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Saturday, October 21, 2006
Early Voting Begins Monday Oct 23rd
Please Vote - early voting begins Monday Oct 23rd! Arkansas Voter Guide State & Federal Offices: Governor - Asa Hutchinson Lt. Governor - Jim Holt Attorney General - Gunner Delay Secretary of State- Jim Lagrone Treasurer - Chris Morris U.S. Congress District 1 - Mickey "Stubby" Stumbaugh U.S. Congress District 2 - Andy Mayberry U.S. Congress District 3 - John Boozman U.S. Congress District 4 - Joe Ross
An Arkansas Democrat Gazette editorial blasts Beebe for his opportunistic attacks on Asa?s service in a recent negative attack ad that the ADG calls "low," "sleazy," and "illogical": "Few more telling tests of character have ever been devised than an American political campaign. Mike Beebe may have failed that test when he okayed this low commercial, but that was just par for the low political course. Which Mike Beebe are we supposed to believe, ... Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?" the editorial notes. Read More
Bill Halter who is the candidate for Lt. Governor opposing Senator Jim Holt. The website www.WhoIsBillHalter.com documents Bill Halters connection to pornography and online gambling industry with links to newspaper articles and press releases documents.Bill Halter sat on the Board of a company (Akamai Technologies) that secretly piped porn touted as the "Web's youngest teen girls" in sex acts into several universities and high schools.All Arkansas voters have both the need and a right to this information before they vote.
Vic Snyder was 1 of only 2 members in the U.S. House of Representatives to vote NOT to prosecute Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi officials who are responsible for crimes against humanity. H. Con. Res. 137 passed by a vote of 396 to 2.
The NRA gave Andy Mayberry an "A" rating.The NRA gave Vic Snyder an "F" rating,
Democrat Leadership Calls Black GOP Candidates "Slavish" & "Token"
U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said that black Senate candidate (Maryland Lt. Gov.) Michael Steele acts "slavishly" in supporting the Republican Party. In addition, four years ago, Hoyer called Steele a "token" candidate. Hoyer this week gave an "insincere" apology by saying that "no offense was intended in his remarks. I should not have used those words." Hoyer's apology continued to criticize Steele politically: "If Mr. Steele did in fact take offense, let me assure him that none was intended," Hoyer said. "But Mr. Steele continuously tries to divert attention from the fact that he is an unwavering supporter of the Republican agenda ..."
Republicans like Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, former Sec. of State General Colin Powell and Sec. of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice rebuff these insults and continue to win the hearts of voters. In Arkansas, the Republican Party is reaching out to our fellow black citizens. It was the Republican party that came into existence to fight for the emancipation of black Americans from slavery. It was Democrat party officials who kept blacks from voting in the South. Blacks in Arkansas have voted Democrat in the past primarily because the State was a one-party system. Expect this to change because Republican beliefs and values align with the traditional values of black voters.
Arkansas Gov. Huckabee's staff member Chris Morris has been getting the word out to the black community. Chis is the 2006 Republican candidate for Arkansas State Treasurer. He needs your support. Vote for Chris Morris!
Same-sex Marriage supporters, foes continue on collision course
Even though 46 states have passed amendments or statutes defining marriage as solely a relationship between a man and a woman, Alliance for Marriage founder Matt Daniels is wary. Daniels knows the decision of only one judge could undermine the pronouncements of 20 voter-approved state amendments and 26 state legislatures protecting traditional matrimony.
It almost happened in July. The Washington State Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the state's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act limiting marriage to one man and one woman. But an imminent breakthrough is possible in any of half a dozen other states where homosexual marriage activists have argued their cause before the highest courts. By a 4-3 vote, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 2003 determined that same-sex couples have a fundamental, constitutional right to marry. But the law there restricts such marriages just to Bay State residents.
"The forces that are behind these lawsuits are absolutely committed to impose this on our nation through the courts," says Daniels. "They eventually will succeed in more states than Massachusetts." The national battle will become more intense. Many media, business and education forces have lined up against the amendment. Yet in every state where a ballot referendum has occurred, traditional marriage has triumphed, frequently by lopsided tallies.
"We are inevitably going to have a national standard with respect to marriage," Daniels predicts. "Marriage is too fundamental a social institution to have radically different definitions in different states." Another reason a federal constitutional amendment is necessary is the full faith and credit clause in Article 4 of the U.S. Constitution. A ruling allowing homosexual marriage in one state could invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress a decade ago. Read More
Election Day gives us a choice to give our values wings and voice. It's spending time to pay respect to what makes freedom ring. When we neglect our treasured right, we fail to leverage godly might. When we forget or just don't vote, we leech off liberty. Yes, voting is like paying dues. We mark our ballots and we choose. And in the process we invest in funding freedom?s cost. Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos Presidential Prayer Team
Polls Show Immigration Definitely an Election Issue
On 10/17/06, the population of the United States topped 300 million, joining China and India as the only nations on the planet to reach that plateau. That's according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. In 1970, immigrants constituted less than 5% of the U.S. population -- but that has changed dramatically. Per Carl Haub, Population Reference Bureau, over half of U.S. population growth today comes from immigration and then the children of immigrants, the births they have after they arrive. The biggest change appears to be the growth in the country's Hispanic population. In the 1970 census, there were only 9.6 million Hispanics living in the U.S. The estimated number today is roughly 43 million.
Center for Immigration Studies Poll results:
Voters are less likely to vote for candidates who favor increasing legal immigration.
Voters prefer the House version of immigration legislation over that put forth by the Senate.
Poll indicates that 44 percent of voters prefer across-the-board enforcement of current immigration laws, which happens to be the basis of the House bill; another 20% prefer large-scale deportations.
Three-fourths of those polled blamed "grossly inadequate" enforcement efforts in the past for the illegal immigration problem in the U.S. Voters strongly reject the argument that illegal immigration is caused by overly restrictive legal immigration policies.
A strong majorities of Americans want immigration laws enforced and illegal immigrants to go home. And one of the strongest findings, it adds, is that voters "overwhelmingly" oppose increases in legal immigration like that found in the Senate bill passed earlier this year. Read More
Beebe Era - More Taxes! More Pork for Politicians!
Columnist Paul Greenberg of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette identifies what a Mike Beebe Era if elected Governor would look like: "To judge by his long, long record in the state Senate and his vagueness in this campaign, a Beebe administration would mean higher taxes for the people and more pork for the politicians. But always served up with articulate excuses."Read More
LITTLE ROCK - Democratic attorney general nominee Dustin McDaniel said Monday he supports the state's ban on gay marriage but said Arkansas couples who cannot marry should be allowed to enter civil unions. "If two people want to go into a relationship where they can co-own a home or share medical records with one another, get to see each other in the hospital, those kinds of things, I think the law should protect those rights," McDaniel said. Read AP Interview
Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts, the only state where gay marriage is legal, said in a broadcast to religious conservatives. "The price of same-sex marriage is paid by the children," the governor said. "The child's development is enhanced by the nurturing of parents of both genders. Every child deserves a mother and a father." He also said churches are being denied the right to religious freedom, citing Catholic Charities' decision to drop its adoption program because it was legally required to consider gay couples. Read MoreLet's pray the our Governor does the same. Note the difference in the current positions of the candidates for Governor.
GUEST EDITORIAL: While traveleing and listening to the Canadian Broadcasting Company, we learned that all the provinces of Canada had now adopted Homosexual Marriage and redefined marriage as between two human beings. The commentator seemed awfully glad, even smug, about the decisions. We were deeply saddened.
Something very serious has happened to Western Civilization over the past 50 years or so. We seem to have given up the ideas of disgust and perversion; erased them. Due to political correctness, we now simply disregard anything two consenting adults do in private, regardless. Soon, we'll be disregarding any sexual behaviors at all, even when they involve children, as being only the partner's personal business. The idea that one person's actions just might constitute a violation or desecration of another person's body , even when the other person consents, has almost slipped from our collective ideas of morality and legality.
Someday soon, there may no longer be any age limit on sex acts with children. Certainly, the day is coming when law suits will require judges set lower limits for the age of consent. The Man-Boy Love Association has been trying for years to legalize pre-pubescent sex with children. Internet Pornography featuring both adults and children feeds on adult perversion and it is so pervasive, the legal system cannot deal with it.
Oh sure, no matter how polymorphusly perverse any person might be, they still will find some acts and desires that disgust them, at least somewhat. If they have retained any capacity for love, they will recognize that the body of another whom he desires is not an object merely to be used and discarded but a subject to be venerated. They'll recognize there is such a thing in sexual conduct and desire that amounts to desecration though that term is normally used in conjunction with others such as modesty, decency, and morality, terms many prefer to ignore. Even pornographers recognize that there is more to sexual morality than mere consent.
But our ideas of disgust over sexual immorality are nearly gone. A recent president had sex with a young intern in the Oval Office (mis-using his powers for mere moments of sexual pleasure) but there was little outrage expressed within the nation. In fact, his own political party defended him with the mantra, ?Everyone does it.? implying (falsely) that every president had his little fling and it was no big thing. Forgotten was the age and vulnerability of the girl, that president's past sexual escapades, and the indignity of the act made public. Lately, he defended himself in a book by saying the reason he did it was because he could. And he has come to personify a complete political party of millions.
The sexual revolution tried to sweep away all "irrational" barriers, prejudices, repressions, and taboos. In fact, it is "repression" that has become identified as the only true sin. The advocates of liberation have persuaded us that the only sins are those against pleasure. Christians are scoffed at because they still preach against Biblical Sins.
We must define what is legally perverse or we will eventually lose all sense of morality. We must be able to define what is normal, natural desire and what is abnormal and deviant. We cannot rely on consent alone. Otherwise we will eventually lose our ability to define rape, pedophilia, and masochism that victimizes our children and other innocents.
Marriage has always been treated as a sacrament whereby two people consecrate their lives not just to each other but to the family that will spring from them. Thus, marriage is not the mere rubber stamping of sexual consent! It marks the point when concerns move away from the present self to future generations, when parties renounce other sexual license and mere self gratification, and become the benefactors of other's futures. To treat marriage as mere conjunctive consent is to jeopardize not only the future of our yet unborn children but also our nation, indeed, even Western Christian civilization as we know it. [PL Booth 07/16/04]
Final Debate Reveals Clear Contrasts Between Asa and Beebe
GOP Candidate Lays Out Differences On Immigration, Gay Foster Care, and Other Issues
Asa Hutchinson, the 2006 Republican nominee for Governor, said tonight that there are clear contrasts between him and his opponent when it comes to showing leadership and laying out clear plans for the future of Arkansas. Hutchinson and Beebe squared off tonight (10/17) in Little Rock for the third and final debate in the Governor's race. Questions focused on a wide range of issues, including education, health care, the use of the Governor?s clemency powers and fighting illegal immigration and drugs.
In his opening statement, Hutchinson noted that Beebe has attacked his record of service at the Department of Homeland Security in recent television ads and defended his service at the national level. "I believe that public service is not about taking the easy path, but about taking on the hard missions of life," Hutchinson said. ?He has attacked my national service. That's fine - leaders understand that goes with the turf. I've been in the arena, not on the sidelines."
Hutchinson addressed the problem of illegal immigration in Arkansas and discussed his four-point plan for giving the state a stronger role in fighting illegal immigration by training state police to enforce the law, cracking down on hiring of illegals and cracking down on document fraud. Beebe criticized Hutchinson's plan, arguing that "the bulk of the responsibility" for immigration enforcement is on the federal government. "What you have just heard is no solution," Hutchinson said of Beebe?s response. "He has not offered a plan. I have presented a specific plan. It is matter of leadership. I think leadership is about solutions and not casting blame." Hutchinson was blunt in his assessment of Beebe?s stance. "You don't understand immigration enforcement at all," Hutchinson said. "Don't mischaracterize it, misrepresent it, or make light of a solution when you offer no solution to this problem."
Hutchinson also criticized Beebe's plans for fighting meth as incomplete after Beebe noted that as Attorney General, he supported legislation to move cold tablets, a common ingredient in meth, behind sales counters. Hutchinson noted the vast majority of meth - 70 percent - comes from outside Arkansas borders. "Mr. Beebe has just presented a 30 percent solution," Hutchinson said. "He has no solution that he has addressed for the 70 percent of the problem. I have addressed that" through proposals to create an Arkansas Bureau of Drug Enforcement and expand drug treatment courts in Arkansas to get non-violent offenders off drugs and back into the workforce.
Hutchinson also noted that Beebe "dropped the ball" in failing to step up to defend Arkansas values when the ACLU challenged a state agency?s ban on gay foster care. "He refused to step in" to defend the state in the case, Hutchinson said. "I believe that is dropping the ball."
In a question about divorce rates, the candidates debated the issue of covenant marriage, with Hutchinson calling the arrangement an excellent program for strengthening marriage in Arkansas. He emphasized the value of covenant marriage for young couples. "It helps send a signal to our young people that marriage is serious," Hutchinson said. "It's a way for couples to reinforce their vows." Hutchinson noted that, as a state Senator, Beebe voted against the covenant marriage act, and said that Beebe was wrong to have done so.
The candidates were also asked about how they would use the Governor's clemency powers for convicted felons, and Hutchinson emphasized that these powers should be used sparingly, with deference to the jury system and with full notification of crime victims and law enforcement. "I've been a federal prosecutor. I've put people in jail, I've prosecuted terrorists, I understand what it is for a jury to agonize over a life and death decision," Hutchinson said. "I've heard confessions in the courtroom. And I say, "God will forgive you, but there is accountability, and that is our system of justice."
Class action lawsuit against Tyson for hiring illegal aliens
A federal judge granted class action status to a lawsuit that contends Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer, depressed wages by hiring illegal immigrants at eight plants: Shelbyville; Corydon, In.; Gadsden, Al., Blountsville, Al., Ashland, Al.; Sedalia, Mo.; Center, Tx and Glen Allen, Va.The lawsuit contends the company violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by knowingly hiring illegal immigrants who were willing to work for wages below those acceptable to Americans. The lawsuit says Tyson relied on a network of recruiters and temporary employment agencies that brought illegal workers into the United States and supplied them with false identification. Read More
Holt-DeLay Team Up to talk about "Illegal Immigration"
Jim Holt, candidate for Lt. Governor, and Gunner Delay, candidate for Attorney General, teamed up for a fly-in tour to major cities in Arkansas on Monday and Tuesady to speak with the public about illegal alien problem in Arkansas and what are the actions should be done to curbe this serious problem. The majority of Arkansans are tired of people telling us we have to accept 12 million illegal aliens. So far state democrat candidates are supporting illegal aliensor stating they can't do anthing because it is a Federal problem. Only the GOP state candidates are laying out actions that Arkansas official can take to address this problem. Go Jim and Gunner - continue to speak for all of us on this issue!
Asa Hutchinson understands that Arkansas' future depends on its educational system. He has announced a detailed education policy that will ensure our children receive a World-Class Education. This proposal includes: (1) creating a Teacher Support Program - Teachers' Ongoing Opportunities and Learning Support; (2) Encouraging and promoting parental involvement by creating a First Teachers Foundation; (3) Promoting public school innovation by expanding public charter school opportunities (4) Preserving education opportunities in rural schools and the delta; and (5) Improving access to voluntary pre-k education programs.
However, since Mike Beebe has no plan, he released an untruthful attack ad on Asa's education record.So let's consider the real facts on what Asa has done to support education as a U.S. Congressman for Arkansas:
In 1998, representing Arkansas in the U.S. Congress, Asa Hutchinson voted for the Head Start Reauthorization (Roll Call). The reauthorization increased the amount of new appropriations that must be used for quality improvement activities until FY 2003.
Federal appropriations for Head Start substantially increased during Asa's tenure in Congress: 1998 - $4.347; 1999 - $4.658; 2000 -$5.267; 2001 - $6.200 billion.
U.S .Congressman Asa Hutchinson cosponsored House Resolution 139 that expressed the sense of the House of Representatives that the Department of Education, States, and local education agencies should spend a greater percentage of Federal education tax dollars in our children's classrooms (Dollars to the Classroom).
U.S. Congressman Asa Hutchinson supported the 1999 Omnibus Bill that included direct funding of $1.2 billion for emergency school renovation and repair (P.L. 106-554).
U.S. Congressman Asa Hutchinson voted yes on the original NoChild Left Behind bill, which increased education funding 27%. However, he did not get to vote on the final bill and subsequent appropriation because he left Congress to become the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) where he worked to protect our children and the rest of the public from illegal drugs.
So about Mike Beebe's record:
While Mike Beebe was a leader in the Arkansas Senate: the State of Arkansas was involved in two lawsuits over inadequate education. This was a culmination of his failed leadership while in the Senate since 1982 to prevent these lawsuits from having merit by asuring that Arkansas' children were provided an adequate education.
While representing the State as Attorney General, Mike Beebe lost the State's appeal in an education lawsuit.
Amid widespread panic in the Republican establishment about the coming midterm elections, there are two people whose confidence about GOP prospects strikes even their closest allies as almost inexplicably upbeat: President Bush and his top political adviser, Karl Rove. ... To Rove and the small cadre of operatives who have been at his side throughout the administration -- including Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman and White House political director Sara Taylor -- confidence flows from a conviction that a political operation that has produced three consecutive national victories is capable of one more, despite voter disaffection with Iraq and GOP scandals in Washington. [Michael Abramowitz, 10/15/06 Washington Post]
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