Friday, December 31, 2004

Happy New Year!!

Some good advice for 2005....

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Man of the Year

He gets my vote....

Wednesday, December 29, 2004


More about Kwanzaa....

United Nations

The U.N. touches a nerve.....


Even though I am a fan of President Bush, I do not agree with his immigration policy....

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

The Federalist

This is a scene from one of my favorite websites, The Federalist. Posted by Hello

Monday, December 27, 2004

Saturday, December 25, 2004

White House Christmas

Wouldn't it be nice if we could all have our houses decorated like the White House? Posted by Hello

For more photos, click here...

Friday, December 24, 2004

A Victory for the Unborn

Yea,Florida judge! ...

Call the ACLU!!

The Presidential Christmas card has a Bible verse on it....

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Too Good To Be True....

You knew Kerry never could pull off being a gracious loser...

Radical Islam

It is spreading in Europe. Maybe when a European country has a 9/11, they will rethink their stance on the war on terror.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The Christmas Story

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from CaesarAugustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold,an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them,'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest,And on earth peace, good will toward men!' So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another,'Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.' And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them bythe shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them." (Luke2:1-20)

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Merry Christmas!!

I have gone out of my way this year to wish people a Merry Christmas! If they want to say Happy Holidays to me, that is their problem.

Sunday, December 19, 2004


The vehicles did have armor. The reporter gave false information to the soldier....

Friday, December 17, 2004

The Meaning of the Candy Cane

Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy that would symbolize the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus. The hard candy was shaped like a "J" to represent that Jesus is our rock of all ages. The candy was made of white to stand for the pureness of Jesus. The red represents the blood that Jesus shed to save us from our sins. So next time you see a candy cane, take a minute to remember the real meaning of Christmas.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

What a class act! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Vox Blogoli VI

I am responding to the challenge at regarding the Newsweek article questioning the historical accuracy of the virgin birth of Christ. I am not a Bible scholar although I am a lifelong Christian. I found this wonderful article that I do think is a great defense of the virgin birth.

In the Newsweek article, the author Meacham speaks of early Christians as "superstitious and backward." I think this explains a lot of the article. Meacham sees evangelical Christians of today as the same, not sophisticated like he and his elite media crowd.

The author then talks about Mary having an adulterous affair with Panthera (a soldier) written by someone named Celsus. He questions the accuracy of the gospel writers and quotes someone named Celsus. How many people are familiar with the gospels versus someone named Celsus?

I don't want to make this too long, but it is my view that the reason for this story is to cast doubt on the Christian faith during the Christmas season. While this author claims to be a Christian, this article shows his cynicism.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Christmas Thoughts from Ronald Reagan

"God gives us moments that lift us and that bring us together. For many of us, Christmas is a deeply holy day, the birthday of the promised Messiah, the Son of God who came to redeem our sins and teach us that most needed of all lessons, 'Peace on Earth, good will among men. 'For others of us, Christmas marks the birth of a good, great man, a prophet whose teachings provide a pattern of living pertinent to all times and to all people. Either way, his message remains the guiding star of our endeavors. I guess we all have our own favorite Christmas memories, for this is the time of year when most of us try to be better than our everyday selves. For the past few years in this great house,I've thought of our first real Christmas as a nation. It was the dark and freezing Christmas of 1776, when General Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware. They and Providence gave our nation its first Christmas gift -- a victory that brought us closer to liberty, the condition in which God meant man to flourish. It always seems to me that Christmas is a time of magic. Each December we celebrate a Prince, the Prince of Peace, born in utter poverty. And the fact of his birth makes hearts turn warmest at the coldest time of the year. Many of us do good at this time; most of us all mean to, but sometimes good intentions get lost in the hurry and bustle of the holiday season. ...One of the great messages of this season is that it's never too late to touch a life and maybe change the world forever for someone. ...So, now I light the Nation's Christmas tree. May its thousand lights illuminate our best resolves and cast a great glow on our affection for each other, and our thanks for each other, and our love." --Ronald Reagan

Saturday, December 11, 2004


When is someone going to tell the Democrats that having a job or health insurance is not a value???


It's scary to know violence like this can happen in my neighborhood....

Friday, December 10, 2004

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Sad News

Normally, I don't write too much about myself here. I write more about my opinions on current events. I did not post yesterday as I received the news that my almost 17 year old poodle is in the beginning stages of renal failure. There are treatments available, but it is still a progressive disease. Many people think it is silly to get so emotional over a pet, but mine has been a faithful friend since he was 3 months old. It is frightening to begin this journey into the unknown...

Update: My dog is responding to the IV therapy. Now I just have to learn to administer his IV myself. The things we do for our pets....

Monday, December 06, 2004

American History

I was listening to Sean Hannity interview Vince Gill this afternoon. Sean questioned Vince about defending the Dixie Chicks. Sean specifically mentioned how they criticized George Bush overseas. Sean said that if it was not for the US, some of those countries might be speaking other languages. Vince replied that one could not expect a 25 year old woman to know the history of our country. Really??

Bye Bye Berry!

Good Riddance!

Sunday, December 05, 2004


Sadly, my formerly conservative alma mater is becoming increasingly "politically correct"...

Ann Coulter

I've mentioned before in my blog that Ann Coulter is one of my favorites. She definitely has a sharp tongue, but she gets right to the point. Here is her latest column about Condoleeza Rice.

Update: How interesting that someone left a comment for me on Blog Explosion (along with a nasty rating) saying that Ann Coulter is a bigot! Her whole column defends Condoleeza Rice as a competent candidate for Secretary of State. Guess they have a different definition of bigot than me!

Iraq War

After rhetoric like this, you would think Democrats would understand why voters don't feel comfortable with them being in charge of the military....


I had never paid much attention to Kwanzaa before last year when I learned some interesting information about the founding of this "holiday". It's amazing how with a little marketing, people can turn something questionable into something respectable!

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Funny George Bush

In Ottawa on Tuesday, he thanked Canadians for a warm welcome.

"I, frankly, felt like the reception we received on the way in from the airport was very warm and hospitable, and I want to thank the Canadian people who came out to wave - with all five fingers."

Friday, December 03, 2004


I just returned home this evening after a business trip to Baltimore. Brrrrrrrr! It's good to be home in Florida.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Christianity and Politics

I found this article to be quite interesting. It explores the role of the church and politics. What I like about it is the tone. Most people would refer to me as a "right wing Republican", however I have friends who don't share the same beliefs as I do. I debate with some of them frequently. However we keep a civil tone! I refuse to discuss anything with people who get vitriolic. I am open to different ideas as long as they are backed up with FACTS, not just emotion!

Tuesday, November 30, 2004


For those of you who think Canada would be the ideal place to live, here's a reality check....

Good News For Liberals

NBC News will remain as biased as ever....even without Tom Brokaw.

Update: Maybe there is some hope after all.....

Monday, November 29, 2004

Bet it wasn't much fun for him to go to work today! Go Bucs! Posted by Hello

Got a few bucks to spare?

"Liberals of America, unite! Leave this horrid and wicked and
irredeemable backwater!

Why not create a workers' paradise off the shores of France? You can all speak French, allow Janet Jackson to show both her breasts, create a cradle-to-grave welfare state, drink Starbucks lattes, read The New York Times every day, scramble the satellite signal for Fox News, and worship your new leader, Michael Moore! [Heck], we'll throw in Harvard and the whole faculty! It's a gift. Here's an added incentive:

You will never have to take the war on terrorism to the terrorists; they will almost certainly bring it right to your doorstep. Now, there's the catch in all this. It turns out that a lot of the liberals can't afford the trip, or the entry fee into places like Canada. So here's my idea: a new project called the Export a Liberal Fund. From this pool we will donate $100 to every liberal who agrees to give up his U.S. citizenship and flee the country permanently. Warning #1: There's no coming back for health care when you get sick. Warning #2: There will be no amnesty program. These are one-way tickets. ... I, for one, stand ready and willing to do my patriotic part and contribute to the Export a Liberal Fund. I hope you will join me in this worthy charitable endeavor. Let's really go out and paint the country red!" --Stephen Moore

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Football season is finally coming to a close...Vandy is not known for being a football powerhouse. However, basketball season is usually better. Go Dores! Posted by Hello

Conspiracy Theories

For all you liberals who are sure that something went wrong with the counting of the votes, click here.....

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Winning in Iraq

Even though the media buries the story, our troops are winning in Iraq....

The New York Times

I was reading my paper this morning and the article was about the delay of the Iraqi election. I read a few sentences and it was all gloom and doom. I went back to see where the article originated and to my amazement, it was picked up from the New York Times. I stopped reading and thought to myself, why would I read anything written by that biased organization? To me, they have about as much credibility as CBS. I only get the paper on weekends now (for the coupons). It makes me sad because the Tampa Tribune used to be a pretty balanced paper. They got a new editorial staff and veered way left! It would be interesting to see if their readership has dropped. Before, the St. Pete Times was the liberal paper and the Trib was more conservative. So now a lot of the conservatives have been complaining. If you want a liberal paper, you now have the choice and the conservatives will have to get their news elsewhere.

Update: The Trib says their circulation is increasing. Guess somebody must enjoy reading them.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Pork in the New Spending Bill

Here are some examples of the kinds of things that you are paying for with your tax dollars. We hear all about the ballooning deficit and yet items such as these are still being paid for. However, as long as the President does not have a line item veto, it looks like these pork projects will continue.

$335,000 to protect North Dakota's sunflowers from blackbirds
$2.3 million for an animal waste management research lab in Bowling Green, KY
$50,000 to control wild hogs in Missouri
$443,000 to develop salmon-fortified baby food

I know that I'll sleep better tonight knowing that my money is being so wisely spent....

On another note, I read with interest an interview with the killers of Matthew Shepard. They claim they murdered him because they were high on drugs and looking for some cash. "He was pretty well-dressed and had a wallet full of money," Aaron McKinney said of meeting Shepard at a Laramie bar in October 1998. It had nothing to do with his homosexuality. It could have been anyone who looked like they had some cash. This to me is the ultimate argument against hate crimes legislation. It might as well be called thought crimes legislation. Who can ever know the motivation behind any crime? If the crime is murder, the defendant should receive the same penalty regardless of the race, gender, or any other classification of the victim.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Cut The Spending!

Remember when Republicans were thought of as the fiscally conservative party? That probably does not fit anymore....


The Thankfulness Deficit
By Kay R. Daly
November 22, 2004
A more worrisome problem facing this nation than the budget deficit is a deficit of thankfulness for the many blessings we have in our lives. John Stossel's report on ABC's 20/20 last Friday night entitled "Cheaters that Prosper" depicts a generation of college students that feel completely justified in cheating their way to a degree. Clearly, they not only feel entitled to a college education and the benefits that come with completing the course of study, but also view it as a bothersome process to be gamed.

One wealthy heiress to the WalMart fortune paid her young Hispanic roommate to do all of her work at the University of Southern California. The roommate had served in our nation's uniform for the opportunity to go to college while the heiress apparently thought that classes interfered with her social life. Seems to me the roommate deserves two degrees.
Other students covered in this sad story felt no shame whatsoever for buying term papers, plagiarizing from the Internet and using text messaging, PDA's and a host of other creative methods to get around spending the time to actually learn something. If they put as much energy into learning as they did engineering new and creative ways to cheat on tests and papers, they would most likely graduate with honors.

Something has gone terribly wrong when 1) kids have no appreciation for the opportunities they enjoy in today's world; 2) they have no love of learning and the challenge of completing rigorous tasks; 3) they do not hesitate to take shortcuts and cheat their way through college; 4) they feel no shame about it whatsoever.

That, friends, is a sad commentary.

My father was a child of the Great Depression who was on the streets at age nine and it was only his skill as a quarterback and tenacity in the classroom that got him into Northwestern University. When World War II interrupted his college career, he was torn between his sense of duty to country and completing his degree. He chose country over self and was one of the youngest O.S.S. agents ever recruited. After serving in both the European and Pacific theaters, he won a spot in the prestigious graduate school of banking at the University of Washington. He graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Despite his achievements, one of my father's biggest regrets in his life was that he did not complete his undergraduate degree. One of his last requests to me before he died was to put the proceeds from his life insurance policy into 529 college investment accounts for his grandsons.
There were certainly times during my high school and college career that I rebelled against the rigors of the program. But it never would have crossed my mind to cheat my way through the problems I faced. It worries me that cheating seems to have become normal and expected as a way "to get by."

Things that you work to earn you appreciate all the more. Clearly, there are kids out there who have no sense of appreciation for the extraordinary number of blessings that this nation and their parents are giving to them.

Contrary to what the liberal chattering classes have been filling our children's heads with over the years, there is no constitutional right to anything but life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There is no guarantee of happiness, only a right to pursue it. Life and liberty are the assets that carry us onto that road in pursuit of happiness. It is the liberal mindset, though, that has our children believing in government-provided outcomes. The cheaters at these colleges seem to not appreciate the opportunity they have been given and what's more, they probably believe it is owed to them somehow.

Clearly, we as parents are failing miserably in making our children aware of precisely how blessed they are. We are too busy handing them material gadgets without thinking of the consequences.

Here's an example. There is not a teenager today who is not physically attached to a cell phone. How many of them, though, must pay for the bills or do the parents write the check every month? When my parents allowed me to have my own phone line in the house, I thought I was in heaven. Little did I know that this was a budgeting lesson I was not soon to forget as I had to meet the payments to keep the phone.

Giving your 16 year old a car? Then have them pay for the insurance, gas and maintenance. Living on a budget sure did cut down on my cruising mileage. My first car was a green 1978 Ford Mustang. Most of my friends had BMWs, Porsche's, Mercedes, but I loved that little Mustang like it was my child because I had to pay for it and take care of it. I appreciated it.
This Thanksgiving, I have a prayer for our nation. Rather than just making this holiday just about football and food, count your blessings. Not what you want to achieve, own or accomplish, but what you already have. Be humbled and thankful for those who helped provide those opportunities and those who have died so that you could enjoy those opportunities unshackled by tyranny.

Spending our short time on this Earth embittered because of what we perceive we are owed, scheming our way through shortcuts or justifying both ends and means is an empty, pathetic, meaningless, ungrateful existence. We come into this world and are given the extraordinary gift of life from our Creator. What we chose to do with that gift is entirely up to us. Having a thankful heart is a good start.

Monday, November 22, 2004

This is an inspiring picture... Posted by Hello

Sunday, November 21, 2004 Posted by Hello

Why I Love George Bush

Guess this says it all....

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Election 2004

Looks like the 2000 election all over again..... There must have been some kind of conspiracy going on for the country to elect that idiot George Bush again.

Favorite Columnists

I know that I have posted before that I am a fan of Ann Coulter. I also like Doug Giles. I guess admitting this should keep my reputation as part of the "right wing conspiracy" intact.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Hillary in 2008?

I watched the Hillary Clinton interview on "On The Record" with Greta Van Susteren last night. (It was a friendly interview. I don't know if she does the other kind. Has she been on "Meet The Press"?) Anyway, if she is going to be a presidential candidate, she needs to change her tone. Even though there is no campaign going on right now, she comes across as very partisan and very harsh. I think my new nickname for her is "Shrill Hill."

I saw Joe Lieberman on another show this week. In contrast, he comes across as very likeable. He smiled the whole time. He is a bit too liberal for me, but I think he would appeal to swing voters much more than the polarizing Mrs. Clinton.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Tribute To Arafat

"Yasser Arafat was the father of the modern Palestinian nationalist movement. A powerful human symbol and forceful advocate, Palestinians united behind him in their pursuit of a homeland." --Jimmy Carter, on fellow Peace Prize-winning Arafat's death 11 November (Guess the fact that he was a terrorist is not a matter of concern)
I'm off to Orlando for the day so no more blogging for me. Unfortunately, I am going on a business trip and not going to DISNEY!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Shooting in Fallujah

I think those who would like to judge this young Marine might want to try walking in his shoes for the day. He thinks the wounded man is playing dead and he doesn't know what he may do. The Marine was shot the day prior and I imagine the only thought going through his mind is that of self-preservation. These soldiers are dealing with terrorists and they have no rules of warfare.


Secretary of State Rice

President Bush promoted his most trusted foreign policy adviser to Secretary of State on Tuesday, tapping Condoleezza Rice to replace warrior-turned-diplomat Colin Powell as part of a sweeping second-term Cabinet overhaul. "The secretary of state is America's face to the world and in Dr. Rice the world will see the strength, grace and decency of our country," Bush said of his national security adviser.
Looks like she already has a fan club! I for one have been very impressed by her. I watched some of the 9/11 Commission hearings and watched her hold her own under attack. She also comes across with grace and dignity. In contrast, I look at Madeline Albright (Clinton's Secretary of State) who thought Bush had Bin Laden hidden away! Albright sounds like she has been watching too many Michael Moore movies.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Democratic "Party"

You Are Invited to the Party!!!!!

Due to the cancellation of the Inaugural Ball for Senator Kerry... There will be a small Soiree' (pity party) for those who have already bought their attire.The nights' entertainment will be provided by the DIXIE CHICKS & Bruce Springsteen.

Tissues for excessive self pity will be furnished by Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.We are pleased to announce DAN RATHER will be our Master of ceremonies!!!Yeah!!!! Cameron Diaz has pledged CUPCAKES!! What's this?.... a Free Screening of Fahrenheit 911! Thank you, Michael Moore. Ashton Kutcher will sign his latest book..."I open my mouth... and stupid falls out."

P Diddy will not be in attendance; he is still trying to get the vote out.If you see him, tell him that he was not "disenfranchised" from this event. He can come home now. Barbara Streisand is preparing for her next role and will not be here, (boohoo); she will be starring as Teresa Heinz Kerry in the sad story of "ShoveIt."

Ted Kennedy will be tending the bar (of course). He demanded a contract first. Serve one, drink two. Serve two, drink four - - -Just in..... Sour grapes will be provided by the Heinz Corporation. Cheeseis available with the whine. Larry Flynt will be taking "official" photos -Terry McAuliffe will be making an appearance - but only at the window - on the outside looking in. George Soros will arrive in a gilded chariot pulled by eight white horses. Teresa will be stunning in a jeweled hospital gown. She is coming directly from "election" surgery - had her lips stapled!

Susan Estrich, being picky about her diet, will be bringing her own crow. John Kerry will be flippin' the burgers... flipping is something he has proven to be very good at. Lots of Ketchup folks, the white house has donated thousands of bottles of Heinz relish, mustard, and all the pickles too. A spokesman reports theyhave switched to an alternative brand. Attention all actors: Norman Lear is casting for his new television show"Fahrenheit 11-2-04 how'd the GOP do that?"After counseling guests on moral issues, the Reverend Jesse Jackson will be sweeping up. Hope to see you all there... not much else going on.


Sunday, November 14, 2004

Carville with egg on his face..... Posted by Hello

Conspiracy Theories

Ann Coulter has a new column about the election results and the theories that somehow there was something funny going on. I know liberals hate Ann, but I find her very entertaining. She makes liberals seem so silly....(maybe they are??)

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Scott Peterson Verdict

I thought I would just give my two cents on the verdict. I am one of the unusual conservatives who was never convinced that OJ Simpson was guilty. I could not find a piece of evidence that convinced me beyond a reasonable doubt. I am convinced that Peterson is guilty. I am not sure exactly how he did it though. The two pieces of evidence that I can't get past are the fact that he was at the scene where the bodies washed up and his attitude. The scene was far from his home. If it was a lake around the corner and the bodies washed up, that might be a coincidence. The odds in my opinion that it is a coincidence or that "homeless people" drove the body that far away just doesn't make sense to me. As far as Scott's attitude, he showed absolutely no concern that his wife was missing. He was out having the time of his life with his new girlfriend. How someone could act this way when their wife and child have disappeared is just foreign to me. I think he is a person that does not have a conscience. I guess the only puzzling thing to me is that someone as loved as Laci seems to have been could have married such a cad!

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veteran's Day 2004


"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
"It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
"It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
"It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag."
-- Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

On a lighter note.... Posted by Hello

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

President Kerry (Not!)

One sunny day in 2005, an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Kerry."

The Marine replied, "Sir, Mr. Kerry is not President and doesn't reside here." The old man said, "Okay," And walked away.

The following day, the same man approached the White House, and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Kerry." The Marine again told the man, "Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Kerry is not President and doesn't reside here."

The man thanked him and again walked away. The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same Marine, saying "I would like to go in and meet with President Kerry." The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Kerry. I've told you already that Mr. Kerry is not the President and doesn't reside here. Don't you understand?" The old man answered, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it. "The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow."

Monday, November 08, 2004


*Of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character: moral scrutiny; a moral quandary.
*Teaching or exhibiting goodness or correctness of character and behavior: a moral lesson.
*Conforming to standards of what is right or just in behavior; virtuous: a moral life.
*Arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong: a moral obligation.
*Having psychological rather than physical or tangible effects: a moral victory; moral support.
*Based on strong likelihood or firm conviction, rather than on the actual evidence: a moral certainty

Defininitions of morals from the dictionary

I am listening to all the discussion about values and morals after the exit poll that stated it was one of the issues that voters decided on. It is interesting to me that many Democrats feel that morals relate to minimum wage, healthcare policy, poverty... They don't ever see it as personal responsibility. They see morals as my responsibility to take care of others, instead of as my responsibility to make good choices for my own life. My thought is if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. When you make wise choices, usually it will lead to good results in your own life. Then you don't need someone to give you minimum wage because you have skills that will command more than that. You don't need all the poverty programs because people are making enough money to take care of themselves. My liberal friends quote the Bible as saying take care of the poor, but they forget the verses about you reap what you sow!

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Not Arlen Specter

How sad that instead of just being able to enjoy the victory of President Bush, this stupid Senator has to open his big mouth and start off with a controversy. I don't like Arlen Specter. It is not just his pro-choice views, it is his disloyalty and his own sense of self importance. I do not think he should be rewarded for his behavior with the prize of the Chairman of the Judiciary. I hope that others will agree with me and let the proper people know your feelings.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

One of my liberal friends told me it is easier to be gracious when you win! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, November 03, 2004


It has been a long and stressful campaign. Each day I would wonder what news the media would spring on the electorate in the hopes of helping their candidate win. However, at the end of the day, I am proud to be an American. The majority of the country has made the decision to stay the course behind a man that I consider a really great President. He has shown courage in the face of evil, determination in the face of difficult times, and grace during unending vicious attacks. I am proud to live in a country that re-elected such a man.

However, I also know that the Left is going to be brimming with even more anger and viciousness. Instead of looking to see what they are doing that is causing their party to continue to lose, I believe there will just be more of the same. Hopefully, they can find some moderate voices to help lead them away from the path they seem to be choosing.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Bush's Tampa Rally

I just returned from the Bush rally here in Tampa. Legends Field (where the NY Yankees train) was filled to capacity (unfortunately I don't know how many that is.) The crowd was very enthusiastic. I arrived at 12:30 and was one of the last ones in. Bush did not arrive until 2:30, but no one seemed to be leaving. Tino Martinez, the baseball player, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jeb Bush, Mel Tillis, some wrestler (didn't know him) and Laura, his wife accompanied him.

There were about five protestors on the street corners, but everyone inside the stadium was very well-behaved. It was very exciting to see our President and hopefully encourage him in these last few days of the election.

(Also "Stolen Honor" aired on Pax this morning.)

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Vote Tuesday and vote Bush! Posted by Hello

Friday, October 29, 2004

George Bush's Faith

This is a link to a video which explores the Christian faith of George W. Bush. It amazes me how the left can be so mocking of something which has made him a better person. I watched Phil Donohue on "Hannity & Colmes" and he referenced GWB's religious faith. He said GWB talks to God and thinks he talks back, like he is some kind of loon. Never mind the fact that Donohue's eyes were almost popping out of his head as he was talking about the Iraq war!

I am exicted to have tickets to see George W. Bush on Sunday as he makes a campaign stop here in Tampa. Tampa definitely is a swing city. I think where I work we are pretty evenly divided among the two parties. Obviously some people (like me) are more outspoken than others about their opinions.

I look forward to Tuesday and this election being over. I think it is stressful for all who really care a lot about it. I just hope that we as a country have the good sense to re-elect GWB and show the world that we won't back down and we will not be intimidated by terrorists. Once they sense your weakness, then you are all the more vulnerable.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Swift Boat Veterans

The Tampa Tribune wrote a hit piece on the Swift Boat veterans today. The piece begins with the fact that the group has made an ad buy of $3.2 million here in Florida. Well, most Republicans know that the Swift Boat veterans make Democrats go loony (Lawrence O'Donnell). So the article starts with the usual... that all the accusations have been debunked. Then it goes on to talk about how they are financed by close associates of Karl Rove and called a "shill for the Bush campaign." This article even defends "Christmas in Cambodia" by saying that John Kerry's patrol boat went within yards of the border, but not actually into Cambodia. Guess the author forgot about the small fact that Kerry talked about Nixon sending troops there WHEN NIXON WASN'T EVEN PRESIDENT!! Anyway, the way I deal with my frustration is that every time the media attacks the Swift Boat veterans, I go to their web site and give them money. It makes me feel so much better! Anyone else who would like to try this therapy, their web site is

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Kerry's Record

Kerry's only 11 bills that ever became law- quite a record!

In the debates, President Bush said that John Kerry had written only fivebills that became law. Senator Kerry said that 56 laws he had written (or co-written) had passed.President Bush was apparently wrong - there seem to be 11 that became law. Mr. Bush should correct the record. In fact, there were 56 that passed in the Senate, but only 11 of them wereactually passed by both houses of Congress and signed by a President. Here are the only 11 bills ever passed with John Kerry's name on them:

99th Congress:
A concurrent resolution expressing solidarity with the Sakharov family
100th Congress:
101st Congress:
A joint resolution designating a week in Oct 1989 as "World Population Awareness week"
102nd Congress:
Another joint resolution designating week in Oct 1999 as "World Population Awareness week"
A joint resolution designating Nov 13, 1992 as "Vietnam Veterans Memorial10th Anniversary Day"
A Joint resolution designating September 18, 1992 as "National POW/MIArecognition day"
A bill to authorize appropriations to carry out the National Sea GrantCollege Program Act
103rd Congress:
A bill to re-designate a federal Building as the "Frederick C. MurphyFederal Center"
A bill to authorize appropriations for the Marine Mammal Protection act
104th Congress:
105th Congress:
106th Congress:
A bill to amend the Small Business Act with respect to the Women'sbusiness center program
107th Congress:
A bill to reauthorize the Small Business Technology Transfer program
108th Congress:
A bill to award a congressional gold medal to Jackie Robinson.

This is Senator Kerry's total record of achievement in his 20 years in the U.S. Senate.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Good News From Iraq

Some good news from Iraq (I heard this on Rush Limbaugh.) I thought it was time we focused on some of the things that are going right in Iraq. We certainly are all aware of all the things that are going wrong.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Violence in this Election Season

I was just reading Michelle Malkin's web site and how it was not funny that Ann Coulter had pies thrown at her. I watched the video link and it looked like a pretty frightening experience. I think the Democrats are stirring up their people with such hatred in order to get out the vote that I think it is starting to be frightening. Bush-Cheney campaign headquarters are being vandalized all over the country. Voters are being subjected to intimidation at voting precincts. I thought elections were supposed to be won on the basis of ideas, not brute force. We are on a slippery slope if things continue like this. It frightens me to think what will happen if Kerry doesn't win ( not that I want that), but Democrats have got their people in a frenzy and who knows what the outlet will be if they lose. I even have a liberal co-worker who is really a nice person. However, if you get her on the right topic, she can get so worked up. Talk about Halliburton or minimum wage or some Michael Moore issue and she really gets emotional. I sometimes entertain myself by just saying everything that I know makes her mad....

Friday, October 22, 2004

The Death of Liberalism - Raymond S. Kraft

"The threat is great, the battle is hard, therefore we should do nothing.We might lose! The gangs are running wild in L.A. Somebody might get hurt. Get rid of the police! Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat, and had sunk more than four hundred British ships in their convoys between England and America for food and war materials. Bushido Japan had overrun most of Asia, beginning in 1928, killing millions of civilians throughout China, and impressing millions more as slave labor.The US was in an isolationist, pacifist, mood, and most Americans andCongress wanted nothing to do with the European war, or the Asian war. Then along came Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and in outrage Congress unanimously declared war on Japan, and the following day on Germany, which had not attacked us. It was a dicey thing. We had few allies. France was not an ally, the Vichy government of France aligned with its German occupiers. Germany was not an ally, it was an enemy, and Hitler intended to set up a Thousand Year Reich in Europe. Japan was not an ally, it was intent on owning and controlling all of Asia. Japan and Germany had long-term ideas of invading Canada and Mexico, and then the United States over the north and south borders, after they had settled control of Asia and Europe. America's allies then were England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia, and Russia, and that was about it.

There were no other countries of any size or military significance with the will and ability to contribute much or anything to the effort to defeat Hitler's Germany and Japan, and prevent the global dominance of Nazism. And we had to send millions of tons of arms, munitions, and war supplies to Russia, England, and the Canadians, Aussies, Irish, and Scots, because none of them could produce all they needed for themselves. All of Europe, from Norway to Italy, except Russia in the east, was already under the Nazi heel. America was not prepared for war. America had stood down most of its military after WWI and throughout the depression, at the outbreak of WWII there were army units training with broomsticks over their shoulders because they didn't have guns, and cars with "tank" painted on the doors because they didn't have tanks. And a big chunk of our navy had just been sunk and damaged at Pearl Harbor. Britain had already gone bankrupt, saved only by the donation of $600 million in gold bullion in the Bank of England that was the property ofBelgium and was given by Belgium to England to carry on the war whenBelgium was overrun by Hitler - actually, Belgium surrendered one day,because it was unable to oppose the German invasion, and the Germans bombed Brussels into rubble the next day anyway just to prove they could. Britain had been holding out for two years already in the face of staggering shipping loses and the near-decimation of its air force in the Battle of Britain, and was saved from being overrun by Germany only because Hitler made the mistake of thinking the Brits were a relatively minor threat that could be dealt with later and turning his attention to Russia, at a time when England was on the verge of collapse in the late summer of1940.

Russia saved America's ass by putting up a desperate fight for two years until the US got geared up to begin hammering away at Germany. Russia lost something like 24 million people in the sieges of Stalingrad and Moscow,90% of them from cold and starvation, mostly civilians, but also more than a million soldiers. More than a million. Had Russia surrendered, then, Hitler would have been able to focus his entire campaign against the Brits, then America, and the Nazis would have won that war. Had Hitler not made that mistake and invaded England in 1940 or 1941, instead, there would have been no England for the US and the Brits to use as a staging ground to prepare an assault on Nazi Europe, England would not have been able to run its North African campaign to help take a little pressure off Russia while America geared up for battle, and today Europe would very probably be run by the Nazis, the Third Reich, and, isolated and without any allies (not even the Brits), the US would very probably have had to cede Asia to the Japanese, who were basically Nazis by another name then, and the world we live in today would be very different and much worse. I say this to illustrate that turning points in history are often dicey things. And we are at another one.

There is a very dangerous minority in Islam that either has, or wants and may soon have, the ability to deliver small nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons, almost anywhere in the world, unless they are prevented from doing so. France, Germany, and Russia, have been selling them weapons technology at least as recently as 2002, as have North Korea, Syria, and Pakistan, paid for with billions of dollars Saddam Hussein skimmed from the "Oil For Food"program administered by the UN with the complicity of Kofi Annan and his son.The Jihadis, the militant Muslims, are basically Nazis in Kaffiyahs - they believe that Islam, a radically conservative (definitely not liberal!) form of Wahhabi Islam, should own and control the Middle East first, then Europe, then the world, and that all who do not bow to Allah should be killed, enslaved, or subjugated. They want to finish the Holocaust, destroy Israel, purge the world of Jews. This is what they say.

There is also a civil war raging in the Middle East - for the most part not a hot war, but a war of ideas. Islam is having its Inquisition and itsReformation today, but it is not yet known which will win - the Inquisition, or the Reformation.If the Inquisition wins, then the Wahhabis, the Jihadis, will control theMiddle East, and the OPEC oil, and the US, European, and Asian economies, the techno-industrial economies, will be at the mercy of OPEC - not an OPEC dominated by the well-educated and rational Saudis of today, but an OPEC dominated by the Jihadis. You want gas in your car? You want heating oil next winter? You want jobs? You want the dollar to be worth anything? You better hope the Jihad, the Muslim Inquisition, loses, and the Islamic Reformation wins. If the Reformation movement wins, that is, the moderate Muslims who believe that Islam can respect and tolerate other religions, and live in peace with the rest of the world, and move out of the 10th century into the 21st, then the troubles in the Middle East will eventually fade away, and a moderate and prosperous Middle East will emerge.

We have to help the Reformation win, and to do that we have to fight the Inquisition, i.e., the Wahhabi movement, the Jihad, Al Qaeda, the Islamic terrorist movements. We have to do it somewhere.We cannot do it nowhere. And we cannot do it everywhere at once.We have created a focal point for the battle now at the time and place ofour choosing, in Iraq. Not in New York, not in London, or Paris, orBerlin, but in Iraq, where we did and are doing two very important things:(1) We deposed Saddam Hussein. Whether Saddam Hussein was directly involved in 9/11 or not, it is undisputed that Saddam has been actively supporting the terrorist movement for decades. Saddam is a terrorist. Saddam is, or was, a weapon of mass destruction, who is responsible for the deaths of probably more than a million Iraqis and two million Iranians. (2) We created a battle, a confrontation, a flash point, with Islamic terrorism in Iraq. We have focused the battle. We are killing bad guys there, and the ones we get there we won't have to get here, or anywhere else. We also have a good shot at creating a democratic, peaceful Iraq,which will be a catalyst for democratic change in the rest of the Middle East, and an outpost for a stabilizing American military presence in the Middle East for as long as it is needed. The Euros could have done this, but they didn't, and they won't. We now know that rather than opposing the rise of the Jihad, the French, Germans,and Russians were selling them arms - we have found more than a million tons of weapons and munitions in Iraq.

If Iraq was not a threat to anyone,why did Saddam need a million tons of weapons?And Iraq was paying for French, German, and Russian arms with money skimmed from the UN Oil For Food Program (supervised by UN Secretary General KofiAnnan and his son) that was supposed to pay for food, medicine, andeducation, for Iraqi children.World War II, the war with the German and Japanese Nazis, really began with a "whimper" in 1928. It did not begin with Pearl Harbor. It began withthe Japanese invasion of China. It was a war for fourteen years before America joined it. It officially ended in 1945 - a 17 year war - and was followed by another decade of US occupation in Germany and Japan to get those countries reconstructed and running on their own again . . . a 27 year war. World War II cost the United States an amount equal to approximately a full year's GDP - adjusted for inflation, equal to about$12 trillion dollars, WWII cost America more than 400,000 killed in action, and nearly 100,000 still missing in action. [The Iraq war has, so far, cost the US about $120 billion, which is roughlywhat 9/11 cost New York. It has also cost about 1,000 American lives,which is roughly 1/3 of the 3,000 lives that the Jihad snuffed on 9/11.] But the cost of not fighting and winning WWII would have been unimaginably greater - a world now dominated by German and Japanese Nazism. Americans have a short attention span, now, conditioned I suppose by 30 minute TV shows and 2-hour movies in which everything comes out okay. The real world is not like that. It is messy, uncertain, and sometimes bloody and ugly. Always has been, and probably always will be. If we do this thing in Iraq successfully, it is probable that the Reformation will ultimately prevail. Many Muslims in the Middle East hope it will. We will be there to support it. It has begun in some countries, Libya, for instance. And Dubai. And Saudi Arabia. If we fail, the Inquisition will probably prevail, and terrorism from Islam will be with us for all the foreseeable future, because the Inquisition, or Jihad, believes they are called by Allah to kill all the Infidels, and that death in Jihadis glorious.

The bottom line here is that we will have to deal with Islamic terrorism until we defeat it, whenever that is. It will not go away on its own. Itwill not go away if we ignore it.If the US can create a reasonably democratic and stable Iraq, then we have an "England" in the Middle East, a platform, from which we can work to help modernize and moderate the Middle East. The history of the world is the clash between the forces of relative civility and civilization, and the barbarians clamoring at the gates. The Iraq war is merely another battle in this ancient and never-ending war. And now, for the first time ever,the barbarians are about to get nuclear weapons. Unless we prevent them. Or somebody does.The Iraq war is expensive, and uncertain, yes. But the consequences of not fighting it and winning it will be horrifically greater.

We have four options -1. We can defeat the Jihad now, before it gets nuclear weapons. 2. We can fight the Jihad later, after it gets nuclear weapons (which may be as early as next year, if Iran's progress on nuclear weapons is whatIran claims it is). 3. We can surrender to the Jihad and accept its dominance in the Middle East, now, in Europe in the next few years or decades, and ultimately inAmerica. 4. Or we can stand down now, and pick up the fight later when the Jihadis more widespread and better armed, perhaps after the Jihad has dominated France and Germany and maybe most of the rest of Europe. It will be more dangerous, more expensive, and much bloodier then.Yes, the Jihadis say that they look forward to an Islamic America. If you oppose this war, I hope you like the idea that your children, orgrandchildren, may live in an Islamic America under the Mullahs and the Sharia, an America that resembles Iran today.We can be defeatist, as many Democrats and Liberals, peace-activists andanti-war types seem to be, and concede, surrender, to the Jihad, or we can do whatever it takes to win this war against them.The history of the world is the history of civilizational clashes, cultural clashes. All wars are about ideas, ideas about what society and civilization should be like, and the most determined always win. Those who are willing to be the most ruthless always win. The pacifists always lose, because the anti-pacifists kill them.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Kerry Bumper Sticker Posted by Hello

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

My first blog

I'm so excited to be trying this. I don't have too much to say as I am really just learning how to post. I think blogs are so exciting, because they allow different people to share so many ideas with others. They also allow people to challenge other people's thinking. (Although I work with some liberals who try to do that to me everyday!)

It is less than two weeks to the election. I am a Bush supporter who lives in Florida. I have sent in my absentee ballot already. I am also busy bothering my Republican co-workers to make sure they vote. Voter fraud and the venom coming from Democrats scares me, but I try to be optimistic.