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Archive for 25 January 2008
This is a performance of school kids??Â Really?Â Wow!Â Well, whoever put this together, did a wonderful job.
Thanks for the link Connie!
Here’s a link showing where the remaining Republican candidates stand on certain issues.
I have a REAL problem.Â I have considered each candidate, since Fred dropped out, and Mitt was at the top of the list.Â However, I can’t, in good conscience, throw any support to a candidate who supports ‘gun control’, even on assault weapons.Â The 2nd Amendment doesn’t specify which arms we have a right to bear.Â So, I guess I have a REAL problem with Mitt Romney.
I checked his web site, and found nothing in support of our 2nd Amendment rights.Â This is an issue that is important to a great many Americans.Â Shouldn’t it be important enough to state his views on his site?Â I was able to find a tiny paragraph buried on page 58 of Romney’s ‘plan‘:
“I believe he Second Amendment is about more than just self-defense or sport; it’s about the basic freedom of lawful citizens to live their lives – to in engage in the normal pursuits of society without the interference of the heavy hand of government.”
Somehow, this seems in opposition of his support of the ban of assault weapons.
Am I missing something?
The theme of this week’s episode is “All Things Islam,” as panelists take on the faith of Muslims in a no-holds-barred fashion.
“Islam is not even a religion,” Mitchell told WND from a location somewhere in Eastern North Carolina. “It’s an ideology of ‘might makes right’ disguised as a religion. We’re going to show that Allah was with us when we baked this cookie and ate it. Deal with it!”
H/T: Stop the ACLUÂ
(THIS is a good read!)
I have been avoiding the discussion of who I am supporting for the Republican presidential nomination in deference to urging others to thoroughly examine the platforms, agendas and records of all those in contention. Only by taking the time to circumvent the agenda-driven propaganda of the mainstream media (and in some cases its non-coverage of certain candidates) can we truly understand who each candidate is and what he â€“ or she â€“ stands for. With both my first and second choices now out of the race I believe it is time to examine the Conservative communities troubling propensity to self-destruct and the accurate definition of the term â€œRINO.â€
For the record, the two candidates that represented my vision of what leaders should be were â€“ and still are to a certain extent â€“ Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter. Both of these men are strong on defense and understand that no other issue really amounts to much if we lose the wars against Islamofascist aggression and the American Fifth Column. Given that, they too realize that our tax system, in dire need of restructuring, caters to congressional opportunism and financial malfeasance and that the government ought to start diminishing its role in Social Security so that we can lessen our governmentâ€™s â€œtax footprintâ€ and continue the creation of an ownership society. They both have considerably more experience in government and non-caustic inside-the-beltway politics than any of the Democrats running for the White House yet they still hold true to the belief that elected officials serve their constituents.
There’s losing. There’s losing honorably. And then there’s John Edwards.
Well, one thing is for sure, Edwards and honor do NOT go together!
Mike Huckabee is not going to be president. The loss in South Carolina, one of the most highly evangelical states in the union, made that plain. With a ceiling of 14 percent among nonevangelical Republicans, Huckabee’s base is simply too narrow. But his was not a rise and then a fall. He came from nowhere to establish himself as the voice of an important national constituency. Huckabee will continue to matter, and might even carry enough remaining Southern states to wield considerable influence at a fractured Republican convention.
You can strike one Evangelical who sees past the Huckster’s shell.
Fred Thompson will also not be president. His campaign failed, but quite honorably. He never tacked. He never dissimulated. He refused to reinvent himself. He presented himself plainly and honestly. Too plainly. What he lacked was the ferocious near-deranged ambition (aka, fire in the belly) required to navigate the bizarre ordeal that is today’s nominating process. Political decency is not a common commodity. Thompson had it. He’d make a fine attorney general, and not just on TV.
He should have been! The ONE candidate who didn’t play political games, and not enough were able to see it. I’d much rather see him as VP, but attorney general would be ok.
Then there is John Edwards. He’s not going to be president either. He stays in the race because, with the Democrats’ proportional representation system, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton might end up in a very close delegate race — perhaps allowing an also-ran with, say, 10 percent of the delegates to act as kingmaker at the convention.
The best thing anyone can say about Edwards? He’s got nice hair.
Edwards has made much of his renunciation of his Iraq War vote. But he has not stopped there. His entire campaign has been an orgy of regret and renunciation.
– As senator, he voted in 2001 for a bankruptcy bill that he now denounces.
– As senator, he voted for storing nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. Twice. He is now fiercely opposed.
– As senator, he voted for the Bush-Kennedy No Child Left Behind education reform. He now campaigns against it, promising to have it “radically overhauled.”
– As senator, he voted for the Patriot Act, calling it “a good bill … and I am pleased to support it.” He now attacks it.
– As senator, he voted to give China normalized trade relations. Need I say? He now campaigns against liberalized trade with China as a sellout of the middle class to the great multinational agents of greed, etc.
Did Edwards learn his flip flopping skills from Kerry, or was it the other way around?
Today he plays the avenging angel, engaged in an “epic struggle” against the great economic malefactors that “have literally,” he assures us, “taken over the government.” He is angry, embodying the familiar zeal of the convert, ready to immolate anyone who benightedly holds to any revelation other than the zealot’s very latest.
Clip his wings!
Except for his years as senator, the only public office he’s ever held. The audacity of the all-my-life trope is staggering. By his own endlessly self-confessed record, his current pose is a coat of paint newly acquired. His claim that it is an expression of his inner soul is a farce.
Best as I can tell, the “all my life” has been about trashing doctors, chasing ambulances and the ‘almighty’ dollar.
A cynical farce that is particularly galling to left-liberals of real authenticity. “The one (presidential candidate) that is the most problematic is Edwards,” Sen. Russ Feingold told The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis., “who voted for the Patriot Act, campaigns against it. Voted for No Child Left Behind, campaigns against it. Voted for the China trade deal, campaigns against it. Voted for the Iraq War. … He uses my voting record exactly as his platform, even though he had the opposite voting record.”
I’m no fan of Feingold. He is, in my opinion, a smarmy little bastard. That being said, at least he doesn’t hide who he really is, and I can respect that. Edwards, on the other hand, who is also a smarmy bastard, seems to be pulling the wool over 4% of the “eyes”. He can’t get the nomination, too easy to pick apart on the bigger stage.
A resolution that would change the stateâ€™s constitution to allow more limits on abortion has been delayed in the Senate so lawmakers can review an amendment added to the measure.
The resolution seeks to nullify a state Supreme Court ruling that the Tennessee Constitution offers greater protection for abortion rights than the U.S. Constitution.
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 127
A RESOLUTION to propose an amendment to Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee, relative to abortion.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that a majority of all the members of each house concurring, as shown by the yeas and nays entered on their journals, that it is proposed that Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:
Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the foregoing amendment be referred to the One Hundred Sixth General Assembly and that this resolution proposing such amendment be published by the Secretary of State in accordance with Article XI, Section 3, of the Constitution of Tennessee.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Senate is directed to deliver a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of State.
Ok, so what’s the problem? The pro baby murderers don’t seem to much care for the idea that the state Constitution (or U.S. for that matter) doesn’t guarantee them the right to slaughter. Well, it doesn’t! Even their argument that the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment says it’s ok, is crap!
1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
What is it in that section that anyone can construe as the right to kill the unborn?
So, is it such a stretch to imagine a state Constitution to state there is “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion“?
Many presidential candidates have been talking about “change” in their campaign speeches, but one conservative watchdog group says it appears that those candidates actually want to keep as much of your “change” as possible and not tell you how they’re spending it.
So, every time you hear one of the candidates talking about “change”, they are hearing “cha-ching”!
They are called “earmarks” — vague, written instructions attached to federal agency budgets and used as a “backdoor” to fund pet projects. Although earmarks are not passed into law by Congress, agency employees know they must abide by the earmarks or face potential retribution in the form of budget cuts the following year.
Democrats promised to reduce the number of earmarks when they gained control of Congress, however, that did not happen. The only apparent change is that each earmark must now include the name of the congressional sponsor requesting money for their pet projects.
Ah, yes, the most “ethical Congress ever”.
So how did the presidential candidates fare on earmarks? Tom Schatz is president of Citizens Against Government Waste, and he says that one presidential candidate in particular stands out from the rest. “You compare the 261 [earmarks] that Senator Clinton received to the zero that Senator McCain received, which is the same number he gets every year,” notes Schatz. “And even Congressman Kucinich, viewed as a very liberal member of congress, only got six earmarks.”
It’s quite apparent that Senator Shrilldebeast enjoys the hell out of spending other people’s money. Can you imagine what she would do as POTUS? Heaven forbid that ever happens!
Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) got 46 earmarks, less than one-fifth the number Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received, and Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) got 10 earmarks in the budget. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee have all made statements indicating they would take action as president to end earmarks.
Talk is cheap. If the people of this country ever figure out that WE don’t work for D.C., they work for US, then real change MIGHT occur.
“Rudy Giuliani has said that he would end earmarking and start budgeting like a business,” says Schatz. “Governor Romney has talked about the need to reduce the number of earmarks, control them, [and] establish the line-item veto. Governor Huckabee has talked about the line item veto, although he, overall, only has three lines about wasteful spending or earmarks on his website.”
I am all for the line item veto….as long as it doesn’t turn out like Wisconsin’s version, aka Frankenstein.
Schatz says none of the Democrats have addressed the issue in their presidential campaigns, though Obama did co-sponsor legislation to make it easier to find out who sponsored an earmark.
Is that so surprising?
Oh, and in case you missed it, the New York Times has endorsed the Shrilldebeast:
As Democrats look ahead to the primaries in the biggest states on Feb. 5, The Timesâ€™s editorial board strongly recommends that they select Hillary Clinton as their nominee for the 2008 presidential election.
Senator John McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe.
Given the socialist bent of the Slimes, is either endorsement a shocker? Nope!Â Don’t think so.
Egypt started to close its breached border with the Gaza Strip on Friday but Palestinian militants bulldozed a new opening in a challenge to Cairo and Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-run territory.
Palestinian crowds cheered as Hamas militants used a bulldozer to flatten sections of the chain and concrete fence. In a scene broadcast live on television around the world, Egyptian riot police watched from a distance as hundreds of people poured into Egypt.
If the Egyptians want the border closed, why are the police just watching as the parasites swarm in?
Anyone who earned at least $3,000 in 2007 will receive a check of $300, and will receive a $300 check for each child. The individual rebate can reach up to as much as $600 per person, and $1,200 per couple, depending on income. There is no cap on the number of children for which a family can receive the $300 credit.
The rebates begin to lessen for workers making more than $75,000, or joint filers making more than $150,000. Once a single person’s income tops about $87,000 or a couple’s income is above roughly $175,000, that household is no longer eligible for any rebate or child credit. Mr. Paulson said about 117 million people will benefit.
So, if I read this right, people who didn’t pay ANY taxes will get the most? If you only made $3000 last year, you did not pay a dime in taxes, not to mention, it’s time to get off your ass and learn a new skill. I really hope I’m reading this wrong, because, if I’m not…..
Information released by Vilas County Sheriff’s officials this morning indicate that a 45-year-old man from Crystal Lake, Ill. died in a snowmobile crash on trail 15 in the Township of Plum Lake.
Authorities are not yet releasing the man’s name, however, CBS 2 in Chicago is reporting at cbs2chicago.com that he was anchor Randy Salerno, who had worked at the station since September of 2004. The station reported that he lived in Crystal Lake, the town where he grew up. He was married and had three children.
Prayers with the family.
A teenage passenger from California was arrested in Nashville for plotting to hijack a plane from Los Angeles to Nashville, the FBI said Friday.
FBI spokesman George Bolds told The Associated Press the 16-year-old boy was removed from Southwest Airlines Flight 284 Tuesday night by authorities at Nashville International Airport and found with “suspicious” items.
Bolds said the teen had handcuffs, rope and duct tape in his bag and was believed to be traveling alone. The juvenile’s name has not been released.
“His plan had a low probability of success,” Bolds said.
The kid has a mock cock pit in his room, and his parents didn’t notice?
A car bomb ripped through one of Beirut’s Christian neighborhoods Friday, killing at least five people including a top police official who had been investigating terrorist bombings, officials said.
The country’s national police chief, Brig. Gen. Ashraf Rifi, confirmed that the blast was a car bomb that killed Capt. Wissam Eid, a senior police intelligence official. Eid was an engineer who was handling “very important” files, including “all those having to do with the terrorist bombings” in Lebanon, Rifi said.
I found it quite telling that the UK’s TimesOnline couldn’t be bothered to mention it was a Christian neighborhood. I find this quite telling.
More than 25,000 cases of the infection were reported in the United States in both 2004 and 2005, at least three times more than annual amounts reported in the ’90s and at least six times more than in the ’80s.
Texas Children’s officials said they’re unsure what accounts for the spike but speculated waning immunity and increased crowding, travel and immigration are some of the factors.
The majority of the cases in Harris County involve Hispanics, Baker said.
Do I even have to say it?
An instructor at the flight school Zacarias Moussaoui attended before the Sept. 11 attacks is $5 million richer for his efforts to alert authorities – but colleagues say he wasn’t the only one sounding an alarm.
Really? Why is it that others always speak up, wanting a slice of the pie, AFTER the fact?
The American negotiating position for a formal military-to-military relationship, one that would replace the current United Nations mandate, is laid out in a draft proposal that was described by White House, Pentagon, State Department and military officials on ground rules of anonymity. It also includes less controversial demands that American troops be immune from Iraqi prosecution, and that they maintain the power to detain Iraqi prisoners.
However, the American quest for protections for civilian contractors is expected to be particularly vexing, because in no other country are contractors working with the American military granted protection from local laws. Some American officials want contractors to have full immunity from Iraqi law, while others envision less sweeping protections. These officials said the negotiations with the Iraqis, expected to begin next month, would also determine whether the American authority to conduct combat operations in the future would be unilateral, as it is now, or whether it would require consultation with the Iraqis or even Iraqi approval.
I’m not quite sure I get the jist of this.
“What are the world heads of state doing today? They gave only one proposal for a UN Security Council session, which failed to issue a resolution against the Zionists’ crimes. Was that enough in their opinion?” Ayatollah Jannati said, while delivering his second sermon to this week’s Friday prayers congregation at Tehran University campus.
Addressing Muslim ulima and al-Azhar University figures, Ayatollah Jannati questioned, “What are you doing? Don’t you read traditions? Why don’t you fight for saving the oppressed? Why don’t you raise your voice at least? You should today give statements and instigate the public against the Zionists.” He said that with the Zionist regime’s atrocities, another Karbala and Ashura are taking place in Palestine.
Say whut? This clown doesn’t come out in the real world very often, does he. Just who is constantly lobbing the bombs?