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is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Illegal aliens murder 12 Americans daily
Death toll in 2006 far overshadows total, WorldNetDaily.com : Nov 28 , 2006 -- by Joseph Farah: Twelve Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. If those numbers are correct, it translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That's 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001. Total U.S. troop deaths in Iraq as of last week were reported at 2,863. Total U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan during the five years of the Afghan campaign are currently at 289, according to the Department of Defense. Read More
Responding to an open letter defending Pastor Rick Warren by a group called Faithful Democrats, the National Clergy Council said it was "saddened that the signers who name themselves as Christians choose to use political labels to divide the Body of Christ." The National Clergy Council said "We reject the attempt to stereotype our members as 'right-wing... Among us are Democrats, independents, Republicans, constitutionalists and those who claim no political affiliation at all."
The criticism of Warren was related to his invitation to share his pulpit with a politician who has a consistent legislation and spending that have resulted or will result in the willful killing of babies in the womb and birth canal and that Obama's appearance behind the pulpit ? "the place where the Truth of God's Word is, presumably, proclaimed without compromise" ? will be "discord, division and confusion among Christians." Read More
North American Union threat gets attention of congressmen
WASHINGTON ? While several members of Congress have denied any knowledge of efforts to build "NAFTA superhighways" or move America closer to a union with Mexico and Canada, four members of the House have stepped up to sponsor a resolution opposing both initiatives. Read More
Chicago Bans Nativity Movie From Christmas Festival
The so-called war on Christmas has been reignited with an ironic decision by the city of Chicago to ban advertisements for "The Nativity Story" movie from a local Christmas festival, fearing they might offend non-Christians. "This is one of the most blatant forms of religious discrimination imaginable," said Jay Sekulow, a Christian who is chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice. "To suggest that a movie about the birth of Jesus Christ should not be included in a Christmas festival is absurd. This transcends political correctness and centers squarely on religious bigotry." Read More
Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran. In an editorial, Dennis Prager says, "He should not be allowed to do so -- not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization." Read Complete Story [Dennis Prager is a radio show host, contributing columinst for Townhall.com, and author of 4 books including Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual.]
Bauer: In Some Cases, Candidate's Stance on Issues Outweighs Theological Differences
A pro-family activist and former presidential candidate says it's more important to look at what a candidate believes on the issues than what the candidate's theological beliefs might be. That is why Gary Bauer says he wouldn't necessarily rule out voting for a Mormon. Read More
by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum 11/29/06 - The best postmortem on the 2006 election came from that perennial politician, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA). He said, "People want to know who's on their side. Whether it's health care or wages or retirement issues, they want to have someone on their side."
The biggest electoral bloc of the "they" who are seeking friends is the middle class, which includes people variously labeled blue-collar workers, skilled workers, or Reagan Democrats. They are the swing voters, often called the moveables. President Ronald Reagan's victories absolutely depended on their support. But Presidents Bush I and II kicked them away from the Republican Party, particularly on the issue of jobs.
Did the 2006 election teach Republicans that it is smart to be friends of the middle class? Have Republicans realized that jobs were second only to the unpopular war as the issue of 2006, and will surely be the number-one issue in 2008? .... Will Republicans continue to follow George W. Bush in his post-election travels to solicit even more Asian products made by cheap labor and subsidized by their governments? Or will Republicans get smart on the jobs issue and reestablish their friendship with the Reagan Democrats? Read More
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.
Reports of a 6 year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, which only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the jobthat they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their misbehaved children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or a band-aid to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in herlap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
[This was shared by passed to our blog by someone who truely missed Common Sense and noted that his obituary was showing up across the Internet. It seems that many others have noticed the demise of Commense Sense.]
New study from New York's Albert Einstein College confirmed that students need to turn off the TV and other media devices and focus on their schoolwork. The study revealed that the greater the weekday media exposure the poorer the academic performance. Among students who abstained from watching television during the week, 50 percent had an excellent school performance in contrast to the 24 percent who had watched a weekly total of four to seven hours of TV. Full Story
Arkansas Times Blog 11/28:What would Huey Long say if he could read about the Mike Beebe inaugural? Every man might be a king, but only those with cash will get near the crown. The eventual contribution list should read like a Who?s Who of the 2007 legislative lobbying corps.
For $25,000, platinum sponsors get four tickets to a private reception with the governor; 20 tickets to a reserved table at the ball.
Gold sponsors get two reception tickets for $15,000 plus 15 tickets to reserved seating at the ball (not a table).
For $10,000, the silver sponsors get 10 tickets to reserved seating.
Bronze gets five reserved seats for $5,000.
Patrons get two tickets to the ball (no seats) for $2,000.
The rest of us will be behind the LR mounted patrol on the cold sidewalks, or perhaps herded briefly onto a press platform for a fleeting glimpse of the waltzing swells. Read More
The state Education Department yesterday (11/29/06) released results of a survey of Arkansas college professors on the ability of incoming Arkansas freshmen to do college-level work. Most teachers think freshmen are, at best, only somewhat prepared and opinions of college entrance standards aren't high. Full Story at ArkansasClick to read the full report
When Pinkston Middle School student Tamsan Mora came home with a pocket-sized Gideon Bible ? King James Version, New Testament only ? in her coat, her mother was surprised and a little worried. The school district says they handled the Bibles appropriately, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas calls the Bible distribution unconstitutional. Read Article
Then read the excellent editorial by John Andersonin the THE CITIZENS JOURNALthat addesses "the ACLU's jihad" and concludes: "Are you to have me believe that offering Bibles at a school, praying at a school function by a student, reciting the pledge of allegience or having "in God we trust" on our currency is more aggregious than teaching a religion in school?Sounds like a jihad on Christianity to me, the ACLU is not merely "fighting for" the First Amendment to the Constitution, they are more accurately trying to cut Christianity from our society altogether . I guess they don't like the "free exercise clause" part of the First Amendment."
The Senate just passed it's Hagel-Martinez Amnesty bill (S. 2611) -- what many are calling the "No Illegal Alien Left Behind Act" -- by a final vote of 62-36. If you have been watching the debate then you know thatthis outrageous bill has gotten worse by the hour. Rightdown to the final minutes before the vote, Senators were adding language that further undermines our nation. For example, the bill calls for "consultation" with Mexican authorities before the agreed-upon fence is built!
The bill amounts to the largest "blanket amnesty" bill in the history of our nation?a bill that throws the door open to 60-100 million illegal aliens over the next 20 years! Now is the time for American citizens to rise up and hold our leaders accountable!Click to see how your senator voted.
A group known as GrassFire Org is urging citizens from across the nation to take immediate actionwith us by signing their petition to "Secure Our Borders."Click Now to Read & Sign the petition. As of this posting 496,466 people have signed the petition.
The Brady Bunch is already licking their collective lips in anticipation of the new Congress being seated. Visit the Brady Campaign's websiteand see the talk of a "momentum shift" in our nation's capital that will "make it hard for the gun lobby to weaken gun laws and creates opportunities for passage of common sense [sic] gun proposals." Indeed, the attack has already begun. Read More
U.S., North Korea Reach No Agreement on Six-Nation Talks
U.S., North Korean and Chinese officials ended a second day of talks in Beijing today without reaching accord on when to restart six-nation negotiations to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis ANYBODY SURPRISED - Sounds Like 1951 al over again!Read Full Story
The 2006 Congressional Races are over and all the incumbants Arkansas congressmen returned to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Center for Responsive Politics at OpenSecrets.Orgtries to help the public to learn who may be buying influence in Washington. NOTE: All the numbers below are for the 2005-2006 House election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Monday, November 13, 2006. Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics. Below are the summary of the Totals Raised and Spent as of Oct 18, 2006 by each candidate in the 2006 Arkansas U.S. Congressional Races:
2006 RACE: ARKANSAS DISTRICT 1 Marion Berry (D)* [Net Worth: $1,732,011 to $6,632,000] Current CommitteeAssignments: Appropriations Raised: $1,235,865 Spent: $1,087,520 Cash on hand: $320,321 PACs: $608,824 (49%) Sources over $100,000 each: Labor & Agribusiness Individuals: $614,530 (50%) Candidate: $0 Other: $12,511 (1%) Mickey Stubby Stumbaugh (R) Raised: $85,154 Spent: $66,552 Cash on hand: $18,600 PACs: $6,770 (8%) Individuals: $71,996 (85%) Candidate: $0 Other: $6,388 (8%)
2006 RACE: ARKANSAS DISTRICT 2 Vic Snyder (D)* [Net Worth: $403,017 to $1,122,000] Current CommitteeAssignments: Armed Services & Veterans' Affairs Raised: $595,783 Spent: $501,448 Cash on hand: $110,795 PACs: $204,264 (34%) Individuals: $381,963 (64%) Candidate: $0 Other: $9,556 (2%) Andy Joseph Mayberry (R) Raised: $94,488 Spent: $91,488 Cash on hand: $2,998 PACs: $1,600 (2%) Individuals: $76,439 (81%) Candidate: $15,100 (16%) Other: $1,349 (1%)
2006 RACE: ARKANSAS DISTRICT 3 John Boozman (R)* [Net Worth: $849,013 to $1,911,000] Current Committee Assignments: International Relations, Transportation and Infrastructure, Veterans' Affairs Raised: $519,846 Spent: $477,476 Cash on hand: $242,217 PACs: $290,660 (56%) Source over $100,000: Labor Individuals: $222,505 (43%) Candidate: $0 Other: $6,681 (1%) Woodrow Wilson Anderson (D) Raised: $338,161 Spent: $196,452 Cash on hand: $141,708 PACs: $6,500 (2%) Individuals: $79,713 (24%) Candidate: $219,278 (65%) Other: $32,670 (10%)
2006 RACE: ARKANSAS DISTRICT 4 Mike Ross (D)*[Net Worth: $709,013 to $1,585,000] Current Committee Assignments: Energy and Commerce Raised: $1,156,105 Spent: $992,935 Cash on hand: $644,934 PACs: $679,652 (59%) Individuals: $438,455 (38%) Candidate: $0 Other: $37,998 (3%) Joe Ross (R) No reports on record for this candidate. * Incumbent & for AR the winners
Doug Patton of GOPUSA asks "Is there another Ronald Reagan on the horizon for 2008, a leader who can rally the coalitions that gave Reagan an eight-year mandate?" He proceeds to examine (in alphabetical order) some of the most frequently mentioned Republican presidential candidates. Just for fun, he creates a one-to-ten "Gipper meter." Ten would be a Republican leader of Reagan's experience, stature, vision and charisma.
His result for Mike Huckabee -- The slimmed-down governor of Arkansas shares much of Reagan's vision, as well as his values, but his charisma, experience and stature are lacking. Overall, a three on the meter. To review his rating for other potential candidates, Read More ...Tags:Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, Reagan's vision, Gipper Meter
Two Republicans take a stand against profligate spending
Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) have decided to take a stand against overspending by objecting to the nearly 10,000 earmarks, or member-sponsored pork projects, larded throughout the spending bills Congress is currently considering.Their obstinacy has convinced the leadership of the departing Republican Congress that they probably won't be able to pass spending bills in next month's short lame-duck session. Instead, they are likely to pass a stopgap "continuing resolution," which will continue funding all programs at last year's level until the new Democratic Congress passes its own versions of the funding bills. The decision not to pass earmark-stuffed catchall spending bills could save taxpayers a cool $17 billion. All 10,000 earmarks in the pending bills will expire if they aren't passed by the end of the year.11/27/06 WSJ Opinion Journal - Read More
African Churches Silent on Africa's First Same-Sex 'Marriage' Law
Nairobi, Kenya - As homosexuals and lesbians in Africa celebrate the legalization of same-sex "marriage" in South Africa, the head of one of the continent's leading church associations, Rev. Mvume Ndadala, general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), said through a personal assistant that the AACC represented a "diversity" of Christians, and it would be inappropriate to give a common perspective on the issue. The remarks are seen as indicating that mainline churches in Africa may be softening their stance on same-sex unions, despite the strong objections by many Christian and traditionalist Africans.
Among those opposing the law was the African Christian Democratic Party, a faith-based political party in South Africa, which accused the ruling African National Congress of pandering for attention from Europe. "The fact that not a single cultural group, religious group, tribe or nation on the African continent agrees with the promotion of homosexuality as a normal lifestyle is a clear proof that the concept of homosexual marriage is foreign to us and should therefore be rejected," party leader Kenneth Meshoe said in an earlier statement. After the vote last week, Meshoe called it "the saddest day in our 12 years of democracy." Read More
Pedophile Party Blames 'Far Right' for Campaign Collapse
(CNSNews.com) - A Dutch political party that failed to qualify to participate in the country's general election Wednesday has blamed harassment from "far right" elements that took issue with its pro-pedophilia platform.
"I think we should take it as warning here in America," said Janice Crouse, senior fellow at Concerned Women for America."Certainly this is coming here and there are people already in America who want to say that children enjoy sex and that children ought to be taught sex by adults." Read More
'All My Children' to Feature Transgender Character
In a story unusual even for a soap opera and believed to be a television first, ABC's "All My Children" this week will introduce a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman. The character, a flamboyant rock star known as Zarf, kisses the lesbian character Bianca and much drama ensues.
The storyline begins with Thursday's episode of the daytime drama. "All My Children" was looking for something new, and knows its audience is always interested in anything to do with sexuality, said Julie Hanan Carruthers, the show's executive producer. The show was not interested in doing something just to be sensational, she said. GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and some transgenders were brought in as consultants in shaping the character, teaching the producers when it is appropriate to call a character "she" even before surgery. Read Fox News Story11/26/06
Conservatives should emphatically reject the advice of the sanctimonious former Missouri Senator John Danforth, who urged Republicans "to disengage themselves from the Christian right." The only Senate victory Republicans had in 2006 was Bob Corker in Tennessee, who was elected because Christian right voters came to the polls to pass the marriage amendment by 81 percent. Pro-family conservatives should reassert the integrity of their principled movement, rejecting all financial temptations to be the Bush Party or the party of Big Business. Conservatives should re-claim their majority in the Republican Party by outnumbering and outsmarting the false prophets of RINO politics.- Phyllis SchlaflyRead Complete Comment
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