31.1.05

Democratic excuses for why the Iraqi elections "failed"

"There were all of these hanging chads..."
"Some wrote in Saddam's name, but they lost those ballots."
"Some ballots were already marked!"
"Some Syrian voters were told they were in the wrong polling place."
"Voters who believed they were voting for Saddam actually voted for..."
"Coalition troops coaxed them into voting a certain way."
"Osama bin Laden's "I hate America" party wasn't even listed!"

And the number one excuse the Democrats will likely use to say the Iraqi elections were a "failure"...

"I couldn't find John Kerry's name anywhere!"

24.1.05

moveon.org "owns" the Democratic Party?

It appears that moveon.org thinks they literally own the Democratic Party. They feel that they've done so much to help the Democrats that they are the ones at the helm. I must disagree. If anyone in the Democratic Party should be in charge, it is the Honorable Senator Zell Miller of Georgia. Even if you're looking for a "head liberal" to lead you away from sanity even further, moveon.org should move on to people like Howard Dean and John Edwards, who are young and spunky, and can look conservative, whilst being as liberal as they come. Just some friendly advice. No charge.

Bill Clinton for President...AGAIN?!!

Recently, Maxine Waters began a buzz about an amendment she wished to propose, allowing Presidents to be elected for a third term. She went so far as to compare Bill Clinton being offered that honor to the reelection of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is clear to me that the Democrats are nervous about 2008. So nervous, in fact, that his wife Senator Hillary Clinton running is not enough, in their minds, to beat any and all Republican opponents. No, they want Bubba himself to be their champion, thinking that he will be able to secure what John Kerry and others have not.

Meanwhile, a small movement in California for an amendment that would allow Arnold Schwarzenegger to run for President in 2008 has been badmouthed by a DJ in texas, as well as many a liberal in Washington. I think Bubba's third term could be terminated after all.

"In the next generation, our God will be fighting their god." -Howie Chizek

Protest This!

It brings me joy to see liberal protestors being pelted with the very same snow and snowballs they were throwing at the Presidential motorcade. God bless America.

President Bush's second Inaugural Address

Vice President Cheney, Mr. Chief Justice, President Carter, President Bush, President Clinton, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, fellow citizens:

On this day, prescribed by law and marked by ceremony, we celebrate the durable wisdom of our Constitution, and recall the deep commitments that unite our country. I am grateful for the honor of this hour, mindful of the consequential times in which we live, and determined to fulfill the oath that I have sworn and you have witnessed.

At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For a half century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical – and then there came a day of fire.

We have seen our vulnerability – and we have seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny – prone to ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder – violence will gather, and multiply in destructive power, and cross the most defended borders, and raise a mortal threat. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.

We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our Founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation’s security, and the calling of our time.

So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.

This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary. Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens, and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities. And when the soul of a nation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.

The great objective of ending tyranny is the concentrated work of generations. The difficulty of the task is no excuse for avoiding it. America’s influence is not unlimited, but fortunately for the oppressed, America’s influence is considerable, and we will use it confidently in freedom’s cause.

My most solemn duty is to protect this nation and its people against further attacks and emerging threats. Some have unwisely chosen to test America’s resolve, and have found it firm.

We will persistently clarify the choice before every ruler and every nation: The moral choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right. America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies.

We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people. America’s belief in human dignity will guide our policies, yet rights must be more than the grudging concessions of dictators; they are secured by free dissent and the participation of the governed. In the long run, there is no justice without freedom, and there can be no human rights without human liberty.

Some, I know, have questioned the global appeal of liberty – though this time in history, four decades defined by the swiftest advance of freedom ever seen, is an odd time for doubt. Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of our ideals. Eventually, the call of freedom comes to every mind and every soul. We do not accept the existence of permanent tyranny because we do not accept the possibility of permanent slavery. Liberty will come to those who love it.

Today, America speaks anew to the peoples of the world:

All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country.

The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.”

The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve your people you must learn to trust them. Start on this journey of progress and justice, and America will walk at your side.

And all the allies of the United States can know: we honor your friendship, we rely on your counsel, and we depend on your help. Division among free nations is a primary goal of freedom’s enemies. The concerted effort of free nations to promote democracy is a prelude to our enemies’ defeat.

Today, I also speak anew to my fellow citizens:

From all of you, I have asked patience in the hard task of securing America, which you have granted in good measure. Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill, and would be dishonorable to abandon. Yet because we have acted in the great liberating tradition of this nation, tens of millions have achieved their freedom. And as hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well – a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world.

A few Americans have accepted the hardest duties in this cause – in the quiet work of intelligence and diplomacy … the idealistic work of helping raise up free governments … the dangerous and necessary work of fighting our enemies. Some have shown their devotion to our country in deaths that honored their whole lives – and we will always honor their names and their sacrifice.

All Americans have witnessed this idealism, and some for the first time. I ask our youngest citizens to believe the evidence of your eyes. You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers. You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs. Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself – and in your days you will add not just to the wealth of our country, but to its character.

America has need of idealism and courage, because we have essential work at home – the unfinished work of American freedom. In a world moving toward liberty, we are determined to show the meaning and promise of liberty.

In America’s ideal of freedom, citizens find the dignity and security of economic independence, instead of laboring on the edge of subsistence. This is the broader definition of liberty that motivated the Homestead Act, the Social Security Act, and the G.I. Bill of Rights. And now we will extend this vision by reforming great institutions to serve the needs of our time. To give every American a stake in the promise and future of our country, we will bring the highest standards to our schools, and build an ownership society. We will widen the ownership of homes and businesses, retirement savings and health insurance – preparing our people for the challenges of life in a free society. By making every citizen an agent of his or her own destiny, we will give our fellow Americans greater freedom from want and fear, and make our society more prosperous and just and equal.

In America’s ideal of freedom, the public interest depends on private character – on integrity, and tolerance toward others, and the rule of conscience in our own lives. Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self. That edifice of character is built in families, supported by communities with standards, and sustained in our national life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran, and the varied faiths of our people. Americans move forward in every generation by reaffirming all that is good and true that came before – ideals of justice and conduct that are the same yesterday, today, and forever.

In America’s ideal of freedom, the exercise of rights is ennobled by service, and mercy, and a heart for the weak. Liberty for all does not mean independence from one another. Our nation relies on men and women who look after a neighbor and surround the lost with love. Americans, at our best, value the life we see in one another, and must always remember that even the unwanted have worth. And our country must abandon all the habits of racism, because we cannot carry the message of freedom and the baggage of bigotry at the same time.

From the perspective of a single day, including this day of dedication, the issues and questions before our country are many. From the viewpoint of centuries, the questions that come to us are narrowed and few. Did our generation advance the cause of freedom? And did our character bring credit to that cause?

These questions that judge us also unite us, because Americans of every party and background, Americans by choice and by birth, are bound to one another in the cause of freedom. We have known divisions, which must be healed to move forward in great purposes – and I will strive in good faith to heal them. Yet those divisions do not define America. We felt the unity and fellowship of our nation when freedom came under attack, and our response came like a single hand over a single heart. And we can feel that same unity and pride whenever America acts for good, and the victims of disaster are given hope, and the unjust encounter justice, and the captives are set free.

We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom. Not because history runs on the wheels of inevitability; it is human choices that move events. Not because we consider ourselves a chosen nation; God moves and chooses as He wills. We have confidence because freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul. When our Founders declared a new order of the ages; when soldiers died in wave upon wave for a union based on liberty; when citizens marched in peaceful outrage under the banner “Freedom Now” – they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled. History has an ebb and flow of justice, but history also has a visible direction, set by liberty and the Author of Liberty.

When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, “It rang as if it meant something.” In our time it means something still. America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength – tested, but not weary – we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.

May God bless you, and may He watch over the United States of America.

Nothing is sure but death and taxes

Nothing warms the heart more than to learn that of $16,000 earned in 2004, net (after tax) income for a 56 year old woman will be $11,000. For her, this means that certain government programs purported to help those who need financial assistance for their natural gas bill will not be helping her, despite her net income being well below the maximum allowance. Meanwhile, her bill is so high, that she cannot get caught up, and she continues to be price-gouged. This winter, she may have to decide between many of the necessities of life and her own warmth and comfort. Happy Holidays, all you liberals out there.

God vs. the world, live on pay-per-view!

It started when atheist Michael Newdow sued his daughter's school to stop the Pledge of Allegiance, because it included the words "under God". She didn't mind much, but he did. Too bad for him, he wasn't her legal guardian. Then Stephen Williams, a teacher from Cupertino, California, tried to share the Declaration of Independence with his class. He was denied that right, because it references God.
A woman in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida actually had to sue to display a nativity scene, when a Jewish menorah was already being shown. Despite the media coverage, she won her case, and was allowed to share her small nativity scene with her neighborhood. Not long after, the ACLU got involved, and fired shots at creationism, demanding that only evolutionary theories, saying that creation could not be substantiated scientifically, despite all of the evidence to the contrary. Goodwill Stores suddenly sent out a memo saying that their annual "Christmas Party" would now be known as a "Holiday Party", and Target banned the Salvation Army from the entrances to their stores. The biggest shock to me was the hatred spewed at the Akron Beacon Journal for offering a recipe for "Christmas Cookies" in their Food Section. That story, by the way, actually made it to the headlines of Fox News. Not far from Akron in Youngstown, the campus buildings of Youngstown State University donned openly gay pride flags, signs, and symbols inside and out, but Christmas references were found only scarcely, due to worries that they might offend someone. The most recent attack on God was Michael Newdow's second legal battle, in which he actually attempted to stop any and all prayer that might be offered during the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C.. Not surprisingly enough, he failed, because President Bush isn't in his protective custody either. One can only wonder what will happen next, and how long it will be before God fights back.

Condi Rice is feelin' the love...

Just a few short months after a radio disc jockey in Wisconsin referred to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as "Aunt Jemima", Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer decided to show their love for Condi at her confirmation hearing. Despite their best efforts, she was confirmed by a vote of 16-2.

For the record, "John L. Kerry" won in the State of New York's Electoral College, not John F. Kerry. This means George W. Bush won by a much larger margin that originally announced.

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Ohio Turnpike union to strike

So, you hate losing local jobs to foreign countries, do you? Think technology, automation and computers are stealing your daddy's paycheck? Do you wish John Kerry would have won, so you and your union buddies could "fix" things? Here's a reality check for you:

The Ohio Turnpike might be facing a union strike after the two sides could not agree on wages. Currently, the toll booth workers are making an average of $20.00 an hour. What's more, their health, dental, and other benefits are all paid for, with not one red cent coming from their pockets. But that's not enough! While other workers struggle to find jobs that make more than $6.00 an hour, and dream of having any benefits at all, the toll booth workers' union is ready to strike, with the main reason being that management makes more than they do. Talk amongst Turnpike officials is that to remedy the situation, they will simply go to a flat fee and a skeleton crew, and will consider even more automation at the toll booths in the future. That means some of these striking workers might be striking themselves right out of a job. Indeed, their strike could lead to more competition for the people applying for the aforementioned $6.00 an hour "burger-flipper" jobs. But do they care? Calls into local talk radio shows and interviews with the television and print media seem to indicate a big, fat "no".

Is any of this avoidable? Certainly. All these workers have to do is look around, and realize that they really do not have it so bad. The job market, especially in Ohio, isn't all it used to be. These days, people really do have to fight for jobs at fast food restaurants, when that used to be a laughable profession. I highly suggest that these workers consider meeting their management halfway, or prepare to suffer the loss of many of their union brothers and sisters. Not to a foreign country, or to President Bush, but to the worst enemy of them all...technology.

UN calls U.S. "stingy" and "miserly"

The UN's Jan Eggland was recently quoted as calling the United States "stingy". This statement was on the heels of the son of Kofi Annan, and his friends in France getting busted for an illegal cash grab from the Oil for Food money the United States so generously offered the Iraqi people. Not Kofi Annan, his son, or France. It is a fact that the United States has provided at least 40% of all UN funds. Is that stingy? I don't think so. And yet, while Mr. Egghead was making this almost slanderous statement about the less-than-generous nature of the United States, Kofi Annan spent his time in Utah and Wyoming on a ski trip, paid for by the UN. Now who's being stingy?

22.1.05

November Election woes in January

Gee, I wonder why Reverend Jesse Jackson, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, and most of Hollywood is complaining about the November election and suing every state that elected George W. Bush for a second term. Could it be because John Kerry lost? I assure you, if Kerry had won, not one single Kerry supporter would be shouting at the wind about "pre-punched ballots", "racial bias", and "voter disenfranchisement". Not one solitary word would have been said about how my mom was almost tricked into a provisional ballot at the polls because she was clearly a Bush supporter. Please, Democrats, leave it alone. You lost. Wait and make another feeble attempt in 2008. Thank you.

Health care costs went UP all eight years of the Clinton Administration, and John Kerry did nothing about it.

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200 million Americans grind their teeth at night, and John Kerry did absolutely nothing about it.

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More reasons I didn't vote for John Kerry

President Bush was inaugurated once again, and still the Democrats will not relent with their challenges and lawsuits. In honor of their pathetic attempts to stay relevant, I offer more reasons why I didn't vote for John Kerry, other than "Sean Hannity told me to."

1. John Kerry wanted to send our jobs overseas. (See also #2-4.)
2. John Kerry wanted to send American pharmaceutical jobs to Canada.
3. John Kerry wanted to send American defense and Iraq rebuild jobs to France.
4. John Kerry wanted to send American Homeland defense jobs to France and Germany.
5. John Kerry wanted to raise everyone's taxes, and repeal tax breaks in place.
6. John Kerry wanted to allow abortions of all types, indiscriminately.
7. John Kerry wanted to ignore his self-proclaimed faith, and allow his pals in the ACLU and other organizations pick on Christians.