Saturday, March 29, 2008

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley: Comments Regarding The Franciscan Constitution

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM""

The present constitutions emerged from a long process and the hard work of commissions and General Chapters. We also had the advantage of the newly composed Constitutions of the OFMs and the scholarly work of the legendary Father Cajetan Esser, O.F.M. Each Chapter of the present Capuchin Constitutions adopted a format which takes the Revelation of the Church and then Francis’ genius and then our fraternity and then develops the topic of the Chapter. It is a wonderfully constructed ecclesial vision of religious life and Franciscan spirituality. It locates us in the context of the Church and not as a sideshow of charismatic wonder.

"Capitular fathers were grateful to the fine work of the Italian Friar Guiseppe Santorelli from the Province of Ancora who helped incorporate more of the original Capuchin constitutions into the new Constitutions. All in all the Chapters that worked on the Constitutions did a remarkable job. I was present for some of those Chapters as a lowly translator and witnessed firsthand the hard work of the Capitulars.

"The new Constitutions despite its many strengths does have some flaws in my opinion. It is my hope that the call to re-look at the Constitutions might address some of these concerns:

• The new Constitutions dropped too much of our life of penance and the contemplative side of our life.
• The new Constitutions fail to give a clear formula for living a life of poverty “with explanations.”
• The new Constitutions favor generalities to honor an ill-conceived notion of pluriformity that has robbed the Constitutions of its fire.
• The new Constitutions needed to say more about the friars’ love for the Church and the fidelity to her moral and dogmatic teaching. Francis was so devoted to the Church, despite all the defects and shortcomings of the clergy and leadership.
•Our Constitutions should not be a bland description of how we are living our vocation in the 3rd millennium, but rather a description of how we should be living our life in a concrete program of radical poverty, radical prayer, radical love. Constitutions should not be easily tempered with. Performance and stability are important to inspire people with a sense of awe and seriousness. In today’s world young people see how everything is expendable, “throw-away.” Technology has created a world where everything is experimental or obsolete.

"The Constitutions are our identity as Capuchins and need to be firmly grounded in our history. We do not need a document that is modern and trendy that will soon seem dated and passe.

"Conclusion:

"Capuchin Identity is safeguarded by the Constitutions only in as much as it inspires us to live the Rule and Testament in a radical way. Generalities will never do. The Gospel Life of the Capuchin Brotherhood is about radical love. It is a life that begins with contemplative prayer. This allows one to imitate the self-emptying of Christ’s kenosis and leads to a radical witness that invites people to renounce the extreme individualism and materialism of our age in order to follow Christ poor and crucified.

"Some people are advocating removing some of the concrete directives on prayer that are in the Constitutions and place them in the Ordinances. This would be a fatal mistake. The ordinances are unknown and irrelevant to most of the friars. The Rule and Constitutions will always be the documents that form us and teach us our identity. The Constitutions cannot be a weak exhortation to live a vague ideal of the most common denominator. Rather, the Constitutions should be a challenging document that incorporates concrete directives about the life of prayer, poverty, and austerity. We need more boldness in our Constitutions if we are going to inspire young men to join our ranks.

"If we embrace or institutionalize a comfortable, bourgeois life style, the Order will die out, no matter how much lip service we give to a liberal social agenda. Our way of life lived in all its radical renunciation is capable of producing men whose witness of prayer, poverty and love will help transform society by calling people back to God, calling them to come home to the Church, by helping people to have a sense of personal vocation and to be part of a communal mission.

"It is my conviction that the contemplative aspects of our life should be addressed first of all. The Capuchin charism begins with the eremitical emphasis of the first friars as reflected in the document of Albacena, the subsequent Constitutions elaborate more on ministry and mission. The point of departure however is the contemplative basis of our vocation. When the life of prayer is carefully delineated, then the other aspects of our life take shape. The centrality of the Eucharist and mental prayer needs to be very clear. Daily celebration of a communal Eucharist, two periods of meditation, and the communal praying of the entire liturgy of the hours needs to be enshrined in the Constitutions as a bare minimum. To leave that up to local communities to legislate is too risky. By leaving things out of the Constitutions we are sending a signal that they are not really important and we encourage a take it or leave it attitude.

"The subjective mood, weak exhortations and mild recommendations do not communicate the sense of urgency that Francis wants to communicate in the Rule. It is a matter of life and death. St. Paul says no one will follow an uncertain trumpet blast. Our legislation should not be an exercise in subtleties. The directives about prayer and poverty need to be concrete, airtight and unyielding."

Cardinal Sean

http://www.cardinalseansblog.org/

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hillary Clinton "Broomstick One" Duress Signal

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

You've probably heard the reports that Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha and other Democrats are off to Iraq on a "fact-finding mission". Am I being overly cynical in speculating their primary goals are politicking and photo-ops? With this in mind, I'm flashing back to a couple of other notorious political photo-ops.

http://tammybruce.com/2007/01/politics_junkets_and_the_hawai.php

Pictured above is a soldier who circumstantially became a prop in a Hillary Clinton photo-op. This valiant warrior, who prefers to remain anonymous, gave the well-known "duress" signal by discreetly crossing his fingers.

Facing a similarly ruthless enemy, the brave sailors of the USS Pueblo, captured by the North Koreans in 1968, surreptitiously flashed the "middle fingered salute" when being posed for propaganda photos. They clandestinely agreed that, if pressed, they would explain the gesture as a "Hawaiian good luck sign".


Posted by Maynard · January 26, 2007 07:36

*** Please note that when Hillary Clinton requested a photo op for all the "Alphabet Soup" guys back home (ABC,CBS,NBC,MSNBC,CNN etc..,) no one wanted to have their pictures taken with her. The Commander on the ground found himself having to give the men and women a "Direct Order" to line up and have their photos taken. This is the result.--Chris

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April Fool’s Day Truckers’ “Shutdown” Gains Momentum

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

By Robert Farago
March 24, 2008

"Call it a strike, a shutdown or just flat-a$$ going broke.” That's how independent trucker/cattle hauler Dan Little describes his intention to pull over on April first. The Quad City Times reports that "what started as a small, online grassroots effort now appears to have the potential for something bigger." Little's website– uscattlehaulers.com– is the locus for the one-day action. He's calling for a suspension of all federal and state fuel taxes, insurance changes and countrywide uniformity in safety regs. Little says he has two thousand truckers pledging their participation. Little does not have the support of either the all-important Teamsters Union (800k+ truckers) or the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (160k+ small trucking companies and drivers). But the Industrial Workers of the World (16k members) told TTAC they're putting the idea to a vote on Wednesday at 6pm. Meanwhile, in an interview [podcast below], Little says Hillary Clinton's office called twice "for background." Developing…

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/april-fools-day-truckers-shutdown-gains-momentum/

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Truckers Threaten Nationwide Shutdown Due To High Fuel Prices !!!!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Rising diesel prices are on the verge of forcing independent truckers out of business. Over the past four years, the cost of diesel fuel has doubled. For independent trucker Robert Griffith of Tennessee, it's meant a drop in take-home pay from $50,000 to $11,000. In the past 8 months, the heavy-hauler has spent $64,000 on fuel. It's necessitated a dramatic change in lifestyle for Griffith and his family. Gone are the family nights out, weekly truck wash, even health insurance. "It hurts," Griffith told the Associated Press. "I'm a man who's trying to make a living for my family and I'm not succeeding."

Many owner-operators have been pushed to the brink of bankruptcy by rising diesel prices. If independents are forced out of business, the effects might not be felt immediately; but as the economy rebounds, fewer haulers will mean higher shipping rates which will increase prices. Already hurt by the housing downturn and decreased consumer spending, which have decreased loads and pushed down freight rates, escalating fuel costs could be the stick that breaks the camel's back.

Former owner-operator Dave Dicken of Ohio just gave up his independent business to become a company driver. "I'm on the verge of losing my car, of losing my house," he admitted. With the foreseeable future looking grim, he's thinking about trying a new line of work.

Read article:

http://www.truckertotrucker.com/trucker/1/2008/03/Diesel-Prices-Threaten-Independent-Truckers.cfm

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hillary Clinton: "Broomstick One"

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"


When Hillary Clinton visited Iraq, the Army Blackhawk helicopter used to transport the Senator was given the call sign "Broomstick One."

... And they say the Army has no sense of humor!


http://www.rfcafe.com/miscellany/humor/pilot_humor.htm

And now, Hillary "Pathological Liar" Clinton's escapades come back to bite her in the Bill!

See video:

http://video.newsmax.com/?assetId=V2020858

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Great Orators of the Democratic Party

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Great Orators of the Democratic Party

• "One man with courage makes a majority."
--attributed to Andrew Jackson

• "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt

• "The buck stops here."
--Harry S. Truman

• "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
--John F. Kennedy

• "You know, I think that, a minor blip, you know, if I said something that, you know, I say a lot of things--millions of words a day--so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement."
--Hillary Clinton


Let's Hope No One Calls Her at 3 A.M. over a national crisis!!!!

"I was sleep-deprived, and I misspoke."
--Hillary Clinton, quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 25


Thank you, Wall Street Journal!

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Monday, March 24, 2008

From Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Comrad Nancy Pelosi: The Communist Manifesto (1848)

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

...concerns engaged in the redistribution of wealth to the black and white underclass...

And now this from Comrad Nancy Pelosi:


Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people, you're so stupid that we're going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you. That's what the Speaker of the House is saying.

Comrad Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on Retirement Income. You aren't
going to believe this. Comrad Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put a
Windfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement funds,
401Ks and Mutual Funds!) Alas, it is true - all to help the 12 Million Illegal Immigrants and other unemployed Minorities! Boy, are we in trouble... This woman is frightening.

She quotes..."We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income in
our country and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can
invest."

When asked how these new tax dollars would be spent, she
replied:

"We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and
minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal
immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of
unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go
a long ways to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as 'Americans'."

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

NORTH AMERICAN MILITARY AGREEMENT SIGNED BY US AND CANADA

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

By Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
March 11, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

While Americans are being bombarded with large doses of presidential primary news coverage, the US entered into an agreement with its northern neighbor that may have an impact on future internal military action.

In a political move that received little if any attention by the American news media, the United States and Canada entered into a military agreement on February 14, 2008, allowing the armed forces from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a domestic civil emergency, even one that does not involve a cross-border crisis, according to a police commander involved in homeland security planning and implementation.

It is an initiative of the Bi-National Planning Group whose final report, issued in June 2006, called for the creation of a "Comprehensive Defense and Security Agreement," or a "continental approach" to Canada-US defense and security.

The law enforcement executive told Newswithviews.com that the agreement -- defined as a Civil Assistance Plan -- was not submitted to Congress for debate and approval, nor did Congress pass any law or treaty specifically authorizing this military agreement to combine the operations of the armed forces of the United States and Canada in the event of domestic civil disturbances ranging from violent storms, to health epidemics, to civil riots or terrorist attacks.

"This is a military plan that's designed to bypass the Posse Comitatus Act that traditionally prohibited the US military from operating within the borders of the United States. Not only will American soldiers be deployed at the discretion of whomever is sitting in the Oval Office, but foreign soldiers will also be deployed in American cities," warns Lt. Steven Rodgers, commander of the Nutley, NJ Police Department's detective bureau.

In Canada the agreement paving the way for the militaries of the US and Canada to cross each other's borders to fight domestic emergencies was not announced either by Prime Minister Harper's administration or the Canadian military. The agreement met with protests and demonstrations by Canadians opposed to such treaties with the US.

"It's kind of a trend when it comes to issues of Canada-US relations and contentious issues like military integration," claims Stuart Trew, a researcher with the Council of Canadians.

"We see that this government is reluctant to disclose information to Canadians that is readily available on American and Mexican websites," he said in a press statement.

The military Civil Assistance Plan is seen by critics as a further incremental step toward creating a North American armed forces available to be deployed in domestic North American emergency situations. According to the NORTHCOM press release, the plan "allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency."

The agreement was signed at US Army North headquarters, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, by US Air Force General Gene Renuart, commander of NORAD and US Northern Command, or USNORTHCOM, and by Canadian Air Force Lt. General Marc Dumais, commander of Canada Command.

"This document is a unique, bilateral military plan to align our respective national military plans to respond quickly to the other nation's requests for military support of civil authorities," Renuart said in a statement published on the USNORTHCOM website.

Lt. Gen. Dumais seconded Renuart's sentiments, stating, "The signing of this plan is an important symbol of the already strong working relationship between Canada Command and U.S. Northern Command."

"Our commands were created by our respective governments to respond to the defense and security challenges of the twenty-first century," he stressed, "and we both realize that these and other challenges are best met through cooperation between friends."

"It's hard to believe that Americans and Canadians will go along with this agreement," opines conservative strategist Michael Baker.

"That's why [there's] all this secrecy. Has anyone heard Clinton, Obama or McCain complain about this significant policy shift? All three of these presidential hopefuls are in the US Senate, yet not a peep from them about a foreign army being called to 'police' US neighborhoods under the guise of an 'emergency,'" he said.

The statement on the USNORTHCOM website emphasized that the plan recognizes the role of each nation's lead federal agency for emergency preparedness, which in the United States is the Department of Homeland Security and in Canada is Public Safety Canada.

The US Northern Command was established on October 1, 2002, as a military command tasked with anticipating and conducting homeland defense and civil support operations where US armed forces are used in domestic emergencies.

Meanwhile, the Canada Command was established on February 1, 2006, to focus on domestic operations and offer a single point of contact for all domestic and continental defense and securities partners.

In May 2007, President Bush took it upon himself to sign the National Security Presidential Directive 51 which is also known as Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20, authorizing the president to declare a national emergency and take over all functions of federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments, without necessarily obtaining the approval of Congress to do so.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Mother Teresa to President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton: "Abortion Destroys Peace!"

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Exerpts from the National Prayer Breakfast 1994

by

Cal Thomas

Mother Teresa addresses an audience of 3,000 - that included the president and his wife, the vice president and his wife and congressional leaders, among others - the 83-year old nun, who is physically frail but spiritually and rhetorically powerful, delivered an address that cut to the heart of the social ills afflicting America. She said that America, once known for generosity to the world, has become selfish. And she said that the greatest proof of that selfishness is abortion.

Tying abortion to growing violence and murder in the streets, she said, "If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other? . . . Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want."

At that line, most of those in attendance erupted in a standing ovation, something that rarely occurs at these sedate events. At that moment, President Clinton quickly reached for his water glass, and Mrs. Clinton and Vice President and Mrs. Gore stared without expression at Mother Teresa. They did not applaud. It was clearly an uncomfortable moment on the dais.

She then delivered the knockout punch: "Many people are very, very concerned with children in India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. "These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today - abortion, which brings people to such blindness."

What? Abortion destroys peace and causes blindness toward the sick, the hungry and the naked? Abortion leads to wars between nations? Of course it does, if life is regarded so lightly and its disposal becomes so trivial, so clinical and so easy. Why should people or nations regard human life as noble or dignified if abortion flourishes? Why agonize about indiscriminate death in Bosnia when babies are being killed far more efficiently and out of the sight of television cameras?

Mother Teresa delivered her address without rhetorical flourishes. She never raised her voice or pounded the lectern. Her power was in her words and the selfless life she has led. Even President Clinton, in his remarks that followed, acknowledged she was beyond criticism because of the life she has lived in service to others.

http://dei-sub-numine-viget.gaia.com/quotes/lists/library

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Bill Clinton: Monica Lewinski's Ex-Lover Visited Richmond, Indiana

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

(Or in this case, 'RENEWING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE")

How many babies were aborted during Bill Clinton's eight years in office? How many will be aborted if Hillary Clinton is elected President? How many babies have yet to die before America says, Enough is enough!" and votes these evil people out of office?

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Bill Clinton: Monica Lewinski's Ex-Lover Coming To Richmond, Indiana !!!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Bill Clinton to visit Richmond on Tuesday

BY BILL ENGLE
STAFF WRITER


Former President Bill Clinton will make a stop at Richmond Fire Station No. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of a visit to Indiana for the presidential campaign of his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democratic Party officials announced today.

Bill Clinton will be in Richmond, Lawrenceberg and Fort Wayne on Tuesday, accompanied by former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan and former Indiana first lady Judy O'Bannon.

Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton, who is also the Wayne County Democratic Party chairwoman, said this morning she first learned Sunday night of the former president's plan to visit the city.

Hutton met at 2 p.m. today with officials from Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign. More details about the visit of the former president are expected to be released later this afternoon.

The New York senator, who is battling Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic Party nomination for president, is scheduled to be in Indiana on Thursday, campaigning with Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.

Obama visited Plainfield on Saturday.


Indiana's primary is May 6.

Note: The time of Clinton's visit initially was reported as 4 p.m. The Hillary Clinton campaign moved the time to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.


http://www.pal-item.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080317/NEWS01/80317019

WOW! THAT'S ONLY TWO BLOCKS AWAY FROM BIRTHRIGHT... PERHAPS HE CAN WALK OVER TO BIRTHRIGHT AND SPEAK ON BEHALF OF PRO-LIFE ISSUES WHILE HE'S HERE!

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR - 2008 Catholic Charismatic Conference

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Catholic Charismatic Conference

"The Power And The Kingdom"


Friday, June 06, 2008 - Sunday, June 08, 2008


"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witness es in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" -Acts 1:8

Hosts: Fr Michael Scanlan TOR and Mark Nehrbas

This year's Catholic Charismatic Conference will help you open yourself to the Spirit's power. Speakers such as Sister Ann Shields, SGL, and Deacon Ralph Poyo will help you learn how to go deeper in prayer and how to help those in your homes and parishes go deeper as well. You'll hear powerful stories of witness and conversion from speakers such as former NFL standout Danny Abramowicz.

Unlike years past, however, this summer's conference will be less about listening and more about experiencing. It will be less about what the speakers have to say and more about letting the Holy Spirit do his work in your heart. That means more time for prayer, more time for praise and worship, and more time for sacred silence. It also means additional time for healing prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Conference Schedule
Please note - All conference schedules are subject to change!


The Transforming Fire of the Spirit
Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR
Friday, June 06, 2008 - 7:00 PM

Are You Ready? : A Testimony
Danny Abramowicz
Friday, June 06, 2008 - 8:30 PM

Your Will Be Done
Sr. Ann Shields, SGL
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 8:30 AM

Mass and Homily
Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 10:30 AM

Workshop: Power To Change: Intercessory Prayer
Sr. Ann Shields, SGL
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 2:00 PM

Workshop: The Straying Sheep-Hope for Adult Children Who Have Left the Church
Mark Nehrbas
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 2:00 PM

Workshop: Reaching Men For Christ
Danny Abramowicz
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 2:00 PM

Workshop: Youth Evangelization: Reaching Teens For Christ
John Beaulieu
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 2:00 PM

Workshop: Bringing the Kingdom Power To Your Parish
Deacon Ralph Poyo
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 2:00 PM

Workshop: Discipleship
Fr. Jonathan St. Andre, TOR
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 2:00 PM

Eucharistic Holy Hour
Deacon Ralph Poyo
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 3:30 PM

Going Deeper in Worship
Sr. Ann Shields, SGL
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 7:00 PM

Prayer Ministry for Healing-Fr. Michael Scanlan TOR and Team
Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 9:00 PM

Light Of The World, Salt Of The Earth
Fr. Tom Forrest, CSsR
Sunday, June 08, 2008 - 8:30 AM

Liturgy Homilist
Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR
Sunday, June 08, 2008 - 10:30 AM



Sign up here:

http://www.franciscanconferences.com/conferences/confdetails.asp?ConferenceID=120

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Officials seize medical waste in Lathrup Village abortion clinic Dumpster

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"


LATHRUP VILLAGE -- Police and state officials called in hazardous waste crews Monday to haul away blood-soaked medical waste found in the Dumpster outside of WomanCare, an abortion provider that operates six mid-Michigan clinics.


Alberto Hodari, the clinic's medical director, blamed the apparent improper disposal of materials on a new staff member.

Abortion foes say they have searched the clinic's garbage for a month and found improperly disposed medical waste, along with medical documents that should have been shredded. They informed Lathrup Village police, who then launched the investigation.
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"It's absolutely despicable," said Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, the group that claims to have found the improper dumping.

Hodari scoffed at the notion that the group had found medical waste in his Dumpster in Lathrup Village or any of the garbage receptacles at the five other WomanCare clinics.

No sanctions have been issued against the clinic because the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's investigation is not complete.

Meanwhile, Lathrup Village police were frustrated because they can't charge anyone with a crime.

"It's a regulatory issue and possibly a civil issue, but this ought to be a felony," said Lathrup Village Police Sgt. Vincent Lynch. "This is a neighborhood. Animals could get into the Dumpster they could drag the stuff around and you could end up with contamination as a public health issue far beyond the radius of the Dumpster. We have greater law enforcement for people who throw things outside the window of their car."

State officials on Monday also searched the garbage outside of a WomanCare clinic in Sterling Heights but it was unclear if they recovered anything.

Human tissue should be disposed of either by incineration, cremation, cemetery burial or grinding and flushing through a sanitary sewer, according to Robert McCann, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Anyone who violates the law is subject to a fine of up to $2,500 for each incident and up to $1,000 each day during which the violation occurred.
Officials from the Department of Environmental Quality, which investigates improper disposal of medical waste, would determine the magnitude and seriousness of the situation before levying a fine, McCann said. But it is unlikely the clinic would face serious repercussions.

"Our priority is always to work with them and get them into compliance," he said.
You can reach Kim Kozlowski at (313) 222-2024 or kkozlowski@detnews.com.


http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080310/METRO/803100407

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PENCE TO ANNOUNCE ONE-YEAR MORATORIUM ON EARMARK REQUESTS

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

PENCE TO ANNOUNCE ONE-YEAR MORATORIUM ON EARMARK REQUESTS

Importance: High

PENCE TO ANNOUNCE ONE-YEAR MORATORIUM ON EARMARK EQUESTS

***Conference Call For Indiana Media Today at 2:30 p.m. EDT***

WASHINGTON, DC-

U.S. Congressman Mike Pence will hold a conference call this afternoon with Indiana media to announce he will not request earmarks for Fiscal Year 2009. Congressman Pence authored an op-ed on earmark reform February 5 that ran in The Washington Times. To read the op-ed, click here:

http://washingtontimes.com/article/20080205/EDITORIAL/830813405/1013/editorial

WHO: U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (IN-6)

WHAT: Indiana Media Conference Call

WHEN: 2:30 PM EST

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bush Calls for End of the Fairness Doctrine, Urges Passage of Broadcaster Freedom Act

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

WASHINGTON, DC—President George W. Bush spoke today at the 2008 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, TN. Congressman Mike Pence attended the speech at the invitation of the President. Below is the portion of the speech pertaining to the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” as well as acknowledgment of Congressman Pence’s work in bringing the Broadcaster Freedom Act before Congress. Congressman Pence’s release can be found HERE: http://mikepence.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=85713

“This organization has had many important missions, but none more important than ensuring our airways -- America's airways -- stay open to those who preach the Good News. (Applause.) The very first amendment to our Constitution includes the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. Founders believed these unalienable rights were endowed to us by our Creator. They are vital to a healthy democracy, and we must never let anyone take those freedoms away. (Applause.)



“I mention this because there's an effort afoot that would jeopardize your right to express your views on public airways. Some members of Congress want to reinstate a regulation that was repealed 20 years ago. It has the Orwellian name called the Fairness Doctrine. Supporters of this regulation say we need to mandate that any discussion of so-called controversial issues on the public airwaves includes equal time for all sides. This means that many programs wanting to stay on the air would have to meet Washington's definition of balance. Of course, for some in Washington, the only opinions that require balancing are the ones they don't like. (Laughter and applause.)

“We know who these advocates of so-called balance really have in their sights: shows hosted by people like Rush Limbaugh or James Dobson, or many of you here today. By insisting on so-called balance, they want to silence those they don't agree with. The truth of the matter is, they know they cannot prevail in the public debate of ideas. They don't acknowledge that you are the balance; that you give voice -- (applause.) The country should not be afraid of the diversity of opinions. After all, we're strengthened by diversity of opinions.

“If Congress truly supports the free and open exchange of ideas, then there is a way they can demonstrate that right now. Republicans have drafted legislation that would ban reinstatement of the so-called Fairness Doctrine. Unfortunately, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have blocked action on this bill. So in response, nearly every Republican in the House has signed onto what's called a "discharge petition," that would require Congress to hold an up or down vote on the ban. Supporters of this petition are only 24 signatures away.

“I do want to thank Mike Pence, who is with us today, and Congressman Greg Walden, for pressing this effort and defending the right for people to express themselves freely. And I urge other members to join in this discharge petition. But I'll tell you this: If Congress should ever pass any legislation that stifles your right to express your views, I'm going to veto it. (Applause.)

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Flinch! Ford finally bends!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Activists say carmaker meets conditions as sales plunged 8% per month since '05


Posted: March 10, 2008
8:38 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

In the face of plummeting car sales, Ford Motor Company has taken steps to reduce its aggressive, pro-homosexual policies, prompting a family-rights group to call off its boycott of the carmaker.

The American Family Association says it's suspending its two-year boycott of Ford, noting the auto giant has met the conditions of the original agreement between AFA and Ford from 2005.

Read entire article:

http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=58587

Monday, March 10, 2008

John F. Kennedy Quote

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

“It is increasingly clear that no matter which party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.”

–John F. Kennedy, Remarks to the Economic Club of New York, December 1962



How sad to witness such a complete and utter denigration of the Democratic Party within my lifetime.

Chris

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Vatican: Feminist Wording Invalidates Baptism

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Vatican says baptisms using wrong words are not valid, must be redone

By Cindy Wooden (Catholic News Service)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A baptism administered "in the name of the Creator, and of the Redeemer and of the Sanctifier" is not a baptism at all, said the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The congregation's statement was published Feb. 29 as a brief response to questions regarding the validity of baptisms using that formula.

Asked whether a baptism performed with that formula -- or a similar one referring to the "Creator, Liberator and Sustainer" -- would be valid, the congregation answered "Negative."

Asked whether people who were initiated with a rite using these formulas would now need to be baptized "in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," the congregation answered "Affirmative."

The congregation said Pope Benedict XVI "approved these responses" and ordered their publication.

If either formula -- recently initiated in North America to avoid referring to the Trinity with masculine names -- was used, the person is not yet formally a Christian and any subsequent sacraments the person received also are invalid, said Cardinal Urbano Navarrete in a commentary commissioned by the doctrinal congregation.

"Persons who were baptized or will be baptized in the future with the formulas in question in reality are not baptized," the cardinal wrote. If they are now adults and want to be baptized, they must receive the instruction prescribed for all preparing for baptism and they should receive baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist during the same Mass, he said.

The most serious practical consequences, he said, are likely to be seen in the area of marriage where no sacrament exists if both spouses had been baptized with an invalid formula.

Even if only one of the spouses had been baptized with an invalid formula, there still is no valid sacrament of matrimony unless before the wedding the couple had obtained the dispensation needed for a marriage between a Catholic and a non-Christian, the cardinal said.

Cardinal Navarrete also said that, obviously, the sacraments of confirmation and of holy orders also are invalid when conferred on people baptized with an invalid formula.

In addition, he said, anyone who attempted to baptize someone using an invalid formula is subject to church penalties, which should be applied since it is "seriously illegitimate and unjust to deceive both the baptized and the community" by presenting the rite as a baptism.

In a separate commentary also commissioned by the doctrinal congregation, Msgr. Antonio Miralles said "expressions that invalidate the conferral of a true baptism cannot be tolerated by the church."

The monsignor, a consultant to the doctrinal congregation and a professor at Rome's Pontifical Holy Cross University, said the church believes it has no authority "to change that which Christ himself instituted" when he told his disciples to go out and baptize "in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

The problem with using "creator" and "redeemer" is not that they do not identify God as male, but that they "subvert faith in the Trinity" because they do not make clear the relationship among the three distinct persons, he said. For example, "God is eternally Father in relation to his only begotten Son, who is not eternally Son except in relation to the Father."

Msgr. Miralles said that the formula "creator, redeemer, sanctifier" is not Trinitarian because it blurs the distinctions among the three persons of the Trinity who all are involved together in the divine actions of creation, redemption and sanctification.

The monsignor also argued that the use of the recent formulas -- more common among Protestants than among Catholics -- could have a negative impact on ecumenism, because a common baptism is essential for Christian unity.

A baptism recognized as valid by all dialogue partners is what allows them to call each other Christians, he said.

"All of us Christians are called to remain solidly faithful to the unity well expressed in the Letter to the Ephesians," which calls for a common profession of "one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all," he said.

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Conference connects the Holy Spirit and evangelization

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BATESVILLE—“I can feel the fire, Holy Ghost fire. I can feel the fire burning in my soul.”

These words were sung with passion and flowed from a high school auditorium on March 1 in Batesville during a conference sponsored by St. Nicholas Parish in Ripley County.Some 500 people from across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio attending the conference belted out the song between presentations that focused on how the gifts, also known as charisms, of the Holy Spirit are to be used in everyday life to share the Gospel with others.

The conference, “The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: Go and Make Disciples of All Nations,” featured Bishop Sam Jacobs of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana, Sister of Charity of New York Nancy Kellar, Father Daniel Wilder of the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., and Father Gregory Bramlage, pastor of St. Nicholas Parish. (See a photo gallery from this event)

Called by Name, a music group made up mostly of members of St. Nicholas Parish and led by Angie Meyers, led participants in praise and worship songs between presentations and during the conference Mass.Participants thought it was the Holy Spirit that was the driving force behind all that happened at the conference.

“I think this is absolutely wonderful,” said conference attendee Chris Dickson, a member of St. Mary Parish in Richmond. “This is the best conference that I’ve ever been to here yet.“It really convicted me because I know that I haven’t been doing the job [of evangelization] that the Holy Spirit has been telling me that I’m supposed to do. I’ve been too timid. And now, it’s like, ‘OK, all the stops are out now. You have no more excuses.’ ”

In his presentation, “The Charisms and Evangelization,” Bishop Jacobs emphasized how the Church’s mission of evangelization has been given to all the faithful.“You are an evangelizer,” said Bishop Jacobs with gusto. “You are to proclaim the word of God. You are to proclaim the Good News of salvation.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Planned Parenthood: Wanting fewer blacks 'understandable'

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A student-run magazine at UCLA has revealed an undercover investigation in which representatives of Planned Parenthood, the nation's abortion industry leader, admitted willingness to accepting a financial donation targeting the destruction of an unborn black baby.

Lila Rose, who edits The Advocate, previously revealed how Planned Parenthood officials expressed a willingness to conceal statutory rape, an investigative piece that earned her an appearance on the Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor."

Now she's told WND she hopes the taped responses of Planned Parenthood officials in seven states reveal to her local UCLA community and the nation the racist leanings of the organization.

WND calls to Planned Parenthood of Idaho, which was featured in The Advocate report, requesting a comment were not returned.

"Students on campus are shocked and saddened that such a huge organization would have racist leanings in the present day," Rose told WND. "They are surprised to hear the truth about [Planned Parenthood founder] Margaret Sanger, and how the African-American community is being hurt by abortion.

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

John McCain Needs Mike Pence To Be His Vice President

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Poll: McCain Not Attracting Evangelicals

Thursday, March 6, 2008 9:18 AM

By: Josiah Ryan Article Font Size

Evangelicals sent a strong message in Tuesday's Republican primaries in Texas and Ohio by voting overwhelmingly for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, while almost every other Republican demographic group chose Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), exit polls show.

This was despite the fact McCain had already been dubbed the "presumptive nominee" of the Republican Party by the national media and political pundits. As predicted, Huckabee was soundly defeated in all four of Tuesday's primaries and caucuses and subsequently withdrew from the race.

Some analysts say that if McCain expects to capture evangelical vote in November, he must tailor his approach toward conservatives.

Exit polls provided by MSNBC reveal that the most devout Christians voted for Huckabee in large numbers. In Texas, for example, 60 percent of Christians who attend church more than once a week voted for Huckabee, while only 33 percent voted for McCain. In Ohio, 54 percent of church-goers voted for Huckabee compared with 45 percent who voted for McCain.

"McCain can get that vote in November but he is going to have to work for it," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council told Cybercast News Service." It would be a mistake to assume the conservative vote is just going to gravitate to the Republican nominee."

Perkins of the Family Research Council told Cybercast New Service that McCain must be more proactive in reaching out to conservatives if he expects evangelicals to come out to vote for him in November. "He already has the voting record to back up his claim to be a conservative," Perkins said, "But he has never led on evangelical issues. He is going to have to lead if he wants to get the socially conservative vote."

Perkins said McCain must convince conservatives that their issues are important to him and that he will advance them as president. "Really, it just depends on him, whether he moves towards them and communicate to conservatives that he really cares about them," said Perkins.

Keith Appel, senior vice president of Creative Response Concepts Public Relations, told Cybercast News Service that the exit poll results should tell McCain he must "actively pursue social conservatives. I have a feeling in the coming months he is going to make a substantial outreach to all types of conservatives, and if he does actively run on a commitment to conservative principles, I think he will find enthusiast evangelical support," Appel said.

Scott Skeeter, the director of survey research at the Pew Research Center, told Cybercast News Service that evangelicals will prefer McCain to the Democratic candidate. "It does not appear that McCain is unacceptable to conservative voters. When you offer him to evangelicals against the Democrats, they don't have trouble voting for him rather than Obama," said Keeter. "The real question is, how much enthusiasm is there for John McCain? He needs to stress the things that connect him to that constituency"

The MSNBC exit poll also substantiated the link between evangelical, churchgoing Christians and people who consider themselves to be "very conservative." People who considered themselves to be "very conservative" were the only other group, aside from evangelicals, who voted for Huckabee in significant numbers in Tuesday's contests.

In Texas, 50 percent Republican voters chose the former Baptist minister compared with 38 who voted for McCain; in Ohio, 51 percent of Republicans chose Huckabee compared with 41 percent who voted for McCain.



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God Bless America (Because No One Else Will)

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Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA ) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG ). He put on a dress shirt ( MADE IN SRI LANKA ), designer jeans ( MADE IN SINGAPORE ) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA ). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA ) he sat down with his calculator ( MADE IN MEXICO ) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN ) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA ) he got in his car ( MADE IN GERMANY ) filled it with GAS from Saudi Arabia and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB . At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his Computer (Made In Malaysia ), Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL ) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA ), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in AMERICA ........

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Indiana Can't Defend Marriage; Can't Protect Life; Can't Repeal Property Taxes . . . but They Can Expand Gambling

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As if Indiana does not have enough gambling or more important issues to address this session, House Bill 1143 is on its way to the Governor's office after narrow passage in the State Senate. HB 1143 is an expansion of gambling by allowing new games (pull-tabs and tip boards) in Indiana bars. Gee, what a great idea; mix gambling and alcohol to raise more tax dollars for the state. Who cares about people spending under the influence as long as the state profits from it?

Senator Mike Delph may have had the best quote on this bill when he said. "Indiana is addicted to gambling and needs to go into rehab . . . Last year slot machines, this year pull-tabs, next year, who knows what? Greed has no boundaries."

You can bet that none of those political commentators and legislators who claimed the session was too short or busy to protect marriage, to address abortion or to repeal property taxes will complain about another expansion of gambling.

Governor Daniels now has a decision to make on HB 1143. He can allow it to become law or he can veto it, which may stall or completely kill the issue this year.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Barack Hussein Obama ties same-sex issues to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

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Democrat maintains famous speech by Christ 'more central than obscure passage in Romans.'

With voting just hours away in "Super Tuesday II," some remarks by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama linking same-sex relationships to Jesus' famous Sermon on the Mount are raising some eyebrows in the Christian community.

During a Sunday campaign stop in Nelsonville, Ohio, Pastor Leon Forte of Grace Christian Center in Athens, Ohio, asked the Illinois senator to address social concerns.

"Your campaign sets a quandary for most evangelical Christians," Forte said. "They believe in the social agenda that you have. They have a problem with what the conservatives have laid out as the moral litmus test about who is worthy and who is not."

As part of a lengthy videotaped response, Obama referred to the speech by Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew, as well as some anti-homosexuality statements made by the apostle Paul which he called "obscure":

I will tell you that I don't believe in gay marriage, but I do think that people who are gay and lesbian should be treated with dignity and respect and that the state should not discriminate against them. So, I believe in civil unions that allow a same-sex couple to visit each other in a hospital or transfer property to each other. I don't think it should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state. If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans. That's my view. But we can have a respectful disagreement on that.


Democrat maintains famous speech by Christ 'more central than obscure passage in Romans'

With voting just hours away in "Super Tuesday II," some remarks by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama linking same-sex relationships to Jesus' famous Sermon on the Mount are raising some eyebrows in the Christian community.

During a Sunday campaign stop in Nelsonville, Ohio, Pastor Leon Forte of Grace Christian Center in Athens, Ohio, asked the Illinois senator to address social concerns.

"Your campaign sets a quandary for most evangelical Christians," Forte said. "They believe in the social agenda that you have. They have a problem with what the conservatives have laid out as the moral litmus test about who is worthy and who is not."

As part of a lengthy videotaped response, Obama referred to the speech by Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew, as well as some anti-homosexuality statements made by the apostle Paul which he called "obscure":

I will tell you that I don't believe in gay marriage, but I do think that people who are gay and lesbian should be treated with dignity and respect and that the state should not discriminate against them. So, I believe in civil unions that allow a same-sex couple to visit each other in a hospital or transfer property to each other. I don't think it should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state. If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans. That's my view. But we can have a respectful disagreement on that.

The Sermon on the Mount includes a list of people blessed by God, and a statement by Jesus to follow God's instructions: "Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:19)

The "obscure passage in Romans" Obama referred to reads:

"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet (fitting)." (Romans 1:26-27)

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I can't help but wonder from which "Obscure Passage" in the bible our good Muslem friend defends his pro-abortion stand.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) Update

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Congressman Mike Pence is back in Germany. The past 4 days, he has been in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Germany.

His experiences have been amazing. By tomorrow, he will have his blog up on his web site. You can go to the official site and just click on Mike's blog on the right side. www.mikepence.house.gov

He visited the Kurdish Region of Iraq, where he met with the Prime Minister and the President of that region. He met with General Petraues and Ambassador Crocker in Baghdad. He traveled to Fallujah and Haditha. He met with many soldiers and many Iraqi citizens.

He then headed to Afghanistan to meet with President Karzai. In Afghanistan, he visited Camp Phoenix and Jalalabad.

Today he flew to Germany where he will be visiting wounded soldiers at Ramstein Air Base.

He will arrive on Capitol Hill tomorrow right before votes.

Hillary Clinton's Resume'

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Hillary Clinton has been telling America that she is the most qualified candidate for president based on her "record," which she says includes her eight years in the White House as First Lady - or "co-president" - and her seven years in the Senate.Here is a reminder of what that record includes:- As First Lady, Hillary assumed authority over Health Care Reform, a process that cost the taxpayers over $13million. She told both Bill Bradley and Pat Moynahan, key votes were needed to pass her legislation, that she would "demonize "anyone who opposed it. But it was opposed; she couldn't even get it to a vote in a Congress controlled by her own party. (And in the next election, her party lost control of both the House and Senate.)- Hillary assumed authority over selecting a female Attorney General. Her first two recommendations (Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood) were forced to withdraw their names from consideration, and then she chose Janet Reno. Janet Reno has since been described by Bill himself as "my worst mistake."- Hillary recommended Lani Guanier for head of the Civil Rights Commission. When Guanier's radical views became known, her name had to be withdrawn.- Hillary recommended her former law partners, Web Hubbell, Vince Foster, and William Kennedy for positions in the Justice Department, White House staff, and the Treasury, respectively. Hubbell was later imprisoned, Foster committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.- Hillary also recommended a close friend of the Clintons, Craig Livingstone, for the position of director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of up to 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, both Hillary and her husband denied knowing him. (FBIagent Dennis Sculimbrene confirmed in a Senate Judiciary Committee in 1996 both the drug use and Hillary's involvement in hiring Livingstone. After that, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office, after serving seven presidents for over thirty years.)- In order to open "slots" in the White House for her friends the Harry Thomasons (to whom millions of dollars in travel contracts could be awarded), Hillary had the entire staff of the White House Travel Office fired; they were reported to the FBI for "gross mismanagement" and their reputations ruined. After a thirty-month investigation, only one, Billy Dale, was charged with a crime - mixing personal money with White House funds when he cashed checks. The jury acquitted him in less than two hours.- Another of Hillary's assumed duties was directing the "bimbo eruption squad" and scandal defense:---- She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit.---- She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.---- Then they had to settle with Paula Jones after all.---- And Bill lost his law license for lying to the grand jury.---- And Bill was impeached by the House.---- And Hillary almost got herself indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice (she avoided it mostly because she repeated, "I do not recall," "I have no recollection," and "I don't know" 56 times under oath).- Hillary wrote "It Takes a Village," demonstrating her Socialist viewpoint.- Hillary decided to seek election to the Senate in a state she had never lived in. Her husband pardoned FALN terrorists in order to get Latino support and the New Square Hassidim to get Jewish support. Hillary also had Bill pardon her brother's clients, for a small fee, to get financial support.- Then Hillary left theWhite House, but later had to return $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork she had stolen.- In the campaign for the Senate, Hillary played the "womancard" by portraying her opponent (Lazio) as a bully picking on her.- Hillary's husband further protected her by asking the National Archives to withhold from the public until 2012 many records of their time in the White House, including much of Hillary's correspondence and her calendars. (There are ongoing lawsuits to force their lease of those records.)- As the junior Senator from New York , Hillary has passed no major legislation. She has deferred to the senior Senator (Schumer) to tend to the needs of New Yorkers, even on the hot issue of medical problems of workers involved in the cleanup of Ground Zero after 9/11.- Hillary's one notable vote, supporting the plan to invade Iraq , she has since disavowed. Quite a resume, isn't it? Sounds more like an organized crime family.Make sure America remembers. Pass this on.

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Barack Hussein Obama and Tony Rezko

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The Audacity of Silence About Tony Rezko

Broadcast Networks, News Magazines Ignore or Downplay Barack Obama's Sleazy Home Purchase

Jury selection began today in Chicago in the trial of Syrian-born businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a major supporter of Barack Obama. Two days before the 2006 elections in which Democrats won by running against a "culture of corruption," Chicago newspapers revealed that Obama purchased a home that summer for $1.6 million, but only because Rezko's wife bought an adjoining parcel for $625,000 to complete the deal. Rezko was already under federal investigation for kickback schemes.

To a political opponent, this might resemble a lobbyist's sweetheart deal like the one that started Rep. Duke Cunningham's political decline, where a lobbyist paid $700,000 more for Cunningham's home than his own sale price months later. But the national media are anything but opponents of Obama's. Despite Obama's high national profile as a Democratic symbol of hope, network TV news and the national news magazines have done a dreadful job of telling the Rezko story, and have struggled not to repeat it.

A Nexis search through February 2008 finds Time magazine has never mentioned Tony Rezko, despite several soaring cover stories on Obama. U.S News & World Report noted it once, briefly (September 24, 2007). Newsweek disposed of the smelly land deal in one paragraph -- paragraph 20 -- in a January 31, 2008 story that actually touted Obama as a reformer.

An MRC analysis of all broadcast news shows through February 29 found the TV networks weren't much better.

Evening News. Only the NBC Nightly News has aired a full Rezko story, by reporter Lisa Myers on January 28, a week after Hillary Clinton threw out Rezko's name at a debate. ABC's World News hasn't touched it.

CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric mentioned it once in passing on April 27, 2007. She then reported her own story celebrating the ardor of Obama's community organizing in Chicago: "Most people stayed in that job for four months. Obama continued to fight for four years, cutting his teeth on community activism, the first measure of his leadership skills that are now being tested on a much larger stage." She then reported her own story celebrating the ardor of Obama's community organizing in Chicago. Reporter Dean Reynolds mentioned Rezko in passing again on February 28.

Morning News. The networks aired only one story explaining the Rezko deal, from ABC reporter Brian Ross on the January 10 Good Morning America. ABC's Diane Sawyer asked Obama two questions about Rezko on January 23, two mornings after Hillary mentioned the name in a debate. She pressed him on whether he had really returned all Rezko's donations, but she also disdained the topic: "We have heard a lot of people say they are exhausted by this charge, counter charge." On CBS that morning, Harry Smith tossed in one Rezko inquiry.

On NBC, Matt Lauer pressed not Obama, but Hillary Clinton with it on January 25: "Does it make sense to use something like this, Tony Rezko, against Senator Obama, when there really is no such thing as political purity anymore?"

Other Shows.

When the Rezko issue has surfaced on other shows, its appearance is usually brief. On NBC's Meet the Press, Tim Russert softly pressed Obama last November 11 (for about 300 words of talk between them, less than a typical Russert question). CBS Sunday Morning commentator Nancy Giles mentioned it in passing on February 24, but CBS's other Sunday shows (Face the Nation and 60 Minutes) have repeatedly skipped it in their Obama interviews.

Terry Moran raised it on ABC's Nightline on February 25 (for about 500 words of chat). George Stephanopoulos raised Rezko in two This Week interviews before this past weekend. On May 13, 2007, he asked Obama: "What were you thinking?" Obama replied "I'm very proud of my ethics record. I mean, I was famous in Springfield for not letting lobbyists even buy me lunch." How many lunches would a lobbyist have to buy to equal Rezko's $625,000 parcel purchase?

-- Tim Graham

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Alan Keyes makes Obama seem like Don Knotts

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DALLAS — During a recent swing through Houston, Galveston, and Dallas, presidential candidate Alan Keyes told voters they don't need to settle for a candidate who isn't a true conservative.

Keyes said that when he looked at the field of candidates back in September, he felt "like Adam," finding no one "like himself" who represented a consistent view of conservative principles.

Foremost among the principles Keyes said were lacking in the leading candidates of either major party was unfailing commitment to ensuring government of, by, and for the people, above personal ambition or party politics. Instead, he said the other candidates — and the parties themselves — were preoccupied with gaining the White House at the expense of the sovereignty and security of the nation and the integrity of the electoral system.

Keyes told how his votes were not even counted in the Iowa caucuses, how he was excluded arbitrarily from several state ballots, and how he was barred from most of the presidential debates. Such elitist behavior by self-serving political interests, he said, was tantamount to "Soviet-style politics" — not consistent with the American democratic tradition.

Keyes said what was needed this election was "truth," the kind that he had personally strived to exemplify in the political arena for decades, he added, and he noted that "the true aim of a party is not to get the people to elect the party, but to get the party to represent [the] people."

Master of ceremonies Mark Davis of radio station WBAP introduced Keyes as an honorable man "whose ideas belong in the Oval Office" and who often can be found "eating some unlucky liberal for lunch." After Keyes finished his remarks, for which he received a standing ovation, Davis quipped, "Kind of makes Obama seem like Don Knotts."

The comment prompted laughter and applause from the hundreds of attendees.

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Stony Brook University Survey

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Please take part in the survey.

The purpose of this survey is to examine how people think and feel about the political issues, parties, and candidates in the upcoming election. In the survey, you will be asked a series of questions about two political candidates, John McCain and Hillary Clinton. We are very interested in how individuals that find information on the web think about politics, and your participation would be greatly appreciated. In total, the survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous and you can skip any questions you do not wish to answer.

Click here to take the survey:

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/stu/crweber/TAKESURVEY/election_2008.htm

I will not post any additional information, such as my impressions of the survey, and have disabled comments about the survey. This way, people can take the survey without biasing the responses of other participants.

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