Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas From The Maritime Sentry


In the dark and quite of night
Above the stable and manger
Showed a star so bright,
A guide away from danger.

In the relentless waves of the sea
where the shore is no where near
Stands the beacon of a prophecy
Lighting the path so clear.

In the desert so harsh and dry
Below the dunes on the sand
Sits an Oasis clear to the eye
To offer shelter from the land.

In this world so long forgotten
Is the man who died for our sin;
God's son, the only begotten,
A new life for a sinner to begin.

In the world of so much hostility
Remember our Lord is the reason
We here at The Maritime Sentry
Wish you a warm Christmas season.

South Dakota Report Shows Abortions Down 7%, New Ban Covers 98%

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 21, 2007


Pierre, SD (LifeNews.com) -- A new report from the South Dakota health department shows that abortions decreased seven percent in 2006 from their 2005 figures. The decrease could possible be attributed to the statewide debate on an abortion ban as pro-life advocates talked about how abortion kills unborn children and hurts women.

There were 748 abortions performed in South Dakota in 2006, down from the 805 abortions performed in 2005, the state reported.

Pro-life advocates in South Dakota have put forward a second effort to ban abortions there and added rape and incest exceptions to the ban after the first one, with just a life of the mother exception, failed at the ballot box.

The South Dakota Department of Health reported that just 1.9 percent of all abortions there in 2006 involved threats to the mother's life or rape or incest as a reason for the abortion. That means the new ban would prohibit about 98 percent of all abortions in the state if it becomes law.
[read more]

Christmas Message From Fred Thompson

As a veteran I would like to send a thank you to Fred Thompson for remembering our armed forces and using valuable resources to convey the message. My wife and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the men and women who have or are serving in our armed forces and their families this holiday season.

KTIV News Sioux City IA Report on Fred Thompson 12-21-07

Founding Fathers Quote

If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasure; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor . Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.

James Madison

Friday, December 21, 2007

Huckabee: Stick By Your Words (If You Can Remember Them)

For Immediate Release

Two months ago on October 21st, Mike Huckabee told Fox News' Chris Wallace that when it comes to foreign policy, a president should "mean what you say and...say what you mean."

Huckabee: "It's really about your character, Chris, more than it's about anything. I can learn, and I do know more about some of the aspects of foreign policy than maybe people think... But it's really about your moral character. What are your principals, and do you abide by them. And do people of other countries look you in the eye and know that when you say something, you mean it and you stick by it. That's what people need in a leader more than they need anything else. Is they need somebody who has the character of convictions and then is willing to stick with them, and people know that you mean what you say and you say what you mean. (Fox New's "Fox News Sunday, 10/21/07)

Today, however, Fox News' Carl Cameron caught Huckabee on videotape backtracking from a controversial statement he made in Foreign Affairs magazine, after it came under severe criticism this afternoon by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

Cameron: "There's been something of a relentless attack on Huckabee from some national security hawks who say that it's an amateur-ish approach. And today he said that while the speech was written not just entirely by himself, but in fact by a number of foreign policy advisors, and on those words, 'arrogant bunker mentality,' he said he wasn't quite sure if he remembered whether he wrote them or not. Here's how he put it:

Huckabee: "I don't remember if that was mine or not, but I take responsibility for it."

Way to say something and "stick by it."

An Interview With Jeri Thompson

I just read an interview with Jeri Thompson that gives a wonderful look into her and Fred's life in the campaign. As a mother I was greatly impressed with her devotion and love for her husband and her commitment to nurturing her children herself.

She has a determination to be there for her family, she does not have to be in charge or involved in power plays in her husband's political career. She is fulfilled by her supportive role to her husband, who obviously cherishes her, and with the adoration of her children. There are very few women in today's society that have those qualities. I proudly consider myself one of them, although my situation is obviously different.

In the interview she speaks of her job not being any different than (that) of any other wife in any other strong marriage. It is a breath of fresh air to see Jeri and Fred put their marriage and children first. There are many who consider themselves to be in a strong marriage, but in actuality put a number of other things above their marriage. I am not going to judge individuals, but will say that many of those are the same who would consider her role as insignificant, simple, or subservient because it is inconvenient to their materialistic and frivolous lifestyles.

As a staunch conservative woman and mother I can say that she is truly a woman of virtue and that they joyfully share the perfect relationship God intended. I can think of no other couple more qualified to lead America back to her founding principles.

An Interview With Fred Thompson's Wife, Jeri Thompson

Yesterday, I got together with Fred Thompson's wife, Jeri Thompson, for a phone interview as she traveled around Iowa. Unfortunately, near the end of the interview, while she was running low on time, she hit a bad cell. At that point, I lost her permanently and wasn't able to reconnect with her to get in the final 2 or 3 questions. Still, I think you will enjoy the interview, which has been edited slightly for the sake of grammar, clarity, and brevity.

Now, if you become First Lady, would you have any role in Fred's Administration? Would you sit in on cabinet meetings, for example?

(Laughs) The only meeting I'd be sitting in on would be the meeting when he gets off the clock -- well, you really don't get off the clock -- when he gets together with the family. One thing he learned growing up is the importance of sitting down, counting your blessings, and having dinner together. That's the only one I would be involved in.

Now Hillary Clinton has been touting her "experience" as First Lady on the campaign trail, as if it's an enormous asset that makes her particularly well qualified to be President. She's even taking credit for some of the things her husband did as President. As a potential First Lady, what do you think of that?

Well, I try not to pass judgment on a lot of this stuff because everyone has had different experiences. What I know is that the experiences Fred has had, from getting married at 17 and working in a factory, putting himself through college and then through law school, being a federal prosecutor at 28, being minority council at 30, moving on to help Marie Ragghianti take down a corrupt governor, playing himself in the movies, being a U.S. senator, and doing all the things he has done since then qualifies him to be President. [read more]

Huckabee Examined

Here is a great post from Hot Air that elegantly explains why Gov. Huckabee is not the right man for the Republican nomination. I have grown tired of the cheap attacks on the Governor's religious beliefs, that is why this article is a must read. It lays out the legitimate reasons for opposing Gov. Huckabee. The best part is half way down so here is a portion.

Huckabee also favors nanny state policies. I don’t trust government power. Huckabee does. His support for a national smoking ban was the tip-off to me that he trusts government power much more than I do, and his history on immigration and clemencies suggests that he’ll put his religious thinking above his duties to carry out the laws of the land. That’s a problem. And it really is a problem that’s unique to him in this race at this point. I don’t see the same problem with anyone else in the race, though I do see problems with all of the other candidates. [read more]

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...NY Post: "He's Finally Freddy for Prime Time"

Excerpts from "He's Finally Freddy for Prime Time"
Charles Hurt
New York Post
December 21, 2007

...
Over the past month, Thompson has walked away from several very strong performances in GOP debates. In the latest one, he held command over the entire field and won the day by refusing to play "hand shows" on stage at the direction of the moderator.

"I said, 'Nope,' and everybody pulled their hand down and looked around," Thompson later recalled.

"I just said to my buddies up there, 'How are you going to stand up to the leaders of Iran and North Korea if you can't stand up to an overbearing moderator?' "

Thompson also has quietly racked up scores of endorsements from anti-abortion chapters around the country. Those groups are some of the most effective vote herders the GOP has.

And earlier this week, he netted a surprise endorsement from Iowa Rep. Steve King, known in some GOP circles as "the Kingmaker."

After enduring months of criticism for sporadic and lackluster campaigning, Thompson is now going full-bore on a bus tour of 50 cities and towns around Iowa that his campaign says will reach some 75 percent of projected Republican caucus-goers before Jan. 3.

More than anything else, long-suffering supporters say their spirits have finally been lifted by Thompson's swagger and enthusiastic demeanor on the trail.

After someone suggested he might still be the conservative dark horse to ride to the White House, he quipped, "Saddle me up!"

To View The Article Please Visit :
http://www.nypost.com/seven/12212007/news/columnists/hes_finally_freddy_for_prime_time_613179.htm

They Said It... "Fred Thompson is on top of his game"

"Fred Thompson returned to Iowa with a re-invigorated pitch"

"Thompson returned to Iowa for a 22-county bus tour after a strong showing in last week's Des Moines Register debate, along with collecting the endorsement of U.S. Rep Steve King, a Kiron Republican." (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, 12/20)

"King's support, and Thompson's debate showing, also caught the eye of veteran Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen, who made the case this week that Thompson should not be counted out." (Politico, 12/20)

"Thompson has sensed an opening in Iowa, and he's moving decisively to exploit it." (David Yepsen, Des Moines Register, 12/18)

"Fred Thompson hammered home his 'constant, consistent conservative' record and values to a crowd of about 150 in Davenport on Wednesday." (Quad City Times, 12/19)

"On the stump, Thompson has sharpened his message of lower taxes, limited government and a get-tough approach to illegal immigration, hoping to break through with Iowa's sizable bloc of conservatives." (Reuters, 12/20)

"His red meat speeches are redder. His arguments for why he should be president are sharper." (CNN, 12/18)

"It has been replaced by a much more crisp, energetic, focused stump speech. The crowd seemed more engaged and rowdy and Thompson had the enthusiasm to match." (David Brody, CBN, 12/18)

"His voice booming and words wry and fiery" (NYT, 12/17)

"The 'X-factor' in this race is former Sen. Fred Thompson...Thompson has perhaps the most broadly conservative record of any candidate..." (Tim Carney, Human Events, 12/19)

No Hats



Fred08

Fred Thompson Receives the Endorsement of Bill Salier

Mclean, VA - Today the Fred Thompson campaign announced the endorsement of Bill Salier, a staunch pro-life, small government conservative who made an impressive showing as candidate for U.S. Senate in 2002. Salier recently served as Iowa State Chairman of Congressman Tom Tancredo's Presidential Campaign.

"I am honored to endorse Senator Fred Thompson for President," said Bill Salier. "Senator Thompson has been a consistently strong advocate in securing our borders and enforcing the rule of law. He has the leadership and experience we need guiding this nation and serving the people of Iowa."

A former Marine who completed his tour of duty in Somalia, Bill Salier took the Iowa political scene by surprise when the then-unknown family farmer and former Marine ran a true grassroots campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2002. Salier garnered 42 percent of the vote in the Republican primary against then-Congressman Greg Ganske. Most recently, Bill served as the Iowa State Chairman of Tom Tancredo's Presidential Campaign. A graduate of Iowa State University, Bill and his wife Karla operate the family farm near Nora Springs, Iowa.

"I am very pleased to have the support of Bill Salier," said Senator Thompson. "A native Iowan and veteran of the Marine Corps, Bill is a true conservative leader in Iowa who understands the increasing challenges facing this nation. We share the same conservative principles and I look forward to working with him as we spread our message of consistent conservatism to the great people of Iowa."

Catholic League News Release

PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S IDEA OF CHRISTMAS

As it does every Christmas season, Planned Parenthood e-mails its supporters a Christmas card titled, “Choice on Earth.” This year it has an accompanying video on “Moments that inspired us in 2007.” One of the highlights of the year is the opening of a new clinic in Aurora, Illinois.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue ripped into this today:

“Planned Parenthood says it stands for choice. So do serial killers and rapists. Jeffrey Dahmer believed in choice as well. Choice, of course, carries no moral quotient by itself—it must have an object. And the object of choice that Planned Parenthood prizes is killing kids in utero. But to admit this is to admit to a moral monstrosity. Which explains why it prefers to talk about a woman’s ‘right to choose,’ without ever finishing the sentence.

“The introductory statement to the video that is found on its website says, ‘It’s been quite a year for Planned Parenthood and the women, men and families that we serve.’ Notice that they didn’t mention women, men and children. That’s because the kids are a problem.

“But not just any kids. The kids of white people are not a problem—it’s the kids of minorities that exercise Planned Parenthood. Founded for racist reasons—African Americans were the original problem—Planned Parenthood has now evolved into fixing another problem: Latinos. That’s why it set up its spanking new clinic in Aurora, a town that is heavily Latino.

“If Planned Parenthood needs to rip off some special day in the calendar in order to sell its sick message, let it pick some day other than Christmas. We recommend Day of the Dead.”

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=1371

Catholic Facts and General Knowledge


Catholic Belief

1. To gain the happiness of heaven we must know, love, and serve God in this world. Man must know, love and serve God in a supernatural manner in order to gain happiness of heaven. Man is raised to the supernatural order only by grace, a free gift of God.


2. We learn to know, love, and serve God from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who teaches us through the Catholic Church.

3. In order to be saved, all persons who have attained the use of reason must believe explicitly that God exist and that he rewards the good and punishes the wicked; in practice they must also believe in the mysteries of the Blessed Trinity and the Incarnation.

4. By the Blessed Trinity we mean one and the same God in three divine persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.


5. By the Incarnation is meant that the Son of God, retaining His divine nature, took to Himself a human nature, that is, a body and soul like ours.


6. The Church is the congregation of all baptized persons united in the same true faith, the same sacrifice, and the same sacraments, under the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff and the bishops in communion with him.


7. We find the chief truths taught by Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church in the Apostles' Creed.

The Commandments

Besides believing what God has revealed, we must keep His law.


The Two Great Commandments

that contain the whole law of God are:

You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind, and with your whole strength; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

To love God, our neighbor, and ourselves, we must keep the commandments of God and of the Church, and perform the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. [read more]

India's Legal Abortions Kill 80,000 Women Annually, Local Expert Says Email this article

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 20, 2007


New Delhi, India (LifeNews.com) -- A medical expert in India says an estimated 80,000 women die from legal abortions there on an annual basis. The figures provide further evidence that abortion does not became safer if legalized, as unlicensed and unregulated abortion practitioners pose as much of a threat to women's health as illegal abortions.

Dr. Hema Divakar, the chair of the Federation of Obsteric and Gynecological Societies in India discussed the abortion deaths in an interview.

She told the PTI news service that a majority of the abortions done in India involve untrained abortion practitioners.

Divakar said the answer to the problem of women dying from abortions is to promote the morning after pill. She cited figures showing 78 percent of pregnancies in India are unplanned and said women would not resort to abortion if they used the pill and didn't become pregnant.

However, previous reports show that abortion numbers in Scotland rose after an aggressive effort to promote the morning after pill there.

The Scotland government reported 13,081 abortions in 2006, up from 12,603 the previous year -- an increase of nearly 3.8 percent. [
read more]

Congressman Decries Delay on Confirmation of Pro-Life Vatican Ambassador Email this article

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 20, 2007


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A pro-life congressman has issued a letter to Senate Democratic leaders asking them to stop delaying a confirmation vote on a pro-life attorney President Bush nominated to be the ambassador to the Vatican. Rep. Vito Fossella wants the Senate to confirm the appointment before Pope Benedict XVI visits the U.S. next year.

Fossella, a New York Republican, wrote to Senators Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer, Joe Biden and Richard Luger on Wednesday.

The nomination of Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon has been on hold due, in part, to blanket Democratic opposition to all of President Bush’s remaining nominees.

In a statement LifeNews.com obtained, Fossella said it is imperative to have an Ambassador in place as quickly as possible to dignify the visit of the Catholic leader.

The current Ambassador, Francis Rooney, recently resigned and is expected to leave office before the Pope’s visit in April 2008.

"Ever since President Reagan formalized diplomatic relations with Pope John Paul II in 1984, the position of Ambassador to the Holy See has had the important role of strengthening the partnership with the Vatican on issues concerning the international community," Fosella said.

"The Senate should not allow this important Ambassadorship to sit unfilled due to partisan bickering," he added.

However, according to the American Spectator, a Republican senator placed her nomination on hold because she has served as an advisor to Mitt Romney. The Republican presidential candidate has received significant criticism over his change of position on abortion. [read more]

Wisconsin Lawmakers Start Second Attempt to Ban Partial-Birth Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 20, 2007


Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- Wisconsin state legislators have started their second attempt to ban partial-birth abortions there after the first try was found unconstitutional. But with a new Supreme Court decision upholding the national ban, pro-life advocates in the Badger State believe they can make it work this time around.

Sen. Scott Fitzgerald and Rep. Mark Gundrum, both Republicans, have introduced a bill that would mirror the language found in the national partial-birth abortion ban.

"We're not reinventing the wheel here," Fitzgerald said on Thursday, according to a Wisconsin State Journal news report. "I think the bill is solid."

Reps. Jim Ott, a Republican, and Tony Staskunas, a Democrat, are also leading the partial-birth abortion ban effort and together the lawmakers have drafted a letter to their colleagues encouraging them to sign on as co-sponsors.

Lawmakers could have a more difficult time passing the ban than they did earlier, since Gov. Jim Doyle backs abortion.

But pro-life groups strongly support making sure the three-day-long abortion procedure, which doctors say is medically unnecessary, is prohibited there. [read more]


Wisconsin Right to Life - http://www.wrtl.org

KCRG Fred Thompson Campaigns in Cedar Rapids 12-19-07

Founding Fathers Quote

Public utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise, the stamp and image of divinity they bear, which produces a conviction of their truths, can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness. In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses, and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience.

James McHenry

Fred Thompson Receives the Endorsement of Virginia Society for Human Life

Nation's Oldest Right to Life Organization Supporting Thompson

McLean, VA - Today Fred Thompson received the endorsement of the Virginia Society for Human Life, the oldest right to life organization in the country and the state's affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee. This represents the ninth state right to life organization that has followed the lead of the National Right to Life Committee in endorsing Senator Thompson for President.

"Fred Thompson is a stellar candidate for President of the United States," said VSHL President Brenda Fastabend. "Fred Thompson's one hundred percent pro-life voting record compiled during his eight years of service in the U.S. Senate, speaks volumes for his integrity and statesmanship. In the eyes of Virginians who care about the dignity and sanctity of human life and the most basic freedom upon which our nation was founded , the right to life, Fred Thompson is a leader of great promise for the office of president."

Virginia Society for Human Life, Inc., is a voluntary and non-denominational organization united in the belief that the human being in his innate dignity and worth should be safeguarded by law at every stage of biological development. Through education and legislative activity, the Society's purpose is to promote measures which will insure protection for all innocent human life.

"I'm blessed and honored to have the endorsement of the Virginia Society for Human Life for President of the United States," said Senator Thompson. "Virginia Society for Human Life is the oldest right to life organization in the country, and they know I stood with them yesterday, I stand with them today, and will stand with them tomorrow. VSHL and right to life organizations coast to coast who have endorsed by candidacy know I have the ability to win this election. They know I believe in the sanctity of life and as President I will do all that I can to do to protect life."

Fred Thompson is pro-life. He believes in the sanctity of human life and that every life is worthy of respect. He had a 100% pro-life voting record in the Senate and believes Roe v. Wade was a bad decision that ought to be overturned. He consistently opposed federal funding to promote or pay for abortion and supported the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Child Custody Protection Act, and President Reagan's Mexico City policy. While Fred Thompson supports adult stem cell research, he opposes embryonic stem cell research. He also opposes human cloning.

Fred Thompson: A Very Impressive Candidate

Thompson Campaign Announces Nevada Leadership

Mclean, VA - Today the Fred Thompson campaign announced its State Co-Chairs and statewide leadership in Nevada. State Senator Bob Beers and State Senator Barbara Cegayske will serve as Nevada Co-Chairs.

Nevada Senator Bob Beers has spent the last eight years representing Nevada. First elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1998, Beers was elected to the State Senate in 2004. A former Republican candidate for Governor of Nevada, Beers has spent his entire public career fighting for lower taxes.

"I am honored to serve as State Co-Chair of Senator Thompson's Nevada campaign," said State Senator Beers. "A strong consistent conservative, Fred Thompson understands the importance of lower taxes and smaller government in ensuring our long term prosperity."

A Nevada resident since 1974, Barbara Cegavske was elected to the State Assembly in 1996 and served as District 5's Assemblywoman for three terms from 1997 to 2001. She was elected to the State Senate in 2002 and has served as Vice Chair of both the Senate Resources and Facilities and Legislative Affairs Committees.

"Fred Thompson has the leadership and conservative principles we need in the White House as we face increasing domestic and global challenges over the next few years," said Barbara Cegavske. "I look forward to spreading his conservative message throughout my home state of Nevada."

"We are proud to have this strong statewide organization in place in Nevada," said Randy Enwright, National Political Director. "We look forward to running a strong campaign in this key early state and this leadership team will serve as a great asset."

Fred Thompson's Nevada Leadership Team includes:

State Senator Bob Beers, Co-Chair
State Senator Barbara Cegavske, Co-Chair
John Mason, former State Republican Party Chair
Madison Graves , Businessman and former Member of the UNLV Board of Regents
John Timmerman, former Nye County GOP Chair
Dawn Timmerman, GOP Activist
Carolyn Swafford, former Elko GOP Executive Director

Fred Thompson pledges NO AMNESTY 11-28-2007


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Virginia Groups Unite Against Illegals

H/T to Immigration News Daily.

Seven grass-roots organizations across Virginia have joined together to form a statewide coalition to lobby state officials for tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

The umbrella group, called Save the Old Dominion, was started Dec. 13. A mission statement on the group's Web site, at
www.savetheolddominion.org, says its members are dedicated to "preserving the commonwealth for future generations" and "pursuing legislative action in Virginia to reduce the number of illegal aliens unlawfully present in the commonwealth." [read more]

UPDATE - Dominguez Family Survives Being Lost Three Days In The Snow

In a post rescue interview the Dominguez family describes their ordeal. It is nice to see that Christmas miracles do still happen.

"I just remember walking and walking and thinking, 'We're not going to make it.' I remember being really, really scared," Alexis told CNN Wednesday night.

They eventually wandered into a culvert that allowed a creek to flow beneath a dirt road and stayed there until their rescue Wednesday. It was a miserable place -- dark, cramped, wet and cold -- but provided just enough shelter.

One night it rained, sending snow melt shooting through the tunnel. At one point, Alexis lost a shoe and slept a night with her foot exposed. Dominguez ripped his sweat shirt and tied the shreds around her foot, rubbing it to keep it warm.

Outside, they used twigs and branches to create an SOS _ "Help."

The family used humor and songs from their church to lift their spirits.

The break in the search came mid-afternoon Wednesday when a state highway patrol helicopter spotted the father atop a small bridge and landed nearby, sinking into 2 feet of snow. Dominguez said he ran across rocks and snow in his bare feet when Alexis heard the helicopter.

Christopher told CNN they were all trying to keep their frozen feet warm when they heard the helicopter and told their father, shouting, "Helicopter, helicopter." [read more]

Alabama Planned Parenthood Stops Abortions as UAB Concerns Arise

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 19, 2007

Huntsville, AL (LifeNews.com) -- As pro-life advocates in Alabama cite new concerns that the UAB Health System is doing abortions as late as 22 weeks into pregnancy, LifeNews.com has learned that the Planned Parenthood in Huntsville no longer does abortions. Alabama residents have long protested abortions at the facility.

Jim Sedlak, the head of the watchdog group STOPP International confirmed the news.

He tells LifeNews.com in an email report that the "Planned Parenthood in Huntsville, Alabama is no longer offering surgical or medical abortions."

Sedlak cites an unnamed local pro-life advocate there who contacted him with the latest information.

"They are still open, but they are no longer performing any type of abortion. They have removed their license from the health department and are finished with that part," the pro-life advocate indicated.

Sedlak said the victory is confirmation that pro-life advocates who stand strong against Planned Parenthood can eventually prevail.

"The peaceful protests in Huntsville did not close down the clinic (yet), but it did affect the business enough that they no longer do medical or surgical abortions," he said. [read more]

Wisconsin Pastor Murdered for Refusing to Give Grandson Abortion Money

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 19, 2007


Milwaukee, WI (LifeNews.com) -- A Wisconsin pastor has been murder because she refused to fund her step-grandson's request for his girlfriend to have an abortion. After the woman, identified as 75-year-old Anne Gordon, said she wouldn't give him the money, 30-year-old Eric Henry allegedly took her life.

According to police, Henry killed Gordon by using duct-tape to seal a plastic bag over her head and binding her hands and feet with the tape so she would be unable to remove it.

Police say Gordon asked God to forgive Henry for what he was doing as he allegedly bound and killed her. [read more]

Catholic Prayers - Christmas Prayer


God of love, Father of all, the darkness
that covered the earth has given way to the
bright dawn of your Word made flesh. Make us a people of this light. Make us
faithful to your Word, that we may bring your life to the waiting world.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Disarming The Citizen Does Not Disarm The Criminal

As a woman and a mother I am truly concerned about the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) legislation passed due to gun controversy over the Virginia Tech and other shootings. This legislation allows your doctor to place you on a no-gun ownership list. This essentially now makes doctors law makers by allowing them to decide who can or cannot own a gun by reporting an unfavorable diagnosis.

Hundreds of Thousands of law abiding citizens can be disqualified from owning a gun because they have post traumatic stress syndrome, are on certain medications, or were diagnosed with any number of conditions by a psychiatrist that deems them disqualified. In other words, where this law is concerned, there is no doctor/patient confidentiality.

Legislation passed yesterday would apparently allow those who lose their right to own a gun to apply to regain that right. Absurd! Why should American citizens, with the Constitutional right to bear arms for the defense of ourselves and our country that are not supposed to be infringed upon, have to APPLY to regain their right to own a gun, like they are criminals because some doctor says they have a condition that may cause them to commit a crime possibly with a gun even if they have never done anything wrong in the past? Since when do we punish good people for something they have not even done?

Gun control may sound like a wonderful attempt to make our society safer, but it is still an infringement and it is still unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has been abusing their power and interrupting our 2nd Amendment in a way that allows infringement upon our right to bear arms, and the government is using this to disarm the citizens. The criminals will always be armed, they don't buy from gun dealers and go through background checks. They steal them and buy them illegally (that is why they call it the black market). It is unfortunate when someone does get them from home, but you cannot punish the rest of society for it and that is where an armed citizen could have prevented the crime to begin with.

School shootings are being used to pass laws that infringe upon our 2nd Amendment rights. These shootings are happening in "gun free zones". I think we can gather a few things from this fact. Not only do these laws not prevent the criminals from getting or using guns, they disarm the people who could prevent them; the law abiding citizen.

Since calling 911 is not going to place some anti-crime shield around you, your only defense when faced by one of these criminals will be that firearm that you own (or don't you?). A well armed society is a safe and low crime society. The more citizens that are armed the less chance these people have to commit their crime in the first place.

Fred Thompson - Right On The 2nd Amendment - Right For America

I strongly support the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. Gun control is touted as a major crime-control measure. But some of the places with the strictest gun-control laws also have high violent-crime rates. Disarming law-abiding citizens does not prevent crime. The answer to violent crime is smart, effective, and aggressive law enforcement. The real effect of these gun-control measures is to place onerous restrictions on law-abiding citizens who use firearms for such legal activities as self-defense, sport-shooting, hunting, and collecting. Fred Thompson

This is another compelling reason why I support Fred Thompson. He supports our 2nd Amendment rights and understands that the first deterrent to violence is a well armed citizen. The people who commit horrific shootings in malls, churches, and schools will not be stopped by gun control laws. They will always be able to arm themselves with unregistered guns, like any other criminal.

Fred Thompson understands that to prevent these horrible incidences we must use smart, effective, and aggressive law enforcement. If a safe and prosperous America is what you wish for then we must elect a true conservative as President, we must elect Fred Thompson.

Founding Fathers Quote

Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?

Patrick Henry

Catholic League News Release

MANGER SCENES VANDALIZED

Today, the Catholic League erected a nativity scene in Central Park. Unfortunately, vandals have destroyed or stolen manger scenes nationwide. Here are some of the locales:

· Foreman, Arizona

· Rogers, Arizona

· Antioch, California

· Glastonbury, Connecticut

· Arredondo Farms, Florida (three instances)

· Bal Harbour, Florida

· Fort Walton Beach, Florida

· Panama City, Florida (more than a dozen incidences)

· Tampa, Florida

· Bainbridge, Georgia

· Schaumberg, Illinois (two instances)

· Kearney, Missouri (two instances)

· Kirkwood, Missouri

· Bozeman, Montana

· Lattimore, North Carolina

· Westbury, New York (the homeowner was assaulted)

· Elyria, Ohio

· Sylvania Township, Ohio

· Greensboro, North Carolina

· Leesburg, Virginia

· Marlow, West Virginia


In perhaps the sickest incident, an elementary public school coach in Marietta, Georgia drove students around the area in his pickup truck instructing them to thrash Christmas displays after dark; they also created obscene displays with some of the adorning statues.

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=1370

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Fred Thompson Receives Endorsement of North Carolina Right to Life PAC

State Affiliate Joins National Right to Life, South Carolina Sister Organization in supporting Thompson


McLean, VA - Today Fred Thompson received the endorsement of the North Carolina Right to Life PAC.

"By endorsing Fred Thompson for President, North Carolina Right to Life PAC wants all North Carolinians to know Senator Thompson's long-standing pro-life record, his unwavering commitment to protecting unborn children from abortion, and our belief in his ability to win," stated Barbara Holt, PAC President. "As President, Fred Thompson will be a strong advocate for life at all stages."

North Carolina Right to Life is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee and the sister affiliate of the South Carolina Citizens for Life, both of which are endorsing Senator Thompson for President.

"I'm blessed and honored to have the endorsement of the North Carolina Right to Life PAC for President of the United States," said Senator Thompson. "Influential right to life organizations from coast to coast continue to vote to endorse my candidacy because they know I have stood with them yesterday, I stand with them today, and will stand with them tomorrow. They know I have the ability to win this election. They know I believe in the sanctity of life and as President I will do all that I can to do to protect life."

Fred Thompson is pro-life. He believes in the sanctity of human life and that every life is worthy of respect. He had a 100% pro-life voting record in the Senate and believes Roe v. Wade was a bad decision that ought to be overturned. He consistently opposed federal funding to promote or pay for abortion and supported the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Child Custody Protection Act, and President Reagan's Mexico City policy. While Fred Thompson supports adult stem cell research, he opposes embryonic stem cell research. He also opposes human cloning.

Dominguez Family Lost On Christmas Tree-Cutting Trip Is Found

Here is an amazing story about a family lost in the mountains during a heavy snow. Frederick Dominguez and his three children, Christopher Dominguez (18), Alexis Dominguez (15), and Joshua Dominguez (12) were lost in the Northern California mountains on December 16, while on a Christmas tree-cutting trip.

I heard this story on the radio on my way home and thought I would be doing a post asking for prayers that God keep them safe and that they be found soon. I am so glad to find he had already answered these prayers and that instead my post is joy and happiness.

Mr. Dominguez was spotted today by A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew on top of a small bridge. The family had apparently found shelter in a culvert beneath the bridge.

"When you love your kids ... and you see your kids freaking out, when you see them scared, when you see them just beside themselves, you just calm down, you take control, and you get them calm and you pray," Frederick Dominguez said.

Thank God for such a wonderful Christmas miracle for the Dominguez family.

The Magna Carta Auctioned For $21.3 Million

In an earlier post I expressed my concern and disbelief at the fact that a copy of the Magna Carta was going to be auctioned off. What a shame for such a great piece of history to end up in foreign hands. Thanks to jCircadian I just found out that it was auctioned off yesterday, December 18.

It was purchased at a whopping price of $21.3 million by David Rubenstein of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity investment firm with more than $75.6 billion of equity capital under management. This is apparently the most ever paid publicly for a document.

After the auction Rubenstein said, "I thought it was very important that the Magna Carta stay in the United States and I was concerned that the only copy in the United States might escape as a result of this auction."

I am so relieved someone with this concern was able to purchase it. The copy that was purchased by Rubenstein was a 1297 issue with the royal seal of Edward I.

It was owned by the Brudenell family, earls of Cardigan, for five centuries. In 1984 it was sold to the Perot Foundation and was on long-term loan to the US National Archives. The money will go to medical research for improving public education and assisting wounded soldiers and their families.

Although noble causes, the foundation could have donated money without selling the Magna Carta and I sincerely hope they would have refused to let it fall into foreign hands.

Fred Thompson Announces Statewide Leadership Team In Iowa

Congressman Steve King to Chair Strong Iowa Organization

McLean, VA - Today the Fred Thompson campaign announced its Iowa State Chair and members of its Statewide Legislative Leadership Team. The team is made up of leading conservative legislators from around the state. U.S. Congressman Steve King, representing Iowa's 5th District, will serve as State Chairman of Thompson's Iowa campaign. State Representative Kraig Paulsen and State Representative Sandy Greiner will serve as State Co-Chairs.

"I compared each of the Republican candidates, and after careful consideration, I support Fred Thompson as America's next President," said Congressman King. "Fred Thompson has the sound judgment to appoint our nation's next Supreme Court justices, who will make important rulings that affect the destiny of America. I trust Fred to rebuild our national sovereignty by securing the border and restoring the central pillar of American exceptionalism - the rule of law."

Congressman King served in the Iowa State Senate for six years where he assumed roles as Chairman of the State Government Committee and Vice Chairman of the Oversight Budget Subcommittee. Elected to Congress in 2002 to represent Iowa's fifth district, Congressman King currently serves on the House Agriculture Committee, House Small Business Committee and House Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Constitution Subcommittee and is the top Republican on the Immigration Subcommittee.

State Representative Kraig Paulsen is currently in his third term in the Iowa House of Representatives and is the House Republican Whip. Since being elected in 2002, Representative Paulsen has championed Association Health Care Plans for small businesses in Iowa and has fought for tax relief. He is a current member of the Commerce, Judiciary and Legislative Council Committees. Representative Paulsen is a former Air Force Officer and also an attorney.

"I've met all of the Republican contenders and I'm most excited about Fred Thompson," said Representative Paulsen. "I believe he can win the nomination. He's no-nonsense and would do an outstanding job leading this nation."

First elected to the Iowa Legislature in 1992, Representative Sandy Greiner has served on a variety of committees the past fifteen years, most recently on the State Government Committee, the Environmental Protection committee, and the Agriculture Committee. Last year she was named Legislator of the Year by the Iowa Agribusiness Association.

"I've studied Fred's positions carefully, and I believe he is well qualified to lead our country," said Representative Greiner. "I'm supporting Fred Thompson because he did not establish his conservative credentials recently. He's always been conservative and has a record to prove it."

"We are honored to have the support of these leading conservatives in Iowa," said Robert Haus, Executive Director of Fred Thompson's Iowa campaign. "These are leaders in our party, leaders in the conservative movement, and leaders who have proven track records, just like Senator Thompson."

Fred Thompson's Iowa Statewide Legislative Leadership team includes:

U.S. Congressman Steve King, State Chair
State Representative Kraig Paulsen, Co-Chair
State Representative Sandy Greiner, Co-Chair
State Representative Clel Baudler
Former State Senator Bob Brunkhorst
State Representative Royd Chambers
State Representative Jeff Kaufmann
State Representative Jamie Van Fossen

Founding Fathers Quote

Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure...are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.

Charles Carroll

Conservative Revolt Over Huckabee

Marc Ambinder has a very thought provoking post comparing the conservative and talk radio revolt toward Harriett Miers to the revolt against Mike Huckabee. It is short and definitely worth your time.

Thompson On Huckabee




H/T: HotAir.

Catholic League News Release

SELECTIVE INDIGNATION AT CHRISTMASTIME

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments today as follows:

“It is simply wrong to maintain that the sensitivity police want to scrub society clean of all vestiges of religion. As the following examples demonstrate, Christianity is their real target.”

· A spokesman explained that the reason K-Mart forbids calling Christmas trees Christmas trees is because “we do not want to offend any of our associates.” So they are dubbed “Holiday Trees.”

· A staff member at North Seattle Community College was berated for discussing “Christmas cookies” in an e-mail.

· Menorahs are called menorahs—not candelabra—at LSU, but Christmas trees are called “Holiday Trees.”

· Hanukkah and the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha are mentioned in the school calendar of the Spokane Public Schools, but Christmas is not.

· Minutes after a “Giving Tree” was displayed at a school in Leominster, Massachusetts, some parents complained and it was immediately taken down.

· A Christmas tree was taken down after a faculty member complained at Missouri State University, but was later restored. No one complained about the menorah.

· A miniature nativity scene was removed from the main lobby of CentraState Medical Center in New Jersey, but was later restored. No one complained about the menorah.

· Hanukkah is celebrated at Harvard, but not Christmas. A giant menorah sits in Harvard Yard but there is not a nativity scene in sight.

· Pembroke Lakes Mall in South Florida displays a 5-foot-tall menorah but all nativity scenes have been censored.


Donohue concludes as follows: “In Israel there are menorahs aplenty. And in the Muslim nations, stars and crescents are displayed. So why is it that in a nation that is overwhelmingly Christian, manger scenes are banned but Jewish and Muslim symbols are not? There is something sick going on.”

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=1369

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Fred Thompson - Cranky Or Courageous?

I have heard some of the mainstream media trying to paint Fred Thompson as cranky over his recent refusal during the last debate to play Carolyn Washburn's games. For too long liberal moderators have high-jacked Republican debates and turned them into attacks against true conservatism. They want their audience to believe that Thompson is lazy, cranky and lacking in motivation.

That could not be farther from the truth. When Thompson refused to be Carolyn Washburn's puppet he was not showing a crankiness, but rather a leadership that we have not seen from the other candidates who continue to pander to liberal controls in so-called Republican debates. A strong leader who refuses to bend to the will of those who would destroy America is what we so desperately need before everything that America is implodes upon itself.

In another great interview (the video is below) Thompson shows this courage to be the candidate America needs instead of just saying what he thinks will get him the nomination. Conservatives make up the majority of the Republican base and conservatives will not ultimately give up their values when they are in the voting booth.





H/T to Fred File.

For the Children at Christmas

For the Children at Christmas

by Peter Marshall

"Lord Jesus, who didst take little children into Thine arms and laugh and play with them, bless, we pray Thee, all children at this Christmastide.

As with shining eyes and glad hearts they nod their heads so wisely at the stories of the angels, and a baby cradled in the hay at the end of the way of a wandering star, may their faith and expectation be a rebuke to our own faithlessness. Help us to make this season all joy for them, a time that shall make Thee, Lord Jesus, even more real to them.

Watch tenderly over them and keep them safe. Grant that they may grow in health and strength into Christian maturity. May they turn early to Thee, the Friend of children, the Friend of all. We ask in the lovely name of Him who was once a little child.
Amen."

Remember Ramos and Compean

This Christmas and Holiday Season let us all remember to share a prayer for Ramos and Compean as they remain in solitary confinement. Remember them and their families and ask God to comfort them during what is sure to be a lonely, cold time of the year for all of them.

Although it is an older post I feel it was a great find. Lighthouse Patriot Journal has a detailed post about the incident that Johnny Sutton used to put Ramos and Compean in prison.


Watch, O Lord (St. Augustine)
Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give
Your angels and saints charge over those who sleep.
Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest Your weary ones.
Bless Your dying ones.
Soothe Your suffering ones.
Pity Your afflicted ones.
Shield Your joyous ones, and all for Your love's sake.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR AMERICA


Father, we beg Your blessing for the Right to Life, the Unborn, the weak, the sick and the old; all who are finding themselves being targets of the vicious culture of death; that our Lord Jesus bless and protect all who stand up for the Christian dignity of persons. That God enlighten those who are traveling down death's highway by their involvement, in any way, with either the contemporary death culture, selfism, relativeism, or any of the new age errors of our times, that God envelop our culture with His Divine protection and help us both individually and as a nation to true enlightenment, conversion and repentance of our selves and our culture. Help us to turn from our national sin of abortion, and return to, and once again become a Christian nation, on the narrow road, that is, the path to becoming a nation and culture, under God.

Amen.

Pro-Abortion Group Opposes President Bush's Pro-Life Court Pick

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading pro-abortion organization is asking its membership to contact their U.S. senators and urge strong opposition to a pro-life federal court nominee President Bush has sent for confirmation. The president wants Wyoming pro-life advocate Richard Honaker to be a federal district court judge in the mountain state. Bush nominated Honaker to the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming over the summer and the nomination drew the immediate opposition of abortion advocates. Now, top abortion advocacy group NARAL is spearheading a new push for pro-abortion calls to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to urge a no vote on Honaker's nomination. Honaker is a well-respected attorney who has practiced in Wyoming for over 30 years and served as a member of the Wyoming State Senate. He is known in pro-life circles for proposing the Human Life Protection Act in the state legislature in 1991 and was behind the subsequent state ballot vote in 1994. Voters defeated the ballot measure that year. [read more]

Abortion Poll Finds Americans' Attitudes Moving in Pro-Life Direction

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new poll on the topic of abortion finds that the attitude Americans have on the controversial political issue is moving in the pro-life direction. The Washington Post /ABC news survey find a six percent shift in public opinion towards the pro-life direction in the last six months. The media outlets conducted a poll from December 6 to 9 of 1,136 American adults and the survey contained a three percent margin of error. The latest results find that 53 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal with 18 percent saying in all cases and 35 percent saying in most cases. The survey found 44 percent of Americans take a pro-life position saying abortions should be illegal, with 27 percent saying most should be illegal and 17 percent saying all abortions should be prohibited. That 53-44 percent split is a change from the same Washington Post-ABC News survey conducted in July, which found a 57-42 percentage point split. [read more]

Abortion Advocates Drop House Provision to Promote Intl Abortions

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion advocates in Congress have officially given up their fight to overturn President Bush's pro-life limits on making taxpayers fund groups that perform or promote abortions overseas. Democratic leaders in the House have removed a provision from their spending bills that would have weakened the Mexico City Policy. The policy has been in place since the Reagan administration, with the exception of the Clinton years. It ensures the State Department doesn't reward abortion businesses or pro-life groups with family planning funds. President Bush expanded the policy during his administration to all State Department programs, but abortion advocates have worked overtime in Congress to weaken or overturn it. On Monday, thy removed their pro-abortion language form the 2008 foreign aid budget. Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who heads the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, said he and other lawmakers couldn't support the legislation without the pro-abortion provision's removal. "If we provide either cash or in-kind contributions or anything of value to pro-abortion organizations in other countries, we empower, enrich and enable them to expand abortion," Smith said. [read more]

Abortion Drastically Increases Risk of Pre-Term and Low-Weight Births

Richmond, VA (LifeNews.com) -- Women who have one or more abortions face a drastically increased risk of giving birth to a pre-term or low birthweight baby in a subsequent pregnancy. That's the conclusion a team of scientists from Virginia Commonwealth University drew in a new report published in the latest issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.The researchers examined data on over 45,500 mothers giving birth in the United States and found that about 11 percent of all women had low birthweight infants and 14 percent had premature births. But women who reported at least one prior abortion were almost three times as likely to have a low birthweight baby as those who carried the pregnancy to term. This risk increased to five-fold in women who had two previous abortions and to nine-fold in women who had a history of three abortions. Similarly, women with one previous abortion were 70 percent more likely to have a pre-term birth. This risk increased to two-fold in women with a history of two abortions and three-fold in those with three or more abortions. [read more]

Fred Thompson Takes Questions

Founding Fathers Quote

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.

John Adams

Fred Thompson Receives Endorsement of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life

State's National Right to Life Affiliate Supporting Thompson for President

McLean, VA - Today Fred Thompson received the endorsement of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the Minnesota affiliate of the National Right to Life Council.

"MCCL has joined NRLC and many state affiliates in endorsing Fred Thompson," said Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Executive Director Scott Fischbach. "His record and his positions on issues affecting life have earned Thompson our support for president."

The National Right to Life Committee is the nation's largest pro-life group with affiliates in all 50 states and more than 3,000 local chapters nationwide. National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide. MCCL is Minnesota's oldest and largest pro-life organization with more than 70,000 member families and 240 chapters across the state.

"I'm blessed and honored to have the endorsement of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life for President of the United States," said Senator Thompson. "Right to life organizations across the country continue to vote to endorse my candidacy because they know I have stood with them yesterday, I stand with them today, and will stand with them tomorrow. They know I have the ability to win this election. They know I believe in the sanctity of life and as President I will do all that I can to do to protect life."

Fred Thompson is pro-life. He believes in the sanctity of human life and that every life is worthy of respect. He had a 100% pro-life voting record in the Senate and believes Roe v. Wade was a bad decision that ought to be overturned. He consistently opposed federal funding to promote or pay for abortion and supported the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Child Custody Protection Act, and President Reagan's Mexico City policy. While Fred Thompson supports adult stem cell research, he opposes embryonic stem cell research. He also opposes human cloning.

Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst

Catholic League News Release

WAR ON CHRISTMAS CONTINUES

As the following examples indicate, the war on Christmas is not over:

· After one person complained about a nativity scene in Shawnee State Park in Ohio, the state parks’ chief ordered a ban on crèches from all parks. It took the governor to overturn this decision.


· In Wesley Chapel, Florida, Jesus was banned from a holiday display.

· The mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island censored all religious displays.

· Government officials in Tehama County, California tried to ban Santa in office displays but had to reverse their decision after a protest.

· A nativity scene in Olean, New York was removed from the City Hall lawn after Wiccans placed the pentacle alongside it.

· A crèche was banned from Triangle Park in Manistique, Michigan.

· After a Catholic sued and won demanding a crèche alongside a menorah in Briarcliff Manor, New York, local officials banned both the Christian and Jewish symbols.

· The Dickens Christmas Festival in Saginaw, Michigan was renamed the Dickens Holiday Festival so the city could advertise in local schools. The schools ban the words “Santa,” “Christmas” and “Nativity.”

· Atheists Alliance International put up a tree on the lawn of Chester County Courthouse outside Philadelphia with copies of the covers of books saying, “Why I Am Not a Christian,” etc.

· Americans United for Separation of Church and State is trying to block the display of a crèche in Shelby County, Alabama.

· Freedom from Religion Foundation is trying to stop the display of nativity scenes in three Wisconsin towns.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows: “The cultural fascists are still at it, but the good news is that more and more Americans are fighting back.”

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=1368

Monday, December 17, 2007

Fred Thompson Receives Endorsement of California ProLife Council

State's National Right to Life affiliate supporting Thompson

McLean, VA - Today Senator Fred Thompson received the endorsement of the California ProLife Council.

"There are so many pro-life candidates in the race," said Lawrence Lehr, PAC Chairman. "But Fred Thompson is clearly the one, consistently pro-life candidate with the ability to win in November. It is important that pro-life voters rally around a candidate that can make a difference."

The California ProLife Council is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee. CPLC is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian grassroots organization dedicated to the cessation of the perceived need for abortion, euthanasia and infanticide. California ProLife Council believes this goal will be accomplished on two fronts: (1) working within the law to change the law and (2) changing public opinion through education.

"I'm blessed and honored to have the endorsement of California ProLife Council for President of the United States," said Senator Thompson. "From the heartland of America, and now coast to coast, right to life organizations have voted to endorse my candidacy because they know I have stood with them yesterday, I stand with them today, and will stand with them tomorrow. They know I have the ability to win this election. They know I believe in the sanctity of life and as President I will do all that I can to do to protect life."

Fred Thompson is pro-life. He believes in the sanctity of human life and that every life is worthy of respect. He had a 100% pro-life voting record in the Senate and believes Roe v. Wade was a bad decision that ought to be overturned. He consistently opposed federal funding to promote or pay for abortion and supported the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Child Custody Protection Act, and President Reagan's Mexico City policy. While Fred Thompson supports adult stem cell research, he opposes embryonic stem cell research. He also opposes human cloning.

Thompson On Fox And Friends

Fred was at his best during this interview.



H/T: HotAir.

Statement from Fred Thompson on Endorsement from Iowa Representative Steve King

McLean, VA - Fred Thompson released the following statement after being endorsed today by U.S. Republican Congressman Steve King:

"Congressman King's leadership in support of the sanctity of life and his efforts in the fight against illegal immigration have made him one of Iowa's great Republican leaders. He's a tireless fighter for the 5th district of Iowa and I'm honored by his support. I look forward to working with Congressman King over the next three weeks and into 2008 in support of the traditional conservative values he and I share."

Thompson On Face The Nation December 16

A big hat tip to Fred Thompson News. This site has quickly become a must read for me every day to stay up to date.

Founding Fathers Quote

So that the executive and legislative branches of the national government depend upon, and emanate from the states. Every where the state sovereignties are represented; and the national sovereignty, as such, has no representation.



Joseph Story


Sunday, December 16, 2007

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT... Washington Post: "Romney Claims NRA Endorsement He Didn't Receive"

For Immediate Release

"Romney Claims NRA Endorsement He Didn't Receive"
Michael D. Shear
Washington Post, The Trail
December 16, 2007

Maybe it was the pressure of the moment. Being under the Tim Russert spotlight can get to anyone. Under Russert's grilling about guns on this morning's "Meet the Press," former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney claimed an endorsement he'd never won.

In answer to questions about whether he would sign an assault weapons ban, Romney said: "Just as the president said, he would have, he would have signed that bill if it came to his desk, and so would have I. And, and, and yet I also was pleased to have the support of the NRA when I ran for governor. I sought it, I seek it now. I'd love to have their support."

Later in the interview, he added the following:

"I just talked about, about guns. I told you what my position was, and what I, what I did as governor; the fact that I received the endorsement of the NRA."

The problem?

He was never endorsed by the NRA, and didn't have their official support during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign. The NRA declined to endorse in that race, as was acknowledged by Romney's spokesman this morning.

"The NRA did not endorse in the 2002 campaign," said spokesman Kevin Madden, when asked about Romney's comments. "Mitt Romney as a candidate received a respectable B grade rating from the NRA, and when he was governor he had the support of the NRA and the Gun Owners Action League in relaxing some of the state's burdensome licensing regulations."

What Madden didn't say was that Romney's Democratic opponent in the governor's race, Shannon O'Brien, was given a more than respectable "A" grade by the NRA, according to its website.

The issue of guns has repeatedly dogged Romney, who as a U.S. Senate candidate in 1996 was in favor of several gun control measures. Earlier this year, Romney was mocked for saying that he was a "small varmint" hunter.

To View The Article Please Visit :
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2007/12/16/romney_claims_nra_endorsement.html#more

Is Huckabee Qualified To Be President? NO

I was reluctant to post this video because I think Governor Huckabee is a good man, but not a man who should be President.



Unfortunately, I have discovered over the last few months that Governor Huckabee is considerably more liberal than he portrays himself to be. While many of the attacks against him have been over the line, in my opinion, there is nothing wrong with pointing out someone's record. Matter of fact, the whole point of the primary system is to vet the candidates for your party's nomination.

As I have dug through Governor Huckabee's record I was shocked to find out that he had more in common with Bill Clinton than Ronald Reagan. I have discovered there is little to no substance on any of his policies should he be elected.

The Governor often speaks of his support for the Fair Tax, I think there is merit to this, but what is his plan for tax reform immediately as the Fair Tax will obviously take years to pass? The Governor speaks of energy independence within ten years, yet where is his detailed plan for accomplishing it?

Instead all we have are a bunch of great ideas with no detail on how he is going to accomplish it. Of all the issues the most concerning to me is the Governor's complete lack of understanding of military and national security issues. When I asked the governor about increasing the size of the military, in particular the Navy, he informed me that he would have to first find out if the Navy needed to be increased.

Since then he has flip flopped on Gitmo and has come up with the brilliant plan of putting the detainees on American soil. Not only would this show weakness from a new Huckabee administration, but it would no doubt lead to these enemy combatants gaining access to US civilian courts.

It is my belief that a Huckabee administration would damage the US military at a time when it is already stretched to the breaking point. It would also hasten the growth of the federal government at a time where a line needs to be drawn in the sand. We must not only stop the growth of the federal government, but we must repair the damage. That will not be done by a Huckabee administration.

Romney Fact Check on Preserving the Sanctity of Life

For Immediate Release

Romney's Claim : "...every piece of legislation which came to my desk in the coming years as a Governor, I came down on the side of preserving the sanctity of life."
- Mitt Romney, Meet the Press 12/16/07

Fact Check

· Romney's health care legislation provides taxpayer-funded abortions for a co-pay of just $50.

o Romney vetoed EIGHT provisions in his health care bill that he deemed objectionable, but he did not veto Planned Parenthoods' guaranteed position on the Advisory Board or ensure that abortions were covered only in medically necessary situations (as required by MA court ruling). All abortions are covered in the Commonwealth Care program with no medically necessary limitation.

· Romney included in his health care legislation a guarantee that Planned Parenthood would have a representative on his MassHealth Payment Policy Advisory Board. No such provision was included for a pro-life representative .

· Romney forced private Catholic hospitals to provide the morning-after-pill, a position applauded by Democrats and pro-abortions groups .

Romney's health care legislation provides taxpayer-funded abortions for a co-pay of just $50. Romney vetoed EIGHT provisions in his health care bill that he deemed objectionable, including the expansion of dental benefits to Medicaid recipients. He did not veto Planned Parenthoods' guaranteed position on the Advisory Board or ensure that abortions were covered only in medically necessary situations (as required by MA court ruling). All abortions are covered in the Commonwealth Care program with no medically necessary limitation. Under the program, abortions are available for a copay of $50. (Menu of Health Care Services: http://www.mass. gov/Qhic/docs/cc_benefits1220_pt234.pdf; "Romney's Health Care Vetoes," Associated Press, 4/12/06)

Romney included in his health care legislation a guarantee that Planned Parenthood would have a representative on his MassHealth Payment Policy Advisory Board. No such provision was included for a pro-life representative . "You cannot be personally opposed to abortion and then contribute money to an organization whose purpose is to provide abortions," said Jerry Zandstra. "Given the Romney family's support of Planned Parenthood, it now makes sense why he mandated that a member of the RomneyCare Policy board be appointed by the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts." (RepealRomneyCare.com, "Pro-Life Leaders Denounce Romney's Planned Parenthood Connections," Press Release, 5/10/07)

Romney forced private Catholic hospitals to provide the morning-after-pill, a position applauded by Democrats and pro-abortions groups . "Governor Mitt Romney reversed course on the state's new emergency contraception law yesterday, saying that all hospitals in the state will be obligated to provide the morning-after pill to rape victims. The decision overturns a ruling made public this week by the state Department of Public Health that privately run hospitals could opt out of the requirement if they objected on moral or religious grounds. Romney had initially supported that interpretation, but he said yesterday that he had changed direction after his legal counsel, Mark D. Nielsen, concluded Wednesday that the new law supersedes a preexisting statute that says private hospitals cannot be forced to provide abortions or contraception. 'And on that basis, I have instructed the Department of Public Health to follow the conclusion of my own legal counsel and to adopt that sounder view,' Romney said..." (Scott Helman, "Romney Says No Hospitals Are Exempt From Pill Law," Boston Globe, 12/9/05)

· Catholic leaders urged hospitals to reject Romney's mandate or risk "compromising their religious integrity and Catholic identity." "C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, a conservative Catholic organization, said Catholic hospitals should refuse to abide by the law. 'T he appropriate response for Catholic hospitals is noncompliance. Otherwise, they would be compromising their religious integrity and Catholic identity,' he said." (Steve LeBlanc, "Confusion Over New Emergency Contraception Law Deepens," Associated Press, 12/9/05)

Governor Elect, Jindal, Stands By Campaign Pledge

I have been following Bobby Jindal for the last two years and it is nice to see that he is sticking by his campaign promises, though not surprising. This man is definitely a man of integrity and Louisiana is lucky to have him as their governor elect. If he gets the majority of his agenda passed I think he will end up being a major player on the national stage in eight years.

Jindal: Lawmakers must pass ethics laws before spending surplus

07:53 PM CST on Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Brenda Farrington / Associated Press

BATON ROUGE -- Gov.-elect Bobby Jindal on Wednesday strongly reaffirmed his vow to enact government ethics laws, saying lawmakers shouldn't think about spending the state's $1.7 billion surplus until they pass anti-corruption laws.

"We basically said we're not doing anything else," Jindal told The Associated Press. "It will take a two-thirds vote of the Legislature and the governor calling a special session until they can spend that surplus and we said 'We're not touching that until we get ethics done.' It's that important to us." [read more]