Musings of a Real Texas Cowgirl

This blog contains the thoughts of a real Texas cowgirl. They may pertain to politics, religion, or life in general. If anything herein offends you, please go to another blog. If you disagree with anything herein, kindly use facts and intelligent argument. Anyone making personal attacks against Cowgirl or any commenter will be banned.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me

Today's headlines:

22 Bombs Explode in Thailand

Radioactive Isotopes Meant for Iran Intercepted

Turkish Police 'Foil Another Attack in Izmir'

Terrorist Bombers Strike in Turkey

Germans Charge Syrian Over Failed Bomb Plot

Today's Stories You Won't Hear on the News:

Marine Medics Race Time to Save a Local Girl

Haditha marines Under "Coordinated Attack"

Israeli Soldiers Find a Tenacious Foe in Hezbollah

So, on this my birthday, I am reflecting on the state of my world.  I am worried about my country and how long it will remain a sovereign nation.  I am worried about my finances thanks to Gov. Perry and his Invader Superhighway land grab, which squarely nails my two most valuable ranches.

On the other hand, I have been blessed with the increasingly wonderful Cowchild, the loyal Cowboy who is a fine and decent man, good health, and the love and support of extended family and friends.  In my heart, I know that our stories are written from the beginning, and that all of life is in God's hands.  It is this faith alone that keeps me sane when my world seems to be spiraling out of control. 

God's blessings on you all.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Cease-fire....yeah, right......

Haaretz reports that
"A compromise agreement now being hammered out between Hezbollah and the Lebanese government would allow the Shi'ite guerillas to keep hidden weapons in south Lebanon, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Tuesday.

While Hezbollah would need to keep the weapons it possesses south of the Litani River hidden, an agreement for areas north of the river would be "left to a long term solution," the paper reported."

The Telegraph reports that:
"Outside one of the town's two mosques a van was found filled with green casings about 6ft long. The serial numbers identified them as AT-5 Spandrel anti-tank missiles. The wire-guided weapon was developed in Russia but Iran began making a copy in 2000.

Beyond no-man's land, in the east of the village, was evidence of Syrian-supplied hardware. In a garden next to a junction used as an outpost by Hizbollah lay eight Kornet anti-tank rockets, described by Brig Mickey Edelstein, the commander of the Nahal troops who took Ghandouriyeh, as "some of the best in the world".

Written underneath a contract number on each casing were the words: "Customer: Ministry of Defence of Syria. Supplier: KBP, Tula, Russia."

(Hat tip: Power Line)

So, now that the Lebanese government has said it will not force Hezbollah to disarm, and will let them keep their remaining weapons stashes south of the Litani River, this cease-fire will last only as long as it takes Hezbollah to re-arm. Their Syrian and Iranian sponsors are likely shipping in more and better rockets and missiles every hour.

It is ludicrous to believe that a government comprised of terrorists, would not have an army also comprised of terrorists. I have been under the impression that the US did not negotiate with terrorists. Why was our government doing anything other than asking the Israelis, "What do you need?" and "How can we help?" This entire scenario was accurately predicted by Dafyyd at Big Lizards.

The Israelis will have to re-take all that terrority again soon, but this time the bad guys will have more and bigger toys. One of the best lines I've seen to sum up this ridiculous "cease-fire agreement" was from a Haaretz op-ed, inquiring "after all, why did we embark on the war, if not to ensure that French soldiers will protect Israel from the Hezbollah rocket battery."

Blue Crab Boulevard has a good piece on Israelis not being considered civilians. Apparently, CNN (Communist News Network) thinks that all the terrorists in Lebanon (and elsewhere) who hide within the general population and wear no clothing distinguishing themselves as an army of terrorists, are just regular people with no militant ties. On the other hand, all Israelis, in uniform or in civies, are all part of the military. Good work, CNN. As usual, you are spot "off."

The photoshopped picture seen above was lifted without remorse from Instapundit.


Monday, August 14, 2006

Schlussel's updates on Islamic cell phone buyers and missing "students"

Debbie Schlussel continues her updates on the Islamic cell phone buyers and their plan to blow up the Mackinac Bridge, as well as the missing, but now in custody, Egyptian "students."


Amazing! Someone in Lebanon "gets it"!!!

At least one Lebanese citizen "gets it."  Real Michael Behe's amazingly incisive post entitled The Lebanese are the Most Hypocritical People on Earth.

Hat tip:  Right Wing News


Have you heard the good news from Iraq?

Did you hear about the new orphanage built by Japanese donations in Iraq?  Have you heard that the Japanese Air Force continues to ferry supplies and wounded?  How about the story of US and Iraqi forces capturing 60 Shiia militiamen and killing 34 Sunni terrorists? 

You didn't hear about any of this?!?!  Check out the post at Big Lizards for real information on what is going on in Iraq.


Cowchild's cartoon

Cowchild came up with a cartoon to go along with this latest report of the Israeli/Lebanon conflict: Hezbollah fired more than 230 rockets, Israel reported, and several hit the northern port city of Haifa, where at least two people were seriously injured.


Friday, August 11, 2006

Where to find information on the homegrown Michigan terrorist and the AWOL Egyptian students

For all the information you could possibly want to know about the Dearborn MI terrorist and the AWOL Egyptian "students", check out the posts at


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Scenes from the War in Lebanon

This film was made by Shlomo Blass, a freelance journalist and television producer in Israel, who also serves in the IDF. It puts the current conflict in historical context and lays out, in simple but powerful terms, the reasons why Israel has no choice but to defend itself against Hezbollah. You can view it on Power Line Video; click on "Scenes from the War in Lebanon."

Major hat tip Power Line, as much of this post was lifted verbatim.


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Apocalypse soon.............?

Dafydd at Big Lizards has a must-read piece, Fortnight to Apocalypse: the Moslem Milennium. Dafydd's analysis and interpretation of recent and on-going events in Lebanon, will give you something really serious to ponder over today.

What do I think? I'm just waiting for that errant, Islamic-fired missile to hit the Dome of the Rock. Then, things will get real interesting, real fast.


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Ben Stein: A Few More Little Facts

Here are a few little facts you might like to know:

When the Israelis capture Arabs in their wars, the captured Arabs are well fed, well housed, and eventually returned to their homes. When the Arabs (specifically the Syrians) have captured Israelis, they castrate them, cut off their male organs, decapitate the Israelis, and stuff their male organs in their mouths and leave the bodies on the field. Sometimes they also defecate on the bodies.

Israel has a population of about six million Jews. If a rocket hits a group of Israelis who are lying in the sun and kills 12 of them, that is the equivalent of the United States losing 600 men in one rocket attack. If nine Israeli civilians are killed in a rocket attack on a Haifa repair shop, that is the equivalent of the USA losing 540 civilians in one swoop.

Hezbollah is basically an arm of the Iranian army. Iran has a population of close to 70 million. Hundreds of thousands, maybe
millions, are eager to join the fight against Eretz Israel. Even if by some miracle Israel wiped out every Hezbollah killer in Lebanon tomorrow, Iran could easily replace them forever. Resupplying the missilery is child's play: just buy it from China, our dear friends, who will sell it to anyone. This means Israel is in for an extremely prolonged, agonizing period of suffering.

For anyone with even a sliver of sensitivity to see this happening to a people who have already suffered more than any other people in history, is torture. To see George W. Bush stand up for Israel while the left whines about totally meaningless multilateralism -- which means asking France to defend Israel, sort of like asking Martin Bormann to defend Israel -- is to see clear decency versus a waffling, age-old anti-Semitic sickness.

The line of the fight between civilization and barbarism runs right along the Israel-Lebanon non-border. If it's not won there, it won't be long until the front line is right here, and then it will be too late. When George Bush stands up for Israel, he stands up for the whole future of mankind. Yes, he has flaws and has made serious mistakes, but right now, he is a hero for the ages.


Monday, August 07, 2006

Dr. Alan Keyes: A time for war

Dr. Alan Keyes
A time for war
Posted: August 2, 2006, 1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006

The battle against Hezbollah threatens to expose the hollow reality of the Bush administration's conduct of the war against terrorism. In the wake of 9-11, [President] Bush boldly and properly identified the enemy as terrorism itself. He boldly and properly challenged the nations of the world to understand the deadly threat it represents to any semblance of international order and community. He boldly and properly excluded the possibility of neutrality, making it clear that every nation would have to choose which side it was on: for or against the forces of terror.

"We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime. … This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight." (President George W. Bush, Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, Sept. 20, 2001)

Until now, one of the problems with the war on terror has been the quite understandable reluctance of governments openly to declare their complicity with the terrorist menace. Though states like Iran and Syria provide key support for terrorist entities, including safe havens, weapons and other facilities, they have taken care to maintain some semblance of deniability, however implausible.

Now, Hezbollah's terrorist war making has erupted into full-scale battle. Hezbollah is an entity that the U.S. government has always and unequivocally included as an active and dangerous element of the global infrastructure of terror. The U.S. has also recognized that Iran and Syria are its key backers. But with no open declaration on their part to this effect, Hezbollah's terror war did not formally implicate these governments.

In reaction to the present battle, however, both Syria and Iran are bringing their support into the open. Iran is encouraging its people to provide material support to Hezbollah. Syria is rattling its sabers and declaring its determination to join the battle on Hezbollah's side. If Syria acts upon this declaration, it will openly commit itself to the defense of a terrorist group. It will openly choose the side of terror. It would be the first state to do so since the war against terror began after 9-11.

If the anti-terror war is more than hollow rhetoric, the logical and necessary response of the Bush administration will be a message to Capitol Hill requesting that, on account of the overt Syrian alliance with a terrorist entity, Congress formally declare the state of war that would then undeniably exist between the United States and Syria. If the statement that terrorism threatens the world is more than empty posturing, the logical and necessary response of the Bush administration will be a demand that the members of the United Nations join us in uniting for peace against a state whose open alliance with terror threatens the very concept of humanity that makes the quest for peace the common cause of all.

No other course would be consistent with the premise that, after 9-11 the U.S. was not at war just with al-Qaida and those directly involved in the attacks, but with terrorism and all those who practice it; that we were not just responding to a threat to the United States, but to one that in principle menaced the peace and security of the entire world. Given this premise, every act of terror against any people anywhere is an act of war, which engages our interest and ought to engage the interest of all nations, against the perpetrators. Any state that fights in open alliance with a terrorist entity is therefore, like that entity, at war with us and with all the world.

Do Syria and Iran dare now to strut their heinous support for terrorism because they do not remember, or never believed, the president's stirring declarations? Why have they stealthily all these years spit in the face of American resolve and counted on the craven cowardice or disunity of the international so-called community? The answer lies in one word – Israel. This name is their license to trample with impunity on the law of war that brands them outcasts from the community of nations, and ought to be the text of a general call to battle against their bloody imposition of terror. Whatever the logic of the Bush administration's stated principles, its actions and those of other supposedly decent nations have been and are constrained by one simple fact – Hezbollah's terror war is against the state of Israel. Already, headlines and news reports trumpet the tide of sympathy for Hezbollah in the Arab world. Already the diplocrats are hoarse who loudly decry the need for a cease-fire that will give reprieve and respite to the harried forces of terror.

If Syria and Iran succeed in openly exploiting hatred against Israel to bring their support for terror out of the shadows, they will make a mockery of the war against terror and of every life that we have thus far sacrificed in the quest to drive it from our world. Hands dripping with blood, these terrorist states and entities will plant themselves, directly or by proxy, at the tables of international discussion, ready to negotiate the terms on which the world abandons its fragile commitment to humanity and delivers victory to a criminal element whose only real strength lies in the exploitation of hate.

The Bush administration has come to a moment of truth. So have we all. War is not a word to be lightly used. After so much talk of the war against terror we come now to the moment when we must choose to confront its reality with courage, or quietly surrender to the forces of hateful terror simply because their victim and excuse is Israel. To everything, there is a season. On Sept. 11, 2001, our brief season of peace came to an end. It can come again only if we have the courage to accept what others force upon us and fight this war to victory. This is a time for war. Terrorism, against us, against Israel, against anyone, must be battled without reprieve until it is once more driven into the dark shadows where hatred sups only upon itself.

Former Reagan administration official Alan Keyes was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Social and Economic Council and a 2000 Republican presidential candidate. Be sure to visit Alan Keyes' communications center for founding principles, The Declaration Foundation.


Henry Lamb: Do we still have the will to win?

Henry Lamb
Do we still have the will to win?
Posted: August 5, 2006, 1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006

Whether we like it or not, we are at war. And we are not prepared. There are plenty of bombs and bullets in our arsenals, and there is plenty of high-priced, technology-driven machinery. But the most important ingredient for victory is sadly lacking – the will to win.

Far too many Americans still deny that the United States is under attack. Far too many Americans would rather believe that the problems in the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere, are the result of U.S. foreign policy, rather than the result of an emboldened enemy dedicated to our destruction.

Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, al-Qaida, and countless other groups of Islamic fanatics share one goal: to kill the infidels who stand between them and Islamic rule.What the enemy lacks in armaments, is more than compensated for by their dedication and determination. They are prepared to use any weapon, any tactic, any means, to inflict damage on the United States, and its allies. They have no reluctance at all to explode innocent women and children, even their own, if it will gain some public relations advantage. And they are good at what they do.

Far too many Americans, on the other hand, are more concerned about ''getting out of Iraq,'' than recognizing that we are at war. Sensitive to approaching elections, politicians are torn between getting re-elected, and defending the country. The enemy knows us well and is exploiting the U.S. anti-war sentiment by filling TV screens with the horrors of war.

The war that is now underway has been boiling for decades. Years of ''opening shots'' were ignored, or met with ridiculously unimpressive responses, until September 11. Even then, the anti-war crowd organized more quickly than did the forces for defense.

This war will not end with a cease-fire in Lebanon, nor even a victory in Iraq. There will be no victory in the war until the Islamic fanatics are sent to meet their ''virgins,'' or are driven back into their caves, cut off from their funding and access to the media.

This task will be far more difficult than has been imagined. The governments of Iran and Syria will have to be replaced – one way or another. Scores of terrorist organizations and cells will have to be identified and destroyed, some in countries not yet identified. This effort will take years, not months. It will take a determination not yet acquired by the majority of Americans.

Anti-war talking heads are beginning to say that the Iraqi conflict will soon be longer than World War II – with little or no indication that victory is near. Had America gone into Iraq with the same determination that launched its entry into World War II, the fighting might well be over, but the casualties – on both sides – would be substantially higher, and the land would be laid bare.

Israel appears to be sufficiently determined to crush Hezbollah that it is not restrained by the fear of collateral damage. But much of the world condemns Israel for ''disproportionate'' response, and overlooks the fact that Hezbollah invaded Israel, killed her citizens, and kidnaped her soldiers, in an attack that mirrored an earlier attack by Hamas on the Gaza border.

Does anyone seriously think that these two events were spontaneous, in view of the pending U.N. resolution calling on Iran to stop its nuclear enrichment program? What a masterful way to redirect the world media from Iran's nuclear program – just start a mini-war between Israel and anyone. Iran has succeeded in re-focusing the world media on Israel's destruction of innocent civilians, while it continues to enrich its uranium and defy the United Nations.

The United Nations, of course, is useless. It can no more stop Iran's enrichment program, than it prevented Hezbollah from taking control of Southern Lebanon during the last 28 years of so-called monitoring. The current drum-beating by the U.N. over the Israel-Lebanon battle is almost irrelevant. In the end, the United States will have to do whatever gets done. If there is not sufficient determination among the people, then government can do very little, and the Islamic fanatics will continue to spread their terror and influence.

If Americans will consider what is at stake, and muster the same degree of determination that defeated Hitler, and every other challenge, this threat to freedom can also be defeated. Make no mistake: this threat must be defeated. Cease-fires, negotiations, and endless U.N. resolutions only postpone the inevitable. This enemy must be defeated. Anything less than a sweeping, total victory only kicks the can down the road, for another administration, or another generation to confront.

Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization and chairman of Sovereignty International.


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Cowgirl Still Here, Just Really, Really Busy

I'm still here. Life has just gotten in the way of my blogging.

Today I have a few minutes to go through my blogging email, and one of the things I found was a link to a Texas DPS video, which everyone should see. It will make your blood boil.

I realize it is summertime in Texas, and lethargy easily creeps upon us. However, we must be vigilant! Our state governor is selling us out by refusing to seal our border, by his failure to enforce our laws, by trying to steal our land, and attempting to fool us by lowering our property taxes while at the same time sending directives to the local taxing authorities to raise our property evaluations.

We no longer have time to enjoy the hot summer days lounging in the hammock under the tree sipping a nice cold glass of lemonade. If we hesitate now, our entire way of life could disappear before our very eyes.

Everyone, please get involved in any way you can to save our state/country/way of life.