Friday, August 28, 2009

Cheering Claire McCaskill!

Hat tips: mghoft and Missouri Political News Service

According to mghoft:
Sen. Claire McCaskill held a town hall at Jefferson City, MO on Wednesday August 26. The crowd went wild when she said,
"You have every right to fire me."

I have to admit, I am looking forward to that day!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What is Wrong With Michael Steele?

Left wing bloggers are having a field day:
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s appearance last Friday on the Vincent David Jericho Show on KSGF is making national headlines for seeming to agree with Jericho’s views about U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt.

Red State weighs in:
Is it really helpful for the leader of the Republican National Committee to say “I agree with you. And when stuff gets in the crapper, you gotta clean it out” after the host of the radio show he is on just spent a few minutes bashing the presumptive Republican nominee for the United States Senate in Missouri, Roy Blunt?

Apparently, talk show host Vincent David Jericho likes to take Matt and Roy Blunt to the woodshed on a regular basis. While, he is supposed to be a conservative, he doesn't find the Blunts conservative enough, apparently, because they are fallible.

While, I was disappointed with Matt Blunt and his stance on the stem cell issue, to not call him a conservative is absurd. Human Events ranked him as the 3rd most conservative governor in 2006. And as for Roy Blunt, he had a failed marriage. The last time I checked, while it is a moral failing, it happens to the best of people. If the standard is perfection, I don't think we are going to have any candidates for either party for anything.

As for Steele, how many strikes does he get? When he threw Rush under the bus, I was pretty ticked. I think it may be time to look for Steele's replacement. When he can't even defend his own candidates, we've got problems.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Jon Voight at Hannity's Freedom Concert!

Video Hat tip: Big Hollywood

I heard someone call into Hannity's show the other day and talk about how great Voight's speech was at a recent Freedom Concert in Atlanta. Last night, I went looking for it and found it.

I am delighted that the father of Angelina Jolie is a conservative, and I LOVED that he stood up for Sarah Palin. I'm proud of him for calling the health care package what it is, socialism!

One of these days I'm going to make it to one of Hannity's Freedom Concerts!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

History Sites!

Video Hat tip: BZ

Bloviating Zeppelin did a neat post on where he would like to visit in the U.S. and asked where others would like to visit as well. I'm a HUGE history buff and I especially love American History.

I'm hoping to do a lot of traveling to historic sites over the years. As I've mentioned before, I love studying the U.S. presidents and hope to visit all the presidential museums. As long as I can convince myself to step foot into Carter's ;-).

As BZ asked, Where would you like to go? I'd love to hear what sites everyone would like to visit, please leave them in the comments section. Maybe some of you will have places I haven't even thought of.

--Greenfield Village & The Henry Ford Museum
--Gerald Ford Presidential Museum
--I am Back!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday Thoughts!

I apologize for the lack of posting lately. Real life has been getting in the way of blogging.

1) The Time Traveler's Wife--Some friends and I went to see the movie last night and it was excellent. It is based on the book and my friend who has read it said they did a good job of staying true to it. Rachel McAdams did an excellent job. After seeing her in this and The Notebook, I'm a big fan.

2) Best home-made protest sign

3) PALIN SLAMS OBAMA Over Funding Brazilian Offshore Oil Development--How on earth does it make any sense that Obama is denying U.S. companies access to oil deposits off our own shores but will fund Brazilian Offshore oil development??? Unbelievable!!

4) Shep Smith Rips Obama Spokesman Over Public Option --I was pretty ticked at Shep on election night when he seemed pretty biased towards Obama. But he redeems himself a little with this grilling of the Obama spokesman. He doesn't let him spin anything. You go Shep!!

5) See Barney Scream!Barney Frank isn't used to talking to people outside of D.C. Watch the video and see him take a lesson from Al Gore on how to be condescending to his constituents.

6) White House says it did send unwanted e-mails

Friday, August 14, 2009

Healthcare Reality Check!

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

There is a lot of confusion right now about what is and isn't in the different bills on Health Care. A great website that does a reality check on what is actually going on is, Healthcare Takeover Reality Check.

Sarah Palin has been bringing up the fact that there are "death panels" in the Health Care bill. According to Obama, there supposedly weren't any, and yet now Congress is pulling them out of the bill.

Meanwhile, the Town Hall Forums on Health Care continue to create frustration because the Democrats aren't open to really hearing what their constituents have to say or they don't have a clue about whats actually in the bills.
--Sheila Jackson Lee's

--Senator Specter's in Pennyslvania

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hillary's Latest Meltdown!

I think Hillary may be harboring some resentment towards Bill. I'm sure there are numerous reasons for this, but most recently it may be because he showed her up by somehow securing the release of the 2 U.S. Journalists in North Korea. Yikes!!

Related Links:
Lost in Translation: Clinton Says She, Not Bill, is the Secretary of State
Clinton gets testy with innocent African students
Temper, Temper

Friday, August 07, 2009

Summer Thank-fulness!

I was expressing to a friend that I was a little frustrated that I hadn't accomplished more with my summer. She reminded me that I had done things with my kids that they would remember. As I thought about it, I knew that a lot had been done this summer and I had a lot to be thank-ful for, even though some things were left undone.

It seemed like everyone started talking about getting ready for school weeks ago and I still had all these projects that I hadn't gotten too and books I hadn't read. When I talked about having a productive week at home, my teenage son convicted me by asking if VBS week hadn't been productive? Obviously, I was talking about 2 different types of being productive, but his point was made nevertheless.

All of this to say, that I thought I would make a list of the things I have to be thank-ful for that did get done this summer even though I only have 3 weeks left to get to those projects and books.

What I'm thank-ful for that did happen this summer:

1) Beth Moore Bible Study on the Patriarchs! I am hooked on Beth's Bible Studies ever since doing hers on Esther in the spring. Yet, the homework is not for the faint of heart, they take quite an investment of time.

2) Our Church had a great week of VBS! I helped teach a class of 5th and 6th graders and brought my 4 kids. I also loaded up a bunch of other kids that came with us on different days. I'm not sure what it is, but VBS week is always exhausting but fun and worth it all at the same time.

3) Trips! The 2 younger kids and I went to visit my parents while my husband and teens went on a Missions trip.

4) Pool Days! Again, there is a reason we have a mini-van. I take not only my kids but usually 2 or 3 others with us whenever we go to the pool. The kids have fun and I get to work on my tan.

5) Karate and my Blue Belt--I got my Blue Belt in June and with each belt things get a little tougher and you have to remember more! I figure with all that I have to remember with each belt, I'm helping to ensure I put off getting alzheimer's ;-).

6) Sports Camp & Projects! I think this is what set me up to get frustrated. The first week after we were done with school my 2 younger kids attended and my 2 older kids helped at our Church's Sports Camp. That meant that I had the whole week to myself during the day. I got some major house projects started and I have never gotten back to them since. But I am thank-ful that I at least got them started.

I'm sure there are more, but those are what come to mind right now. What are you thank-ful for that happened this summer? I'd love to hear your list. If you decide to do one too, send me your link in the comments or via email.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Tax Cuts=Economic Boom, Tax Hikes=Recession!

History has shown us time and time again that tax cuts lead to economic booms and tax hikes lead us into deeper recessions/depressions. Yet, liberals seem to like government dependency so that means sucking away more of your money, no matter what the damage. Investor's Business Daily nails it again in the following editorial, Revenue Plunge Is Nothing New. They point out exactly what I'm learning in Amity Shlaes' book, The Forgotten Man.

Here are some excerpts from the IBD editorial:
As we've noted repeatedly, this wasn't an isolated instance. Tax cuts in the 1960s, 1980s and even 2000s led to rising economic output. Usually, they led to higher tax revenues. By contrast, tax hikes almost always bring the opposite — lower output, or even recession, and slowing tax receipts.

It's shocking that today's policymakers, searching desperately for revenues to fund a $10 trillion expansion in federal government, seem willfully ignorant of such clear lessons in our history.

As Mellon put it, "It seems difficult for some to understand that high rates of taxation do not necessarily mean large revenue to the government, and that more revenue may actually be obtained by lower rates." And yet, that's the truth.

We mention this because it seems that we're now heading down the same well-trodden path to fiscal and economic ruin. As Phil Kerpen, policy director of Americans for Prosperity, noted a few months back:

"The composition of the tax hikes in the 2010 budget is frighteningly similar to the Revenue Act of 1932, the much-maligned Hoover tax hikes that put the 'Great' in Great Depression by putting an enormous tax burden on millions of Americans, largely through excise taxes."

And as in the 1930s, more spending and higher taxes won't help. The U.S. deficit this year is expected to reach $1.8 trillion, up from about $400 billion last year. This is equal to a remarkable 10% of GDP in stimulus — and still the economy isn't growing. Nor will it, if Congress and the White House plunge forward with their planned tax hikes in the midst of a brutal economic downturn.

There's only one way out of this: growth.

Today, planned tax hikes on the "rich" and possible trillion-dollar tax hikes to fund health care and an utterly wasteful cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gases risk pushing our economy back into recession just as it's struggling to get back on its feet.

Instead of raising taxes on entrepreneurs and the middle class to pay for an ever-wider array of failed "stimulus" packages, bailouts, TARPs and government takeovers of key U.S. industries, Congress and the White House should be cutting both spending and taxes.

If they did, they'd see deficits shrink, growth pick up and America get back to the business of America.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

MommyWood and Tori and Dean!

I have to confess that I was once a fan of Beverly Hills 90210. Yet, I wasn't necessarily a huge fan of Tori Spelling, but that changed when I read her book, Stori Telling. I was really impressed with how real, honest and genuine she was and I came away really liking her.

After that, I confess that I started watching her reality show, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Again, I was impressed with Tori's genuine desire to be a good Mom and her relationship with her husband. She has some Hollywood morals that I don't agree with, but I love people who are real and Tori is exactly that.

Her second book, Mommywood didn't reveal anything earth shattering but it was also good. Even as a Mom of 4 who has to do all the work myself with only my husband's help, I respected where Tori was coming from as a Mother.

I didn't agree with Entertainment Weekly's review at all when they described Tori and her Mom's books as "cheesy exhibitionism of the double Spelling literary acts".

Tori Spelling on Hannity!
A Review of Stori Telling