Friday, January 11, 2008
By Austin Walne in Conservative, Announcements
“Human Events Endorses Fred Thompson”
January 11, 2008
We begin by recalling the profound words of Ronald Reagan at the Conservative Political Action Conference Feb. 15, 1975: “A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromis ed to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.” We believed that then, and we believe it now. The issue for us — and for the conservative community — boils down to which of the candidates is most representative of the fundamental conservative principles we believe in. The answer is Fred Thompson. [read more]
January 10, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A cloning company that claimed last year to have created a new process of obtaining embryonic stem cells without destroying human embryos said Thursday that it has grown five batches of the cells. However, a leading bioethicist says the claims that the process is moral or ethical doesn't square with the facts.
Advanced Cell Technology first revealed the process in an August 2006 paper in Nature, which described removing one cell from an embryo to create the stem cells without taking human life.
The process is much different from the cell reprogramming technique pro-life advocates have hailed as an ethical alternative to embryonic stem cell research.
However, the company was later exposed for misleading reporters in press releases about the paper by claiming that none of the embryos were destroyed when none of them survived the process.
The Senate eventually held a hearing on the dubious claims, where a top ACT official was berated by lawmakers who back the grisly research. The company later threatened LifeNews.com and others with lawsuits after ACT was exposed.
Today, ACT said its preimplantation genetic diagnosis process had created more embryonic stem cells from the cells taken from the unborn children.
"This is a working technology that exists here and now," Robert Lanza, ACT's scientific director, told Reuters in an email. "It could be used to increase the number of stem cell lines available to federal researchers immediately."
However, Dr. David Prentice of the Family Research Council told LifeNews.com that ACT's process "still does not meet the ethical threshhold" because "there is significant risk of harm to the embryo by this technique."
Prentice, a former biology professor at Indiana State University, said Lanza's company continues to mislead the media with claims that the process doesn't harm unborn children.
"Not all of Lanza's embryos survived, and those that did were not followed to birth, but only for a few days and then they were frozen," he said. "[Several] recent studies, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, have indicated that there is indeed risk of harm to the embryo." [read more]
In the South I believe Fred Thompson will unleash his drive to be President and clean up the delegates. I keep hearing the MSM talk about his mistakes and how they will keep him from winning. That just says to me that the MSM feels we are all a bunch of bitter, unforgiving and uneducated fools who can be controlled by the liberal agenda out of fear that we may be labeled bigots and racists. Well I am here to tell you that is not so. We are conservatives (not necessarily Republican) and this means we will be voting on the issues, not on who looks or sounds good.
We are human and that means that we understand when a candidate has made mistakes in the past, so have we. We are parents and that means we need a clean, secure and prosperous American for our children and grandchildren to inherit and that means we will be backing Fred Thompson.
We have lost so many rights and freedoms and don’t even know it. If we don’t elect a true conservative rather than a liberal in disguise we will wake up one day and won’t even recognize our own country. If we don’t get behind a true conservative we will not beat the Democrats in the general election.
If you want open borders with criminals and terrorists pouring across freely, terror attacks like we have never seen before, amnesty for every illegal in the US, a collapse of our economy and every system within from the strain of millions of legalized aliens and unfair trade policies, and no future for our sovereignty because our military is too weak to defend it then carelessly place your vote for a liberal like McCain, Giuliani, or Huckabee and let the Democrats win; I don’t think most people understand what is really at stake in this election and our children will pay for it. Rome is falling again, are you willing to stop it?
The biggest complaint I heard from people who were holding their support back from Fred Thompson was that they weren't sure that he wanted the Presidency bad enough. Well Fred has been busting his behind since mid December and I think it is time that everyone get behind the only true conservative in the race before we end up with a nominee that no conservative could vote for.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
"Winner: Thompson. This performance was so commanding, I wanted his last answer to echo back to the lights in the back of the auditorium, blow out all the lamps and spotlights, for the theme to 'the Natural' to play, and for him to trot around the stage in slow motion while sparks showered down in the background." (National Review, 1/10)
"Thompson slams Hucakbee" (Charleston Post and Courier Blog)
"Tonight, Fred Reminded Me of Roy Hobbs" (National Review, 1/10)
"Fred Thompson was funny, biting and energetic. Easily, his smoothest performance.."(NBC, 1/10)
"[T]hey saw a strong presence, from a candidate in control of his facts." (ABC, 1/10)
"I'm guessing...his style played VERY well with South Carolina Republicans." (NBC, 1/10)
"In this debate, Thompson brought the conservative challenge to Huckabee. To the extent that Huckabee was the leader going in; Thompson gained at his expense." (Columbia, SC's TheState.com Blog)
"Fred Thompson turned in another strong debate performance, and Frank Luntz's focus group confirms it." (ABC, 1/10)
"This was Fred Thompson's second strong debate in a row" (Atlantic, 1/10)
"For once I'm in total agreement with Frank Luntz's focus group - they loved Fred." (National Review, 1/10)
"There were two tiers of candidates in tonight's debate: Fred Thompson, and then everyone else. Fred came to win tonight and that is exactly what happened. No other candidate on that stage showed the same commitment to conservative values, grasp of foreign policy and national security, and the ability to talk straight and direct with the American people.
"Our campaign is 'all in' in the Palmetto State. Tonight's performance will go a long way to demonstrate that Fred Thompson is the only candidate the voters can trust to be a strong consistent conservative with the experience and judgment to lower taxes, keep the country safe, fight illegal immigration and secure our borders."
"Fred was on a roll." (Politico.com, 01/10)
"Thompson Roars...Mr. Thompson comes in swiftly and sharply to this discussion and blasts Mr. Huckabee." (New York Times Blog, 01/10)
"Fred Thompson came to play tonight... he's scoring some points tonight." (ABCnews.com 01/10)
"Thompson took off after Huckabee." (USAtoday.com, 01/10)
"Mr. Thompson rocks tonight." (New York Times Blog, 01/10)
"Mr. Thompson is out-toughing his rivals tonight on illegal immigration." (New York Times Blog, 01/10)
"Fred drops a daisy cutter on Huck." (Politico.com, 01/10)
"He's laying the smack down, that's for sure. Fred is about South Carolina, and made it clear who his target is." (msnbc.msn.com, 01/10)
"Mr. Thompson draws the biggest applause of the night so far with his litany of accusations against Mr. Huckabee, including the charge that he is basically a Democrat." (New York Times Blog, 01/10)
"This is a fine, fine performance by Fred Thompson." (ABCnews.com 01/10)
"Thompson Goes After Huck...Thompson's offensive gets audience cheers." (TheAtlantic.com, 01/10)
"The guy is showing himself, of late, to be a fairly decent debater. This little rant against Huckabee was strong." (msnbc.msn.com, 01/10)
"Could that be the sound of Thompson bouncing?" (Slate.com, 01/10)
Saying "this is where I make my stand," Fred Thompson launched [an 11-day] bus tour from Greenville this morning. (Greenville News, 1/8/08)
The former Tennessee senator told The Greenville News, "I'm staking an awful lot on South Carolina." (Greenville News, 1/8/08)
"I don't know of any better place to stand my ground and state my case than in South Carolina," he told a packed house at Stax Omega restaurant ... (Greenville News, 1/8/08)
Former senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) felt right at home at a meet-and-greet Tuesday night at Birds on a Wire on Devine Street. (Daily Gamecock, 1/8/08)
After some initial joking with the crowd, Thompson spoke on the issues of Social Security, the Iraq War and the health care system. (Daily Gamecock, 1/8/08)
"We have to do something for the next generation," Thompson said. "Things aren't always going to be easy. We are bankrupting the next generation." (Daily Gamecock, 1/8/08)
As hit song "Life is a Highway" pumped through the speakers at the Guignard Diner, a standing-room-only crowd waited for Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson to enter. When the former Tennessee senator did just a few minutes after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, the crowd gave him a standing ovation. (The Item, 1/10/08)
"He announces what he stands for, and that coincides with my beliefs and standards," Gerald Biscup of Florence said. (Florence Morning News, 1/9/08)
Olanta resident Mary Powers said she hadn't decided to vote for Thompson until she heard him speak Wednesday. "He's not promising anything that he doesn't think he can come across," she said. (Florence Morning News, 1/9/08)
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Anti-Catholicism is on the rise in our day. However, Catholics must not cower when confronted by those who attempt to silence us. Our message is not our own. It is for the whole world and it still sets the captives free.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's 28th Anniversary Celebration and community fundraiser held in San Francisco's Dolores Park includes the popular "Hunky Jesus competition" shown here hosted by Sister Dana Van Iquity and Sister Roma.
LOS ANGELES (Catholic Online) - This week, in what appears to be a growing trend of hostility toward the Catholic Church, a U.N. Official blamed the Catholic Church for the spread of Aids because of its unwavering opposition to contraception and promotion of abstinence until Marriage.
Earlier this month, on October 7, 2007 two male members of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” attended a Catholic Mass and came forward to receive the Holy Eucharist dressed in “drag”. In fact they were dressed in attire that mockingly resembled the religious habit of consecrated Catholic women religious. The group on its own web site boasts of itself as “… a leading order of queer nuns".
Comedians, the most recent being Kathy Griffin, regularly mock the Catholic Church with reckless abandon, spewing tirades of anti-Catholic rhetoric pretending to be “humor". Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Network presented a report on Friday October 12, 2007 entitled “Mocking the Catholic Church”. He is right on this issue. Anti-Catholicism seems to be the only acceptable prejudice these days. [read more]
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki drives against Detroit's Antonio McDyess, left, and Rasheed Wallace in the first half. Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 23 points in a 102-86 victory. DALLAS — On a night when the Mavericks set a season-high for 3-point percentage and relentlessly challenged the Pistons, perhaps the most impressive aspect was their stifling defense typically associated with Wednesday’s opponent from Detroit.
The Eastern Conference’s second-best team came into American Airlines Center with the second-best scoring defense in the league, allowing fewer than 90 points a game.
Yet, the Mavs put together a blistering shooting effort, nailing 10-of-16 3-pointers, setting up those mostly wide-open looks with aggressive penetrations, to roll to a 102-86 victory in front of 20,362. [read more]
Balance the Budget and Eliminate Underperforming Programs
Congress has consistently refused to balance the budget and address the deficit. In fact, federal spending continues to grow at rates double inflation. This rate of growth in federal spending is not sustainable and must be brought under control. The following actions will result in better control of the growth of non-defense discretionary spending:
Limit Non-Defense Federal Spending to Inflation. Federal spending is expected to grow an average of 4.5 percent each year over the next five years. This growth is more than twice as fast as the estimated rate of inflation! Slowing the rate of growth in federal spending would help the federal government balance its books. Further cost savings can be achieved by limiting increases in the annual rates of growth for mandatory federal spending programs.
Implement a One-Year Hiring Freeze Pending Completion of Federal Government Strategic Assessment. Initiate a senior-level Administration assessment of the federal government's activities to determine their proper alignment with national priorities. This assessment will permit a re-shaping of the federal government to best address these priorities. Until that assessment is completed, institute a one-year freeze on the hiring of all non-essential civilian workers and contractors. This will give a new Administration time to assess its personnel requirements in order to "right size" the federal workforce, commensurate with national priorities, to match staffing and contracting needs to agency responsibilities across the executive branch.
Conduct a Comprehensive Cost-Benefit Analysis of All Federal Programs. Over the past few years, the Office of Management and Budget's Program Assessment Rating Tool has found that many federal programs are ineffective or only moderately effective. With the aid of rigorous cost-benefit analysis and relying on the Government Performance and Results Act, the President must work with Congress to determine which federal programs to eliminate, reduce, combine, or place on probation. [read more]
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
January 9, 2008
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) -- A leading pro-life group in Michigan will push for a new ban on partial-birth abortions there following a Supreme Court decision to not revive a previous attempt to ban the three-day long abortion procedure. The ban is expected to get enough support in the legislature but what Gov. Jennifer Granholm might do is in question.
The Supreme Court decided it would not revive a Michigan ban on partial-birth abortions despite a ruling last April upholding the national ban on the gruesome abortion procedure.
As LifeNews.com reported, the Michigan ban took a different approach in banning the abortion method than the federal ban by declaring such abortions as infanticides.
In response to the decision, Pam Sherstad, spokesperson for Right to Life of Michigan, said her group would work with pro-life lawmakers to pass a partial-birth abortion ban with language similar to the national law the high court upheld.
Ed Rivet, legislative director for RTLM, also told the Detroit Free Press that the new ban would have "strong bipartisan support in both chambers." [read more]
By MICHAEL HUNTmhunt@journalsentinel.com
Posted: Jan. 5, 2008
.....OK, so Bo's never been a go-to guy for sound bites. No matter. You want to win basketball games under all kinds of conditions at a place like Wisconsin, Ryan's your man.
Lose a first-team All-American and a high-octane point guard from last season, no biggie, the beat goes on. The Badgers were No. 25 in the land at the start of business Saturday for their second Big Ten game of the season, and here's a prediction: By the time it's over, Wisconsin will be in its customary spot, somewhere up there with Michigan State and Indiana, right at the top of the league.
Players come, players go, the foundation stays. [read more]
Catch the game, the Badgers play the Fight Illini January 10 at 9:00 PM ET.
I have not commented much on the primaries, for reasons that will have to be left to the reader’s conjecture; but I do beg leave to deliver this exhortation or challenge.
Folks, let’s decide, right here and now, not to ape the media’s tiresome groupthink and bandwagondry. Let’s not race off instantly toward dramatic forecasts. Let’s keep our enthusiasms in check, and our wits about us. The next month is shaping up to be one wild ride; let’s commit to maintaining our equipoise through it. At the end of this thing, whatever the twists and turns and shocks, I want to be able to look around and say, “I’m proud of you fellas. You all kept your head on a swivel, and that's what you gotta do when you find yourself thrust into the middle of vicious cockfight.” [read more]
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
"Tonight's results, with no clear frontrunner, prove the GOP nomination is wide open. The next battlefield is South Carolina, where voters are far more conservative than in New Hampshire and deeply concerned about illegal immigration in America. Fred Thompson is uniquely positioned for victory in the Southern states. He is the only true conservative with a plan to end illegal immigration and protect our sovereignty."
January 8, 2008
Madrid, Spain (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion centers across Spain launched a five-day strike on Tuesday to protest the raids at a handful of centers that apparently were doing illegal late-term abortions. More than 50 abortion centers indicated they will not do abortions during the strike, in a protest that likely won't draw objections from pro-life advocates.
The abortion businesses are responsible for about 90 percent of the abortions done in the western European nation.
The Association of Clinics Accredited for the Interruption of Pregnancies, a trade group for abortion businesses, is leading the strike in reaction to raids on abortion centers in Barcelona and Madrid late last year. [read more]
Seton Medical Center in Daly City, California has been sued by a person claiming discrimination for being denied breast enlargement surgery following a transgender operation. The hospital, run by the Daughters of Charity, says the requested surgery violates Catholic teaching.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:
“Catholic hospitals are not required to perform abortions, and neither should they be forced to perform transgender operations. There are some medical procedures that run counter to Catholic moral teaching, and they include direct euthanasia, embryonic stem cell experimentation and cloning. If Catholic hospitals are denied the right to proscribe such operations, it effectively nullifies their right to remain Catholic.
“Significantly, the IRS ruled in 2005 that a woman’s transsexual sex reassignment surgery is not allowed as a deductible medical expense. Moreover, consider what Johns Hopkins professor of psychiatry Paul McHugh has concluded: ‘I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex-reassignment.’ In other words, the government sees the requested surgery as elective in nature and experts like McHugh see it as destructive Why, then, should Catholic hospitals be forced to cooperate with this objectionable venture?
“There are other hospitals that would gladly perform breast augmentation on a transgender person—especially in the San Francisco area—and the plaintiff knows it. What this case represents is nothing short of vengeance against a Catholic hospital simply because it practices Catholicism. Such intolerance, and such complete disdain for the diversity that Catholic institutions offer, has no legitimate place in our society.”
Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
"Our campaign has long viewed South Carolina as the decisive contest in the opening of the 2008 campaign. We fought hard to get there and we intend to win there," declared campaign manager Bill Lacy.
The campaign's new South Carolina focus includes the "Clear Conservative Choice" bus tour, a statewide media buy beginning Thursday, and deployment of additional staff and measures to free additional resources for the fight.
"This campaign is going to be a South Carolina campaign. Our local South Carolina team, headed by veteran strategist Dean Rice, will be calling the plays on the ground. Everything from our ads to our bus schedule is going to be driven by South Carolina," explained Lacy.
The campaign's headquarters staff is going above and beyond the call of duty to shift the focus to South Carolina, as well. National office staff will work for reduced pay through the South Carolina voting.
"We are happy to be hitting the trail in South Carolina before the competition. Fred is already in the state and already winning votes. Fred has enjoyed an enthusiastic response in South Carolina. We are confident the next ten days will lead to an even greater response," Lacy added.
Capitol Media Services
Tucson, Arizona Published: 01.08.2008
Arizona workers lose $1.4 billion in wages a year because companies here hire illegal entrants, according to a study commissioned by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
George Borjas, a professor of economic and social policy at Harvard University, also concluded that foreigners in the state illegally have reduced the employment rate of legal Arizona residents.
Hardest hit in both wages and job availability, he said, are high school dropouts who, at the bottom of the wage scale, are the ones most likely to be competing with illegal immigrants.
The study is being presented to U.S. District Judge Neil Wake, who is hearing a challenge to a new state law making it illegal to knowingly employ illegal border crossers. [read more]
h/t: Immigration News Daily
Several companies appeared on the boycott list for the first time include the Carlson Companies, which oversees numerous well-known hotel chains such as Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson, and Regent. [read more]
h/t: A Catholic Mom in Hawaii
Beijing, Jan 7, 2008 (CNA).- Hundreds of people in a central China province have been expelled from the Communist party or fired from their government posts for violating the nation’s “one-child” policy, according to Agence France Presse.
“More party members, celebrities and well-off people are violating the policies… which has undermined social equality,” commission director Yang Youwang was quoted as saying.
The violators included 1,678 party officials or members. 500 were expelled from the party and 395 stripped of their posts. The officials were reportedly fined as well.
More than 90,000 other people in the province violated the “one-child” policy last year.
The population control program began in the late 1970s to limit the growth of China’s population, which now numbers 1.3 billion. Its enforcement has at times been brutal, involving forced late-term abortions and coercive sterilization of women. According to the Chinese government, more than 400 million births have been averted due to the policy. [read more]
by Steven Ertelt
January 5, 2008
Concord, NH (LifeNews.com) -- Fred Thompson has picked up an important endorsement just days before the second big presidential battleground in New Hampshire. Thompson, the former Tennessee senator, has earned the endorsement of New Hampshire Citizens for Life, a statewide pro-life organization.
Citizens for Life is the 14th state pro-life organization to endorse Senator Thompson for President, including Wyoming where Thompson came in second in Saturday's caucus vote.
"Granite State voters like no-nonsense candidates who stand up for their beliefs. Fred Thompson is such a candidate," Roger Stenson, the director of the group, told LifeNews.com on Saturday morning.
January 5, 2008
Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) -- National Right to Life is putting its money where its mouth is for Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson in South Carolina. The pro-life group has mailed a postcard touting Thompson’s record to thousands of residents in the third primary battleground state and one where Thompson needs a strong showing.
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) endorsed Thompson back in November saying he has a strong pro-life voting record and stance on both abortion and bioethics issues.
The mailing, sent by the group's political action committee, features a picture of an infant baby and says, “This little guy wants you to vote for Fred Thompson in the Republican primary” -- which takes place in the state on January 19.
The mailer asks pro-life voters in South Carolina to “unite” behind Thompson’s candidacy. [read more]
January 5, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Supreme Court decided on Monday that it would not revive a Michigan ban on partial-birth abortions despite a ruling last April upholding the national ban on the gruesome abortion procedure. The Michigan ban took a different approach in banning the abortion method than the federal ban.
The first time the nation's high court dealt with partial-birth abortions in 2000, it overturned a Nebraska ban worded similarly to the federal ban it eventually upheld last year.
Between the two decisions, a couple of states, including Michigan, tried a new approach for a partial-birth abortion ban that would be upheld as constitutional. [read more]
It is a shame that the Supreme Court still thinks it has the right to condemn innocent babies to death and it is too bad that Michigan has allowed its leadership to bloody their hands with the deaths of viable, full term children.
Monday, January 07, 2008
A fundamental responsibility of the federal government is to secure the nation's borders and enforce the law. The following policies and initiatives will put the nation on a path to success:
No Amnesty. Do not provide legal status to illegal aliens. Amnesty undermines U.S. law and policy, rewards bad behavior, and is unfair to the millions of immigrants who follow the law and are awaiting legal entry into the United States. In some cases, those law-abiding and aspiring immigrants have been waiting for several years.
Attrition through Enforcement . Reduce the number of illegal aliens through increased enforcement against unauthorized alien workers and their employers. Without illegal employment opportunities available, fewer illegal aliens will attempt to enter the country, and many of those illegally in the country now likely will return home. Self-deportation can also be maximized by stepping up the enforcement levels of other existing immigration laws. This course of action offers a reasonable alternative to the false choices currently proposed to deal with the 12 million or more aliens already in the U.S. illegally: either arrest and deport them all, or give them all amnesty. Attrition through enforcement is a more reasonable and achievable solution, but this approach requires additional resources for enforcement and border security:
Doubling ICE agents handling interior enforcement, increasing the Border Patrol to at least 25,000 agents, and increasing detention space to incarcerate illegal aliens we arrest rather than letting them go with a promise to show up later for legal proceedings against them.
Adding resources for the Department of Justice to prosecute alien smugglers, people involved in trafficking in false identification documents, and previously deported felons.
Maximizing efforts to prosecute and convict members of criminal alien gangs, such as MS-13 and affiliated gangs. These gangs have brought unusual levels of violence to more than 30 U.S. states and have also become very active in drug-smuggling, gun-smuggling, and alien-smuggling.
Implementing fully and making greater use of the expedited removal process already allowed under federal law.
Enabling the Social Security Administration to share relevant information with immigration and law enforcement personnel in a manner that will support effective interior enforcement efforts.
End Sanctuary Cities by cutting off discretionary federal grant funds as appropriate to any community that, by law, ordinance, executive order, or other formal policy directs its public officials not to comply with the provisions of 8 USC 1373 and 8 USC 1644, which prohibit any state or local government from restricting in any way communications with the Department of Homeland Security "regarding the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of an alien in the United States."
Deny discretionary Federal education grants as appropriate to public universities that violate federal law by offering in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens without also offering identical benefits to United States citizens, regardless of whether or not they live in the state, as required by 8 USC 1623.
Deny discretionary Federal grants as appropriate to states and local governments that violate federal law by offering public benefits to illegal aliens, as prohibited by 8 USC 1621(a).
Reduce the Jobs Incentive. Ensure employee verification by requiring that all U.S. employers use the Department of Homeland Security's electronic database (the E-Verify system) to confirm that a prospective employee is authorized to work in the U.S. Now that the technology is proven, provide sufficient resources to make the system as thorough, fast, accurate, and easy-to-use as possible.
Add to the Cost of Hiring Illegal Aliens. Deny a tax deduction to employers for the wages they pay to illegal aliens, thereby dramatically increasing the real cost of employing illegal aliens. Businesses that do not play by the rules should not be rewarded under our tax system.
Bolster Border Security. Finish building the 854-mile wall along the border by 2010 as required by 8 USC 1103. Extend the wall beyond that as appropriate and deploy new technologies and additional resources to enhance detection and rapid apprehension along our borders by 2012.
Increased Prosecution. Deploy the additional assets outlined above to prosecute alien smugglers ("coyotes"), alien gang members, previously deported felons, and aliens who have repeatedly violated our immigration laws much more vigorously.
Rigorous Entry/Exit Tracking. Complete the implementation of a system to track visa entrants and exits, as has been required by federal law for more than ten years, and connect it to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC), in order to curb visa overstays and permit more effective enforcement.
Improving the Legal Immigration Process
The United States is a nation of immigrants. We must continue to welcome immigrants and foreign workers who come to our country legally, giving priority to those who can advance the nation's interests and common good. Immigrants and foreign workers who play by the rules need to be rewarded with faster and less burdensome service, not delays that last years. Advancing the following initiatives will require close cooperation between all levels of government, the business community, and concerned citizens:
Maximize Program Efficiency. Reduce the backlogs and streamline the process for immigrants and employers who seek to follow the law. Also, simplify and expedite the application processes for temporary visas. This can be accomplished by hiring more personnel at Citizenship and Immigration Services and the FBI. Caps for any category of temporary work visa would be increased as appropriate, if it could be demonstrated that there are no Americans capable and willing to do the jobs.
Enhanced Reporting. Improve reporting to the government by businesses that rely on temporary workers so that the government can track whether the visa holder remains employed.
Modernize Immigration Law/Policy. Change the nature of our legal immigration system to welcome immigrants who can be economic contributors to our country, are willing to learn the English language, and want to assimilate.
Reduce the scope of chain migration by giving family preference in the allocation of lawful permanent resident status only to spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens, and no one else (no siblings, no parents, no adult children, etc.).
Eliminate the diversity visa lottery.
Freedom from Political Oppression. Preserve U.S. laws and policies to ensure that the United States remains a beacon and a haven for persons fleeing political oppression, while assuring appropriate admission standards are maintained.
Service to Country. Place those foreign persons who are lawfully present in the country and who serve honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States on a faster, surer track to U.S. citizenship.
On the January 4 edition of the NBC show “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Bill Maher commented on a remark about religion that was allegedly made by presidential contender Mitt Romney. In the course of his comments, Maher said the following:
“You can’t be a rational person six days of the week and put on a suit and make rational decisions and go to work and, on one day of the week, go to a building and think you’re drinking the blood of a 2,000-year-old space god. That doesn’t make you a person of faith…That makes you a schizophrenic.”
O’Brien, looking a bit uneasy, then asked Maher whether anyone who is religious is schizophrenic. To which Maher replied, “Well, yes, sort of, because they have walled off a part of their mind.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue jumped on this today:
“There is no bigger anti-Christian bigot in the entertainment business than Bill Maher; he has shown that over and over again. While he may not like any religion, he has a special place in his portfolio of hatred for Christians, especially Roman Catholics. In Maher’s twisted mind—which has long walled off rationality, to say nothing of decency—the mere mention of religion sets off a tirade against Jesus. We’ll take the backhanded compliment.
“Unlike most non-believers, who are generally content to respect the right of most Americans to believe in God, guys like Maher want a brawl. He should be careful what he wishes for because there are those who pine to deliver.”
Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: January 6, 2008)
There's been a long-term decline in teen pregnancy for every ethnic group, but growing efforts are being made to address an underlying trend: Hispanic girls have by far the highest rate of teenage births in the state and the nation.
Bilingual counseling is an increasing part of programs aimed at keeping girls in high school during and after their pregnancies.
At Port Chester High School, a support group helps teenage girls manage day care, breast-feeding, and emotional and family issues so that they can continue studying. Pregnant and mothering students participate in weekly meetings at the school.
Westchester Jewish Community Services works with 150 to 200 girls through a combination of programs in Port Chester, New Rochelle, White Plains, Ossining and Sleepy Hollow. The agency has also created bilingual peer advisory groups in which high school students are trained to lead discussions about sexuality and other topics with parents of other teenagers. Because the students and parents don't know each other, they can speak more candidly and honestly, said Rosalia Kullock-Sosa, a psychologist who developed the program.
About half of Hispanic teenagers are likely to become pregnant before age 20, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The risk is three in 10 among teenagers overall. [read more]
Another liberal program eating up tax dollars that could being going to help needy American families or reducing the deficit.
h/t: Immigration News Daily
Posted: Jan. 6, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS – The Mavericks treated this last-place team like a last-place team. The outcome was never in doubt, as Dallas out-classed the rebuilding Timberwolves 101-78 Sunday afternoon at the Target Center.
The Mavs (23-11) completed this end of the two-game sweep of the worst teams in each conference with considerable ease. Unlike the two stops they needed in the closing seconds Friday to outlast injury-riddled Miami, Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard and Co. dominated Minnesota from the opening tip.
“We didn’t want to play to the level of our competition,” Howard said.
The reigning MVP scored a game-high 30 points, working mostly against smaller defenders such as Craig Smith and Mark Madsen. The Mavs’ other All-Star forward, Howard, hit 20 points for the first time since Dec. 19 with 22. He added eight rebounds.
“It’s important for both of us to continue to do that,” Howard said. [read more]
Remarkably, no one was killed by the explosions, Church officials said. But several church buildings sustained major damage. [read more]
Jan. 7, 2008 (Say Anything delivered by Newstex) --
The buzzword of the debates tonight seemed to be “change.” Everyone seemed to think it was a good thing, but they all seemed to have differing opinions on what it means.
Personally, I thought Fred Thompson had a pretty good response on the issue:
FDT: Well, you know, we’re all talking about change now, we had a-- some folks vote in Iowa and everybody came out of there talking about change. Change has been a part of every election since the dawn of elections, if you weren’t an incumbent. I think that what is more important is leadership and what is more important, as a part of leadership is telling the American people the truth and having the courage to do that. Telling the American people, for example, we were talking about social security. Something everybody knows, nobody wants to talk about. [read more]
"Fred is solid. He just is....he has clearly given a great deal of thought to very big issues." (Mark Levin, 1/6)
"Fred's having a good night." (National Review Online, 1/6)
"Fred Thompson was solid" (National Review Online, 1/6)
"Fred is ever steady and ever conservative. It is hard to see why movement conservatives would not consider him seriously if Romney loses on Tuesday." (American Spectator, 1/6)
"On Social Security reform, Thompson sounds like a grown-up." (National Review Online, 1/6)
"Rudy is here...but he almost seems overshadowed by Fred (!) out of the gates." (Politico, 1/6)
"Fred Thompson talks as if he's polished off a tall glass of truth serum before he sat behind the desk tonight." (National Review Online, 1/6)
Sunday, January 06, 2008
I am shocked, but I am going to give ABC News an A+ for both the Republican and Democratic debates. I felt questions were equally tough for both parties and I liked the format. The only thing that needs to be worked on is distributing the time more fairly. The best part about the debate is several of the candidates were forced out of their standard responses.
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"I think Fred Thompson had a terrific night." (George Stephanopoulos, ABC)
"Fred Thompson won the debate." (The Atlantic)
"[Fred Thompson] came to play tonight." (ABC)
"[Thompson] and McCain sound like the adults on stage." (The Atlantic)
"Fred Thompson talking some serious substance too -- man, maybe I underestimated him." (ABC)
"Every answer was thoughtful and well-crafted; his tone matched the tone of the question; he wisely refrained from interjecting in the back and forth squabbling. He very deftly reminded viewers that he served on key Senate national security panels and is bringing his experience to bear." (The Atlantic)
"Still, it summed up what is likeable about Thompson - direct, clear, and logical." (National Review)
"Thompson is excelling on policy and style." (The Atlantic)
"Fred Thompson does get bonus points ... for intellectually honesty." (ABC)
"Fred Thompson does a great job of making the free market case for health care, in contrast to Romney's statism." (American Spectator)
"I think even the most ardent Romney supporters would agree that he didn't handle the question on his MA health-care plan all that well. There was a bit of a deer-in-the-headlights look when Thompson challenged him on the plan." (NBC)
"[Romney] was backed into a corner on mandates in health care by Fred Thompson." (The Atlantic)
"How could [Mitt] have let Fred Thompson best him on a debate over healthcare? (ABC)
McLean, VA - Today Fred Thompson announced the endorsement of Citizens for Life, the New Hampshire affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.
"Granite State voters like no-nonsense candidates who stand up for their beliefs. Fred Thompson is such a candidate," said Roger Stenson, Citizens for Life Executive Director. "Fred Thompson had a 100% pro-life voting record as a member of the United States Senate. For all of us 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."
Citizens for Life is the 14th state pro-life organization to endorse Senator Thompson for President.
"I'm blessed and honored to have the endorsement of Citizens for Life for President of the United States," said Senator Thompson. "These folks in the Granite State are the 14th organization coast to coast that has voted to endorse my candidacy, and more likely will, 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.
1) Romney, 8 delegates at 67%
2) Thompson, 3 delegates at 25%
3) Hunter, 1 delegate at 8%
The rest of the candidates received 0 delegates.
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