Sunday, April 30, 2006

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

I watched the White House Correspondents' Dinner on C-SPAN last night. Yes, I really did. The one thing I can say is the President Bush was actually funnier than Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central.

I would write more about it, but Lorie Byrd of does a pretty good synopsis of the event (including a video link for you to watch). As stated, Stephen Colbert wasn't really that funny. It fact, his "comedy" was a little uncomfortable to watch at times.

Check it out for yourself and tell me what you think.

You MUST See United 93

United 93 opened this weekend in second place making 11.6 million dollars. It was beat out only by the new Robin Williams film RV which made 16.4 million . But the most interesting thing about those number is this: reports that, "Playing in 1,795 theaters, about half as many as "RV," "United 93" averaged a solid $6,462 a cinema, the best results among the top-10 movies. "

United 93 is a MUST SEE movie. I saw it yesterday with my girlfriend. She cried from the moment the Twin Towers were hit until the end. It's a very intense film to watch. You feel like you're on the plane with those heroes. You feel their fear and their anger at the terrorists. And you'll applaud their courage in the face of certain death. I found myself wiping tears from my eyes at the end, too.

Please, go see the movie. Support the funding for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. Support the families of these ordinary people who became extraordinary heroes. And NEVER forget.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Voices from the Frontline

I just watched this story on CNN. Looks like our troops in Iraq have found a way to express themselves and the feelings while they proudly serve our nation.

I think I'll be buying this CD soon.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Go See United 93

I've read some disturbing things on different blogs I frequent about the new movie being released tomorrow, "United 93". Of course, one has to expect liberal bloggers to be totally against a movie about September 11, 2001 and the brave passengers of Flight 93 who fought the terrorists and saved the Capitol building.

But I've heard (and read) some conservatives talk about not going to see this film either. Some say they remember that day and, therefore, don't need to see it. Others say they don't want to line Hollywood's pockets with their hard-earned cash. Still others claim it would be too disturbing to watch.

I say we ALL need to see it. My girlfriend is a little leery about going. But I said, "We have to." We must honor the heroes of that terrible day by seeing this film and remembering what that day felt like. It's the least we can do.

I don't care if you remember already. Go see the movie and remember again. I don't care if you don't like Hollywood. See it for the passengers and their families, not for Hollywood. I don't care if it disturbs you. That day SHOULD disturb all of us. See it anyway. Honor the passengers, reflect on that horrible day, and remember why we fight.

What say you, friend? Will you see this film? Why or why not?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Illegal Immigrant Gives Birth in AZ Desert

An illegal immigrant give birth with nail clippers in the Arizona desert. And guess who paid for her rescue, transportation to the hospital, and her and her new born's hospital stay?

(Hat tip: Drudge Report)

Big Oil or Big Government?

A U.S. Senate committee announced an inquiry into taxes paid by major oil companies and asked the IRS for the companies' tax returns. No doubt this is based on the "windfall profits" the oil companies have made.

But how many of you know that U.S governement tax receipts for gas taxes exceed oil company profits. Sounds like Congress is investigating the wrong group if you ask me.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

This Has GOT to Stop!

Thanks to a friend of mine, I came across this story from Knight Ridder:

Published: 04.24.2006
Data on illegal immigrants kept secret
2 agencies cite privacy in denying info to prosecutors
Knight Ridder Newspapers

Two federal agencies are refusing to turn over a mountain of evidence that investigators could use to indict the nation's burgeoning work force of illegal immigrants and the firms that employ them.
The Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration routinely collect strong evidence of potential workplace crimes, including names and addresses of millions of people who are using bogus Social Security numbers, their wage records, and the identities of the bosses who knowingly hire them.
But they keep those facts secret.
The two agencies don't analyze their data to root out likely immigration fraud, and they won't share their millions of records so that law enforcement agencies can do that, either.
Privacy laws, they say, prohibit them from sharing their files with anyone, except in rare criminal investigations.
But the agencies don't even use the power they have.
The IRS doesn't fine even the most egregious employers who repeatedly submit inaccurate data about their workers. Social Security does virtually nothing to alert citizens whose Social Security numbers are being used by others.
Evidence abounds within their files, according to an analysis by Knight Ridder Newspapers and the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.
One internal study found that a restaurant company had submitted 4,100 duplicate Social Security numbers for workers. Other firms submit inaccurate names or numbers reports for nearly all of their employees. One child's Social Security number was used 742 times by workers in 42 states.
"That's the kind of evidence we want," said Paul Charlton, the U.S. attorney in Arizona. He regularly prosecutes unauthorized workers, but says it's hard to prove employers are involved in the crime.
"Anything that suggests they had knowledge . . . is a good starting point. If you see the same Social Security number a thousand times, it's kind of hard for them to argue they didn't know."
On Thursday, immigration officials announced a new push toward busting bosses who hire unauthorized workers.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has asked Congress for access to the secret earnings files, a tool he says would help "get control of this illegal workforce."
The records at issue are the earnings reports, sent by employers along with money withheld for taxes and Social Security.
They contain workers' names and Social Security numbers, and when they don't match Social Security records, the information is set aside in what's called the Earnings Suspense File.
Typos and name changes can cause wage reports not to match Social Security records. But increasingly, officials cite unauthorized workers using bogus Social Security numbers as a driving force behind the mismatched files.
The incorrect worker files mushroomed during the 1990s, as migrants poured into the United States. Almost half of the inaccurate reports come from such industries as agriculture, construction and restaurants, which rely on unauthorized labor.
The IRS also receives the mismatch information. It tries to match workers involved to its records, then probes to see whether the workers are paying taxes.
To work lawfully in the United States, individuals must have valid Social Security numbers or authorization from the Department of Homeland Security.
But the law doesn't require companies to verify that workers give them names and numbers that match Social Security records.

Call your senators.

(Hat tip: Jade Stokes)

Tony Snow to be WH Press Secretary

It looks like the White House made a good choice in choosing a new press secretary. Radio talk show host and FoxNews host Tony Snow is smart, articulate, and knows how to get the message out. This should make a BIG difference in the press conferences.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Iraq Has a New Prime Minister

Well, well, well. Looks like the drive-by media may have called the "civil war in Iraq" a little prematurely. The new Iraqi government finally gets it together and picks a new Prime Minister.

So much for the "Iraq is falling apart" meme, eh?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Karl Rove have resigned their posts. Rove is staying with the White House, but he will no longer oversee policy development.

It appears new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten has other changes in store, including a shake-up of the communications staff. It's about time.

Monday, April 17, 2006

How to Stop Illegal Immigration - Fear

Tax Day has proved ONE thing to me beyond the shadow of a doubt: illegal immigration CAN be significantly reduced through fear.

If you've ever watched (or been a part of) the streams of people who rush to post offices around the country on Tax Day to make sure their returns are properly postmarked in time to avoid monetary penalties, you know fear works.

The Senate should be prepared to come back from recess and introduce an illegal immigration bill that: requires the construction of a border security fence, any illegal caught at or near the border will be sent back immediately, requires employers who hire illegals to cease and desist these practices or face HUGE penalties and possible jail time, and suppress tax payer funded services to illegals.

We can worry about how to handle the illegals already here AFTER we do these things FIRST. Like I said, fear is a great motivator, so call your senators and strike some fear into them.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Tax Season, Wabbit Season

Tomorrow (thanks to April 15th falling on a weekend) is Tax Day. If there's ever a time to be thankful for President Bush, a Republican House, and a Republican Senate it's Tax Day. Thanks to the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, many of us we be reaping the benefits of increased deductions and credits for child care and child rearing. Others will reap the benefits of lower tax payments and increased deductions for running businesses.

But, there's still work for our elected reps to do. The tax cuts STILL haven't been made permanent. And, as far as I'm concerned, they're still too high.

Our economy is booming because largely because of those tax cuts. Contact your representatives top ensure it stays that way. Last thing we need is the Democwats twying to hunt down those wascly tax cuts.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Quote of the Week

This is REALLY funny! From Mayor Ray Nagin, the failed mayor of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina: "The hurricane season starts June 1st. Do you want experienced leadership, or do you want to experiment at this critical time?"

You just gotta LOVE this guy! You also have to hope he loses his reelection bid BIGTIME.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

How Are You [Democrats] Going to Secure the Border?

To win this debate, Republicans need to get over their fear of being called RACISTS. Whenever we have a discussion from this point on about illegal immigration, we should ask the pro-amnesty crowd ONE question over and over again. "How are you [Democrats] going to secure the border?"

No matter what name they call you, no matter what insult, keep asking, politely and with great interest, "How are you going to secure the border?"

If they call you a racist say, "Name calling doesn't answer the question. How are you going to secure the border?" If they say, you're anti-immigrant and your side doesn't have a plan say, "No I'm not and yes we do. But how is your side going to secure the border?"

Sooner or later, in paper, print, email, blog, radio, or TV they will expose themselves for the amnesty-for-all, open border nuts they are.

Give it a shot. It works.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Si Se Puede!!

This is the type of immigration policy Rush Limbaugh said we should consider for our country: "
All right, immigration proposals under discussion. Let me add mine to the mix. I want to call this proposal the Limbaugh Laws. Here they are. First, if you immigrate to the United States of America, you must speak the native language. You have to be a professional or an investor. We are not going to take unskilled workers. You will not be allowed. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools, no special ballots for elections, no government business will be conducted in your native language. Foreigners will not have the right to vote, I don't care how long they are here, nor will they ever be allowed to hold political office. According to the Limbaugh Laws, if you're in our country, you cannot be a burden to taxpayers. You are not entitled, ever, to welfare, to food stamps, or other government goodies. You can come if you invest here, but it must be an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage. If you don't know have that amount of money, you can't come and invest. You have to stay home. If you do come and you want to buy land, okay, but we're going to restrict your options. You will not be allowed to buy waterfront property in the United States. That will be reserved for citizens naturally born in this country.

In fact, as a foreigner, you must relinquish individual rights to property. These are the Limbaugh Laws. Another thing. You don't have the right to protest when you come here. You're allowed no demonstrations, you cannot wave a foreign flag, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies, or you get sent home. You're a foreigner. You shut your mouth or you get out, and if you come here illegally, you go straight to jail and we're going to hunt you down 'til we find you. I can imagine many of you think that the Limbaugh Laws are pretty harsh. I imagine today some of you probably are going, "Yeah! Yeah!" Well, let me tell you this, folks. Every one of the laws I just mentioned are actual laws of Mexico, today. I just read you Mexican immigration law. That's how the Mexican government handles immigrants to their country. Yet Mexicans and others come here illegally, they protest in our streets, they get on our welfare program, and we have members of the United States Senate, both parties, doing handstands and back flips, going through every contortion possible to allow it to continue so that it doesn't make these people mad, resulting in votes against these linguini-spined populations.

Hey, if those types of rules are good enough for Mexico, then they're good enough for us, right? In support of the illegal immigrant protest rallies, I say we pass these laws. C'mon everybody! Si se puede (Yes we can)! Si se puede!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Quote of the Week

It was very close but this week we have a tie. From Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) at an Americans for Prosperity gathering said: "Earmarks are a gateway drug to overspending." See? There are some people in Congress who recognize spending addicts we they see them. Congress needs to get back to there 1994 roots and control this problem.

He was joined by Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) who said: "If Republicans are not going to be the adult party, America won't have an adult party." Too true, too true. Democrats seem to have given up being the grown ups since President Harry Truman died. And in a time of war, we need grown ups in Washington, D.C.

Thank you gentlemen. That concludes this week' s Quote of the Week.

(Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

This Is Why We Must Continue the Fight

The terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and their leaders didn't believe we had the stomach for a fight. President Bush proved them wrong. Now, Democrats are trying to prove them right in the long run. Read this for a good look into the mind of the Islamists.

The terrorists (and the Democrats/Drive-by Media) are attempting to replay Vietnam. The Islamists have studied our history carefully and believe we don't have the guts for a long struggle. If we allow Democrats to win this debate (and the next elections), those killers will be proven right.

I like Bush's message for them better: "We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail!"

(Hat tip: The Laura Ingraham Show)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Continuing Misadventures of Cynthia McKinney

Rep. Cynthia (D - Nutjob) may have bitten off more than she and her ridiculously large mouth can chew. After hitting a Capitol Hill policeman for stopping her because she didn't have proper I.D. with her, the U.S. Capitol Police have asked a federal prosecutor to approve an arrest warrant for her.

When will the people in her Georgia district learn. You can't get good representaion for nutjobs.

Bush Was Right

This video is causing quite a stir on the conservative (and liberal) blogs. Check it out and leave your comments :)
(Hat tip to: Polipundit and Hugh Hewitt)

Monday, April 03, 2006

Illegal Immigration is NOT a Civil Right

I got a very interesting anonymous comment in the "Quote of the Week" post. The underlying question was, if it was okay for Rosa parks to break the law when she wouldn't give up her seat, why isn't it okay for illegal immigrants to want to be treated fairly?

The sights and sounds of students (and illegals) marching around the country holding Mexican flags and chanting "Mexico, Mexico!" was a lot to stomach. You know our country has fallen when illegals have the nerve to demand special rights (and laws) that favor them and no one bothers to detain any of those marching. Arrogance doesn't even begin to cover it. Even Caesar Chavez (on whose day many were marching) was AGAINST illegal immigration because he knew how much it hurt legal migrant workers. But, like the saying goes, ignorance is bliss.

Now some would say, "Couldn't this same thing be said about Blacks in the 1960's?" Well, no, not quite. Contrary to popular belief, being Black isn't a crime. To my knowledge, there are no laws that say now (or even back then) that you COULD NOT be born Black. There were stautes that sought to maintain Blacks as second-class citizens and mistreat them, but being Black wasn't illegal in and of itself. And eventually the Supreme Court, and the country, agreed that these laws were fundamentally unfair.

However, there are laws that say entering this country without permission IS illegal. Despite the reasons or excuses, no one has the "right" to cross our borders illegally. I don't care how good a job you may have waiting for you, it's STILL illegal.

To equate illegal immigration with the civil rights struggles of the 1950's and 1960's is deeply insulting to those who fought so hard for our rights as legal American citizens.

Tom Delay is Leaving

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay is not seeking reelction to his congressional seat. He was a very effective majority leader but the taint of scandal could hurt his chances to win and drag Republicans down in the midterm elections.

I think it was a gutsy and selfless move on his part to help his party.