September 2008


11 Sep 2008 12:04 pm

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Seven years ago the world changed for me as it did for countless Americans. The attacks on September 11th, 2001 took away all Americans'’ assumptions that we were safe inside our shores. We learned on that day that we have an enemy who is determined to kill us on our own soil.

They despise our freedom.

They are still at it today.

There have been many unsuccessful attacks since 2001 but with the steadfast and tenacious leadership of President Bush and more watchfulness on the part of average Americans (even teenagers) and our national security agencies we have thwarted every attack.

President Bush deserves the credit for his persistance in the past seven years in keeping the safety and security of Americans his top priority. He has succeeded. Sadly though, President Bush has not had cooperation from the Democrats. In almost every aspect of our War on Terror the Democrats, with the help of the media, have complained, put up roadblocks and in many ways sided with our enemies.

If we don'’t remember this day with determination as well as tears it will happen again.

Never forget.

Never.

Remember those who have given their all to protect and defend us.

Pray for comfort for all of the families who lost someone on that day and on the days that followed.

Just never forget.

If you can handle it, here is my post of Kevin Cosgrove’’s last call.

11 Sep 2008 01:29 am

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This little piggy went to Saint Paul.

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This little piggy stayed home.

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This little piggy had some moose.

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This little piggy had none.

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This little piggy said

Stop whining Obama.

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You are going home.

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07 Sep 2008 03:20 pm

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No crooked leg, no bleared eye,
No part deformed out of kind,
Nor yet so ugly half can be
As is the inward suspicious mind
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Today is the birthday of Elizabeth the First, born September 7th, 1533, the daughter of Henry VIII of England and his second wife, Anne Boleyn in Greenwich Palace. I learned about Queen Elizabeth early on in my elementary years and from that time on, wished that my birthday had been on the seventh instead of the sixth of September. I missed it by about thirty minutes. But, never-the-less, I am a student of the Elizabethan Age, so named because of the captivating rule of Great Britains’ Elizabeth the First.

Happy Birthday Good Queen Bess!

My loving people, we have been persuaded by some, that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourselves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear; I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good will of my subjects. And therefore I am come amongst you at this time, not as for my recreation or sport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all; to lay down, for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people, my honor and my blood, even the dust. I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realms: to which, rather than any dishonor should grow by me, I myself will take up arms; I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field. I know already, by your forwardness, that you have deserved rewards and crowns; and we do assure you, on the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In the mean my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble and worthy subject; not doubting by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and by your valor in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over the enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.

Elizabeth I of England - 1588

In this day of shock and awe that a woman has been selected by John McCain as his vice presidential choice it is useful to remember another great woman, Elizabeth the 1st of England. In her early years Elizabeth was called bastard, illegitimate, and only a woman, but when at age 25 and the young Elizabeth ascended the throne of England she prided herself on being ‘mere English’.

The nicknames, Good Queen Bess, Gloriana and the Virgin Queen would come much later, after Elizabeth had avoided the ensnarements of various political intrigues during the years her half-brother Edward and half-sister, Mary reigned on the throne of England.

Katharine Parr, Elizabeth’s stepmother arranged for 10 year old Elizabeth to have the most distinguished tutors in England, foremost among them Roger Ascham. As a result, Elizabeth was educated as well as any legitimate prince, and she displayed a genuine love and aptitude for her studies. Her mind has no womanly weakness, Ascham would write approvingly, her perseverance is equal to that of a man. And later, She readeth more Greek every day, than some Prebendaries of this Church do in a whole week. And so she did; Elizabeth’s love of scholarship never faltered and, in an age when women were considered inferior to men, she was a glorious exception.

Her mind has no womanly weakness, wrote Roger Ascham, Elizabeth’s tutor. But her 44 year reign on the throne of England, called by many the greatest epoch in England’s history put away any thoughts of womanly weakness.

Interestingly, Elizabeth became Queen at the age of 25, after the death of her half-sister, Mary. She was helped in her accession by a man by the name of Heath which, coincidentally, also happens to be the maiden name of Sarah Palin.

Her smooth accession was further assured by the Lord Chancellor, Nicholas Heath. Parliament had been in session while Mary lay dying and, on 17 November, Heath announced her death to the assembled lords and commons. He then said, ‘Which hap as it is most heavy and grievous unto us, so have we no less cause another way to rejoice with praise to Almighty God for that He hath left unto us a true, lawful and right inheritrice to the crown of this realm, which is the Lady Elizabeth, of whose lawful right and title we need not to doubt. Wherefore the lords of this house have determined with your assents and consents, to pass from hence into the palace, and there to proclaim the said Lady Elizabeth Queen of this realm without further tract of time.’

There was no dissension at Heath’s words. Traditionally, Parliament dissolved upon the death of the reigning monarch - but Heath’s prompt actions ensured Elizabeth’s lawful recognition as queen before the lords and commons dispersed. And, as a leading Catholic, Heath also secured the loyalty of his religious party for the new queen.

Today the medieval men and women of the Democrat Party and media are condescendingly casting Sarah Palin as a mere woman who could not possibly govern. She has five children, they complain, she is a hockey mom, is not acquainted with the Washington elite, eats moose stew and is a Bible believing Christian.

The Queen of Daytime Television refuses to even entertain inviting Sarah Palin to visit her own crumbling domain.

Bush Derangement Syndrome has virally morphed into Palin Derangement Syndrome, why, Shock! Sarah Palin is a Cowgirl!

In every public appearance since being announced as John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin has looked elegant in her understated suits but Robin Givhan could not bother to write about her in this article. She could write about the Democrat Governor of Montana’s bolero tie but ignored Sarah’s great appearance on her night at the Republican National Convention in the black pencil skirt and shiny, silver-colored jacket.

I wonder why that is?

Fausta has a delicious take on Sarah Palin’s fashion choices. Another fashion blogger gives Sarah a perfect ten.

But is fashion that important in the politics of this day and age? Not really, but the look of Sarah Palin is definitely part of her appeal. Queen Elizabeth the First of England was, like her ancestors, the maker of manners. There have been some American women in the past who have made an impact on the fashion of our nation such as Dolly Madison, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, and Jackie Kennedy. Now even Sarah Palin’s choice of glasses is getting some attention. Still, this is only the icing on the cake for conservatives and Republicans.

Sarah Palin’s fashionably good looks is possibly the only aspect where she has been received well or at the very least, ignored by the mavens in the media.

As Hugh Hewitt writes, Chicago Machine Politics is behind many of the smears of Sarah Palin. Hewitt calls them out..

The Obama thugs that tried to intimidate Stanley Kurtz are now busy sending e-mails alleging everything about Sarah Palin except an illegal polar bear hunt, and that may be in tomorrow’s in-box. Teams of Obamians are arriving in Alaska to invent veneers for smears, even though by now the record of rebuttal is so complete that perhaps even the New York Times will hesitate before publishing another round of lies and retractions. (Then again, probably not.) Exposure as a dirt-monger doesn’t deter those without a conscience.

One wonders whether typical Americans can see the double standard the media employs when covering Barack Obama and running mate, Joseph Biden as opposed to John McCain and running mate, Sarah Palin.

Roger Kimball writes that Obama’s Higher Oleaginousness keeps questioners in the media at bay. This kid glove treatment of Obama is more evidence that those in the media do not want to know any facts about Obama that might be hurtful.

As Sarah Palin and John McCain continue to campaign I begin to wonder who is really more feeble and weak, Barack Obama or Sarah Palin? Palin has no help in the left-wing media Armada, in fact, she has been attacked continuously by them while Obama has been more of an invention of the media than anything else.

How these words must have pierced the hearts of the media elite:

‘I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion, I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.’

The above Sarah Palin quote in some way made me think of Good Queen Bess’ declaration to her countrymen when facing the Spanish Armada…

I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too;

Happy 475th Birthday Queen Elizabeth! Happy entry into American National politics, Gov. Sarah Palin!

Hopefully, one day we will be calling this time of efflorescence the Epoc of Sarah.

04 Sep 2008 11:59 pm

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Notice anything about this campaign poster? (I did it back in 1992 when I was teaching sixth grade.)





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Only men were running. Not anymore. Not since John McCain selected Sarah Palin for his v.p.

Last night was just amazing. I think I was more nervous than Sarah Palin but five minutes into her speech I was relaxing, laughing, tearing up, applauding and agreeing with my husband that Gov. Palin was hitting a grand slam. So did John McCain by having the guts to pick her.

Rush said today that he is going to address Senator McCain as John McBrilliant and I do agree.

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I am really anticipating Senator McCain’s speech tonight.

What did Sarah Palin in her gutsy speech achieve last night besides giving some really bad heartburn to the Obama team?

Sarah roused the Republican base in a way no one else could. She is like many of us in so many ways, a working mom with opinions, strong convictions and a desire to do what is right.

And yes, she is a woman but not the kind of woman who fits in to the N.O.W. cookie cutter, an organization I and many of my fellow women never would have joined. We do not spend our time brooding about petty grievances, we get out there and work with our fellow man (and women.) We are more concerned with bringing up our children right, paying for the food and putting it on the table.

Sarah Palin loves her guy, her baby, Trig and all of her children. She initially stepped up into public life by joining the PTA so she could make sure that her children have a good public school education. In the interest of her children Sarah Palin made her first public impact.

She is a gutsy, outdoors woman who loves sports. She is a hockey mom and many of us Moms who spent many hours taking our kids to practice for their various sports can identify with that. It was the practice that was tough. For hockey moms maybe even tougher because they get up at the crack of dawn to get their sons and daughters to practice.

Sarah Palin is not an Ivy Leaguer. (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Last night in her speech, she praised the value of small town life, the people who grow food, run our factories and fight our nation’s wars.

Boy is that ever true.

Gov. Palin put a special emphasis in her speech last night on the word exactly when she talked about the kind of man she wants as commander-in-chief.

Our nominee for president is a true profile in courage, and people like that are hard to come by. He’s a man who wore the uniform of his country for 22 years and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who now have brought victory within sight.

And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as commander-in-chief.

As a mom of an Iraq War veteran who spent much of my time in prayer while he was gone I can identify with Sarah Palin. We have to have a Commander-in-Chief who understands, appreciates and supports the United States military.

Sarah Palin has a son who will be deploying to Iraq in one week. How precious must be the time she and her family have to spend with him before he leaves. How important it is to all military families that our nation honors their service and supports the war they fight. Sarah gets it.

Sarah Palin spoke of her baby, Trig who has Downs Syndrome and promised all the parents of special-needs children that they will have an advocate in Washington. I am an art teacher and one of the classes I teach is children with special needs. What a blessing these kids are to me. They are my favorite class. The kids love art, need art and are able to express the beauty of their soul through art. These children are of so much value. Those who have never had the experience of working with children of special needs cannot comprehend the enrichment it will give to them as well as the children. Sarah Palin touched my heart when she spoke these words:

And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.

That’s how it is with us.

Our family has the same ups and downs as any other . . . the same challenges and the same joys.

Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.

And children with special needs inspire a special love.

Sarah Palin is a conservative woman and the coolest thing that she demonstrated last night is that conservatives aren’t ogres. We are normal, hard-working, patriotic, and yes, forgiving people. We care about our fellow man and want to see people enjoy the freedom of this country. Sarah Palin and John McCain want the best for it.

As I watched John McCain deliver his moving speech tonight I could see the authentic man who loves his country and wants it to continue in its greatness. One of the most touching parts, of course, was the following:

I loved [America] because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again. I wasn’t my own man anymore. I was my country’s.

As for the (shocking to some) line, “it broke me,” that is the reality of life as a POW. That does not mean what some would read into it, that McCain betrayed his country by giving away military secrets, it means that the torture was too much. By that time McCain had been imprisoned for years. He may have revealed information but it couldn’t have been anything current. He was encouraged by his fellow prisoners-of-war to get back up the next day.

By the time of the Vietnam War the code of conduct had been changed because of the torture of prisoners of war in Korea. It is evident that John McCain kept faith with his country. He didn’t allow himself to be used for propaganda purposes. The will of the man is amazing and I believe he will make a wonderful president.

Instapundit has the full transcript of the speech here.

The past week has changed the whole dynamics of the presidential race. John McCain chose an authentic American woman as his running mate. They are a fit. They will fight.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.

That line in my opinion is the essence of America…

We never hide from history. We make history.

A line we will never hear Obama utter.

The maverick and the reformer will win.

03 Sep 2008 11:52 pm

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Sarah Palin cuddles her son Trig while her daughter, Bristol and fiance, Levi stand by her.

It is really late so I have to go to bed. Sarah Palin was inspirational tonight, unaffected, tough, funny, powerful, challenging and she is going to be a real headache for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. She is a star and didn'’t need any high-flown rhetoric. No quotes from great thinkers, no stale jokes.

Sarah Palin just said it like it is. She really inspired confidence.

How Hillary must be sighing.

I will write more tomorrow.

03 Sep 2008 07:12 pm

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The media/Democrats (which means just about every channel on television) have been playing a game of Depress and Demoralize the opposition in their attacks on Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Gov. Sarah Palin but what they have done in reality is to reveal their own base, churlish, crass and degenerate natures.

They are going after female grocery shoppers, with this despicable issue of Us Weekly and the new allegation about an extramarital affair in The National Enquirer.

These magazines are next to the check-out at the grocery store and depending on how long the line is some people pick them up, thumb through them and put them back. Or they buy them.

The stuff in the Enquirer stems from the family feud over Sarah Palin’’s sister and her trooper husband and some gossip. Nothing proven. It’’s not meant to be truth, just allegations to cast a shadow on Palin’s candidacy.

At least Palin’s getting good press in Britain. Check out the beautiful photos.

McCain’s Senior campaign adviser, Steve Schmidt is putting the brakes on all the media questions about the vetting process.

This nonsense is over,” he said. “Her selection came after a six-month long rigorous vetting process where her extraordinary credentials and exceptionalism became clear. This vetting controversy is a faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee for vice president of the United States who has never been a part of the old boys’ network that has come to dominate the news establishment in this country.”

It’s obvious that the handwringing wasn’t over concern about John McCain but instead worry about Obama’s chances.

I’m looking forward to Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech tonight and will blog my response here. The Anchoress has been blogging furiously all day. McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin has inspired me to blog more regularly. That is one anecdotal measure of the excitement over Sarah Palin.

UPDATE: That was quick. The McCain Campaign has threatened legal action against the Enquirer and its rumor mongering….

“The smearing of the Palin family must end. The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov. Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie,” said McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt.

“The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it.”

“Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin look forward to discussing the issues that Americans care about, fixing broken government, creating jobs, making our country energy independent and securing the peace for the next generation by bringing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to a victorious end,” said Schmidt.

“Legal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.”

02 Sep 2008 11:23 pm

Give me a break. Someone should start a list of male pundits, Democrats and liberals who have revealed themselves to be deeply bigoted against strong, Republican, pro-life women. CNN, a founding member of the angry left, has up an article from Fortune Magazine about whether Sarah Palin will be dropped from the Republican ticket.

I wouldn’t bet on it.

Of course, that is not all. CNN’s Campbell Brown got ugly with top John McCain spokesman, Tucker Bounds, rudely interrupting him, asking for examples of foreign policy decisions made by Sarah Palin. The video is at the link.

In response, John McCain pulled out of his scheduled interview with Larry King.

Good.

Not to be outdone, another founding member of the angry left, PBS’ “analyst” Mark Shields blasted Sarah Palin for choosing ambition over her seventeen year old daughter’s pregnancy.

Another male chauvinist raises his ugly head.

Elite media types just cannot understand why Sarah and Todd Palin have five children. I think they should give Bill Cosby’s response: Because they did not want six.

I’ve been watching the speeches given tonight at the Republican National Convention on Fox News. Ann Althouse is blogging the convention and reports that CNN’s commentary is insufferable. (which is not surprising)

What is it that these leftists dread so much about the partnership of Senator McCain and Sarah Palin? I know but I ask this question anyway. Fred Thompson just delivered a tremendous and touching speech about John McCain and a strong defense of Sarah Palin and NBC and CBS chose not to carry it.

Yes, sadly, there are women who are standing with the male chauvinist, bigots. The Eva Braun brigade includes Andrea Mitchell, Gloria Borger, Campbell Brown, Chris Matthews, and Keith Olbermann. (I had to include Chris Matthews in the Eva Brigade because he gets tingles down his leg. I don’t know too many men who experience that phenomenon unless it is when my husband is watching the movie, Jaws.) Keith Olbermann is just a girl in the worst way.

The Anchoress has had it with the insanity of the left. I much prefer the Palin-sanity of the right.

My husband is just as furious about the attacks on Sarah Palin as I. He wrote an email to Sean Hannity at Fox News this weekend after hearing some nasty comments about Sarah Palin.

The Sarah Palin selection has really surprised me. I am a former Colonel (retired)from the U.S. Army and am surprised, not at the selection of Mrs. Palin, but at the bigotry of most of the major news commentators (and some surprisingly at Fox News).

I have been watching Fox News, where I am used to a more balanced treatment of the issues, only to find constant criticism concerning the lack of experience of this candidate. Excuse me, but I have had to put up with congressional inquiries, visits, staffers, and open hearings as the Comptroller of V Corps in the late nineties and the major analyst for the Drug War in the early nineties.

For the most part, our legislators know little to nothing about making decisions or the concept of responsibility. They govern by committee! This is the “EXPERIENCE” of both Obama and Biden?!!! I served as the Inspector General of the Arkansas National Guard as my retirement assignment and learned a great deal about a Governor’s responsibility.

I would bet my next payday that Mrs. Palin has made more responsible and hard decisions in her short time as Governor than the senior Senator from Delaware, Biden, much less the junior Senator from Illinois, Obama in their entire public careers.

It seems to me that the real objection in every case is that Mrs. Palin is a women. Forty percent of my people in Somalia and Kosovo were women and they performed superbly if they were given half a chance. Shame on your profession for acting in such a dishonorable manner. I am writing you because you and Britt Hume were the only ones who were treating this issue fairly. Tell your contemporaries that their ignorant behavior reflects an intellect more suited for a cave environment rather than the greatest civilization on earth and I am tired of hearing it.

I’ll end with this…


The greatest movie line ever.

UPDATE: It does not stop with the media. When I googled the word experience, look to see what came up. Google has a related search for Obama Experience. Not Palin experience or McCain experience or anything else.

01 Sep 2008 12:01 pm

Bristol Palin, the seventeen year old daughter of Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin is five months pregnant and plans to marry the father of her baby, it was announced today. John McCain knew about Bristol’s pregnancy before he selected Sarah for veep.

After this long weekend of despicable leftist attacks claiming that Bristol was the mother of Sarah and Todd’s baby, Trig, where will the slime artists go now? Certainly not up, they have gone as low as they can go.

Here is the New York Post report:

ST. PAUL — The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.

Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin’s five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, McCain aides said.

“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us,” the Palins’ statement said.

“Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support,” the Palins said.

The Palins asked the news media to respect the young couple’s privacy.

“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates,” the statement concluded.

The Palin family response is loving and very supportive of their daughter. I can just imagine Barack Obama’s response to the news one of his daughters was pregnant since he has been known to say that he did not want his daughters “punished with a baby.”

Most people don’t consider babies a punishment and it’s quite apparent that Bristol’s parents don’t either.

Darlene Click has more….

I remember when I was a teenager (before abortion was legal) my mother talked to me about unplanned pregnancies. We had the kind of open and close relationship in which I could tell her everything. She told me that it was nice girls that fell for guy’s lines and ended up getting pregnant. Her love and kindness kept me confident that I would be loved no matter how many mistakes I made.

It sounds like Bristol’s got that same confidence in her family. She needs to be left alone by the media and the haters on the left.

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