Saturday, August 25, 2007

Electoral Suicide

The DNC’s rules and bylaws committee could take away 100% of Florida's Democrat delegates to the nominating convention if the state keeps it's Primary before February 5th or does not change it to a nonbinding straw poll. The same action will more than likely be taken against Michigan should they move their Primary forward as planned. I believe this is electoral suicide on the DNC's part. Do they really want to upset Florida and Michigan's voters?

I don't know about you, but I can't blame Florida and Michigan for wanting to be relevant in deciding the parties' nominations. I originally was concerned that the states were front loading this Primary season, but the more I have looked into it the more I have come to the conclusion that it should be up to the states to decided when they will hold their Primaries and Caucuses. I keep hearing the excuse that this moves everything forward and that the candidates won't have time to get their messages out. My question is, when has there ever been so many ways to get your message out to the people?

This Primary season started early. The campaigns have supporters all over the country sitting on their hands with nothing to do. This is a waste of a precious resource; the campaigns need to assign staff to instruct and organize these supporters in their local communities and spread their message. Some of these candidates have been traveling to Iowa and New Hampshire since right after the '04 election, there has been multiple debates (if that is what you want to call them), there is more than enough YouTube videos, websites, and blogs for any voter to have thoroughly researched any candidate's positions and know who they will support. It is the individual voters responsibility to go out and gather the information.

A Republic only works when the voters are informed on the issues of the day. After all, it was George Washington who said: "Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened. "

What is positive about this whole situation is I believe more and more Americans are becoming involved in the process. It is partially because so many people were absent from politics for so long that our country began to deteriorate under activist judges, an out of control Congress, the loss of our manufacturing jobs, and a wide open border that has helped lead to increased crime and disease.

I think we will see during the '08 Election and increase in voter participation and voter turn out. Now it is incumbent upon us to nominate Mike Huckabee who can reach out to new voters and new voting blocks and help carry the important Midwest states that have traditionally gone to the Democrats. This nation is a center-right nation. The only thing that has kept the Democrats in the game, in my opinion, is the Republicans forgetting their roots and selling out to Wall Street. While free trade is good, it must not come at the expense of American jobs.

The DNC's attack on Florida, and possibly Michigan, will give the Republican Party an opportunity to pick up additional votes in both states; moving Florida more into the Republican category and taking Michigan from a Leans-Democrat to a Leans-Republican state. This is because the Democrats are making mistakes similar to what the Republicans did leading up to '06; they are running a do nothing-Congress that is vastly more partisan than anything the Republicans ever did.

More importantly, they are telling the voters of Florida and Michigan that they don't matter to them. What I found especially shocking is that some Democrats have gone so far as to suggest that Florida, and perceivably Michigan if they move forward, should have their delegates divided up and handed out by the Party; completely ignoring the voters. Tell me that does not sound like Socialism and it will have consequences.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Floods And Storms Continue To Hit Wisconsin And The Midwest

As we continue to see more and more rain, the devastating after affects keep growing. After withholding much needed rain during the important growing season, it is as if Mother Nature has decided to unleash the waters from the heavens.

Aug 24 11:01 AM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Ferocious thunderstorms, heat and humidity added to the Midwest's flooding misery Friday as thousands of people returned to damaged homes, many without electricity to run fans or pumps.....

In southwestern Wisconsin, the National Guard pumped water to relieve pressure on at least one dam, said Mike Goetzman, a spokesman for Wisconsin Emergency Management. The
earthen dam had been eroded earlier this week by water from the weekend thunderstorms. [read the entire article]

NCAA Football Preview - Wisconsin Badgers


Nine starters are back on offense for Wisconsin and that should serve the team well. Unfortunately, the two spots now open belonged to All-American OT Joe Thomas and productive QB John Stocco. Senior Tyler Donovan is expected to line up under center for the Badgers this fall and he was brilliant in last year's win over Iowa, hitting nearly 90 percent of his passes for 228 yards. Overall, he completed 64 percent of his throws with four TDs in six appearances. Senior WRs Luke Swan and Paul Hubbard combined for 73 grabs, 1,222 yards and 10 TDs in '06, giving Donovan some weapons on the outside. However, his best option may be junior TE Travis Beckum, who caught a team-high 61 balls for 903 yards and five scores a year ago. A productive rushing attack with help ease Donovan into his new role, and that should certainly be the case as sophomore P.J. Hill is back after gaining a Big Ten-best 1,569 yards and scoring 15 TDs last season. Hill is a bruising back at 5-11, 240 pounds but he can also be of use in the passing game as evidenced by the 18 catches, 197 yards and one TD logged in '06. [read more]

Former Republican Gubernatorial Candidate For Wisconsin Confirmed as Ambassador.

Former Wisconsin Congressman Mark Green was sworn in as ambassador to Tanzania, Africa. President Bush nominated Green as the ambassador last June, but it took huge effort to get him confirmed through a Senate controlled by Democrats.

Senator John Kerry had held up the former Republican Congressman's confirmation, stating that he opposed political appointments for diplomatic positions. After Senator Kerry meet with Green gave up his opposition.Green and his family hope to be in Africa around Labor Day. [read more]

Media Advisory: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to Participate in the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate on September 5, 2007

August 24, 2007

Little Rock, AR – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced today he will participate in the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate on Sept. 5, 2007.

"I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts on the issues that are important to all Americans and that affect their lives everyday," Gov. Huckabee said. "New Hampshire is a special place for me and I have enjoyed the type of one-on-one retail politics that the state and its voters demand. I'm pleased that the New Hampshire Republican Party and Fox News Channel are working together on this important forum."

Gov. Huckabee, who just wrapped up a four-day campaign swing in the Granite State , recently announced an impressive roster of prominent New Hampshire political leaders and activists endorsing his presidential candidacy.

The New Hampshire Republican Party and Fox News Channel will host the Republican presidential debate on Sept. 5 at the University of New Hampshire .

Happy Birthday Mike!!

Here is a Birthday Blessing from The Maritime Sentry to Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Birthday Blessings

Instead of counting candles,
Or tallying the years,
Contemplate your blessings,
As your birthday nears.

Consider special people
Who love you, and who care,
And others who’ve enriched your life
Just by being there.

Think about the memories
Passing years can never mar,
Experiences great and small
That have made you who you are.

Another year is a happy gift,
So cut your cake, and say,
"Instead of counting birthdays,
I count blessings every day!"

By Joanna Fuchs

Birthday Blessing provided by:
Photo credit: AP

Woman of the Covenant - Parts I and II

Here is two very moving videos that brings to life the suffering that Mary felt as she watched her son be crucified for the sins of all mankind.



Why Expose Giuliani's Record?

I received an email today asking why I have been devoting so much time to Rudy Giuliani. The simple fact is he could win the nomination if people don't bring attention to what he really stands for. Generally I do not attack fellow Republicans during a primary unless they step over the line first like Brownback's unprovoked attack on Huckabee. In this case, though, Giuliani is a Republican in name only and I hold more allegiance to the Constitution than to my party. Giuliani has a proven record of assaulting any part of the Constitution that he doesn't agree with.

I read an extremely informative article in Time today. It is rather long, but well worth the time. It completely explains Giuliani's real record on terrorism and lack of experience in foreign policy; page two is especially good. [read the article]

Huckabee Bloggers Update

There are some outstanding blog articles out there today. Huckabee's Blogroll is growing so fast that I am only able to Highlight a couple of blogs at a time.


Huckamania! has an extremely interesting article titled Gingrich Flirting With Huckabee?


One Mom has tackled the Huckabee/Gingrich story from a different angle in an article titled Huckabee is first to sign pledge for “Nine 90s in Nine” debate.


Tennessee For Huckabee has the latest Rasmussen Reports poll results in an article titled Gov. Huckabee holding his own.


jCircadian has discovered a great new resource for conservatives who want to support their candidates in an article titled Rightroots!


Catholics For Huckabee has a must read post for Catholics who are undecided in an article titled Discovering Huckabee.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Children Receiving Chemical Burns From Magic and Easy Erasers

Here is a scary warning for all parents and grandparents. How many of us have asked a child to clean up a mess they have made? You won’t want to give them a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or Scotchbrite Easy Eraser. [read more] Reports are coming in about children receiving chemical burns from these products. Please take the time to read these stories and take the necessary precautions to protect your child.

More Weather Related Wisconsin Deaths - UPDATED

On Wednesday, August 22, 2007, there were three more weather related deaths in Wisconsin in Madison. Lightning struck a utility pole near a bus stop where a mother and her young child were waiting for the bus. A live electrical wire fell into the water in which the two were standing and electrocuted them to death.

Another child, who witnessed the electrocution, tried to help and was injured along with the bus driver who was thrown back onto the bus by an electrical shock. Another witness from the bus who also tried to help was also electrocuted to death. [read more] This is obviously a horrible and unusual event. While it is good to know there are still good Samaritans willing to risk their lives to help someone they don’t even know, I ask you take a moment and pray for the victims and their families.


It was announced on the news tonight that all three victims who died, including a 2 year old child all knew each other. The injured child who survived was the the female victim's child. Please keep him and the injured bus driver in your prayers.

UPDATED 8/24/07:
Here is another update on this story. As more information comes in the more tragic it seems. [read more]

Giuliani's Record Under Attack

The New York Times had an interesting article on Thompson and Romney stepping up attacks on Giuliani's liberal record. This will no doubt bring more attention to Giuliani's record on issues such as immigration policy, abortion, and the Second Amendment. One of the issues that will be raised more often now is that Giuliani, when explaining his strong gun-control stance, justifies it by saying that it made sense for New York City, but maybe not the rest of the country. Of course, the problem with that is he is essentially saying parts of the Constitution don't apply in New York City. So what happens if as President he were to decided that other parts of the Constitution should not apply to the country, because it makes sense. Click here to read the article.

Michigan Takes Another Step Towards January 15th

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate voted Wednesday to move the state's presidential nomination contests to Jan. 15, further roiling an already turbulent nomination schedule that has raised the possibility of voting before New Year's.

Approval of the switch is far from sure. The Michigan House must still pass the measure, and a disagreement among state Democratic leaders over whether to hold a primary or a caucus is complicating final action.

Republicans control the state Senate, Democrats the House, so changes in the measure are likely. State Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer said the Senate bill contains language that doesn't comply with national party rules and therefore is unacceptable. [read more]

An Opportunity For Huckabee In New Hampshire

I found this great article on that explains how Gov. Huckabee can fill the void and become a top tier candidate. I kind of disagree, in that I believe that he has already become a top tier candidate after his second place finish at the Iowa straw poll. However, it is a good article and has some good incites.

NASHUA -- Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, wrapped up a four-day visit to New Hampshire yesterday, in the midst of what might be his last, best shot to become a real contender for the Republican presidential nomination.

For the past year Huckabee has been charming audiences in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina with his jokes, down-home personality, and résumé. Unfortunately for him, all he got for his efforts were poor fund-raising and poll results placing him firmly in the bottom tier of candidates. His fortunes changed on Aug. 11 when he beat expectations and finished second in the Iowa straw poll. But now the question is whether he can build on that showing to become the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, and Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor.

"The next 45 days are going to be pretty important to see if Huckabee will become one of the top-tier candidates or just not a credible choice," said Mayor Frank Guinta of Manchester, a Republican. "But it is pretty apparent that people are willing to give him a second look." [read more]

While in the past I would have agreed with them on organization, I have noticed a vast improvement in Gov. Huckabee's organization leading up to the Iowa straw poll and especially after. I also feel that the Governor is maximizing the attention he is receiving after his second place finish in the Iowa straw poll. He has been all over the news and it appeared to me that in several of these interviews the Governor has reach out to different blocks of voters. He has also been willing to go into more detail than any other candidates, but what else would you expect from the most accessible presidential candidate in years.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Why The Voters Of Iowa Want Mike has the most thorough breakdown I have seen yet of why Iowa voters want to vote for Mike Huckabee.

Summary: Mike Huckabee has a bump in post-debate polls then drops back down after voters question his viability. With Huckabee's strong second place performance at the Ames Straw Poll, his viability will no longer be questioned by Iowa voters. Look for a surge in the upcoming polls.

Empirical Observations Suggest Voters Want Huckabee But Unsure if He Can Win

There is no doubt in our minds that Mike Huckabee is fighting against the "He can't win" label. Just look at his poll numbers, they go up whenver he is in the national spotlight (i.e. after a debate) but then they come right back down.

The reasons poll numbers drop for a lower tiered candidate like Huckabee is because people see that he is behind Romney, Giuliani, McCain, F. Thompson. His lower tiered status and aura of "can't win" precludes them from voting for him even though they may want to. This phenomenon leads to an up and down roller coaster ride to his poll numbers where voters want to vote him in but then change their minds after seeing disappointing poll numbers.
[read more]

Press Release: Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Announces New Hampshire Endorsements

August 22, 2007

Little Rock, AR – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, following a strong finish in the Iowa Straw Poll, announced today an impressive roster of prominent New Hampshire political leaders and activists endorsing his presidential candidacy.

Among them, former Senator and Executive Council Candidate Russell Prescott from Exeter will join the New Hampshire Huckabee Leadership Committee and serve as the Rockingham County Co-Chair, it was announced.

"Governor Huckabee speaks from the heart – articulating positions that encourage both sides to work together. His qualifications for President are backed up by his performance as Governor of Arkansas," Prescott said. "Being elected in an 80% Democrat state, he bypassed party lines and proved people vote for authenticity and results. Governor Huckabee is strong in so many areas. He is my choice for President and I am looking forward to working real hard for him."

Former Executive Councilor, State Senator and State Representative Dave Wheeler will also serve on the statewide leadership committee, chair Huckabee's "New Hampshire Homeschoolers for Huckabee Coalition," and serve on his 2nd Amendment Advisory Committee.

"Mike Huckabee is just the type of leader this country needs. He is a true conservative that shares the same family values that I do," Wheeler said. "His record of accomplishment in Arkansas is impressive, and he is the only candidate that I can fully endorse without hesitation because I know that he believes in what he says. Mike Huckabee is the person I will be supporting and working for to get elected President."

Also endorsing Huckabee is former Commissioner of Transportation Carol Murray, who will advise the Governor's campaign on transportation issues. In addition, State Representative Jason Bedrick from Windham, will serve as the Windham/Salem Town Chair; John Castelot, Vice Chairman of the Manchester Republican Committee, will serve as the Manchester Ward 4 Chair; Cheryl Cataldo, will serve as Farmington Town Chair; State Representative Dan Dumaine, will serve as the Rockingham County Co-Chair and Auburn Town Chair; State Representative Frank Emiro, will serve as Londonderry Town Chair; State Representative Ryan Hansen, will serve as the Milford Town Chair; Dick & Linda Jazowski, will serve as Rochester City Committee Chairs; State Representative Connie Soucy, will serve as Manchester City Committee Co-Chair; and former State Representative Rep. Nancy Wall will serve as the Hollis Town Chair.

"I am pleased to have the trust and support of this fine group of individuals, led by New Hampshire Campaign Manager Debra Vanderbeek," Huckabee said. " New Hampshire is a priority state for me. With my growing leadership team, and the continued wise counsel of my co-chairmen, Fred Bramante and Cliff Hurst, and my advisor on state issues, Sen. Bob Clegg, I am confident we will be victorious on Primary Day."

Wisconsin Floods

Wisconsin, along with other states including Minnesota, has been experiencing major flooding. Crawford, Kenosha, La Crosse, Richland, Sauk and Vernon Counties have been hit by large amounts of rain resulting in everything from water over road, roads and homes being washed away and even loss of life. Gov. Jim Doyle has declared Crawford and Vernon Counties as disaster areas. Please keep those affected in prayer.

A Not Too Subtle Warning

I have been warning about the re-arming of Russian and the expansive mobilization of China and how critical these issues are. I have also been pressing for them to be addressed by each of the presidential candidates in detail. Here is some additional information to arm yourself with.

Russian Steps Up Military Expansion

Vladimir Putin announced ambitious plans to revive Russia's military power and restore its role as the world's leading producer of military aircraft yesterday.

Speaking at the opening of the largest airshow in Russia's post-Soviet history, the president said he was determined to make aircraft manufacture a national priority after decades of lagging behind the west. [read more]

Russia, China, Iran Issue Veiled Warning To U.S. To Stay Away From Central Asia

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - The leaders of Russia, China and Iran have warned the outside world to leave Central Asia alone to look after its own stability and security, in a veiled message to the United States issued on the eve of major war games between Russia and China.

Leaders issued a statement Thursday, at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, that was an apparent warning to the United States to stay away from the strategically placed, resource-rich region. [read more]

China's Oil Imports Set New Record

BEIJING (AP) - China's oil imports to fuel its booming economy jumped to a new monthly high in July, rising 39 percent over the same month a year ago, according to data released Friday.

China imported 103.8 million barrels of oil in July, or an average of about 3.4 million barrels a day, according to the General Administration of Customs.

China is the world's second-biggest oil consumer after the United States. Growing imports have led to strains abroad as state-owned oil companies try to secure supplies by signing deals with Sudan and other isolated governments. [read more]

China's Chery To Open Iran Auto Plant

BEIJING (AP) - China's biggest domestic automaker, Chery, is opening a factory in Iran, expanding its fast-growing foreign ties soon after announcing ventures with Chrysler and Fiat.

The $370 million (270 million euros) plant in Babol in northern Iran will be developed with Iran's biggest automaker, Khodro Co., and Canadian investment firm Solitac, Chery Automobile Co. said on its Web site. [read more]

For those wondering why I included economic stories; it is because without a strong economy you cannot have a strong military. It also helps explain Russia and China's position towards Iran.

New Hampshire Voter Responds To Critizism

The New Hampshire Voter who asked presidential candidate, Mayor Giuliani, about his family and was so rudely responded to by Mayor Giuliani and then attacked by his supporters has finally gotten a chance to respond. I compliment reporter, Jon Keller, of WBZTV for letting her tell her side of the story:

(WBZ) BOSTON Giving the little people a chance to face off with "big people" is what makes the New Hampshire primary famous.

Rudy Giuliani is the latest candidate to get caught off guard by a cut-to-the-chase question from a voter.

I spoke with the Derry, New Hampshire woman who brought him up short, and she's feeling the heat for her question.

Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien says she was just curious about the apparent lack of support for their father's candidacy by Giuliani's son and daughter from a previous marriage, but that query and Giuliani's dismissive reply have been the buzz of the political world all weekend.

"I asked him how he'd expect the American people to give him loyal fellowship if he was having a hard time getting it from his own family."

Giuliani's response: "There are complexities in every family in America. The best thing I can say is kind of leave my family alone, just like I'll leave your family alone."

Keller: What did you think of his answer? [read more]

There is the unedited version of their interview on video in the upper right corner the web page, which is immediately followed by the actual news story that was aired; both are worth checking out. The aired story has Giuliani's response to her question.

76% Of Americans Disapprove Of The Democrat Controlled Congress

Congress' approval rating, according to a new Gallup Poll, has dropped to 18%; with a disapproval rating of 76%. With out of control earmarks, tax increases and a failed amnesty attempt under their belt the Congress needs to take a step back and rethink their actions. No matter how much they deny it, the majority of Americans have conservative values to differing degrees. With so much at risk from the ever expanding deficit and the inability of the Congress to pass meaningful legislation Congress is going to have to realize that they were elected to get the job done; not play partisan politics.

PRINCETON, NJ -- A new Gallup Poll finds Congress' approval rating the lowest it has been since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress with this measure in 1974. Just 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 76% disapprove, according to the August 13-16, 2007, Gallup Poll.

That 18% job approval rating matches the low recorded in March 1992, when a check-bouncing scandal was one of several scandals besetting Congress, leading many states to pass term limits measures for U.S. representatives (which the Supreme Court later declared unconstitutional). Congress had a similarly low 19% approval rating during the energy crisis in the summer of 1979. [read in its entirety]

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Wisconsin: Governor Doyle Pushes a Massive Gun Control Scheme!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Doyle Seeks Massachusetts Style Gun Control for the Badger State!

In an announcement today at the Milwaukee Police Department’s District 3 headquarters, Governor Jim Doyle (D) outlined a gun control package aimed not at reducing crime, but at forcing Wisconsin’s law-abiding gun-owners to forfeit their Second Amendment rights. Not since his 2001 effort to ban the possession of all firearms other than single-shot rifles, pistols and shotguns has Doyle waged such an assault on the basic individual freedoms of the citizens of the Badger State.

Governor Doyle, a pawn for the anti-freedom movement, is urging the Legislature to pass legislation eliminating all private transfers at gun shows. Not stopping there, the Governor wants to repeal preemption statutes and allow local municipalities to enact their own, more onerous firearms regulations, such as the Madison handgun ban of 1994. Doyle is also pushing for flawed ballistic “fingerprinting” technology in the Badger State, an expensive and ineffective system supposedly intended to fight crime. Finally, Governor Doyle is seeking to expand the number of Wisconsinites who would be prohibited from owning firearms for hunting or self-defense.

Please contact your State Senator at (608) 266-2517 and your State Representative at (608) 266-1501 today and respectfully urge them to oppose Governor Doyle’s anti-gun measures. Also, please contact Governor Doyle at (608) 266-1212 and let him know that his priority should be locking up criminals, not eliminating the rights of law-abiding citizens.

To find further contact information or help identifying your legislators please use the "Write Your Representative" feature found at


A television ad produced by the Louisiana Democratic Party accuses Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bobby Jindal of smearing Protestants; Jindal is Catholic. The ad says Jindal “insulted thousands of Louisiana Protestants. He has referred to Protestant religions as scandalous, depraved, selfish and heretical.”

To drive the point home, the ad flashes the following words across the screen: “scandalous,” “utterly depraved,” “selfish desires” and “leads to heresy.” On the screen, the ad cites the December 1996 edition of the New Oxford Review as the source of Jindal’s remarks.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue blasted the ad today:

“This is one of the most scurrilous smear jobs we’ve ever seen. When Jindal dropped the term ‘scandalous’ in his article, he was referring to the sad historical chapter that witnessed a division within the Christian house. To be exact, he made reference to the ‘scandalous series of divisions and new denominations’ that marked the post-Reformation period. Regarding the terms ‘utterly depraved,’ ‘selfish desires’ and ‘heresy,’ Jindal was citing Calvin. It was Calvin who warned against random interpretations of the Bible. As individuals, Calvin instructed, Christians were burdened with ‘utterly depraved’ minds and ‘selfish desires.’ According to Jindal, what concerned Calvin was a ‘subjective interpretation which leads to anarchy and heresy.’

“This is a fairly unremarkable exegesis. But to the twisted folks who lead the Louisiana Democratic Party, this is proof of bigotry.

“The ad should be withdrawn immediately. If it isn’t, Jindal should use it in his own ads to educate the public about the truly depraved conduct of his competitors. Maybe if the Democrats had a credible candidate (they still don’t have one), they wouldn’t have to get into the gutter.”

To protest this ad, contact Whittington is chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3394 (fax)

Nasty Attack Ads Against Jindal

More Good News For Conservatives

Rasmussen Reports had an enlightening article on Yahoo News today. It is interesting to see that for one, Wisconsin and Oregon seem to be in play, though the Republican nominee will have to work for it. It also reports on another gaffe made by Giuliani where he said that if he was not running for president he would support John McCain, another RINO who is not supported by the conservative base. It also points to a slight improvement for Romney and Huckabee.

However, while Romney was unable to get a lasting bounce in the polls from his straw poll victory, he may have made some progress beneath the surface. First, the former Governor of Massachusetts took advantage of the spotlight from Iowa to engage in a one-on-one public spat with Giuliani over the issue of immigration. That helped both candidates by leaving Thompson out of the dialogue.

The issue itself is critically important as newly released polling data shows that America's voters still want action to reduce illegal immigration. Republican voters have especially strong feelings about the issue and GOP candidates cannot afford to be labeled as soft on border enforcement (just ask John McCain ). As an added bonus, a candidate seen as strong on reducing illegal immigration will benefit not only in the primaries, but also in the general election. [read the entire article]

Brady's Quinn's Debut

I have been meaning to get to this, but got delayed. Brady Quinn had an outstanding debut in the NFL. If Cleveland does not give him the starting job, if he keeps this up, they are crazy.

This was no ordinary preseason fourth quarter, and it was certainly no ordinary debut. Taking over with the Browns trailing 23-7 in the fourth quarter Saturday night, Quinn led two scoring drives with a series of short throws and a little improvisation. He got out of the pocket when he needed to, avoided forcing anything and threw touchdown passes of 4 yards to Efrem Hill and 7 yards to Jerome Harrison. [read in its entirety]

Here is the highlight video from Quinn's performance.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Wisconsin Prosperity Report


Contact: Mark Block, (414) 475-2975

Wisconsin Prosperity Report

State Economic Growth Remains Anemic, Growth of Government Payrolls Outpaces Private Sector

MILWAUKEE – Even as some lawmakers advocate the largest tax hike in Wisconsin history to pay for expanded government-run health care, an analysis of economic indicators from Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) shows Wisconsin’s economy is performing poorly. The “Wisconsin Prosperity Report” analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that from June 2006 to June 2007 Wisconsin experienced an anemic 0.28 percent job growth and 58 percent of jobs created were government jobs.

The analysis also showed that government payrolls are growing more than eight times faster than private-sector payrolls. “Just in case our Governor and policymakers don’t get it by now, hopefully this data makes it crystal clear that our economy is struggling,” said AFPF Wisconsin Director Mark Block. “In order to address lackluster private-sector job growth, we have to recognize that Wisconsin has a problem, and huge tax hikes aren’t the solution. Policymakers should reflect on the well-known slogan: ‘Last business to leave Wisconsin, please turn off the lights.’”

> Wisconsin unemployment stands at 5 percent as of June (the most recent month for which U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data is available), and reached even higher to 5.7 percent in metro Milwaukee. This is worse than the national unemployment rate of 4.6 percent and worse than the unemployment rates of Iowa, Indiana, and Minnesota. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

> From June 2006 to June 2007, Wisconsin added an anemic total of 8,100 jobs, a growth rate of just 0.28 percent. Of that number, 58 percent (4,700) were government jobs, while the private economy created just 3,400 jobs. Government payrolls are growing at the unaffordable pace of eight times faster than private payrolls. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

> Wisconsin lags behind the region and national average in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a measure of everything produced in the state. Wisconsin’s real inflation-adjusted economic growth from 2004 to 2006 was just 2.2 percent, while the national economy expanded 5.9 percent, according to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis 2006 data released last month. All of Wisconsin’s neighbors, with the exception of recession-plagued Michigan, grew far more rapidly: Minnesota at 2.9 percent, Illinois at 3.4 percent, Iowa at 4.1 percent, and South and North Dakota at 6.8 and 8.8 percent respectively.

> As of 2006, Wisconsin has fallen to 25th in per-capita GDP and can no longer be considered a rich state, but simply middle-of-the-pack, and falling. Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

“Economic growth is the key driver of prosperity as well as the revenues flowing into state and local government coffers,” said Block. “Bloating state and local bureaucracies with more taxpayer-funded jobs, even as our private-sector growth remains sluggish, will lead our state into an even more severe budget crisis as businesses leave and revenues dry up.”

Americans For Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFPF believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFPF educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. For more information, visit # # #

Miracle Of The Rosary

I got this moving video from Opinionated Catholic. It has a brief introduction before it gets to Elvis' song.

Vick To Plead Guilty

ESPN is reporting that Michael Vick will plead guilty. I used to be a huge Vick fan until his behavior became raunchy this past year and a half. The NFL needs to immediately ban him for life. I applaud the NFL for waiting and not overreacting by immediately banning him. However, now that he plans to plead guilty the NFL needs to send a strong signal that it is a privilege to play in the NFL and not a right.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Michael Vick's lawyer said Monday the NFL star will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, putting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback's career in jeopardy and leaving him subject to a prison term.

The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, although federal sentencing guidelines most likely would call for less. [read more]

Is Giuliani What You Really Want?

Steve Chapman has an interesting take on Giuliani in his article on Here is a piece:

The call for going on offense is characteristic of Giuliani's entire foreign policy -- simple, muscular in tone and cheerfully divorced from the world we live in. His chief tactic is sounding pugnacious. But if tough talk were all we needed, the war in Iraq would be over, North Korea would be a model of decorum, and Iran would have given up its quest for nuclear weapons.

On today's five-stop swing through Iowa, he seldom mentions Iraq. But writing in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, Giuliani calls for sticking with the current policy for as long as it takes, because we can't accept "the consequences of failure." Such as? "Our enemies today would conclude that America's will is weak and the civilization we pledged to defend is tired. Failure would be an invitation for more war, in even more difficult and dangerous
circumstances." [read in its entirety] also had this video of the Mayor's gaffe on how much time he spent at the World Trade Center site compared to the workers and a response from one of the workers who also lost his son and co-workers on 9-11.

Just For Fun

I got this hillarious video off of I have been reading this site for a few months now and they have everything you could possibly want to know from a conservative perspective.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Congress Tells President To Back Off His SPP Agenda

World Net Daily is reporting the 22 members of Congress have wrote the President warning him to back off of his SPP agenda. You know, it was not that long ago when I did not take any of these concerns seriously, but I am now.

Twenty-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives – 21 Republicans and a Democrat – are urging President Bush to back off his North American integration efforts when he attends the third summit meeting on the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America next week in Montebello, Quebec.

They make it clear that continuing any such agenda at this point would be disregarding growing apprehension in Congress about the plans.

"As you travel to Montebello, Canada later this month for a summit with your Canadian and Mexican counterparts, we want you to be aware of serious and growing concerns in the U.S. Congress about the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) you launched with these nations in 2005," the letter said. [read more]

On a related subject Jerome R. Corsi will be on Laura Ingraham's show Monday to discuss his research into the Government's involvement in creating a North American Union with Mexico and Canada.

Outstanding Huckabee Blog

I have been going through some other Huckabee blogs today and came across an outstanding blog. I Heart Huckabee, this blog is responsible for my favorite Huckabee video "The Best of Mike Huckabee". Please take a few moments to look around and leave a comment.