Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Calvin and Hobbes Fest!

I have been immersed in de-cluttering and organizing, so not much time to blog. Also, a friend and I took another friend out for her birthday yesterday for a girls' day out. We saw the movie, Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. It wasn't the greatest but it wasn't the worst either. It was good and it was definitely worth seeing Jackman in Australia.

I just found Dave Barry's Year in Review at The Anchoress's blog. It is hilarious and a must read, check it out.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Monday Linkage!

1) Governor Sarah Palin: Conservative of the Year! Here are some excerpts from Ann's column:
The entire presidential election year was kind of a downer for conservatives. Once the “maverick” John McCain won the nomination, the rest of the year was like watching a slow motion car crash. Except at least a slow-motion car crash is occasionally entertaining. So it was going to be a long year.

Until Palin.

Liberals were angry at Palin because they thought she should look and act like Kay Bailey Hutchinson: Upper crust, prissy and stiff.

Palin had a husband in the Steelworkers Union, a sister and brother-in-law who owned a gas station, and five attractive children -- one headed for Iraq, one a Down’s syndrome baby and one the cutest little girl anyone had ever seen.

In a nutshell, Palin was everything Democrats are always pretending to be, but never are.

Palin was a kick in the pants, she energized conservatives, and she made liberal heads explode. Other than his brave military service, introducing Sarah Palin to Americans is the greatest thing John McCain ever did for his country.

2) Governor Sarah Palin is the 2nd Most Admired Woman of 2008--So much for all the talk about what a drag she supposedly was on the ticket. The Sarah Palin Calendar was also the best seller in office products on Amazon.

Of course, Hillary and Obama won for most admired men and women in 1st but what struck me as interesting is that behind Obama as #2 for men was George W. Bush. For a man that is supposedly so horrible and the worst president ever, thats pretty good.

3) George W. Bush: The Greatest Liberator Since World War II

4) Myths & Facts About the Real Bush Record
--For all of you Bush haters/bashers whether you be liberal, moderate or conservative, brace yourselves. I will be posting many more articles like this as we get close to the end of Bush's term. I will be hosting a blogfest dedicated to Bush the week before he leaves office.

5) George and Laura Unveil Official Portraits for the National Portrait Gallery --Mike always does a great job of posting White House pictures on events. I think the artist who painted the national portraits of President George W. Bush and Laura did a wonderful job.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Break, The Office and 24!

Our family had a pretty good Christmas. We had some family over to our house for Christmas Eve and we went to see some family on Christmas. Since then, we have done nothing but relax. My 3 younger kids played games on the Wii, my oldest daughter and my husband and I watched episodes of The Office and 24. The above video is a hilarious compilation of many of the pranks that Jim has pulled on Dwight, a must see if you love the show "The Office".

This next week I plan on doing some reading, being an "organizing nazi" and getting back to the gym. The organizing nazi comes from the whole "soup nazi" on Seinfeld. There was a guy on Seinfeld who ran a really good soup restaurant but he was really strict and if you ticked him off you were banned from the restaurant. So, at my house if you are really strict about something the word nazi gets attached. I'm planning on de-cluttering and organizing cabinets and closets that haven't been done in awhile and I'm putting myself and my kids to work, so thus I will be the "organizing nazi". Thats why we've indulged that past couple of days and done absolutely nothing because we are planning on next week being productive. Thats the plan anyway, I'm still planning on next week having some break time built in since we don't have to do regular activities.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Smorgasbord!

The Vantuyl’s ABC’s of 2008

A is for Awana
B is for Bunko
C is for Canada Missions Trip
D is for David Cook Tickets
E is for Edward Cullen from Twilight
F is for Fifty Book List/Group and Facebook
G is for Group of American Girls
H is for Hunting Trips with Grandad
I is for Idol Concert at the Sprint Center
K is for Karate and Kickboxing
L is for Lincoln Days
M is for Mahaffie Stage Coach Fieldtrip
N is for Newt Gingrich Event
O is for the Office Tv Show
P is for Pool Days
Q is for Quicktrip runs for Donuts and Drinks
R is for Representative Sam Graves Campaign
S is for Scalia Speaking at the University of Central Missouri
T is for Tournament for Karate
U is for our Unique Family
V is for Vacation Bible School
W is World War I Museum
X is for X-Rays
Y is for Youth Activities
Z is for Zona Rosa Shopping

Above, is my Christmas newsletter that I sent out with my Christmas cards. The picture of the Barn Door with the Wreath was what most of my Christmas cards looked like that I sent out.

I finally got all my shopping done and packages and cards sent yesterday. I hope everyone has a very, merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

I'm a Cheney Girl!!

There are few men more real and authentic than Dick Cheney and I for one love him for it. I can hear the liberals screaming and howling as I write this, but alas, its true. He says what he thinks and doesn't make any qualms about it. I also happen to agree with his politics and principles so its music to my ears. Even if you hate him, you have to give him credit for not being a phony.

He gave a stellar interview on Fox News Sunday yesterday with Chris Wallace. He hit a home run when he defended his comments about Leahy, mocked Biden's understanding of the constitution and defended Rumsfeld and Bush. Seriously, does it get any better than this???

In fact, he really made my day by saying that he was a Rumsfeld man and had tried to get Bush not to fire Rumsfeld. That was one of the most difficult things for me about 2006, seeing Rumsfeld go. Cheney and I are in complete agreement on that. He also predicted that history would vindicate both him and Bush, and on that I couldn't agree with him more.

Related links:
Cheney: I Told Leahy to "F--- Himself," "I Thought He Merited It." (Video)
Dick Cheney Doesn't Give A Damn What Liberals Think

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snow Day Smorgasbord!

1) President Bush shows great reflexes and a great sense of humor while enduring a shoe attack in Iraq. I was amazed at how quickly he ducked when an Iraqi reporter threw 2 shoes at him. Bush joked, "All I can report is it is a size 10."


Mike has Krauthammer's Op-ed on the Milestone that has been reached in Iraq, which was one of the significant reasons for Bush's visit.

2) Bush also receives a warm welcome in Afghanistan!

3) I stayed up late last night baking Christmas cookies for my kids' Co-op teachers, only to have today be a Snow day. Oh well, the first round of baking is done.

4) Today, I'm determined to write my Christmas letter and finish my Christmas cards!

5) Patrick posted this fascinating list of, 24 THINGS ABOUT TO BECOME EXTINCT IN AMERICA! Most of these things I don't use anymore and if I do, I can still see why they are on the road to becoming extinct.

6) Now that John McCain isn't running for President anymore he's back to his old self and slamming his own party again.

To be honest, since, I've gotten over the sting of Sarah Palin losing, I'm almost relieved that I won't have to defend McCain for the next 4 years. He's already back to ticking me off. On Sunday, he basically said that he couldn't promise to support Sarah Palin in 2012 because there would be others running. Thats loyalty for ya! Thank God he's too old to run for anything else.

7) Feds Taped Rahm Emanuel Holding 21 Conversations On Senate Seat and it looks like the pressure is mounting for Emanuel to Resign. Yet, McCain would rather criticize the GOP over this than Obama. Glad to know whose side he is on.

8) It looks like there may be justice for Caylee Anthony! As most of you know, it looks like they finally found Caylee Anthony's body. They are in the process of making sure its her remains but it looks very probable that it is her. The lack of emotion shown by her mother, Casey Anthony and her many deceptions are inconceivable to most mothers. Her responses have been the exact opposite of what I, and other mothers would have done had our daughter gone missing.

Monday, December 15, 2008

December 15th Edition Conservatism With Heart!

LIVE TODAY at 9:00-10:00 am CST!! To listen, go here!!
Today's Quote:
"Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions."--G.K. Chesteron
Some of the articles and topics I will be discussing:
Today, would be a great day to call in. I will be asking the questions below. I would love to have you weigh in with your opinion.
--What is a favorite quote of yours?
--What has you overwhelmed this time of year?
--What is your favorite Tv Show right now?
--What good movie have you watched lately?
--What are you thank-for for?
--What are your thoughts on the OJ verdict?
--What annoys or ticks you off?
--What did you think of Barbara Walter's 10 Most Fascinating People?
What are your thoughts on the Blagojevich case?
--Quick Rundowns
--And More...

To be a part of the show, call in, toll-free 1-877-864-4869!!

To listen to podcasts of my previous shows, go here!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Reflections on Staying Engaged in Politics Without Getting Cynical!

I was working out last night and started reflecting on some things. As I often do, I was thinking about the choice we all have to either look at things through a negative prism or a positive one. It is human nature to trend negative, we have to make a conscious choice to be positive. Although, there are definitely some of us whose personalities trend towards optimism more than others.

Since, my theme is optimism, I thought it was only fitting to post a picture of Tony Snow. His legacy is that one can be immersed in politics and not become bitter and cynical.

My reflections started when I was thinking about how people tend to judge others by lumping everyone together. It is one of my biggest pet peeves. I can't tell you how many times I've been told that "all politicians are corrupt". What bothers me about that is its an insult to the many legislators who aren't.

I first got into politics because of the lack of outrage over Bill Clinton's many scandals. At the time, I read an excellent book by Bill Bennett entitled, The Death of Outrage. A big part of Bennett's premise was that Clinton's numerous scandals had worn the public down into not caring about the integrity of the office of the presidency. Clinton's apologists used the defense that all men, even Presidents cheat, etc... This led to a dumbing down of society into believing that all politicians were corrupt, so it didn't matter.

It does matter, and we should care about the standards of politicians. Yet, we cannot paint them all with a broad brush. During the elections last month I heard a lot of people saying they were voting out the incumbents no matter what. This is so unfair to the legislators who have stood by their principles despite what so many others have done. No matter whether its politics or something else, judge people individually on what they have or haven't done. Don't unfairly lump them in with those who deserve to have consequences for their bad behavior.

In conclusion, there is already some good coming out of this election. Just like Bill Clinton energized me to get involved on the other side, Obama is doing the same thing. I have had numerous friends contact me about how to get more involved.

Right now, I am listening to, 25 Ways to win with People on Cd. One of the ways is to look for the best in others. That is hard for many of us, but it makes a big difference if we look at the glass as half full, instead of half empty.

Monday, December 08, 2008

The Good News and the Bad News!

The Bad:
1) I can't talk!! I got a sore throat last week and I've had a frog in my throat ever since. I wasn't able to do the radio show last Monday and I won't be able to do it today. I hope to get into the Dr. soon and I'm hoping he'll have a quick fix for me. Its murder not being able to talk when you love talking!

2) Why don't police officers show mercy to drivers on their way to church? I got a speeding ticket yesterday. I have been called Mario Andretti on more than one occasion. The worst part is, I'm not one of those people who can fake cry or do anything to gain mercy.

The Good:
3) "Cold Cash" Rep. William Jefferson got booted by Louisiana voters! I didn't realize their elections got delayed because of the hurricane. Republicans won 2 seats, some great news from Louisiana in a rough year for Republicans.

4) Happiness is infectious! This is exactly why I refuse to waste one minute listening to the perpetually negative Michael Savage.

5) I am really enjoying listening to the Word of Promise New Testament on Cd. Jim Caviezel is the voice of Jesus and he does an excellent job. For those of us who have ADD and need to be entertained, it is a great version with sound effects.

6) Nick and Starr won the Amazing Race last night! They were a great brother, sister team and I liked them because they rarely fought. It made me think of my brother and how fun it would be to do something like that with him.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Justice Denied is Finally Justice Served!

"Earlier in this case, at a bail hearing, I asked — said — to Mr. Simpson I didn't know if he was arrogant or ignorant or both. And during the trial and through this proceeding, I got this answer, and it was both."--Judge Jackie Glass

What a difference a judge and jury makes!! The difference between Judge Glass and incompetent Judge Ito is stark. Isn't it ironic that a wife beater ends up going to jail after being sentenced by a female judge? As Glass said, the evidence was overwhelming and most of it came from OJ's Simpson's own mouth. Simpson has always been ignorant and so arrogant that he thought he was above the law, but not anymore.

Most of the legal experts say that Simpson will serve at least 9 years before being eligible for parole. The odds of him being paroled are slim, so it looks like he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Unfortunately, it will not give his children back their mother and it won't give the Goldmans back their son/brother. It won't be able to heal the deep scars he's left on so many lives, but at least there is finally some measure of justice.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Issues That Have Caught My Attention!

I've been crazy busy lately and its been hard to find the time to blog. Make sure to check my post below on just some of the reasons why.

--Barbara Walter's 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008 Here was the list:
--Will Smith
--Michael Phelps
--Miley Cyrus
--Tina Fey
--Tom Cruise
--Thomas Beatie (the pregnant woman turned man)
--Rush Limbaugh
--Sarah Palin
--Frank Langella (actor in Nixon movie)
--Barack Obama
I understood why Will Smith, Micheal Phelps, Miley Cyrus, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Barack Obama qualified. The others, not so much. I also wasn't happy with how Walters treated both Limbaugh and Palin. Those in the liberal media can never seem to hide their contempt for conservatives.

--Sarah Palin Snubs Oprah I have to confess that I'm loving this. Oprah was extremely biased in campaigning for Obama and then refusing to have Sarah Palin on the show. Now that the election is over, Oprah wants to have Palin on for the ratings.

--What was NBC thinking when they called on David Gregory to host Meet the Press? They must have been on drugs. I guess they want to ensure that NBC/MSNBC will continue their horrible ratings. Gregory is one of the most unhinged members of the press.

--Teen girl banned from wearing her purity ring at school Political Correctness run amuck.

--The idol worship of Barack Obama

--The New Capitol's Visitor Center The original budget was $265 million, and yet it ended up costing $621 million.

Our tax money paid 3 times the original budget to make a center that distorts history. Why did we need a visitor's center? Harry Reid didn't want to smell the BO from the tourists coming into the capitol.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Why I Haven't Had Time to Blog...

--I'm trying to get back in shape by hitting the gym hard. I let things go during the hectic election season.

--I've actually been in the mood to get caught up on housework. I have to take advantage of that when the mood strikes. Again, I neglected my house during election season.

--Christmas Season in general

--2 of my kids have birthdays this time of year

--I'm bonding with my oldest daughter by re-watching old seasons of 24 with her.

--I've actually been going to bed at a decent time

--And the list goes on...

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Life Smorgasbord!

Life has been crazy! I spent the weekend helping my daughter get caught up in Algebra. I was really wishing that I had enough money to pay for a tutor. Alas, we survived and she is caught up. Most of what she was doing was a whole unit on word problems. I hate word problems with a passion!! I can guarantee you that in hell satan will be teaching a class on word problems ;-).

I also have been doing some major organizing and de-cluttering. Then, I got a sore throat and wasn't able to do the radio show yesterday. My throat actually seems to be getting worse and I'm close to losing my voice. To top it off I got a huge knot on my leg after kick boxing last night. Good times, good times!!

1) President Bush thanks the troops!

2) Mike gets to see GOP rock star Sarah Palin when she comes to Georgia to campaign for Saxby Chambliss.

3) I finally got a chance to watch Ben Stein's Expelled. It was excellent and needs to be seen by all whether you believe in evolution or creation. It is shocking to see how debate and free speech aren't allowed at universities. If you even mention Intelligent Design you may be fired and blacklisted. If evolutionists are so sure about their theories, then why are they so threatened by the mere mention of a possible creator? One guy said that he thinks aliens or other strange theories are much more plausible than Intelligent Design. Unbelievable!!

I'm having my oldest 3 kids watch this because I think its important info for everyone to know.

4) Rosie's new show flops!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

RT posted this video for last year's Thanksgiving. I liked it so much that I decided to use it for this year.

What I'm Thank-ful For:
--My Savior
--My family
--My friends
--God's Amazing Grace
--Our soldiers and Veterans
--Our Founding Fathers
--My gym
--Getting back on track with my work-outs
--The Word of Promise, New Testament on Cd
--My Church family
--President George W. Bush
--No terrorist attacks on our soil since 9/11
--Those 2 Rebels named William
--Governor Sarah Palin
--My family all doing Karate
--Our great Karate teacher
--Getting close to finishing my 50 book list for the year
--Great Music
--Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity
--Talk Radio
--Fox News & the alternative media
--Movies and Tv shows
--Jane Austen
--Women having the right to vote
--Blogging & the radio show
--My computer and ipod
--My cellphone
--My health

Other thank-ful bloggers:
Thanksgiving 2008--Skye
What I am Thank-ful For--Bullfrog
For Which I am Thankful, Redux--Patrick M
Let's Give Thanks!--Rivka
Giving Thanks--BZ
"A Day of Public Thanksgiving to God"--Donald Douglas
The Lesson of the First Thanksgiving--Mike
Happy Thanksgiving!--Wordsmith

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday Smorgasbord!

1) Senator Jim DeMint nails it in his article on rebuilding the conservative majority.

2) Sarah Palin is a GOP Superstar!

3) The Face of Grace! A powerful story from a soldier on the ground in Iraq. Here is an excerpt:
While standing guard, Luke noticed a woman approaching from behind and cautiously turned in her direction, his rifle at the ready.

“An interpreter told our son it was OK – the woman just wanted to touch a soldier. Still uneasy, Luke stood still while the woman reached out her hand and touched his face, tears in her eyes.

“Looking to the interpreter for meaning, our son was told that the woman simply ‘wanted to touch the face of grace.’ It seems this trembling woman, like most of the people in her town, looked upon our soldiers as angels of grace, sent by God to protect her from the violence and oppression her people had come to know up to then. Learning this, our son squeezed and kissed the woman’s hand, and she left, weeping.

“The ‘face of grace.’ How many of us, safe at home debating the politics of the war on terror, have ever seen our soldiers in such a light? How many of us have even read such an uplifting newspaper account of our soldiers?

“People like this woman, having suffered years of oppression and fear, have eyes and a heart to see this, and the desire to “‘touch the face of grace.’ Do we have the ability to see our soldiers in the same way? And not merely our soldiers: Can we see the ‘face of grace’ in the police who protect us in every town, day and night? Or in the fire and rescue teams who are ‘soldiers’ in their own right?

4) Bipartisanship: For the common good? David Limbaugh is spot on, as usual.

5) Genius, Thy Name is Obama Ann Coulter also has a new book coming out about the media's love affair with Obama. The title is, "Guilty: Liberal Victims And Their Assault On America". It is set to be released the first week of January 2009.

Monday, November 24, 2008

November 24th Edition of Conservatism With Heart!

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

Some of the articles and topics I will be discussing:
--90 Minutes in Heaven
--24 Premiere
--The Stock Market will be fine
--Rove's ten point plan for a GOP come-back
--And More...

To be a part of the show, call in, toll-free 1-877-864-4869!!

To listen to podcasts of my previous shows, go here!

Friday, November 21, 2008


My teenage daughter isn't a big reader, but she loves the "Twilight" book series by Stephanie Meyer. It is a teenage love story between a normal girl and a guy who is a vampire. They are a huge hit right now with teens AND adults. Several friends of mine have read the books and really liked them.

My daughter has been counting down the days until the premiere of the movie based on the first book. So, last night 2 friends of mine, my daughter and one of her friends all went to the Midnight premiere of the movie. The movie theater we went to was showing it on 5 different screens, and the parking lot was packed.

I was the only one in the group that hadn't read any of the books. They all thought the movie wasn't as good as the book, although they enjoyed it. I had nothing to compare it with, so I thought it was pretty good. I can see why the storyline is so compelling and I look forward to reading the books.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

90 Minutes in Heaven!

I am listening to the book, "90 Minutes in Heaven" on Cd. It is an incredible, compelling true story. I am usually skeptical of anyone who claims to have an after-death experience. Yet, his testimony is so real and genuine that I find it believable.

He died in a car accident in 1989 and got to experience heaven for 90 minutes. Then, a Pastor who was praying for him discovered that he was alive. This was after 2 EMT's had pronounced him as dead. Then, after experiencing the wonders of heaven he came back to earth only to live in extreme pain and undergo numerous surgeries. He is very candid about how he suffered from depression and countless other difficulties. He was in constant pain for years and still deals with it to this day.

I highly recommend this book, it is a life-changing story.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Palin-Bashers!

Sarah Palin and those like her are the future of the Republican Party. Conservatism is not dead – moderates are the losers in this election. No liberal has been elected by outing themselves as same. They become centrists, moving center and center-right (remember the elections of 2006). Obama, who is recognized by other liberals as the most liberal liberal in Congress, spent the last two months of the campaign running center-right.--Mychal Massie

I couldn't agree with Mychal Massie more in his column, "The Palin-Bashers". Here are some excerpts:
The accusations now surfacing is that Gov. Palin isn't "smart enough" to even consider running for president
, to which one might argue: like Al Gore and John Kerry were, and like Joe Biden is – but I digress. A pre-eminent business leader told me many years ago, "You don't have to be super smart to be successful – you just have to be smart enough to surround yourself with people who are."

To that point, Sarah Palin is not only smart enough to surround herself with smart people, but she is also both smart and capable. Her record of accomplishment in barely two years as governor of Alaska is extraordinary. She is a proven fiscal conservative who puts the best interests of the people ahead of "good ol' boy" politics and policies, and she isn't hesitant to take on malevolent factions of her own party. She holds to traditional values, not as a mace, but as a way of life.

She restructured her state's pre-existing severance tax on oil and gas production, renegotiating the structure in full public view, and the rebated part of the resulting surplus went directly to taxpayers. She ended a multi-year stalemate over the financing and construction of a $40 billion cross-state pipeline that supplies cheaper natural gas to Alaskans and the lower 48 states. That single act alone did more to advance American energy independence than Biden, Obama or McCain can boast collectively. In her capacity as being responsible for the Alaskan National Guard, she authorized 521 missions that saved 200 lives.

His conclusion:
Sarah Palin and those like her are the future of the Republican Party. Conservatism is not dead – moderates are the losers in this election. No liberal has been elected by outing themselves as same. They become centrists, moving center and center-right (remember the elections of 2006). Obama, who is recognized by other liberals as the most liberal liberal in Congress, spent the last two months of the campaign running center-right.

The attacks are coming from those who fear what Gov. Palin represents. They fear not being able to convince enough people to oppose her unless they start savaging her now. I am also inclined to believe that a good number of those spreading the lies and misinformation are either from, will be or desire to be part of a certain former and future presidential hopeful loser, who fancies himself a contender in 2012.

Sarah Palin is good for our party – she is good for America.And trust me, those attacking her do so because they fear her ability to connect with voters. They wouldn't waste their efforts if this were not the case. To those who say she isn't "smart enough," I say she doesn't have to be an Adams, Jefferson, Madison or Reagan; she just has to be smart enough to know it and surround herself with capable people. And keep in mind that Ronald Reagan was attacked as not being intelligent enough, while Bill Clinton was hailed as being supremely intelligent.

Palin didn't lose the race for McCain – he lost it himself despite her giving him a tremendous boost going into the closing weeks of the campaign. She is, however, the reason his 6-point lost wasn't a double-digit loss.

Monday, November 17, 2008

November 17th Edition of Conservatism With Heart!

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

Some of the articles and topics I will be discussing:
--USA Cares
--Top Ten Reasons to Rejoice Over Obama Victory
--An Unlikely Conservative
--Dennis Miller talking about Sarah Palin
--Kristol Defending Palin
--Rush defending Palin

To be a part of the show, call in, toll-free 1-877-864-4869!!

To listen to podcasts of my previous shows, go here!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fun Stuff!--Part 1

Since this election cycle was hard on all of us, I figure a diversion from politics is a good thing. My liberal buddies James and Dave are so happy about their Obama win that they are taking some time off from politics. Kudos to them, while being happy about their win there was no gloating to those of us who were mourning a loss.

1) True but funny story--I was working out on the elliptical machine at the gym last night and this guy starts working out next to me. He starts talking to me even though I have headphones on but he gets my attention. We start talking for awhile, when I realize that he is hitting on me. By this time he knows I'm married, have 4 kids, that my husband does kickboxing, etc... I even talk about how I'm a Republican and he is an Obama supporter and still he is not dissuaded. Finally, I happen to mention that I'm one of those people who still loves Bush and he finally disappears. LOL :-)!

2) Nickelback's New Cd--I'm a big fan of Nickelback and they are coming out with a new Cd. Ironically, it comes out the same day as David Cook's, November 18th. I'm looking forward to both of them. I'm really bummed that a friend and I didn't go to the Nickelback concert here in KC a year ago with Chris Daughtry. I'm a huge fan of both and it would've been worth the money. Hopefully, sometime in the near future. My friend is also a homeschooling Mom of 4 so we joked about how we would have to get some leather pants to go.

3) The Jane Austen Book Club--I knew I wanted to buy this movie the first time I saw it. It is an excellent movie but I was waiting for it to be a decent price. Then, this past weekend I needed a good movie to distract me from the rough political news. I went to Target and they had it for a great price and it was the last copy. How could I not buy it?

4) North and South--I started reading this during the summer but things got crazy busy with the campaigns. It was hard to get much reading done, but if I did, it was easier books. So, now that the campaigns are over I went back to reading it and I am enjoying it. I also only have 3 books after this to finish my 50 book list.

Tomorrow, will be my Fun Stuff--Part 2 post, stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday Smorgasbord!

1) John Stossel reveals how ignorant so many people are about the world around them. What is scary is that so many of these people vote.

2) Elizabeth Edwards Ditches Wedding Ring. It looks like the Edwards have possibly separated. I guess Elizabeth didn't take too kindly to being humiliated in front of the world. And instead of being your typical political wife she refused to be a doormat.

3) I Love George W. Bush Day. I'm probably going to do a series of posts myself thanking President Bush before the year ends. Here is an excerpt from a column by Michael Gerson at the Washington Post:
But that humanity is precisely what I will remember. I have seen President Bush show more loyalty than he has been given, more generosity than he has received. I have seen his buoyancy under the weight of malice and his forgiveness of faithless friends. Again and again, I have seen the natural tug of his pride swiftly overcome by a deeper decency — a decency that is privately engaging and publicly consequential.

4) It's not by accident that we have not been attacked on American soil since September 11, 2001.
President Bush never took his eyes off the ball. War-critics just never understood the rules of the game.

5) How Democrats Are Attempting to Steal A Senate Seat

6) 48 to 52 - With All Our Love This expresses exactly how I feel.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In Defense of Sarah Palin!

"I've been working over 20 years in Washington and I've been around literally dozens and dozens of politicians. She is among the smartest, toughest, most capable politicians I've ever dealt with. She has a photographic memory."--Randy Scheunemann (McCain's top foreign policy adviser)
It is unconscionable how Sarah Palin has been treated ever since joining the ticket with McCain. She, like Bush are a threat to liberals and as a result liberals have engaged in character assassination. And Palin has been thrown under the bus by some Republicans as well.

There have been a lot of false rumors that have traveled through the left wing blogosphere. In the above Greta interview Palin puts a lot of them to rest.

Also, it turns out that some loyal Romney supporters may have been behind the rumors. In this ABC article, a Palin aide and a McCain aide come to Palin's defense, insisting that the rumors are false.

"For one thing there is quite a defense of Palin mounting in the blogosphere. Gosh, if you had to come up with a plot to endear her to the base, increase anger against the McCain bumblers and lift the fighting spirits of conservatives you couldn’t come up with a better idea than continuing to trash Palin in the media. Is it a Rovian plot?"--Byron York

Michelle Malkin echoes my sentiments exactly in the above video. She starts off by talking about the hypocrisy of Oprah and then the treatment of Palin. Bill Kristol and Rush also came to Palin's defense.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Silver Lining--Part 2

"We live in a beautiful country and I will remain proud of our country, proud of our citizens, proud of our military, and proud of our freedoms. We can continue to embrace what we love about our republic without supporting liberals who oppose our principles or those who attempt to restrict our rights.

Nothing a politician or a president can do will ever strip me of my optimism and faith in what our founding fathers inspired in me - belief in the fundamentals of our political system, belief in the right to dissent, belief in fighting for what we know is right and belief in a better future which I can create for myself despite them."--Conservative Belle

--You have to watch the above SNL video. It is Ben Affleck pretending to be Keith Olbermann. He makes Olbermann look like the hateful, vicious, irrational guy that he is.

--Traditional marriage is preserved in Florida, California and Arizona

--It looks like Coleman is going to beat Franken

--The Democrats did not get a 60 seat majority in the Senate

I've been so busy with election stuff that I haven't been able to visit a lot of bogs lately. So last night I got half way through my blogroll. I found some good posts that I'd like to link to:
--Marjorie Dannenfelser on Sarah Palin

--Advice From Sir Winston

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Silver Lining!

--The Sam Graves' campaign that my daughter and I worked on, won by 22 percentage points. The Democrats had targeted this race and were outspending Sam Graves until they conceded that there was no way their Democrat candidate could win.

--My blog got over 1,000 hits the day before the election and around 900 the day of the election.

--McCain/Palin won in my county

--McCain/Palin seems to have won Missouri by a small margin, although the state isn't being called one way or the other

--The 3 stellar Republican Representatives (Doug Ervin, Tim Flook and Jerry Nolte) that I was rooting for in my county all won by large margins. Nolte's was impressive because in a Democrat year he won handily when his district has more registered Democrats than Republicans.

--My excellent State Senator Luann Ridgeway ran an excellent campaign and also won by a good margin.

--Sarah Palin will be a big player for the GOP. Many conservatives turned out in droves for McCain because of Sarah Palin. She has a bright future in the Republican party.

--We will have 24/7 entertainment waiting to see what psychotic thing Joe Biden will say or do next. If Obama is smart, he will give Biden a dual job with the other being an ambassadorship to a far away country.

--Ben Shapiro captures what an Obama administration might look like and how things will pan out by 2012.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Vets For Freedom Demanding that Murtha Apologize!

Hat tips: Gateway Pundit and Michelle Malkin

Join the Vets for Freedom and sign the petition demanding John Murtha apologize for his smears against our troops. John Murtha accused our Marines of cold blooded murder and has yet to apologize, even though the charges have been dropped against 7 of the 8 Marines.

Murtha is a little upset about the fact that he may lose his seat. In his own words, "no g** da** way!" Unfortunately for him, the polls are tightening and his opponent Bill Russell may just unseat him. This is one of those races where you can bet I will be watching the election results Tuesday night!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Missouri State Representative Jerry Nolte

I did a profile on Mike Gibbons about a week ago and said that I would be doing more in the series. This post on Jerry Nolte is profile #2.

Clay County is fortunate to have some great Republican Representatives. Since, I am stuck in the only area that is represented by a Democrat, I've adopted Doug Ervin as mine. I've talked about him many times on this blog and I've interviewed him on my radio show. Tim Flook also does an excellent job of representing the Liberty area and Jerry Nolte does a wonderful job representing the Gladstone area.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of also having Jerry Nolte on my radio show and we talked about the upcoming elections. One of the things that impresses me about all of these State Representatives is that they stay connected to the people in their district. In past years, I have done phone calls for different State Reps and I can't tell you how many times the people would mention that they had just had the Rep at their door. Some of these Republicans are in areas where there are more registered Democrats, yet many of them cross party lines to vote.

Nolte is a great example of staying connected. He has been walking non-stop, knocking on doors and getting to know the people and their needs in his district. This past Saturday, I took my boys and we knocked on doors for Nolte and got good responses everywhere we went.

Background & Experience:
--He is married to his wife Alicia and has 3 children
--He attends St. Charles Catholic Church
--He has been an Advertising Artist
--He also taught art at OakHill Day School
--He has represented the 33rd district in the Missouri House since 2004

The Gibbons profile talked about the many successes that the Republicans have had over the past four years. You would never know it from the merciless attacks by the KC Star and others. Yet, Nolte and the others have accomplished a lot.

Nolte's specific accomplishments:
--Passing new laws to curb illegal immigration
--Providing property tax relief
--Supporting legislation that helped create new jobs
--Enabled the Northland to get more money for education without raising taxes and helping the money to go directly to the classroom


Jerry Nolte's Voting Record
Nolte's House Website

Monday, October 27, 2008

Election Edition of Conservatism With Heart--Part 1

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

Some of the articles and topics I will be discussing:

--SNL pegs Joe Biden and John Murtha
--Joe Biden has a meltdown after an interview with some tough questions
--Boot Murtha
--Obama on abortion in his own words
--Election issues

Special Interviews with:
--Missouri State Representative Jerry Nolte
--Ryan Steusloff with Graves for Congress

To be a part of the show, call in, toll-free 1-877-864-4869!!

To listen to podcasts of my previous shows.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Joe Biden is not ready for Prime Time!

Reporter Barbara West rocks! Finally, someone in the Drive By Media asks Joe Biden some tough questions. As Michelle Malkin says, Best interview of Joe Biden ever. Since, liberals aren't used to being asked tough questions, Biden and the Obama campaign threw a fit about it. They canceled an interview with Biden's wife that was going to be done by the same news station. Unbelievable! Can you imagine what Obama and Biden would be like if they got treated the same way that Sarah Palin and McCain do on a daily basis? Talk about having thin skin.

Obama recently said that Fox News is probably costing him 3 percentage points in the polls. If we are to believe that, then McCain is losing 3 points per station that favors Obama. Lets see, that would be 6 points for MSNBC and CNN and 12 more for the Drive By Media networks.

Malkin also makes a great case that Biden is by far the scarier candidate to be a heart beat away from the presidency. Here is an excerpt:
If the prospect of Joe Biden sitting a heartbeat away from the presidency doesn't give you palpitations, you are not paying attention.

Hysterical Sarah Palin-bashers on the unhinged left and elitist right have dominated campaign press coverage and pop culture. They've ridiculed her family, her appearance and her speech patterns. They've derided her character, her parenting skills, her readiness and her intellect.

Meanwhile, the increasingly erratic, super-gaffetastic Joe Biden gets a pass. What does the guy have to do to earn the relentless scrutiny and merciless mockery he deserves? Answer: wear high heels, shoot caribou and change the "D" next to his name to an "R."

Her conclusion:
Nightly news shows still haven't tired of replaying Palin's infamous interview with Katie Couric. But how many times have they replayed Biden's botched interview with Couric last month -- in which he cluelessly claimed: "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'"

Er, here's what really happened: Roosevelt wasn't president when the market crashed in 1929. As for appearing on TV, it was still in its infant stages and wasn't available to the general public until at least 10 years later.

During the lone VP debate earlier this month, the increasingly erratic, super-gaffetastic Biden demonstrated more historical ignorance that Palin would never be allowed to get away with: "Vice President Cheney's been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history," he said. "He has the idea he doesn't realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the executive -- he works in the executive branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that."

Article 1 of the Constitution defines the role of the legislative branch, not the executive branch. You would think someone who has served 36 years in government -- the same someone who is quick to remind others of his high IQ and longtime Senate Judiciary Committee chairmanship -- would know better.

Biden's erratic and gaffetastic behavior is the least of America's worries. He's worse than a blunderbuss. He's an incurable narcissist with chronic diarrhea of the mouth. He's a phony and a pretender who fashions himself a foreign policy expert, constitutional scholar and worldly wise man. He's a man who can't control his impulses.

And he could be a heartbeat away.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled Palin-says-"You Betcha" skit.

I am still incredulous that so many people are merciless towards Sarah Palin but give Joe Biden a pass. What does he have to say or do to get people to realize that he doesn't have what it takes to be a VP, let alone the President?

Related Links:
An Honest Reporter-- Barbara West Asks Biden About ACORN, Socialism & the Looming International Crisis (Video)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dispelling the Lies about Sarah Palin!

(Make sure to check out "Team Sarah". Fred Thompson's wife, Jeri was on Hannity and Colmes last night promoting the site. I immediately went to my computer and signed up and invited a bunch of friends. I've got the widget in my sidebar.)

A friend of mine sent me an email he had gotten from a liberal at his work. He wanted me to help him refute this guy's Daily Kos type talking points about Sarah Palin. I spent so much time on my response that I decided to have it be today's post. His words are in black and my responses are in blue.

Not only did she know what the Bush Doctrine is but she has lied repeated times.
Actually, Charles Krauthammer says that Gibson is the one who committed the gaffe during that interview:
"The New York Times got it wrong. And Charlie Gibson got it wrong.

There is no single meaning of the Bush doctrine. In fact, there have been four distinct meanings, each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration -- and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today. It is utterly different."

You could write is off as liberal media but here are just a few examples:
1. She has been convicted of abuse of power by a completely republican review board. Abuse of power is a serious charge and a VP should by be abusing power.
--First of all, this is a non-scandal and she wasn't "convicted" of anything. She was found to have abused her power by a council that was led by two Democrats who are Obama supporters. She fired former public safety director Walt Monegan for several incidents of insubordination, not because he refused to fire her former brother-in-law.

--State Senator Hollis French was the lead investigator and he is not only a Democrat but an Obama supporter.

Democratic state Senator Hollis French, the lead investigator in the smear campaign against Governor Palin, promised his party that the results of the Troopergate probe would be an "October surprise" that would "likely be damaging to the administration."

--Kim Elton was the chairman of the council, he is also a Democrat and an Obama supporter.

2. She sold the states private jet on eBay. Actually she did not.
She never said that she "sold" in on eBay. Her exact words were that she "put it on ebay" which was true. According to, the statement is obviously true.

3. She said she voted against the bridge to nowhere. Actually she voted for it.
She did support it in the beginning but as she learned more about it she was the one who killed it by putting the final stake in it.

4. She said she fired the governors private chef. Actually she just moved her to the department of the interior and continued to cook for the family.
She didn't need the private chef because she was going to stay in her home in Wasilla, instead of moving to Juneau. She did move her to a different department. The bottom line is that Palin did give up certain luxuries to help save the taxpayers of Alaska money.

5) She continues to say she his a hockey mom. What hockey mom spends $150,000 at high end department stores like Sacks Fifth Avenue.
This is one of the most ridiculous attacks on her yet. The RNC bought the clothes for her to wear in the campaign. She is the only one in the race WHO ISN'T A MILLIONARE. She doesn't have the money to spend on clothes, so the RNC had her wear clothes they purchased, which are being given to charity afterwards. These aren't even clothes she gets to keep.

What irritates me about this, is that if she had worn her regular clothes we would've never heard an end to the ridicule liberals would've subjected her too. Also, designers often give clothes to famous women to get the publicity. It doesn't seem that any of these designers were rushing to give her clothes like they would for Hillary Clinton and other liberal women.

6. She has charged the State of Alaska for travel of her family. When the State is only to pay for Official State Business.
"You have to read the article carefully to figure this out, but what the story ultimately reveals is that Palin (a) billed the state for most expenses allowed by law, including per diem when she stayed in her own home (her "duty station" was the state capitol of Juneau) in Wasilla; (b) didn't bill the state for other expenses, when she could have done so lawfully, such as per diems for her children; and (c) spent a lot less money on expenses than did her predecessor, especially on travel and by ridding herself of the state's personal chef."--Gateway Pundit

7.She hired Jack Abramoff’s lobbying firm to lobby for her town.
This is another ridiculous claim that she hired someone who had connections to Abramoff. Almost every politician in Washington had indirect links to Abramoff, including 40 out of 45 Democrat Senators.

8. The Republican Colin Powell said she is not ready to be president.
Colin Powell is a very moderate/liberal, pro-choice Republican who just endorsed Obama for President.

9. On Fox News as Republican as they come she was asked what the VP does and she replied: “In charge of the Senate” Once again incorrect and not a liberal media source.
Does this even compare to Joe Biden's countless gaffes that he's made on the campaign trail? He thinks Franklin Roosevelt was president in 1929, that we had Tv then, jobs is a 3 letter word, refers to brigades of soldiers as "battalions", and the list goes on.

10. SNL continually makes fun of her and get the highest ratings since 1994.
This is utterly ludicrous, the only time SNL got their highest ratings in 14 years was when they actually had SARAH PALIN GUEST STAR ON THE SHOW.

11. Her pastor has scared “witches” out her soul and she is on YouTube speaking in tongues. Not all that Christian.
Utterly ridiculous once again, it was a visiting African pastor that visited the church one time.

12. Asked what media she reads to be informed about the world and she said she could not name one.
This was asked of her by the condescending Katie Couric, and she was so demeaning in the way that she asked, that Sarah Palin was annoyed by the question. There was an implication that she didn't read what all the other elites read.

Real Clear Politics that is a heavily Republican poll shows that Palin is actually a drag on the ticket with a 38% approval rate.
This is absurd. Palin is drawing huge crowds every where she goes. Republicans are much more excited about her, than even McCain. She is the most popular Governor and yet the media continues to ask if she is a liability while Biden continues to make huge gaffes and nothing is said about him being a drag on Obama's ticket.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday Smorgasbord!

1) The above video shows Obama's record on abortion from his own mouth. It is extremely well done and is designated for "undecided Christian voters". Spread the word.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

2) Sarah Palin is going to be on Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson today. Make sure to tune in, or if you miss it, click on the link to hear the podcast.

3) 85 Celebrities who lean to the right!

Hat tip: Patrick

4) Bill Kristol's take on Joe Biden's latest gaffe. Here is an excerpt:
In other words, Biden is forecasting inaction by Obama in the face of testing by a dictator. I suspect he’s right in this forecast. McCain might want to clarify this point. It’s not just that Obama’s own running mate expects an international crisis early in his presidency. It’s not just that Obama has a weak foreign policy record. It’s that Biden himself expects what will appear to be a weak response from Obama to testing by a dictator.

5) Murtha steps in it again! How many insults will the people of Pennyslvania take from Democrat candidates? Apparently, many are fed up and are supporting Murtha's opponent, Bill Russell.