Friday, July 28, 2006

Good Night and Good Luck

This is a very difficult thing for me to say. But, after much thought, I've decided that this will be my last post at Falcon's Crest. My schedule and workload outside the blogosphere has significantly increased to a level where it's become incredibly difficult to continue. Since I wouldn't be able to give 100% on a consistent basis, it's best for me to let this endeavor go, out of fairness to you.

Don't worry, though. I haven't given up blogging all together. You can still find me with the great team at Hang Right Politics as a regular contributor. In addition, I'll leave this site up for one week before it disappears from the scene. This will give those bloggers, who've so kindly added me to their blogroll, time to make the necessary changes.

I've so enjoyed all the time we've shared on this blog. I've shared things that have been on my heart and mind. You've shared your thoughts and I'm grateful for every comment, every reader, every passer-by. It's been a true joy and honor serving you.

For those about to blog...I salute you. And to all my wonderful readers, good night and good luck.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

There Are None So Blind as Those Who Will Not See

I wrote a post yesterday about a new left-leaning blog I’d come across called African-American Political Pundit. Here is yesterday's post.

Today, I read another post at AAPP referencing the Moderate Voice's, Anti-Semitism From the Left?, in which a fellow liberal says:
This concerns me as a Democrat, and as an observer that antisemitism today comes mostly from the left (Pat Buchanan excepted). Excerpted from elsewhere:When the House voted 410-8 in favor of a resolution “condemning the recent attacks against the State of Israel, holding terrorists and their state-sponsors accountable for such attacks, [and] supporting Israel’s right to defend itself.” Here’s a list of the 12 congressional reps. who declined to support Israel.

AAPP spend the rest of the post discounting the assertion that this is anti-semitism. Inrock, the writer, even says, “Could it be that some people just don’t approve of innocent people being killed?” Riiight. That’s why the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (and white liberal Democrats) either voted AGAINST supporting Israel or voted PRESENT. It was all those innocents that would be killed. None of them could possibly have a history of not supporting Israel. No! It couldn’t be that.

Remember, it’s see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil.

Monday, July 24, 2006

It's Okay to Leave the Plantation

But for some of people, like African-American Political Pundit, it's not desirable. He proves this in his latest diatribe: George Bush Comes Down to the Quarters [WARNING: This post has profane language, referenced from Rude Pundit, in it] .

AAP shows that, although the plantation no longer exists, plantation menatlity does.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

REPUBLICANPUNDIT: Hezballah: HEY WE WANT A CEASEFIRE!! WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF ROCKETS AND THE ISRAELI'S ARE ABOUT TO KILL US

Friday, July 21, 2006

Bush and the NAACP

President Bush finally went to the NAA[L]CP - National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People and gave a pretty good speech.
Bush said he viewed his speech as a chance to explain his convictions about equality. "I come from a family committed to civil rights," he said. "My faith tells me that we are all children of God - equally loved, equally cherished, equally entitled to the rights he grants us all."

The speech was only briefly interrupted, near the end, by a few stupid protesters who were escorted out. Overall, the president appeared to receive positive marks despite being in the lion's den.

So why did Bush go in the first place after having turned them down for 5 years? Well, [h]e accepted this year after new NAACP President Bruce Gordon, the first businessman to lead the nation's oldest civil rights organization, reached out to improve the relationship. Nice to see someone from thatorganizationn actually reach out to the president in a meaningful way.

COgirl at HRP and Lorie Byrd at Wizbang Politics have a lot more on this.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

CNN - the Crescent News Network

In a post from a couple of days ago, Oak Leaf mentioned that radio talk show host Michael Savage has taken to calling CNN the Crescent News Network. After the story I heard this morning on the Laura Ingraham Show, Rush Limbaugh, and Hugh Hewit (who is fit to be tied), where CNN’s Nick Robertson got an “exclusive tour” by a Hezbollah “spokeman” of bombed out buildings, the name DEFINITELY fits.

This link allows you to listen to the propanganda…er, uh…interview that Robertson did. You won’t believe that even CNN has sunk this low.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Bush and the Sh*t Speech

Pruden on Politics has a great synopsis of what President Bush's "slip of the tongue" really means. Here's an excerpt:
Vulgarity is not nice, even in what both parties thought was a private
conversation between a president and a prime minister, but it gives us an
unexpected insight into what George W. really thinks. He obviously regards the
diplomatic niceties, taken with such seriousness by those with too much lace on
their panties, with the disdain everyone else does.

Please read the whole article. It's really great stuff.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Howard Dean - Priceless

Check out this quote from Democrat National Chairman Howard Dean via Republicanpundit:

“If you think what's going on in the Middle East today would be going on if the Democrats were in control, it wouldn't, because we would have worked day after day after day to make sure we didn't get where we are today. We would have had the moral authority that Bill Clinton had when he brought together the Northern Irish and the IRA, when he brought together the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

You're right, RP. It was definitely the Loony Left quote of the day. It goes to show Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

Why I Love Hang Right Politics

I love Hang Right Politics. I really do. It was an enormous honor when the women who put this wonderful site together invited me to join. I had been reading the fairly new blog almost from the beginning and found it to be the best political and cultural blog on the Web. These writers are the most intelligent, articulate, and dedicated group of people I’ve ever worked with.

This is evidenced by the coverage of the current Israeli/Hezbollah/Hamas War. The writing has just been superb. If you don’t believe me, scroll down and read for yourself. HRP has been dedicated to bringing you the most up-to-date news and information on this ongoing struggle from a center-right point of view. The correct point of view, in my opinion. And although I’ve been very busy with work, clients, and unexpected family visits recently, I haven’t missed a post (thanks to my cell phone).

Hang Right Politics has become for me, even before I joined the team, a MUST READ DAILY stop that simply cannot be missed. Based on the traffic, that seems to be the case for many others as well. So, to my fellow bloggers at HRP, thank you for the incredible work you’ve been doing on this story and so many others. Every time I read this site I feel more honored to be a part of something so special.

To our loyal friends, commenters, and anonymous readers, I ask just two things: First, continue to enjoy this journey we’re all on together. Second, invite everyone you know to be a part of it. No matter what their political, social, or racial background is they’ll find something to love about this site and the outstanding people who host it.

The Israeli Struggle

Hang Right Politics has a collection of great articles about the recent violence in the Middle East. Here's just a sample of a few:

Genocidal Intent There is a lot of talk about this war that has the world so incredibly divided. The Lexus and the Olive Tree. McWorld vs. Jihad. Christianity vs. Islam. New World and Old World. West vs. East. And the list goes on…

Israel National News on Israel’s condition for a ceasefire This article from Israel National News leaves me wondering if these people are taking a realistic view of what can be accomplished here. Can Israel eradicate Hezbullah? And is there a ‘quiet agreement’ that Hezbullah is off the reservation? And Syria - what did they say?
Syria’s threat seems a bit like the “I hate yo Moma” variety. What do they mean...


A Clarifying Crisis If Hamas united the Palestinians who were previously on the verge of civil war, looks like it may have united Americans as well...

For more brilliant analysis, visit HRP and enjoy.

Friday, July 14, 2006

The Voting Rights Act...Pros and Cons

The House voted Thursday to renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This is a good thing but not all good. The Black Republican does a great job of explaining why. Please read and remark.

Cross-posted at Hang Right Politics.

News About Blacks You Don't See On TV

My mother sent me something very interesting in an email that I'm willing to bet you didn't hear about in the "mainstream" media. As she wrote, "More than 500 Black men getting college degrees. Did anyone besides Atlantans see these pictures in their newspapers? If you check out the second set of stills, you may even see proud papa Denzel taking pictures of his son."

Thanks, Mom, for the link. It's great news that should be promoted much more often than it is.

Stuff Like This is Why I Left

If case you haven’t heard, the House Democrats have unleashed a new TV ad featuring flag-draped coffins of our U.S. troops in order to try to get people to vote Democrat this year. Yeah, that’s right. Using those who gave their lives in defense of liberty as a political prop against Republicans. They’re also using it as a fundraising tool.

You know, I left that party seven years ago. To this day, they have never given me ONE REASON to regret that decision. The Dems are completely unserious about winning this war. They are callously uncaring about our troops in harm’s way. And they are absolutely undeserving of majority status in Washington, D.C. or anywhere else for that matter.

Update: Human Events online reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is trying to deny the ad was used to raise funds. But, luckily for us, they posted a copy of the letter from DCC Chairman Rahm “I love the Clintons” Emanuel. Oooo! Busted!
Update II: Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) is asking the Democrat Campaign Committee “to pull the ad immediately.” Looks like the backfire has already begun.

Cross-potsed at Hang Right Politics.

(HT: Drudge)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Pinocchio Press...At It Again

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Bombs in Bombay

Monday, July 10, 2006

Japan Considering Strike on N. Korea

China's worst nightmare looks like it may be coming true:

TOKYO (AP) - Japan said Monday it was considering whether a pre-emptive
strike on the North's missile bases would violate its constitution, signaling a
hardening stance ahead of a possible U.N. Security Council vote on Tokyo's
proposal for sanctions against the regime.

This is good news for the U.S. and Japan and bad news for North Korea and China. China has been trying to play both ends of this diplomatic game in these multilateral "talks" with Kim Jong (mentally) Il and North Korea. Having Japan get serious about flexing it's power in the region does not bode well for our Chinese "friends".

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Hurray for Italy!!

Alright! Italy has beaten France to win the 2006 World Cup!
Rome erupted in a damburst of joy, firecrackers, flags and tearful embraces as Italians celebrated their country's World Cup triumph after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out against France.
In scenes echoed up and down the country, delirious supporters flocked into Piazza Venezia in the centre of the Italian capital to vent their delight and relief, scenes echoed in piazzas across Italy from Milan in the north to Messina in Sicily.

One can conclude only one thing after watching the World Cup: the people who play this sport are very talented, gifted athletes. This is true in spite of Zinedine Zidane, France's team captain, losing his temper and being sent off the field for a vicious head-butt on Italy's Marco Materrazi.

Though I think it's a great sport, I'm not a huge soccer fan. I'm just happy that France got it's butt kicked.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

You Simply MUST See This Video

A friend and commenter, dawnsblood, at Hang Right Politics referenced this link paying tribute to our armed forces. It's both beautiful and powerful. It will also remind you of why former Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) was such a huge hit at the 2004 Republican Presidential Convention. Enjoy.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Forget What You've Heard. Superman Returns is a Good Movie

I've learned over the years, more times than not, is a good idea to ignore movie critics. Superman Returns has been largely panned but making respectable money in spite of lackluster reviews. If you enjoyed the old Christopher Reeve series (especially the first two) then you'll like this movie.

Whom to Marry

I was hoping to get a lot more posting done today, but I have an upcoming appointment with a client and some evaluations and reports I was called in to do for the USPS. Hopefully, I'll be back posting tonight. But, for now, I’ll leave you with something my girlfriend sent me in an email.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids)
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.– Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.– Kristen, age 10

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED? Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.– Camille, age 10

No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.– Freddie, age 6 (very wise for his age)

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED? You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.– Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? Both don’t want any more kids.– Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE? Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.– Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that Usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.– Martin, age 10

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR? I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.– Craig, age 9

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE? When they’re rich.– Pam, age 7 (Donald Trump's future wife)

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.- - Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.– Howard, age 8

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED? It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.– Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED? There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?– Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is……..HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK? Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.– Ricky, age 10

Hmmmm. Do you think my girlfriend is trying to tell me something?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The North Korean Missile(s) Launch

Well, it looks like North Korea went through with it's threats to launch short-range and long-range missiles toward the United States. They fired six missiles July 4, 2006 (conveniently timed, huh?) and a seventh missile today.

Although the two long-range Taepodong-2 missiles could theoretically have reached Alaska, they never had a real chance of reaching our shores because they fizzled out in the Sea of Japan.

The international community is in an uproar. The U.N. Security Council has convened for an emergency session where Japan proposed a draft resolution, supported by the United States, Britain and France, condemning North Korea.

This is a situation we desperately need to confront sooner rather than later. Liberals won't want to do it, but they never do. That's one of the reasons we didn't put them in power.

Republicanpundit has a great article about the third member of the Axis of Evil that expands on this story. Please check it out.

(Cross-posted at Hang Right Politics)

Latino Gang Conspired to Kill Blacks

Federal prosecutors allege that members of the Avenues in L.A. plotted to commit violence against African Americans.

There have been major issues between Black and Latino gangs for decades in regard to turf wars. But this is the first case I've heard of where the federal government is seeking to use "a federal hate-crime law based on the amendment to the U.S. Constitution that outlawed slavery, and another law created in the civil rights era, to go after four gang members."

I, for one, applaud this action and would feel the same way if it was a Black gang terrorizing Latinos. Gang violence is an issue that should be dealt with at the federal level because of it's impact on society and connection to the drug trade.

Breaking News: Ken Lay Dead

Enron founder Ken Lay has died in Aspen, CO of a massive heart attack. Lay, 64, was awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of conspiracy and fraud in the Enron trial in May. This is a sad ending to a truly disappointing chapter in American business.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

America the Beautiful

A final tribute to this country of ours on her birthday comes from Kathy at HRP. The pictures are stunning and the words stir the soul. Enjoy them both and, by the way, it's okay if you sing along.

Monday, July 03, 2006

American Gladiators, American Patriots

For those of you who don't know why we're able to enjoy the freedoms we so readily take for granted, Jeanette at Hang Right Politics turned me on to this link. These people are the best of the best, the bravest of the brave. And they do their jobs for far less money than they are worth.

On this Fourth of July, take a moment to look at the faces of the true patriots who won't be able to celebrate with their families because they're busy keeping us safe. Say a prayer and thank God for their service to your liberty.

And always remember...Freedom isn't free.

Tony Blair: What It Means to be an American

This is a repost of a May 31 article but it seemed fitting for July 4, 2006. Happy Fourth of July everybody!

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.

(Cross-posted for the 4th at Hang Right Politics)

Saturday, July 01, 2006

The President, the Prime Minister, and the King

Who knew? Apparently Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is a HUGE Elvis fan. President Bush went out of his way to make Koizumi's last trip to the United States as prime minister special by taking him to Graceland.
DVDs of Elvis's movies were available aboard Air Force One, and White House press secretary Tony Snow sported gold-rimmed plastic sunglasses for the flight to Memphis, unarguably Koizumi's highlight of the week.

The Japanese prime minister has been a staunch Bush defender on the world stage and a valuable ally in the GWOT. Koizumi even sent a small contingent of Japanese troops to Iraq after the invasion. It was the first time Japanese troops had operated outside of Japan since World War II. It's evident that the president is very fond of the Japan's leader.

That's one of the things I love about President Bush. He sure knows how to through a party.

Bush Loves Our Armed Forces

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush paid tribute to America's armed forces Saturday, calling Independence Day a time to thank the men and women who defend freedom.

"For more than two centuries, from the camps of Valley Forge to the mountains of Afghanistan, Americans have served and sacrificed for the principles of our founding. Today, a new generation of American patriots is defending our freedom against determined and ruthless enemies."


The president plans to celebrate the 4th of July at a luncheon with military personnel at Fort Bragg, NC. He also urged all Americans to thank those who defend our freedom. "He urged people to help America Supports You, a nationwide program set up by the Defense Department to communicate citizen support to military men and women at home and abroad."

This should make our good friends, Lorie Byrd, Kathy, and Hailey are very happy to have the President in their neck of the woods. Any chance you'll get to see him, ladies?