Saturday, October 06, 2007

Huckabee's Campaign, Full Steam Ahead

Mike Huckabee '08 has a series of great posts up showing how Governor Huckabee continues to improve his campaign in an all out blitz to win the Republican Primary. This is also a direct result of the campaign listening to it's grassroots supporters.

The first post deals with Huckabee putting the call out for a National Fundraising Chairman.

The second post gives an overview of several of the campaigns new initiatives.

Pre Game Report


Here is this week's pre game articles on my teams, unfortunately it does not look like a good day for us Notre Dame fans, likewise with North Carolina. Penn State should be able to win, but they are struggling and finally Wisconsin will probably have a closer game than most think, but I don't see any way that Illinois beats us.

NOTRE DAME:

Notre Dame (0-5) at U-C-L-A (4-1)

By Sports Network
The Sports Network

FACTS & STATS: Site: Rose Bowl (91,500) -- Pasadena, California. Television: ABC. Home Record: Notre Dame 0-2, UCLA 2-0. Away Record: Notre Dame 0-3, UCLA 2-1. Neutral Record: Notre Dame 0-0, UCLA 0-0. Conference Record: Notre Dame 0-0, UCLA 3-0. Series Record: Notre Dame leads, 3-0.

GAME NOTES: Still in search of their first victory this season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish limp into Pasadena to take on the UCLA Bruins. Notre Dame is trying to avoid its first 0-6 start in school history and snap a seven-game losing skid that dates back to last season. The Fighting Irish have lost all five of their games this season by double figures, and the closest score was a 33-19 loss at Purdue last weekend. With Boston College and USC on the schedule the next two weeks, things won't get any easier. Clearly, this 2007 squad has a legitimate chance to go down as the worst in the history of the program. UCLA is 4-1 overall, including a perfect 3-0 mark against fellow Pac-10 squads. The Bruins are coming off a 40-14 road thrashing of Oregon State, their second straight double-digit victory. They are 2-0 at home and have scored at least 40 points in three games. Notre Dame has won all three previous meetings with UCLA, including a 20-17 triumph over the Bruins a year ago. [
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WISCONSIN:

Oates: Fifth-ranked UW an underdog?
By TOM OATES608-252-6172
toates@madison.com

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Yes, it's the year of the underdog in college football, but this latest development is so ... well, allow Illinois coach Ron Zook to tell you what he thinks about fifth-ranked University of Wisconsin being a 2 1/2-point underdog to the unranked Illini Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

"I think that's ludicrous," Zook said.

Ludicrous? No.

Curious? Absolutely.

In addition to their No. 5 ranking, the Badgers have a 5-0 record and the nation's longest winning streak at 14 games. Illinois is 4-1, including a victory over a ranked Penn State team last week, but this is a recovering program and the four wins match Illinois' total from the past two seasons combined. [
read more]

PENN STATE:

Complete success eludes Penn State
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, October 4, 2007

Penn State has lost two consecutive games because both the offense and defense are getting it half right.

Neither unit played a complete game against Michigan or Illinois. The working thesis of many observers is the Nittany Lions (3-2, 0-2) have lost almost exclusively because of poor offensive play, but that isn't the entire explanation.

Illinois had 21 points and 193 yards of total offense by halftime in last week's 27-20 win over the Lions, with one touchdown on special teams.

"We were pretty frustrated with our performance, especially in the first half," linebacker Sean Lee said Wednesday of the Penn State defense. [
read more]

NORTH CAROLINA:

Hurricanes come to Chapel Hill

Game and Time: Miami at North Carolina. Kickoff is noon Saturday.

S
ite: Kenan Stadium

TV/Radio: Saturday's game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Tar Heel Sports Radio Network (1360 AM WRDU) will provide radio coverage, and a live radio broadcast also will be available on UNC's official athletic Web site,
www.TarHeelBlue.com.

Records: Miami is 4-1, and North Carolina is 1-4.

Series: This is the 11th meeting between the two teams. The series is tied, 5-5.

UNC Personnel Update: Senior cornerback Kendric Williams will be out for the season with a torn ACL suffered in the loss to Virginia Tech last Saturday. Center Scott Lenahan missed the Virginia Tech game with a calf injury.

The Key Matchup: North Carolina's Ryan Houston vs. Miami's Tavares Gooden. [
read more]

NOTRE DAME 2006 FOOTBALL SEASON HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Here is a little pick me up for all of my fellow, die-hard Notre Dame fans; who like me will never give up.

Founding Fathers Quote

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.


Thomas Jefferson

Plan A: Keep “Plan B” Out of Catholic Hospitals

Plan A: Keep “Plan B” Out of Catholic Hospitals

On September 28th the Connecticut bishops issued an unfortunate statement allowing the Plan B abortion-causing drug to be used in cases of rape in Catholic hospitals. I have written respectfully and urgently to the Connecticut Catholic Conference (CCC) and to each bishop individually to ask them to withdraw this potentially precedent-setting statement, and I pray that they do so. I am extremely concerned that this statement will begin to have a domino effect on other Catholic hospitals and healthcare institutions, and I write to you today to ask your ongoing partnership in this concern.

First, let me be clear about our obligations as Catholics. While our bishops operate in union with the Vicar of Christ, no individual bishop or conference of bishops, however wise or holy, has the charism of infallibility. Our respect for our bishops is sometimes exercised in presenting them with the clear facts that their advisors may have missed. It is an expression of our filial cooperation in their ministry. In this case, we have no option but to humbly ask them to reverse their decision due to some extremely egregious errors contained in the statement.

Errors of fact

Error number 1: “The administration of Plan B pills in this instance cannot be judged to be the commission of an abortion because of such doubt about how Plan B pills and similar drugs work.”

The truth is that there is absolutely no doubt about how the Plan B pills work. Just ask the manufacturer, Barr Pharmaceuticals, whose product insert states: “This product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release). It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg) or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation).” (My italics.) It’s that third item that makes Plan B an abortion-causing drug. The same can be said for every chemical contraceptive.

Error number 2: “…the teaching authority of the Church has not definitively resolved this matter….” Here, regretfully, Catholics are led to believe that Rome has not unambiguously addressed the issue of Plan B (a.k.a., the “morning after pill”) already.

The truth of this matter is evident by a simple recourse to a statement of the Pontifical Academy for Life on the Vatican’s website. The Academy stated in a document issued in October of 2001 that “from the ethical standpoint the same absolute unlawfulness of abortifacient procedures also applies to distributing, prescribing and taking the morning-after pill. All who, whether sharing the intention or not, directly co-operate with this procedure, are also morally responsible for it.” The Vatican did not need to invent any new teaching on the Plan B pills because these pills fall into the category of abortifacient contraception, pure and simple. The consistent teaching of our Church on abortion applies here.

Errors of judgment

There were other errors in judgment in the bishops’ statement that confuse the issue from a moral point of view. The bishops state that “to administer Plan B pills without an ovulation test is not an intrinsically evil act.” This type of language just confuses the issue. It would indeed be a seriously irresponsible act to administer a killing drug not knowing whether or not ovulation has occurred and a new life is present. It would be like a hunter shooting at something moving in a forest if he were not really sure that what he saw was an animal or a human being. To use the language of “intrinsically evil” would make us think—legalistically—that it would be okay to take an action if it were only possibly evil. Hair-splitting language like this does not give us guidance when our moral obligation is to err on the side of life whenever there is a doubt. Furthermore, Dr. Chris Kahlenborn has shown that Plan B only works to halt ovulation half the time. Thus fertilization may occur even after the pill is administered, and a chemical abortion would result.

The core of the matter

What we are faced with here is the long arm of the culture of death reaching into our Catholic institutions and coercing us to comply with its totalitarian dictates. The Connecticut state legislature, with the complicity of the governor, passed a law that forbad the use of ovulation tests in cases of rape—why? This unwarranted government intrusion into a purely medical decision was totally unnecessary and would not likely have affected any other institutions than Catholic ones. It is, in my opinion, a law that was drafted deliberately to coerce Catholic hospitals to comply with the contraceptive dictates of the abortion providers. Remember this same state was the origin of the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut Supreme Court case which legalized contraception! It is no wonder that Connecticut is reaping the rotten fruit of the seeds that it sowed over forty years ago.

The bishops were forced into a “reluctant compliance” with this law, according to Bishop Lori of Bridgeport, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Acts of blatant coercion of Catholic consciences are already far advanced and will only continue unless the Church is willing to stand up and rebuke the arrogance of these coercive measures and carve out strict realms of conscience which are unreachable by activist courts and corrupt politicians. That will require Church leaders to be willing to fight ferocious battles against the dictators of relativism in order to assert our rights of conscience and faith. All Catholics, but especially our leaders, will have to be clear-headed and uncompromising in the face of the temptations to put our Catholic institutions in league with the liars and manipulators of the culture of death.

I envision a day in which Catholic leaders may have to resign from lucrative positions in business and shut down Catholic healthcare institutions rather than cooperate in the arrogant and coercive programs of the culture of death. Actually, I think that day has already arrived.

What we can do

Our greatest weapon in this battle against the culture of death is prayer. I ask you to pray for the bishops, above all, who are usually the target of attack by the culture of death and are often surrounded by compromisers. We need their strong moral leadership unfettered by lawyers and “ethicists” who prevent them from taking up arms in the culture wars. We are at a point in our Church’s history where bishops and priests are being called to martyrdom for the sake of the Faith, and only prayer will give them that courage to embrace their vocations to the last drop of blood.

Secondly, we all need to make a firm decision to never be silent in the face of any form of chemical killing. Abortifacient contraception is a back-door plague which enters into lives, institutions and societies in the guise of the birth control “savior,” but it is just one more way to kill, and with greater frequency at that.

Finally, stay tuned for more battles in more states with more Catholic healthcare institutions. One phone call I had with the legislative advisor of the Connecticut Catholic Conference gave me the impression that the domino effect is already happening in other episcopal conferences, and that concerns me deeply. The vigilance of many great pro-life forces, coupled with prayer and massive protests from people of conscience will undoubtedly give our Church leaders the courage to imitate the Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for His sheep.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,

President, Human Life International

Friday, October 05, 2007

Catholic League News Release

“THE VIEW” PANELISTS FLASH THEIR IGNORANCE

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on yesterday’s episode of the ABC show, “The View”:

“Whoopi Goldberg began by saying that because of Rudy Giuliani’s position on abortion, St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke ‘cannot give him Communion.’ To our knowledge, Giuliani has never been refused Communion by any priest (though Burke could deny him if he wanted to). Moreover, it is not likely that Giuliani is going to be faced with this issue anyway: he knows that he is not supposed to present himself for Communion given the fact that his previous marriage was not annulled.

“Elisabeth Hasselbeck put her arrogance on display by exclaiming, ‘I always have an issue with a priest denying Communion.’ Again, denying someone Communion rarely occurs, but in any event, what business is it of someone who is no longer a Catholic to offer her two cents about Catholic teachings? Compounding her foolishness, she said that someone in her family who had gotten divorced was not allowed Communion until she received an annulment. This is ludicrous: a divorced Catholic who has not remarried is never denied Communion.

“Joy Behar and Hasselback then opined how annulments can be bought. This is one of the great smears that often goes unchallenged. If they had to enumerate them, they couldn’t. Certainly there are old allegations regarding a few prominent Catholics, but it is simply wrong to make sweeping generalizations. There is a modest administrative fee for annulments, but it can be waived if the cost is deemed prohibitive.

“Perhaps the most brilliant line was the one by Behar who announced that ‘Rudy Giuliani hasn’t necessarily had an abortion himself.’ We particularly like the qualifier, ‘necessarily.’ And, of course, they all chimed in about the scandal, thus dragging gays through the mud.”

Contact co-producer Bill Geddie at
bill.geddie@abc.com and ask him to buy these ex-Catholics a copy of the Catechism.

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=1341

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Coalition operations lead to death of al Qaeda terrorist

Founding Fathers Quote

History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy... These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.

Benjamin Franklin

Media Advisory: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to Appear on National Radio and Television on Friday, October 5, 2007

Little Rock, AR – Former AR Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee will be a guest on the following programs on Friday, October 5, 2007:

7:05 a.m. ET / 6:05 a.m. CT – Guest on the nationally syndicated program, “The Mike Gallagher Radio Show” to discuss presidential politics and other issues. To listen live, go to:
www.mikeonline.com

7:18 a.m. ET / 6:18 a.m. CT – Guest on the MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program with hosts Willie Geist and Jenna Wolfe to discuss new favorable polling numbers, U.S. foreign policy and other issues.

7:00 p.m. ET – Guest on PBS’ “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” to discuss presidential politics and other topics including U. S. foreign policy. The program airs on 300 local PBS stations throughout the United States. (Check local listings for details.)

Positive News For Governor Huckabee

Here are three things that came out that I feel improve Huckabee's chances of winning the nomination.

Here is a One News Now article that explains how now everyone will have a chance to win delegates in California.

LOS ANGELES- Republicans in California's heavily Democratic 35th Congressional District are a lonely lot, represented in the House by one of the nation's most liberal members, Maxine Waters.

Nonetheless, GOP activists who get out the primary vote in gritty South Central are being treated like Hollywood celebrities in the presidential campaign. Republican voters make up only 15 percent of their area's registered voters. [read more]

And the final two are some interesting Rasmussen Polls. I don't believe polls mean much, but I think both of these will help Governor Huckabee with fundraising.

Election 2008: Huckabee vs. Clinton & Obama and 27% of Republicans Would Vote for Pro-Life Third Party Instead of Giuliani.

Dr. Dobson Sets The Record Straight

I agree with most of what Dr. Dobson has to say. I could never support Rudy Giuliani should he win the nomination. I would vote third party.

Reports have surfaced in the press about a meeting that occurred last Saturday in Salt Lake City involving more than 50 pro-family leaders. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss our response if both the Democratic and Republican Parties nominate standard-bearers who are supportive of abortion. Although I was neither the convener nor the moderator of the meeting, I’d like to offer several brief clarifications about its outcome and implications. [read more]

Media Advisory: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee Calls Out Congressional Democrats for Condemning Remarks Made by Radio Talk Show Host Rush Limb

October 04, 2007

Little Rock, AR – Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee issued the following comment in response to Democrats in Congress condemning statements made by conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh:

"With all the things the U.S. Senate should be doing, from solving the problems of immigration to the War on Iraq, I can’t believe they are worried about what a talk show says. As a taxpayer, I can’t think of any greater waste of money. Rush Limbaugh, as a private citizen, has the right to say whatever he wants to under the First Amendment. It is not the business of government to infringe on the right of anyone to free speech."

Thursday, October 04, 2007

John McCain on Immigration

Catholic League News Release

MILLER BALKS—LEAGUE RESPONDS

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the latest developments regarding its dispute with the Miller Brewing Company:

“We have been informed by Miller Brewing that it is not prepared at this time to offer assurances that it will never again sponsor an anti-Christian event; it merely says that it is conducting an audit of its marketing policies. Accordingly, our response to Miller’s balk is as follows.

“Today, we are mailing pictures of the anti-Christian and sadomasochistic Folsom Street Fair that Miller so proudly sponsors to Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan and to the 211 Catholic parishes in the archdiocese. We want all Catholics in Milwaukee to know exactly what Miller stands for.

“The mailing to Catholics is just the first of many mailings we have planned. Every week we will announce a new segment of the Milwaukee community that will receive the photos. If Miller wants to be so bold as to throw Catholics and Protestants overboard for the sake of siding with the most morally depraved persons in our society—persons with whom no self-respecting heterosexual or homosexual would ever associate—then it must suffer the consequences. The boycott is on, and now the campaign to blanket religious and secular leaders in the Milwaukee community with the evidence of Miller’s complicity in this sordid affair has begun.”

Contact Miller Brewing Company CEO Tom Long:
3939 W Highland Blvd.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208-2816

414-931-2000
1-800-MILLER 6
Fax: 414-931-3732

Email spokesman Julian Green at green.julian@mbco.com

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=1340
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Founding Fathers Quote

Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.
Noah Webster

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Power Ranking Of 20 - What Happened To My Bears?

With an SI Power Ranking of 20 the Bears have much to prove and improve. Before I go into my reasons for disappointment with the Bears I want it to be known I have been a Bears fan since I was a child. I will also say that like a parent with a misbehaving child that my disappointment would never cause me to disown or love the Bears any less.

To start the offensive line is having too many inconsistencies; and throwing 52 passes? Where was their running game? Evidently Ron Turner had no confidence in it; or maybe Turner has lost his touch. They have given up too many sacks and interceptions. There are plenty of players taking the blame as they have not performed as an offense should and they know it.

Who I don't see taking blame, at least publicly is the coaching staff for their obvious shortcomings and bad decisions. The weaknesses of the offense have not been appropriately addressed, blaming Grossman for the teams failures and putting Griese in his place is just plain bad coaching and leadership to me. There should be some consideration of the fact that Pep Hamilton is in his first season as the Bears quarterbacks coach. He was hired on March 5, 2007, after one season as the offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

While the team considers Turner grooming fourth-round draft pick Kyle Orton as the team’s rookie starting quarterback a good thing, maybe the fact that Orton was a complete disgrace is actually evidence of Turner's shortcomings as a coach. I don't see Grossman's digression from a great college QB to a mediocre pro QB as his failure, but as the coaching staff's failure and the shortcomings of the team.

There is no excuse for not calling enough running plays and making mistakes that should not be made by a team with the Bears tradition. Since they chose to throw so much why were they not throwing more to Olsen? There is also the problem with fumbles, including Devin Hester.

Coach Lovie Smith made the comment that the team collapsed at the end of the game. Funny that Smith did not say this when he decided to bench Grossman. How is it all of a sudden the whole team now? This team meltdown did not happen overnight. I guess Smith feels he needs to cover for not recognizing this fact when he replaced Grossman with a QB who was cut from three other teams. How does a team think this, above improved coaching, is going to solve their problems? Their decision backfired and the team is still lacking the leadership it needs to pull itself together. I have a feeling those involved in the decision to replace Grossman know they made a huge mistake, but will never admit it; even to the point of refusing to put Grossman back into play. With the Bears now tied for last place with the Vikings in the NFC Central maybe some pride needs to be swallowed.

The defense has had it's share of problems too. They are without safety Mike Brown and defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek for the season due to injuries and they did not get much of a break as they must now face the PACK! The longtime rivalry will take advantage of a disoriented Bears team for sure. We sure picked a bad time to play the blame game. Accepting responsibility for individual, team and coaching failures now seems to leave a bad taste in my mouth.

There are many differing opinions among my fellow Bears fans. Some do not think as harshly of the QB change as I do and others have much more bitterness than I. Following is an example of one at Da Bears Blog:

But the combination of injuries, lack of secondary depth, and too much time on the field have led to poor performances late in the games by the defense. While some argue that defense can 'make its own rest' by making stops & getting off the field, it is imperative that the ofense is bale to hold onto the ball, move the ball, and score some points for any defense to have sustainable success. Playing 35-40 minutes in a game DOES wear out even the most well-conditioned defense, and fatigue compounds the possibility of injury for the members of that defense. [read more]

Most depressing game in quite some time. I feel worse after this game than I did last week, and even worse than I did after we lost the Super Bowl. Not only did we lose a game, not only did our offense play like it was 2004 and our defense give up an NFL RECORD 34 points in the 4th quarter, but this game exposed serious flaws that will almost certainly doom this team and keep us out of the playof hunt. Quite a wet blanket, coming of a Super Bowl season.

While I thought Griese looked better than Rex has this year, he still made too many mistakes. 2 of his interceptions appeared to be due to being off in the timing of his throws, which can be corrected. Nonetheless, he didn't inspire anyone. [read more]

Even with these issues the Bears have the ability to overcome them, and even make Griese look good in the process. After all if the Packers can make Old Man Favre look good any quarterback has a chance. In the spirit of complaining about QB choices I must say that if the Bears can take advantage of the Packers' refusal to play Rodgers over Favre the Pack will be minced meat.

Media Advisory: Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee to Appear on National Television and Radio on Thursday, October 4, 2007

October 03, 2007

Little Rock, AR – Former AR Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee will make the following media appearances on Thursday, October 4, 2007:

8:15 a.m. ET / 7:15 a.m. CT – Guest on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” to discuss presidential politics and the growing momentum in the Huckabee campaign.

11:20 am ET / 10:20 am CT – Guest on nationally syndicated radio program “The Right Balance” with host Greg Allen. The show is heard via www.accentradio.com and www.therightbalance.org from 10 a.m. ET until 12 Noon ET and 10 p.m. until 12 Midnight ET. The show also airs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT at www.iowanewstalk.com.

Press Release: Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Announces the Formation of Legislators for Huckabee Advisory Committee in Iowa

October 03, 2007

Des Moines, IA – The presidential campaign of former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) announced today the formation of the Legislators for Huckabee Advisory Committee. The committee will be co-chaired by three respected members of the Iowa General Assembly.

State Sen. David Hartsuch, R-Bettendorf, will be joined by state Reps. Carmine Boal, R-Ankeny, and Dwayne Alons, R-Hull, as the co-chairs of the Legislators for Huckabee Advisory Committee. The committee will work to recruit other state legislators to support Governor Huckabee for president as well as advise the governor on Iowa specific issues and important legislation at the state level.

“I won my contest against an 18-year incumbent by 71 votes because I worked hard and I recognized the importance of working hard for every single vote. Mike Huckabee shares that approach to winning elections. His record of election success in a Democratic state, the fact he has more executive experience than any other candidate in the race and his accomplishments in the areas of education, health care, infrastructure and tax reduction have convinced me that he has what it takes to succeed here in Iowa and in next year’s general election,” Hartsuch said.

“It is my pleasure and honor to offer my endorsement and support to Governor Mike Huckabee. His executive experience, principled leadership and conservative values are exactly what this country is looking for in its next president. I am excited to be part of his campaign,” said Boal.

“Governor Huckabee is a leader of the highest caliber. His 10 ½ years as Governor of Arkansas were a textbook example of good governance. Governor Huckabee has a long and balanced record of fiscal responsibility and social conservatism that will serve him well as the President of the United States,” Alons said.

Huckabee said he is "honored to have received the support of these wonderful individuals."

"Their commitment to our shared values and beliefs and their commitment to their constituents and the state of Iowa have earned them all strong, well-deserved reputations of being pro-life, pro-family, and pro-taxpayer throughout the state. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and utilizing their expertise as I prepare for the Iowa caucuses,” he added.

After his strong second place finish at the Iowa Straw Poll on Aug. 11, Huckabee’s poll numbers have risen to 14 percent in Iowa and he recently won the Values Voters Straw Poll with 63 percent of the vote

Founding Fathers Quote

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

John Adams

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Recall Effort Begins In Michigan

The Detroit Free Press is reporting on the effort that is beginning to possibly recall Governor Granholm and several Michigan elected officials who betrayed the citizens of the state of Michigan by voting for tax increases. The Governor is apparently upset over this. She must feel the people of Michigan deserve even higher taxes and loss of even more employers. How about this instead, Governor Granholm and this goes for my Governor too, how about you cut spending instead of raising taxes.

Reaction to Lansing's $1.4-billion weekend demand for more money was swift and furious Monday, as antitax advocates lashed Gov. Jennifer Granholm and pro-tax lawmakers on talk radio, in Internet forums and elsewhere as they plotted recall campaigns as punishment.

Granholm and dozens of state representatives and senators who voted for one or both of the sales and income tax hikes were named as potential targets of recall campaigns by various groups. [read more]

For those doubter who believe that a recall election can never work, the Michigan Taxpayer Alliance has an article describing the 1983 recall in Michigan, while it was not successful in recalling the Governor it did get rid of two state senators. This time around the recall effort has technology on its side. Through the Internet you can spread information about the recall much more effectively that in 1983 and spread the word to many more people.

There is also the factor that Michigan has lost a large percentage of its good paying jobs and continues to hemorrhage its citizens to pro growth states. Even in our state, which has its own taxation problems not to mention a Democratic governor I would love to recall, we have seen a large increase of Michigan residents relocating here. We will continue to follow this story.

Minnesota's Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect

For the positive spin here is an article from the Grand Forks Herald. If you are going to do a smoking ban this is how it should be done, at the state level where mistakes can actually be reversed.

On the first day of the Minnesota statewide smoking ban Monday, it was business as usual at many East Grand Forks bars and restaurants.

Smokers didn't shy away from the smoke-free bars and restaurants Thursday evening, and many of them were quick to offer an earful of opinion. [read more]

Founding Fathers Quote

It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.

Thomas Paine

Siege At Church Of The Nativity A Propaganda Stunt

Well, this is no surprise at all to anyone who follows Middle Eastern events. Israel Today has the details, but I would like to add; why is it that the media can get away with always making Israel and the U.S. out to be the bad guys? Answer, because we let them.

Palestinian terrorist commanders have come clean about the government-level conspiracy in 2002 to paint Israel in a bad light in the Christian world by baiting the Israeli army to lay siege to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

In early 2002, Israeli forces launched a massive anti-terror offensive against Palestinian groups that were carrying out daily suicide bomb and shooting attacks against Israeli civilians. Part of that offensive targeted the Bethlehem stronghold of the "military wings" of then-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement. As Israeli forces advanced on the wanted Fatah terrorists, most of them made a dash for the Church of the Nativity. They took refuge in the holy site along with 94 hostages for over a month with the Israeli army surrounding, but refusing to storm, the compound. [read more]

Veterans Free Trip To Mackinac Island

Michigan Association of County Veterans Counselors have announced that some Michigan Veterans may be eligible for a free trip to Mackinac Island, which includes the ferry, lodging, and a tour of the Island. To get a reservation call 800-626-6304. Be sure to identify yourself as a veteran. Click here for all of the information.

Rudy Giuliani On Abortion

Clarence Thomas Out And About

It has been great seeing Justice Thomas everywhere lately. This is one of the few justices I look up to. If we had eight more like him this country would be a better place. Here is a great article I found on TownHall.

If only Clarence Thomas weren't a black conservative, his new memoir, "My Grandfather's Son," would be hailed as a kind of classic, a powerful, moving tale of a black man's ascent from bone-crushing poverty to the pinnacle of the American system of government.

But Thomas has a unique lot in life. On top of the discrimination, insults and condescension he has experienced simply as a black man have come the outrage, insults and condescension he has experienced as a black man who broke with liberal orthodoxy. In his view, all this culminated in his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, when liberal interest groups revived the old smear of the sexually rapacious black man in the guise of Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment. [read more]

The Latest On Israel's Bombing Raid On Syria

The Jerusalem Post is finally able to report on Israel's raid into Norther Syria. The censor's office appears for the first time to be confirming the raid. I would look for more information to slowly trickle out now. I have the feeling we are indebted, once again, to Israel for taking action the rest of the world was either unable or unwilling to do.

Israel on Tuesday began to lift its strict veil of secrecy on an air strike in Syria last month, allowing the media to report on the raid without attributing such reports to foreign sources.

The censor did not release any other details for publication.

The censor's statement implied that Israel was, for the first time, confirming that the IAF carried out the raid. [read more]

Monday, October 01, 2007

Media Advisory: Mike Huckabee Gains National Momentum, Positive Recognition as “Dark Horse Candidate” to Win GOP Nomination

October 01, 2007

NEWS RELEASE

Little Rock, AR – Former AR Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee received praise from politics’ ‘odd couple’ – former President Bill Clinton and former Speaker Newt Gingrich –who said Sunday, in separate interviews, that he is the most likely “dark horse candidate” to win the GOP nomination.

Huckabee, who now ranks fourth in Iowa among likely Republican Caucus-Goers, welcomed the positive comments, saying his 1st place win in the recent “Values Voter” poll – along with other significant developments, has buoyed his chances for victory.


Huckabee is now ahead of Sen. John McCain in Iowa and nearly tied with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, according to a Sept. 29 Newsweek poll conducted with 1,215 Iowa registered voters by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on Sept. 26-27.

“The Newsweek poll reflects what we’ve been feeling on the ground for some time: that there is steady, upward momentum for my campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire, and other early primary states,” said Huckabee.

Huckabee, who participated in one of Gingrich’s ‘American Solutions’ workshops in New Hampshire on Saturday, said he was pleased by the former Speaker’s comments on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that he is an appealing candidate who would be “instantly viable” if given funds to succeed.

“Obviously we’re making a similar pitch to our supporters and donors,” said Huckabee. “We’ve got a winning message. Our focus is on the money game.”


Former President Clinton, who also appeared on the ABC show, said Huckabee is the only GOP “dark horse that’s got any kind of chance” of winning the GOP nomination. Clinton also said his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton (NY), is the likely Democratic nominee.

Last month, a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed Huckabee and former Gov. Mitt Romney nearly tied in respective head to head match-ups against Hillary Clinton. Clinton led Huckabee 50-36 with 6% undecided, while she led Romney 51-38 with 5% undecided. The poll also gave Huckabee the lowest negative ratings among all Republican candidates for President, boding well in a potential match-up against Clinton.


Huckabee said Sen. Clinton’s “front-runner” status gives her a natural advantage, which could be overcome “once Republicans rally around their candidate.”

Campaign Manager Chip Saltsman agreed, saying that a Huckabee-Clinton match-up would be formidable. “Since the Iowa Straw poll, Gov. Huckabee has been gaining upward momentum in nearly every poll. Recent results in an American Research Group poll, released last month, show Gov. Huckabee is leading Mitt Romney among Republicans in South Carolina, and leading Fred Thompson in both Iowa and New Hampshire. These trends all indicate one thing: Mike Huckabee is a candidate who has the ‘right stuff’ to win.”

Catholic League News Release

MILLER ANNOUNCES IMMEDIATE AUDIT:
MARKETING POLICIES UNDER REVIEW


Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the latest developments regarding the league’s boycott of Miller Brewing:

“Today’s San Francisco Chronicle reports that at yesterday’s Folsom Street Fair, ‘couples led each other up and down the street with dog collars and leashes, men in thong underwear played Twister….’ There was also a man who was flogged to such an extent that ‘red lash marks covered his back.’ Other gay men decided to ‘walk around naked’ in front of women and children. In addition to the homosexuals who dressed as nuns—ridiculing the women who have given selflessly of their lives in service to the dispossessed—there was a female stripper who was hoisted in a cage over a Roman Catholic church (on a Sunday when Masses were being said). The lead sponsor for the incredible spectacle is the Miller Brewing Company.

“The response from Miller has been encouraging, though incomplete. The Milwaukee brewer issued a news release on September 26 saying it took exception to the use of its logo on an offensive poster mocking the Last Supper. Today, it extended its original statement by apologizing for the misuse of its logo, ‘particularly [to] members of the Christian community who have contacted us to express their concern.’ It also said, ‘We are conducting an immediate audit of our procedures for approving local marketing and sales sponsorships to ensure that this does not happen again.’

“We called Miller today asking for clarification of this statement, and we are pleased to note that a full-scale review of all its promotional policies is underway. It is not certain at this time whether Miller plans to sponsor events like the Folsom Street Fair in the future. Accordingly, while we are not calling off the boycott, we are tabling a serious course of action that we were going to announce today. We expect that Miller will resolve this issue before too long.”

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=1339

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Founding Fathers Quote

It is a singular advantage of taxes on articles of consumption that they contain in their own nature a security against excess. They prescribe their own limit, which cannot be exceeded without defeating the end purposed - that is, an extension of the revenue.

Alexander Hamilton

Frequently asked Questions (Fairtax Impact on Familes)

AP Poll - Wisconsin At #5

Obviously well deserved by an overlooked Wisconsin team. Here is the top five in the latest AP poll. LSU is ranked #1 now. I feel they should have been there last week. At #2 is USC who I feel has been over ranked all year. #3 is California, I have no problem with that, they have earned it. #4 is Ohio State, I just don't trust them after the embarrassment they were last year. At #5 is our Wisconsin Badgers, yet another step towards a national championship.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

421

No. 421 to Jennings
By Greg A. Bedard
Sunday, Sep 30 2007, 12:40 PM


Minneapolis - Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre set the NFL record for career touchdowns when he completed a 16-yard scoring pass to Greg Jennings against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday with 4:56 left in the first quarter.

It was the 421st touchdown pass of Favre's 17-year career. Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino previously had the record of 420. [read more]

The Heart And Soul Of The Pack - Donald Driver

The Vikings CB, Winfield, opened his big mouth and said that he wants to cover Donald Driver during today's game. Well I hope he gets what he asked for because Donald Driver is the Heart and Soul of this team. It was after he took a cheap shot to the head last week that the Packers went on to crush San Diego.

The reason why Donald Driver gets ignored by the National Media is because he knows how to do his job and put the team first. Instead of getting arrested in strip clubs and starting fights Donald Driver would rather spend time with his family. Like many of the Packers players in Green Bay he has his own TV show, but when his family shows up guess where one of his kids ends up during the show; on his lap. How many high paid, professional athletes would suffer the supposed insult to their image by having a child act like a child through an entire TV show. This man obviously has his priorities right.

During Donald Driver's career with the Packers, 1999-2006, he has 421 receptions, 5929 yards, and 36 touchdowns. Imagine what those numbers would be if the Packers had had better teams during that period or another option at wide receiver to take some of the pressure off Driver. Look for Driver to have a big day today. As always I will be rooting for #80.