On converting from Democrat to Republican

Scott Kirwin at Dean’s World has a great post you should read on his conversion from a Democrat to a Republican.  Here’s a little of it:

I broke with the Democratic Party after Sept. 11, 2001, when the President prepared for war in Afghanistan and the anti-war Left summoned Jimmy Carter, Michael Moore and Ted Kennedy from the 9th Circle of Hell. The Democratic lurch to the Left after 9-11 was so hard, so anti-populist, that it got me to thinking deeply about what that party means and why it exists.

Make sure to read the whole thing.

On a personal note, I made the switch from Democrat to Republican back around 1994.  You can read the short version here (scroll down a bit for the conversion part as a lot of that is a post telling you who I am).  The long version will likely be posted at a later time ;)

A few legit comments getting caught in spam filter

I updated my welcome message to note this but also wanted to create a new post on it as well so everyone will know.

I’ve had a very few comments that got trapped in the spam filter that I have been able to recover.  If you are not a troll, but see some type of "your comment has been tagged as spam" page when you post a comment, please know that I can rescue it most of the time if I catch it within the same day.  Please don’t think your comment was intentionally targeted as spam … it’s just part of the ‘filtering’ process of Spam Karma that some good comments get marked as spam.  Easily fixed.  My apologies if that happens but the delay on them getting released should be short.  If you’ve provided an email addy with your comment(s), I usually will email you to let you know it’s been released.

Thank ye for yer patience! :)

Let the scare tactics begin

I see NARAL is already ratcheting up the rhetoric against Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts.  Take a look at this NARAL ad (Wink: Political Teen) and you’ll find out that John Roberts’ ‘supports’ abortion clinic bombings!

Other Toldjah So posts on NARAL and/or NOW:

Linking up with OTB’s open post

Let’s remember who the enemy is

Liberals say quite a few things about the war on terror that I don’t agree with.  Sometimes to the point that when I’m arguing with them, I want to throw my hands up in the air and say "what’s the point?"

One thing I always keep in mind, though, is that liberals aren’t the enemy in this war.  Conservatives aren’t either.  Although we disagree with each other – sometimes quite passionately – we have to remember that the real enemy here is radical Islam.

There are always exceptions to every rule, though.  I don’t think Ted Kennedy has this country’s best interests at heart, nor Dick Durbin (for example) and I think that about a few liberal columnists, too – I’m sure some liberals out there might say the same about some conservatives.  But make no mistake about it: we, the average (not extremist) liberal and conservative, aren’t each others enemy.  

True, we were already divided before this war, but since then the divisions have gone deeper, the rifts widening.  Before it widens further, I implore all my friends on the left and right (and I mean this for myself too) that we need to stick together in this fight, not tear each other apart.  That doesn’t mean we always have to agree – in fact, always agreeing is boring.  That just means we respect each other’s arguments without them disintegrating to the point of no return. 

I’ve read countless times people blaming the President for our divisiveness.  Instead of playing the blame game, we ought to take a look at ourselves instead, because we all have a part in this and we don’t *have* to be that way.  If we continue to let our disagreements over how to handle the terrorist threats we are facing lead us to consider each other the enemy rather than radical Islam, then in some respects, the terrorists who flew those planes into the WTC, the Pentagon, and a field in PA have scored a partial victory.  Let’s not let that happen.

RIP Peter Jennings

Via ABC News:

ABC News Anchor Peter Jennings died today at his home in New York City. He was 67. On April 5, Jennings announced he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Kayce Freed, his two children, Elizabeth, 25, and Christopher, 23, and his sister, Sarah Jennings.

"Peter died with his family around him, without pain and in peace. He knew he’d lived a good life," his wife and children said in a statement.

In announcing Jennings’ death to his ABC colleagues, News President David Westin wrote:

"For four decades, Peter has been our colleague, our friend, and our leader in so many ways. None of us will be the same without him.

"As you all know, Peter learned only this spring that the health problem he’d been struggling with was lung cancer. With Kayce, he moved straight into an aggressive chemotherapy treatment. He knew that it was an uphill struggle. But he faced it with realism, courage, and a firm hope that he would be one of the fortunate ones. In the end, he was not.

"We will have many opportunities in the coming hours and days to remember Peter for all that he meant to us all. It cannot be overstated or captured in words alone. But for the moment, the finest tribute we can give is to continue to do the work he loved so much and inspired us to do."

Here’s the ABC News tribute page to Mr. Jennings.

Prayers and thoughts go out to his family.

Outside the Beltway has a roundup of blogger reaction.