Archives for September 2009

Imagined Conversation from the Oval Office

Oh to be a fly on the wall of the Oval Office… This is a conversation that I imagined up between President Obama and his Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel.  While the events referenced are true, the conversation itself is completely fictitious and nothing more than Silly Thoughts with Jenny.

“Hey Rahm, what’s on my schedule this week?”

“Well, Mr. President, General McChrystal requested to speak to you regarding the war in Afghanistan.  He feels that we will lose the war if you don’t send more troops.”

“I wish that war would just go away.  Do you think that’s a possiblility?”

“No Sir, but maybe if you never address the issue, the voters will forget about it.  Just keep telling them that you support the bravery of the troops and are consulting with top officials on an effective exit strategy.  Now that ACORN is on its way down the drain, we have to be very careful not to alienate our voter base with silly ideas about national security.”

“I like that approach.  Let’s go with that. Now that my schedule is clear, can I go on Letterman again?  I’ve been thinking of some new jokes involving Sarah Palin AND the Special Olympics.”

“No Sir, you were just there last week.  We agreed on no more than one talk show per month, remember?”

“But that’s not fair!”

“Mr. President, don’t make me call The First Lady in here…”

“Fine. But you better have something good for me this week, Rahm.”

“Would you like to address health-care?”


“Cap and Trade?”


“Well, there is one thing you might be interested in… How would you like to fly to Copenhagen to lobby the International Olympic Committee’s voters to bring the games to Chicago in 2016?”

“What, like a campaign?”

“Yes, Mr. President, exactly like a campaign.”

“Well why didn’t you lead with that?  Go fuel up Air Force One and pack my suitcase!  We’re going to Copenhagen!”

“Very good, Mr. President.  I’ll set it up.”

UPDATE 10/2/2009: President Obama, First Lady Michelle, and Queen Oprah lost the bid for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.  I know, it’s hard to believe… the Obama’s actually lost a campaign.  I guess that’s what happens when you can’t get your opponents thrown out of the race, or put intimidating Black Panther thugs in front of voting booths.

Garbage From the Crazy Right?

The Secret Service is investigating a poll posted on Facebook recently.  The poll asked: “Should Obama be killed?” The possible answers were “no,” “maybe,” yes,” and “yes if he cuts my health care.”

Bob Beckel, one of my favorite love-to-hate liberals, came out swinging against the person responsible for the poll, demanding that he or she be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“This is the kind of garbage that’s generated from the extreme right against Obama, and it’s going way over the line…It’s got to be stopped. Find him, prosecute him and put him in jail…If they don’t like what Obama is doing, then maybe they ought to go out and vote for someone else.  But relying on this kind of attack is un-American and unacceptable.”

Those of us on the right apparently just can’t help ourselves sometimes.  We’re so full of angry hate and hateful anger that we do things like throw bricks and sticks at cops while we’re protesting.  Wait, those were liberal, anti-capitalist protesters?

Well, it’s those Fox News Channel worshipers that bring posters to rallies depicting President Obama as Hitler.  Or was it the fringe group La Rouche, which advocates a single-payer health care system (not exactly a right-wing position)? At least we never saw Bush-as-Hitler propaganda from liberals during the eight years he served as our President.  Nope.  Never.  Not once. Ok, maybe once or twice…

Who killed Dr. Tiller, the man who preformed partial birth abortions on babies that would have most likely survived outside of the womb?  That one HAS to be a right winger.  Definitely a crazy, anti-choice, right-wing extremist.  Or maybe accused gunman Scott Roeder was a nut job that refused to pay taxes, believed himself to be above the law, and was clearly not associated with either liberals or conservatives?

Was it former Republican President George W. Bush that called everyone who disagreed with his politics racists and accused them of being part of a conspiracy?  Or was it former Democratic Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton?  These things are so hard to keep track of, you know.

If the Secret Service ever finds the person that posted the “Obama death poll” on Facebook, I would like to politely ask Mr. Beckel to apologize for associating him or her with the right-wing.  Because I can speculate with some confidence that that person is NOT a right-winger.  After he apologizes, maybe Mr. Beckel can point out some instances of the “garbage that’s generated from the extreme right against Obama,” because I sure can’t find it.  All I can find are concerned citizens that are finally speaking up for themselves and the welfare of our country.  They had the audacity to ask Congress to reign in the spending of money that we don’t have.  Some of those crazy right-wingers actually asked their congressmen to read the bills on their desk before they signed them!  The horror!

Questioning our representatives is not garbage.  Holding our elected officials accountable is not garbage.  Attending peaceful protests, town hall meetings, or city council meetings is not garbage.  Don’t let anyone tell you that it is.

Chicago Reports on Olympics…or Not.

Over the weekend, a local news station in Chicago was ordered not to report…the news.  Chicago is making a bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.  Fox TV Chicago did a story covering the opposition to the games coming to Chicago.  As with any issue, there is more than one side.  So shouldn’t the news cover both sides?  Shouldn’t the news be objective to a situation, and simply report the facts?

I guess the only thing more biased than the main stream media these days is the main stream media in Chicago.

All Hail King Obama

Have you seen the video yet?  The one of elementary school children, in an organized activity, during school hours and on school grounds, singing what can only be called an Ode to Obama?  Check it out.

School Children Taught to Praise Obama

Here’s a sample of the lyrics-

Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all do say “hooray!”
Hooray Mr. President! You’re number one!
The first Black American to lead this great na-TION!

The superintendent of the school district issued a statement in response to the video:

“Today we became aware of a video that was placed on the Internet which has been reported by the media. The video is of a class of students singing a song about President Obama. The activity took place during Black History Month in 2009, which is recognized each February to honor the contributions of African Americans to our country. Our curriculum studies, honors and recognizes those who serve our country. The recording and distribution of the class activity were not authorized.”

The recording was not authorized?  How about the activity itself not being authorized?  There is absolutely no excuse for this.  Teachers are not supposed to indoctrinate children with their own personal beliefs and convictions.  If grown-ups want to worship President Obama, that’s their own (lame) decision.  If they want to teach their own children to praise President Obama, that’s their right as parents, and it’s none of my business.  But keep it out of the classroom.

Unicorns, Leprechauns, and World Peace: Myths that We are Supposed to Outgrow

President Obama was on TV this morning (again), doing a wonderful job of reading off the teleprompter (again), encouraging all who were listening to have hope that things will change (again).  This time, he was addressing the UN (United Nations) and calling for a new world order.  The speech was so full of conundrums that I’m still not entirely sure what it was about.  Take this doozy for example: “Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world’s problems alone.”  What does that even mean? If nations didn’t like the way we acted in the world, why would they work together with us to solve the “world problems” of which Obama speaks?

Does our president still believe in world peace?  He seems to.  He even laid out a plan to achieve it.  We must rid the world of nuclear weapons and increase security from terrorists.  How can we possibly increase security from terrorists if we don’t have bigger and badder weapons than they do?  And since nukes are pretty high up there in terms of big, bad weapons, you can be sure that terrorists are going to do their best to get some.

Assuming that we do manage to get rid of all the terrorists and nuclear weapons; when we’re all getting along, singing kumbya and eating ice cream sandwiches, we can then tackle climate change and global economic opportunity and growth.  First problem with that- there is absolutely no evidence that climate change is a direct response to human behavior and actions.  None.  So how can we tackle an issue that we don’t fully (or even partially) understand?  Second problem- global economics.  Are we going to spread American jobs around the globe?  Haven’t people been complaining for years about jobs going overseas?  Now all of a sudden it’s a good thing?  I just can’t wrap my brain around it.  Or are we going to help other countries to achieve the same level of prosperity that we enjoy in America?  Wouldn’t that be elevating ourselves above other countries though?  Obama specifically said in this morning’s speech, “In an era where our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero-sum game…No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed.

World peace is a myth.  So long as evil resides in the hearts of men, there will be jealousy, greed, entanglements, betrayals, WAR.  Humans are imperfect beings living in an imperfect world, and to believe otherwise is to indulge in childish fantasies.  If President Obama seriously believes that Utopia is possible here on Earth, I only have one question for him.

“Where can I buy my pet unicorn?”

Michael Moore, Capitalist Pig

Michale Moore is at it again.  Blaming rich, white, capitalist pig-men for all of America’s problems.  Which would be the equivalent of me blaming church-going, child-rearing, blond moms for all of America’s problems.

In his latest cinematic attack on the founding principles of America (Capitalism, A Love Story), Moore discusses the vileness of men and women who love money, and who will stop at nothing to add a few more bucks to their already bloated bank accounts.

And you know, since the film is all about the evils of capitalism, Moore is not charging audiences to view his masterpiece. He has released it online for anyone to download, free of charge.  Anyone that wants to watch it can; even homeless people can walk into a library and watch it-completely free.  Michael Moore would never, ever, cross his heart and hope to die take a single dollar out of the pockets of hard-working-yet-screwed-over-by-wall-street Americans.

No?  He’s not?  It’s being released in theaters?  And then being sold on dvd?  That’s weird… well, I’m sure that he donates every cent of profit above $50,000 (approximately the approximate household income in the U.S.) to the poor, down trodden Americans he claims to speak for. No? I’m sorry, what was the movie about again?  The evils of capitalism, right?  Huh.

That’s weird.

Silent Majority No More: A Smart Girl Summit Recap (part 2)

Read Part 1 here

After the morning’s speakers and panels, and after my brush with fame lunch, Liz Cheney spoke to us about the importance of national security. Before she got into the topic at hand, she told us that she had asked her dad (former Vice President Dick Cheney) for some advice on speaking to us grass root activists. He told her, “They are the future of our country. Don’t screw it up.”  What a difference in thinking from some other politicians! This man actually understands the significance of the conservative brush fire sweeping through our country.

Ms. Cheney encouraged us to speak out against an administration that has diminished our ability to obtain information to save lives and prevent attacks.  Our unalienable, God given rights depend on our country having a Commander-in-Chief who will keep us safe. Which we are currently lacking.  Instead we have a Presidential Administration that would rather make the the brave men and women of the CIA the subject of a ridiculous witch hunt, rather than show them the gratitude and appreciation that they deserve.  Those CIA agents should have cookies baked for them, not have their pictures shown to terrorists who, under the Obama Administration, have a good chance of being released and planning more attacks on Americans. They hate us, you know. Really hate us. They believe it’s their mission to wipe us off the planet in the name of their god.  I’m sorry, why are we pandering to these slugs again?

There’s nothing wrong with walking softly, but as Teddy Roosevelt said, we need to carry a big stick. Freedom isn’t free, and America must negotiate from a position of strength.  I think that Ms. Cheney summed it up perfectly when she said, “America needs a Commander-in-Chief, not a global community organizer.”

Michelle Malkin then took the stage to talk about the significance of being an outspoken conservative woman, some of the challenges we will face, and the importance of not shutting up. She encouraged us moms to help our children embrace our history, not to be ashamed of it. We need to stay on top of what our children are learning in school, and make sure that they are not being educated to ensure a liberal majority in the next generation. It’s not the government’s role to tell us how to sneeze, and it’s certainly not the government’s role to tell us how to raise our kids.

Ms. Malkin explained that the thing that has heartened her the most about the recent and rapid rise of conservatism is that it’s from the ground up. “There’s this ENERGY,” she said.  Those in Washington keep moaning about re-branding the party, but all they need to do is come home and listen to their constituents.  The conservative movement is about holding our elected officials accountable. The accomplice to the crime of corruption is often our indifference, but one person can make a difference. Don’t be afraid to attend a protest, make a phone call, write a letter, or tell a friend what you think.

The last speaker of the day was Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who represents the 7th district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She began by saying that she wanted to teach us to put to work all of the things we’d learned throughout the day about activism and leadership. A conservative woman leader needs to do is get over the myths surrounding it.

Myth #1- “I don’t have the pedigree for that.”  Mythbuster- The best pedigree is hard work & self confidence. Every person has life experience, and they can put those skills together and use them as a building block to achieve their goals. Leadership is an action word, and the only pedigree you need to lead is the gumption to start down that path and grab some others as you walk it.

Myth #2- “I don’t have the special knowledge to do that.”  Mythbuster- There is no special knowledge that is greater than a determined, resourceful soul. You will gain the knowledge and subsequently the confidence you need to keep moving forward as you go along.

Myth #3-  “If I do this, other people will tell my story for me.” Mythbuster- If you don’t define yourself, somebody else will define you. Don’t be silent about your accomplishments, your beliefs, and your goals. Don’t be self-conscious about sharing your successes; take Rep. Blackburn’s grandmother’s advice, “It ain’t braggin’ if you done done it!.”

Myth #4- “I’m too afraid of failing.”  Mythbuster- In politics, the worst thing someone can say is that they won’t vote for you. We can get over that! There is a risk that you will fail, but if you never try, you’ll never succeed either. If you fail, dust yourself off and try again. Remember that two steps forward and one step back is still one step forward.

It is scary to go out into the world and practice what we preach. At Smart Girl Summit, we got to bask in the goal of conservative principles and ideals. Now it’s up to us to go out into the world and share that light with others. It won’t be easy. There will be doubt. You may wonder what’s going to happen if we fail to stop liberalism. Well, what’s going to happen if we fail to TRY?

Thank you, Smart Girl Politics, and especial Teri and Stacy for putting together such a wonderful event.

Silent Majority No More: A Smart Girl Summit Recap (part 1)

Smart Girl Politics accomplished something amazing yesterday.  Close to 200 women and men attended Smart Girl Summit in Nashville; a sold-out event where they learned about leadership and advancing the conservative principles of individual liberty, freedom from tyranny, and personal responsibility. Smart Girl Politics strives to educate and empower women and men to engage in the political process.  For ordinary citizens to stand up, speak out, and let their voices be heard. I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing organization, and I’m pretty sure that the speakers and panels yesterday more than doubled my previously limited knowledge of activism and leadership.

As the audience nibbled their breakfasts and drank their coffee or juice (or if they’re like me-diet coke), Jennifer Stinson of United Families International kicked off our day.  She talked about the importance of family values and national sovereignty (the right of nations to determine their own laws and customs). She encouraged us to become informed and involved Americans, and to be proud of it.

The next speaker was Robin Smith, a southern firecracker running to represent Tennessee in the House of Representatives in 2010.  After listening to her speak, I wanted to run for office! Or at least donate to her campaign. She is running as a republican, but more importantly as a conservative; refusing to compromise her principles and adhering fiercely to the Constitution.  She had been advised by others to not alienate people with her conservatism, but she threw that advice out the window.  She was and is committed to keeping her principles and would not compromise on what she knew to be right and decent.  If only all politicians could be like that.

American Majority then hosted two breakout sessions on the influence of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and the importance of networking. I’ll admit something kind of embarrassing: Until yesterday,  didn’t really understand what “web 2.0” meant. Why am I sharing this? Because if I didn’t quite get it, I bet a few (or a lot) of my readers don’t get it either.  Did you know that you are on a web 2.0 site right now? It’s true. Web 2.0 refers to websites that allow the users to interact with one another. I post an opinion, and you guys can comment, debate, ask, interact. Web 2.0 and social media sites represent a shift in the way of thinking; it is not a passing fad. It’s a new way to network, and we should take advantage of it. How? Leave comments on blogs. Join Twitter, and don’t be afraid to jump into the conversation. Go to Amazon and Netflix and give Michael Moore movies one star. Contribute to Wikipedia. Refuse to be silent.

Coming up in Part 2: Thoughts from Liz Cheney, Michelle Malkin, and Marsha Blackburn

I Could Pretend to be Totally Cool…

…But that wouldn’t be me.  I’m the candid conservative, remember?  I say what’s on my mind.

If I were suave and cool, I might casually let it drop that I just had lunch with Michelle Malkin and Liz Cheney.  And that Ms. Malkin said to me, and I quote, “Nice to meet you.” And that Ms. Cheney instigated a conversation with the table about potty-training.  Potty-training is not, in this mom’s opinion, to be taken lightly. And that Ms. Malkin asked where I was coming from, and when I told her, she said, “San Diego, huh? Great!”

If I were cool, I totally could.

But I’m not.

So I won’t.

I’ll do this instead.



I’m in Nashville on Friday September 18 for Smart Girl Summit, the first (hopefully annual) leadership conference for women hosted by Smart Girl Politics.

I’m sure that I’ll have a lot to talk about over the next couple of days!