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Saturday, August 30, 2008
Headed to RNC Convention 2008 & to Centerfield
Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: There won't be much posted today as I am traveling to St Paul, MN where I will report on the Republican National Convention, special events and receptions during the week.
In addition, I am excited that several right minded national main Street Media bloggers and radio show hosts have joined together. They will be broadcasting radio shows, posting stories, and meeting with people in the heart of downtown Minneapolis’ historic warehouse district at the newly opened “Centerfield.” Centerfield is located at 119 North Fourth Street at the corners of North 4th Street and 2nd Avenue North. Lets Get This Right and Grizzly Groundswell are setting up a Grizzly Groundswell Strategy Headquarters at Centerfield. Centerfield has graciously opened their doors to house credentialed bloggers and to provide us with a RNC convention headquarters from which we can blog, broadcast radio shows, coordinate daily activities and meet with other and coordinate with other Main Street Media members.
We invite all Grizzly Groundswell Strategy members, Let's Get This Right activists, bloggers and participants to come by Centerfield when they arrive in Minnesota and make themselves comfortable throughout the convention! Stop in and get a little Grizzly with all of us! Enjoy the great food and drink at Centerfield and lift up this great business and its owner, Josh. Join Lets Get This Right and Grizzly Groundswell as we carry out this historic coverage! Centerfield will be open to the public all throughout the convention.
When not at the convention and attending events. we intend the flex our Main Street Media Muscle at Centerfield. However, that does not stop people from having good times and fun will other bloggers and RNC attendees during the whole week of the convention at Centerfield. A couple special events for RNC attendees have been planned in advance:
The first is on Sunday Night, Aug. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m, with a Kick-off of the RNC at Centerfield Bar and Restaurant. This will be the place to be this Sunday Night for Fun Food and Drinks! Joining us for the event will be Barb Davis White and Ed Matthews, Candidates for U.S. Congress. Other Congressional candidates are expected. This event is free and open to the public! Chad Everson, will host his popular Grizzly Groundswell Blogtalk Radio broadcast from Centerfield during the evening.
Then on Wednesday Sept. 4th from 4-6 pm, we will have a Grizzly Groundswell Strategy Event Bash co-hosted by Lets Get This Right (LGTR) to celebrate our historic coverage. The event's hosts will be Chad Everson (MN), Director of Grizzly Groundswell, Brad Marston (MA), Co-Executive Director of LGTR, Sheridan Folger (NH), Co-Executive Director of LGTR, and Dr. Bill Smith (AR), National Political Director of LGTR. Everyone is welcome. Come and get to meet-up with Grizzly Groundswell and Lets Get This Right! Tags:Bill Smith, bloggers, Centerfield, Election 2008, Let's Get This Right, Minneapolis, Minnesota, RNC Convention, St PaulTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families: We now have the most pro-life ticket in history, running on the most pro-life platform in history. This selection is a grand slam home run! Sarah Palin is conservative. She is pro-family. She is pro-life.
Gov. Palin recently had her fifth child, Trig, who was diagnosed in the womb with Down Syndrome. Her doctors advised her to have an abortion, but Palin refused. When Trig was born, Gov. Palin wrote:
“Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purposes and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed.”
Sarah Palin was elected governor of Alaska in November 2006 by taking on political corruption and vowing to reduce spending. More importantly, she has delivered on those campaign promises: Under her leadership, the legislature passed a major ethics reform bill, and she cut more than $200 million in state spending.
Described in one media report as a “strong social conservative and a staunch supporter of gun rights,” a poll in late July put her approval rating at a whopping 80%. Her oldest son, Track, joined the Army last year on the sixth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Both the Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates currently have children serving in America’s Armed Forces.
There is no excuse now for any conservative, any “values voter,” any pro-life advocate to sit out this election or gripe about the choice. And, of course, Senator McCain’s historic selection of a pro-life, conservative woman to join the GOP ticket could fundamentally alter the course of this election. Thank you, Senator McCain!
John McCain and Sarah Palin can beat the Obama/Biden ticket, but only if we enthusiastically rush to the front lines for what is guaranteed to be the most critical election in generations. . . . It’s going to be an exciting year, and I hope you are as encouraged today as I am! Tags:Gary Bauer, John Mccain, pro-life, Republicans, Sarah PalinTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Kerby Anderson, Point of View:For years, watchdog groups have said that government needs to be more transparent. In the last few years, the federal government and many state governments have taken meaningful steps to be more transparent. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 set up a free, publicly searchable website that taxpayers can use to find all federal grants and contracts. This website allows each of us (as well as columnists, commentators, and reporters) a chance to see what happens to our tax dollars.
The authors of the legislation were Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn and Illinois Senator Barack Obama. Their legislation has been especially helpful to various think tanks and advocacy groups to track spending and earmarks. Even more encouraging is the fact that many states have been willing to follow the federal example and enact similar legislation. Texas, for example, has a website that allows visitors to search on various categories (such as state agency search, vendor search, spending category search, or purchases code.) Apparently, with a little expertise, you can get down to the finest detail.
More than a dozen states have such a website, and others promise to be online soon. It is reasonable to assume that eventually all states, along with the federal government, will provide citizens with information about where their tax dollars are spent. I think that this is an encouraging trend. Earmarks and pork barrel spending have been a concern for many years. Most earmarks are secured in secret and doled out without much publicity. These websites will be a great disinfectant to some of the back room deals and even the governmental corruption of the past.
But information is only part of the solution. When this information is made available, citizens should demand accountability to make sure that our taxes are spent wisely and efficiently. While I am grateful for more government transparency, it is only an important first step. Now it is up to us to use that information effectively. I'm Kerby Anderson, and that's my point of view. ARRA Editor Note: Concerned about transparency, visit Sunshine Review Tags:government transparency, Kerby Anderson, Point of View, Sunshine ReviewTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Family Research Council Action hase researched and produced a highly detailed voter guide. They have drilled down on the issues important to the family so as to discover not only a candidate's position, but the depth of that position. They have provided footnotes as reference guides to substantiate our findings. The footnotes also serve as further reading as you continue to contemplate your decision. The Guide is a PDF document - Click to view. Tags:Barack Obama, Family Research Council, FRC, John McCain, presidential candidates, voter guideTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president. Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington.
Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources. She leads a state that matters to every one of us -- Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.
In Alaska, Governor Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the "bridge to nowhere" that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
As the head of Alaska's National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops. Governor Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today. Tags:Election 2008, GOP, John McCain, Republicans, Sarah PalinTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
NPR's Juan Williams: Barack Obama "Doesn't Have The Record" of Bipartisanship That John McCain Has. You think about everything from campaign finance to immigration and on, and there's John McCain working across party lines. Senator Obama doesn't have a record. Now, he can make the claim and he can hold himself up as pure and trying to reach to a new generation of post partisan politics, but he has to do so largely based on rhetoric and wishful thinking because he doesn't have the record. (Fox News' "Special Report With Brit Hume," 5/7/08)
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Study other states' laws You [the Arkansas Dem-Gazette] recently published a positive story on E-Verify quoting a spokesman saying that E-Verify is updated continuously, has become much more efficient and has added photos.
E-Verify is the Social Security Number Verification Service allowing employers to verify if an employee is here legally. The story indicated that Sen. Mark Pryor is in the process of sponsoring a federal law to require E-Verifying for new employees.
A new Mississippi law requires all employers to participate in E-Verify, to be phased in annually until all companies are included, by July 1, 2011. The first phase, all government agencies and businesses with more than 250 employees, began July 1. An employer violating the law is subject to ineligibility for contracts and loss of business license.
Arizona implemented E-Verify in January. Google "illegal immigrants leaving Arizona" and you will find stories indicating that illegals left in droves, many as soon as it was passed, even before it became effective.
Gov. Mike Beebe was quoted last year saying that before Arkansas passes more laws addressing illegal immigration, state officials should study such laws recently passed by other states. This year Beebe, in opposing the Secure Arkansas ballot initiative, indicated that Arkansas doesn't need any more laws.
Let's let Beebe and our legislators know that E-Verify works and that we expect action like Arizona and Mississippi in our session starting in January. BRENDA TOLLETT, De Queen [Letter to Voices page, Arkansas Dem-Gaz, 8-28-08, 8-28-08] Tags:Arkansas, DeQueen, e-verify, employment verification, illegal aliens, Secure ArkansasTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Republican Party of Arkansas: List of Republican Delegates attending the GOP National Convention 2008 in St. Paul, MN. Automatic Delegates:
- Dennis Milligan, RPA Chairman Little Rock (Saline)
- Jim Burnett AR National Committeeman; Little Rock (Van Buren)
- Reta Hamilton AR National Committeewoman; Bella Vista (Benton) At-Large Delegates:
- Congressman John Boozman, Ark Delegation Chair; Rogers (Benton)
- Pat Harris Vice, Chair of Ark Delegates; Bryant (Saline)
- Anne Britton; Fayetteville (Washington)
- Dixie Carlson; Marion (Crittenden)
- Ann Clemmer; Benton (Saline)
- Elmer Flucht; Mayflower (Mayflower)
- Patricia Greene; Little Rock (Pulaski)
- Jim Harris; Bryant (Saline)
- Julie Harris; Springdale (Washington)
- Prissy Hickerson; Texarkana (Miller)
- French Hill; Little Rock (Pulaski)
- Robin Lundstrum; Springdale (Washington)
- Rep. Mark Martin; Prairie Grove (Washington)
- Doug Matayo; Springdale (Washington)
- Ann Schmuecker; Mountain Home (Baxter)
- Dr. Robert Smith, Sr.; Little Rock (Pulaski)
- Doyle Webb; Benton (Saline)
- Joseph Wood; Fayetteville (Washington)
- Duane Neal; Bentonville (Benton) District Delegates:
- Joe LeBlanc: Mountain Home (Baxter)
- Gerald Fulbright; Locust Grove (Independence)
- Dorothy Crockett; Osceola (Mississippi)
- Bonnie Davis; Sherwood (Pulaski)
- Charles Mazander; Benton (Saline)
- John Parke; Little Rock (Pulaski)
- Jonathan Barnett; Siloam Springs (Benton)
- Jim Reavis; Fayetteville (Washington)
- Susan Gessler; Fayetteville (Washington)
- Barbara Deuschele; Hot Springs (Garland)
- Mary Ann Lewis; Hope (Hempstead)
- Bill Poynter; Texarkana (Miller) At Large Alternates:
- Liza Freeman Wright; Little Rock (Pulaski)
- Collette LaBlanc; Mountain Home (Baxter)
- Lucy Ralston; Fayetteville (Washington)
- Aaron Black; North Little Rock (Pulaski)
- Steve Hollowell; Forrest City (St. Francis)
- Vicki Boozman; Cave Springs (Benton)
- Wayne Bowen; Arkadelphia (Clark)
- Maezetta Ramsey; Fayeteville (Washington)
- David McCoy; Benton (Benton)
- Rick Caldwell; Little Rock (Pulaski)
- Jason Tolbert; Benton (Saline)
- Meredith Novak; Mountain Home (Baxter)
- Leslie Rutledge; Little Rock (Pulaski)
- Marty Benedict; Fayetteville (Washington)
- Dale Benedict; Fayetteville (Washington)
- Stacey Utley; Cabot (Lonoke)
- Lauren Huckabee; Little Rock (Pulaski) Congressional District Alternates:
- Bobbi Dodge; West Memphis (Crittenden)
- Donnie Scroggins; Truman (Poinsett)
- Ralph Myers, III; McCrory (Woodruff)
- Mozella Flucht; Mayflower (Mayflower)
- Christian Olson; Little Rock (Pulaski)
- JoNell Caldwell; Little Rock (Pulaski)
- Cathy Boozman; Rogers (Benton)
- Dr. Lew Britton; Fayetteville (Washington)
- Jonathan Harris; Springdale (Washington)
- Jana Kay Starr; Nashville (Howard)
- Jennifer Parks; El Dorado (Union)
- Nita Waddell; Hope (Hempstead) Delegate Alternates:
- Dr. John Jucas; El Dorado (Union)
- Kermit Parks; El Dorado (Union) Tags:Arkansas, delegates, Republican National Convention, RNCTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee has released his delegates to support for John McCain. A staffer at HuckPac has confirmed that letters were sent to the States in which he had won delegates. The letter freed his delegates to support behind Sen. John McCain on the first round of voting. That letter does not void state party rules when they cannot be released by the delegate.
Alabama and Kansas has already confirmed receipt of the letter. While the HuckPac source said a letter was also sent to Arkansas, Huckabee's home state, delegation, the RPA as of this post could not confirm receipt.
Unlike Hillary Clinton who continued to use her followers to "milk" her opportunities until after she and Bill had spoken to the convention and then released her delegates, Huckabee has not pandered and has shown straight forward support for the presumptive nominee John McCain. Huckabee hopes everyone will vote for McCain. Tags:Election 2008, delegates, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Republican National Convention, RNCTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Senate Staff Observer: Apparently, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just can’t help himself. In the process of delivering a speech on energy issues to the Democrat convention in Denver last night, he relied on his old standby of insults and innuendo to attack policies he disagrees with. As he’s done many times in the Senate, Reid spent most of his time attacking oil drilling and President Bush.
Republicans support developing alternative energy sources, but understand they will not be ready for widespread efficient use overnight. In the meantime, Republicans are saying we should tap domestic oil and natural gas reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lower prices.
But clearly Reid is more interested in leveling accusations and lobbing insults. He calls the idea of more offshore drilling “snake oil” and ridiculed it as “Doc McCain’s magic off-shore oil elixir.” So is Reid accusing all his fellow Democrats who have expressed their willingness to consider offshore drilling of peddling “snake oil and quackery”? What about the majorities of the American public who want to see more domestic drilling and energy production?
Reid offered little in the way of solutions, but he did make sure to point out that “President Carter warned us about it in the 1970s when he proposed real solutions . . . .” Little surprise that Reid would invoke Carter, since he’s pushed energy billsfull of failed ideas right out of the 1970s. Americans are looking for real solutions on energy and gas prices. But what do they get from Harry Reid and the Democrats running Congress? Name-calling and obfuscation. There’s a reason congressional approval ratings are at record lows. Tags:Democrat National Convention, DNC, energy policy, failed leadership, GOP, Harry Reid, Republicans, US SenateTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Ozark Guru: ABC Reporter getting arrested in Denver for trying to film Senators who were coming out of a private meeting. Were they protecting leading democrats and big donors? I am not a fan of liberal ABC reporters. But this "Brown Shirt" activity by police is unacceptable. If ABC crews gets kicked around imagine what they would do to liberty loving conservative bloggers! [The video and the news story is available at ABC News .]
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by Dick Armey, Real Clear Politics: Like most conservatives, I look at the looming November election with a certain sense of gloom. While Senator McCain has a good shot at taking the White House, Democrats look certain to expand their majorities in both the House and Senate by considerable margins. As the Democratic Party gathers in Denver this week, it will lay out an aggressive policy agenda worthy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The 111th Congress has the potential to pass legislation of the magnitude of the New Deal and Great Society; indeed, we may face a historic turning point in our economy in the wake of the 2008 election. Examining the legislative proposals laid out by Democrats for a potential Obama presidency, I see the four horsemen of the economic apocalypse gathering on our horizon.
The first horseman will bring higher taxation, which, as students of Economics 101 learn, destroys incentives to save and invest, reducing economic growth. . . .
The second horseman, seen lurking Capitol Hill for nearly a decade, is energy regulation. . . .
We can expect the third horsemen to unleash a new wave of union building legislation in the 111th Congress, beginning with "card check," a plan to boost sagging union membership by eliminating the secret ballot when it comes to the important decision of whether workers want to unionize. . . .
The fourth horseman first began to ride during the 1930s under President Roosevelt, and came of age during the Great Society. This horseman is government-run health care, and a new Congress provides the perfect opportunity to expand. Rather than harnessing the market and empowering individuals, expect to see policies that expand the role of government in the health care system, with more bureaucrats, more price controls, and more taxes to pay for it all. . . .
Our economy rewards entrepreneurship and investment, allowing all Americans to benefit. The policies of the four horsemen share a top down, command-and-control philosophy that is out of step with global economic trends and costly for America's taxpayers and consumers. In fact, the four horsemen have the potential kill the goose that laid the golden egg, shackling an economy that has allowed generations of Americans to prosper. Is this the legacy, high taxes and a stagnant economy, we want to leave our children? [Full Story: The Four Horsemen of Economic Apocalypse] Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey is chairman of FreedomWorks in Washington, D.C. Tags:Apocalypse, Dick Armey, Economics, economy, energy regulation, Four horsemen, government regulation, higher taxes, Real Clear PoliticsTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Ozark Guru: The photo below was provided by a friend and captures a disturbing trend that is beginning to affect wildlife in the USA. Animals that were formerly self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the Democratic Party, as they have apparently learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their care and sustenance. Tags:Bears, Democrat, Democratic Party, Ozark Guru, socialismTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families : When it comes to values issues, the media and leftwing groups routinely criticize conservatives for inserting religion into politics, and yet they stay silent when the “Religious Left” makes a faith-based case for bigger government or pacifism. But, unfortunately, there are also times when liberals try to use appeals to faith and end up grossly distorting the Gospel in the process.
I am still recovering from Obama saying that the Sermon on the Mount informs his support for the radical agenda of the militant homosexual rights movement and his opposition to the traditional definition of marriage. That’s an interpretation I completely missed growing up. And after re-reading it several times recently, I still don’t see what Obama sees.
Now here comes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misrepresenting the doctrines of the Catholic Church and distorting the teaching of St. Augustine on life. This weekend on Meet the Press, Pelosi was asked by Tom Brokaw to help out Barack Obama after he was stumped at the Saddleback forum over the question of when a baby gets human rights. Here’s how Pelosi answered the question:
“I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctrines of the church have not been able to make that definition. . . . St. Augustine said at three months. We don’t know. The point is, is that it shouldn’t have an impact on a woman’s right to choose. . . . I don’t think anybody can tell you when life begins, human life begins.”
The reaction to Pelosi’s comments was severe. As one might expect, Catholic leaders objected to her remarks, but their response was more than just an obligatory press release. Several Catholic leaders around the country were quick to clarify Pelosi’s misstatement of Catholic doctrine, and they had some very pointed remarks of their own.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver issued a statement saying, “Killing an unborn child is never the right answer to a woman’s or society’s problems. …Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them.”
Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., said, “Abortion is evil. It’s the destruction of a human life . . . this teaching has not changed and remains unchanged.”
Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine also issued a statement that strongly affirmed the Catholic Church’s commitment to the sanctity of human life, concluding, “…the Church teaches that from the time of conception (fertilization), each member of the human species must be given the full respect due to a human person, beginning with respect for the fundamental right to life.”
Whatever “outreach” the Democrats had hoped for in attracting the support of people of faith has probably suffered a huge setback in recent days. No matter what image they try to project, the fact remains that the Democrat Party is 100% committed to abortion-on-demand and the radical agenda of the homosexual movement.
Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion candidate the Democrats have ever nominated, and in calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, he has fully embraced the most extreme positions of the Left when it comes to the redefinition of marriage and the family. The contrast on values issues between Sen. McCain and Barack Obama is tremendous. In the days ahead, we will be working overtime to expose Obama’s radical record! Tags:Barack Obama, Election 2008, Gary Bauer, Nancy Pelosi, pro-abortion, religious leftTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
"Distant" relatives of Barack Hussein Obama traveling to local airports to catch flights to Denver, Colorado to participate in the temple ceremony at Mile High stadium. Rumor has it that at their departure airports, they had to leave their weapons and excess baggage behind. Many expressed they would like to hangout in America to pick up a few things and maybe another wife and even visit Barack at the White House. Tags:Barack Hussein Obama, Colorado, Denver, Mile High, political humorTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Phyllis Schlafly: Smarting from ridicule about the way John Edwards' sexual mischief was covered up or ignored for months, the mainstream media have decided to avoid similar charges that they are protecting Barack Obama. Hence the unprecedented New York Times page-one treatment of Jerome Corsi's latest best-seller, The Obama Nation. Corsi's book, copiously footnoted, assembles thousands of facts to present a newsworthy picture of the personality and character of the presumptive Democratic nominee. After all, that's what Obama's supporters say is of primary importance.
His political strategist, David Axelrod, is known for projecting personality as the principal factor in electing a candidate. Paul Waldman, the Media Matters spokesman chosen by Larry King Live and C-SPAN to rebut Corsi, claims that it's not specifics or issues but character that counts the most. Maybe Axelrod and Waldman are correct that the voters don't demand to be told about their presidential candidate's specific plans for withdrawal from Iraq, or health care, or tax policy. Maybe they don't even care that Obama does not have a single legislative accomplishment from his service in either the U.S. Senate or the Illinois Senate. . . .
David Axelrod and Barack Obama have decided to run a presidential campaign on the cult of personality and character. If that's the battleground of the 2008 race, Jerome Corsi's book provides all the information needed to defeat him. Maybe Hillary Clinton's top strategist and pollster, Mark Penn, had it right when he wrote this in a secret memo on March 19, 2007, recently unearthed by Atlantic magazine. Obama lacks "American roots" and "is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values." [Full Story: Obama: Running on the Cult of Personality]Tags:Barack Obama, cult, Election 2008, Jerome Corsi, Phyllis Schlafly, PoliticsTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Debra - Lifelong Democrat, Former Clinton Delegate Endorses McCain: U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign today released its latest television ad, entitled “Debra.” The ad features Debra Bartoshevich, a lifelong Democrat and former Clinton delegate, explaining why she supports John McCain. Because John McCain has the experience and judgment we need at these challenging times, millions of Democrats from across the country are supporting him. The ad will air in key states.
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Presumptive GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain to visit O'Fallon, Missouri, on Sunday, August 31, along with Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Mitt Romney and others on the Road to the Republican National Convention. T.R. Hughes Ballpark, 900 T.R. Hughes Blvd., O'Fallon, MO 63366 More details on McCain Missouri Rally. Tags:Cindy McCain, John McCain, Missouri, Rally, RNCTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Gary Bauer: I am writing to you today from Minneapolis, site of the upcoming Republican National Convention. This week, the Republican Platform Committee will be holding its deliberations. I am happy to report that the McCain campaign asked me to come to Minneapolis and advise the committee on a wide variety of issues that are of interest to conservative, pro-family/pro-life voters. I continue to get many opportunities to represent our values with the campaign, a development that I hope encourages you as much as it does me.
The Democrats are in Denver this week for the Colorado coronation of the Obama/Biden ticket. But they will have some unexpected company there, highlighting the very real danger this ticket represents to our country and our values. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will also be in Denver to expose the Democrats' leftwing agenda. Their slogan is "Not Ready '08: A Mile High and an Inch Deep."
The GOP has also launched a great new website --www.notready08.com. One of my favorite features on the site is the video board featuring brief clips of leading Democrats, including Joe Biden, making it painfully clear just how unqualified and inexperienced Barack Obama really is. As I noted in my Saturday Special Message, Joe Biden said that Barack Obama was not ready to be president and that the presidency does not "lend itself to on-the-job training." At www.notready08.com you can see a video clip of George Stephanopolous questioning Biden about that very statement with Obama standing right next to him.
I encourage you to click on the "Videos" tab and watch the eight minute "Obama Iraq Documentary." Obama's constantly shifting positions on such a critical issue -- America's victory in war -- is absolutely devastating. His feckless indecisiveness is most definitely not the kind of change we need when it comes to our next commander-in-chief. Tags:Barack Obama, Election 2008, Gary Bauer, Politics, Republican National Convention, RNC, videosTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Bill Smith, Editor: Congressional Democrat leaders attending the DNC 2008 in Denver are attempting to transfer their failures to President Bush in an effort to distract voters by claiming their candidate is running against the Bush/McCain or McCain/Bush ticket. America is not stupid. Bush is retiring to Texas. And, Sen. John McCain as a maverick has never been part of the Bush team. It is true that Bush and McCain have conservative principles on which they agree. However, McCain as a maverick never placed party line first and often reached across the Senate isle to work with Democrats on critical issues. McCain has a leading democrat backing him and even the current identified Democratic vice president said positive things about McCain's qualifications to be president. Allegiances are shifting everywhere but with the Democratic leadership in Congress
While the candidates carry out their campaigns as they determine best, the Congressional Democrat leadership hides their failures behind George Bush. They are pursing a "con" job on the voters. They are working hard to sell their head-in-the-sand approach to energy policy to the American people. This may prove to be difficult with the divisions in their party who are deciding whether to continue following the inept Democrat leadership's refusal to produce more American energy. Some are tired of their leaders' ineptness and are considering joining with Republicans and sensible Democrats in support for policies like opening more areas to offshore drilling. ABC News reports that Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) is concerned that Democrats’ lack of action on a comprehensive energy solution could cost them politically. Abercrombie has joined with his GOP colleague Rep. John Peterson of Pennsylvania to urge a vote on an offshore drilling proposal.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is paying attention. Pelosi has not been bothered by these situations and has even advocated for Democrats with competitive races to lie and side with the Republicans because she can still stall and control things back in Congress. Though she’s been saying that drilling could be part of an energy package, she refuses to commit to a specific vote. Reuters reports, “She criticized President George W. Bush and other Republicans for presenting offshore drilling as an answer to the recent rise in U.S. gasoline prices, saying expanded drilling would not affect prices for a decade and then only by a small degree. ‘I don’t think that's a good alternative. But if they can prove that it is, and they want to pay royalties to the taxpayer ... then we have something to talk about’. . .”
Non-leader Pelosi would rather deal in distractions than grasp the laws of supply and demand. She says that drilling is not in her DNA. She would do well to read today’s New York Times, which discusses the recent rapid increase in American natural gas production. The Times writes, “Domestic natural gas prices have already plunged 42 percent since early July, an even faster drop in price than oil or most other commodities, in part because the rapid supply growth has begun to influence the market. Price spikes remain possible, of course, but throughout the industry the shale discoveries are causing a shift in thinking about the long-term outlook.”
Although doubtful, Democrats who understand how supply and demand work will be able to use their time in Denver to convince Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to that a “find more and use less” approach to energy is the best way to lower gas prices and provide more energy to America. Republicans have put forward a number of serious plans to do just that. It begs the question, when will the wiser more reasoned Democrats stop being lead by people who are disgracing their positions and hurting the American people? Also, noticeable is that five Democrat senators put themselves forward as qualified to be President of the United States and yet, not one of them would lead the effort to replace an inept Harry Reid. Pelosi and Reid, democrat agents of "no" change! Tags:Democrats, domestic oil production, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, US CongressTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Blogs 4 Borders! 082508- vlog -- podcast on illegal immigration and border security issues. In this weeks edition...You Do The Math: Is the ID theft associated with illegal really a 'victimless crime?' We investigate. Welcome to post America: LA slides further into the abyss. 100% Preventable! Americans continue to pay the bloody price for open borders, when will the madness end? Tags:video, Blogs for Borders, illegal immigration,border security, fake ID, illegal immigration, open borders,To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
As many radical left socialist converge in Denver to protest during the Democratic Convention this week, it is good to consider the contract 64 years ago today in Paris. H/T to D=S for reminding us of this event: "We all know the American military are really the bad guys. I wonder if a liberal socialist could bring themselves to acknowledge the liberation of Paris from Nazi tyranny as a victory" From Wiki:
The Liberation of Paris (also known as Battle for Paris) took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the surrender of the occupying German garrison on the 25th. The capital of France had been administered by Nazi Germany since the Second Compiègne armistice in June 1940, when the Vichy puppet regime was established with its capital in the central city of Vichy.
The liberation was an uprising by the French Resistance against the German Paris garrison. On 24 and 25 August, the FFI resistants received backup from the Free French Army of Liberation and the uprising evolved to urban warfare with the use of barricades, submachine guns, and tanks firing against Nazi and Milice snipers until the German surrender on 25 August.
This battle marked the end of Operation Overlord, the liberation of France by the Allies, the restoration of the French Republic and the exile of the Vichy government to Sigmaringen in Germany.
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It’s a very telling video that speaks clearly of Obama’s hypocrisy, and lack of concern for anything other than himself. It is very insightful and I advise everyone to view it and pass it along. Meet George Obama, Barack’s half-brother. George lives in a 2×3 meter shack. He survives on $1 a month. Twice he has met Barack. Twice Barack has treated him as a stranger. Seems political opponents are not the only ones Barack shows absolute disregard for.
Barack Obama thinks we should judge our leaders based not just on words, but on deeds. See if you agree... Tags:ABC News, Barack Obama, change, charity, Democrat leadership, documentary, Election 2008, George Obama, judge our leaders, judgement, Kenya, leadership, Politics, videoTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Presumptive nominee Barack Obama did not select Arkansas former First Lady - United States First Lady - New York Senator Hillary Clinton for his vice presidential running mate. Will Obama speak truth as to "Why was Hillary Clinton passed over?" Tags:Barack Obama, campaign ad, Democrats, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Republicans, Scandal, Tony Rezko, truth, vice presidentTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Part 1 Home Invasion - Violent criminals advocate stronger gun control laws to minimize their exposure to risk and foster a safer work environment. Video removed by Youtube
Part 2 - Carjacking - Violent criminals advocate gun control legislation to foster a safer work environment. Carjacker gives interview before burying corpse of victim. Video removed by Youtube
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