Judicial selection: The heart of the presidential election

May 30, 2008

Linda Chavez, writing for Human Events,  provides a thoughtful commentary on the overarching importance of judicial selection.

She writes: Barack Obama set out his criteria for picking judges this way. “We need somebody who’s got the heart … the empathy to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old. And that’s going to be the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges.

Hillary Clinton’s list was a little more substantive than Obama’s. She told attendees to a 2007 Planned Parenthood convention that she would pick judges who “understand the role of precedent,” by which she meant Roe v. Wade.

Read her entire column here.


Kansas City Archbishop censured for adhering to Church doctrine

May 30, 2008

Errant Catholic governor on Obama’s VP short-list becomes untouchable

Recently, Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann publicly asked Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to refrain from going to Communion. Sebelius not only supports abortion-on-demand, and works closely with Planned Parenthood, she has received funding from Dr. George Tiller of Wichita. He is nationally known for performing late-term abortions.

 Over the past few weeks, Archbishop Naumann has been roundly criticized for his laudable decision as the liberal forces supporting Sebelius for Obama’s Vice Presidential nominee, protectively circle the wagons.

 The brief but powerful article from The Catholic League, which is defending the Archbishop, is available here.


The Andy and Joe Show

May 30, 2008

NewsTalk 550 KFYI gives listeners a rare treat

Maricopa County’s top law enforcement officers, County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio did the honors as guest co-hosts on the Bruce Jacobs KFYI-AM radio talk show this morning.

The dynamic duo was enlightening and entertaining, taking questions from friend and foe alike.–and comporting themselves with intellectual clarity, integrity and wit.

KFYI carries Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, J.D. Hayworth and Michael Savage in their programming lineup.


Whew, what a relief…We were worried she might move on

May 29, 2008

Overpaid and well-connected, Betsy gets her contract renewed

With a $375,000 yearly salary, Betsey Bayless, as CEO of Maricopa County’s public health care system, earns nearly four times more than Gov. Napolitano at $95,000.

The $217,400 salary of the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court pales in comparison.

 Only the President of the United States, whose base salary tops out at $400,000 a year, earns more.

No wonder she’s smiling.


What now, John?

May 29, 2008

   

Activist judges HAVE redefined marriage, Mr. McCain

In 2004, John McCain was emphatic when he stated his support for a state marriage amendment, but reiterated his opposition to a federal ban on same-sex marriage, saying it was a state’s issue and creating a federal ban was unnecessary.

McCain’s sole caveat was if activist judges overruled the will of the people to keep marriage between one man and one woman.

That has now happened in California. Although a striking 61% of California voters supported a 2000 ballot measure, stating that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized, ” the California Supreme Court in a  4 – 3 ruling has now nullified their votes. New York Gov. David Paterson says his state will also recognize the legitimacy of those marriages ” performed in other states and countries” where they are legal.

During his presidential campaign, George Bush championed the federal amendment, saying it was necessary to defend the institution of marriage from “activist judges.” How prophetic he was!

But McCain argued on the Senate floor that there are “far less draconian” remedies, including the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — which defined marriage for purposes of federal law as a union between a man and a woman and allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

He said if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act or “state remedies to judicial activism fail,” then amending the federal Constitution might be “appropriate.”

Well, here we are.  What say you now, John?


Business as usual: Costly border Swiss Cheese

May 29, 2008

We give them money, the crime continues

U.S. border governors–except for Janet Napolitano, who shrewdly claims a scheduling conflict– are meeting with their counterparts from six Mexican states in Mexico City for discussions regarding combating crime and enhancing border security amid increasing drug cartel violence in Mexico.

Betch’a a wall isn’t on the agenda.

The governors of California, Texas and New Mexico plan to “offer support” to Mexican President Felipe Calderon for his crackdown against the drug trade according to an Associated Press report.

Of course, Calderon, who has termed America as “swaggering, macho, and anti-Mexican.” wants a constant flow of unconditional U.S. dollars, some of which states have diverted to fighting our own crime problems–much stemming from the relentless influx of illegals into our country from his.

Meanwhile, President Bush has urged Congress to approve the first $500 million installment of a proposed $1.4 BILLION law enforcement aid package known as the Merida Initiative to combat increasingly violent drug crime in Mexico. The United States is incomprehensively funding a wall for Mexico’s southern border with Central America while leaving America’s border looking like Swiss cheese.

What a deal for the taxpaying citizens!


Ah, the many kindnesses of the Chinese government

May 29, 2008

China exempts grieving parents.