Saturday, July 31, 2004

A Truly Frightening Article on Al Qaeda...we thought we knew them?

One of the commenters on an Iraqi blogger's site gave this link to a study on the true nature of Al Qaeda members; Who is Al Qaeda?

What I found most disconcerting about this article is that much of the media has tried to impress us with the power the "medrasas", or extreme Muslim schools have on the male children. In fact, they've pretty much attributed the Al Qaeda phenomenon to these schools. And according to this article, and the statistics it presents, we've been misled by our media again! Here's an exerpt:

"Some in the West imagine that terrorism is something from 'over there'. The war on terror focuses on foreign fields, on an external enemy; indeed, much of the war on terror has been aimed at Afghanistan, even though Sageman found that there were no Afghans in his al-Qaeda sample. Yet many of the Islamic terror attacks of the past decade have had ties closer to home than we would like to admit. They have been executed, not by fanatics from far away, but by Sageman's 'international people'; by individuals who lived and worked in the West, and who often became radicalised in the West, too"

Was it not Terezzzza Heinz-Skerry who urged us to adopt a more "international" attitude? And didn't she also suggest that the EU and other parts of the world have been undergoing "terror attacks" for years, and Americans need to get used to that reality? And didn't her husband reiterate that he would RESPOND vigorously when they did attack us on our home turf? Keyword here; "respond".

I, for one, do not want a leader who will merely "respond"! I want a leader who will chase the evildoers to their source and use our military, or whatever means is necessary, to eradicate those who profess to wish to die to defeat us. I want a leader who is willing to give them their wish! And Skerry ain't it!

// posted by DagneyT @ 12:31 PM

Friday, July 30, 2004

School funding?  Gimme a break!
In his apres convention speech this morning, Skerry began by bringing up that he was sick of hearing about values (of course, because he has none!) and tried to put his own definition of what they are by harping on school's not having enough money! 
Anecdotally, I'd like to relay a recent conversation I had with a friend.  She had been on a committee with her church to find used industrial kitchen equipment.  She located some nearly new, but discarded school's kitchen equipment.  Amazed at her lucky find, she was curious as to why it was even available for purchase?  And as such a cheap price?  In favor of brevity, long story short, the school had so much money in its budget, it was trying to get rid of it by remodeling the kitchen! 
So the next time you hear a dumocrap tell you the schools need more money, tell them that when the schools learn to use the money they have to give your kids a better education, we'll talk about it.  In the meantime, they have enough money.  Maybe you should use it as an incentive to keep the GOOD teachers, and tell the NEA to shove it with their tenure crap, and get rid of the awful ones!!

// posted by DagneyT @ 7:10 AM

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The Transition to Sanity
I read a really interesting 2 day post at another blog http://themiddleground.blogspot.com/2004/07/i-was-card-carrying-democrat-part-ii.html  This is the story of transition from card carrying Dumocrap to a realization that all you were taught is pretty much a lie! 
Recently there was a news item mentioning that humans were the only species whose female lost their ability to procreate in middle/old age.  All other species remain capable of procreation throughout their lifetime.  It was postulated that it was due to the need for human children to have not only mothers and fathers, but grandmothers.  I've been a pretty prominent part of my grandsons' lives, as has their other grandmother, so I can understand this to be true. 
However, Kat's blog post (above link) made me think back as to why I was not as programmed as she was, from the very fact that our upbringing was so similar.  Then I remembered what my 2 grandmothers had told me about politics.  My maternal grandmother said, "Politics is a dirty word.", and my fraternal grandmother told me that the important thing in voting was, "You vote for the person who will do the best job, not because they have a party affiliation."  Thank you, Grandmas!

// posted by DagneyT @ 5:47 AM

Monday, July 26, 2004

Some Examples of the Democrats' Duplicity!
They say, "We care about the poor and the minorities".
Not, apparently, as shown in the example of this article http://news.bostonherald.com/dncConvention/view.bg?articleid=37171  This Iowa Governor's wife slams blacks, southerners, and just about everyone else who doesn't "speak properly"!  She is known to be "instrumental" in insuring Skerry's elevation to the presidential candidate of the Democrap party.  I thought they were tolerant?
Then there is most recent report from the press that Al Jazeera has been "denied access" to Democrats during the convention just beginning in Boston.  I heard the story on the radio, and will post a link to the story as soon as it is published on the web.  And they're the ones who are screeching about "media censorship" from the Justice Department and the FCC!   When the CPA suspended the publication Muqtada al Sadr was the head of, they screamed bloody murder!  [ Got it!  Here it is!  http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9FD55FF1-CD66-40BC-8453-C65D9CE709BE.htm ]

And then there's this:

On Thursday, Senator John Kerry sat down for an interview with ABC News reporter Peter Jennings.  Below is a portion of that interview.

Peter Jennings: "You told an Iowa newspaper recently that life begins at conception. What makes you think that?"

Sen. Kerry: "My personal belief about what happens in the fertilization process is a human being is first formed and created, and that's when life begins. Something begins to happen. There's a transformation. There's an evolution. Within weeks, you look and see the development of it, but that's not a person yet, and it's certainly not what somebody, in my judgment, ought to have the government of the United States intervening in.  Roe v. Wade has made it very clear what our standard is with respect to viability, what our standard is with respect to rights. I believe in the right to choose, not the government choosing, but an individual, and I defend that." 

Consistency just does NOT seem to be the hallmark of this party!  They just do not seem to see the dichotomy of their positions, yet they want us to trust them to be in charge of the USA!   I vote NO WAY, Skerry, et al!!! 

// posted by DagneyT @ 11:13 AM

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Another one bites the dust!
When will these people learn to just shut up and sing?  http://www.lasvegassun.com/drudged/517195568.html

// posted by DagneyT @ 7:00 AM

Monday, July 19, 2004

Elton John, Whoopi's Cushion? 
Elton John's rant (I believe in free speech!) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3902833.stm  is ludicrously low in logic and fact.  I realize that the left talks in emotional terms, and that's what he's doing in this article, but that is why they're losing out to the right.  They have had the say-so, the political clout, and the majority in most governmental areas for 40 years...but running on the nostalgic memories of JFK the First's Camelot has run it's course.  And in the meantime, they've not had to exercise their logic muscles.  They have lost their ability to sell their point of view, because it's gone so far off course with the American mindset that when we hear it, we act! 
How are we acting?  Let me list a few ways our freedom allows us FREE CHOICE:
  1. When the Dixie Chicks speak out in England about their "embarrassment" over the fact that the President comes from their home state, it upsets folks.  They stop buying their records.  They toss the ones they own, and in some cases, owners brought their records to a country radio station so that the DJ and the station could have them put the CD's in a pile and a steamroller ran them over.  That is how the American people react!  The government had nothing to do with it, Sir Elton!
  2. When Alec Baldwin, Cher, Barbra "BS" Streisand, Madonna, and others threatened to leave the country if President Bush won the election, we said, "good riddance" and stopped going to their concerts, their movies, and their TV shows.  Is Alec in the center square, or Whoopi?  The government didn't have a single thing to do with that!
  3. Whoopi Goldberg stood up, holding a wine bottle in one hand, and proceeded to shoot her mouth off in a vulgar and unfunny manner about our President.  So lots of folks who are customers of Slim-Fast e-mailed, phoned, and wrote to the company to protest her behavior.  The company, owned by a liberal, made an executive decision and fired her as a spokesman.  The government had nothing to do with that, Elton!
  4. And when Skerry & his "Girlieman" running mate (thank you, Arnold!)  stood up after the gala Bush Bash and said it was representative of the heart and soul of America, how do you think Americans will react?  And it won't have a single thing to do with the "government".   

The Actor's Guild and others are lamenting the fact that "Reality Shows" are growing in popularity and the Hollywierdos wonder why?  Did it ever occur to you morons on the left that perhaps the American people are speaking?  We choose who we want to watch, and a bunch of anti-American looneytoons are NOT it!  The government had nothing to do with that trend.  Capitalism DID!  It's what makes our country great! 

Long story short, a democracy is made up of people who have the right to speak their mind.  As we are doing daily!  And it's making you folks sound nuttier and nuttier.  But that's okay.  Keep it up.  The only one among you who gets it is Shrillary Rodham-Clinton, in her pretty pink suits, with the pearl necklaces and sweet sounding rhetoric.  But we're on to her, too!  It's not working!

// posted by DagneyT @ 4:03 PM

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Thank you, PC nutcases!
With a number of upcoming flights planned, it did not make me feel to happy to read this article.  This article was written by a reporter about a trip she and her family were on since 9/11;  http://www.womenswallstreet.com/WWS/article_landing.aspx?titleid=1&articleid=711 
 It made me start to think of different methods that passengers could use to thwart the efforts of these evildoers.  My first thought was to lock myself in the bathroom, and refuse to leave, but that would simply lead to the premature landing of the plane at the nearest airport and my arrest.  As soon as the plane was back in the air, they could continue with their plans. 
So what to do?  If we make a fuss that a bunch of Arabs were behaving wierdly, we would be accused of being "racists".   The news tonight is complaining that the Air Marshals have a so-called "dress" code, which disallows their ability to blend into the passenger population. 
That leaves the everyday-type traveler to solve the problem.  And I can guarentee that American ingenuity will be able to accomplish the task!  Here's some thoughts on the matter;
  1. A well placed foot in the aisle could plant the perpetrator face down for other passengers to accost.
  2. Ask the Syrian next to you to "Would you mind holding my cocktail while I go to the bathroom?"  (They're not supposed to have alcohol, right?)
  3. When you go to the restroom, check out every aperture and if you find anything suspicious, use your cellphone to alert the media, who will swear it's a "Bush anti-Kerry campaign". 
  4. If you are a young attractive female, plant yourself on the nearest Irani/Syrian/Palestinian's lap, and proclaim yourself to be a virgin, and you will pretend you're 72 of them!
  5. As you're standing in line waiting to use the facilities (refer to above article)ask repeatedly and loudly, "Can you say that again in English?  I couldn't quite understand you!" 

Tongue firmly planted in cheek, these are suggestions, but they also illustrate why the evildoers are trying to recruit new recruits from our midst, and why we should be so upset by the expose's that http://www.lt-smash.us/ has been posting about on what is going on in the USA.  Then look around and see if you can spot it going on in our schools, and in the media!  We are being sabotaged from within, folks! 

// posted by DagneyT @ 3:05 PM

Friday, July 16, 2004

The Move is ON!
There are lots of us who read the blogs from around the world, as opposed to watching network news to become informed on reality!  You sure can't expect it from the likes of Dan Blather & Brokejaw!  One of the most informative of those blogs is http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com/ which is written by 3 brothers who live in Baghdad.  They are professionals, and describe themselves thusly:
"-Mohammed: 34 years old dentist/single/graduated from Baghdad university in 1995. Left his job 6 years ago because he refused to serve in Saddam's army, and now back to work in Samawa City in the southwest part of Iraq. Interests: poetry, reading (history, religions, philosophy and politics).
-Ali: 33 years old doctor/single/graduated from Baghdad university in 1995. Left his job for 3 years for the same reason, then did the military service after losing hope, just to go on with his career. Now working in Baghdad as a senior resident and studying to become a pediatrician. Interests: chess, reading (history, parapsychology, politics and novels).
-Omar (I'm the one responsible for the publishing and internet work): 23 years old dentist/single/graduated from Baghdad university in 2002. Saved from the military service only by God and the coalition. Now working in baghdad. Interests: music, sports (martial arts), reading (novels) and now blogging. We were all born in Baghdad and still living here."

These young men are very intelligent, highly articulate, and are prone to being very philosophical, as well as very logical!  Their reports and photographs are so informative that I begin my days by visiting their site.  I learn as much from them as I do from the many commenters who regularly post their comments and ideas, plus the results of their own research over the internet, often with links to articles from other world wide publications. 
Among the commenters, there are a number of us who believe the Republican National Committee would be well served to arrange for the three brothers to visit the US and appear at the convention.  We have written to a number of organizations and pundits, not to mention "news types" to pass the idea on to Bush-Cheney2004 campaign hq.  If you happen on to this post, and are so moved, you might join our efforts to achieve this goal.  Write to anyone you know who might be able to reach the "powers that be" in the campaign.  I believe that Karen Hughes would jump on this idea like a frog on a junebug!  Read their July 12th post, and you'll see exactly what I mean!  Wow! 

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:24 AM

Monday, July 12, 2004

The Difference Between "Hate Speech" on the Left vs. the Right

Skerry has a "star-studded" fund raiser in NYC, and to a man/woman, these wingnuts from the left, most of whom never even graduated from high school, let alone college, bad mouthed the President using every form of hate speech and vulgar humor you could imagine. And what does Skerry have to say about it? Something to the effect (I'd go get the exact quote, but he makes me yawn, and I don't want to fall asleep before dinner), "They were expressing the American heart and soul." I don't know about you, but the only time I would point to my nether-regions would be when I am in the doctor's examination room, and I had a problem! (Too bad, I used to enjoy Whoopi, too. She totally ruined any further, even past, work she's done, for me.) Personally, my heart and soul are nothing like what they expressed. In fact, I don't know of anyone for whom it would. If this is what the John-Johns think of America's heart and soul, I do NOT want them representing us....US!

And yet, when the President's ads points out the voting record of Skerry & the Breck Girl, along with documented history, or quotes made by them it's called "hate speech".

How's that for logic? Go figure.

// posted by DagneyT @ 2:34 PM

Saturday, July 10, 2004

What does President Bush mean, when he says he believes in the American People?

I heard a story yesterday that illustrated exactly what he means! It's just one of many more just like it. An American success story called Home Depot set up a program to help the families of deployed soldiers to keep their homes in good repair. They heard about one family who's soldier had been killed in Iraq. A team of Home Depot folks went to visit the widow to see how they could help. The dad, now deceased, had started to build the front porch on the home, but was called up before he could finish it. The family had a little girl, age 9, who walked up to one of the Home Depot group, grasped the man's hand, and led him to the back yard of the home. She pointed at a tree in the back yard, and told him, "My daddy was going to build me a tree house in that tree when he came home."

Any dry eyes? Long story short, a crew of volunteers came to the family's home, keeping them inside while accomplishing their tasks, and not only completed the front porch, but produced the most amazing tree house any little girl ever saw!

That is the kind of spirit the President is referring to when he tells us that he believes in us! It's the kind of story that you won't hear on the news, but that goes on all over America on a daily basis. Look around you, Mr. & Mrs. America, if you aren't seeing that spirit, create it. It's inside of you, too!

// posted by DagneyT @ 5:07 AM

Sunday, July 04, 2004

In addition, I have to add this:

During his presidency Ronald Reagan wrote a moving article celebrating the holiday.

Reagan wrote that the founding fathers "...sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world. In recent years, however, I've come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation.

"It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.

"Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.

"Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.

"We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should."

// posted by DagneyT @ 5:04 PM
Our first Texas Independence Day!

Normally, we spend our 4th of July with family on a tiny lake in upstate New York. But we postponed our visit this year, and stayed home in our little town outside of the city of San Antonio. I'm so glad we did. It was lovely to enjoy a small town Independence Day in a place where the love of our country runs strong, across the board, whether you're a Republican or a Democrat. I was very moved and elated, all at once! Our women's club had a fund raiser selling brownies and fruit-kabobs. All the local clubs had something going on, silent auctions, and other ideas the 1000 points of light movement would be proud of, and the food was as good as it smelled. The weather could not have been better, in the low 90's, with low humidity for a change! Always, in the backs of all of our minds, was our troops, and the new democracies they are helping to carve out of a part of the world that has refused to advance beyond the middle ages. Because it was our first time to go, I didn't think to bring my camera. I regret that I cannot share the pictures with you.

When I came home, I wrote to Sam on his blog at http://www.hammorabi.blogspot.com/ the following: "Sam, I just got back from our little town's Independence Day celebration. I thought about you, the brothers, and my other Iraqi friends, and lamented the fact that I did not bring a camera to share pictures of it with you. Very typical small town celebration, with hot dogs & turkey legs to eat, beer and soda to drink. Also the inevitable "parade"! The mayor asked for anyone with a "collectible car" to bring it to the town park, and then drive it in the parade. There were about 20 cars, ranging from a vintage 1910 and 1930's cars, to 60's "muscle cars", including Mustangs, Corvettes, and Firebirds. "Muscle" meant "go fast" with lots of horsepower, and a gas guzzling monster. But there were also several who brought their new "hybrids", which are cars who use a combination of powers, not reliant entirely on gasoline. The Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders were there, along with a variety of sports cars and convertibles. As always, the town fire engines were there too. Everyone was wearing some form of the cherished red, white and blue, and the flag was raised with everyone singing our national anthem, then lowered to half staff, as we are still mourning our President Reagan.

It's during times like this that we are grateful for all that we have, and for those who have fought and are fighting so that we may continue to enjoy it.

One conversation that I wish you could have taken part in, was with a couple who had spent last Christmas visiting injured veterans of Iraq. They told me about one soldier who had been hit in the abdomen by shrapnel, and had lost so much muscle, they had to remove muscle from his leg to repair his stomach muscle. Another had only 2 fingers left on his right hand. Another had one eye sewn closed, and was well bandaged all over everywhere else, having been on fire.

The remarkable thing they noticed was the "up" attitude of all of them. And to a man, they wanted to return to Iraq when they recovered! Your people have greatly affected them. It gives me hope that their sacrifices were not in vain."

I had a few more eye opening conversations that I shall have to share at another time. But I would like to make one last point: There has never, in the history of the world, been a war between two democracies. Thank you God, for George W. Bush. He just helped two countries to create their own democracies. He understands that fact, and could be starting an era that the countries of the world can finally see the end of war, for all time. Could this really be the war to end all wars?

// posted by DagneyT @ 2:44 PM

Friday, July 02, 2004

As you celebrate our Independence Day, Remember

I first heard this retold by a great American, Ollie North, Col. USMC, retired. Then I heard it from Glenn Beck, another great American. I am reprinting it today and dedicate it to the Iraqi people to illustrate that freedom isn't free! God Bless America, and the new Iraq democracy.

Possible author: Garry Hildreth

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. [Heyward, Rutledge, Walton and Middleton were captured as prisoners of war while leading military action. They were detained for about a year and then released. Stockton was captured in late 1776 for his defiance of the British but was released sometime in 1777 in a prisoner-of-war trade. I presume the prison conditions were horrible, but I was unable to find specific mention of torture. None of the men died in British captivity. Stockton never recovered from an illness contracted in prison but survived until 1781. The other men lived until 1809, 1800, 1804 and 1787, respectively.]

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. [I count at least 15 whose homes and possessions were destroyed by the British or Hessians: Ellery, M'Kean, Hall, Clymer, Heyward, Middleton, Nelson, Lewis, Hart, Morris, Livingston, Floyd, Hooper, Stockton, and Hopkinson]

Two [Witherspoon, ?] lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another [Clark] had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 [I count at least ten: Heyward (wounded), Rutledge, Walton (wounded), Middleton, Whipple (lost leg), Wolcott, Nelson, Ross, M'Kean, and Rodney, were all military leaders in the war] fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. [They all suffered great hardships, but I can't find any who died in action. The earliest to die, Ross, died from complications of gout. M'Kean lived until 1817.]

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. [My counts are similar -- plus five doctors, a minister, a shipbuilder, and Benjamin Franklin, who is difficult to categorize!] However, they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. [true] He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. [His war losses were compounded by other severe commercial setbacks, although he was able to retain his family home, Chericoke, where he was buried in 1797.]

Thomas McKeam [M'Kean] was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. [His family was forced to move several times.] His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. [He continued to serve in a number of high ranking political offices and left a substantial estate consisting of stocks, bonds, and huge tracts of land in Pennsylvania when he died in 1817.]

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery [probably Ellery], Hall, Clymer, Walton , Gwinnett , Heyward, Ruttledge [spelled "Rutledge"], and Middleton. [I can't confirm vandalism or property destruction for Walton or Rutledge. The British stole some of Gwinnett's livestock, but he lost most of his holdings to creditors before the war]

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was completely destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. [I read three accounts that differed in detail, but had much the same substance.]

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. [Yes] The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. [His wife was in prison for six months; she lived about two years after the ordeal.]

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. [Ill at the time of the attack (winter of 1776-77), she died while he was in hiding.] Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. [True] For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. [True] A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. [He died in 1979, from ill health he contracted during his exile].

Norris [probably "Morris"] and Livingston suffered similar fates. [Both from New York, their properties were destroyed by advancing British troops.]

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War. Some of us take our liberties so much for granted . . . we shouldn't!

Please take a few moments while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank God for these patriots. It's not too much to ask for the price of freedom.


// posted by DagneyT @ 7:33 AM

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