Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11, 2001 - A Reflection

I was a junior in High School. My dad was supposed to fly that day. I was in English class when I learned about the attacks. I remember running to call my mom, worried about my dad. His flight was cancelled. Thank God. She pulled me and my sister out of school, in fear of more attacks. We spent all day watching the news and asking why. I remember seeing ordinary people step up and help teach others, myself included what courage and sacrifice truly means. I discovered true pride in my country that day. Although evil tried to tear this great nation apart, the opposite happened. We became united and become one voice declaring strength in love.

September 11, 2001 is a day I, like most Americans, will never forget. I didn't lose anyone personally that day, but it felt like I did. My heart went and continues to go out to all those that lost lost ones that day and the days that have followed. As our country continues to move forward, we can look back and see just how far we've come. Ten years may be a long time in some standards, but that day still remains strongly kept in memory. I no longer mourn the devastation that shook the nation. A friend of mine shared a hymn from his church that I think else has the power to say that which needs to be said. The hymn is called "Come, Come Ye Saints".
Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard? 'Tis not so; all is right. Why should we think to earn a great reward If we now shun the fight? Gird up your loins; fresh courage take. Our God will never us forsake; And soon we'll have this tale to tell — All is well! All is well!
I have created a video that I would like to share with the song in its entirety. I know that there is a God. I know that he watches over our nation like a father watching over his son. In the days sense 9/11, He has blessed beyond our understanding. He did not forsake us then, and He will not forsake us now. As the sun rises, remember "All is well! All is well!" May God bless you, and continue to bless the United States of America.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Reagan Library MSNBC Republican Debate

I have a hot cup of coffee ready to go and my mind is racing about last nights debate. If you didn't get a chance to watch it, just scroll down and enjoy. The entire video is up and ready to be watched! There were several things I enjoyed about last night. Cain's 999 deal. Every time I heard I just could him say $9.99!!!!!! Over and over and over again. The Romney v. Perry jabs, with of course Paul in the background trying to take on both of them, which appears to have led to a physical match with Perry. The total lack of care about Bachmann, I mean really? Who actually does?! The great one liners that Newt brought to the table. And of course Santorum and Huntsman both trying to remind everyone they are there too. So let’s break it down and see how things played, shall we? The order, at least the first three, reflects my current favorites, in order.

We have to start with him. MSNBC sure did, and so did most of those on stage. I will be the first to admit I was disappointed to see him, at first. I’m a Texan, and the wildfires are literally in my backyard. There are days when the smoke from the fires is over powering. I had wanted Rick Perry to stay in Texas. To do his job as Governor; but, I realized shortly into the debate, that a leader doesn’t have to be at post 24/7 to lead. Just like Bush and Obama. And skipping the debate could do more harm than good. McCain anyone? So how did he do? Good. He came in second place. Not bad once you consider this was his first real debate. He’s not the perfect candidate by far, and he does have some things to answer for, but for the most part he was strong and Presidential. I would like to find out what was said between him and Paul during the commercial break. He stayed strong even though everyone was gunning after him. One thing I was deeply impressed by was his courage. He didn’t shy away from social security and capital punishment, which you could see clearly disgusted Brian Williams. He stumbled on some things, but time is on his side. He can learn from this and become an even bigger target. I would imagine tonight did him some good.

I don’t say this lightly, and those that know me may be surprised by this. But, Romney won this debate. He was the most Presidential out of the bunch. He was prepared, elegant, and confident. The issues that could hurt him, he didn’t back down or sly away from. He actually made me even see that a Romney ticket wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Props to him. Romney is still a RINO in my opinion, but with the right VP he would do a lot of good for this country. I was most impressed with him when he saved Perry. He was given a golden opportunity to jump Perry, as everyone else had done. Perry was visibly becoming upset, and Romney could have “finished him” so to speak. But instead, he was Presidential. He picked Perry back up and slammed his fellow conservatives for allowing MSNBC to start a fight. Good one. The rest of the night was Romney as usual. He’s a good debater and is intelligent, and tonight was different. He did go after Perry, especially in the first hour, but I never once felt like they were bickering or arguing. They were debating. It’s going to be down to these two, and I’m ok with that.

This man is brilliant. I don't think he stands a snowballs chance in hell, but you can't take away Newt from Newt. He's found his niche. He relentlessly went after MSNBC and the MSM as a whole. I absolutely loved that one of the first things he said shut up MSNBC pretty darn quick. He's got balls of steel. If anyone, aside from Romney's saving Perry moment, was the team player aka GOP cheerleader (in more ways than one) its this guy. I imagine even he understands he wont President, but he does a great job of making sure people stay on topic. Perhaps he could best be summed, Angel in the Household. You know, minus the whole playboy stuff.

The Others
Let’s face it. Nobody else on the stage did a bang up job. Huntsman did shock me. He was almost like a different guy compared to his last debate. He was still boring, but at nowhere near as bad. Cain is a very smart man and I see him getting some type of cabinet position, but aside from economics, and maybe even immigration, he falls flat on his face. Santorum is a great guy. He’s smart and brings a lot to the ticket, but he just doesn’t have the appeal that a future President needs. He’s not inspiring. Obama would destroy him, even though he would be right. And Bachmann? It’s almost sad, really. I truly want to see strong conservative woman who isn’t polarizing. She’s just a toned down version of Sarah Palin, which is a bad thing. We will one day see a woman President, and I hope that day is sooner, rather than later. But it won’t be Michelle Bachmann. She has a lot of good things to say, but its rhetoric, the rest is just blunders I’m sure she regrets the second they come out of her mouth. Paul is a smart, smart man. And his campaign is being done fantastically. His ad right before the debate was amazing, and very well done. But Paul’s greatest strength is his greatest weakness. He’s extreme right. He makes me look moderate! He just doesn’t have the power to win the moderates and independents. And what was up with the taking away the AC for troops in Afghanistan. I mean come on, that worse than going after social security! I like Paul, but it just won’t happen.

They did a pretty good job. Out of all the debates so far, their format was the best. They obviously had it out for Perry and set it up to a Romney v. Perry night. They ignored the candidates request to not have a lightening round, but all in all, I enjoyed the debate and was happy with it. Heck even the SEIU commercial blasting the GOP was typical them and made me laugh. Thanks for a good night MSNBC.

So what are your thoughts? Am I completely crazy, and or wrong? Is Bachmann the one? Or perhaps Paul? Share your comments below!

I'm Back!

Long time no post! The summer was a lot busier than I had originally planned it to be. One class and work had me on campus more than four classes and work, but such is the college life. We've missed some great things in the world of politics since I last blogged. Rick Perry jumping into the race, last nights debate, Becks trip to Israel, unemployment, conservatives getting shafted, a lot of Politics as usual, and the now famous speechgate, just to name a few. But things have settled down some for me and last night/today was just to exciting not to blog, here within the hour I'll have my next blog up about the Perry v. Romney fight night, or as MSNBC likes to call it, the debate! This blog may have collected internet dust, but conservatism is alive and strong my friends!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Bill Maher = Douche

Does anyone actually like this guy? While we have boy-scout John Kerry running around trying to shut up the Tea Party, we have this guy going around thrashing an organized religion, and nobody says anything?!

...Mormons are not really Christians. You know, once America, which is a very Christian nation, finds that out, I think they’ll have a, certainly in the Evangelical part of the country, those folks, they will not be very fond of Mitt Romney.
Once they find out that Jesus Christ is like third in the hierarchy there. Really was about Joseph Smith. Actually, Mormonism is closer to Islam because in Islam Jesus is also a revered figure. He’s a wonderful prophet. He’s just not the ultimate prophet. You know, he’s like the middle act. He’s certainly not the headliner.”

Mormons, for all the other things that set us apart, believe first and foremost that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer...

Instead of listening to the village idiot, go to the Mormon webpage if you actually doubt they believe in Jesus. I'm not a member of the Church, nor am I the biggest fan, but I do believe that the Mormon church is a Christian church. I know many, many members, most of which are some of the most honest and genuine people I know. This guy makes me sick to my stomach.

Source: The Blaze

Thank You John Kerry

Thank you John Kerry. Yet again you have reminded America why you lost in 2004. His latest little crybaby act? He wants the media to stop giving conservatives air time. Seriously. You know, silence the opposition sort of thing. We haven't seen that before!

During a discussion of the debt deal and the economy on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday, the current Massachusetts senator and former presidential candidate lambasted the Tea Party and conservatives and the idea that they should be given “equal time” in the media. According to him, their ideas are so whacky that they don’t deserve air time...

Here's the deal. I'm not going to throw around words like facisism, socialism, what have you and give him the benefit of the doubt. But come on Senator, I hate Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann, and those winches on Morning Joe, but I don't think they need to be shut up. I don't think you, Mr. Senator, needs to be shut up (maybe fired next election, but I digress). Heck, I don't even think The One needs to be shut up, and he's the king of the airwaves!

Yet another example of what's wrong with politicians today.

Source: The Blaze

Feel Good Friday 8/5/2011 Part 2

This was such a touchy story I had to share it as well. As a sportsman, I take conservation and preservation very seriously. I find it amazing that people came together and saved this brave little guy. Survivor's got nothing on this turtle!

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A badly injured sea turtle that underwent a year of rehabilitation and innovative surgeries was released Wednesday by caretakers hoping he finds a mate and helps his endangered species prosper.

Andre, as the 177-pound green sea turtle is known, crawled into the water and swam out of sight before a crowd of hundreds of raucous supporters. He was near death when he was found split open and stranded last year.

“He has overcome obstacles, predators, food scarcities, cold winters – any number of things that may have ended his life – and he has survived,” said Dr. Nancy Mettee, a veterinarian at Loggerhead Marinelife Center who cared for Andre. “He’s really a miracle turtle.”

When Andre was found stranded on a sandbar on June 15, 2010, he had gaping holes in his shell, the result of two apparent boat strikes. More than three pounds of sand were inside him, along with at least a couple of crabs, a raging infection and a collapsed lung. His spinal cord was exposed, pneumonia was plaguing him and death seemed certain.

Any one of those injuries could have killed him, but his flippers were working and his neurological function appeared normal. So after beachgoers pulled him ashore on a boogie board, veterinarians began what became a yearlong effort to save him.

To help remove fluid and other materials and close his wounds, doctors used a vacuum therapy system. To help close gashes in the shell, Dr. Alberto Vargas, a local orthodontist, installed braces similar to those used on humans. And to fill in the gaping holes, doctors employed a procedure typically used to help regrow breast tissue in mastectomy patients and abdominal tissue in hernia patients.

All are believed to be animal firsts, and Andre’s supporters say the herculean effort was worth it.

Green sea turtles have persisted since prehistoric times, but are endangered today. Only a small fraction of hatchlings survive and even fewer go on to reach adulthood and reproduce.

Andre is believed to be about 25 years old. The hope is that he will swim off, mate often and help his species survive.

“Go out and live long and prosper and have lots of babies,” said Aaron Lichtig, a 40-year-old science teacher who was among those who first spotted the turtle and brought him to shore.

On Wednesday, Lichtig was among hundreds cheering the turtle on as he was loaded into an all-terrain vehicle, driven to the beach, set unto the sand and then turned loose to amble into the Atlantic. He hesitated at first, but was helped closer to the water by volunteers.

A moment later, he disappeared below the surface, only to pop his head up a few more times, delighting the crowd.

“It’s just an inspiration,” said one volunteer, 17-year-old Kelly Griffith, who wiped tears from her eyes. “Every turtle is special, but he captures hearts.”

Mettee could not bring herself to attend Andre’s release, calling it a bittersweet moment. She knows he could have been kept safe under her care and she fears what he could face in the wild, yet she knows he had to be set free. But after all these months of caring for him, she grew to know his every quirk, including the way he’d crane his neck to look when she was working on him.

“If it’s possible that an animal could know that we were trying to help I think that he did,” she said.

Andre’s survival has inspired fans across the world who heard his story or watched his round-the-clock webcam. More than 200 people from 25 different states and a handful of foreign countries sent in checks to be honorary adoptive parents. Children flooded him with mail, often addressed simply to “Andre the Turtle.”

The cards and notes were tacked by the dozens to a wall alongside an outdoor grouping of turtle pools at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, where some 225,000 visitors come each year.

One child’s simple words summed up the thoughts of many who came to wish the turtle well: “Good luck, have a safe trip.”

Source: The Blaze

Feel Good Friday 8/5/2011

This is so cool... U.S. Soldiers’ Lives Saved by a Toy Truck

On duty for his country in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Fessenden enjoys a unique hobby: driving a radio-controlled model truck his brother Ernie sent him. But with a little Army know-how, this hobby turned into much more recently when it saved six soldiers’ lives.

The little truck was used by the troops to run ahead of them on patrols and look for roadside bombs. Fessenden has had it since 2007, when Ernie and Kevin Guy, the owner of the Everything Hobby shop in Rochester, rigged it with a wireless video camera and shipped it to him.

Last week, it paid off. Chris Fessenden said he had loaned the truck to a group of fellow soldiers, who used it to check the road ahead of them on a patrol. It got tangled in a trip wire connected to what Fessenden guesses could have been 500 lbs. of explosives. The bomb went off. The six soldiers controlling the truck from their Humvee were unhurt.