Sunday, December 30, 2007

Romney

Romney's been a bit of a bully lately in Iowa and I think it will bite him in the rear before long. I have become disenchanted with Romney's tactics now and will not consider supporting him should Huckabee not get the nomination.

This might not be a bad site to look over.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

I guess Fred is done!

Well, stick a fork in him! Fred has done everything but bow out of the presidential race. Are we surprised? Not really, for Fred Thompson has not approached this campaign as anything but a walk on a path in a lovely Southern Plantation - he's not worked for the role of being President. Here is the article about what he said today:

Thompson says he's interested in serving, not running for president

WILLIAM THEOBALD • GANNETT NEWS SERVICE • December 29, 2007

Burlington, Ia. -- Fred Thompson said today he does not much like the modern form of presidential campaigning and that he "will not be devastated" if he doesn't win the election.

"I'm not particularly interested in running for president," Thompson said, but rather he feels called to serve his country.

"I don't know if you have a desire to be president," Burlington attorney Todd Chelf told Thompson during a question-and-answer session raising an issue that has dogged his campaign.

"I am not consumed by personal ambition," Thompson responded. "I'm offering myself up."

Given the volatile state of the world, the actor and former Tennessee senator said he was not "sure it is a good thing if a president has too much fire in his belly."

"I'm only consumed by a few things and politics is not one of them," he said.

Chelf said after the event that it was "almost refreshing to hear that approach."

"I think there is a passion there," he said. "I think its sort of a Southern gentleman passion."

Thompson also had stops scheduled today in Washington, Williamsburg, Montezuma, and Newton.

I have no doubts that Fred is a nice guy with good traditional southern values who got lucky enough to get name recognition from being a TV star. But I also have no doubt that he is not presidential material. Maybe he will get an acting role as a president some day, and he'll do a great job of that!


12-30-07 UPDATE

I'm being bashed by Fred Heads. They've linked me to one of their blog sites (which I won't show here) Whatever! Their candidate, nice guy that he is, is being denigrated by the actions of his followers. I wish Thompson had been more aggressive as a campaigner, for I once was a Thompson supporter and turned away from him because of his 'walk in the park' method of campaigning. I really don't think he has the energy or drive to hold the highest public office in our nation.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Romney Buys a Lot of Debt

I was very surprised to find out that in Mitt Romney's attempt to purchase the presidency, he has amassed an incredible amount of debt - $17,350,000 to be exact.

Check here to see the numbers.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

My two cents on Limbaugh's seemingly thin skin.

Recently, Rush Limbaugh had a caller on his show who declared that he only listened to the "Washington,DC/New York" chattering class. This caller chose to remain anonymous and stated that he was a Huckabee supporter. For some reason, Mr. Limbaugh became offended by the comments of the caller and has been lambasting Huckabee.

My opinion is this - Mr. Limbaugh, you have been a bastion of strength and have almost singlehandedly galvanized the conservative movement for years. You are well appreciated by conservatives everywhere in this great country - no matter who they support. Are you going to get bent out of shape over an anonymous caller. You know as well as anyone that the caller could have been a plant from another campaign. Please save your energy for the things you can verify and not the idle anonymous chatterers.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Merry and Blessed Christmas to All

I wish joy and happiness to all my readers!

God bless you all this Christmas!

Radiant Times and the Kringle Lizards, Roughy and Feisty

Will Conservatives return to Thompson????

Will Conservatives return to Thompson? The author of Land of Da Free
seems to think so. I have my doubts, though.

Fred Thompson has campaigned like a man who assumed the Republican nomination was his. Now he realizes that his nearly arrogant, sloth-like trot onto the Republican campaign field was a mistake and is only now realizing that his campaign is in danger.

I do not fault Fred on the issues. He is reasonably solid as a 'social conservative'. I just don't believe he has governing experience, and I don't believe he would have the physical stamina to tolerate the demands of the Presidency. Sadly, he comes across as Gerald Ford or Bob Dole on barbiturates - lackluster and boring. (no insult intended to these fine men...just imagine them on the barbies) When Republicans tried Dole, a man much like Thompson, WE LOST. BADLY.

Fumbling his way through the political montage, Thompson seems to be a candidate whose ambition has kicked in too late. He doesn't meet with the public, he only talks to a select few, and the press has little access to him. That attitude shows in his dropping poll numbers, and is also one reason why I am supporting Mike Huckabee. Ultimately we have to select the candidate whom we feel will compete best against Obama or Hillary...... and that ain't Thompson.

What more can I say about Fred Thompson???? He's a good actor and should go where we can like him as rising Hollywood star instead of a falling political meteorite.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Never Thought I'd See the Day


About three and a half weeks ago, our glorious lemon colored Australian Bearded Dragon, Roughy, got away from us. We grieved over that silly lizard like a dog owner over a lost dog, and assumed he had gotten out of the house and had become a 'scooby snack' for one of our local cats.

But yesterday he emerged from his hiding place and I found him on the living room floor. He must have found a cool place to burmate for a few weeks. Needless to say, there was MUCH rejoicing in the Radiant Times household, and my dear husband is spending plenty of time coddling his 18 inch long lizard.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New Blog in Town

Radiant Times is now affiliated with the LC 4 Huckabee group. Visit the blog HERE!

Monday, December 3, 2007

To the Troglodyte Headhunters of Sudan

I've renamed the Lizard of Doom. Ibn Abu Al Beardie is now called Mohammed - a common name!



Let the Ululation commence!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Huckabee is rising; Guilian and Romney are Waning

Today's Rasmussen polls are evidence of Huckabee's rise.

Poll Results:

Rudy Giuliani: 22%

Mike Huckabee: 17%

John McCain: 14%

Fred Thompson: 14%

Mitt Romney: 11%

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Low Carb living

We decided to dramatically change our lifestyle and way of eating last October. Our weight had been creeping up to the point that shopping for clothing became difficult. With our medical histories - diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol - we made the choice to cut back on carbohydrates and live a low carb lifestyle.

Since we are not exercising as regularly as we should, our weight loss is not dramatic, but both of us have dropped ten pounds to this point (even surviving Thanksgiving). The diet is not odious, and we have flexibility with our food choices. So many have gone this road before us so there are many, many recipes to try to keep the diet interesting. I'm pleased to know there are even recipes for 'bread substitutes' available for those who are reducing their carbohydrate intake.

Our favorite recipe book is "500 Low-Carb Recipes" compile by Dana Carpender.

We know we've made a long term lifestyle change and look forward to continued benefit over the next few months.

Huckabee on Immigration

Huckabee does not sound like a softie on immigration as Thompson purports.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Believe

Here is Mike Huckabee's new TV ad:

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I Heart Huckabee Video

Here's a fun little video!



Enjoy!
Kudos to Team Huckabee

The Cream Always Rises to the Top

Mike Huckabee continues to rise in Iowa.

It claims to be energized

The Thompson campaign started with much hope and anticipation. Despite Fred Thompson's late entry into the presidential fray, many saw him as a candidate who would uphold a conservative platform for the Republican party. True, he holds a reasonably authentic conservative position, but many potential supporters are disappointed by the lack of energy and ambition shown by the campaign. They have taken a 'wait and see' attitude, thinking Thompson will fail in the primaries.

Here is the article from CQ.com entitled Some House Backers of Thompson are Starting to Lose the Faith

Several House Republicans who endorsed Fred Thompson for president now say that they are frustrated with what they view as an apathetic campaign, and at least one regrets having committed to the former Tennessee senator.

“I think he’s kind of done a belly flop,” said an estranged Thompson backer who indicated he will not pull his public support before the “Super Tuesday” primaries. “We’ll just wait till after Feb. 5 because I think he’s going to get beat.”

The disaffected members of team Thompson say he has failed to put to rest whispers that he is unwilling to campaign hard enough to win the presidency.

“He seems to be perpetuating it instead of defeating it,” another dissatisfied Thompson backer said. “I can’t see me bailing on him, but there’s some frustration.”

Political endorsements mean little in and of themselves. But actively engaged elected officials can use their own networks to help boost a presidential candidate’s chances in their district or state, according to political experts.

“It often times gives entrĂ©e to that person’s own fundraising network and to be able to tap into that person’s knowledge of how to win that particular geography,” said Susan A. MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Some of Thompson’s endorsers say they aren’t lifting a finger.

“I’ve kind of pulled back. I’m not not supporting him, but I’m not doing anything,” said a third lawmaker.

What could be even more troubling for Thompson is what that lawmaker said GOP activists outside the capital Beltway are saying: “Now they’re calling me and saying ‘What’s he doing?’ It’s almost like he doesn’t want it.”


Despite the NRLC endorsement (which really should have gone to Huckabee) Fred Thompson is campaigning like a tired old man whose ambition has awakened too late. Potential supporters see this clearly and the poll numbers are showing it.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Thanks a lot, Robertson!

Pat Robertson, I am disappointed in your endorsement of Rudy Guiliani.

I always thought someone should stand for something that did not violate their conscience. Primary elections are about choosing who you believe in.

I guess your loyalties are more flexible than we ever guessed. You have spoken for yourself, but not for the community of evangelical Christians. Make sure that is clear.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Another Huckabee supporter in New Hampshire

Here is an article from the Milford Observer which I shall publish in it's entirety for your convenience. Any highlighting is my own for emphasis of important points:

Posted Saturday, November 3, 2007

Supporting Huckabee
By Loreen Daniels
Milford


It is very important for me to help the people of this area to understand the importance of knowing that the purpose of a primary is NOT to vote for the most popular person who they think has a good chance of winning the election, unless of course, that person has all the qualities to lead our country; but the purpose of a primary is to vote for the best person who one thinks will make the best president, no matter how much or how little press he gets.

There are candidates out there with little money to spend, but would make much better candidates for the presidency than all the ones with the big bucks that make the headlines every day! The one I am supporting is Gov. Mike Huckabee. He has no baggage, has genuine integrity, a real vision for America and the most COMMON SENSE I have seen in a candidate so far as well as successful experience in his home state of Arkansas as governor. You can go on the internet and find out what Mike is all about and I encourage you to do so via his website: Mike Huckabee.com, so you can make an informed decision come primary day.

I encourage you to do the same regarding any other candidates that are running but not getting any press because they are considered an "underdog". Voting in a primary or in the general election shouldn't be a popularity contest! It's the time to vote with your heart of who the best candidate for the job should be. Choose who you think should win, not what the press envisions as the winner.

Thanks to Loreen Daniels for her honest article!



Sunday, November 4, 2007

Snowed under by Snow

Please read this speech given by Tony Snow when he received the Freedom of Speech award from the Media Institute.

It's a PDF so give it a little time to load.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Huckabee ties for third in Rasmussen poll

Congratulatons Mike!

You are beating Romney in the Rasmussen poll today, October 29, 2005!

Huckabee 13% Romney 12%

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Republican Party Degeneration?

When I look at the field of presidential candidates on the Republican side, I wonder whose side they are running for. The 'front runner', Rudy Guiliani, has social views that line up with the Democrat front runner, Hillary Clinton. He's not a real conservative. Fred Thompson, seen as the 'great hope' for conservatives, doesn't seem to know how to run a campaign, nor what work to do in order to gain popularity. We wonder if he would be able to debate Clinton. Romney seems to have changed his mind about critical issues when convenient to do so.....like being "pro-choice" until deciding to run for President.

Is the Republican party so diluted that locally a person cannot clearly distinguish the party of a candidate by looking at their stand on issues alone? Why do we have to go to our party headquarters to find out who the candidates are? Are the candidates afraid to make their position clear?

The lack of clarity of position is evidenced by Republican dissatisfaction with the current slate of leading presidential candidates. I happened upon a poll in the sidebar of a random blog today. Here are the results:

Who is your favorite Republican Presidential Candidate?

  • None of the above. I want a real Conservative! (38%, 279 Votes)
  • Fred Thompson (28%, 207 Votes)
  • Rudy Giuliani (16%, 116 Votes)
  • Mitt Romney (8%, 59 Votes)
  • Newt Gingrich (8%, 57 Votes)
  • John McCain (2%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 735



There are so few Republican candidates that really exemplify what "conservative" means. The only one that talks the talk and has real world experience that will transfer to the role of President is Mike Huckabee. He would be a natural choice to lead the nation because of his successful experience as governor of Arkansas, and because he is a true conservative. I hope his hard work in Iowa and New Hampshire bears fruit, and that Republicans will not dismiss him as unelectable.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Did I Mention Hillary Is a Socialist?

Here is a shocking list of questions which I shall quote in their entirety. Thanks to Right Truth for posting this eye-opening list.

Who said this? (answers at the bottom, but don't look)

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

A. Karl Marx
B. Adolph Hitler
C. Joseph Stalin
D. None of the above

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few...and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."

A. Lenin
B. Mussolini
C. Idi Amin
D. None of the Above

3) "(We)...can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."

A. Nikita Khrushev
B. Josef Goebbels
C. Boris Yeltsin
D. None of the above

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own...in order to create this common ground."

A. Mao Tse Dung
B. Hugo Chavez
C. Kim Jong Il
D. None of the above

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

A. Karl Marx
B. Lenin
C. Molotov
D. None of the above

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."

A. Pinochet
B. Milosevic
C. Saddam Hussein
D. None of the above

Answers:

(1) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004
(2) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007
(3) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(4) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(5) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(6) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005


These views do not represent the vision of America - the land of the free and the home of the brave. These are overtly communist values which represent redistribution of wealth and complete nationwide entitlement. Communism is a failed system. We've known that for years now. How sad that the Democratic "frontrunner" is so blatantly against the free market system that has been economically successful and has done the most good for this world in motivating people to aspire to be the best they can and work hard to achieve great goals.

Voters, if you want a nanny that will take care of your every need without the necessity of you having to work for what you have, then vote for Hillary. I will save my vote for a candidate who will inspire me to work for my dreams because I will achieve them by my own merit and not based on the 'equal share' of what a government will give me.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Rush Limbaugh is not News

Rush Limbaugh is not news. What is news is the loss of common sense and dignity in Congress.

Congress, the current Democratic Congress, has the lowest approval rating of any Congress in the history of the United States. They are rivaling the kind of demagoguery and outright partisanship for their own selfish ambitions that led to the Civil War. This Congress can be compared to the Pre-Civil War Congress where they were so morally weak and indecisive that they allowed the "Great Compromise" - that some states should be slave states and some should be free. I fear that we could be on the edge of another civil war with such incompetent and self serving leadership.

On both sides, we have clear and open evidence of pettiness, viciousness, corruption, bribery and sexual perversion. When the top leaders of our country act like animals, selfish children and whiny brats – attempting to screw strangers in public bathroom stalls, hiding money in freezers, using native Americans for their own corrupt political purposes, sleeping and drooling and ranting on public TV the American public knows its time for a change. (I’ll let you guess who they are. They are from both sides of the House and Senate and they have one thing in common – they love themselves and money more than they love the American they are hired to serve and defend.)

Most in Congress on both sides have an attitude of extreme treachery toward the very military THEY desperately need to keep their "candy asses" from being blown sky high on the way to work. The Carpetbagger from New York is using her senatorial office for no other reason than to run for president (and yes, she'll probably win - I believe the American people are overall just that stupid). Under this current Congress, which has put off any meaningful debate about illegal aliens and protection of our homeland, murderous illegal aliens can get more health and government benefits than a Hardworking US citizen who has paid their dues all their life, it is possible that freedom is not just being eroded, but is being destroyed.

In our country, we have laws - Don't murder. Don't steal. Don't lie.. The list goes on. But then we have our Congress and our political leaders decrying the "Two Americas", where, in reality, "if you are rich and famous you can break all the laws you want, maybe write a book, and get a ton of cash for it. But woe to you if you are a poor person of color! One false step and you are going down for 20 years because you felt sorry for yourself one day and just had to steal a bike.

According to God's Word, the true sign of the end times is that people would be evil, and this is how we would know what evil is - very simply: people would be lovers of themselves, and call what is evil good and what is good evil. I believe our Congress is in that camp and that they should all resign. Every last one of them. When people who represent our freedoms sacrifice them for their own power lust and personal ambition, are we really safe?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

"What's in Your Wallet?"

That's what I want to know from Democratic candidates in this election cycle. Who's providing them the big bucks to promote their "Progressive" Socialist agenda?

Consider the Democrats who won't speak out against the MoveOn.org ad, including Hillary Clinton. MoveOn is generously supported by George Soros - a man who wants to be a political chessmaster in the world, and who uses his capital to influence elections. This was obvious during the last presidential election and is still continuing.

So, Soros wants to spend money to over throw what he considers 'fascist regimes' and has an obsessively negative view of the United States. Should he be allowed to 'buy' elections? Should he become the defacto King of America (and the world)?

A fair warning to Democratic candidates - What is in your wallet and who is controlling you with their dollars?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dems Debate on Raising Taxes for Healthcare

Tonight on the AARP debate, Democratic candidates were touting their fabulous comprehensive and universal health care plans.....all paid for by raising Taxes on the "Rich" and by raising Capital Gains Tax from 15% to 27%.

I don't think Edwards, Richardson,Clinton, Biden and Dodd really have a background in economics. What they propose may satisfy the itching ears of the "poor" who are bitter and have a grudge against those who are blessed with the ability to accumulate wealth, but in reality it is those who have a little extra capital who can start businesses without borrowing and who can create jobs which increases the revenue base from which people pay more taxes. They don't realize that "Bush's Tax Cuts" - they speak that like a derogatory word - are what have fueled the strong economy we have now.

In their lofty and even pompous proclamations about health care, they fail to address the one great unmentionable in Democratic politics - Illegal aliens are sucking the health care system dry and not contributing via taxes. If that issue were dealt with, along with tort reform and a purging of corruption form the Medicare system that still pays our $12 for a tylenol, it would go a long way toward solving some of our health care issues.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

John must be at the parlor.....

Elizabeth is doing all the talking for him again. Ever know someone whose wife did all the important talking for him....? The Royal Edwards family is case in point.








I'm just wondering when John-boy will decide to call it quits......or will his wife make that decision for him too?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Losergirl shills for limelight ......again!


Her finances must be getting low. Cindy Sheehan is out looking for more opportunites to get arrested. This time she is making her face shown on September 15 with ANSWER - that Lovely Communist cover group. They are going to have a 'die in' in Washington DC. How quaint. Alas, she is part of the super far left wing moonbats whom, along with moveon.org, we will not miss when they are gone.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Rudy: I'd Back McCain

Rudy would back McCain if he were not running for President himself........and that is just another reason why I would probably not back Giuliani.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Ignorant are Easily Manipulated

Here is a Video by Penn and Teller where a petitioner gets hundreds of signatures to ban 'dihydrogen monoxide'. That stuff sounds really bad, doesn't it, until you think a little bit and realize the petitioner is getting people to want to ban WATER - H2O!!




Those people did not even give a thought to the possibility of that strange sounding chemical being any more than an evil poison. Most of us learn that water consists of two hydrogen atoms (dihydrogen) and one oxygen atom (monoxide) in elementary and middle school.

This is one of the reasons why I teach. You cannot do much with adults who choose to be stupid and ignorant, but there is hope for the kids. Knowledge is power, literally.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Do not forget the real Martyrs

Michelle Malkin reminds us of the blood of the Korean Christian missionaries spilled in Afghanistan. The Koreans were there to share their faith - not with forceful words and Bible thumping, but by humanitarian means - ministering to the medical and physical needs of the Afghani people. And for their kindness, they have been kidnapped by killers who believe their 'god' demands the death of all those who do not convert to Islam.

Malkin brings out the deafening silence of America over this atrocity. Reasonable Americans should cry out, or at least speak out against this violence and blatant human rights violation. Are Americans so cowed by fear of the reaction by groups like CAIR who support terrorism and are a squeaky wheel for Muslim issues in this country. The group whose vision for America represents the Capitol Building as a mosque with a minaret (click on the image):



Shocking, isn't it?

Please don't forget the Korean Christian Missionaries in your prayers. And speak out against the violence and atrocities carried out in the name of Islam - in this country as well as around the world.

Malkin says it best:

Curiously, those who argue that we need to "understand" Islamic terrorists demonstrate little effort to "understand" the Christian evangelical missionaries who risk their lives to spread the gospel -- not by sword, but through acts of compassion, healing and education. An estimated 16,000 Korean mission workers risk their lives across the globe -- from Africa to the Middle East, China and North Korea.

These are true practitioners of a religion of peace, not the hate-mongers with bombs and AK-47s strapped to their chests who slay instead of pray their way to martyrdom.



Radiant

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Another Massachusetts Moonbat

A very wise and well known religious figure told us "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." I find this is a wonderful guide for judging our leaders.

Recently, one of our Congressmen put his brain on hold and spewed forth what was in his heart. John Olver D-Massachusetts described Republicans in this way - "They are nihilists. They are jihadists."

What inspired this vitriol? Here is part of the article from CQ.com:

This year’s appropriations tug-of-war between a new majority in Congress and a president of the opposing party does not appear to be headed for a government shutdown, but a rhetorical taboo was lifted when the word became part of the partisan message of the moment.

“The obvious plan of the Democrats is to not do appropriations bills but put everything together in a giant omnibus appropriations bill in a kind of legislative blackmail with all of the policy and increased spending, to in effect threaten the president to either sign the bill or be accused of shutting down the government,” Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the chairman of the Republican Conference, said Wednesday.

President Bush has threatened to veto seven appropriations bills because together they would exceed his discretionary spending limit by more than $20 billion.

Congressional veterans are certain the two sides are headed for a whopper of a fight over a catchall, omnibus appropriations bill.

Democratic leaders insist, however, that they really want separate bills to pass and that they prefer to avoid an omnibus.

“That is not our intention at all,” said Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill. “If they want to cooperate with us and bring the bills to the floor, we have six or seven bills that have cleared committee. We’re ready to move.”


So, because Republicans won't bend over and take the Democrat koolaid on spending, Olver thinks they are Jihadists? What an ignorant man. Here is his voting record as a Representative. Here's more on his voting record. He's also been a Representative since 1991 - that makes him a poster child for term limits, too!

Here is something else John Olver believes:
He is deeply concerned whether we will actually have an election in Nov. '08, as he believes this administration will likely strike Iran from the air, declare a national emergency, and cancel the '08 elections.
Moonbat, anyone??

Do you ever feel sorry for the citizens of Massachusetts? They have Kennedy, Kerry, ......and Olver!

Radiant



Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Yes, Bill Richardson is just another Liberal but...

Yes, Bill Richardson is just another liberal. What sets him apart is his success as a governor of New Mexico as well as his vast experience as a former cabinet member and his international diplomatic experience, which the other Democratic candidates sorely lack.

Here in New Mexico he has cut taxes and been very pro-business. This has improved living circumstances immensely. I live in one of the cities that is experiencing tremendous growth and a rise in the standard of living (although, admittedly, vast poverty exists south of us due to the swell of illegal immigration.)

I am not a Democrat, but if my values were in agreement with theirs, I would consider Richardson the most qualified candidate of all in the field. Here’s hoping Hillary’s skeletons come out of the closet to haunt her, and that Obama’s charm is a thin veil revealing his shocking lack of experience and extreme views.

Murtha's Magical Money Pot

Have you ever heard of the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure??

Neither have I. And neither had Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona, but it's getting a million dollars.

Here's the story from the Politico:

Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona, the fiscal crusader who's never met an earmark he likes, questioned Democratic Rep. Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana on the House floor Tuesday about whether the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure actually exists - since, hey, it's getting like a million bucks or something.

Visclosky, who chairs the spending subcommittee responsible for the project, had to admit that, well, he didn't have a clue.

After a lengthy back-and-forth, Flake, complaining that his staff couldn't find a website for the center, asked Visclosky, "Does the center currently exist?"

"At this time, I do not know," the Indiana Democrat replied. "But if it does not exist, the monies could not go to it." And who could possibly be the sponsor of such an earmark? Yes, you guessed it, the man Republicans love to hate, Pennsylvania Democrat John P. Murtha.

Despite the money's uncertain destination, the House rejected Flake's measure to strike the funds, 326-98. And the Visclosky bill also sailed through, 312-112.

Someone should investigate Murtha on this. It deals with money going to some nebulous place. Kind of like Abscam. Is he padding his retirement fund with this bogus Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure? We really need to ask some more questions on this.......oh wait! The investigations are all directed at Republicans now...no time to clean the Democratic messes!

And what should we call this appropriation?? Ah!!! Another 'success' of the current Democratic Congress?

Radiant

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Bluewater Lake State Park


If you are a camping fan and happen to be rolling through Western New Mexico, you will want to consider the Bluewater Lake State Park near Grants. We spent a very relaxing weekend there during my blogging absence.

Located on the north edge of the Zuni Mountains and ringed with Pinon Pine trees and Cedars, Bluewater Lake State Park is not only a good campsite with excellent amenities, but it is a lovely scenic place to set up your tent. Being conveniently located off I-40, you could use this campsite as a base for further exploration. That is what we did, traveling to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert 125 miles away in Arizona.

The lake and creek are stocked with trout and catfish. This site is also favored for winter ice fishing! Don't miss the trail that leads to the Bluewater Creek!

If you look carefully at the limestone that surrounds the reservoir, you will find snail and brachipod fossils. The limestone comes from the time when the Bluewater Lake area was an inland sea.

At this state park there are sites for RVs and tent camping. You can choose a primitive site for $8 a night, an improved site for $10 a night which includes a picnic table and a fire ring with your tent site. there are also RV and tent sites with electricity for an additional $4 fee. Both flush toilets and outhouses are on the site, and they are kept clean. The two sites with flush toilets are heated, and in one of them is a shower house with two shower stalls per gender. The showers are push button operated. The water is well heated and feels great when you are all sweaty and need to clean up. A trick about the push button showers is to keep pushing to get a steady stream of water. Otherwise, the water will peter out in a few seconds.

If you end up visiting Bluewater Lake State Park, leave me a comment about how you liked it.

Radiant

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Presidential Quiz

This was a fun way to waste a little time. Try this quiz and let me know what your results were.

Here are my results:
1.
Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100%)

2. Fred Thompson (63%) Information link

3. Mitt Romney (62%) Information link

4. Tom Tancredo (62%) Information link

5. Duncan Hunter (61%) Information link

6. John McCain (61%) Information link

7. Jim Gilmore (61%) Information link

8. Chuck Hagel (58%) Information link

9. Newt Gingrich (58%) Information link

10. Sam Brownback (57%) Information link

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Monday, July 9, 2007

Peace with Arabs? Peace with Muslims?

A blogging friend brought this to my attention. Thank you Carl B.

Golda Meir said it best decades ago. How true that is today for the whole world.

We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.

Pure Evil

Can you imagine taking a happy ten year old girl and brainwashing her to be willing to die for Jihad?

Here is part of the article describing what happened to the children at the Red Mosque siege in Pakistan:

SAIMA KHAN wants to die a martyr. Life is transient, she told her father in a telephone call last week, and the real glory is to sacrifice it for Allah. Her statement would be alarming at any age, but Saima is only 10.

As she spoke, rifle shots rang out, the acrid smell of tear gas drifted over Islamabad and hundreds of troops surrounded the pro-Taliban Red Mosque, a religious school complex in the heart of Pakistan’s capital where Saima was among hundreds of children being held as virtual hostages in a stand-off between militants and the government.

Saima and her 14-year-old sister, Asma, were embroiled in a struggle for the soul of Pakistan in which up to 70 militants died last week and more than 100 were injured, according to mosque officials.

Holed up inside the complex behind the lines of troops and razor wire, the children – many of them girls whose families had sent them to the mosque to receive a strict Islamic education – repeatedly rejected relatives’ entreaties to leave before a threatened army onslaught.

There was evidence that many had been brainwashed into a cult of martyrdom, and the authorities feared last night that some were being prepared to be suicide bombers. In barely eight weeks, Saima had been transformed from a religious but fun-loving girl to a jihadi, grimly craving martyrdom.

Imagine if you had sent your daughter to a private school to receive a decent education, and she came out so terribly radical! As a Christian, I can understand teaching your children that there is the possibility of being persecuted for your beliefs. That sort of teaching is Biblical and is a reality in countries which are hostile to Christianity (Sadly, Pakistan seems to be one of those countries). But to have your children brainwashed into believing they need to die or kill themselves to promote an oppressive theocratic system is totally evil.

Radiant

Did you watch it?

I'm talking about Al Gore's Live Earth global warming concerts. I didn't even though I am a huge music lover, and I'll tell you why.


I think Al Gore is an attention seeking crank who has cottoned on to global warming as a cash cow. He's like a televangelist preaching outrageous sermons to a sycophantic, unintelligent (that is what our schools produce nowadays) boot licking crowd. All televangelistic prosperity teachers work a pyramid-like scheme that has one kingpin at the top and the rest of the peons and poor suckers giving to the cause of the kingpin. Gore has used the music industry to work the young, uneducated and inexperienced masses to an environmental froth all for his own profit. And forget the fact that the musicians and bands want to give lip service to global warming while living their lavish lifestyles. Forget the fact that global warming green means money money money.

There are far better ways to reduce the dreaded carbon footprint than by attending a 'global concert' designed to line the purses of the demigods and soak the poor kids who love music and who are trying to do something right with their young lives.

You can do what we do: Grow a garden, use a wood stove in the winter for heat, don't buy designer clothes. Use your bikes when you can. Don't eat out much, and eat less processed food. Turn off the TV, video games and i pod like devices and spend time with your family, neighbors, and friends instead of the artificial and mind numbing stimulus addiction to such devices afford.

Our future plans include installing a greywater system to recycle water (important here in the Southwest, moving to a smaller house (the kids are growing up), purchasing more land to grow more food and to live simpler.

So, you can follow our example.....or Al Gore's, whose house uses more power in a month than a normal family uses in a year! We can't afford to buy off our carbon guilt like Gore can with the money from his Global Warming products!

I'm seriously glad he never won the presidency.

Radiant

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

God Bless American and those who protect us!

As we celebrate our independence, may we not forget to lift a prayer for our troops all around the world in harms' way, and all the of our domestic protectors - the Police, Fire Fighters, Border Patrol and so many others. No matter what your religion, have a listen to this amazing song and video "Somebody's Praying Me Through" sung by Allen Asbury.

God bless America! God bless our military! God bless those who protect us on our native soil! We are so blessed and so free because of them.


Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Why I Will Never Convert to Islam

Some purveyors of multiculturalism say all cultures are of equal value. I disagree. There are some cultures that are so damaging to humankind that they should be allowed to wither on the vine and die. The current tacit acceptance of terrorism and violence puts Islam on the list. Here are some reasons why I would rather die than become a Muslim:

Terrorism in the name of Islam

Attitude of supremacy of Muslims

Clear direction in Koran to kill “infidels” (like me)

Lack of equality for women

Lack of respect for women (the testimony of two women is equal to that of one man)

Acceptance of beating as an appropriate treatment of the wife

Glorification of violence and death

Training children to hate and kill

Extreme bigotry against Jews

Bigotry against Christians

Bigotry against believers of anything except Islam

Taking offense against anything that ‘offends’ Islam

Taquiya – it’s ok to lie to promote Islam

The fear of normal sexuality

Lack of tolerance for other cultures

Lack of tolerance for each other (Muslims kill more Muslims than anyone else)

Lack of willingness to accept religious freedom for others in “Muslim” countries


I’ll think of others as time goes on, but this is a formidable list

The God I worship tells me that my enemy, Satan, comes to steal, kill and destroy. From what I’ve seen of the public face of Islam, that pretty well sums it up.

Radiant


Sunday, July 1, 2007

My Magnificent Lizards!

Here are some pictures of Roughy and Feisty hot off the press! Enjoy!

This is Feisty and Roughy. They are clutch mates, both male and they hate each other. Roughy is NOT smiling! He wants to bite and kill his brother!



Roughy the Magnificent!


Feisty pensive after encounter with his brother.


Roughy in his Lemon Colored Glory.

What do you think of these Australian Bearded Dragons??? Leave me a comment!

Radiant

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Last Word on the Fairness Doctrine

Diane Feinstein was photographed leaving Congress after the Fairness Doctrine was voted down.


South Asian??? Let's be Honest Now!

Big news today is the Burning SUV plowing into the airport at Glasglow.

The drivers of the car are described as "Asian" in the AP report.

"It raced across the central reservation and went straight into the building," said taxi driver Ian Crosby, who was waiting outside Glasgow's Terminal One.

Crosby said a stocky Asian man had got out of the car and was quickly tackled to the ground by angry bystanders.

What do you think of when you think "Asian"? I usually think of someone of Chinese or Japanese descent.

The AP cites a BBC report that was more explicit but not much more:

"The jeep is completely on fire and it exploded not long after. It exploded at the entrance to the terminal," witness Stephen Clarkson told the BBC. "It may have been an explosion of petrol in the tank because it was not a massive explosion."

Two men - one of them engulfed in flames - were in the SUV, witnesses told BBC News executive Helen Boaden, who was at the airport at time. She described the men as South Asian.

Clarkson described him as a large South Asian man. "His whole body was on fire.... He was just talking gibberish," he told the BBC.


So now the guy is "South Asian" Let's be honest. The men who were in the ill fated SUV "bombmobile" were not some vague south Asians, but rather some of the many many 'radicalized' Muslim men in Britain who are either from the Middle East or Pakistan. Is the media really so afraid to call the truth what it is??? What about reports of one of the 'flamers' punching and shouting out "Allah".

So, the fiery SUV drivers were indeed Muslims of Middle Eastern or Pakistani origin. They are Jihadi Loser Boys who don't get their virgins (or fat raisins, depending on your translation), and there are more in the wings who are so stupidly offended at the knighthood of Salman Rusdie, the Jews kicking Palestinian Butt, and the stubbornness of infidels everywhere who hate the violence and oppression of Islam (Moderate Muslims, please, PLEASE stand up and oppose the actions of your so called brothers!!!).

The enemy is in our midst. Let's be watchful, brave and never give in to their violent ways.


Radiant






Friday, June 29, 2007

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Burkhas bad for your health

As a fairly conservative Christian, I understand arguments about headcovering and modesty. (I believe my long hair is my covering - so long as my hair is a little longer than my husband's :-D ) What appalls me about Fundamentalist Muslims is their lack of regard for the health of their women. Here is an article from Foreign Policy worth reading:

Are Muslim dress codes bad for women's health?

Conservative Muslim dress codes may be causing vitamin D deficiency in women by limiting their exposure to sunlight, humans' main source for the vitamin, according to new research.

Scientists had previously found high rates of vitamin D deficiency in Arab and East Indian women living in the United Arab Emirates. A follow-up study investigated the effect of vitamin D supplements on 178 UAE women, many of whom covered themselves entirely, faces and hands included, when outside their homes. Only two of the women did not have vitamin D deficiency prior to receiving supplements. The results were published by a team of scientists in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

One of the researchers concludes, "When sunlight exposure … is limited, much higher dietary intake of vitamin D is needed than currently recommended," particularly for those who breast-feed.

At least one commentator, though, is saying it's not higher doses of vitamin D that are needed, but rather, lower doses of fundamentalism.

"Now they're only hiring those with papers"

In Panama Beach, Florida, the authorities have developed an effective strategy for finding Illegal Immigrants.

Deputies in patrol cars pull up to a construction site in force, and watch and see who runs.

Those who take off are chased down and arrested on charges such as trespassing, for cutting through someone else's property, or loitering, for hiding out in someone's yard, or reckless driving, for speeding off in a car.

U.S. immigration authorities are then given the names of those believed to be in this country illegally.

"It's not wrong for them to run, but it's not wrong for us to chase them either," said Sheriff Frank McKeithen, who created his Illegal Alien Task Force in April to target construction sites in this Florida Panhandle county.


Apparantly Florida has a law that has been on the books for a long time: Employers are Prohibited from Knowingly Hiring Illegals. Sherriff Frank McKeithen is merely enforcing the laws that are already on the books.

In light of the Immigration Bill debacle, States already have laws that prohibit hiring of Illegals. Other municipalities legally prevent landlords from renting to Illegals. Others require proof of citizenship before getting a driver's license. Are these laws wrong or outmoded? Of course not!

Those who scream for an amnesty policy for Illegal Immigrants are among those who use minorities for political gain - The Democrats. I would dare say it should be investigated how Democrats control the majority of the black population of the United States by the multitude of promises of government help while keeping so many in a crippling welfare system and without school choice in our cities. It is a travesty! They are doing the same to the Illegal Immigrants - keeping up the promise of free bilingual education (which usually means many students will be below par in both languages), free food, health care and citizenship for their children born in this country. Social services are promised in America the land of milk and honey where Illegal families stuff themselves into cracker box houses and subsist on beans and rice.

But back to what is happening in Florida. The laws that are already on the books are being enforced, and this should be the case for all States.

Should we have a Federal Immigration Bill? Maybe not! Maybe individual states need to make their own laws and enforce them.

I'll leave you with Jose Madrid's words:

Mexican illegal immigrant Jose Madrid, 28, said he has been unable to find a construction job over the past six weeks because of the crackdown, and hasn't been able to send money to his parents and his 7-year-old son back home.

"We immigrants, we are leaving Panama City. People are afraid they will be deported," he said. "The companies don't want to hire illegal people. Now they're only hiring those with papers."



Radiant

Hat Tip: solomonpainting, a blogging buddy.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lizards who Blog

As an aficionado of the amazing Little Green Footballs site, I am adding a new feature to this humble blog. It is the Scaled Legion Blogroll. I respect each author and hope you will enjoy perusing their literary and political efforts.

Radiant

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Close Encounters with What???

I am veering into the realm of religion for this blog. Those of my readers who do not ascribe to orthodox Christianity, I beg your patience.

This is a brief listing of some of the teachings of Jesse Duplantis. I've made some comments in between quotes.

“When someone dies, the opposite occurs. God is there to receive that breath of life back to Himself. When God breathes out, things come alive. When He inhales, that life goes back into Him. Think about that.” “When my mother died, I heard her breathe her last breath. God spoke to me then and said, “I just did to your mama the same thing I did to Adam.” God had breathed life into my mother when she was coming into this earth. He then received that life given breath back unto Himself as she was going out” (p.15 Heaven Close encounters of the God Kind.).


Does this mean there is no one in hell?

“I saw new lives of little babies singing and flying around God's Throne. It seemed to me that babies just came out of the breath of God. They looked like they were wearing nightgowns. They flew into the presence of Jehovah. I realized they were new souls who came from the thoughts of God. God thinks kids. Now I know why those newborn babies are so precious. Babies are gifts given to us directly from the Throne of God. I heard them saying to God, "Can I be a spirit? Would you send me to the earth so I can be a spirit? I want to be a redeemed person. Can I be a spirit?" And while I watched, I heard that mighty sound of God's power, Whooosh! I saw these babies leave the Throne by the power of God. (Heaven Close encounters of the God Kind p.119).

This sounds like it lines up with Mormon doctrine.

"I've never had the Lord say, 'Jesse, I think that car is a little bit too nice.' I've had vehicles and the Lord said, 'Would you please go park that at your house. Don't put that in front of my house. I don't want people to think that I'm a poor God.'" (Jesse Duplantis, "When Will We Yield To The Anointing of Wealth II," April 10, 2005)

Jesse Duplantis: "People told me, 'Well, they say, Jesus was poor.' When was He poor? I would like to know when He was poor. Well, He was born in a stable. Why? Why was He born in a stable? Because that short, deaf lady lost their reservation. He couldn't get into the inn. Think about that for a minute...And He had 12 full time people on His staff. Some were married and He took care of them. He had 70 part timers. You don't gamble for rags Marcus."
Marcus Lamb: "Yeah."
Jesse Duplantis: "You don't gamble for rags. You gamble for some clothes that cost. Don't you? He wanted a donkey that had never been rode. As I said earlier, 'You might want a car that has never been drove.'
Marcus Lamb: "He had a full time treasurer on staff."
Jesse Duplantis: "That's right! And stole for three years and the other guys didn't know about it."
Joni Lamb: "And wise men came to see Him."
Jesse Duplantis: "That's right! I mean He wasn't three minutes on the ground and the three wise guys are looking for Him with what? Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. Let me tell you something, this concept that Jesus was in poverty is totally wrong!"
(Jesse Duplantis, Marcus Lamb, and Joni Lamb, Daystar Fall, "Share-A-Thon," September 15, 2004)

By the way - the Wise men, the kings, did not get to Jesus until he was around 2 years old.

"If I give $1,000 dollars I deserve to get back $100,000 because I am just, that's not greed!" (Jesse Duplantis, December 19, 2003 TBN, "The just shall live by faith.")

Sounds like greed and excess to me!

"With fierce prayers and determination to see my mother healed, I started talking to God. "What is going on here?! I'm praying! Dad's praying! Why isn't she healed? You cannot allow death to defeat me, God. You made a covenant with me through Jesus' blood! And that covenant says by His stripes we were healed! Where is that healing? If you break this covenant with me, you'll have to cease to be God! You must keep covenant with me. You must obey your Word!" I was honest with God. He knew how I felt, so what was the point in hiding it? I was confused. I was hurt. I didn't know what else to do. That is when God spoke up, "Jesse, I have a covenant with you, yes. However, I have one with your mother as well. You are praying for her healing. She is praying in her heart for Me to take her home. Now, I will obey My Word. But you and your daddy are battling your mother's will. It is her life at stake. You have Me in a hard place, Jesse. Someone has got to give in. Get yourselves together and tell Me what I am to do! (Jesse Duplantis, "My Experience Doesn't’ Change God’s Word," Article C-Faith)
Does God really need our help to decide what to do?

I did not write this next excerpt, but it shows, just like many other passages do, how anti intellectual Mr. Duplantis is. This man was awarded an honorary doctorate, and is still dumb as a stump about many scriptural issues.

The clincher is when Jesse tells us that the name of Jehovah is used in heaven. As the angel says “You have an appointment with the Lord God Jehovah” (ibid. p.69). The angel also fell down, saying, “The Most High God Jehovah! Hosanna in the highest!” (ibid. p.70) “The great God Jehovah!” (ibid. p.81) “The angels with wings were circling the Throne, singing and shouting, “The Great God Jehovah!” (p.114) This is a BIIIG booboo on Duplantis’ part. The name Jehovah is a made up name, it is a slang word put together by a Roman Catholic monk who took the vowels and the Tetragrammaton and made a new word. Even the Jewish Encyclopedia says it is a mis-pronunciation of the Hebrew YHWH the name of God. This pronunciation is grammatically impossible. The form “Jehovah” is a philological impossibility.” (The Jewish Encyclopedia p. 160) So when Duplantis is saying the angels are praising and using this name it is just nonsense. So where was Jesse taken to?
The Forgotten Word Ministries has more info on "Dr" Duplantis. Duplantis is extensively quoted on that site.

Duplantis is a false teacher, anti-intellectual (check your brain in at the door because you will detect the false teaching in a heartbeat if you don't), and a charletan who is totally given in to the Word of Faith lifestyle where all the leaders are little kings and live that way. If you are into Orthodox Christianity, give Duplantis a wide bearth, and warn others as well.

Radiant

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Fanaticism Trumps Numbers and Wins

I sometimes wonder what the majority of Americans are willing to die for. Particularly when I see so many young people (and I have teenagers as well as very extensive access to the university) sliding through high school and the first few years of college without accepting the challenge of excellence or the rewards of hard work and personal self discipline. Many of these young people act as if they are the center of their own universe, and when things go wrong they blame those around them for their own failings.

Their behavior is only a symptom of what Ralph Peters calls the dream of a happy-face, godless world where nobody quarrels.

Let me put this article, which really is an article about the conflict in "Palestine," in context now.

Peters states in his article that the reason Hamas won was that they are religious fanatics willing to die for what they believe. Here's a quote:

Hamas won because its fighters are religious fanatics ready to die for their cause. Fatah runs an armed employment agency under the banner of Palestinian nationalism. Most of the latter's security men are on the payroll because relatives or ward pols got them jobs. And they want to stay alive to collect their wages.

The result was predictable. Our government pretended otherwise. Now hairs should be standing up on the backs of thousands of necks, from the White House to the Green Zone.

I look at this wide eyed passion to die for allah (lower case on purpose) and compare it to the apathy of Americans, and it does make me worry!

Our children and our current generation has been taught to "Believe in Yourself" since infancy and through television and our school system, rather than to believe in a higher purpose and a more noble calling. One's self esteem and comfort is more important than the unity and defense of the nation that gives us the freedom to live the lifestyles we enjoy. The values of our founding fathers - well - they are old fashioned and we are "more enlightened now". Bah!

As a Choral Director, I see this all the time in new choral music produced for the consumption of music programs from the elementary level through high school students. The texts are so watered down and "feel good" and do not raise the spirit of the young student to higher sights other than their own emotions and very limited experience. (Consider the fourth grade students in Maine who boldly declare that global warming is the worst problem in the whole world - even as we stand on the brink of WWIII) They speak of "putting our differences behind us" as if living in denial is going to make things better. Children sing about "looking inside" as if that will bring "light to the darkness" and solve all our world problems will bring. What are the children of the fanatics singing and chanting? "Kill America! Kill Jews! Kill Infidels!" None of this mamby-pamby "why can't we all get along" crap!

I could get off on a rant about the extreme political correctness of our government schools, but that will have to wait for another blog entry. I will say I am grateful that choral directors may still use sacred music as an educational tool as it is part of the culture of our Western Civilization.

What if a fanatical Hamas like group were to attack here - perhaps on one of our college campuses. I'm afraid we would see our young men and women cowering and screaming like children. Forgive me for this allusion, but they would be as cowardly as many students at Virginia Tech when "Hammer Boy" Cho went postal on them. (I know I'll get some flak for that statement)

We are not encouraged to be strong and brave and to face our adversaries head on, no matter what the cost. Why? Our faith is weak. Many have no faith except in themselves. I'm not trying to be an evangelical preacher, just a humble blogger. So many of us here in America, while we give lip service to words like Liberty, Freedom, Honor, Courage, Country, God, and Family, don't have enough gumption to be willing to lay it all on the line to defend what we do have.

Here's more from Ralph Peters:

Our problem is that, of those who rise in government, few have witnessed the power of revelation or caught a life-changing glimpse of the divine. They simply can't imagine that others might be willing to die for all that mumbo-jumbo. Our convenience-store approach to faith leaves us numb to the passion of our enemies.

The true believer always beats the feckless attendee. The best you can hope for is that the extremist will eventually defeat himself.

And that does leave us some hope: Fanatics inevitably over-reach, as al Qaeda's Islamo-fascists have done in Iraq, alienating those who once saw them as allies. But the road to self-destruction can be a long one: The people of Iran want change, but the fanatics have the guns. And sorry, folks: Fanatics with guns beat liberals with ideas.

Faith is the nuclear weapon of the fanatic. And there's not going to be a religious "nuclear freeze." It doesn't matter how many hearts and minds you win, if you don't defeat the zealots with the muscles.

The quoted article comes from Ralph Peters' new book, "Wars of Blood and Faith," which comes out on July 25. Yes I'm advertising for him, but he speaks truth to life. Read it and take it in. Our whole nation needs to.

Radiant

UPDATE:

Found a great quote:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy 1.20.61