Saturday, May 19, 2007

Former South Carolina Governor David Beasley Endorses Mike Huckabee

Press Release: Former South Carolina Governor David Beasley Endorses Mike Huckabee

Saturday, May 19, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mike Huckabee is “the most authentic, consistently conservative pro-family candidate our party has to offer,” former South Carolina Governor David M. Beasley said today as he endorsed the presidential campaign of his former gubernatorial colleague and friend.

“I know Mike’s heart and his record. I know he’s one of us,” Beasley said in a speech before the South Carolina Republican Party state convention. Beasley served as South Carolina’s governor from 1995-1999.

“I’m truly proud to have the support of David Beasley, a man whose courage I admire and whose friendship I treasure,” said Huckabee, who served as Arkansas governor from 1996-2007.

“Mike Huckabee is the best candidate because he is consistent on our party’s core values, he has a record of success at winning support from Republicans and like-minded independents, and he has a track record of executive accomplishment that prompted him to be named one of America’s best governors,” Beasley said

Beasley’s endorsement comes shortly after Huckabee’s widely praised performance in the recent South Carolina presidential debate in Columbia. It also builds the strength of a South Carolina campaign whose honorary state chair is former South Carolina First Lady Iris Campbell, wife of late Gov. Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., Beasley’s predecessor. One of her sons, Mike, is a senior national advisor to the Huckabee campaign.

Mike Campbell, who introduced Beasley at the announcement, said, “We’re proud to have David Beasley aboard Team Huckabee. This endorsement shows that the families of South Carolina’s two most recent former Republican Governors believe Mike Huckabee is the right choice for President. This is a significant endorsement which builds on the momentum of Tuesday’s debate victory.”

The South Carolina Republican primary has long been seen as critical to winning the GOP nomination, and Beasley played a key role in the 1996 contest when he helped marshal support for that year’s victor, Sen. Bob Dole. Beasley also was an early supporter for President Bush’s 2000 South Carolina campaign.

Beasley and Huckabee became close friends when Beasley was chairman of the Republican Governors Association from 1997-1998.

“If my fellow South Carolinians are looking for a candidate who best understands them, they could find no more perfect fit than Mike Huckabee,” Beasley said. “He has a track record of success in cutting taxes, in reforming education and at the White House he’ll understand how to pay attention to the special challenges of rural and small town America.”

Governor Beasley's four years in office made history as some as South Carolina’s most successful years ever in economic development. Capital investment announcements from 1995 to 1998 totaled more than $22 billion and 110,000 new jobs. Beasley’s tenure resulted in the move or expansion of more than 400 large corporations in South Carolina. Working with the South Carolina General Assembly, Beasley also led the drive to push a sweeping, back-to-basics accountability law in 1998 that created rigorous, world-class standards for what every student in every grade should know and what every teacher should teach. Beasley currently serves as the chairman of the National Advisory on Rural Health and Human Services for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Beasley and his wife, Mary Wood, live in Society Hill, S.C. They have four children: Mary Hunter, Sarah Catherine, David Jr. and Samuel Ross.

Mike Huckabee Comments On Proposed Immigration Reform Legislation

Statement: Mike Huckabee Comments On Proposed Immigration Reform Legislation

Saturday, May 19, 2007


LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Former Governor Mike Huckabee (AR) issued the following statement Friday regarding proposed legislation on illegal immigration:

"This bill offers amnesty and should not be approved. While I appreciate the hard work of the Senate and the Administration, this bill is not in the best interests of our national security, our citizens, and those who are patiently following the rules to become citizens.

"My number one priority is to secure America's borders. We also need to address the fairness issue. America is a nation of laws. We need to make sure that any new legislation does not put those who broke the law ahead of law-abiding immigrants who are already in a very long line, to become Americans legally.

"Those who are caught trying to enter illegally must be detained, processed, and deported. Illegal immigrants who are already living among us and commit serious and violent crimes must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and incarcerated or deported.

"After we have our border under control, we need to address the status of illegals who are already here, about 12 million people. I am opposed to amnesty because we can’t overlook that people have broken the law and must take responsibility for their actions."

Packers Add New Service For Fans

Packers.com this season will be providing streaming video coverage of the Packers' weekly press conferences in their entirety and free of charge. Yet another reason why I am a Packers fan. On the injury front, Aaron Rodgers, is basically fully recovered and should be fully participating in the near future and apparently his arm appears to be better than ever.

Also on the spoiled star front, Brett Farve did grace us with his presence, but due to him moving his surgery to a later date he will not be able to fully participate until he recovers. He also is now denying that he ever demanded a trade in a tantrum after the Packers WISELY did not sell out the team's future to satisfy Farve in the short term. By the way, one quick point on that subject; how long do you think it would have taken Moss to throw Farve under the bus after a couple of losses due to Farve's habit of throwing game ending interceptions?

Governor Thompson Statement On Senate Immigration Compromise

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2007

Contact:
media@tommy2008.com

Statement by Tommy G. Thompson on Immigration Compromise in the Senate:

“Any legislation that provides amnesty to the estimated 12 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States is the wrong path for our country. You can call it anything you want, but this compromise has the look and feel of amnesty. The Senate should set this compromise aside and start by recognizing that there will be no amnesty or benefit to anyone who broke our laws to enter this country.”

Armed Forces Day 2007

The staff at The Maritime Sentry would like to salute all of our Veterans and their families, who have all sacrificed greatly for this nation.

"Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it."

James Madison

Friday, May 18, 2007

Bloomberg Calls Fraternal Order Of Police A "Fringe Organization"

Friday, May 18, 2007

Anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) is at it again. A recent New York Post article detailed how, at a breakfast sponsored by Ladies Home Journal, he took a swipe at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) for its support of the Tiahrt Amendment, which prohibits the disclosure of confidential firearm trace data except in the course of a bona fide criminal investigation. "It is one fringe organization," charged Bloomberg.[
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McCain "[F---] you!

Do you really want a President who after selling out this country turns and attacks a true conservative Senator?

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/

http://hotair.com/archives/2007/05/18/fox-news-mccain-drops-the-f-bomb-on-cornyn-in-nasty-amnesty-blow-up/

U.S. Senator DeMint Statement On Immigration Deal

May 17th, 2007 - Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator DeMint made the following statement:

"I hope we don't take a thousand page bill written in secret and try to ram it through the Senate in a few days. This is a very important issue for America and we need time to debate it."

"But the little we do know about the bill is troubling. According to reports, the bill contains a new 'Z Visa' that allows those who entered our country illegally to stay here permanently without ever returning home. This rewards people who broke the law with permanent legal status, and puts them ahead of millions of law-abiding immigrants waiting to come to America. I don't care how you try to spin it, this is amnesty."

MORE on Immigration: ** DeMint OpEd on RealClearPolitics.com -
Responsible Immigration

Reform Senator DeMint is chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators that includes the majority of the Republican Conference.

Congressman Duncan Hunter Opposes Senate's Immigration Proposal

Friday, May 18, 2007 Immigration News

HUNTER EXPRESSES “FIERCE DISAPPOINTMENT” OVER SENATE AMNESTY PROPOSAL

I vow to oppose this legislation supported by Senators Edward Kennedy and John McCain.It provides a vast new immigration benefit to millions of illegal aliens who have broken our laws to live in the United States.I opposed the 1986 amnesty act because of this same reason.It proved to be the draw that we predicted it would be.I am deeply disappointed to see history repeating itself.

This package will confirm to the world that the U.S. does not really mean what it says when it comes to immigration enforcement.As a result of the citizenship benefit included in this legislation, despite the fine print, we will see a stampede across our borders.

This vast new amnesty and expansive guest worker program will surely be ridden with fraud and abuse, and ultimately lead to millions of public-assistance-dependent immigrants.

The Senate’s decision to blatantly ignore the Secure Fence Act signed into law last year and only require construction of 370 miles of fence, as opposed to the 854 miles mandated by the law, is a dramatic failure of this legislation.The San Diego border fence has proven that fencing works.The time has come to quickly implement the Secure Fence Act, not retreat from its mandates.

I believe that this package will result in lower wages for America’s already-struggling families by encouraging the importation of cheap foreign labor rather than investing, developing and growing a domestic workforce that will sustain our economy far into the future.

Amnesty is not the answer.Border enforcement must be first and it must be comprehensive.To do otherwise is to repeat the mistakes of the past.This Senate bill is bad for Americans, bad for our workers, bad for law enforcement and, most importantly, bad for national security.I will fight it.Please join with me.

Z Visa = Z End of the Line

Posted by Bobby Eberle

May 18, 2007 at 6:02 am

Around much “celebration,” the U.S. Senate announced on Thursday that a “deal” had been reached on “comprehensive” immigration reform. As I heard the details of the bill, I could feel the collective groans of the conservative movement, just as if we were all punched in the stomach. Why did we work so hard to build Republican majorities? Why did we spend so many hours at phone banks or going door to door? The past six years have seen an erosion of everything we’ve worked for, and now our “leaders” give us immigration “reform.”[Read More]

Huckabee Gets Buzz For Knocking Edwards' Hair

Watch CNN's Jeanne Moos report that Mike Huckabee split hairs with a joke about John Edwards. Click here to watch video.

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New Immigration Bill Is Still Amnesty

First and foremost I am a very concerned, Hispanic/Irish, conservative. Once again the Bush Administration, along with the Senate, are about to sell us out in secrecy. A bill is being rushed through at this very moment and will probably be voted on by next Friday that will effectively force through amnesty. Liberals and RINO's, of course, are arguing with venomous and fierce emotion that it is not amnesty. Well, I have had enough of liberals and RINO's thinking conservatives are naive push overs who need to be told what to do. If this amnesty bill passes the Republican Party is dead. We will never again regain power. We could never over come the massive numbers the Democratic Party would gain. If this bill passes Bush has finally killed conservatism and there will only be one party. Here is the truth about their NON AMNESTY bill.

Forget anchor babies getting citizenship, under this bill illegal parents who have a child in America will be automatically rewarded with citizenship. Not one of the illegals who are currently here will be deported, they will now be indefinitely legal. The illegals currently in America, which number up to 20 million, will be allowed to bring their spouses, children and parents who will also be given legal status. Even if you figure each illegal has one spouse, one child and one parent you have now taken that 20 million and multiplied it up to 80 million. That is a possible 80 million more people straining our already stressed economy. How long do you think social security will last then.

We are already restructuring our retirement options due to the likelihood there will be no Social Security retirement for us. And, let's remember this does not include the additional 400,000 new low income GUEST WORKERS that would be allowed in each year. With a spend crazy Congress, how far do you think your tax dollar will go now? They tell us they are hard working and law abiding and will be a positive to our society. They can say it until they are blue in the face and it will never change the truth. They artificially deflate our wages because they will work for less (why do you think big business is pushing for a bill like this), they do not all work and cannot all work. The elderly parents of these illegals will not be contributing they will be applying for benefits and with their families all here they will now be eligible for assistance, since they work for less they will not bring home enough money to sustain them. And the fact that they are here proves they are not law abiding, since the broke the law to get here.

Next time you are in the grocery store take notice of how many non-English speaking Hispanics are using food stamps and WIC assistance. So let's look at the big picture. Even if a conservative figure of 1/3 of the amnesty recipients receive assistance that is almost 27 million people draining the economy. I guarantee what they will be taking from the education, health care, medicaid, welfare and Social Security systems will never be replaced by what the others will contribute. Think about it, they will be living on deflated wages with very little if any health coverage. The few that will pay taxes will not be paying a large amount and the rest will be able to claim their families now when they file their taxes which will make the eligible for the earned income credit. So now each amnesty family could potentially receive a $3,000 to $4,000 tax refund instead of paying any taxes at all. So how is this contributing?

This bill must be defeated. Our economy and your children's futures would effectively be destroyed. Bush and the Senate, especially the liberal Republicans who support this bill are traitors to this country. Don't let them continue down this path of destruction. Contact your representative and when it is time to vote, vote them out. There is a huge grassroots movement and RINO Republicans who refuse to listen should be challenged and defeated in the primaries.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Tancredo Slams Senate Immigration Plan

Press Releases :: May 17, 2007

Carlos Espinosa 202-225-7882; T.Q. Houlton 202-225-7882

Tancredo Slams Senate Immigration Plan

Congressman calls bill a “slap in the face” to Americans and legal immigrants who bothered to do things the right way

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) today criticized the Senate immigration plan penned by Sens. McCain (AZ) and Kennedy (MA) and President Bush. This plan, like its predecessor proposals, would provide instant amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and a pathway to citizenship.

“Senator McCain and his allies seem to think that they can dupe the American public into accepting a blanket amnesty if they just call it ‘comprehensive’ or ‘earned legalization’ or ‘regularization.’ Unfortunately for them, however, the American people know amnesty when they see it,” said Tancredo. “The President is so desperate for a legacy and a domestic policy win that he is willing to sell out the American people and our national security.”

“If Senator McCain and Senator Kennedy spent as much time working on improving border security as they did poll testing creative euphemisms for amnesty, America would be a much safer place,” quipped Tancredo.

The plan would grant an immediate amnesty for nearly all 12 – 20 million illegal aliens who will get legal status for residence and jobs (with assurance of green cards no later than 13 years); Tripling of the rate of chain migration of extended family from around 250,000 a year to around 750,000 a year for about a decade; and New flows of 400,000 temporary foreign workers each year, bringing their families and having anchor babies who will be given U.S. citizenship.

Tancredo concluded, “This amnesty plan will be a slap in the face to hard working Americans and those who have come here to work legally. I just hope Speaker Pelosi keeps her promise to bar amnesty legislation from the House floor.”

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Governor Mitt Romney On The Senate Immigration Agreement

Thursday, May 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390


Boston, MA - Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on today's U.S. Senate agreement on immigration reform:

"I strongly oppose today's bill going through the Senate. It is the wrong approach. Any legislation that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the country indefinitely, as the new 'Z-Visa' does, is a form of amnesty. That is unfair to the millions of people who have applied to legally immigrate to the U.S.

"Today's Senate agreement falls short of the actions needed to both solve our country's illegal immigration problem and also strengthen our legal immigration system. Border security and a reliable employment verification system must be our first priority."

Wolfowitz Resigns

BREAKING: World Bank President Wolfowitz Resigns

Senators Strike a Deal on Immigration Overhaul

Senators Strike a Deal on Immigration Overhaul

A bipartisan group of senators today reached an agreement on immigration overhaul, and the bill’s first test will not be long in coming: a key procedural vote will be held May 21. [Read More]

Stillborn laws entangled in abortion debate

By Christine Vestal, Stateline.org Staff Writer

Across the nation, bereaved parents have persuaded 20 states to issue optional birth certificates — not just death certificates — for their stillborn babies. But in some states, similar bills have raised concerns over abortion rights.
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Capitol Hill's Losers

Here is a great article that is on Townhall.com by Emmett Tyrrell. TMS

WASHINGTON -- The approval ratings of the Democratic Congress continue their swoon. When Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi led their enlightened hordes onto Capitol Hill early this year, they promised liberation and progress. They would raise the minimum wage. Homeland security was to be made foolproof. Medicare's drug prices would be lowered by congressional writ. Moreover, they had a scheme to lower interest rates on college loans. Finally something vast and ingenious was going to be done about the war in Iraq. Possibly the congressional Democrats were going to yank our military from that inhospitable country and replace it with the Peace Corps or perhaps the Good Humor Man.

Of course, the fulminating Democrats have accomplished none of the above. They continue to shriek about Republican mendacity and corruption -- though such misdemeanors were winked at during the Clinton years. They continue their ongoing investigations, and in the case of Attorney Alberto Gonzales they may undertake the capital's first exorcism. But as to their aforementioned early promises, they remain inert. The term "Do Nothing Congress" is being heard among good government types and concerned lobbyists.

According to the Gallup Poll, the Democratic Congress's approval rating has declined from 37 percent to 33 percent in mid-April, thence to 29 percent in mid-May. That rating places the Democrats below the approval rating of the hellish President George W. Bush, and at least he has invested some of his political capital in large things, for instance Social Security reform and two wars. The Democratic leaders have achieved nothing other than raising a cloud of gloom over Capitol Hill.

Frankly I would like to know more about the lingering 29 percent of the electorate that approves of the Democratic Congress. Are these the remnants of the Angry Left we heard so much from last fall? Or are these actually Republicans who want the Democrats to continue on a load that might well lead to oblivion? In recent weeks, Reid and Pelosi appear to have been seized by an impulse to suicide. Perhaps al Qaeda will sign them up as drivers.

Consider their recent antics. Just weeks ago House Speaker Pelosi brought the full majesty of her office to the Middle East, where she visited Syria's hereditary dictator, President Bashar Assad, wearing a babushka in public deference to local misogynist customs. She shopped in a Damascus bazaar and did not even dicker over prices. Then she trilled to an agape press corps, "We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace." Whereupon she claimed that she was conveying Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's message that "Israel was ready to engage in peace talks." What is more, she insisted that President Assad was ready to "resume the peace process." That got her plenty of attention. Olmert scrambled to his feet and delivered a correction. Pelosi was misrepresenting him. Pelosi's visit to the Middle East was widely adjudged a bust, or in the words of a Washington Post editorial, "ludicrous."

Consider too Senate Majority Leader Reid. Some politicians speak in sound bites. He speaks in bumper stickers. His latest is this defeatist yawp: "This war is lost." Put that on your Volvo right next to your Kerry/Edwards sticker.

Observers of the Democratic majority on Capitol Hill will tell you that the Democrats have made a cool decision to use the present war as a political gambit. They calculate that by opposing it, they will win the support of a majority of the electorate in 2008. Their position on the war may indeed be a political calculation, but it might also reflect something deeper. Their defeatism is very similar to the defeatism the Democratic congressional majority displayed in 1973 when it reneged on Washington's promise to support the South Vietnamese under attack. It is similar to the defeatism the Democratic majority manifested in 1986 over assisting the anti-communists in Nicaragua.

This defeatism is, I would wage, now part of the Democratic Party's DNA. At some point over the last three decades it came to be called the Democrats' Vietnam Syndrome. It is why for years the Democrats have not been trusted on matters of national security. The 2008 election will be decided on just this matter -- national security.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/EmmettTyrrell/2007/05/17/capitol_hills_losers
©Creators Syndicate

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Pelosi is at it Again - Updated

May 16 2007 14:43:59
On Drudge Report

PELOSI LOWERS THE BOOM

After losing a string of embarrassing votes on the House floor because of procedural maneuvering, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has decided to change the current House Rules to completely shut down the floor to the minority.

The Democratic Leadership is threatening to change the current House Rules regarding the Republican right to the Motion to Recommit or the test of germaneness on the motion to recommit. This would be the first change to the germaneness rule since 1822.

In protest, the House Republicans are going to call procedural motions every half hour. Developing...


Hot Air has got all of the important links, but I would just like to add that after all of Pelosi's talk about President Bush being a dictator she sure is making a good run for dictator herself. Also, perhaps she hasn't noticed that Congress's poll ratings are now at 29%. That is 4% below President Bush's approval rating. TMS

Vote for Governor Mike Huckabee

Please go to Instapundit poll and vote. http://instapundit.com/archives2/005233.php

Michelle Oddis:Mike Huckabee Graduates

Michelle Oddis of Human Events writes: Last night's debate was big for one second-tier candidate alone. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee might be hearing his campaign slogan “I like Mike” more often after his confident responses and most memorably his humor. "We've had a Congress that's spending money like John Edwards at a beauty shop," said Huckabee. His joke opened up the debate, and reminded each candidate that they were no longer on MSNBC.

First Impressions of the South Carolina Debate

First of all, Fox News did a far better job than MSNBC. It seemed like the debate was able to reach all of the important issues in an effective and timely manner. I would love to see a break down of the minutes each candidate received. It appeared to be fairly divided.

Since my wife previously went into great detail, I will just do a quick overview. I think the winner of the debate, hands down, was Mike Huckabee. I also thought that Hunter,Romney and Thompson had a good night. Now, I know that the talking heads are claiming that Giuliani won the debate. I though he was very flat and dodged questions until the Ron Paul's comment fell into his lap. I think as people review what was actually said by the various candidates they will also see this.

I felt that Ron Paul definitely showed, with his irresponsible statement that America is responsible for 9-11, that he can not be taken seriously as a candidate. I felt Gilmore had some good moments, but was overall uninspiring and I cannot get over his support for early term abortions.

In the post debate analysis I was completely disappointed. The glow on Hannity's face as he interviewed Giuliani after the debate reminded me of the glow that a young man gets when he first falls in love. I will never understand why, as a fellow Catholic, he can completely throw out his moral standards just because he believes Giuliani would be good on the War on Terrorism. I have said it once and I will say it again, we have several TRUE conservative candidates that would do just as good or better on the War on Terrorism like Mike Huckabee or Tommy Thompson.

I also, noticed that Fox News and it's contributors were hammering home the point they had before the debate that the field should be smaller. I still do not understand why they have a problem with Republicans having several choices. Actually that is not true, I know exactly why. Because the media is lazy and they want to narrow it down to three candidates that will fit into a 40 second sound bite. The problem is the three they have in mind are not right for America.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My Views on The Debate

Mike Huckabee did a wonderful job and looked completely Presidential. He presented his fair tax idea understandably and attacked Congress for "spending money like John Edwards in a beauty shop". When he was wrongly attacked for raising taxes as governor he came back strong and explained the tax being referred to was voted in by the people and not imposed by the state government. He was strong and unapologetic for allowing the voters to choose using their tax dollars to improve their road systems. The other tax increase was court ordered to pay for education. So now courts also have the ability to raise your taxes, nice. He was also right about the importance of America valuing life and because of this we must oppose abortion, because it is wrong. Again, Huckabee was wrongly attacked for someone else's actions when it was brought up that a criminal from his stated was release from prison and murdered a woman in Missouri. He stood up to this attack and explained (this is information that anyone who care to can find on the Internet) that this man was released by the parole board and that he would do everything he could as President to ensure these situations do not happen again. He took the side of integrity when presented with a hypothetical scenario of an attack on America and stated it would not be business as usual under a Huckabee administration after the murder of Americans. He was strong, honest and Presidential and in my opinion tonight's winner despite what out-of-touch spinners like Sean Hannity says.

Duncan Hunter had a great response about Iraq and pointed out that we are losing high paying jobs to China cheating on trade and that we should enforce fair trade policies on them. He also attack the Bush administration for being slow to secure our borders. He had a great message to illegals "Knock on the front door of America because the back door is gonna be closed" referring to improving our legal immigration system. His response to the hypothetical attack on America from terrorist operating out of camps in unfriendly countries and the treatment of any suspects captured was bold and effective. He would get the information needed, within the hour, and execute special operations to retaliate. Finally, he correctly tied enforcing trade policies on China with national security.

Tommy Thompson was right about cutting and eliminating certain programs to reduce the budget. He took a very strong and knowledgeable stand on stem cell research, however he did seem a little stiff and not at ease. His plan for Iraq is the best I have heard from ANY candidate. No other plan I have heard yet deals with the tribal violence and genocide the way his would. Like Regan he believes "Trust, but verify" when responding to the hypothetical attack and stated that when dealing with terror camps in unfriendly countries he would go in with all the force necessary to win, and have a plan to pull out successfully. Overall, he did good, but needs to become more comfortable under pressure.

Mitt Romney came out extremely strong and looks better versed on Iraq than John McCain. He was right on when he commented about people wanting bench marks in Iraq, but really needing them in Washington. When he was attacked on signing one of the most restrictive legislations on assault weapons he responded strongly. He emotionally spoke of watching the impact abortion had by cheapening the sanctity of human life. He pointed out the obvious when he stated that abortion should be voted on by the people in each state and not decided and forced upon us by judges. He was unwavering on his stance that illegals should not have a special pathway to citizenship like the amnesty plans of others like John McCain. In the hypothetical attack he believed that captured suspects should be taken to Guantanamo where they would have no access to lawyers and that enhanced techniques should be used to gather information from them.

Tom Tancredo also did a great job. He made a great point about securing our borders and bashed candidates who have made recent issue conversions stating that he trusted "conversions made on the road to Damascus, not the road to Des Moines". And I love it, he denounced that we are responsible for global warming (I personally denounce the idea of global warming all together, but that is another post). He did acknowledge that we should reduce our dependence on petroleum, which would have the effect of reducing our dependence and funding of terrorist countries. Finally, when presented the hypothetical attack on American he said it made him think of Jack Bauer and how we should do whatever we could to make them fearful of us. You go Tom, make them cower like dogs.

James Gilmore showed extensive knowledge on Iran and foreign policy. Gilmore bashed the liberal candidates present for their stand for abortion and other issues and called them out on their claims of being conservative. Let's remeber that he also supports abortion up to 8 or 12 weeks. Although, he was wrong about Huckabee raising taxes. We all know the tax being referred to was voted in by the people of Arkansas to improve their road systems. I guess they don't like pot holes in Arkansas either. In the hypothetical attack, however he appeared weak when he admitted he would go to the UN before taking action. He says this would be to explain our position; I say we owe no one an explanation when we have been attacked.

Sam Brownback, in my opinion, appeared more like a character out of a Garfield cartoon rather than a Presidential candidate. He was right about increasing our home based oil supply. I also agree with his stance that abortion even in the case of a rape or incest is wrong and that the child is innocent and must be given all the same rights to life you and I enjoy. Unlike Gilmore he would not go to the UN in the hypothetical attack. He posed it as a question of what our priority is, U.S. lives or our reputation in the world.

Ron Paul had a great comeback line on Iraq. He stated that Homeland Security and overseas spending is bureaucracy in our government and that bureaucracy should be reduced. He asked why the Education Department had doubled (I would like to hear that explanation). He takes the Republican tendency to want to end wars too far and made the grotesque statement that America was to blame for 9-11 and terror attacks because of our presence in the Middle East. He was then promptly put in his place by Rudy Giuliani. He refused to contemplate a hypothetical attack stating we should be talking about the real attack on America rather than a hypothetical attack.

Rudy Giuliani made a good point about the planned attack against Fort Dix. His tax ideas do not go far enough. When he was asked if his views were conservative he completely side stepped the question. When Mayor of New York he stated that hard working illegals were the type of people New York wanted; now imagine what he would do about immigration if he were President! He bragged about having more experience with security issues than all the other candidates. He could not have been more wrong. His best moment was when he attacked Ron Paul for accusing America for being responsible for terror attacks and demanded an apology. He backed down when presented with the hypothetical attack and stated that he would allow every method of information extraction except torture. Overall, he did not do very well tonight.

John McCain looked half asleep in the beginning, livened up by his second question. He was right about spending being out of control. He believes that being bi-partisan means reaching across the aisle (McCain/Feingold) and that this makes him a conservative candidate. He did lie about supporting amnesty when asked. Conerning his comment about there being a tamper proof ID, show me an ID that cannot be tampered with. While under fire he even attacked his own party. When presented with a hypothetical scenario of an attack on American he said he would take responsible for all actions taken against suspects, but would not use torture. He believes that if the way we treat our prisoners effects the way our captured troops are treated. Since when has this ever earned our troops good treatment as prisoners? He failed to make a Presidential bid tonight.

Overall, the candidates received fairly equal time. The questions were to the point and involved important issues that Americans care about. I noticed that the liberal candidates kept bringing up the War on Terror. I was disappointed over the cheap shot question about affirmative action regarding there being no woman, Hispanic, etc. candidate running for the Republican nomination. So now if you are a Republican candidate you must be a black or Hispanic woman. Well I am a woman and I am Hispanic why am I not running for President? Do they not remember Elizabeth Dole? And, look at the attacks Condalezza Rice received when liberals thought she might run for President. What black or Hispanic woman would want to run after seeing the way they were denounced and attacked?

Statement by Former Governor Mike Huckabee

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Proven Leader. Authentic Conservative.

“Americans are equipped with unmatchable resolve to meet any challenge, from threats overseas to troubling issues at home. Divided, we are ineffectual, but together, we have majestic strength. Progress cannot happen with the current bipartisan rift dividing it. We need a change in perspective and a clear plan of action so we can become a truly indivisible nation.

“Our next President must be an authentic conservative who can champion our core values in a way that is genuine, consistent and believable. I have the experience, vision and plan to restore America’s greatness by empowering everyday people who make us strong.

“Having gone from Hope, AR to being chairman of the National Governors’ Association and influencing national policy, I believe in the American spirit of opportunity for all. I believe every American has a noble calling to go from hope to higher ground. I ask for your support for my campaign effort to lead us there.”

Pre-Debate Update

Are you ready for Mike Huckabee to distinguish himself? Because I guarantee that is what he is about to do. Huckabee should also get a chance to expand on his great health initiatives. And, look for Rudy Giuliani to try and excuse the slaughter of millions of innocent children. I think John McCain will try and look younger and more stately. Mitt Romney has been doing good so look for him to do more of the same. Ron Paul had a very strong and well executed interview on Neil Cavuto so look for him to come out swinging. I think Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo will do better with the Fox format of actually asking important questions. Tommy Thompson should continue his strong showing on a way forward in Iraq. Look for Gilmore to get more involved in this debate and let's see if Sam Brownback can come out from the other's shadows.

South Carolina Republican Presidential Debate

May 15, 2007

In a few minutes, I'll be leaving for the Columbia Convention Center for a pre-debate reception hosted by the South Carolina Republican Party. I've spent the day in South Carolina meeting with voters, preparing for the debate and even getting a "Fun Run" in this morning with supporters at 6:30 AM.

I'm excited to be here -- and I'm also looking forward to healthy debate, a serious exchange of ideas and a discussion of our Party's conservative principles. I encourage you to watch the debate at 9 PM ET on Fox News Channel and afterwards, return to the website and leave a comment on our campaign blog.

Tonight is a critical night -- and an opportunity to make the case that our Party needs to put forth a candidate who can communicate our core values in a genuine, consistent and believable manner.

We need an authentic conservative, a proven leader who can bring about positive change and restore America's greatness. I believe I can lead us there.

Thank you again for all you have done. Your continued support and participation is much appreciated.

Written by Mike Huckabee

http://www.explorehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Blogs.View&Blog_id=65

Statement By Mike Huckabee On The Passing Of Rev. Jerry Falwell

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

COLUMBIA, SC – Former Governor Mike Huckabee (AR) issued the following statement Tuesday in response to news of the death of The Rev. Jerry Falwell.

“I’ve known Dr. Falwell since the mid 1970’s. I’ve been to his church and spoke at the university last fall. He was one of Christendom’s great leaders who stood by his convictions and never lost his common touch. Many did not know about his sense of humor and compassion for people from all walks of life."

“Dr. Falwell helped spark a conservative movement that renewed our belief in our core values and a new confidence in what is good about America. His efforts helped elect one of America’s greatest leaders, President Ronald Reagan, in 1980. We are deeply indebted to his service to our nation.”

JERRY FALWELL, R.I.P.

JERRY FALWELL, R.I.P.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the death of Liberty University president Jerry Falwell:

“Jerry Falwell did more to mobilize evangelicals than any other leader in the nation. He not only inspired them to become active politically, he encouraged them to rethink their positions on a host of issues, especially abortion and school choice. In 1979, he established the Moral Majority, welcoming Roman Catholics into the organization. He also founded Liberty University, an institution of higher education that quickly made its mark on American society.

“Jerry was a great fighter in the culture wars. He was both an exemplary evangelical and a renowned social activist, always exuding the kind of moral courage so often lacking in religious leaders of all faiths. He will be sorely missed.”

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191

http://www.catholicleague.org/07press_releases/quarter_2/070515_falwell.htm

Republican Presidential Debate

Fox News Channel will be hosting the South Carolina Republican Presidential Debate at 9:00 PM EDT. Just like after the first debate we will have a poll up asking who the winner of the debate was. Hopefully, this time around each candidate will get equal time and unlike the MSNBC debate important issues like health care and energy independence should be discussed.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Insight Into Rudy Giuliani

Here is a great article that is on Townhall.com by Kevin McCullough that goes into better detail on who Rudy Giuliani really is than most articles out there.

Why Rudy is Striking Out...
By Kevin McCullough
Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mayor Rudy Giuliani intended to use the chance to address students and faculty at Houston Baptist University on Friday to boost his image and clarify his position - particularly on abortion. He also hoped to energize what is beginning to look like a campaign that is in complete meltdown. He failed on every level.

Coming out of the first Presidential Candidate debate he was established as the clear loser in many respects. His mumbling, stumbling, bumbling and shrugging of the shoulders on the simple question put to him on the issue of Roe v. Wade truly isolated him from the rest of the field. He is also bending believability.

In his address at HBU on Friday he took more time than I had heard him use in the past to describe the "two pillars" of his thinking on the matter.

The first pillar is his supposed personal belief that abortion is "deeply, profoundly, and always morally wrong." He belabored the point by emphasizing that if he were to counsel someone personally, that he would always advise them against abortion and would encourage them to have the baby. Once born, if they were unable to care for it, he would encourage them to consider the adoption option.

His second pillar was his belief that our society "must always grant the woman" the "right to make the choice". He didn't really elaborate on the specifics of what they would be choosing, but we are to assume that the choices are somewhere between the "always morally right" decision to have a child, or the "always immoral" decision to kill one.

The Mayor continued by addressing the issue of partial birth abortion. He added that he felt it should have been kept legal to protect the life and health of the mother. Interestingly enough the American Medical Association has denounced this method of ever being medically necessary to "save a woman's life." And the word "health" could be interpreted as lightly as "mental health" which could be interpreted as lightly as "I just don't FEEL like having this baby" which you then realize is in fact a term that means nothing.

Giuliani also seemed to imply that he opposed federal funding for abortion as part of his "giving the woman the option."

He then pledge to work to limit abortions, put restrictions on them, and for added good measure he bragged that adoptions went up under his administration in New York by some 130%.

The problem was the entire pretense of Giuliani's position on abortion is a sham, at least the side of viewing it as "always morally wrong." Moments before he was to give the address in Houston, Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron did a cut-in with an exclusive discovery. Cameron had uncovered a National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) Survey that Giuliani had filed with them in running for office back in 1997. In the Mayor's own handwriting exists the proof that Giuliani opposed parental notification, and any limits on the always unnecessary procedure of partial-birth abortions. He also advocated more federal funding for abortions. He has also given multiple donations to the racist genocidal organization that was founded upon the desire of eliminating blacks - Planned Parenthood.

Discerning people don't even need the evidence of a NARAL survey to see through Giuliani's ineptitude on moral issues. His stated "pillars" tell us everything we need to know.

With the discovery last week that gender can now be identified in the unborn child only six weeks after conception, coupled with the increasing abilities to see a child survive to a healthy life outside the womb, earlier and earlier in the pregnancy, the issue of personhood continues to be Giuliani's downfall.

Since he was in Houston, let's use a local example.

Many remember Andrea Yates who systematically drowned her five children in her own bathtub. Certainly Mayor Giuliani would share our horror and condemn such actions as "always morally wrong." Surely he would have - had he been given the chance - to counsel Andrea to not go through with such a procedure. He would have attempted to convince her that it would be better for the child, and for her to give those children up for adoption. There is no doubt in my mind that he would have even called for police intervention had he been able to divine ahead of time her intent to murder her children.

But by using the Mayor's own logic and his "other pillar of thinking" he would have felt that it would have been equally important to "give her the option, to make the choice" to carry out her plan.

This is where Rudy's logic is so flawed that it defies explanation. And it is this confusion in the arena of moral clarity that calls into question his ability to be morally clear in his governing skills.

The problem with his two pillars is that even Rudy Giuliani doesn't fully believe them both. It is also obvious from his record which of the "two pillars" he believes, and which one he is now giving lip service to.

If he wished to disprove this and in fact attract genuine pro-life voters let me propose a specific tactic for his campaign. In his discussion of "compromise" and the need to hold to his "two pillars" how about this:

Propose sweeping legislation to ban all abortions with the exceptions of rape, incest, and the mother's life.

This compromise would eliminate roughly 98% of all abortions performed, and even though we truly pro-life types would still work to ban the remaining 2%, it would allow the "needed exceptions" that the Mayor espouses are "so important."

Rudy Giuliani is the most full throated pro-abortion Republican candidate for President in history. In all transparency he must be acknowledged as such.

Rudy's poll numbers are sagging in Iowa and New Hampshire, and without radical change in his thinking those trends will hold, and somewhere around South Carolina the Mighty Mayor will strike out. Kevin McCullough's first hardback title "The MuscleHead Revolution: Overturning Liberalism with Commonsense Thinking" is now available. Kevin McCullough is heard daily in New York City, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware on WMCA 570 at 2pm. He blogs at www.muscleheadrevolution.com.

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http://www.townhall.com/columnists/KevinMcCullough/2007/05/13/why_rudy_is_striking_out

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Talking Heads are at it Again

I keep hearing the so-called experts in the media saying that we have to look past all of Rudy Giuliani's differences with the conservative base because, after all, the main issue is the War on Terrorism. In reality, this make no sense. Rudy Giuliani has almost no experience with dealing with terrorism. He dealt with 9-11 like a hero, but unfortunately while he was governor he also supported gun control, which is a violation of the constitution. He was an abortion rights advocate and had several personal issues. Now there is rumblings that he may have some corruption issues that will be popping up in the future. All of this WILL hurt the party. If a pro-abortion candidate was to win the Republican nomination there would more than likely be a pro-life, third party challenger that would steal millions of Republican votes. Including mine since I could never vote for a pro-abortion candidate. This would lead to a Democrat victory for sure.

So why put ourselves through this when we have solid, conservative candidates who are also great with the War on Terrorism? First of all, there is my personal favorite Mike Huckabee who has a strong stance and agenda on a way forward in Iraq and on the War on Terrorism. You have Duncan Hunter who has years of experience and whose son is actually heading back to Iraq to serve his country yet again. Then there is Tommy Thompson who I believe has the most straight forward plan for Iraq; though I am not sure where he stands on the rest of the War on Terror. This list also includes Mitt Romney and Tom Tancredo. I think you get the point that we have several candidates who stand with the conservative base and are strong on the War on Terrorism. So why settle or sell out?

Bobby Jindal for Governor

When I was stationed to Fort Polk, Louisiana it did not take me long to realize how beautiful Louisiana is. So much so that my wife and I considered permanently moving there. After Katrina hit it was sad to see her people failed by an incompetent government, which is why change is needed. This is also why we are supporting Bobby Jindal for Governor. He is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, school choice, and has a plan to clean the corruption out of the state government. He has already raised over 5.3 million dollars. Ninety percent of it coming from in-state donation so grass-root support will not be an issue. If you live in Louisiana or you want to support a true conservative then it is worth your time to check out his new website: http://www.bobbyjindal.com/.