Sunday, December 16, 2007

Restore Funding for the Border Fence

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"American Troops are Winning"

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

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

Terrorists say the darnedest things.

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

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

[...]


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

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

Ah yes. It's a sick joke!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Thanks for the chuckle tonight, Monkfish!!)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Merry Freakin' Christmas. Here's your furlough.

Initial Pentagon Furlough Notices to Be Sent Out This Week

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Pork and Conservatism... pass the antacids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(*burp* Excuse me!)