Tuesday, September 27, 2005

"Not a Scalia"

For any Conservative who questioned the choice of John Roberts (over Scalia) for Chief Justice, I am saddened to report that our fears have been realized: The Washington Post has compared Roberts to Scalia and Thomas and they evidently like what they see... YIKES.

Tell me again... who doesn't have any friends?

I get so tired of hearing Liberals talk about how the rest of the world hates the US. Guess what, Libs? As so much of your silliness, this is simply untrue. Sure, maybe there are moments of back-biting, some occasionally jealousy, and a "tsk, tsk" or two but, when the chips are down, we have more friends than most of us realize.

Foreign Policy magazine provides a list of countries and what amount of money they've anted up, as well as what type of supplies/personnel they are committing to the recovery effort after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

My faith in the kindness of nations to each other in times of need has been restored. Thank you, FP!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Americans Better Off than Europeans

Whose society is more fair to the working class? Ask a Liberal and he'll tell you that the socialized societies of Europe are more fair to the "working man;" ask a Conservative and they may hedge a bit on this thinking that Europe really does provide more for their working class at the expense of higher taxes. Guess what? Both would be wrong. For all the insistence that capitalism is unfair to the working class of society, the data actually tells a different story.

According to Karl Zinsmeister of The American Enterprise in his article "Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons:"

"... The irony is that for all their insistence on portraying the U.S. as a land of fired workers, poverty, and economic insecurity, it is now Europe where unemployment is twice as high and four times as deep, where immigrants and the young have far fewer openings, where the ladder of upward mobility has fallen to pieces. In terms of spending power, homeownership, educational opportunities, and so forth, even relatively low income Americans are now demonstrably better off than typical Europeans ..."

Do yourself a favor and purchase this month's edition of The American Enterprise just for the charts on page 18. They graphically illustrate the success story of this country in comparison to the socialized countries of Europe. Contrary to popular belief, Americans are more optimistic and financially better off than just about the whole of Europe. Take that, socialists! :P

The funniest damned thing I think I've ever read on a personal blog

A blogger in Sydney, Australia has made my night of insomnia worthwhile. Here's just a random (oh and I do mean random) snippet:

"... You see, I believe America has a role in the world that is important. We could talk about their society, their system of government with all the checks and balances, their constitutional model etc. But to me all that boils down to one thing - Marines. I really appreciate the Marines. I'm not scared of North Korea, or Iran, or Indonesia (Australia's closest neighbour) as long as there are Marines. Hooray for the Marines - they rock, if you're ever in America and you see one shake hands and say thank you. ..."

You absolutely MUST read the whole thing for the full entertainment value. Thanks, Theteak, for a wonderfully entertaining bit of meandering musings!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

"From Louisville with Love" a Success!

For those of you who missed the fun on Sunday, the "From Louisville with Love" benefit concert went off beautifully! The event brought in a sizeable cash donation for the Red Cross's Hurricane Katrina relief effort and many needed items for donation to the Wayside Christian Mission and the ASPCA.

I was amazed at the talent we have right here in Louisville -- the bands were terrific and the belly-dancers were simply mesmerizing! I've never seen such professionalism, talent, enthusiasm, and caring in one venue for 12 hours -- it was an amazing exercise in what can blossom from the heart and become reality.

Club Oasis turned out to be a perfect venue for this benefit. We had plenty of room and two stages to work with so that the concert could move rapidly from one band to the next. The music was just about continuous the whole day. I'm sure glad that the owner donated it for this benefit. It's one thing to lower the cost of renting the club and call that a donation but it's quite another to donate the full cost of opening and running the place for 14 hours! I'll patronize the club in the future just to say thanks. Other benefits that have been held to help the Katrina victims had to deduct "administrative expenses" from the total donations contributed at their events; we had to be the only event that donated 100% of every penny that came in that day.

Aside from money, some of the most precious gifts a person can give to others in need are their time and their talent; I saw more "donations" of time, talent, and money in one place on Sunday than I've ever seen in a life of volunteerism!

The bands volunteered both their time and their talents to this benefit concert to keep the overhead costs at zero; however, almost each and every band member made it a point to thank at least one of the volunteers for having asked them to be there. These professionals worked their tails off to set-up, entertain, and tear down all in a period of one hour and still after having given so much already, thanked us for asking them to be there!

The same was true of the volunteers and coordinators on this event. They didn't just stop at donating their time; they donated their own talents and much of their own money. The Red Cross, Wayside, and ASPCA really received so much in the way of the intangible donations of precious time and talent than they will ever know.

I am so very honored to been able to be a part of this benefit. I sure hope to work with these great folks on other causes in the future.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Food for Thought

Some of you may have had this "mass distributed" your way via email -- that is indeed how it came to my attention. It's an interesting little exercise. I think, especially as a Conservative, it's time for people to step outside the labels they give each other. Many a great and worthy person has had bad habits or a bad start in life. It is through their actions that they make this world a better place. So, give it a whirl; don't be surprised at the answers. I wasn't!

Abortion:
If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

The Next World Leader:
The world has gone nuts and decided to elect a world leader, and only your vote counts. Study the facts about the three candidates (below) and choose the new leader of the world.

Candidate A.
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B.
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C.
He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Decision time! Which of these candidates would be your choice?

Is it Enron? Is it Halliburton? Is it Microsoft?...
Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics?
* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year

Can you guess which organization this is?

Responses:

On the Abortion Question, if the woman in question had chosen to abort her baby, the world would have been without the astounding talent of Ludwig van Beethoven.

For the Next World Leader, the identities of the candidates might have swayed your vote. Now let's see who you chose:

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And finally, what organization has such horrible stats on its "employees?" It's the United States Congress. This group of 535 is paid to crank out hundreds of new laws each year to keep the rest of us in line. How ironic. It certainly makes you think, doesn't it?!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Fickle Finger of Blame

"To call an evacuation on Sunday morning when the storm was going to hit on Monday morning at 6 a.m. is just ... negligence," King said. "If he'd called it better than that he would have saved lives."

Mayor Nagin, please tell me again whose fault it was that people died and were trapped in shelters with no food and water?... I'm confused. Evidently the Houston Chronicle is NOT confused at all after doing their homework on this story. Thanks for the clarification, Houston!

President Bush told him to do it!

While the cries of racism continue with regard to the rescue/evacuation effort of the citizens of New Orleans, apparently one Representative from New Orleans cannot be accused of racism. He did, indeed, help one black citizen in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was definitely on the job and looking out for his community when he used the National Guard to rescue the possessions of one black New Orleans resident. That resident's name? William Jefferson.


Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) put one black resident of New Orleans first!
Read more about this fine representative of the people of New Orleans.

Where was this story on the televised media coverage of Katrina? It did not make the televised newscasts (as far as I can tell) but it was website-worthy on ABC News's website!

Thanks, Rush, for surfacing this story. You are indeed America's Anchorman!

The enemy of my enemy...

As bizarre as this may seem, the neo-Nazi movement is attempting to couple with the Islamo-fascist thugs to bring down the United States and our friend Israel. According to a new article in The Weekly Standard by our friend Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, the peculiar alliance of Nazis and Islamo-fascists is not only alive and well today but has historical precedent as well:

"Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, famously supported Adolf Hitler during World War II, broadcasting radio propaganda on Germany's behalf and even forming Bosnian Muslim divisions of the Waffen SS. As with al-Husayni and Hitler, the current Islamist/neo-Nazi love affair is rooted in the notion that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend": Both groups are united in their hatred of the Jews, and of the United States. "

Naturally, the thought of this unholy union makes me a bit nervous. I wonder: how many of the militia in the US are neo-Nazi and how many are simply survivalists who might assist the average citizen should this alliance turn nasty on our own soil? Curiouser and curiouser.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

I am a Conservative because...

I believe the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability, and responsibility must be honored. [This does not mean that the individual's choice of lifestyle or religion must be an amendment to the Constitution. Knock it off.]

I believe in equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for all regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability. [Note the word "all" in this statement: it means everyone. Discrimination is still discrimination, especially when mandated by the government.]

I believe free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth, and prosperity. [Capitalism = good. Humiliating dependency on a nanny-state = bad.]

I believe government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn. [FYI Congress: it is not a surplus if you have more of our money than you originally budgeted. It's robbery.]

I believe the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is that which governs least. [The most efficient organizations are privately-run, not government-run. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure this one out.]

I believe the most effective, responsible, and responsive government is government closest to the people. [...unless, of course, you happen to live in New Orleans, Louisiana where not only the city but the state governments failed you. States' Rights are still respected and that's as it should be: next time, may I suggest y'all elect a Conservative to run the city?]

I believe Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times. [Let's remain undaunted pioneers with an independent spirit of exploration, shall we? Changing times demand individual creative thinking by citizens who then band together to face new challenges.]

I believe Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom, and human rights throughout the world. [Sometimes the best defense is a good offense, folks.]

From Louisville with Love

For those of you who are local to the ville, don't miss the "From Louisville With Love" fundraiser this Sunday (9/18/05) from noon to midnight at Club Oasis (1506 Lakeshore Ct.).

All proceeds from this event benefit human AND animal victims of Hurricane Katrina. Artists and vendors are donating their time/money so that the $10 entrance donation goes directly to the American Red Cross's Hurricane Katrina relief effort. We are also asking folks to bring items to donate to the Wayside Christian Mission, and the ASPCA hurricane animal rescue effort. There is a wish list for these organizations on the website.

Date: Sunday, September 18
Time: Noon to Midnight
Place: Club Oasis - 1506 Lakeshore Ct - Louisville

The entertainment line-up reads like a Who's Who in Louisville music, and includes: * The Big Rock Show* The Boogie Men* Jimmy Chambers* The Chillbillys* Cup O' Joe* Chase Dabney* Dead City Rejects* Echos Aim* Enthral* The Funk Junkies* Gypsies of the Nile* Hank Sinatra* Hard Reign* Headcase* Lunatics* Most Wanted* Pawnshop Guitar* Redline* Speed of Sound* The Vinyl Kings

This promises to be the biggest fundraiser for the Red Cross's Hurricane Katrina relief effort in Louisville, with attendance of 1500 already expected. It is a 21+ event as alcohol will be served onsite.

Mark this one on your calendar. Come on out to do something for these folks, many of whom have lost everything they own. Get more details at the Official website or at the Louisville Mojo Live group.

See you there!

Friday, September 09, 2005

The Hull of a Slave Ship

If you don't read The American Thinker as part of your regular blog or online magazine browsing, do yourself a huge favor and add it to your favorites list immediately.

This article ("The Hull of a Slave Ship") by Shelby Williams expresses in graphic and eloquent language what many Conservatives have felt for a very long time about the use of the "race card" and the Left's tendency to talk about the government as if it were a nanny for all who choose not to take action on their own.

"20 year old Jabbar Gibson took (looted, found) a bus from a school bus depot, and en route out of the city proceeded to fill it to capacity with folks of all sorts, driving it to Houston, pooling the passengers' money to refuel it along the way. Jabbar took responsibility for sixty to eighty New Orleans victims of hurricane Katrina. Yet the world watched New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin as he couldn't even take responsibility for himself."

Jabbar Gibson is to be congratulated for his pioneering, can-do spirit that saved lives! Is this not the very spirit on which this country was founded?

All Political Views Welcome

I have been meaning to mention this for weeks now... I finally caved into my own curiosity and joined a website called "Louisville Mojo." I had been told by some Liberal friends that I would hate it because everyone is so screamingly anti-Conservative there. However, driven by an insatiable need to know, I joined (heck, it's free!) and created a very obviously Conservative profile. Can it get more obvious than "Conservachick?" ;)

What I've found is that we Conservatives are severely stereotyped among the Louisville Lib crowd. It was a bit shocking at first -- I got tons of hate mail and "drive-by" emails slamming the president (who I do disagree with on some issues) and Christianity (funny because I'm not a Christian). Interesting, no? I think slowly I'm making some headway toward helping the more curious and intellectual Liberals on this site understand the traditional version of Conservatism. It feels kind of good, actually!

I joined a "Mojo Live" group called "All Political Views Welcome" and it has, indeed, become a staple of my day now. The Liberals and the Conservatives in this group are not only curious about each other but they are willing to stick with a discussion until we reach at least a point of enlightenment simply by hearing each other out. It's amazing. It's as if both sides are saying the same things but arguing the point from totally different angles. I am grateful to have found this group of people. All of them are playing a part in restoring my faith in humanity regardless of partisanship.

A few of us actually met up at a pizza joint for meet each other in person a few weeks ago. It was a blast. I brought along the Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots to settle any political disputes we had. It was a blast! Here are the pictures from that meet-up:


Busker (left), Sly & Buddha (right), Conservachick (behind the camera)


Busker on the "Left"


Sly and Buddha on the "Right"


Red State versus Blue State or Red Rocker versus Blue Bomber?


Now THIS is how differences should be settled!


Oh no! Red Rocker's got a glass jaw!


Medical Assist for the Red Rocker

Are we there for THEM?

A friend (Air Force veteran) at work today forwarded this to me. By the time it finished playing I had tears welling up in my eyes and goose-bumps.

This could not be more poignant or pertinent than it is today. As divisive partisan politics over the aftermath of hurricane Katrina monopolizes the media's attention, these valiant warriors are still there for us. America, are we truly there for them?

Do yourself a favor and watch it from start to finish; then, forward it to every Liberal you know. We Conservatives know too well the cost of freedom and security; however, if you want to touch a Conservative deeply, forward this to him/her as well.

Hat tip to the "Chief" for this one -- Thanks, Jack!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Score One for Common Sense

I have been a bit overwhelmed by all of the blaming and finger-pointing going on in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. The pictures coming out of New Orleans are heart-breaking. One wouldn't be human if she didn't feel for those good people who were trapped in an unwinnable battle with Mother Nature. However, for some reason that completely perplexes me, the human drama of survival and the human desire to come to the aid of others has been overlooked in favor of the deadly political sport known as "finger-pointing." Even on local discussion boards here in Louisville, it has become the sport of Libs and other ill-informed "moderates" to blame the federal government and, more specifically, the President for not doing enough soon enough for the people of New Orleans.

I would like to remind all of those folks who are so quick to blame the feds for the chaos that ensued that it is up to the Governor of the state to request federal assistance in these situations. From what I've read, the Governor of Louisiana may indeed have made that request on the same day that evacuations were ordered; however, it is clear that the emergency planning in New Orleans, specifically, was poor at best. Regardless of how much any federal government official might have wanted to roll into town and forcefully evacuate those citizens, the state's right to manage its own operations are respected. Like it or not, that's as it should be.

If the National Guard troops and federal agents had forcefully removed/evacuated all of the residents who chose not to (or could not) leave their homes, would there be cries of "racism" as there are today? Maybe, but I'll guarantee you there would also be cries of "fascism" from the Left. This was a no win situation for the federal government regardless of who is at the helm. If the state-level officials don't adequate emergency planning and communicate quickly and clearly to the federal government agencies, what shall we have the feds do?

The Mayor of New Orleans is now notorious for his expletive-riddled rant about the federal government. Own up to it, please. There is an element of personal responsibility here that is being sorely overlooked by so many. Did the mayor think that his title was honorary? Was he not responsible, in part, for the poor emergency planning and first response that his constituents suffered? Did he not realize that he held much of the responsibility for emergency operations and evacuations? Read the link under "request federal assistance" in the earlier part of this post to understand what it means to request assistance from FEMA, what they are responsible for, and what the state and local government is responsible for. This should clear up the incessant misunderstandings.

At any rate, I was pleased to see this bit of information surface in a Gallup Poll on the aftermath of Katrina:

"Asked who was MOST responsible for the post-hurricane problems, 13% picked Bush, 18% said federal agencies, 25% selected state/local officials and 38% said no one was to blame. "

Hallelujah! Score one for the common sense of the American people. Thank God there are some people left in this country (specifically those polled by Gallup this time) who still understand personal responsibility, our inability to control Mother Nature, and the need for local governments to do what they were intended to do for their citizens.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

No, no, noooooo!

ACK! President Bush, what can you possibly be thinking?! John Roberts has yet to even write an opinion while serving on the Supreme Court and you've nominated him for Chief Justice?! This Conservative is horrified at the lack of thought put into this nomination. I love ya, man, but this one is just plain wrong. Antonin Scalia was the proper choice, Mr. President. Can we get a do-over?!

It's All My Fault

When you see pictures of the devastation in New Orleans, courtesy of Hurricane Katrina (not President Bush), it's almost easy to assume that you're looking at a third-world country. The fact that even AMERICANS are not immune from catastrophe at the hands of a higher power should give us pause. We should be humbled and remember that we DO NOT control everything.

That aside, apparently every Liberal in America is convinced that President Bush not only caused Katrina but was single-handedly responsible for the devastation that it wrought. Last I remember, we were a democratic Republic where the representatives to government (duly elected by the people) have a large hand in determining this country's response to disasters, this country's response to the need for repairs in major public works, and the needs of this country's people. I am sick to death of all the finger-pointing, blame bombing, and name-calling that our government officials and every Liberal on the planet are currently engaged in over the tragedy that befell New Orleans and many other southern areas in Katrina's path.

Rich Galen (at the Mullings website) put it best: It's All My Fault.

Thank you for putting it in perspective, Rich!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

You know you're living in the year 2005 when...

1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go to get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile

12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

...and now you're laughing at yourself.