Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009--Thank-You!!

"People across this country are praying."

"We thank God that Liberty found such brave defenders."

"I want you to know that our nation appreciates your commitment and your sacrifice in the cause of peace and freedom."--President George W. Bush

"Let us not mourn for those who have died fighting but rather let us be glad that such heroes have lived."

Video Hat Tip: Wake Up America

The above video is one of the most moving Memorial Day tributes that I've seen.

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."--John Stuart Mill

This video tribute is set to the song Amazing Grace sung by LeAnn Rimes.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."--Ronald Reagan

Taylor Hicks - Do I Make You Proud

I've posted this one before but it is so good I had to post it again. Our soldiers make me extremely proud to be an American and to live in a free country.

"Freedom is never free."

I've linked to this one and posted it numerous times because it makes me tear up every time I see it. I pray this would happen every time a U.S. soldier would come home.

May we never forget what our military men and women do for us. May we be patriots who show our love for our country and for our soldiers, not just on Memorial Day, but every day. U.S. soldiers sacrifice a lot for our freedoms and all they want is our thanks, love and appreciation. May they feel it in abundance today!!

I will declare right now my thanks, love and appreciation for all those who have served and are serving. THANK-YOU!!! I am and will always be a cheerleader for you.

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**This is a re-posting of my 2007 Memorial Day post. I liked it so much I thought it was worth re-posting, with the addition of the Thank-you video by Rebecca St. James and the quotes that go with it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dick Cheney's Speech at the American Enterprise Institute!

"There is never a good time to compromise when the lives and safety of the American people are in the balance."--Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney speaks the truth on why our country has been kept safe for the past 7 years since 9/11. Here are some excerpts:
For me, one of the defining experiences was the morning of 9/11 itself. As you might recall, I was in my office in that first hour, when radar caught sight of an airliner heading toward the White House at 500 miles an hour. That was Flight 77, the one that ended up hitting the Pentagon. With the plane still inbound, Secret Service agents came into my office and said we had to leave, now. A few moments later I found myself in a fortified White House command post somewhere down below.

There in the bunker came the reports and images that so many Americans remember from that day--word of the crash in Pennsylvania, the final phone calls from hijacked planes, the final horror for those who jumped to their death to escape burning alive. In the years since, I've heard occasional speculation that I'm a different man after 9/11. I wouldn't say that. But I'll freely admit that watching a coordinated, devastating attack on our country from an underground bunker at the White House can affect how you view your responsibilities.

To make certain our nation country never again faced such a day of horror, we developed a comprehensive strategy, beginning with far greater homeland security to make the United States a harder target. But since wars cannot be won on the defensive, we moved decisively against the terrorists in their hideouts and sanctuaries, and committed to using every asset to take down their networks. We decided, as well, to confront the regimes that sponsored terrorists, and to go after those who provide sanctuary, funding, and weapons to enemies of the United States. We turned special attention to regimes that had the capacity to build weapons of mass destruction, and might transfer such weapons to terrorists.

We did all of these things, and with bipartisan support put all these policies in place. It has resulted in serious blows against enemy operations: the take-down of the A.Q. Khan network and the dismantling of Libya's nuclear program. It's required the commitment of many thousands of troops in two theaters of war, with high points and some low points in both Iraq and Afghanistan--and at every turn, the people of our military carried the heaviest burden. Well over seven years into the effort, one thing we know is that the enemy has spent most of this time on the defensive--and every attempt to strike inside the United States has failed.

So we're left to draw one of two conclusions--and here is the great dividing line in our current debate over national security. You can look at the facts and conclude that the comprehensive strategy has worked, and therefore needs to be continued as vigilantly as ever. Or you can look at the same set of facts and conclude that 9/11 was a one-off event--coordinated, devastating, but also unique and not sufficient to justify a sustained wartime effort. Whichever conclusion you arrive at, it will shape your entire view of the last seven years, and of the policies necessary to protect America for years to come.

In the years after 9/11, our government also understood that the safety of the country required collecting information known only to the worst of the terrorists. And in a few cases, that information could be gained only through tough interrogations.

In top secret meetings about enhanced interrogations, I made my own beliefs clear. I was and remain a strong proponent of our enhanced interrogation program. The interrogations were used on hardened terrorists after other efforts failed. They were legal, essential, justified, successful, and the right thing to do. The intelligence officers who questioned the terrorists can be proud of their work and proud of the results, because they prevented the violent death of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent people.

Our successors in office have their own views on all of these matters.

By presidential decision, last month we saw the selective release of documents relating to enhanced interrogations. This is held up as a bold exercise in open government, honoring the public's right to know. We're informed, as well, that there was much agonizing over this decision.

Yet somehow, when the soul-searching was done and the veil was lifted on the policies of the Bush administration, the public was given less than half the truth. The released memos were carefully redacted to leave out references to what our government learned through the methods in question. Other memos, laying out specific terrorist plots that were averted, apparently were not even considered for release. For reasons the administration has yet to explain, they believe the public has a right to know the method of the questions, but not the content of the answers.

It is a fact that only detainees of the highest intelligence value were ever subjected to enhanced interrogation. You've heard endlessly about waterboarding. It happened to three terrorists. One of them was Khalid Sheikh Muhammed--the mastermind of 9/11, who has also boasted about beheading Daniel Pearl.

We had a lot of blind spots after the attacks on our country. We didn't know about al-Qaeda's plans, but Khalid Sheikh Muhammed and a few others did know. And with many thousands of innocent lives potentially in the balance, we didn't think it made sense to let the terrorists answer questions in their own good time, if they answered them at all.

Maybe you've heard that when we captured KSM, he said he would talk as soon as he got to New York City and saw his lawyer. But like many critics of interrogations, he clearly misunderstood the business at hand. American personnel were not there to commence an elaborate legal proceeding, but to extract information from him before al-Qaeda could strike again and kill more of our people.

For all that we've lost in this conflict, the United States has never lost its moral bearings. And when the moral reckoning turns to the men known as high-value terrorists, I can assure you they were neither innocent nor victims. As for those who asked them questions and got answers: they did the right thing, they made our country safer, and a lot of Americans are alive today because of them.

Like so many others who serve America, they are not the kind to insist on a thank-you. But I will always be grateful to each one of them, and proud to have served with them for a time in the same cause. They, and so many others, have given honorable service to our country through all the difficulties and all the dangers. I will always admire them and wish them well. And I am confident that this nation will never take their work, their dedication, or their achievements, for granted.

The whole speech is worth watching in its entirety, for the transcript, go here. It is worth pointing out that Cheney has nothing to gain here. He doesn't care about his approval rating and he isn't running for any other political office. He just cares about setting the record straight and defending the truth.

I am extremely proud of him for doing so, and am heartened to see that I am not alone.

--Mike posts a great 3 minute review by Jim Angle of Fox News giving the highlights.

--Gateway Pundit points out that Cheney outshined Obama with his speech.

--It also didn't help that Obama couldn't even remember the name of his own Secretary of Defense!

--GG thought Cheney ripped Obama a New One!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Vote for Bonnie Sue Cooper for Clay County Commissioner!

If you live in Clay County's Western district, there is an important election today, Tuesday, May 19th. Back in November when Bonnie Sue Cooper (R) ran against Larry Larson (D) there was a problem with a bunch of the ballots. These ballots had the Eastern District candidates names on them instead of Cooper's and Larson's.

The mistake wasn't fixed until late in the day. Bonnie Sue Cooper lost and rightly took the issue to court. The courts ruled in her favor which is why there is the special election today. Not many people know about the race so its imperative that people show up to vote. Its all about turn out.

If you are upset about Clay county's outrageous property tax increases, Bonnie Sue Cooper is the one to vote for, she opposes all efforts to raise taxes. Larry Larson is the one who has been a part of those tax increases happening.

Bonnie Sue has been a Missouri State Rep. and a City Councilwoman and has spent her life serving the community. Help spread the word and encourage your friends who live in the Western District of Clay County to vote for Bonnie Sue Cooper.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

U.S. Journalist Roxana Saberi Finally Freed from Iranian Prison!

I talked on the radio show and my blog about Roxana's outrageous arrest, treatment and unlawful imprisonment in Iran. She had been on a hunger strike for 2 weeks to protest her arrest, but ended it when her parents expressed concern for her health. Yesterday, she was finally released. This Fox News article has the details, here is an excerpt:
An American journalist imprisoned on espionage charges in Iran for four months was freed Monday and reunited with her smiling, tearful parents — a move that clears a major obstacle to President Barack Obama's attempts at dialogue with the top U.S. adversary in the Middle East.

The United States had said the charges against Roxana Saberi, a 32-year-old dual Iranian-American citizen, were baseless and repeatedly demanded her release.

Hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could also win some domestic political points a month before he faces a re-election challenge from reformers who seek to ease Iran's bitter rivalry with the United States.

Saberi's Iranian-born father, Reza Saberi, wiped away tears, then flashed a broad smile as he and his wife, Akiko, arrived at Tehran's Evin prison — notorious for holding political prisoners — to meet their daughter. Akiko Saberi, who is of Japanese origin, wore a flowered headscarf.

"I'm very happy that she is free. Roxana is in good condition," Reza Saberi said later at his family home in Tehran. "We had expected her release but not so soon. She will be preparing to leave (Iran) tomorrow or the day after tomorrow."

The younger Saberi, who was taken out of Evin through a back door away from journalists, was not seen after her release. She was staying with her parents at a friend's home, apparently to avoid publicity before leaving Iran.

Her release came when an appeals court reduced her eight-year prison sentence on charges of spying for the U.S. to a two-year suspended sentence, said Iranian judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi. He said Saberi was free to leave Iran.

The court ordered the reduction as a gesture of "Islamic mercy" because she had cooperated with authorities and had expressed regret, he said.

Free Roxana Saberi

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Allison & Adam on American Idol!

Its hard to top last year's American Idol with David Cook. Not only was David Cook the whole package, but he was from right here in Kansas City. And speaking of David Cook, sadly his brother Adam Cook lost his fight with cancer this past Saturday. My prayers and thoughts are with him and his family.

So, this season its been a little tougher to pick a favorite. My top 3 have been Adam, Allison and Danny. I started out leaning towards Adam but he's gotten a little strange as of late, so I've switched to Allison. I don't think she has much of a chance of winning but I'd at least like to see her make it to the top 3. Tonight is when we find out.

I'm hoping Kris gets sent home instead of her. No matter what, I think Allison has a great career ahead of her, especially for someone who is only 17. The above video is the duet that Adam and Allison did on last night's show that I thought was excellent. They have a great singing chemistry together.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

2009 Clay County Republican Lincoln Days!

For my 3rd year in a row, I got to attend Clay County's Lincoln Days. It was a packed house, full of people proud to be Republicans. As I mentioned in my Silver Linings posts after Election Day, Republicans did very well in Clay County. It wasn't our fault that the rest of the nation didn't follow suit ;-).

KCMO 710's, Chris Stigall Mc'd the event again, for the 2nd year in a row. He always sets such a great, optimistic and fun tone to the night. There were numerous speakers, not the least of whom was Lt. Governor Peter Kinder who kicked off the evening. He along with several others mentioned and gave tribute to the tea parties that took place on April 15th.

State Rep. Bob Nance did a comedy bit and asked if anyone had any questions. Jason Klindt had one and did a play on the now infamous NYTimes reporter's question to Obama asking him what surprised, troubled, humbled and enchanted him about the office.

State Rep. Doug Ervin had to follow that act with his Philosophy of the Republican Party speech. He had been asked to give it again, because it was so good last year. I cannot tell you how many times I have directed people to this speech when they've wanted to leave the party because of the likes of John McCain or some other problem. I asked him to send me the text again because he made a few subtle changes. Here are the few things that he added to the text from last year:
--That government does not create jobs, people do.
--That government does not create prosperity, people do.

Our current economic circumstances are being used by those in Washington to change the nature of the relationship that each one of us has with government. The Europeanization of America is well underway under the new administration.

As Reagan reminds us:
The difference between the path toward greater freedom or bigger government is the difference between success and failure; between opportunity and coercion; between faith in a glorious future and fear of mediocrity and despair; between respecting people as adults, each with a spark of greatness, and treating them as helpless children to be forever dependent; between a drab, materialistic world where Big Brother rules by promises to special interest groups, and a world of adventure where everyday people set their sights on impossible dreams, distant stars, and the Kingdom of God. We have the true message of hope for America.

The passive advocacy of our philosophy due to inaction is an active endorsement of our opponent’s philosophy.

We must always remember. We must always be proud. We must always be prepared, so we may always be free.

State Rep. Jerry Nolte talked about how he had the privilege of being able to speak at the Jefferson City Tea Party. He also talked about how crucial it was to vote for Bonnie Sue Cooper in the Special Election for Western County Commissioner on May 19th.

State Rep. Tim Flook talked about personal responsibility and stepping outside yourself and doing what is right. He referenced what he learned from reading some books by St. Thomas More and by seeing the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher.

State Senator LuAnn Ridgeway gave a great history lesson on how Clay county was completely run by Democrats not too long ago. When she first got elected as a State Rep. in 1992 the Dems said it was a flook and pretty soon, the Republicans actually recruited a Flook to run. During this last election, Missouri actually picked up Republican seats and so Jay Nixon has a major hammer on him in the general assembly.

She also talked about how her and Sam Graves were specifically targeted by the Democrat party and they not only won, but by big margins during the Obama tsunami.

U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt spoke and talked about how he and Sam Graves voted against the budget this past week along with all the Republicans and 17 Democrats. He talked about hate crimes and how alls it does is create different levels of victims and the first targets are always those in the pulpits. He brought up a column by Charles Krauthammer where he had said forget about Obama being from the U.S. or Kenya or Indonesia, he must be from Sweden because of the socialistic policies he wants to implement.

Blunt said that no government program has ever replaced a family. He mentioned a Lincoln quote from an 1860 speech:
Government should only do for people, what people can't do for themselves.
I had never heard Roy Blunt speak before and I have to say I was impressed, which is a good thing since he is going to be running for Kit Bond's Senate seat.

Sam Graves was the keynote speaker. He thanked his staff and Clay county for whipping Kay Barnes. She and the Democrat party spent $4 million and only got 37% of the vote. He reiterated that Clay County got it right on election day in voting for Republicans. He also talked about how Obama was whining about the deficit he inherited and yet he has now tripled it in his first 100 days.

Finally, Jeff Roe came up to the microphone and mentioned that the night had been teleprompter free :-). He presented Chris Stigall with the Clay County Republican of the Year Award. It was a neat moment, as you could tell that Stigall got a little choked up. So, all in all, a great night!

2008 Clay County Republican Lincoln Days
2007 Lincoln Days

Monday, May 04, 2009

May 4th 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:
--Feminist Gloria Feldt Attacks Women instead of Empowering Them
--Contact Gloria Feldt
--Arlen Specter Stash
--Clay County Republican Lincoln Days
--I heart Joe Biden
--David Souter
--Do You Feel Safer?
--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!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

My Book Sale Treasures!

I went to a church book sale and found these great books. All their hardbacks were only $1, no matter what they were. The huge, older Kennedy book and the Churchill ones were especially worth more than that.

I went hunting for pictures of all of these on the internet. I should've just taken my own pictures and uploaded them, but these are all pretty close to accurate pictures. Except, mine are actually in better condition. I look forward to delving into all of these someday.