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!