Tuesday, November 30, 2004
A Couple of Things
First I want to call your attention to Homespun Bloggers. Apparently they have a regular activity where in they pose a question, and request bloggers to answer it, with their solution. Every one of the participating bloggers answered this question; "What, in your mind, represents the single greatest long-term threat to the United States of America, and what should be done about it?" Check out all the links. They answered the question as I would have, had I taken part. Each one with their own facet of the same threat...the one which comes from within our own country. I'll let you read them on your own, each in their own way, brilliant and on target!
Second, I've been meaning to blog on this article from USAToday which I read the last time we were at our place on Port Aransas (I read more print material when I'm away from my computer, but hoping for a laptop...are you paying attention, Santa?) There is apparently a new trend in America. Speaking of the state of Ohio; "Counties such as Clinton that are too urban to be rural but too small to be metropolitan now have an official designation from the federal government: "micropolitan" areas. Once lost in the vast rural expanse beyond the nation's metropolitan areas, these "mini-metros" with rural sensibilities now stand on their own as a quantifiable slice of small-town America." These are the areas of the country where it isn't unusual to see a corn field in the middle of a thriving town. The most important part of this article is this: "And on Nov. 2, they proved themselves a potent political force. They were a key component of the "out there" regions that Republicans campaigned in relentlessly to offset the Democratic edge in big cities in this election.
President Bush won 474 of the nation's 573 micropolitan areas by a combined ratio of 61% to 39% over Democrat John Kerry, according to an analysis by the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech. It was a huge edge in a tight national race in which Bush won the popular vote by 51%-48%."
Ya gotta love the trend! Unless you're a left-leaning nutcase!
And on the Military Reporting
WARNING! If you cannot handle the "F" word, this is not a site you want to visit, but it is the site of a soldier in Ramadi, and to read the heroism, and the way he brings his experience as the only "trained" soldier where no medic was available is to know the True Grit these people are made of: "My voice is so calm I feel spooked. None of the shit I feel is there, I am just helping him, doing whatever I can. Medivac is called; we have to get someplace they can land. I get on the radio briefly to directly relay the casualty’s exact condition. I am surprised how concise I am. I usually have to plan my radio coms, but now it is just spilling out of me. " They take my breathe away with their heroism and introspection!
God bless them, one and all!
Monday, November 29, 2004
UK Press Takes Up Where US Press Leaves Off!
I'll let the article speak for itself; "Worries about the sustainability of the US economic recovery were stoked on Sunday after Wal-Mart, the discount retailer that is a bellwether for the country's retail sector, announced that sales grew by only 0.7 per cent in the year to November. "
What? Excuse me! Anywhere in that article that you could have mentioned the highest sales in the LONG history of J. C. Penney, a store slightly upscale from WalMart? Yoo Hoo! Brits! If you're going to try to talk down the US economy, you'd probably better look to your own first!
And Now A Word From Our Troops
This story comes from another favorite read of mine, The Mudville Gazette . "I had the honor of hearing a very high ranking Air Force officer speak here in Iraq recently. He told of presenting Purple Hearts to a couple of Air Force troops who'd been wounded in action while serving with the Army in Fallujah. ", he begins...then relates a story the officer told him. Got the Kleenex handy?
"He had a wounded right arm, so after pinning the medal I shook his left hand. But then he saluted me with his right hand, a move that I could tell caused him great pain.
The General choked up a little while telling the tale, and the ever-present dust appeared to be irritating his eyes, too."
Go read what the Airman did to earn that purple heart.
An aside, and an observation about the changes in the services: I remember the rampant "we're better than you" between the services years ago. It was pervasive and sometimes rowdy in its manifestations, i.e., brawls in bars were a regular happening between sailers and marines, etc. But in today's military, it is not unusual to see an army medic assigned to a marine battery, as Major Dad noted [below]. I think it is a wise and very smart move, as it improves communication & intelligence gathering.
In fact, that brings something to mind. There are so many heroic tales of our troops that go unreported, that I am going to start publishing them as often as I can...it will fill those times when I don't see a story that sufficiently riles me, as the Financial Times story above did!
Sunday, November 28, 2004
This Could Make Me Lazy
I love my readers! They keep me informed, and send me such great things to post, that I could get really lazy! Today's post I must thank and give a big hat tip to LynnMacc. She sent me a site with e-mails from Marines to their families. We all know what our Marines were up against in Fallujah, right? Or did we? As Dave writes in his letter to his dad,
"The enemy inside the town have come to fight and kill Americans. Nothing will sate their bloodlust and hatred other than to kill everyone of us or at least die trying. It is hard to fathom as a Westerner as rational thought would dictate that we will only be here for a relatively short blip in their history and while we are here, billions of dollars in investments will pour in and opportunity that is beyond comprehension will open up for anyone willing to work. This is not Kansas and this enemy does not think like that. "
Where we see opportunity, they see our way of life coming to their lands...which most Iraqis are hoping and praying to happen. What our brave soldiers & Marines went through, step by step, and the outcome, is beyond what the MSM has shared, as you'll read here. Their dedication, their bravery and committment, is going to make the WWII veterans so proud, not to mention the unsung heroes of every war in our time, especially our once-denigrated, now vindicated Viet Nam veterans! These ARE the Greatest Generation. I agree with Dave, the future of our great nation is in good and capable hands!
Now if you want to offer your services or gifts to these warriors of freedom, here are some places to do it: [hat tip: LynnMacc via Glenn Reynolds]
AAFES Gift Certificates http://www.aafes.com/docs/homefront.htm The Army and Air Force Exchange Services is where most servicemen and women do their shopping. You can purchase gift certificates for those in Iraq and those hospitalized.
Adopt a Platoon http://www.adoptaplatoon.org/ Adopt a Platoon has several ongoing projects to ensure that every soldier overseas does not walk away from mail call empty-handed.
AnySoldier http://www.anysoldier.us/index.cfm Any Soldier is a non-profit organization that helps people send care packages to members of the armed services in Iraq.
Appreciate Our Troops http://www.appreciateourtroops.org Purchase a Support Our Troops mug and a free personalized mug will be given to a current or former service member.
Blue Star Mothers http://www.bluestarmothers.org The Blue Star Mothers was founded by service members' moms during World War II. Any mother with a son or daughter in the military can join.
Books For Soldiers http://www.booksforsoldiers.com/ Help the troops escape boredom by donating some books. You can also donate DVDs and CDs requested by soldiers.
Camp Doha http://www.campdoha.org/ Camp Doha provides valuable information for those about to deploy, their friends and families and anyone who wants to support the troops.
Cell Phones for Soldiers http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/pages/1/index.htm Donated cell phones are recycled and turned into cash. The cash is used to purchase calling cards for soldiers in Iraq.
Defend America http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html Thank any service member stationed throughout the U.S. and the world with an e-mail.
Fisher House http://www.fisherhouse.org/ The Fisher House Foundation donates comfort homes, built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
Freedom Calls http://www.freedomcalls.org/ The Freedom Calls Foundation is helping families videoconference with their loved ones in Iraq. You can donate money to help keep this project going.
Groceries for Families http://www.commissaries.com/certificheck/ The men and women who lay down their lives for us are terribly underpaid. Help a family by purchasing gift certificates to the commissary.
Homes for Our Troops http://www.homesforourtroops.org/ Homes for Our Troops assists injured veterans and their immediate families by building new or adapting existing homes with handicapped accessibility.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/foundation_heroesfund.html The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides grants to the families of servicemen and women who died in Iraq. You can donate online, through mail or by calling a toll-free number.
Military Moms http://www.militarymoms.net/index.html This site provides support to all of the moms out there who has a son or daughter in the military.
Operation Air Conditioner http://www.operationac.com/ Operation Air Conditioner provides not only air conditioners but space heaters (the desert is cold in the winter) for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Operation Call Home http://www.platoonphone.com/ Operation Call Home's mission is to provide each platoon with their own satellite phone.
Operation Dear Abby http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/ The U.S. Navy and Dear Abby have teamed up. Their site allows you to send e-mail messages of support to service members.
Operation Give http://www.operationgive.org/ Operation Give provides toys, clothing and school supplies primarily to the children of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Operation Hero Miles http://www.heromiles.org/ You can donate your unused frequent flier miles to help soldiers travel on emergency leave. They are also used to help families fly to hospitalized soldiers.
Operation Iraqi Children http://www.operationiraqichildren.org/ Many soldiers are rebuilding schools in Iraq and scrounging around for school supplies. Help by donating a school supplies kit.
Operation Military Pride http://operationmilitarypride.org Operation Military Pride is a volunteer organization that sends cards letters and care packages to troops.
Operation Uplink http://www.operationuplink.org/ Donate money to Operation Uplink. The money is used to purchase phone cards so servicemen and women can call home.
Soldiers' Angels http://www.soldiersangels.org/heroes/index.php Become some soldier's angel by adopting a service member.
Treats for Troops http://www.treatsfortroops.com/ Treats for Troops helps get you provide packages to your loved ones overseas. If you don't know anyone, the Foster-A-Soldier Program matches you with a registered soldier by branch of service, home state, gender, or birthday - or you can choose to sponsor a group of soldiers.
USO Cares http://www.usocares.org/ You can sponsor care packages provided by the USO with a $25 donation.
Voice from Home http://voicesfromhome.org/home.html Voices From Home allows military members and their families and friends to send and receive immediate voice e-mail messages in remote locations around the world.
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Is there any better way to gauge the success of your blog, than by the comments? My Thanksgiving Day post illicited some very special ones. Especially when they're posted by some of your favorite bloggers!
Major Dad wrote this in the comments section, but for some reason, perhaps lack of brevity, it didn't post, so he e-mailed me, and I'm posting it here;
I was having trouble posting a comment to your Thanksgiving post....very nice of you to invite a couple of medics into your home. I still remember my first platoon's medic...he did a great job of cutting down an infantry lieutenant's corns!!! Gentle hands...cared for all 40 of us....and would have defended us to the death. Unfortunately...I had to often tell him that he was there to patch us up....not necessarily to fight. As a medic, he enjoyed (and rightfully so) some protection by Geneva Conventions. Medics aren't exactly combatants....only supposed to use their weapons to protect their patients. He explained to me once that he didn't want to have any patients....and he'd use his weapon to ensure it. Fortunately that unit never went to combat...so we never had to find out.
Here's my post...if you can somehow work it into you blog...please feel free!
See you on the high ground!!!
I'm glad you had a great time...and while I say you did some sacrificing, you're absolutely right the "boys" will wind up sacrificing more.
It doesn't matter if you're a private or a cadet...when you don't have a "home cooked meal" (although I have to say West Point used to putout some pretty good chow) it is very nice to have a place to go and sit down with a family, when yours is not around.
My "story" of a similar time happened at Christmas of 1990 as we were preparing to deploy to Desert Shield. We were doing some pre-deployment training in Melbourne, Florida...and one of our guys had his parents just across the Banana River in Cocoa Beach. His mom and dad hosted us in a very similar situation and it was a very special Christmas indeed. We ate til we were full, we fished off the back dock with Rob's Dad (catching nothing didn't bother us at all), and we were able to relax for just a few hours. I'll never forget the hospitality the Carrs showed us that afternoon and appreciate it to this day.
You and your husband are heroes too...and will be long remembered by your 'boys.' May you...your husband....your new 'boys,' the troops overseas and theUnited States remained to be blessed and protected from harm.
See you on the high ground!
P.S. I need you to do some posting on my blog too! I'm doing hand tohand combat with some liberals from Europe...while I've been able to keep them subdued for the most part...I can always use some help."
I hope all of my readers will become his readers too. And help him out with those EU weenies! I certainly will!
And in response to a comment I left at B4B, namely;
"Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends at B4B! We're looking forward to meeting the two soldiers we will be sharing our Thanksgiving feast with today. I will be leaving shortly for Ft. Sam Houston, and standing in line with hundreds of other families to pick up our soldiers for the day. San Antonio families turned out in record numbers for the privilege of sharing their Thanksgiving with soldiers and airmen from nearby bases...so many, there are some on a "waiting list". I hope the efforts went as well in other military cities. Many of these kids have never been away from home on this holiday. Our gratefulness for their efforts can never be repayed. "
I received some very nice comments at B4B, including one from "w6whp" who wrote;
"and, DagneyT, I'm jealous! What a wonderful idea and kind deed! God bless you and your family, God bless our president and our troops, and God bless our country -- even liberals!
Posted by: k6whp at November 25, 2004 ".
In response, I e-mailed him and invited him to read the blog about our Thanksgiving Day. He e-mailed me in response;
How nice to respond....still think it was a *wonderful* gesture and evidence of one with a good heart.
Seriously, I am not jealous at all but, rather, grateful to you for your kindness to those wonderful soldiers.
It is also nice to hear from you directly.
I briefly perused your blog tonight (inasmuch as it is late and I was frolicking in a post-Thanksgiving orgy of self-indulgence in one of my favorite hobbies: amateur radio). I plan on a more thorough survey tomorrow, believe me. I follow B4B and other blogs religiously and appreciate the incredibly incisive commentary from yourself and the others.
In the middle and late eighties -- and fully through that barren period known as the "Clinton Years" -- I labored under the misapprehension that liberal commentary was witty and possessed the intellect that was not to be found from the conservative side. It has become apparent to me (at least) that this was a falsehood concocted by the MSM. It only took the rise of the internet and the blogsphere to put that lie to rest. The liberal ravings and prevarications have been so easily deconstructed -- especially in the last three years -- as to be the mewlings of petulant children:
"..I know you are, but what am I?..
"So's your old man!.."
"Your mother wears combat boots!"
Perhaps they are to be pitied rather than feared.
Anyway, I am kinda stoked about efforts such as your blog. I am motivated to try it myself:
"Lay on, McDuff, and damned be he who cries, 'hold,enough!'"
Needless to say, I wholeheartedly support his idea of joining the pack. As I told him, "The more, the merrier!" I'll share his site with you as soon as it becomes a reality. My one caution to him would be that blogging is habit forming, and his Amateur Radio days might be numbered!
Hail to the bloggers! The MainStream Media's worse nightmare!
Friday, November 26, 2004
Best Thanksgiving Since My Sons Were Home!
I have to start this from the very beginning! I left nearly an hour early yesterday for the 20 minute drive to Ft. Sam Houston. I took the wrong gate to get to the staging area to pick up our two (promised) soldiers, and had to back track. The gate personnel asked if I was there to pick up soldiers for "Operation Thanksgiving". I told them yes, and they sent me in the right direction. I wasn't the only one lost, the poor guy behind me figured out he was following the wrong person. The paperwork the Army faxed to me asked that we leave our spouse at home, which was fine with mine, as he was doing the cooking! And because I'd done the scouting to become involved with the project, I had a vague (very vague, as it turned out) idea of where to go.
When I finally found the correct gate to enter the base, I found that I was in a very LONG line of cars! As I looked around, I saw cars from all directions converging on the same drive-line to the Chapel and auditorium to where we'd been directed. Safety Orange clad soldiers were directing traffic, and we finally found our collective way to the parking areas. My intention to be early was obviously NOT early enough! I parked nearly a half mile away! What a day to wear high heels! That's a mistake I won't make next year!
Finally seated in the Auditorium, (I was lucky to find a single seat) where, as I looked behind me, was standing room only, we were treated to a band playing a mix of gospel, rock & country. The first speaker was the chaplain. He explained the rules, that we were not to allow our soldiers to drive, ride a motorcycle, smoke tobacco products (you don't know how badly I wanted to ask, "So...what? Does that mean marijuana is okay?"), drink alcoholic beverages (and me with a frig full of beer!), or misbehave in any way. He said their Command Sgt. Major was outside telling them the same thing!
Then the Chaplain thanked us for being there, and for "sacrificing" our Thanksgiving to share it with the soldiers. I thought that was the most lamebrained comment he could have made! Sacrifice? Give me a BREAK!!! Who was sacrificing what? I wanted to (and later did) stand up and thank THEM for sharing the soldiers with US! The Chaplain said that in all the years they'd had Operation Thanksgiving, they had never had a greater response from the community as they'd had this year! This was the first year they'd had to turn people away who wanted to share their Thanksgiving with a soldier. In turn, we heard from the Base Commandant & the Command Sgt. Major, who told us that he saw, in the audience, the family who had "sponsored" him during Operation Thanksgiving, 20 years ago. [I've always said that I didn't think America would ever do to our soldiers again, what was done to my generation's soldiers returning from Viet Nam. Now I can say I also BELIEVE it!]
I found out later, that I was one of a few who was granted "stand-by" status. Boy, was that a slap of cold water. When I got to the guy holding the list, my name wasn't on it. He directed me back to the auditorium, where I found myself seated with the overflow crowd they'd just brought over from the Chapel next door. They got us up after a couple of waiting minutes, and I got to go through the lines again, but as we were exiting the outer doors, I spotted the Chaplain nearby. I asked him if "stand-by" would result with my taking two soldiers home. He wasn't encouraging. I called my husband to alert him (wrong thing to do!) that I may come home alone....and as expletives blasted from my cellphone, I was forced to hang-up! I stood there trying to fight back tears of disappointment, and not wanting to move. To my right, folks were streaming past me to pick up their soldiers, to my left was a table with a lovely female officer working through a list. When a soldier tried to guide me to an area, I explained that I was on "stand-by", and she left me to stand where I was, looking berift. The female officer, a Major I believe, looked over to me and asked for the paperwork I was holding. I gave it to her as she directed me to stand in front of the table, and she began to look for my name on her list. As she did, I explained, my voice cracking, that she wouldn't find my name as I was on stand-by. She glanced up at me, then calmly back to her list, where she began to write my name and address at the bottom of that page, then directed to the soldier, awaiting her command next to me, to assign me the next two soldiers in line. I would have hugged her, if there hadn't been a table between us! What a gracious thing to do. I gave her my thanks, and a "God Bless you".
Meanwhile, at home, my husband (who had been cooking for two days!) had gone into his 10-year old mode. You know, the one where a man reverts to a 10-year old child who has just been told there's no Santa Claus?
Back at the base, Mike (19) and John (barely 18) introduced themselves. We headed off to the car, while I tried in vain to call my husband. He'd gone outside with his tantrum, and couldn't hear the phone. I didn't get hold of him until we were nearly home, where I noticed that, uncharacteristically, he'd already had a glass or two of wine. He got hold of himself in time to show the soldiers a good time.
Both young men (I want to call them "boys", but cannot. They've earned the right to be called men!) had joined the Army to become Medics. I told them they'd be the most revered and protected by their fellow soldiers, in battle. They agreed, and said on the battlefield, with the group they're assigned, they'd be known as "Doc". Mike's ultimate goal was to be a pathologist. John chose Medic as his MOS because he was a volunteer firefighter in his small hometown in the rural hills of North Carolina, and already had some EMT training under his belt.
After getting them settled in front of the big screen, with remote in hand, my husband and I turned our attention to getting a meal on the table. Both soldiers had slept through breakfast, and missed lunch while standing in line for assignment. Neither men had had a home-cooked meal since before basic training, and they were now in medic training. [Note: "Basic" used to be 9 weeks, it is now 12 weeks. The world is a dangerous place, and the Army realizes it, and is planning accordingly.]
We invited both to call their families, and Mike took his turn first. I got a kick out of his settling in to the football game, calling play for play with his dad, just as if he'd been at home. They watched nearly an entire quarter of a one-sided Patriot vs. Lion game, together, just as though they were in the same room. The Patriots won...a figurative win for the patriots we had in our home.
John was having trouble getting through to his mom, but was able to at last. He later told me that she cried "with joy" that there were people like us who would "take him in". I wish he'd told me that when they were speaking, I'd have thanked HER. She actually wanted to thank us, but he said she couldn't stop crying to do it. Probably a good thing, I'd have been a blubbering boob too!
Dinner on the table at last, we sat down and my husband gave the blessing. He thanked God for such men as were at our table, and asked for their safety, and the safety and courage of their fellow soldiers world-wide. As we ate, we visited, and found that both young men were anxious to share their experiences and what they've learned. They taught us much as well. For instance, the Army no longer takes them into the woods to bivouac, digging their own latrines, and sleeping in the open. Now they go to abandoned WWII barracks, staying in tents outside, and learn room to room searches, with surprises lurking behind every door. They are told to follow a certain route in their humvees. As they travel the route, they encounter roads blocked with debris, and are ambushed as they try to remove the blocks. They also encounter IEDs, and unfriendlies. Sound familiar? They related that training has changed drastically in the past four years. Imagine that; FOUR years! Our current administration knows that you cannot conquer this new enemy with the same methods employed during WWI & WWII, or the Cold War, as our CIA has maintained until 9/11/01. Any questions why the CIA is undergoing a thorough house-cleaning? State Department is next, IMHO!
One of the most memorable factoids was their revelation about the ill-fated mechanic group in the first days in Iraq, including Jessica Lynch. According to their recounting of the story, the group sealed their own fate by not maintaining their weapon. The M-16 jams easily, even in San Antonio climes. In the deserts of Iraq, the sand made daily maintenance mandatory. The mechanics group erroneously thought they would always have someone covering their behind, and didn't believe they'd need their own arms. They didn't count on their driver getting lost and separated from their protectors, and when confronted, couldn't count on their jammed weapons.
In answer to that problem, they told us, there is a newly developed weapon that will shortly be issued (if they haven't already begun in the field) to our troops. It is "nearly self-cleaning", whereby it has a "trap" that the soldier simply emptys the trapped dirt & sand. As John observed, having been the only one of the two who'd seen a photo of the weapon, it is a "really cool looking, almost sci-fi"!
They were well behaved, totally open and delightful, and disappointed that so many of their peers had chosen to remain behind on base, rather than take part in Operation Thanksgiving. I asked them why they thought that others chose not to partake of the program? They agreed that many had told them that it "seemed wierd" to take a "free meal" from "total strangers". I implored them both to go back, and explain to their buddies & fellow soldiers, that the program was the only means we, as the general public, have of truly showing our appreciation to them, for all their efforts and sacrifice.
When it came time to take them back to the base, I remarked as we were driving out of the driveway that they would probably go back to the base and tell their bunkmates what a boring day they'd had. They both protested that I was entirely wrong. John said it was nice to spend a quiet day, with no obnoxious yammering from the rest of their 28 person barrack room. John (IMHO) was the most mature of the two, though the youngest, and he noted that it seemed like the more "guys" you get together, the more they compete to be more loud and obnoxious. Mike seemed to agree with my assessment of the two, when he chimed from the backseat, "Yeah, like me! I didn't embarrass you, did I John?", laughing. LOL When we got to their barracks, I mentioned that I was relieved to see the barracades in front of their housing building. Mike asked me why? I was happy to give him a history lesson, so lacking from their schooling in America, about a little thing called Marines barracks in Beirut. I'll bet President Reagan still regrets that decision!
As I hugged them at the barracks, I came upon my only complaint of the day which I want to address to the Army: Why is it that the women soldiers who got to the barracks as we did, were laden with "doggy bags", which our guys were told they couldn't take with them? Do you realize how much food my husband cooked? Grrrrrrrrr.
All in all, it was the most enjoyable and rewarding Thanksgiving I've had since my sons were home! We are already planning to getting a head start on next year, so as to avoid the "stand-by status" again! Our Thanks to the U. S. Army for sharing these remarkable young men & women with us, the most protected population on the face of the planet!
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Who is This Despiccable Human Refuse?
John "Sly" Sylvester "apologized" for calling Dr. Condoleeza Rice "Aunt Jemima", but refused to apologize for calling her a "black trophy"! "Sylvester wrote he would not, however, apologize for criticizing Rice, saying "she has allowed herself to be used as a black trophy by an administration." If this doesn't make you want to lose your lunch, nothing the left puts out WILL! This human puke doesn't have the brains to use her name, let alone give her the credit she richly deserves.
As we get ready to leave for our annual Anniversary Trip to the Riverwalk, this is all I have time to rant about for today. And since we'll be hosting a couple of soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston on Thanksgiving, I've got a full schedule for the next couple of days. Have a loving and blessed Thanksgiving, one and all. And don't forget to thank God for our wonderful troops and the jobs they're doing for us!
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Dept. of Defense and Boy Scouts
Have you heard this one? The spineless weinies in the legal department at the Dept. of Defense caved in to the ACLUnatics, and made our military bases stop sponsoring Boy Scouts! Why, you ask? On what premise, you ask? You are sitting down, right? "Separation between Church and State"! This is outrageous! I went to their website and sent them the following e-mail. Anyone got Rummie's fax #?
"I think it is outrageous that the DoD's attorneys caved in without a fight and stopping the base sponsorships of Boy Scout Troops after a threat to sue from the ACLUnatics. The ACLU has been tearing apart the fabric of our country for too long! Thank God our fighting troops aren't as gutless as your staff attorneys! If I had the fax number for Secretary Rumsfeld's office, I'd use all the paper in it with angry faxes! Does he even know about their cowardice? He was a scout, so I cannot believe he even knows they are such cowardly excuses for legal minds! You are the Department of DEFENSE. DEFEND US AGAINST THIS OUTRAGE!!!"
I encourage you, if you feel as I do, to do the same! They've struck two issues with one stone; 1) the further denigration of a great institution, namely, the Boy Scouts, and 2) our own Defense Department are made to look like a bunch of cowering wet noodles! I hereby give you permission to use any part of that missive if you feel your own writing skills are less than adequate...but we have got to keep advocating when we see injustices and what we believe is Right and Wrong (left)!
Remember the old "I fear we've wakened a sleeping giant" quote, argueably attributable to a Japanese general? Well, this past election seems to have done just that, i.e., the American Right! That means Conservative Democrats, too! [God has a very special place in heaven for folks like Zell Miller!] We are sick and damned tired of the barking moonbats getting away with removing our rights, and changing our country into a socialist state! We need to continue to be active when we see a wrong, and work hard to fix it. Ask Arlen Specter what he thinks of our activism...he's been skewered by it!
Keep up the good work, Folks! Here's a pat pat pat pat pat pat for your collective backs!
UPDATE: Just found this at Blackfive:
"Not only is BalboaNaval Hospital receiving our injured heroes but the medical facilities at Camp Pendleton are also at near No Vacancy populations. In the latter case it's not money that is needed for our wounded Marines at Pendleton but stuff.
Here's why and what they need: At the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, some of the spouses of the deployed Marines put together hundreds of recovery baskets in anticipation of wounded Marines arriving at our military hospitals. The purpose behind these baskets was to provide the wounded with personal items to be used during their hospital stay and to help fill up their days while being confined in the hospitals. However, due to the higher than anticipated numbers of wounded, they are all but out of the supplies to outfit these baskets.
They are in need of the following items: nonperishable food (snacks and candy), DVDs, all sizes of batteries, phone cards, Game Boy games, books and magazines, Domino's Pizza gift certificates (they deliver on base), towels and wash cloths, and hygiene gear (razors and shaving cream).
These items can be sent to MSgt William Bonney, Office of the Division Inspector, 1st Marine Division Rein FMF, Bldg 1413 Room 200, Box 555380, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5380."
Pass the word!
No Wonder Myrah Kirkwood Lost!
Look at what went on in her hometown! No wonder we lost Michigan. Michigan Republicans lament, "Not only did we fail to carry the state for President Bush (who lost here by roughly the same 60,000-vote margin that he lost by in 2000), but we also lost the substantial 81-53 Republican majority that we had won in the Minnesota state House of Representatives in 2002. After last night, that majority is hanging by a thread at 68-66.While state Republicans expected that their majority in the state House would shrink by four or five seats, I think it's fair to say that no one anticipated the magnitude of the Democrats' pickup in the state House. The AP story on the state House races is "Democrats win big, pull nearly even in House with one race outstanding."
But how did they do it? Like they won CA, OR, WA; in the population centers? The same population centers where the needy and poor reside, bolstered by the failed promises of the left, yet having been fed the hate filled rhetoric for so many years, hold fast to the promises of the donks? Or by some other means?
The article continues, "In Detroit, mostly white Republican poll watchers dispatched to monitor mostly-black city vote counting encountered uncomfortable, racially charged situations. Poll watchers overseeing absentee vote-counting at Cobo Center, for example, reported widespread fraud in the counting of ballots. The incident raised the specter of a politically dicey GOP lawsuit, a move now less urgent given Bush's national victory.
"Craziest thing I've ever seen," said one poll watcher. "They had 100 tables and just five poll watchers trying to monitor them. Every table had a pile of empty ballots. If the machine rejected a ballot, the workers would just take a fresh ballot, fill it in the way they thought the voter wanted (Detroit voted heavily for Kerry), and then put THAT ballot through the machine." The poll watcher also reported unsigned ballots being counted in the machines, a violation of absentee procedures."
The left only knows how to win by fraud! This is unconscionable! "
And listening to Jeanine Garafolo on Sean Hannity's radio show yesterday, makes me wonder how these lefties can function in the real world...but then I realize that they don't! She is denying that Michael Mooreon said, "There is no terrorist threat.", and yet most of us have seen or heard tapes of his appearances at various college's, behind the podium, saying just that to the students. When confronted with the tape, she wants us to believe that he's right. They seem to believe, "So we got hit. It happens worldwide." Does that mean we should allow it here? The left seems to think so!
It was during the 60's that the socialist agenda took over the Democrat party, rendering it to the depth they've sunk in order to become what I call the dumocraps of today! When LBJ was forced by GOP pressure into signing the civi rights legislation, his revenge (IMHO) was to institute such programs as Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) which encouraged young women to get pregnant and have children out of wedlock. This social program discouraged these young women from marrying the father of their babies, because if they did, they'd lose the entitlement. That was the beginning of the breakdown in families nationwide.
From there, they took over the education system. They began teaching our children that this country was founded by "dead white men who owned slaves", without bothering to teach that the Declaration of Independence is what made, and is keeping, our country the greatest country on God's Green Earth! These are the people who live in those population centers which took the "blue states". Those who have been taught by a unionized teaching system that makes it next to impossible to fire the socialist teachers so pervasive in the inner city schools.
So when you add the ACLU and the MSM, who became so perverted from their original mandate, plus the movie industry, who began producing wingnuts instead of the likes of John Wayne, James Stewart or Clark Gable! Americans said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
And I give you November 2nd of the year of Our Lord 2004!
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
History is Trying to Repeat Itself
This Arab News item, poster Rosemary [hat tip, my friend] found and brought to my attention, made me think back to my high school years, and all of my friends who were either in Viet Nam, or recently back. And then freshly out of high school, I began hearing the horror stories from the likes of Hanoi Jane and her group of traiters. I remember thinking, "Wait a minute. I know these guys. There is no way in HELL they'd have done what this woman is accusing them of doing!" Then a few years after that, up jumps the devil in the person of John sKerry swearing he'd witnessed such things when he was over there. I don't remember questioning why, as an officer, he never bothered to turn in the offending personnel, though I should have! Instead, I remembered thinking, "Well, you know some guys were given by the judge, the choice, 'go to jail, or go in the service' when they'd broken the law. Maybe it's that kind of guy doing that awful stuff." Long story short, it's since been proven that it was all a bunch of flipping lies told by a bunch of card-carrying socialists trying to bring our country down. And over the intervening 30+ years, they've nearly succeeded in turning America into something my parents, my grandparents, and even I can barely recognize, as portrayed by the MSM of today.
And now, in addition to our own MSM, an Arab News writer is trying to see to it that history is repeating itself. At the end of the article, it says "— Linda S. Heard is a specialist writer on Middle East affairs. She welcomes comments" So I of course obliged with the following: "War is hell. These people were given every opportunity by the interum government to leave, to turn over the foreigners and the deadenders from SH's regime. These people harbored the outsiders who were armed and threatening. They tried these tactics on the American populace during Viet Nam, and the truth we learned is that we took casualties by trying not to hit civilians. It worked then, but we are a more educated population now. The left in our country paying your salary? George Soros still has a few buck left to throw your way. We know the integrity, the training, the planning our troops undergo to avoid as much as possible, so don't try to pull the 'Nam crap on us again! Once fooled, our fault. Twice fooled; ain't going to happen!"
Of course, as often happens after I've vented, there were many points I wished I'd made. For instance, in her final paragraph she said "There is but one truth for the vast majority of Iraqis. They want no more pretty promises, corrupt plutocrats, superpower pawns or deviant torturers. Amid a growing insurgency, most of all, they want the invaders and their military hardware gone. Who of sound mind and compassionate heart can possibly blame them?"
I would suggest that she actually get out of the green section, and venture into the areas that have been rebuilt, talk to teachers who are making 10 times the salary they made under SH. She could visit any number of online bloggers in Iraq, if she's too frightened to do that, but instead, the only one she visited is the Troll known to regular blogger readers, as the FireBreathing spoiled Sunni girl who misses her former SH pampered life!
I would encourage her to visit those who have been captured in Fallujah, see for herself that the preponderance of them are NOT Iraqi! Then I would invite her to do some investigative jounalism (apparently a lost art, unless you want to discredit a rising conservative politician). She could research the tunnels and torture rooms they found under the hiding places of the captured and killed "insurgents" in Fallujah. Where do they go? Why are there pervasive rumors throughout the ME that Al Qaeda and their like-minded groups travel from place to place through these tunnels? Could the so-called WMD have been smuggled out through them? Or stored in them?
But then why would a toady journalist actually do that sort of work, when they can take one whiney kid who should have been washed out in boot camp, and promise him "fame and fortune" to spill his guts? Easy. It would serve to denigrate our troops, our country, and our president.
After all, ask any journalism student why they want to study journalism? They'll tell you, "To change the world." In fact, a typical 60's era bleeding heart liberal, now "journalist" by the name of Carole Simpson [simpleton, IMHO] said that was why she took up journalism, in a "journalistic forum" recently. Voicing her concern about today's youth, "SIMPSON: They are chatting. They are on their phones constantly. They are talking to people on the phones. They're watching these reality shows. They are NOT watching the news. [ABS, NBS, seeBS, is what she means] Then I'm going, "Oh, my God! Are our children going to grow up stupid?" and I don't say that to them, but when I hear some of their answers to questions, I'm like, "They still think that Saddam Hussein blew up the World Trade Center," and I'm telling you, I've been all over the country, and I'm like, "Oh, my God! How could they miss this?" and then I look at the election, and I'm going, "Well, of course our kids are not bright about these things because their parents aren't." Seventy percent of the people of America still believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with the World Trade Center, and that's why we're at war, and I'm like, "Oh, my God! Nobody is looking at news."
What Ms. Simpson is actually saying is that these kids and their folks are no longer watching MSM, and she is panicky over it! They've been bending our brains around their own view of the world for 30-40 years, and we've found them out! Here's what really has her concern! "SIMPSON: The children are saying, "Well, I hear Rush Limbaugh," and I said that's not the news, and they go, "But he's talking about news things." Okay, that's really scary when I hear them say that they think they're getting the news. They can't make the separation between the New York Times and ABC News and NPR [she really thinks these are "news"! These people are amazing!] and the talk shows: Hannity & Colmes or Bill O'Reilly. It's all the same to them. It's all the news,. Entertainment Tonight. It's all the news. So it's been a very frightening thing to me. I am scared. I'm gonna admit to you that I'm scared. " [hat tip: Professor Limbaugh, himself!]
They're scared, but they're still trying to make history repeat itself. This time we have our own sources of information. And they aren't part of them.
Monday, November 15, 2004
Just a Little for Today!
Have a little medical testing done on my heart today, so I'll keep it short. I wanted to share this fascinating view of our election from an uncommon source. Sarmad is an Iraqi engineer whose English skills have come a very long way since he first began his blog. As you'll see when you visit, he's got a very long way to go. But he is understandable, and has done a masterful job in sharing his anticipation as well as several of his friends, of our election. This post is his last post, and he hasn't updated since then. It should be interesting to read his follow-up. He's very busy, and cannot post as often as some, but is well-worth your time to visit periodically.
Sunday, November 14, 2004
The Brothers at IRAQ THE MODEL Share Their 1st Anniversary Celebration
Since the election, I have been able to finally go back to catching up with my friends in Iraq. The brothers Omar, Mohammed, and Ali are sharing their first year anniversary of blogging with their friends worldwide. Mohammed explains his feelings about MSM, "I used to watch the media presenting the false image all the time and then I would want to scream out loud:This is not the whole truth, this isn’t right . You’re overlooking a great deal of the truth and you’re not presenting the feelings of the love that exists; those feelings that are stronger than weapons and politics and are stronger than the hatred you’re trying to spread." When I first began blogging, I was inspired by these guys, and the fact that they'd found a way to voice their new-found freedom. They were eager to hear from the world, and they succeeded in a way they never thought they could! As Ali puts it, “So there are many people who actually read blogs, and it seems to be important what we write!”. [HUGE hat tip to Tom Villars!]
As stunned as the brothers were to learn of the interest we in the USA had about them, they were just as stunned by the support and assistance that we've given them. I had personally hoped they could be included on the dais as a part of the GOP convention, but alas, it was not to be. I have read rumors (I've not been able to verify this on their site as yet, but I'm still not caught up in my reading, so if you have more info than me, please comment) that they will be here in the US in December. They have also entered the political arena, helping to co-found a democracy party in Iraq, and even considering running for office. May God bless them, and keep them safe!
Anyone who still harbors the mistaken belief that we shouldn't be in Iraq needs to do their homework, and learn all of the real reasons we were right to go there. There are any number of links at their site, and I have many included here as well. The 3 brothers are proof positive!
Why Arlen Specter Should NOT Be Chairman of Judicial Committee
In John Ashcroft's view, the current judicial activists are endangering our war against terrorism. "In his first remarks since his resignation was announced Tuesday, Ashcroft forcefully denounced what he called "a profoundly disturbing trend" among some judges to interfere in the president's constitutional authority to make decisions during war.
"The danger I see here is that intrusive judicial oversight and second-guessing of presidential determinations in these critical areas can put at risk the very security of our nation in a time of war," Ashcroft said in a speech to the Federalist Society, a conservative lawyers' group. "
Mr. Specter cannot be trusted to champion presidential appointments. His liberal donkey in elephant clothing will not allow him to let any presidential candidate pass on to the bench without his usual pro-life scrutiny! I don't care how much he protests that he is trustworthy, or how vociferous Karl Rove is about their expectations, a leopard doesn't change its spots, a tiger is always going to be a tiger, and Specter is always going to be a liberal!
We cannot trust our safety and future with activist partisan judges who refuse to follow the law and the Constition. The other side have been loading our courts for 30-40 years, and it's time to put the Constitution back into the law, and the teeth into fighting a war!
Friday, November 12, 2004
While Conspiracies Swarm, Reality Dawns on the Left!
No wonder the donks are spreading so many conspiracy theories as explanations for their loss. The truth of reality is becoming clearer. 2006 is shaping up to be more defeats for them at the polls, and they just do not understand why they are losing!
Their attempts to defeat Bush all failed. Even their inroads in our school system is being questioned. Children in classes are beginning to question their teachers when they chant their anti-war rhetoric to their classes. They are talking to kids whose cousins, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles have come home from Iraq and told them the truth about our efforts. I've heard several young children call various talk shows to share their stories of how their teachers have tried to make them believe lies about our troops in Iraq. One local talk show host in Corpus Christi even shared his own daughter's horror story. The day after the election, she walked into her math class to see the phone numbers of all the services; USAF, USMC, etc. When asked why, the teacher told the students that their parents would need them now that Bush is getting four more years, as they would be drafted. Now this MATH teacher knew that was untrue. It was a ploy that Rangel and Hollingsworth, both donks, tried and failed to embarrass the President, but when you have an agenda, you just have to keep peddling those lies! That is what the left has done for 40 years; keep telling the same lies until folks begin to think they are true. No wonder they've lost their ability to carry on a logical, reasonable debate based on ideals! We've had 40 years to perfect our ability, while they got lazy and complacent.
They are getting loonier and loonier with their attempts to wrest the lost election back from President Bush, but are failing miserably. I find it quite hilarious that some of these theories are quite blantantly true, but they fail to realize that Democrats voted in DROVES for President Bush, i.e., the Florida and Ohio counties where votes for Bush were higher than the registered Republicans in those counties. They are so mad with anger that they can't see the forest for the trees! Yes, morons, there are plenty of Democrats who like the president too! In some cases they are acting quite irrationally. This is a post on the DemocraticUnderground site: "Got a call from the March of Dimes today. I listened to the woman's prepared text, and said, "I'm sorry, we will no longer be donating, please take us off your list." She asked why, and I said, "Due to the election results, we have decided not to enable the Bush Administration by supporting charitable organizations who are filling the vaccuum [sic] caused by his mishandling of the country. It's all up to President Bush now." They are utterly unhinged! As one of the bloggers refer to them, they are barking moonbats! [hat tip: Blogs for Bush]
The Queen of Barking Moonbats, Maureen Dowd, even seemed to suggest on a TV interview this past weekend, that the fact that the south went for Bush must be proof that we're all racist. Never would it occur to her that the south is more fiscally conservative and less restrictive on business, and therefor is drawing people from failed socialist states in the north. Would she even bother to check out the changing demographics shown by the last census? Nope. Typical left: "south = racist". Funny, I live in the south, and never have I seen any incident, individual treatment, or attitude shown that could remotely be called racism! I was actually prepared to confront it when I first moved here, but have been relieved not to have the need.
Even the unions are beginning to feel the shift in America. "Even though the hotels are offering a "fair and equitable" contract, he said, the union "bosses in Chicago" want a two-year contract for the workers in Los Angeles, so it will end at the same time as contracts in 10 other cities, giving the union more bargaining leverage in the future. " Hellooooo! Union guys! You've outlived your usefulness! You have become an institution as corrupt as the rotting-in-hell Arafat's!
I think we need to deal with them as we would any panicky crowd. Stand back and let them stampede!
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Happy Veterans Day!
This is a particularly Happy Veterans Day this year. There is a man who serves as the Commander in Chief who truly appreciates their abilities, their skill, and most of all, their sacrifice for their country.
And further, the man who has denigrated, castigated and roundly criticized our military for 30 years, has been resoundingly defeated to be our military's Commander in Chief! While our soldiers who lie recovering in hospitals all over the world beg to be returned to their outfits, he was happy to flee from his after a mere 4 months!
I am constantly amazed at the ignorance of the left when it comes to those who serve in the military. They continue to further denigrate their sacrifice by making statements like "they're just poor people who have no chance for a job in this horrid economy.", or some such stupid ignorant statement. They overlook the athletes who have left high paying contracts to serve their country. They overlook the young executives who give up their management jobs and 6 figure salaries to serve their country. They overlook the families who have had a history of family members serving their country. They aren't even aware of the heart and soul of Americans who feel the need to serve their country.
It is impossible to ever repay the sacrifices our military has made, to be sure that we have the right to dye our hair green if we want, to pierce any body part we want, to march with profane signs, to use profane language when we want, to denigrate...even burn...our flag.
To quote one of our greatest statesmen, Senator Zell Miller; "It has been said so truthfully, that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the right to protest. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the right to abuse and burn that flag."
If you have not told a veteran today that you appreciate the sacrifices they've made for us, I urge you to do so.
Thank you, Veterans, wherever you are.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
To All of You Folks Who Hate Conservatives as "Jesus Freaks"!
We're not all that way, and here's a good example. This blogger is answering one of the Dead's "opinion piece". (If you don't know who the "Dead" are, don't bother to follow the link) "You don't agree. Fine. You don't have to. But don't think that acting like an asshole about it gets you my vote. You guys may have whipped a bunch of dumbass kids into a rage by feeding them Michael Moore style hate-propaganda, but you equally pissed off a bunch of other folks in the process who showed up to vote just to spite you guys for being such mean-spirited, reactionary, paint-by-numbers, bigoted, closed-minded jerks." Anyone who has ever tried to speak logically and rationally with a lib knows exactly what he's talking about!
Okay, I didn't feel like blogging today. So sue me. Anyway, I loved his post. Especially since he's the same age group as my sons! We did a better job of parenting (my generation) than we thought! We gave them brains, and the ability to think independently! Pat yourselves on the backs, boomers! And keep chastising those of us who never grew up! [sigh]
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Thank you, Dr. Levin!
Mark Levin defined John "the Breck Girl" Edwards' two Americas: One part of America seeks to undermine her, and the other part of America seeks to defend her. In the days since the election, this has become abundantly clear. The left doesn't seem to recognize the country they thought they were living in, and when shown the county by county map, they had a sudden realization! They've lost AGAIN!
America isn't the only country where their ideas are dying. "Nov. 7, 2004 - Italians largely oppose gay marriage with 61 percent rejecting homosexual wedlock and even more opposed to adoption for same-sex couples, a poll on Sunday showed." What? Don't they tell us that all of the EU is just like they are?
And then in Australia, we find out they are having some misgivings about abortion....hmmmm. "The Australian Broadcasting Corp., said even the governor general made a rare political statement during the weekend, saying too many abortions are carried out in Australia and he would like to see the number reduced to zero." How can that be? Didn't they say only the American Evangelical Christians believed that sort of rubbish?
For the past few days that I have been away from the computer, I've found it to be quite amusing to hear all of the pundits discuss what went wrong for the dumocraps. Carville even employs the term "born again" when explaining the strategy they need to take in rebuilding themselves. "But yesterday, Mr. Carville said not only was it a great comeback, but coupled with the 2002 congressional-election losses, it shows it's time for Democrats to engage in a major re-examination. " And Howard Dean is thinking he'd be a better head for the DNC than McAwful, and I have to agree, though he'd be no less strident. At least Dean would lend believability, since he epitomizes the peacenik arm of the donk's base.
And then there's Babs "the Schnoz" Streisand; from her site "In response to the results of the Presidential election last week, I would like to share with you a quote from Thomas Jefferson. Although written in 1798, I feel his words speak perfectly to the strong sentiments of frustration and disappointment 48% of the country feel.
"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt......If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake." What is up with these hollywierdos? Susan Sarandon, when she's not worrying why no one is bothering to go to her latest fiasco, "Alfie", is saying that the election was rigged! If she'd stop flapping her gums, and start paying attention to why no one wants to go see her in a movie, perhaps she could save her career! "Alfie" opened to dismal receipts ($6.51 million) in this past weekend's movie rating race. With record number of dollars ($71 million at last count) going to the only GP rated movie, "The Incredibles", you would think their pocketbooks would be screaming at them to get their attention in Hollywood, wouldn't you?
As long as they remain clueless, they will continue to lose their hold on our country. And I say AMEN to that!
UPDATE: Apparently they are beginning to take notice! This just in from Drudge, "Movie industry lobbyists have had difficulty getting things done this year in Congress, where Republicans are steamed about both the large number of celebrities who were outspoken in favor of John Kerry (news - web sites) as well as the MPAA's decision to hire Glickman, a Democrat, to succeed Jack Valenti. " You gotta love this!
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Great Day, but it's Just Beginning!
On the Left, we have Chris Matthews wondering if the donks need to rethink "that values thing". On the Right, we've had a lovely and happy day! A dear friend in SoCal told me her hubby went to work today with a Bush/Cheney button under his tie, so that he could "flash people". Clever, Randy!
But the truth is, my friends, we have lots of more of the same coming. You might want to gird your loins against the next onslaught. The left is going to try every trick in the book to stop Bush judge appointees. You know, the ones who will interpret the law, rather than legislate from the bench? Yeah. Those. They hate them.
And do not be surprised if they don't make a move directly against the President. They will find something they believe is an impeachable offense. They have not forgotten or forgiven the prosecution of the almighty Slick Willie, nor will they forget the 2000 election, so if you think sKerry's concession today was the end, get over it.
American values, American's loyalty to our Constitution and our flag, our contempt for what the elites in the EU think, not to mention our discrediting their precious UN...they won't stop. They know they are losing their agenda to reform the USA into a socialist regime. If these folks were so "giving" and "caring" of the downtrodden, why is it that they personally never give anything but a pittance to charity (pick one of their tax returns, you'll see what I mean, a conservative has to challenge them to a bet, with the loser to pay the winner's favorite charity to make them losen their pocketbooks)?
It's obvious that they just do not "get" America, or her people. They think all we care about are the celebrities, many of whom we have lavished WAY too much of our hard-earned dollars on, and the right to kill babies. You'd think after 20 years of being repeatedly throttled at the polls, first state-wise, and more recently, nationally, they'd get it. Women's rights? There's never been a kudos for the President for stopping the massacre and wholesale raping of women in the ME. They don't think it is a BIG DEAL to give the right to vote to a country that has never, in its history, had the opportunity to go to the polls! Give me a break! They want to make out that we're the mental midgets, and yet they are the ones who just do not seem to get it!
And that rant is my last for a few days. I'm headed for the Beach (I may find time in the morning, if something pushed my buttons), but I need to get away from it all for some downtime. When I get back, I'll begin on why Shrillary Rodham does not deserve to even compete for the White House, let alone live in it! And with the majority we won in both houses, even she will find harnassing our internet voices to be troublesome!
Is It Time for the Happy Dance?
The numbers say we won, but off course Mr. Long Face sKerry doesn't want to admit defeat! He wants to drag us through another court battle so he can cry foul for four more years. He won't concede until the provisional ballots are counted in Ohio...but he may very well be in for a shock. I eschewed all television news coverage yesterday, in favor of talk radio literally all day. It was very eye-opening, with callers from all over Ohio calling in with horror tales of how their names in their regular voting places had been left off the rolls. Coincidentally, all of them were Republican voters. One even questioned why there was a "checkmark" after his name, and the poll worker tried to fake him out, and say she'd just done that, when he knew she hadn't. So those provisional ballots that sKerry wants to have counted could prove very upsetting for him.
And another loss for the left this election day was their hopes of legitimizing gay marriages. When will these people learn that we aren't going to let them turn America into an EU clone?
And the icing on the cake? Tom Daschle is not going to be the constant burr under the President's saddle this go-round! He's out of a job!
The donks have been thoroughly drubbed at the polls, and are continuing to try to drag America down by sKerry's contesting Ohio. The President has 51% of the popular vote, for the first time since 1984 that a President has had that clear a mandate! What will they whine about now?
I am sorry, if you actually listened to the exit polling! You probably have a new ulcer if you're on the right. It sounds like they were so far off that the sKerry camp was celebrating early. Boo hoo. The exit polls were even further off than they were four years ago. What's up with that? Sure makes me happy that I didn't listen to any of them!
Overall, I'd say it's time for your Happy Dance to begin!
Monday, November 01, 2004
Paul Harvey got as close as I've ever heard him, to endorsing George W. Bush this morning. He reminded listeners of how an incumbant has his record, his plan, already out in the open. After all, we've had four years of experience with him. But when the other side repeatedly says "I have a plan", without outlining that plan, then we are voting on a more nebulous future. I hope his listeners in Iowa are paying attention today. I am going to be spending the afternoon calling voters in Iowa, via the http://www.georgewbush.com/Call/ . If you have some time to spare today, please join me by doing your part to get out the vote.
And should our efforts for a fair and legal election be further subverted by Clinton judge appointees, I am going to reprint our Texas contingency plan here:
THE FUTURE OF TEXAS
Please note that Texas is the only state with a legal right to secede from the Union (please refer to the Texas-American Annexation Treaty of 1848). We Texans love y'all, but we'll have to take action if Kerry wins president over Bush. We'll miss you, too. Texas has given all those complainers plenty of time to get used to the results. After seeing the whiners along the campaign route, the folks from Texas are considering taking matters into our own hands.
Here is our solution:
1: Let John Kerry become President of the United States (all 49 of 'em).
2: George W. Bush becomes the President of the Republic Of Texas. So what does Texas have to do to survive as a Republic?1. NASA is just south of Houston, Texas. We will control the space industry.2. We refine over 85% of the gasoline in the United States.
3. Defense industry, we have over 65% of it. The term "Don't mess withTexas," will take on a whole new meaning.
4. Oil, we can supply all the oil that the Republic of Texas will need for the next 300 years. Yankee states? Sorry about that.
5. Natural gas, again we have all we need and it's too bad about those northern states. John Kerry will have to figure a way to keep them warm.
6. Computer industry, we currently lead the nation in producing computer chips and communications: small places like Texas Instruments, DellComputer, EDS, Raytheon, National Semiconductor, Motorola, Intel, AMD, Atmel, Applied Materials, Ball Semiconductor, Dallas Semiconductor, Delphi,Nortel, Alcatel, etc., etc. The list goes on and on.
7. Health centers, we have the largest research centers for cancer research,the best burn centers and the top trauma units in the world, and other large health planning and research centers.
8. We have enough colleges to keep us going: UT, Texas A&M, Texas Tech,Rice, SMU, University of Houston, Baylor, UNT, Texas Women's University...ivy grows better in the south anyway.
9. We have a ready supply of workers. Texans still understand the meaning, and employ a work ethic! We'll just open the border if we need more.
10. We have control of the paper industry, plastics and insurance.
11. In case of a foreign invasion, we have the Texas National Guard and theTexas Air National Guard. We don't have an army, but since everybody down here has at least six rifles and a pile of ammo, we can raise an army in 24 hours if we need it. If the situation really gets bad, we can always call Department of Public Safety and ask them to send over a couple TexasRangers.
12. We are totally self sufficient in beef, poultry, hogs and several types of grain, fruit and vegetables and let's not forget seafood from the gulf.And everybody down here knows how to cook them so that they taste good. Don't need any food.This just names a few of the items that will keep the Republic Of Texas in good shape. There isn't a thing out there that we need and don't have.
Now, to the rest of the United States under President Kerry: Since you won't have the refineries to get gas for your cars, only President Kerry will be able to drive around in his 9 mile per gallon SUV. The rest of the UnitedStates will have to walk or ride bikes. You won't have any TV as the space center in Houston will cut off your communications. You won't have any natural gas to heat your homes, but since Mr. Kerry has predicted global warming, you will not need the gas.
The People of Texas