Thursday, February 21, 2008

Missile Defence And The USS Lake Erie



Navy Times: Navy hits wayward satellite on first attempt

Navy Hits Spy Satellite With Missile

Supremacist Judges Attack Our Military

by Phyllis Schlafly

Two separate federal courts,
one in San Francisco and the other in Los Angeles, just ordered the United States Navy to limit its use of sonar, the underwater radar essential for tracking enemy submarines and detecting the ocean floor. These rulings tie the hands of our Navy and are the latest outrage committed by judicial supremacists.

The lawsuits were brought by environmental groups on behalf of whales and other sea creatures, using the claim that their ears and brains might be damaged by the sonar. The court rulings allow environmentalism to trump what the Navy needs to do to protect our national interest. [read more]

h/t: ARRA News Service

Kidd's happy return has Dallas Mavericks thinking title

11:56 AM CST on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
By EDDIE SEFKO / The Dallas Morning News
esefko@dallasnews.com

Jason Kidd returns to the Dallas Mavericks
02/19/2008

NEW ORLEANS – At 11:29 a.m. Tuesday, the final word came. A laborious process had yielded the second coming of Jason Kidd.

He's a Maverick again, at a steep price.

After 12 years and one agonizingly long week of on-again, off-again negotiations, the star point guard has returned to the team that originally brought him into the league. All Kidd is being asked to do to justify the trade of Devin Harris and a small army of other players to New Jersey is help lead the Mavericks to their first NBA championship.

Kidd's second go-around with the Mavericks begins tonight, probably with him in the starting lineup at New Orleans Arena against the Hornets. On Tuesday, he joined his new teammates and went through his first Mavericks practice, wearing No. 2.

"He's going to help us," Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said, "because at the end of games, he just knows how to win." [read more]

Catholic Prayers


AN ELECTION PRAYER TO MARY

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of
Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the
United States of America to your loving care.
Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this l
and for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed
with the burden of the sins of our nation, we
cry to you from the depths of our hearts and
seek refuge in your motherly protection.
Look down with mercy upon us and touch the
hearts of our people. Open our minds to the
great worth of human life and to the
responsibilities that accompany human
freedom.
Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the
evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of
family life. Grant our country the wisdom to
proclaim that God’s law is the foundation on
which this nation was founded, and that He
alone is the True Source of our cherished
rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness.
O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to
reject the culture of death and the strength to
build a new Culture of Life.

Black Pro-Life Advocate Wants Charles Barkley to Apologize on Abortion Remarks

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 19, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading black pro-life advocate wants former NBA star Charles Barkley to apologize for calling people who oppose abortion "fake Christians." Barkley made the comments on Friday in an interview with CNN's The Situation Room news show and also referred to pro-life advocates as "hypocritical."

During the interview, Barkley endorsed pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and said he has problems with those who oppose abortion.

"I'm going to vote Democratic. I hope it's my guy, Barack. But I'm going to vote Democratic either way, because I don't like what the Republicans have done to our country," he said.

Barkley eventually said, "Every time I hear the word 'conservative,' it makes me sick to my stomach, because they're really just fake Christians, as I call them. That's all they are." [read more]

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Catholic League News Release

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE GOES UNCHECKED

· Instead of punishing child molesters, they’re simply moved from place to place without anyone getting a heads up.
· It takes almost a year-and-a-half to investigate claims of abuse.
· If the accused is guilty of touching a minor or accessing porn on a computer, he can continue working provided he sees a shrink.
· Even molesters who admit to their crimes are given a second chance.
· Those empowered to do the investigation are mandated to seek rehabilitation for the offender.
· The investigators are not commissioned from the outside, rather they are all staffed from the inside.
· Deals are routinely cut for accused molesters in secret, protecting the identity of the molester from the community.
· The accused molesters not only walk, they walk away with cash settlements, health insurance and letters of recommendation—just so long as they agree to get lost.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:

“The above is taken from a splendid two-part series on the problem of child sexual abuse in the Oregon public schools; it was published on February 17 and 18 in The Oregonian. The same problem—molestation, secret deals, inside investigations, rehab—exists nationwide. Oh, yes, so does the phenomenon of ‘passing the trash’ to other school districts.

“So where’s the outcry? If this were the Catholic Church, there would be calls for resignations and punitive measures. It only goes to show that kids don’t matter—what matters is the identity of the alleged abuser.

“True to form, when a Republican lawmaker in Oregon wanted to suspend rules to deal with this immediately, he was denounced by the Democrats. By the way, of the $53,000 given by the Oregon Education Association to legislators since November 2006, over 90 percent went to the Democrats. Not until the public schools model themselves on Catholic reforms will this problem be checked.”


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=1389

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The U.S. Military Index

March/April 2008

In an exclusive new index, Foreign Policy and the Center for a New American Security surveyed more than 3,400 active and retired officers at the highest levels of command about the state of the U.S. military. They see a force stretched dangerously thin and a country ill-prepared for the next fight. [read more]

h/t: 1913 Intel

Founding Fathers Quote

'Tis folly in one Nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its Independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favours and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation. 'Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

George Washington

The Holy Face


O Blessed Face of my kind Savior,
by the tender love
and piercing sorrow
of Our Lady as she beheld You in
Your cruel Passion,
grant us to share in this
intense sorrow and love
so as to fulfill the holy will
of God to the utmost
of our ability.
Amen.

Catholic League News Release

SEX ABUSE LAW IN MARYLAND FLAWED

Maryland lawmaker Eric Bromwell has introduced legislation that would suspend the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases for almost two years. It would allow alleged victims to sue the predator and the organization where the abuser worked. The bill, however, does not apply to public institutions, which are subject to less punitive measures.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue spoke against the proposed legislation today:

“Unlike some lawmakers in other states who have sought to penalize private [read: Catholic] schools while giving public schools a pass, Delegate Bromwell appears to have benign motives. But he is wrong on the issue nonetheless. It is simply intolerable to allow one set of penalties for private institutions and another for public institutions. If protecting students is the goal, then justice demands that all institutions be treated equally. It is mind-boggling to think that a young person who was previously abused by a public school teacher should be afforded less justice than a neighbor who was molested by a Catholic school teacher.

“This bill should either be amended to blanket all institutions equally or withdrawn altogether. To discriminate on the basis of religion—even if it is not the intent of the legislation—is indefensible. We are contacting the House Judiciary Committee about this issue.”

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=1388
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Feb 14, 2008 In Case You Missed It -- Ethics reform creates level playing fields for economic development (Shreveport Times)

Excerpt from the Shreveport Times
By Jack McLeod

Ethics reform is not just a nice sounding thing; it's a necessary thing. Without it the future of our state could be at risk. If we want increased economic development, we must reform now, not merely promise to reform. Investors need to be confident that they are playing on a level field. As consumers purchasing goods, we citizens expect open, honest dealings. As citizens we must demand no less from the people chosen to lead us, whether they be elected or appointed.

It is imperative that ethics reform goes beyond the legislative and executive branches of state government, it must also extend into the judicial branch. Investors and citizens must be assured that judicial decisions are free from unethical influence. It will take a constitutional amendment to extend ethics reform to the judiciary, but it can and should be done.
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NC study: 1 in 5 jail inmates foreign born

02/19/2008 03:42 PM
By: Tim Boyum


RALEIGH -- A new study shows one in five inmates in North Carolina metropolitan jails was not born in this country.

The Sheriffs's Association believes a large number of those inmates are here illegally as well. At the same time, some counties are starting a new program that can lead to quicker deportation. [read more]

h/t: Immigration News Daily

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I Voted, Did You?

Today I have voted for Ron Paul. I was going to vote for Fred Thompson, but he is now supporting McCain. I disagree with Ron Paul on a lot of foreign policy issues, but completely agree with him on states' rights and limited federal government. I also left the voting booth without having compromised my conservative principles.

I hope everyone will vote this November, but if you want a conservative choice you need to start supporting the Constitution Party as they try to gain ballot access in all fifty states. I will also be working to elect conservative Republicans on the local and state level and in the Senate and House.

Planned Parenthood Kills For Profit

NEWS RELEASE: PARENT COALITION STATEMENT ON TODAY’S SENATE ACTION REGARDING VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

February 19, 2008


For Immediate Release, February 19, 2008

Contact: Rose Fernandez, 262-565-7844


PARENT COALITION STATEMENT ON TODAY’S SENATE ACTION REGARDING VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

[Madison, WI] -- The following statement is from Rose Fernandez, president of the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families.

“Today, more than 100 children and their parents were on hand in the Senate Gallery to witness a shameful display of partisan power politics at its worst. The Republicans in the State Senate, along with Democrat State Senator Jon Erpenbach, voted to honor the previously-agreed-to, bipartisan compromise.

“At the 11th hour, Governor Doyle and many Democrat Senators who previously supported the much-touted, bipartisan compromise, decided to renegotiate the deal at the behest of one powerful special-interest group. After several hours of what proved to be empty rhetoric, and political gamesmanship that included a re-vote, the State Senate voted to lock out future families from Wisconsin’s public virtual schools.

“It was shameful. But with shame comes a chance at redemption.

“We hope and will continue to fight for a revival of the bipartisan compromise in the State Assembly.

“We are not going away.”

# # #

Nebraska Pro-Life Women Will Likely Serve Out Abortion Protest Sentences

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 18, 2008

Lincoln, NE (LifeNews.com) -- Two Nebraska women who saw their court orders misplaced for jail time in relation to abortion protests are resigned they will have to serve out the remainder of the prison terms. Sharon McKee and Melissa Abbink were initially sentenced to eight and five months in prison for protests in 1999.

The two were arrested twice for violating a local ordinance prohibiting picking in residential areas.

In a strange and rare development, the papers for processing their prison terms and instructing the women on when to turn themselves in were never processed.

The paperwork eventually showed up -- eight years later -- and the pro-life women were sent to jail in December to begin serving their terms. [read more]

University of North Carolina Prof Suggests Abortion for Down Syndrome Babies

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 17, 2008

Chapel Hill, NC (LifeNews.com) -- A University of North Carolina professor is under fire for suggesting that parents who discover their unborn child will have Down syndrome should have abortions. The comments offended one student who has a brother with the condition and highlighted attempts by disabilities groups to head off abortion as a solution to the disability.

Professor Albert Harris told his embryology students last week that babies who have Down syndrome should be aborted.

"In my opinion, the moral thing for older mothers to do is to have amniocentesis, as soon during pregnancy as is safe for the fetus, test whether placental cells have a third chromosome #21, and abort the fetus if it does," he said, according to a Raleigh news and Observer report.

Harris has taught at the college for 35 years and he told the newspaper he's made the pro-abortion statement several times before in an attempt to spark discussion.

He told the newspaper he has no apologies for the remark.

"I know somebody who had a child like this, and it ruined their life," he said.

Ironically, he also indicated he likely wouldn't have an abortion if he and his wife were pregnant with a disabled baby.

But Lara Frame, a senior in the biology class, told the Raleigh newspaper the comment offended her because she has a brother with the condition. [read more]

Alan Keyes - The Only Conservative Candidate 2008


Founding Fathers Quote

Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.

Thomas Jefferson

Monday, February 18, 2008

John McCain Is Not Pro-Life

You Do Have A Choice

While I remain completely committed to the Republican Party when it comes to electing conservatives at the local and federal level I cannot support John McCain for the Presidency. Contrary to popular belief we do not have to just decide between McCain and who ever the Democrat Nominee is. I encourage every conservative to get involved with the Constitution Party to make sure there is a conservative on the ballot in November.

Seven Principles of the Constitution Party are:

1. Life: For all human beings, from conception to natural death;

2. Liberty: Freedom of conscience and actions for the self-governed individual;

3. Family: One husband and one wife with their children as divinely instituted;

4. Property: Each individual's right to own and steward personal property without government burden;

5. Constitution: and Bill of Rights interpreted according to the actual intent of the Founding Fathers;

6. States' Rights: Everything not specifically delegated by the Constitution to the federal government is reserved for the state and local jurisdictions;

7. American Sovereignty: American government committed to the protection of the borders, trade, and common defense of Americans, and not entangled in foreign alliances.

Learn more about the Constitution Party.

Kansas Attorney General Asks Supreme Court to Quash Abortion Subpoena

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 16, 2008

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) -- The new Kansas state attorney general is picking up right where his predecessor left off and, on Friday, asked the state Supreme Court to quash a request from a grand jury to hand over abortion records. The panel is investigating late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller for violating state abortion laws.

Tiller faces charges from both the state attorney general that he did illegal late-term abortions and a grand jury probe contending he violated the law other times over the last five years.

Earlier this month, the grand jury issued a subpoena to new Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six for older records his office has.

The two subpoenas seek 60 records of abortions from Tiller's Women's Health Care Services abortion business. His office has the files because of previous investigations of Tiller, but Six wants the subpoenas quashed or at least temporarily blocked.

Last week, the state Supreme Court temporarily blocked the grand jury from gaining access to 2,000 abortion records director from Tiller. The court agreed to block the records request until it has a chance to hold a full hearing on the issue. The court will issue a decision by February 25. [read more]

Pro-Abortion Groups in Canada Continue Misleading on Unborn Victims Bill

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 14, 2008


Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) -- Pro-abortion groups in Canada are continuing to mislead lawmakers in the Canadian Parliament about a bill MP Ken Epps has sponsored that would protect pregnant women. The measure gives pregnant moms and their unborn children justice by allowing prosecutors to charge criminals for killing or injuring both mother and child.

However, the bill, C-484, has come under fire from abortion advocates, who wrongly claim the measure would infringe on legal abortions there.

The United States has a similar law in place as do 36 states and, though it enjoys the support of pro-life groups who hope to stop abortions someday soon, none of the laws have ever been used to stop abortion.

"It definitely is a back-door attempt to attack abortion rights," Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada claimed in an interview with the Edmonton Sun newspaper. [read more]

Sunday, February 17, 2008

United Nations Committee Pushes Countries to Promote Abortion in CEDAW Mtg

by Samantha Singson
February 15, 2008

LifeNews.com Note: Samantha Singson writes for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a pro-life group that lobbies at the United Nations. This article originally appeared in the group's Friday Fax publication.

The Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) concluded its latest round of meetings, pressing all eight delegations under review on their abortion policies even though the treaty never mentions abortion.

Bolivia, Burundi, Saudi Arabia, France, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Morocco and Sweden were each questioned on abortion in the CEDAW committee inaugural meeting in its new Geneva location.

Sylvia Pimentel of Brazil, one of the most outspoken and abortion-friendly members of the CEDAW Committee, emphasized that what she said was the urgent need for Bolivia to have a new draft law on sexual and reproductive rights as soon as possible. Pimentel, a professor at a Pontifical University, justified her line of questioning,

"There are religious fundamentalist sectors in every country which interfere in matters related to sexual and reproductive rights." The CEDAW committee’s concluding comments urged Bolivia “to adopt implementing regulations for existing laws on Bolivian women’s right to therapeutic abortion.”

Other delegations were similarly questioned. In what has become standard practice for the CEDAW Committee, members have tried to forge links between what they claim are high maternal mortality figures and illegal or clandestine abortion in order to urge states to increase access to “sexual and reproductive health services” including “family planning services.” [read more]

The Jena 6 scam

Posted: February 15, 2008
1:00 am Eastern

© 2008

"(S)ome Americans do not understand why the sight of a noose causes such a visceral reaction," declared President Bush to the White House gathering for Black History Month.

As the Washington Post rushed to remind us, President Bush was "responding to news coverage of such episodes as the 'Jena Six.'"

But if history is about truth, not myth, that news coverage deserves another look, before the Jena Six enter the history books alongside Emmett Till and "the Scottsboro Boys."

By now, most folks know the media story. White students at Jena High in Louisiana hung nooses on a tree to warn black students not to sit under it. After a fistfight over this racist outrage, black kids in the fight were indicted for attempted murder, while the white racists who hung the nooses walked away with a verbal spanking. [read more]

Act Before It Is Too Late

02/17/2008

URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

by James N. Clymer
Constitution Party National Chairman

Did you know that you won’t be able to cast your vote for the Constitution Party presidential candidate unless he is listed on the ballot on Election Day?

And are you aware that gaining ballot access requires collecting thousands upon thousands of signatures on petitions all across the country?

I am writing to you today to urgently remind you that we must work NOW to gain ballot lines.

The Constitution Party will be the only party running a truly constitutional candidate for President in November, and I need your help to ensure that voters in every state have the option to vote for our candidate.

Time is critical, and frankly I’m concerned. We can’t risk losing any states by waiting until the last minute! We absolutely must be working to qualify every state immediately. [read more]