Saturday, September 22, 2007

Packers Preview

Well the Packers play San Diego tomorrow. Normally I would be worried, but the Chargers offense has been horrible this year and our defense has been great. If the defense continues to play with the intensity they have so far this season then we have a real opportunity to go 3-0. We have to get something going in the running game though, otherwise Brett Favre will have to carry the offense and that normally leads to multiple interceptions. Here is a preview of the game:

By Michael Rushton, Sports Network
The Sports Network

One of the more surprising undefeated teams in the NFL this season, the Green Bay Packers will try to open a campaign with three straight wins for the first time in seven years when they play host to the San Diego Chargers at historic Lambeau Field this Sunday.

The Packers knocked off Philadelphia at home and the New York Giants on the road to begin the season. A victory this weekend over the Chargers would improve the club to 3-0 for the first time since 2001, when Green Bay reached the divisional round of the playoffs. [read more]

Wisconsin Wins 17-13

Tonight's game was a great defensive battle. It was nice to see our defense finally playing aggressively. Our offense looked good too against a great Iowa defense. Here is a breakdown of the game from Wisconsin State Journal:

Fourth-quarter rally pushes No. 9 Wisconsin past Iowa 17-13

By CHRIS JENKINS, AP Sports Writer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) No. 9 Wisconsin needed a fourth-quarter rally to avoid an upset bid by Iowa, turning to P.J. Hill for the go-ahead score in a 17-13 victory Saturday night.

Nothing came easy for the Badgers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who gradually overcame a stingy Hawkeyes defense to extend their winning streak to 13 games - the longest active streak in major college football. [read more]

Founding Fathers Quote

It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.

John Adams

Aztlan Rising


h/t: The Wisconsin Crusader

Vertical Day

Vertical Day
by Mike Huckabee


Everywhere I go on the campaign trail, I meet voters with a real thirst for a healthy discussion of the issues. Ultimately, people don't care whether an issue comes from the left or the right. What they want to talk about are ideas that lift America up and make us better. It's what I call "Vertical Politics."

On Monday, our campaign has set aside 24 hours, for what we are calling a "Vertical Day". The focus of Vertical Day will be a discussion of the most important issues facing America. The plan is to promote my positions on these issues through video and personal blogs, and to have an online conversation with voters about our ideas, the solutions we see possible, our hopes for America and the challenges we face.

I'd like you to be a part of Vertical Day. I encourage you to tell your friends, family members and co-workers about it and ask them to participate. Vertical Day will start on Monday, September 24 and end on Tuesday, Sept. 25. I'm excited about this opportunity. With your help, and the power of the Internet, we will be able to involve thousands of voters all across America and truly build excitement around this discussion of issues.

To encourage you to make the time to be a part of Vertical Day, my campaign team has put together an incentive package that I hope will be fun and also create buzz and excitement. First, we've created a special Vertical Day page on our website, where you can view the 24 hours of online content we have pulled together.

We also have created a very simple online tool that will give you the ability to promote Vertical Day to your friends, family members and co-workers. We've developed a package of rewards based upon the number of people you are able to get to visit the website.

I will have more details for you soon. In the meantime, please mark Monday, Sept. 24 down on your calendars.

Permalink: http://www.mikehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Blogs.View&Blog_id=435

Pre Game Report

Well, today is a big day. I get to watch North Carolina first then Notre Dame and Penn State play. Finally, Wisconsin will finish off the night. I am hoping Notre Dame will come back from a disappointing start to the season. Wisconsin dropped in the polls from 7th to 9th mainly based on the horribly play of our defense. I think they go into today with a chip on their shoulder, which hopefully will show up on the field. Below is an article on each team as they head into their games.

NORTH CAROLINA:

USF-UNC: Five things to keep an eye on

Lots of stats and situations pop out going into Saturday's USF-North Carolina game, but I'm going to pare it down to five easy conversation topics to liven up your breakfast tailgate. In no particular order:

1. North Carolina's time of possession. UNC ranks 119th -- that's last -- in Division I-A (none of the Football Bowl Subdivision nonsense here) with just 23:49 on average. Part of that problem is North Carolina's third-down defense -- only eight teams in the country have allowed opponents to convert more third downs than the Tar Heels -- Virginia converted 11 out of 20 last week. UNC also hasn't had many sustained drives -- against Virginia, they had none four minutes or longer, while Virginia had four such drives. If that doesn't change, UNC's defense will be hot and tired late in the game. [read more]

NOTRE DAME:

Irish hope for a quick change

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Each week, Charlie Weis presents his Notre Dame football team with a top 10 list. It's not a Letterman-esque droll call -- though one might argue Weis currently presides over The Almost Too Late Show -- but rather a breakdown of keys to an Irish victory that given Saturday.

Item No. 2 this week, against Michigan State? A fast start, to avoid a historically bad start on the large scale. [read more]

PENN STATE:

Penn State defense zeros in on Michigan's Hart

It is the Penn State view that Mike Hart is aptly named, albeit phonetically. He is the heart of the Michigan offense.

That's regardless of whether veteran quarterback Chad Henne comes back after missing a game with a sprained knee, or freshman Ryan Mallett gets his second start in Henne's place.

"I think if we want to win, we need to stop Mike Hart," Lions linebacker Sean Lee said. "I think their offense begins and ends with him." [read more]

WISCONSIN:

Battle for the ‘Box’

The storied rivalry between Wisconsin and Iowa football dates back to 1894. Another heated competition linking these two programs hasn’t lasted as long, but it certainly is just as intense.

For the last 12 seasons, every Friday before the Wisconsin-Iowa game, the managers from each school coalesce for one fiery game of flag football. [read more]

Friday, September 21, 2007

Bobby Jindal For Governor

As I have mentioned in the past we have endorsed Bobby Jindal for Governor of Louisiana. Well he has been under a bigoted attack by the Democrat Party of Louisiana trying to divide Catholics and Protestants. I am happy to report that not only are these vicious attacks not working, but the mainstream media is now pointing out what false attacks these are.



When I was stationed in Louisiana I quickly grew to love that state and the people who live there. As the video above pointed out, they have suffered under horrible leadership for years. Now it is time to change all of that and support Bobby Jindal. If you live in Louisiana please consider volunteering for the campaign and voting for him.

Founding Fathers Quote

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.

Noah Webster

Press Release: Huckabee Wins Again!

South Carolina Conservatives Rally around Mike Huckabee

September 21, 2007

LITTLE ROCK, AR – South Carolina conservatives continue to rally around Mike Huckabee. Last night, Mike Huckabee won the Palmetto Family Council Straw Poll, garnering 206 of the 539 votes cast. Huckabee was picked as the favorite at the largest gathering of South Carolina conservatives before the January 19 Republican Primary. Every Republican Presidential candidate, except Rudy Giuliani, stressed the priority of this event with their presence in person, by video, or via speakerphone.

Governor Huckabee responded to his victory by stating, "I'm pleased, and proud, and honored to have the support of so many South Carolinians who believe, as I do, in the core values which define American culture and life. Historically, South Carolina has chosen every Republican nominee since Ronald Reagan and the inception of the South Carolina Republican Primary. South Carolina is quickly becoming Huckabee Country as South Carolina conservatives continue to coalesce around one candidate and together we will prevail."

Huckabee's victory comes just days after winning Monday's Value Voters Debate Straw Poll with 63% of the vote and continues a trend, which includes winning Monday's Value Voters Debate Straw Poll; a strong Second Place finish at the Republican Party of Iowa Straw Poll last month in Ames; and finishing first and second respectively in April straw polls in Spartanburg and Greenville counties, which combine to make up nearly 20% of the Republican primary vote.

Out of 539 votes cast:

Mike Huckabee - 206
Ron Paul - 179
Fred Thompson - 43
Sam Brownback - 29
Duncan Hunter - 25
Mitt Romney - 14
John McCain - 10
Rudy Giuliani - 5

Catholic League News Release

CATHOLIC LEAGUE TO NY STATE SENATORS:
UNDO BAN ON ABSTINENCE PROGRAMS

Here is an excerpt of Catholic League president Bill Donohue’s letter to New York State Senators regarding abstinence programs:

I am appealing to you to introduce legislation that would reinstate the right of New York State to receive federal funding for abstinence-only sex education. This is needed because of the unilateral decision made by New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F. Daines to reject $3.5 million a year in federal grants for such programs. His decision is not only without merit (he provided absolutely no evidence for his position), it would, if not overturned, have an adverse impact on Catholic institutions.

It may be a matter of coincidence—or it may not be—that the very same day Dr. Daines rendered his ruling, September 20, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) just happened to have come to the same conclusion. In its report, “Financing Ignorance: A Report on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding in New York,” the NYCLU maintains, on the basis of pure conjecture, that federal funding to schools that promote abstinence smacks of religious bias. Its reasoning: 53 percent of the schools that receive public monies for abstinence programs are religious.

On p. 37 of its report, the NYCLU lists 17 religious-affiliated organizations that receive federal grants for abstinence programs. Fourteen of them, or 82 percent, are Roman Catholic institutions. Thus, it is evident that such entities would bear an undue burden if Dr. Daines’ decision were to go unchallenged. While his motive may be without religious bias, the effect of his ruling surely would not be.

If legislation is not passed restoring the status quo ante, Catholic institutions will be presented with a Hobson’s choice: either they violate their doctrinal prerogatives and accept the money, or they stick to principle and be punished for doing so. That is why I am urging you to do what you can to see to it that Catholic institutions are not penalized for being Catholic.

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1332
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Catholic League News Release

AHMADINEJAD DESERVES NO PLATFORM AT COLUMBIA

Catholic League president Bill Donohue released the following statement today regarding Columbia University’s decision to host Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a forum on September 24:

“Universities were not founded to promote freedom of speech, but to pursue truth. The pursuit of the truth, of course, is contingent on free speech as a means towards that end. But it is precisely because speech at a university is conditional that it cannot be absolute. For example, speech which unarguably does not facilitate the pursuit of truth, or which is by all rational measures demonstrably false, should not be given a platform at any institution of higher education. That is why circus entertainers are not asked to perform on college campuses, nor are spokesmen from the Flat Earth Society invited to speak.

“There is a place for such persons, and in New York City that would include Madison Square Garden. That is where Ahmadinejad belongs—not at Columbia. Anyone who supports terror, pledges to destroy a sovereign nation (Israel), punishes by death anyone who ‘insults’ religion (Article 513 of the Iranian Constitution), denies the Holocaust and thumbs his nose at the international community, has no legitimate role to play at a university.

“Columbia obviously does not believe that the highest virtue is freedom of speech, otherwise it wouldn’t have rescinded its invitation to Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist to speak on campus; it did so last week. Last year, after Lisa Anderson, dean of the university’s School of International and Public Affairs, extended to Ahmadinejad the right to speak on campus, Columbia president Lee Bollinger overruled her by saying he couldn’t be certain the invitation would ‘reflect the academic values that are the hallmark of a University event.’ Now the same school is hosting the Iranian thug at Monday’s event. President Bollinger needs to explain to all New Yorkers why his reason for stopping Ahmadinejad from speaking last year doesn’t apply this year. He can’t, and that is why he needs to intervene again and stop this obscenity from happening on his watch.”

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1331
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Mom Finds Osama Video Before Release

Imagine if every citizen were this dedicated to protecting our country!

By SAGAR MEGHANI,
AP
Posted: 2007-09-20 22:50:06
WASHINGTON (Sept. 20) - Once her son is off to school, Laura Mansfield settles in at her dining room table with her laptop and begins trolling Arabic-language message boards and chat rooms popular with jihadists.


Fluent in Arabic, the self-employed terror analyst often hacks into the sites, translates the material, puts it together and sends her analysis via a subscription service to intelligence agencies, law enforcement and academics.

Occasionally she comes across a gem...[read more and watch the video]

"Youth for Truth" (Radical Version), Aurora, IL, 9-01-07

h/t: Fighting Irish Thomas

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Founding Fathers Quote

Liberty is a word which, according as it is used, comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world. Justly understood it is sacred next to those which we appropriate in divine adoration; but in the mouths of some it means anything, which enervate a necessary government; excite a jealousy of the rulers who are our own choice, and keep society in confusion for want of a power sufficiently concentered to promote good.

Oliver Ellsworth

The Vindication of Terri Schiavo

CORRECTION: HLI's Ireland documentary will air on EWTN at 6:30 pm EASTERN time TONIGHT. It was mistakenly reported as Central time.

The Vindication of Terri Schiavo

Since the election of Pope Benedict, the Church has been renewed by an abundance of blessings flowing from the Vatican. In case you did not hear, the Pope's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has just released its answer to the question of providing nutrition and hydration (i.e., food and water) to persons in so-called vegetative states. Even though a child can figure out that it's not right to starve people to death, the Vatican set the issue to rest this week. In its technically-precise language, the CDF vindicated our beloved Terri Schiavo by saying that no one can dare to commit or justify such an atrocity as her killing by any interpretation of Catholic teachings. Period.

The CDF responded to a question from the US Catholic bishops who asked whether it was morally obligatory to give food and water to a patient in such a state. The response was unambiguous: "Yes. The administration of food and water even by artificial means is, in principle, an ordinary and proportionate means of preserving life. It is therefore obligatory to the extent to which, and for as long as, it is shown to accomplish its proper finality, which is the hydration and nourishment of the patient. In this way suffering and death by starvation and dehydration are prevented."

That was not all. The bishops further asked whether food and water could be withdrawn from the patient if there was no chance of recovery. Again, the CDF was unambiguous: "No. A patient in a 'permanent vegetative state' is a person with fundamental human dignity and must, therefore, receive ordinary and proportionate care which includes, in principle, the administration of water and food even by artificial means." And just to be sure that no stone was left unturned, the accompanying note said that this is always and everywhere true "in principle" even if there are truly exceptional circumstances where it is not morally obligatory to provide food and water. Such a case would be, for example, when the person's body is in such a state that it is physically unable to assimilate food and water. There would be no moral obligation to try and force nutrition into the person in that case, but clearly this is an exceptional circumstance which does not in any way undermine the principle of absolute respect for life in its most vulnerable moments.

How many of us, at the time of Terri Schiavo's death, actually heard even so-called "good Catholics" say that they should just let her die because "no one should have to live that way" and other nonsense like that? The real message of this declaration is that no one should have to think that murderous way any more. The Vatican has spoken with the clear voice of conscience and has also vindicated all of us who fought for Terri's life and dignity, not because we were pro-life activists, but because we are Catholics. Anyone who advocated her death in 2005, whether by sloppy reasoning or culpable agreement with the atrocity, needs to seriously repent and re-evaluate his consciences in light of the Church's teaching. After this declaration, there is no excuse for not getting it right.

Most culpable of all were the so-called "Catholic" theologians, false priests, such as Richard McBrien and John Paris, who shamelessly advocated Terri's death when she was being sold to her killers for thirty pieces of silver. Now that the CDF has made clear what any child knows, this would be the time for them to take a refresher course on actual Catholic teachings.


Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International

Media Advisory: Gov. Huckabee to Speak at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" on Friday, Sept. 21 at 2PM

September 20, 2007

Former AR Governor to Host Media Availability from 2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. at Capitol Hilton

Little Rock, AR - Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee will participate in the National Rifle Association's "Celebration of American Values" in Washington, D.C. at 2:00 p.m. ET, on Friday, September 21, 2007, it was announced today.

The event will be held in The Presidential Ballroom, Capitol Hilton, located at 1001 16th Street, NW. in Washington, D.C. (Members of the media must pre-register to reserve credentials to cover this event. NRA contact number: 703.267.3820.)

Following the Governor's speech, he will be available to members of the media for informal comments, from approximately 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (This will be located near the Press platform, The Presidential Ballroom.)

For more information, please contact Kirsten Fedewa at 202-365-6936.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Founding Fathers Quote

Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.

George Mason

Desecration Of The World Trade Center Site - UPDATED

This is one of those stories that instantly makes your blood boil. The Mayor of New York is actually considering the request of Iran's terrorist President to visit the World Trade Center Site. This man should not even be allowed into the U.S. let alone be allowed to visit that sacred site. This is a man who has called for the annihilation of Israel and every Jew. He is a sponsor of terrorism, a racist and an enemy of this country. Under no circumstances should Mayor Bloomberg allow this to happen. [click here to read more]

UPDATE:

Hot Air has been updating all evening. It appears that the New York Police Dept. is refusing to provide protection to which I say Amen, but the Secret Service may still provide protection. [click here to read the article]

UPDATE:

Michelle Malkin has a update. [click here]

UPDATE:

Columbia University canceled the planned speech by Ahmadinejad. [click here]

UPDATE:

Iran Spokesman: Ahmadinejad Won't Visit WTC

61% Of Our Military Overweight?

Gov. Huckabee, on August 30, 2007, had stated that 61% of our military was overweight. Being a veteran I instantly knew this was not accurate and it was very obvious that the study the Governor cited was based upon the BMI, which in not accurate and should be completely scrapped. When I was on active duty I weighed between 190 (at which I looked like a walking skeleton because I was sick) and 230 pounds at 6' tall with a 34" waist and never made BMI; I always had to be taped, which of course I always passed.

Well, Mike Huckabee '08 has a great post detailing the problems with the BMI and that the Governor did accurately quote from a study. This should clear up the whole thing and also point to the need to get rid of the BMI completely. In my opinion the BMI, when used on teenagers or insecure adults could mistakenly make them believe that they are overweight when in fact they are actually at the ideal weight for their body. This can lead to eating disorders and even suicide. While it is important to be aware of obesity, it is just as important to be aware of the danger of being underweight as that can also shorten life spans and cause higher medical costs.
A NOTE FROM S. ROMAN:

I just wanted to speak up on this issue also since I have have had experience with this whole subject. When my husband and I were preparing for our wedding I went in for my routine physical. Mind you, at the time I weighed 135 pounds at 5' 7" and I was in size 5-6 jeans (for my body frame that is very thin) and my doctor recommended that I try and loose up to 20 pounds! I was floored. Had I lost another 20 pounds I would have been hospitalized for anorexia! Ever since I have been very skeptical about a physicians recommendations on weight for adults.

Catholic News

Here is an article that I found interesting and since I probably don't post enough Catholic material I wanted to get this out.

Pope Points to Example of 3 Newly Beatified

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 18, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is inviting the Church to follow the "luminous testimony" of three people recently proclaimed blessed.

After praying the Angelus on Sunday, the Pope mentioned the beatification in Poland of Father Stanislaus Papczynski.

Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone celebrated the Mass of the beatification, and the Holy Father sent his greeting to the faithful gathered there, saying Father Papczynski was "a priest who was exemplary in preaching, in the formation of the laity, a father of the poor and an apostle of intercessory prayer for the dead." [read more]

Jon Bruning On The Laura Ingraham Show

I unfortunately missed Bruning's interview on Laura Ingraham, but a blog named Paxalles covered the interview. Of course, we are a strong supporter of Jon Bruning and hope that he will win the open Senate seat in '08. We need strong conservative senators in Washington, especially now.

Presidential Wisdom

"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...

There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

--Theodore Roosevelt, 1919

Bush And Congress At New Lows

Bush's and Congress' liberal agendas, lack of accomplishment, degradation of rights, Amnesty attempts, and inability to stop taxing and spending has brought them to new lows in voter approval. In a new Reuters/Zogby poll Bush received a 29% approval rating and Congress is now at a 11% approval rating.

The American economy is in trouble and Bush and the Congress are steamrolling ahead with blinders and complete ambiguity to the crisis. We are experiencing a mortgage crisis, we are bleeding out our ears in assistance and education being given to illegal aliens, our government is hell bent on open borders for Mexican workers, unfair free trade, and the NAFTA Superhighway (in other words the North American Union, yes it is real).

Both Parties are too busy blaming each other and claiming an '08 victory to see what is happening in America. Could this be the election neither side will win? Could we see a third party candidate elected as President? If you ignore a problem, it will not go away; it will only get bigger. If you think you have something "in the bag", you probably don't. I pray that the Republican Party wakes up and makes some real changes. We must get back to the conservative, united and Constitutional foundation this country was founded on.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Far Reaching Hand Of Russia

There has been the mostly ignored threat of Russia expanding its military and political influence through out the world, while the United States has occupied itself with just the War on Terrorism. We have been asleep at the diplomatic wheel and are losing the high ground to Russia and China. I have heard too many of our leaders claim that they need more information before they respond or when asked a serious question about the threat from Russia and China they will respond with a smirk and some off hand comment about what backward nations Russia and China are, usually followed by we have the greatest military in all the world.

While we do have the greatest military in the world it is an overworked, under sized, and often taken for granted force. Russia and China are not the backward nations that lazy, narrow minded politicians make them out to be.

I regularly read Family Security Matters and one of their authors by the name of David J. Jonsson has wrote a phenomenal series of four articles titled Indonesian: Russia Opens the Pacific Front. So far the first three parts are out, but I could not wait any longer. I will link Part four as soon as it is available. Every politician should have to read these articles and you should too so that you can hold the politicians who are supposed to represent you to their Constitutional mandate to protect this country.

As Sun Tsu said:

“Whoever occupies the battleground first and awaits the enemy will be at ease; whoever occupies the battleground afterward and must race to the conflict will be fatigued. Thus one who excels at warfare compels men and is not compelled by other men.”

“Thus the highest realization of warfare is to attack the enemy’s plans; next is to attack their alliances; next to attack their army; and the lowest is to attack their fortified cities.”

Vladimir Putin has the goal of reestablishing Russia as a world power and returning the world to a multi-polar world. Russia’s alliance with China and Iran with their global alliances through economic and military alliances presents the strategic basis for control and the elimination of the hegemony of the United States. The alliances span both the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam as exemplified by the relations with Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Indonesia and Iran.

While the politicians and the press are focused on war in Iraq, scant attention is being directed to the greater geopolitical events occurring worldwide. The battleground is already being occupied by the enemies of freedom and liberty. The Russian deal to supply weapons to Indonesia descended on the APEC summit table like a slammed fist.

Russia along with their partners is utilizing alliances in the: political, transportation, military, technology, economic, natural resource and energy sectors to accomplish the goal.

Russia seeks access to the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and the Caribbean. [read more] Part 2, Part 3

Catch Jon Bruning on the Laura Ingraham Show Wednesday!

Tune in tomorrow as nationally syndicated conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham brings her “Power to the People” book tour to Omaha. Attorney General Jon Bruning will make a special appearance on the live radio broadcast Wednesday, September 19 at 10:30 AM CST.

The Laura Ingraham Show can be heard weekdays on KKAR 1290 in Omaha and KLIN 1400 in Lincoln.

Values Voter Debate: Mike Huckabee

H/T: Mike Huckabee '08

Founding Fathers Quote

It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it. After discriminating, therefore, in theory, the several classes of power, as they may in their nature be legislative, executive, or judiciary, the next and most difficult task is to provide some practical security for each, against the invasion of the others.

James Madison

Press Release: Mike Huckabee Triumphs At Values Voter Debate

Former Arkansas Governor Wins with 63% of Vote

September 18, 2007

Little Rock, AR – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was the clear winner of last night’s Values Voter Presidential Debate, winning with a sweeping 63% of the vote.

“We won huge,” said Huckabee after the votes were in. “I’m pleased, and proud, and honored to have this historic endorsement from America’s leading social conservatives who believe, as I do, in the core values which define American culture and life. This overwhelming vote affirms that conservatives are coalescing around one candidate and that candidate is me. Together, we will prevail.”

Huckabee came in a strong first place with 219 votes, garnering more votes than all of the other candidates’ votes combined. Ron Paul was a distant second-place, with 44 votes; Sam Brownback and Fred Thompson came in fourth and fifth, with 18 and 15 respectively.

The poll included 340 delegates who were hand-selected by 40 of America’s social activists and opinion-makers.

The debate, held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was organized by Phyllis Schlafly, Paul Weyrich, Don Wildmon, Matt Staver, Rick Scarborough, and Janet Folger.

Free Health Care In Wisconsin

Don't forget, we may have given the State Senate to the Democrats in '06, but we can take it back in '08.



H/T: Little Miss Sunshine

More Debate Coverage

Here is WorldNetDaily's rundown of last night's debate, which in case you have not heard was a landslide victory for Gov. Huckabee.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – With "invisible" candidates who failed to show up getting grilled with questions, hundreds of empty seats, not a single mainstream television network on hand, and the name of God invoked countless times, the "unseen world" clearly dominated last night's Republican presidential debate in South Florida.

High-profile contenders Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson all chose not to participate, though each had an empty podium with his name displayed on stage to emphasize his absence. [read more]

Another Blow For McCain's Campaign

The hits continue to keep coming for John McCain's campaign. Now he has lost Attorney General Mike Cox one of his most important supporters in Michigan.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox plans to resign as John McCain's state campaign chairman, according to two top Republicans who asked not to be identified because Cox has not yet spoken with McCain in person.

State Republicans are set to choose their presidential favorites in a Jan. 15 primary. The two Republicans made the comments about Cox on Monday.
[read more]

Monday, September 17, 2007

Historic Victory

Values Voter Debate Straw Poll

1. Mike Huckabee 219

My recorder cut out so I am going to have to wing this by memory. This was truly a historic debate. Not only did Gov. Huckabee win by a landslide, with Ron Paul coming in second with 44 votes, but this debate set a new standard. By far, the majority of the time went to the candidates who were not interrupted during their responses. I actually felt like I learned something about each of the candidates. I cannot think of a single question that was asked that I did not want to know the answer to.

A matter of fact, the only complaint that I have is during the second round instead of giving a verbal response the candidates just hit a light to answer; green if they agreed or red if they disagreed. I realize this was done to get as many questions asked as possible and to get the candidates on record, but the questions were so good I would like to have heard the responses. Another tactic that I feel was extremely effective was they would ask an occasional question to one of the empty podiums of the candidates that did not show up; which had their names on them.

I think three of the four probably regret not showing up. Rudy is probably grateful that he did not show up as there was an extremely heart-wrenching question directed to his empty podium by a woman who had survived an attempted abortion. I have to admit it was very moving and put a face on the issue of abortion.

I have not said much bad about Ron Paul in the past because I agree with a lot of his non foreign policy stances, but he really proved that he did not belong on the stage tonight. The rest of the candidates were extremely articulate and represented the Party well, but Gov. Huckabee was the only top tier candidate on the stage tonight. He really came across as the leader of the pack. I felt he had an off debate during the last Republican debate, but in my opinion this was his best performance to date.

Here are some reactions from other Huckabee bloggers:

One Mom had several good posts on the debate. Click here, here and here.

Old School Conservative has their take on the debate here.

And Oh Baby That's What I Like! has this post.

Founding Fathers Quote

A State, I cheerfully admit, is the noblest work of Man: But Man, himself, free and honest, is, I speak as to this world, the noblest work of God....
James Wilson

Giuliani Gets Exposed As Fraud by Firefighters

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Michael B. Mukasey Picked For Attorney General

At first glance this appears to be another blow to conservatives, but I will withhold judgement until I find out more about the man. It is being reported that President Bush will nominate Michael B. Mukasey, a Giuliani judicial adviser. This, of course, will be a plus for former Mayor Giuliani, who will now have his name mentioned even more in the media and will be able to say that even the President recognizes his competency in filling important positions; at least that is how I believe it will be spun.

Apparently this move is simply because the Democrats like this man. This has been part of the problem with President Bush, most of the time he chooses not to fight for conservative ideals. I will point out that the last Bush nominee the Democrats were enthusiastic about was Harriet Myers.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush has settled on Michael B. Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York, to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general and will announce his selection Monday, a person familiar with the president's decision said Sunday evening.

Mukasey, who has handled terrorist cases in the U.S. legal system for more than a decade, would become the nation's top law enforcement officer if confirmed by the Senate. Mukasey has the support of some key Democrats, and it appeared Bush was trying to avoid a bruising confirmation battle. [read more]

Giuliani: Illegal Immigration Not A Crime And Should Not Be

Speaker’s E-Update

Here is an E-Update I received from Assembly Speaker, Mike Huebsch. I normally don't post his updates, but I think everyone in Wisconsin needs to read this one, as the future of our state depends on the Assembly. All sections that are bolded was done by me to bring attention to important information I did not want lost.

September 14, 2007
Inside Today’s Speaker’s E-Update:

It’s Time to Separate Motion from Progress

For previous issues of my Speaker’s Update and recent press releases, please visit my website at:
http://www.legis.state.wi.us/assembly/asm94/news/Default.htm

It’s Time to Separate Motion from Progress

These days, statewide Editorial Boards and the Capitol press corps are draining ink from their pens deriding the Legislature for its inability to reach consensus on the state’s next two-year budget. They are quick to paint us all as part of the problem without delving into the reasons why the progress at the Conference Committee table has been limited.

Obviously, the primary reason for the lack of progress is the dramatic difference between the two budget proposals on the issues of taxes. The State Assembly adopted a no-tax-increase budget while the State Senate’s plan included $18 billion in new taxes. As I mentioned last week, there is a little common ground between no new taxes sand billions more, but that is not the only fundamental difference. That became clear today.

On August 9, my fellow Republican conferees and I made a conscious decision to offer a compromise proposal on state funding for local school districts. The logic behind this move was simple. K-12 education funding is the state’s top budget priority representing almost half the available revenues provided to the state by the taxpayers of Wisconsin over the next two years. It is the functional equivalent of a mortgage payment in the average family budget. After paying that bill, the rest is relatively straightforward.

In last week’s edition of this newsletter, I explained how the continuation clause in Wisconsin statutes authorizes state agencies and programs to operate at the previous year’s funding level in the absence of a new two-year state budget. There are, however, two budget areas that depend on increased state funding – local school districts and communities throughout the state: both of which operate on annual budgets.

Right now, local school boards as well as local town, village, city and county boards are starting to formulate their own budgets for 2008. In the planning process, school boards factor in state K-12 aid and counties and municipalities look to the state’s shared revenue program to determine how much money they will receive to help them meet their own obligations. In the absence of a new two-year state budget, they must operate from last year’s numbers. Well, we found out this week from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau the true impact on an ongoing state budget delay. Without an agreement on state aid to local school districts, property taxes will rise by nearly $600 million. For the average Wisconsin homeowners, that means an extra $200 in property taxes. To make matters worse, this property tax increase becomes inevitable unless the Legislature can reach agreement by September 28. Obviously, that’s not acceptable to my Assembly Republican colleagues and I.

With this looming deadline, we have been anxiously awaiting the Democrats’ counteroffer to our August 9 school funding proposal. It finally came today. It was my hope that our willingness to increase state aid to schools to the level requested by Governor Doyle - $85 million more than what was included in the State Assembly budget plan would lead to middle ground. It did not. The Democrat counteroffer accepted the $85 million increase and included an increase in school aids beyond what the Governor requested and beyond the level of funding for schools that they themselves approved in their budget to the tune of $7 million. Last time I checked the dictionary, “compromise” entailed a mixture a give and take. The Democrat conferees took and took some more without giving an inch.

It’s time for a reality check. It’s time to separate motion from progress and my fellow and Republican conferees and I will lead that effort. Next Tuesday, the State Assembly will be in session to take up two separate budget-related bills to address the needs of Wisconsin property taxpayers and our local government partners. The first bill will provide local school districts with more than $12.3 billion in state aid over the next two years, the highest level in state history and more than $543 million more than was in the previous budget. To demonstrate our sincerity, we have used Governor Doyle’s budget proposal for K-12 education as the basis for our compromise proposal and receded from our original position to reduce shared revenue payments to counties and four Wisconsin cities – Beloit, Milwaukee, Racine and Superior. I am pleased that our legislation has already received the support of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and Wisconsin School Administrators Alliance.

The other bill that the State Assembly will take up on Tuesday restores the Property Tax Freeze. Here, again, we are trying to find common ground. Instead of going along with the Property Tax Freeze proposal adopted as part of the State Assembly budget plan, we are asking our Democrat colleagues in the State Assembly and State Senate to enact the same Property Tax Freeze that Governor Doyle signed into law in 2005. It’s not perfect, but it moves us in the right direction for the property taxpayers of Wisconsin.

Next Tuesday should be a very interesting day on the State Assembly floor. Rarely do we have the opportunity to pass two bills that will save Wisconsin homeowners nearly $600 million. I can assure you that my Assembly Republicans colleagues and I are looking forward to standing with the taxpayers. I was also encouraged by the comments of Assembly Minority Leader Jim Kreuser (D-Kenosha) at the Conference Committee table. He gave some indication that the vote on these bills will receive bipartisan support. Stay tuned, I will definitely keep you in the loop as the week unfolds.

Packers Recap

The Packers defeated the Giants in a 35-13 victory. The big winner of the day was the offensive line, which gave Brett Favre plenty of time. The defense did a great job of keeping the high octane offense of the Giants in check. The only thing I would caution Packer fans on is the Giants have no defense what so ever, and Michael Strahan appears to be about 20 to 30 pounds too light and a step or two slow. I continue to be impressed with our special teams, which continues to play at a high passionate level.

Here is a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the game:

East Rutherford, N.J. - Brett Favre didn't need a rocket arm to become the winningest quarterback in NFL history on Sunday. His 17 years of football knowledge and a near-perfect second half against a bad defense were plenty.

Favre completed his first 14 second-half passes and threw three touchdown passes to rally the Green Bay Packers to a 35-13 victory over the New York Giants' porous defense.

"Maybe someday down the road it will mean a lot," a typically humble Favre said after the 149th win of his career, moving past Hall of Famer John Elway. [read more]

As you can read for yourself the article has the usual Brett Favre bias.

Founding Fathers Quote

We know the Race is not to the swift nor the Battle to the Strong. Do you not think an Angel rides in the Whirlwind and directs this Storm?

John Page

Packers' Game Day

The Packers are getting ready to play the Giants. This will be an interesting game to see how our defense handles the talented offense of the Giants. Of course, Eli has got a sore shoulder so that may affect his passing. The Giant's defense last week against the Cowboys was horrid, so I am hoping that our offense can actually get something accomplished this week. I will post an update around 5 PM on my thoughts about the game. Go Pack!

Here is the Wisconsin State Journal's breakdown and prediction:

If the Giants' defensive scheme looks familiar that's because it's essentially the same one the Packers saw last week against Philadelphia. During the offseason, Giants coach Tom Coughlin fired defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and replaced him with Steve Spagnuolo, who worked under Eagles coordinator Jim Johnson from 1999 through 2006. Like Johnson, Spagnuolo likes to blitz and play bump-and-run, although that didn't work out so well against Dallas, which hung 478 yards and 45 points on the Giants last week. Plus, the Giants lost their best defensive player, end Osi Umenyiora, to a knee injury. The Packers have to get better line play and more production from the running game, which managed 48 yards. The expected return of Vernand Morency in a limited role should help. Otherwise Brett Favre, who had 42 attempts last week, will be slinging the ball all over the field again. [read more]