Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Remarkable Women Profile #1--The Iron Lady--Margaret Thatcher!

Photo Credit: Mike's America
The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.~Margaret Thatcher
I am doing research on some of my favorite women for a class that I will be teaching. I hope to do a profile on each woman.

I started with Sarah Palin and then went to Margaret Thatcher. I will go back to Palin and get a profile done on her, but right now I've immersed myself in all things Thatcher and wanted to do a post. I gave a speech to a Republican Women's club on Monday night, and talked a lot about Thatcher, so its all fresh in my mind.

Ecclesiastes 1 says there is nothing new under the sun. I found that to be so true as I studied Thatcher's life. She was fighting an identical battle in the 70's and 80's that we are fighting today. When she was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 1975, she had this to say:
Now, what is the challenge of our time? I believe...to overcome the country's economic and financial problems and to regain our confidence in Britain and ourselves.
How did Thatcher think Britain could accomplish this? She said, "they must abandon socialism."When she was elected Prime Minister in 1979, she saw it as her role to:
...rescue Great Britain from its 25 year slide toward socialism.
During that election campaign, Thatcher ran on three issues:
1) Taking some of the power away from the Unions 2) Tax Cuts 3) Economic Freedom
What did the liberal from the Labor Party run on?
1) Saying they had created and protected 1.2 million jobs (this sounds familiar, despite the bad economy at the time) 2) A wealth tax for the rich 3) Cutting Defense Spending
It sounds like it is right out of today's newspaper. At that time, Britain responded to Thatcher and rejected socialism.
If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.~Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher Basics:
~~She was born Margaret Roberts on October 13, 1925
~~She grew up in Grantham, above her father's grocery
~~Her family was a very, strict Methodist family
~~By her teens, she said politics was in her bloodstream
~~She was one of the few students that went to Oxford because of her intellect and not because of her wealth
~~She married Denis Thatcher on December 13, 1951
~~She passed her bar exam only 4 months after having her twins (Mark & Carol)
~~She became a member of Parliament on October 20, 1959, exactly a week after her 34th birthday
~~The Soviet Union meant the nickname, "Iron Lady" as an insult, but Thatcher took it proudly
~~She was the first and only woman to become Prime Minister of Great Britain at the age of 53 (so far)
~~She was the first woman ever to head the government of a major country in Europe or America
~~She chose her 22 member cabinet in 2 days
~~She got 4-5 hours of sleep a night
~~She won re-election in 1983 by a landslide, 144 seats, the largest margin since 1945
~~In 1984, she escaped a bomb attack meant for her by the IRA

She became an international heroine of the right.~~Anthony Sampson, British commentator
I am not a consensus politician. I am a conviction politician...~~Margaret Thatcher
Friend and foe alike could only watch in fascination, however, as Margaret Thatcher dominated the life of the country and occupied the center of the political arena as no prime minister had done since the wartime days of Winston Churchill.~~Bernard Garfinkel
It was a swift and daring move that reinforced her image of toughness, as well as her total commitment to her policies.~~Garfinkel (talking about her decision to fire moderates from her cabinet in 1981)
~~Margaret Thatcher Website
~~The Downing Street Years
~~Madam Prime Minister

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Duke LaCrosse Accuser in Jail for Attempted Murder!

Durham police arrested Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Mangum after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him.
This is the same woman who falsely accused 3 young men, and put them through 395 days of hell. Why I am I not surprised?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dick Cheney vs. Joe Biden!

Dick Cheney and Joe Biden were both on the Sunday News shows this past Sunday. Dick Cheney was awesome, as usual!

"To be hearing that from liberals after eight years of relentless attacks on George Bush, when he was waging the war on terror, is comical."~Ann Coulter
Geraldo and Ann Coulter were discussing the 2 VP's, and Ann Coulter just hit a home run. I also loved her other comments about how she can't believe anyone is taking Joe Biden seriously and that he is a "drunken Irishman" who's "20 million times" less qualified than Palin. The continued talk about how Palin isn't qualified is absurd, especially when you compare her to Biden.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Holy is the Lord!

Holy is the Lord!
sung by Chris Tomlin

Holy is the Lord, God Almighty!
The earth is filled with his glory
Holy is the Lord, God Almighty!
The earth is filled with his glory
The earth is filled with his glory

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Inspirational Songs!

The Healing Hand of God!
sung by Jeremy Camp

I have seen,
The healing hand of God,
Reaching out and mending broken hearts.
Taste and see the fullness of His peace,
And hold on to what's being held out.
The healing hand of God.

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

sung by Rascal Flatts

You find your faith has been lost and shaken
You take back what's been taken
Get on your knees and dig down deep
You can do what you think is impossible

Keep on believing, don't give in
It'll come and make you whole again
It always will, it always does
Love is unstoppable

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

How Great is our God
sung by Chris Tomlin

The splendor of a King,
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
All the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at his voice,
And trembles at his voice

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!
These songs have ministered to me lately and I thought they would be worth posting!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Famous "Miss Me Yet" Billboard of W!

'Miss Me Yet?' Billboard With Photo of George Bush is Real
Uploaded by burghnews. - News videos hot off the press.

So, last week I posted the awesome billboard pic of George W. Bush saying, "Miss me yet?" I had been told that it was a real billboard somewhere in Minnesota.

It turns out it is true! The above video is CNN talking about it and saying they didn't know who was responsible for it. Then, I heard a caller call into Rush's show saying that she drives by it every day.

Come to find out, its not some right wing or Republican group group behind it, but it is small business owners who are mad at Obama. Imagine that???

I can tell you this, I, for one, dearly miss Bush. And it looks like Independents are agreeing with me.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Sarah Palin Speaking at the February 6th Tea Party Convention!

The above video has all the zingers from Palin's speech this past weekend at the Nashville Tea Party Convention. For the entire speech, see the videos below! She did an incredible job, it was an awesome speech!

Liberals are pathetically screaming about her having some notes written on her hand. Hello???? Obama can't even speak to schoolchildren without a teleprompter, give me a break! You've got to be kidding me!!

Rush weighs in on Palin's speech and other issues related to Sarah Palin.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The Glory!

The Glory
sung by Avalon

The glory of the blood
The beauty of the body
That was broken for our forgiveness
The glory of His perfect love
Is the heart of the story
The glory of the blood

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

Friday, February 05, 2010

I'm a Tim Tebow Fan!

So, I have to admit that I've never watched a game of College Football in my life. I can just hear the howls and screams from my friends who loooooove College Football, but its true.

All that said, a 30 second Super Bowl Ad that hasn't even aired yet, has everyone talking. Last week, I talked about how Joy Behar had to cheapen it with her ugly comments.

Feminists are screaming and picketing, pro-life groups are cheering and amazingly CBS isn't caving to the pressure. Amidst all the dust, Tebow is getting some unlikely defenders like pro-choice Sally Jenkins who says, Tebow's Super Bowl ad isn't intolerant; its critics are.

So, why does a controversial Super Bowl Ad so impress me? Jemele Hill explains why:
In today's sports climate, expressing an opinion often results in serious backlash. In some cases, an athlete's choosing to do what Tebow is doing might be professional suicide.

Tebow's decision to appear in this ad should be considered just as courageous as Muhammad Ali's decision to not enter the draft, or Tommie Smith's and John Carlos' black power salute at the 1968 summer Olympics.

No, I'm not kidding.

And yes, I'd say that if Tebow were appearing in an ad that advocated a pro-choice position.

Ali, Smith and Carlos championed their views at a time when not everyone supported the idea of equality, and when refusing to serve your country was considered blasphemous. Their views, to put it mildly, were thought to be inappropriate, militant and, in Ali's case, completely anti-patriotic.

And while abortion has been legal in America since 1973, it remains a toxic issue in our society. A large percentage of women will tell you they don't like anyone telling them what to do with their bodies. People have lost their lives fighting for and against abortion, and now here comes a college football player and his mother joining the emotional debate.
I don't care if you're pro-choice or pro-life, conservative or liberal, God-fearing or atheist, you've got to admire Tebow for standing with conviction, even as he's opening himself and his family up to criticism.

We often commend athletes for taking a stand -- as long as it's a stand with which most of us agree. The minute they start pushing a social agenda that conflicts with our own, we tell them to shut up.

We acted like Tiger Woods and LeBron James were the second coming of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi because Woods voiced his support for President Barack Obama and James condemned the war in Darfur. I don't mean to belittle their opinions, but supporting Obama and condemning genocide isn't exactly joining the Black Panther party.

It's far more impressive when a person in Tebow's position chooses a lonelier path. I'm not trying to turn Tebow into a martyr -- plenty have already tried that -- but I can't imagine the difficulty of putting yourself in front of millions of people and telling them something that at least half of them vehemently oppose. It seems like a certain way to be labeled as some kind of zealous, religious nut job.

There is little doubt that Tebow can be an influential spokesperson, whatever he endorses.
I understand the concerns that the Tebows might be crossing a culture line by intersecting politics, sports and religion on the biggest day of the year for Americans to come together to celebrate a treasured event in sports.

But I'd rather see an athlete behave with conviction than degrade himself to make money. I'd rather hear Tebow talk about what God has done for him than read another story about an athlete who beats up his wife or girlfriend.

Tebow could use his platform strictly for financial benefit. Instead, he's chosen to use it to speak openly about his Christian beliefs -- even if it means admitting to the world that the big man on campus is a virgin, as he did at the SEC's media day last summer.

Some people prefer that their athletes just make tackles, hit home runs and drain 3-pointers, and keep quiet about what they believe is right and wrong. And while I'll concede that not every athlete is suited to push a social agenda, I'd like to think we live in a society where the right to speak your mind is still valued -- regardless of whether you throw a perfect 30-yard rope or can run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. We're not always going to agree with each other, but we shouldn't feel comfortable promoting the idea that athletes shouldn't bother us with their silly opinions.

I'm a big fan of people who live the way they talk. You may not believe Tebow will become an NFL quarterback. You may think the media fawns over him way too much. And you may think he's overrated.

But the one thing you can never say about Tim Tebow is that he's a fake.
Do you see that last line? Thats what always wins my loyalty, being real and taking a stand for what you believe in. Tebow has and continues to do that, no matter what the cost. That is rare in this world, and it ought to be celebrated and applauded. I, for one, am standing up and cheering!!

He also prayed at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Clarence Thomas weighs in on Supreme Court Decision!

Justice Thomas said the First Amendment’s protections applied regardless of how people chose to assemble to participate in the political process.

“If 10 of you got together and decided to speak, just as a group, you’d say you have First Amendment rights to speak and the First Amendment right of association,” he said. “If you all then formed a partnership to speak, you’d say we still have that First Amendment right to speak and of association.”

“But what if you put yourself in a corporate form?” Justice Thomas asked, suggesting that the answer must be the same.

Asked about his attitude toward the two decisions overruled in Citizens United, he said, “If it’s wrong, the ultimate precedent is the Constitution.”~~Justice Clarence Thomas
This is why I love Clarence Thomas!!!

I also didn't realize that he has stopped attending the State of the Union Addresses all together. He said the latest incident with Obama attacking their decision and Alito's response was a great example of why.

Speaking of the Alito/Obama incident, I didn't realize that there is some history between them. It looks like both of Bush's judicial picks are turning out to be stellar ;-)!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Obama not welcome in Vegas-Ouch!!

“I want the president to straighten this out. If not, he’s not welcome in my city, as far as I’m concerned."--Mayor of Las Vegas

Tuesday, February 02, 2010