Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thank You

I want to say, from SR and I, a heart felt thank you for all your prayers, comments, emails, calls, visits, flowers, and anything I may have left out. Our little son has been through a lot and has some more to go through. Instead of getting the all-clear after the ultrasound on his kidney we were told that he would need to go to the Children's Hospital in Milwaukee to see a specialist.

The only reason I can think of for that is that he needs to have surgery. So I ask that you pray that the trip to Milwaukee ends up being a waste of time and that God takes care of his kidney. The Lord has already seen him through so much. He healed his heart, he saved him during delivery when the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, he answered our prayers on the possibility of Downs Syndrome, and I firmly believe he will also be there for Crichton on his kidney.

One thing is for sure, God has a plan and he has been actively protecting our son. Having six children, we have only had a scare with one of the others and nothing that approaches the almost constant challenges Crichton has already had to endure. It has brought me closer to the Lord. It has also caused me to ponder the fact that we would do anything for our children. Why do we often assume God would do less? After all, he is perfect and doesn't have to contend with the short comings us humans have.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Baby Has Finally Arrived

We are happy to announce the arrival of our newest son, Crichton. SR and baby are both healthy and resting. Crichton arrived at 3:45 PM and weighed 8 pounds and 10 onces and was 21 inches long. Despite the fears he does not have Downs Syndrome. We would have loved him either way, but we thank God for answering our prayers. Here is a photo of our little one.



As I will be taking care of the kids and SR, posting will be light, but I will try and get something up every day.

Catholic Prayers


Good St. Gerard, patron of mothers, assist me in thanking God for the great gift of motherhood. During the months of my waiting, I learned to call upon you and placed the safety of my child and myself under your powerful protection. The great lesson of your trust in God sustained me; your slogan, "God will provide," became my hope and consolation. I thank God for a healthy and normal baby and my own good health. Help me to prize the great treasure of motherhood and obtain for me the grace to raise my child as a child of God.

In gratitude, I will continue to call upon you and will tell other mothers about their special patron and friend. Amen.
For SR.

Headed To The Hospital

We are about ready to head out to the hospital. Today is the day that baby makes his entrance into the world. DR will send out a post later tonight to let everyone know how everything went. Posting may be light over the next couple of days, but we will back in the saddle as soon as we can. I pray God blesses all of you and keeps you all safe.

Walker Allies Take To The Airways

In an apparent defensive move after an obvious poor performance in the debate yesterday from Scott Walker some of his supporters have taken to the airways to mount their attack on Mark Neumann. Trying to use Neumann's company for taking jobs that are paid for by stimulus money is a poorly thought out move.

No business can afford to, nor should they be expected to, not take jobs paid for by stimulus money. For one, the stimulus is a done deal; its purpose was to create jobs. We are already paying for it now let it go to its purpose. For another thing alternative energy is the liberal push and part of our future.

Attacking a solar company for taking jobs paid for by stimulus monies will not look good to independents and moderates who have conservative and liberal leanings who wish to vote Republican. Alternative energy will be a huge issue for them and will see the Walker/supporters attacks as an attack on their agenda. Great way to lose votes!

Neumann has been very vocal on his opposition against the stimulus and if he had turned down those jobs he would have been an irresponsible business owner as he has employees that need to keep working. Should their families suffer from loss of work and pay because of some principle help by others who are not affected?

Another point they are using that makes no sense and means nothing, except that they are letting fear get the better of them, is that Walker gave part of his salary back. Great for him, except it is easy to give back when you are making more than the Governor himself. Try giving it all back; that would maybe be impressive. Boasting it just goes to show that it was a ploy and not a sacrifice.

Reaction To Last Night's Primaries

The biggest lesson we should learn from last night's primaries is that the polls are not accurate. In Alaska, where polling had Joe Miller behind by as much as 30 some points, it now looks like he will win. There was also a surprise in Florida governor's race. The bottom line is, don't vote based on polls. Always vote on principles and you will win, no matter what.

I want to congratulate Joe Miller on what I hope will be a victory. He stood up when Conservatives needed a true choice and the whole Republic will benefit if he wins.

I want to thank Karen Diebel for running and fighting for conservative principles. It is truly a loss for all of us that she did not win her primary race, however she ran a dignified campaign and hopefully will run again in the future.

McCain's win by a landslide shows that we have a lot more work to do before this party will be fully conservative. I was shocked at how may so-called conservative pundits and publications supported McCain after all of the times McCain has betrayed his oath of office by supporting legislation that violated our Constitution; like McCain/Feingold and amnesty. I have no doubt that once he wins re-election he will return to his RINO ways. Especially since, given his age, he will probably not run for re-election.

I hope our Party is taking these primary results seriously. We were told Marco Rubio had no chance of winning, yet he has now claimed the primary and looks like he is well positioned to win in November. I can't even begin how many people wrote Joe Miller off. Now he is on his way to possible primary victory and the establishment is in shock that once again substance has beaten incumbency.

Wisconsin's primary is September 14th; I know painfully late. I want to make sure our Wisconsin readers remember to get out and vote. I support Ron Johnson for Senate and Rebecca Kleefisch for Lt. Governor. For Governor I am rethinking my endorsement for Walker. SR has decided to endorse Mark Neumann.

I personally have been upset with Walker's total reliance on the Establishment and, in my opinion, ignoring the grassroots. He also refuses to put forward a detailed plan for fixing our state. I think he is taking a win for granted. The only thing keeping me with him so far is that he does have a conservative record as Milwaukee County Executive.

Founding Fathers Quote

And as to the Cares, they are chiefly what attend the bringing up of Children; and I would ask any Man who has experienced it, if they are not the most delightful Cares in the World; and if from that Particular alone, he does not find the Bliss of a double State much greater, instead of being less than he expected.

Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Neumann/Walker Debate

After watching the debate between Mark Neumann and Scott Walker I definitely believe that Neumann won hands down. It was obvious from the constant barrage of questioners alleging that Neumann wasn't answering the question to their satisfaction that they were Walker supporters and liberal leaners. The problem is that he was answering their questions in great detail, unlike Walker who answered with stories and what others had done with just enough shadowy detail to make it all sound good.

Neumann has put out, very specifically, his plan and stands; there is no question where he is coming from. He has published a book of those details that you can download free of charge making this information widely available to any voter who takes the time to read it.

Take, for instance, his plan to give every Wisconsin property taxpayer a break on their 2011 property taxes (they won't pay them) if they agree to start paying their property taxes monthly beginning January 2012. Walker, who doesn't seem to be able to grasp the concept maintains that it is not a tax break because the property taxes don't go down. Neumann never claimed property taxes would go down, he called it a tax break, which by my understanding if you get a year off it is a break. Yes, funding will come from elsewhere, which is already figured in, and yes you will have to pay the going rate in 2012, but the taxpayer still gets their year off.

Walker has been unwilling to commit to much of anything so far. It is almost like he feels he has the election in the bag just because he has the establishment in his pocket; like he doesn't have to do anything but just ride it out. His smug looks during the debate prove that, to me. Well, this much I know; polls show all the time candidates behind by up to 30 some points and everyone is shocked when they pull off solid wins. Polls are significantly skewed all the time to sway voters and this gives people a false sense of what the election results really will be.

Sure Walker has a conservative record so far, but that does not tell us how he would govern the state and since he has obviously let the establishment into his pocket and has become very tight lipped on just what he will do and how he will do it I am left to wonder. His lack of commitment, quite frankly, makes me feel like I might be getting another George Bush if I voted for Walker and he seems unwilling to do anything to make me feel any differently.

Personally, going off of Walker's silence during the campaign and seemingly minimalist participation during the debate as opposed to Neumann's openness and very detailed, conservative stands I will most likely be voting for Neumann in September. I think that those trying to make it look as if Neumann was avoiding their questions and not providing details had it backfire on them. By doing this they inadvertently gave him much more time to speak than Walker ended up with. It gave him more time to get his message out and he looked good for it.

So-Called Pundints Seem To Have Foot-In-Mouth Disease

I am amazed at how many so-called pundits time after time put their foot in their mouth, like it is some disease the cannot control, when it comes to Conservatives and their ability to win elections. Quote after quote these talking heads bellow on about how conservatives don't have a prayer of winning, they recite obviously skewed polls, take truths and recite them in a manner that makes them appear as negatives, and spew media falsities over and over without ever researching the truth.

My question is this, how do these people keep collecting a paycheck or being allowed to contribute? They literally put down in writing their absurdly fallacious inaccuracies and show over and over that they don't know what they are talking about, but for some reason someone still signs their paycheck?

How do I get one of those jobs? Where else can you make a complete fool of yourself and those you work for by taking positions that cannot be further from the truth and keep your job? Never mind, I don't want anything to do with looking like an ignoramus to the world. I would like to think that some of these sites would hold their contributors more accountable for their conjectures.

"But Miller's campaign has struggled with fundraising, bringing in only $68,000 in the month of July, and the most recent polls also show he' s a long shot by at least 30 percentage points to defeat Murkowski." - Politico

"If those results hold, tomorrow’s what-it-all-means media spin — Establishment Crushes Insurgents! — is set in stone." - Hot Air

It has also recently come to my attention that many times when their foot-in-the mouth disease displays itself publicly that the evidence mysteriously disappears. How convenient that delete function is.

I think it is about time people stop taking these right-place-right-time misfits so seriously and see them for the fallible humans they are. Unfortunately, many voters read what they are writing and mistakenly think they know what they are talking about instead of taking the time to research the truth for themselves.

Pence Joins Call For Geithner, Summers Resignations

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, released the following statement today joining Republican Leader John Boehner in calling for the resignations of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the Director of the White House National Economic Council Larry Summers:

“The economic policies of this administration have failed and President Obama
needs a new economic team. I join Republican Leader John Boehner in calling for
the resignations of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Director of the
White House National Economic Council Larry Summers.

“This
administration is out of ideas to get this economy moving again. With
unemployment hovering near 10 percent the only solution from President Obama’s
economic team has been more spending, more bailouts and more takeovers.

“It is time to start over with a new economic team that listens to the
concerns of the American people and puts pro-growth policies in place that will
get the American people back to work and the economy moving again.”

Catholic League News Release

August 25, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY:
MOTHER TERESA RALLY


The Catholic League rally to protest the decision by officials from the Empire State Building not to honor Mother Teresa on the 100th anniversary of her birthday will begin tomorrow, August 26, at 6:00 p.m. The staging area for speakers will be at 34th and 5th, but everyone is being asked by the NYPD to enter at 34th and 6th, and then work their way up the street.

There will be a spot for the media cordoned off right near the staging area. There will be many speakers, beginning with Jackie Mason and ending with Curtis Sliwa.
Jeff Field
Director of Communications
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
450 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ron Johnson On Hannity Tonight

Ron Johnson will be on Hannity tonight at 8:30 pm Central discussing the state of the race. Please tune in to learn more about Johnson or just to show your support

Way More Vacation

The Johnson Family



This is another reason why Ron Johnson will win this November. He is just one of us. I think we have all had our fill of career politicians and their perfect ads full of fluff and no true substance or principles.

Founding Fathers Quote

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.

Samuel Adams

Fox News Interviews Joe Miller



Get Out And Vote!

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)


RSC Update: Monday, August 23, 2010

From the Chairman
When ObamaCare became law five months ago – and throughout the year-long debate leading up to it – Democrats promised that it would both reduce the cost of health care and decrease annual spending deficits. Most of the country quickly recognized the speciousness of these claims, which are based on gimmicky budget projections that do not reflect reality. Even so, that never stopped Speaker Pelosi & Co. from promising a skeptical public that ObamaCare would save money – until now.

Last week, Democrat strategists urged their party not to make these claims anymore. This is a huge change from five months ago. Even Democrats are beginning to admit ObamaCare’s failure to reduce health care costs or lower the deficit.

With so many Americans still struggling to find work, policymakers’ first priority should be to instill confidence and encourage hiring and growth. We also cannot stand idly by while the agenda forced upon us by the current majority puts even more painful burdens on families and businesses. I remain committed to enacting true health care reforms, like H.R. 3400, that will empower patients with lower costs and better choices.

Sincerely,

Congressman Tom Price
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity – Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Reps. Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) and Scott Garrett (NJ-05): Makes No Sense to Keep the 800-Pound Gorilla of Housing Waiting; The Washington Examiner, August 17.

· Rep. Ed Royce (CA-40): U.S. Trails Behind Canada in Economic Growth; The Hill, August 23.

Outlook – Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals to advance their liberal agenda.
· This week, House Democrats are coordinating to push the message that they are fighting on behalf of small businesses. What they won’t mention is their record of supporting job-killing new taxes and cost burdens on small businesses via ObamaCare, a national energy tax, and other major tax increases set to take effect in 2011.

RSC Reports
· Each week, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

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Brad Watson, Policy Director
Natalie Farr, Professional Staff
Emily Henehan Murry, Professional Staff
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff
Jonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business Outreach
Alex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions
Ryan Murphy, Communications Director
Brian Straessle, Deputy Communications Director
Curtis Rhyne, Research Assistant
424 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
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Catholic League News Release

August 24, 2010

MOTHER TERESA RALLY SPEAKERS

The following are confirmed speakers for Thursday's rally:

Bill Donohue, president, Catholic League
Comedian Jackie Mason
Attorney Raoul Felder
Dr. Uma Mysorekar, president, Hindu Temple Society of North America
Joe DioGuardi, president, Albanian American Civic League
New York State Senator Ruben Diaz
New York State Senator George Maziarz
Rev. Michel Faulkner, president, The Institute for Leadership
New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile
New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.
New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez
Esad Rizai, president, Albanian American Society Foundation
Beth Gilinsky, president, Jewish Action Alliance
Lionel, PIX news commentator
Deal Hudson, president, Catholic Advocate
NYPD Detective Steve McDonald
Deacon Kevin McCormack, co-host of "Religion on the Line" WABC
Curtis Sliwa, founder, Guardian Angels

The rally begins at 6:00 p.m., August 26. Enter on 34th Street and 6th Avenue, and please wear blue and white.


Jeff Field
Director of Communications
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
450 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Matters Of Privacy Are Not Nicities - Airport Security Resembles Legalized Rape

This is a subject that I am really passionate about. In fact I so disagree with the perverted and intrusive body searches and naked body scanners I have forever given up my dream to someday visit Ireland and parts of Europe. I will not willingly participate in the mass rape of people forced to make a decision to traveling and being violated.

I don't care what any liberal's justification or downplay of this intrusion of privacy is it is wrong. Not that it wasn't bad enough already now they are going to switch from back-of-the hand to palms first body searches? This is turning into nothing but legalized rape of people who may not have a choice but to fly.

I will say this; there is nothing in this world, not even a death in the family, that will get me to willingly subject myself to this immoral abuse of power. I don't swallow the BS that it changes anything about security and that security is their focus with intrusions like this. Don't for one second think that your scans are not saved, that being negatives they cannot be developed into an actual pictures, and that the people viewing this information and conducting these pat downs are not getting something out of it.

I would love to see a movement in mass of people who refuse to be abused anymore just for the privilege to travel. If airlines suddenly lost their pants financially because people refuse to be legally raped anymore things would change, that much is certain.

Campaigning With Obama

STRATFOR Video Dispatch: The Significance of the Caucasus

STRATFOR

At Home Nesting

Well, I finally get a break from my grueling schedule. I have worked my tail off during one of my most difficult pregnancies and now I am home for a well deserved rest before baby comes on Thursday. Unless he makes his entrance before hand I go in Thursday to be induced. Despite all of his health issues, and mine, I believe he is a strong fighter. He seems to be big, strong, and very healthy (he should be judging from all the kicking and punching I have endured from him having so little room to move around now).

I am going to try and take advantage whenever I can and catch up on some posting. I have missed it greatly. I always come across some story or thought that I say I want to post about, but I either end up not having the time or energy to actually sit down and do it. Because of my management position and its constant demands I am only taking a 3 week maternity leave so I have a lot to catch up for and a very short time to do it. So, here goes!

Da Bear Being Da Bears

Well, that time of the year is here again. The Bears are up to their usual poor performance on the field again. Once again, they have a great QB and once again they have nothing else. How long until they throw Jay Cutler under the bus like they did with Grossman?

How long until people start admitting the obvious? It is not the QB's, it the coaching. I have been saying this for some time. Now I am going to come right out and say this: Lovie, you have out stayed your welcome and your usefulness. There, I said it. Anyone that can't see that he is not longer effective as a coach has blinders on.

He has become complacent and comfortable and the poor performance of the team, and lack of an offense and defense, is all the proof you need. I say it is time for Lovie to go; by choice or not, but it is time to go. It is time to find a fearless leader who will whip this team back into shape and get them the tools they need to start winning again. Someone who will demand the right players in the right positions so our QB can finally get the job done.

You can't play football by yourself, you have to have someone to block for you and you have to have someone to catch your throws. I want to see Da Bears back on top again and I believe there is only one way that is going to happen. Good bye Lovie!

Watching last night's rerun of their second preseason game was painful. I felt like I was watching a high school football team trying to play against an NFL team. They seemed weak, incapable, and unable to work as a team. Where is the cohesion and sacrifice? I will tell you where; it doesn't exist for the Bears anymore because key people don't have the ability to make an NFL quality team.

Take Jerry Angelo, for example. Who in their right mind gives a player like Julius Peppers that kind of contract for that kind of money? Sure Julius was a great player and is still good, but his age is going to be more and more of a factor in his performance; whether he wants it to be or not (just look at Brett Favre for proof of that). Does Angelo really believe Peppers will be around in six years, and is the time that you do get out of him worth the insane salary contracted to him when it could have gone to obtaining a real team? What good is it to have Jay Cutler and Julius Peppers if they don't have any team players that have the willingness and ability to sacrifice for the team?

Urlacher has been pretty much useless as of late; injured again. And, where on Earth does Hester disappear to all the time? I noticed his skills and ability burst for a few bright, shining moments and then he was gone again. I was elated to see Foster's 89 yard run; what a great effort, that's the way to do it. But we cannot win with a few bright moments and a game chucked full of incomplete passes, a line who allows their QB to be completely molested on the field, someone who can't snap the ball off the ground, and grotesquely off timing.

We need an offense, we need a defense, we need a GM who can get us the team we need, and we need a coach who can lead that team to the Super Bowl.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Thomas Paine Of Our Time?

This video could be Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" of our day and time. Adam Kokesh was inspired by powers greater than those on this Earth when he penned this speech. This is the kind of patriotic hero we need today with an out-of-control, abusive, tyrannical government penetrating every private area of our lives and treating us like slaves unworthy to have any control over our own destinies. Heroes like Adam are not the extremists; the extremists are the politicians in DC who have forgotten who WE THE PEOPLE are.

Schools And Government Need To Get Out Of Sex Ed

Sex Ed is a subject the government and schools have no business putting their noses into. This is an issue that is a personal and private decision of an individual and of the family. It is the decision of the parents if, when, and how to teach their children about sex.

Schools have done nothing but muck up just what an education is and is turning out drop outs and under educated young adults at an alarming rate. Their high school diploma, anymore, only means they may understand liberalism, art, community, and how to prostitute themselves, but when it comes to understanding real history and basic curriculum that relates to real life they do not have the skills they need to be productive contributors to the American society.

Then there is the government who knows nothing about restraint, budgets, the Constitution, rights of the private citizen, or freedom and they are the last ones who should be involved in any decision on teaching sex to children.

I say, when it comes to decisions that involve our private lives the government and schools trying to sap taxpayer funds need to back off. The motives of an entity so determined to stick their nose into what goes on in a child's pants are going to be anything but honorable.

h/t: WisPolitics.com