Thursday, June 29, 2006

Bill Minutaglio Guest On "The Dickson/Chappell Report" July 8th

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The first and only biography of the most controversial U.S. Attorney General in recent memory.

In defiance of expectations, statistics, and stereotypes, Alberto Gonzales has risen to become one of the most powerful men in America. Gonzales has been the nexus for key policy points for the Bush administration, and holds inflammatory and very influential positions on issues that seize and polarize the nation -- privacy, capital punishment, and torture.

Gonzales's unyielding loyalty to George W. Bush -- during a time when to call his presidency "controversial" would be an understatement of massive proportions -- is a fascinating study in the politics of ambition.

Bill Minutaglio is an award-winning journalist and author of First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty and City on Fire. He has written for many publications including Talk, the New York Times, Outside, and Details, among others. His work was featured, along with that of Ernest Hemingway, in Esquire's list of the greatest tales of survival ever written. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

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Manuel Miranda Guest On "The Dickson/Chappell Report" July 1st

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Manuel Miranda, 45, is Chairman of the powerful Third Branch Conference, and a visiting legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Today, Miranda is, to the distress of Bush administration officials, leading the charge to keep Attorney General and First Friend Alberto Gonzalez off the high court. "In the short-term," he told NCR, "everyone is focused on it not being Gonzalez." In private meetings with pro-life activists who support overturning Roe v. Wade, Gonzalez has signaled that he is not one of them, said Miranda.

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Congressman Mike Pence Discusses "Pence Plan" With President Bush

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Yesterday Congressman Pence met with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office to discuss the Pence Plan: No Amnesty Immigration Reform.

As Amy Fagan and Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times write in this article, "Mr. Bush met yesterday with Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, who has proposed his own broad immigration plan that includes a guest-worker program for current illegal aliens and future foreign workers, but only after the Department of Homeland Security certifies that the borders are secure."

Here is another excerpt from the article:

"The Pence plan would not preclude allowing illegal aliens to obtain citizenship eventually, but Mr. Pence said the aliens must be required to go home and apply at privately run 'Ellis Island centers' in order to come back as part of a legal worker program. He said many senators fundamentally misunderstand House Republicans' objections to the Senate bill."

'They think path to citizenship is how the House defines amnesty, and I've been trying to convey that amnesty for most House members is if you can get right with the law by paying a fine, that's amnesty,' he said. 'The path to citizenship is just an extension of that amnesty."

"Mr. Pence, the chairman of the influential conservative House Republican Study Committee, said Mr. Bush didn't make any commitments but was 'intrigued' by his plan and asked very specific questions."

"I haven't been questioned like that since the ... ninth grade,"Mr. Pence said.

Maureen Groppe of the Indy Star also gives an account of the meeting in this article

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Portiuncula: The Little Portion

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Please join Father Michael Scanlon,T.O.R., Chancellor of The Franciscan University of Steubenville, and all the Franciscan brothers and sisters of the "Portiuncula Hermitage/Retreat Center" as they "Go, and rebuild His house, which, as you see, is falling to ruin!"

Please prayerfully consider sharing your time, talent and treasure with their ministry (this Supplication has been placed on the Grave of St. Francis by the Assisi Patriarchal Basilica and Convent of St. Francis.)

Remembering the words of St. Francis, "I tell you in truth that many of the wisest and most noble of this world shall come to this congregation and shall consider it a great grace and honor to beg alms."

Visit their Web Site at:

http://portiunculathelittleportion.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Exodus Conference Offers True Hope and Real Help for Leaving Homosexuality

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Exodus International is hosting their Annual Freedom Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana next week from June 27 – July 2nd.

Exodus is an international Christian ministry that is dedicated to helping people leave homosexuality. They have over 120 ministry affiliates in the US and Canada alone and a total of over 150 ministries in 17 countries. The conference is for people who are struggling with same-sex attractions, gender identity confusion as well as family, friends and counselors of people and loved ones caught up in homosexual behaviors.

If you have never been a part of an Exodus conference or attended a Love Won Out event with Focus on the Family, or if you have never heard the testimony of people who have left homosexuality, I would strongly recommend that you consider this event. At the very least, please look more into the resources available through Exodus’ web site. These events will revolutionize your view of homosexuality and the numerous lies that the culture embraces about the lifestyle as being something similar to one’s race or skin color. There are thousands who have left homosexuality behind for good, and hundreds of those people will be attending this event. Over a thousand people are expected to attend the Freedom Conference in Marion next week.

Speakers include: Pastor and former NFL football linebacker Ken Hutcherson, Pastor Jimmy Evans, Christian recording artist Clay Crosse, Sy Rogers, Melissa Fryrear and Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International.

You can learn more about the outstanding work of Exodus at their website: www.exodus.to and details of the conference under the "upcoming events" link.

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Welcome To The Republican Party!

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A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and was very much in favor of the redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on lectures that she participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his oppositon to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school. Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like the other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, "How is your friend Audrey doing?" She replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never sudies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus, college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over."

Her wise father asked the daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your freind who only has a 2.0? That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be fair and equal distribution of GPA."

The daugher, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, "That wouldn't be fair! I have worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!"

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, "Welcome to the Republican Party!"

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Ann Coulter: "I Love Mike Pence!"

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Ann Coulter, author and political commentator, drew a standing-room only crowd to the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center last night for a speech on political views and current events. Coulter was brought to Western Michigan University as a guest of the College Republicans.

When asked about her opinion as to whom she would like see run as the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, Coulter said that she would like to see a smaller name on the ticket.

“The Republican Party seems to like the biggest names, the candidates tend to be governors from enormous states. I love Mike Pence [Congressman from Indiana] and Steve King [Congressman from Iowa],” she said.

http://209.157.64.201/focus/f-news/1584207/posts#comment

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Congressman Mike Pence: Renewing The American Dream

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Rep. Mike Pence delivered the following address "Renewing the American Dream" at the Heritage Foundation on May 23, 2006.

http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=15083

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

***MONDAY PRESS CONFERENCE***

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CONSERVATIVE COALITION TO CALL ON
GOP SENATE LEADERSHIP TO MOVE DELAYED JUDICIAL NOMINEES


Coalition to Press for Floor Debates and Votes on Boyle, Myers, Smith, and Ikuta;
for Committee Action on Haynes and Wallace

-Will Issue Letter to Majority Leader Frist -


WHO: Conservative leaders

WHAT: Judicial Coalition press conference

WHERE: National Press Club

WHEN: Monday, June 12, 2006, 12:15 PM

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Friday, June 09, 2006

Ralph Martin Special Guest On "The Dickson/Chappell Report" June 17

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Ralph Martin is the President of Renewal Ministries and the host of the weekly television program The Choices We Face. He is the author of several books on the Catholic Church and spirituality and audio albums on the teaching of the saints. He is the Director of Graduate Programs in The New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Ralph is also Assistant Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit as well as Visiting Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Ralph and his wife Anne have six children and three grandchildren.

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Father Richard John Neuhaus Special Guest On "The Dickson/Chappell Report" June 10

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Father Richard John Neuhaus is Editor-in Chief of "First Things" magazine.

Time Magazine called him
"One of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America"

Our audience may remember that Raymond Arroyo and Fr. Richard John Neuhaus guided millions of us around the world through the moving and beautiful funeral Mass of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, in EWTN's exclusive presentation. During that broadcast, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then Dean of the College of Cardinals, now Pope Benedict XVI, delivered a moving homily paying tribute to Pope John Paul II.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Letter To Sen. Lindsey Graham From The National Coalition To End Judicial Filibusters

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National Coalition to End Judicial Filibusters


Senator Lindsey Graham
290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

June 6, 2006

Re: The Nomination of Jim Haynes

Dear Senator Graham:

We represent a coalition of organizations that cares deeply about putting constitutionalist judges on the federal courts. We are writing to express our concern about your lack of support for the nomination of William "Jim" Haynes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, effectively blocking him in committee.

With the recent resignation of Judge J. Michael Luttig, and Terrence Boyle’s seemingly endless confirmation delay – also, rumor has it, with Republican acquiescence – the Fourth Circuit needs principled constitutionalists more than ever. In addition, Judge Widener has notified the President he will retire upon his replacement's confirmation. So, the Haynes nomination affects the lives of two public servants.

But our concerns go beyond the Fourth Circuit. In particular, we believe your opposition to Mr. Haynes in the Judiciary Committee is damaging to the principle that judicial nominees with majority support are entitled to an up or down vote on the Senate floor, and blurs the line between the GOP’s treatment of nominees and the Democrats’ minority-obstructionist tactics. Some have even suggested your non-hold/hold amounts to a "silent filibuster" of Jim Haynes.

Despite the American Bar Association twice giving Haynes its highest rating, his nomination has languished in the Senate for nearly three years. Having already been approved by the Judiciary Committee in 2004, his re-approval should be little more than a formality. Instead, your objection to him has prevented even a vote in committee.

In fact, Brett Kavanaugh's recent confirmation amounts to the only strong constitutionalist confirmed to an appellate court since the confirmations immediately following the Gang of Fourteen deal more than a year ago. This is an odd result, given an enhanced Senate Republican majority.

We understand that you and Senator McCain have concerns about the Bush Administration’s policies on prisoners captured in the War on Terror, and about Mr. Haynes’s role in implementing those policies at the Defense Department. However, Jim Haynes has had the obligation to defend the legal rights of his client, the Defense Department, and to follow the legal advice of the Justice Department.

Jim Haynes did a difficult job at a difficult time and deserves our nation’s thanks for his service. Instead, he has faced years of delay, denigration, and stealth tactics that deny him even the courtesy of understanding the reasons for delay.

As a former Air Force lawyer, you know how misleading it can be to conflate U.S. military and legal policy with the personal opinions and preferences of the attorneys implementing those policies. Such tactics have been used in past by Senate Democrats and their allies to smear President Bush’s nominees, a practice you have rightly criticized. Policy disputes with the administration should not carry over to the Senate's consideration of qualified judicial nominees.

We have fought hard to establish the principle that judicial nominees with majority Senate support are entitled to an up or down vote. While we respect your concerns about Jim Haynes, the bases for those concerns simply do not warrant throwing aside such an important principle.

By all reports, your withholding of support for Haynes is all that stands between him and passage out of the Judiciary Committee. If you wish to send the Bush Administration a message on Jim Haynes, that is your right, but we ask you do so by voting against the nominee on the Senate floor.

For now, we ask that you allow him to proceed through committee to an up or down vote before the entire Senate.

Sincerely,

Paul Weyrich, Coalitions for America
Carl Herbster, AdvanceUSA
Donald E. Wildmon, American Family Association
David Keene, American Conservative Union
Bill Donohue, Catholic League
Richard A. Viguerie, ConservativeHQ.com
Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
L. Brent Bozell III, Conservative Victory Committee
James J. Fotis, Law Enforcement Alliance of America
Connie Mackey, FRC Action
Tom McClusky, Family Research Council
Jan Larue, Concerned Women for America
Rev. William Owens, Coalition of African American Pastors
Rick Scarborough, Vision America Action
James L. Martin, 60 Plus Association
Mathew D. Staver, Liberty Counsel and Liberty University School of Law
George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom
Dr. James H. Broussard, Citizens Against Higher Taxes
Sean Rushton, Committee for Justice
Kay Daly, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Manuel Miranda, Third Branch Conference
Wendy Long, Judicial Confirmation Network
Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch
Jeffrey Mazzella, Center for Individual Freedom
Michael Krempasky, ConfirmThem.com
Phillip L. Jauregui, Judicial Action Group
Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Caucus For America and host of "Talking Sense".
Andrea Lafferty, Traditional Values Coalition
Raymond J. Tittmann, Catholics for the Common Good
Austin Ruse, Culture of Life Foundation
Joe Cella, FIDELIS
Colin A. Hanna, Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
Amy Ridenour, Americans for the Preservation of Liberty
Kenneth Boehm, National Legal and Policy Center
Larry Cirignano, CatholicVote.org
Jeffrey H. Ballabon, Center for Jewish Values
Steven Mosher, Population Research Institute
Jim Boulet, Jr., English First
Mark Williamson, Foundation Restoration Ministries / Federal Intercessors
C. Preston Noell III, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
William Greene, RightMarch.com
Thomas A. Glessner, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)
Chuck Muth, Citizen Outreach
Dr. Patricia McEwen, Life Coalition International
Mychal Massie, Project 21
Jonathon Moseley, Esq., Legal Affairs Council
Tracy E. Ammons, Christian Citizens of America
Jason Wright, Institute for Liberty
Maurine Proctor, Family Leader Network
Gary Palmer, Alabama Policy Institute
Dr. Randy Brinson, Redeem the Vote
John Stemberger, Florida Family Policy Council
Michael N. Duff, United Families of Idaho
Peter LaBarbera, Illinois Family Institute
Micah Clark, American Family Association of Indiana
Dr. Don Racheter, Public Interest Institute (IA)
David Crowe, Restore America (OR)
Kent Ostrander, The Family Foundation (KY)
Gene Mills, Louisiana Family Forum
Judge Darrell White (Retired), Louisiana Family Forum Action
Douglas P. Stiegler, Association of Maryland Families
Mike Franco, Western Massachusetts Republicans
Kristian M. Mineau, Massachusetts Family Institute
Saulius "Saul" Anuzis, Michigan Republican Party
Karen Testerman, Cornerstone Policy Research (NH)
Len Deo, New Jersey Family Policy Council
Rev. Russell Johnson, Ohio Restoration Project
Diane Gramley, American Family Association of Pennsylvania
Robert R. Galbreath Jr., Citizens for a Constitutional Republic
Christopher Carmouche, GrassTopsUSA
Robert Regier, South Dakota Family Policy Council
Kelly Shackelford, Liberty Legal Institute (TX)
Ted Brown, Young Republican Federation of Virginia
Dr. Ken Hutcherson, Antioch Bible Church, Redmond, WA
Julaine K. Appling, The Family Institutue of Wisconsin
Jeffrey Lord, author, The Borking Rebellion
Jill Stanek, (OH)
Robert McConnell (DC)
James Hochberg (HI)
John C. Eastman, Professor of Law (CA)
Lillian Bevier , University of Virginia Law School
Chris Dickson, radio host, "The Dickson/Chappell Report" (IN and OH)
Adam McManus, radio host, "Take A Stand" (TX)
Martha Zoller, Jacobs Media Corp., radio host, WDUN, (Southeast}
Tamara Scott, radio host (IA)
Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated radio host





cc: Senator First, McConnell, Santorum, Kyl, Hutchison, Dole, Stevens, Specter
Hatch, Grassley, DeWine, Sessions, Cornyn, Brownback, Coburn.

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Lindsey Graham: A Tom Daschle Republican

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This lead in today's Post story by Chris Cillizza about Sen. Lindsey Graham is priceless:

No longer content with bashing Democrats for their obstruction of President Bush's judicial nominees, a coalition of conservative groups is now turning its attention to a prominent Republican -- Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.).

The story is great news, though. I've referred to Senator Graham as "the Arlen Specter of the south." In same ways, though, the better comparison is to Tom Daschle. As with Daschle, the voters in Graham's conservative home state probably have little idea of Graham's true ideological stance. Sean Rushton makes this point when he says:

A key reason why Lindsey Graham is Senator Graham is because he ran as opposed to the obstruction of the president's judicial nominees. We hope he'll remember that.

Graham is widely thought (along with Senator McCain) to be obstructing the nomination of Jim Haynes, the general counsel of the defense department. Graham apparently has tight connections with military lawyers who disliked the Pentagon's legal position on detainee interrogations. The Post quotes a spokesman for Graham who expresses concern that Haynes may not have been receptive enough to "advice from the military." However, Haynes was obliged to take his legal advice (if that's what the spokesman is referring to) from the Justice Department and the Office of White House Counsel, and he did so.

If Senator Graham nonetheless feels that Haynes is unfit to serve on the Fourth Circuit by virtue of his legal memos (or for any other reason) that's fine. But let's have the debate and the vote.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Fr. Richard J. Neuhaus and Tom Kuiper Guests on "The Dickson/Chappell Report" June 10th

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9:00-9:30

Father Richard John Neuhaus
Editor-in Chief: First Things
"One of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" Time Magazine.

9:30-10:00

Tom Kuiper
Author: "I've Always Been A Yankees Fan"

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Micah Clark and David Brog Guests on "The Dickson/Chappell Report" June 3rd

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Micah Clark is Chairman of the American Family Association of Indiana: Protecting your Family, Defending your Values, and Standing for Decency.


David Brog is author of Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State. A former chief of staff to Pennsylvania Republican senator Arlen Specter, Brog explains that “the evangelical Christians who support Israel today are nothing less than the theological heirs of the righteous Gentiles who sought to save Jews from the Holocaust.”

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