Sunday, September 30, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Media Matters Strikes Again!!

This is unbelievable!! Once again Media Matters takes something Rush says completely out of context and then the rumor is spread and people are denouncing something that wasn't even said on the floor of Congress.

Meanwhile, John Edwards is out there saying something that truly is a genuine controversy and no one in the Drive By Media says a peep about it. If this isn't a racist comment, I don't know what is. John Edwards was asked a question at an MTV forum and this is what he said:
Question: What would you do to help eliminate inner city kids from partaking in violence?"

John Edwards: That's a good question.

...I don't think their's a silver bullet to this. We start with the president of the United States saying to America, "We cannot build enough prisons to solve this problem."

And, the idea that we are going to just keep incarcerating and incarcerating, soon we're not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They're all going to be in prison or dead.
To see the video, go here! Once again I'm convinced Hillary is behind the Edwards' campaign to make her look competent in comparison.

Friday, September 28, 2007

If Democrats had any brains, they'd be Republicans & The Kingdom

Ann Coulter's newest book comes out on October 2nd!! Since I finally finished her previous book, Godless, just recently I am excited to get her next one. Hopefully, this one won't take me a year to read.

I love to read but between homeschooling, blogging, the radio show and keeping up with my TV/Movie addictions its hard to find the time :-). A friend of mine does a book challenge with a group of women to read 50 books a year so I'm insanely going to join them this coming January. I figure that ought to force me to make the time to read. And no lectures about how I need to watch TV less, its not in the cards :-).

Speaking of movie addictions this new movie that comes out today, "The Kingdom" with Jennifer Garner looks awesome. I am a huge Jennifer Garner fan and will have to rope somebody into going to see this with me. I've read several reviews and it looks like there is no political correctness run amok in it. It appears to be a movie of Americans going after terrorists and that is viewed as the right way to handle it.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Media Matters is Despicable!!

Juan Williams Slams CNN and MSNBC for Their O'Reilly Smear!

"After three years of tax-exempt operation, Media Matters’ credibility as a media watchdog is questionable. Its leader, Brock, is a self-proclaimed liar who strong-armed sources that didn’t agree with him. While writing his mea culpa, “Blinded by the Right,” Brock was hospitalized in a mental facility where he spent time in a “quiet room” and “had delusions, he thought people were trying to kill him,” according to the Drudge Report.

Media Matters stars, including Brock, Eric Alterman and Ryan Chiachiere, are hypocrites who have used the very sexist, bigoted and racist language for which they crucify others, including Imus. They appear to care more about taking out the kneecaps of conservatives than pursuing truth or accuracy in the media. After all, Media Matters certainly allows bigoted posts on their web site -- as long as they are directed toward conservatives."--Catherine Moy from Human Events

I'm sure many of you have heard the controversy with Media Matters and Bill O'Reilly of late. I am not always a fan of O'Reilly's but about 75% of the time he is right on the money. This recent controversy is just the latest attempt by Media Matters to smear a conservative.

They make their living by attacking conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and numerous others. What they do is take their words out of context in order to smear them. This latest incident is from a radio show where he was talking with African American liberal, Juan Williams about racism and he was condemning it. Media Matters took what he said out of context and are trying to make him out to be a racist. Al Sharpton even went on the air last night and defended O'Reilly and agreed that the attack was baseless.

The even bigger problem is that CNN and others took Media Matters' story and ran with it without checking into it and finding out the truth.

Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points on this:
Part 1
Part 2

Others on this story:
Outside the Beltway
Johnny Dollar's Place
National Review Online

Others on Media Matters:
Human Events

OJ Endorses Hillary

Hat tip: Wake Up America

You can't make this stuff up!! I'm still waiting for someone to tell me this is a joke. But it appears to be for real. Somebody wrote in the comments' section of Youtube, "Killers for Hillary". He is so arrogant to think that she would want his endorsement. Unbelievable!!!!!

The Republican Nominee just needs to keep re-airing this during election season :-).

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Jason Whitlock Nails it Again!!

"Jesse and Al, as they’re prone to do, served a kernel of truth stacked on a mountain of lies."--Jason Whitlock

It is ironic to me that Whitlock is a Kansas City Star columnist because every time he has an excellent article I find out about it via the national news. I think it has something to do with the fact that I NEVER, EVER read the sports page. I linked to his page on my blog so I could check in on his articles from time to time but I have been so busy I don't even get to visit a fraction of my favorite blogs.

His recent article is on the Jena Six controversy. As usual, he speaks the truth and makes Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson look like the fools that they are. Here are some excerpts from his column but take the time to read the whole thing:
"Where was our compassion long before Bell got into this kind of trouble?

That’s the question that needed to be asked in Jena and across the country on Thursday. But it wasn’t asked because everyone has been lied to about what really transpired in the small southern town.

There was no “schoolyard fight” as a result of nooses being hung on a whites-only tree.

Justin Barker, the white victim, was cold-cocked from behind, knocked unconscious and stomped by six black athletes. Barker, luckily, sustained no life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital three hours after the attack.

A black U.S. attorney, Don Washington, investigated the “Jena Six” case and concluded that the attack on Barker had absolutely nothing to do with the noose-hanging incident three months before. The nooses and two off-campus incidents were tied to Barker’s assault by people wanting to gain sympathy for the “Jena Six” in reaction to Walters’ extreme charges of attempted murder.

Much has been written about Bell’s trial, the six-person all-white jury that convicted him of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and the clueless public defender who called no witnesses and offered no defense. It is rarely mentioned that no black people responded to the jury summonses and that Bell’s public defender was black.

It’s almost never mentioned that Bell’s absentee father returned from Dallas and re-entered his son’s life only after Bell faced attempted-murder charges. At a bond hearing in August, Bell’s father and a parade of local ministers promised a judge that they would supervise Bell if he was released from prison.

Where were the promises and supervision before any of this?

It’s rarely mentioned that Bell was already on probation for assault when he was accused of participating in Barker’s attack. And it’s never mentioned that white people in the “racist” town of Jena provided Bell support and protected his football career long before Jesse, Al, Bell’s father and all the others took a sincere interest in Mychal Bell.

You won’t hear about any of that because it doesn’t fit the picture we want to paint of Jena, this case, America and ourselves."

His conclusion:
"But the kids responsible for Barker’s beating deserve to be punished. The prosecutor needed to be challenged on his excessive charges. And we as black folks need to question ourselves about why too many of us can only get energized to help our young people once they’re in harm’s way.

I’ve been the spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City for six years. Getting black men to volunteer to mentor for just two hours a week to the more than 100 black boys on a waiting list is a yearly crisis. It’s a nationwide crisis for the organization. In Kansas City, we’re lucky if we get 20 black Big Brothers a year.

You don’t want to see any more “Jena Six” cases? Love Mychal Bell before he violently breaks the law."

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Persecution of Women in Iran

I was livid yesterday at the outrage of Columbia University having Hitler Jr. speak on campus. I talked about it at length on my radio show yesterday morning.

Just to give you a glimpse of the kind of freedoms people have in Iran check out the following videos. The above one details the persecution of Women in Iran, another one shows the persecution of homosexuals and another the persecution of Christians.

This article gives a great list of why it was a slap in the face to have Ahmadinejad speak at Columbia:
"...Columbia was lending its name and prestige to a leader of a terrorist-sponsoring dictatorship who denies the existence of the Holocaust, vows to eliminate Israel, preaches Islamic extremism, and aspires to build nuclear weapons."

Columbia University does not allow the ROTC on their campus, they have denied the Minutemen the right to speak and yet it is okay for a terrorist-sponsoring dictator to come and speak. It sounds like your average, insane, socialist utopia, liberal campus.

Iranian students at Columbia are upset over this because they know how this will be portrayed and used for propaganda purposes over in Iran.

It is just ridiculous because we are dealing with an irrational mad man. You cannot reason with someone who is beyond reason. Yet, the Dean of Columbia said that they would even give "Hitler a platform to speak" at their University if he was still alive. What kind of message does that send? It is okay for you to arm and sponsor terrorists but we will still send you an invitation to speak at our University so we can have an "open dialogue". Unbelievable!!

Then the President, Lee Bollinger thinks he can justify the invitation by unloading on Ahmadinejad before he gets up to speak. That just seems completely irrational to me. Lets invite someone, give them a platform to speak but bash them to their face right before they get up to speak. A little strange if you ask me.

The whole thing was a drama performance and I'm sure it will make a nice propaganda piece for those in Iran.

Many are outraged over this, including state and city lawmakers who are trying to find a way to deprive Columbia of state aid as a result. Many protested and are planning on protesting today at the UN.

I have never had a desire to be a part of the protest but I can guarantee you that if I lived in New York my kids and I would've been a part of yesterday and today's protests.

Others blogging:
Mike's America
Bloviating Zeppelin
Cajun Tiger
Urban Infidel
Born Again Redneck
Burkean Reflections
Dragon Lady's Den
The Oxford Medievalist
Sparks from the Anvil
Chas' Compilation
Wake Up America

Monday, September 24, 2007

Hot Issues in Missouri

I've been meaning to do a post on different Missouri issues for awhile now so this post is overdue.

1) The Guardian Angels are indeed starting a chapter here in Kansas City on both sides of the state line. I posted awhile back that they were considering it but they weren't sure at the time. It has now been made official.

2) Matthew Shepard's mother came to KC 2 weeks ago. I was upset about the article done by the KC Star about the event and I emailed the author with my complaint. I of course, got absolutely no response.

Here is the email that I sent which explains why I was bothered by the article:
I was a little disturbed by your article about Judy Shepard coming to give a talk in Kansas City. Your title and entire article describe Matthew Shepard as a victim of a hate crime. ABC's 20/20 did a show 3 years ago in 2004 exposing the fact that the crime actually had nothing to do with the fact that Shepard was gay ( Yet, here we are 3 years later still describing this as a "hate crime".

Obviously, the Mother is still choosing to believe this but I think your article should have at least brought up that there is some doubt about it and evidence to the contrary. Alls this does is fuel the politically correct notion that "hate crimes" should be treated differently than other crimes. I was disappointed at how your article seemed to be completely one sided and ignorant of the fact that there has been some dispute about whether it was a hate crime or not.

3) The firestorm over Frances Selmer who is a member of the Minutemen. There has been an unbelievable overreaction to the news that a woman who was nominated by our new Mayor to the Parks board is a member of the Minutemen. It is causing such a stir that it is getting national attention.

The Minutemen are being described by many liberals here as a "hate group", including my liberal buddy Tony. I am sure he will be irritated by this post but I have to be honest about how I view this whole situation. There has been MAJOR pressure by many for Mayor Funkhouser to force the lady, Frances Selmer to resign from the board. I haven't been overly impressed with Funkhouser yet but I am proud of him for sticking to his guns and not forcing her to resign. He refuses to capitulate to those who are for all intents and purposes trying to blackmail him into firing her or forcing her to resign. La Raza and the NAACP are threatening to move their national conventions to somewhere other than KC if she stays on the board.

It bothers me that the Minutemen are being described as a hate group when all they are against is illegal immigration, no matter what the illegal immigrant's skin color. I wouldn't lose a second of sleep over the fact that KC doesn't get to have conventions for the NAACP or LaRaza. I don't know much about LaRaza but I would have to say that the NAACP is more of a hate group than the Minutemen is, by far.

Semler herself is also refusing to give into the blackmail and went on Laura Ingraham's radio show this past week.

Amazingly, the KC Star did a background piece on the Minutemen in yesterday's paper and it was close to being fair and objective.

4) McCaskill also took money from Hsu! I love how taking money that has been given illegally or underhandedly is just swept under the rug when the politician is a Democrat and they claim they'll give the tainted money to charity. More on this from Missouri's Political News Service.

5) In Defense of Governor Matt Blunt! Conservative groups were all in an uproar over a Judge that Matt Blunt put on the Missouri Supreme Court recently who they described as a "liberal activist judge".

I talked to a contact of mine who knew the background behind the pick. The Appellate Judicial Commission has 7 members and the commission gets to pick 3 judges for the Governor to pick from to nominate to the Court. Right now this commission is basically made up of 6 liberals and 1 conservative. Out of the 3 people who are appointed by Governors only 1 has been nominated by Blunt. The others are holdovers from the previous Democrat Governor.

So the commission basically picked 3 liberals for Blunt to pick from to put on the Missouri Supreme Court. Blunt was between a rock and a hard place. If he didn't pick the least of the 3 evils the commission then gets to pick. He didn't have the choice of getting the commission to pick 3 new people. It was either pick from the 3 choices or the commission got to. So Matt Blunt picked the one judge who had been appointed previously by a Republican Governor and had the least amount of activist rulings.

Yet, conservative groups like Family Research Council sent out emails screaming that Matt Blunt had betrayed conservatives. This really bothered me so I tried to contact FRC to get their side of it and I was never able to get a hold of anyone to explain to me what better option Blunt had. Many conservatives are still upset at Blunt over the stem cell amendment. He doesn't need more criticism from his base when he it looks like he did the best he could. I think FRC and other conservative groups owe Matt Blunt an apology and a retraction.

6) Hurricane Hannah--Hannah Montana is coming to KC in December. The tickets sold out in less than 11 minutes after they went on sale. My oldest daughter is a huge fan and is determined she's going to win tickets off of the radio station for them. There is a big controversy here about the concert because so many parents were upset that they weren't able to get tickets. Apparently our new Sprint Center gave 3,000 of the tickets to people who worked on the Center. The concert can only have 11,000 people so that left only 8,000 tickets left to the public.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Issues that caught my eye

1) Murtha can't handle the truth!!! The above video is a MUST SEE!! Kudos to Jason Mattera of Young America's Foundation for having the guts to stand up to Murtha!! As some of you know Robin has done a great job of detailing the Haditha Marine injustice from the very beginning. It is despicable what Murtha said about these Marines before knowing the facts. What he has done to them is so dishonorable that he needed to resign, yesterday!!

2) What is wrong with Dr. James Dobson?? As most of you know I consider Dobson to be one of my "political mentors". He was very influential in my desire to get involved in politics and to homeschool my kids. Yet, his gaffes during the early stages of the 2008 campaign are baffling me. He has already come out and said that he won't support McCain or Guiliani under any circumstances. Now he is coming out saying that he's not going to support Fred Thompson. Who exactly does that leave????? Realistically, it looks like the top 3 are going to be Thompson, Giuliani and Romney so is he going to throw his support to the Mormon????? It just doesn't make any sense to me and I think he has just made his influence irrelevant to many of us, at least for this presidential campaign.

3) Why Pro-lifers Like Giuliani. I found this article at Chip's blog and found it very convincing and very like how I view Rudy. Here are some great excerpts from the article:
Giuliani's ambivalence about the end of Roe v. Wade is consistent with his belief that judges should not seek to achieve political ends. This is a judicial philosophy that pro-lifers should applaud, not condemn. It is, after all, the position consistently articulated by the pro-life movement's favorite Supreme Court justices: John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

Although Giuliani's personal beliefs about abortion may resemble Kerry's, the policies he calls for look a lot more like Bush's.

To cite only one example, Kerry pledged to restore Medicaid financing of abortions, but Giuliani pledges his support for the Hyde Amendment, which bans such financing. Pro-lifers care about many important policy questions related to abortion, and Giuliani consistently stands with us.

Still, some of my friends worry that Giuliani's support for abortion rights will not always be restrained by his broader governing philosophy. They worry, for example, that he would devote federal money to research on embryos.

Social conservatives have reason to trust Giuliani's instincts, however. In 1999 the Brooklyn Museum of Art exhibited a painting of the Virgin Mary dotted with elephant dung and surrounded by pictures from pornographic magazines. As mayor, Giuliani cut the museum's city subsidies. He waged a similar, more successful struggle to move peep shows out of the heart of Manhattan.

By all accounts Giuliani is not a devout Catholic. His argument over the Virgin Mary painting was not, "You're insulting me," but rather, "If you're going to use taxpayers' dollars, you have to be sensitive to the feelings of the public."

Giuliani fought these battles because of his commitment to democracy, not because of his socially conservative convictions. Government should not use public money and public space to insult the values of the people, including the values of social conservatives.

Giuliani makes the same arguments that we pro-lifers make, but he can be more persuasive because he will not be perceived as trying to advance his own religious preferences. By taking the side of pro-lifers for democratic, but not devout, motives, a President Giuliani could shake up the nearly 35-year-old debate over Roe v. Wade. A pro-life evangelical president like Mike Huckabee would preserve the status quo for the abortion debate. Giuliani, on the other hand, just might win it.

4) John Stossel's Interview with Michael Moore about his propaganda film "Sicko" aired last Friday on 20/20. John Stossel rocks on almost every issue he tackles. Newsbusters gives the details on Stossel demolishing Moore. Watch the above video of Stossel's appearance on O'Reilly's show talking about it.

And speaking of government run health-care, check out Dick Morris's column on Hillary-Care, "The Dark Side of Hillary Clinton's Health Care Plan".

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thursday Smorgasbord

1) Shane had a close call in Iraq when Camp Victory narrowly escaped getting hit by a rocket supplied by Iran. His post on the event brought it home to me how dangerous Iran is and how they are a ticking time bomb that needs to be dealt with soon. Shane also talks about how even though it is dangerous there he takes comfort in Psalm 91. It is a great reminder of trusting God in the midst of danger.

2) The ACLU is supporting Senator Larry Craig. I had to laugh when I saw this in my local paper. The only time the ACLU wants to support a Republican is when they are a sexual deviant.

3) Barry Manilow is such a wimp that he is scared of Elizabeth Hasselback. This goes in the ridiculously, absurd files. There are usually at least 4 liberal women on the show with Hasselback the lone conservative who doesn't even get a chance to talk much and Manilow can't handle coming on "The View"? I am just incredulous!!

4)What is this, a flashback to the 90's? Shepard Smith brought this up recently when he pointed out that OJ is back in jail and Hillary Clinton is talking about Hillary care again. Yikes!!

5) Chas does a sensitive post on the 9/11 "jumpers" and how they didn't actually jump. The whole concept is terrifying to think about. Chas said it well in the comments' section when he said this, "May the horror of it cause us to never let it happen again." I couldn't agree more.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Protester Meltdown at Kerry Event

Protesters may be nuts but they are extremely entertaining. I'm sure all of you have seen or heard this by now but I couldn't help but post it. This protester was disrupting Kerry's forum and the police had to escort him out but he threw a temper tantrum instead and got tasered. I was laughing when I heard this on Hannity's show because he is the ultimate, liberal drama king. Check out Dennis Miller's take on it, I loved it!!

The latest on this from Flopping Aces is that this was all probably staged. Chalk it up to another liberal needing his 5 minutes of fame no matter how idiotic he looks in the process.

Others blogging:

Flopping Aces
Sparks from the Anvil
Mike's America

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lincoln--A stupid baboon?

"We admire Lincoln today as an American folk hero. During the Civil War, however, he was the most unpopular president the nation had ever known. His critics called him a tyrant, a hick, a stupid baboon who was unfit for office. As commander in chief of the armed forces, he was denounced as a bungling amateur who meddled in military affairs he knew nothing about."

--Russell Freedman from his book, Lincoln A Photobiography
Does the above quote sound familiar? I am currently reading, Lincoln A Photobiography by Russell Freedman. I was struck by the similar attacks that the critics expressed over 140 years ago about Lincoln to what Bush's critics accuse him of today. As Solomon said, "There is nothing new under the sun."

History has since regarded Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents and very few people remember what his critics had to say. I think history will view Bush in a much more favorable way than he is viewed now and his critics will be forgotten over time.

It is always important to be a student of history so we can see the big picture and realize that life is much more than what is talked about in the latest poll. Bush is a student of history and he realizes that. This is why he is willing to stand on principle and do what is right despite how much criticism he gets and no matter how low his poll numbers go. He sees beyond the latest poll to what is best for this country 40 years from now.

According to one of Clinton's own advisors, Clinton didn't deal with the terrorism problem while he was in office because he knew his poll numbers might suffer as a result. He cared more about his poll numbers than protecting this country. He was offered Bin Laden on a silver platter and turned it down because of fears of what public opinion might be. We should all be thank-ful that Bush cares more about protecting this country than about his poll numbers.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Cartoon Smorgasbord

Toon Credits: Glenn McCoy

Toon Credit: Eric Allie

A quick rundown of some of my latest favorites, all with Easter eggs links behind them.

Skye Meets Michelle Malkin

Skye got to meet Michelle Malkin at the Gathering of Eagles III event this past Saturday.

She has some other great videos and pics at her site on the event, to check them out, go here! Also, check out Michelle Malkin's coverage of the event by going here!

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

East to West

"As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us."--Psalm 103:12

East to West
sung by Casting Crowns

Jesus can you show me just how far the east is from the west
‘Cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been
Rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
‘Cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Rudy Rocks!!

I knew about the NY Times Ad that Rudy ran but didn't know about the video ad until I found it at Mike's. Rush was impressed by this also and pointed out how both Obama and Edwards are afraid to attack Hillary so they send their wives out to do it. That really inspires the American people to believe they'll be able to protect this country when they can't even take on Hillary.

I know Rudy is controversial with our base but it is exactly this kind of courage that makes me love him.

Gathering of Eagles III

Join Skye and thousands of other patriots today in D.C. for the Gathering of Eagles event!!

Watch Michelle Malkin's video above, she too plans on being there today. She has already started photo blogging the event.

Stay tuned and check Skye's and Michelle's blogs for details on more about what transpires at the event!!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Bush's Speech

I am knee deep in my projects so no time to post. Check out Mike's excellent post on Bush's speech. As for the Democrats' response, D is for Defeat!! Gateway Pundit calls them whiny :-).

I only had a chance to check several blogs so if you've done a post on his speech let me know in the comments' section and I'll add it to my list below. Thanks!!

Others blogging:
Sister Toldjah
Gateway Pundit
The Oxford Medievalist

Also, wonder why I love both Fred and Rudy? Check this out!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thursday Smorgasbord

You Are 59% Non Conformist

You definitely have your freak flag out, and from time to time, you wave it.
You have some pretty strong opinions, and you're not afraid to express them.

I found this over at Monica's blog. Compared to her and most of the others in her comments' section I'm a conformist but 59% isn't too shabby.

***Meetings Update--In my personal smorgasbord I talked about my meetings this past week. On Sunday I went to a meeting for Cures without Cloning. It was very exciting seeing the grassroots efforts that are going to be taking place to continue this fight. I am actually going to be my County's coordinator as we gather signatures to get an initiative on the ballot in 2008. I will keep you updated as we make progress.

Tuesday I went to my county's Republican Central Committee meeting. We got to hear about life in D.C. from Tom Brown, Congressman Sam Graves' Chief of Staff. We also had a mock Republican Primary election and Fred Thompson won with Duncan Hunter coming in 2nd. I was a happy camper!! It seems like I'm seeing a lot of Mitt Romney stuff here in Missouri since thats who our Governor and Jim Talent are supporting. So I was glad to see that support doesn't extend everywhere.

***Shane did a neat post on what a September 11th Remembrance ceremony was like in Iraq.

Stay tuned for a Missouri post tomorrow on several hot button issues that are going on here. Including one where I dug up some info myself.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Becoming Jane

As most of you know I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan. I have seen the movies: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Persuasion so many times that I probably have them memorized. I also have the movie Mansfield Park but it is my least favorite. Austen's other book Northanger Abbey has yet to have a decent movie done on it, I saw a BBC version once and it was horrible. I have read the actual books of my 4 favorites but have yet to read the other 2.

For my birthday a friend took me to see the movie, Becoming Jane which is a movie about her real life and romance. At first when I watched the movie I was confused because they were having her life be similar to Pride and Prejudice and I had always heard that her story was similar to Persuasion.

So when I got home I did some research. I found out that she had 2 different romances and one of them was similar to Pride and Prejudice and the other to Persuasion which made it all make sense. Jane's sister, Charlotte destroyed most of their letters so little is known about how serious either of these romances were.

What I found fascinating is that without even thinking about it I had always pictured Jane Austen to be very like the heroine Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. And that is how the movie portrays her so that was very encouraging to me because it fit what my perception of her was.

Of course, the movie on her real life doesn't necessarily have a happy ending (at least romantically) like her novels do. Neither of her romances worked out and she died at the age of 41, unmarried. She also died without having a clue how extremely popular her novels would really become.

Yet, the movie was good because it was the true story about a woman fulfilling her dream of being a writer when women didn't have professions back then and didn't make their living by being a writer. She also did have a marriage proposal from someone whom she didn't love but who had money and she didn't settle for him. She was above settling and was willing to make her own way in the world. That is hard enough to do today let alone back then when it was unheard of.

It is a great movie and I highly recommend it, 2 thumbs up!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11th--My Generation's Pearl Harbor

I spent a lot of time trying to find the right videos for today. Something different, but equally as moving as some of those I've seen in the past. I thought both of these were good.

I am grieved today and it is not just over the horrible tragedy we suffered 6 years ago. I am also grieved at how callous and hateful many have become and how they seem to have forgotten we were all attacked that day. This growing conspiracy theory about how 9/11 was an inside job is such a slap in the face to all the victims.

Terrorists attacked us that day and they have caused unending horror for so many people. I watched some videos of 911 calls that day of people who were scared because they were afraid they were going to die. How many 911 operators have post traumatic stress disorder because of what they experienced that day? It seems to me that anyone who experienced and then survived the events of that day had a hard time picking up the pieces of their life.

September 11th is one of those days that anyone who lived through it will remember what they were doing that day. It is an event seared in people's minds like Pearl Harbor or the assassination of JFK. The reason it is so important not to forget is so we don't have to live through a similar event again.

May we never forget!!

Previous posts:
9/11 Tribute
The Importance of Remembering 9/11

Monday, September 10, 2007

Democrats and Media Trash Petraeus' Report

Toon Credit: Eric Allie

Democrats and their allies in the Media are trashing the Petraeus' report and it hasn't even come out yet. My own KC Star had this headline on the front page of yesterday's paper, Setbacks Outweigh Successes in Buildup and the small line at the top said this, "Little reason for optimism seen". No liberal bias there (sarcasm)!! And how sad that both seem so invested in defeat that they can't even root for their own country and their own soldiers.

Look at the successes in the Anbar province which Chuck Schumer trashed (and later reworded) and yet, let us not forget that even the NY Times said this is a war we might just win. Even Katie Couric (of all people) came back from Iraq with positive things to say.

Yesterday, while the Democrats were on the Sunday morning shows sabotaging Petraeus, Senator Lindsay Graham shockingly, had this to say which I wholeheartedly agree with:
"...the troop increase is "undeniably working" and that "the only way we're going to lose this war is to have politicians in Washington undercut the surge."

Rather than withdrawing, he said on Fox, "Now's the time to pour it on."

Gateway Pundit has an excellent post on this as well entitled, Media & Democrats Surge Against Surge Report. He links to a post the Prairie Pundit did where the author, Merv Benson is describing a poll that is the result of the attacks by the Democrats and the Drive By Media. He says it well:
"The poll also showed the effect of the unceasing attacks on the President by the most disloyal opposition in war time in history. This story and others suggest that the democrats are willing to turn the same venomous attacks on military leaders in order to secure their desperation for defeat. The current democrat party is willing to say and do anything to insure our defeat in this war and history should judge them harshly. The American people need to wake up to what the disloyal opposition is doing.

I am reasonably sure that the 32 percent who do not trust the military are Democrats who make up the kook base of the party that is the driving force behind their desperation for defeat. They should be ashamed."
It is not enough to attack Bush, now they are going after Petraeus. Who as Gateway Pundit also points out was approved by the US Senate 81-0.

As I write this Petraeus is getting ready to give his report, but what do you do when the Democrats are invested in defeat?

Lantos is completely despicable for his attacks before Petraeus even gets to speak, unbelievable!! Kudos to Duncan Hunter (no wonder I love this guy) and to Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen takes to task for their despicable attacks on Petraeus, impressive.

The Code Pink protester was the perfect, insane example of an anti-war nut. My kids were watching the hearings at the time and I told them, this is what your average anti-war protester is like, scary!! Its kind of like those people who call Sean Hannity's hate line and berate him and think they are accomplishing something when alls they do is make fools out of themselves.

Others blogging:
Old Soldier
Michelle Malkin
Gateway Pundit
Sparks from the Anvil
Hot Air
Hugh Hewitt
Chicken Hawk Express
Burkean Reflections
Stop the ACLU
The Oxford Medievalist
Anna's Clue Tank
Mike's America
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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Shadow of Your Cross

Shadow of Your Cross
sung by Joel Engle

In the shadow of Your cross, I will live for all my days
How could I forget the price You paid
In the shelter of Your love I will give You all my praise
In the shadow of Your cross I will stay

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!
This is a meaningful and powerful worship song. It is another one that goes perfectly with clips from The Passion. I am amazed whenever I see Jim Caviezel as Jesus, its like he was born to play that part. He just exudes this air of humility that makes you think of what Jesus is really like.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Life Smorgasbord

(Me & Cute Boy on a tree swing)

I'm inundated with projects right now as I'm trying to get the kids and I off to a good start with the school year. So I thought it would be fun to do a small post on life stuff.

1) Just a sample of my list of stuff to get done:
a) Deal with medical bills
b) Sort thru a mound of paper work
c) Organize kids' school stuff
d) De-clutter and clean house
e) Get totally caught up on laundry
f) Get up to date on newspapers
g) Cards and letters to send

2) My favorite work-out song right now--Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard

3) I started my first week of Karate with my kids and hubby.
I'm enjoying it and trying to figure out how best to have it interact with my work-out schedule.

4) My Netflix DVD choice right now--Discs of the TV comedy, Newsradio. I have decided this is my favorite comedy after Seinfeld. I was literally laughing out loud the other night watching them.

Phil Hartman was sooooo good. It is so sad that he is no longer around to make people laugh. My favorite skits are the ones (like the above video) that he did on SNL was when he would play Bill Clinton, hilarious. I also found this one where he plays Ted Kennedy and Mario Cuomo, you HAVE to check out the first minute, it is beyond funny.

5) Meetings--I'm going to a meeting for the new fight against cloning here in Missouri and to a Republican Central Committee meeting this week.

6) Reading--I just finished reading Jane Eyre and Ann Coulter's, Godless. I will be doing a post on both of them in the near future.

Friday, September 07, 2007

How does Chuck Schumer sleep at night?

"Let me be clear. The violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from Al-Qaeda said to these tribes, "We have to fight Al-Qaeda ourselves." It wasn't that the surge brought peace here. It was that the warlords took peace here, created a temporary peace here."--Chuck Schumer on the Senate Floor

I heard this today and was beyond livid. We are supposed to believe Democrats support the troops when they say outrageous things like this??? The thought of these people running the country in 08 is beyond frightening.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Fred Thompson & The Republican Debate

I was glad to see Fred Thompson on Jay Leno last night. I thought he did a great job. I'm looking forward to seeing him officially announce today.


To be honest I wasn't that thrilled about watching the debate without Fred but I did anyway.

My Rankings:

1) Duncan Hunter--Best line of the night--"Thats one thing about our party, when our guys have problems like this they leave, they leave the Senate or the House. When the Democrats have problems like this they often make them chairman of their respective committees." Pure gold :-)!!

Awesome comment about what our soldiers have done in the Anbar province and how we leave Iraq in victory. Awesome praise of our men and women in the uniform.

Good answer to the Iran question.

2) Rudy Giuliani--He gave the best answer to the Fred question at the beginning of the debate. I loved his comment about the Democrat candidates needing on the job training.

Best answer to the Iran question.

My biggest disappointment in him was his comment about how if he wasn't running he would be endorsing McCain-gag!!

I thought he dropped the ball on the Family Values question.

3) Mitt Romney--For the first time I will admit that he did "look" very presidential at this debate. And he did get the most low blow questions. Yet, he was never able to respond well to them. I hadn't heard his comparison of his sons helping him to get elected to others' sons serving in Iraq (I was out of town). Wow!! Talk about a HUGE blunder.

Bad and confusing answer to the Iran question. Consensus with other nations? What if there is no consensus? We let Iran have free reign?

4) Sam Brownback--I think this picture says it all.

5) Mike Huckabee--No one seems to get why I strongly dislike Huckabee, I'm not even sure why I do, but he fails my gut check, big time!! He comes across as very condescending. Some have mentioned him as a VP candidate, I'm not even comfortable with that.

6) John McCain--The only thing he said that I was impressed with was his comments about cutting back on spending. Otherwise, he always looks uncomfortable. You get the impression that he isn't comfortable in his own skin. He also comes across as arrogant to me. His answer on torture was horrible, I still can't believe that even he buys into that belief.

7) Tom Tancredo--Angry and bitter, this guy is a total pessimist.

8) Ron Paul--The Ultimate nut job candidate who doesn't even belong at a Republican debate. Chris Wallace burned him big time when he implied that he was taking orders from Al Qaeda. Wallace also exposed Paul when he listed all the things that Paul would do away with such as the IRS, CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, Federal Reserve, Medicare....." Need I say more????

More Takes on the Debate:
Race 4 2008
Michelle Malkin
Gateway Pundit
Patrick Ruffini's 2008 Presidential Wire
Sister Toldjah
Wake Up America

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Tony Snow's Faith

"When you enter the Valley of the Shadow of Death, things change."--Tony Snow

My respect and admiration for Tony Snow has only increased the more I have grown to know him. I first heard him when he would be a guest host for Rush on his radio show. Then I watched him on Fox News Sunday and then I became a fan of his radio show. He is a guy who has firm beliefs and principles, he is a man who loves God and his family and he's just a very nice guy. Unless you are a Kos kiddie I would think it would be very hard to dislike Tony Snow.

All of this explains why I was SO EXCITED when he became Bush's press secretary. Since then we have seen him deal with cancer with grace, strength, faith and optimism. When his cancer returned I had sent him an email just letting him know that I was praying for him. His response was very touching even though I'm sure it was the response he sent to all of us who offered up our prayers. Here is the email:

Thanks so much for the kind note - and for including me in your thoughts
and prayers.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate you thinking of me and raising my
name in prayer. Prayers have enormous power. They're good medicine - and
they certainly have lifted my spirits. I feel as if I have been borne on
the shoulders of thousands of friends, all of whom have made the ride
easier than I ever could have imagined.

We're blessed to live in a land where people just want an excuse to do
something good for someone else. Thanks for taking advantage of that
opportunity with me. Please encourage others to do it closer to home for
other friends in need. Kind words, notes, emails, and small gestures
have a way of lightening the load, while making our own lives richer and
more rewarding.

Again, thanks for the incredible gift of caring.

God bless,

Last night, a friend of mine sent me the link to an interview that Christianity Today did with Tony Snow entitled, Cancer's Unexpected Blessings. It just reaffirmed why I think so highly of him and I was so impressed with his faith and his outlook on life. Here are some excerpts but I encourage you to read the whole article:
"...we can open our eyes and hearts. God relishes surprise. We want lives of simple, predictable ease—smooth, even trails as far as the eye can see—but God likes to go off-road. He provokes us with twists and turns. He places us in predicaments that seem to defy our endurance and comprehension—and yet don't. By his love and grace, we persevere. The challenges that make our hearts leap and stomachs churn invariably strengthen our faith and grant measures of wisdom and joy we would not experience otherwise.
We get repeated chances to learn that life is not about us—that we acquire purpose and satisfaction by sharing in God's love for others. Sickness gets us partway there. It reminds us of our limitations and dependence. But it also gives us a chance to serve the healthy. A minister friend of mine observes that people suffering grave afflictions often acquire the faith of two people, while loved ones accept the burden of two people's worries and fears.

Most of us have watched friends as they drifted toward God's arms not with resignation, but with peace and hope. In so doing, they have taught us not how to die, but how to live. They have emulated Christ by transmitting the power and authority of love.
Through such trials, God bids us to choose: Do we believe, or do we not? Will we be bold enough to love, daring enough to serve, humble enough to submit, and strong enough to acknowledge our limitations? Can we surrender our concern in things that don't matter so that we might devote our remaining days to things that do?"

Previous Posts on Tony Snow

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Bitter Pessimists & Defeatists: Case in Point--The Cult of Ron Paul

(Warning: Video contains some crude language)
"Ron Paul, the Republican Kucinich"--Don Surber
What is up with the cultic followers of Ron Paul? The list of reasons for Ron Paul being a nut job are endless and yet he has a small group of loyal followers who are as insane as him and yet tenacious and extremely internet savvy. Everywhere I go, if the name Ron Paul is mentioned his followers come out of the woodwork to sing his praises. Just today I was at 2 different blogs where the blog owners were being attacked in the comments' section for not being Ron Paul supporters.

The above video shows how he is even one of the loony people who believe 9/11 was an inside job. Lest we forget, Penn and Teller remind us how insane those people are. He is also as bad, if not worse, than your average liberal on understanding the War on Terror. He has been against the War on Iraq since day 1, he is against the Patriot Act, the list goes on. I don't care if he is great on the 2nd amendment, or supposedly supports homeschooling as I just heard recently, he doesn't get the war we are in with terrorists, he is an appeaser and would jeopardize this country's safety in the worst way.

It finally hit me recently how to explain the Ron Paul cult followers and many others. The longer I live the more optimistic I become and the more resistant I become to pessimistic and defeatist type people. I cannot comprehend the reason to have such a doom and gloom view of life and yet there are many of these "type" of people.

You will find them in your personal life, in politics, in religion because they are are in all facets of life. For whatever reason they have become disgruntled with life and thus their goal is to be as negative as possible and to try and drag others down with them. I have seen this in my personal life. I know 3 different women all with different problems but all 3 of them have decided that their course in life is to be miserable and a martyr and you can't convince them otherwise. I spent hours listening to them vent about their problems, I was compassionate and just listened at times and other times I gave them advice on how to escape their problems. It became obvious over time that they didn't want a solution to their problems, they just wanted to be unhappy and be able to complain about how miserable they were. After a while it hit me that they were getting some kind of "benefit" from being a "martyr".

I have also seen this in politics and even in religion. There are people who are very bitter about what a certain "church" or a certain "religion" did to them so their solution is to be bitter and reject it all. In politics there are many who are bitter about Democrats or Republicans or certain politicians. Some become disgruntled with the whole process in general and decry that "all" politicians are corrupt and the whole process isn't worth being involved in. Do they have an alternative, constructive plan on how to make things better? Of course not!! They just want to be bitter, defeatist, pessimistic and get very angry at you if you suggest working towards or supporting something that is less than "perfect" in their mind.

I saw this most at work with those conservatives who were suffering from BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) over immigration. Logic, rationality went out the window and the bitterness took over. Did it accomplish anything constructive or helpful? No, but they seemed to get some type of cathartic relief out of the whole ordeal.

I have come to realize that there will always be these type of people in all the different aspects of life. Yet, it doesn't mean that I have to allow these people to drag me down or make me bitter or even waste my time listening to a lot of what they have to say.

My conclusion is that the Ron Paul die hard cult followers will continue to sing his praises and invest a lot of time and energy being bitter about how awful all the other main stream Republican candidates are but they will accomplish nothing. Ron Paul doesn't have a prayer of getting the nomination and I thank God for that. I'm sure I will get lots of interesting comments in the comments' section and accusations of failing to see the truth, etc... Yet, I will continue to be rational and I will support the best (not perfect) candidate I can find for President in 2008 and that won't be Ron Paul.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Favorite Toons and Crazy/Busy Life

Toons Credit: Glenn McCoy

Toon Credit: Paul Nowak

Toon Credit: Michael Ramirez

In Wordsmith fashion all the Cartoons have links/easter eggs behind them if you click on the cartoons except the last one.

My Life

My life is super busy/crazy right now and I really don't have time to blog but as you see I am. Why, you may be asking? Because according to a quiz that both Shoprat and Patrick posted I am 67% addicted to blogging ;-)!!

This weekend I am having my 13 yr. old daughter's Birthday party, going to a rodeo out of town and a zillion other things. So if you haven't seen me commenting at your blog recently its because I am a crazy woman on caffeine trying to get stuff done.

Also, I am starting Karate next week, finally joining my husband and my kids in this sport so it will officially be a family sport ;-)!!