Wednesday, November 30, 2005
FINALLY!We finally got a rock 'em, sock 'em speech from President Bush. As always, when he is emotionally invested in the content, Dubya wowed us! Not only that, but he's got the left either back-peddling like sKerry, or continuing with their usual lamebrained responses like Nancy Pelooser. Here's some of my favorite highlights [hat tip: GOP Bloggers]:"This is an enemy without conscience -- and they cannot be appeased. If we were not fighting and destroying this enemy in Iraq, they would not be idle. They would be plotting and killing Americans across the world and within our own borders. By fighting these terrorists in Iraq, Americans in uniform are defeating a direct threat to the American people. Against this adversary, there is only one effective response: We will never back down. We will never give in. And we will never accept anything less than complete victory."What President Bush may just be getting around to understanding is that the enemy's best pal is the media, and the media's worst enemy is Bush standing up and telling it like it is! Now if he will just continue to do this once or twice a week! I've often said that whomever is running the Administration's public relation's office needs to find a new job. Up until the last week or so, we've heard from Dubya hardly at all. Since Murtha's media-apparent [Arabic link available in English]"arrival on the scene", nary a word was heard from Pennsylvania Avenue until recently. Remember when the media, who were not overly fond of sKerry thankfully, asked him what his strategy would be? Seems like he had some lame response about how he'd figure that out "once in the Oval Office". Dubya told us repeatedly what his strategy was, and it's posted, which the President brought to our attention today;"To achieve victory over such enemies, we are pursuing a comprehensive strategy in Iraq. Americans should have a clear understanding of this strategy -- how we look at the war, how we see the enemy, how we define victory, and what we're doing to achieve it. So today, we're releasing a document called the "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq." This is an unclassified version of the strategy we've been pursuing in Iraq, and it is posted on the White House website -- whitehouse.gov. I urge all Americans to read it. "John sKerry's response to the President's speech is not on his website. [Why am I not surprised?] However the video clip of it included a statement denying he or his fellow donks had suggest that we "pull out" of Iraq. Bullfeathers! That is precisely what Murtha was saying! Not to mention Pelooser and Boxhead! All have been screaming at whatever camera they thought was focused on them that we need to leave Iraq! The main thing we bloggers, and the President, need to remember is that MSM & our enemies [ which you saw if you followed that link above, for Murtha] are on the same side, and we must continue to combat their misinformation campaign with what is really going on with this important war. This is a war where the civilized world is fighting for its survival. No longer can we sit idley by and expect the "news" anchor, a la Dan Blather, to tell us what is happening in the world.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Why Do They Get Away With It?Ever wonder why the left gets away with saying the ridiculous things they say? It's fairly easy if you only watch Abs, SeeBS, Nbsc, MessNbc, or the Communist News Network. But if you read the information available on the internet, it's fairly easy to debunk everything you hear elsewhere. Just as an example; let's take Charlie Rangel's (D-NY) silly proclamations;"A disproportionate number of the poor and members of minority groups make up the enlisted ranks of the military," Rangel complains, "while the most privileged Americans are underrepresented or absent." The draft would establish a "governing principle" of "shared sacrifice. [according to Rangel]"This is such an easily proven to be false statement that even when he proposed a draft bill, HE voted against it! But let's look at some of the actual stats;"According to a comprehensive study of all enlistees for the years 1998-99 and 2003 that The Heritage Foundation just released, the typical recruit in the all-volunteer force is wealthier, more educated and more rural than the average 18- to 24-year-old citizen is. Indeed, for every two recruits coming from the poorest neighborhoods, there are three recruits coming from the richest neighborhoods. "Okay, so Rangel wants us to believe the military deaths are predominately blacks. So let's look at that claim;"So, when the war in Iraq comes, the American troops most likely to fight and die are disproportionately white, not black, military statistics show.
Why? Black recruits in recent years have been drawn toward non-combat jobs that provide more marketable skills for post-military careers.
It is true that blacks serve in the military in disproportionate numbers. About 20 percent of the military is black, while blacks represent just over 12 percent of the U.S. population. But of the 45,586 enlisted combat infantrymen, only 10.6 percent are black. "I think the claim that our soldiers are less intelligent than the general population is the claim that offends me the most! And Russ is part of the reason I know that to be utterly ridiculous! If he's not on your favorites list, he should be.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Contrast This!After 5 years of media's war on George W. Bush, with the continued caterwalling from their liberal colleagues in congress, President Bush is still in office. Though the likes of John sKerry use the "I" word; impeachment is not likely to happen for the simple fact that there is no reason for it to happen! Yet the pointy headed libs in the press keep yammering like they know what they are talking about; like this one by Jonathan Schell who is predicting the demise of the Bush administration and it's failures. This point I find particularly amusing:"Or should we follow the President to Asia, where in defiance of his will North Korea has built a nuclear arsenal and China, with $252 billion in US Treasury bills, has emerged as the financier of the exploding American deficit? "The left loves to forget the reason North Korea has a nuclear arsenal is because Clinton gave our technology to them. Their idea of controlling the despots of the world is to appease them. They also refuse to look at their own projections for the national debt, and how rapidly the treasury is pulling in money in this booming economy of ours. That China is a player in the world market, means that they are learning about capitalism. Yes, there is a concern about China's military build-up, but no concern that they are playing a part in the world's marketplace.Now contrast that article's predictions with this one. Omar is discussing the infighting of the various political parties in his country. "Civil society organizations have their role too; the most significant initiative came from a new network of 90 NGOs who call themselves “Iraq Without Violence”. This network recruited 1,000 volunteers to watch and report for any violent incidents during electoral campaigns. The network in a statement given to al-Sabah explained that they’ll work to “prevent and expose electoral corruption, fraud and violence and that includes terrorizing voters in any way or interference with voters’ choices even when the case is domestic like when a husband forces his wife to vote for any particular candidate or prevents her from voting at all”."Would Iraqis be reporting violent incidents and corruption have happened without President Bush and our American forces? No, the Iraqi people would still be terrorized by Saddam Hussein. As his trial resumes today, the Iraqis remain grateful for George W. Bush, despite the American media and the American left.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
UPDATE on Thanksgiving With The TroopsI had to share part of an e-mail from Sara;"Thank you so much for the Thanksgiving we had. That was the most fun me and my battle buddies have had since arriving to Fort Leonard Wood and starting basic. It completely rejuvinated us and helps ourselves remember why we joined the military. Sometimes you forget when your enclosed in 4 walls with no outside contact for so long. But it was just what we needed. "
Friday, November 25, 2005
Thanksgiving With The Troops
We celebrated Thanksgiving Day with troops from Fort Sam Houston again this year. If you read of my trials and tribulations from last year's Thanksgiving, you will understand why I got to the base two hours earlier than was required. Everything had changed from last year, when everyone (adoptive families) were seated in two large chapels, while the troops were marching to a site outside. This year, they had the alphabet divided at two ends of a huge parking area. Last names of adoptive families beginning with A to H were to congregate on one end, while I-Z were on the other end. There was no seating for families, but then the troops had to stand as well. Many of the families were elderly, and it was decidedly uncomfortable for many to stand. Why I insist one wearing high heels is beyond me! All was forgotten as soon as the troops began to march smartly in with their companies, chanting the usual sing-song traditional march chants. I could not watch them without tears of pride stinging my eyes. Sometimes I am such a big baby!Many of us who had arrived early found ourselves looking at each other with some concern. The soldiers kept coming, and coming and coming...but there did not look to be enough families to go around, even with the two troop members per family they had officially allotted. But just as the deadline neared, it seemed that the flood gates opened, and we were swamped in families who would not be happy if they didn't get to share this precious holiday with some of the folks we all had high on our lists of what we're thankful for, our military! I felt a little bit guilty, because I actually had two passes which I was to learn from a sargent in charge, guaranteed me to FOUR soldiers! As soon as it was time to approach the tables, each of the five tables were equipped with a smoky-hat wearing drill sargeants. I was eager to hand him my TWO passes. He wasn't sure, but was assured by the person in charge, that indeed, I'd been counted twice, was listed twice, therefore could expect to take four soldiers home. Why, you may ask, did that happen? In my concern to avoid last year's fiasco, I made the trip to the base's hospitality room back in early October. I was told that the person in charge of Operation Thanksgiving was not in, but they would leave him/her my information. I left our calling card, and let it go at that....but not feeling entirely confident when I'd heard nothing a month later. A friend who also includes soldiers in her family's Thanksgiving, gave me a phone number to contact them. I phoned, explaining my situation, and a quick synopsis of last year, and was assured that I would indeed be getting troops on Thanksgiving. Within a couple of weeks, I'd received two envelopes from Ft. Sam, and voila! Four soldiers for Thanksgiving! See, there is a reason for paranoia!Soon the D.I. was calling for the next two soldiers in line, and as they approached me, expecting to be separated from their pals, the next two were called. A riot of giggles ensued, as all four were young ladies! What fun. The difference in the energy level when you have four girls is phenomenal! As we walked to the car, their "battle buddies" still in line were hollering, "Hey, what's up with that!" referring to the four getting to go with one family. The closeness that had grown between them from boot camp to AIT was apparent. As always, I learned a ton from the soldiers. I cannot, in good conscience, call them "girls". They have earned to right to be called women! Each was from a different state, a different background, a different family experience, and each had a different reason for joining. Well, I should qualify that by saying that two very different young women had a suprising amount in common. While each woman was from a different state, they were also from different races. That is where the differences stop. Both were moms, both had two toddlers, both were married, and both had decided to join the army to make a better life for their little ones. They'd had almost identical conversations with their husbands, discussing the idea that the army would be a stepping stone toward a better future, but both have husbands' had a record with the law that precluded them from being the parent who joined the Army. Kristi, from Florida and Regina from North Carolina are gutsy ladies. These brave moms are separated from their tots, painful as it may be, to make their lives better in the long run. Our other two honored guests, Val from Pennsylvania, and Sara from Minnesota, were as different as two ladies could be, while still having the comaraderie that brought them together as "battle buddies". They'd all completed basic together, a feat you could tell they were especially proud of, given that their Drill Instructor sounded like Satan himself! I'm sure he'd take pride that he'd earned that reputation. Val is a bundle of energy with a technological bent that kept her either on my computer, or on her phone much of the time she was here. This tiny bundle of kinetic verve is only 4'11". She made me realize I'd been born out of my time. I wanted, at her age, to join the military. Back then, my 5' was insufficient to earn me a spot with America's finest...any branch! Val has had a childhood which made her a woman long before boot camp. Her little sister has epilepsy, and she has been her "Grand Mal Alarm System" for most of her life. It was very tough for her to be separated from her cherished mother and sister, but you can almost see how she has bloomed as her own person for the experience in the army.Sara, from Minnesota, was the enigma of the group, IMHO. She has a quiet charm that is in direct contrast to her little pal Valerie, but she also exudes an inner strength. She is the least expressive of the group, but finds a way to make herself known. She is very directed, and expects to make the military a career. She joined out of what she called boredom. She is the only one of our foursome who did not have a cell phone. The other three were generous in sharing theirs, but I got the impression that she just didn't care to be bothered by one. As the other three were so often involved in their own phone conversations, it seemed to me that she might feel a bit left out, but she seemed too focused and strong to really care. Interestingly, none of these ladies seemed to have joined the Army out of patriotism. Valerie was the only one who did not express an actual reason for joining, so I cannot say in her case, but nonetheless, I didn't find it to be disturbing. Men are hardwired to "protect and defend", while women are only hardwired to "protect and defend" their children, as in the cases of Regina and Kristi. Dinner was especially a fun time for my husband and I. We sat at either end of the table, while the soldiers sat across from one another. Their normal mealtime with the Army was enforced silence, coupled with wolfing food in just short of 10 minutes alloted. Here was the first time they'd had the opportunity to just be young women! We watched them chat, talk, laugh, relax, and remember together, sharing stories of Army life with us, and generally fill the house with their energy. I think it was about half way through dinner that I told my husband, from now on I want female soldiers.Which brings me to another lesson they taught us. Throughout the day, they kept referring their male counterparts as just that; male....not men, not guys...male. I asked them how many times, pre-Army, they'd referred to the opposite sex as "male". They all laughed, and explained the reasoning behind it. "Men and women don't kill people, males and females do." I hope I got that quotation correct, if I didn't, I'm sure my readers will let me know. After dinner, when food had settled, triptophan did not seem to have any effect whatsoever on the energy level of our guests. Sitting outside, enjoying a Chamber of Commerce day in South Texas, conversation turned to things they'd not been able to do for a very long time. Like shopping...which on Thanksgiving Day would hold few opportunities. We settled on our brand-spanking new Wal-Mart, where they saw their very first self-checkout stand. Valerie took the lead, being the only one of them for whom technology is a kick! She mastered the scanners and payment methods with nary a slow-down. She should have gone into the tech sector of Army life, and may end up there yet. As soon as their shopping was done, and their fascination with our neighborhood's deer population was photographed and e-mailed to their family and friends (you've got to love picture phones!), we began thinking about getting them back to base. As we were driving, and talking as we females are prone to do, their conversation turned to what they wanted to do when they'd progressed far enough with AIT to leave the base with some personal time. In their week in San Antonio, all they'd seen of it was the base, and what they could see from their bus trip to the base. I love playing tour guide in our beautiful city, so a trip to the Riverwalk was a natural choice of a perfect ending to a perfect day. The drive toward downtown San Antonio, from our northeast side home, is a combination of every taste of life here. As we arrived in downtown, the location of a parking place became paramount. Our usual parking garage was full, so the attendant directed me to another spot. The drive took us past the famed Alamo. For some reason, most outsiders expect the Alamo to be somewhere in the country outside of San Antonio. It never occurs to them that it might lie in the center of the city. At dusk, the Alamo was lit like the attraction it has become, thanks to the work of some steel magnolias who made sure their husbands did not tear it down for development many years ago. [I'll leave it to you to research, or simply to take my word for it. The same women made sure their husbands also did not pave over the river running through our fair city to become the sewer, and insisted it be developed as the attraction it is today.] I held up traffic for the ladies to take pictures of the Alamo from the windows of the car, and we made our way to a parking lot. All in all, their fascination with the Clydesdale drawn buggies, the Riverwalk itself, not to mention a more upclose inspection of the Alamo complete with a Park Ranger in a Stetson, made my 2.5 hour morning wait well worthwhile. I do so hope that Val, Sara, Kristi and Regina will stay in touch. As I dropped them off at the base, I was told I was officially adopted for life, but as I've learned from others who have adopted soldiers for years, life gets in the way for young people who have a new, and exciting life ahead.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Mom and I
My time off-line was due to a combination; a) a trip to see my mom, and b) my computer spending time in computer sick bay. The trip to see my mom was so precious that I cannot even begin to explain it. The best way to say it is to say, "We cleared the air!"The overall theme of this blog has always been, and still is that I am overcoming my upbringing which was steeped in liberal lies. In fact, my niece disowned me when she read my blog statement as meaning that my parents, i.e., her grand parents had lied to me. That is not at all what I meant...I was trying to castigate the MSM I grew up with, for its left-wing slant. My parents were fed the same slant as me! They were as "lied to" as I was lied to! I was fortunate not to have current day educational liberal bias. That was a bit after my time in school, though they were already starting the hint that our founding fathers were just "dead white men", and how awful we had treated our native population. "Spoils of war" never occurs to a liberal as being legitimate.
Mom has always banned "politics" as a subject in her home. It never seems to work with my brother and I. Mom is a committed Democrat. Daddy (deceased) was a dedicated union man. Brother is currently Daddy's clone, i.e., a dedicated union man who has superceded Daddy, in that he has reached the hierarchy of uniondom that my father never aspired to reach. In spite of those those definitions, both my mom and brother could easily be defined as conservatives. During a recent visit, Mom and I had a conversation about George W. Bush that had caused a bit of a strain on our relationship. She never could tell me why she was opposed to him, just that she was. Ever try that with anyone of the anti-Dubya crowd? Ask them why they hate him, and watch as they cannot articulate their opposition. I decided to start the conversation with issues, i.e. family values, marriage meaning a union of one man and one woman, etc., as a way to clear the proverbial air between Mom and I. One by one, we discussed all of the relevant issues on which the Dems & GOP disagree, but upon which she and I agree. One of the most glaring differences is that the GOP values life, while the Dems think it should be okay to suck the brain out of a baby up to and until the last day before birth, yet the Dems don't want to have a convicted murderer pay for his deed by his own death. I guess they figure he could get the vote in jail [tried in some states] and vote Democrat? The GOP supports the death penalty laws.One by one each issue that we were in agreement about showed her what I have been saying all along. She raised me to be a conservative! The unspoken comment was that she should be voting Republican.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Offline For A Few DaysAs we head out tomorrow morning to visit family, my computer will be in sick bay until Monday or Tuesday...sob! It desperately needs some tuning up! So in the meantime, I have a couple of "must reads" to recommend. Michael Yon is always a "must read", but this post is definitely a "DO NOT MISS". The celebration ball of the returning Duece Four heroes is not to be missed. Of some note,"Approximately 1,200 guests attended the Ball, including luminaries like Bruce Willis and his brother David. The Deuce Four also welcomed producer Stephen Eads who worked with Bruce on many blockbusters, such as The Sixth Sense and Armageddon, to name a couple of their outstanding film projects. Also in attendance was the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jim MacMillan, who was nearly shot to pieces up in Mosul while with the Deuce Four. Luckily Jim came back with thousands of excellent photos but only one hole in his helmet from an enemy machine gun bullet. "Is it not nice to know that not all of Hollywood is a lefty wingnut? When I went shopping for some CD movies to send my adopted soldier & marine in Iraq for Christmas, I chose only those with Bruce Willis in them, or a season of "24". They won't get any anti-American garbage from this mom! The real reason to read this amazing post is not only the celebration, but the attendant mourning for those who were not there. What a beatiful tribute to some amazing heroes. The photos Michael included are wonderful. He puts faces on the names of so many that we've been reading about on his blog. The 2nd "must read" has to do with the WMD in Iraq that is still missing. Of course, the left wants us to believe it was never there, but this man knows differently;"I came into the inspection program as an interrogator and Arabic linguist, so I crossed over various fields and spotted various deception techniques that may not have been noticed in only one field, such as chemical or biological. For instance, the Iraqis would ask in very reasonable tones that questionable documents be set aside until the end of the day, when a discussion would determine what was truly of interest to UNSCOM. The chief inspector, not wanting to appear like a knuckle-dragging ogre, would agree. Instead of setting the documents on a table in a stack, the Iraqis would set them side to side, filling the entire table top, and would place the most explosive documents on the edge of the table. At some point they would flood the room with people, and in the confusion abscond with the revealing documents. "That is just scratching the surface of Tierney's conversation. It is not to be missed. Consider this information, and add in the considerable evidence of governmental investigators known as Able Danger, which was ignored by the 9/11 commission, and it brings you to only one conclusion: Anyone who wants to believe Saddam didn't move his stash to Syria is a candidate for Champion Barking Moonbat status!
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Eye Opening!Michael Steele's candidacy, only three months into its history, has been attacked in every possible way you can imagine. They have stolen his SS#, his credit history, called him names, and thrown Oreo cookies at him! Could it be backfiring on the left? This makes it look as though it may be! "As of this week, Derrick Wallace, head of Orange County's NAACP, has switched parties -- to become a Republican."Really! Honestly! Why?"Wallace, a construction-company exec, was candid about the fact that his business life was a big part of his decision to change."It's purely a business decision. Ninety percent of those I do business with are Republicans," he said. "Opportunities that have come to my firm have been brought by Republicans."The GOP has always been the party of opportunity. The Democrat party, peopled by socialists and unions, has become the party of "let's hold them back, so we can all be poor together!" The article goes on to say, "Wallace elaborated that his "business" line of thought also referred to the NAACP. Behind many of the power desks in this town sit Republicans. And he said he wants his organization to be part of that structure. Just as importantly, he said, he didn't want people to immediately brand -- or dismiss -- NAACP concerns as synonymous with those of liberal Democrats. "I want this branch to be respected," he said.Oliver said they already are, noting that all of the members of the GOP executive board joined the NAACP a few years back to show that they were serious about outreach. "We have taken pains to do our very best to reach out," he said."2006 could provide a few very unpleasant surprises for the donks, and the black turnout for the GOP could be the biggest wake-up call yet!Post CorrectionBy way of keeping the record straight, my post yesterday gave KUDOS to the Senate that was utterly undeserved. As it turns out, they took out the "earmark" for the 230 million dollar bridges in Alaska, and just gave the 230 million to Alaska, so the state can build them, and they won't have to take the heat. Who was it that said "A politician's nightmare is an educated electorate."?
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Schizophrenic SenateJust when the Senate does something responsible, not to mention responsive to public pressure, they turn schizophrenic on the subject of Iraq! The responsible accomplishment is to cut from the budget, the ridiculously expensive bridges in Alaska! The amount of money they wanted to spend could have purchased a Lear jet for every person in those remote villages they were building the bridges to access! "The Senate Appropriations Committee removed earmarks for two controversial "bridges to nowhere" in Alaska: the Gravina bridge, which would connect Ketchikan to an island of 50 people, and the Knik Arm bridge, which would link Anchorage to a sparsely populated area. "Good for you, Senate Appropriations Committee! Now would someone explain to me why y'all wimped out on Iraq? [hat tip: William Cristol]"The Republican leadership may have figured they didn't have the votes to defeat the Democratic proposal without giving their members a weaker alternative to vote for. But better to lose such a vote by a small margin than to go on record voting for a resolution that sends a signal of irresolution and weakness at precisely the time when a message of strength is most needed. After all, in precisely a month, the Iraqis will vote for their first government under the new constitution, and one thing they must weigh in their calculations is whether they can count on U.S. staying power in the fight against the terrorists. With today's vote in the Senate, the Republican leadership, apparently working hand in glove with White House staff, showed itself today to be tactically myopic and politically timid." Politically timid is putting it mildly! The very last person I would vote for in the GOP presidential primaries is Senator Frist! He has totally lost any confidence I might have had for him as a leader. As for the rest of the GOP who voted for this ridiculous resolution, i.e. George Allen, I am definitely rethinking my support for, including my own senators Cornyn and Hutchison! Do you people not realize the message this sends to our troops? When it makes John sKerry happy, it makes me want to throw up! Here's what he put in a recent fundraising letter to his supporters;"You can feel the ice breaking. For far too long, Republican leaders have refused to challenge the aimless Bush "stay as long as it takes" approach to Iraq. But now, their unwillingness to act has started to crumble."This is enough to make me tear my hair OUT!
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
She Did What They Could Not!Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice has achieved what had been the Clinton administration's dream of a legacy! Her brilliance has outshined them, and their failure to accomplish what she has done has got to be galling to them. "The deal, struck during a marathon negotiating session run by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, gives Palestinians control over a border for the first time, allowing them to travel freely into Egypt and to export their goods. Israel will be able to see who comes and goes, with the help of European monitors, but Palestinians will retain final authority.
"This agreement is intended to give Palestinian people the freedom to move, to trade, to live ordinary lives," Rice said. "
She has shown us the kind of leadership we need in the White House in 2008! [Let's just hope she gets better PR people than President Bush has hired!]Meanwhile, the scary duo, Slick Willie and Shrillary Clinton were creating photo ops all over the Middle East. The Teflon king and his moderate sounding, radical socialist wife will continue to stab the Bush administration in the back, I just wish President Bush was not the only one speaking out, i.e., his staff, and our spineless GOP congressmen need to start going on the offense! Someone To SupportAs we begin to head into the mid-term election season, I want to start presenting some candidates I am supporting in the upcoming campaign. Keith Butler is running for Debbie Stabenow's seat, and has a real chance to win it. Ms. Stabenow has been blocking the president's judicial appointments, supporting late term abortions, voting to force Boy Scouts to accept homosexual scoutmasters, opposing the war, and supporting the marriage penalty and the death tax. Ms. Stabenow won her seat by the slimmest of margins of 48% to 47%. Counter that by Rev. Butler who has proven he can be elected even in Detroit, with 88% of the voters being donks! This is a man I can support, and the fact that he is black is a plus that cannot be denied. Between him and Michael Steele, it's look better and better that the first black Republican will be in the Senate since the 1800's!
Left Is Left, Wherever It Is Found
The Left's favorite tactics in order to win their arguments is the same, whether it is the French leftists, or our very own. Their talent for repeating the same lies, or obfuscating the truth, it is the very same tactic. The good news is, we're finding out about their tactics!
“Politics in France is heading to the right and I don’t want rightwing politicians back in second, or even first place because we showed burning cars on television,” Mr Dassier told an audience of broadcasters at the News Xchange conference in Amsterdam today.
“Having satellites trained on towns across France 24 hours a day showing the violence would have been wrong and totally disproportionate ... Journalism is not simply a matter of switching on the cameras and letting them roll. You have to think about what you’re broadcasting,” he said."
The good news is the part where it says politics are heading RIGHT in France! Are you still wondering why the media, MSM, hates bloggers and talk radio? [hat tip: LGF
Monday, November 14, 2005
Alito In JanuaryAt first, when the Senate announced the January timing of Alito's confirmation hearings, I was pretty upset. I wanted to get it over with, and considering the other nonsense going on with the Senate, I wondered why they were wasting time on steroid-using baseball players, and chickening out on Anwar drilling! I have had some time to consider the consequences of the January hearing, with the 2006 mid-term elections upcoming, and I think Alito's hearings are going to spotlight the wackiness of the left. [hat tip: Newbusters]"In addition to the alliance, a liberal legal group that focuses on judicial nominations, the coalition includes the abortion rights groups Naral Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, as well as People for the American Way, the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Sierra Club."Now if that isn't a group you want representing "mainstream America", I don't know what is? Methinks it could cause a real hurting on donk candidates for the House and Senate. The left doesn't realize it either, because they truly believe the afore-mentioned coalition is representative of mainstream America. "His most controversial opinion on the subject was a dissent supporting provisions of a Pennsylvania law that with some exceptions required married women to notify their husbands before obtaining abortions. Many polls have shown that a majority of voters favor such restrictions.
People involved in the advertising effort said the coalition was planning to spend several million dollars to broadcast commercials, perhaps beginning late this week, on national cable networks and in the home states of potentially pivotal senators. "The longer they erroneously believe "mainstream America" agrees with them, the less they are going to do to correct their methods, and voila! A sweep for GOP come November. So I say, just let it drag out a bit. We like it when they point out who their supporters really are!
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Global Warming?Fox News has a program on tonight that makes me chuckle. Not sure if the timing of the program has to do with convincing the left they are not a "Republican channel", but it would seem that way. The left wants us to pay attention to the melting of the glaciers, the possibility of "global warming". They want us to make changes to the way we live. Why? ALF and ELF were a part of "60 Minutes" tonight, so perhaps we have a theme?Have you ever been to the museum at Mesa Verde? There is a not for profit group in cooperation with the U.S.G.S. that has a research site. You've heard of the Anasazi? They are a people who disappeared from the cave dwellings at Mesa Verde, in southwest Colorado circa 1400 a.d. The first time I visited the site of the museum, as a representative of an arm of the Justice Department, i.e., a contracter, the first thing I noticed outside the facility was a sculpture of an Anasazi chieftan with a huge Macaw on his shoulder. I asked the attendant why he had a tropical bird on his shoulder? Long story short? It was during an era that was that LAST period of global warming. That was back during a time when there was no "green house gas" emissions....except for volcanoes. Bottom line here? Why on earth...oops, I guess I should say, why in God's Creation, would we puny mortals accept a theory that we can change the global trends? We've never been able to do it before, and the horrid enemy capitalism was not a part of the equation in the 1400's, so why ON EARTH do we think that we can make that kind of an impact now?Oh, right. Shoot, I forgot. The left doesn't believe in God Almighty. They believe in "Me" almighty.
Friday, November 11, 2005
In Honor Of Our VeteransAfter hearing President Bush's strong and principled speech today, and his class act of reminding the left to stop trying to rewrite history, I've been trying to think of what I wanted to post to honor our veterans. Then I received the following from my sister-in-law. Perfect timing, Mags!"FLAG FOLDING
I guess this settles the "One Nation Under God" debate once and for all.
Do you know that at military funerals, the 21 gun salute stands for
the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?
"Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention
to correctly folding the American flag 13 times? You probably
thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn
something new every day!
The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing
our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our
country to attain peace throughout the world.
The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens
trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in
time of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen
Decaur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always
be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.
The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that We
pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and the
Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with
Liberty and Justice for all.
The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the
Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her
enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our
The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the
shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been
through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character
of the men and women who have made this country great has been
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his
sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and
King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews' eyes, the God of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the
Christians' eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are
uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust." After
the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the
appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served
under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served
under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and
shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for
us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep
meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will
know why."As a Girl Scout, I earned a badge for learning this difficult task, and it was great to know the meaning of each of the steps to properly fold a flag. If you enter a home, and you see a shadow box displaying the triangular shape of our flag, know that you have just entered the home of a fallen hero. As our donk members of Congress, along with the RINO's, disgrace our country with their cowardly comments, it is good to be reminded of the heroes our country also produces. It kind of takes the bitter taste from our mouth to celebrate our Veterans Day's heroes, both living and departed. I would be remiss if I did not honor the successes of our military in Iraq, in fact, I think I will let Iraqi's do it for me;"At an Internet cafe on Baghdad's busy Palestine street, Dr. Sahar Nafi Shakir is checking her e-mail as usual, and surfing the Web for news on international geology conferences.
Shakir, an assistant professor at nearby Mustansiriyah University, first used the Internet in mid-2002. At the time, with Saddam Hussein still in power, she needed special permission from the campus security chief and the approval of her boss.
"You cannot compare these days to those of Saddam, when it comes to the Internet," she said, smiling widely.
Packing up her bag, she rushes off to a class.
"In the past, Iraq was a big prison," she says. "Today it is a jungle, and I love living in a jungle."
God bless you, Veterans, active, former, & retired. You are all my heroes.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Open Letter To Mary Mapes
Dear Deluded Ms. Mapes,
My dear, I understand that you detest anything or anyone conservative, with special emphasis on George W. Bush. I actually heard your father say it on talk radio. As he explained, you were a good little conservative daughter until he wasted money to send you off to college to be liberalized. What a shame you have such a small mind that it was overcome by liberal hogwash in college. But I digress, my point is actually your comment on TV with Brian Ross recently about "I believe no one's proven the documents a forgery". Actually, Ma'am, it is quite easily proven.
To be authentic for the time period in which they were "typed", there would have been no tiny "th" in the first line of the address at the top of the letter. That gave it away, to me, as a phony immediately! It was utterly impossible to do the tiny "th" with the typewriters available in the 70's, and there was no "word processing" at the time. I say this with all confidence because I was a legal secretary in those days. I remember trying everything imaginable with my top of the line IBM Selectric, to achieve the tiny "th". I had two type balls, one pica and one elite. I would type the numbers with the pica ball, and then replace the pica ball with the elite ball, turn 1/2 space up, (which the Selectrics of the day could do) and it still would not work! Sorry my dear, it was physically/mechanically impossible. So when I saw the tiny "th" on the first line, I thought hmmm...what else might be wrong, so I began doing some research.
I discovered that there were no 5-digit P. O. boxes (the 2nd line of the document) in the 70's. The 5 digit P. O. Box address at the top of your document is a correct address TODAY, but in the 70's post office box numbers did not go over 999, or three digits. Larger numbered post office boxes began when the post office added the four digit extensions to the zip code, in the early 80's. Ms. Mapes, the first two lines of your document did you in, and only took this retired lady a short time to prove it to be fraudulent.
So, Ms. Mapes, as you can see, it is quite easy to prove your document was a fake in the top four lines of the first page. Now that we have that out of the way, let's get on to the real crux of the matter, and that is that you attempted to derail the American political process because of your hatred of George W. Bush. That, Mary, is reprehensible, and furthermore has not one single thing to do with being a "journalist".
You continue to believe that President Bush's Guard service was somehow less than honorable, but typical of someone with little or no military background, we cannot expect you to know that just because George W. was not at meetings in the last few months of his commitment is not proof he did not complete the commitment. Having been married to a Guard recruiter, I know that pilots can get their airtime/guard time in early, by doubling up on their fly time, even on weekends that are not regular "meetings", which explains why his fellow Guardsmen did not "see" him there. However his records clearly show that the requisite hours, in fact, more than needed hours, were served. If you prefer to continue to be deluded, then you are even more dumb than I gave you credit for being.
P. S. I don't think it would be a wise use of my money to purchase your book. Someone who has been proven to indulge in lies should be writing novels, not "non" fiction.Happy Birthday, U.S.M.C.OOOOORAH! Lift one for me, and tell Chesty I send my love. Thank you one and all for your service.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
California Has Lost It!What has happened to the state I grew up in? What is it about a 12 year old child informing her parents if she wants to have an abortion that doesn't sound reasonable to you, Californians? What about that simple question do you not understand, folks? A law, with acceptable caveats for exceptions doesn't make sense to you? What? Are you all NUTS? Now I know that ALL of you are not that ridiculously liberal, to think it's okay for your kid to have sex because she can always get an abortion! Enough to vote that law down are! I was there, in SoCal, twice this past summer, and I know that many of my friends with whom I grew up, and my son and his wife, are conservative, so I know it isn't due to brain-draining drugs in the water. What is it, then? Do all Californians not live within a budget? No. Common sense would suggest that many of them know they should, though, right? Then why on earth would they vote down a law that says their state should not try to live within a budget? After all, people of California, it is YOUR money they are spending!Why on earth would you want to hire a teacher who has only had a couple of years of experience to have the job for life? Tenure:
a. The act, fact, or condition of holding something in one's possession, as real estate or an office; occupation.
b. A period during which something is held. The status of holding one's position on a permanent basis without periodic contract renewals: a teacher granted tenure on a faculty.PERMANENT BASIS means that some do-nothing, idiotic moron is teaching your children, people, because you didn't learn in time that they should never be teaching! Don't you understand there is nothing, not a dadgum thing, you can do to get rid of their sorry butts? Tenure, by its very nature, is counter productive, since there is no reason to strive for excellence. What is wrong with you folks?I really cannot believe this one, though. If you are a gun owner in San Francisco, are you going to move out? Or are you going to turn in all your guns to the city on the deadline of April Fool's Day 2006? My husband and I would already be house shopping in TEXAS! But then, we're not criminals. My guess is, though, that most of Texas' small criminal element is making plans to move to San Francisco, as will hundreds more throughout the country, when they know they are going to a place where only a handful of cops are there to stop their nefarious deeds! Good riddance, as far as I'm concerned. We have classes coming up to obtain our concealed carry permit. It's allowed in Texas, which is why we have a very small criminal element. Growing up in Southern California, I remember that most everyone I knew had some common sense. Too bad the number of common sense people has dwindled to this extent. It's really quite sad.Oh, did I mention that every single county in Texas except one, Austin's Travis County, a.k.a. Hollywierd East, voted in favor of an amendment to our state's constitution to insure no liberal judge can make same sex marriage legal here? "Marriage is defined as being a union between a man and a woman". It's lovely living in Common Senseville!
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Judge ConfirmationsThe ones you don't hear about, that is, are the lower court Bush nominees who are getting no national attention, thanks to the Supreme Court nominees. One excellent example is William G. Myers, III. Mr. Myers has been nominated to a seat on the 9th circus court of appeals, the very same morons who recently said that parents aren't the only ones with a right to teach sex to their children. Yep, you heard that correctly;"Parents have “no constitutional right to prevent the public schools from providing information on [the subject of sex] to their students in any forum or manner they select,” according to a ruling handed down by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Nov. 2."Now keep in mind, friends, these were GRADE school students involved in this lawsuit! "The outraged parents in the lawsuit said they had the sole right “to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex,” but the appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that had decided in favor of the schools.Among the contents of the survey given to children in the first, third and fifth grades were questions about whether they thought about having sex, thought about touching other people’s “private parts” and whether they could “stop thinking about having sex.”If ever there was a court more in need of new blood like Myers, this one is definitely IT! This man has still not been confirmed. Why? If I remember correctly, we WON the last two elections! Is this because of more GOP weenies folding under the awesome power of....ummmmm....Harry "Milquetoast" Reid?I say, anyone these people don't like, is enough to push this man's nomination down the throats of the left! Come ON, Frist et al, let's get cracking!Other nominees who have been waiting for too long for their nominations to clear Congress are:1. Henry W. Saad, 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals2. Brett M. Kavanaugh, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for DC3. William James Haynes II, 4th U.S. Court of Appeals5. Susan Bieke Neilson, 6th U.S. Court of Appeals
Monday, November 07, 2005
Know Your MarketHubby and I spent a day raising funds for charity in the most enjoyable way; by volunteering for this event. It was held in the most massive Texas dance hall I've ever seen...and I've seen quite a few...on a most beautiful ranch. Good wine, good food, great friends. It doesn't get any better than that, does it? I just have one question. Why does wine tasting seem to trot out the libs? I didn't know there were that many John sKerry bumper stickers left in Texas! Could it be the pretentions of sniffing like they know what their doing? Hmmmm.....?What They Don't Tell YouYou can go through entire stories about the rioting in France without any mention of who these people are; Muslims. Now that the rioting has begun, the Islamofacists are moving in;"A police chief, Frederic Aureal, said his officers were encountering an unprecedented hostility from gangs, which he described as "prepared, structured, armed".
French police hold a position in a residential sector of Corberil-Essones©AFP - Christophe Simon"We have come face-to-face with people who have attacked us with picks, petanque balls, many Molotov cocktails," he said.Police overnight Saturday discovered a petrol-bomb factory south of the capital with 50 bottles ready for use. Ski masks were also found."Yet no one will name them! Why? France's birthrates had declined for years, so to insure a viable economy they invited refugees from Algeria to come live there, with little or no control on immigration. The Islamofacists have made no secret that their ultimate goal is to make Europe turn Muslim. The recent riots gave them a literal "foot in the door", yet no one wants to admit it in the media.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Further Proof Of HypocrisyWhen I heard this story, the first thing I thought of was what hullabaloo there would have been if Republicans had tried this sort of behavior. It would have been on the front page of every newspaper and the lead story on every news program in America! That Democraps can call a black man the "n word" and say it is okay, because he is a black Republican is the height of hypocrisy, unless you consider that not one MSM news report has been heard on it nationwide."The slurs are unfit for a family newspaper and cannot be reprinted here. But they are the same old sludge Democrats have been throwing at Mr. Steele for years -- attempts to equate Democratic talking points with the black agenda and suggestions that Mr. Steele isn't authentically "black."Does it matter that he is black? His detractors made hay of his color during his Lt. Governor race, but have since had to "eat their words". The man is brilliant, he is an independent thinker, and he is the kind of American we need in the Senate! Having got that rant out of my system, I'm headed back to the beach!
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Finally FallAs the temperatures fall into the 50's at night, and only reach in the 80's during the day, we can finally say that fall has arrived in South Texas. The water temperatures in the gulf are below the 90's that fed so many hurricanes this season, so we can finally take our RV back to our beach place. See y'all when I return this weekend!
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
What's Up With THIS?THIS could be due to a couple of things, IMO. "In a speech on the Senate floor, Reid demanded the Senate go into closed session. The public was ordered out of the chamber, the lights were dimmed, and the doors were closed. No vote is required in such circumstances. Reid's move shone a spotlight on the continuing controversy over intelligence that President Bush cited in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Despite prewar claims, no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, and some Democrats have accused the administration of manipulating the information that was in their possession. "It is sheer terror, and/or their utter frustration, over their inability to stop Sam Alito from becoming a member of the Supreme Court. Or it could be their fury at not getting an indictment on Karl Rove after nearly 2 years of investigation. Which ever it is, it is further proof of why these hot-headed, no-idea, hate mongering donks should never have the Congress or the White House, and now the Supreme Court ever again! This stunt is something a bunch of bitchy women would pull to show their barracuda side after they've been scorned while their hormone levels are dangerously out of balance. Or a bunch of Dumocraps without an idea of where to go, or a clue as to why they are out of power.Dirty Harry Reid, & Dick-head Durbin obviously planned this sophmoric stunt, but what they think they can accomplish by it, is beyond me. I believe the upshot of this will be to their detriment. It seems everytime they try any kind of shady shenanigans, they step in another pile of dog-do! The American people are going to see the donks in their true light, extremists one and all. I just hope that the GOP senators are PO'd enough to give them what they want and MORE; a really thorough investigation! I want them to investigate why Able Danger's information was not heeded, and the U. S. S. Cole was allowed to go into harm's way in Yemen, not to mention why known al Qaeda members were in America illegally long before 9/11. I want them to find out what Sandy Burglar took from the Archives. I want them to investigate where the intelligence came from to support Clinton's bombing of Saddam's aspirin factory. I want them to learn who the moron was who told Clinton it was a bad idea to take bin Laden when he was offered by Sudan. I have an idea which moron she was, but I'd like to know for sure! Note to GOP Senators Frist, Cornyn, Hutchison, et al; it's time you stopped trying to "work with" these people. Stop being doormats, and making nicey face with them! It is time you act like strong & bold Republicans, demand your spines be returned, and do the job we sent you to do!