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The Respect of the World

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-29 00:00:00
During this last campaign for the presidency of the United States, many Democrats echoed Jimmy Carter's sentiments that our Nation has lost the respect of the world.

For example:

[Jimmy Carter]
• Recent policies have cost our nation its reputation as the world’s most admired champion of freedom and justice.
• The United States has alienated its allies, dismayed its friends, and inadvertently gratified its enemies by proclaiming a confused and disturbing strategy of "preemptive" war.

[John Kerry]
• My fellow Americans: we are here tonight united in one simple purpose: to make America stronger at home and respected in the world.
• We need a President who has the credibility to bring our allies to our side and share the burden [...] that won't happen until we have a president who restores America's respect and leadership -- so we don't have to go it alone in the world.
• we can build an America that's stronger at home and respected in the world.

[Barack Obama]
• When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation [to] earn the respect of the world.

[Ted Kennedy]
• We need a president who will be a symbol of respect in a world yearning to be at peace again.
• with John Kerry and John Edwards leading us, we will win them again and again and again and make America stronger at home and respected once more in the world.

[John Edwards]
• [John Kerry] is a man who is prepared to keep the American people safe, to make America stronger at home and more respected in the world.
• But we can't do this alone. We have got to restore our respect in the world to bring our allies to us and with us.
• [...] that's how we can restore America's respect around the world.
• And the truth is -- the truth is, that every child, every family in America will be safer and more secure if they grow up in a world where America is once again looked up to and respected.
• And we're here to make America respected in the world again so that we can bring him home.
• Let's make America stronger at home and more respected in the world.

[Madeline Albright]
• Tonight, [John Kerry] will summon us all to join with him in a new mission, [...] to restore respect for America around the world.

[Al Gore]
• Wouldn't we be better off with a new President who hasn't burned his bridges to our allies, and who could rebuild respect for America in the world?
• I firmly believe America needs new leadership that will make us stronger at home and respected in the world.

I suppose it is natural for politicians to be so concerned about image. These politicians scream that the world doesn't like us without pausing to consider whether we are right or not in what we are doing. Thus, for the politician, it is not important to do the right thing; it is important that people like you. These are people that would cuddle with the likes of terrorists and despots (ie, Arafat, Hussein, Kim Jong Il) and somehow off-handedly dismiss the moral authority of George Bush.

Recently I saw Bill Clinton once again succumb to the ugly monster of narcisism when he showed off this new library to Peter Jennings for an hour. Toward the end, Peter told Bill that historians ranked his Presidency as 41st with respect to moral authority. Slick Willie lost it then. He ranted and raved and huffed and puffed before finally concluding that he didn't care what "those people" thought of him. Peter called him on that one. If there is one thing important to Clinton, it is his legacy and how he is remembered. Like his fellow liberals, he is more concened that he is well liked than he is in doing the right thing. Poor, poor Billy.

I don't care if the world thinks we are a swell bunch. I don't want to be the "bees knees," the "cat's pajamas," or any such popular thing. As the world's super power, it is to us to choose virtue over the love of the world. In the end, it is not the world to whom we will answer for our actions, but to our Creator.

Dan Rather Retires

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-24 00:00:00
Yeah, don't we wish. Rather is only quitting the anchor position he holds. He's still going to work for "60 Minutes" and "60 Minutes II."

Rather, 73, will become a correspondent for both editions of "60 Minutes," saying he looked forward to "pouring my heart" into investigative reporting.

Investigative reporting? Is he serious? We've all seen first hand is style of investigative reporting. He doesn't care about the facts now, he didn't care about the facts when he was a White House correspondent during the Nixon administration, and he never will care about the facts. Anybody that continues to take him seriously must be "tetched in the head" as we say in Texas.

Rather told The Associated Press that the guard story had nothing to do with his announcement.

"Everybody will have their own thoughts about this, but ... this was a separate decision apart from that," he said in an interview.

Hey, Dan, sometimes circumstantial evidence is the most damning. It's awful funny that this decision is so hot on the heels of your reputation being thoroughly thrashed.

"I'm sure one of the things that Rather was doing here was thinking about his legacy," Auletta said. "It must be frustrating for a guy like this who has spent 24 years doing this and building up his career to be tainted by an event that he didn't have control over."

He did have control over it. If he was responsible, he would've made sure the story was kosher even if he had no hand in it's compilation. But make no mistake, he and Mary Mapes had been working on that story for five years. He was complicit and he knows it.

Rather, whose Texas roots were evident in his folksy aphorisms, joined CBS News in 1962 and covered President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas a year later. He became a White House reporter in the Nixon administration and his combative style was captured in a memorable moment when Nixon, at a news conference, grumbled to him: "Are you running for something?"

"No, sir, Mr. President," Rather shot back. "Are you?"

Is that supposed to be clever? And to borrow a phrase from the Ditzy Chicks, I am ashamed that Rather is from Texas. I'm also ashamed that the university I attend, Sam Houston State University, has a building named after Dan Rather. When I graduate, that'll make two things I have in common with Danny-boy. One, we're both from Houston, and two, we'll both have SHSU as an alma mater. Trust me, the similarities end there.

About his successor, Rather said, that "I hope it'll be somebody from the inside. But whoever it is will have my complete, unadulterated support and encouragement. Probably the best way I can help is to stay out of the way."

Can it be Brit Hume? Please? I won't ask for anything else for Christmas if they'll just pick Brit Hume.

Well, read the [entire article] for yourself, but I can save you a lot of trouble by summing it up this way: Old Media bad, New Media good.

UK Terror Plot Foiled

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-24 00:00:00
itv.com has a [short blurb] about 9/11 style terror plot being foiled by British security forces.

Honestly speaking, who thinks that all these failed terror plots would have failed anyway if Bush had not risen to the occasion and actually led the free world after 9/11?

How To Celebrate International Dead Terrorist Day

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-24 00:00:00
Being a new holiday, many people (i.e. nobody) have been asking how we celebrate this day. Good question!

In typical blogger fashion, nothing was ever really agreed upon except for the name, and even that was like pulling alligator teeth.

But never fear, friends. I, Dubya, will not leave you stranded on this day! If you want to celebrate International Dead Terrorist Day in fashion, try some of the following:

  • Send money to the wonderful fundraiser that buys pizzas for the Israeli Defense Forces at [pizzaidf.org].
  • Eat pork. Lots of it.
  • Have all your girl friends wear little bikinis and then burn some burkas. And then take some pictures. Not for me! For posterior, I mean posterity! Posterity... really.
  • Engage in Satanic Western Demon Ritual. In other words, engage in capitalism. Go buy an iPod or two, and if you wind up with extras, you can send 'em to Dubya, el Seco, and Hoodwink, c/o Rant Fever.
  • Contribute to the [Walter/Adam Fund], run by Kim du Toit. This helps our troops over seas get much needed equipment, such as sniper scopes and range finders. That way, when this day comes around next year, there will be even more dead terrorists to celebrate.
  • Buy a [Texas Terrorist Hunting Permit].
  • Throw a party. Y'all know how to do that.
  • Make sure all your liberal friends know that you are celebrating this day and ask them to join in the festivities.

Well, hopefully these ideas will make your IDT Day a little more meaningful and fulfilling. Happy Holidays!

William F. Buckley Turns 79

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-24 00:00:00
Happy Birthday, Mr. Buckley! On behalf of the Rant Fever commentators, we wish you all the best. We and many other conservatives appreciate your years of dedication to conservatism and offer our deepest gratitude.

Mr. Buckley, for those of you in the dark, is the founder of the premiere conservative magazine National Review (will that get me a free renewal on my subscription, NR staff?). He is one of the foremost columnists of today, and is the author of many books, most notably God and Man at Yale and his recent autobiography Miles Gone By.

One of these days I will shake Mr. Buckley's hand.

Declaration of Independence Banned!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-24 00:00:00
According to a [Reuters story] linked on [Drudge], a California teacher is suing the school district he works for discrimination. According to this teacher, a Christian, he has been barred from handing out American historical documents in class that mention God. This includes the Declaration of Independence.

This is going to make my head explode. It just proves that the current public school system is not interested in education in the least. What it is interested in is brainwashing our students with atheistic, pro-homosexual, pro-abortion, and Anti-American propoganda.

Just wait, this time next year California will have banned all mention of the United States in classrooms period.

The Maha Rushie said in a recent Limbaugh Letter that conservatives mustn't start thinking that they have achieved political dominance; there's still too much work to be done. He pointed out that the Old Media is still around (though ailing), and that the public schools were still in the hands of the liberals. He was right. This proves it.

Never give up, never surrender.

NCAA and BCS are Crap

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-23 00:00:00
You heard me. Crap. My mom would not condone that language but I said it. So, even though Texas is ranked fifth in the BCS standings it looks like they'll not get to play in one of the four major bowl games: Rose, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange Bowls. Some of the teams predicted to get in are Utah, Boston College and Miami. All of them would be trounced by Texas.

So why doesn't Texas get in, you ask? Well, it's called politics and stupidity. If Texas does not get one of those four Bowl games I will henceforth boycott NCAA sports. ALL of them. Including baseball and basketball. I'm sick and tired of Texas getting screwed out of a BCS game. Sick. And. Tired.

Guest Worker Program

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-23 00:00:00
So President Bush has decided to push his Guest Worker program now that he's reelected. Let the criticism games begin!

This is the exact opposite direction our nation should be heading when it comes immigration. So as a counterpoint to the Bush Immigration Doctrine I offer the Dubya Immigration Plan: provide the Border Patrol with M1 Abrams main battle tanks, Humvees equipped with .50 caliber machine guns, and AC-130 Gunships, and Army Ranger-style training. Anybody attempting to cross the border illegally will be shot.

When Mexican President Vicente Fox begins to complain, the newly militarized Border Patrol will begin bombardment of Mexico until the Marines can be mobilized to take over Mexico City, with the help of the Texas Rangers. Trust me, it'll be a cakewalk. It was a cakewalk in 1846 and it'll only be easier nowadays.

Go ahead and criticize my plan as intolerant and cruel, but consider this: illegal immigrants knowingly break our laws, disrespect the rule of law, and undermine all of our social systems. They do all this while also putting as at risk to terrorist attacks. And Vicente Fox actively supports this passive assault on U.S. sovereignty. He is an enemy of the United States and Mexico, until they do something to stop this fiasco, should be treated as a hostile nation.

This is serious. This isn't some silly argument over the funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, this is the future and security of our nation we're talking about. Too many people have fought and died to protect this nation for us to allow this.

I'm adding this link to Michelle Malkin's blog where she has posted on Mexico's status as enemy of the United States. Read and enjoy.


Tag Line

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-22 00:00:00
"The only thing more extraordinary than the music is the man behind it: Ray Charles."

I watched Ray at the Alamo Draft House on Saturday. I was glued to the every scene and to the atmosphere the show created in the theater. Before buying my ticket, I wasn't familiar with the man's life story at all and only slightly with his music. Jamie Fox does his job and, yes, I agree with all the takers that his performance was Oscar-worthy!

I give it two thumbs up! Fine Holiday Fun!

Who's Who?

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-22 00:00:00

[Who] is considered "homeless"?

[Why] are they homeless?

[Check out] who's considered the BIG "meanies" to our nation's homeless population.

What [you] can do to help.

Microsoft: Corporate Bully

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-18 00:00:00
Well, the Wall Street Journal reports that yet another company is filing complaints about Microsoft's business tactics. Burst.com is claiming that Microsoft stole some of their web-streaming technology and then designed the Windows Media Player to be incompatible with software from Burst.

Folks, this is the way the Microsoft has done business from it's inception. Bill Gates isn't so much a computer genius than a business genius, or bully. Microsoft has from the beginning used other people's innovations for their success, whether acquired legally or illegally. MSDOS wasn't even created by Microsoft. Microsoft bought a program called QDOS from a guy who worked on computers in his garage and then made a success out of it.

Lawsuits will never bring down the monolith of Microsoft. They've already flaunted the law and rulings of the court system, and they'll do it again. If you want to compete with Microsft, you have to go the mattresses.

He calls me "Bessie".

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-18 00:00:00
Nothing like a roadtrip to our state capitol!! What is it about "getting away" that makes everything mo' betta? I'm headed to Austin tomorrow. My brother Blake lives there. Have a told you about him before?

1. He's the guy who tossed his ringing cell phone directly in to a glass of water while taking a nap. (The phone vibrated for 3 hours in that glass.)
2. He's the brother that tripped on the sidewalk, skinned his knee and developed a near fatal skin rash.
3. And lastly, this is the brother that got punched by a drunk guy late one night while crabbing with some friends. He then told his dear mother he got hit in the eye with a "wooden duck" to explain the blackeye.

He has the richest friends, but he's dead broke. He's never on time, but always worth the wait. He has a temper like a red head, which I never noticed growing up. But the stories he tells me...geez. He's the guy you want as Team Captain when you play "Army Ball". He's a smartie and good kid. I miss him. Too bad he won't be in town while I'm there. dang it.

X-Box and HALO/HALO 2

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-17 00:00:00
So, I took a driving job for Lee College thinking I would make enough money to finally buy an X-Box and the groundbreaking combat game "HALO" and it's sequel "HALO 2". I did indeed make enough, but the problem is that Lee College won't cut the check until December 22. That's got to be the slowest in history.

I think I'll sue Lee College on the grounds of mental and spiritual anguish. I'm having problems being kept away from HALO for so long.


Dr. Rush, Clinical Psychologist

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-16 00:00:00
Rush Limbaugh mentioned Post Election Selection Trauma (PEST) the other day and offered those suffering from this "disorder" free therapy. Apparently, those "traumatized" are distraught Kerry supporters living in South Florida. According to Sheila Cooperman, a liscensed clinitian with the American Health Association (AHA):

He’s trying to ridicule the emotional state this presidential election produced in many of us here in Palm Beach County. Who is he to offer therapy?

Now, does that sound nice? Really people, Rush offered a helping hand and gets riddiclued. Actually, I think that the charity is upset because they received "hundreds of calls and letters from gloating Republicans." How sad for them.

Read the full story [here].


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-16 00:00:00
According to the [Associated Press], the big three news networks met together in an open forum recently to

discuss and take questions about network coverage of the election, as well as the challenges posed by the rise of Fox News Channel, the proliferation of news across multiple media "platforms," and a public increasingly unwilling to plan around a fixed-time network newscast.

What do you suppose they mean by the "challenges posed by the rise of Fox News Channel?" What kinds of "challenges" are they facing? Well, consider the following cable and news ratings for 9/7:

Cable News Ratings For Tuesday 9-7-04 -

FNC: Total day: 1,141,000 -- Primetime: 2,735,000 / Hume: 1,677,000 / Shep: 1,783,000 / O'Reilly: 3,325,000 / H&C: 2,880,000 / Greta: 1,998,000

CNN: Total day: 558,00 -- Primetime: 998,000 / Cooper: 514,000 / Zahn: 765,000 / King: 1,288,000 / Brown: 941,000

MSNBC: Total day: 228,000 -- Primetime: 382,000 / Matthews: 502,000 / Olbermann: 466,000 / Norville: 310,000 / Scarborough: 370,000

That's right, you read correctly, Fox News Channel's lowest ratings kill both CNN and MSNBC's highest ratings. Period. Paragraph.

Then comes the rub:

The three said that while they hoped to resist a push into opinionated, "edgy" news that has been the hallmark of Fox News and other cable outlets, they realized that Fox's success reminded them that networks needed to adapt to the new media marketplace in several ways.

First off, "edgy" news? Riiight. Opinionated? Riight. Actually, Fox is pretty center. The thing is that from the left-wing point of view, even the center lies to the right. If the major networks want the success of FNC, they should try some objectivity as well as flexiblity. Will they ever learn? I think so. It'll be interesting to see how they finally adapt.

Dr. Condoleezza Rice Chosen

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-16 00:00:00
[President Bush] named Condoleeza Rice as the replacement of Colin Powell as Secretary of the State. In the words of the President:

During the last four years I've relied on her counsel, benefited from her great experience and appreciated her sound and steady judgment. And now I'm honored that she has agreed to serve in my Cabinet. The Secretary of State is America's face to the world. And in Dr. Rice, the world will see the strength, the grace and the decency of our country.

Colin Powell did his job and did it well. Furthermore, we will miss him. Will Condi do a better job? Am I glad to see Powell go since his politics aren't wholly conservative? Well, I won't answer those questions. So there.

I'll only share Condi's words:

[I]t is humbling to imagine succeeding my dear friend and mentor, Colin Powell. He is one of the finest public servants our nation has ever produced. Colin Powell has been a great and inspirational Secretary of State. It was my honor to serve alongside him, and he will be missed.

Night Clubs, A New Spiritual Den?

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-16 00:00:00
In a 1,220 word [article by Nekesa Mumbi Moody], AP Music Writer, Moody equates listening to crunk hip-hop music to a religious experience. In the author's words:

With its irresistible hip-hop beats and shouted refrains, crunk music incites a fervor in fans that's reminiscent of a religious experience.

"I would define crunk as more of a spirit," explains rapper David Banner. "Have you been to a Baptist church in the South? It's similar to that. ... It's that feeling in the club that gets you through life."

Thus, a feeling in a Night Club is what gets these people through life. How nice. But wait, there's more. Apparently, the music is less than godly:

But the Southern-based church of crunk also relies on R-rated chants and drink-and-toke party themes popularized by its leader: Lil Jon, a dreadlocked, metal-toothed producer.


While he may be a skilled producer, part of the madness includes getting crunk — which usually means getting at least a little drunk. Sitting in the label offices, Lil Jon and his Boyz offer up a fragrant marijuana blunt and a Crunk Juice tonic — their new energy drink mixed with top-shelf vodka. Not exactly standard interview behavior, even in the drinking and drugging music industry.

How is this a religious experience? I don't get it. But here is how I see it. If people really like this music, let them listen to it. I believe that people have every right to do what they want. But let us call a spade a spade. This is not a religious experience. High energy does not make a religion, nor does listening to high energy music make a religious experience.

The word [religious is an adjective]. It means, "having or showing belief in and reverence for God or a deity." This music neither demonstrates a belief in and reverence for God nor does it encourage such. Rather, it encourages other feelings: "Crunk music, it makes you just wanna lose your mind — just be free and wild out."

What ever happened to respecting that which is sacred? Or is nothing sacred anymore? I guess Ms. Moody and I don't see eye to eye on Crunk Hip Hop music.

Swish of her skirt, the light in his eyes

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-15 00:00:00
There's nothing like seeing 2 kids having their first dance as a married couple.

(I'll have a picture of them up shortly once I get it on cd)

Abinadi, promise to dance with me at my wedding.

I like the way you lead.

Here Kitty Kitty

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-15 00:00:00

Not only from last General Conference, but also this past weekend at Regional Conference, Pres. Monson chose to illustrate "coming to a crossroad", by quoting from Alice In Wonderland:

Let us not find ourselves as indecisive as is Alice in Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You will remember that she comes to a crossroads with two paths before her, each stretching onward but in opposite directions. She is confronted by the Cheshire cat, of whom Alice asks, “Which path shall I follow?”

The cat answers: “That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.”

We will all face "forks in the road"--career paths, religious pursuits, higher learning choices, relationship opportunities. We must seek the Spirit to ride shotgun, use faith to navigate and know that the Atonement is our "exit" if we get on the wrong highway.

Read The Writing On The....Plate??

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-12 00:00:00
I know that when my mother gets a little bit more "up in her age", I'll have to come by to visit just to sort through the junkmail, bills, and grocer ads so multiple piles don't accumulate all over the house and stuffed in drawers...wait a sec, I already do that!

As endearing as that is, I see other habits, besides hoarding junkmail, that disturb. Case in point: The "reminder notes" she leaves herself. Mainly these little notes are just first names of people she needs to call, things to pick up or do that day--words like "mow" or "noodles". Usually they're on post-it notes stuck to the kitchen counter or random sheets of torn paper that she's flipped over in efforts to recycle old reminder notes.

She's actually been known to Scotch tape them to her dashboard, lunch box, or purse because the "sticky" just isn't enough. What I'm beginning to wonder is if the location of the note is "key". If taped to her mirror, is a note to "pick up Trudy", going to remind her better if, let's say, taped to the front door? Would a note that's stuck to her purse that reads "library" serve her better there or on her dash? But then, on her dash are the reminders for school--"popsicle sticks" and "butter".

She has a system and one that I'm determined to crack! Why not take a piece of noteboook paper and make a list of all the things that come to mind throughout the day? Then once you complete one, cross it off? Why take the chance that they'll get blown off the counter, eaten by the dog or stuck to your pant leg unknowingly?

Chapter Two of my observation is how she leaves reminder notes for us, her children.

I have two words: Paper Plates.

I tried to recall the first paper plate note, but it's been going on for years now that it's hard to recall. She writes them on plates, I guess, because they're more catchy to the eye than a yellow post-it. It also gives her creative control, I suppose, if she wants to use Sharpies, crayons or Smileys to make the note more personal. It's like waiting for Santa some mornings to see if the note sitting on the bathroom counter or toilet lid is for me or my brother. Sometimes we get lucky and it's for both of us and there's money!!

This paper plate memo madness has infected me. I had a thought about Mark's khakis this morning and without a moment's pause I finished drinking my milk and reached for a plate! My brother does it too, usually with random numbers I can't tell if he's trying to add or subtract...

I'm scared if I point it out to her it will mess up our rhythm of getting things done around the house. For instance and on a side note, she used to call me "Doo Dah". One day I pointed out the nickname and that I like it. Since then she's stuck with "Bec". I screwed up something in her subconscious and I wish I could take it back! ;o) She never noticed calling me that before, but now it's gone forever. *sigh.

I love her quirks and the closer she gets to being a "senior citizen" makes them all the more evident!

Don't change, Mom. EVER.

Bumper Sticker

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-12 00:00:00
A few days ago, I saw a bumper sticker that read: "Vote like a Christian."

What does that mean, exactly?

Poetry Slam

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-12 00:00:00
I went to a Poetry Slam last night. I know what you're thinking: [What is a Poetry Slam?] I'm glad you asked:

Simply put, poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it.

Anyway, it was held at school. A lot of students participated. If I had known what it was like, I would have joined in the fray as well. I would have added to the mix the highest form of poetry known to man: the limmerick.

Sho' 'Nuff

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-12 00:00:00
In the [words of James Carville] (advisor to the Kerry campaign and former Clinton advisor):

If we can’t win this {dang} election, with a Democratic Party more unified than ever before, with us having raised as much money as the Republicans, with 55% of the country believing we’re heading in the wrong direction, with our candidate having won all three debates, and with our side being more passionate about the outcome than theirs — if we can’t win this one, then we can’t win {anything}! And we need to completely rethink the Democratic Party.

My sentiments exactly, [if you recall]. Personally, I think Mr. Carville makes a good point. Although, he is wrong about winning all three debates; the Democratic Party needs to rethink everything.

[Arianna Huffington] seems to think that it was the Clintonistas' (Shrum, Greenberg, Carville, and Lockhart) fault that Kerry lost in the first place. According to her article:

Only these Washington insiders, stuck in an anachronistic 1990s mind-set and re-fighting the ’92 election, could think that the economy would be the driving factor in a post-9/11 world with Iraq in flames. That the campaign’s leadership failed to recognize that it was no longer “the economy, stupid,” was the tragic flaw of the race.

Now everyone is pointing fingers. It was the public; it was the press; it was anyone but Kerry and the Clintonistas. Well, of course it isn't anyone's fault (yes, it was). Why would we blame anyone? (like those responsible: ie, Shrum) Everyone, let's all hold hands and sing camp songs of peace and harmony.

Ha! Liberals don't make much sense to me. So here it is, all you liberals out there, you can either accept your loss as your own fault and rework your party, or you can moan and groan and sing about the tear in your beer and watch your party wither away into insignificance. Either way, it's no skin off my back.

Note: the previous quote from James Carville was censored. This is a family blog, after all.

Where for art thou?

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-09 00:00:00

I'll look to like, if looking liking move:
But no more deep will I endart mine eye
Than your consent gives strength to make it fly. --Juliet


by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-09 00:00:00
I'm so glad I was able to be with Mark as he was ordained an Elder. My eyes instantly began to water and my mouth tensed to hold in the emotion as the last few years of him "growing up" in the gospel flashed through my mind.

He's come far from the little "Markus Parkus", as we used to call him. He's lived through some rough times and seen the error of his ways. He's willing now to make amends and continue on the path the Lord has seen fit for him to tread at 21yrs. of age.

Max Febbo did the ordaination. I always loved sitting with Max in my dark times. Some days I didn't have to say why and he would soften my unspoken worries and regrets. Max has been around for as long as I can remember. He pulled my mom through her darkest hours as well, dealing with all the times my dad forfeited his patriarchal rights.

Max has been a father figure to Mark and I. He has always sheltered us, literally, and fed us and kept a close watch on our well being. Though his own family might not always be intact or might not realize the precious gift Max holding the priesthood is, we Gardiner kids sure know.

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-09 00:00:00
Why is it that everytime we get a "cold" front in Southeast Texas people whip out their snow chains and wool sweaters? All us natives very well know it will be a clean 80 degrees by noon. Why ya front'n?

Down South is hungry for a BIG chill.

Re-vamping the Democratic Party

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-09 00:00:00
I've been saying this for a long time, although I don't think I've said so here before. Well, let me say it in this forum. In order for the democratic party to survive, it needs to rethink itself and its membership completely.

If I were a Democrat, I'd be afraid for my party. The Republicans have the Presidency, the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Governors, and a majority of the State Legislators. The Democratic party should face the facts right now: their party is in trouble.

Zell Miller has been saying this for a while. Now, in post-election America, others are starting to echo his words. Take, for example, what [Democratic strategist James Carville] said recently:

The underlying problem here is, there is no call to arms that the Democratic Party is making to the country. [...] We've got to reassess ourselves. We've got to be born again.

In the middle of the last century, the Republican party was in a similar situation. We had some extremists in our base. Luckily, we had reformers like William F. Buckly, who stood up and made decisive and fundamental changes in our base, thus establishing the foundation upon which some of our greatest leaders have arisen (i.e. Ronald Reagan and Rush Limbaugh). Right now we are in control. If the liberal left would like our success, they should take a page from our book and rid themselves of some of the extremists that they currently harbor. In the long run, it will save them.

"Esther" calls troops home

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-09 00:00:00
Let me tell you what I think about Ester. Go [here]. Then come back and we'll keep talking.

Recently in London, Madonna Esther was quoted by the [BBC] as saying, "I just don't want American troops to be in Iraq, period." Well, I'm sure glad she opined on the issue. The United States wouldn't know what to do without her political input. Ha!

But it was at this point that she really opened our eyes with some shocking news: "Global terror is in California." What?! She should know; she's an actress, sort of; she's been around Hollywood. It's no wonder she's in London. She's running away from "global terror." But wait! She also said, "There's global terror everywhere and it's absurd to think you can get it by going to one country and dropping tons of bombs on innocent people." I had no idea. I guess that campaign to destroy Canada won't work. Huh.

She really needs to stick to what she's good at: creating controversy by showing off her extremely unattractive body in risque` situations. Or even better, we can send her to Iraq where she can demoralize the enemy. For Pete's sake, we're tired of her demoralizing our troops.

Alaska Drilling and Low Gas Prices

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-09 00:00:00
Recently, House and Senate Republicans have said that they will be making the Alaska drilling an issue again early next year, according to [Associated Press writer, H. Josef Hebert].

Is it any wonder, consider part of the [White House energy policy]:

The NEPD Group recommends that the President direct the Secretary of the Interior to consider additional environmentally responsible oil and gas development, based on sound science and the best available technology, through further lease sales in the National Petroleum reserve-Alaska. Such consideration should include areas not currently leased within the Northeast corner of the Reserve.

And all of this comes as gas prices are just starting to fall. They are falling due to the world's supply of oil increasing. That's simple ecomomics, my friends, the cost goes down as the supply increases. The [AFP] puts it like this:

"Oil is down because the expectations are that inventories are rising and the US is finally recovering from the outages caused by Hurricane Ivan in mid-September," said Deutsche Bank analyst Adam Sieminski.

"OPEC's production is very high and global demand is probably slowing down because we had 50-dollar oil, and it scared everybody to death."

When we take how high the cost of oil got (over $50 a barrel), it is no wonder that the Bush administration would push for better energy resources at home. I'm with him all the way on this one. He'll have other obsticles to jump through later. I.E. "reviving nuclear power, preventing blackouts and expanding oil and gas drilling in the Rockies."

You fight the fights that you can win.

Goodbye Ashcroft, Goodbye Evans

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-09 00:00:00
It is a sad day. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Commerce Secretary Don Evans both [anounced their resignation] from the Bush cabinet today.

I will particularly miss General Ashcroft. He fought terrorism standing up. We have him to thank, largely, for the complete absense of terrorist attacks since 9/11. In his own words:

The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.

I'll add my feelings to what President Bush said:

John Ashcroft has worked tirelessly to help make our country safer. John has served our nation with honor, distinction, and integrity.

Absolutely, Mr. President.

God speed, Mr. Ashcroft.

So Funny. So Long, Arafat

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-09 00:00:00
[This] was so funny to me when I read it. So long, Mr. Arafat. You never deserved the Nobel Peace prize. Whoever gave it to you was probably drunk.

UPDATE: 11-11-2004 [Arafat is dead]. Can't say as I'll miss him.

Pulled Over For Naught

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-08 00:00:00
The other day I was driving from Baytown to McKinney. Around three in the morning in Ennis county I noticed a lot of police cars every few minutes. Of course, I was eventually pulled over. The officer told me I was speeding. For those who know me, you might be shocked. I was under the impression that the speed limit was 70. However, the officer told me that at night, the speed limit goes down to 65. Of course it does. My bad. But, he only gives me a warning. Not one minute later I'm pulled over again. This time I was in the left lane, and the left lane is only for passing. Who knew? Anyway, I got another warning. If you ask me (and I know you are) they were looking for someone and needed any excuse to pull people over. I guess I didn't fit the MO.

Guilty as charged: Admissions from the MSM Left

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-08 00:00:00
At a [TJCSGA Region II] conference this past weekend in Fort Worth, Bob Mong, Jr., editor of the [Dallas Morning News], spoke to us. At the end of his speech, he took some questions from the audience. Well, I immediately stood up and asked him about liberal bias in the main stream media. He hemmed and hawed for a while, trying to wriggle out of actually answering the question, but he eventually did say that the press has brought this perception upon itself. I thought that was a pretty large admission, although it was enveloped in a long list of excuses.

That the MSM is distinctly left-wing is obvious to me. Take, for example, the admission of a reporter of the Associated Press:

Senior editors at the BBC are understood to have remonstrated with their correspondent, Barbara Plett, over her "misjudgment" in revealing on air that she had cried when Yasser Arafat's Jordanian helicopter carried him away from Ramallah en route to hospital in France.

In her report, Plett said: "When the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry . . . without warning."

This article was taken from [The Jerusalem Post] (Who else would have the courage to critizice the AP?) Anyway, Barbara Plett goes on to whine about Isreal and lament the physical condition of terrorist Yassir Arafat with tears in her wee liberal eyes. Give me a break.

The charge: the main stream media is liberally biased.
We find the accused guilty as charged.

Post-Election Unity

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-05 00:00:00
Much has been said on the topic of unity now that President Bush has been re-elected. "What will Bush do to unite the country?" or "How do you plan to achieve unity and bipartisanship, Mr. Bush?"

I have this to say: Pres. Bush does not have to do anything to unite anybody. He does not have to bend over backwards to appease Democrats in an effort to appease them. Pres. Bush has received a mandate from the American public. The responsibility of bringing about unity falls not to Pres. Bush, but the Democrats. They are the ones who have been voted off the island, so to speak. They now have the choice of either working with Pres. Bush and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate, or continuing their petty politics of spite and hatred that they've subjected the nation to these past four years. If they choose the latter, it will sign their political death warrant.

A List of Losers

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-05 00:00:00
In the spirit of butt-headedness, I am now going to provide a list of people who, given the outcome of this past election, I consider to be insignificant, irrelevant, stupid, and just plain moronic. To the people on this list I say "I laugh in your face and fart in your general direction because you are loooooooooserrrrs and nobody listens to you."

Here goes nothing:

  • Eminem, for his anti-Bush video "Mosh" in which he claims to represent an army of voters poised to overthrow Pres. Bush.
  • Billy Joe of Green Day, for making "American Idiot" which is just a rehash of every other song he's made with anti-conservative lyrics. That is the worst song and video. Ever.
  • The Dixie Chicks. HA HA HA HA HA. LOSERS! 93Q Country in Houston STILL won't play you're pathetic music and Bush-hating rhetoric (although their cover of "Landslide" was pretty good)
  • Michael Moore. Need I say more? I think not.
  • Ben Affleck
  • Leonardo DiCRAPio
  • George Clooney. He was on my list of losers once he ruined Batman, but now there's more to it.
  • Ashton Kutcher. Who would listen that pothead in the first place?
  • Janeane Garafolo. What a hag.
  • Al Franken. Stuart Smalley is the biggest loser in the world.
  • Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Larry King, Wolf Blitzer (great name, though). People would rather look at a computer screen than watch you hacks on TV. Sucks to be you.
  • Robert Redford
  • Shania Twain, for making millions of dollars off of the American public and then maligning America in favor of Canada. I believe the word they use now is "heifer," so here goes: "We TOLD you, heffuh!"
  • Maureen Dowd. What a waste of ink and paper her columns are.
  • Cragg Hines. His only redeeming value is that he looks vaguely froggish, and let's face it, frogs are cool.Jacques Chirac. Now, he really is a Frog, but of the French variety, which are not cool.
  • The rest of the French losers who hate America (which surprisingly is not all French people).
  • Gerhard Schroeder and the German Left. You whackos! Don't you remember that Hitler was a socialist? Don't be socialist too.
  • Kofi Annan, Hans Blix, and the UN Security Council. LOOOOOOOOOOO-SERS, LOOOOOOOOOOO-SERS, LOOOOOOOOOOOO-SERS! Everybody join me in a round of the "UN SUCKS" chant.
  • The Baytown Sun, for endorsing Kerry like a bunch of girlie-men losers.
  • Tom Daschle. What a punk.
  • Noam Chomsky, because there's never a bad time to laugh in his face.
  • Osama bin Laden. I might write more once I quite laughing so hard.
  • Yasser Arafat
  • The woman on "The View," except for that hot tamale Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Too bad she's married to Tim Hasselbeck, a back-up Quarterback for the Redskins. I hate the Redskins.
  • The Washington Redskins, for losing their last home game before the election and making people think Kerry would win. They're no longer an interesting bit of NFL trivia. Losers.

Is this mean? Sure. But hey, I said it was in the spirit of butt-headedness. Feel free to add to the list.

Leftists Move to Canada

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-05 00:00:00
Drudge linked to a Reuters story, [here], describing a spike in traffic at Canada's immigration page immediately after the election.

Apparently, the apoplectic Leftists are so distraught over Bush's second term (as opposed to being distraught over Kerry's loss) that they are considering moving to Candada.

In light of this news, I am now organizing a non-profit volunteer organization to help these poor, woeful souls move to Canada. All you have to do is give up a few hours of your time to help these moonbats load their sofa and fridge into the moving van. It's that simple. Sarcastic and spiteful farewells are optional.

The name of this organization will be Communists to Canada Cultural Philanthropy, or CCCP (pun intended).

Robert Redford Moves to Ireland

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-04 00:00:00

So, Robert Redford said that if Bush won the election, he'd move to Ireland. In the spirit of brotherhood, radio talk show host Glenn Beck has decided to start a fundraiser to help Robert Redford achieve this dream.

This site [explains ] the fundraiser. You can only donate one dollar, but if you'd like, you can make a donation on behalf of your family members (one dollar per family member). Mr. Beck is attempting to raise approximately 1500 dollars, and the last I heard he's already received around 600.

I just love the generous spirit of Americans!

Fantasy Football

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-04 00:00:00
I'm excited. This is my first successful season as a fantasy football team. My team, the Baytown Barracudas, are currently in fourth place in the league of ten teams I'm in. I have a W-L-T record of 4-3-1.

But I find myself in the midst of a major decision The reason I'm as successful as I am is due to the outstanding performances of my two quarterbacks. One has done most of the work, while the other has come off the bench for select games and really racked up the points. Both of them are having really good seasons this year. So, does anybody have insight on whether or not I should start David Carr (HOU) against Denver or Drew Brees (SD) against New Orleans?

I really need a couple of wins to cement a playoff spot.

Fix the Poll

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-11-04 00:00:00
"Should Rip Torn have been acquitted on the DUI charge?"

  1. Absolutely, didn't you see the tape?
  2. No way, the prosecution didn't prove their case.
  3. Who is Rip Torn?

Answer number two presents the problem. If the prosecution doesn't prove their case, the result would have been an acquittal. So the answer should read "ABSOLUTELY, the prosecution didn't prove their case." And answer one should read "NO WAY, didn't you see the tape?"


You could change "prosecution" in answer two to "defense."


You could change the question to read "[s]hould Rip Torn have been convicted on the DUI charge?" In which case the answers would make sense. However, the question may not line up with reality.

Either way, it's no skin off my back. I just won't answer the poll. :-)

Election Success, A Mandate

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-04 00:00:00
You've all seen the results by now. President Bush won the day as follows:

Candidate Electoral States Won Vote % Votes
Republican Bush 286 31 51% 60,367,077
Democrat Kerry 252 20 48% 56,938,820

But if you look at the counties that Bush won, you get a better idea of why Bush has a mandate from the people.

All that red sure is pretty.

The Magic Word

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-02 00:00:00
Please let Justin reign with ABSOLUTE power.


Because I was describing my wedding dress to her...

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-11-02 00:00:00
She says:

We have what I like to refer to as "a different kind of friendship".I know our lives have never really ever been on a parallel path so to speak but we were still on the same freeway you know? You very well might be making an exit into a totally different place that I have nothing to relate to.

Bumpy times only help make me realize how much I rely on your voice daily/weekly/monthly/yearly.

I sometimes sit and think about the future. I think about you a lot and our relationship. No matter what happens in my life or yours, I've always had this warm fuzzy feeling that you will be there - FOREVER.

You are uncageable - is that a word? Well it is now. I know and have always known that you are going to do so many wonderful things in your lifetime here. It really has been an honor being your friend, your best friend at that.

I fear what the future has to bring for you and me both.

You are my touchstone, my sign to steal home, my diary, my rock - my very best friend.

Dang it see.....now i'm crying at work.


Election Day

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-02 00:00:00
This is a circus, my friends. I don't understand how the main stream media can start calling states before any actual count has been released. Don't count your chickens before they hatch, Main Stream Media.

The Drudge Report's main head line at 6:00pm today:


Tom Wolfe is right, "The liberal elite hasn't got a clue."

And what the heck are [these] reporters doing breaking Federal Court rulings? In a democracy, there is no place more sacred than the voting booth. Stay out, reporters!

Once Upon A December

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-02 00:00:00
I'll always remember that I met Ali once upon a December.

A vote for Kerry is a vote for Bin Laden

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-01 00:00:00
An [article from the NY Post] brings to light what Osama Bin Laden said in his surprise October video. To quote from the article:

Osama bin Laden warned in his October Surprise video that he will be closely monitoring the state-by-state election returns in tomorrow's presidential race — and will spare any state that votes against President Bush from being attacked, according to a new analysis of his statement.

MEMRI said radical Islamist commentators monitored over the Internet this past weekend also interpreted the key passage of bin Laden's diatribe to mean that any U.S. state that votes to elect Bush on Tuesday will be considered an "enemy" and any state that votes for Kerry has "chosen to make peace with us."

The statement in question is when bin Laden said on the tape: "Your security is up to you, and any state that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security."

Osama bin Laden is not in a good position to threaten us. All he can do is send us a video. Where are all the attacks since 9/11? Well, there haven't been any, thanks to our supperior work in fighting this war on terror.

I think it speaks volumns that bin Laden is a Kerry supporter. Why do you suppose that is? My friends, make no mistake, bin Laden is our enemy. Let's not give him what he wants: let's elect Bush president so that he can make sure that what bin Laden orchestrated on 9/11 will never happen again.

S-U-C-C-E-S-S Spells Success

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-11-01 00:00:00
In the words of [ejectejecteject]:

Afghanistan did not go to the warlords. It went to the polls. There were not one million refugees. Iraq did not produce 10,000 US casualties in house-to-house fighting, nor did it splinter into 3-way civil war as so many predicted. In three months, Iraqis will also go to the polls, and they, by all accounts, will continue their widespread support for secular candidates and repudiation of the extremists that are fighting so hard to terrorize and dishearten them. But the Iraqis are not terrorized. They are signing on for their army and police forces in the face of great danger. We owe those brave men and women something better than "wrong war, wrong place and wrong time."

Well said.