Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto Assassinated in Pakistan

A sad day for Pakistan and the fight for freedom!

One of the last photos taken of Benazir Bhutto before the gunman/suicide bomber struck

Former Pakistani Prime Minister, and the first woman to preside over the government of a largely Muslim country, knew the risks when she returned to Pakistan. On her return to the country last October, she noted that a terrorist had kidnapped a child, rigged it with explosives and attempted to hand it to her in a blast that nearly killed her.

Today, the monsters succeeded in killing Ms. Bhutto and throwing Pakistan into chaos.

It's a sad day for Pakistan and a sad day for all those who worked hard under conditions of great personal danger to save Pakistan from extremism and death.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Spirit of Christmas Lives Year Round

"It's just another ordinary miracle today. Life is like a gift they say. Wrapped up for you everyday."
From "Ordinary Miracle" by Sarah McLachlan.

Saving Ala'a

At three years of age, Ala'a was found abandoned in the streets of Baghdad afflicted with Cerebral Palsy a condition where the mind is sound, but the body cannot respond normally.

When Capt. Scott Southworth and his Military Police unit visited the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Baghdad, a miracle occurred for at least one Iraqi child. Ala'a dragged his body alongside Capt. Southworth and a bond began which brought Ala'a new hope and enriched the life of Capt. Southworth.

Here's a part of the story, but please read it all:

GI saves Iraqi boy in long-shot adoption
By CARRIE ANTLFINGER
Associated Press
Dec 23, 2007

...Over the next 10 months, the unit returned to the orphanage again and again. The soldiers would race kids in their wheelchairs, sit them in Humvees and help the sisters feed them.

To Southworth, Ala'a was like a little brother. But Ala'a — who had longed for a soldier to rescue him — secretly began referring to Southworth as "Baba," Arabic for "Daddy."

Then, around Christmas, a sister told Southworth that Ala'a was getting too big. He would have to move to a government-run facility within a year.

"Best case scenario was that he would stare at a blank wall for the rest of his life," Southworth said.

To this day, he recalls the moment when he resolved that that would not happen.

"I'll adopt him," he said.
Adopting a handicapped child from a foreign country who requires lifelong care is not an easy committment to make and even harder to fulfill. But Capt. Southworth persisted.

Southworth's decision was cemented in spring 2004, while he and his comrades watched Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ." Jesus Christ's sacrifice moved him. He imagined meeting Christ and Ala'a in heaven, where Ala'a asked: "Baba, why didn't you ever come back to get me?"

"Everything that I came up with as a response I felt ashamed. I wouldn't want to stand in the presence of Jesus and Ala'a and say those things to him."

And so, in his last weeks in Iraq, Southworth got approval from Iraq's Minister of Labor to take Ala'a to the United States for medical care.
...
A local doctor, a cerebral palsy expert, a Minneapolis hospital, all said they would provide Ala'a free care. Other letters of support came from a minister, the school district, the lieutenant governor, a congressman, chaplain, a sister at the orphanage and an Iraqi doctor.

"We crossed political boundaries. We crossed religious boundaries. There was just a massive effort — all on behalf of this little boy who desperately needed people to actually take some action and not just feel sorry for him," Southworth says.

He mailed the packet on Dec. 16, 2004, to the Department of Homeland Security.

On New Year's Eve, his cell phone rang. It was Ala'a.

"What are you doing?" Scott asked him.

"I was praying,'" Ala'a responded.

"Well, what were you praying for?"

"I prayed that you would come to take me to America," Ala'a said.

Southworth almost dropped the phone. Ala'a knew nothing of his efforts, and he couldn't tell him yet for fear that the boy might inadvertently tell the wrong person, upending the delicate process.
...
Ala'a's English has improved and he loves music and school, math and reading especially. He gets mad when snow keeps him home, even though it's his second favorite thing, after his father.

At first, he didn't want to talk about Iraq; he would grow angry when someone tried to talk to him in Arabic. But in the fall of 2006, Scott showed Ala'a's classmates an Arabic version of "Sesame Street" and boasted how Ala'a knew two languages and could teach them.

Soon he was teaching his aide and his grandmother, LaVone.

LaVone is a fixture in Ala'a's life, supporting her son as he juggles his career and fatherhood. One day, she asked Ala'a if he missed his friends in Iraq.

Would he like to visit them?

Big tears filled his eyes.

"Well, honey, what's the matter?" asked LaVone.

"Oh, no, Grandma. No. Baba says that I can come to live with him forever," he pleaded.

"Oh, no, no," he grandmother said, crying as well. "We would never take you back and leave you there forever. We want you to be Baba's boy forever."
...
But Ala'a — who picked out his own name, which means to be near God — knows he's where he belongs. Southworth always says Ala'a picked him, not the other way around. They were brought together, Southworth believes, by a "web of miracles."

Ala'a likes to sing Sarah McLachlan's song, "Ordinary Miracle," from "Charlotte's Web," one of his favorite movies. His head and body lean to one side as he sings off-key.
Ordinary Miracle
Sarah McLachlan
(music video here)

It’s not that unusual
When everything is beautiful.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

The sky knows when its time to snow,
Don’t need to teach a seed to grow.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

Life is like a gift they say
Wrapped up for you everyday;
Open up and find a way
To give some of your own.

Isn’t it remarkable?
Like every time a rain drop falls,
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

Birds in winter have their fling
But always make it home by spring.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

When you wake up everyday
Please don’t throw your dreams away;
Hold them close to your heart
Cause we’re all a part
Of the ordinary miracle.
Ordinary miracle

Do you want to see a miracle?
ohh ohh ohh, ohhh ohh ohh...

It seems so exceptional
That things just work out after all.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

Sun comes up and shines so bright
And disappears again at night.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.
ohh ohh ohh, ohh ohhh ohh...
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.



Ala'a and "Baba" home in Wisconsin. Just another ordinary miracle brought about by extraordinary men and women in the U.S. military.

Thank you Cajun Tiger and Wordsmith for bringing this Christmas miracle to our attention!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas!!


I was listening to the radio the other day and heard the above song, We are the Reason. It used to be one of my favorite songs in high school and I hadn't heard it in a long time. It is a beautiful song with very special words. I thought it was the perfect song to post for Christmas. Here is an excerpt of the lyrics:
As little children we would dream of Christmas morn
Of all the gifts and toys we knew we’d find
But we never realized a baby born one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our lives

We were the reason that He gave His life
We were the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

I am heading out of town this morning and will be away for the holidays. Mike has graciously agreed to blog sit while I am away so I'm sure he will keep you entertained and informed ;-).

I want to extend a warm and hearty Merry Christmas to all of you. May God bless you and may you have a great time of fellowship with family and friends.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday Smorgasbord


1) Iraq continues to go well and even the defeatist Dems approve the war funding. This is good news for Iraq, for the U.S., for the troops, for Bush and for all Americans but it seems to make the liberals and Code Pinkers unhappy.

2) Time magazine picked Putin as their person of the year, but my pick would've been General Petraeus.

3) More from the Huckabee Files:
--Huck = Harriet Miers?
Rush rarely makes comments favorably or unfavorably about Republicans in the primaries but it is pretty evident he doesn't like Huckabee.
--There's a Huckabee born every minute
Here is Ann's conclusion:
Huckabee claims he opposes gay marriage and says Scalia is his favorite justice, but he supports a Supreme Court decision denounced by Scalia for paving the way to a "constitutional right" to gay marriage. I guess Huckabee is one of those pro-sodomy, pro-gay marriage, pro-evolution evangelical Christians.

No wonder Huckabee is the evangelical liberals like.

--The Huckabee Hustle
Some excerpts:
When evangelicals embraced Jimmy Carter during the 1976 presidential campaign, they didn't know he would repudiate the Southern Baptist Convention a generation later. Today the very same constituency has glommed onto Mike Huckabee, and I can't help but lament how history truly does repeat itself.

One can see why the man I dubbed "Huck the Huckster" would appeal to evangelicals. He's a pro-life Southern Baptist minister with charm, wit and a good-ol'-boy, yuck-it-up style. Yet this resplendent exterior only serves to obscure the stain of liberal sin.

4) Focus on the Family takes notice of our cloning fight here in Missouri.

5) Jeri Thompson is my favorite pick for first lady. Patrick makes a good comparison of her to Abigail Adams and I think it fits.

6) Hillary sinks to a new low by planting her Sunday School teacher at a campaign forum. It is hard to conceive, but is there ANYTHING Hillary wouldn't do to make a desperate grab at power via the presidency?

7) Rudy makes a stop in Columbia, Missouri.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!

LIVE TODAY at 9:00-10:00 am CST!!

I'll be talking about:

--Last week we talked about Rudy, this week it is Fred Thompson. I am honored to have Warner Todd Huston on as my guest, he will be telling us why Thompson should be our guy.
--Pro-Fred & Anti-Huck
--Fred Thompson Profile
--And more.....

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Friday, December 14, 2007

The Case Against Mike Huckabee


Sorry for the lack of visiting lately at everyone's blogs. It is Christmastime and I'm busy with Christmas Cards, baking cookies, running errands, finishing up school, planning my daughter's birthday party and the list goes on.

For those of you who want to hear about another candidate besides Rudy, it looks like the Hunter campaign responded to my email and I may be able to interview a representative of his on the radio show in the near future.

If anyone has any Fred Thompson contacts let me know, I would love to interview someone from his camp as well.


I hate to be a broken record but here is another article that does a good job of showing why Huckabee would be a disaster. I don't agree with some of what Bainbridge says but he makes a lot of good points. His conclusion was right on the money:
In sum, Mike Huckabee may be a “different” kind of Republican. He’s also the wrong kind.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wednesday Smorgasbord


1) Jeanne Assam Stopped Gunman At New Life Church--This woman is my new hero. She is the perfect example of why gun-control doesn't work. If she hadn't had a gun there is no way of knowing how many other people would have lost their lives at that church. Two people did die but it sounds like it would've been a massacre if she hadn't of been there and if she hadn't showed the courage that she did.

2) NBC initially refused to air ads supporting the troops but backtracked when they were inundated with criticism. I was all prepared to do a post entitled, NBC sucks! but then they came to their senses. Steve did a great post on it including the actual ads. I was prepared to air one of them on the radio show this past Monday but didn't have time.

3) Kooks for Kucinich--Sean Penn endorses Dennis Kucinich--I got in trouble last week for calling a Dennis Kucinich supporter a kook but this time it was Gateway Pundit with the title. It cracked me up that Penn endorsed Kucinich. The real questions are:
1) Which one of them is more irrelevant?
2) Which one of them is more of a kook?
3) Who is listening to either one of them?
Rivka posted a video of a protester at the Kucinich event where Penn was speaking. One of the protester's signs said, "Stop supporting America's enemies" and the other said, "Hey Sean, have you seen ufos too?". I could not think of better messages to convey to Sean Penn.

4) A Democratic Star loses his luster--Shockingly enough, that was the actual title about a Democrat in the KC Star yesterday on the FRONT PAGE of the paper. For those of you who aren't from the KC area its hard to see what a big deal this is. During the 2006 election campaign for Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison, the Democrat ran against Phil Kline, the Republican incumbent. Kline made the decision to go after baby killer Tiller who performs partial birth abortions in Kansas and his character and reputation were assassinated as a result. Morrison drug Kline's name through the mud and so did every other liberal media outlet. The character assassination was merciless.

So some of us find it ironic that Morrison is now caught up in such a big scandal that even the Democrat Governor of Kansas thinks he should resign if he is guilty of the charges. Of course, a lot of the focus is on the extra marital affair that Morrison had but that isn't the reason he is in so much hot water. It turns out that it is alleged that he tried to get his mistress to give him sensitive information about Kline's investigation of Tiller and his abortion clinic.

It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. Rivka has more on the scandal, she has actually met Kline and talks about her perspective on it all.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ice Storm Hits KC


Missouri and KC are notorious for their ice storms. We had one so bad in 2002 that people were literally without power for over 2 weeks. When it is freezing out it is impossible to stay at your house without heat. We were one of the few people that didn't lose power so we had several house guests for awhile.

This ice storm isn't as bad but we did lose power for 4 hours last night. By the time the heat came back on, the house had cooled down by 6 degrees already. All the area schools are closed today and my kids' co-op was canceled as well. The kids and I are going to make Christmas cookies later today since we won't be able to go anywhere.

Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address



A friend bought me A Patriot's Handbook awhile back and it is a neat book that compiles patriotic songs, poems, stories and speeches. I checked out the audio version from the library so that my kids and I can listen to it and I'm hoping to have us memorize some of the founding documents.

I was listening to it last night and I heard Reagan's farewell address and I thought it would be neat to post it. The video has the whole address and below are some of my favorite excerpts:
"Well, back in 1980, when I was running for president, it was all so different. Some pundits said our programs would result in catastrophe. Our views on foreign affairs would cause war. Our plans for the economy would cause inflation to soar and bring about economic collapse. I even remember one highly respected economist saying, back in 1982, that "the engines of economic growth have shut down here, and they're likely to stay that way for years to come." Well, he and the other opinion leaders were wrong. The fact is, what they called "radical" was really "right." What they called "dangerous" was just "desperately needed."

And in all of that time I won a nickname, "The Great Communicator." But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: It was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn't spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation--from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in principles that have guided us for two centuries. They called it the Reagan revolution. Well, I'll accept that, but for me it always seemed more like the great rediscovery, a rediscovery of our values and our common sense.

Common sense told us that when you put a big tax on something, the people will produce less of it. So, we cut the people's tax rates, and the people produced more than ever before. The economy bloomed like a plant that had been cut back and could now grow quicker and stronger. Our economic program brought about the longest peacetime expansion in our history: real family income up, the poverty rate down, entrepreneurship booming, and an explosion in research and new technology. We're exporting more than ever because American industry became more competitive and at the same time, we summoned the national will to knock down protectionist walls abroad instead of erecting them at home.

Common sense also told us that to preserve the peace, we'd have to become strong again after years of weakness and confusion. So, we rebuilt our defenses, and this New Year we toasted the new peacefulness around the globe. Not only have the superpowers actually begun to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons--and hope for even more progress is bright--but the regional conflicts that rack the globe are also beginning to cease. The Persian Gulf is no longer a war zone. The Soviets are leaving Afghanistan. The Vietnamese are preparing to pull out of Cambodia, and an American-mediated accord will soon send 50,000 Cuban troops home from Angola.

The lesson of all this was, of course, that because we're a great nation, our challenges seem complex. It will always be this way. But as long as we remember our first principles and believe in ourselves, the future will always be ours. And something else we learned: Once you begin a great movement, there's no telling where it will end. We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world."

Monday, December 10, 2007

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!


LIVE TODAY at 9:00-10:00 am CST!!

I'll be talking about:

--My Take on Oprah
--Bush Boom
--My interview with Mike Becker who is a Rudy campaign guy, we will be discussing some of the latest developments on the Rudy campaign and the following articles:
--Rudy on Meet the Press
--Mitt/Huck Fight Helps Rudy
--Rudy on School Choice
--Rudy's endorsement sweep in Missouri
--And more.....

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Saturday Smorgasbord

Ellen and Jenna Bush call the President

Video Hat tip: Patrick

1) I really enjoyed the above video, it shows what an awesome guy President Bush is, and why some of us still love him.

2) Will the Huckster be able to pass the "smell test"? I still feel a tad bit bad for posting all the Huckster's negatives but I just can't imagine him as our nominee. The bad news just keeps rolling in about him as he seems to be gaining some traction.
--Is the Huckster the Republican's Jimmy Carter? I actually thought this exact thing when a caller was talking about him to Rush the other day.

--Mom: 'Carol Sue Would Be Alive Today' If Not for Huckabee

--The Huckster This excerpt from one of the articles was particularly disturbing to me:
Huckabee is very convincing at expressing regret. That's why he is doing so well in the polls: Because he is so good at sounding good, no matter whether what he says holds water or not.
[but]
What he says is an outright lie. Here is the big whopper: "Nobody, not me, not Jim Guy Tucker, not Bill Clinton, not that parole board, could ever imagine what might have transpired.. " This is, to put it kindly, a crock of manure. The whole point of the Murray Waas story out today is that Huckabee was warned repeatedly and convincingly EXACTLY what was likely to transpire if DuMond were to be released, and he ignored all those warnings. Meanwhile, the evidence presented is absolutely overwhelming that he strongly intervened with the parole board to secure DuMond's release -- and he seems to have lied about that too. Just like he lied about whether or not he was "ordered" by his state's courts to impose a particular tax hike, and just like several other now-documented misrepresentations he has made about the circumstances of his tax hikes.
(To be fair, I think that at the state and local level there can indeed be reasonable times, although not many of them, to raise certain taxes for particular purposes. That said, Huck's record is in every way that of a fairly profligate taxer and spender.)

But back to DuMond: We can believe Huckabee's denials, or we can believe the overwhelmingly documented evidence. There was a time when Republicans were empiricists, meaning that we actually pay attention to evidence, to facts. The evidence here is clear. Huckabee has no good answer for it, no matter how sincerely he regrets the ultimate, deadly result of his horrendous decision -- a decision whose horrendous results were eminently predictable.

3) Kudos to Romney for his speech on faith! As many of you know I am not a Romney fan but I was fairly impressed with the speech. Rush played numerous clips of it on his show Thursday and I liked what I heard.

4) Rudy gets a sweeping set of endorsements from State Legislators here in Missouri.


5) Dick Morris says Hillary and Rudy may still get the nominations of their parties.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Fun Christmas Post

Mama as Santa

My husband found the above video, it is pretty cute and funny. It it less than a minute, so worth your time ;-).




We need to take a break from politics every once in awhile, enjoy!!

Also, take the time to vote in my Election Vine Polling Place in the black box in my sidebar. You can vote for anyone that you want by just clicking on the arrows and scrolling till you reach your candidate. Some kook voted for Dennis Kucinich, I bet his followers are like Ron Paul's, scouring the internet looking for polls to vote in for their guy.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Power of Political Women Bloggers!


A lady named Catherine Morgan has started a blog entitled, The Political Voices of Women. She is a liberal but is compiling a list of women bloggers who are liberal, conservative and anywhere in between. I stumbled across her project because she had somehow found my blog and added me to the list.

I decided I would make a list of all the women bloggers I have in my blog roll who blog on politics. Morgan only had 4 of my fellow bloggers on her list so I figured this would be a neat way to add to her list. I am going to list all of these women's blogs and possibly something unique about them.

Sorry men, you don't get any linkage here but you can still enjoy checking out all these awesome conservative women bloggers ;-).

1) Always on Watch

2) Bottom Line Up Front--Amy Proctor

3) The Anchoress--This bigger name blogger was a breath of fresh air when I was frustrated by the Bush bashing by conservatives over immigration.

4) Anna's Clue Tank

5) Big Girl Pants--Heidi is a new ally who lives in the KC area. It is always nice to find a fellow conservative woman blogger, but even more fun when she lives close by.

6) Blue Star Chronicles

7) Chicken Hawk Express--Robin was also a breath of fresh air during the Bush bashing time. Her and I often see eye to eye on issues we feel passionate about. She is an expert on the Haditha Marines' saga and made a great guest on my radio show about the topic.

8) Confessions of a Closet Republican--Incognito is a neat chick (I still use that word for women ;-)) who describes herself as a working actress. She offers a neat perspective on what it is like to be a conservative woman working in the Arts.

9) Dragon Lady's Den--Gayle and I have been blogging buddies since the very beginning. She is an older, wiser woman from Texas ;-).

10) Frankly, My Dear...--Linda and I both enjoy The Amazing Race and share some personal things in common. She is a big supporter of the troops.

11) Frog Princess

12) Grizzly Mama--Monica is a fellow home schooler so it is enjoyable to share things about school and politics.

13) Inches Away From Sanity--Debbie

14) La Shawn Barber's Corner

15) Lone Pony--Becky is an awesome High school Science Teacher and has overcome a lot in her life. She is one of my heroes. She is my only internet, blogging friend that I have personally met besides Rebecca & Michelle who are personal friends apart from blogging.

16) Marie's Two Cents--Marie

17) Michelle Malkin--While Michelle ticked me off during her immigration tirades against Bush she does run a great blog.

18) Midnight Blue--Skye eats liberal trolls for lunch and is a fellow Sawyer fan ;-). Her and I are kindred spirits when it comes to almost everything in politics. She has been a crusader recently at rallies supporting the troops.

19) Now For Something Different--Jennifer

20) Pondering Penguin--Karen

21) Public Pondering--RT has a great sense of humor and is a fellow Prison Break & 24 fan.

22) Right Think--Rebecca is a personal friend of mine from church. We have a lot in common. We both care passionately about politics and we both have sons that have had challenges. Her and I have gone to see George W. Bush, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity together. She is an unbelievably good singer that sings with her group, One Voice.

We started blogging together at the same time and she was the first one who started being aggressive about finding connections and catapulted us into the blogging world.

23) Sister Toldjah--This big name blogger discovered me when I was blogging on Amendment 2 last election season. She has been very gracious in giving me advice and help.

24) Suzie's blog--Suzie has been a great friend in my blogging journey. She does a lot while combatting many health issues. We both share a passion for Fox News and for protecting children.

25) Tammy Bruce

26) This is my United States of Whatever!--Michelle is a fellow home schooler, mother of 4 and we both worked for our U.S. Representative last election season making phone calls.

27) Woman Honor Thyself--Angel

Also, if you know any conservative political women bloggers that I don't have listed here leave their links in the comments' section and I'll check them out. Thanks!!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!


Tune in today to hear my "frank appraisals"!!

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

I'll be talking about:
--Remembering Pearl Harbor
--The dramatic change in the War in Iraq
--Murtha sucks!!
--Does being a Woman or a minority change your perspective on the issues?
--Conservatism’s Self-Inflicted Wounds--This article is a MUST READ
--Today's Republicans might not elect Reagan
--And more.....

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

How Could I ask For More?


I found this at RT's site and I just loved it. She posted it for Thanksgiving and it couldn't have been a better song and video for that day. The song talks about how we couldn't ask for more, which I think is just so true when it comes to the things we should be thankful for here in the U.S. I had heard the song before but was reminded of what a great song it was by seeing it at her site.
How Could I ask for More?
sung by Cindy Morgan

So if there's anything I've learned
From this journey I am on
Simple truths will keep you going
Simple love will keep you strong
Cause there are questions without answers
Flames that never die
Heartaches we go through are often blessings in disguise
So thank you Lord, oh thank you Lord
How could I ask for more

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Some More of My Life!


I was invited by Chad Everson over at the Grizzly Groundswell blog to be a contributer and be the representative on the blog for Missouri. It is a great group blog where Robin and Steve are already contributers. Below is the post I did to introduce myself on the blog. It was a lot of fun to write so I thought it would be good to post here as well and give my newer readers some of my background info.


My name is Dee Vantuyl and I'm also known in the blogosphere as Little Miss Chatterbox. I am a Conservative Evangelical Christian with somewhat eclectic tastes. I have been married for 15 years and I home school my 4 children, one of whom has some special needs. I am a big movie and TV buff and love such shows as Prison Break, Lost, Grey's Anatomy and 24. I am concerned about the Writers Strike hindering my healthy dose of getting to see Josh Holloway as Sawyer on Lost this coming February. My 2 favorite movies which have a lot to do with my life/political philosophy are Braveheart and Amazing Grace. I also have decided to get a tattoo, which as a Youth Pastor's wife presents certain interesting dilemmas :-). My husband and I love Harleys and would love to own one some day.

I am extremely patriotic and still get tears in my eyes when I hear God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood. I am an ardent defender and supporter of President George W. Bush. He has not been a perfect president but when it comes to the War on Terror he has my unwavering devotion.

I am an optimist and am not particularly fond of negative/pessimistic people such as Michael Savage types. I often speak out against all or nothing thinking that seems to be touted by those with a negative outlook on life in general.

I have gone from not having a clue about politics in my college years to being the ultimate political news junkie. I started listening to Rush during the Clinton impeachment saga and have listened on a daily basis ever since. I credit Dr. James Dobson for initially getting me involved in politics/current events and being aware of what was going on in the culture, from there I moved onto listening to Rush. I consider myself to be a Reagan/Rush conservative although I also adore Sean Hannity as well. I view myself more as a female version of Sean Hannity as an internet radio host.

I began annoying my friends with my political soapbox diatribes so one of my friends signed me up for a blog in 2005 and I have been addicted to blogging ever since. I have loved being able to express my opinions and being able to interact with others cut from similar cloth.

I have been active in political campaigns since 2004. I put my life on hold to campaign my heart out for George W. Bush and was rewarded with getting to meet him and have my picture taken with him in 2006. In 2004 I also campaigned for my U.S. Representative Sam Graves and our Governor Matt Blunt. In 2006, I campaigned for U.S. Senator Jim Talent and was a crusader against Missouri's Amendment 2 which ended up legalizing cloning and embryonic stem cell research in Missouri. We won everything I campaigned for in 2004 and lost everything in 2006 so I know both the thrill of victory and the sting of defeat.

In 2006, because Missouri's senate race was such a close race I was asked to be a guest on Open Source. That led to hosting my own internet radio show, Conservatism With Heart on Togi Entertainment starting this past June. It airs every Monday from 9-10 am CST. To hear a past show go here to hear podcasts of Conservatism with Heart.

I recently became a member of my county's Republican Central Committee and am my county's coordinator on our new effort to defeat cloning here in Missouri. I was interviewed this past Monday by a local Fox Reporter for a special on popular KC blogs.

I have been talking a lot about the Republican candidates of late and love Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani and am not particularly thrilled with Huckabee and McCain. I also am extremely annoyed by the Ron Paul cult that has hijacked parts of the internet.

I look forward to posting here with all of the wonderful bloggers who have already jumped on board.