Thursday, May 11

Ken Mehlman and Michael Barone on The Glenn and Helen Show

Update: Mehlman had some good things to say, but I hear disconnect between what he says and some of the things happening out there. I know the border patrol is aprehending a lot, and Mehlman says they have stopped the catch-and-release, yet the evidence says otherwise!

So, what is it? I'm still listening...will have more later.

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I'm downloading it right now. I'll let you all know what I think once I listen to it.
It's a roundup of Republican problems and solutions in today's Glenn and Helen Show. First, we talk to Ken Mehlman, chair of the Republican National Committee, about polls, anger in the base, and issues like immigration, spending, taxes, and judges. We pressed Mehlman pretty hard, and I think it's fair to say that he realizes that action is more important than rhetoric if the GOP is to win back the base before November. Whether he and the White House can deliver on that, especially in the face of the Senate Republicans' foot-dragging, is another question.

Given all the dissatisfaction, especially over immigration, we also talked with Michael Barone, blogger, columnist, and editor of The Almanac of American Politics, about the prospects for a third-party candidate in 2008. Barone is interesting as always.

I hope you enjoy them both. You can listen to the program by clicking right here, or you can get it via iTunes here (we like it when you subscribe). A low-fi episode, suitable for dialup, etc., is available here, and there's an archive of previous podcasts right here.

Colombia eases abortion laws

I'm fine if the mother's life is in danger, but I have yet to see a compelling argument as to how an abortion changes anything in the case of rape or incest. I mean, is the argument that a mother would abort for phycological reasons? How does the trauma of an abortion make the situation any better?

It's to bad--it strikes me as a step backwards in the battle for life.
BOGOTA, Colombia (UPI) -- A Colombian court has decided to partially lift the country`s ban on abortion, El Tiempo newspaper reported Thursday.

The new law will allow abortions in cases of rape and incest and if either the mother or child is in mortal danger.

Abortion has long been a hot-button issue in the predominantly Roman Catholic South American country.

Anti-abortion rights activists rallied against the decision saying it was a 'moral' issue and not a matter of public health.

Wednesday, May 10

The Problems with Christian Education

Joe Belz has an interesting column this week on the problems with Christian education. Anyone involved either in Homeschooling or in Christian education should read it. But before anyone gets offended, make sure to get to the last part of the article. There are core differences between having problems in Christian education, and the horror stories coming out of public schools.

But there are still a couple of profound differences.

One is that neither Mr. Wilkey nor any other critics of Christian schools or homeschools have ever been asked to pay one red cent for all the mistakes we've made. That stands in stark contrast to the fact that all of us involved in Christian schools and homeschools have to pay, year after year, for the mistakes and wrong-headedness of public education.

Second, any family patronizing any of the programs making the mistakes I've outlined here has the easy option, when they get tired of such mistakes, of just walking away from such a program—without penalty. Very few families patronizing public schools have such an option.

So to my friends in public schools, I say: Keep challenging us to admit our own weaknesses, even while we point out weaknesses in the public system. We need to take seriously some of your criticisms. But remember also that the ability to respond to those weaknesses is very much part of the picture.

He makes good points. We should do something to correct these in our home school associations, in our church-schools, and in our private community Christian schools. For those that wonder, my wife and I plan to homeschool when our future children come to the proper age. I keep a keen interest on the subject of education, and homeschooling. I also taught in a private bilingual school in La Ceiba, Honduras for over a year--a great experience.

More Wal Mart Hate in Mexico

They are breaking our laws to find jobs in the US, and yet they riot when a company tries to create new jobs in their own country? Es el colmo!!
In a little-reported story last week, Mexico experienced some fearsome riots, with Sweetness & Light reporting that they were about opposition to a new Wal-Mart.
The Mexican Wal-Marts are owned by a Mexican, by the way. In Mexico they are called Mal-Mex. I don't understand why any sensible human being would be against more jobs.

New United Nations human rights council--What a Joke!

A.M. Mora y Leon has more at Publius Pundit.
Cuba has secured a spot on the new United Nations human rights council, the board that replaced a previous one, which was intended to keep countries like Zimbabwe and Burma off these boards.
Its making Val Prieto's head spin. I agree--this sort of outrage by the UN is enough to make any descent liberty loving, human-rights defending citizen go dizzy!
The U.S., wisely, opted to stay off this United Nations board, knowing full well that countries like Cuba could gerrymander the new system to be on it. It’s quite a reflection on the workings of the United Nations that this should be the state of affairs now. The UN is now more irrelevant than ever.
What sort of Human Rights are they expecting to be able to defend and protect? The key word for everything related to the UN--irrelevant. How about corrupt? At times, even evil? Feel free to add to the list...

Latino Issues has better TLB rankings that MoveOn.org?


Is this a testament to the power of the Army of Davids. As you can see in the screen capture above, Latino Issues has a higher ranking that MoveOn.org. Now, I am not sure if that is because of in-bound links, or traffic, or a combination of both. But it says something about how the playing field has changed since 2004 that an individual like me can move up the ranks and gain a decent audience.

Of course, I assume they have a much higher traffic numbers, but I am enjoying playing a small part alongside millions of other bloggers. This is encouraging.

Tuesday, May 9

Disgusting--Carter making bolivarian friends

Promoting tyranny in Latin America--make sure to check out the picture at RedState.com of Carter with the Bolivarian tyrant from Venezuela.
It is important that Carter not set a precedent. We do not need, and we do not want, "President Emeritus" meddlers fouling up the plans and policies of the elected leadership of the United States. We need to make it clear to any other aspiring Meddlers In Chief that this behavior is reprehensible. And the way to do that is for the Congress to formally censure Jimmy Carter.

This was not my idea. The good folks at CensureCarter.com came up with this, and Tuesday they are beginning a television advertising campaign to drum up support. You can see the ad now, here.

Immigration: An Important Challenge

Not all Hispanics got on this pro-open borders bandwagon. Not everything you heard was true.

Jose Fuentes speaks out about the facts--the truth--about this important challenge.

Let this be a warning to citizens of Latino heritage. The question everyone should be asking is "Can Democrats be trusted?" This the party that lied to America and was willing to use a large segment of our population to further their political ambitions.

While we all may not agree on the Republican's proposed solutions, this doesn't mean you should go out and vote Democrat come November. That would be playing right into their hands.
By Jose Fuentes
Op-Ed
May 9, 2006

The immigration issue is one of the most important challenges we as a nation face. And yet, after weeks and months of debate and discussion, we remain at a deadlock. Two simple news items might help to explain why:

Item one: Senate Democrats – particularly Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid – backed out of what seemed to be a compromise because they were more concerned with the political ramifications surrounding the immigration issue than actually providing a solution.

Item two: 191 out of the 201 House members belonging to one of our major political parties voted recently to make illegal immigrants felons. That party was the Democrat Party. These are the same folks that mislead the Hispanic community and attack Republicans each and every day.

These are two of just many examples where the minority party has worked against comprehensive immigration reform. To Democrats, the immigration debate is about one thing: winning the 2006 election…

The Democrats are doing everything they can to keep people from realizing a simple fact: it is the Republican Party that is proposing real solutions to the immigration issue. It is the Republican Party that is proposing a system under which illegal immigrants can--once they meet certain conditions--work here legally. It is the Republican Party that is working to shore up our borders.

The President is working with Republicans in Congress to put forth a comprehensive plan on immigration.
To View Entire Article in Spanish, click here.

Sunday, May 7

The Spheres in Society: Protecting the family and the church

Most of us here in the blogosphere, and most good citizens, engage in the battle to ensure the sphere of government remains within its proper boundaries, and executes its responsibilities to society.

How many of us have considered the proper role within the spheres of the individual citizen, the family, and the church?

While government has overflowed its boundaries, I propose it may have a large part in the fact that the roles of men, families, and church have abdicated their proper role in our society. How many men are NOT engaging with their wives and children? How many families are falling apart? How many of us are truly engaging and supporting the structure of the church in order to help "it" execute its responsibilities to society?

"We are not marbles in a bag" said a college professor, alluding to the fact that we are not just simple individuals that do not cross into each other's spheres. It is all interrelated, and the failure of one will inevitably affect the other.

So, those are my Sunday morning thoughts as I get ready to head out to church. I mean it as a challenge to readers--you have a unique and equally important role in society right there within the boundaries of your own home. Be a good wife. Be a good husband. Be a good father or mother. Fight to the bitter end to ensure the preservation of YOUR family, and make that a priority. And finally, don't forget the important role of the church--that group of people that meet together to practice our faith and engage with a loving God that cares about you and me, and what to know each one of us better in a personal sort of way.

History tells that our founding fathers knew that our form of government was meant to function within a moral framework. If we cannot govern ourselves, no one can. The church and the practice of faith, and the family all have a very important role in strengthening the moral fabric of our society.

Let's make sure we are equally committed to protecting those spheres and engaging in the ongoing battle to preserve and strengthen the church, and the family. They are equally as important as small government that stays within its constitutional boundaries.