Sunday, December 16, 2007

Restore Funding for the Border Fence

If you haven't been paying close attention to DC lately, you might have missed this bit of Congressional trickery:

Without explanation, Congress has stripped away $3 billion in desperately needed funds to build the Border Fence that it approved last year and to provide for other border security.

That's right—without telling the public, Congress is pulling the plug on the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence that it voted for with such enthusiasm last year (just before they asked voters to re-elect them).

[...] Time is
critical—Congress will finalize this funding question before Christmas!

Grassfire.org has done a great job of laying out the events leading up to this bit of treachery by Congress in a special report, "Government Border Fence Trickery." Read it to find out how these types of "scams" are conducted.

Take action today by signing this petition to let Congress know that you care about illegal immigration and that you're paying attention! My name's on it and I've forwarded it to friends and family. If citizens don't monitor and act each time legislation is passed and then quietly "unpassed," legislative trickery like this goes unnoticed by the masses. It's up to each of us to stay on top of our public servants. After all, "We" are the boss, aren't we?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"American Troops are Winning"

[...] "In short, for the sake of placating MoveOn.org and other radical anti-war groups, the Democratic leadership is willing to lay off thousands of employees in America and under cut the incredible success of our troops in Iraq. Such logic is perverse and infuriating, especially to courageous Democrats like Reps. Brian Baird and Jim Marshall, who have moved beyond partisanship to support the success being achieved in Iraq." [...]

Lt. Pete Hegseth, who served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division from 2005 to 2006, is executive director of Vets for Freedom. Read the terrific editorial he wrote; it appears in today's Washington Times.

Terrorists say the darnedest things.

Interviewer: "How could Syrian intelligence get to Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi? What was their purpose? What did Syrian intelligence want?"

Jawhar: "It is not in the Syrians' interest for Iraq to remain calm even for a moment. They benefit from this. The more Iraq is destroyed, the more pleased they are, because if the Americans feel comfortable in Iraq, they will move on to many other places. For the same reasons, it is not in the Iranians' interest... I don't know if you noticed, but the Shi'ites started fighting the Americans only two years ago. It's not the Shi'ites - the Iranians asked them to fight, and sent them weapons, explosive devices, and so on, because if the Americans feel comfortable in Iraq, they will move on to the other areas. Have you forgotten about the New Middle East?"

[...]


MEMRI has posted excerpts from (and a link to the video of) an Al-Arabiya TV Interview with a Former Al-Qaeda Trainer in Iraq. Shehada Jawhar, is a former Al-Qaeda official in charge of training in Iraq. The interview with him aired on Al-Arabiya TV on December 7, 2007. In the interview, he discusses his journey to Iraq via Syria, the training and operations he carried out, his brothers in jihad, Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi, and the role played by Syrian intelligence.

It's interesting to read Jawhar's comments and how casually he throws out information. I would assume that intelligence agencies know this stuff anyway so he's under no illusion that it's secret any longer, I suppose. His tone, his words, his whole attitude just hammer home the one thought I've had for a while now with regard to the type of people who become terrorists. These animals are just foreign neighborhood thugs -- it's ridiculous that we need armies to squelch them. Really. Why not simply offer them shiny, expensive trinkets and free webcams instead...

Ah yes. It's a sick joke!

The Pope took a couple of days off to visit the mountains of Alaska for some sight-seeing. He was cruising along the campground in the Pope-mobile when there was a frantic commotion just at the edge of the woods.

A helpless environmentalist, wearing sandals, shorts, a "Save the Whales" hat, and an "I love Al Gore" T-shirt, was screaming while struggling frantically, thrashing around trying to free himself from the grasp of a 10-foot grizzly bear.

As the Pope watched horrified, a group of Republican loggers came racing up. One quickly fired a .44 magnum into the bear's chest. The other two reached up and pulled the bleeding, semiconscious environmentalist from the bear's grasp. Then using long clubs, the three loggers finished off the bear and two of them threw it onto the bed of their truck while the third tenderly placed the injured environmentalist in the back seat.

As they prepared to leave, the Pope summoned them to come over. "I give you my blessing for your brave actions!" he told them. "I heard there was a bitter hatred between Republican loggers and Democratic environmental activists but now I've seen with my own eyes that this is not true."

As the Pope drove off, one of the loggers asked his buddies, "Who was that guy?"

"It was the Pope," another replied. "He's in direct contact with heaven and has access to all wisdom."

"Well," the logger said, "he may have access to all wisdom but he sure don't know anything about bear hunting! Is the bait holding up, or do we need to go back to Massachusetts to get another one?"

(Thanks for the chuckle tonight, Monkfish!!)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Merry Freakin' Christmas. Here's your furlough.

Initial Pentagon Furlough Notices to Be Sent Out This Week

Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has notified Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin that a notice of pending furloughs will be sent to 100,000 affected civilian employees and contractors this week.

While leftwing politicians play games with the funding for our troops and their operations during wartime in an effort to somehow "hurt" President Bush, civil service workers will be the first to pay the price. Over 100,000 civilian employees are going to be furloughed without pay.

Sadly, the only Christmas image I can seem to picture is that of Reid & Pelosi as Mr. and Mrs. Santa smiling, waving, and saying, "Ha Ha Ha! Merry freakin' Christmas! Here's your furlough! (I hope you weren't expecting a bow on this...)"

Let's hope those clowns stop screwing around with funding our troops and their services this way during wartime. Drop them a note, folks. Call their offices. Tell them that America's men and women in uniform deserve better than this!

(Thank you, Johnny Waltz, for the reminder and the link.)

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Pork and Conservatism... pass the antacids

I have been quietly watching the ramp-up to 2008's elections. I've tried to hold my tongue. Really, I have. However, my eyes have been opened now to the stupor into which I allowed myself to be lulled by the same old songs of Republican politicians. I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!

So why am I all up in arms this afternoon? In preparation for some tough choices in the GOP primary in 2008, I began doing some research online. Lo and behold, among my travels online, I found some of my favorite Conservatives rated badly on the Club for Growth's RePORK Cards for the Senate and the House. Let's just say that I was offended to find only ONE of Kentucky's Senators on the list of Top 10 Anti-Pork Senators! (Again, thank you for your true Conservatism, Senator Bunning.)

In the "good old days," Conservatives rejected an overblown federal government whose voracious appetite for bigger and bigger spending meant more taxes and subsequently an overabundance of dollars that weren't actually even needed at the federal level and thusly could be granted willy nilly back to the states as "favors." In a nutshell, "pork." I thought that pork was anathema to Conservatives who struggled to downsize the cost and the span of our federal government. I thought getting federal government to stick to its charter was the general idea.

Heck, it seems to me that pork and Conservatism are just a recipe for political indigestion. Is that an outdated taste? Have I missed the appeal of the trendy, embellished plate of Conservatism that was pushed on a cart past my table? It now seems to be a big hit among those at other tables.

I ask this because, in the Republican party of today, the taste for that trendy, bigger plate seems to have replaced the sparse, yet functional smaller dish that was my Conservative plate. Granted, it wasn't as pretty; there are no drizzles of dark chocolate with a fresh flower on the edge; however, it filled a need and did it without causing harm. I'm left wondering what has become of my Conservative ideology. The one from back in the "good old days" when pork was pork and Conservatism meant you simply said "No, thank you" and had a slice of lean beef instead.

Shouldn't Conservative Senators and Congressmen be cutting our taxes at the federal level and promoting federal legislation that promotes a reduction in the dictatorship over the economy and future of each state? Isn't it time to allow the states to determine their own futures and to build environments in which individuals thrive? Fire the fancy chef and get me a good short order cook, please!

Look, I'm not going to name names in this post. I'd prefer not to because it only aids and abets the Liberals and, let's get one thing straight, I do not intend to further ANY Leftist agenda for this country. I am not a fan of socialism, communism, or any other political ideology that denies the individual. What I will say is that some of the current election ads running in my state are really causing me intestinal upset. I cannot believe I am watching an alleged Conservative advertise the pork he has brought home to his state! Why not work to get federal legislation back in line rather than putting your state at the teat of Nanny Fed so that she can grant us "favors?" I am ashamed.

So, for Republican candidates and pundits, allow me to issue a polite warning. Don't come to ConservaChick looking for favorable commentary on "compassionate conservatism," "Christian conservatism," or any other flavor but Goldwater Conservatism. I will no longer idly support a Republican in the hope that he or she will come back home to true Conservatism.

It's time to pop some antacids and get back to the true work of Conservatism before we are all devoured by the voracious monster we call the federal government.

(*burp* Excuse me!)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Conservative Diversity on Parade

Like every other blogger on the planet, I have a few thoughts to share regarding last night's GOP debate on CNN. I know there are supposed to be no original thoughts left in the universe but I truly haven't seen these expressed elsewhere.

The candidates were all in fine form last night -- looked good, sounded good. None seemed to stumble horribly or cave in to using the usual ambiguous answers. I was quite proud to see that each candidate seemed on fire with his own brand of Conservatism last night. I ws energized by it actually.

The proof that Conservatism is a thinkers political ideology was in abundant evidence. Just as intellects come in all shapes and sizes -- from the rough and tumble biker with the 180 IQ to the clean cut PhD in Physics -- Conservatives are much the same. Our ideology covers quite a spectrum of thought and representation. Listen to Rush Limbaugh's radio show any given day of the week and you'll hear callers that cover this same spectrum, from teenagers to truckers to PhDs in Cosmology.

Yes, ours is a big tent and we had the candidates on stage last night to prove it. From Huckabee's Christian Conservatism to Guilani and Romney's Compassionate Conservatism to McCain's "Why can't we all just get along?" Conservatism to Ron Paul's Constitutionalist Conservatism to Hunter's Second Amendment Conservatism to Tancredo's "Rule of Law" Conservatism, there was a candidate for every flavor of Conservative on this fruited plain. It was a thing of beauty to behold! I was so very, very proud to see each and every flavor of the ideology on display in such fine form.

Many Republicans are livid today as evidence continues to roll in on the planted questions used by CNN in the debate. Rightly so, actually. A Primary debate should be different from a General Election debate. Only Republicans should be asking the questions of their candidates during the Primary; after all, it is we who will decide our nominee for the General Election, not the Democrats or the Independents. In a General Election, it's fair game for any voter to ask questions of any candidate.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that CNN's political editors took their best shots at forcing the "stereotypical" Conservative image center stage last night. The planted YouTube questions made it glaringly obvious during the debate. Any Conservative worth his or her weight noticed it early on. The fact that the sham questioners were unmasked so immediately is clear evidence to me that CNN's political staff knew what they were doing but underestimated the intelligence (and research skills) of their Conservative audience.

The questions were nothing but standard mockeries of and jabs at the Liberal stereotypes of Conservatives. Our candidates did a fine job in politely picking those stereotypes apart with their thoughtful and honest answers. One by one, they picked those stereotypes apart in each "flavor" of Conservatism at which they were aimed. I am very proud to have watched Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, and Ron Paul use those sham questions as opportunities to educate the television audience on Conservatism. Smart, smart men who all happen to vary slightly to greatly in their variety of Conservatism. BRAVO, fellas!

Today I find myself feeling grateful that CNN's political editors pulled those shenanigans in the GOP Primary debate. Their miscalculated chicanery provided a wonderful spotlight for our candidates -- each and every variety of Conservative -- in which they put those tired old Conservative stereotypes to rest and educated the television audience on just how big a tent it takes to cover the political ideology of Conservatism.

While some Conservative and GOP groups are burning up the 'net with calls for the resignation/firing of the Political Editors at CNN -- and there's certainly reason to do so -- I'd simply like to say "Thanks! Nice work, CNN!" They did more public good for Conservatism in that two hours than I've seen done in ages!

It's nice to see some badly-needed points made for Conservatism: (1) CNN's actions in choosing the planted YouTube questions finally confirmed its collusion with the Left; (2) Old, worn out Liberal stereotypes of Conservatives were shattered on national TV; and (3) Conservative thought was voiced eloquently in terms that were welcoming and educational for voters who needed enlightenment on our political ideology.

All in all, it was a wonderful evening of Conservative diversity on parade. No rainbow flags needed... they did it peacefully and in grand, understated, Conservative style. Nice work, candidates!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Scary but Addictive!

Want to spend tons of free time drilling down into interesting data, searching on your favorite causes, and worrying about the current color of your state according to FEC data? Thanks to Dave at Political Base, ConservaChick herself may not sleep tonight... Kentucky is BLUE right now! ACK!

The non-partisan folks at Political Base have plotted FEC contributions on Google maps. They do roll-ups at the metro, city and zip code level and you can also run custom searches like "ACLU" to see individual contributions across the map.

WARNING: The use of the Political Base website is not only addictive but it's a little scary! Symptoms may include sweating, anxiety, delirium, and nausea. Please consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms after spending too much time with the FEC data in the fun format provided.

Nice work, Political Base! Thanks for the heads up on this fun tool, Dave!

Maintaining a Positive Outlook

Provide yourself with a positive outlook on the future of this country using just your computer! Here's how:

1. Create a new folder on your computer.
2. Name it 'Hillary Clinton'
3. Send it to the trash.
4. Empty the trash.
5. Your PC will ask you, 'Do you really want to get rid of 'Hillary Clinton?'
6. Firmly Click 'Yes.'
7. Feel Better.
8. Tomorrow we'll do Ted Kennedy.


(Thanks for that chuckle, Mark!)

Highway to Hell

From our friend Johnny Waltz with Veterans for Freedom, his slide show of the convoy from Kuwait to Iraq.

Thanks for sharing your pictures with us at ConservaChick, Johnny!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Heroes at the Holidays

Special dispatch for ConservaChick readers from Ryan Gill at Move America Forward:

Starting Monday, November 26th, Move America Forward will wage a huge, cross country pro-troop holiday tour called "Honoring Heroes at the Holidays Tour."

We will have pro-troop rallies and events in 40 cities across America for the next three weeks, and at each event they'll collect signed Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday greeting cards that will be delivered to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are collecting over 100,000 cards in this effort - and given the current rate the cards have been coming in to our headquarters at Move America Forward -- that goal could well be exceeded.

Please help us spread the word of this effort and forward this link to the Move America Forward tour route so patriotic Americans all across the nation can do their part to show their support for our troops who will be serving more than 7,000 miles away from their families, friends and homes during the holidays.

VIEW THE TOUR ITINERARY ROUTE

When the "Honoring Our Heroes at the Holidays" national pro-troop tour ends on December 16th (in New York City), Move America Forward will then have a delegation fly to Iraq and hand-deliver the final batch of cards to our troops on Christmas Day.

We want to bring out great crowds to these events and collect huge numbers of Christmas/Hanukkah/holiday cards for our troops.

Note from ConservaChick: Even though the tour won't be passing through Kentucky, please do what you can to help make this effort a roaring success! Forwarding this email to everyone you know who may be anywhere near the tour route would be a real good start. Sending donations to Move America Forward is another great way to show your support.

Achmed the Dead Terrorist

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hillaryous!

The seven dwarfs always left to go work in the mine early each morning. As always, Snow White stayed home doing her domestic chores. As lunchtime approached, she would prepare their lunch and carry it to the mine.

One day as she arrived at the mine with the lunch, she saw that there had been a terrible cave-in. Tearfully, and fearing the worst, Snow White began calling out, hoping against hope that the dwarfs had somehow survived.

"Hello, hello!" she shouted. "Can anyone hear me? Hello!"

For a long while, there was no answer. Losing hope, Snow White again shouted, "Hello! Is anyone down there?"

Just as she was about to give up all hope, there came a faint voice from deep within the mine. "Vote for Hillary, Vote for Hillary."

Snow White fell to her knees, crossed herself and prayed, "Oh, thank you, God! At least Dopey is still alive."

(Thanks for sharing that one with me, Mark!)

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Chelsea Clinton recently attended the speech of an Army Sergeant who was awarded several medals for his bravery in Iraq. She listened to his speech intently.

Afterward, Chelsea approached the war hero and said, "Thank you for your service, Sergeant. Your speech was interesting and, after hearing it, I wonder if there's anything at all that you're afraid of!"

The Sergeant said, "Well, yes ma'am. There are three things I fear: Osama, Obama, and your mama."

(Thanks to Tommy at the Moose Club for this one!)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's that time of the year again here in the United States when we who choose to be politically incorrect -- ignore the whole "we took this land from the Native Americans" thing -- and give thanks for all of our blessings anyway.

This year instead of my usual ramblings about all that I have to be thankful for, I will try a new tactic and be brief. I am grateful to God for everything and everyone in my life, for all that I am able to do for others, for all that I am able to do for myself, and for the grace and generosity of the country I call home and my fellow countrymen.

God bless you all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

In honor of "turkey day," I hope you'll enjoy this video clip as much as I did...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

LOST? Well, not yet...

Can you believe that our president and the Congress might just be willing to give up the United States' sovereignty to the United Nations? Courtesy of the UN and their "Law of the Sea Treaty" (LOST), our government just might be ready to sign over our sovereignty. Scary, isn't it?

... "This treaty is an affront to American national sovereignty. It would give the United Nations authority over much of the world's oceans, including the power to regulate and tax deep-sea mining, and redistribute the proceeds to Third World governments. Moreover, its "hortatory language" provisions are a loaded weapon that activist trial lawyers could easily wield to force the U.S. to adopt laws that the American people's elected representatives otherwise would not." ...

[Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute]

By supporting something as heinous as this treaty, President Bush continues to alienate the true Conservative base. As with illegal immigration, the president is simply on the wrong side of the issue. I really don't understand how any Republican could even CONSIDER this treaty! Of course, since President Bush is not up for re-election next year it's no skin off his back; however, it certainly will be for any Republican that goes along with the President's push to get this treaty through Congress.

Smart Americans have been fighting against LOST since Ronald Reagan's first term in office. Take a few minutes to educate yourself on The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) using the videos below. To read more in depth information, visit the
Competitive Enterprise Institute.

(For the record, Senator McConnell has come out against this treaty recently. It's so nice to have him back on the Right side of issues again!)



Sunday, November 18, 2007

Fighting the Battle at Home


It has been a little over a week now since I attended the Veterans for Freedom Townhall meeting in Middletown. I'm embarrassed that it has taken so long to recount the event here on ConservaChick; however, even though it's been a week, I find myself still amazed at the caliber of people I met at that Townhall Meeting. That caliber ran from disgraceful to honorable. (You may be surprised at who I would include in the honorable category.)
As I posted here at ConservaChick prior to the event, we expected a hassle from the loony Left in Louisville. Apparently, they couldn't drum up the resources to make a big showing so they opted instead to attend the meeting. (Either that or the Middletown police presence made them think twice.)

The meeting was opened by Johnny Waltz who is a disabled Navy veteran. Johnny served onboard the USS George Washington from 2000-2004 and was involved in Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Johnny serves as the Kentucky chapter leader for Veterans for Freedom and writes prolifically on veterans' issues and is active in his support for our troops and our cause. NPR did a story about him and his struggle to obtain the help he needed after returning home. Google his name and you'll see that this veteran has been an amazing supporter of our efforts and our troops all while struggling with his own disability.

I was struck by the earnest, caring, and straight-forward speech Johnny gave. His speech was short and packed with pieces of wisdom that made him seem older than his years. I thought he hit the nail squarely on the head in this bit of his speech:

... "Many use bumper sticker slogans such as 'Free Tibet,' 'Save Darfur,' 'Feed the World' -- these slogans betray the fickle attitude behind the motivation for actually doing something.

Too many 'activists' think 'caring' is enough but despite television spots, celebrity endorsements, and plenty of pity, Tibet is not free, the world is not fed, and Darfur is far from saved." ...
How right he is! How easy is it to slap a bumper sticker on your car? How easy is it to spout empty words in "support" of a cause? It's the easiest thing in the world! What is harder is to take real and meaningful action that supports the men and women who are taking real and meaningful action on our behalf. Johnny Waltz doesn't sit idly by knowing that he took action; He does not let his contribution stop there. He is active on the homefront even after serving his country and giving so much of himself in wartime. He should be justly proud of his efforts both overseas in service to his country and here at home in service to his countrymen. I believe he is a rarity. God bless him and all that he does; this country could use more patriots like him!

Michael Strunk is an Army veteran who did two tours of duty in Iraq. He was a part of our forces that carried out the initial invasion of Iraq. On his second tour of duty he returned to Iraq after the insurgency had begun to make a mess of things. He remarked on how dramatically different those “two” Iraqis were.

Michael spoke with the studied thoughtfulness and emotion you might expect to actually conflict -- the wisdom of someone twice his age and the emotion of someone his actual age. The two came together in a speech that touched on just about everything that you and I might want to know about the conflict in Iraq. All while highlighting the nonsense in the rhetoric spouted by current detractors of our efforts in Iraq.

One of the things that stuck with me after hearing Michael's speech was what he relayed about the day of 9-11-01. Prior to joining the service, Michael said that he had not been a model of maturity; He partied into the wee hours of many mornings and slept his days away. On September 11th, a friend called and awakened him with the news of the terrorist attacks. Michael simply hung up the phone, rolled over and went back to sleep. When his friend called again, he said to Michael, "Man, you're sleeping through history!" According to Michael, this is what awakened him to wanting to do more with his life. I don't know if Michael's friend realizes it or not but that phrase is quite profound. It still applies to many Americans today as more than half of this country continues to "sleep through history."

[Michael was amazingly patient in answering questions and handling commentary from the old hippies. They didn't seem to be able to ruffle his feathers. Nice job, Michael.]

Erwin Roberts, who filed papers with the FEC back in May of this year to run against John Yarmuth (KY-3) in 2008, was invited to speak at the Townhall Meeting. I ran into both old and new friends who are associated with the campaign. Erwin Roberts has chosen great people for his team.

Not just for his astute selection of people for his campaign staff but for other reasons as well, I was impressed with Mr. Roberts. He currently serves in the Army Reserves as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) while working for a local law firm here in Louisville. He and I are both Army brats and there is an inherent understanding that comes from a shared military style childhood. I respect the character built by life in a military family. It’s hard to communicate what that means exactly so suffice to say that to understand, you’d have to live it. I certainly respect his service to our country both in the military and in public service to the Commonwealth. I wish him all the best in his run to represent Kentucky's third district in 2008.

After watching
John Yarmuth disgrace Kentuckians in the third district since his election, I am sickened by the thought that other Americans probably don’t have a clue how smart and insightful we Kentuckians actually are and how very much we love our country. Yarmuth dishonors and disrespects the very institution, the very people, he was sworn to serve. I hope the people in the third district speak loudly at the polls in 2008 and replace Yarmuth with an honorable man like Erwin Roberts. It's time to put the Yarmuth brand of idiocy out to pasture.

The two back rows of this townhall meeting were full of rear ends belonging to people who make a habit of showing their rear ends in public by trashing our troops, lying about our Commander-in-Chief, and running down America on a regular basis. You can find them any given weekend protesting something or other but most often it’s the war and the president. I can't even begin to count the number of times I've stood near these Vietnam-era rejects when the local chapter of Protest Warrior was more active. I recognized their faces immediately and anticipated the worst.



[In the very last row, slouched down as if to say, "I'm embarrassed to be here," sat a local Lefty who likes to label himself a Vietnam Vet. He loved to give interviews as a "Vietnam Vet" when Kerry was running in 2004.]

It was interesting that the old hippy contingent chose to sit almost quietly and not disrupt the meeting. I say "almost" because when Erwin Roberts thanked the veterans for their service, he used the word men. (Ooooh, how politically incorrect of him not to have noticed one gray-headed old female hippy who claims to have served!) Naturally, she felt a need to shout, "and WOMEN!"

I truly expected the usual disrespect they exhibit regularly to be a total distraction during this meeting. I'm happy to report that they showed some respect for a change and, for that, I was grateful.

After the speeches, the floor was opened for questions. We all expected the loony Left in attendance to start with the baiting and taunting. Shockingly enough, they didn't. Instead, we heard from another Iraq veteran who stood in the back of the meeting. As it turns out, he had an inspiring story of his own about his time in Iraq. I was proud to have been the person who invited him to the Townhall Meeting.



[Will Creaseman served in the infantry in Iraq and has been active in
his own support for our troops
and our Commander-in-Chief on the homefront.]

["Follow me!" The infantry produces some awesome chicken eaters
and beer drinkers... we know... we bought him dinner after the townhall meeting.]

After a small but peaceful question period, the meeting was closed and we mingled. I approached the gray-headed female who felt compelled to yell “and WOMEN!” earlier simply to offer my thanks for not making a mockery of the meeting. I told both she and the young man next to her, "I really appreciate the respect you showed for these veterans today. Thank you for not being disruptive or disrespectful."

She said to me, "I'm a veteran. I haven't fought in Iraq."

I suppose that was her way of saying that she thought it wrong to be disrespectful of other vets. This would indeed be an ironic sentiment if I’ve guessed correctly since she participates in protests that ARE disrespectful of our veterans and our country.

I asked if they heard anything from the vets during the meeting that enlightened them about this war. I expected their typical ascerbic response of "Ha! Right!" or for them to completely ignore my presence; however, like a breath of fresh air, the young man sitting next to the gray-headed woman said that he had heard some interesting stories that he might not otherwise have heard. I found his honesty and civility very refreshing; I’ve been around these folks a number of times and this was a real first!

What a difference from the gray-headed Vietnam-era rejects that usually turn their heads and ignore any “noise” from my side of the equation! This guy might just be the future of the Left in this country in which case there is hope that civility may return to the American political arena one day. He introduced himself as Abel; The gray-headed hippy deigned no introduction of herself. One thing I find very interesting about the Left in this country -- and you see it here at ConservaChick all the time in the comments section -- is that they either will not introduce themselves or they will give you their first names only; We Conservatives tend to introduce ourselves to everyone equally regardless of their political ideology. Interesting anti-social behavior for Lefties who claim to want equality, peace, and love, don't you think?
As we were having a civil conversation and I had fully endorsed their right to free speech, the gray-headed woman asked what it was that I found so offensive about what they had to say. I told her I disliked the way they continued to misrepresent the war, our troops, and our president at a very critical time in world history. I have a real issue with the banner -- "Bush lied" – when, according to that pseudo-logic, so did Clinton and the leaders of so many other civilized countries. It’s just so completely out of context.

A sloppy man, looking to me to be about the same age as the gray-headed woman, had flopped down in a chair next to her about that time in our conversation. He piped in with, "Well he DID lie!" (Heck, it was less that he “piped in” and more that he came just short of yelling.) It was clear that the loonier of the Lefty contingent had just interrupted and derailed the conversation, as they so often do. Evidently, the time for honest dialog had been declared over.

I said to him, "Look, I'm not going to engage in this debate; it's old, it's tired. Anyway, it was nice talking to you."


To which Mr. Loon replied, "Well it wasn't nice talking to YOU!"

He continued, "As a matter of fact, maybe we ought to just stop talking! I've got plenty of signs out in my car and I'll go get them! I'll show you 'nice!'" With that, he jumped up and ran out the front door in hot pursuit of his protest fix. It was a surreal moment in an otherwise very nice day.

Somehow I think folks like Johnny Waltz, Michael Strunk, and Erwin Roberts, who are patriotic in a more traditional way, would fully understand that I would include Abel on the list of honorable people I met that day. That young man seemed to be the only sane Lefty in attendance and he may represent the other type of patriotic that the Left likes to tout -- the type that want to understand, need to question, and hope to do what's best for our country. I respect an individual's right to disagree in an ongoing effort to learn and to understand; however, I respect it even more when done in a thoughtful, diplomatic, and friendly way. Given enough time we might just have had an agreeable conversation and gained some insight into the thinking behind each position on the current state of affairs. Then again... maybe not; At least he tried.

It’s clear to me that we've won our war on the Iraqi front; The remaining work is on the day-to-day political landscape there. The good news is that we seem to be making progress on that now as well. I just hope we'll make progress on that same front here at home soon!

[Michael Strunk and Will Creaseman -- Army brothers.]


[Johnny Waltz brought these stickers and cards. I didn't ask him for the story but would love for him to tell us in a comment if he's inclined. Obviously Matt Maupin is someone who needs to be kept in our prayers.]

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Earmark Reform

This is an idea whose time is long overdue! Senator Jim DeMint has quickly become our Conservative watchdog in the Senate and I couldn't be happier about his current drive to reform the earmark process in Congress. Frankly, I'd like to see the practice ended entirely but I'd be willing to settle for a reform that makes the process more transparent.

Regardless of your party affiliation, I think we all agree that the way earmarks are handled in Congress has become a disgrace. Conservatives will tell you that Congress has no business collecting taxes that are used for state projects anyway; Liberals might tell you that they would prefer a more transparent way to fund these types of projects. The current process is cloaked in darkness and, if I'm not mistaken, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had previously vowed to bring it into the light of day. That hasn't happened yet. It's time. It's long past time!

"To all members of Congress:

It's time to close the Congressional Favor Factory. That starts with eliminating wasteful earmarks that cost American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year and undermine their faith in Congress.

I support Senator Jim DeMint's fight for commonsense earmark reform."

Help Senator DeMint reform this disgraceful process by signing this online petition.

If you're undecided, please take the time to watch his video and do a little research. It's worth your time and it's definitely worth your signature! My signature is there already!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

"I want to be an individual just like everyone else!"

There are so many follow-up and new items that I'd like to post tonight; however, one of ConservaChick's many "Anonymous" commenters has used a word in his/her commentary that has sparked a rant in my head that must be written. (I apologize in advance for the tangent.)



This sentence from Anonymous's comment is what prompted this post tonight:


..."I see this is still just a polarizing, name-calling place where people admire war and question the patriotism of others. "...



While I could waste a lot of time defending the uncensored and open atmosphere for which ConservaChick is known, I won't. I will simply say that I post what I feel is important, interesting, or humorous because it's my blog. In return, if anyone is offended, interested, or moved by anything on this blog he/she is welcome to post his/her comments knowing that they will be left intact, unaltered, and never removed. I believe this is about as fair as anyone could be in this sort of medium.



I have a severe problem with anyone -- Conservative/Liberal, Republican/Democrat -- attempting to shame me (or any other human being) into censoring the quotes, jokes, or commentary on ConservaChick. "Political correctness" is the groupthink of the radical Left and George Orwell; it has no place on this blog as I am an individual.



Every American who exercises his/her free speech rights should face the fact that others may not necessarily agree with him/her when he/she chooses to air an opinion. As an American, a blogger, and a conversationalist, I faced that fact long ago. We are -- as every Conservative should be proud to acknowledge -- individuals. We may have to teach those on the Liberal side about individuality but that's okay; I'm willing to exercise some patience on that score.



That individuals may become polarized is a consequence of groupthink more than it is a consequence of individuals who choose to air their opinions. The word "polarize" has become synonymous with politics the past eight or so years. Why? Polarization is created when there are only two choices available. People who are unwilling to stand outside the crowd, to disagree with pieces/planks of their party's platform, to acknowledge the limits of any organization, to let go of long-held, party-endorsed beliefs when evidence is clearly contrary, cling to their party positions out of fear. Every political party has its blind zealots and they create this chasm in the middle where the individual thinkers are found.



This is why I find it so very difficult at times to describe my political ideology. I settled on Conservative (with a capital C) because that ideology is closest to what I believe is best for the United States based on my own private studies. While this leads me to vote Republican most often, the Republican party adopted planks in the 1980s that run counter to my "Goldwater Conservative" beliefs. I often run afoul of others in the GOP because I am not a "social conservative." I believe that the three branches of government have no business exercising any powers other than those enumerated in the US Constitution.



Political parties themselves have become polarized lately by the more radical and vocal elements on the Left and Right of each ideology. This is what is wrong with our political system at this point in US history; there are only two choices available to people who choose not to think for themselves. The majority of citizens in the US don't pay enough attention to political issues to do their own thinking anymore and so they cling blindly to their pole -- left or right, positive or negative, Democrat or Republican.



I have really longed for the day when individuals who are tired of feeling trapped in an either/or position politically, banded together in large enough numbers to create more choices in our political representation. And, evidently, I'm not alone, folks. Take a look at the front runners in Republican primary right now. They're not your typical "social conservatives" nor are they your typical black or white choices. I am greatly encouraged by this!



While I really disliked ConservaChick being labeled with a broad, sweeping, incorrect, generalization from an anonymous commenter, I am glad for the thoughts that it provoked this evening. Since "Anonymous" has chosen to stop reading ConservaChick, I'll just post my thanks for the rest of you. When you comment here, you add to the discussion even if you don't like the response/results; you add to the mixture of life that keeps a brain pumping. Call me silly, if you must, but I do believe that's just about the opposite of polarization. Isn't it?

What's on the menu?

A cannibal was walking through the jungle and came upon a restaurant operated by a fellow cannibal. Feeling somewhat hungry, he sat down and looked over the menu...

+ Tourist: $5
+ Broiled Missionary: $10.00
+ Fried Explorer: $15.00
+ Baked Democrat: $100.00
+ Grilled Republican: $100.00

The cannibal called the waiter over and asked, "Why such a price difference for the politicians?"

The cook replied, "Have you ever tried to clean one? They're so full of shit, it takes all morning."

Saturday, November 10, 2007

One more... just for the Marines

I tried and tried but I simply could NOT resist posting this quote that was sent to me by Joe who lives in the heart of darkness (that's Boston, MA -- Liberal Land to the layperson).

Marines, on the occasion of your birthday, here's a little chuckle courtesy of we who admire your courage:
"When you guys get home and face an anti-war protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she's dating a pussy." -- Commanding General, 1st Marine Division
(I hear that the General was Tommy Franks but can't confirm it.)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Compassionate versus Real? Gimme real any day!

It's a bit unfortunate but, there are many times that I find myself wondering where "real" Conservatism has gone. I think of real Conservatism as that ideology well-defined by Barry Goldwater in the 1960s. Read Goldwater's book The Conscience of a Conservative to better understand what I mean by "real" Conservatism.

The root difference between the Conservatives and the Liber-
als of today is that Conservatives take account of the whole man, while the Liberals tend to look only at the material side of man's nature. The Conservative believes that man is, in part, an eco-nomic, an animal creature; but that he is also a spiritual creature with spiritual needs and spiritual desires. What is more, these needs and desires reflect the superior side of man's nature, and thus take precedence over his economic wants. Conservatism therefore looks upon the enhancement of man's spiritual nature as the primary concern of political philosophy. Liberals, on the other hand,--in the name of a concern for "human beings"--regard the satisfaction of economic wants as the dominant mis-sion of society. They are, moreover, in a hurry. So that their characteristic approach is to harness the society's political and economic forces into a collective effort to compel "progress." In this approach, I believe they fight against Nature.

Barry Goldwater would probably spin in his grave if he knew what has become of Conservatism in this country. It was Goldwater's Conservatism that won this country over in 1994 thanks to Newt and company's "Contract with America." Goldwater was a genius; unfortunately, it seems that the only Republicans who understand Goldwater's ideas and know how to implement them are Ronald Reagan (God rest his soul) and Newt Gingrich. (Boy do I ever wish Newt would run in 2008!)

It's my opinion that George W. Bush's introduction of "compassionate Conservatism" was the beginning of the end of Goldwater's real Conservatism. I heard things said in the run up to the 2000 presidential election that I never thought I'd hear from a real Conservative. At that time and at present, Republicans and Libertarians are as close as you can get to Conservatism so Bush was the obvious choice for us. But even now, those of us who miss Goldwater perservere and hope for a return to the bedrock tenets of Conservatism that we saw in the Reagan years.

And so after much meandering, I come to this announcement that crossed the ConservaChick radar today. Given my feelings on the topic, this looks to be a very interesting program set to be broadcast on CSPAN-2 this weekend. Here's the scoop directly from Richard Viguerie:

"Compassionate Conservatism" vs. Real Conservatism
on CSPAN-2 This Weekend

This weekend on After Words, a TV program on CSPAN-2, I [Richard Viguerie] interview former Bush speechwriter and senior policy advisor Michael Gerson about his new book, "Heroic Conservatism."

The program will be telecast at:

9 PM Eastern on Saturday, November 10
6 PM Eastern on Sunday, November 11
9 PM Eastern on Sunday, November 11

In his book, Mr. Gerson argues for "compassionate conservatism," which he promoted while on the inside of the Bush Administration.

In the telecast, I ask Mr. Gerson some hard questions about the Bush Administration's efforts to re-brand the Republican Party and re-define conservatism to embrace a massive expansion of the federal government. I think you will find the program to be very topical, as the battle for the heart and soul of the GOP move into high gear.

More information is available on the C-SPAN website.

Mr. Gerson and I also discuss his belief that, for Republicans to be successful in the future, conservatives need to abandon the governing philosophy held by Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, and millions of grassroots
activists, donors, writers, candidates, and public officials that led to 25 years of election victories and instead adopt the big government, big spending policies of President Bush and his administration.

You can also learn more about his important distinction between "compassionate conservatism" and real conservatism in my [Richard Viguerie's] book, Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause.

Happy 232nd Birthday! (Saturday 11/10/07)

Oh my! Who knew you Marines were so talented?... Nab the bad guys, fight the good fight, and then get on yo' good foot!

Thanks for 232 years of your courage and sacrifice, US Marines! This civilian is damned glad you guys are out there keeping us safe. Happy birthday!!

Happy Veteran's Day (Sunday 11/11/07)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee produced a very nice video to say thanks to our veterans. I'm posting it here simply to add my sincerest thanks to every man and woman who serves this country in uniform.

Being the daughter of a veteran and having been at one time the wife of a servicemember, I'd like to thank not only the veterans but their families as well. I truly understand and appreciate the sacrifices they make every day so that their loved one may serve. Every one of you -- servicemember, wife, husband, daughter, son -- is a hero in my eyes. Thank you all so much for the path you've chosen and the courage it takes to follow.



Send your own Thank You message to our troops at America Supports You!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Your Veteran's Day Duty -- be there or be square!

I want to share the information I received about an exciting event being held this Veteran's Day weekend here in Louisville. Please make plans to attend if you can. It's a great way to honor our military men and women both past and present on Veteran's Day weekend. Honor their sacrifices with a sacrifice of some of your time and attention on Saturday. I hope to see you all there!

In honor of Veterans Day, Vets for Freedom and Vets for Victory will be sponsoring a town hall meeting and troop rally with special guest Kentucky Third District Congressional Candidate Erwin Roberts.

This event will be held at Eastwood Community Center, which is located at 16300 Eastwood Cutoff Road, Louisville KY 40245 at 3:00 P.M. November 10, 2007. If you have any questions please contact Johnny Waltz at 513-488-0982 or email at johnnywaltz2000@gmail.com.

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Yours truly will be there with her "We Support Our Troops" flag and a hearty "thank you" for all of our brave men and women in uniform. I'm really looking forward to hearing from these vets. We don't seem to get enough first-hand information from the mainstream media so let's get it in person when we can!

Be absolutely disgusted but don't be at all surprised when you see a few old relics from the Vietnam era outside this event with their worn out "War is not the answer" signs, waving their support for our troops in the form of "Bush Lied" signs, beating their pickle drums, and chanting some nonsense into bullhorns. Trust me when I tell you that they will be there and they will turn your stomach. If you feel inclined, you might want to bring your own pro-victory signs and flags to stand up to their nonsense. I certainly will!

I guess we could have gift-wrapped this one.

As sad as it is to admit this, I expected the GOP to lose the Governor's mansion this year. My fellow Republicans may still want to debate whether Northup or Harper could have won the general election. It's a worthless debate. The backlash on Republicans this year was written in stone the moment Governor Fletcher pardoned those under scrutiny in the hiring probe. Call it a "witch hunt" all you like, what happened cast a shadow of doubt on a party that hadn't seen the inside of the Governor's mansion in over three decades. That was it.

I canvassed neighborhoods, knocked on doors, called voters, and worked crowds at football games for Governor Fletcher in 2004. I know exactly why he was elected -- citizens, not just Republicans but ALL citizens, were tired of scandal after scandal from Frankfort. They believed Ernie when he said he would clean up Frankfort. Democrats said over and over again to me, "I'm sick of seeing my Governor cry on TV. It's time for a change." They were right.

When I saw Steve Beshear's TV commercials and his performance during interviews, I knew he would be our next governor. Know why? Because he sang a song that was music to the ears of scandal weary Kentuckians: We're all Kentuckians, let's put scandal behind us and start working together again. Never mind that "working together again" actually means Democrats working with Democrats which is what most Kentuckians are used to anyway. People dislike conflict. It's that simple. Beshear's campaign was handled very well, in my opinion. They hit the right chords at the right time. I suppose we should have gift wrapped this election for them; after all, isn't that the polite thing to do when giving someone a gift?

It's not much different that the gift that was given to us by the Patton administration so I won't wail and moan much about it. We blew it and we knew it.

The shame of it all is not really that Governor Fletcher sorely mishandled the scandal that Stumbo and others created out of just about nothing; the shame of it all is that there was ever even the slightest hint of "nothing" with which to generate that scandal. Conservatives tend to hold representatives of their party to a higher standard -- rightly so, especially when those elected officials move into an office that hasn't seen a Republican in 30+ years. The booby traps and mines were laid long ago. I suppose even the brightest are tripped up occasionally. It's said that even Albert Einstein couldn't tie his own shoelaces.

Governor Fletcher was indeed a good governor for this Commonwealth. I hope that history will remember him kindly and that he won't be the last Republican governor for three more decades. It is my fervent hope that Governor-elect Beshear will keep in place the good economic moves made by Governor Fletcher. They had started making a difference. Let's hope that the next administration will have the enlightenment necessary to pull Kentucky out of the bottom half of most economic measurements and get this state on track to greatness.

...oh and for the record, I won't be hoping for a scandal-free Beshear administration because, hey, maybe they can gift wrap the next one for us!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Hooray for Uncle Jay!

Wow. What can I say? There are times when I just cruise the internet and other times when I drill deeper into my favorite sites. Sometimes either method of internet enjoyment pays off. Tonight I cried "Eureka!" when I saw this while drilling deeper into Jib Jab. It may be old; you may have seen it; but it's still priceless! Enjoy!!

Stark raving mad, I tell you!

Fortney Hillman Stark, Jr. is stark raving mad. I base my statement on the video below.



This nonsensical diatribe from Pete Stark (D CA-13) was spewed on the floor of the House today during the Democrats' attempt to override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP bill. (That vote failed, thank goodness.)

I'm embarrassed to admit this but... yours truly used to live in Pete Stark's district in California. (ACK!) Yep, this clown was MY representative in Congress. *sigh* Fortunately, that was many years ago now and I don't recall him embarrassing himself and his constituency back then.

It is obvious to me that Rep. Stark (D CA-13) needs to be removed from his post. The man has obviously lost his marbles. He has not only embarrassed himself and his constituency but he has insulted our men and women in uniform serving this country along with our Commander-in-Chief.

Congressman Stark, dementia has obviously set into that 76-year-old brain of yours; it's time to retire or get booted out. Even in the Liberal Disneyland of California, there are pockets of sanity and respectability -- Fremont, Pleasanton, etc. are saner areas of Stark's district. I would expect that those folks will not be too keen to see this bozo re-elected. He is, after all, Stark raving mad I tell you!

Why don't we hear about THIS on the evening news?!

I don't know about you but *I* certainly didn't hear a peep about this on any of the mainstream evening news shows. Thanks to the press releases from US CENTCOM, I did hear about it though. And, now, so will you!

(Thanks for the release, CENTCOM. Keep up the good work!!)

72-Year-Old Concerned Citizen Takes Down Suicide Bomber

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – A 72-year-old man stopped a suspected suicide bomber from detonating himself at a checkpoint in Arab Jabour Oct. 14.
The man approached a checkpoint where Mudhehr Fayadh Baresh was standing guard, but did not make it very far.
Baresh, a tribal commissioner and member of the Arab Jabour Concerned Citizens program, said he ordered the man to lift his shirt - using training received from Coalition Forces - when he did not recognize him as a local villager.
The suspect refused to lift his shirt. Baresh repeated the command again, and the suspect exposed his suicide vest, running toward the checkpoint.
Baresh opened fire which caused the vest to detonate, killing the suspect.
“I did it for the honor of my family and the honor of my country,” said Baresh, when he met with Col. Terry Ferrell, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

Just in time for Halloween

Enjoy this scaaaaary adventure with ConservaChick and ConservaDude just in time for Halloween!!



Don't the guys at Jib Jab ROCK?! Thanks, guys!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Worth More than 1,000 Words

I received the following headlines and photos via email a few days ago. I'm sure many of my Conservative readers have seen this already but, since some of ConservaChick's friends are probably NOT on the Conservative distribution list, I thought I'd share it here as well.

This is how a US Senator looks upon a crook:

["Why Norm! Is that a bundle in your pocket or are ya just happy to see me?!"]


...and, this is how a US Senator looks upon an American hero:


["I see no bundle in your pocket, General Petraeus. Are you not happy to see me?"]

These pictures are worth more than a thousand words. They those of us who value our military heroes everything we need to know about Hillary Clinton and the Clinton regime.


[Thanks for sending this my way, Mom!]

Auction Watch

The auction bid for the Original Harry Reid/Rush Limbaugh Smear Letter is now up to $110,100! Think we'll make it to the quarter-million dollar mark?

Way to go, Rush!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it!

It is my sincerest hope that Kentuckians who intend to make informed decisions at the polls this November are not relying on the mainstream media in this state to enlighten them on anything of substance with regard to the actual merit hiring probe that Beshear's campaign is using to smear Governor Fletcher.

If it weren't for the folks at Conservative Edge, none of us would find much real enlightenment with regard to the much trumpeted "merit hiring probe" that resulted in endictments to some in Governor Fletcher's administration. It appears now that the person who implemented the "pre-selection" process at the heart of the matter is the same person who lodged the complaint with the state Attorney General. Hmmm... Vast Leftwing Conspiracy? Shocking, isn't it?!

... "Last week, CE reported that Missy McCray had testified that Doug Doerting himself had implemented the "pre-selection" process in the Transportation Cabinet that formed the basis of his complaint to Attorney General Stumbo about Governor Fletcher violating the merit hiring system. McCray also testified that the "pre-selection" of job recipients had been happening under the Patton administration and Doerting knew about it, but never complained to anyone that it was illegal.

...

CE is at a loss to explain why the state's two largest newspapers and the AP have failed to report on this issue. The information is all in a public forum. Considering their interest in the story when it was damaging to Governor Fletcher, their lack of professional curiosity leads to at least one conclusion. The editors and policy makers at those three leading news organizations don't want the general public to know the full story before the gubernatorial election in November. We'll entertain any other plausible explanations." ...

Thanks for keeping your nose in the news that matters, Conservative Edge! You're keeping Kentucky media honest -- a dirty job but somebody has to do it -- and we love you for it!!

Anti-Sanctuary Cities Amendment Vote Lost

I am sorry to report that the battle to help push the aye votes on Senator Vitter's amendment to end the practice of "sanctuary city" policies by state and local governments was lost tonight.

For now, cities can continue to break federal law without consequence. They can order their police not to report illegal aliens, even though federal law says such orders are illegal. The Clinton and Bush Justice Departments have refused to enforce the law. Tonight, 52 Senators decided against threatening the loss of federal funds if those cities don't end their illegal sanctuary policies.

This was an embarrassing display by the Democratic Party. All but one of the Democratic votes protected the ability of outlaw cities to protect illegal aliens from detention (and, thus, to protect the oulaw businesses that hire them). Only Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana broke with the Senate Democratic leadership's almost constant endorsement of illegal immigration. Even though we lost this battle, thank you for standing with those of us who believe in the rule of law, Senator Landrieu!

Joining the Democrats were six Republicans who almost always support illegal immigration: Specter of Pennsylvania, Lugar of Indiana, Hagel of Nebraska, Stevens of Alaska, and then Collins and Snowe from Maine which is essentially a sanctuary state. Shame on every one of these Republicans!

Next battle: DREAM amnesty... Yes, again. Will it never end?!

Auction Watch

As of this moment in time, the eBay auction bid on the Limbaugh smear letter drafted and sent by Senator "Dingy" Harry Reid (co-signed by 41 other idiots in Congress) to Clear Channel Communications is now up to $65, 100! (Don't worry, you've got 2 days 14 hours left to nab this gem for yourself.)

I'll bet this is the first time that Harry Reid has ever been involved in a benefit for the families of Marine Corps & Law Enforcement servicemembers without taking the money from the taxpayers. Come to think of it, he's involved UNwillingly... Rush has challenged him to match the winning bid. Wonder what the Vegas odds are on that? ;-)

The war according to people who are actually there. Now.

In yet another refreshing view of the truth on the ground in Iraq, I had the pleasure today of reading a new dispatch from Michael Yon. I absolutely HAVE to share it with you!
Greetings:

Iraq is on the mend, al Qaeda is on the run, and the civil war has abated to a point where the term "civil war" no longer applies.

Accurate war coverage is increasingly important. Even prominent seemingly well-informed persons can get it wrong, such as retired Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez who previously commanded the war in Iraq. His recent public statements –selectively excerpted and then widely dispersed by the hot winds of media – made it clear that this former senior commander is far out of touch with the current situation.

But there are commanders with a finger on the pulse.

When earlier this year I wrote about the 1-4 CAV transforming an abandoned seminary in a Baghdad neighborhood that had been decimated by civil war, the
"surge" had not even begun; but already pundits, politicians and editors had declared it a failure. Though I'd spent only a few days with LTC Crider and his 1-4 CAV soldiers at the new COP Amanche, I ended the dispatch on a note of hope based on observation. I recently received an email from LTC Crider with an update on that Baghdad neighborhood. Please read "Achievements of the Human Heart" and see for yourself.

I was in al Basra province when I saw news reports claiming that Basra city had descended into chaos in the wake of an announcement about the draw down of British Soldiers. I emailed the facts about Basra to several bloggers who hold the media accountable, and the resulting effort got the attention of Tom Foreman who anchors CNN's "This Week at War." We were able to make a CNN interview, and the result is a segment that accurately reflects a complex and changing situation. Bravo to CNN for setting the record straight, and to the tireless bloggers who are making a substantial difference in the way news about the war is delivered.

There are major developments to share with readers in upcoming dispatches. If things go at-least-mostly according to plan (which is all we can hope for in war), and if I can rely on the help of readers who share my frustration with the lack of accurate reporting, we can significantly widen the stream of news flowing from Iraq so more people can obtain a truer picture. This will require the will and generosity of readers. But more on that, soon.

Michael
Basra, Iraq

Monday, October 15, 2007

Priceless!

As of right now, the bid appears to be up to $50,100 but this auction is simply priceless!
"The 'phony soldiers' smear letter to Clear Channel from Senator Harry Reid (who has a lower approval rating in Nevada than Rush) has passed $45,000 on eBay. You can download a pdf of this historic letter for free here. Every cent of the winning bid goes to support the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. Rush will match that donation out of his own pocket when the auction closes on Friday, and challenges the 41 Democrats who signed the letter to do the same." [Source: "Rush in a Hurry" newsletter dated 10/15/07]
Rush, you have once again raised the bar for turning a stupid Dem smear tactic into a clever and meaningful mission! This ConservaChick is proud to be among your audience on a daily basis. Thanks for all you do for our men and women in uniform and their families!

Stop Sanctuary Cities (HR 3093)

You have a chance to help pass an amendment Tuesday that would effectively end the "sanctuary city" movement. Tuesday morning (10/16/07), please call 202-224-3121 and ask your Senators to vote FOR Senator Vitter's anti-sanctuary amendment to the H.R. 3093 appropriations bill. This is known as the "CJS (Commerce, Justice and Science) spending bill."

The amendment by Sen. Vitter (R-LA) would deny a popular federal police grant to cities that adopt "sanctuary" policies. These are policies that prohibit police from reporting illegal aliens to the feds.

Generally, sanctuary policies instruct city employees not to notify the federal government of the presence of illegal aliens living in their communities. The policies also end the distinction between legal and illegal immigration -- so illegal aliens often benefit from city services too.

Sanctuary policies have been against federal law since the 1996 federal immigration law required local governments to cooperate with Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But many cities have refused to do so, adopting so-called "sanctuary policies." Unfortunately, the Clinton and Bush Justice Departments have refused to bring suit against these cities.

The Vitter amendment would seek to eliminate sanctuary policies in local municipalities, whereby law enforcement officials are barred from asking suspects about their immigration status or reporting them to Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The amendment would ensure that existing law is enforced uniformly across the country by withholding COPS federal funding for cities that choose to violate section 642(a) of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA).

If the amendment passes, it is unlikely that any city would give up the federal funding in order to continue to provide sanctuary to illegal aliens. Funding remains available but only to those cities who adhere to existing laws. This is a win-win for anyone who values the rule of law in this country.

Please call tomorrow morning and help end the insanity of "sanctuary cities" in this country!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

You've broken my heart, Newt!

I suppose he'll be doing what he does best and it will be good for the GOP; however, I must admit that I'm heartbroken. I really, really, really wanted to vote for President Newt Gingrich in the general election in '08. Dang it.
... "Gingrich also announced that he would not be running for the Republican nomination in the upcoming 2008 presidential election. Because of the McCain-Feingold law, passed by Congress in 2002, Gingrich could not lead American Solutions and simultanously run as a presidential nominee." ...
I hear that Newt likes Mike Huckabee. I'm glad to have my pick in this horse race validated by Newt; I like Mike too. I suppose I'll be disappointed after the primary but I'm going to have to stick with the next best choice to Newt. Huckabee reflects my values and my issues and I'll be voting for him in the primary.

Pass the tissues, Newt and go get 'em, Mike!

Clean hands are the devil's workshop?

There is an old saying that goes something like this: "Idle hands are the devil's workshop." In this case, it appears that CLEAN hands are!

[Thanks for the very interesting find, Mark!]

Conservatives Betraying Conservatives

I often receive press releases and/or dispatches from groups but none have aggravated me more than one I recently received from Richard Viguerie. In many cases, I tend to agree with him, especially with regard to "big government Conservatives;" however, this time I'm afraid he's lost his marbles.

ConservativesBetrayed.com is hosting a petition stating that "...if the Republican Party nominates pro-abortion candidates, they [Republicans who sign the petition] will not support them."

Look, I helped to virtually hand the White House to the Clintons on a silver platter once; I'll be damned if I'll do it again! This is one of the DUMBEST things I've EVER heard! If the GOP nominee ends up being Rudy Guiliani, Viguerie and his fellow petitioners seem to think that voting for a third-party candidate and handing the general election to a Democrat is better than electing a Republican to nominate Supreme Court justices. If Viguerie's issue is truly about abortion, he and others who agree with him on this issue are making a horrible mistake. Imagine a Supreme Court bench full of Hillary nominees!

Mr. Viguerie, I'm afraid your petition may just betray the Conservatives you say have already been betrayed. Let's get our collective Conservative head screwed on straight, shall we? We certainly don't need another Perot episode.

The Cost of Illegal Immigration

If you are a tax-paying US citizen, here are a few facts that you should consider very carefully before voting for any senator or congressman, regardless of party, who supports any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
$11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.
(Source: http://tinyurl.com/zob77)

$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
(Source: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html)

$2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
(Source: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html )

$12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
(Source: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html )

$17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
(Source: transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html )

$3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
(Source: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html )

30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
(Source: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html)

$90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
(Source: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html)

$200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed Am erican wages are caused by the illegal aliens. (Source: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html )

The illegal aliens in the Un ited States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US.
(Source: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html )

During 2005 there were 4-10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern border along with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from terrorist countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine and marijuana, crossed into the US from the Southern border. (Source: Homeland Security Report)

The National Policy Institute "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41-46 billion annually over a five year period." (Source: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf )

In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. (Source: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm)

"The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States."
(Source: http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml)

The total cost is a whopping $338.3 BILLION DOLLARS YEAR!

I don't know about you but I would certainly prefer to put these dollars toward supporting our brave men and women in uniform and our fight against Islamofascists. It's time to cut the umbilical cord between agribusiness and Mexico. Mr. Lettuce Grower, if you can't pay minimum wage to US workers, you need to close your doors and find another business to run. I'm tired of financing your cheap labor.

[Thanks for sharing this well-documented list, Tammy! It's truly an eye-opener!]

Must we always blame the cat?

Oh sure. Blame the cat. She can take the heat. (Nice work, Thumper!)

Michael Yon -- Gimme the truth any day!

If you've never visited Michael Yon's website, you have been missing what is probably the best on-going, first hand narrative of our war against Islamofascism both in Iraq and Afghanistan. I trust Michael Yon's words far more than I trust reports from any mainstream news outfit.

From Michael Yon's email yesterday:

... "I've just spent 10 days on the Iran-Iraq border with an excellent British Battle Group called "4 Rifles." We truly were living under the desert stars.

I am currently in Basra. There are reports that Basra is in chaos. [Link mine.]

These reports are false. Basra is mostly peaceful; the British have not lost a soldier in combat for more than a month, and Iraqi-on-Iraqi violence has plummeted in the last six weeks or so.

The British have NOT pulled out of Iraq or Basra yet, but from what I can see, their force reduction decisions are militarily and politically sound, and are supported by top American commanders in Baghdad.

The news reports I am seeing about Basra are incomplete at best, and largely inaccurate. (Reminds me of Mosul during 2005.)" ...

Read Michael's latest dispatch "Under Distant Stars." Kleenex alert -- you're going to need at least one in hand.

Thanks for all the great writing, Michael. ConservaChick encourages everyone who can afford to donate a few dollars to send them Michael's way. He writes freelance to keep this war and the stories from it very, very real for those of us who care about the truth.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Harry Reid Calls on Phony Vets for Support

"(2007-10-01) — Just hours after Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, took the senate floor to call on radio talkshow host Rush Limbaugh to apologize for using the term “phony soldiers” during his Friday broadcast, a newly-formed, grassroots veterans organization endorsed the senate majority leader’s efforts." ...

Read the full story here.

(As always, thanks for making us laugh instead of cry, Scott!)

From the Bill Clinton PowerPoint Collection

...a civics lesson that is sure to keep their attention in school!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Hope Rides Alone

... "Right now, the burden is all on the American soldiers. Right now, hope rides alone. But it can change, it must change. Because there is only failure and darkness ahead for us as a country, as a people, if it doesn’t. Let’s stop all the political nonsense, let’s stop all the bickering, let’s stop all the bad news, and let’s stand and fight! Isn’t that what America is about anyway?" ...
It would seem to me that these words from fallen hero Sgt. Jeffers ought to be heard by every man, woman, and child in America. He and his family have paid the ultimate price so that people may one day live free from terror both in Iraq and here at home.

Read Kit Lange's awesome article ("Hope Rides Alone") about this hero and his final words home. (Thanks for all you do, Kit!) Here's just a snippet to get you started:
... "Eddie Jeffers was killed in Iraq this week, and though the only part of him I will ever know are the words he wrote to his countrymen, I feel as though I have lost a friend. Eddie Jeffers did not lose his life–he willingly gave it. How blessed are we, that men such as this defend us?" ...
God bless and keep Eddie's family and friends. I know he will be missed.