Saturday, May 08, 2010
"These are difficult times for America's families and today's unemployment
report delivers even more bad news. Democrats continue to advance a liberal
agenda that is doing more harm than good. The Democrat policies of taxing,
spending and bailouts are having a chilling effect on job creators across the
"The American people want Washington to enact policies that
will help create jobs. House Republicans are ready to work on common sense
solutions that will put people back to work, starting with fast-acting tax
relief for working families and small businesses and fiscal discipline here in
Friday, May 07, 2010
Okay, I've been asked why I seem angry recently, in
the writing I've posted here. Am I angry? Yes. Is there a reason? Oh, yes.
I watch the wanton, deliberate dismantling of this nation and its
traditions ... I'm aware of the dumbing down of our schools over the last
hundred years ... I see the deliberate refusal to teach or even acknowledge the
principles on which this greatest of all nations was conceived, and birthed in
I see the willful withholding of information about our
Founders, and why they behaved as they did ... I see so-called "history" books
which have 20+ pages about Sacajawea, and one short paragraph about George
Washington ... I had to order three different history texts for my 14 yr old
daughter, before finding one which tells the truth about our history.
Read the rest here and then please spread it too your friends.
May 5, 2010
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- The University of Wisconsin may have abandoned plans to install a late-term abortion facility at the at the Madison Surgery Center, but that doesn't mean the college has abandoned plans for a late-term abortion center entirely. [read more]
Large-scale turbulence from the giant colliding galactic flows causes this material to condense into the web of filaments seen in this image. As the stellar material becomes colder and denser, gravitational forces take over and fragment these filaments into chains of stellar embryos that can finally collapse to form baby stars.
These scientific results from the European Space Agency's Herschel infrared space observatory are revealing previously hidden details of star formation. New images show thousands of distant galaxies furiously building stars and beautiful star-forming clouds draped across the Milky Way. One image captures an ‘impossible’ star in the act of formation.
Presented on May 6, 2010, during a major scientific symposium held at ESA, the results challenge old ideas of star birth, and open new roads for future research.
Herschel’s observation of the star-forming cloud RCW 120 also revealed an embryonic star which may become one of the biggest and brightest stars in our galaxy within the next few hundred thousand years. The star already contains eight to ten times the mass of our sun and is still surrounded by an additional 2,000 solar masses of gas and dust from which it can feed.
More on the new results and images from ESA's Herschel, visit http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Herschel/index.html.
Image credit: ESA/Hi-GAL Consortium
Thursday, May 06, 2010
First, she endorses McCain, a man who has repeatedly attacked Conservatives and the Constitution through out his career. You could excuse her endorsement of him, but not her active campaigning on his behalf. Now she has endorsed Carly Fiornia over Chuck DeVore, a Conservative with a long track record of standing on principle and a veteran. This was a horrible move.
I hope you will join with me and support Chuck DeVore the true Conservative and please consider a donation to his campaign tonight.
One of the things that I liked so much about Palin was that she fought relentlessly for what she believed was right for Alaska. That was why we joined the Draft Palin for VP movement. Then when she was actually nominated she stood up for Conservative principles and said she would continue to. Now it appears that politics as usual has crept into even Palin's thought process.
A little over a year ago, a columnist for the newspaper that once served as the official communications organ of the Central Committee of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) had some choice words for what remains of America's free market economy.
"Like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed," the columnist wrote. "The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama."
His prediction for the future?
"The proud American will go down into his slavery without a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world how free he really is," he continued. "The world will only snicker."
As difficult as it may be to believe, that column appeared last April in Pravda – and a year later its chilling premonition has taken another step towards reality with the passage of Obama's socialized medicine plan. Meanwhile in the former Soviet Union, things are moving in the opposite direction as health care reforms are currently being proposed with the aim of undoing decades of communist micromanagement.
Has someone turned the world upside down? Is a failed former socialist state really adopting limited free market reforms? And even less fathomable: Is a nation that was conceived in liberty – one that rode the free market to unprecedented wealth creation and an unrivaled standard of living – now adopting the failed ideology of the very nation it vanquished in a global struggle for freedom?
Amazingly, the answer to both questions is "yes."
According to the Moscow Times, the Russian Duma is currently considering a health care reform bill that "adopts a laissez-faire approach instead of a micromanagement one." Legislation is also being debated that would force certain hospitals to either start turning a profit or be shut down.
"While Washington plans to pump unprecedented sums into what critics call a government takeover of health care, Moscow is moving in the opposite direction by backing legislation that could force hospitals and other public institutions to go commercial or close," the Times report notes.
It should be noted at this point that the Russian system is by no means wildly embracing capitalism. It is still doling out the vast majority of its health care funding from public sector sources, and the proposed funding reforms that are currently before the Duma would not eliminate or even substantially reduce government subsidies. They would simply provide for maximum budgetary flexibility amongst the hospitals that receive these subsidies while doing away with the nonsensical practice of confiscating "leftover" funds at the end of each year – which only guaranteed unnecessary spending.
According to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization, government in Russia pays for 63.2 percent of health care costs compared to a 45.8 percent share in America. These numbers were "pre-Obamacare," however. Clearly they will be moving towards an intersection as American plunges deeper into socialized medicine thanks to trillions of dollars in new entitlements, funded in part by socialist-style "individual mandates."
When will our leaders come to their senses?
Obviously a repeal of Obamacare would represent a tremendously positive first step in that process, but let's not forget the fact that the American health care system was already overburdened with government's entitlement excess prior to Obama's latest big government power grab – and many Republicans who are now crying foul have been part of the problem. In fact, rather than moving our country in the direction of free market solutions, George W. Bush and a Republican-controlled Congress deepened the entitlement abyss in 2003 by adding a $550 billion prescription drug benefit.
Each new government promise comes with a price tag – one that is measured not only in dollars and cents, but by the gradual erosion of our liberties and our free market economy. That's a lesson our country seems to have forgotten, but one that is picking up momentum in places that used to rail against freedom and free markets.
The author is chairman of Americans for Limited Government.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue looks at the latest article by the New York Times on the Catholic Church:
There is no media outlet more obsessed with old stories about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church than the New York Times. Today's story is a gem. On the front-page, complete with a color photo, there is a story on William Cardinal Levada, former archbishop of Portland and San Francisco and current head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. One might expect a front-page story to contain something dramatic, but there is nothing there: it is just a rehash of old stories.
The headline says more about the Times than Levada. It reads, "Cardinal Has a Mixed Record on Abuse Cases." Front-page stories, of course, typically deal with current events, exceptions being new revelations about important historical events. But neither is the case with Levada. To learn that a leader has a "mixed record" extending back a quarter century is not exactly news. Unless, of course, there is an agenda at work.
Here is what the reader learns. When Levada was an archbishop, he learned that some homosexual priests molested post-pubescent males. Of course, the Times refuses to use the term homosexual, but it is obvious from reading the story that the victims were not kids. Then Levada did what nearly all leaders did at the time—and many still do—he sent the abuser to therapy. As usual, it didn't work.
For Catholics to be convinced that the Times is not motivated by an agenda to get the Church hierarchy, they need to see front-page stories on the role that two contributing actors have played in the scandal: homosexual priests and their enabling psychologists. One more thing: we'd like to see a series of stories on ministers, rabbis, imams, public school teachers, athletic coaches, guidance counselors, camp officials....
Contact NYT public editor Clark Hoyt: email@example.com
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
"The men and women of our military put themselves in harm's way to protect our
freedom. And chief among those freedoms is the right of religious expression.
America was founded on the notion that the government should not interfere with
the religious practices or expressions of our people.
"That's why it is
so disheartening that leaders in our military have rescinded an invitation to
Rev. Franklin Graham because of something he said about a religious belief. Rev.
Graham is held in high esteem by many in our country. He has served the sick and
needy with compassion. And like his father before him, Franklin has spoken his
religious beliefs with unwavering clarity.
"Not everyone will agree with
all that Rev. Graham has to say. But we can agree that our Constitution protects
his right to say what he believes. There should be no equivocation on that
point, and I am urging President Obama and Secretary Gates to direct the
military to once again invite Rev. Graham to Thursday's National Day of Prayer
event at the Pentagon."
Congressman Franks added, "Our Founding Fathers
realized that chief among our inalienable liberties is the right to possess
one's own religious beliefs, and the ability to express those beliefs freely. No
one knows the cost of defending and protecting the sacred freedom of religious
expression more than our noble men and women in the armed services. To rescind
Franklin Graham's invitation for these overtly political reasons is a disgrace
that is obviously being done to placate a few outspoken critics, and an affront
to those ideals that are the essence of America and that are reflected
throughout America's history.
"I am grateful today to be joined by my
colleague Mike Pence and 34 other Members of Congress in calling on Secretary
Gates to reconsider this decision, and once again extend the invitation for
Franklin Graham to address our military men and women on the National Day of
Catholic League president Bill Donohue questions whether the pope should visit England this fall:
There are many ominous signs surrounding the visit by Pope Benedict XVI to England in September. First, there are now over 100,000 Brits who have signed "certificates of de-baptism" renouncing their former Christian status. Second, there are hate-ridden atheists like Richard Dawkins who are paying anti-Catholic lawyers to investigate the possibility of arresting the pope for "crimes against humanity." Third, Catholic bashing by the British media is flourishing. Fourth, freedom of speech and freedom of religion are in a very tenuous state for Christians.
Regarding the latter, just this week a Christian street preacher was arrested in Britain for the crime of spreading the Gospel. To be specific, a 42-year-old Baptist male was arrested by a policewoman when she heard him declare as sinful such matters as blasphemy, drunkenness and gay relations. It was his comment that homosexuality is a sin that got him into hot water—he was thrown in the slammer for breaking a 1986 law that penalizes "abusive" speech. Not only that, he was fingerprinted, given a DNA swab and retina scan (perhaps they think he has a twin). Now this modern-day revolutionary must stand trial. Had he been a young Muslim calling for jihad, or an ordinary Brit ripping on Catholics, he'd have been tolerated, if not cheered. And this is no exaggeration.
There are times when dialogue is a mistake. This is one of them.
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
Catholic League president Bill Donohue finds interesting data in the New York Times poll on the Catholic Church:
The pope's favorability rating among Catholics at the end of March was 27 percent. After hearing the non-stop negative media reports over the past month, his favorability rating jumped to 43 percent. How can this be? It's due to the backlash. When asked whether the media have been harder on the Catholic Church, 64 percent of Catholics said yes, and almost half said the abuse stories were blown out of proportion.
Three in four Catholics believe the Vatican today is more interested in preventing abuse than trying to cover it up; this represents a 180 degree turnaround when asked how it handled the problem in the past. Yet about the same number today think that abuse is still going on. This is likely due to two factors: the realization that sexual misconduct will never be wholly stamped out; and the dearth of media coverage on the success the Church has had. Regarding the latter, the latest annual report on this subject shows that between 2008-2009, there were only six credible allegations made against over 40,000 priests. But the New York Times story on this subject (which totaled 92 words) merely said that the number of accusations had declined, never citing the figure of six.
The news story on the survey says that "most Catholics are unconvinced" that there is an underlying problem in the priesthood with homosexuality. Yet the data show that only 37 percent say homosexuality is not a factor: 30 percent say it is a major factor and 23 percent say it is minor. This is striking given the media propaganda—led by the Times—that the scandal involves pedophilia. In fact, most of the cases involve homosexuality.
Those of us who have been defending the pope, criticizing the media and telling the truth about the link between homosexuality and sexual abuse have reason to be pleased with the survey results.
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
Now it appears that the owner of the Phoenix Suns is going to protest the new illegal immigration law designed to protect Arizonians from the increase in violence they have been suffering from, among other things, due to uncontrolled illegal immigration. I am an Orland Magic fan, but I always liked watching Suns' games.
That is at an end; I plan on never watching another Suns game, as long as he owns the team. I am sick of the double standard, and never so much as when it comes to sports, which I love so much. I remember people telling Curt Schilling to keep his support for Bush quiet, and many Conservative athletes have been told similar over the years, yet they have absolutely no problem advocating for liberal politicians and policies non-stop.
These double standards need to be stood up to. We either have the freedom to advocate our Conservative agenda also, or better yet how about just keep politics out of sports and let us enjoy the game?
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
May 3, 2010
Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) -- A case worker form the Philadelphia Department of Human Services stands accused of pressuring a teenager to get a late-term abortion. The foster mother of the teen involved claims that not only did the DHS official push for the abortion, but threatened to take away the teen mother's child if she didn't get one. [read more]
Monday, May 03, 2010
Team America PAC Endorses Karen Diebel for Congress; Blasts Craig Miller for Pro-Illegal Immigration Editorial
The revelation that Florida 24th congressional district candidate Craig Miller openly supports amnesty and weakening immigration enforcement spurred Team America, the largest anti-illegal immigration PAC in the country, to enthusiastically endorse Karen Deibel for Congress.
"Too often conservatives have been sold a bill of goods at the voting booth -- Republican candidates who claim to be conservative but are hiding a very liberal agenda. We can’t afford to send another liberal wolf in sheep’s clothing like Craig Miller to congress to work with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama in favor of amnesty" said Team America Chairman Bay Buchanan.
Buchanan points to a 2006 Op Ed written by Miller in the Miami Herald. In the op-ed, Miller rejected "immigration foes" who "claim that the answer is simple: more enforcement" He denounced laws against hiring illegal aliens and explicitly supported the McCain Kennedy Amnesty that the American people rejected. He said that the "the economic consequences of removing the one in 20 employees who are undocumented from America's workforce would be devastating."
Buchanan responded: "It is the lack of immigration enforcement that has been devastating to the economy and the American worker. With 25 million Americans out of work, there are plenty of Americans who would love to have the jobs that Miller thinks Americans won’t do."
Buchanan contrasted Miller’s pro-amnesty stance to the conservative position of Karen Diebel "If Karen Deibel is elected to Congress, she will vote to secure our borders, crack down on illegal immigrants and their employers, and reject amnesty."
Team America Co-Chairman and former Congressman Tom Tancredo echoed Buchanan.
"Republicans taking back the House will do no good if we just replace a pro-amnesty Democrat, with a pro-amnesty Republican like Craig Miller. In fact, pro-amnesty Republicans are worse, because they give Pelosi, Reid, and Obama cover to call their left wing agenda ‘bi-partisan’"
The choice is crystal clear. Karen Diebel opposes amnesty and wants to enforce our laws against illegal immigration. Craig Miller supports amnesty and wants to give employers free reign to hire illegal aliens instead of Americans who are desperate for jobs.
Team America PAC was founded by Congressman Tom Tancredo to promote candidates who support tough border security and oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
Tom Tancredo served Colorado's 6th Congressional District from 1999 through 2009. As the founder and chair of the 100+ member bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus, he was recognized by both sides as the most forceful opponent of illegal immigration in Congress. In 2008, he sought the Republican nomination for President.
Angela "Bay" Buchanan began her political career as treasurer for Ronald Reagan's 1976 and 1980 Presidential campaigns and then as US Treasurer in his first administration. She served as the campaign chairman for all three of her brother Pat Buchanan's presidential campaigns. In 2008, she served as chairman of Tom Tancredo's presidential campaign and then as a senior advisor to Mitt Romney.
As an Executive Director at Verizon Business, Karen Diebel helps companies grow by ?nding solutions to complex technological challenges. She earned a spot on the Orlando Business Journal’s 2009 list of "Women Who Mean Business.”
Karen co-founded the N. Donald Diebel Jr. M.D. Good Samaritan Fund in 2004, in memory of her late husband. In partnership with Shephard's Hope, the Dr. Diebel Jr. Memorial Health Center provides care for more than 2,000 men, women, and children annually.
She is a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., Finance). Karen received her M.B.A. from the University of South Florida.
Karen lives in Winter Park with her three sons: Conor, age 13, Liam, age 12, and Nicholas, age 10.
A Catholic Mom Who Will
Take Her Faith to Congress
By: Deal W. Hudson
Karen Diebel is a pro-life, pro-family Catholic hoping to win the GOP nomination to run for Congress in Orlando, Florida’s 24th District. Diebel represents a very different kind of Catholic politician from Speaker Nancy Pelosi who led the charge for pro-abortion funding as part of the health care reform.
Topping the list of Diebel’s political priorities are the defense of life and family:
“It is critically important to have a strong pro-life, pro-family voice in this district. There is such danger right now, with both the incumbent and the administration. All the decision-making on economic and social issues is in opposition to the values that reinforce and support strong families.”
Seven years ago a run for Congress would have seemed impossible, when her husband, an obstetrician, was killed while helping a stranger on the side of a highway. “My life crumbled in an instant, into a million pieces.”
That was June 2002. Now Karen Diebel is 43 years old, her three boys are ages 10, 12, and 13, and she is feeling “older and wiser . . . suffering gives you a clearer perspective.” She thanks a priest in her parish, Rev. Richard Walsh, who baptized all her boys, for helping her survive the loss of her husband. When she once complained to him of being left alone, Father Walsh told her:
“The Lord has given you many gifts. Think of that as you are sad – how you have been blessed with many things. You have to use them.”
“Then I thought to myself, ‘I will not be tired anymore.’”
She was already working full-time for Verizon, as director of Global Solutions, to provide for herself and her children. As director, Diebel became an expert at solving business and technological problems for Fortune 100 companies.
Full Article Here.
Karen Diebel (FL-24) on the Bud Hedinger Show Part 1 of 2
Karen Diebel (FL-24) on the Bud Hedinger Show Part 2 of 2
RSC Update: Monday, May 3, 2010
From the Chairman
The major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began after the tragic accident on the Deepwater Horizon rig threatens to devastate both the environment and the livelihood of millions in the Gulf region. The future of the Gulf depends on cleaning up this spill as quickly as possible. It is also vitally important that we learn what exactly went wrong so similar disasters can be prevented and responded to more effectively in the future.
While the scale of this disaster has understandably given some folks second thoughts about greater utilization of American oil and gas resources, even the President and members of his administration have acknowledged that the need for production of domestic oil and gas remains very real. As unemployed and underemployed Americans continue to struggle through what has been called a “jobless recovery,” the beneficial economic impact of a comprehensive energy plan based on innovation, conservation, and production cannot be denied.
The lack of robust, private-sector job creation in this “jobless recovery” is not merely a failure of the Democrats’ $862 billion Porkulus. It is also a reflection of the uncertainty employers face with the prospect of a National Energy Tax, new health care taxes and mandates, decreased access to credit with a permanent bailout bill, a value-added tax, and income tax hikes scheduled to take effect beginning in 2011. Implementing common sense, pro-growth policies like those in the RSC’s Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act would go a long way toward giving employers the confidence they need to begin hiring and expanding in earnest.
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. John Kline (MN-02): If You Thought Activist Judges Were a Problem…; Red State, April 29.
· Reps. Darrell Issa (CA-49), Dan Burton (IN-05), and Jeff Miller (FL-01): Nuclear-Armed Mullahs are Not an Option; Washington Times, April 29.
· Rep. Ed Royce (CA-40): Guest Blog on Financial Regulatory Reform; The Foundry, April 26
· Rep. Buck McKeon (CA-25): Americans Falling Into Democrats’ Credibility Gap; The Daily Caller, May 3.
RSC Legislative Activity – RSC members have made it a priority to introduce productive, conservative alternatives to the Democrats’ reckless agenda.
· Rep. John Fleming (LA-04) introduced H.R. 5126, the Helping Save Americans’ Health Care Choices Act, which would repeal the additional taxes on HSA’s, repeal the prohibitions on tax-free reimbursements for over-the-counter medications, remove the cap on FSA’s and ensure that these more affordable plan choices will remain available to Americans as “qualifying plans” under ObamaCare.
· This week, the RSC will launch the 10th Amendment Task Force. By working to disperse power from Washington back to regions, states, local governments, and individuals, the Task Force aims to ensure that the principles within the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution serve as a framework for Republicans to fundamentally alter the way government interacts with and touches people on a daily basis.
Outlook – Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals to advance their big-government, anti-taxpayer agenda.
· This week, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 5019, also known as “Cash for Caulkers.” This legislation would spend $6.6 billion through the EPA and the Department of Energy to provide homeowners rebates for insulating attics, installing new windows, and other similar activities.
· The Senate will continue to focus on the Democrats’ financial regulatory reform bill, which includes numerous provisions allowing Washington to bailout and prop up failing firms.
House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives last week.
· The House passed H.R. 2499, which would provide for a federally sanctioned series of plebiscites by which the people of Puerto Rico (including people who were born but do not currently reside there) would vote to determine if Puerto Rico should remain a commonwealth of the United States, become a sovereign nation associated with the United States, become fully independent, or be admitted to the Union as the 51st State.
· 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.
· In light of the widespread (and often misinformed) attention being paid to it, the RSC has compiled an informative Policy Brief on Arizona’s recently enacted law to thwart illegal immigration.
House Republican Study Committee
Rep Tom Price, M.D., Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Natalie Farr, Professional Staff
Emily Henehan Murry, Professional Staff
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff
Jonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business Outreach
Alex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions
Ryan Murphy, Communications Director
Brian Straessle, Deputy Communications Director
Curtis Rhyne, Research Assistant
Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Now let's look at the illegal immigration protests. The myth about them is that they are just family loving patriots who would like a shot at a real life in America and that they are non violent advocates of their position. Now the reality; several of their protests have turned violent. Racist accusations and vulgarities are often used against anyone who does not support their agenda and the Mexican flag is still prominently displayed at many of their rallies despite organizers urging them only to use the American flag.
This is the truth the media desperately tries to hide. In the past they would have succeeded, but thanks to the Internet the truth is out. The articles I have linked to and the videos I have posted below prove my point, unlike the Left I don't just make baseless accusations. It is time we confront the truth of what the Republic faces and not shy away from it for fear of violating political correctness.
Hispanic Woman Abused By Racist Group
Radical Immigration Reform Rally, ATL Ga
Catholic League president Bill Donohue is supporting an effort led by New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind opposing bills that would allow the government to harvest human organs unless the prospective donor explicitly says no. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky's bill is at the heart of the controversy: it would make New York the first state to presume that its citizens wish to donate their organs, unless otherwise directed.
Donohue explains his concerns as follows:
It is one thing for someone to exercise informed consent and voluntarily donate his or her organs, quite another for the state to assume it has a right to them unless stipulated otherwise. The state does not have a lien on our bodies. Indeed, to assume it does is morally obscene. Have we not seen enough evidence in the past one hundred years of what happens when agents of government assume a mantle of authority over the life and limbs of innocent persons? This kind of utilitarian calculus always winds up punishing the least among us while rewarding the stronger.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind has already amassed the support of several Jewish groups. Catholics should fall in line as well as this is a clear instance of the necessity of a Catholic-Jewish alliance for the common good.
Contact Brodsky: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Please remember to honor our military and veterans this month and always. For our POW's and MIA's, you are not forgotten and you never will be. We will not rest until you are home and accounted for.