The politics of religion

October 31, 2008

The Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion and its endorsement of the pro-marriage resolution in California, Proposition 8, has triggered an avalanche of criticism.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue’s response:

“Even worse are American Atheists, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Freedom from Religion Foundation. All accuse the Catholic Church of abusing its power by favoring Proposition 8, yet none says anything about the more than 100 houses of worship and religious organizations which oppose it. Their hypocrisy is appalling.”

A sampling of the assaults being leveled can be seen here.


Americans for Legal Immigration voter guide

October 31, 2008

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) has published its national list of 2008 endorsements for Congress and Senate.

The group writes: Polls tell us that over 80% of Americans want more done to fight and reverse illegal immigration. Super majorities want the borders secured, employers of illegal aliens fined, local police helping to enforce immigration laws, and no taxpayer benefits for illegal aliens. This is the core platform of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC).

These endorsements are purported to represent campaigns opposed to amnesty and illegal immigration.

The group also publishes a “Kick ’em out” list.

Check them out.

Even more evidence of media bias

October 31, 2008

Newspapers endorsing the BO/Biden ticket: 234-105

Editor & Publisher, the newspaper industry’s trade publication, has printed an update of newspaper presidential endorsements across the county.

According to the publication, the Obama-Biden ticket maintains its strong lead in the race for daily newspaper endorsements. The Democrat team now leads by 234 to 105, a better than 2-1 margin and an even wider spread in the circulation of those papers — as of Thursday.  The circulation of the Obama-backing papers stands at over 21 million, compared with McCain’s 7 million.

Read the rest of the report here.

Seeing Red AZ covered this trend nearly two weeks ago.

Double standard?

October 31, 2008

Effigies of Republican and Democrat candidates merit very different treatment

A University of Kentucky student and another man were arrested yesterday, accused of hanging a life-sized likeness of Barack Obama from a tree on the campus. The two men. ages 22 and 21 were being held at Fayette County Detention Center on charges of disorderly conduct related to the hanging of the effigy. They were also charged with burglary and theft at a fraternity house where police said the materials came from.

The men were each being held on $7,600 bond, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Meanwhile, a “bloody” effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, with a noose affixed around its neck, has finally been taken down from a West Hollywood home, after the homeowner discussed the situation with the city’s mayor. The homeowner referred to the display as a “decoration” which he said, “should be seen as art.”

The hanging mannequin was part of a larger Halloween display that included an effigy of John McCain coming out of the chimney engulfed in fake flames. The display has drawn national attention and a visit from the Secret Service, which decided there was no threat.

Although local politicians and city officials called the images offensive and urged their removal,
no charges were filed, according to Los Angeles CBS 2.

So one guy chats it up with the mayor and the other two are cooling their heels in the can with a load of charges hanging over their heads? That’s the best indicator of today’s political climate.

A peek at things to come?

October 31, 2008

Obama tosses reporters from McDailies off of his campaign plane

The Drudge Report runs with this early morning exclusive:

The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states — and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president.

The New York Post, Washington Times and Dallas Morning News have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs — and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, Essence and Jet.

Stay tuned and…..Vote Republican!

A personal message from a soldier

October 30, 2008

Our friends at Growing Our Party have a compelling post from an American serviceman who sacrificed for liberty in Iraq.

We encourage you to read it and watch the video detailing his message regarding the war. It is something you will not soon forget.

And a woman shall lead them — for four months

October 30, 2008

Leave hastened by letter of no confidence from force

Kimberley Johnson, Youngtown’s police chief since July 1, has been placed on administrative leave after all nine sworn officers on the town’s police force submitted a letter of no confidence.

The letter cited a hostile work environment, lack of leadership and emotional instability, as reported by the daily.

Johnson was the first woman in the town’s history to fill the top police spot. She is among a handful of female police chiefs in the state.

A rare opportunity: AZ State legislative workshop

October 30, 2008

Friday, November 14,  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

This year’s hosts will be Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor and House Representative Russell Pearce Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

Workshop speakers and special guests are listed here.

Registration must be completed in advance.

This event is a must for your November calendar.

AZ Republic promotes provocative reason to rush amnesty

October 30, 2008

Urges immediate action from new congress: No reelection worries for two years

The daily newspaper has never stopped pounding the drum for granting amnesty to the incalculable millions of illegal aliens flooding the United States.

Nothing dissuades them. First, it was editorialist Richard deUriarte, recently retired and currently employed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Now, it is Linda Valdez who has taken up the mantle of relentlessly advocating for an official government pardon of lawlessness.

Today, in her editorial, Make this a priority, Valdez continues to press for open borders, with advocacy of the foot-in-the-door, “guest worker” program, she views as a necessity for the business community which she declares “needs migrant labor.”

Of course, she ignores the uncalculated costs involved in the importation of such labor – among them astronomical educational outlays, uninsured medical funding, public benefits and incarceration.

Valdez spills the frijoles with this memorable passage:

“…because some of the pressure has eased…. Because a new Congress won’t face immediate re-election worries. Because the new president – regardless who he is – will be a supporter of reform.”
There it is, in its unvarnished splendor. A directive to Arizona’s congressional delegation to ignore the will of the people who just returned or elected them to office.

In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act , which normalized approximately 3 million illegals while supposedly setting in place strict hiring guidelines and enforcement policies to penalize employers knowingly hiring illegal workers. It was to be a one-time amnesty. Although warned that the legislation would spur further disregard of our sovereign border, Reagan championed the measure as “the most comprehensive reform of our immigration laws since 1952.”

And here we are over two decades later with millions more who have broken into this county in violation of our laws. Obviously, the best of intentions didn’t work as a deterrent. In fact, Simpson-Mazzoli served as an incentive.

Congress has passed 7 amnesties since 1986. When will enough be enough?

John Gizzi, Political Editor of Human Events, has written a thorough and well-documented article, providing excellent historical perspective to the enormous problems associated with our porous border. The costs are too great to ignore. And amnesty, by whatever name it uses on any given day, is not the answer.

The fascinating logic of Speaker Nancy Pelosi

October 30, 2008

Pelosi Promises ‘Bipartisan’ Democrat Majority

Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan.”

Watch this and try to make sense of it.