Thursday, October 6, 2011
I am sad that she will not be one of the candidates as I greatly admire her and would have supported her, yet I respect her decision and realize at the same time that she is capable of doing more in promoting conservative values as just an American citizen then as a candidate.
With her decision today, and recent repeated statements from Chris Christie stating that he is not running, it appears that the GOP field of candidates is now set. Many people are tempted to just sit back and watch the primary season unfold, especially with several primaries getting moved into January. I, however, will soon be deciding on which candidate I support.
While I understand why some people are going to wait and watch, I feel this is a grievous error. The 2012 Presidential election is one of the most important in the history of our nation. And while we need to remove President Obama from the White House, we cannot afford a moderate, establishment Republican to replace him. We need a strong conservative to lead our country. Thus, each person needs to NOW research the candidates and support, in whatever fashion they are able, a specific candidate in the primaries. If voters sit back and just watch the process unfold, then we are likely to have a nominee, such as Mitt Romney, who is not a conservative but has most the money. But if we are active in the primary process, then we THE PEOPLE can choose the conservative candidate WE want, not who the Republican establishment dictates. So PLEASE, do what you can to support a candidate now, whether by volunteering your time or financially.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Congratulations to Mariano Rivera on this record and milestone...
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I stare at my white screen as I wonder what to write. For those who know me, this is surprising, I normally have to be told to shut-up, not asked questions to get me talking. But somehow the horrors of that day, the highest lost of lives on American soil in one day since the battle of Antietam in the Civil War, puts me at a lose for words.
For me, and I think I'm safe to say all old enough to clearly remember that day ten years ago, it seems as if it were yesterday. We will never forgot where we were or what we were doing when we first found out. Me? It was about 8:30am in the morning Pacific Time when our neighbor called to tell us the news. I had just finished working out with my mother and we quickly got our little tiny TV and put it on the top floor of our home, next to the only window that the bunny ears would get reception from in rural Idaho. Like most Americans, we were glued to the TV. It was several days before we no longer had it turned on 24/7. That night from the White House, defying the terrorists themselves and portraying the strength of Americans, President Bush address the American people.
I was 15 years old at the time but will never forgot the images coming through on the TV screen. It was seared into my memory and seems like it can't have been ten years. A few weeks ago at church, the speaker was referencing Pearl Harbor, and the little girl sitting next to me leaned over, whispering, asked me what Pearl Harbor was. In an instant I responded that it was when the Japanese attacked to the US to begin WWII and that it was kind of like September 11. Then it struck me, she's only about seven or eight, she was not born ten years ago.
It was amazing to watch as not just Americans pulled together following the attacks, but the world came behind us too. It was seen in so many aspects of life, from politics to sports. People either love or hate the New York Yankees, but that fall the Yankees were America's team, everyone rooted for them. Sports, particularly baseball, was a relief from all the pain.
This is a clip from one of my favorite documentaries, "Nine Innings From Ground Zero," showing President Bush's first pitch in New York during the 2001 World Series.
We are Americans and as we have done so many times, we rallied, we came behind our troops, we were proud to be an America, to chant USA, to sing God Bless America. There were memorial services all across the country. A few days following the attacks, President Bush visited Ground Zero and spoke words that were so true...
The following month, October, the rest of the world did hear us as we attacked Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in the mountains of Afghanistan. It took us 9 1/2 years but we finally did get him, thanks to months of intelligence and the US Navy Seals.
The following March (2002), I remember driving through New York City at night and seeing the blue lights which outlined where the two buildings had stood as they reached into the sky as far as the eye could see, and Lady Liberty keeping watch as she has for so many years. The Empire State Building stood there as the tallest building now in the skyline outlined in red, white, and blue.
Looking back ten years later, we're strong, we've done good--no more attacks on our soil. The bad thing about this? Many people have forgotten the horrors of that clear, blue, cloudless day, the reasons we are fighting for. Yet, that is also the proof we are strong, Americans have gone back to their life, a few minor inconveniences (like when we fly), but overall life has returned to normal. And this is a very good thing.
This weekend there will be many memorial services across the country, but one in particular I want to share. The one in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where President Bush spoke.
We just never can forget. Forget the innocent men and women who died, forget the brave rescue workers who ran into the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon to save lives, forget the courageous passengers of Flight 93 who saved numerous more lives, forget the soldiers fighting oversees, forget the images of that day. NEVER FORGET!!!
So many amazing terrific patriotic country songs have been written, both before and after September 11. I can't just post them all (ok, I could, but you might not want to hear them all), and so I had to choose, narrow it down. There would Billy Ray Cyrus' "Some Gave All," or Alan Jackson's "Where Were You," or Toby Keith's "American Soldier," or Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA," or Trace Atkins "Arlington," or maybe Darryl Worley's "I Just Came Back From A War" or many more. But it came down to two Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue," and Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten." I couldn't chose which one so here are both. They speak volumes about that day and America's strength and resilience.
I am proud to call myself an American and I will always remember that freedom isn't free, I will never forgot.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
In Wednesday night's debate, there did not seem to be as clear of winners and losers as in previous ones. For the most part each candidate had strong moments and weak moments. They did also seem to unite around going after the policies of the current president versus attacking each other as much. There was a little "pinata" smacking with Rick Perry as he himself called it. Though, most people I believe, expected his polices to be attacked some since he is the "new kid on the block."
There were several great lines during last nights debate, such as when Newt Gingrich again called out the media, this time in reference to the moderator attempting to engage the candidates in attacking each other or Mitt Romney's comment that there were certain things Perry could not take credit for unless he wanted to sound like Al Gore taking credit for inventing the internet. My favorite line though came from Hermain Cain when he said that "If 10% is good enough for God, 9% is good enough for government."
The newcomer, Rick Perry, seemed relaxed and at ease, though occasionally came across as choosing his words a little too careful and not just going with the flow. His plan for securing our borders was one of the best of heard. By using actual boots on the ground and surveillance drones, it allows for human intelligence in the process. He was also very strong on military and defense which I expected. He shined when it came to his view of capital punishment and stating that execution is the ultimate justice.
Perry and Ron Paul did have some sparring, and the best was Perry's reference to a letter Paul wrote to Ronald Reagan, apparently not supporting him. Perry also dueled it out with Mitt Romney in a relaxed, but decisive way.
Newt Gingrich is brilliant, and has excellent ideas. He is always strong on the issues, he just does not have what it takes to be president.
Rick Santorum was strong on the positivity of immigration, but only when it is done legally. I agree, it was how our country was built and what makes us so great. Mitt Romeny also made a good point that illegal immigrants are attracted like a magnetic to our country because of those who are willing to hire them.
Ron Paul did make a great point that school lunches and the kids' nutrition is not the responsibility of the government. He came out against any mandate whatsoever, that they should all be abolished. However, the ones that need to be abolished are the mandates that no one has any out of such as health care, some like a driver's license are needed. But if a person doesn't want to get a license, then they have the option of just not driving. The choice is in the driving, not the license to operate a vehicle. He showed a bit more of his isolationist view point on the topic of immigration. But his biggest error was when he sticking his foot in his mouth by stating that the air conditioning for our troops overseas should be turned off for two reason: 1) help fix our debt, and 2) so the troops will come home. REALLY??? Turn the A/C off to get the troops home. It is one of the dumbest anti-American, anti-military comments I've heard.
Oh and in case you are wondering about Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman, well they neither shined nor flopped. There was nothing memorable about their response, particularly with Bachmann.
So, in summary, everyone had strong moments and some had very weak moments. Personally, Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney are a bit too smooth for me. I will take a rugged Alaskan or Texan over the slick Mormans.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
It appeared at the beginning of the game that the Oakland Athletics were going to sweep the three game series as they quickly jumped out in front with a 7-1 lead, sending starting pitching Philip Hughes to the showers and many fans home. However, in the fifth inning things began to change as Robinson Cano hit the first grand slam of the day, following by Russell Martin in the 8th, and Curtis Granderson in the 8th.
By the 9th inning the Yankees had a 22-8 lead over the A's causing Jorge Posada, a career catcher, to tell Joe Giradi that he was going out to play 2nd base so that the regular players could get some rest.
As the great Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra once said, "It ain't over till it's over." And that was never so true as yesterday. Final score? 22-9. (And YES, that is a baseball, not football score!)
Yanks rout A's with MLB record three slams
Monday, August 22, 2011
It only took me about seven months to read "Decision Points" compliments of being a full time college student (including summer). It was an excellent read. President Bush wrote it in a different format by focusing on many of the key decisions he had to make during his presidency which I found extremely engaging. Throughout the book, he works in times in his life growing up that influenced him when making decisions as president.
I think I found his thoughts on the War on Terror most interesting since I have done a lot of reading and research myself on different aspects of it. At the end of the book he discussed the financial crisis facing our nation as he was leaving office, expressing his concerns for the future and well-being of the US if he had not acted in the way he did.
It gave me a far better appreciation of the position of president and what he must face. I came away realizing how unfair it is for me to sit back and judge every decision President Bush made. It is so easy in hindsight to say that he should or shouldn't have done something, but I was not sitting in the Oval office with the weight of the future of our nation on my shoulders at that exact moment attempting to make the best decision possible.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
I wish him the best as he moves forward from this.
What I did find interesting was Ron Paul coming in second. I really do not like the guy, never have and never will. In the debate, his stance on foreign matters was so far left that I am surprise Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid did not come out in support of it. I also expected him not do well in the straw poll either because of those comments. I am shocked at the number of duped American who support him. Thankfully they are a small minority who only seem to show up at straw polls and are not large enough for him to win at a national level.
The other outcome that I found to be the most surprising and delightful of the day was Rick Perry. For someone who until the day of the straw poll was not an official candidate, had not previously been to Iowa, and was a write-in, he did extremely well. Especially considering that he ranked higher then Mitt Romney who is leading in the national polls.
The final interesting result to me was that Sarah Palin did not registrar in the rankings. I do realize that she has not stated her intentions one way or another as to her candidacy, but I did except some people to vote for her in hopes that it could cause her to run and to show their support.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Welcome to the race, Governor Perry, America needs you.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Romneycare, as it has been labeled, is 100% Constitutional and Obamacare is 100% NOT Constitutional. Before I get "tarred and feather," please "read" me out.
Article 1, Section 8, of the United States Constitution lists all the powers given to the Federal Government in which they mandate and legislate. Amendment X states that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
The national health care law passed by the United States Congress is unconstitutional. No where in the Constitution is Congress given the power to mandate such laws. The Federal government was designed to only oversee certain areas which would be a challenge for the states to manage. Everything else was left up to the States to orchestrate. If a person did not like the laws of one state, then they had the option to move to another state. If the Federal government institutes a law that a person dislikes, there is no recourse of action.
Consequently, if a states wishes to mandate that all its residents have insurance and its state constitution does not prohibit it, then it is legal. The Massachusetts State Constitution does not prohibit the passing of the healthcare law in its state. Mitt Romney has stressed this over and over, that what he did in his state was legal and constitutional, but what President Obama did is not legal and unconstitutional. Sadly, most Americans do not have a strong enough understanding of the US Constitution to realize this distinction.
If you have never read the Massachusetts State Constitution, I encourage you to for two reason. 1) So that will see what I am saying is correct, and 2) much of the US Constitution was based off the Massachusetts Constitution, they are very similar documents.
One more comment about states' rights. In last night's debate, one of the candidates implied that the 10th Amendment gave the states the right to pass any law they please. Rick Santorum correctly rebutted that they only have the power to pass laws that are in accordance with Biblical principles. Our country was founded on Christian principles, and thus, any law that is passed at state or federal level which violates the Bible is WRONG! So when the argument is raised that a state can pass a law legalizing gay marriage, it is wrong, because the Bible numerous times clearly states that marriage is between one man and one women.
This post is not an endorsement of Romney, but an attempt to clear up some misconceptions about some of his policies as governor that is getting too much in the way of other more important issues. I am also not saying the I agree with mandate health insurance. Personally, I do not want anyone tell me that I have to have insurance or what type (I do have it though). As I have previously stated, I am just pointed out the a state mandate health care law is legal and constitutional.
Friday, August 12, 2011
I spent my evening tonight like many other Americans, watching the GOP presidential debate. It was the first one of this presidential race that I had the chance to view. Overall, I felt it was good and very revealing as to where the candidates stand and their personality in the heat of a race. I felt the moderators could have done better at giving all candidates an equal amount of questions and time to talk. Chris Wallace's questions came across to me as seeking to stir up animosity between candidates. The debates are not to be about the candidates themselves, but about their views and stances in order enable the people to make an educated decision on who they feel is best able to represent our country in the White House.
Each of the candidates had some stellar and not so stellar moments.
Michele Bachmann - Frankly, I was not overly impressed with her tonight. Up until this point, she has been one of my favorites of the declared candidates. I felt that she was warding off a lot of attacks, that were more personal than policy. Thus, she was not able to express her stance as much as she needed to. Her performance was neutral for me.
Herman Cain - I like him a lot and he has many great points, especially regarding the economy and the private business sector. However, he has absolutely NO political experience at any level, thus, in today's age of politics, I feel that he is unqualified and would not make an excellent president. Again, I feel his performance tonight was neutral.
Newt Gingrich - If only he would just a tad bit more handsome. =) As the commentators afterwards mentioned, Newt had one of those memorable debate moments when he took Chris Wallace to task about the media coverage and "got 'em" questions. He was by far the strongest candidate tonight. His answers weren't about him, but about the country and how to turn it around. He gave honest, practical, real solutions to our problems. He was the winner of the debate, but I am afraid he can not win the national election.
Jon Hunstman - I feel like he is a wolf in sheep's clothing. He attempts to spout conservative rhetoric but I am afraid he is a moderate liberal. He is completely full of himself and his record and accomplishments. The fact that he worked under Obama in any capacity is an immediate red flag for me (and he wasn't a hold over from Bush either). He gave no real solutions. All he could say is "I am proud........." He was a loser tonight.
Ron Paul - Another candidate who is filled with his own ambitions and rhetoric. He is a has been. It seems that every election cycle he enters just to voice his isolationist opinions. He is wrong on most of what he says.He claims to be the voice of liberty and constitutionalism but does not seem to have any understanding as to the real desires and motivating factors of our Founding Fathers and what the Constitution means. Every now and then he has a good point, like the broken clock which is right only twice a day. He needs to drop out for the sake of everyone else. He was even quite rude to Santorum at one point, not shutting up himself, yet not allowing Santorum to voice his thoughts. He also was a loser tonight.
Tim Pawlenty - And the final loser, not because of his policy like the other two, but his attitude. He attacked Michele Bachmann in an extremely unprofessional manner going almost after her as a person and tearing down her record and stances left and right. Any time he could slip in an attack at another candidate, he did. He appeared to be desperately holding on by any means possible. Plus, he was wrong on numerous policies stances, such as the 10th Amendment, implying that states could pass whatever laws they deemed fit.
Mitt Romney - A little too moderate for me, but was the most presidential of all candidates tonight. He was cool, calm, and collective, not allowing attacks by others to get to him. He did have some great points. At one point he defended his controversial mandated health care law, which, he is right on that the Massachusetts Constitution did give him the authority to pass it. I feel that his religious beliefs are a hindrances to him winning the election. He was definitely a winner as well though.
Rick Santorum -I felt sorry for him because he was not getting as many questions or the opportunity to speak as much as the other candidates. However, when he was given the opportunity, I really appreciated what he had to say. For me, his stellar moment came when he was discussing the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that any powers not directly given to the federal government are reserved for the states. Many people take that to mean that the states can pass whatever law they desire. Santorum made an excellent point however, that our nation and Constitution were founded on Biblical principles and thus, if a state seeks to pass a law that violates the Bible, then it is wrong and should not be allowed. His performance was a plus for me.
Overall, I was very much impressed with the candidates. I wish Rick Perry and Sarah Palin had been part of this debate. I would have enjoyed hearing their thoughts on the different issues, particularly Perry. Romney and Gingrich were a close tie for winner, but I think in the end I'd have to give it to Gingrich.
At this point in the race I do know who I will not support (Pawlenty, Hunstman, Cain, and Paul). Still analyzing the other candidates as to who I feel is best qualified and electable. As you consider who you will support and vote for, don't just take what the news stations, websites, blogs, radio talk show hosts, etc., say about a particular candidate, but research them for yourself. Listen to when they are interviewed live. That is the best way to know each one of them so that you can make an educated choice.
Friday, August 5, 2011
The deadline came and passed and Congress made a deal, a compromising one. I don't agree with what the House did but they were between a rock and a hard place. I do believe that if the Republicans had continued to hold their ground, the Democrats would have caved in. If they had not reached a deal, our government would not have gone into default as often predicted, the government just couldn't have financed all their pet projects. However, it could have backfired on the Republicans and they would be blamed for any financial failure that might have resulted. I do think towards the end, they just wanted to get it done though. This bill was a compromise that shouldn't have happened. We are not getting the overall cuts we need, and the military is going to be cut way too much. The Republicans did fail in allowing this bill to pass, yet they did not have as much of a choice as they would have liked.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
I write to express and share my thoughts and opinions about politics, baseball, and America for a several reasons: 1) To educate people about the Constitution and the desire of the Founding Fathers; 2) Because I love baseball so much; and 3) To share my AMERICA!
I have been blessed to travel to all 48 contiguous states, 6 Canadian Provinces, and 9 countries (including the US). America is the greatest country on earth and I want to show everyone why I love it--what makes it so unique. This includes the founding of our country. There will also be posts titled "My America" that highlight different aspects of the US from my perspective.
The title, "An American Yankee Girl," was chosen for multiple reasons. I initially thought of "An American Girl" because that is what I am but it was not available, consequently requiring the addition of another word. As I started thinking, I realized what better word to compliment American then Yankee. It isn't just because I am a die-hard New York Yankee fan or a Northern Yankee when it comes to the Civil War (my blood does run Yankee blue). These two facts did contributed to the final choice, but the main reason is that Americans themselves are frequently referred to as Yankees or Yanks by the rest of the world. During World War I, George M. Cohan, wrote the song "Over There" in which the chorus says that the "Yanks are coming." The term has been used repeatedly to describe Americans. So, what better title then "An American Yankee Girl."
If you haven't figure out already, I love my country -- the United States of America. And, I am PROUD to call myself an AMERICAN!!!
Friday, July 22, 2011
This is why every single one of you needs to CALL your senators and tell them YES, vote YES!!! The senate is voting tomorrow morning at 10:30 EST, so call early.
You can find your senator at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Please call and tell your senators yes.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
This is another part of my America that I love and I don't believe that any country can match. Now rodeos are for fun, more of sport, but the skills they demonstrate were a crucial essential to survival on the western frontier.
Enjoy snapshots of the rodeo through my eyes (compliments of my camera lens)...