Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a FEDERAL, and not a NATIONAL constitution.
Oh my goodness, my babies cannot have grown so much that they are ready to go out into this world and begin Kindergarten, can they? I am not the first, or the last parent, to face this huge milestone in their child's life. In fact, I have two children preparing for their first day of school on Tuesday.
I have focused so much on their reaction, excitement and the potential of looming disaster that could happen actually getting them on the school bus that I have tried to push aside my own anxieties. We have done all the preparing and learning I think we possibly could and there is still that mystery of the unknown. How will the first day go? All in all my first day was pretty uneventful, it must have been because I really don't remember it.
When it comes down to it my children are a 100 times more prepared than I ever was. Even so, I have taken vacation days so I can be there at a moment's notice if I am needed; my cell phone will never have been so close to my side. Knowing I have made all of the preparations I possibly can and equipped my children with everything they need I can say to myself "all I need to do is get past this first week and then we are home free". Then I can actually start enjoying the benefits of most of our children being in school, until the baby is born that is. Here are some tips for preparing for Kindergarten you may find helpful if you too face this big first day; the rest will have to fall in place.
Purpose: To raise serious questions regarding the propriety of opening Khalil Gibran International Academy
Participants: Coalition of New Yorkers across faith communities
When: 12:15 p.m., September 4, 2007
Where: Steps of New York City Hall
Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why he is joining the rally:
“There are several reasons why the Catholic League is concerned about the founding of Khalil Gibran International Academy. They include:
· The pedagogical necessity of establishing this school. · The stonewalling by the New York City Department of Education whenever we have sought information about the curriculum, textbooks, school’s advisors, etc. · The paucity of information about the Association of Muslim American Lawyers, a group that is slated to play an integral role. · The incredible disparity in the way the New York City Department of Education treats Muslims and Catholics: Arab Muslims not only have a taxpayer-funded school, but the Islamic religious symbol, namely the crescent and star, is permitted in all New York City public schools. However, the Department of Education bars the display of nativity scenes. · The entire pro-terrorist T-shirt controversy and the initial selection of Debbie Almontaser as the school’s principal.
“The Catholic League is not making accusations, but it is raising serious questions. We will continue to do so until our concerns have been alleviated.”
Kiera M. McCaffrey Director of Communications Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights firstname.lastname@example.org New York, NY 10123 212-371-3191 212-371-3394 (fax)
Now that is looks all-but-certain that Michigan will move its Primary forward I am wondering which party will be dumb enough to sanction them for it. I was also shocked by a comment in the article by Democratic National Committeewoman Debbie Dingell basically saying this would force the presidential candidates to discuss issues like the loss of manufacturing jobs in Michigan and other states.
While no doubt, NAFTA and unfair trade practices have contributed to the loss of jobs in Michigan the biggest factor by far has been their tax and spend Governor, Granholm, and her Democrat accomplices. Trying to raise taxes by more than a billion dollars on several occasions does not help bring jobs back to the state.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan legislature on Thursday approved moving the state's presidential nomination contests to Jan. 15, just days after national Democrats vowed to punish states that vote too early.
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm is expected to sign the bill, but approval of the switch is far from certain. A disagreement among state Democratic leaders over whether to hold a primary or a caucus is complicating final action.
If it moves up, Michigan Democrats risk losing all their national convention delegates, while Republicans risk losing half. [read more]
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Former Governor Mike Huckabee (AR) won the support of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today. The IAM, for the first time in its 119 year history, endorsed candidates in both the Republican and Democratic primaries.
Huckabee welcomed the IAM endorsement stating, “I’m proud to have the support of the workers who bring prosperity to America on a daily basis.”
Huckabee spoke before over 700 members of the IAM in Orlando, Florida on Monday about jobs, globalization, health care, and other 21st century domestic issues. During his conversation with IAM workers, Huckabee stated, “In order for this country to be free, there are three things we must do: feed ourselves, fuel ourselves and fight for ourselves. That means we need to be manufacturing our own means of defense and making it a national security issue.”
During his speech on Monday night, Huckabee outlined his program to improve the lives of working Americans, including his support of the Fair Tax. Under the Fair Tax, he said, “American companies are far less likely to move overseas and foreign companies are far more likely to come here, hiring Americans to build and work in their new plants.”
Huckabee also said he believes in fair trade. “Free trade has to be fair trade. We are losing jobs because of an unlevel, unfair trading arena that has to be fixed. Behind the statistics, there are real families, real lives, and real pain. I'm running for President because I don't want people who have worked loyally for a company for 20 or 30 years to walk in one morning and be handed a pink slip and be told, ‘I'm sorry, but everything you spent your life working for is no longer here.’"
Huckabee received the historic endorsement this morning during the final day of IAM’s National Staff Conference. Shortly after receiving the news, Huckabee thanked President Tom Buffenbarger on a phone call : “I appreciate the unprecedented opportunity to participate in the IAM meeting this week and to receive this historic endorsement.”
Leads Fred Thompson in Iowa, N.H.; Easily Outdistances Brownback in All Three
August 30, 2007
Little Rock, AR – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has surged to third place in the Republican presidential contest in Iowa, leading potential candidate Fred Thompson in that state and New Hampshire, according to an American Research Group poll released today.
Huckabee, who scored a stunning second-place in the Republican Party of Iowa straw poll on Aug. 11, received support from 14 percent of Iowans and 9 percent of New Hampshire Republicans in the new ARG poll. He had been at 1 percent in each state in July. Huckabee stands at 9 percent in South Carolina, up from 3 percent in July, and is tied with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for fourth place.
Thompson’s Iowa support remained stuck at 13 percent for the second month after peaking at 14 percent in June, according to the poll. He trails Huckabee in New Hampshire and is down from 13 percent in July to 8 percent. The former U.S. Senator from Tennessee is also off his peak in South Carolina, down from 27 percent in July to 23 percent this month.
“Mike Huckabee clearly remains an underdog in the race, but he is the real surprise in the field. Republicans in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – the three states most focused on the 2008 presidential contest – are sizing him up and they obviously like what they see. When they see him, meet him and hear them, they come away convinced that he ought to be in the top tier of candidates,” said Chip Saltsman, Huckabee’s national campaign manager. “That’s why he’s gaining momentum in all three crucial early states when other campaigns have stalled or are on a downward path.”
U.S. Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, who finished behind Huckabee in the straw poll, has no measurable support in Iowa, according to the poll. His peak in Iowa was 3 percent in June. Brownback’s support among likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters has remained at 1 percent since April. He is at 2 percent in South Carolina.
U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, who was at 17 percent in Iowa in July, opted not to compete in the Iowa straw poll – considered to be the first test of the candidates’ organizational strength – after spending more than $25 million nationwide. He fell to 5 percent in Iowa, according to the ARG poll. In South Carolina, McCain, who was at 36 percent in South Carolina, is now at 12 percent, while Huckabee’s numbers are on the rise. McCain climbed 2 percent in New Hampshire in August, up from 10 percent to 12 percent but still down sharply from his April high of 29 percent.
Huckabee welcomed the good news: “Today’s new poll shows a growing momentum that we’ve felt on the ground for weeks. It also proves what voters across America know, that message matters. While I am truly encouraged by these upward trends in all Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, I look forward to working even harder in the days and weeks to come.”
With so much controversy out there over the Fair Tax I felt I needed to comment. When I first heard the idea mentioned (before I had any details and information) I was horrified that such a thing could be considered. I was naive and completely in the dark, information wise. Once I began researching and learning about the way it works and the benefits and returns it would offer I was left wondering "why is every American not demanding this system be implemented?"
The key will be education. We need America educated on the Fair Tax System so they can make the right choice. I have included some links I hope will begin or further your education on the system. I would love to hear from those who take the time to research the issue and about how the research affects their views.
Due to our country's history of rebelling against harsh taxation (the War for Independence and the Civil War) I think we owe it, not only to ourselves, but to the very foundation of our country to be willing to fix our tax and spend policies that have done nothing but place our children's future at risk with such a large deficit they had no control over.
The Milwaukee Bucks announced on August 29, 2007, that 2007 first round draft pick Yi Jianlian (EE jee-AHN-lee-AHN) has signed a multi-year contract in Hong Kong following negotiations. As part of the process Bucks owner and team president Senator Herb Kohl, General Manager Larry Harris, and Bucks Vice President Ron Walter were able to meet with Mr. Chen, as well as Yi and his family. Yi is expected to join the team for training camp on October 1, 2007, in St. Francis, WI. Yi has an impressive record and is a welcomed addition to the Bucks. This is long awaited and exciting news for Wisconsin and all Bucks fans. [read the press release and watch the video]
The Green Bay Packers' defenders have high expectations for themselves. Al Harris states "I really think we can be a dominating defense,"..."Hands down. It's so hard to say you're going to get shutouts, but I see us controlling the game on defense."
Green Bay's defense is thought to have potential; Pro Football Weekly gave the Packers' defensive line a C, the linebackers a B-minus, and the secondary a B-minus and the Packers are ready to show just how good their defense can be.
Linebacker Nick Barnett believes they are being underestimated and are going to be a top- 10 defense. Others don't share the confidence of the Packer's defense, but we shall just have to see how it plays out. Go Packers!!!
Coach Mike McCarthy will complete the exhibition season tonight against the Tennessee Titans with his No. 1 defense having been intact for just five series in four games. Ten days from now, that defense will step from the shadows into what some of its members predict will be the glare of greatness. "Our goal is to be the No. 1 defense in the NFL," defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said earlier in the week. "We think we can do it. Everyone in the room agrees with it. We think we have the talent and we think we have the scheme." [read the article]
Another spinach recall to be aware of. Please check out this information and take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family. It seems a sad thing that we cannot trust our food supply in a society like ours. Maybe consumers should have higher expectations and demand them from growers and producers instead of just reacting to recall after recall. With the prices we pay today it is not too much to ask that our food be safe.
Reuters AP - Thu Aug 30, 2:24 AM ET WASHINGTON - A California produce company recalled bagged fresh spinach Wednesday after it tested positive for salmonella...
While only a single sample from one of three packing lines tested positive for salmonella, the company said it moved to recall all the spinach packed that same day as a precaution.
The recall covers 10- and 16-ounce bags, as well as 4-pound cartons and cartons that contain four 2.5-pound bags, with the following tracking codes: 12208114, 12208214 and 12208314. Consumers with questions can contact Metz Fresh at 831-386-1018. [read more]
Mike Huckabee '08 has a must read post on MSNBC's reaction to Huckabee participation at the Health Forum today.
I am not sure how far this goes to quiet the “nanny statism” charges levied against Huckabee. But, he makes (as always) a compelling argument. It is no small accomplishment, for a conservative, to get such a glowing review as a result of a health forum. Sure, this is Newsweek/MSNBC reporting on their own event. But, the source doesn’t diminish the message. Alter, of MSNBC, reports: [read more]
One Mom has the most thorough breakdown of the Cancer Forum today.
Unfortunately, MSNBC chose to only show 10 minutes of Mike Huckabee’s appearance this morning … and that was hours after the event was over (they showed considerably more of Brownback at the scheduled time … Matthews raked Brownback over the coals … but that’s for a later discussion). [read more]
SC4Huckabee has an interesting article on the Governor's appearance before a union in Florida.
Former Governor Mike Huckabee was the only GOP candidate that attended the forum with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Orlando,Florida on Monday. This Union that had approximately 700 members who usually only endorses Democrats, will for the first time in a 119 years will come out with dual endorsements during this election cycle. [read more]
Michigan Redneck has a post up on the Mackinac Island Leadership Conference and unity behind Huckabee.
Before I start this post I want to thank Kevin Tracy for the poster graphics. This does go with the post I had in mind about unity. As Huckabee supporters we need to unite and help Mike Huckabee the best way we can. "United we stand, divided we fall." I was thinking about the fact that Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney will be speaking at the same luncheon on the island. I thought about how this will be a good and interesting match. I had the idea for super imposing a picture of Mike and Mitt boxing, but I don't know how to do that. I knew Kevin had the ability to do something like that. I asked him and he came up with the above poster. [read more]
Kevin Tracyhas a post up on Huckabee's new donations drive.
Mike Huckabee has sent out this e-mail to supporters asking for our support in helping his campaign exceed the amount donated immediatly after the straw poll! Please read the Governor’s message… [read more]
Patrick Ruffini posted on TownHall.com a very thorough list of possible replacements for Senator Larry Craig.
All that seems clear right now is that Senator Larry Craig will not be invited back for another six years in Washington, be that through resignation (as Hugh advocates), retirement, or defeat at the ballot box next November (or in the primary).
Idaho statutes call for the Governor to appoint a replacement in the event a vacancy, with a subsequent special election to fill out the remainder of the term. That would coincide with the regular election for the seat, which happens next year anyway. Idaho's Governor, C.L. "Butch" Otter, is a Republican.
As the second most Republican state in the Union, Republicans should have no problem finding a suitable candidate to replace Craig and defeat former Congressman Larry LaRocco in the general. A few potential replacements jump out. [read more]
After 40 years with Amnesty International, Cardinal Keith O'Brien of Edinburgh, Scotland, dropped him membership with the group in protest to their support of legal abortion.
The Scottish cardinal wrote to Amnesty International leaders explaining that after 40 years of involvement he felt obliged to sever his links with the human-rights group. "As a matter of conscience and great sadness," he wrote, he could no longer support what he had long considered "this noble organization." [read the article]
I would love to see more of our Catholic leaders make similar stands for the church and for our faith. Thank you Cardinal O'Brien for your courage.
All but two starters on offense, more than 60% of defensive starters, a veteran kicker, and punter, have returned this year after last year's 7-1 finish in the Big Ten Conference and an overall 12-1 finish. Why have the Badgers been so successful? For a number of reasons including: Efficiency, a new return policy, and health insurance to name a few. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a detailed breakdown [read the article]
Jordan announced on Sunday that it would be accelerating it's nuclear program. While they report this is for civilian energy purposes, this is obviously a response to Iran's nuclear program. There are also significant concerns about Saudi Arabia and Egypt accelerating their nuclear programs; again, both countries are claiming strictly for civilian uses. This obviously makes no sense, especially in Saudi Arabia's case, as they have more than enough oil reserves.
This whole problem is a direct result of American failures. First, the President must take responsibility for not increasing the size of the military to be consistent with the threats posed by radical Islam and the gathering threat of China and Russia. Also, his unwillingness to remove the ridiculous rules of engagement that have not only increased U.S. casualties, but prevents us from deterring future attacks by making us appear weak.
Second, the U.S. Congress under Republican and especially Democratic control has failed to push for appropriate increases in the size of the military. The Democrat controlled Congress has done everything within their ability to undermine the U.S. and the office of the President in the eyes of the world and our enemies. Every time the President comes out strong against Iranian nuclear ambitions several liberal Democrats will immediately come out and attack him instead of the real threat, which is Iran. This unwillingness by the Democrats to adhere to the old principle of partisan politics ending at the water's edge has directly lead to the emboldenment of rouge nations and in particular Iran and Hezbollah.
Third, the American people. We have not held Congress or the President accountable as we should have. We have not demanded for the appropriate increase in defense spending, or questioned why the military was not being increased to an appropriate size. when Senators have taken the floor and compared our soldiers to Nazis or the Senate Majority Leader declares to the world that the war is lost while our brave men and women are still in harms way where was the outcry from the American people? Where was the demand that our leaders put the country first before their partisan agenda?
The simple fact is that our children live in a more dangerous world today than four years ago. Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt all have a very important thing in common. A large segment of their populations is radicalized and their governments are weak. This is all coming about because of our self imposed weakness.
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Politico had an interesting article on Thompson's campaign difficulties. I felt it was a veryfair piece and not the usual softballs that have been thrown to the media's darlings.
INDIANAPOLIS -- With his summer-long windup to a presidential campaign finally nearing an end, actor-politician Fred Thompson defended his late entry into the race and said the continued interest in him is a reflection of Republican dissatisfaction with the rest of the field.
But, in a Politico interview, Thompson also served notice that at least one measure of political strength -- fundraising -- is likely to look a bit wan when the next disclosure reports are released, reflecting a sluggish summer.
“I imagine we will fall off some in July and August and have a great September,” Thompson said, boasting he “would compare what we’ve been able to do in a few months with what others have done in their first few months, whenever that was.” [read more]
I could not believe the statements made by a Border Patrol Section Chief who obviously does not know what his job is. Here is WorldNetDaily's article on it:
U.S. Border Patrol sector chief Carlos X. Carrillo should be removed from his post after telling a town hall meeting in Texas the agency's job "is not to stop illegal immigrants," says Republican presidential candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo. Carrillo reportedly said: "I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Border Patrol's job is not to stop illegal immigrants. The Border Patrol's job is not to stop narcotics … or contraband or narcotics … the Border Patrol's mission is not to stop criminals. The Border Patrol's mission is to stop terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the country." Tancredo called on David Aguilar, the chief of the U.S, Office of Border Patrol, to remove Carrillo from his leadership position. "I hope David Aguilar will repudiate Carrillo's statements and remove him from a leadership position in the agency," Tancredo said in a statement released by his office. "Anything less will leave doubts about the integrity of the agency's top management and its commitments to controlling illegal entry into our country." [read more]
And here is GOPUSA's article on it:
With all the heated debate on illegal immigration and calls for increased numbers of Border Patrol agents, one would think the Border Patrol would play a vital role in stopping illegals from getting into the country. Right? Not according to one Border Patrol chief who said the role of the Border Patrol is NOT to stop illegal aliens. Question... if they won't do it, who will? [read more]
Thompson's campaign continues to hemorrhage personnel.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican Fred Thompson sidestepped questions Monday about the departure of yet another high-level aide to his presidential campaign- in-waiting.
Linda Rozett, a longtime U.S. Chamber of Commerce official, is gone from the former Tennessee senator's committee to "test the waters" of a presidential bid after spending the last several weeks as communications director. "I don't know what the story is," said Thompson, who was asked about the departure while campaigning at the Minnesota state fair. "I don't know what to say about it except that she's a wonderful lady."
Rozett's departure was disclosed in an e-mail to staffers from campaign manager Bill Lacy. "It is my duty to let you know that Linda Rozett is no longer with our committee," Lacy wrote. "I will have to make a lot of tough decisions to make our venture successful and this was one of them. Linda is a talented, professional and gracious lady who will be missed. But in the limited amount of time we have I feel it critical to have a communications point person with significant campaign experience." [read more]
After meeting with state officials, FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison stated he expects several counties in Wisconsin to receive federal disaster help.
FEMA's damage assessments are a key step in the process of declaring a federal disaster, which would free up grants, low-interest loans and other help for victims. The agency announced Friday it would send five teams into the field Saturday to evaluate damage to private property, rather than Tuesday as it had planned.
Wisconsin Emergency Management said 12 counties have reported $48 million in flood damage from this week's rains. Forty-four homes have been destroyed, 287 suffered major damage and 1,176 had minor damage. Most were in southwestern Wisconsin.
Ninety National Guard soldiers remained on duty Friday to help with the cleanup, Gilson said. No new damage was reported from overnight rains, she said. [read more]
Mike Huckabee will be on C-Span 2 tonight showing his stop in Concord, New Hampshire (9pm Eastern/8pm Central). I want to take a quick second to compliment the campaign. They are continuing to improve organization and respond to correspondence in a timely manner. Great job, keep it up.
Alberto Gonzales states his resignation takes effect September 17th. Both Republicans and Democrats have called for Gonzales to resign while President Bush stood by his friend until accepting his resignation Friday
The interim Attorney General could be current Solicitor General and Cedarburg native Paul D. Clement. President Bush has stated "Paul is one of the finest lawyers in America,"
"Paul has developed a reputation of excellence and fairness and earned the respect and confidence of the entire Justice Department."
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned. A senior administration official says the announcement will be made later this morning in Washington. It is reported that Mr. Gonzales submitted his to President Bush by telephone on Friday. Mr. Bush has not decided on a replacement, but will most likely not leave the position open long. It is being reported that the temporary replacement may be Solicitor General Paul Clement. It has been rumored that Michael Chertoff is being considered as Mr. Gonzales’ permanent replacement. I am wondering is it smart to jump from the frying pan into the fire?
Senator Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat who sits on the committee and has been calling for Mr. Gonzales’s resignation for months, said this morning: “It has been a long and difficult struggle, but at last the attorney general has done the right thing and stepped down. For the previous six months, the Justice Department has been virtually nonfunctional, and desperately needs new readership.” [read more]
Brady Quinn put in another amazing performance. He has already thrown for three touchdowns in the two preseason games he has played in, while the other two quarterbacks for the Brown's have thrown none.
Denver -- The state of the Browns' quarterback competition is such that one touchdown produced by either contender could merit the starting job. Charlie Frye got it done Saturday night and Derek Anderson did not.
Frye led the first-team offense 80 yards to a touchdown on his first possession in a 17-16 road win over the Denver Broncos. In netting only a field goal in three possessions, Anderson may have finally fallen behind rookie Brady Quinn on the depth chart.
Quinn produced a touchdown in the second half against Denver's second-teamers, but was more impressive on his one series against the Broncos' starters. He was 5-for-5 on that drive before a third-down pass of 28 yards was ruled incomplete when Joe Jurevicius failed to get both feet down in the end zone. Replays were inconclusive and coach Romeo Crennel didn't challenge the play.
Quinn's touchdown was set up on a strip-sack of Denver backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey by linebacker David McMillan and a recovery by rookie Chase Pittman. Three plays later, Quinn put the ball on the money on an out to Josh Cribbs, who scooted underneath cornerback Dominique Foxworth and sprinted 20 yards for the touchdown.
In five possessions, Quinn was 7-of-11 for 81 yards, with a passer rating of 116.1. One of his completions was a perfect throw over the middle to tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. over safety Nick Ferguson on which Winslow made a nice catch.[read more]
Gov. Huckabee was on fire at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference. If you are a regular supporter you have no doubt heard parts of the speech before, but there was some new material and it was expertly delivered. Isn't is amazing that when you truly believe what you are saying the words just flow right out. Campaign Network and C-Span have the video. I cannot link directly to the video, but it is in the top left corner under Politics on C-Span. The title of the video is "Governor Huckabee's Remarks from the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference". C-Span has also been re-airing the Governor's speech from Indiana all weekend. To watch the video click here.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says Fred Thompson, who is expected to jump into the 2008 race next month, will have trouble meeting expectations about his candidacy. Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, finished second in this month's Iowa straw poll but lags nationally among his rivals in fundraising and public support. Thompson, an actor and former Tennessee governor, has polled well in the crowded field despite his unofficial status. "Let's just hope Fred decides it's just too hot this summer to even do this. Maybe he won't get in," Huckabee said in a broadcast interview Sunday. [read more]