Since May 2, 2003
Pictures of the Iowa flood, Iowa City.
I cannot express my pride in the behavior of Iowans and the Univ of Iowa students in the face of this challenge. I'm a new Iowan, and despite the sometimes trying weather, I never doubted my decision to move here.
I suppose I am going from the frying pan into the fire, as far as most FReepers are concerned. In a past life, I practiced law. Recently I earned my Ph.D. and am a new professor at a Big 10 university in the midwest. To all of those who think they are too old or in the wrong field, or whatever, it is never too late to pursue your dreams. I went into law because of my parents. Now in middle age, I am doing what I want to do and it is like a dream come true. I loved every minute of grad school and hope I will love being a professor just as much. I don't see a need to bring politics in to my classes (except when I teach information & tech policy), but I am not going to hide my beliefs either, so I hope to be a role model, or at least a safe haven, for conservative students.
Politically, Im probably a small l libertarian. I struggle with concepts of society vs. the sometimes cold-heartedness of the strict libertarian. Basically, I just want the government to leave my guns and me alone, to stop taxing and regulating me to death, and to recognize my God-given right to make my own choices in life. Libertarianism gets me there, Im just not sure that the Libertarian there is where I want to be. So, I pull the R lever and hope for the best.
How I got here is your typical story college kid with my own copy of Maos Little Red Book, socialist, democrat (is there a difference anymore?), self employed, saw the light, heard Rush, blinded by the light, and have been right ever since. Fortunately, my own little young skull full of mush has been listening to Libertarian and right wing talk radio since he was a kid, so I never had to deal with a little liberal in my own house. Thank you, Lord. It was he who introduced me to Free Republic.
Laura Bush, Librarian.
At the age of 53, my first car!
I keep this picture around because on this same day, while Kerry was destroying the lives of brave American servicement, my husband was in VietNam, fighting in the jungle. I cannot express the depths of my loathing for this poor excuse of a human being. I will just say that not all who were mortaly wounded in VN died there. We can thank scum like Kerry for helping to destroy the lives of many servicemen upon their return home by making it hard to get jobs (no one wanted to hire those babykilling vets), by not taking their mental stresses seriously, and by denigrating their service at every available opportunity.