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is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Hillary's team has questions about Obama's Muslim background
Are the American people ready for an elected president who was educated in a Madrassa as a young boy and has not been forthcoming about his Muslim heritage? This is the question Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s camp is asking about Sen. Barack Obama. An investigation of Mr. Obama by political opponents within the Democratic Party has discovered that Mr. Obama was raised as a Muslim by his stepfather in Indonesia. Sources close to the background check, which has not yet been released, said Mr. Obama, 45, spent at least four years in a so-called Madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia. Read More ... Tags:Barack Obama, Democrat, Hillary Clinton, Muslim, presidential candidateTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), one of the closest congressional allies of social conservative activists, said today that he will run for president in 2008. "Ours is a great nation and I make one pledge to you, to use our greatness for goodness,'' said Brownback, 50.
With that goal in mind, Brownback, who made his announcement in Topeka, Kansas, said that he supports "the institution of marriage as a union of a man and a woman for life.'' He also called for finding a cure for cancer, U.S. self- reliance in energy, winning the war in Iraq and a flat tax as an alternative to the current income tax system. A member of the Senate Appropriations and Judiciary panels, Brownback is best known for the central role he takes in debates on social policy. He is one of the Senate's most outspoken critics of abortion and embryonic stem cell research. Read More ... Tags:social conservative, conservative, GOP, Kansas, presidential candidate, Republican, Sam Brownback, Senator
Six years after leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as first lady, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) announced this morning that she wants to return to the White House, this time as the country’s first female president. Clinton said she is launching a presidential exploratory committee, eliminating the last doubts regarding her intentions in 2008. Read More ... Tags:Election 2008, Democrat, Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate, SenatorTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
The Wall Street Journal - STILLMORE, Ga. -- After a wave of raids by federal immigration agents on Labor Day weekend, a local chicken-processing company called Crider Inc. lost 75 percent of its mostly Hispanic 900-member work force. ... For local African-Americans, the dramatic appearance of federal agents presented an unexpected opportunity. Crider suddenly raised pay at the plant. An advertisement in the weekly Forest-Blade newspaper blared "Increased Wages" at Crider, starting at $7 to $9 an hour -- more than a dollar above what the company had paid many immigrant workers. ... Of 400 candidates sent to Crider -- most of them black -- the plant hired about 200.
Crider is still about 300 people short of its work force before the immigration raids. It is now bringing Laotian Hmong immigrant workers and their families from Minnesota and Wisconsin, with hopes that they'll stay on the job and build new roots in Stillmore. Read More ... Tags:black Americans, illegal immigration, new jobsTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Poll: Giuliani, McCain Lead Iowa and New Hampshire Republicans
A new Zogby International poll of Iowa (IA) and New Hampshire (NH) Republicans and their thoughts on the potential candidates for the party's 2008 presidential nomination finds two candidates who aren't completely pro-life in the lead. New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani leads in the Iowa poll with Arizona Sen. John McCain a close second. The two change positions in the New Hampshire poll.
Giuliani - 19 (IA) 20 (NH); McCain - 17 (IA) 26 (NH)
Gingrich - 13 (IA) 6 (NH); Rice - 9 (IA) 7 (NH)
Romney - 5 (IA) 13 (NH); Tancedo - 2 (IA) 3 (NH)
Hagel - 2 (IA) 3 (NH); No Pefreference - 22 (IA) 28(NH)
Other potential candidates, including pro-life Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, pro-life former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, pro-abortion former New York Gov. George Pataki and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who backs embryonic stem cell research, all received just one percent in both polls. House Speaker Newt Gingrich received votes although he said he may not run and won't make a final decision until later this year. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said repeatedly she has no interest in running for president. Read More... Tags:Election 2008, GOP, polls, presidential candidate, RepublicanTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Law would make Minutemen guilty of 'domestic terrorism'
An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill to revise the state's statutes on organized crime and fraud by defining "domestic terrorism" in such a way that members of the Minuteman Project or other border-patrol groups could be prosecuted and forced to serve a minimum six-month jail term. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, introduced HB 2286 in the Arizona House on Thursday.Sinema, formerly of the Green Party, had earlier submitted a bill asking the legislature to make changes to a law used to prosecute customers of immigrant smugglers as conspirators under Arizona's human trafficking law . . . [Click for more] Tags:illegal immigration, minuteman projectTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Arkansas Senators Voted to Restrict Grassroots Free Speech
Grassroots Restrictions Removed from Ethics Bill which passed. In a victory for grassroots groups across the country, Republicans stood united Thursday night and helped strike Section 220 from the Senate Ethics Bill. This section would have put undue regulations on the activities of grassroots organizations free speech with their constituents. Almost all Democrats voted to restrict grassroots groups and free speech by keeping Section 220 in the bill including Arkansas Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor. (Senate Recorded Vote). The restrictions would have affected any group conducting the smallest amount of lobbying, and local issue advocates who didn't comply properly would face fines and jail sentences for noncompliance. Groups including National Right to Life, Family Research Council, American Family Association, Focus on the Family, Traditional Values Coalition, Gun Owners of America, "church pastors", and others, were worried about bill S. 1. retricting their rights to identify issues and to ask their constituents to express their congressional representatives. The provision were so onerous that even the American Civil Liberties Union sided with conservative groups in opposition to them. To review topic concerns view prior posts including: Grassroots freedom of speech threatened - Action Needed!Tags:Arkansas, free speech, grassroots, religious freedom, Senator
Beware of liberals using such words as "fairness." In resurrecting the "Fairness Doctrine," liberals are trying to kill conservative talk radio and restore their media monopoly. Period. The doctrine would selectively stifle free political discourse, which is essential for our representative government. The Fairness Doctrine, an FCC regulation in force from 1949 to 1987, required broadcasters to present "both sides" of controversial issues. During that time, liberals had a virtual monopoly on the media. Since the rule was repealed, conservative talk radio has exploded -- and other media outlets multiplied: the Internet, including blogs, cable and satellite TV and satellite radio, among others. The conservative viewpoint has fared quite well in the new media.
Liberals can't stand the competition. Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) is sponsoring the "Media Ownership Reform Act," whose proposed reforms include the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine. ...Different views are already heard -- and not just in the mainstream media. There have never been more media choices. Nothing -- except consumer resistance -- precludes liberal entry into the talk radio market. But the First Amendment doesn't require people to listen to and support your message. Liberals had no interest in balance before the advent of conservative talk radio. They don't have any interest in balance now; indeed we're finally approaching a balance: new media versus old media. But to them "balance" means dominance, just like "bipartisanship" means Republican capitulation. With the Fairness Doctrine liberals would use government to micromanage the content of talk radio, realizing that they simply can't compete on an equal playing field in that medium.Read More ... Tags:David Limbaugh, fairness doctrine, FCC, free speech, talk radio
Senate Ethics Bill Amendment Removes Restriction on Grassroots Groups
Grassroots groups are delighted that the Senate voted 55-43 for an amendment offered by Senator Robert Bennett, a Utah Republican, to strip the so-called "grassroots lobbying" provision (Section 220) from the ethics reform bill S. 1. The provisions it fixed were so onerous that even the pro-abortion American Civil Liberties Union sided with pro-life groups in opposition to them.
Leaders in the House of Representatives are expected to propose their own version of an omnibus "ethics" bill, which may contain the same problematic language ...Read More Tags:free speech, grassroots, lobbyingTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Bush's Totalization Plan threatens Social Security
By Phyllis Schlafly: President George W. Bush's secret plan for Social Security has just been released to the public in response to a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by TREA Senior Citizens League, a million-member seniors advocacy group. For years the president carried on an energetic public relations campaign to promote his plan to privatize part of Social Security, but he kept under White House lock and key the "totalization" agreement his administration secretly made with Mexico in June 2004. ...
Totalization is the bureaucratic buzzword for the plan to put millions of illegal Mexican workers into the U.S. Social Security system. They would collect U.S. benefits based on their U.S earnings under false or stolen Social Security numbers plus alleged earnings in Mexico. U.S. citizens must work 10 years to be eligible for Social Security benefits, but the totalization agreement would allow Mexicans to qualify with only 18 months of work in the United States, and pretend to make up the difference by assuming work in Mexico. It is highly doubtful that the illegal immigrants ever paid into a Mexican system for eight and a half years. ...
The Bush totalization plan would put millions of Mexicans onto the rolls of the U.S. Social Security system just as the baby boom generation retires. The White House won't deny that imposing higher taxes on U.S. workers is "on the table" to deal with the expected shortfall. The Bush totalization plan would lure even more Mexicans into the U.S. illegally in the hope of amnesty and eligibility for Social Security benefits for themselves, as well as for their spouses and dependents who may never have lived in the U.S.
Totalization is part and parcel of the Council on Foreign Relations five-year plan for the "establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security community" with a common "outer security perimeter." The 59-page CFR document - is posted on a U.S. State Department Web site - demands the implementation of "the Social Security Totalization Agreement negotiated between the United States and Mexico." ... Read More Tags:Council on Foreign Relations, Mexico, North American Economic and Security Community, Phyllis Schlafly, social security, totalization agreement, U.S.
Jimmy Carter: Weak, Ineffectual President & An Embarrassing & Dishonest Ex-President
Rev. Louis P. Sheldon: If historians accurately describe the record of ex-President Jimmy Carter, they will be forced to conclude that Carter was probably the worst President in America’s history. Those old enough to remember Carter’s four dismal years in the White House should recall that it was Carter who withdrew American support for the pro-Western Shah of Iran for his alleged “human rights” violations. As a result of Carter’s withdrawal of support from the Shah, the pro-Western nation fell into the hands of the radical Islamist Ayatollah Khomeini, who promptly murdered more than 20,000 pro-Western Iranians by firing squad. Iran became a stronghold for Islamists and destabilized the entire Middle East. ...
Now, the ex-President has a new anti-Israel book, probable plagiarism and the resignation of 14 Carter Center leaders over his pro-Islamic terrorist comments. They have resigned over concern about lies and distortions in his book. In addition, former Ambassador Dennis Ross is also concerned that Carter ripped off maps that he had created and never credited him in the book. Ross is calling for a correction and attribution. The 14 Carter Center officials who resigned sent a joint letter to Carter saying , “We can no longer endorse your strident and uncompromising position. ...” Next, Carter and Bill Clinton have decided to overcome what they see as a negative image of Baptists. Carter and Clinton announced their new project at the Carter Center on January 9. [Read More...]
Tags:Jimmy Carter, Louis Seheldon, Traditional Family Values CoalitionTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Proposed federal hate crimes bill denounced by Repent America
Repent America has joined in the fight against the newly proposed hate crimes bill now before the U.S. House of Representatives, and is calling Christians to pray for this emergency situation and to voice opposition to their elected officials. Earlier this month, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) introduced H.R. 254, which calls for the establishment of a new federal offense for so-called hate crimes.
The bill is similar to hate crimes measures passed by the House in 2005 and the Senate in 2004, which would commission a separate federal criminal prosecution for state offenses tried under its provisions. If convicted, an offender could face life in prison."The proposed federal hate crimes bill is a dangerous threat to our civil liberties," stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage . . .[Click for more] Tags:free speech, hate crimes, federal hate crimes bill, religious freedom, Repent AmericaTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
A travesty - Border Agents to report to prison today
Two U.S. Border Patrol agents accused of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler will have to sit in prison as they appeal their case to the 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans. Late Tuesday afternoon, Judge Kathleen Cardone, of El Paso, Texas, denied Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean's motion to stay out on bond while they appeal their case. Cardone's response stated that both agents must surrender to the United States Marshal by noon (PST) today.
Compean and Ramos were sentenced in October to 12 and 11 years, respectively, in federal prison for the non-fatal shooting of a Mexican drug smuggler. Both men said they believed the smuggler was carrying a weapon during a foot chase along the Texas-Mexico border on Feb. 17, 2005. Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, the smuggler, was given immunity by the U.S. government in exchange for testifying against the agents. He also received medical treatment at a U.S. Army hospital after the shooting. He is suing the Border Patrol for $5 million.
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, who along with more than 50 other congressmen has been advocating for the agents since August, said more than a decade in prison for each man is a harsh punishment. "The government had to choose between supporting a drug dealer or supporting their own border agents," Poe said. "They chose to support a drug dealer. The federal government was on the wrong side of the border that day." Repeated attempts by numerous members of Congress, grass-roots organizations and supporters to get a presidential pardon for the two agents have fallen on deaf ears at the White House, said Andy Ramirez, chairman of the Chino-based Friends of the Border Patrol. READ MORE ...
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Pro-life groups concerned Senate bill would stop pro-life lobbying
Leading pro-life groups are concerned that a bill in the Senate would make it difficult for them and others to lobby members of Congress on pro-life issues. It would impose strict reporting requirements on any group conducting the smallest amount of lobbying and would impose strict fines and jail sentences for noncompliance. The groups, including National Right to Life, Family Research Council, American Family Association, and others, are worried about bill S. 1 . . . [Click for more]
A ruling from a state appeals court has reopened a case prompted because a Muslim woman wanted to use a Quran -- a book that an expert on Islam says allows Muslims to lie under compulsion -- on which to swear her oath of honesty in a court hearing. The lawsuit was filed by Sydiah Mateen with help from the American Civil Liberties Union in 2005 after she was denied permission to use a Quran to take the courtroom oath in a case in North Carolina . . .[Click for more]
Former Presidents Carter & Clinton to form "inclusive" Baptist movement
By Erik Rush: As a person of color, this really cracks me up – in a sad, ironic way of course, because the following that has been reported recently in various media is disgusting and dangerous. Despite the incongruities evident in Bill Clinton's and Jimmy Carter's personal brand of Christianity, they have announced their decision to to create a broad and “inclusive” Baptist movement to overcome what they see as a negative image of Baptists.
What it really amounts to is a stealth subversion of the white Baptist church in America – which is precisely what politicians and civil-rights activists accomplished in the black church starting in the late 1960s, when they courted black church leadership with a disingenuous, counterfeit Christianity that effectively left the black church under direct control of progressive, and finally, far left politicos and activists.... And what better a "Christian" to usher in the golden new age of moral relativism (under the guise of tolerance, brotherhood and altruism) to the white Baptist church than Bill Clinton? Read More ...Note: Erik Rush is a novelist as well as a columnist and author of sociopolitical fare.
Tags:Baptists, Bill Clinton, Christianity, Counterfeit Christianity, Eric Rush, Jimmy Carter
Tancredo forms 2008 presidential exploratory committee
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), a leading opponent of illegal immigration, today (1/16) that said he would take the first step toward a longshot 2008 presidential bid dedicated to the immigration issue. Tancredo, 61, formed an exploratory committee to raise money for what he termed an "arduous and undeniably uphill battle" for the presidency that would advance his hard-line views on immigration.
"I am considering this campaign because of my commitment to real immigration reform: reform that first and foremost is dedicated to the security and well-being of the citizens of the United States, and to respect for the rule of law in our beloved nation," Tancredo said. Tancredo has been a leading voice in Congress against proposals for guest worker programs and in favor of stronger border security to block illegal immigrants from Mexico. He recently generated controversy by saying Miami resembled "a third world country." Read More
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich disagrees with his party's belief the way to build a lasting majority is to appeal to its conservative base. Gingrich says Republicans should follow the lead of Ronald Reagan and define the opposition on specific issues, the Washington Times reports. "Ronald Reagan understood that arguments should be made where we have huge advantages with virtually all Americans," Gingrich says. "He was brilliant at avoiding base-narrowing appeals and emphasizing base-broadening appeals." [Read More]
AIM: Congressional Liberals Bare Plan to Muzzle Conservative Speech
Less than two weeks after Democrats took control of both houses of Congress, Accuracy in Media has exposed a plan by congressional liberals to use the federal government to silence conservative voices in the media. Reporting from a so-called National Conference on Media Reform, organized by "progressive" activists, AIM editor Cliff Kincaid has revealed, in an exclusive report now available on the AIM web site , that liberals in the House and Senate intend to push legislation giving the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the authority to monitor and restrict what conservatives in the media say and how they say it . . . [Click for more]
Once more: It's time to drop the Arkansas grocery tax
Baxter Bulletin Editorial 1/15/06: It's safe to say people in the Twin Lakes Area believe Arkansas' state sales tax on groceries should go the way of the dinosaur, the dodo and disco. As we've said time and again, the grocery tax is regressive, oppressive and offensive even though the Legislature's seen it as a key element in providing state revenue. Now, however, with an $843 million revenue surplus the time is right to give Arkansans — all Arkansans — a break and get rid of the grocery tax. It's what the people want. It's what Gov. Mike Beebe wants.
But it's not what House Speaker Benny Petrus, D-Stuttgart, and Senate President Pro Tempore Jack Critcher, D-Batesville, want. They plan to fight the governor — and the people — on the grocery tax issue. The two legislative leaders recommend other means of providing tax relief. Mr. Petrus recommends a state income tax break. Mr. Critcher thinks eliminating the sales tax on used cars, and maybe property tax relief, would be better. If you buy a used car, it probably would. But not all Arkansans buy used cars, or even drive for that matter, so it wouldn't be that much relief. Besides, how often do people buy used cars?
However, all Arkansans do eat, and every family in the state buys groceries regularly, which means dropping the grocery tax would provide a greater benefit for more people. Granted, everybody's looking for a piece of the surplus pie, and there are other financial needs in the state, such as schools and highways. But for years Arkansans have pleaded for tax relief, and legislators have said they'd do something someday.
Well, someday is here. There won't be a more opportune time to finally rid Arkansas of the state grocery tax. For a change, the Legislature could do something the people want that really does help them instead of adding taxes or creating breaks only for some. The 86th General Assembly is just getting under way, but people need to keep reminding their lawmakers of how they feel and what they want. ... Contact your lawmakers and let them know your opinions.Visit the Arkansas 86th General Assemby Legislators and Committees
Moore addresses other ways to beat the test results including: "In past years, every student, including all Special Ed and 504 students, had to take the test. 2006 was the first year that a percentage of them could be exempted- and suddenly Arkansas' schools found they have a lot more children with "disabilities". In my little town we went from maybe having 10% of the children classified like that in 8th grade to having (if my source is correct) an absolute majority of the students in the 8th grade labeled as having some 'disability'." [Read More ...] Tags:Arkansas, education, testing
WASHINGTON – The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, which some have criticized as a framework for moving toward regional government between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, has laid out plans for increased regulatory cooperation between the three nations in new, full-color, trilingual publications obtained by World News Daily (WND).Copies of the "2005 Report to Leaders" and the "2006 Report to Leaders" were sent to WND by several congressional offices that are beginning to take a serious interest in SPP working group activities and decision-making.
The copyright page of the 2005 report indicates that the report was co-published by the governments of the United States and Mexico, as well as copyrighted in Canada. The 2005 and 2006 reports continue to discuss numerous memoranda of understanding and other agreements that the trilateral working groups are formulating on their own, without direct congressional oversight or any reference to being published in the Federal Register. Yet, the vast majority of the agreements reached under SPP have never been published. The reports discuss the SPP's trilateral modification of administrative rules and regulation under the rubric of "integrating" and "harmonizing" into a "North American" structure what previously were administrative rules and regulations of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. [Read More ...]Tags:Canada, Department of Commerce, Mexico, NAEWG, NAFTA, North American Energy Working Group, Security and Prosperity Partnership, SPP, trilateral, U.S.
Dr. Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Exploratory Committee
On January 11, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) filed papers launching an exploratory committee to test the waters for a second presidential bid.In 1988, Paul ran for president as a Libertarian, pulling .05 percent of the vote in the general election against George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis. If he decides to run in 2008--a decision he reportedly will make within a few weeks -- he will run as a Republican . . . [Click for more] Tags:GOP, presidential candidate, Ron Paul
by Wes Vernon: So the polls say Americans want us out of Iraq. Of course, the pollster rarely asks his interviewee to think through the consequences of whatever position he or she takes. It's quickie journalism. I remember working newsrooms where some of my colleagues would get all excited and build entire stories on polls, even those of dubious credibility. Sure, we could pull the troops out of Iraq tomorrow. The question is -- what happens then? Think that's not our problem? Think we can just quietly turn tail and withdraw to our shores as we did in Vietnam and forget about it? No consequences? . . .
To sum it up... If we walk away from Iraq, we face the prospect of a strengthened Iran with a half-crazed madman threatening nuclear annihilation, the entire Middle East in flames, as our economy here in the U.S. takes a nightmare nosedive beyond anything even imagined in the Great Depression. America's enemies would have us by the throat. The Islamofascists and Marxist regimes the world over are just waiting for the time when this nation is as helpless as Gulliver was when tied down by the Lilliputians. That's when they will move in for the kill. On top of all that, of course, the "sleeper" cells of terrorists here on our soil would be emboldened. What follows such chaos is almost beyond what any of us wants to contemplate. [Click for more]See also: Bill introduced to force Iraq withdrawl (KSBW-TV) Rice: U.S. won't "pull the plug" on Iraq (Associated Press)Tags:Iraq, war, Wes Vernon
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