Friday, April 04, 2008

Support Gov. Jindal’s workforce development plan

Written by Marty Carlson

Tuesday, 01 April 2008

As noted in this space not long ago, workforce development — not ethics — is the most pressing issue for our state economic standing. So it is gratifying that Governor Bobby Jindal’s emphasis during the regular 2008 legislative session will focus on what his office describes as a “comprehensive workforce development design” and that reforming the workforce system is the “key” to a new Louisiana. [read more]

Inhofe Meets with Army Officers

Rusty Appleton, 04.02.2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today met with General David McKiernan, nominated to be Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF) and Lieutenant General Ray Odierno, nominated to serve as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and discussed their upcoming confirmation hearing.

"Gen. McKiernan and Lt. Gen. Odierno are the finest that the Army has to offer, and I wholeheartedly support each of their nominations,” said Senator Inhofe. "I look forward to their quick confirmation so that they can assume their responsibilities and begin to build on the successes their predecessors have experienced."
[read more]

Does The Constitution Only Matter To Republicans When The President Has A "D" At The End Of Their Name?

I believe that many of my fellow Republicans have betrayed our Constitution. I was a strong supporter of President Bush, but when he started his assault on the Constitution and the principles of Conservatism he lost that support. Unfortunately, many other Republicans have chosen to justify and back any decisions made by the President simply because he is a Republican. What about our principles? Apparently we are willing to abandon them just to have a Republican in the White House.

It is nice to see that several conservatives and Republicans are holding the President accountable, but nowhere near the number there should be. GOP Catholics has a great post documenting one of the abuses of the Bush Administration. We must stand for our Constitution no matter who the President is.

Bush Administration Spies On Its Citizens, Avoids Constitution

For almost two years following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 the Bush administration believed that the fourth amendment of the United States Constitution, which prohibits warrantless "searches and seizures," apparently did not apply to them.

Here is the text of the fourth amendment:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

The opinion that the Bush administration did not have to obey the U,S. Constitution on the matter of warrants was expressed in a secret memo of October 23, 2001 by then-deputy assistant Attorney General, John Yoo. [read more]

Thursday, April 03, 2008

8 reasons I won’t vote for John McCain

by Gordon James Klingenschmitt

In a recent WND column, Janet Folger begs social conservatives to vote for John McCain. She believes McCain will rescue "most everyone" from our political "burning building" – when in fact McCain has already locked arms with the Kennedys, Feingolds and liberal Democrats to keep social conservatives "out" of politics while they burn our constitutional republic to the ground.

Like our mutual friend Alan Keyes, I’ve been a lifelong Republican and never voted third party, but this time I’ve had enough (and apparently so has Alan Keyes, who reportedly is quitting the GOP).

So here are eight reasons I won’t vote for McCain and will continue to support Dr. Keyes wherever he leads our Exodus:

Sen. McCain refused to help me when I fought to pray "in Jesus’ name" as a Navy chaplain. When I walked into his office on Capitol Hill, two of his liberal staffers told me I should water down my prayers and stop praying "in Jesus’ name." McCain will surround himself with similar liberal appointees in key White House positions.
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Illegal immigrant confesses to fatal ‘Castle House’ stabbing

EDINBURG - An argument about a wandering dog led to one man stabbing another near a Mercedes home known as the "Castle House," Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said Wednesday.

Miguel Lopez, 23, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of first-degree felony murder and ordered jailed in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Federal authorities also have placed a hold on the Reynosa man because he is an illegal immigrant.
[read more]

h/t: Immigration News Daily

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

AMERICA NOT MEXAMERICA

Catholic League News Release

JAY LENO’S DUPLICITY IS APPALLING

Jay Leno apologized yesterday for asking actor Ryan Phillippe to give his “gayest look” during a recent show. The actor was quite uncomfortable with Leno’s quip and the late-night host came under fire by gay rights groups for his remarks.

Commenting today is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

“We have a fat file on Leno’s anti-Catholic comments, and with the lone exception of his phone call to me apologizing for his Catholic-bashing rant on February 7, 1997, we haven’t heard a word from him regarding our many complaints. Just last July we issued a news release calling him to task for bashing priests and the pope six times in five weeks. And he was at it again on February 18 of this year, leading me to ask the show’s executive producer Debbie Vickers the following question: ‘It is not likely that all of Leno’s writers are bigots, so could you please identify the person who is obsessed with bashing the Catholic Church?’

“This is not the first time the show has shown that it has a conscious. On October 19, 2007, an anti-Semitic remark by Halle Berry was bleeped on air.

“So what conclusion are we to draw? The same one we’ve drawn before: Gays and Jews are protected classes in Hollywood, but Catholics are not. Looks like Hollywood needs an affirmative action plan to hire Catholics. In the event it happens, we recommend that they advertise, Only practicing Catholics need apply. We won’t get our hopes up, and in the meantime it is worth noting that Jay Leno’s duplicity is appalling.”

Contact Leno’s executive producer at
Debbie.Vickers@nbc.com




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=1411

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Catholic League News Alert!

On Wednesday, April 2, Catholic League president Bill Donohue

will appear on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" to discuss media coverage

of Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to the U.S.

7:15 am ET

Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst

Catholic League News Release

HERE COMES THE POPE:
HERE’S WHAT THE PUNDITS WILL SAY


Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United States, which begins two weeks from tomorrow:

“Look for Pope Benedict XVI to be compared unfavorably to his predecessor, John Paul II. All of a sudden, those who had no use for Pope John Paul II will now anoint him a positive force, the purpose of which is to discredit Benedict. Here’s what they will say.

“The theme will be interfaith dialogue. Unlike his predecessor, they will say, this pope has set back relations with Protestants, Jews and Muslims. He will be castigated for restating Catholic teaching on salvation and for challenging theological relativism. The green light given to the Latin Mass will be seen as another step backwards. And calling attention to the human rights deficit that marks Islam will be the subject of more aspersions. In short, he will be blamed for turning back the clock.

“Silly surveys which lump non-practicing Catholics with practicing Catholics will show that many Catholics would not resist married priests or women priests. What will not be reported is that almost none of them care one way or the other—their allegiance to Catholicism does not turn on such matters. Some will try to slam the pope for the sex abuse scandal, as if he somehow approved it (he actually used some of the most condemnatory language of anyone when he called molesting priests ‘filth’). What will not be reported is the fact that for the year 2007, .01 percent of the more than 40,000 priests in the U.S. had an allegation made against them for violating someone under the age of 18 (want to compare that with public school teachers anyone?).

“Catholics should be proud that they have an intellectual heavyweight in Pope Benedict XVI, one who could run circles around his most vociferous critics.”


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=1410

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Wisconsin Elections - Endorment Of Judge Gableman And A Yes Vote On The Referendum Question

With Tuesday being Election Day I wanted to take the time to announce our endorsement for Judge Michael Gableman and our intention to vote yes on the Referendum Question to amend the Partial Veto. Control of the State Supreme Court lies in the balance so please make sure you get out and vote.

A friend of mine works on a website called Judgepedia that has detailed information on judicial races through out the country. Click here for detailed information on Judge Gableman. Here is an excerpt from his site.

Why I'm Running

I believe the Court has an important, albeit distinct, role to play that is separate from the legislature and the Governor. I will not legislate from the bench. And whether we are talking about punitive damage awards, the constitutionality of sexual predator statutes, or a standard by which we determine the burden of proof for negligence, Wisconsin law enforcement and our citizens and business owners deserve and expect decisions from the Court that are fair and consistent. They’ll get that fair and consistent approach from Justice Gableman. I’m my own guy. I’m running to be the people's justice, who is dedicated to and beholden to the law only.

Wisconsin deserves a fair, balanced and independent Supreme Court. My election would ensure fairness, balance and independence on the bench. The last time my opponent faced the voters, they rejected his philosophy. I believe, given the choice again, the results will be the same.
[read more]

Judge Gableman for Wisconsin Supreme Court



I had this email from State Senator Leibham forwarded to me. I think the information is important so I wanted to pass it along. It details why it is so important to vote yes on limiting the Partial Veto. Areas mentioned in the email as underlined and bolded will appear as just bolded in this format.

Capitol Connection
By State Senator Joe Leibham
March 26, 2008

~ VOTERS CAN STOP ABUSE OF VETO PEN ~

On the Tuesday, April 1 ballot, voters across Wisconsin will have the opportunity to answer a referendum question and decide whether we should amend our constitution and restrict the power of the veto pen currently provided to the Governor of our State. Specifically, the question on the ballot will read:

Partial veto. “Shall section 10 (1) (c) of article V of the constitution be amended to prohibit the governor, in exercising his or her partial veto authority, from creating a new sentence by combining parts of two or more sentences of the enrolled bill?"

Approval of this question would end an abusive practice that has come to be known as “the Frankenstein Veto” by prohibiting any Governor in the future from vetoing words in order to create new sentences and, as such, drastically altering the legislative intent of a spending proposal.

Below is a recent example of this abuse. The following paragraphs are from pages 373 & 374 of the 2005-07 state budget as it was approved by the state legislature. Everything, in italic print was vetoed by Governor Jim Doyle. What remains are the non-vetoed, underlined & bolded words and numbers. Governor Doyle took these remaining non-vetoed words and numbers, strung them together into a new sentence and transferred $427 million out of the state’s Transportation Fund and spent it in the general budget.

My comments are inserted in regular type to explain the veto:

In the following section of the budget, which originally related to the Marquette Interchange, the Governor vetoes the language that is italicized and retains the words that are in bold and underlined:

(4f) AGENCY REQUEST RELATING TO MARQUETTE INTERCHANGE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT BONDING.
Notwithstanding section 16.42 (1) of the statutes, in submitting information under section 16.42 of the statutes for purposes of the 2007−09 biennial budget act,
the department of transportation shall include recommended reductions to the appropriation under section 20.395 (3) (cr) of the statutes for each fiscal year of the 2007−09 fiscal biennium reflecting the transfer from this appropriation account to the appropriation account under section 20.395 (6) (au) of the statutes, as created by this act, of amounts for anticipated debt service payments, in each fiscal year of the 2007−09 fiscal biennium, on general obligation bonds issued under section 20.866 (2) (uup) of the statutes, as created by this act.

Next, in a section of the budget that originally dealt with passenger rail service, the Governor retains a few words:

(4w) PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE.
(d) If, in considering a request made under paragraph (a), the joint committee on finance determines that $572,700 in fiscal year 2005−06 or $629,900 in fiscal year 2006−07 is not sufficient to
fund passenger rail service, the committee may supplement the appropriation account under section 20.395 (2) (cr) of the statutes, from the appropriation under section 20.865 (4) (u) of the statutes, by an amount that would not cause the transportation fund to have a negative balance. Notwithstanding section 13.101 (3) of the statutes, the committee is not required to find that an emergency exists prior to making the supplementation.

Next, in a section of the budget that was to provide $484,000 for street lights in the Village of Oregon, the Governor retains a few words and numbers:

(5f) VILLAGE OF OREGON STREETSCAPING PROJECT. In the 2005−07 fiscal biennium, from the appropriation under section 20.395 (2) (nx) of the statutes, the department of transportation shall award a grant under section 85.026 (2) of the statutes of $484,000 to the village of Oregon in Dane County for a streetscaping project…..

Finally, in a section of the budget that was to provide funds for a rail crossing and ramp in Chippewa, the Governor retains a few numbers:

(5g) CHIPPEWA COUNTY CROSSING AND RAMP. In the 2005−07 fiscal biennium, from the appropriation under section 20 .395 (2) (nx) of the statutes, the department of transportation shall award a grant under section 85.026 (2) of the statutes of $80,000 to Chippewa County for the construction of a pedestrian−railroad crossing and handicap−accessible ramp…..

If you now take the non-vetoed words and numbers, the Governor created the following new sentence and new state law: the department of transportation shall transfer to the general fund from the transportation fund In the 2005−07 fiscal biennium $4 2 7 0 0 0,000

That’s right, with the creative use of his veto pen, Governor Doyle strung together the necessary words and numbers to transfer $427,000,000 from the “transportation fund budget” to the “general fund budget.”

If you believe, like I do, that this is an abuse of the veto pen, you will want to vote “YES” on the referendum question on Tuesday’s ballot. Voting “YES” will restrict any Governor in the future from doing this creative vetoing, restore balance to the legislative process and protect taxpayers. As a citizen, a legislator and a taxpayer, I plan to vote “YES” on Tuesday and I encourage you to do so as well.

As always, it has been a pleasure communicating with you. Please remember to communicate with me and share your input by calling 888-295-8750, writing to me at P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882, or by e-mailing me at Sen.Leibham@legis.state.wi.us. You can also log on to the 9th Senate District on-line office at www.leibhamsenate.com.

It is an honor representing the residents of the 9th District in the State Senate!

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Catholic League News Release

POPE STILL BEING BASHED FOR BAPTISM

Ever since Pope Benedict XVI baptized a Muslim-born journalist at the Easter Vigil, he has been highly criticized for doing so. Magdi Allam was one of seven adults baptized during the vigil, but because he has been an outspoken critic of Islamic extremism, his conversion set off a firestorm. Here’s a sample:

· “I cannot understand the Vatican’s motivation. Why with preparations for dialogue underway…would the pope revive antagonism this way.” [Shelia Musaji, founding editor, The American Muslim]
· “What amazes me is the high profile the Vatican has given this conversion. Why couldn’t he have done this in his local parish?” [Yaha Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, VP of Italian Islamic Religious Community]
· “The problem lies in the vindictive atmosphere surrounding the conversion ceremony.” [Palestinian journalist Khalid Amayreh]
· The baptism was a “deliberate and provocative act…made into a triumphalist tool for scoring points.” [Aref Ali Nayed, head of Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre]
· “A new provocation for the Islamic world.” [Mohamed Yatim, commentator for the Moroccan daily Attajdid]
· “The Vatican’s act seems unnecessarily incendiary and irresponsible.” [Calgary Herald editorial]

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“This kind of incredibly defensive posture underscores the need for Muslims to embrace religious liberty. People convert from Catholicism, Protestantism and Judaism every day, and no one blinks an eye. In any event, kudos to the Jerusalem Post for its analysis: ‘Allam was not a practicing Muslim, was educated in a Catholic school as a teenager, has been married for years to an Italian Catholic, and credits Pope Benedict for having influenced his decision…[and] he has been living under police protection for years, primarily because of his criticism of Islamic terrorism and defense of Israel—which, of course, is the real story here.”

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=1409

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Unbound: Professor Rick Esenberg