Saturday, September 3

BREAKING: Rehnquist has Died at Home

From the Associated Press:
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening at his home in suburban Virginia, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg. A statement from the spokeswoman said he was surrounded by his three children when he died in Arlington.
Our prayers and condolences are with the Rehnquist family. America is gratefull for his work, dedication, and courage.

Trevino over at RedState.org gives us an important reminder about what the last Presidential election was all about.
After the mourning: the battle to succeed him, as dear and dire as anything we've faced in the past eight years. This is what we social conservatives elected George W. Bush for -- and we will expect nothing less than a man to go to the hilt for. If we get him -- we will.
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Privatize Emergency Relief Efforts

DANIEL HENNINGER over at OpinionJournal.com suggests we privatize emergency relief efforts. I like his ideas and the suggestion is right on the money.
Imagination is not a gift usually associated with bureaucracies.--The 9/11 Commission Report.

The response to Hurricane Katrina suggests we are not very good at it. The stark images of bereft people in New Orleans and Mississippi are said to reveal inadequate preparation by the agents of government--from elected officials to bureaucracies--whose duties include commanding the vast resources and authority of government to provide help when it is most needed.
And this is the truth. The government should enable private companies to do what they are good at, and get out of the way. We have already seen how private companies have stepped up to the plate, and done a lot for the victims of the hurricane.
A public role is unavoidable and political leadership is necessary. But if we're going to live with First World threats, such as the destruction of a major port city, let's deploy the most imaginative First World brains--in the private sector and academia--to mitigate those threats. Laughably implausible? Look at your TV screen. The status quo isn't funny.

Mile High Delphi -- Predicting the outcomes of Colorado State Elections

I found a great blog on Colorado politics. If you are a Colorado resident, you have to check it out.
Mile High Delphi is dedicated to predicting the outcomes of Colorado State elections and United States elections with a 95% accuracy. Not just polling, but honest to god proven econometric models will be used to figure out the winners before the voters can. One Liberal and one Conservative cutting through the mess that is the media to give you the news you need.
I will be tracking the governor's race through this site. Check out their initial predictions.
Our predictions for the general election. Colorado had trended Republican during the late 90s and into the early part of this century, however a Democratic tidal-wave hit Colorado in 2004. Our preliminary prediction is that the Republican candidate has a slight advantage.
There is more, so make sure to head over and blogroll it.

Larimer County Rep. Sen. Steve Johnson Supports Ref. C&D

How could any intelligent person believe that the government would know how to better spend $3.7 billion and that this is somehow supposed to be better for the residents of the state of Colorado? The key word here is refunded, which translated means "The money belongs to the residents, and for some reason, the government has been holding it hostage!"
Referendum C asks voters to allow the state to keep and spend a projected $3.7 billion over the coming five years, money that otherwise would have to be refunded to Coloradans. Referendum D asks voters to let the state issue up to nearly $2.1 billion in bonds to finance transportation projects and other improvements and programs.
The Daily Reporter-Herald is reporting today that supporters of referendum C & D are trying to build up support with a 350-mile long walk. What I find puzzling is why John Fryar, the Daily Reporter-Herald writer, calls the referendum a budget-stabilization measure? Is this a bias peaking through? Does that mean that if I am against referendum C & D, I am in support of de-stabilizing the state budget? Baloney!
Backers of two state budget-stabilization measures on the Nov. 1 ballot hope to demonstrate and build support for those referendums with a 350-mile-long “Colorado Walk” that starts today.
This is the sad part--Republican leadership in favor of more government spending. It is frustrating!
Sen. Steve Johnson, R-Larimer County, said he will try to participate in at least part of the Colorado Walk each day it is in Larimer County.
Here is a better idea. How about repealing the state tax, for starters! Take a look at what Florida is doing. When the state residents have more money in their pockets, they can buy bigger homes, more gas-guzzling cars, and go out to the theater more often. This all translates into more revenue for the state via a stimulated economy.

I personally do hope this referendum does head south to defeat. I, as I am sure many other Colorado residents, can't afford to have the government keep and mis-use more of my hard-earned money.
Ethan Eilon, a spokesman for the “Vote No! It’s Your Dough” organization campaigning against the measures, said walkers would at least symbolically be headed in the right direction.

Eilon predicted both referendums would “head straight south” to defeat.
Of course, when it starts becoming evident that the referendum might not pass, the proponents resort to attacks and allegations. This is why the left loves campaign laws--they can use them at their own whim to control the ability of opponents to speak the truth and debate the real issues.
The group campaigning for Referendums C and D filed a complaint Thursday, charging that a conservative think tank opposed to the measures is violating campaign laws.

"They're essentially running a campaign without reporting who their contributors are," said Katy Atkinson, spokeswoman for the Vote Yes on C&D campaign.

She was referring to the Golden-based Independence Institute, which claims its radio ads about C&D are educational, not political.
What I want to know, and what everyone should perhaps be asking, is why is it that the state needs this money? Why did they over-budget spending? Because this is what government does when you give them money.

Tags: Colorado, News, Politics

Colorado Providing Emergency Housing for Hurricane Katrina Refugees

It's great to see the great state of Colorado stepping up to the plate and making a difference for the lives of those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. KKTV web site is reporting that Colorado will provide emergency housing at the old Lowry Air Force Base for up to 1,000 refugees.
Governor Owens says military and civilian planes will begin arriving Sunday at Buckley Air Force Base with those displaced by the storm.

Five hundred dorm rooms that can house two people each have been set aside for evacuees on the base.
Additionally, Colorado is sending 700 National Guardsmen to aid in search and rescue efforts.

Tags: New Orleans, Katrina, Hurricane, Hurricane Katrina, Superdome

Chavez in CNN Interview: Venezuela 'prepares for US invasion'

Chavez is running out of stories to continue getting his media attention, so he is now resorting to paranoid fiction. Like I have said before, I find it interesting that CNN is giving Chavez so much air time. Sounds to me like starting Telesur was a waste of money--CNN can do the same thing at no cost to the Venezuelan government.

My heart goes out to the Venezuelan people. Keep up the good fight, and don't give up. Freedom is worth every drop of blood shed.
Venezuela has uncovered plans for a US-led invasion and is preparing to defend the country against invading forces, President Hugo Chavez said in a report carried by the state-run news agency.

The Bolivarian News Agency reported late on Friday that Chavez made the comments during an interview with CNN. It was unclear when the interview was to be aired.

"If it occurs to the United States to invade our country - Fidel Castro said it and I agree - a war will start here to last 100 years," Chavez was quoted as saying. "We are preparing to repel an invasion."

Chavez has made similar claims in the past, and US officials have repeatedly denied them as ridiculous. Venezuela is the world's fifth largest oil exporter and a major supplier of fuel to the US.

"We discovered through intelligence work a military exercise that NATO has for an invasion against Venezuela, and we are preparing ourselves for that invasion," Chavez was quoted as saying.
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Rep. Tancredo Sounding More Like a Racist

I am all in favor of enforcing labor laws, and making sure companies are not hiring illegal immigrants. In this sense, I am in agreement with Tancredo. What concerns me is that Tancredo is taking an extreme, on-sided position that ignores the reality and needs of immigrants who have come into this country illegally. I am not saying we should give amnesty, but I am saying there is more to the problem of illegal immigration than supply & demand. I believe the government needs to address the issue of immigration quotas, and the completely inefficient methods being used to process legal immigration requests.

Tancredo needs to show compassion, American hospitality towards the world's poor and needy, and include provisions that provide for an increase and quicker processing of legal immigration applications. There needs to be a two-pronged strategy to fixing the problem of illegal immigration. Enforce our current laws by prosecuting companies that hire illegals, by effectively deporting any individual found to be in our country illegally, and by fixing our border and immigration process to safely allow more law-abiding, hard-working immigrants to come into this country if they so desire.

Until he stops acting like a good-old-boy, and behaving like a racist anti-immigrant white politician, he is going to find himself losing a lot of ground in the mainstream, where people know how to balance the issues. Please make a note--I believe Tancredo is not a racist, and that his motives for controling illegal immigration are in the right direction. The problem is that this subject and issue requires tact and care. We are talking about the lives of millions of individuals, women and children. Compassion needs to be evident.

President Bush and House conservatives are on a collision course over the contentious issue of immigration reform, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R.-Colo.) said Thursday.

Tancredo, chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus and author of the REAL GUEST Act (HR 3333), said he expects Bush to embrace legislation drafted by Senators Teddy Kennedy (D.-Mass.) and John McCain (R.-Ariz.). Conservatives strongly oppose the bill, which Tancredo said is tantamount to amnesty.

Tancredo’s bill instead focuses on enforcement, particularly on companies that employ illegal immigrants. He said once illegal workers are denied jobs, they will no longer flood into the United States.

“If you stop illegal employment in this country—some big, high-profile cases with some large fines and maybe even one or two people go to jail—that would have a chilling effect on employers who are presently involved in that,” Tancredo told reporters Thursday.

British, Abortion on the Rise as a Lifestyle Choice

There is bad news, and yet in the midst of it all, some good news in the pro-life battle in England. Zenit.com reports that a Times article writes that Sue Axon, a mother from Manchester, is about to launch a High Court challenge seeking to put an end to secret schoolgirl abortions. The abortion industry is deceiving school girls for the sake of their profits and idelogogies--what a shame!
Abortion is on the rise in England and Wales also, the BBC reported July 27. Department of Health figures show there were 185,400 abortions in 2004, a rise of 2.1% from 181,600 in 2003 and about 5.3% from 176,000 in 2002.

As in Spain abortion is most prevalent in the younger age groups. The abortion rate in 2004 was highest for women in the 18-19 and 20-24 age groups. It also increased by 6% in the under-14 age group, but decreased slightly in the under-16 and under-18 brackets.

A common feature of the statistics in the United States, Spain and England and Wales is that only a minimal number of abortions are performed for reasons not related to the woman's physical or psychological state. In England and Wales, for example, only 1% of abortions, 1,900 in total, were carried out under ground E of the Abortion Act -- stating that the child would be born disabled -- down from 1,950 in 2003.

According to a July 28 Times report on the data, some predict that the abortion rate will continue to rise, "as women increasingly regarded having a termination as a lifestyle choice."

Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Britain's leading abortion provider, said that women, particularly those in the professional classes, were increasingly reluctant to take breaks that could hinder their careers.

Britain has also had an intense debate over moves to lower the legal limit of how far into pregnancy abortions can be carried out. It is now at 24 weeks, with some allowances for abortions even later on. In 2003, 42 women had abortions at 28 weeks or more, compared with 49 women the year before. There were 18 cases that involved pregnancies of 32 weeks or more, compared with 22 in 2003.

Another aspect of abortion that has caused controversy is carrying out abortions on schoolgirls, without informing parents. The BBC recently broadcast a documentary about one case, involving Melissa Smith.

Melissa, who aborted with the help of school authorities at age 14 without her mother's knowledge, now regrets having the abortion, said an article published July 25 on the BBC Web site.

In the program "Real Story," Melissa said she wished she had involved her mother in the decision. The article noted that Sue Axon, a mother from Manchester, is about to launch a High Court challenge seeking to put an end to secret schoolgirl abortions.
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Death by Abortion Leading Cause of Mortality in Spain

More from the abortion reports round up by Zenit.com. Here is a novel concept for the Spanish government: Abstinence, it works every time. These countries are self-destructing their own economies with this kind of abortion rates. Economicly and socially, it just doesn't make sense.
In Spain, a country that has had legalized abortion for 20 years, a recent report analyzed the numbers involved. The report, published by the Institute of Family Policy, noted the number of abortions has greatly increased since the first years. In 1987 there were 17,180 abortions. By 1993 this had more than doubled, to 45,403. And by 2003 it had jumped to 79,788.

The total number of abortions from 1985 to 2003 is 844,378, equivalent to the total number of births in Spain in 2002 and 2003. In 2003, one in every six pregnancies ended in abortion. In just five years, from 1998 to 2003, the number soared by 48.2%. Death by abortion is now the leading cause of mortality in Spain.

Another development is the lowering of the average age of women who abort. In 1991 the great majority of abortions were carried out on women 25 years of age and over. But by 2003 the age group of 24 and under accounted for the largest age group of those aborting. One in every seven abortions was carried out on those under 19.

The report noted that the constant increase in abortions has taken place in spite of numerous government "safe sex" campaigns that promote condom use. And it is precisely the younger age groups, who have been particularly targeted by the campaigns, where abortion has risen most notably.
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Abortion Dropping in the US, Rising in Spain and England

Interesting coverage and round up of analysis by Zenit.com on a report published by the Alan Guttmacher Institute. I tried finding the Washington Post article and other refered, but could not. Regardless of what we see in the media, and dispite the courts all-out battle, the war for life is being won. This gives me hope.
WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 3, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The level of abortions is dropping in the United States, but rising in Spain and England. A July 19 article in the Washington Post analyzed a report published by the Alan Guttmacher Institute. The report, "Estimates of U.S. Abortion Incidence in 2001 and 2002," was released May 19.

According to the pro-abortion institute, U.S. abortion rates continued to fall in 2001 and 2002, although the rate of decline has slowed since the early 1990s.

The report, which the institute cautions is based on provisional statistics, estimates that 1,303,000 abortions took place in the United States in 2001, a drop of 0.8% from 2000. In 2002 there was a further decline of 0.8%, to 1,293,000.

The Guttmacher Institute's study also said that there are significant variations among states, and within population subgroups. For example, while the abortion rate declined among most groups between 1994 and 2000, it increased among poor women and women on Medicaid.

In its article the Washington Post noted that black and Hispanic women have higher rates of abortion, accounting for 32% and 20%, respectively, of the total number. Higher abortion rates also exist among low-income women. No fewer than 60% of women who had abortions in 2000 had incomes of less than twice the poverty level -- below $28,000 per year for a family of three.

Among age groups 56% of women who ended their pregnancies are in their 20s, while 15- to 19-year-olds account for 19%.

An analysis of the report in the July 26 issue of the weekly publication Culture & Cosmos observed that 53% of women who had unintended pregnancies used a contraceptive method during the month they got pregnant. Another striking fact is that marriage plays an important role in reducing abortions. Married women accounted for only 17% of abortions, and even when they became pregnant unexpectedly, they are less likely to abort.

Pro-life groups continue to make efforts to reduce the number of abortions. In recent times the center of activity has been at the state level, according to a June 13 report in the Christian Science Monitor.
According to Zenit.com, the Christian Science Monitor article quoted a researcher from the Guttmacher Institute, Elizabeth Nash, "who said that in the first five months of 2005 there had been 16 bills at state level regarding the activities of abortion clinics."

According to the Monitor, recent laws approved include:
-- Texas Governor Rick Perry signing a law requiring minors wanting an abortion to get written parental consent. The law also places restrictions on abortion after 26 weeks of pregnancy.

-- Florida Governor Jeb Bush signing legislation giving the state increased oversight of clinics that offer second-trimester abortions.

-- A Georgia law requiring a 24-hour waiting period and parental notification for minors. It also specifies that the doctor must inform the woman of the fetus' age, alternatives to abortion, and the likelihood that the fetus will feel pain during the abortion.

-- An Indiana law now requiring abortion doctors to notify patients that they can see an ultrasound image and listen to the fetus' heartbeat.
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4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns the Will of Virginia Voters

The Washington Post is reporting on another example of the courts going outside their jurisdiction. All it takes is for one court to make a flawed decision, and then all the other courts look at that one case as an example of precedent and follow suit. It doesn't really matter, as long as it serves the financial interests of the abortion industry and the left-wing nut-case ideologs.
The full court, in refusing to rehear the case, pointed to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a similar Nebraska law in 2000 because it did not contain a health exception protecting the mother.
Interestingly enough, the Washington Post left in this last paragraph--I was surprised.
The type of abortion at issue is a procedure generally performed in the second or third trimester in which a fetus is partially delivered and its skull is punctured.
Transalation for those who don't understand the code words here:
The type of abortion at issue is a (killing) procedure generally performed in the second or third trimester (when the baby has brain waves, a heart beat, distinguishable finger prints, and feels intense pain) in which a fetus (the live baby) is partially delivered (they let his head stick out the birth canal) and its skull is punctured (they stab the baby in his soft spots of his head, and suck out his brains).
Hope this helps clarify what it is they are talking about. Abortion kills live human beings!

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Friday, September 2

Bush Pleaded with Blanco, Nagin to Evacuate New Orleans

More evidence of poor leadership in New Orleans, all the way up to the governer's office. Hat Tip to Machiavel at RedState.org for this one.
A history lesson for those who believe this all Bush's fault... God knows what would have happened had the President not interceded with Gov. Blanco to order a mandatory evacuation of the city -- that was already a long time in coming.
Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

"There doesn't seem to be any relief in sight," Blanco said.

She said Interstate 10, which was converted Saturday so that all lanes headed one-way out of town, was total gridlock.

"We are facing a storm that most of us have long feared," Nagin said.

I have to agree with Machiavel: Nagin and Blanco are out of their league!

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Hold New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Accountable

UPDATE: More over at RedState.org about the failure of Ray Nagin.
If the Democrats want to pass on blame to Bush, they may want to consider this picture at the Junkyard Blog.

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Why is it that I don't hear anything about Nagin's lack of leadership and lack of preparation? What kind of city Mayor does not have a plan in place for this kind of thing? Specially in a city like New Orleans, being on the coast and below sea level.

Foxnews.com is reporting that "Black Congress Members Angry At Fed Hurricane Response" and I am again, wondering why these Black Congress members are not angry at their very own black Mayor Ray Nagin, a Democrat at that, for his lack of leadership and planning? Why is it that this man cannot keep control of his own city? It sounds to me like all the various groups in bed with the Democratic party got together for a whine session!
Black members of Congress expressed anger Friday at what they said was a slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina (search).

"It looks dysfunctional to me right now," said Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif.

She and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus (search), along with members of the Black Leadership Forum, National Conference of State Legislators, National Urban League and the NAACP (search), held a news conference and charged that the response was slow because those most affected are poor.
I lived through Andrew, and there was some looting and crime, but things always remained under control. It makes me wonder if there is something socially and culturally wrong with a large percent of the New Orlean's population? Well, I correct myself--is there something wrong with those people we see in the scenes on television. Of course, I know the rest of the city is not like this, and it's not all as bad as the networks are painting it to be.

I would like to see the networks showing the churches, and community centers and other good people of New Orleans helping, standing together in this tough time, and holding out.

Tags: , New Orleans, Katrina, hurricane, Hurricane Katrina, Superdome.

New Orleans Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

Hat Tip to MachosNachos. This is an incredible and interesting read, with equaly incredible implications.
These are the guidelines that the city officials are to follow. Thus stuff is absolutely incredible in its implications, because of what was not done:

Evacuation planning and actual implementation has to be based upon certain assumptions. It must be understood that the need to evacuate elements of the population can occur at any time, events resulting in evacuations occur with various amounts of lead time and every evacuation will be unique and offer unexpected challenges to those conducting the evacuation. Evacuations in response to hazardous material spills or sudden severe weather are provided with little or no warning, and often have to be accomplished after the fact, and in a disaster response environment. Throughout the Parish persons with special needs, require special consideration regarding notification, transportation, and sheltering. Resources of equipment, facilities and personnel are more difficult to locate and coordinate when an evacuation is required during late night or early morning hours. If possible, advance warning should be given so an evacuation can be coordinated. Adequate provisions should be maintained at all times in order to conduct a warning or alert of an area.

Certain hazards, such as a hurricane, provide some lead time for coordinating an evacuation. However, this can not be considered a certainty. Plus, the sheer size of an evacuation in response to an approaching hurricane creates the need for the use of community-wide warning resources, which cannot be limited to our City's geographical boundaries. Evacuation of major portions of our population, either in response to localized or citywide disasters, can only be accomplished if the citizens and visitors are kept informed of approaching threats on a timely schedule, and if they are notified of the need to evacuate in a timely and organized manner. If an evacuation order is issued without the mechanisms needed to disseminate the information to the affected persons, then we face the possibility of having large numbers of people either stranded and left to the mercy of a storm, or left in an area impacted by toxic materials.

Read more at machonachos.typepad.com/

Tags: , New Orleans, Katrina, hurricane, Hurricane Katrina, Superdome.

Phil Cooke: Important Memo on Hurricane Katrina for Faith-Based Media

I got this today from Cook Communications. I thought it was worth re-printing here. There are some good ideas that the mainstream media could well use. But, that would be expecting much to much.

The morning of 9/11, I sent a working memo to faith-based broadcasters around the country encouraging them to breakthrough the regular schedule of programming and deal directly with the spiritual issues surrounding the tragedy in New York. Religious radio and television networks and stations have often become so dependent on regular daily and weekly programming income, that historically, incredible disasters have happened in America, and yet they've been virtually ignored in the religious media because broadcasters refused to break into regularly scheduled programming.

But on 9/11 everything changed. Faith-based radio and television stations and media ministries responded to the memo, changing programming, and reporting stories of help and hope, that made a significant difference for millions of people.

Today, I'm asking the religious media community to do the same. The situation in the New Orleans area is far greater than anyone could have imagined. Stories of shooting, looting, deaths due to lack of medicine and food, children in desperate situations, and more, compel us to act now.

The mainstream media are covering the facts. It's up to Christian broadcasters to fill in the blanks by offering stories of hope, spiritual encouragement, fundraising, and more. As you have your production and creative meetings this week, here are some ideas to consider:

  1. Don't duplicate the mainstream media. They have the funding and resources to do a far better job of reporting the current situation. They're bringing the facts, and doing it well. Consider that covered. Instead, look for the types of stories and reports that a faith-based broadcaster can do well because of your unique expertise.
  2. Make immediate contact with churches, religious groups, and relief organizations that you already have a relationship with in the area. When you know people, you can cut through red tape and make things happen much more quickly.
  3. Find out the real needs. Don't guess. Major groups like Feed the Children and The Salvation Army are experts in these situations. Use their advice, and broadcast that advice to your audience. Also, urge your audience to give to legitimate ministry and relief organizations. Avoid impulse giving to questionable charities, and focus the support where it can do the most good. If you raise money through your media organization, take the time to send it to the most effective ministries and relief groups.
  4. If you know people in the area, get first hand reports "from the front." Hearing from people who have experienced the crisis is always more compelling on radio and television. Establish phone contact if possible, and do live interviews on the air if you can.
  5. The mainstream media will do plenty of negative stories, and criticism of the local and national government response. You should focus on stories of hope. Who survived? Where are the miraculous stories? Let's try to inspire our audience to pray, to give, and to believe for a resolution to the crisis. If you're a media outlet in the area, focus on inspiring your audience to rise above this terrible situation.
  6. The Christian Emergency Network is an excellent source for information. Check them out at: www.christianemergencynetwork.com.
  7. The TV Committee of the National Religious Broadcasters organization has created a TV News Forum, designed to help share footage and other information to faith-based broadcasters (for this and other issues). You can subscribe by sending a blank email (from your preferred email address) to tvnewsforum-subscribe@lists.gospelcom.net. Stan Jeter of CBN News is the moderator of the forum and can be reached at Stan.jeter@cbn.org. I would encourage you to check out that resource and get Stan's advice.
  8. Remember that raising money is important, but getting the correct information out, inspiring others to hope and pray for a successful outcome, and teaching what the Bible says about rising above our circumstances is just as critical. As I said before, don't duplicate what others are doing. Offer your audience something that you, as a faith-based broadcaster, can uniquely bring to the table.
  9. If you know of local media outlets (radio, TV, or internet) that were damaged or destroyed by the storm or it's aftermath, contact them and help get them back on the air. Having a faith-based media presence at the heart of the disaster would be fantastic, and if we can send them equipment, resources, or money to help them get back up and running, it would be a great help to the local viewing and listening audience.
  10. Finally, make your audience realize this is a long term situation. It will be months before things are even close to being back to normal. So please don't make a big deal on your programs now, and then drop it in a week. Stay with the story. Keep encouraging, inspiring, and making a difference until people's lives are substantially back to normal.

This is a unique moment in history, and how we as media professionals react will have a significant impact on how the people respond. Pray and seek God for what you can do that will make a difference, and please, think in new and innovative ways that will break through the cultural clutter and make a difference for millions of people.

Thanks,

phil cooke
president / creative director
www.cookepictures.com

Univision Partners With the American Red Cross to Assist in Hurricane Katrina Fundraising Relief Efforts

From the Hispanic PR Newswire news desk:
Miami, FL and Washington, DC--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--September 2, 2005 --Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN) will partner with the American Red Cross to assist in fundraising efforts aimed at helping those in need due to the devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina. Univision Communications will enlist its entire platform of media outlets in order to reach out to all constituents interested in contributing to the fundraising efforts.

As part of the massive, multi-platform effort, the Univision Networks will air a special edition of Sabado Gigante, hosted by Don Francisco, which will be simulcast on the Univision and Galavisión Networks as well as RadioCadena Univision and will be streamed on Univision.com on September 3, 2005.

Univision will dedicate one hour of Sabado Gigante, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET, to generate monetary donations for the American Red Cross emergency relief fund. Univision News anchor Jorge Ramos and Univision Radio personality Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo will appear with other Univision talent and representatives of the American Red Cross. The show will include personal interest stories as well as reporters and interviews on-location from the Houston Astrodome, New Orleans and Mississippi. During this time and throughout the program, host Don Francisco will direct viewers to a Spanish-language toll-free phone line (1-800-275-7575), hosted by the American Red Cross and dedicated to this cause.

“It is extremely important that we are able to provide our audience with an effective vehicle through which to lend support to the victims of Hurricane Katrina immediately, while the need is the greatest,” said Ray Rodriguez, President and Chief Operating Officer, Univision Communications Inc. “Combining the reach of Univision media with the dedication and outstanding leadership of the American Red Cross, we hope to be able to make a difference in the country’s critical hurricane relief efforts.”

“The American Red Cross is honored to join Univision in bringing this opportunity to the Hispanic population to help our friends and neighbors in need,” said Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the American Red Cross. “Our mission to relieve suffering can only become a reality through the support and generosity of caring people.”

Alongside the special edition of Sabado Gigante, Univision Communications presents the following fundraising efforts:

-- Television: Univision is producing on air announcements featuring Univision’s talent, which encourage viewers to make a donation to the American Red Cross. In addition, Univision will continue its extensive news coverage across its three television networks.

-- Radio: Univision Radio is producing on air announcements featuring Univison Radio talent that encourages viewers to make a donation to the American Red Cross. In addition, Univision Radio will continue its extensive news coverage as well as special segments on public affairs programs, including ‘Tu Voz en Washington’ which airs Sunday on RadioCadena Univision.

-- Local Television/Radio: Radio and television local stations are running on air announcements with local talent. Stations are also coordinating food/water drives, which have thus far generated an outpouring of donations, and are working with local chapters of the American Red Cross in relief efforts.

-- Online: Univision.com has created a special section of its website accessed through “Cruz Roja”, keyword: cruz roja, to house all hurricane-related coverage, essays, testimonials, photos and video. It has also posted the Spanish language toll-free phone number 800-275-7575 and a link to the American Red Cross website to facilitate donations. Univision.com encourages users to post names of missing relatives/friends as well as personal stories on its bulletin boards.

Help Hurricane Katrina Victims; Bacilos to Perform at Macarena to Benefit the American Red Cross

HispanicWire is announcing that Bacilos, the multiple award winning and current Latin Grammy nominee band, will be performing along with friends all their latest to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast. All proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

WHO:

Winner of the 2003 Grammy for 'Best Latin Pop Album' and several Latin Grammy
awards, among others, Bacilos is one of the most popular and sought-after bands in Latin America and the U.S. The Miami-based Bacilos recently received a Latin Gramy nomination under the category 'Best Pop Album by A Duo or Group with Vocal' for the critically acclaimed SinVerg'enza (Shameless), produced by the late Tom Capone (Gilberto Gil, Maria Rita), Juan Zambrano (Celia Cruz, Ricky Martin) and Bacilos.

WHEN:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 9 PM
Minimum donation: $30 (all proceed to benefit the American Red Cross)

WHERE:

MACARENA
1334 WASHINGTON AVE
MIAMI BEACH, FL.
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WHY:

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Catholic Bishops in Latin America Deceived into Signing Pro-Abortion Statement

Vatican warning on "Catholic" pro-abortion campaign

This one should make your blood boil. It's also an alarming example that the battle for life has moved to a global battlefield. As pro-life individuals, we need to be attentive to what is happening around the world, because if the battle is lost outside our borders, there will be no resisting. Already our domestic courts are using International law as precedent for domestic court rulings--something that is unconstitutional, but what do they care.

This from Catholic World News:
Vatican, Sep. 02 (CNA/CWNews.com) - The Vatican Secretary of State has asked the bishops’ conferences of Latin America to be on the alert against a campaign by the pro-abortion group “Catholics for a Free Choice” (CFFC) to gather signatures from religious leaders in an attempt to support the concept of “reproductive health”-- a euphemism for abortion-- at the upcoming United Nations summit.

From September 14-16 the Millennium +5 summit will be held in New York. During the meeting, heads of state will discuss the proposals and goals set at the Millennium Summit of 2000.

CFFC is taking advantage of the opportunity to gather as many signatures as possible for a statement that endorses the concept of “reproductive health,” as it is described the documents issued after the Cairo population summit and the Beijing summit on Women. At these two summits, “reproductive health” was used to signify legal abortion; the Holy See and delegations from many other countries strongly rejected the concept.
That is what pro-abortion advocates stand on--lies and deception. Otherwise, everyone knows that if the truth about abortion, conception, and the formation of life came out and was widely known, abortions would go down!

Chavez Seeking Control of Private Banks in Venezuela

I guess Chavez must have been in a cave the last 20 years, and missed the memo about communism being a complete failure! He is not only a left-wing leader, he is a communist. Why won't the media call him by what he is? What is this intense urge to paint things prettier than they are? Does anyone wonder why Chavez is such great friends with Castro?

Here is an excerpt from the BBC.
The Venezuelan government is reported to be planning to insist that all private banks appoint two state representatives to their board.

Such a move is likely to be part of the country's forthcoming new banking law, according to the UK's Financial Times.

A continuation of left-wing President Hugo Chavez's aim to create "socialism of the 21st Century", a number of foreign banks would be affected.

Among them are Spanish institutions Banco Santander and BBVA.

Both own Venezuelan banks - Banco de Venezuela and Banco Provincial respectively.

Tuesday, August 30

Two in 10 Mexican Adult, Willing to Live and Work Illegally in the US

Alarming! What is Vicente Fox doing? Nothing, that I can tell. The worst thing, I would think Fox should be embarrassed by the fact that such a huge percent of his resident population would run for the border if they had the chance, but it doesn't seem like he is.
Four out of every 10 Mexican adults would migrate to the U.S. if they had the means and opportunity to do so. And two in 10 Mexican adults say they'd be willing to live and work illegally in the U.S.
MERCURYNEWS.COM 8.16.05

New Orleans Under Martial Law , 80% of the City is Underwater

New Orleans residents are in our prayers.
NewsMax.com Wires
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005
Martial law was declared in New Orleans midday Tuesday as the city continued flooding from at least two levees damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

WWL-TV, New Orleans, which evacuated its studios earlier, reported airlifts of sandbags had been ordered as water flooded along the city's landmark Canal Street. No one but emergency personnel was being allowed into the city, whose two airports were under water. Looting was reported.

Mayor Ray Nagin said bodies have been seen floating in floodwaters, although neither city nor Louisiana state officials had issued a preliminary death toll.

Nagin said the city's Twin Span Bridge is "totally destroyed" and that 80 percent of the city is underwater. New Orleans is 6 feet below sea level, and reliant on levees to hold back water from Lake Ponchartrain. He also predicted there would be no electricity in the city for four to six weeks. Natural gas leaks were also reported throughout the city, CNN reported.
Tags: New Orleans, Katrina, hurricane, Weather, News

Monday, August 29

Exorcism of Emily Rose, Acting Really Strong

As I mentioned before, I am not one for real scary movies, but this flick is of interest because of the Director, Scott Derrickson. I attended a Film and Media event sponsored by Biola University years ago, and I was impressed by the quality and depth of their film program. I have to say I have been looking forward to seeing Biola graduates start making a name for themselves.

This is what hbstnk04, a Yahoo users, had to say:
Last night there was a special screening of this movie. I have to say that this was one of the scariest movies I have seen since "The Ring" and "Signs". The acting of this movie was really good and the cast was a strong one. Jennifer Carpenter (White Chicks) was phenomenal in the portrayal of Emily Rose; some of the scenes in the movie were kind of hard to watch… not because it was gross to watch, but because the acting was really strong in this movie and was so real and creepy. All and all this was a really good scary movie… you’ll jump and scream like most of the audience members! So go and see this September 9th!
What I am wondering is how do Catholics take the portrayal of their faith in the film? Does it do justice, while touching on the subject matter? The more I read about it, the more I'm convinced this is a good one, and the more I know I am not going to be watching it. But, I'm just a scardy-cat when it comes to scary movies--so make sure to go check it out on opening night!

From evidence I have read, I am giving it 2 shaky thumbs up.

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Gov. Owens names Gigi Dennis Secretary of State

Nomination a Threat to Coffman run for Secretary of State?

I still have a lot of catching up to do on Colorado politics, but I was not happy to hear that the new Secretary of State is in favor of more spending. Instead of boosting the CO economy, Dennis would support allowing the state government to keep $3.1 billion that would otherwise be refunded to taxpayers. This is not the way to win me over early on in the game!
Measures on the Nov. 1 ballot include the hotly debated Referenda C and D, which would ease tax and revenue limits in a state constitutional amendment. Dennis said she supports the proposals, which would allow the state to keep $3.1 billion normally refunded to taxpayers.

The election process itself is a big issue for the secretary of state's office. The presidential election last November spurred a flurry of new voter registrations and spawned allegations of voter fraud and felons casting votes.
So, on the Dennis nomination, ColoradoPolls seems to think this spells trouble for Mike Coffman, who still plans to run for Secretary of State. With Dennis position in favor of more spending, this could be something that Coffman could use to stand out. While it does mean some competition, it doesn't seem that Dennis can compare to the leadership and experience that Coffman has demonstrated. The national media attention probably does not hurt him either. From what I have read about Coffman, he seems to be quite a real American hero. This is the kind of leadership and courage the state of CO needs. Of course, this does not constitute and endorsement from my part, as I am not fully familiar with Coffman's positions on a range of important issues.
Gigi Dennis was appointed Colorado Secretary of State (SOS) today in a move that could signal trouble for Mike Coffman, the Republican State Treasurer who has announced plans to run for SOS in 2006.
Mike Coffman's campaign issued a press release stating that he plans to run for Secretary of State upon his return from Iraq. Here is the full statement via ColoradoPols.
Coloradans for Coffman Statement on Appointment of Secretary of State

Maj. Mike Coffman, who is on an unpaid military leave of absence to help with the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, will run for Secretary of State when he returns to Colorado early next spring.

"If Mike Coffman has the courage to go to Iraq to help move that country's political process forward, so that our men and women who have sacrificed so much can come home, then he has earned Colorado's support for Secretary of State," said retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Jim Hall.

"No one cherishes the right to vote more than a combat veteran, and no one would work harder for fair elections in Colorado than Mike Coffman," said Hall, who also is an Arapahoe County GOP activist.

Coffman is currently serving our nation in Iraq as part of a Marine Corps civil affairs unit in the Al Anbar province. Al Anbar is the largest Sunni Arab dominated province in Iraq. It is often referred to as the heart of the insurgency, where coalition forces continue to face stiff resistance.

Coffman's assignment is the Elections Officer. His responsibilities for the remainder of the year will be focused exclusively on working with the Independent Elections Commission of Iraq with the upcoming elections in the province. After the December election, Coffman will be an advisor to the newly elected government in Al Anbar province until the end of his tour of duty in March.
I thought this was a good strong move by Coffman, leveraging the media attention as a result of the nomination to affirm his intention of running for SOS. I'm looking forward to hearing more about his work in Iraq, and his plans for CO upon his return.

Center for Immigration Studies Reports Terrorists Exploit Immigration Laws

Alarming article by the Associated Press on the abuse of our weak immigration laws and lack of enforcement and border security. This, if nothing else, should convince everyone of the need for improvement. Of course, I get the feeling that most of the nation is aware of the problem, with the exception of the fringe-left Latino advocacy groups.

Here is what is amazing to me: Why is it that left-leaning Latino advocacy groups can't see how much the illegal immigration problem is hurting the image of the Latino community? It is the actions of these fringe groups that increase stereotypes problems, and sink the Latino community further down the victim-hole. Of course, I am sure this would serve their purposes.

Well, here is on for the pro-amnesty immigration groups. Will it take another 9-11 to secure our borders? I do seriously pray that is not the case. But, reality is pointing towards exactly this. Read it for yourself.

Overall, 59 of 94 foreign-born nationals who were either convicted or indicted on terror charges broke federal immigration laws to enter or remain in the country between 1993 and 2004, the report found. It also noted:

  • Twenty-two of the 94 either had student visas or other applications approving them to study in the United States; another 17 used visitor visas to enter the country.
  • In at least 13 instances, suspected and convicted terrorists overstayed their temporary visas.
  • Seven of the 94 were indicted for using false driver's licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards and immigration records.
  • Twenty-one became naturalized citizens.

The report identified many of the immigrants as affiliated with at least one terror organization, including 40 with al-Qaida, 16 with Hamas, 16 with the Palestinian or Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and six with Hezbollah.

Sunday, August 28

Honduran Bishop Warns of "Youth Genocide"

A call to action by the Honduran Bishop via Zenit.com

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, AUG. 28, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Honduras is "living through a youth genocide," warns a bishop in San Pedro Sula.

Auxiliary Bishop Rómulo Emiliani, head of the Honduran episcopal conference's office of youth pastoral care, issued a statement to call attention to the more than 300,000 children in Honduras who leave school to go to work, 60% of whom beg for money on the streets to feed their families.

"An enslaved, silent, and inactive youth augurs a depressing future for us in Honduras," he said. "The low levels of schooling, the high rates of addictions and AIDS, unemployment and the absence of a family, together with violent death and the forced migrations to the United States of thousands of youths affects the foundations of our homeland, undermining a productive social structure."

Every month, some 40 to 50 youths are killed in Honduras, he reported, the causes of which are never clarified by the authorities.

The Honduran prelate, 57, issued the statement to raise awareness "that the tragedy is growing, and that our best human and material resources must be invested in the formation of Honduran children and youths."

"This implies improving the Church's youth pastoral ministry, redoubling efforts in all dioceses, with sufficient creativity and audacity to attract thousand of young people separated from the things of God because of ignorance," he said.

Reaching out

"We cannot be content with the youths who come to our churches and groups, who do not add up to 20% of Catholic young people, the majority of whom live distanced from the Church," the bishop wrote in his statement.

He said that the bishops "suffer as a Church to witness this irrational bloodbath, which with demonic violence, rages above all in youths who account for most of the dead. Young policemen, gang members, students, workers and peasants die every day, killed in the country."

"We are talking about a youth genocide," said Bishop Emiliani, "that is fueled by young people without opportunities, hungry, without a family, without a future, who fall prey to drugs or flee in desperation to the United States in their eagerness to grab hold of a red-hot nail, many failing in their sacrificial attempt."

"Some die on the way, others return mutilated by accidents and others end up in brothels in Guatemala or Mexico, deceived by vile exploiters of sex," he said.

"Of those who make it, some succeed in working, while others end up in gangs or vagrancy and many are sent back to our country, bringing with them great frustration and, some of them, bad habits that they have acquired. This cannot continue," said the bishop.

He added: "Our generation and the preceding ones have an enormous burden of guilt for not having been concerned about young people.

"The great theft of resources destined for the people which swelled the pockets of the corrupt in long years of impunity and the neglect with which these problems have been handled, has resulted in what we are living through: an abandoned and disoriented world of youth."
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