Saturday, May 20, 2006

Is it just me?...

Or does it seem like the last 10 yrs have been hell on Al Gore?

Weeken Caption Contest!

I'm asking for money.

But not for me.

Hugh Hewitt had a great idea to give readers links to GOP Senate candidates that are best positioned to either retain their seats or take a blue seat red and ask you to give at least $50.

As Hugh says:

"It is a lot of money, but the stakes are incredibly high, including success in the war and the ability to confirm good judges to the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts."

Even $25 each, or $10 each would help.

"A Senate majority is a terrible thing to lose, and a wonderful thing to strengthen. Dig deep:"

Arizona's Jon Kyl
Maryland's Michael Steele
Minnesota's Mark Kennedy
Missouri's Jim Talent
Montana's Conrad Burns
Nebraska's Pete Ricketts
New Jersey's Tom Kean
Ohio's Mike DeWine
Pennsylvania's Rick Santorum
Washington State's Mike McGavick

Some of you have asked to contribute to this blog. This is how you can contribute. If I have even a tiny part in keeping us in the majority, that is worth more to me than gold. So if you read this blog and like it, then consider giving to these candidates. Do it for me!


Friday, May 19, 2006

NRO liveblogging the McCain speech at Columbia.

Interesting. I'll put in order here for you:

"At New School commencement. Bob Kerrey just gave introductory remarks, mostly devoted to defending his decision to invite John McCain. At the mention of the senator's name there are loud boos and a smattering of applause. McCain, sitting behind Kerrey with various poo-bahs, laughs. When Kerrey mentions McCain's address at Liberty University, someone yells something about that being Jerry Falwell's university (thanks for the information!). Kerrey gets good applause when he says the word “liberal” should mean open-mindedness and individual freedom. But he salutes those who have protested McCain's speech as a sign of vigorous debate. He notes that McCain said, in defending his Liberty talk, that no one was objecting to him speaking at liberal The New School: “Well, John, at least you solved that problem.” McCain throws head back in laughter (he's good at demonstrating good nature in such circumstances). Finishes by saluting McCain and the protestors again."

"One of the student speakers now attacking McCain as not representing the university’s values and his appearance here as a top-down decision that over-shadows what should be a joyful occasion for students. And now she's preemptively attacking McCain's speech based on the fact that he said he's going to say the same thing he said at Liberty—a pretty effective tactic for her (makes McCain seem canned, if he's actually going to say the same thing, that is). She continues: “preemptive war is dangerous and wrong”; “Osama bin laden has not been found and neither have the WMD”; “We have nothing to fear from anyone on this living planet”; “We can allow our humanity always come before our nationality”; “This is not arrogance of young, strong-minded woman...I speak out of a need to honor the voices that came before me.” Standing ovation from a lot of the students."

"LOL. It sure sounds like that student speaker is doing her level best to keep it a "joyful" occassion! Maybe she can throw some pig blood on McCain to make it the happiest day of their lives!"

"McCain speaking. People holding up orange, “McCain: our commencement is not your platform” signs. A few anti-McCain banners being held in the aisles. At the beginning of his remarks, McCain thanks the prior student for the Cliff Note's version of his speech. A little laughter. Some students standing with their backs to him in front, but vast majority sitting and listening."

"McCain opens with a long riff about the arrogance of youth and how he learned humility as he grew older. He says we have “a noisy contentious society,” and that we love “self-expression,” but “that passion sometimes overwhelms our civility.” (That's you standing with your backs to him in front!) He says he was young he was “quite infatuated with self-expression” and thought he was “so much more eloquent and wiser than anyone I knew.” Hard to imagine an opening better suited to, through the subtle art of self-deprecation, make the protestors look like asses."

"Well, that was a pretty shameful performance by The New School student body, but I suppose it could have been worse. Kerrey must be a little embarrassed. He gets up: “For those of you who listened to two from McCain...the other from [the student], you saw two acts of bravery.” (Actually, it is very bad form to directly attack another speaker in such a forum—but I guess Kerrey feels he can only go so far in defending civility.) Kerrey says, in contrast, that in heckling from the audience, there is “no bravery required.” He gets pretty good applause. Asks if when students get older and someone is heckling, laughing or booing them, will they stand up for their beliefs? “Will you stand and say unpopular things?” A loud shout from the back: “You are a war criminal!”
Another: “Let's graduate!”

It just makes my blood boil to think of all that McCain did and gave for his country and these snot nosed no experienced little arrogant selfish lefties who wouldn't know sacrifice if it slapped them in their smug youthful faces, stand up there and bash him. ARGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Victor Davis Hanson should be required reading for everyone.

"We should also accept that the United States, as the world’s policeman, always suffers the easy hatred of the cops, who are as ankle-bitten when things are calm as they are desperately sought when danger looms."

"The international Left loves to champion humanitarian causes that do not involve the immediate security needs of the United States, damning us for inaction even as they are the first to slander us for being military interventionists."

"The United States must control our borders, for reasons that transcend even terrorism and national security. One way to cool the populist hatred emanating from Latin America is to ensure that it becomes a privilege, not a birthright, to enter the United States."

Awesome. Read the whole thing.

h/t BigDog

OMG! has this:

Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country’s Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.
“This is reminiscent of the Holocaust,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. “Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis.”

via Stop The ACLU

Everyone here knows how I don't like references to Hitler and Nazi's because it diminishes the evil they did, but I think it is warranted in this case.

Update: Allah Pundit sarcastically hits it spot on:

"The important thing now is not to worry. Remember — worrying is what “fear-stricken” conservatives do. True bravery is affecting near-complete indifference to the prospect of a nuclear-armed, Holocaust-denying radical Islamic state forcing Jews to wear yellow insignia while simultaneously hosing down the front of your pants daily over NSA data mining."

via Ace

Check out...

MTV2's preview of their new animated show "Where My Dogs At?"

Crazy and almost too true to be funny.

via Pink is the new blog

The Young and Clueless Who Join The Military.

If you read my post on the controversy surrounding Godsmack and the Navy using their music in their recruitment commercials, then you know that many on the left feel that the military is full of clueless young men who didn't really understand what they were signing up for.

Maybe they don't. Maybe they don't realize that the military will make men out of them. Maybe they don't realize what chance they are being given.

Growing up I had the best father. He was firm, sweet, loving, and kind. Imagine my surprise when I learned as a teenager that he had been a troublemaker, bitter and angry, getting into fights, drinking his life away. But a life changing moment made him decide to join the military at the age of 20.

The military taught him discipline, selflessness, and a sense of accomplishment he could never have found anywhere else. The army was a door to a new life and my father stepped through it and never looked back. He served as a sergeant during the Korean war. He came home, went to college on the G.I. bill and then law school.

He was the best man I ever knew.

I know I'm not objective, but the hundreds of people that showed up at the funeral home when died might be. I stood for hours and listened to one person after another tell how my father had helped them. Stories that made me cry and humbled me. He lived a giving life. He was my inspiration. Standing there at the age of 22, I knew then that my life would have to have meaning and purpose as well. I knew what my father had learned at about the same age, that life is about what you give to people.

You see, the military not only changed my father's life, it changed mine and everyone else that knew him.

Many may go into the military clueless, but they come out stronger, better, knowing that if they died tomorrow, they had already lived a life of purpose.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

This was probably tossed around the blogosphere a while ago, but I just saw it and thought it hilarious. I think a caption contest is in order. Maybe we could name the group?

In case you missed it...

Here is the ad for Ned Lamont for the U.S. Senate (running against Joe Lieberman) starring Kos.

Allah and Jeff at PW and Ace have been having fun with it, but I think it is fine. The Kossacks will love it and vote for the guy.

Kos doesn't exactly have a winning track record for endorsing candidates (0-18 I believe) so I'm not sure what good it will do.

I still can't get over how different Kos is compared to how I pictured him.

Video link to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Ramesh Ponnuru apearance. My response below.

LIfe issues. A response to Ramesh Ponnuru's appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Click link above to watch video.

this is an audio post - click to play

2 wrongs don't make a right.

I'm with Jay at Wizbang on this one.

"One of the key figures in the 2002 election day phone-jamming scheme has found out his fate. Former National Republican Committee official James Tobin, helped state Republican officials find a telemarketer who was willing -- for a fee -- to make repeated calls to the Democrats' get-out-the-vote phone bank, preventing them from calling out to registered Democrats to remind them to vote, and would-be voters calling in to get a ride to the polls. In the end, Congressman John E. Sununu (R) defeated Governor Jeanne Shaheen (D) by a very narrow margin.
Tobin is the third official to be sentenced in the scam, and a fourth is awaiting trial."

He goes on:

"In 2002, I voted for Sununu, but I was nominally a Democrat and as such was a potential victim of this crime. More to the point, I don't like anyone screwing around with our electoral process in such a flagrantly illegal manner. I thought the assholes who slashed the tires on Republican-leased vehicles on 2004's election day in Milwaukee were miserable scum who ought to be locked up and the keys thrown away, and I think the scum behind the phone-jamming deserve the same treatment."

The rightwing bloggers need to make a big deal out of this. We CANNOT stoop to the level of the Democrats to win and we need to make sure all officials understand that.

*note: I just got an idea during my morning run. You know how the Democrats give out free cigarettes to the homeless and underprivileged to vote for them? I think we should start giving out Starbucks gift cards or maybe i-tunes downloads to get uninterested voters to vote for us.


Don't you hate....

how conservatives just follow the President blindly. Unlike the Democrats who came out loudly and forcefully against Clinton for lying, perjury, immorality, and impeachment. *snort*

Say What???

From WND:

"... a woman used a handgun to fend off a gator that was attacking her own dog, and was issued a warning citation for hunting without a permit.
Candy Frey of Bradenton, Fla., shows the dog door where she was able to push a 3-foot gator out after it scuffled with her dogs (courtesy Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
Candy Frey says a 3-foot gator confronted her golden retriever at her East Manatee, Fla., home.
She and he daughter were able to push the creature through the dog door of her patio, but she also got her gun and opened fire.
"I was running on so much adrenaline," Frey, 48, a former U.S. Marine aviation technician, told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "I just freaked out and shot him – boom, boom, boom, boom."
She had noticed her dog was bleeding from the head when she first saw the animals scuffling.
"I have to take this guy out," Frey recalled thinking. "You can't wait to see how long it's going to sit there."
Frey told the paper the gunshot wounds appeared to self-heal, and a wildlife officer who came to her home put the gator back in the lake.
The latest incidents come amid a rash of fatal attacks in Florida, where three women were mauled and killed by alligators in the past week.

Let me get this straight. Alligators are KILLING people in Florida and one starts to munch on a family pet and a woman shoots him. Not only does she get a ticket for hunting without a permit, but the alligator is put back in the water!

I may have had to shoot the officer as well. (just kidding, but you get my drift)

via Fark

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Columbine video game.

The AP has this:

5/17/06 - DENVER, CO) - An online game based on the Columbine High School massacre is drawing criticism from relatives of those who died in the 1999 attack, including a father who says it trivializes the actions of the two teen killers.

The game, Super Columbine Massacre RPG, was posted on a Web site last year, but is becoming more popular now. It draws on investigative material, including images of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, who killed 12 classmates and a teacher before committing suicide.

This is just wrong, wrong. Is nothing off-limits anymore?

Slowly but.....

surely. It's not perfect. It needs work. But this immigration thing? At least they are doing something! So everyone stop your whining already.

God told me...

to totally ignore Pat Robertson.

This is a public toliet in Houston. Would you use it? Me? Hell no.

h/t Craig

*snopes says it is in Switzerland.

Sex Survey for Teens.

"A group called Students for Unity at Port Washington High School distributed this "heterosexual Questionaire" to several hundred students at the school to spur discussion about the "Day of Silence." Read more here.

Here are the questions. I took the liberty of answering them.

1) What do you think caused your heterosexuality? Boys.

2) When did you decide you were heterosexual? About the time I noticed the dreamy brown eyes of a 2nd grader sitting behind me in class. His name was Kevin.

3) Could it be that your heterosexuality is just a phase? Could be. I noticed I could not have cared less about it when I was exhausted taking care of babies.

4) To whom have you disclosed your heterosexuality? How did they react? I have told no one.

5) If you have never slept with someone of your same gender, then how do you know you wouldn't prefer it? Well, I haven't slept with a baboon either but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't prefer it.

6) Is it likely that you have (sic) just haven't' met the right same gender partner yet? If you can find me a girl who looks exactly like Johnny Depp I might give it a go.

7) Why do you flaunt your lifestyle with wedding rings, photos at work and talk of your heterosexual escapades? Because it's so hot to talk about.

8) Your heterosexuality doesn't offend me as long as you don't try to come on to me, but why do so many heterosexuals try to seduce others to their orientation? Because most are skanks and man ho's.

9) Considering the battering abuse and divorce rate associated with heterosexual coupling, why would you want to enter into that kind of relationship? I wouldn't want to enter that kind. I'm more into the loving nurturing and having babies kind of relationship.

10) Why do you heterosexuals place so much emphasis on sex? Don't you mean men?

Ok, obviously this is a propaganda survey made to make teens "think" about their sexuality. It has to be done at school because heaven knows the poor teens of today never hear about sex anywhere else.

How about this for a handout:

Matthew 7:12

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."

Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated. That's it. No matter what sexual orientation, race, religion. It works every time.

via Fark

The MSM reports on WWII.

The way it might have been with the media we have today.

via Wizbang

Calling record story is falling apart.

Bellsouth says it gave no records to the governement: (emphasis mine)

"Based on our review to date, we have confirmed no such contract exists and we have not provided bulk customer calling records to the NSA," the Atlanta-based regional Bell said in a statement.

Nor did Verizon:

"Verizon Communications this afternoon said that it "was not asked by the (National Security Agency) to provide, nor did Verizon provide, customer records" from any of its telephone businesses "or any call data from those records." Any media reports that say it did those things "are simply false," the company stated."

And AT&T hasn't said yet:

"It is the second company to challenge a USA TODAY report Thursday that said three phone companies had assisted the NSA in collecting "call records of tens of millions of Americans." Late Monday, BellSouth said it had not "provided bulk customer calling records" to the NSA. The third company named by USA TODAY, AT&T, has not commented on whether it assisted the NSA."

But that won't keep biased reporters ( and of course leftwing bloggers) from repeating the story over and over and always using the word "wiretapping" instead of "records." Like this at the White House briefing yesterday:

Helen Thomas: "The President today denied he'd ever broken the law in terms of wiretaps. He also indicated that anything that was looked into, any calls, had some sort of foreign aspect either to or from. And he has said he's always obeyed the law. Are all of these stories untrue that we've been reading for the last several days that millions of Americans have been wiretapped?"

The MSM is getting nervous too. They think the government may now have access to who leaks these false stories.

Maybe this is what the fuss is all about. The MSM doesn't really care about the phone records of ordinary citizens or do they care about the wiretapping of those calling Al Queda. They are making a big deal out of this because they are afraid that maybe we can prove they put out false stories with "anonymous sources" that no one can verify.

It would explain much.

via Iowa Voice

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

NOW endorses Lieberman's challenger for the Democratic nomination to the Senate.

Lieberman has "a 95% vote record rating" from NARAL, but that is just not pro-abortion enough.

The Gift of Suffering.

I was going to blog on how well Tony Snow did at his first press conference as the White House Press Secretary, but watching him sent me down a different road. Someone asked him why he wore a yellow bracelet and he answered that it was because he had cancer last year. He got emotional and had to pause. Then he said that having cancer was the best thing that had ever happened to him.

I'm not sure what the details of that feeling is, but I have a hunch. It reminded me of a true story our Priest told a few Sundays ago. I can't remember the details of the names or year, but I will just tell the story as best I remember it.

There was a famous gymnast who was at the pinnacle of his career when he had a horrible accident while performing and was paralyzed from the neck down. Five years later there was some sort of sport convention. There was a packed audience in a large auditorium to hear great athletes speak. At one point there was a spotlight on the center stage with a empty chair. A famous football player carried out the gymnast that had been injured 5 yrs before. He was like a rag doll. He weighed only 86 pounds. Once he was settled in the chair, he began to speak. He said that right after the accident he wanted to kill himself. He said that he would never wish what happened to him on his worst enemy. He said he prayed that no one in the audience would ever known the pain, the inner anguish, and the deep sorrow that he had experienced. He said he prayed that no one would go through what he had gone though unless.......unless it was the only way for them to know God. That is what had happened to him. He was living the high life. He never thought of God nor thought he needed him. But when he was brought down crashing into the reality of his situation he had nowhere else to turn for his inner pain. Finally he became exhausted with the sorrow and gave his life to God. He said that the accident and all that followed was the best thing that ever happened to him because it led him to God. It gave him the greatest joy and peace he had ever known.

There is meaning in suffering. Sometimes for us and sometimes for others. We just hardly ever look past the immediate pain to see the greater good. I think Tony was able to see things he had been missing. Such is the way of pain laid at God's feet. We see clearly through what was nothing but black glass before.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Castro fumes!!!


In case you are feeling......

like Republicans are no better than the Democrats, Hispanic Pundit has this to make you feel better and remember why you vote Republican:

"Here’s how the members of the U.S. House voted on that bill to extend prior tax cuts for small businesses and investors and to reign in the dreaded Alternative Minimum Tax:

15/197 = Democrats in favor of less taxes (8%).
229/231 = Republicans in favor of less taxes (99%).

182/197 = Democrats against lower taxes (92%).
2/231 = Republicans against lower taxes (1%)."

Liveblogging the President's speech tonight.

No, I won't be. But The Truth Laid Bare has links to everyone who will. Feel free to comment here on the speech, before, during, and after.

Why women over 30...

shouldn't drink.

Song recommendation.

"Afterglow" INXS

The guy can sing. I love this song. Very smooth and sexy.

What country is "the most savage, cruel and murderous empire that has existed in the history of the world?"

The United State is. At least according to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. That is but one part of his insane rant. Read the rest.

Seriously. We need to drill under Disney Land and in Yellowstone National Park if it wll stop us from having to buy oil from this guy.

via Oxblog

Border Patrol.

I predict that Bush's poll numbers will rise after tonight's speech. According to the Washington Post, he will unveil a plan that will send the National Guard to the border.

Which will make the Republicans and moderate Democrats a bit happier. Now on to spending cuts?