Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Good Luck Sgt. Damon!

I would like to wish Sergeant Peter Damon, Iraq war veteran, all the best in court! It is my sincere hope that you mop that courtroom floor with the sweat, blood, and ill-gotten gold of that piece of scum, Michael Moore. May the force be with you!

"The work creates a substantially fictionalized and falsified implication as a wounded serviceman who was left behind when Plaintiff was not left behind but supported, financially and emotionally, by the active assistance of the President, the United States and his family, friends, acquaintances and community," Damon says in his lawsuit.

(read the full article here)

Attila the Hun and Me

At the risk of appearing to excuse any wrong-doing that may have taken place in Haditha, it bears pointing out that war is a risky venture at best. A civilized country places it's civilized citizens in harm's way with nothing but their training, weapons, and protective gear, and asks them to execute a WAR in a civil manner. Things are bound to go wrong, badly wrong, a small percentage of the time.

On my best day, in day-to-day personal/political conflicts, there are probably times when, if I were Attila the Hun, I would stop the diplomacy and just shred the very fiber of the mortal being in front of me out of sheer frustration. Okay... maybe that's just me... The point is that we ask our troops to do very dangerous things: they put their lives at risk on a 24-7 basis in warzones; they watch their compatriots die in battle; and, then we (in the safety of our homes) are outraged when their emotions overwhelm their training and they (allegedly) go on a rampage? I don't find this the least bit surprising but maybe I'm a realist. Punish them if they are guilty but save your outrage for someone who commits heinous crimes when his life is not threatened 24-7 and he's not watching his friends dropping dead next to him.

While I will await the official verdict on the incident in Haditha, I cannot help but feel for all of the men and women serving honorably and professionally in a warzone who must now watch the sensational reporting on this incident. A few Marines who are now under investigation will throw a scorching light of distrust and disgust on all of our troops. This will happen regardless of the final verdict in the investigation and/or trial of those Marines. It behooves us all to remember that we ask a lot of our troops and 99% of them deliver above and beyond what we ask of them. God bless and keep them all.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Video for the Text-averse!

Very few of us have the time or the inclination to wade through a lot of reading to catch up on important grassroots issues. One such grassroots issue is tax reform. The name of the issue alone is enough to send many folks screaming for the hills; Fortunately, thanks to fellow Fair Tax supporter and blogger extraordinaire, Terry, I've been clued into a video that is a must-see.

In less than 18 minutes, this video makes the Fair Tax proposal easy to understand and even easier to get excited about!

I hope you'll visit The Right Track blog as well. It's full of great information on The Fair Tax movement as well as humor and analysis of many, many other issues of interest.

Thanks a bunch, Terry!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Thank You

Memorial Day often gets confused with "first day of summer," "pool's open!" and "who wants cheese on their burger?" While there's no fault in having fun on this May holiday, many Americans forget that it is a day set aside for Americans to remember our fallen heroes, our valiant warriors who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

"Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic." -- General Logan - May 5, 1868


They may be gone but they will never be forgotten by those of us who remain grateful for their lives and the sacrifices they made. Not only do we owe our gratitude to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who gave their lives for our freedom but gratitude for the sacrifice made by their families. Those families gave up loved ones so that you and I may breathe free. It is to those families today that I offer my respect and gratitude for the life of their loved ones -- warriors who loved not only their family and friends but this great country. Thank you and God bless you all.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Anti-American Propaganda Feeds Islamofascists

If there is any doubt that the propaganda generated by American Bush-haters is being used by Islamofascist internet sites to further their own agenda, doubt no more. This very same organization hosts a forum called e-Jihad.net whose readers include the "believer" responsible for this post to the site:

The Quran calls on to fight the unbelievers, which are atheists and polytheists, such like trinitarian Christians, Hindus, etc., in summary: liars. Even Jesus said that he did not come to bring peace to the world, but a sword. Therefore I am not surprised that the terrorists have chosen the USA as a target for their actions, because the USA have turned the meaning of the words „In God we trust“ upside down, they sold huge amounts of weaponry to the Middle East and with their interference in Middle East affairs they represent a threat to the world peace.

Americans providing aid and comfort to the enemy in any form whatsoever are traitors. Internet flash files, cartoons, ranting opinions and bile-spewing hatred for our country are just as much a comfort to the enemy as providing them with weapons.

Leftist Liberals who claim to be patriotic by bashing our country and our President are only lying to themselves. The rest of us know, with full clarity, that Islamofascists would wipe them from the face of the Earth just as quickly as they would those of us who believe in the greatness of our country and her actions to stop this plague.

FairTax Rally

As some of you are probably aware, I support the Fair Tax tax reform proposal. A rally was held in Atlanta, Georgia that drew thousands and was covered by a local television station. The only inaccuracy I heard in the report was that the Fair Tax is a sales tax on all goods. That's not true: the Fair Tax is a sales tax on all new goods; once the tax has been paid on a new item, it is no longer taxable.

Take a look at the news report for yourself -- I couldn't link you directly to the video but scroll down and you'll find it 26th or 27th in the list. Scroll patiently. ;-)

FairTax Bill HR 25/S25 Fair Tax bills are pending in Congress now. Rallies like these help publicize the interest in abolishing the income tax and moving forward on reforming our system the RIGHT way.

The Fair Tax group is well-organized and very active. The Fair Tax website has resources you can use to make it easy to voice your support to Congress and become active in your local community.

If you are a fiscal Conservative and interested in changing the way we fund our federal government through taxation, do check it out. This tax reform rewards the right things: saving money, earning a good income, and buying used goods. It's a refreshing and realistic choice.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Grab a tissue...

The king of satire, Scott Ott, has written the most touching tribute I think I've ever read to those who are left behind when the ultimate price is paid. "Sixty Two Years and Two Hard Words" is not satire but poignant empathy and gratitude in prose.

Thank you so much, Scott, for using your gift to bring others to understanding of "sacrifice." Thank you to the men and women who are still sacrificing for the freedom of this country.

Victors, not Victims

Our friend Russ Vaughn has recommended a thoughtful piece about our military men and women that reminds us to honor, not pity, them.

The media and anti-American types have been on a campaign over the past few years to portray our military men and women as mindless fodder in the war against Islamofascism, mindless fodder who return home as victims of the American "war machine." For the vast majority of our troops, this is just completely untrue.

The best part of this piece is a Marine Lt. Col's explanation for why anti-military/anti-American throwbacks to the Vietnam years insist on hollowly mouthing "we support the troops" while continuing to portray them as victims and misfits:

The military type as misfit "is a stereotype that a lot of people from the Vietnam era have held on to." Then, as now, "they saw men and women who did more than they did . . . and they'd compensate by casting those folks in an inferior status."

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to honor servicemembers in whatever way you can. This piece suggests a few ways to do something practical and meaningful for military personnel and their families. We all have a part to play in maintaining our freedom and supporting our victors; let's do it, shall we?

Thanks for the recommendation, Russ!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Spread of Freedom?

Could it be that Ronald Reagan's "shining city on a hill" has helped spread democracy and a passion for independence throughout our world?

Well, according to the Progressive Policy Institute's "Trade Fact of the Week," the world now has 193 independent countries. Sure seems like the spread of freedom, doesn't it?

In contrast, "each year between 1860 and 1910, about two countries on average vanished from the maps... By the turn of the 20th century there were about 60 independent countries left, which is probably an all-time low."

Believe it or not, this was brought to my attention by the PPI's "Trade Fact of the Week!" Could it be that Liberals want what we Conservatives want? Well, almost...

"PPI believes we must manage globalization to reflect our interests and values, through a combination of open trade, international rules to protect the environment and promote labor standards, and efforts to provide Americans with the tools they need to compete and succeed."

Liberals want free markets? Hmmm... wait a minute! They actually want to MANAGE globalization? WHAT?! Okay, they had me fooled for a minute there. ;-)

The "Trade Fact of the Week" didn't do any analysis of what all these independent countries might mean in the grand scheme of things but WE all know what it means, don't we?

Monday, May 22, 2006

A proper "Thank You?"

Okay, maybe I'm more sensitive to this than most because I come from a military family but veterans deserve to know that their most personal data is protected! What kind of "thank you" are we sending to vets when we allow some idiot government employee to put the personal data of 26 MILLION vets at risk?

The kind of sensitive personal data that is recorded on every person serving his/her country is extensive. After all, we ask them to become "government property" when they sign up. Don't we owe them the protection that such extensive personal data deserves? There are regulations forbidding the transport of such data outside of government offices. This employee should be sacked and sacked IMMEDIATELY! An official apology should be issued by our government to every veteran impacted by the loss of his/her personal data.

Truest Example of Globalization?

QUESTION: What is the truest example of Globalization?
ANSWER: The death of Princess Diana

Why? Well...

An English princess
with an Egyptian boyfriend
crashes in a French tunnel,
driving a German car
with a Dutch engine,
driven by a Belgian who was drunk
on Scottish whisky,
(check the bottle before you change the spelling)
followed closely by Italian Paparazzi,
on Japanese motorcycles;
treated by an American doctor,
using Brazilian medicines.

This is posted by an American,
using Bill Gates's technology,
and you're probably reading this on your computer,
that uses Taiwanese chips,
and a Korean monitor,
assembled by Bangladeshi workers
in a Singapore plant,
transported by Indian lorry-drivers,
hijacked by Indonesians,
unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen,
and trucked to you by Mexican illegals...

Now that, my friends, is Globalization!

Revolutionary new fuel?!


Disclaimer: I'm a geek but I'm no scientist. My knowledge of chemistry is limited to one class in high school; therefore, I'm totally unqualified to vouch for the feasibility or validity of what I'm about to link you to...

If this is for real, it will absolutely change the world economy and the geopolitical standing of countries who have depended on oil for the wealth of their economies. Read more detail about it here.

Anyone have a clue about this stuff? I'm very interested but have exhausted Google trying to find more about this inventor and/or the company. I hear there is an IPO in the works...

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Well, shut my mouth and fill it with chitlins, y'all!


"What are they going to say?" Nagin said. "That I didn't have enough buses? That I didn't order the evacuation early enough? That's old news. We've been through that. Now the question is, `Who's out there helping people? What are you doing now?'"

Apparently what they're doing now is re-electing "old news." Congratulations, New Orleans, you have now officially proven that your city learned nothing about the importance of effective local government.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

From Our Friend Russ Vaughn

Send this Old Warhorse to the Barn

Marines like to say, "Once a Marine, always a Marine." Though not a Marine myself, this old ex-paratrooper is a staunch supporter of the Corps and believes John Murtha has shown himself to be the exception to that rule. His latest attack on our troops specifically targets the Corps and belies his adherence to the Corps' creed, "Semper Fidelis," always faithful.

Murtha has become the darling of the liberals; like John Kerry he's a Vietnam veteran who uses his military credentials to attack our troops and their mission. As a fellow Vietnam vet, I've been loathe to comment on Murtha because, unlike Kerry, this guy was the genuine article, an enlisted man who rose to the rank of full colonel while serving in extended combat operations.

For that, we owe him. However, we can only accept so much disparagement of our troops before we say, "Enough!" and retire this particular Marine once and for all. That time has come. Murtha has a worthy challenger for his too long held office in the fall elections, Diana Irey. Here is information about her and a means to contribute to her campaign:

http://www.irey.com/

I have just made a contribution to her campaign as I hope you will. We should all get on board and support her election efforts regardless of where we reside because Murtha's continuing diatribes against our troops and our country provide aid and comfort to our enemies, a situation that affects us all.

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

[Note: I have published this email to my blog with the implied consent of Russ Vaughn who is one of my heroes and a true patriot. Thank you, Russ!]

Friday, May 19, 2006

The Da Vinci Code: A humble review by yours truly

I just got home from seeing The Da Vinci Code tonight. Opening night of the movie seemed like a real fun time to see such a "controversial" movie. And yet, opening night was not full of enthusiastic fans of the novel but idiots who wandered into the theater expecting to find 4 seats together 10 minutes before the movie was due to start. Something tells me that those folks weren't big Dan Brown fans but were simply drawn to the movie by the hype and the protests it inspired in some Christian communities.

Speaking of the controversy, as expected, there were some Christians on the lawn near Tinseltown Theaters here in Louisville who were carrying protest signs and a very large crucifix. I wish I had had my camera handy. I couldn't quite read their signs but the intent was obvious. What I found interesting and very clever was an advertisement shown during the lull between sitting down in the theater and the start of the trailers -- a local Christian church bought an ad that encouraged anyone who was interested in what they saw in the movie to visit their church to learn the truth about the Christian faith. Inspired, really. Nice touch, Northeast Christian church!

I am sad to report that, while the movie stayed fairly true to the book (which I thoroughly enjoyed), it made for an uninspiring film. Most reviewers said the movie was too "talky" or that it dragged. And yes indeed, it was long. Well folks, the novel was about an ancient mystery that required cerebral talents to solve -- any time your protagonists are a French cryptologist and a Harvard symbologist, there's bound to be more thinking than kung-fu. Ron Howard should have realized that it would NOT translate well to mainstream film. There was no kung-fu, no gratuitous violence or sex. The only nudity in the movie was a rear view, for a few seconds, of the bare-bottomed Silas; however, since he is flagelatting himself (whipping his back... get your mind out of the gutter!), it hardly qualifies as gratuitous sex... unless, of course, you're into that sort of thing. ;-)

If you read and liked the book, you'll like the movie. I certainly did. It was beautifully filmed and scored, and it was certainly well-acted in my humble non-Hollywood opinion. What I think would have translated better to film is the story of the Knights Templar. At least in that movie there would be some sword-fu.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The definition of insanity

As Einstein most famously noted, the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

This so easily describes the Bush-hating Left in this country that "insanity" has become synonymous with "Liberal." Evidence: NSA "wire-tapping" brouhaha. Deja vu, anyone? Hasn't this been done ad nauseum by the Left ever since Bush was elected in 2000? Everything done by this administration is "illegal." *yawn* Why, sure it is... (wink) I don't want to agitate crazy people; you never know what they might do next.

Our friend, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross has written a piece for National Review Online that clarifies and puts to rest yet another Liberal tilt at the Bush windmill. Educate yourself; it's easy since Daveed has done all the homework! ;-)

?Como se dice "illegal?"

As most of you know by now, I have some strong opinions on almost every political topic. Immigration is no exception. I've been a bit reticent about writing on this topic because it has become ubiquitous. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a headline on the topic these days.

My forefathers emigrated from Ireland and Scotland to the United States well before the mid-nineteenth century. I can well imagine the difficulty they had when they landed on American soil. Anyone who thinks that the English language is the same for all English-speakers has never tried to hold a conversation with someone from Boston or New York or with someone from Dublin, Ireland or Glasgow, Scotland, not to mention a simple conversation with someone from the southern states! We do not all speak the same English. So, it's not inconceivable that there were many trials and much confusion waiting for legal immigrants to the US who WANTED to assimilate, wanted to succeed, and took pride in their new home in the States. However, many succeeded in building a future here because they were proud to be here, proud to work hard to become American citizens.

The term "immigrant" can apply to both LEGAL immigrants and ILLEGAL immigrants:

"im·mi·grant n. : a person who comes to a country where they were not born in order to settle there."

So, what makes the difference between those who have "rights" in this country and those who do not? Their immigration status -- legal or illegal.

"il·le·gal (-lgl) adj.
1. Prohibited by law.
2. Prohibited by official rules: an illegal pass in football.

n. An illegal immigrant."


It's not difficult to see that the term "illegal" immediately implies one right and one right alone -- the right to be deported immediately upon discovery.

Consider those who enter this country illegally. Do they want to assimilate? Do they take pride in their new "home" here? It is my opinion that they do not. The only goal of illegal immigrants is to earn US dollars to send back to their families in poorer parts of the world. As a capitalist, I find nothing wrong with that goal. There are indeed already laws under which they CAN enter this country legally for work.

What I DO find disturbing is that these illegals who are actually just mercenaries are being held up by the media as honest, hard-working "immigrants." They may be hard-working but they are certainly not honest. If they were honest, they would enter the US legally for work or would apply for legal immigration status.

Immigration, conducted in a controlled and legal fashion, is good for this country; legal immigration built this country into the super-power, shining city on the hill that it is today. ILLEGAL immigration, however, is bad for this country in so many ways that it is unthinkable that there is any debate about it whatsoever. There are no controls on it; it is disorderly and dangerous; it is done against the laws of this country; it is costly and unfair to Americans; it is what it is -- illegal. It is illegal for many reasons, all of which most reasonable Americans understand. Its effect on our medical system alone is enough for me. Those of us with our heads screwed on straight do not need a debate about it, nor do we need a compromise on it.

I find it extremely interesting that many of the Liberal-slanted "news" organizations choose to use one word to describe this issue -- "immigration." As if all immigration is legal; it is not. Until recently, very few of the Left-leaning media outlets used the phrase "illegal immigration." Frankly, I don't find this too surprising because the news stories were about protests in the streets, boycotts, and demands for civil rights; all of which might be newsworthy coming from legal immigrants and/or American citizens who were trying to draw attention to unfair practices. Not so newsworthy when these activities are being conducted by people who are illegally on our soil, are not Americans, and who have no intention of becoming Americans.

It occurred to me the other day that this debate over how to squelch the flow of illegals into this country provides us with a golden opportunity. Why not kill two big issues with one stone? Tax reform AND better enforcement of our current immigration laws!

I support tax reform as outlined in the FairTax proposal. I've often felt a twinge of guilt over the fact that the FairTax would put many IRS employees in the unemployment line when income taxes are abolished. I mean, really... imagine the horror of seeing tie-clad, wingtip-wearing pencil-pushers on the street corner holding tin cups and begging for your surplus change! It seemed so sad. Then, a caller into the Rush Limbaugh Show posited that the IRS is very good at tracking down tax dodgers and should be put in charge of tracking down illegal immigrants in this country. What a great idea! If anyone can make your life miserable for attempting to shortcut the legal tax system in this country, it's the IRS, right? Who better to put on the trail of the illegals? After all, it's the Social Security Number that is used to track taxpayers AND legal workers, isn't it? So, who's with me on this?!

While I support the majority of the President's proposal on immigration reform. I absolutely do NOT support the idea of penalizing illegal immigrants with back taxes and a longer waiting period for citizenship. That is simply ridiculous. First of all, try to enforce the back taxes... even the IRS is going to have problems with that. If we can't seem to locate the employers of these illegals NOW, how do you suppose we'll manage to garnish wages? Secondly, this proposal only provides them with yet another way to jump line on those who have been following the immigration laws of our country and have been waiting years to legally immigrate. It's simply wrong.

I fully support building stronger borders through more thorough law enforcement and through physical barriers. Look, if you spring a leak in the boat, you'd better plug it before you start bailing water, right? Plug that leak and THEN begin law enforcement action for however long it takes to flush them out and send them home. Yes, it make take years; so be it. There should be no reward for breaking the immigration laws of this country. Should a police officer give me a lollipop with my speeding ticket?! Okay, that's just silly... Should that police officer give me a lollipop with my speeding ticket AND a ride to the courthouse to take my driver's license test in Spanish if he catches me speeding and realizes I'm an illegal alien?! That's just sillier but it's closer to the truth than most of us care to notice.

If you're interested in reading much more detailed and passionate information from strong grassroots organizations who are striving to staunch the flow of illegals into this country, please visit NumbersUSA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). You'll find some great research and opportunities to get involved at both of these sites.

Holy FICTION, Batman!

At the risk of offending some of my Christian friends, I feel compelled to express my own opinion about the Christian hubbub over the US debut of the movie "The Da Vinci Code" tomorrow. Fundamentalists, Evangelicals, and Catholics seem to be quite disturbed about this fun little work of fiction. A Vatican official has even called for a boycott of the movie because the story is full of "offenses, slander, historical and theological errors concerning Jesus, the gospel and the church."

Pardon me for thinking but it seems everyone is missing the point here. It seems to me that someone ought to send these reactionaries to a dictionary. The whole matter would have been over before it started:

"fic·tion (fkshn) n.
1. (a) An imaginative creation or a pretense that does not represent actuality but has been invented. (b) The act of inventing such a creation or pretense.
2. A lie.
3. (a) A literary work whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact. (b) The category of literature comprising works of this kind, including novels and short stories. "

The book and the movie are FICTION, folks! Had Dan Brown categorized his novel as a work of non-fiction, I might better understand the fire and brimstone of Christian wrath over the story. He did not. Instead, he wrote a fictional story that provides a fun, thrilling little romp through a quest to solve a modern-day murder perpetrated based on an ancient mystery in which a few manufactured zealots have invested their time, energy, and souls to protect.

The closest you might come to works even slightly worthy of Christian outrage are books by a trio of authors (Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln) whose works were said to have been derived from extensive research. If you're interested in learning more about some of the theories alluded to in "The Da Vinci Code," check out "The Messanic Legacy" and "Holy Blood, Holy Grail." I highly recommend them both; they are fascinating reads even though some of the research behind these books was later discredited.

Need I remind anyone that politics, entertainment, and religion -- in my mind, just synonyms for each other, really -- have been co-mingled throughout history? They always have been and they always will be. Why? Well, in my humble opinion, it's because such a large extent of each is based on the "suspension of disbelief." Heck, many aspects of day-to-day life require that of us!

I suppose you could call me a heretic but I'm not a Christian. Not much of an insult. What I am is a seeker; one who has spent a good deal of her life pursuing some modicum of spiritual truth. Oddly enough, just when my search for it ended, a grail full of spiritual truth found ME instead. That big gulp of spiritual truth blessed me with a belief in a Supreme Being, a Creator, One who would be much wiser than to trust His children with the truth about anything, much less trust the hand of those same children to write it!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Google NEWS?!

If you've ever searched the term "Hezbollah" or "Hizbollah" on Google News, you may have found a source called "al -Manar" listed on the results page. Did you read it the result from al-Manar? If so, did you realize that it was the propaganda wing of the "Party of God?"

Here's a tidbit for you in case you missed the propaganda:
"Lebanese FM: Hezbollah is an honest and courageous liberation movement sacrifices for Lebanon's independence and sovereignty"

WHAT?! A terrorist organization is an "honest and courages liberation movement?" Say what?! Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot that Israel is evil and that the only way to curb their evil is by terrorism. Silly me. What was *I* thinking?!

Look, for Google to portray al-Manar as a "news" source is about the equivalent of any of us saying that CBS is an objective news source. Neither is true. CBS is the propaganda wing of the Liberal movement in this country and al-Manar is the propaganda wing of Hezbollah which has a history even more treacherous than the Liberals in this country. Anyone remember the bombing of the Marines' barracks in Beirut on October 23, 1983 at 6:22 a.m.? Need I say anymore?

For an expert take on this, check out this Counterterrorism blog entry.

Is Google really this desparate for a "news source" in that part of the world? Better no news than slanted propaganda, if you ask me. Write to Google and request that they drop the propaganda wing of the Hezbollah terrorist organization from their news sources.

Never Forget

For those of you who have wondered about seeing the new film, "United 93," ponder no more. Go see it. It is powerful; it is poignant; it is a reminder of what we face this very day and many days more until this evil is wiped from the planet.

I went to see this film last week with a few friends. We were all very interested in how the story would be told. None of us expected to have the oxygen sucked from the theater as the drama unfolded. Everyone in that theater held their breath. It was clear that we were all transfixed. You could hear a pin drop in that theater. This is a highly emotional and powerful film. There were tears, cries of "my God!" and silence. One fellow in our group shouted, "Way to go, flight 93!" at the end of the film. He, like the rest of us, were proud of what those people did for their sake and the sake of others. Even though we all knew how the story would end, none of us were prepared for the force with which the end was presented.

The film left me sad, proud, and angry. Sad as I recalled the scenes of the people on that flight calling their loved ones. Proud that they understood what was happening and were willing to risk their lives to stop it. Angry that this was ever even possible in the first place.

This is an important film. It is important for all of us to remember what happened on our soil on 9/11. It can happen again if we allow those on the Left to convince mealy-minded Americans that America is the aggressor. We are not. We were attacked and innocent lives were lost on our own soil. Americans are avengers, protectors, and liberators. Our brave men and women in the Armed Forces are doing what they must to ensure that this plague is wiped off the planet. Be sure to thank them in any and every way you can when you run across someone in uniform.

The story of the people on United flight 93 may be history now but it is our duty as Americans, as human beings, never, ever to forget their story. Never forget. Do not let your children forget. See this film.

Who are They?

They trekked thousands of miles in searing heat...
They crossed the border risking life and limb...
They get paid peanuts...
They do jobs others refuse to do...
Some people back in their own country treat them with little respect...
They live crammed together in substandard conditions...
They rarely see their families...
They have to learn a foreign language and culture...

Who are they?... Find out now!

(Hats off to The People's Cube for this one!)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Understanding your Socialist Friends

If you, like me, have a few friends who are great people but have been politically misled, you might find this little map handy for understanding them better!

The REAL Cause of Our Oil Problems

A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country.

Well, there's a very simple answer.

Nobody bothered to check the oil.

We just didn't know we were getting low.

The reason for this is purely geographical:

Our OIL is located in Alaska, California, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, the Gulf of Mexico and Florida... but our DIPSTICKS are located in Washington D.C.

-- Thanks to my Mojo buddy JR for this one!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

One More Laugh before Bed!

Vice-President Cheney didn't make it to the White House Correspondents Dinner but he did make a surprise visit to the White House Easter Egg Roll...

Subliminal Bush

I know there are far more important things to blog about today and in the weeks I've missed writing but I'm in a mood for fun!

If you didn't see the televised White House Correspondents Dinner a few nights ago, you missed a great comedy routine. The thing to understand about this bit is that the impersonator is acting as the "subliminal Bush" who says what he thinks. Actually, that's not a far cry from the real President Bush now is it? ;-)

Our Commander-in-Chief has a great sense of humor! (I suppose he needs it though with all the Liberal potshots taken at him on an hourly basis, huh?)

Jorge Washintonez

I love the satire of "The People's Cube" and their take on the National Anthem being re-written in Spanish is priceless.

"All we need is your Juan Hanchocas here, here, and here, and, oh, sorry, right here, too, and then we're done."

Have a laugh and enjoy!

Random Musing of the Day

While outside taking a well-deserved break today, I happened to take notice of a small caterpillar who seemed on a mission.

The caterpillar approached the brick side of the building and raised up to consider the climb. All his little legs kicked into motion and, much to my surprise, he began to climb the brick. What he saw up there that enticed him, I'll never know.

He seemed determined to make the climb though. As his legs hit some of the bricks that had maintained a more shiny surface, he slipped and the upper part of him flipped backward a bit. He stopped, adjusted his approach and tried again. Slipped backward again. Even with all those little legs working for him, the brick surfaces sometimes worked against him. Each time, he would adjust his approach and climb a little to the left or right of the surface. Sometimes, he simply chose to follow the path of the mortar and zig-zag a little.

This went on for some time when he eventually lost his grip on the bricks completely. The caterpillar tumbled about a foot and landed *thunk* back on the ground in just about the same place where his climb began.

I watched, fascinated that he had tried so hard and ended up where he started. I was astonished to see him shake it off and begin the climb again!

It still amazes me that some of the finer truths in life are illustrated all around us on a daily basis. They are ingrained in nature and her creatures. This caterpillar didn't need a motivational speaker, a therapist, a good friend, a family member, or a doctor to tell him that if he wanted to get where he was going, he was just going to have to keep adjusting and keep climbing even if he ended up back on the ground. Amazing.

Maybe I'm just a bit simple but I found this one little observation worthy of note.

Remember me?

It seems like ages since I've blogged! Thanks to Motorola and some patience on hold with technical support, I'm finally reliably back online again. These past few weeks have been chock full of technical challenges at work and at home that have kept me away. Well, that and a social life! ;-)

In case you don't remember me, I'm ConservaChick -- thwarter of technical gremlins, slayer of malfunctioning software, and liberator of ancient curse words. Heck, let's call it like it is... voodoo goddess at large!

Nice to be back!