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!