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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sound Southern Muffler Advice

I Aint Voting For Monica Lewinskys Ex Boyfriends Wife

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This has been around the block a couple of times but worth posting to make sure everyone gets educated.
1. You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on demand.
2. You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity.
3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Iran or Chinese and North Korean communists.
4. You have to believe that there was no art before federal funding.
5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical changes in the earth's climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUV's.
6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial, but being homosexual is natural.
7. You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding.
8. You have to believe that the same teacher who can't teach 4th-graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.
9. You have to believe that hunters don't care about nature, but PETA activists do.
10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.
11. You have to believe that Mel Gibson spent $25 million of his own money to make "The Passion of the Christ" for financial gain only.
12. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.
13. You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.
14. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Thomas Edison.
15. You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.
16. You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried is because the right people haven't been in charge.
17. You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying drag queens and transvestites should be constitutionally protected, and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.
18. You have to believe that this message is a part of a vast, right-wing conspiracy.
Oops, can't do that either!

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Arkansas: McCain Leads Clinton, Overwhelms Obama

Rasmussen Reports: Nationally, today's Rasmussen Reports Presidential Tracking Poll shows John McCain leading both potential Democratic candidates by seven percentage points. McCain leads Barack Obama, 48% to 41% and also leads Hillary Clinton 49% to 42%. Daily tracking results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time (see recent daily general election results).

However, Rasmussen Reports last month reviewed Arkansas and reported: In the state where she served as First Lady in the 1980s, Hillary Clinton trails John McCain by seven percentage points in a hypothetical general election match-up. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows McCain attracting 50% of the vote while Clinton earns 43%. However, when Barack Obama is presented as the Democratic option, McCain leads 59% to 30% in Arkansas. Clinton is viewed favorably by 50% of voters in her former home state while 47% have an unfavorable view. As with all polling on the Democratic hopeful, there is a significant gender gap. She earns favorably reviews from 59% of women and 39% of men.
McCain is viewed favorably by 66% and unfavorably by 30%. For Obama, the reviews are 35% favorable and 62% unfavorable.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Military Abuse - Freedom Abuse - Another Slap in the Face

A big Hat Tip to Gawfer and TexasFred for letting us know about this page cover… I do not buy or read the liberal insanity written Time magazine. Below is another reason:
The original photo that has been altered was taken during the WWII battle for Iwo Jima in the Pacific. This is an appalling travesty that dishonors both in the men in the photo raising the American Flag in the time of combat and to the memory of all the Marines that fought and died on Iwo Jima. This is another liberal slap to the face of our great nation.

To quote TexasFred: "Time Magazine should be ashamed of themselves for dishonoring the memory of the men that raised that flag, all of them are dead now, and for anyone that doesn’t know the story of these men, and the trials and tribulations they went through after this was all over with, I recommend that you read Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley."

To quote Gawfer: "Global Warming is a hoax, and the men who died on the island of Iwo Jima as well as every active duty and Veteran of the armed forces have been insulted by a major publication. Time Magazine should be held accountable for their jack-ass implications. Shame on Time Magazine and the morons who proliferate their agenda of hate!"
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Is Barack Hussein Obama America’s Savior?

Family Security Matters Mark R. Taylor, Family Security Matters: Barack Hussein Obama is telling America his belief that small town folks across this nation are "bitter" and turning to "faith and guns" over the state of the economy. Perhaps, Sen. Obama, we are bitter, but we are not turning to "faith and guns." A majority of us have always had our faith and owned our guns in good times and bad. Our faith and sometimes our guns have been passed down from generation to generation of proud Americans. Rather, it is the behavior of politicians in Washington, of which you are one, that is frustrating and disgusting small town America.

I am not "bitter," but I am angry and bewildered that many Americans are so blinded – for whatever reason - that they would believe for one moment that this "savior" will suddenly "change" their lives. He’ll change their lives, all right, but not in the direction that the average American has ever wished for this great nation.

So, if elected, just how will Obama "change" America? Will we continue to be the free, capitalist society that has made this country strong or will we spiral into a nanny state nation with no sovereignty, a rewritten history, and fewer and fewer Constitutional rights? For example ... [Read More] In addition to writing for several national media sources, Mark and his wife Renee are conservative activist bloggers in Arkansas; visit them at AmericanTruckersAtWar.

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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed - Now in Theaters

“Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” opened today in theaters across the country Click here to find a theater near you.
Ben Stein takes on the world’s top scientists, educators and philosophers, regarding the persecution of the many by an elite few in only a way Ben can.

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Citizen Carter's Ego Trip

by Oliver North, GOPUSA: "Your strength can compensate for my weakness, and your wisdom can help to minimize my mistakes." -- Jimmy Carter, inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1977 More than 31 years after he uttered those words, America still is trying to compensate for and minimize Jimmy Carter's mistakes and weaknesses, the greatest of which appears to be hubris. This week, our much-traveled 39th president ventured as a "private citizen" to the Middle East on a self-described mission "exploring possibilities for peace." Regrettably, what citizen Carter has succeeded in doing is encouraging our nation's adversaries, lending credibility to terrorists who have killed our countrymen, and disparaging a beleaguered ally. . . .

Despite his claims, Carter is no "neutral observer." In June 1994, the former president went to Pyongyang to broker a failed nuclear disarmament deal with North Korean despot Kim Il Sung. In 2002, he deigned to dignify the brutal, bearded butcher of Havana, Fidel Castro. While in the "island paradise," he disparaged America's commitment to human rights and praised Cuba's education and health care systems. In 2006, he and his self-appointed "impartial arbiters" declared that the Palestinian elections that brought Hamas to power in Gaza were "legitimate." Later that same year, in his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," he declared, "Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land."

. . . the former president's travel and talks have been widely celebrated in the Arab press, particularly on radical Islamic Web sites. All have observed that the former chief executive's decisions to lay a wreath at the tomb of Yasser Arafat and his meetings with senior Hamas officials are "unprecedented." To note that this entire venture is an extraordinary propaganda windfall for radical Islam is an understatement. . . . By the time his trip concludes, Carter will have broken bread with the sworn enemies of the United States and disparaged our only democratic ally in the region. He also has broken faith with his countrymen. He's not naive and he's not ignorant. But he is on an ego trip . . . [Read More]

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Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto of Ultrasound

Family Research Council: The news on the home front is far more encouraging. Despite setbacks along the way, pro-lifers refused to give up on an Oklahoma ultrasound bill. This week, their persistence was rewarded. Members of the state legislature banded together and overrode the veto of Gov. Brad Henry (D) to enact a law that requires doctors to perform an ultrasound so that mothers can see their unborn babies at least an hour before their scheduled abortion. Thanks to the courage of these leaders, Oklahoma now joins 12 other states in helping to better inform women about the innocent life they carry. See Also: Oklahoma Enacts Ultrasound Bill
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Today in Washington D. C. - April 18, 2008

On The Floor: Yesterday, the Senate passed the highway technical corrections bill (HR 1195). Prior to final passage, the Senate approved an amendment which would call on the Justice Department to look into the Coconut Road controversy and defeated one which would have set up a Congressional investigation. Next week, the Senate could take up a veterans’ benefits bill (S. 1315) and a bill to reverse last year’s Ledbetter v. Goodyear Supreme Court decision (H.R. 2831). A cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S. 1315 is scheduled for noon on Tuesday.

From Senate & News Sources: The Wall Street Journal reports today that the U.S. and South Korea have reached an agreement to resume American beef exports to South Korea. U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab “said the arrangement removes a ‘major obstacle’ to consideration of the South Korean free-trade deal, and said the Bush administration ‘will now work in earnest with Congress and the American agricultural community to secure’ passage.”The Journal adds, “Two-way trade between the U.S. and South Korea in 2007 totaled more than $80 billion. U.S. officials estimate the proposed trade deal would spur billions of dollars a year in added economic activity, boosting sales abroad of American-made goods but also opening creating new opportunities for U.S. financial-services companies. The deal with South Korea would be the largest U.S. bilateral trade pact since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.”

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called for Congress to quickly move forward to approve the free trade agreement with South Korea if our beef export dispute is resolved. He also pointed out that we must show our allies that we honor our agreements as we continue to open up markets for U.S. exporters. In an op-ed on Wednesday, Sen. John McCain said, “We have negotiated a trade agreement with South Korea that will expand American exports and create American jobs. The Democrat candidates for president both oppose this agreement, thus placing their short-term political interests ahead of the long-term national interest. Retreating behind protectionist walls will neither create American jobs nor further our international credibility.”

Politico cautions that “trade lobbyists say that the Korea free trade agreement doesn’t stand a chance if congressional Democrats defeat the Colombia free trade agreement, which is currently caught in a stand-off between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the White House.” In today’s Examiner, former V.P. Al Gore’s former communications director, Lawrence J. Haas, urges Pelosi to reconsider her opposition to the Colombia deal. Haas writes that her move to freeze House action on the deal last week, “sacrifices an issue of enormous national strategic importance at the altar of the bitter partisan politics that have become all too common in today's Washington.” Even the Speaker of the Colombian House of Representatives, Oscar Palacio, has written a letter to Pelosi in which he says the freeze “is a blow to the Colombian economy, and affords colonial treatment to us that is unbefitting one of the United States’ staunchest allies.”

Americans have much to gain from these free trade agreements, as evidenced by today’s Wall Street Journal story discussing how Illinois-based Caterpillar has done well despite the domestic economic slowdown through sales overseas. Congress should act to pass both the Colombian and South Korean free trade agreements.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

32 Illegal Aliens Arrested in Batesville, Arkansas

Debbie Pelley, Arkansas Watch: I am sure these are just hardworking people wanting to make a living for their family. Following are excerpt from two articles: Fox News and THV News:
  • "Sixty-five suspected drug dealers are off Central Arkansas streets tonight. Half of them were in the country illegally. Thursday, federal drug agents announced a major meth lab bust out of Batesville. It took almost three years to catch the suspected ring leaders and their counterparts...
  • "32 of the 52 suspects arrested are illegal immigrants."
  • "This is the largest seizure I've ever seen," says William Bryant with the DEA.
  • "To put into perspective how major this is. The average street rate for one gram of meth ice is about $244. In this bust, agents seized over 100 pounds of meth ice. That's equal to 11 million dollars in drug money."

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The Sugar Pushers

by Paul Jacob, Common Sense: Banned! First alcohol prohibition, then other drugs. Now candy. Yes, candy is now banned on many school campuses. Why? Refined sugar is so bad for you it’s wicked.

I’m sure you know many of the major bad guys here. Twinkies. Ho Hos. Nestle’s Crunch. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Maybe you consumed some of these unsavory savories yourself in your youth. They’re not fruit and vegetables, that’s for sure. In California the ban on intra-curricular sugar is legislative and statewide. So, that’s that, right? No candy ever winds its way into a Golden-State kid’s lunch pail or backpack. Right?

Uh, not quite. There’s a black market. Valiant pint-sized entrepreneurs are sneaking the nefariously edible junk food onto school grounds despite the risks. According to Jim Nason, principal of Hook Junior High School, some of these rule-breakers “are walking around campus with upwards of $40 in their pockets. . . .” Forty bucks? That’s almost as high as the national debt.

It’s not just California. Sugar trafficking stretches from one coast to the other. In New Haven, Connecticut, eighth-grader and honors student Michael Sheridan was suspended for a day for buying a bag of Skittles. And banned from an honors student dinner. And not allowed to be class vice-president any more. Seems the public schools are always panicking over something. Now, it’s sugar. When will they panic over poor education? This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
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Ballot Initiative Concerning Illegal Immigration Resubmitted to Arkansas Attorney General

Secure Arkansas: (Little Rock – April 17, 2008) The grassroots organization, Secure Arkansas, resubmitted an initiated act regarding illegal immigration to the Arkansas Attorney General for language review and approval on April 16, 2008. The act concerns federal, state and local public benefits currently provided to illegal aliens in Arkansas. Changes from the original version of the initiative, submitted on March 26, 2008, are in the areas of expanded definitions and additional legal references. The original intent of the initiative has not changed.

"I am amazed at the outpouring of support for Secure Arkansas and its goal of getting this initiated act on the ballot," said Jeannie Burlsworth, Chair of Secure Arkansas. "People across the state want to stop seeing their state tax dollars going to pay for the benefits of those illegally in this country." She went on to say, "We expect Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to quickly render his opinion, which should be to certify this measure because people in Arkansas deserve a chance to vote on this important issue." Contact Info: Secure Arkansas, PO BOX 21096, Little Rock, AR 72221,,

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Mitt Romney's “Top 10 Reasons for Dropping Out of the Race"

Jake Trapper, Political Punch identified that formet Gov. Romney appeared at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner, last night and presented his Top 10 Reasons for Dropping Out of the Race:
10. There weren't as many Osmonds as I thought.
9. I got tired of corkscrew landings under sniper fire.
8. As a lifelong hunter, I didn't want to miss the start of the varmint season.
7. There wasn’t room for two Christian leaders.
6. I was upset that no one had bothered to search my passport files.
5. I needed an excuse to get fat, grow a beard and win the Nobel prize.
4. I took a bad fall at a campaign rally and broke my hair.
3. I wanted to finally take off that dark suit and tie, and kick back in a light-colored suit and tie.
2. Once my wife Ann realized I couldn't win, my fundraising dried up.
1. There was a miscalculation in our theory: "As Utah goes, so goes the nation.”

Thank you Gov. Romney!

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Today in Washington D. C. - April 17, 2008

On The Floor: The Senate reconvened at 12:45 PM today and resumed consideration of the highway technical corrections bill (HR 1195). Roll call votes are expected as the Senate attempts to complete work on the bill today. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on the Boxer substitute amendment and the underlying bill yesterday. Yesterday, the Senate voted to table the DeMint motion to recommit the bill to committee and strike all new earmarks in the bill. So the "pork train still rolls"!

Also yesterday, the Senate Democrats spent an Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday berating Office of Management and Budget director Jim Nussle over the costs of the war in Iraq. Democrat leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer, held a press conference blaming economic troubles on the war. A number of newspaper articles and economists, including a former Clinton administration official, criticized the Democrats’ analysis, saying it “strains credulity” and it has “more political salience than economic validity.” But as Senate Democrats complained about war costs, House Democrats were apparently considering a supplemental war funding bill that would fund the troops through 2009. Of course, there is a catch: the House Democrats also want to attach billions of dollars in domestic spending initiatives to the measure. House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) warned Democrats, “We are not going to do this supplemental if it includes stuff that is not defense-related.”

From Senate & News Sources: Sen. Judd Gregg, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, has an excellent op-ed in the New Hampshire Union-Leader today criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats for their “shortsighted and reckless move” to indefinitely postpone consideration of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement:
“The House vote sends a message to the people of Colombia that America is a
fair-weather friend. And it sends a message to the rest of the world that the
United States can no longer be trusted on trade negotiations. . . . The
short-term political benefits the Democrats may seek from delaying the FTA vote
unfortunately extend beyond our shores. In an increasingly left-leaning Latin
America, the news will undoubtedly be welcome by Venezuelan authoritarian leader
Hugo Chavez . . . . Intentionally or not, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made
[Colombian] President Uribe's job of countering terrorism and narcotics
throughout the region exponentially more difficult. This undermines United
States national security interests in the region and tarnishes America's
reputation abroad. It is ironic that those who complain loudest about our
country's image abroad have done the most damage to our reputation in South
Yesterday The Examiner and Robert J. Samuelson joined the chorus of criticism of Pelosi for trying to spike the Colombia agreement, the benefits of which are so obvious many refer to the bill as a “no-brainer.”

CQ Today also reports that 14 House members are joining environmental groups asking the Supreme Court to block Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff from waiving various federal statutes in order to expedite the construction of a border fence. CQ writes, “Chertoff maintains that exercising the waiver is a necessary step to ensure that he is able to carry out the job that Congress gave him in formally mandating the construction of a border wall in the Secure Fence Act of 2006.”

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Update on DISGRACE - Walking on the American Flag is Art

Bill Smith, Editor, Update on Story - Below is the video of the disgraceful flag desecration project. Watch a heroic veteran take a stand. As a veteran - I was moved to tears. I located and interviewed the veteran. He is Charlie Bennett, Dist 4 Commander, Maine American Legion. He served in Vietnam from 1967-1979. For 11 1/2 months, he was on the Cambodian border with the 4th Infantry Division, U.S. Army. Bennett is a proud supporter of protecting the American Flag. He shared that he did not mind the criticism by campus officials and was proud to take a stand, but that he almost cried when the police indicated they were going to arrest him. He had always faithfully served his country and was hurt to think he would be arrested for protecting the American Flag. Commander Bennett has received numerous phone calls by people encouraging him to continue and has been called by the local news. He welcomes interviews and can be reached at 207-778-2340. As of this post, Charlie Bennett is returning to the front lines (the university) today but this time with his own "parade flag" and a sign that says " You won't walk on this flag!" We hope that many students and other veterans will stand with him. Charlie our prayers are with you!

Please share the video and info with others. Contact the Univ. of Maine Farmington and express your outrage! Two people in the video supporting the flag desecration project are Univ. President, Theodora Kalikow (the old "witch" who's telling Bennett that the project of walking on the flag is defending free speech) and Univ. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Allen Berger (the liberal educator who's seen telling Bennett that he didn't fight for a piece of cloth). Don't expect agreement, but take time to express your Free Speech to Theodora Kalikow ( or 207-778-7256) and Allen Berger ( or 207-778-7276.

The following just in from conservative friend by Jenn Sierra at FHK: Lance Dutson of the Maine Web Report has identified that the Maine College Republicans are reporting an incident at the University of Maine Farmington, a public liberal arts college. This was apparently a school-sponsored event. Lance relates the story this way:
These art students did a project where they laid American flags on the floor of the student center for people to walk on. They brought the cops in to protect it, when some College GOP kids and vets came to try to pick them up off the ground. In the video, the university provost actually says ‘It’s just a piece of cloth,’ to the VFW [and District Commander, American Legion] guy, and one of the faculty tells the VFW [and District Commander American Legion] chief that they are ‘actually protecting’ his freedom of speech by doing this.
This is a disgrace. “Freedom of Speech,” does not include public universities sponsoring the desecration of the American flag and calling it “art”. We understand the Maine College Republicans plan to edit and post some footage of the event for the public to view. Also see: Thurber’s Thoughts - A ‘right’ to desecrate the flag?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Huckabee Launches PAC to Help GOP Candidates

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee new website is a secret no more. He has transitioned the former MikeHuckabee campaign site into the "Huck PAC." The mission of the site is defineds on the site as:

  • Huck PAC is founded on the principles that make America great: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Our Republican Party embodies these ideas and is best suited to lead America forward.

  • Huck PAC is committed to helping Republicans regain control of the House and Senate, regain a majority of governorships and elect John McCain as the 44th President of the United States.

  • Huck PAC will support Republican candidates who are passionate advocates for tax reform, a strong national defense, real border security, life, the family, less government and individual liberty.

  • Huck PAC will identify candidates who hold firm to these principles, promote their campaigns and financially support their efforts.

  • As with any new sites, it has some "bugs" to clean up. The site notes, “This is the 1.0 version of our website.” However, the Huck PAC site has already identified a couple candidates Huckabee is supporting: New Hampshire state Sen. Bob Clegg, who is running for the House seat held by freshman Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes and Arkansas state Sen. Gilbert Baker, running for re-election. Both worked on Huckabee’s presidential campaign. [Visit Huck PAC]

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    Miller of Helena Finally Confirmed to US District Court

    Last Thursday the U.S. Senate voted 88-0 to confirm Judge Brian S. Miller of Helena as U.S. district court judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The district judicial seat has been vacant for over a year after the death of the late Judge George Howard of Pine Bluff. Howard in April 2007. Judge Miller was nominated by President Bush last year. Miller was one of three black candidates considered by the White House out of six names submitted by U.S. Rep. John Boozman (R). Both Senator's Lincoln and Pryor supported Miller's appointment to fill the vacancy left by Howard, the state’s first and only black U.S. district court judge.

    Judge Miller's confirmation by the Senate was delayed along with other Federal judges in an effort by Democrats to delay approval of President Bush's Federal Circuit Court judges nominations. To date, the Senate Democrat leadership has failed to be responsive in confirming circuit courts. This is evidenced by the fact President Bush has not received the same average number of circuit court nominees approved for the President Clinton in the final two years of his term. That number is around 15 to 17 judges, but since last January only 7 have been confirmed. In a compromise reached yesterday after protests by Republican Senators, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced an agreement that he would commit to confirming three more circuit court nominees by Memorial Day.

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    Alan Keyes: Not Again

    by Bob Parks, Outside the Wire: So Alan Keyes has announced he's leaving the Republican Party. Over the last few months, I've received numerous emails and comments from those hoping that Keyes would enter the presidential race in some capacity: either as a candidate for the top spot, or that one of those running would select him for veep.

    Many of those people believe he has the conservative credentials to codify a fractured Republican voting block. I beg to differ. . . . Whenever I hear Alan Keyes' name, I also hear two words: Barack Obama. Keyes carpetbagged into Illinois to run for the seat vacated by United States Senator Peter Fitzgerald. As an orator, talk show host, and conservative activist, he should have handed Obama his lunch, without the arugula. On the first day of his campaign, he set up Obama in a way that could have forever stripped him of the race-bully-pulpit he enjoys today. . . .

    Alan Keyes could have publicly taken Obama (and the rest of liberal-educated America) to school when it comes to which party WAS the party of slavery in America. Keyes could have neutered Obama and possibly the entire Democrat Party’s lock on the black vote by retelling the black experience in America in ways only Alan Keyes could. Keyes could have reminded Obama that the Democrat Party’s support of abortion is responsible for what some have called the “black genocide.”

    I became a Keyes supporter when I watched him on television during his first presidential run in 1996. I was interviewed at length by his campaign for the opportunity to co-produce his radio and television campaign ads, but alas, his campaign never got that far. In 2004, I recorded the speech he delivered in Boston the weekend before gay marriage became law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. However, Alan Keyes became part of the “politics as usual” crowd when he abandoned one of his most strident positions and, purely for sucking up to the black vote, advocated “reparations”. . .

    Alan Keyes’ sorry excuse for a campaign gave us a Barack Obama, perilously close to becoming the next Commander-in-Chief. His egomaniacal quest for attention could potentially produce a President Obama, should Keyes successfully pull a Perot and split the conservative vote.

    He lost to Barack Obama once. Now he wants us to help him do it again. Alan Keyes would make a great Press Secretary. I’d love to see him talk down Helen Thomas and David Schuster. But he’s done enough damage to the Republican Party as it is. Dirty Harry once said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Winning is Alan Keyes’ limitation. Handing the presidency to Barack Obama would be one helluva legacy. Something Alan Keyes should think about, long and hard . . . [Read More]

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    Experts Warn of Nuclear Terrorism Threat

    NTI: The risk of a terrorist nuclear attack on a U.S. city has grown in the past five years, an expert told a U.S. Senate committee yesterday (see GSN, March 31).“I definitely conclude the threat is greater and is increasing every year with the march of technology,” said Cham Dallas, director of the Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense at the University of Georgia. Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Dallas offered projections of the damage that would be caused by the detonation of a small nuclear weapon in Washington. . . . In Washington, for example, a blast near the White House would destroy the area from Constitution Avenue to K Street, according to the Dallas model. The city would face about 100,000 fatalities and about 150,000 serious injuries from the nuclear bomb cited, Dallas said. . . . "A 10-kiloton device — a plausible yield for a bomb constructed by terrorists — could be smuggled into a seaport as cargo, flown over a city in a private plane, or driven into a city in a truck," Collins said. “We hope that the improvements we've made in port security and in other areas would make that difficult to carry out but we can't exclude the possibility of such a successful enterprise." . . . Dallas predicted that as many as 500,000 residents would try to flee the Washington area in the event of a blast. Collins believes public understanding of what to do in the event of an attack has "gone backward" in recent years. "I think the public in many ways is less prepared today than we were at the height of the Cold War," she said (Chris Strohm, CongressDaily, April 16) . . . [Read More] Question: which candidate is best prepared to deal with this threat: Obama, Clinton or McCain?

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    Today in Washington D. C. - April 16, 2008

    On The Floor: The Senate will resume consideration of the highway technical corrections bill (HR 1195). Roll call votes are expected later in the day. The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on fiscal 2008 war supplemental funding at noon.

    Yesterday, Senate Republicans brought the chamber to a standstill until Democrats agreed to move forward with judicial nominees. Democrats have failed to responsively confirmations to circuit courts evidenced by the fact President Bush has not received the same average number of circuit court nominees approved for the President Clinton in the final two years of his term, Republican tensions peeked tensions with Republican . That number is around 15 to 17 judges, but since last January only 7 have been confirmed. By the end of the day, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced an agreement that he would commit to confirming three more circuit court nominees by Memorial Day.

    From Senate & News Sources: Unfortunately, this compromising spirit was not extended to confirming nominees to the Federal Election Commission. The Wall Street Journal reminded Reid today that he has no one to blame for the FEC meltdown but himself and Democrats’ refusal to “return to the protocol of confirming nominees in groups or in bipartisan pairs.”

    Democrats are planning to hold an Appropriations Committee hearing on the upcoming supplemental request for funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to CQ Today, “Democrats are prepared to emphasize what they say is the connection between the costs of the Iraq War and the weakening U.S. economy.” Reid, DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have scheduled a press conference for the same time to emphasize the same issue. However, The Washington Post already ran a story yesterday declaring that such an “analysis strains credulity.” The Post even noted that Martin N. Baily, former chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers said, “[T]he current problems the United States is facing have very little to do with the war in Iraq.”

    The Democrats’ problems with math aren’t new. Prior to reaching an agreement on judges yesterday, Senate Democrats were unhappy about the stalled highway bill and took to the floor for their usual denunciations of Republicans for “obstruction.” Once again, they brought out charts with big numbers supposedly representing “Republican filibusters,” but as Duane Patterson pointed out, the Democrats simply can’t get their numbers straight. Ed Morrissey noted the they were unable to distinguish actual filibusters from cloture votes or cloture motions filed.

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    Tuesday, April 15, 2008

    Why Libertarians Should Support John McCain

    Guest Article by Dr. Stephen Maloney*: It appears like the next President of the U.S. will be either John Sidney McCain or Barack Hussein Obama. As good a man as Bob Barr is, he will not become President in 2009 - or any other year.

    When it comes down to actually voting, the vast majority of Libertarians will reject the more liberal candidate (Obama) - and vote for the more conservative one (McCain). That's because Libertarians reject the liberal narrative and generally accept the conservative one. George Will recently described the liberal narrative as portraying "most Americans [as] victims of this or that sinister elite or impersonal force - and are not content to cope with life's complexities without government supervision."

    That nanny-state-narrative is completely at variance with the libertarian view of life.

    What is the conservative narrative? Here's how "Lexington," a super writer for The Economist (and a libertarian) describes it: "American conservatives tend to believe that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can succeed. This makes them more optimistic than liberals, more likely to feel in control of their lives and, therefore, happier." Conservative is not exactly the same thing as libertarian, but the two are compatible, as William F. Buckley, Jr. found 50-plus years ago when he staffed the National Review with a combination of economic libertarians and social conservatives. In contrast, liberalism, the friend of Big Government, generally is the polar opposite of libertarianism.

    If you listen to Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton) on the campaign trail, you hear some scary things. They portray "too many Americans' as one step away from economic and social disaster. They see as people badly in need of major assistance - their assistance.

    John McCain, imperfect as he may be, sees a very different America. It's the same country whose liberties he was willing to give his life for in Vietnam. We may not agree with him on every issue, but we can't disagree that a love for liberty is at the central core of this man's being. Even Bill Clinton has said of McCain: "He's given everything he has to his country - except his life." President Clinton has never spoken truer words.

    In contrast to McCain, Obama essentially portrays America as something resembling Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach," where "ignorant armies clash by night." As "Lexington describes Obama's world-view, America is "a coalition of groups that define themselves as victims of social and economic forces, and . . . [where] its leaders encourage people to feel helpless and aggrieved . . ."

    If Obama becomes President, we would become a society of "victims," all of us clamoring for the government to bail us out of our misery. That would be a disaster not only for libertarians, but for all Americans. I hope all libertarians do the right thing: voting for John McCain. Also, ask your friends and family members to do the same thing. The future of liberty in this society depends on free people standing up and supporting a man who has devoted his entire life to defending American values and liberties. John McCain is the right man for our cause.
    *Dr. Stephen Maloney wrote the above article for the Libertarian Republican and as a friend of the ARRA Editor also submitted it as a guest article for our publication. Maloney is a writer and political activist living in a small town near Pittsburgh, PA. He'd like to inform Senator Obama that he is not now - and never has been - "bitter." He blogs at: SteveMaloneyGOP.

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    Help to Retire Sen John Kerry

    John Kerry - 24 year in Washington and only 8 bills to show for it.
    Help Us Retire John Kerry!
    Here is to 9 years of John Kerry doing nothing. So Happy Anniversary John Kerry. There is no one more ineffective than you!
    Sign the Card! Congratulate John Kerry on 9 straight years of ineffectiveness!

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    Rangle Tax Penalties on Health Savings Plans

    The Family Research Council: Today is Tax Day--that time of year when Americans are reminded that while we might be constrained to work within a household budget, the U.S. Congress is already thinking of creative ways to spend our money or extract more of it. The latest example comes from House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) whose bill, the "Taxpayer Assistance and Simplification Act" (H.R. 5719), is scheduled for a vote this week. Ironically, the only assistance his legislation offers is to put a greater tax burden on the seven million Americans who have Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Under HSAs, participants can set aside their own money and invest it. If they use that money for medical purposes, members aren't required to pay taxes on their account. Rangel's H.R. 5719 would force HSA members to wade through piles of paperwork, which, if filled out incorrectly, would result in a hefty fine. Chairman Rangel (who has never met a tax hike he didn't like) sees this bill as an opportunity to create more unnecessary government bureaucracy in pursuit of more tax dollars. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of tax hikes to come as Rangel and the Democratic majority plan on letting the Bush tax cuts expire. Without permanent tax relief, the average family will be paying an extra $3,500 every year to Uncle Sam. Also See: White House Threatens Veto On Tax Simplification Bill
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    Tax Day - John McCain Calls for "Summer gas tax holiday"

    Gary L. Bauer: Today is a very taxing day for many Americans, as April 15th is an unwelcome annual reminder of paying the bill for Big Government. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) has a novel suggestion: He wants to move tax filing day from April 15th to the first Monday in November – the day before Election Day. It would, at a minimum, shine a greater spotlight on the tax and spending policies of the candidates seeking public office.

    I’m sure you are familiar with the slogan “It’s the economy, stupid.” It was the successful mantra, along with “Change,” that propelled Bill Clinton into the White House in 1992. Clinton promised to make the rich “pay their fair share;” and he also promised a middle-class tax cut. Once elected, taxes went up, but that middle-class tax cut never materialized. In 1995, Mr. Clinton conceded, “Probably there are people … still mad at me and that budget because you think I raised your taxes too much. It might surprise you to know that I think I raised them too much, too.”

    After eight taxing years of Bill and Hillary Clinton, the American people thankfully elected George W. Bush, who not only said he would cut taxes, but did cut taxes! According to the Tax Foundation, an individual making $30,000 paid $3,157 in taxes in 1999. That same person got a $400 tax break under George W. Bush. A married couple earning $50,000 a year paid just over $5,000 in taxes under Bill Clinton. That couple got to keep nearly $1,100 more of their hard-earned money thanks to the Bush tax cuts. A married couple earning $75,000 a year paid nearly $9,500 in taxes under Bill Clinton. The Bush tax cuts allowed them to keep an additional $1,664 of their money.

    However, virtually all of the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010, and the liberal Democrats who control Congress passed a budget last month based on revenue projections that assume the Bush tax cuts will not be extended. According to the Heritage Foundation, that means individual tax rates will go back up to the Clinton-era levels, the child tax credit will be cut in half, the 55% “death tax” will be resurrected, the marriage penalty will return and even lower income earners will once again get to “pay their fair share” when the 10% tax bracket goes back up to 15%. The result will be an average tax hike of $3,000 per household!

    But as Ronald Reagan used to say, “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle chided Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not keeping her word in 2006 to eliminate earmarks or pork barrel spending projects. Citizens Against Government Waste reported this month that the number of congressionally earmarked spending projects jumped 337% from 2007 to 2008, and will cost taxpayers more than $17 billion this year.

    When it comes to fighting wasteful government spending, there are few politicians as courageous as Senator John McCain. He was one of only four senators to not ask for earmarks in 2008. Barack Obama requested 52 earmarks, while Hillary Clinton asked for 281 special projects. Today, Senator McCain also unveiled a comprehensive economic plan that includes:

    * Permanent repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax
    * Doubling the personal exemption for dependents from $3,500 to $7,000
    * Reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25% to spur job creation
    * Elimination of subsidies and tariffs that are driving up food prices
    * A one-year freeze on federal spending to evaluate government programs

    Senator McCain also called for a “Summer gas tax holiday,” urging Congress to suspend the 18.4 cent federal gas tax and 24.4 cent diesel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, in contrast, are promising to turn back the clock – they want to repeal the Bush tax cuts and return us to the high-taxing, big spending ways of the Jimmy Carter malaise!
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    Today in Washington D. C. - April 15, 2008 - Criticism of Pelosi Continues

    On The Floor: Congress returned to work yesterday afternoon. Today, the Senate is expected that the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of the motion to proceed to a bill (HR 1195) making technical corrections to the 2005 highway bill (PL 109-59). In the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi continues to receive national criticism for her poor performance as House Speaker!

    From Senate & News Sources: It is April 15th -"tax day"! Senate Republicans will hold a press conference later today to highlight the Democrats’ dangerous tax policies. In particular, the budget Democrats passed in March assumes the expiration of the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, which would result in a $1.2 trillion tax hike - the largest in U.S. history.

    The AP reports, “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Bush’s call to extend the tax cuts would help multimillionaires and special interests, not average working Americans.” Reid might want to tell that to the “average working Americans” who will face tax increases if those tax cuts are allowed to expire. Jim Nusslem Director, Office of Management and Budget identified that a middle-class family of four with two children earning $60,000 would face a tax increase of nearly $2,000 — a 70% increase in their taxes. The Democrats’ response is to continue to blame the tax burden on the war in Iraq. However, The Washington Post writes today, “To economists on the left and the right, [such] analysis strains credulity.” And while Democrats complain of excessive spending in Iraq, CQ Today reports that they are readying another stimulus package that would spend even more taxpayer dollars.

    Criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s move to freeze the Colombia Free Trade Agreement continues to accumulate. Yesterday, President Bush said, “It’s not in our country's interests that we stiff an ally like Colombia and that we don't encourage our goods and services to be sold overseas.” Investor’s Business Daily attacked Pelosi and House Democrats for their “game of legislative rope-a-dope” on the Colombia agreement. The Wall Street Journal pointed out “35 former senior officials in Democratic Administrations and Democratic Members of Congress [who] signed an open letter urging Congress to pass the Colombia pact.” And House Republicans noted that the hometown and home state newspapers of Democrats in House Leadership have “hammer[ed]” them over their support for Pelosi’s move.

    It is apparent that critically needed legislation will languish until House Democrats decide that the good of the country should trump that of powerful liberal special interests. Many house democrats seem to be holding their breath as the Congressional session clock runs down. Many Blue Dog democrats had better wake-up to the reason why they have been rewarded with uncontested races. Their constituents believe they can lead the House back to sanity. If action is not taken to clean up the House leadership, Blue Dogs will in fact be the Lap Dogs for the liberals and should not expect to be so rewarded in future elections. The public will not abide the continued imbecilic leadership as demonstrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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    Monday, April 14, 2008

    A Timely Visit from a Moral Leader

    Pope Benedict XVITony Perkins, FRC: As Americans continue to debate this intersection of faith and society, there is no better time for the nation to hear from the Catholic Church's leader and moral ambassador, Pope Benedict XVI. In the three years of his papacy, Pope Benedict has been an unwavering voice for truth on issues of human life and dignity, marriage, and the family. Many observers have noted that despite theological differences between Catholics and Protestants, on moral issues devout Catholics and devout Protestants have more in common with each other than they do with liberals in their own camp. That's why even evangelical Protestants can welcome this pope's influence and experience in the inter-faith effort to preserve Judeo-Christian values within our culture. Pope Benedict may also address the right of Catholic colleges and universities to maintain distinctively Catholic identities and values-- Read More: Ken Blackwells' Searching for Truth

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    Doyle Webb to Lead RPA "Victory 2008"

    Republican Party of ArkansasFormer state Sen. Doyle Webb will head the Arkansas Republican Party’s efforts to increase voter turnout in the general election this fall. Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) Chair Dennis Milligan announced today that Doyle Webb appointments as Chair of the "Victory 2008." Dole is especially remembered in Arkansas as affable friend and Chief of Staff for Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller. Webb will lead the RPA's grassroots get-out-the-vote programs that will aid local candidates but serve to elect Sen. John McCain as Arkansas' choice for President of the United States.

    “This November, Arkansans are looking to elect true fiscal and social conservative leadership from the White House to the State House,” explained Senator Webb. “In addition to aggressively communicating Senator John McCain’s positive vision for America, the Republican Party of Arkansas has recruited many qualified candidates running for state offices. I look forward to communicating our Party’s message in order to ensure Republican victories on Election day.”

    Webb is currently serving a four year term on the Public Defender Commission. Previously, he served on the Governor’s Task Force on Racial Profiling and is the former Chairman of the Arkansas History Commission. In addition to political service, Webb is extremely active in his community. He is a member and past President of the Benton-Bauxite Rotary Club. He received the Vocational Service Award and is a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary International. Webb has also served in leadership roles with the Benton "Civitan" Club, Gideon’s International, the Salvation Army, the Sons of the American Revolution and the Boy Scouts of America. He has also been involved in the Benton Chamber of Commerce which named him “Citizen of the Year” in 1995. Finally, Doyle serves as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Benton.
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    Olathe Kansas police apologize for ordering pro-life driver to leave town Chief of Police Janet Thiessen of Olathe, Kansas, has issued a personal apology to Ronald Brock, who was ordered to leave town by Sgt. David Haldeman on Tuesday evening or face arrest. Brock was driving a vehicle with photographs of victims of abortion and victims of the Jewish Holocaust of World War II. Haldeman has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident . . . Sgt. Haldeman had told Brock in a conversation that Brock recorded that he must, "Leave our city, cover it [the signs] up, or be charged, and if you are charged we are probably going to impound the vehicle. So those are your three choices, but leaving this lot is not going isn't going to be sufficient in the city of Olathe."

    Chief Thiessen told Newman, "I have personally expressed my regret to Mr. Brock, and apologized on behalf of the Olathe Police Department. At times, the line between what is protected free speech and what may be considered obscene can be difficult to distinguish, but it is my responsibility to ensure all Olathe officers clearly understand the law as it is written and correctly apply that law. Based on yesterday's incident, we have begun providing additional training to all sworn officers to help avoid future incidents of a similar nature." . . . [Read More]
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    The Holocaust Declaration

    Iran must know that an attack on our ally Israel will mean retaliation from the U.S. by Charles Krauthammer: On Tuesday, Iran announced it was installing 6,000 more centrifuges -- they produce enriched uranium, the key ingredient of a nuclear weapon -- in addition to the 3,000 already operating. The world yawned. It is time to admit the truth: The Bush administration's attempt to halt Iran's nuclear program has failed. Utterly. The latest round of U.N. Security Council sanctions, which took a year to achieve, is comically weak. It represents the end of the sanctions road. The president is going to hand over to his successor an Iran on the verge of going nuclear. This will deeply destabilize the Middle East, threaten moderate Arabs with Iranian hegemony, and leave Israel on hair-trigger alert . . . [Read More]

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    Chertoff De-facto H-1B Increase

    Michael ChertoffNumberUSA: On April 2, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff signed off on an extension of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa without a vote in Congress or public debate. Rob Sanchez writes in his Job Destruction Newsletter, "More students on OPTs mean that the available H-1Bs can be used for other types of foreign workers. Effects will be felt all the way up the food chain." Extending Period of Optional Practical Training by 17-Months for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees and Expanding CapGap Relief for All F-1 Students with Pending H-1B Petitions:
    SUMMARY: Currently, foreign students in F-1 nonimmigrant status who have been enrolled on a full-time basis for at least one full academic year in a college, university, conservatory, or seminary certified by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE's) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) are eligible for 12 months of optional practical training (OPT) to work for a U.S. employer in a job directly related to the student's major area of study. This interim final rule extends the maximum period of OPT from 12 months to 29 months for F-1 students who have completed a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree and accept employment with employers enrolled in U.S.

    Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS') E-Verify employment verification program. This interim rule requires F-1 students with an approved OPT extension to report changes in the student's name or address and changes in the employer's name or address as well as periodically verify the accuracy of this reporting information. The rule also requires the employers of F-1 students with an extension of post-completion OPT authorization to report to the student's designated school official (DSO) within 48 hours after the OPT student has been terminated from, or otherwise leaves, his or her employment with that employer prior to end of the authorized period of OPT.

    This rule also ameliorates the so-called "cap-gap'' problem by extending the authorized period of stay for all F-1 students who have a properly filed H-1B petition and change of status request (filed under the cap for the next fiscal year) pending with USCIS. If USCIS approves the H-1B petition, the students will have an extension that enables them to remain in the United States.
    Action - Click here to send Secretary Chertoff an email. Use the option DHS Press option when selecting a filter for your email. A simple message is enough. Here are a few examples of comments that might be helpful (please try to write your message in your own words):
  • The OPT extension is a de-facto H-1B increase. It is outrageous that this was implemented with out a Congressional vote or public discussion.

  • OPTs have far fewer restraints than those who hire H-1Bs. OPTs don't have protections that H-1B provides such as "good faith efforts" to find American workers or prevailing Salaris that are supposed to keep Americans from being underbid by cheap labor.

  • Students and their parents have invested thousands of dollars and years of study to attain jobs that will be given away to H-1B holders and OPTs.

  • OPTs will be perpetual laborers who take scarce internships that American students desperately need.

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    Sunday, April 13, 2008

    True Healthcare Costs of Illegal Immigration

    Blogs 4 Borders 4/13/07 video addresses illegal immigration and border security issues.
    The true costs of illegal immigration: healthcare!
    • 100% Preventable! Americans continue to pay the bloody price for open borders, when will the madness stop?
    • 100% Preventable follow up: One family faces the crushing grief caused by open borders and lax enforcement.

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    Another Immigration Battle Brewing in Congress

    Bobby Eberle, The Loft, GOPUSA: Illegal immigration continues to be one of the top issues among conservatives and all Americans across the country, and why wouldn't it be? Despite the rhetoric coming from some Washington leaders on the need to secure our borders and clamp down on the flow of illegal aliens, little to nothing has been done. Bills are passed calling for more border patrol agents -- then, only a fraction is actually hired. Bills are passed calling for a security fence on America's southern border -- then, political moves are made to defund it and slow its construction. Now, another bill has emerged in Congress which actually has bipartisan support and addresses some of the core concerns of the American people. As the debate heats up, we will soon see which politicians are on the side of security and the rule of law and which need to be voted out in November.

    As noted in a Human Events article by James R. Edwards Jr., "House Democratic leaders face a bitter civil war over immigration issues. Blue Dog Democrats, who tend to be more conservative, stand behind H.R. 4088, the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act (SAVE), but the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Joe Baca (Calif.), and open-borders Democrats favor some form of amnesty for the 12 million illegal aliens." . . . [Read More]

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    Change We Can't Believe In

    Tony Perkins, FRC: Responding to accusations that his campaign has been too quiet on homosexual issues, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) stated his views in detail in one of his most pointed interviews to date. Sitting down with reporters from the gay magazine The Advocate, Obama was frank about the major current issues. Here is the Democratic frontrunner in his own words:
    "I have actually been much more vocal on gay issues to general audiences than any other presidential candidate probably in history... I reasonably can see 'don't ask, don't tell' eliminated. I think that I can help usher through an Employment Non-Discrimination Act and sign it into law... The third thing I believe I can get done is in dealing with federal employees, making sure that their benefits, that their ability to transfer health or pension benefits the same way that opposite-sex couples do, is something that I'm interested in making happen... And finally, an area that I'm very interested in is making sure that federal benefits are available to same-sex couples who have a civil union... I, for a very long time, have been interested in a repeal of DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act]."
    See Also: DOMA Won't Do It: Why the Constitution Must Be Amended to Save Marriage

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    John McCain Video on American Idol

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    Rasmussen Reports Gives Edge to McCain

    Rasmussen Reports, Presidential Tracking Poll (4/13/07): Sen. John McCain leads both Democratic presidential contenders in the latest daily tracking poll compiled by Rasmussen Reports. McCain, R-AZ., the presumptive Republican nominee, outpolls both Sen. Barack Obama, D-IL, by 50% to 42%, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, by 49% to 41%. McCain now leads both Democrats among unaffiliated voters. . . . Rasmussen Reports is surveying voters this weekend for reaction to Obama’s remarks. Preliminary indications from interviews with 400 Likely Voters suggest that the comments are troublesome for Republicans and unaffiliated voters. However, there is less of an impact among Democrats. That tends to confirm the growing consensus that the comments may have more impact on the General Election than the Primaries.

    Overall, among all voters nationwide, McCain is viewed favorably by 55% and unfavorably by 42%. Obama’s ratings have fallen to 48% favorable and 50% unfavorable. For Clinton, those numbers are 46% favorable, 51% unfavorable (see recent daily results). . . . The general election sample is currently based upon interviews with 1,600 Likely Voters. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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