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Neither Candidate To Get My Vote

It is with a broken heart that I greet you this week as my beloved kitty Benny Hill was savagely mauled and killed by what I believe to be two roaming dogs in Red Boiling Springs that have apparently been causing great concern to others besides myself.
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A Film About Barack Obama

Get ready for a flurry of conservative film projects to be released in time for audiences to see prior to the November elections. A film about Barack Obama is in the works for those of use who know there are plenty of reasons to doubt this man’s ability to run the country, as well as doubt his somewhat dubious past. Can’t wait. There is also a film under way about the refusal of Disney to allow the movie “The Path to 9/11” to be released on DVD.
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Rising Fuel Prices

I want to thank everyone who turned out to participate in the gas price protest parade and attend the Ronnie McDowell concert in Red Boiling Springs on Sunday. Our good friend, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and author Phil Valentine drove his classic Mercedes Benz, powered by his own homemade bio-diesel, in the parade that included dozens of horses, numerous tractors, and several horse drawn wagons. Thanks to all the spectators that lined the streets to offer support. The concert was a big success and American Idol and Gone Country star Diana DeGarmo wowed the audience as well. We all had a ball. I also want to thank my family members who volunteered their services to help with the serving of food as well as all those who brought covered dishes for the crowd. You all are so appreciated! With that said, let’s get… right to it!
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The View

I can’t thank my friends enough for the continual calls of support that I receive concerning my mom’s hospitalization and illness. I am constantly amazed by the love and concern shown by my adopted community in Macon County, as well as elsewhere around the community and the country.
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Michelle Obama's Princeton University Thesis

Okay, how many of you have heard about the little story that has been buried by the mainstream media concerning former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards? It seems that a nasty little rumor swirled around a few months ago about Edwards and another woman with whom he fathered a child. Now it seems that Edwards was caught by paparazzi ducking out of a Beverly Hills hotel the other night, the same hotel where his paramour was registered and staying with her little bundle of joy. Edwards retreated to a hotel men’s room where photographers waited him out and he had to summon hotel security to escort him out of the hotel. This guy is reprehensible. And he wanted to be our president? I feel for his poor family. With that said, let’s get…right to it!
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"Hey Mr. Oil Man" video shoot

 We had the pleasure of joining Ronnie McDowell and his terrific band for the video shoot of his latest hit, “Hey, Mr. Oilman”, at the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville a week ago Monday night and what a time we had!
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Are Democratic Voters Beginning To Have Voter's Remorse About Barack Obama?

Many of us have only recently gotten over the sad and untimely death of veteran newsman Tim Russert when now we learn of the passing of former White House press secretary Tony Snow this past Saturday.
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Obama's Commencement Speach

Barack Obama was invited to speak at the commencement exercises at Wesleyan University in Connecticut this year and not only did he pronounce the name of the school wrong- Wellsleyan is the name I believed he used- and part of his “inspirational” message was to tell the graduates to forego the “money culture” of the world and focus on service to the country “for the better good of all”. (Socialist code speak).
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Newt Gingrich & "Face the Nation"

 According to an interview that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gave on “Face the Nation” recently he was asked if Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, 37, if chosen as vice president for John McCain, would be ready to take over the presidency if he had to replace McCain.
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Tim Russert's funeral services

If anyone was put out by all the coverage of Tim Russert’s death and his funeral services last week, I feel bad for you. This man epitomized what the role of morality and values can do within a family. Twenty-two year-old Luke, his only child, would have made his daddy proud. The way he handled the crowds and the media, while dealing with his own grief, no doubt was a tremendous source of support for his devastated mother, and served to show us all that when you raise a kid with a defined value system and then live your own life accordingly, your kids and your grandkids will most likely reflect those qualities as well. No one can possibly know God’s purpose for taking Tim Russert at such a young age bit if just one man can become a better father after witnessing Russert’s, and Russert’s father’s, influence on his own son then perhaps his death will not have been in vain. Likewise, if even one upcoming politician or newsperson can model him or her self in the mold of Tim Russert, with all his fairness and his abundant character, we as a nation could all be better for it.
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The Passing of Tim Russert

 I can’t thank you enough for the many kind words and prayers that so may of you have passed along to me concerning my mother’s illness and hospitalization. I am convinced that your prayers and support have not only helped her but they have helped me as well. With that said, let’s get… right to it!

 The sudden passing of NBC newsman and journalist Tim Russert has made me feel as if I have lost a personal friend.

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Short on Substance

 I am a little short on substance for my column this week so please forgive me. I’m not being lazy, just exhausted. (However if my words usually raise your blood pressure then you might be pleased!)
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Pity Pony

If you all don’t mind, please allow me to saddle up my pity pony and take a little ride. After hearing all the whining that has become the mantra of the Democrats about the “unfairness of it all” as it pertains to the delegate process that has been turned upside down in two key states, I am loathe to whine myself about the mess in which we conservatives find ourselves embroiled. (Remember, it was the Dems’ own party that allowed the voters of Florida and Michigan to be thrown into such a brouhaha that has now threatened to disrupt what should have been their banner year at the polls.)
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Barack Obama & Bill Clinton

 If I were Barack Obama and I indeed did win the nomination and the presidency next November I wouldn’t want Bill Clinton anywhere near my White House or anyway involved in my presidency! He will not willingly step back from the limelight, and he will not leave the public eye, mark my words, without another personal scandal attached to him. Bill needs Obama, not the other way around!
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Tragedy in Myanmar

The human tragedy in Myanmar after the horrific cyclone whipped through that country is a disgrace beyond compare. The despotic leaders of this impoverished nation have chosen to hold their “elections”, even evicting survivors from shelters in order to use the shelters for polling stations, and their callous behavior smacks of a level of inhumanity unlike anything I have seen in recent memory. These are the kinds of regimes that need to be wiped out, completely, and those who think we need to stand by and allow such regimes to flourish need their heads examined.
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Democrats Taking Control Of Congress

Has anyone else except me noticed that perhaps the reason that the economy has tanked in the last year and a half coincides with the time the Democrats took control of Congress? The looming threat of the elimination of the Bush tax cuts has caused many small businesses, the lifeblood of the economy of this country, to pull back on growth opportunities which translates to less jobs, less company expansion, and less benefits for employees. That, in combination with the obvious tax increases that inevitably come when a Democrat is in the White House, has caused much of the economic uncertainty that has plagued our country since the Democrats took control. With that said let’s get…right to it!
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Bobby Jindal - The Next Vice President?

 Hope everyone had a safe and reflective Memorial Day. It’s so important to remember the reason for the picnics, the get-togethers, and the day off from work. Remembering and honoring those who gave their lives for the advancement of freedom around the world as they protected ours at home should come before all else.
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Barack Obama's "former" pastor

This weekend’s ranting and raving by Barack Obama’s “former” pastor at the NAACP meeting in Detroit just underscores what the people of the United States have already learned about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright… that he is a racist, divisive bully of a man and that Obama has used seriously poor judgment in defending him, or supporting him, in any way.
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The Pope's visit

Ronald Reagan said the most frightening words you can ever hear are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
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Water Conservation

It is not too early to remind everyone that now would be a good time to begin conserving water again, in case you haven’t been doing so all along and you forgot about last year’s record drought.
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