Israel and Palestine
**You get what you ask for: Palestinians and the escalating violence

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Republican Presidential Nominees, Mike and More...

Togi Radio made this banner for me that I have in my sidebar. It links to their website where you can access my show.

Today at 9:00 am CST, I will be talking about the Republican Presidential nominees and Mike from Mike's America will be my guest on the show. I confirmed that the call-in number for today will be 1-877-864-4869. Last week they changed it on me that morning. I will also try to do better about announcing the number throughout the show this time.

Click here to join us for the fun!!

What the critics :-) are saying about the show:
1) Skye says--"its like candy for the mind!"

2) Anna says--"Dee, the voice that launched a million watts of fun and information."
It looks like they are going to re-air it today at 2:00 and again at 6:00 CST if you missed it.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday Smorgasbord

1) Michael Bloomberg Leaves the Republican Party--The above cartoon about sums up how I feel about Bloomberg. I have never cared for him and always knew that he was a Democrat in Republican clothing. He switched parties right before running for Mayor and was able to basically buy the election with his billions. As Mayor he has done nothing but expand NYC's socialist programs.

There is much debate about whether he will run for President in 2008 as an independent. He has the potential to be a Ross Perot race spoiler but the debate is which side would he really pull votes from? He is anti-war so he could likely pull votes from the Democrat side, of people who don't like Hillary. If Fred Thompson is our nominee I don't foresee much of a problem whereas if we have someone that Republicans are divided over there is more potential for Bloomberg to mess things up.

Bottom line: I'm not sure there is much to be concerned about. Bloomberg is very unlikable for various reasons and the odds are he won't even run.

2) Michael Moore's propaganda film, Sicko, makes even top Democrats ill--Again, the cartoon for this story says it all.

3) PBS banned it, but Fox News is airing the documentary, Muslims Against Jihad--Make sure to tune in tonight at 9 pm ET.

4) Mike Nifong "minister of injustice" has been disbarred after being found guilty of ethics violations and now faces criminal contempt charges and civil lawsuits. This story really deserved a whole post considering how fired up I have been about it, but I haven't had the time.

Bottom line: Justice has finally been served!! I talked about it at length on my radio show this past Tuesday. As Susan Filan points out, his punishment is extreme but appropriate. Here are some excerpts from her excellent article:
"For a panel of lawyers to strip another lawyer of his license to practice law is a rarity indeed. This is the legal equivalent of a unicorn sighting."

"Nifong had many chances to escape this fate, yet he never chose to do the right thing. Not once."

"Nifong finally admitted he made mistakes and violated the Rules of Professional Conduct under cross examination, but claims they were all unintentional and the result of getting a little “carried away.” Nifong was trying to spare himself. Nifong’s actions always serve Nifong. He used the Duke case to get re-elected, and he resigned to try to save his law license."

"I believe his tears were genuine, but I think he cried for himself, not for the damage he did to the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system, nor the damage to the three innocent young men whom he had indicted, nor the damaged reputation of Duke University or the sport of lacrosse. There are so many victims in this tragic tale of shattered lives. Not the least of whom is Nifong’s own teenage son who attended Friday’s hearing at his father’s request, only to see his father skewered on the witness stand, culminating in tears and resignation. Why put your own son through this? More of a ploy to gain sympathy, leniency, if not pity?"

The possibility that Nifong would be disbarred was real. But it took him until the bitter end to see what everyone else has seen for months. But his realization, admissions and resignation came much too late. When asked whether he still believes a crime was committed that night, he refused to admit that “nothing” happened that night in that house. He still believes “something” happened.

"This statement supplies the bitter evidence that he was talking out of both sides of his mouth. He wanted to save his law license, but he could not completely exonerate the three young men whose lives he could have destroyed."
Will Nifong even go to jail?

Friday, June 22, 2007

Funny Jay Leno Interviews

THE JAY LENO INTERVIEWS - Free videos are just a click away

My husband found this and I thought it was pretty funny. These are pretend interviews with Jay Leno and OJ Simpson, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Michael Jackson. Obviously, the George Bush one was my least favorite but they are all pretty clever. Enjoy!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

My 1st Radio Experience

First of all, I just want to thank everyone for being so supportive. I am so thank-ful for what a great support system I have. I had a lot of friends praying for me and sending me words of encouragement. I have to admit the night before the show I was pretty nervous. I'm thinking, maybe I shouldn't have told so many people about this :-).

So how did it go? Overall, pretty good. I'm sure I still have TONS to improve on and lots to learn but no major screw-ups so I was able to heave a sigh of relief when I was done. I even got over my nervousness about 10 minutes in and by the end of the show I felt like I was in my element. I did have a glitch at the beginning. I had to click a button twice to make sure I was on the air. I did that but the button was still flashing. Then one of the producers asked me if I was still there and I panicked and thought that I hadn't been on the air yet so I repeated my first minute or so of what I had just said. Other than that, no major mistakes.

Our blogging friend Patrick was my first caller. I can't tell you how great it was to hear his voice. I have visited his blog for about 2 years now and talked to him via email but had never heard speak. He has this awesome South African accent that I guess he's not fond of but I thought it was wonderful. And I can't begin to tell you how much more relaxed I was after he called. He joked with me that he wasn't sure when he was going to get a word in edge-wise. I'm not called Little Miss Chatterbox for nothing. This next week I plan to try and slow down a little and give out the phone number more often and ask for callers to weigh in with their opinions on the topic I'll have at hand.

Also, my friends Rebecca and Joia called in. I talked with both of them about immigration. Overall, it was a good experience and the people at the radio network gave me positive feedback. I was asked if I was ready to expand to 2 hours. I said I would love to but not right away. I want to have at least a couple of weeks to get used to doing 1 hour.

Two of my friends took me out to lunch to celebrate and it was a lot of fun. They too commented on how much they loved Patrick's accent ;-)!!

Many of you have mentioned that you missed the show but would like to listen. They are re-airing it several times this week so just go to their site to see when it will be on next. It is called, Conservatism with Heart. The radio network (Togi Entertainment) will be giving me some kind of icon to put in my sidebar to link to them. In the meantime I may just put a link by itself in the sidebar. Tune in next week where I will have Mike from Mike's America on as a guest.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Gaza Civil War

"Washington politicians take note: Gaza is what can happen when you precipitously pull your military forces out of a Middle Eastern war zone without making sure there is in place a truly democratic government and adequately trained and armed security forces capable of insuring law and order."--Joel Rosenberg
"Hamastan is here, Welcome to Hell"--Israeli Press

I've learned a lot the past couple of days as I have tried to wrap my brain around what is going on in Gaza. I'm sure most bloggers are very familiar with Israel and Palestinian issues but for those (like me) who initially didn't have a clue what was going on, here is a crash course.

The basics:
Gaza--A 25 mile strip of land with a population of 1.4 million people

Lands that Palestinians occupy--Gaza and The West Bank

Hamas--Recognized Terrorist organization supported by Iran and Syria

Fatah--Supposed to be a more moderate Palestinian group backed by the Western World but some argue it is also a terrorist group that just pretends to acknowledge Israel, was started by Yasser Arafat (who publicly would denounce suicide bombers but was known to secretly support them)

Palestinian President--Mahmud Abbas (member of Fatah)

2006 elections--Members of Hamas were elected to the Palestinian government which thus gave a known terrorist organization shared power with Fatah.

Civil War--Between Hamas and Fatah for control of Gaza, which fell within a few days to Hamas

When did the Civil War start?--Acts of violence started escalating on Sunday, June 10th.

Control--Hamas now controls the Gaza strip and Fatah controls the West Bank

Killed--At least 113 Palestinians have been killed so far in the bloodshed

Gang-style executions--Carried out by masked Hamas against Fatah and PA security forces in front of their wives and children

Fleeing--Many Palestinians, especially members of Fatah have tried to flee from Gaza knowing their lives are at risk but Gaza has been sealed off

International Embargo--After Hamas took control of part of the Palestinian government an embargo was placed on aid to the Palestinian people. The embargo may be lifted against the West Bank since Hamas will no longer be in the government there.

Whose fault is all of this?--According to our very own Boston Globe, Israel. It is unfathomable to me how 2 Palestinian groups at war with each other could be Israel's fault but it is like everything here, somehow no matter what happens everything is George W. Bush's fault.

Israel's response--Plans are already being made to take out Hamas in Gaza.

Bibi Netanyahu and Natan Sharansky warned in 2005 that it wasn't a good idea for Israel to take troops out of Gaza. They had argued that it would show weakness and surrender, I think they have been proven right. I'm not sure what the solution is to this mess now but Joel Rosenberg concludes his excellent post with these 2 thoughts:
"1) Iran's efforts to surround Israel and prepare to "wipe Israel off the map" has just been significantly advanced and thus the prospect for a full-blown war in the Middle East this summer or fall now seems more likely, not less; and 2) U.S. politicians had better think twice about a precipitous withdrawal of American military forces in Iraq before the Iraqis are ready unless they want a repeat of the nightmare now unfolding in Gaza."

Meanwhile, Mr. Insanity aka Jimmy Carter supports the terrorist group Hamas. This man knows absolutely no shame.

**I wrote this post several days ago in preparation for the radio show and then of course, never even got to it. Since I wrote this more has happened. Joel Rosenberg has this update at his blog.

Also, Shoprat points out in this post how now that Hamas has control of Gaza they are persecuting Christians as well.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Radio Show Tuesday--TODAY!!

I finally have the details on how to tune into the show tomorrow. You can either go to and click on radio or go straight there by using this link,

At first, I was told I wouldn't be set up to take callers right away, but it looks like I will be, so feel free to call in. Here is the number to use: 1-877-864-4869.

Also, the time of the show has changed to run from 9:00 to 10:00 am, CST. It will also re-air tonight from 7-8 and will be replayed several times throughout the week.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Presidential Nominee Profile #1--Fred Thompson

"Republicans need someone like Ronald Reagan, someone everyone knows, someone everyone likes, someone who is conservative and – most importantly – someone who would hold the presidency for eight years. What qualifications would such a candidate need? He would have to be someone who is very articulate and convincing in front of the camera, someone who exudes confidence, someone who naturally appeals to women voters, someone familiar with the news media, someone who has kept very much in the public eye and yet someone who has been away from the mess in Washington for awhile.

Is there such a man? Yes, there is: Fred Thompson. He has been consistently conservative on social policy and his help in getting John Roberts confirmed as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court was critical. Thompson has a record in the Senate and he voted conservative, according to the American Conservative Union, eighty-six percent of the time."--Bruce Walker

I have to say that when I first heard about Fred Thompson's possible run for the White House I wasn't that impressed. I thought, first of all I don't know how impressive this guy is, and if I'm going to get behind an ideal guy who doesn't have a chance I'd get behind Duncan Hunter.

That has all changed for me. I'm not one of these people predicting that he's our next Reagan but I like what I'm seeing. First of all, to know Fred Thompson is to love him, the more I hear, the more I like. Second of all, the fact that he is #2 and even #1 in some polls and has already gotten the backing of some influential people shows that his viability is real. In fact, I will go out on a limb even before he has declared and predict that this race is now his to lose. I think its very likely that Fred Thompson will be the Republican nominee for President in 2008.


--born August 19, 1942 in Sheffield, Alabama
--married Sarah Lindsey in 1959 at age 17
--had 3 children with Sarah, 1 whom died in 2002 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs
--divorced from Sarah in 1984 after 25 yrs. of marriage, it was reportedly amicable and according to sources she will help with his campaign for president
--married Jeri Kehn in 2002
--had 2 children with Jeri, one just born in 2006
--he has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma but is in remission, it is reportedly indolent, and the lowest of the three grades of NHL, he has said it should not affect his life expectancy
--is a member of the Church of Christ

--Florence State College
--Memphis State University--Degree in philosophy and political science
--Vanderbilt University Law School--JD Degree
--admitted to the State Bar of Tennessee

Law & Political Career:
--assistant U.S. attorney from 1969 to 1972
--campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senator Howard Baker's successful re-election campaign in 1972
--co-chief counsel to "Watergate Committee" from 1973 to 1974
--maintained law offices in Nashville and Washington, D.C. for the rest of the 70's
--special counsel to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander in 1980
--special counsel, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 1980-1981
--Special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 1982
--member of the Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission 1985-1987
--worked as a corporate lobbyist in Washington, D.C. from 1975-1992
--elected in landslides to be the U.S. Senator from Tennessee in 1994 and 96

Acting Career:

Most well known for his role in the movie Die Hard 2 and the TV show Law and Order. To see the rest of his acting career go here.

Where he stands on the issues:
--against abortion
--against same-sex marriage
--for school vouchers
--for abstinence education
--for drilling in Anwar
--for Presidential line-item veto
--against gun-control
--for national missile defense system
--for personal social security accounts
--for tax cuts
--strong supporter of the war on terror
--against the current immigration bill, for securing the borders first, for a comprehensive post on his immigration stance, go here
My only 2 qualms:
--supported McCain/Feingold
--voted yes on funding the National Endowment for the Arts (I guess we have to give him this one since he's been an actor)
For a comprehensive list of where Fred Thompson stands on the issues, go here!!

My favorite thing about Fred that I have seen so far is his willingness to be candid and not nauseatingly, politically correct. He has supported Scooter Libby without hesitation, he took on Michael Moore and he seems to have the same core today that he had 30 years ago.

There are a plethora of articles and blog posts out there on Fred Thompson. I have yet to encounter a conservative in the blog world that isn't impressed with him. Below are just some of the many pieces on him.

My previous posts on Thompson
Patrick's long list of Fred posts
Astute Blogger posts on Fred
Hawks for Thompson
The Next Reagan?
Key Bush Backers rally to Fred Thompson
Peter Robinson interview with Fred
Republican Thompson to meet with Thatcher

Support for Fred Thompson:
I'm with Fred
The Fred Thompson Report
His articles for National Review Online
Maine for Fred Thompson

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day!!

Father's Day makes me think of how thank-ful I am for my Father God, my earthly Dad and my husband. RT asked for our favorite memories of our Dads and I wrote that one of my best memories of my Dad is that he always listened to me and cared about what I had to say. He made me feel that what I had to say had value. That makes a big impression, especially on a girl in her teenage years. When I look at my husband I realize that personality wise he is very different from my Dad and yet listening is what they both have in common. One of the reasons I married my husband is because he's a great listener (thats important when you like to talk :-))).

My kids are so great at the gift giving. My kids picked out neat things for my husband and made him cards and other neat stuff. My 12 year old even sent him an e-card at work on Friday.

I had an amusing experience while trying to pick out cards at Target, though. My 3 other kids were at various places and it was just me and my talkative 9 year old daughter. While I'm trying to pick out cards for my dad, my father-in-law and my husband's step-dad my daughter keeps reading cards out loud and making incessant comments (I wonder who she gets that from :-)). I think it took me 3 times as long to to pick out the cards. Towards the end she sees this card with the word beer on the front. She's like, why would it say beer on here? By this time I'm almost incredulous about all the commenting and I'm grasping at straws, what am I supposed to say about this? The lady next to me has a big smile on her face. I finally say, well some Dads like to drink beer. I'm sure I should've used it as a teaching moment but I was worn out and left it at.

Anyway, Happy Father's Day to my dad, my husband, my father-in-law and all my fellow bloggers out there who are Dads. You rock!!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Michael Moore and Angelina Jolie

What do Angelina Jolie and Michael Moore have in common? Outwardly, absolutely nothing, but they have similar political views and they are both in the news right now and irritating the heck out of me.

I still remember the first time I got a glimpse of Michael Moore. He was on Judith Regan's late night show on Fox where she would interview authors about their new books. He totally looked like he had slept in his clothes, rolled out of bed, didn't brush his hair and just put on a baseball cap. Michael Moore's new movie Sicko is making me sick just having to hear about it. The only way it would be fitting is if it were a movie on his life. His movies are 100% propaganda and it irritates me that so many people are duped by his lies. I hope Sgt. Peter Damon is successful in his totally justified lawsuit against Moore.

As for Angelina Jolie, I'm sure most men drool over her but I have NEVER cared for her. There is something about her that I have always disliked, I literally have never had a desire to see any of her movies and I'm a big movie chick!! True or not I view her as the vixen that broke up a marriage. I also want to gag every time I hear about her humanitarian UN work. If you really want to do good, invest your money in an organization that isn't thoroughly corrupt.

I saw the preview for the Daniel Pearl movie yesterday and I was all excited to see it until I saw that she starred in it. Talk about my hopes being dashed. Then, to top it off she tried to ban Fox News "from covering the "Mighty Heart" premiere on the red carpet. It was only with the intervention of mortified Paramount staff that an FNC camera crew was allowed to be present." She also appears to be an elitist snob because she had her lawyer come up with a ridiculous agreement that she wanted all reporters to sign before interviewing her. Talk about a big time Gag!!

My plea to Angelina & Michael: PLEASE GO AWAY!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007


William Wallace Speech

Sir William Wallace of Elerslie is still regarded as Scotlands greatest hero and patriot.
Freedom is always worth fighting for. As I'm preparing for my radio show I've been reflecting on my philosophy towards life and what inspires me. As most of you know Braveheart is my all time favorite movie. It inspires me in a way that no other movie has come close to. Amazing Grace is the only one that has even gotten close.

"Sir William Wallace of Elerslie, hero of Scotland and true patriot, his desire for peace and freedom united the clans, gained the loyalty of the people, struck fear into his enemies and defied the cruel hand of an evil, waring and invading King - Edward 'Longshanks' Plantagenet I of England."
Braveheart was based on some of the true history of Scotland's fight for independence and the man, William Wallace. The movie isn't completely accurate but does base a lot of it on William Wallace's real life. This site prides itself on telling the true story of William Wallace.

"We fight not for glory nor for wealth nor honours; but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life."--from the Scottish Declaration of Independence signed in 1320 at Arbroath Abbey on the east coast of Scotland.
One of these days I will do a historical profile on William Wallace, but until then watch the William Wallace speech and be inspired to fight for whatever cause it is that you most believe in.

In Freedom's Cause by G.A. Henty

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Lots of Good News!!

1) Albania loves the United States!! Albania gets what so many liberals do not, how much President Bush has done for the cause of freedom. Kudos to the Albanians for giving Bush a Hero's welcome!!

Mike did an unbelievably, excellent post on Bush's whole G-8 Summit trip. He had this to say about the above picture:
"A Bush Milestone: More Conservative, More Pro-American leaders than at any previous G-8! Go right down that row! Most of these leaders have been elected or re-elected in the last few years on a platform of more conservative, more pro-American policies! That's quite an achievement."

2) Bush has promised to veto the embryonic stem cell bill. Our president is getting a lot of flack for his stance on immigration right now but he deserves our praise when he stands by principle and does the right thing.

3) The Democrats crash and burn on their attempt to cast a meaningless, no confidence vote for Alberto Gonzales.

4) Fred Thompson and Rudy leading for the Republican Presidential nominees. My 2 favorites right up front!!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Freedom Writers

I saw a great movie yesterday. Freedom Writers goes on my list for being one of those movies that empowers and inspires. It is based on the true story of Erin Gruwell, a teacher who reaches out to kids who everyone else has given up on and helps them find their voice. Here is a description of the book on which the movie is based:
"The Freedom Writers Diary is the amazing true story of strength, courage, and achievement in the face of adversity. In the fall of 1994, in Room 203 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, an idealistic teacher named Erin Gruwell faced her first group of students, dubbed by the administration as "unteachable, at-risk" teenagers. The class was a diverse mix of African-American, Latino, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Caucasian students, many of whom had grown up in rough neighborhoods in Long Beach. In the first few weeks of class, the students made it clear that they were not interested in what their teacher had to say, and made bets about how long she would last in their classroom.

Then a pivotal moment changed their lives forever. When a racial caricature of one of the African-American students circulated the classroom, Erin Gruwell angrily intercepted the drawing and compared it to the Nazi caricatures of Jews during the Holocaust. To her amazement, the students responded with puzzled looks. Erin Gruwell was appalled to discover that many of her students had never heard of the Holocaust. When she asked how many in her class had been shot at, however, almost all of them raised their hands, and began lifting their shirts to show their scars. This initiated a battle-scar show-and-tell that left Erin Gruwell shocked and inspired to take advantage of the powerful energy she had sparked.

By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students' lives. She encouraged them to rethink rigid beliefs about themselves and others, to reconsider daily decisions, and to rechart their futures. With Erin's steadfast support, her students shattered stereotypes to become critical thinkers, aspiring college students, and citizens for change. They even dubbed themselves the "Freedom Writers" - in homage to the Civil Rights activists the "Freedom Riders" - and published a book."

Erin Gruwell faced a lot of obstacles, not only did people not support her but many tried to thwart her every step of the way. It was a good reminder for me that when you have a cause worth fighting for you can persevere even if you don't get the support that you would desire. In fact, sometimes you will be abandoned in your cause, that doesn't make it any less worthy.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Conservatism with Heart

I've finally come up with a name for my radio show, Conservatism with Heart! Actually, my contact at the radio network came up with it and the more I thought about it the more I liked it. I kind of wanted something a little more flashy but I think this works. There are going to be liberal shows on the same network so conservative needed to be in the title and I think heart can represent my passion.

As of right now my first day for the internet radio show will be on June 19th from 8:30-9:30 am central time. I will give more specific details as soon as I have them. My preparations are coming along well and right now I'm getting ready for my first show. I am going to have a biography/profile segment on each show and I think I'm going to profile the Republican presidential candidates. I'm thinking I'll do Fred Thompson first and put a profile up about him up on my blog around the same time.

I am going to change the name of my blog to coincide with the radio show. So in the next couple of days my blog's name will change to Conservatism with Heart. I will keep the same blog address for now so you won't have to change your link, just the name. I'm hoping to have a new look for my blog in the near future also.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

May God Comfort Kelsey Smith's Loved Ones

A local Kansas City girl, Kelsey Smith (18) disappeared Saturday night after going on a short errand to Target. Her body was found by searchers yesterday around 1:30 pm. Late last night the police announced that they had arrested 26 year old Edwin Hall in connection with her kidnapping and murder.

News of her disappearance made it on the national news and Greta spent a good portion of her show yesterday and the day before talking about it. It is a tragedy whenever this happens. A friend and I were talking about how unsettling it is because she didn't do anything that would've remotely put herself in danger. Alls she did was make a routine trip to Target.

Kudos to the police and all those who helped the family in their search. Despite how heartbreaking all of this has been I'm so relieved for the family that they found her and her killer so quickly. It always bothers me when families don't have any kind of closure and continue to be tortured by not knowing.

That said, my heart and prayers go out to Kelsey's family and friends. May God bless and comfort them. Kelsey's father made a statement and included Psalm 46. Here are the first 3 verses:
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Ups and Downs

In the fashion of the Beltway Boys I'm going to give you who is up and who is down this week, LMC style!!


1) John Edwards--Former Kerry Campaign Manager, Democrat Bob Shrum trashes John Edwards. Jonah Goldberg calls Edwards a hustler in this excellent column.

2) Congressman (Cold Cash) William Jefferson--20 years later (or so it seems) Jefferson is indicted for the cash he had in his freezer. He is crying innocent but when they've got you on videotape, things don't look too good. And since Nancy "ethical" Pelosi isn't going to do anything, Republican John Boehner who is the minority leader is calling for Jefferson to be expelled.

3) Democrats in Congress--No shocker here!

4) Hugo Chavez, as he continues to try and supress those who want freedom in his country.

5) Joe Scarborough--Michelle points out that Scarborough used to be a conservative until he started drinking the MSNBC kool-aid. I love that line and agree wholeheartedly!


1) Fred Thompson--Things just keep looking better and better for this guy. Many Conservatives are hoping he comes through and announces his run next month.

2) Bush's Policies that helped foil the JFK attack--I love how this is being down played in the media. It really wasn't that big a deal. I'm sure those flying through JFK may have felt differently had the terrorists been successful.

3) Iraqi Women Soldiers--More provinces are turned over to the Iraqis and as usual the Drive By Media is silent.

4) France--For getting tough on illegal immigration. Even with Sarkozy in office I'm sure my praise for France will be scarce so take it while you can get it.

Monday, June 04, 2007

President Bush Fed Up With UN's Lack of Action on Darfur

"I promise this to the people of Darfur: the United States will not avert our eyes from a crisis that challenges the conscience of the world."--President George W. Bush
The genocide in Darfur is one of those issues that I care deeply about. I did a comprehensive post on it a year ago where I highlight what was going on and what could be done to stop it. As I pointed out a year ago, I was skeptical that the UN would make any real steps to actually solve the problem. They have done nothing but pass resolutions which isn't effective in curbing the violence and President Bush has had enough.

Steve Paterno, a Sudanese man living in the US, points out how Bush has cared about this issue and has done much more than past administrations to change things in the Sudan and of course, has gotten little credit for it. Here is some of what he had to say:
"When it comes to Sudan, President Bush knows it too well that he dedicated most of his efforts and time to issues affecting Sudan. There are even rumors that he has been nicknamed within the White House circles as "Sudan Desk Officer." It has been alleged that President Bush does not only passionately taken into heart the problems affecting Sudan but also developed some level of expertise on Sudan in the course of his tenure as president of the U.S."

"It was in 2002, that the U.S. under the leadership of President George W. Bush took serious initiatives to broker a peaceful settlement between the North and South Sudan. If history will record Iraq, Iran, North Korea as President Bush’s international diplomatic blunders, and then the same history will favorably record the peaceful settlement between the North and South Sudan as President Bush’s successful diplomatic legacy. President Bush enthusiastically involved in the North-South peace agreement."
Now Bush is taking things a step further and issuing tough economic sanctions. He spoke on this last Tuesday. Here is some of what he had to say:
"For too long, the people of Darfur have suffered at the hands of a government that is complicit in the bombing, murder, and rape of innocent civilians. My administration has called these actions by their rightful name: genocide. The world has a responsibility to help put an end to it.

Last month I announced that the United States was prepared to take new steps if the government of Sudan did not allow the full deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping force; if the government did not begin living up to its many commitments, that the United States would act. I made clear that the time for promises was over, and that President Bashir had to do something to end the suffering.

I held off implementing these steps because the United Nations believed that President Bashir could meet his obligations to stop the killing, and would meet his obligations to stop the killing. Unfortunately, he hasn't met those obligations. President Bashir's actions over the past few weeks follow a long pattern of promising cooperation while finding new methods for obstruction.

One day after I spoke, the military bombed a meeting of rebel commanders designed to discuss a possible peace deal with the government. In following weeks, he used his army and government-sponsored militias to attack rebels and civilians in South Darfur. He's taken no steps to disarm these militias in the year since the Darfur peace agreement was signed. Senior officials continue to oppose the deployment of the U.N. peacekeeping force.

The result is that the dire security situation on the ground in Darfur has not changed. And so today, at my instruction, the United States has taken the steps I announced in April. First, the Department of Treasury is tightening U.S. economic sanctions on Sudan. With this new effort, the United States will more aggressively enforce existing sanctions against Sudan's government."

Once again I am extremely proud of my President for standing up to evil and doing something about it. A liberal whined last week that I hadn't done any I love Bush posts lately, well consider this the latest edition ;-)!!

Others blogging:
Gateway Pundit
Politik Ditto (He named Bush his person of the week for his action on Darfur!)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

I Thank You American Heroes!

"People across this country are praying."

"We thank God that Liberty found such brave defenders."

"I want you to know that our nation appreciates your commitment and your sacrifice in the cause of peace and freedom."--President George W. Bush

I can't believe I didn't think to dig this up for Memorial Day. What made me think of it was when there was a clip of Bush's speech on Fox News from this video. This is on the Wow 2004 video, I cry every time I watch it. The song by Rebecca St.James is awesome and the clips of Bush's words and others are very moving.

It is such a great reminder of how important it is to pray for, appreciate and support our troops. I love you and thank-you American heroes!!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Radio Prep--Part 1

I've been involved in several projects preparing for my radio show. A friend of mine had recommended several things to help me figure out who I really am, what I stand for and why I want to be involved in politics/culture on the radio. It has helped me fine tune how God led me into this whirlwind to start with. If you had told me in college while I was dreaming about my future that I would be heavily involved in politics some day I would've laughed at you. My pastor and my dad had to twist my arm to even vote when I was 18 (which I still didn't end up doing) and I didn't even know who the Vice President was while I was in college.

Yet, here I am today a political news junkie up to my ears and I love it. God impressed upon me to really start getting involved in an active way (other than my soapbox rants to my friends) in 2004. I entered a Talk Show contest that spring and then started volunteering on George W. Bush's re-election campaign that summer. Its been snowballing ever since then.

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family is the first one who really impressed upon me how important it is to be actively involved in our culture, including politics. So one of my projects was re-listening to a Focus on the Family CD of the famous Dr. Francis Schaeffer. If you have never read his books or heard him speak he is a legend and you need to check him out. The CD I listened to was entitled "America's Moral Freefall" which was a talk that he gave in 1982, go here to see the transcript. He talks about how important the Christian Worldview is and how Christians cannot stay silent while our culture is taken over by secular humanists. Here is an excerpt about his Christian Manifesto which is what the talk was based on:
"Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation's moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America's dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren't looking.

"Where have the Bible-believing Christians been in the last 40 years?" asks Schaeffer. "Where have we been as we have changed to this other consensus and all the horrors and stupidity of the present moment have come down on our culture?"

Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns—and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ."

Here is one of my favorite parts of the address:
"It should be noticed that this new dominant world view is a view which is exactly opposite from that of the founding fathers of this country. Now, not all the founding fathers were individually, personally, Christians. That certainly is true. But, nevertheless, they founded the country on the base that there is a God who is the Creator (now I come to the next central phrase) who gave the inalienable rights.

We must understand something very thoroughly. If society -- if the state gives the rights, it can take them away -- they're not inalienable. If the states give the rights, they can change them and manipulate them. But this was not the view of the founding fathers of this country. They believed, although not all of them were individual Christians, that there was a Creator and that this Creator gave the inalienable rights -- this upon which our country was founded and which has given us the freedoms which we still have -- even the freedoms which are being used now to destroy the freedoms.

The reason that these freedoms were there is because they believed there was somebody who gave the inalienable rights. But if we have the view that the final reality is material or energy which has existed forever in some form, we must understand that this view never, never, never would have given the rights which we now know and which, unhappily, I say to you (those of you who are Christians) that too often you take all too much for granted. You forget that the freedoms which we have in northern Europe after the Reformation (and the United States is an extension of that, as would be Australia or Canada, New Zealand, etc.) are absolutely unique in the world."