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Monday, May 16, 2005

Back, Kind Of


Well my visual vertigo has been getting slightly better. I'm able to read little bits at a time and not become too dizzy, but I'm still far away from being "normal" again. I really appreciate all the e-mails and comments I've gotten about my well being, it was a reaction I certainly didn't expect from readers of my relatively new blog. Very nice of all of you.

I've missed a lot since I've been gone. As a country, we've watched a mentally disabled woman be murdered by the hands of the state, violence begin to rise sharply again in Iraq, judicial nominee battles, controversy over John Bolton's nomination as Ambassador to the UN, and most recently a popular publication decided to write an article that mentioned how the Qu'Ran is being flushed down toilets in Gitmo, Cuba (a fraudulent accusation that's already caused over 15 deaths around the world from riots). There's a lot to comment on, but I'm not going to dwell on all that just yet. Instead I'll just begin my return back with a quote we as Americans need to remember while our Military is fighting for freedom in Iraq.

"War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the
decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings
which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man
who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which
is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable
creature and has no chance of being free unless made and
kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

-John Stuart Mill

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Health Issues


I've had some health problems that have kept me from posting on my blog. I should be able to start again, at least on a small scale, somewhat soon. Wish me luck.


Also: Whoever IMed me from the CA Republican Party about advertising, hit me up in an e-mail and I'd be glad to set something up.

UPDATE (4/11/05):

I'm still having major health issues that are preventing me from being able to post on my blog at all. I'm suffering from this weird thing called "visual vertigo", and essentially I'm dizzy and sick 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I've been on all sorts of medication to try and fix the problem, but nothing has worked so far. It's extremely boring sitting around the house, stuck here since I'm too ill to do much else, and not even be able to post on my blog for entertainment. Reading causing the dizziness to get much worse, hence the reason posting on my blog won't be possible. If any of my trusty readers have stuck around, trust me, I'll be posting more than enough when I get the chance to do so once again. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Questions for Michael Schiavo



Why did you wait seven years, after receiving a million dollar medical malpractice suit for Terri, to mention she didn't want to live in her current state?

Why have you refused her rehabilitation treatment since 1993?

Why are you INSISTING her body be cremated immediately after she dies?

Why, if you loved her so much, did you move on to another woman over 10 years ago and have two kids with her?

Why has Terri not had a personal lawyer this entire time to represent her?

Why did no one else around her know of this supposed eating disorder that caused her to be in the state she is in?

Why are you so hostile towards her parents, who are only trying to save their daughter's life?

Why did Terri suffer multiple bone fractures, still unexplained, while in your care?

Friday, March 18, 2005

More Proof Bolton Was a Good Nomination

North Korea: 'Human Scum' Bolton is 'Worst' UN Envoy

North Korea blasted President Bush's appointment of Undersecretary of State John Bolton, one of the toughest critics of Pyongyang, as new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, saying he would only raise tensions in the international community.

"The most undesirable person was named U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, thus raising tension in the United Nations and international community," said Choson Sinbo, the newspaper run by a Pyongyang-aligned organization of ethnic Korean residents in Japan.

"Bolton's speaking style is so violent the North has labeled him as human scum," said the paper, considered a mouthpiece of the communist regime in Pyongyang. "He is the worst UN envoy," it declared.
Via: Drudge

When the liberals and the communists start repeating the same talking points, you've got to wonder what the Democrats real motives are. Bolton was a great pick by Bush because he's ready to go to the UN and start cracking skulls, something that obviously needs to be done if any real reform is expected to take place. Why can't the liberals understand that just because the international community isn't happy with Bolton, that doesn't mean he was a bad choice. He's ready to be firm and make a difference, not appease the internationalists that have systematically been destroying the UN from the inside.

Democrats for Wolfowitz

Senator Joe Biden Isn't the Only Democrat Supporting Paul Wolfowitz for President of the World Bank

by Stephen F. Hayes

TODAY SENATOR JOE BIDEN, vice chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading Democratic foreign policy voice in that body, voiced strong support for Paul Wolfowitz as President George W. Bush's choice to head the World Bank.

Biden described Wolfowitz, currently deputy secretary of defense, as a man with an "active and fertile mind" who believes in the work of multilateral institutions. Asked for his reaction to the selection, Biden responded with one word: "Solid."

He then elaborated. "Paul is a brilliant guy and a serious person. My differences with Paul relate to his assessment of what we would have to face in Iraq after the war."

Although some Democrats have criticized the selection, notably House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, others have praised the pick. "I know him to be an extraordinarily intelligent, creative thinker who has the potential to do a good job at the World Bank," said Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, regarded as one of the Senate's most partisan members.

I actually agree with Biden AND Leahy? The sky is falling.

Torturing Terri Schiavo

She'd Be Better Off if She Were a Terrorist

By Andrew C. McCarthy
National Review Online

On Friday afternoon, unless humanity intervenes, the state of Florida is scheduled to begin its court-ordered torture-murder of Terri Schiavo, whose only crime is that she is an inconvenience. A nuisance to a faithless husband grown tired of the toll on his new love interest and depleting bank account — an account that was inflated only because a jury, in 1992, awarded him over a million dollars, mostly as a trust to pay for Terri's continued care, in a medical malpractice verdict.

In this instance, though, deafening is the only word for the silence of my former interlocutors — civil-liberties activists characteristically set on hysteria auto-pilot the moment an al Qaeda terrorist is rumored to have been sent to bed without supper by Don Rumsfeld or Al Gonzales (something that would, of course, be rank rumor since, if you kill or try to kill enough Americans, you can be certain our government will get you three halal squares a day).

Not so Terri Schiavo. She will be starved and dehydrated. Until she is dead. By court order.

Terri is a 40-year-old woman who suffered brain damage after a diagnosed heart attack when she was 26. In state legal proceedings dominated by macabre right-to-die activists, a judge found her to be reduced to a permanent vegetative state (PVS), drawing on examinations that appear grossly inadequate to the task of what objective specialists say is a complex diagnosis. Whether she would technically be found a PVS case by a court that was honestly interested in getting a real fix on her condition — rather than breaking new ground in just how far the Left can go in deciding whose life has value — is beside the point. She is alive and, periodically, both alert and responsive.

Her parents love her and want to care for her. Imagine if you had a child who was defenseless, dependent, and vulnerable — many of us, indeed, need not imagine — and the state told you not only to step aside but that you had to watch, helpless, while it took two weeks to kill her. That's what's happening in Florida. Starting Friday.
I've had some health problems that are keeping me from posting or responding to the comments on my blog. Hopefully I'll improve soon and be able to use the computer a little bit more.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Fox Says Walls Along Border Must Be Razed

U.S. Efforts Seen as 'Against Freedom'

By Kevin Sullivan
The Washington Post

Mexico City - President Vicente Fox said Wednesday that walls along the U.S.-Mexico border, such as one approved last month by the U.S. House of Representatives, "must be demolished" because they are "discriminatory" and "against freedom."

"No country that is proud of itself should build walls . . . it doesn't make any sense," Fox said at a news conference ahead of next week's meeting in Crawford, Tex., with President Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. Border security and immigration will be main topics of the leaders' discussion, along with trade and commerce.

Fox did not specifically mention last month's House vote to waive environmental regulations and allow completion of a fence, known in Mexico as the "Tortilla Wall," along the border south of San Diego. But asked about the fence, Fox said, "We are convinced that walls don't work."

Fox said he was encouraged by Bush's proposal to create a significant guest worker program, which would allow Mexicans to work legally in the United States for several years before returning home. That proposal is expected to be debated soon in Congress, where it faces opposition from legislators who favor greater emphasis on border security in the age of terrorism.
What is there to say in reaction to this? Vicente Fox is a dumb son of a bitch. It's against freedom to protect ourselves from illegal invaders? WE KNOW FOR A FACT AL QUEDA WANTS TO SMUGGLE NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACROSS THE MEXICAN BORDER. WHY ON EARTH SHOULD WE IGNORE SUCH INFORMATION AND HAVE AN OPEN BORDER POLICY? There's no reasoning with an idiot like Fox. He refuses to even call them "illegals", he insists on calling them "migrants". This whole situation is getting out of control, and Bush isn't doing much to help. Our Federal government is failing to protect our borders on a wide level, and if there's another 9/11 caused by our weak borders, Bush WILL be to blame.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Kerry and Edwards Fighting Like Bitches

Kerry, Edwards in Post-Campaign Catfight?

NewsMax

Once the best of buddies along the campaign trail, John Kerry and John Edwards are reportedly now trading charges about who's to blame for blowing their chance to defeat George W. Bush last November

“Mr. Edwards these days has made little secret of disagreements he says he had with the presidential campaign,” reports Wednesday’s New York Times.

The North Carolina Democrat has been complaining of late that team Kerry “should not have pulled out of Missouri,” the paper said, “and that it was slow in responding to the attacks on Mr. Kerry’s Vietnam record by other Vietnam veterans.”

“I wanted to fight back the day it started,” Edwards recently griped to ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos.

A former senior Kerry campaign adviser fired back, telling the Times: “The veep is supposed to be a teammate of the presidential nominee - and he and his senior staff were part of every significant decision that was made in the campaign.”

Meanwhile, Kerry “associates” are beginning to grouse that Edwards appears to have already welshed on a promise not to run in 2008 unless Kerry bows out of the race.

“The most common question I got during the course of the campaign was, Where was John Edwards?” said T.J. Reynolds, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
Hahahahahaha. Doesn’t get much better than this.

ANWR Drilling Expected to Pass TODAY

Senate Seen Backing Oil Search in Alaska Refuge

Reuters

WASHINGTON - As U.S. crude oil prices soared to a record high on Wednesday, the Senate was expected to vote to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling.

The ANWR drilling plan is a key aspect of the Bush administration's national energy plan, but has been blocked in recent years by a Senate coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats.

Republican Pete Domenici, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said drilling supporters have enough votes to defeat an effort by Democrats to strike ANWR drilling language from budget legislation.

A vote was expected in early afternoon...

Time for the wacko environmentalists to bust out the tissue paper. Looks like we've won the debate after all.

UPDATE:

ANWR DRILLING PASSES!

WASHINGTON - Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush (news - web sites).

The Senate, by a 51-49 vote, rejected an attempt by Democrats and GOP moderates to remove a refuge drilling provision from next year's budget, preventing opponents from using a filibuster — a tactic that has blocked repeated past attempts to open the Alaska refuge to oil companies.

One More Reason to Drill in ANWR

Oil Prices Shoot to New Intraday High

AP Business
By Brad Foss

Crude oil prices soared to a new intraday high above $56 a barrel Wednesday in spite of a decision by OPEC (news - web sites) ministers to authorize the pumping of an extra half-million barrels of oil a day.

Crude futures shot up more than $1 a barrel after the latest petroleum supply report from the U.S. government showed domestic supplies of gasoline and heating oil fell sharply last week...
Yet people are more concerned about the porcupine caribou than what this oil strain does to our economy. We could get more than a million barrels of oil a day just by opening up drilling in ANWR, which is estimated to have 9 - 11 billion barrels of oil. Once we started drilling in Purdue Bay, the porcupine caribou quadrupled in population, and we've been able to get 2 billion more barrels of oil than we first expected. I just don't understand why anyone would oppose something like this. It will create tons of news jobs, put billions of dollars towards helping our trade defecit, and it will lessen our dependence on foreign oil. I'm all for it.

China Selling WMDs to Iran

U.S. Catches China Transferring WMD Tech to Iran

World Tribune

WASHINGTON – The United States has charged that China continues to supply unconventional weaponry and dual-use technology to Iran, despite numerous appeals.

China has transferred components and expertise to Iran's weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, officials said. They said some of the Chinese components have arrived via Pakistan, another key ally of Beijing.

"Unacceptable proliferant activity continues," Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Stephen Rademaker told the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on March 10. "We are particularly concerned about continued transfers of CBW- and missile-related technology by Chinese entities to Iran, despite the imposition of sanctions."

The components were said to have included dual-use missile components, raw materials, and expertise to Iran's solid-fuel missile program. Officials said Beijing has also supplied dual-use chemical weapons-related production equipment and technology to Iran...
What are we supposed to do to stop this type of thing from happening? Shouldn't the UN be getting involved when they hear about something like this taking place? Supposedly all of Europe is on our side in trying to keep Iran from getting WMDs, yet the UN sits by and watches as the Red Chinese deliver weapons to the Iranians. China is a major problem, especially with their new decision to aim 600 missiles at Taiwan and the possibilty of an attack on Taiwan at any time. Scary stuff.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Fred Barnes Weighs in on Social Security

Let 'er Rip

Weekly Standard

...Let's clear up a couple of myths about the creation of individual accounts. The first is that accounts would play no role in making the system solvent for the remainder of the 21st century. Not true. For retirees with individual accounts, a portion of their retirement income would come from their investments in financial markets, not from payroll taxes paid by workers. This would not only contribute to solvency, it also would eventually allow for a cut in payroll taxes. True, other measures would be needed to ensure solvency. But absent individual accounts, the curbs on benefit growth or spikes in taxes would be greater.

Another canard is that personal accounts are the same as privatization. Not quite. Full privatization would let workers invest all their payroll taxes in whatever they chose. As envisioned by Bush and other reformers, the federal government would control how much a worker puts in an individual account, the range of investment options, and when the money could be withdrawn. That's hardly a libertarian approach. Oh, yes, there's one more phony charge: that picking what to invest in will be too complicated for many people. Nonsense. People choose car insurance, they decide among lottery selections, they weigh cable against satellite TV, they determine where to put their 401(k) or IRA money. Investment accounts will be no more difficult.

There's a new Democratic line of attack. Democrats charge breathlessly that Bush has been advocating individual accounts since he ran for Congress in 1978 and predicted Social Security would become insolvent by 1988 without accounts. Actually, it did become insolvent in 1983. The Washington Times checked what would have happened if individual accounts, invested in market index funds, had been established in 1978. The Dow since then has soared from 820 to nearly 11,000, the S&P 500 from 96 to more than 1,220, and Nasdaq from 118 to roughly 2,050. Retirees would be living in high style. So, Mr. President, let 'er rip on individual accounts. You've got nothing to lose and momentous reform and a booming Republican party to gain.
The argument that private accounts won't help fix Social Security's solvency problem at all is just plain untrue. Hence the reason it's a Democratic talking point. As Barnes points out, a portion of the Social Security income would come from the free market investments, and not from tax payers, and that would help even things out a lot over time.

Other things will be needed to fix the program through the century, but private accounts MUST be part of the equation, otherwise it's a joke to even try and call it a reform. I don't care what the wackos over in DC have to do to make it work, all I want is to be able to invest part of my Social Security fund privately, and be able to pass that investment on to my children when I pass away. This seems like something most Americans would want, and despite the current poll numbers, private accounts WILL become a reality in America sooner or later. The sooner we get them started, the more money I will be able to collect off my private investment returns. The GOP leaders need to figure out some way to make this thing work, and SOON.

Freedom Marches On: Iranian Youth Hold Protests

Uprising Blazes Throughout Iran Capital

Iran Focus

Tehran, Mar. 15 – Tehran was left in a standstill this evening as the population poured into the streets to mark the national 'fire' festival of Chahar-shanbeh Souri despite intense pressures by the Iranian regime to prevent a possible uprising.

Eye-witnesses reported that full-size puppets of high-ranking officials, such as the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the regime's president Mohammad Khatami, were set on fire by youths at numerous locations throughout the Iranian capital. Trucks belonging to Iran's security forces were also set ablaze.

"Guns, tanks, the Bassij (Para-military security forces) no longer have an affect", large crowds shouted in central Tehran, as they took part in the traditional celebrations where Iranians jump over fires ablaze on the streets.

Despite a general ban on the festival by the regime and repeated demands by the Iranian authorities that people avoid leaving their houses on the day, the main Iranian opposition group, the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) issued a call for the nation to take part in the event and call for the overthrow of the clerical regime.

The authorities brought in State Security Forces to create an atmosphere of fear, causing tensions to spark, leading to riots and clashes in several districts throughout Tehran.

"Khamenei resign! Get off your thrown", youths shouted, as the government unleashed its Revolutionary Guards to crack down on the demonstrators...
Man, how great would it be if an internal revolution threw out those fundamentalist cleric thugs who are in charge in Iran? That would make America's new job of policing the world a hell of a lot easier. These protests just prove what Bush has been trying to say all along, that people in these middle eastern countries are as desperate to be free as we are here in America. I have no doubt when historians look back on events like these a hundred years down the road, Bush will receive a lot of the credit for inspiring these movements.

It's really a fantastic time to be alive.

Atlanta D.A. Has History of Failures

Courthouse Tragic Murders Reflect Long History of Fulton D.A. Failures

Intellectual Conservative
by Denise A. Sorino

...Paul Howard's fatal lapse was criminal. Incredibly, Howard's ADA told CNN "we had no reason to believe he (Nichols) could be violent." No reason! Nichols was on trial for rape, and had brought weapons to court the day before. Please! Nichols shot four persons with four precision point accuracy with a revolver. Only a very few trained assassins could coolly execute this marksmanship. Howard's people knew very well they were dealing with an extremely dangerous man.

The buck stops with Paul Howard. The Fulton sheriff, prosecutors and deputies all ultimately report to Howard. As a former assistant DA who worked under Paul Howard, I am sorry to say Paul Howard has a pattern as to allow criminals, especially former athletes, to flout the law. While I worked for him, thousands of cases were never processed. Incredibly, Howard consistently blamed his predecessors for this backlog that occurred solely on the Howard watch.

Victims groups, legal experts, feminists and the media excoriate Howard for repeated failure to prosecute the real crimes of Fulton County. The jury foreman in Nichols' first rape trial told CNN that the jury wanted to write to Howard to "express our frustration at how poorly both the police investigation and the district attorney's office had conducted the investigation and trial." Had Howard done his job in the first place, Nichols would have been behind bars, not shooting citizens. Nichols is but one of hundreds of criminals Howard failed to prosecute competently. Incredibly, members of Howard's own office have been arrested on drug related offenses, but were not prosecuted.
After watching the events unfold last Friday, I was blown away by the obvious incompetence of the authorities trying to catch the guy, especially the D.A. and Sheriff. I mean, my God, it took them 15 hours to find a car that was in the same parking-lot it was stolen from. Without the power of God working through the woman Nichols held hostage, the situation would've ended much worse than it did. This D.A. should be recalled, his failures cost many good people their lives.

Anthrax Attacks...Again

Samples Test Positive for Anthrax

Fox News

Preliminary information indicates that some of the cultures coming back of samples taken from Washington, D.C., mail facilities are testing positive for anthrax, a senior health official told FOX News on Tuesday.

The tests follow the discovery of the potentially deadly bacteria last Thursday by sensors at two military mail facilities in the Washington area. The mail had been irradiated (search) before it reached those destinations, rendering any anthrax inert, defense officials told FOX News. The substance was discovered in a filter on the mail-scanning device.
Considering we never caught the original person mailing out Anthrax a couple years back, it's really no surprise it's happening all over again. This is terrible news, hopefully they can gather more physical evidence on the envelopes than they have in the past. Hopefully this will just be an isolated incident.

Saving Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo's Bill Clears Florida House Committees, House Votes Thursday

Life News

Tallahassee, FL - Legislation designed to protect Terri Schiavo and other disabled people who haven't indicated their wishes for medical treatment heads to the full Florida House after clearing its final committee hurdle. If passed, it could prevent Terri's estranged husband from starting a painful week-long starvation process that would ultimately kill her.

The House Health and Families Council Committee voted Tuesday morning in favor of HB 701.

The bill would prevent a legal guardian from allowing a person in a so-called persistent vegetative state to die by withholding food or water. That could only happen if the patient had previously issued an advance directive authorizing it to be withheld.

Although Terri is not in a persistent vegetative state, Florida courts have sided with Michael and ruled that she is in such a medical condition. As a result, the legislation would apply to Terri and prevent her death or the death of any similar patient...
I can't believe this issue is even an issue to begin with. How can people sit back and watch as a mentally challenged woman is starved to death only because her husband says that's what she would want? It's not like we're talking about pulling the plug on someone's life support, all they have to do is FEED the woman so she can continue to survive. If they kill this woman, what's next? Starving mentally challenged babies at birth because it's what their parents want? This whole situation makes me sick, I hope they can pass legislation to save her life.

What Liberal Media?

Study: Press Went Easy on Kerry

NewsMax

A Columbia School of Journalism study released Monday found that the media took it easy on Sen. John Kerry throughout the 2004 presidential campaign, with coverage of President Bush coming out three times more negative.

The school's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that 36 percent of reports on Bush painted him in an unfavorable light, while only 12 percent did the same to Kerry - according to Reuters.

The Massachusetts liberal also benefited more from positive coverage, garnering 50 percent more stories rated as favorable than Bush.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism monitored 16 newspapers across the country, four nightly newscasts, three network morning news shows, nine cable programs and nine Web sites in 2004.

I'd say you should point this out to the next liberal who says the media isn't bias, but they like to run from the truth, so I doubt it would make a lick of difference anyway. Kerry had the benefit of getting 50% more positive stories in the news than Bush, a propaganda film by Moore to help him even more, a divisive war that many Americans didn't agree with, dozens of shady 527 groups to spread lies about the President, and he STILL lost. Pretty impressive, or pathetic, whichever way you look at it.

Sacrifices Needed On Both Sides

Greenspan Calls for Social Security Fixes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan issued a fresh call to Congress Tuesday to move promptly to put Social Security on firm financial footing, warning that doing nothing would lead to massive budget deficits and cause the "economy to stagnate or worse."

Greenspan, in remarks to the Senate Special Committee on Aging, said the looming retirement of 78 million baby boomers will put a huge strain on the Depression-era retirement program and aggravate the country's already bloated budget deficits.

"Unless the trend is reversed, at some point these deficits would cause the economy to stagnate or worse," Greenspan said.

The Fed chief again endorsed a key part of President Bush's Social Security overhaul - to create private investment accounts - and said officials must proceed slowly in setting them up. But Greenspan also said that Congress must move ahead quickly to do other things to fix the retirement program's financing problems...
The deadlock that is currently taking place in Washington isn't helping anyone, Democrats or Republicans. Democrats are refusing to budge unless private accounts are taken off the table, and Republicans are refusing to continue with reform unless private accounts are included. So what is the solution? Unfortunately, this year, we might not see one, since everyone is already so devoted to their partisan beliefs it seems unlikely anyone is going to budge anytime soon.

At this point, I'm ready to sacrifice part of my idealogy and accept the fact that private accounts are never going to get passed without Democrat support, and at the least Republicans need to acknowledge a combination of benefit cuts and tax increases might be the only solution to get them on board. What is more important, not having a tax increase or benefit cut, or not being able to create the private accounts? I'm willing to sacrifice some of my anti-tax increase beliefs, if given the opportunity to be able to start investing some of my Social Security funds into a private account. Are the Democrats willing to give up their strong opposition to private accounts, something that many of them have supported in the past, if we Republicans admit that raising the retirement age and $90k cap might be a good way to compromise? It'll be interesting to see.

Guest Bloggin'

I'm guest blogging over at Say Anything for the rest of today and tomorrow. Be sure to check it out!

(I'll probably be double posting on this blog what I post on his)

Wish me luck!

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Fightin' Side of Me

I hear people talking bad,
About the way we have to live here in this country.
Harping on the wars we fight,
And griping about the way things oughta be.
And I don't mind 'em switching sides,
And standing up for things they believe in.
But when they're running down my country, man,
They're walking on the fightin' side of me.

They're walking on the fightin' side of me.
Running down the way of life,
Our fightin' men have fought and died to keep.
If you don't love it, leave it!
Let this song I'm singin' be a warning.
If you're running down my country, man,
You're walking on the fightin' side of me.

I read about some squirrely guy,
Who claims, he just don't believe in fightin'.
And I wonder just how long,
The rest of us can count on being free.
They love our milk and honey,
But they preach about some other way of living.
When they're running down my country, hoss,
They're walking on the fightin' side of me.

Yeah, walking on the fighting side of me.
Running down the way of life,
Our fighting men have fought and died to keep.
If you don't love it, leave it!
Let this song I'm singin' be a warning.
If you're running down my country, man,
You're walkin' on the fightin' side of me.

- By Merle Haggard


So take THAT Hippie!


 
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Monday, May 16, 2005

Back, Kind Of


Well my visual vertigo has been getting slightly better. I'm able to read little bits at a time and not become too dizzy, but I'm still far away from being "normal" again. I really appreciate all the e-mails and comments I've gotten about my well being, it was a reaction I certainly didn't expect from readers of my relatively new blog. Very nice of all of you.

I've missed a lot since I've been gone. As a country, we've watched a mentally disabled woman be murdered by the hands of the state, violence begin to rise sharply again in Iraq, judicial nominee battles, controversy over John Bolton's nomination as Ambassador to the UN, and most recently a popular publication decided to write an article that mentioned how the Qu'Ran is being flushed down toilets in Gitmo, Cuba (a fraudulent accusation that's already caused over 15 deaths around the world from riots). There's a lot to comment on, but I'm not going to dwell on all that just yet. Instead I'll just begin my return back with a quote we as Americans need to remember while our Military is fighting for freedom in Iraq.

"War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the
decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings
which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man
who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which
is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable
creature and has no chance of being free unless made and
kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

-John Stuart Mill

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Health Issues


I've had some health problems that have kept me from posting on my blog. I should be able to start again, at least on a small scale, somewhat soon. Wish me luck.


Also: Whoever IMed me from the CA Republican Party about advertising, hit me up in an e-mail and I'd be glad to set something up.

UPDATE (4/11/05):

I'm still having major health issues that are preventing me from being able to post on my blog at all. I'm suffering from this weird thing called "visual vertigo", and essentially I'm dizzy and sick 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I've been on all sorts of medication to try and fix the problem, but nothing has worked so far. It's extremely boring sitting around the house, stuck here since I'm too ill to do much else, and not even be able to post on my blog for entertainment. Reading causing the dizziness to get much worse, hence the reason posting on my blog won't be possible. If any of my trusty readers have stuck around, trust me, I'll be posting more than enough when I get the chance to do so once again. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Questions for Michael Schiavo



Why did you wait seven years, after receiving a million dollar medical malpractice suit for Terri, to mention she didn't want to live in her current state?

Why have you refused her rehabilitation treatment since 1993?

Why are you INSISTING her body be cremated immediately after she dies?

Why, if you loved her so much, did you move on to another woman over 10 years ago and have two kids with her?

Why has Terri not had a personal lawyer this entire time to represent her?

Why did no one else around her know of this supposed eating disorder that caused her to be in the state she is in?

Why are you so hostile towards her parents, who are only trying to save their daughter's life?

Why did Terri suffer multiple bone fractures, still unexplained, while in your care?

Friday, March 18, 2005

More Proof Bolton Was a Good Nomination

North Korea: 'Human Scum' Bolton is 'Worst' UN Envoy

North Korea blasted President Bush's appointment of Undersecretary of State John Bolton, one of the toughest critics of Pyongyang, as new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, saying he would only raise tensions in the international community.

"The most undesirable person was named U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, thus raising tension in the United Nations and international community," said Choson Sinbo, the newspaper run by a Pyongyang-aligned organization of ethnic Korean residents in Japan.

"Bolton's speaking style is so violent the North has labeled him as human scum," said the paper, considered a mouthpiece of the communist regime in Pyongyang. "He is the worst UN envoy," it declared.
Via: Drudge

When the liberals and the communists start repeating the same talking points, you've got to wonder what the Democrats real motives are. Bolton was a great pick by Bush because he's ready to go to the UN and start cracking skulls, something that obviously needs to be done if any real reform is expected to take place. Why can't the liberals understand that just because the international community isn't happy with Bolton, that doesn't mean he was a bad choice. He's ready to be firm and make a difference, not appease the internationalists that have systematically been destroying the UN from the inside.

Democrats for Wolfowitz

Senator Joe Biden Isn't the Only Democrat Supporting Paul Wolfowitz for President of the World Bank

by Stephen F. Hayes

TODAY SENATOR JOE BIDEN, vice chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading Democratic foreign policy voice in that body, voiced strong support for Paul Wolfowitz as President George W. Bush's choice to head the World Bank.

Biden described Wolfowitz, currently deputy secretary of defense, as a man with an "active and fertile mind" who believes in the work of multilateral institutions. Asked for his reaction to the selection, Biden responded with one word: "Solid."

He then elaborated. "Paul is a brilliant guy and a serious person. My differences with Paul relate to his assessment of what we would have to face in Iraq after the war."

Although some Democrats have criticized the selection, notably House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, others have praised the pick. "I know him to be an extraordinarily intelligent, creative thinker who has the potential to do a good job at the World Bank," said Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, regarded as one of the Senate's most partisan members.

I actually agree with Biden AND Leahy? The sky is falling.

Torturing Terri Schiavo

She'd Be Better Off if She Were a Terrorist

By Andrew C. McCarthy
National Review Online

On Friday afternoon, unless humanity intervenes, the state of Florida is scheduled to begin its court-ordered torture-murder of Terri Schiavo, whose only crime is that she is an inconvenience. A nuisance to a faithless husband grown tired of the toll on his new love interest and depleting bank account — an account that was inflated only because a jury, in 1992, awarded him over a million dollars, mostly as a trust to pay for Terri's continued care, in a medical malpractice verdict.

In this instance, though, deafening is the only word for the silence of my former interlocutors — civil-liberties activists characteristically set on hysteria auto-pilot the moment an al Qaeda terrorist is rumored to have been sent to bed without supper by Don Rumsfeld or Al Gonzales (something that would, of course, be rank rumor since, if you kill or try to kill enough Americans, you can be certain our government will get you three halal squares a day).

Not so Terri Schiavo. She will be starved and dehydrated. Until she is dead. By court order.

Terri is a 40-year-old woman who suffered brain damage after a diagnosed heart attack when she was 26. In state legal proceedings dominated by macabre right-to-die activists, a judge found her to be reduced to a permanent vegetative state (PVS), drawing on examinations that appear grossly inadequate to the task of what objective specialists say is a complex diagnosis. Whether she would technically be found a PVS case by a court that was honestly interested in getting a real fix on her condition — rather than breaking new ground in just how far the Left can go in deciding whose life has value — is beside the point. She is alive and, periodically, both alert and responsive.

Her parents love her and want to care for her. Imagine if you had a child who was defenseless, dependent, and vulnerable — many of us, indeed, need not imagine — and the state told you not only to step aside but that you had to watch, helpless, while it took two weeks to kill her. That's what's happening in Florida. Starting Friday.
I've had some health problems that are keeping me from posting or responding to the comments on my blog. Hopefully I'll improve soon and be able to use the computer a little bit more.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Fox Says Walls Along Border Must Be Razed

U.S. Efforts Seen as 'Against Freedom'

By Kevin Sullivan
The Washington Post

Mexico City - President Vicente Fox said Wednesday that walls along the U.S.-Mexico border, such as one approved last month by the U.S. House of Representatives, "must be demolished" because they are "discriminatory" and "against freedom."

"No country that is proud of itself should build walls . . . it doesn't make any sense," Fox said at a news conference ahead of next week's meeting in Crawford, Tex., with President Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. Border security and immigration will be main topics of the leaders' discussion, along with trade and commerce.

Fox did not specifically mention last month's House vote to waive environmental regulations and allow completion of a fence, known in Mexico as the "Tortilla Wall," along the border south of San Diego. But asked about the fence, Fox said, "We are convinced that walls don't work."

Fox said he was encouraged by Bush's proposal to create a significant guest worker program, which would allow Mexicans to work legally in the United States for several years before returning home. That proposal is expected to be debated soon in Congress, where it faces opposition from legislators who favor greater emphasis on border security in the age of terrorism.
What is there to say in reaction to this? Vicente Fox is a dumb son of a bitch. It's against freedom to protect ourselves from illegal invaders? WE KNOW FOR A FACT AL QUEDA WANTS TO SMUGGLE NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACROSS THE MEXICAN BORDER. WHY ON EARTH SHOULD WE IGNORE SUCH INFORMATION AND HAVE AN OPEN BORDER POLICY? There's no reasoning with an idiot like Fox. He refuses to even call them "illegals", he insists on calling them "migrants". This whole situation is getting out of control, and Bush isn't doing much to help. Our Federal government is failing to protect our borders on a wide level, and if there's another 9/11 caused by our weak borders, Bush WILL be to blame.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Kerry and Edwards Fighting Like Bitches

Kerry, Edwards in Post-Campaign Catfight?

NewsMax

Once the best of buddies along the campaign trail, John Kerry and John Edwards are reportedly now trading charges about who's to blame for blowing their chance to defeat George W. Bush last November

“Mr. Edwards these days has made little secret of disagreements he says he had with the presidential campaign,” reports Wednesday’s New York Times.

The North Carolina Democrat has been complaining of late that team Kerry “should not have pulled out of Missouri,” the paper said, “and that it was slow in responding to the attacks on Mr. Kerry’s Vietnam record by other Vietnam veterans.”

“I wanted to fight back the day it started,” Edwards recently griped to ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos.

A former senior Kerry campaign adviser fired back, telling the Times: “The veep is supposed to be a teammate of the presidential nominee - and he and his senior staff were part of every significant decision that was made in the campaign.”

Meanwhile, Kerry “associates” are beginning to grouse that Edwards appears to have already welshed on a promise not to run in 2008 unless Kerry bows out of the race.

“The most common question I got during the course of the campaign was, Where was John Edwards?” said T.J. Reynolds, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
Hahahahahaha. Doesn’t get much better than this.

ANWR Drilling Expected to Pass TODAY

Senate Seen Backing Oil Search in Alaska Refuge

Reuters

WASHINGTON - As U.S. crude oil prices soared to a record high on Wednesday, the Senate was expected to vote to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling.

The ANWR drilling plan is a key aspect of the Bush administration's national energy plan, but has been blocked in recent years by a Senate coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats.

Republican Pete Domenici, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said drilling supporters have enough votes to defeat an effort by Democrats to strike ANWR drilling language from budget legislation.

A vote was expected in early afternoon...

Time for the wacko environmentalists to bust out the tissue paper. Looks like we've won the debate after all.

UPDATE:

ANWR DRILLING PASSES!

WASHINGTON - Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush (news - web sites).

The Senate, by a 51-49 vote, rejected an attempt by Democrats and GOP moderates to remove a refuge drilling provision from next year's budget, preventing opponents from using a filibuster — a tactic that has blocked repeated past attempts to open the Alaska refuge to oil companies.

One More Reason to Drill in ANWR

Oil Prices Shoot to New Intraday High

AP Business
By Brad Foss

Crude oil prices soared to a new intraday high above $56 a barrel Wednesday in spite of a decision by OPEC (news - web sites) ministers to authorize the pumping of an extra half-million barrels of oil a day.

Crude futures shot up more than $1 a barrel after the latest petroleum supply report from the U.S. government showed domestic supplies of gasoline and heating oil fell sharply last week...
Yet people are more concerned about the porcupine caribou than what this oil strain does to our economy. We could get more than a million barrels of oil a day just by opening up drilling in ANWR, which is estimated to have 9 - 11 billion barrels of oil. Once we started drilling in Purdue Bay, the porcupine caribou quadrupled in population, and we've been able to get 2 billion more barrels of oil than we first expected. I just don't understand why anyone would oppose something like this. It will create tons of news jobs, put billions of dollars towards helping our trade defecit, and it will lessen our dependence on foreign oil. I'm all for it.

China Selling WMDs to Iran

U.S. Catches China Transferring WMD Tech to Iran

World Tribune

WASHINGTON – The United States has charged that China continues to supply unconventional weaponry and dual-use technology to Iran, despite numerous appeals.

China has transferred components and expertise to Iran's weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, officials said. They said some of the Chinese components have arrived via Pakistan, another key ally of Beijing.

"Unacceptable proliferant activity continues," Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Stephen Rademaker told the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on March 10. "We are particularly concerned about continued transfers of CBW- and missile-related technology by Chinese entities to Iran, despite the imposition of sanctions."

The components were said to have included dual-use missile components, raw materials, and expertise to Iran's solid-fuel missile program. Officials said Beijing has also supplied dual-use chemical weapons-related production equipment and technology to Iran...
What are we supposed to do to stop this type of thing from happening? Shouldn't the UN be getting involved when they hear about something like this taking place? Supposedly all of Europe is on our side in trying to keep Iran from getting WMDs, yet the UN sits by and watches as the Red Chinese deliver weapons to the Iranians. China is a major problem, especially with their new decision to aim 600 missiles at Taiwan and the possibilty of an attack on Taiwan at any time. Scary stuff.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Fred Barnes Weighs in on Social Security

Let 'er Rip

Weekly Standard

...Let's clear up a couple of myths about the creation of individual accounts. The first is that accounts would play no role in making the system solvent for the remainder of the 21st century. Not true. For retirees with individual accounts, a portion of their retirement income would come from their investments in financial markets, not from payroll taxes paid by workers. This would not only contribute to solvency, it also would eventually allow for a cut in payroll taxes. True, other measures would be needed to ensure solvency. But absent individual accounts, the curbs on benefit growth or spikes in taxes would be greater.

Another canard is that personal accounts are the same as privatization. Not quite. Full privatization would let workers invest all their payroll taxes in whatever they chose. As envisioned by Bush and other reformers, the federal government would control how much a worker puts in an individual account, the range of investment options, and when the money could be withdrawn. That's hardly a libertarian approach. Oh, yes, there's one more phony charge: that picking what to invest in will be too complicated for many people. Nonsense. People choose car insurance, they decide among lottery selections, they weigh cable against satellite TV, they determine where to put their 401(k) or IRA money. Investment accounts will be no more difficult.

There's a new Democratic line of attack. Democrats charge breathlessly that Bush has been advocating individual accounts since he ran for Congress in 1978 and predicted Social Security would become insolvent by 1988 without accounts. Actually, it did become insolvent in 1983. The Washington Times checked what would have happened if individual accounts, invested in market index funds, had been established in 1978. The Dow since then has soared from 820 to nearly 11,000, the S&P 500 from 96 to more than 1,220, and Nasdaq from 118 to roughly 2,050. Retirees would be living in high style. So, Mr. President, let 'er rip on individual accounts. You've got nothing to lose and momentous reform and a booming Republican party to gain.
The argument that private accounts won't help fix Social Security's solvency problem at all is just plain untrue. Hence the reason it's a Democratic talking point. As Barnes points out, a portion of the Social Security income would come from the free market investments, and not from tax payers, and that would help even things out a lot over time.

Other things will be needed to fix the program through the century, but private accounts MUST be part of the equation, otherwise it's a joke to even try and call it a reform. I don't care what the wackos over in DC have to do to make it work, all I want is to be able to invest part of my Social Security fund privately, and be able to pass that investment on to my children when I pass away. This seems like something most Americans would want, and despite the current poll numbers, private accounts WILL become a reality in America sooner or later. The sooner we get them started, the more money I will be able to collect off my private investment returns. The GOP leaders need to figure out some way to make this thing work, and SOON.

Freedom Marches On: Iranian Youth Hold Protests

Uprising Blazes Throughout Iran Capital

Iran Focus

Tehran, Mar. 15 – Tehran was left in a standstill this evening as the population poured into the streets to mark the national 'fire' festival of Chahar-shanbeh Souri despite intense pressures by the Iranian regime to prevent a possible uprising.

Eye-witnesses reported that full-size puppets of high-ranking officials, such as the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the regime's president Mohammad Khatami, were set on fire by youths at numerous locations throughout the Iranian capital. Trucks belonging to Iran's security forces were also set ablaze.

"Guns, tanks, the Bassij (Para-military security forces) no longer have an affect", large crowds shouted in central Tehran, as they took part in the traditional celebrations where Iranians jump over fires ablaze on the streets.

Despite a general ban on the festival by the regime and repeated demands by the Iranian authorities that people avoid leaving their houses on the day, the main Iranian opposition group, the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) issued a call for the nation to take part in the event and call for the overthrow of the clerical regime.

The authorities brought in State Security Forces to create an atmosphere of fear, causing tensions to spark, leading to riots and clashes in several districts throughout Tehran.

"Khamenei resign! Get off your thrown", youths shouted, as the government unleashed its Revolutionary Guards to crack down on the demonstrators...
Man, how great would it be if an internal revolution threw out those fundamentalist cleric thugs who are in charge in Iran? That would make America's new job of policing the world a hell of a lot easier. These protests just prove what Bush has been trying to say all along, that people in these middle eastern countries are as desperate to be free as we are here in America. I have no doubt when historians look back on events like these a hundred years down the road, Bush will receive a lot of the credit for inspiring these movements.

It's really a fantastic time to be alive.

Atlanta D.A. Has History of Failures

Courthouse Tragic Murders Reflect Long History of Fulton D.A. Failures

Intellectual Conservative
by Denise A. Sorino

...Paul Howard's fatal lapse was criminal. Incredibly, Howard's ADA told CNN "we had no reason to believe he (Nichols) could be violent." No reason! Nichols was on trial for rape, and had brought weapons to court the day before. Please! Nichols shot four persons with four precision point accuracy with a revolver. Only a very few trained assassins could coolly execute this marksmanship. Howard's people knew very well they were dealing with an extremely dangerous man.

The buck stops with Paul Howard. The Fulton sheriff, prosecutors and deputies all ultimately report to Howard. As a former assistant DA who worked under Paul Howard, I am sorry to say Paul Howard has a pattern as to allow criminals, especially former athletes, to flout the law. While I worked for him, thousands of cases were never processed. Incredibly, Howard consistently blamed his predecessors for this backlog that occurred solely on the Howard watch.

Victims groups, legal experts, feminists and the media excoriate Howard for repeated failure to prosecute the real crimes of Fulton County. The jury foreman in Nichols' first rape trial told CNN that the jury wanted to write to Howard to "express our frustration at how poorly both the police investigation and the district attorney's office had conducted the investigation and trial." Had Howard done his job in the first place, Nichols would have been behind bars, not shooting citizens. Nichols is but one of hundreds of criminals Howard failed to prosecute competently. Incredibly, members of Howard's own office have been arrested on drug related offenses, but were not prosecuted.
After watching the events unfold last Friday, I was blown away by the obvious incompetence of the authorities trying to catch the guy, especially the D.A. and Sheriff. I mean, my God, it took them 15 hours to find a car that was in the same parking-lot it was stolen from. Without the power of God working through the woman Nichols held hostage, the situation would've ended much worse than it did. This D.A. should be recalled, his failures cost many good people their lives.

Anthrax Attacks...Again

Samples Test Positive for Anthrax

Fox News

Preliminary information indicates that some of the cultures coming back of samples taken from Washington, D.C., mail facilities are testing positive for anthrax, a senior health official told FOX News on Tuesday.

The tests follow the discovery of the potentially deadly bacteria last Thursday by sensors at two military mail facilities in the Washington area. The mail had been irradiated (search) before it reached those destinations, rendering any anthrax inert, defense officials told FOX News. The substance was discovered in a filter on the mail-scanning device.
Considering we never caught the original person mailing out Anthrax a couple years back, it's really no surprise it's happening all over again. This is terrible news, hopefully they can gather more physical evidence on the envelopes than they have in the past. Hopefully this will just be an isolated incident.

Saving Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo's Bill Clears Florida House Committees, House Votes Thursday

Life News

Tallahassee, FL - Legislation designed to protect Terri Schiavo and other disabled people who haven't indicated their wishes for medical treatment heads to the full Florida House after clearing its final committee hurdle. If passed, it could prevent Terri's estranged husband from starting a painful week-long starvation process that would ultimately kill her.

The House Health and Families Council Committee voted Tuesday morning in favor of HB 701.

The bill would prevent a legal guardian from allowing a person in a so-called persistent vegetative state to die by withholding food or water. That could only happen if the patient had previously issued an advance directive authorizing it to be withheld.

Although Terri is not in a persistent vegetative state, Florida courts have sided with Michael and ruled that she is in such a medical condition. As a result, the legislation would apply to Terri and prevent her death or the death of any similar patient...
I can't believe this issue is even an issue to begin with. How can people sit back and watch as a mentally challenged woman is starved to death only because her husband says that's what she would want? It's not like we're talking about pulling the plug on someone's life support, all they have to do is FEED the woman so she can continue to survive. If they kill this woman, what's next? Starving mentally challenged babies at birth because it's what their parents want? This whole situation makes me sick, I hope they can pass legislation to save her life.

What Liberal Media?

Study: Press Went Easy on Kerry

NewsMax

A Columbia School of Journalism study released Monday found that the media took it easy on Sen. John Kerry throughout the 2004 presidential campaign, with coverage of President Bush coming out three times more negative.

The school's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that 36 percent of reports on Bush painted him in an unfavorable light, while only 12 percent did the same to Kerry - according to Reuters.

The Massachusetts liberal also benefited more from positive coverage, garnering 50 percent more stories rated as favorable than Bush.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism monitored 16 newspapers across the country, four nightly newscasts, three network morning news shows, nine cable programs and nine Web sites in 2004.

I'd say you should point this out to the next liberal who says the media isn't bias, but they like to run from the truth, so I doubt it would make a lick of difference anyway. Kerry had the benefit of getting 50% more positive stories in the news than Bush, a propaganda film by Moore to help him even more, a divisive war that many Americans didn't agree with, dozens of shady 527 groups to spread lies about the President, and he STILL lost. Pretty impressive, or pathetic, whichever way you look at it.

Sacrifices Needed On Both Sides

Greenspan Calls for Social Security Fixes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan issued a fresh call to Congress Tuesday to move promptly to put Social Security on firm financial footing, warning that doing nothing would lead to massive budget deficits and cause the "economy to stagnate or worse."

Greenspan, in remarks to the Senate Special Committee on Aging, said the looming retirement of 78 million baby boomers will put a huge strain on the Depression-era retirement program and aggravate the country's already bloated budget deficits.

"Unless the trend is reversed, at some point these deficits would cause the economy to stagnate or worse," Greenspan said.

The Fed chief again endorsed a key part of President Bush's Social Security overhaul - to create private investment accounts - and said officials must proceed slowly in setting them up. But Greenspan also said that Congress must move ahead quickly to do other things to fix the retirement program's financing problems...
The deadlock that is currently taking place in Washington isn't helping anyone, Democrats or Republicans. Democrats are refusing to budge unless private accounts are taken off the table, and Republicans are refusing to continue with reform unless private accounts are included. So what is the solution? Unfortunately, this year, we might not see one, since everyone is already so devoted to their partisan beliefs it seems unlikely anyone is going to budge anytime soon.

At this point, I'm ready to sacrifice part of my idealogy and accept the fact that private accounts are never going to get passed without Democrat support, and at the least Republicans need to acknowledge a combination of benefit cuts and tax increases might be the only solution to get them on board. What is more important, not having a tax increase or benefit cut, or not being able to create the private accounts? I'm willing to sacrifice some of my anti-tax increase beliefs, if given the opportunity to be able to start investing some of my Social Security funds into a private account. Are the Democrats willing to give up their strong opposition to private accounts, something that many of them have supported in the past, if we Republicans admit that raising the retirement age and $90k cap might be a good way to compromise? It'll be interesting to see.

Guest Bloggin'

I'm guest blogging over at Say Anything for the rest of today and tomorrow. Be sure to check it out!

(I'll probably be double posting on this blog what I post on his)

Wish me luck!

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Fightin' Side of Me

I hear people talking bad,
About the way we have to live here in this country.
Harping on the wars we fight,
And griping about the way things oughta be.
And I don't mind 'em switching sides,
And standing up for things they believe in.
But when they're running down my country, man,
They're walking on the fightin' side of me.

They're walking on the fightin' side of me.
Running down the way of life,
Our fightin' men have fought and died to keep.
If you don't love it, leave it!
Let this song I'm singin' be a warning.
If you're running down my country, man,
You're walking on the fightin' side of me.

I read about some squirrely guy,
Who claims, he just don't believe in fightin'.
And I wonder just how long,
The rest of us can count on being free.
They love our milk and honey,
But they preach about some other way of living.
When they're running down my country, hoss,
They're walking on the fightin' side of me.

Yeah, walking on the fighting side of me.
Running down the way of life,
Our fighting men have fought and died to keep.
If you don't love it, leave it!
Let this song I'm singin' be a warning.
If you're running down my country, man,
You're walkin' on the fightin' side of me.

- By Merle Haggard


So take THAT Hippie!