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The lie hasn't changed, and we still fall for it as easily as ever.  But how can we escape the snare?



Saturday, September 06, 2008

Falling for the Lie

Dominique tells a heart-wrenching and horrifying personal story at ProLifeBlogs.com:

She quietly inhaled the gas mixture the doctor gave her to relax. Suddenly, there was incredible pain. She jerked her legs up and cried. The doctor yelled at her and told her not to move. If she moved, she would bleed to death. Her mind was swimming. This didn't seem right. This wasn't a normal medical procedure. Why didn't anyone talk to her? Why were they all so cold? Why was she here?

The gas was having little effect on the pain. She told the doctor she was feeling pain but he icily responded that he wouldn't give her anything else. The pain ripped through her body again. Hot tears flowed down her cheeks as she turned her head in shame.

Suddenly, a machine that sounded like a vacuum cleaner roared. As she looked up she saw clear tubes. And then she saw it passing through the tubes. What had she done? She felt as if they were tearing this child out of her body. Would she ever forget the noise of that machine? Her chest heaved in uncontrollable sobs as the realization of what she had done to her unborn child sprang forth in her soul.

What a terrible realization that must be. Too late.

Quote of the Week: Fred Thompson on Taxes

Fred Thompson, from the 2008 GOP Convention on September 2, 2008:

They tell you they are not going to tax your family.

No, they're just going to tax "businesses"! So unless you buy something from a "business", like groceries or clothes or gasoline ... or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small "business", don't worry ... it's not going to affect you.

Alaska Officials Speak on Palin Leadership

Below is a video from Greta Van Susteren on Fox News on the leadership experience of Sarah Palin.

Greta spoke with several people from Alaska, starting with the current mayor of Wasilla, Dianne Keller. Palin was mayor of Wasilla before she became governor.

Keller said that Palin works well with different factions and interests, and would do well in uniting the people of the United States. She said Palin is driven and will accomplish whatever goals she sets for herself.

Keller said she met Palin when Palin knocked on her door to ask her opinion about some land use issues in the city. She also told the quaint story of how a couple of Wal-Mart associates had asked Plain as mayor to marry them in the store, and Palin did.

Major General Craig Campbell of the Alaska National Guard said Governor Palin goes to deployments and returns, she is closely involved in developing the budget and ensuring Guard needs are met, and that the Guard members and families are taken care of.

General Campbell said the disparaging of Governor Palin's role as Commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard is diminishing the role and stature of the Guard itself. He said that the Guard is a state military force used by the governor for state needs. He said a C-17 and some helicopters in addition to Alaska National Guard troops deployed last week to Louisiana to help with the hurricane, and it was done between governors without the involvement of the president.

Campbell spoke highly of Palin's visit with the Alaskan troops in Kuwait, that it was one of the first things she wanted to do when she became governor. Campbell said Palin came back from the trip with many ideas to improve operations and conditions for the troops.

Meg Stapleton, Palin's former press secretary, said Governor Palin succeeded where others have failed after three decades of several governors trying to get a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48. Stapleton commended Palin's executive and management experience, stating Palin succeeded in this endeavour because she let the competitive markets drive things together, did lots of research and used common sense. She said Palin also did it in the open, rather than behind closed doors--and that the closed-door approach is what was contributing to a lot of the corruption Alaska has seen in the past.

Stapleton said Palin is in touch with everyday people because she is one. Stapleton said Palin drives herself to work, pumps her own gas, does her own grocery shopping, and shops at Cosco.

NewsBusted Conservative Comedy 9/5/2008

Topics in this show (filmed before RNC): --Sarah Palin's attractiveness gets noticed --Developers building giant ferris wheel in Baghdad --CBS's credibility in the toilet --Lindsay Lohan wants to meet Michael Phelps. NewsBusted is a comedy webcast about the news of the day, uploaded every Tuesday and every Friday.

The Reward of Patriotic Toils

American Minute from William J. Federer

Born SEPTEMBER 6, 1757, his father died before he was two-years-old and his mother died when he was twelve, leaving him to inherit their fortune. At 14-years-old, he joined the French Military and, at age 16, became a captain. He married Marie Adrienne Francoise de Noailles, whose family was related to King Louis XVI. At 19, against the King's wishes, he purchased a ship and persuaded several French officers to accompany him to fight in the American Revolution. Washington appointed him a major general. His name was Marquis de Lafayette.

Lafayette fought at Brandywine, endured the freezing winter at Valley Forge, saw action at Barren Hill and Rhode Island.

Lafayette returned to France and, along with Franklin's efforts, secured troops and supplies for the American cause which helped force Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown.

Nearly fifty years later, after having lived through the French Revolution, Marquis de Lafayette was guest at a ceremony at Bunker Hill, Massachusetts, along with 200 Revolutionary Veterans.

Secretary of State Daniel Webster spoke: "God...has allowed you to behold the reward of your patriotic toils; and He has allowed to us...in the name of the present generation...in the name of liberty to thank you!"

William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousand on the internet.

Archaological Find: Global Warming Thousands of Years Ago

Al Gore and his acolytes would have us believe that any warming of planet earth is due to the evil machinations of those of us in the West (primarily in the United States--the most evil of all nations) and that it is specifically the fault of SUVs, coal fired power plants and modern industry.

Interesting, then, that Yahoo News reports archaeologists have found several objects they say date back to about 4,000 BC about 9,000 feet above sea level in the Swiss Alps.

So far, 300 objects dating as far back as the Neolithic or New Stone Age -- about 4,000 BC in Europe -- to the later Bronze and Iron Ages and the Medieval era have been found in the site's former icefields.

But relative to the claims of Al Gore and his fellow anthropogenic global warming enthusiasts, consider this:
But it would never have emerged if climate change were not melting the nearby glacier.

Okay, so we have evil SUVs to thank for melting the ice and finding these treasures. So what?
They have allowed researchers not only to piece together snapshots of life way back when, but also to shed light on climate fluctuations in the past 6,500 years -- and hopefully shed light on what is happening now.

"For us, the site itself is the most important find because we have this correlation between climate change and archaeological objects," Hafner said.

"We know that people were only able to walk on this site when it was relatively warm," said Martin Grosjean, executive director of a national network called Swiss Climate Research. "When it was too cold, the glacier advanced and it was not a passable route."

Scientists have long known there were periods of warmer weather in the region but the artefacts allowed them to identify the exact years, when the site would have been passable on foot.

According to Grosjean, such data could help sharpen forecasts for the future by taking into account patterns of natural temperature fluctuation.

Hmmm. Natural temperature fluctuations. Not passable when it's cold, yet man-made tools were found there.

That must mean it was at least this warm several thousand years ago!

And according to the best archaeological data available to us, there were no SUVs or coal-fired power plants thousands of years ago.

This must mean that the climate was about this warm--if not warmer--several thousands of years ago. And that it was a natural phenomenon.

Wow! I can't wait to see what Al Gore thinks! He's going to be so surprised to find out he's been wrong all this time.


The end of race and gender politics


Who would have ever thought, when we were dozing off in the middle of John McCain's presidential campaign, that he'd reel in Sarah Barracuda and change the game overnight?

"Barracuda," of course, was what they called Gov, Sarah Palin when she was a star point guard on her high school basketball team.

I'm not fond of sweeping pronouncements suggesting that any development is "historic" or "changes things forever." But this time I'm giving in to temptation.

This presidential campaign is historic and will change things forever.

We've a black man on the Democratic ticket and a white woman on the Republican ticket, and both are out of the mold of conventional race and gender politics. The result will be, if not the end of race and gender politics, then certainly the beginning of the end.

The irony of the Obama candidacy is that it did not begin to soar until it was clear to blacks that this was not business-as-usual black politics. This was much different from electing a black candidate in a racially gerrymandered district that practically guarantees that a black is elected.

Consider the contrast between Obama and now ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick has just agreed to resign his position as mayor, despite eight felony counts filed against him and overwhelming evidence that he lied to the Detroit City Council about his extramarital affair with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty.

Kilpatrick's shenanigans have cost Detroit taxpayers millions, including $8.4 million used to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed to expose his affair.

Despite the compelling case against him, and huge costs imposed on taxpayers, Kilpatrick hung on to his mayoral job for almost nine months after the Detroit Free Press broke the story that he was lying about his affair.

It took Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm to agree, at the request of the Detroit City Council, to preside over a hearing on whether to remove him to cause him admit he lied and step down.

What fueled Kilpatrick's stubbornness in the face of obvious guilt? The sense that he could hide behind race.

Many Detroit blacks dug in with their support of Kilpatrick as white suburbanites called for his resignation.

He even pulled the gender card when he lied under oath.

"My mother is a congresswoman. There have always been strong women around me," he testified. "I think it's absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore. I think it's disrespectful, not just to Christine Beatty but to women who do the professional job that they do every single day."

This is classic race and gender politics, rooted in a core cynicism about this country and about life in general. It relegates idealism and integrity to the weak and the naive.

Obama changes all this. His candidacy, by necessity if for no other reason, transcends race. A black candidate could never succeed on the national stage if he were not a candidate who happened to be black.

And Gov. Palin? Here is a young woman who says that being governor of Alaska is a "cool job,'' calls her husband, a blue-collar worker and union member, the "first dude," and is a pro-life Christian with five children and a corruption fighting, limited government Republican.

Word is that Democrats are rolling out female surrogates to counter the surprise Palin onslaught. This to be led, of course, by Sen. Hillary Clinton.

If there is one line from Sen. Clinton's campaign that defines her, I think it would be "fairness doesn't just happen. It requires the right government policies."

It's the left-wing call to arms. Only bureaucracy can produce the good.

Yet, ironically, whether we talk about the settling of America, the abolitionist movement, the women's suffrage movement, or the civil rights movement, the initiative has been from motivated, idealistic private citizens. Not bureaucrats.

Now we have a black candidate and a woman candidate on the respective national tickets that defy political cliches.

The result can only be a new excellence.

More proof of the greatness of this country and the power of freedom.

Star Parker is president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education and author of the new book White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay.

Prior to her involvement in social activism, Star Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, California. After receiving Christ, Star returned to college, received a BS degree in marketing and launched an urban Christian magazine. The 1992 Los Angeles riots destroyed her business, yet served as a springboard for her focus on faith and market-based alternatives to empower the lives of the poor.

British Environmental Minister: Man-Made Global Warming is 'Hysterical Psuedo-Religion'

Even the British Environment Minister is figuring out that Al Gore's sci-fi thriller "Anthropogenic Global Warming" is just that: fiction.

The BBC and the News Letter report Environment Minister Sammy Wilson is also astute enough to call it what it has, like an L. Ron Hubbard book, become: a religion.

Speaking of the environmental wackos, Wilson says

Their ire has been particularly directed at me because I refuse to blindly accept the new pseudo-religion that we must dramatically change our economy in order to stop climate change. The tactic used by the "green gang" is to label anyone who dares disagree with their view of climate change as some kind of nutcase who denies scientific fact.

Wilson also cites historic climate change...before we had SUVs:
The most modern history of the earth shows that these changes occur in regular cycles. From 200BC to 600AD we had what was known as the Roman warming when grapes grew in the open as far north as Scotland. The Dark Ages between 600 and 900AD was a cold period. Then came the Mediaeval warming period from 900 to 1300AD followed by the Little Ice Age between 1300 to 1850 AD when the Thames regularly froze over and fairs were held on the ice. From 1850 to 1940 we had another period of warming followed by a period of cooling from 1940 to 1975. When I was at school, scientists were confidently predicting that we were entering another ice age. From 1976 we have experienced gradual warming again. Significantly the most progressive and prosperous periods in world history were during the periods of global warming.

As he said, the apostles of global warming are outraged at his blasphemy and are labeling him a flat-earther-type.

Hang in there, Minister Wilson. More and more people are waking up to the fact that the claims of anthropogenic global warming are (pun intended) full of hot air.

It's only a matter of time before these anti-capitalist idiots slink off into obscurity.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Lies Busters

You know it's bad when a vice presidential candidate is a week out of the gate and you need a guide to the myths vs. reality, but I guess that's what you can expect when you dare oppose The One and his disciples.

Fox News has put together a list of the top 7 myths, lies and untruths about Governor Sarah Palin. Check it out here.

EPA Hijacks Your Lawnmower

You didn't know you were an environmental ravager just because you mow your yard, did you?

Yeah, you thought that bad feeling you get when you know the grass needs mowing was just because you didn't want to get out there in the hot sun and push that mower around. You didn't realize it was a guilty conscience over destroying our only fragile planet!

CNS News reports the environmental wackos will hijack your lawnmower and take it where no lawnmower has gone before in 2011.

Gasoline-powered lawnmowers blamed for summertime air pollution will have to be cleaner under new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The regulation issued Thursday requires a 35 percent reduction in emissions from new lawn and garden equipment powered by engines under 25 horsepower.

I don't know about you, but I'll sleep so much easier in 2011, after I know these regulations are in place.

Whew! Disaster averted!

Joe Lieberman: The Empire Strikes Back

We knew Senator Joe Lieberman would pay a price for speaking at the 2008 GOP Convention a few mights ago.

Lieberman, while still a liberal in most areas, nevertheless has enough intellectual honesty and love of country to part ways with the Democrat Party when it comes to protecting American security and credibility.

This one area of departure with his party cost him his party's support in the 2006 primary, leading Lieberman to run in the general election as an independent. He subsequently won that general election.

CNS News reports the hammer is now about to fall for Lieberman's support of John McCain--the only presidential candidate who can be trusted with U.S. national security and credibility:

"Lieberman went too far when he distorted Sen. Obama's record," said Reid spokesman Jim Manley. "From Reid's perspective, (Lieberman) has every right to give a partisan speech to whomever he wants. But he doesn't have the right to distort Sen. Obama's record like that. Sen. Reid was very disappointed in Lieberman's speech."

No, what he means is, "Lieberman went to far when he confirmed Senator Obama's record."

What is the truth Lieberman revealed that Democrats have been trying to hide about Obama?
When others wanted to retreat in defeat from the field of battle, when Barack Obama was voting to cut off funding for our troops on the ground, John McCain had the courage to stand against the tide of public opinion and support the surge, and because of that, today, our troops are at last beginning to come home, not in failure, but in honor!


We may not agree on much, Senator Lieberman, but thank you for your dedication to our nation's security and to our troops! And thank you for the sacrifice you made in speaking at the GOP Convention.

Rapid City Journal Editor Candid on Fairness and Balance

Mikel LeFort, the editor of the Rapid City Journal, says at his Typos and tribulations blog today that a reader stopped in and confronted them about the biased headlines the Journal ran on the Democrat and Republican conventions.

Like the rest of the media pack, the headlines were all roses and excitement for the Democrats, while for the Republicans it was all gloom, doubt and troublesome.

LeFort admits the Journal erred.

I greatly appreciate LeFort's admission of this. That is far more than the vast majority of the media will do. Most pretend there is no such thing as media bias.

While I'm still not satisfied with the balance and objectivity of reporting at the Journal, I've said before and I'll say again that it has improved since LeFort came on board a couple of years ago.

Like they say with boozers, just admitting you have a problem is half the battle. I appreciate LeFort's honesty and hope it will keep the Journal on their toes in the future.

Most conservatives aren't looking for a cheering section from the media; just some fairness, balance and objectivity.

Video: Sarah Palin Bio in 4 Minutes

Sarah Palin Biography Coming Oct. 10

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's nomination as vice presidential candidate by John McCain not only changed the landscape of the current election, but also marks a shift in leadership style across our country. Her acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention showcased her personal brand of intelligence, passion, vigor and hope, and explained why she is the most talked-about woman in America.

A new biography, titled Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader by Joe Hilley (Zondervan 2008), will explore themes from her career in politics, her life as a hockey mom, and her strongly held Christian faith, explaining how they influence her new style of leadership and align with our changing economy in the information age. The book is scheduled for release nationwide on October 10, 2008.

"Regardless of your political persuasion, it is clear that Sarah Palin has quickly electrified the 2008 election and sparked a nationwide dialogue and debate," said Moe Girkins, president and CEO of Zondervan. "We are honored to publish this book that will provide readers with a comprehensive look into the life and rising political career of Sarah Palin."

In Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, Hilley explores traits from Palin's background and experience, including her maverick integrity, electrifying communication style, career agility, and perpetual education, to establish his argument for Palin as an exemplary leader in our rapidly changing cultural landscape. By exploring the leadership principles that have catapulted Palin into the national spotlight, Hilley explains how she models a fresh paradigm of leadership that will guide the United States through the 21st century.

"We live in an age that values relationship over authority and instant information over accuracy, so breadth of knowledge and depth of conviction are the most prized commodities for our leaders," said Hilley. "Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin brings both of these qualities and more to her new role as John McCain's running mate and I'm eager for readers to have the opportunity to know her and her brand of leadership more thoroughly."

About Joe Hilley
Author Joe Hilley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Asbury College, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. In 1999, he quit the practice of law to write. A lifelong observer of politics and social issues, Joe is the author of five critically-acclaimed novels. He has used those novels as a vehicle for addressing such topics as judicial and political corruption, trafficking in women, and the scourge of meth labs on rural America. His novels include Sober Justice, Double Take, Electric Beach, Night Rain, and The Deposition. He lives in Alabama where he writes full time.

About Zondervan
Zondervan is the world's leading Christian publisher of books, whose authors are noted for their excellence in the craft of writing as well as their worthy contribution to the ongoing global evangelical conversation. The works published by Zondervan not only confirm readers' faith and understanding, they also challenge and stretch readers' thinking. For more than 75 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general, ministry, and academic resources by influential leaders and emerging voices, and been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Zondervan publishes bestselling books, audio, video, curriculum, software, and digital products in such categories as biblical languages and studies, biography, business, contemporary issues, counseling, cultural, devotional, evangelism, family, fiction, history, inspiration, leadership, ministry, pastoral, personal development, prayer, philosophy, reference, relationships, textbooks, theology, youth and more. Zondervan resources are sold worldwide through retail stores, online, and by Zondervan ChurchSource, and are translated into nearly 200 languages in more than 60 countries. Visit Zondervan Books on the Internet at www.zondervan.com/books.

South Dakota Dist. 34 House Coverage

The Rapid City Journal has a couple of articles today on Republican candidates for the South Dakota House from District 34.

One of those is incumbent David Lust:

"I have very much enjoyed my time in the Legislature and feel that I have held true to my commitment to work on issues that are important to the residents of District 34 as well as the State of South Dakota," he said.

Lust said the common theme of bills he has championed is economic development.

"I have worked extensively on revising corporate and commercial statutes to make South Dakota a more attractive and efficient place to do business," he said.

A business attorney with Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, Lust has served on the House judiciary and taxation committees as well as the Legislative Rules Review Committee. Last year, he was appointed to the Uniform Laws Commission, a national organization that researches and drafts legislation that encourages commerce between the states. In addition, Lust was appointed to a national task force to review corporate formations and the use of shell entities to launder money for terrorism and drug trafficking.

Lust said he firmly believes that education is a critical component of economic development.

The other is incumbent Ed McLaughlin:
McLaughlin served as mayor of Rapid City from 1991 to 1997, and before that was president of the Rapid City Common Council.

A South Dakota native whose grandfathers homesteaded in the Black Hills, McLaughlin believes strongly in preserving and promoting quality of life in South Dakota. He has brought his experience as a school administrator and insurance agent to his assignments on the education, taxation and transportation committees. Her served on the governor's two-year State Aid to Education Task Force, and this past summer, on the Teacher's Compensation Assistance Program designed to help increase per pupil education funding.

McLaughlin said quality education for South Dakotans is a high priority for him. His other top concerns include economic development -- tourism and the scientific experiments at the Homestake laboratory, in particular.

Both Republicans will face off against two Democrats for the two District 34 House seats: Bonny Petersen and Lisa F. Cook.

Casual or Courageous?

The Rapid City Journal published a couple of good letters on the upcoming vote on the pro-life Initiated Measure 11.

Bishop Chaput is right about Catholics and abortion

A big hats off to Bishop Chaput the leader of the Denver Diocese. In no uncertain terms he roundly rebuked the Democrats for their pro-choice stance. Chaput who is a native of South Dakota and was bishop of the Rapid City Diocese until 1988, pointed out to Catholic voters in his diocese that no other issue trumps a candidates stand on abortion, plain and simple.

Catholics who vote for pro-choice candidates commit a grave sin! He is doing his utmost to point out to Catholic’s in Denver that they have a moral obligation not to support the Democratic party in the upcoming November election.

Seems to me that only those folks who live in South Dakota or were born here have the guts to tell the truth about the horrible killing of babies in America. Wake up Americans, abortion is an evil that is practiced every day here in our great America.

God bless Bishop Chaput.


Another letter today from Peggy Reitzel of Hermosa puts things in perspective. Here's an excerpt:
The Bible says in the last days people will be “without natural affection” (II Timothy 3:3). This is evidenced by the way we discuss killing an innocent child as casually as clipping-off a hangnail.

Pregnant out of wedlock? No problem: Just kill the baby. Is being pregnant ruining your plans? No big deal: Just kill the baby. Can’t afford a child right now? Simple: Just kill the baby.

You say it's not abortion on demand? You say it's not being used as retroactive birth control?

Then why are 84.6% of the abortions performed in South Dakota done simply because "the mother did not desire to have the child"?

StopLight: Media Jumps the Shark

Thousands of Us Magazine Subscriptions Canceled

This is very good.

NewsBusters reports between 3,000 and 10,000 people have cancelled their subscriptions to Us Magazine after the blatant political double-standard between Barack Obama and Sarah Palin came to light.

In case you missed it, it came to light a couple of days ago that while Us gave the Obamas a rosy, lovey-dovey puff piece, they came out with "Babies, Lies and Scandals" for the freshly announced Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin.

For Obama, no "Obama's Ties to Domestic Terrorist" or "Obama Hangs with Racist, America-Hating Preacher" or "Barack's Wife Was Never Proud of America" or "Why Barack Defends Infanticide" or "Campaigns, Slum Lords and Appeasement." No, just smiles and "Why Barack Loves Her."

Check out the covers...and one that somehow never got govered.

Can you feel the love?

Can you feel the hate?

The one that got away (i.e. didn't get printed).

Although the "mainstream" media is already suffering from lost readers and viewers, this sort of thing should be happening more...a LOT more.

If more people would speak up about their outrage concerning the blatant bias of a profession which proudly juts its collective chin in the air while proclaiming "objectivity," these pompous elites might just get the message.

And if not, at least we might diminish their influence or put them out of business altogether.

And make way for more balanced news coverage.

But hey; this is a start.

Drudge: Oprah Doesn't Want Palin on Show

Matt Drudge is reporting on his website that there is a row erupting over at Harpo Productions over whether Gov. Palin should be invited on Oprah's show. Little comment is needed, but I can see that Oprah is faced with a major dilemma that could hurt real bad either way she decides. I love it!

[Oprah Winfrey in "The Color Purple"]

Homosexual AIDS in Beijing 10x that of Prostitutes

From the Chinese Xinhua, the risk of AIDS is, as in the United States, vastly higher in the homosexual community:

The transmission of HIV/AIDS among gays in the Chinese capital was even worse than through sex workers, the city's disease control center said on Friday.

Up to 5 percent of homosexuals in the city were infected, compared with 0.5 percent of women sex workers, said He Xiong, the Beijing Centers of Diseases Control and Prevention deputy director.

Statistics like this should scream at us that homosexual behavior is very unhealthy; in fact, it would be more healthy to smoke than to engage in homosexual behavior since studies have shown homosexuals have a reduced lifespan of 25-40%.

When 10 times as many homosexuals have AIDS than women who work in the sex trade, that should say something loud and clear to anyone reasonable enough to hear.

Here in the United States, the CDC says 72% of male AIDS cases spring from male homosexual behavior...while according to a study commissioned by the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign only about 2.9% of the population is homosexual.

When 72% of AIDS cases come from 2.9% of the population...what is wrong with this picture?

If 72% of brain cancer cases came from 2.9% of the population that used a certain type of cell phone...don't you think that cell phone brand would be yanked off the market in a New York minute?

If 72% of mouth cancer cases came from 2.9% of the population who brushed their teach each morning before breakfast...don't you think there'd be a massive PR campaign to warn people not to brush their teeth before eating breakfast?

Yet instead of trying to convince people to "just say no" to homosexual behavior, we approve of it, we applaud it, we celebrate it, we even go so far as to legally and governmentally protect people's access to practice it as openly as possible.

Many of our schools allow student clubs oriented around this dangerous behavior. Many schools even teach children that this behavior is normal, natural and healthy.

We would rather smile and pretend to be the good guy than save people from suffering and death.

We are a people who have lost touch with not only morality, but all common sense and reality.

Video: McCain Nomination Acceptance Speech

In case you missed it....

Senator John McCain's entire acceptance speech at the 2008 GOP Convention last night

9/11: The Day the World Stood Still

This video was played at the 2008 GOP Convention last night.

It points out that the War on Terrorism has been going on for a long time--even before President George W. Bush came to the White House--but for too much of it we were on the retreat.

It also points out the high stakes in this election. Because the war will not be over until we crush terrorism and demonstrate to the terrorists and terrorist-minded that we absolutely will not tolerate it.

If we waiver in that resolve, they will pounce.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

John McCain's Acceptance Speech at the 2008 GOP Convention

Below are the remarks of Republican presidential nominee John McCain as prepared for the 2008 Republican National Convention, delivered the evening of Sept. 4, 2008.


Thank you all very much. Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans -- the privilege of accepting our party’s nomination for President of the United States. And I accept it with gratitude, humility and confidence.

In my life, no success has come without a good fight, and this nomination wasn’t any different. That’s a tribute to the candidates who opposed me and their supporters. They’re leaders of great ability, who love our country, and wished to lead it to better days. Their support is an honor I won’t forget.

I’m grateful to the President for leading us in those dark days following the worst attack on American soil in our history, and keeping us safe from another attack many thought was inevitable; and to the First Lady, Laura Bush, a model of grace and kindness in public and in private. And I’m grateful to the 41st President and his bride of 63 years, and for their outstanding example of honorable service to our country.

As always, I’m indebted to my wife, Cindy, and my seven children. The pleasures of family life can seem like a brief holiday from the crowded calendar of our nation’s business. But I have treasured them all the more, and can’t imagine a life without the happiness you give me. Cindy said a lot of nice things about me tonight. But, in truth, she’s more my inspiration than I am hers. Her concern for those less blessed than we are - victims of land mines, children born in poverty and with birth defects - shows the measure of her humanity. I know she will make a great First Lady.

When I was growing up, my father was often at sea, and the job of raising my brother, sister and me would fall to my mother alone. Roberta McCain gave us her love of life, her deep interest in the world, her strength, and her belief we are all meant to use our opportunities to make ourselves useful to our country. I wouldn’t be here tonight but for the strength of her character.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you, who helped me win this nomination, and stood by me when the odds were long. I won’t let you down. To Americans who have yet to decide who to vote for, thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to win your trust. I intend to earn it.

Finally, a word to Senator Obama and his supporters. We’ll go at it over the next two months. That’s the nature of these contests, and there are big differences between us. But you have my respect and admiration. Despite our differences, much more unites us than divides us. We are fellow Americans, an association that means more to me than any other. We’re dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal and endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. No country ever had a greater cause than that. And I wouldn’t be an American worthy of the name if I didn’t honor Senator Obama and his supporters for their achievement.

But let there be no doubt, my friends, we’re going to win this election. And after we’ve won, we’re going to reach out our hand to any willing patriot, make this government start working for you again, and get this country back on the road to prosperity and peace.

These are tough times for many of you. You’re worried about keeping your job or finding a new one, and are struggling to put food on the table and stay in your home. All you ever asked of government is to stand on your side, not in your way. And that’s just what I intend to do: stand on your side and fight for your future.

And I’ve found just the right partner to help me shake up Washington, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. She has executive experience and a real record of accomplishment. She’s tackled tough problems like energy independence and corruption. She’s balanced a budget, cut taxes, and taken on the special interests. She’s reached across the aisle and asked Republicans, Democrats and Independents to serve in her administration. She’s the mother of five children. She’s helped run a small business, worked with her hands and knows what it’s like to worry about mortgage payments and health care and the cost of gasoline and groceries.

She knows where she comes from and she knows who she works for. She stands up for what’s right, and she doesn’t let anyone tell her to sit down. I’m very proud to have introduced our next Vice President to the country. But I can’t wait until I introduce her to Washington. And let me offer an advance warning to the old, big spending, do nothing, me first, country second Washington crowd: change is coming.

I’m not in the habit of breaking promises to my country and neither is Governor Palin. And when we tell you we’re going to change Washington, and stop leaving our country’s problems for some unluckier generation to fix, you can count on it. We’ve got a record of doing just that, and the strength, experience, judgment and backbone to keep our word to you.

You know, I’ve been called a maverick; someone who marches to the beat of his own drum. Sometimes it’s meant as a compliment and sometimes it’s not. What it really means is I understand who I work for. I don’t work for a party. I don’t work for a special interest. I don’t work for myself. I work for you.

I’ve fought corruption, and it didn’t matter if the culprits were Democrats or Republicans. They violated their public trust, and had to be held accountable. I’ve fought big spenders in both parties, who waste your money on things you neither need nor want, while you struggle to buy groceries, fill your gas tank and make your mortgage payment. I’ve fought to get million dollar checks out of our elections. I’ve fought lobbyists who stole from Indian tribes. I fought crooked deals in the Pentagon. I fought tobacco companies and trial lawyers, drug companies and union bosses.

I fought for the right strategy and more troops in Iraq, when it wasn’t a popular thing to do. And when the pundits said my campaign was finished, I said I’d rather lose an election than see my country lose a war.

Thanks to the leadership of a brilliant general, David Petraeus, and the brave men and women he has the honor to command, that strategy succeeded and rescued us from a defeat that would have demoralized our military, risked a wider war and threatened the security of all Americans.

I don’t mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I’ve had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way. In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test.

I fight for Americans. I fight for you. I fight for Bill and Sue Nebe from Farmington Hills, Michigan, who lost their real estate investments in the bad housing market. Bill got a temporary job after he was out of work for seven months. Sue works three jobs to help pay the bills.

I fight for Jake and Toni Wimmer of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Jake works on a loading dock; coaches Little League, and raises money for the mentally and physically disabled. Toni is a schoolteacher, working toward her Master’s Degree. They have two sons, the youngest, Luke, has been diagnosed with autism. Their lives should matter to the people they elect to office. They matter to me.

I fight for the family of Matthew Stanley of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, who died serving our country in Iraq. I wear his bracelet and think of him every day. I intend to honor their sacrifice by making sure the country their son loved so well and never returned to, remains safe from its enemies.

I fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. We were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us. We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption. We lost their trust when rather than reform government, both parties made it bigger. We lost their trust when instead of freeing ourselves from a dangerous dependence on foreign oil, both parties and Senator Obama passed another corporate welfare bill for oil companies. We lost their trust, when we valued our power over our principles.

We’re going to change that. We’re going to recover the people’s trust by standing up again for the values Americans admire. The party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan is going to get back to basics.

We believe everyone has something to contribute and deserves the opportunity to reach their God-given potential from the boy whose descendents arrived on the Mayflower to the Latina daughter of migrant workers. We’re all God’s children and we’re all Americans.

We believe in low taxes; spending discipline, and open markets. We believe in rewarding hard work and risk takers and letting people keep the fruits of their labor.

We believe in a strong defense, work, faith, service, a culture of life, personal responsibility, the rule of law, and judges who dispense justice impartially and don’t legislate from the bench. We believe in the values of families, neighborhoods and communities.

We believe in a government that unleashes the creativity and initiative of Americans. Government that doesn’t make your choices for you, but works to make sure you have more choices to make for yourself.

I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can. My opponent will raise them. I will open new markets to our goods and services. My opponent will close them. I will cut government spending. He will increase it.

My tax cuts will create jobs. His tax increases will eliminate them. My health care plan will make it easier for more Americans to find and keep good health care insurance. His plan will force small businesses to cut jobs, reduce wages, and force families into a government run health care system where a bureaucrat stands between you and your doctor.

Keeping taxes low helps small businesses grow and create new jobs. Cutting the second highest business tax rate in the world will help American companies compete and keep jobs from moving overseas. Doubling the child tax exemption from $3500 to $7000 will improve the lives of millions of American families. Reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs will let you keep more of your own money to save, spend and invest as you see fit. Opening new markets and preparing workers to compete in the world economy is essential to our future prosperity.

I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy and it often seems your government hasn’t even noticed. Government assistance for unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That’s going to change on my watch. My opponent promises to bring back old jobs by wishing away the global economy. We’re going to help workers who’ve lost a job that won’t come back, find a new one that won’t go away.

We will prepare them for the jobs of today. We will use our community colleges to help train people for new opportunities in their communities. For workers in industries that have been hard hit, we'll help make up part of the difference in wages between their old job and a temporary, lower paid one while they receive retraining that will help them find secure new employment at a decent wage.

Education is the civil rights issue of this century. Equal access to public education has been gained. But what is the value of access to a failing school? We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice, remove barriers to qualified instructors, attract and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work.

When a public school fails to meet its obligations to students, parents deserve a choice in the education of their children. And I intend to give it to them. Some may choose a better public school. Some may choose a private one. Many will choose a charter school. But they will have that choice and their children will have that opportunity.

Senator Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucracies. I want schools to answer to parents and students. And when I’m President, they will.

My fellow Americans, when I’m President, we’re going to embark on the most ambitious national project in decades. We are going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don’t like us very much. We will attack the problem on every front. We will produce more energy at home. We will drill new wells offshore, and we’ll drill them now. We will build more nuclear power plants. We will develop clean coal technology. We will increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas. We will encourage the development and use of flex fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles.

Senator Obama thinks we can achieve energy independence without more drilling and without more nuclear power. But Americans know better than that. We must use all resources and develop all technologies necessary to rescue our economy from the damage caused by rising oil prices and to restore the health of our planet. It’s an ambitious plan, but Americans are ambitious by nature, and we have faced greater challenges. It’s time for us to show the world again how Americans lead.

This great national cause will create millions of new jobs, many in industries that will be the engine of our future prosperity; jobs that will be there when your children enter the workforce.

Today, the prospect of a better world remains within our reach. But we must see the threats to peace and liberty in our time clearly and face them, as Americans before us did, with confidence, wisdom and resolve.

We have dealt a serious blow to al Qaeda in recent years. But they are not defeated, and they’ll strike us again if they can. Iran remains the chief state sponsor of terrorism and on the path to acquiring nuclear weapons. Russia’s leaders, rich with oil wealth and corrupt with power, have rejected democratic ideals and the obligations of a responsible power. They invaded a small, democratic neighbor to gain more control over the world’s oil supply, intimidate other neighbors, and further their ambitions of reassembling the Russian empire. And the brave people of Georgia need our solidarity and prayers. As President, I will work to establish good relations with Russia so we need not fear a return of the Cold War. But we can’t turn a blind eye to aggression and international lawlessness that threatens the peace and stability of the world and the security of the American people.

We face many threats in this dangerous world, but I'm not afraid of them. I'm prepared for them. I know how the military works, what it can do, what it can do better, and what it should not do. I know how the world works. I know the good and the evil in it. I know how to work with leaders who share our dreams of a freer, safer and more prosperous world, and how to stand up to those who don't. I know how to secure the peace.

When I was five years old, a car pulled up in front of our house. A Navy officer rolled down the window, and shouted at my father that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. I rarely saw my father again for four years. My grandfather came home from that same war exhausted from the burdens he had borne, and died the next day. In Vietnam, where I formed the closest friendships of my life, some of those friends never came home with me. I hate war. It is terrible beyond imagination.

I’m running for President to keep the country I love safe, and prevent other families from risking their loved ones in war as my family has. I will draw on all my experience with the world and its leaders, and all the tools at our disposal - diplomatic, economic, military and the power of our ideals - to build the foundations for a stable and enduring peace.

In America, we change things that need to be changed. Each generation makes its contribution to our greatness. The work that is ours to do is plainly before us. We don’t need to search for it.

We need to change the way government does almost everything: from the way we protect our security to the way we compete in the world economy; from the way we respond to disasters to the way we fuel our transportation network; from the way we train our workers to the way we educate our children. All these functions of government were designed before the rise of the global economy, the information technology revolution and the end of the Cold War. We have to catch up to history, and we have to change the way we do business in Washington.

The constant partisan rancor that stops us from solving these problems isn’t a cause, it’s a symptom. It’s what happens when people go to Washington to work for themselves and not you.

Again and again, I’ve worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed. That’s how I will govern as President. I will reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again. I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not.

Instead of rejecting good ideas because we didn’t think of them first, let’s use the best ideas from both sides. Instead of fighting over who gets the credit, let’s try sharing it. This amazing country can do anything we put our minds to. I will ask Democrats and Independents to serve with me. And my administration will set a new standard for transparency and accountability.

We’re going to finally start getting things done for the people who are counting on us, and I won’t care who gets the credit.

I’ve been an imperfect servant of my country for many years. But I have been her servant first, last and always. And I’ve never lived a day, in good times or bad, that I didn’t thank God for the privilege.

Long ago, something unusual happened to me that taught me the most valuable lesson of my life. I was blessed by misfortune. I mean that sincerely. I was blessed because I served in the company of heroes, and I witnessed a thousand acts of courage, compassion and love.

On an October morning, in the Gulf of Tonkin, I prepared for my 23rd mission over North Vietnam. I hadn’t any worry I wouldn’t come back safe and sound. I thought I was tougher than anyone. I was pretty independent then, too. I liked to bend a few rules, and pick a few fights for the fun of it. But I did it for my own pleasure; my own pride. I didn’t think there was a cause more important than me.

Then I found myself falling toward the middle of a small lake in the city of Hanoi, with two broken arms, a broken leg, and an angry crowd waiting to greet me. I was dumped in a dark cell, and left to die. I didn’t feel so tough anymore. When they discovered my father was an admiral, they took me to a hospital. They couldn’t set my bones properly, so they just slapped a cast on me. When I didn’t get better, and was down to about a hundred pounds, they put me in a cell with two other Americans. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t even feed myself. They did it for me. I was beginning to learn the limits of my selfish independence. Those men saved my life.

I was in solitary confinement when my captors offered to release me. I knew why. If I went home, they would use it as propaganda to demoralize my fellow prisoners. Our Code said we could only go home in the order of our capture, and there were men who had been shot down before me. I thought about it, though. I wasn’t in great shape, and I missed everything about America. But I turned it down.

A lot of prisoners had it worse than I did. I’d been mistreated before, but not as badly as others. I always liked to strut a little after I’d been roughed up to show the other guys I was tough enough to take it. But after I turned down their offer, they worked me over harder than they ever had before. For a long time. And they broke me.

When they brought me back to my cell, I was hurt and ashamed, and I didn’t know how I could face my fellow prisoners. The good man in the cell next door, my friend, Bob Craner, saved me. Through taps on a wall he told me I had fought as hard as I could. No man can always stand alone. And then he told me to get back up and fight again for our country and for the men I had the honor to serve with. Because every day they fought for me.

I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it 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.

I’m not running for president because I think I’m blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God.

If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you’re disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.

I’m going to fight for my cause every day as your President. I’m going to fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, as I thank Him: that I’m an American, a proud citizen of the greatest country on earth, and with hard work, strong faith and a little courage, great things are always within our reach. Fight with me. Fight with me.

Fight for what’s right for our country.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children’s future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.

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.

Thank you, and God Bless you.

Video: Some Clintonistas Enthusiastic About Palin

Turn Signal: VP Acceptance Speech Wows Crowd in St. Paul

Alaska's First Dude Todd Palin

Seeing what an unapologetic man Todd seems to be, the liberals must be hating him almost as much as his wife.

Excerpt from John McCain's Upcoming Speech

"I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it 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."

Why Sarah Palin is Popular With Women

Ever wonder why Governor Sarah Palin is so fantastically popular--not just with Republican men, but with women?

From Daniel Henninger's WSJ column:

I asked a number of women this week to account for Sarah Palin's sudden appeal. Here are the common threads.

The angry woman-as-victim drives them nuts. They hate victimology. As one woman said, "The point is that across the ages women have been doing pretty much what Sarah Palin has been doing: bearing children, feeding families, bringing in an income, working to improve their communities."

Another woman said, "Her story reflects a more normal reality" of active women; "the harder you work, the luckier you get." Hillary Clinton still plays the victim card. Sarah Palin gives off no victim vibes. These women mentioned her grit, determination and character.

He hit the nail on the head.

I can't speak for other men, but I've never had a problem with women in positions of secular leadership. While I've been called "sexist" and a "misogynist" (by both feminists and girlie-men), I've long thought highly of female leaders like Elizabeth Kraus Munro, Elli Schwiesow, Leslee Unruh, Carole Hillard, Phyllis Schlafly, Benazir Bhutto and especially the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

In fact, if Margaret Thatcher had run for president here in the U.S.--and been eligible, as someone foreign-born--I'd have been one of her most ardent supporters.

Many have questioned why women have had such a hard time achieving acceptance on the national front in the United States. I've long contended that it isn't because America is sexist or can't stand the idea of a female leader, but because so many of the prominent females in American politics who personify (or try to claim they personify) female leadership are such angry, ultra-liberal, venomous caricatures of what strong women really are (a more plain description sounds a little like "gut buster" but is too vulgar to articulate here).

Sarah Palin, however, is the kind of strong woman Americans--both men and women--can enthusiastically support. She is powerful, articulate, positive, warm, charming, graceful, attractive, committed, passionate, and determined. And she displays these attributes in a way that isn't threatening to men or to women who hold America's traditional values in high regard.

In short, she is strength and values in a graceful package.

Most folks, outside the sphere of liberal whiners and those in search of perpetual victimhood, don't like people who constantly bash the things which have made America a great nation, whine about how somebody's keeping them down or who is always screeching about everything is so unfair. You know, someone in the model of Hillary Clinton or other feminists.

I think a wide new vista just opened up for women in America. And I'm happy to see that for many reasons.

One of which is that I have a smart, spunky 10-year old daughter. Depending on what she and the Lord have in mind for her life, I had hopes that she might someday be the first female President of the United States.

After seeing Sarah Palin in action, I find I don't mind too much the idea of my daughter being the second female President of the United States.

Sun Cools Off, Earth Cools Off

Imagine that?

This is from the latest WeGetIt.org Biblically-based environmental group:

For the first time in nearly 100 years an entire month has gone by without the sighting of a single sunspot. That could turn out highly significant for Earth's temperature.


Because sunspots correlate with both solar energy emission and solar magnetism. Solar energy affects Earth temperature directly. Solar magnetism affects it indirectly by affecting how much cosmic radiation enters Earth's atmosphere, which affects low-level cloudiness. Decreasing solar magnetism leads to increasing cloudiness, which leads to decreasing surface temperatures.

During the Maunder Minimum (very low sunspot activity about 1645 to 1715), temperatures fell so much the period has come to be called the Little Ice Age.

Thus, as the graph above indicates, solar influence on global climate dwarfs human influence through the emission of carbon dioxide. What the downturn in sunspots portends is global cooling.

This also helps explain why temperatures on Mars and other planets, which lack human influence, have changed in ways similar to changes on Earth.

Some conclusions are so simple, they escape the elites who are always trying to be the smartest guy in the room.

The Special Ed Smear

The Weekly Standard points out a couple of interesting things about the latest volley against Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

The latest smear from the Left is that, while Palin has a new baby boy with Down syndrome, she cut government funding for special ed.

Just one problem: reductions were from a budget formulated under outgoing Governor Frank Murkowski, whom she defeated.

Based on recommendations from a legislative task force, the Alaska legislature passed and Palin signed an education overhaul which increased special needs spending 175%.

The second interesting thing pointed out by the Weekly Standard:

It's no wonder a majority of Americans think the media is trying to hurt Palin.

Meanwhile, the community organizer on the Democrat ticket continues to get a pass for his connections to domestic terrorists, sleazy slumlords, defending infanticide, and being the most liberal senator in congress.

No wonder, indeed.

Senate Candidate Dykstra Supports Palin, Rejects Senator Johnson Criticism

This just in from the mailbag:

Sioux Falls - Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Joel Dykstra took exception with Tim Johnson’s recent criticism of Sarah Palin as a “weak choice” for Republican Vice Presidential nominee.

“Almost everyone who came up to me during the State Fair this past weekend was very excited about the nomination of Sarah Palin,” Dykstra said. “She has energized many South Dakota voters because of her principles and her proven track record of reform. During her speech at the Republican National Convention last evening, she further solidified her fitness to serve as the Vice President of the United States of America.”

Dykstra said he sees Governor Palin as an example of the kind of real change that he has been calling for during his campaign. “She has actually taken on the entrenched interests in her state of Alaska and accomplished real reform of the old guard system,” he said. “We need that kind of resolve in Washington to get the federal government doing a better job for the people of this country.”

“I’ve been saying all year that if we really want to change Washington, we have to send different people. Clearly John McCain agrees with that philosophy,” Dykstra said. “Barrack Obama’s call for change is just lip service. His actions in choosing as his Vice President, a life-long Washington insider who first came to the Senate when Sarah Palin was 9 years-old, proves that he is committed to the status quo.

Dykstra promotes a series of reforms and solutions to many of the key issues facing America. He advocates a comprehensive approach to solving the energy crisis through more domestic drilling immediately, more renewables and construction of clean coal and modern, safe nuclear power plants. “My energy policy positions are exactly the kind of solutions that Governor Palin outlined in her speech last night,” said Dykstra.

Dykstra also calls for a private sector solution to health care reform instead of a big government, nationalized system. He has proposed more transparency and openness in allocating federal funding to local projects to eliminate the growing corruption of the earmark process.


1. Excerpt on Energy from the speech by Governor Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention on Sept. 2, 2008: “Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems - as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines…build more nuclear plants…create jobs with clean coal…and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.”

2. Headline to article in the Rapid City Journal on Aug. 3, 2008: “Gov. Palin a ‘weak choice’ by McCain, Sen. Johnson says”.

Piper Palin Using Ingenuity to Solve a Problem

The Palins are obviously problem-solvers that aren't waiting around for government solutions to everything.

This little cutie almost stole the show with her impromptu grooming techniques, cute smile and great wave.

Video: Highlights of Palin Speech

In case you don't have time to listen to Governor Sarah Palin's whole speech from last night, here is a 7-minute video of the highlights.

Tim Johnson: Old School Big Government Advocate

While the health of Senator Tim Johnson and his ability to carry out the demanding job of a U.S. senator has been on everyone's mind for months, the Argus Leader reports Republican senate candidate Joel Dykstra says he'd rather focus on the issues:

State Rep. Joel Dykstra, R-Canton, faces a race complicated by the health of his opponent, but the message he hopes will reach voters is that an intractable Congress, including his opponent, Sen. Tim Johnson, has failed to deal with issues such as energy security, health care, immigration and Social Security.

I think this is the right way to go. Johnson's physical challenges are certainly a valid consideration, but the most relevant discussion is on the issues.

The problems Dykstra mentions in the excerpt above are ones that grow worse with each passing day.

And while Johnson has tried to insulate himself against looking too extreme on these issues, the fact remains that he hasn't shown any leadership or aggressive action in dealing with them.

Inaction on energy policy by Johnson and his liberal colleagues in congress is what has wrought $4.00 a gallon gas. We haven't built a new refinery in over 30 years and congress won't lift a finger to do so. We have huge oil reserves under American soil, yet congress would rather pander to environmental extremists than use it.

Government meddling, over-regulation and dabbling in socialized medicine by liberals in congress have caused our health care system to become unbalanced and wobble out of control. We need to get back to a fully market-based system where the consumer is more (not less) involved in his health care decisions; instead, Johnson and his liberal party are attempting to put out a fire by throwing a bucket of gasoline on it.

As for illegal immigration, the Democrats have the same bucket of gas in hand. Instead of securing our borders, removing those who have invaded our country illegally, and implementing an orderly immigration system, all they have up their sleeve is amnesty.

Social Security? It was a government-sanctioned ponzi scheme to begin with, and has gone on to become unmanageable. Again, we need to fix it and move to a free market model; all the Democrats have up their sleeve is (you guessed it) more taxes and more government meddling.

It's time to show members of the old school the door. Socialism has been tried around the world, and it fails everywhere it's tried. It's been tried in this country for 50 years...and fails everywhere we look.

It's time for a return to the values and methods that made America great. It's time to usher out the big government advocates and usher in someone with a vision of America's greatness: Joel Dykstra.

President Obama Would Vote Present

Something to consider about the thought of "President Barack Obama" and his leadership qualifications.

As Rudy Giuliani said last night:

On the other hand, you have a resume from a gifted man with an Ivy League education. He worked as a community organizer, and immersed himself in Chicago machine politics. Then he ran for the state legislature - where nearly 130 times he was unable to make a decision yes or no. He simply voted "present."

As Mayor of New York City, I never got a chance to vote "present." And you know, when you're President of the United States, you can't just vote "present." You must make decisions.

Remember, a teleprompter can't come up with policy decisions on it's own.

So what would President Obama do when Iran brings their nuclear program fully online and starts building nuclear weapons? The headline: "Iranians Build Nuclear Missile; President Obama Votes 'Present'".

Or what would President Obama do if terrorists blew up the Sears Tower in Chicago? The headline: "Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Sears Bombing; President Obama Votes 'Present'".

What else can you expect from someone who has already avoided much less difficult stands?

Like a Moose After Cabbage

And I thought South Dakota was down-home quaint.

In the British Times Online, Lu Sackett of Wasilla, Alaska says of Governor Sarah Palin when she lit into the Democrats tax plans in her speech last night:

"She's like a moose going after a cabbage"

I love it!

Side-By-Side Comparison of Obama, Palin

Jeff Emanuel at RedState posted an excellent side-by-side comparison of the accomplishments and qualifications of the Republican vice presidential nominee and the Democrat presidential nominee.

Go check it out. It's an eye-opener.

Given her competition on the Democrat side, Sarah Palin almost looks over-qualified.

Liberals Admit: Palin 'Alarmingly Strong'

Michael Crowley at The New Republic says a focus group of "moderate" Democrat friends consider Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "alarmingly strong."

all agree that Palin was very strong. The more liberal among them are a little panicked.

A little? I'd bet they're in full-tilt hysteria mode.

The Road to the Fall of Rome

American Minute from William J. Federer

Rome fell SEPTEMBER 4, 476AD.

In the centuries preceding, Rome was overrun with illegal immigrants: Visigoths, Franks, Anglos, Saxons, Ostrogoths, Burgundians, Lombards and Vandals.

They first assimilated, many working as servants, but then came so fast they did not learn the Latin language.

Militarily superior Roman Legions marched rapidly on advanced roads but were strained fighting conflicts worldwide.

Rome had a trade deficit, having outsourced its grain production to North Africa, and when the Vandals captured that area, Rome did not have the resources to retaliate.

Attila the Hun committed terrorist attacks.

Rome was on welfare with citizens given free bread. One Roman commented: "Those who live at the expense of the public funds are more numerous than those who provide them."

Tax collectors were "more terrible than the enemy."

Rome was in debt with huge government bureaucracies.

A history of court favoritism, infidelity, exposure of unwanted infants, perverted bathhouses, sexual immorality, as seen in Pompei's ruins, and violent entertainment by gladiators in the Coliseum, led 5th-Century historian Salvian to write: "O Roman people be ashamed...Let nobody think otherwise, the vices of our bad lives have alone conquered us."

William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousand on the internet.

Kristol on 'The Speech'

William Kristol's introduction at the Weekly Standard says it all:

NOW WE SEE why the liberal establishment has been trying for the last few days to destroy Sarah Palin. She is a threat to their hopes to take the White House this year, a threat to their broader claims to speak for youth, for women, and for the future, and a threat to their attempt to control the high ground in the culture war. After her stunning success last night, some in the liberal media may retire from the ring for a while. Others, with the threat now even more evident, may redouble their assaults and become even more desperate and vicious. Surely they'll fail.

It says it all...but the rest of the piece speaks loudly, too, so go read the whole thing.

And watch the "mainstream" media weep and fume...

Area Republicans Excited About Palin

KEVN reports that Rapid City area Republicans are jazzed about the choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for vice president:

[Republican Ambassadors] Chairman Stephen Wesolick says Palin is an exciting choice - a brilliant and bold move for McCain. He says there has been a definite change in attitude, support and outlook by Republicans in Pennington County.

Stephen has captured the spirit excellently.

I had lunch with the SD Wingnuts yesterday and they, too, were pretty excited about the Palin candidacy.

There is new life in the 2008 Republican presidential campaign...and it is going to keep rolling all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Choice Palin Quote: On the Personal Journey of the Community Organizer

From Governor Sarah Palin's speech at the 2008 GOP Convention last night:

My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of "personal discovery." This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer.

WSJ Video: Something about Sarah

WSJ analysis of Governor Sarah Palin's speech last night

Grim Reaper Comes a Knocking in Spearfish

KEVN says the South Dakota Campaign for UnHealthy Families is knocking on doors in the Spearfish area, trying to get people to back their agenda to continue the death of several hundred unborn children in South Dakota every year.

So if you get a knock on your door and see someone like the figure above, no, it's not Halloween yet. It's just ole Grim Reaper come knocking on your door in search of more customers.

Actually, it's not so much customers he's coming around looking for, but more investors to help him find more customers. He can't reach those extra customers without some help from investors like you and me.

Look out, though. He might be in disguise. I'm told the Grim Reaper has casual days from his employer, too. He may look like any average man or woman, and he'll probably be talking about "choices" and how the choices of investors should supersede the rights of the customers he wants to bring within his grip.

But even though he may look average and talk choices, you know what the Grim Reaper's really peddling.

Video: Palin Speech at 2008 GOP Convention

In case you missed it....

It's a long speech, but it's worth it. It is powerful and inspirational and historic.

After all, this is the nomination acceptance speech of the woman who will become America's first female vice president.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Choice Palin Quote

From Governor Sarah Palin's speech at the 2008 GOP Convention tonight:

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.

Oh, and
I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.

The Latest Dirt on Palin From the People's Newswire

The People's Cube has some interesting headlines regarding Sarah Palin:

- Environmental shocker: Palin's cat seen scratching claws on rare Alaskan pine tree

- Why a DUI is worse than cocaine use

- This just in: Palin's great great grandmother jumped line at Ellis Island

- Palin's dog caught rooting in neighbor's trash

- New York Times enters Guinness Book of Records by fitting 807,316 Palin stories on front page

- Media uncovers more Palin stories in one weekend than Obama stories in two years. Still no bias detected

- Obama and media agree to "don't ask don't" tell policy

- Obama: more experienced than Bristol Palin

Outrageous! Go check them out.

Palin: Presidency Isn't a Journey of Self-Discovery

"I guess being a community organizer is something like being a mayor, except it has actual responsibility." Zinnggg!

Reflections on Governor Palin Speech

To start, her reception was fantastic. People couldn't stop expressing their enthusiasm for this solid conservative candidate.

Palin came across as classy, graceful, spunky, competent, confident, pleasant and strong. She was all the right things at all the right times.

Her pride in her son, a U.S. soldier, was both motherly and strong.

Of her husband Todd: after two decades and five children "He's still my guy!"

She was witty, with several good zingers, yet maintained her dignity and likability.

She didn't seem the least bit nervous or unsure--not at all the rookie the media has desperately tried to paint her as for the past five days. Palin was calm and sure of herself and what she believes in. I'm sure the despots and tyrants around the world are rather let down tonight.

She will do well as Vice President of the United States, and in 2012, she'll do great as the first female President of the United States.

As a nice touch, John McCain came out and joined Palin and her family on the stage in the midst of the thundering applause.

"Don't you think we made a great choice for the next vice president of the United States?" McCain asked.


Governor Sarah Palin's Remarks at Republican Convention

Below are Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's remarks as prepared for the 2008 Republican National Convention, delivered the evening of Sept. 3, 2008.


Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered for the nomination for Vice President of the United States...

I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America.

I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election... against confident opponents ... at a crucial hour for our country.

And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions ... and met far graver challenges ... and knows how tough fights are won - the next president of the United States, John S. McCain.

It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the country he loves.

With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost - there was no hope for this candidate who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war.

But the pollsters and pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off.

They overlooked the caliber of the man himself - the determination, resolve, and sheer guts of Senator John McCain. The voters knew better.

And maybe that's because they realize there is a time for politics and a time for leadership ... a time to campaign and a time to put our country first.

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 this country for 22 years, and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who have now 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. I'm just one of many moms who'll say an extra prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm's way.

Our son Track is 19.

And one week from tomorrow - September 11th - he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army infantry in the service of his country.

My nephew Kasey also enlisted, and serves on a carrier in the Persian Gulf.

My family is proud of both of them and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform. Track is the eldest of our five children.

In our family, it's two boys and three girls in between - my strong and kind-hearted daughters Bristol, Willow, and Piper.

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.

To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.

I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House. Todd is a story all by himself.

He's a lifelong commercial fisherman ... a production operator in the oil fields of Alaska's North Slope ... a proud member of the United Steel Workers' Union ... and world champion snow machine racer.

Throw in his Yup'ik Eskimo ancestry, and it all makes for quite a package.

We met in high school, and two decades and five children later he's still my guy. My Mom and Dad both worked at the elementary school in our small town.

And among the many things I owe them is one simple lesson: that this is America, and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity.

My parents are here tonight, and I am so proud to be the daughter of Chuck and Sally Heath. Long ago, a young farmer and habber-dasher from Missouri followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency.

A writer observed: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity." I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.

I grew up with those people.

They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America ... who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars.

They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town.

I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better.

When I ran for city council, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.

We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes, and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man. I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment.< br>
And I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests.

The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.

No one expects us to agree on everything.

But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart.

I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States. This was the spirit that brought me to the governor's office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau ... when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol' boys network.

Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve.

But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up.

And in short order we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.

I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law.

While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for.

That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.

I also drive myself to work.

And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef - although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending - by request if possible and by veto if necessary.

Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest - and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.

Our state budget is under control.

We have a surplus.

And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes.

I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.

I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere.

If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves. When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people of Alaska.

And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources.

As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people.

I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history.

And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.

That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.

The stakes for our nation could not be higher.

When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil.

With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.

To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas.

And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both.

Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems - as if we all didn't know that already.

But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.

Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more new-clear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources.

We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers. I've noticed a pattern with our opponent.

Maybe you have, too.

We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.

Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.

Congress spends too much ... he promises more.

Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business - like millions of others who run small businesses.

How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you're trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio ... or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia ... or keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.

How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy? Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election.

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers.

And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

They're the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed presidential seals.

Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speechmaking, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things.

And then there is the idealism of those leaders, like John McCain, who actually do great things. They're the ones who are good for more than talk ... the ones we have always been able to count on to serve and defend America. Senator McCain's record of actual achievement and reform helps explain why so many special interests, lobbyists, and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency - from the primary election of 2000 to this very day.

Our nominee doesn't run with the Washington herd.

He's a man who's there to serve his country, and not just his party.

A leader who's not looking for a fight, but is not afraid of one either. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee.

He said, quote, "I can't stand John McCain." Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man. Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain. That is only one more reason to take the maverick of the Senate and put him in the White House. My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of "personal discovery." This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer.

And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely.

There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain. In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country.

It's a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.

But if Senator McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made.

It's the journey of an upright and honorable man - the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this country, only he was among those who came home.

To the most powerful office on earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless ... the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God ... the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome. A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pin-hole in his cell door as Lieutenant Commander John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day.

As the story is told, "When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe's door and flash a grin and thumbs up" - as if to say, "We're going to pull through this." My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years.

For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words.

For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.

If character is the measure in this election ... and hope the theme ... and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.

Thank you all, and may God bless America.

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