Wednesday, October 31, 2007

You Go W!!

Bush has had a fire in his belly lately and it is great to see. This is just an excerpt of what he had to say about House Democrats yesterday:
...Congress is not getting its work done. We're near the end of the year, and there really isn't much to show for it. The House of Representatives has wasted valuable time on a constant stream of investigations, and the Senate has wasted valuable time on an endless series of failed votes to pull our troops out of Iraq. And yet there's important work to be done on behalf of the American people.

They have not been able to send a single annual appropriations bill to my desk, and that's the worst record for a Congress in 20 years.
--The Whole Transcript
--The Video

In all fairness I urged my fellow citizens back in 2006 not to put the Dems in power, if only more had listened. Hopefully, many will have learned their lesson and vote differently in 2008. Kristol points out how that could be a very likely scenario.

Also blogging:
Mike's America
Chickenhawk Express
Marie's Two Cents

Laura Bush's Trip to the Middle East

I have to admit I have been baffled and disheartened at the conservative backlash at Laura Bush for some of the things she did while in the Middle East.

So I was happy to see Mike and Amy Proctor both posting their take on it all. I thought Amy's post said it all, and said it well.

I have seen so much bashing of our own side recently and I just don't get it. I love Michelle Malkin's blog but every time I go there she has something negative and hateful to say about conservatives or Republicans. I have completely stopped listening to Laura Ingraham because she seems to be slowly sliding into Michael Savage mode. I don't get this bandwagon of trashing our own side and I refuse to get on.

This is not to say that I won't be critical of Republicans when they deserve it (as I clearly have been) but I don't get this overwhelming negativism and pessimism about our own side. Why do we insist on eating our own?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Best & Worst

I did a best of and worst of on the radio show today. I thought I'd put it all in a post.


Best TV Show Trailer--The 24 Trailer above
(I'm excited about Tony being alive but not happy about him being a bad guy. This looks like its going to be a great season. It will need to be to make up for the disaster that was last season. Also, Janeane Garofalo is supposed to be on the show this season. Many of us are grumbling that unless she's a terrorist who is tortured by Jack we are not happy about her being on the show.)

Best TV Show (this week)--Grey's Anatomy

Best Quote--"Our beliefs in religious freedom, political freedom, and economic freedom--thats what makes an American."--Rudy Giuliani

Best Smackdown on the Media--Arnold the Governator

Best You tube clip--Night of the Living Democrats

Best Article--Voters Need to Recall Democratic Defeatism

Best Special--The Truth About Haditha

Best Movie (that I thought about this week)--Amazing Grace
(I thought about this movie this week because I was putting it on my Christmas list when it comes out. I was replaying the promo for it and I looooove this quote, "You still have passion, that matters more."

Best Magazine--In Style

Best Blog (this week)--Born Again Redneck I obviously have a lot of favorite blogs and it was hard to narrow it down to one this week but I went with Patrick's. He and I come from very different backgrounds but are often politically in sync. He finds the best articles and found some awesome ones on Huckabee and Paul this week. He also scored bonus points by calling me his adopted blog daughter ;-).

Best Smackdown of Ron Paul--A tie between Michael Medved and Little Green Footballs

Best Bumper sticker--Hillary

Best News for the Judicial Branch--Judge Southwick Confirmed

Best Court Verdict--Lisa Montgomery gets the death penalty for the gruesome murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett and for kidnapping her baby

Best Liberal Admission--Whoopi says Al Sharpton owes Duke Lacrosse players an apology

Best Book To Buy--Dinesh D'Souza's--Whats So Great About Christianity

Best Gut Instinct--Mine on Huckabee

Best Lawsuit--Father of Marine suing Fred Phelp's Cult

Best Quote by President Ford--"...Hillary wore the pants and Bill couldn't keep his zipped."

Best Chuckle--Clinton, a sex addict, ya think?


Worst Movie--Lions for Lambs
This is a politically correct movie bashing the war done by Robert Redford who is currently talking in Rome and other places about how there isn't freedom of speech here. I really wish we could send some of these socialist lefties to live permanently in Cuba, Venezuela or some other country where there actually isn't freedom of speech and see what they think. It is ludicrous to say that we don't have freedom of speech here.

Worst Protest Moment--Code Pink Chicks being drug from hearings on Capitol Hill

Worst Donation--Ben Stein gives money to Al Franken's Senate Campaign in Minnesota

Monday, October 29, 2007

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!

Tune in today to hear my "frank appraisals" like Calvin's above, not on your looks, but on whats going on in the political realm.

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

I'll be talking about:
--The Best and the Worst this week
--Promo for this season of 24
--Fred vs. Rudy
--Voters need to recall Democratic Defeatism
--Arnold and the California Fires
--Shocker!! Clinton a sex addict?
--Fox News Specials
--And more.....

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Fox Specials Reviews

Facing Reality, Choice Review

I thought Fox did a pretty good job of doing an objective show on this issue. You'd never see anything like this on MSNBC or CNN, thats for sure. To start off I will readily confess that I have never been in a situation where I had to face a crisis pregnancy. I've only been pregnant 4 times and they were all when I was married. My 2nd child came along much earlier than planned and God had to help me rise to the occasion but nothing like what the women in the documentary faced.

That said, it was pretty sad seeing how so many women use abortion as a form of birth control. The 29 yr. old woman who had been pregnant 7 times made the right choice not to abort but her cavalier attitude towards pregnancy was alarming. She was pregnant with her 7th child and yet she didn't have custody of any of her kids and one of them had been born addicted to drugs. She confessed at the end of the documentary that she didn't know why she kept getting pregnant, just that she felt empty not being pregnant. The whole mentality was fairly alarming, she was hoping her and her boyfriend could stay off drugs and stay out of jail so she could keep her baby. I also know she isn't an isolated case, I've actually known women with this attitude and they keep having babies by different fathers.

I thought the situation with the young woman was sad and the fact that this was her second abortion was even sadder. I understand how easy it is for some of us to get pregnant but you can't use abortion for birth control. The time to make the right decision is before you get pregnant. I thought her justifications and rationalizations on how she thought she had made the right decision were just sad. I also found it sad that although her and her mom were "religious" and pro-life they really didn't seem to have that much of a problem with abortion. I also found it strange that while she was very upset during the procedure she was trying to say that wasn't reflecting her true feelings about it all, what???

When it came to the abortion doctor I was horrified when he said that he had done abortions on a girl as young as 9. The thought of a 9 year old having sex let alone getting pregnant and getting an abortion is just mind blowing. I also thought it was interesting how he tried to rationalize that he wasn't killing babies. Then, what exactly are you doing?

The couple that had the baby with the extra chromosone were the only ones who seemed to have a healthy attitude about everything. Life is left in God's hands, not ours.

No matter what your thoughts were about it, it was an eye opening experience into a tough subject.

The Truth About Haditha Review

Robin and I talked about the Haditha Marine case on my radio show a couple of weeks ago. Yet, it wasn't until I watched Sean interview Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt and his father Darrell Sharratt that I felt myself really getting angry. The fact that these Marines lived through hell the past year and a half because of a Time Magazine hit piece and a traitorous Congressman is beyond comprehension. The Marines have all been exonerated of murder and not only does Congressman John Murtha owe the Marines, their families and this country an apology, he should resign. If he had any decency he would resign after accusing his fellow Marines of cold blooded murder when they were doing nothing but protecting our country and our freedoms. I was telling my husband last night that if this had happened during the Civil War or World War II Murtha would be tried on charges of treason and rightly so.

Darrell Sharratt detailed how he has called Congressman Murtha 52 TIMES and only got one return phone call. I am going to be calling and writing Congressman Murtha on a regular basis until we at least get an admission that he was horribly wrong when he accused these Marines of murder. This is why Jason Mattera deserves hero status for his bravery in confronting Murtha on all of this.

If you didn't get to watch The Truth About Haditha on Sean's Hannity's America make sure to watch it when it re-airs tonight.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Facing Reality, Choice

Fox News is going to have a special on abortion Saturday night (tonight) at 8 pm CST entitled, Facing Reality, Choice. It looks like it is going to be a powerful show, must see TV.

Here is some of what TV Newser had to say about it:
The special, hosted by E.D. Hill, follows one woman into the operating room as she undergoes an abortion. According to a write-up on, "in the scene, FOX does not focus on the surgical details of the abortion procedure, but it is emotionally wrenching, however, as the woman cries..." The website also reports that the documentary "does not touch at all on the political debate or legal analysis surrounding abortion."

Other links:
Fox Documentary
TV Newser
Variety Review

Also, check out Hannity's America which is on immediately after where Sean is going to expose the truth about the Haditha Marines.

Code Pink and Condi

3 Questions

1) Why are Code Pink Chicks still allowed into any hearings on Capitol Hill?

2) How in the he** did this Code Pink whacko get so close to the Secretary of State?

3) Do Code Pink chicks not have a clue how ridiculous they look when they are pulled screaming from a room?

For all the sickening details, check out Wordsmith's post and Robin's post!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Dee's "I Told You So" Moment!

Up until today I've felt a little bad about my "gut instinct" dislike for used-car- salesman-like Mike Huckabee. Yet, after seeing John Fund's column today I'd have to say (with the utmost humility :-)) I feel like Rush and his "I told you so" moments.

It was funny because I was bombarded with the heads up on this story. Rebecca emailed me with it early this morning, then I got an email and a comment in my post from Mike on his post on the column and then Robin emailed me.

Make sure to read the whole column, but here is a small excerpt:
Mr. Huckabee attributes his support to the fact he is a "hardworking, consistent conservative with some authenticity about those convictions." He is certainly qualified for national office, having served nearly 11 years as a chief executive. I have known and liked him for years; on the stump he often tells the story of how we first met outside his boarded-up office in the state Capitol, which had been sealed by Arkansas Democrats who refused to accept he had won an upset election for lieutenant governor in 1993. But I also know he is not the "consistent conservative" he now claims to be.

Nor am I alone. Betsy Hagan, Arkansas director of the conservative Eagle Forum and a key backer of his early runs for office, was once "his No. 1 fan." She was bitterly disappointed with his record. "He was pro-life and pro-gun, but otherwise a liberal," she says. "Just like Bill Clinton he will charm you, but don't be surprised if he takes a completely different turn in office."

Phyllis Schlafly, president of the national Eagle Forum, is even more blunt. "He destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas, and left the Republican Party a shambles," she says. "Yet some of the same evangelicals who sold us on George W. Bush as a 'compassionate conservative' are now trying to sell us on Mike Huckabee."

As I've said before, I know many social conservatives are nervous about Rudy but to be honest I think when it comes to Supreme Court Justices (where most moral issues come into play) I trust Rudy and Fred more than Huckabee to make good picks!!

More devastating stuff on Huckabee (hat tip: Patrick):

A Tale of Two Candidates--This article makes my exact point that if you're going to pick a 2nd tier candidate, Duncan Hunter is a much better choice than Huckabee

Dump the Huck

A lot of Hot topics to post on today, make sure you check out my other 2 posts below.

Arnold Rocks!!!

Hat tip: Wordsmith

This is the side of Arnold that I love. He has been a little disappointing recently on some issues but he has been awesome on the California Fire Crisis. He rocks in this video, it is a must-see!! He totally calls the Drive By Media on their pessimism. Anyone who takes on the Drive By Media gets hero status with me.
Anyone who is complaining about the planes just wants to complain because its a bunch of nonsense.

Trust me when I tell you, you are looking for a mistake and you won't find it because its all good news. As much as you maybe hate it, but its good news.--Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Friday Smorgasbord

1) I found this awesome video, Night of the Living Democrats, at Patrick's. I loved it and had to post it.

2) Robert Novak's take on the last Republican debate. I thought he was spot on in his analysis, I couldn't agree with him more:
Orlando Republican Debate: The most recent GOP debate was the most important to date. Thompson and McCain improved, Giuliani was strong, and Romney faltered.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Once again, he led the Republican pack. He looks like a President more than the others, and he has learned to avoid the pitfalls of his past liberalism. He still faces very serious problems: possible mass defection of social conservatives (though he was effective at last week's Values Voters Conference) and weakness in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: Presented with the chance to grab some of the pro-life base in the wake of Sen. Sam Brownback's (R-Kan.) departure, Romney did not give a very good performance. He looks a little off balance lately and seems intimidated by Giuliani. But his hole card is that he leads in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson: He did better and looked better than in his previous performances, but he still didn't knock anybody's socks off. The wait-and-see Republicans are not waiting much longer and indeed are looking elsewhere.

Arizona Sen. John McCain: He looked better, but he seems unable to retrieve his front-running status.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: He is smooth, likable and has a rare sense of humor (pushing him up in the polls). He hit the abortion message harder, clearly reaching for Brownback's supporters. But do conservatives know he is a protectionist and a carbon taxer?
Here is the video of Rudy at the Values Voters Summit, I thought he was very good and honest, which is one of my favorite things about him. To be honest, I see him as more real than Huckabee and I almost think I trust him to pick better judges than Huckabee. To see some of the transcript highlights of Rudy's speech, go here!

3) Little Green Footballs has wised up to the Ron Paul Culties. I love this, LGF had a poll on who won the Republican debate and didn't even put Ron Paul in as a choice. Ha!! Of course, the internet crazies who support Paul were fit to be tied but you finally get a poll that is a more accurate reflection of who won the debate.

4) Are Democrats Too Confident about 2008? Great article, here is an excerpt:
Some Republicans also drew confidence from Saturday's election of Republican U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal as governor of Louisiana. The incumbent Democratic governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, still blamed for post-Hurricane Katrina incompetence, decided not to seek re-election.

"Jindal walked away with that race," said Democratic pollster Dave Beattie, who is not affiliated with a campaign.

"There's a real anti-incumbent, anti-Washington mood out there," he said. "Democrats cannot take for granted that just because voters are upset with the Republican administration it doesn't mean they think Democrats are much better right now."
5) Check out this Hillary Humor for some comic relief!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Why Bush Isn't a Lame Duck President!

There has been much talk about Bush being a lame duck President. Liberals have been screaming it forever, especially because of the War in Iraq and conservatives have been yelling it because of immigration. I would argue that especially as of late Bush has been showing quite a bit of strength and muscle and is anything but a lame duck.

1) The President & GOP's victory in defeating the disastrous expansion of SCHIP.

2) Bush's speeches on the necessity of a Missile Defense System. Iran is a serious threat and Bush is well aware of that and taking the necessary preventive steps.

3) The Continued Progress in the War in Iraq.

4) Bush Warns Cuba!

5) Judge Southwick is confirmed by the Senate!

Mike Meets Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson came to Mike's neck of the woods yesterday and Mike got to meet him and ask a question. Check out his excellent post. He also was interviewed by a local news station, to read the article go here!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wednesday Smorgasbord

1) My prayers go out to all of those affected by the devastating fires in California. As always, Democrats are trying to politicize even this tragic event.

Some personal stories:
--American Power
--His Own Private Possession
If you have a personal story about the fire, leave me the link in the comments' section.

2) Lisa Montgomery is found guilty of Murder and Kidnapping. It only took the jury 4 hours. The defense was hoping for her to get off with an insanity plea. It does sound like she had a difficult childhood but nothing excuses ripping a baby from someone's womb, killing them and stealing their baby. The prosecution is hoping to get the death penalty and I think this case definitely qualifies.

3) Ben Stein has gone insane!! I am still speechless that Ben Stein actually gave money to Al Franken to support his senate run in Minnesota. I don't always agree with Stein but so often he is the voice of reason and common sense so this just boggles my mind.

4) Hillary's fund raising scandals would put ANY OTHER PERSON in jail. It always boggles the mind at how much the Clintons escape. Not only is Hillary not in jail but she will be the Democrat nominee and possibly the next President of the U.S. Unless enough people wise up and decide not to put such a corrupt person in office, even if she is a woman.

5) Whoopi Goldberg actually does something praiseworthy.

6) The good news in Iraq is just pouring in. In fact, I would argue that Reliapundit's optimistic prediction is very possible.

7) Dinesh D'Souza writes another excellent book worth checking out.

8) The naughty side of me would LOVE to have this bumper sticker!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

In the Presence of My Enemies

I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with the story of Gracia and Martin Burnham. Here is a brief excerpt about what happened to them from a review of Gracia's book:
In The Presence of My Enemies tells the story of Martin and Gracia Burnham, a missionary couple who were kidnapped and held for over a year by the Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist group with ties to Osama Bin Laden.

While celebrating their anniversary at a small resort in the Philippines they were snatched away and spent the next year of their lives on the run, fighting to survive in the Philippine jungles. They were constantly faced with incredible hardship and often lacked even the most rudimentary comforts. They were held pending the payment of a large ransom, one which missionary groups will never pay. It was not until the aftermath of September 11 that real progress was made in trying to rescue the Burnhams.
This was an event that was very close to my heart and affected me in a personal way. The Burnhams both went to Calvary Bible College which is here in KC. There were people from my church that personally knew them and when they were abducted in the summer of 2001 it was talked about a lot here in KC. I prayed for them on a daily basis while they were missing for over a year. I will never forget hearing the news that Gracia had made it out alive while Martin had been killed during the rescue. It was a huge deal.

I think it was a year later that Gracia published her book and came and spoke here in KC. I was fortunate enough to get to hear her tell her story and she even autographed my copy of her book. The book is extremely compelling and very moving on so many different levels. It gives you a first hand glimpse of terrorists and what it is like to be a captive at their hands.

I was reminded of all of this Saturday night when the History channel aired a documentary entitled, Stalking Jihad. It was a great program telling the other side of the story of how the CIA was involved in helping the Philippine military rescue the Burnhams and the other innocent people the Abu Sayyaf had kidnapped. It is sad how much the Philippine government limited our involvement, otherwise I think they probably could've been rescued sooner and perhaps Martin would've escaped alive.

What I did find interesting was that 9/11 actually helped speed up their rescue rather than dampen the rescue efforts.

For so many different reasons I highly recommend that you read Gracia's book, In the Presence of My Enemies and watch the History channel's, Stalking Jihad. I'm hoping that the History Channel re-airs it because I didn't get to see the whole thing and Netflix doesn't have it.

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Fox News Republican Debate

Rudy Giuliani has been arguably the most effective conservative chief executive in America since Reagan. Now he doesn't agree with conservatives on some social issues but what he did in New York is really impressive. I teach a course at the Kennedy school on governance, not a political course, and we assign a book on Rudy Giuliani's mayoral team, it is such an impressive story.--Bill Kristol
Fun Tidbits about the Debate:
--Bill Kristol made the above statement before the debate and I thought it was pretty profound and very true.

--I love Carl Cameron

--I thought the Frank Luntz poll group was a bunch of whiners but they did make a couple of good points. One guy said Ron Paul was certifiably insane (Amen!!) and they all agreed Hillary was a socialist.

When asked what the most important issue was that should be talked about it was the war and foreign policy. They also said that they were looking for a candidate that had passion, leadership, backbone and would kick ass. To be honest if those are their requirements I think Rudy is the person that fits that bill and thats why I was most impressed with him in this debate.

--This was the most enjoyable and best Republican debate to date

--I wish Ron Paul and his groupies would go away!! I am beyond tired of having to listen to him during the debates. Although, it was nice to see him get booed numerous times.

--I basically tune out most of what Paul and Tancredo have to say.
Grading the Candidates

Rudy Giuliani--A
Rudy hit it out of the ball park for me last night. I was so impressed with him on several levels and if I had to pick a nominee today it would be Rudy. Why was I impressed?
--He scored big points for me on his answer about Defense of Marriage. If numerous states start legalizing same sex marriage then we will need a Federal Marriage amendment. I couldn't agree more. I loved his line about marrying a bunch of couples and as far as he knew they were all men and women but it was New York.
--He was awesome on school choice. This is a HUGE issue for me and he was stellar on his answer about caring about the kids and wanting parents to be in control. This got a huge Amen! from me.
--He had great lines about Kerry and Gore, put a huge smile on my face.
--He gave great answers about Iran and Russia, loved the Teddy Roosevelt quote
--He gave a good response to Fred about tort reform, he talked about that very subject when he came to KC in 2004
--I loved his lines about what he agreed with Hillary on

Duncan Hunter--A-
There is something about Duncan Hunter that I just really like. Of all the 2nd tier candidates he is by far the most impressive. He got some great laugh lines in last night. I loved his response to Romney on health care:
But Hunter said Romney's health care proposals have too many mandates that drive up the costs of health care.

"It's got to have, for example, fertility coverage. Well, what if you're 90 years old? We may appreciate Governor Romney's optimism but you may not need fertility coverage," the California congressman said.
I also loved what he had to say about Republicans being the party of freedom:
A Democrat president with an aircraft carrier sitting a few miles offshore said we will not help the freedom fighters. And a thousand miles away from there is El Salvador, where a Republican president, Ronald Reagan, hung tough, brought freedom to El Salvador. And you know something? Today, they are fighting side by side with our guys in Iraq, Hunter said.
Fred Thompson--B
I hate to admit it but Thompson was some what of a disappointment last night. He had some good answers on things but he didn't do anything to inspire passion. I liked his answer on Education and vouchers, his line referring to the Haditha marines and he had a great response to the lazy question but otherwise not a big night for him.

Mitt Romney--B-
This was the first night when I thought Romney seemed somewhat likable. The thing that most impressed me about him is that when he gave an answer you got the impression that he really knew what he was talking about. He was good on his lines about Hillary.

He was also good on defense of marriage although I thought he was a little hypocritical saying he was proud of his past/record. His past includes saying that he was more pro-choice and pro-gay marriage than Ted Kennedy.

Mike Huckabee--C
I'm not even sure Huckabee deserves a C but I can't handle ranking him lower than McCain so he lucks out and gets a C. I DO NOT understand the appeal that some seem to think he has. I think he is extremely condescending and the more I see of him the less I like.

John McCain--C-
He doesn't seem to get why Republicans are still sore at him as he was talking in his pre-interview before the debate. He thinks its immigration and the war. For me and many others its getting stabbed in the back time and time again, especially the gang of 14 betrayal.

He did have 2 good lines last night that were fairly impressive. The one about the Woodstock Museum:
In case you missed it, a few days ago, Senator Clinton tried to spend $1 million on the Woodstock Concert Museum. Now, my friends, I wasn’t there. I’m sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was tied up at the time" (as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam).
Also, the one about Putin and the KGB.

Tom Tancredo--D
This guy needs to follow Brownback's lead and drop out of the race. He is bitter and resentful. The only good line he had was about Pelosi being a horrible Congresswoman and Secretary of State.

Ron Paul--F
Certifiably insane says it all, and the fact that he got booed continually.

Others blogging:
Mike's America
Gateway Pundit
Cajun Tiger
Big Girl Pants

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!

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

I'll be talking about:
--TV shows and books
--The Republican Debate last night on Fox News
--The Truth About SCHIP, and the Pete Stark clip
--Bobby Jindal wins Louisiana Governor race
--Mike Huckabee
--Who would make a good Woman VP for the Republicans?
--An evangelical poll that makes more sense
--And more.....

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Cartoon Sunday

Before I get to the great cartoons (with links behind) I thought I'd mention the book I'm currently reading, Why You Can't Stay Silent. I find it ironic that I felt a strong desire to read this book right now since its a Focus on the Family book and for the first time I'm not that happy with Dobson. Yet, so far it is very good.

This cartoon rocks, I absolutely love it!!

There is a reason why Glenn McCoy is my favorite editorial cartoonist. These are so good!!

Toon Credits:
Lisa Benson
Glenn McCoy

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Truth about SCHIP

"Anything a politician claims is "for the children" rarely is."

"Liberals despise the Constitution and Bill of Rights, because they were designed as limitations on government. This is why liberals expend so much brain power trying to devise ways around them."

--from the "Forty beliefs about life from a conservative perspective."
I found it amusing that I had just discovered this list of 40 conservative beliefs via Frog Princess. The "for the children" one is so appropriate when it comes to the SCHIP bill.

Just some of the facts:
1) What the President and Republicans do want:
--to reauthorize the SCHIP program AND increase the funding
--to help low-income children without health insurance

2) What the President and Republicans do NOT want:
--to make it easier for illegal immigrants to get taxpayer-funded health care
--to have to pay the amount of money this new expansion would cost
--to pay for Adult health care at the expense of low-income children
--to pay for health care for families who make $80,000 a year
--to take a first step towards universal health care

Frank Luntz made some excellent points on Hannity and Colmes Thursday night. He was refuting Rep. Pete Stark's beyond the pale claims that the government should be funding SCHIP and not the war on terror. I couldn't find the exact quote but Luntz basically said that the Constitution says the government should pay to defend our country but nowhere in the Constitution does it say the government should pay for health insurance for families who make $80,000 a year. I couldn't have said it any better.

It is despicable how the Democrats have tried to mislead and manipulate people's emotions by lying about the expansion of SCHIP.

Here in KC, my Congressman Sam Graves has been stellar on this. Yet, when he voted against the expansion the Democrats went to town trying to demonize him and his vote. I got a phone call the next day from the Democrat Committee saying that I should call my Congressman and complain about him not taking care of the children. In fact, the Democrats were bragging about how Graves' opponent, our former liberal Mayor, was going to use this against him in the election next year.

In a recent Republican Committee Meeting, Graves' chief of staff talked about how Graves was getting enormous pressure to change his vote but that he was standing strong on principle. I am extremely proud of President Bush and Sam Graves for doing the right thing in the face of the pressure and manipulation. I was even happier when I saw that all the Republicans stood strong and the Democrats were unable to override the President's veto.

I'm not always a fan of Trent Lott but he did a very good job of explaining what the Republicans wanted to do with SCHIP. Here is how he described the GOP alternative:
"The Republican alternative to the SCHIP reauthorization was simple and focused on children who otherwise would have no health insurance. Our alternative was an $8 billion a year, or 33%, increase in the current program. A 33% increase in a program as large as SCHIP is hardly anti-kid.

Our alternative would have prevented “crowd-out,” where families drop their pre-existing, private insurance policies to sign up for an entitlement. Every dollar going to cover a middle-income adult is a dollar taken away from the very child SCHIP was intended to help.

To this, Democrats accuse Republicans of refusing to help children. That’s the height of political demagogy.

Congress is unanimous in its commitment to increase the SCHIP program by an appropriate amount that will preserve its benefits for those now on it and cover those eligible children not yet getting its help. What divides the Congress is the attempt by some to transform SCHIP into an expensive precursor of universal, government-mandated health care. Clearly there are grounds for a compromise that protects our children and at the same time keeps faith with the American taxpayers."
It now looks like the Democrats will have to take a closer look at the GOP's alternative since they were unable to override the veto.

Also, to add to my less than thrilled status with Mike Huckabee, here is where he stands on Bush's veto of the expansion (Hat tip: Cajun Tiger):
"Asked if he would support President Bush's veto of the budget-busting increase in the children's health care program SCHIP, (GOP presidential candidate Mike) Huckabee declined to say he would have issued a similar veto 'because there are going to be so many issues we've got to fight. And the political loss of that is going to be enormous.' Translation: When it comes to tough political fights on spending, don't look for a President Huckabee to be there."

- John Fund of Political Diary, 10/10/07

"Mike Huckabee continues to demonstrate his populist, anti-free market bent. Fresh from a debate in Michigan where he showed skepticism about free trade and President Bush's veto of a budget-busting health care bill, the former Arkansas governor has now embraced a mandatory cap on global-warming emissions."

- John Fund of Political Diary, 10/16/07
Bottom line: Bush and all the Republicans who voted against the expansion were exactly right and have achieved a victory. So much for Bush being a lame duck President.

Other SCHIP posts and articles:
SCHIP expansion would help the wrong people--by Congressman Sam Graves
Democratic group targets SCHIP funding opponents, including a Missouri representative
House Fails to Reverse Child Health Veto
Gateway Pundit's posts on SCHIP
House Republicans Fight and WIN!--Mike's America
Sister Toldjah's posts
ChickenHawk Express
American Power
Anna's Clue Tank
The Right Decision on SCHIP
Flopping Aces
Missouri Political News Service
Universal Health Care

Friday, October 19, 2007

Representative Pete Stark--The Modern Face of the Democrat Party

"Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you're telling us today? Is that how you're going to fund the war? You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."--Representative Pete Stark (D)
This is disgusting and gives you a glimpse into the face of the Modern Democrat Party!! Unbelievable!!

Stay tuned for tomorrow where I will be doing an extensive post on how Democrats and liberals have MANIPULATED AND LIED about the truth in this SCHIP bill. Thank God the Democrats FAILED AGAIN at overriding Bush's veto. I am fed up!! I am making phone calls on Monday and demanding that Stark be forced to resign, all of this is beyond the pale!!

Also blogging:
Politik Ditto
Wake Up America
Assorted Babble

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Rudy and Judith on Hannity and Colmes

"Honestly, in most respects, I don't know Hillary's experience. She's never run a city, she's never run a state. She's never run a business. She has never met a payroll. She has never been responsible for the safety and security of millions of people, much less even hundreds of people.

"So I'm trying to figure out where the experience is here. It would seem to me that in a time of difficult problems and war we don't want on the job training for an executive. The reality is that these areas in which - maybe there are some areas in which she has experience but the areas of having the responsibility of the safety and security of millions of people on your shoulders is not something Hillary has ever had any experience with."--Rudy Giuliani
Hannity and Colmes are interviewing all the presidential candidates and their wives. They interviewed Fred Thompson and his wife awhile back and Tuesday night Sean interviewed Rudy and his wife. I'm assuming that Colmes will be interviewing the Democrats since Sean has interviewed both of the Republicans so far.

I almost hate to say it but I am impressed every time I see Rudy. If he were pro-life he would be my pick for President, hands down.

My impressions of Judith:

My impression of Judith wasn't as favorable but I will be the first to admit I am extremely hard on First Ladies. I was never that impressed with Nancy Reagan, and Laura Bush doesn't do much for me either. Lynne Cheney is the kind of woman I'm impressed with, and Judith reminds me more of Nancy and Laura. I don't necessarily think that is a bad thing because a President needs someone who is extremely supportive of him and Judith is definitely that. Now, if I had to pick between wives that I've seen so far I would pick Fred's wife over Rudy's.

My impressions of Rudy:

Rudy is EXCELLENT at taking on Hillary and completely unafraid, unlike Edwards and Obama who have to send their wives out to take her on.

He was very gracious when Sean asked him about Dobson and other Christian leaders rejecting him. I think Dobson has been unfair to Rudy and Fred and yet Rudy is still very kind in his responses.

Sean brought up the threat made by an Islamic terror group on Rudy's life if he becomes President. I was thinking that should be enough right there to decide to vote for him. If the terrorists don't want him to win, I think we've got our guy to fight the War on Terror effectively.

I encourage everyone to watch the interview if you haven't seen it. Below are the links:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I Heart Rush Limbaugh!!

I saw this video of Rush on Hannity and Colmes Monday night and I was just standing up and cheering. Rush rocks!! Marie did an excellent post on it all.

Rush isn't a Marine but his speech reminds me of that quote in "A Few Good Men" where Jack Nicholson says, "You messed with the wrong Marine." In Rush's case, you messed with the wrong Talk Show Host ;-).

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Why I'm not thrilled about Mike Huckabee

I really didn't want to do a post where I expressed my dislikes for Huckabee but many have asked what I think of him and why I don't like him so I figured I'd lay it all out.

Let me be very clear that a lot of these are just personal preference things and this is just my opinion. If by some miracle he got the nomination or ended up as the VP I would support him, I just wouldn't be excited. He definitely will not be my pick in the primaries.

In July of last year many of us started putting GOP Straw Polls on our blogs. During this post I listed Mike Huckabee and said, "Who is this guy?" A Mike Huckabee fan came on my blog and linked to his blog on Huckabee and I started checking him out. In the beginning he looked fairly good. I also had a contact very connected politically who loved him and wanted him to do well. All of this made me think maybe he'd be somebody to root for.

On the surface he looks good, he is a Governor, he used to be a Southern Baptist Preacher, etc... Some thought he didn't have a prayer because he was "too conservative" but that hasn't been my complaint about him at all.

I think even before the first debate, I had some concerns. As I did some checking into him and started watching the debates these are some of my concerns about him:
--He doesn't look presidential to me, he doesn't have any charisma or appeal to him
--He raised taxes while Governor of Arkansas
--He lost a lot of weight and now wants to wage a battle against childhood obesity via the government.
Ann Coulter brings up how he even joined with Slick Willy in this government agenda.
--He supports a federal law to ban smoking (once again he seems to want to push his beliefs about health on people via the government, this is a fundamental thing that conservatives are supposed to be against)
--He is even worse on immigration than what conservatives have been fit to be tied with Bush about. Here is a clip from Coulter's latest column on it:
On illegal immigration, Huckabee makes George Bush sound like Tom Tancredo. He has compared illegal aliens to slaves brought here in chains from Africa, saying, "I think frankly the Lord is giving us a second chance to do better than we did before."

Toward that end, when an Arkansas legislator introduced a bill that would prevent illegal aliens from voting and receiving state benefits, Huckabee denounced the bill, saying it would rile up "those who are racist and bigots."

He also made the insane point that companies like Toyota would not invest in Arkansas if the state didn't allow non-citizens to vote because it would "send the message that, essentially, 'If you don't look like us, talk like us and speak like us, we don't want you.'"
--I have not been happy about comments that he has made about Bush, the war and Donald Rumsfeld. Dean Barnett had this to say about him during the 1st debate when he was critical of Rumsfeld:
"Mike Huckabee – I look at this guy and wonder where he ever got the notion that he should be president. Even more than the Cranks (see below), his presence on the stage bothered me. Does this guy have anything interesting or original to say? Has he ever?"
--He doesn't pass my gut check, he comes across to me as a used car salesman type, as arrogant and condescending
Again, these are just my personal preferences. I understand that many Christians like him and want to support him and obviously, we could do much worse.

I have 3 posts up today so check below for my other posts!!

In Defense of Ann Coulter, Again!!

I am one of those people who once you win me over, I'm pretty loyal. Ann Coulter won my loyalty a long time ago and while I may disagree with her from time to time I'm not as willing as others to turn on her.

When I thought about the title for this post I was pretty sure I had used the title before, sure enough I had. I wrote the first post with this title back in March of this year when conservatives were again throwing Coulter under the bus for her comments about Edwards. What amazed me at the time is how willingly so many conservatives believed the Drive By Media's spin on what she had said without knowing the context.

I see the same thing happening now. Many conservatives are throwing her under the bus and even calling her anti-semitic. Grey Ghost found a wonderful post by Newsbusters explaining the controversy, I encourage all of you to check it out.

What doesn't surprise me is that Media Matters is at the heart of demonizing Coulter. In a matter of weeks they have spun a controversy for Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and now not surprisingly, Ann Coulter.

I get that she is a little too brash for many and some conservatives don't care for her. In one of Patrick's posts he had this to say:
"Her tendency to clown around and make outrageous statements is what makes her so amusing but sometimes she's like an embarrassing drunk trashy relative at a posh wedding."
I don't necessarily completely disagree with that statement.

Yet, my point would be that as conservatives lets not be so willing to take the Media Matters' talking points and run with them without knowing the whole context. Lets wait and hear the particular conservative's side of the story.

To further explain where I'm coming from I made the following comment in the comments' section:
I agree that we need to take the higher road and I think that the majority of conservatives do which enables us to continue to be trampled by mean spirited liberals at times .

Ann is just someone who is willing to take on liberals and not afraid of what anyone says about her. There is something refreshing about that. While I personally would never come close to saying some of the things that she says, I feel the need to defend her right to say it.

I know many will disagree with me, but I've decided I'm okay with that which is why I was willing to do the post and take some heat.
Second Addendum:
Heidi of Big Girl Pants made this excellent comment in the comments' section. I thought it was so good that it was worth adding to this post:
as i said over at right truth - or the jist of it anyhow - yes she could have said it differently, but that's not that important to me. she stands up for us and that is more than most conservatives are doing.

at what point did the high road involve allowing people to use us for a doormat? when republicans and/or conservatives fall all over ourselves to apologize and make nice because someone is offended by what we say/do all we're doing is giving the impression that we were wrong to begin with.

this is fact. this is one the reasons the young in our country believe that republicans and conservatives are bad or wrong most of the time. i know - i have three of them and their friends are over at our house and i talk with all of them.

as christians we are supposed to stand up for what we believe in. even to the point of being hated by the world. why then do we think to stand up for our conservative beliefs - no matter how rudely someone has said them - is wrong.

i really don't care if the natives are offended. if more people stood up for this sort of thing, it would be less sensational.

but this is just my own humble opinion of course.

What Kind of Reader are You?

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Literate Good Citizen

You read to inform or entertain yourself, but you're not nerdy about it. You've read most major classics (in school) and you have a favorite genre or two.

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What Kind of Reader Are You?
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I found this quiz at Patrick's and found it to be fun. I have several friends that I would love to see how they score on this. It only takes a couple of minutes so indulge and share your results in the comments' section.

Monday, October 15, 2007

My Letter to Bill O'Reilly about the Michael Devlin Case

To Bill O'Reilly:

I am a regular watcher of your Tv show and 70% of the time I love your passion and agree with what you have to say. Yet, one issue that I have had a problem with from the start was your questioning of the victim, Shawn Hornbeck. It distressed me at how you questioned and almost blamed him for not escaping earlier.

Now that the details have come out of the torture he endured (even his defense attorneys were horrified at having to watch the videotape of Devlin torturing Shawn) and the "deal" he made to stay alive I think you owe Hornbeck and his family an apology. I see you as a stand up guy who has done so much for the children and I applaud your courageous stand on Jessica's law and your willingness to go after states who aren't passing one.

I live in KC, Missouri so I have followed this issue on my blog and look forward to your response.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Why the Nobel Peace Prize Has Been a Joke for Years!!

I was disgusted but not surprised at all to see Al Gore receive the Nobel Peace Prize. When the same award has been given to a terrorist, the worst U.S. president ever (who has done more to breed instability in the world than anyone I can think of) and a corrupt leader of the UN it doesn't shock you to see it given to a fraud like Al Gore.

It doesn't matter that a British judge of all people recently declared this about Gore's propaganda film:
"The court ruled the Guidance Notes to Teachers must make clear that:

* The film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument.

* If teachers present the film without making this plain they may be in breach of section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination.

* Eleven inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children."
Powerline does an excellent job of giving examples of just some of the recent recipients of this meaningless award:
MOHAMED ELBARADEI (joint winner). He's done such a nice job with Iran.

WANGARI MAATHAI. The Kenyan ecologist peacefully teaches that the AIDS virus is a biological agent deliberately created by the Man.

JIMMY CARTER JR., former President of the United States of America. A true cosmopolitan, he has undermined the foreign policy of his own country and vouched for the bona fides of tyrants and murderers all over the world.

KOFI ANNAN, United Nations Secretary General. Among other things, they have respectively served as the vehicle for, and presided over, one of the biggest scams in history.

YASSER ARAFAT (joint winner), Chairman of the Executive Committee of the PLO, President of the Palestinian National Authority. He was a cold-blooded murderer both before and after receiving the award.

RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM, Guatemala. She is the notorious Guatemalan faker and author, sort of, of I, Rigoberta Menchu.

THE UNITED NATIONS PEACE-KEEPING FORCES New York, NY, U.S.A. Notwithstanding rapes and sex abuse committed by the team in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and the Congo, still doing fine work all over the world.

Others blogging:
Gateway Pundit
Politik Ditto
Cajun Tiger
The Astute Bloggers
Born Again Redneck

Friday, October 12, 2007

Missouri Smorgasbord

1) The above pic is of my kids at the Deanna Rose Farmstead. We went there yesterday with the home school group that I lead for our field trip. It was a great day and a great trip.

2) Amazingly, the KC Star printed my letter to the editor about Clarence Thomas (with a few minor alterations) 2 days after I sent it.

3) I officially became a member of my County's Republican Central Committee this past Tuesday.

4) New Missouri Links:
--Missouri Viewpoints with Mike Ferguson
--KC Star's Prime Buzz blog
The KC Star used to have their blog only as a paid service. They now have it available at no cost. They've linked to me quite a bit recently, I guess to show that they do have access to some conservative line of thought ;-).

5) Summer Shipp went missing in 2004, her remains were found last week and confirmed to be her this past Tuesday. I found myself really sad when I saw this in the paper on Wednesday. I remember seeing the billboards of her and the pleas from the family. It is always sad when a missing person case ends this way. My sympathies go out to the Shipp family.

6) Socialism is creeping into KC as Democrats move to ban smoking.

7) Michael Devlin gets dozens of life sentences for his crimes against Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby. I talked about this case when it first broke, Miracle in Missouri. At the time I was outraged about comments made by Bill O'Reilly and others that Shawn Hornbeck should've done more to escape. I was reminded of this as details have emerged at just some of the horrors that Hornbeck experienced. To think that people would be critical of a child who was a victim of horrifying sexual abuse and torture is just incomprehensible to me. To be honest, O'Reilly has been silent on this as news has come out detailing Devlin's crimes. I think at the very least he owes Shawn Hornbeck and his family an apology.

8) The case of Lisa Montgomery is just plain gruesome. This woman cut the baby out of Bobbie Jo Stinnett's womb while she was still alive. It is just beyond comprehension.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thursday Smorgasbord

Where do I even start? I have so many things to post on I don't know where to begin. I will definitely have to do 2 smorgasbords, possibly even 3. I'll do a regular one today and I will do a Missouri one tomorrow. There are a lot of things going on in Missouri that are also making the national news.

1) As the above cartoon shows, Hillary proves once again that she has absolutely no shame. She had no compunction about having Bergler be an adviser knowing full well that he belongs in jail for stealing documents from the National Archives.

Speaking of Hillary, she was here in KC last Friday and raised $250,000. Two days later John Kerry was speaking at a health care conference here.

2) My buddy Kiefer is going to jail. It saddens me that so many in Hollywood either end up in jail or rehab. My biggest problem with all of these DUI's is why don't these stars get drivers? At least then they wouldn't be endangering the lives of others.

3) Obama refuses to wear a flag pin. This is just so ridiculous but typical of your average liberal democrat. We wouldn't want to offend anyone by wearing something that shows we love our country. Unbelievable!!

Speaking of Obama, I was in the parking lot of a huge Baptist church here in KC while I was visiting their library. I saw a car with an Obama bumper sticker. It just made me shake my head. This is exactly why I had a problem with Rick Warren having him speak at his conference last year.

4) My Hannity post is now up to a record 125 comments. After the comments initially took off I added an update. I later took it down because I just felt like I had added fuel to the fire.

So since I haven't had my say recently on all the comments I thought I'd say a couple things.

--"Perfect is the enemy of good."--I think this quote sums it all up for me. Mike was the first one to bring it up and I think it says it all.

--The debate was very heated and I think its because we are all passionate about what we think is right.

--If you have 2 candidates in front of you and one represents 70% of what you believe and the other represents 0% of what you believe it seems like a no-brainer to me.

--I don't want to disparage some of the new commenters that disagreed with the majority of us. Yet, I will take issue with their insinuations that some of us don't care about abortion or our Christian walk if we could even consider voting for Rudy. Most of us will not be voting for Rudy in the primaries and yet if we say we'd be willing to vote for him in the general election against Hillary somehow that means the lives of babies mean nothing to us and we could care less about our faith.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It is precisely because of my faith and my deep concern about the slaughter of innocent babies that I cannot allow Hillary to stroll into the White house. Although to be honest, I'm not that concerned about their judgment because anyone who knows me or has read my blog for any length of time knows what I care about.

I also have to say that for some this "purist" mentality is going to get them nowhere. They don't seem to be concerned about that so to each their own. Yet, when one of them said that Reagan wasn't even "good enough" for him I just threw up my hands and laughed. If the greatest president in the last century isn't good enough for them than no one ever will be. If this is the mentality I'm not sure why they are "dirtying" themselves by engaging in politics at all.

All of us have flaws and are far from perfect. Those that run for president are no different. The bar that some have set is so high I don't know who would measure up. That is precisely my issue with Dobson right now.

--I'm not really interested in opening up this debate again because I saw nothing accomplished by it. Once someone appeared to be irrational to me I just tuned them out and they seemed to be doing the same to us. If you are offended by me not wanting to re-open the debate than be like so many liberals before and accuse me of censorship and whine about it. I'm used to it. If you think the debate is so helpful you can open one up on your blog.

--I do want to thank so many for carrying the water during the debates and coming up with excellent points. I especially want to thank Mamapajamas for her whit and insight as usual. Since she doesn't have a blog or an email address I have no way of contacting her other than saying it here in this post.

5) Jimmy Carter makes idiotic comment #1,000.

6) Tuesday's Republican Debate!! I missed the debate for 3 reasons--it was on MSNBC, it was on in the afternoon and I was insanely busy. Mike did an unbelievable job on analyzing the debate, all you need to know about it is in his excellent post. My other thoughts after reading about the debate is that Chris Matthews is such a jerk and the farthest thing from an "objective" moderator.

7) Hannity & Colmes exposes Cuba's real health care situation. Go here to see Real Cuba's website where they expose what Cuba is really like.