Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Omar's Opinion Counts Too

If you don't read Iraq the Model then you are missing out on a very important voice in this year's mid-term elections. With all the finger-pointing from the Left and the MTV attention span of Americans these days, you'd think that we're losing the battle in Iraq; however, some Iraqis are seeing changes that are worth fighting for.

Apparently, it's the American Left who think we're doing more harm than good there. Are they even listening to Iraqi citizens? Do they know what it is that Iraqis truly want and are willing to suffer alongside us for? Who better to tell us the truth than a citizen of Baghdad?

Omar lives in Baghdad and began writing his own blog in November 2003. He describes the changes he sees in his country, gives eye-witness accounts of voting and of the battles near his home, and provides opinions on what he reads in the press. His is an optimistic yet pragmatic voice and it needs to be heard by all Americans, especially those on the Left in this country.

So what does Omar think about the Dem's ideas of "redeploying forces" or "setting a timeline for withdrawl?" Here's a bit of his post titled "The Battle for the Middle East:"

"Let's call the battle for middle east, and I think politicians do not need anyone to explain to them what this part of the world means…the outcome of war in Iraq does not affect Iraq alone, a victory means disrupting the ring of terror and extremism the enemies are trying to establish while failure would be equal to allowing them to establish that huge ring, or should I say that gigantic octopus of terrorists and terror-supporting regimes that would extend from Afghanistan in the east to Libya in the west and from Iraq in the north to Sudan and Somalia in the south.

And instead of creating islands of democracy and liberty, connecting them and extend from there to change the world to the better, the enemies would engulf those islands and add them to their multi-jointed entity of terror.

We need the decision-makers to rise above the rhetoric of who's right and
who's wrong and focus on protecting the world from falling prey to the vicious enemies of civilization.

We are in the middle of this situation now and losing is not an option.

You know what, maybe the world isn't going to harvest direct benefits from winning the battle of Iraq but the world still has to spare no effort to win this battle, again not because winning will bring direct benefits but because losing here will bring subsequent losses that would no doubt be great."

I know in my heart of hearts that Americans have more backbone and determination left in them. This fight is worth winning not only for America but for people like Omar who have much to look forward to once this battle is won.

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone enjoyed the one day of the year when even we adults get to pretend to be someone/something else. I wanted to spend the day dressed as a Liberal but couldn't find a single tie-dyed piece of clothing here at home and the only peace sign I could find was this one:

Needless to say, I scrapped the whole idea and threw on a witch's hat instead. Ah well...

Conduct Unbecoming Americans

Evidently Senator John F. Kerry is not the "officer" he likes to brag that he once was in Vietnam. His remark to a crowd on Monday at Pasadena City College -- "If you make an effort to be smart, you can do well," he said. "If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." -- was a direct and unforgivable attack on the intelligence of patriots serving our country right now. How dare he?!

I have been fuming about this since I read it on Monday. Our troops are risking their lives to ensure our safety and freedoms so that Kerry can act as the Rodney Dangerfield of the Democrat party. This is the thanks they get? It's beyond belief. I agree with Senator John McCain and President Bush: Kerry owes our troops an apology. Stop blaming other veterans for your own words and actions -- be a man for once and apologize.

Murtha calls our troops "cold blooded killers" before they've even been tried; CNN airs terrorist propaganda; Kerry insults the intelligence of our troops; and every night this week I've heard one media outlet or another talk about the "deadliest month in Iraq." While the media is correct, statistically speaking, they fail to put these deaths into context -- October is the month before our elections; terrorists want to use American media to change public support for this war -- this is exactly the kind of headline that Islamofascist terrorists want to see. Al Qaeda leadership have stated as much in almost every communication with regard to strategy. Every time an American feeds Al Qaeda's media war against our troops, they are acting as nothing more than another "hirabah."

I do not suffer fools gladly. It's time for these American fools to wise up and stop playing right into the hands of Islamofascists who will annihilate all infidels regardless of political party. Stop playing games with the future of this great nation, Libs. There is a war on and it's imperative to win it.

It's a damned shame that some Americans don't support their fellow Americans anymore. What has become of patriotism and honor?

Upcoming SPJ Panel Discussion

Yours truly will be participating on a panel at the next meeting of the Louisville chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists this month. Even though three of us are political bloggers, this particular discussion will be on blogging, not necessarily on politics.

It promises to be quite interesting and I'm looking forward to it. As I understand it, these meetings are open to the general public as well. Here's the announcement

"Just Who Are Those Bloggers, Anyway?"

The Louisville chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
invites you to join us for dinner and a panel discussion featuring four
blogging experts.

Our panel consists of:
  • Nabil Echchaibi, a graduate of IU-Journalism's PhD program, and now a faculty member at the University of Louisville. Nabil currently is working on a project (a book perhaps?) that looks at blogging and network society in an international context.
  • Mark Hebert, the well-known and respected newsman at WHAS11 in Louisville, who has his own blog on the station's website, WHAS11
  • Dawn McCurry, a systems analyst from Oldham County who has been blogging for two years and is a self-admitted politics and news junkie since her teenage years. She can be read at ConservaChick.com
  • Mark Nickolas, the established Kentucky political blogger, whose work can be found at bluegrassreport.org

The panelists will be introduced by Ed Staats. The discussion will be led by Milton Metz. Staats and Metz are chapter board members and retired journalists.

We will meet on the evening of Thursday, November 16 at the Holiday Inn at 2nd and Broadway in downtown Louisville. The program will take place on the top floor of the hotel, starting at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. with the program to follow. The price of admission will be $25. We ask you to register in advance -- no later than Monday, November 13 -- in order for us to give the hotel a guarantee. You are invited to register by e-mail at edstaats@bellsouth.net.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Who is Hillary's makeup artist? Fantastic!

Hats off to The Peoples' Cube for yet another belly laugh.
It is true: makeup does wonders for a woman's public "face."

Have a few more laughs just for Halloween, courtesy of The People's Cube!

Thanks, Comrades -- you rock!!

That's "Hirabah" to you, Al Qaeda!

Shockingly enough, I heard a very interesting, less-Liberal piece on NPR tonight on my drive home. Leftists have been very concerned of late with linguistics... learning to use the right words to get votes, I suppose, from the more Conservative areas of the country. I suppose they needed to do that after Kerry's infamous attempt at being a good ole boy in 2004 was the laughing stock of "flyover country." I'll never be able to erase the soundbyte of Kerry saying, "Where can I get me a huntin' license?" ACK!

The NPR series is called "Exploring the Language of Post-Sept. 11 US Policy." For my money, you can take out the "US Policy" part of that title -- it's ridiculous. We've been struggling to find the right words to describe the nightmare we've been living with for over 20 years now and it has NOTHING to do with US policy! Islamo-fascists (a term that's up for discussion next in the series) brought the nightmare to us and gave us assistance with the necessary labels. Okay, enough. I digress.

The first part of the series is a discussion of the word "Jihad" and what it means to Muslims. I am now convinced, after hearing it directly from a professor who teaches Islamic law at UCLA, that we are actually complimenting terrorists by calling them "Jihadis" -- I don't call them that but the President's speech writers have inserted it into his speeches. The correct way to insult a terrorist is to call him a "Hirabah."

According to Professor Abu El Fadl:

"The term in Islamic law which best describes the activities of al Qaeda is hirabah, which originally meant brigandage, but has a more general meaning as sinful warfare," says Streusand. "If our elected officials started saying 'This is a war against hirabis,' that would be more effective. It would certainly be better than using the term jihad or jihadis which is actively harmful."
This NPR series promises to make us rethink the terms we're using and/or help us understand the terms we're using at a finer granularity. Either way, it's a good idea. Thank you, NPR.

Downard for Mayor

Now that I live just outside of Louisville, I'm in a different political environment; more Conservative and more to my liking than Jefferson County (Louisville Metro). Even though I'm now an "outsider," what happens in Louisville Metro has a substantial impact on those of us in uber-suburbia. I fully support Kelly Downard for Mayor and I hope that every Louisvillian will take a serious look at him before simply voting for a name they recognize on the ballot.

Kelly Downard is a smart and accomplished individual who will have a huge positive impact on Louisville Metro and the surrounding areas should Louisvillians pull their heads out of their arses and vote for change in their fine city. He is no-nonsense but friendly about it. He gets business done and business is what Louisville sorely needs now. You can have all the nice parts and entertainment venues you like but without local jobs who will be there to enjoy them?

For too long, Louisville's current administration has been focused on "feel good" things like parks and entertainment venues while violent crime has risen to startling heights and police and firefighters struggle with being underfunded and undermanned. The city is going to hell in an eco-friendly handbasket and Abramson will be playing the fiddle while the city burns if Louisvillians don't wise up. He'll be smiling and waving and talking about his next park project while firefighters try to put out the fire. I wouldn't blame a single one of them for flipping him the bird while fighting the fires he's let burn for far too long. Abramson enjoys a wealth of name recognition and charisma but doesn't every air-headed cheerleader need those qualities?... Louisville certainly deserves and requires REAL leadership. I hope they think about that on Election Day.

I wish Downard's campaign ads were more polished and sophisticated; however, the messages are dead on target about what's wrong with the current "leadership" in Louisville and that's important. The following ad is my favorite. Do the right thing for your city, Louisvillians. Good luck, Kelly!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Predatory Pedophile Promoted and Protected by Democrat Party

In Wake of the Mark Foley Allegations,
Ron Berry should not be Just a Kentucky Secret

So much for the moral high ground that Democrats think they have achieved for the upcoming elections due to Mark Foley and the congressional pages incident.

While I don’t dismiss the seriousness of Foley’s behavior, I know that the country would be just as shocked if news spread about what we in Lexington, Kentucky know all too well. Just mention Ron Berry and the Micro-City Government program and thoughts of Democratic debauchery come to mind.

From sea to shining sea, Americans should know about Ron Berry and his government-funded program, which became his personal pedophile farm. Berry was the “civil rights leader” in Lexington and the Democrat Party’s Black political boss and chief influence peddler.

It should shake the faith of the Democrat Party’s African American base voters to know that their party instituted, funded, promoted and protected Berry and his organization for nearly 30 years. Micro-City Government was supposed to be an experiential learning program focused on political affairs and the main recipient of government funds for the summer jobs program for Black youths. However, the program was a pedophile fiefdom for man-boy love affairs.

Although he spent three years in prison, Berry is as defiant as ever by refusing to admit guilt or show remorse. He was arrested again recently on October 10, 2006 for violating a sex offender law prohibiting him from residing within 1000 feet of a park frequented by children.

In fact, the urban-county government of Lexington still seeks to shield itself from liability for the sex crimes of Berry. The city has paid $3 million in damages in two civil lawsuits by the victims of Berry. Now, nearly a hundred victims with hundreds more on a wait and see basis have a $1 billion lawsuit pending against the city of Lexington.

The Democrat Party of Kentucky’s political machine is deemed the culprit. Four former mayors, which include a former Congressman Scotty Baesler are explicitly named in the lawsuit. Also, named in the lawsuit are council members, police chiefs and other city officials. It claimed they knew of Berry predatory pedophile behavior and that some of them participated in the pedophilia. Also, it claimed they conspired to maintain Berry in his position at the Micro-City Government program for the purpose of garnering the votes of the Black community for the Democrat Party so that city officials could maintain their elected and appointed positions.

Ben Chandler, present Congressman, served two terms as state attorney general, and he categorically refused to investigate Berry and his program. It was a statewide Democrat cover-up.
The facts about Berry, his Democrat Party sanctioned man-boy love affairs, and $3 million of hush money to victims are just the avalanche needed to knock the Democrats off their false position on the moral high ground.

Here are some other facts about Berry and his actions at Micro-City Government, Inc. :
  • He sold children at staged slave auctions as sex slaves for the day. He told them that they would learn about Black history in this manner.
  • In private with the boys, he would dress up as Diana Ross in a negligee and stuff globs of Vaseline inside his anus.
  • The children were prostituted to other pedophiles throughout the Midwest.
  • Photographs, videos and live depictions of sex acts involving children were produced.
  • Some of those that were prostituted as teenagers have died of AIDS.
  • Youths were taken on field trips to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and elsewhere. Later, busloads of homosexuals would show up.
  • He would have the children disrobe in order to collect their paychecks.
  • He would chain children who would not obey him.
  • Some low-income parents would knowingly allow their children to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money and/or favors from Berry.

This column was written by Sage Starkeeper. She is the author of The Un-Promised Generations and a cultural development specialist.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Poll Your Representatives on the FairTax

By Jonathan of Publius Rendezvous

With this heated election approaching faster than one could imagine, we thought it would be a time to throw the FT BB into the debates to see where each of our respective candidates reside in these matters.

We have grown fast and have expanded further than Terry and I anticipated in such a short time, which should prove to be interesting as we will hopefully see. Since we have members of numerous states, and numerous districts of the House of Representatives, let us see where the incumbents and their challengers reside when it comes to the Fair Tax.

This is where Terry and I ask for a small Homework assignment, but Terry and I will be participating, as well.....

What we shall do is send a letter to each of the respective campaigns for the district you reside asking them how they feel in regards to the Fair Tax. It can be something as simple as an e-mail, and you can tell them that the Fair Tax BlogBurst will be curious to see their answers....that way, when we hear back from them, we can all report for our readers where these individual candidates stand. We have provided a form letter below, so feel free to borrow this letter and use it/modify it for your convenience. Readers of the FT BB, we encourage you to do the very same and send either Terry or I an e-mail and let us know what they have to say.

This should prove interesting, and should prove to be informative for voters, as well.

Good Luck!

Here is a valuable resource to look up the individual e-mail addresses of your Representatives.

Sample letter to Congress: (Please rewrite this to be your letter; this is simply a guideline.)


The Honorable [First and Last name of congressman or senator]

United States [House of Representatives or Senate]

Washington, D.C. 20510

Re: The FairTax replaces the current tax system.

Dear [Congressman or Senator Last name]:

The Fair Tax Act, a nonpartisan bill sponsored by Representative John Linder (GA) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (GA), removes the burden of the income tax and other federal income-based taxes.

The current tax system is incomprehensible. It is beyond reform. It simply has to go.

The Fair Tax Act replaces the current tax system with a national consumption tax that:

  • Allows Americans to keep 100 percent of their paychecks, pensions, and Social Security payments.

  • Provides a prepaid, monthly rebate for every registered household.

  • Allows families to save more for home ownership, education, and retirement.

  • Raises the same amount of money for the federal government.

  • Makes American products more competitive overseas.

I urge you to heed the vast majority of voters who will surely support you if you are seen as responsible for passage of this historical tax reform measure.

As a constituent, I would like to know where you stand on the FairTax.


Your Constituent



[City, State ZIP]

[Phone number]

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.

Stem Cells -- a Cure for "Damnable Lies" Disease?

I am fed up with Liberals in this country positioning themselves as being "in favor of finding cures via stem cell research" while misleading the uneducated in this country into believing that Conservatives "oppose finding cures via stem cell research." It's an outright damnable lie.

Let's get this straight once and for all, shall we?

Conservatives are in favor of finding cures to heinous diseases; however, we oppose FEDERAL funding of EMBRYONIC stem cell research.

Liberals are in favor of ANYTHING that requires FEDERAL funding, including potentially unnecessary and unethical programs.

It's just that simple, folks. Really. Hey, no need to trust me... After all, I make it very plain that I am a Conservative; therefore, I must have an agenda, right? Well, I think it's fair to say that the Biotechnology section of Scientific American is a non-partisan site for education on stem cells. So, please, take the time to educate yourself by reading "The Stem Cell Challenge."

While you're making an effort to understand the challenges of stem cells and the political differences on the best approach in finding cures using stems cells, check out the current list of progress being made with adult stem cells versus embryonic stem cells. Don't stop there, check out their page on "The 'Political Science' of Stem Cells."

As long as there are Liberals willing to exploit personal tragedy for political gain, there will be no true understanding of the commonality of all good people everywhere: We ALL fully support finding cures for the heinous diseases that affect our friends and loved ones. We simply differ in political ideology on the best funding approach and what is ethically and scientifically feasible.

As Conservatives go, I fall on the Libertarian side of the Conservative scale. Do I support a ban on the use of embryonic stem cell research? No, I do not support a legislative ban against research in the private sector, only a ban on the use of federal funding for such. I do not support federal funding for anything outside of national defense and national infrastructure. All the rest is best left to state and local governments and/or the private sector.

I believe that we must pursue scientific advances that better the lives of all people; however, I believe there are better ways to do it than to bog that research down in the world of government bureacracy at the federal level. After all, the federal government is the least efficient, least fiscally responsible, least accountable entity that I can think of in which to entrust the medical/scientific future of mankind.

Don't deceive yourselves into thinking that if the federal government doesn't provide funding, there will be no research using embryonic stem cells. Private companies are researching practical applications for them at a furious pace right now. They're eager to find cures because those cures will be profitable and will be well publicized. There is something at stake for private sector entities; therefore, they will be quickest and most efficient in finding cures.

Don't deceive yourselves into thinking that embryonic stem cells are the panacea for all these heinous diseases; they aren't. Some researchers are already finding that they may cause tumors. So, how about a cure for Parkinson's Disease?... embryonic stem cells? Nope. Right now the brightest hope for mitigating and/or eliminating the disease is gene therapy via a virus. What?... not stem cells?! Yep, you read right.

The next time a Liberal tries to tell you that Conservatives are standing in the way of finding cures for horrible diseases like Parkinson's disease or cancer, you might want to ask them to educate themselves before they -- unintentionally, of course -- propagate such damnable lies.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

FairTax Straw Poll

Respected personal finance columnist, Scott Burns, writes persuasively in support of the FairTax in papers across the nation. He’s also asking readers to vote.

Read the article below (I couldn't find a link to the published article online) and then send your vote by e-mail to scott@scottburns.com. Instructions are at the end of the article.

Single flat sales tax is fair, and it solves some problems
Universal Press Syndicate

C.C. in Houston writes to say there is nothing fair about the Fair Tax plan for a single flat sales tax. He quotes a letter from another concerned citizen to the editor of the Houston Chronicle.
"The so-called Fair Tax scheme is a blatant attempt by the wealthy to reduce their tax payments. I call it the 'unfair tax,' as it will tax consumption rather than income. Those in the lower- to middle-income brackets usually spend most all of their income on necessities and can't save. They would be taxed on practically 100 percent of their income. Retirees, whose income may require them to pay no taxes, would end up paying taxes on all of the money they spend, which would greatly reduce their purchasing power. 'What's fair about that?'

On the other hand, those who make more than they spend, and indeed those whose incomes greatly exceed their expenditures, would pay taxes on significantly less of their incomes, proportionally. What's fair about that? In fact it is a total reversal of the graduated tax system that we now have where we pay taxes based on our ability to pay. Our current system is certainly flawed and needs major overhauling, but it is still the fairest method of taxation.

Let's fix the system we have rather than shifting the tax burden to lower-income Americans."
I've heard this argument before. It doesn't hold water. I believe that junking the current tax system — in its entirety — would create a modestly graduated tax system with a very broad base, consumption. By replacing both the income tax and the employment tax (among others) with a single sales tax, we would accomplish these good things:
  • Eliminate the fastest-growing and most regressive tax in our lifetime, the employment tax.
  • Massively broaden the tax base from only some income to all consumption.
  • Eliminate the corporate income tax and the entrenched corrupting lobbies that it has engendered.
  • Make visible, for the first time, the size of our collective tax burden.
  • Save the incredible amount of time and money wasted on tax planning and scheming.
  • Create a path for dealing with the unfunded liabilities of Social Security by increasing the tax base that supports it.
  • End the biannual festival of finger-pointing and envy that has become the hallmark of every election cycle.
  • Remove the embedded expense wedge that reduces the competitive position of American-made goods.
The Fair Tax proposal calls for giving all households a "pre-bate" of what they would pay in sales taxes for the necessities of life. The pre-bate would be paid to households monthly, eliminating the burden of taxes on our poorest families. Because of the pre-bate, the new tax would amount to a graduated tax.

The argument that poor people save little and rich people save much is a red herring because it ignores two realities.

Benefit is consumption
First, the only benefit from having money is what we can consume with it. If you earn money that is not spent, you are deriving no immediate benefit from the money and shouldn't pay taxes on it. As long as the money not spent is used in our economy, it is providing benefits to everyone in the form of new investment, new jobs and working capital.

Second, many people who are rich or well-off spend more than their income on consumption because they are spending a portion of their capital. Some of that capital would not be taxed at all in the current system. The portion that was capital gain would be taxed at only 15 percent. With the Fair Tax, the very rich would pay taxes on all consumption. This includes mega yachts, wine cellars, and much other consumption that is taxed lightly or not at all. Instead, they would pay at the higher sales tax rate.

Stacked against the young
Right now our entire tax system is stacked against the young. The burden is getting worse, not better. It is possible that some older people would pay more in taxes than they do under the current system. That would only happen, however, if they had significant assets that they spent on consumption.

In that case, the sales tax would be highly progressive. It would tax those with assets that were used for consumption. It would not tax those who had no assets to use for consumption.

The only people who should fear the Fair Tax are the politicians, who would lose their tools for extortion.

Most public polls show that more than 50 percent of the voting public — left, right and middle — favor a radical reform of our tax system. So let's take a poll. Send me an e-mail at scott@scottburns.com. Put "Keep it the way it is" in the subject line if you like our current tax system. Put "Go for the Fair Tax" if you'd like to see broad reform. I'll report the results in the future.

Questions about personal finance may be sent to: SCOTT BURNS, P.O. Box 655237, Dallas, TX 75265; e-mail can be sent to scott@scottburns.com.

TV Appearances

For those of you, like me, who follow the pending legislation on immigration issues via NumbersUSA, you'll want to catch Roy Beck (President, NumbersUSA) & Rosemary Jenk (Director of Government Relations, NumbersUSA) on TV tomorrow.

Here's the schedule:

6:15 a.m. EDT (5:15 a.m. CDT) -- Fox & Friends on Fox Cable: ROSEMARY JENKS will be doing an interview about the LA Times story on corruption in the Department of Homeland Security and about the border report from the House Homeland Security Committee that came out last week.

8-8:30 a.m. EDT -- Washington Journal on C-SPAN 1: ROY BECK is scheduled to be one of two commentators on the role of immigration as an issue in the November elections. Viewer phone-ins. Pedro Echevarria is supposed to be the moderator. Simon Rosenberg of the Democratic Network is to be the other commentator.

7-8 p.m. EDT (6-7 p.m. CDT) -- Lou Dobbs' Broken Borders Special on CNN: ROY BECK will on a panel at a live town hall meeting in San Antonio. This immediately follows Dobbs' regular news hour. Also on the panel are leaders of two Hispanic activist groups (MALDEF & LULAC) and FAIR (the Federation for American Immigration Reform). Several Congressmen and other experts are expected to make comments, so it promises to be a crowded agenda.

Sorry for the short notice on these -- All three came up late today, so we weren't given a lot of notice.

New Terrorist Tactics

I suppose the terrorists have had enough; we're simply killing too many of them with our superior firepower and tactics. Be advised: They've stooped to new levels in their change of tactics...

...Evidently, they're getting advice on "bait" from their favorite US Leftie, Ted Kennedy.

Be careful out there, troops -- Come home safe and soon!

Action Alert!

Some of our Marines are coming home on Wednesday (10/25/06) arriving at the Louisville airport. Show your support for our brave men and women in uniform by showing up at US Airways at 3:40 PM. Harvey Walden (of VH1 fame) will be out there to greet them with us!

Be there if you possibly can and please spread the word!

(Thanks for the heads-up on this, JD!)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Our mole blew his cover? Dang it!

You just have to love Kentucky politics. At times, the political scene here can be more interesting than some of the reality shows on TV this season.

Right here in the bluegrass of Kentucky, the Dems are launching a blog campaign to eat one of their own. The best part? It's happening just two weeks before the mid-term elections and was the subject of a news report on WAVE-3 TV just one day before "Slick Willie" visits Louisville. Ah, sweet irony. (Unfortunately, there was no link to the story on the WAVE-3 TV website at this writing.)

Am I the last to find out that we had a mole in the other camp? Sheesh. Talk about a conspiracy! ;o)

Double or Nothing!

What happens in Iowa stays in Iowa?... Nah! But you can put your money on the big horse races this year. Well, not exactly but there ARE real-money futures markets on the House and Senate races at the Iowa Electronic Markets! Yep. No need to re-read that last sentence. You read it right!

About the Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM):

The Iowa Electronic Markets are operated by faculty at the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business as part of our research and teaching mission. These markets are small-scale, real-money futures markets where contract payoffs depend on economic and political events such as elections.
According to Ron Kessler in today's Washington Wire, you can "bank" on the results of the IEM as they are more accurate than the polls:
Many experts believe prediction markets are more accurate than opinion polls because voters don't have the incentive to tell pollsters the truth. When their money is on the line, they do.

Kentucky's Supreme Court

The majority of the noise on the airwaves (both TV and radio) has been about the US House and Senate races. Rightly so as there is much at stake this year for the nation as a whole in the results of each individual race. However, EVERY race is important. If you don't pay regular attention to Kentucky's Supreme Court, you may not know that there are five out of seven seats to fill on the Court this election! Time to brush up on your candidates and make some proper choices at the polls, Kentuckians.

Here's a brief overview of the seats on Kentucky's Supreme Court. Click the links on that page to drill down for more detail. Take a look at the seats up for election in the other states as well.

Just as on the US Supreme Court, some of the Justices on Supreme Court of Kentucky have been guilty of legislating from the bench. Therefore, it's extremely important this year that we elect Supreme Court justices who will adjudicate based on our state constitution. Novel idea, isn't it? ;o)

I think Marcus Carey is worthy of your support for Kentucky Supreme Court Justice. Here's why: He's a Conservative and as such is determined to adjudicate rather than legislate from the bench; and, since he felt it was important to be able to freely discuss his political affiliation and faith during his campaign, he filed and won a lawsuit -- the decision in his case makes it clear that he and other candidates are now allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights. Yes, even a judicial candidate! His political affiliation and his faith are readily on display -- there's no misunderstanding of what this man is about. All good reasons in my book.

Jeff did a great write-up about Marcus Carey on his blog, Blue Grass, Red State. Please read more about him there if you are still deciding on your votes for the Supreme Court.

So folks, do your homework and be at the polls Nov. 7th sharp and ready to mold the future of this state and the nation!

(Thanks, Tim, for the link to the Federalist Society white paper link. I always appreciate interesting material!)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Gems from the Campaign Trail in KY

I am always pleased to see my local US Representatives call it like they see it when out in public campaigning. Geoff Davis (KY-04) and Anne Northup (KY-03) are doing a great job of that recently!

From a debate with his opponent Thursday night, a Cincinnati Inquirer dispatch in the Louisville Courier Journal included this gem from Congressman Davis:

Lucas: "Mr. Davis, you vote with your party’s leadership 96 percent of the time.”

“When I was in Congress I didn’t consider any of my votes Democratic or Republican. I voted for what I thought was best for the people.”

Davis: “This is a conservative district and I’m a conservative Congressman.”

(Davis went on to point out that during Lucas’ three terms in Congress he failed to pass a single bill.)

Nice job, Congressman! A point that Lucas is obviously overlooking, eh? Should we really point that out to him? Lack of Conservative values in a Conservative district will cost him the race.

Anne Northup has not been shy about expressing the shortcomings of her opponent either. From an Associated Press dispatch in the Lexington Herald Leader comes this gem:

Northup, R-Louisville, said Yarmuth lacks the ethical standards to serve in public office because he repeatedly misled voters about how his campaign signs and door hangers were made, failed to pay taxes on his campaign workers' salaries, and then dismissed questions about both.

"John Yarmuth is a congressional scandal waiting to happen," Northup said at a news conference at her campaign headquarters in Louisville. "This race is about ethics."

Imagine that! One thing I love about Congresswoman Northup is that she's not afraid to call it like she sees it. And Yarmuth's reply to that? Well, it's priceless and proves yet again that denial is not just a river in Egypt:

Yarmuth's campaign reacted to the criticism yesterday with a statement, painting Northup's comments as "desperation."

"If she thinks bickering over tedium and technicalities are going to distract Louisville from the real issues facing this country, then she is drastically underestimating the people of this community," Yarmuth said.

No, Mr. Yarmuth, Anne's district is NOT distracted from the real issues. If integrity is considered "tedium and technicalities," then so be it. Kentuckians care about tedium and technicalities. The people of Anne's district fully understand the importance of ethics in our Representatives and will support ethics over hypocrisy every time.

Well done, Davis and Northup! I'm proud to be a Conservative thanks to sharp minds like yours!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Predict '06

Maybe the pollsters don't call your house when you're home... maybe the guy with the clipboard isn't at the mall when you're there... maybe no one emails you the surveys... No problem!

Have your opinion heard and predict races around the country at Predict '06. Evidently, our voices ARE being heard there!

While you may view the results on Predict '06 as evidence that Conservatives are determined to get out and vote, to ensure that our country stays in capable hands, and to prove that point online if nowhere else, the folks at Predict '06 aren't so sure. They are trying to reason out the landslide online predictions as people predicting the party line only. Maybe that's true; then again, maybe people are predicting that Americans understand what's at risk and refuse to cave into media hype:

"...And it was on both sides. Those who predicted Democratic victory were just as likely to make straight partisan predictions as those who predicted Republican victory. There were obviously more of the Republicans in terms of raw numbers (the current community prediction is evidence of that), but both sides were equally likely to predict starkly partisan outcomes..."
The "current community prediction" may not be evidence of a strong Republican turnout at Predict '06; it may simply be evidence that Americans, regardless of party, understand what's at risk and are predicting a common-sense outcome in these races.

Obvious Solutions

Bono and U2 are doing a concert in Dublin when he asks the audience for some quiet.

Then in the silence, he starts to slowly clap his hands.

There is an immediate hush within the stadium as he says into the microphone..."Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies."

A voice from near the front pierces the silence and says, "Well, stop the foockin clapping then!"

(Big hat tip to Mark for the laugh!)

The Cheney Charm

Vice President Cheney was in Prospect, Kentucky for a private fundraiser this week. After a very important stop at Fort Campbell, Kentucky to address our brave men and women in uniform, he visited our little neck of the woods in support of Congressman Geoff Davis's campaign. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the private event. (Thank you, Fred!!)

The fundraiser was hosted at a private home with a crowd of probably 200-250 people in attendance. Our weather was less than hospitable Monday evening so the turnout may have even been less than expected. The rain poured, the wind blew, but you certainly couldn't have kept me away!

I must say that after having been there, electrified and in awe of the magnitude of being so close to someone so important in American history, it's an absolute shame that every American doesn't easily come by the opportunity to see the Vice President in person. His humility, humor, and intelligence are immediately evident from the time he enters the room. With a deep booming no-nonsense voice, you would expect him to cut right to the chase and say exactly what he means. Guess what? That's exactly what he does. The interesting thing about him though is that he interjects just the right turn of phrase at times when you least expect such subtle humor. What a wonderful speaker! It certainly made me proud to be a Conservative and proud to have supported this man and our President in both major elections.

Some of us were eager to find a spot up front while others were still mingling.

The Vice President spoke about national issues but more importantly, in this run up to the mid-term elections, he expressed his thanks for the great job that Congressman Davis has done in a short time on the Hill. The House of Representatives has done a terrific job supporting Conservative values with respect to the economy, the war, and illegal immigration and Davis has been a big part of that. I'm very proud to be a consituent of his knowing that my voice will be heard through him.

Congressman Davis introduced a man who needed no introduction.

He speaks with conviction and a no-nonsense style -- a true Conservative!

As he left the podium, he paused just at the corner of the crowd and reached out to shake a few hands. As luck would have it, he paused right in front of where I was standing. I reached out and shook his hand and thanked him for all of his hard work. It felt so nice to be able to say that to a good man who's been so sorely mistreated by the Liberals in this country! I swore I wouldn't wash that hand again after that historic brush with greatness. I must admit though, I have since caved in on that oath... I'm no slob. After all, I have pictures to remember the moment, don't I?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Knob Creek's 2006 Fall Shoot

Thanks to the morning Rove rally and "From Home" mission, Saturday was a very full day from the beginning; however, the day would not have been complete without a trip to Knob Creek Gun Range in Westpoint, Kentucky for this year's Fall Machine Gun Shoot.

As usual, it was a blast (pun intended); however, this year there seemed to be more new t-shirt slogans and handouts about different issues. The favorite t-shirt seemed to be the one with "Infidel" printed on it in English and in Arabic -- a personal favorite of mine. In the vendor areas, you can find almost any type of specialized shooting equipment you might want along with t-shirts, bumperstickers, and military memorabilia.

One thing I truly enjoy about being around people who practice and cherish their 2nd Amendment rights is these folks know their history and pay attention to politics. I always seem to run into interesting reading material there and this year was no exception. I bought a book titled Sacred Rage -- The Wrath of Militant Islam by Robin Wright. This book was first published in 1985 when it was becoming very apparent to some Americans that we were being pushed into a war we did not cause nor did we want.

Her book is an examination of the roots, the motives, and the goals of this fanatical Islamo-fascist war against our country in historical context. It has been updated since the attacks on 9/11/01 with additional information on Afghanistan and the broader picture of Islamic extremism -- I only wish I had the original version of this book as I'm sure it was prophetic for its time.

As to the political handouts this year, I ran into only one. It was handed to me by Barry Weinstein who participated in the Minuteman Project and is an activist for immigration reform. Barry is advocating a boycott of tourism to Massachusetts and Arizona due to Kennedy and McCain's strong support for Senate Bill 2611. Read Barry's full article on the boycott here.

During major election years, there are always stickers and banners for the Conservative candidates -- although, it's a big mistake to assume that all gun owners are Republicans; many prefer the Constitution or Libertarian party. Never mistake a Constitution party member for a Republican; they really dislike that!

The funniest thing about going to these shoots is that there are so many men strolling around in BDUs and most of them haven't ever had a military haircut in their lives! It's hard to know who's currently serving, who might have been a vet, and who is just wearing some cool duds. I have to laugh because when my Dad was in the army they couldn't even wear fatigues off post!

I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome the night shoot is. It is probably the closest thing to a war zone that most of us will ever experience without actually being in real danger. It's full of explosions, tracers, and machine gun fire. Pictures certainly don't do it justice but it's the closest thing I've got to a description of it. Unfortunately, this year I wasn't in a good spot to take pictures of the targets being hit. We mostly saw the explosions and the tracers. Okay, enough annoying text... I know what you really want... Pictures!

First Packages "From Home"

A few months ago some friends and I formed a little group called "From Home." The concept was to gather together "Americans supporting Americans" who wanted to contribute resources, time, and money to create and send care packages to local soldiers deployed overseas in harm's way.

We created a small forum on Louisville Mojo to organize the effort and a number of Mojo folks joined us as we planned for our first package mission. We keep a continuously updated list of soldiers from names and addresses sent to us by other soldiers, friends, and family members. This list was used to mail the first six packages on Saturday, October 14th.

"From Home" met at the Buechel Fire Department -- thanks for your support, firefighters! -- to compile our first batch of care packages. We pooled enough snacks, reading material, socks, pipe cleaners, stockings (not to WEAR, mind you, but to cover the tops of combat boots at night to keep the creepy crawlers out), and greetings to send out six packages.

Six care packages may not sound like much but it's a beginning. It's our small contribution to our local heroes; we simply want them to know that there are people "from home" who are thinking of them and appreciate all that they do for us.

Living lives of safety and freedom daily, it's not hard to forget that this country is at war; however, there are brave men and women overseas ensuring that we can continue to do so. Those of us who know service members or have veterans in our families instinctively understand that there is always something we can do to support and remember those brave men and women in harm's way.

Thank you to everyone who showed up for the first mission. We plan to do a "package-palooza" each month. If you'd like to join us here in Louisville or if you know a soldier from this area who should be on our list, please check out the "From Home" forum on Louisville Mojo or email me for information.

(L to R: Leanne, Jesse, Paul, Amanda, Dawn, and Mark)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Karl Roves into La Grange, Kentucky

I had the distinct pleasure this past weekend of hearing Karl Rove speak at a Get Out the Vote rally in La Grange, Kentucky. It was an amazing experience to see the man who basically crafted the "get out the vote" strategy of the Republican party speak about its importance in this (and every) election.

La Grange is not easy to find on the map but it's the county seat of Oldham County which is within Congressman Geoff Davis's district. The current polling data would have you believe that the Congressman is running a close race for re-election. Evidently, the GOP believes it too because the big guns were in town for fund-raisers this week. I personally don't see it. Geoff Davis will no doubt win his race. He's a good man and has represented us well on the Hill so far.

(L to R: Mark Shuler, Congressman Geoff Davis, ConservaChick)

It is obvious that Karl Rove is a student of history and spends time learning about the enemy, whether it be political enemies or enemies of this great nation. He spoke very clearly about the important issues in this election: taxes and war. To Conservatives, those are the most immediate and pressing concerns because they very clearly determine the future of this country.

Fortunately, we have an administration willing to stand up, take the punches, suffer with the families of those in harm's way, and do what's right in this world. Clearly, this administration understands the enemy we face. During his speech, Rove highly recommended a book called "Messages to the World -- The Statements of Osama bin Laden."

What struck me immediately when Rove began his speech is that this man is impassioned. Yes, he's highly intelligent but he's passionate about what Conservatism means to this country. This man knows history; he knows what it takes to make history; he knows what it means to win; and he's determined to do so.

Feared and ridiculed constantly by the Left, loved and admired by the Right, you'd never know he could raise such strong emotions on either side from the way he carried himself. He is very friendly, smiles almost constantly, and seems quite down-to-earth. As he made his way among the crowd after his speech, I found it extremely interesting that he asked the name of each person with whom he shook hands. I kept wondering how many people he's met and whether or not he could easily recall names and faces. No doubt, a very good skill to have in the field of politics.

After we shook hands, I told him that he should do Republicans a favor and stay behind in DC to advise the next Republican president. He smiled, kind of chuckled, and shook his head as he said, "Oh, I don't think so."

Folks, can it be that the hate-spewing Left in this country has even worn down the impassioned Karl Rove? It certainly seems like he's had enough and is ready for a quieter life after President Bush leaves office... and frankly, who can blame him?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Breaking News...

A recent commenter to this blog is writing his own blog as part of a school assignment. Apparently, he has been asked to follow two political blogs -- one Liberal and one Conservative. It seems my little ConservaChick blog will be the Conservative one.

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Daniel Clugston via his blog "What makes MY head hurt!!!"

If you have a moment, Daniel, would you mind posting a little about yourself (how old you are, where you live, and your political leanings for example) as a comment to this post? What exactly is your assignment for Government class?

Good luck with your assignment, Daniel -- It's a wild and wooly world of political opinions out here in the blogosphere! I'll be sure to tell you what makes MY head hurt politically. ;o)

Lots to Come!

My computer may have been in scrub mode lately but I was roaming free of the electronic leash! This past weekend was full of what we Conservatives consider fun... celebrating my 2nd Amendment rights, handshakes with two of the most brilliant Conservatives in this nation, and turning another year older.

I have tons of pictures to crop and resize and promise to post them a-plenty along with first-hand accounts of some awesome events; however, it may be tomorrow before I get all the posts written and the pictures posted to the blog. In the meantime, here's the scoop on what's coming:

* Karl roves into Oldham County for a Get Out the Vote Rally;
* Vice President Cheney visits us in Prospect, Kentucky;
* Knob Creek's Fall Shoot was a blast (okay... more than one blast!); and,
* Another year older on Friday the 13th.

Do NOT try this at home!

Gee, my apologies for the week-long absence from my favorite pasttime. I like to think I'm an "IT Professional" but then I go and do something idiotic like downloading an unauthenticated patch... and WHAM! Hello, Nasty Mr. Spyware! Trojans, keyloggers, and viruses, OH MY!

After a week of intense scrubbing (and a giant hi-tech favor from my favorite computer advisor), I'm finally back online. It seems I've won the battle THIS time. We'll see though as there's still a pesky "wgalogon.dll" popping up in my HijackThis scan... Grrrr.

Had President Reagan been a computer nerd, he would have said "VERIFY THEN TRUST!" ;o)

Monday, October 09, 2006

In the Spirit of All Hallow's Eve (pun intended)

Is your town haunted? Check it out by state. There are loads of haunted sites in Kentucky, a few of which I've personally experienced. Spooky!!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Archaeological Find

Archaeologists have unearthed a find of ancient, yet eerily modern, homo sapiens. Skeletal remains indicate that these ancient homo sapiens were among the very first Liberals on Earth...

Polls and Assumptions

A few weeks ago, I received an email requesting my participation in an online poll sponsored by The Washington Post. I completed the survey because I felt like they could use a little input from a Conservative.

Yesterday, I received an email for a new poll -- this one was not sponsored by any particular corporate entity. It appeared to be an attempt to get to the bottom of what type of people were likely to be politically active, how this type of person felt about immigration, Gay Marriage amendment, and other political topics. It seemed fairly balanced and innocous until I reached this screen...

The only question missing on this screen was whether or not I cleaned my assault rifles while reading my Bible in my pickup in the back of a church parking lot... Sheesh.

I highly encourage my Conservative friends to sign up for polls from Polling Point. While I may not like the stereotype of Conservatives that is promulgated by the media, it seems to me that taking these surveys might be one way to set a few narrow-minded folks straight. Let's get as much data out on ourselves as possible. Isn't it time to help bust a few nasty stereotypes?

Friday, October 06, 2006

An Ode to Knob Creek's Fall Shoot

  • An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
  • A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
  • Glock: The original point and click interface.
  • Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
  • If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
  • If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
  • Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
  • If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.
  • Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
  • The United States Constitution (c) 1791: All Rights reserved.
  • What part of "... shall not be infringed ..." do you not understand?
  • The Second Amendment is in place in case they ignore the others.
  • 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
  • Guns only have two enemies: rust and liberals.
  • Know guns, know peace and safety. No guns, no peace nor safety.
  • You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
  • 911 - government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
  • Assault is a behavior, not a device.
  • Criminals love gun control -- it makes their jobs safer!
  • If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
  • Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
  • You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.
  • Enforce the "gun control laws" we have, don't make more.
  • When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
  • The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
  • ".. a government of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE..."

Thanks again, Mark -- You're certainly keeping me busy! ;o)

Louisville: Interesting facts about the place I call home.

  • Louisville was founded in 1778, only two years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • The first player to have his name inscribed on a Louisville Slugger baseball bat was Honus Wagner, in 1905.
  • Named for King Louis XVI, Louisville is one only of two major American cities named for someone who was executed. (...wouldn't you know, it had to be a Frenchman? ACK!) The other city is St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • After months of planning, in October 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark met in Louisville to begin their famous exploration of the American West.
  • Louisville was a member of baseball's National League when it was founded in 1876 but the membership was brief; by 1878, a gambling scandal prompted the league to discard the Louisville Grays.
  • You can choose from more than 130 varieties of bourbon at Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave. It's one of the largest selections of the famous Kentucky whiskey in the world.
  • The term "workaholic" was coined by a professor at the Southern Baptist Seminary in 1968.
  • Author Charles Dickens visited Louisville twice. He once stayed at the old Galt House, where he later wrote that he had been "handsomely lodged."
  • Elvis Presley's grandfather, Jesse D. Pressley -- yes, family members spelled it different ways -- lived in Louisville's South End. The King used to visit him frequently, until his immense fame made it too difficult.
  • The University of Louisville was a private school until 1970, when it joined the state university system. (A shame it did... it's now a bastion of Liberal/Socialism here now.)
  • Martha Layne Hall, the Kentucky Derby Festival Queen in 1959, went on to become Kentucky's first woman governor (as Martha Layne Collins).
  • Legend has it that the 1980 NCAA champion University of Louisville men's basketball team was the first to popularize (if not invent) the "high five." Yo! High five!
  • Louisville is home to the foremost producer of disco balls in the world, National Products on Baxter Avenue.
  • Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York City's Central Park, also shaped Louisville's urban park system, including Cherokee, Iroquois, Shawnee, Central and Seneca parks.
  • You can walk up to Churchill Downs on Derby Day and buy a grandstand ticket for the race - the next year's race, if you're lucky!
  • Jim Porter (1810-59) was a real person, not just the name of a popular bar (Jim Porter's). Porter was a 7-foot-8 saloonkeeper whose immense size earned him the nickname "the Kentucky Giant."
  • At 1.5 miles, Kart Kountry in Shepherdsville is the longest go-kart track in the world.
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville was awarded a Tony in 1980 as an outstanding regional theater.
  • The Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot, 3204 Frankfort Ave., has a nine-hole miniature golf course, which you can play for free (weather permitting).
  • On Feb. 13, 1981, a sewer explosion caused several streets to collapse in Old Louisville. The blast injured four people and was blamed on a chemical leak from a nearby soybean processing plant. (What? Health food in Kentucky?!)
  • Papa John's Pizza was started in a broom closet in a Jeffersonville tavern called Mick's Lounge in 1984. Founder John Schnatter sold his 1972 Camaro to finance the venture.
  • Louisville's first Jewish congregation, Adas Israel, was chartered in 1843.
  • Built in 1914, the Belle of Louisville is the oldest river steamboat still in operation in the U.S.
  • Tom Cruise (nee Thomas Mapother) once worked at an ice cream shop in Louisville and wrestled at St. Xavier High School.
  • In 1983, the Louisville Redbirds were the first minor league baseball team to draw more than 1 million fans in a season.
  • One of the first large-scale demonstrations of Thomas Edison's fancy-schmancy incandescent light bulb was during the 1883 Southern Exposition in Louisville.
  • The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville in 1856.
  • Oscar-winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan wanted to include his hometown in the film "Traffic," but in the course of his research, he decided that Cincinnati's inner-city was more authentically seedy than Louisville's.
  • The Kentucky Derby began in 1875, but it wasn't dubbed "The Run for the Roses" until 1925, when New York sports columnist Bill Corum gave it that famous nickname. Corum later served as track president.
  • Jim James, lead singer/guitarist for My Morning Jacket, was born Jim Olliges in Louisville. His previous occupations include record store clerk and sandwich maker.
  • The Kentucky State Fair is the most air-conditioned of any in the country. It has 1.2 million square feet of comfortable indoor space.
  • Movie director Gus Van Zant ("Good Will Hunting," "My Own Private Idaho") was born in Louisville in 1952.
  • The 1937 Ohio River flood devastated the city and killed 90 people. Some observers believe the lengthy recovery required by the disaster allowed Indianapolis and Cincinnati to pass Louisville on their way to becoming more prominent American cities. (I guess we couldn't blame FEMA back then, eh?)
  • If you live in the East End of Louisville and want to scare your kids, tell them about the Pope Lick Monster, a half-man, half-goat creature that allegedly lives beneath the railroad trestle crossing Pope Lick Creek near Fisherville.
  • In 1991, while here to perform with New Kids on the Block, actor Donnie Wahlberg (Marky Mark's brother) was arrested for setting fire to a carpet at the Seelbach Hotel. Charges were dismissed when he agreed to make a series of public services ads about alcohol and fire safety.
  • The Old Fashioned -- a mixed drink consisting of bourbon, bitters, water, sugar, cherry and orange -- was invented at the Pendennis Club.
  • In 1945, while much of America was still segregated and virulently racist, Eugene S. Clayton became the first African-American member of the Louisville Board of Aldermen.
  • Athletes at Male High School sport an "H" on their jackets as a nod to the fact the school was once known simply as "High School."
  • Louisville native Harvey Fuqua was a record producer who discovered Marvin Gaye and wrote or co-wrote a slew of classic Motown tunes, including the Supremes' "Someday We'll Be Together."
  • The annual Trinity-St. Xavier game is billed as the largest high school football game in the country. Last year's tilt drew 38,500 fans to Papa's John's Cardinal Stadium.
  • At one time, Louisville Slugger baseball bats were called Falls Cities Sluggers.
  • One of Louisville's oddest couples is U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.) and rock star Bono. McConnell befriended the U2 frontman over their shared interest in developing democracy around the world.
  • Louisville's Caldwell Tanks Inc. has built water tanks in the shape of a giant ketchup bottle, a huge pair of Mickey Mouse ears and the familiar Old Forester bottle at the Brown-Forman plant in the West End of town.
  • Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald was stationed at Camp Taylor in Louisville during World War I. In "The Great Gatsby," Louisville serves as the meeting place for characters Daisy Fay and Tom Buchanan, who celebrate their wedding at the Mulbach ( a.k.a. the Seelbach) Hotel.
  • Famous thespians who have worked at Actors Theatre of Louisville include Holly Hunter, Kathy Bates, Delroy Lindo, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon, John Spencer ("The West Wing") and John Turturro.
  • At 5,500 acres, Jefferson Memorial Forest in Fairdale is the largest urban forest in America. It sports more than 30 miles of hiking trails.
  • Louisvillians are said to consume more fried cod (i.e., fish sandwiches) than any other inland city in America.
  • From October 1960, when he turned pro, to March 1971, when he was beaten by Joe Frazier, Louisville's Muhammad Ali didn't lose a fight. He was 31-0 in that period.
  • During the 1970s, you couldn't turn on a TV without seeing a game show hosted by a Louisvillian. Jack Narz ran the show at "Concentration" and "Tattletales," while his brother, Tom (Narz) Kennedy, hosted, among others, "Name That Tune" and "Break the Bank."
  • Southeast Christian Church was formed in 1962 with only 55 members. It is now one of the biggest churches in America. (Locally, with tongue firmly in cheek, it's often called "Six Flags over Jesus.")
  • There is a 3 million-square-foot cavern beneath the Louisville Zoo that is used to store items from sensitive financial records to medical supplies. The massive cavern is a former stone quarry.
  • In 1964, Colonel Harland Sanders sold Kentucky Fried Chicken to a group of investors for $2 million. Seven years later, they sold it for $285 million.
  • Abraham Lincoln's grandfather, who was also named Abraham Lincoln, lived on a farm in eastern Jefferson County until he was shot and killed by Indians in 1786.
  • University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law is named for Louis Brandeis (1856-1941), a Louisville native who served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939.
  • In 1925, The Louisville Courier-Journal sponsored a spelling bee that later developed into the National Spelling Bee.
  • Joseph P. Clayton, the chairman of Sirius Satellite Radio (and now Howard Stern's boss) is a 1971 graduate of Bellarmine University here in Louisville.
  • The Hard Rock Cafe at Fourth Street Live has a pair of Elvis Presley's famous oversized sunglasses, complete with the King's teeth marks on them.
  • After starring at University of Louisville, quarterback Johnny Unitas almost washed out in the NFL. Unitas played sandlot football for $6 a game before convincing the Baltimore Colts to take a chance on him.
  • Pharmacist John Colgan is credited with making the first flavored chewing gum in 1873 in Louisville.
  • The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, which puts on plays every summer in Central Park, is the oldest free and independently operated Shakespeare festival in the country.
  • Frank Sinatra was quite fond of the food at Vincenzo's restaurant, 150 S. Fifth St. He discovered the eatery while in town to perform; the dish Veal Sinatra was later named in his honor.
  • Diane Sawyer began her TV career in 1967 as a weather reporter for local TV station WLKY-32.
  • The Pamela Brown Auditorium at Actors Theatre is named for the actress who disappeared while attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a balloon in 1970.
  • The James Graham Brown Cancer Center here in Louisville developed the first vaccine against cervical cancer.

Sources: The Encyclopedia of Louisville, The Courier-Journal archives, staff research. Thanks for sending this my way, Mark!

Diversity: Learn to embrace it, Libs!

The whole Liberal orgy over the Foley mess has finally gotten on my last nerve. It's not so much all the stories; I understand that -- Foley's alleged misdeeds should most certainly be reported. He's a scumbag. If the IMs I read are real, the guy's a total creep who should be kept far away from boys.

What totally gets under my skin is that Dems think that we Conservatives have no idea that there are *gasp!* GAYS in the Republican party! Here's a tip for you, Dems: There are also *gasp!* LESBIANS in the Republican party! Ooooh wait! Guess what else? There are even BLACKS and HISPANICS in the Republican party!! OH MY GOD!!!

Um, hellooooo, Demmmmmms? Ever hear of a little organization called the Log Cabin Republicans?! (If not, fergawdsakes click on the link.) In all seriousness, Conservatism is not the sole property of the Religious Right; as a matter of fact, many of the ideas that the Religious Right tries to push through as legislation on the Hill are not Conservative ideas. Many true Conservatives fully embrace all people, regardless of their sexuality, as being an important part of the larger community of Conservatism. It is small-minded, bigotted, and ridiculous to believe otherwise about a political ideology that promotes personal responsibility and freedom.

Not all Conservatives are Evangelicals, nor are they for government endorsement of marriage. It is this Conservative's opinion that all unions should be considered "civil unions" if performed by a government authority. Marriage is a religious concept that can only be recognized as such by a church, in my opinion. Our federal government has no business defining marriage -- Civil unions, sure; marriage, no.

Thanks for letting me get that out of my system... *sigh* I feel much better now. You know what made me feel even better? Reading this! I laughed so hard I had to wipe the tears from my eyes to finish reading!! (Am I the last person in the blogosphere to learn about "Guns and Butter?!")

Thanks so much for writing to me, Drew! I had no idea what I was missing!
(Your last name is the name of my favorite winery in Sonoma, California, by the way. Try their "Oakley Five Reds" if you're a wine fan...)

...Just like that creepy guy!

While listening to the Hugh Hewitt show on my way home from work tonight, I caught pieces of his interview with Eric Black, a reporter from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The interview was sparked by, in Hugh's own words, "deeply dishonest reporting of the Wetterling campaign in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District."

Hugh focused a lot of the interview around that specific topic; however, what I found MOST interesting was the way Eric tried to explain "objectivity." His view seemed to be that journalists cannot make their own political views transparent to the reader because it will taint the reader's opinion of his objectivity. In other words, a journalist is being more objective by disguising his own personal filters and biases.

In the course of working on a degree in Mass Communications years ago, I was taught by Professor Wickland at Western Kentucky University that EVERYTHING we see, hear, and read is processed through "filters." These filters are a conglomeration of our own personal experience with the subject, what others we respect have said about the subject, and our culture's attitude toward the subject.

Given a set of facts, how do reporters decide on the headline? From what angle do they approach these facts to make them interesting to a reader? These decisions are made through filters. So then, we must ask: how is it that ANY human being, much less any journalist, maintain true objectivity? Well, I suppose we do it based on how we've filtered our own understanding of it, don't we?

While journalists in their plastic bubble pretend to be exercising objectivity, we all sense that something's just not right... It's like, when you were a kid, there was that creepy guy that you just KNEW was a pervert even though he hadn't displayed such behavior in your presence; he was oblivious to just how odd he was while trying to cover up something you probably didn't want to know about him anyway. It was obvious that SOMETHING was up with the creepy guy but you were never exactly sure what it was.

The journalists are really no different. We all sense they're hiding their true biases even while they pretend to have none. No one really says much because we don't know how they'll react if we call attention to their odd behavior. After all, there's really no need to set off a psychotic reaction when we can all nod and agree... just be sure not to leave your kids alone in the room with that creepy MSM guy.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

It's time again for the KCR Fall Shoot!

For those of you who enjoy the noise, the smell of cordite, the opportunity to shoot a few new weapons, and watching the exhibition of military weaponry in a very friendly but safe environment, the Knob Creek Range Fall Shoot is not to be missed!

The last time I was there for a fall shoot was in 2004 so I'm really looking forward to going this year. See you enthusiasts on Saturday, October 14th!!

Other uses for the IRS

A dad walks into the market followed by his ten-year-old son. The kid is spinning a 25-cent piece in the air and catching it between his teeth. As they walk through the market someone bumps into the boy at just the wrong moment and the coin goes straight into his mouth and lodges in his throat. He immediately starts choking and going blue in the face and Dad starts panicking, shouting and screaming for help.

A middle-aged, fairly unnoticeable man in a gray suit is sitting at a coffee bar in the market reading his newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion he looks up, puts his coffee cup down on the saucer, neatly folds his newspaper and places it on the counter. He gets up from his seat and makes his unhurried way across the market.

Reaching the boy (who is still standing, but only just) the man carefully takes hold of the kid's testicles and squeezes gently but firmly. After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the 25-cent piece, which the man catches in his free hand. Releasing the boy, the man hands the coin to the father and walks back to his seat in the coffee bar without saying a word.

As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no lasting ill effects, the father rushes over to the man and starts effusively thanking him. The man looks embarrassed and brushes off the father's thanks.

As he's about to leave, the father asks one last question: "I've never seen anybody do anything like that before -- it was fantastic -- what are you, a surgeon or something like that?"

"Oh, good heavens no" the man replies, "I work for the IRS."

Findling: A voice of honesty in Ms. Magazine?

As some of you know, I do not take the issue of abortion lightly; nor do I approach it as an issue that is solely religious, scientific, or political. It is much larger than that. It is an issue of the heart and of the mind. It is a "choice" that, when taken lightly, can ruin the life of the woman who makes it. I speak from personal experience and am only able to do so because I dealt with it before it cost me my life. Others are not always so fortunate.

I saw this article and thought, "oh great, more false pride over a devastating 'choice'." Then, as I read it, I realized that only one woman in the crowd of feminist voices was being honest with herself and with women who might actually read the "We Had Abortions" issue of Ms. Magazine. Thank God for women like Debbie Findling of San Francisco! From the article:
She says too many of her allies in the abortion-rights movement tend to minimize, at least publicly, the psychological impact of abortion.

"It's emotionally devastating," she said in a phone interview. "I don't regret my decision but I regret having been put in the position to have to make that choice. It's something I'll live with for the rest of my life."
Debbie, as one who had to deal with her own grief over "choice," I appreciate your voice of sanity and honesty. I am glad that Ms. Magazine didn't drop you from the list because you chose to be honest. Thank you for your words. I hope that young women worldwide read and understand your words because it could save their lives one day.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I do not advocate a total ban on abortion in the United States. I believe it is sometimes a sad but necessary procedure that should remain available (without government funding). However, I do advocate very tight restrictions and much better education on the psychological impact of abortion on the mother. Abortion, which is so lightly called "choice," is life-altering in ways that young women will not immediately understand nor recognize without help.

I once stood among pro-lifers outside of a local abortion clinic in Louisville. And sadly, I must tell you that protesting with cries of "don't kill your baby!" does no good. Young women who make this "choice" out of fear or out of a desire to continue their lives undisturbed by an inconvenient pregnancy will not respond to that emotional cry. They are fearful and self-focused.

For these young women to stop and consider what they are doing, they need to know that their psychological well-being will be jeopardized in ways they are not able to recognize, in ways that may ruin their lives and their wills to live. A woman's body knows when she's a mother and knows when she's killed the life inside her -- that is a wound to the heart and the mind that no young woman expects and very few will be equipped to deal with honestly until it's too late. One young death is a shame but two young deaths is a tragedy.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A perv is a perv... unless he's a Democrat?

I've had just about all I can stand of the nonsense surrounding various calls for Speaker Hastert to step down due to his handling of the Foley mess. And, dare I mention the load of articles predicting the demise of the Republican party in midterm elections because of Foley? It's getting ridiculous. The guys at Powerline, as usual, have it right.

Let's get this straight, folks: a pervert is a pervert regardless of his political affiliation. They come in all flavors -- heterosexual, gay, black, white, Conservative, Liberal -- get the picture? The American public understand this and will vote the way they intend to vote regardless of which party Foley is a member. It is nonsense to assume, as many in the MSM seem to be doing, that this inappropriate and reprehensible behavior will impact an entire political party. We all know that perverts exist in all walks of life and are not just members of one party or the other. Can it possibly be that we, the people, see things more clearly than the liberal elites who write the newspapers? *gasp!*

As for Hastert's handling of the situation, I understand that he handled it per the parents' wishes when they contacted him about the "overly familiar" email exchanges between Foley and their son. The REAL issue is that the transcripts of instant messaging (IM) exchanges did not come to light until years after they actually happened. Who had them? Why were they not released to the proper authorities immediately? If there is blame to be laid on anyone other than Foley himself it is with the person who knew about and held this information. THAT is the sickest part of this whole mess.