"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

Friday, August 28, 2009

Why sometimes its fun to be conservative...

I hope that I never come across as mean. I don't try to be, but definitely one of the more enjoyable parts about being conservative is reading through liberal nonsense and picking it apart piece by piece. Occasionally for fun, I go and read Huffington Post and try to post comments and inject some sense into that silly publication. Today was no exception.

Up at the top of their website, the have a WHOLE TAB devoted to Bobby Jindal containing articles to ridicule him and discredit him. LOL, it's so ridiculous. The Left and their Hate Lists, taken straight from RULE 5 of Saul Alinksky's Rules for Radicals - Ridicule is man's most potent weapon and RULE 13 - Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. (Hello Sarah Palin!) When I go to Townhall they don't have entire sections devoted to marginalizing Liberals. The articles for the most part are incredibly thoughtful and not given over to excessive anger or emotion, and they are usually pretty respectful. There are a few exceptions of course, but they also have a wide range of opinions from difference segments within the Republican right from the far, far right to more centrist Republicans... some seem down right liberal (ahem, I'm talking about you Kathleen Parker!).

There are a few columnists that I return to each week, I have the days they are published memorized. I was thinking about it the other day, and I realized that NOT ONE of my favorites are the stereotypical white, Christian males that are used to characterize the Republican party. Let me line them out for you:

Thomas Sowell - African American, and my most favorite conservative. I'm a groupie... I could see myself fainting and crying if they ever held a Thomas Sowell rally the way women do over Obama!

Star Parker - African American Female, she's simply amazing and understands better than any other conservative the connection between Freedom, Capitalism and Faith and the necessity for all three to be carefully preserved here in America.

Michael Medved - Jewish, there's no consistent theme in his pieces, but I enjoy them tremendously.

Charles Krauthammer - Jewish, he is astoundingly brilliant and thoughtful. Sometimes his columns go way over my head!

Ann Coulter - Female, I love Ann. Is there a funnier Conservative woman out there? Its biting humor I'll admit... I'm just so glad she's on our side! Its painful precisely because everything she says is so factual.

Michelle Malkin - Asian American Female, this woman HATES corruption and although she's a conservative, she exposes it in both parties.

I am always amazed at the diversity of the Columnists on Townhall! Its wonderful, but its also frustrating that the Left so successfully characterizes Republicans as anti-minority. Not wanting to stoop to the level of using identity politics by appealing to emotion rather than reason does NOT make us racists.

The Left for some reason though, is allowed to trot out racism against conservatives and minorities alike whenever they feel like it with impunity. They know the media won't take them to task.

Why is every Black conservative an "Uncle Tom" or a "House N*****" or an "Aunt Jemima" or a traitor to their race? Is it just me or aren't these racial slurs?

Why is Democratic Senator Dick Durbin allowed to get away with the argument that abortion is ok because its a black thing? Abortions ok because its mostly black babies we're killing, right? I mean, who cares? (I, for one, do, and feel that Dick is an appropriate name for this senator!!!)

Ever notice that all of the former Klansmen in the Senate and Congress are Democrats? Here's looking at you Bob "I filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act" Byrd.

Speaking of the Civil Rights Act, 80% of Republicans in the House supported it, and the Senate Republicans that supported it was even higher. Less than 60% of House Democrats supported it. And the Voting Rights Act of 1965, that obtains a whopping 82% of Republicans in the House and 94% of Senate Republicans.

Democrats consistently vote in legislation to keep minorities sucking off of the governments teat (its crass, but I don't know how else to say it). For example, they put an end to the DC school voucher program that was actually working at improving the test scores of minority children in the DC schools. Democrats killed it because how else would they be able to keep all those minority votes? The second those children obtain an decent education and start rising above their circumstances, the Democrats know that they will start voting for Republicans.

Which favorite President of the Liberals was responsible for ripping Japanese Americans from their homes and putting them in concent... I mean internment camps. Oh right, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Lest we forget, it was a Republican president who freed the slaves and Republicans were responsible for virtually every piece of anti-lynching legislation that was passed.

But hey, we're all racists... and how do I know this? Well Democrats keep telling us we are. They've mastered the art of making sure that they are the first ones to see it and scream loudly about it. There's no way we can ever match them in the racial rhetoric department, and I for one, don't want to. I don't want to have to use the Rules for Radicals to get my point across, and I don't want to go into hysterics and name calling the way they do. I know the Republican party isn't perfect, but the day they start beating the Democrats at their own nasty game, is the day I leave the party.

This is what I think most Republicans want for minorities:

"It is all right for [minorities] to begin building wealth in this country. It is not against the law, and it certainly is more enjoyable than poverty." Harry Alford

And the only way that can happen, is through good, old fashioned American Capitalism, not through accepting the largess handed out by the Democratic party in exchange for votes.

Anyway, I got way off target of what I started to write about, so for the fun I mentioned at the top, go through the article below and tell me what fallacies you can pick out and why this man's logic is completely flawed and absurd.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I'm Evil

I thought this article was interesting and a great insight into what its like being a conservative living in a blue state. Its funny but when I lived in California, the SF Bay Area no less, almost everyone I knew was extremely conservative! My friend Jessy always said that she was so jealous of me that I managed to find a group of conservative friends and coworkers so quickly, and she had lived there her whole life and it had taken her years to find conservative friends! There were only a few liberals that I met around the Stanford campus, but the majority of them were woefully ignorant and unable to thoughtfully argue their viewpoint. They just spouted catch phrases and cliches.

Living in a part of the country that is most definitely "blue" (as opposed to "red"), it's easy to begin to feel a little isolated, and certainly out of the mainstream. So it was especially fun reading Harry Stein's latest book, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican. Like me, Stein lives in the northern suburbs of New York City, in what he describes as a wildly liberal enclave of hip, culturally elite suburbanites.

Stein calls himself a libertarian-conservative and he paints a vivid picture, which I can easily relate to, of what it's like to live surrounded by liberals. The book title's origin speaks volumes. Stein and his wife attended a dinner party during the most recent presidential primary season and, as Stein describes it, "the discussion turned to the glories of The Messiah." Stein had the temerity to mention Obama's lack of experience, which was apparently over the top for at least one fellow diner. "[T]he guy beside me, who'd known me all of 15 minutes, drew back his chair, cast me a savage look, and roared...'I can't believe I'm sitting next to a Republican!'"
Yes folks, welcome to Blue America.

I have always been struck by the propensity of liberals to attack conservatives. Tolerance, for liberals at least, seems to apply to everyone except conservatives. Diversity is about skin color, not diversity of thought. My views have been called repugnant, even by some near and dear to me, based purely on assumptions about what I believe. Stein writes about "how astonishingly little they [liberals] know about us."

Beyond making assumptions about what conservatives actually believe, in my experience liberals also tend to assume everyone around them is liberal, too. The beautiful, brainy daughter of close friends, a Harvard graduate now working in the northeast, echoed similar sentiments recently. "I started my job during the election," she told me, "and people made the assumption that everyone was liberal. It was perfectly fine to lambaste McCain or Palin in public." In her experience, if you're perceived as a smart, decent human being, liberals can't imagine the possibility that you might be a conservative.

What happens when people find out she is? She told me most people react with surprise, and then drop it. Much to her frustration, no one asks more about her views, or expresses any interest in them. "Liberals pride themselves on being tolerant," she told me, "but they're the most closed-minded." Stein would concur.

He describes another encounter with a liberal, a guy he knew slightly, this time in the supermarket. Stein nodded to acknowledge him, when suddenly, "he spat out: 'You people disgust me!'" All this guy actually knew about Stein was that he'd written a conservative book. "'You're disgusting," he sputtered, swiping up his shopping bag and stomping away. 'You sicken me!'" Revealing your conservative leanings can be tricky, and sometimes it's easier just to keep quiet. One of Stein's conservative acquaintances, for example, didn't want his name used in the book. "'Why get into arguments with people?'" he told Stein. "'Your kids have to go to school with their kids, and it just leads to no good.'"

A few years ago I chose not to allow my then elementary school-aged children to attend a school assembly promoting same-sex "marriage." After babysitting them and a handful of other children in the school library until the assembly was over, I ran into a couple of mothers who'd come to watch the assembly for themselves. One was a friend who knew and accepted my point of view and gave me her take on the series of skits called "Cootie Shots." The other made it clear that she was happy about the school's decision to put on the assembly. After all, she pointedly remarked, she didn't want her kids growing up to be rednecks.

Stein asked a liberal editor at a publishing house he knows for "a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives." Without missing a beat she replied, "Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists....They hate everyone who's not a rich white guy."

I have long thought that one of the striking differences between liberals and conservatives is this: liberals believe conservatives are evil, while conservatives believe liberals are wrong. Stein recounts something his friend Marlene told him, which makes the point. "[S]omeone I've known for 27 or 28 years actually said to me, 'Marlene, I know you've worked with the mentally ill, so I know you care about people. But how can you be a good person and a conservative?'"

I guess this is news we can use, as the saying goes. It's important to keep in mind that the label "conservative" (or Republican) brands us, in the minds of many liberals, as just plain bad people. And while we shouldn't worry too much about how we're perceived, we should be concerned about the future of conservatism and getting its true message across. The country our children will inherit may depend on it.

For the record, I think most liberal politicians are evil. :) Most of the liberals I know personally, I actually think are wonderful people, and I have a lot of friends that I love very much. They seem to tolerate my conservatism, and don't take it too seriously. I do, however, think that they are dead wrong. I wouldn't be a conservative if I didn't care deeply about people.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

August in our Garden

Today was such a beautiful day! Definitely not like a day in the South in the middle of August. It was in the 80s with low humidity and breezy. In short the perfect day to spend in my garden with Nick! We didn't actually do any gardening, but we spent a lot of time relaxing out on the adirondack that Nick built.

Its also hard to believe that when we moved in in January of '08 that the backyard was bare except for one tiny tree and a really ugly, useless, uncovered deck that was on the west side of the house. Not only that, but the yard had serious drainage problems and the entire North side of the yard was soupy most of the time.

A year a half later, and the yard is so pretty! Nick fixed the drainage problems and we've put in our pergola, gardening beds, and several trees and bushes.

This is a view facing North. You can see the Ashe tree we planted on the left, along with the azalea bushes that we transplanted from the front yard. The tree in the middle was the solitary tree that was already in the yard. I kind of wanted to take it down, but it had shot up from another tree that was knocked down during Katrina and so it already had a strong root system. You can kind of see our Willow tree just to the right of our Katrina tree and our garden beds in the back.
Here's a close up of the Willow tree and our garden beds. We have currently planted Peas and Pumpkins. Our first crop of vegetables did not really turn out.
Here is the lovely completed pergola, along with the swing and adirondack that Nick made. Now we can sit outside at any time of the day and enjoy the view. Its Nick's favorite place in the house. Our Ruellia bush is on the left.

This is a close up of the Ruellia bush. I made the mistake of waiting until the end of the day to take a picture when the beautiful bluish purple flowers have all closed or fallen off, but during the day, its so pretty! At some point I'd like to put in a Butterfly garden right here.
And here's a close up (taken from the pergola) of our little Katrina tree. That's the widest angle my camera can handle :).
That's it for my garden tour, but it looked so pretty today that I had to share. I know I'm not a very good photographer, but I still hope you enjoyed it!

What are we doing...

So, I am so excited because in a couple of weeks we are flying to California to visit two of our dearest friends, Jessamyn and John Kirkwood! Usually, we hang out in the SF Bay Area when we visit them, but this time we are flying into Sacramento and driving to the Sierras to stay in a log cabin for four days... nature and I don't usually mix, so this could be interesting. Jessy assures that I will do fine, as long as I'm ok with fish for breakfast. She should be so confident, she was born in a cabin in the mountains from true California hippies, so she'll be in her natural habitat :). Anyway, I don't know all of the details of what we will be up to as Jessy is planning all of the details. Its only 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, so I am hoping that we will make a stopover there!

Here is a picture of the area (found on Google images):

Here is a pictures of Lovely Lake Tahoe:

This is a picture of our rustic little cabin... I am already beginning to regret this:

No, I am actually really excited to spend time with two of our favorite people, and Nick is just over the moon because he likes being outdoorsy and he may even get some mountain biking in.

Here are Jessy and John at their wedding, aren't they cute? I was the Maid of Honor at their wedding, and only for Jessy would I wear a burnt orange bridesmaid's dress (she swears they were cinnamon)!

And I just like this one because she's so goofy:

Friday, August 21, 2009

IQ Test

I took this and apparently I am an idiot...


But seriously, some of the questions were worded really poorly.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

One Nation, Under God

I haven't blogged in a while because life has been pretty quiet. Tomorrow's my birthday, and some wonderful friends and I are going to play Laser Tag :) tonight, and then go out for dinner, and then a quiet movie at home. I have such wonderful friends, and I wish that more could come from Houston and California!

Anyway, I got on to blog because I was praying and spending time in the word of God this morning as I do every morning, and I felt very convicted to pray for our Country and our Country's Leaders. Since I was sort of praying on the fly, my prayers didn't feel very targeted or purposeful, and one thing that I have learned in my time praying is that God likes me to be specific!

So, I decided to get online and see what resources I could find to help me know exactly what to pray for, and I found this awesome, bipartisan website, called The Presidential Prayer Team, available here: http://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/. It has specific items to pray for, such as where Obama is visiting today and what exactly he is doing, and also what new leaders do we have on "The Hill".

In all of my interest in politics, I sometimes forget that the most effective thing that I can do is pray to God, who hears prayers and acts on them. Praying is powerful and it does accomplish something!


"However, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, search for me, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear their prayer from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their country." 2 Chronicles 7:14

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