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Saturday, March 31, 2007
GOP Billionaires Back Their GOP Presidential Candidate
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani gained the endorsement Wednesday of a former GOP candidate - billionaire publisher and flat-tax proponent Steve Forbes. [Read More]
On the same day, the Arkansas Republican Party released an announcement of a Rockefeller fund raiser for Republican Candidate Mike Huckabee. The event will be hosted by Lisenne Rockefeller, wife of deceased Arkansas Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller who was also the Unofficial Ambassador of Goodwill for Arkansas to the World. Both Win and Lisenne are beloved by Arkansans.
Huckabee For President Fundraiser Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Location: Home of Lisenne Rockefeller
3518 Hill Road, Little Rock, AR 72205 Ticket Price: $1000 per couple/$500 per person Attire: Business Casual Contact: Jason Brady -email@example.com 501-324-2008 (w) Address: Huckabee for President Exploratory Committee
P.O. Box 2008, Little Rock, AR 72203
Please make checks payable to: Huckabee for President Exploratory Committee, Inc. Corporations, foreign nationals without green cards, federal contractors, and minors (under 18 years of age) are prohibited from contributing. Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. The maximum contribution per individual is $2,300 per election. Therefore, a couple may contribute up to $4,600 per election. Multi-candidate PACs may contribute up to $5,000 per election. Tags:Lisenne Rockefeller, Mike Huckabee, presidential candidate, Republican, Rudy Giuliani, Steve ForbesTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
With five private jets, Travolta suggests other planets & domes for global warming solutions
London's The Evening Standard: His serious aviation habit means he is hardly the best person to lecture others on the environment. But John Travolta went ahead and did it anyway. The 53-year-old actor, a passionate pilot, encouraged his fans to "do their bit" to tackle global warming. ... Clocking up at least 30,000 flying miles in the past 12 months means he has produced an estimated 800 tons of carbon emissions – nearly 100 times the average Briton's tally. Travolta made his comments at the British premiere of his movie, Wild Hogs. ...
Travolta, a Scientologist, claimed the solution to global warming could be found in outer space and blamed his hefty flying mileage on the nature of the movie business. ... "It [global warming] is a very valid issue," Travolta declared. "I'm wondering if we need to think about other planets and dome cities. ... Travolta's five private planes – a customized Boeing 707, three Gulf-stream jets and a Lear jet – are kept at the bottom of his garden in the US next to a private runway. [Read More] Tags:global warming, hypocrisy, John Travolta, Scientologist
KFSM CH5 reported that HB2788 making extreme cruelty to cats, dogs and horses a felony on a second offense failed to get out of a Senate committee today -- even after a senator amended it to make the crime a felony on the first offense. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee offered an amendment to make the crime a felony on the first conviction. However, senators chose not to bring the bill up for a vote today -- effectively killing the legislation this session. The bill, by Rep. Rick Saunders (D-Hot Springs), came after a similar Senate bill (SB777 ) failed twice this week to make it out of a House committee. In addition, Saunder's HB1123 (An act to protect pets) failed to get out of a House Committee. Tags:Animal Cruelty, Arkansas, Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council, Rick Sanders To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Senate OKs SB19 banning teens from using cell phones while driving
KFSM Ch 5 reported that drivers under 18 would be banned from using cell phones while behind the wheel under a bill approved today by the Arkansas Senate (27-2). SB19, by Senator Kim Hendren (R-Gravette) comes after a bill placing new restrictions on young drivers failed in the House. Hendren says his bill will help remove distractions for young drivers while they're first learning to drive. The bill has been sent to the House. Tags:Arkansas, Cell phones, Kim Hendren, teen driving
KATV Ch7: Arkansas Congressman John Boozman (R-3rd District) has provided to the White House the names of three people whom he considers suitable for the U.S. attorney's post in eastern Arkansas. Congressman Boozman forwarded the names of former acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Betty Dickey, Little Rock lawyer Jason B. Hendren and state Representative Michael Lamoureux, a Republican from Russellville. Tags:John Boozman, Republican, US Attorneys, US Congress
Government Cannot Account for Fugitives’ Whereabouts
by Hunter Holcombe, HomelandSecurityWeekly: Adding fuel to the fire that has engulfed the political issue of illegal immigration, a new report by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general has found that the government is struggling to keep up with an enormous backlog of illegal immigrants awaiting deportation. According to the report, at least 600,000 deportation cases are due for processing, and the government cannot account for these fugitives’ whereabouts. ... estimates put the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. at nearly 12 million, and the report cites there was a backlog of 623,292 cases in August, 2006. ... [Read More] Tags:deportation cases, Homeland Security, illegal aliens, illegal immigrants
UPDATE:HB2779The Arkansas Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007 simply reads: Concealing persons illegally in the United States. (a) It is unlawful for a person to knowingly perform an overt act designed to conceal, harbor, or shelter from detection another person in any place, including without limitation any building or means of transportation, knowing that the other person has come to, entered, or remained in the United States in violation of law.
(b) Upon conviction, any person violating subsection (a) of this section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
The bill often nicknamed the "Illegal Alien Bill" deals with purposely sheltering or harboring an illegal alien in Arkansas. The bill miraculously cleared the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee yesterday and the passed the House today with a vote of 62-25 and has been sent to the Senate. Please call the Senate Switchboard at 501-682-2902 and leave a message with your Senator (you can leave a message for at least two senators) asking them to vote "FOR" HB2779, the Illegal Alien bill by John Woods. Then email every senatornow! Tags:Arkansas, illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, taxpayer protection
House Republicans tonight surprised Democrats with a procedural vote to protect public-transportation passengers from being sued if they report suspicious activity—the first step by lawmakers to protect “John Doe” airline travelers already targeted in such a lawsuit. After a heated debate and calls for order, the motion to recommit the Democrats’ Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007 back to committee with instructions to add the protective language passed on a vote of 304-121. (editorial note: Although the debate was heated, the provision proved extremely popular among Republicans and nearly half of the Democrats.)
Republicans said the lawsuit filed by six Muslim imams against US Airways and “John Does,” passengers who reported suspicious behavior, could have a “chilling effect” on passengers who may fear being sued for acting vigilant. Rep. Peter T. King, (R-NY) the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, offered the motion saying all Americans—airline passengers included—must be protected from lawsuits if they report suspicious behavior that may foreshadow a terrorist attack. . . . [Read More]
Tags:Arkansas Federation of Republican Women, House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, Public Transportation Act, Shield LawTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
By Christopher Lee, Washington Post: It's called the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, and the Bush administration doles out up to $50 million annually to fund its programs to build job skills and help fathers connect better with their children. But the National Organization for Women says the effort is illegal because it's only about men. . . . [Read More]
FRC Response: If NOW were truly an equal-opportunity watchdog, why hasn't its leadership launched a similar grievance against the FDA? Where is NOW's campaign for an Office of People's Health? Unfortunately, their anti-father crusade only exposes the group's true agenda--to treat fathers as having no special role to play in children's lives. As HHS says, "Helping men become better fathers will benefit women and children too." Tags:FRC, NOW, Responsible Fatherhood
U.S.Rep. John Boozman (R-AR) has become the sixteenth Member of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 938, The Nuclear Family Priority Act, which would eliminate the policy that has been most responsible for immigration quadrupling from around 250,000 a year in the 1950s and 1960s to more than one million a year since 1990. Under chain migration, distant relatives well outside an immigrant’s basic family unit take priority over husbands, wives, parents and minor children. ... [Read More] See also:Boozman's A+ Report Card by the Americans for Better Immigration
If you agree with reinstating traditional immigration and want to reduce the chances of terrorists slipping past overworked immigration officials,click hereto send a fax to your US Representative asking him/her to join Rep. Boozman in co-sponsoring The Nuclear Family Priority Act. Tags:chain migration, immigration reform, John Boozman
SB264 Hate Crime Bill Reworded but Has the Same Problem
SB264 formerly as proposed Hate Crimes bill SB264 filed by Senator Hank Wilkins, IV (D-Pine Bluff) has been amended to attempt to water down the bill. However, its description and definition of what constitutes Hate Speech and actions which is now " CERTAIN OFFENSES UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES" leaves open legal ramifications to limit free speech on serious differences between what one group calls "sin" and another much smaller group now calls "morally acceptable."
What's in store for us if this bill passes? Consider that earlier this month, San Francisco's United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruledin the matter of Good News Employees Association v. Hicks that the municipal employers can completely censor the terms "natural family," "marriage" and "family values" as hate speech. Lawyers argued that the words 'natural family, marriage and family values' constitute 'hate speech' that could intimidate city of Oakland workers.
SB69 - Limiting Scope of Eminent Domain Powers in Arkansas
SB69 - An Act to Limit the Scope of Eminent Domain Powers to Protect Property Owners' Rights in Arkansas passed the Senate (18-9) yesterday. It will go before the House Judiciary Committee, a tough committee, tomorrow. The bill is sponsored by Ruth Whitaker and co-sponsored in the House R Green, Pyle, Walters, D. Creekmore, Buris, Edwards, Key, Sample, Hardwick, Woods, Cornwell, and D. Hutchinson.
Call the House switchboard 501-682-6211 and leave a message for your Representatives and ask him/her to vote "FOR" SB 69 the Eminent Domain Bill Protecting Property Rights by Whitaker. Send emails to all representatives. The contact information is identified in the links below for the House Judiciary Committee and all representatives. At the end of the session there are so many bills flying around that even those you know will vote the way you want them to need to be contacted so they will be aware of the bill and be able to talk to others about it and won't be caught off guard. Members of Judiciary Committee- House and Representatives Tags:Arkansas, Eminent Domain, property rights
by Dr. Walter E. Williams: Most climatologists agree that the earth's temperature has increased about a degree over the last century. The debate is how much of it is due to mankind's activity. Britain's Channel 4 television has just produced "The Great Global Warming Swindle," a documentary that devastates most of the claims made by the environmentalist movement. The scientists interviewed include top climatologists from MIT and other prestigious universities around the world. The documentary hasn't aired in the U.S., but it's available on the Internet. Among the many findings that dispute environmentalists' claims are: Manmade carbon dioxide emissions are roughly 5 percent of the total; the rest are from natural sources such as volcanoes, dying vegetation and animals. Annually, volcanoes alone produce more carbon dioxide than all of mankind's activities . . . [Read More] Tags:global warming, Walter E. Williams
Flake-Gutierrez immigration legislation is nothing less that Amnesty for millions of Illegals [Listen to Audio]
By Steve Elliot: Grassfire has just gotten a peek at the Flake-Gutierrez immigration legislation that is essentially the House version of the Kennedy-McCain Immigration Reform legislation. The bill has been hailed by Sen. Kennedy as being "a tough but fair bill that strikes the right balance between protecting our security, [and] strengthening our economy."
Make no mistake. This bill is thinly veiled amnesty and will adversely affect our wages, employment opportunities, communities, schools, environment and quality of life by dramatically increasing immigration levels in the U.S. Audio update from Steve Elliott and Ron De Jong with the truth about the Flake-Gutierrez "amnesty legislation". [Read More]Tags:amnesty, Flake-Gutierrez immigration bill, Grassfire.org, illegal immigration, Ron De Jong, Steve ElliotTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
HB2489 Credit for the UN IBP Program Failed in Committee
HB2489, a bill mandating at least 24 hours college credit to high school graduates receiving the UN's IBP Diploma, failed to get out of the House Education Committee. There were eight votes for it, and it needed eleven. Two members were absent and two voted Present. Following is the list of legislators who voted No and Yes. Rep. Horace Hardwick, who sponsored the bill, had six Democrats and two Republicans to vote with him on the bill. He had three Republicans to vote against him.
No votes that kept it from getting out of committee: Rep. Mark Martin, Rep Tommy Dickenson, Rep. James Norton, Curren Everett, Rep. Eric Harris, Rep. Sid Rosenbaum, Representative David Rainey, and Rep. Toni Bradford. Yes votes who voted for Hardwick's bill: Rep. Betty Pickett, Rep. Janet Johnson, Rep. Shirley Walters, Rep. Michael Lamoureux, Rep. Nancy Blount, Rep. Rick Saunders, Rep. David Cook, Rep. Eddie Cheatham. Absent: Jeff Wood and Benny Petrus. Voted Present: Mike Kenney & Bill Abernathy.
ARRA Info: ARRA contacted sources in the AR Dept of Higher Education and AR Assoc of Two-Year Colleges before the vote. Sources related that if the bill were to pass out of the House Education Committee, ADHE would seek an Attorney General opinion on the constitutionality of the proposed bill. All sources indicated they were against any bill that would mandate college credit for a high school program. Tags:Arkansas, civil unions, House Education Committee, IBP
Democratic lawmakers to reintroduce Equal Rights Amendment
CNSNews.com: Liberal Democrats in the Senate and House plan to resume "the fight for women's equality" on Tuesday, when they reintroduce the Women's Equality Amendment. Sens. Ted Kennedy (Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (Calif.) and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, both of New York, plan to join Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority, in making the Tuesday afternoon announcement. This time around, supporters say they hope "women will finally achieve official equality in America." But a conservative group said women's rights activists are "fighting old battles" . . . [Read More] Tags:Barbara Boxer, Carolyn Maloney, Democrat, ERA, Jerrold Nadler, Senate, Ted Kennedy, US CongressTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
By Mychal Massie: Nedra Pickler, writing for the AP wrote, "[Al] Gore...testified before House and Senate panels about a 'true planetary emergency' if Congress fails to act. He [added that] addressing the problem is a moral issue and should not be partisan or political." (Gore Implores Congress to Save Planet; 3/21/07). I may not be endowed with auditory enablers the size of a certain liberal presidential candidate from Illinois, but I know "hooey" when I hear it.
I remember hearing the over-the-top prognosticators of doom and gloom dating back to my college days and before. I remember hearing the environmentalists predict a global drop in temperature was going to occur and create a new ice age. We are still waiting for Newsweek's 1975 article about the impending ice age entitled "The Cooling World" by Peter Gwynne, to become a reality – the article predicted the world could expect same to happen within 10 years of its date of writing. There was the acid rain scare, predictions of forest death in Central Europe, and other apocalyptic predictions, not the least of which were those outlined in William and Paul Paddock's book entitled "Famine-1975." They argued that, "by 1975, a disaster of unprecedented magnitude [would] face the world and famines greater than any in history [would] ravage the undeveloped nations." . . . [Read More] Tags:Al Gore, global cooling, global warming, Mychal MassieTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Club for Growth: Last Friday, ABC's "20/20" with John Stossel had a great segment about pork-barrel spending, showcasing Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) who has taken on the entire establishment of big spenders in Washington. Just this week, Coburn is proposing an amendment to the Iraq war supplemental bill to strip it of $100 million to be spent on the 2008 presidential nomination conventions. In a recent CongressDaily article, Coburn said, 'Members will have to make a difficult choice between booze and balloons or body armor and bullets,' arguing that the conventions' costs could be foreseen and do not constitute an emergency. "Were the appropriators taken by surprise by the presidential conventions?" Watch the 20/20 video here. If the link fails, please try here. Tags:Glub for Growth, John Stossel, pork, pork-barrel spenders, Senate, Tom Coburn, US CongressTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
HB2489 - Educ Bill Mandates Universities & Colleges Grant College Credit for UN High School Program
ARRA Editorial:Rep. Horace Hardwick (R-Bentonville) introduced HB2489. It mandates that AR state institutions of higher education grant at least twenty-four (24) semester credit hours or equivalent course credit in subject areas to an entering freshman student who have successfully completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBP).IBP is ta United Nations (UN) global program designed to influence students "away from" patriotism and Christian values. In the program, 11th and 12th grade tests are sent to Beijing China, Venezuela, and other countries to be graded (per a Hot Springs' school official). Hot Springs is the only district in Arkansas to implement the IBP district wide and now has a 67% college remediation rate and their graduation rate has fallen to 56%.
The State Legislature should not be mandating that Arkansas Universities grant college credit for high school programs. Some people have lost the understanding that high school programs are designed for the minds of teenagers (average ages 14-17). The majority of students are not - repeat not capable of completing College level courses - let alone 24 or more credit hours of college while in high school. To mandate that the IBP high school courses be granted college credit (just shy of a full year's credit) is both working a "slight of hands" on our educational system and lowering academic standards.
Also, this UN program which promotes one-world views as a baseline for American education is a travesty. Have some Arkansans become so gullible to think that this UN developed program which is accepted and taught in depressed countries of the would, taught in emerging nations of the world and taught in nations of the world that are diametrically opposed to our national viewpoint should be a primary part of our education system? Granting credit at both high school and college levels for the IBP program would be an even bigger travesty. The IBP program is a "social engineering" program created by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a UN organization in Geneva, Switzerland. IBO "has endorsed the Earth Charter – an earth-centered collection of global principles which honor global political-ethical-moral and spiritual unification. The UN Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provided the funding to create the IBO program. In one of its first efforts in 1949, the UNESCO textbook, titled "Toward World Understanding" said, "As long as the child breathes the poisoned air of nationalism, education in world-mindedness can produce only rather precarious results. ... it is frequently the family that infects the child with extreme nationalism."
What are others saying? School board members in a Minnesota district called it anti-American and anti-Christian. In New Jersey, members of a school board argued it's a waste of money. A suburban Pittsburgh school district abolished it over questions of politics and cost. Critics argue that IBO's multicultural themes promote values that conflict with traditional Judeo-Christian values. One teacher objected because of IBO's endorsement of the Earth Charter which calls for sustainability of the Earth through responsible reproduction and wealth distribution. Many opponents have called it Marxist. Jeanne Geiger, Reston, Va., wrote, "Administrators do not tell you that the current IBP for ages 3 through grade 12 promotes socialism, disarmament, radical environmentalism and moral relativism, while attempting to undermine Christian religious values and national sovereignty."
We encourage all to oppose HB2489. Rep. Hardwick told the press that the bill was "needed to give gifted and talented students in Arkansas high schools incentive to stay in Arkansas for college. Students from Bentonville are going to the Univ. of Tulsa where they can get college credit for their Bentonville High School IBP classes." Hardwick is a member of the Board of Trustees N.W. AR Community College. Has he advocated this educational strategy at the college? Obviously, the Univ of Tulsa may elect to "waters down" their degree programs. Should Hardwick's proposal be approved to do the same at Arkansas colleges? Hardwick bio relates his affiliation with Fellowship Bible Church in Bentonville. In good conscious, how can he advocate for college credit for a UN program designed to undermine both Christianity and United States of America?
How Will Sen. Pryor Vote on the Iraq Timetable? Will He Again Keep His Promise?
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on legislation that would set an arbitrary timeline to withdraw troops and cut off critical funding for our armed forces fighting the war on terror in Iraq. A similar provision was defeated in the Senate on March 15, 2007, thanks to the strong efforts from a group of bipartisan Senators who opposed broadcasting our intentions to cut-and-run in Iraq to the terrorists. Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor was one of two Democrats who voted against this provision. · According to the Washington Post: “The one Senate Democrat still uncommitted on the spending bill is Pryor, who has objected to setting public timetables for withdrawing troops. Although the March 31, 2008, date is described in the legislation as a goal, an aide said Pryor will spend the weekend weighing his vote.” (“Senate Democrats Float War Bill Similar to That in House,” Washington Post, 03/22/07) · Before the March 15, 2007 vote, Pryor stated: “President Bush should lay out for the American people measurable goals for success in Iraq; however, it is a grave mistake to publicly announce timetables and consequently hand over our game plan to Iraqi insurgents…” (Daniel Connolly, "Lincoln, Pryor Split On Iraq Troop Withdrawal Amendment," AP, 06/22/06) · Pryor also said: “I have talked to countless troops who have pleaded with me not to give the enemy any indication of troop movements, especially those showing we are reducing forces. They know it endangers them and their comrades. I cannot and will not put them at risk." (Daniel Connolly, "Lincoln, Pryor Split On Iraq Troop Withdrawal Amendment," AP, 06/22/06) · After the March 15, 2007 Senate vote, Pryor stated it was a: “Very, very tough decision there. But my position on that is I'm opposed to a public timetable… I'm opposed to the surge, but I think it should be a classified timetable, and we do that on our own terms.” (MSNBC’s “Hardball,” 03/16/07) · Pryor also said: “It's just like in World War II. The Germans knew we were coming at D-Day. They didn't know when and where. I don't want to telegraph what we're doing to the other side.” (MSNBC’s “Hardball,” 03/16/07)
How will Senator Pryor vote this time? Call his office and ask the Senator if he will stand by his statements opposing a timeline in Iraq, or if he will flip-flop on this critical issue to placate the liberal Senate leadership [Little Rock: (501) 324-6336; Washington, D.C.: (202) 224-2353]. Tags:Iraq War, Mark Pryor, military troops, Senator, support troops, US Congress
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