Archives for January 2011

Abortion Doctor Kills 7 Newborn Babies & a Mom

Warning: The following content contains graphic language about dead babies. It will probably make you cry. Or throw up. Or both.

An abortionist in West Philadelphia has been arrested and charged with eight counts of murder – seven of them being babies born alive after a botched, illegal late-term abortion, and one being a woman who died of an overdose of anesthesia.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, made millions of dollars over 30 years, performing as many illegal, late-term abortions as he could, prosecutors said. State regulators ignored complaints about him and failed to visit or inspect his clinic since 1993, but no charges were warranted against them, District Attorney Seth Williams said.

Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” Williams said.

Williams said patients were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society.

Gosnell is only being charged with seven counts of infanticide because those seven fetuses had the audacity to slip completely from their mother’s body before the doctor could scramble their brains with scissors and kill them. A baby is considered ‘unborn’ if it’s head still remains within the birth canal, so the thousands of children dead by Gosnell’s hands can’t be counted as murders.

Read the rest at The Stir

I Get to Meet Hugh Hewitt Tomorrow!

I’m pretty sure that it’s already clearly established that I am a giant dork. I get very excited (and nervous!) to meet people for whom I have a great deal of respect. Hugh Hewitt is one of those people. And I get to meet him tomorrow.

Although he doesn’t know it, Hugh Hewitt will always hold a special place in my heart, because he’s the one that (indirectly) got me on twitter.
I’ve always been interested in politics. When I was six or seven, I’d scream for my mom if President Bush (41) came on TV (This of course was in the days before our elected leader would treat his presidency like a giant media tour.). When I was eight, I told my teacher that I wanted to be a supreme court justice when I grew up, but I’d settle for being a senator. When I was nine, I asked my dad, “Who is that Ross Perot guy, and what’s he doing up there?” I took my first trip to DC for Presidential Classroom my junior year of high school.

I have always been fascinated with politics. Somewhere around 2005, I got really fed up with it all. The Republicans were spending like drunken Democrats, Bush was taking the blame for the Katrina debacle, and I was in the midst of trying to figure out how to be a wife and a mother. Politics got set on the back burner.

Fast-forward to summer 2008 and enter Sarah Palin. A woman got nominated for the VP slot on the ticket! And she was awesome. Having never heard of her, I did some research. She had a 90% approval rating as governor of Alaska. She cleaned up the dirty politics in the state – of her own party. She sold the private jet purchased by her predecessor.
Enter the media. They slammed her. They called her unqualified, uneducated, and a bad mother. All of a sudden I got into politics with fervor again. I started blogging about it on my ‘mommy’ blog. I read everything I could. I got to know Megyn Kelly and Brett Baier. I bookmarked

Just after the predictable but still sad election of ’08, I came across an article by Hugh Hewitt: All A-Twitter: A Late Adapter Alert. I had barely even heard of twitter, but at the prospect of connecting with some other conservatives online, I signed myself up and immediately became an addict.

Over the last two+ years, I’ve gotten to do some incredible things. I hosted a podcast for Smart Girl Politics for a year, and continue to work on their leadership team. I was on blogger’s row at CPAC last year. I got to talk to John Thune. The governor of Texas knew who I was, and joked about Erick Erickson being my husband (he’s not).

And it all started with twitter.

Which I joined because Hugh Hewitt wrote an article about it.

And I get to meet him tomorrow at Education Revolution, where I will be representing Smart Girl Politics. And you know how I feel about school choice. And Dick Morris is going to be there too, and he’s a pretty cool guy himself. It’s a win-win-win for this chica!

At least, as long as Mr. Hewitt doesn’t issue a restraining order for the crazy chick who is so excited to meet him and thank him for writing about twitter.

I’m not crazy, I swear!

I’m just eccentric.

Yeah, we’ll go with that.

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe!

In honor of the great poet’s 202nd birthday, I’m doing what I do best: Showing off my kid. Thing 1 memorized the first stanza of ‘The Bells’ for her Christmas program at school, and I caught her on tape. I also caught Thing 2 in the background running after her ball. Hey, my life is crazy and rarely quiet. :-)

The Bells

Hear the sledges with the bells –
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells –
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

Hat tip to Lee Doren

“Mama, May I Have Some Gum?”

I was in the car with both of the Things. Thing 1 needs ballet slippers for her class tomorrow. She hasn’t taken a ballet class in a year and a half, so I was shocked to learn that her her old ballet slippers didn’t fit anymore.

“I keep growing, you know,” she informed me. I told her she wasn’t allowed to grow anymore. I like her being little, and besides, buying new ballet slippers gets expensive.

We drove to the dance supply store around the corner only to find that it no longer exists. I strapped the girls back in the car and head to Payless, where I *hoped* they would have ballet slippers. On the way in between the two stores Thing 2 asked, “What dat in yer mouth?”

“Gum,” I responded, nonchalantly.

“I want gum!” Thing 1 piped up.

“No,” I immediately responded.

“Why not?” asked my precocious daughter.

“Because I said so,” was my go-to ‘mom’ reply.


“Because I’m the meanest mommy that ever lived, and my soul purpose in life is deny you of chewing gum.”

“That’s not true, you’re the best mommy ever!” At this point, I knew she was sucking up.

“Yeah? I’m the best? I’m not the meanest?” I egged her on…I couldn’t help it. I knew what was coming.

“You are the BEST!” my lovely daughter exclaimed. And then she added, “Now can I have a piece of gum?”

She didn’t get the gum. She did, however, get new ballet slippers.

The end.

States Fight Back Over Obamacare

It’s official. People don’t like the new health care law. Half of the states are suing the Obama Administration to stop Obamacare. How many ways do we need to say it? Except for a few fringe leftists, nobody likes the bill that had to be made law before we could find out what was in it.

We decorated protest signs with magic markers, we went to rallies, we abandoned the mainstream media, we went to Washington, we elected a Republican in Massachusetts … We said, “No thank you,” to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and their bankrupting bill disguised as ‘health care reform.’

They rammed it down our throats anyway and told us we should be grateful. They insist that it reduces the deficit, and that repealing it would ‘cost’ taxpayers $230 billion over 10 years. I’m not sure how repealing a $940 billion spending bill adds to the debt, but then again, I’m still confused as to why I should pay someone else’s medical bills.

Read more at The Stir

My Wireless Internet and Me

My internet went down again this morning. It does this a couple of times a month, and since it’s provided by the HOA, I’m pretty much screwed. The HOA says it’s the cable company’s responsibility, the cable company says it’s the HOA, and my husband is sure he could fix the problem if he were the one home with the kids during the day.

In the words of Thing 2, I was fus-ter-ated.

Do you know how annoying it is to write an article based off research from your iphone? Then have to wake up your grumpy napping toddler to drive to Panera just so you can upload your story before your 5 o’clock deadline?

It was at this point that I decided to finally bite the bullet and get a wireless card. I crossed the street from Panera to a Verizon store, and got myself hooked up. I was just a little bit excited about the whole thing. Also, I almost feel like a ‘legitimate’ blogger now. Whatever that means.

Now I can post anything from anywhere! And I’m happy… oh so happy!

No Frontrunner? No Problem!

Who’s going to defeat Obama in 2012? Can we defeat Obama in 2012? Is Donald Trump going to be president? That might be worth it just so he can say, “Mr. President — you’re fired!”

How awesome would that be?

There are already some names in the ring, but no frontrunner. There are some recycled candidates from the 2008 primary – Huckabee, Romney (oh please no), and Giuliani are contemplating another run. Former Speaker of the House Gingrich has always had his eye on the White House. Republican governors Barbour, Daniels, and Perry could run. Senator Thune, Representative Pence, and of course Sarah Palin are also potentials.

My friends at think Herman Cain has a shot. I think hope springs eternal. Remember Duncan Hunter from the 2008 season? Nope? Great guy, but you need national name recognition to win.

Bottom line: we have no idea who’s going to represent us on the 2012 Republican ticket. And I’m ok with that. What we do have is a level playing field. Our contenders will have ample opportunity over the next year or so to show their true mettle and come out on top of the dog pile.

We’re going to need a fighter in this presidential race. Winning elections is pretty much the only thing Obama is good at.

DC Trivia- Capitol Style

Since I was tooling around working in DC this week, I got to do a little bit of touring on Capitol Hill. In my quest to learn everything about anything, I picked up a few fun facts about the building where Congress convenes. In my quest to share knowledge with anyone that cares to hear it, I will share these facts with you now.

Lady Freedom

Lady Freedom is Lady Liberty’s sister, and she sits atop that big domed building in Washington. That’s where the actual House of Representatives and Senate are located, along with the offices of the really important people, like the Speaker of the House. Lady Freedom is 19’ 6” tall, and by law, no other statue in DC can be taller than her. It’s because of this law that the Lincoln Memorial portrays the sixteenth President sitting down … They wanted to show him as largely as possible, and by sitting him down, they managed to make him as big as possible while keeping him at a law-abiding 19’.

State Statues

Speaking of statues, throughout the Capitol building, there are monuments representing historical figures from across the nation. Each state is allowed two statues, representing important figures from that state. California (my home state) chose Ronald Reagan and Father Junipero Serra. Find out who represents your state here.

The Taney Clock

In the chamber where the U.S. Supreme Court used to meet (before they realized that meeting in the same building as the legislature muddled the lines of separation between the three branches of government) there is a clock that runs five minutes fast. In 1837, Chief Justice Roger Taney got fed up with his fellow justices’ tardiness, so he ordered the big clock and had it set five minutes fast.

My mom does the same thing.

This Old House

The room that served as the House of Representatives from 1807-1857 eventually had to be abandoned due to its poor acoustics. The smooth, doomed ceiling created several ‘whisper spots,’ areas where someone could hear another person whispering from across the room. I’m sure you can see how this makes politics difficult. 😉

Also in the Old House (now known as the National Statuary Hall), there are seven bronze plaques embedded in the floor. Each one is located in the spot where a Representative that went on to become President sat.

Candy Desk

On the Republican side of the Senate, in the back row, one of the desks closest to the door is filled with candy. The Senator that sits in that seat is responsible for stocking the desk with candy from his or her home state, and anyone is welcome to help him or herself. Sweet, huh? Get it? Sweet?? (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)

So many other fun and interesting things about the Capitol, but I realize that I’m a giant dork and not everyone is interested in knowing random factoids about the Capitol. By the way, ‘Capitol’ refers to the building where a legislative body meets, while ‘Capital’ is the seat of the entire government. So the Capitol exists in the Capital.

Ok, I’ll stop now.

Oh! Did you know that there are secret steps all the way up to the dome, and to use them you have to be escorted by a member of Congress? A dome tour has now been added to my bucket list.

Ok, now I’ll really stop.

I mean it this time.

Will the 112th Congress Bring Fiscal Responsibility to America?

There are a lot of new congressmen in Washington, and many of them were voted in on a campaign promise of fiscal responsibility. The accumulatednational debt is rapidly approaching the debt ceiling, and unless federal spending is curbed, we’re going to spend ourselves into poverty.

The message is simple: Spend within your means. The application is much more difficult, since no one wants to see his or her piece of the pie shrink. Combine that with any given politician’s number one priority (not getting fired by being voted out at the next election), and we have a recipe for economic disaster.

On one side of the equation, we have constituents that like their entitlements. “The government isspending too much!” they cry, while at the same time opposing cuts to Social Security, one of the biggest money hogs in existence, and other programs like MedicareMedicaid, and the Pigford reparations.

Read more at The Stir

All Profeshenal an’ Schtuff

Look at me taking notes on appropriations from Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam. This IL (Republican!) Representative sits on the House Ways and Means Committee (those tax-writing people) and is vice-chair of Congressman Roskam was very gracious in inviting us bloggers into his office and answering our questions about the national deficit and debt.

I tried to look smart by writing down stuff he said so that I could share it with you.

Too bad I left my notepad* at the hotel this morning. D’oh!

Taking Notes in Congressman Roskam's Office

Photo by Ms. Blissdom herself Allison Worthington

*Update: My uber fabulous fellow blogger and roommate Molly Teichman picked up my notebook and is sending it to me. She’s my hero today.