Monday, March 30, 2009

March 30th 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:
--Focus on the Family broadcasts
--A Review of Gone in a Heartbeat
--Passport 2 Purity
--Abstinence Education
--Daniel Hannan MEP
--See if you can guess who is the gift that keeps on giving!
--Obama is no Lincoln
--And More...

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Review of Gone in a Heartbeat!

Mercy Triumphs over judgment!--James 2:13b

"Fearing death might keep you from living, but fearing life will keep you from living. Live as though the end is death, but do not be afraid. Death is simply the beginning of another path. Another world, where Jesus is King."--Rachel Works

I haven't listened to Focus on the Family on a regular basis for a long time. So, it was by chance that I happened to tune in on the day that they re-aired, Two Families United in Tragedy. The Works and Murray families came together to participate in a two part show.

On December 9, 2007, Matthew Murray went on a shooting spree at YWAM and then later at New Life Church. While at New Life, he took the lives of 2 of the Works family's daughters. It was hard to comprehend how the Works family was able to even start the healing process. They went from being a family of 6, to a family of 4. Since, I am part of a family of 6, the thought of losing 2 of my children just seemed so heartbreaking. I could only imagine the hole it would leave in their lives.

As I read this book, I was inspired by all of their lives and the testimony of their family. It was reassuring for me to hear how they turned out coming from a homeschooling family. Yet, as Marie Works mentioned, the healing process had to be so much harder for the Murray family. They had to live with the fact that their son took some lives and damaged others.

Its a compelling story of faith and forgiveness. I highly recommend it.

Book rating--9 out of 10 stars

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daniel Hannan Rocks!!

"You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt."--Daniel Hannan MEP

Daniel Hannan's speech to Prime Minister Gordon Brown has sped across the internet like lightening. He did not mince words, he went after Brown with gusto. He said that Brown had run out of "OUR" money and that he was "pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility". Wow, ouch!! We need someone here in our Congress to say all of this to Obama.

Hannan has written about the great response to his speech on his blog:
Breaking the press monopoly is one thing. But the internet has also broken the political monopoly. Ten or even five years ago, when the Minister for Widgets put out a press release, the mere fact of his position guaranteed a measure of coverage. Nowadays, a politician must compel attention by virtue of what he is saying, not his position.

It's all a bit unsettling for professional journalists and politicians. But it's good news for libertarians of every stripe. Lefties have always relied on control, as much of information as of physical resources. Such control is no longer technically feasible.

BZ has the transcript of the speech and GG loved it too!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Little Dictators!

I stumbled across yesterday's IBD (Investor's Business Daily) editorial entitled, Little Dictators while helping my daughter with her speech on bail-outs. I couldn't have said it any better myself. Here is an excerpt:
The spectacle of the very same people responsible for one of the nation's great financial calamities angling to be given even more control to fix the problem would be funny if it weren't so tragic.

Rep. Barney Frank, the Democrat who sits atop Congress' efforts to deal with the financial crisis, has enough chutzpah for 100 politicians — which is saying a lot.

In comments before testimony from both Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Fed chief Ben Bernanke Tuesday, Frank said he wants to regulate pay on Wall Street — even for companies that aren't getting bailouts.

And he called retention bonuses — a time-honored practice on Wall Street and elsewhere in America in which key employees are compensated for their enormous value — "extortion" and "bribes."

Frank, one of the chief architects of the housing mess that's brought us so low, isn't satisfied merely with pretending he and his Democratic pals aren't to blame for all this. No, exploiting voter anger over the now-infamous AIG bonuses, he also wants to dictate to American capitalism what it can earn and what it can't.

This is the kind of thing that normally happens in Third World countries ruled by tinhorn dictators, or in fascist states, where the democratic rule of law has collapsed. Not the U.S.

Yet, that's where we find ourselves today, isn't it? Democrats in Congress, who steadfastly rejected virtually all efforts to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as they went on the wildest, most irresponsible lending binge in the history of finance, now pose themselves as the saviors of fallen capitalism.

The hypocrisy is nothing short of stunning.

The Conclusion:
It's a frightening thing to see a once mighty, and free, capitalist economy placed under the heel of an incompetent government. But that's precisely what's happening now.

Executive pay, the focus of much public fury right now, is only the start. Your pay will be next, rest assured. So hold on to your wallets, sure, but also hold on even tighter to something even more precious that now seems at risk: your freedom.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The World's 10 Worst Dictators!

Every year Parade Magazine does an article on the World's Worst Dictators. Below are the top ten:

1. Robert Mugabe--Zimbabwe
Number One on the list is Robert Mugabe who is responsible for the torturing and raping his own people and allowing the conditions in his country of Zimbabwe to deteriorate dramatically over the past year. Rape and Terror is being inflicted on women and young girls who are connected to anyone in opposition to Mugabe. Below are some of the other current conditions in Zimbabwe:
--Inflation is at 80 billion percent
--A Cholera Epidemic has killed thousands
--Hundreds of thousands are starving from food shortages
--16% of population is infected with Aids
--85% Unemployment rate
--Wave of violence against supporters of opposition party

2. Omar al-Bashir--Sudan
This is what Parade had to say about al-Bashir:
This month, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his contributions to the tragedy in Darfur. The ICC charged him with “ murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing, and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians, and pillaging their property.” Bashir’s military campaign has been accused of driving 2.7 million people from their homes since 2003.

3. Kim Jong-Il--North Korea
Excerpt from Parade:
...his regime continues to be one of the world’s most repressive. Hundreds of thousands of citizens, including children, are imprisoned in labor camps for such “crimes” as hoarding food and “ anti-socialist” activities.

4. Than Shwe--Burma (Myanmar)

5. King Abdullah--Saudi Arabia
This is what Parade had to say about King Abdullah:
Despite King Abdullah’s talk of reform, Saudi women still need permission from male guardians to work, study, travel, marry, or even obtain an ID card. The government opened a women’s branch of its Human Rights Commission, but only men serve on its board. There is no Saudi penal code, and trial defendants often cannot question witnesses.

6. Hu Jintao--China
Here is what Parade had to say about Jintao:
Hu Jintao and the Chinese Communist Party won the right to host the 2008 Olympics by promising to improve human rights. Instead, Hu tightened restrictions on freedom of speech and religion. Repression of Tibetans and other minorities has increased dramatically. Political and religious dissidents can be held in “ Re-education Through Labor” camps for up to four years without trial.

7. Sayyid Ali Khamenei--Iran
Here is what Parade had to say about Khamenei:
Ayatollah Khamenei has increased arrests of nonviolent opponents of his regime, women's-rights activists, ethnic and religious minorities, and journalists. In 2008, Khamenei’s government was the only one in the world to execute juveniles. Iranian law considers boys eligible for the death penalty at age 15 and girls at age 9.

8. Isayas Afewerki--Eritrea

9. Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov--Turkmenistan

10. Muammar al-Qaddafi--Libya

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Smorgasbord!

1) Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis sang a duet on American Idol! Randy Travis was the singing mentor this week and it reminded me of how much I adore him. Carrie Underwood has such a great voice, she could sing anything, and sing it well. So far, my 3 favorites on this season of American Idol are Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Allison Iraheta.

2) Yes, the White House Is Trying to Control the Media. Republicans Need to Stop Whining and Get In the Game--Thanks to Angela for finding this gem. If I have any criticism of the Bush administration, it is for what Sheppard brings up here, they didn't fight back against the relentless media attacks. Karl Rove admitted this recently, that they tried to be above it all, and that was a mistake, they should've fought back.

3) Shep Smith points out that Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were the ones along with the White House who allowed the AIG guys to get their bonuses!! Now we are supposed to listen to Barney Frank grand stand!! You've got to be kidding me!!

Mike weighs in on the whole issue with his post entitled, Bonus Gate: How Obama, Geithner and Dodd Misled the Public on AIG Bonuses.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Forgotten Man!

A couple of months ago I heard Rudy Giuliani recommend the book, The Forgotten Man. Newt Gingrich, Mark Sanford, Jon Kyl, Mike Pence and Fred Barnes have offered praise for it as well.

In the book, Amity Shlaes takes an in-depth look at the Great Depression and what effect Hoover and FDR's policies did to not only help but also prolong the depression.

I had put the book on hold at the library weeks ago and it finally became available. I've started reading it and below are just a couple of quotes that I've taken note of so far:
"But the deepest problem was the intervention, the lack of faith in the marketplace. Government management of the late 1920's and 1930's hurt the economy."

"Where the private sector could help to bring the economy back--in the arena of utilities, for example--Roosevelt and his New Dealers often suppressed it."

"The New Yorker Magazine's cartoons of the plump, terrified Wall Streeter were accurate; business was terrified of the president."

"Coolidge's personal wager about the 1920's was that the private sector would and should take the lead, and that then the possibilities for progress would be boundless."

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Kansas City St. Patrick's Day Parade!

The kids and I walked in the St. Patrick's Day Parade yesterday for our Karate school. We have walked in parades before but they have always been smaller. This one ended up being quite the ordeal. It was 2 1/2 hours of waiting before we got to start walking, then we walked the parade route and then we got to brave downtown traffic on the way out.

My angelic children ;-)!!

Some of the spectators!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Monday, March 09, 2009

Monday Smorgasbord!

1) Embrace Enemies, Strike Your Friends--Roger Hedgecock is probably my favorite radio guy to sub for Rush. He nails it in this article talking about Obama's foreign policy.

2) It may be the end of the road for Specter!--I think its past time for Specter to retire. Guys like him, Byrd and Kennedy need to know when its time for them to be done.

In Specter's case, he's probably going to face another tough primary challenge against Toomey and the Republican party in Pennsylvania has gotten more conservative. Plus, Democrats and Independents are not allowed to vote in the Republican primary in Pennsylvania and if Specter lost the primary he couldn't run as an Independent in the general election according to Pennsylvania rules.

3) Top 10 Obama Blunders in Just One Month--These are good!

March 9th 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:
--Things You Don't Say to Your Wife
--Two Families United in Tragedy
--Democrats Wanted Bush To Fail
--Embrace enemies, slap friends
--Goodbye, America! It was fun while it lasted
--Specter faces make-or-break decision
--Coulter Vs. Olbermann
--Kansas City Tea Party

The Obama Economy
--Obama, the Economy and The Stock Market
--Brit Hume On Obama Bear Market: He Bears Responsibility (Video)
--Economic Disaster Continues-- Dow Tanks 4.1%... Jim Cramer Blasts Obama Team
--And More...

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Friday, March 06, 2009

Friday Smorgasbord!

1) Two Families United in Tragedy--I was listening to Focus on the Family yesterday and it was a powerful program. It was the first of a two part series. The second part is airing today. The story is about the shooting that took place on December 9, 2007 in Colorado.

The guests on the show were the parents of the shooter who killed 4 people and then killed himself and the parents of two of the victims. It is a story about tragedy and forgiveness. You can go here to listen to the podcast online.

2) Lifelong Democrat and Obama Voter Jim Cramer Blasts Obama Team for the Economic Disaster we are Witnessing--I was listening to Cramer on Hannity's radio show yesterday and was just floored. Somehow Cramer voted for Obama thinking he was a middle of the road Democrat. So, now he's not happy seeing Obama attack free market capitalism and promote socialism. In fact, Cramer said this,
Obama's budget may be one of the great wealth destroyers of all time.
Here are some more excerpts of what he said:
Look at the incredible decline in the stock market, in all indices, since the inauguration of the president, with the drop accelerating when the budget plan came to light because of the massive fear and indecision the document sowed: Raising taxes on the eve of what could be a second Great Depression, destroying the profits in healthcare companies (one of the few areas still robust in the economy), tinkering with the mortgage deduction at a time when U.S. house price depreciation is behind much of the world's morass and certainly the devastation affecting our banks, and pushing an aggressive cap and trade program that could raise the price of energy for millions of people.

...Obama has undeniably made things worse by creating an atmosphere of fear and panic rather than an atmosphere of calm and hope. He's done it by pushing a huge amount of change at a very perilous moment, by seeking to demonize the entire banking system and by raising taxes for those making more than $250,000 at the exact time when we need them to spend and build new businesses, and by revoking deductions for funds to charity that help eliminate the excess supply of homes.

We had a banking crisis coming into this regime, but now every area is in crisis. Each day is worse than the previous one for this miserable economy and while Obama's champions cite the stimulus plan, it's really just a hodgepodge of old Democratic pork and will not create nearly as many manufacturing or service jobs as we hoped. China's stimulus plan is the model; ours is the parody.

3) Should Republicans Be Worried about Michael Steele?--I had high hopes for him but I have to say he's already making me nervous. His comments about Rush were disastrous. Rush has 22 million listeners, he offended all of us with those comments and apologizing a day later just made him look weak.

"Steele has an additional problem: he now looks like a nincompoop."--That about sums it up.

I hope Steele can get his act together and restore faith and confidence. And as this guy points out, do what an RNC chairman is actually supposed to be doing.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Obama, the Economy and the Stock Market!

"President Obama your agenda is not new, its not change and its not hope! Spending a nation into generational debt is not an act of compassion."--Rush Limbaugh at CPAC 2009

The Obama Economy--by the WSJ
An excerpt:
The market has notably plunged since Mr. Obama introduced his budget last week, and that should be no surprise. The document was a declaration of hostility toward capitalists across the economy. Health-care stocks have dived on fears of new government mandates and price controls. Private lenders to students have been told they're no longer wanted. Anyone who uses carbon energy has been warned to expect a huge tax increase from cap and trade. And every risk-taker and investor now knows that another tax increase will slam the economy in 2011, unless Mr. Obama lets Speaker Nancy Pelosi impose one even earlier.

Meanwhile, Congress demands more bank lending even as it assails lenders and threatens to let judges rewrite mortgage contracts. The powers in Congress -- unrebuked by Mr. Obama -- are ridiculing and punishing the very capitalists who are essential to a sustainable recovery. The result has been a capital strike, and the return of the fear from last year that we could face a far deeper downturn. This is no way to nurture a wounded economy back to health.

Listening to Mr. Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, on the weekend, we couldn't help but wonder if they appreciate any of this. They seem preoccupied with going to the barricades against Republicans who wield little power, or picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh, as if this is the kind of economic leadership Americans want.

Perhaps they're reading the polls and figure they have two or three years before voters stop blaming Republicans and Mr. Bush for the economy. Even if that's right in the long run, in the meantime their assault on business and investors is delaying a recovery and ensuring that the expansion will be weaker than it should be when it finally does arrive.

So, my liberal buddy Kirk was squawking about me blaming Obama for the stock market's trouble of late. He made the case that neither Bush nor Obama should be blamed when the stock market doesn't do well. I would agree with that to a certain extent. The problem is, the stock market responds to actual economic factors but also to whether things are being done to make things better or worse. Obama was supposed to ride in on his white horse and fix everything and give us hope and show us how he was going to make everything better.

The problem is, he isn't instilling confidence in ANYONE that he has the solutions to make the economy better. In fact, he's showing us that he is hostile towards free market capitalism which is the engine of our economy. NO ONE has ever SPENT their way out of a recession. You can't negate the fact that Obama makes the stock market nervous. And it isn't like the stock market has gone up and down while he's been president, it has only gone down. If his plans for the economy were good, the stock market would heave a sigh of relief and the numbers would reflect that, even before anything had changed. The problem is, the stock market has no confidence in Obama's socialistic "stimulus bill" and as a result it continues to plummet.

As I keep saying, for our own financial well being, we've got to hope that somewhere along the way Obama accidentally does something right.

Mike weighs in on the WSJ piece as well and 3 other articles on Obama's economic plans in, Obama's Goal is to Rollback Reagan Revolution in Economics and National Security. Rich Lowry brings up how Obama isn't being honest about his economic agenda in,Obama the Rhetorical Magician.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh!

Is it smart to throw a man who defended you against vicious liberal attacks under the bus? Apparently, Michael Steele was okay with that when he willingly fell into the liberal media's trap of attacking Rush Limbaugh.

Rush rarely has guests on his show, and yet he had Steele on in 2006 when Steele was running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. At the time, Steele was being viciously attacked by liberals and Rush not only had him on the show but he came to his defense.

Steele rewarded Rush with this:
In an interview on CNN with D.L. Hughley, Steele assured that he, not Limbaugh, was in charge of the party before saying that he wanted to put the right-wing talker “into context.”

“Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer,” Steele said. “Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes it’s incendiary, yes it’s ugly.”

I was STUNNED when I heard about all of this yesterday. I am a Michael Steele fan and I couldn't believe that Steele had been so naive and foolish. As Grey Ghost said:
D.L. Hughley, a liberal comedian now posing as a "journalist" on CNN, played Steele for a fool by getting him to diss Limbaugh. Indeed, Hughley played the oldest card in the book, divide and conquer, and Steele was dumb enough to fall for it hook, line and sinker.
Rush responded and put Steele in his place. One of the strangest things is Steele saying that he doesn't agree with Rush on not wanting Obama to succeed. If that is true, then as Rush asks, what part of Obama's agenda do you want to succeed? His socialistic "stimulus plan"? Nationalized health care? The fairness doctrine? FOCA? Rush and Republicans want the country to succeed, just not Obama's socialistic agenda. And Rush's point is that as head of the RNC, Steele had better not want Obama's agenda to succeed or otherwise what is the point?

Most likely, after realizing that offending Rush's 22 million plus listeners wasn't such a good idea, he apologized. Michelle Malkin calls it a non-apology apology, but I still think it was the right thing to do, and I am glad he did it. Gateway Pundit also thinks it was a good move.

Even Patrick, who is no Rush fan, was on Rush's side on this one.

Monday, March 02, 2009

March 2nd 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:
--Free to be Me
--Francesca Battistelli
--Vote Francesca New Artist Of The Year!
--Rush at CPAC
--Ann Coulter at CPAC
--Timeless Principles from CPAC
--Margaret Thatcher & Socialism
--Lessons from the Real Housewives of Orange County
--And More...

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Rush Limbaugh at CPAC!!

I've wanted to go to CPAC for years, and one of these days I plan on making it. It sure would've been nice to go this year though, and be able to hear Rush, especially while dealing with our present socialistic administration in the White House.

There is at least one speech I would've skipped though!

Gateway Pundit reminds us why CNN is called the Communist News Network with their take on Rush's speech. Gateway also enjoyed Rush's mocking of Harry Reid.

Conservative Women reports on how CNN supposedly had a technical glitch during Rush's speech.

Webcam chat at Ustream
Ann Coulter was another reason to be at CPAC!

Skye, who actually got to be at CPAC, called in with her highlights to Mike's America.