Thursday, November 24, 2005

Iraq

Some good news.....

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Walmart

Some interesting data....

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


From Michelle Malkin Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Al-Qaeda's Rhetoric

I would take this as a compliment.....

Friday, November 11, 2005

Seventh Heaven

Any more wholesome TV in the works?

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Sunday, November 06, 2005


More humor.... Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 04, 2005

Jimmy Carter

Never thought I would agree with him on anything....

What do you expect in California?

The Democrat-dominated Sacramento City Council has crossed the line. At a time when we have men and women of the U.S. military fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Sacramento City Council has issued a resolution condemning the war against terrorism in Iraq. The Democrats on the City Council are now serving as the political arm for some of the vilest, anti-American and anti-military groups operating in this country. One of the principle groups involved in lobbying for the resolution's passage was Sacramento for Democracy - a group that promoted Cindy Sheehan's rise to prominence and also Stephen Pearcy (the man who hanged a U.S. Soldier in Effigy from a noose atop his house, with an American flag displayed upside down in distress).

Thursday, November 03, 2005


Humor for the day.... Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Tom Delay

Sometimes all you have to do is ask.....

Monday, October 31, 2005


From Blogs for Bush Posted by Picasa

It's Alito

Conservatives should be happy.....

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Supreme Court Nominee

I wonder if this time, Bush will try to please the base.....

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Bad News for Harriet Miers

Written by Gary Halbert - Investor's Insight

This story has not yet made it into the mainstream media (I do not know why); apparently none of the Senators on the Judiciary Committee know about it; and it remains to be seen if the Bush administration knows about it. What follows is a bizarre story, and it happened right here in Austin, Texas.

In the late 1970's, a former NFL football player named Russell Erxleben set up a foreign currency trading company called Austin Forex International. Erxleben had been the star kicker for the Texas Longhorns before going pro, so he was widely-known in the Austin area. Erxleben held the record for the longest field goal in NCAA history.

I first met Russell Erxleben in late 1997 when I was coaching my son's Pop Warner football team. I coached and served on the Board of the Lake Travis Pop Warner Youth Association for a number of years. Erxleben had a son a year younger than my son, and he was one of the coaches on that team (I never actually coached with him).

According to the Texas State Securities Board and the Texas Attorney General, Erxleben raised over $50 million from some 800 investors, most of whom lived in Austin, for his foreign currency business. As it turned out, it was pretty much a Ponzi scheme. The State Securities Board and the Attorney General shut him down in September of 1998. Shortly thereafter, the Feds got involved (SEC, IRS, etc.). All of the money had disappeared.

On September 18, 2000, a US District Court sentenced Erxleben to 84 months in prison, a $1 million fine and $28 million in restitution in connection with his conviction for one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, mail fraud and money laundering, and a second count of securities fraud in connection with his activities as president of Austin Forex International, Inc.
So what does any of this have to do with Harriet Miers? A bunch!

The main law firm that Erxleben used was Locke, Liddell & Sapp in Dallas. In 1996, Harriet Miers was elected president of Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell -- which later became Locke, Liddell & Sapp. On Oct. 13, 1999, a suit was filed in Austin alleging that Locke, Liddell & Sapp, under Harriet Miers' reign, had developed "work product" including internal memos and notes that aided Austin Forex International in its scheme to defraud investors.

When the case naming the law firm as a defendant surfaced in 1999, Harriet Miers was adamant that Locke, Liddell & Sapp had done nothing wrong. "Locke Liddell has done nothing improper and in our judgment never should have been named as a defendant," she told the press at the time.

Still, on April 14, 2000, Locke Liddell agreed to pay $22 million to settle the suit. I don't know if this is true, but Bankrupt.com noted that the amount was so high because court authorities approving the settlement believe that Locke Liddell's behavior in the fraud was so outrageous that an example needed to be made of the firm to serve as a warning to other firms that they have an obligation to take action when they become aware that a client's actions are causing harm to third parties. Moreover, no firm can ever participate in a client's fraud, whether by advice and internal memos, or by guidance which ends up being communicated to clients.
In fairness to Miss Miers, during this same period she had been selected by then Governor Bush to head-up the scandal-ridden Texas Lottery Commission. She may not have even known about Erxleben's fraudulent activities. But she was, after all, president of Locke, Liddell and the co-managing partner.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Blinks of George W. Bush

Wonder who gets to count the blinks?

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Harriet Miers

http://www.vvcc.org/

Here is the link to the church that Harriet Miers attends in Dallas. It might give some insight into some of her beliefs....

I agree with this analysis....

Saturday, October 01, 2005

More Political Correctness

The Washington Nationals professional baseball club has suspended a volunteer chaplain and rebuked a baseball player because they hold religious beliefs that are "Religiously Incorrect."

Volunteer chaplain Joe Moeller and outfielder Ryan Church were having a conversation concerning Christianity. Church asked Moeller a question about Jesus and salvation. "I said, like, Jewish people, they don't believe in Jesus. Does that mean they're doomed?" Church asked.

Volunteer chaplain Moeller simply nodded his head in agreement. For his "religiously incorrect" thinking—even if it was simply a nod of the head—Moeller was suspended. Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, leader of an Orthodox Jewish congregation in Washington, said, "The Nationals did a good job about bringing hate into the locker room."

A chaplain and a baseball player are accused of hate speech because they were discussing a basic tenet of their faith! Wow! Now it is not "religiously correct" for Christians to just "think" that salvation comes through Christ alone. The Nationals immediately suspended Chaplain Moeller and Church issued an apology for asking the question.

Dr. Richard Land, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, had this to say: "The worst this chaplain could be convicted of is ascribing to orthodox Christian faith, which is what you want from a Christian chaplain."

Ever see a baby porcupine??? Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Bill Nelson Supports the Pledge

Dear Miss Munsch:

Thank you for contacting me about S. 1046, the Pledge Protection Act,introduced by Senator Kyl. A Federal district court in California recently ruled that thePledge of Allegiance cannot be recited in public schools because itcontains a reference to God. In 2002, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declared the pledge an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. I disagree with both these decisions. The Declaration ofIndependence leaves no doubt about the attitude of our founding fathers with regard to divine providence. The authors of the Declaration wrote,“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” On September 15, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution, which I co-sponsored, that affirms the pledge, stating that the phrase “one nation under God” reflects the religious faith central to the founding ofthe nation and that its recitation is “a fully constitutional expression of patriotism.”The Pledge Protection Act is pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Although I do not serve on that committee, I will keep your views in mind if this legislation reaches the Senate floor. Please don’t hesitate to contact me in the future. Your opinions are important to me.

Senator Bill Nelson

Sunday, September 25, 2005


Why men are becoming Republicans.... Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Thoughts on Katrina

Subject: Mc Comb aftermath of Katrina
To my friends and family: From a Mc Comb Resident

What I have seen since Katrina:The poor and the wealthy hurt by the storm. Black, white, Hispanic, Oriental and Indian all hurt by the storm. Christian people giving, giving, giving. Churches going all out to minister in Jesus' name. Neighbors going door to door helping one another. Thugs and hoodlums going door to door looking for someone vulnerable. Ice and water being fought over as police tried to keep the peace. People coming up from New Orleans taking over empty houses because shelters are full .Out of town volunteers coming with food and staying for now a week still serving it. The Churches all over this part of the country doing what Christians do in a crisis. The Red Cross doing a great job in the shelters. The Salvation Army doing a great job in the community. Four Hundred crewman from everywhere bring back the power to our homes, churches and businesses. Lines at service stations a block to a mile long. National Guardsman patrolling the streets of Mc Comb along with Kentucky policemen protecting us from the hoodlums and thugs of Mc Comb, Pike Countyand New Orleans (the most dangerous city in the world before Katrina.) Drug dealers working outside shelters. Doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel working tirelessly, even sleeping in the hospital to do the job God called them to do.

WHAT I HAVE NOT SEEN;
The ACLU setting up a feeding line.
People for the American Way helping in the shelters.
The NAACP doing any work whatsoever.
The American Atheist organization serving meals in the shelters.
Jesse Jackson directing traffic at the gas stations.

I could go on but you get my message. Its the Christian people with love and compassion who do the work. The gripers in Congress should come on down and get in line to pass the water and the ice. Are you listening Hillary, Chuck, Teddy and all the sorry loafers we call Senators and Congressmen. They don't have a clue as to what this life is all about here on the Gulf Coast.

Boy I feel better now.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Political Correctness

HOW THE D-DAY INVASION WOULD BE REPORTED BY TODAY'S PRESS

NORMANDY, FRANCE (June 6, 1944)

Three hundred French civilians were killed and thousands more were wounded today in the first hours of America's invasion of continental Europe. Casualties were heaviest among women and children. Most of the French casualties were the result of artillery fire from American ships attempting to knock out German fortifications prior to the landing of hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops. Reports from a makeshift hospital in the French town of St. Mere Eglise said the carnage was far worse than the French had anticipated, and that reaction against the American invasion was running high. "We are dying for no reason, "said a Frenchman speaking on condition of anonymity. "Americans can't even shoot straight. I never thought I'd say this, but life was better under Adolph Hitler."

The invasion also caused severe environmental damage. American troops, tanks, trucks and machinery destroyed miles of pristine shoreline and thousands of acres of ecologically sensitive wetlands. It was believed that the habitat of the spineless French crab was completely wiped out, thus threatening the species with extinction. A representative of Greenpeace said his organization, which had tried to stall the invasion for over a year, was appalled at the destruction, but not surprised. "This is just another example of how the military destroys the environment without a second thought," said Christine Moanmore. "And it's all about corporate greed." Contacted at his Manhattan condo, a member of the French government-in-exile who abandoned Paris when Hitler invaded, said the invasion was based solely on American financial interests. "Everyone knows that President Roosevelt has ties to 'big beer'," said Pierre LeWimp. "Once the German beer industry is conquered, Roosevelt's beer cronies will control the world market and make a fortune."

Administration supporters said America's aggressive actions were based in part on the assertions of controversial scientist Albert Einstein, who sent a letter to Roosevelt speculating that the Germans were developing a secret weapon -- a so-called "atomic bomb". Such a weapon could produce casualties on a scale never seen before, and cause environmental damage that could last for thousands of years. Hitler has denied having such a weapon and international inspectors were unable to locate such weapons even after spending two long weekends in Germany. Shortly after the invasion began, reports surfaced that German prisoners had been abused by American soldiers. Mistreatment of Jews by Germans at their so-called "concentration camps" has been rumored, but so far this remains unproven. Several thousand Americans died during the first hours of the invasion, and French officials are concerned that the uncollected corpses will pose a public-health risk. "The Americans should have planned for this in advance," they said. "It's their mess, and we don't intend to help clean it up."

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

In Defense of President Bush

I'm tired of hearing the Bush-bashing regarding the Katrina disaster...

So here are a few facts to remember ( from Newsmax)

*President Bush declared Louisiana a disaster area two days before the hurricane struck the New Orleans area.
*President Bush urged New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to order the mandatory evacuation that was issued on Sunday, August 28.
*First responders to a disaster are always state and local emergency agencies. FEMA is there to supplement the state and local activities.
*The hurricane threatened an area as large as 90,000 square miles covering three states. Immediate relief could not possibly have been delivered to all the places that required attention.
*An AP photo showed a large fleet of New Orleans buses soaking in six feet of water. The mayor apparently had the means to evacuate many of the folks who ended up stranded at the Superdome and the convention center.
*FEMA began its activities immediately, not expecting the magnitude of the flooding, the non-response at the city and state level, and the anarchy that resulted.
*The local and state governments had rehearsed for a different scenario. Disaster drills in New Orleans had taken place, but with a false assumption that the levees would hold.
*Both the law and protocol prohibit the president from ordering military troops into a state without a formal request to do so from the governor of the affected state.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

William Rehnquist

President George W. Bush issued the following statement on the passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Our nation is saddened today by the news that Chief Justice William Rehnquist passed away last night. Laura and I send our respect and deepest sympathy to this good man's children, Jim, Janet and Nancy. We send our respect to all the members of the Rehnquist family.

William H. Rehnquist was born and raised in Wisconsin. He was the grandson of Swedish immigrants. Like so many of his generation, he served in the Army during World War II. He went on to college with the help of the G.I. Bill. He studied law at Stanford University. He graduated first in his class. That included his future colleague Sandra Day O'Connor.
Judge Rehnquist and his late wife, Nan, raised their family in Phoenix, where he built a career as one of Arizona's leading attorneys. He went on to even greater distinction in public service: as an assistant U.S. attorney general, associate justice of the Supreme Court and, for the past 19 years, chief justice of the United States. He was extremely well-respected for his powerful intellect. He was respected for his deep commitment to the rule of law and his profound devotion to duty. He provided superb leadership for the federal court system, improving the delivery of justice for the American people and earning the admiration of his colleagues throughout the judiciary. Even during a period of illness, Chief Justice Rehnquist stayed on the job to complete the work of his final Supreme Court term. I was honored and I was deeply touched when he came to the Capitol for the swearing-in last January. He was a man of character and dedication. His departure represents a great loss for the court and for our country. There are now two vacancies on the Supreme Court. And it will serve the best interests of the nation to fill those vacancies promptly. I will choose in a timely manner a highly qualified nominee to succeed Chief Justice Rehnquist. As we look to the future of the Supreme Court, citizens of this nation can also look with pride and appreciation on the career of our late chief justice. More than half a century has passed since William H. Rehnquist first came to the Supreme Court as a young law clerk. All of those years, William Rehnquist revered the Constitution and the laws of the United States. He led the judicial branch of government with tremendous wisdom and skill. He honored America with a lifetime of service, and America will honor his memory.

May God bless the Rehnquist family.
Thank you all very much.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Vanderbilt Responds to Katrina

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/katrina/index.html - includes information about displaced college students.....

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Being an American

Subject: FW: From a Tampa Newspaper

Will we still be the Country of choice and still be America if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries that came to live in America because it is the Country of Choice?

Think about it . . All I have to say is, when will they do something about MY RIGHTS? I celebrate Christmas, but because it isn't celebrated by everyone, we can no longer say Merry Christmas. Now it has to be Season's Greetings. It's not Christmas vacation, it's Winter Break Isn't it amazing how this winter break ALWAYS occurs over the Christmas holiday? We've gone so far the other way, bent over backwards to not offend anyone, that I am now being offended.

But it seems that no one has a problem with that. This says it all! This is an editorial written by an American citizen, published in a Tampa newspaper He did quite a job; didn't he? Read on, please! IMMIGRANTS, NOT AMERICANS, MUST ADAPT. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America . Our population is almost entirely made up of descendants of immigrants. However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand. This idea of America being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak ENGLISH , not Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese,Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language! "In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture. If Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. This is OUR COUNTRY, our land, and our lifestyle. Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE. It is Time for America to Speak up!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Gas

Consumer confidence is down because people are spending money on gasoline they would rather spend on everything from better steaks to new furniture. The price of oil could move the nation into a recession in a matter of months. BUT WHY? Every oil expert says that the fundamentals indicate the price of oil should be at $38 to $40 a barrel, yet oil futures are trading in the mid $60 range. The reason for the cost of oil has nothing to do with supply, demand or refinery capacity. The current cost of oil is driven by the "hot money" of hedge funds. A hedge fund can buy millions of dollars of oil futures contracts for just a few hundred thousand dollars. The more "hot money" that flows into futures contracts the higher the price of oil goes, despite the fact that there is actually an oil glut in the Untied States. There is so much oil the refineries can't even keep up with it and we are running out of storage space. Tankers are sitting offshore unable to unload because storage facilities are full. MEANWHILE: The same hedge funds are selling the major industrial stocks (the DOW) short. That means they are selling stocks they don't have at a high price, gambling that as they push up oil the stock market will drop and they can make money on both ends. In other words, rich gamblers are using hedge funds to make themselves huge profits by deliberately destroying the economy. THIS COULD ALL BE STOPPED IN ONE DAY AND THE PRICE OF OIL COULD DROP $20 A BARREL. How? If Treasury Secretary John Snow would hold a news conference and simply tell the truth about the oil reserves on hand and how the hedge funds are manipulating the markets, the whole pyramid scheme would collapse. Dream on ... the Administration believes solidly in the marketplace to correct what is happening. Treasury Department insiders tell me the Secretary believes the hedge funds will finally push the oil to an unsustainable level and the hedge operators will be so damaged that they will leave and not come back. Great idea Mr. Secretary .... if that happens before the economy collapses. WHAT YOU CAN DO: First and foremost don't drive anywhere on Sunday other than church. It's supposed to be a day of rest. Second, don't keep your tank full. Most people are filling their tank when they don't need to because they are afraid the price will go up. Filling the tank up takes gas off the market and drives the price up. If you are going to use ten gallons next week, then just buy ten gallons.

From the Religious Freedom Coalition

Humor

A Wal-Mart store that sells husbands has just opened in Dallas, TX,where a woman may go to choose a husband from among many men.

The store is comprised of 6 floors, and the men increase in positive attributes as the shopper ascends the flights.There is, however, a catch. As you open the door to any floor, you may choose a man from that floor, but if you go up a floor,you cannot go back down except to exit the building.So a woman goes to the shopping center to find a husband...

On the first floor the sign on the door reads: Floor 1 - These men have jobs.

The second floor sign reads: Floor 2 - These men have jobs and love kids.

The third floor sign reads: Floor 3 -These men have jobs, love kids and are extremely good looking."

Wow" so she goes to the fourth floor and sign reads:Floor 4 - These men have jobs, loves kids, are extremely good looking and help with the housework."Oh, mercy me!"

So she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads:Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, help with the housework and have a strong romantic streak.

She is so tempted she goes to the sixth floor and sign reads:Floor 6 - You are visitor 3,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping Wal-Mart's Husband Store. Have a nice day.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Party of No

Democrats remind me of the Capital One/David Spade commerical....

A Slippery Slope

Scary....

Friday, July 22, 2005

Mel Martinez on Dick Durbin

Dear Ms. Munsch:

Thank you for contacting me regarding Senator Richard Durbin’s (D-IL) comments on the Guantanamo Bay detention center. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your concerns. On June 14, 2005, Senator Durbin made regrettable comments on the Senate floor that equated the treatment of detainees by United States Armed Forces personnel at Guantanamo Bay to the treatment of prisoners by the “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime – Pol Pot or others.” These statements greatly trouble me as there is absolutely no proportionality between the two.

I have visited the detainees in Guatanamo, and it is a far different situation than any portrayal or suggestion of systemic abuse or even the loss of life that would be associated with the Nazis, the Soviet gulags, and Pol Pot. Our military personnel who are looking after these detainees have demonstrated tremendous dedication and sacrifice. Senator Durbin’s comments are an insult to the overwhelming majority of men and women working to protect our country.

On June 21, 2005, Senator Durbin apologized for his remarks. I believe Senator Durbin’s apology was appropriate and sincere, and I hope we can now move forward on the important work facing our country.

Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. If you have any additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Mel Martinez
United States Senator

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Hillary

Her real views on immigration.....

Friday, July 15, 2005

Valerie Plame

This article should put the matter to rest.....

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Sunday, July 10, 2005

John Kerry

Clinton says what we all knew....(anyone who thinks the UN is the answer is not who we want in charge)

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Live 8

An interesting perspective on African aid.....

from Evangelical Outpost

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

George W. Bush

Not a very fun way to spend your birthday....

Monday, July 04, 2005


Happy Fourth of July! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Supreme Court Nominee

I read articles like this where liberals expect Bush to pick a moderate. However, when Clinton picked his two nominees, Breyer and Ginsburg, he picked extreme liberals.... Guess it is different when the shoe is on the other foot. I just hope Bush is not swayed by their rhetoric.

Patient puppy.... Posted by Picasa

Thursday, June 23, 2005


Best friend.... Posted by Hello

Baby Munsch

Precious poodle....1988-2005

Monday, June 13, 2005

Powerful Image

For those people who say it is "just a fetus", look at this.....

From Cao's Blog

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Monday, June 06, 2005

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Saturday, May 28, 2005

John Kerry

Finally....

From Michelle Malkin Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Monday, May 23, 2005

Howard Dean

Keep on talking....

Sunday, May 22, 2005

United Nations

Does anybody listen to them anymore?......

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Newsweek

Share your displeasure....

Monday, May 09, 2005


From Cao's Blog - Posted by Hello

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


Smile..... Posted by Hello

Religious Right

This article talks about Christians like they are alien creatures...

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Vietnam - 30 Year Anniversary

I hope people will take a moment and remember those American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.....

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Friday, April 22, 2005

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Culture of Life

"As the scourge of abortion continued to replicate and the world sped downward ever faster into euthanasia -- killing unwanted, inconvenient human beings -- John Paul II coined the phrase that summed up the crisis best. The world's next great moral battle was the battle for life. The world was now confronted with a choice: a choice between aCulture of Life and a Culture of Death. The acuteness of this battle came to the forefront in America over the last three weeks with the Terri Schiavo case. As Schiavo was forcibly starved, the only words that seemed to sum up the grisly spectacle were John Paul II's. No matter where I turned on my radio dial, I heard those words over and over:Culture of Death. I heard the phrase at least a half dozen times on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast on Schiavo's death, spoken almost exclusively by evangelicals. I heard it from secular programming amongst all the various syndicated talk-show hosts, just about all of which are not Catholic ... As Schiavo began to enter the point of no return, around March 30, the result of the removal of a feeding tube, John Paul II, affirming his dedication to life, had a feeding tube inserted. He nearly reached Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day created when he canonized a little known, uneducated Polish nun in 2000. By barely outliving TerriSchiavo, he lived long enough to provide us with a stark contrast, and to remind us of the value of life." --Paul Kengor

Friday, April 08, 2005

Slippery Slope

The door was opened with Terri Schiavo and this is where we are headed....

From Polipundit

Monday, April 04, 2005

Pope John Paul II

"Even at his passage to death as Giovanni Paolo II, he gave messages to others. That he was human. That life is not without meaning, despite all the physical agonies life had to give him. He was given a mission and his mission was over. He had lived his share and it was time to go… He wanted to go away in dignity. The dignity of a man who gave all he could for his purpose in life.”

From National Review - TKS

May he rest in peace....

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

George Felos

I told you he was weird...

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Friday, March 25, 2005

Good Friday

These seven verses are called "The Seven Last Words," or "The Seven Cries from the Cross." They represent the seven last things Jesus said before his death on the cross:

Matthew 27:46
Luke 23:34
Luke 23:43
John 19:26-27
John 19:28
John 19:30
Luke 23:46

I encourage you to look up each one and read it today as your meditation on this Good Friday, the day we remember what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

12 Step Program

OVERCOMING LIBERALISM -- A 12-STEP PROGRAM

Step 1 -- Admitting You're A Liberal This is the first step for every liberal on the way to recovery. It is important to understand that you're not "progressive," "moderate," or"enlightened." You're a liberal, and you need to be honest with yourself about that fact.

Step 2 -- Pledge To Support Your Beliefs With Facts Realize that truth is more important than moral superiority and is the onlyway to come over to reality. You must research beyond propaganda from theSierra Club, Hilllary Clinton, and CNN to understand things as they really exist in the world. You can no longer argue based on "feelings" or emotion. You will actually need to back up your arguments with real information. This is a difficult step, because it means you can't be lazyany more.

Step 3 -- Love America This may be the most difficult step for those of you who are hippies andpeaceniks. Admitting that the country you hate actually stands as a beaconto defend freedom throughout the world can make some of you physically ill.You might want to make a visit to a military cemetery to better understandthat these men and women gave their lives so that you could spew hatred. Otherwise, you would currently be living in a police state that would neverlet you wear that nasty patchouli oil, let alone speak out against yourgovernment.

Step 4 -- Take A College Level Economics Class A Socialist is defined as someone who's never taken an economics class.Most Socialists have a hard time balancing their checkbooks, let aloneexplaining the simple concept of supply-and-demand. It's time to flush your complete ignorance of basic economics down the toilet and understand how the world actually functions. This concept will be very important forthe next steps that involve communism, facts about corporations, and the inefficiencies of government.

Step 5 -- Say "No" To Communism And Socialism While this concept is obvious to most of the free world, it is an importantstep in your recovery process. If you have difficulty with this step,spend a week living and working in Cuba.

Step 6 -- Corporations Are Not Evil If you're reading this article on-line or in an email, it's thanks to corporations. If you get some kind of paycheck, you can thank corporations. If you work for a nonprofit or the government, you still have to thank corporations. The nonprofit sector and the government wouldn't have any money to pay you without corporations. It is also important that you understand that making a profit doesn't equate to"greed" or exploitation. Capitalism has created the greatest society in our world's history. Even communist countries need corporations to survive, so enjoy a nice, hot cup of reality.

Step 7 -- The Government Is Inefficient If you are one of those liberals who believe the government should tax us more in order to take care of society, you need to pay special attention to this step. You need to realize that government bureaucracy will waste most of your tax dollars, while the private sector will put your money to much better use. Even most Democrat politicians understand this to some degree,which is why Hillary's socialist healthcare proposal was voted down by a majority of both Democrats and Republicans. Go to your local post office or call the IRS to ask a tax question if you need a reminder about government inefficiency.

Step 8 -- The Earth Is Not Your "Mother," And She's Not Dying The time has now come to stop your donations to Greenpeace, The SierraClub, and every other EnviroNazi organization to which you belong. Face the reality that the earth, society and our environment are better off today than ever in recorded history and that they are continuing to improve. I realize that many of you tree huggers will have a very difficult time letting go of the Douglas Fir on this one. I would sugges treading The Skeptical Environmentalist by Bjorn Lomborg. Mr. Lomborg is a former member of Greenpeace and is currently a statistics professor at a university in Denmark. He set out to prove the world was in bad shape and ended up surprising himself by proving the exact opposite.

Step 9 -- Stop Smoking The Wacky Tobacco Okay, some of you might need to enter another 12-step program to complete this step. Marijuana is distorting your sense of reality, and you need to stop using it. Besides, you'll save a fortune on snacks.

Step 10 -- Eat A Hamburger If God didn't intend for us to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them out of meat. You can put your sprouts and tofu on the hamburger, but get some meat into you. You'll look and feel better than you ever imagined. You can always remind yourself that Nazi propaganda hailed Adolf Hitler as avegetarian to get you through this step.

Step 11 -- Stop Re-writing Political HistoryIt's now time to admit that Bill Clinton is a lying-cheating-sexist-racist-rapist jackass, Hillary Clinton is one of the worst role models for women in this country, Al Gore really did lose the2000 election by every vote tabulation you attempt, Ronald Reagan ended theCold War and didn't create the homeless problem, John McCain is not a typical Republican, and Jimmy Carter is a nice man but has one of the worst presidential records of anyone in history.

Step 12 -- Be A Missionary Once you have completed the previous steps to overcoming liberalism, it'stime for you to share this awakening with others who are not as fortunate.Go out amongst the liberal sheep and spread the good word of your freedom from the chains of ignorance that once bound you.

Congratulations, and welcome to reality.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Starvation

Wonder if any of them would like to test out their theory...

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Friday, March 18, 2005

A Sad Day

A win for the culture of death....

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

A Win For W

"Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush."

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Joe Lieberman

Democrats are targeting him....

WMD

NY Times: Iraq Had WMD 'Stockpiles' in 2003

In a stunning about-face, the New York Times reported Sunday that when the U.S. attacked Iraq in March 2003, Saddam Hussein possessed "stockpiles of monitored chemicals and materials," as well as sophisticated equipment to manufacture nuclear and biological weapons, which was removed to "a neighboring state" before the U.S. could secure the weapons sites.

From Newsmax

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Democrat Humor

My liberal co-worker sent me this link...It's funny. (We all know GWB can mangle his words at times.)

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Republican Humor

One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week” The florist is pleased and leaves the shop. Next morning when the barber goes to open up, there is a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week." The cop is happy and leaves the shop. Next morning when the barber goes to open up, there is a thank you card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Later a Republican comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week." The Republican is very happy and leaves the shop! Next morning when the barber goes to open up, there is a thank you card and a dozen different books such as “How to Improve your Business” and “Becoming More Successful".

Then a Democrat comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies: "I’m sorry, I cannot accept money from you; “I'm doing community service this week." The Democrat is very happy and leaves the shop. Next morning when the barber goes to open up, there are a dozen Democrats lined up waiting for a free haircut.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Birthday Gifts

Once upon a time, a Sultan was blessed with the birth of a son after years of hoping. The boy immediately became the apple of his father's eye. Just before his son's sixth birthday, the Sultan said to him, "Son, I love you very much. Your birthday is coming soon. What would you like?"

His son replied, "Daddy, I would like to have my own airplane." His father bought him American Airlines. Just before his son's seventh birthday, the Sultan said, "Son, you are my pride and joy. Ask what you want for your birthday. Whatever it is, it's yours."

His son replied, "Daddy, I would like a boat." His father bought him the Princess Cruise Line. Just before his son's eighth birthday the Sultan said, "Son, you bring so much happiness into my life. Anything you want, I shall get for you." His son replied, "Daddy, I would like to be able to watch cartoons."

His father bought him Disney Studios. Just before his son's ninth birthday, the Sultan said, "Son, you are my life. Your birthday is coming soon. Ask what you wish. I will get it for you." His son, who had grown to love Disney, replied, "Daddy, I would like a Mickey Mouse outfit and a Goofy outfit." His father bought him the Democratic Party and CBS news.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Judicial Supremacists and the Despotic Branch

The U.S. Constitution suffered some serious setbacks this week. The future of liberty and the rule of law suffered likewise. It's bad enough that Democrat obstructionists are once again denying President George Bush's federal-bench nominees their constitutionally prescribed up-or-down vote by the full Senate. In a fine example of why we need those nominees on the bench, Leftists on the Supreme Court are, again, "interpreting" the so-called "living Constitution" as a method of altering that venerable document by judicial diktat.Worse yet, these Left-judiciary Supremacists -- Justice Anthony Kennedy and Court Jesters Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, David Souter and John Paul Stevens -- cited "national consensus" as a factor in Tuesday's Roper v. Simmons ruling.

In other words, they disregarded theConstitution's prescription for federalism and republican government in the name of unmitigated democracy. Which is to say, while riding roughshod over the Ninth and Tenth Amendments as they overturned the laws of 19 states, the Supremes blithely pushed the nation one step closer toward what everyone since Plato has described as governance in its most degenerative form.Writing for the majority, Kennedy claimed that Americans had reached a"national consensus" against capital punishment for "children," citing as evidence that only 20 states allow a 17-year-old to be sentenced to death. Of course, Kennedy's logic is utterly at odds with decisions such as Roe v. Wade. In that 1973 decision, the Supremes serendipitously discovered a right to privacy that allowed for the aborting of children, despite the fact that all 50 states had laws at the time either prohibiting or tightly regulating abortion. So we must ask you, Justice Kennedy -- what's all this rubbish about a "national consensus?"

You recall, of course, that in a recent case, the Supremacists discovered a clause in the Constitution specifically stating that a 14-year-old is mature enough to abort the life of her child without parental consent. Now, in Roper v. Simmons, they've found a contradictory clause, which avers that a 17-year-old is not mature enough to be held accountable for capital murder. Adding grievous insult to this "national consensus" injury, Kennedy cited "international consensus" noting "the overwhelming weight of international opinion" as a factor in the Court's decision. Kennedy cited the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child when writing, "The United States is the only country in the world that continues to give official sanction to the juvenile death penalty." Here, his message was all too clear: The High Court is building a tradition of referring"to the laws of other countries and to international authorities as instructive for its interpretation" of the U.S. Constitution.

Sadly, such citing of international standards and conventions seems tobe the latest fashion among the Supremacists.In 2003, Justices Ginsburg and Breyer upheld an affirmative-action policy at the University of Michigan, noting an international treat yendorsing race-based advancement for minorities. Stevens, for his part, cited international law in overturning another capital case: "Within the world community, the...death penalty...is overwhelmingly disapproved." Furthermore, in Lawrence v. Texas, Kennedy wrote that the European Court of Human Rights has affirmed the "rights of homosexua ladults to engage in intimate, consensual conduct."

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said recently, "I suspect that over time we will rely increasingly...on international and foreign courts in examining domestic issues." Justice Breyer added, "We see all the time, Justice O'Connor and I, and the others, how the world really -- it's trite but it's true -- is growing together. The challenge [will be] whether our Constitution...fits into the governing documents of other nations.""How our Constitution fits?"Justice Antonin Scalia, a dependable constitutional constructionist, protested on behalf of the dissenters that capital punishment should, rightly in accordance with constitutional federalism, be determinedby individual states.

"Because I do not believe that the meaning of our Eighth Amendment, any more than the meaning of other provisions of our Constitution, should be determined by the subjective views of five Members of this Court and like-minded foreigners, I dissent. ... To invoke alien law when it agrees with one's own thinking, and ignore it otherwise, is not reasoned decision-making, but sophistry." Just so. Perhaps Justice Scalia recalls this admonition from Founder GeorgeWashington:

"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence...the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government."Clearly, international consensus has no standing whatsoever in the constitutional rule of law in the United States. For that matter, the only relevant "national consensus" is that prescribed by our Constitution for its amendment -- a consensus of the people as represented by two-thirds of the legislatures of the several states. But such facts are lost on Left-judicial activists who are content to legislate from the bench. Just consider this recent comment from Justice Breyer:"The extent to which the Constitution is flexible is a function of what provisions you're talking about." In other words, if he likes it the way it was written, it stands as is. If not, he interprets it, in the words of the august Sen. Sam Ervin, "to mean what it would have said if he, instead of the Founding Fathers, had written it."

Which brings us to the Senate Judiciary Democrats' filibuster ofPresident Bush's nominees. Plainly, the Constitution intended that Executive Branch appointments be subject to confirmation by the full Senate, and that such consideration not be obstructed by a handful of wild-eyed Leftists such as Ted Kennedy.Why are Senate Democrats so insistent on blocking the President's nominations? Because they know the real locus of central government power resides on the federal bench. Many of President Bush's nominees are constitutional constructionists, as intended by our Founders -- those who issue rulings based on the letter of constitutional law rather than interpret it according to their constituent agenda. Yet Kennedy and his ilk are bent on denying consideration of these fine constructionist judges, for they know that the President will likely advance the names of two such nominees to the Supreme Court in this term. As for the constitutionality of their filibuster, even liberal Georgetown law professor Susan Low Bloch argues that supermajority requirements (to overcome the filibuster) for nominations "upset the carefully crafted rules concerning appointment of both executive officials andjudges and...unilaterally limit the power the Constitution gives to the President in the appointments process.

This [allows] the Senate to aggrandize its own role and would unconstitutionally distort the balance of powers established by the Constitution." Clearly, then, filibuster as a method for obstruction of Senate judicial confirmations circumvents the Constitution in both letter and spirit. That has prompted Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to consider what he calls the "nuclear option" -- change the Senate rules on such committeeobstructions in order to get the President's nominees before the full Senate for an up or down vote -- as constitutionally mandated. In fact, it is the Democrats who have exercised the "nuclear option"by circumventing the Constitution!

So what does the Constitution actually prescribe with regard to federalism and the conduct of federal judges, including the Supremes?The Federalist Papers constitute the definitive explication of our national Constitution. In Federalist No. 32 Alexander Hamilton writes,"[T]here is not a syllable in the [Constitution] which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of theConstitution, or which gives them any greater latitude in this respect than may be claimed by the courts of every State." On the subject of federalism, he wrote in No. 81 "...the plan of the [Constitutional]convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the State governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had, and which were not, by that act, exclusively delegated to the United States."

In Federalist No. 45, the author of our Constitution, James Madison, notes: "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce. ... The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives and liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State."

Madison's outline notwithstanding, the scope of activities of the legislative and judicial branches today hardly resemble the limits of our Constitution -- yet nothing in its amendments allows that scope. Concerned for the potential tyranny of the judiciary, Thomas Jefferson warned: "The opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch. ... The Constitution on this hypothesis is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please. ... It has long, however, been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression...that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped."

Jefferson continued: "At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance."Some 200 years later, they are as dangerous as ever.

Notes JusticeScalia, "As long as judges tinker with the Constitution to 'do what the
people want,' instead of what the document actually commands, politicians who pick and confirm new federal judges will naturally want only thosewho agree with them politically."The time is long overdue for Congress to make amends for failing to check the unbalanced and growing powers being arrogated by these judicial tyrants -- and altering the Senate rules is a good start. But our current circumstances are worse than nearly all analysts are admitting. Not only should these moderate-conservative Bush judicial nominees be seated, but those judges who are in violation of their oaths of office should be unseated by impeachment.

Alas, as Jefferson noted long ago,"We have...[required] a vote of two-thirds in one of the Houses for removing a judge; a vote so impossible where any defense is made before men of ordinary prejudices and passions, that our judges are effectually independent of the nation. ... For experience has already shown that the impeachment it has provided is not even a scare-crow."

From the Federalist Patriot

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Cost of Promiscuity

America's Health Burden From Sex Three Times Higher Than Others

Americans suffer from negative health effects brought on by their sexual conduct at a rate that is three times higher than other economically advanced countries according to a study published in SexuallyTransmitted Infections. The study, "Sexual behaviour: related adverse health burden in the United States," is unique because it measures the health ramifications of sexual conduct by counting not only death and diseases but by examining other adverse health affects related to sex.

Using data from 1998, the study found that 7.5 percent of Americans suffered a negative health incident resulting from sexual activity andthat 1.3 percent of all deaths in America can be attributed to sexual behavior.

The study notes that previous efforts to measure the health effects of sexual activity did not go far enough and failed to take into consideration all the ways in which quality of life can be diminished by promiscuity. According to the report, "Measuring adverse outcomes of reproduction or sexual behaviour by counting deaths or diseases alone is inadequate for a proper understanding of the dimensions of the issue. Many such adverse outcomes occur at a young age leading to a large component of lifespan lived with disability. Many deaths from such adverse outcomes occur at a young age and such loss of productive life is not captured bymortality statistics."

Among the illnesses brought on by sexual behavior that are lethal for men, HIV is far and away the largest killer. There were 36,000 incidences of the virus in 1998 and 18,221 deaths accounting for 93 percent of all deaths of men from sexual behavior. For women, 8,200 contracted HIV and4,234 died of it making it second to cervical cancer, which took the lives of 4,921 women, as the biggest killer of women.

The study also calculated the Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY)cost for illnesses brought on by sexual behavior. DALY is a number that combines into a single measurement the loss of healthy years of life from an illness and the years of life cut short by premature death from an illness. While total deaths caused by sexual behavior for both men andwomen were 29,782, the total cost in Disability Adjusted Life Years was more than 2 million. The study noted that its data "included more unsafe sex related conditions than were considered in previous analyses for theUnited States" including "hepatitis, infertility," damage to men's reproductive capabilities, "maternal conditions, and abortions."

Though it was not listed among the study's prominent findings, women's fertility takes a huge hit. There were 598,000 annual incidences of infertility resulting from sexual behavior leading to a cost in Disability Adjusted Life Years of 843,747. In fact, infertility produced the highest DALY cost of any of the negative health effects of sexual activity.

Beyond the toll of HIV - which had a DALY cost for men of 557,021 -men were hit especially hard by the Hepatitis B virus. With more than 1.5million incidences of the virus among men the DALY cost came to 279,624.

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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Saturday, February 26, 2005


Food for Thought... Posted by Hello

Thursday, February 24, 2005

USA Next

An alternative to the left-leaning AARP....

Monday, February 21, 2005

Vanderbilt

My alma mater continues its move to the left....

Greening Vanderbilt: Renewing our mission for the 21st century

by David Wood

On Feb. 16, 2005 the Kyoto Protocol came in effect around the world, though the United States has not yet signed the treaty. The Kyoto Protocol is designed to slow down the global warming resulting from the gases released into the atmosphere by our accelerating use of fossil fuels. The worry is that global warming will “trigger droughts and floods, raise sea levels and wipe out thousands of species by 2100,” according to Reuters. Kyoto sets legally binding targets for rich nations’ emissions of greenhouse gases – especially CO2 from power plants, factories and cars – aiming to reduce them to 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2008-12. It is not enough, but it’s a start.

Vanderbilt’s Ecology and Spirituality Research Group, part of the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, takes a special interest in these issues. From our work so far, we have concluded that there is a strong case for redefining the mission of the university, indeed any major teaching and research university, so as to bring all our resources to bear on the many dimensions of what imperils the quality of life on this planet. (Give me a break! I thought the mission of the university is to teach students!)

This is our case:

1. Most reputable scientists in the fields associated with climate study are now firmly convinced of the reality of global warming and that we humans are largely responsible for it.

2. Global warming will most likely bring drought, crop reductions, disease, flooding, fatal heat waves and threats to natural resources, such as freshwater and fertile soil. While the actual consequences may not be as severe as predicted, they may also be much worse. Moreover, by the time we can be certain, it will be too late to stop them.

3. These changes may be abrupt. Global warming could induce positive feedback, generating accelerating or runaway weather changes in coming decades. Scientists are identifying increasing numbers of systems with tipping points that are vulnerable to global warming. Even if such events are unlikely in the short-term, the severity of the consequences demands our serious attention.

4. Carbon dioxide that we release into the atmosphere today will remain for a century or more. Because the oceans warm slowly, temperatures and sea levels will continue to rise for hundreds of years even if we could stabilize greenhouse gases at today’s concentrations. What we do in the next decades may not have effects that we will see, but will shape the world our grandchildren and great-grandchildren inhabit at the turn of the next century.

5. These realities pose to our society, indeed to our species (and many others) a series of fundamental and painful challenges and questions:a. By what technical innovations (plausible, imaginable) can we hope to slow, halt or reverse these trends (e.g. that would dramatically cut our use of fossil fuels)?b. How can we improve our knowledge of what is happening and the models by which we understand relevant complex local and global systems? c. How can we bring the best science firmly to bear on public policy? d. How can genuine spiritual and religious concerns be brought to bear productively on these matters, and protected from unscrupulous exploitation? e. What public policy issues are highlighted by these trends? How might we imagine moving to dramatically less energy-consuming patterns of social organization? f. Do we not need to start thinking (and feeling) differently about our goals, needs, attitudes and obligations to other people, nations and species? (And if not now, when?)

6. Universities, with their range of knowledge, research capacity and imagination, and their relative independence from short-term economic pressures, are ideal institutions for trying to think through these questions in a creative and collaborative way.

7. There could be no more important guiding mission for a university in the early decades of the 21st century.

The Vanderbilt/CSRC Ecology and Spirituality Research Group consists of Brooke Ackerley (political science), Michael Bess (history), co-director Beth Conklin (anthropology, religious studies), Jonathan Gilligan (earth and environmental sciences), Annabeth Headrick (art and art history), Michael Vandenbergh (law), Gay Welch (religious studies, women’s studies, university chaplain) and co-director David Wood (philosophy). David Wood has been a professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt since 1994. He studied at Oxford and has a Ph.D. from Warwick (UK). His book, The Step Back: Ethics and Politics after Deconstruction, will be published this spring.

The Vanderbilt Register welcomes commentary and opinion pieces from all members of the Vanderbilt community.

Social Security

Economics Nobel Prize winner says "transition costs a myth"...

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Attorney Humor

A local United Way office realized that the organization had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute.

"Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?" The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied,

"First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?" Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, "Um ... no." The lawyer interrupts, "or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?" The stricken United Way rep began to stammer out an apology, but was interrupted again.

"or that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "leaving her penniless with three children?!" The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea..." On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, "So if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?"

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Letter Regarding Terri Schiavo

This ConservativePetitions.com Alert is a special message from Terri Schiavo's father, Bob Schindler Sr.

Dear MARIE,

By now you have probably heard about a young woman who is threatened with starvation in Florida. That young woman is my daughter, Terri. In 1990, through circumstances which are shrouded in mystery (and may involve a criminal act by Terri's estranged husband), my daughter was left severely brain-damaged. But before I go any further, I must put an end to the lies and misinformation that are circulating around the country through the media concerning my daughter's condition.

Contrary to anything you may have heard, Terri is NOT brain dead; Terri is NOT in a coma; she is NOT in a "persistent vegetative state;" nor is she on ANY life-support system. Terri laughs, Terri cries, she moves, and she makes child-like attempts at speech with her mother and me. Sometimes she will say "Mom" or "Dad" or "yeah" when we ask her a question. When I kiss her hello or goodbye, she looks at me and "puckers up" her lips. This may not seem like much to you, but it means everything to Terri's mother and me. It tells us she is still here, she still knows us, and with therapy and time she can have some level of recovery.

I know that there are some hard hearted people who believe that due to my daughter's condition, she is better off dead. Words cannot describe the pain and anger such sentiments cause us. This is our daughter, our little girl, and even in her disabled condition, she still has the right to life and the right to be loved and cared for by her family.

Why, you may ask, is Terry in danger of death by starvation?

It is a long and outrageous story, but I'll give it to you as briefly as I can.
After the "incident" that left Terry in this condition, her husband Michael Schiavo sued various members of the medical community for money, saying that they did not treat or diagnose her properly at an early stage, and that he needed this money to provide for Terri's therapy and rehabilitation and care. After lengthy court battles, he finally won upwards of $1.7 million under the guise of caring for our daughter, and then to our horror, he immediately began spending the money on himself and his Playboy lifestyle.

Terri's estranged husband Michael Schiavo has been living with another woman for years, and has two children by her. He is determined to see Terri dead. Why? We believe it's because he gets to keep whatever money is left... and he may have even darker motives than that.
To add insult to all of this injury toward my daughter, Michael Schiavo is still her "legal husband" and therefore is her "guardian." And since they are not legally divorced, he controls whatever health care she will and will not get. We are not even allowed to know if she is getting aspirin.

In 1993 my family initiated litigation against Michael Schiavo solely for the purpose of acquiring medical, physical and neurological assistance for our daughter Terri. The litigation escalated in 1998 when Michael Schiavo petitioned the court to stop Terri from receiving food and water, thereby starving her to death. In filing this legal action, he retained the services of a high profile euthanasia attorney and the financial backing of powerful euthanasia organizations. He also used Terri's medical rehabilitation money to underwrite much of the legal expenses associated with his effort to starve our daughter to death.

We know that he has spent nearly $500,000 of Terri's money in attorney's fees for just one attorney trying to obtain a court order to have Terri starved to death. The very money that was supposed to be used for Terri's rehabilitation is being used to have her killed. We very quickly discovered it was impossible for us to compete with the abundance of financial and legal resources the pro-death organizations were providing Micheal Schiavo in their effort to kill Terri. They are pouring time and effort into her starvation because they want to use this case to further the agenda of legalized euthanasia.

My wife and I are not wealthy people. Throughout those years, we did not have any large organizations trying to help rescue our daughter. Consequently, we had to rely on the generosity of attorneys who were willing to offer their legal expertise at no cost or at reduced fees.
The bottom line is that we are in the final weeks or months of our struggle to rescue our daughter from an untimely death by starvation. Death by starvation is very slow, and extremely painful. As you must know, it is against the law to deliberately starve an animal to death. There are members of the Florida court who would not treat a dog the way they plan to treat my daughter.

At this point we must pull out all the stops in our fight to rescue our daughter. As parents, we are desperate to save our daughter's life. As people who love life, we are determined to deprive the euthanasia advocates of successfully legalizing this form of homicide. We believe that their efforts to kill Terri are designed to set a precedent for the future eradication of defenseless disabled human beings. I was alive when Americans fought the Nazis; I do not want my daughter to meet the same fate of thousands of disabled people in Nazi Germany, and I do not want our country to go down that same dark path.

Friend, though we have never met, I'm asking you for your help. We desperately need your financial assistance to help our family continue the battle to keep our daughter from being starved to death. There are so many expenses in a case like this it is mind-boggling and overwhelming. Please click below to make a contribution now:

https://secure.cartlight.com/merchant/terri/?afid=conpet

Our adversaries believe that by our family's financial attrition and difficulties, they will attain their objective of killing our daughter. Presently, Terri's starvation may only be a few weeks away, unless we find the financial resources to prevent this atrocity from becoming a reality.
I implore you to please help us. We are writing to you, because we believe you have a heart for justice and mercy. I'm asking you to put yourself in my shoes, and then do whatever you can to help our family. Whether it is $10 or $1000, we are desperate for the resources to fight this battle for our daughter's life at this critical juncture.

Please do whatever you can, and forward this e-mail to any friends or family that you have who you think might be interested in saving Terri's life. I thank you for your time, your concern, and I solicit your prayers for Terri and our entire family. These have been very trying times for us all.

Sincerely,
Bob Schindler Sr.

How's that for logic? Posted by Hello

Monday, February 14, 2005

More Food For Thought

"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." --William Boetcker

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Terri Schiavo

Wonder if Michael Schiavo has heard about this miracle?

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Cows, Constitution and Ten Commandments

COWS

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington. And they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow.

CONSTITUTION

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years and we're not using it anymore.

TEN COMMANDMENTS

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a Courthouse: You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians! It creates a hostile work environment!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Al Qa Qaa

Isn't it funny that no one ever talks about Al Qa Qaa anymore?? Guess whether or not there are missing explosives just doesn't matter anymore....

Food for Thought

"We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism." --Nikita Khrushchev

"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." --Norman Thomas

From The Federalist

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Valentine Post

An early "Valentine"
"For God so loV ed the world,
That He gA ve
His onL y
BegottE n
SoN
T hat whosever
Believeth I n Him
Should N ot perish,
But have E verlasting life."

John 3:16

Monday, February 07, 2005

Ann Coulter

Her take on Iraq.....

Sunday, February 06, 2005

A Look Back At Social Security

There is a great essay at The American Enterprise Magazine website. After listing all the "new" innovations of 1935, as well as the then current conditions, essayist Karl Zinzmeister takes us back to that period and writes: "...

Admittedly, the U.S. economy has seen better days. The human disruption of the Dust Bowl storms is just beginning to subside. A quarter to a third of today's U.S. population is quite poor. "And amidst our economic disappointments, life's other ancient maladies continue to sting.

Doctors still have no effective medicines to stop biotic infections. Tens of thousands of American children will be crippled by polio this year. U.S. life expectancy averages only 59 years and some months. "That last figure explains why another of the year's milestones produced only a mild ripple among the public: This August 1935, Franklin Roosevelt pushed through Congress a program for universal government-paid pensions.

Checks will begin to mail as soon as this new "Social Security" plan takes hold. But full benefits don't commence until age 65--and, as a plain fact, most of us will be gone before then.

"So: Do you want to base your security in old age on a program engineered at the same time as the Model A and the vacuum-tube radio? Has work changed much since the era when slopping pigs for Auntie Em was a typical job? Does the boundary between state and individual look different now that the USSR has gone from progressive polestar to oppressive flop?

Has American finance advanced from the decades when the only choices for ordinary savers were the passbook, the mason jar, or the mattress? Are the retirement goals of Americans still the same as in the days when the Bambino retired? Or is it time for Social Security to enjoy a major-league update?

Excerpt from John Mauldin

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Elections

Looks like everyone wants to join in the fun....

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


The fish got a basketball stuck in his mouth... Posted by Hello

Monday, January 31, 2005


Our troops have a sense of humor..Look at the patches on his sleeve Posted by Hello

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Successful Iraqi Elections

Better turnout than the US....

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Historic Election

The Iraqis will turn out to vote tomorrow...

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Your Tax Dollars At Work

The Left's version of "children's education"......

Monday, January 24, 2005

Ann Coulter and the Inauguration

Wonder where all the outrage was during the Clinton inaugural?

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Elections and Fraud

Where's the uproar about the election in Washington state?

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black....

Senator Barbara Boxer repeatedly accused Condoleeza Rice of not telling the truth. Guess her record is not so pristine either....

Saturday, January 22, 2005


President Bush in prayer.... Posted by Hello

Friday, January 21, 2005

Dr. Dobson's Side of the Story

Dr. Dobson was on "Hannity & Colmes" tonight defending his behavior towards SpongeBob. He says that he never said the SpongeBob was a gay cartoon character. His concern is that this video is being distributed to children and he wants parents to be aware. The video is accompanied by a workbook that has a pledge for children to sign. It states that they will be tolerant of others with a different "sexual identity." How many school children know what that means???

Here is the web site to find out more information for yourself....

Update: Dr. Dobson's statement

Thursday, January 20, 2005


Four More Years! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Monday, January 17, 2005

Letter to the White House

A person writes a letter to the White House, complaining about the treatment of a captive taken during the Afghan war. Attached is a copy of a letter they received from the administration:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. , 20016

Dear Concerned Citizen:

Thank you for your recent letter roundly criticizing our treatment of the Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Our administration takes these matters seriously, and your opinion was heard loud and clear here in Washington. You'll be pleased to learn that, thanks to the concerns of citizens like you, we are creating a new division of the Terrorist Retraining program, to be called the "Liberals accept Responsibility for Killers" program, or LARK for short. In accordance with the guidelines of this new program, we have decided to place one terrorist under your personal care. Your personal detainee has been selected and scheduled for transportation under heavily armed guard to your residence next Monday. Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud (you can just call him Ahmed) is to be cared for pursuant to the standards you personally demanded in your letter of admonishment. It will likely be necessary for you to hire some assistant caretakers. We will conduct weekly inspections to ensure that your standards of care for Ahmed are commensurate with those you so strongly recommended in your letter. Although Ahmed is sociopathic and extremely violent, we are confident that your sensitivity to what you described as his "attitudinal problem" will help him overcome these character flaws. Perhaps you are correct in describing these problems as mere cultural differences. He will bite you, given the chance. We understand that you plan to offer counseling and home schooling. Please note that your adopted terrorist is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat and can extinguish human life with such simple items as a pencil or nail clippers. We do not suggest that you ask him to demonstrate these skills at your next yoga group. He is also expert at making a wide variety of explosive devices from common household products, so you may wish to keep those items locked up, unless (in your opinion) this might offend him. Ahmed will not wish to interact with your wife or daughters, except sexually of course, as he views females as a subhuman form of property. This is a particularly sensitive subject for him, and he has been known to show violent tendencies around women who fail to comply with the new dress code that Ahmed will recommend as more appropriate attire. I'm sure they will come to enjoy the anonymity offered by the bhurka - over time. Just remind them that it is all part of "respecting his culture and his religious beliefs" - wasn't that how you put it? Thanks again for your letter. We truly appreciate it when folks like you, who know so much, keep us informed of the proper way to do our job. You take good care of Ahmed and remember...we'll be watching.

Good luck!

Cordially...
Your Buddy,
Don Rumsfeld

Sunday, January 16, 2005

CBS

Guess fair and balanced doesn't last very long...

Ann's Take On The CBS Report

with her usual biting humor....

Friday, January 14, 2005


My trooper poodle - 17 years old - recently diagnosed with kidney disease... Posted by Hello

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Wal-Mart

I was in a hotel this morning and reading the USA Today. There was a full page ad run by Wal-Mart DEFENDING their company. The left has so demonized Wal-Mart that they are running full page ads regarding their benefits to the employees. When I got home from my trip, there was a full page ad in the Tampa Tribune! It amazes me that a company is turned into the devil because they have been successful and OFFER LOW PRICES! You would think that would be a model to follow....

Here is the web site they have set up to support this advertising campaign- www.walmartfacts.com.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Vanderbilt

More liberal ramblings from my alma mater....

Monday, January 10, 2005

Food for Thought

"It's a truth seldom acknowledged: Christians created America. Those settlers who most influenced the course of our nation (including the Pilgrims and Puritans) were committed Christians, who...drew their inspiration from the Hebrew Bible. Overwhelmingly, the Founding Fathers were men of faith. ... Throughout the course of our national existence, America has been led by individuals guided by a Christian worldview-- from George Washington to George W. Bush. ... Moreover, I believe America's survival rests with Christians. This nation was founded on Biblical morality and grew to greatness with that code. Without it, America cannot long endure. ... If America isn't one nation under God, what will it be? One nation under a culture that produces 1.4 million violent crimes (murders, rapes and assaults), 1.3 million abortions, and one million new cases of venereal disease each year?" --Don Feder

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Palestinian Elections

Guess we can all rest easier now that we know that Jimmy Carter is on the case...

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Monday, January 03, 2005

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Washington Election

From www.soundpolitics.com

ReVoteWA.com
Yesterday we noted the new (orange) website ReVoteWA.com. Here's an explanatory note from Sharon Gilpin, whose political consulting firm the Gilpin Group is behind the site: I have been called a streetfighter by the LA Times - and this is a streetfight. Feel free to check out our site. We put this up with OUR OWN DOUGH. We are soliciting donations - yes. Nobody is behind it in that sense of the word. The entire situation offends our sense of democracy....and we think this is the solution. In the interest of disclosure - we did have a contract for 3 weeks with the Rossi Transition Team to plan communications strategy [first 100 days stuff]. But that was a couple of weeks ago. I reserved the URL on Christmas Day because I was deeply troubled that some in leadership would rather see this election 'go away'. In the 80's here we had statesmen - like Mr. Evans ,who, although he was appointed to the US Senate seat agreed to put the seat up for election. See his statement on the website [here].We did the TV media and earned media strategy against the football stadium [here] as well as have run many issue campaigns here and in California. Have worked for D candidates - most of our initiative and referenda work is for committees who run the gamut of party id. Feel free to ask away. I've invited anybody who does anything on the election to feel free to publicize the website - the more the merrier in my opinion. But we will be filing our own PDC disclosure statement in 30 days according to law.Those who support a revote should like ReVoteWA.com. Those who don't probably won't.

UPDATE: My favorite line from Dan Evans endorsement of a revote: Democracy may be messy, but its principles are why it still serves us best. If we screw up the implementation, let’s go back to the principles. The voters’ will is paramount. We must believe our elections are legitimate. read the whole thing and then sign the petition