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Compassion Regarding Immigrants Called Political Correctness

It seems I have been labeled politically correct! For those that read my blog regularly, I never thought I would be called such thing. I'm insulted!

A reader who calls himself "Katie's Dad" thinks my perspective on immigration is to soft, and from what I can tell, advocates a closed-door policy in regards to immigration.

Let's clarify some things. I am a believer in liberty, and a believer in the power of the American way of life. When I say the "American Way" I mean the way any man can work hard, study, and move up in life through honest hard work. Reading history, I also know a FACT: We are a nation of immigrants! Say what you may about certain periods in our history where we rejected immigrants and turned our backs on them, we are a collection of diverse people, united by our common values. I am NOT advocating multiculturalism by no means! I believe any immigrant that comes into our country should come committed to complete integration. But, complete i…

Bill Bennett Brings Out Hypocrisy From Democrats

Democrats are in a frenzy over Bill Bennett's comments on his radio show regarding blacks, crime rates, and abortion.
Democrats expressed outrage, ranging from demands for an apology to requests that the Federal Communications Commission suspend Bennett's show. "Republicans, Democrats and all Americans of good will should denounce this statement, should distance themselves from Mr. Bennett," said Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill. "And the private sector should not support Mr. Bennett's radio show or his comments on the air." It seems to me a bit hypocritical, when the Liberals are the first ones to taught the social benefits of abortion, including reduction in crime rates. There is nothing new or strange about this argument, utilitarian as it might be! Abortion is outrageous, regardless. If blacks are offended or upset by Bennett's comments, perhaps they should consider the truth about crime statistics. It was a hyperbole logic--not a suggested plan of…

New Research Exploring Faith in America’s Largest Markets

This via the Barna Group.
The Faith By Market report explores 40 different factors among the adults located in each of the markets and states studied. Those factors include a dozen religious beliefs, ten religious practices, various religious commitments and affiliations, and a dozen demographic attributes.
Among the many intriguing insights from the report are the following: Just 3 of the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan areas have a born again majority. However, 15 of the 27 mid-sized markets (adult population of a half-million up to one million) have a born again majority.The market with the highest percentage of adults who volunteer at a church during an average week is Salt Lake City. The market with the lowest rate of church volunteerism is Buffalo. Sunday school attendance among adults is most common in Salt Lake City, and least common in Portland, Maine. Involvement in an adult small group is most prolific in Shreveport, Louisiana. The three markets with the lowest rates of …

Guest Blog Post: A Position to Change

Here is an interesting perspective from a guest blogger. I agree that we need to all take small steps, and stand together, if we are to have strong qualified candidates come 2006 and 2008:
From Adam Graham at Adam's Blog

I might be able to capture Osama Bin-Laden, if I were in the mountains of Pakistan. However, being in the Treasure Valley in Idaho would make the task impossible.

This is where we find ourselves with Presidential campaigns. Come election years, Conservatives clamor for their candidates, but are in no position to get them into office.

What we have is a lot of screaming from back benches from true Conservatives about the establishment controlling the money, rigging the process, and making it impossible for anyone but the establishment choice to win.

This is called whining. Poor preparation leads to poor results. You're going to get back what you put in and if you want to effect what happens in 2008, you need to be in position to influence the race. There are two majo…

Jeb Bush Calls for Immigration Changes

The Associated Press has a story on satements by Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday urging the government to change it's visa and immigration policies. Bush said the country needs to avoid stifling international travel and commerce.
"Now it's important to look at where we are and to make the necessary adjustments so that we don't choke off international travel. So that we don't choke off international commerce," he said during The Miami Herald's annual Americas Conference. Florida especially understands that immigrants play an important role in renewing the country, he said. "It is a good thing to have people who want to come to set up their business, to invest here, to use this as a platform for the expansion of their business, whether they're from Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil or Texas."

Judge rules Posada-Carriles won't be shipped to Cuba

Another Hat Tip to BabaluBlog.com for this one. Since I just got back from South Africa, I am trying to catch up on all the news. According to Reuters: EL PASO, Texas, Sept 27 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has ruled that anti-Castro Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles may not be deported to Cuba or Venezuela in a case that has raised questions about the Bush administration's "war on terrorism".Immigration Judge William Abbott found that Posada, a former CIA operative wanted by Venezuela for trial in a 1976 Cuban airliner bombing that killed 73 people, faced the threat of torture in those countries and therefore could not be returned under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, a government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Congress to Vote on July Arrests in Cuba

This via BabaluBlog.com:
Cuban-American blogger and Washington D.C. correspondent Sirimba has the latest on a House resolution condemning the July arrests of opposition members in Cuba who participated in anti-government demonstrations. The resolution is up for consideration today.Also check out her post on Miami and Cuban-American Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart possibly becoming the next Chairman of the Rules Committee in the wake of Congressman Tom DeLay's indictment and resignation as House Majority Leader.

John Roberts Confirmed as Chief Justice

Hat Tip to RedState.org. This from CNN.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Senate voted 78 to 22 to confirm Judge John Roberts as the nation's 17th chief justice Thursday. All 55 Republican senators voted for Roberts. 22 Democrats and one independent senator also voted for the nominee, while 22 Democratic senators voted against him. Senate approval capped a two-month process surprisingly free of the partisan rancor widely expected when President Bush nominated Roberts in July. Make a note, voters; these are your obstructionist.
Senate Democrats who voted no on the John Roberts nomination for Cheif Justice:Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI) Tags: john roberts, Politics, SCOTUS, Law, News, Judge John Roberts.

PorkBusters: Holding Sen. Allard Accountable

UPDATE: Welcome to Instapundit readers. Be sure to join in the discussion.

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I am writing an email today to my Senator, Sen. Wayne Allard, and will be following up with a phone call, asking for his position regarding cutting or reducing pork spending in Colorado.
Dear. Sen. Allard,

First, thank you for all your hard work. I have followed your positions and voting record, and appreciate most of your positions and the work you do for the citizens of Colorado.

I am writing in regards to a national campaign against pork, initiated through various bloggers. Through various web sites, it has come to my knowledge that there is $105,973,000 in pork just in the state of Colorado. The full list I referred to is shown here: http://www.cagw.org/

I would like to have your official response in regards to what you and your office are doing to reduce excessive spending at the Federal level, and what your commitment and actual specific work is in regards to cutting, or reducing these specific spending i…

Proposition 73, California May Become 35th State to require Parental Notification

California will be voting on a new Constitutional amendment regarding parental notification. This from SFGate.com:
The constitutional amendment would require a doctor who is going to perform an abortion on an unmarried minor to notify in writing at least one parent or guardian 48 hours in advance of the procedure. Parents don't have to give their consent, they just have to be notified.According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, California has a big problem with abortions. Of course, SFGate.com evidently doubts their credentials, by pointing out the lack of statistics for the state.
The Alan Guttmacher Institute, a not-for-profit New York corporation that studies sexual and reproductive issues, estimates that one in four pregnancies in California is ended with an abortion.

But that's far from precise, because California is one of three states that don't keep statistics on abortions. The San Francisco Chronicle will be publishing a series on Proposition 73 and has provided a va…

Oregon Elementary Dual Language Program

Interesting quote via IconCulture. Good to see this Principal has vision, and is giving these kids a hand up in handling the ever changing and diverse world we live in.
Kids will be able to work in 22 other countries in the world. That's the horizon that you're opening for them. You want to make sure that what you promise to parents, you deliver.

ANTONIO LOPEZ, PRINCIPAL AT CLARENDON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN PORTLAND, OR, WHO'S RECRUITING TEACHERS FOR THE SCHOOL'S DUAL-LANGUAGE PROGRAM,OREGONLIVE.COM 9.15.05