Friday, February 29, 2008

Who Will McCain pick for VP and What Message Will it Send?


"In sum, with an ill conceived pick McCain can pour salt in the wounds of the conservative base. With a solid one he can signal a willingness to build a bridge to the GOP base, enhance his domestic policy credentials and electoral prospects and select a plausible #2 in a time when all presidents must be concerned about a successor.

Conservatives will be watching carefully -- and making their preferences clear -- as the presumptive nominee makes his first major decision."

--from How Will McCain Choose his Running Mate by Jennifer Rubin
I did a bunch of research for the radio show this week on who McCain may pick for VP and for what reasons. There are several theories and many names.

Of course, as I have mentioned, J.C. Watts is my top choice and I also named a couple others who would make good choices.

Here are some of the names that are circulating. I've split them up into 4 different categories--Great, Don't Work for Me (most of these are people who are just too old or who wouldn't add anything to the ticket), Too Moderate, Horrible.
Great Picks:
--J.C. Watts
--Senator John Thune (SD)
--Congressman Mike Pence (IN)
--Senator Jim DeMint (SC)
--Governor Haley Barbour
--Frank Keating
--Michael Steele
--Governor Mark Sanford (SC)(I've heard mixed things about him so not totally sure he belongs in the great picks)

Don't Work for Me Picks:
--Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson
--Phil Gramm
--Steve Forbes

Moderate Picks:
--Governor Charlie Crist (FL)
--Governor Tim Pawlenty
--Governor Rick Perry

Horrible Picks:
--Mike Huckabee
--Colin Powell
--Senator Olympia Snow
--Senator Susan Collins
--Senator Joe Lieberman
"On the one hand, he badly needs to fire up an apathetic conservative base that even now has not warmed up to his candidacy. For a long time, he’d been assuming that Hillary Clinton—perhaps the most reviled figure among the conservative grass roots—would win the Democratic nomination and accomplish this for him.

But if the vastly less polarizing Obama is his opponent, McCain may find his VP choice to be his best remaining means of mobilizing the G.O.P.’s base."


--from The VP Stakes: If It's Obama Vs. McCain, Who Runs With Them? by Steve Kornacki
As I was doing the research something became crystal clear to me. McCain's VP pick is important for many reasons (much more so than it normally is) but the biggest one is it will send a huge message on how he is planning on leading.

If he picks a stellar conservative he will be sending a message to conservatives that he respects us and realizes that we play an important part of the Republican party. If he picks a moderate/liberal candidate then he will basically be giving conservatives the finger and saying he doesn't care what we think and he could care less if we support him.

I will lobby for a conservative pick but I'm not holding my breath. If McCain sticks to his maverick ways he will give us the finger and pick someone just as objectionable as he is. If he chooses to go that route I will wish him luck on winning the presidency without any help from the conservative base. And as if we didn't already have enough doubts, check out McCain's own criteria (below)for picking a VP and tell me if that sounds like someone who is planning on reaching out to conservatives???

“The process will begin and the fundamental principle behind any selection of a running mate would be whether that person is fully prepared to take over and share your values, your principles, your philosophy, and your priorities. I think that's the first and only real criteria for the selection of a running mate.”--John McCain

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Wednesday List


"On a moderately unrelated note, much of my inspiration for today's blog, as it often is on Tuesdays, is based on listening to Dee. I guess I must be following her as the media does Obama, except without the stalking, and taping expensive things to doors, and making life-sized cardboard cutouts of her before which I bow in utter subservience."--Patrick M

1) Newer blogs to the blogroll! The above quote put a huge smile on my face. Patrick M from Sane Political Discourse is one of my new additions to the blogroll recently and he's a great guy as you can obviously see ;-).

Here are a couple more new ones:
--Joco Sob--He is a local guy that I recently discovered. He likes Harleys, Jack Bauer, Carrie Underwood and he is a Conservative. Does it get any better than that? He won me over with this post on Chick Flicks. He also agrees with me that this winter has sucked!

--Joshua P. Allem--This guy is a buddy of Skye's and it is easy to see why. He is a fellow radio guy who likes Rush and is pained by the nomination of Mr. Straight Talk Express.

--Photo Paintings by Kelley--A fellow Christian and he likes to do humor posts.

2) The Encourager Award goes to Rivka! I'm so glad Rivka jumped back into blogging again recently. She is a great friend and one of my biggest supporters. She sent me a wonderful email this week that really encouraged me.

3) Ted Kennedy singing! The first time I heard this I thought it was a joke. Once again, time to enact a "sanity" test for U.S. Senators to pass before getting re-elected. We'd trim the senate of a lot of unwanted chaff.

4) Hillary or Obama? I talked yesterday about how the Clintons are in melt down mode. That doesn't mean Hillary can't still pull off the nomination, although that now seems unlikely. However, as Rush pointed out the longer the Dems are in disarray the better it will be, so I'm hoping Hillary does fairly well next Tuesday. The longer she sticks around and fights the longer there is a huge split in the Democratic party.


5) I'll leave you with this Calvin and Hobbes! This particular one describes some of how I feel right now. I can't muster much energy or enthusiasm right now for much of anything so one push-up may be all that can be done ;-).

Monday, February 25, 2008

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!

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

Some of the articles & topics that I might be discussing:
--Drew Peterson Case
--Oscars
--SNL Obama skit
--Michelle Obama's gaffe
--The VP Stakes
--J.C. Watts for VP
--Taking a good look at J.C. Watts
--And more.....

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Drew Peterson and Injustice!


What we know about Drew Peterson:
--2nd wife abused

--3rd wife murdered--(The police were called 18 times on domestic disturbance calls during their marriage)

--4th wife, Stacy Peterson missing

--Drew's former fiancee speaks out

--Pastor: Stacy Peterson Told Me Drew Killed 3rd Wife

--A relative helped Drew move a large blue container that was warm to the touch around the time Stacy disappeared

I was watching the latest on this case while working out the other night and I had renewed outrage. Most likely this man played a part in the death of 2 women and there may never be any justice for either one of them. He used to be a cop and it appears that he's been very controlling and manipulative and knows how not to leave incriminating evidence behind.

I know many will not agree with me but it is cases like this and the OJ Simpson case that make me sympathetic towards people like Mary Winkler. I don't ever condone vigilante justice but domestic violence is often a crime that people don't walk away from. I think it is possible that people like Winkler put up with the abuse for too long and then they snap.

I pray and hope there is justice for Stacy and Kathleen Savio's families. I also hope this is a wake up call for any woman who is in an abusive relationship to get help and get out, today.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Cartoon Smorgasbord







It didn't take long for McCain's best buds in the Media to turn on him now that he is the guaranteed nominee for the Republican party. I think 99% of conservatives saw this coming, it was only a matter of time.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wednesday Smorgasbord


Obama
Uploaded by krs601

1) Michelle Obama is finally proud of her country--I agree with Gateway Pundit in that this is just sick. She has lived in this blessed country for 44 years and she is just now proud? As Rush pointed out both her and her husband have been very successful and part of the elite of society but I guess this whole time she hated this great country that enabled all of their success. The ultimate representation of how liberals view our country.

Cindy McCain did a great job at responding. She has always been proud of her country. Hot Air did a great job of summing up what they thought about Michelle Obama's comments:
“Only her husband’s run for president has made her proud of America? That’s … extremely narcissistic and self-centered.” “How sad. I certainly don’t want such a vain pessimist as First Lady.”


2) Al Qaeda in Baghdad has Been Defeated--Steve always does a great job of pointing out the good news in Iraq and Afghanistan that the Drive By Media ignores. If things are going well you know because there is silence.

3) Bill Clinton continues to come unhinged. How much therapy are both the Clintons going to require if she loses the nomination?

4) I'm really enjoying Facebook. A friend of mine talked me into signing up for My Space awhile ago and I've never done anything with it. Yet, a blogging friend talked me into signing up for Facebook and I've really enjoyed it. It is much more user friendly than My Space and they have all kinds of neat gadgets. I'm able to compile all my books and movies and there are all kinds of fun ways to stay in touch with friends. If you are already on Facebook let me know and if not I encourage you to sign up.

5) I love the Tv show, The Office! I have been watching all the past episodes via Netflix and I am almost caught up. I have even watched quite a few of the Season 4 episodes through the NBC site. It is hilarious and the more you get to know the characters the funnier it gets. I also love the relationship that Pam and Jim have.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!

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

Some of the articles & topics that I might be discussing:
--The split McCain's nomination is causing in the Republican Party
--The Truth about McCain and Bush's Tax Cuts
--McCain's True Record on Economic Issues
--Bush's Warm Welcome in Africa
--PBS Special on the Haditha Marines
--Obama is an empty suit and everyone, even his supporters know it
--The Dash Poem by Linda Ellis
--Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom
--1776 by David McCullough
--The World's Ten Worst Dictators
--And more.....

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


I finished listening to Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom. The story of Bonhoeffer is an incredible and inspirational story of a Christian willing to sacrifice his life to take a stand against evil.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

My Book List So Far...


I mentioned at the beginning of this year that I had joined a group where we committed to read 50 books this year. I was excited about it but had no idea I would be doing as well as I am this early in the game. Most of the credit goes to how easy and fun the Stephanie Plum series is but I have read and listened to a couple of other good books as well.

Right now I am listening to Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom on CD. It is phenomenal!! It is an inspirational true story and I am enjoying it immensely. I am also in the middle of reading the 12th book in the Stephanie Plum series, entitled, Twelve Sharp.

Here are the books that I have read so far:
1) The Faith of the American Soldier--Stephen Mansfield
2) My Grandfather's Son--Clarence Thomas
3) A Patriot's Handbook (CD)--Caroline Kennedy
4) 1776 (CD)--David McCullough
5) One for the Money--Janet Evanovich
6) Two for the Dough--Janet Evanovich
7) Three to get Deadly--Janet Evanovich
8) Four to Score--Janet Evanovich
9) High Five--Janet Evanovich
10) Hot Six--Janet Evanovich
11) Seven Up--Janet Evanovich
12) Hard Eight--Janet Evanovich
13) To the Nines--Janet Evanovich
14) Ten Big Ones--Janet Evanovich
15) Eleven On Top--Janet Evanovich
16) Visions of Sugar Plums--Janet Evanovich

Also, this is a perfect post to wish my friend a Happy Birthday because she is a huge book reader and puts me to shame in her book reading.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day Smorgasbord!!


1) Congressional Circus on Steroids... WHO lied? who cares? I'm totally not getting what the reason was for the circus yesterday. I am not much of a sports fan except for Ivan Rodriguez so I don't have an opinion one way or another about the steroids controversy but yesterday seemed absurd to me. I don't know which Congressman it was that I saw lecturing one of the ball players but I felt like I was in a classroom and the teacher was reaming out a student.

2) The Writer's Strike is finally over--yah!! Unfortunately, I don't think it was solved early enough to save some of our shows from having a shorter season but at least its finally over.

3) James made my day yesterday with another one of his comedy posts. Good stuff and made me laugh out loud as usual.

4) The McCain Files--
--John McCain funded by Soros since 2001 (Candidate's Reform Institute also accepted funds from Teresa Kerry)

--McCain ad guru wants Obama win (Vows to abandon GOP candidate if Illinois senator gets Dem nod)

--There's a Democrat behind door No. 1, 2 and 3

--Rein in the Rhetoric, McCain

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Review of 1776 by David McCullough


I've been listening to 1776 (unabridged) on CD. The most striking thing to me in listening to it is how little of the specifics I know or remember of the Revolutionary War.

Also, its fascinating how much history puts current events into context. 1776 was a rough year for the Americans and if there had been polls done back then George Washington and the troops would've had very little support. Yet, Washington and the soldiers did not give up despite the odds and some of the losses that they suffered. Washington had a lot of critics during the war who thought he wasn't fit to be Commander in Chief.

Today, very few are aware of this because of how things turned out and Washington is considered one of our greatest presidents and leaders. Once again I think history will view George W. Bush much more favorably just like history has judged George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Reagan much more favorably the more time went by and the fruit of their leadership was revealed.

David McCullough is by far one of my favorite History authors. When I first started on my journey of researching the Presidents I listened to McCullough's book on Truman. I learned so much and it was very exciting since Truman is from the KC area.

I learned a lot by listening to 1776 on CD, but there is so much rich history in it that I think I'm also going to take the time to read the actual hard copy of the book.

Book Rating--9 out of 10 stars

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Fox 4 Interview


I'm in the process of seeing if I can get the video put onto You Tube to be able to post directly on my blog, but until then I have the links to the actual video of the interview and a synopsis of it.

--Here is the link to the video of the interview that aired Friday night.

--Here is a description of the show which was entitled, Blogging Kansas City.

--The other 2 blogs featured in the story were Tony's KC (my favorite KC liberal) and The Kansas City Post

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!

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Some of the articles & topics that I might be discussing:
--My Fox 4 Interview
--Jordin Sparks singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl
--Tammy Bruce's passionate take on McCain
--Victoria's Secret 2008 Sexy List
--The Top 10 Ways I'm coping with the McCain saga
--Bush Weighs in on McCain
--1776 by David McCullough
--And more.....

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Homesick


If you've ever lost a loved one (and even if you haven't) this song will bring you to tears. It is a moving song about heaven.

Homesick
sung by Mercy Me

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Inspiration & Humor!


I need to take a break from politics. So here is a very inspirational song and I'll throw in some humor as well.
You are God Alone
sung by Phillips, Craig and Dean

Chorus:
You are God alone
From before time began
You were on Your throne
Your are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone

HUMOR:

I asked a friend of mine to fine some humor in the dire political situation that we now find ourselves. This is what she sent me:
Things That Should Make You Smile:

1. You really have no idea which side of the aisle Sawyer’s on. This means your dreams of being Lost on an island with him can live on.
2. Sean Hannity still loves you
3. If Hillary wins, you won’t be so wont to watch so much political tv, which means more time for Netlix.

I was surprised when I got this Hillary joke that I'd never seen it before. Usually, when you get a Hillary joke via email you've already seen it 10 times.
Hillary Goes To Elementary School

Hillary Clinton goes to a primary school in New York City
to talk about the world. After her talk she offers a question time.
One little boy puts up his hand. The Senator asks him what his name is.
'Kenneth,' he replied.
'And what is your question, Kenneth?'

'I have three questions:
First - whatever happened to the medical health care plan you were paid to develop during your husband's eight years in the office as President?
Second - why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office?
Third - whatever happened to all those things you took when you guys left the White House?'

Just then the bell rings for recess. Hillary Clinton informs the kids that
they will continue after recess.
When they resume, Hillary says, 'Okay, where were we? Oh, that's right,
question time. Who has a question?'
A different little boy puts his hand up. Hillary points him out and asks
him what his name is.
'Larry', he replied.
'And what is your question, Larry?'

'Well, I actually have five questions:
First - whatever happened to the medical health care plan you were paid to develop during your husband's eight years in the office as President?
Second - why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office?
Third - whatever happened to all those things you took when you left the White House?
Fourth - why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early?
Fifth - what happened to Kenneth?'

Another friend sent me 2 things via email this week that totally cracked me up:
1) It reminds me of an old joke, without the humor of course. A person states that when they die they want to go out just like their grandfather, quietly in his sleep not yelling and screaming like the other people in his car with him at the time.

It appears many conservatives are, in some fashion, asleep at the wheel,and some of us are wide awake and horrified at the thought of a McCain nomination.

2) I share your depression. Watching Romney's speech today with my wife I turned to her and ask what is wrong with our Country. How can Romney be pulling out and someone like McCain be coming to the podium to ask for unity.

I received a request from the RNC this afternoon for money. Bad timing. I replied:" Let me try to understand this you are pushing a liberal, McCain, as our Presidential candidate. Our do nothing Republicans lost Congress to the Democrats and now can do even less. And you want me to send money to support this? One of us is smoking crack and it is not me."

My wife thought it was harsh.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Friday Smorgasbord


1) Tess Koppelman's Fox 4 interview with me and 2 other bloggers will be airing tonight at 9 pm. If you live in the Kansas City area make sure to tune in. I'm not sure how much she will air of her interview with me because Tony of Tony's KC was the main person but it should still be good. I'm hoping to be able to post it online after it airs so you can all see it.

2) Romney shows what a man of integrity he is by caring more about the Republican party and the Country than himself. To listen to Romney's wonderful speech, go here. I consider Mike Huckabee to be the exact opposite. If he cared about the Republican party more than himself he would've dropped out a long time ago. Yet, with Huckabee it is all about him. I was extremely disappointed in Dobson once again since it looks like he is going to endorse Huckabee. Groan!!

3) The lectures continue, I guess some people didn't pay attention to my last post or didn't care. Once again, I'm not sure what they think they are accomplishing but I hope I'm saving them therapy money by letting them vent on my blog.

For the record, I'm not an idiot, so I won't be voting for Hillary. I have to admit that was a huge insult that anyone would even think I would consider that. I obviously never even implied it, but it is amazing what people come up with.

As for voting for McCain in the general election I am still doing some soul searching on that. I never thought I'd even consider not voting for the Republican nominee since I am huge lesser of 2 evils person but I never thought I'd have McCain forced upon me as my only choice. At this stage there is nothing McCain could say or do to win me over to his side.

What it will come down to for me is who he picks for VP. If he picks a stellar conservative I'll probably hold my nose and vote for him. If he picks Huckabee the chances are good I'll not vote for a Republican for president for the first time in my life. I will not let Huckabee anywhere near the White House. I want a whole new set of candidates come 2012. I don't want to go through this hell all over again 4 years from now. I'm very aware of the importance of the war and judges, the problem is, on judges I just have no idea who he would pick.

Reliapundit shows an example of a good McCain administration. If McCain was willing to pick good people like this for VP and his cabinet than I would be much more likely to vote for him.

Ann makes some excellent points in her latest article. I obviously don't agree with her on voting for Hillary but on most everything else she speaks for me and many others. This is how she concludes her article:
If Hillary is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with Republicans ferociously opposing her, followed by Republicans zooming back into power, as we did in 1980 and 1994, and 2000. (I also predict more Oval Office incidents with female interns.)

If McCain is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with the Republicans in Congress co-opted by "our" president, followed by 30 years of Democratic rule.

There's your choice, America.

4) Ronald Reagan's Birthday was this past Wednesday.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

I Did My Part!


I found this map via Gateway Pundit. It shows what counties went to which candidates. As you can see all the rural counties fell for Huckabee's rhetoric.

But, my county went for Romney and that gives me a little bit of satisfaction. I definitely did my part on influencing people and encouraging people to vote for Romney. A small ray of hope in an otherwise dismal day.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Super Tuesday Sucked!!


Well, once again it was a rough night for Conservatives. I don't have anything cheerful or optimistic to say. I need a day or two to regroup.

The Huckabee fans were not happy when Sean Hannity, I and others kept on insisting that a vote for Huckabee is a vote for McCain. Yet, I think we were proven right beyond a shadow of a doubt when you see the back room deal that McCain and Huckabee brokered in West Virginia. There is no doubt that they are working together to take out Romney and they may be successful.

It looks like we will have a rerun of 1976 (Gerald Ford) and 1996 (Bob Dole). Those didn't turn out so well but we got Reagan after Ford and W after Dole so we will rise again.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Jordin Sparks at the Superbowl


A little diversion from politics is always nice. I am not a sports fan at all so I didn't even watch the Super Bowl yesterday but I did tune in to hear Jordin Sparks sing the national anthem. I got teary eyed listening to it because I love the national anthem and she did such a wonderful job.

Conservatism with Heart--Live!!


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Some of the articles & topics that I might be discussing:
--Huckabee as the spoiler
--Romney and McCain stacks
--Romney Momentum
--Interview with Brian Fullmer from the Romney Campaign
--And more.....

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