Wednesday, January 31, 2007
2) Born Again Redneck calls for Fred.
3) Intellectual Conservative calls for Fred
4) Volunteer Voters ask the question about Fred
5) My Words blog you are not alone on the Fred front.
6) Provoking the Muse blogs about Thompson / Rice ticket.
7) Rightsided - Thompson seems to be.
8) Novatownhall - Thompson stands tall.
9) Soft Green Glow - Thinks Fred can beat the flip-flopper, the closet liberal or that other guy who won't win the nomination.
10) Elephantbiz.com wonders if Fred Thompson is prepping for a presidential run after the field clears. And Again
11) The blogometer is noting the Fred for Prez trend.
12) The Tenneesee Volunteer Dispatch might be showing some bias when they call Fred a Conservative Rock Star.
13) Freedom of Philadelphia is currently leaning to Newt, but could be swayed.
14) Hang Right Politics writes about Fred again and again.
15) Hillbilly White Trash thinks Guiliani would be OK, but is hoping for a true conservative.
16) Comments on The Hotline think Fred should be Rudy's VP. How about the other way around.
17) The American Spectator gives Fred some electronic ink.
18) Paul Bedard whispers about Fred.
19) Shining City Atop a Hill is looking into Fred's position on Radical Islam and Immigration before he takes the leap.
20) The Influence Peddler linked to a link about Fred, but had no comment. Yet.
21) Reformed Chicks Blabbing is call for all conservative bloggers to vote for Fred on on-line polls.
22) Instapundit is helping spread the good word on Fred.
23) Weekend Pundit posted about Fred on a Saturday in February.
24) The Pine Blog sez Fred for Prez and gave a nod to this list.
25) Lead Us Forward is helping lead the Fred push. They also posted Fred's position on important issues here.
26) The Knoxville Trivia Blog has a question for Fred.
27) The Discerning Texan says quality over quantity in the GOP field. Fred is Quality.
28) OpiniPundit may consider supporting Fred over Mitt if Fred Runs.
29) The World According to Oatney has a long blog about Fred.
30) The AOLelectionblog gives Fred some electronic ink too.
31) Pete Republic likes Fred Thompson or Gingrich
And then there is the Draft Fred Thompson unofficial official website.
I guess Red State Kids is in good company
Saturday, January 27, 2007
This past week, a Sunni bomb hidden in a box of pigeons at an animal market exploded killing all the boxed pigeons and countless other animals. A few people were killed too. Upon hearing about the horrific news, Nancy Pelosi flew over to Baghdad to pay respects to the pigeons.
Then in a surprising turn of events, Pelosi not only made comments in support of Bush's surge plan of 20,000 additional troops, but also called for doubling that number.
The Sunni extremists made a critical mistake pissing off Pelosi's voter base, PETA members.
Although some Federal officials suspect that PETA actually planted the bomb in the animal market to divert attention from the trial of two PETA members accused of killing animals.
Another lesson for Conservative Kids: Sometimes facts are stranger than fiction.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
This PR stunt "biggest sweeps of its kind" is laughable. The timing before the State of the Union Address is dubious.
Do you know what's even more laughable. To get this incredible number of illegals 761 (among What?, 20 million illegals) they had to round up illegals who were already rounded up. Yep, 450 were rounded up in while in jail. Sounds like they rounded up 311 which I guess is not a record and then got one at a time (also not PR worthy) as each illegal got caught committing a crime.
We need comprehensive immigration reform now. We need to lock down the borders. We do not need more strain on Home Land Security by adding the bureaucracy of a temp worker program.
If Congress and our liberal president do pass an amnesty bill, then please least make English the official language and encourage these immigrants to assimilate into our society like my grandparents did.
To get a job and avoid prejudice, my Italian grandmother changed her name from Gaetana to Catherine. She and her husband learned English quickly. And they did not let their kids speak Italian so they would assimilate as fast as possible. They came to the USA for a better life, not to recreate the same impoverished life they had in Italia. So they worked hard to be Americans.
Conservative kids need classmates who do not slow the class down. Conservative kids need classmates who love America.
Also, I was disappointed that President Bush did not pardon Agents Ramos and Compean during the State of the Union Address. Mr. President please pardon these agents who were protecting themselves and our great country.
By the way, Mr. President pardoning these men during the State of the Union would have made for better PR than an over dramatized round up. Please do not do a cowardly plethora of pardons as you walk out the door like Clinton. Don't let these men wait that long.
Free Agents Ramos and Compean Petition:
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
What's more troubling is that Hillary will spend $107,000,000 to get the nomination in 2007 alone. But she will be on the side of the aisle that stands in the way of the funding that is needed to win this war in IRAQ.
Hillary, Conservative Kids want to win this war on foreign soil now. They do not want to fight this war on our soil with you as President.
Spend what you want to seek power, but be in the war to win.
Monday, January 22, 2007
But this did not sit well with me.
I also commented in a recent post Obama, Madressa Education. Class or No Class that we can only hope a conservative with some star power emerges.
When I thought about these two posts together - I came to one conservative conclusion.
Rudy Guiliani has star power, but he has a lot of baggage and his social ideology will not sit will with the Christian Conservatives. McCain lacks energy and charisma. Fred Thompson is conservative. He's an actor. He has charisma and a sense of humor. Who is more Reaganesque than Fred Thompson?
Conservative Kids say Run Fred Run.
California Assemblywoman Sally J. Lieber (sponsor of the bill), we need laws that protect children from child abuse. No doubt. But this bill amounts to over-legislation. Overall Americans have been raising productive Americans for generations. And generation after generation it has been American parents who decided what's right for their American kids.
I do not spank my conservative kids, but I demand discipline and there are consequences for lack of discipline. Hard labor (weeding) is my favorite consequence. All children need discipline to cope and succeed in this world.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
The exchange of money and accomodations in the Lincoln Bedroom for technology in the Clinton White House is starting to rear its ugly head. Can conservative kids survive another Clinton White House?
Saturday, January 20, 2007
It did not take long for Mrs Clinton to start destroying her political opponent, Barrack Hussein Obama. The day before she announces that she is in. Insight Magazine runs a story "Hillary's team has questions about Obama's Muslim background"
Coincidence, I think not.
So how does this revelation impact conservative kids. Well, hopefully a conservative with some star power will emerge. If not, dare I say, it might be better to deal with the devil we know over the devil we don't. (Please note that was not an endorsement of Mrs. Clinton)
Muslim or not, Obama's lack of honesty is troubling. We need honesty in a president. Which is why we do not need Hillary either. Obama will, of course, blame his clandestine approach regarding his Muslim upbringing on the prejudice of the American populace.
Conservative Dad Prediction: Obama will downplay Muslim upbringing at first. Hillary will turn up the heat. (This is the only way the story will get into the mainstream press). Obama will then play the role of victim and try to convince America they are bad. Americans will accept blame. Some Americans will even vote for him to prove they're politically correct.
His concerns are probably founded. I think America would elect the right woman. I think America would elect the right African American, Asian American or Hispanic American. I do not think that America is ready for a Muslim. Not now during a jihad.
You can call it prejudice. I call it cautious.
Michelle Malkin says let the games begin. Michelle they already have.
Friday, January 19, 2007
(Parents - do not let you kids get too frustrated. The talk is calm, cool and collected, but make no mistake, like the more common irrational and animated liberal diatribe there are no ideas nor solutions. There are just denunciations, criticisms and attacks).
Obama might be the media darling now. But the Clinton political machine has not yet kicked into gear to knock him down.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Tip of the day from Conservative Dad.
Do not let young kids herd buffalo in remote areas of a jungle unattended. This practice may promote a strong work ethic, but I think that there are better methods.
Half-Animal / Half - Woman found in Cambodian Jungle
Breaking News even The Drudge Report does not have yet.
Hillary is considering this Cambodian woman as her running mate in '08. Howard Dean thinks that a Clinton / P'ngieng ticket can garner votes from feminists, PETA and Asian-Americans. Bill thinks it's a great idea and even volunteered to domesticate this woman.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Result - Yugo not very far.
Well many schools in the US are graduating inferior students especially our inner city schools.
Citing data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), political scientist Abigail Thernstrom and her historian husband, Stephan Thernstrom, have written about how African-Americans, by the 12th grade, "are typically four years behind white and Asian students," with Hispanics "doing only a tad better than black students." Translated, this means that black and Hispanic students are finishing high school, on average, "with a junior high education."Part of the problem is poor parenting. This will always be the biggest factor. But there are many caring and supportive parents whose children struggle in these inner city schools because the environment is so detrimental to learning. There are no incentives for the teachers, principals, superintendents to produce better kids in these schools (The jury is still out on "no child left behind".) And without a school voucher program there's no competition. Sounds like a YUGO factory to me.
Result: You go no where.
Liberals (and I include Bush) continue to throw money at the problem and the problem is not going away. It is time to try a new approach, it is time for school choice and vouchers. It is time for competition.
According to the research, the voucher program is particularly promising for African American students. And polls show that 70+% of African Americans want it.
So who's keeping this from happening. The ACLU under the guise of separation of church and state. The Rev. Jesse Jackass of course opposes it so he can keep his loyal base ignorant to his profiteering ignorance. The Democrats oppose it because, well, the Republicans favor it.
School vouchers are gaining momentum. The Arizona Supreme Court refused to hear ACLU opposition to vouchers this week. There will soon be more conservative kids in blue state cities.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
In a recent John Zogby poll, he claims the world would select Reagan to help get the US through this time of terror.
Roosevelt, Kennedy and Lincoln were also listed. But perhaps the president with the best record at fighting Islamic Terrorism was Thomas Jefferson. Yes our founding fathers encountered the evils of radical Islam fought it and won.
This poll also suggests that Hillary is the most Reagan-like candidate.
The liberals hijacked Christmas to make it winter haven holiday. The liberals hijacked the 10 commandments.
The liberals hijacked Washington's birthday and Lincoln's birthday. We now have Presidents Day. Now the liberals are now trying to hijack Reagan and replace him with Hillary. Laughable. Rude.
Reagan was principled - Hilliary follows the wind.
Reagan was lovable - Hillary is an ice queen.
Reagan was engaging and humorous - Hillary is cold and calculating.
I do not think that I need to go on. I can not think of one attribute that is even remotely similar.
Kids, liberals will try to rewrite history, but make no mistake there is absolutely no comparison between Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Here's a situation that plays out everyday in a typical al Qaeda home.
Hassan come here.
What is this?
What is what?
This report card?
What, I am trying my best.
You got a C in Bush bashing. What is wrong with you?
I could not understand that woman's accent.
Your dad did not kill himself so you can just fool around.
I know, he killed himself for 72 virgins.
Go to your room!
No women, you go to your room!
(As she goes to her room) You are so not ready for this world, Hassan.
Islamic Elementary - REPORT CARD
C --- Jew Hating (Abdul-Alim Aziz)
C --- Christian Hating (Abdul-Azim Muhammed)
B --- Terrorism (Akram Hussein)
D --- Martyrdom (Baha Bishr)
B --- Arabic (Hajjaj Hakeem)
B --- Beginning Quran (Abdul- Hani Ali)
A --- Concubine 101 (via satelite Bill Clinton)
C --- Bush Bashing (via satelite Nancy Pelosi)
C --- Bomb Targeting (via Google Earth)
Islam is teaching hate from cradle to grave.
Meanwhile in the USA
Johnny come here.
What is this?
What is what?
This report card?
What, I am trying my best.
I am so proud of you. Your dad would be so proud of you too if he did not kill himself working night and day to send you to college.
I think about him often.
You are so prepared for the world. Let me be the first to call you graduate.
University of WhattheF - REPORT CARD
A --- Non-violent Responses to Terrorism (George Lackey - Swathmore College)
A --- Phallologocentrism (Jeffery Tobin - Occidental U)
A --- Queer Musicology (Mitchell Morris - UCLA)
B --- Mail Order Brides (Fanella Canell - Johns Hopkins U)
A --- Marx - Should we give him another chance? (Pavel Machala - Amherst U)
A --- Phys Ed - Dodgeball without balls (Marcel Marceau - Univ of San Francisco)
Parents of conservative kids do not pay for the credits to any of these courses.
Now you can add Abortion 101 taught at Yale as reported on Michelle Malkin blog.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Hey Hillary, here's a case where I actually agree that it will take a village to raise a kid because of the selfishness of the village idiot and an egomaniac American doctor.
Chances are high these kids will not be conservatives.
When I first met my wife, she was a mental health case worker. In those days, she might have considered herself liberal leaning, if she cared enough about politics to label herself (which she did not). At the time, her financial situation was tenuous at best and her job put her into dangerous situations almost daily. She used to travel to very scary neighborhoods and go into some scary homes. Her mission was to get very unstable people to take their meds. God Bless people who do this type of work. During our first year of marraige, I remember getting some very scary calls in the middle of the night from some of the people she helped treat.
Now she's is a stay-at-home country club mother of three. She gave up case work, but she volunteers for Children's hospital and Meals on Wheels.
One would conclude that she still has a kind heart. One would also conclude that life is somewhat less scary. The so called experts showcased in the Psychology Today article would conclude that she should be more liberal.
So, I had her take the World's Smallest Political Quiz. The test rated her as a Conservative - almost a Statist. The difference. She has more to lose now (husband, kids, home, money). Perhaps having more makes you more scared and therefore more conservative. Perhaps living with a guy who insists on maintaining a mini - Reagan Library in our house and flying an American Flag 24/7 has biased her a little? The Statist bent. She still wants the government to protect people down and out.
For the record, I was a Conservative - Libertarian.
Friday, January 12, 2007
There is no better role model in sports since the late great Lou Gehrig than Tiki Barber.
Tiki was (he retired last week) an unbelievable football player. Tiki was an well informed and very articulate Fox and Friends morning host summer sub (I am sure that Katie Couric was jealous). Tiki Barber retired on his terms with his health and he did it while he was still on top. Tiki always has a welcoming smile. Tiki is a children's book author. Tiki is my son's and my favorite NFL player. Now he moves on to ABC where he will work on Good Morning America, 20/20 and ESPN. I think that GMA and 20/20 will benefit from adding a conservative voice.
Tiki thanks for the great effort. I will miss you as a football player, but I will follow your every word on TV.
Conservative parents help their kids choose the right role models.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Seems fear of death is the most powerful driver of conservative thought.
This post was inspired by Psychology Today's most emailed and popular article, The Ideological Animal. Some of the conclusions in the piece are laughable. Let's explore.
It starts by introducing Cinnamon Stillwell, a women who did a 180 from left to right after 9/11. Cinnamon, a former liberal, is now a conservative columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. The liberals felt a need to study this because she must certainly have a mental disorder. One of course that can be fixed with a mood altering prescription subsidized by President Hillary Clinton's Health Care Bill.
She changed because she realized that liberals had more sympathy for terrorists than the victims. And becasue liberals were consumed with hatred toward our country. She turned to conservative talk radio to hear thoughts more aligned to her enlightened thinking on the war on terror. She soon realized that after opening her mind to conservative thought that "smaller government, traditional societal structures, respect and reverence for life, the importance of family, personal responsibility, national unity over identity politics." and even "the idea of self-preservation in perilous times. (gun rights)" made sense.
The article tries to explain this change.
We tend to believe our political views have evolved by a process of rational thought, as we consider arguments, weigh evidence, and draw conclusions. But the truth is more complicated. Our political preferences are equally the result of factors we're not aware of—such as how educated we are, how scary the world seems at a given moment, and personality traits that are first apparent in early childhood. Among the most potent motivators, it turns out, is fear.... The fear of death alone is surprisingly effective in shaping our political decisions—more powerful, often, than thought itself.Seems that rational thought prompted Cinnamon to change after weighing the evidence. She did not get any more educated and 9/11 did not impact her early childhood. The article goes on to blame fear of death. How about vengeance? How about righting a wrong? How about good versus evil? How about patriotism? How about the fear of an economic calamity destroying savings or our beautiful way of life? No fear of death explains it all. At least they didn't blame breast feeding or lack there of again.
I can see the republican strategists now scheming ways to speed up the avian flu pandemic and granting amnesty to all illegal Islamic extremists.
Do you suppose that Micheal Jackson's son will be a conservative?
Other excerpts from the article that was a complete waste of time. (I thought I was going to read something useful in my exploration of how to raise conservative kids)
In 1969, Berkeley professors Jack and Jeanne Block embarked on a study of childhood personality, asking nursery school teachers to rate children's temperaments. (Anybody see any flaws here. Liberal researchers from ultra liberal Berkeley, asking liberal teachers to rate temperament of 3 year olds)
Twenty years later, they decided to compare the subjects' childhood personalities with their political preferences as adults. (To draw asinine bias conclusions. What a waste of 20 years)
Studies show that people who study abroad become more liberal than those who stay home. (The study should have concluded that people who seem to hate America tend to travel abroad more than people who love America)
Professors at major universities are more liberal than their counterparts at less acclaimed institutions. (I guess it couldn't be discrimination in hiring at the major universities. Don't worry fellow bloggers I already call the ACLU to take on the case.)
Publication: Psychology Today Magazine
Publication Date: Jan/Feb 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
An impressed parent turned to my daughter and said, "Wow, you're one smart little girl. What grade are you in?" My daughter replied, "kindergarten". The women turned to me and said, "Really?, wow my kid was just learning to count in kindergarten and I am not even sure that she's learning multiplication yet and she's in third "
I replied that my daughter is a special little girl. But what I was really thinking. Lady, if you don't know if multiplication is or is not a part of your kid's curriculum you're not that engaged.
My daughter is smart for sure, but she's no super genius. The difference between my daughter and that other parent's daughter is that my wife and I take the time to teach her and practice with her. We never let the limits of society dictate what she should be learning, especially if the limits are set low to make sure Johnny's self esteem remains high. We let our daughter's interest dictate if she will move ahead of the class. Nothing more, nothing less.
Similarly, I was recently reading about a smart little 12 year old boy in the UK who's a problogger making $500/month talking about technology. His blog is called Techzi Technology. Gadgets. Internet. And Breaking News by a 12 year old kid. The kid can write.
This kid obviously has parents who doesn't let society norms dictate what he should and should not be striving for or achieving. Blog on young man.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Was Aesop writing about Nancy here?
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
A Wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. But one day it found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so it put it on over its own pelt and strolled down among the sheep. The Lamb that belonged to the sheep, whose skin the Wolf was wearing, began to follow the Wolf in the Sheep's clothing; so, leading the Lamb a little apart, he soon made a meal off her, and for some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty meals.
Appearances are deceptive.
Hey Aesop, after looking at this photo maybe looks really aren't that deceiving afterall.
The Ass in the Lion's Skin
An Ass once found a Lion's skin which the hunters had left out in the sun to dry. He put it on and went towards his native village. All fled at his approach, both men and animals, and he was a proud Ass that day. In his delight he lifted up his voice and brayed, but then every one knew him, and his owner came up and gave him a sound cudgelling for the fright he had caused. And shortly afterwards a Fox came up to him and said: "Ah, I knew you by your voice."
Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool.
This fable of Aesop's also describes Nancy Pelosi. But how can that be? Well, Nancy, like many in Washington, is a chameleon who will wear whatever clothes are expedient at the time to usurp power and money. She is a liberal ass, a lion, a wolf, a sheep, a mom, a Catholic, a supporter of partial birth abortions, a chocaholic, a grandmother and Italian American. Whatever whenever. Reminds me of Bill Clinton. He was a liberal, a centrist, a family man, a churchgoer, a philaderer, a father, a white, the first black president, a gray haired AARP member, a dark haired Sax playing MTVer, and a liar.
Great role models for our children, they are not.
Read Aesops fables to your conservative kids.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Full Story posted on The Drudge Report
Birthday-suit parties all the rage for Ivy League studentsby CRAIG HOWIE
STUDENTS at America's prestigious Ivy League universities are rebelling against their colleges' stuffy reputations, casting off society's norms along with their clothes to hold naked parties...........Of party etiquette, Mollie Farber, a senior student at Yale, said: "You're allowed to give everyone a quick once-over as you say, 'Hey, what's up?', but after that, you've got to maintain pretty good eye contact.
This makes you wonder about the quality of the liberal education Mollie received throughout her life. Think about it. She gives a naked guy a quick once-over and doesn't know what's up.
What did she think those condoms her liberal schools handed out for free since she was in grade school were for anyway?
The Accuracy in Academia the research group who is trying to bring sanity and conseverative values to our college campuses have their work cut out for them.
Sunday, January 7, 2007
In his typical one word style he said, "no". He has never shown any interest in the news.
I told him that when I was growing up near NYC, I was afraid of the Russians.
One word "why?"
I explained that they had nukes pointed at our biggest cities and NYC was a primary target. I told him that we had air raid drills at our elementary school. I explained that they were like fire drills except we didn't go outside. We went into the hallway and sat down against the wall and put our heads down.
I told him that I had trouble sleeping at night thinking about those evil Russians. And I explained that it is OK to be concerned about terrorism and if he wanted to talk about it to just let me know.
He looked around and around. He glanced up at the TV. Fox news was on with a breaking story about an avalanche in Colorado. The he looked back at me and he said, "Parmesan Cheese?"
Well two words. That's a start.
My son sleeps like a champ. He lives in a cocoon.
You'd think that this generation would be over informed, not under informed. Then it hit me. I watched the news every night as a young kid. The local NYC CBS News with Jim Jensen followed by the national news with Walter Cronkite. I watch it because it was the only thing on TV around dinner time and that's what my parents watched. In the 1970's there were 4 channels not 500 and three of the four carried the news. I'm sure I would have skipped the depressing news (murder, fire, terror, sports and weather day after day) if we had an extra TV with sports and cartoons on 24/7.
Anyway, my conversation inspired me to watch the movie United 93 this morning from 6am to 8am. I still have trouble sleeping. We received the movie for free as part of a fundraising campaign before the last election. I have thought about watching it several times over the last 2 months, but could not bring myself to watch it until this morning. It was powerful.
I know all that there are theories that the United 93 was shot down by F16s, but I prefer the American Hero story theory depicted in this film. Regardless of which theory you think is true, I am not sure how this story (and all 9/11 stories) have not galvanized the right and left to work together. How can Murtha, Pelosi, Ms. Clinton, John Kerry, Harry Reid and the bloated Teddy put their own quest for power and money ahead of a united stance.
But the question I am asking here is; How do you teach your conservative kids and liberal minded kids about terrorism?
Radical Islam is teaching hate in their primary schools. They teach their young to hate Jews and all other religions. To hate Americans. Then it gets even crazier. They teach them to hate the other Muslims that do not follow their particular brand of radical Islam. They teach them to revere martyrs. Glenn Beck had a disturbing story about this on his TV show.
We should not teach our kids to hate, but we should make sure that they are aware that their world is dangerous and is changing. Right? I think that my 14 year old is old enough to watch United 93, so I am going to ask him to watch it with me. Ignorance is not always bliss.
Oh got to go. My son needs to get on the computer to watch some silly videos on YouTube.
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Are you teaching your kids the love of God, family and country? I would suspect that many families prioritize God and family, but what about country? I would suspect that many families would prioritize God, Family and Sports.
I think that there is an important element missing in God, Family, Country.... Self. I do not think that you can fully love God, Family or Country if you do not love yourself.
The theme of General MacArthur's farewell speech was Duty, Honor and Love of Country. This speaks to self element.
I think that it is important to teach kids to love God, Family, this great Country and themselves.
"...The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and, I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.
But these are some of the things they do. They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nation's defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid.
They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for action; not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm, but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future, yet never neglect the past; to be serious, yet never take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness; the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.
They give you a temperate will, a quality of imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, an appetite for adventure over love of ease. They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life. They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman....
General MacArthur 1962
Every night when I put my kids to bed, we say prayers. We start each prayer with Hi God, Hi Jesus, thanks for the great day. Then we pray for more specific things relevant to that particular day. For the last several years we have been including thoughts about the troops protecting us. And we always end each prayer by asking God to please Bless America.
Friday, January 5, 2007
Dad, why do you think that Democrats are pro-abortion but against the death penalty, while Republicans are pro-life but for the death penalty?
Why do you think that Democrats are for helping the poor and disadvantaged but against a war that liberates such people; while Republicans, conversely, are for self-sufficiency in people but for a war that will help people who have demonstrated little ambition, courage or wherewithal to help themselves?
Why do you think that Democrats are for a perverted definition of the separation of church and state and want desperately to rid this country of God, but ultra protective of all the things that God has given us, while Republicans are for keeping our moral compass pointing reverently toward a higher power, while exploiting all the gifts that God has given us?
Honey, honey slow down, I said.
It all has to do with power and money. Republicans are for X, so Democrats must hate X (with a fervent venomous passion). Democrats are pro-y, so Republicans must be anti-Y. It doesn't matter what X or Y is.
OK Dad, than something doesn't make sense. You said awhile back that Republicans are pro-big business, so by your theory Democrats must be anti-big business.
Generally that is true, Honey.
OK then, why do you think that the media, who is owned by big big business (Time Warner, Disney, Viacom), has such a liberal bent? You'd think that they would have a fiduciary responsibility to their stockholders to be right leaning toward policy makers that would pass laws that would benefit them.
So dad, you'd agree that this puts a slight hole in your power and money theory. Especially when all the data shows that conservative news is growing (Rush, Hannity, Fox, Savage) and liberal news is dying (NYT, ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS). So what was CBS thinking when they replaced Dan Rather with the ever so perky, but liberal Katie Couric?
Honey is our lesson over?
Presidential Candidate Jimmy Carter admitted in a Playboy Magazine interview that he’d looked at a lot of women with lust in his heart.
Renee Richards was barred from competing in the US Open because she was a he.
Liz Taylor had her sixth divorce, if you count Richard Burton twice.
It was not easy to raise a conservative red state kid back then either.
But that year was special. Tall ships filled New Your Harbor to celebrate the nation’s 200th birthday, the Viking probe landed on Mars. And I beat my dad in a sporting event for the first time.
My dad was a great collegiate athlete. He was fast. He was tall, 6 foot 5. He could jump. He had confidence. He was competitive. And he never ever let me win, no matter what the game or the sport was. He would always let me get close to victory so I would thirst for it. But he always won. It was frustrating. But it made me more determined to practice.
Then on a municipal tennis court, in the blue state of New Jersey, on a sunny but brisk and windy March day, with my red stripped tube socks pulled up to my knees and my big 70’s hair, I beat him. I beat my dad in a six set match of tennis in a tie-breaker set. It was the greatest feeling in the world. I remember it like it was 30 minutes ago not 30 years ago.
The point: Real achievement is what builds self esteem. Not telling Johnny how great he is at something he isn’t. Kids are smart. They know where they stand and you can’t fool them with fake praise.
Furthermore, overcoming failure builds character and fuels passion to work harder or think smarter. Or failure guides kids to other activities where they can have meaningful self-fulfilling achievement.
The liberal world where kids do not get grades in school or Little Leagues do not allow scoring in T-ball games because some pot smoking ex-hippie psychologist says it will hurt a kids self-esteem is counterproductive. We are molding a bunch of nambie-pambie kids who’ll have a tough time coping in the real cruel world once their mommies and daddies are not around to protect them.
So I say, beat your children. Beat them until they can confidently beat you.
According to the Universtiy of Texas these are the things that lead to healthy Self Esteem for kids
- being praised
- being listened to
- being spoken to respectfully
- getting attention and hugs
- experiencing success in sports or school
- having trustworthy friends
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Hey Teddy, I heard this Elvis song on radio today (listen). Maybe you've heard it before. It was released in 1969. Then again in 1969, you might have been up to your ears in hot water in Chappaquiddick. Anyway, in case you missed it, it was written by Mac Davis and was made popular by the King.
I'll wait to comment until you're finished listening.
Pretty good song huh?
Ted, isn't amazing that this song is as true today as it was in 1969? Maybe sad would have been a better word than amazing. Earth to Blue State Ted Kennedy, your bloated social programs are not working. Never have and never will. And Ted, next time you dine with Jesse, ask him how he sleeps at night, knowing he has done more to perpetuate the problems in inner cities than help.
We need new leadership in these Blue States and Blue Cities. We need to teach the next generation of urban kids differently. They need conservative values for a change. Can I get an amen Bill Cosby
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Conservatives have a healthy respect for what it takes to earn money. The main ingredients include hard work, risk reward and practical money management. To be clear, many Liberals are hard working but many are downright lazy. These lazy libs prefer scheming ways to get additional money or services instead of seeking additional work or improving their skills. They see the world as unfair and seek a redistribution of wealth from the hardworking rich. Two important notes:
- Not all poor people are lazy. My grandparents worked a 20 acre farm from dawn to dusk everyday. They were never rich. They also never ever looked for a handout.
- Also, there are many Republican Fat Cats who do their fair share of scheming and defrauding.
- Give a weekly allowance. I give $1 per year of age per week. (14 year old gets $14/week) Your kids will jump at it if you include healthcare and a vacation.
- Give your kids age appropriate chores. I tie allowance to chores. There are opposing opinions on this. Many say that kids should do their part just because they are a part of the family. I agree but what then are you going to tie allowance to?
- Very important. Performance on homework each week should be factored in. If they're not doing their homework, they won't be out spending money anyway. Right?
- Every week without fail, gather around the kitchen table, review the work week and pay the allowance. (You get paid on a consistent basis right?) Compliment a kid for a great work week. Tell them how proud you are of their strong work ethic and good positive attitude. If your kid did not work hard, tell them that you expect better next week and dock their pay. Regardless of age. The world is a cruel place let them learn it now.
- Divide the allowance into two parts. Spend and Long term Save (The College Tax). My 14 year old is required to put $5 into college and has $9 to spend. I require that my kids save money for college spending money. I call it College Social Life Security. I plan to pay for tuition. Let them pay for the beer and pizza. I have considered adding a religious or charitable element to this plan but I have not yet. I think that charity needs to come from the heart not imposed.
- At the gathering around the kitchen table, it is important to count out the money and hand it to them. No IOUs. It is also important to count out the docked money too. Show them what they lost.
- Give your kids a chance to earn extra money with extra jobs like weeding or raking or washing the car. Don't forget to collect the College Social Life Security of 30% for this too.
- Mandate that 30% of all gift money (birthdays, graduations, Christmas, etc) goes into their long term savings. (College Social Life Security)
- I have also set up a car savings account at the local bank for each of my kids. We give the kids the option to put some of their spending money into this account to save for a car. If they do, I match it dollar for dollar, like an employer matchs a 401K. Unlike college this is a voluntary account. They can ride thier bikes as long as they like.
- I also think that it is important to show your kids the power of the stock market. Let them buy some Disney, Exxon or Procter & Gamble stock. And help them follow their investments on quicken.com or similar.
- Set guidelines on what you will pay for and what items you won't. Resist the urge to give your kids money for things that they should be buying with their own money. Kids will show spending restraint when it is their cash going into a video game or to buy that 10th Barbie.
- Also, resist the urge to give allowance that does not match the effort. This is counter productive. Your kids need to feel the pain of wanting and not getting immediate satisfaction. Plus the more money they have, the more junk they will buy and the more junk that you need to constantly clean up.
- Resist the urge to buy things for your kids with the promise that they will pay you at allowance time. You are not VISA or MasterCard.
- There are other plans on the web on teaching your kids money management. Pick one that works for you and your family situation.
Monday, January 1, 2007
Outside of San Francisco, long before Nancy Pelosi and her liberal friends could create a safety net for those who lack self-sufficiency skills, a poor woodcutter lived with his wife and his two children, Hansel and Gretel. You know the story, hard times hit the forest and the woodcutter could no longer provide for his second wife and kids. (The fractured family has long been a staple in liberal stories).
The woodcutter's (pro-abortion) second wife had the answer to their problems and together they schemed to take the children out into the forest and leave them.
The woodcutter hesitated knowing that the kids would likely starve or be torn apart by wild animals, but he eventually consented to the femi-nazi second wife. (Are you thinking what I am thinking, wild animals, BBQ. Were they vegetarians or PETA members?)
The two children heard their step-mother’s plans. (Where was the ACLU to protect the parents from this legal wiretapping). When the old folks were asleep, Hansel crept outside and stuffed his pockets with white pebbles. (Self reliance a small redeeming factor to the story)
The parents followed through on the plan, but Hansel foiled the plan by dropping the white pebbles to mark the way back home. The resourceful children returned home unscathed.
This did not sit well with the wife and she again convinced the husband that banishing the kids to the forest was the only alternative. (Adoption is never an alternative for these liberals.) That night they devised a plan to take the kids even deeper into the forest the next day.
The children again heard the conversation and Hansel planned to once again get pebbles to mark the path. Unfortunately, on that very night the step-mother locked them in their room. Hansel instead planned to crumbled his meager piece of bread and use the crumbs to mark the path. This plan backfired when the birds, that the woodcutter would not hunt, ate the breadcrumbs.
The kids became hopelessly lost. Luckily, they happened upon a house made of gingerbread and windows made of clear sugar. The kids broke pieces of bread and sugar off the house. (This is the part of the story where we teach our kids that it is ok to steal and vandalize).
Then the kids heard a soft voice cried from inside the house, “Who's eating at my house?" The children answered: "The wind, the wind" (While we are at it, let’s teach our kids to lie. I guess the apple didn't fall far from the woodcutter’s tree.)
The soft voice belonged to a half blind old women who pretended (more lying) to be kind and invited them into the house. (I concede that this teaches kids not to take candy from strangers, but there are better ways to do that.) Once the kids fell into the trap, the old women imprisoned the boy and made a slave out of the girl. FOr weeks, the wicked witch made Gretel fetch food and cook meals to fatten up her brother.
Each day, the blind witch tried to determine Hansel’s weight by checking how fat his fingers were. (Go to JefferyDahmerRecipes.com) For weeks Hansel fooled the blind witch by offering her a skinny chicken bone instead of his finger. She eventually became impatient and decided it was time for the feast whether Hensel was plump or not. (A nice lesson on quitting before you reach your goal).
She then asked Gretel to light the oven. Gretel pretended to have trouble. (More lying.) The witch grew frustrated and pushed Gretel to the side to show her how to light it. Gretel then pushed the old witch into the oven where she met her demise in a horribly cruel death. (Let’s add murder to the list of offenses. OK this murder was justifiable but do we really need to read this to a 6 year old, even if it is a good introduction to the death penalty)
Gretel, released Hansel and after much rejoicing they went into the witch's house, where they found chests full of jewels. These little criminals, of course, filled their pockets with jewels. (A nice subtle lesson on redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor).
The kids eventually found their way home where their happy father greeted them. Instead of getting good ol’ dad indicted for child endangerment and attempted murder, they lavished him with jewels. (Hey why not give him a book deal and a TV show called If I really did try to abandon my kids)
While the kids were out in the forest surviving, dad gets a lawyer and divorces the step-mother. (Hey why not end the story with a reminder that divorce is a great solution to problems.) Let’s hope this woodcutter goes to eharmony.com to find his third wife.