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Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Most Important House Race of The Year- Cannon versus Tancredo Backed Jacob

Well as I posted below the House race in Utah is getting interesting. Make no mistake it will be close. I hate to think what would happen if Cannon, a sitting Republican congressman, lost to Jacobs in the Republican primary. It would be a huge victory for the Tancredo political forces. Furthermore, it would spook the House Leadership and any chance of a comprehensive immigration bill would be dead. The fact that the Republican leadership is allowing Tancredo to do this to a fellow Republican is beyond me. This sets a very bad precedent on many levels. The Rocky Mountain News Reports on the Tancredo factor in this Utah race.
"There's a lot of personality involved here," Cannon said in an interview this week. "What we really have going on is an attempt to use a relatively small segment of energized people to gain influence and control of maybe the Republican Party. "The Republican Party is never going to be Tom Tancredo's party," Cannon said. "He's more likely to join Pat Buchanan out there" and turn independent. Tancredo might not agree with Cannon, but he is glad about how his pet issue - illegal immigrants - has come to dominate the Republican primary in southwestern Utah. "We've already won, I think," Tancredo said. "Those who care about the issue of immigration reform have achieved a great victory in that the incumbent, who should have a perfectly safe seat, is fighting for his life." Cannon is one of President Bush's closest allies on immigration issues - a longtime backer of a "comprehensive" reform package including some form of a guest-worker plan. That's one reason why pundits, national media and activists on both sides of the immigration divide view Tuesday's primary in Utah's 3rd Congressional District as a sort of referendum on, if not Tancredo, then the hard-line position that has made him famous. "Whatever decision (voters) make, Utah is going to send a mandate to Washington, D.C.," Jacob said in an interview. Jacob said that if he wins, it would mean people want an enforcement-only approach to dealing with the more than 12 million people in the country illegally. "I believe Cannon is a rubber stamp for the president. It proves Chris is not tough on illegal immigration," Jacob said. If Cannon wins, Jacob said, "You should interpret it as the country's in trouble." Cannon disagrees, and he's hoping his re-election sends a message that most Utahns reject "the extreme anti-immigrant types."

Tancredo, no matter how much he tries to deny it is of course involved in race. If I didn't live 2000 miles away, I would right now jumping down like a crazed jumping jack on a busy street in his district with a huge Cannon for Congress sign. This race will be all about turn out turn out and more turn out.

Furthermore, its my belief that if Tancredo is not punished for what he has been doing that a precedent will be set. For instance A Republican Congressman that is pro-life or pro choice might go unto other states and back and campaign against Republican congressman that hold the opposite view. This could happen on issues such as trade or any other various issue. That would affect Republican unity in a very big way in the House. If Jacob wins, then the House leadership will become even more sacred of this extremist. This situation has gotten quite embarrasing and now some of my outrage is on Speaker Hassert. The Wall Street Journal said last week
"Yet by denouncing any such compromise as "amnesty," the restrictionists have poisoned their own voters against accepting the only policy with a chance to solve the problem. When Indiana's Mike Pence, a stalwart conservative, offered a compromise that included a guest worker program, the Tancredo brigades savaged even him as endorsing "amnesty." Rather than see the Pence plan as a way out of their political mess, Mr. Hastert failed to defend him. On immigration, Mr. Tancredo is now the real speaker of the House.

This race has implications far beyond Utah. In fact a defeat of Cannon could provide a mortal blow to the President political power when working with the House.

As I have said before, the forces that are aligned against Cannon have tried this before. Tancredo, radicals at FAIR and CIS, and other anti immigrant groups gave him a fight 2 years ago. VDARE, a very to say the least troublesome site, even is repeating some of the same talking points and predictions it did two years ago.

The Speaker of the House instead of governing and working out a compromise on this immigration issue is delaying. He is talking about a immgration roadshow this summer in order to get we are told American views. Please , immigration horror show is more like it. Every day these extremists and elements of kookdom are on the Talks shows, the radio , etc, more nastiness is brought forth. How long can this continue before we start doing mortal danger to our party. A Cannon defeat would be a disaster and bring this on. However a victory might show some House members and conservative media(YES SEAN HANNITY I MEAN YOU) that not every thing that Tancredo and the other extreme elements in the party touches turns to gold.

I want the House Republicans to start governing and stop some of this silliness. A Cannon Victory could be what makes that happen. It would also make the House realize that the President is the leader of this party not Tancredo

LSU COACH LES MILES AND OTHER COACHES IN IRAQ

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Coach Miles as well as many of our college coaches go to Iraq and other places to support our troops often Kudos to then. Also on this trip were Lou Holtz and Vincent Naimoli, the owner of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. There are pics of them on the below link. A Serviceman and LSU fan in bagdad observed on this LSU Forum
Yep, I'm sure most of you know that Les Miles took the trip to Iraq to visit the troops. I bargained, coerced and intimidated my way into getting on his escort/security detail while he was in Baghdad. So, he was awesome!!!!! He was so impressed by the troops and very giving of his time, energy and good wishes. He threw a football around with troops. About coming to Iraq, he said, "When you get those few chances in life to do something really important....YOU'VE GOTTA DO IT!!!" And so he did. It was awesome.....Lou Holtz is a damned pistol. He is so full of energy and really doesn't sleep much. He tried to get on a night patrol outside of the wire. He was so fired up to be in Iraq. Of course, he was talked out of it, but he was all for it. Vincent Naimoli, the owner of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, joined the group because he is friends with Coach Holtz and Notre Dame Alum. That man is a super genious and very easy to talk to. He is such a nice man. AND, he just had knee surgery but didn't want to miss this opportunity, so he bit through a lot of pain to be with the troops. Those guys were going on soldiers' schedules and staying high energy the whole time. We were with them for 22 hours and they got to sleep about 4 of those hours. We were impressed. I am very proud of Coach Miles. This was a great thing for him to do.

Other pics on the link

Suspected Terrorist and RingLeader From Louisiana

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The more I am looking at this case the more it looks like these guys were well idiots. So it doesn't surprise me that the ringleader is from Marksville lol. Only kidding my cajun readers. For those interested Bunkie and Marksville is where the French Acadiana area of Louisiana starts. In a revealing and sad interview with his dad that is also a Baptist minister. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports in part:
"When the terrorist attacks flashed across the Rev. Narcisse Batiste’s television set five years ago, he quickly shut it off.
The images of innocent people suffering and dying were too much for the Bunkie Baptist pastor to bear. “I hope to God anybody who ever attempts to do this thing,” he remembers thinking at the time, “gets caught.”
On Friday, the gentle-spoken 72-year-old Batiste again turned on the television only to discover his own son — who mysteriously left the family farm shortly after 9-11 — may have hatched a similar plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago and a federal building in Miami.
Batiste is the father of Narseal Batiste — one of five Americans and two others arrested by federal agents and accused of conspiring with al-Qaida to commit terrorist acts.
“I’m so upset over this,” said Narcisse Batiste, who was first interviewed in Bunkie on Friday evening by WBRZ, Channel 2. “I feel if I could reach I would give all of them a whoopin’. But I can’t reach.”
Narseal Batiste was born in Chicago and grew up moving back and forth between that city and Marksville — a town of about 5,600 residents, largely of French origin, just southeast of Alexandria. The Batiste family is Creole.
His father, Narcisse Batiste, was a bricklayer by trade, and would move the family to Chicago when he needed to make money. When they were “fed up with Illinois,” Narcisse Batiste said, they would move back to the “very peaceful” family farm in Marksville.
Narseal, his four brothers and one sister attended school in both places.
As a child, Narseal Batiste was “very obedient,” Narcisse Batiste said. “I guess he was scared of his mom and dad. He would sit between us, and we would tease him and say, ‘Tell us the truth. Who do you love better, your mom or your dad?’ He would always say, ‘I love mom and dad.’ We couldn’t catch him off guard.”
In high school, Narseal Batiste met Minerva Vasquez, and the two married shortly after graduating. They moved into the family home in Marksville, and had three boys and one girl. Narseal Batiste worked as a driver for UPS and as a bricklayer with his father building homes in Lafayette.
“I taught him that the world don’t owe us nothing and that we have to work and earn it,” Narcisse Batiste said. “I thought he had really learned that. This guy used to work with me, and I tell you, he could work. He’d carry brick and make mortar.”
Narcisse Batiste has been a minister for 30 years and is pastor of Marksville Morning Star Worship Center and an assistant pastor at Second Union Baptist Church in Bunkie.
He and his now-deceased wife saw to it that all of their children, including Narseal, were in Sunday school and worship service every Sunday. Said Narcisse Batiste: “My kids were brought up in a religious house.”
But several years ago, Narseal Batiste decided to convert to the Muslim faith. His father wasn’t happy.
“I counseled him. I asked him questions,” Narcisse Batiste said. “He said they were very active and teaching him the Holy Quran. He said, ‘Daddy, it’s strictly about God,’ so I backed off about that. I didn’t like it, but he wasn’t in my house. He was of age; he was married already. I didn’t have control no more. I didn’t fight with him about it. But I did tell him he shouldn’t change.”
At one point, Narcisse Batiste remembers, a curious man in a black robe with a black staff started hanging around his son frequently. Narseal told him the man was “one of the leaders.”


When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in September 2001, Narseal Batiste seemed just as upset as his father.
“We talked about it,” Narcisse Batiste said. “I was saying I was very hurt about what happened; and the way he was reacting, he was sorry this happened, too.”
But not long after that, Narseal Batiste and his family disappeared from the Marksville home he had known most of his life.
He left behind all the furniture and most of their belongings. And he didn’t tell his father he was leaving.
Narcisse Batiste hasn’t heard from his son since.
“I didn’t know where they were. He left and he didn’t say nothing,” the pastor said. “I raised my children to keep in contact. I figured they were going to call me. But I didn’t hear nothing from nobody ’til I seen today on television.”
When Narcisse Batiste saw his son on the news, he said he thought, “I can’t believe. That’s not him. But I look and they say that is him. They said the pronunciation correctly, so I said, ‘That’s got to be him.’ When he left he didn’t have no beard.”
Narseal Batiste’s arrest comes less than a week after Narcisse Batiste’s stepson, Ronald Ray Johnson Jr., returned from fighting the war on terrorism in Iraq.
“He came back last Saturday,” Narcisse Batiste said. “We were rejoicing. I had the churches praying that the Lord would spare his life, and we thank God for sending him back in one piece.”
Two of Narseal Batiste’s brothers, Silton and Buford, also served as U.S. Marines
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Good grief how sad.

TANCREDO BACKED CANIDIATE SAY DEVIL TRYING TO MAKE SURE HE LOSES

Could it be Satannnnn
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Congressional Hopeful Blames Troubles On The Devil
SALT LAKE CITY Republican congressional hopeful John Jacob believes the devil is impeding his efforts to unseat five-term Representative Chris Cannon. He says there's another force that wants to keep him from going to Washington and the devil is what it is. Jacob says that since he decided to run for Congress, Satan has disrupted his business deals, preventing him from putting as much money into the race as he had hoped. Jacob said during a Wednesday immigration event that the devil was working against him, then reiterated his belief yesterday in a meeting with The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board. He says there's been a lot of adversity, and there's no question he has had experiences that believes are due to an outside force .link

Oh the The Pink Flamingo made my morning by highlighting this. Perhaps Jacob can go on the George Noory Show like Tancedo's other friend Corsi.

This race is of course as I highlighted below in another post is the big enchilata for the Tancredo/Buchanan Deport and starve all the Mexicans Team America PAC.
Largely because of their efforts Cannon is facy a challenger in the Republican primary.
This TV poll states
"Rep. Chris Cannon 46% John Jacob 33% Don't Know/Refuse 22% +/- 4%
But fresh poll results from Dan Jones and Associates show Jacob is giving Cannon a serious challenge.
Among 617 Third District registered voters, Cannon is ahead by 13 per cent. But his support is not over 50 per cent--a lead Jones typically sees for an incumbent. Plus, a large number of undecided voters could leave the race up for grabs.
High Interest
Rep. Chris Cannon 49% John Jacob 39% Don't Know/Refuse 9% +/- 4%
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Friday, June 23, 2006

Time to Pray for our Brothers and Sisters

Well Enough about politics and immigration. Lets go to a another subject that I has been bothering me. We will get back to politics later today

The Roman Catholic Church in the USA has been through our share of tribulations the last few years. We have as been clearly shown our share of warts. I guess I now know what Pope Benedict wrote years ago in his book Introduction to Christianity about that mystery of the unholy holiness that is the Church. I say that because I am about to make a few comments about the Episcopal Church in America. I try not to be too critical of scandals and shortcomings in other communions that claim Christ as their head. Lord knows as someone that truly believe we are THE ONE TRUE CHURCH(Its un pc but hey we mean what we say in the creed), we Catholics at times have so not met that calling to serve it with all our heart at times. That goes for laity and Clergy. But I have a love for the Episcopal/Anglican communion and still do. I am a convert to the Catholic faith. There came a time to where I started asking questions about God, Faith, Church, Purpose and other such things. I started questioning my own Southern Baptist Faith. A tradition that I still respect. My grandfather is a Deacon in that Church and he is still an example to me of spirituality and what it means to have a relationship to Christ. But, I had to leave because in my heart and mind I could no longer believe in some of its most central tenets. But before, I swam the Tiber and went into the Bosom of Rome , I stopped and least went Knee deep in the River Thames. Even after I became a Roman I would like to dip my toe into that font of Anglicanism and still do as you shall see. So what I say is from Love and concern.

I guess that I always love reading about Polish Catholicism. Anyone that has read much on John Paul II knows how much love of Country is so connected with the Holy Faith. We Americans of course do not have an official National Church. But one wonders if this new Branch of Anglicanism so soon separated from its mother in England, had been given time to grow, if perhaps things would have been a tad different. But the nation was in awful hurry and was so quickly expanding West that this young fledging could not keep up like it wanted too. So in many ways this American Anglicanism had a hand tied behind its back. Plus despite what some Preachers like to say, religion and early American history had at times a rough relationship. For this was brand new rough land where the living and playing was hard as well as the death. Well the rest is history. Plus the Catholics later came in heaps and droves and added more confusion to the mix. But despite this , the Episcopal Church was often there and alive and vibrant along much of our history and in unexpected places. It was a quite a shock to me as a young man to learn that in the South we Baptists and Methodists had not been the main game in town from the very beginning.
When one goes to Virgina one can still feel the pull of this Anglican faith. One cannot sit at St Johns across from the White House and not feel it. This Church that has been the official Church for Presidents since Madison. Even today one can exchange the sign of Peace and have awkward moments of where one is going to kneel at a crowded communion rail with the President of the United States himself. Bush might be styled a "born again" Methodist but I have a feeling he finds strength and needed consulation in the Sacrament of the body and blood as well as the comfort of the liturgy and that Book of Common Prayer in his hand. It is in many ways still connected to the History and life of that Office he now has. . The Church and its history can be felt in Bruton Parish in Williamsburg for instance(where even the Catholic Church feels English) to the small towns and hamlets. There are areas in Virginia that are "High Church" and others "low" but where the Book of Common Prayer and its beautiful rhythm of morning prayer still is heard quite vibrantly. Its quite something. People forget that in these Churches meetings were held that decided if we should be loyal or go in rebellion against the crown. They are still there, still standing, still preaching God's word. If you happen to be in Richmond go to St Pauls. You might be able to pray where Jefferson Davis was worshiping when he heard Richmond was lost. The Church was there for that dramactic episode in our history too. I suppose my Episcopal love affair is particually Southern in nature. I am sure that above the Mason Dixon line there are vibrant stories to tell. But to me its true heart was and is still in the South. In the river towns like Vicksburg, and St Francisville to Mobile Bay. These places where that ancient American faith is still vibrant and full of tradition. In my home town one can go to St Marks and see confederate flags in Stain glass in honor of the Fighting Bishop General Polk. Who by the way in this current Bible belt said the first Church Service in that then outlaw land. He had to have body guards while he did it. But it was the first of many first that Episcopals did in bringing Christ to where he was not really wanted. Catholic, Baptist and Methodist and others like most places down here are clueless about this contribution of the faith. But it happened. I could go on and talk about Sewanee and of course beautiful, poetic , soulful, and even now mysterious Charleston where the Anglican Faith is still cared for in its beautiful historic Churches and its grand simplicity. Its quite something in that South Carolina City to walk those streets and see the men who made our nations history and are literally still part of the Church itself it their beautiful church grave yards. This is the Church that gave these men peace and strength even when they were involved in a cause thats resolution was not so clear. If you are there go inside and just seat and think and perhaps if your Catholic pray for the souls of these men and women that are buried just yards from where you are sitting.
As you can tell I put my foot in the river Thames as I said. It was the first place I was exposed to liturgy. It was the first place I heard the term Sacrament and what that meant. It was a place where I learned the beauty and prayfulness of an liturgy that had the roots with our most Christian ancestors. It was a the place that I learned well- to truly worship. My first liturgical Holy week I experienced was there.(Catholics , I hate to say it but I think they do it better at times than we do) . However In the end though it was the place that led me to the Catholic Church. That I thank it for and to me was its biggest gift. I could tell early on I think that Anglicanism was not going to work for me. Even at my young age I could tell things were going off the rails. But I suppose it was in the end just to Protestant which of course is self evident. In a way that performed a service. It clarifyed and later aided me into becoming Catholic and all that means. I suppose being a Baptist I had seen Protestantism up close in a most radical way. True Baptist hate the term Protestant for your information but it is that I know now. There were other problems with Theology , women priest, valid orders , etc but those came later I suppose as I started to learn and pray over scripture and tradition. But still there was a warmth. Even after I became Catholic, my Catholic friends and I made up half the Canterbury Club at the Church on our campus. We went there for the service(no we didn't take communion) and the evening meal. Much love was there and still is. When, I went for Grad studies in Baton Rouge, I would still pop in on hot summer days into the darkness of St Georges and pray , meditate and read my my old 1928 old praybook to which I still love.
And of course its the good ole people of the Episcopal Church I loved. They are not all radicals and the sort. Some are the most spiritual and Christ filled people I know.

So that brings us to today. No need for me to put a ton of links up. If you read this far you are aware of what is up. The Church leadership has gone off the rails in a big way. I have observed it from afar and shared my friends fear over it. I had one lifelong member confess to me that she was not sure if she was in sin if she went to communion because of the actions of her Bishops. In effect, was she sharing and partcipating in their disobedience and to put it bluntly was she a schistmatic from the Anglican communion. That may sound silly but people are asking those questions. Whole Dioceses are prepared to leave and its not clear where they are going if they do. Individual Church's are leaving and begging and pleading to come under the jurisdiction of Bishops from Africa.
There is a dirty little secret that you will not see in the press and especially not in the The Churches official newspaper discussed in any length. That is that the head office is keeping things together basically because in many cases because they can hold these poor priests Pension and retirement funds hostage. Its a terrible mess and the Body of Christ is again wounded. Of course Rome is watching. Rome is in dismay because it appears that any reunion that could ever take place is now about to become a impossibility forever. We are also watching also because we know that many will now cross the Tiber and come home to us. We are ready with our pastoral provisions for your clergy so they can become active Roman Catholic Priests. I have counseled and yes I admit I have brought some over to the Catholic faith. I have joy in it but at the same time this should not have been the way it happened. The sad fact is that many might not come to Rome, remain Anglican, become Baptist or whatever. Many will just lose their faith.

However, there is hope. The Church could pull its way from the abyss. I frankly dont see how, but they are meeting right now. And from what I am seeing on the net it is not pretty.I feel the answer is that the leadership must understand what "communion" means. Communion means that the American church has got to listen. It must listen to the wisdom of its brothers and sisters in Africa and Asia. There is really no choice. In fact perhaps some "progressives' should consider if that is not the Holy Spirit speaking through their fellow Bishops. Perhaps a good reading of Acts and the first council of Jersualem would be helpful

I mention Rome was watching. A few years ago many disaffected folks from this tradition gathered in the Dallas/Fort Worth region to talk some stuff through. HTere was a letter that was sent and in the end recieved a standing ovation in the end when it was read. Many people were teary eyed. It shows the importance of this Church
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From Joseph Cardinal RatzingerPrefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the FaithThe Vatican, on behalf of Pope John Paul II
I hasten to assure you of my heartfelt prayers for all those taking part in this convocation. The significance of your meeting is sensed far beyond Plano, and even in this City from which Saint Augustine of Canterbury was sent to confirm and strengthen the preaching of Christ’s Gospel in England. Nor can I fail to recall that barely 120 years later, Saint Boniface brought that same Christian faith from England to my own forebears in Germany.The lives of these saints show us how in the Church of Christ there is a unity in truth and a communion of grace which transcend the borders of any nation. With this in mind, I pray in particular that God’s will may be done by all those who seek that unity in the truth, the gift of Christ himself.
With fraternal regards, I remainSincerely yours in Christ,
+Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger


UpdateI- Well I talked to a friend of mine that was at the convention. She is preparing to come back. The news is mixed from the convention and I will give an update later. It looks like the Bishop where I am located took some courageous stands. There is perhaps a glimmer of hope here that will discuss later

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Tancredo----Term limits, Aliens, and Highways oh My

This is a post I have been putting off. I do not like to attack fellow Republicans as a general rule. However, when someone is leading the conservative movement to destruction it is time to say a few things. Plus Tancredo has no problem attacking fellow Republicans.

Tancredo Background
Tancredo comes from fairly recent immigrant stock. As George Will Points out:Around 1900, at age 11 or so, Tom Tancredo's grandfather, an orphan, sailed, unaccompanied, from Italy to New York with a note pinned to his shirt, asking that he be directed to Iowa. In Manhattan he was told that, the ocean being in one direction, Iowa must be in the other direction, so he began to work his way west. More than two years later, having rather overshot Iowa, he arrived in Denver. Eight decades later he recalled seeing the Rocky Mountains and thinking, "If Iowa is past that , the hell with it." One cannot help but note the irony, that a man that has benefited from a Country that allowed those dark skinned Southern Europeans in ,now is associated with groups that are obsessed with the "brown skin" folks. Anyway, Tancredo was a high school teacher and later a member of the Colorado House. However his rise up the political ladder to Congress should be examined. It tells us a good bit about Tancredo.

Tancredo and Term Limits
The district that Tancredo Represents takes in the suburbs of Denver. For those that have watched the movie Apollo 13, this is the district that astronaut Jack Swigert was elected too but died before he could be sworn in. . Tancredo largely became known state wide as the head of the term limit movement in Colorado. This of course was when "term Limits' was the issue that the Republic would rise or fall over. Tancredo not only advocated term limits but was former Chairman of the Colorado Term limit coalition. He rose to power on that issue. He then proceeded to break his pledge. The Denver Post in a Editorial states
"Need further proof that Coloradans were sold a bill of goods in the 1990s? One of those who was doing the promising about getting rid of "entrenched" fat-cat politicians was Tom Tancredo, then chairman of the Colorado Term Limits Coalition. He's now better known as an "entrenched" Washington politician who broke his own non- binding term limits pledge and shows no signs of voluntarily leaving the perks of congressional life behind. (Tancredo's flagrant disregard for his own term-limits pledge would have been our only argument left to actually support mandatory term limits, but the Supreme Court overturned the efforts of Colorado and other states to limit congressional terms.)
"Term limits will change the entire picture of politics in America," Tancredo said in 1994.
Indeed, it has. But not for the best
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Now I am no fan of term limits and it must be pointed out that many have broken that pledge. However, may I suggest there is a difference between lets say Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas who broke her campaign promise and a man such as Tancredo who was a major force in the debate itself. A issue that is largely responsible for his election and that he used to gain power. I suggest put the terms "term limits" and "Tancredo" into goggle. There are pages dealing with this issue. But here are just some highlights from Slate .

" 'We want to reinvigorate the electoral process by introducing people into the system who think of government service as a temporary endeavor, not as a career,' said Tom Tancredo, head of the Colorado Term Limit Coalition."
—"As More States Push Term Limits, Congress Wades in Nervously," by John King of the Associated Press, Aug. 2, 1994

"Tancredo was a leader of the term limits movement and has pledged to stick to the three terms that Colorado voters tried to impose on congressional representatives in 1994. We don't expect him to start backpedaling like Rep. Scott McInnis."
—"Tancredo in the Sixth," a Rocky Mountain News editorial endorsing Tancredo's first bid for Congress, Oct. 17, 1998

"Rep. Tom Tancredo apologized to his former allies in the national term limits movement on Thursday but said he's sticking by his decision to walk away from his pledge.
" 'I am sorry I let them down because I did,' Tancredo said in a conference call with reporters.


'And I would feel the same way if I were them.' Âs Tancredo braced himself for a barrage of criticism over his decision because he once led Colorado's term limits movement.
"He says the national term limits movement has faded since its heyday in the mid-1990s. 'I think my decision here, it's like taking a little bit of air out of an already deflated balloon,' Tancredo said."
—"Tancredo Offers Allies Apology," by M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News, Sept. 27, 2002

Also here " Several years later, in a 2001 interview with the Rocky Mountain News, Tancredo again swore to keep his promise to the voters: "For me, the issue of giving one's word and promising to do something like this is more important than the rest of it... The overriding motivation for me today to adhere to the term limits pledge is that I made a pledge... I took the pledge. I will live up to the pledge. That's it. That's the overriding issue."
For more on this an other incredible quotes go this liberal site. Tancredo Watch .It might be liberal, but they document this and more quite well in their archives.

Why did he break his pledge. Well there was another threat to the Republic that took priority over non term limited politicos. That he said was illegal immigration. It was reported
"Tancredo explained that he needs to remain in Washington so that he can continue his push to greatly restrict US immigration policies. He is one of the harshest critics of President Bush on immigration matters, claiming that Bush allows a virtually unrestricted "open door" border policy. Tancredo told that AP that he now plans to stay in Congress "for as long as he feels useful."


Tancredo In Congress

Well, as is well known Tancredo has become the leading face for this movement. There is no need to reinvent the wheel here. His association with radical groups like FAIR and its Tanton spinoffs have been well documented. The Pink Flamingo has documented it quite well and is continuing to do it on another blog here as well. The Wall Street Journal and Roll Call have documented it. But there a few other issues I wish to press that you might not be aware of.

Tancredo, is a renegade in the GOP. He actively works against sitting Republicans through his PAC and through working with the assorted Tanton groups. The Past Majority Leader ,Tom Delay, had to try to reel him in. The Hill reported in June of 2004 (some copying errors in quote click on link for full Quote)
Taking a page out of the Gipper's political playbook, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) is reminding his colleagues of Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of a republicann.DeLay delivered that message during a recent private meeting with Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), who has gotten into hot water with a few of his colleagues for setting up a political action committee that has attacked them on immigration policies. Tancredo's PAC, Team America, is immersed in today's Utah Republican primary, backing Rep. Chris Cannon's (R) challenger, former state Rep. Matt ThrockmortonThe PAC also has plans to target Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) who is facing a primary challenge from state House Majority Whip Randy Graf. The immigration-reform group has targeted both politicians because they support lenient policies for illegal immigrants. DeLay's message: Play nice with your Republican colleagues or you're going to remain stuck in your lowly committee positions. The prospect of internecine warfare is becoming a growing concern among House Republicans. The subject came up for discussion at a recent meeting of the chamber's committee chairmen, which DeLay chairs weekly.

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Tancredo created the PAC this spring but said he has severed his ties with it and has no influence over whom the organization campaigns against. ....The PAC would have greater leeway to do what it needed to do if I was not formally associated with it ......It's not my PAC, so I have no control over it. But the group's website raises questions about that assertion. For example, Tancredo is listed prominently and in several places on the site as the group's founding chairman.The group also solicits contributions in Tancredo's name. Âs Your contribution is critical to helping Congressman Tom Tancredo and Team America elect to Congress people with the courage to change our disastrous immigration and border policies, read a solicitation form. “Tom Tancredo can't do it alone, he needs your help right now — let him know you are willing to stand with him in this battle!”The site also urges volunteers to join “Tancredo's Troops.”“Listed below are several opportunities for all of our members to become personally involved in building our organization and helping Congressman Tom Tancredo, stated a volunteer enlistment form on the site. But Angela Bay Buchanan, the sister of former Reform Party presidential nominee Pat Buchanan and chairman of the group, said, "We still call it his PAC. He is the founder, so we use his name on the website."

That PAC is here by the way. As you can see its doesn't look like this PAC has distanced themselves from Tancredo as he said. IF you believe it has , I would like to sell you some hurricane proof land in New Orleans that will never flood-promise. As you will notice, this was two years ago when he went against Represenative Cannon of Utah. He is at it again by the way. As Called as Seen pointed out yesterday some of their tactics . Cannon is in the fight of his life right now. He too is trying to expose the anti life and racist agenda of those that are against him here. Tancredo and Bay Buchanan are out to get him again. Its 2004 all over again. This is one reason why President Bush has made the rare move of actually endorsing Cannon while he is still in the Republican primary against a Tancredo backed opponent.

Before we live this topic, it should be noted that Tancredo's friends at FAIR through its Immigration Lobby helped to defeat a Republican Senator.
In addition, FAIR's political action committee, the U.S. Immigration Reform PAC, routinely receives significant contributions from Tanton and his wife. FAIR's PAC has contributed more than a quarter-million dollars for and against candidates since 1999. In 2000, it spent more than $30,000 against Republican Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan, an Arab American, who lost that general election. Not surprisingly, it has also given Representative Tancredo $15,000 over the years, according to Federal Election Commission documents.

Remember, when the Republicans lost effective control of the Senate in 2001 because of defection of Senator Jeffords of Vermont? Republican Senator Abraham was replaced by Democrat Deborah Ann Stabenow in 2000 . She won that race with 49 percent of the vote while Abrahams received 48 percent. However this probally did not phase Congressman Tancredo very much. Since he backed current minuteman leader Gilchrist, not a Republican by the way, over sitting Republican Congressman Issa from California.

This is as they say just the tip of the iceberg. He association with dubious groups all in his attempts to get his view of immigration law enacted is troubling. This is the man that very well might make a run to be come President of the United States and Leader of our Party.


The New Tancredo Issue

There is a new issue on the horizon. That is trade and globalism. It appears that Tancredo is slowly moving into advocating positions that is in a word crazed. During the past two weeks Tancredo has made joint appearances with Jerome Corsi on Corsi's latest theory. That is there is a secret plot by the Bush Administration to merge Canada, the United States, and Mexico into one economic and political enity. I know its laughable. but true. Some background on Corsi first.

Corsi of course is famous for being a co author his famous book on Kerry and the swift boat vets. To put it lightly things have gone down hill for him from there.

Jerome Corsi wrote his latest screed here at Human events but this is has been circulated widely through "conservative internet news groups'

"Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.

First off I love has he says "quietly but systematically" how sinister. There is nothing quiet about this people have known about this for years.

"Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the Longshoreman's Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nation's most modern highway straight into the heart of America. The Mexican trucks will cross border in FAST lanes, checked only electronically by the new “SENTRI” system. The first customs stop will be a Mexican customs office in Kansas City, their new Smart Port complex, a facility being built for Mexico at a cost of $3 million to the U.S. taxpayers in Kansas City. "

Wait, I thought this was some secret plan. It appears that this not a secret to the folks of Kansas City. By the way Corsi is incorrect here, the Kansas City City Govt has given a 3 million dollar loan to be paid back over 10 years. It was not any sort of gift. Also Corsi does note that this organization has a web site in Kansas city. Again not a way to keep a secret.

The details of the NAFTA Super Highway are hidden in plan view. Still, Bush has not given speeches to bring the NAFTA Super Highway plans to the full attention of the American public. Missing in the move toward creating a North American Union is the robust public debate that preceded the decision to form the European Union. All this may be for calculated political reasons on the part of the Bush Administration.

Hidden in plain view?

It goes on and on. He has written several other articles on this point that try to make a conspiracy of some Trilateral Government in the making. It should be noted that Mr Corsi because of his wackiness has even been banned from posting on the very conservative Forum Free Republic. Here other articles on this topic can be found here and here and here What Corsi does is mix truth, half truths, distortions, scary conspiracy talk all to create this fiction. Corsi by the way is a regular on the George Noory show , which is the former Art Bell show. For those familar with this late night show, you know that this talkshow focuses on UFO's, mediums, mysterious contrails, astral projection, and we find the writings of Corsi.

From the Jan 12 2006 show In promoting his wacko book on oil the show states "Corsi's position: Oil is not "fossil fuel" but rather an "abiotic" substance that is naturally replenished on a constant basis. The so-called scarcity is a tact taken by the oil companies in order to increase their profits."

Good grief, Corsi is telling us that oil is a natural recurring resource that is brought up to the earth surface by force of the earth's rotation. I am not going to even try to engage that quackery. Mr Corsi appeared again on the Noory show on the 23rd of January right after Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., a professor at the Univ. of Arizona, who presented evidence that certain mediums who claim to communicate with the departed are yielding accurate information. After that and before the remote viewing segment ,Mr Corsi again illuminate the World on the big conspiracy regarding oil.

Now, his North American Union theory is getting play on this show. In fact, Patrick Heron who was on the show to inform us , that The Bible actually gives the name of "Apollo" as the person who goes on to become the Antichrist, and also spoke about the Nephilim, "spirit men" whom he suggested are "probably" behind the UFO abduction syndrome had to wait a whole hour so Corsi could give his North American Union Conspiracy theory.

What does this Kookiness have to do with Tancredo?

Corsi, Tancredo on Liddy show Challenging White House's unauthorized work on 'North American union'
Posted: June 14, 200612:55 p.m. Eastern
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Author Jerome Corsi and Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., will be guests tomorrow on
G. Gordon Liddy's radio show to discuss the White House's effort to implement a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada that could lead to a North American union, despite having no authorization from Congress.
Corsi and Tancredo will join Liddy for the entire 11 a.m. hour, Eastern time, and take calls from listeners.
Corsi reported this week that Bush administration working groups have not disclosed the results of their work despite two years of massive effort within the executive branches of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

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THE NEW WORLD DISORDER-Tancredo confronts 'super-state' effort Demands full disclosure of White House work with Mexico, Canada
Posted: June 15, 20061:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Responding to a
WorldNetDaily report, Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., is demanding the Bush administration fully disclose the activities of an office implementing a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada that apparently could lead to a North American union, despite having no authorization from Congress.
As WND reported, the White House has established working groups, under the North American Free Trade Agreement office in the Department of Commerce, to implement the
Security and Prosperity Partnership, or SPP, signed by President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in Waco, Texas, March 23, 2005.
The groups, however, have no authorization from Congress and have not disclosed the results of their work despite two years of massive effort within the executive branches of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Tancredo wants to know the membership of the SPP groups along with their various trilateral memoranda of understanding and other agreements reached with counterparts in Mexico and Canada.
Tancredo's decision has been endorsed by Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project.
"It's time for the Bush administration to come clean," Gilchrist told WND. "If President Bush's agenda is to establish a new North American union government to supersede the sovereignty of the United States, then the president has an obligation to tell this to the American people directly. The American public has a right to know."
Geri Word, who heads the SPP office, told WND the work had not been disclosed because, "We did not want to get the contact people of the working groups distracted by calls from the public."
WND can find no specific congressional legislation authorizing the SPP working groups nor any congressional committees taking charge of oversight.
Many SPP working groups appear to be working toward achieving specific objectives as defined by a
May 2005 Council on Foreign Relations task force report, which presented a blueprint for expanding the SPP agreement into a North American union that would merge the U.S., Canada and Mexico into a new governmental form

Well thank God Gilchrist endorses it. Folks this stuff is all over these anti immigration forums and other conservative forums. Tancredo is now associating with conspiracy people that spend hours talking about events such as the recent Bildenberg meeting. Why is the GOP afraid of him? Tancredo is either going to make the GOP look liked crazed fools or he will cause some sort of loony fringe to have some voice. These are the people that largely are phoning congress with these anti illegal immigration talking points.






Risky Bet on Immigration: House GOP leaders' stall could backfire

There are truly other topics I wish I could devote my time too. This whole immigration debate is getting quite tiresome and depressing. I wish I could be talking more about our victories and what is at stake on the WOT. The situation in Korea is one that I wish to explore. However, this immigration debate right now is one that is so important on so many levels. There is of course the issue of treating familes and people with human respect and getting a solution that works. However, there is a cold political issue at stake here. That is GOP control of the House and the Executive. I have observed Democrats view on how we should be prosecuting the WOT this past week. I have come to the firm conclusion that this current DEM leadership can't be allowed to be in charge of that debate. Thats why this immigration debate is so important. IF we get it wrong, there will be consequences far beyond immigration issues.

Risky Bet on Immigration: House GOP leaders' stall could backfire is an editoral that is today's Dallas newspaper. Because items from the Dallas paper seems to have a habit of disappearing off the net after a few months(file not found 404 error), I will quote the whole thing:
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"The Republicans running the House may not be as smart as they think they are. They may have misread the public mood, which prompted them to press GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert to put off immigration negotiations with the Senate until September. They also may have misread some in their very own party. A poll being released today by the conservative Manhattan Institute and conducted by the Republican Tarrance Group shows most of the 800 likely GOP voters questioned want a solution now, even one that deals with the 12 million illegal immigrants here. Some of those surveyed even will accept a plan they consider amnesty. Those views are much more in line with the legislation the Senate has put on the negotiating table. That bill, which passed with Republican and Democratic votes, adds agents to the border, offers many illegal immigrants a chance to earn citizenship and creates a guest worker program for future foreign workers. The Senate plan doesn't focus on a wall, like the House bill, nor does it call for deporting illegal immigrants. But Mr. Hastert has ignored these voices and gone with his party's most vocal immigration opponents. It's no coincidence that the fall elections are fast approaching. We would never suggest that this very vocal group isn't part of the GOP. But the Manhattan Institute poll makes clear it isn't the only voice in the party. And it certainly isn't the only voice in America. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll last week shows that, by 50 percent to 33 percent, Americans prefer the broad solution that President Bush has outlined and that the Senate largely adopted. Those Americans may not get any action, thanks to Mr. Hastert's go-slow approach. The House wants to hold immigration field hearings in August, start negotiations in September and, if we're really lucky, wrap up after November's elections. That's putting a lot off until the fall, when partisan tensions will run even higher and the schedule will get compressed. It's hard to see how a final bill gets wrapped up this year.
House Republicans are gambling the public won't mind at all, but they're placing that bet at the public's expense – and maybe their own.
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I have been saying this for months. When I am hanging with friends or having dinner with folks this issue comes up. There is anger at illegal immigration ,but I find after a meal and a few beers most people have a view similar to the Presidents Of course that is to the say the least a very unscientific poll and won't be on FOX but its my experience. I want to highlight this "Mr. Hastert has ignored these voices and gone with his party's most vocal immigration opponents.It's no coincidence that the fall elections are fast approaching. We would never suggest that this very vocal group isn't part of the GOP. But the Manhattan Institute poll makes clear it isn't the only voice in the party". But its the only voice the politicians hearr on the news and talk radio. There is a reason for that. Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin do not pay the rent at the end of the month by talking about non sexy issues like Social Security Reform or what should be the Federal Reserve's monetary policy. No talking head show on cable news is going to have two people screaming their heads off at each other on such issues as the role of Nato in the 21st century or what to do about Tawain. The Dubai port deal controversy was a revelation to me. Consulting firms, direct mail, radio hosts, and other groups saw an opportunity and went for it. They made a buck and damn the consequences to our foreign policy. There are other voices right in blog land that are speaking out and ignored. I have highlighted them. I would love to see Michelle Malkin, who has a profit motive in these bloodfights, square off against some one like the Anchoress on these "news shows". I expect at the end Mrs Malkin would be wishing she was in a Japanesee Internment camp than having that experience again on national tv.
I know that perhaps I should not be that hard on Malkin. But maybe I should. HEr words are influencing many people that take what she says as gospel. In the end those words could have great affect. What I really want is that voice that the Dallas paper is talking about to be heard

These polls will be attacked in quite a concerted attack tomorrow. Just put "illegal immigration" in google and hit enter. You will notice that you have to go throught 3 or 4 pages before getting to much news that is not associated with these extremist groups. I have to admit, I admire what they have done in terms of political tricks. Its brilliant and they caught us sleeping. Its just like when you put in the terms "Jesuit oath" in google. You have to go through 4 pages of anti catholic bile before getting to the truth. Tomorrow these polls will be shot down and a flurry of propaganda will be unleashed to overwhelm this news story.

Strata sphere said this :
Those wedded to this simple minded solution have never once been called to explain all the ramifications - how they would execute and pay for this 'cleansing'. And they never once explained what would happen if their was resistance (e.g., Elian Gonzales) by families and neighbors. There would be human shields surrounding these good people because THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE! Not all immigrants are bad or do bad things.

He has hit on the head. This is not by first excursion into politics. I have been going door to door for politicians on many of a hot humid summer day here in Louisiana. I think I have some insight on the public. That is we are a complaining and cynical bunch at times. I have heard people complain about the President because of their water bill, and complain about the city councilman because of noise from the Air Force base. The public , the masses, will not blame themselves when something like a combination of the an concentration camp and the trail of tears occurs. That is reality. For instance, in Louisiana, currently I can find few people that voted for Governor Blanco or Bill Clinton even though they both won by rather good margins here. When things go bad the public turns away from it. This will happen to us as we deport or starve millions and break up familes that have American children in them. All of this live on CNN. Currently CNN, is on the border it seems 24/7. Lou Dobbs might as well be a minuteman. But when this turns ugly what will occur will be like the feeding the Christians to the Lions. Except it will be the GOP that will be eaten. Cnn and others will be leading the way. The result very well could be that in two to four years Murtha might be the leading voice on the WOT.

WORLDnetDaily Amazing Headline

Well, WorldnutzDaily has done the conservative community a great service today. It has posted this Story.

INVASION USA Illegal alien rapes puppy Suspect felt there was no problem, claiming animal was his to abuse

If you wish to read the story go here and you can see the mugshot, the dog, and the whole nine yards.

May, I ask respectfuly what is the point of this article? Why should this be going out all over the internet targeted to a nationwide audience.?I suppose their argument will be that if this illegal alien had not been here this dog's honor/virginity would have been protected. However there is a subtext here and we all know it. It is in the same vein as Illegals are all criminals and they all carry diseases blah, blah blah. Now even your pet dog rover isnt safe from the foreign invaders. There is a racial or ethnic card being played here too. Its doesn't take a P.H.D in propaganda to realize that.

I think of course that criminals should not be able to come into this country. That is one reason, I am against illegal immigration and for secure borders. Its in essence it is why I support the President in his comprehensive approach. But this is going overboard. There must be balance. If I wanted to read stuff like this I would read the National Examiner or the Globe. Does this article have a place in rational debate or is its purpose simply to inflame? Is not its true purpose to contribute to discourse but to inflame every prejudice and fear we have in ourselves?

This story is about as releant as this one they ran "'Illegal runs red light,' kills popular principal" I realize that illegal aliens have criminal problems. Part of that is because they are often living in the shadows. I see the same things with friends for example that have some small offense they are running from. They often get into more trouble it seems by avoidance and it jsut piles on. It sounds like a Bush plan of getting people into open society would cure a bit of that.

Who owns this outfit that is promoting itself as a conservative outlet of news. Well that it appears is a little shrouded in mystery except that the columinist Farah is involved. I will try to get more info on this tomorrow.

The anchoress hit on this topic today and I was thinking almost the same thoughts before I read her blog as I was reading this "news" from Worldnetdaily. Let me give a partial quote:
I have written about some of the illegals who go to my church, who have lived here for many years, established themselves as best they have been able, have learned English, worked hard - they haven’t complied with the broken INS system, but they have become as model citizens as they might be under the circumstances. They come to church each week with mannerly children, impeccably turned out - the father is at daily mass every morning, and every day before he leaves for work he prostrates himself before the Tabernacle. Yeah…he should just be shipped back. Illegal is illegal and that’s all that matters. But what am I saying? I forgot, I’m a Catholic, I can’t be credible on this issue, because all we Catholics care about are asses in the pews and money in the collection basket.
No normalization, no reasonable examination of a person and his life and his circumstances…no plea bargaining…“no excuses, illegal is illegal…ship them all back…” might sound pithy, moral and right to some. But it is offering no solutions beyond a fence - it considers no reform. Some of these high-minded moralists betray something in themselves when they write - as some have in the ’sphere, all their principals really demand is the “rounding up and shipping out” of millions of people, the distruption of established families, a wall and a guard standing a post with a loaded rifle.
In some ways the breezy categorizing and dismissing of the human beings involved in all of this sadly brings to mind
these Phelps disasters who see only “fags” and “fag enablers sinning away grace and messing with the wrong God.”
President Bush has not forgotten
that we are talking about human beings, here and his “base” is all-too-eager-and-willing to kick him in the teeth for it. But he is on the side of the angels on this, and not for the first time.

Amen, Anchoress, Of course like you I am a Roman Catholic and everytime I open my mouth I get accused of being complicit in some plot. The point is that the crime rate of illegals has a place in the debate. But this stuff is over the top. This article whole purpose is make a whole group of people seem "inhuman" To rob them of their human dignity so that we view them as things not people. You disagree? Well, in the past year I know some good ole Country boys and their wives that got arrested for doing more than playing fetch with the family pet. It was news here. But it was never a national story. Come back from the edge folks. This stuff is becoming very nasty and I suspect that its going to annoy alot of Legal latinos. If good taste and decency can't persuade you maybe the practical political consequences will.

Called As Seen: The attempted purge hits a new low...

Called As Seen: The attempted purge hits a new low...

Called as Seen was a blog that wanted to put on my list tonight but forgot to do so. He is another voice of sanity out there. From the above link we can see that the Tancredo/Bay Buchanan folks have hit a new low. Click above and look at the link at what so 'called Republicans" are doing to other Republicans. Also he hits the nail on the head here how certain claims by this same crowd are much like the claims made by Al Gore. That is nonsense and basically scare tactics.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Welcome to Bloglist

Let me continue in introducing a few blogs that are being added to my blog list. They are a pretty good read and I go to them daily.

Big Lizards is an excellent blog. I have quoted from him twice today so the into will be brief here. This blog is exceptionally well written and hits many topics that are in current events. I have learned much from his post whether they be on immigration, Iraq, or North Korea.

The Strata Sphere is another political blog that I enjoy. Its a good political blog partly because it doesn't open up saying "Michelle Malkin says" or echos the sometimes rants of the unhinged far right. I like Malkin at times but this year her analysis has been grating. He is also a member of the Coalition of the Chillin which is nice. Strata ,among others in the coalition ,realized that the formation of the Gang of 14 did not mean the end of the world as to confirming Bush's conservative judges. If you have forgotten, some our conservative brothers and sisters were having quite a fit over how Republicans , such as Graham and McCain, had come together in a compromise with a few other Democrats. Well, some bloggers were just irate. However, the record speaks for itself, the compromise worked and Bush's judges got confirmed. This also marks the day where many conservatives felt that Bush and others must pay heed to their every daily post of wisdom. This can be seen in the Myers nomination, the Dubai port deal, and now in its full glory in the immigration fight.

The AmericanPapist is great Roman Catholic Blog. He is pretty up to date on whats happening with Pappa Benny and the American Church. He also engages political issues. I also like the name and how its such a fun play on an anti Catholic term.

The Pink Flamingo has another blog that will be real important to read in the future. I highlighted in an earlier post today. This blog in part will highlight how the GOP and Conservatives are being used by certain folks. Her new blog is called The Subway Canaries. I think Ronald Reagan is approving of her effort from above. I am also willing to bet that she believes in this weird world view that conservatives that have 90 to 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union cannot be called rinos(Republicans in Name Only).

Midnight in Iraq is a milblogger I am adding. He is a Marine currently in Fallujah, Iraq . I must confess , I feel bad that I have not posted enough on these brave bloggers posting from the front lines. His writing is great and he is giving us insight from insurgent central. Perhaps a certain congressman from Pennsylvania should read his blog.

Two last blogs that I wish to post for the night. I have blogs for Huckabee and Brownback on my list. I felt it was time to put a blogger for Romney on the list. First, there is quite a good blog called Elect Romney in 2008. He seems to be in the middle of things in that effort. Also I have noted that if there is a Catholic blog supporting someone I would put it up. So here is Catholics for Romney. I have an interest in that Blog because I am considering Romney, but I still as they say "have issues". Well we shall explore the 08 hopefuls together.

Possible WMD in Iraq?

Big Lizards:Blog:Entry �Possible News Flash: WMD Found In Iraq?�

Big Lizards who I am about to introduce, is keeping up with all the reports that WMD has been found In Iraq. This appears to have come from a report that shows how many chemical weapons we have found over a period of time. However its significant and is of INterest

A Glance at the News and the Blogs

Decision O8(Republican)

For those that can't wait for Presidential politics and need the added accessories, Sam BrownBack For President blog has found a place for your shopping needs here. Since he found the link, its only fair the shopping page opens on his guy. But if you notice they have merchandise for all the 08 Republican hopefuls in the upper left. Brownback weighed in at a news conference on Stem Cell Research yesterday also

The Huckabee forces are out defending their guy against the charges made by the conservative group "The Club For Growth " that Huckabee tax policies do not stimulate the economy. Governor Huckabee is in the Far East for a two week visit by the way, starting off in Tawian. Here is some of what he was doing. It looks like he leaves today(or is it yesterday the internatonal date line always messes me up) to head to Korea. A British Blogger that is following the O8 elections has something on Huckabee' visit to North Carolina that occured right before the Asia trip.

Elect Romney in 2008 is a very good blog that is a unofficial site covering the Romney campaign. I suppose I will put him on my links. Here, he post of Romney's big visit to Iowa this past weekend.

Immigration

Big Lizards is blog that I intend to put on my 'Welcome to my Blogroll" post later this week. However ,he has a two part post on the immigration issue that is fantastic. In part one that he posted on the 19th:

"So forgive my brashness, for I am only an egg; but I would like to see some reasonable evidence that any of the "hard-liners" against compromise on normalization actually supports legal immigration, or has the slightest concern about the arbitrary, capricous, and often discriminatory way that completely legal immigrants (and would-be immigrants) are treated in this country -- earlier by the Immigration and Naturalization Services and today by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services"

The answer Big lizard is that they do not. All you have to go is the web sites of Fair, Numbers, CIS, and Population balance and see that they oppose legal immigration. In fact these groups that are running this debate want the population of the USA to return to 150 million. There is no concern about making the process more efficient even for the foreigners serving in our uniform overseas. I have now heard personally from two people from Iraq, at the hoops they had to jump through to get their guys made citizens. In fact there is a fear that some because of injuries and emotional trauma, some might forget to renew their green cards and get this -Become Illegal Aliens!!!. Sickening

As he comments in Post 2 of the immigration man, the comment section pretty much showed that no one really gave a big damn about legal immigration. He says:

"I would love to find out I was right in my original assumption, that the anti-illegal hardliners actually do care about the unnecessary tribulations cast in the paths of legal immigrants. Not only would it make rational discussion possible, but I like to think well of people I respect. But danged if I can find any evidence so far."

Well there were comments to that. Its quite amusing but sad. I always hear the mantra ,"We not against immigration but only illegal immigration!!!!" Ah, but if that were true. There is not hardly one proposal or anti illegal immigration group that wants to truly reform the immigration process. They are in essence for keeping everyone out. Rep Tancredo himself is the author of a bill that will do that for all practical purposes. That bill is HR 946, Mass Immigration Reduction Act of 2003. THe debate is so slowly shifting to the true purpose behind some of these groups that oppose illegal immigration. As I have said before, this debate is really not about illegals to many. Read the whole thing. He is alwasy a great read from issue of Immigration to the current North Korean missle crisis.

Religion

Well, the Episcopal Church is not the only one's causing controversy this week. Now its the Presbytarians for goodness sake. It appears that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is problematic for some or to more specific the wording of the Trinty. Mark Shea at Catholic and Enjoying it has his thoughts on this and offers a few alternatives names. To any Anglicans(Flamingo lol) and Presbytarians(like my parents) that might be reading this please do the following. Urge your leaders to go the nearest bar and drink themselves silly for the rest of their meetings. They will cause far less damage. I am a convert to the Catholic faith and I respect many other christian traditions. However this is like watching a train wreck unfold. The Presbytarian issue is very upsetting because future Baptisms would not even be valid if this occurs.

Middle East

Michael Trotten had a excellent piece on Lebanon a few days ago here. Now he introduces us to another soulful blogger from that land . Its a shame that Americans do not keep up with part of the world more. You would think as a Christian nation we might since so much of our faith came and is still tied up in a mystical way with that region. Its a shame that American Christians really don't give a hoot to people that are descendants of the earliest Christians in the World. Its a fascinating region. As I have stated before bloggers from Israel and from Lebanon are reaching out to each other on these blogs. It is a t times tense and painful but its happening. I hope to post on that in near future.

This piece shows a great truth. It appears that since the Taliban can't win on the battlefield they have taken their battle to SCHOOLGIRLS.

"Summer vacation has only begun, but as far as 12-year-old Nooria is concerned, the best thing is knowing she has a school to go back to in the fall. She couldn't be sure the place would stay open four months ago, after the Taliban tried to burn it down. Late one February night, more than a dozen masked gunmen burst into the 10-room girls' school in Nooria's village, Mandrawar, about 100 miles east of Kabul. They tied up and beat the night watchman, soaked the principal's office and the library with gasoline, set it on fire and escaped into the darkness. The townspeople, who doused the blaze before it could spread, later found written messages from the gunmen promising to cut off the nose and ears of any teacher or student who dared to return.

Read it all very fascinating. Yet our coaltion troops are fighting this and more importantly so are the average Afghans.

Thats it till after dinner.

Don't ask why this whole post is in italics. I have no clue and I am too hungry to correct it now.

Kookdom and Their Designs on our GOP and Conservative Movements

Kookiness in Our Republican Party and The Conservative Movement
The Pink Flamingo has decided to take on something that is much needed. That is how our GOP being exploited by Kookdom. She has started a whole new seperate blog dedicated to this purpose called The Subway Canaries Her first days of entries was stellar and included a expose on the Council of Conservative Citizens and the infamous Tanton memos here and here. Take a look at those memos. It basically is a outline of how Tanton's organizations are taking over and influencing groups on both the right and left .Good stuff. Let me add something to the her thoughts on the Council of Conservative Citizens.. This is not some conservative organization. The fact they have hijacked the word "conservative" makes me ill. They are a bunch of hate filled radicals. Its the Klan at the Chamber of commerce. Its the Grand Cylcops at the Episicopal Church. It is basically evil and hate masquerading as mainstream. She has a link showing how Stormfront, a web site that is gathering place for groups advocating white supremacy, was linking to information about the Council of Conservative Citizens big convention they has this past weekend. PLease read it all and look how this klan group was welcomed with open arms. Also take note of this post by the editor of Storm Front post 108
"It's those breakfast meetings and lunch meetings that are important, and the hundreds of hallway meetings, rubbing elbows at the bar, hanging around the pool, and like that.Vigo Indy unfortunately couldn't stay long and I only talked to him for few minutes - caught him on his way out. But I did get to meet him, and I liked what he had to say. That's the kind of thing that bonds this community far stronger than internet memos here on the forum. While Stormfront makes it all possible, it's only a beginning.There was a good number of young Volk there, Old Blue, you would have been heartened by that.James Edwards was there with the new Mrs. Edwards, DeutschPride, PanzerElite, Hawthorne, too many of the young lions to remember all at once here!Plenty more music than I was expecting, with acoustic string concerts both on Friday night in the meeting hall and on Saturday night by the pool. I am convinced Stormfront is doing the right thing expanding in this direction, continuing to build and diversify (if you'll pardon the word) and developing as a media project in every sense of the word.

Lovely isnt it. But look at some of the speakers that were there and what they spoke about on post 113. WTF? Conservative? I think not. But let me highlight one speaker and his comments at the convention this past weekend.
Joe McCutcheon- Jews and neo-cons wanted to attack Iraq even before 9/11- Alberto Gonzales and Michael Chertoff are dual citizens- Mexican military helps Mexicans get across the border- illegal immigration is an attack on white America- We're "trading down" to an egalitarian society- Vote out all incumbents- We're not a nation of immigrants - The American population was already well established by 1776 and was definitely European

Who is this guy? Well Joe McCutcheon is the leading voice of the anti immigration movement in Arkansas as head of Protect Arkansas Now. He is a volunteer Minuteman and was even quoted in the Christian Science Monitor here . In this article he is quoted at length and we find he was one of the Minutemen 16 pilots in 2005. He has even been quoted by Lou Dobbs on CNN it appears.

I have not been able to find the original article but a site has reproduced this site has kept the original AP article. Look at this quote:
McCutchen also acknowledged participating in a 2001 anti-immigration forum in North Carolina, sponsored by the Council of Conservative Citizens, which the Southern Poverty Law Center calls a successor of the old White Citizens Council. In a 2001 CCC publication, McCutchen is identified as a member, but he said Wednesday that the only organizations he's ever belonged to are four Masonic orders and the American Airplane Pilots Association. McCutchen said that after participating in the 2001 forum with self-described racial separatist Virginia Abernethy, who later became chairwoman of Protect Arizona Now, he decided to break all ties with CCC. "I decided this wasn't my schtick," he said. "I'm strictly working on an illegal immigration basis, and they're in other areas. I'm strictly looking for the stability of this country and upholding the rule of law." McCutchen said he resented having to make such a disclaimer, but said he has been careful to point out that people who want to tighten laws against illegal immigration "are not bigots, xenophobes, racists or anti-Semites."

Well I guess Mr McCutchen had a change of heart since he just appeared at the Council's convention this past weekend. Oh and look at these letters he wrote to the Fort Smith Arkansas paper and view part his anti jewish bile. I love this part.
"Bush and his mostly Jewish neo-cons' war against Iraq was illegal, immoral and resulted in the emasculation of the Constitution. There are no weapons of mass destruction and no evidence that Iraq has harmed U.S. interests, i.e. no Iraqi terrorists. Evidence indicates Bush I was a party to installing Saddam and was formerly a business partner, and U.S. furnished Iraq with start-up material for bacterial warfare.Bush and his neo-con handlers have vaporized the 14th Amendment, shades of Nazi German differing only in role-reversal. Additionally, Globalist Bush refuses to secure our southern border, and estimates state that in excess of 10,000 illegals are crossing daily. The aforementioned, accompanied by "Homeland Security" and the "Patriot Acts" guarantees a U.S. citizen lock-down! American culture is in a melt-down."

If you object that this comes from a liberal site. I will at my own expense get a copy of these letters from the paper itself and post them. Folks, its ok to be against illegal immigration. I think we all see that illegal immigration must be stopped. But we must be careful who we are getting in bed with. By the way good ole Joe is still active and being quoted all over the place. This was from last week. It does not help that this guy is the face of the Republican party to some.

On a side note, I am happy to see that Governor Huckabee, a future possible President ,does not associate with this trash as can be seen here , and here where he was quoted as saying
"Huckabee said he wouldn’t want to be associated with Mc-Cutchen's group. "We owe it to our heritage to realize where we came from," Huckabee said. "McCutchen is probably of Scottish descent. What if the borders had been closed to people of Scottish descent. I tend to think of America as a country where lots of prosperity is left for a lot of people."
McCutchen said his ancestors came to what is now the United States in the 1600s. "I’m saying anybody who comes legally is welcome as long as they abide by the constitution," McCutcheon said. "What does the governor not understand about the rule of law?"
McCutchen accused Huckabee of pandering to "politically correct" interests to better his chances for a position in President Bush’s administration.
Huckabee said he was emotional and proud that he lives in a country where a Cuban immigrant like Carlos Gutierrez could become U.S. Commerce Secretary and others come "with nothing but a number on their arm from Auschwitz."


Huckabee also said here
"If I were to say some of it is driven by just sheer racism, I think I would be telling you the truth,” Huckabee said as he shared sandwiches and salad with close to 20 national and regional political reporters.
“I’m not saying everybody who is very, very angry [about immigration ] is a racist. I want to be very clear about that. But I’ve had conversations with people, and it became evident what they really didn’t like is that people didn’t look like them, didn’t talk like them and didn’t celebrate the holidays they do, and they just had a problem with it
.”

Many conservatives hounded on Huckabee because he said that some,not all, but some folks had a pure racist agenda in this immigration fight. As can be seen Huckabee has reasons to back up what he said. The more I hear about Governor Huckabee, the more I like him. Gov Huckabee is against illegal immigration too, but he realizes we can't destroy our souls in backing certain proposals. Furthermore, he has the moral courage to call a spade a spade sometimes. It reminds me of the current occupant in the White House. Do not be surprised if this conservative Roman Catholic Republican is going to be supporting this Southern Baptist minister now Arkansas Governor next year. His courage ,much like Senator Brownback, is what I am looking for in these tough years ahead. That is no pandering just do what is right. Again, I know this immigration issue is emotional. However, we must be careful who we ally with.

There is more out there. But enough on Kookdom for now.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Louisiana Anti Abortion Legislation a Model For the Nation

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Some good news from the Louisiana Legislature and the Governor's office. Governor Blanco signed into law the Senate Bill that would prohibit most abortions if Roe V Wade is reversed in ,whole or in part, or part by the US Supreme Court. This is great news for the Louisiana Pro Life community. The National Review has a excellent piece on this Post Roe Activation(PRA) activation legislation and how it should be used in other States. The National Review notes that there are three advantages to this law:

First, the PRA bill gave state legislators the opportunity to speak about the issue of abortion in context of live legislation. The legislators in Louisiana realized that it is one thing to answer candidate questionnaires about their position on Roe, but quite another thing to struggle with the issue with the realization that they are crafting policy that will sooner or later go into effect. .....

Second, the PRA clause takes away the disturbing prospect of having to pay taxpayer dollars to abortion-industry lawyers as attorney's fees that would likely be awarded by federal courts after they strike the law down as being in conflict with Roe. That's because at this point in time, even with the addition of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, we may be one vote shy of having the necessary five of nine votes on the Supreme Court to rule that Roe was an invalid exercise in judicial usurpation of the state's legislative functions. . .

the third and last point. PRA legislation allows state legislators to act with the goal of creating an environment that reveals a growing political will to appoint and confirm that fifth Justice. Imagine the scenario of state after state holding committee hearings to consider what legalized abortion has done to the very women that were alleged to have been its biggest beneficiaries. Imagine the people in state after state standing up to proclaim that abortion is a crime against humanity that we will no longer endure. When a Supreme Court vacancy opens, the president and Senate would not have to read the tea leaves; rather, they could just look at the numbers of states who have enacted legislation evidencing their desire to restore the Declaration's mandate to protect the inalienable right to life.

Good points made by the National Review, Read the whole thing. Another point of interest is that Gov Blanco is a Democrat. Unlike other States, In Louisiana the Pro-life issue has been a bipartisan cause. With one exception in the Senate and one exception in the House, the Louisiana congressional delegation has always been pro life regardless of party. The signing of this Legislation by a female Democractic governor is upsetting quite a few outside the state..Here is one blogger that has a view similar to the rest of the so called progressives. What this blogger does not realize is that in certain areas of the country people feel that there is no contradiction between being a Democrat and voting pro-life. I predict that Governor Blanco will suffer no adverse consequences to upholding her lifelong pro-life position. I for one am well pleased. Even though I am a Republican, I do not believe Life issues should all be the domain of one political party. Hopefully, this will be taken by some Democrats that they can be prolife and a Democrat at the same time.

UPDATE
Emily Metzgar takes Blanco to task for changing her position and calls its "another act of political expedience". As you can read in the article this is referring to her past position of wanting exceptions for rape and incest versus her opponent's(and future opponent) view of believing in no exceptions. I believe that Blanco was clear that she wished those exceptions to be in the current bill. However the Legislature did not agree. One can criticize Gov Blanco on many things , but here I think Blanco should be given her due. Blanco chose not to veto a very good bill over those exceptions. She realizes that protecting countless thousands of Louisiana 's unborn children was more important than holding out for her exceptions.

Nationally, the Liberal Atrios has chimed in and said he will not visit our poor state anymore since Blanco signed the bill. I suppose he might not write about our plight either now.. Liberalism and love at its best I see. Funny, I don't like the laws in a lot of States and cities but I still go and visit. Can you imagine the outrage if the Governor had been a Republican. Oh Check out his comment section. One left leaning Louisiana blogger and cartoonist has some choice words for old atrios. In fact the Suspect Device Blog has a whole entry on atrios and all the liberal love that is on exhibit called More Fair Weathered Friends. He observes in a great post"
You know what I think? I think it's horseshit. I think that our compassionate progressive liberal brethren are tired of hearing our troubles, and by God if this didn't just give them a solid-gold gift-wrapped excuse to wash their hands of us. They WERE all for helping us get that federal help and rebuilding the city and caring very deeply for our poor but NOW -- well, not that we've gone and done something STUPID they can't in good conscience spend any more imaginary money or potential vacation time here. On our own, again.

and

But I didn't expect the liberal left to so cynically abandon us so quickly. All it took was one law, a trigger law not yet in force at that, for the facade to snap and waves of righteous relief at no longer having to associate with the needy lowlives come rushing over the atriots like a cool summer rain. Fuck you clowns.

I hate to tell you dude but I have seen this coming all along. People on both sides are using Louisiana like pawns. On the right we have idiots like Rep.Tancredo that so used our misery for another 15 minutes of fame . I am not surprised that when the hurricane loses its Bush bashing potency for the left that they want to wash their hands of us.

Decision O8- Republicans Kicking it Off in Iowa

I am a political nerd. I have thought that places like Iowa and New Hampshire must be the coolest places to live because of all the presidental campaign action that starts in earnest every two years. Where else , if you are politically active, is there a good chance that the future Leader of the Free World might stop by the house for coffee. or come by your work with a hundred cameras in tow.

Republicans and Democrat hopefuls have of course been in Iowa for some time now. A useful site to keep up on all the visits is the George Washington University Iowa page. Here you can see how many times a candidate has been to Iowa and where he or she was speaking. For Republicans go here and for Democrats go here.

The big shindig this weekend though was for Republicans.. The Iowa Republicans held their state convention this past weekend as well as assorted events. Fox News has a brief round up here. . Four Republicans hopefuls appeared in person this weekend at this weekend events. Those canidates were Senator Brownback of Kansas, Senator Allen of Virginia, Governor Pataki of New York, Governor Mitch Romney of Massachusetts.

Governor Huckabee was not present but as Mike Huckabee President 2008 blog points out , the Governor of Arkansas was in the Far East meeting with business and political leaders in Tawain, Korea, and Japan for the next two weeks. It is pointed out correctly that this trip is happening at the same time that the potential North Korea missile launch crisis is happening. If this test occurs while he is over in the region it will be interesting to see how the Governor handles that situation since it is known by the political leaders there, that he is a possible future President.

Now back to last weeks Iowa events. There seems to a be alot of buzz about Governor Pataki. I am a tad surprised at the interest he has been generating. He seems to have quite a few people from the conservative wing of the Iowa Republican party on his Exploratory committee/ Leadership PAC for that state as can be seen here. Krustyconservative from Iowa took note of this here and here. Take a look at the comment sections on both post. Iteresting stuff, since it appears that he has some social conservatives on board too. He also has some some thoughts on the Romney committee and Senator Allen's speech that he attended. Radio Iowa blog has more on the speeches from the hopefuls. A good general overview of this weekends convention is here .


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