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

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Powell & McCain, Don't Let the Door Hit You On the Way Out!

I was reluctant to support John “Mr. Bipartisan” McCain, but by the time the dust was settled, he was the last man standing. It wasn’t until he named Sarah Palin as his running mate that I, along with countless others, became enthusiastic about McCain the candidate. So for him to give her such an obvious brush-off when she was the only thing his campaign did right — even though they completely misused her talents until the end, when it was too late to save the sinking SS McCain — is absolutely contemptible.

But then, McCain has shown time and again that the good opinion of conservatives is near the bottom of his priorities list. And once again, he pokes his finger into the eye of the conservatives who ignored that niggling feeling in the back of their minds and came out to support the Republican candidate because — well, what was the alternative?--Pam Meister
As I'm sure many of you have heard by now, Colin Powell took time out to bash the Republican Party (which he supposedly belongs to) and Rush, Sarah Palin and others. He has a lot nerve doing this when he voted for and endorsed Obama last month. Rush nailed it in his response on his radio show on the 15th. Below are excerpts from his response, it is lengthy but worth your time:
...I guess McCain and Colin Powell are showing their true colors. Here is Colin Powell telling the Republican Party what to do after he voted for Obama! I know what really has Colin Powell upset, it's because I said his endorsement of Obama was about race, and I'm not supposed to say those things. These things are supposed to go unsaid. The Republican Party nominated Powell's perfect candidate. The guy's going after moderates, independents, Democrats, a guy who is not conservative at all, McCain, didn't stand up for much conservative, and he's out there now saying he won't support Palin if she seeks the presidency again, or he might not.

Colin Powell, ladies and gentlemen, insists that conservatives and Republicans support candidates who will appeal to minorities like I guess McCain who led the effort for amnesty. He insists that conservatives and Republicans move to the center like McCain, who calls himself a maverick for doing so. General Powell insists that conservatives and Republicans provide an open tent to different ideas and views, like I guess McCain, who repeatedly trashed Republicans and made nice with Democrats. I mean, their tent's big, they just don't want us in it. John McCain is and was Colin Powell's ideal candidate. All these moderates, Bill Weld, all these moderates that crossed the aisle and voted for Obama, they got their ideal candidate, and they got their ideal campaign in McCain. Once McCain was nominated as the Republican candidate, largely by independents and Democrats voting in Republican primaries, Colin Powell waited 'til the last minute, when it would do the most damage to McCain and the Republicans and endorsed Obama. And when I said it was largely about race, that's what set 'em all off, you're not supposed to say these kinds of things. This is supposed to go unspoken.

So if we try to understand Powell's thinking, which is difficult since it's incoherent, we should have all voted for McCain in the primaries, and once he was nominated, we should have voted for Obama for president.

What's going on here with this Colin Powell thing is that the Washington establishment -- Powell's not a Republican. McCain's not a Republican. These guys are not even mavericks. They are Washingtonians. Washingtonians have their own culture and their own desires, and it is to matter. They don't care who's in power, they just want to be closely associated with whoever is. That's the name of the game and they want press adulation. They want to be loved and adored by the media, they want fawning treatment, they want to be thought of as something special, unique, dignified and so forth, and that's the Washington establishment. These guys are Washingtonians. And what is a Washingtonian? Who are these people? Ladies and gentlemen, they have driven this economy into the toilet. Washingtonians are tone deaf in terms of how you and I actually live and the things that matter and are important to us. Washingtonians are grabbing as much power for themselves right now as possible. Washington does not live in the rest of the country, does not live in the same world we do. What they're doing now is looking for ways to silence opposition. They don't care about the timid ineffective opposition. They like Republicans and conservatives who are ashamed of their views and their fellow citizens. What they want to do is silence people like me because they can't abide debate or opposition or challenges to their status and their authority.

So General Powell, let me explain something. The fact is Republicans did not listen to me. They listened to you. They have not been listening to me for years. The Republican Party nominated your ideal candidate.

Then you turn around and you stab this person in the back by endorsing the most liberal Democrat candidate ever nominated days before the election, General Powell? You want to lecture me about how the Republican Party needs to stop listening to me when they are not? They are listening to you. I also have to question something here. How can he say he's a Republican? He gets the perfect Republican nominee, exactly the kind of candidate he wants, it's McCain, and then he sabotages McCain a few weeks before the election by endorsing Obama. How can you even claim to be a Republican, General Powell? When have you ever stuck your neck out for Republicans and conservatives? Never. I mean sabotage George W. Bush with the Armitage leak and Scooter Libby, that's just one thing, but Ronald Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43 all helped advance General Powell's career.

Now, there are exceptional military men and women throughout our nation who could have served as national security advisor or chairman of the chief joints of staff, to quote Rita X, many ex-military people who could have been the secretary of state. Hell, Hillary can do it, anybody can do it. I'm sure you did a good job, General Powell, certainly nothing exceptional, you're no George Marshall. But I can't think of a single occasion where Secretary Powell stepped up to the plate for the Republican Party or the conservative movement. I think of many times when he has not done so or even worse. I've noticed on the one hand General Powell claims to stand above politics as a big claim to fame. Yet, on the other hand, he jumps in from time to time, but only to attack the conservative base of the Republican Party. When's the last time, the first time, when is any time he has let loose or criticized a liberal Democrat on any issue? Now, here's the problem. General Powell, and folks, this problem I think is systemic in the Republican Party in Washington. People like General Powell seek to ingratiate themselves with the people who despise the Republican Party and despise the conservative movement. They're out there preaching moderation all along the way, when instead you should be preaching principle.

Principle is what got you where you are. Moderation is what keeps you where you are with this great reputation, great image but no substance, no principles, no core belief. If somebody had to tell you who Colin Powell is, what would they say? What does he stand for? What does General Powell stand for? What does John McCain stand for? You don't know. There aren't any core beliefs you can go rat-tat-tat down the list and say, yep, this is who they are. Was Abraham Lincoln great because he saw compromise during the Civil War or was he great because he insisted on total and complete victory? Great people take stands on principle, not moderation. Some of us think that individual liberty, limited constitutional government, and increased support for the military by civilians are principles worth defending. Maybe General Powell can enlighten us, since he's failed to do that so far on the great liberal or moderate Democrat principles that seem to intrigue him. What is it about Obama that intrigued him? What are these principles? Or was it the way Obama speaks?

General Powell says we need to reach out to Hispanic, blacks, and Asians. Well, how do we do that? What kind of message does he suggest? I never hear the "how" to do it. I just hear we need to do it. And in my mind, we already have the blueprint for how to do it. We have done it successfully. We abandoned the blueprint. It's called individual freedom, liberty, and not seeing them as Hispanics and not seeing them as Asians and not seeing them as blacks or minorities, but rather seeing them as Americans, human beings. Liberals look at people and groupify them and then think of them with contempt. I mean are all black people identical thinkers, if we understand what one of them thinks we know how to get to all of them, is that true? Same thing with Asians? Same thing with Hispanics? General Powell has no vision. He is not in touch with the public in any meaningful way. He's a Washingtonian. He's not in touch with the public. He lives in a bubble so he doesn't have to expose himself to contrary arguments. He just has to accept accolades from the people he treasures and values most, his buddies and the media. He doesn't add anything to the public discussion. What has he added to the public discussion? What has he done to advance a principle? He is constantly peddling his identity and his reputation rather than anything substantive or insightful.

I'm sure he's a delightful person with his friends and I'm sure he's charitable with his time and his money, but he has no idea what he's talking about when he presumes to dictate how Republicans and conservatives should build a governing majority. One of the things he said is he resents Sarah Palin because she kept talking about small towns. He said nobody lives in small towns and that's why they're small. "I'm from the Bronx. Something wrong with my values?" he asked. What is this hatred for conservatives and small town people and Sarah Palin? It's because they are effective. They represent challenges to the Washingtonians' control of the Republican Party. I know a lot of people that are from the Bronx, General Powell, and if you think the values there in the Bronx today reflect the ones you grew up with, take a trip back and see if the street corners and the activities there are the same as when you were growing up, General Powell.

Let me get this straight. The guy who has supported the Republican candidate for president should be thrown out of the party. That would be me. But the guy who bolted and sabotaged the Republican nominee by endorsing the Democrat candidate should stay in and be part of the team that determines what the Republican Party is going to be. The turncoat, General Powell, is the one who the party is gonna listen to? McCain's a moderate. I supported McCain. Powell, who wants a moderate, did not support McCain. It's unreal. It's just incredible. Look, I'm trying to be a little humble here, but it's hard when you got all this other stuff going on and Republicans out there now continue to trash me. It's flattering; it is amazing. At the same time, it's mind-boggling how I get under their skin. What I'm learning now, folks, it really doesn't matter about party. It's not getting under Republicans' skin now. It's getting under the skin of Washingtonians. It's getting under the skin of the Big Government people. These are liberals. There's no such thing as a moderate Republican. A moderate Republican is a liberal. General Powell, says, "I'm a fiscal conservative; I don't like the social stuff." What's wrong with the social side? It's abortion. But it's more than that, it's Washingtonianism.

Hat Tip: Right Think

Related Links:
Why Conservatives Shouldn't Be Cheery
Dissing Palin
Thanks for Nothing...

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.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Blagojevich Links!

When this scandal first hit, I was looking everywhere to see if the Illinois Governor was a Republican or a Democrat. Of course, since he was a Democrat, hardly anyone mentioned his party affiliation.

Flopping Aces--“Blagojevich Arrest Shakes Obama Presidency to Its Core”

Gateway Pundit--Report: Michelle Obama Is "Specifically Named Individual" on Page 64 of Indictment Jim has done a thorough job of covering this scandal with additional posts.

Mike--Appoint a Special Prosecutor in Blagojevitch-Obama Corruption Probe

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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Joy Behar's Vitriol Towards Conservatives!

I don't know how Elisabeth Hasselback can stand to be in the same room with any of the other women on The View, let alone have a rational discussion with them. Joy Behar alone, continues to say the most vicious things about Conservatives and Republicans. It doesn't matter that she is extremely ignorant and has no clue on the topics she weighs in on.

Behar's latest insulting attack was on home schoolers. She said that home schooled children are "demented". Unbelievable!! She is so ignorant on the issue that she probably has no clue that she just offended a huge segment of our society that chooses to home school.

Behar's body language when McCain and O'Reilly were on the show just conveyed absolute hatred for anyone who does not bow down to a liberal agenda. Examples of her extreme vitriol towards conservatives are too numerous to mention, but recently she called Sarah Palin an airhead and Rush Limbaugh a terrorist. One would hate to imagine the number alone, of her attacks on President George W. Bush.

It never ceases to amaze me how liberals preach "tolerance" but never show any of it to people who dare to disagree with them.

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...

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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

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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.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Dealing with the Aftermath!

To be honest, the past couple of days have been rough. I've been grieving what we've lost. Last night, I was particularly having a difficult time and I realized what my biggest problem was, none of this has been fair. I realize that one of the fundamentals of life is that many things aren't fair. Its one of the things we tell our children when they are young. Don't expect life to be fair, because it isn't.

That said, I'm going to voice some of my frustrations. As I've been visiting a lot of conservative blogs, I'm getting a glimpse at how we as conservatives are coping with this new set of events.

Many on our side of the aisle have been very gracious towards Obama. John McCain himself gave what was probably the most gracious concession speech I've ever heard. President Bush who is always a class act has been more than gracious as well. When I saw Karl Rove being gracious on Fox News, I just shook my head. Rove has been so demonized and attacked by the left that had I been him, I don't think I could've been half as gracious.

All of this has been a bitter pill to swallow after what those of us on the right have been put through the past 8 years. Robin pointed it out so well when she said,
"All I can say is I promise to treat the new "president" with the same respect that was given to President Bush."
My beloved President has been compared to Hitler, he has been trashed, belittled and demeaned all while turning the other cheek and keeping this country safe. He came into the White House with a "new tone" which the Democrats immediately used to stab him in the back.

In 2000, where was Gore's gracious concession speech? In 2004, where was Kerry's gracious concession speech? I was never even able to celebrate a Bush win on the night of either election because Gore and Kerry cared more about themselves than the country. Where were the liberals that were gracious to Bush and said we had to give him a chance? There were none!!!

Now, we have liberals gloating everywhere and rubbing it in our face that we are to treat Obama with respect. We are supposed to suck it up, because he's our President whether we like it or not. A new reader of my blog sent me an email that a liberal co-worker sent her. Here is just an excerpt of what it said:
"But I'm not going to tell you "losers" to sit down and shut up. I say stand up and speak out if you have legitimate concerns. But here are some examples of really ridiculous concerns:

1- Obama will "destroy" America because of his association with (fill in the blank):
Ayers, Khalidi, Acorn, Malcom X, Cheney
2- Obama will "destroy" America because he is a (fill in the blank):
socialist, Muslim, terrorist, baby killer, Hawaiian secessionist

Before slandering President Elect Barack Obama, you should investigate the people your own guy/gal have (actually) been associated with and the things they have (actually) done. It's a lucky thing for the McCain/Palin team that Obama decided to merely beat them fairly and honestly rather than "destroy" THEM. To bring up the afore mentioned concerns based entirely on the GOP's attempted character assasination would only make you look as ridiculous as, say, Freedom fries or Joe the Plumber or, you know - Her.

Try to accept that McCain's hell-bent "straight talk" express crashed and burned in it's own hate fueled smears. They ran a dirty campain and they deserved to lose."
At the end of the email, the co-worker said that Obama was going to nominate all these wonderful people to his cabinet that would then repair all of the horrible things that the Bush administration has done. And in the end the entire world will be able to see how stupid we were never to have supported Obama. Unbelievably condescending and hateful gloating is what that is.

The reason it so infuriates me is because I would never do this to someone. I may be excited about something on my own blog, but I would never go to a liberal blog and gloat and say hateful things. I would not send emails to liberal friends and rub it in their face. Yet, you would not believe the immature and hateful things that were said to me the night Obama won.

I'm not sure why liberals are so threatened by my blog when they control all of the MSM. Of course, if they have their way they will silence the only media we do monopolize, talk radio and the alternative media on the internet. In true socialistic fashion, the liberals must control ALL news media outlets. Its not enough to have control of 90% of it.

And of course, I can never say it better than Ann Coulter. So I will conclude with an excerpt of the latter part of her most recent column:
"I keep trying to get Democrats to take my advice (stop being so crazy), but they never listen to me. Why do Republicans take the advice of their enemies?

How many times do we have to run this experiment before Republican primary voters learn that "moderate," "independent," "maverick" Republicans never win, and right-wing Republicans never lose?

Indeed, the only good thing about McCain is that he gave us a genuine conservative, Sarah Palin. He's like one of those insects that lives just long enough to reproduce so that the species can survive. That's why a lot of us are referring to Sarah as "The One" these days.

Like Sarah Connor in "The Terminator," Sarah Palin is destined to give birth to a new movement. That's why the Democrats are trying to kill her. And Arnold Schwarzenegger is involved somehow, too. Good Lord, I'm tired.

After showing nearly superhuman restraint throughout this campaign, which was lost the night McCain won the California primary, I am now liberated to announce that all I care about is hunting down and punishing every Republican who voted for McCain in the primaries. I have a list and am prepared to produce the names of every person who told me he was voting for McCain to the proper authorities.

We'll start with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Then we shall march through the states of New Hampshire and South Carolina -- states that must never, ever be allowed to hold early Republican primaries again.

For now, we have a new president-elect. In the spirit of reaching across the aisle, we owe it to the Democrats to show their president the exact same kind of respect and loyalty that they have shown our recent Republican president.

Starting tomorrow, if not sooner.
Heidi quoted from an FDR speech in her aftermath post and concluded with this quote, which I will leave you with as well,
"God bless you all and may God have mercy upon our souls - and our country."

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.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

My November 4th, 2008 Ballot!

President/Vice President:
John McCain/Sarah Palin

U.S. Congressman:
Sam Graves

Missouri Governor: Kenny Hulshof
Missouri Lt. Governor: Peter Kinder
Missouri Secretary of State: Mitch Hubbard
Missouri State Treasurer: Brad Lager
Missouri Attorney General: Mike Gibbons
Missouri State Senator: Luann Ridgeway

Missouri Supreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge: No (She was appointed by Governor Matt Blunt but she was picked because the panel only gave Blunt 3 liberal Judges to pick from and she was the least liberal.)

Associate Circuit Judge Janet L. Sutton: No (She was appointed by Governor Holden.)

Missouri Ballot Issues:
Constitutional Amendment 1 (English as the official language in Missouri)--Yes
Constitutional Amendment 4 (Changes to Public Water and Sewer District Funding)--Yes
Proposition A (Removal of $500 Gambling loss limit and ID-Increases Tax by 1%)--No
Proposition B (Expands State Medicaid to Include At-Home Elderly-Disabled)--No
Proposition C (Dictates Quotas for some Utilities on how to Generate Energy with Mandates for Renewables)--No

**My endorsements on the ballot issues are listed in comparison with other blogs and newspapers at this site.

Endorsement of Additional Missouri Candidates not on my Ballot:
State Representative Jerry Nolte (33rd District)
State Representative Doug Ervin (35th District)
State Representative Tim Flook (34th District)

Additional links with good voting info:
--Missouri Family Network
--Value Voters USA
--Missouri Eagle Forum

Free stuff when you wear your "I Voted" sticker
--Ben & Jerry's
--Krispy Kreme
--And more...
**This post is a work in progress. I am going to keep it at the top of my blog until after election day as I add things to it. I would like to do other profiles on some of these other candidates. If I get a chance I will write some more, but I am also busy helping on the campaigns.

If anyone has any questions on any of these endorsements or wants extra info, email me or leave a comment in the comment section.