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.

Those Wily UAW Bosses Strike Again!

... "Our union members deserve steady employment for life as much as the autoworkers of Europe do,” said Mr. Gettelfinger." ...
Read the full story by Scott Ott here:
Union Plan: Cut GM Profits to Boost Job Security

(Warning: do not attempt to drink during the reading of this story!)

How many miles per gallon do YOU get?

A recent study found the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of beer a year.

That means, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.

...kind of makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?


(Thanks for the chuckle, Cindy!)

...and the Students are No Better...

As if Lee Bollinger hadn't already embarrassed his school enough, I was stunned to find that the collegiate audience at Ahmadinejad's maniacal rantings yesterday saw fit to boo him only once. Why? Well, not because he denies the Holocaust. No. Because he denies the existence of gays in his country.
"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country. We don't have that like in your country. ... In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who's told you that we have this."
Yes, persecution of gays is wrong. As Americans, as human beings, we know that. Just as we know that persecution of Jews is wrong; and just as we know that denying historic fact is ludicrous. Where were the catcalls and boos from the learned audience on those topics?

What the hell are they teaching at Columbia? Obviously there are no courses on logic, civility, and ethics.

Ahmadinejad's Souvenir

Call me silly but I expected Barbra Streisand herself to open for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on stage at Columbia. Unfortunately, Ahmadinejad's opening act, Columbia's president Lee Bollinger, was less gracious toward his guest than Babs might have been.

The lack of manners on display by Mr. Bollinger in his opening remarks was startling not only to his guest speaker but to me. Not only has he performed a service for the Iranian propaganda machine but he's made Americans look like uncivil, graceless buffoons. Look, I'm no fan of Islamofascist thugs; however, I didn't see fit to invite one to speak, did I? Mr. Bollinger might as well have invited Conservatives to the school again and armed the audience with pies for the reception.

Mr. Bollinger is receiving some kudos today for delivering a scathing introduction that some felt was Ahmadinejad's due. I will NOT applaud Bollinger's idiocy. Apparently, he only realized his massive mistake early enough to write a nasty intro... pardon me, folks, but that's just bad manners. Any decent, civilized human being would simply have canceled the speaking engagement and totally withdrawn Ahmadinejad's rambling moment in the American spotlight. Instead, the damage is done.

Jacob Laksin at FrontPage Magazine summed it up nicely in his article "A Maniac in Morning Side Heights:"
... "Alas, the damage has been done. Simply by appearing at Columbia, Ahmadinejad could claim the unearned legitimacy imparted by the esteemed location. As one might expect, Iran’s government-owned media were quick to pounce on the propaganda coup. In its account of the speech, Iran’s official news agency gleefully recorded the “standing ovation of the audience” and its “repeated” applause for the president. They needn’t have bothered. Why waste energy singing the president’s praises when a modern university, in the heart of the Great Satan no less, is happy to provide free publicity?" ...
Lee Bollinger ought to do us all a favor and pay attention to the clips from Ahmadinejad's appearance at Columbia that are used on Iranian television. (The internet is a wonderful place to find such things, you know.) I sincerely hope that he will study and learn from them that no "petty dictator" would pass up the chance for some great propaganda to take home as a souvenir of his visit to America.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Columbia's School of Hypocrisy

I have to wonder why Columbia University would invite the man who is waging a proxy war against our troops and killing Americans on a regular basis to speak... The same militantly religious zealot who ships IEDs into Iraq... what might Columbia's students learn from his speech?

This is the same school which denies American military recruiters access to its student body, which (I believe) bans the American ROTC from having a chapter on its campus, yet INVITES AN ISLAMOFACIST to speak to its student body. What type of recruiting might Columbia be endorsing?! Hypocrites.

(Congrats to our troops for pulling Iranian Qud in for questioning! Nice work, guys!)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Keeping the Anti-Amnesty dream alive -- Bravo, Bunning!

I am so very proud to announce that one of Kentucky's two Senators is officially a champion of fighting amnesty for illegal aliens -- Bravo, Senator Bunning!! Thank you for representing this Kentuckian so well.

For those of you who don't follow the illegal immigration issue as closely, be advised that many Republican senators who backed down when it came time to take action on the McCain/Kennedy "comprehensive reform" this summer are now quietly backing piecemeal amendments instead. Sneaky and very un-Conservative of you, Senators!

Senator McConnell has yet to declare his intention. I would assume, based on his track record, that he will back these smaller amendments unless he hears from his Kentucky constituency. He will certainly be hearing from me tonight.

One of those aforementioned piecemeal amendments is coming up for a vote this week attached to a DoD funding bill. It's called the "DREAM Act" (Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors). A dream for illegals but a nightmare for citizens, if you ask me. This amnesty basically provides for an illegal to claim that he/she has been in the States since before their 16th birthday to claim public assistance/federal funds for college tuition. Nice, eh? VDare does a nice dissection of this amendment. Do yourself a big favor and read this post.

Where does your senator stand? Does he/she need to hear from you? If you are anti-amnesty, your senator probably DOES need to hear from you immediately. NumbersUSA will help you contact him/her for free. Take action; don't leave it up to those sneaky Republican senators to do the right thing... they are notorious for letting us down on this particular issue!

If this DREAM amendment doesn't get your blood boiling over the way illegal aliens are being treated to our tax dollars via social services and education, watch this News Channel 5 (KRGV in Texas) investigative report. It's a wake-up call for anyone living in Texas, that's for sure! My thanks to Tammy for sending this my way! ...By the way, Tammy, you're right; it did p*ss me off! ;-)

Gathering of Eagles III

Mark and I couldn't be in DC this weekend to be a part of the Gathering of Eagles III but we were with them in spirit.

Apparently, the coverage of the Eagles' rally was a little broader and more fair-minded than the coverage that pro-victory rallies traditionally receive. What a refreshing change! Way to go, Eagles! I was surprised to find this paragraph in a piece on the WashingtonPost.com site:
[...] Another speaker, Joe Johnson, described how his son was killed by an IED after
only 10 days in Baghdad. "I'm so very proud of him," Johnson said. "I just wish
I had the chance to tell him."Shouts from all across the crowd told Johnson, "He
knows." [...]
Watch Chris Hill's speech from the Gathering of Eagles rally on September 15th -- he says it all so well and with such passion. He certainly speaks for me here.



Here are links to the 3-part video of the event from YouTube:
Part 1
Part 2

Part 3

Notice all the mass-produced yellow signs carried by the ANSWER protesters? Those are the same signs used at every ANSWER protest. This group buses people in from all over and then hands them the signs and the talking points. There are a very few in the crowd who actually have a clue what they're talking about and they are the chant leaders. The chants are as standard as those yellow signs.

If you listen closely you can hear some of those trite old chants, one of which is "This is what democracy looks like." If ANSWER protests are "democracy," I'm the queen of freakin' Egypt. Their protests are nothing more than Communist group-think propaganda festivals organized by the puppetmasters at ANSWER. It's so Orwellian. I am constantly amazed at the way in which they can turn that around and call the pro-victory crowd "fascists." Grrrr. Watching these videos sure makes me wish I had been there this weekend!

I ran into this video clip on YouTube and I'm happy to see that DC is taking the law seriously and FINALLY fining ANSWER for the trash with which it litters DC -- seriously, you ought to see the trash they leave behind after their rallies and marches. It's shameful.



Congratulations on another GREAT operation, Eagles!! Please help support their mission, folks. It's imperative that we support our troops by supporting victory.

Is this what you voted for?

There are times when most of us should just let a disgraceful and disgusting event speak for itself because the less ruckus that is made about it, the sooner it's lost to the public psyche. I was livid about the attack MoveOn.org launched against General Petraeus. You didn't see that anger vented here because I felt the slander they committed against a patriot spoke for itself.

I have many friends and relatives who are registered Democrats; some may disagree with our presence in Iraq as part of our war against Islamofascism but none of them would have attacked a patriot like General Petraeus the way MoveOn attacked him. It's a shocking disgrace.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has released a video on YouTube that asks a very good question: Democrats, is *this* what you voted for?!




So, just who did Democrat voters elect? Good question. I wonder how many Democrats are actually aware of the answer... I know of a few right here in Kentucky who don't have a clue; they simply have always voted for the Democrat candidate.
[...] “We bought it, we own it, and we’re going to take it back.” Those are the now infamous words spoken by MoveOn.org founder Eli Pariser when speaking about the Democrat Party after the 2004 elections. “We own it.” That message was clear when Senate Democrats objected on the floor of the Senate to a resolution to denounce the despicable ad calling Gen. Petraeus a traitor. Make no mistake -- MoveOn.org owns the Democrat Party. [...]
Read the full editorial from Senator John Ensign (R-NV) for a reminder of what was done to General Petraeus by Democrats who UNANIMOUSLY confirmed him in the first place. It's shameful and it should be denounced in full and loudly by anyone who wants to be taken seriously.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Die Energie der Freundschaft

When Germany and France elected Conservatives to power, they knew what they were doing, eh?

Although praise for the United States occurs very seldom in anti-American Western Europe, it was different in Germany last week. Unreported by most media outlets, the largest potential terrorist attack on German soil since the Second World War that saw three men arrested, two of them German converts to Islam, was thwarted with considerable American help.


As it turns out, according to a report in the German magazine, Der Spiegel, CIA officials had been working in close co-operation with German intelligence on this case for months, right up until the arrest of three suspects last week in an inconspicuous village in the state of North Rhineland-Westphalia. A joint team of American and German investigators had already been working in Berlin for some time on “Operation Alberich”, the name of a king in German mythology given to the project. US Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, told Der Spiegel that the cooperation between the two countries’ intelligence services was never closer than during this investigation. [...]


From Stephen Brown at FrontPage Magazine, a great story ("The War on Terror: The German Front") that reminds us all that the war on Islamofascism is indeed global. It's so refreshing to read about US and Germany intelligence services working together to thwart the terrorists no matter where they lurk!

Waterboarding my arse!

Imagine the info we could have gotten had we only employed THIS particular torture device...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I Have Not Forgotten.

At this hour on 9/11/2001, I recall sitting at my computer at home engaged in an online group therapy session (chat room that employed text, audio, and video) with "cyberfriends" from around the world. In an hour when we were normally running "name that tune" type of music quizzes and trivia games, spouting nonsense and teasing the other team, we were instead keeping vigil with one of our group whose husband is a policeman on the NYPD.

She hadn't heard from him all day since he was called to the World Trade Center after the first plane hit. At 2 AM the next morning, after being online all night with her, we were relieved to hear her exclaim, "I hear the door! That's got to be him!" She dropped the microphone and we chatted in text a while and waited. She never returned to the microphone. We all appreciated why. We were grateful that she was spared the agony that so many others faced that night and in the months afterward. Some, to this very day, still do not know what became of their loved ones who were at the World Trade Center that day.

As the weeks passed after 9/11 and the rescue/recovery operations continued at Ground Zero, one of the guys from our little online group, Matt, volunteered to help sift debris at the landfill site on Staten Island. We heard from him less during his time volunteering -- he worked a regular job and then went to the landfill to put in long hours at night -- but when we did, we all agonized with him as he recounted finding random bits and pieces of victims from Ground Zero among the debris. It was horrifying. He didn't sleep well for months after that.

For me, 9/11 and the months afterward were a time of very somber reflection and gratitude -- reflection on how closely knit we human beings became during that time of tragedy and gratitude that this tragedy had only touched my family from a distance, though the sights, sounds, and stories of others who were there. It was a trying time but it was a time that we were all very close as human beings, not just Americans but human beings. From our next door neighbors to the Scotsman playing against you in a trivia game online, every one of us shared that common bond of loss, of shock, of the fragility that is our human existence.

The flags were flying at half-mast at work today. I got there in time to see our Security manager lowering them. We didn't even mention 9/11 or the reason those flags were flying lower. We greeted each other as we would any other morning. In some way, it seems a triumph over the evil that touched us all that day in 2001 that we treat this day not much unlike any other but it sadly seems like a loss of our humanity when that tragedy is not forefront in our minds and hearts at every moment on this day.

I think that, on this sixth year mark of those tragic events of 9/11/2001, the thing I miss the most is the humanity we lost when American politics became more important than our unity, than what is right, what is true, and what is good about our fellow human beings. I will never forget the kindness, the benevolence, the humanity of which we are capable; I saw it that day and will never forget it. Nor will I ever drop my guard against the evil that can be visited upon humankind by those who hate, those who cannot tolerate an idea outside of their own zealous ideologies. There is no monster scarier than a zealot.

It is my fervent hope that it does not take another horrific act of evil to bring that same kindness and humanity back to the American body politic. This country has become so divided between the major political ideologies that many ideologues are nothing more than walking mouths. They have closed their eyes, gone deaf, and shutdown their minds... now they vehemently spout whatever propaganda they hope will provide them with power in the next election. It's a sad, sad commentary on what this country in particular has lost. We have lost the American spirit.

God bless the families and friends who lost loved ones that day. I pray that they have found some peace with their loss. God bless and guide the brave men and women (military and otherwise) and their families who fight against the evil that cost us dearly that day and all the days leading up to it. May we all be wiser and more vigilant for the hard, hard lesson visited upon us six years ago today.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Vietnam Memorial Wall Defaced

No doubt, this was courtesy of the Lemming Leftists who want to "bring our troops home." SCUMBAGS. (That was not the first label that came to mind, by the way.)

Join the Gathering of Eagles this Saturday (9/15/07) in DC to express your outrage at the vandalism and your support for victory in our mission overseas. Support your troops!

Stand by the Mission

Sign an online petition to Stand by the Mission in Iraq.

Here is the full story and additional information on how to assist in getting the word out about this petition from an email I received earlier today due to my membership in a pro-victory group:

WASHINGTON DC (September 10, 2007) – The debate over whether the Iraq mission led by General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker deserves continued support is raging not only in Washington but also in the blogosphere. Now, a grassroots petition supporting General Petraeus and his troops is making its way
around the Internet.

The petition was started by a group of leading veteran and military family organizations including Vets for Freedom, Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission, Military Families Voice of Victory, and Gathering of Eagles. Now, such leading Internet bloggers as Instapundit, LittleGreenFootballs and Captain's Quarters (respectively the third, fourth and sixth most popular Internet Blogs) have begun promoting the petition as well.

While anti-war groups have been running Internet petitions for years, the online petition now circulating the Web represents the first time that so many pro-troop and pro-mission groups have united in one significant grassroots effort.

Pete Hegseth, Executive Director of Vets for Freedom, commented: “There is now strong evidence that American military forces are making progress against al-Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. The groups backing this petition, and those signing it, are attempting to educate their fellow Americans that our troops deserve the time and resources necessary for them to successfully complete their mission -- and that there would be dire consequences were the United States to hand a victory to its sworn enemies on what al-Qaeda has called the central front in its global conflict with us.”

The groups involved in this effort are calling on TV and radio talk show hosts, columnists and bloggers to join the effort by taking the following steps:

talking, writing and blogging about the Internet petition to their audiences
putting a copy of the petition or a link to the Internet petition on their Web sites
sending messages to their email lists directing recipients to the Internet petition

A copy of the petition can be found at http://victorycaucus.com/standbythemission.

To link to the petition, please visit http://victorycaucus.com/hostthepetition for instructions, or copy the following HTML onto any web site or blog:



To host the petition on a Web site or blog, please contact nz@victorycaucus.com.

To book an interview with an expert from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies regarding the Internet petition and other pro-mission grassroots campaigns, please contact Brian Wise at brian@defenddemocracy.org or (202) 375- 8027.

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies is a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focusing exclusively on terrorism and democratization. Founded shortly after the attacks of 9/11/01, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications, and investigative journalism in support of its mission. For more information, please visit www.defenddemocracy.org.

Briefing for America -- Thank You, Fox News!

After the sham political theatre to which General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker were subjected in a Congressional "hearing" today, I was relieved to find Brit Hume doing a thoughtful and thorough interview with these two gentlemen this evening ("Briefing for America").

How refreshing to be able to hear them both fully without the windy grandstanding from politicians! Thank you, thank you, thank you Fox News, Brit Hume, General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker! I feel more informed and less harrassed tonight after watching this special broadcast.

For those of you who would like a glimpse at how General Petraeus portrays the current state of affairs in Iraq to his troops, click here. (Thank you for publishing this, StrategyPage.com!) Frank, respectful, and honorable. I think those words are probably ones you would hear from troops serving with General Petraeus too.

Here's the good news as far as I could tell: The surge is working; because of the increased number of troops, the local leaders in provinces throughout Iraq have felt more secure in taking a stand against the insurgency (whether it be al Qaeda or Iran-led). Even though legislative benchmarks have not all been met, the specific actions that were to be legislated (such as oil revenue sharing and de-Baathification) are taking place on the ground throughout Iraq. This is the best news we can hope for at this time in history. We have asked a lot of the Iraq legislature in a very short period of time politically and historically speaking. To all involved (General, Ambassador, multi-national forces, US troops, and Iraqis), I say keep up the good work!

Look, I think today was a turning point for me... I am sick to death of all the political posturing and the juvenile dismissal of the information that the White House was asked to provide to Congress by the very politicians who dismissed a fine General's testimony today as being "Bush's Report." I am tired of the childish, immature attitudes on display in our nation's capitol. Congress, YOU asked the White House for this report and it was provided to you by a fine American, a well-respected General who is far more qualified than any of you to make this assessment.

Someone, anyone, please tell me when Americans become such short-sighted juvenile idiots?? These were American "adults" today who grandstanded, who paid to have a full page print ad attack an American patriot for doing his job, who interrupted the proceedings today with nonsense... what has become of the respectable American thinker?! Where has the mature sensibility of the American pioneer, the American patriot gone? Since when did we start thinking of withdrawal as an option?! Where is the American spirit of victory?

Some random notes/thoughts/links:

For a very accurate representation of my own personal opinion, listen to Ann Coulter put it plainly here.

Why is it you can only hear the voice of pro-victory veterans on Fox?... Thanks, Sergeant Martinez. It's nice to know that the troops fighting the tough fight understand what needs to be done both here and in Iraq!

See all of the video of any importance from today's testimony regarding the progress of the troop surge at Fox News.

It seems to me that a large number of the Dems today fall right into this sort of "I stand on the side of defeat" that is portrayed almost daily by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). So, have a look at two portraits -- the first of the sour, dour, focused on defeat Senator Reid himself and then, the second, which represents my opinion of Reid as expressed so eloquently by Dennis Miller:

Reid on CNN
Adblock


...and now, Dennis Miller on Reid (BRAVO, Dennis!!!)
Adblock

Saturday, September 08, 2007

REVO EVOM!

This is an idea whose time has certainly come!

If you spot a Mazda 3 hatchback in your rearview mirror on I-71 with one of these, MOVE OVER for ConservaChick! ;-)

When facts don't matter...

take something out of context and put it in a TV ad. Well, at least if you're a Liberal anti-war relic. Thank God Republicans are finally fighting back against this sort of propaganda!

Anti-McConnell Ad Pulled Down
Public Campaign Action Fund ad was deceptive

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the NRSC successfully challenged the legality of a Public Campaign Action Fund ad that was set to air tonight against U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, "[a] national group that favors public financing of elections will air ads starting today that criticize Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell by accusing him of using his influence to help a firm with connections. But McConnell's camp responded that several charges are 'patently false' in the 30-second spot..." (Herald-Leader, 9/6/07)

Under challenge from the NRSC General Counsel's office, at least one local Kentucky television station has refused to air the ad. Several more challenges are pending.

"Liberal shadow groups operating as a front for the Democrat party will not be allowed to twist and distort the truth for partisan benefit, especially at the expense of our brave men and women fighting abroad," NRSC Communications Director Rebecca Fisher said.

"Sen. McConnell has been a tireless champion not only for the state of Kentucky, but also for U.S. troops. We are encouraged that one station is refusing to air the advertisement, and hope other stations follow suit."

For the record and to add some badly needed context to the statements made in this ad: This particular piece of propaganda states that McConnell voted against additional funds for more body armor for our troops -- this is patently FALSE! The funding they mention was in the war funding supplemental to which Dems tied "withdrawl timeline" amendments. Senator McConnell and many other Senators voted to TABLE it which was the proper and patriotic thing to do. As was proper and correct, the troops still got funding for body armor WITHOUT the surrender language of that amendment.

I am really tired of hearing about how the Left in this country is about "nuance" and "shades of grey" while the Right is all "black and white." This could not be further from the truth when they air ads making statements that are MEANT to be taken fully out of context. Where is the nuance? Where are those lovely shades of grey? This is more Orwellian groupthink-doublespeak nonsense from the Left.

UPDATE: The Herald-Leader has an update to this story today. Evidently, the ad will air after all.

Little Girl versus Monster

I'm betting on the little girl because, no matter what you call it, she's gonna kick it! (Warning: Don't watch this with little kids in the room unless you want to undo this language lesson later.) Enjoy!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Quote of the month!

... "And speaking at a forum organized by Lance Armstrong on cancer research, Hillary Clinton told Chris Matthews if she is elected president, she will declare war on cancer, and then she will support the war on cancer for two years, and then she will be against it for a year, and then she will back out of it all together." -- Jay Leno, host of NBC's "Tonight Show."
(This was sent my way by one of the last Conservatives left in New England. Yep, our friend Joe (aka "VentryBay"). Thanks for the laugh, Joe!)

UK Football News

Sent to me by an unnamed source:

The University of Kentucky football practice was delayed nearly two hours yesterday after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field.

The head coach immediately suspended practice while Lexington police and federal investigators were called to investigate.

After a complete analysis, FBI forensic experts determined that the white substance unknown to the players was the goal line.

Practice was resumed after special agents decided the team was unlikely to encounter the substance again.

Okay, now I'll reveal my source: Thanks to Tammy for sending an oldie but a goodie my way! hehehe ;-) GO CARDS!!