Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Tony Blair Knows

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has spoken so well on so many occasions about why we fight the Global War on Terror. But, one of my favorites is his speech to Congress on July 17, 2003. Not only does Blair know why we fight, he also knows why we're proud to be American. Here's an excerpt:

"Tell the world why you're proud of America. Tell them when the Star-Spangled Banner starts, Americans get to their feet, Hispanics, Irish, Italians, Central Europeans, East Europeans, Jews, Muslims, white, Asian, black, those who go back to the early settlers and those whose English is the same as some New York cab driver's I've dealt with ... but whose sons and daughters could run for this Congress. Tell them why Americans, one and all, stand upright and respectful. Not because some state official told them to, but because whatever race, color, class or creed they are, being American means being free. That's why they're proud."

He's right, you know. I've traveled throughout Europe and central Asia. Everywhere I've gone, alone or with friends, the natives have told us they can tell we're Americans. Now, keep in mind, this is often before we've said a word. When I ask how they know they say, "We can tell. Americans just carry themselves differently. You don't even walk like everyone else."

Please read the whole speech. It still rings as true today as it did 3 years ago. And it will fill you with a pride and appreciation for how truly blessed you are to be an American.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I Remember...

I remember what it was like being in Air Force Basic Training. We were all scared out of our minds of the instructor and what could happen to us if we screwed up. But, I also remember how good it felt to graduate as a member of the Honor Flight. What an accomplishment! Especially since many of us weren't sure we'd make it through the first week, affectionately known as Hell Week.

I remember what it felt like to be called to duty in Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf War. My family was scared - so was I - but I was more proud of being able to serve my country. As it turned out, we won that war in short order. But even if it had taken longer, I would never have questioned my willingness to serve.

Although, I spent most of Memorial Day working on client files, I periodically stopped to remember those who have gone through the same types of feelings me and those I served with felt so long ago.

Memorial Day is a special occassion. But don't just use that day to remember those who have served and fallen for our nation. Take a few minutes every day. And when you see a soldier, sailor, airmen, or marine, take a moment to walk up and shake their hand and thank them. It would be a fitting tribute for those who have given their lives for the cause of liberty.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Condolences

The Anchoress has suffered a terrible loss. Her brother-in-law finally succumbed to his cancer and died May 27, 2006. It was especially sad for her and her family because she lost her brother in a similar manner nearly two years ago.

Pray for the Anchoress, her family, and especially her sister in their time of mourning. They would greatly appreciate it. Let me take this time to extend my condolences to you and your family, Anchoress.

As I've grown older, I've learned to take solace in the simple knowledge that God never gives us more than we can handle. And, although these are painful times, through Him all things are possible. With His help and guidance your family can and will heal. God bless and take care.

Happy Anniversary, Power Line!

Power Line is celebrating it's 4-year anniversary! It's one of the most recognized and read blogs on the Internet. It's gotten recognition from several nationally syndicated radio talk shows to include Hugh Hewitt and Rush Limbaugh. Please check it out. The writing is fantastic and the news is far better than anything you'd get from the drive-by media.

Congratulations, guys! If I had 1% of the traffic your site gets daily, I'd be a very happy man! May your continued success in the future grow tenfold.

(Hat tip: Lorie Byrd)

Saturday, May 27, 2006

DJ Is Right

DJ Drummond, formerly of Polipundit and now blogger extraordinaire of Stolen Thunder, makes a clarification on his views toward the illegals issue. Here's an excerpt:

I want to be clear, that I do not support the Senate bill. The Senate’s bill seems to me to be no better than a hodge-podge of compromises, the worst kind where no one gets what is really needed, and all sorts of special-interest groups are able to grab from the cookie jar. I greatly prefer the House bill, especially since the House seems to much better understand that the issue must be broken up into its component parts to be properly addressed. (emphasis added)

DJ has been improperly vilified by commenters and some fellow bloggers as being soft on this issue. This is wrong and should be stopped. He is right on the mark, not only about the issue, but how we should frame this debate.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Pop Quiz

Here's a short two-question quiz for all you ladies and gentlemen out there:

1) What other nation in the world can you illegally enter, commit identity theft or falsify government documents (Soc. Sec. Cards) to obtain employment, work for 5 years and THEN be given the RIGHT to those Social Security benefits?

2) Can you NOT pay your federal taxes for FIVE YEARS and then be told you only have to pay THREE OF THE FIVE YEARS OF BACK TAXES?

Answer: You CAN if you're an illegal under the Senate bill!

I'm Baaaacck!

I'm am so sorry for my prolonged absence today. I have a couple of clients who needed work done on their business files that couldn't wait and took up quite a bit of my time.

But, I'm back now and ready to go! I'll be visiting some of my favorite bloggers' sites (Lorie Byrd, DJ Drummond, and Hugh Hewitt come to mind, as well as others) in a moment to see what's been goin' on.

In the mean time, show me some love folks! I missed you today!

Oprah Disses Hip-Hop Stars?

This may be the ONE thing I like about Oprah Winfrey. Don't get me wrong. I like some hip-hop. But it's not normally my first choice on the radio.

The Senate Sells Us Up the River

The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive Amnesty..er, uh "Immigration Reform" Bill today. Riiiight. So comprehensive and so popular with the American people that most of the senators up for reelection in competitive races this year didn't even vote for it. Of course Sen. McCain thinks this is one of the greatest achievements in the history of the Senate. Riiiight.

Here is a breakdown of the votes for this terrible bill. Yep, those guys and gals really have their act together over there, don't they. What will McCain and his buddies think of next? Maybe they can find a way to restrict free speech around election time.

Oh yeah, almost forgot.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Good News on the Economy

The first quarter Gross Domestic Product grew much faster than last year's fourth quarter rate of 1.7%. Q1 GDP was revised upward to an astonishing 5.3%. That's the fastest growth in 2-1/2 years!

I wouldn't expect to hear about this on the drive-by media channels, though. It's up to President Bush (Geez! Brag a little, will ya) and folks like us spread the word and go over the media's head. I'm doing my part. How about you?

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Today's News Before You Read it in USA Today

And the winner is... Taylor Hicks, the boisterous, premature gray-haired Southern has won the "Idol" crown. Something tells me the babe who came in second, Katharine McPhee, will sell more records. To be perfectly honest with you though, I don't really give a damn.

Speaker Hastert "in the mix" of congressional bribe scandal. ABCNews reported this story even though the feds say he's not on the radar. You just gotta love ABCNews.

Bipartisan congressional anger over FBI search of Jefferson office. Look, you stupid elites. Congressman William Jefferson, Democrat - Louisiana, is a crook. He's already been caught on tape taking a bribe and the feds had a warrant to search his office. So, GET OVER YOURSELVES! There's no "separation of powers" violation here. Besides, you guys are not above the law.

That is all.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I Graduated from College Today

I'm sorry for the fairly light posts the past few days but I have a good reason. After years of procrastination, I FINALLY graduated from college today!

The commencement was at the Austin, TX campus of Park University (formerly Park College) and it was great! The Outstanding Student, Amy Gross, gave a moving account of her move to America from South Korea, being adopted by American parents, and the life lessons about success and trying your best that they taught her. It was a great speech.

My brother even flew out from San Diego to be a part of the celebration. It was awesome having him there because it was such a full circle moment. You see, I was by his side when he graduated from high school years ago. We both lived in England at the time (I took care of him for a while), so our mother and sister weren't able to make it. Now, because of Mom's cancer treatments and Sis's nursing schedule (she's an RN), they were unable to make this event, though I know they wanted to. So, once again, he and I got to share in a family accomplishment together. It really lifted my spirits.

So, if you would, please forgive me for the light postings. I am a happy man today! I've accomplished something that should've been done years ago and graduated Cum Laude to boot! It feels good to reach a goal after having worked so hard for it.

Monday, May 22, 2006

John McCain Is NOT the Answer

Senator John McCain should never be allowed to become President. He's made one bad decision after another and doesn't seem to be on a path to change.

First there was Campaign Finance Reform, which put certain restrictions on political speech 30 days before an election. Then, there was the "Gang of 14" deal he struck, behind Majority Leader Bill Frist back, that allowed Democrats to keep the use of filibusters for judicial nominees on the table. Even though the practice was about to be ended by the full Senate.

What's his latest stupid pet trick? He actually voted against an amendment to the Senate immigration bill that would keep illegals from being eligible for Social Security benefits accrued while illegal. The vote was 50-49.

In the Republican primary of 2008, no matter what the question is, McCain IS NOT the answer.

Quote of the Week

John McCain, Sunday on Fox News Sunday, was asked by host Chris Wallace if he would vote for the Federal Marriage Amendment coming up for a vote in the Senate. His answer: "I will vote against it because I believe very strongly that in a — first of all, on the sanctity of union between man and woman, but I also believe that the states should make these decisions."

This is a complete an utter cop-out. If Sen. McCain votes for the amendment, the states WOULD be allowed to decide. A constitutional amendment cannot become law unless two-thirds of the states vote for it.

So, McCain either doesn't know the law or is trying to have it both ways. Which do you think it is?

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Guest Blogging Experiment

I've decided to invite guest bloggers posts on this site. I was inspired to do so by blogs like Polipundit, Hugh Hewitt, and RedState.com which have done very well in the group/guest blog arena.

The first two guest bloggers to accept my invitation are Gabe Gaska and Jennifer Rose. Gabe is a smart, articulate, and successful young man from Tucson, AZ. He's also a good personal friend. You may be surprised by some of his views. He's not a Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian and that's one of the reasons I wanted him to post here. He comes at issues with a different perspective.

Jennifer is a lovely, intelligent, professional young woman from Fort Worth, TX. She has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. The things she'll discuss will most likely involve life issues: things that happen to us regularly, whether we want them to or not.

They aren't the only two people I've asked to post to this site. I'm still waiting for one or two more replies. But, I'm hopeful that you'll enjoy reading there future writings as much as I've enjoyed reading the comments and listening to their opinions. When more bloggers are added I'll keep you informed.

The Wonderful Guests at Club Gitmo

This from FoxNews: "Prisoners with makeshift weapons battled guards trying to save a detainee pretending to commit suicide at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in what military officials said Friday was a coordinated attack that left six prisoners injured."

As for the six injured prisoners/terrorists, all I can say is it's too bad we didn't do more than just "injure" them.

But, maybe the U.N. knows best after all. These guys are harmless and should be let go. Right? What say you?

Friday, May 19, 2006

Harry Reid Should Be Ashamed of Himself

Nevada Senator Harry Reid is an absolute disgrace. I didn't think it was possible, but he's actually a worse Senate minority leader than Tom Daschle was. Believe me, that's saying something.

The Washington Times reports that he "called a proposal to make English the official language 'racist' on the Senate floor yesterday. " Racist, huh? Wanting people who live in this country to recognize the importance of speaking American English is racist? The man has NO SHAME.

The people of Nevada had an opportunity to remove this clown from office in 2004 and failed to do so. Fortunately, because of his higher profile, Reid hasn't done himself any favors in his state by acting like a leftist. Hopefully, Nevadans will be much more selective about their Senate representation in 2010.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

"Will and Grace" Ends Tonight

The hit sitcom about, as CNN puts it, "gay man named Will and a straight woman named Grace" ends its eight-year run tonight on NBC. I've never been a big fan of the show, but it is (unlike Ellen's show once she came out) funny. Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen just had a chemistry between them that made the show work without being overly offensive.

I haven't watched this show for sometime, but I think I'll make it a point to check it out tonight.

Finally, Some Progress

Late yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted on two important amendments. On one, they COMPLETELY got it wrong. On the other, they finally got it right.

Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson introduced an amendment to the immigration bill that would delay the legalization and guest worker provisions until the border had been secured. It was defeated 55-40 with 18 Republicans voting with the Democrats. Very stupid move.

Later, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions introduced an amendment to erect 370 miles of triple-layer fencing and 500 miles of vehicles barriers along the border. It PASSED 83-16. All 16 "no" votes were Democrats. Texas Sen. John Cornyn also successfully introduced and amendment that, in the words of Polipundit, "at least make employers certify that they had tried to fill one of these jobs with a lazy American before hiring a 'guest' worker." The vote was 50-48.

Thank God there are still some conservatives left in the Senate. With any luck, this so-called immigration reform bill could end up being a net plus when all is said and done.

To All Conservatives - Let's Chill

The illegal immigration issue is causing some rifts with the conservative moment that I find troubling and it time for us to remember we're ALL on the same team. From the "Throw the bums out" to the "President Bush knows what he's doing" factions, we all want to stem the tide of illegals flooding our borders. So, in the immortal words of the R&B singer, Guy, "Let's chill, let's settle down."

This issue is causing unnecessary animosity in the conservative moment. It's effect on the blogosphere has been profound. Polipundit.com, was one of my favorite blogs largely because of the format of group bloggers with a variety of writing styles and perspectives on issues. They didn't always agree with each other on specific subjects. In fact, they often covered different issues from each other. That made for interesting reading. But they all agreed that we were on the same team trying to support conservative policies and ideals that would help the country. At least they used to.

Sadly this issue, illegal immigration and how best to handle it, caused such a divergence on viewpoints that it split up the group. Several of the guest bloggers now operate their own separate websites. Lorie Byrd, the darling of the group and DJ Drummond, the intellectual both run very good, well written blogs of there own now. Hopefully, Jayson Javitz and Alexander K. McClure will either join the ladies or start their own as well.

Whatever happens, the ONE thing we all need to remember is that we all want a significant decrease/cessation of illegals entering this country. We may not all agree 100% on methods of how to get there from here. We may not agree on the general tone of the debate. But, I hope we can agree that illegal immigration needs to be dealt with effectively AND that the only people willing to do so are CONSERVATIVES. Liberals offer absolutely NO logical solutions to the problem. In fact, their quite content to sit back and let us argue amongst ourselves, hoping to extract some political gain from it.

With that in mind, let's tone down the "Bush is a liar," diatribe on one side and the "anti-Mexican," rhetoric on the other and get this job done - together.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

An Open Letter to Polipundit

Poli -

I think I understand what happened between you, AKM, Jayson, DJ, and Lorie on the immigration issue.

Like everyone else who reads your blog, I know how strongly you feel about this issue. You're a LEGAL immigrant and patriot who loves this country. I can appreciate your resolve and passion. But, this isn't the first time your guest bloggers have disagreed with you (remember Harriet Miers?) on a particular subject. So, I don't think it was there disagreement that caused a problem per se.

I think it was the WAY in which the disagreements were publicly aired. One guest blogger suggested you were being consumed by this issue and your take on it. By the way, I agree with that person. Another questioned your near hysterical tone (again, I concur). Still another blogger suggested that if anyone believed the President's immigration plan was amnesty "then you are either a moron or a liar." Not quite what I would've said, but this issue does evoke emotion.

Although I defend these bloggers' right to speak their minds, the overly negative tone of your disagreements in such a public manner (this includes you, Poli) was not helpful. And your personal email to your group bloggers allegedly saying, "From now on, every blogger at PoliPundit.com will either agree with me completely on the immigration issue, or not blog at PoliPundit.com" was unnecessary, immature, and heavy-handed.

Poli, before this breakup, I loved your site. Really. It was the FIRST blog I went to every morning to get news, information, and opinion. It worked so well because the guest bloggers offered different perspectives (and writing styles) on a variety of issues. They, and you, are talented, intelligent writers. This made your blog an interesting and entertaining read.

What's happening now is very sad to me. Fix this problem, Poli. Don't let pride destroy what it took you years to build.

It also wouldn't hurt (to further your point) to drop the "El Presidente Arbusto" and the "Bush is a liar" quips as well. Leave that kind of stuff to the Comments section of your blog. It's beneath you.

Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Lorie Byrd Has Left Polipundit.com

Lorie Byrd, a beautiful and eloquent guest blogger for Polipundit.com, has left that site over a dispute she and other guest bloggers were having with the site's editor, Polipundit, on the issue of illegal immigration.

This is a sad spectacle because Polipundit.com, more than any other blog (and there are many), is the site I visited regularly. It's especially sad because it was over a single issue: Immigration.

I respect and understand Polipundit's tough-love view on the issue. And, although his constant refrains of the president as "El Presidente Arbusto" became a bit tiresome, he (as a LEGAL immigrant) has a right to his opinions and editorial control of his website. Although, posters to the site can be disrespectful of his views at times, none of the guest bloggers should hold this type of contempt toward the editor. And, for the most part, none did.

Immigration is an issue that invokes deep emotion on both sides. But, guest bloggers to Polipundit and other blogs opinions should be just as respected as the editors views. And the editorial page, it it seeks to continue being successful, should refrain from school yard antics.

Monday, May 15, 2006

The Speech

President Bush's speech on immigration left me a bit luke warm. I liked the talk about "high-tech fences and vehicle barriers" in conjunction with the use of the National Guard to provide logistical support to the Border Patrol. It's not practical or necessary to have a 2,000 mile fence along the border. A combination of actual fencing and barriers in some areas, virtual fencing and patrols in others would be the best option.

But the second half of the speech I could have done without. All the happy peace and love "let's all get along" crap about hard working illegals who've been here a long time and deserve a shot at citizenship left me a bit cold.

It's not that I completely disagree that people who've been here for a while need to be dealt with. They do. But, can't we at least try the enforcement/crackdown on employers part FIRST?

I think the President (and the Senate) would be far better off if they stopped insisting on a "comprehensive solution" and spoke more about enforcement first, followed by a regularization process. But, ENFORCEMENT FIRST is the key. That's what most people want. The sooner President Bush and Congress figure this out, the better off their future electoral prospects will be.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Gore: Tide turning on global warming

Just imagine, the man with these views was almost President. Scary isn't it?

My personal take is that I DO NOT BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING! At least not to the extent that the United States in almost completely responsible for it. Modern science will tell you that's just patently ridiculous. So will common sense.

Friday, May 12, 2006

"Black People Are Inferior to Whites"

So says Winston McCuen, a Latin teacher at Brookland-Cayce High School in South Carolina. Read this news story to find out just how disturbed this guy is.

The sad thing is he's actually teaching children. The even sadder thing is there are people out there who agree with him.

(Hat tip: Drudge)

Bush to Address the Nation

FoxNews is reporting that President Bush is asking for network airtime Monday night at 8 pm ET to address the issue of immigration reform.

I hope, for the President's sake, he says something about building a real security fence and cracking down on employers who hire illegals. And PLEASE, Mr. President, no speeches about "jobs Americans won't do." Your poll numbers are low enough as it is.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

NSA Datamining - Another Non-Story

I would HOPE that the Bush Administration has been doing this. The real story isn't that the NSA gathers phone numbers to see if they match calls to and from known terrorists numbers. USA Today wants you to believe there's something nefarious about that. There isn't. In fact, it's common sense. No, the real important story is who in the NSA (or some other government office) leaked this secret program to the press (again).

President Bush should have cleaned house when he came to Washington, D.C. in 2001. Let this be a lesson to future Republican administrations. Plug these kinds of leaks and punish the leakers swiftly and severely.

"Taxation Without Respiration"

Now that Congress has passed tax cuts extensions it's time to give the Death Tax a death knell. The Free Enterprise Fund has a great new commercial out that addresses this issue. The commercial also portrays Sens. Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry in a way you may not have seen before. Please check it out.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Someone Needs to be FIRED for This

This story is very scary to me. Someone in the White House MUST be fired for this. Can you imagine being the person who found the Presidential Daily Schedule in the trash?

I don't know what's going on over there at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But they need to fix it ASAP!

(Hat tip: Drudge)

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Lileks is Great!

I've had absolutely NO INTEREST in reading the letter Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Falcon pronunciation: I'm a de NUT job) sent to President Bush a few days ago. But, James Lileks has a HILARIOUS translation of Mahmoud's 18-page rambling document.

Please read it for a great laugh.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

A Booming Economy - The Untold Story

As it turns out, the American economy is doing FAR better now than it did during the Clinton years. This is largely because it's much more stable than the economy of the 1990's Dot Com era. Friday there were 138,000 payroll jobs created in the U.S. in April (below expectations) and the number of jobs created in February and March was reduced. Overall, the economy has created over 5.1 million new jobs since 2003.

But, the decreased job numbers led to a big rally on Wall Street because a possible slowing economic picture would likely keep the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates. In fact, the Dow is on track to break it's August 14, 2000 record high of 11,722.98 possibly this month.

However, when that happens, don't expect the drive-by media to make much of a fuss about the Clinton-era record being broken. After all, have you heard about how well our economy is doing so from anyone in the DBM so far?

Friday, May 05, 2006

White Guilt and the GWOT

Please read this article by Dr. Shelby Steele if you're curious as to why we don't seem to fight wars with the ferocity we used to any more. This seems especially true in the Global War on Terror.

I also believe liberal white guilt has become pervasive in our society. It's negative impact isn't helpful to our country or the Black (or any other minority) community. For what it's worth, to all you guilty white folks out there, I forgive you. Now get our it and let's kick some Islamofascist BUTT!

Quote of the Week

This week's honor goes Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy who, after crashing his car into a police barrier near the Capitol at around 2:45 am Thursday morning, said "At no time before the incident did I consume any alcohol." RIIIGHT.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Another Kennedy Cover Up

Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy (yep, Sen. Ted Kennedy's son) crashed his car into a police barrier near the Capitol at around 2:45 am Thursday morning. He was said to be stumbling and murmuring about needing to cast a vote in Congress (which was closed) when he got out of the car.

Amazingly, two Capitol Hill police supervisors showed up at the scene and today the presiding officers NOT to conduct a sobriety test on the congressman.

Me thinks, I smell another Kennedy cover up developing. Eh?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Moussoaui Gets Life in Prison

And here is how he showed his appreciation for that sentence.

Personally, I would have preferred the death penalty. The idea of paying for this monster's room and board for the next 50 years just doesn't seem right.

Do any of you think this was the proper sentence?

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Congratulations, Mr. Blackwell!

Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has prevailed in his Republican gubernatorial primary. Congressman Ted Strickland (Liberal - OH) is going to be a tough competitor in November, but I believe Blackwell can pull this election off.

On a sadder note, Durham County District Attorney, Mike Nifong won his Democrat primary and so will remain the lead prosecutor in the Duke University rape case.

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Tide Will Turn

For those who don't believe United 93 had a good opening week OR that it won't do well over all because "it's too soon," the tide is already beginning to turn.

Please note that United 93 made more money on a Monday than RV did and RV is playing in over twice as many theatres!

Please, go see this film.

Happy Illegal Immigrant May Day!

It's sad when a country as powerful as ours can't seem to figure out what to do about illegals protesting in streets across America demanding legislation for their right to be here. Polls have consistently shown that the American people are against granting amnesty, but the illegals (and their supporters) keep screaming for essentially THAT.

Don't get me wrong. I always love the idea of liberals and their supporters making fools of themselves. It's all the more enjoyable when they have a national audience.

But the audacity of these marches does annoy me a little. However, there was an upside to today's "boycott." This is the fastest I've ever gotten to and from work on the freeway since I moved to Texas.