Friday, January 25, 2008

Going Home

Founding Fathers Quote

Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.

John Adams

Pat Buchanan: "His Performance Was Flawless"

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Slate Of Congressional District Delegates In West Virginia

Friday, Jan 25, 2008

CONTACT: Romney Press Shop (857) 288-6390

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced his slate of Congressional District delegates for the West Virginia primary on May 13th. Romney for President West Virginia State Chairman and Member of the House of Delegates Bob Ashley said:

"The Romney Campaign has a strong slate of Congressional District delegates that will add to the at-large delegate slate we named in December. Governor Romney is committed to a strong showing at the West Virginia Presidential Convention and in the May 13th primary. With the state of the economy on the minds of many West Virginians, Governor Romney is the clear choice for Republicans looking for a candidate with real-world experience and a decades-long track record of creating real jobs for real people."

Governor Romney was the first Republican Presidential candidate to campaign in West Virginia, the first candidate to announce he will compete in the West Virginian Presidential Convention, and the first to file to do so, in August 2007.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Catholic League News Release


Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the Dana Jacobson episode that took place at the January 11 celebrity roast of radio personalities Mike and Mike:

“On January 22, I said in a news release that ‘there is no evidence that ESPN is taking this matter seriously.’ I am happy to say that after speaking to two ESPN officials today, and having learned more about exactly what happened, that they are in fact taking this matter seriously. Indeed, I am convinced that what occurred at the roast will not happen again.

“To be sure, Jacobson’s remarks were patently offensive; no one involved in this incident, including her, is maintaining otherwise. But it is also true that there is no evidence that what we are dealing with is a bigot—lots of people who have made bigoted comments are not inveterate bigots. No, what we are dealing with is a person who went off the rails while drunk at a raucous event.

“The ESPN officials whom I spoke to answered the questions I had to my satisfaction. Therefore, as far as the Catholic League is concerned, this matter is over.”

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

DeMint on Mitt Romney

NUMBERS USA - Wisconsin News

Citizens of Wisconsin,

A public hearing will be held on the Grothman/Roth bill to Ban Sanctuary Cities in Wisconsin on January 31 and we hope many of you will attend to show your support.

Click here to view the info item we have posted on your Action Buffet.

Judiciary Committee Hearing Details:
Wednesday, January 31
10 a.m.
Room - 225 NW - State Capitol

This legislation needs public support! Anything you can do to get folks to turn out for this hearing would be much appreciated. There does not appear to be any groups singularly focused on illegal immigration that we can depend on to champion this bill for the citizens of Wisconsin.

If you cannot attend the hearing, please consider calling your State Representatives and urge them to support the bill.

Click here for a copy of Assembly Bill 569
Click here for a copy of its companion bill, Senate Bill 309.


P.S. We can triple our membership quickly if our members email their friends about us and they in turn email theirs. Polls show that most Americans agree with NumbersUSA's positions but, despite our recent rapid growth, most American voters still have never heard of us. You can help change that by forwarding this email widely.

Above is an email I received from Numbers USA that I thought our Wisconsin readers might be interested in.

Thompson's Exit Seen as Boost to Mitt Romney

* Ex-Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson’s departure from the race for the Republican presidential nomination is already helping former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney and according to one top Thompson adviser, Romney will continue to reap the rewards.

* “Thompson leaving the race helps Romney,” said Rich Galen, a Thompson adviser and frequent traveling companion. “Everyone has a hole in their conservative credentials except Romney.”
As Romney steadily rises in polls in winner-take-all Florida ahead of Tuesday’s primary, a new Field Poll of California voters released yesterday shows at least 30 percent of “Fred heads” will pick Romney as their second choice.

* “Anybody who ran for office in this field is a very strong individual and should be considered as a VP nominee whether for me or for somebody else,” Romney said, according to CBS News. “He’s a terrific and highly capable guy and anyone would think that having Fred Thompson as a VP would be a good thing.”

* Of Thompson supporters, Galen said, “They (would sooner) not vote rather than back (Arizona Sen. John) McCain, and (former New York City Mayor Rudy) Giuliani is just a non-starter.” [read more]

h/t: Michigan Redneck

"Winning Combination"

Governor Romney Announces Additions To The Advisory Committee On The Constitution And The Courts

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008

CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced new additions to the Romney for President Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts. This group, chaired by Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, former constitutional legal counsel to President Ronald Reagan, has been advising Governor Romney on the important legal issues confronting the country today.

Joining Romney for President after having served as National Co-Chair of Lawyers for Fred Thompson, Victoria Toensing said, "Appointing strong judges is one of our President's most important responsibilities. The next President will make a number of appointments, and I am confident Governor Romney will nominate judges in the mold of President Bush's nominees, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito. I am proud to work with Governor Romney and this outstanding group of legal minds."

Also joining the Advisory committee from Lawyers for Fred Thompson are Lizette D. Benedi, Rachel L. Brand, Reginald Brown, Charles J. Cooper, Joseph E. diGenova, Michael R. Dimino, Viet D. Dinh, Noel J. Francisco and Eileen J. O'Connor.

Eugene Scalia, who served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, has also joined the committee. "Governor Romney has the ability, experience, and values to serve as an exceptional President," he said. "He appreciates the role of the courts and rule of law in our society."

Making today's announcement, Governor Romney said, "It is an honor to have the counsel of so many distinguished men and women. Together, they represent years of experience in the legal field and their help to this campaign will be invaluable."

Governor Romney also announced that Victoria Toensing and Joseph diGenova will serve on the Steering Committee of Lawyers for Romney in addition to their roles on the Advisory Committee.
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Jindal meets daily on session - Disclosure among topics

Advocate Capitol News Bureau
Published: Jan 24, 2008 - Page: 1A

With less than three weeks until a special session on ethics laws, Gov. Bobby Jindal is meeting with legislators almost daily at the Governor’s Mansion.

A handful of lawmakers said Wednesday that the gatherings generated talk of legislation to put a $50 ceiling on meals that lobbyists buy for legislators and limited financial disclosure requirements for local officials.

Under current law, lobbyists can treat legislators to dinners that cost more than $50 as long as they fulfill state disclosure requirements.

However, legislators also said that the meetings were more of an opportunity for them to say what’s on their mind than for them to get a peek at the governor’s legislative package.

Jindal’s chief of staff, Timmy Teepell, said the meetings are designed to be a dialogue.

“It’s a lot of listening and discussing,” he said. [read more]

Governor Mitt Romney's Remarks At The National Right To Life Convention Forum

Friday, Jun 15, 2007

As Prepared For Delivery

"Thank you Carol. We appreciate your many years of dedicated service to the cause of life.

"I was honored to accept your invitation to address the National Right to Life convention.

"I am humbled to be standing among the many who have toiled for the pro-life movement for so long, when I arrived at this place of principle only a few years ago.

"I appreciate the decades of dedication and the effective advocacy of people like Jim Bopp, the Special Adviser to my campaign on life issues.

"I know that it is not time but conviction that unites us.

"I proudly follow a long line of converts – George Herbert Walker Bush, Henry Hyde, and Ronald Reagan to name a few

"I am evidence that your work, that your relentless campaign to promote the sanctity of human life, bears fruit.
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Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst

Founding Fathers Quote

The great object of my fear is the federal judiciary. That body, like gravity, ever acting, with noiseless foot, and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step, and holding what it gains, is ingulfing insidiously the special governments into the jaws of that which feeds them.

Thomas Jefferson

"Conservative Change"

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Catholic League News Release

“F*** JESUS”;

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the ongoing issue involving ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson:

“We know that Jacobson said ‘F*** Notre Dame’ at the January 11 celebrity roast for radio personalities Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. We also know that ESPN has suspended her for a week as a result. What we don’t know is whether, as reported on some websites, she also said ‘F*** Jesus’ at the event. If she did, then that changes everything.

“I have a call into a top official at ESPN on this matter. He will be asked to verify what is on the video. If Jacobson did say, ‘F*** Jesus,’ then the penalty in force is obviously inadequate: it is one thing to use an obscenity to rip a Catholic university, quite another to use the vilest of terms about Jesus. Our curiosity was heightened when an ESPN official whom we’ve already spoken to refused to confirm or deny that Jacobson said ‘F*** Jesus.’ If she didn’t, then all they need to do is make the video public—put it on YouTube. If she did, then it looks like we might be dealing with a cover up.

“One way or the other, we are going to get to the bottom of this. The official whom I called is traveling today, and so it would be unfair to list his name and e-mail address as the person to contact. But one person whose name I can list—he spoke to Catholic League Director of Communications Kiera McCaffrey last night—is Chris LaPlaca, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications.”


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

John McCain: The Geraldo Rivera Republican

By Michelle Malkin
January 23, 2008

Editor's Note: The following column contains language that may be offensive to some readers.

After spearheading a disastrous, security-undermining illegal alien amnesty bill last year with Teddy Kennedy, "straight-talking" GOP Sen. John McCain claims he has seen the light. In TV appearances, he vows to put immigration enforcement first. On the campaign trail, he offers a perfunctory promise to strengthen border security and emphasizes the need to restore Americans' trust in their government's ability to defend the homeland.

"I got the message," he told voters in South Carolina. "We will secure the borders first."

But how can McCain cure citizens' distrust when his own credibility on the issue remains fatally damaged? He doesn't believe his own election-year spin. And he knows we know it. This is cynicism on steroids with a speedball chaser.

Not all of us have forgotten how the short-fused Arizona senator cursed good-faith opponents in his own party ("F**k you!" and "Chickensh*t" were the choice words he had for Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn during a spat over enforcement provisions). Not all of us have forgotten that he voted against barring felons from receiving amnesty benefits under his plan. Not all of us have forgotten the underhanded, debate-sabotaging manner in which McCain/Kennedy/Lindsey Graham/Harry Reid conspired to ram their package down voters' throats. [read more]

Jindal starts ethics work early - Governor meets with lawmakers on reform plans

Claire Taylor

Gov. Bobby Jindal has been meeting with area legislators since last week to discuss his proposed ethics reform package.

The Legislature is expected to meet for up to three weeks starting Feb. 10 for the sole purpose of considering sweeping ethics reform.

Jindal last week met with the House and Senate leadership and this week has been meeting with other legislators about components of his proposed package, which is still being formulated, said state Rep. Don Trahan, R-Lafayette.

Financial disclosure is an important part of that package and the governor may ask that the legislation apply to all elected officials who represent more than 5,000 people, Trahan said. That would include legislators and local officials, including the Lafayette City-Parish president and council and Lafayette Parish sheriff. [read more]

Did Ron Paul Just Win Louisiana?


It’s late, well into the night. Most of America is completely unaware that there was a Republican caucus going on anywhere in America tonight (Tuesday night), but we had one in Louisiana, and Ron Paul may have just won his first primary — Outright.

It’s been said the world is ran by the people who show up, and tonight it appears the people who showed up was the Ron Paul crowd. They cast their votes for delegates to the state convention, people that will support Ron Paul in the seven congressional districts around Louisiana. Those delegates get to nominate people to go to the state convention, a total of 41 delegates. 3 of those delegates are reserved for the National committee people as well as the state chairman. 20 delegates goes to the winner of the Louisiana Primary if… and that’s a very big IF the winner of the Louisiana primary gets 50% +1. [read more]

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Abraham Lincoln Was a Saint !

Catholic League News Release


According to some news and sports websites, ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson graphically attacked Jesus Christ at a recent roast of her colleagues; she was reportedly intoxicated. At the January 11 event, Jacobson roared from the podium, “F*** Notre Dame,” “F*** Touchdown Jesus,” and finally “F*** Jesus.”

Commenting on this is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

“When pressed on this issue, ESPN’s response is to e-mail a statement by Jacobson, which includes the following: ‘My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive. I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen words.’

“This response fails on several counts. First, there is no evidence that ESPN is taking this matter seriously. Are we to believe that her hate speech is of no consequence? Her comments were not made at a private function, rather they were made at a public event where she represented ESPN. Second, it is worth recalling that it was during a luncheon interview that Jimmy ‘The Greek’ Snyder made his racist remarks about blacks, and CBS Sports promptly fired him anyway. Third, it is also important to note that being drunk didn’t help Mel Gibson’s case when he made bigoted remarks about Jews.

“Then there is the matter of Jacobson’s so-called apology. By far the most offensive thing she said, ‘F*** Jesus,’ isn’t even addressed! It is obvious, then, that neither Jacobson nor ESPN is dealing with this matter in a professional way. To put this issue behind them, ESPN must deal with this issue quickly, publicly and fairly, something it has yet to do. After all, most Christians are yet unaware of this event, but once they learn of it, they are sure to demand accountability.”

Contact ESPN’s VP of Communications at

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

United We Stand

Governor Mitt Romney On Fred Thompson Withdrawing His Candidacy

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008

CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on former Senator Fred Thompson withdrawing his candidacy for President of the United States:

"Throughout this campaign, Fred Thompson brought a laudable focus to the challenges confronting our country and the solutions necessary to meet them. He stood for strong conservative ideas and believed strongly in the need to keep our conservative coalition together. Ann and I would like to extend our best wishes to Fred, Jeri and their family and congratulate them on their efforts during this campaign."

Fred Thompson Drops Out

First of all, thank you to Senator Thompson, his family and his staff for their dedication and hard work. It is a shame that the best candidate, by far, is out of the race.

As to who we will support now, we have not idea. I will put up a couple of banners belonging to candidates that I find somewhat acceptable, but we are going to take our time. I may even end up writing in Senator Thompson's name. The worst thing that us conservatives can do though, is not vote. If you can't find a Republican candidate that you can vote for with a clear conscience then I encourage you to vote Constitution Party or some other third party. If enough conservatives do this the Republican Party will get the hint.

I hear several people say that it is better to sell out our beliefs in order to defeat Hillary. That could not be more wrong. A liberal Republican would fracture the Party and guarantee the Democrats control of the Senate and House for the foreseeable future, where a Hillary or Obama Presidency would probably give us the House and Senate back within the next two years and unite the Party. If it is a Democrat pushing amnesty we can mobilize and fight it, if it is another RINO Republican we end up fighting each other and it is our country and children that end up losing and the Democrats who get to celebrate the victory.

Statement from Sen. Fred Thompson

McLean, VA - Senator Fred Thompson today issued the following statement about his campaign for President:

"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people."

200,000 Gather in Vatican on 'Pope day'

Zenit News Agency (

Those gathered in St. Peter's Square held up banners with slogans such as "Holy Father We Love You" and "The Truth Sets Us Free," while tens of thousands more supporters watched video links of the event outside the Milan cathedral and in Verona, Italian media reported

VATICAN CITY (Zenit) - Seek the truth and the good, Benedict XVI urged some 200,000 people who flooded the Vatican to support the Pope, days after protests led him to cancel a visit to a Roman university. [read more]

Governor Bobby Jindal Announces $50 Million State Commitment to Cyber Command Center

BOSSIER CITY – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that he will commit the first $50 million of Louisiana’s state budget surplus to the infrastructure and transportation improvements needed to support the Cyber Command Center at Barksdale Air Force Base. Jindal made the announcement during the groundbreaking of the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City earlier this morning.

Jindal said, “I will ask the Legislature to make this the first item funded in our special session to be held in March, which will deal with tax reform and state surplus dollars. We will not let legal language about the status of this project or artificial deadlines stand in the way of our state’s commitment.

“This $50 million commitment will not only position us to support the Cyber Command mission – it will also be beneficial to other future missions that I’m confident will be assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base. We don’t want Northwest Louisiana to just be the Cyber Command Center’s provisional home; we want the Department of the Air Force to name Barksdale Air Force Base the permanent home.”

Jindal also spoke about Cyber Innovation Center’s role in the economic vitality of Northwest Louisiana. He said, “The Cyber Innovation Center has the potential to have an extraordinary impact on the economy of Northwest Louisiana, as well as the entire state. It has the potential to bring hundreds if not thousands of high-paying jobs to our state. With a research park here, we will attract technology companies and defense contractors to support the Cyber Command.”

Jindal met with President Bush in the Oval Office of the White House just a few months ago to personally urge him to designate Barksdale Air Force Base as the permanent location for the Cyber Command. Today, he pledged his continuing commitment to the project, vowing to continue his work with Louisiana’s congressional delegation to encourage the Secretary of the Department of the Air Force to designate Barksdale Air Force Base as the permanent home for the Cyber Command.

Unfavorable drug studies don't get into print: report

By Gene Emery

BOSTON (Reuters) - Nearly a third of antidepressant drug studies are never published in the medical literature and nearly all happen to show that the drug being tested did not work, researchers reported on Wednesday.

In some of the studies that are published, unfavorable results have been recast to make the medicine appear more effective than it really is, said the research team led by Erick Turner of the Oregon Health & Science University.

Even if not deliberate, this can be bad news for patients, they wrote in their report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"Selective publication can lead doctors to make inappropriate prescribing decisions that may not be in the best interest of their patients and, thus, the public health," they wrote. [read more]

Pro-Life Advocates Prepare Second 40-Day Campaign Against Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 21, 2008

Washington, DC ( -- Pro-life advocates across the country are preparing for the second round of a 40-day campaign to renew local opposition to abortion businesses in their community. The 40 Days for Life campaign had tremendous success the first time around in rebuilding pro-life groups and talking women out of having abortions.

David Bereit, the director of the campaign, told that "pro-life advocates in 59 cities across 31 states are preparing to launch the next wave."

"From February 6 until March 14, people across America will join together for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion," he said. [read more]

Founding Fathers Quote

The most important consequence of marriage is, that the husband and the wife become in law only one person... Upon this principle of union, almost all the other legal consequences of marriage depend. This principle, sublime and refined, deserves to be viewed and examined on every side.

James Wilson

Catholic League News Release


One week from today, “Jerry Springer—The Opera” will open a two-day run at Carnegie Hall. Commenting on this is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

“Never before in its illustrious history has Carnegie Hall been home to Christian bashing, but that is all about to change on January 29 and 30. Incredibly, it is allowing a patently obscene and viciously anti-Christian musical to be performed on its stage. Thus has it got into bed with the bigots, making a mockery of art in the process. This isn’t art—it’s license.

“Is it art when a world religion is trashed on stage in a totally obscene way? This is what the officers of Carnegie Hall seem to be saying, which is why they are allowing ‘Jerry Springer—The Opera’ to soil its stage next week. And do they agree with Max von Essen, the actor who plays a transsexual in the show? Here is what he told the Internet-site BroadwayWorld: ‘I’m a New Yorker. I’m liberal and open-minded. Things don’t really shock me. But I was reading the second-act today and thinking that if you’re religious, you could be. But you shouldn’t.’ (Italics in the original.)

“How telling. Max has a mind that is so open that it allows him not to be shocked at cultural assaults on someone else’s religion, even in instances when he is doing the trashing. When some are offended, he is just liberal enough to tell them they shouldn’t be. Is this the road Carnegie Hall wants to travel?

“Those who think that we are overreacting should read what ‘Jerry Springer—The Opera’ is all about Click
here to find out.”


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

Huckabee Trims Costs, Press Travel

Jan 22, 4:26 AM (ET)


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Battling to stay competitive after his weekend loss in South Carolina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is taking new steps to save money, including no longer scheduling planes and buses for journalists trying to cover his presidential campaign.

Huckabee said he will continue to campaign in Florida on a shoestring budget, but added that he may pull out of the state before its Jan. 29 Republican primary if his prospects look dim. [read more]


This is not going to be a pretty or politically correct post, but simply a plea to Fred to not abandon this country. I know you have every reason to drop out and walk away from our political process in disgust, but you also have every reason to stay and fight with all of us who want to bring this Republic back to its foundations. We will fight with you, we will give money to your campaign, we will vote for you, WE BELIEVE IN YOU.

I have only begun to learn in the last few years what the United States was meant to be, what it was and what it should be. Allied sovereign countries under one federal government for protection and representation around the world. The government we have today has stolen most of its power from the states (which meant country when this nation was formed) and is taking more and more rights away from the individual each every day.

This was the land of the free and the home of the brave. We are being nanny stated out of our freedom and Cindy Sheehaned right out of being brave. I do not know why some are blinded and so passive they cannot see the rug of the Constitution being pulled right out from beneath them; by the time they hit the floor it will be too late. Those who see it and refuse to accept that it cannot be changed are still here Fred and we are ready to charge into battle with you.

I see how our political process has been so polluted by the liberal agenda it is no longer a democratic process; it only has the appearance of one. Around the world the US tries to strong arm foreign governments to bend to democracy while holding it back from its own people. The primaries and caucuses are run in such a way that the liberal agenda has the "home field" advantage. The flaws are many, but the most detrimental is the open primaries and caucuses that allow independents to vote in the Republican Primary.

In general these independents are moderate to liberal; if they were conservative they would already be a solid part of the Republican Party. This pollutes and influences the Republican vote artificially. I include only the Republican Party as the only party ill effected by open caucuses because true conservatives will not throw their vote away in the Democrat Primary, the influence does not swing in the Democrat direction.

Almost every result we have received from our Republican Primary has been high jacked by the Independents and RINO's and has nothing to do with what the true voice of conservatism is. I know you are already aware of all this, Fred, and I know that it is a real and convincing reason to walk away. Just remember that it is not us speaking yet. Give us a chance to put out the call and fight back. We need you in this race, this Republic needs you in this race, our children need you in this race.

The MSM has your funeral procession lined up. They have mercilessly attacked you and your campaign. They are afraid of you. They know you can beat them and their agenda; to get a Republican nominated that their Democrat candidate can slaughter in the General. They are unrelenting, vicious and false in their attacks. Wolves in sheep's clothing like Fox News, Sean Hannity, Politico and Hot Air are not the voice of the people and never will be. Please let us know we can count on you, Mr. President.

Originally posted January 21, 2008 at 7:01 AM.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Speak Up! - Now is the time to sort things out.

By Mark R. Levin

As I understand Victor Davis Hanson’s position, those of us who believe John McCain will cause severe damage to the conservative movement and the Republican party should hush up, or at least calm down, for this electoral juggernaut, who has managed to get 33 percent of the vote in South Carolina (despite backing by most of the establishment there) and is strong on the war in Iraq. And if we continue to bring attention to those issues that concern us — which are not insignificant to anyone who has worked in conservative circles for nearly 40 years — then we will destroy the party and Hillary Clinton will win, thereby losing the war on terror. VDH is neither the first nor will he be the last to make this case.

With all due respect, this is absurd on many levels. If John McCain is nominated and loses, it is because he doesn’t appeal to enough Americans, including the base that he has repeatedly betrayed (as Thomas Sowell puts it) over a long period of time. The suggestion that McCain and McCain alone is capable of fighting this war, given his experience, seems to be the core of the concern. Let me suggest that VDH and others who make this claim are wrong. [read more]

h/t: American Elephant Blog

Whose Primaries are They?

by Jed Babbin

Posted: 01/21/2008

Just whose primary elections have we been following so closely? If you think they were Republican affairs, think again. Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan and South Carolina all allow crossover voters -- independents and Democrats -- to vote in the Republican primaries. In Florida, only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary. Though Florida isn’t a typical Red state, it will be the first real barometer of Republican voters’ thinking.

There’s a reason no clear leader has emerged from the crowd: so far, only a tiny minority of Republicans have actually voted, and the results do not reflect any Republican consensus. Why? In Michigan, for example, the Kos Kidz were very active pushing hard for Dems to vote in the Republican primary to cause whatever mischief they could manage. We are left to wonder how the crossover voters have skewed the result. Were they decisive or did they just affect at the margins?

According to a Fox News exit poll, 32% of the Michigan Republican primary voters identified themselves as independents or Democrats. Another Fox exit poll showed 20% of the South Carolina Republican primary voters said they were either Democrats or independents. In Michigan, Gov. Romney won with 39%, Sen. McCain was second at 30% and Gov. Huckabee third at 16%. In South Carolina, John McCain won with 33% of the vote, Mike Huckabee had 30% and Fred Thompson had 16%. Given those margins, it’s pretty clear that the Dems and independents controlled the result in both states. [read more]

Russia to construct two military bases in Serbia

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Moscow has developed a construction plan for military bases in Serbia and Bosnia at Drina River bank, Slobodna Dalmacja reports.

According to Russian military experts, intercontinental missiles could quickly and efficiently counterbalance the U.S. anti-missile defense shield in Europe. [read more]

h/t: 1913 Intel

Founding Fathers Quote

We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience.

Thomas Jefferson

Tom DeLay: John McCain Has Done the Most to Hurt the GOP

Sunday, January 20, 2008

the Truth About Huckabee's Involvement In Freeing Rapist

A big thank you to Dr. Bill Smith of ARRA News Service for bringing this article to my attention. This is obviously important information for everyone to consider who is supporting Gov. Huckabee.

Web special: Dumond case revisited

A reminder of Huckabee's role in his freedom

By Murray S. Waas

“I signed the [parole] papers because the governor wanted Dumond paroled. I was thinking the governor was working for the best interests of the state.”
—Ermer Pondexter, ex-member of the board of pardons and paroles

New sources, including an advisor to Gov. Mike Huckabee, have told the Arkansas Times that Huckabee and a senior member of his staff exerted behind-the-scenes influence to bring about the parole of rapist Wayne Dumond, who Missouri authorities say raped and killed a woman there shortly after his parole.

Huckabee has denied a role in Dumond’s release, which has become an issue in his race for re-election against Democrat Jimmie Lou Fisher. Fisher says Huckabee’s advocacy of Dumond’s freedom, plus other acts of executive clemency, exhibit poor judgment. In response, Huckabee has shifted responsibility for Dumond’s release to others, claiming former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker made Dumond eligible for parole and saying the Post Prison Transfer Board made the decision on its own to free Dumond.

But the Times’ new reporting shows the extent to which Huckabee and a key aide were involved in the process to win Dumond’s release. It was a process marked by deviation from accepted parole practice and direct personal lobbying by the governor, in an apparently illegal and unrecorded closed-door meeting with the parole board (the informal name by which the Post Prison Transfer Board is known). [read more]

John McCain vs. John McCain

FredHead Reactions - We Are Ready For The Long Haul

American Elephant Blog:

Times have changed. The more I have learned the more I have backed away. I announced my decision to fully support Fred Thompson on January 3rd. But my change has gone even further. I have not just chosen the better of two candidates.... I am fully committed to one and feel betrayed by the other. It is with that sentiment that I sent the following letter to the Huckabee campaign, asking for them to remove American Elephant from their blogroll. I have never hidden my struggle with choosing a candidate, and I was admittedly very pleased when the Huckabee campaign linked to this blog. Therefore I find it only appropriate to also publicly display the e-mail I just sent their campaign asking to now be removed from that very blogroll. [read more]

Michigan Redneck:

After having heard Fred Thompson's speech, that got cut out in the middle, I am even more pumped for Fred. Remember there is still 45 more states.Supposedly Duncan Hunter is dropping out of the race. I would absolutely love to see him endorse Fred Thompson. Duncan Hunter is a good guy, but all he had for him was the immigration issue. Most Fredheads seem to like Duncan Hunter. [read more]