Tuesday, February 27, 2007

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Support for Victory Rally 3/2/07

We finally have the logistics firmed up, folks! Here's the scoop on what you need to know about the Support For Victory Rally directly from the rally organizer, Mark Lewis:
Our location will be between 4th and 5th streets on Muhammed Ali Blvd. on the north side of the street. Everyone should plan to try and be there at 4:30. If you want to be there to help us get set up and see some of the pre arrival action I would suggest 3pm. Parking should be available in some of the lots and parking garages in that area around 5th St.

It is extremely important that Congress not take any action that will have an effect of jeopardizing any further the military's ability to fight what is a tough war. The stronger they are in numbers, infantry, technology, moral etc., the safer and more successful they will be. Every political burden we add to them from home does that much more to detract from their mission and their ability to wage a successful military campaign.

When each of you stands with us on Friday our message to Congress is that much stronger. This event will be seen by national media and commented on by key groups and individuals in the media who effect public opinion. And I assure you that there will be large numbers from the other side of the political spectrum.

For those of you who were active with the Louisville Chapter of Protest Warrior back in the good old days, you can expect to see the old familiar hippies from LPAC as they plan to protest President Bush's visit in the same vicinity as this rally. Bring your signs, your CDs, your flags, and your liberty-lovin' spirits!

Everyone else, I cannot even begin to express how GREAT it feels to stand up out in public to declare that you support this country, our President, and our troops. It's an opportunity to do something that raises morale overseas while it makes your heart absolutely soar. You don't want to miss this!

(Mark, thanks so much for what you're doing! You're a breath of fresh in the quiet tomb of Conservative activism these days!!)

Monday, February 26, 2007

UPDATE: Rally to Support Victory

As mentioned in a previous post, there will be a Rally to Support Victory on Friday, March 2nd in downtown Louisville. The time has been set at 5:30pm for this rally. Please email me directly for details on an intermediate meet-up point.

Daveed's Book Tour Appearances

For those of you interested in Daveed Gartenstein-Ross's book, "My Year Inside Radical Islam,"
The book is a great read so far. Yes, I'm still reading it -- I'm slow and have had little free time lately. I'm finding it an interesting study of the process by which a person of great intellect can be slowly and methodically sucked into a radical religion. It's also proving to be quite an education on the tenets and practice of radical Islam... about which all I can say is YIKES!

Here's the latest on where you can see and/or hear Daveed talk about the book:

  • In the 9:00 AM EST hour, Daveed will be appearing on CBN's The 700 Club. You may watch the show online.
  • From 12:30 to 12:50 PM EST, Daveed will be on "The Jordan Rich Show" on WBZ Radio in Boston. You can listen online.
  • From 2:00 to 2:28 PM EST, Daveed will be on "AM 920 Magazine" on WBAA Radio in Indianapolis, which is also an NPR affiliate. You can listen online.
  • Finally, at 4:00 PM EST, Daveed will be on with CBN's Newswatch. You can listen online.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Terrorist Psy-Ops -- Staged Attacks on Video

"Islamists have long used jihad films of real or staged attacks against the Coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan in their persistent efforts to disparage claims by the U.S. and its allies that they are winning the war on terror. A film recently posted on the Islamist websites may serve as a transparent example of how the mujahideen stage an attack in order to intensify their psychological warfare against the Coalition forces, and possibly against the Western public as well." ...

In MEMRI's "Islamists Stage Jihad Attack for the Purpose of Psychological Warfare" (February 22nd dispatch), they confirm what many of us have thought all along: Terrorists are waging their war against civilization with more than bombs. They are media savvy and certainly know how to use it to pull the wool over many a sheep's eyes. Much of the content of these staged videos is working... terrorists are succeeding in fooling Americans and our coalition partners into believing that this war is lost.

Psychological warfare only works on people silly enough to believe everything they see and hear without putting the intellect into gear. Don't be a sheep. Keep an eye on what you see in the media. Ask yourself who produced that video and who vouches for its authencity and veracity. Chances are, you'll find no reliable answers to that question -- that ought to tell you all you need to know.

*GACK!* Gore Fest at the Oscars

Call me a masochist... I tuned into the Academy Awards tonight knowing full well that it would be a lovefest for Al Gore. Call me Miss Cleo... evidently I'm psychic because I was soooo right!

What I find most disturbing is that "An Inconvenient Truth" is in the DOCUMENTARY category. Documentary, my arse!

The true documentaries were disregarded in favor of this mock-science fantasy. The documentaries that were nominated were FAR more deserving of an Oscar than Gore's -- "Iraq in Fragments" is one of the best of the lot.

Typical of Hollywood (Fantasyland) to overlook reality in favor of a movie that has very little reality at its core.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Conservatives Betrayed Survey -- Don't miss your opportunity!

I have posted the message I received yesterday from Richard Viguerie at Grassroots Freedom below. Get in on this survey now! Yours truly has already registered her opinion on the survey. The results ought to be VERY interesting nationally!

A special message for Grassroots Freedom advocates

Because you are an advocate for Grassroots Freedom, I know you have a deep commitment to the political process in America. And, as such, I think you will be interested in a feature on one of my other political websites.

I am conducting a survey on www.ConservativesBetrayed.com, asking for your opinions on who was responsible for the Republicans’ loss of Congress in 2006. I give you 31 choices and ask you to pick the 10 people or factors that were most responsible. You also have an opportunity to write in names or groups not on the list.
In a few days I will be releasing the Top 10 list to the national media. To make certain your choices are included, won’t you please cast your votes right now? You are just a click away. Go to www.ConservativesBetrayed.com and look for the poll on the top center of the home page.

Obviously www.ConservativesBetrayed.com is a conservative site, but this poll is attracting interest from Democrats, liberals, and independents as well—we all have our opinions about why the Republicans lost so decisively. So I hope to “see you” at the poll and thank you for your consideration.

Richard A. Viguerie
GrassrootsFreedom.com and ConservativesBetrayed.com
9625 Surveyor Court, Suite 400
Manassas, VA 20110

P.S. I expect the results of this poll will receive a lot of national attention, so if you’d like your views included, you’ll need to cast your vote soon.

Rally to Support Victory!

As many of you are likely aware, President Bush will be making an appearance at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville on Friday, March 2nd, at a fundraiser for Senator McConnell. As usual, the local Liberal contingent has organized a protest with which to greet our Commander-in-Chief.

This time, the negative Liberal pacifist voices will not go unanswered. A fine group of pro-victory, pro-America Conservatives are organizing a Rally to Support Victory. This rally is intended to show our support for the president, the troops, and victory. It is time for EVERY conscientious Conservative to shed the veil of silence and make his/her voice heard!

Please join us to support:

  • Victory in Iraq;

  • Our President's efforts to keep this nation secure;

  • The war against terror, wherever we must fight it;

  • Members of Congress that understand the seriousness of the terrorist threat;

  • The servicemen and women defending our country around the world;

  • Military families who share the sacrifice; and,

  • Soldiers who are preparing for deployment, who are deployed, and who are returning from deployment.

At a time when Congress is intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, when many are more concerned with covering their political rear-ends instead of seeing this war through to victory, and when Pelosi and Murtha are plotting for a “slow bleed” of our efforts in the Middle East, this rally is extremely important! Trust me, you will be pleasantly surprised at how great it feels to stand in the streets and declare your support for our country – there’s no feeling in the world like it!

It’s the least we can do for our fine men and women who are sacrificing everything for this country. We need to support this effort in numbers to ensure the local mainstream media pays attention. It’s more important now than it ever was!

Sign up for updates on the rally at mailto:supportvictory@bellsouth.net I will post updates on the time as I get them. Folks, it's time to get your rally on!! I certainly hope you see you all there!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Petition Time -- Stop Albert Gore and the UN!

For those of you who don't read The Patriot Post, you may be unaware of their online petition to stop Al Gore and the UN from tying America's economic hands with a revisitation of the debate on America's participation in the Kyoto Treaty.

This whole debate drives me freakin' nuts! There is no such thing as "consensus" when it comes to proving or disproving a theory. Scientists may find consensus on a theory; however, data proves or disproves it -- science simply cannot have consensus on proof of a theory. It's either true or it's false. That's what makes it science and not art.

Here's my 2-cents on the matter: What can truthfully be said about global warming? Only that data gathered so far has shown a minor warming trend. Period. There is no conclusive evidence that any man-made emissions have caused this warming trend. Heck, we don't have enough historical data to know if this is a natural cycle or something unexpected and dramatic. Could we be more responsible inhabitantsof this planet? Oh yes, very possibly. Would it change anything in this planet's evolution or its dynamic nature? Uh, probably not.

No matter where you fall on any flavor of the global warming debate -- it's warming/it's not warming; it's man's fault/it's not man's fault -- one this is certain: The Kyoto Treaty is an exercise in juggling theories while holding no promise of changing anything whatsoever about this planet's dynamic environment.

This is partly the basis of the Patriot Post's petition to "Stop Albert Gore and Reject the UN's Global Warming Treaty." Yours truly has applied her electronic Jane Hancock as of this afternoon. Here's the request directly from the publisher of The Patriot Post:

Fellow Patriots,

On Wednesday, we launched an important petition to "Stop Albert Gore and Reject the UN's Global Warming Treaty." Gore is re-energizing the movement advocating Kyoto compliance -- the biggest UN power-grab in history.

I urge you to sign this petition now, please. We already have over 30,000 electronic signatures. We want to deliver 100,000 signatures to the Senate by the time Al Gore reaches the podium at this Sunday's Academy Awards.

It takes only 20 seconds to sign online.
To sign by e-mail, send a blank e-mail to: sign-stopgore@PatriotPetitions.US

Thank you!

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!

Mark Alexander
Publisher, PatriotPost.US

Resolve, Not a Resolution

I cannot say this enough: I am so very pleased to be living in a district with such an upstanding and forthright Conservative representing me! Congressman Geoff Davis is very devoted to the people of his district as I have found since moving here a year ago -- not a single letter I've sent to this hard-working man has ever gone unanswered. He is the ultimate model for all who desire to pursue public service.

I need to share with you a piece he wrote for this week's e-newsletter. (If you would like to sign up to receive Congressman Davis's e-newsletters by email, you can do so on his website.) It is an exact reflection of the way I feel about the "non-binding resolution" nonsense that was recently paraded across the mainstream media. Thank you, Congressman Davis for your fine work!!
Resolve, Not a Resolution
Last week Congress considered a non-binding resolution disapproving of the President's plan to send additional troops to Iraq. The additional troops are part of General David Petraeus' new strategy to combat sectarian violence in Baghdad. The resolution was offered for political purposes and does nothing to help our troops accomplish their important mission. I was proud to join 181 of my colleagues in opposing the resolution.

Opponents of the War on Terror have called for a new Secretary of Defense, new leadership on the ground in Iraq, and a new strategy. We now have a new Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and a new Commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, who are working with the Iraqis to implement a new strategy. I believe we should give that new strategy a chance to succeed.

Efforts by the new congressional leadership to be part of the solution in Iraq have proved disappointing thus far in the 110th Congress. As Congressman John Boehner stated, we don't need a resolution about Iraq, we need resolve. If the opponents of General Petraeus' plan have an alternative strategy for success in Iraq, now is the time for serious discussion and debate. But plans for immediate withdrawal and the elimination of funding to troops in the field would only lead to certain defeat.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I serve on the Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations. One of our primary responsibilities should be to focus on serious oversight efforts for our mission on the ground. We must work
cooperatively on crafting policies that will aid the effort to fight the spread of terrorism and Islamic extremism around the world.

As my colleague Representative Pete Hoekstra passionately argued, "We are not at war with a tactic. We are at war with a group of militant Islamists who hate us and who hate much of the rest of the world." I agree with Mr. Hoekstra. I also share the
belief of many that this is not a new war, that in many ways we have been fighting the effects of Islamic extremism since the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979. Only now the war is on America's doorstep.

Now is the time to face this challenge. We must continue to fight the terrorists in Iraq, or we will have to fight them elsewhere. When the United States pulled out of Somalia precipitously in the early 1990s, Osama Bin Laden used that as an example of America's lack of will to fight and used it as a recruiting tool. If we hand Al-Qaeda a victory in Iraq, it will embolden terrorists to attack us more; it will not pacify them.
While this resolution lacked the force of law, next month my colleagues and I will have the opportunity to vote on the Department of Defense's supplemental funding request. Included in this request is $5.6 billion in funding to pay for the troop increase. This will give us all the opportunity to support the troops by approving funding critical for the success of their mission.

I am disappointed that this resolution ultimately passed the House of Representatives. I believe its passage only served to hurt the morale of our troops who are serving abroad while doing nothing to solve our problems in Iraq. So far similar resolutions have been blocked in the Senate. I look forward to voting on meaningful legislation that will truly impact our strategy in Iraq and provide the resources our troops need to help keep America secure.

The Other Face of Iraq

If your knowledge of Iraq is based solely on the pictures on the mainstream television news, you might never know that there is another face to Iraq. Nimrod Raphaeli who is a Senior Analyst of MEMRI's Middle East Economic Studies Program reminds us that there is another face to Iraq, one that we rarely witness in our mainstream media.

Because his website and other publications are in Arabic, many of us would never get a chance to see/read what he writes. Thanks to his work with MEMRI, we get a glimpse of "The Other Face of Iraq." The piece contains pictures of Iraqis who continue living as normal a life as possible amid the war and who continue to find beauty in their studies and their arts. It is uplifting.

God bless the free people of Iraq as they find their way to greater liberty in their new democracy!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Kentucky Politics

I must say that my attention of late has been on the national political landscape as it has begun to heat up again with the troop surge and the new majority in Congress. My apologies to those of you who follow Kentucky politics more closely. There's just more going on than one ConservaChick can keep up with on both the national and local fronts lately!

Thanks to all who have sent press releases my way. I promise to get back to a state focus a bit more in the next week or so. Candidates need to be heard and stories about old media posing as new media but behaving as old media need to be told. And hey... I hear Mark Nickolas of Bluegrass Reports will be arraigned for willfully failing to file his state taxes on March 2nd, so there may be something of note coming out soon.

Stay tuned... I need more caffeine and less sleep to keep up but I'll try!

We Won't Get Fooled Again

As a follow-up to my post regarding the DoD's "truth squad," everyone who is interested in the real news, straight from the folks who ought to know, needs to know that you can get the news directly from CENTCOM. There are many, many successes coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan that aren't deemed newsworthy by the mainstream media because those stories simply don't support the negative picture of our efforts in the Middle East that is being pushed 24x7 by Congress and the media.

Don't wait for the mainstream media to condescend to give this news to you; You can get all the news from CENTCOM directly. Their website has all the news that we're missing on the mainstream airwaves these days. It contains an archive of all of their press releases as well as video/audio clips and their weekly CENTCOM news podcast that is available for download. You can also sign up for a weekly newsletter if you're not much of a "pod person." (I don't listen to podcasts much but that doesn't mean I'm anti-pod; I just prefer to read, I guess.)

If you're pro-victory, like me, there is absolutely one thing we can do here on the homefront. We can keep ourselves well-informed; we can help inform other Americans who are simply not paying attention and are swallowing the media propaganda whole. If that's the least we can do, let's do it. CENTCOM has made it easy for us.

Let's not let the mainstream media and radical Leftists hijack this war and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. In an ironic twist of intent, I'd like to thank The Who for this appropriate sentiment: We won't get fooled again. Not again, not this time.

Bravo, Ralph Peters!

"PROVIDING aid and comfort to the enemy in wartime is treason. It's not 'just politics.' It's treason.

And signaling our enemies that Congress wants them to win isn't 'supporting our troops.' " ...

Ralph Peters has an op-ed piece in the New York Post that says it all for me: "Cowards give up on GIs & Give in to Evil." If you are as livid about this non-binding resolution that pulls the rug out from under our efforts in Iraq and stabs our patriots right in the back, do yourself a favor and read Ralph's piece. He vents for all of us who are pro-victory.

I am absolutely livid over the way that congress has chosen to stab our troops in the back while they are risking their lives for the security of our country. It is absolutely treasonous! It's time it was called by its proper name.

Mr. Peters has put it as bluntly as many of us would like to have heard it put on the floor of the House by those of our representatives who remain to victory. Thank you and well said, Ralph!

More on The Gathering of Eagles -- March 17th

I posted previously about the Gathering of Eagles at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC on March 17th. Anti-war, anti-America protesters plan to "march" in protest of the war against Islamofascist terrorists that day beginning at the Wall. We plan to be there as a human barrier against any defacing of the monuments we hold sacred.

Good news: The folks in Washington, DC are being made aware (by ABC 7 News in Washington, DC) that thousands of patriots plan to be on hand to provide a buffer between America-haters and our war memorials. View the video of the news report to get the full story and to meet the man who organized The Gathering of Eagles.

This is officially a call to action for anyone who holds these monuments sacred, who believes in the nobility of fighting for our country, and who wants to ensure that our memorials remain clean of any potential defacement during this America hate-fest on the 17th. There will be a group of us from Louisville, including some from the local chapter of Rolling Thunder, driving to DC on Friday the 16th. Email me if you would like to caravan with us.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Truth Squad

This comes as news to me but I'm quite happy to hear it! Evidently, the Department of Defense has created a team at CENTCOM that monitors blogs for factual errors. This team is acting as a sort of "truth squad" to ensure that bloggers are aware when they post erroneous information and to point these bloggers to the facts.
... "The CENTCOM team helps by directing bloggers to web sites where they can get eye witness reports from troops, journalists or local civilians. Many leftist and anti-war bloggers consider all this another form of government propaganda. Truth tends to be trampled by beliefs based on faith. But the truth squad is having success with a lot of bloggers, who just pick up sensationalist falsehoods, and are unaware that there are news and military sites where they can get more accurate eyewitness reports." ...
Of course, the radical Lefty bloggers are up in arms over this! Let's face it; facts just aren't as sensational (or harmful) as fantasies. It's bound to hurt their readership!

1. something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.
2. something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.
3. a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.

(Source: Dictionary.com)

The Left might call it propaganda -- and, hey, I suppose they would know. After all, the radical Left in this country has built their political ideology out of mislabeling clearly defined words to change the meaning for political purposes, especially as it concerns our current struggle against Islamofascist terrorism.

Nice job, DoD! Please keep up the effort to get the facts out there for more public consumption.

(Thanks for keeping an eye on Strategy Page, Mark! And of course, a great big thanks to Strategy Page for all the great work they do to keep the rest of us informed!)

OCHS Class of 1981 Reunion

Oldham County High School

Class of 1981

26-year Reunion

Save the date:
August 3-5, 2007

First of all, I cannot believe it's been almost 26 years since I graduated high school! Some days I still feel as silly, lost, and confused as when I was 17; other days, I'm just glad I never have to relive the confusion of my teen years again!

It's been a while since I've seen my classmates from Oldham County High School. Most recently, I ran into State Representative David Osborne at a campaign rally where Karl Rove spoke. David was a year behind me in school but it was wonderful to see him again. I have fond memories of a lot of kids I went to school with -- those who were a class or two ahead of me and those a class or two behind my graduating class.

Funny... I moved 3,000 miles away not long after graduation and now I live not more than five miles from my old high school and never seem to run into anyone I graduated with in 1981! So, I guess it will take a reunion to make that happen, huh?

If you graduated with us and haven't heard yet, a reunion is planned for the weekend of August 3-5 this year. The location has yet to be determined but no matter where we gather it's sure to be fun! Check out the alumni page to get updates and reunite with your class. Or hey, drop me a line and I'll be happy to share the info with you!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Anti-war Left: Please Reconsider your Venue...

I made a very brief reference to this in my post "Gathering of Eagles" earlier this week but the upcoming action truly deserves to be "heard" as it's own post.

As some of you may be aware, the anti-war Left in this country is organizing a protest that will gather at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC on March 17th. Folks, these protestors are not just your average Americans who disagree with the war in Iraq, these are professional agitators infamously known as "ANSWER." You can read all about this at their webpage devoted to this action.

(For the record, ANSWER lists the people who are endorsing this action and I completely and unabashedly dislike and disagree with every single person on their list.)

What makes this action disturbing is that they intend to gather at the Vietnam Memorial Wall to begin their day of America-hating. These groups just recently defaced government property in one of their other protests. Many of us are worried that the same will happen again but this time they will deface a war memorial -- one that is very emotional to many Americans, one that they hold sacred. Vietnam was a devastating loss to this country in American lives and in American spirit. We cannot allow this loss to be relived and passions inflamed by actions that may be taken against this memorial to our brave men and women who fought and died in Vietnam.

Mark and I will be there as will some other folks from the Louisville area who feel VERY strongly about this. You can be there too. You can show the troops in combat today that you support what they are doing by guarding and respecting the memorial to other troops who have given their all for this country. Believe me, if you feel strongly about this, you should have no doubt that, if you participate in this, you will come away feeling very proud that you were there to protect and honor our patriots in the face of America-hating throwbacks to the Vietnam era. It's the least some of us can do to show the proper respect for the sacrifices made in our honor.

I'd like to share with you a dispatch that was sent my way today regarding this anti-war protest and what we anticipate in the "Gathering of Eagles" response to it:

Veterans, family and friends:

In response to the concerns expressed, I contacted Robin Owen (person in charge of issuing event permits for the National Mall area) of the National park Service via telephone this morning and was very convincingly informed and assured of the following:

1.) There will be a 300 yard perimeter comprised of double snow fence barriers with an ample number of mounted, foot police, riot reaction squad nearby and intelligence personal on scene, to ensure that the conditions of the permit granted to the antiwar activists are not violated (e.g., the assembly point is in an appointed area on the eastern end of the grounds (knoll) and they will not be allowed in the proximity of the wall). A similar exclusion zone applies to the area and approaches from Constitution Ave. So, net effect... no protesters within 300 yds.

2.) That ALL laws will be vigorously enforced and prosecuted in terms of any violence, vandalism,or, threat to public safety. This was stated emphatically.

3.) About an hour later, I received a phone call from Sgt, Booker of the Park Police saying he had been asked by Robin Owen to reiterate the policy and to reinforce her statements to me and answer any further questions I may have on the Park Police law enforcement polices.

Sgt. Booker stated even MORE emphatically that the Park Police consider the Wall as sacred ground, as we do, (as did Robin Owen) themselves, and that they WILL enforce any, and all laws, relevant to it's integrity. And, any concerns we may have stemming from the non-enforcement of the law by the Capitol Police last weekend are not relevant to his Dept. They WILL arrest and prosecute anyone who breaks the law.

4.) The Wall will be open for visiting to the general public as usual... if any of you care to do so on that day.

Vietnam veterans are asking veterans, their families and friends, active duty military personal, as well as the like-minded public, to join us in emailing, calling, and writing to the National Park Service robbin_owen@nps.gov (1-202 619-7225) and Vietnam Memorial Fund vvmf@vvmf.org (202) 393-0090 Fax: (202) 393-0029 asking them to take any and all legal action to prohibit the planned anti-war demonstration on March 17, 2007 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Further, to demand that the appropriate law enforcement agencies stringently enforce the law as it pertains to defacement of public edifices, monuments, and property.

We are very concerned, in light of recent events, there will be a repetition of the vandalism that occurred at last weekend's antiwar protest has a real potential to reoccur at the upcoming event and that the police again will be prevented from enforcing the law by their superiors. We will not allow the Vietnam War Memorial to be vandalized, spray painted, or in any way be defaced, as was the U.S. Congress during last weekend's antiwar protest when police were ordered to retreat in the face of leftist radicals who defiled our nation's seat of government. If the police are similarly prevented in doing their job as they were in the case of the U.S. Congress, we veterans are more than willing and able to form a "human honor guard" (peacefully) to prevent a similar sacrilege to the nation's property and to that we consider hallowed ground, and our war's collective tombstone.

We do not object to public protest. Many of us have fought, bled, and died, to provide (and protect) the citizenry the right to free assembly.

We do however, strongly object to the use of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a backdrop and stage for political gain. And, we take it as an affront to our fallen comrades-in-arms and to their honor that the antiwar movement's organizers and supporters would be so insensitive, inconsiderate, and boorish, as to even consider it as suitable location for political theater.

It is scared ground and should be considered as such.

This is a very emotional issue to many veterans and the potential for confrontation is very high. In the interest of the sensitivities of the veterans and that of public safety and good order, we ask you to use your good offices and influence to convince antiwar movement's organizers to reconsider their choice of assembly point and relocate it to a less emotionally charged area.

Semper Fi

Michael S. Golden
Veterans Construction Inc. (VCI)
Knoxville, TN.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Enjoy the biting humor of the anti-valentine website!

Being a romantic at heart, I feel compelled to point out that the origin of what we know today as "Valentine's Day" -- a day to celebrate love and those you love -- has been around much longer than the greeting card companies and the commercial florists. So for all you cynics, why not just give in and accept the fact that the human race has set aside a day to celebrate love for a very long time now and there's not much you can do to change that.

Get onboard the LOOOOOOOVE train or get off the tracks, baby! ;o)

May you have a very special someone(s) with whom to share the day. And remember, life is short... don't wait for this one particular day every February to let the people you love know you love them!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Gathering of Eagles -- March 17th

...March 17th in Washington, DC: Be there or be square!

Yours truly and her partner in crime are onboard and ready to roll. Who's in? Here's the flyer. Print it; distribute it; get others involved. This is our duty as those left behind on home turf.

Talk about an inconvenient truth...

Over the weekend, Australian Prime Minister John Howard committed a classic gaffe, saying that a proposal by newly minted presidential candidate Barack Obama to withdraw troops from Iraq would only encourage the civilized world's terrorist enemies. Said Mr. Howard: "If I were running al Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008 and be praying as many times as possible for a victory not only for Mr. Obama but also for the Democrats."

Talk about an inconvenient truth. Mr. Howard's remarks were immediately denounced as an inappropriate meddling in U.S. politics. Sen. Ron Wyden called them "bizarre." Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the DNC, dismissed Mr. Howard as "a great friend of George Bush's," adding, "We don't care what he says."

Mr. Howard's real sin was to say what few in the U.S. have been willing to say for fear of giving offense or being accused of "questioning the patriotism" of the war's critics. As detailed in the latest New Yorker magazine, Sen. Joe Lieberman is a rare exception -- and is regularly viewed by Democrats (especially Hillary Clinton) as having crossed the line into unacceptable behavior for observing that insurgent attacks on U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians are meant to provoke U.S. politicians to wash their hands of the war.

But this is exactly the victory the enemy seeks. How can the war intelligently be debated without acknowledging the enemy's fundamental strategic principle -- to turn the U.S. lack of staying power against it? That's a good question, but one only a foreign ally can perhaps raise at this point.

With 1,400 troops in Iraq and as a stalwart supporter of the U.S. global war on terror, Mr. Howard is right to fear for his own nation's security if the U.S. goes wobbly. He pointed to the potential ripple effects of a withdrawal in emboldening groups closer to home, such as Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiyah, responsible for the Bali terrorist bombings. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican and former chairman of the Armed Services Committee who is also running for president, put it this way: "I think the Aussies have earned a right to comment on the world stage about their partner in this endeavor.

(Thanks for the insightful commentary, Joe!)

Winter Crud

My apologies for not posting the last few days. I know it's truly winter when I come down with the "crud." I have felt lousy and have shunned my duties as ConservaChick lately. (You'd think I was raised Catholic by the guilt that I feel for neglecting my favorite pastime!) I am much better but very tired this evening so I'll try to pick back up on things tomorrow evening. In the meantime, stay well and take your vitamins! ;o)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Happy Birthday, President Reagan!

I'm about 34 minutes past the official day but I wanted to be sure to remember President Reagan's birthday. On February 6, 2007, as he would likely put it, he would have been celebrating the fifty-seventh anniversary of his thirty-ninth birthday.

Ronald Reagan will always hold a special place in my heart. He was the first vote I cast for a president when I was finally old enough to vote. He was everything I thought a president should be: humble, well-spoken, intelligent, thoughtful, well-rounded, transparent, earnest, and entertaining. He represented the common man who had found his place with destiny. He said so eloquently the things that most of us said less eloquently. He gave voice and action to our deepest desires as Americans: our need to be proud of our heritage, our country, and our liberty; and, our yearning to see every human being on the planet free to express himself, proud of his heritage, his country, and his liberty.

I cried off and on during the week of his funeral. I miss him and wonder if there will ever be another like him in our history. America was truly the shining city on a hill when he was in the White House. Remember that old Simon & Garfunkle song, "Mrs. Robinson?" Well, if I could rewrite it, the line would be, "Where have you gone Ronald Reagan? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you." He will live forever in my heart and in my political sensibilities.

So, on this day, I celebrate his 96th year. God bless and keep you, President Reagan.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Citizen's Petition to Impeach Kentucky Attorney General

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Amy Mischler with regard to sharing information with my readers about the way she has been (mis)treated by the Pike County Attorney's office and then subsequently by Kentucky's Attorney General, Greg Stumbo.

It's a long story but it begins with her divorce from her now ex-husband and his influence with the Pike County Attorney. The Pike County Attorney was a campaign contributor to Greg Stumbo's campaign for Kentucky Attorney General. The net of the story is that she has since been convicted on a sham case -- details are given in the video embedded below -- while her child support case goes unheard in Pike County. How do such things happen? Well, it appears that her ex-husband enjoys political protection at the state level thanks to his friendship with a campaign contributor. That's how.

I'm not one to use the term "unfair" because, frankly, I believe the world is simply and unequivocally unfair. However, when political corruption is involved, it's not just unfair, it's illegal. Yes, even in Kentucky. Folks, if you are outside of the state of Kentucky, you may not be surprised to find that politics here haven't moved much past the "good ole boy" days of the early 1900s, especially in the eastern part of the state. In "coal country," you're either dirt poor or you're wealthy. There aren't many people in between those two extremes unless you're politically connected. Sorry... tangent there.

Amy Mischler created a blog a few years ago called "The Pike County Injustice Files" in which she documented her situation out of frustration. She tried to get the word out there that something very wrong was happening to her. Now, she's taken a huge step forward on the issue and will be filing a petition for the impeachment of Attorney General Greg Stumbo.
"Grassroots impeachment of sitting Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo goes to the Kentucky House of Representatives this Friday [2/9/07]. What will they do?

Impeachment alleged violations of equal protection under the law; Stumbo claimed he had no jurisdiction or intention to investigate a corrupt prosecutor. The prosecutor is a campaign contributor to Stumbo. Later, in an open records request, the Attorney Generals office verified that it did have jurisdiction to investigate that prosecutor."

Amy has decided to plead her case to Kentuckians in video as well:

This whole thing smacks of truth, if you ask me. Greg Stumbo had his own tangle not too long ago with a woman demanding child support. He "fathered" (very loose term in this case) a son as a result of an affair with Travis Fritsch and later refused to acknowledge his paternity while sending her money intermittently for support of the child. Travis sued Stumbo for back child support; he answered that suit by suing her for harrassment. Adding insult to injury for his mistress and his son, Stumbo then attempted to have his case heard in Floyd County (eastern Kentucky) where he has a great advantage: he served for 24 years as a state legislator from that district before being elected attorney general and that doesn't even touch on his family connections. Talk about a conflict of interest all the way around!

So, if you're a Kentuckian (regardless of political affiliation), this story is extremely important. I don't know about you but I'm sick and tired of this sort of political intimidation and corruption at the state government level! To remove it, we must expose it, speak out against it, and support those who do. After all, folks, our elected officials are elected to serve US regardless of whether we contributed to their campaigns. Correct?

From what I understand, Amy's impeachment petition is not available online for signatures; however, if you would like to help her in this fight, you can certainly file an affidavit in support of her petition. If you think you can help, please email me and I will put you in touch with her.

I will continue to post information about this effort as I get it. In the meantime, I highly encourage all legislators regardless of party to give this petition serious consideration. It is way past time for some solid ethics reform right here in Kentucky.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Mask is Slipping...

Scum like Arkin (see my previous post) who are helping to move the "anti-war" movement toward the "we hate the troops" movement are not going unnoticed or unchecked in their hypocrisy. Thank God!

This article ("Information Warfare: Bashing Baby Killers") from Strategy Page does a nice job of putting the hypocrisy under the microscope.
... "The attack on the troops was also factually-challenged in one other aspect. In the post, Arkin also claimed that nobody had been spitting on troops and calling them baby killers. Apparently he did not hear of the incident involving Joshua Sparling during the protests in late January. At least one anti-war protestor spat at the Iraq veteran, who had lost a leg while over there. There have been other incidents reported by the blogosphere where veterans have been called baby killers as well. This was all about statements like those made by t Hersh in his speech last October. That said, much of this disrespect has not been covered in the mainstream media. Nor were Hersh's comments, for that matter." ...

Thank God we are no longer subject to the media funnel that was in use during the Vietnam war. Now, thinking people can use their own intellects to put all this in perspective. Thank you, Strategy Page!!

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

Thursday, February 01, 2007

The First Amendment: It's not just for journalists!

Who the freak is this clown?? William M. Arkin can kiss my lily white America-loving arse. I know it's the Washington Post and this tripe is to be expected; however, this goes WELL beyond the pale. How dare he?!
... "These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President's handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect." ...

WHAT?! Read the blog post. Defenders of our sovereignty and of our freedoms deserve SO much better than the shite this guy spewed on the WaPo blog. They deserve our respect -- which Arkin's blog post clearly shows they are NOT getting from certain segments of America even though he claims they are -- and our admiration for the honorable way in which they are fighting this war.

I don't blame our troops a bit for pointing out that somehow they are supposed to believe that some Americans support THEM but do not support the cause for which they are putting their lives on the line. Interestingly enough, this a-hole Arkin chose to overlook the fact that the troops he criticizes for expressing their opinions support the American people on a 24x7 basis. They lay their lives on the line for our freedoms -- how much more support does Arkin expect? Geez!

Whether you agree or disagree with our presence in Iraq, you have to admit that this guy's thesis is all freaked up. He's basically saying that our troops ought to just shut up. Are they not entitled to the same First Amendment rights that all Americans enjoy? Hey, last I heard, the First Amendment applies to ALL Americans, not just wrong-headed journalists!

If you're steaming like I am, you'll want to skin this guy alive. Okay, that was a little severe. Sorry. At a minimum, you'll want to let him know that his ill-considered and bizarre opinion is not the opinion of we America-loving citizens who truly appreciate the sacrifices made daily by these honorable troops and their families.

Groundhog Day -- Just another day in Frankfort?

– Harper to host media discussion Friday aboard campaign bus –
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In commemoration of Groundhog Day and what will likely be six more weeks of politics as usual in Frankfort, Republican Billy Harper will host a dialogue with reporters aboard his campaign bus beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in front of the state capitol in Frankfort.

Harper, recognizing that each day at the capitol is starting to seem a little too much like that classic Bill Murray film "Groundhog Day," will discuss his campaign’s online petition to repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax as well as his plans to bring proven business leadership to the governor’s office.

“Unlike the private sector where great ideas flourish and bad ideas fail, the politics and policies in Frankfort never seem to change,” Harper said. “We need to repeal the alternative minimum tax and begin talking about additional ways to boost this state’s economy right now, not nine months from now when this election is over.”

All members of the media are invited to attend the Friday dialogue:

WHO: Billy Harper
WHAT: Groundhog Day Dialogue
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 2
WHERE: Harper campaign bus,
Capital Avenue, in front of the state capitol building

For more information about Billy Harper and his campaign for governor, please visit the campaign online or contact campaign manager Stan Pulliam at (270) 519-7663.

My Year Inside Radical Islam

"At twenty-three, I was a devout believer in radical Islam. I worked for a Saudi-funded charity in Ashland, Oregon, that was accuseed of funding al-Qaeda. Funny thing, I was born Jewish. At the time, it all seemed pretty normal."
Friend and supporter of ConservaChick, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, has written a memoir that is a must read for anyone who would like a glimpse inside the world and workings of radical Islam. Daveed is a counter-terrorism expert; his articles about terrorism and religious extremism have appeared in numerous publications including The Counter-terrorism Blog, The Weekly Standard, Wall Street Journal Europe, Washington Times, and the Dallas Morning News.

The book, "My Year Inside Radical Islam: A Memoir" was released today and yours truly has her copy in hand now. Look for a book review and an interview with Daveed coming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, enjoy his interview on Hannity and Colmes last night. Compelling.

Harper Interview: "Politicians are elected to serve the people."

Part two of my interview with Billy Harper, Republican gubernatorial candidate

As I mentioned in last night's post, I find Billy Harper to be a different sort of candidate. Republican, yes; typical Republican, no. He is very clear on every issue of importance to this state and is unafraid to plainly state his views. He doesn't dance around a question hoping to hit on the answer you hope to hear nor does he talk a lot -- he says what he needs to say and lets you draw your own conclusions.

It was in this manner that our discussion on Kentucky's AMT began. It seems to me that he and I are on the same page with regard to taxation. I complimented him on his willingness to start the ball rolling with a citizen's petition to end the AMT in this state. Mr. Harper is the only candidate that I've EVER seen who is campaigning and taking concrete steps to address the issues he cares about all at the same time. Most candidates are too busy campaigning to actually DO anything else. Not this man.

Our discussion about Kentucky's AMT was relatively short -- I understand its impact completely and see the need for it to be repealed. After all, why would any entrepreneur want to start a business in this state with our added AMT? Most small businesses fail within the first 2-5 years so for those 2-5 years, that small business would be saddled with a state level AMT while still in the red. What are the odds of success in that case?!

ConservaChick readers are very plugged in. They watch national and state events with an eye toward progress at both levels of government. With regard to what is happening in Frankfort this session, an anonymous commenter had a lot of information for all of us. Thanks to that commenter, I was able to review the bills related to reforming Kentucky's AMT prior to my conversation with Billy Harper.

I mentioned these bills to Mr. Harper -- HB 87, HB 88, and HB 119 -- and asked if he thought his campaign ads were the reason for the renewed interest from Frankfort in reforming the AMT. Intriguingly enough, he said, "I haven't read the bills yet but I will. I would love to see this unfair tax repealed. It hurts Kentucky. As long as it gets done, it doesn't matter to me who gets the credit."

Are you shocked? I was too! It's a rare, rare day when you hear ANYONE but especially someone running for political office say that he doesn't care who gets the credit! This man is focused on getting things done, things that really matter to the people of this state. That much is clear from his opinions, his drive, and his humility. If all politicians adopted his attitude, this state would be unstoppable on our way to prosperity and a better quality of life for all!

During our conversation, I complimented him on how helpful and communicative his campaign staff has been. Obviously this guy knows quality people when he meets them; he hires the right people, in my opinion. Billy Harper has been the most visible and the most accessible candidate in the Republican primary to-date. I asked if he would continue that accessibility if elected to the Governor's mansion this year.

Yet again, I was surprised by his response because it was not the typical political answer and, most importantly to me, it was the answer I would hope for from every elected official: "Politicians are elected to serve the people. We elect them and we expect them to remember who they were sent there to serve. Every elected official in Frankfort ought to be readily accessible." In short, yep, he intends to continue being visible and accessible if elected to serve as Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A bit of a difference from our current and past administrations, huh?

I don't think I can fully convey how impressed I was with the plain-spokeness and humility of Billy Harper. It seems much like this: If you or I wanted to be Governor, we'd probably express our opinions and our intentions as plainly. We might not be quite as polished as the folks who are career politicians. Our desire to lead, our desire to do what's right regardless of our political party, would all be very much like Mr. Harper's. He is passionate about this state and he is very clear on the need to do what's right for Kentucky as a whole.

It was apparent to me after spending 30-minutes with Mr. Harper that he is truly a fiscal Conservative who is community-minded and wants a better quality of life for all Kentuckians. For all his success in business, he's not much different than you or me. He cares about his family, his community, his state, and his country. All he wants to do is get the hard work done for the people of this state. After all, "politicians are elected to serve the people."