Thursday, December 30, 2004

John O'Neill Honored by Horowitz

David Horowitz's Frontpage Magazine has named Swiftboat veteran, author and spokesman, John O'Neill, Man of the Year. This man and his brothers in arms dramatically altered the dynamic of the 2004 election.

Not only did O'Neill impact the election overall, his appearances, book (Unfit for Command), and commercials helped to provided a forum for other Vietnam vets to reclaim their rightful places in history... as the good people who found themselves in an ugly war far from home, who did their duty honorably and, with any luck, returned home. O'Neill's actions stimulated a national conversation that helped a number of Vietnam veterans purge their own dismay and anger over the treason committed against them by John Kerry.

Thank you, John O'Neill! Well done, Frontpage Magazine!

Lesson in Looting?

The more I think about the UN, its inability to do anything meaningful, its constant demand for money from wealthy countries, and the Liberal mindset that we "owe" the world more because we are a wealthy nation, the angrier I get. I hope and pray that the movie version of "Atlas Shrugged" is actually produced and brought to the big screen. The book itself is a massive, preachy tome but worth a read for anyone who has the time and perserverance. For the general population though, if this is properly produced as a movie for the big screen, the impact could be resounding, not only in the US but worldwide. This idea that wealth is endless and those who produce it never tire of giving it up to every government/country who refuses to help itself needs to be answered. Not only answered but answered in an easily understandable, pop culture way. Mind you, I'm not talking about natural disasters and our generosity towards countries in need. I would personally buy Mr. Jan Egeland a ticket for the premier of this movie if/when it debuts on the big screen.

And, speaking of pop culture, I think it's time to let Libs in on a secret... you are no longer the anti-establishment culture. You grey-haired hippies whose best times are far behind you will eventually find that your point of view has become established. You are no longer rebels. You know who are? The young, Conservative youth of this country. The young, family-oriented, back to basics, families who hold good core values, who see the stark reality that kids are better served by having two parents, who educate their kids in religious schools or at home. THEY are fast becoming the rebels of our time. Talk radio and bloggers are now challenging the established "anti-establishment" mindset that was adopted in the 1970s. Anybody at LPAC reading this?... GET A CLUE and get thee behind us, hippies!

UNnecessary

I have had it. UN official, Jan Egeland's comments (that he has recently been backpedaling on) were the straw that broke this camel's back. At what point do we finally admit that the U.N. has been an exercise in futility? We are funding and supporting a complete and utter failure of an organization. At what point do Americans finally say, "Enough!"?

The U.N. has a longer record of failures in its mission than it has successes. The League of Nations had the good grace to disband when they failed to stop Nazi aggression through diplomatic means. It's clear to most intelligent life forms that the UN group of thugs will never disband. The Oil for Food scandal alone should be enough for the U.N. to bite the bullet and pull its own plug.

Maybe it's time for a little revolution? It's time for a new organization, the "Democratic Nations League" possibly? In this new organization, only democratic countries who have relatively free economies and respect human rights are allowed to participate. Officials who hold a position in the new DNL would be accountable to the voters of their respective countries. Accountability is the main ingredient missing in the current dysfunctional UN paradigm. It's time for a little shake-up and re-org, isn't it? Time for a revolution -- kick the UN off our "stingy" American soil, withdraw our own membership in the UN and our "stingy" funding, and begin building a more effective organization! How do we strike this match and get this revolution started? Suggestions anyone?

Friday, December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all, and
God bless and keep you safe this holiday season!!

We received about a foot of snow here in Louisville, KY on Wednesday and Thursday. That shouldn't have been a big problem except for the sleet and ice that poured down on top of the snow later in the evening. While the folks up North may think we're sissies... this is pretty darned unusual this time of year for Kentucky!
Check out some local pictures from the snow storm and its aftermath. Many folks are still trying to dig their cars out of the drifts. The picture above is the view from my balcony on Wednesday evening after the nice, dry snow had been falling for a while.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Welcome to Our World, Time Magazine

"For sticking to his guns (literally and figuratively), for reshaping the rules of politics to fit his ten-gallon-hat leadership style and for persuading a majority of voters that he deserved to be in the White House for another four years, George W. Bush is TIME's 2004 Person of the Year."

I would like to personally welcome Time Magazine to America! I am pleased to see Time buck the Liberal media trend toward villifying President Bush by naming him Person of the Year for 2004. Even though most Americans understand his strengths and have all ready given him an honored place in history, Time has now shown us that they "get it" too.

On a side note, take the poll on the lefthand side of the webpage -- you'll notice the polling on agreement with Time's choice trends toward disagreement. So typical...

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

For the women in your life...

I was recently informed by my doc that I had an "abnormal mammogram" result. I prefer to think that my films got mixed up with Abby Normal's films. ;-) However, that's not the case. So, being the annoying analytic that I am, I googled the bejeezus out of "abnormal mammogram" last night and tonight. If you know someone who has been given the same news, please pass on some statistics that I am currently finding some comfort in:

* Approximately 90% of women with abnormal results do not have breast cancer.
* Approximately one in 10 patients with abnormal mammogram results or a breast lump will have breast cancer.

I've never had much luck gambling so I'm a bit worried. I am 41-years-old, an ex-smoker, don't get regular exercise, take oral contraceptives, and have never given birth. Those facts didn't provide much comfort to me as many of them are considered risk factors. I don't think of myself as a worry wart but I'm sure that's because I don't pay attention to a darned thing I say... however, it is a startling phrase to hear from your doctor. I find myself dwelling now on my own mortality (likely prematurely).

If, after my follow-up ultrasound and spot compression views on Thursday, I find those statistics mean nothing in my case, expect to see more info than you'd care to know about breast cancer on this blog. And, do yourself and any woman in your life a big favor. Remind her often to do the breast self-exam at least weekly and to have a mammogram yearly if she is 40 or over. I haven't been as thorough as that and sure wish I had.

Oh, and for any of you fellas out there who wonder what having a mammogram feels like, here's a little experiment you can do at home. Lie down on the pavement below your open garage door, flop your most private of parts down just on the line where your garage door meets the pavement, press the Close button on your automatic garage door control. When the garage door has fully closed on Mr. Happy, you'll know what a mammogram feels like! ;-) Really though, don't try this at home.

Unsubstantiated but Entertaining

I can't find an authentic source for this story. It's circulating around the internet with no verifiable source given so it's very likely a joke or an urban legend. Nevertheless, it's still an entertaining story so I thought I'd share it.

A college professor, an avowed Atheist, was teaching his class. He shocked several of his students when he flatly stated that there is no God. He declared that the expression, "One Nation under God," was unconstitutional, and further, he was going to prove there is no God.

Addressing the ceiling he shouted, "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you 15 minutes!"

The lecture room fell silent. You could have heard a pin drop. Ten minutes went by. Again he taunted God, saying, "Here I am, God. I'm still waiting."

His countdown got to the last few minutes, when a Marine, just released from active duty and newly registered in the class, walked up to the professor, hit him full force in the face, and sent him ass over teakettle from his lofty platform. The professor was out cold!

At first, the students were shocked and babbled in confusion. The young Marine took a seat in the front row and sat silent. The class fell silent ... waiting.

Eventually, the professor came to, shaken. He looked at the young Marine in the front row. When he regained his senses and could speak, he yelled, "What's the matter with you? Why did you do that?"

"God was busy. He sent me."


Can't Wait for 2008?

In the words of one of our most gracious First Ladies, "Just say no!"

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Friday, December 17, 2004

Lincoln gay? Much ado about nothing!

"If the loving heart of the Great Emancipator found its natural amorous passions overwhelmingly directed toward those of his own sex, it would certainly be a stunning rebuke to the Republican Party’s scapegoating of same-sex love for electoral purposes. "

The basic premise of Doug Ireland's column is faulty at best. The Republican Party has not "scapegoated same-sex love for electoral purposes." As I recall, it is the Democrat Party that scapegoated the gay community for their losses on Election Day.

Abraham Lincoln was a great president regardless of his sexuality. Sexuality wasn't a topic to be entertained by polite society in Lincoln's day so there was certainly a "don't ask; don't tell" policy at work. And, frankly, who cares? As a Libertarian-leaning Conservative, I certainly don't give a darn what Lincoln did in his famous bedroom! What matters to me is what he did in the Oval Office.

Democrats seem to want to "experiment" with the basic structure of society -- marriage and family. Not just Conservatives but many Demoncrats as well, simply do not see our country as a petri dish. If the Dems want to continue to blame the gays for this, then fine. But don't point the finger at Republicans, Mr. Ireland. We value all of this country's citizens, including the unborn.

C.A Tripp's book will do no harm. For those of you who can't stand to think of a great president as gay, it is probably best ignored. For the rest of us, maybe we need to clarify for the Doug Irelands of the world what it means to be an American Conservative (regardless of the political party with which we affiliate). Our support for a president is based on his economic philosophy, his willingness to defend our country strategically, his desire to take big government out of the personal lives of citizens, his support of the American can-do spirit, and his deeds, NOT his sexuality.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Best Chuckle of the Day

I'll bet Rumsfeld couldn't have said it better himself...

Thanks for the laugh, Scott -- you rule! Buy Scott Ott's book for an even longer and heartier chucklefest of your very own.

The Necessity of Endurance

With all the hew and cry over Secretary Rumsfeld's answer to a soldier who asked a reporter's question about up-armoring humvees at a meeting with soldiers in Kuwait recently, with McCain loudly expressing his lack of confidence in Rumsfeld, how about some perspective?

Enter nationally syndicated columnist, Paul Greenberg, to do just that!

"The passage of time erodes memory, and we tend to forget the pain, the sacrifices, the mercurial swings of public opinion, the alternating hopes and fears, the daily uncertainty of war — and the necessity of endurance. "

Greenberg has done a masterful job of revisiting the frightening scenario we faced in the Ardenne forest and the Battle of the Bulge 60 years ago today. He puts it in perspective -- it's about "cussedness" and endurance. Read the full column here.

Well done, Mr. Greenberg! Thank you for reminding the American public that we are a society of people determined to win for the good of all humanity. Senator McCain, shouldn't you have a better grip on American history?!

Today's armed forces are asked to conduct a more civilized war (fewer casualties, less collateral damage) in an effort to keep public opinion positive. We no longer have the luxury of a General Eisenhower or General Patton on the battlefield -- conducting war the way they see fit. Instead, our generals have their hands tied to a large degree and lawyers are filing lawsuits against our armed forces! Secretary Rumsfeld is doing a damned fine job of restructuring our forces, supplying them with the changing needs of a dynamic war, and being as honest and up-front as possible with the American public and our brave warriors. Keep up the good work, Rummy!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Latin Quip of the Day

In honor of Scott Peterson's sentence...

Vivere commune est, sed non commune mereri.

Six of one / Half-dozen of the other

Monday's big story? The Scott Peterson sentence. Have the media lost their collective marbles? Why the heck is the Scott Peterson sentence being treated as such a big story? I don't mean to be callous about it but, hey, in California, life in prison is about the same as getting the death penalty.

Let's put this in perspective, shall we? There are currently 635 inmates on death row in California. California's first execution of an inmate sentenced to death was in 1992. Since then, California has executed only 10 death row inmates. Scott Peterson is more likely to die of old age than he is to actually receive the lethal injection. Sheeesh.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Colts Fan for Life, Baby!

I have a confession to make... I am now officially a Colts fan for life. When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was a huge 49ers fan. Although, I must admit that I lived out there during the heyday of the 49ers (mid-80s) when Montana & Rice ran riot over other teams. Too bad the 49ers are laughable these days. Evidently the whole Bay Area has taken a turn for the worse these days because even the Raiders are more like the "panty raiders" -- did they slap a second eye patch on that pirate in their logo, or what? Sure wish Louisville had the fan base to bring an NFL team here... *sigh* I guess I should learn to like basketball, eh?

I can't get enough of the Colts though. Look, I just finished watching them clinch the AFC South by beating the Texans -- my condolences to El Jefe -- and I'm chomping at the bit already for their win against the Ravens next Sunday. The game against the Texans was a good one especially since the Colts' quarterback extraordinaire, Peyton Manning, set a consecutive multi-touchdown record today too. I'm just hoping that the Colts' defense works harder against the Ravens next Sunday. I think they're improving slooooooowly but would love to see them do better and possibly take the Colts all the way to the Superbowl this year. I don't see how it could happen any other way.

GO COLTS!

Nothin' Like Family

Okay, a diversion from the usual politcal rants. I just had a lovely evening -- dinner with the folks, babysitting my two nieces with their grandparents, then an evening of great conversation with a very clever fellow to whom I've taken quite a shining. Does life get much better? Tonight my prayers will be a little more enthusiastic in the Thanks department...

In my 40... okay... 41 years of living, I've never quite understood how people can grow so far from their families. My Dad and I had years of squabbling but now that we're both fairly responsible adults, we are best buddies. My Mom's such a sweetie. Oh, and she's pretty much always right and it took this long to figure that out. ;-) There's just nothing better than living back here in Louisville so I can be a mere 10 minute drive to be with them.

Excuse me for waxing nostalgic but, when I lived 3,000 miles from them, I missed them a lot. Didn't get to be around for the day-to-day moments of living that truly do make up a life. I'm so grateful to be back where I belong -- Red state, Right-thinking folks, and a precious, precious family!

Friday, December 10, 2004

Latin Quip for Friday

Fidem nemo umquam perdit nisi qui non habet.

...about men and honour. For some of we females, having the words "men" and "honour" so close together would be considered laughable. However, being the seasoned vet that I am, I know this phrase to be true. I'm not bitter. ;-)

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Spirit of America

LtCol David Couvillon of the Marines says, "They say there aren't any 'silver bullets' for improving things in Iraq. I don't know. Spirit of America just might be a silver bullet."

The mission of Spirit of America is to extend the goodwill of the American people to assist those advancing freedom and peace abroad. What a great idea for the holidays! A gift that is given to advance democracy in the Middle East and helps our troops and coalition troops show Iraqis and Afghanis the goodwill that is in the heart of every American all year long? Call me Ms. Claus! I'm about to join and donate. I hope you all will give it your consideration as well.

Latin Quip of the Day

In my hot little hands is a treasure trove of Latin quips. I intend to use it to amuse myself and hopefully a few of you in the process. So many of these are quite pertinent to Conservatives and our foils on the Left. Feel free to cast your own interpretations!

Sermo datur cunctis; animi sapientia paucis.

Cabernet with Sunday Dinner, Anyone?

Willie Bright, D-4th Metro District has pledged to reintroduce a proposal after Jan. 1 to allow package liquor sales on Sunday. It's rare that I find myself aligned with a Democrat but, I must say, way to go, Willie!

I moved back to Louisville in 2001 after 17 years on the Left coast and was shocked back into a century I thought had long passed when I wandered out on one of my first Sundays back in town to procure a bottle of Chardonnay to have with dinner. I was stumped when confronted with a store that had everything cordoned off but the beer section. After the brief and chuckle-ridden explanation from the clerk that I was "back in the Bible belt," I realized that my a glass of wine on Sunday now required planning ahead. However, if I'd like to buy a truckload of beer, then I could just get my little party started!

This attitude that beer is okay but everything else is off limits on Sunday has always baffled me. Especially when you can plop your sorry arse down at a local restaurant's bar and drink yourself silly on a Sunday anyway. Not that you have to buy any food at the restaurant, mind you. Who decided that beer was okay to buy in a package store on Sunday but no other type of alcoholic beverage? Can't a six-pack of beer kill just about the same number of brain cells as a bottle of wine? Hello?... logic, anyone? Well, apparently, we're not in for any logic from Howard Beauman of the Kentucky League on Alcohol and Gambling Problems:

"Howard Beauman, executive director of the Kentucky League on Alcohol and Gambling Problems, formerly the Temperance League, said yesterday that "there is no reason to expand the hours of sales." "It would increase consumption and mean more drunk drivers and all the problems that go along with it," Beauman said. "

For the record, Mr. Beauman, I can procure as many super-sized Whoppers with fries as I like on a Sunday but that doesn't mean that I intend to stuff my face specifically on a Sunday in an attempt to reach obesity. To suggest that, just because something is now available on an extra day of the week, people will now behave more recklessly than they would be inclined to do on any other day is simply absurd. More to the point, if a person has a problem with alcohol, that problem doesn't go away on Sunday and, lo and behold, beer is available anyway! Not to mention the fact that purchases of our choice of alcohol are available on Saturday for those of us who are forced into prior planning.

Let's get real, Mr. Beauman. This ordinance is really simply about whether or not we have to continue to plan ahead for liquor purchases. Prohibiting sales on Sunday simply means more planning. It does not mean less consumption, Mr. Beauman. Maybe in your world people have to have their options taken away so as not to choose something you find sinful on a specific day of your choice. In your world, maybe adults need to have their hands slapped on Sunday to remind them that you're watching out for them. In my world, Mr. Beauman, adults are encouraged to choose for themselves. Many of us were raised to do so wisely on a regular basis.

It's time to let go of the Carry Nation mentality. Can we please take some action that allows this city to move forward for a change and stop letting the logic-challenged drag us backward? I am a proud Conservative. As such, I encourage personal responsibility, not the babysitting nanny-state that prohibits personal choices. I encourage the Louisville Metro Council to take the nonsense out of their votes on this ordinance when it is reintroduced after the holidays. Let's get this one passed, ladies and gentlemen.

Hat tip: our buddy, Genghis!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

A conscience in conflict

Remember the video that hit the airwaves in mid-November about the shooting of a wounded insurgent at a mosque in Fallujah by a Marine? I thought, at the time the story aired, that it must be a bad situation for all involved. I mean, this journalist had been living among the Marines and following them through Fallujah, relying on them for his own safety. Then, he happens to catch a questionable situation on video... where do his loyalties lie in that situation? Tough spot to be in!

So, I was browsing the internet tonight looking for any updates. When I checked Kevin Sites's blog, I had my thoughts validated. Apparently he has been having a conflict of conscience as this paragraph from an entry on November 21st makes clear:

"To Devil Dogs of the 3.1: Since the shooting in the Mosque, I've been haunted that I have not been able to tell you directly what I saw or explain the process by which the world came to see it as well. As you know, I'm not some war zone tourist with a camera who doesn't understand that ugly things happen in combat. I've spent most of the last five years covering global conflict. But I have never in my career been a 'gotcha' reporter -- hoping for people to commit wrongdoings so I can catch them at it. "

The entry on Kevin's blog is quite lengthy but worth a read if you want to get into the head of a man struggling with his own conscience. I really do feel badly for Kevin and the Marine involved in this particular story -- I'm sure both were doing what they thought right at the time. The journalist wants to report what he witnessed without attaching judgement; however, the reality is that some media organizations are going to misuse the video, misreport the story, and judge the Marine. Kevin Sites ought to know that better than anyone.

You know my position on this -- shoot first and let Allah sort them out. Maybe Kevin Sites will follow a similar policy in the future, "shoot video first, then use your field experience to know when to let the shredder sort it out."

Illegitimate election? AAAAAAAAARGH!

I am sooooo very tired of hearing the elitist (read "Liberal") verdict that moving forward with elections in Iraq as planned will make the elections illegitimate. If political parties in Iraq boycott the election, how can Iraq possibly go forward with a legal election? *gasp!*

A BBC article quotes an Iraqi politician on this very thing:

"It is unthinkable that a large and important section of Iraqi society be left out of the political process," said Adnan Pachachi, a senior secular politician at the head of the drive to postpone elections, on Saturday."

Mr. Pachachi would do well to study US history. It is thinkable... heck, the not-so-United States of America in 1864 certainly managed to do it. Anyone, other than Foghorn Leghorn, want to claim that the re-election of President Lincoln during the Civil War was illegitimate?

I suggest that Mr. Pachachi and any other Iraqi party leaders who would like to better understand democracy actually participate in it before claiming what can and cannot be thinkable... Oh yeah, and the socialist European elitists might want to revisit that little bit of history as well. Now, enough already -- knock it off with that "illegitimate" nonsense.

Congratulations, President Karzai!

I would like to take a moment, on the occasion of the inauguration of Hamid Karzai as the first President of Afghanistan, to personally welcome the people of Afghanistan to the free world. You did it! Congratulations! You braved the threats of violence (in some cases, actual violence) to travel to your polling place simply to express your support for your candidate. You stood down the naysayers and the pessimists. Those arrogant elitists who thought you were too uncivilized to participate in a civilized form of government have now been shown otherwise. And, as if your first election wasn't enough, you even braved a controversy over the results. Gee, after over 200 years of presidential elections here in the United States, we just recently ran into that one!


Well done and congratulations!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Happy Birthday!

Google the name "Fanny Scott" and you'll turn up about five pages of links. None of the links, however will get you to the red-haired, firecracker of a woman who is my grandmother. Fanny Scott is 84-years-old today and is spending her birthday in the hospital with pneumonia. I'm sure she'll be fine though. She's survived much worse in her life and come through with a hearty chuckle and a slice of cake at the end.

Happy birthday, Mammaw, and get well soon! Here's to many more birthdays in more comfy surroundings in the years to come!

By the way, the hospital staff has asked that you keep the wild parties to a minimum during your stay... you're disturbing the old folks. ;-)

12-Steps for Football Addiction?...

Okay, this is getting to be a problem. I should be out Christmas shopping with the rest of the females on the planet. Instead, I'm glued to the Colts and Titans game. Is there a 12-Step program for football addiction? Please tell me this won't cause hair to grow on my chest...

Thursday, December 02, 2004

And the saga continues...

And so it goes. It should be interesting to see how this gets decided. I'm yet another interested observer in a political world. I'm all for letting the Senate decide this one. Special election, anyone?

Confessions of a tree murderer

Okay. I confess. I am guilty of premeditated murder. Of a Frazier Fir. I confess! Okay? I confess! I'm not happy about this... it hurts to admit that I just purchased a live tree, had it delivered, and am watching it slowly die. Yes, I picked it out as it hung from a noose at the outdoor tree-butcher stand. It wasn't a pretty sight but I knew I would eventually end up there, sniffling and looking rather dazed -- eyes glazed over, nose red -- strolling the trees that twisted in the wind from their nooses. Until, undeniably, I was drawn to just one. Just one tree that was destined to die in my livingroom.

And so, here I sit. Dreading the work ahead... lights, ornaments, bows, a star. The funeral dress of a Frazier Fir for the Christmas holiday. I even drooled over the cute 20-something hunk/pall-bearer who delivered the doomed evergreen. Oh God, what have I become?!

In case you're a little tired of my melodrama, here's some fun info on this heinous tradition along with the scoop on some other ancient traditions that probably contributed to our current tree-death ceremony. Look, don't blame me, it's highly likely that my ancient ancestors were Druids. It's in the blood. That's my defense and I'm sticking to it!

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Novels that I've Re-read?

Hugh suggested that the blogosphere entertain the question of novels that are worth a re-read... Well, to be quite frank about it, I stay a bit too busy to re-read many books. Most of those I re-read are really more for reference (non-fiction) than for pleasure (fiction). There was a time in my life when I was a stay-at-home stepmother and had more time -- back then, not only did I re-read a novel, I re-read it aloud to my husband. Actually we took turns. We both liked to read at bedtime so we decided to take turns each night reading the novel aloud to each other. It was not only a pleasurable exercise in reading but it was a great time to just enjoy each other's company. What novel could inspire such an exercise in togetherness? Believe it or not, it was Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! ...it didn't keep that marriage together but it certainly kept us entertained while we were growing apart... ;-)

The only other novels that I've re-read at any time in my life were the books of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. I don't know why. I just always found them entertaining no matter where I picked up the story or how often I read the books. I actually hesitated to see the movies because I was afraid that, like so many other books that have been made into movies, they would be unfaithful to the storyline and/or context of the books. Thankfully, the movies have been every bit as good as the books. I suppose I won't ever have to re-read these again now that the DVDs are for sale.

How about you all... any novels that you keep on hand to re-read for pleasure?

Another Idea for the Holidays

Since my last entry to the blog, I realized that it really is more important than ever to do what we can for the troops overseas and their families here at home this holiday season. I did a little research on what we can do this holiday season for the troops. Here's a great start on ways you can send your holiday cheer to our service members overseas fighting the good fight.

I highly recommend Operation Uplink -- there is nothing more special to a soldier than a free phone time to hear the voices of those he/she loves and misses the most. I remember when I was a Navy wife (years ago), my husband was stationed in Japan for six months and our phone bill the first month he was there rang in at over $600! The phone company and I worked out a deal to pay that off but it sure was an eye-opener for us... we had no idea what it would cost to stay close while he was gone. The Operation Uplink cards will help some couple avoid that conversation with the phone company, I'm sure!

I encourage everyone who can afford to do it to donate their time, talent, or treasure to help our troops and their families have a little something extra to help them make it through the holidays this year. War is hell. Let's do what we can to make it a little less hellish.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Back to Reality

Wow, sorry to have been missing in action for so long! I enjoyed my Thanksgiving break a little too much. I think I'm having trouble getting back into the swing of things again. Reality. What a concept.

I tried something new this holiday -- I unplugged almost completely from the news. The only TV programs I watched were football games and the only thing I read was a spy/adventure novel. I am still surprised that I was able to pull that off. Amazing, for a news junkie like me!

So, while I'm getting caught up on the news again, here's an idea: Christmas and Hannukah are almost here again -- a great time to show the brave men and women of our armed forces (and those of our coalition partners, as well) that you support them. Winds of Change has done an extremely thorough job of collecting information on ways to support the troops. Please take some time and check this out. These guys will be missing their home and families more than usual over the holiday season. Don't underestimate the value of whatever you may choose to do to show your support. Thanks for such a thorough list, Winds!

Last year, I received a list of soldiers who weren't receiving any mail from home. It was a looooooong list, unfortunately. I was able to send Christmas cards to about 80 of them before the season was over. Not that this season is the only time you can send letters, cards, and packages -- they appreciate the show of support from home at any time!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Giving Thanks

I'm sure that the pilgrims would be quite surprised that their little dinner with the natives is now honored every year by Americans who have never worn a hat with a big buckle on it or who get their information not from a bible but from curious mechanical devices that glow in the dark. While controversies and animosities can be unleashed around this time of the year where "politically correct" is concerned, I still find this one of my favorite holidays of the year.

I haven't had to buy a turkey -- or "tofurky," if you happen to be a vegetarian -- in the past four years. Being the 41-year-old divorcee with no kids means I get invited elsewhere and rarely have to do more than bring a nice bottle of wine and help clear the dishes after the meal. Good deal, eh?

Every year on Thanksgiving I try to find some quiet time to contemplate all the things in my life for which I am thankful. Since I'm now, more or less, a member of the big community of bloggers, I thought I'd share this with whoever stops by and cares to read it.

Politically speaking, I'm thankful for:
1. the re-election of Bush, Northup, and Bunning;
2. the GOP sweep on Election Day and spending the evening with friends celebrating;
3. the Swift Boat Vets and POWs for the Truth telling the truth;
4. the death of the terrorist Arafat;
5. the announced retirement of Dan "you can't handle the truth" Rather;
6. the launch of a Louisville chapter of Protest Warrior;
7. finding the Blog world and its wonderful writers;
8. meeting Hugh Hewitt;
9. getting more bumper stickers for my car;
10. and, the new Cardinal Coalition adventure.

Personally speaking, I'm thankful for:
1. A loving immediate family -- You can't choose your family but, if I could, I would have chosen them.
2. A wonderful bunch of extended family -- all such very special people.
3. Fun friends -- flocking together has been great so far.
4. Good health -- the oxygen tank I might have had to lug around later in life has got to weigh less than the 15 pounds I put on in fat from quitting smoking but, really, no complaints.
5. Career with a great company -- couldn't ask for more on this front.
6. New found forgivenesses -- IMHO, forgiving and being forgiven are among life's least practiced humilities.
7. Brave countrymen/women -- it is a special spirit that drives the brave men and women who put everything on the line to keep the rest of us from witnessing first-hand the horrors of what must be done to keep us free. Thank you.
8. Endless optimism -- onward and upward.
9. Curiousity and technology -- where information is at your fingertips and a huge community of people, likely miles and miles apart, can share opinions and insights without having to travel.
10. and, New found beginnings -- the future is so very promising.

Care to share yours?... Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Wow! Eyes Wide Open and Still Researching...

Following up on a recent post to my blog "Don't we owe them something?" I was combing the internet tonight, browsing information on mandatory birth control and other related topics when I ran across a paper published on the EWTN website (Global Catholic Network). This paper written by Mike Perry (still tracking him down on the web), is a fascinating read for those of us who have never delved into the roots and history of Planned Parenthood. He draws interesting connections between birth control, eugenics, Nazi Germany, the Civil War, race building, and what we know today as Planned Parenthood. Basically, it is the culmination of a movement meant to control/reduce the population of the poor, working class immigrant communities in the United States. Call me naive but I had never really thought long enough about the historical context to draw these connections myself.

Here's a brief excerpt:

These organizations arose out of the fears of America's affluent, educated elite. To have more money and time for themselves, they were having fewer children. As a result they were alarmed by the high birth rates of poor and working-class people.[2] They considered the prolific poor, as Sanger put it, "the most far reaching peril to the future of civilization."[3]

Let me be very clear about this. I'm not vouching for the veracity or integrity of the information in this paper (just yet). I intend to continue researching the author and the content of this paper. For now, I'm merely blogging this because I find it extremely interesting. I mean, if it is indeed true, then the true nature of Liberal elites and their "pro-choice" agenda becomes starkly clear to anyone who cares to see it. Wouldn't the minority communities be incensed if they were to find this to be true? I'm incensed and, according to race building philosophies, I'm a "desirable!"

Again, I'm compelled to quote a bit from Perry's paper:

Mention abortion and liberals are eager to provide the poor with the same choice (abortion) as the rich. Mention education for that same child and liberals become openly hostile.

Stay tuned for more on this as I continue to backtrack some of the info and the author...

November: the best month ever!

Can November 2004 possibly get ANY better? This is one month that will be marked in my memory as one of the happiest, healthiest, sane months ever. President Bush is re-elected in one of the most important Presidential elections in a lifetime; the terrorist Arafat finally dies leaving Palestinians with a more hopeful future; and Dan Rather announces his retirement! Wooohoooo! Party on the patio, y'all!!

The best retrospective I've read on Dan Rather's career is this piece by Slate's Bryan Curtis. Nice work, Bryan. Thanks to you, I'll remember Rather's madness fondly. Will I miss him? Naaaaaaaaaah.

Now, if CBS has any brains left in its news operation, they'll find Rather's replacement in the blogosphere where great minds know how to break a story "rather" than FAKE a story!

Monday, November 22, 2004

Don't we owe them something?

This may seem a little off topic for my blog but I'm waxing philosophical this evening and felt like posing the question running through my mind to a wider audience. Let me explain. I do volunteer work every Monday night at a local place that cares for kids who are in dire straits. I don't want to breach any confidentiality so I'll leave the description at that. The particular area in which I volunteer is for kids under 5 years of age.

I leave there every Monday night with either a smile on my face or an ache in my heart. Sometimes both but either of which is a perfectly understandable result, I'm sure. The ache in my heart sometimes comes from the fact that there is almost NEVER just one child from an unfit home -- there are almost always at least two and, most often, there are three or more.

I guess my "issue" tonight could be best put in the words of Keanu Reeves's character in the movie Parenthood: "You have to have a license to drive and you even have to have a license to fish. But they'll let any butt reaming a$$hole be a parent."

The question that vexes me tonight (and many Monday nights) is:
Why do we continue to let unfit parents procreate ??

I know that we live in a free society and what I might suggest seems fascist but don't we, as the civilized beings that we think we are, owe it to kids to somehow monitor this? If the government is going to intervene at all in these types of situations, is it really so bad to make a semi-permanent birth control device (say depo-provera or norplant, for example) mandatory until it is verified that the parent is again (or for the first time ever) qualified to raise his/her children? Is that really fascist?

If my tax dollars and my volunteer time are considered an investment in the future of these children, shouldn't those same things come into play to do everything we can to see that the same kids (and even more siblings) don't end up back in the hands of the government?

Just thought I'd ask... what do you all think?

Friday Night with Hugh and Friends


The consummate Conservative host, Hugh Hewitt, and yours truly!
Shameless of me to post this, I know; however, I'm too jazzed to care. :-p


What a wonderful way to spend a Friday night! After an hour or so wandering through some of the exhibits at the Frazier Historical Arms Museum, I then got to spend three hours with Hugh Hewitt and 599 other fans of his show. I absolutely MUST say that not only was Hugh wonderful and the live show very entertaining, but his fans are absolutely the nicest people! I've seen other radio talk shows done live and mingled with fans of those shows. Hugh Hewitt's fans are the nicest, most down to earth, friendly people I've ever met. It's quite a credit to Hugh that he draws such a fan base.

If you haven't been to the Frazier Historical Arms Museum here in Louisville, it's a must-see. The museum shows an amazing artistry with the exhibits and places them in the context of the times in a very entertaining and educational way. Of course, the many priceless artifacts on display -- Daniel Boone's family bible, Custer's pistols, and pieces from the British Royal Armories, just to mention a few -- make this museum a must-see for any history fan. It's an amazing trip back in the history of warriors and their gear. I haven't seen such great exhibits and history on display since I visited the Tower of London two years ago. Amazing place!

Many of us who were wandering the museum's exhibits were anxiously checking our watches waiting for 5pm to draw nearer. I had attempted to get seats early but, when the elevator doors opened on the fourth floor, I was told by a museum employee stationed by the elevator that no one would be admitted until 5pm. Everyone was champing at the bit to get up there and find seats. Many of us, while standing in line at the elevator on the third floor, told the same story of being told "not until five o'clock!" and sent back down. And so it was that, at 4:45pm, there we all stood waiting to take the elevator up to the fourth floor for the final attempt. Many of us, myself included, had watches set purposely five minutes fast. When our watches hit 5pm there was a small debate in the crowd about those five minutes... but when the "Let's storm the tower!" cry was heard, we all headed up in the elevator to do battle with the lone museum employee. If boiling oil was necessary, I somehow believe we would have come up with some just to take the tower. Thankfully, none was necessary and success was ours. We were the first group to get seats.

As the crowd filtered in, I saw and chatted with many of my friends from local clubs and churches who had come to the show. I was pleased to have made new friends right there in the audience as well. The more we all chatted, the more I realized that I'm simply one of a whole lot of really bright, interesting, kind, funny, and genuine folks who find the same qualities so very appealing in Hugh. "Birds of a feather," I suppose.


The Fetching Mr. Hewitt!

Hugh entered to a standing ovation from the crowd just prior to going on air. He had an audience of 600 people -- many from across the bridge in Indiana as well as native Louisvillians. I must say, and I hope the fetching Mrs. Hewitt will forgive me, that Hugh is quite fetching himself. His publicity pictures will never be adequate as he has a smile and presence that certainly add to his overall "fetchingness." What a warm and genuine person!


His list of guests for this show was wonderful but we were all especially pleased to hear from our very own Congresswoman, Anne Northup, who handily won her race this November. I was sitting in the audience with a few friends who helped in that effort as well as in the re-election of President Bush. It was great hearing Hugh interact with our Congresswoman. I think he should spend more time getting to know her... she's done great things for us here in Louisville and is, in my humble opinion, right up there with Mitch McConnell as far as being a credit to Kentucky and improving the image of Kentuckians.


My friend, a veteran blogger named "CD" Dodd Harris, and I got in line to shake hands with Hugh toward the end of his show. Let me just say that Hugh is not only a huge proponent of blogging but he is very actively involved in the community. He was familiar with Dodd's blog, Ipse Dixit, already but he had just met some other Louisville bloggers at the show that he mentioned by name. Hugh is actually responsible for helping introduce me to a fellow blogger here in town, GotDesign. I have been blogging as part of the Cardinal Coalition, started by GotDesign, and yet had never met him. The blogging world is so funny really... we blog, comment, email, and link each other but rarely ever seem to meet in person. Hugh's live shows are a great conduit to facilitating that. Thank you, Hugh!



Salem Radio presented Hugh with a genuine, personalized Louisville Slugger
and a replica Civil War sword. Looks like there's gonna be a rumble, doesn't it?


It was actually kind of funny seeing how the crew back on the Left Coast (Duane and Emmett) handled the "Kentucky backdrop" of the broadcast -- hillbilly tunes and really lame movie choices. Fellas, I know you are capable of better. Okay, okay, I admit to enjoying the Grandpa Jones tune, "Eight More Miles to Louisville" and the choice of "The Fighting Kentuckian" for the top 10 Kentucky movies list, but that's all I'll admit to at this moment. I suppose my reactions to Emmett's movie choices were entertaining for Hugh as he asked me to come up and make a choice for the top movie in/about Kentucky. I was torn... Seabiscuit or Stripes? I had to go with Stripes. Thanks to Hugh, I am now known to friends as "the girl in the second row."


There seemed to be a little confusion, even on Hugh's part, about the differences between Kentucky and Tennessee. Don't get me wrong, it's not like this doesn't happen all the time. It's a common problem. So, for those Hugh Hewitt fans who want to feel a bit better informed and stop confusing Kentucky with Tennessee, here's a little primer:

Jack Daniels and any other whiskey -- TN or elsewhere
Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, and any other bourbon -- KY
(bourbons are only made in Kentucky)

Davey Crockett -- TN
Daniel Boone -- KY

16th State Admitted to the Union (1796) -- TN
15th State Admitted to the Union (1792) -- KY

Rocky Top -- TN
Blue Moon -- KY

Wear shoes (sometimes) and mostly speak with a Southern accent -- Anywhere in TN
Wear shoes and speak without a Southern accent (sometimes) -- Louisville, KY
(mostly just Louisville -- we're snobs here)

All in all, a great show and a wonderful Friday night thanks to Hugh's appearance here. Thank you, Salem Radio and sponsors, for bringing Hugh to town. Thank you, Hugh for being such an entertaining, warm, and wonderful host and human being! Y'all come back now, ya hear?

Saturday, November 20, 2004

From the girl in the second row...


(L to R) "CD" Dodd Harris of Ipse Dixit blog fame;
Hugh Hewitt, the consummate Conservative host; and, of course, yours truly!

So much to write about but so little time at the moment -- off to a family event tonight, a Protest Warrior gig tomorrow and after that, I'll fill y'all in on the news. The brief, and less entertaining, version is that a great time was had by all. Museum was awesome; Hugh is a blast to meet and watch work; and I got to meet some fellow Louisville bloggers in person last night at the show. Hugh has the best fans. So much fun! Hugh, you rocked the 'ville last night and we were so pleased to get to meet you in person!! By the way, tell Emmet that the "girl in the 2nd row" says she's willing to help with the next list of Kentucky movies. Geez.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Kiss*kiss!

I know I said I'd be MIA today but couldn't resist posting this tidbit -- thank you, President Bush, for showing no hesitation in making it clear that it's okay to recognize the difference between a man and a woman! There are many reasons I admire this man and one of the reasons is showcased in this Washington Post article.

Women have been saddled for decades with the nonsense propagated by the femi-Nazis. Somehow we had to pretend to be men to gain respect in the workplace. Personally, I wore the silly little man-like suits with the scarf/string ties on the blouse all through the early 80s thinking "why do I have to pretend to be a man?" No matter how masculine I tried to be at work, I found that, hey, I still looked like a woman. And, lo and behold, I found that I achieved more success in my career when I simply showed up for work as MYSELF, a WOMAN, a unique INDIVIDUAL!

God bless President Bush for showing the sensitivity and courage to recognize that a woman still appreciates a peck on the cheek from a good friend!

Congrats, Arlen

I suppose congratulations are in order for Senator Specter who narrowly escaped losing his appointment as head of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Apparently, he will be the Chairman after much ado. I have been holding back on any commentary about his possible appointment because I was in agreement with Byron York -- it would have been a bad way to start off the new session. I felt that the seats turned over to Republicans in Congress would have been persuasion enough for Specter and, quite frankly, there's no better Chairman for that committee than a pro-choice Republican. Who better to add credibility to a party that's being bashed for having such a strong religious contingent? I feel like Specter knows that he's been put on notice. Plus, now that Daschle's gone (hallelujah!), it shouldn't be such a bloody mess to get these nominees through. Senator Specter, the world is watching...

Hi-de-ho Hugh!

Hugh Hewitt who will be in Louisville tomorrow evening to do his show live from the Frazier Historical Arms Museum. I've got tickets with some friends and am very excited about it. I'm not 100% sure but I believe the tickets for this have sold out. And so, it is highly likely that I'll be MIA for the duration tomorrow. The next post I make to this blog will be recounting, breathlessly I'm sure, the thrill of seeing him do that voodoo that he do LIVE! Stay tuned...

Lie-bury for Clinton?

I couldn't resist the use of the "lie-bury" in place of library. As a matter of fact, other than shrouding the impeachment materials with a "persecution" label, the Clinton library has indeed owned up to his impeachment. I was shocked to find, while visiting his Presidential Center website, that a search on the term "monica lewinsky" turned up no less than 100 links! Evidently, the Clinton legacy will do what Clinton himself couldn't seem to do up front -- admit that he DID indeed "have sexual relations with that woman." What didn't seem to be made clear in the materials is that he was impeached on perjury charges... I hope future generations will get a textbook recounting of the Clinton presidency that includes that fact. Aw, who am I kidding right?

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Libs showing their true "color"

Is it just me, or does anyone else find this outrageous? Apparently, the racist treatment of slaves in the Old South as showcased in "Gone with the Wind" is appropriate cartoon treatment for Dr. Condoleeza Rice -- a woman who has achieved so very much in her life and done so much for this country. I mean, every one of these cartoons -- all of them are linked under the heading "Libs hit new low" at the top of Rush's website today -- are offensive to anyone with any sense! When the Libs don't like something, they're the first to display their true colors of bigotry. As if the cartoons weren't enough, the UK Mirror makes a point of shaming our President (a white man) for turning to his trusted advisor (evidently considered to be an "uppity" black woman by Liberals) for advice!

I suppose the old Dixiecrat mentality lives on in the modern Democrat party, eh? Where are the outraged defenders of the black community? Rev. Jackson? Julian Bonds? Where are yooooooou? If nothing else pushes up the number of black registered Republicans for the next election, the Libs will do it single-handedly with this garbage!

They ought to be ashamed of themselves. The Left can't seem to get their own "political correctness" correct. Maybe the Left has decided to define "political correctness" based on political party rather than on the simple rules for being decent human beings. It's simply wrong to lampoon someone based on the color of her skin... even when you don't like her. It's wrong.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Let Allah Sort Them Out

As I hear, read, and see more about the incident with the Marine shooting a wounded enemy in the mosque in Fallujah, I become more and more furious at the "mainstream" media. What has happened to the idea that you gather all of the facts to properly frame a story before simply spewing video and opinions?! I did a little time in Journalism class in college and it seems to me that the textbook was thrown out ages ago.

Iraqis condemned the act as "cowardice" and "something forbidden in Islam."

Oh, so I suppose that taking and beheading hostages IS an act of bravery and allowed in Islam? How dare the Iraqis condemn a Marine who is doing the work that they should have done themselves years and years ago? Where are the brave Iraqis who helped clear Fallujah of the insidious terrorist/insurgent presence and what do they have to say about this incident? You would think, from the level of hysterical reporting, that this Marine shot an innocent civilian who meant him no harm. Excuse me; I believe the guy was the ENEMY... had shot at and possibly wounded some of our guys in the first place. WAKE UP, people. It's a WAR! Look, our military personnel are well aware of when it is and when it is not appropriate to shoot a wounded enemy. If any country can be expected to police its own, it's the United States of America.

Since I'm not seeing any well-rounded, contextual reporting on this, allow me to provide some context to this story -- the Marine at the center of this controversy was shot in the face by an enemy combatant just the day before; the enemy has wounded a number of our soldiers by booby-trapping their wounded and dead; this particular enemy combatant was "playing dead" which is a common tactic to lure our soldiers in closer so that they can attack; and, lastly but more importantly, war is a scenario of barely controlled chaos, at best.

I'm furious. Look, human beings are fallable. Throw them in dangerous situations they will make judgements that will guard their own lives and those of their compatriots. Our guys are highly trained professionals and I feel sure that when the facts are made public and weighed in context with the situation, this Marine will be found to have been justified in his actions. Honestly, I'd much rather see our guys err on the side of protecting their own lives when confronted with an enemy in a risky situation like that. Shoot first and let Allah sort them out later.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Can I help you pack?...

I just ran across a card that was crafted specifically by the Louisville chapter of Protest Warrior for our most recent showdown with the Leftists here in Louisville. If you read my ramblings often, I'm sure you know I'm an enthusiastic Warrior but what you may not know is that I have a horrible memory. So, before I forget, I thought I'd share the text of this little homemade card that we handed out to the Lefties at our last counter-protest:

"Does four more years of economic prosperity, lower taxes, and freedom scare you?
Are you feeling lost and hopeless because a phony war hero and a greedy trial lawyer lost the most important election in history?

Well, now there is hope! Join your fellow Leftists in a mass migration to Canada.
Your taxes will double but, hey, you'll finally have free healthcare.
Canadian Immigration -- http://www.cic.gc.ca

This information provided gladly and free of charge courtesy of Protest Warrior (Louisville Chapter)"

hehehe I just had to share this brilliant piece of counter-protest material. Thanks to the evil genius of our Chapter Leader, we are always annoying the crap out of the Leftists around here! Wish us luck because to annoy ALL the crap out of those folks will be a life-long endeavor.

Good Riddance to Bad Trash

Just when I thought I couldn't possibly be more excited about the future of the civilized people of this world, Arafat's death on Nov. 11th just raised the excitement meter! Someone pinch me, please, I think I may be dreaming...

I'm sure it surprised no one of any intellect that the French took him in while he was deathly ill and then sent his corpse home in a style more suiting a statesman than a terrorist. After all, I do believe the French do their part on a regular basis to ensure they make money off of all terrorist "heads of state" -- no discrimination there. I'm sure it surprised no one of any intellect that Arafat is being eulogized as a world leader who struggled for peace for his people. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, I'm sure Arafat knew that his Liberal friends worldwide would ensure that his legacy will be misrepresented for years to come as one of "the struggle for peace." I pray that this terrorist does NOT rest in peace. He deserves an eternity of the same hell he rained down on, not only his own people, but innocent civilians during a lifetime of terror and corruption.

I am excited about the possibilities now. The world is waiting for a civilized statesman with the interest of his people and the world in mind to work with the civilized world to pull the Palestinian people out of poverty and corruption into a world of peace for themselves and their neighbors, the Israelis. Apparently, the Palestinian Authority has chosen Mahmoud Abbas (also known as Abu Mazen) as their next leader. This may very well be the choice that needed to be made for Palestinian leadership AGES ago! Mr. Abbas, the world is watching...

President Bush's legacy, already quite breath-taking and profound, is now ready to expand to making peace where lesser Presidents have failed... The Bush presidency is bound to go down in history as one of the best things to ever happen to the civilized world. We live in such a promising time!

Euphoric "Leave of Absence" Over for Now!

Sorry to have been away so long. I have to say that I was afloat on that cloud of euphoria much longer than I thought I'd be! It's time to come back down to earth now, I suppose.

I had a blast gloating at a "peace vigil" shortly after the big election night festivities, as did my fellow Protest Warriors. I always thought I was a humble winner. And, of course, humility has its place, I suppose. However, not THIS time, my friends! After listening to almost a full year of nonsense from the Left, I was ready to gloat over the fact that most Americans have more common sense in their pinky fingers than the idiot, old hippy Leftists! My favorite new sign for our counter-protest that evening was "W stands for Whoop-Ass!" Even though the C-J chose to use a picture that misrepresented OUR numbers, I was still pleased that the Curious-Urinal decided to talk to an innocent bystander. She did an awesome job of communicating much of what we were about that evening. Way to go, Jean Craig and helluva job, Warriors!

Friday, November 05, 2004

W stands for WHOOP ASS!

Congratulations, Americans, we have re-elected President George W. Bush and made history! I missed my electoral college prediction of 296 for W, but even that doesn't bring me down. I'll be floating on the cloud of euphoria from this victory for at least another week! Check out the county breakdown of votes for W across the fruited plain. It's a real eye-opener!

Election night was a blast -- watching Tom Daschle (D-SD) lose his race, watching the GOP pretty much sweep our races across the country. Other than watching the release of the hostages in Iran after President Reagan was innaugurated in 1981, this Election evening made me the proudest I've ever been to be a Conservative. Congratulations to Anne Northup, Jim Bunning, and all the other local Republicans who won their races. Congratulations to all the Republicans nationwide who won their races as well! What an amazing sweep!!!

Not only have Conservatives made history in this election, we have made our future as well. He is indeed the Right man at the right time! Now, once we get Arlen "Donkey in Elephant's clothing" Specter (R-PA) out of the way, we can get on with the business of appointing judges who will interpret the law rather than craft new ones via their rulings and opinions. I am so very excited about the future of this great country!

For those of you who will be crying that it's time to "heal the rift" in America that was created by the Democrats in their push for power, I say let's welcome the Dems to our Conservative family. They will have to leave behind their peace signs, their love beads, and their desire for more and more government programs that I will be asked to pay for though...


Monday, November 01, 2004

Down to the wire... cross your fingers!

I've been very involved in local politics since I helped elect Governor Fletcher last year. He is Kentucky's first Republican Governor in 36 years! It was an awesome experience and got me hooked on working as a volunteer on political campaigns whenever I can.

This year I've been volunteering lots of time and effort to the Bush/Cheney and Northup campaigns. Last Saturday, I spent 8 hours driving a van full of 12 "walkers" to neighborhoods in our area as part of the GOP's Get Out the Vote campaign. Those precinct walkers had their work cut out for them as the houses in our precincts were fairly spread out. However, many of them were shocked to be thanked for their effort by the voters they connected with during the day. One retired veteran thanked us for OUR service to the country! We were all in awe. We had numerous voters report that their Bush/Cheney '04 signs had been stolen. The best we could offer them were some small campaign stickers instead. Many of the walkers I worked with were 21 and under. There was a registered Democrat and a registered Independent walking with us -- they were inspirational to all the voters and the volunteers they touched during the walk that day. Many were tired at the end of the day but all of us had smiles on our faces on the drive back to the Victory '04 office. We know we made a difference in this election.

At a rally this evening for Senator Bunning, I was told by one of the volunteers that a van of precinct walkers today came upon a Kerry minion stealing a Bunning sign from the yard of one of the houses on their walk list. That guy was shocked to see a good number of our volunteers pouring out of the van, running in his direction yelling "put that back!" hehehe Fortunately, we Conservatives are polite and didn't pummel him. He was obviously already senseless so I'm sure they assumed pummeling would only vegetate him completely. ;-)

Tomorrow promises to be a very full day as I'm working the polls down in the West end of town. I'm already a bit nervous as I'm not sure what type of shenanigans to expect. We had one or two on the "other side" last election... I'll say my prayers tonight and add a request for a fair election to the standard fare. I'm hoping that when my job there is done, I'll get to the victory party in time to hear all of the winners' victory speeches!

Good luck tomorrow to GOP candidates all across the fruited plain, especially Senator Bunning, Congresswoman Northup, and President George W. Bush!

Bin Laden -- Kerry's campaign manager?

Oh how wonderful it must be to be a Leftist and hear your very own words broadcast worldwide from the mouth of your idol, Bin Laden! Happy days are here again! I'm sure there must have been viewing parties for Leftists worldwide who were happy to see their man alive and well on network TV.

If you didn't catch the sarcasm there then please leave my blog immediately. I don't like lunkheaded Liberal Leftists. When I read the transcript, it became oh so apparent that idiots like John F'ing Kerry and the DNC have simply supported Bin Laden via their talking points. Talk about providing aid and comfort to the enemy! I wonder if Bin Laden will be asked to join the UN as his own nation if Kerry is elected...

Now, in case it wasn't clear to anyone after reading the transcript of the Bin Laden tape, those of us in the red states who will be re-electing President Bush in this year's Presidential election are taking gambling with our security; however, those lunkheads in the blue states attempting to unseat the President can expect to live in peace and security granted them by their hero Bin Laden. I, for one, am proud to stand with the intelligent folks here in Kentucky who will be casting our electoral votes for President Bush. We ain't a-skeeered of no mass murdering terrorist dawg here in Kin-tucky! I believe there's nothing more likely to push this over the top for W than Bin Laden double-dawg daring Americans to re-elect W! I suppose now we now who is REALLY running Kerry's campaign, don't we? Sorry to inform you of this, Kerry, but threats from a terrorist and mass murderer aren't a great endorsement.

It's been a looooong campaign!

I haven't posted in quite a while. Fortunately though, my online absence is for a good cause -- I've been busy with GOP grassroots campaign work here in Louisville. I have Get Out the Vote calls and a rally for Senator Jim Bunning to do this evening. I am working as an election official on Tuesday in a precinct that is heavily Democrat. It would sure do my heart good to see that area vote their consciences and not their party. I suppose that remains to be seen and I'm sure I'm hoping for too much.

This has been the longest campaign in recent memory and I will be so happy to see it over. I'm ready to celebrate as soon as the polls close and our President is re-elected!

While doing a ProtestWarrior counter-protest on Sunday, I was called a facist and a warmonger... when will these Liberal lunkheads ever get it?! No one likes war, and the only "fascists" are the Liberals who are suppressing the free speech of the Right! Gee, "mainstream" media, couldn't the term "fascist" apply to you all? Grrrrr. I don't suffer fools very well these days.

Let's keep this country on the Right side of history. Good luck to all GOP candidates this Tuesday!

God bless and keep them safe from harm


I don't know about you, but I sure haven't seen pictures like this in the "mainstream" Liberal press...

Kids are a common bond, aren't they?


There are so very few differences between people of the world, really. What guy doesn't enjoy teaching a kid a new trick? ;-)

War is heart-rending


Soldiers bear the heaviest hearts for the loses of war. These men and women deserve our understanding and support as they go about the business of doing what's necessary for the greater good of mankind.

Felines for freedom!


A little support from the felines on the front!

Lifelines from home


Lifelines from home are so important! If you know a service member, you know how important your letters are; if you don't, and want to show your support, adopt one!

Friday, October 22, 2004

Rock-a-Billy?

After many hours toiling away at properly tagging my MP3s -- yes, I can be obsessive at times -- it occurs to me that there are a truckload of artists with the first name of Billy (or a variation thereof)... Billy Joel, Billy Preston, Billy Joe Royal, Bill Withers, Bill Haley, etc. I suppose if you're given the first name of Billy at birth, the odds are fairly significant that you may grow up to be a musician, eh?

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Forget Santa Claus, Hugh is coming to town!

For anyone who is yet to hear the news... the fabulous Hugh Hewitt will be in Louisville in November! Thank you for bringing him to our little part of the world, Salem Radio!!

... the sense God gave a goose!

Judging from the honking and general goose chatter over my place of residence today, I'd say that John Kerry must be in Ohio threatening to pose as a Conservative again. Sure enough, according to NewsMax, the errant Senator is indeed in Ohio goose-hunting today. I suppose, if he did shoot any geese, they were the Liberals of the goose community... all the good Conservative geese have taken refuge farther south in Kentucky!

Thank you, George!

If there is one person who has finally restored my faith in human beings and revived the common sense, plain speaking tradition of Mark Twain and Will Rogers, it is George J. Esseff, Sr. This gracious man paid a hefty sum to place an advertisement in the Washington Post. He wasn't advertising a product; he was advertising some old-fashioned common sense and right-thinking. Thank you, George. You are a treasure!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Interesting diversions

Play 20 Questions with an artificial intelligence program online. I stumped it with "salt" -- I wonder if it's learned anything about salt since earlier this afternoon...

Want a demonstration of what it feels like to be a Conservative who has to try to converse intelligently with a Leftists? Chat for a minute with A.L.I.C.E. No kidding... you Lefties make about that much sense!

Arrgh -- don't back down, Sinclair!

I'm sad to report that Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc. -- to whom I'd written a rousing congratulatory missive on their decision to broadcast "Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal" -- has now backed down somewhat. Evidently, they will now be showing only part of the documentary on their broadcast stations. *sigh*

Yes, Sinclair, we straight-spined, principled Conservatives are all too familiar with the noisy heckling of the loony Left in our society... free speech only applies to them. I had hoped, however, that you might have been immune. Unfortunately, SBGI owns no broadcast stations in Louisville, Ky so we will be seeing none of the documentary on the public airwaves here.

Only his hairdresser knows for sure...

Thank you, Matt Drudge, for posting such a treasure today on the Drudge Report! I've long suspected that John Edwards is a metrosexual and now there's proof. Watch John Edwards fluff, pat, comb, preen and inspect the results in a compact mirror! Afterward, compare what a real man does while waiting on the metrosexual to show up for the debate.

These clips are part of a new art exhibit created by Harry Shearer. You may remember him from the supremely hilarious movie, "This is Spinal Tap" or as the voices of Ned Flanders and Montgomery Burns on "The Simpsons." Check out Harry's archive of other "found objects" (the audio clips are gems) on his website.

Friday, October 15, 2004

The beauty of owning an old car...


With an 11-year-old Saab, who's going to notice if a fascist Leftie keys my car? It might actually make the ancient paint job more interesting... Another of its charms, I'm told by a friend, is that it is now the only car in Louisville that only turns Right! This comment borne of the fact that my bumpers are PLASTERED with pro-GOP, pro-Veteran, pro-Bush, and ProtestWarrior stickers.

Commies trump REAL war heroes?

Okay, I just heard about this on talk radio and had to check it out for myself. I don't know why I am shocked to find this is true -- at least according to UPI. Yet again, the Liberal-biased media rears it's ugly head simply to prove that "freedom of speech" doesn't necessarily mean "true speech" or "intelligent speech." Nonsense like this qualifies simply as speech directed by Communist government officials videotaped and edited by Americans free to broadcast it! I wonder if Nightline will air the video of the Communist government "watcher" telling the villagers and VietCong what to say... AAAAAAAARGH!

...still awake...

Yes, I'm still awake. Damn it!!

Hmmm this might be helpful... although, I imagine that if I were to see a doctor at this ungodly hour it would have to be for a bootycall otherwise I'm sure I'd be charged out the arse for the housecall. However, that does shed an interesting light on the toe wiggling, stomach rub, progressive relaxation, and deep breathing techniques now doesn't it?


Extremist? Hardly!


I'm a lover, not a fighter. The fact that I enjoy blowing targets to smithereens doesn't change that, does it? We are fortunate here in Kentucky to have the Knob Creek Gun Range. They host two big shows a year where you can fire machine guns and watch exhibitions of military weaponry. For those of us who truly believe in "peace through superior firepower," this is an amazing event.

So, imagine my surprise, while Googling the event, to find that this particular show in 2003 was listed as an Extremist event on the Anti-Defamation League's website. They mention militia encampments as part of the reason it's considered "extremist." I take issue with the idea that militia are extremists. They may be the only line of defense if, God forbid, John Kerry becomes President and subjugates U.S. sovereignty to Kofi and his band of crooks! C'mon ADL, let's be realistic about who we classify as "extremists!"

Where do I stand politically?


I think this makes my political stance clear. However, for you dunderheaded Liberals who probably won't get it, let me make it simple: Freedom isn't free, Peace isn't pretty, and John Kerry isn't a war hero.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

If you're there before it's over...

...you're not really late. Okay, I feel a bit late to the blog party but I'm jazzed to have made it! I mean, hey, just look at all the interesting blogs mixing and mingling! I really must introduce myself to Ipse Dixit and The Ville -- they look like they might be very interesting. How exciting! I'm all aquiver! Excuse me. I must duck into the powder room first... I feel silly mingling as Rightwing Warrior Wench; I believe Blogger Babe might be more appro for this soiree... Back soon!