Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Smorgasbord


1) Alberto Gonzalez was the latest victim of the Democrat Hit machine. He may not have been the best Attorney General ever but he deserved a lot better treatment than he got. He fired 8 attorneys who weren't performing after Bush was in office for over 6 years. Clinton fired all the attorneys right after taking office. Somehow I'm not getting the scandal.

The only thing Gonzalez did wrong was not coming out and saying yes, we fired them because they weren't going after election fraud the way we wanted them too and there may have been some politics involved, so what? Its our right to do so. Compare Gonzalez to Janet Reno and its really hard to fathom why he was supposed to resign.

I have to say that I don't know how many liberals/Democrats sleep at night. When you look at all the decent men who they have drug their names/reputations through the mud all to score political points, its beyond despicable. It is a travesty the way Delay, Libby, Rumsfeld, Rove and Gonzalez have been treated just to name a few.

Mark Belling was filling in for Rush this week and he did an awesome job talking about this. He mentioned now that Rove & Gonzalez are out of the way they will come up with someone else to focus on and demonize. He is exactly right.


2) Senator Larry Craig needed to resign, yesterday. I often think that Republicans are too quick to throw their own under the bus but I can't throw Craig under quick enough. As Tom Delay said on Hannity & Colmes last night and our very own Mike from Mike's America has often said, Republicans kick their trash to the curb while Democrats re-elect theirs. I know that we need to wait until more is known but I think I know enough. The fact that there is more than one report of Craig engaging in this kind of behavior means that where there is smoke there is probably fire. I don't care whether Craig is gay or not, soliciting sex with strangers in a bathroom is completely reprehensible.

Many think that Mark Foley was the reason that Republicans lost in 2006 and I will not have the albatross that is Larry Craig hindering decent Republicans in 2008. We can do much better than Craig and I strongly urge him to resign. For once I agree with McCain, he needs to go.

3) Togi Radio finally has podcasts available for my radio show. So from now on if you miss it live you can go to their site and download it. Yah!!!

4) Brent Bozell exposes the extreme, liberal bias on the Morning shows. Even though we've known this for what seems like centuries it is still despicable. I was literally yelling at Matt Lauer on the TV last night when Fox played a clip of him telling Tom Delay that there isn't a double standard when it comes to Republicans and Democrats and scandals. Whatever Matt is smoking, it must be some pretty strong stuff.

5) When you look up Fund-raising Scandals in the Encyclopedia, you'll find a picture of the Clintons. It is pretty remarkable how many fund-raising scandals the Clintons have been right smack in the middle of and yet somehow they never get busted. Obama & Edwards may be incompetent but Hillary Clinton is corrupt to the core and this latest scandal is just the icing on the cake.

6) Fred Thompson to announce next week on Leno! Sign me up as a volunteer. I can guarantee you that I'll be snagging a Thompson bumper sticker and signing up to help in the near future.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Today's Inspiration--Sgt. Matt Lammers


“Everybody keeps calling me a hero,” he says. “I have a hard time hearing that. I was just a soldier doing his job. The heroes are the men and women still over there. … I got to come back. I didn’t die. That’s a blessing.”

“I keep telling people I’m not the story,” he says. “I was just a soldier doing his job. The story is the men who saved my life.”--Sgt. Matt Lammers

The KC Star highlighted a local soldier who was wounded in Iraq and is recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The story is very inspirational and I found myself getting choked up several times. Here are some excerpts from the article, Infantryman's Latest Battle:
"Lammers lost both legs and his left arm June 9 when his Humvee hit a buried explosive in Baghdad. Comrades saved his life, and now he’ll lean on other comrades as he begins at least a year of rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid, a gleaming, glass-and-metal center that opened this year to treat grievously injured soldiers.
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It was Lammers’ act of generosity that put him in that Humvee. Scheduled for a trip home, Lammers switched places to let another soldier go home for his first wedding anniversary.

Lammers and his men were returning to base in Baghdad when the Humvee drove over the explosive.
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Lammers probably will spend at least another year here, retraining his muscles and mind. He and his wife recently moved to base housing, where their daughters — Jaelen, 1, and Taena, 5 — will join them next month.

The hope is that Lammers will leave Texas in a year on new legs with a new arm. His doctors think he’s a good candidate for a new type of bionic arm that responds directly to a user’s nervous system.
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Peer motivation plays a huge role. Soldiers who lost a leg visit with soldiers who lost two; burn victims meet with burn victims. The idea is that soldiers with grievous wounds benefit from bonding with others facing the same challenges. The message: You’re not alone. You can do this. I can help.

“These guys don’t say to each other, ‘I’m sorry you got hurt,’ or ‘Oh, that’s a tragic injury,’ ” says Mark Heniser, Lammers’ physical therapist. “It’s like a locker room in here. They compete with each other. They tease each other. So we can’t then turn around and tell them there’s something they can’t do.”
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A total of 571 service men and women had lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan as of April 1, according to Pentagon statistics.
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Soldiers who lost limbs in Iraq have gone on to run laps with President Bush, take up snowboarding and run for Congress. Just as importantly, they’ve also gone back to work, held their babies and tied their shoes.

The newest devices give amputees unprecedented control and mobility.
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Gary Lammers, principal at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Lenexa, worried like any parent but respected his son’s decision.

Asked now about his son’s service and his attitude, he pauses. His voice thickens.

“I well up with pride,” he says. “And at the same time, I understand that this strength comes from Matt and not me. But I’m so very proud to be his dad.”"
To read the rest of the article, go here!

How to Help:
To contribute to the Sgt. Matt Lammers Medical Fund, send checks made out to the fund to Country Club Bank, 13451 Briar St., Leawood, KS 66209. Contributions made by credit card are accepted by calling 816-751-1470.

UPDATE: To donate to other wounded soldiers, go here!

When you look at men like Sgt. Matt Lammers you can't help but be so thank-ful and so proud of our men and women in the military. There are always some bad apples in the bunch but I think most are like Lammers and deserve our gratitude and support.

Those like John Murtha who would disgrace our soldiers without having all the evidence and without giving them the benefit of the doubt are traitors of the worst kind. Robin has been on top of the story on how the Haditha Marines are being cleared one by one of the crimes that Murtha unfairly accused them of. He owes those men and their families an apology and he owes the Country the decency of resigning.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Back From Michigan


(The Kids and I with my Mom)

Even though I had to drive through tornado weather and thunderstorms I made it home safely late last night. Many thanks go to Skye, Mike and Word for the awesome job they did blog-sitting and to Kelli for keeping the liberal trolls at bay. I hope for those of you who didn't already have them on your blogroll that you took the time to add them after seeing their insightful wisdom ;-).

I especially loved Skye's Birthday post for me. Thanks to all of you for the kind Birthday wishes. Also, when I got to see a little of Bush's speech that he made right here in KC on Fox News I found myself saying once again, "I just love that man". So I was glad to see Mike did an excellent post on it. On the way back to KC I heard Michael Medved saying that it was the best speech he'd heard Bush give in awhile and I would have to agree. It was wonderful to hear.

So what did I do while I was gone without much access to a computer?
--Relaxed
--Finally got a chance to read (A year later I finally finished Ann Coulter's book and started Jane Eyre)
--Ate fresh sweet corn, blueberries and concord grapes from my Dad's garden
--Went to the Warren Sand Dunes
--Swang on a porch swing (I loooove porch swings)
--Played games with my family
--Slept
--And I did keep up with my work-outs
--Watched episodes of Josh & Drake with my kids
Also, a belated Happy Birthday to my husband whose Birthday was five days before mine. And today is my oldest daughter's 13th Birthday so I am officially the mother of a teenager now, yikes!!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Do We Listen to Soldiers Who Have Earned the Right to be Heard?

We're told by the left that pro-defeat activisit Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq after twice volunteering for the Army, has "absolute moral authority" to oppose the Iraq War.

And in that absurd "Chicken Hawk" argument, we're told that pro-victory activists who have not served in the military should have no say in discussing the issue of Iraq.

So now, one wonders how long it will be before the pro-defeat crowd, many of whom are nothing more than parasites on the freedom won by others, will dismiss the statements of these Iraq vets, all of whom have suffered greivous wounds in Iraq and the statements of surviving family members of those who died in Iraq.

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Surge Notes

Freedom Facts:

In 2006, medical care improved in Iraq with the renovation of 15 hospitals. Each completed facility sees approximately 500 patients per day for a total of 11,000 patients nationwide.




Progress in Iraq and the road ahead

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, commanding general of the Gulf Region Division, and Dr. Karim Wahid, the Iraqi Minister of Electricity, discussed the advancement of electricity in Iraq.

Walsh opened the discussion with a brief history of electricity in Iraq. While under Saddam Hussein, Baghdad received 22 to 24 hours of electricity a day, while the rest of Iraq received far less. In 2004 the U.S. government goal was to aid the Iraqi government efforts to stabilize the electricity grid through out Iraq, Walsh said.

“Certainly when you flip the light switch and nothing happens people can get angry,” Walsh said. “We are working very diligently with our Government of Iraq partners

The completion of more than 500 electrical projects in the area of generation, transmission and distribution are just some of the signs of progress. These projects account for 80 percent of the planned electrical projects in Iraq, Walsh said.

In the month of August, Iraq had 12 days with a peaked megawatt output, which exceeded 5,000 megawatts. The advancements are challenged by lack of fuel and the constant increase in demand for electricity, Walsh said.

“The demand (for electricity) has increased more than 70 percent since 2004 because the people of Iraq are purchasing more energy intensive products like air conditioners, refrigerators, computers and other electronic devices, and that is good,” Walsh said.

The goal is to have an equitable distribution of power across Iraq. Although Baghdad is receiving less power now then it did before the war, the rest of Iraq is getting more, Walsh said.

Power distribution centers across Iraq are becoming operational. A power plant in Daura recently became fully operational for the first time since 2001. A gas turbine plant in Musayyib will be operational within months providing another 400 megawatts of electricity for the Iraq power grid, Walsh said.

Karim then explained a new plan to improve the national power grid over the next ten years. The plan focuses on adding an additional 1,000 to 1,500 megawatts to the national grid. The Ministry of Electricity plans to allocate $40 million a year for the next four years, Karim said.

The ministry also plans to repair existing power plants and build other plants across Iraq. Power plants in Hurriyah, Al-Kudis and al-Telgi will be rebuilt and a plant will be placed in Nasariyah, he said.

“Iraq needs approximately 9,500 megawatts,” Karim said. “We will reach 5,400 megawatts in the next few months.”

This plan will also ensure the oil pipelines that fuel the power plants do are secured. These pipelines are often the target of attacks, which has virtually paralyzed the lines that run into the Baghdad area, Karim said.

The Ministry of Electricity works 24-hours a day, but still faces problems. Due to the insecurity in Iraq, workers cannot conduct their duties in certain parts of the country. In spite of these set-backs, Iraq has achieved 5,000 megawatts, Karim said

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Surge Notes


SOURCE: Iraq Reconstruction Report

Commando air assault detains suspected insurgent terrorist disguised as pregnant womanMulti-National Division – Center PAO

AL-OWESAT, Iraq — Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 14th infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., detained several men during an air assault mission along the Euphrates River, Aug. 20.

One of the men detained was dressed as a pregnant woman.

Crimson Shogun was an operation targeting al-Qaeda-allied terrorist networks in the Owesat and Fetoah areas along the river and brought together more than 100 Soldiers of 2-14 Inf., 50 Iraqi army troops and two local residents who volunteered to help identify terrorists.

Thirteen men were detained for further questioning, one of whom was on the battalion’s list of persons of interest. His brother was also detained, and was found by the Soldiers of Company A disguised as a pregnant woman in an attempt to avoid capture.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Surge Notes



Five terrorists were captured transporting rockets hidden in an ambulance. Where have we heard this story before? Could the allegation of terrorists using ambulances as transportation in other parts of the world be true? The findings were reported in the August 19th press briefing with Rear Admiral Mark Fox and Brig. General Qassim Atta and not seen on CNN or on any MSM outlet.

More Surge News: Bill T discusses how a "win" for the Democrats on this subject is a loss for America.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

And now a word from TogiNet Radio

Don't forget - Conservatism With Heart this Monday - 10am EST and 7pm PST.




It's like candy for the mind - or as Linda Richman is so fond of saying - "It's like butta".

Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday Night Music

The Corrs - "Breathless" Live from Trafalgar Square.



One of the best live versions of 'Breathless' performed by The Corrs.

One more..."Toss The Feathers" a celtic music standard.

Photo Friday: Old

Photo Friday: Old








Each week Photo Friday posts a photo assignment. Your mission is the creative interpretation of the week's theme. When you're done, post the picture you took to your website and submit your link to Photo Friday.


Photo Friday is about challenging our participants to be original and creative within the constraints of the week's theme. It's not a competition. Anyone with a camera and a place on the internet to post pictures can participate

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Upcoming GOE Events


America Supports You Freedom Walk
September 9, 2007




TASK FORCE EAGLE
September 15, 2007



I hope my fellow blogging compatriots will join me at one or both of these events. Come on out to DC and join the Eagles in support of our troops and Iraq. Eagles Up!

Blogging The Surge







AL-OWESAT— A group of concerned citizens recently found a weapons cache along the Euphrates River and later brought it to coalition forces.

Soldiers of Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., were at Iraqi Army Patrol Base Samir, near the village of al-Taqa, when a group of local citizens brought the cache to them.

The cache contained 220 pounds of homemade explosives, seven 155 mm rounds, seven 120 mm rounds, 12 14.5 mm heavy machine-gun rounds, two steel-pipe directional charges packed with homemade explosive, 60 57mm mortar fuses, one 82 mm mortar tube, three homemade hand grenades, nine rocket-propelled grenades, two 88 mm rocket fuses and nearly 1,300 feet of detonation cord.
Operations in Iraq

A weekly update by Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman, Aug. 15, 2007.

Skip to slide #6 to see the progress in dismantling al-queda. I'd like to know the Reid & Pelosi response to this particular slide.....

**crickets chirping**


BillT discusses the idea of force reduction in secure areas could easily become the straw man the left will attack to press the agenda of defeat in Iraq.

Thursday Treat

A quick break from the 'heat' generated by the recent postings. I present to you my latest Ice Cream creation that takes delicious and kicks it up a notch to decadent. A homemade brownie combined with homemade ice cream topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and sprinkles.

To beat the heat of global...err summer, I invested in an ice cream maker and have been thrilled with the quality of the ice cream produced.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Blogging The Surge


Iraqi, U.S. Forces build on residents’ stand against terrorism

BAGHDAD — Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers operating in the Adhamiyah District of the Iraqi capital used to wager bets on what kind of attack they would come under when patrolling near the Abu Hanifa Mosque.

“We’d be like, 'I wonder what we’ll get hit with today?'” said Maj. Jim Schaffer of Cleveland, Ohio, a civil affairs team leader who has been based in Adhamiyah since February.

On Aug. 5, a group of citizens, fed-up with terrorist activity in their community, stormed the Abu Hanifa Mosque and expelled the insurgents, beginning a chain of events that led coalition forces to detain more than 50 suspected terrorists and seize five large weapons caches over the next two days.

“I think it was a tipping point,” Broadwater said.


Grizzly Mama is also reporting on Operation Phantom Thunder, and Bill T is reporting on Iraqi Citizens Making a Difference in Surge.


In other, related news - muslims are slowly confronting and rejecting terrorism in the name of Islam. NO TERROR is one such website that focuses attention on encouraging the citizen of Iraq to reject the 'ministrations' of hirabah in their midst.

NO TERROR - a website whose "mission is to expose the fallacy of the distorted and politicized Islamic teachings used by ungodly extremists to sanctify and justify terrorism. It has become crucial to inform the Muslim and Arab people -particularly the Iraqi people- about the deceptions terrorists employ in distorting the peaceful teachings of Islam. These terrorists, who claim to follow the Islamic Faith, are in truth only drowning in an abyss of mistaken beliefs."






H/T: Amy Proctor

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Off To Somewhere Cooler


I am headed out of town for the next week. My kids and I are going to Michigan to visit my family. KC is having temps in the 100's so I am hoping to have some cooler weather there.

Since I won't have much access to the internet while I am gone I have asked Mike from Mike's America, Wordsmith from Sparks from the Anvil and Skye from Midnight Blue & Ancora Imparo to be guest bloggers. They have graciously agreed to fill in and lest any trolls think they will have a free ride my friend Kelli has agreed to monitor the comments' section.

I pre-taped my radio show for next Monday so it won't be live but make sure to tune in. I continued my interview with pro-life leader, Bill Price and it was a great discussion.

Have an awesome week everyone and make sure to check in for the great insights from Mike, Wordsmith and Skye!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Karl Rove


"They are likely to nominate a tough, tenacious, fatally flawed candidate by the name of Hillary Rodham Clinton."--Karl Rove
Karl Rove was loved by many conservatives and hated by the left. Whatever you want to say about him he's been a huge force in the political realm. To be honest I was shocked today to hear the news that he was leaving a year early. I asked my radio guest, Bill Price (who personally knows Rove) if he saw this coming and he said he didn't.

Paul Gigot describes Karl Rove in his column as "relaxed and cheerful". That is amazing to me when you look at the amount of stress he's been under for numerous years and how much he is vilified by so many. Yet, in the brief amount of time that I got to meet him last September that was my impression of him as well.

As Gigot points out, Karl Rove has clearly been extremely influential and I would argue that its been an influence for good.

I love his quote about Hillary at the top, I can't think of a more accurate term for her than "fatally flawed".

Bush and Presidential Nominees Coming to KC for VFW


President Bush, Fred Thompson, John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are all coming to KC next week. They are coming for the six-day national VFW convention that will be held at Bartle Hall. It will run from August 18th to the 23rd. President Bush's date to speak is still to be announced but Hillary Clinton and John McCain will speak on August 20th and Fred Thompson and Obama will speak on August 21st. I will be out of town but it wouldn't have mattered since the convention won't be open to the public.

Also, speaking will be my Governor Matt Blunt and our new KC Mayor, Mark Funkhouser.

The VFW last met in KC in 1999 when Bill Clinton was President. Before that it goes all the way back to 1931 when Harry Truman was a judge and was the general chairman of the convention.

The VFW makes up an important voting block since 91% of veterans vote in presidential elections and when you combine them with their families they make up approximately 75 million Americans.

The VFW members will also get free tours of our World War I Museum which is the nation's only World War I Memorial and Museum.

Source:
KC Star--Bush and presidential wannabes to address VFW convention at Bartle Hall

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

How Great is our God


How Great is our God
sung by Chris Tomlin

VERSE(1):
The splendor of a King,
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
All the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at his voice,
And trembles at his voice

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fun Smorgasbord

You Are 55% Feminist

You aren't a total traditionalist when it comes to gender roles. But you're no feminist either.
You generally think that women should be treated as equals, but you're not convinced the world should be gender neutral.


1) Are You a Feminist?
I found this over at Timothy's blog where he discovered he was only 17% Feminist ;-). I actually like this description for me because I find it pretty accurate. I'm not a total traditionalist but I'm not a feminist either but I do think women should be treated as equals.

2) What book got you hooked? I found this site at a friend's blog and I found it really interesting. I love to read myself and I love to read to my kids. In the past couple of years I haven't read near as much to either as I would've liked but I love books. The site talks about what book got you hooked on reading and they have the top 50. There are a lot of my favorites on the list that either I read as a kid or I read to my kids or both. Go here, to see the list. Below are my favorites from the 50 list:
--Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
--Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
--Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
--The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
--The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
--Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
--The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
--Go, Dog, Go! by P. D. Eastman
--Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
--Curious George by Margret and H. A. Rey
--Dick and Jane by William H. Elson
--Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
--The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope
--To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
--Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
--Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
--Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
--Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
--Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
--One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
--Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
--Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs
--Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
--The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
--The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
--Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
--The Bible
--Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
It is hard to pinpoint all of your top favorites but some of the books that really bring some of the best memories for me as a kid were probably:
--Beverly Cleary's Ramona series
--The Trixie Belden Mystery series
--Small Pig by Arnold Lobel
As a Teen, S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders" was a huge book for me and the movie with Matt Dillion came out the same year I read it for English class. But thats a subject for a future post. I recently bought the anniversary DVD of the movie and I had a lot of thoughts about the movie and the book that I wanted to post on.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Cute Boy & the Alligator at The Missouri State Fair


A friend and I and our kids all went on our annual trip to the Missouri State Fair yesterday. It was HOT!!! I don't know what the actual temperature got up to but it was supposed to be 97 degrees and who knows what it really was with the heat index. It felt hotter.

The above picture is of my youngest, ornery son (devil horns boy) that I nicknamed "Cute Boy". I have yet to see a teacher or therapist that has worked with him that hasn't loved him. He has a charm about him and this sparkle in his eye, and he is just cute!!

Well, this cute boy is scared of most animals. He is scared of almost all cats and dogs and doesn't want to have anything to do with them. Yet, yesterday while at the fair we went to "Kachunga and the alligator show" and he was dying to get his picture taken while holding the baby alligator. So the above picture (I'm not sure why the date on it is wrong) is of him with the baby alligator and it cracked me up because he wasn't scared at all.

He was so cute, as we were leaving he asked if I would put the picture of him and the alligator on my blog. I was a step ahead of him, I had already thought of it and here it is!!

Related Articles:
Heat doesn’t keep visitors away from the Missouri State Fair

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Wednesday Smorgasbord


Toon Credit: Eric Allie

1) I absolutely loved the above cartoon after seeing it at Mike and Wordsmith's blogs. It accurately depicts how Dems feel about the surge working.

2) My fellow Missouri Republicans agree with me and pick Fred and Rudy as their top 2 choices!!

3) Elizabeth Edwards continues to make political gaffes!! Her husband might have a right to say something if he wasn't making so many of his own.


4) The above video is a project that Moderate Muslims got involved with to prove that not all Muslims are terrorists or sanction radical Islam. It features the song, "This is Not Us" by some of Pakistan's best singers. It is a beautiful song, take the time to watch and listen. It gives me a lot of hope.

5) Bush's poll ratings on the way back up!!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!


Obviously, my show will raise the level of public dialogue but I couldn't resist posting a Calvin & Hobbes cartoon about talk radio.

LIVE TODAY at 9:00-10:00 am CST!! To listen, go here!!

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--The Democrat & the Republican who both have Multiple Personality Disorder
--State Senator Chris Koster switching parties
--Do we need a Voter Test?
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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Family Pics Simpson and South Park Style



My kids all wanted to make South Park versions and Simpsons' versions of themselves. I meant to post a South Park family awhile ago but never got around to it. So now I'm going to post both. These first 2 are my 7 yr. old son (the one with the devil horns).










These 2 are of my 12 year old daughter, soon to be 13 and the attitude to go along with it ;-).














These are of my 9 year old daughter, they really give you a good pic of what she looks like and her personality.














These are of my 11 year old son and are a good representation of him as well.















These final 2 are ones that my oldest daughter made of my husband.










Again, if you want to make your own South Park character, go here! If you want to make your own Simpson character, go here!

Friday, August 03, 2007

My Life.....


Overall my summer has gone pretty good. Its been busy in a good way. I have some good things and some frustrating things that I felt like venting about so indulge me with this personal post. If you need your daily dose of politics just check out my new post below this one.

Life Lessons

1) Never, ever join a book club, CD club, etc... The stress and energy I have had to invest in dealing with the repercussions of joining a book club has made me vow never to join one again. Not under ANY circumstances, no matter how good it sounds. One of the infuriating things about these clubs is they purposely make it impossible for you to contact them via phone. No matter what I did I couldn't find out the phone # until my wonderful friend suggested I call the Better Business Bureau. They were able to track the number down for me.

2) Insurance companies suck!! I know socialized medicine would be 20 times the nightmare and I would never, ever want it. Yet, dealing with insurance companies can be beyond frustrating. I've been having to deal with a claim that my insurance company refuses to pay for. I've had to make numerous calls and I'm getting ready to appeal. Its not fun and the first insurance chic I talked to about all of this had absolutely no heart and/or compassion. Today I found out her name so I can report her.

3) Your kids will never appreciate you enough while they are at home but every once in awhile they'll surprise you. A friend and I were talking yesterday about how Moms do endless things for their kids and make many sacrifices and it never seems to be appreciated enough. We were joking about one of the things that Mary Glynn Peeples(a Christian speaker) used to say in her tapes on "Living Above Your Circumstances". She relates how her adult son was complaining about how his son (her grandson) had kept him up the night before and he was so tired. Having had many a rough night with him when he was a kid she hilariously said, "I'm so glad I lived long enough to see you suffer."

My kids made the mistake once of complaining about how many chores they had to do. I shared with them just some of the many things I had to do while they were little and not able to do any chores. This was brought up again last night by my older kids and my youngest said, "Mom, you deserve a trophy or something." It was very cute.


4) My hell list! Whenever I survive something particularly difficult I've started adding it to my list of things that I'm convinced will be in hell.
1) Poison Ivy--Anyone who is extremely allergic to it will relate to this. I once got it while nursing one of my kids and so I was unable to get the shot. My agony lasted weeks and this is when I started the "hell" list :-).

2) Potty training pretend children--I potty trained 4 kids and lived to tell about it. Yet, when I was going through it they were "extremely stressful" weeks for so many reasons. Whenever I hear a parent talk about how easy it was to potty train their child I just want to gag!!

A friend of mine is currently potty training her daughter and it isn't going well even though she is more than old enough. I am totally empathizing with her.

3) Panic Attacks--For anyone who has ever experienced these you know what I'm talking about.
As I was relaying this list to my friend today she noticed that they all started with the letter P.

Funny Stuff

A cute story about my youngest son.
We went to an amusement park this past May. My youngest son was unbelievably persistent about wanting these devil horns that lit up. I finally told him that if he wanted to spend his own money he could get them. He gladly agreed and you should've seen his face light up once we got them. My friend and I were like, seeing the look on his face was worth it alone to get them for him.

Well, since then whenever he does something ornery the other kids sometimes call him the devil (like the turtle calls the raccoon on "Over the Hedge"). Its very cute except recently I'm thinking, somehow I don't want my son associating himself with the devil. So the other night he was doing something ornery and he says thats what he's supposed to do because he's the devil. I then tell him that he needs to want to be a good angel not a bad one. He then, very naturally says to me but "bad is what I'm good at." Sigh...

The Real Michael Moore


Hat tip: Wake Up America

This is a powerful video that exposes just a few of the many lies Michael Moore has foisted upon the American people through his propaganda movies and his life. It is well worth watching.