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My response to being called a bigot in case you're curious.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Bigot is such a loaded, negative word and that's why I responded so deeply to it (when I read my friend calling me such). Words have the power to heal as well as hurt. This one hurts massively.

Here's the dictionary explanation of a bigot:

a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

I don't think this word applies to me at all if we take it for what it means. I am not "utterly intolerant" of someone's creed, belief or opinion. I'm just not. I respect other people's opinions and welcome intelligent dialog. Doesn't mean I will agree, or change my opinion, but at least I am open to hearing it.

Homosexuality isn't a creed, belief or opinion if we take it as you explain as something people are born into. If you want to call me that, then you're contradicting yourself. There's probably another word that would fit better, but I'm not going to be the one to provide it.

Ironically enough, I've actually extensively researched homosexuality because years ago in college I was in love with a bi-sexual man and was trying to figure him out.

According to the Kinsey Sex Study (if I remember correctly) people are born straight. However, along the way they begin to lean one way or the other.

Environment, social pressure, active recruitment (verified by other gay friends so it is true) and other issues sometimes (not always, but sometimes) push people more in one sexual direction than another. I believe, and others who study this as well, believe that is why more children raised in homosexual families are gay as adults than those raised in straight families.

I have also had lengthy conversations with many dear gay friends about this issue because I sincerely have tried to understand where they're coming from. They have shared honestly and openly that there is tremendous pressure to remain in the gay community by other gays and that is one reason they stay in.

Others have told me they don't want the responsibility of a straight relationship and appreciate the sex without strings attached because men operate so differently than women. Trust me, I've had gay friends since high school and being a journalist, am very inquisitive about things I don't know about. I also love and accept them unconditionally which is why they've been so forthcoming.

Ironically enough, one of my closest friends from high school who I bumped into years later was the proud President of the Gay and Lesbian club at UCLA when he attended there. At my high school reunion, I was really surprised at how many of the guys I had attended MCHS with were gay.

I'm not coming at this whole gay issue without knowledge or personal relationships. I'm just not. I'm not a bigot. I'm not filled with hate. That's not who I am. I am probably the most accepting Christian person when it comes to gays that you'll find.

I can see where you might be surprised when I use the word allow (gays in my life to be who they are and vice versa). That was a wrong word choice. Accept might be better and help explain my position better.

I love and accept (my gay friends). (They) love and accept me.

I had to smile when (my friend) referred to animal sacrifice in the Bible because actually we believe that Jesus Christ became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and we don't have to practice animal sacrifice any more as a result. We can just confess our sins to Jesus and be free from the burden of sin by turning our lives over to him.

I know. Christians are weird. I am one. I accept this label and have lived with it all my life. I guess to a certain degree I totally understand what gays experience in discrimination because I too have lived with it, however perhaps in a lesser degree. I totally know what it's like to be outside the social norm of society and to feel like you don't fit in.

Believe me, I do.

I also believe that teaching someone something from a young age does influence their belief systems. That's why you don't see Christian beliefs being taught in public schools - it doesn't fit and it would offend too many people. That's how we feel about teaching about homosexual marriage.

It's been said that a child becomes who they will be the rest of their life by the age of 4. I believe those first four years are extremely impressionable as a result.

As a Christian, I don't want homosexuality taught in the public school system. I just don't. I believe that is up to the parent to make the decision. Not the government. Not the school system. And definitely not homosexuals.

I hope this helps explain my perspective a little better, although, trust me I'm not holding my breath. I'm really ready to "live and let live" and allow people vote their conscience come November 4.

I agree with you on one point. It's time to let "God decide this one". And with this, I bow out of any further discussions on this topic. Thank you for reading and for allowing me the freedom of expression I know and love about America.

God bless America and God bless you.

Just a quickie on Gays and Prop 8, cuz I have to run...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just in case any of you have the same impression of me as someone I respect and consider a friend who shocked me this morning yet again with another version of who I am, please let me go on the record once and for all that I do not have hate in my heart towards gays. I am not a bigot.

Period. End of story. I have personal religious beliefs about their lifestyle, but they are fully entitled to live their lives in the way they choose fit, as I am of mine. However, what I feel is at stake with Prop 8 and why I am voting Yes on Prop 8 and encourage you to consider joining me, is that this is a violation of religious freedoms too.

Parents and I have the right not to have homosexual marriage taught in the classroom as something that is acceptable and common. Period. End of story.

It is not negating homosexuals lifestyle preferences, nor their rights to love who they want to love. It is simply saying, this lifestyle isn't one that should forcibly taught in the classroom against the wishes of parents.

If parents don't take the time to vote for what they believe in this election, then that's on them. I just feel like this is a huge culture issue that will not be understood by either side fully ever. I can argue with those who want to vote no until I die, we are not going to change each other's opinions.

I've had this belief system since I was a child. If you except me to change now, you're kidding. Same goes for homosexuals.

So, in the spirit of allowing this to be America and for all of us to hold a different opinion freely and openly, please know that I am not a bigot. I do not have hate in my heart towards anyone.

If anything, I have deep pain and sorrow that people would feel that about me because it only intensifies the disconnect I feel with many people because of my Christian beliefs. Maybe I can relate more to gays than you give me credit for.

I have to believe the Bible is true and agree with its principles, or else I am not who I am. Please allow me that right and freedom. I have nothing but love in my heart for all people. This isn't about love or hate. It's about my right to have my beliefs. And your right to yours and to disagree with mine and have your own beliefs.

End of story. If you disagree, then stop reading. This is a free country and no one is forcing you to read this blog. I say this all the time. Find another blog who believes the same way as you do. You'll feel better and so will I.

We will all have to live with whatever is decided by the will of the people come November 4 and until then I will stump for my beliefs and encourage you to continue to stump for yours. I respect your choice and hope that one day you will respect mine.

But, for the last time. I am not a bigot. Nor do I have hate in my heart towards homosexuals. Period. End of story. If you're gay, I'm sorry you feel that way, but feelings aren't truth. I do not hate you. I have love in my heart for you.

That is all. Now I really must run because I'm running late.


There seems to be a run on my red dress! The Shore's Halloween parties!

I just saw Nancy Cartwright wearing my red dress from this past Sunday on TV during an interview. I've never in my life ever worn anything that others also wore. Too funny! Totally cracks me up.

I wonder what bra they wear with theirs? LOL

Okay, now for something scary.. And, no. It's not Barack Hussein Obama's self-indulgent, over the top, money flaunting infomercial, nor Barbara Boxer's latest propaganda about Prop. 8. (Notice she doesn't mention religious liberty? Cuz those rights are being crushed in this proposition and she knows it. VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 8!)

It's fun Halloween parties at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge!

Happy Halloween everyone!HOspitality_mixer Halloween invite

MA Parents thrown in jail for opposing same sex marriage schooling

Reasons why to vote Yes on Prop 8 -

This is from Dr. James Dobson's broadcast and is just shocking. I'm sorry, it is. If homosexuals are saying they don't have an agenda, I guess they should check with the rest of their "party" because there are many who do.

This is indoctrination plain and simple of our littlest people who don't even have a voice in this issue. Diversity at its worst because parents are not even allowed to say no or take their kids out of school when same-sex marriage is being taught.

This particular couple who is on this radio interview, the father was thrown in jail for desiring parental notification! That shocks me! Doesn't it you? Whose rights are being violated here now? Why is this happening in America? WAKE UP!!!! VOTE!!!! YES ON PROP 8!

This wasn't a Democratic vote, but a judicial dictatorship that this came down under. This ruling has cost this couple over $250,000 dollars in legal fees. Your vote in this Tuesday's election makes a difference! It is so important to have your voice heard in supporting traditional marriage.

Now if Christians tried to do this as blatantly as homosexuals are doing we would be thrown out on our ear. Why are homosexuals allowed carte blanche access to children at such a young age without parental permission? Please explain this to me. This is wrong.

Parents have rights too people! And people wonder why there are so many home schooling parents. They are fed up with having their religious liberty and parental rights stepped on. I don't blame them.

Prop 8 is not a civil rights issue. Watch this channel 7 newscast to see African Americans sound off about this issue: Black voters may affect Prop 8 outcome

Here's information from Dr. James Dobson's site with a link to the interview I was mentioning earlier.

"Children At Risk

My friends, if you need a reminder about what is at stake in this election, go right now to and listen to Dr. James Dobson’s broadcast on same-sex “marriage” and socialism.

Dr. Dobson’s guests were David and Tonia Parker and Ravi Zacharias. For those not familiar with David Parker’s story, he spent a night in jail and was hauled before a court in handcuffs for trying to protect his five-year-old son from homosexual indoctrination in the Massachusetts public schools after that state’s Supreme Court ordered same-sex “marriage” by judicial fiat.

That is what is at stake in six days – our children. Unelected judges are redefining our cherished values, threatening religious liberty and allowing militant activists to indoctrinate your children in the name of “diversity.” I know every parent would risk going to jail to defend their kids. But I am praying that millions of people will go to the polls to defend their values on November 4th so that won’t be necessary!"


Thought provoking video on Yes on Prop 8 - please watch.

I stumbled across this video and although its a little long and has some glitches, it always comes back on and really represents why the issue of preserving traditional marriage is so important.

What I have always wondered when pondering this particular proposition is that if we don't allow a definition of marriage to say it is only between a man and a woman, what's to prevent marriage from becoming a man and a horse, a woman and her cat, multiple relationships? Just curious.The verbiage in prop 8 doesn't preclude that, does it?

But enough of my questioning, please check out the video and then feel free to leave a comment.

This explains why people should consider voting Yes on Prop 8. This isn't just about gay rights, this is about the loss of religious freedoms, something our country was founded on. It's a fact. I'm not making this up either. Are we willing to lose that? I sure hope not since I am a Christian and vocal about my faith.

I trust you will take the time to review this video and really hear what we're all trying to explain. It's thoughtful, it's intelligent, it showcases other news casts, there are respected people represented and it really speaks to the heart of this issue.

Some of the language might be off-putting, but realize the overall intent is good. Thanks!

Thanks for watching: Yes on Proposition 8 video

This is too funny from - could be true, eh?

I did not write this, but am quoting this in its entirety from a blog entitled Chicagoans Against Obama because I find it funny and fascinating - also probably true:


While Sam Zell is selling out the future of his own people by refusing to release the tape of Barack Obama toasting known anti-Semite and PLO functionary, Rashid Khalidi, I have been fortunate enough to receive a probable transcript of the toast…



Um, ah….Salaam

Um….My distinguished guests….ughh….it is an honor to be here…

uhh….It is truly refreshing to be surrounded by such a large group of people in which…uh.. I can truly see eye-to-eye with…uh…and completely agree…

Reverend Farrakhan..ughh…great to see you tonight…you always look great in a yellow bow-tie…and..uhh…tonight is no exception….

Bill..Bernadine….I see you everyday…so I don’t need to say much…but…ughh…you know I love you….keep doing the work you do….it’s time to start a revolution

Reverend Wright…..ughh…you are the father that I never had….I’ve never missed a sermon…and…uhh….I never will…

Michelle, while I find your frown so beautiful….I hope to one day make you proud of this country..and uhh…happy…and finally see you smile….

uhhhhh…with that being said…If everyone could please hold off from hitting the hookah…I would like to say a my, and Yasser Arafat’s, best friend….Mr. Rashid Khalidi….

Rashid… are my best friend….spiritual compass…..and baby sitter (crowd laughs..and cries)

I want to thank you for your constant indoctrination….I want to thank you for your imput..and..uhhh…reminders…that Israel is a constant sore….and..uhh…needs to be eliminated off the map….

I also want to thank you for introducing me to your many contacts in the middle east…I am sure…uh…that their imput……and uh…money…..will be of great use to me as I run for President of these great 57 states…..

While David Axelrod may be forcing you to move away from me during the campaign….I am confident…that..uhh…our friendship will not only remain..but actually prosper..during our time of absence….

Rashid…you ARE my middle east adviser….and you ALWAYS will be…

Here’s to Rashid……(A chant of Messiah can be heard in the background….also audible…is a voice (thought to be Ayer’s) screaming REVOLUTION…REVOLUTION..over and over…)


**************END OF TRANSCRIPT*************


If any Obamabots object to my writing, please call the Los Angeles Times, and convince them to release the original copy to prove me wrong.

L.A Times Contact Information:

Los Angeles Times
202 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 237-5000
Fax: (213) 237-7679"

End of that blog. Here's Joy again.

And the LA Times wonders why circulation is down and they need to lay people off? Report the news once in a while maybe why doncha? Now if this has been exposed since I found this, please forgive me, but I highly doubt it which is why I'm printing it here to show the lengths the LA Times has gone to Obamize this election.

Where is the journalistic ethics to be objective and reveal both sides of an issue? I just don't get the liberal mainstream media, but perhaps some of you can explain it to me? We're not all living in an intellectual vacuum that Barack Hussein Obama wants us to be ok?

Need I say more?

UCLA Wine & Cheese & The Shore's Chef David Linville @ Los Angeles Magazine Food Event '08

By Joy A. Kennelly

A couple quick things before the good stuff. This morning at my Beach Cities Professional Business Networking International (BNI) meeting I was recognized as a Notable Networker! Pretty fun, eh? I always thought it was true, but to be validated publicly?

What a treat.

Then I came home and learned that my professional blog, The Joy Writer PR blog, has been honored with a 7 out of 10 rating for an entertainment blog on

Isn't that fun? I better write some new stuff on it soon. lol

Recently The Shore Restaurant and Lounge hosted the UCLA Alumni Association for a special Wine & Cheese tasting which was a huge success. Who knew wine drinkers were so loud? Just kidding. There must have been about 70 plus people in attendance. Here's some fun pix from that night for your viewing pleasure. I was kind of stuck at the front of the house checking people in and don't know who these people are. However, I'm sure some of you do!


Cute group

Angelique & guest  

Wine info 



Group2 - good 









Serving wine 

Me with group 


Can you tell I didn't take a lot of the pictures? Our male General Manager did. Next time, I'm roaming around taking pix of the mens for all you ladies. I promise.

Now, on to the Los Angeles Magazine Food Event '08 at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, CA this past Sunday. Chef David Linville knocked it out of the park. People just loved his homemade mozzarella caprese salad.

It was also fun to see Food Critic Merrill Shindler who I know from years ago when I was first getting in the entertainment business. He's still as funny and adorable as ever. Cher Calvin was the other host and there were quite a few restaurants showcasing their delicious food too.

According to my wine (snob) friends (JUST KIDDING!), they would have liked more variety in the wines, while I personally enjoyed my first taste of Luffe beer. I don't drink beer, but enjoy a Stella when I do. I even took the Stella Artois glass home with me from the day.

So, without further ado, here's some pictures from the day. Please note, I'm sharing photo credit with Photographer Rodrigo Armstrong this go round.

Enjoy the picture story!

A in porsche 

We drove up in style courtesy of my friend, Angelique, from our Elite Singles by the Shore group. Thanks Angelique!

Malibu sign
I made a mistake and kept calling this place Saddleback by accident which I think might have thrown some people off. For those who were confused, here's the official signage.:)

Entrance This is the entrance to the event. It was very busy at the beginning and this is towards the end of the day which is why its not as busy.

An & horse This was the first animal we saw, but there were zebras, ostrichs, sheep, llamas, a camel, and a peacock too! Made me think this was a white Michael Jackson's ranch to be honest. Just trying to be funny. You get the joke right?

Richard blade We met DJ Richard Blade first off (remember him from the '80's?). He was playing such good music he was like a Piped Piper drawing us to him. He's so personable, friendly, full of energy, nice and intelligent. Really nice guy. Set a great tone for the entire day. You can hear him on Sirius now.

Click on the above link to book him for a party or a wedding. Lots of fun!

Finally arrived at the Main Tent where Chef David Linville of The Shore Restaurant and Lounge had set up for his demonstration of home-made mozzarella cheese and caprese salad. It was so exciting to be there for both of us!

Trio2 Food Critic and Radio Personality, Merrill Shindler, joined us for a quick shot before the demo. Thanks Merrill!

Chef & friend Chef had his good friend and amazing Chef, Jake, assist him. Some of you may recognize him if you happen to know an actor with piercing blue eyes currently on Brothers and Sisters 'cuz Jake was his personal chef in the past. 


Chef23 Merrill set up Chef's demo with Cher Calvin as his co-host. Here's some pix to enjoy of Chef's demo.








Check out Merrill's face! I think we were all thinking what he was showing. Don't worry. It was delicious as always.:)










Wa lah!


Chef26 - good 

Passing Cher was so nice. What a really gracious, beautiful woman. No wonder she's so successful. These were a huge hit too.

Chefs friend  Cutie patootie, Chef Jake.

Demo tent


Chef24- best


End of day 


Long shot

This was the view when you first walked in.

A on grounds 


Recognize the above restaurant? Darren's over in MB also participated. I had to go all the way to Malibu to try their food - never knew they existed till that day. Too fun.

Main house 




Actor Domiziano Arcangeli was in attendance, as were these famous chefs - recognize them?



Chef David Linville with internationally renowned Chef Kerry Simon of Simon LA at the Sofitel.


The Shore Restaurant and Lounge Chef David Linville with Chef Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza.


I know this woman is from a TV Reality show and I apologize, I forget her name. I do remember though that Chef David helped her prepare for her TV appearance. Very fun.

And then here's me and Angelique just relaxing after such a great day.


And now some random shots from the event overall...




Matching dresses 

Who wears it better? :) I don't think she even knew we were doing this, but we all though it was hysterical. I know. It's the small things in life. lol This is Rodrigo, my photography counterpoint. Doesn't he have a great eye? Lovin' it!












Saddlerock winery 





Joy in porsche  

Ok, that's all for now! TTFN! Thanks for stopping by.

If you care to see more of the fun times at The Shore and around town, check out our Elite Singles by The Shore site's photo albums.

See ya!

Finally! Some political humor, info and then LA Mag Food Event '08

By Joy A. Kennelly

Lately my heart has been hurting so much by personal stuff that is going on I almost feel like I might be having a heart attack it hurts that deeply. It was only aggravated more last night by someone I hold very precious accusing me of actions I would never in a million years have taken with her husband, but it makes me realize that perhaps there are others who read my blog and interpret me in that way too.

I may tease a lot about being a cougar. I tease about prowling for young men because it makes me feel good and it's funny. That's all. I wish it were more, but hey, young 'uns are young and have different goals in life. That is fine. Doesn't mean it doesn't hurt to discover those goals are different, but it does mean it's a lot of fun until then.

That said, I want to go on the record as someone who would never knowingly date a married man, nor pursue one. It goes against everything I believe about the sanctity of marriage and how I want my husband to treat me when I am married.

That's just a huge no no. I've had opportunities, but when I realize that is the intention of the man I'm dealing with, I make myself very clear immediately. If you think that of me because of anything you might have interpreted reading here, please know you are wrong about that. I am not a husband stealer. Period. You are married for a reason and I respect that under God and the law.

Now if someone is single, that's another story. LOL

However, I've never been described as predatory until last night. So, in an effort to clear that up as well, I tease about hunting for young men. It's totally a joke. I do not actively seek them out, nor have even dated one. I've had fun actively flirting, but that's as far as it goes.

Please trust me when I say this is true. I think the whole concept of being a cougar is hilarious and joke about it because it's funny to me. It is not who I am. In fact, I'm very shy when it comes to men believe it or not. I sometimes feel like I need a knock on the head to even understand when someone is interested I'm that clueless.

I have lots of other girlfriends who are very aggressive when going out to meet men. I wish I was more like them, but it's just not in my nature. I am aggressive in my business for clients, but just not with men in my personal life unless they've expressed interest and made it very clear with me first. That is all. End of story.

I hope I've been clear enough because I don't ever want to mislead anyone. If you're married, I support and honor that commitment. Always have. Always will. Now if you're divorced, then that's another story. However, if you're married? Not interested. Just so we're clear.

Now for something fun because my friends have sent me the best videos and I can't wait to share them with you.

My neighbor Duke shared this one with me because apparently it's circulating the net right now. It's so hilarious I have to share although I do not endorse Barack Hussein Obama one iota. However, I do appreciate good marketing so without further ado I give you (careful there is swearing since you know those Democrats don't have a very big vocabulary - lol):

Obama's Loss Traced To Joy Kennelly

This is an example of Mooove on. org that was mocked in An American Carol. Too funny. Now if only that was true - Obama losing, not me not voting! LOL

Now, because who said Republicans don't have a wicked (intelligent) sense of humor too, I give you:

Oh Canada! The Elite Plan

I bet if more Democrats realize this is true (legalized gay marriage, legalized marijuana, etc.) then maybe they will move there. I welcome and encourage all to do so!

Guess what? The "pretend Canadian" is my former Groundlings teacher Julie Welch! Too fun. She's so deadpan and so right on. Go Julie!

I am going to write the mother of all blogs describing Sunday's LA Magazine Food Event '08 complete with amazing pix as soon as I wrap up one other thing. Just know it was amazing! Just what the doctor ordered.

Thanks for reading. More info that's fun soon.

Feds disrupt alleged skinhead plot to kill Obama - did you hear?

This undated photo obtained from a MySpace webpage shows Daniel Cowart, 20 of AP – This undated photo obtained from a MySpace webpage shows Daniel Cowart, 20 of Bells, Tenn. holding a weapon.

WASHINGTON – Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.

In all, the two men whom officials described as neo-Nazi skinheads planned to kill 88 people — 14 by beheading, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.

The spree, which initially targeted an unidentified predominantly African-American school, was to end with the two men driving toward Obama, "shooting at him from the windows," the court documents show.

Click here for the rest of the article.

For those who don't understand Barack Hussein Obama's pro-abortion stance...

By Joy A. Kennelly

I can't sit idly by and watch intelligent people defend Barack Hussein Obama's record on abortion as something that is Pro-life when it is so not. It's sickening the degree he is willing to allow babies to die and I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Watch this interview with a Registered Nurse named Jill Stanek who shares such a horrifying story that even Bill O'Reilly is speechless (a first, I'm sure.)

Jill Stanek on the O'Reilly Factor

You can read more about Barack Hussein Obama's horrible pro-abortion stance on her website: This news just makes me want to cry it's so heartbreaking. I can not understand how far our country has gone to think that killing innocent children is acceptable.

I'm speechless too. I'm sorry. This just breaks my heart. When I held my son for the first time and saw how precious he was I sobbed non-stop all night thinking about my decision to place him in adoption. My heart was wrenched out of my body and rung out to dry the pain was so unbearable to think I wouldn't have this little innocent baby in my life.

It didn't help to still be in the ward where all the other babies were with their mothers crying all night while my son was with his adoptive parents either. I had lost so much blood during his birth I had to stay in the hospital an extra night without him after receiving multiple transfusions. Something that doesn't normally happen, but in this case had to. It still hurts to think about it.

Please stop and consider the issue of life. I know it's not a big one to many people, but it is to the children we're killing on a daily basis. Abortion isn't just happening in the womb. These babies are being born and then allowed to die in hospitals no less.

I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face and my heart aches just thinking about it. Please reconsider your position on this campaign and put the unborn's rights ahead of something else that isn't as important in the grand scheme of things.

I'm sorry. I just have to say this. I know it's not popular. I know it's not PC. But abortion is wrong. If we don't stand up for innocent life, who will? And as a reminder, watch this video on Catholic Vote to help you understand why I feel so deeply about this issue. Thank you.

Prop 8 is about the destruction of the democratic process. Craigslist posting

Did you happen to catch this? Man, this SFO person has it so right.

Check out this recent craigslist posting and I quote:

"Proposition 8 is about the destruction of the democratic process.

The people of California already voted on same sex marriage, and it was voted against by the majority of voters. (61%, Proposition 22, Year 2000)

When this decision was overturned by the California supreme court earlier this year it was a very dangerous act. One person overriding millions.

Prop 8 is about protecting the right of the people's right to vote. If the Supreme court is allowed to simply overturn the voter's decision on this issue, what issue will be next? What will stop them from turning this into a state where we have no control and every decision is made by the government?

I support gay marriage, and I support freedom. If we lose our voting rights we will lose our freedom.

In order to keep freedom alive, the path to legal same-sex marriage is education and community involvement. Not government force.

Voting Yes on Prop 8 protects the democratic process. It is unfortunate that we have been put in a position of going against our personal beliefs to protect our rights, but that is the case.

Please consider voting yes."

Finally a reasonable opinion from the "other side". They get it, do you?

Protect our right to legal democratic process - regardless of your opinion of same sex marriage. Put the highest good above your own personal views.

You'll feel better about the outcome. I guarantee it.

Reminder Chef David Linville of The Shore at LA Mag Food Event '08 today!

LA Food mag

                                  CHEF DAVID LINVILLE

Chef headshot - bl wh sm

Chef David Linville grew up in the Central Valley of Northern California near the San Joaquin River where he experienced the typicalTom Sawyer country life. His early experiences in the kitchen were at the side of his grandmother as she used the garden fresh tomatoes and wild mustard greens he brought home from the fields for her to cook with.

Chef David took his first cooking job in a seafood restaurant at the age of 16 and quickly found himself at home. Traveling extensively throughout Europe, living in Amsterdam and on the Gold Coast of Spain a few years later, he absorbed the local foods and flavors. He continues to apply these experiences and foods to his cooking style today.

His background includes LA’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, St. Regis Hotel,Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica, Mastros Beverly Hills and The Standard Hotel on Sunset.

He has also worked as a sought after private chef on yachts for some of Hollywood’s elite. He currently is the Executive Chef at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge in Hermosa Beach, CA. He resides in Venice Beach, CA.

Chef David’s deep-rooted, down home childhood is quite evident in his cooking style of internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine and his gracious table manner. He firmly believes that fresh quality ingredients combined with passion create a happy table.

You are invited to book your holiday party with The Shore. Call 310 714-2077 to make a reservation and discuss details.

Barack Hussein Obama 1995 "Race Baiting" interview - have you seen it?

By Joy A. Kennelly

Now this is one video on Barack Hussein Obama I find fascinating. I would love to have my African American friends weigh in on this one because I'm not sure exactly how I feel about it, but find the concept very troubling.

What about you? Oh, and as far my posting the SP video, I don't support it's concept at all, I just thought it was funny.

1995 Obama Bizarre, Race Baiting Interview Found! HE MUST SAVE BLACKS SO HE CAN BE SAVED.

Are you hiding out in the suburbs with me to avoid helping inner city kids? I don't think soooo....

What do you think about his feeling that there needs to be reparations still? Not sure how I feel about that. You have any thoughts? Having lived in Kenya I understand his appreciation of Africa, but don't understand his comparison of it to America.

Can you please help me understand? It's very confusing to me and maybe it's just a white thing.

Which "group" are you part of? I find this interview with Obama simply fascinating. Absolutely fascinating in light of this day and age. Don't you?

The entire interview can be found on:

Catholic Vote just reminded me one other thing we can all do together...

Dear Member,

A critical election for our country is fast approaching.  Many of you have worked very hard to bring the issues of life, faith, and family to the forefront of this campaign. We are rightly worried about a country that is so casual about the destruction of innocent human life and indifferent about the attacks on the institution of marriage.
The time has come for Americans to get on their knees and beg Our Father for mercy for our Nation.

Earlier today, Edward Cardinal Egan of New York released a letter along with a photo of a 20-week old unborn child.  He asked his readers to look at the photograph and ask themselves if there is any doubt that the picture is a human being.

(Here's a little excerpt too: "One day, please God, when the stranglehold on public opinion in the United States has been released by the extremists for whom abortion is the center of their political and moral life, our nation will, in my judgment, look back on what we have been doing to innocent human beings within their mothers as a crime no less heinous than what was approved by the Supreme Court in the "Dred Scott Case" in the 19th century, and no less heinous than what was perpetrated by Hitler and Stalin in the 20th. There is nothing at all complicated about the utter wrongness of abortion, and making it all seem complicated mitigates that wrongness not at all. On the contrary, it intensifies it.")

He closed his letter with these powerful words: “Do me a favor. Look at the photograph again. Look and decide with honesty and decency what the Lord expects of you and me as the horror of "legalized" abortion continues to erode the honor of our nation. Look, and do not absolve yourself if you refuse to act.

The Lord told us in 2nd Chronicles:

"If my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land."

During World War II, Britain was under siege and their people were in a state of panic. An advisor to Winston Churchill recommended that every citizen stop whatever they were doing each night at 9 p.m. and spend a minute in prayer for their Nation. Their collective prayer was credited with saving Great Britain in her most dire hour.

Our own country faces a challenge of equal import.  While we might be safe from falling bombs, we are more vulnerable than ever.  The moral issues we are fighting for are foundational, and strike at the heart of everything we hold dear as Americans. is asking for nothing less than your prayers for our country.  Pray like you never have before.

Starting Monday, we urge all our subscribers to join together for nine days of prayer. Like the British in the 1940’s, we too can stop everything we are doing at 9pm (your local time) and pray for our Nation.  We urge you to begin Monday, October 27 and go for nine days up to and including Election Day on November 4.
And let no one doubt the power of people joined together in prayer. 

Polls can predict a lot of things, but we know this Election is ultimately in God’s hands.


The Team

P.S. It's not too late to chip in. We are in the midst of a massive outreach to Catholics and other Christians via email and the Internet to urge voters to watch our film. If you can still help, we would be grateful. But most importantly, PRAY. 
Here are some additional recommended prayers:

Prayers from

A Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders from Priests for Life

Rosary Novena to Our Lady of Victory from Fr. John Corapi

Join in Fasting and Prayer for a Culture of Life from

Sarah Palin funny, Obama, The Women's Conference, Bono, and so much more

By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally! Someone who gets my sense of humor and will allow me mine. Here's a hilarious send up of Sarah Palin in honor of all my Democrat friends.

Finally a good friend sent me this funny video to counter my one-sided message so to honor her for being so bold without further ado, here it is (there is some offensive language fyi):

Hey Sarah Palin

You have to admit it's very funny. I love that the woman singing even looks like Palin a bit and the guy's mouth is so straight even when he sings. His facial expressions are hilarious too. This may be the last pro-Democrat thing I post, but you never know - send me something and I'll decide. Not that I agree with any of it, but it is funny.

I hope they do move to Canada though if we win. LOL

Now! Finally here's my take on yesterday's Governor's Women's Conference now that I'm feeling better and happy. It's amazing what getting out on the town will do to clear one's head and put you in a completely different head space.

Must share this though first - the artist from tonight's art opening had an image on display that has been on my vision board for a year. A little spooky. Oh, and speaking of spooky.

As a joke, I sent my good Democrat friend Shana a Halloween card that said, "I tried to think of the scariest thing I could send to you" on the outer cover, then when you open it up, I slipped in a McCain/Palin bumper sticker. She loved it!

Because of the success of that joke, tonight I posted a sign above the mail boxes in my building which said, "Happy Halloween! Here's a treat and a scare" with a bowl of candy below it and a McCain/Palin sticker stuck under the word scare. I left for the night and couldn't wait to hear all my Dem bud's response.

They loved it too. I had written Guess who? But they all knew it was me.:) I am the only Republican living in the building after all I think.

Finally! People having a sense of humor about politics. See all Republicans aren't narrow minded and humorless! At least I'm not. :)

Now, on to the Women's Conference! Click on the link for a broad overview.

The Women's Conference

Leave it to a rock star to get all 10,000 plus women in the Long Beach Arena on their feet clapping, yelling and whistling which was all of our reactions when Bono came on the stage to receive his Minerva Award.

I know there were so many amazing speakers all day long, but I need to start with the end just to give you a glimpse into a day that just kept building in intensity.

Bono was fucking amazing. Sorry to those who hate swearing and that word, but that's the only word I can think of to describe that experience. He's electric in person and the energy that flew through the room was tangible, he's that charismatic and dynamic live.

And he didn't even sing! At least while I was there.

(I have to admit, by the time the evening was drawing to a close I was so tired after being up since 5am two days in a row with events on both days and very little sleep and the adrenaline of the day wearing off, I left a little early.)

Bono. Click here to watch highlights of his speech.

He's funny, he's smart, he's sexy, he's interesting, he's compassionate, he's driven, he's humble, he's the most remarkable man making such a difference in the world today - what a life achiever and role model. And he's Irish too! I love it!

And he loves Africa!

He's my people. I want to help One, his campaign to help make poverty history, and will soon. I promise.

He was funny because he joked after describing meeting the Kennedy family now there's a bunch of over-achievers. I had forgotten that Maria's father, Sargent Shriver started the Peace Corps. Isn't that amazing? Her mother started the Special Olympics. What an act to follow.

I love that the Kennedy family is like our American royalty. I also love that they're Irish too. Go Irish! Also, that my name is so close to theirs I always tell people mine is spelled like Kennedy, but with two L's.

I know it may surprise some of you that I admire the Kennedy clan so much because they're all Democrats, but what you don't seem to understand about me then, is that I admire people who have high ideals and go for them, especially when they're doing good for people.

Regardless of politics.

People are people first, Americans 2nd, party affiliation third, or not at all. There are benefits to both political parties, and maybe that lone commenter has it right and we should all vote independent.

I know there's parts of both main parties that I like and there's parts of both I detest. But that's what makes America great. All parts make up a whole and somehow it works. We are all individuals, yet part of something greater - America, our country tis of thee.

Let us never forget that. We are all Americans first and then party affiliation. Vote your heart, but vote! It's your God given right (just don't Acorn it ok?)

So, getting back to the Kennedy's. I like Robert Shriver III who is currently a Santa Monica council man and took a pic on my cell of him (after asking permission first. He's a very cool guy. Thanks!)

I then sent it to my friends telling them he was my new bud as a joke. Some of them got it, but some didn't know who he was. Kind of funny, but par for the course if they're not into politics right?:) I teased my other Democrat girlfriend and said this is your buddy. I then sent her a picture of Christiane Amanpour saying, here's mine.

Me and my new friends at the conference had escorted Christiane around to her speaking engagement which was fun. She is so impressive. Click on her link if you don't recognize her name. Chief International Correspondent for CNN. What an inspirational woman and journalist.

I want to be like her when I grow up.

But that's not all who was there. Right out the door, one of the crew needed someone to find Dr. Oz and get him to his interview on time. I volunteered for that duty and got to meet him shortly thereafter. He'd brought his family and they spoke later on apparently. Very nice man. Made a point of introducing himself first which I thought was extremely gracious since I knew who he was obviously.

The morning speeches for me opened with Jenny from the block - yes, that's right. Jennifer Lopez. Or JLo as many of you might know her. I loved her vulnerability, honesty and references to God in her speech. Go Jennifer! I'm not sure all the women were buying her as the opening remarks, but hey, that's what makes this conference so great - it's a huge mish mosh of celebrities, politicians, business women, authors, and others you would never expect to hear all in one place.

I know there were other speeches ahead of hers, but I missed them doing what I was doing in the press area. I made a point of making sure to hear Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Warren Buffet being interviewed by Hardball's Chris Matthews though which was stupendous! (I'm trying to find other adjectives than amazing. How'd you like that one?)

Here's a really great write-up of this conversation from the LA Times writer, Louis Sahagun, entitled:
Schwarzenegger, Warren Buffett chat at Women's Conference

He caught the story I told my chiropractor this morning about Buffet turning the tables on Matthews to ask whether or not he would have liked to have been born a woman (to which Matthews deftly avoided answering - obvious non answer, eh?)

Read the article - it really does capture this session quite well.

The only points I would bring up additionally is that I was very impressed with the fact that Chris Matthews wife is the Executive VP of Marriott (doublecheck her title, I could be wrong about it's exactness, but pretty sure it's that high up).

I was also extremely impressed with his obvious love and respect for her and the fact she is such a dynamo all on her own right. Kind of puts his career in perspective doesn't it ladies? LOL He also has a great sense of humour about himself which I just love.

I also loved Arnold's assertion that part of the reason he left Socialist Austria was because he wanted to live in a country with more opportunity. Now I'm paraphrasing because it's been a day, but that was his theme.

He said, "The bigger the risk, the greater the gains" to which I completely agree. Buffet agreed, and clarified that he doesn't have a problem with people making lots of money. What he disagrees with is people failing and making a lot of money which made at least some of us laugh out loud because he pointed out the obvious.

Arnold (sorry, I can't easily spell his last name all the time and you all know who he is anyway right?) also said, "Government has it's function, but it's not the solution." A direct jab at Obama in my mind. Buffet said, "Capitalism works extremely well." and later on, "America is the greatest country in the world....One thing we know for sure it will always be the most powerful, best, most generous in the world."

It was so comforting to hear one of the top financial minds of our lifetime state the obvious after the horrible crash and economic crisis we've been struggling through. I think personally, I needed to hear that right about now. Doesn't it comfort you a little bit too?

I also liked how Arnold pointed out that our CA economy is strong because it's so diversified. I was impressed to learn that there are currently 1 million women owned small businesses although only 10% female leaders in large corporations. Also, only 24% female legislaturers. (sp?)

Made me consider running just to even things out a bit. LOL

I liked that Arnold acknowledged that "women make different decisions and we need that mix." He also recognized Title IX and even mentioned our Award-winning Olympic VBall athletes which I loved.

Go South Bay!

He feels that the athletes of today are the leaders of tomorrow. The "camaraderie, being a team player, recognizing short comings, listening to people's feeback, and follow through" were all traits of becoming a great leader which athletes naturally have.

What was cool about TItle IX is that later on during the Minerva Awards, Tennis Champion, Billie Jean King, spoke as an honoree and acknowledged it too. We take it for granted now, but for many girls growing up, they didn't have the same opportunities as we do now which I think is fantastic.

Billie Jean has written a book entitled, Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes, which I actually have read already because I picked it up during Book Expo America earlier this year. It's really interesting and I highly recommend the read.

She had an amazing life and really is such a trailblazer on so many levels. I found her experiences leading up to and after her win over Bobby Riggs during the Battle of the Sexes, to be most interesting of all. Although I'm not a lesbian, nor ever intend to be, I could relate to her fear of "coming out" because it was fearful for me to "come out" as a Christian with the values I hold which are so different than so many of my friends and other business associates.

I was able to relate to Maria Shriver for the same reason. She was one of our afternoon speakers and every single time I hear her, I well up with emotion. It was comforting to know I wasn't alone. When Billie Jean King came on the stage she shared how she'd been crying after hearing Maria share her story of taking care of her ailing mother and coming out in support of Obama.

Maria spoke earlier how she always thought she was courageous, but she only realized recently that all the amazing things she'd done in her life weren't courageous because she never allowed herself to feel the fear. However, when she decided to come out in her support of Obama, she was terrified.

I could relate to her too because when I first decided to go McCain/Palin on all of you, I was terrified. Politics can be very devisive and polarizing which is something I didn't want to happen. I also couldn't keep silent about sharing my feelings for my country and how I felt it was being affected by the Obamania.

Barack Hussein Obama. Sorry, I just like saying it and writing it. Kind of rolls off the tongue doesn't it? HA!

In any case, back to the Governor's Women's Conference in Long Beach. This is such an amazing event I wonder how in the world the next Governor's wife will ever fill Maria Shriver's shoes because she's done such a wonderful job of creating this non-partisan, awe-inspiring day that continues to build and grow every year. I don't envy that woman one iota.

My hope is that somehow Maria will stay involved, or that the next Governor's wife will realize that Maria is such an integral part, she will keep her on as a consultant or something. But fortunately we won't have to worry about that for awhile. Do we?

There were so many speakers who were absolutely amazing. Ooops, there's that word again, but if you were there, you would agree. That word can not be used enough. Trust me. It really encapsulates the day.

 Here's a link to all the speakers just to give you an idea of who spoke and what you missed if you weren't able to buy your ticket in the three hour window they sold out in.

(I really hope they consider moving this to the LA Convention Center because they really do need a bigger space for next year. Carol, if you're reading this go for it! They need you!)

The Women's Conference: 2008 Speakers

Now do you see what I'm talking about? I only was able to hit a few and was bummed to have missed former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright (are you seeing a pattern here? I love politics!), but did manage to hear current Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Pepisco Chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi, speak on the same stage which was very fascinating as well.

The only thing I disliked was Indra's joke about Sarah Palin because I thought that was disrespectful from someone in her position, but she's entitled to her opinion. Maybe Indra should run as VP? Just kidding. Although she really is an amazing woman with brilliant ideas. I may steal a few of hers for an idea I have for Hermosa Beach.

Condoleezza is so gracious and wise I would love to go to Stanford and sit under her when she goes back to teaching after she leaves office. What a brilliant woman and so calm. Really impressive lady. This was one of the highlights of the day (only exceeded by Maria Shriver's speech. What a gifted orator she is.)

Search around on the site because I believe there are still video links to all the major speeches that you will be able to listen to and you should. You will be inspired, challenged, entertained, educated, encouraged, and happy you did.

One of my take-aways from this year's conference is how very proud I am to be an American. So many international speakers spoke of their love for our country to and the meritocracy, to quote Indra, America offers those who come here to pursue their dreams.

Over and over and over again, that respect and love for America came through and it was so encouraging. I admit. Sometimes I feel defeated because of all our financial woes and everything that's going on with this political race. However, after my experience at the Women's Conference, I feel renewed in spirit and determination that everything is going to be ok.

We all may not get the President we want in office, but we will get the person our country needs and no matter who is elected, we will be ok. Now, having said that, I still believe we will be better off with McCain, but right now, looking ahead, I'm going to leave the stress of this election in God's hands.

And then go to Nevada next weekend to do what I can to support the election and get McCain into office. lol. Should be fun and very interesting to say the least. Can't wait. I'm doing it as another sociological experiment too.

I am passionately proud of America and the opportunity for people to voice their opinions whether I agree with them or not. I'm proud that we are a resiliant people and we never give up. I'm proud that only in America can you come here with nothing and create empires. I'm also proud of how many people give back to our country which was exemplified in Betty Chinn, one of the other Minerva Award winners.

Now you may never have heard of her and may never again other than she's the Minerva recipient this year by simple virtue of the fact she runs a very humble volunteer effort to feed the poor up in Eureka, CA.

Here's an excerpt from her bio:

"Betty Chinn has not started a grand organization nor does she have a big staff working for her. Instead what she has done for over 20 years is wake up every day, load up her truck and go in search of those who need food, a blanket or simply human contact. Rain or shine, holidays and weekends, Betty Chinn finds lost souls and reminds them that they are part of a human family. In the true spirit of Minerva, she is a warrior. She fights for humanity, bestows a touch of grace on those whose lives are rarely touched, and provides dignity for those who can't search it out for themselves."

This woman grew up in China and experienced tremendous hardship before coming to America.

"She was born in China in the days when the Communists persecuted and tortured intellectuals who did not follow Mao's ways. Her parents, both successful physicians, were Communist targets. Betty's father fled and her mother was imprisoned, leaving Betty and her siblings out on the street. The shock and trauma of homelessness, separation from her parents and the perils of escaping her dire straits were too much for Betty and she went mute. But she was able to escape from China and found her way to Eureka. There she met her husband and had two sons of whom she is extremely proud. It was also in California that she would find her voice and recover her ability to speak. Her first English lessons came from watching Sesame Street."

As her way of giving back to the country who gave to her, she volunteers among homeless people and has helped bring 17 off the streets. It's a small testimony, but a powerful one. She touched me the most out of all the award winners because she used her horrible history for something far greater using her pain as a catalyst to heal and give back.

I'm tired so if this isn't as eloquent as I hope, I'm sorry. Like I said earlier, writing these blogs takes me hours and since beginning at 10pm, it's now 2am. I just couldn't stop once I got started because I really wanted to give you a feel for the day.

If there's any way you can attend next year, you really must. This is absolutely the best day to be a woman. Every year I feel a little more strengthened, a little more enlightened, a little more inspired. And a whole lot lighter.

Like I've said before, it's not easy being me, but at this event, I realize I'm not alone. There are many other leaders, survivors, catalysts for change, trail blazers, and it's fantastic!

I hope to always attend the Women's Conference as long as Maria Shriver is involved. I also hope next year to cover this as a blogger during the event to give you even more personal insights that are live and on site. We'll see. Stranger things have happened!

That's all. I really must go to sleep now. I hope you've enjoyed the read. Leave a comment! Would love to hear your thoughts.


Interesting Barack Hussein Obama commentary & Pix update

By Joy A. Kennelly

I just remembered a friend of mine has the same camera as I do. I'm going to borrow her charger until I can find mine to upload some fun pix soon. Sorry for the delay. I've been busy.:) I will write up the Governor's Conference this afternoon after I return from other business I must attend to prior. It was too good not to give it my full attention and when I write, it takes me hours. Be patient. It will be good. I promise.

In the meantime, here's a link to a very interesting Barack Hussein Obama commentary entitled: On meaning of a possible Obama presidency by Ross Mackenzie

Here's an excerpt:

"Investor's Business Daily, in an editorial: '(Former Weather Underground domestic terrorist and longtime Obama associate in radicalizing Chicago's schools) Bill Ayers' totalitarian revolutionary agenda isn't history. . . . (Today Ayers sits) on the directorate of the Miranda International Center, a think tank funded by the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez, unofficially a state sponsor of terror that (early this month) was found to be hosting terror training camps with Cuban and (Colombian Leninist) FARC operatives to attack its neighbors. Ayers is both a hero and adviser to Hugo Chavez and a colleague of Obama's.' "

I hope all my Democrat friends who are reading this will really read what is being said by very critically thinking minds. This isn't me, but lots and lots of people stating the same thing over and over again.

My only hope is that America wakes up before it's too late. Oh, and for the Muslims who might have been offended by my comment yesterday. My apology. I slept on it and feel that it would have hurt my feelings if someone had said that about me, so my apologies. Doesn't change the fact that a name does make a difference, but wanted you to know I feel your pain.

This is the first morning I checked my stats that an entire blog I had previously written had been translated into Arabic or something that looked like that and also searched by looking up the Gay group in Chicago. I wonder what they thought? I wonder why they did it? I wonder who was looking. Maybe I'm hitting too close to home? HA!


Writing from the floor of "The Village" at Governor's Conference

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just a few quick highlights. Although originally I mentioned all the celebrities, dignitaries, musicians and other high-profile people speaking at today's Governor's Conference for Women, I forgot to mention the one woman who is the key reason this conference is sooooo successful.

First Lady Maria Shriver.

She speaks from her heart and shares stories from her life you feel blessed to hear. One woman I spoke to said, "She has a gift of speaking from her heart to so many other people's hearts." So true. What a truly gifted amazing woman. She is so inspirational!

More later, but just wanted to share real quick because I'm having the best day. So many amazing speakers.  I know I'm using that word a lot, but it's the most fitting for such a day.

Hope you're having an inspiring day as well. More later.

What the... Barack Hussein Obama is crazy! And we're buying into it!

A friend just sent me this video and it's so true.

What's up with Obama not wanting to wear an American flag on his chest? Not saluting our flag? Only voting present over 100 times. See who challenges him on this too. Forgot this debate didn't you?

Black liberation theology anyone? Che Guerva. Reverend Wright. Typical "white" person - just words, right?

A video portrait of Barack Hussein Obama

Doesn't anyone get the threat this man is to America? Wake up people! Watch the video. I'm sure it's a side of Obama you've never realized before, but like it says, connect the dots.

Army Times Poll on the presidency - not something you'll see anytime soon in mainstream media

My friend who sent me the last article, sent me this too. Don't you find this interesting? I know I do! I'm sure you won't be seeing this in mainstream media any time soon which is why the last article I posted has it right.

There are no true journalists right now. Only publicists for Obama. Damn, they're so good too. I feel like my job is in jeopardy. I wonder how much they cost? LOL

Unless you are on active duty or retired military you probably don’t get the Army Times. Here is an interesting poll from the current issue regarding the presidential campaign.
In case you missed this week's issue of the Army Times here are the results of the Army Times' poll of Military personnel re the election (in percent):

                                      McCain          Obama
Overall                                68                23
Army                                  68                23
                                    69               24
Air Force                              67                24
Marines                                75                18
Retirees                               72                20
White Non-Hispanic               76                17
Hispanic                                63                27
Black/African-American      12                 79 
Enlisted                                67                24
Officers                                70                22
Somehow I missed seeing this in the New York Times."

A journalist who reveals the PR Machine that is our current media - and he's a Democrat!

Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?
By Orson Scott Card

Editor's note: Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and a newspaper columnist, and in this opinion piece he takes on both while lamenting the current state of journalism.

An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America:

I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism.  You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know.

This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere.  It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration.

It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor people.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans.

What is a risky loan?  It's a loan that the recipient is likely not to be able to repay.

The goal of this rule change was to help the poor — which especially would help members of minority groups.  But how does it help these people to give them a loan that they can't repay?  They get into a house, yes, but when they can't make the payments, they lose the house — along with their credit rating.

They end up worse off than before.

This was completely foreseeable and in fact many people did foresee it.  One political party, in Congress and in the executive branch, tried repeatedly to tighten up the rules.  The other party blocked every such attempt and tried to loosen them.

Furthermore, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were making political contributions to the very members of Congress who were allowing them to make irresponsible loans.  (Though why quasi-federal agencies were allowed to do so baffles me.  It's as if the Pentagon were allowed to contribute to the political campaigns of Congressmen who support increasing their budget.)

Isn't there a story here?  Doesn't journalism require that you who produce our daily paper tell the truth about who brought us to a position where the only way to keep confidence in our economy was a $700 billion bailout?  Aren't you supposed to follow the money and see which politicians were benefiting personally from the deregulation of mortgage lending?

I have no doubt that if these facts had pointed to the Republican Party or to John McCain as the guilty parties, you would be treating it as a vast scandal.  "Housing-gate," no doubt.  Or "Fannie-gate."

Instead, it was Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, both Democrats, who denied that there were any problems, who refused Bush administration requests to set up a regulatory agency to watch over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and who were still pushing for these agencies to go even further in promoting sub-prime mortgage loans almost up to the minute they failed.

As Thomas Sowell points out in a essay entitled "Do Facts Matter?" (] ): "Alan Greenspan warned them four years ago.  So did the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President.  So did Bush's Secretary of the Treasury."

These are facts.  This financial crisis was completely preventable.  The party that blocked any attempt to prevent it was ... the Democratic Party.  The party that tried to prevent it was ... the Republican Party.

Yet when Nancy Pelosi accused the Bush administration and Republican deregulation of causing the crisis, you in the press did not hold her to account for her lie.  Instead, you criticized Republicans who took offense at this lie and refused to vote for the bailout!

What?  It's not the liar, but the victims of the lie who are to blame?

Now let's follow the money ... right to the presidential candidate who is the number-two recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae.

And after Freddie Raines, the CEO of Fannie Mae who made $90 million while running it into the ground, was fired for his incompetence, one presidential candidate's campaign actually consulted him for advice on housing.

If that presidential candidate had been John McCain, you would have called it a major scandal and we would be getting stories in your paper every day about how incompetent and corrupt he was.

But instead, that candidate was Barack Obama, and so you have buried this story, and when the McCain campaign dared to call Raines an "adviser" to the Obama campaign — because that campaign had sought his advice — you actually let Obama's people get away with accusing McCain of lying, merely because Raines wasn't listed as an official adviser to the Obama campaign.

You would never tolerate such weasely nit-picking from a Republican.

If you who produce our local daily paper actually had any principles, you would be pounding this story, because the prosperity of all Americans was put at risk by the foolish, short-sighted, politically selfish, and possibly corrupt actions of leading Democrats, including Obama.

If you who produce our local daily paper had any personal honor, you would find it unbearable to let the American people believe that somehow Republicans were to blame for this crisis.

There are precedents.  Even though President Bush and his administration never said that Iraq sponsored or was linked to 9/11, you could not stand the fact that Americans had that misapprehension — so you pounded us with the fact that there was no such link.  (Along the way, you created the false impression that Bush had lied to them and said that there was a connection.)

If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.

Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth.  That's what you claim you do, when you accept people's money to buy or subscribe to your paper.

But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie — that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans.  You have trained the American people to blame everything bad — even bad weather — on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.

If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth — even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.

Because that's what honorable people do.  Honest people tell the truth even when they don't like the probable consequences.  That's what honesty means .  That's how trust is earned.

Barack Obama is just another politician, and not a very wise one.  He has revealed his ignorance and naivete time after time — and you have swept it under the rug, treated it as nothing.

Meanwhile, you have participated in the borking of Sarah Palin, reporting savage attacks on her for the pregnancy of her unmarried daughter — while you ignored the story of John Edwards's own adultery for many months.

So I ask you now: Do you have any standards at all?  Do you even know what honesty means?

Is getting people to vote for Barack Obama so important that you will throw away everything that journalism is supposed to stand for?

You might want to remember the way the National Organization of Women threw away their integrity by supporting Bill Clinton despite his well-known pattern of sexual exploitation of powerless women.  Who listens to NOW anymore?  We know they stand for nothing; they have no principles.

That's where you are right now.

It's not too late.  You know that if the situation were reversed, and the truth would damage McCain and help Obama, you would be moving heaven and earth to get the true story out there.

If you want to redeem your honor, you will swallow hard and make a list of all the stories you would print if it were McCain who had been getting money from Fannie Mae, McCain whose campaign had consulted with its discredited former CEO, McCain who had voted against tightening its lending practices.

Then you will print them, even though every one of those true stories will point the finger of blame at the reckless Democratic Party, which put our nation's prosperity at risk so they could feel good about helping the poor, and lay a fair share of the blame at Obama's door.

You will also tell the truth about John McCain: that he tried, as a Senator, to do what it took to prevent this crisis.  You will tell the truth about President Bush: that his administration tried more than once to get Congress to regulate lending in a responsible way.

This was a Congress-caused crisis, beginning during the Clinton administration, with Democrats leading the way into the crisis and blocking every effort to get out of it in a timely fashion.

If you at our local daily newspaper continue to let Americans believe — and vote as if — President Bush and the Republicans caused the crisis, then you are joining in that lie.

If you do not tell the truth about the Democrats — including Barack Obama — and do so with the same energy you would use if the miscreants were Republicans — then you are not journalists by any standard.

You're just the public relations machine of the Democratic Party, and it's time you were all fired and real journalists brought in, so that we can actually have a news paper in our city.

This article first appeared in The Rhinoceros Times of Greensboro, North Carolina, and is used here by permission."

Check out these radicals - did you read today's LA Times?

By Joy A. Kennelly

I don't know about you, but every time I watch one of those Vote No on Prop 8 commercials I want to gag. They insist that gays don't have rights right now, but that's total BS.

In fact, what this does is ELIMINATE the rights of straight people. Didn't realize that did you?

Here's the facts straight from the Government site explaining this issue:

"Proposition 8 is simple and straightforward. It contains the same 14 words that were previously approved in 2000 by over 61% of California voters: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Because four activist judges in San Francisco wrongly overturned the people’s vote, we need to pass this measure as a constitutional amendment to RESTORE THE DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE as a man and a woman.

Proposition 8 is about preserving marriage; it’s not an attack on the gay lifestyle. Proposition 8 doesn’t take away any rights or benefits of gay or lesbian domestic partnerships. Under California law, “domestic partners shall have the same rights, protections, and benefits” as married spouses. (Family Code § 297.5.)

There are NO exceptions. Proposition 8 WILL NOT change this.

YES on Proposition 8 does three simple things:

It restores the definition of marriage to what the vast majority of California voters already approved and human history has understood marriage to be.

It overturns the outrageous decision of four activist Supreme Court judges who ignored the will of the people.

It protects our children from being taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is the same as traditional marriage.

Proposition 8 protects marriage as an essential institution of society. While death, divorce, or other circumstances may prevent the ideal, the best situation for a child is to be raised by a married
mother and father.

The narrow decision of the California Supreme Court isn’t just about “live and let live.” State law may require teachers to instruct children as young as kindergarteners about marriage. (Education
Code § 51890.)

If the gay marriage ruling is not overturned, TEACHERS COULD BE REQUIRED to teach young children there is no difference between gay marriage and traditional marriage.

Now where are the parent's rights in this? Who the hell gives a teacher the right to teach my child about homosexual marriage without my permission? Whose rights are being violated in this instance?

Mine. Not the gay person who already has the rights of their domestic partnership. MINE! Sorry, you're entitled to do whatever you want in the privacy of your home and live whatever kind of lifestyle you want, but if you try to cram something down my child's throat without my permission, or determine how my church will operate, I have an issue with that.

And people wonder why home schooling is on the rise and why children in home schooling actually do better than traditional public education? GIVE ME A BREAK!

Here's a radical response taken from today's LA Times:

Prayer in the service of politics - notice how the lone "religious" dissenter isn't a Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, or any other Biblically based denomination, or any other denomination that would uphold traditional marriage, but the Episcopal faith that is universally more liberal.

Pays to pick your sources right?

LA Times just doesn't get how blatant and one-sided they really come across. Maybe that's why so many people aren't reading it or subscribing any more. I know I'm one-sided, but I'm only doing it to balance out the debate since it's not heard very much.

What I find funny is that the LA Times thinks they're helping the cause by throwing their support behind it when everyone I know who knows the Times and is conservative realizes that's as good as saying, "Don't vote the way they say. LA Times believes exactly the opposite!"

When you Google Proposition 8, the majority of the sites that come up are regarding No on Prop 8. I want to show that many more people are voting Yes on Prop 8 than the liberal media and others would like you to believe.

Here's another interesting article from the LA Business Journal just last Friday:

Poll: Most will vote yes on Proposition 8

"This week's Los Angeles Business from bizjournals Business Pulse survey asked: How will you vote on Proposition 8?

The voting broke down as follows:

  • Vote yes, I oppose same-sex marriage -- 61 percent
  • Vote no, I support same-sex marriage -- 36 percent
  • Don't know/not sure -- 3 percent"

And here's another news survey that is very interesting too:

CBS 5 Poll: Young Voters Lead Prop 8 Support Shift

Contrary to a site which claims, "If Prop 8 passes, it would be the first time in American history that an existing minority right would be taken away by the vote of a majority."

Actually, this is the SECOND time in history that this proposition has been voted on and illegally overturned. Where is the ad campaign stating the obvious? Isn't this just another example of thugocracy?

If at first you don't succeed, pay off the judges to overturn the vote of the general public to support  the homosexual agenda, put the issue back on the ballot, lie about the issue in ad after ad, and then attack anyone who dares to counter this radical behavior as anti-homosexual and trying to take away rights.

HELLO! My rights have been stamped on over and over again with this issue, yet you haven't heard me complain till now. And I will continue to complain loudly and often because I disagree with thugocracy politics. Also Mayors who speak on behalf of only a portion of the population as a representative of my city.

The good news this site (which again, will remain nameless to avoid giving them any more publicity) stated is as follows:

"The Yes on 8 campaign is ahead in critical fundraising, spurred in part by Christian conservative Sarah Palin’s entrance into the presidential race. As of Sept. 11, the Yes on Prop 8 campaign raised $15,878,593.16, with more than $750,000 raised on Sept. 10 alone."

What I found fascinating in reading that article is that the majority of big-time homosexuals who have tons of money aren't financially contributing to this issue. I think one has stepped forward since then, but not sure about the rest.

Maybe that's changed since it was written as of September 10, but for now, here's a list of a bunch of other big name Hollywood yuppity yups who haven't contributed dime one to this issue according to this site:

"Also missing (as of Sept. 10) from the rolls were: Rosie O’Donnell, whose Feb. 27, 2004, marriage to Kelli Carpenter was nullified; Sir Elton John, who tied the civil partnership knot with partner David Furnish in England; rock star Melissa Etheridge, whose domestic partnership/wedding to actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Sept. 22, 2003, was celebrated in In Style magazine.

Other producers and directors not on the list include Paul Colichman (here!TV) Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Bryan Singer (Superman Returns), Joel Schumacher (Batman & Robin), and Gus Van Sant..."

Interesting, eh? Even they don't want this proposition to pass, or else are willing to stand up and be counted. Now I can't verify the accuracy of this site, nor am I attempting to out people unnecessarily, but I'm merely quoting something that you all might find as interesting as I did.

I'm sure you can find the gay site if you search key words. Just not in the mood to share. Deal with it.
I'm a blogger, not a paid journalist. LOL

Oh, and for those curious about this topic from the "I support traditional marriage" side, or those curious what the big deal is, check out this site:

Very interesting videos to consider:

Robb and Robin Wirthlin's Story

"Interview with Robb and Robin Worthlin, the Massachusetts parents who courageously decided to fight the system after teachers began teaching second graders about gay marriage in public schools." 

Are we willing to take away the rights of certain people at the extent of others? This whole rights issue goes both ways. CA is next if Proposition 8 doesn't pass. Think about it.

Whereas Gays will retain their rights if this does pass, parents won't. The Government will promote homosexuality and parents will have no right to object.

Yes on 8: It's Already Happened

Where's the Love? -- Yes on Proposition 8 (Prop 8) - Yard Signs

Gays need to realize tolerance goes both ways. Parents have the RIGHT to be protective of their children's childhood and that right shouldn't be taken away. Nor should churches have to defend their rights either.

Period. End of story.

Vote yes to protect traditional marriage. 

All Support Traditional Marriage  Both parties (Democrat & Republican) support traditional marriage. Remember this from our recent VP Debates? Check out the link if you missed it.

Remember, Proposition 8 is about preserving marriage; it’s not an attack on the gay lifestyle. Proposition 8 doesn’t take away any rights or benefits of gay or lesbian domestic partnerships. Under California law, “domestic partners shall have the same rights, protections, and benefits” as married spouses. (Family Code § 297.5.)

Lastly, if you're on Facebook, join the

I Support the California ProtectMarriage Constitutional Amendment group and support traditional marriage and Yes on Prop 8.

Thoughts about the last couple of days.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Nothing like finding out your new pastor has found your blog and been reading it to get to know you better. Oh dear. That's one way to get right with the Lord real quick! I've needed the accountability though because I was on the slippery slope to destruction fast.

When you feel like no one cares about you or what you do, then it's easy to go crazy and act out. I get that. I just don't want to be that person any more. Time to get back on the right track and live the life God has called me to, not what my flesh is aching for.

All in due time right? I'm excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead now. I also realize I need to change some of my attitudes to achieve some of those new goals too. I will. That's what I do. When someone (or God) reveals something to me I need to change on a constructive basis, and I agree, then I change.

If not, then I don't.

Maybe it's time to give my family the time off from my expectations and just let them do what they are going to do without my guilt and anger too. I think that's wise - detach with love. I think we'll all enjoy the holidays a little easier that way. So, no, not coming to Thanksgiving or Christmas ok?

Tell Mom and Dad Grace. Enjoy yourselves!

My old pastor is probably relieved that I'm gone too! LOL Maybe. Not sure. I may never know. It's sad to say good-bye, but I really crave Christian relationships right now with singles my own age and life stage which I haven't found in the two years I attended. I need the accountability too. I think I'll find it at this new church. We'll see.

I really like the teaching and the music which is always a big plus too. So! That's my news for the day. Hope you're having a great Sunday! I am. Promise pix later on tonight.

Off to a birthday party now.

C ya!

My long, up and down, fun, sometimes sad, interesting day

By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally have to laugh at something Bill Maher said on his show just now. He apparently is showcasing countries where he suggests people should move to should McCain become President. Now that is stupid, but what made me laugh is when he said, go to India to visit your old job. So true!

Then he mocked Ghandi a little further into the segment and fortunately people agreed it was in poor taste and didn't laugh. Now he's mocking John McCain's war hero treatment comparing it to Tina Turner. I don't know about you, but that's poor taste.

But what do we expect? He's Bill Maher. Crass, sarcastic, full of himself, the biggest head on a body I've ever seen in person (even bigger than Dick Clark!), and blasphemous.

May he rot in hell.

Oops! Did I just say that?

Oh, ha ha. That's comedy.

Or is it? You tell me. It works for him and his show.

Why not at him?

I'm waiting for Entourage and was just curious about his show having never watched it before. Now that I have, I don't have to ever again. Is it always so one-sided? And they say Fox Channel is one-sided! Are comedians only liberal? Are things only funny when it's bashing things that you're against?

Just curious.

I love it. The Republican guest is countering Bill's determination that there needs to be more negative campaigning saying that's what caused the Democrats to lose in the past. Maybe he'll listen.

One can only hope.

Sometimes I feel like Hollywood is so high school where bullies are allowed free rein because those in power are so afraid of losing their jobs to counter something they personally disagree with they go with the flow even though they'd rather not.

Maybe that's why I like Entourage so much. Tells it like it is. For the most part. Gotta watch.

That was a good show. Nice way to end my day. Chris Rock is on now and is too funny. VERY crass, but too funny. Said Desperate Housewives should be renamed Ungrateful Bitches. Too funny.

Hit a non-profit organization's art event earlier today, but just couldn't get into the art exercise designed to relax all the participants and left early in tears from the last one when we were supposed to paint a place we felt safe.

Guess I don't feel safe anywhere right now. Hopefully that will change soon though. I think my safety is being out on the town. HA!

Probably won't be back to that organization actually. Too many memories I don't feel like remembering any more.

Time to move on. I need to ask the other non-profit who always invites me to their annual picnic to stop inviting me too. I'm over remembering that experience too.

Mooooving on. Moooooving on.

What was funny driving there was the van full of young boys who kept trying to get my attention at the stop light. Cougar power. Hellooooo.

Made me a little uncomfortable when I realized they looked like they were 14. Reminded me of the hilarious young boys in Sex Drive which I just saw last night. If you can get past the crassness, it's actually really funny and has a good ending considering it's crassness.

Totally predictable, but sometimes predictable is good. Felt good to just laugh. I think I have a very sick sense of humor for a Christian. Sorry. Can't help it.

That's where I first heard Fall Out Boy's song, I Don't Care. Still lovin' it. Click on the link for the video. When it comes on in your car scream along to it and you'll experience what it's like in my car when I hear it. I. Don't. CARE!

Totally the way I'm feeling. Never quite understood why people like rock music like AC/DC and today for some reason, I love it. There's something primal about screaming along with the music that releases tension I guess. Highway to Hell - especially when you start thinking that's where you're driving.

Laughing is helping though. I love Chris Rock because he totally just tells it like it is. Especially about sex. HILARIOUS! Did I say that? He is not funny at all. I don't know anything about what he's telling.

Or do I?

I enjoyed watching Fashion Designer Joy Han's Voom Fashion Show earlier tonight Downtown. I loved the title "Conservatively Liberal", the girls picketing for Joy Han for President, and the election pins that were passed out. I also liked the fashion - bright colors, lots of designs related to the 60's and 70's.

Once I upload all the pix I'll share them with you. I have some from the UCLA wine & cheese tasting too.

I visited the Santa Monica Arts Studio Open House after the fashion show. I took some pix of my new potential artist client's work and met her in person for the first time. Love her work.

Also saw a few people I know. Some I don't want to know any more, but that's par for the course as I roll. Oh well.

Mooooving on. Moooving on.

Now I'm going to mooooveeee on to bed. Want to watch Joe the Plumber on Huckabee's show. Go Joe!

Oh, and because I can't leave you without at least one Obama thing, here's a video I received tonight that I found very interesting. It's a letter written to the editor by a Cuban American who lived under Fidel Castro.

Interesting comparison. Take it or leave it.

I'm tired. Maybe I'll think differently when I wake up tomorrow.

Interesting, Huckabee has two people on who registered to vote 100 times each with ACORN. People who claim ACORN is innocent are crazy!

Now I'm going to bed. Enough already.


Time again for the amazing Women's Conference! Maria Shriver & Governor Arnold hosting

By Joy A. Kennelly

This has to be my absolute FAVORITE event of any that I attend all year long. I walk away exhausted, yet inspired, encouraged, supported and overjoyed to have participated. It's thrilling to be surrounded by such amazing successful men and women who are making a difference in the world today.

Here's their press release which I'm copying and pasting here to allow you to see what I'm talking about. Bono! Live! Warren Buffet! Live! Condoleezza Rice! Live! Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright! Live! and so many more.

Read on and see.

I might not agree with all their philosophies, but that's what makes this conference so interesting. I love to hear other's viewpoints to allow me to stretch my own. Otherwise, it would be rather boring wouldn't it?

Now without further ado, enjoy the read.


Maria Shriver to Be Joined by Condoleezza Rice, Bono, Warren Buffet,Jennifer Lopez and 14,000 Women for The Women’s Conference 2008

WHAT: Hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger,
The Women’s Conference is the nation’s premier forum for women. Its mission is to inspire, empower and educate women from all walks of life to be Architects of Change in their own lives,in their communities and around the world. Every year, the non-partisan Women’s Conference gathers the world’s greatest hearts and minds to address the topics and concerns that matter to women. For more details, visit:

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 6:30 a.m. – Press Check-in and Credential Pick-up Begins

WHERE: Long Beach Convention Center: 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802 Media parking in Shoreline Drive Parking Lot (Shoreline & Linden)

WHO: A roster of more than 70 world opinion leaders. Participant and program highlights:

· MSNBC’s Chris Matthews moderates a main-stage conversation on leadership and the
economy between Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Warren Buffet.

· Maria Shriver presents the 2008 Minerva Awards to Gloria Steinem, Billie Jean King,Betty Chinn, Louise Hay, and Ivelise Markovits during an afternoon ceremony featuring remarks by Bono and a special musical performance by Bonnie Raitt.

· CNN’s Campbell Brown moderates a main-stage conversation on leadership, legacy and life with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.

· Inside Edition Anchor Deborah Norville moderates a conversation on men who use their voices to change the world between Michael J. Fox and philanthropist/hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons.

· CNN’s Christiane Amanpour moderates a conversation on changing the world with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, The Experience Corp CEO Cecilia Maria Attias, Human Rights Advocate Cherie Blair, and Executive Director of Secretariat of Liberia Cerue Konah Garlo.

· NPR’s Farai Chideya moderates a conversation on being a woman warrior with Gloria Steinem and Children’s Defense Fund Founder and CEO Marian Wright Edelman.

NOTES: Pool feed available for all main stage presentations. Footage is restricted to news programming only; no more than 120 seconds of footage may be broadcast.

The Women’s Conference 2008
Fact Sheet

· The mission of The Women’s Conference is to inspire, empower and educate women from all walks of life to be Architects of Change in their own lives, in their communities and around the world.

· The Women’s Conference event is the nation’s premier forum for women where the world’s greatest hearts and minds gather every year to unite thousands of diverse women – 14,000 in person and many more online – with a shared conversation and a collective sense of purpose.

· The Women’s Conference covers the timely topics that matter to women today and the key concerns that matter to them every day – family and parenting, religion and spirituality,service and activism, business and entrepreneurship, money and finance, news and politics, environment and conservation, health and fitness, and style and beauty.

· The theme of The Women’s Conference 2008 – Be Who You Are. Feel it. Live it. Pass it On. – is a call to action that is meant to encourage all women to discover their unique and authentic purpose, passion and power to transform themselves and the world around them.

o This call to action will be delivered by a world-class roster of more than 70 newsmakers, visionaries and opinion leaders who will engage in "once-in-a-lifetime conversations" that will remind us that we are not alone in our quest to lead an authentic life and that the power to be an Architect of Change lies within each one of us.

o This year’s line-up of speakers and participants will be led by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Christiane Amanpour, Bono, Warren Buffet, Sister Joan Chittister, Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Matthews, Indra Nooyi and Gloria Steinem.

· Full-day passes to The Women’s Conference 2008 sold out in a historic, record-breaking time of three hours – beating last year’s record of three days.

· In response to this surging demand, The Women's Conference has taken a number of steps to make the conference more accessible to all women in California and around the world:

o Night at The Village – This year, The Women’s Conference is offering a new "opening night" event called Night at The Village that will provide 10,000 women with nourishment and empowerment for the body, mind and soul.

· Night at The Village will transform the Long Beach Convention Center’s exhibit hall into over 160,000 square feet of interactive experiences, connecting women with information, shopping, food and fun.

· The first-annual event will feature a conversation with Rachael Ray, book signings with prominent authors including Maria Shriver, Billie Jean King, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, renowned experts with advice on beauty, cooking, fitness and fashion, exciting shopping boutiques, useful green lifestyle products and information, and much more.

· Tickets for Night at The Village are still available for purchase at;

o Tickets are $20 per person purchased in advance and $25 per person at the door.

o Tickets are limited and are expected to sell out.

o Afternoon Session Tickets – Again this year, we will be reconfiguring the main arena’s floor seating in the afternoon, which will allow us to expand seating capacity and offer a separately-ticketed Afternoon Session featuring the 5th Annual Minerva Awards presentation hosted by Maria Shriver, remarks by Bono, and a special musical performance by Grammy Award Winner Bonnie Raitt.

· $40 tickets are still available at; however, tickets for the Afternoon Session are limited and are expected to sell out.

o – Significant portions of The Women’s Conference 2008 will be broadcast live all-day at and Maria Shriver has set the ambitious goal of amassing an online audience of One Million Women on the Web to watch the live webcast.

· The Women’s Conference’s brand-new website allows the conference to reach out beyond the walls of the convention center and touch women with its message of empowerment all over the world.

· At, women can be virtual conference participants via the Live Webcast, as well as WE Empower online community members anywhere, anytime.

o Additionally, The Women’s Conference is making use of available broadcast technology and media partnerships to reach beyond the walls of the convention center and empower women everywhere. In addition to the Live Webcast at, The Women’s Conference will be available through: · Cable television broadcasts on the California Channel and satellite television broadcasts to all participating California community colleges and universities, national women’s colleges, national women’s museums, national association of women businesses, military mobilization stations and corporate partners;

· Web broadcasts on and;

· SIRIUS and XM satellite radio broadcasts; and

· Audio and video podcasts of conference highlights online at shortly after the conference.

Hope you'll consider coming out!


This is by Gary L. Bauer, a conservative who has his head on straight. And I quote:

“Senator Government”

"Was it intentional? Was it a Freudian slip? I don’t know for sure, but when Senator McCain referred to his opponent as “Senator Government” in last night’s third and final debate, he may have hit on a key theme for the last three weeks of this campaign.

On issue after issue, Barack Obama has a Big Government, high tax, big spending socialist solution. He is going to take care of your health care. He is going to pay for your kid’s college education. He is going to guarantee you a comfortable retirement. He is going to double foreign aid. He is going to increase research funding on all diseases. He is going to end our energy dependence. And, he’s going to heal the planet, slow the rise of the oceans and bring peace in our time!

Here’s the catch: He’ll pay for it all by picking the pocket of “Joe the plumber,” who also loomed large in last night’s debate. According to Barack Obama, all that is necessary to give us economic growth is to tax the heck out of the Joe’s of the world, who apparently have too much money for Barack’s taste, and let Big Government “spread the wealth around.”

Joe put it best when he told ABC News after the debate, “To be honest with you, that infuriates me. It’s not right for someone to decide you made too much -- that you’ve done too good and now we’re going to take some of it back. That’s just completely wrong."

Senator McCain drove this point home last night in what I believe was his best performance to date. In the middle of an economic crisis, Barack Obama wants to take money away from small businesses, which are the biggest job creators in the country, and give it away to many people who have no federal tax liability. That’s not a tax cut – that’s a welfare increase.

By the way, James Pethokoukis, who writes for U.S. News and World Report, posted the following comment on his blog this morning: “A while back I chatted with a University of Chicago professor who was a frequent lunch companion of Obama’s. This professor said that Obama was as close to a full-out Marxist as anyone who has ever run for president of the United States.” Remember that when you go to the polls in 19 days. The last thing we need is “President Government.”

Obama Lied -- Again

When the sanctity of life came up in last night’s debate, Barack Obama again shamelessly lied about his record. Senator McCain did a good job of describing Obama’s disgusting and disturbing views on when babies should be protected. Speaking of Obama’s anti-life record, Senator McCain said the following:

“Senator Obama, as a member of the Illinois State Senate, voted in the Judiciary Committee against a law that would provide immediate medical attention to a child born of a failed abortion. He voted against that. And then, on the floor of the State Senate, as he did 130 times as a state senator, he voted present [on the same bill].

“Then there was another bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the state of Illinois not that long ago, where he voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion, one of the late-term abortion [procedures], …a terrible [procedure]. And then, on the floor of the Illinois State Senate, he voted present.

“I don’t know how you vote ‘present’ on some of that. I don’t know how you align yourself with the extreme aspect of the pro-abortion movement in America. And that’s his record, and that’s a matter of his record. It was clear-cut votes that Senator Obama voted, I think, in direct contradiction to the feelings and views of mainstream America.”

Obama did his usual double speak, very eloquent sounding, but factually a lie. Non-partisan analysis has already demonstrated that Obama’s record is exactly what Senator McCain said it is: Obama voted to allow babies who are born alive after failed abortions to die. And, he has voted to allow abortions in the sixth month of pregnancy and later.

For those of you who missed the Saddleback Forum, Pastor Rick Warren asked Obama a very revealing question: “Have you EVER voted to limit or reduce abortions?” Obama used 200 words of fluffy rhetoric to hide his real answer – “No.” Think about that. Not once has he ever voted to limit the daily destruction of thousands of innocent lives.

And here’s more proof of how radically pro-abortion Obama is: On the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Obama released a statement bragging about his pro-abortion record. Here is an excerpt:

“Throughout my career, I’ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. …And I will continue to defend this right by [signing] the Freedom of Choice Act as president.”

What is the Freedom of Choice Act? The bill was introduced by liberal Democrats after the Supreme Court upheld the federal ban on partial-birth abortions. The bill seeks to codify the Roe v. Wade
decision in federal law. It would repeal every restriction on abortion at every level. It would repeal the federal law banning the gruesome procedure of partial-birth abortion, and it would repeal every state law on parental notification, informed consent and waiting periods.

These are extremist positions, but Big Media has done its best to ensure that most Americans don’t know about Obama’s radical pro-abortion record.

You Are The Target

In recent weeks, there has been a concerted attempt by the Obama campaign and the leftwing media to demoralize you and, thus, suppress the conservative vote. Don’t fall for it. Yes, Senator McCain is the underdog, but this race is far from over.

For example, I’m sure you’ve seen the polls showing Senator McCain down by double-digits. Maybe you saw a recent headline suggesting that Democrats can capture a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats in the Senate. That would be a nightmare scenario if it happened, but it would happen only if conservatives don’t vote on Election Day, and that is exactly why the media are desperately trying to convince you that the election is already over!

Much of the polling data that is being spun by the liberal media are polls of adults or registered voters, neither of which is a good predictor of elections. But, even worse, the media are “over-sampling” Democrats when they conduct these polls. A political science professor recently dissected one major media poll that had Senator McCain trailing by double-digits. Here’s what he found:

The first thing he noticed was that Senator McCain was actually winning Independent voters. So how could he be down by 11 points? Upon further examination, he found that the poll’s voter sample included 40% Democrats, 33% Independents and just 27% Republicans. In short, the poll “over-sampled” Democrats by 13 points. That might be an accurate poll if the entire country looked like Massachusetts, but, thankfully, it does not.

Then the professor attempted to correct the poll by “weighting” the sample based on the actual turnout in a recent election. Instead of assuming that 40% of the voters who show up to the polls will be Democrats, he used the turnout figures from the 2006 election -- a bad year for the GOP. After “weighting” the sample of voters based on real turnout figures, Obama’s lead dropped to just two points. Confirming the professor’s findings, one of the most accurate polls in 2004 just released a new survey that had Senator McCain down three points.

We can win this, my friends, but it will be up to you! You must vote, and to counter the efforts of ACORN, you must persuade as many friends and family members as possible, with the information we are providing, to support Senator McCain and Governor Palin in the 19 days remaining in this campaign.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), the nation's largest taxpayer watchdog organization

This was just sent to me and I find it VERY interesting. I'm sure you will too. Bipartisan, independent information on the tax and spending records of both Sen. McCain and Sen. Barack Obama

Dear Concerned Taxpayer, 

          I hope you saw Sen. John McCain call on Americans to visit our website during all three presidential debates.

          It is further evidence of the preeminent role that, thanks to your support, we are playing in the national public policy debate.

          But more than that, it has placed a special burden on us.

          We have become THE SOURCE for bipartisan, independent information on the tax and spending records of both Sen. McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.

          National news outlets like ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today and -- perhaps even more importantly -- countless local newspapers, talk radio broadcasts, reporters, columnists, and commentators are citing our earmark statistics and vote ratings for the two presidential candidates.

          Relying on our information, they are broadcasting how Sen. McCain has never requested a single special-interest, pork-barrel earmark in his 25 years in Congress, while Sen. Obama has requested $740 million in earmarks in just three years.

          They are also contrasting Sen. McCain’s status as a “Taxpayer Hero” with a CCAGW Lifetime Vote Rating of 88 percent with Sen. Obama’s Lifetime Rating of just 18 percent when it comes to cutting spending and voting to reduce taxes.

          By letting millions of Americans know where the two presidential candidates stand on spending and taxes, we are sending a powerful message to all the politicians in Washington in favor of a smaller, more efficient, less costly government.  We are also putting tremendous lobbying pressure on the candidates to commit now to cut spending immediately upon taking the oath of office.

          But to be frank, as we enter the final weeks of this election season, we are running short of funds to devote to this effort.  To keep pushing out the press kits, news releases, and fact sheets and continue responding to the non-stop demands for our CCAGW Experts’ insights and commentary will require a cash injection of at least $10,000 in the next few days.

          That is why with less than three weeks to go until the presidential election, I urgently need to ask you as never before to make a special contribution to CCAGW.

          If we are going to continue to provide this vital information, keep up the drumbeat for lower spending and taxes to enhance our lobbying efforts, and capitalize on our outstanding success to date in contrasting the voting records and proposals of Sens. McCain and Obama, I urgently need you to make a contribution today

          If you can contribute $25, $35, $50 or even as much as $100, it will provide a tremendous boost to all of our efforts.

          Time is short.  I hope I can count on you.


Thomas A. Schatz

P.S. The U.S. Treasury Department has just reported that the federal deficit hit an all-time record of $454 billion in the fiscal year that ended on September 30.  With the new financial burdens the federal government is assuming in order to bail out Wall Street, some economists are predicting that the deficit could reach a shocking $1 trillion over the next 12 months.  That’s why it’s so important that Americans know where the presidential candidates stand on spending and taxes, so we can pressure them to take action on our waste-cutting recommendations immediately upon taking the oath of office.  Please help us continue to get out the word in these final weeks before the elections.  Support our nationwide media and lobbying drive with your largest possible contribution today!


The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), the nation's largest taxpayer watchdog organization with more than one million members and supporters nationwide.  CCAGW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that lobbies for legislation to eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.  For more information about CCAGW, visit www.ccagw.orgHelp CCAGW wage this media and lobbying campaign to ensure Americans know where the presidential candidates stand on spending and taxes by making a contribution today.

Barack Obama and the World Series - did you hear? OY!

By Joy A. Kennelly

I'm sorry, I just have to say this and I'm not even into sports AT ALL!

I hate watching Football and Baseball on TV to be honest, but the sheer arrogance of Barack Obama to delay the start of the World Series is just amazing to me.

I hope all the baseball fans realize this is what we can expect from someone like him and it probably won't be the last time, if elected, that he grand stands in this manner. Someone else burst this man's messiah complex before I do PLEASE!


Oh, and I find it ironic that this is just another example of him using campaign money (THE HIGHEST EVER RAISED BY A CANDIDATE AND NEVER DISCLOSED FROM WHOM that he most likely has received from outside the United States and not the little people he claims), to pursue his celebrity status among the youth and uninformed of our country.

Thank God for Joe the Plumber who has sense enough to say it's not right to tax and tax people who make a certain amount of money just to and I quote "spread the wealth around." I'm sorry, when I work hard for my money and earn it by my own sweat and tears, I'm definitely not in the mood to "spread the wealth around" unless I personally choose the charity to do so to.

Not "Senator Government" telling me otherwise. GIVE ME A BREAK! Who the hell does Obama think he is to dictate my income and where I distribute it? Frustrates me no end. And I'm not even in the 250k tax bracket, but it bugs me nonetheless.

Okay, that's all. Need to finish up some other stuff, but just had to comment after seeing his grinning mug on my yahoo site one more time. When, oh when, will mainstream media realize their bias is all over their news coverage?

PLEASE GO BACK TO JOURNALISM SCHOOL! Be objective! No wonder so many big time media outlets are going out of business slowly, but surely. People just don't want to read the bias any more and are finding their news from other sources.

Maybe a huge shake up is needed? All I know is I'm sick of it. That's why I'm speaking up for the conservative viewpoint. It's time our side is heard too. Trust me, we get enough of the liberals already.

Thank you for reading. Now go make some calls and walk your precincts. It's not too late to make a change and be part of the Democratic Process!

GO McCain & Palin!

Have you heard Howard Stern's Obama interviews? HILARIOUS!!!!!

A friend shared this with me on the way to the Republican Headquarters to listen to the debate tonight and it TOTALLY cracks me up! You will love it too.

Howard Stern Exposes Why So Many People Support Obama

I will have to admit, I've only been in about three - four all Republican meetings like this event in my lifetime and it was very interesting. The little ten year old girl spouting political views that were rather extreme was the one who interested me the most.

It made more sense when I realized she was the daughter of the cowboy hat wearing father who kept yelling out Liar! whenever Obama would say things. (Although, have to admit sometimes I did agree with him! LOL)

This man was yelling all kinds of stuff and I was really embarrassed for him. Just goes to show Democrats aren't the only ones with ignorant people in their party like you heard on Howard Stern. That's why I've not ever "come out" as Republican until this year because I can't stand the strident opinions expressed so loudly when a bunch of like minded people get together.

I was the brunt of it personally on my liberal leaning online entertainment news group and I didn't like it then either.

That said, it was thrilling to sit on the floor in the crowded McCain/Palin headquarters in Torrance and watch the debates with people I agreed with on numerous issues. It was a little bothersome that certain people were talking over Obama because I really wanted to hear what he had to say, but otherwise, just grand.

I don't think certain Democrats understand the depth of anger, nor the energy that has surged through the Republicans based in CA this election. I'm beginning to feel like we're all sleeping giants who have awakened from a great slumber and realized we need to do something about what's happening or more of our money and freedoms will be taken away.

I loved that Senator McCain slipped and called Obama, "Senator Government" because it's so true! I think every time I heard Obama speak he was talking about spending more money. PLEASE STOP THE MADNESS!

That's all I'll say about that, but I am very excited that there are only a few weeks left until the election. I'm also very excited that this race has stirred up so many Americans to get off their couches and do something.

My only hope is that once we've elected a new President (and may the best candidate win God willing) we don't stop our pressure on government to make changes. It's time to radically change business as usual in Washington. Enough already!

Okay, that's all for now. Have a good one!

I like what Catholic Vote has to say re: tonight's debate. You?

Dear Friend of,

Tonight's the third and final presidential debate before Election Day.  Millions of Americans like you and me will be watching to see if the moderator, or either candidate, is willing to talk about what matters most.

Our country is understandably focused on our economy.  But the media and our politicians seem to be dodging a key element in fixing it -– our culture!  America needs a leader with the courage to stand for what is right, and not just when the economy is struggling.

Hear me out.

Wall Street greed, Fannie, Freddie, and others have been accused of destroying our economic system.  But few are willing to admit that without a firm commitment to restoring the foundations of our country – namely, a dedication to protecting life, faith, and families – no economic bailout will ultimately work.  We need something more than money. 

The common thread connecting bad loans, greedy bankers, and power hungry politicians is the selfish disregard for our fellow human beings.  Our culture has reduced people to objects and playthings, to be selfishly exploited, profited from, and discarded when they are no longer useful. 

And this mentality begins with our reckless disregard for human embryos and innocent human life in the womb.

If we truly care about the “common good,” which includes issues like jobs and health care, then we need to stand for the principle that every human life matters.

Politicians who pledge to protect the "right" to kill innocent children are deceiving all of us when they promise to help the innocent unemployed and uninsured.  Don’t fall for their lies!

Many people accuse pro-life advocates such as of being single-issue voters.  The assumption is that we don’t care about the economy, health care, or the poor.  But they have it exactly backwards.

By standing firm for the right to life, and the principle that every human life has dignity, we are standing for a culture that will protect the defenseless.  And this includes the jobless, uninsured, and disadvantaged.  Culture and morality matter.  If we get things wrong from the start, it’s virtually impossible to get much else right.

When Bill Clinton ran for President in 1992, he famously used the line, “It’s the economy, stupid,” to help defeat George H. W. Bush.  Tonight we will hear much about the economic plans of each candidate.  But we also need to hear about their “plans” for our culture.  Who will protect the most vulnerable and defenseless in the womb?  Who is willing to stand up for the family, and the critical role of religious faith in our culture?  Who will stand up to Hollywood when they assault the innocence of our children?  We need to know.

Blessed Mother Teresa once said:  “You, in the West, have millions of people who suffer such terrible loneliness and emptiness…These people are not hungry in the physical sense, but they are in another way. They know they need something more than money.”

How right she was.  Our economic plight pales in comparison to our moral plight.  But they are not separate issues.  They are intimately connected.

And the “fix” needed won’t cost $700 billion.  It won’t even cost a dollar.  The fix America needs will require moral leadership from the next President, and moral witness from voters this November. 



Brian Burch, President

P.S.  The candidates in tonight’s debate need to talk about the issues that matter most – life, faith, and family.  Especially since these issues have everything to do with our economic crisis.  If you have not done so already, please consider sending your friends this message.  Tell them to watch the short video on

Together we can change our country.  Please consider pitching in.  We don’t have deep pockets, and rely entirely on our members for support.

Congress - who we really need to be reviewing and cleaning up...and another comic.

Just got this and another stupid comic's attack on Sarah Palin via email. Needless to say, not posting that one, but am posting this email because there was actually someone with intelligence and a firm grasp of the facts who sent me the following.

Oh, and the comic? Told him only interested in comedy bashing Biden and Obama and gave him some good suggestions as to why. Also told him to read and watch the news a little more. I also told him to have fun bashing our next VP. HA HA. I crack myself up sometimes. Clueless comics. Tricks are for kids.

Here's the intelligent thought for the day, and I quote:

"Worthy of your time and attention regardless of your Party Affiliation 

          545 PEOPLE
          By Charlie Reese 

          Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

          Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

          Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

          You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

          You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

          You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

          You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

          You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

          One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

          I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

          I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

          Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

          What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

          The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

          It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

          If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
          If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.
          If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ.
          If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
          There are no insoluble government problems.

          Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation,' or 'politics' that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

          Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

          They, and they alone, have the power.

          They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses; provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

          We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!"

          Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

          What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you, though you appear to have several choices. 

          1. You can send this to everyone in your address book, and hope they do something about it.
          2. You can agree to 'vote against' everyone that is currently in office, knowing that the process will take several years.
          3. You can decide to 'run for! office ' yourself and agree to do the job properly.
          4. Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing, or re-elect the current bunch but then you should never complain about the mess.


Upcoming events at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge & around - finally!

By Joy A. Kennelly

For those wondering what to do on Halloween, look no further. The Shore is hosting a veritable weekend of fun Halloween parties beginning Thursday, October 30 through Saturday, November 1 from 9pm till closing.

Costume contests, specialty drinks, DJ, dancing and more! Call 310 376-0414 for more details, or
review: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge. com

Happy Halloween!

LA Food mag

         The Shore Restaurant and Lounge’s Chef David Linville will be doing a cooking demonstration during Los Angeles Magazine’s Third Annual Food Event ’08 Celebrity Chef Fundraiser hosted by Cher Calvin and Merrill Shindler at the Saddleback Ranch in Malibu on Sunday, October 26, 2008 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

Chef headshot - bl wh sm Chef David Linville will be demonstrating how to make an heirloom tomato and basil stuffed homemade boccacini Mozzarella. Linville’s background includes LA’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, St. Regis Hotel, Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica, Mastros Beverly Hills and The Standard Hotel on Sunset. He has also worked as a sought after private chef on yachts for some of Hollywood’s elite. Chef David’s deep-rooted, down home childhood is quite evident in his cooking style of internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine and gracious table manner.

Food Event ’08 guests will enjoy Saddlerock Ranch’s vineyards, and the best that California’s culinary giants have to offer in both food and wine. Master sommeliers will give lessons in the art of pouring and palate-pleasing, celebrity chefs will perform demonstrations, and a diverse group of wineries will pour their best selections.  A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit charities. For more information, please review:

Empty shore from the front2 The Award-Winning Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere, quality live entertainment, Celebrity clientele and full-service dining by Executive Chef David Linville. The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. For reservations, call 310 376-0414.


 Hermosa Beach, CA The South Bay Professional Connection hosts Award-winning Author and Online Marketing Expert, Michelle Howe, speaking on “The 10 Things You Wish You Knew About Search Engine Optimization and Social Media” at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Fee $20 includes workshop materials and an appetizer. Attendees will learn:

¨       Why you need a blog to communicate with your customers

¨       Why the traditional press release is dead

¨       Why keyword website optimization is not enough

¨       How your website’s content, structure and usability need to fit with your audience

¨       How to decide whether to participate in social media

¨       Why traffic generation is not enough anymore

¨       How to use search engine optimized press releases to increase website traffic

  Michelle Howe, MBA, is the owner of Internet Word Magic, an Internet marketing and PR agency. She is the author of the award winning book, "Turn Browsers into Buyers: Secrets for Turning an Internet Profit." For more information on the workshop, please call 310 714-2077.


The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public,businesses, and residents. TSBPC provides a wide variety of community,professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups,companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses,residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.



Hermosa Beach, CA The Shore Restaurant and Lounge hosts a Wine and Cheese Tasting for the UCLA Alumni Association on Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm. The South Bay Bruins Logo_SouthBay (over 30) will join the Young Alumni (under 30) for a variety of wine sampling with Chef David Linville showcasing international cheeses. Fee $10.

The Award-Winning Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere, quality live entertainment, Celebrity clientele and full-service dining by Executive Chef David Linville. For reservations, call 310 376-0414.




Manhattan Beach, CA The Beach Cities Professionals Chapter of BNI, Business Networking International announces their kick off party will take place at the Manhattan Country Club on Tuesday,October 21, 2008 from 7:00am – 8:30am. The cost is $20, which includes a light continental breakfast and networking with local business professionals.

 BNI is a business and professional networking organization whose primary purpose is to exchange qualified business referrals.   It is the largest networking organization of its kind. BNI has over 5,100 chapters throughout the world. Last year, members of BNI chapters received referrals totaling over $2.1 Billion. What makes BNI unique is that it allows only one person per profession to join a chapter.


The Beach Cities Professionals BNI chapter is currently looking to fill certain industry slots to refer business to through this kick off party and ensuing meetings. Guests at the kick off party are invited to bring plenty of business cards to exchange as many local business professionals will be in attendance. The Manhattan Country Club is located at 1300 Parkview, Manhattan Beach, CA. Seating is limited. For more information, please review: and to RSVP by Friday, October 17, 2008, please call 310 714-2077.



Beach Cities Professionals BNI Chapter was started by Kristen Novoa of Shorewood Realtors, who now is the President of the Chapter with Andrea Nathan, an Arbonne international consultant, serving as the Vice President. Secretary/Treasurer is Josette Murphy, owner of About Space.  Education Coordinator is Beth Damianakes, AAA insurance sales agent. Membership Coordinators are Denise Thomas, senior VP of Milestone Mortgage, Steven J. Bloch, managing partner of MHB Financial Group, and Kelley Finan, divorce attorney at DKY Law.  Visitor Hosts include: Dr. Christopher Palmer,chiropractor, Jody Bader owner of First Impression Design Home Staging, Sherry Marshall,business and life coach, and Cherie Short, Smith Barney financial advisor. Chapter Mentors are Mindy Oumi,a compounding pharmacist with TLC Pharmacy, and Joy A. Kennelly,public relations and marketing specialist (The Joy Writer PR & Marketing).


Other Beach Cities Professional BNI Members include: Earl Gorman, window specialist (Mark’s Windows), Lloyd Rae, business broker (Business Team), Philip Toomey, business attorney & managing partner (Carico, Rice, Toomey LLP), and Rebecca Mandell, dog trainer (Dog’s Best Friend).

 All other industries are open for membership. RSVP’s due by 5pm on Friday, October 17, 2008. For more information, review: or to RSVP call 310 714-2077.

Largest Ever Enlistment Ceremony - you'll NEVER guess where...

A friend just sent me this. Enjoy!

I'm sure you already know about this. It was shown over and over on TV, right? 

OK, so maybe it wasn't shown over and over, but surely it was shown on TV at least one time,

wasn't it ?

This was the largest re-enlistment ceremony ever held in military history.

The ceremony was held on the 4th of July, 2008 at Al Faw Palace,  Baghdad ,  Iraq  .

General David Petraeus officiated.

This amazing story was ignored by the 'mainstream' media.

American men and women volunteering to stay longer in Iraq, so that when we leave, the new democracy will have a chance of surviving, is the exact opposite of what the media wants you to think about Iraq. 

A pizzeria in  Chicago  donated 2000 pizzas that were made and shipped to Baghdad  , and were delivered on the 4th. The media did report that 2000 pizzas were sent to  Iraq  on July 4th...

  The only part they left out of the report was the event for which the pizzas were sent.

 Interesting, eh? OY! Mainstream media just doesn't get it do they? We are Americans and proud of our country. We also believe in finishing what we've started. Also, many people choose to serve because they believe in what we're doing over there.

Novel concept, eh?

This is another good one for those blind Obama faithful...:)

This is an e-mail from BGen James Cash, USAF, who has written some very good articles on the subject. Here he recommends someone else's e-mail that impressehim, and scared him. 

General Cash Wrote:
Occasionally, I receive an email that I agree with so totally I want to pass to everyone on my list. This is one of those emails. I have approval from the writer to forward the attached, and feel free to post it on your websites, or forward to friends. The election of Obama as President of the 
United States  will mark the apex, and beginning downslide of this Republic. The only question is the rate at which the downfall will occur. 

The writer of this essay is Jerry Molen. Jerry is a great friend and an Academy Award winning Hollywood Producer. He did  Jurassic   Park , Hook, Rainman, and many more class movies. He won he Academy Award for Schindler's List. Jerry is one of the very few clear thinking conservatives that I know from
Hollywood  . We need to get this out to as many as possible to include liberal Democrats.. We are about to make the Mother-of-All-Mistakes, because the Republican Party gave us no reliable alternative. In my opinion, if the conservative movement does not rally behind the only alternative left to us, this country will become a true  Socialist   State  within the next two Presidential terms. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the most grave situation this nation has faced in my lifetime. 

Please read the email below
Jim Cash B/G, USAF, Ret. 

Jerry Molen wrote: 
'Election woes defined by prose.....' 

We just experienced an overhyped, positively outrageous primary election season that has left me cold and wondering where the heads of our citizens are hiding out. Must be someplace where the sun doesn't get to very often. 

At one time in my life I was a determined, dedicated and ever loyal registered Democrat. Then something happened (Lyndon Baines Johnson) that turned my life around and gave me much pause as to the veracity of a party that dwelt on and fed off of the most unfortunate among us. Some of those unfortunates were in their positions in life by way of their own choosing and others were there by circumstance. But always, always with a door open to them to reach for new heights, achieve new goals, change their lives for the better. And also, always ever present were the bottom feeders doing everything they could to take advantage of those who had not or have not seen the light of better days and times, nor realizing they were in fact the masters of their own destiny. They had come to believe that they were dependent on those in power in 
Washington  and that they would look out for them and take care of their every need. They are still waiting and expecting all those promised freebies. 

Most people aren't even aware that the Democrats ruled 
Washington  for over 40 years. It wasn't until 1994 when the so called Gingrich Revolution changed that for a short period of time. Nor do people realize that it was the Dem's that created the failed policies of the many entitlement programs that are falling apart right before our eyes. Please do not think I find the Republicans blameless in all this. They too, suffer from ego inflation and greed motivators built into the system. It's just that the past few months I've listened to the rantings and railings of the left in America calling for more giveaways and better ways to obtain the proverbial 'free lunch'. 

I think that to sum up my feelings and why I am so set apart from those within the circles of political power and influence can be illustrated best by a quote by noted basketball legend and talk show co-host Charles Barkley: 

'Poor people have been voting for Democrats for the last fifty years....and they are still poor'

And now with the election results comes the promises of 'change'. 'Change we can believe in.' 'Change for the future'. When in fact if you really, I mean REALLY listen to what the new Senator is asking for, is not 'change of policy' or 'change for the better'. He is warning all of us that he wants our change all right, 'loose change', pocket change', social change and political change......So people wake up. For if you don't, the change you get may not be the change you were expecting or the change you wanted. 

To close my screed, I want to leave you with some JM predictions in the event the junior Senator from 
Illinois  becomes President and especially if the House and Senate are veto proof. 

1). Strict new gun laws will be enacted even though he promised he would not. 
2). The phrase 'In God We Trust' will be removed from all currency. 
3). He will back away from his pledge to 
Israel  and leave them to the wolves of Islam. 
4). Hillary Clinton will be named to the Supreme Court. 
5). Tax rates will return to their highest levels in 30 years. 
6). The capital gains tax will be at least double current levels. 
7). Retired Army General Wesley Clark will be named Secretary of Defense. This is the General who was fired for integrity issues.
8). The borders will be 'basically open' to all comers. Especially those from the
Middle East and  South America  .. 
9). Amnesty will be granted to all illegals now in the U.S regardless of status or even gang members (MS-13). 

10). The war in  Iraq  will be brought to an abrupt end and the results will be tragic and the consequences to our military will be devastating. 

I realize that my predictions may not sit too well with some people and the best we could all hope for is that I am totally wrong. Any bets? 

Jerry Molen 

If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone...

It's Time for Americans to Speak up

And if you really want to know who Obama is, watch Sean Hannity's 9pm Sunday night show. Here's the email I received to that end:

Hello Everyone:  Important Information!!

Sean Hannity, Of Hannity & Colmes ~ Fox News, Is Going To Air A Very Important Documentary About Barack Obama, Sunday Night At 9:00 Pm.  He Stated On The Air This Evening That No One In The News Media Was Willing To Do This.  Hannity Is Going Back To Obama's Earlier Days, Showing Even Then His Ties To Radical Professors, Friends, Spiritual Advisers, Etc., He Stated This Evening That He Will Show In Detail His Ties To Rev. Wright For 20+ Yrs (Which We All Know) How He Was  Participating With This Man, And Not For The Reasons He States!  He Has Uncovered More Of Obama's Radical Leaders And We Will See Things That No One In The Media Is Willing To Put Out There.  This Will Be A Night That You Will Know More About Obama Than Ever Before.  Hannity Is Very Passionate  About This Program And Asked That Everyone Please, Please Watch~~ Sunday Night, 9 Pm. 

Hannity Is Determined This  Information Be Put Out There Because As American's,  We Still Do Not Know About Obama!!  Wake Up 


!!  This Is Serious,Everyone.  I Know Most Of You Watch Fox News, And You Know Who You Are Voting For, But If 


Bet you didn't know this about Barack Obama - because he doesn't want you to!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Man, what this man won't do to become our President and the media is doing all they can to hide the truth. Just thought you'd appreciate reading this because this Obama character is very scary. Trying to hide his connection to Acorn, but the web reveals the truth. Kind of feels like Watergate all over again. OY!

Barack Obama's Involvement with ACORN Unearthed, Missing Article Recovered

A friend I respect sent me this and it's really entertaining. I did not write this, but am posting it here verbatim:

"Obama's Magic

Presto, change-o!


the Great Obama! The world's most gifted political magician! A thing of wonder. A thing of awe. Just watch him defy politics, economics, even gravity! (And hold your applause until the end, please.)
To kick off our show tonight, Mr. Obama will give 95% of American working families a tax cut, even though 40% of Americans today don't pay income taxes! How can our star enact such mathemagic? How can he "cut" zero? Abracadabra! It's called a "refundable tax credit." It involves the federal government taking money from those who do pay taxes, and writing checks to those who don't. Yes, yes, in the real world this is known as "welfare," but please try not to ruin the show.

Ken Fallin
For his next trick, the Great Obama will jumpstart the economy, and he'll do it by raising taxes on the very businesses that are today adrift in a financial tsunami! That will include all those among the top 1% of taxpayers who are in fact small-business owners, and the nation's biggest employers who currently pay some of the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world. Mr. Obama will, with a flick of his fingers, show them how to create more jobs with less money. It's simple, really. He has a wand.

Next up, Mr. Obama will re-regulate the economy, with no ill effects whatsoever! You may have heard that for the past 40 years most politicians believed deregulation was good for the U.S. economy. You might have even heard that much of today's financial mess tracks to loose money policy, or Fannie and Freddie excesses. Our magician will show the fault was instead with our failure to clamp down on innovation and risk-taking, and will fix this with new, all-encompassing rules. Presto!

Did someone in the audience just shout "Sarbanes Oxley?" Usher, can you remove that man? Thank you. Mr. Obama will now demonstrate how he gives Americans the "choice" of a "voluntary" government health plan, designed in such a way as to crowd out the private market and eliminate all other choice! Don't worry people: You won't have to join, until you do. Mr. Obama will follow this with a demonstration of how his plan will differ from our failing Medicare program. Oops, sorry, folks. The Great Obama just reminded me it is time for an intermission. Maybe we'll get to that marvel later.

We're back now. And just watch the Great Obama perform a feat never yet managed in all history. He will create that enormous new government health program, spend billions to transform our energy economy, provide financial assistance to former Soviet satellites, invest in infrastructure, increase education spending, provide job training assistance, and give 95% of Americans a tax (ahem) cut -- all without raising the deficit a single penny! And he'll do it in the middle of a financial crisis. And with falling tax revenues! Voila!

Moving along to a little ventriloquism. Study his mouth carefully, folks: It looks like he's saying "I'll stop the special interests," when in fact the words coming out are "Welcome to Washington, friends!" Wind and solar companies, ethanol makers, tort lawyers, unions, community organizers -- all are welcome to feed at the public trough and to request special favors. From now on "special interests" will only refer to universally despised, if utterly crucial, economic players. Say, oil companies. Hocus Pocus!

And for tonight's finale, the Great Obama will uphold America's "moral" obligation to "stop genocide" by abandoning Iraq! While teleported to the region, he will simultaneously convince Iranian leaders to peacefully abandon their nuclear pursuits (even as he does not sit down with them), fix Afghanistan with a strategy that does not resemble the Iraqi surge, and (drumroll!) pull Osama bin Laden out of his hat!


You can clap now. (Applause. Cheers.) We'd like to thank a few people in the audience. Namely, Republican presidential nominee John McCain, who has so admirably restrained himself from running up on stage to debunk any of these illusions and spoil everyone's fun.

We know he's in a bit of a box, having initially blamed today's financial crisis on corporate "greed," and thus made it that much harder to call for a corporate tax cut, or warn against excessive regulation. Still, there were some pretty big openings up here this evening, and he let them alone! We'd also like to thank Mr. McCain for keeping all the focus on himself these past weeks. It has helped the Great Obama to just get on with the show.

As for that show, we'd love to invite you all back for next week's performance, when the Great Obama will thrill with new, amazing exploits. He will respect your Second Amendment rights even as he regulates firearms! He will renegotiate Nafta, even as he supports free trade! He will . . ."

I'm also posting this from a friend I trust. VERY interesting, don't you agree? I don't know about you, but when you look at this doesn't the shine come off Obama a little more?

1.     From the media I learned Sarah Palin's husband has a DUI  conviction from 22 years ago. On my own I learned that Ted Kennedy (hero of last  week's tribute at the DNC) was drunk while driving a car off a bridge in Chappaquiddick. That same crash killed a young campaign volunteer with whom he was having  an affair. Oh, and that woman was pregnant with his child. 

Mr. Palin's (who is not running for office) DUI came a mere 4 years after Barack Obama (who is running for president) stopped using cocaine and marijuana (by his own admission in his autobiography).

 Shocking - it's OK for the presidential candidate to use drugs or the party patriarch to kill someone while driving drunk yet the husband of a VP candidate should be demonized for something done 22 years ago.

 2. From the media I learned that Sarah Palin's daughter is pregnant. On my own I learned that Joe Biden's (the other VP candidate) son  was paid a large amount of money as a consultant to credit card company MBNA.That same company had business before Senator Joe Biden concerning regulation of consumer credit practices. After the company paid a  hefty sum to Mr. Biden's son, he voted in favor of legislation o help that company. That same son, Hunter, is also engaged in a legal investigation and suit for defrauding a former business partner.

 Shocking - it's a crime for the republican VP candidate tohave a  child  who's pregnant even though it's irrelevant to how she performs her  job.  It's ok, however, for the democrat VP candidate while a senator to  vote in favor of a company who paid his son over a quarter of a million  dollars.

 3 . From the media I learned that Sarah Palin should be considered "selfish" for agreeing to run for VP knowing about her daughter's condition. Knowing that her public role would bring extra scrutiny  on the family is selfish and she should have declined to protect her child (actually heard this on ABC this weekend).

Strange - the same people who said Sarah is selfish for running for VP did not seem to care about any impact on Chelsea when Bill Clinton had his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. That was a private, personal matter you see.

 4. From the media I have learned to be "concerned" that Sarah Palin probably won't be able to manage her family and do an effective job  of being VP at the same time.

Funny - I never heard anything about Hillary's ability to support Chelsea while re-doing healthcare or any of the other feminist icons who say  you can balance work and family. They also never mention that Barack will have to balance time with his children while meeting with heads of  rogue nations or how Joe Biden's kids don't even have a mom and will be fighting for his time while he hosts white house coffee fundraisers and sells nights in the Lincoln bedroom.

 5. From the media I have learned that Sarah Palin is "too inexperienced"
 to be a heartbeat-away from the presidency. Apparently taking on corruption in your own party and running a state that's the same size people-wise as Delaware (hint hint: that's where Joe Biden is from) is not really experience.

 However, time spent as a "community organizer" and less than 180 days in
 the senate where you've authored no significant legislation is just  the type of "change" we're looking for from the top of the ticket.

 Funny - inexperience at the top of the ticket is a mantra for "change" and "hope" while strong practical everyday experience as the #2 is cause for concern.

 6. From the media I learned that Sarah Palin's husband once got a ticket  for fishing without a license.

I haven't heard much about the fact that if he were still a practicing attorney, the VP candidate Joe Biden would be dis-barred for plagiarism not once but multiple times.  It's ok to break the rules if you're a democrat candidate but not Ok if you are the spouse of a republican candidate.

 7. From the media I learned that Sarah Palin doesn't know much about Iraq; in fact we wonder if she even knows where it is. Sarah's son volunteered into the US military and is now deployed in Iraq. I guess that doesn't count. Sarah has spent more time with troops in Iraq (as commander of the  Alaska National Guard she visited Iraq last year) than Obama has even while running for president. In fact, when Sarah went to Iraq she spent time with the troops. When Obama went there, he skipped a base visit to instead go work out at the Ritz Carlton.

 8. From the media I learned that Sarah Palin is a "lightweight" and she better be a "quick study" to keep up with this team. Funny, nobody is talking about how, after Barack Obama had "visited  57 states" according to him he only had "5 more to go" or endless other stupid gaffes that expose who he really is.

 9. From the media I have learned that (gasp!), Sarah Palin's husband was once a registered member of a 3rd party that favored states' rights (man, this is really bad stuff).  That same media has been silent to the story that when Barack  Obama announced his first senate run, he did so in the home of William  Ayers.  

Mr. Ayers is an un-repentant terrorist convicted for bombing the Pentagon. This same Mr. Ayers said on 9/11 that he and his group did not do enough to harm our military and he wished he had done more. During the same time as that comment, he was serving on a board with Barack Obama. All notes and information about their serving together is now locked up by the corrupt Chicago machine and reporter access to those records are  being blocked by the Obama campaign.

If we've had any doubts about the bias of the media, it's pretty  clear now where they stand. Pass this on to some of your friends who are on the fence and who get all their information from Katie Couric, Wolf  Blitzer,Tom Brokaw and the gang. This is egregious and corrupt. The only way to stop it is to spread information using other outlets and make these  guys irrelevant.

































Today was just a happy, slappy, great day

By Joy A. Kennelly

Ever have days where everything feels great and life is great? Today was one of those for me. You never know how bad you feel until you feel so good.

Today was the first day that my neck and back pain wasn't the first thing on my mind and the one constant throughout the day. What a difference that makes! I forgot what it felt like to feel good.

Thanks to the handiwork of Manhattan Beach Chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Palmer, and his special active release techniques combined with traditional chiropractic care. Highly, highly, highly recommend his treatments.

It also might have something to do with all the work I completed yesterday too. I'll share more later, but for now, must get back to some of the finishing touches on other projects tonight. Can't wait to share!

I had fun being silly and carefree for the first time in a long time (even though the person to whom I was goofing around with didn't get it - oh well.) I am very happy right now.

Hope you are too!

Thought this was really beautiful and just had to share this non-partisan message

By Joy A. Kennelly

I know it's easy to get caught up in politics and think only man is in control of our country's well being. I happen to believe that God ultimately controls our destiny and lives which gives me a sense of peace over what will happen come election day.

Here's a little non-partisan message I received today that I thought was very pertinent to America and something we might all consider saying a little prayer for too. I have edited this version a little bit since so many international people read this blog, but otherwise I quote:

"From: Carol Bauer

As you know, my wife, Carol, prepares a prayer alert about once a month. We hope you will share Carol’s writing with your friends and fellow worshippers. Thank you for taking an interest in her monthly devotion. – Gary

Capital Prayer Alert

I deeply believe that 2008 is a watershed election that will define us as a people and our role in a world roiled by terrorist attacks in the name of religion and nuclear capabilities in the hands of unstable governments and madmen. With the election just days away we are compelled to pray for our country and the choices we will make. We are also compelled to act as men and women called to live out our faith in such a time as this.  Pray and Act. I encourage you to unleash the power of both prayer and action.


The current administration and Congress are drawing to a close.  Beyond our shores those who would do us harm may decide to gamble on the uncertainties of the campaign season and transition period to follow the election before a new president takes the oath of office.  Into that mix is added the volatility of the U.S. and world financial markets.

Pray that President Bush and congressional leaders would make decisions related to the safety of our country and the stability of its financial markets based on the long-term best interests of our nation.  Ask our Heavenly Father to grant wisdom and strength to our leaders as we approach the first turnover in an administration since 9/11.  Pray that President Bush may keep a steady hand and firm resolve as he prepares to transition out of office.

Pray for the presidential and vice presidential candidates over the remaining weeks of the campaign.  Ask God to keep them and their families safe as their grueling schedules play out.  Pray that upcoming debates would be a real opportunity to see their personal character, governing style and vision for America in a challenging world. 

Finally, pray for members of our Armed Forces, who have a job to do no matter what happens on the campaign front.  Ask our Heavenly Father to remove any obstacles to their casting absentee ballots.  Ask Him to keep them alert, focused and safe in a dangerous world.  Thank God for their service and commitment to our freedoms.


After praying we must act in our role as informed citizens.  The Lord has placed us just where He wants us, and we are called to live out a life not sequestered in prayer alone, but a life guided by prayer and played out among the friends and relatives, neighborhoods, churches and synagogues that are central to each of us.  To this end:

Be ready to discuss with others, who may just now be focusing on the campaign, whom you are voting for and why.  Explain the critical nature of this election, and remind them that our right to vote is precious and has cost us many lives over our country’s history.  Most importantly, a key to the electorate this year seems to be the personal relationships we have forged with others in our circle of contacts.  Television ads and direct mail may “set the table.”  But personal relationships, which can lead to healthy political discussions, are most important.

Lastly, VOTE. If you think you may be away on Election Day, request an absentee ballot.  Many states allow early voting before the election.  When in doubt, it’s better to vote early or by absentee than not to vote at all"

On a more serious note, Dear Mr. Obama video and others on the Obamas

By Joy A. Kennelly

I don't know if you've had a chance to watch this short video yet, but this one brought tears to my eyes. Watch it and tell me what you think:

Dear Mr. Obama

Michelle and Barack Obama INSULT America

This one is funny - just to break it up a little.

Obama on Abortion

Now, back to the serious issues.

SHOCKING Obama words: what he really thinks of white folks

Is this really someone we want representing and running our country?

Proof Obama Hates America with all his heart

Oh, and to close out the post with some fun. Read and enjoy! Please follow the instructions too ok?:)

There is less than 5 weeks until the election, an election that will decide the next President of the United States.The person elected will be the president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or the Republicans.

To show our solidarity as Americans, let's all get together and show each other our support for the candidate of our choice. It's time that we come together, Democrats and Republicans alike.

If you support the policies and character of John McCain, please drive with your headlights on during the day.
If you support Obama, please drive with your headlights off at night.

Thank you for your participation.

The Shore hosts Wine & Cheese tasting & Debate Viewing party

By Joy A. Kennelly

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is hosting a Wine & Cheese tastings for October and we're kicking it off with the Debates - non-partisan mind you.

Here's your invite:

You're invited to the first Wine & Cheese tasting for the month of October at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge. All month long on Tuesday evenings, we will be hosting wine & cheese tastings with 1/2 price bottles of wines all night long.

Since 10/7 falls on the Presidential debate we decided to throw it open to all our friends and create a non-partisan Debate viewing party too.

Join others interested in learning more and see what our Presidential candidates have to say in this non-partisan environment. All opinions, political persuasions welcome to this town hall viewing.

Nice conversating.

Must be 21 years to participate in wine tasting.

$10 for Wine & Cheese Tasting

$5, $6, $7 menu and Happy Hour till 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there! All are welcome.

Oh, and by the way, anyone else enjoy the TV show Chuck? I don't know what it is about cute nerdy guys - just love 'em!

Okay, back to promoting. Pigeon John is on Wednesday night at The Shore too. Enjoy!

Sarah Palin Rally at Carson Home Depot Center October 4, 2008

By Joy A. Kennelly

Here's the pix from the Palin Rally yesterday at the Carson Home Depot Center. That was a really fun day. Those were my people.:) Here's some protesters we encountered on our way in...

Protester6 Protesters-best
Now here's the mellow Republicans...
Country first signs Line Line3 Line5 Line with sales - best Mccain with kid Patriotic sales - best Pins2 Nobama Pin sales T-shirt against obama Sarahcuda Sales- good Sales4 Sales2 Sales3

Pin Sales5

Entryway More protesters. I really don't know what they thought they'd achieve by yelling at us, but it was pretty funny.

Angry protester2 

Angry protester

Me with protester 

Freedom of speech in action! I love it!


Security check We all had to go through security checkpoints to get in.

Sales at stadium Sales at stadium2

Palin power t-shirts  

Latina speaker

Ca loves sarah  

Country first

Crowd stands  

Mccain signs

Jon Voight spoke. He's also in An American Carol. Jon voight Jon voight2 

Jon voight best 

Bill jonesPress Feminist for palin

Former CEO of Ebay, Meg Whitman, spoke.

 Meg whitman2

Mom  My mom is sitting directly below the orange hat wearing guy on the far right. Appropriate, eh? Me & heidi Me and Heidi enjoyed the speeches from the platform floor. OY! I must stop eating so much!

Mandel & palin LA Chapter President of NOW, Shelly Mandel, spoke and introduced Sarah Palin saying, "This is what a feminist looks like." I just love that! Brave woman walking in as a Democrat to this Republican rally. I loved that she put aside her politics to support a woman.

Shelly mandel 


The media was set up all over. And now, without further ado, Sarah Palin!

Palin Palin2 

Palin with crowd 

Palin with crowd2 


Toupee Stadium

Manhattan Beach Home Town Fair 2008

By Joy A. Kennelly

Here's some fun pix from yesterday and a few I just love. The first one is a gift from my little nieces. Do they know their Auntie Joy, or what?

Girls art Doesn't this just warm your heart? My own little art lover diorama or whatever these things are called. I just love it. Made my whole day.

Football room Football room2 I just had to shoot this guy because this is the total guy's football haven. He said he has three daughters. I guess this is his escape. Isn't it a riot? You go guy! Happy football watching everyone!

911 memorial This is the entry way to the MB Home Town Fair. I got there early yesterday and shot these which is why there aren't many or any people in the way.:) Isn't this a total contrast to the Abbott Kinney Street Festival? Too fun. Total different vibe. Loved the artistry and art.

Check it out!

Aprons Art Art - cs Art socrates Buy art now Cowboys Photography  Baby clothes Carrie & me Carrie sommer Candy Clowns Dead dolls Flowers Garden Hats Jewelry Kelley Kotsches Love Love2 Me and palin Me at booth New recruits Registering to vote Vidal sign American spirit American symbols Opening parade Opening of parade with sign Parade Old timey car Usc babies Pottery Princess clothes Republican booth Republican booth2 Vote Signage with martha Republican booth3 Young guy with palin Republican sign  Trio of recruits

Pumpkins Happy Halloween everyone!

Palin Rally in Carson, Republican booth at the MB Home Town Fair

By Joy A. Kennelly

Yesterday was a double whammy Republican day for me which was a very interesting experience since I've never done anything like this before in my life. I have never been as political on a national level until now.

Ever since the Ladies Who Brunch ladies attacked me for my personal and political beliefs, which up until then I'd expressed politely and moderately, I've been invigorated and energized to express them more visibly and loudly.

I promised I would and I haven't backed down yet. I feel strangely liberated because I'm tired of not knowing politics and this race is fascinating.

As a result, although before I would never in a million years have ever wanted to "out" myself and publicly support the Republican party because there are many aspects I dislike and don't agree with, right now, the rabid Democrat politics I've seen lately where only one-side of the issues are expressed in the media, or allowed on professional sites and elsewhere, I feel if I don't speak up for what I do believe, I'm not being American.

I actually LOVED seeing the protesters as we were driving up to the Carson Home Depot Center. I LOVED seeing them as we entered the coliseum after waiting in line for 1/2 an hour. I LOVED seeing them inside the rally until they were asked to leave. I was laughing the entire time with glee because this is what America is all about! Freedom of speech! Wait till you see my pix.

And unlike the LA Times' coverage of the event, my version of "numerous" disturbances during the rally is actually only 3 disturbances of one or two people, not the big numbers they would lead you to believe. That's what I love about the LA Times reporters. They're so biased towards Obama it's funny.

Oh, and the other thing they got wrong was that it wasn't 8,000 attendees as they would have you believe. It was over 15,000 people. CBS even went so far as to say 20,000. There was standing room only and many people had to sit in the overflow area watching via video. I was fortunate to find a spot on the platform directly in front of the podium. Great pix which I'll upload later.

I get the LA Times news highlights as an email subscriber and was curious to see what coverage they'd have of Palin and McCain seeing as Palin was in our area. As expected, the majority of the stories are all about Obama, but it was nice to see a reference or two to Palin. Very few on McCain, but that's to be expected from this publication too.

Here's their stories which I'll follow immediately by the Daily Breeze which I must say, provided much better and much fairer coverage (seeing as I was there in person and can validate the difference.)

Sarah Palin claims Barack Obama would 'pal around with terrorists'

LA Times photo gallery

Palin faithful get early start at Carson rally

'The gloves come off'

Daily Breeze photo gallery

Don't you see the difference in reporting? That's what makes it fun to read a variety of pubs. You always hear or see something a little different.

I also found that during the brief time I sat at the Republican booth at the Manhattan Beach Home Town Fair.

You should have heard the people who said they'd registered to vote as Republicans and yet received Democrat ballots. Kind of makes you think there really is voting fraud going on after listening to so many people express that same sentiment.

And they say it's only Republicans doing this. Yeah right.

I loved asked the 60 year old plus former Democrat woman who has voted Democrat for 20 years why she was switching parties now when she registered with us. She said she was sick of what her party did to Hilary and didn't like the way they treated women in general.

Other people I met were just sick of all the taxation. I'm going to go back today I think because I really enjoy hearing what people have to say and getting a pulse from the ground on where the issues are that are trigger points for people. It's the journalist in me.

For some reason the Democrats didn't get their booth in to the fair this year and when one guy asked me where their booth was, I replied, "I don't know and I don't care." which kind of pissed him off. Sorry, but that's how I feel about it right now.

Why should I care? Many don't care about me. Only about expressing their opinions to the loss of all others opinions which I resent. Not all, but a lot I've met recently.

Oh dear, that's not a very Christian viewpoint now is it? I really need to go to church today. I have been reading my Bible again more regularly and am drinking my GoChi Juice again to calm down which I think is helping. Do you? LOL

I actually think this whole political landscape is funny. I couldn't stop laughing at the protesters yesterday because I just loved how passionate they were. I jumped in front a bunch of them to have my picture taken because to me that's what America is all about - Freedom of expression. Freedom of speech. And just plain freedom!

Palin even commented when one of the protesters interrupted her, that that's what her son is fighting to defend overseas right now. That person's rights. Amen Sister. Preach it!

That's why I dislike Micheal Moore so much. For him to say that Cuba is so far superior to us, why then do so many people try to escape here? Why are our borders such an issue? Why do so many people move here from other countries? That's what I just don't get about people who don't love America's freedoms.

Maybe those who hate living here so much should go live in a foreign country for awhile to value what they take for granted here. I've lived in Africa, traveled throughout South America and Europe and I still love America the best. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world.

Democrats and all. Just kidding.:)

Back to the rally. I loved hearing Ebay CEO Meg Whitman speak out in favor of Palin during the rally. I loved hearing Jon Voight speak out in favor of her too. No wonder Angelina doesn't speak to him though.:) He took digs at the negative media efforts to smear Palin which everyone booed at. I looked around at the media to see how they were dealing. I have pix of their expressions too. Too funny.

What I especially loved hearing was Shelly Mandel, the current President of the LA Chapter of NOW, speak out in favor of Sarah Palin. That was thrilling. I bet you didn't know she did that did you? Kind of shocking maybe? Or, to be expected simply by virtue she's going to vote gender?

I don't know. That woman has voted Democrat for years and years. It was extremely brave of her to speak before a Republican rally and share how she'd supported Democrats for so long. I loved hearing her say that she believes Palin will help give women equal pay, equal rights and promote our issues.

I loved that she was willing to put aside her difference in opinion re: Palin's view of abortion to embrace the wider issues of our gender - equality. I loved that she was willing to stick her neck out to support a woman she would normally be diametrically opposed to.

That's guts. That's being a true woman in my mind. Sticking up for what you believe in despite detractors. Being able to see the bigger picture. Going for the common good over your own personal agenda.

Both women were so inspiring to me. Hearing Palin speak was inspiring too. I need to investigate the terrorist relationship that Obama might have more, but otherwise I loved her speech.

So did everyone else there. You should have seen the signs and cheers. There were all ages, all races, all genders. It was thrilling. I loved seeing all the t-shirts, buttons, signs, etc that people were selling too.

You'll see some when I upload my pix. I promise.

Did you happen to catch a 70 plus year old little woman wearing blue and a McCain/Palin button on channel 11 last night? If so, that was my little mom I pimped to the TV stations.:) The reporter said he was looking for a variety of opinions and being the publicist that I am, I thought my mom's viewpoint would be interesting.

I was so tired by the time I came home last night it was all I could do to stay away till 7pm. I think eating a grilled cheese sandwich had something to do with my falling asleep so early too because I recently read that dairy makes women especially sleep. Sure has worked for me.

However, waking up at 3:30am doesn't help now though. I just couldn't lie in bed tossing and turning because I wanted to share these thoughts with you while they were still fresh. Now that's it 5:30am maybe I'll be able to go back to sleep for a bit.

In any case, thanks for stopping by. I know we may not all agree on everything, but please realize I do value you as a person first and foremost. You are completely allowed to disagree with me and most will. However, this being America, we are all allowed to have and express our own opinions which I'm choosing to do here.

If it bugs you too much, don't read any more!:) But allow me the right to think differently as I do you.

That's all for now. Have a good one! Don't forget to vote! Vote for the candidate of your choice, but VOTE!

Onto something a little more fun Domi & me out on the town - finally, right?

By Joy A. Kennelly

What I've been loving about being more vocal about my political beliefs is that it's sussing others out who normally don't say anything either. One friend teasingly (I hope she was teasing!) said she almost defriended me on Facebook when she saw who I was stumping for.

Then she said she thought most publicists were Dems to which I replied, if I only publicized things I personally agreed with life would be very boring and it's a very short-sighted way of doing business.

Another friend expressed concern that I might lose business over being so vocal. Maybe so. However, I don't mind, to be honest. If someone only doesn't want to work with me because of my politics then there's probably other reasons I wouldn't want to represent them either. If people are more evolved than just their politics, then I'm happy to work together.

Take my current Celebrity client, Domiziano Arcangeli, for instance. We're about as diametrically opposed on numerous political and moral issuse as you can get, but we respect and understand each other and appreciate those differences while learning from each other.

Same with many of my other liberal friends whom I deeply love and care about.

Just because someone disagrees with me is no reason not to be friends! That's what makes life interesting! I learn from them and they (sometimes) learn from me.:) If all we focused on were our differences then maybe we wouldn't be friends for as long as we have been, but we have so many other things in common above and beyond politics and religion it makes our friendships/relationships richer and deeper.

I LOVE hearing about the Jewish practices my friend Shana shares with me. I love it. I also love hearing people's opinions about the debate, this race, and race, gender issues in general. I think there's room in this world for all kinds of beliefs and experiences. I also believe we're all allowed to have our own opinions and express them which I will do until the day I die and support everyone else to do so too.

Apparently I'm not the only one to think so either according to this recent NY Times article entitled, Talking Politics in the Office by Journalist Lisa Belkin. Heres an excerpt I especially like which I hope I have followed, but know I probably haven't all the time.

"Jamie and Maren Showkeir, consultants specializing in workplace culture, and the authors of the book “Authentic Conversations: Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment,” have some tips on what to avoid when engaging in political conversation in the office: don’t assume your co-workers share your political views and opinions; don’t abuse your power or position, avoid making politics personal; discuss rather than debate; and try to find common ground."

I do like intelligent discussions, but being battered by someone doesn't feel good. If you have felt battered by me. I'm sorry. Now that I'm more cognizant of this fact I will try to be more balanced. However, I have to admit I did send that girl from my earlier post who sent me 12 pro-Obama newsletters a big fat email with my personal opinions from recent blogs which tipped her over the edge.

I don't mind though because now she's stopped bugging me. LOL Couldn't help myself. :) Last time though I promise. (Unless she pisses me off again.)

In any case, here's some fun pix from the other night's red carpet event up at Les Deux (sp?) in Hollywood against child pornography which was a lot of fun even though it's a very serious subject.

Really helped clear the brain to have some fun and discuss something other than politics. My client Domiziano Arcangeli was interviewed because his art house Italian film, House of Flesh Mannequins, directly relates to this issue.

(The trailer is really gory, sexual and gross because it's a horror so be warned. Very artistic though.:) It's definitely causing a stir in Italy with the Catholic Church. Domi and I laugh all the time that I'm involved with him because of this. Oh well. What can I say? I try to be open-minded about repping artists. However, it's not a film I'll be watching any time soon. He knows it too. We're cool.)

Here's a little behind-the-scenes of what goes on at red carpet events in case you ever wondered.

Vip check-in Domi & interviewer Domi & camera 2nd interview 2nd interview4 Behind the scenes Domi back interview2 Me & dom Happy domi D & j Domi bumped into his Actor friend, Jeffrey James Lippold, who had been in the Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf film with him. We all had fun hanging out together. Isn't he a cutie patootie? Uh oh, I think I'm being a cougar right now. Better pull my claws back in. :)

Jeffrey Mad dom Me & g Domi's Italian friend, Giovanni, came along to keep us company too. He doesn't speak much English, but enjoys hanging out with us because we're always laughing and joking around.
Possessed d & j Wouldn't this picture make you LOL? That's what I mean. We always goof around taking pix like Japanese tourists. Sometimes Domi has to tell me to put the camera away because it's too much.:)

Trio Trio2 We sure had fun that night. Ready for the next event! Have a good one.

Oh, because I've been so consumed with politics I haven't shared the latest and the greatest regarding Free Life International! We just launched a healthy energy drink called Chi3 Energy. You can buy some at my site: It's less expensive than buying the straight GoChi Juice and has an ounce of GoChi in it too.

I recommend taking it early in the day though because I was going till 3am the couple of times I drank it. I never crashed which was nice. Just would like to get to sleep earlier!:) Here's a new website designed to answer your questions about the product called:

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Okay, that's all for now. Back to my regularly scheduled day. Just felt like lightening the mood a bit. My back is feeling much better thanks to the great care of my Chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Palmer. He employs active release techniques in addition to traditional chiropractic treatments and it's been working wonders!

I can't wait till I can start wearing heels again, but now I can sit on a wood chair without much pain; I can drive farther and not experience the excruciating neck pain that has been debilitating; I'm sleeping better; my TMJ is improving too.

Helps that I've also been drinking my GoChi Juice again. Great anti-inflammatory. Highly recommend it!

Have a great weekend! Let me know if you want to try some Chi3! I sell it independently, or you can buy it off my website: Thanks.

Couple of things - Palin/Biden debate, comic, Catholic vote

By Joy A. Kennelly

This morning a comic took it upon herself to send me her comedic rendition of Sarah Palin and her pro-life stance and the boast that her youtube video has been seen by 200k. Well, Ms. Comic, just thought you'd like to know that the Catholic church is getting into politics too and there's a little video they cooked up on life that 67 million people have received. Bet you didn't realize there were that many Catholics did you? I sure didn't!

Now I'm not Catholic, but I like what they're doing and wish the Christian churches would wake up to their responsibilities to defend unborn children too. I've heard numerous celebrities and others throw around the statement that Palin is proposing people have 19 children rather than abortion.

Look at it the other way - how many abortions is it going to take before the woman having them realize that they need to have their tubes tied if they're too stupid to pursue other types of contraception? 

I know someone who had 13 abortions and now that she has a baby girl, regrets every one of them. I'm sure there's others who've had more. They weren't raped by their fathers, they weren't raped at all actually, just careless with birth control. Those are the women I want to think about what they're doing and why I feel this issue needs to be addressed now, not later.

I would still LOVE to see the statistics of women who choose abortion who are raped vs. those who think it's the alternative to birth control. I'm sure the numbers aren't near the same which is why that argument is flawed.

Enough of me though. This is what my friend sent me:

Take a look and see what the Catholics have done to encourage their 67 million people on election day.. They don't  tell them how to vote but they sure do get their message across. 

Click  here:

This is the newsletter the Catholic vote sent out too which I also really like. If you're for the other side politically, try to be open-minded enough to read something you might not agree with because this group really is even tempered about this whole election which I respect. They don't tell you how to vote, but offer their insights. I really like it.

"Tonight's VP debate has everybody talking. Alaska Governor and hockey mom Sarah Palin will face off against Senator Joe Biden, who often talks about his Catholic roots in Scranton, PA.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania's "Electric City" will be buzzing this weekend.

Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino has ordered all parishes in Scranton to read his pastoral letter on abortion in substitute for the homily at all Masses this Sunday. (WHY CAN'T CHRISTIAN CHURCHES BE AS BOLD?)

Martino’s letter will ask Catholics to consider the profound importance of protecting innocent human life.  His letter directly addresses the most common arguments used to justify support for pro-abortion political candidates.

Martino wrote, “It is a tragic irony that “pro-choice” candidates have come to support homicide – the gravest injustice a society can tolerate – in the name of ‘social justice.’”

His letter continues: “Being “right” on taxes, education, health care, immigration, and the economy fails to make up for the error of disregarding the value of a human life.”

Bishop Martino is right. Too often today we’re given sham reasons for not protecting innocent human life. There are many important issues, from health care to the economy, but what’s more important than your life?  This is the message of our film at – some issues are foundational – beginning with the right to life!

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Another argument used against the pro-life cause is the War in Iraq. Bishop Martino tackled question that head on.
“Even the Church’s just war theory has moral force because it is grounded in the principle that innocent human life must be protected and defended. Now, a person may, in good faith, misapply just war criteria leading him to mistakenly believe that an unjust war is just, but he or she still knows that innocent human life may not be harmed on purpose. A person who supports permissive abortion laws, however, rejects the truth that innocent human life may never be destroyed,” the Bishop of Scranton wrote.

We applaud Bishop Martino for his courageous and timely reminder that legal abortion represents a ‘profound moral failure.’ The time has come to place abortion along side slavery and child labor as sad chapters of our past. At 67 million strong, Catholics have the power to end abortion and build a more peaceful and just society.

We hope the issue of life makes it into the debate. The issue deserves some serious attention, and the American people deserve to know exactly where the candidates stand.  As Bishop Martino says at the opening of his letter, “this October, our efforts have more significance than ever.”

Thank you for your prayers and financial support.

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Oh, and I'd love to hear what people think about this issue too because this really scares me and even more so, because this could be true:


Roger Trew1:05PM  Sep 25th 2008
Dr. Jack Wheeler Regarding Obama

Jack Wheeler is a brilliant man who was the author of Reagan's strategy to break the back of the Soviet Union with the star wars race and expose their inner weakness. For years he wrote a weekly intelligence update that was extremely interesting and well structured and informed. He consults(ed) with several mega corporations on global trends and the future, etc. I think he is in semi-retirement now. He is a true patriot with a no-nonsense approach to everything.

Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler

The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.

He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya . Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.

What he isn't, not a genetic drop of, is 'African-American,' the descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships. He hasn't a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it.

Let that sink in: Obama is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners.
Therefore, he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.

It's something Hillary doesn't understand - how some complete neophyte came out of the
blue and stole the Democratic nomination from her. Obamamania is beyond politics and
reason. It is a true religious cult, whose adherents reject Christianity yet still believe in
Original Sin, transferring it from the evil of being human to the evil of being white.

Thus, Obama has become the white liberals' Christ, offering absolution from the Sin of Being White.
There is no reason or logic behind it, no faults or flaws of his can diminish it, no arguments Hillary
could make of any kind can be effective against it. The absurdity of Hypocrisy Clothed In Human Flesh
being their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to worship him: Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because it is absurd.

Thank heavens the voting majority of Americans remain Christian and are in no desperate need of a phony savior.

His candidacy is ridiculous and should not be taken seriously by any FREE thinking American.

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