We are Not Alone in Celebrating a Bush Victory

Barbara Lerner at NRO wrote an excellent article entitled “We Are Not Alone” (in our celebration of a Bush victory).

I hope that her comments on Turkey are overly pessimistic, although I doubt it.

She lists our Coalition Forces by region and population of the region at the end of the article.

BTW those who were most happy to see Bush win: Iraqi leaders and middle class and Iran’s lower class, who have been subjected to Mullah rule.

Thanks to Lopsided Poopdeck for the nod in that direction.

Puck Express

Wolfgang Puck was in Houston today. He was at his restaurant, Puck Express on Westheimer. We went there for supper tonight. I took his picture and he touched my shoulder. Very personable. (Not the touching, the guy.)

I got the new book. It’s got some great pictures. A lot of foods I wouldn’t want to eat, but there are some I’d like to make.

It was fun.

National Divide

It’s not really red states v. blue states. Look at the county map. But this article argues for a West v. East mentality. Of course, he then lumps the West Coast in with the Easterners, which kind of knocks his theory off. However, it is an interesting article. Take it for what it’s worth.

Halo 2

At midnight I got in my car and drove to the mall. Thankfully the theater area was brightly lit and there was parking available. There wasn’t much, though. I went inside the mall, went up the escalator, and saw a long line with two people in cammo looking through small boxes. I hoped this was the slow line.

We pre-ordered Halo 2, so that we could get in the fast lane when it came out.

I got in line behind your average game player, young, overweight, wearing jeans and a teeshirt. In front of him were three people together. One was an overweight guy, about my height, a tall thin guy with a teeshirt on geeks, and a girl with pink hair and every facial piercing I’ve ever seen. The overweight guy and the girl were doing the “zipp” thing from Austin Powers at each other and having quite an argument. There was a group of three in back of me, too. One tall overweight guy, one blond in Matrix uniform, and one average blond in cammo. The tall guy ruled the roost, arguing that any games he didn’t like were stupid.

It took 15 minutes, in the fast lane, to get the game. When she handed me my receipt back marked, the woman forgot to give me the game. So I took it out of her hand. “Oops.” It was going to be a long night for them.

The non-prepaid people were in a line just as long as ours, but for every thirty people who went in and out in our line, only two went in and out on theirs. Slow, slow, slow.

There was some soda and candy. About enough for two teenagers. So much for treats.

I came home, went to bed, and heard my kids head for Halo 2 early this morning.

Thoughts on the aftermath

I’ve read dozens of blogs and MSM sites which say I’m an idiot, dumb, stupid, ignorant, bigoted, narrow minded, religious.

Okay, the last one is true.

Saw a great shirt the other day: “I used to have an open mind, but my brain kept falling out.”

I’m religious. But I’m not an idiot, dumb, stupid, ignorant, bigoted, narrow minded.

I read a blog which quoted an article which talked about the secular episcopate. The liberal left have religious beliefs: they’re just not about God.

I have a PhD. I went up through the system. But I’m a social conservative, a fiscal conservative. I’m all for liberty. Let the French have equality. (Hopefully Ron at reactuate.com will do a blog on that. He’s incredibly articulate about it.)

God, bless America. Thank you for the clear election returns.

learning to edit

I’ve been wanting to change the blogroll for a while. I have a bunch of conservative blogs and soldier blogs I’d like to put in. Tonight my husband helped me get about four of the ones I go to a lot. But I don’t think I could do it again by myself. So I guess it won’t have all the ones I want on it. Hmmm.

European Reactions

This is something I am very interested in, the reactions and response of the Europeans. Not just to the election, but to their own processes.

This article from Chrenkoff is on the EU response to Bush being elected again. I think it is spot on in saying that the European people thought Bush was an aberration and if they could just stall, he would go away. I say, hah! Not likely. (Thank God.)

Captain Ed in a post today talks about Europe’s reaction to her own prescribed Lisbon Strategy, which was supposed to make her economically as strong as or superior to the US within 10 years. It’s not going anywhere, btw, and this article discusses why.

Election Stares: The Media

I stayed up till after 3 (4 EST) to watch the news. At that point, at least ten people in Ohio STILL hadn’t voted. The strong healthy 5% margin Bush had maintained in New Mexico had eroded rapidly- think California mud slide- to a margin of 400 votes. Hawaii hadn’t gone Bush in a surprise change. (Drats. I was looking forward to that.)

First, the media was much more responsible this year than it was in 2000. They didn’t call any election until the polls closed. Of course, the second they did, CNN called California. No one disagreed, though it took Fox much longer to put California on their score card.

Second, the media did use the exit polls and, though they didn’t publish the numbers, it was obvious that the exit polls showed overwhelming victory for Kerry, just by everyone’s reaction to them.

Third, goofy media again, they whacked bloggers for reporting the exit poll numbers. You know, considering 2000, I wouldn’t have done that. But it was clear from the media what the numbers looked like, even if we didn’t know exactly what they were.

Fourth, some of the media made sense. Some of the media are raving lunatics and need to go visit somewhere besides Blue California and New York. They know not whereof they speak when they speak of America. Of course, I live in Texas, but I get to see the Left dominate the TV and movie world. So I know how both sides live.

Prayer

Lord God,

Please bless the United States of America today. Keep fraud and intimidation from happening. Help those who want to vote, and have the legal right to vote, be able to vote. Let all the machines and papers work correctly. Let everyone understand what they need to do with their vote, so that it is accurately recorded.

Bless the election process and the nation, Lord.

I ask for a miracle, if it is one, divine intervention, or simple logistics, whatever. Please, God, let the person who will help strengthen America and make it a better nation win.

Bless my country. Give us your wisdom and your strength.

And, God, when it is over, please let it be clear who won. Even if it isn’t who I would want to win.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

National Day of Fasting

This Lincoln writing calls the last, maybe the first, national day of fasting for the US. It was called for April 30, 1863 when we were dealing with civil war. (It was the only one I could find about fasting.)

Other history of national days, of prayer:

1775: The first day of prayer was declared when the Continental Congress “designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation.”

1795-FEB-19: George Washington proclaimed a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.

Circa 1813: President James Madison proclaimed a day of prayer. He later said such proclamations are not appropriate. “They seem to imply and certainly nourish the erroneous idea of a national religion.”

1808: Thomas Jefferson also opposed declarations of national days of prayer by the Federal government. He wrote “Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to¬† their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.”

1863-MAR-30: Abraham Lincoln signed a Congressional resolution of MAR-3 which called for a day of fasting and prayer.

1952-APR-17: A bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer (NDP) was unanimously passed by congress. President Truman signed it into law. It required the President to select a day for national prayer each year.

Famous Quote

Although Mark Twain is certainly not the most respected name in Christendom (he made serious fun of the Christian view of Heaven), he is famous. Here is his quote on a Christian’s duty to vote, via Thinking Right.

It will be conceded that a Christian’s first duty is to God. Then follows, as a matter of course, that it is his duty to carry his Christian code of morals to the polls and vote them. Whenever he shall do that, he will not find himself voting for an unclean man, a dishonest man.

If all Christians would vote their duty to God at the polls, they would carry every election, and do it with ease. Their prodigious power would be quickly realized and recognized, and afterward there would be no unclean candidates upon any ticket, and graft would cease.

If the Christians of America could be persuaded to vote God and a clean ticket, it would bring about a moral revolution that would be ever incalculably beneficent. It would save the country.”

(Colliers magazine, September 2, 1904)

Fasting

I have been wavering over whether or not I should fast today. Certainly I believe that the election is an important matter and warrants fasting. But I am not sure that I have been called to fast and I’m not sure how committed I am to it. I don’t want to start and give up.

There are several kinds of fasts.

There is a normal fast, in which you drink water but don’t eat or drink anything else. Matthew 4:2 discusses Jesus’ 40 day normal fast.

There is an absolute fast, where you have neither water nor food. (Obviously this one would be for a very short time.) Saul/Paul did this according to Acts 9:9.

Then there is a partial fast, in which you give up some kinds of food. Normally this is because you are in a time and place where you can’t avoid eating. Daniel records that he did this in Daniel 10:3.

There are also different reasons to fast.

There are regular and public fasts, such as those discussed in Jeremiah 36:6 and Joel 2:15. Britain, at least, has called public fast days for a solemn assembly and their prayers were answered.

Then there is fasting to the Lord, as a gift. These are in Zechariah 7:5 and Acts 13:2.

Another kind of fast is for personal sanctity, such as in Psalm 69:10.

Another fast, one more pertinent at this point, is the fast as a means of entreaty. It is kind of like saying, “pretty please with sugar on top.” An example of this fast is found in Ezra 8:23.

There is also a fast to change God’s mind. One example of a successful fast is in Jonah 3:5 and 10. An unsucessful example of this is in II Samuel 12:16-22 when David fasted and prayed for his son, whom God said was going to die for David’s sins.

Another fast is to free the captives. Isaiah 58:6 says, “Is this not the fast I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” This fast would have been the kind to have if you were under Saddam or the Taliban. It is what I would have been doing had I thought enough to pray hard for the situations the people of Iraq and Afghanistan were in. Isaiah 49:24 and 25 says that the captives of the tyrant can be rescued. Maybe I should fast for the captives of the beheaders.

A final Biblical reason for fasting is in order to receive revelation. Daniel 9:2-22 talks about this kind of fasting.

–You know, if my blog were read by anyone other than my husband, I couldn’t write on this today, because if I do fast, that would make my fasting be in public. So I guess there are good reasons to have an unvisited blog.–

One of the questions I usually ask is “Is this fast something God wants me to do?” But you know, that’s not really a legitimate question if you look at the reasons for fasting. To change God’s mind. Why would he want me to do that? To beg and plead. I think it does matter how much and how and when we pray, although I could be wrong, but I don’t think God really wants us to be whining.

Fasting is showing God that what we are asking is important enough to us that we are willing to give up food for a time in order to show God that we really care. Does God know we really care? If we do, he does. But do we know how committed we are? Not always. Maybe fasting is prescribed, which it is since Jesus said “when you fast,” but it is also voluntary.

One of the things you are supposed to do when you fast is read the word of God. I guess I should quit writing and start specifically praying.

God, hear my prayer. Our nation has an election today. I ask your blessings on our people as they go to vote. Please don’t let anyone who wants to vote and should be able to turn away from voting for any reason. Please bless the efforts of those who care about this country.

I know who I think would make a better president, God, and you gave us our brains for a reason. So I ask that President Bush be re-elected today by a significant enough margin that there won’t be 36 days, or more, of turmoil and litigation.

God, we are in a war for our lives. They hate us because we are strong, which is your gift to us, and because we are immoral, which is our sin. Please forgive us our sins and help us to repent. Continue to strengthen us. Weaken those who are against you. Strengthen us to do what we know should be done.

Bless our soldiers. Bless our government. Bless this nation.

Lord, you said if people who are called by your name repent and turn to you, you will save them. God, I thank you for giving us President Bush when 9/11 came. I ask for your continued blessings to our nation.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

The Dead Should Vote

I was reading a blog yesterday, unfortunately I don’t know which. But it cited this story of a 90 year old woman’s last vote. The woman died.

I’ve been told that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who received their absentee ballots (which lets out PA soldiers) and sent them back in, will not be counted if they’re dead.

I think that if you are alive when you vote, and you voted legally, your vote should be counted.

The dead should be allowed to vote. Unless, of course, they were already dead when they voted.

Dinner: Very Special

My husband is a great cook, new but dedicated. He said he would cook tonight. So, after work, he stopped at the store to get some ingredients and then came home and made his special shallots and chicken.

He called from the store to find out if we had the makings for salad. I said yes. Then, after we hung up, I pulled the lettuces and spinach out and tore up a good size salad bowl.

I was sitting on the couch reading blogs while he cooked.

He came in and asked what I would like to drink and I told him. But when I would have gotten up, he said to stay right there. So I did.

Eventually he told me I could come in the dining room. When I did, there were candles lit and these fun ice cube lights going off in our glasses. I sat down and he brought in dinner, beautifully plated.

When he asked the blessing he thanked God for me and told Him he loved me.

Blew me away. The whole thing. But the prayer especially.

Medic!

I always heard those were the scariest words to hear yelled. Because you’re in the middle of a firefight or just through it and now you’re looking at the people who need help.

I have a student who acted as a med tech in the service. He is now going to get a degree so next time he’ll know more.

Somehow I got to this post by a CLS in Iraq, who had to help one of his buddies.

I told him thank you. I meant it. If I could say it to each soldier individually, I would.

Any Soldier

I’m supposed to be getting stuff together to send out to any soldier. I actually have a table, a desk, and a couch filled with stuff. But it isn’t actually enough of the stuff that I need to send them all.

I had planned on getting together all the Christmas cards and Christmas decorations and figuring out how many there were. Then I planned to go to the store and get whatever I needed to fill about six boxes and send them off. They need to be gone to get back in time for Christmas. (For the GIs to send their Christmas cards back to their folks.)

However, I wasn’t feeling well today and I didn’t get around to it. I could go out tonight, without the kids, but I really wanted them to get involved in it.

But if I don’t do it tonight it will be tomorrow evening or, more probably, Wednesday before I would get to it.

Tomorrow

I’ve read about 1000 blog entries, mostly conservative, about the election and bin Laden and the Al Qaaqa stories. I haven’t written a lot about them here because I didn’t need to process them.

I hope that everyone votes tomorrow who hasn’t already voted and is legally allowed to vote. I hope that everyone who isn’t legally allowed to vote falls down or has to stay at work late or gets a stomach upset and can’t vote.

I hope that President Bush wins by a significant enough margin that the goofy lawsuits show themselves at that and are closed down.

I hope that Bush wins the popular vote, with over 50% (although many presidents haven’t gotten that), and that the electoral college is a clear difference. Not any of this 271 to 269. More like 290+.