Monday, October 31, 2005

So Misunderstood, So Misunderestimated

The left is so predictable. They don't have a clue as to how we on the right function, but they insist on misstating our positions. In this article in Vanity's recent observation of the White House's "troubles", for instance, their opening statement is;

"The Bush administration is having a meltdown -- and the political media, both right and left, are having a field day. Each new government misstep energizes the pundits."

First off, they want to believe that the Bush administration is having a meltdown, as they have been pushing for that to happen since 2000. It hasn't happened yet, and it is not happening now.

The left-leaning MSM think they have Bush on the ropes because his own constituency stood up and told him they didn't like his choice of Harriet Miers. As a result, her name was withdrawn by Ms. Miers herself, due to the clever pressure put on the White House. Sam Brownback's demand for paperwork he knew he'd never get was the final straw, and well handled. It proved to the President that his allies in the Senate had more backbone than he'd been led to believe.

The left also thinks that the administration is in disarray because an ongoing 22 month old investigation has indicted Vice President Cheney's top administrator. They were hoping to get Karl Rove, and failed. The investigation has failed to even prove there was any crime in outing a CIA employee who had not been "covert" in at least 5 years. If she were not covert, there was no crime. Now the prosecution is faced with proving Lewis Libby knowingly lied to cover a non-crime.

And today, with the announcement of Sam "Scalito" Alito, someone should be standing by with a defibrilator for Harry Reid. He "warned" the president not to appoint him...why? Because he knew he could not be assailed successfully. Yet they are convinced the Bush administration is in disarray?

Back to this ridiculous Vanity article,

"Part of the newfound zest is coming from a subtle shift in conservative attitudes. Ever since Rush Limbaugh pioneered right-wing radio 18 years ago, talkers have followed a knee-jerk script: Clinton, liberals and Democrats are bad; Bush and Republicans, good."

This is patently ridiculous to include in this article. Part of the article tries to point to their viewpoint that the right was "in-fighting" while saying talk-show pundits have followed some proscribed formula. Obviously they never actually listen to any of the talkers, or they would know that Rush & Hannity have been more critical of our side than theirs.

We on the right like the practice of giving healthy criticism to our side, and laughing at the silly attempts to explain conservatism by the left.

// posted by DagneyT @ 5:26 AM

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Computer Woes

Ever wonder how you would get along without your computer? I had the opportunity to learn yesterday. The answer I got was, NOT WELL! It wouldn't boot. All I got to look at was a DOS screen giving me a bunch of options, none of which worked. Fortunately, I had some things scheduled, so I didn't spend the entire day staring at it, but when I finally faced it yesterday afternoon, I had turned into the major B*ITCH from HELL!

After calling Gateway, and learning that it would cost me $2.99 per minute to talk to someone about my out-of-warranty machine, I reluctantly grabbed our local phone directory. I haven't used an actual paper phone directory in years, and wasn't sure if I remembered how to look something up! Happily, there were only three companies listed under computers in our small city directory, and the 2nd one I called was able to help. When the technician learned I couldn't even boot under safe mode, he had me bring in the tower.

As my tower and I headed out the door, I am sure my husband was happy to be rid of me for awhile. I had been snapping his head nearly off for the previous two hours. As I drove to the computer company's office, I tried in vain to hold back the tears of frustration. When I arrived, I must have looked like a mother bringing her injured child into the emergency room, because in less than two hours he called me to come pick up my now recovered baby! He assured me his fix would get me through the weekend, but told me there were some tweeks that remained and to bring it back next week. Whew. Crisis over....for now.

Lesson learned? Get a back up. I'm not a nice person without a computer.

Michelle Malkin Tells The Rest Of The Story

We all know how famous the MSM is for telling only the parts of the story that fits into their skewed agenda, but again the blogosphere and computer technology are thwarting their efforts at concealing the "rest of the story".

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:19 AM

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Here's His Chance!

As Dubya accepts Miers' withdrawal, he's faced with the task of replacing her with another appointee. His chance is NOW to put up someone with the credentials of Janice Rogers-Brown! As I pointed out in an earlier post, when he appointed Miers, his reasoning might have been based on the fact that our GOP senators are a bunch of linguini-spined donkey appeasers.

As Rush pointed out in his WSJ editorial, what happened when the right stood up to the President over Miers, was not a "crack up" of the conservative movement, but a "crack down"! Leading conservatives stood up like they'd regained their spines, and questioned the President's choice. What I am hoping and praying for, now that Miers is out, is that the President will have a bit more confidence that the GOP conservatives will back a strong candidate, despite the braying of the donkeys on the other side of the aisle. Now is the time to trigger the "nuclear option".

Janice Rogers-Brown would be the perfect choice, as I've pointed out before, because she is demonstrably originalist in her judicial stance, she is a great American success story coming from share-cropper roots, and she has already been through the process of being confirmed. There is little or nothing that the donks can say about her that they have not said already. If they should dare to show the temerity to denigrate her more than they have done before, they risk the loss of even more black votes as the '06 elections approach.

Mr. President, I pray this same logic has occured to you!

// posted by DagneyT @ 12:22 AM

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Who Needs Campaign Funding Reform?

Who needs it? Sure isn't Shrillary Clinton! As long as she has MSM & Hollywierd in her back pocket, she shouldn't need to raise a dime! Between USA Today showing her most capable potential rival, Dr. Condaleeza Rice as looking like Satan's bride [hat tip: La Shawn Barber], and Geena Davis' portrayal of America's first female president, who needs to raise funds? Propaganda, anyone?

Now I must admit, I have not watched whatever that program is called...guess I should go look, huh? Okay, Okay...it's "Commander in Chief". I may be the only person in America who has not bothered to look in on it, just to see what it was all about. Today I was cured of any curiosity. I heard that last night's episode was all about a terrorist plot threat involving children, an attack akin to the attack in Beslan, Russia on the school. When the attack was thwarted because they used coersion [the left calls it torture] to learn the plans, and she had a fit, I absolutely KNOW that I will not be watching any of it! I'm not squeamish, I'm not a squishy moonbat, I'm a red blooded American woman who says keeping our country safe is our government's primary job!

When I read things like this, I'm proud as punch of the job our red-blooded American troops are doing, too!

"The cement truck got stuck in the rubble at the breach, and Iraqi, civilian and American security troops quickly responded to the attack. An American sniper shot the driver of the cement truck, which led to the suicide bomber detonating the explosives while the cement truck was stuck in the breach. Some twenty people were killed in the attack, mainly al Qaeda and civilians who just happened to be in the area. Al Qaeda later took credit for the elaborate attack, and tried to salvage something from it. But the attack was a spectacular failure, and only adds to al Qaedas image woes. The terrorists are seen as an insensitive (all those dead Moslem civilians) and inept (all those failed attacks) bunch of fanatics (all those improbable plans for world domination.) Iraqi Sunni Arabs have been, in the last year, backing away in their support for al Qaeda. Part of it is practical, because al Qaeda is seen as a bunch of homicidal losers."

The more inroads we make in the Middle East, the safer we are! The safer we are, the less chance we will elect the likes of Shrillary Clinton!

// posted by DagneyT @ 1:38 PM

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Libs Have Eaten British & California Brains!

Remember back when the moonbats were doing happy dances because their hero Brit, George Galloway, had "handed the GOP senators their hat" [terms used were not that nice!] in his chastisement of their arrogance in supeonaeing him on the Oil for Food scandal? He called them every semi-polite name his liberal brain could dig up. Since then, he's been touring all the left-leaning venues he can find, demanding large speaking fees to preach to the choir. Look who is having the last laugh!

“Galloway was anything but straight with the Congress. He was anything but straight with the American people. There was a lot of bombast. There was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing,” Senator Coleman said.

“We take very seriously the importance of testifying honestly before this committee . . .” he said. “We will forward matters relating to Galloway’s false and misleading statements to the proper authorities here and in Great Britain.”

A Senate aide said that Mr Galloway would be referred to the Justice Department for investigation of possible perjury, false statement and obstruction of a congressional proceeding — all “Class A” felonies carrying a sentence of up to five years and a $250,000 fine.

The report says the Jordanian middleman Fawaz Zureikat, a close friend of Mr Galloway and his representative in Baghdad, funnelled $150,000 from Iraqi oil sales to Mr Galloway’s wife and at least $446,000 to the Mariam Appeal. On the same day Mr Zureikat also paid $15,666 to Ron McKay, Mr Galloway’s spokesman. Mr McKay could not be contacted for comment last night."

A verified paper trail will mess up a liar everytime! I'll bet those prison gang bangers can hardly wait to get their mitts on his lily white arse! To prove my point that the Brits are losing their minds, I offer this nonsense.

"British banks are banning piggy banks because they may offend some Muslims.

Halifax and NatWest banks have led the move to scrap the time-honoured symbol of saving from being given to children or used in their advertising, the Daily Express/Daily Star group reports here.

Muslims do not eat pork, as Islamic culture deems the pig to be an impure animal.

Salim Mulla, secretary of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, backed the bank move."

Even a few Muslims in GB know that this is folly, and think the next thing it could lead to is the banning of Christmas trees & St. Nicolaus! Thanks to Khalid Mahmoud for speaking out. That gives us hope.

I know, you're saying it's easy to prove the point that libs have eaten California brains, but this one may very well blow your mind! My hat tips to the Kommentariat, who thought this was a joke. Having lived a good part of my life in California, I'd have taken it seriously off the bat! We need to seriously consider fencing off parts of that state...and this would be one:

"The Thomas More Law Center says that for three weeks, "impressionable 12-year-old students" were, among other things, placed into Islamic city groups; took Islamic names; wore identification tags that displayed their new Islamic name and the star and crescent moon; handed materials that instructed them to 'Remember Allah always so that you may prosper'; completed the Islamic Five Pillars of Faith, including fasting; and memorized and recited the 'Bismillah' or 'In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate,' which students also wrote on banners hung on the classroom walls.

Students also played "jihad games" during the course, which was part of the school's world history and geography program. "

"Separation of church and state" is the favorite mantra from the left & their willing accomplices in the ACLUnatic group, who are suspiciously silent on this matter, not to mention the MSM. Yet our tax dollars are going for this kind of schooling? We no longer need to wonder why homeschooling is growing by leaps and bounds!

// posted by DagneyT @ 2:12 PM

Monday, October 24, 2005

DNC, This Is A Strategy?

I couldn't help popping back in, after I saw this;

"The Bush White House is the most corrupt administration in U.S. history since President Warren G. Harding's, said Howard Dean during his first visit to Maine as chairman of the Democratic National Committee."

This totally cracked me up! Hey, Screamer, after Clinton? Give me a break! They can't beat us at the polls. They can't beat us on ideas. So convince America that the GOP is a "culture of corruption". Who gave you the idea to use this tactic, Mr. Dean? Sandy Burglar? David Rosen? Mike Espy? How about Michael deVegter? Shall I go on? As Louis Freeh said,

"The problem was with Bill Clinton -- the scandals and the rumored scandals, the incubating ones and the dying ones never ended. Whatever moral compass the president was consulting was leading him in the wrong direction. His closets were full of skeletons just waiting to burst out."

Mr. Dean, you can sell this "culture of corruption" to your party faithful, but for most of America it's going to be a really hard sell, especially after Bill Clinton.

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:39 AM
Starting The Week With A Smile

I ran across this article, and decided I really must share it with the flumoxed, flustered & furious folks on the left who hate this smiling picture! Where, they rage, is the profile shot? Why, they screech, isn't he holding his number? So, in the interest of feather smoothing, I offer this explanation:

"Photographing criminals in profile was once considered essential. But since the advent of digital photography, the profile shot has become less common. "

Now, doesn't everyone feel better? I'm sure Tom Delay does. Now that I can get my tongue out of my cheek, so do I. Have a good Monday, I'm sure I'll be back later in the day.

// posted by DagneyT @ 5:56 AM

Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Point

My attempt at levity in yesterday's post may not have conveyed my real point as well as I had hoped. Many times on this blog, and for most of my adult life, I have realized that the entrenched bureaucracy in government, especially in D.C., has rendered whomever the people chose by election to be irrelevant. The elected person is hostage to a staff that has become "entrenched bureaucrats", which translates to partisan hacks.

It doesn't matter if the senator or representative is elected, but it does matter if his staff has a totally different agenda. Can you imagine being a freshman GOP senator who is provided a staff who is secretly opposed to anything their new boss is proposing? It happens all the time. Ask Mel Martinez who wrote, then leaked that memo?

When I speak of entrenched bureaucracy, I am referring to the spokesmen, aides to the Secretary, & upper management staff at the tops of the State Dept., the DoD, the Justice Department, and any other governing branch, including often the White House. President Bush did not fire all of the White House staff left behind by Clinton...until he began experiencing leaks from "White House source who prefers to remain anonymous" started being quoted in the NYT. Then he dug deep, learned who they were, and either transferred them to another branch's bureaucratic administration, or outright fired them if he could find a reason the union could not argue against.

When Colin Powell did not go into State and clean house, Mr. Bush found someone who would. Dr. Rice got rid of Richard Clark from her last post, so he wrote a scathing book about the Bush Administration that has been utterly disreputed. That is the typical response of entrenched bureaucrats who have been pushed out by this administration. Dr. Rice did the same at State. Mr. Wilkerson is out of a job. As I illustrated with yesterday's post, Mr. Wilkerson is another of these sour grapes personalities who was ousted from his many years at the State Dept. True to form, he is circulating D.C.'s liberal think tanks to pander to their faithful about how inept this Bush Administration is at diplomacy.

As Curt Weldon beats the drum, and refuses to lie down to the DoD attempts to cover up Able Danger , someone high up in the DoD has trumped up a reason to suspend the whistle blower and his family's medical insurance. This is typical of long-time entrenched bureaucrats when they're engaged with CYA...for those of you unfamiliar with this term, it was the bureaucracy that originally coined the famous tactic known as "Cover Your A$$". I remember the shredding parties where government came in and insisted you (employee) clean out all of those papers you had filed away in case it was needed for CYA.

When President Bush diluted the unions hold on D.C., he made enemies in the hearts and mind of every union boss and union member across the country. When he started firing the do-nothings with an agenda, he knew he would be in for a fight, and would suffer at the hands of the left's willing accomplices in the press. He also knew he was doing a job that other administrations were content to ignore, including his father's! When Dubya helped his father, he had to work with many of these entrenched bureaucrats. He saw their backhanded dealings up close and personal, and he didn't forget!

When he proposed Bolton for the U.N. job, the left knew that Bolton was a tough taskmaster who did not tolerate those kinds of slackers and agenda-driven leftists. Why do you think the left screamed like stuck pigs when he was recess appointed? Bolton is calling member states to task, and the left hates it!

I saw how this entrenched bureaucracy worked back in the 70's, when I worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. My position required that I work with a budget determined by NASA. When I had a surplus left, I was thrilled that I would be able to return tax dollars to them. How young and naive I was back then. NASA is another government agency that has fallen victim to the entrenched bureaucratic mindset. You can see this by just looking at the 20-30 year old shuttle still being used, rather than the visionary innovations that gave birth to this agency.

The difference in most blogs & talk radio personalities, and MSM is that we bloggers link directly to our sources, or use our own personal knowledge and experience. So my message is this; whenever you hear the term "insider source who wishes to remain anonymous" purported to come from inside any of these bureaucratic agencies, & reported by any news agency be it TV, print, or radio, remember the old adage; Consider the source.

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:07 AM

Friday, October 21, 2005

D.C. Soap Opera

Anyone who isn't paying attention to the doings in Washington D. C., is missing one of the best soap operas ever! The opening act; GOP senators "accidentally" come across a memo written by a donk senator, Mr. Rockefeller. The gist of the memo was that the donks should spend copious amounts of time and tax payer money opening investigations on various members of the White House team, and if anything could be found, it would be used to discredit the Bush presidency. With any luck, they might run across enough to warrant impeachment of the President, so keep investigating everything.

Cut to Tom Delay, grinning at the camera as they are taking his "mug" shot. Ronnie Earle frowns in a split screen, remembering how he'd impaneled 3 separate grand juries until he found one who would agree that there was a reason to try the Congressman. A dream sequence filmed by a documentary crew shows Ronnie vicariously hamstringing the most effective member of the House, and further weakening the Presidents agenda. Envision the dream sequence: a handcuffed Delay photo op showing a dejected Delay, with cameras flashing and previews of the ads that would be run during his re-election campaign. As television coverage shows the smiling mug shot, a disappointed AP reporter is shown as she writes a dramatic article complaining that Delay's smiling mug shot will hurt the Democrat's '06 election chances, while another shot shows a group of workers at moveon.org eyeing a stack of boxes full of T-shirts awaiting the mug shot, so they could be sold for fund-raising. The group grumbles as they realize they've been duped.

The following episode focuses on a former State Dept. aide to Colin Powell. Upset that he has lost his power in Washington, the aide accepts an invitation to address a liberal Washington think tank. He tells them that Cheney & Rove are the real power, Dr. Rice is weak, and Bush is disinterested in foreign affairs. It is clear to the audience, that he hides the fact that he got cleaned out of the State Dept. due to his duplicitous handling of State Dept. affairs in connection with the Iraq war and other items on the Bush agenda. As he leaves the speech, he is met by other former State Department officials who commiserate their common fate.

As the season wears on, we see that a former episode star, John Bolton, is back in the picture to lobby congress to crack down on the United Nations. He is shown making inroads into a clean up of the UN corruption, so is being hissed by the audience on the left.

As the episode fades, previews of upcoming episodes are airing! Dramatic out-takes are shown with the Special Prosecuter Fitzgerald announcing indictments of.....to be continued next week.

The series is based on the idea that if you throw enough fresh manure against the wall, for a long enough time, some of it has got to stick. Now isn't this better than daytime TV?

// posted by DagneyT @ 1:35 PM

Thursday, October 20, 2005

He Outsmarted Them Again!

As posted recently, Ronnie Earle wanted to "bring down Delay", so he grabbed three consecutive grand juries until he got an indictment that might hold up. Why? He wanted the all-important "photo op". Tom Delay's lawyers, armed with prior experience with him, managed to outsmart him again.

Methinks Ronnie Earle will not like the picture! ROFLMBO

// posted by DagneyT @ 2:55 PM
Did You Watch The News Last Night?

If you did, you probably heard that the delay in Saddam's trial was because the witnesses were afraid to show up, right? I know I did. Why then, can someone explain, did the MSM lie? It was the defense to request the recess, not the prosecution. Or do they just want us to think the case against Saddam is lost?

So why, you might ask, did Saddam's defense counsel request the recess. Could this be the reason?

"Iraqi police on Wednesday arrested Saddam Hussein's nephew in Baghdad, charging that he served as the top financier of Iraq's rampant insurgency, senior Iraqi security officials said.

Yasir Sabhawi Ibrahim, son of Saddam's half brother Sabhawi Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, was arrested in a Baghdad apartment, several days after Syrian authorities forced him to return to Iraq, the officials told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Cairo (search)."

The man with the money is now in an Iraqi jail. We've always wondered where his money went, perhaps now we have a clue. And apparently so does Syria, since they kicked him out! Perhaps the defense lawyer, expecting a big payday, decided better of defending the Butcher of Baghdad.

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:03 AM

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Not Her Again!

I cannot believe this woman is still getting ink or airtime! She's flapping her gums again, and this time to her detriment.

"I think she is a political animal who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys," Sheehan writes in an open letter. "I would love to support Hillary for president if she would come out against the travesty in Iraq. But I don't think she can speak out against the occupation, because she supports it. I will not make the mistake of supporting another pro-war Democrat for president again: As I won't support a pro-war Republican." [I removed the link. Mooreon will not get any trackbacks from me!]

I can't help but wonder which goon Shrillary is going to send to tell this dumb broad to make sure she shuts her pie hole. I'd sure like to do it, especially when she starts this crap:

"I believe that the intelligent thing for Democrats to do for 2006 and 2008 would be to come out strongly and correctly against the botched, bungled, illegal, and immoral occupation of Iraq," Sheehan added."

Especially after I read such stories as this one, from our military;

"Last night a grain of hot metal tumbled through the air, a swift manmade meteor crashing through the heavens. The statistical chances of this solitary round impacting one the scattered buildings was negligible, and the chances of it actually injuring someone were almost infinitesimal. But in stark defiance to all known laws of probability, this small sliver of dead steel plummeted downward, downward, downward… until its path intersected a house. And then it continued on, tunneling its way into a little girl sitting down for the celebration of Ishtar. The round smashed into the girls head, its sheer velocity driving it on a merciless path through her neck and into her chest. Left alone she would have died in less than five minutes, her death throes painting the kitchen with bright spatters of arterial blood.

But she wasn’t left alone. Instead her father picked up his beloved daughter and carried her trembling form out into the dusty street. As he stumbled outside the door, blinded by the agony only a parent can know, his movements were tracked by two sets of practiced eyes. Those eyes belonged to our two battle seasoned medics, who had heard the painful cacophony and leapt to action as surely as if someone had bellowed out their names. The medics assessed the situation in less then a second, and then without pause they both set out at a dead sprint. In those first terrible seconds they recognized how grave the girls condition was, and passing the information to one of our platoon sergeants. While they struggled to stabilize their patient the little girl continued emptying her precious life into the street. As the medics labored under the harsh light of their LED flashlights, SSG Rock was making coordinations with a MEDEVAC helicopter for immediate pickup. Fortunately they didn’t have to wait long."

I'll let you read the rest of this heartwarming story...but bring a tissue or two. This military man makes the English language sound like poetry, and his ability to share compelling stories is amazing! I feel so proud to have been born in a country which produced these kind of heroes. To denigrate them, and their work in Iraq, should be made punishable by law!

Now in heading off the wingnuts from the left, don't even bother to tell me that "it wouldn't have happened if we hadn't been there", because Iraqis' have long had the practice of shooting into the air at any celebration, and were incited to do so by their sorry ass leader who was seen this morning in a bullet proof playpen in an Iraqi court!

The Left's Photo Op

This is the most disgusting, ridiculous travesty of justice that I have ever seen in American jurisprudence!

"Travis County court officials said DeLay was ordered to appear at the Fort Bend County, Texas, jail for booking, where he'd likely be fingerprinted and photographed. DeLay's lawyers had hoped to avoid such a spectacle. "

Ronnie Earle went through THREE grand juries in order to get one bunch of mental morons to go along with his indictment, just for this photo op! Getting Delay being fingerprinted, preferably in handcuffs, is all this sorry excuse for a "public servant" ever wanted. He knows damn good and well he doesn't have evidence of wrongdoing, all he wants is that photo to use in the upcoming re-election campaign in '06.

Meanwhile, Jason Earle, Ronnie's baby boy is running for a Texas House seat. As soon as I learn who he's running against, I'll post how you can donate to his rival's campaign. In googling this story, the 4th search item down is from the Daily Kos, saying that Jason Earle "needs your help". I say we do some fund raising of our own!

// posted by DagneyT @ 1:32 PM

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Walking The Center Line

Bill O'Reilly alternately makes me cheer, then makes me furious. He's an equal opportunity offender, pi$$ing off both sides of the spectrum. It must be tough to be him....and apparently it IS!

"O'Reilly told Newsday that he receives death threats and has to hire bodyguards. He can't check into hotels with his family. People on the street take his picture with their cell phones and then post it on the Web."

More's the pity,

"Who wants to live like that?" he complains.

As a result of the lawsuit settlement, O'Reilly must have a third person present whenever he conducts an interview or speaks to someone on the phone.

"Anyone can accuse me of anything and it's on a Web site," he said in the interview.

Gay writes: "So little wonder that when Bill O'Reilly is asked about his future after his current contract ends a little more than two years from now, he blurts out one word even as the question is asked: ‘Retirement.'"

But then O'Reilly backpedaled somewhat: "I might. I might. There's only so much aggression you can absorb."

Don't throw in the towel, Mr. O'Reilly. It'd be a damn shame.

// posted by DagneyT @ 1:34 PM
A Must Read

This is a must read for anyone who is clinging to their Democrat status. My mom really needs to read it. [hat tip: American Thinker]

// posted by DagneyT @ 12:28 PM
A Case For Home Schooling

Leave it to the left to find a way to be sure our childrens teachers teach their way! This is so insidious that it is truly scary!

"What are "dispositions"? NCATE's prose made clear that they are the beliefs and attitudes that guide a teacher toward a moral stance. That sounds harmless enough, but it opened a door to reject teaching candidates on the basis of thoughts and beliefs. In 2002, NCATE said that an education school may require a commitment to social justice. William Damon, a professor of education at Stanford, wrote last month that education schools "have been given unbounded power over what candidates may think and do, what they may believe and value."

NCATE vehemently denies that it is imposing groupthink, but the ed schools, essentially a liberal monoculture, use dispositions theory to require support for diversity and a culturally left agenda, including opposition to what the schools sometimes call "institutional racism, classism and heterosexism."

Where do your children attend school? Do you know what they are teaching your kids? I remember a friend's conversation with his sub-teen daughter. They were taking a weekend trip to the mountains of Colorado to cut firewood (Colorado allows taking of "dead and down" wood, with a permit). She was lecturing him on taking the "habitat" of various creatures. Though the family had cut wood every year of her life, some teacher's attitude was coming out of her mouth. That's a minor example, but my bet is that many parents could share a similar story.

It's a parent's duty to guide and teach their children. Schools should be sticking to reading, writing, and mathmatics! For heaven's sake, don't let them teach history, as I illustrated in my last post! Yet we see high school grads who are illiterate, but they know about "social injustice", whatever that is! Public funds going to schools who inculcate our children with socialist propaganda is a travesty! No wonder home schooling is becoming so popular.

// posted by DagneyT @ 5:54 AM

Monday, October 17, 2005

History's Truth Telling

I have a niece who has disowned me because of this blog. She went to college and was inculcated with liberalism, so when she read I'd been "lied to", she took that to mean that my parents, i.e., her grandparents were the ones to whom I was referring. Quite the contrary, my union member, Roosevelt Democrat parents were the ones who gave me my conservative values. The ones who lied to me were the liberal media, the liberal governing powers who were the donks of that time, and the teachers who were being spoon fed the liberal pap of "all that is Democrat is good, all that is Republican is bad".

As I watched Col. North's report on the Bay of Pigs tonight, I am reminded of who it was who truly lied to me...and to my niece, and to most of the American people. Did you know that Eisenhower planned the Bay of Pigs? I was taught that is was Kennedy who was the root of that plan. Not only NOT true, but Kennedys were the ones who insured it was NOT a success!

History does have a way of sorting truth from fiction, and government records are the real tellers of history, not MSM. No wonder Sandy "Burglar" Berger was sneaking papers out of the National Archives to shred. Help you and your old boss to clean up your "history", eh, Sandy?

The real point I want to make here, in case my niece is reading it, is that I love the clarity of conservatism. No namby-pamby parsing of PC. Just the basics, really clear stuff that Rush Limbaugh can put to words much better than I;

"We believe in individual liberty, limited government, capitalism, the rule of law, faith, a color-blind society and national security. We support school choice, enterprise zones, tax cuts, welfare reform, faith-based initiatives, political speech, homeowner rights and the war on terrorism. And at our core we embrace and celebrate the most magnificent governing document ever ratified by any nation--the U.S. Constitution. Along with the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes our God-given natural right to be free, it is the foundation on which our government is built and has enabled us to flourish as a people."

The Seed Is Planted

I was so heartened to read the various Iraqi blogs yesterday, especially regarding the turn out of the Iraqi people to vote on their Constitution, guarded by their own fellow Iraqis. I knew that the seed of democracy has indeed been planted in the Middle East. Already there are signs that the seed is beginning to germinate.

"Some argue whether this is democracy or not. Many claim it is an American intervention, occupation, interests….bla bla. The reality is that Iraqis are starting a political process of democracy and freedom with the help of the United States. They will be setting a model for democracy and liberty."

The name of that web site? Freedom For Egyptians! I kid you not! Let the seed continue to grow until the entire world is free to vote, and is free to reject Islamofascism and their willing defenders, American libs who would have us become socialists, a proven failed method of governance. May both ideologies starve for want of proponents.

// posted by DagneyT @ 12:57 PM
Michael Yon's Update

Finally, some news about Rhma!

"She's great today, off the ventilator, watching TV, and pink!"

Apparently her mom was overwhelmed by folks wanting to report on her. I'll let you go read about the whole thing at Michael's site. I wanted everyone to know that our prayers are working for this tiny angel.

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:50 AM

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Iraq's Historical Day

What an amazing day it was in Iraq! Iraqi's have turned out in unexpectedly high numbers to vote for/against their new constitution. It matters not whether it is the yes or the no vote that wins. What is important is that they went to the polls, protected by their own people, and voted. Omar, at Iraq The Model posts these preliminary turn-out projections;

"High= more than 66%
Moderate= 33% - 66%
Low= less than 33%

Duhok: moderate.
Erbil: moderate.
Sulaymania: high.
Mosul: high.
Kirkuk: high.
Diyala: high.
Anbar: unknown.
Baghdad: high.
Babil: high.
Kerbala: high.
Wasit: moderate.
Salahiddin: high.
Al-Muthana: moderate.
Al-Qadisiya: low.
Najaf: high.
Thi Qar: moderate.
Maysan: moderate.
Basra: moderate."

Sam, at Hammorabi, has this observation;

"This is the first time for the Iraqis to vote for their own constitution. It is indeed the first time in the Middle East especially the Arab countries.We expect a big YES for the constitution possibly around 80%.

This YES is a big bullet in the head of the terrorism."

The fact that the turnout in Sunni strongholds, i.e., Mosul and Kirkuk were high, is the biggest bullet in the head of the terrorists! The other fact that is often missed is that the Kurds and Shi'ia have included the Sunnis in the political process. The next time you hear the absurd claim that Iraq is on the verge of civil war, ignore it, change the channel, or slap the moron who just said it!

The Iraqi blog that gave me the most satisfaction for content is from The Star from Mosul. Najma is from an anti-American family of Sunnis, but never seems to want to express her father's distaste for the invasion. She is wise beyond her years when she notes;

"I read the BBC in the morning:

"The BBC's James Reynolds in Baghdad says Kurds and the majority Shia Arabs are expected to approve the constitution, while Sunni Arabs - who make up a disaffected minority - are likely to either vote No or stay at home."

Seeing the numbers of voters, the number of women and men, gave me an assurance that the media outside is biased. Sunnis went out to vote, 2 times in the morning the Peshmargah came and closed the voting center, but it was re-opened. "

How right you are, Aunt Najma. Congratulations to all of you Iraqi voters who braved threats of death, and were inconvenienced by a sabotaged water & electrical system. It didn't work, and you won the day!

Check out the video celebration here.

// posted by DagneyT @ 12:15 PM

Friday, October 14, 2005

Easier Said Than Done

I have to admit, the title of this article intrigued me. It focuses on a 1989 study by two Democrat activists on the repairing of the Democrat party. Their suggestions are good ones;

"•"Confront the current myths of the Democratic Party,"

What are those myths?

"They argue persuasively that Democrats "have fallen prey" to four myths of how to win: energizing their base to increase turnout, benefiting from demographic changes like the increase in Hispanics, overcoming issues deficits with more effective language and stressing domestic issues over cultural and national security ones."

I doubt seriously that our old buddy Screaming Dean is going to agree that those are myths....and you definitely won't convince the Deaniacs! The "base" these days are made up of the Moveon.orgs and Pinks (most of whom are staunch communists!) As for their success with the Hispanic community, they are losing them right and left! They forget that Hispanics are, by nature, very family focused! As for effective language, everytime they open their mouth, they are conscious of perhaps upsetting their base! And there is no way they can convince a population concerned with secure borders, that there are more important domestic issues.

Another of their suggestions;

"•"Stop hiding behind domestic policy and honestly confront the biggest issue of our time: national defense and especially the use of military force."

Shrillary has already decided this is a good tactic, whether she believes it or not. The military knows better, since they suffered during her husband's term in the White House. They were hard pressed to be "polite" to her when she visited them in Iraq. They don't believe a word she says! Neither do I.

"•"Show tolerance and common sense on hot-button social issues."

That would have to be a change in their stance on partial birth abortions. You want to hear screaming! You'll hear everyone of their far left organizations scream bloody murder! Parental consent? NO WAY will the lefties go along with that one!

"•"Support an economic policy that embraces global competition."

The unions would go ballistic! I can hear them now! That just ain't gonna happen!

"•"Pay more attention to the very personal quality of elections, especially presidential elections, in the media age."

That would require them to nominate someone like Joe Lieberman or Zell Miller, not the likes of the traitor John sKerry! And Shrillary has so much to question about her behavior & practices over the years, that it would leave her out completely! This I know from personal evidence, so can you imagine what else is out there? [Did I mention that Vince Foster was once my husband's lawyer?]

Yep, fixing their party is going to be easier said, than done. Howard Dean realizes this, so his only mantra is that the Republican party is full of corruption. The nonsense with Delay, Frist & Rove are evidence of the tactics they are using to "fix" their party. "Convince them the GOP is worse than us!"

// posted by DagneyT @ 9:32 AM

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Reconsidering Meirs

I'm starting to reconsider my support for Harriet Meirs appointment. This is very disturbing, and makes her appointment look like it could be a really bad deal for conservatives! I haven't heard anyone on my side of the aisle talk about this questionable behavior, but I hope they address it!

"Commission under Harriet Miers in 1997, former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes made an illegal campaign contribution to Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, the prosecutor who has brought charges against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

But WND can find no evidence Miers or the commission ever took any legal action against Barnes...."

The more you read this article, the more reason you come up with to encourage the president to reconsider her nomination!

"In January 1998, the Lottery Commission, including Harriet Miers, voted to keep the GTECH contract, even though lower competitive bids were on the table.

Corsi also reported that while Miers presided over a major Texas law firm, it was forced to pay more than $30 million to settle claims it vouched for the reputation of two clients who cheated investors out of millions in an elaborate Ponzi scheme. "

The links at the end of the article also provided this;

"WND has obtained a Texas Lottery Commission interoffice memo written by the finance director that was presented to the executive director March 30, 2000, arguing that changes in determining lottery payouts needed to be made to stop short-changing winners. This memo, which was not made available to the public, gives strong support to critics who had argued that lottery winners were cheated by not getting the full payout specified by Texas law. The accuracy of lottery payouts was disputed internally while Harriet Miers was chair of the Texas Lottery Commission. The memo could well advance the argument of aggrieved Texas Lottery winners who even today are considering litigation to recover sums they believe they are still owed. "

What happened then?

"Harriet Miers unexpectedly resigned as Texas Lottery Commissioner on March 21, 2000, ten months before her term expired. Her resignation preceded only by days a controversy that broke out inside the Texas Lottery Commission and another that hit the newspaper regarding Locke Liddell, the Texas law firm where she was co-managing partner at the time. "

Something about all this is starting to stink....and where there's an odor, there is generally something rotten.

In his attempt to reassure supporters, President Bush says it's "okay" to focus on her faith. Mr. President, while I think it's great that she's a Christian, I could care less about the faith of any Supreme Court judge. For all I care, they could be an athiest or a Muslim, as long as they are a strict constructionist who will not resort to checking international law, or sticking their finger in the wind to test the PC today! I believe with all my heart and soul that most conservatives would agree with me.

The left, meanwhile, is absolutely positive that we on the right are imploding. On the contrary, lefty moonbats, we are coming together! This one is particularly humorous, nah, ridiculous is a better word!

"Bush is enduring the lowest approval ratings of his presidency. In a speech last week he tried once again to tie Iraq to the broader fight against terror. But his words did not wipe out images of soldiers and civilians dying in an unnecessary war."

The short memories of the left is what is funny about this one. That Carter got down to 28%, Reagan to 35% does not occur to them. This one really makes me chuckle!

"Actually, he is being presidential, trying to avoid the bitter Senate confirmation confrontation a certifiable anti-abortion nominee would provoke. "

See, lady, this is where we are coming together. We WANT a pro-life candidate with a real honest to God paper trail! We know that is a fight we can win! We also know that more of America disapproves of abortion, than argue it's a good idea! You need to get out of Seattle more often, Ms. Means.

Why the President did not choose the obvious choice of Janice Rogers-Brown is beyond me! She's been properly vetted, and has just been confirmed on the lower court appointment. What else could the left say about her that they haven't already said? Whatever it might be, it would make them lose more of the black vote! She's an obvious choice from where I sit.

// posted by DagneyT @ 12:20 AM

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Why I Believe In Iraq's Success

As you may know, I'm a fan of several Iraqi blogs, with the top two being Iraq The Model and Free Iraqi. But my belief in the success of our efforts there come from Michael Yon. His view is governed by his own experiences in Iraq, put into terms Americans can understand. He has shown us the good, the bad, and the ugly. More important, he's shown me another side of Iraqis that only an American, or coalition force countryman, can truly understand. He writes of the courage and genius of our fighting forces, but he's also introduced us to Iraqi heroes;

"Sandbags cover the window of Noradeen’s [an Iraqi Colonel] office. During one meeting, we took sniper fire, but it didn’t make much difference—we were inside. Another day when I was not there, some mortars landed just outside Noradeen’s office and heavily damaged some American Humvees. Those types of attacks are not show-stoppers, but giant truck bombs can flatten a building and kill the entire unit. Noradeen’s current office was safe from giant bombs, but he wanted to move his office to Yarmook traffic circle—where shootouts and car bombs are guaranteed. Designing the outpost to withstand multiple simultaneous car bombs or giant truck bombs would require some thinking.

When one of the American officers had asked Colonel Noradeen, “Why do you want an office at Yarmook Traffic Circle?” he answered simply, “If I build it there, they will come to me."

Full stop. That hung in the air.

One second.

Two seconds.

Kurilla said under his breath to one of his own officers, “That’s why I love this guy.”

For those of weak hearts, Libertass comes to mind, I offer Michael Yon's writings for reasons to grow a spine and see possibilities, not impossibilities.

// posted by DagneyT @ 2:10 PM

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Bottom Line

I'm offline for less than 24 hours, and folks took over my blog! My oh my! Thank you, commenting friends, for clarifying my point for me. I will have to respond to lib's comments, particularly slamming us for supporting the "corrupt military dictator" Musarrof. The point of my last post was to highlight that America is planting seeds. They are the seeds of democracy in the Middle East.

I believe the choice of making Iraq our 2nd target was a stroke of genius. The population is much more educated, & much more secular than any other of the middle eastern countries, not to mention being run by a murderous despot who needs to be out of the gene pool! As the brothers at Iraq the Model have said many times, their lives began the day we invaded Iraq.

That being said, what has that to do with the rest of the ME? The fact that they are sending thugs in to disrupt the process should be evidence in and of itself! They want to do all they can to keep Iraq from being a democracy, because their own people will want it, and they will be out of a job! To illustrate it, I'll use Omar's own words:

"I don’t think the league [referring to the Arab League] is the least sad about the bad things happening in Iraq, I actually can pictures them laughing and celebrating each and every death in Iraq and they keep pouring more doom and gloom into the scene as that is what they really want to see. And I have what supports this attitude; since April 2003 and even long time before that, all Arab regimes (except for Kuwait) stood against toppling Saddam, of course not out of care for the Iraqi people but out of fear from seeing the same scenario happen again in their countries. We have a saying here that goes like this “if you see your neighbor’s beard being shaved, spray water on yours”."

Risking sounding "jingoistic", I have to say, the sooner we spread America's democracy to the ME, the sooner we will defeat those extremist Islamofacists in their own land, before we face them again in ours. Which brings me to my bottom line. Believing it cannot happen, or that it will fold the minute we leave, is racist.

// posted by DagneyT @ 12:10 AM

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Pakistani Horror & American Assistance

The earthquake in Pakistan is devastating! It makes me wonder if the people of the middle east, or for that matter, any other part of the world don't wonder why, in an earthquake of similar magnitude, in the U.S. does not have the same horrific death tolls? They're now saying the death toll is upward of 19,000, with 10 story buildings toppling down.

"The worst destruction was in and near the Pakistani side of the divided and disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. In that mountainous area, the quake flattened dozens of villages and towns, crushing schools and mud-brick houses. The dead included 250 girls at a school razed to the ground and more than 200 Pakistani soldiers on duty in the Himalayas. "

Did you ever look at a picture of a fallen building closely? The one in this picture in USA Today is the first one I've see that contained any sort of reinforcement in the concrete. Generally speaking, there isn't even basic rebar in the construction of these collapsed buildings.

The anti-war crowd continue to rail against the American efforts in the ME, but the people of Pakistan, India, and other parts of that region have to be wondering, 'why do our buildings fall down, and American buildings do not?'. With our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are exporting more than just freedom. We are exporting our expertise, our technology, our positive viewpoints, and much much more!

I reject the moronic chant of the left, which says America is the richest country in the world, but also the dumbest. They say that because we didn't vote the way they wanted, but nonetheless, it is a ridiculous statement. If we are so dumb, how did we get so rich? It certainly was not due to the sweat and toil of the left! All they do is travel the world and bad mouth their country.

Hard working Americans are the reason our country is rich. Hard working Americans are the reason our country is the most generous on earth. Hard working, church going, synagogue attending, mosque going Americans make our country great. Americans who can't remember the last time they attended any religious observation, but who are also hard working. Americans who work 60-70 hours a week, who struggle to raise their kids the best way they can, and never complain about the time or cost. All together, we make America the greatest country on earth. It is not our government, it is Americans! And we're always the first to send help in times of disaster,

"Helicopters and C-130 transport planes took troops and supplies to damaged areas on Sunday. But landslides and rain hindered rescue efforts, blocking roads to some remote areas.

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf appealed to the international community to help with relief efforts. He appealed for medicine, tents, cargo helicopters and financial assistance. The United States, the United Nations, Britain, Russia, China, Turkey, Japan, German and India all offered assistance. "

While the left laments that they are Americans, we on the right celebrate our good fortune for being Americans. We rejoice that we live here, and we keep rejecting the left's viewpoints for obvious reasons. They just haven't figured out why they keep losing at the ballot box.

// posted by DagneyT @ 5:28 AM

Friday, October 07, 2005

Thank You Geraldine

Geraldine Ferraro is on Fox News tonight! She is touting the credentials and record of Harriot Meir, being the good and dutiful feminist that she is....without realizing she is playing in to the President's understanding of his opposition.

If this is not the quintessential evidence of President Bush's understanding, and successful estimation of the left, then I do not know what else you would call it! He's called their bluff with Harriet Meir...and they don't even know it yet!

You go, Ladies of the Left! You are outing yourselves, and we love it!

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:35 PM
Ranting On McCain

The vote on the defense bill just passed by a vote of 97-0. That's a good thing? Not with the nonsensical addition that Senator McCain insisted on including, which the senate full of weak-knees voted 90-9 to include!

"...an amendment that would prohibit the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone in U.S. government custody, regardless of where they are held.

Sponsored by Sen. John McCain (search), R-Ariz., the proposal also would require all service members to follow procedures in the Army Field Manual when they detain and interrogate terrorism suspects."

Senator, personally I don't care if they make these animals wear bras and net-stockings! As long as they give up information such as what alerted Commissioner Kelly to issue an alert to New Yawkers this week. Yes, McCain, I heard you say that you wanted us to show that we are "better than they are", but I don't give a damn how we appear. I want us to be SUCCESSFUL against the enemy! Do you not understand, Sir, that these people live to kill us?

I keep hearing people on the left whine and complain about the President's choice of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court seat, but with the kind of assistance he can count on in the Senate, I don't blame him in the least for making the decision he made! He doesn't trust you, GOP Senators, but he does trust HER!

// posted by DagneyT @ 2:54 PM
It's Friday! Got Something Red?

It has been my habit on this blog, when I receive something via e-mail worth sharing, I don't forward it. I use it here. The following is from a friend who is also a retired Colonel in Army Special Forces.

"Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority". We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers.

We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing.

We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions.

Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops.

Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that....Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers. Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday."

I already have my red on, do you?

And Furthermore

I am going to try to find time later on today to RANT on the difference between Senator McCain's idea of our national security, and mine! I need to stop snarling before I start on that topic, though!

// posted by DagneyT @ 7:17 AM

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Another Media Miss

Chuckles Schumer, Sr. senator from New York, has been a champion of your right to privacy. Then how does something like this happen in his office?

"Sen. Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York, is chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), and it's his job to get Democrats elected in hopes of wresting Senate control from the GOP. Michael Steele is lieutenant governor of Maryland, and the DSCC, and along with most everyone else, expects Steele to run for the open seat of retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes.

Steele, an African American, is a rising star in a Republican party regularly accused of racial insensitivity if not outright racism, a party that thought so highly of him and his political future that it chose him to be the deputy permanent chairman of the 2004 Republican Convention.

Steele, a Catholic who once trained for the priesthood, was inspired to join the Republican Party by Ronald Reagan's failed 1976 presidential bid. He demonstrated in his appearance at the 2004 convention that he has charisma, warmth and a keen grasp of public policy. He has already won statewide in Maryland.

Apparently nothing frightens the DSCC more than an articulate and charismatic black American who also happens to be a Reagan conservative. How else to explain the behavior of two of Schumer's campaign committee members — research director Katie Barge and junior staffer Lauren Weiner — who dug for dirt using Steele's Social Security number, reportedly culled from court records, to fraudulently and illegally obtain his credit report?"

I wrote, a few months back, about Michael Steele. At that time, I was urging him to run for Sarbane's senate seat. This is the kind of man who could provide real leadership in the weak-kneed senate. I also predicted that he would be extremely courageous to do so. After what they did to Vernon Robinson & Myrah Kirkwood, it's a wonder any Republican who is also a black American would ever consider it!

That does not excuse the fact that we have heard nothing about this on any of the usual news media, does it? I mean, really, aren't they the defenders of our black population? At least the left says it is! Yet the outrage just doesn't seem to be anywhere in sight! This is a felony, folks! Maybe they're just too busy covering the indictment against Tom Delay to bother. [OUCH! Sometimes my tongue just gets stuck in my cheek!]

// posted by DagneyT @ 8:53 AM

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Sublime to Ridiculous

Do you remember when the first reports of the 1st indictment came out against Tom Delay for conspiracy to violate state campaign laws? Every liberal pundit and politician, in trying to explain the charges, called it "money laundering"? Ronnie Earle must have been hit with the bright idea for this next indictment. You can almost hear this wingnut's brain whirring, and the little light bulb going off over his head! That's it!

"Last week a Travis County grand jury ended its term by indicting DeLay on a charge that accused him of conspiring to violate state campaign finance laws. The problem with that indictment, according to DeLay's lawyers, was that the conspiracy law did not apply to the election code in 2002.

The Texas Legislature changed the law, which went into effect Sept. 1, 2003. That left Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle and his assistants presenting a complicated case to a group of grand jurors on their first day of meeting. Prosecutors hoped to fix the problem by reindicting DeLay on charges that he conspired to launder corporate money into political donations. In 2002, the conspiracy law applied to money laundering."

Makes you wonder about the amount of collusion? Or was it just the pundits and politicians way of saying Earle screwed up on the first one? Thanks, Drudge, for staying on top of this one.

On A Happier Note

My newest adopted [from Soldier's Angels] soldier is in Afghanistan, so I've been keeping a sharper eye on the doings there. Thanks to a commenter on Pebble Pie's site, I found Centcom. [OT: I've been amazed at how much I learn from the comments sections of different blogs! ITM's has a commenter, Bob, who is constantly posting stories I had not heard about!] One of the highlighted stories at Centcom's site has to do with an event that got little or no notice in MSM's coverage: Afghanis go to the polls!

"For three decades everything has come apart and been destroyed by war. No one had the freedom to vote for the President or the National Assembly. So today is the day we vote…it’s a very important day,“ Said Asem explained at a polling site in Parwan yesterday.

Mazi Rashidi, another voter from the same area added, “We vote today for candidates to the National Assembly. And when we have problems in the village or the district, these elected representatives will take those problems to the government.”

I knew that the Afghanistan populace was not a highly educated one, such as Iraq boasts, rightfully I might add. What I did not realize is that 70% of its population is illiterate. It's difficult to maintain a democracy if your people can't even read the Constitution. It's also difficult to maintain the troops, if they are illiterate. Our own armed forces are required to have a high school diploma, and our officers are required to have a college education. So what are they doing about it?

"The ANA recently established a Literacy Working Group and Literacy Commission. Headed by members of the Afghan Army’s General Staff, both of these organizations worked closely with the Afghan Ministry of Education to develop a comprehensive literacy strategy. They focused on developing policies and procedures and implementing methods to create long-term, sustainable results.

The literacy staff leaders worked together with other Afghan government ministries, non government organizations and Coalition members to develop objectives for the literacy training plan.

To get the literacy plan started, the commission hosted the literacy workshop to bring all the people involved in the program together.
During the two-day workshop, Afghan government officials spoke of the necessity of the new program.

“Literacy is important for three reasons,” said Col. Aminullah Rahin, the Afghan Ministry of Education’s deputy of political and religious affairs. “It allows people to gain information about society and their role within that society, it enables them to make changes in society, and finally, it allows for the development of skills within that society.”

That is a really good start, but there's more.

"The Afghan National Army recently graduated 26 engineers from a six-week training course that built upon their engineering skills at Camp Invictia , on the outskirts of Kabul .

This was the second graduation of ANA engineers from the course and highlights the ongoing partnership between the International Security Assistance Force and the Office of Security Cooperation-Afghanistan to increase the capabilities of the ANA.

The Multi-National Engineer Group of ISAF’s Kabul Multi-National Brigade conducted the training course which consisted of realistic, hands-on training and timely examinations to ensure course objectives were met.

ANA Brig. Gen. Mohammad Amin Wardak, chief of Education for the Ministry of Defense, told the graduates the training was important to the Afghan Army’s success. “This training is vital to sustaining the ANA,” he said. “Take the skills learned here from our international friends and use them in your daily tasks. "

As Major Dad likes to point out, we are out there doing good! In spite of what the left wants us to believe!

// posted by DagneyT @ 8:40 AM

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