Monday, July 30, 2007

Margaret Thatcher Quotes

"I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph."--Margaret Thatcher

I opened my radio show today with some Margaret Thatcher quotes. I was verifying that a quote I attributed to her was indeed one of hers and found a goldmine of good stuff. I thought they were good enough to post.
"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman."

"If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim."

"I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air."

"If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing."

"If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage."

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Human-Rights Charade

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy
"We want a butterfly, we're not going to put lipstick on a caterpillar and declare it a success."--John Bolton talking about trying to reform the UN

I'm not that familiar with the columnist Kevin Ferris but he hits the ball out of the ball park with his latest column entitled, "Human-Rights Charade Continues at the UN". Here are some excerpts:
"Amid much fanfare about reform at the United Nations, the council replaced the U.N. Human Rights Commission, which was widely regarded as a den of dictators, terrorism sponsors and rights abusers interested in hiding their own crimes and singling out Israel for condemnation.

After a year, what’s changed? Only the name.

The dictators, terrorism sponsors and rights abusers remain. Israel is still the only country singled out for condemnation.

“No one anticipated that within one year it would be possible to gut the intended agenda of the council and make a mockery of its stated purpose on the scale that the Human Rights Council has managed to do,” says U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican.

Coleman is sponsoring a bill to ensure that the council gets no part of any U.S. funds sent to the United Nations, at least for the next two years. His criticisms are echoed in reports by human-rights organizations such as U.N. Watch and Freedom House:

•Of the 12 country-specific resolutions the council passed in the last year, nine condemned Israel. The council pretends this is out of concern for the rights of Palestinians, yet it is silent when Hamas slaughters innocents in Gaza.

• Three of the year’s resolutions raised concerns about Sudan, but there was no condemnation of the genocide there.

If the council doesn’t improve, Abrams says, “At some point, we at Freedom House will walk away and encourage the U.S. to do the same.”

When they go, they can say: “We represent the conscience of humanity."

I just read a recent article that says the situation in Darfur is continuing to get worse, yet the UN does nothing. This should be the ideal situation for the UN to deal with, otherwise, why do they even exist?

Norm Coleman may be a moderate Republican who doesn't often impress me but when it comes to dealing with the UN, he gets it right. I'm with him 100% that the UN Human Rights council shouldn't receive a dime of U.S. money until they start ACTUALLY caring and doing something about human rights. The council is a mockery at this stage and until it changes we should not be supporting it in any way.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Courage & Facing Your Fears

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself. 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you cannot do."--Eleanor Roosevelt

God decided I needed a refresher course this past week in facing fear. As I was struggling through it I remembered that quote that talked about how courage isn't the absence of fear but facing it. As I went hunting for the quote I found several other similar ones that were very good. I talked about them on the radio show today and thought they were worth posting. I especially loved the above one by Eleanor Roosevelt.

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."--Eddie Rickenbacker

"Courage faces fear and thereby masters it."--Martin Luther King Jr.

"Courage isn't the absence of fear; it's the conquering of fear."--Donald Trump

"Courage, contrary to popular belief, is not the absence of fear. Courage is the wisdom to act in spite of fear."--John Roger & Peter McWilliams

And here is my theme verse for the week:
2 Timothy 1:7--"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (fear) but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."

Friday, July 20, 2007

Simpsons' Dee and Rockin' Girl Blogger!!

My life is a little on the stressful side right now so time to take a break for a little fluff. Wyatt made a Simpsons' version of himself and encouraged all of us to do the same. Of course, it took me awhile but here it is. To make a Simpsons' version of yourself, go here! The ironic thing is I have now made a South Park & a Simpsons' version of myself and I don't watch either show.

Monica aka Grizzly Mama awarded me the Rockin' Girl Blogger award. I'm aware that its one of those meaningless awards but, hey, they are fun!! So I figured I'd spread the fun and hand out a couple myself.


Becky from Lone Pony

RT from Public Pondering

Marie from Marie's Two Cents

Anna from Anna's Clue Tank

Incognito from Confessions of a Closet Republican

Gayle from Dragon Lady's Den

Linda from Frankly, my dear...

Kelli from Me in Place

Spread the fun!!!!!!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Going Out on a Limb--Why Bush Will Be a Winner!!

"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish others." Mark Twain

Support for Bush is non-existent among liberals and weak among many Conservatives. I've had to endure "so-called" Conservative blogs that have Ron Paul videos on them comparing Bush to Hitler, the Townhall cartoon page being full of Conservative cartoonists making fun of Bush and numerous abandonments of Bush over immigration. As I've taken all of this in I've been stubborn in my support for Bush. I may not agree with him on all the issues but he has done too many awesome things during his Presidency to deserve the treatment that he now receives.

Through all of this the list of names I have been called is endless. I have been called a whore, an idiot and gotten a death wish all for my support of Bush. I realize its a very unpopular view to take right now, that doesn't make it any less right. So when I stumbled upon Bill Kristol's latest column in the Washington Post, entitled, Why Bush Will Be a Winner, it was nice to see someone else seeing the bigger picture. My take has always been that history will view George W. Bush much more favorably than the polls do now and that is exactly what Kristol points out. Here are his 3 main points that he spends the whole article backing up:
"First, no second terrorist attack on U.S. soil -- not something we could have taken for granted. Second, a strong economy -- also something that wasn't inevitable.

And third, and most important, a war in Iraq that has been very difficult, but where -- despite some confusion engendered by an almost meaningless "benchmark" report last week -- we now seem to be on course to a successful outcome."

An excerpt on the economy:
"After the bursting of the dot-com bubble, followed by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we've had more than five years of steady growth, low unemployment and a stock market recovery. Did this just happen? No. Bush pushed through the tax cuts of 2001 and especially 2003 by arguing that they would produce growth. His opponents predicted dire consequences. But the president was overwhelmingly right. Even the budget deficit, the most universally criticized consequence of the tax cuts, is coming down and is lower than it was when the 2003 supply-side tax cuts were passed."
The Supreme Court Justices:
"Meanwhile, 2005-06 saw the confirmation of two Supreme Court nominees, John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito Jr. Your judgment of these two appointments will depend on your general view of the courts and the Constitution. But even if you're a judicial progressive, you have to admit that Roberts and Alito are impressive judges (well, you don't have to admit it -- but deep down, you know it). And if you're a conservative constitutionalist, putting Roberts and Alito on the court constitutes a huge accomplishment."
"What about terrorism? Apart from Iraq, there has been less of it, here and abroad, than many experts predicted on Sept. 12, 2001. So Bush and Vice President Cheney probably are doing some important things right. The war in Afghanistan has gone reasonably well."
The War in Iraq:
"We are routing al-Qaeda in Iraq, we are beginning to curb the Iranian-backed sectarian Shiite militias and we are increasingly able to protect more of the Iraqi population.

If we sustain the surge for a year and continue to train Iraqi troops effectively, we can probably begin to draw down in mid- to late 2008. The fact is that military progress on the ground in Iraq in the past few months has been greater than even surge proponents like me expected, and political progress is beginning to follow. Iran is a problem, and we will have to do more to curb Tehran's meddling -- but we can. So if we keep our nerve here at home, we have a good shot at achieving a real, though messy, victory in Iraq."
The odds on the Future:
"The truly successful American presidents tend to find vindication in, and guarantee an extension of their policies through, the election of a successor from their own party. Can Bush hand the presidency off to a Republican who will (broadly) continue along the path of his post-9/11 foreign policy, nominate judges who solidify a Roberts-Alito court, make his tax cuts permanent and the like?

Sure. Even at Bush's current low point in popularity, the leading GOP presidential candidates are competitive in the polls with Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. Furthermore, one great advantage of the current partisan squabbling in Washington is that while it hurts Bush, it also damages the popularity of the Democratic Congress-- where both Clinton and Obama serve. A little mutual assured destruction between the Bush administration and Congress could leave the Republican nominee, who will most likely have no affiliation with either, in decent shape.

And what happens when voters realize in November 2008 that, if they choose a Democrat for president, they'll also get a Democratic Congress and therefore liberal Supreme Court justices? Many Americans will recoil from the prospect of being governed by an unchecked triumvirate of Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. So the chances of a Republican winning the presidency in 2008 aren't bad.

What it comes down to is this: If Petraeus succeeds in Iraq, and a Republican wins in 2008, Bush will be viewed as a successful president.

I like the odds."
Kudos to Bill Kristol, for risking the vitriol he will surely receive from both the left and the right. Kudos also to 2 great bloggers that I've recently added to my blogroll who brought my attention to Kristol's column--Burkean Reflections and The Oxford Medievalist.

Also, Mike, Shane and Marie have great posts on the "Surge Report" that came out recently. And Wordsmith has an excellent post on Iraq and those who suffer from BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome).

Others blogging:
Flopping Aces

Other related columns:
Bush Will Stand the Test of Time--Donald Lambro

Friday, July 13, 2007

Quotes of the Week

"You know, I guess I'm like any other political figure -- everybody wants to be loved, just sometimes the decisions you make and the consequences don't enable you to be loved. And so when it's all said and done, Ed, if you ever come down and visit the old, tired, me down there in Crawford, I will be able to say I looked in the mirror and made decisions based upon principle, not based upon politics. And that's important to me."--President George W. Bush
Bush said the above yesterday in his press conference where he was talking about the successes in Iraq that have already happened as a result of the surge. As Rush said our soldiers are kicking butt over there and deserve our praise. And the quote by Bush just shows why I'm still loyal to him. Agree with him or not he makes his decisions based on principles not on polls. No matter what your views are that philosophy is commendable and inspiring.
"The terrorists are in this war to win it. The question is: Are we?"--John McCain
All of you know my feelings on John McCain but I'm one of those people who gives praise when it is due. McCain's failings are many but for the most part he "gets" the War on Terror. This quote by McCain deserves our cheer and praise because it is right on the money. I figure even a broken clock is right twice a day!!

Friday, July 06, 2007

The Lack of Compassion is Incomprehensible

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"--Edmund Burke

I'm still in disbelief over this story, Shoppers ignored woman dying of stab wound:
"Stabbing victim LaShanda Calloway lay dying on the floor of a Wichita convenience store.

Instead of dialing 911, five shoppers stepped over Calloway to carry out purchases — and at least one used a cell phone to take pictures of the stabbing victim."
I have heard of people knowing that someone was being raped or assaulted and not doing anything to aid them and I have never been able to comprehend it.

Where is the compassion? Where is the concern for a fellow human being in need? How could you be more concerned about making purchases at a convenience store than the fact that someone is dying right in front of you?

I will never be able to fathom how this is possible. Life is precious, and the devaluing of it in our society leads to horrific examples such as this one. May God help us!!

Other articles and posts:
Tony's Kansas City
Crime Scene KC

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independence Day!!!


By Lee Greenwood

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

"O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Terrorist Attacks in London

Toon Credit: Michael Ramirez

I got a huge smile on my face when I saw this cartoon last night. The reason being, this is exactly what I was thinking. John Edwards says that the war on terror is just a bumper sticker slogan, I think there are many in London that might disagree with him on that.

I haven't had time to delve into this much yet, but Mike has done an excellent post on it entitled, Reality Check: We ARE at War! I referred to it and gave some quotes from it today on my radio show. Check it out!!