Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Little Reality Check On Gov. Perry

I see Ed Morrissey of Hot Air, and several other conservative bloggers, are praising Gov. Perry's speech yesterday at SRLC. Normally I would not mind so much, except he is being advocated as a presidential candidate in 2012. I watched the speech live and they are right, he gives a great speech. Having followed him for years, he always has.

Unfortunately, his never backs up his great conservative rhetoric. Just like another famous Texan, Bush, his actions while governor of Texas does not follow the Conservative agenda that is articulated to the nation.

Just ask Texans about the potentially dangerous forced vaccinations of young girls that the Texas House had to step in and override Gov. Perry on.

You can also ask Texas who are suffering due to the wide open border with Mexico how much Gov. Perry has done to protect them. The answer is not much, a whole lot of Hot Air rhetoric and not much else. He has the authority to deploy the National Guard and declare a state emergency, however during the majority of the Bush presidency, and now Obama's presidency, Gov. Perry has done only what is demanded of him.

You also have to factor in the Texas trans-corridor. For years Gov. Perry swore it did not exist and allowed those who were warning Texas and all of America to be ridiculed as liars and fear mongers, when it eventually came out that it was in fact in the planning stages; at which time Gov. Perry switched to open support.

He has also vetoed property rights legislation only to sign a similar bill, while running for re-election. Because of Texas law the bill did not require his signature, due to the overwhelming support it received during passage; but Gov. Perry could not pass up the photo op during an election year and the conservative pundits have ate it all up.

Just because someone claims to be conservative does not make them conservative. In the case of Gov. Perry we have a very long record we can look at and it shows a governor who has aggressively grown the power of his office on the backs of every day Texans. I have no idea who I will support in 2012, but if the choice comes down to Gov. Perry or Obama then the Republic is truly in a bad way.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Obama, Schumer, and Graham Aim To Please Amnesty Hawkers Still Seeking Impunity For Illegals

As predicted, Obama has closely followed the heels of his failed healthcare "reform" monstrosity with his next agenda item; Amnesty. Remember that dirty little proposition Bush tried to make to with the Liberals of this Republic to legalize millions of people who illegally infiltrated our borders? It's back, with a vengeance and Obama in command.

With apostates, to this Republic, Schumer and Graham making statements such as our immigration system being badly broken it is already stinking of the same foul odor as the piece of garbage healthcare reform that was just rammed down our throats; that was supposedly badly broken too. The only thing broken about healthcare was the state by state monopolies insurance companies had and frivolous law suits and the only thing broken about our immigration system is that our government refuses to enforce it.

It is our government that is badly broken and in need of reform. November is nearing and so is the end of this terrible Left-wing extremist reign we have been forced to endure; they have not yet corrupted our voting system enough to over come the voter rejection that is going to hit them at the polls this fall.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Is Today Over Yet?

What a wet, dreary day. On top of it, the Red Sox lost to the Yankees! At least the Brewers won.

It appears that we had a low voter turn out. Normally I vote at noon and there is between 600 and 700 votes. Today I went in at 5:30 pm and there was just over 400. The poll workers I talked to said it had been extremely slow all day.

The good news is that I am watching the returns now and with 80% in it appears my county executive will be re-elected. Which is a good thing. He has been trying to trim government and has been attacked non stop for it. The woman who ran against him is a self-proclaimed progressive so we lucked out tonight.

One irritating thing I have noticed while watching the returns is that most of the schools in this part of the state are begging for more money. I always love that the threat is give us more money or we will cut teachers and curriculum. Why is the answer never to cut out some of the millions of field trips? Or some of the stuffed shirts higher up? Or, Lord forbid, actually cutting back?

Our schools claim that they constantly need more and more resources while an ever increasing number of students fall through the cracks? Yet, somehow our Founding Fathers' generation, who I believe were blessed with extraordinary knowledge by the Lord, were able to learn at home and in one room school houses without computers, calculators, or field trips to the school forest.

Our school's should be getting by on a lot less and actually performing their jobs of educating our children. They shouldn't even be receiving federal aid. I have seen several stories over the years of charter schools and home schools out performing public schools with only a pittance of the resources the public schools receive per student. How about they just end the excuses and teach the kids or find a new line of work, and by the way, voters need to wake up and quit voting them more money; it is like giving a drug addict another fix.

Here are a couple of photos I took on the way back from voting. I think the stormy water is interesting. SR says that I am boring you and that the pictures all look the same.

Catholic League News Release


AP is reporting that in the course of a TV interview on Sunday, the archbishop of Santiago, Chile said he was investigating "a few" cases of priestly sexual abuse. We decided to give AP a tip by bringing similar stories to its attention, all of which were reported in the last week in the U.S. (since March 31), but none of which it chose to cover:

· A Milford, Connecticut teacher's aide pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a high school student
· A Brookville High School teacher in Pennsylvania was charged with aggravated indecent assault; indecent exposure; corruption of minors; possession of obscene material; sexual abuse of children; and unlawful conduct with minors
· A middle school gym teacher in Athens, New York was arrested on charges of sex abuse and forcible touching
· A Morrisville-Eaton Central School District teacher outside Utica, New York was arrested for forcibly touching a girl over a three year period, beginning at the age of 11, and for endangering her welfare
· A former Teacher of the Year in Bullitt County, Kentucky was indicted by a grand jury on sexual abuse charges
· A teacher at Olin High School in Iowa was charged with sexually exploiting a freshman. This same teacher faced similar charges two years ago when he taught in another school, and was simply moved from one school district to another

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

Every day there are religious and secular leaders, all over the world, who learn of accusations of sexual misconduct, but none are given global coverage by AP unless it involves someone like the archbishop of Santiago. That AP thinks his admission is newsworthy, but does not deem it worthy to cover the above half-dozen examples, is revealing. Now it may be a lot sexier to get the Catholic Church, but serious journalism ought to be guided by more professional standards of inquiry.

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3394 (fax)

Founding Fathers Quote

At a general election, too few attend to the important consequences of voting or not voting; and to the consequences, still more important, of voting right or voting wrong.

James Wilson

Election Day - Get Out And Vote!

It's election day, have you voted yet? If not, get out and let your voice be heard. I am distressed that in the papers and on the local radio they are saying that voter turn out will probably be only 10% and that this election is "boring".

First of all, this election is for judges, school boards, county executives, mayors; so basically everyone who will affect every aspect of your daily life. Let's not let the Left win these elections. I have heard that in Milwaukee some sordid deal was struck so that all the judges are running unopposed. So get out there and write in a candidate; I recommend Jeff Wagner. If enough people write in then it will be obvious to anyone thinking of running next time that there would be support for a challenge.

Too many people are currently sacrificing in service to this Republic for those of us at home to be too busy or uninterested to exercise our right to vote.

Malignant Tumor

Founding Fathers Quote

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.

Samuel Adams

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

RSC Update: Monday, April 5, 2010

From the Chairman
With unemployment so high, one would think the economy and jobs would be the top priority in Washington. Yet, the Democrats in charge continue to focus on just about everything but promoting private sector job creation.

Unleashing America’s energy potential would be a bonanza for the economy. President Obama last week announced that very limited areas would be available for new offshore oil and gas exploration, but he simultaneously put the entire West Coast (including parts of Alaska) and much of the East Coast off limits once again. And his continued push for a de facto National Energy Tax would send energy prices skyrocketing. Locking away bountiful resources and pursuing a National Energy Tax will not help the economy or prevent us from being dependent on hostile nations for our energy needs. That’s why the RSC has introduced an “All-You-Can-Create” energy plan.

Ensuring America’s long-term economic health also relies on changes being made to our financial regulatory structure and Washington’s misguided policies. Well-run companies should have room to grow and poorly-run companies must be allowed to fail. Sadly, the Democrats’ plans create new bailout funds, ignore Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the roots of the financial crisis), and will stymie economic activity with piles of new regulations which will actually do very little to protect consumers. Republicans have introduced H.R. 3310 (summary here) to fix the problems in our financial system while staying true to the free market principles which are always the foundation of long-term prosperity.

When added to the sizable spending increases, tax hikes, and deficits already on the horizon, these policies show that Democrats are paying little attention to the worries and needs of our nation’s job creators.


Congressman Tom Price
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity – Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10): Returning the Census is Our Constitutional Duty; RedState, April 1.

· Rep. Steve King (IA-05): 100 Percent Repeal of Obamacare; Washington Times, April 2.

Outlook – Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals to advance their big-government, anti-taxpayer agenda.
· The House and Senate will be out of session until the week of April 12. The Obama administration is reportedly pushing for Congressional Democrats to get a financial overhaul bill to the President’s desk by Memorial Day. H.R 4173, Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-MA) version of the plan, was approved with only Democrat votes on December 11, 2009. House Republicans unanimously joined with 27 House Democrats in voting against this bill, which would enshrine in law the notion that some institutions are “too-big-too-fail” and hand sweeping new powers to Washington.

RSC Reports
· Each week, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

· With Tax Day right around the corner, the RSC has compiled two reports on taxes: Tax Facts and Impending Tax Increases.

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Obama Can Pick Radical Abortion Advocate if Stevens Leaves Supreme Court Now

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 6, 2010

Washington, DC ( -- Political pundits are weighing in on what is expected to become the biggest news story affecting the pro-life community following President Barack Obama's signing the pro-abortion health care bill. The potential retirement of pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens could shake up politics. [read more]

Potential Supreme Court Picks Elana Kagan, Diane Wood Strongly Back Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 5, 2010

Washington, DC ( -- Should pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens decide in the coming days or weeks to retire, three potential replacements have been named as the most likely candidates to replace him. Two of the potential nominees for President Barack Obama are longtime pro-abortion activists. [read more]

Rand Paul - Machine

Monday, April 05, 2010

Another Red Sox Victory

I love baseball, it is so exciting when opening night arrives every year. With the Red Sox starting off the action, my family was glued to the TV. Now that the kids are getting older it is so fun to watch them truly understand the game and follow along. Now, instead of me being the only one yelling at the TV and high fiving, the whole family is with me. Not to mention, SR looks exceptionally fetching in her Red Sox jersey;-)

The night ended as expected; the Red Sox destroyed the evil Yankees and we have tomorrow night's game to look forward to a possible repeat. Here's to another great season of Red Sox baseball and hopefully another World Series Championship.

Catholic League News Release


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on two news stories released today by the Associated Press:

One of the AP stories on priestly sexual abuse admits that "The overwhelming majority of the victims were adolescents. That means very few guilty priests were pedophiles, a term mental health professionals reserve for those who target pre-pubescent children." Fine. But then it says something which is positively remarkable: "Even though about 80 percent of victims were boys, the John Jay researchers and other experts on sex offenders say it does not mean the perpetrators were gay." So what would they be? Heterosexual?

The AP article relied on the extraordinary remark by Margaret Smith, a professor who worked on the John Jay study. She said that while Donohue "quoted the study's data correctly," I nonetheless "drew an unwarranted conclusion." What? That most of the molesters have been gay? Here is what she said: "The majority of the abusive acts were homosexual in nature. That participation in homosexual acts is not the same as sexual identity as a gay man." So if two men sodomize each other, no one really knows if this qualifies as gay sex. Now I must admit that when I was studying for my doctorate in sociology at NYU, they never taught me such logic.

Both AP stories say the reason why there were so many male victims is because the priests did not have access to girls as altar servers. Nonsense. There have been girl altar servers in some U.S. dioceses since 1983, and almost everywhere since 1994. The statistics actually show that the more priests have access to girls, the less likely it is for girls to be abused.

Here's the tally. As reported in 2004, between 1950 and 2002, 81 percent of the victims were male; in 2005, it stayed the same; in 2006, it dropped to 80 percent; in 2007, it climbed to 82 percent; in 2008, it jumped to 84 percent; and in 2009, it stayed at 84 percent.

In other words, even though priests have less access to males, homosexual priests are molesting them at a higher rate. It's time to end the gay cover-up once and for all.

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3394 (fax)

Catholic League News Release


Catholic League president Bill Donohue replies to those who are accusing him of defending Father Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ. Maciel sexually abused seminarians and fathered a child. Here is Donohue's response:

Many articles have recently been written claiming that a "who's who" of conservative Catholic intellectuals once defended Father Maciel from charges of sexual molestation. Cited are the late Father Richard John Neuhaus, Mary Ann Glendon, Deal Hudson, Bill Bennett and me. To include me is positively wrong–I never once defended Maciel against such charges.

In a 1997 letter-to-the-editor in the Hartford Courant, I took issue with a news story which reported that "Several [of the accusers] said Maciel told them he had permission from Pope Pius XII to seek them out sexually for relief of physical pain." Here is what I said in reply:

"To think any priest would tell some other priest that the
pope gave him the thumbs up to have sex with another priest–
all for the purpose of relieving the poor fellow of some malady–
is the kind of balderdash that wouldn't convince the most unscrupulous
editor at any of the weekly tabloids. It is a wonder why The Courant
found merit enough to print it."

It is time to set the record straight. My criticism was of the newspaper for giving credibility to some of Maciel's accusers who said he told them he had gotten the green light from the pope to have sex with them. Indeed, "balderdash" is too kind a word to describe such nonsense.

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3394 (fax)

Forgotten Beauty

It amazes me how fast we overlook beauty that is around us. For example, everytime I do dishes I am staring at Lake Michigan, yet it is extremely rare that I even notice the Lake anymore. When we first moved here I was amazed that so many people overlooked it. Now, after having lived here for several years I have fallen into the same trap. Over time we tend to lose appreciation for the things in our every day life. Whatever that may be in your life, why not take a moment and appreciate it today and thank the Lord.

Here are a couple of photos I took down at the Lake the other night. There was a storm just starting to roll through and the stars were just starting to come out, it was really quite beautiful and freezing; the photos did not turn out as well as I had hoped.

Confederate History Month

For most in the South it is well known that April is Confederate history month. I like to take time out every April and remember those brave men and women who fought and sacrificed so much. I am not going to turn this post into a debate about the causes of the War for Southern Independence, I am just going to remember that amazing generation who lost everything.

One of my favorite ways to do that is through quotes. Both are from an American war hero who later become the only President of the Confederate States of America, who was befriended by the Pope, and also attended Catholic school as a child; the honorable Jefferson Davis:

“Secession belongs to a different class of remedies. It is to be justified upon the basis that the States are Sovereign. There was a time when none denied it. I hope the time may come again, when a better comprehension of the theory of our Government, and the inalienable rights of the people of the States, will prevent any one from denying that each State is a Sovereign, and thus may reclaim the grants which it has made to any agent whomsoever.”

“The unjust war commenced against us in violation of the rights of the States, and in usurpation of power not delegated to the government of the United States, is still characterised by the barbarism with which it has heretofore been conducted by the enemy. Aged men, helpless women and children, appeal in vain to the humanity which should be inspired by their condition, for immunity from arrest, incarceration or banishment from their homes. Plunder and devastation of the property of non-combatants, destruction of private dwellings and even of edifices devoted to the worship of God, expeditions organised for the sole purpose of sacking cities, consigning them to the flames, killing the unarmed inhabitants and inflicting horrible outrages on women and children are some of the constantly recurring atrocities of the invader.”

This quote is from a speech President Davis gave to the Congress of the Confederates States of America on May 2, 1864, in Richmond.


Sunday, April 04, 2010

Catholic Prayers

As the world sings triumphant cries to heaven over death that You conquered, help us, Lord, tomorrow as well, when the dresses are put away and the candy is all eaten and on with life we go let us not forget.

The celebration of Your Resurrection over death is a celebration of life that should continue well beyond the sunrise service and the music, rehearshed for days prior; it is beyond the sign of spring beyond the lilly beyond new lambs grazing in open fields.

Resurrection is a daily celebration over fear; man's greatest and most powerful enemy. Fear of tomorrow, fear of our yesterdays, fear of what shall become of our young our old our unborn. Resurrection is replacing fear with physical action.

This alone, the most touching and profound of Your signs that fear is dead and belief in You brings, not just hope but life.

What better living parable could You have brought? All fear death. All. Even in the garden, You took on our fear if for only moments, it was as real as our fears can be real and You knew then that this single enemy must be destroyed.

And, You sacrificed Your life, leaving those who had been comfort, and follower; You left them behind, to conquer fear.

I shall cling to this now, and the tomorrows given me.

Peace and Thanksgiving lifted unto You.