Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

I just read one of the best posts on Al Gore and his “Inconvenient Truth” crap that I’ve ever read.  It was written by Beth’s “Beloved Curmudgeon.”  Here’s a taste:

Ol Al wants to help the environment by asking all of us to reduce our carbon footprint thereby doing our part for the climate. Good idea Al, maybe you can start by reducing the dimension of just your regular footprint. Have you seen the size of this guy? He is rapidly becoming the poster child for morbid obesity. The best thing he could do for the environment is to back off the grub a little bit and give the rest of the food chain a break.

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“Black Vote” – Isn’t that racist?

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

I’ve watched CNN for awhile this morning, and one of the stories they’ve run several times is one about which Democratic candidate would get “the black vote.” 

To me, that seems the epitome of racist assumptions.  As though African-Americans are one block vote?  In essence, the MSM puts black voters into a box, and then assume that they ALL will vote for a Democratic candidate.  African-Americans aren’t given credit for being individuals with individual beliefs and goals.   I don’t hear discussions of the “white vote” or the “native American vote” or the “Muslim American vote.”  The assumption is that if someone is black – he/she is a Democrat.  And furthermore, all blacks will all vote for the same Democratic candidate.

It is surprising to me that the leaders of African-American groups don’t call the news networks on their obvious stereotyping.

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March 2nd – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday (He’d be a good Republican!)

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Whew!  Today was Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and I was in charge of the week-long celebration at my school.  I’ve read Dr. Seuss books until I’m ready to give them up for awhile.  I’ve worn a Cat in the Hat hat until I couldn’t stand it anymore.  Wearing a hat makes one’s head VERY hot and sweaty.  Then this morning at 7:30 I was at a local grocery store picking up FIFTY dozen cookies to take to school (in lieu of birthday cake) so that all the children, teachers, and support staff could have a treat to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

This afternoon, I came home and found one of the best posts on Dr. Seuss that I’ve read.  It was at Something . . . and Half of Something.  Linda has included some political cartoons that Dr. Seuss drew, along with some history of his children’s books. 

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Al Gore – and his “Inconvenient Truth” & the Academy Awards

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Oh Lord, Al Gore’s movie just won an Academy Award!  What a pompous idiot he is!  And all the Hollywood folks are just fawning over him.  Earlier in the show Leonardo DiCaprio practically started drooling over Gore and how “honored” he was to be on the same stage.  Yea, I’d say Gore is definitely running.  What a pompous idiot!  Oops!  Did I already say that?

The best line of the evening, though, came from RT who, when Gore was on stage with DiCaprio, commented, “He was vice president, wasn’t he?”  Yes, unfortunately, he was – but obviously very forgettably so.

And the rather sad thing is that he won for “Best Documentary.” While I completely agree that we MUST take care of our planet, I have read too much scientific evidence that disagrees with Gore’s findings to swallow his bleatings hook, line and sinker.  He’s a politician, and this is very politically driven.   And he’s found a very popular platform for his political ambitions.

It was humorous when they started talking about how “green” this year’s Academy Awards are. What a joke!  All the Hollywood types and Al Gore patting themselves on the back for being so environmentally conscious when they’re the most outrageous over-consumers imaginable.

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How Congress Shows Respect for American Soldiers

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

This cartoon is classic.  As the saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words.”  The dems don’t understand that they can’t expect people to believe their rhetoric about how they “respect and honor” American soldiers while at the same time speaking words and actions that actually help the terrorists and cause more deaths and injuries to our troops.

Tiara-tip to Darleen.

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Is There a Voice of Reason and Common Sense in the Democratic Party?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Joan at Daddy’s Roses has written a post quoting a Democratic Representative who was one of only two Democrats who voted against the non-binding resolution. 

I didn’t realize that there was actually a voice of reason and common sense in the Democratic party, but apparently there is at least one.  Here is part of what Representative Jim Marshall (D, GA) said when he spoke before the Assembly.  The emphasis is Joan’s:

We’re debating a nonbinding resolution to disapprove of the Iraqi/American military surge in Baghdad…. we do so hoping our debate and vote will not discourage those called upon to execute the surge…but we also do so knowing that it might. That’s enough for me to oppose the resolution……..This anti-surge resolution is akin to sitting in the stands and booing in the middle of our own team’s play because we don’t like the coach’s call. I cannot join midplay nay-saying that might discourage even one of those engaged in this current military effort in Baghdad.

Click over to Daddy’s Roses to read what he said directly to the troops about the resolution.

What Democrats fail to understand is that, like it or not, President George W. Bush is THEIR president as much as he is president for the Republicans.  In the long run, the Democrats’ words and actions against President Bush are actions against themselves.  Sure, they have the right to say and do what they’re doing.  However, they’re too short-sighted and self-involved to realize that they’re hurting themselves in the process.

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An Open Letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi – from Charlie Daniels

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

An Open Letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi

Dear Sir and Madam:

You have said often enough that you don’t believe in the war in Iraq and that you want to bring the troops home. Yet all you do is talk and sign non-binding resolutions which only goes to show that you really don’t mean what you say about ending the war or that you’re just playing political games and in doing so giving aid and comfort to a dedicated enemy.

Now if you’re serious about ending the war you have the means and the votes to do just that. Simply cut off the funding for the troops, bring them all home and the American people can transfer the deed to this war and the ramifications of what you do to the Democrat party and you can live with the results.

You say you support the troops, but that has to be a lie. If you supported them and you truly think the war is wrong, you’d bring them home or either dispense with the poisonous rhetoric and get in behind them and help them get the job done.

You can’t have it both ways. If you support the troops do something. Your party won a majority in both houses, so you have control so take the responsibility.

Of course, I think you should remember that when the terrorists follow us home from Iraq and start their attacks on American soil it’s too late, so you’d better have a plan to deal with it. Do you have a plan?

And if Iran goes into Iraq and makes it a staging ground for Al Qaida to plan and carry out attacks all over the western world you’ll need to deal with that. Do you have a plan?

And if Iran decides to go into Kuwait and cut off the oil flow from the Persian Gulf, you’ll need a way to make up for the shortfall. Do you have a plan?

The world would look at us as a country that has not finished a commitment to war since 1945. Do you have a plan for dealing with that?

The purpose of this letter is to call your bluff. I don’t believe you have the guts to do anything but talk and talk is cheap. Oh you have no shortage of words but I seriously doubt the amount of backbone you have.

Do you really think that signing a non binding resolution is really fooling anybody into thinking you’re anything less than career politicians trying to tip the scales of the O08 Presidential Election.

What you’re doing is silly and dangerous. If you really don’t like what’s going on, change it, do something about it. You’ve got the power but have you got the guts?

Pray for our troops.

What do you think?

God Bless America
Charlie Daniels
February 16, 2007

Wow!  That says exactly what I believe.  With the dems it’s all about politics, politics and politics.  They back-stab and fill the airwaves with hateful rhetoric to try to ensure that the Bush plan will fail while still making themselves look politically good.  You can’t “support the troops” while spewing crap that makes the terrorists bolder and more confident and ends up getting more of our troops killed.  The troops don’t need THAT kind of suppport.  Dems, you can’t have it both ways. 

Tiara-tip to Linda at Something …and Half of Something.  Also at A Mom and Her Blog and Blue Star Chronicles.

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House Resolution Slams Bush’s Troop Reinforcement Plan

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Okay, let me get this straight.  This resolution makes NO difference in policy.  It is non-binding.  It doesn’t stop the troop REINFORCEMENT plan.   And  yet the Democrat-controlled House felt it was important to publicly declare that they don’t support OUR president.  They should be ashamed of themselves.

House Resolution Criticizes Bush War Policy



WASHINGTON (Feb. 16) – The Democratic-controlled House issued a symbolic rejection of President Bush ‘s decision to deploy more troops to Iraq  on Friday, opening an epic confrontation between Congress  and commander in chief over an unpopular war that has taken the lives of more than 3,100 U.S. troops.

The vote on the nonbinding measure was 246-182.

“The stakes in Iraq are too high to recycle proposals that have little prospect for success,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi , leader of Democrats who gained power last fall in elections framed by public opposition to the war.

“The passage of this legislation will signal a change in direction in Iraq that will end the fighting and bring our troops home,” Pelosi vowed after leading the House in a moment of silence as a sign of respect for those who are fighting and their families.

Citing recent comments by Democrats, Bush’s Republican  allies said repeatedly the measure would lead to attempts to cut off funds for the troops. Outnumbered, they turned to Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas to close their case – and the former Vietnam prisoner of war stepped to the microphone as lawmakers in both parties rose to applaud his heroism.

“Now it’s time to stand up for my friends who did not make it home, and for those who fought and died in Iraq already,” he said. “We must not cut funding for our troops. We must stick by them,” he added, snapping off a salute as he completed his remarks to yet another ovation.

Bush made no comment on the developments, and his spokesman said the president was too busy to watch the proceedings on television.

After a secure videoconference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Bush said the Iraqis reported providing troops to fight alongside Americans, making sure that no ethnic or religious factions are ignored in the security operations, providing $10 billion toward reconstruction and working on an oil revenue-sharing law.

“That’s good news for the Iraqi people. And it should give people here in the United States confidence that his government knows its responsibilities and is following through on those responsibilities,” he said.

More than 390 of 434 lawmakers spoke during four days of a dignified debate – an unusual amount of time devoted to what Republicans and Democrats alike said was the most significant issue confronting the country.

Supporters of the nonbinding resolution included 229 Democrats and 17 Republicans – fewer GOP  defections than Democrats had hoped to get and the White House and its allies had feared. Two Democrats joined 180 Republicans in opposition.

Moving quickly, Senate  Majority Leader Harry Reid , D-Nev., set a test vote for Saturday on an identical measure, and several presidential contenders in both parties rearranged their weekend campaign schedules to be present.

Republican senators said in advance they would deny Democrats the 60 votes needed to advance the resolution, adding they would insist on equal treatment for a GOP-drafted alternative that opposes any reduction in funds for the troops.

Even so there were signs of Republican restlessness on the issue. Only two members of the GOP rank and file sided with Democrats on an earlier procedural vote; the total figured to be higher this time.

The developments unfolded as a new poll showed more than half those surveyed view the war as a hopeless cause.

A sizeable majority, 63 percent, opposes the decision to dispatch more troops, although support for Bush’s plan has risen in the past few weeks from 26 percent to 35 percent, according to the AP-Ipsos poll.

The House measure disapproves of Bush’s decision to increase troop strength, and pledges that Congress will “support and protect” the troops.
Bush has already said passage of the measure will not deter him from proceeding with the deployment of another 21,500 troops, designed primarily to quell sectarian violence in heavily populated Baghdad.

Already, troops of the Army’s 82nd Airborne have arrived in Iraq. Another brigade is in Kuwait, undergoing final training before proceeding to Iraq. Three more brigades are ticketed for the Baghdad area, one each in March, April and May.

In addition, the Pentagon is sending two Marine battalions to Anbar province in the western part of the country, the heart of the Sunni insurgency.

Bush and his allies in Congress calculated days ago that the House measure would pass, and increasingly have focused their energy on the next steps in the Democrats’ attempt to end U.S. participation in the war.

“I’m going to make it very clear to the members of Congress, starting now, that they need to fund our troops,” Bush said earlier this week, a reference to legislation that requests more than $93 billion for the wars in Afghanistan  and Iraq.

Democrats have made clear in recent days they will use Bush’s spending request to impose certain standards of readiness, training and rest for the troops.

“That stops the surge (in troops) for all intents and purposes, because … they cannot sustain the deployment,” Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said recently.

Republicans pointed to Murtha’s remarks repeatedly during the day as evidence that despite their claims to the contrary, Democrats intend to cut off funds for the troops.

“This is all part of their plan to eliminate funding for our troops that are in harm’s way. And we stand here as Republicans … committed to making sure our troops in harm’s way have all the funds and equipment they need to win this war in Iraq,” said Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader.

Up until a few years ago I was a happily independent voter.  I studied each candidate’s position on issues and voted without regard to party affiliation.  Since 2001, though, the Democrats have astounded me with their level of childishness and putting politics over integrity and country.  It is a sad situation.

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The John Edwards – Amanda Marcotte Campaign Blogging issue – The solution has been found!

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

For those of you who have been following the shenanigans of John Edwards’ “Campaign Bloggers,” click over to Darleen’s Place.  Darleen has the answer for you.

Barack Obama announces his candidacy

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

I’m watching Barack Obama announce his candidacy for the office of President of the United States.  He’s an excellent speaker, and he certainly is putting on a good show with this speech.  He’s a man who is very aware of the importance of symbolism.   Of analogies. Of location.   He is giving the speech in Springfield, Illinois where Abraham Lincoln gave his “house divided against itself” speech.

His rhetoric is very much about working together.  For example: “That’s why I’m here.  Not just to hold an office but to gather with you to transform a nation.”

He ended his speech with a phrase you don’t hear very often from politicians.  “I love you.”  I don’t know why that struck me as almost funny.  When he talked about how he has been against the war in Iraq since the beginning, he was getting in a dig at Hillary Clinton who voted for the war.

I think Obama hit a home run with the speech.  He touched on all the major “progressive” talking points.  He mentioned his Christianity and God often enough to calm anyone who questions his religion.  His wife and two daughters were there with him – presenting a nice family unit. 

As a conservative, I believe that Obama would be more formidable opponent in 2008 than either Hillary Clinton or John Edwards. 

And yes, he WAS clean and articulate, too.

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