Thursday, November 29, 2007

Conservative Diversity on Parade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Scary but Addictive!

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

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

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

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

Maintaining a Positive Outlook

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

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


(Thanks for that chuckle, Mark!)

Highway to Hell

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

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

Monday, November 26, 2007

Heroes at the Holidays

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

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

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

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

VIEW THE TOUR ITINERARY ROUTE

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

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

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

Achmed the Dead Terrorist

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hillaryous!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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

God bless you all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

LOST? Well, not yet...

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

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

[Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute]

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

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

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



Sunday, November 18, 2007

Fighting the Battle at Home


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Earmark Reform

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

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

"To all members of Congress:

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

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

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



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


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

What's on the menu?

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

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

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

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

Saturday, November 10, 2007

One more... just for the Marines

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

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

Friday, November 09, 2007

Compassionate versus Real? Gimme real any day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The program will be telecast at:

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

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

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

More information is available on the C-SPAN website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Thursday, November 08, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

I guess we could have gift-wrapped this one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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