Friday, December 02, 2005

Going "Legit"

For some time, we've been writing simultaneously for this site and for a name-brand website with a large but somewhat single-focused readership. If only the day-job that pays the bills didn't take so much time, we could continue to post on both sites daily. But.

Blogging has been fun, and we highly recommend it for folks who find themselves shouting at the television, or the radio, or the liberal in the next office. Expressing your frustration as TRUTH and INTELLIGENT OPINION and ETHICAL IDEAS in a blog is more constructive - and maybe someone will actually listen.

If the big-boy website starts getting politically correct, we'll come back here. But for now, if you want to know where to find us, send us an email. And if you don't...

you will probably never miss us.

Setting the Agenda

It's inconceivable that conservatives should be depressed.

The economy is growing at a healthy 4%, and would be even better if it hadn't been hit by some 24 hurricanes this year, as well as supporting two expensive wars.

The mission is Iraq is almost complete, and when it is, we will have been responsible for establishing a democratic stronghold in the Middle East that is even now forcing its neighbors to emulate it by degree to keep their own people from rebelling.

Europe is once again finding out that appeasement leads to disaster. This is causing a shakeup in their governments that may may give them incentive to fix their own problems before we have to - once again - rescue them.

The stock market is approaching 11,000.

Canada's liberal government has fallen.

Christmas is coming and this year, it's going to be called "Christmas," not just a generic "holiday."

But conservatives are depressed. Why?

It's President Bush's fault. Well, of course. That's a given.

But this op ed piece in the Wall Street Journal has a good point. The President is willing to govern for results, not for popularity in the polls. President Bush pays no attention to the media, which prevents distraction from the administration's goals by snarky, silly, emotional, biased reporters cruising for a Pulitzer. But in declining to use the bully pulpit to set the agenda for public discourse allows the media to do so. And we all know where their natural tendencies will take them.

It's like campaigning. You've got to keep the message in front of the people. Right now, the message is driven by those who make their living dramatizing, sensationalizing, and horrifying stories to get market shares and readership - the media. That message is then being used by those whose living depends upon retaking governing power - the Democrats.

It's a dangerous combination.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Fighting Back for Christmas in Oregon

Lars Larson, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host broadcasting from Little Moscow (the president's nickname for Portland, Oregon), has joined the fight for Christmas. He and a group of local churches are making a stand in Pioneer Square, the meeting-and-greeting, Starbuck's-swimming, street-musician-infested, Macy's-facing public square in the heart of the city. Below is the press release we received (we added the festive Christmas colors):

Everyone is invited to join us as we begin a new tradition at Pioneer Square, “The Christmas Cross” sponsored by The Portland Area Christian Churches and the Lars Larson Show of radio station 750 KXL. When asked about the display Larson said, “we’re putting the Cross in the Square to remind people of the real reason for the season. Letting local government re-define the ‘Christmas Tree’ as a ‘Holiday Tree’ is an insult not only to Christians everywhere, but to other religions as well. You shouldn’t have to hire a lawyer in order to say ‘Merry Christmas.’”

The Cross will be on display in the Square from the morning of December 19th and available for viewing through Christmas Eve, December 24th 2005. The Lars Larson Show can be heard Monday through Friday from 11am to 2pm in Portland on Newsradio 750 KXL and throughout Oregon, Southwest Washington and parts of Idaho on 17 affiliate stations via the Radio Northwest Network.

This is why Lars gets so much hate mail in blue-state Oregon. And why the conservatives love him.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Keeping On Keeping On

Who decides the story of the week?

Absolutely nobody we know has recently changed his or her mind about the war in Iraq. Those who have backed the President and the troops in their efforts are unwavering. They intend that we finish the job. Those who opposed the war in the beginning still do. They want the troops home now. So why is the media reporting that support for the war is dropping, plummeting, tanking, as though we're on a free-fall toward a revolution?

The 24-7 coverage of this non-existent crisis mimics a campaign media blitz. It couldn't have been better choreographed if Dick Morris had designed it. Cindy Sheehan sells 100 books and we are told this represents a catastrophic drop in the president's approval rating. Four peaceniks who wanted to "dialogue" with the terrorists found themselves captured by them (is "duh!" a sufficiently concise response?), and we are told this demonstrates how much the world hates us because of our aggression in Iraq.

From what we can tell, the only Americans making this a big issue right now are the politicians in Washington. And we all know why they bluster and posture and whisper with their advisors about what position would be most advantageous on any particular day. The rest of the folks are just keeping on keeping on.

We need to find the media something else to focus on; sorta like distracting a two-year old with a favorite toy. How about the fall of the liberal government in Canada?

Naw, they aren't interested.

Maybe a good snowstorm would get their attention - they like to be filmed standing outside in bad weather...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Reality is Hard

A self-proclaimed delegation of lifelong pacifists who feel that the "occupation" in Iraq is a mistake travelled to that country ten days ago to prove that "dialogue, not confrontation, should help to bring about conciliation" in the war on terror.

So, how are they doing?

Four of them were kidnapped as they left a mosque in Baghdad.

Now the "occupying" Marines and their Iraqi trainees are going to have to rescue this "peacemakers team" from their own idealism. Literally.

Signs of Christmas

We've started looking for signs of Christmas. It's hard to find them these days.

The American Family Association reports that they perused the commercial ads from last Sunday's editions of two southern newspapers, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and the Memphis Commercial Appeal, looking for signs of Christmas.

Of the eleven major corporations placing 260 pages of promotional inserts in these newspapers, only one - McRae's/Belks - mentioned the word "Christmas."

The others managed to market all the accoutrements of the season in the most generic way. Imagine the contortions they must have gone through to avoid saying...

Christmas trees.
Christmas lights.
Christmas ornaments.
Christmas cards.
Christmas gift ideas.
Christmas candles. Christmas wrapping paper.
Christmas ribbon.
Christmas candy.
Christmas wreaths.
and of course, Christmas stockings.

I'm sorry. They are just NOT "holiday" stockings.

Guess they didn't want to offend anyone. Except the Christ-ians. But they're always fair game, being part of the oppressive majority against which the minority must always rebel. And if that argument doesn't work, how about this - Christians are, by definition, forgiving folks, and won't retaliate against ignorant offenses.

Of course, they can always choose where to spend their "holiday" money.

Do you want to know the ten companies that eschue the "C" word? Best Buy, Dell, Kroger, Lowe's, Office Max, Penney's, Sears, Staples, Target, and Walgreens.

UPDATE: It looks like Boston got a "Christmas tree" after all! The Nova Scotian donor of the annual tree said he would rather feed it to a chipper than let Boston rename it a "holiday tree." He got his way.

UPDATE TWO: The mayor of Encinitas, California, says his town is sponsoring the Encinitas Christmas Parade on December 3. "Somewhere, somehow - nobody seems to know who" -- had changed the name to the Encinitas Holiday Parade. The mayor changed it back. Now, the Girl Scouts Seacost Service Unit, the Leucadia Town Council and the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southern California have decided not to participate. Their loss.

UPDATE THREE: Speaker of the House Dennis Hassert has proclaimed that there will be no holiday tree, as it has been called in recent years, at the U.S. Capitol. "The Speaker believes a Christmas tree is a Christmas tree. It is as simple as that." Score one more for Christmas!

Monday, November 28, 2005

A Poll We Like

RT Strategies conducted a poll to find out how Americans feel about Iraqi war criticism spouted by the Democrats in Congress in the past few weeks. RT Strategies appears to be "fair and balanced," since the "R" is Thomas Riehle, a Democrat, and the "T" is Lance Tarrance, a Republican.

The question was, does criticism of the war by Democrats hurt troop morale? The answer was an overwhelming "yes."

In fact, 70% of the folks surveyed said that troop morale was hurt; with 44% saying morale is hurt a lot. This included Democrats, 55% of whom said the same thing.

Even more important for Congress to understand is that a majority of the folks don't buy the claim that the anti-war criticism is well-intentioned. They believe the motive is purely political.

Yep. So how about we all tell 'em to knock it off.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

One Marine's Words

We received this email and thought it worthy of printing in its entirety. We hope you agree...

I don't know if the war in Iraq is ultimately unwinnable, but what I do know makes me skeptical of those who say so.

I do know that since Vietnam, liberals have viewed every exercise of American military power (with the exception of those undertaken by Bill Clinton) as preludes to disaster. The very first question Ronald Reagan was asked at his first presidential press conference concerned El Salvador. The question: Did he think it was going to turn into another Vietnam? Democrats invoked Vietnam with every other sentence during the long and nasty controversy about aiding the resistance in Nicaragua. More recently, just days into the Afghanistan war, The New York Times ran a front-page lament calling that conflict a new "quagmire."

Liberals seem always to believe that America will lose its wars, and when it doesn't, that it should.

It is obviously deeply painful to contemplate the more than 2,000 American dead, and many others gravely injured in Iraq. And charities like Fisher House welcome concrete demonstrations of Americans' concern for military families. But one does not sense that members of the military share the belief so widespread in the press and Congress that the Iraq war is going very badly and that the original decision to fight was a mistake.

One Marine, Sgt. Todd Bowers, who did two tours in Iraq, described the attitude of many press types. "They didn't want to talk to us." Why? I asked. "Because we were gung-ho for the mission." Bowers, who was saved from grievous injury when a bullet lodged in the sight of his rifle (a sight his father had purchased for him), is chary about the press.

In his first tour, he noticed that members of the press were reluctant to photograph Iraqis laughing, giving the thumbs up sign, or cheering. Yet Bowers saw plenty that would have made fine snapshots. In Baghdad, Al Kut and Al-Nasiriyah, Bowers reported no signs of anti-American feeling at all among Iraqis.

Fallujah, of course, was different, as the city was a hotbed of terrorism, and the battle of Fallujah was one of the fiercest engagements of the war. During the battle, Bowers found himself sharing a ride with an embedded reporter for the AP. He was asked what he thought of the destruction. Bowers responded that it was "Incredible, overwhelming. But it definitely had to be done." He also stressed that because the enemy had fought so dirty, tough calls had to be made. Later, he saw himself quoted in newspapers around the country to the effect that the destruction was "overwhelming" as if he could not cope. He had also made some anodyne remarks about rebuilding the damaged areas of the city, and responded "Where to begin?" when asked about the plans. He was speaking of the water treatment plants, medical facilities, and schools American forces were about to help build, but his comments were offered as evidence of the futility of the situation -- the very opposite of th is eager Marine's intent.

There was plenty of progress to report, if the press had been interested. When the battle of Fallujah was over, the Marines set up a humanitarian relief station in an abandoned amusement park. Together with Iraqis locally hired and trained for the purpose and with an assist from the Iraqi ministry of the interior, they distributed rice, flour, medical supplies, baby formula, and other necessities to thousands of Iraqis. For six weeks, Bowers reports, the distribution went beautifully, "like a well-oiled machine." Not worth a story, apparently. Only when something went wrong did the press see something worth reporting. A small group of Iraqis were turned away from the food distribution point, though they had been waiting in line for hours. They were given vouchers and told they could come to the front of the line the next morning when supplies would be replenished. These few unhappy souls were then besieged by press types eager to tell their story.

At the same site, the Marines had repaired an old Ferris wheel. The motor was dead, but when two Marines pushed and pulled by hand they could get the thing turning to give rides to the children of the Iraqi employees. They did so for hours on end. A photographer from a large American media company watched impassively. "Why don't you take a picture of this?" demanded one Marine. The photographer snorted, "That's not my job."

Mona Charen
November 25, 2005

If the "official" media won't tell the real, true, and complete story of our troops' work to free and stabilize Iraq, it becomes our duty to do so. Pass it on.

Friday, November 25, 2005

It's All "Academic"

Doing her part to indoctrinate America's youth on social issues of the past and present, the professor of Anthropology 380 at our local university showed a "documentary" called The Fog of War last Monday. This film depicts Japan as victim of American aggression in World War II. Showing footage of bomb-ravaged Japan after the war, the narrator claims that the only reason American soldiers were not tried for war crimes for the wanton destruction of an innocent and beautiful culture was because they won.

The conservative student who reported this to us said that his classmates were in tears by the end of the film. In the discussion that followed, there was general condemnation of the United States and a demand that our military stop killing and maiming the people of the world just because they “disagree with the American way of life.”

They would likely be in agreement with Chris Matthews, who just a few days ago lectured, "If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil -- they just have a different perspective."

Our student friend was furious. He wanted so much to remind his classmates that the United States didn’t start that war, and that many American lives were lost liberating Europe and stopping Japanese suicidal continuation of a lost cause. But he was concerned that he would be quite alone in his viewpoint and wasn’t sure he could handle the entire class by himself.

He also couldn’t remember how many Americans died in WWII.

We helped him out. It was 407,316. That was 1 of every 327 Americans.

We hope he writes in that answer on the test. Just for a little perspective.

Not only are the liberals rewriting history in the war on terror, they’re rewriting it all. And most of the kids believe the lies. "Whoever controls the youth, controls the future."

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