Saturday, April 30, 2005
Senate Rules Changes NeededThe modus operandi of the Donks, plus the power-hungry arrogance of a Senate without term limits, seems to insure what I said yesterday! "the issues the President wants to be addressed will never be acted on"The filibuster is not the only issue we have to contend with...there are more loopholes in the Senate's rules system than we can shake a stick at:"Also like the filibuster--which was never intended to block judicial nominees from getting a floor vote--the hold is being abused by a willful minority of Senators. This being a Republican Administration, Democrats in particular are using it now to hamstring or stop its ability to govern. There's no formal list of holds, but the current batch may well be unprecedented both in number and degree. Here's our unofficial list:
Rob Portman, U.S. Trade Representative. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously backed the former Congressman this week. But don't expect a floor vote soon. Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh has placed a hold on his nomination in hopes of forcing a vote on a protectionist bill he favors on trade with China. (Think AFL-CIO and the 2008 Presidential nomination.) Meanwhile, it looks like Mr. Portman will miss a high-level meeting next week in Paris to jump-start trade talks.
Stephen Johnson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Senator Tom Carper says Mr. Johnson "is qualified to head the EPA and would serve the agency well." Yet the Delaware Democrat placed a hold on him over a dispute regarding the Administration's Clear Skies program, regulating pollutants in the air. Mr. Johnson dodged an earlier bullet when California Democrat Barbara Boxer threatened a hold unless the EPA canceled a study of infants' exposure to home pesticides. Mr. Johnson, who is acting EPA head, canceled the program.
Lester Crawford, Food and DrugAdministration Commissioner. The sticking point here is Plan B, aka the morning-after pill. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Patty Murray want Plan B sold over the counter and say that the agency is stalling. They say they won't lift their hold until the FDA makes a decision.
Tim Adams, Undersecretaryof the Treasury for International Affairs. The person in this position is responsible for, among other critical issues, the Chinese yuan and the World Bank. But Democrat Max Baucus has higher priorities--namely, trade with Cuba. He objects to a legal ruling by an obscure arm of the Treasury that requires advance payment by Havana for purchases of U.S. agricultural products such as grain from the Senator's home state of Montana. There are six more Treasury positions open--including those responsible for tax policy, Fannie Mae and terrorist financing. Mr. Baucus promises holds on all of them. The Senator realizes he can't win a vote in Congress on his Cuba problem, so he's resorting to this nomination extortion.
Defense Department. Where to begin? With a war on, you'd think Senators would want to keep the Pentagon fully staffed. But John McCain, angry over the Air Force's tanker-leasing deal with Boeing, last year put holds on numerous Defense nominees, including two candidates for Army Secretary, the comptroller and the assistant secretary for public affairs, the long-serving Larry DiRita. Now that Mr. McCain's personal punching bag, Air Force Secretary Jim Roche, has left the Pentagon, the Arizona Republican has calmed down--though not enough to lift his hold on Michael Wynne as Undersecretary for Acquisition. President Bush gave Mr. Wynne a recess appointment last month." Their only focus is to keep President Bush from accomplishing anything on his agenda. Without gutsy leadership in the Senate,or without term limits, how can Republicans hope to combat these tactics, given the rules the Senate set up? It is time we turned the tables on the "powers that used to be"! t is time to stop being the door mats for the left!
Friday, April 29, 2005
Putting Steel in Their Backbones - Call Their Bluff, GOP!Since our Republican Congress is still not used to being in power, after decades playing "nice guy", we have had to give them some pretty strong reminders of who should be acting like the winners. I did my part yesterday. I sent the following fax to the D.C. offices, and home state offices of many GOP senators:" Dr. Frist, with all due respect, your efforts to “compromise” with the Democrat leadership will continue to fall on deaf ears. They know that they cannot win at the polls, and the only way they can institute their agenda is through the activist judges they’ve been putting into our courts for 40+ years! They have no incentive to compromise, because they know they cannot win in an up or down vote. That you in the GOP continue to attempt to find a compromise solution, only shows them that you/we are weak, in their opinion. A position of weakness is not the way to deal with these people. We, through YOU, need to deal with them from the position we are in; STRENGTH. This may not be a “nuanced” method, but it is a true method. [We heard you on Laura Ingraham today]We, out here in fly-over country, worked very hard to get a GOP majority. We expect you to act like you are in control, because we put you there! We are sick and damned tired of voting in laws we deem right for our populace, only to be told by some rogue judge that our new law is “unconstitutional”, as though we are too stupid to read the Constitution for ourselves, and should trust in their judgment. Balderdash! "After hearing Senator Frist speak on the Laura Ingraham show, and hearing his firm (sort of) reply that indeed he was going to force the up or down vote on judicial nominees, I decided that he needed a reminder. I cc'd other senators, including my own two; Cornyn & Bailey-Hutchison. What he thinks the "hours per judicial nominee" compromise is going to accomplish is beyond me!Apparently some rather unpleasant pressure had been put on Senator Voinivich in Ohio. "We've received reassurances from very reliable sources that Senator [George] Voinovich has obtained a new and fair outlook on the Bolton nomination." So says Move America Forward, a group that strongly supports Bolton's nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.Move America Forward said it has "indefinitely suspended" its radio ads blasting Voinovich for his surprise announcement last week that he did not feel comfortable supporting Bolton's nomination." Meanwhile, Dennis Hastert has called the donks' bluff! "House Speaker Dennis Hastert, leading a Republican retreat, said Wednesday he stands ready to scrap controversial new ethics rules, possibly by day's end. "I'm willing to step back," Hastert told reporters after a closed-door meeting with members of the GOP rank and file." Of course, this is not what the donks want! They just want the "issue" of DeLay. As we know with donks, it's not the actual deed, but the "seriousness of the charge" that they get off on! So for weeks, while they were accusing Republicans of shielding DeLay, now they are re-thinking it. In a TV "response" to Hastart's proposal, Nancy Pelosi is quoted:"PELOSI: What I'm hearing them say is they may want to return to the old rules. That's like taking two steps forward in terms of undermining the ethics process and one step back if they don't also change the staffing changes that they have made there. So we have heard nothing from them." [hat tip: Rush Limbaugh, and Instant SITYS]See, if the Ethics Committee reconvenes, their buddy Jim McDermott will also have to face the committee. He's already been convicted of a felony, and faces expulsion! Not to mention they couldn't harangue Tom DeLay if he's cleared of the charges by the committee. DeLay contends he can do just that! Until the Republicans in Congress call the donks' bluff, the issues the President wants to be addressed will never be acted on. And that is exactly what the Democrats are hoping to accomplish. I guess we'll have to keep up the pressure on our GOP Congress, and try to put some steel in their so-far woosie backbones!
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Homespun Blogger's XIXMr. Minority asks this week's Homespun Blogger's question. "Should taxpayers money be spent on Universities that disallow conservatives equal voice, equal access, dissenting opinions and restrict Christian clubs?"Not only NO, but HELL NO! I am tempted to leave it at that, but you know me better, right? We have universities receiving our tax dollars who house professors who advocate, or cheer, the bombing of the Pentagon on 9/11;"A University of New Mexico history professor who was heavily criticized for telling a class on the day of the terrorist attacks, "Anyone who can blow up the Pentagon has my vote" is retiring this month, complaining of constant harassment.Richard Berthold, a 55-year-old tenured professor, was forced to apologize for the remark, which he called "an incredibly stupid joke." The university also barred him from teaching freshmen."They didn't fire this freak show, they simply said he could not teach freshman! HUH? This was not the only thing this old hippy had to say, since I lived near Albuquerque at the time. He opened his America-hating mouth every chance he got, to any journalist who would listen. You and I know we have a plethora of those willing to listen to America-bashing! I was so angry at the time, I threatened to audit his classes. My husband wouldn't hear of it, because he knew he'd probably have to bail me out of jail, or visit me in the hospital. Can you imagine what he was telling his students, when the mics and cameras were not present? It turns my stomach to think of it! How can we forget another such wacko, Ward Churchill? This pseudo-Native American is apparently still teaching at CU. I could link a half dozen or more articles about this sicko. They justified his continued tenure on the grounds of "academic freedom". So instead of linking a bunch of articles you could find by googling "CU's Churchill", I'll instead list the page full of links about CU's back-pedaling, in their own publication. By the way, the last I heard, they're still receiving tax payer funding.These creeps are only two of many who do the same exact thing! They hate America because they'd never make it in the real world, IMHO, plus the fact they are still reliving their glory days as Viet Nam War protestors. 'Awww those days of drugged haze and free love.' If they had to get out into the business world, they'd starve to death! You've heard that old adage, "Those who can't, teach." It does have a basis in truth. [Sorry to my friends who are wonderful teachers! Y'all know what I mean.]That our tax dollars keep getting poured into these America hating institutions, is just ludicrous. I personally would like to see Rush Limbaugh's suggestion for an "excrement list" applied to universities who employ America-hating profs. You criticize America, you go on the Excrement List, and the money stops! Two years of non-America bashing is required to get off the list! Criticism is one thing. Teaching our children hatred for America is sedition, at the very least.Other bloggers responding:A Republic, Madam, If You Can Keep ItMad Poets Anonymous
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Surprise! Surprise!I was not going to post today, because I've asked some folks at Wal-Mart to look at my post from yesterday. Unlike seeBS, I prefer to be sure of accuracy, more than just my opinion. But this screams for attention! "Travel by Congress often paid privately" is the headline. No. That's not the surprise. Anyone who takes any notice of what is going on in politics already knew that travel by congressmen is rampant, and I, for one, am happy that the taxpayers are not paying for it. "Members of Congress have taken $16 million in privately financed trips since 2000, and more than half were sponsored by non-profit groups that don't have to disclose who is providing the money, a study out today says."What is surprising is that it appeared in USA Today, a recognized member of the MSM! In actuality, USA Today has been more sparse in its coverage of DeLay than say...the New York Times. How can they castigate Tom DeLay with that kind of truthfulness? And then you get this piece of garbage! I refuse to dignify any of Teddy "The Sot" Kennedy's celebration of the anniversary of the Abu Gahraib "scandal" by quoting from his 7 page reminiscence of it here. His condemnation of the types of sexual pecadillos he, himself, has perpetrated over his years in the senate, is particularly heinous! Can you say "waitress sandwich", Ted? And when he talks about the dead terrorist pictured, as though a terrorist could become a victim, I cannot help but remember a young woman, who drowned in a car the "esteemed" senator drove into a creek near Chappaquidick. Mary Jo Koepechne, indeed a victim, would have begun receiving Social Security this year, had she not been with Teddy (hic) Kennedy that night. [hat tip: Rush Limbaugh] I get so sick and tired of the hypocrisy of the left that I can barely contain myself. But then, that is why I write Dagney's Rant, so I do not have to contain myself!My friend Tom, at The Redhunter, noted another of my pet peeves about the left. He quoted Barbara Boxer, speaking to John Bolton in his committee hearings;"You have nothing but disdain for the United Nations. You can dance around it, you can run away from it, you can put perfume on it, but the bottom line is the bottom line." This is not hypocrisy, so much as it is a resoundingly stupid remark to make. I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind who would not hold the UNcapable body taking up precious land in New York with disdain, at the very least! In fact, for a leader of our country, as you regrettably are, Ms. Boxer, it is irresponsible to hold them otherwise. Where the hypocrisy from the left comes into this equation is their raising Abu Ghraib to its vaunted level, yet their refusal to look at what UN Security forces were doing in Africa!"The team arrived a month after a UN investigation last month confirmed that aid workers had either raped or attempted to rape girls as young as seven. " Now tell me again, Ms. Boxer. We should NOT hold the UN in disdain? That is the least of its placement in my mind! Contempt? Yep, that works better for me. Disgust? Ooooh, that one's even better! And your reason for not wanting Mr. Bolton to oversee where our tax dollars to this reprehensible institution is spent, was what again? Overall, the Donks are doing a really great job of making themselves irrelevant. The MSM has already accomplished it.
Monday, April 25, 2005
New Lefty Wing-nut Tactic
I got an e-mail from something called "purpleocean.org" today. It seems that some brainiac in their organization had googled "blogs" and "Wal-Mart", and my blog was one of those that popped up. Apparently it never occurred to this group of lefties to actually READ the blogs they target, because I was invited to partake of a "grassroots" movement to "unmask" Wal-Mart's seemingly to them, scurrilous "employee policies". Here are some points they may not want to be published. Wal-Mart does more for the communities they are located in, than any other corporation.Wal-Mart does more internal promotions, i.e., promoting from within the organization, than any other corporation world-wide. You can literally begin your Wal-Mart career as a cashier, and end up anywhere you want to go; from store manager, to buyer. With Wal-Mart, the sky is the limit. Wal-Mart is actually GOOD for small businesses in the surrounding area. The only way you will learn that little grain of truth is to ask one of those small business owners, or be one of those business owners, as I was before I retired. You certainly will not hear it from the MSM, or any union member. And last but certainly not least, I love Wal-Mart. It is convenient, inexpensive, and they generally have what I want to buy. The fact that most of it is made in China can be laid directly at the doorstep of unions who make manufacturing in America too expensive, or lawyers, who make doing business in America too risky!So, you may ask, why all the negative anti-Wal-Mart campaigns? I just answered that in the last paragraph, but if you need more: There are several reasons, not the least of which is their resistance to unionizing. If the unions got a foothold in Wal-Mart, the prices would go up, the quality of employee would go down, and the "family feeling" of unity in the store would suffer drastically.Everytime Wal-Mart is threatened with a lawsuit, they fight back. They do not buckle, and settle out of court for multi-millions, but actually give a tit for tat fight. They are not easy marks for lawyers.Another reason for the negativity campaign is that the corporation and the owners of the corporation donate heavily to Republican candidates, and the RNC. Need I say more?
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Internet EducationAli, of Free Iraqi, and brother to Omar and Muhammed at Iraq The Model is a wealth of information about Iraq, the conditions there, not to mention helping us in understanding the Arab and Muslim mindset. In this post, however, he goes above and beyond his recent posts to share his observations of how things are changing and evolving in the Iraqis' life view, and what he has learned about Westerners. Ali says;"I think one of the main problems in Arab-Muslim communities is that the vast majority from the illiterate to even highly educated people do not ask enough questions. On the other hand, I've noticed (mainly through blogging ) that westerns in general and Americans in particular always have so many questions to ask and rarely settle with one point of view and accept it as the truth."
What a fascinating observation, and how true. This post answered some questions I've had, about Iraq and her people. As one commenter noted, we've always wondered how anyone in their right mind could want Saddam back! Now we know! Ali answered the questions I had, perhaps he will for you. His ship analogy is priceless. I highly recommend reading the entire piece. If Ali's blog is not in your favorites, it should be. I can't remember what life was like before we had the internet. Can you?
Friday, April 22, 2005
Out of CuriousityWant a really fun Google search? Try googling "Pelosi's trips". Or how about "Barbara Boxer's trips". How about "Harry Reid's trips"? That gets really fascinating! Now before you go flying off to those sites, do your own google search. [The young folks who created google will go down in history as having changed America!] I gave examples, but the volume of information is astounding! I don't even need to mention Tom DeLay, but I will anyway. What do we learn from those searches? Does the word "hypocrisy" come to mind? I could go for hours documenting the hypocritical stances the donks take! Can you just see them squaring off, like a hockey/football/basketball professional, readying themselves to take the onslaught? Or are they just doing a duck and run, knowing that they are going to be outed? What gets really interesting, is the Googling the John Bolton hearings. Depending on which... side you are on, there are a number of stories that raise any number of questions. Melody Townsel's charges are being taken seriously, even though she organized the Texas chapter of Mothers Against Bush. Does this count among the things that make you go ....hmmmmm? Let me give you a more relevant google search alternative; "Federal hearings on judicial nominations". It is a really interesting search, revealing the actual "game plan" of the left. Look for it, it's not difficult to see.Can the Donks get any more irrelevant? Are we going to let them win? I say, NO!
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Not Such a Bad Idea!At first glance, this story looked pretty kookie. As I read through it, the idea of a SWAT monkey began to make some sense. "The test monkey could be trained to unlock doors and search buildings for police on command, Truelove was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
The capuchin monkey is considered one of the smartest primates, known by many for its decades-long association with organ grinders. The monkeys weigh three to eight pounds (1.3 kg to 3.5 kg) and live for 15 to 20 years. Capuchin monkeys, native to southern central America, have been used to help disabled people, and are able to perform such tasks as retrieving items, serving food and opening and closing doors."The only thing I don't like about the idea, is that Mr. Truelove thinks getting a grant [translation: tax dollars] to accomplish it, is a better idea than developing the idea, and selling it to the government. Have we so trained our populace that grants are "free money" [I distinctly heard "ASK LESKO" go off in my head, just then! arrrrggghh!] that the entrepreneurial streak is dead? Now here is an idea I can really get behind! Way to go, Dubya! To continue throwing good money after bad, is not only wasteful tax spending, but discourages fixing the problem! I heartily agree with the author of this piece [unnamed]:"This is a low point for Amtrak, but it has known many. After 35 years of lurching from crisis to crisis, a life-altering shake-up is just what the railroad and its supporters need."No problem ever got fixed by just throwing money at it. Throw some fresh thinking in, and invariably you will be able to fix a problem. That goes for our school system...but don't get me started on that! In a few years, we'll see all the top jobs going to "home-schooled" candidates. By then, it will be too late to fix the public school problem. Is there a chance we can stop throwing money at that problem? Sometimes one point seems to lead to another. Spending and wasting tax dollars is something we all need to look at, so long as we are paying our taxes.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Hope In The WorldDid you ever notice how negative the left tends to be? For instance, "This .... is bad for you, we're going to ban it."? It doesn't matter what it is, if they just 'think' it is bad. Especially if it is a person the President has nominated for any office! They may go ahead and approve them, but first they must vilify them, a la Clarence Thomas, or Dr. Bork. To listen to much of the MSM, you can quickly be quite convinced that there is nothing good, or worthwhile going on in the world. I am mostly a "glass half full" kind of girl [though some who read Dagney's Rant might argue otherwise, since this is where I park my upsets!] So when I find good news stories like this one, I am heartened. "The impact of obesity on death rates may have decreased because of improved medical care and better treatments for high cholesterol and high blood pressure, Flegal says. "We know that heart-disease mortality has been dropping, and it's the primary cause of excess deaths associated with obesity." Now, in this instance, there is one segment of the population that may find it less than heartening. That would be, of course, litigation lawyers. The only time I've ever been 30# over my healthy weight, I was pregnant, so this doesn't apply to me, but it's still good news, right? Unless you were counting on some MickeyD suits to buy you a new mansion or a Rolls!The stories that make me grin ear to ear, and pop my buttons in pride, are these kinds of stories from our troops in Iraq obtaining donations of toys and supplies for schools and orphanages in Iraq or Afghanistan. This one is from Iraq;"I originally contacted several people back in California, one of whom was an old school teacher of mine who is now the mayor of Cerritos," Smith said. "After that, the snowball effect took control and through friends and family, e-mails and the Internet, word spread pretty quickly. That's why things have been so successful."According to Smith, members of the Cerritos city council played a big part in getting all the toys here. They organized the drive and, along with people from four other states, donated more than 60 boxes of school supplies and toys equaling more than $15,000. About 40 people, organizations, various schools and the Cerritos city government contributed to the toy drive."It started off small and it turned out pretty big," Smith said. "It's surprising to see how many people back home will jump at the opportunity to do their part to help out when you ask them."Smith said this mission also afforded junior Marines of the unit a chance to be able to shift gears and do the humanitarian assistance aspect of the Marine Corps and help out people in the community."For those who believe that California is irretrieveably a so-called "blue state", here's hope, if ever there was such a thing on the left coast. As for the Marines, or any other of our young people in any branch of service, I'll quote some unnamed correspondent from early on in the war who was quoted as saying incredulously, "Where do we get these guys?"
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
CuttingHave you heard about this? The practice is apparently growing, with an estimated 2 million teenage girls cutting themselves. It's not just a phenomenon in America, either. "The 13-year-old girl rolls up her sleeve. She takes the blade in her right hand and draws it across her left wrist. She watches the blood start to flow. Then she does it once more.
This is not a suicide attempt. The girl is sitting in a classroom at her school, surrounded by other pupils, some of whom look across to see her injure herself. She has taken the blade out of her pencil sharpener (another time, she might use her compass to puncture her skin, or even the end of her plastic ruler, gouging it back and forth across her wrists). She has cut herself, but not deeply. "If you are like me, you are aghast at the practice! What could possibly be so bad in a young girl's life that she would treat herself like this? The surprising part of it, is that the prevalence is in upscale areas, with girls who are given a car when they turn driving age, have pocket money, and every opportunity affluence can offer! IMHO, it can be laid at the doorstep of the left's insistence that we teach children that they HAVE self-esteem. They have stopped teaching our children how to EARN self-esteem. No longer are there any scores kept at competitive sports games. No longer are scholastic achievement recognized as it was 30-40 years ago. Today teachers are told not to use "red ink" to grade papers, it's too damaging to self-esteem. WHAT? They no longer put up exemplary papers on the bulletin board. The left says it might make some other student [slacker] feel badly that theirs was not chosen. They never consider that it might spur them to greater achievement! When competition is taken out of the equation, how are our children supposed to learn how to earn self-esteem? Are these young women acting out their need to excel at something? Another example of the demise of logic. [sigh]
Monday, April 18, 2005
Those Who ServeI make it my duty to thank every soldier, sailor, airman, and marine I see in uniform. Sometimes I even ask some obviously military person, out of uniform, what branch of service they are in, and thank them as well. There are some who serve the U.S. not in uniform, but in their occupation that go unthanked. "Was it a plot? The KLM 685 incident—which was not widely publicized by the U.S. government—is an illustration of just how hard it has become to tell ordinary guys from bad guys in the war on terror. Washington's concern about the KLM flight seems legitimate: in the past year, U.S. counterterrorism officials have cited intelligence indicating that Al Qaeda might be planning to use foreign-based airliners to launch attacks against the U.S. homeland. One U.S. counterterrorism official told NEWSWEEK that the two passengers were "bad dudes." And a European intelligence official said the two have "extensive but secondary" links to Al Qaeda."Extensive but secondary? Close enough for me. Thanks, folks! In a post 9/11 world, there are people at every level of law enforcement & governmental agencies who are working to protect our homeland. If some of them are members of your family, or friends of your family, please pass along my thanks to them for a job well done...so far.What might have happened if we had arrested them? A judiciary with questionable policies might let them go? A judge who decides the president does not have the right to prosecute a war, as the ACLUnatics would have it? This brings us back to action by our senators and what the left would term the "nuclear" option regarding judicial nominations. According to Senator Santorum on Dr. William Bennett's Mornings in America radio program, they think they have the votes, and the only Democrat who could possibly vote with them is Nelson of Nebraska. Anyone think Senator Nelson gutsy enough to buck the powers that be? I would be so happy to be able to thank our senate members for their service, but first they have to earn it.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Unanswered Pleas!Yet another request for money. Aren't these people listening? Let's try this again,"Mr. Mehlman [RNC Chairman], I am in receipt of yet another request for money.
As I recently told your office; there will be no more money for the RNC from this household until the Republican leadership grows some of Tom DeLay's monumental courage, intestinal fortitude, or whatever you wish to term it. They need to support this man, and get the hell out of his way! We voted GOP to get the job done, and we intend for our representatives to get us a judiciary free from a private agenda. We need to get some tightened fiscal spending. All we are seeing is a GOP leadership acting much like we are still in the minority, and backing down to loud-mouth donks!
If the RNC cannot convince them, how can we? I have e-mailed, faxed, and phoned the GOP leadership, and I see no sign of them getting tough with Reid, Pelosi, or Boxer, all of which have more ethical problems than the so-called "charges" against Tom DeLay, even if they were proven true! The Ethics committee needs to be re-instituted so that Rep. DeLay can be exonerated, and Jim McDougal be censored for his release of the taped phone call of Newt Gingrich, not to mention Reid's $300,000 bill that benefited his sons, or Boxer's son being hired to represent the Indians while running her campaign. Until the Republican senate and house members can stand up and do the job our tax dollars are paying them to do, you will no longer get any support from me, or my family!"You think they'll get it this time? I sent it not only to Mr. Mehlman, but to their publicity office, his co-chair Joanne Davidson, the financial office, the membership office and....hmmmm....let's see, who else? Oh right, YOU! Have you sent any money to them? I would suggest you hold off until we see some results! As they say, "follow the money"...and if we stop sending it to them, maybe we'll see some action!UPDATE: Apparently, I am not the only one who is thinking along these lines! The trackbacks posted scream frustration in all quarters besides just the Captain's! Matt Margolis, of GOP Bloggers, and Blogs for Bush is in total disagreement. I hope the GOP leadership sees the division in the ranks, and gets their act together! We've been in lock-step with our support until the cowardice of our leadership got to the point it currently is at; the participants being more worried about their future than about their country's future! Senator Frist, are you listening?
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
New Homespun Blogger Question
After having skipped a week, Patterico, of Homespun Bloggers, has handed us another challenge. "How has blogging affected your life?"
My first reaction was that it really hadn't, as I have always been one to record my thoughts in ledgers, notebooks, anything at hand. The only difference I could identify was, I no longer get writer's cramp.
That is until I got an answer to an e-mail. It was from someone who wanted to give me her new e-mail address. I politely wrote back to her, saying thank you, but do I know you? She wrote back saying she just knew my e-mail address was in her address book, but didn't really know why. In the meantime, I had been to The Messopotamian. While there, I saw her name on a comment, and immediately realized where I knew her from. [hat tip: Annie] There are quite a few of us who frequent the Iraqi blogs, mostly ITM. We have become a sort of extended family to one another and the brothers, Omar & Mohammed at Iraq the Model, and their brother Ali at Free Iraqi. We often group in IM chats, and seem to have our own verbal shorthand, though we live all over America and in several countries.
Aside from new relationships, including an upcoming Texas blogger get-together, I think the most important thing I've received, in addition to new friends, from my blogging is a heightened awareness of what is going on in the world. I guess you could be more aware, if all you did was surf the net, but when you feel an obligation to your readers to come up with interesting stories like this one, you do more homework to prepare. It's not only empowering, but rewarding;
"INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A frail 16-month-old boy diagnosed with severe cardiac problems at a refugee camp near Kabul began his return trip home Monday - surgically repaired and chubby-cheeked.
The long journey for Qudrat Wardak began in September, when an Indiana National Guard doctor examined him at the camp near the Afghan capital and found numerous heart defects - the worst being the reversal of the heart's main blood vessels that stunted the baby's growth. "
The father, who traveled with his son, says the boy's mom will not recognize him. Without blogging, I might have missed this story. It certainly was not picked up by the MSM! Therein lies the reason that blogging is empowering. We get to cover the things the MSM deems unimportant, or unfulfilling to their agenda.
Blogging has given me a voice to the world, and I am grateful.Sorry to take so long to update the other providers, but better late than never! Here they are:Bunker MulliganMuD & PHuDLittle Red BlogGrizzly MamaThe RedhunterMajor Dad
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
GOP Senators Should Have De Lay's Chutzpah!To my Jewish friends, forgive me if I misspelled the word, but between the De Lay bashing, and the woosie GOP senators, I'm frustrated! Some senators are showing signs of reluctance to invoke the constitutional option in an up and down vote of judicial nominees. They have, not any I have heard, mentioned to their interviewers the fact that these same nominees the donks have a problem with, have already been approved unanimously for their current posts. Why the problem now? Because Bush nominated them? Because a black female conservative, or a hispanic conservative on a more prominent bench might be misunderstood by their donk constituents? To alleviate some of my frustration, and to do my duty as a citizen, I e-mailed and faxed the following to Senators Cornyn, Frist, Hagle, Santorum, and Warner:"Senator, you and several of your fellow senators have shown a decided lack of courage on the judicial appointments upcoming. Not one of you has pointed out to interviewers that these appointees have already been approved by the congress for their current posts, so why is there a problem with these candidates now? None of you have had the intestinal fortitude to put words to the endemic problem with the judiciary which is removing the right of the voters to vote in a law of their choice!
Whatever happened to you being the people’s voice?
Whatever happened to the constitutional right of congress to rein in an out-of-control judiciary?
At least Tom DeLay has had the supreme intestinal fortitude to put OUR opinion of the judiciary into words for us, despite the heat he is taking. Please remember, as Rep. DeLay obviously does, that we won the last two elections for President, and the last SEVERAL congressional elections. If you haven’t asked the reason for that, it is time you did. We, who elected you, expect you to stand up and be the Republicans we elected."I then phoned the woosie GOP Rep. Christopher Shays, and told "Mike", who answered, to please pass along to his boss that a Texan wants him to know that he needs to look into the allegations being made about Rep. DeLay before he calls for him to step down. Check out one Ronnie Earle of Texas, to learn about his record of trying to bring prominent Republicans down. I also told him that it was too bad his boss did not seem to have the same intestinal fortitude that Tom DeLay has shown, despite the $h*t ( I was more polite than that, btw) they are heaping on him.I'll feel better just as soon as any one of the aforementioned gets their head on straight, and stop acting like a minority woosie, instead of a majority leader!UPDATE: My husband brought me the mail. TA DA! My brand-spanking new Republican National Committee membership card. It was accompanied by the usual plea for more money. I immediately went to the RNC site and e-mailed Ken Mehlman, his co-chair, the finance chair, and the member chair saying that they've seen the last dollar from this household until they have convinced our elected GOPers senators and representatives to stop acting like a bunch of minority losers instead of the majority they represent! If it starts hitting the RNC's pocketbook, maybe we'll see some progress.
Monday, April 11, 2005
Sick and Tired of DeLay Bashing!If you are a Republican, and you are effective in your job, you are a target for the Left and their willing accomplices in the media. I'll bet Rep. DeLay wishes he could go back to 2000! "More than half of the American public has never heard of Tom DeLay, the conservative Republican who's represented Texas' 22nd district, including Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris counties, in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1984. And, according to a poll taken late last year, among those few who do manage to recall who he is, DeLay is a blank slate, with nearly half unable to scrounge up any opinion about him one way or the other. But according to both friends and foes on the Hill, DeLay is the single most powerful member of Congress. "He has moved more aggressively than anyone I have ever seen to accumulate leverage and power," says Norm Ornstein, veteran political analyst at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington."No wonder the Donks are scared of him!We know that, to the left, it is not the nature of the crime, it is the seriousness of the charge; whether that charge is substantiated or not. Unless the actual crime was committed by someone on their side, then you will hear a mere whisper. "As he introduced it, Nevada's senior U.S. senator, Democrat Harry Reid, assured colleagues that his bill was a bipartisan measure to protect the environment and help the economy in America's fastest-growing state.What Reid did not explain was that the bill promised a cavalcade of benefits to real estate developers, corporations and local institutions that were paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying fees to his sons' and son-in-law's firms, federal lobbyist reports show."Not a peep. Not a raised eyebrow. Can anyone say Sandy Burglar? He confessed he's guilty, remember any recent coverage of that? I really did not want to post again today, as I wanted to get the word out on the UNscupulous' plans for our tax dollars, as my previous post illustrated. DeLay bashing is ALL I've heard on the news today, and this is where I come to RANT. I phoned Rep. DeLay's offices the other day, and asked them to tell him to keep up the good work, and could he please pass some of his intestinal fortitude along to the GOP wimps in the Senate. I am so upset with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) after his pitiful performance on Chris Wallace's Sunday show that I could just spit! Come on, Republicans! REMEMBER? WE WON! Act like it! Stop molly-coddling the left, and stand up to them!
Say WHAT?This has been flying under the radar for quite awhile, but it's coming into the light of day! The UN wants to expand using our tax dollars! This UNscrupulous body wants to take up more American real estate, while it has been shown to be the most corrupt world body in history! If there was ever a reason to call your senators and congressmen, this is it! The UN does nothing but trash America and Americans, yet they want to use our money to build a 5 story addition to their current site! "Amid snowballing reports of U.N. corruption, the world body's plans to renovate and expand its headquarters in Turtle Bay are beginning to draw attention from Washington, where members of the House Committee on International Relations have announced their intention to expose the project to greater scrutiny and to consider using it as leverage to extract institutional reforms from the United Nations."What do you mean, "expose the project to greater scrutiny"? Scrutinizing time is long past with this group! Nip it in the bud, Congress! The only good reason to keep them in New York City is to keep them under our watchful eye, and to have them handy until someone in the Justice Department grows enough guts to remove their diplomatic immunity, and go after them with criminal corruption supoenas! Did you ever wonder what was up with that "keeping them on staff at $1 per year" thing? Do you know why? It's to maintain their diplomatic immunity! GGRRRRRRRRRR That our legislators even contemplate using our tax dollars for anything UN related is enough to raise my blood pressure!
Sunday, April 10, 2005
The Prince and CamillaMuch as I hate to add to the media frenzy, I must relate my own personal story about the man the Brits call "Prince Charles". Way back when...in the early 70's...I worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, i.e., JPL. At that time, it was the home of all of the unmanned space projects. I watched the original Mars lander set down on Mars. I watched as we sent out MJS, i.e., Mercury-Jupiter-Saturn. What a glorious time. So much going on. And me, the only female in the SFOF maintenance group. Space Flight Operations Facility was "the" place to be. It was so much "the place to be" that the royalties from Great Britain wanted Prince Charles to visit the SFOF. My group were the only ones with clearance to visit the most sensitive areas of the SFOF. The game plan was for Prince Charles to transmit some miniscule order to the Mars Lander...strictly a photo op, but for our group, it was tight security and a pain in the fanny! "Miss Vickie" was the protocol person at JPL at that time. She had planned the prince's visit to a farethewell. There were two elevators that would take the prince and his party to the 5th floor of the command center. I was to man one elevator, my co-worker Burt was to man the other. The prince had been mandated by Miss Vickie to be on Burt's elevator, but some "yahoo" in the prince's delegation said, at the last minute, "The prince will ride on the young lady's elevator". Miss Vickie seethed that her mandates were being countermanded! However, as the "young lady" in question, I thought, "Great....yawn". This was the shortest (I'm only 5'), most plain, most uninteresting man, I'd seen in recent memory. I was in my early 30's at the time, and married, so it wasn't a big deal. I'd grown up in SoCal and had been subjected to the egos of "names", while never having succombed to them.As I was watching the marriage of Charles and Diana, I remember thinking that she had to have been enamored of his title. Watching this weekend's excuse for nuptials between Charles and Camilla, I remembered what is wrong with my generation [theirs as well!]. Does self-absortion come to mind? I confess to it. We need to remedy that problem!
Good News From HollywoodWell, Denzel Washington is not exactly Hollywood, he actually loves America and support our troops. He is one of those who doesn't just give his support by "being there" or saying he supports them, he really does support them! I found the link at LaShawn Barber's Corner. The Hunter's Herald is a mil blog, and a new member of The Conservative Brotherhood. Mr. Washington [she says, as she gives him the respect he deserves] was in my city, San Antonio, and no one knew it. It wasn't in the newspaper. It wasn't on the evening news. No one knew he was here. That is, no one except the ones who count:"The Fisher House is a hotel where soldiers' families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base but as you can imagine, they are almost completely filled most of the time.While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build. He took his check book out and wrote a check for the full amount right there onthe spot. The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it."Isn't it nice when someone from Hollywood does something that isn't for notoriety? Instead of going to a shelter and being seen putting soup in a cup for a homeless person and a photo op, but who actually gets their checkbook out, and uses it? I am more than happy to pass this story along!
Friday, April 08, 2005
Reality Check!You've got to love this story. It seems that Saddam has had a fatal dose of reality! "He was clearly upset. He realized that it was over, that a democratic process had taken place and that there was a new, elected president," Bakhtiar Amin said. "It was not just the fact that there was a new president, but that the president was a Kurd. What's more, it all happened without bloodshed," he said."Congratulations, my friends in Iraq! You've moved on, and will continue the move in the direction of a prosperous Iraq which has already become the envy of the middle east!
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Social Security Tides are TurningA recent poll shows that 60% of Americans like the idea of their own personal account as a part of social security reform. Why it is that low, is beyond me! Since it won't impact my mother's social security, or even my own, it does not make sense that everyone wouldn't want for their children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren to be able to keep some of their own hard-earned money. Not to mention, they would be able to pass it to their heirs, unlike all that money my generation socked away in it, without any of it that we can leave our children. [she says, wistfully thinking of what luxury cruise she could be on, had she been able to invest that money!]This poll percentage, however, is enough to panic the left! The New York Times is making the case that we should stop complaining about the illegal immigration problem, since they are putting "billions" into social security! You don't have to listen very hard to hear the screams of panic on the left. Another fight they are losing! Some on the left were crowing on how they beat Bush on Terri Schiavo's death! Does it make you wonder what sort of people they are, who could celebrate the government's starving of a brain-damaged woman? These are the same folks who produced the guy who invented a Fox News blocking device. Did he do it because he knows the folks on his side aren't sure how to change channels? Perhaps there are enough of those same mental midgets who actually are smart enough to realize that keeping some of their own money is a good thing? So that's why the NYT is panicked!No wonder we are winning in the arena of ideas! We're up against a mentally unarmed opponent. At least in the case of social security, they have enough common sense left to put some of them on the right track, for fixing the broken system we know as Social Security.
Monday, April 04, 2005
Volker Fallout?If memory serves me, I think it was Harry Truman who put the sign on his desk, "The Buck Stops Here". As with any good leader, when things go wrong, he/she takes responsibility. Right? Key words here, are "good leader". "U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday launched disciplinary action against the man in charge of ethics [Dileep Nair] at the United Nations, as the Iraq oil-for-food scandal continued to sweep through the world body."
After expressing disappointment in his own son for having a part of the "oil for palaces" scandal, no one should be surprised. As if his son could have received that contract, were it not for his father! I believe the only reason for the willingness to hold him responsible, is that his son was out of the country. Does he still have diplomatic immunity? That I don't know.
What's the criteria for hanging someone out to dry at the UNforgivable?
" Nair, who is from Singapore and who is due to retire next month, was also accused last year of abuse of power, harassment and cronyism."
I believe the new government of Iraq should charge all of those involved in the "Oil for Palaces" debacle, right along side of Saddam! Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died from inadequate food, lack of medicines, and rotting supplies sent by the UNforgivable! Who got blamed? America. At least the Iraqi people now know the truth.
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Catching UpUPDATE: On March 31st, Terri Schiavo died. I cried at the injustice of it. [Want more information about her, and the controversy? Check here.]On March 31st, Charlie Company's 100+ Marines, of the Corpus Chrisi National Guard, returned home from Iraq. I rejoiced. We greeted them, with hundreds of others from Corpus Christi & surrounds, with flags of all sizes waving along the parade route from the airport to their Guard HQ at the National Air Station base. Our pug, Munchkin, looked particularly resplendant with two small American flags taped to his harnass. As the two luxury buses drove by, we watched the ecstatic Marines all standing up, waving back as we blew kisses and held "thumbs up" for them. There were homemade signs posted on palm trees in the median proclaiming "only 5 miles to go", while area schools emptied out along the parade route so the children could greet them too. [This is Texas, not California!] They were escorted by air with a Coast Guard helicopter overhead, and on ground by what appeared to me to be a car from every single area police and sheriff's department, all with sirens blaring and lights flashing. The Coast Guard sent plenty of ground support as well. What a beautiful sight for me, this Viet Nam era American. I only wish my high school pals who went to Viet Nam had received that sort of celebratory sight from grateful Americans in the 60's and 70's.Earlier in the morning of the 31st, I was watching Fox and Friends as I got ready for my trip to Curves [if you don't know what that is, I'll explain in a later post]. Two women were talking to E.D. about their support for Terri Schiavo. I only took notice because they were avowed communists. These two "white bread" appearing women were complaining about the "government intervention" in Terri Schiavo's case. HUH? Communists talking about government intervention? It was laughable. Until one of the women prefaced a comment by saying "When we take over...." I admit it. I lost it. And the lack of vociferous response by E.D. Hill was disturbing, but I believe that she was so shocked at the remark, that quick thinking did not ensue. I was happy to see these reds outing themselves, though. Too many Americans thought the communist threat to our country was dead. Believe me, it is not.These 3 instances of my day were further highlighted by an article in the Toronto Free Press. [hat tip: Rush Limbaugh]" Every time a rock is lifted in the Terri Schiavo tragedy, another conflict of interest comes slithering out."By the time you finish reading this article, you might find yourself thinking, "what are we up against with our increasingly arrogant and defiant judicial system?" I know I did! Our country does not seem to celebrate life, rather we excuse deaths of brain damaged people because we wouldn't want to "live like that"? We allow judges to overturn laws the populace have voted on and passed, i.e. Arizona's Prop. 200, or California's marriage amendment are summarily thrown out because a judge did not agree with the public? Or used foreign law? Whatever happened to "duly elected representatives" and "democracy" and "of the people, by the people...."? The really frightening thing is that while our troops are winning the war on terrorism, the deeper threat to our country is already here. In America.
In our courts.
In our colleges.
More scary still, is that our troops were not trained to fight these types of battles.
It is up to us to fight those battles. The next time a communist stands up and says "when we take over", I will, first, think of where I put my semi-automatic Walther PP [damn, didn't get that in the divorce!]. Then secondly, when I hear of a judge who has decided to defy our elected representatives, I will call, fax, e-mail those same reps, and tell them to grow a back bone, or I won't vote for their sorry butts next election.
The war on the homefront is one we, the People, will have to wage. If our troops, particularly our guardsmen, are up to the challenge, are we?