Thursday, November 29, 2007

News Roundup November 29, 2007

This first item may not be news to most people, but today was the first day that I had heard about it. Amazon had launched a gadget called the "Kindle" in 2006. It is their answer to the eBook craze. At $400, it's kinda pricey if you ask me!

I love to read books! Sometimes, I have two or three going at the same time with post-it bookmarks and yellow highlighted sections for easy reference. It makes sections that I want to share on this blog easier to locate. I don't think that the Kindle would work well for my needs. But hey! If it gets more people reading out there, then more power to them!

Fox News had a blurb about the Kindle this morning. Apparently, it also tracks and downloads blogs. Interesting...but too expensive right now. Perhaps as the device grows in popularity, it will come down in price.

A few years ago, my husband bought a Garmin GPS and paid a whopping $700 for it. EEK! Now, they are down to about $250. I love mine. Won't drive with my daughter into L.A. or Hollywood to accompany her for auditions without it!


How about that CNN GOP Youtube debate last night? I tuned in a bit late, so I initially missed the fire-breathing skirmish between Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney. However, late last evening, I caught the part that I had previously missed via a CNN re-run. If you saw the debate, what were your thoughts about this incident?

I found some of the choices for debate questions quite weird, actually.

I heard that over 5,000 Youtube questions were submitted by various people for this debate. Isn't it a bit odd that 3 questions had to do with gay issues?

What's that all about?

Plus, the gay general's youtube question regarding his desire to overturn the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy" in the military (which was signed into law by Bill Clinton!!) turned into a bloviating segment when he stood in the audience to spew additional gay agenda propaganda. There are rumors that he was a Hillary Clinton plant, too.

Of course, many of the chosen questions appeared to be hostile towards the participants. Even the guy who held up the Bible and asked, "Do you believe in this Book?" demonstrated ill will through sounding more at enmity and disgusted about it; rather than being genuinely interested in whether or not the men on the stage believed in God's Word.

Then, we had a young man with a confederate flag behind him! Just what was the purpose of asking about a symbol that is viewed as being a racist one by African Americans? Why, out of all of the pressing issues going on in life was this particular question asked?

Even the young woman who asked about abortion did so in an antagonistic way.

I'm sure that I'm missing many of the other inhospitable questions that were presented, but let's sum up just these four:

1. Hostile to the GOP candidates with the gay issues questions.
2. Hostile to the GOP candidates with the Bible question.
3. Hostile to the GOP candidates implying racism through asking a totally unnecessary confederate flag issue question.
4. Hostile to the GOP candidates regarding the abortion issues questions.

Want to know what all of this reminded me of?

Go watch this video starring my blogging friend Doug!


I thought that Mike Huckabee did the best in the debate. He hit a home run with his great answer to the Bible question and his wit shined through, too.

This one was priceless! [Note: click on link and scroll down or read below]

(CNN) — Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee outlined one special plan he'd consider for NASA's exploration of space.

"Maybe Hillary can be on the first rocket to Mars," he said, referring to the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

The Republican presidential candidate responded to a question asking if more money would be put into space exploration. His witty response about Clinton generated cheers from the St. Petersburg audience and followed his description of the earthly benefits of NASA's programs.

"Whether it's the medical technologies that saved many of our lives and the lives of our families, it's the direct result from the space program," he said. "We need to put more money into space and technology exploration."

The question, posed by Steve Nielson of Denver, Colorado, asked if the candidates would commit to sending Americans to Mars by the year 2020.

Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado disagreed with Huckabee's promise and would not commit to sending anyone to Mars because, "We can't afford some things, and going to Mars is one of them."

CNN's Adam P. Levy

Hat tips:

CNN, CNN Political Ticker blog,, WorldNetDaily, NPR, The Powers that Be


Update @ 8:48 a.m. PT

CNN Transcript of Youtube GOP Debate

Update @ 8:57 a.m. PT
Huckabee's Bible question response (from WND article):

The only other candidate presented with the question was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister.

"It's the Word of revelation to us from God Himself," Huckabee said. "The fact is when people ask if you believe all of it, you either believe it or you don't believe it."

"As the only person here probably on this stage with a theology degree, there are parts of it I don't fully comprehend and understand, but I'm not supposed to. Because the Bible is the revelation of an infinite God, and no finite person is ever gonna fully understand it. If they do, their God is too small."

When asked what would Jesus do concerning the death penalty, Huckabee quipped, "Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office, Anderson. That's what Jesus would do."

Islamic attacks on Savage target advertisers - Talk show trend-setter continues highlighting Muslim agenda


"If CAIR can succeed in this effort to silence Michael Savage, consider the chilling effect this will have on every talk radio host in America," wrote Brigitte Gabriel in the alert.

CAIR, which pursues such an aggressive campaign it has prompted the organization of Anti-Cair-Net, has criticized Savage for expressing his opinions about Islam, and Muslims.

However, his website this week featured headlines, "Muslim Terrorists using burqas; cross-dressing a favorite trick," and "Muslims burn library shoot police in Paris; press buries true nature of criminals."

Just weeks earlier, Savage came under attack in San Francisco. The board of supervisors there condemned him for "hate speech."

It was the board's second attempt at a resolution to condemn Savage for his criticism of illegal aliens in the U.S.

In August, a single vote by a member whose grandfather emigrated from China seven decades ago halted a similar resolution in its tracks.

The previous vote was 9-1, with third generation San Franciscan Ed Jew turning in the veto vote, after getting up and affirming Savage's First Amendment right to express his opinion.

Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval had introduced the resolution in August to condemn the radio talker. After the vote, he called for the tally to be rescinded and the proposal sent to committee, which essentially is a polite way of letting the issue die.

"For the record, I do not agree with comments allegedly made by Mr. Savage, but the First Amendment gives him the right to make those comments," Jew said.

"This is a dry run against free speech in America by the Islamists and the illegal aliens who are now becoming one and the same," said Savage in August. "It's the same organizational structure. … I am the target of this dry run. They want to see how far they can get in silencing a voice of freedom in the United States of America. They want to see which, if any, governmental agencies will stop them."

So, what does this boil down to? Just another group using "hate" as an excuse to silence free speech!!

Don't let them get away with it!!


Update @ 1:02 p.m. PT

More details about the liberal democrat plants in a Glenn Beck interview with Michele Malkin

Did they really think that they wouldn't be found out??


Neil said...

My wife (school librarian and of course a major book lover) was telling me about the Kindle last night. Sounds very cool, but I'll wait for rev. 2.0 (it will be cheaper and much better - gotta love the technology curve!).

Christinewjc said...

Update @ 1:02 p.m. PT

More details about the liberal democrat plants in a Glenn Beck interview with Michele Malkin

Did they really think that they wouldn't be found out??

Christinewjc said...

Hi Neil,

What kinds of books does your wife enjoy? How about you?

There is something about actually holding a book in the hands and turning the pages that makes me hesitate to ever want such a device.

My bookshelves of Christian books both read, and waiting to be read makes me smile, too. I don't think I could get those same feelings with a Kindle!

Christinewjc said...

Huckabee is for real!