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is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Poll Says 96% Would Vote To Deny Illegal Immigrants Gov't Benefits
Per the Arkansas ballot initiative, would you vote to deny illegal immigrants government benefits?
Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far.
If you would like to vote, go to the KAIT TV8 home page; half way down the page on the left, find the words Region 8 Responds and vote. It has been on the site since Monday July 7, and is still on there as of this post.
Debbie Pelley, a volunteer for Secure Arkansas, encourage all readers to contact the AG Dustin McDaniel's office and express your concern with this matter. If you use email or a letter, you can cut and paste the KAIT data into your email or letter to AG McDaniel and express your concern with his actions. Let him know the key point that 95% of the people agree with Secure Arkansas' position and would have voted to deny illegal immigrants government benefits? Be sure to give him the poll results form KAIT TV! Tags:Dustin McDaniel, Gallup Poll, illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, KAIT, TV, ArkansasTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
AG Dustin McDaniel Cost Secure Arkansas 31,658 Signatures
Debbie Pelley, Arkansas Watch: We were told by a national immigration office that most states do not get an immigration initiative passed unless they raise enough money to hire canvassers to get the signatures. Yet in only 39 working days our organization, Secure Arkansas, collected 56,122 signatures to deny certain benefits to illegal aliens with no paid staff, with no paid canvassers, and with practically no budget. That is 1439 petitions per work day. That should tell our politicians how the people feel about this issue. This has truly been a grassroots movement. (We were short of the minimum of 61, 974 by 5,852 signatures.)
Our Attorney General cost us 22 working days by delaying the approval of the ballot title twice. His first refusal to approve the ballot title was April 9, 08 (14 days after it was submitted), and his final approval came May 9, 08. Multiply 22 days times 1439 (the average collection of signatures per working day) and you have another 31,658 signatures or more. Signatures came in faster every week than the week before. It took us a month to reach our full speed.
Isn't it reasonable then to believe that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's delays in approving the ballot cost Arkansans their first big chance to solve the illegal alien problem in Arkansas? The Attorney General has 10 business days to approve or deny an initiative, and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel waited every time until the last hours of the last day to respond. Does anyone think that was not on purpose?
As Dr. Bill Smith said on the ARRA News Service: "It is unfortunate, that the AG responsible for upholding the rule of law, should have been the person most responsible for the failure to secure enough signatures on a ballot initiative to help protect Arkansas citizens. Elections matter!" Tags:Arkansas, Attorney General, ballot initiatives, Dustin McDaniel, economic cost, illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, Secure ArkansasTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Bill Smith, ARRA News: Tony Snow (age 53), a conservative political commentator, died of colon cancer today in Washington, D.C. Like many others in America, my wife and I were stunned. We loved Tony Snow's upbeat attitude while addressing critical topics important today.
President George Bush said, "Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend Tony Snow. The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character. It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work." Snow served left broadcast journalism, when called by President Bush called him to be his press secretary. He served as press secretary for 17 months from May 2006 to September 2007.
Robert Anthony Snow was born June 1, 1955, in Berea, Ky., the son of a teacher and nurse. He graduated from Davidson College in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, and he taught briefly in Kenya before embarking on his journalism career. Because of his love for writing, Snow took a job as an editorial writer for the Greensboro Record in North Carolina and went on to run the editorial pages at the Newport News (Virginia) Daily Press, Detroit News and Washington Times. He became a nationally syndicated columnist, and in 1991 he became director of speech writing for President George H.W. Bush. Snow was the first host of the television news program "Fox News Sunday" from 1996 to 2003 and worked for the Fox News Channel and Fox News Radio.
Snow is survived by his wife, Jill Ellen Walker; their son, Robbie; and daughters, Kendall and Kristi. Our prayers are with Tony's family and his close friends. We will miss you Tony!Tags:Tony Snow, conservative, political commentator, died, colon cancer, White House Press Secretary, George W. Bush, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
A top Democrat told high school students gathered at the U.S. Capitol Thursday that climate change caused Hurricane Katrina and the conflict in Darfur, which led to the “black hawk down” battle between U.S. troops and Somali rebels. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), chairman of the House (Select) Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee, also equated the drive for global warming legislation with the drive for women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Heaven help us, there has GOT to be something in the water! Or, perhaps, someone is spiking the food being served on Capital Hill? Women’s suffrage and the phony global warming panic BS? Even after REAL scientists have disputed the nonsense, the weasels in charge are still pushing a lie. This garbage isn’t about the climate, it’s about money, pure and simple. . . .
There’s a LOT of that ignorance business going on, most notably with elected, and non elected, officials in countries around the world.
“Yes, that part of the world is subject to drought at times, but it has very little to do with global warming,” said Ebell. “It is subject to drought whether the global average temperature is going up, down, or staying the same. To say you know the conflict was caused by global warming is to show how really ignorant you are of the scientific issues involved.”
Was the drought back in the “Dust Bowl” years in the 1930’s caused by global warming? The decade was full of extremes: blizzards, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and dirt storms. Sound familiar?
The students who testified at the event, most of whom had lived in New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, described the difficulties they faced after the storm and blamed global warming for the disaster.
"Katrina woke me up and made me pay attention,” said 17-year-old Danielle Wold from Harvey, La. “One of the worst disasters in history made me want to do something. In 100 years, New Orleans could just be another Atlantis.”
Yes, Katrina sucked. It’s still sucking….thanks to the constant pounding, on the news, in the schools, in just about every venue you can imagine.
Bordes said that he thinks the warming of the atmosphere could lead to a situation in which his home, which is near the superdome in New Orleans, could become.
. . . Excuse me while I barf. The Boracle’s talking points are getting old. What is causing the most of the damage is the hot air blowing out of politicians, and their endless whining of “we must do something to stop it”. Just when did man decide he controls the climate? When did we the humans “take charge” of the planet?
Markey finished his talk by comparing the debate against global warming to the 20th century fight for women suffrage. “Back 100 years ago, women rose up and said we want the right to vote, and they were successful,” he said. “Now, you are like the green generation and you are rising up and saying we must ensure the planet does not suffer the worst consequences of climate change.”
The green generation? Oh, fer the love of pete. Made up of little stoners, children of libtards….oh, excuse me, I mean “progressives”. Women being granted the right to vote by the 19th Amendment is NOTHING like the push by politicians to take more of your money to promote a phony cause perpetrated by the biggest phony of all, who is already making MILLIONS off this foolishness.
Man’s arrogance is growing by leaps and bounds. We do NOT control the planet. We better learn to live WITH it. . . . [Read More] Tags:environment, global warming, History, Moonbats, Arrogant Idiots, US Congress, WeatherTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
A new television ad this week highlighting John McCain's years of service to our country and his commitment to bringing real change as president. Please take a moment to watch this ad and pass it along to any friends and family who may be interested in watching.
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The Senate will resume consideration of the housing bill (motion to disagree with House amendment #3 to H.R. 3221). A final procedural vote on the bill is scheduled for 5:20 PM which would return the bill back to the House. After the housing vote, senators will vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to the global AIDS relief bill (S. 2731).
From Senate & News Sources: A couple of events yesterday showed just how much things have improved in Iraq over the past year. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the first Turkish leader to visit Iraq in 20 years, in what the AP described as “a diplomatic victory for a country torn by violence just a year ago.”
The other event occurred here in Washington when the Senate overwhelmingly, and with little debate, confirmed Gen. David Petraeus to be Commander of U.S. Central Command and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno to be Commander of Multi-National Forces in Iraq. With the undeniable success of the surge and counterinsurgency strategies these commanders implemented, their promotions were almost entirely uncontroversial. It’s quite a contrast from last year, when Democrats were less than kind in their statements about Gen. Petraeus.
Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats continued to feel the pressure from their constituents and Republicans to drop their opposition to producing more American energy. There have been some encouraging statements from Senate Democrats, as The Columbus Dispatch notes today. However, The New York Times reports that House Democrats have decided to stick their heads in the sand, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying, “This call for drilling in areas that are protected is a hoax.” Really? Over two-thirds of Americans are calling for “a hoax?”
Clearly, Democrats are out of touch with the American public on increasing domestic energy supplies. In contrast, Senate Republicans are ready to “Find More and Use Less” energy with the Gas Price Reduction Act. All Democrats have to do is let Congress vote on it.
Through all of these debates, whether on energy, Iraq, or Medicare, there has remained one constant, the continuing mismanagement of Congress by Democrats. Slow-walking judges, ping-ponging bills between chambers without conference committees, and political grandstanding in lieu of serious legislating have all been among the hallmarks of this Democrat-controlled Congress. Democrats kept the streak alive this week with House and Senate leaders announcing that they will not move annual appropriations bills this year, one of Congress’ most basic jobs. Is it any wonder that only 9% of people polled by Rasmussen approved of this Congress and its Democrat leadership? Tags:gas prices, General David Petraeus, Iraq, Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, oil drilling, US Congress, US House, US Senate, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Tony Perkins: FRC held a standing-room-only panel discussion this morning about the California same-sex marriage ruling and its effects on religious liberty. Many religious organizations in California and elsewhere are worried about the possible erosion of their First Amendment rights and religious liberty protections. The panel addressed key issues being asked by religious organizations: Will churches be able to refuse to marry homosexual couples? Will they be able to deny access to their facilities? Will other Christian organizations be able to retain their religious identity and beliefs in light of the court's decision?
I was joined by scholars and lawyers from both sides of the argument: Seamus Hasson, founder, chairman of the board, and president of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; Professor Teresa Stanton Collett, University of St. Thomas School of Law; Nathan J. Diament, director of the Institute for Public Affairs of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America; Professor Chai R. Feldblum, Georgetown University Law Center; and Benjamin Bull from the Alliance Defense Fund. The reality is that the religious liberty of Americans is under fire, as evidenced by the loss of tax exempt status for a New Jersey Methodist organization that refused to allow lesbians to have a commitment ceremony at their site, and a lawsuit against a Christian photographer in Arizona who refused to take pictures of a lesbian commitment ceremony.
The panel also addressed the incidents in Sweden and Canada under their hate speech laws, including the prosecution of Swedish pastor Ake Green for speaking of homosexuality as a sin, and Pastor Stephen Boisson in Canada for the same offense. A part of the California ruling allows homosexual couples from out-of-state to travel there and get married. The ACLU and Lambda Legal Defense have already filed court papers in California to prevent the marriage amendment from being placed on the November ballot. California is the second state to allow and recognize same-sex marriage. The first state to allow same-sex marriage is Massachusetts which is bound by a 1913 law that prevents out-of-state gay and lesbian couples from getting married there. Massachusetts lawmakers are expected to vote next week to repeal the 1913 law. If they do so, it would put Massachusetts on par with California. See also:Boston Globe: Gay-marriage advocates hope to repeal old lawPanel Discussion on California Same-sex Marriage: The Impact on Religious LibertyTags:1st Amendment, churches, FRC, liberty, panel discussion, Religious Freedom, Tony PerkinsTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
After making its way through the conservative websites, Fox News reported today on Barrack Obama chastisement of the majority of Americans who want English to be the sole official language used by government agencies in the United States. These Americans do not object to others learning of a second non-English language as long as it is not mandated by the state. Americans are tired of "Press 1 for English." English is the language of international business, commerce, science, and technology. Other nations learn English, because English is the "universal" language in which things get done. As Bobby Eberle said, "Only in America (an English-speaking country) would left-wing Barack Obama tell Americans that their kids should learn Spanish."
William Gheen, ALIPAC: Obama comments are opposed by approximately 4 out of 5 Americans according to Rasmussen Report polling from last month, which shows 83% place a higher priority on encouraging immigrants to speak English as their primary language. Just 13% take the opposite view and say it is more important for Americans to learn other languages.
Americans are sick and tired of pressing 1 for English and being forced to pay for this liberal corporate social engineering experiment. Immigrants should ingratiate themselves and speak English because English is the language of the United States. The English language and the fact all Americans have shared a native tongue is an essential part of the equation that has made America such a successful nation. Obama is completely out of touch on immigration issues.
Bobby Eberle, GOPUSA: What an absolutely ridiculous speech. We need to make sure our kids can speak Spanish? Why? That is the question. Oh, and I have the answer. It's because the liberals are quite happy seeing millions of illegal aliens pour across our border and do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about it. Rather than solve the problem of illegal immigration by enforcing laws and securing our border (after all, if we did that, liberals would call us racists), the far left would rather Americans simply learn Spanish. That is their solution to the problem.
And it is definitely becoming more and more of a problem. Example... during these very nice summer months, my kids love to go . . . get sandwiches at Subway. Getting the sandwiches, however, has become more and more of an ordeal. In fact, the last time we went, it took forever simply because I couldn't understand the attendant, and the attendant couldn't understand me. I'll have a six-inch ham sandwich on wheat with lettuce and tomato... All I got was a blank stare. I repeated the order, with my daughter looking on. The lady finally grabbed the wheat bread and then selected turkey. No... I said ham. Now, this being a Subway restaurant in AMERICA, one would think that I could place my order in English. Wrong. This must be a Barack Obama Subway restaurant, and the only way to place an order is to do it in Spanish. Hmmm... I guess I should thank Obama for his speech. What he was trying to get across was the idea that we should teach our kids Spanish just so we can order a sandwich at an American restaurant. Thanks Obama for looking out for me! Tags:Barack Obama, Election 2008, English, grassroots, illegal immigration, immigrants, National Language, Politics, SpanishTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
The Senate resumed consideration of the housing bill (House message H.R. 3221). After an hour of debate, the Senate will vote on cloture on the motion to disagree with House amendment # 3 to the housing bill. The cloture votes on this bill have been necessary because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to prevent Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) from attaching an amendment to the bill extending tax credits for renewable energy. This afternoon, senators will vote on the nominations of Gen. David Petraeus to be Commander of U.S. Central Command and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno to be Commander of Multi-National Forces in Iraq.
Yesterday, the Senate passed the compromise FISA reform bill (H.R. 6304), finally sending it to President Bush for his signature. The president will sign the bill later this morning. Prior to passing FISA, amendments by Sens. Dodd, Specter, and Bingaman that would have weakened or eliminated the immunity provisions in the bill were defeated. The Senate also passed the Medicare payments fix bill following a successful cloture vote. Last night, Reid filed for cloture on the motion to proceed to the AIDS relief bill (S. 2731).
From News Sources: More and more bloggers are picking up on the harebrained schemes of Democrats in the House and Senate trying to restrict and regulate the way members use the internet to communicate with the public. ARRA News posted on this yesterday. Zenpundit at Chicago Boyz explains the problems with these proposals and then goes on to pithily answer criticism of the effort to bring these new rules to light: “rules that seem ‘reasonable’ regarding content and external sites are subjective and are to be interpreted by the majority at the minority’s expense.”
Uunprecedented gas prices continue to frustrate the American public. Some Democrats may finally be open to commonsense Republican energy proposals after hearing from their constituents last week. Though Democrats have spent much of the past couple months dismissing the importance of opening more domestic energy supplies, a wave of news stories this week shows that they’re now changing their tune.
Politico reports today: “Democrats’ long-held opposition to expanded offshore oil drilling [is] succumb[ing] to the political realities of $4-per-gallon gasoline” and that Democrat Sens. Dick Durbin, Jeff Bingaman, Tom Carper, Claire McCaskill, and Jim Webb may now be open to considering new drilling proposals. Keep Contacting these people and your Senator and Representatives!The Hill and Reuters have similar articles today, following reports yesterday in The Wall Street Journal that Democrat opposition to drilling was beginning to soften thanks to pressure from Senate Republicans and the outcries of constituents. GOP senators have been ready to “Find More and Use Less” with the Gas Price Reduction Act. Democrats need to join with Republicans to pass meaningful legislation which will develop more (drill for more oil) American energy while encouraging conservation.Tags:US Congress, US House, US Senate, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Forty-four Republican Senators support the Gas Price Reduction Actto find more American energy and use less. The bill's balanced approach is designed to attract bipartisan support. Tags:gas price reduction act, gas prices, lowering gas prices, oil, oil drilling, Republicans, Senate Republicans, Senators, videoTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Obama's Flip-Flops & Changing Positions. H/T to Expose Obama
for sharing this political cartoon
by Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner Tags:Barack Obama, Flip-Flop, Nate Beeler, political cartoonTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
CNN Bias In Covering Up Barack Obama’s Pro--Abortion Record
Matthew Balan, LifeNews: In a report on Monday's "The Situation Room" purporting to clarify how Barack Obama "really voted on abortion" (as the graphic on-screen at right stated), CNN correspondent Carol Costello misconstrued the Democrat's stance on legislation during his time in the Illinois state senate that would have protected infants that survived abortions. Besides the two votes specifically mentioned by Costello in the report, Obama also voted against it at the committee level, and when he was committee chair, denied a simple up or down vote on the legislation. The CNN correspondent also misrepresented the apparent pro-life stance of pro-abortion senators like "liberal Ted Kennedy" when the U.S. Senate voted on similar legislation.
The bill passed by unanimous consent, so none of the senators actually voted yes or no on it. Substitute host John Roberts introduced the segment, and asked Costello, "what are the allegations and what's the truth about Obama's abortion record?" Though the CNN correspondent did present both sides of the debate on the issue, she left out key details about Obama’s voting record.. . .[Read More]See also:Obama's biggest lie about supporting infanticide by Jill StanekTags:abortion, Barack Obama, CNN, Election 2008, infantricide, media bias, presidential candidate, pro-lifeTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Dr. Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: My Opinion! Barack Obama's move to Mile High is an exercise in stagecraft and a smoke and mirror job for the American people.
First, it is an affront to the Hillary Clinton delegates who would have comprised half the room if Obama were to appear at the Pepsi Center.
It is a calculated move to force networks into the very real choice of only covering his speech on the final day - denying the American people a true look at what the Democrat's platform and policies are all about, and denying the American people a true look into the divided nature of the convention.
If Obama's choice results in the networks only covering one day, would they then feel obligated to curtail coverage of the GOP convention? If so, Obama's calculated move then denies the American people a fair look at John McCain.
This begs the question of the true nature of Obama's calculated decision. Is it because he wishes to keep voters in the dark over real issues and only provide them spectacle? Is it because he is afraid Hillary's supporters might not provide applause (or even boo) a speech in a room that wasn't guaranteed to be stacked with his zealous followers?
What do you think? Leave a Comment!
Tags:Barack Obama, Election 2008, convention, Democrat, Denver, Mile HighTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Free Speech of U.S. Representatives & Senators at Risk
Bill Smith, Editor: U.S. Senate sources identified today that the Democrat leadership is seeking and developing actions to restrict the free speech of U.S. Representatives and Senators with both the public and their constituents. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised the most “open and honest Congress” when Democrats took over Congress at the beginning of last year. However, a majority Democrats have continually demonstrated that they don’t intend to live up to that pledge. In addition, online sources, Soren Dayton and Ed Morrissey are reporting that Democrat-controlled rule-making bodies in the House and Senate are trying to restrict and regulate the use of members’ communications on the Internet.
Ed Morrissey reports on the schemes in both chambers, asking “Why do Congressional Democrats fear free speech?” In the Senate, Rules Committee Chair Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is proposing a rule that would require her panel to essentially become the Internet speech police for the Senate. It would be up to the Rules Committee to “sanction” which websites and forms of communication they deem appropriate for senators to use, and would then require their regulations to apply to any domain not ending in “senate.gov.”
Even worse, the committee is seeking to be able to regulate content since the rule would give it the authority to require the removal of any content it considers in violation of Senate rules.The upshot of this proposal is that senators’ ability to use websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and others to communicate with their constituents and the American public could be jeopardized and the content of those communications subject to approval. On top of that, the rules are vague enough to raise concerns over how they might apply to basic things like guest postings on blogs like RedState and Townhall. No such restrictions exist on any other form of communication like TV and radio interviews or op-eds in newspapers. What is it about free speech online that Democrats find so threatening? Tags:congressmen, Democrats, free speech, Senator, US Congress, US House, US SenateTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
On The Senate Floor: FISA: Senate resumed consideration of the compromise FISA reform bill (H.R. 6304). After around an hour of debate on the bill, the Senate will proceed to a series of five votes. The first three will be on amendments to the bill. The first is from Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) and would strip from the bill the critical provision granting immunity from lawsuits to telecom companies that acted in good faith cooperating with terror surveillance. Two other amendments, one from Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and one from Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), would weaken the immunity provision enough to jeopardize passage of the bill. The White House has said that Congress should not pass any amendments to the bill. After the amendments are voted on, the Senate will vote on cloture and then final passage of the FISA bill.
Medicare/ TRICARE: A little more than a week ago, the Senate failed to pass a Medicare fix (H.R. 6331) by a single vote (59 to 39, when 60 votes were required). This was particularly frustrating since the House previously passed the fix by an overwhelming margin. As a result, a 10.6% cut in Medicare payments to doctors went into effect July 1.
Medicare has suspended action on claims until July 15 in hopes that a new law preventing the cuts can be passed by then. If that doesn't happen, the cuts will take effect, and many doctors have said they'll stop taking Medicare and TRICARE (retired military and disabled veterans) patients (TRICARE payments are tied to Medicare's). Retired military and civilians may find their doctors refusing care under Medicare and TRICARE (which affects retired and disabled veterans). Contact your senators! Urge that they vote FOR HR 6331 if it does comes up for a vote in the Senate. It is essential that Congress act before July 15 to prevent a 10.6% cut in Medicare payments and restore speech and physical therapy coverage to hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries who lost it as of July 1.
The Senate was scheduled for a new vote on the Medicare bill today. Reid has scheduled a re-vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to the Democrats’ Medicare payments bill (H.R. 6331), which cuts Medicare Advantage programs.Tags:FISA bill, Medicare, TRICARE, US Congress, US Senate, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Arkansas Immigration Ballot Initiative Signatures Fall Short
Secure Arkansas: Chairman Jeannie Burlsworth said supporters were about 5,000 signatures short of the 61,974-signature threshold for making the Nov. 4 general election ballot. She went on to say, Secure Arkansas is NOT going away. We didn't get our required number of 61,974 signatures or the 30-day extension, but we're forming a NONPARTISAN POLITICAL FORCE because the illegal alien crisis is a VERY important issue in Arkansas.
People may still go to the Secure Arkansas site and register for future information. Despite falling short, Burlsworth said she was pleased with the effort because more than 4% of the registered voters in 26 counties signed the petition whereas, state law required 4% of signatures in at least 15 counties across the state. She said public forums with lawmakers and citizens will be held over the next six months in each of the state's 75 counties in advance of the regular session, which convenes in January. "We're excited about the future," Burlsworth said. "We're going to look at how each county has been affected by the illegal alien crisis."
Postscript: Looking back, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel repeated denials of the Secure Arkansas ballot initiative greatly shortened the time available for Secure Arkansas supporters to collect signatures. One has to wonder if the Attorney General had not had campaign connections from those wishing to keep cheap illegal alien labor, and if he had approved the ballot initiative in a timely fashion, would the results have been the same? Based on the rate of signatures gathered, Secure Arkansas most likely would have secured more than enough signatures if the AG had not denied the initiative so many times. It is unfortunate, that the AG responsible for upholding the rule of law, should have been the person most responsible for the failure to secure enough signatures on a ballot initiative to help protect Arkansas citizens. Elections matter! Tags:ballot initiatives, Dustin McDaniel, elections, illegal aliens, Secure ArkansasTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
The Morning Bell, The Heritage Foundation: According to the non-partisan Annenberg Political Fact Check , Sen. Barack Obama’s tax plan would increase gross tax receipts by $103.3 billion in 2011 alone. That number by itself would make it the largest single-year tax increase in American history since World War II, and measured as a percentage of gross national product, it would be the fifth-largest tax increase since 1943. Even with these record-breaking levels of taxing, Obama still would not be able to cover all of his promised increases in domestic spending. Commenting on Obama’s tax and spending plans, Clinton-era Office of Management and Budget official Idabel Sawhill tells the Los Angeles Times: “I don’t think it all adds up.”
The Obama campaign claims its economic plan calls for only an additional $130 billion a year in increased domestic spending. But according to Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Co.), who sponsored an amendment to this year’s budget resolution that included all 111 Obama campaign promises for new domestic spending, the price tag is closer to $300 billion per year and $1.4 trillion over five years. (Obama ended up voting against his own platform.) . . .
Obama claims that by ending the Iraq war he will save $90 billion a year. But that was before his recent evolution on the issue. Despite whatever promises he makes to his supporters on his campaign website, he recently told America’s Servicemen and Women in Military Timesthat he would “draw down in a deliberate fashion in consultation with the Iraqi government, at a pace that is determined in consultation with General Petraeus.” . . . Heritage scholar Stuart Butler adds: “You cannot justify a longer-term commitment to a program based on a one-time saving on the war in Iraq.”
Forbes - NY,USA: Arkansas officials announced last week that the state ended the fiscal year with a $176.5 million surplus. That amounts to a little under 4 percent of the $4.5 billion in revenue the state pulled during the fiscal year that ended June 30. The extra money, plus another $83 million the state already had left over, means lawmakers will return to the Capitol with $259.5 million available in the state's General Improvement Fund - typically used to fund one-time projects. Gov. Bebee and Republican legislators have different views on the use of the surplus. Bebee sees fund being used for capital improvement needs and his fund to aid new business whereas Republicans see a need to rerun some of the money to people due to over taxation. Unknown if Gov. Bebee will finally agree on the repeal the remining state's sales tax on groceries which he had promised to eleiminate when running for office. . . . [Read More]Tags:Arkansas, excessive taxation, food tax, surplusTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Tom McClusky on the FRCBlog: Webster's Dictionary defines addiction as "compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal." Clearly this definition applies to those Members of Congress who can't seem to shake the monkey on their back of earmarks (spending taxpayer dollars on specially designated projects.) Not all earmarks are bad. However too often the way earmarks have been handled by both parties has been more about getting elected then in legislating responsibly. Consider some of the more recent "egregious earmarks" that Champion of the Taxpayer Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has highlighted (every time he highlights an earmark it is accompanied by a groan inducing pun):
Freshman Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) knows being elected comes with a great responsibility and has sworn off earmarks this year. She takes some of her colleagues to task in an op-ed in yesterday's Examiner:
"Only 38 members of the House of Representatives -- Democrat and Republican -- have publicly sworn off earmarks for a one-year moratorium. While many more members talk the talk about the broken earmarks system, only 38 of 435 elected members of Congress care enough to actually do something about it. As one of the members committed to not accepting earmarks this year, I know that this pledge is in the best interest of my constituents and our nation's middle class. Responsible spending in Washington means more money in the pocketbooks of our taxpayers. It's when our nation's families are thriving that our economy does too."
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The Senate will won't do much today because of the funeral for the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) at 2 PM in North Carolina. Due to this, there will be no votes today.
They will resume consideration of the compromise FISA reform bill (H.R. 6304). Three amendments to the FISA bill will be debated. The first is from Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) and would strip from the bill the critical provision granting immunity from lawsuits to telecom companies that acted in good faith cooperating with terror surveillance. Two other amendments, one from Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and one from Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), would weaken the immunity provision enough to jeopardize passage of the bill. The White House has said that Congress should not pass any amendments to the bill.
Tomorrow Senate again resume consideration of the FISA legislation and have another hour of debate. Following that, senators will vote on all 3 amendments, then on cloture, and then final passage of the bill. Yesterday, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the House’s 2nd amendment the housing bill (H.R. 3221).
From News Sources: As Americans’ frustration with the lack of Congressional action on gas prices deepens, a new Rasmussen poll shows that the Democrat-controlled Congress’s approval rating now stands at 9%. With gas reaching and average price of $4.11 per gallon yesterday, Americans are looking for real solutions. The Democrats’ approach was summed up marvelously by a Democrat aide who told The Hill today, “Right now, our strategy on gas prices is ‘Drive small cars and wait for the wind.’”
Contrast this with the Republican approach of putting forward the Gas Price Reduction Act, which would constitute a serious effort to “find more and use less” energy. According to The Washington Times, Sen. McConnell said, “The American people are saying loud and clear - there is no ambiguity about it - they want us to do something [about gas prices] and they understand the law of supply and demand.” Reutersnoted the “dramatic shift,” as Sen. McConnell deemed it, in public opinion in favor of more domestic energy production. And CQ’s Eric Pfeiffer writes, “Republicans are hoping to turn the energy debate into one of their new signature issues, believing that the rising concern among voters, driven by the ripple effect of soaring gasoline prices, can work in their favor in a year when most issues have been trending in favor of Democrats.”
Democrats have an opportunity to accomplish something important on a bipartisan basis that could have a real effect on energy. Rather than “wait[ing] for the wind,” Democrats should join with Republicans to support the Gas Price Reduction Act and allow us to find more American energy.Tags:FISA, gas prices, lowering gas prices, US Congress, US Senate, Washington D.C.To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Voters Approval of Congress falls to 9%! Lowest Ever Rating!
Rasmussen Reports survey issued this morning shows voters giving the Democrat lead Congress with the lowest approval rating of any Congress in history.
Rasmussen Reports: The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category. . . . Congress has not received higher than a 15% approval rating since the beginning of 2008. . . . [Read More on Survey]
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid have achieved the most dismal record ever with their liberal agenda and failure to address critical National issues like rising gas prices, homeland security, and the mortgage scandles. Their efforts to prohibit American owned businesses from Drilling for Oil in our own country and their actions restricting electric power companies to the use higher cost natural gas verses using cheap available coal is driving energy costs and gas prices beyond acceptable levels for the American people. It has not gone unnoticed by the public that these leaders have supported trial lawyers over loyal Americans who obeyed the requests of the Federal government to protect America. The public notices the effort of the congressional leaders to promote the bailout of banks and mortgage companies who promoted bad lending practices while ignoring the homeowners who are losing their homes to these same institutions. If democrat senators and reprentatives are concerned about America and regaining the voters' confidence, they should immediately replace Reid and Pelosi as their leaders. Tags:Democrat leadership, Democrats, Harry Reid, job approval, Nancy Pelosi, Rasmussen Reports, US CongressTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Blogs 4 Borders! 070608 Our weekly vlog -- podcast on illegal immigration and border security. In this weeks edition... Who are the violent ones? The SPLC insists that the Minutemen are a powderkeg of violence, but who is committing political violence? The Rule of Law? When sanctuary cities go bad!100% Preventable! Americans continue to pay the bloody price for open borders, when will the madness end?
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Tony Perkins, FRC Action Update: Perhaps one of the most profound tributes to the life of Senator Jesse Helms comes from an unlikely source, the ultra-left magazine Mother Jones. In a 1995 profile of the staunchly conservative senator, the reporter observed, "Unlike many of his Republican counterparts, Helms has changed little over the past 50 years." Where the Left may see unrelenting dedication to principle as a character flaw, we salute a gentleman who was unwavering in his convictions and devoted to faith, family and freedom. Unlike the many who are changed and influenced by their time of service in this city, Senator Helms was among the few who have changed this city and influenced the world. He stood for strength in our foreign policy and partnered with Ronald Reagan in the effort to bring down communism. He unflinchingly withstood mockery from radical abortion activists in defending the unborn. With his death this July 4th, the conservative movement lost a true leader. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Dot, and their family. Tags:FRC, Jesse Helms, Republican, Tony PerkinsTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
OneNewsNow.com: Do Americans want a military free of all religious influence? That is the question being posed in response to a letter from the ACLU to the United States Naval Academy demanding that midshipmen not be allowed to pray before their noon meal. For decades, lunch at the U.S. Naval Academy has been preceded by a brief, voluntary prayer. But earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union wrote the Academy demanding that the prayers cease. The ACLU claims the prayers violate the so-called "separation of church and state." . . . [Read more] Tags:ACLU, Navy Academy, prayer, US NavyTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
RPA, Little Rock: In Case You Missed You Missed It: Pat Lynch is featured today in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's opinion section . He uses the space to bring-up a good observation: Obama's new "policy" just doesn't agree with his policy. In other words, he says one thing - but in reality has no intention of honoring anything other than the most liberal ideological agenda in our nation's history. Pat Lynch, "Obama's Drift to the Middle:"
The latest thing to get the blogosphere in an tizzy is Sen. Barack Obama’s supposed drift to the political middle ground. (…) Specifically, in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling, he has announced support for individual gun ownership. He also has come out backing continued federal financial subsidies of so-called faith-based programs.
Although these intriguing developments are perfectly suited for stimulating commentary, let us deal first with a few foundational issues. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is going to be the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It may be close, but he will find a way. . . Although it is not much comfort for committed Democrats, we should all keep in mind that there is more wrong with this country than one man can fix by himself. . . .
Now that everyone clearly understands that this is a theoretical discussion, we can move ahead to analyze Obama’s centrist strategy. . . . It may be that Obama sees this business of helping religious organizations from a perspective that is unfamiliar to social liberals, and entirely foreign to the rigid Republican right. Perhaps an illustration would better explain what he might have in mind. Stay with me.
These kinds of expectations must necessarily be filtered though personal experience. In parts of the South, for example, members of certain prevalent denominations could never imagine being outnumbered by people from a different, and perhaps hostile, culture. Growing up as a Roman Catholic in Alabama, let me tell you that it is no fun being on the wrong side of the majority denomination.
My friends on the left are in equally unfamiliar territory since Obama’s suggestion on helping church-sponsored social ministries, and there also is an aspect of this which has, so far, generally escaped conservative thinkers. Now this is a complete hypothetical, offered in good clean fun for the sole purpose of provoking serious reflection, but what if a future Obama administration began doling out lots of federal tax dollars to the left-leaning, old-school, mainline Protestant denominations? Those are the ones that have espoused every imaginable liberal political cause from gay marriage to immigration reform and abortion.
Very often, how you see things depends on where you sit. If a Democratic president started handing out government money to the church social programs of the religious left, we would rightly expect the most energetic opposition. Right-wing activists might even call out the ACLU. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Based solely on principle, government funding should never go to any church. It’s bad public policy and destructive of religious liberty. No matter which political polarity comes out ahead at the moment, it’s just plain wrong. Once those on the religious right figure that out, they might also try remembering who it was that opened the door for Obama in the first place.
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New Obama T-Shirt! "In Your Gut’s - You Know He’s Nuts!"
TRM at Democrat=Socialist has designed a new t-shirt which was too good not to share. Visit TRM's site and get one of these. Great for the conservative in your life and great as a gag gift for that confused liberal in your life. Tags:Barack Obama, Democrat, Obama, socialist, t-shirt, political satireTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Congress returns from its July 4th break this week to face a lot of unfinished business especially its lack of action on energy and high gas prices. Members should have heard their constituents’ growing frustration with high gas prices, but it remains to be seen whether Democrats who have continually blocked action on domestic energy production have had a change of heart. Democrats will have a chance this month to join Senate Republicans to “find more and use less” energy by supporting the Gas Price Reduction Act this month. Will they do the right thing, or will their loyalties to Greenpeace carry the day?
The Senate reconvenes at 2 PM today. The Senate will resume consideration of the housing bill (House messages to accompany H.R. 3221) with a cloture vote on agreeing with the House’s 2nd amendment scheduled for 5:30 PM. Tomorrow, the Senate resumes consideration of the FISA reform bill (H.R. 6304). Votes are expected on three amendments.
From The News:CNN poll found that 73% of those surveyed “favored an expansion of offshore drilling for oil and natural gas in protected U.S. waters.” Before Congress left town, Republicans proposed the Gas Price Reduction Act of 2008 with the goal of a narrowly-targeted proposal that could do something in the near term and reach out to our Democratics. If Democrats really care about high gas prices, they should be willing to support commonsense plans to produce more American energy.
Unfortunately, Investor’s Business Daily pointed out last week, “Democrats in Congress for nearly two decades have rejected drilling for more oil, building more refineries or developing more nuclear power.” Liberal Democrats have been out of touch with Americans’ energy needs. Perhaps that’s why so many people watched in one of last week's most viewed YouTube videos of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proclaiming that coal and oil are “ruining our country” and “ruining our world.” [video below] Reid’s hometown paper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, commented in an editorial, “Funny thing about coal and oil. Before they began transforming Americans’ everyday lives by providing electricity and transport that didn’t require a horse, average citizens trudged though life with mouths half-full of teeth, fortunate to live past age 40. Far from making us sick, they’ve powered advances that have extended the country’s collective life expectancy to about 80, helped eliminate hard-core poverty and made us the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet.”
Harry Reid Says "Coal Makes Us Sick" Truth is -- Harry Reid Makes Most of Us Sick!
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Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: I was angered but too stunned by the recent Supreme Court decision taking the death penalty off the table for raping children (toddlers!). I have three lovely young granddaughters and I couldn't help but think that if one of these scumbags had rapped one of my little girls -- I'll leave it to your imagination as to what "extreme measures" this veteran would have taken. I have talked with many God fearing men about this situation, and they all admit that when government fails to protect the public, citizen action is required.
The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child.This was a direct quote from liberal Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court; and the four other liberal justices unfortunately agreed. I don’t understand how the highest court in our land can declare that capital punishment is too severe for raping children. This is a clear example of the fundamental differences between conservatives and liberals.
The court’s 5-4 decision struck down a Louisiana law that allows capital punishment for people convicted of raping children under 12. The ruling also invalidates laws in five other states that currently allow executions for child rape that does not result in the death of the child. Angry Louisianans who backed the law said the court was out of touch. I say they are liberally INSANE.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says it well:
The opinion reads more like an out-of-control legislative debate than a constitutional analysis … One thing is clear: The five members of the court who issued the opinion do not share the same ’standards of decency’ as the people of Louisiana.
This means that this repugnant swine Patrick Kennedy, who was originally sentenced to death for raping his 8-year-old step daughter in Louisiana will get a new sentence hearing, and who knows … maybe even get out on parole in a few years. And also this deranged mass of human waste Richard Davis, who was sentenced to the death penalty for repeatedly raping a little girl the same age as mine (5 years old) will also get a new sentence. This sickens me.
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Michael Reagan, GOPUSA: Americans are worried. Americans are angry. Soaring gas prices are seriously crippling our economy and hitting us where it hurts the most -- in our pockets. We have a right to be angry, but anger is no longer enough. It's time for rage -- good, old American rage aimed at those elitist Democrats who prefer to see the folks beggared by soaring fuel prices rather than take the action this very real economic crisis demands.
Drill. We know that the law of supply and demand is what's causing gas prices to soar, but merely knowing the ultimate cause of the crisis is not enough. We need to know why the most obvious remedy -- one that promises to increase supply -- is being studiously avoided by the powers that be, Democrats in Congress. . . .
The steady increase in gas prices can be stopped dead in its tracks, and rolled back to less onerous levels literally overnight. The Democrats in Congress have in their hands the magic wand they could easily wave, but they arrogantly refuse to use it. And so we continue to pay the price for their refusal to help their fellow Americans when they have the power to do so.
All they need to do is lift all moratoria and restrictions on domestic, offshore and Alaskan drilling for oil. That's all. A quick wave of that magic wand is all that's needed. But they will not act, and for that they must be made aware that they will pay a steep price at the polls for their refusal to act when action is desperately needed.
Make no mistake about it, the oh-so-liberal Democrats in the House and Senate, in the pockets of the super-rich environmentalists who scarcely conceal their contempt for their fellow humans and won't be happy until every automobile is driven from America's roads and highways, simply will not come to our aid. As Marie-Antoinette is said to have remarked about her starving subjects who were demanding bread, "Let then eat cake," our elected Democratic members of Congress are in effect saying of Americans, "Let them ride bikes."
In their contemptuous sophistry their spokesmen sneer that opening the gates to domestic and offshore drilling would not yield results for 10 years. That excuse for inaction is insultingly deceptive. While it will take years to see our domestic supply of petroleum begin to take up the slack, the very declaration that the floodgates will be opened and America is on he way to independence from foreign oil will strike fear into the hearts of OPEC and the speculators who have driven the price of oil skyward. . . .
As economist Lawrence Kudlow wrote in his column, "An America First Energy Plan," "As soon as you say, 'End the drilling moratoriums,' it is precisely those traders who will start selling oil contracts -- long before the first offshore oil barrels are delivered to market. If they see presidential leadership on oil and shale drilling, they will rapidly turn a bull market into a bear market."
A partial answer to our immediate problem is at hand. The steady increase in pump prices can be halted and prices somewhat rolled back to a more acceptable level. Yet those Democrats who the people elected to Congress are turning their backs on the voters who sent them to Washington and coldly refusing to lift a finger to help the American people, preferring instead to lay the blame for the problem on big oil, speculators and every place but where it belongs. On themselves. If that doesn't enrage you, nothing will. . . . [Read More] Tags:Democrat leadership, gas prices, Michael Reagan, oil drilling, US CongressTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Secure Arkansas: If you have been or still wish to collect signature to support the Secure Arkansas ballot initiative, please read this important notice:
If you have any petitions on hands right now, be sure to get them to us. We still do not know if we have enough signatures, but get your petitions to us, even if it is Monday. DO NOT throw petitions away because if we get 61,974 signatures or more, we can still use them for what might be disqualified. We have 30 days extra to make up for those. Go to Secure Arakansas if you think you can gather more signatures.
The Secure Arkansas ballot initiative is titled: An Act To Prevent Persons Unlawfully Present in the United States From Receiving Certain Public Benefits. Tags:Arkansas, ballot initiatives, Secure ArkansasTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
The following t-shirt worn at a local event has a message.
You can get one of these at Gun Owners of America. Tags:Gun Owners of America, gun rights, humor, t-shirtTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
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