Friday, September 28, 2007

Illegal immigrants moving out

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

By Emily Bazar, USA TODAY


Illegal immigrants living in states and cities that have adopted strict immigration policies are packing up and moving back to their home countries or to neighboring states.
The exodus has been fueled by a wave of laws targeting illegal immigrants in Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and elsewhere. Many were passed after congressional efforts to overhaul the immigration system collapsed in June.

Immigrants say the laws have raised fears of workplace raids and deportation.

"People now are really frightened and scared because they don't know what's going to happen," says Juliana Stout, an editor at the newspaper El Nacional de Oklahoma. "They're selling houses. They're leaving the country."

Supporters of the laws cheer the departure of illegal immigrants and say the laws are working as intended...

Illegal immigrants also are leaving Georgia, where a law requires companies on government contracts with at least 500 employees to check new hires against a federal database to make sure they are legally authorized to work.

Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta counters that some illegal immigrants who moved came back after the judge's decision, which the city is appealing. "I see a reversal," he says. "In a small city, it becomes obvious. … Schools are overcrowded and there are five-hour waits in the emergency room."

He says, "We don't want to chase immigrants away, just the illegal aliens who are causing many of the problem we are having."

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

MIKE PENCE DENOUNCES IRANIAN PRESIDENT

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Washington, DC-U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, ranking member of the MiddleEast and South Asia Subcommittee, voted today for further sanctions against Iran and denounced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a speech on floor of the U.S. House. Below are excerpts from Pence's speech, followed by the full text:

Excerpts "Let me be clear, if our colleagues have no other reason to support H.R.1400 we can look to the rhetoric and the statements in the past 48 hoursof President Ahmadinejad. He is a destabilizing force leading a threatening country and gave evidence of that repeatedly in statements on American television, Columbia University, and I expect at the U.N.today."

"Yet his musings are as clear and as threatening as those musings written in a prison cell in the 1930's, Mein Kampf. This is a man on amisguided mission. This is a dangerous and deluded leader. We ignorehis intents at our peril."

"While his speech at Columbia University yesterday was described as a rambling speech by the New York Times that meandered from science and religion, to the creation of human beings, it was his claim that he was a 'peaceful man,' that Iran possessed, as he made some mention to, a thriving Jewish community. And his claim that Iran was a country where no homosexuals live."

Full text

"I thank the ranking member and the distinguished chairman of this committee for their extraordinary and visionary work in bringing H.R.1400 to the floor of this Congress to enhance United States diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by imposing additional economic sanctions against Iran.

"As the ranking member and my other senior colleagues have described, this legislation would continue an expanding effort to confront Iran's rhetoric and reality, in a manner both diplomatic and economic.

"The reasons to do so are legion. Iran, for instance, denies the Holocaust and hosted a Holocaust denying conference which aired on Arab television across the region. President Ahmadinejad, as I will describein a moment, has repeatedly advocated 'wiping Israel off the map.' Their headlong and reckless pursuit of a nuclear weapons program ominously would enable them to do that in a matter of minutes when combined with their missile technology.

"Iran supplies and trains insurgents fighting U..S Forces and Iraqi Forces in Iraq, as General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker and the physical evidence and the incarceration of Iranian intelligence now in Baghdad now attest.

"Iran supports Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist organizations. But I want to speak specifically to yesterday and today's events involving the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who arrived yesterday for a forum at Columbia University and an address at the United Nations today.

"Let me be clear, if our colleagues have no other reason to support H.R.1400 we can look to the rhetoric and the statements in the past 48 hours of President Ahmadinejad. He is a destabilizing force leading a threatening country and gave evidence of that repeatedly in statements on American television, Columbia University, and I expect at the U.N.today.

"Ahmadinejad veers regularly between the deadly and the bizarre. He is perhaps best known for the menacing statements about advocating the elimination the state of Israel. But at last year's address to the U.N. General Assembly, President Ahmadinejad told an Iranian cleric that he had felt the hand of God in entrancing world leaders as he addressed that body.

"All of these various threats and outrages are delivered with a trademark eerie grin, which would be easy to dismiss as the rantings of a madman were he not vested with the power of a head of state.

"Yet his musings are as clear and as threatening as Mein Kampf in the1930's. This is a man on a misguided mission. This is a dangerous and deluded leader. We ignore his intents at our peril. "While his speech at Columbia University yesterday was described as a rambling speech by the New York Times that meandered from science and religion, to the creation of human beings, it was his claim that he wasa 'peaceful man,' that Iran possessed, as he made some mention to, a thriving Jewish community. And his claim that Iran was a country where no homosexuals live.

"For me, I cannot decide which of those statements was more Orwellian or more offensive to reality or to western respect for individual liberty. But they do give us a window into the mindset of a leader.

"Mr. Speaker, I believe no terrorist despot deserves an Ivy League forum, and have said so. On 60 Minutes Sunday night, Ahmadinejad refused to address what we all know to be true, his forces and weaponry, as I have said before are directly implicated in the deaths of American forces in Iraq. That would have been reason enough to deny him the podium.

"Now we're occasionally told and maybe some will hesitate to support this legislation today because Ahmadinejad is not in charge. Some believe a relatively moderate group of clerics are the real power in Iran. But at a military parade just Saturday, the supreme leaderAyatollah Khomeini, allegedly a moderate in some versions, had a banner displayed alongside him that read, 'The Iranian nation is ready to bring any oppressive power to its knees.' Clearly, this threatening posture is deep-seated, it is not focused on one man.

"I think as we argue today for H.R. 1400, to bring additional economic sanctions against Iran, we should look at the man who is the leader of the country. H.R. 1400 is sponsored by our distinguished chairman and ranking minority member is the reasonable step of imposing additional economic sanctions against Iran. Let me say, I believe that it is imperative that we must continue to use every tool in our power to pressure and isolate this dangerous and threatening regime.

"The people of the United States of America, the U.N. Security Council, our neighbors and allies in the region also need to be prepared to keep all options on the table as we confront this regime. It is my hope that H.R. 1400, with its diplomatic and economic initiative will prevail and bring Iran back from the nuclear brink. That will be my prayer. We must remain committed to the notion that this nation and this leader in Iran must not be permitted to come in to possession of a usable nuclearweapon."

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mike Pence: Hollywood fights DOJ on porn rule

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"


The Hollywood Reporter



Hollywood fights DOJ on porn rule

By Brooks Boliek


Sept 21, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Hollywood and the U.S. Department of Justice are warring over regulatory language that requires stricter record-keeping for motion pictures that include steamy love scenes.

Known as the Pence Amendment, the regulation is designed to crack down on a subset of pedophiles who produce simulated child sex scenes but threatens to ensnare legitimate filmmakers in its dragnet.

As originally written by Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., the amendment would have required film and TV show producers to file the same records with the DOJ that are required by hard-core pornographers. Those filings, known as 2257s for their section in the federal code, require certifications that all actors are of age, who the custodian of records is and where the records reside. The 2257 label must appear before every film.

The amendment was the object of a pitched battle in Congress that eventually led to a compromise Pence and the studios could live with. Under the compromise, the studios would simply have to certify that they keep the records in the normal course of business.

While the studios didn't like the extra requirement, they felt they could live with them.


But since President Bush signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Safety Act in July 2006, Hollywood has been fighting DOJ attempts to do with a regulation what could not be done in Congress.

"The motion picture industry fully supports the goal of protecting children," MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said.

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Libel case to accuse Planned Parenthood

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Mega-clinic chief links pro-lifers to 'violence'


Posted: September 25, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern


By Bob Unruh
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com


A lawsuit against Planned Parenthood and its Chicago executive will be filed today, seeking $7.5 million for publicly accusing peaceful pro-life activists of having a record of advocating violence.

The lawsuit is being prepared by the Thomas More Society of Chicago, whose chief counsel, Tom Brejcha, told WND the action is scheduled to be filed today in Kane County on behalf of pro-life protesters who are opposing the opening of a mega-clinic abortion facility in suburban Aurora.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Father Gregory Bramlage invites you: Spring Healing Conference

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Father Gregory Bramlage invites you: Spring Healing Conference

March 1, 2008


The Holy Spirit and Evangelization

Batesville High School Auditorium
Batesville, Indiana

Healing Through the Power of Jesus Christ Center
c/o Saint Nicholas Parish
6461 East Saint Nicholas Drive
Sunman, IN 47041

E-mail: St.NicholasCatholicChurch@yahoo.com
Phone: (812) 623-8007

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Actors tell Hollywood 'Enough is Enough'

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Actress Kathy Griffin's rant at the Emmy awards in which she told Jesus to "suck it" has triggered a petition campaign intended to tell Hollywood "Enough is Enough!"

But cast members at the Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., say they have had all they can stand.

"We, as Christian entertainers, do not take it lightly that the name of our Lord and Savior has been mocked, and in response, we took out an ad in USA Today to stand up for Him," the group said.

The group purchased a USA Today ad, for almost $100,000, on Sept. 17 to say, "'Enough is Enough!' The name of Jesus Christ should not be mocked, nor should those who love Him be slandered for their beliefs. It is time for people of faith around the country to stand firm against religious slander, bias, and bigotry of all types including Christianity!"

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Mike Pence: Renewing the American Dream

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

From 1992 to 1999, Congressman Pence would espouse these credentials every day on his syndicated talk show heard throughout Indiana. In November of 2004, he was re-elected to his third term in the United States Congress from Indiana’s 6th Congressional District.

Mike Pence personifies the core conservative values of the Red-State-Midwest commonly known as “Hoosier Values.” Born in Columbus, Indiana into an extremely patriotic family (Mike still cherishes the Bronze Star his father was awarded in Korea,) Mike’s parents instilled in him the values that became the guiding principles throughout his life. As example, when Pence was attending Law School, he and his wife Karen donated their spare time volunteering at a local soup kitchen in Indianapolis, Indiana through Catholic Charities.

On January 29th of 2004, Congressman Pence appeared in Cal Thomas’s nationally syndicated column under the heading, “Trouble With Bush’s Right.” Cal had just returned from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., where he heard a powerful and stirring speech from Pence entitled, “Christian-conservative-Republican (In That Order).” Thomas was so deeply moved by the Congressman’s words that he devoted his entire column that week to Pence’s speech.

Congressman Pence is one of the great polemicists of our time and has been a great source of encouragement to everyone who knows him. He has a very clear vision for dynamic reforming of government in the 21st Century and as he becomes more prominent in the years ahead as a national figure, we hope he will continue articulating what resonates in the hearts of an overwhelming majority of American citizens.

It is one thing to espouse being a “Christian-conservative-Republican (In That Order),” yet it is quite another thing being able to prove it. There are an awful lot of people who ride into power, money and prestige on the coattails of the crucified Christ. Likewise, there are those who claim to be conservatives while promoting a liberal agenda. And there is an even larger percentage of people who claim to be Republicans who undermine the Republican platform and everything it stands for (we affectionately refer to these individuals as RINO’s, or “Republicans In Name Only”.) So how are we to determine the validity of their claims?

Is Mike Pence a Christian?

“The true Christian is the true citizen, lofty of purpose, resolute in endeavor, ready for a hero’s deeds, but never looking down on his task because it is cast in the day of small things.”

Theodore Roosevelt: Speech in New York
December 30, 1900

Not too long ago, when we talked about people in Washington having “convictions,” it meant they were going to prison for a while. We all remember former President Bill Clinton waving his oversized Bible in front of the press cameras on Sunday mornings, while at the same time desecrating the sanctity of the White House by having extramarital sex in the Oval Office with a young intern. I am reminded of the old adage, “Just because you go to McDonald’s, doesn’t make you a hamburger.” So the challenge is, of course, before we can define whether someone is a Christian or not, we must first define what it means to be a Christian.

The best definition I have ever encountered of what it means to be a Christian comes from a sermon Father Todd Riebe of the Richmond Catholic Community delivered on January 9, 2005:

“Whenever a new leader appears on the scene, whether it’s a new coach, a new university president, or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a press conference is usually called to proclaim the leader’s qualifications and potential. These press conferences usually generate some excitement about the leader’s identity and arouse expectations about what the leader will accomplish.

“Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. It is the event that marked the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and in a biblical way it is the equivalent of a press conference – but a unique press conference. God Himself reveals His Son, Jesus, as the long-awaited Messiah – the anointed one – the Christ. And in the waters of the River Jordan we are given a preview of what His mission will be.

“In the first reading from the Profit Isaiah we heard the mission that would belong to the Messiah. He will establish justice, open the eyes of the blind, bring out prisoners from their confinement, lift up those who have fallen and heal the bruised.

“There’s a twofold dimension to what is revealed at Jesus’ baptism. First, He is revealed as God’s own Son, and secondly, His mission is revealed – He will do the work of God. Identity and mission.

“So, too, our baptism, perhaps caught in pictures or today even in video, is something to be lived out each and every day. It is not enough for us to accept baptism passively as something done to us – we must allow it to shape our deepest identity as children of God – beloved children of God – and we must find in our baptism our fundamental vocation – our call to be other ‘christs’ in the world.

“No matter what work we do – whether it be a bank president or priest or teacher or student or factory worker – we were anointed at our baptism with chrism – sweet smelling perfume – and we are called to take the fragrance of Christ wherever we go.

”We are called to bring relief to people whose lives have been bruised, to bring new sight to those who have been blinded by the false promises of the world, to free people who have been imprisoned by the injustice of ignorance or prejudice, to show sympathy to those who have lost a loved one, to assist the sick and shut-in, to bring understanding where there is conflict.

“Jesus’ baptism was not an end – it was a beginning, the beginning of His life’s work. So, too, our baptism was not an end. It was the beginning of the world to which we have been called by God – the work of those who have been anointed – set apart as other christs – set apart to continue His saving work.

”What is our identity and what is our mission in life? At His baptism Jesus’ identity was revealed and his mission was revealed. At our baptism our identity was revealed and our mission was given to us.”

When Father Riebe was asked for a copy of his sermon, he was told it was going to be used in a book to define what it means to be a Christian, and would be used in the chapter devoted to Mike Pence. His eyes lit up, he smiled broadly and said, “Oh yes, he’s the genuine article!”

We will call upon witnesses who can testify that he is an extraordinarily effective leader who is willing to take a moral stand based on Biblical principles.

Throughout most of the 1990’s, Micah Clark served as Director of Public Policy for an Indiana-based advocacy organization associated with Focus on the Family, one of the largest Christian ministries in the United Sates.

Micah Clark writes:

“At the pro-family organization we were fortunate to have Mike and Karen Pence as members of our board ...As I recall, it was the policy of our organization to ask perspective board members to sign or give a statement of faith. For a person who was often heard telling tens of thousands that he was a Christian, I doubt if Mike’s statement of faith was anything more than a mere formality to joining our board.

After all, a statement of faith, a radio celebrity’s claim to Christianity, or even a Congressman’s association with God in the heartland of America is hardly a tough sell. In fact, to state that you lack such faith in many areas of Indiana will still raise eyebrows even in 2005.

Our Lord tells us that on judgment day when Christ reviews our life on this earth, “many will say to me on that day Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in you name?” He will then say, “depart from me I never knew you.” It is clear that a mere claim to faith is not in and of itself steadfast evidence of one’s being a true believer.

So the question before this audience is “do we have real evidence of Indiana’s 6th District Congressman’s faith?” In this matter, I am surely not the foremost authority. Many of the Congressman’s closest friends are quick to testify of his deep convictions and personal faith in the very best sense of those terms with a long list of examples or stories.

I could easily point to many public evidences of Mike Pence being a man possessing a life-altering, personally-influential faith in all the standard ways. Even after two full terms in Congress, Mike Pence has continued his close association with many other well known believers, faith-based organizations and his own church. I could point to his congressional record of defending the values which are so strongly rooted in faith. I could point to his clearly articulated concerns over the moral decay of society. I could point to his passionate speeches skillfully using Biblical references and principles which amazingly neither compromise truth nor divide most audiences. I could point to his legislative success in protecting “the least of these” among us, our children, from the forces of evil in the pornography industry. The list would be a long one, indeed.

Yet, there is another standard that Christ gave to his disciples in which he said that all people would know that one is a follower of His. He said we would be known as His followers if we have “love for one another.” On this one criteria, I would rest my case as personal evidence of Mike Pence being a man of faith.

As Mike was becoming a household word in many Hoosier homes through 15 hours of radio each week and a Saturday television show, I had the privilege of meeting Mike from time to time for lunch, almost always at his request. Mike knew that although I was a pro-family leader, privately I could struggle with difficult personal matters very common to any Hoosier family. Yet, as a pro-family leader, I could not share it, or discuss it with just anyone. (I have often wondered how, when Dr. James Dobson, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on parenting, faced a challenge raising his son or daughter, was he able to tell anyone? Many leaders cannot just tell anyone that they are facing a matter everyone else faces, because no one expects you to encounter them because of who you are. It is the same reason we act surprised when we hear that our family doctor got a cold and called in sick.)

Mike always got to the heart of the matter in our discussions. We rarely discussed public policy. Instead we talked about our family, challenges we were facing or how God was working in our lives. They were talks coming from a compassionate concern from one believer for a fellow believer running in the same race. When Mike said, “I’ll be praying for you,” I knew he meant it. There were times looking back now when I see that God had clearly ordained certain meetings and discussions for a specific purpose, even if it was as simple as the important blessing of timely encouragement from a friend. It was a faith in action that to this day I have never forgotten.

Maybe when you talk politics on the radio you desire real life conversations. Maybe when you are a politician from a conservative district you know that to talk of God and to vote conservative is “good politics.” But when you are Mike Pence, a man of real faith, you simply express it, act on it, and you put that ‘love one another’ command into practice.”

Micah Clark is currently the Executive Director of the American Family Association of Indiana.


Is Mike Pence a Conservative?

“But look at us today. Security is above self-respect. We ask more money for less work. We are weaklings who want the government to take care of us when we should be taking care of ourselves. We pamper criminals and subversives when we should punish them. And we condemn those among us with the traits of their forefathers as reactionaries.”

Barry Goldwater: Mr. Conservative: Barry Goldwater
Doubleday and Company 1962


Mike Pence’s entry onto the political stage is clearly a defining moment in our nation’s history. His tremendous core conservatism is dedicated to limited government, fiscal government and traditional family values. He has become a national spokesman for conservative principles, appearing regularly on “NBC Nightly News,” “ABC World News Tonight,” CNN’s “Wolf Blitzer Reports,” and Crossfire,” and has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on numerous programs on the Fox News Channel.

We will attempt to prove that it is Pence’s belief and hope that in the decades to come, the justness of our cause as a nation will not only be realized by the powerful and wealthy, but will also be realized within the obscure and hurting corners of our community. This realization has not materialized after nearly 60 years of Washington being dominated by liberals within the Democratic party, although they have professed all along that they are “for the down-and-outs” of our society. It has been a lie that followed on the heel of the natural consequences of socialism.

For our first group of witnesses, we call upon the 90-plus group of House conservatives who voted by an overwhelming 100 per cent to elect Mike Pence as their chairman of the House Republican Study Committee in the 109th Congress. Pence gave up his job as deputy whip to assume the chairmanship of the Republican Study Committee, and to quote Mike himself, “The agenda of the House conservatives comes first…For either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other ( a clear reference to Matthew 6:24.)”

David A. Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, recently congratulated Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana upon his selection as chairman of the Republican Study Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The Republican Study Committee is a bulwark of Reagan conservatism in the House,” said Keene. “And Mike Pence is one of the most distinguished conservative leaders in Congress.”

“Clearly, the American Conservative Union chose well when it selected Congressman Pence to deliver the keynote address at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Mr. Pence’s speech was eloquent and stirring, a principled declaration on the current state of the conservative movement in an era of Republican hegemony in Congress.”

“ACU has every confidence that under Mike Pence’s leadership, the Republican Study Committee will continue to serve as the philosophical rudder to keep the Republican majority sailing a straight and true conservative course.”

Pence drew the ire of House leaders when he opposed legislation that would grant Medicare prescription-drug benefits because he knew it to be a budget buster, and a “prescription for disaster.” At a $400 Billion price tag over the next ten years, it became the largest increase in entitlements since Lyndon B. Johnson’s “New Deal.” According to Wes Vernon (NewsMax.com Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005,) “Rep. Mike Pence…cheerfully acknowledges this may make him ‘the skunk at the garden party,’ but he is determined to right what he and millions of Americans see as terrible wrongs...to eliminate the entitlement part of the prescription drug law. They will introduce legislation to narrow the benefits to those truly in need. The Midwest lawmaker estimates that would involve about 25% of the new law’s largesse. Many fear the prescription law, passed in the wee hours after much arm-twisting, will make it difficult, if not impossible, to keep taxes low in the future.”

On the issue of how conservative members of the House can unite and oppose rule changes, Pence cited the bankruptcy bill in which Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) added a provision that would deny protection to anti-abortion activists participating in protests. Conservatives rallied enough opposition that the bill was withdrawn from the floor of the House. The bill was later redrafted and passed without the abortion provision.

The following excerpts were pulled from a January 24, 2004 interview of David Keene on “NOW” with Bill Moyers.

Moyers:
What would happen if you asked conservatives at your meeting to pass a resolution calling on President Bush to veto this budget-busting bill that was passed this week?

Keene:
Well, the message from this meeting this week, where we have about 4,000 conservatives from around the country, these are the people that are the President’s base, is that, by golly, it’s time to do something about government spending. And we are, in fact, demanding that something be done.

As Congressman Mike Pence from Indiana said in the keynote to our convention, “When the ship starts to veer off –course or drift off-course, the crew ought to alert the captain that they sense that there’s something wrong so that they can make corrections.” This crew’s been alerting the captain. And I think there’s evidence that the captain’s beginning to listen.

Moyers:
What, in essence, defines a conservative today?

Keene:
I think I’ll go back to what Mike Pence said in opening this conference this week. We talked about the conservative desire for a smaller and limited government. A government that doesn’t tax people to death, a government that doesn’t regulate them to death, a government that doesn’t spend money that doesn’t exist.

We talked about the fact that conservatives believe in a strong defense, believe in being able to defend our population and in traditional values that conservatives have historically stood for. And Mike put it very effectively. He said, “If you don’t believe in those things you can be my friend, you can be our ally. We’ll work with you. But you don’t have the right to stand up and call yourself a conservative.

David Keene writes:

“Men and women run for Congress for a variety of reasons. Some want to “serve” and others crave the rush that comes from the exercise of political power. Others run because politics runs in their family or because they can’t think of anything else they might do with their lives.

Many such people get elected, serve honorably and provide the services to their constituents that are expected of a competent elected official. They retire or move on, however, without making any real mark or changing much. They are content to have served and to be remembered as decent, popular vote getters who did the work their constituents and party leaders expected of them.

Others, however, run not because they need or crave the job, but because they believe they can make a difference; because they share a vision of America that requires them to do what they can to preserve what’s best about the nation into which they have been born and to leave it an even better place for those who come after. They are motivated, in short, not by simple self-interest…though the best of them tend to be pretty good politicians…nor by a desire to exercise power for its own sake. They are motivated instead by their understanding of what politicians can do to build what Ronald Reagan so movingly described as “the Shining City upon a Hill.”

They are, in short, idealists in the very best sense of the word. They get up in the morning knowing what needs to be done and prepared to do what they honorably can to advance their ideals. They know too that in the political world in which they have chosen to operate it is never very easy to stick to their principles or to always distinguish between the tactical compromises that are a necessary part of politics and those that can eventually cost them their ideological souls.

The best of them work within their Parties and become effective legislators without slavishly following their “leaders” when asked to take positions they know to be wrong for political or partisan reasons. There aren’t as many of them as there should be, but they tend to step forward when they’re needed to stand up for traditional American values. Without them the great experiment that is the United States would by now be but a memory.

Mike Pence is such a legislator. He likes to describe himself as a Christian, a Conservative and a Republican…in that order and the description is apt. His conservative beliefs are based on his faith and the belief in the dignity of the individual that flows from that faith and I know that if he had to choose between his career and the beliefs he holds so dear, he wouldn’t take a second to make the choice.

Like most conservatives today, he sees the modern Republican Party as the most reliable effective political organization on the scene. As a consequence, when he ran for office he ran as a Republican and spends a great deal of time working to make his chosen party both more effective and more consistently conservatism, but when faced with a choice between principle and party he has never hesitated to stick with his principles.

That is not always easy as any political party is an at best imperfect vehicle for the idealist and a party’s leaders are prone to ask or even demand blind loyalty of its members. In the last Congress, Mike was faced with just such a demand as the President and Congressional party leaders sought votes for a bill that Mike and most conservatives believed ill-conceived and financially imprudent.

Still, many and perhaps even most of his conservative colleagues swallowed hard, put their misgivings aside and followed their leaders. Mike didn’t. He emerged as a leader of a small band of conservatives willing to stand against their leaders and even their President in the name of principle. They withstood the pleas and threats. Virtually all of them were forced to tell the President of the United States personally as well as their leaders in Congress that they couldn’t go along with them and still look at themselves in the mirror.

That was not easy. They lost the fight, but made their point and went on during the ensuing campaign that while they were not prepared to abandon principle, they were willing to work their hearts out for their party and President. They proved themselves good Republicans, but better conservatives and for that won the respect of all who knew them.

Their fear was that the President had strayed off course and was not doing all he could to keep government spending under control. They feared, quite correctly, that if he and their GOP leaders in Congress weren’t willing to fight to gain control, spending and government could spin out of control.

They made their point. Presidents rarely admit they are wrong, but this time the President promised that things would be different during his second term and that promise was repeated time and time again during his campaign for re-election as well as in his first State of the Union message after the election. By standing up, Mike and his colleagues made a difference and, in the process, made their President a stronger and more effective leader.

Although I doubt Mike expected it as he lost his fight, it was the way he fought it that has made him a hero among his colleagues and among all those who know him. When he was selected before the beginning of this Congress to head the Republican Study Committee, the organization to which most conservatives in the House belong, he accepted the position and announced that before he accepted it he had decided that he would drop the party leadership post for which he had also been selected. He did so, he explained, because “one cannot serve two masters.”

All of this demonstrates not only that Mike puts principle above party and that by doing so serves principles and his party. “

David Keene, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, is a political activist and columnist. As Chairman of the American Conservative Union (the oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in America,) he appears regularly on national television, and his column appears regularly in THE HILL, a newspaper that covers Congress.

Joe Feuerherd, in his January 5, 2005 column in the National Catholic Reporter, said of Mike Pence:

“…He takes the issues, though not himself seriously. Which is an accomplishment in itself, particularly because Pence – leader of the 100-plus member House Republican Study Committee (RSC) – may prove to be one of the most important members of Congress over the next two years, in addition to being a not-insignificant thorn in the side of Speaker Dennis Hastert, majority Leader Tom Delay and President George W. Bush.

“As the unanimously elected RSC chairman, Pence represents a breed of Republican not in favor with the big spenders of the current administration. “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter,” Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly told former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill.

“Pence, by contrast, not only says he opposes “big government,” he actually votes that way. He opposed the Republican-backed Medicare prescription drug benefit (the “entitlement” portion of which he’s hoping to repeal this year), he voted against the “No Child Left Behind Act” (which sought “to make Washington, D.C., a national board of education”) and regrets his support for the $462 billion farm bill.

“Pence won 67 percent of the vote last November in his east central Indiana district, up from just 51 percent in 2000. His conservative economic views – free trade and less government – are not universally popular in his district, which, between 1975-95, was represented by a Democrat. It is his “traditional moral values” position on abortion, marriage and other social issues that lead to the district’s “Reagan Democrats” to overwhelmingly vote for him, says Pence.

“Pence in many ways personifies the Red State Republicans whose influence will be felt both within their own party and on the national stage for decades to come…”


Is Mike Pence a Republican?

“I resist the word ‘moderate’ because it is a base-stealing word for the benefit of GOP liberals.”

Wm. F. Buckley, Jr. “On The Right”
March 21, 1967

Republicans come in all shapes and sizes. The Party accommodates and allows for Liberals, moderates and Conservatives to set at the same table, and demonstrates a clear conflict of visions, all under the umbrella of the Republican Party. So how do we define the term “Republican?” And how do we distinguish between the so-called “Rockefeller Republicans” versus the “Reagan Republicans?” And which one of these examples best exemplifies the principles of the party? After all, anyone can lay claim to being a Republican, but can they really hold to that title if they do not believe in its core principles? It would be the moral equivalent of a fox in the hen house claiming to be a vegetarian.

To answer these questions, we must first look at the Republican Party Platform (see: www.gop.com/media/2004platform.pdf) which clearly spells out what the Republican Party stands for:

· As the party of Lincoln, we stand for freedom.
· We stand for the freedom of families and individuals to have good schools, good health care, and affordable housing and services.
· We stand for freedom that comes with a good paying job in a growing economy.
· We stand for the freedom and dignity of every human life, in every stage of life.
· We know that freedom is not America’s gift to the world; freedom is the Almighty’s gift to every man, woman, and child in the world. And we stand for a hopeful tomorrow that will come from total and complete victory in the War on Terror.

George Witwer writes:

"I became active in Hoosier politics in the early 1990’s while writing for the Indiana Policy Review, a conservative think tank. At the beginning I ran across Mike Pence, a forceful Republican candidate for Congress who seemed to be a rising star for the Party. Mike loyally attended statewide Republican rallies, and campaigned across the district for other Republicans as well as himself. I was impressed then that this was a man who cared about more than just his own success. He cared about the success of his fellow Republicans and the health of his Party.

Unfortunately, Mike’s back-to-back campaigns for Congress were unsuccessful. In his first run, he came close to upsetting the Democrat incumbent. In a rematch, Mike found his opponent was ready for him. When his opponent had clearly established a significant lead, his Republican campaign advisors convinced him to run negative ads against his opponent rather than positive ads about what he believed in. This was difficult for Mike because Mike, more than most, was running because of his passion for the ideals of the “Republican ‘Party as expressed so well by President Reagan. But his loyalty to his Party convinced him that he should follow the advice of his advisors.

When the election was over, Mike discovered that voters knew him but not what he stood for. He realized that he could have served his Party even better if he had campaigned about his Republican ideals rather than about his opponent’s failures. He wrote “Confessions of a negative Campaigner” to outline his beliefs. This manifesto for running on one’s ideals has served him and many other candidates well ever since.

In Mike’s “wilderness period” which followed his Congressional runs, Mike was focused on serving as President of the Indiana Policy Review, followed by his career as a radio commentator. He laughed at the idea of ever running again for office. During this time, I became a Republican candidate for governor and eventually won the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor. Mike simply cared about my success. But I was not the only Republican he helped. As I campaigned across Indiana, I would frequently run across other Republican candidates who were also benefiting from Mike’s insights. Mike never let up in helping the Party even though he himself saw no personal benefit.

When Mike’s Congressman surprisingly decided to run for governor in 2000, and thus an opening to fill this Congressional seat arose, Mike’s generous help and support of Republicans came back around to his aid. He cruised to victory in the Republican primary and then in the general election.

Now Mike is a rising star in Congress, and has won two reelections by large margins. But even while he could be caught up in his own success, Mike still spends much of the election season helping local and state Republican candidates with their races. He even played an enormously valuable role in the Indiana Republicans winning back the State House in 2004 by going door to door and speaking at rallies for state legislative challengers.

Mike’s loyalty to the Republican Party plays out in everything Mike does. Maybe the best way to understand how Mike balances his commitment to being “a Christian, a Conservative and a Republican, in that order” was when he accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of CPAC in February, 2004.

This was at a time when President Bush had pushed through a prescription drug program that entitled trillions of dollars of unfunded mandates. Mike had been a leading Republican voice against the program, reluctantly opposing the President in 2003. When asked by the media why he opposed the program, he simply said, “because I am a Republican.”

Mike’s articulate opposition to the program made him a conservative hero. Conservatives were angry at the biggest unfunded expansion of the American welfare state in history, especially so because it was pushed through by Republicans. So when he was invited to speak to thousands of conservative activists attending CPAC, he could have decided to tear into the President and the Republican Party. Instead, Mike’s keynote address was a healing message, uniting the party around its core principles to bring it back on course.

Mike never puts his political interests before the Republican Party or his fellow Republicans. He cares deeply about the success of his Party, and understands its vital role in advancing his core beliefs. Mike is guided by the example of Ronald Reagan, who also built the Republican Party while winning elections and advancing his conservative principles. I suppose this is why Mike keeps a statue of President Reagan sitting on his desk in his Congressional office.

Mike is a great Republican because of his abiding commitment to the success of his Party. It is that commitment that enables him to live up to the standard of being “a Christian, a Conservative and a Republican, in that order.”

George Witwer was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, Indiana, in 1996; co-owner, Bluffton News-Banner; senior fellow, Indiana Policy Review; B.A., magna cum laude, philosophy and economics, Amherst College; MBA, marketing and finance, University of Chicago; attends St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Mike Pence is indeed a Christian, Conservative, Republican (In That Order.)

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16th Annual International Week of Prayer and Fasting

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

For the Conversion of Nations, an End to Abortion, and to Build a Culture of Life

October 7 - 13, 2008

We ask people to participate by doing the following:

Fasting * Daily Mass * Holy Hours * Rosary * Divine Mercy Chaplet

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Academy Award winning actress Ellen Burstyn Says Abortion was the Worst Thing in Her Life

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

By John-Henry Westen

TORONTO, September 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Academy Award winning actress Ellen Burstyn known for her roles in 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore' and 'The Exorcist' was interviewed by CFRB radio in Toronto while she was in town promoting her new book - Lessons in Becoming Myself.

CFRB spoke at length about the long and eventful career of the highly acclaimed 74-year-old actress after which the interviewer asked Burstyn "what was the lowest moment" of her life.

After a pause during which the interviewer prompted with her single motherhood, struggles with her son and more, Burstyn said, "You know, I guess, I hate to talk about this on the air, but having an abortion."

Burstyn continued, "You know that was really an extremely painful experience."

"Did you feel you didn't have a choice?," asked the interviewer. "At the time I was just young and dumb, I didn't really want to have a baby then," she replied.

"It was the wrong thing to do and I really didn't understand that till later," said the actress.

"That was very very painful, that was probably the worst."

Concluding the matter she said, "I try not to allow regret to settle over me like a shroud, because I think its an unhealthy way to live."

article:

http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/sep/07092002.html

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Move America Forward Needs Your Signature

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

In case you are not already aware, dozens of pro-troop organizations, including Move America Forward, are circulating an online petition calling for support for our troops' missions overseas - and for General David Petraeus.

General Petraeus has come under attack by MoveOn.org and a number of politicians on Capitol Hill.

Please do your part to fight back. You can sign the petition online here:

http://www.moveamericaforward.org/index.php/MAF/StandByTheMission

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Monday, September 17, 2007

16 Catholic Senators Vote to Fund Abortion

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Last Thursday, 16 of the 25 Catholics in the U. S. Senate voted to overturn the"Mexico City Policy" to allow funding to overseas health clinics providingabortions. One of the 16 was freshman Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) who ran against,and defeated, Sen. Rick Santorum as a "pro-life" candidate. It's doubtful whether Casey, son of the legendary pro-life Pennsylvania governor Bob Casey, will ever be able to convince voters of his pro-life label again.

This amendment to HR 2764, proposed by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and SenatorOlympia Snowe (R-ME), passed by a margin of 53-41, setting the stage for a reversalof U.S. policy regarding aid to pro-abortion groups overseas. But President Bush has to sign it, and the White House has promised he won't.

The Mexico City Policy has become symbolic of the whole pro-life movement itself. It was first articulated by Ronald Reagan at the 1984 United Nations International Conference on Population in Mexico City. It requires "nongovernmental organizations to agree as a condition of their receipt of [U.S.] federal funds that such organizations would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations. "In other words, if you want to continue taking taxpayer dollars, you can't perform abortions.The Mexico City Policy was rescinded in 1993 by then President Clinton within two weeks of taking office and reinstated in 2001 by President George W. Bush on his first day in the Oval Office. After taking over the Senate last November, the Democrats have vowed to challenge the policy, which they have described as a "global gag rule."

Here are their names:

Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Ted Kennedy (D-MA), John Kerry(D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), MaryLandrieu (D-LA), Ken Salazar (D-CO), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), MariaCantwell (D-WA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Christopher Dodd (CT-D),Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Dr. Alan Keyes for President: Why He Has My Vote !

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Many of you may recall the interview with Dr. Keyes in April of 2006 while I was still hosting the Dickson/Chappell Report (recordings of that program are available for purchase.)

http://www.renewamerica.us/forum/?date=060507

I have long been a disciple of Dr. Keyes and I hereby endorse him for President of the United States. Why? Here is just a sampling:



Seasoned statesman:

Alan Keyes spent 11 years with the U.S. State Department. He served in the U.S. Foreign Service and on the staff of the National Security Council before becoming Ronald Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations (1985-88). In the interim, from 1983 to 1985, he served as ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, where he represented America's sovereign interests in the U.N. General Assembly.



Genuine conservative:

Keyes was President of Citizens Against Government Waste (1989-91) and founder of National Taxpayers' Action Day. As the two-time Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Maryland, he challenged liberal Democrats Paul Sarbanes (1988) and Barbara Mikulski (1992). In the 1996 and 2000 Republican presidential campaigns, Alan Keyes eloquently elevated the national political debate as a candidate for president. With his unequivocal pro-life, pro-family message, he forced the GOP leadership to address America's moral crisis. His political views are consistently based on America's founding ideals, those in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

Alan hosted his own syndicated radio show throughout the 1990s, America's Wake-Up Call, and a television commentary show, Alan Keyes is Making Sense, during 2002 on MSNBC. He is currently writing books and speaking publicly on America's moral crisis.



Well-educated leader:

Keyes has a Ph.D. in government from Harvard and wrote his dissertation on constitutional theory. He served as Interim President of Alabama A&M University in 1991. He speaks French and has studied Spanish, Russian, and ancient Greek, and is the author of Masters of the Dream: The Strength and Betrayal of Black America (1995); and Our Character, Our Future: Reclaiming America's Moral Destiny (1996).



Pro-life champion:

Keyes has unashamedly and consistently raised the standard of unalienable rights--and Biblical truth--in defense of the unborn. He confronts the culture of death with compelling and inspiring reasons why abortion must be banned from our land.



Dedicated family man:

Keyes and his wife Jocelyn have three children: Francis, Maya, and Andrew. Alan's stated purpose in life, like that of America's Founders, is to provide a secure future for our posterity.



Please note also that Dr. Keyes is a former Trustee of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (click here for audio/visual of Dr. Keyes, Fr. Michael Scanlan, Bishop Sam Jacobs, Scott Hahn, and Fr. Mitch Pacwa from the 2005 Steubenville Conferences.)

http://www.franciscanconferences.com/Media/

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Move America Forward: "Mike Pence For President?"

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

This quote was taken from Move America Forward's "Fight for Victory Tour" after they left Indianapolis.

"We had a guest speaker today, Congressman Mike Pence who represents the 6th congressional district of Indiana, which his aide told me is just to the east outskirts of Indianapolis. The congressman gave a great speech, it was filled with lots of imagery and just great lines that were so epic, I thought I was listening to one of the great orators throughout history, like Reagan, Churchill, Thomas Paine or Pericles. Later that night, Robert told me that he was impressed with Congressman Pence, that if he decided to run for President right now, he would vote for him. And usually Robert doesn’t like anybody! Ha ha okay just kidding, but Mike Pence definitely left a lasting impression on most of us here and I will definitely be watching him in the future so see where he goes."

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Eagles Up ! Chickens Down!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"


The big event - the grandaddy pro-troop/pro-veteran rally, The Gathering of Eagles -- is coming on Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 9:00 AM
Washington, D.C. - 7th Street Between Madison & Jefferson

Please make every effort to join us - there is still plenty of time to jump in your car and drive to DC or book a flight and a hotel room. We're trying to put together a big rally that shows strong support for our troops - and we need YOU to be there to help increase the size of the crowd. Why? Just take a look at what the Commie Pinko's are doing. This is enough to have any and all red, white and blue blooded Americans come to Washington, D.C. to once again defend our nation against tyranny !!!!!





September 15 Anti-War Protest to Be 'Unlike Any Other'
By Nathan Burchfiel
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
September 13, 2007

(CNSNews.com) - Organizers of an anti-war protest scheduled for Sept. 15 said Wednesday that the demonstration will be "unlike any other" as activists gather to demand an immediate end to the war.

The protest, organized by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), begins with a rally near the White House, continues with a march to the U.S. Capitol, and concludes with a "die-in" that organizers estimate will involve approximately 1,000 people lying down near the Capitol in a symbolic effort to represent dead U.S. soldiers and dead Iraqis.

Other anti-war activists said they hoped the civil disobedience will inspire other Americans to get involved in the anti-war movement. "When they see us, they see us physically resisting this war and occupation, it inspires them to do more," said Tina Richards, CEO of Grassroots America.

Cindy Sheehan -- the Gold Star mother whose son, Army Spec. Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq -- has come out of anti-war movement "retirement" to participate in the protest.



SEE YOU THERE, EAGLES!!!

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Help Commemorate American Life League's Pro-Life Memorial Day

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

This October 1, please join us in observing American Life League's third annual Pro-life Memorial Day in honor of the more than 48 million innocent young lives lost to surgical abortion since 1973.

Please consider participating in this event. One way to do so is by wearing your official Pro-life Memorial Day T-shirt on October 1. The shirt features the U.S. Supreme Court building and the words "tomb of the unborn." It was, of course, the Supreme Court that opened the floodgates to abortion on demand with its 1973 rulings in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. October 1 is the first Monday in October, the day that annually marks the beginning of a new Supreme Court session.

Call 866-LET-LIVE or order Online at:

http://lists.all.org/mailman/listinfo/allupdates

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

"Fight For Victory Tour" Indianapolis

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Special thanks to my buddy Buzz Patterson, Congressman Mike Pence, Deborah Johns, and Diana Nagy (what a magnificent voice from such a tiny peanut!) And a very special thanks to Debbie Lee for allowing us to celebrate with her the gift of her son, Marc Allen Lee, the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq.

And let's not forget all the people in the caravan who made everything come together so perfectly: Robert Dixon, Joe Wierzbicki, Cheech, and all the others from MOF, along with Ryan Rieger of Congressman Pence's office and Jim Jamison of Gathering of Eagles...it was an honor to be in your presence!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!!!!!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

PENCE STATEMENT FOLLOWING TESTIMONY OF GENERAL DAVID H. PETRAEUS AND AMBASSADOR RYAN C. CROCKER

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mike Pence, ranking member of the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, participated in the joint hearing of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees today on Capitol Hill in order to receive testimony from General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker about progress in Iraq. Below is Pence’s statement regarding the testimony:

"Every American should welcome the report presented to Congress today by General David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker.

“While the progress of political reform remains slow, I am heartened to learn that the military surge is working and our troops can begin to come home. Word that we can reduce our forces to pre-surge levels by next summer without jeopardizing the gains our soldiers have achieved will be an encouragement to thousands of military families and millions of Americans.

“By rejecting calls for a rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq, General David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker have done a great service to the people of the United States. These American leaders have offered Congress a responsible plan for going forward, which I hope will be the basis for the consensus which has so far eluded our national debate.

“I am especially pleased that the hope I witnessed firsthand this spring has expanded into a summer of progress on the ground in Iraq.

“The Joint Security Stations I toured in Baghdad have now expanded across Iraq and the Sunni tribal cooperation that drove al Qaeda from al Anbar has expanded to other regions of the country.

“I look forward to working with these leaders and our Commander in Chief to support this plan and achieve American success in Iraq.

Special Note:

Please join me on September 12, 2007 at the Monument Circle in Indianapolis, IN at 01:00 P.M. as Congressman Mike Pence delivers the Keynote Address at Move America Forward's "Fight for Victory Tour," along with Buzz Patterson, Melanie Morgan, and all the wonderful patriotic guys and gals on the "Fight for Victory Tour!"

I hope to see you all there !



“We owe our soldiers, the families of the fallen, our posterity, and our national honor no less.”

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Renewing The American Dream

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

I know many of you have already seen Angela Lashley's video for "Soldiers' Moms." Now, here's the scoop. She's been asked, then ignored, to be in D.C. next week to perform her song(s). Politics aside, it's time we help those that help us.

The "Soldiers' Moms" video is now up at YouTube. So I'm asking that all of you go to YouTube to watch it one more time. THEN, WHILE YOU ARE THERE, GIVE IT A 5 STAR RATING AND LEAVE A NICE COMMENT." The more we help her, the more it helps the Blue Star Mothers, Gold Star Moms, and Silver Star Families. And guess what? It helps all Eagles.

Secondly, after you do this, I want you to email the link with this recommendation to everyone you know. Lets, let Angela know how much we appreciate her, her son, and all of the other soldiers' moms and their sons and daughters. Let's get this YouTube video on the charts and help Eagles Up and all Eagles going to D.C. this week.

You can do this. Let's make it happen. Thanks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9Zx8RcBguQ

Regards,
The Eagles Up! Team.

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General Petraeus Reports

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Gen. David Petraeus speaking to Congress on the troop surge:

* Tribal leaders are turning against al-Qaida

* Force levels will begin dropping soon.

* Huge drops in deaths of civilians, allied troops, violence and attacks, though the numbers are still not acceptable

* Coalition and Iraqi troops deal serious blows to al-Qaida

* Troop levels may be reduced by next summer and maintain current security.

* It is possible to meet America’s objectives over time.

“Security situation in Iraq is improving,” Gen. Petreaus said.
Premature drawdown would have devastating effects,” Petreaus said.

Oh, and one other thing. Gen. Petraeus testified he did not allow the White House nor any Senator or even MoveOn.org to see his report before he handed it out on Monday.

To our troops and their families: Hoorah!!!

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Buzz Patterson Is Asking For Everyone's Help

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Dear Friends,

As we speak, General David Petraeus is addressing the U.S. Congress with a long anticipated report about the progress of our mission in Iraq.

The news is encouraging: the surge is working, the Iraqis are beginning to take back their country and our troops are defeating al Qaeda!

Unfortunately, the defeatist groups - MoveOn.org and their cohorts in congress - have decided that any good news regarding Iraq is bad news for them politically.

MoveOn.org is viciously attacked the character and integrity of General Petraeus with a paid advertisement in the NY Times calling him, "General Betray Us!"

Let's be clear: the anti-war crowd is calling our top commander in Iraq a traitor!

Who do you trust to fight the war in Iraq: General Petraeus or Congress?

I think the answer is clear but we need YOU to act today!

Please, call 1-877-222-8001 today. An operator will connect you to your Member of Congress. Please tell them what the anti-war crowd is saying about our brave American commander and our soldiers! Tell them that victory is America's only option in Iraq.

Our message is silent without your voice.

Call today!

Thanks for your help,

Buzz Patterson

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Cereal Crowd (made of of Fruits, Nuts and Flakes) Can Only Muster 200 Protesters !

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Capitol anti-war protest draws 200
By Jocelyn Wiener - Bee Staff Writer
Published 4:56 pm PDT Friday, September 7, 2007


About 200 people gathered on the west steps of the State Capitol on Friday afternoon to lodge their protest against the Iraq war. Demonstrators represented a broad swath of area peace groups, as well as students, professors and religious groups.

Candy Anderson, one of the organizers of the protest, said similar events will be held across the nation in coming weeks, including a march and die-in in Washington, D.C., next week.

"We're out here to let them know we're not happy with the situation," said Anderson, who wore matching silver peace sign earrings and necklace.

Other protesters said they believe the small turnout reflects widespread discouragement about the ability of demonstrations to change the course of the war.

"Four years ago, I think people thought something like this made a difference," said 59-year-old Bob Dreizler - who attended anti-war marches at the start of the war. "I think less so now."

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Planned Parenthood Warned: Retract Lies or Face Lawsuit

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Planned Parenthood, trying to pressure Aurora, Ill., officials to allow a new superstore abortion clinic to open quickly even though it was deceptive in its permit applications, has launched an attack on area pro-lifers by citing their "violent tendencies," even though the claims at issue were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court three times, including a rare unanimous decision just last year. Read the latest now on WND.com.

http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=57544

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Buzz Patterson: "War Crimes: The Left's Campaign to Destroy Our Military and Lose the War"

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Bring your books to the "Fight for Amrica Tour" and have my buddy "Baghdad" Buzz autograph them for you!


In "War Crimes," Lieutenant Colonel Robert “ Buzz” Patterson (USAF, Ret.) lays bare the Left’ s campaign against their own nation’ s armed forces— in the media, on campuses, in popular culture, in Washington, and elsewhere, revealing: · The roots of liberal enmity toward our military· The five liberal lies about the war on terror· How the mainstream media, Hollywood, and academia perpetuate these myths· How liberal politicians engage in seditious acts for political gain, and what the costs of these acts are· How America can and must defeat the liberal assault on America’ s ability to defend itself against its enemies Interviews with hundreds of soldiers, sailors, and airmen— including many on the ground in Iraq— reveal the alarming degree to which their burden is increased by second-guessing, pessimism, and outright revulsion for their mission on the part of the people they are fighting for. Studded with shocking quotations and astonishing actions from members of the Left, "War Crimes" is an eye-opening indictment of the true motivations and agenda of the American Left. "From the Hardcover edition."

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Mike Pence Keynote Speaker at the "Fight for Victory Tour" September 12 in Indianapolis

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Just a reminder that Congressman Mike Pence will be the Keynote Speaker at the September 12, 2007 "Fight For Victory Tour" at 1:00 PM Indianapolis, IN

Pro-Troop Rally & Press Conference
Monument Circle, Indianapolis Indiana

Join the "Fight for Victory Tour" - a historic cross-country, pro-troop caravan with 27-pro troop rallies from September 3rd - 15th.

At each rally MoveAmericaForward will be collecting cards and letters of support from you for our wounded warriors at military medical facilities where our brave troops are recovering from war injuries. You can also mail your cards/letters for the wounded warriors to our MAF headquarters in Sacramento.

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Move America Forward Update

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

What a great afternoon! I spent my birthday with my wife at the Inagural Celebration of the Starr-Gennett "Walk of Fame" right here in Richmond, Indiana.

To my surprise, I ran into a wonderful group of moms from the Marine Corps League and we had a wonderful time talking about their young men and women serving our nation so proudly. They can certainly be proud of their young people. AND WE NEED TO LET THEM KNOW HOW PROUD WE ARE OF THEM AS WELL !!!!!

Here is today's update from Buzz, Melanie and the guys:



Hello to all of you who support our troops and the efforts of Move America Forward.

We've been operating on just a few hours sleep the past few nights - there's been so so sooo much to do - so we'll keep this short as it is already after midnight, again.

There's a new petition we are proud to be helping to circulate calling on our leaders to stand behind the missions of our troops. Be sure to sign it here:
http://moveamericaforward.org/

**We've confirmed our location for the September 11th event in Niles, Illinois - a suburb of Chicago. We want to have a very nice, special, patriotic event, and with such short notice we need your help to get the word out and build a crowd.
6:00 PM - Chicago, IL ... Pro-Troop Rally & News Conference & 9/11 Observance
At Fountain & Memorial - Intersection of Touhy & Milwaukee

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Friday, September 07, 2007

"Fight for Victory Tour" Update From Move America Forward!!!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM

Here's an e-mail update from the guys at Move America Forward:


Thursday was an incredible day for the "Fight for Victory Tour." We're writing you this dispatch from El Paso, Texas at 2:32 AM.

The day began in Tucson, Arizona and as we pulled into Freedom Park for our 9:00 AM rally we were thrilled to see that not only were 2 television stations present, but also 3 radio stations - competitors who nonetheless all turned out to both promote and cover this effort of pro-troop supporters and military families.

With over 100 people present we were given a sneak preview on General David Petraeus' report on the progress on "the surge" by Colonel Thomas Byrge. Colonel Byrge is Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) Systems, Iraqi Assistance Group, Baghdad, Iraq.

We then pressed onwards to Las Cruces, New Mexico where the city hosted us in an incredible way: a police escort into town and a greeting at our rally by city leaders. Perhaps best yet - Senator Pete Domenici, who had recently criticized "the surge" - sent a representative with a note of praise and support.

Media coverage continues to expand - on Friday Gold Star Mom will be on the G. Gordon Liddy Show. On Wednesday Melanie Morgan will be on the Mark Levin Show.

This has been such an inspirational trip for all of us, and the encouragement of the people who have turned out to support us so far has been extraordinarily gratifying. We will continue to post updates on the caravan and our pro-troop rallies online at:
http://www.MoveAmericaForward.org

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

This Update From Move America Forward's "Fight For Victory" Tour

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

We've now learned that Fox News Channel aired a report on our national caravan and pro-troop rallies! And after national radio exposure for the tour on Mark Levin's and Jim Bohannon's shows, we were pleased to receive an invitation today from G. Gordon Liddy's Show. We're working to get a live report from the caravan broadcast on his show. And yesterday we had C-SPAN calling to ask about the "Gathering of Eagles" rally on September 15th - and they told us they're discussing the option of broadcasting that pro-troop/pro-veteran rally live to the nation!

At our last several stops we've always had 2 or more television cameras and usually radio and newspaper reporters there as well! Our military mothers have been doing interviews with BBC radio as they travel down the road. We pick up reporters from other European news services in Texas, who travel with us. These reporters say that European audiences find it fascinating to see such a vibrant pro-troop movement here in the United States as there is not too much in the way of pro-troop activities across the Atlantic.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Dr. D. James Kennedy: I Will Miss Him

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On July 30, 2005, Dr. D. James Kennedy was a guest on my radio talk show. I was both honored and deeply humbled by Dr. Kennedy's warmth, wit and genius.

The voice of the man known as "most listened-to Presbyterian minister in the world" is now silent. Officials with Coral Ridge Ministries confirmed to OneNewsNow.com Wednesday morning that Dr. D. James Kennedy passed away at around 3 a.m. Kennedy's retirement from his position as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was announced August 26.

To those of us who dearly loved James, he was a political powerhouse on moral issues. I will miss him.

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PENCE OPENING STATEMENT ON GAO REPORT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 5, 2007

PENCE OPENING STATEMENT ON GAO REPORT

"We Should Not Lose Sight of the Genuine Progress that Has Occurred thisYear"

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, ranking member of theMiddle East and South Asia Subcommittee, gave the following opening statement during a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing today on theGovernment Accounting Office's Iraq Report:

"Mr. Chairman, thank you for calling this hearing and I welcome our distinguished witness.

"September is certainly a month of decision for this Congress and this nation on the subject of Iraq. And this report is helpful.

"I share everyone's frustration that four and a half years into the Iraq war effort that there is not a completely capable and far-sighted Iraqi government. I have traveled to this nation five times since the initiation of military hostilities. I have said to Iraqi leaders and Iwill say again in this committee today: I exhort the Iraqi government, which has just returned to session yesterday, not unlike this body, to redouble its efforts to make progress on their many challenging issues. I hope we do not lose sight of how difficult their job is-resolving sectarian disputes, resource controversies, potentially rehabilitating Baath Party Members-are all extraordinarily daunting tasks.

"Mr. Chairman, I respect our witness today, General Walker, but with all respect to him and to this body, I can't help but identify with the sentiments of Fred Kagan who wrote yesterday in The Weekly Standard, 'Through no fault of the GAO's, the organization was sent on a fool's errand by Congress. Its mandate was not to evaluate progress in Iraq, but to determine whether or not the Iraqi government had met the 18 benchmarks. As a result, as the report repeatedly notes, the GAO was forced to fit an extraordinarily complicated reality into a black-and-white, yes-or-no simplicity.'

"Kagan continues, 'One of the most striking things about the GAO Reportis its failure to take adequate notice of the Anbar Awakening and thegeneral movement within the Sunni Arab community against Al Qaeda inIraq and toward the Coalition. 'Anbar' appears twice in the document, both times in a comment noting that violence has fallen in that province, but without reference to the turn of the Sunni population against the terrorists.'

"Mr. Chairman, I witnessed the Anbar Awakening in my visit there this past April. I met with Sunni leaders. It is a remarkable development that the so-called Triangle of Death a year ago now has tribesmen, clerics and community leaders working hand-in-glove with American troops and, as they told me, declaring that an attack on an American is an attack on an Iraqi.

"I share Mr. Kagan's concerns that we should be considering whether the Iraqis (and our national assets there) are making progress, not whether they deserve a pass-fail grade on a congressionally created template.

"We should not lose sight of the genuine progress that has occurred this year. Even New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote today, 'Good news: the surge is tamping down violence.' This reality is often lost in the torrent of criticism directed at our involvement in Iraq.

"Mr. Chairman, I have significant concerns about this report. I look forward to the testimony. The front page of today's Washington Post reads, 'Military Officials in Iraq Fault GAO Report.' Specifically, the Pentagon said, 'we absolutely disagree with their characterization of sectarian violence.' Such attacks have actually fallen significantly this year, as have extra judicial killings. In an effort to rebuke the Iraqi government and encourage them to do more, I hope that we do not lose sight of the progress that our American forces and the Iraqi forces have made.

"Mr. Chairman, I look forward to our discussion on how we achieve a successful and stable victory for freedom in Iraq."

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Katie Couric : This is the BIG ONE! You hear that, Elizabeth?

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"Significant Improvements In Iraq"

Listen for yourself !!!!

http://wcbstv.com/video/?id=103076@wcbs.dayport.com

Break out the defibrillators !!!!!

To quote Redd Foxx, "This is the BIG ONE! You hear that Elizabeth?"

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Iraq: Violence Reaches 2006 Lows

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Since Bush ordered to send more troops to the Baghdad area last January, the president has asked lawmakers to wait for the Petraeus assessment before they make decisions about future troop levels.


Petraeus said that while it is still "very dangerous" in Iraq and the insurgents remain "capable" of carrying out what he called barbaric attacks, he believes that this summer the surge has produced an "initiative, in general, against al Qaeda, which is a change, and that is an important change.

"Eight of the past 11 weeks have seen the number of incidents, the number of attacks, come down, and to the point that they reached a level that's about the lowest in well over a year, I think," he said. "Civilian casualties [are] still certainly too high. But again, pretty substantial progress, and certainly, trending very much in the right direction."


He specifically points to the progress in al Anbar Province, which was once an al Qaeda hotbed.


"That was the result, not of military actions, certainly, alone. It was the result of, really, a political shift where the population led by the sheiks of major tribes decided to reject al Qaeda and its Taliban-like ideology, and the extremist behavior that they have come to associate with it," Petraeus said.

"That is what brought the level of violence down so dramatically. Because al Qaeda no longer finds a hospitable place in the Euphrates River Valley the way it did, certainly, in the past."

The top military general in Iraq hinted to ABC's Martha Raddatz that next week's much-anticipated report on the status of the troop surge in Iraq would include a recommendation for troop reduction in March, if not sooner, to avoid a strain on the Army.

"The surge will run its course. There are limits to what our military can provide, so, my recommendations have to be informed by — not driven by — but they have to be informed by the strain we have put on our military services," Gen. David Petraeus said in the interview at Camp Victory in Baghdad. "That has to be a key factor in what I will recommend."

Story:

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/Story?id=3556742&page=1

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Commander-in-Chief Visits Iraq

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AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) - President Bush, briefed by U.S. military commanders and Iraqi leaders, said Monday some American forces could be sent home if security across Iraq improves as it has in Anbar province, a former hotbed of Sunni insurgency.

But the president, flanked by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, did not say how many troops could be withdrawn or how soon.

Despite intense pressure at home for cutbacks, Bush said decisions about troop levels "will be based on a calm assessment by our military commanders on the conditions on the ground - not a nervous reaction by Washington politicians to poll results in the media.

"In other words," the president told cheering troops, "when we begin to draw down troops from Iraq it will be from a position of strength and success - not from a position of fear and failure."

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070903/D8RE6QEO0.html

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Tancredo slams Katrina spending

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GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.) said Friday it is “time the taxpayer gravy train left the New Orleans station” and urged an end to the federal aid to the region that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina two years ago.
“The amount of money that has been wasted on these so-called ‘recovery’ efforts has been mind-boggling,” said Tancredo, who is running a long-shot presidential campaign. “Enough is enough.”

Citing administration figures, the lawmaker said that $114 billion has been spent on the effort to rebuild a large stretch of the Gulf Coast after the storm hit New Orleans in August 2005 and claimed more than 1,600 lives.

The lawmaker criticized in particular the amount that has been wasted through fraud and abuse, estimated at $1 billion.

“This whole fiasco has been a perfect storm of corruption and incompetence at all levels,” he added.

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/tancredo-slams-katrina-spending-2007-08-31.html

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

September 15 — Join Thousands in Washington DC

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The following entry explains why it is so important for all patriots to unite in Washington, D.C. on September 15th and send these Commie Pinkos packin' !!!

If you think the Communists in America arent's well organized, simply go to their website and see for yourself:




"The ANSWER Coalition; Ramsey Clark; Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation; USLAW; Mounzer Sleiman, Vice Chair, National Council of Arab Americans; Cindy Sheehan; Cynthia McKinney; Veterans for Peace (National); Garett Reppenhagen, Chair of Iraq Veterans Against the War; Tina Richards, CEO of Grassroots America; Rev. Lenox Yearwood, CEO of Hip Hop Caucus; Code Pink; Father Roy Bourgeois and Eric LeCompte, School of Americas Watch; Kevin Zeese, Democracy Rising; Navy Petty Officer Jonathan Hutto, co-founder Appeal for Redress; Liam Madden, Pres., Boston Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War and co-founder of Appeal for Redress; Malik Rahim, founder of Common Ground Collective, New Orleans; Howard Zinn, Author and Historian; Carlos & Melida Arredondo, Gold Star Families for Peace; Rev. Graylan Hagler, Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice; Latino Movement USA; Hermandad Mexicana Nacional; Ron Kovic, Vietnam Veteran, author, Born on the 4th of July; Leonard Weinglass, Cuban 5 attorney; Michael Berg; National Lawyers Guild; Father Luis Barrios, Iglesia de San Romero de las Americas - UCC; World Can't Wait; Frank Velgara, ProLibertad Freedom Campaign; Empower DC; Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; the Latin America Solidarity Coalition; and many others are joining together to sponsor a large protest in Washington DC timed to coincide with the report by General Petraeus on the "Surge" in Iraq. There will be actions in the halls and offices of Congress in the days following the September 15 march."

http://answer.pephost.org/site/PageServer?pagename=S15_homepage

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