Tuesday, January 31, 2006

SOTU Tonight 9PM

...be there or be square! Afterward, I hope you'll send a message and voice your opinion on the State of the Union to your Congressman/woman and Senator. Remember, folks, they work for us.

If, God forbid, you're unsure of who your representatives are on Capitol Hill, check out Congress.org. It's a great site for reference (voting records, legislation, etc.) and provides an easy means to connect directly with your elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels.

Our leaders serve our country best when they know exactly where the public stands on the issues, and when they know the public is watching them. Regardless of what some politicians may believe, they serve at the pleasure of their constituents. Let's remind them occasionally!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Pardonnez-moi ?!

Do you think that the revelation of our domestic survelliance program after 9-11-01 was shocking? No other civilized country would do such a thing! Right? Well, courtesy of Foreign Policy online, let's educate ourselves a bit about how the French fight terror, shall we?

And, when you're finished reading about the French, do yourself a favor and read about David's friend Goliath.

Great articles!

Hollywood Idiocy (I know, that's redundant)

From ET Online:

"Many stars were taken aback by the news of the journalists' injuries. 'We need journalists to be that close to the war,' 'Commander in Chief' star GEENA DAVIS told ET. 'It's obviously a personal choice for him but I think there are people like him who want to get the real story and they are willing to put themselves in harm's way -- that's sort of been their code of ethics for a long time, and it kills you to hear something like that. But how grateful do we have to be that there are people willing to risk their lives.'

'Lost' star JOSH HOLLOWAY is grateful for the risks the journalists take to cover the war. 'To put yourself in harm's way like that to put the truth out there so things can be done about it is extremely honorable,' he said. 'Journalists have been killed -- I just want them to come home.' "

Good God! JOURNALISTS have been killed?! Well that's it then! Let's bring all the journalists home now! No blood for ink!!

No seriously. Are you trying to tell us, Josh, that journalists who put themselves in harm's way are "putting the truth out there?" What truth? That war is dangerous?! I mean, hey, thanks Bob for putting yourself in harm's way for us. What would the free world be without you out there risking life and limb for a story?

So ET, I'm just curious -- did any glamour puss that you interviewed on the red carpet give a rat's ass about the brave men and women of our armed forces and those of the coalition who are risking their lives for freedom, for the truth?

Sheesh. Hollywood. Shut up!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

More Silliness

I've been trying to stay focused all day on getting my finals for Math and IT class ready to turn in on Sunday night; however, I've noticed a distinct drop-off in motivation at this late hour. Saturday night, I'm working on finals all day and find myself unmotivated at 1:26am on Sunday morning... imagine that! ;o)

So, I thought I'd share some more silliness from Jay Barnes, the creator of the original "Rock, Paper, Saddam!" It's not flash-animated yet but it's still pretty entertaining! Enjoy "The Painting!"

Arrogance and Loathing in Orlando

As you may have noticed, I've been away for a bit. I am finally home again from a week-long conference in Orlando, Florida. This conference is always packed with folks from all over the globe and is quite often a real blast to attend. This is the first time I've attended since the events of 9-11-01 and the beginnings of our war against Islamo-fascism. Believe it or not, it hadn't even occurred to me that there would be foreign arrogance running amok at the conference.

Every evening of this conference was an exercise in self-control for me as I was subjected to the nonsense of my fellow Americans apologizing for our alleged "bad reputation" around the world to the Germans, English, Canadians, French, and yes (believe it or not) Australians who in attendance. Granted, these were not formal apologies; they were simply casual conversations had at dinner, during breaks, and at the clubs; however, they were very real and very Liberally dispensed (pardon the pun).

I made a field trip with some friends from California and New York to one of those dueling piano bars nearby one night. They were completely embarrassed when I stood up and lit a lighter during the playing of "Proud to Be an American" (the Lee Greenwood hit). After the song, one of them leaned over and said, "You should have seen the looks you were getting from the Germans at the next table!" (*gasp!*)

My Liberal colleagues kept reminding me that we are not well-liked in the world. At one point, I felt compelled to remind that countries who were caught with their grubby hands in the "Oil for Food" cookie jar had good reason to dislike us for helping uncover it. Duh. What kind of schoolyard popularity contest are these folks reliving??

I heard about the arrogance of Americans more often in my own country from my own countrymen than I could even bring myself to believe -- was I hallucinating? Help me with this... Who's arrogant? The foreigners who, with a tilted chin and air of superiority, found a soapbox on which to trash American culture, traditions, politics, and policies while enjoying great American entertainment and rapt attention? or the Americans who were constantly apologizing, agreeing, and wetting themselves in subjugation to the superior foreigner?

I'm sick and tired of hearing other Americans apologize for being a citizen of the greatest, most prosperous, most generous and fair-minded country on Earth! I have some news for my English, German, and Canadian friends: your countries are following suit and becoming more Conservative. Maybe it's time to get a clue from your OWN countries, eh?

Putting it in perspective, as usual

Leave it to our friend Daveed Gartenstein-Ross to put the recent election of Hamas to power in the Palestinian Authority in proper perspective. Outside of my glib take on recent events there, the next best insight is in his commentary on the Counter-Terrorism Blog.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

How many...

** WARNING: If you are a Liberal lunkhead, you should skip this post and proceed to the Daily Kos. The following post is politically insensitive and may cause gasping and uncontrollable Liberal righteous anger. **

Remember the old Polish/Irish jokes from the mid- to late-70s? How many Pollocks does it take to screw in a light bulb?... One to hold the bulb and two to turn the ladder!

The recent election in the Palestinian Authority made me think of this one: How many Palestinians in the Palestinian Authority does it take to end the peace process?... 60% of them!

No, there will be no uproarious laughter at either joke. They are both pathetic, aren't they? Call me psychic but it was bound to happen sooner rather than later that they would cut their own throats and end the peace process. I suppose that's the thanks that Sharon and his followers get for being human beings with an interest in living peaceably with the Palestinians.

For whatever reason, the Palestinians have chosen to democratically cut off their only prospects for peace. It's sad. Do you think that those who elected Hamas to power stopped to think about the fact that Israel and the world basically control their access to civilization (power, employment, imports)? I imagine they did not. The only good news for the rest of civilization is that the Israelis built their wall just in time.

Folks, this is about to get ugly. When the Israelis plow the Palestinian Authority under as they will probably be gearing up to do, let's get out of the way this time, shall we?

Friday, January 20, 2006

Olive Branch? or a Rose?

Our friend Daveed Gartenstein-Ross has written an excellent piece on Osama Bin Laden's "olive branch" as presented in the audio tape released this week.

Obviously Bin Laden is the only idiot on the planet who believes that by using the Left's anti-war rhetoric and their outdated pathetic playbook, he might actually "win" his war against the Infidels here in the States. As an Infidel, I'd like for him to continue his strategy of parrotting the idiot Leftists here in the States. It's a sure fire way to fire up the Right in this country who are currently the majority. Keep up the good work, idiots. The Left and Bin Laden might show up on "The Bachelor" one of these days if this love-fest continues. I wonder if we'll recognize Nancy Pelosi in a burqua...

Personal Notes

My apologies for being missing in action so often these past few weeks. Life. What a concept! I feel I've missed many opportunities for timely remarks and so I'll leave past events to the serious writers for commentary. However, I would like to catch up on a few personal bits of business...

Fair winds and following seas to a dear friend of this blog as he heads out for adventures on the high seas. The USS Ronald Reagan steamed out of San Diego this month for its regular six-month deployment. In an LA Times story about the send-off, Tony Perry gave us just a little glimpse into the hearts of our patriots of days past:

"Frank Leech, 56, an Army veteran of Vietnam, stood on the shore at Shelter Island, waving his American flag. He knows none of the sailors, but he had to be there.

'I want them to know that someone cares,' he said quietly as the Reagan moved slowly toward the open sea."

God bless you, Frank Leech, and all the other men and women who served our country in Vietnam. Thanks to men and women like you, today's warriors will not be forgotten nor will any of us allow them to be mistreated as you and your fellow warriors were all those years ago.

Be safe out there, Master Chief!

Now a sad announcement -- it seems that Louisville's Protest Warrior chapter has lost its will to live. It was fun while it lasted; it served a purpose for a time; however, having only Conservative members, we found it hard to rally the troops during working hours to stand down a bunch of silly old hippies. Evidently Liberals have loads of time on their hands because they organized events during the workday which many Conservatives do not willingly brush aside for street-level nonsense. As much as we enjoyed putting the Conservative view out on the street to oppose the Liberal circus, I do believe that most of us got tired of giving our all to the losing battle of logic over emotion. When it comes to the Left in this country there is no amount of logic that will overcome their desire to hate.

If someone in Louisville has the energy and the will to resurrect the chapter, please do! There are a few diehards amongst us who will make the time for counter-protests provided a leader steps up again to do the hard and time-consuming work of researching, organizing, and communicating. If you're interested, email me using the link on the blog and I'll forward you in the right direction.

I'm off to Orlando, Florida next week for a software convention. This particular convention is always informative and fun as well as a test of one's alcoholic stamina. I hope to learn lots and prove my stamina once again! ;-) If any among you will be at Lotusphere this year, email me. It would be fun to share a drink or ten with a fellow Conservative!

As a new (and now avid) user of the Firefox browser, I'd like to apologize to those of you who cannot read my blog because it doesn't display properly in the Firefox browser. When time permits (if it EVER does!), I will rework the blog layout so that it functions properly in Firefox.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Need a chuckle?

I couldn't resist posting this -- obviously this is less than profound but I find my amusement where I can these days! Evidently the creator of this page is a Conservative! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Left -- Force Multipliers (thanks, Russ!)

Force Multipliers

Wikipedia: force multiplier -- a military term referring to a factor that dramatically increases (hence multiplies) the combat-effectiveness of a given military force.

In Iraq an IED explodes,
An American soldier dies,
But that blast will grow as the media blow
It up before our eyes.
And trumpet to the watching world,
These fifth column falsifiers,
Like sheep they bleat we face defeat,
Our foe’s force multipliers.

Osama and his minions know,
In combat they can’t beat us;
So they hope and pray will come a day,
Our own media will defeat us.
Ignoring all the good we’ve done,
Liberals focus on the gore,
On losses mounting and body counting,
To prove we’ve lost this war.

They disgraced us once in Vietnam,
So now these leftists feel,
That again they’ll win with media spin,
And make America kneel.
But defeatists aren’t the only ones,
Learned lessons from the past;
Back then we swore we’d lose no more,
This time we’re standing fast.

The Internet’s exposed them,
As elitist media liars;
They stand unclothed and widely loathed,
Our foe’s force multipliers.
Some day when all our troops return,
With Iraq on freedom’s path,
The liberal elite who sought defeat,
May face some Righteous wrath.

-- Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

Dentist in Afghanistan

I know there are likely to be weightier matters to blog about this evening but I've just returned from a fascinating talk given by a Lexington dentist on her trip to Afghanistan and it's fresh on my mind.

Teresa Dawahare Lyon is a dentist who lives in Lexington. As part of a mission to Afghanistan, Teresa provided badly needed dental services (and female role-modeling) to the people of Kabul, Afghanistan recently.

She gave a very interesting talk about the people and the situation there and presented us with some terrific slides of her trip. The thing that struck me most about the pictures she presented is that, for the first time ever, she told us the ages of the people in the pictures. Folks, you would not believe how YOUNG some of these Afghanis are that look like they're 70ish! The average life expectancy of an Afghani male is 45 years. The Afghani men I've been seeing in pictures all over magazines, newpapers, the internet, and elsewhere that I had previously assumed to be elderly are in their early to late 40s!! The women had the same elderly look in their 40s as well. I was utterly astonished at this bit of news. These people have lived very hard lives; we all knew that, I suppose. The interesting thing is that it never occurred to me that they could be MY AGE and look 70 years old!

Teresa spoke of the good work being done over there. Some of which is being done by Christian missions. This, in part, may explain why the mainstream press is not covering all of the good work being done in Afghanistan by Americans and others in the world community. Isn't it a shame?

I wish I had a website to link you to but, unfortunately, Teresa hasn't put any of the pictures of her story online.