Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
FRC Responds to Release of First Ever GAO Report on Federal Funding for Abortion Advocates
June 16, 2010
Urges Congress to Move Taxpayer Funding Away from Abortion Industry
WASHINGTON, D.C. - This morning at a Capitol Hill news conference, Family Research Council joined members of Congress including Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) as well as other pro-life leaders to discuss the Government Accountability Office's first ever report on federal funding for abortion advocates. The report was requested by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and other key members of Congress.
The report revealed that six organizations connected to the abortion agenda received over a billion dollars in federal funds between 2002 and 2009. The six organizations are Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Population Council of the United States, Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.
Family Research Council Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment Ken Blackwell made the following comments:
"Giving taxpayer money to organizations that promote and provide abortion, even if the money is not used for that purpose, frees up other funds for abortion purposes and gives the government's stamp of approval to their abortion related activities.
"By funding Planned Parenthood and their allies, we are unwittingly supporting an abortion organization and everything they do. When taxpayer money goes to abortion groups for any reason, it supports the work of the abortion industry. We should not let abortion companies benefit financially from taxpayer funds.
"We urge Congress to bring an end to funding for abortion providers by enacting the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. We applaud Congressman Mike Pence for introducing this commonsense bill which would simply ensure that funds go to organizations that are not in the abortion business."
If you want in depth analysis from the right, go here.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
If Virginia's case is not dismissed and moves forward, a summary judgment hearing is scheduled for October 18th.
On June 16th, Attorney General Cuccinelli will hold a webcast to discuss where his team is on the case, what you can expect going forward and the constitutional issues involved. To join the webcast, you must register on the AG's website. The webcast is free and open to the public, but is not paid for at taxpayer expense.
Remember to register and click here for more details on the June 16th webcast!
Republican Party of Virginia
Chairman Pat Mullins
115 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Many of you saw the comments made by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels last
week when he said the next president “would have to call a truce on the
so-called social issues” so he or she could focus on the fiscal problems facing
As I’ve made clear, I really like Governor Daniels, and I consider him a
friend and colleague, but his comments mirror those of the GOP establishment who
view values voters dismissively as “single-minded.” The fact is that every value
voter I know is truly committed to fiscal conservatism, but many fiscal
conservatives and libertarians range from disinterest to contempt for social
I learned a lot during 13 1/2 years as a Governor and Lieutenant Governor
about why government gets big and taxes get higher and what causes and solves
the issues of poverty and crime. I detailed a lot of that in my book “Do the
Right Thing,” but here’s the simple truth: Poverty and crime are the direct
results of broken families and broken values of responsibility, work, marriage,
and respect of others. Prisons are overflowing and government “relief”
programs get traction often because of the breakdown of our social structure. If
we don’t respect the value of each individual life whether in the womb or the
classroom or the living room, we devalue property and intangible qualities of
life. It gets expensive.
I responded to Gov. Daniel’s comments with the following blog post on
HuckPAC.com: “ . . .the issue of life and traditional marriage are not
bargaining chips nor or they political issues. They are moral issues. I didn’t
get involved in politics just to lower taxes and deficit spending though I
believe in both and have done it as a Governor. But I want to stay true to the
basic premises of our civilization.”
Sadly, Gov. Daniels is not alone in his way of thinking and it’s not a new
concept. During the last presidential election – many reporters, Republicans and
Democrats suggested the same moratorium on morality. The political winds began
to whisper of stopping the discussion on morality and starting the discussion on
the “important issues.”
Let me be clear – MORALITY AND THE ECONOMY are inextricably
• The collapse of morality and ethical business practices preceded the
collapse of Wall Street – unchecked greed caused the downfall;
• A decrease in morality preceded an increase in the prison population –
state budgets via taxes, increase every year to pay for prisons;
• We don’t emphasize character in our public schools, and ignorance is
expensive-- a national high school drop out rate of 1 in 3 students produces
poverty – crippling our economy in countless ways.
I’m not saying Wall Street, prisons and poverty are not the only influences
on our economy – there are countless others – nor am I saying morality solves
every economic crisis we face. But I am saying strong moral fiber would prevent
many of our nation’s economic disasters.
Should we focus on the economy and the staggering and crippling debt?
Absolutely! But I fear that talk of a “truce” means that we are making excuses
for compromise on moral issues, and there is no need to separate economic issues
from the social issues. We can and must focus on both. Now is not the time
to shift focus from moral issues we need to shift focus toward moral
Monday, June 14, 2010
What has the President done about it? Nothing, actually, except use flowery rhetoric (including the ridiculous comparison of the oil spill to 9-11) and draw accusations away from himself. Two months later, has he finally come to his senses???
Well, the President announced yesterday that he will hold a prime time news press conference tomorrow night, after spending two days down in the Gulf. Now, I want you to understand, that his intentions for this press conference will be to spin the story to make it SOUND like he is doing the responsible thing that leaders do. That he has a plan of how to fix this. That he is empathetic to the folks who live in the Gulf. That he is on top of things. But you know what? If he truly was a leader, if he truly was "on top of things", he would have held this press conference on day 3. Not day 57.
This speech will be hailed as the greatest speech ever given - as the second sermon on the mount, or perhaps similar to Martin Luther's "I Have a Dream" - by all the liberal left. He will be cheered on and touted as the man to fix this travesty. But I hope that the American people see that if he truly was "the man", this would have happened weeks ago.
Obama said himself that this will shape how we think about the environment and energy for years to come, but not only will it do that, it will DRAMATICALLY impact the Gulf and the people who live in the Gulf for years to come.
If the President was really set on fixing the problem, perhaps he would have accepted the numerous offers that have come his way in order to help him solve this crisis. We have smart, energetic, and willing entrepreneurs who are offering their ideas and services to both the federal government and BP. We have the Dutch, who offered their skimmers, ON DAY 3, that pumps 50 MILLION gallons of oil a day! That totals removal of over 20,000 tons of oil and sludge. And instead of accepting their help, there was this response:
“The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,'” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.So tomorrow, as you watch the press conference, keep in mind what Sean Hannity said on the air today, "It's all a little too late, and a little too phony."
"It's a political revolt out there. Jane Harman's numbers were down. Gary Miller's under 50 percent. Even the establishment Republicans in Virginia who run, they had multiple candidates against them and they were well under 50."
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The end of the Supreme Court term later this month marks a milestone: four years in which Justice Clarence Thomas hasn't spoken during oral arguments. That's more than 250 cases heard, and not one word from Thomas, the longest silence of his nearly 19 years on the bench. Is he unhappy? Bored? Restless?
The Republican Party is in disarray, with no clear message -- as shown in last week's primaries -- and with no obvious candidate to challenge President Obama in 2012. Thomas could be the GOP's new standard-bearer. He has enviable name recognition, both as a long-serving justice and as the author of the bestselling 2007 autobiography "My Grandfather's Son." And he has already survived the nasty political attacks that marked his 1991 confirmation hearings.
A Thomas candidacy would bring racial diversity and a moving personal story to the Republican ticket.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
1-Rob Wittman (88%)
2-Scott Rigell (39.3%)
5-Robert Hurt (48.1%)
8-Patrick Murray (51.3%)
11-Keith Fimian (57.3%)
Unless there are any surprises, that's the gist. Put that along with -
3 - Chuck Smith
4- Randy Forbes
6 - Bob Goodlatte
7 - Eric Cantor
9 - Morgan Griffith
10 - Frank Wolf
And there you have your Republican Ballot for the general this November.
The best places to track Virginia returns are the VA State Board of Elections website, and Bearing Drift. Bearing Drift will be tracking the results in real time starting at 8 pm.
Hopefully the true conservative wins these primaries, and the party can unite quickly no matter who the nominee is. In November we have to beat the Democrats, and we have to focus on that immediately after the results are in.
To watch returns from across the country I recommend Politico 2010.
I would also like to welcome back to the blogosphere my friend Will Burton of Roanoke on the Right.
UPDATE:: Here are the results for VA's congressional primaries.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Below is the speech Feda gave at the 5th District Congressional Convention. (The nerve of someone filming a congressional district convention...) The speech is a passionate commitment to fight for our conservative principles. We need people with this kind of passion, and clear understanding of our conservative principles in congress. We need the 5th District to nominate Feda Morton to run for congress tomorrow.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: ``I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.''
Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their value [valor], and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.
Ronald Reagan - June 6, 1984
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Will Bill Halter be able to pull off the third primary defeat of an incumbent senator of the year and defeat Blanche Lincoln, as both parties seem to want nothing to do with moderates?
Carly Fiorina is leading in the polls, but will low voter turnout enable Chuck Devore and conservative activists to win another Senate primary contest? We have a great opportunity to defeat Barbara Boxer. Let's nominate a conservative fighter to take her on.
Even if Chuck Devore doesn't win in CA it appears tea partiers will win a nomination contest Tuesday when Sharon Angle earns the right to take on Harry Reid in November. Unlike KY, the tea party candidate is not the gaffe machine in the race.
Sarah Palin endorsed Terry Branstad, but will Chuck Norris's endorsement of Bob Vander Plaats prove more valuable? Chuck helped beat the pundits in Iowa two years ago. Can he do it again?
South Carolina seem to be repulsed at one of the dirtiest smear attacks ever, let's see how big of a win Nikki Haley garners in SC.
If you live in California vote for Chuck Devore.
If you live in Nevada vote for Sharon Angle.
If you live in Iowa vote for Bob Vander Plaats.
If you live in South Carolina vote for Nikki Haley.
They are all proven conservatives who will fight for our principles, and they need our support on Tuesday.
(The VA House races are very important and as such deserve a longer post of their own. Don't worry I didn't forget about them.)
Friday, June 4, 2010
Today, Sarah Palin released another endorsement via her Facebook page that is causing not-so-abnormal-controversy. Terry Branstad for Iowa Governor?
Iowa, your great state’s motto is “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” That motto will be well served by voting for Terry Branstad for governor next Tuesday!
Please join me in supporting Governor Branstad’s campaign. Visit his website here, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
- Sarah Palin
Followed by almost 400 comments, the opinions seem to range from exited approval to vehement disapproval, however, disapproval makes up the overwhelming majority.
"Big mistake endorsing Branstad. He is part of the good ole boys club (RINO) who masquerades as a conservative. I think you forgot to do your homework on his one. The other 2 candidates running against him are true conservatives. We HAD Terry Branstad before; we don't need him again."
"It seems like you are aligning yourself with Mitt Romney and the GOP establishment more and more these days instead of with the Tea Partiers. I think I will stick with Mike Huckabe, Chuck Norris, Dr. James Dobson, Michael Farris and David Barton, the Des Moine and Dubuque Tea Partiers and vote for the true Conservative, Bob Vander Plaats."
She hasn't responded to the comments on her page yet, but will soon, I am certain. I'll pass it on as soon as it's up.
The reason, it seems, for conservatives lack of approval in this endorsement, is found in the fact that conservatives in Iowa are scared of what Branstad will do if he becomes Governor. Likewise, a lack of trust is starting to develope in the relationship between conservatives/tea party people and Palin. Her CA Senate endorsement, along with ID-1, is giving the impression that she may not be as strategic in her endorsements as we would like her to be. But it begs the question: who is advising her to make these endorsements?
The final consensus of one sums it up nicely: "She is a good person, but she, at bare minimum, is surrounded with incompetent advisors."
The primary this Tuesday should be a doozy. Stay tuned!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Ceola said “There are two things that I find to be of great importance in Botetourt County: 1. Preserving the unique character of Botetourt County’s rural environment; 2. Growing intelligently to keep that character intact while ensuring that Botetourt has the business, financial, and recreational resources necessary to ensure that it remains a wonderful place to live. Botetourt is a special and important place to me and I want nothing but the best for the County and its residents.”
Ceola said, “My years of business budget experience has given me a commonsense approach to separating wants from needs. I would like to see our government start to think outside the box and see if the “wants” can be reduced or eliminated, and some of the “needs” be built and paid for by private donations, grants, or endowments.”
Ceola said “I believe that our county government is well run and the services provided are as good if not better than many of the surrounding counties in Southwest Virginia. My concern is for the future.”
Ceola is a fiscal conservative. “I advocate avoiding deficit spending, size of government, encourage local trade, attracting new business and promoting current business both small and large.” Ceola elaborated, “I am a small business owner who appreciates that most small businesses in Botetourt County remain loyal to their location in this county.” Take a look at the county and ask, “Can we continue to sustain our lifestyle? Like many residents and business owners in the county, “Ceola continued, “I have had to cut back in my personal and business expenses. I think it only prudent that our local, government do the same in order to maintain a low debt ratio and insure the future for the next generation.”
Ceola stated “I’ve tried to do my part to preserve the untouched parts of Botetourt while developing in a responsible manner. When I relocated my business to Troutville in 2002, I built in the 604 corridor, an area that is already home to business and development. On the opposite end, I am a member of the American Tree Farm System and the State of Virginia Stewardship Program.
“Change is inevitable and almost on a daily basis the face of Botetourt is changing from rural to suburban,” Ceola said, “As a business owner, I do welcome responsible growth and development as these are necessary to provide our citizens with the services they require: our excellent schools and recreational systems, responsive police and fire departments and low taxes.”
“My hope that Botetourt grows and develops intelligently while retaining its unique country atmosphere isn’t just a convenient slogan; it has been my way of life for years.”
To offer support in his campaign, contact Ceola at 540-588-4350. Visit the Ceola for Fincastle District Supervisor website www.CEOLALLC.com and join the Facebook group for dates and times of his town hall meetings and gatherings.