Wednesday, December 28, 2005

That silly Saddam!

You'd think that a treacherous tyrant like Saddam would take his trial just a bit more seriously than this!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Apologies!

My apologies for the recent lapse in this blog. I have had to take a small hiatus from blogging to prepare for a move farther north to a different city here in Kentucky. I've spent the past two weeks or so packing for the move. Nice timing with the holidays upon us, huh? ;o) The good news is that the move is tomorrow morning (hmm... technically the move is THIS morning!). The bad news is that it may be a few more days until I'm back up to speed and blogging again.

I've not forgotten about all of the recent events that require a commentary -- the successful election in Iraq on the 15th (way to go, Iraq!), the nonsense about the President and "spying," and the big to-do over the renewal of the Patriot Act. I certainly intend to weigh in!

Thanks for your patience! Have a very merry Christmas! Please make room in your celebration this year to remember our brave men and women in the Armed Forces who must be away from their loved ones this holiday season.

Dawn (aka "Conservachick")

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Purple Finger, Anyone?

Okay folks, it's that time again... the Iraqi people will be going to the polls on December 15th. I vividly remember staying up into the wee hours of the morning the first time they went to the polls. This time, being a fully employed responsible adult, I won't be able to savor the coverage as I did last time. Instead, I intend to show solidarity with the Iraqi people with a purple ribbon instead. A simple little purple ribbon affixed to my sweater should be enough for (a) someone disconnected from the news to ask the question that will allow me a few moments to educate them on the fantastic developments in Iraq, and/or (b) to show my own solidarity with the new Iraqi government and the people who are bringing all of our efforts there to fruition through their votes.

Bill Bennett has been promoting the "Purple Finger of Freedom" campaign which I think is a wonderful idea. Read more about it and join the effort! Is there anything more moving than free people supporting those people who are building their own future through a democratic process?
Whatever you may choose to do, please remember to support the Iraqi people in whatever way is best for you -- pray for them, wear a purple ribbon, and/or go full out with a purple finger. More than ever, it's so very important for all free people everywhere to know that Americans who live in the greatest country on Earth are supporting them not only militarily but in spirit! Solidarity, baby, yeah!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Bravo, Senator Bunning!

Well folks, it's been a while since I found any time to blog lately. The holidays added to my regular hectic schedule plus yet another car issue have really put me behind the 8-ball in all areas -- and I sure miss having quality time with the blog!

There are many thoughts that I really want to communicate but this one must come first. As I wrote previously, the Democrat amendment that required the President to submit a timeline for withdrawl from Iraq (surrender, basically) was voted down and yet, for some crack-induced reason, the Republican leadership on the Hill felt a need to answer the defeat of the "surrender amendment" with their own Warner amendment which requires our President, who is pretty busy of late conducting a war that is critical to our national security (in case anyone missed that), to write reports to the Congress on a regular basis. The Republican Warner amendment passed. Yep, we shot down the surrender and then decided instead to handcuff the President in a time of war. Sheer lunacy!

Senator Bunning was the only Senator from Kentucky (and one of a handful of Conservatives on the Hill) to vote against both of these pieces of nonsense. I wrote him a nice letter thanking him for doing what we elected him to do: act as our Conservative voice in a sea of Liberal and turncoat-Conservative nonsense in this time of war.

I received his reply today by mail and this part of his response must be made known to everyone who cares about victory, to those who question what victory means, and to those who don't understand what it means for a Senator to stand with our troops in his mission on Capitol Hill:

"...While I believe it is important to bring our troops home as soon as the job is done, I voted against the amendments because I think they sent the wrong message to our troops and our enemies. Our troops need to know that they have the full backing of Congress and our country. Our enemies know that they cannot win against our military in a fight and we need to make sure they understand that they cannot defeat Washington either.

I continue to believe Iraq is right now the central battlefront in the War on Terror and we must complete the mission there in order to keep our country safe. I will not do anything to demoralize our troops or give comfort to our enemies. I will see the mission through, no matter what the Washington press corps says..."

I wrote to Senator McConnell on the same evening my letter went out to Senator Bunning. However, McConnell's letter was no warm and fuzzy "thank you." Instead, I expressed my utter dismay and disappointment at what he and Bill Frist (R-TN) did by crafting and helping to pass the Warner amendment in this time of war, when this country needs all of its patriots to echo Senator Bunning's refrain: "I will see the mission through, no matter what the Washington press corps says." I have yet to receive a reply to my letter to McConnell... gee, I wonder why.

Thank you, Senator Bunning!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

This is news?!

I find it hard to believe that the media covered President Bush's speech and the document published on Victory in Iraq today as news. As usual, Hugh Hewitt has written the definitive piece on this today, including some great links.

Look, none of us in our RIGHT mind had any doubt what the plan was -- the President has been telling us what it was from the "git go" years ago. Those of us in our RIGHT minds knew that basing victory on a timeline for withdrawl of our troops was not only ludicrous but synonymous with surrender. I suppose the Lefties needed to see it in print... and yet, they are still nattering on with more nonsense today as if they hadn't even heard a word that's been said or read a word of the report that was printed. Why do we Conservatives even bother? *sigh*

Friday, November 25, 2005

Giving thanks for the French

I'm giving thanks this weekend for people who think up great French jokes! Some of you will find these "cruel" and think I'm an evil American. Fine. However, I'm guessing that many others will be thankful that I've shared these laughs!


French Jokes


Q. How do you say "Give me liberty or give me death!" in French?
A. I give up.


Q. How many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris?
A. Nobody knows. It's never been tried.


Q. What do you call 100,000 Frenchmen with their hands up?
A. The French Army.


Q. Why was the Chunnel built under the English Channel?
A. So the French government could to flee to London.


Q: Did you hear about the new French tanks?
A: They have 5 gears...4 in reverse, and one forward gear just in case they're attacked from behind!


Q: Why don't they have fireworks at Euro Disney?
A: Because every time they shoot them off, the French try to surrender.


Q: Why do they have trees in Paris?
A: So the Germans can march in the shade instead of the sun.


Q: Why is good to be French?
A: You can surrender at the beginning of the war, and US will win it for you.


Q: What is the first thing you are taught when joining the French army?
A: To say "I surrender" in German.


Q: Why was Jesus not born in France?
A: Because they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.


Q: Did you hear about France's new weapons contracts?
A: They gave one to Ace Hardware to produce 250,000 wood sticks...they are still looking for a company to produce 250,000 little white flags.

Q: Where are the brave French soldiers buried?
A: There aren't any so they had to bury some of ours on their soil.

Once Upon A Time...

Once upon a time in a nice little forest, there lived an orphaned bunny and an orphaned snake. By a surprising coincidence, both were blind from birth.
One day, the bunny was hopping through the forest, and the snake was slithering through the forest, when the bunny tripped over the snake and fell down. This, of course, knocked the snake about quite a bit.
"Oh, my," said the bunny, "I'm terribly sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you. I've been blind since birth, so, I can't see where I'm going. In fact, since I'm also an orphan, I don't even know what I am."
"It's quite OK," replied the snake. "Actually, my story is much the same as yours. I, too, have been blind since birth, and also never knew my mother. Tell you what, maybe I could slither all over you, and work out what you are, so at least you'll have that going for you."
"Oh, that would be wonderful" replied the bunny. So the snake slithered all over the bunny, and said, "Well, you're covered with soft fur; you have really long ears; your nose twitches; and you have a soft cottony tail. I'd say that you must be a bunny rabbit."
"Oh, thank you! Thank you," cried the bunny, in obvious excitement. The bunny suggested to the snake, "Maybe I could feel you all over with my paw, and help you the same way that you've helped me."
So the bunny felt the snake all over, and remarked, "Well, you're smooth and slippery, and you have a forked tongue, no backbone and no balls. I'd say you must be French."

"It's Great to Be Collaborating with Germany Again!"

Dateline: Paris, France --
French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, in honor of France's agreement with Germany to undermine America's efforts in the War on Terror, took German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on a tour of sites in the French capital city that were visited by another German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, during his famous Victory Tour of 1940.

"It's so nice to be collaborating with the Germans again," said Chirac during a press conference at the Versailles Palace outside of Paris. "I mean, it's not like there was any real resistance movement when Germany ruled us during World War II. And those black leather coats the Gestapo men wore. Simply to die for."

Most French citizens this reporter spoke with expressed their delight at being able to collaborate once again with the Germans. A recent poll conducted by the newspaper Le Figaro showed that 95.6% of all French people are hoping to be re-occupied by Germany within the next 12 months. The poll results also reveal that the vast majority of French women are especially looking forward to becoming the mistresses of German officers so that they can have sado-masochistic sex in exchange for silk stockings and extra rations.

"Damn those Americans anyway," said Chirac during a visit with Schroeder to the Klaus Barbie L'Ecole Superieure du Behaviour Criminale. "Everything was going along just fine in 1944 and what did they go and do? Land at Normandy. Just like the Yanks, always butting their noses into other people's business. Well, we aren't going to take it lying down any more. This time we're going to surrender to Germany before the Germans have a chance to invade."

Got under my radar! (Leftist Media and "Staging")

I must have missed this story when it originally came out back in October but I couldn't resist getting an opinion in on this anyway...

President Bush was accused of yet another "faux pas" by the alleged mainstream press. This time, the administration was accused of staging the interview that President Bush conducted with troops in Iraq. This was such a perversion of the truth by the press. You can see some of what the press wanted you to see of the satellite feed at Media Matters. (If anyone has access to the full feed that hasn't been mutiliated for political purposes by enemies of America, I'd sure appreciate a pointer to it.)

The simple truth is that a Pentagon official worked with the troops to help them become comfortable with the cameras. The troops were given an opportunity to rehearse their questions. Maybe that sounds odd to some folks; however, as one who has been in front of a TV camera, I can tell you that it is absolutely nerve-wracking! You lose contact with your own ability to BREATHE and you miss some of the important points/questions you wanted to pose.

Think about it, Lefties: Why would the warm-up session be on a satellite feed if the administration was staging this? Wouldn't it be locked down against press perversion? Obviously, there was nothing foul afoot... other than a noble attempt to help troops relax and practice their questions before they met with their Commander-in-Chief, one whom many of them admire.

I seem to remember a bit of staging on the Left that didn't take much hammering from the press... anyone remember the question that was staged by a Chattanooga Times reporter during one of Rumsfeld's sessions with the troops in Kuwait City in 2004? A reporter planted a well-crafted question with a soldier who later stood up and asked it. Wasn't that "staging?" Sheesh.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving Amusements

Do yourself a favor and visit Hugh Hewitt's straw poll this Thanksgiving weekend. Not only is it fun to take but the results are quite intriguing!

Oh, and if there's still time to get this in before your Thanksgiving travails with Lefties at dinner, brush up on how to handle the inevitable argument with them over the war in Iraq.

Thanks for all you do, Hugh!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's that time again: time for food, family, and football, right? Well, not entirely... It's time to remember all that you have to be thankful for this year; it's time to remember those who help make those things possible; and it's time to remember that we live in the greatest country on Earth. It's time to thank the Almighty for His blessings, for His guidance, and for His patience with His children.

This year the list of things for which I am truly thankful includes:

* the health and happiness of my family and friends;
* my health and the ability to provide for myself so that I may help others;
* the brave men and women of America and like-minded free countries who volunteer to give their all for higher ideals that will make this world a safer and better place;
* the strong and generous families who stand by those courageous men and women;
* the people who are able to separate fact from fantasy -- I'm proud to call many of them friends;
* the few Right-minded individuals in positions of power who stand by their principles regardless of polls, negative rhetoric, and nonsense;
* the patience of those who know the road to freedom is never smooth; and,
* the grit and determination of every man, woman, and child who works for freedom within his/her life and within his/her world.

If you're not sure what you have to be thankful for, let One Marine give you his point of view on the matter. It may open your eyes and change your own list!

This Thanksgiving, as in years past, please remember those Americans who cannot be home this year to share the day with their families. Set a place for them in your hearts and in your prayers. It is only through their courage and sacrifice that this country remains free.


Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Colonel "Cut and Run," How DARE You?!

I am furious. I have finally HAD IT! I have respected and honored every veteran I have ever met and those I have never met. I have done so because each of them (in my mind) was courageous and patriotic. I have been thankful for each and every veteran who has stood between me and the loss of my freedom and security. I have honored these brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces in every way possible throughout my life. I intend to continue doing so; however, NOW my eyes are open.

Today, John Murtha has prompted me to rethink the respect that I automatically give to the opinions of those who have served. After a 37-year career in the US Marine Corps and experience in combat, I would have thought that this man, John Murtha, would recognize cowardice. I would have thought that this VETERAN would have no respect for the type of person he apparently is. He has absolutely NO respect for the intelligence and courage of the American people for whom he has personally stood guard during his career in The Corps.

Today, John Murtha slapped every last liberty-loving, patriotic and intelligent American in the face with a cold reality: We must NEVER assume that someone who has served in the Armed Forces is a patriot, is brave, and/or is intelligent enough to understand military strategy. NEVER ASSUME because, as John Murtha proved to me today, none of those assumptions are necessarily true.

John Murtha has not only turned his back on The Corps but he has spit on every last one of our brave men and women in uniform with his call to withdraw from Iraq and return home in defeat. He has challenged the right of every American to support a war if we have never fought in one. If he were a true Marine, he would NEVER have suggested that the Vice President is unqualified to question Murtha's opinions. Ladies and gentlemen, every single one of us is qualified to support the troops if we believe in the freedom and security of our nation; everyone of us is qualified and entitled to review the information about what led us to war and decide whether or not to support the on-going effort; everyone of us is qualified and was born with the right to call a man what he is, a coward, an idiot, an a political puppet.

How dare you, John Murtha?! In my eyes, this 37-year veteran of the Marine Corps is no better than the cowardly draft-dodgers who ran to Canada in the 1960s. Shame on you, citizen Murtha. You are no hero, despite your service in the Marine Corps. Veteran or not, your opinions are a disgrace to your country and to every right-minded American!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Warner and the Death of My GOP

I am ashamed to be a Republican today. I feel like I have been held down by Senator McConnell so that Senator Frist and his accomplices could easily slit my throat. How is it that Republicans can have a majority in both the House and the Senate with a Republican President in office and still manage to slit our own throats on an almost daily basis lately?! It's official. The GOP is dead. At least, it is dead to me.

In case you haven't heard yet, with the President out of the country today, Bill Frist and John Warner decided to play political games and pass an amendment to the defense policy bill that was meant to be a political one-up on the Democrats and their amendment requiring timetables for our war against Islamo-fascism. Frist, Warner, McConnell, and Santorum (the current Senate Republican leadership) did not even have the decency to wait until President Bush was back in the country to stab him in the back -- they've managed to do it from afar.

From the Washington Post article "Senate Rebukes Bush on Iraq Policy" today:
"... The Senate rejected a Democratic resolution that would have pressured the administration to outline a plan to draw down U.S. forces in Iraq, but, by a 79-19 vote, lawmakers approved a weaker Republican version that insists on regular reports to Congress detailing the military's progress toward the goal of bringing the troops home..."

After the Senate had voted down the Democrat resolution, Republicans turned around and formed a circular firing squad. Of the current 55 Republican senators, 41 of them voted yea on the Warner amendment, effectively casting their votes to denigrate our Armed Forces, cut our efforts in Iraq off at the knees, give our enemies the Vietnam defeatism they expect of us, and threaten the security and well-being of the America we Conservatives know and love.

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN DC?! Republicans, get your freakin' house in order!!

The Warner Amendment will be the closing chapter of my faith in the Republican party. It is no longer the party of Reagan; it is the party of Chicken Little.

Please note the following 41 (of 55) Republican senators who voted yea today on this shameful and harmful amendment:

Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Burns (R-MT)
Chafee (R-RI)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Frist (R-TN)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Santorum (R-PA)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Talent (R-MO)
Thomas (R-WY)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)

Only 13 Republican senators remained true to their Conservative principles, kept their spines firmly in place, refused to play the Republican leadership's political game, and tried to keep Americans safe today. These senators voted No on the amendment:

Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
DeMint (R-SC)
Graham (R-SC)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ) (*I couldn't locate an email form for Kyl*)
McCain (R-AZ)
Sessions (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)


As a Kentuckian, I am especially proud of Senator Bunning! He won a hard-fought race to retain his seat last year and I'm very happy to say that I worked hard at the grassroots level for him. Also, let me say that Senator McCain deserves our thanks today for taking the right stand. Read his statement; it's obvious that he fully understands the need to win this war against Islamo-fascism. His statement makes it clear that he sees the detrimental effects of the political game-playing that has been going on in the Senate with regard to Iraq.

As a Kentuckian, I am sickened by Senator McConnell's yea vote. He has obviously lost his senses. When Frist retires I certainly hope a true Conservative is put in charge because McConnell has obviously turned his back on his Conservative principles in favor of DC political games. I'm very upset with him.

The switchboard at Congress can be reached at 202-225-3121 -- simply ask to speak to your senator. The names of the senators in each list are linked to their email addresses if you prefer to write instead. If you're as furious as I am, please write or call. Senators need to hear from us on this.
It's bad enough that they've stabbed the President in the back but they are cutting our throats as well. Let's congratulate those who stood by our President and our Conservative principles by voting No on the amendment; and, of course, a good lecture is in order for those senators who voted Yea.

Do yourself a favor and vent to the spineless Republicans who voted Yea on this today. Let them know EXACTLY how you feel about their hands on the knife that cut the throat of every Conservative American today. I AM LIVID.

Thank you, Hugh Hewitt, for making this the focus of your show tonight. You are a true Conservative hero!
[PS: As I was gathering the email links for each senator, I noticed something interesting... the website email links for the senators who voted yea on this amendment were absolutely craaaaaawling. No problem on the websites for the senators who voted no -- quite speedy. Curious, ain't it?]

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Russ Vaughn Strikes Again!

Paristine
With a nod to Joseph Farah at World Net Daily

Jacques and his frères are surely weeping
Les pauvres immigrès have caught them sleeping,
Paysans revolt, their emotions churning,
What’s that odeur? Is Paris burning?
Within the banlieues there’s no joy
Among les jeunes who are sans emplois
What, take a job? Not the way to go;
We’d rather riot, torch your Peugeot.

Ah, Mother France you took us in,
Then left us with no way to win.
We’re not ègal, not garçons blanc,
We’ve no real chance to earn a franc.
No, what we are, we’re useful fools,
For leftist dreams, just brown-skinned tools.
So the Rèpublique’s butt is in a crack,
Give your merci to Jacques Chirac.

We’ll breed you into minority,
Till only mullahs hear your plea,
And Shari’a rules throughout your land,
A Frenchman steals, he’ll lose his hand.
Your licentious lifestyle, long extolled,
Will leave your women stoned, dead cold.
But everything will turn out fine,
In the Muslim Republic of Paristine.

-- Russ Vaughn

Friday, November 11, 2005

To Veterans on this Veteran's Day

I apologize for the delay in wishing you all a happy and thankful Veterans Day today. Those of you who read this blog even at the most random moments already sense, I'm sure, that the courageous and committed warriors of this country have my respect, admiration, and thanks on a daily basis. I'm grateful for the warriors of all free countries who willingly fight the good fight on behalf of all mankind. It is you courageous individuals who ensure that history will always contain stories of freedom, stories of goodness and compassion, and stories of human exceptionalism.

For our warriors who may be out in the field this very evening protecting freedom and helping ensure the freedom of others as well as those, like my Dad, who stood courageously in harm's way in previous conflicts, please know that you are truly heroes. Heroes are not found among the celebrities -- the athletes, the actors, the artists, the rock stars -- they are found among the common man with uncommon strength of character who holds ideals worth fighting for. You are the truest of heroes and you are all stars in the heaven of freedom for every good and decent human being. You do it not just for this country and its people but for the many people who struggle to be free around the globe. Without you standing ready to defend the freedom of the world's people, this would be a very dark work indeed.

Rush Limbaugh provided some great food for thought this afternoon with respect to what it means to be courageous. He quoted from G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy. It is not only true but it is poignant. I've reprinted here the paragraphs he read today for those of you who missed it:

"...Paganism declared that virtue was in a balance; Christianity declared it was in a conflict: the collision of two passions apparently opposite. Of course they were not really inconsistent; but they were such that it was hard to hold simultaneously. Let us follow for a moment the clue of the martyr and the suicide; and take the case of courage. No quality has ever so much addled the brains and tangled the definitions of merely rational sages. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. "He that will lose his life, the same shall save it," is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. This paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or quite brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if he will risk it on the precipice.

He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine. No philosopher, I fancy, has ever expressed this romantic riddle with adequate lucidity, and I certainly have not done so. But Christianity has done more: it has marked the limits of it in the awful graves of the suicide and the hero, showing the distance between him who dies for the sake of living and him who dies for the sake of dying. And it has held up ever since above the European lances the banner of the mystery of chivalry: the Christian courage, which is a disdain of death; not the Chinese courage, which is a disdain of life. ..."

Thanks for helping us understand the true meaning of courage, Veterans. Please stay safe and stay strong. Most of all, wherever you go, whatever you do, know that you are valued, appreciated, and thanked by those of us who understand what it means to be free. Thank you for your courage, your commitment, and your service. Happy Veterans Day!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Paranoid? Who me?...

Okay, just for the sake of my sanity... would you be worried about an audit if the IRS (the office in DC, no less) did a Google blogsearch on the word "fairtax" and then spent time reading your post about it?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

YIKES! This is Tax Reform?!

The President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform has published their recommendations in a nine-chapter report (plus an Appendix). As a supporter of the Fair Tax proposal, I find this panel's recommendations to be a complete waste of the time it took for them to compile it. It does not radically reform the current methodology and it leaves in place one of our government's biggest bureaucracies.

Herman Cain is a former 2004 US Senate Candidate in State of Georgia and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. He currently hosts a nationally syndicated radio show – “Herman Cain with the Bottom Line” and is a Fox News Business Contributor. I agree completely with his take on the recommendations of the advisory panel:

“Under the Tax Panel’s new proposals, lobbyists in Washington will get to keep their special loopholes. The incremental changes offered by the Tax Panel will only benefit K Street, not Main Street.

The Tax Panel has merely rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic tax code. The Panel’s recommendations will not make the tax code fairer for everybody. The top fifty percent of wage earners currently pay ninety-seven percent of all the income taxes. Under these proposals, Congress will still determine winners and losers with the tax code.


The Tax Panel’s proposals do not simplify the tax code either. Families and businesses spend 7 billion hours and nearly $300 billion each year filling out their IRS forms to comply with the code. Merely reducing the number of tax brackets does not make the code simpler for taxpayers or businesses. It’s still a 9-million word mess."

It is disappointing that the Tax Panel cavalierly dismissed the national retail sales tax, which is fair and simple for everybody. The visibility of the FairTax [HR 25 and S 25] would keep lawmakers from raising our taxes with ‘sneak-a-taxes’.

Over 80 economists and 47 members of Congress have read, understand and endorsed a national retail sales tax as the best alternative to the dysfunctional income tax code. The panel obviously ignored the hundreds of submitted statements and testimonies from the public and elected officials."

Congressman John Linder (R-GA) seemed to be a bit more optimistic in his remarks:

"...I remain hopeful, however, that Treasury Secretary Snow in his recommendations to President Bush will reach far beyond the limited foundation laid by the Tax Commission and propose true tax replacement in the form of a consumption tax - perhaps even a consumption tax that mirrors my FairTax proposal. The FairTax, the fundamental tax reform plan with more co-sponsors than any other bill in Congress, abolishes the entire income and payroll tax code and replaces it with a personal consumption tax on the purchase of new goods and services.

As disappointed as I am by the Mack-Breaux Tax Reform Commission's modest tax reform proposal, I am comforted in the knowledge that the report is only a small first step in what will be serious and fruitful Congressional action on fundamental tax reform in 2006. I urge Treasury Secretary Snow, President Bush, and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the House and the Senate to look seriously at the FairTax and to join me in exploring comprehensive options for preparing America's tax code and its economy for the challenges of the 21st century."

I certainly hope that the Congressman's optimism is well-placed!

VVLF Update

I received these updates from the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation (VVLF) today and wanted to share this news:

VVLF On The Air -- Thursday, November 3rd at 11:00 am Eastern, leaders of the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, including Medal of Honor recipient Bud Day, his fellow POWs Ken Cordier, Paul Galanti, Jim Warner, and Kevin McManus, and Mary Jane McManus will appear on the G. Gordon Liddy Show. Topics will include the lawsuits filed against the VVLF by surrogates of John Kerry, a conspiracy and defamation lawsuit the VVLF itself recently filed against John Kerry in federal court, and the organization’s ongoing efforts to set the record straight about the Vietnam War. During the program, excerpts from the POW documentary, "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," and from Kerry's infamous “war crimes” testimony before the Senate in 1971 will be played. Listen live online here.

Tell Your Story – The VVLF is collecting accounts from Vietnam veterans about their service during the Vietnam War and what they experienced when they returned home. If you served at the same time and place as any of those who claimed to have seen and participated in war crimes during the “Winter Soldier Investigation” in 1971, here's an opportunity to provide your version of those events. Your account should be fairly short (2 or 3 pages at most) and you should be prepared to document your service on request. We will make these accounts available to the public on our web site at VietnamLegacy.org. Please send your story to vets@vvlf.org.

Lawsuits – The case materials for the lawsuits against the VVLF and Carlton Sherwood by former members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War have been posted on the VVLF website along with case materials for the new lawsuit filed against John Kerry. Read more here.

Let's Get Ready to Ruuuuummmmmble!

"You [Alito] have obviously had a very distinguished record, and I certainly commend you for long service in the public interest. I think it is a very commendable career and I am sure you will have a successful one as a judge." -- Senator Ted Kennedy in 1990 when Alito was confirmed without objection to the Appellate bench.

"If confirmed, Alito could very well fundamentally alter the balance of the court and push it dangerously to the right, placing at risk decades of American progress in safeguarding our fundamental rights and freedoms." -- Senator Ted Kennedy in 2005 when commenting on the nomination of Alito to the Supreme Court on Monday by President Bush.

It is unprecedented for the Senate to oppose a nominee as qualified as Samuel Alito. Justice Antonin Scalia was approved 98-0 by the Senate. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was approved 96-3, and Justice Stephen Breyer was approved 87-9. Chief Justice John Roberts was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate.

So, Senator *hiccup* Kennedy, are you ready to ruuuuuuuuuummmmmmble?

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Hey Reid, where's your letter of resignation?

Fellow blogger, ScottG, is calling for Harry Reid's resignation on his blog "Ah, Shoot!" I certainly agree with him and will add my voice to the demand for Reid's resignation; however, while we're at it, I'd like to see Dickie Durbin's name added to that resignation letter as well.

I seriously doubt that Harry Reid or Dick Durbin have ever done a noble thing in their lives. It's probably asking a bit much of them at this point to expect that they would understand the damage they do to this country on an almost daily basis when they purport themselves this way.

This ConservaChick will likely suffer coronary arrest if any dim-witted Dem recognizes the error of his ways and resigns! No need to get the defibrilator ready; it won't be needed, I'm sure.

Enough already. Sheesh.

I am being baited by Liberals on a daily basis now thanks to their delusions about the Libby indictment. Have they any clue how silly this is? As if I will somehow blow a gasket because yet another Lib has misconstrued the Libby indictment as proof of something perpetrated by the Bush administration. Puhleeeze!

I actually received a call tonight from a lunkheaded Lib saying, "Oh, nice move by W today! Stroke of genius that he warned us all about the bird flu. I mean, I'm so scared of getting the bird flu now that I've forgotten all about the indictment of one of his cabinet members." HELLO?! I couldn't even begin to straighten out that mess. So, I let it go. Laughed it off and said, "Well, as I recall you Libs ripped him a new a-hole over last year's flu vaccine shortage. I'd say that he must have gotten the message about that, wouldn't you?" ;)

This stuff is just so indicative of the Lib mentality. They defend the heck out of nonsense and expect people to believe them and/or respect them for sticking up for their fellow Libs. We Conservatives, on the other hand, own up to the facts, analyze the situation, and get very clear on what it all means. Of course, we're all now REALLY comfortable with the fact that no matter what W does, they will complain and jeer. It's old hat now.

Tsk, tsk, tsk, Libs. Get a grip on reality and stopping calling and emailing me with your nonsense. It's getting old. Really.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Apolitical musings

Today is the first day of the time change back to Standard time. I despise the way we mess with the clock. It's hard enough for night owls to be on the same time as everyone else in the working world, so must we tinker with it? Really. It's pitch black outside at 7pm now. Is that really necessary? It was fine when it got dark at 8pm but this is ridiculous. I don't do well with the time change, in case you couldn't tell.

As much as I hate the time change, I do love the autumn though. The leaves on the trees here have turned anywhere from a lemon yellow to a flame red and all colors in between. It is absolutely gorgeous! The wind blows and the temperature is just chilly enough to remind you that you're vital, you're alive. It's a wonderful season!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Note to Scooter

Okay, Scooter, so you've been indicted by the grand jury convened in the Plame investigation. If you did what the indictment says you did then this ConservaChick believes you should be convicted. Just as with Clinton, I do not look kindly on obstructionists and liars at the top levels of my government. However, I heard Fitzgerald's statements on the radio today. You know what he never said? "We found out who 'outted' the 'undercover' CIA operative, Valerie Plame. That indictment is forthcoming." Hmmm. I wonder why he didn't say that? Wouldn't they have charged you with that if you had indeed been guilty of anything close to "outting" an undercover operative and endangering her and our national security?!

So, Scooter, if you did obstruct justice, etc. then I can't support you, dude; however, if you didn't do it, I hope to heck you fight these charges in court and embarrass the bejeezus out of Fitzgerald. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend well-known attorney, Brendan Sullivan. I hear that he "is NOT a potted plant."

Just so you know, Scooter, the rest of we Conservatives get to deal with our own level of nonsense on this issue from Liberals who are prone to disconnect with reality and run off into sweeping generalizations and hypocrisy the minute any "almost nearly but not quite" bad news hits the press -- I swear this is an actual email I received today:

"FROM: ******** [name withheld to protect the ignorant]
SUBJECT: One Down
MESSAGE:
Sorry, but Libby is just the first. I am both saddened and heartened by the turn of events. Saddened that individuals seem to think they can lie and manipulate the system, but heartened by the fact there are others who can and will bring them to task. Other than that how are you?
...end of message..."

Not to short you on the whole conversation, here's my response:

"to: ******
subject: re: One Down
sent: today! @ 5:16 pm

Why would you apologize to me about Libby? If he committed a crime, he should be charged and found guilty. Were you saddened when Clinton seemed to think that he could lie and manipulate the system? Were you heartened when there were others back then who can and did bring him to task? Really. Don't be a hypocrite!"

Just when I thought he might have gained a small toehold in the struggle back to reality...

"from: ********
subject: re: One Down
sent: today! @ 10:35 pm

Well honestly I was really angry at Clinton for lying. But, in the scheme of things his lies did not start a war based on lies. "

So, of course, yours truly had to point out a few facts...

"to: ********
subject:
re: One Down
sent: today! @ 10:45 pm

Excuse me? Even if Scooter Libby is charged and found guilty, his lies did not start a war. Your attitude is typical of uninformed Liberals who make sweeping generalizations as long as they suit your purposes. Look, I don't mind an actual give and take based on *fact* and curiosity about another's opinions but you're emailing me with B.S. based on Liberal talking points that don't have a single foot in the realm of fact or logic. Please don't email me with this nonsense anymore."

But wait, there's more! He couldn't stand to be dressed down without a reply:

"FROM: ********
SUBJECT: re: One Down
MESSAGE:
No you are right. It is merely endemic of the whole attitude of this administration. The president looked really quite shaken on tv this evening, I wonder what he knows that may be coming, stayed tuned.
...end of message..."

So, as you can see, Scooter, we're all suffering with you, dude. If the indictment is the B.S. that most of us figure it is, I hope you'll do us all a favor and duke this one out! For every Fitzgerald you have to defeat, we've got legions of idiots to battle... Good luck out there!

Hasta la vista, Harriet!

Honestly, I don't know whether to be proud that Conservatives still have a voice in their own party or to thank the Washington Post (of all things!) for publishing writings and opinions of Harriet Miers from the 1990s. Whichever it was that prompted her to withdraw her name from the nomination, it's a win for Conservatives who truly understand how important it is for President Bush to nominate someone who has stood up for his/her Conservative values consistently throughout a distinguished career.

I am waiting with baited breath for the next nomination. All I can say is that it had better not come with the qualifier "Trust me" and a wink. C'mon, W. Let's get it right this time!

Evidently, you'd better get your money in the pool now as odds on the next nominee are being given...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Rest in Peace, Rosa


Is there any more famous picture than that of Rosa Parks riding the bus? Possibly, but this picture has come to represent an American awakening. Without Rosa Parks's defiance that day in Montgomery, Alabama, I have to wonder what it might have taken to finally spark the movement toward desegregation and civil rights in this nation. She has been rightly called "the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement;" however, in my mind she is the woman who awakened a nation.

On the occasion of her death, I thought it might be fitting to remember that the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other black leaders was one of color-blindness. Unfortunately, today's black leaders use color to keep their communities divided from "white America." It's a shame that the message has been lost. From an interview in 1996, in Rosa's own words, that's not the vision she had:

"...February, Black History Month, seemed a relevant time to evaluate youth and their sense of history. But Parks thinks bigger and broader. 'We don't have enough young people who are concerned and who are exposed to the civil rights movement, and I would like to see more exposure and get their interest,' she says, pausing to reflect, 'but I think it should just be history, period, and not thinking in terms of only Black History Month' [emphasis mine]."

I hope that black leaders will pause to reflect on the bravery of Rosa Parks and the sanity of Martin Luther King, Jr. It's time to remember their message and carry it to the finish line: "We are Americans." If this message is revived, Rosa Parks will again have changed a nation.
God bless and keep Rosa Parks. May she rest in peace knowing that she changed a nation for the better.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

It's a Yes!

The Iraqis finally have their constitution! After the October 15th vote seemed to be a majority for the new constitution, allegations of fraud were immediately made by a few Sunni leaders who had tried to get out the "no" vote for this election. The UN elections chief praised election officials in Iraq for having done a "very good job" with the audit of results. So, it would seem that the Iraqis held a fair election where a majority of its citizens voted for their new constitution. Good news! However, I fear that some of the Iraqis who were out-voted on the constitution have adopted the same "sore loser" tactics that the Dems used after the 2000 election and yet again in 2004.

...But Saleh al-Mutlaq, a Sunni Arab member of the committee that drafted the constitution, called the referendum "a farce" and accused government forces of stealing ballot boxes to reduce the percentage of "no" votes in several mostly Sunni-Arab provinces.

"The people were shocked to find out that their vote is worthless because of the major fraud that takes place in Iraq," he said on Al-Arabiya TV.

(Source: Fox News)

Is Al Gore over there coaching Mr. al-Mutlaq?!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Revolution a-Brewin'?

"How long it will take for this revolution to run its course, and turn the world we live in upside-down, cannot be known. It may be this year or it may be fifty years. But this much we do know: those of us committed to the building of an intellectual infrastructure necessary to overturn the despotism of a government-managed society must never let up. Never let anyone tell you that what you believe is an anachronism. The Left does not own the future."

While we Conservatives continue our healthy debate on the choices made by our President, while we voice our dissatisfaction with the current apathetic approach to protecting our borders, and while we call B.S. on any Republican who claims to be Conservative but doesn't follow word with deed, I am reminded of something I read a few years ago: "The Transformation of American Opinion," written before the events of 9/11. It could not possibly be more relevant that it is today. I enjoy reading Lew Rockwell's opinion pieces.

This piece reflects my optimism that we are due for and will have the strength for a revolution of sorts in this country. When our Congressional representatives can craft a lovely retirement plan for themselves but subject the "average" American to the nanny-state expectation of receiving funds from a failing socialist mess like Social Security, we should be getting just a tad angry. When a whole new department called "Homeland Security" is created while our borders are neglected, we should be a whole lotta angry. Has this country lost its friggin' mind? Where is the American spirit? I believe Mr. Rockwell was onto something in 2001 and it's only a matter of time.

I'm fed up and in 2008, the Republican party had better cough up a candidate who will get this country back on track to less government and more free market, less talk and more action or this ConservaChick will be looking to the Libertarians for a viable option.

By the way, I feel the need to point out that I differ largely with the Libertarian view of war as imperialism. I believe that wars are sometimes necessary for the defense of our nation. I do not believe war in and of itself is imperialistic.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Building a wall on the issue instead of on the border...

First let me say that I respect John McCain for his service to our country. He and the other POWs gave more for our country during the Vietnam war than any of us could imagine. As we all know, his service to our country did not end after his ordeal there. He is still in service to this country as a congressman. Even though I respect his service during wartime and do agree with him on some issues, he does not get a free pass to show disregard for Conservative ideals and Conservative constituents.

I received the following email today from Brandon (a fellow ProtestWarrior) who wrote to McCain to voice his concern over the total non-management by our Republican congress of the immigration issue and to provide some suggestions for action. This email was too funny and too informative not to share with you all.
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"Finally received my response from John McCain’s office concerning my suggestions for immigration reform, automated unfortunately, which means my letter wasn’t read; however, it did give me a chance to get his three-page response, confirming my suspicions that John McCain is beezlebub, abaddon, satan, king of darkness, prince of demons.

The first paragraph thanked me for my letter -- that was probably sorted into a “complaining conservatives” massive pile (umm, probably a ROOM full of piles). The next two paragraphs talked about how important sensible, rational immigration reform was one of his top priorities. Then the letter went downhill from there.

The next two (qualifying) paragraphs explained how unbelievably against any form of amnesty John McCain was because it rewarded illegal behavior, followed by a paragraph of how there were so many jobs Americans wouldn’t take, followed by a paragraph I roughly sum up as having said “getting the illegals already here, or slowing down those coming in now, would be too hard, so geeze, let’s not even try,” followed by three paragraphs explaining John McCain’s comprehensive “plan” that was tantamount to a complete amnesty program. This letter had more flip-flops than the latest AMD 64-bit circuit board (lame geek analogy, flip-flop circuits for milli-second binary memory storage, approaching a trillion).

Then it ended with a very fake low quality print of J’s signature and a request for me to write again with any suggestions I have for immigration reform. Is land-mine one word or two separate words? …pulling thoughts of most secure border in the world, N/S Korean DMZ, wondering why we can’t copy that model, God forbid our government try something proven to work.

Reminds and re-confirms my decision not to donate to the RNC or the Republican Senate Fund, only to individual candidates..."

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So, we now have on record the non-action plan for immigration from a congressman who is likely to seek the nomination in 2008. Not looking good, is it? This party had better be looking for someone who is strong on immigration for the nomination. If not, there will be Conservative hell to pay...

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Throw his body to the dogs

Saddam Hussein began his trial today with defiance. Good for him. You show 'em, Saddam. No one is in charge but you, old buddy. Where's Baghdad Bob when you need him?

The Iraqi people, according to the Guardian, were glued to their TV sets today as the trial began. Sunnis were sure to be cheering Saddam on as the rest of Iraq cheered for justice that will have been a long time coming:

"Iraq's soil has its pride. It won't accept Saddam's body once they execute him. I hope they throw his body to the dogs, not bury it,'' said Shanan, slapping his fist into his palm nervously. "

Iraq is becoming a sovereign nation again under democratic rule. It no longer has a place for an egomaniacal dictator. There are sure to be great media moments ahead...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Uh oh... Dems getting a clue?!

The political strategy group, Democracy Corps, run by Democrat bigwigs James Carville, Stanley Greenberg, and Robert Shrum has issued a memo to the party. It's a revealing glimpse into the thinking of party's top strategists. I'm pretty sure it's a long shot but if Dems take advice like this (below), we could be in for a few tough races next year.

"2006 will only produce an upheaval if Democrats make a break with the forces that have put them just short of a majority in the country," they argue. "The Democrats should revisit the Perot voters and their concerns, even if Perot himself has faded from view. His voters were the most anti-political and anti-elitist, anti-big government and big corporations, anti-free trade and anti-immigration. They were pro-military but anti-foreign entanglements. They were libertarian and secular, pro-gun and pro-choice."

I can't speak for all Conservatives but I certainly hope the Republican party gets its house in order before the Dems ever figure out where they've gone wrong. I think, given the angst over the Miers nomination, that the members of our party are making it quite clear to anyone who intends to seek office in 2006 that we need to get back to true Conservatism. If that happens, there will be no stopping the juggernaut.

Via: The American Spectator

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Government Official Stripped of Freedom of Speech?!

Well, of course, it had to happen. It was not that long coming either. The Democrat party in the state of Kentucky does not cotton much to having Republicans in charge. Now, in addition to lawsuits and other such Liberal antics, they are striving to shut down the freedom of speech of a fine American who has a political opinion that happens to be Conservative.

Since when in this country is it illegal to express your political opinions on your own time? Because an accomplished attorney (previously an accomplished blogger as well) happens to have opinions that differ from Liberals, he is to be fired? Someone remind me again, please, what country is this?? Yes, he was appointed to filter job applications to ensure that the merit process was being followed to the letter. He is, after all, an attorney. Is he supposed to be denied that job because of his political ideology?

Not that he needs testimonials, but I can attest to the fact that Dodd Harris is tolerant, open-minded, and objective. As a matter of fact, he's had to encourage me to hold my tongue in check at least once. If the Dems are saying that one must be politically apathetic to do a conscientious job in a government position, then they are truly holding to their penchant for oxymoronic thinking.

10/18/05 UPDATE:
According to an article in the newspaper here in Louisville, the attack on Harris's freedom of speech and on the Republican party in general was successful. It took one little article in one little newspaper to make the Fletcher administration back off of their original idea. The power of the press is indeed still fully intact in the state of Kentucky. I'm embarrassed to be a Republican these days -- has our party NO SPINE?!

Lessons in Democracy



If you blink today, you may very well miss any media coverage of the Iraqis voting again on their Constitution. Thanks to FoxNews though for their fantastic coverage of the days leading up to this vote and the polling today.

As I watch the coverage, I'm encouraged. The moral of today's vote is that the Sunnis have now gotten the hang of the political process. They boycotted the last vote and found that democracy rolled right on without them. This time, guess who has turned out their vote? Yep, the Sunnis. Even if they vote the latest Constitution down, the lesson of democracy has been learned and quickly. Nice job, Iraq!
Godspeed and many well wishes on your vote today. You have many cousins in freedom right here in the States!!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The meaning of life? 42

ConservaChick had a one-year blog anniversary this month and now it's her "air-breathing human" anniversary. Thanks to the humorous genius of Douglas Adams, this year has special meaning: it is, after all, the meaning of life. Evidently, I will find enlightenment this year.

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." -- George Bernard Shaw

Thanks, George. According to you, I have led an honorable and useful life so far.

Yet Soros et al. get a pass, eh?

I will admit that I have more research to do on this but it has just come to my attention, via a letter I received today that The Club for Growth (of which I am a member) is being sued by the FEC for allegedly violating some aspect or another of the campaign finance reform law with regard to 527s. Of course, a Conservative group would be targeted while the Liberal MoveOn type 527s get a free pass. Nice job, McCain. Thanks a million. <-- do I need to claim that mil as a contribution?

The press reports (which I have just pulled up and one of which I've linked in the above paragraph) are quoting FEC officials calling this suit a "test case." Excuse me? Testing for what?... how many more of our rights that can be stripped away during elections? This is an assault on on our rights and those of every American as is the McCain-Feingold bill.

The Club has consulted with legal counsel every step of the way and has followed the letter of the law. In our fight to help elect pro-growth, small government advocates we have become obvious targets for Democrats who continue to lose elections and for big government agencies like the FEC. Neither group likes what we stand for -- reducing the size and power of the federal government and expanding freedom. This club is critical across party lines of candidates who are working on initiatives that damage our economy and continue moving this country toward even bigger government. I suppose we're not well-liked on Capitol Hill with our attitude of limited government.

This too shall pass, I suppose. It just chaps my hide that a Conservative group is the first "test case" when groups like MoveOn have so blatantly broken the law while the Club has followed the letter of the law.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Time has Come for a Citizens Petition

It was inevitable. I've been hearing the undercurrent of "harrumph" from fellow Conservatives as they watch Republican leadership make too many missteps on the path of true Conservatism ever since President Reagan left office. The time was coming when we would have to demand that our government return to governance according to the founding documents. And today, my friends, that time seems to be upon us.

A citizens' petition to restore Constitutional integrity to government, and entreat the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches to confine their actions to comport with the limits of Constitutional law is now being circulated via the internet. The text of the Petition to Restore Constitutional Integrity is as follows:

To President George Bush, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, House Majority Leader Roy Blunt and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist:

Whereas you have, in some notable cases, neglected your oaths to support and defend the Constitution of the United States; and

Whereas we believe individual liberty and personal responsibility, together with limited government, free enterprise and a strong national defense are the formula that keeps America great; and

Whereas we believe that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence should and must be returned to their rightful place as the delimiters of republican government and civil society; and

Whereas we believe that individual liberty rapidly decays into anarchy and corruption without a meaningful commitment to personal responsibility based on our nation's godly heritage, and that traditional beliefs and values must continue to serve as our nation's touchstone and compass; and

Whereas we believe that government that is strong but limited best secures liberty, a notion -- Lex Rex and not Rex Lex -- that guided our Founders in composing the Declaration of Independence and its subsequent guidance, our Constitution; and

Whereas we believe that government that exceeds or dismisses those bounds becomes tyrannical, regardless of the party in power;

We, therefore, declare our commitment to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence over that of any individual or party.

Furthermore, amid the abuse, neglect and ignorance of the Constitution that permeates American government today, even among those who would call themselves conservative, we call on congressional leaders and President Bush, in their respective branches, to hence forward respect our nation's law by restricting the role of government to that provided in our Constitution, and to ensure appointments to the federal courts will do likewise.

We, the people of these United States, rightfully petition our President, House of Representatives and Senate to restore Constitutional law, and entreat the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches to confine their actions accordingly.

In order to encourage serious consideration of this issue by the Bush administration and Congress, we must first collect as many petition signatures as possible. I hope my fellow Conservatives will join me in signing this Petition to Restore Constitutional Integrity and forward this invitation to friends, family members, and fellow American Patriots.

Source: The Federalist Patriot and Patriot Petitions

The Fonda Fallacies

Professor Robert F. Turner has written a well-referenced and well-written piece on "The Fonda Fallacies." It is published on the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation website. It's a shame that it won't be picked up and published in a more mainstream medium for others who don't delve as far into issues as the rest of us. However, for anyone who believes, as I do, that Jane Fonda committed treason during the Vietnam war, this is required (and absorbing) reading.

Here's an excerpt:

"My Life So Far is Fonda’s attempt to justify the first six decades of her existence. She tells us far more than most would care to know about her difficult childhood, her battles with eating disorders to maintain her trim figure, and her various problems with a series of failed marriages. There are few acknowledged regrets, [2] considerably more efforts to rationalize and spin behavior by leaving out essential facts, and an underlying theme that almost seems calculated to be setting the stage for an insanity defense. (There is, after all, no statute of limitations barring a treason prosecution even after passage of a third of a century.)"

Professor Turner, thank you for your work on this. I know that not only are vets like you glad to know they have company in their contempt for Fonda but the children of vets (like me) are grateful for your work in restoring some understanding to a period of great confusion for us all.

If nothing else, you've educated me on the rightness of my own view of the treasonous Ms. F.

Random Questions

I'm not a Christian but I don't fear or begrudge anyone to worship as they please and *gasp* even to talk about their religion! Why are Liberals so extremely scared of Christians?

There is a giant gaping hole in our southern border. Many Conservatives are talking and acting on the issue. Why is my president so resistant to enforcing immigration laws? Why in the freakin' world would we leave this issue open for a smart Democrat (okay, oxymoron there!) to take the lead on?

In days gone by, people used to talk politics just like they'd talk about a Monday Night Football game. It seemed that folks used to view politics as a sport, a horse race where the best horse won. What in the heck ever happened to those days? It used to be fun. Why is it so emotionally-charged and nasty now?

I am so tired of Libs whining about the government (aka "society") not doing enough for people. What ever happened to families taking care of their own? What ever happened to small communities and churches looking out for those in need? When the heck did this country start endorsing the geographical, emotional distance within families? Why have so many people forsaken the family unit?

There is a get-together this coming Sunday for a political discussion group in which I participate. It was fun last time and I'm sure this one will be even better. I'm really proud of this group. It's probably the only one in existence where we can air the issues and not get overly emotional about them. The group reminds me of good old-fashioned "sports-like" political discussions. I think I'll have to air some of these questions there... we use the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots to settle any disputes. Should be interesting!

Without DeLay

I've resisted blogging anything about the current embroglio with Tom DeLay and the Libs who'd love to take him out. Yes, he's been indicted but, as any good Dem knows, that doesn't make him guilty of anything. We'll see. It's tempting but I'd like to reserve judgment at this time.

We do, however, have the privilege of a few poetic words on the subject from my favorite political poet, Russ Vaughn. Thanks, Russ -- you rule!

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Dogged DeLay

It appears to me this Ronnie feller,
Thinks he might be a new Old Yeller,
Fearless defender of all that’s good,
Chasing skunks out of our neighborhood.
But some observers of this hound,
Believe he should be in the pound.
That telltale frothing round his muzzle,
To those who know him is no puzzle.

This dog’s deranged and quick to bite,
But he seldom ever wins a fight;
A surly cur who snaps and growls,
Whose bite’s less painful than his howls.
Beware you masters he drools to please,
This mangy mutt will give you fleas.
Jump in his pen where eggs are hatching,
And you Washington Dems will all be scratching.

But for the moment he’s a happy hound,
With all the publicity that he’s found.
Why, since the 60’s it hasn’t been this groovy,
Just like Old Yeller he’s got his own movie.
But fame is fleeting, and will be more so still,
For a Fido who feasts on ripe road kill.
And while it’s true every dog has his day,
My money’s on the pit bull, Tom DeLay.

-- Russ Vaughn

Saturday, October 08, 2005

One last note before light's out...

If you're having problems with the formatting of my blog in your browser, please email me or comment to let me know. I understand that there may be a problem viewing it in Firefox browsers. I have a new template and will simply need to escalate the priority on putting it in place if that will help the problem.

On a completely separate note (I am the Queen of non sequiturs, after all): It's becoming a tradition for a number of the "women folk" in my family to get together one weekend a year in Tennessee. That's happens to be this weekend. It's time again for a lotta girl talk and a bit o' moonshine. ;) So, I'm officially outta here until at least Monday. Have a great weekend!

'night y'all!

Tony Blair: Labour Party's Greatest Ambassador

In the days following 9/11 I first heard, really heard, the Prime Minister of Britain speak. He was so forthright, so earnestly on the side of good in this world, and such a warming force to the hearts of Americans who were in dire need of a solid friend. It took a while for the full picture of Tony Blair to form for me... My God! This man is a social democrat! He is the first and probably will be the last social democrat that I've ever revered. Tony Blair is a study in how contradictions can sometimes gently fold together into wonderful works of art and wonderful artistic moments in history.

As I catch up on my reading of the Weekly Standard tonight, I was struck by this article by Irwin M. Stelzer: "Labour's Pain... and Blair's Achievement." Here's an excerpt but the entire article is a must read for anyone who admires Prime Minister Blair:

"To students of social democratic history in Europe, this was only one of several striking changes from the days when Labour nationalized the coal, steel, airline, oil, and other industries in an effort to control the commanding heights of the economy. Blair told the delegates that he would continue reforming the public services so that parents can choose from a menu of specialized schools the one best suited to the needs of their children, and would "break down the old monolith" that is the state-operated National Health Service and "bring in new providers, allow patients choice" of doctors and hospitals."

You know, I think PM Blair might just be able to get school vouchers passed if he were in the US Congress. What possible excuses are on the Republican side of the aisle for being unable to do so even with a majority in both houses... Where's OUR Blair?

A Rosa Parks Moment

From last week's Weekly Standard comes yet another superbly-written article by Jonathan Karl on yet another reason to be proud to be of the same political ideology as people like Karen Hughes.

"...After just a few minutes, there was a surprise announcement: All the reporters, men included, would be allowed into the auditorium. U.S. Embassy officials couldn't believe it. One called it "historic." Men and women together in public. A shocking thought in the Saudi world. Gamal Helal, a longtime Arabic interpreter and adviser to Democratic and Republican presidents, told Hughes it was "a Rosa Parks moment."... "

I knew I liked Karen Hughes. I had no idea just exactly how much... now, I do! With people like her representing this nation to our new friends in the Middle East and elsewhere, we are in fine shape indeed. Way to go, Karen. You make this Conservative proud!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Freeh at Last

A preview of the 60 Minutes interview with Louis Freeh that will be televised this Sunday (October 9th) is enough to send me in search of his new book:

"Aside from scandals and investigations, Freeh says Clinton let down the American people and the families of victims of the 1996 Khobar Towers terror attack in Saudi Arabia.

After promising to bring to justice those responsible for the bombing that killed 19 and injured hundreds, Freeh says Clinton refused to personally ask Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to allow the FBI to question bombing suspects the kingdom had in custody — the only way the bureau could secure the interviews, according to Freeh.

Freeh writes in the book, 'Bill Clinton raised the subject only to tell the crown prince that he understood the Saudis’ reluctance to cooperate and then he hit Abdullah up for a contribution to the Clinton Presidential Library.' "

I'm looking forward to this interview!

It's all Good!

It occurred to me as I'm listening to talk radio today that the hubbub over the nomination of Harriet Miers is not wasted effort on behalf of all thinking Conservatives. The Liberal mainstream press is overjoyed by the dispute at hand but we know that it is truly representative of our party that such a dispute would be had. We're a large bunch and it's rare that any two Conservatives agree on everything! I'm happy for the rest of America to see that we are a thinking person's party.

If Ms. Miers is indeed confirmed by the committee, she will be mindful of the complaints that were issued by many good Conservatives. (None of which, I might add, were personal.) The concerns being raised should inspire her to be sure that she does the best job she can possibly do. She should come through this with a better education on the Conservative ideology. I sincerely hope that she sees that Conservatives are more than just the Religious Right; we are a vast bunch differing in our concerns and opinions. Take us all in, Ms. Miers. Like it or not, we are your fellow intellects and we're waaaaaay past the "silent" days. ;)

And for all the Conservatives who are having fits over this nomination... take a chill pill folks! We are the party who recognize that the Supreme Court is not a political body. The justices are not supposed to allow their political ideology to interfere with ruling on the cases before them. They are to look to the law of this land and no further.

It is my opinion and will remain so unless proven otherwise that this nomination could have been given to a person with more judicial experience; however, at best this nomination has given the brightest minds of our political ideology a chance to talk about Conservatism and our values in the mainstream media thanks to the debate. At worst, well, she's another Souter or Kennedy and we can only hope that Scalia and Thomas will keep her in check. Life goes on, folks.

Venting (politely ignore me, please)

My return to college online is becoming more and more a test of tolerance. In person, one-on-one, I'm a pretty nice people person; however, online where my attitude is "get it done," I am not a good people person. Trading six emails to get one simple answer has finally grated on my last nerve!

I've got a class in one of the "soft skills" that is led by an instructor who is either lazy, obtuse, or both. I won't name this instructor here but, suffice to say, if I ever meet her in person, I will be compelled to give her a detailed description of her job, a dictionary, and a smack on the forehead. Simple questions require simple effort and simple answers on your part, Dr. X. I'm the customer. Hello? Anyone home?? GRRRR. Let's rumble.

On the other hand, I'm enjoying Economics class. It's led by a very logical and responsive instructor. She is easy to work with and on the ball. Economics is not a soft skill, of course, so she's probably a sharp cookie. Simple questions in this class actually receive the minor effort it takes to supply simple answers. Hallelujah for competence and logic!

If anyone catches me in line to change careers to become an Organizational Behaviorist, please shoot me on sight. Deal?

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Wooohoooo! I'm ONE today!

Today is the one-year anniversary of this blog! Some of you may remember when the blog was called "SWF with Attitude." I was so humbled by the mention it received on Hugh Hewitt's blog way back in November of last year. After sitting in on his show from the Frasier Historical Arms Museum, I became known for a short time as "the girl in the second row." :)

It occurred to me one day (for no apparent reason) that the name of my blog seemed more like a personals ad than a statement of my political ideology. So "ConservaChick" was born. It's been a fun name and I'll keep it until it is wrenched from my lifeless hands. So far, so good.

I'm looking forward to another year of blogging and hope you all will be with me for the ride. 2006 promises to hold forth some interesting blog-fodder!

Interesting tidbit

Being sick for a few days does wonders for the pile of magazines that have piled up over the past few weeks! So, don't be surprised to find this blog growing with tidbits from my reading.

Have you ever wondered at the relaxed attitudes of foreign workers, especially when you're driving at it hard and trying to meet a deadline? Ever wonder why the US is almost always at or near the top of the list of most productive workers globally? Take a gander at how many days of vacation per year are taken by workers in other countries compared to the US:

Italy -- 42 days
France -- 37 days
Germany -- 35 days
Great Britain -- 28 days
Canada -- 26 days
Japan -- 25 days
United States -- 13 days

Surprising that many of us here in the States struggle to use up our vacation days, isn't it?!

One more thought on the Miers nomination...

"We should remember that it is no honor or profit merely to appear in the arena, but the wreath is for those who contend aright." —President James Garfield

Would that President Bush had remembered this quote before nominating a milque toast candidate for the SCOTUS.

The IFC is O-U-T!

I have good news to report thanks to Deborah Burlingame and everyone who rallied around the "Take Back the Memorial" effort.

The "blame America first" weasels behind the "International Freedom Center" (IFC) who wanted to co-opt the memorial at Ground Zero for their America-is-evil messages have finally been booted! Thank you, Governor Pataki!!

Interestingly, the people behind the IFC who sought to overshadow the loss of all Americans on 9/11/01 to build a monument to their hatred of American freedom have decided to scrap the project altogether. If they can't build it at Ground Zero, they won't build it at all. Seems like a parasitic attitude to me. If their vision of a museum honoring freedom in the world is compelling enough to stir up such a bruhaha at Ground Zero, why not build it elsewhere? I think we all (at least those of us who love this country) know the answer to that.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

"Stolen Honor" POWs Need Our Help

Had the Swiftboat Veterans and POWs for Truth maintained their years of silence about the lies laced throughout John Kerry's naval "career" and his treasonous behavior afterward, many good Americans may have been mislead into voting for him. Thanks in part to these brave swiftboat veterans and POWs the scourge known as Kerry/Edwards was defeated in 2004.

Now, apparently, the POWs who spoke out in the film "Stolen Honor" are under fire and they could sure use our help. I received this email today and am sharing it because it is our turn to help:


John O’Neill
Houston, Texas

Dear Friend,

Last year, when my fellow Swift Boat veterans and I spoke out about John Kerry, you rallied to our side. We will never forget your faith in our cause and your belief in our honesty. It made all the difference. Together we made history.

Like most of you, I believed our mission was over. We could all move on with our lives, return to our families and homes secure in the knowledge we had done the right thing for America, and for our children’s future.

Regrettably, that has not been the case for a distinguished group of Vietnam combat veterans who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us during last year’s campaign. Their situation has become so critical that I felt compelled to break our long silence to inform you of this urgent matter.
The
Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, an organization founded by some of the same POWs and their wives who joined with us to form Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, has become the target of vicious legal assaults – multiple lawsuits designed to silence the voices of the POWs.

The VVLF is being sued to punish the organization for the content of the POW documentary Stolen Honor, which contrasts their own accounts of their service in Vietnam and suffering in North Vietnamese prison camps with the claims of the antiwar movement. They desperately need our help and I am asking, once more, for your support. I urge you to
give what you can to assist these truly noble men and women.

It is no accident that this campaign to coerce and silence some of America’s most heroic figures from the Vietnam War has intensified just as the shrill voices of the extreme Left’s anti-military, blame-America-first propagandists are once again on the rise. Even Jane Fonda has resurfaced.

You might ask why the VVLF has been targeted in this legal assault – why attack men who endured years of unspeakable torture and suffering in defense of America? The answer lies in the question. These are among the most credible, living eyewitnesses to the trail of deceit and betrayal. All are highly decorated and each bears the scars and permanent physical disabilities of his long years in captivity. One is the recipient of our nation’s highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor. They paid for the right to voice their opinions with years of indescribable pain, hardship and torment. Their individual histories of perseverance under the direst of circumstances, and their fidelity to the principles of honor instilled in each American serving in uniform belie the despicable slanders laid at the feet of our military.

The POWs' very existence and their willingness to go public threaten the foundation of the Left’s propaganda, a lifetime of lies that accuse the U.S. military of being no better than the “armies of Genghis Khan.” It remains the Left’s most potent weapon as they continue to undermine the efforts of our Armed Forces and provide aid and comfort to America’s enemies.

The war for America’s conscience and soul rages on in the media, on the streets and quietly behind courtroom doors. In the vanguard of that battle, as they were some 40 years ago, are the POWs; some of America’s greatest heroes; men and their wives, fathers and mothers, many of them grandparents, who have already paid a heavy price for their loyalty and devotion to America and, sadly, find they must do so again today.

They deserve our respect, admiration and gratitude, but most of all our support, even as they try to protect and preserve the honor and reputations of an entire generation of American troops vilified by the extreme Left.

Won’t you stand up once more to defend our troops and veterans? Please
give what you can to help the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation continue the still-unfinished task of setting the record straight about the Vietnam War and Vietnam vets.

This is every bit as important as our effort last year. If you’d like to stay informed about the VVLF’s ongoing work, please
sign up for updates here.

Thank you again and God bless you and America.

Sincerely,
John O’Neill

Leadership Saves Lives


Click to view the picture full-size.

A picture is worth a thousand words but two pictures side-by-side? Priceless!
(Thanks for sending this one my way, Kraig.)

Cat Scratch Fever

I generally prefer to take some time to mull over a situation and learn a little something before chiming in on a current issue or event. And, therein lies the rub with regard to the Miers nomination to the Supreme Court. Other than her standard bio, there's not much to learn about Harriet Miers. And this is the very down-tempo beat that President Bush seems to be playing to of late. First Roberts, of whom little was known, and now Miers of whom even less is known.

Don't get me wrong. I'm all for the President toying with the Libs like a giant cat batting about a tiny mouse. I'm a fan of the Darwinian "survival of the fittest" theme especially in fields where intellect is necessary to make one a player. However, I'm darned tired of the passive tactics. You see, that giant cat analogy assumes that the cat has taken the fight to the mouse and is toying with whether to deal the final death blow to end the game. In this case, it seems to me that the cat first played possum to lure the mouse closer and then made its superior strength and cunning known. In other words, the mouse walked right into trouble on its own. Good strategy but not much fun for those of us who'd like to see that cat pounce and pounce hard!

Call me a barbarian, if you must, but I'm tired of passive tactics especially when little is known about the reward -- give me a candidate with a confirmed record on rulings, with a known flavor of Conservatism, with a record of sticking to her principles over an unknown. I had the same problem with Roberts's nomination. I like the cut of his jib and he did a fine job humiliating the Dems on the Judiciary Committee but he's still an unknown.

One other thought came to mind as soon as I heard the nomination and saw her picture: have Conservatives finally caved into the sex-discriminatory ideals of the Democrat party?? Why was it necessary to replace a woman with a woman?! How about replacing one Justice with another who was equal or superior to the retiring Justice regardless of sex? I fear that the Left has finally eroded Conservative sensibilities in this area. Please, please tell me it was sheer coincidence. Please tell me that President Bush didn't automatically say "since Justice O'Connor is a woman, let's look only at female candidates to replace her." Bleck! That just leaves a baaaad taste in my mouth.

By the way, the best Harriet Miers poll is underway on the Wonkette's site. I'm torn as to how to vote on this one... either Darrin's Mom or Jerri Blank. The others are a bit of a reach. Thanks for the entertainment, Wonkette!