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Arrivederci, Roma...

March 4th, 2006 (12:26 pm)

how i'm feelin': excited
how i'm rockin': When I Get Where I'm Goin' - Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton

Or rather, arrivederci LJ.

Check me out at tarheelconservative.blogspot.com.

I won't be bothering with LJ anymore.



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West Virginia Mining Disaster

January 8th, 2006 (02:25 pm)

how i'm feelin': sad
how i'm rockin': Angel - Sarah McLachlan

As we all know, 12 lives were lost this week in West Virginia. This is the worst mining tragedy since 2001 when 13 lives were lost in Alabama. The worst part about this incident is the fact that the families of the men who died in that mine were told that 12 had lived. How could such a disturbing miscommunication occur? Why were there HOURS between the time the families were told their loved ones would come home and the time they found out the truth?
This post is short because I honestly have nothing new to say about this situation. It should not have happened this way, but it did. I want to extend my deepest condolences to the families and I want to encourage whoever reads this to keep these people in your thoughts and prayers. If you feel led to give in whatever capacity you can, please do so.

Here's just a quick prayer; if you want to partake, feel free.
Dear Heavenly Father...Lord, we've all witnessed how quickly lives can be extinguished this week. We like to think that we have years to kill, but we never know when You will call us home. Father, I just ask You now to lay your comforting hand on the families of the miners whom You have called home this week. I just ask that You would strengthen them, God, and that You would show Yourself to them through this awful time. God, I pray for the one young man still in bad shape in the hospital. Lord, I pray that You would lay Your healing hand on him and bring him home safely, if it's Your will. I pray that You would just be with his family, God, and that you would reassure them that You are always in control. We may not understand Your will, God, but I pray that You would help us all continue to trust in it. In Christ's holy name I pray, Amen.

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Yes, I know. It's been a while.

December 9th, 2005 (03:19 pm)

how i'm feelin': ecstatic
how i'm rockin': Johnny Cash - Get Rhythm

So I haven't updated in about a thousand years. This isn't to be interpreted as saying that nothing has annoyed me since whenever I last updated, but rather it's an illustration of how little time I've had to myself this semester. So, I'll just do a cliff's notes version of all the things I have to rant about recently:

1. Most recently, the 1,000th person was executed here in NC since the reinstatement of capital punishment. A lot of people were up in arms about this, freaking out because 1) it's capital punishment and 2) that it was North Carolina who did it. Well, folks, here's a little lesson in justice for you: Kenneth Boyd = not a victim. The people he murdered in cold blood = victims. There's a glitch in the system when people argue about the death penalty. Opponents see justice when the criminal is allowed to live, but his/her victims are not. Proponents see justice when the criminal's life is ended. On the surface, yes, the state killing a person for a crime seems barbaric. But look at it this way: if you have a daughter, age 11, who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a much older man, would you want that man to continue living? And by living, I mean sitting in a state-funded prison cell with access to cable TV and other oh-so-posh prison amenities? Sure, he'll have to remember what he did for the rest of his life, but what if he feels no remorse or worse yet, despite all evidence to the contrary, denies what he did was wrong? Would you want to continue allowing YOUR tax dollars to fund his existence? Of course not. This example is taken from the case of Carlie Brucia, whose killer was recently sentenced to death in a Florida courtroom. I continue to pray for her family and those affected by her brutal and tragic death.

2. The American Family Association recently put out a petition to its listserv asking them to boycott major retail chains like Wal-Mart, Target, and others. The reason behind it being that these chains refuse to put the word "Christmas" in their advertisements and the like. Obviously, I stand with the AFA on this one. It is absolutely absurd to completely remove the name of the most widely celebrated holiday from the season's lexicon. Honestly, even those who don't see this holiday as a religious day still celebrate it on some level. They call it Christmas just like those of us who see this as the day of the birth of our Savior. To completely extract the word is like denying the holiday's existence. If we're going to do that, why don't we stop highlighting this season altogether? That seems like the natural progression. I don't know that I intend to boycott these particular stores, but I have written them letters expressing my disdain for what they intend to do and the AFA has informed its mailing list that some retailers are backing off their position against naming official holidays in their ads and such. We win...ish.

3. Gender. neutral. bathrooms. It's so ridiculous, I don't even know that I can write about it. But I like spewing my esoteric thoughts into a blog nobody reads, so I'll write anyway. The GLBTSA/LGBTQ office (too many letters) at Carolina is pushing for bathrooms on campus that are "gender neutral." Basically, those of the transgender persuasion feel uncomfortable going to "sexed" bathrooms. Apparently, as I read in the Review (aka, Carolina Review), the simple act of going to the restroom has become not about how you accomplish it, but rather how you feel while you accomplish it. For one, I'm uncomfortable going into a bathroom where FSU and ChoiceUSA have plastered their HOORAY ABORTION! flyers everywhere. Are we really getting this concerned about people being "comfortable?" Are we really going to use university funding that is desperately needed IN THE CLASSROOM to make sure that these people feel comfortable when nature calls? Honestly. Just...really, people.

4. Come on, people. Are you seriously considering pulling out of Iraq? Every soldier I've talked to about this thinks it's the stupidest thing they've heard since...well, whatever the last thing John Edwards said in public was. It's impractical and silly. We're in there, we're going to finish it. If you don't want to fight, don't enlist in the military. It's that simple. AND STOP FREAKING OUT, THERE WILL BE NO DRAFT!!! Sorry hippies, that means you don't get to burn your draft card.

PS. It's the last day of class. Hate me if you want to, but you can't bring me down today.

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Congratulations, Chief Justice Roberts

September 30th, 2005 (11:39 am)

how i'm feelin': stressed
how i'm rockin': Clayton Risner - "Still A Cause To Dance"


I have to say, I didn't think it would happen. With only about two years of experience as a federal judge, I didn't believe Roberts would be confirmed without filibusters and political in-fighting. Several Democrats, like Senator Leahy, even crossed the proverbial aisle and confirmed John Roberts as Chief Justice. I'd like to say, good show old bean. Way to beat the odds and welcome to the high court. I look forward to the day when you kick liberal behind.

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The most entertaining thing I've done today

September 28th, 2005 (11:09 pm)

how i'm feelin': enthralled
how i'm rockin': Louis Armstrong

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, appointed by
G.W. Bush, 50 years old
Filibustered by Senate Democrats when nominated to
the federal bench, Owen is a former Texas
Supreme Court judge regarded as "far right
wing" by lliberals. But who isn't! A
member of the Federalist Society. (Psycho
music) Sen. Reid has already said he would
filibuster her nomination to SCOTUS.

New World Man presents: My favorite candidate for the Supreme Court
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Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do

September 14th, 2005 (06:11 pm)

how i'm feelin': confused
how i'm rockin': Jack's Mannequin - Bruised


"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." - First Amendment: Freedom of Religion clause

Wow. Just wow. I have no idea how this judge can justify his complete and utter disregard for the US Constitution. The freedom of religion clause clearly states that CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION. The line about God in the Pledge of Allegiance does not mean that Congress established that every person who recites it MUST believe in God. How many people who do not consider themselves believers in this country use the word "God" in their every day vernacular? Almost all of them. Their use of the word "God" does not imply that they necessarily believe in God and that they are in fact calling on Him. It just means that the word "God" has been so infused into the American English lexicon that they use it as they would any other word to convey a particular message. The addition of God into the Pledge of Allegiance was, at its establishment, was made with religious intent but just because it does not hold this meaning for some people, it shouldn't be prohibited for those students who ARE believers. If federal courts are going to abide by logic like this, then I should not be forced to argue the merits of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency because I don't believe there are any. A good friend of mine should not have been forced to say that there is no liberal bias in the media when she doesn't believe that is the case at all.

I will pray that this judge will see the error of his ways and will overturn his own decision. And by the way...

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands, one nation, UNDER GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. May God bless you and may He continue to bless America.

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Why I Support The Lottery

August 23rd, 2005 (09:38 pm)

how i'm feelin': excited
how i'm rockin': Lindsay Lohan - "Rumors"

There's been a great deal of controversy over whether or not NC should hop on the east coast bandwagon and set up a state lottery. Opponents say that it would open the floodgate to statewide legal gambling and I say, why not? It's not the government's job to make sure that you don't waste all your money on games you have almost no chance of winning anyway. If the government insists on public education, then they'll have to find a more efficient way of paying for it than just property taxes. Clearly, it's not doing enough. So, here's my solution:
Set up a state lottery. Use the MASSIVE revenue it will inevitably generate to SUPPLEMENT governmental funding for public schools. Don't mess things up and replace state funding with lottery money because that creates a problem like most other states have where their schools are funded entirely by lottery revenue, which is an incredibly unpredictable source of income. The teachers and administration can't properly plan a curriculum on money that they may or may not have. By using lottery revenues as a supplement to public funding, it would level the playing field in terms of the gap between rich school districts and poor ones (ie, Chapel Hill-Carrboro vs. Durham). More money could be directed to the districts that need it because there wouldn't be a numeric base that they HAD to go by, like is the situation with property taxes.
And that, my friends, is the solution.

PS. To my (few) readers, I'll be moving back to Chapel Hill tomorrow, so I'll probably be updating more often from now on, being that I'll be constantly immersed in political discussion. God bless Carolina.

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NCAA - Political Correctness Gone Horribly Wrong

August 14th, 2005 (06:13 pm)

how i'm feelin': cheerful
how i'm rockin': "Indian Outlaw" - Tim McGraw

If you haven't heard already, the NCAA has set down a rule that discourages use of nicknames pertaining to Native Americans and their various likenesses by banning them from postseason activity. The Florida State Seminoles are affected by this ruling, as are dozens of other schools. The UNC-Pembroke Braves, however, are permitted to continue postseason activity due to the school's history as a college built for the Native American population and whose student body is significantly made up of Native Americans.
This rule is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my entire life. I haven't heard a single Native American nation come out and publicly express that these mascots in any way offended them. In fact, Florida's Seminole nation has come out saying that they don't mind the Florida State University mascot.
This is yet another example of how political correctness in this country has gotten completely out of hand. I mean, what is a school's mascot hurting, honestly? It would be a completely different story if dozens of schools had mascots like the Hitlers or the Hillary Clintons, but this is just getting ridiculous. This country is so much more concerned about hurting somebody's feelings than about school spirit and school heritage.
Personally, if I were full-blooded Cherokee (which I'm not, but let's pretend), I'd be proud that a university thought my heritage was so badass and intimidating that they'd use it as their mascot. It'd be bitchin'.

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Terrorism and the Fight for the Supreme Court

July 20th, 2005 (11:59 pm)

how i'm feelin': irritated
how i'm rockin': Mr. A.Z. - Jason Mraz

Today, as of a few minutes ago, has been two weeks since a few Muslim cowards bombed London subways and a double-decker bus. A lot of people speculate that it is because of Britain's close involvement with the War on Terror. I think it is because the terrorists are trying to send us a message: you're not the only ones we're after and we're going to keep going until all terror cells are destroyed. This terrorist movement is essentially leaderless and therefore operates on its own. We've got to destroy all of them.

On another note, President Bush announced his nominee to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor last night. Many were dumbfounded that he did not choose a woman to replace her. I can't imagine why. John Roberts was nominated by President Bush because of his qualifications for the position, not because he's a man. I'd expect any nominee the President chooses to be extremely qualified, not just a replica of the person leaving the Court.
All day, I've been accosted by hot pink SAVE ROE! ads on Myspace and just about everywhere else. Leave it to abortofascists to send out their minions (aka, Planned Parenthood) before any kind of deliberations have started. Relax guys, there won't be any headlines like, "JOHN ROBERTS CONFIRMED; EARTH AND JUPITER COLLIDE." I just wish that for once, one of Bush's nominees would get a fair vote. It's so frustrating to hear the rhetoric from both sides saying that every candidate should get a fair vote, and then watching it not actually happen. That's crap.

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Independence Day

July 4th, 2005 (10:51 pm)

how i'm feelin': nostalgic
how i'm rockin': "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue" - Toby Keith

Today, we celebrate our nation's independence and in that celebration, we remember what we've lost in our journey towards freedom. As I sat in my back yard, with the neighborhood kids gathering around the plethora of fireworks my dad bought, I thought about what this day means to them as opposed to what it means to people with a lot more life experience and knowledge of the world.
To them, this day means cookouts, eating ridiculous amounts of unhealthy food, fireworks, and parties. It means a day where everyone wears red, white, and blue and people talk about remembering the troops overseas and the soldiers lost in wars gone by. Their innocence is what those men and women died for. These kids, who may not grow up in the best of situations, are free to make of their lives whatever they wish and they are free to become whatever kind of people they choose. They will never know the kind of repression that our ancestors fought against and they will never know what it means to not have liberty.
To those of us who know a little more about the condition of the world, this day means a great deal more. This day represents the day when a nation, with little military might and no global merit, asserted itself as a free and sovereign nation. It's a day that marks the birth of the United States of America, a nation born in freedom and nurtured in liberty. We have watched the rest of the world demonstrate to us how lucky we truly are to be as free as we are. People in other countries have never known the kind of freedom we have here and we watch in horror as people in places like Iraq are tortured by their own leaders. We thank God almighty that nothing like that could ever befall our beloved nation because we have the power vested right where it should be: the people.
So, while you were cooking out with friends and having a good time, remember that most people in the world were not that lucky.
May God continue to bless America.

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