Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Brain droppings...

NYT Treason, flag burning defeat, Murtha and his opponent, Spirit of America needs help, FairTax/tax reform, and Rush's brush with Customs... so much to blog about and so little energy left in this evening.

I'll be back tomorrow evening and hope to cover most, if not all, of it! Sometimes I wish I was less interested in the world around me... ;o) naaaah!

The Right Brothers!

Oh man, if you haven't seen this, you haven't heard the true sound of modern Conservatism! The Right Brothers rock and "Bush was Right" is all the proof I needed. Enjoy!!

Great big thanks to SlyCon and The Who on Louisville Mojo for bringing this to my attention.

Update on Mom

For those of you scoring at home, Mom is now home from the hospital. She was discharged tonight and couldn't be any happier about being home! She's looking good and recovering quickly from surgery. She's a strong woman, no doubt.

Our next battle in this war against cancer will be chemotherapy. I believe she is to have six rounds which consist of two separate chemo sessions about six weeks apart. I have been advised by a close friend that this will be a difficult battle indeed. We're ready. I don't think there's anything my Mom can't conquer and she's got plenty of support!

For those of you who are local, I have decided tonight that if she melts down over losing her hair, I'm going to do it with her. So, if you see me "wigged out" or bald in a month or so, don't panic. It's for solidarity with my Mom.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Thanks... and some random writing therapy

Thank you all for the kind and support-filled emails and comments I've received with regard to my Mom's cancer. It was indeed verified today that she has level-three primary peritoneal cancer. Evidently, primary peritoneal cancer is fairly rare, most often it is found to be ovarian cancer. They are very similar in nature and are treated about the same way.

The good news is that we learned today that the numerous lymph nodes that were removed during surgery have come back completely clean! That means that the cancer hadn't reached her lymph nodes and is likely not to have traveled very far from it's origin. Good news, indeed.

She is still in the hospital and will likely be there until Wednesday or Thursday of this week. Her spirits are good; she seems to be very focused on taking one step at a time. The goal at this point is to recover from the extensive surgery and get home. After that, we'll learn more about the chemotherapy she faces and take that one round at a time. She's a tough cookie!

Although this may seem like a bit of a tangent, I felt compelled to check in with my favorite online astrologer, Jonathan Cainer, today. Silly as it seems for someone as pragmatic as me, I do put some stock in the horoscopes he writes. They have been very on-target for years now so I check them from time to time. Here's a little excerpt from his horoscope for me today:

"Here is where you are this week. If you can't get from here to where you want to be, you can at least get from here to somewhere much nearer to that. Don't tell yourself that you are in the wrong position or that you have made a mistake for which you cannot compensate. Just do your best and head in what has to be the right direction. The rest will take care of itself."

...and I hope that he is correct. One day at a time in the right direction. After all, what else can you do? It seems so simple but it is so hard to stay on course.

It's odd -- there is a lingering zombie-like feeling to the nightmare of beginning a long journey with a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer. You do everything you can to help them recover from the initial surgery: help fetch whatever is needed, initiate cheerful and encouraging conversation, put a little blush on the cheeks and a brush through the hair to help improve spirits when she hears how great she looks, making the phone calls and sitting bedside through the night. All of that keeps you really busy and very involved in the moment-to-moment living that is called recuperation from surgery.

It's when you leave the hospital and re-emerge into daily life that you lose that moment-to-moment style that helps you through the experience when you're with your loved one. It's the time that you are waiting on hold with someone who is to provide technical support on a work-related issue or the time that you're driving to work on auto-pilot that the mind wanders to "what's next? what else can I do? what am I missing that might be important?" It's that state of mind that feels so zombie-like.

You know you're in motion and doing things but your mind seems to launch into a state of constant mastication, chewing on the past fewe hours and wondering what's next on the plate -- chewing and chewing and chewing on all you've heard, all you've seen, all you've done so far, wondering "what should I do now? what lies ahead for us?"

And so it is today for me... after a full weekend in the hospital with my Mom and my family and the many visitors who stopped in, it's back to the reality of my own life. The reality seems less real today. It seems to be inconsequential even though it is how I pay my bills, how I provide for my own well-being, and how I interact with the rest of the world.

It matters but it's hard to remember that it matters...As I used to be told (and used to believe), "everything happens for a reason;" however, I find that a very optimistic statement today. I certainly hope I can take the advice of Jonathan Cainer and keep moving in the direction which takes me from here and gets me closer to where I want to be -- next to my Mom and my family for many, many years to come, cancer-free.

You Might Be a Liberal If...

...You think being a "proletariat" gives you a right to some cheese with that whine.

...You've named your kids "Government Handouts One" and "Government Handouts Two.” (“Sunshine Cherry Blossom” and “Damn I Was Drunk” would also apply.)

...You've tried to argue that poverty could be abolished if more people used the “Robin Hood” approach.

...You've ever referred to someone as "an evil [insert hateful Conservative/Republican slur here]". (Meanwhile, you get extremely offended if anyone dares to respond in kind or even slightly questions your patriotism.)

...You've ever thought Jesus would approve of “Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage, Anti-Christian Liberals” using the phrase “WWJD?”

...You support the “right” to kill innocent babies, but oppose the killing of convicted murderers.

...You think Huey Newton would have actually given a damn as to what you say, and would have actually liked your “white ass.”

...The only “sport” you watch is “Walk for [insert charitable cause here],” because heck, everything else is just too damn violent and competitive, and no one should ever “lose.”

...You think you might remember actually doing something to resolve an issue instead of just talking about it once…but you can't remember when.

...You once broke loose at a party, got totally wasted, had sex with a random stranger, got “knocked up/knocked out” someone else, turned to the government for assistance, sued the host of the party for allowing you to get out of control, and in the end blamed it all on the “evil alcohol corporations.”

...You call US soldiers "cold-blooded murderers" or “baby killers.”

...You've ever referred to the “conspiracy theory regarding” anything.

...You've ever uttered the phrase, "Why can't we all just get along?", “Let's talk about our differences,” “Make Love, Not War” or “Give Peace a Chance.”

...You've ever said, "I can't wait to get a free ride into a Liberal Arts college so that I can show everyone else how intellectual I am."

...You've ever called a secretary or waitress "an oppressed woman held down in a sexist society."

...You buy into the notion of "The Man," and believe that “he” is “watching you.”

...You don't think "The Simpsons" is all that funny but you watch it because that Nelson kid “speaks on your level.”

...You believe the FBI actually has a list of "Commies in My Neighborhood."

...You let your kids watch Sesame Street only because you consider Oscar the Grouch to be “an appropriate role model.”

...You scream "I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!!" while making love.

...You've argued that artists and entertainers have a "more informed and intelligent perspective” when it comes to politics.

...When people say "Stalin," you think, "Well hurry up then!"

...You or your “lover” have ever been yelled at "Hey hippie, get a haircut!", while you were out looking for incense and patchouli oil.

...You think Birkenstocks, cargo shorts, and tattered rock band t-shirts are appropriate in a corporate environment.

...You argue that no one needs handguns because that murdering rapist coming in through your window will not hurt you if you "bake him cookies and talk to him.”

...Socialism makes a lot of sense to you and you consider Democracy and Capitalism to be the “true evils” that are only forced upon otherwise peaceful nations by Imperialistic countries such as the US.

...You point to Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and J.C. Watts as “sellouts;” and you point to Jesse Jackson and Lewis Farrakhan as the “new leaders of the civil rights movement” in America.

...You've ever said “Terrorists, schmerrorists.”

...You've ever said "Global Warming? It sure sounds like a real threat to me. We'll all certainly be dead by the year 2000…um, the year 2005…no wait, the year 2010. (Whew! That gives me another 4 years to spread the doom and gloom while I do absolutely nothing about it myself.)"

...You've ever called education a “right.”

...You look up through a “glass ceiling” and bitch about being held down by “The Man.”

...You wonder if donations to PETA or ALF will increase your credibility.

...You came of age in the '60s and don't remember anything.

...You own a Volvo or a hybrid with a "Gore/Lieberman 2000" or a “Kerry/Edwards '04” sticker…and the year is 2006.


Thanks to Slycon on Louisville Mojo for permission to post his original work of art!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Brief Hiatus -- Joan Needs Us All

I'm sorry to say I'll be taking a short hiatus from the blog. The general opinion of those in my family who would know such things (doctors in the family) is that my mother is facing peritoneal cancer. I'll know more tomorrow after the biopsy but I've been briefed tonight to expect the worst. I don't feel the desire to focus on anything outside of this right now. As selfish as it sounds, politics and war seem too far away from me at this moment.

My family and I believe in the power of prayer. Christian prayer or non-Christian prayer makes no difference to us -- it's the collective power of people sending their wishes for good things for another that makes a huge difference. You see, I believe we all pray to the same God(s) -- in effect, the higher beings that live as a part of all of us; the higher part of ourselves and our fellow human beings, together they make a difference when focused on the same thing.

So, even though I'm a Conservative, I'm not too proud to ask that you make room in your heart, your thoughts, and your prayers for my Mom over the next few days.


Mom and Dad, New Year's Eve 2004

Her name is Joan. She's a wonderful woman with a heart of gold who has never met a stranger and has always had time for anyone in need, now needs your prayers and your well wishes. She will be undergoing surgery around 10am EDT tomorrow. If you have a free moment, please send her your best as I know she will hear it. She is attuned to these things and feels them deeply as do I.

Thank you all for your kindness and your support!

I hope to be back very soon...

Dawn

Monday, June 19, 2006

"Forward Together" Critique

Now that the Iraqi forces and our coalition troops have a few days under their collective belts in the security crackdowns happening throughout Iraq, I felt it was time to check in with Omar of Iraq the Model to see how it's going. He's definitely hoping for better things from Forward Together:

... Needless to say, collecting intelligence is of critical importance to the success of the operation; no checkpoint can stop a suicide bomber from inflicting harm once he's on the street. Those must be dealt with before they wear their explosive belts or leave the garage with their explosive-laden cars, and this requires intelligence and a more aggressive tactic than fixed checkpoints. ...

Omar's blog is a great education on Iraqi culture, the current state of affairs there, and his hopes for the future. You want unbiased? You got it. Thanks, Omar!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day!

I'm a bit late in posting tonight but I wanted to wish all the Dads out there a very happy Father's Day today! It's a tough job and one day your kids will tell you they're glad you did it.

My own father has found himself busier in retirement than I think he was when he was working. He's indulging a lot of his artistic side now and stays very busy with music lessons, a huge aquarium, gardening, woodworking, etc. He says he doesn't know where all the time goes every day. I've always been a lot like my Dad in temperament and interests and I certainly want to be just like him when I retire!

Parents are interesting creatures... growing up, you rely on them for almost everything until you reach teenage years in which they suddenly are incapable of making sense of making decisions you agree with. Then one day, you find yourself an adult with lots of experience under your belt and find that you have so much in common with them because they've been there themselves.

I treasure my parents not only for who they are as parents but who they are as people. I'm proud of my Dad's service and his sharp intellect and playful personality. I'm proud of my Mom's ability to make people feel good about themselves and her kind and giving nature.

Happy Father's Day, Dad! Thanks for making the occasion such a nice one today, Mom!

On a slightly different note, my Mom had a cat scan on Friday and they found some suspicious nodules in her abdomen. At this point, that's about all we know. She's seeing a doctor on Tuesday to schedule a biopsy. I try not to worry but how can I not? If you have room in your prayers, I'd sure appreciate an extra second or two in them for my Mom.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ann Coulter: A Force to be Reckoned with!

Ann's appearance on "The Tonight Show" last night alongside George Carlin was stellar. She presents herself so well; direct and self-assured are two great adjectives for her. She is, without a doubt, a force to be reckoned with! My favorite quote came not from Ann but from George:

"I never thought I'd hear myself say this but I've just moved to the right of Ann Coulter," he said as he vacated the guest chair and moved to the couch.

I truly think Carlin is more of a Conservative than he'd have everyone believe. He was quiet during her portion of the show and she often referred back to him. I suppose if you're a closet Conservative, it's best to say nothing so as not to be discovered, huh?

Russ Vaughn has written a wonderful ode to Ann called "Hallowed Human Shields." Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Happy Flag Day, Americans!


"It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag." — Ronald Reagan

Need a Reason? Here are a bunch!

I was involved in a conversation today at work that somehow landed on the well-worn subject of taxes. One of my co-workers actually said, "A flat tax would be nice because at least I'd know for sure what I owe every year!" Of course, a huge grin spread across my face because that was all I needed to hear to educate them on the FairTax!

Among the many reasons that motivate me to support the FairTax, Terry at The Right Track just happens to name most of them in his posting today. Seriously, it's time we all got behind this by writing to our representatives in D.C. It's time for a change in the tax mentality in this country!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Benson: Murtha's cartoon twin?


Evidently the Murtha syndrome continues to infect the Liberal media. This cartoon, drawn by celebrity atheist cartoonist Steve Benson, was published in the Arizona Republic newspaper recently. In response, the paper received over 160 letters to the editor. Here are the few that they published online.

Pardon me, Mr. Benson, but if you'll extract your head from your ass for a minute there are some salient points your little cartoon has missed:

(1) The investigation is still underway and no one has even gone to trial yet;

(2) Every American citizen is entitled to be considered "innocent until proven guilty;" and

(3) The US Marine Corps has a long and glorious history that includes many thousands of men and women who have served honorably. Even if these few are found to have done something wrong in battle, they are a very few out of the thousands.

I shouldn't be shocked at this atrocity; after paging through a few of his cartoons it's evident that the man hates America and our military. It's blatant. THIS time, however, he's taken it way too far for any decent freedom-loving American to tolerate. I hope you all will feel free to write to the Editor at the Arizona Republic and express your own views of Mr. Benson's work.

With self-absorbed Leftist idiots like Benson and Murtha out spewing their vile nonsense (whether verbally, in print, or by cartoon), I can only hold the fine men and women of our Armed Forces in even higher esteem for continuing to protect our freedoms despite the crap that's thrown at them.

Semper Fi, Marines! We support you and all of our troops!!

...A great big thank you to Russ Vaughn for keeping an eye out for his compatriots!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Pipeline of Hatred -- Conspiracy, indeed!

I have heard/read waaaay too much from Liberals who claim there are conspiracies that run through the 9/11 attacks and our war against Islamo-fascism. They may be right about the conspiracy part; however, they've got it turned around the wrong way as a distraction -- "Hey, look over there!" Nope. Conservatives know better than to fall for that trick; instead, look right here, folks, because this "pipeline of hatred" is the true conspiracy. This presentation on Concept Wizard is very well done, factual, accurate on most counts, and actually underplays some of the bigger issues.

Lefties, we're on to you and your Muslim comrades. Your anti-Semitism is clear to those of us paying attention. We will not be distracted nor will we be tolerant.

Thanks very much to my friend Col. Rodger for the link!

Ding, Dong, the Zarqawi's Dead!

I just wanted to add my own HOORAY to the death of al-Zarqawi! Way to go, coalition troops and Iraqi people!! It's so much more satisfying to hear that he was ratted out by someone in his own "organization" and that the effort was greatly assisted by the Iraqi people and their new security forces. Way to freakin' go!!

For historic perspective on his death and the lessons we can learn from it, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and his colleague, Richard Miniter, have written an excellent article for The Weekly Standard. Fascinating reading!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

How scary is THIS?!

According to information I received today from the PPI (Progressive Policy Institute) Trade Fact of the Week, Syria claims that we all have two homelands!

Most of the world's tourism, and tourist money, is European. But tourism seems to be growing fastest in East Asia and the Middle East. The WTO asserts that tourism arrivals are growing fast not only in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia but also Syria. For its part, the Syrian Ministry of Tourism claims that "every person has two homelands: his own and Syria:"
http://www.syriatourism.org/


YIKES!! Uh, no thanks.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

6-6-06

*YAWN*

For those of us non-Christians who were born on the 13th (pick a month, it doesn't matter), today was just another day of hyped superstition. I know, I know. 6-6-6 is the sign of the Beast and all hell will break loose, yadda, yadda, yadda. Look, I only know one person who had a run of bad luck today. A colleague informed me this morning that he hit a deer on the way to work. Frankly, I'd call that the deer's bad luck but that's just me. Dead deer, banged up front end does not an anti-Christ make.


Next time my birthday falls on a Friday, I'll be on the lookout for deer on the way to work, not the anti-Christ. ;-)

Yes, It IS Possible...

I have received email from several ConservaChick readers asking whether the FairTax is a viable idea -- is there strong enough support to make this happen? The answer is YES, YES, YES! The following piece from Ms. Underestimated is an update for those of you who are still Doubting Thomases. Enjoy!

It's Still Alive! by Ms.Underestimated


Folks, I told you about the good news Congressman John Linder gave us about an impending face-to-face with President Bush about the Fair Tax, and now the word is out! The Gwinnett Daily Post catches us up on this great news:


FairTax still kicking

06/04/2006


By: Dave Williams


Many political observers were ready to bury U.S. Rep. John Linder’s FairTax bill last fall when President Bush’s tax reform commission gave the back of its hand to the proposed national sales tax.


The panel chose to recommend tweaking the current income tax system rather than such a dramatic overhaul of the way the federal government collects the revenue it needs to operate.


But the FairTax won’t go away. During a raucous public rally in Gwinnett County last month in support of the legislation, Linder, R-Duluth, announced that he is being offered an opportunity to present the bill to the president and House Republican leaders.


He will meet this week with the House GOP leadership, then head to the White House on a date yet to be set — accompanied by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. — to outline his bill to Bush.


So much for the demise of the FairTax.


“The national sales tax is very much like Freddy,’’ said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato, referring to the main character in countless installments of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” horror movie series. “It just refuses to die.’’


See? I TOLD you so! It’s POSSIBLE! And that’s not all - the Gwinnett Rally was just the beginning:


A capacity crowd of 4,500 jammed the Gwinnett Convention Center for last month’s rally, which featured Linder, Atlanta-based syndicated radio talk show host Neal Boortz and Sean Hannity of the Fox Television Network.


“We think there were 3,000 people turned away,’’ Linder said. “I was amazed.’’


The event was so successful that Linder and Boortz are talking about following it up with a series of rallies. Linder said they’re looking at Orlando, Fla., as the next stop.


Okay you guys, here’s your next chance. We gotta stick together and make this happen. If you live in the southeast (or anywhere else, for that matter), I urge you to call your local radio talk shows and implore them to get Neal Boortz, John Linder, Sean Hannity, and whoever else is on board with the Fair Tax, to come hold a rally in YOUR area! If we keep up this momentum, this could truly be a present-day Boston Tea Party that we have on our hands. It’s time to get the government out of our lives, and as John Linder said that night “it’s none of the government’s business how much money I make.” YES!


We’ve got to be vigilant, though, as well all know there are those detractors out there who want to stop us:


The FairTax also faces competition from other proposals aimed at overhauling the current system, including the flat tax on incomes once championed on the presidential campaign trail by Republican Steve Forbes.


“The vast majority agree the tax code needs drastic revision,’’ Sabato said. “The problem is nobody agrees on what the revision should be. … There just isn’t a national consensus for it or anything close to it.’’


But Sabato gives Linder high marks for persistence.


“He is trying to plant the seed,’’ Sabato said. “Who knows whether the seed may sprout and even flower? On the other hand, the seed may die in the ground.’’


My friends, we can’t let that seed die in the ground. We must keep nourishing it with our voices. If we can get 1, 2, 4 or 50 more rallies like this going, we will send a loud and clear message to Washington: “I WANT MY FAIR TAX!”


Also, send these radio stations copies of the Fair Tax book. I know it has been previously called for us to send copies to our representatives, but I’m sure they’ve gotten their copies already. It’s the people of this country we need to change - the Congress is hopeless. If your local talk show hosts can believe in this, then this movement will carry forward. You can buy them here. The government cannot ignore an informed country. The time is now!


The FairTax Blogburst is jointly produced by Terry of The Right Track Blog and Jonathan of Publius Rendezvous. If you would like to host the weekly postings on your blog, please e-mail Terry or Jonathan. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll.

The Beatles lose another member...


...well, almost. Billy Preston was widely known as the "Fifth Beatle" and was an artist extraordinaire. He may be best remembered by folks my age from the movie, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and 70s musical hits such as "Nothing from Nothing," and "Will it Go 'Round in Circles," and "Outta Space." In my humble opinion, his true genius was in his performances with an amazingly broad range of other artists. He made them all sound even better and he did it quietly and with panache.

He died today in Arizona at the young age of 59. He will be sorely missed by this fan of his music. RIP, Billy.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Campaign Mole?

If you think only national politics is intriguing then you haven't spent any time with folks who work on local campaigns! The race for the 3rd Congressional District (here in Louisville) just got more interesting today...

yes. hate. i hate them. all of them. i wish we could have a liberal inquisition and do like the spanish, where we would go up to people and say "Are you a Republican?" and then if they said yes, we would kill them. with swords of course, guns would be illegal.

This little tidbit brought to you by "Bobby Conn" and the Yarmuth campaign! Read the story from Jefferson Poole at his Bluegrass, Red State blog.

Look Liberals, if you don't know how to run your own political campaign, you might consider hiring folks who do, not planting some puerile, hate-filled Democrat on an opponent's campaign as a volunteer. Duh.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

"Thousand points of light" aside...

I have long admired Peggy Noonan. She was a large part of the eloquence that was Ronald Reagan's voice during his presidency. Although, I must say that I found her "thousand points of light" bit a little...uh... well, bizarre... during Bush 41's term.

She has certainly captured the sentiment of many Americans who feel as if their political representatives in D.C. have chosen to appear concerned rather than taking action on the issues that matter to us. A third party with an actual concern for doing what is right for this country and representing her citizens' ideals may be long overdue. Read her thoughts, which are very similar to my own, in this piece.

Thanks for bringing this one to my attention, Speed Racer!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Caffeine'll do that to ya!

Our friend, Russ Vaughn, has obviously had a full pot of coffee going recently. He's been burning up the keyboard and the American Thinker has a few new pieces from him that I think you'll enjoy:

Forsaken Honor, Forgotten Shame

"Over the past few days a number of questions have emerged which throw serious doubt on the authenticity of Jesse MacBeth’s claims about being a U.S. soldier in Iraq. We have therefore taken our interview with Jesse MacBeth off our website. "
-- From the Socialist Alternative website. I'd link you to it but I can't bring myself to copy any URL that has the word "socialist" in it. Sorry. (Note: I inserted the link to Michelle Malkin's on-going work on this.)

Kerry's Catch-22

Now, more than a year and a half after his defeat, aided and abetted by his rear-echelon buddies at the New York Times, Kerry is attempting to refute the charges that many political insiders think cost him the election and constitute the critical issue that must be dealt with prior to any attempt by Kerry to seek the Democratic nomination again.

Thanks for the prolific writing, Russ. I enjoyed every last word of your latest caffeine-rush! ;-)