Saturday, July 29, 2006

Chuckles courtesy of Outsourcing

People complain all the time about corporate outsourcing. Most of the time the complaint centers around the loss of jobs here in the US. For those of us who use technical support all the time in our daily business, the complaint is really about the language barrier; it can be quite challenging to get a technical issue resolved when you have to spend time trying to figure out what your support person is saying.

On the upside, however, is that the language barrier can be pretty entertaining as evidenced in this artistic interpretation of an actual tech support call! Be sure to have your sound turned on because the actual phone message as left by the technical support person is being played while the "interpretation" is shown in the animation. It's a hoot!

What's Wrong with the GOP?

The Patriot Post has e-published an insightful article titled "What's Wrong with the Republican Party: A Case Study." (The only way I could find to link to this was a link to their "current edition" so I can't vouch for how long this will stay accurate -- read it quickly!)

This article clearly makes the case for the things that I find to be wrong with the GOP these days. While I support President Bush's stance on foreign policy and national security, I do find his less-than-Conservative ways troubling in other areas. I hope, for the sake of those of us who were firm Reaganites, this trend is reversed and the problems corrected soon.

This might be considered a "left turn."

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Michael Gartner, wrote a piece last month called "A Life without Left Turns" about his father. It is both charming and inspirational. It is worthy of the time it takes to read it. I know that Gartner was involved in some controversy at NBC in the past but, hey, good writing is good writing!

My mother forwarded this piece of writing to me today. I thought I would share it with you all. May we all live to be as old, wise, and humorous as Gartner's father.

Friday, July 28, 2006

FairTax Status Report

From Neal's Nuze of 24-Jul-06 at his web site:


The FairTax movement is going strong my friends, stronger than you might imagine. I can assure you that the FairTax is attracting an ever-increasing degree of attention in Washington. I wish I could share the details, but the wonderful world of politics is such that it is much better to let the people involved spill the beans than to jump the gun by disclosing their interest or involvement ahead of time.


There have been three events in recent months that have really peaked interest among the political class. First was the debut of The FairTax Book on the New York Times Bestseller's list for paperbacks. We're still there ranking very high in the business category. Second was the FairTax rally in Atlanta a few months ago. When we packed a room full of 4,500 people, and then turned another 4,000 away, the shockwaves were felt inside the Beltway the very next day. On the morning after the rally Congressman Linder, who had returned to Washington overnight, was buttonholed by a number of colleagues to explain "just what it was you did there in Atlanta last night."


Last week's Georgia primaries in Georgia also opened some eyes. The FairTax was on the Republican primary ballot in three metropolitan Atlanta counties, and in each county the idea of replacing the income tax with the FairTax was approved by over 85% of the voters. When a reform idea as huge as the FairTax receives that type of an approval rating people, especially politicians, take note.


Another thing happened last week that impressed a number of high-ranking DC political-types. I received about 15 emails from people who told me that they originally had no intention of participating in the primary ... UNTIL, that is, they heard me say that the FairTax was on the ballot. Those emails are now in the hands of some of the most powerful people in Washington.


Simply put --- when you have an issue that (1) sends people to the polls who would otherwise not vote, and (2) gets the support of over 85% of the voters, you have an issue that can drive an election. Politicians know it.


Now ... what's next?


ORLANDO! THAT'S WHAT!


This coming Saturday on the steps of the Orlando City Hall we're going to have a rally in support of the FairTax! Our Orlando affiliate, News Talk 580 WDBO has done a spectacular job of setting this rally up, and Jesse The FairTax Babe has added a pancake breakfast to hungry rally participants!


Come on, folks. We can do this! We can bring about this massive transfer of power from the government to the people, but only if you'll get off your keesters and help us out!


Yesterday afternoon I was talking to a friend in Naples. I told him we were trying to get at least 10,000 people in front of the Orlando City Hall, and asked him if he was going to come to the rally. He told me that if there were going to be that many people there, then it wouldn't make much difference if he showed up or not!


That, my friends, is the type of thinking that can lead to a small turnout; and a small turnout takes a lot of steam out of the FairTax movement.


I can promise you that if we put 10,000 into downtown Orlando for this rally it will be the talk of Washington the next Monday. What happens on Saturday will have a lot to do with whether or not we make any progress toward making the FairTax a prime issue in this Fall's election.


WE NEED YOU!


Yes. It's a sacrifice. Reform like this doesn't happen without sacrifice. You can be a part of a revolution here. It can't be done with you sitting on your hands.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Update on Israel

From our friends at ConceptWizard.com, the latest on missile attacks along with some very straight-forward answers to the ridiculous questions being posed by the media.

Hang in there, Udi & Mal! Thank you for keeping the rest of us abreast of things. Stay safe and God bless you all.

Bye bye to Basayev... and good riddance!

For those who argue that we had no business fighting on the Iraqi front in our war against Al Qaeda and terrorism, that our only front should have been Afghanistan, I ask that you consider the insidious tentacles of Al Qaeda... Was Afghanistan the only country harboring Al Qaeda operatives and leaders? Do you truly believe that Al Qaeda was not receiving safe quarter in other parts of the world? Can you honestly say that our fight stops with Bin Laden while knowing that he has trained other terrorists who will wreak havoc on civilized countries on a whim?

An article by our friend Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, "The Death of Shamil Basayev," makes clear that there are other horrors connected to Al Qaeda in other countries... monsters who have no qualms about using terrorist tactics in their quest for victory. Shamil Basayev was one of those monsters. Remember the Beslan school massacre in 2004 in Chechnya?

It doesn't take a specialist in world affairs or terrorism to see that, if Americans have the courage and the backbone, we will be fighting this war for a very long time on many fronts around the world. I won't be the least bit surprised to find the Chinese and the Russians, once our biggest enemies in the cold war, very closely allied with the current "Coalition of the Willing" in the coming years.

This is one war that no civilized country can afford to lose. God help us all if we do.

The List

From ForeignPolicy.com:

"Before the U.S. military killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq was the face of the insurgency. Yet his group was probably responsible for only 5–10 percent of the insurgent attacks. What about the other 90 percent?"

This list of Islamo-fascist insurgent groups from ForeignPolicy.com makes very educational reading, so I thought I would share it with you all.

The Courage to Continue

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
-- Winston Churchill
When President Bush met with Iraqi Prime Minster al-Maliki, I missed the news coverage of their press conference. Now that I've had a chance to read the text, I'm glad I missed the spin that was probably put on it by the mainstream press.
Among the encouraging words from the Prime Minister, the following comments from his address to the press reminded me of the Churchill quote that started this post:
"... And, in this field, we have achieved our first and initial success when our forces assumed the responsibility in the Muthanna governorate. This is a very important step. It will be followed by similar steps in many other governorates in Iraq.

We are determined to defeat terrorism. And the security plan for Baghdad has entered the second phase, and it's achieving its objectives in hunting the terrorist networks and eliminating it. ..."
It is more apparent to me than ever that the Iraqi people, who continue to put themselves in harm's way to vote, to join the security forces, and to root out insurgents in their communities, are determined to continue this fight. It is now their courage to continue that counts. Bravo, Iraq!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Kentucky Politics

Governor Fletcher has seen his support from Kentucky GOP organizations wither away recently. All this over his handling of the "hiring probe." Let's face it, he handled it very poorly. I don't fault him completely for that -- he was given some VERY bad advice by someone; unfortunately, he took that bad advice and it left egg on his face (and ours).

I worked very hard for Governor Fletcher when he ran against Democrat Ben Chandler in '04. I was excited about his election because I felt it meant the end of the "good old boy network" in state government -- the same Good Old Boys who have held this state back for three decades. Unfortunately, it seems Fletcher felt he could play the same old politics as the Dems when he took office and I'll never, for the life of me, figure out why he wasn't more alert to the enemies he was amongst in Frankfort.

Enough of that. If Governor Fletcher's support is truly eroding -- which, for the record, I find disgusting -- then it's because the Republicans in this state are more worried about polls and appearances than they ought to be. This governor has given us some new economic hope and worked hard to make progress that will move this state forward should he be re-elected. I frankly find the "fair weather" Republicans in this state disgusting.

With a "fair weather" team like this behind him, I can see how Governor Fletcher will struggle for re-election. We ought to be smarter than this. If we can't get behind Ernie for re-election then we ought to be begging Lt. Governor Steve Pence to run. He's a man of integrity and one of the most humble and honest public servants I've ever met. He has distanced himself, rightly so, from the political debacle brought on by some in the Fletcher administration and might stand a great chance of succeeding against a Democrat opponent.

Sustainable Ceasefire?

It seems to me that a new phrase has been introduced into world diplomacy by our Secretary of State, Dr. Rice. It's a phrase I find interesting... "sustainable ceasefire."

Is "sustainable ceasefire" not simply a new phrase meaning victory? After all, if Israel succeeds, as I hope it will, in squashing Hezbollah that will mean that Hezbollah has been backed into a corner with no more artillery to lob into Israel. In which case, they will have been cut off from resupplies from Iran and/or Syria. They would be in no position to do anything other than cease fire. I would call that "victory."

Israelis, if there were ever a time for you to perservere and squash Hezbollah, now is the time. The United States and our allies have every reason to encourage you to pursue your campaign. Your Islamo-fascist enemies are the same as ours. Al Qaeda may factor in somewhere but, even if they don't, Hezbollah and Hamas are cut from the same Islamic militant fanaticism that gives rise to other terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda.

Good luck and Godspeed, Israel. This Conservative is behind you 100%.

Freeing ourselves to fly...

The Buzzard - If you put a Buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a Buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The Bat - The ordinary Bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, can not take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

The Bumble Bee - A Bumble Bee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

People - In many ways, we are like the Buzzard, the Bat, and the Bumble Bee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up!


Thanks to my Mom for sending this my way tonight just when I needed it most. No matter how difficult things become for her, she always finds time to alleviate the fears of her loved ones. She's an absolute angel.

Immigration is still an issue, folks.

I noticed that just after President Bush ordered the deployment of 6,000 National Guard troops to our southern border in May, the media virtually dropped the immigration issue from its reporting. The truth is that there are still bills pending on this issue, almost all of which will allow increases in legal immigration into this country.

If you're still interested in both legal and illegal immigration as it may affect your quality of life in this country, you really need to see the commercial that is currently being sponsored by donations to NumbersUSA. It's important that we don't take our eye off this ball. Legal or illegal, immigration certainly needs to be responsibly controlled so that our currently quality of life is not greatly degraded by overwhelming increases in the population of our great nation.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Who is this "ConservaChick?"

Most bloggers use some sort of program to track their readership. I'm no different. I use Site Meter and it serves me well. I can see where my readers are coming from -- locality, what site referred them to my blog, and where they click to leave my blog.

What I find intriguing is that many readers leave my blog by clicking on the link to my blogger profile. Google doesn't really provide us a good way to let you get to know us. The profile info they allow us to enter really doesn't tell you much, does it? Also, it's hard to post pictures.

So, to help those of you who are interested in knowing more about this "Slimy Mollusc" of a blogger, I do have a more in-depth profile on Louisville Mojo. If you're interested, you can read/see more about me there.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Say it ain't so!

Don't tell me the Dems are coming to their senses and trying to make a shrewd political move! According to NewsMax, the "first black President of the United States" (Mr. King of the Dems), Bill Clinton, has joined the campaign effort for Lieberman.

Have they been secretly reading Conservative blogs and commentary? Do they actually realize that Lieberman stands a chance against a Republican candidate in '08 or is this just Bill spiting Hillary again?

Knock it off, Bill! Don't you have some skirts to chase?

Kofi -- Human Shield, maybe?

Hey Kofi Annan, if you'd really like a ceasefire between Hezbollah and Israel, I've got a great idea for you: Go on out there to the Lebanese border and act as a human shield! I think that would be a grand statement for you to make. Protect those terrorists now because they may need you for running a scam later...

How much more nonsense are we going to have to hear spewed from the mouth of this hypocrite before the U.S. packs its bags and leaves the U.N. for good? It's a worthless organization with a crook for a Secretary General. Enough already. Let's roll.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Conservative Stem Cell Debate Dilemma

I will likely take some heat from fellow Conservatives on this topic but I feel compelled to put this out there for consideration...

I have a true dilemma. I am fully in favor of all of the means we can use to research and eradicate as many of the heinous diseases and genetic malfunctions possible. I am not in favor of abortion nor am I in favor of the use of labs to create babies. I believe there are pros and cons for both of these issues but find myself a bit of a fence-straddler here.

Why straddle the fence? Well, in the case of abortion I believe there are indeed cases where a couple must make some horrific choices -- the threat to a mother's life, rape/incest, and extreme genetic malformations. For that reason alone, I find it hard to support a total ban on abortion in this country. However, I do not believe that, even in the most difficult circumstances, abortion is a healthy answer because it does great harm not only to the fetus (obviously) but to the psyche of the mother. It's a horrible situation for both. Therefore, my stance is that I believe in more active education about it, tighter restrictions on easy access to abortion, as well as the elimination of funding for abortion clinics by the federal governement. Get the feds out of these types of social issues.

In the case of advanced scientific methods to produce children, there are some really sticky social, ethical, and moral issues that arise when you have no idea from whom an egg has come, from whom sperm has come, and "manufacturing" a human being. I understand the yearning of childless couples because I was one once. I'm now simply childless.

In some instances, it seems, we have let science lead us into situations we have no compass for understanding or dealing with. I'm a believer in consideration of consequences before taking action. There are health-related consequences to children born from unknown donors or from donors who've asked not to be contacted after his/her child is born. One of which is not knowledge of family medical history on that side of the child's genetic tree. That's important.

And so, I now find myself a bit torn about the President's threatened veto of a bill for funding stem cell research. (I apologize for providing no links but I can't seem to find the bill number in any of the text I've read so far.) It's unclear to me whether the bill supports using only embryos that would otherwise be "destroyed" or all fetuses that are destroyed.

Regardless, the point boils down to the fact that abortion and in vitro fertilization are still legal in this country. While they are legal, why should we allow perfectly good stem cells to perish along with the life (or potential life) that they were? Shouldn't some good or some promise come from that embryo or fetus, if it's at all possible that they may help to save another life?

It seems to me -- and this will sound odd, I'm sure -- that we're talking about banning smoking while keeping cigarettes legal. The practices in question in the President's mind are legal. As such, we should not allow a desire for them to be outlawed to be confused with the fact that they are legal. As such, they will be legally destroyed and have served no purpose on God's green Earth. It just seems wrong to me.

Flag Burning

I'm quite a bit later on this than I would have preferred but I have a little something to say about the way our Senators from Kentucky voted on the Flag Burning Amendment.

Mitch McConnell: A "nay" vote?! Senator, have you lost your freakin' mind? I've been watching your votes lately and I would swear that you have become a pod person inhabited by a Liberal alien. Sir, I would ask that you hold the symbol of our great country sacred as do many of your Conservative constituents here in Kentucky. For purposes of "freedom of speech," America-haters are welcome to bury Uncle Sam in effigy but NOT our flag.

Jim Bunning: A well-considered "yea" vote was most welcome and this Kentucky Conservative appreciates the respect you have shown our flag with your vote. You had a tough battle during your re-election campaign here but you have proven time and time again via your votes in Congress that we certainly did the right thing by re-electing you. You have shown more concern for your constituents than has your fellow Senator from Kentucky. I deeply appreciate your efforts.

"One of these things is not like the other..."

Remember the old Sesame Street bit about finding patterns among items and figuring out which thing in the group doesn't belong?

"One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?..."

I loved that bit as a kid and I'm sure it helped hone my analytical skills as an adult. Sometimes it helps to compare things that seem similar side by side to get a clearer view of them. This week's FairTax Blogburst from Terry and Jonathan does just that.

Check the various issues below and see how the Income Tax, a Flat Tax, and the FairTax would affect each situation.

16th Amendment

FairTax - Proposes repeal.
Federal Income Tax - No change.
Flat Tax - No change.

Complexity

FairTax - Individuals do not file. Businesses need only to deal with sales tax returns.

Federal Income Tax - Very complex; 20,000 pages of regulations; I.R.S. incorrect over half of the time.

Flat Tax - Withholding continues. Individuals and businesses must still track income and file income tax forms.

Home Business

FairTax - Record all business expenses and is subject to IRS audit? No.
Federal Income Tax - Record all business expenses and is subject to IRS audit? Yes.
Flat Tax - Record all business expenses and is subject to IRS audit? Yes.

Congressional Action

FairTax - 23% Linder/Peterson FairTax Act of 2001 (H.R. 25). Employees receive 100% of pay. Social Security and Medicare funded from consumption tax revenue, not your paycheck. (H.J.Res45) - Will repeal the 16th Amendment.

Federal Income Tax - Used by lobbyists and the wealthy for tax-breaks and loopholes. Used by bureaucrats for social engineering.

Flat Tax - Rep. Armey’s H.R. 1040 has some problems, but is far superior to current law.

Cost of Filing

FairTax - No personal forms are filed. Significant cost savings.
Federal Income Tax - $225 billion in annual compliance costs.
Flat Tax - Significant simplification ­ costs are somewhat reduced.

Economy

FairTax - Un-taxes wages, savings, and investment. Increases productivity. Produces significant economic growth.

Federal Income Tax - Taxes savings, labor, investment, and productivity multiple times.

Flat Tax - Imposes a tax burden some of which is still hidden in the price of goods and services.

Equality

FairTax - Taxpayers pay the same rate and control their liability. Tax paid depends on lifestyle. All taxes are rebated on spending up to the poverty level.

Federal Income Tax - The current tax code violates the principle of equality. Special rates for special circumstances violate the original Constitution and are unfair.

Flat Tax - The flat tax is an improvement over the current income tax, but it is still open to manipulation by special interests.

Foreign Companies

FairTax - Foreign companies are forced to compete on even terms with U.S. companies for the first time in over 80 years.

Federal Income Tax - Current tax code places unfair tax burden on U.S. exports and fails to neutralize tax advantages for imports.

Flat Tax - A flat tax taxes exported goods and does not tax foreign imports to the U.S., creating unfair competition for U.S. manufacturers and businesses.

Government Intrusion

FairTax - As the Founding Fathers intended, the FairTax does not directly tax individuals.

Federal Income Tax - Current tax code requires massive files, dossiers, audits, and collection activities.

Flat Tax - A flat tax still requires personal files, dossiers, audits, and collection activities.

History

FairTax - 45 states now use a retail sales tax.

Federal Income Tax - The 1913 income tax has evolved into an antiquated, unenforceable morass, with annual tax returns long enough to circle Earth 28 times.

Flat Tax - A flat tax just won’t stay flat. Starting out nearly flat in 1913, the income tax grew out of control with top rates over 90% until the Kennedy administration.

Interest Rates

FairTax - Reduces rates by an estimated 25-35 percent. Savings and investment increase.
Federal Income Tax - Pushes rates up. Biased against savings and investment.
Flat Tax - Reduces rates 25-35 percent. Neutral toward savings and investment.

Investment

FairTax - Increases investment by U.S. citizens, attracts foreign investment.
Federal Income Tax - Biased against savings and investment.
Flat Tax - Neutral toward savings and investment.

IRS

FairTax - Abolished.
Federal Income Tax - Retained.
Flat Tax - Retained with reduced role.

Jobs

FairTax - Makes U.S. manufacturers more competitive against overseas companies.Escalates creation of jobs by attracting foreign investment and reducing tax bias against savings and investment.

Federal Income Tax - Hurts U.S. companies and decreases available jobs. Payroll tax a direct tax on labor.

Flat Tax - Positive impact on jobs. Does not repeal payroll tax on jobs.

Man-hours required for compliance

FairTax - Zero hours for individuals. Greatly reduced hours for businesses.
Federal Income Tax - Over 5.4 billion hours per year.
Flat Tax - Reduced.

Non-filers

FairTax - Reduced tax rates and fewer filers will increase compliance.
Federal Income Tax - High tax rates, unfairness and high complexity harm compliance.
Flat Tax - Reduced tax rates and improved simplicity will improve compliance.

Personal and Corporate Income Taxes

FairTax - Both are abolished.
Federal Income Tax - Retained.
Flat Tax - Retained in a different form.

Productivity

FairTax - Increases.
Federal Income Tax - Inhibits productivity.
Flat Tax - Increases.

Savings

FairTax - Increases savings.
Federal Income Tax - Decreases savings.
Flat Tax - Increases savings.

Visibility

FairTax - The FairTax is highly visible and easy to understand. No tax is withheld from paychecks.

Federal Income Tax - The current tax code is hidden, embedded in prices, complex, and incomprehensible. Taxes are withheld from paychecks.

Flat Tax - The business component of the flat tax and payroll taxes are hidden and would be embedded in prices. Taxes are withheld from paychecks.

Any questions?

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. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll.

Monday, July 17, 2006

World War III, indeed!

I have always admired Newt Gingrich. He is a gentleman and a scholar and certainly one of the most entertaining and insightful historians of our generation. So, when I saw this article on NewsMax, I took what he had to say as the definitive word on where we, as a world, stand today with regard to war in the Middle East. I could not possibly agree more.

So then, the question becomes: what are we to do about it? At this point, I think the United States would be well-advised to gather free nations together to draft a treaty to annihilate Islamo-fascism (or "terrorism" if you prefer). Nations who want to continue to live free -- or, for that matter, BEGIN to live free -- without the threat of random and senseless violence perpetrated against them by the likes of Hezbollah, Hamas, North Korea, Iran, and other terrorist organizations.

Such a treaty would have at the heart of it an agreement to "clean house" within each signatory's own national boundaries first. This means each country would agree to squash existing known Islamo-fascist terrorist organizations within its own borders; provide no safe haven or safe transport to known terrorist organizations; stop the flow of terrorist funds through their countries (c'mon Swiss, time to take sides); and come to the aid, as needed, of other countries who are in the grips of an Islamo-fascist/terrorist movement.

We all ready have allies in the fight against Islamo-fascists ("coalition of the willing") at work beside us in Iraq and Afghanistan today: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and Ukraine. We've received funds from Japan and small troop contingents from other smaller nations such as Tonga during our efforts to date. They seem likely to be ready signatories to such a treaty since they have committed time, talent, and treasure to this fight from the beginning. And, as the North Korean threat continues to develop we might just find China ready to talk turkey if there are commerical costs and rewards associated with it.

Wouldn't Arabic countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey be under some pressure to sign such a treaty knowing that they would only aid themselves by signing on for assistance, if needed, should such factions as Hezbollah try to take root in their countries? Should Russia sign on to this, they would then be free to help the smaller countries in the Balkans eradicate the terrorist organizations there without worrying about world condemnation.

And how about Saudia Arabia finally giving in to international pressure to stop their Islamo-fascist ways within their own country? Seems to me that they might feel a little peer pressure from their commercial allies to join such a treaty. Russia stands to gain quite a lot by signing such a treaty and having more of its own oil purchased worldwide if Saudia Arabia declines. Provided one of those two countries declines to sign such a treaty, it sure seems like an awful good deal for the one who does sign, doesn't it? Money talks. A volatile country with terrorist issues is less likely to be economically attractive to outside interests.

Unless you're a Liberal who has not yet had a lobotomy, it takes no brain surgeon to understand that Israel has been long in need of a more complete response to the terrorist threats they have lived under on a daily basis for decades -- even after having made concrete moves toward peace recently. They, of all nations, deserve help from other countries who are ready to end the bloodshed in the Middle East so we can all rest easier in the long run.

Look, maybe it was a good idea at the time, but the United Nations is a colossal failure. Resolution after resolution was adopted all along the way in our own war against Islamo-fascism and none have had any teeth other than those supplied by the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and our other partners in the current coalition.

I suppose such a treaty might squelch other types of less militant movements not associated with Islamo-fascism but it would certainly eliminate the majority of the real threats we face today. It would also send a signal to all people worldwide that terrorism will not be tolerated. The world community would understand that change must come through political process, not through terrorist tactics. Engage in such tactics at your own risk. Seems like a very strong message to me.

I'm willing to concede that some of the Liberals might just have it right: the current situation could possibly be creating more terrorists and for every one militant Islamo-fascist who dies doing a homicide bombing or as a result of a military assault by our current coalition, there are more waiting to take his place. If we manage to kill some cockroaches in one part of the house (Afghanistan and Iraq), why allow them to scurry elsewhere to hide out until the threat of extinction evaporates? It seems to me that a new worldwide alliance is in order -- the U.N. has been allowed to fail time and time again and, at this point, there seems to be no accountability.

It's just a thought but I think it's a worthy one. I can't believe it's not being discussed...

"Best Ball" is the best way to play...

...if you're playing with people who know what they're doing out on the golf course! Fortunately for me, in our foursome on Saturday, the other three could hit the ball relatively straight so we didn't spend the entire day in the rough. Evidently, I actually *can* hit a golf ball because three of my shots were played as "best ball" during the day. That's not much to brag about unless you're a total goof-golfer like me. I was pleased as punch to just whack the ball instead of missing it so my best balls were total accidents, I'm sure.

My sore back and arms have me convinced that, no matter how leisurely golf looks on TV, it is a pretty darned strenuous sport! Our foursome came in dead last on the scorecard at the end of the day with a score of 90 but we sure had fun doing it! Thanks for all the tips, gang. If nothing else, you reinforced my determination to give it the old college try on Saturday.

Clinton Chuckles

Manufacturers announced today that they will be stocking America's shelves this week with "Clinton Soup," in honor of one of the nations' most distinguished men. It consists primarily of a weenie in hot water.

Chrysler Corporation is adding a new car to its line to honor Bill Clinton. The Dodge Drafter will be built in Canada.

When asked what he thought about foreign affairs, Clinton replied, I don't know, I never had one.

The Clinton revised judicial oath: "I solemnly swear to tell the truth as I know it, the whole truth as I believe it to be, and nothing but what I think you need to know."

Clinton will be recorded in history as the only President to do Hanky Panky between the Bushes.

Thanks to my friend JR for sending these my way today!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Update on Joan

I can't thank you all enough for the prayers and good wishes for my Mom, Joan, who's been diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer. It means the world to me that many of you have written or commented with your best wishes for her and for my family. We are all very grateful for your love and support during a very difficult time.

We enter a new phase of this journey on the 27th of this month when Mom goes for her first chemotherapy treatment. My family is all very aware that Mom will feel pretty lousy on or about the third day after that treatment. We're ready for it; however, we continue to hope and believe that she will do very well and make it through the trials of chemo just fine. She's one tough cookie and, it seems, she's ready to take it on.

My thanks to everyone who's shared a story with me about relatives who have survived cancer far beyond what doctors expected. It's stories like those that give me hope for many more years with my mother.

A plea on behalf of Israel

If anyone in a position of power in our United States federal government happens to read this, thank you. In addition to my thanks, please consider the following request from a libery-loving, politically-active United States citizen:

Please do not call down the government of Israel for their reaction to the terrorism that has plagued them for decades. Please respect their need to defend their sovereign state as we would have them respect ours. It is morally and ethically wrong to expect them to stand down in the face of the terrorism that is launched upon them in the form of missiles and homicide bombers.

Read, from the minds of Israelis, what is happening there and understand that to stand strong against terrorism, we must support them.

We can support the democratic movement in Lebanon without asking Israel to give in to terrorism. Let's stand strong against this and be assured that we stand on the right side of history.

Party History

Humans existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer & would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in winter. The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups: Liberals and Conservatives.

Once beer was discovered it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early human ancestors were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as "the Conservative movement." Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQs and doing the sewing, fetching and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement. Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as 'girliemen.'

Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy and group hugs and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass. Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Another interesting revolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't "fair" to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, Marines, athletes and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to "govern" the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get MORE for nothing.

My thanks to Mark for sending this tidbit in party history my way!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Help Defeat Murtha

From our friend, Russ Vaughn:

"Those of you who want to help send Mujahadeen Murtha into retirement should visit Larry Bailey's site and contribute.

Larry was one of those stalwart veterans who stood up to prevent Kerry from becoming commander-in-chief and he's leading the fight once more against this latest turncoat.

Every small donation will help him accomplish the mission."

Whaaaat?

One of the things I have long admired about the current administration is that President Bush has kept his convictions intact and acted upon them despite the polls, despite the unpopular opinion, and despite critics.

I am now embarrassed to say that I see all of that slowly crumbling. The Supreme Court has made a decision that, I believe, it had no power to make with regard to the detainees at our POW camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and now the President is caving on his stance on that. I'm very disappointed.

Can we not all understand that these detainees are unlawful combatants who represent no nation state, who wear no uniform, and who show total and utter disregard for the rules of war? How has the Bush administration been led astray on this?!

What's a Tee?

Surprisingly enough, I find myself committed to participate in a company golf outing on Saturday. I have golf clubs but have had no lessons. The one time I actually tried to hit a golf ball, I missed abysmally and spun around like the Tazmanian Devil in the cartoons. Aaaaargggghhh!

So, given that I've been busy with work and family lately, I now have the daunting task of learning to hit a golf ball before Saturday morning! Ack!

Forgive me if I am a little less attentive to the news for the next few days. I'm practicing to embarrass myself on Saturday... ;o)

John Linder for President?

by MsUnderestimated


Folks, I’m telling you… after I was lucky enough to find out about this article in the Gwinnett (Georgia) Business Journal this week, I was asking myself that very question. Why in the heck doesn’t Congressman John Linder run for President? I listened to the 45-minute interview for the article, and read along with the transcript. You know what amazes me? This is a true common-sense man. It’s no wonder he’s been a shepherd for relieving the United States of the 16th Amendment for the past 10 years. You might not recognize his name, but you will definitely recognize the name of the book he co-wrote, and the legislation he wrote - "The Fair Tax."



Not in history that I can I recall has there ever been a book to open at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list and stay there for two weeks in a row, which was about the United States Tax Code. Boring, eh? Well, aparently you haven’t read "The Fair Tax." John’s gotta give his hat off to Neal Boortz, Libertarian talk-show host here in Atlanta, who wrote most of the book. Neal’s depth of knowledge of the tax code and its history, the abuses and wastes of the system as it stands, and his wry sense of humor make it not only a very easy read, but a pleasurable one, as well.


As many of my readers know, I attended the first ever Fair Tax Rally , and it was held here in Gwinnett Co., Georgia. I already wrote my review, and I just wish you all could have been there with me to witness the electricity of the event. I wrote in that article that "It’s Possible," and it is. All you have to do is believe - and be brave enough to want to help affect change.


If the Fair Tax passes, it will be the single largest transfer of power from the Federal Government back to the people in the history of this country. I feel like I am part of that 1% that affects change, as John Stossel pointed out at the rally. I’m one of those "big potatoes" that Herman Cain spoke of. And you can be, too. Only if you believe.


John Linder has also taken a strong stance on illegal immigration, and recently proposed that we adopt the exact same immigration laws as Mexico, verbatim, and he truly believes that what is good for the "Fox," is good for the "Eagle." I do not disagree with him one iota, and I wrote about it in another post.


Everything that I’ve heard and read before today made me swell with hope and pride - but after I listened to this latest interview, I’m even more filled with determination and FIRE, and the motivation to do whatever it takes to help this man succeed in whatever endeavors he chooses. I also plan to encourage him to run for President, although I’m not sure of his aspirations. He’s quite successful as a Republican Georgia Congressman. I am going to try to schedule him as a guest on my show on Wide Awakes Radio, so keep your fingers crossed.


John is right on the money about curtailing government spending, fighting terrorism, true tax reform, securing the borders with no amnesty, and a whole host of other issues. The following is an excerpt from from the full transcript of his interview with Christopher Lancette of the Gwinnett Business Journal:



Let’s jump right into it - explain exactly what the FairTax is.


The FairTax is a bill that would repeal all taxes on income - no more corporate income tax, no personal income tax, no payroll taxes, no self employment tax - no gift tax, estate tax, capital gains tax or alternative minimum tax. Any tax that is pegged to income would be gone, as would the IRS. We would replace that with a consumption tax - a tax of retail sales on personal consumption at final purchase of new goods and services.


Currently, the average taxpayer gives the government 33 cents of every dollar they earn. In our system, they would give the government 23 cents of every dollar they spend. Then we would provide to every household - every household - a cash distribution at the beginning of every month that would totally untax them up to poverty-level spending.


And what’s the status of the legislation?


Well, it has 54 co-sponsors, which is the most it has ever had. We’re going to meet very soon with the leadership of the House and Senate, and the Speaker (of the House - Dennis Hastert) has gotten the President of the United States to agree on meeting with me for an hour. And I believe we (Republicans) have to have a big idea to run on.


You say that all corporate taxes would be repealed. How would that benefit businesses?


Businesses spend a considerable amount of time complying with the tax code. We paid $265 billion in 2004 just filling out IRS paperwork. We spend another $150 billion calculating the tax impact implications of a business decision. There is not a businessman or woman in America that does not think about the tax implications of any choice they want to make. Under our system, we would effectively give the American people a $400 billion tax cut - letting them keep in their pockets all that money they spent on compliance. Businesses would for the first time be able to consider their employees, their customers and their shareholders - and not worry about the government.


The estimates we’ve heard are that compliance costs could decrease by as much as 90 percent. Is that accurate?


That’s very accurate. The only compliance left would be the compliance of the tax collectors - the retailers and the doctors and the dentists who have to collect the tax on personal consumption. Their compliance costs would be about 10 percent of the current compliance costs.


The event you and WSB radio talk show host Neal Boortz held at the Gwinnett Convention Center filled to capacity. Did the large turnout surprise you?


Yes it did. I expected to have a good crowd. We looked for different venues and that was the only one available that had 4,500 seats. We think we turned away 4,500 people. We think another several thousand people heard on the radio that the event was closed down, turned their cars around and went home.


I want to change tracks a little bit … The Republican-controlled White House and Congress have increased federal spending beyond the level of any Democratic administration. Do you think your party has dropped the ball on federal spending?


Put me in that group of disappointed people. We’ve had a Republican majority for 12 years. We have never had a conservative majority. We have 25 Republicans in the Northeast who’ll side with the Democrats on spending issues every time. We saw that it took us a long time to pass our budget - we passed it by one or two votes this year because our moderates wanted us to increase spending as much as the Senate did. So we have had a really difficult time.


When you’re in the majority, you have to pass spending bills to keep the government from shutting down, and you have to make those compromises. I spent 16 years voting for people in the minority - 14 years in Georgia and the first two years in Washington. That’s the easiest thing in the world - you just vote no and go home. When you’re in the majority, you’ve got to pass the bills. I’ve cast more miserable votes in the last 13 and a half years that I did in the previous 16.


You’ve been married to your wife, Lynne, for more than 40 years. How did you meet her?


That’s a long story. I’d finished playing a county-league softball game on July 16th of 1963. My brother and I were standing on a corner having an ice-cream soda when this car pulls up, asking for directions to Cedarwild Lodge in Minnesota. It was a town of 800 people and it’s hard to get lost and we thought, “That’s kind of cool, let’s go out to the lodge.” So we asked why she was in town and she said she’d just dyed her friend’s hair and it had turned blue, so she was sent to town to get another dye to try to fix the problem. So I said to my brother, “Wouldn’t you like to see the gal with blue hair?” So we drove out to Cedarwild Lodge, said we wanted to see the gal with blue hair and was introduced to my wife who, at the time, was quite angry about her blue hair. And three months later we were married. That was 43 years ago this year.


What’s the most frustrating part of a congressman’s job?


Inertia. Alan Greenspan told me that the toughest job is to overcome the inertia in this town. You get set in your ways, just go along step-by-step. My guess is that part of my problem in getting this bill moving is that 90 percent of the Congress has not even looked at it and doesn’t even know it’s there. Just to get them to think, "This is possible, this is do-able, the American people are ready for this," is very frustrating. We tend to get so occupied in doing what we must do that we don’t have time to do what we should do. And that’s frustrating.


As you look back not only on your political life but your personal life are there people that stand out in your mind that made a real impact on you?


One who really moved me was Ronald Reagan. I spent more time with him than with any president. I traveled on his campaign plane in 1976 whenever he was in the Southeast. Every time I’d see him he’d forget who I was. But he knew who he was. I’ll take the guy who doesn’t know me but knows himself any day.



If every state had congressmen like John Linder, this country would run smooth as glass, and there would be a no-nonsense way in dealing with any obstacle that comes our way. It would be a good idea to not only read this partial transcript in the article, and here, but also leave your feedback because I’m sure it will be passed along to Mr. Linder.


Again…. why doesn’t this man run for President? I’d definitely vote for him. And, Herman Cain as Vice President! Oh, yeah, and Neal Boortz could be in charge of Homeland Security. Look out U.N., Human Rights Watch, ACLU, and all the other bleeding-heart, international law-loving, peace-at-any-price crowd idiots! You all would be in for quite a surprise. HAHAHA!


If you don’t want to listen to it on my blog, you can download the full MP3 for podcast. Whichever way you choose, I urge you to listen intently to the entire interview… then you tell ME that John Linder isn’t someone you’d like to have in the White House soon!?!? Talk about flying under the radar! Well, my radar is up, and Linder is on it - I’m going to urge him to fly like the eagle he is!


Listen to the interview here.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Right On, Robinson!

If you think that every black person on the planet is a Liberal Dem, think again! Vernon Robinson of North Carolina would like to correct your misconceptions. See the ad that should be a model for more right here.

Good luck in your race against the prejudices of the Left, Mr. Robinson!


Thanks for the heads up on this one, Mark!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Uh oh...

As we bring our Independence Day to a close with fireworks, the North Koreans have created fireworks of their own with missile launches.

From one of the first detailed reports on the internet about the launches:

"These missiles are believed to have fallen into the sea of Japan, which lies between Japan and the Korean peninsula, and it's understood that there's been no fallout, no missile falling on any part of Japan, for example."

It appears that these launches have all ready had an impact on the Yen. Methinks the Japanese will have more to say about all this in the coming hours. How do you say, "Die, you pot-bellied little dictator pig" in Japanese?

Special Forces Project at Spirit of America

Those of us who are able to listen and use our intellect understand that one of the fronts on the War Against Terror absolutely has to be on the continent of Africa. As expected, we have Special Forces troops there now. These troops have asked the wonderful people at Spirit of America for help with a new project.

"The Combined Joint Task Force in the Horn of Africa encompasses about 1700 American men and women engaging in an unconventional and little known part of the global war on terror. The efforts focus on Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, and Djibouti and they use drinkable water, food, medical care and even sports equipment as their weapons against terrorist recruiting and extremism."

The Spirit of America is everywhere our men and women in uniform are. Their efforts to provide our Armed Forces with items they might need in efforts to help the people most oppressed by war and terrorism are phenomenal. This is one place you can donate money or goods and know for sure that you are making a difference on the front in this war against Islamo-fascism. Please do what you can!

Treason and Idiocy

While I fully support the efforts of U.S. Representative Pete King (R-NY) and Kentucky's own Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) to prosecute Americans for treason in a time of war, I think their hearts are in the right place but their heads are focusing on the wrong entity.

The New York Times (NYT) chose to publish what they'd discovered about the U.S. bank-monitoring program to track the financial dealings of those supporting terrorism. Yes, against government requests not to and against what most of us would deem common sense, they published it for the world to read. This is typical of our irresponsible media. No surprise to me.

However, ask yourself this: Would the Times have had a story to publish if someone (or some people) within "classfied" circles not told them about it? Who truly committed treason here? The source(s) of the story, of course. It's evident that The Times was in it just to increase their circulation and make themselves the news of the day. The source(s) who leaked classified government information should be prosecuted for treason, post haste!

There are some who agree with the Times and support their actions (gee, Richard Clarke, again?) by claiming that terrorists all ready knew about the program but Americans didn't and, by golly, Americans need to know! Um...helloooo? I would like to debunk that claim by saying that *I* knew. Of course I knew. The President had told all of us (Americans and the entire world) in speeches over and over again that the U.S. is targeting the source of funding for terrorists. Were other Americans not paying attention when he said that? Did anyone else find it surprising that we were doing exactly what the President said we'd be doing?

So then the question becomes: Do I need to know EXACTLY how we are doing it? Nope. Do I care if the government is watching fund transfers from our country to off-shore accounts? You bet I don't. This program was disabling some terrorist activities; you bet I don't care how they were doing it. I only care that it was successful! WAS is now the keyword thanks to the treasonist(s) who spilled the beans to the Times. How dare they provide government secrets that were helping us win this war (yes, folks, we are at war... remember?) against Islamo-fascists?

Shut up. Shut the fig up, fergawdssake! Is nothing sacred anymore? Is our safety and the squashing of hate-filled Islamo-fascists who would kill every last one of us, Liberal or Conservative, not worth keeping your freakin' mouths SHUT?!

As Michael Barone writes, The NYT is at war against America. Apparently, they are winning right now when something this heinous passes for "freedom of the press." So, I ask you this: Did the Times commit treason or are they simply guilty of sheer idiocy? Check the definitions:

trea·son ( P ) Pronunciation Key (trzn) n.
Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
A betrayal of trust or confidence.

id·i·o·cy ( P ) Pronunciation Key (d--s) n. pl. id·i·o·cies
Extreme folly or stupidity.
A foolish or stupid utterance or deed.
Psychology. The state or condition of being an idiot; profound mental retardation.

It's very clear in my mind that the source(s) of the classified information committed treason. Plain and simple. It's also very clear that the NYT committed an act of idiocy aided and abetted by one or more acts of treason. Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we've found that sleeper cell of Al Qaeda right here in our own country as theorized. Who would have thought it was made up of persons in classified government circles and a major media outlet?

If this country has any sense, it will round up the lot of them and send them off to Club Gitmo as POWs. I'm not holding my breath but I'd sure love to see it happen!

Happy Independence Day!



Happy Birthday, America, courtesy of those Right-Wing Extremists known as our Founding Fathers! (Actually, back then they weren't "Right Wingers" but they certainly stood for the ideals embodied by the Right Wing today.)

And, no celebration of our freedom is complete without a giant, heart-felt Thank You to all the members of our Armed Forces, prior and present, who have served to keep this country free -- we'd be nowhere without you all!

God Bless America!