Tuesday, February 28, 2006

International Day

I love to check sitemeter to see who's been visiting my blog and wow, it was international day today! Thank you to all my worldwide visitors! I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back again!

Oh, and a special thank you to my military visitors, too!

Public Service Announcement

I have found recently that I have reverted to an old habit. Playing "Poppit" on Pogo. It is a mindless game (as in no thought required) and it's rather soothing to pop all those balloons. I think of it as therapy for when even working from home becomes stressful or the TV news is too much to bear. There are other games that I have enjoyed in the past such as Word Whomp at Pogo (sort of a word search/whack-a-mole) and Literati at Yahoo games (online scrabble against other people). Those are both great games too, but lately, they require too much thinking! So, Poppit is where I go when I am stressed or I just need a break.

Anyway, I just thought I would provide a public service announcement and give you a mindless alternative for when work, the world or just life in general get stressful. Play a game! (Or eat dessert because as we know, desserts is stressed backwards! Hmm, chocolate, yeah, chocolate is good...)

Monday, February 27, 2006

Uh - Oh, the Bible as Literature

I am so completely disgusted by the ACLU. (I know, I know, what else is new?) They fight for child pornography and NAMBLA as free speech, yet they would stifle a class teaching the Bible as literature because it is in school. They're favored mantra of "separation of church and state" raises its ugly head again. Why is it freedom of speech for "animated child" pornography and NAMBLA literature, but a Bible cannot be taught as literature? This is very confusing for me. There is no preaching, it is a simple literature class that happens to deal with the Bible. Would it be okay if it was a class on the literature of the Torah or the Koran or would it be okay if it was Mein Kampf? Sadly, it probably would be okay according to the ACLU.

Here's something that confuses me even more. I went to a state and federally funded college and according to the graduation requirements (granted this was a while ago) I had to take two classes in Black Studies, one class in Women's Studies and two classes in Religious Studies. This is what confuses me, the ACLU doesn't go after colleges and universities, even when they are govenmentally funded, when they teach about religion or the Bible. Why is that? I could understand if I had gone to religously based private colleges, but I didn't. Oh, that's right, it's because the classes on religion were about disproving religion, especially Christianity. I took these two courses. 1) Jesus and the Gospels - disproving the validity of the Gospels and their depiction of Jesus's life due to their being written 30 to 60 years after Jesus's death. And 2) The History of the Bible - the entire class picked apart the stories of the Bible to prove that they could not have happened as depicted because of the geographical history of that area. (i.e. - Moses could not have parted the Red Sea because at the time Moses lived, the area where he "parted it" was nothing but swamp land.) So, you see, the ACLU wouldn't have a problem with these government funded classes because they dispute Christianity.

Anyway, the latest is that the ACLU is sniffing around a high school that offers a class on the Bible as literature. The teacher is not preaching and the class is always filled, but the ACLU is sensing something suspicious...I'm sure we'll be hearing about a suit against this school district soon.

For further information on this particular case read Jay's post The ACLU - Saving our Children from the Bible at Stop the ACLU.

Tags: ACLU, Bible, Literature, Christianity

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Great Posts

Dave at The Paladin Blog has a very powerful visual interpretation for the definition of peace. Very much worth the visit to his blog!

Tom at Tom the Redhunter has pulled together a variety to articles providing a clear idea as to why the insurgents bombed the dome of the Golden Mosque.

And excellent posts can always be found by Capt. B at One Marine's View, Frau Budgie at Red Hot Cuppa Politics, Bookworm at Bookworm Room and of course, posts by my fellow crewmembers at Warm & Fuzzy Conserva-Puppies and The Right Place. I should just tell you that any of the blogs on my blogroll provide excellent reading. I wish there were more hours in the day!!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Band Concert

You know you live in a nice American city when the Middle School's band concert consists of this program:

...and the Nation's Rejoice(written in the early 1990s commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.)
An American Ballad
American Salute (incorporates the songs America and America the Beautiful)
Alamo March
Remembrance Day
Tuscola Mountain Song (written by the Chief Arranger of the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point)
I Pledge My Allegiance (which included the choir singing the Preamble to the Constitution and with the Pledge recited, including "under God"!)

Daughter #2 played in this one. Daughter #1 is at the high school in Wind Ensemble and they will be performing more patriotic music at the community concert next month! (they are really excited, too, because they get to perform music from Wicked as well!)

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Port Confusion

Once again my friend, Frau Budgie of Red Hot Cuppa Politics has an in depth look at the port confusion. Is it truly a matter of national security or could it be a case of "money talks" for the politicians? Both are worthy of consideration.

My understanding of the situation is that the security would still be done by the Coast Guard and the Dept. of Homeland Security, the loading and unloading of the cargo will still be done by the longshoreman's union and the Dubai Ports World would not own any part of the ports. The U.A.E.'s company has bought out the British company that manages a fraction of the terminals at each of the six ports in question. From what I have heard, the procedures would not change little from the way they are run right now. The changes that are being made are to the U.S. benefit because there were apparently certain requirements that the U.A.E. had to agree to before the deal would be approved.

This is my basic understanding of the situation. Frau Budgie has information regarding the Longshoreman's Union and political donations that I found quite interesting as well as more in depth research into the Dubai company and the way our U.S. ports are run. It is a very good read and I would strongly urge you to read it if you have any interest in all this.

Tags: Dubai, ports, National Security, UAE

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Real News

Capt B. at One Marine's View has a great post about the news that should really be printed and aired instead of hunting accidents and lost show dogs! It's a great post and I encourage you to read it in full. Find out the real news from the "boots on the ground"!

Tags: news, Iraq

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Life is Not Fair

Life is hard. Making your way in the world takes time and effort. Getting what you want takes work. These are fairly simple concepts, yet there are those who would make things easy because it isn't fair to those who don't have the same life advantages. This is the problem with many schools. They make the tests and classes easier for those who they feel are underprivileged and should be given a break because of that. My older daughter calls it "dumbing down the classes" or tests and she hates it because it messes everyone up and no one learns the necessary information and skills to pass...at life.

We all have to learn to deal with "the big bad world" around us and by making things easier, the children who are given a break are actually given the shaft because they will not have the skills to deal with life's challenges. Many of the children who actually want to excel are held back because the courses and testing have changed to supposedly aid those struggling or less advantaged. These children are not stupid, do not treat them as if they are. Contrary to politically correct thinking, showing children that hard work is the way to succeed is not going to damage their psyche, it will strengthen them.

You cannot survive in society believing that you are going to get a break because your life has been hard or you are poor or your parents are addicts or alcoholics. Your boss doesn't care if you had a bad day. The boss doesn't care if you were late because you had to take public transportation, he only cares that you were late. None of that matters to the boss's bottom line. These are the harsh lessons that our children have to learn. Life is tough and it is not fair.

The best way to help children cope with the their world and society is to stop pandering to them. Make them learn the required curriculum. Even if that means teaching to a graduation test. If the graduation test teaches the lessons that the children need to learn in order to cope with life and society, there is nothing wrong with teaching to it. At least the children will leave school with the skills they need to survive. Ohio has instigated the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). My oldest daughter was the first class to be required to take it. The test is given in tenth grade and if they pass, they are able to graduate once they have their required credits. Those who do not pass still have two years to learn the necessary lessons and skills in order to graduate.

When children are pandered to, passed without the grades and given a diploma without earning it, we are not only hurting that child, we are hurting society because that child will not have the skills to be a productive member of society. This is how so many end up on welfare. When they are not taught critical thinking skills, reading and math and they are not challenged, these children become discouraged and give up and give in. They end up on welfare and become, instead of a productive member of society, they become a drag upon society.

Some will say that I have no right to say anything of this as I am a white female living the middle class life, but guess what, I am a member of this society and because I am, I have a right to my opinion and I have ideas and possible solutions that may be able to help alleviate some of the problems.

My oldest daughter is very intelligent and she is an excellent student. She has also tutored not only at the request of her teachers, but she and her friends have worked together to help each other. Most children will help themselves if given the encouragement and a little bit of time by a caring adult. They will also help each other if given incentive. My youngest daughter would much rather socialize than learn, but given incentive, she will buckle down and do the work. Her incentive is cheerleading. The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) states that she must have a grade point average of 1.5 to play sports (which is an abysmally low expectation). In our house, that grade point average is a minimum of 2.5 and she knows she will not have the privilege of cheering if she doesn't have the grades.

For those children without parents who seem to care, who are not there for them or cannot be there for them (because of divorce et cetera), there are mentoring programs. If your school district doesn't have a mentoring program, get one set up. A mentor can make all the difference in the life of a child. That mentor, by just showing interest and caring, can help a child not only pass in school, but to excel in life.

If we, as adults, do not force our schools to teach our children the skills they need to survive, if we do not take the initiative to push for excellence, if we simply do not care, our society will fall apart. So stop pandering, stop making life easy for students (life is hard!) and stop treating children differently because of their economic or ethnic background. It is detrimental not only to the children, it is detrimental to our society as a whole!

Anything worth having is worth working for.

(Cross-posted at Warm & Fuzzy Conserva-Puppies)

Tags: education, life, society, graduation

Sunday, February 19, 2006


Google ads can be so confusing! Today's ads were for "Liberal blogs," "Terrorism," Noam Chomsky" and "Anti-Bush"! HUH? Does Google opt for ads that are the complete opposite of what your particular blog is about? Just curious.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

A Call to Investigate the ACLU

As many of my regular readers know, I cannot stand the ACLU. They do not stand for America, they do not stand for civil liberties and they most definitely do not stand for me! They should be investigated and they should be shut down. Their blantant disregard for decency, freedom of religion and speech and their use of scare tactics show how little they really care about the individual. What are they really after? Money and they will use intimidation and any other means necessary to gain it.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 –/MNA PRESS/ — Today CRAVE announced it is calling for immediate Congressional hearings to expose the anti—religious agenda of the ACLU. The ACLU was last investigated by a Special Committee of Congress in 1931.

Roger Baldwin, the founder of the ACLU, once said, “The courts are the vehicles we use to assert our interpretation of the Constitution.” Going to court has been the ACLU’s method of operation for several years. In fact, the ACLU has been involved in far more Supreme Court cases than any other law firm in America.

Many people know the ACLU as the group which attacked the public displays of the Ten Commandments all over America. While the ACLU describes itself as a defender of “freedom” its actions indicate they want to stamp out freedom and our religious liberty all over America.

“These hearings are important to restore our American history and protect the traditional values of America,” said Don Swarthout, President, Christians Reviving America’s Values, AKA CRAVE. “We wish these Congressional Hearings were not necessary, but average people are unaware of the ACLU’s efforts to change our American principles. Our intent is to expose the ACLU and the very real threat they pose to our true freedom.”

According to news accounts, the ACLU supports giving 12 year old girls sexual consent rights, legalized prostitution, polygamy, child pornography, same sex marriage and abortion. Meanwhile, the ACLU defends NAMBLA. The North American Man Boy Love Association is an organization which advocates the seduction of young boys by grown men. The ACLU has defended them in court.

“The ACLU defends some extremely radical positions which are against the principles of most Americans. This investigation is all about exposing the ACLU and making their real agenda known to the American public,” said Swarthout.

“CRAVE has written to every Senator in America. It is time to find out where they stand and what action they will actually take,” said Don Swarthout.

Bill O’Reilly of Fox News has said numerous times, “The ACLU is the most dangerous group in America.” Swarthout added, “I agree with Bill O’Reilly and believe it is time to expose the ACLU’s true agenda. We represent hundreds of thousands of people and they are very tired of the way these things are going.”
The ACLU came close to losing much of its funding due to the anti-terrorism provisions that Ford and The Rockefeller Foundation had put into place. Because the ACLU could not guarantee they would not use their funding to defend known or suspected terrorists, they would not get funding from these groups...until, of course, they fought those provisions until they got them scraped. Now not only do they have the money, they are defending a Hamas financier, an admitted jihadist with Al Qaeda ties, not to mention their suit to have the NSA program opened up to public scrutiny. Your tax dollars at work! How does that feel? Oh, yes, they claim they don't get any government or tax dollars, but where do you think the courthouses and schools and the other public entities they sue get their money to defend themselves? The loser of a case has to pay all their own court costs as well as those of the winner and usually due to the ACLU's intimidation tactics, the loser is general that public entity! Just something else to think about.

Now, what can you do to help stop them? Contact the Department of Justice and the Attorney General and let them know that the ACLU should be investigates. Let them know your concerns.

Correspondence to the Department, including the Attorney General, may be sent to:

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

E-mails to the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, may be sent to AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.

Office of the Attorney General - 202-353-1555

Hey, if the ACLU can call for Special Counsel why can’t we?
Stop the ACLU
Tags: ACLU, Attorney General, Department of Justice

Computer Issues

I just learned that a few of my blogging friends have been having problems with my site due to the video clip I had running. So I have changed it to the pop-up window for those who would like to view it. (It will open in its own window.) Hopefully this will alleviate the problem while still allowing those who would like to view the video, to do so.

So, click on the link and enjoy the video. I will change it from time to time as I really enjoy the videos. The current selection is The Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly by Aaron Tippen!

Friday, February 17, 2006

A Good Chuckle

A classic political definition.


Hmmm, Not Sure What To Think About This One!

UPDATE: Took the test again and I was Aragorn, several months ago I was Yoda...hmm, I think maybe I suffer from multiple personality disorder...no, you don't...yes, we do!

Anakin Skywalker

Struggling for self-assurance over hidden angst, you are highly adept and full of surprises.

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Anakin Skywalker is a character in the Star Wars universe. The Star Wars Databank profiles his life story.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Does this mean I could easily fall to the dark side?! No, no, say it ain't so!!

h/t: Mississippi Mud Pie and Spottedhorse 2

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Bumper Sticker

I have no time and I am exhausted. I apologize to all my readers and to all those whose blogs I read! I am hoping to be back in the swing of blogs tomorrow! But, I had to come on long enough to post this which I received from my Dad today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Interesting Quote

"It's still safer to go hunting with Cheney than it is to go driving at midnight with Ted Kennedy."
Mike Gallagher
Radio Host and Fox News Contributor

Tags: Cheney, Kennedy

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Silly Quiz

Charlie Brown
71% friendliness
You are tender, you fall in love quickly but you are also very serious about all relationships. You are a family person. You call your mom every Sunday. You have many friends and may occasionally forget a few birthdays. Don't let your passion confuse you with reality.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 95% on friendliness
Link: The Cartoon Character Personality Test written by jfrakes on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Silly Posts for a Silly Day

What age do you act?

You Are 29 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

29 with years of experience!

Monday, February 13, 2006


I simply do not understand why it is so important for the MSM to have exactly how and when the President found out about the accidental shooting and why weren't they (the MSM) notified immediately. It was an accident and luckily the man is okay! Now, drop it! We are at war. In the big scheme of things is this accidental incident more important than what is going on in Iraq or the situation in Iran or Afghanistan?

The MSM is absolutely livid that they were not notified immediately after the incident occurred and they are still referring to it as Cheney shot the man. It was a peppering of bird shot not a drive by shooting with the intent to kill! Get over it people! One "reporter" just compared the lateness of information about the shooting to the lateness of the news in regards to the breaking of the levees! How ridiculous is that?

A half an hour of questioning about the incident at the White House briefing and Scott McClellan could not get the reporters to move on to questions about other, if I may say, more important issues. I feel bad about the guy getting hit. I am very glad that he is okay. But what makes this incident more important? Why does this have the ability to so completely anger the MSM that they have a feeding frenzy at the briefing?

People, can we please get back on track here? There are riots going on all over the place over cartoons, there is a mad man trying to get his hands on a nuclear weapon, and they should really take precidence over the accidental bird shot spray of a friend of the Vice President. I am not making light of the incident, but the man is okay, now MOVE ALONG!

Tags: Cheney, MSM, Shooting

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Uh Oh!

A bit of a mishap with the Vice President and of course the press is making it sound like Cheney did a "shoot to kill" when in, fact it was an accident and it was a spray of shotgun pellets.
Harry Whittington, 78, was “alert and doing fine” after Cheney sprayed Whittington with shotgun pellets on Saturday at the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, said property owner Katharine Armstrong.

Armstrong said Cheney turned to shoot a bird and accidentally hit Whittington. She said Whittington was taken to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

Cheney’s spokeswoman, Lea Anne McBride, said the vice president was with Whittington, a lawyer from Austin, Texas, and his wife at the hospital on Sunday afternoon.

“It broke the skin,” she said. “It knocked him silly. But he was fine. He was talking. His eyes were open. It didn’t get in his eyes or anything like that.”
She said emergency personnel traveling with Cheney tended to Whittington, holding his face and cleaning up the blood.
“Fortunately, the vice president has got a lot of medical people around him and so they were right there and probably more cautious than we would have been,” she said. “The vice president has got an ambulance on call, so the ambulance came.”
Just waiting to hear the yelling and carrying on to start. Oh, and of course, the jokes.

Stop the ACLU
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Friday, February 10, 2006

Taking Responsibility

I watched part of the hearings today with Michael Brown, the former director of FEMA. We all know what happened just before and just after Katrina. It was all a mess and there were problems everywhere. I do not like Michael Brown and his "testimony" was simply a series of "this person didn't do this" or "I knew I couldn't cound on..." what about you, Michael? Neil Cavuto's Common Sense says it all and not just about FEMA and Katrina:
So I'm watching these Michael Brown hearings today and thinking to myself, what are they proving? We all know, in retrospect, the former FEMA director could have done more.

He got testy. Senators got testy.

Everyone looking for someone — anyone — to blame. It's human nature, I guess. Here's apparently what isn't: admitting a mistake.

I mean, when's the last time at work or even in life, you've heard someone say, "I'm sorry, I botched it"?

I guess there are all sorts of sticky legal issues when you say something like that. But I think most folks hunger for that. Someone — anyone — simply admitting, "I screwed up."

Maybe the person who screwed up fears an enormous backlash. I don't know. But I do know John Kennedy didn't have any such backlash when he admitted that the Cuban Bay of Pigs fiasco rested at his doorstep. His poll numbers went up.

Clearly, in Katrina's case, there was a lot of blame to go around.

I say, go ahead and spread it around. The president. The governor. The mayor. Local authorities. Lots of people botched it. I'd just rather hear them admit it, than point fingers over it.

Look, tragedies happen. They're not Republican events or Democratic events or FEMA events. They're human events. In which humans screwed up. And haven't the simple decency to 'fess up.
I know, it sucks when I mess up and I've let myself down or I've let others down, but I admit it, I get past it (sometimes it takes a while) and I try really hard not to repeat that mistake. Granted lives aren't on the line when most of us make mistakes, but everyone just needs to take personal responsibility and quit blaming other people.

linked to: Stop the ACLU Open Trackbacks.

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Bumper Snickers

Several bloggers have had posts about bumperstickers and they have had some great ones. Bookworm's post actually has more to do with political campaign slogans, but they often translate well onto bumperstickers. There are 95 comments on her post, so you will have to go read those! She is going to pick her favorites this weekend.

Wordsmith at Sparks from the Anvil had some great bumperstickers comments, too. He also has photos of some bumperstickers, as well as an interesting "road rage" video. You have to go over there just for the photos and videos!

Then there's Mountjoy at The Neo Con Blogger and his list of Marine bumperstickers! Here are a few of my favorites from this list.
- USMC: It's not an attitude problem, we are that good.
- U.S. Marines: Travel agents to Allah.
- Heaven won't take us and Hell's afraid we'll take over.
Do you have any favorites or have you seen one while driving that made you either do a double take or bust out laughing? Please share!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Happy Birthday!

I just wanted to wish Jay at Stop the ACLU not only a very Happy Birthday, but also a very Happy Blogiversary! Go over and read his birthday/blogiversary post: The Top Ten Myths About the ACLU. You may just learn something you didn't know before!

Ah, Technology

With email, text messaging and blogs, information goes global in seconds. Apparently, this is how the Islamists who are protesting were notified to get out there and riot. Seems that a mass text message was sent out by an anonymous source stating that the Koran was going to be burned in City Hall Square in Copenhagen. It wasn't true and it didn't happen, but the word spread like wildfire. A radical Islamic website called for an embassy burning day, which unfortunately did happen. Then there is this lovely anonymous mass email that has gone around the Middle East: "The Danish cartoons are a design by the Jews and Americans to drive a wedge between Europe and the Islamic world."

Condoleeza Rice calls out Syria and Iran for exacerbating the situation for their own gain. Could the anonymous source be traced back to one of these countries? It's very possible. Is this crazy, or what?

Not only did technology aid in getting truth and lies about the cartoons around the world, it has also offered hackers an excuse to break in to hundreds of Danish weblogs and websites to post protests and threats. I wonder if those who post known lies and threats will realize that we are onto them...nah, they probably know, and I'm sure they don't care.


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

What Is Up With This?

What is up with these arson fires in Alabama? There have been nine of them. At first, they had ruled out racism because four of the first five were predominately white churches. But with four more arson cases, they aren't so sure because now five of the total nine are black churches. None of it makes sense.

They have actually found no physical evidence so far, that any of the fires are related, but don't you think it's suspicious that so many churches have been burned in a relatively small area, in a very short time span?

Okay, we could go really conspiracy theory here...isn't it strange that these church fires started after the Islamic rioting started? I know, one doesn't have anything to do with the other, but nothing is making sense about these fires.

Chris Muir Does It Again!

I watched much of the Coretta Scott King's funeral and I was truly touched by what many said, including President Bush's eulogy. But I too, noticed the back stabbing and verbal jabbing that was done by many a speaker including two of the former Presidents (and one was not George Bush 41!)

This type of verbal slamming is completely uncalled for at the funeral of a woman who was so well respected by both black and white Americans. I don't have a problem with differences of opinion, but many of the things that were said by Jimmy Carter and Reverend Lowery were completely inappropriate for this somber event.

As usual Chris Muir's Day by Day cartoon has captured my feelings about it exactly. Thank you, Chris!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm

Okay, so it's Photoshopped, but it doesn't make it any less true. Islam claims to be the religion of peace, yet these fanatical Islamists would not hesitate to take your head!

Do not ignore this situation. Be very aware and know that Usama bin Laden's plan is to spread Islam around the world. This is a step in that direction and it needs to be stopped!

Photo tweaked by: Small Town Veteran

Monday, February 06, 2006

Open and Honest

These are not two words that most of us would ever use to describe anything the ACLU is involved with and their ad in USA Today does nothing to change this. They are demanding an "open and honest" investigation into the NSA spying. They really don't care what the President and others have stated repeatedly. The so-called spying is not domestic spying. They are targeting Al-Qaeda operatives. These are people who do not have America's interests at heart. These are people who would like to wipe us off the face of the planet. If they are here in our own country, I want them found and dealt with and if that means they have their phone calls to their Al-Qaeda handlers listened in on, GOOD! I don't want to have another 9/11 and have another 3,000 people die for no reason. But that doesn't seem to be the ACLU agenda. They would like to have Al-Qaeda left alone so they can do whatever they would like. You can be assured though, that should another 9/11 or even any type of terrorist act happen in the U.S. again, it will be the Bush Administration's fault. It will have nothing to do with the ACLU and their ilk demanding secrets in security be revealed for their own nafarious purposes. I often wonder just who's side the ACLU and their friends are on because it certainly isn't ours!
As the Senate Judiciary Committee met today to conduct the first official Congressional oversight hearing on the warrantless National Security Agency wiretapping program, the American Civil Liberties Union urged Senators to ask tough questions of the sole witness, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and reject the administration’s claim that the operation is both legal and necessary.

“President Bush, like all presidents, is bound by the rule of law,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. “The Senate Judiciary Committee must vigorously fulfill its responsibility to America by asking tough questions of the attorney general. While Mr. Gonzales gave the go-ahead on the illegal spying program when he worked for the president in the White House, he now has a different role as the country’s highest law enforcement official tasked with upholding the nation’s laws. If he can’t exercise an independent review of the executive, he should step aside and appoint a special counsel who can do an independent review. The administration should stop trying to justify this illegal program. No one in America is above the law.”
They do not care about the truth, they want the Bush Administration in general and George Bush in particular, strung up for the ACLU's own paranoid conspiracy theories. Hey ACLU, I've got a little bit of news for you....WE ARE AT WAR! HELLO?!!

Oh, and will someone please smack Arlen Specter to wake him up?!

Stop the ACLU

Saturday, February 04, 2006

"Wiretap This"

Patrick O'Hannigan of American Thinker has the most wonderful post regarding the NSA wire-tapping story. It is a very well written piece with a 40's Sam Spade flavor. It's called Wiretap This.
She wasn’t much for knocking. With her figure, she didn’t need to be. She swept into my office on a perfumed wave of good posture and practiced indignation, looking like six feet of perturbed. I put down the Wall Street Journal and pulled my feet off the desk, admiring her hair.

Her blouse was demurely buttoned and her skirt was executive length, but the look in her eye was the one that had earned my squad more pushups than I cared to remember when I’d gift-wrapped it for a drill instructor in my wastrel youth.

I hadn’t shined my shoes and it was too late to look busy. She didn’t care. It wasn’t my idleness that had furrowed the skin over her perfect nose.

“What can I do for you?” I asked.

“I think George Bush is after me,” she said. “I think he tapped my phone.”...
I'll leave it to you to go read the rest as it is well worth it! Patrick O'Hannigan, you have a way with words, sir!

What Now?

If cariactures of Muhammed can cause a backlash across Europe and the Middle East, as well as protests here in the U.S., what will happen now that the Islamists have burned the Danish Embassy in Damascus? How is it that these groups of angry Muslims are literally holding cities in a grip of fear over cartoons? Why are government leaders from all over apologizing for these cartoons when they had nothing to do with them being created, much less being published? The Palestinians in Gaza have literally gone crazy over it. Why is their religion any more important than say, Judaism, Buddism, Taoism, Hinduism or Christianity? I am not saying that they don't have a right to be upset, but to cause such destruction, rioting and fear because of it? What would happen if all religions acted this way when they are offended?

Friday, February 03, 2006

A Video

I had been thinking about putting a video on my blog for a while now, but couldn't find one that either would work or I couldn't find a song I really wanted to post. Well, while searching for a song today, I found this one at PC Planets called "In God We Still Trust" by Diamond Rio. I've liked this group for some time. They have great harmony and their songs are often deep and heartfelt. I think I will leave this up for a little while and then see what else I can find.

Let me know if you have any trouble with the video (not that I can fix it, but if there are a lot of people having problems, I may take it off.)

Puppies and Children

I am not a fan of Peta, but I would back them on this latest cruelty to animals. There are drug smugglers from Columbia who are surgically implanting packets of heroin in the bellies of labrador puppies! Those poor little helpless babies!

It is these same evil smugglers who are known for using children as mules and forcing them to swallow heroin filled condoms. Many of these children die because the condoms often break and the pure heroin kills them in a very painful way. Now they are cutting open defenseless little puppies to do their evil deeds!

There are no words...


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Poor, Poor ACLU...Not

This has been a very disappointing period of time for the ACLU. Two strict constructionists appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. One of which reviews Supreme Court appeals from the 9th Circus, Justice Alito. I have a feeling that there will be a lot of cases from the 9th making it to the Supreme Court as well as an increase in the number of reversals nation wide.

Just yesterday, the ACLU released 8 press releases in between their meals of sour grapes and Koolaid. They can't get their politicians elected at the ballot box. Some of those which they have gotten elected are proving impotent due to their lack of any real power in Congress. But now, the federal judiciary has been taken back by those who actually read what the Constitution says and not trying to look for some hidden meaning. I don't believe in the Davinci Code nor do I believe the
Constitution says anything other that what is printed in it.

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The ACLU usually prefers to stay in the shadows. They lurk there like criminals waiting to roll some drunk for what little money that he may have. They send out "advisory letters" which advises that the city or town either comply with their wishes, or they will tie them up in very costly legal proceedings. And it isn't so much the fight for what's right that is important to the ACLU. No, it's that big payoff of legal fees reimbursements that will be ordered by the judge. Taxpayers money going into the hands of this Anti American institution.

I received a letter from my Congressman a few months back in which he tried to assure me that the ACLU does not receive taxpayers money. Well, my Congressman is wrong.

There exists a little law where the option of requiring the losing party to reimburse the legal fees of the winning party in civil rights cases. So if the respondent in a civil rights case is the federal government and the government loses, who's paying the ACLU? We are, John/Jane Q. Taxpayer is footing that bill. The same is true on the state and local level.

So the ACLU uses this as a tool to intimidate cash-strapped cities and states to advance their agenda. For instance, the debate over public celebrations of Christmas. Every time it's been actually challenged in court, the ACLU loses. But yet, if your town puts up a nativity scene in your local park, the ACLU will send an "advisory letter." So your town will take it down and bow to the will of the mighty ACLU.

The ACLU is a terrorist organization. They are more powerful than Al Qaeda. Why do I say that? Because they use our own laws against us. They are destroying us from within. And this is why they are concerned about the NSA eavesdropping program. Because they know, if we can listen in on Al Qaeda, we can listen in on anyone who is a threat to our way of life. And that means them too. That is using their twisted logic anyway.

This is why they are pushing the domestic spying falsehood. If the NSA were listening in on your conversation with Aunt Mildred getting her cookie recipe, that would be domestic spying. In this program, on end of the conversation must be either known or suspected Al Qaeda. And at least one of the parties has to be outside of the United States. This being true, it cannot be labeled domestic can it?

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