Friday, December 31, 2004
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Bloggers at the forefront of tsunami recovery efforts. We are in real time, no red tape, no hotlines, AND we care. via Pundit Guy
Amazon donations to the Red Cross for the disaster victims has reached $5,475,349.00 as of 2:50pm central time today.
Could we be any more stingy? I mean really.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 2:51 PM
This is the kind of news I would like to hear more of:
BAGHDAD, Iraq Dec 30, 2004 — "American troops and warplanes killed at least 25 insurgents as they attacked a U.S. outpost in Mosul with a car bomb and explosives, the military said Thursday." Read the whole article at ABC News
The Weekly Standard has this article about Sid Blumenthal reporting in Salon. It is hilarious! Did you hear about Bush's remark that a submarine could take the Clinton Library out? You didn't? Well, that's because the rightwing media has won my dears. *wink*
Ross Douthat of The Weekly Standard also tells us of the the new left wing co- blogging of those elites who are trying so hard to get all of us who are such idiots to vote conservative to see the light.
"OF ALL THE LEFT-wing responses to Bush's reelection--the crying jags, the applications for Canadian citizenship, the bulk orders of Nicholson Baker's Checkpoint--perhaps the strangest of all can be found online at left2right.typepad.com, where a roster of academic all-stars have embarked on a mission to save American liberalism, one blog post at a time. There was no shortage of volunteers for the job: Left2Right, as the site is dubbed, boasts an astonishing 26 co-bloggers, representing 19 American universities and including such luminaries as Princeton's Kwame Anthony Appiah and Stanford's Richard Rorty (who has not yet, alas, contributed a post)."
Douthat quotes Princeton's K. Anthony Appiah regarding why so many GOP-voting types seem to resent academic elites:
"Some of those right-wing evangelicals apparently care whether or not we have a good opinion of them. (If they didn't, the resentment they display toward the "liberal media" would make no sense.) Whereas I know no one among the liberal media elite or among liberal academics who cares very much that many right-wing evangelicals have contempt for us. We care how they vote--for instrumental reasons; we may even care that they are mistaken, for their sakes; but we don't feel diminished by their contempt. . . . (The situation is analogous to the one that obtains with respect to social respect in class-and status-based hierarchies: a peasant can spit when milord walks by, but it won't damage his lordship's self-esteem. But when milord brings his handkerchief to his nose as the peasant approaches, the peasant is stung.)"
"It's just an analogy, right? It's not as if Appiah is saying that evangelicals actually are peasants, and that he and his co bloggers are noblemen, is it?"
Need I say more? I think not. Douthat continues:
"Consider the post in which Jeff McMahan, professor of ethics and political philosophy at Rutgers, seems to discover "support our troops" bumper stickers for the first time:
"Vehicles in New Jersey are covered with decals representing little ribbons inscribed with the legend: "Support Our Troops." I have done a lot of driving recently and have noticed geographical disparities in the distribution of these symbols. . . . They are also disproportionately displayed on SUVs and vans, which isn't surprising given that the owners are disproportionately reliant on the oil supplies that our soldiers are in Iraq to protect (among their other purposes). . . . What is it exactly that these decals exhort us to do? How can I, or anyone, support the troops themselves? What can we possibly do for them? It seems that the message is really an exhortation to support the war."
How do we support the our troops??? Hmmm.. Let see. Perhaps someone should notify the professor that are about a hundred or more websites and blogs (especially the Milblogs! Which I would bet he knows nothing about) that have links on how to send everything from goodie boxes to helping pay for extra body wear to sending donations to the famlies of those with wounded soldiers to sending candy bags for the soldiers to give out to Iraqi children. I am sure you all reading this could give me dozens of more examples on how to 'support our troops."
It is sad really that these "anointed" do not see how smug and self righteous they sound. And this is when they are trying to reach out to us!!! Imagine what they say in the candle lit rooms of the faculty parties.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 12:17 AM
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Surfing the blogs, here are some interesting posts.
Jim Treacher finds a site that gives us the first time the word "blog" was used.
Beautiful Atrocities gives us tips on avoiding marrying a terrorist.
Fuzz Martin gives us his first fathering lesson. Awww... it's so sweet to see such innocence. I bet the baby seems innocent too.....;-)
Sean Gleeson has a shocking discovery about our martian rovers.
Patterico's Pontifications gives us the story on Iraq the Model blog.
RWN's Top 25 Favorite Ann Coulter Quotes.
My advice? Don't ever get SondraK mad.
Carnivorous Conservative gives us that "Pretty Woman" type of streetwalker. With that heart of gold and all.
I'm off to unpack. The VERY worst thing about traveling. But then a nice hot bath with all the bath and body works stuff I got for Christmas will make it all better.
I'll then go to sleep. Someone wake me up when it is 85 degrees again.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:33 PM
Internet pervs beware! That slutty talking 14 yr old chatting with you in a chat room could be a member of "Perverted Justice," and they are a growing group of 27 clandestine "contributors" and thousands of other unnamed volunteers, who claim to monitor chat rooms across the country. The targets are "wannabe pedophiles."
This article tells the tale of a firefighter:
"Ryan Hogan, is fighting federal charges that he attempted to entice a minor under 15 into having sex with him and exchanged obscene material over the Internet. His trial is to begin early next year. If convicted of all charges, he could be sentenced to a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of five to 30 years in prison."
This is the scariest quote out of the article:
".. studies show that about one in five children receives an unwanted sexual solicitation on the Web. Of those children who receive unwanted sexual solicitations, only about one-fourth tell their parents, according to the group."
Ryan says his actions were just "fantasy." (He performed a lewd act on the web camera for the "14 yr old girl", who happened to be a 30 yr old man)
Sorry buddy, fantasies are for the grownups. I hope he gets the maximum sentence. These pervs have got to start realizing that our kids are off limits. Period.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:00 PM
The Tsunami disaster is so enormous I just cannot wrap my mind around the number of people dead. It seems the first wave hit India within 90 minutes of the earthquake. With the total dead starting to reach 100,000 people it is just unbelievable. The Amazon relief page (through the Red Cross) is here if you would like to help. h/t to wonderduck for site. As of right now the total giving there is $2,683,389.97. Which just goes to show you that the United Nations official's suggestion that the West has been "stingy" is just one example of the total ignorance of what the U.S. does for the world. The official has backed down on his statement though. Read about that here.
Mona Charen gives some reasons why some people believe that we are greedy. She relates a NY Times story about world food aid. "U.S. cutting food aid that is aimed at self-sufficiency" read the headline. No where in the piece, Charen goes on to say, does the story report that the United States is the world's largest food aid donor by far. According to Charen:
"In 2004, the United States provided $826,469,172 — almost a billion dollars — to the United Nations World Food Program. The next largest donor, the European Union, contributed $187,102,068. This, even though the European Union has a total population of 453 million, compared with the United States' 281 million, and a larger gross domestic product than the U.S."
In this Tsunami disaster relief other big donors besides the United States and Australia include Japan ($30 million), Canada ($4 million), Kuwait ($2 million), Germany ($3 million), Netherlands ($2 million) and the European Union, which could release as much as $45 million.
Try and take a moment today to pray for those hurting from this disaster. Give if you can. Catholic Relief Services is also a good place to donate.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 5:20 PM
Monday, December 27, 2004
My BIL let his computer on so I am checking in for a quick hello!! Christmas WAS FUN Mr. Digger! It is crazy to get on the road right after and get with 22 family members (14 children) I have 5 SIL's here and what did they want to do right after Christmas??? SHOP!!!! I am one of those rare women who hate to shop to begin with, but especially so after shopping for Christmas these last few weeks, so I sit here quietly with this computer while the guys are smoking cigars outside and the younger kids are playing upstairs.
We will be visiting friends and be back on Wed. I haven't been watching the news, but I did hear on the radio about the terrible tragedy in Thailand and surrounding areas. Such an awful thing. When I get back I will link to some help sites that I know are probably already set up.
I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Despite what seems like the fight to ban Christmas, I don't think it will ever work. No matter what religion or no religion you are, Christmas is a special time that is sewn into the fabric of our society and everyone seems to enjoy it, for the most part anyway.
I have 2 kids in private Christian schools and 2 kids in public schools and naturally the Christian schools were delightful during the Holidays. (one Catholic and one Lutheran) The Christian schools had wonderful programs and choirs and displays. It just made you really get into the Christmas spirit. The public schools, by comparison seemed dull. But they kinda have to be by law. I think I have mentioned before that on my cul- de- sac we have a "we are the world" feeling. Everything from Catholic, Muslim, Baptist, evangelical, Jew, and Buddhist. Even the Buddhist family give gifts on Christmas morning. I give a little something homemade to them all. To me it is also about celebrating the faith of our forefathers. It is about celebrating the freedom to have faith, whatever faith that may be. I think there are very few people out there that feel they are being 'discriminated' against at Christmas when they are not Christians. I think that is a exaggerated myth perpetuated by the ACLU so they can make money and get attention.
One of the comforts of getting with family is hearing their stories and knowing your teenagers aren't the only ones doing stupid things on a daily basis. It is nice to know you aren't the only one seriously considering locking a child in their room for a few years, sliding food through a slot in the door along with homeschool materials just to get through puberty.
After Christmas I am ready for Spring, so Jan. and Feb. are really a bother to me. Why can't we just go straight to March?
Well, I will see yall in a couple of days. Stay warm whever you are!
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 3:39 PM
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Christmas was always wonderful for me growing up. We lived about 20 minutes from my Grandma, who was the best grandma ever and we would spend Christmas eve over there with my aunt and uncle, who were very young. Only like 10 yrs older than us. And they were a lot of fun.
My Grandma had a HUGE painted Santa made out of plywood sitting on her roof. She made a big deal out of who got to say "Christmas Eve Gift!" first. I don't know where that came from or why we did it, but she always let us win. The first thing she said when she saw us was, "How sweet it is!" She had a way of making me feel like a queen. She thought every move I made was special. Every child should have someone like that in their life.
Anyway, we would have a big dinner and me and my brothers would be dying to go open our gifts under the tree, so my Dad would make a big deal out of needing another cup of coffee or dessert, and just when we were about to burst he would let us all go into the living room to open gifts. We all had to open one at a time around the room, which I still do with my kids, because it makes the anticipation special and you get to actually see the other's gifts.
After that we would go home to sleep, waiting for Santa. My parents never wrapped the gifts. So we just ran in and started playing. I think after Grandma's it was just as well. One of the best Christmas mornings I remember (I probably remember it well because we have it on film) is when my brothers were 15 and 13 and I was 10. My mom opens the door to the living room and my oldest brother runs in with my other brother right after them and I crash into them both because they had stopped dead still in the doorway when they saw what was by the Christmas tree. 2 dirtbikes!!!!! The look on their faces is truly priceless. It was a mixture of pure joy and unbelief. I know my Dad must have loved watching that home movie. I know I still do. When I finally made my way around them I screamed for them! (I got a TV, so I was happy too) I also almost killed myself on one of the dirtbikes later that year, but that is another story.
I am crazy about Christmas and love to decorate. My traditions are Christmas Eve Mass, then a candlelight dinner with Christmas music in the dining room with the nice crystal and china. The kids get to drink eggnog out of the wine glasses. After dinner they get to open the gifts they got for each other, and we read the Christmas story from one of the Gospels, and it is off to bed. It sounds very perfect, but it rarely is. Someone usually spills their eggnog or I can't find one of their gifts, or the dog runs off with someone's toy, but we get through it with humor and thats all that matters.
We always leave the cookies and milk for Santa and some carrots outside for the Reindeer. So after the kids go to sleep, we always move the decorative grate from the fireplace and make bootprints with a little ash coming from the chimney. Before going to bed I always have to eat some of the cookies, drain the milk and leave a few bitten off carrots out in the yard. (Yes, I am insane) My oldest believed in Santa until he was 11, which I think is a record. Now I just have one who still believes and it will break my heart when he stops. I know a lot of people don't do Santa, but I have such exciting memories of the thrill and magic of listening for the slieghbells and I don't remember being crushed or anything when I found out it wasn't true. So I wanted my kids to experience that as well. Plus I do tell them the true story of Saint Nicholaus, who was a Bishop of the Church in the 4th century in Turkey known for giving gifts to children on Christmas eve and (a little known fact) he would pay dowries for young women whose families couldn't afford them. I have always sorta weaved in a story about the "spirit of St. Nick" that goes into our make believe Santa of today.
So there it is. My Christmas experiences. I love Christmas and you can see why. After Christmas we will be visiting my kid's 10 cousins (on Daddy's side) with their Aunts and Uncles and Mimi and Pops. It will be crazy and loud and fun as always. So I will be gone for a while. They are even saying there may be snow here! That would be so awesome!!!! A white Christmas in Houston!!! A first!!
Thank you for reading my blog. Thanks for your comments. I truly enjoy it so much. I have learned a lot from all of you even in the short time I have been blogging.
I wish you all a most blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 10:05 AM
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 10:01 AM
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Sean Gleeson's blog today gives us new "blogisms."
blogracious - 1. (adj.) Showing courtesy, patience, or mercy towards fellow bloggers or commenters who willfully or inadvertently transgress blog etiquette. Example: "Sean left three off-topic links in my comments today, but I try to be blogracious about such things." h/t Jeff.
May I add "bloglicious." And do I really need to define it?
Sean also blogs today on everything you need to know about Rumsfield's "autopen scandal!"
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 11:35 AM
Waiting to get my hair cut yesterday I was thumbing through "Glamour" magazine, which has to be the filthiest, pro-abortion, pro-liberal, pro-everything wrong with our society magazine I have ever read that pretends to be a mainstream beauty magazine. As I was about to throw it down in disgust, I noticed an item about Afghanistan women. The piece started with this line: "No matter how you feel about the U.S. election, you have to feel good about women being able to vote in Afghanistan." Followed by quotes from Afghan women who were so excited about voting for the first time. The implication of the first line was, of course, how awful the election in the U.S. turned out to be, and then ignore the fact that the afghan women would not have gotten to vote if not for President Bush.
The freedom the Afghan women (and men for that matter) are experiencing for the first time is historical and if it had been a democratic President responsible for it, all these magazines would have Afghan women on their covers. I can guarantee you that.
It is interesting reading the message boards of the news agencies. Every attack brings new critics. Why are we over there? What are we doing there?
The attack on our soldiers was horrible and I pray every day for the safety of our soldiers, but this is war and bad things happen. Many liberals seem to think that we can somehow get through this without injury or death. Actually we could, but they wouldn't want that either.
I have started reading Karen Hughe's book "Ten Minutes From Normal," which is excellent so far, but one thing she said at the beginning really strikes true and is at the heart of what we are doing in Iraq. She said as long as there are children being raised to hate Americans we will be in danger. If we leave the middle east before democracy can be estasblished, then children will continue to be sent off to terrorist training camps at 9 yrs old and our children will be even in more danger when they grow up.
What we do now is critical to the future of freedom in the world. It is really that simple.
One poster on the message board said that you cannot "impose" democracy on people not ready for it. What??? When are people not ready for freedom?? Perhaps we should never have fought for our democracy here. George Washington would have told you that was not a pretty war either.
As the saying goes "Freedom is never free." There is a price to pay. Thank God we have men and women willing to fight that fight for us.
Christ said that the greatest love a man can show is to give his life for another.
Our soldiers put their life on the line every day for others. That is why we love them. That is why we understand that at the very heart of freedom is their willing sacrifice.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 10:26 AM
I found this little gem among the sputtering on the ABC News message board: (emphasis mine)
The Sands of Christmas by Michael Marks
reply Posted: Dec 22, 2004 08:07 AM
258 PostsRegistered: Nov 19, 2004
The Sands of Christmas
by Michael Marks
I had no Christmas spirit when I breathed a weary sigh,
And looked across the table where the bills were piled too high.
The laundry wasn't finished and the car I had to fix,
My stocks were down another point, the Dolphins lost by six.
And so with only minutes till my son got home from school
I gave up on the drudgery and grabbed a wooden stool.
The burdens that I carried were about all I could take,
And so I flipped the TV on to catch a little break.
I came upon a desert scene in shades of tan and rust,
No snowflakes hung upon the wind, just clouds of swirling dust.
And where the reindeer should have stood before a laden sleigh,
Eight Hummers ran a column right behind an M1A.
A group of boys walked past the tank, not one was past his teens.
Their eyes were hard as polished flint, their faces drawn and lean.
They walked the street in armor with their rifles shouldered tight,
Their dearest wish for Christmas, just to have a silent night.
Other soldiers gathered, hunkered down against the wind,
To share a scrap of mail and dreams of going home again.
There wasn't much at all to put their lonely hearts at ease,
They had no Christmas turkey, just a pack of MREs.
They didn't have a garland or a stocking I could see,
They didn't need an ornament-- they lacked a Christmas Tree.
They didn't have a present even though it was tradition,
the only boxes I could see were labeled "ammunition."
I felt a little tug and found my son now by my side,
He asked me what it was I feared, and why it was I cried.
I swept him up into my arms and held him oh so near
and kissed him on the forehead as I whispered in his ear.
There's nothing wrong my little son, for safe we sleep tonight,
Our heroes stand on foreign land to give us all the right,
To worry on the things in life that mean nothing at all,
Instead of wondering if we will be the next to fall.
He looked at me as children do and said its always right,
to thank the ones who help us and perhaps that we should write.
And so we pushed aside the bills and sat to draft a note,
to thank the many far from home, and this is what we wrote:
God Bless You all and keep you safe, and speed your way back home.
Remember that we love you so, and that you're not alone.
The gift you give you share with all, a present every day,
You give the gift of liberty and that we can't repay.
Pray for Our Troops and Peace in the Middle East.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 10:18 AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Ah, the progression of porn. Let's give our children even more access to it. It's a sick world, aint it? *Coming soon to a town near you*
And you can have music with your perversion.
In Search Of Christmas by John Leo. It tells you all you need to know about the continued assault on Christmas. Even Hanukkah gets kicked around this season.
This is my idea. Since Christmas is a Christian holiday then why should government workers get the day off? Where IS the ACLU??? Let them make government workers work that day and sit back and listen to the howling.
Rolling Stone says 2004 wasn't our best year with the war and all, but a few stars shone through. Here are their picks. Oh yeah, these people really shine, like grease on a pig.
Who are you going to believe about Iraq? This guy? or this guy? You read. You decide.
Quote of the day:
"Men are like fine wine. They start as grapes, and it's up to the women to stomp the crap out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with."
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 12:00 AM
Monday, December 20, 2004
The excellent Iraqi blog Iraqi The Model has this curious post from yesterday as his last:
"This is the last time I write in this blog and I just want to say, goodbye. It's not an easy thing to do for me, but I know I should do it. I haven't told my brothers with my decision, as they are not here yet, but it won't change anything and I just can't keep doing this anymore. My stand regarding America has never changed. I still love America and feel grateful to all those who helped us get our freedom and are still helping us establishing democracy in our country. But it's the act of some Americans that made me feel I'm on the wrong side here. I will expose these people in public very soon and I won't lack the mean to do this, but I won't do it here as this is not my blog. At any rate, it's been a great experience and a pleasure to know all the regular readers of this blog, as I do feel I know you, and I owe you a lot.Best wishes to all of you, those who supported us and those who criticized us as well.
Yours sincerely, Ali." Via 2slick
I don't know what to think. It is very strange. I wish we could get the whole story. Maybe we will soon. I hope and pray he is alright. I don't have a good feeling about it though.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 2:41 PM
I got away from everything this weekend and was determined NOT to watch or listen to the news or get on the internet. I accomplished it pretty well until I happen to be flipping through the channels and came upon Bill Moyer's last appearance on his PBS show "Now." I had never watched the show, but I have seen Bill Moyers before and knew he was very liberal. I tried really hard not to watch it because I promised myself I would watch movies (which I never get to do) and relax. But as soon as Moyers began by speaking of a 'rightwing media headed up by Fox News." Well, I was stuck. This I had to watch.
To sum it up for you, Moyers basically said that the rightwing conspiracy Hillary talked about it is real and growing like nasty green mold on the walls of our democracy. He spoke of the "outright lies" of the rightwing media. He gave 2 examples, which I will get to in a moment. He had several guests to prove his point including David Brock, the recovering gay Republican (recovering from being a Republican, not from being gay) and Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ALCU.
Ironically Moyers began his program with an outright lie and took it to the end. First he called Sean Hannity of Fox News an "anchor." A total lie. As we all know, Hannity is a partisan commentator and has a liberal counterpart on the show, Allan Colmes, which Moyers conveniently never mentions.
Brit Hulme, Chris Wallace, and Shepard Smith are "anchors." They give us the hard news, the "fair and balanced" news. Moyers was obviously not able to come up with any indication of those anchors being partisan though, so he used Hannity to make it look as if he were an anchor. This wasn't a small mistake either. It was deliberate. He put clips of Brit Hulme and Sean Hannity side by side. Then he goes on to show Hannity on his tour before the election being all "partisan." As if it were like Peter Jennings going out before audiences and telling people to vote for Kerry before the election.
It floored me that Bill Moyers was doing EXACTLY what he was accusing Fox News of doing, distorting the story to make it look a certain way. So I made popcorn and settled in for "Night of the Living Dead Democrats."
One of the "outright lies" that Moyers came up with in the show was the Swiftboat ad controversy. He claimed that while Fox News jumped on the story, the other news organizations waited so they could "get the facts." (oh well, that explains it then) Moyers said that the swiftboat guys were lying because all the military papers supported Kerry's version and to top it off, a rich republican funded the ads. He failed to mention that the 250 guys were of all political stripes, and the main guy, John O'Neil voted for Gore in 2000. Leaving the impression that they were all just a bunch of Republicans out to get Kerry. Also, the swiftboat guys never said the military papers didn't support what Kerry said happened, they said that the papers were wrong. Most of the problem the vets had were their belief that he didn't deserve his medals and that he had a political agenda from the start and that he betrayed them by telling lies to Congress about atrocities committed by the vets themselves. Where is the lie? I have asked several of my liberal friends where was the lie? It was these guy's opinion that he didn't deserve them. That is not a lie. That is what they felt. Besides, the most harmful ad was the one showing Kerry himself speaking in Congressional hearings. Hardly a lie.
During Moyer's soft reasonable sounding rant of the "fair and balanced" Fox New's" panel, he shows clips of Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes, but never mentions liberals on the panel like Juan Williams, Mara Liasson, and Cissy (whose last name I can't remember, someone give it to me please and I'll put it in) or moderates like Mort Kondrake (although Kondrake is a democrat). He also tried to paint O'Reilly as some kind of anchor as well, but no mention of Susan Estrich or Gret Van Susteren or Linda Vester.
Moyers 2nd supposed lie put out by the rightwing was that Saddam was somehow connected to 9-11. He had no clips to show because that, of course, was never said nor implied by Fox News or Bush for that matter. Moyers proves it though by saying that 41% of those surveyed thought Saddam had something to do with 9-11. I hate to break it to Moyers, but 41% of the American people can't tell you where Poland is or who is the Sec. of State. Not because they are ignorant, but because they just don't care. How he figures it is Fox's fault that people believe that is beyond me.
His last guest, Anthony Romero of the ACLU was so sickening I can't even go into it. Maybe later I will tell you why I was so sickened other than the obvious. But they bantered on about Rush Limbaugh (showing only fat pictures of him by the way) and Rupert Murdock, rightwing talk radio, rightwing internet, and the popularity of Fox News and how it is ruining democracy. No mention of Michael Moore and his anti Bush political ad dressed up as a major motion picture. No mention of Air America or the bias of Dan Rather shown quite clearly at the end of the election with the fake memo, which we all know would have been taken as truth if not for Fox News. No mention of the last minute news story of the missing weapons in Baghdad that had to be dumped by 60 minutes when soldiers there started disputing the story.
Liberals need to start asking themselves why people like Rush, Hannity, and other rightwing radio is so popular. They need to ask themselves why people love Fox News who has actual conservatives on, instead of the fake or moderates called conservatives on CNN and the rest. Why are people listening? Because it makes sense. Because, starting with Reagan, the conservative message was finally being heard and we liked it. We learned that being conservative wasn't about hate, or discrimination, homophobia, or greediness as the liberals led us to believe. It was about moral values, smaller government, regulating spending, fighting socialistic programs, helping the poor in such a way that did not get them caught in a vicious cycle of poverty. It was about everything we thought and believed and finally someone was saying it for us.
Liberals have the same right, the same airwaves, the same voice as we do. Heck, they have the most powerful industry out there in their pocket, Hollywood. They have the biggest newpapers and the 3 main nightly news networks. So please don't whine to me about how conservatives are "brainwashing" people everyday with Rush and Hannity.
Bill Moyers ended his career condemning the very thing he was doing, distorting a story to spin it in such a way to make a certain thing or person look bad and pretending to present it in a fair way.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 2:05 PM
Thursday, December 16, 2004
I am going out of town tomorrow. I have tons to do today. Everyone have a great weekend!! I'll leave you with a Christmas story.
Illegal Alien Has Illegitimate Birth Baby Expected To Be Charged With Treason
By Harold Kitchenmouse
BETHLEHEM -- It was rumored today that an unmarried couple from Nazareth stopped in a manger owned by Alfredo Pinchi, a notorious local slumlord, and a baby was born.
"There was no running water, and the place was filled with straw," commented local public health authorities. "We even found a donkey inside!"
"The mother gave birth under extremely questionable circumstances," offered Pontius Pilate, Judean candidate for District Attorney. "She claims to have been a virgin."
Unconfirmed reports indicate that Roman authorities are investigating the baby on charges of sedition and treason. "There are a bunch of people running around alleging that the baby is the son of God," explained Pilate, "and that he will have some radical ideas about religion in the future."
Three Kings from the Orient were caught on the outskirts of Bethlehem by the Roman Border Patrol, carrying illegal contraband. "We caught them red-handed with frankincense and myrrh," explained an official with the Border Patrol. "And they didn't have any papers."
The Kings were promptly arrested and deported to Syria.
At virtually the same time as the baby was born, a bright star was sighted over Bethlehem. "This is an omen that things are about to radically change in the Empire due to Global Warming," commented Al Gore.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 10:16 AM
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Little Melissa comes home from first grade and tells her father that they learned about the history of Valentine's Day.
"Since Valentine's Day is for a Christian saint and we're Jewish," she asks, "will God get mad at me for giving someone a valentine?"
Melissa's father thinks a bit, then says "No, I don't think God would get mad. Who do you want to give a valentine to?"
"Osama Bin Laden," she says. "Why Osama Bin Laden," her father asks in shock.
"Well," she says, I thought that if a little American Jewish girl could have enough love to give Osama a valentine, he might start to think that maybe we're not all bad, and maybe start loving people a little bit. And if other kids saw what I did and sent valentines to Osama, he'd love everyone a lot. And then he'd start going all over the place to tell everyone how much he loved them and how he didn't hate anyone anymore."
Her father's heart swells and he looks at his daughter with newfound pride. "Melissa, that's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard."
"I know," Melissa says, "and once that gets him out in the open, the Marines could blow the @#*@ out of him."
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 4:38 PM
Did someone forget to tell the NY Times that Bernard Kerik is no longer nominated for the position of Homeland Security Chief? This is the lead story linked on Drudge. Don't bother to read it, it is just a juiced up story of Kerik having an affair with Judith Regan of Regan publishing who published his book in 2002. The NY times tries to make one think that Kerik used an apartment to have his affair that was used and paid for by NY taxpayers for ground zero workers to rest. But the thing is, Kerik did use the apartment to have an affair. But only after it was no longer being used for the purpose of workers to rest. Kerik asked to rent the apartment and he did and THEN he had the affair.
Now if you think I am going to defend this man for having an affair, I am not. I am disgusted and disappointed, but not surprised. Power tends to corrupt unless you have a strong faith to fight against the temptation of that power.
Interestingly, I had just finished reading an article on Judith Regan in Vainty Fair and it was not a glamorous piece. They portrayed her as the queen of ruthless sharks in the publishing world where sharks are commonplace. She has been married to rich and ruthless men as well. She went through a very nasty public custody battle with her last husband. All in all, she doesn't seem to be exactly the most wonderful person in the world and has a track record with rich powerful terrible men. I guess her and Kerik deserved each other.
Many other reporters are scrambling to find other pieces of dirt on Kerik because lets face it, to the NY Times having an affair is just not that big of a deal, which is why the NY Times article tries to juice it up a bit to make it out like he used the apartment that should have been used by the guys working at ground zero. They were trying their best to make it sound worse. They do point out that Kerik rented it, but that part kinda gets lost as they also hint about using influence and the cost of the apartment, which they obviously were not able to get information on.
Why are they still all over this guy even though he withdrew his nomination? Because he is a famous part of the administrations post 9-11 activities and the NY Times will not rest until it can ruin and destroy as many Republicans as possible.
I suppose I could say that I don't care what Kerik did in his personal life, and that all I care about is that he keep this country safe as Homeland Security Chief. And I did feel that way as long as none of the allegations were proven. But I have to back down on this one. I do care what people do in their personal lives. I think it speaks volumes of who they are, what values are important to them, and a whether to put them in a position of trust.
Perhaps Kerik was the best choice professionally, who knows? I don't expect people to be perfect. I understand mistakes, we all make them. But knowing what I know from Kerik, in his own words, and what I know of Regan, from her own words, these two people show no self control or self discipline and certainly no moral values. Those things mean something to me. I want people in leadership to have those kinds of values. Kerik clearly doesn't have them after all. It is especially maddening that he misled the Bush people about his background. He realized what would come out and he withdrew, but the leeches came anyway, he never had a chance. Not that he deserved one.
No one wins here. From the dirtfinders to Kerik to Regan, they all expose themselves for what they are, self involved selfish people willing to do anything to get what they want.
It is a shame for someone like Kerik who went through so much to achieve all that he did, that he would give in to the most basic temptation man is presented with... Cheating. It may not be enough for the NY Times to be done with him, but it is enough for me.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 1:48 PM
I had another child's birthday last night! Yes, I had 3 of my 4 kids in Nov. and Dec. and the other in Feb. I Guess I was just frisky in the Spring...;-) I also have 3 other close family members in Dec. I am birthdayed out! My lucky little guy got something that I always wanted....a black Hummer! Noooo, not the real thing, but almost as big! It is a remote control one about 2 feet long. The inside looks like a real Hummer too with seatbelts and everything. The doors, hood, and trunk open and it has running lights and a LOUD engine and that sucker can fly too. Anyway, we had a lot of fun with it and the rest of the presents last night, but we stayed up too late and I am tired, so I am going back to bed. (don't hate me) I will try to get back to yall. Give me some interesting comments to come back to, ok?
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:03 AM
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
The real problem in Iraq. Chris Muir's cartoons are just the best. via Mudville.
Sarah also gives us an e-mail from a soldier on the same subject. via Mudville again.
Glenn shopped for Christmas like I did. Really, it doesn't get any better.
Jeff gives us his usual unusual look a the Holiday spirit.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 10:39 AM
Bad news for Blue staters. Red Staters are having more children. According to this article Blue staters have just as much sex, just not as many kids.
"...as the children of the children-oriented fill up the vacuum left by the childless. To be sure, some kids born into even the reddest states turn out to be "blue" spontaneously, becoming Midnight Cowboys. But if demographic destiny keeps grinding on, blue-state bohemias are destined to shrink. And so the red states will grow larger, culturally as well as politically."
I think we have already seen this occur. I think one of the big surprises of this election was the high number of the youth vote going Republican despite the HUGE effort of MTV and movie stars pushing the youth to vote Democrat.
I know Russell Simmons of 'Rap the Vote' and P. Diddy of "Vote or Die.' said after the election that they were disappointed at the lack of turnout. But then I read that actually more youth did turn out to vote, just not the way Simmons or Diddy wanted them to.
It seems the "family values' crowd tends to actually have families. Those kids grow up and vote. Now I am not saying that democrats don't have families, sure they do. But we seem to be having more kids for varied reasons I won't get into here. My oldest kids certainly show no signs of rebelling and are very conservative in their politics.
I did change from my politics of birth, but my entire family did as well, so it really was more of the Democrats leaving us, than a child rebelling from it's parents beliefs. We changed together.
It will be interesting to see how the youth of today grow into the poltics of tomorrow. Will they stick with their parents beliefs? If so, the Democrats do have something to be worried about for the future.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 12:10 AM
Monday, December 13, 2004
Mimes, Minstrels And Miscalculation
by S. Jeffrey Jones
Do you really need to read the article to know it is a slam piece on Condi Rice? Doesn't the title say it all? (not to mention the usual racial insult?) Imagine someone writing an article on Charles Rangel with that title. The hypocrisy is astounding really.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:40 AM
Poor MoveOn.org, after spending so much on the election they don't even have enough money now for those little sticky notes. They have to write on their hands to remember things.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:02 AM
Sunday, December 12, 2004
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Once the position is filled, there will be a large drop in your income and you will have to continue to deal with shady politically motivated journalists determined to trip you up with tricky questions and quoting anonymous sources revealing something untrue. All this being done in the glaring light of the public arena.*
If interested please call 1-888-iwouldhavetobeanidiot..ext. 666
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 9:05 PM
I don't want to make anyone feel bad or anything, but today it is 78 degrees and beautiful. My palm trees out back are swaying in the breeze.
God, I love Texas.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 2:50 PM
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik had to withdraw his name for consideration for Homeland Security Chief due to "nanny problems." The same problems that Zoe Baird and Linda Chavez encountered with employing illegal aliens.
I know I will get a lot of flak for this, but I feel the whole issue is ridiculous. We are losing a good man for this job over someone his wife probably hired and he didn't even know about. Even with Zoe Baird during the Clinton administration I felt that way.
Living in Texas and in a large city near the Mexican border, employing illegal aliens is commonplace. I know what your going to say...it is still illegal. Which is one of the reasons this guest worker program should take affect. A lot of Republicans have a problem with Bush's immigration policies, but I understand where he is coming from. I know we have a security problem now, but Mexicans are not the ones we fear. This guest worker program will at least identify those here and coming in.
Just like Hillary Clinton, I too see mexicans standing on corners in the morning waiting for someone to pick them up to work. Unlike her, I feel they should be given a chance in the guest worker program. These people work hard at jobs that you and I wouldn't do for a high wage. I don't many people who would get up at 5am everyday and wait for a backbreaking job that no one wants. At least with the guest worker program the employer will be alot less likey to take advantage of these workers with extremely low pay and such.
I know there are scores of people out there who think the border control thing is out of control. But just like the middle east situation, you might not like what Bush is doing, but at least he is doing something.
As President Bush said when he introduced this program:
"Reform must begin by confronting a basic fact of life and economics: some of the jobs being generated in America's growing economy are jobs American citizens are not filling. Yet these jobs represent a tremendous opportunity for workers from abroad who want to work and fulfill their duties as a husband or a wife, a son or a daughter.
Their search for a better life is one of the most basic desires of human beings. Many undocumented workers have walked mile after mile, through the heat of the day and the cold of the night. Some have risked their lives in dangerous desert border crossings, or entrusted their lives to the brutal rings of heartless human smugglers. Workers who seek only to earn a living end up in the shadows of American life -- fearful, often abused and exploited. When they are victimized by crime, they are afraid to call the police, or seek recourse in the legal system. They are cut off from their families far away, fearing if they leave our country to visit relatives back home, they might never be able to return to their jobs.
The situation I described is wrong. It is not the American way. Out of common sense and fairness, our laws should allow willing workers to enter our country and fill jobs that Americans have are not filling. We must make our immigration laws more rational, and more humane."
Many of us living near the border have seen what these people go through to have a better life. Just like Cubans, they risk their life to come to this land of opportunity. If your problem is the flooding of the schools and the teaching in Spanish instead of English, and the free healthcare we provide, then lets deal with those issues in a fair way. But allowing Mexicans to work within legal guidelines also allow them to report income, buy insurance, or get jobs that provide healthcare.
President Bush has lived where I have lived. He has seen what I have seen. He has known these people who strive to better their lives. Knowing a problem on a personal level allows one to have a better understanding of it.
When I lived in Dallas I had the same Mexican housekeeper for 11 years. I helped her to become a citizen and she allowed me to understand what life was like for poor immigrants.
One time I remarked on what a great job she did. Almost as if she loved what she did. (something I cannot begin to understand since I HATE cleaning) She told me she did like what she did. She said to me:
"I use to work in the fields picking beans. In Mexico I worked hot long days into the night until my hands bled, sometimes for nothing more than something to eat. I now work in beautiful airconditioned homes. I touch beautiful things and dream of owning something beautiful one day. I learn English better so I can speak to my daughters in English. The day my husband and I bought our first truck was one of the most exciting days of our lives. We owned our very own truck! Cleaning isn't a chore for me, it is a dream job."
Bush has known people like this. He has known those who took advantage of our educational system and became professionals. He knows what America means to them.
This is what drives President Bush. This is at the heart of it all. Disagree all you wish, but you can't argue the sincerity from which it comes.
Finally, we have lost what probably would have been the best Homeland Security Chief we could have asked for.
And that is just a crying shame.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:13 PM
Friday, December 10, 2004
While reading an article from Vainty Fair I suddenly understood completely this whole anti war crowd thought process.
If you remember in October before the election there was a big 'Vote For Change' concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena. R.E.M and Bruce Springsteen were the headliners. All the leftie baby boomers could hardly wait to hear the music and the anti Bush bashing. But the opening act was a young band called "Bright Eyes" that this crowd didn't care about hearing.....until he started playing. The band started with a song called "Landlocked Blues," a song that references war and fame. Then the band got to these lines:
"We made love on the living room floor/ With the noise in the background of a televised war/ And in the deafening pleasure I thought I heard someone say, / 'If we walk away, they'll walk away.'"
The crowd went wild. It personified exactly how they feel. First, let us have our pleasure and not be bothered by this war, and second, the ridiculous idea that if we walk away from Iraq, then the terrorists will walk away. This is at the heart of it all.
I can hardly believe that reasonable people really think that if we just back out of the middle east the terrorists and insurgents will just go back to being the butcher, the baker, and the candle stick maker they obviously were before the big bully America came calling. (Although butcher may be the appropriate career for them.)
Do they not stop to consider that the first trade center bombing and 9-11 were the only successful terror attacks on our soil?? I read somewhere that since 9-11 we have thwarted over 250 attacks.
The bottom line here is that the terrorists (in all their forms) will not stop attacking us or trying to attack us here or anywhere in the world we are as long as they are alive.
Walking away will not deter them, nor settle them down. The lefties have got to start understanding this. Some of my liberal friends argue that they don't believe that there could possible be a major attack from the terrorist on our soil. The scenerio of a nuked Washington D.C. and Islamic fanatics declaring Islamic law might seem like a hollywood movie, but that is only because none of us have actually experienced what WMD or biological attacks would be like, nor even believe they are possible. It sounds too out there. But is it possible? It is. Is it Probable? No. But if we walked away the likeliehood increases. As the food for Oil Scandal unfolds we find that Saddam was shopping all over the world for weapons like Paris Hilton shops for clothes and no amount of sanctions were working.
Which brings me to the second point that my liberal friends always seem to forget. Americans are not just on American soil. We have military bases, embassies, private companies ect., all over the world. As the terrorists have proven before, if they can't get us here, they will easily get us somewhere else.
Walking away is just not an option, no matter how well it is sung.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:14 PM
Thursday, December 09, 2004
I won't be blogging much today, I have to finish my science project...Oops, I mean I need to help my son with his science project. Him not being here shouldn't pose a problem. His project is the ocean floor with deep water fish. He told me yesterday that they will have 'viewing' of the projects tomorrow morning. I told him, "Are you kidding? I never want to see this project again as long as I live." Can you tell I have 'helped' on one too many freakin science projects?
My oldest son and I did a swamp once. I used green food coloring on pudding for the swamp. The thing looked great, but after a few days in the classroom, well lets just say it became a whole other science project.
This Christmas season has been crazy for me. There are 5 family birthdays in Nov. and Dec. as well, and I tend to go all Martha Stewart over holidays and birthdays. (pre prison Martha) Every year I make my kid's shop for each other and for a present for the "NEED" project at Church. This year was a little different. My 26 yr old housekeeper was killed 2 months ago in a car accident and left 4 little girls. So I decided that my kids would buy for the girls and their Dad and the Grandmother. That proved to be a challenge. I am trying and have always tried to teach giving to my kids. I'm not sure when it is gonna take though. My 16 yr old daughter might as well have been raised in Beverly Hills by all indications of her behavior starting at 14.
Anyway, they argued over which gifts to buy, then they argued over the proper age toys. Then when we had finally finished they felt they deserved candy for all their effort. And while waiting in line we had to listen as every person walking in and out had to pass a hanging Santa face that sings 'Jingle Bells' over and over and over. Why do the stores put these out? I'm trying to get into the Chrisimas spirit here and all I can think about is punching Santa in the face.
Once home, getting the kids to help me wrap the presents was akin to asking them to scrub floors. In the end, in order for me to truly get into the spirit of giving, I had to make a vodka tonic with a candy cane to stir it with. It was actually very festive looking. And it did give me much needed holiday warmth.
I will end this with this hilarious true story about my darling little 7yr old. He was suppose to dress as Joseph in a Church school project. He was suppose to know one fact about Joseph. So I told him to say that Joseph was Mary's husband. He had several questions to me about Joseph's role in Jesus's birth and all. But the husband part was all he was suppose to say. When it came his turn. He said, " Joseph was Mary's husband when she was pregnant with Jesus, but it seems he wasn't the father." LOL!!!
Everyone cracked up. It was great.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:35 AM
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
I am about sick of hearing about these blog awards but Unpopulist had the great idea of giving his own awards. h/t to Protein Wisdom
So I decided to give my own awards as well:
Blog Most Likely to make me laugh so hard I pee in my pants:
Blog Most Likely to make me fantasize about a soldier:
Blog Most Likely to make me think AND laugh and look at commies in a whole new way:
The Politiburo Dikit!
Blog Most Likely to make me miss my theatre friends:
Blog Most Likely to be all over a juicy story until I want to scream but I keep reading and reading:
Little Green Footballs!
Blog Most Likely to be read by really smart people:
Big Dogs House!
Blog Most Likely to make me want to be best friends with her:
Blog Most Likely to make me cry:
Blog Most Likely to make me feel dirty (but in a good way):
Mother, May I sleep with Treacher! (PW was a close 2nd)
Blog Most Likely to make me think of my father:
Small Town Veteran!
Blog most likely to make me miss my high school friends:
Blog Most Likely to make me think of my brothers:
Blog Most Likely to make me feel like I need to act better:
La Shawn Barber!
Blog Most Likely to remind me of guys in my hometown in Mississippi:
Blog with blogger most likely to become my poolboy:
I feel so much better! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:15 PM
Howard Dean just announced that what is needed is a "new version" of the democratic party. via Fox News. (TV)
Dean seems to have his eyes on the DNC chair. He basically said that the democrats need to stop focusing on certain states in the Presidential election, and bring their message to all states. (oh I think that all states DID get the message Mr. Dean). But the most laughable quote was this:
"If moral values were what decided this election , then the democrats would have won."
Oh yeah. Right.
You Big Mouth, You! has a neat post on an American Soldier. Although I am not a believer in women being in combat at the front lines, this chick truly rocks.
NRO has this take on Bill O'Reilly's recent defense of Dan Rather. h/t to Treacher.
The thing the article and many other blogs have failed to mention is the obvious reason he was defending Rather and it had nothing to do with Rather. With O'Reilly it is always about him. don't get me wrong. I enjoy watching him and I agree with him most of the time and love his blunt style, but the whole phonefootsie thing just blew it with me.
When O"Reilly wrote "Any accusation can be dumped on the Internet and within hours the mainstream media will pick it up," writes the Fox News star. "A click of the Internet mouse can wipe out a lifetime of honor and hard work...."
"Dan Rather did not get what he deserved in this case.
He made a mistake, as we all do, but he is not a dishonest man. Unfair freedom of speech did him in. This is not your grandfather's country anymore."
Notice he said "as we all do." He was talking about himself, not Rather. He couldn't give an Irish ass about Rather. O'Reilly is the most straight talker there is. If he did not do what his producer said he did, he would flat out say it.
I don't think he harassed her, I think they were both enjoying the sexy talk, but he could hardly say that, could he?
I'm not judging him, he is right, we all make mistakes. I just don't like him using this Rather thing to covertly defend himself.
What got me to thinking about this was a present my 12 yr old got for his birthday from his aunt. It was "The O'Reilly Factor For Kids."
I should have known something was up when he was engrossed in reading it on a Friday night usually reserved for non stop video gaming. The next night when I found him reading in his room, I decided it was time to investigate.
It was the sex chapter, of course! Now keep in mind this book is suppose to be aimed at 10-16 yr olds. Not only does Bill write about his waiting to have sex unti he was 20, he does it in such a way as if to say, "Can you believe it?? A stud like me?? If I can wait, you can wait." I teach my children to wait until marriage and I really don't like them reading a "conservative' telling them that really it is 'great' just wait until you are older.
I admit that I shelter my children. I try to keep them as innocent for as long as I can. Although I feel 12 is an age where my son is ready to discuss sex ( and we have ) There are some aspects that I feel need to be held off a bit. O'Reilly gets right into safe sex, STD's, slutty behavior, and birth control. Needless to say, I was answering a lot of questions.
Yeah, yeah, don't be telling me it's time to discuss all those things. I am the one who knows my child and I know when it is time to discuss these things. I have been through this twice already and every child is different.
It kinda ticked me off that this was in the book because I had heard a lot about it didn't occur to me that he would get so explicit with sex. (He discusses how boys use girls sexually and then drop them for example). It is fine for him to write this, but a little bit of a warning would have been nice.
I admit that I should have looked the book over. But it was a gift. I had heard about it and heard nothing controversial. So it just didn't occur to me to look. My bad.
Guess I should be glad he didn't have a chapter on phone sex.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 4:16 PM
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 2:34 PM
Jon Stewart weighs in on the aftermath of the election in Rolling Stone. Even though many of his comments are tongue in cheek, he makes some good points. I will say that I have always enjoyed watching him and think he is hilarious. He always made it clear that he was for Kerry and even made the effort to make fun of Kerry sometimes too, so you have to give him that. Here are some excerpts:
"When you're on the losing side, the first thing to do is consider the concession and conciliation speech -- and then blame systematic voter fraud. First you reach out, then you put on your tinfoil hat, talk to the black helicopters and try not to swallow the fact that more people agreed with the other guy."
He is making the obvious point that many lefties just can't get their mind wrapped around the fact that more people voted for Bush.
"The electoral map looks almost exactly as it did in 2000, and yet you would imagine, from the expert post-election media "analysis," that there was some cataclysmic shift, that somewhere out of the ground in Idaho and Montana a mass of survivalist fundamentalist End of Days Christians appeared from Middle-Earth to vote."
This is so true. The media wanted to make this out to be some sort of Christian revolution, when in fact the same ole church goers voted as they did in 2000. And they didn't come from middle earth or their heavily stocked bomb shelter beneath their house.
"So the one truism that emerges from all of this is that there continues to be zero accountability in the press. There is not a profession in the world where you can be that wrong, that consistently, and still continue to practice your job with greater job security than before."
In the same article though, the ever so classy Al Franken weighs in as well. Can you tell who is really the talented one with these two?
Bush won because the Republicans were good at doing what they do, which is to be dishonest.
Oh Please. This from the virtuous Franken.
"he (Bush) was somehow able to tie Iraq with 9/11 in the minds of the people who voted for him. When you ask most people, "Who's going to keep us safer?" they'll say Bush. Even though, leading up to 9/11, he totally f*cked up."
You mean all 8 months leading up to 9-11?? Lets see, Bin Laden tells us that he had been planning 9-11 since 1982. With the 9-11 commission report it is obvious that Clinton dropped the ball many many times in the previous 8 years, yet still, it is a brand new administration's fault.
How many times did Bush say that Iraq was not directly involved in 9-11? Did he EVER even imply that Iraq was involved? No. When asked by the press over and over, he said no. The reasons were varied and mainly of course, as we all know, Bush felt we were in danger. Period.
Who is the one being dishonest here?
Franken ends with this:
"Don't move to Canada: You're exactly who we need. In fact, we need people from Canada to move here. I don't know why they would, exactly. But, please, Canadians: Move to the U.S. For God's sake, help us!"
Why would they move here? I don't know, maybe to avoid being taxed out their whazoo. Maybe not to have to wait 2 yrs for an operation. Maybe to avoid complete socialism. Or maybe just to get away from those idiot frenchies.
Tom Wolfe weighs in as well, starting with this amusing tidbit:
"I'm going out to Kennedy Airport to wave goodbye to all the journalists I know. They're all leaving for London, and I think someone should go out there to see them off. They're taking this very hard. These are people who are as overcome as if one of their parents had just died."
You know we have to be SO right when the pansy European journalists ( so objective!) fall into GRIEF over our election.
Wolfe did get one thing right though.
"Not that many people in America who are registered to vote want to be lectured to by Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi and P. Diddy. If you're living in southern Ohio, and you're against gay marriage because you're religious, these guys make you feel like you're being treating like an idiot."
For the sake of Republicans, let us hope the democrats just never GET that.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 9:59 AM
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Arthur Chrenkoff rounds up 2 weeks of good news from Iraq. From the elections to greater rights and freedoms for women to the rebuilding of roads and buildings. The article is CHOCK full of stuff, but I love to read about the humantarian aid. The news can focus on sucide bombings and such, but these stories can give us hope and a feeling of knowing that we are making a difference of giving and changing things for good for the world. Here are a few examples:
"More than eight tons of donated medical supplies will leave Detroit next week bound for a storage depot in Baghdad, Iraq, to help the interim government there resupply war-torn civilian hospitals. . . . The materials were donated by doctors and hospitals. The shipment was organized by local Iraqis.
"Wally Jadan, president and chief executive of the Southfield-based Arabic content radio and television network Radio and TV Orient, hopes to organize more shipments in the coming months along with a mission by Iraqi physicians living in Metro Detroit."
"Six boxes of nursing manuals and medical reference materials collected by Jackson State University and the Mississippi Consortium for International Development (JSU/MCID) were recently delivered to faculty members of the medical, dental and nursing colleges at three northern Iraqi universities." The Near East Foundation, meanwhile, is making its fourth shipment of medical supplies, valued at $890,000."
"On a more personal scale, a 14-month old Iraqi girl, Fatemah Hassan, is returning home from Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where for the past six months she has been receiving treatment for a large hemangioma, a tumor-like dense group of blood vessels that sometimes can restrict the airways. The transport back was courtesy of the U.S. Army."
"Army Captain Erik Archer realized his stations' lacked supplies such as computers, paper and pens. The 25-year-old Mundelein native sent e-mails to Chicago area police departments to ask for help. Mundelein Police Chief Ray Rose responded and told Archer he had 39 old bulletproof vests--valued at 500-dollars each--in storage. The Mundelein police department then started collecting old bulletproof vests from several other departments including the Chicago Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
The first of the vests are now on the way to Iraq."
"Firefighters from Portsmouth, N.H., are sending gift packages for American soldiers to give out to Iraqi children. "The idea of sending toys to Iraq came from a letter that firefighter Peter Rice received from former resident Tarren Windham, who is stationed in Fallujah with the First Marine Division."
"Many teenage girls have plenty of shoes, and Niki Streussnig is no different. The 14-year-old from Gastonia has hundreds of pairs.
But they are not for her. "What we basically are doing is collecting shoes, or any other stuff, to help the Iraqi children," she said Friday.
Niki's Little Feet Society is now in full swing, but she needs your help with shipping. And in Muscatine, Iowa, students from Muscatine High School were inspired by the visit of two soldiers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District to collect more than 100 backpacks full of supplies to send to Iraqi children."
There are many more examples, but you get the idea. We are not just sitting back here and hoping for the best. Blessings to all those who find time to give.
Beautiful Atrocities, a very funny naughty blog (But many times serious) I have just recently discovered has some quotes from that oh so great leader Colonel Gaddafi of Libya:
"AIDS, AIDS, AIDS! We do not understand anything other. It is terrorism. It is psychological warfare. The AIDS is a peaceful virus. If you remain clean, there does not have a problem." Again: "If you are straight, you have nothing to fear from AIDS."
He not only speaks like a 1st grader, his knowledge of this disease goes back to when he actually was a 1st grader.
In his medical wisdom he continues:
He told leaders of African Union they should not 'worry about tsetse flies and mosquitoes' [carriers of malaria & sleeping sickness], saying they were 'God's armies' protecting Africa from its enemies, ie, foreigners: "If they come here, they will get malaria & sleeping sickness."
Which also shows great understanding of God as well. Who knew flies and mosquitoes were a part of "God's armies?"
I kinda prefer the thought of Angels and Saints, but that's just me.
What a loon.
Beautiful Atrocities also looked at Choose Blue, the site I mentioned earlier that tells you which companies are Red or Blue in their giving. He went further and made a list. Interestingly enough I shop at all the red ones, and none of the blue ones and I didn't know a thing about who they gave to.
It must be the aura.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 4:40 PM
Hat tip to Digger's Realm for directing me to the superhero's page. Had some fun putting this together. Click on image for a bit of a bigger image.
I fight ignorance and big government! (When I am not washing, cleaning, cooking, taking care of kids, and shopping) My little cat there is to keep away the moonbats. He eats them for breakfast. My kitty tells me they don't taste too good, but they are filling because they are full of...well, you know.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 2:04 PM
Monday, December 06, 2004
Can't travel? Go here. It's cool.
This leftie is really really mad about this election and she blames it all on Fox News. the rant is funny enough, but how she gives exact directions to Fox Studios is hilarious. She goes on and on and on until the end when you pretty much know the entire Manhatten region.
I kinda resent this comment she made about Texas though...
"After 9/11 in New York there were no crazed rednecks roaming the streets with shotguns and axe handles. You can be sure there would have been if it had happened in Texas."
How silly. We never use axe handles. And most of us have high power semi automatic rifles that the rednecks can't even afford. We leave the shotguns to the police. Plus, we would never roam. We hop in our trusty Hummers. So, I mean...really.
She has comments, but boys.... you play nice now.
Just when you think you have seen everything...a dog thong.
When shopping for Christmas (or as this site would probably call it..."winter holiday opening presents and got off work day') this site lets you know where to shop if you want to stay true to the democrats. Choose The Blue lets you type in your store and see if they gave to that evil hitler Bush. No. I am not kidding.
Here is a recipe you can send to your favorite soldier. No joke. And I am thinking it will feed ALOT.
Hat tip to The Biomes Blog for the travel site, dog thong, and Choose the Blue. He is a leftie, but his is not a political site and he's a great guy too.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:17 PM
I think this is hilarious. It is a short tutorial on black phrases and how whites may use them. Basically it is a warning for us to never use them.
Ok, here's a my first Christmas season joke: (warning, NOT spirtual)
Four guys were playing their weekly game of golf, and one remarked how nice it would be to wake up on Christmas morning, roll out of bed and without an argument go directly to the golf course, meet his buddies and play a round. His buddies all chimed in and said, "Let's do it! We'll make it a priority, figure out a way and meet here early Christmas morning."
Months later, that special morning arrives, and there they are on the golf course.The first guy says, "Boy this game cost me a fortune! I bought my wife such a diamond ring that she can't take her eyes off it."Number 2 guy says, "I spent a ton, too. My wife is at home planning the cruise I gave her. She was up to her eyeballs in brochures."Number 3 guy says "Well my wife is at home admiring her new car, reading the manual."They all turned to the last guy in the group who is staring at them like they have lost their minds."I can't believe you all went to such expense for this golf game. I slapped my wife on the butt and said, 'Well babe, Merry Christmas! It's a great morning for sex or golf ' ........ and she said, "Take a sweater..."
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 4:54 PM
Abortion, life and love. No politics, no descriptions, no arguing, no preaching. No matter how you feel about it, just stick with me, ok?
I have avoided blogging specifically about abortion. It has become such a polarizing subject and everyone on both sides just shout at one another and no one listens. And everyone in the middle just wants both sides to shutup. But a commenter sent me this article by Peggy Noonan written in 1994 when she attended the National Prayer Breakfast where Mother Teresa spoke. The article is riveting to read not only because the Clintons were in the white house at the time and sitting right behind Mother Teresa as she spoke, but also because of the words of Mother Teresa. She was one no one could accuse of being selfish. She gave her entire life to the poor and dying.
Noonan gives us a perfect picture of what the room was like that morning filled with powerhouse politicans and rich government leaders. No matter how much you hate this issue, or how much you disagree with me, go read this. It might not change your mind, but you will take something away from it. Something that will make you think, not necessarily about abortion, but about love and giving, and what it means for all of us to care for one another. It is just that kind of thing. Trust me.
Come on. Read it.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 4:05 PM
Thailand's version of 'give peace a chance' didn't seem to touch the hearts of mutant monsters. via The Jawa Report
What can I say that hasn't already been put on a t-shirt I wear often? "PEACE THROUGH SUPERIOR FIREPOWER"
Pundit Review gives us this celebrity news item:
Banking on Kerry Actor Matt Damon tells Diane Sawyer tonight that supporting John Kerry was, "financially, the stupidest thing that [he] could do,"
Forget financially, pretty boy, it was just the stupidest thing period.
"but the election was about more than money. Interviewed with his "Ocean'sTwelve" costars on "Primetime Live," Damon says he doesn't need or want the fat tax break he's getting from the Bush administration. "I personally would like to give millions of dollars back," he says. "This guy -- this president -- is giving me millions of dollars."
Uhh....Matt...sweetie, come here. Here's the thing, he is not giving you millions of dollars, you earned it making movies. (Some good , some bad) but anyway, Bush is allowing you to KEEP some of your money and guess what???? You may do with it as you wish!!! You think headstart is a fabulous idea? Give 'em a million!!! Here is a few projects in the 2004 federal budget that might interest you:
$725,000 for the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
$200,000 for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio;
$150,000 for a single traffic light in Briarcliff Manor, New York;
$100,000 for the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee;
$500,000 for the Montana Sheep Institute; and
$50 million to construct an indoor rainforest in Coralville, Iowa.
Write a check for them all Matt!!! The thing is...WE DON'T WANT TO! See? Your free to! We think they are stupid and local govt. or private donations can and should take care of those things. We don't want to be forced through our tax dollars to fund ridiculous pork barrel projects. (although the Please touch museum does sound interesting)
Don't you just hate it when million dollar movie stars whine about how the govt. is letting them keep their own money? They act like the government is forcing them to buy those mansions and jets instead.
You can take the boy out of the commune, but you can't take the commune out of the boy.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 12:34 AM