Media Bias

According to the Pew Research Center, journalists are more than twice as likely to lean to the left than the average American citizen. And even those who consider them selves “moderates” are more likely to agree with more liberal social ideas. One example was that journalists were considerably more willing to say that society should accept homosexuality than the average citizen was.
Another study has 48% of respondents saying that they have heard too much about Obama, while only 26% say they have heard too much about John McCain, and 38% say they want to hear more about the Republican Candidate. Also, when asked which presidential candidate they have heard the most about in the news over the last week or so, 76% of the public names Barack Obama while just one-in-ten (11%) recalls John McCain. As many Republicans (76%) as Democrats (80%) cite Obama as the candidate they have heard most about in the news recently.
The same study shows that stories about Democratic candidates accounted for nearly 70% of the total news during the study’s time frame, while less than 20 % of the stories were about the GOP candidates. Individually among the candidates, Obama led with about 70%, Clinton was second with close to 60%,and John McCain in last with a little under 30%.
But despite Obama’s media exposure, many Americans still do not have a clear understanding of where he stands on the issues. Public awareness of Obama’s policy positions has increased modestly over the past month. Still, fewer than half (48%) know a lot or a fair amount about his foreign policy positions, while 51% say they know just some or very little. Somewhat more people (56%) know at least a fair amount about Obama’s economic positions, while 44% know just some or very little.
http://pewresearch.org/

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Country First

Once again John McCain has chosen service to his country over political expediency. By suspending his campaign, and heading back to Washington, McCain has shown that he cares more about doing what is right for our country, than he does about being popular. Obama on the other hand seems to think that campaigning is more important than the current financial crisis. He says that Presidents have to multitask, and that John McCain must not be able to since he’s going to Washington, and asking that the first debate be postponed until after the crisis has been taken care of.
Do we want a President that is going to worry more about boosting his own popularity, or one who is willing to sacrifice public appearances, rallies, and fundraisers, in order to make sure that you and I have financial stability?
After all both of these men are Senators- isn’t it their job to be in Washington representing the people who elected them, especially now when our nation is in turmoil? Obama is shirking his responsibility to his constituents in order to seek higher office, do we really want someone who is more concerned with career advancement than with the people who put their trust in him, and our counting on him to keep them prosperous, safe, and free?
John McCain has a history of putting country first, while Barrack Obama has a history- well of doing nothing.

The Hollywood Effect

As evidenced by the mostly positive reaction from the stars gathered at the VMA’s last week, Barrack Obama has the Hollywood vote. But is this a good thing? On the one hand, it is quite obvious that celebrity endorsements hold a lot of sway with young voters, but on the other, Hollywood is known for cranking out troubled stars at an alarming rate. If a known alcoholic, anorexic, or druggie endorses a politician, should we feel confident in listening to them? After all stars are not famous for their intellect, but rather for their appearance.

On a secondary note, I was rather perplexed by Matt Damon’s attack on Sarah Palin. Not only did he show the Democratic elitism when he called it ridiculous that a simple hockey-mom (and GOVERNOR!!) could possibly have the chance to become President, but he also attacked her religious beliefs.

I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago.
That’s an important — I want to know that, I really do, because she’s going
to
have the nuclear codes. You know, I want to know if she thinks dinosaurs
were
here 4000 years ago… we can’t, we can’t have that.

This confused me greatly, because Obama claims to be Christian, and this is a common Christian belief. Yet I have not heard anyone mocking Obama, or Binden or McCain for that matter, for holding this belief. So why is Matt Damon blasting Palin for this?
My humble opinion is that liberals are so desperate to smear Palin that they are willing to go to any lengths to discredit her. They seem to latch on to, and spin, anything and everything they can.
In this thread, the most recent thing I have come across, is the terrifying assertion that Palin personally made rape victims pay for their own rape kits. This report alarmed me, but with a little research, it is clear that this is yet another attempt by the left to twist facts to their advantage. Upon completing my research on the matter, I had found that, yes the CITY of Wasilla, Alaska did not offer free rape kits. But Sarah Palin did not make a law regarding this, and there was no controversy over it at the time. Apparently it was a practice the city had taken part in for some time, citing a lack of funds necessary to provide this service free of charge.
The assertion that the victims had to pay is especially misleading. The Police Chief, who was directly in charge of this, said that the City charged the insurance companies of the victims, and that they usually tacked this expense onto the restitution phase of sentencing the offender. If the victim could not pay, the hospital wrote the cost off, like it does in soo many instances of other services given that cannot be paid for.
So to conclude, Palin did not charge for this, the Police billed insurance, no victim was required to pay out of pocket.

Raining on my parade…

So yesterday was my birthday! This is the last year I’ll be able to consider myself a teenager. But anyways, I didn’t write because I was super busy, but I wanted to go ahead and tell everyone that IKE is coming for me!!! Like my profile tells you, I’m from Louisiana and its already storming here. So just in case the power goes out and I don’t write for a bit, you all know why! Please do what you can to help those in need, no matter small it is. Keep all of us in TX and LA in your thoughts and prayers!

Wishing everyone the best, and hoping the power doesn’t go out for too long…

"Knocked Up" a new fad?

It’s funny to see the liberal media bashing Bristol Palin for having a child out of wedlock, when they are obsessed with teen aged celebrities having kids. Is anyone really surprised that so many teens are getting pregnant? It almost seems like the “cool” thing to do right now. Kind of a “You can be like a Hollywood star! Just get pregnant… there’s no reason to get married too.” I mean just look at the list of stars who have gotten pregnant lately… Halle Berry, Jamie Lynn Spears, Jessica Alba, Ashlee Simpson (although she did marry him afterwards), Nicole Richie (did they get married?), Angelina Jolie has 3 kids without marriage! And the list goes on… Minnie Driver, Matthew McConaughey’s girlfriend, David Spade’s “fling”, Tom Brady’s Ex, Jason Lee (My Name is Earl)’s girlfriend.
Seriously… with people like that to look up to, is it any wonder that we’re hearing about things like pregnancy pacts? I’m not saying the Bristol Palin is not responsible for her mistakes, but the media should not be surprised that teen aged girls are getting pregnant so often, when part of it has to do with them spending so much time giving pregnant celebrities coverage.
Bristol is just like any other teenager, in fact she’s just like me- we all make mistakes, and none of us are perfect 100% of the time. Only unlike me, she is in the spotlight right now because of her mother being a politician. Not every teenager makes the mistake of getting pregnant, some like me make smaller mistakes, like the occasional lie to my mother, or skipping classes, or smoking cigarettes (I don’t smoke this is just an example), but the point is that no body’s perfect.

Let he who is perfect cast the first stone!

What? No stones from the liberal media? Somehow I’m not surprised…

LATER…
It just kinda hit me that two of last year’s biggest movies were about this topic- “Knocked Up” and “Juno”… Hollywood is practically telling kids to get preggers

I Have A Dream…

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the
content of their character
.

It seems to me that this much quoted phrase has been flipped on its head by Barrack Obama and his many supporters. Let me be understood- many people are voting for him, not because they agree with his policies and positions, but rather because they want a black man to be President. This is racist- just as racist as not voting for someone because of the color of his skin. Martin Luther King’s dream has to go both ways, and in this instance, I must say that does not.
The same thing comes to mind with Hillary Clinton- a lot of women voted for her simply because she is a woman- but that too is wrong. It is sexist… they would have a fit if a man said they would not vote for her because she was a woman, yet they use the same sexist reasoning when casting their ballot.
I am a woman… yet I do not feel that society owes me any debt because women in the past were not allowed to vote, own property, or hold a job. In fact, a much ignored fact is that African American men were allowed to vote before women. But the point is not that it happened along time ago. The point is that it is not happening now- yet so many people still dwell on it.
Whether you are a woman or an African American… practice what you preach. Don’t be racist, or sexist. And if the argument for equal rights is that we are all created equal, then stop asking for advantages over other people groups. No lower scores to get into schools, no preferential treatment when applying for a job. If we are truly equal then it is time to start acting like it.
Women of the world- if we are just as capable of doing all things as men are, then prove it! Show the world that we don’t need affirmative action to get a job, that we can work hard just like men, and do a good job just like any other person. We don’t need exclusively female scholarships, we just need to apply ourselves enough to get general scholarships. We don’t need any one’s help to succeed, we are enough on our own!
So this is my dream… that we will truly be a nation that judges EVERYONE by the content of their character, and not positively or negatively based on their gender or race. Until both sides of the race and gender arguments hold themselves to Martin Luther King’s words, we will never be truly equal.

RNC 2008

So I made it home to good ole Shreveport, LA on Friday night. I spent yesterday catching up on sleep, and today unpacking and distributing souvenirs. So now I have time for a brief overview of my impressions of the Convention.

Day One was pretty sedate, everyone was worried about the Hurricane, and we pretty much stayed glued to the news to see what was happening. It was very disconcerting to be so far away from home with all of this going on. Reports were so varied, that I half expected my home to be flooded or otherwise gone when I returned. But luckily everything was fine in Shreveport. Others were not so lucky. Many of our delegates were from South Louisiana, and were greatly affected. The McCain Campaign chartered a plane to take those who needed it home, and also to bring some of the delegate’s families back to Minneapolis. It was a very kind gesture on McCain’s behalf. That night there were no speeches, no pomp, all we did were the things necessary to officially start the convention proceedings.

Day Two started out really well, with First Lady Laura Bush, and our next First Lady Cindy McCain joining the Louisiana Delegation for breakfast. The media also joined us, and proceeded to hound us for the next few days about Gustav.

That evening, the CNN Grill gave us passes to come eat, and treated us to a free meal. They had a very kind waitstaff, and treated us with compassion. I also managed to meet Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Meagan Kelley, and Bill Hemmer.

Sean was my favorite, and by far the nicest person at the entire convention. A lot f the “celebrities” blew everyone off, but even though his handlers kept trying to whisk him away, Sean took the time to pose for tons of pictures, sign a truckload of autographs (including a pic and autograph for yours truly!), and just talk to people. He even got on the phone with my debate coach who is a HUGE fan of his.

My favorite speech of the night surprised me. It was Joe Lieberman. I had not expected to enjoy it, and am not a fan of him- but it was very good. It was very strategic as well, to have the first person to take a swipe at Obama at the convention be a Democrat. But it was very heartening to realize that a Democrat with such influence and power realizes that John McCain is the right choice.

Day Three was probably my favorite day of all! We started out by listening to a POW who had been in Hanoi with John McCain, and then headed to the Convention Center to put together Hurricane Relief Packages. The people at Target and The Red Cross put that together, and we had an amazing time. Everyone was so pumped up, cheering, singing, and just having a good time helping people out. John and Cindy McCain stopped by and helped, took pictures, shook hands, and listened to stories of people form Louisiana affected by Katrina. On our way out, it really touched me to see people from all over the nation gathered together to help my state. It meant alot, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who help with relief efforts for Gustav, it means so much to the residents of Louisiana.
That night there were soo many great speakers! Giuliani did an amazing job of firing up the crowd for Sarah Palin. And when she finally took the stage the applause was deafening! Everyone was so excited to see this woman everyone was talking about. And she didn’t disappoint! She delivered an amazing speech, put Obama in his place, and inspired a new generation of females to get into politics. For me it was a dream come true to see a strong woman candidate up on that stage, and I could not be more proud that the woman in question shares my values.
Day Four was good, part of me wanted to go home, and the other part wanted the convention to never end. I was looking forward to McCain’s speech, but I most anticipated the famed balloon drop at the end of the night! McCain did an amazing job on his speech, especially considering he is not known for his speaking abilities. With a mixture of humility and confidence he told us exactly why he wanted to be President, and the thing that struck me most was his assertion that he was old enough that it wasn’t for his future in politics, but rather it was his desire to serve a cause greater than himself that inspired him to reach this office.
Though his speech was good, I was most impressed with the video about Cindy McCain. To see all of the amazing things this woman has done during her lifetime makes me wonder what she will be able to achieve as First Lady. After all the First Lady’s job is to be an ambassador of kindness to those in need, and I have no doubt that Cindy McCain would make an amazing First Lady. From adopting two children, to going on aid missions all across the world, Cindy McCain has already led the life of a servant. Who better to serve others in our country’s name than her? It strikes me as wort mentioning that the difference between the candidates’ wives is almost as stark as between the candidates themselves. Cindy McCain has clearly done a lot of amazing things with her position of power, yet what has Michelle Obama done? Nothing comes to mind…

Well that’s my wrap up for today. I wish that each and everyone of you could have shared this experience with me. But I hope that my story will make you realize that anyone can be a part of history, all it takes is a little effort, and a passion to make a difference! God Bless!