Saturday, February 16, 2008

Glenn Beck w. Coulter on McCain, Romney, ... UNEDITED

It's All About Turnout

Election dynamics sure have changed over the past few decades. In the past, conventional political wisdom stated that 40% of the people would vote Democrat, another 40% would vote Republican, and the middle 20% were up for grabs. Thus, the general election strategy was to craft a message to attract those voters.

Now, we face a different set of dynamics. The pundits talk about "polarization," meaning that more and more people are set in their beliefs and that 20% in "the middle" is shrinking each and every election cycle. The election strategy has moved from message to turnout. Get your people to the polls, and you will win. The question for the Republican establishment is, "How are you going to do that in 2008?"

In 2004, I attended a briefing with one of President Bush's pollsters. He described how that middle 20% was more like 5 or 6% now. "It's all about turnout," he said, and he's right. In 2000, Karl Rove and company underestimated the power of turnout. In Florida, and areas such as St. Louis, the Democrats were very strong and the lesson was learned. In 2002 and 2004, Rove's 72-hour plan was executed brilliantly, and with a strategy based on turnout, Republicans won. [read more]

Cardinal complains of worldly values in religious life

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2008 / 02:05 pm (CNA).- A top Vatican cardinal complained on Thursday that members of Catholic religious congregations are perceived as worldlier, less obedient and increasingly reluctant to wear a cassock due to the influence of secular values.

Absorbing the values of western society, many religious are also less and less interested in prayer and community living and more interested in personal freedom, said Cardinal Franc Rodé, Prefect of Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said in a conversation with ANSA.

"A drift towards bourgeois values and moral relativism are the two great dangers that weaken religious life," said Rodé, who heads the Vatican Dicastery which is in charge of monks, nuns and priests not attached to parishes. [read more]

League to look at Stackhouse's comments

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
February 15, 2008

NEW ORLEANS – As the New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks feverishly worked to convince Devean George to join in the trade for Jason Kidd on Thursday, there suddenly loomed another issue that could obliterate the proposed deal: the loose lips of Jerry Stackhouse. [read more]

Kerry: McCain asked to be my VP in 2004

Pro-marriage Hispanics to rally at Democratic National Convention

Washington DC, Feb 14, 2008 / 07:06 am (CNA).- Key Latino leaders will rally at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver later this year in support of a national marriage amendment and marriage-friendly policy.

The event, organized by the Alliance for Marriage, will take place near the Colorado Convention Center where the DNC will hold its meeting. The Alliance for Marriage will also conduct a public relations campaign, including paid advertisements, to publicize the issue and the event. [read more]

Judge Napolitano Debates His New Book with John Gibson!

Friday, February 15, 2008

President and Mrs. Bush to Welcome His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the White House

President and Mrs. Bush will welcome His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the White House on April 16, 2008, during his first visit to the United States as Pope. The President and the Holy Father will continue discussions, which they began during the President's visit to the Vatican in June 2007, on their common commitment to the importance of faith and reason in reaching shared goals. These goals include advancing peace throughout the Middle East and other troubled regions, promoting inter-faith understanding, and strengthening human rights and freedom, especially religious liberty, around the world. [read more]

Obama bill: $845 billion more for global poverty

Posted: February 14, 2008
3:53 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Sen. Barack Obama, perhaps giving America a preview of priorities he would pursue if elected president, is rejoicing over the Senate committee passage of a plan that could end up costing taxpayers billions of dollars in an attempt to reduce poverty in other nations.

The bill, called the Global Poverty Act, is the type of legislation, "We can – and must – make … a priority," said Obama, a co-sponsor.

It would demand that the president develop "and implement" a policy to "cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015 through aid, trade, debt relief" and other programs.

When word about what appears to be a massive new spending program started getting out, the reaction was immediate.

"It's not our job to cut global poverty," said one commenter on a Yahoo news forum. "These people need to learn how to fish themselves. If we keep throwing them fish, the fish will rot." [read more]

McCainiacs Must Persuade Grassroots, Not Commentators

By David Limbaugh
Friday, February 15, 2008

Political commentators from various points on the right-wing spectrum are still arguing about the McCain presidential candidacy, lecturing and scolding each other -- as if their opinions are going to decide the election. They take themselves too seriously.

The McCainiacs are warning McCain's conservative opponents that unless they stop criticizing McCain immediately, he'll never recover in time for the general election.

This assumes that if the pundits come around, the grassroots will follow, like mindless sheep. Newsflash: They are neither intellectually shallow nor easily led. They are informed, engaged, independent minded and principled.

Nothing illustrates this better than the controversy surrounding the revival of McCain's candidacy. I haven't seen this much anxiety among conservatives since the Clinton impeachment.

I've never received more e-mails, and they've never been more passionate. My correspondents fall roughly into three groups: [read more]


h/t: TownHall.com

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Shaq Makes Progress - May Return To Play As Soon As Thursday

Shaq working toward debut

Doug Haller
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 12, 2008 09:04 PM

Practice had ended 15 minutes prior, maybe 20. Most of the Suns players already had disappeared into the locker room, preparing for their trip to Oakland and Wednesday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

Shaquille O'Neal, however, still had work to do. He stood at the far end of the Suns' practice court, stretching his right hand as high as possible, shooting a 9-pound ball into the basket.

"That's two in a row," Suns assistant coach Phil Weber told him. "We got to hold the follow-through for as long as possible."

O'Neal's reach extended to about 6 inches below the rim, but he short-armed his next attempt. The weighted ball hit the front and bounced off. O'Neal groaned.

On the other end of the court, Steve Nash was just finishing media interviews. A reporter asked if he were surprised that O'Neal, a 14-time All-Star, would stay behind for such drills.

"I think that's why he's accomplished what he's accomplished," Nash said. "His hunger is still there. It wasn't fun for his team to be in last place (in Miami)."
[read more]

02/06 John McCain - Defends Amnesty & Borders Juan Hernandez

Leading Physician Convinced Babies Feel Pain at 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 12, 2008


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading physician who has investigated the pain premature infants feel says he's convinced that unborn children have the capacity to feel pain as early as 20 weeks into pregnancy. Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand, a University of Arkansas professor, is the foremost authority on the subject.

He recently spoke with the New York Times about his research.

Anand says it started at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England when he was a resident at a neonatal intensive care unit.

He noticed babies would come back from surgeries in terrible condition and realized it was because they were suffering through the operations without anesthesia.

Clinical trials eventually showed that babies suffered massive stress without it and babies who received anesthesia beforehand were 15 percent more likely to survive such early operations. Today, the standard of care that Anand discovered is routine. [read more]

Biotech Firms Plan Embryonic Stem Cell Research Treatments in Humans

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 12, 2008



Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Embryonic stem cell research has had troubles in animal studies with immune system rejection issues and the formation of tumors, but one leading biotech firm says it's going to try experiments on humans this spring. The chief executive of biotech Geron said Monday that trials with embryonic stem cells await FDA approval.

Dr. Thomas Okarma said his company wants to begin work on injecting the controversial cells into humans with spinal cord injuries in a few months.

According to a CNN report, Okarma said the studies would involve 40 patients and it would be the first time the cells had been used in humans after work on injecting the cells into rats with similar problems.

Okarma said whether Geron proceeds with the experiments depends on whether the Food and Drug Administrations gives the biotech firm the green light. That could be difficult as the agency may set the bar very high over ethical concerns.

CNN quoted industry analyst Ren Benjamin as saying the process to get approval could be time-consuming because of the controversy involved. [read more]

SCANDAL: John McCain campaign advisor is a Mexican Official

Italy's Presidential Election Sees Abortion Play Role With Berlusconi Opposition

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 12, 2008



Rome, Italy (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion is playing a prominent role in the upcoming April presidential elections in Italy as front-runner Silvio Berlusconi has endorsed a call for an international moratorium on abortions. Berlusconi told the weekly Tempi magazine that the UN should follow a death penalty moratorium with one on abortion.

"I think that recognizing the right to life from conception to natural death is a principle that the U.N. could make its own, just as it did with the moratorium on the death penalty," he said.

Berlusconi is the former premier and, after Italians replaced him with Prime Minister Romano Prodi, they saw the nation become more pro-abortion and withdraw its objections to embryonic stem cell research funding.

Berlusconi's center-left opponents have rejected the call for a moratorium, first laid out by pro-life journalist Giuliano Ferrara and seconded by Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the pope's vicar for Rome.

Polling data shows Berlusconi is likely to win the April 13-14 parliamentary elections and measures to restrict abortions further could be on the table if that happens. [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

RPW Chairman New Website Welcome

The Republican Party of Wisconsin has finally updated their website. I like the improvements. They should still add blogger web buttons and hopefully they will update more often.




Republican Party of Wisconsin

John McCain - The Company I Keep



h/t: Just Build the Fence

British Woman Upset by Abortion Offer After Hospital's Wrong Miscarriage Diagnosis

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 12,

London, England (LifeNews.com) -- A British woman is upset after a hospital offered her drugs to cause an abortion after she learned it wrongly informed her that he baby would eventually die in a miscarriage. The woman says officials compounded her grief about the supposed death of her unborn child with its offer to kill her baby, who is die in June.

Catherine Kent and her partner Kevin Gray were both devastated when officials at Sunderland Royal Hospital told the couple their baby would die.

Sunderland staff offered Kent an abortion drug to make the length of the miscarriage shorten but she chose to let the baby die naturally and refused the pills.

Further tests a month later confirmed the diagnosis was erroneous and Kent was still pregnant with a health child.

"What if I had taken the tablets they offered me?" Kent told the London Daily Mail newspaper.

"They could have left my baby severely disabled, or it could have died," she said. "They could've aborted my baby while it was alive." [read more]

Catholic League News Release

“SEPARATE BUT EQUAL” IN COLORADO:
BIGOTED LAW INTRODUCED


Last week the Catholic League criticized a bill introduced by Colorado Rep. Gwyn Green that would make it easier to sue private institutions in cases involving child sexual abuse. Our criticism centered on one objection: public institutions were given a pass. Rep. Green said at the time that she would introduce another bill that would address public institutions. She has now done so. Here is what Catholic League president Bill Donohue says about it:

“Rep. Gwyn is to Colorado what George Wallace was to Alabama: a public official who promotes the invidious doctrine of ‘separate but equal.’ Just as it is morally and legally indefensible to have one law for whites and another for blacks, it is just as reprehensible to have one law for Catholic teachers and another law for public school teachers.

“Here’s what Green’s bills do: (a) if Johnny was abused last year in the Catholic schools—or was abused 50 years ago—the school can be sued, but if Johnny was abused in a public school over the same period, his parents are denied the right to sue (b) if Johnny is abused next year in a Catholic school, his parents can sue, but if Johnny is abused next year in a public school, the only way his parents can sue is if the school failed to conduct a background check of the teacher (c) if Johnny is abused in a Catholic school, it is possible—under the provision of ‘vicarious liability’—to sue the principal as well as the diocese, but if Johnny is abused in a public school, neither the principal nor the superintendent of schools can be sued, and (d) if Johnny is abused in a Catholic school, there is no monetary limit on what it can be sued for, but if Johnny is abused in a public school, the most the school must pay is $150,000.

“We are contacting the entire Colorado legislature about this matter. ‘Separate but equal,’ as the U.S. Supreme Court said in its 1954 Brown decision, is ‘inherently unequal.’ Nothing has changed since, and it matters not a whit whether the bigotry is based on race or religion.”

Contact the Chairman of the Colorado House Judiciary Committee, Terrance Carroll, at
terrance.carroll.house@state.co.us

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=1387

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Russian bomber buzzes U.S. aircraft carrier heading towards Japanese coast

A Russian bomber twice buzzed a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the most stark warning yet from the Kremlin of a return to the Cold War.

The Pentagon leaked word of the potentially dangerous encounter near the coast of Japan for the first time last night.
[read more]

h/t: 1913 Intel

Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Doyle Robinson as Director of Delta Regional Authority & the Renewal Communities Program

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Doyle Robinson, of Mangham, as director of the Delta Regional Authority and director of the Renewal Communities Program.

Doyle Robinson, of Mangham, is currently retired from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Robinson’s tenure at the USDA spanned from 1967 to 2007 where he served as an assistant county loan processor and a county supervisor. Since 1994, Robinson worked in Monroe as the Area Community Improvement Specialist. He is also a recipient of the 2005 Certificate of Merit for Assistance in Katrina/Rita Relief, the 2005 Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Performance, and the 2004 Certificate of Merit for Volume Processing of Community Loans. Robinson has a bachelor’s of science in agriculture business from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The Delta Regional Authority was created by Congress in 2000 for the purpose of improving basic infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, business development and job training for the Delta Region. The region encompasses 240 counties and parishes spread over the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky Missouri, and Illinois.

The Renewal Communities Program is housed under the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Under the program, distressed urban and rural communities are eligible to receive funding in various federal tax incentives and support services. Louisiana has four established programs, one in North Louisiana, Central Louisiana, Orleans Parish, and Jefferson Parish.

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Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst

U.S. Hispanic population to triple by 2050

By Haya El Nasser, USA TODAY

The U.S. population will soar to 438 million by 2050 and the Hispanic population will triple, according to projections released Monday by the Pew Research Center.

The latest projections by the non-partisan research group are higher than government estimates to date and paint a portrait of an America dramatically different from today's.

The projected growth in the U.S. population — 303 million today — will be driven primarily by immigration among all groups except the elderly. [
read more]

h/t: Immigration News Daily

Founding Fathers Quote

I am not influenced by the expectation of promotion or pecuniary reward. I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary for the public good, become honorable by being necessary.

Nathan Hale

Russia: An Energy Superpower?

By Carol R. Saivetz, MIT Center for International Studies. Posted February 1, 2008.

Russia is an energy colossus, but its reach may be limited.

As Vladimir Putin nears the end of his second term as Russian president, it is clear that energy exports have become a major component of a resurgent Russia's foreign policy. According to the conventional wisdom, Russia's vast resources make it a superpower to be reckoned with. Not only is it a major supplier of natural gas to the states of the former Soviet Union, it also sells oil and natural gas to Europe and has made new contract commitments for both oil and gas to China. Additionally, as the January 2006 cutoff of gas to Ukraine, the January 2007 oil and gas cutoff to Belarus, and Gazprom's threat (again) to Ukraine in the wake of the September 2007 parliamentary elections indicate, Russia is willing to use its resources for political purposes. [
read more]

h/t: 1913 Intel

Monday, February 11, 2008

McCain - Would he vote for his AMNESTY Bill NOW?

Founding Fathers Quote

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

Oliver Ellsworth

Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst

The Season of Lent

Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. All churches that have a continuous history extending before AD 1500 observe Lent. The ancient church that wrote, collected, canonized, and propagated the New Testament also observed Lent, believing it to be a commandment from the apostles. (See The Apostolic Constitutions, Book V, Section III.)

If your church does not observe Lent, you can find out why.

You can read about fasting, which is a spiritual discipline that does not involve starvation or dehydration. You can also read Honest to God for an explanation of what we accomplish by observing Lent.

You can find out about Lenten fasting during medieval times. The link even includes a very interesting recipe! [read more]


h/t: Rev. Ken Collin's Web Site

Vatican confirms plans for Pope's April visit to US

Vatican, Feb. 8, 2008 (CWNews.com) - The Vatican has officially confirmed plans for a papal trip to the US, with stops in Washington and New York, for April 15- 21.

Plans for the papal trip had already been disclosed by the apostolic nuncio in Washington, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, during an address to the US bishops' conference last November. The Vatican, however, traditionally does not make an official announcement of papal travel plans until a few weeks before the trip. [read more]

Four illegal immigrants arrested on cocaine charges

Four illegal immigrants living in a Davenport apartment were in jail late Friday after police allegedly found $181,375 worth of cocaine there, according to court records. Jorge Martinez Perez, 30; Claudia A. Trujillo, 23; Andres Farias Garcia, 30; and Miguel Trujillo, 40; all of 524 N. Lincoln Court, Apt. 3, have been charged in Scott County District Court with one count each of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and violation of the Iowa Drug Tax Stamp Law. Bond has been set at $100,000 each, but they will not be able to bond out, since Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on their cases because they are in the country illegally.

h/t: Immigration News Daily

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Bush Administration Opposes HIV/AIDS Bill Over Abortion Funding, Abstinence

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 8, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Bush administration sent a letter to Congress yesterday indicating that the president would oppose a bill that funds the AIDS relief program unless Congress removes funding for pro-abortion groups. Leading pro-life organizations have joined President Bush in saying they will work to defeat the bill if it's not amended.

While he appreciates that Congress is working towards reauthorizing the President's Emergency plan for AIDS Relief, the Bush administration said it was concerned by changes Democrats made to it.

The State Department said the president "opposes the draft in its current form" and would like to work with members of Congress to fix the problems.

The letter touched on the concerns pro-life groups have that pro-abortion groups will become eligible for funding because the reauthorization bill talks about "reproductive health" and "family planning" -- code words international groups use to refer to abortion.

"We are deeply concerned that the draft repeatedly invokes 'reproductive health' and 'family planning,' and requires linkages, referrals on reporting training, support, and direct funding for these activities," the administration said.

The statement said those terms are not needed "and should be struck from the bill."

The letter also said the terms are wrongly used to potentially promote abortion as a means of preventing the mother-to-child transmission of the AIDS virus. [read more]