Archive for June, 2009

First and foremost a huge mucho thank you to Ken for inviting me to opine here.  I’m not sure he knows what he’s gotten himself into.  But why dwell on that? It’s too late for him to change his mind…I have his passwords.   I suppose the most logical place to start would be to answer the question “Who is this woman and what’s her point?”.  Never having been accused of possessing what most would recognize as logic I choose to start elsewhere.

I’ll start with a warning.  I have many, many opinions and feel that it’s my duty to share them with you.  If you’re reading this I will operate on the assumption that you’re enthralled by what I’m saying and are thirsting for the wisdom I seek to bestow.   Why wouldn’t you?  I used to make the statement, “Don’t throw up your liberal bile on me and I won’t attempt to enlighten you with my conservative values.”  Unfortunately I found that I could not adhere to that promise so I’ve changed the statement somewhat. It now goes something like this: “Bring on your liberal  illusions and through actual facts I’ll show you the error of your thinking.”  Nice, huh?

So now you’ve determined that I am a conservative.  Brilliant!  You can be taught! I am also a Christian, a Constitutionalist and, as of today, a card-carrying member of both the NRA and the Right-Wing Extremists.  I am also a stay-home mother of three future conservative voters, ages 16, 11 and 7.  Strangely enough I am married to a man who has zero interest in politics but at least he has the good sense to not try and debate with me.  He sees things as I do.  He has much wisdom.

Geography molds a person’s value system as much as just about anything so I’ll tell you that I was born in Tulsa, OK, lived in Dallas, TX and now reside in Lancaster County, PA.  I’m not a great fit here in Amish country but, like any good Okie, I can make anything work.  Just give me some Duct tape and I can handle it.

So, love me or hate me, I know you’ll be entertained by me.   I’ve never been afraid to say exactly what I’m thinking and I always listen to other people and their ideas.  No one has accused me of being politically correct (thank the good Lord for that) so if you’re easily offended, watch out.  I’m always Right, usually correct and forever conservative.

God Bless,



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The Supreme Court overturned Ricci v. DeStefano, the lawsuit brought against the city of New Haven, Connecticut by firefighters claiming the city had discriminated against them due to their race. SCOTUS once again decided along ideological lines 5-4 with Kennedy as the swing vote.

Obama Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor surely took a big hit today as SCOTUS reversed Sotomayor and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that New Haven was acting within its obligations of the Civil Rights Act. How can Sotomayor be the best choice for a lifetime appointment to safeguard the Constitution when she has been overturned by the court she seeks to join? And if this ‘wise latina woman’ is wrong on this issue, what else will she be wrong on?

But with today reversal, it will be interesting is to watch the White House and their press corps spin the story. The press will surely use the race card, but the 100-year-plus struggle for civil rights in the U.S. is over and Americans won. Discrimination of any color violates our very founding. And when the city of New Haven decided that since more whites passed the officer exams than blacks or hispanics, that the test must be too hard for minorities and had to be thrown out.

As a firefighter myself, I say that New Haven’s decision is dangerously wrong. This decision isn’t isolated to city hall or the fire station: Decisions like these (picking firemen based on skin color, not ability) could cost people their lives. In America, and even Connecticut, it should be the best person for the job, not the best minority.

When it’s your house that’s on fire, you want the best firefighters going into the house and rescuing your children, not the best black or hispanic ones, right? You also aren’t likely to be too concerned whether or not the fire truck has a correct demographic representation of the local community, either.

According to our founding principles, Americans – not whites, blacks, and hispanics – are jumping off the firetruck to save your baby. The fact that New Haven made their decision not to promote white officers should be just as disgusting to each of us as the treatment of blacks in the 1960s.

In addition, and it seems this logic is lost on most: New Haven’s decision should have been an insult to the blacks and hispanics as apparently the city feels that the blacks and hispanics aren’t smart enough to . In my opinion, that’s where Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should have been. New Haven told blacks that they weren’t as smart as the white people who took the test.

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Simon Property Group, Inc., a real estate company whose chairman is a major Democrat donor, has canceled the Atlanta Tea Party scheduled for July 4. Simon owns the Gwinnett Place Mall where the event had been scheduled since March, and last week the mall manager informed organizers that Simon did not want political events on their property.

“Our Atlanta Tea Party team tried for the next day and a half to find an alternative location large enough for the event, and with the proper layout for our vendors, children’s activities, and fireworks show, but we could not find anything suitable that would have been available on July 4th,” said event co-chair Debbie Dooley in a June 20 statement.

The American Thinker blog has more on Simon Property Group and their Democrat funding:

  1. Gwinnett Place Mall shut down the Atlanta Tea Party.
  2. Simon Property Group owns Gwinnett Place Mall.
  3. Melvin Simon (a Forbes 400 billionaire) is Co-chairman of Simon Property Group, Inc.
  4. Melvin Simon has provided large political contributions to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Franken, John Edwards, the DNC and many other Democrats and Democrat organizations.
  5. Melvin Simon was a major contributor to Barack Obama inaugural committee and has given at least $1 million to the William J. Clinton foundation.
  6. Melvin’s wife, Bren, personally donated almost $100,000 to various political candidates, was a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, and contributed to President Obama’s inaugural committee.

With the April 15 Tax Day Tea Party drawing around 20,000 attendees, it should hardly have been a secret to Simon and the Gwinnett Mall that the July event would be political. It seems to me that the nature and timing of the cancellation was simply a way for opponents to cancel the event altogether.

The Atlanta Tea Party has joined forces with the Cobb Tea Party for a metro-wide event on July 3.

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My latest piece covers a nasty treaty that Obama wants to sign that will destroy our sovereignty, weaken our security, destroy our economy, and ruin the lives of our children. What is this guy Obama thinking and what country is he really the president of? (originally published at Canada Free Press)

The Obama administration is renewing efforts to sign a United Nations treaty supposedly aimed at protecting children’s rights. Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the UN announced on Monday that the administration is investigating “when and how it might be possible to join” the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

While a treaty codifying children’s rights may sound harmless, the true nature of this treaty is devastating to our family structure, Constitution, national sovereignty and security. New rights granted the child would include the right to “thought, conscience and religion.”

Do our children not already enjoy these rights? Our nation is already party to the treaty’s two optional protocols: one preventing Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, the other preventing Children in Armed Conflict.

Why either of the two are “optional” is disturbing.

Our country and our children stand to gain nothing from the passage of this treaty. In fact, the CRC would provide a far more damaging environment for children. So why are politicians like Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) – who pushed for a 60-day timeline for ratification – so anxious to sign?

In many ways, the CRC is a match made in Heaven for today’s Democrat agenda. Upon ratification, Congress would have the power to enact any legislation in order to comply with the treaty. The result would be what the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) calls “the most massive shift of power from the states to the federal government in American history.” National children’s health insurance and other social programs would be created in order to comply with the CRC. The U.S. would have to curtail defense spending in order to keep in proportion with these social expenses. To a western European country whose defense our military has subsidized for decades, this would have no major impact. But the effect would be devastating to both our economy and our security.

Excerpt: Read more at CFP

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This 1948 cartoon on the pitfalls of Socialism (disguised as “Ism” on the video) might as well be from 2009. Get your children and watch this ASAP.

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By W. Thomas Smith, Jr. Originally published at Human Events This week in American military history:

Lt. Gen. Holland M. Howlin Mad Smith

Lt. Gen. Holland M. "Howlin' Mad" Smith, U.S.M.C. (painting by Commander Albert K. Murray, U.S.N.R.)

June 14, 1775: The American Continental Army is formed in Boston: thus June 14 becomes the official birthday of the U.S. Army. George Washington will be appointed commander in chief of the new army the following day. June 14, 1777: Two years to the day after the birth of the American Army, Betsy Ross’s “Stars and Stripes” (adopted by the Continental Congress) replaces the Grand Union flag as the official national standard. In time, the anniversary of this day will become known as “Flag Day.” June 15, 1944: U.S. Marines under the command of Lt. Gen. Holland M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith (a recipient of France’s Croix de Guerre for his actions during the battle of Belleau Wood in World War I), begin hitting the beaches on Saipan, a Japanese territorial island in the Marianas chain. In a battle that will continue into August — far longer if counting the tiny pockets of post-battle Japanese resistance — Smith’s Marines and soldiers will destroy enemy forces under Lt. Gen. Yoshitsugu Saito. A German naval attache in Tokyo, will purportedly write: “Saipan was really understood to be a matter of life and death. About that time they began telling the people the truth about the war. They began preparing them for whatever must happen. Before that they had been doing nothing but fooling the people.” Within days of the landings, the Japanese fleet will be decisively defeated in the great carrier battle of the Philippine Sea, also known as the “Marianas Turkey Shoot.” (more…)

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By W. Thomas Smith, Jr.

Originally published at Human Events

This week in American military history:

Marine with M1903 Springfield rifle

Marine with M1903 Springfield rifle

June 22, 1944: Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 — commonly known as the “G.I. Bill of Rights” – into law.

The law will literally change the socio-economic landscape of the country: putting teeth in the U.S. Veterans Administration, and providing education and work-training opportunities, home loans, farm and business startup capital, and other benefits for millions of soon-to-be-returning World War II veterans who otherwise would never receive such.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Before the war, college and homeownership were, for the most part, unreachable dreams for the average American.”

The G.I. Bill changed that.

“Millions who would have flooded the job market instead opted for education. In the peak year of 1947, veterans accounted for 49 percent of college admissions. By the time the original G.I. Bill ended on July 25, 1956, 7.8 million of 16 million World War II veterans had participated in an education or training program.”

June 23, 1903: The U.S. Army adopts the now-famous Springfield rifle (M1903) as the standard infantry weapon.

The bolt-action M1903 Springfield will be the primary American rifle carried by soldiers and Marines during America’s year (1918) in World War I. And in 1942, U.S. Marines fighting Japanese diehards on Guadalcanal are still armed with the ’03 Springfield as their primary weapon (though the semi-automatic M1 Garand had begun to replace the Springfield a few years earlier).

Coincidentally among the American combat units on “the Canal” is the fighting 5th Marine Regiment, which — 25 years earlier during the bloody battle of Belleau Wood – won for the entire Corps a reputation as some of the world’s best marksmen. And they did so of course with the ’03 Springfield.

U.S. Army Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, commanding general of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, will say, “The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle [meaning his ’03 Springfield].”

In his book, Guadalcanal Marine, author Kerry L. Lane will write: “The enemy on Guadalcanal would soon learn that a Marine marksman armed with a Springfield ’03 rifle is a dangerous man at a great distance.”


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