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Numerous Firearms Manufacturers Refuse to Sell to Govt

While the President and the rabid left continue to pursue a ban on semi-automatic firearms, manufacturers are fighting back by refusing to sell to government agencies that support the President’s plan.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emannuel tried to pressure Bank of America to stop doing business with firearms companies. Viewed as perfectly acceptable behavior by a large portion of America, firearms manufacturers copied the tactic and returned the favor.

Larue Tactical, Olympic Arms, Templar Custom, Extreme Firepower, Barrett Arms and now RAM Arms have vocalized that they will not sell their products to government agencies that support the President’s position on gun rights.

The President believes that ordinary citizens do not need shotguns with more than 5 rounds, pistols with more than 10 or rifles with more than 10. The math is a bit fuzzy as most murders are committed with handguns containing relatively few rounds. The number of rounds is actually irrelevant. In fact, the gun is irrelevant – apparently, when someone decides to kill someone else, they prefer baseball bats or choking the life out of them over guns.

The number of gun crimes committed by lawful gun owners is infinitesimal - yeah, like, near non-existent compared to the total. I know, who wants facts when emotion can lead us to a final decision?

Oddly, criminals get guns that the lawmakers in Chicago, New York and LA have banned.  How is that possible? They made the law, certainly that means everyone will follow it?

Sarcasm aside, many firearms manufacturers have decided to answer the government’s unconstitutional overreach by refusing to sell government agencies arms or ammunition. As the President says, the people should come first – and so they shall.

The firearms and ammunition manufacturers have been clear that they will sell to law enforcement officers who need equipment and support citizen’s ability to defend themselves during the several minutes (10+ on average) that it would take police to get there. Think about what an assailant could do to you or your family  in 10 minutes…

If government departments or law enforcement officers believe that the President has the best answers to violent crime, they may find themselves without anyone to supply them.

RAM Arms is a manufacturer of firearms and a retail sporting goods outlet. RAM’s CEO Richard Mitchell said in a Facebook post:

While RAM Arms supports our Deputies and Police Officers with every ounce of our hearts, we will not be selling patrol shotguns, ARs or other equipment or ammo to government agencies that support the President’s version of violent crime prevention. As Chicago has proven – his plan doesn’t work and only disarms the innocents.

Individual LEOs that support a citizen’s right to defend themselves with arms are always welcome.

If you haven’t actually thought through your gun rights position, we cannot ethically sell you much of anything.”

When A Soldier Comes Home

I cannot take credit for this post, as it came to me in an email, and I felt it was too good not to pass on to as many people as possible. It most certainly puts things in perspective.

May God bless, protect and keep our soldiers and their families. Without their sacrifices, we would not know the freedoms we know today. May we never forget that they hold the freedom we take for granted every day in their very hands!

When A Soldier Comes Home

When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard…

 

 

 

 

 

…to listen to his son whine about being bored.

 

 

 

 

 

… to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassles of getting ready for work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night’s sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to be silent when people pray to God for a new car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.

 

 

 

 

 

… to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they’re afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.

 

The only thing harder than being a Soldier…

 

 

 

 

 

Is loving one.

 

 

 

Say “Bless You” – Get Detention!

Before I begin this article, I must first quote the words of a great orator, John McEnroe – “you have got to be kidding me??!!”

As we all know, political correctness run amok has become commonplace in today’s society – particularly when it comes to religious expression. It has obviously reached the point that those who seek to purge religion from the public arena in all forms have totally abandoned subtlety in their modus operandi.

Steve Cuckovich, a health teacher in California has decided the common colloquialism “God bless you” is no longer acceptable to him in his classroom. According to Cuckovich, “it’s not got anything to do with religion, it’s got to do with an interruption of class time.”

Really??!

So when someone sneezes in Mr. Cuckovich’s class, the century’s old courteous response “God bless you” is evidently off the table (ironically in a health class) because it…. “disrupts class?”

REALLY??!!

I was a classroom teacher for 15 years, elementary through high school, and had my share of sneezing kids. Not once did someone saying “God bless you” after a mighty rushing wind cause a disciplinary meltdown. Not once did it throw me off my lesson plan, cause any of the students to break out into a spontaneous riot – no alarms went off – it was even a point of levity when someone’s sneezing style sounded somewhat humorous!

As a person who has not only run several successful classrooms, but also has taught several classroom management workshops to other teachers, I can comfortably say that if your disciplinary skills are so fragile that you have to ban the commonly unsolicited, yet expected retort from a student’s sneezing like, “bless you”, then perhaps you need to seek out a good workshop on classroom management (I know of a good one) or perhaps you may need to seek out a new profession.

OF COURSE this has to do with religion!

Cuckovich went on to explain that the out of date “blessing” was first used when it was assumed that people who were sick were demon possessed. Now that modern medicine has disproved that with their infinite wisdom (the same ones who killed off the father of our country by “bleeding” all the bad blood out), there is no longer the need for the words to be uttered.

So if we are to follow the true meaning behind the ban, that this is not allowed because it may have religious implications – and that violates the first amendment – then I suppose that a 9th grader in California saying “bless you” when someone sneezes, is equivalent to Congress passing a law establishing an official religion?!!

HEY! Our problems are solved!! Let’s just get these kids to balance the budget, fix Social Security, repeal Obamacare, the works!! Tissues for everyone!!

Why am I so worked up about this? One phrase comes to mind – death by a thousand pin pricks. This is another small, yet stupid example of how politically correct we have become. A Jewish carpenter turned Savior once said, “you strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.” Can someone rescue common sense from its exile? Please?

Erring On The Side Of Life

During the CNN/Tea Party debate in Florida, one topic in particular became the focal point of attack on Texas Governor Rick Perry. Congresswoman Bachmann, in particular, went on the offensive against Governor Perry on this issue.

While Governor Perry said that his decision had been wrong, and he would not make the same decision again, he also added that in matters of life, he will always err on the side of life.

The topic continues to be debated from the political side of things, in regards to the motives of Governor Perry’s decision, the fact still remains that Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a very real disease with very real consequences. It is also the most common sexually transmitted disease.

While the exact statistics for those infected with HPV varies, the numbers are still astronomical! According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in America. It affects the genitals of both males and females. It can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who have HPV do not realize they have the virus, and therefore, unknowingly spread the disease to any sexual partners they may have.

There are between 40 and 70 separate strains of HPV, some of which can cause cervical, anal and other genital cancers.

From 2003-2004, a team with the CDC calculated the total number of women in the United States aged 14-59 who were infected with the HPV virus to be nearly 27%. This means more than 1 in 4, which equals nearly 25 million women in the United States are infected with HPV.

More current statistics state that at least 50% of sexually active men and women contact HPV at some point in their lives.

I am one of those 25 million women. I am a statistic.

I was diagnosed with HPV in my early 20’s, which is the most common age group of those infected. I have had numerous procedures to remove cancerous cells from my cervix. Every procedure was very painful. With every procedure the waiting game started over. Will my next PAP Smear come back bad?

It’s now been nearly 10 years since I’ve had a bad PAP Smear. I am very faithful in going to have my yearly Well-Woman exams, in the hopes of preventing any further issues. However, my choices in my late teens and early 20’s resulted not only in a sexually transmitted disease, but a common side effect of HPV is infertility. After many years of trying unsuccessfully to conceive, my husband and I adopted our children. While I love my children with everything in me, and know that God has a purpose and reason in all things, the fact still remains that my actions started a chain reaction. Thankfully, in the end, the chain reaction ended well. However, there were many, many years in between that were very painful- emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

You very well may be one of these statistics, and never realize it.

While I still stand by the fact that I do not believe it is the government’s place to make medical decisions for citizens, it is also quite understandable how the facts are astounding! While I still disagree with Governor Perry’s executive order, which he later rescinded, I understand his sentiment that cancer is a very real disease. I also understand his statement that he will always err on the side of life.

Governor Perry has since discovered there are many risks with the Gardasil vaccine. There are also many risks with no vaccine. There are enormous risks if we do not teach the concept of choices and consequences.

 

What are the signs and symptoms of HPV?

While statistics show that most people who contact HPV never show signs of HPV, and in 90% of people the body’s immune system clears the virus naturally within two years. However, sometimes HPS infections are not cleared up and can cause further issues, which include:

  • Genital warts- can often be seen, but in some cases they cannot be.
  • Rarely, warts in the throat, known as recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP)- can block the airway, causing a hoarse voice or troubled breathing
  • Cervical cancer- usually does not have symptoms until it is quite advanced.
  • Other, less common but serious cancers, including cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and oropharynx (back of throat including base of tongue and tonsils)

The strain of HPV that causes genital wars is not the same as the strain of HPV that causes cancers. At this time, there is no way of knowing if a person who gets HPV will develop cancer or other health problems.

HPV is passed by genital contact, most often during vaginal and and anal sex. It can also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact.  It can be passed on between straight and same-sex partners, even if the infected partner has no signs or symptoms of the disease.

A person can have HPV even if it has been years since since they’ve had sexual contact with an infected person. It is possible to contact more than one type of HPV.

On rare occasions, a pregnant woman with genital HPV can pass HPV to her baby during delivery. Very rarely, the child can develop juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (JORRP).

How common are HPV and related diseases?

HPV (the virus). Approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. Another 6 million people become newly infected each year. HPV is so common that at least 50% of sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.

Genital warts. About 1% of sexually active adults in the U.S. have genital warts at any one time.

Cervical cancer. Each year, about 12,000 women get cervical cancer in the U.S. Almost all of these cancers are HPV-associated.

Other cancers that can be caused by HPV are less common than cervical cancer. Each year in the U.S., there are about:

  • 1,500 women who get HPV-associated vulvar cancer
  • 500 women who get HPV-associated vaginal cancer
  • 400 men who get HPV-associated penile cancer
  • 2,700 women and 1,500 men who get HPV-associated anal cancer
  • 1,500 women and 5,600 men who get HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers (cancers of the back of throat including base of tongue and tonsils) [Note: Many of these cancers may also be related to tobacco and alcohol use.]

Certain populations are at higher risk for some HPV-related health problems. This includes gay and bisexual men, and people with weak immune systems (including those who have HIV/AIDS).


 

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Sources:

WebMD
CDC.gov 

A Day Like No Other

It was a bright, sunny Tuesday morning.  I awoke from a good night’s sleep around 7:25am Central time that day.  It was a day I was off from work, chalk full of appointments and other things that sometimes must happen on a weekday.

I got out of bed, kicked on the TV, which was tuned to Fox News at the time, and headed to the restroom to freshen up.  When I came back into the bedroom, I glanced over at the TV and saw a live shot of the New York skyline.  The weather that morning in New York was much like it was at my home, 2500 miles away.  It was a clear, sparkling day, a day like so many others.  This day, however, would be different.

It was September 11, 2001.  The live shot I was looking at was of the World Trade Center towers and one of them was on fire.  It seemed, at the time, that a small plane had somehow veered off course and crashed into the tower.  I stood there for a minute or two and took it in.  It was interesting, but the story obviously had to develop before more was known, so I went on about my business.

I went out of my room and found my dad.  I told him about the World Trade Center and grabbed something to nibble on.  I went back to my room and sat down at my computer to browse the, at that time, fairly young Internet to see if anything interesting was there.

Meanwhile, the TV was still on in the background, and I heard John Scott commenting on the World Trade Center incident.  I got out of my chair and stood not more than 18 inches from my Sony 27” CRT TV that was pretty close to state of the art at the time.

While standing there, I saw a second plane, coming from right to left on my TV screen heading towards the towers.  Then it happened.  In what felt like slow motion, I watched the plane impact the second tower and flames shoot straight out the other side.  If I didn’t know I was watching the news, I would have thought it was a special FX shot from an action movie.

At that moment, I heard John Scott say, “This has to be deliberate, folks”, and I could only stand there.  I couldn’t move.  I couldn’t breathe.  I just stood there and watched with utter horror, shock, disbelief, and a number of other, sometimes, conflicting emotions that I just wasn’t able to process at the time.  That image is forever burned into my mind and I will never forget it, even if I wanted to.  I continued to watch the TV all day long, skipping all of my appointments.  I waited anxiously to hear what President Bush was going to do about this.

Flash forward 10 years.  This Sunday is the 10th anniversary of that horrible day.  This week, the government released information on a credible plan to hit us again on or around the anniversary.   While something may not happen this time, it is yet another reminder that there are people in this would who will stop at nothing to try to destroy this country.

So many Americans have fallen back asleep.  Many who proudly flew American flags and proclaimed loudly in the days and weeks after 9/11 that they, too, would never forget, have, by their actions, forgotten.  One day out of the year they may allow themselves to be reminded of those horrible events, but the rest of the time, they choose not to be bothered with the truth.  They’d prefer to watch their reality shows and read the latest celebrity gossip news on TMZ.

This 9/11 and every day after that, let all of us remember with humility those who were taken from us on that bright Tuesday morning.  To the 2,976 men, women, and children that died on that day:  We made a promise to never forget you, and those of us that haven’t will make sure that the rest of us can’t.

"We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom" – Education or Hate?

We are just days away from the 10th anniversary of the day that changed America.

September 11, 2001, started off bright and beautiful for America, just as any other day. However, before the day really got started good, that bright and beautiful day turned into a very dark day.

Two thousand, eight hundred and nineteen people lost their lives that day. (The official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819)

As each year passes, as a nation, we risk the very distinct possibility of losing the significance this day had on our nation. If you were not old enough to realize what was happening on that day, and the months that followed, you have a very different understanding of how it changed this nation.

For those who were old enough to realize the reality of what we saw on our televisions, there is no way time can erase the emotions that were experienced when those planes flew into the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and crashed in the Shanksville, Pennsylvania field.

We’ve all heard the quote by poet and philosopher George Santayana:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

For those who do remember the past, the importance of educating those who do not remember the past is vital! Though they cannot remember, if we do not teach them what happened, we have no hope for the future.

Wayne Bell is someone who understands the importance of educating our children about the reality of what happened that fateful September morning almost ten years ago.

Mr. Bell is the publisher of Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri. He has created a unique way to teach older children about the terrorist attacks on our nation with a coloring novel. It’s not just a coloring book, and it is not meant for younger children. Mr. Bell says the coloring novel is for children about the age of 9 to 11-years-old.

“We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom,” is a memorial tribute. Mr. Bell says:

“It is an informational piece to help educate children on events on 9/11. [It is] a simplistic, honest tool.”

Mr. Bell goes on to say that the novel is a “12-hour narrative of the events that happened on the day that forever changed America.” Kids can color pictures of the twin towers, President George W. Bush, Americans mourning the attacks, and other significant images depicting that day.

It’s hard to believe that an educational book could cause so much controversy, especially when it is something so important, but that is indeed what Mr. Bell is facing with his coloring novel.

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that in our day and age where political correctness outweighs the facts so often, there are many people who do not want reality to be presented.

In fact, Dawud Walid, the Michigan representative for CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations), calls the novel “disgusting.”

“We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom,” refers to the jihadists as “freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim extremists.” Mr. Walid is not happy with the fact that almost all of the mentions of Muslims also have the words “terrorist” or “extremist.”  He feels that by only portraying the extremist side of the Muslim religion, a disservice is being done to all Muslim Americans who were impacted by 9-11. Mr. Walid says:

“Little kids who pick up this book can have their perceptions colored by those images … it instills bias in young minds. Muslim mothers lost sons too.”

Mr. Walid also argues that the information and pictures in the novel are incorrect. One instance he says is incorrect is that Osama Bin Laden “wasn’t hiding behind a wife when he was shot.”

However, Mr. Bell disagrees, saying the book is an “honest depiction.” He went on to say:

“The truth is the truth. It’s unfortunate that they were all Muslim and that’s the part people want to erase … I don’t know what else you can call them.”

Mr. Bell appeared on Fox & Friends this morning. The full interview can be seen here:

 


 
 

Purchase “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom

“These acts shutter steel but they
cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”
President George W. Bush

 

 

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Source:
911 By The Numbers

Rick Perry Pulling Away From the Pack

Just one month ago the story was that Mitt Romney was a show-in for the GOP nomination. Considering his liberal-brand of Republican politics, many assumed that to win, the candidates had to be from the middle. Now, Conservative governor of Texas Rick Perry is breaking through that perception.

Gallup released a poll today that shows Perry taking 29% of the Republican vote. Mitt Romney drops to just 17%, Bachmann at 13%, Ron Paul 10% and rest in single digits. His new found double-digit lead serves as proof that despite the attacks by both Democrats and Republicans, he is a serious and viable candidate.

The left sees the threat that Rick Perry represents and has gone on the attack. Some in the Republican party are even trying to create the perception that Perry is unelectable because he is too Conservative – the exact argument that establishment Republicans used against Ronald Reagan. This poll demonstrates that his campaign is running strong in spite, or perhaps because of, the negative attention in the media.

Paula Deen: The Most Dangerous Person In America?

It is no wonder we have become a country that has no idea what it means to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” As a child, this was a common thing heard in my home.

The “official” explanation of the phrase is:

Pull yourself up by your bootstraps

Meaning 
Improve your situation by your own efforts.

Origin
The origin of this descriptive phrase isn’t known. It refers of course to boots and their straps (laces) and to the imagined feat of a lifting oneself off the ground by pulling on one’s bootstraps. This impossible task is supposed to exemplify the achievement in getting out of a difficult situation by one’s own efforts.

It was known by the early 20th century. James Joyce alluded to it in Ulysses, 1922:

“There were others who had forced their way to the top from the lowest rung by the aid of their bootstraps.”

A more explicit use of the phrase comes a little later, from Kunitz & Haycraft’s British Authors of the 19th Century:

A poet who lifted himself by his own boot-straps from an obscure versifier to the ranks of real poetry.”

Some early computers used a process called bootstrapping which alludes to this phrase. This involved loading a small amount of code which was then used to progressively load more complex code until the machine was ready for use. This has led to use of the term ‘booting’ to mean starting up a computer.

Paula Deen

Paula Deen is a woman who knows exactly what “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” means. She has done it, and has become a huge success in the process. This seems to be a problem for some people.

Paula’s life has not always been the success that it is now. Though she started out living “the American Dream” in Georgia,  in 1989 her dream world shattered. Not long after the death of her parents, her marriage to her high school sweetheart failing, she ended up in a divorce. When she left her husband, she had $200 in her pocket and two teenage sons to provide for.

Paula is one of us True GRITS (for those of you above the Mason-Dixon line that’s “Girls Raised In The South), and it has a meaning that is just as tough as true grit! True GRITS are raised to understand that life is tough, but it is what you make it. You can choose to wallow around in your situation, or you can choose to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” and get to gettin’!

While Paula Deen is now the perky bundle of grandmotherly giggles that she is now, during the years right after her divorce,  life, tragedy and hardships took their toll on her. Her outlook wasn’t quite as bright as it is now- in fact, it was quite a bit more dim. She battled agoraphobia, and eventually, she and her boys were nearly homeless.

Back to those bootstraps.

Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside and started “The Bag Lady,” a home-based meal delivery service that marked the start of Paula’s professional cooking. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering “lunch-and-love-in-a-bag,” beginning in June 1989, Paula turned around her life by using what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

Paula is a true American success story. She

has overcome “poverty, doubt and agoraphobia to achieve success and acclaim she could never have imagined.”

Paula’s success has not changed who she is.  She is still the “genuine” person she always was, “full of love” and just as real as she was before she become the American icon she is today.

Sadly, there are some who do not admire her  True GRIT tenacity.

Anthony Bourdain

In a recent TV Guide interview, fellow chef Anthony Bourdain criticized Paula, saying Deen

“revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is ******* bad for you … plus, her food sucks.” He also called her the “worst, most dangerous person in America.”

So much for professional courtesy!

In True GRIT fashion, when interviewed on FOX News, Paula responded by saying she was “shocked”, wondering if it’s a “publicity thing” or

 maybe ”“somebody had just peed in his bowl of cereal that morning.”

Gotta love that True GRITS attitude!

Truth be known, that True GRITS attitude is what is missing in society today! So much of our society has come to depend on the government when they fall on hard times, rather than the God-given strength that we are all given.

I’m not sure how Mr. Bourdain comes to the conclusion that Paula is the “most danger person in America”, but one could very well call into question his mental capacity if he truly sees things that way. With our society in the shambles it is currently in, a lady who has not depended on the government to get her out of hard times, but rather has made something of herself in spite of her circumstances, most certainly should be admired and used as an example rather than condemned.

On second thought- Paula Deen may very well be the most dangerous person in America- for the government! If she is the example to follow, big government will fail!

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Sources:
Phrases.org 
The Blaze
Paula Deen’s Official Website
About.com- Gourmet Food 

What Does The Pledge of Allegiance REALLY Mean?

Without a doubt this is familiar to everyone of us, young and old alike:

I pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all.
I pledge of Allegiance to the flag of
the United States of America and to the Republic
for which it stands, one nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and Justice for all.

On any given day, these days, it is nothing to read about yet another school that is “banning” the Pledge of Allegiance; a Home Owners Association (HOA) prohibiting the American Flag to be flown; or someone, somewhere, offended by our beautiful Stars and Stripes.

Although I am sure we are all very familiar with the pledge, I wonder how many people actually know what they are saying when they recite it.

This article will outline exactly what our Founding Fathers planned for the future of this great nation and exactly what the Pledge of Allegiance means to each of us.

Let’s break this down, so we can better understand what our government actually is. We will go line by line- often, word by word.

“I”- This infers ownership.  A person speaking is “inferring to himself or herself” when they say “I”. It is personal.

“Pledge”- “A solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something.” The person speaking is promising or agreeing to what they are saying.

“Allegiance”- Loyalty, dedication, devotion, fidelity, honor, obedience, homage

“to”- A preposition used to express motion or direction toward a noun (person, place or thing), rather than motion or direction away from a noun (person, place or thing.)

“the flag”- A piece of cloth that can be an shape, size combination of colors and design that is customarily attached on one edge to a pole or cord. Common uses of a flag is to represent a nation, state, or organization.

“the United States of America”- An area of land which is governed as a federal republic that is mainly in North America. Fifty (50) individual states and the District of Columbia have come together as one. The nation was colonized primarily by the English and French in the 17th century. During this time, the native Indians were gradually defeated and displaced. Under the British rule there were 13 colonies that declared their independence from Britain in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the colonies. After the War of Independence the nation officially became The United States of America. During the Civil War (1861-1865) the northern states defeated the South. The United States of America is the world’s most productive industrial nation, and exports agricultural products as well. The land consists of the Rocky Mountains in the west, the Great Plains in the center, the Appalachian Mountains in the east, deserts in the southwest, and coastal lowlands and swamps in the southeast. English is the predominant language spoken; Christianity is the largest religion base; the dollar is the currency. The Capital of the nation is Washington, D.C.

“and”- in addition

“to”- A preposition used to express motion or direction toward a noun (person, place or thing), rather than motion or direction away from a noun (person, place or thing.)

“the Republic”- A form of government in which the powers of sovereignty are authorized and entrusted in the people and are executed by the people, either directly, or through representatives chosen by the people, to whom those powers are specially appointed.

“for which it stands”- the position or opinion of someone

“One”- Single, alone, only, solitary

“Nation”- A country with its own government

“Under”- Covered by

“God”- King of kings, Lord of lords, Adonai, Divine Creator, Holy Father

“Indivisible”- Impenetrable, inseparable, joined, permanent,unbreakable, unified indissoluble

“with”- Accompanying, including

“liberty”- Freedom, independence,

“and”- In addition to

“justice”- Lawfulness, fairness, honesty, integrity

“for”- As long as [it’s]

“all”- Entire, total, complete

In breaking things down as we have, it makes perfect sense why there are many who refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. To these people I say- find another country!

Our Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were doing! They knew that it would be all too easy to become complacent with the nation we have.

Abraham Lincoln said it best:

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Sadly, we are seeing this very thing come true. If you do not PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE to this great nation, and do everything in your power to fight to protect and keep the freedoms we have been so blessed with, you are part of the destruction.

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Sources:

Dictionary.com

Thesaurus.com

 

 

 

David Duke: 2012 Presidential Profile

PERSONAL INFORMATION

David Ernest Duke was born July 1, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to David H. Duke and Alice Maxine Crick. His father was an engineer for Shell Oil, and the family moved around frequently as needed with his father’s job.  The family eventually settled in Louisiana.

In 1974, David Duke married Chloê Hardin, whom he had met in college while working in the White Youth Alliance. They have two daughters together. In 1984, David and Chloê divorced. The rumor was that she had finally had enough of David’s womanizing. She moved to West Palm Beach, Florida where her parents lived, and later married a Klan friend of David’s.

As of 2009, David Duke give his residence as Salzburg, Austria, where he runs an internet business. Of his Austrian residency, Mr. Duke has said:

“I’m not in Austria for any political activities. I just come to Austria to relax – the mountains are beautiful. The Austrian Alps are just beautiful. There’s beauty all over the world.”

In May 2009, Mr. Duke issued a statement denying that his residence is in Austria, stating that he is a resident of Mandeville, Louisiana, where he says he is registered as a taxpayer in the city of Mandeville, state of Louisiana, United Sates of America.

Education
1974- Graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge

Military Service
1971- Went to Laos for 10 weeks to teach English to Laotian military officers. He was fired from his job for drawing a Molotov Cocktail on the blackboard.

He claimed to have served on cargo flights for Air America. However, his claims of serving in Vietnam were refuted, and has no connections to the military or CIA.

On The Issues
- Opposes Israel- Mr. Duke is a strong adversary of Zionism, as well as what he claims to be “Jewish control of the Federal Reserve Bank, the federal government, and the media.”
– Anti-Immigration- both legal and illegal
– Stands for preserving what he labels “Western culture, traditionalist Christian family values, strict Constitutionalism”
– Wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service
– Wants voluntary racial segregation
– Avid supporter of white separatism

Racial Issues
1964- David Duke joined the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
1970- Formed a white student group called the White Youth Alliance, which was affiliated with the National Socialist White People’s Party
1970- Demonstrated in a Nazi uniform to protest William Kunstler’s (a board member of the the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the co-founder of the Law Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appearance at Tulane University in New Orleans
Was notorious for holding parties and picket while wearing a Nazi uniform on the anniversary of Adolph Hitler’s birth.
Mr. Duke describes himself as a racial realist, stating that “all people have a basic human right to preserve their own heritage.”

Influential People In His Life
William Pierce, leader of the white supremacist group National Alliance

Political Candidacies and Affiliations
1975- Ran for Louisiana State Senate as a Democrat
1979- Ran for 10th District Senate Senate as a Democrat
1988- Ran in the Democratic primaries for President. He failed to win on the Democratic ticket; he then sought to gain the nomination from the Populist Party, where he was successful. With this success, he appeared on the ballot for President in 11 states and was a write-in candidate in a few other states.
1988- Changed his political affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party
1989- Ran for Louisiana State Representative in District 89 as a Republican- was successful in this race
1990- Ran for U.S. Senate as a Republican- unsuccessful
1991- Ran for Governor of Louisiana as a Republican- unsuccessful
1992- Republican Presidential Primaries- unsuccessful
1996- U.S. Senate- unsuccessful
1999-  U.S. Representative in a Special Election to replace Bob Livingston. Ran as a Republican- unsuccessful. Now U.S. Senator David Vitter won this election before later becoming a U.S. Senator.

Legal Trouble
1987- Accused of a fund-raising scam when he allegedly conducted a direct-mail appeal using the identity and mailing-list of the Georgia Forsyth County Defense League without permission.

December 2002- Mr. Duke plead guilty to felony charges of filing a false tax return. Four months later he was sentenced to 15 months in prison, and served his time in Big Spring, Texas.  He was also fined $10,000, ordered to cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service, and to pay money still owed for his 1998 taxes. After his release in May 2004, he said that his decision to take the plea bargain was motivated by the bias that he perceived in the United States federal court system and not his guilt. He said he felt the charges were contrived to derail his political career and discredit him to his followers, and that he took the safe route by pleading guilty and receiving a mitigated sentence, rather than pleading not guilty and potentially receiving the full sentence.

April 24, 2009- While in the Czech Republic promoting his book My Awakening, Mr. Duke was arrested on suspicion of “denying or approving of the Nazi genocide and other Nazi crimes” and “promotion of movements seeking suppression of human rights,” which are crimes in the Czech Republic punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment. He was released in the early morning hours on April 25, 2009, on the condition that he leave the country by midnight that same day. The charges were later dropped, due to what the Prosecutor for Prague said was no evidence that David Duke had committed any crime.

What Other’s Have To Say About Him
Ron Gomez, a Louisiana State Representative from Lafayette, said that as a short-term legislator David Duke was

“so single minded, he never really became involved in the nuts and bolts of House rules and parliamentary procedure. It was just that shortcoming that led to the demise of most of his attempts at lawmaking.”

Mr. Gomez also stated that David Duke’s

“tenure in the House was short and uninspired. Never has anyone parlayed an election by such a narrow margin to such a minor position to such international prominence. He has run for numerous other positions without success but has always had some effect, usually negative, on the outcome.”

In regards to Mr. Duke’s past, Mr. Gomez said

Duke’s “new message was that he had left the Klan, shed the Nazi uniform he had proudly worn in many previous appearances and only wanted to serve the people. He eliminated his high-octane anti-Semitic rhetoric. He was particularly concerned with the plight of ‘European-Americans.’ He never blatantly spoke of race as a factor but referred to the ‘growing underclass.’ He used the tried and true demagoguery of class envy to sell his message: excessive taxpayers’ money spent on welfare, school busing practices, affirmative action… and set-aside programs. He also embraced a subject near and dear to every Jefferson Parish voter, protection of the homestead exemption.”

Gideon Rachman wrote a 2006 editorial where he recalled interviewing Mr. Duke’s 1990 campaign manager who said,

“The Jews just aren’t a big issue in Louisiana. We keep telling David, stick to attacking the blacks. There’s no point in going after the Jews, you just piss them off and nobody here cares about them anyway.”

In regards to his 1999 run in the special election for U.S. Representative, Republican Party Chairman Jim Nicholson said:

“There is no room in the party of Lincoln for a Klansman like David Duke.”

Proposed Legislation
One legislative issue proposed by David Duke was that welfare recipients be required to take drug tests to prove they are drug-free in order to receive state and federal benefits. This proposed bill failed to pass.

Another piece of legislation proposed by David Duke was a bill that prohibited movie producers or book publishers from compensating jurors for accounts of their court experiences. This bill did pass, and as fellow Louisiana State Representative Ron Gomez recalls, this was the only bill every proposed by Mr. Duke that did pass.

His Critics Take A Stand
Due to Mr. Duke’s views, many of his critics- including Republicans- formed the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism. The coalition sought to direct media attention to David Duke’s statements of hostility to blacks and Jews.

Rejected By The Republican Party
The Republican Party rejected David Duke as a candidate in the 1991 Governor’s race, but that did not stop him from running on the Republican ticket. In the open primary, former Governor Edwin Edwards had the most votes, David Duke came in second with 32% of the votes, and incumbent Buddy Roemer came in third with 27% of the votes. That left Governor Edwards and David Duke to face each other in a runoff, and Roemer’s bid for re-election over.

There were a number of core constituents who were avid supporters who voted for David Duke; there were also some who voted for him as a “protest vote” to register dissatisfaction with Louisiana’s establishment politicians. David Duke said he was “the spokesman for the White majority.”

The Louisiana Coalition against Racism and Nazism protested the election of Mr. Duke as governor. One outspoken member of the coalition was Beth Rickey, a moderate member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee. She began to follow Mr. Duke, recording his speeches to expose any instances of racism and neo-Nazism. It was during this time that he took Ms. Rickey to lunch, introduced her to his daughter, talked to her on the phone late at night, and tried to convince her that he was a mainstream conservative in  the mold of Ronald Reagan.

Between the primary and the runoff, called the “general election” under Louisiana election rules (in which all candidates run on one ballot, regardless of party), white supremacist organizations from around the country contributed to his campaign fund. He was also endorsed by the black civil rights figure James Meredith.

David Duke- and Louisiana politics yet again, received national media attention.

Only In Louisiana
The 1991 Governor’s race brought out the twisted humor in The Bayou State. Campaign bumper stickers became popular, with such messages as:

“Vote for the Crook. It’s Important.”

“Vote for the Lizard, Not the Wizard.”

When Governor Edwards was asked by a reporter what he needed to do to win, Governor Edwards smiled and replied: “Stay alive.”

Governor Edwards won the election, though exit polls show that David Duke won 55% of the white vote.

Backlash
1992- The same year he ran for the Republican nomination for President, a film was released in which David Duke’s appeal among some white voters was investigated. The movie, titled, Backlash: Race and the American Dream, examined the issues of Duke’s platform, his use of black crime, welfare, and affirmative action and white supremacy.

Campaign Advisor
2004- David Duke was the head advisor for the campaign of Roy Armstrong for the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Bobby Jindal won the seat, and later went on to become the current Governor of Louisiana.

Affiliations
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
1974- David Duke founded the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKKK), not long after graduating from LSU. He became Grand Wizard of the KKKK. Some time later, Thomas Robb, one of David Duke’s followers, changed the title of Grand Wizard to National Director, and replaced the Klan’s white robes with business suits. It was during this time that David Duke first received public attention as he attempted to market himself as a new brand of Klansman: well-groomed, engaged, and professional.

David Duke sought to reform the KKK organization, promoting nonviolence and legality, and, for the first time in the Klan’s history, women were accepted as equal members. Catholics were also encouraged to apply for membership. David Duke repeatedly insisted that the Klan was “not anti-black”, but rather “pro-white” and “pro-Christian.”

NAAWP
1980- David Duke left the KKK and formed the National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP)
May 20, 2004- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was outraged that David Duke had chosent New Orleans as the city to host his International NAAWP Conference during the same time as the NAACP’s Big Easy Rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

Ernst Zündel and the Zundelsite
David Duke supports Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel, a German who lived in Canada. After Zündel was deported from Canada to Germany and imprisoned on charged of inciting the masses to ethnic hatred, Mr. Duke referred to Mr. Zündel as a “political prisoner.”

Interregional Academy of Personnel Management
Mr. Duke received an honorary doctorate from the Ukrainian Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (MAUP)
September 2005- He received a degree in History from the Academy. Mr. Duke’s doctoral thesis was entitled “Zionism as a Form of Ethnic Supremacism”.
According to the  Anti-Defamation League, MAUP is the main source of anti-semitic activity and publishing in Ukraine. The League has described MAUP as a “University of Hate”.
The MAUP’s “anti-Semitic actions” were “strongly condemned” by Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, various Jewish interests and anti-racist organizations.
David Duke has taught an international relations and a history course at MAUP.

New Orleans Protocol
2002- Mr. Duke presented a for peace within the “European Nationalists” movement in an attempt to unity within the group that had occurred after the death of William Pierce, who was the leader of the white separatist National Alliance organization. His proposal was accepted, and is now known as the New Orleans Protocol (NOP). The agreement pledges followers to a pan-European outlook, recognizing national and ethnic allegiance, but stressing the value of all European peoples. There are three provisions:

  1. “Zero tolerance for violence.”
  2. “Honorable and ethical behavior in relations with other signatory groups. This includes not denouncing others who have signed this protocol. In other words, no enemies on the right.”
  3. “Maintaining a high tone in our arguments and public presentations.”

In 2004, after being released from prison for tax fraud, Mr. Duke organized a weekend gathering of “European Nationalists” in Kenner, Louisiana, seeking to achieve this goal. Mr. Duke and five other people within the white separatist movement.

June 3, 2005- David Duke co-chaired a conference named “Zionism As the Biggest Threat to Modern Civilization” in Ukraine, which was sponsored by the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management. The conference was attended by several notable Ukrainian public figures and politicians.

June 8–10, 2006- David Duke spoke at the international “White World’s Future” conference in Moscow.

December 11–13, 2006- David Duke spoke at the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in Tehran, Iran, where he stated that “The Holocaust is the device used as the pillar of Zionist imperialism, Zionist aggression, Zionist terror and Zionist murder.”

Publications
“My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding” – his autobiography, which was published in 1998. Mr. Duke’s social philosophies are defined in this book, especially his reasoning behind racial separation. Here is a quote from the book:

We (Whites) desire to live in our own neighborhoods, go to our own schools, work in our own cities and towns, and ultimately live as one extended family in our own nation. We shall end the racial genocide of integration. We shall work for the eventual establishment of a separate homeland for African Americans, so each race will be free to pursue its own destiny without racial conflicts and ill will.

Of the book, Mr. Duke said the book

“has become the most important book in the entire world in the effort to awaken our people for our heritage and freedom.”

“Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question” - published in the United States in 2004. The books intent is to “examine and document elements of ethnic supremacism that have existed in the Jewish community from historical to modern times.”

Of his two books, David Dukes says  they

“have become two of the two most influential and important books in the world.”

“Finders-Keepers: Finding and Keeping the Man You Want” published in 1976 under the pseudonym Dorothy Vanderbilt and James Konrad. It is a self-help book for women to raise money. A reporter with The Times-Picayune read what has become a rare book, and has said after tracing the proceeds, they all go back to David Duke. He appears to have compiled all the information in the book from women’s self-help magazines. The book contains tips on relationship issues, diet, fashion, cosmetics, and sexual advise. It also includes specific advice on vaginal exercises, fellatio, and anal sex.

Stormfront
1995-  Don Black and Chloê Hardin, David Duke’s ex-wife, start a small online bulletin board (BBS) called Stormfront. Today, Stormfront has become a prominent online forum for white nationalism, Neo-Nazism, hate speech, racism, and antisemitism. David Duke re-posts articles from his own website. He has also had online broadcasts, where he polls forum members for opinions and questions.

Anti-Israel
February 5, 2002- On his Internet radio show, David Duke said that Ariel Sharon was “the world’s worst terrorist”. He also said that Mossad and Zionists was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks on America “to reduce sympathy for Muslim nations in the West”. In this broadcast, he said that the number of Israelis killed in the September 11 attack was “lower than it would be under normal circumstances”. He believes that the Israeli security services had prior knowledge of the attack.

November 24, 2005- David Duke visited Damascus, Syria, where he spoke at a rally which was broadcast on Syrian television. In his speech,  he referred to Israel as a ‘war-mongering country”, and said that Zionists

“occupy most of the American media and now control much of the American government. It’s not just the west Bank of Palestine, it is not just the Golan Heights that are occupied by the Zionists, but Washington D.C. and New York and London and many other capitals of the world. Your fight for freedom is the same as our fight for freedom.”

In an interview after speaking at the rally, Mr. Duke said that Israel “makes the Nazi state look very, very moderate.”
A member of the Syrian parliament later said that David Duke’s visit gave Syrians a “new and very positive view of the average American.”

October 2005- He appeared on a Lafayette, Louisiana-based TV show, which is hosted and produced by a Palestinian-American, Current Issues, where he said that Jewish extremists “are responsible for undermining the morality of America and are attempting to “wash the world in blood.”

Grooming For Politics
In 1990, syndicated columnist Jack Anderson stated that David Duke has done  “everything to make himself look better to the voters, including plastic surgery”. Mr. Duke addresses this issue in his book, My Awakening, writing that he had had “reconstructive surgery”on his nose, which had been broken many times.

Critical Publications
Professor Lawrence N. Powell, who teaches at Tulane University in the history department and who was also a founding member of Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, wrote the book Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust and David Duke’s Louisiana. The book “connects the prewar and wartime experiences of Jewish survivors to the lives they built in the United States”. It is the “story of Anne Skorecki Levy, a Holocaust survivor who transformed the horrors of her childhood into a passionate mission to defeat the political menace of reputed neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.”  Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust and David Duke’s Louisiana won three awards.

Possible 2012 Presidential Campaign
According to David Duke, thousands of  Tea Partiers have urged him to run for president in 2012. It appears that he is seriously considering entering the Republican Party primaries. He has released a video detailing his platform, pledging that as president he would stop all immigration to the US, including legal immigration, and says that he “will not let Israel or any nation dictate our foreign policy”. He says that he would be “willing to risk life and limb, endure the barbs of the media” to mount “the most honest campaign for president since the time of our Founding Fathers”.

However, it does not seem likely that David Duke will officially announce his candidacy for the presidency, as he has been legally disqualified from running for public office since 2002 as part of his guilty plea for tax evasion.

This author will now weigh in on the issue of David Duke running for President. I must admit this has been one of the most difficult profiles for me to write.

I was born and raised in Louisiana, so the name David Duke is not new to me at all. Even as a younger child I remember the controversy that prevailed when he ran for President in 1988. Unfortunately, he had a lot of people fooled at the beginning of his campaign. Thankfully, the full light of truth was shed on who this man is.

I cannot begin to tell you how horrified I was to read the headline that he was considering another run for office. It was not until I read the very last piece of information that I posted that I could breathe a sigh of relief. Thankfully, David Duke has been legally disqualified from running for public office as part of his guilty pleas for tax evasion. This is one issue we can put on the shelf and not worry about.

Until I read that vital piece of information, the one thing that kept going over and over in my mind was that if he does indeed run, we very well may see the beginning of the Second Civil War. Racial tension is already a critical issue in our nation. With a President who has made many racist comments, the last thing this nation needs is a white supremacist running for office. There would be no legitimate debate, it would simply be one racially charged attack after another.

On The Web
DavidDuke.com

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John Bolton: 2012 Presidential Profile

As I have stated before, I am fairly new to the “political scene”. The fact that I am actually writing about politics and researching political candidates absolutely blows my mind!

I’m one of those that I gripe about now. I had my head in the sand for years. I honestly did not care to know, because my thought process was, “Hey, I can’t change things anyway, what’s the point?” Unfortunately, too many people have had that attitude in the last 4 decades or so, and I firmly believe that is why we are in the position we are in.

What changed things for me was the 2008 election. I was appalled at the comments from women who said they were voting for Obama because he was “cute”. Well, looks are subjective, so I will not even comment on that side of things. However, I knew that this man was not good for our country!

My husband is a Political Science major, so when we married almost 9 years ago I got quite the induction into politics. Let me just say I did not go willingly! Then, as I said, the 2008 election came along. Things really did not change for me until Sarah Palin came on the scene. I was so disgusted with having to once again choose the lesser of two evils. I had even told my husband and my dad that I was not even going to vote. Oh, I’m sure you can imagine the outrage from both of them!

So, with all this being said, I knew John Bolton as a Fox News commentator. My husband has tried to give me a “crash course”, so to speak, to catch me up on “who’s who” in politics, what positions they’ve held through the years, the good that they’ve done, the bad that they’ve done, and all other information in between. My husband is a very “black and white” kind of guy- no grey areas! He’s very objective in his views. It’s quite a unique for me- a woman- who is obviously more “emotional” in my opinions. Hey, it’s just a fact ladies, our emotions play a major role in our decisions.

I’ve always like John Bolton’s commentaries on the various Fox News shows, but I would not have thought of him as “Presidential” material. However, I have determined that what many consider “Presidential material” are found lacking in many areas. So…. maybe it’s time we look outside what we see as normal “Presidential material”. Maybe John Bolton fits that bill!

Let’s explore the facts about Mr. Bolton and then decide!

PERSONAL INFORMATION

John Robert Bolton was born November 20, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the son of a fireman, and the family grew up in a working class neighborhood in Maryland.

Family
Mr. Bolton is married to Gretchen, and they have one daughter.  They currently live in Bethesda, Maryland.

Religious Affiliation
Lutheran


Education
1966- Graduated from the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland
1970- Graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude from Yale University
1974- Graduated with a J.D  degree from Yale University

Early Political Activist
1964- In high school, Mr. Bolton ran the school’s Students for Goldwater campaign
Member of the Yale Political Union

College Classmates and Contemporaries
Clarence Thomas
Bill Clinton- at Yale Law School
Hillary Rodham- at Yale Law School
A “protege” of Conservative North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms

Military Career
Mr. Bolton supported the Vietnam War and enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard, but avoided serving in Vietnam. He later said that by the time he was graduating it was clear to him that the opponents of the war had made sure we could not prevail.

When I read this fact about Mr. Bolton- that he purposely avoided the war, though he supported it, it made me pause. My dad tried to enlist, but had a couple of health issues going against him. Number one, he was underweight. He drank milkshakes twice a day trying to gain weight to enlist. Now we tease him that he would probably love to go back to those days where he was trying to gain weight!
Also- my father-in-law did go to Vietnam. He had a grenade blow up right next to him and he now has permanent hearing loss in one of his ears from it. Oh, he was lucky, I know! Well, let me rephrase that- luck had absolutely nothing to do with it! I know without a doubt the hand of God Almighty was on his life.
Too many men lost their lives in Vietnam. It is a war that we should have never been in! Or, as the politicians of the day put it, a “police action” we should have never been in! (can you see me rolling my eyes from here?!)
I absolutely agree with Mr. Bolton- it was very clear that the opponents of the war had made sure we could not prevail. However, to purposely avoid going when he supported the effort, war, police action, or whatever else you want to call it- it just makes me a bit uncomfortable. By no means am I saying that his life is not worth something- that he should have gone and gotten killed. All I am saying is that a lot of young men went and did not come back- or for those who did come back their lives were never the same. There’s just something about this that makes me very uncomfortable.

Professional Career
1974 to 1981- Associate at Covington & Burling law firm
1983 to 1985- Returned to his position as Associate at Covington & Burling law firm
1993 to 1999- Partner in the law firm of Lerner, Reed, Bolton & McManus
Former Executive Director of the Committee on Resolutions in the Republican National Committee
Senior Vice President for Public Policy Research at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Current Positions:

  • Fox News Channel commentator
  • Counsel to the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, in their Washington D.C. office.
  • Involved with a variety of conservative think tanks and policy institutes, including the following:
    Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)
    Project for the New American Century (PNAC)
    Institute of East-Wet Dynamics
    National Rifle Association (NRA)
    U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
    Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf (CPSG)
    Council for National Policy (CNP)

Political/Government Career
1981 to 1982- General Counsel, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
1982 to 1983- Assistant Administrator for Program and Policy Coordination, USAID
1985 to 1989- Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice
1989 to 1993- Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs at the Department of State
1999 to 2001- Served on the board of the Committee for International Religious Freedom
2001 to 2005-  Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
2005 to 2006- U.S. Ambassador to the UN
The rumor is Mr. Bolton is considering a run for the office of President in 2012

Public Policy
1997 to 2000- Mr. Bolton worked pro bono as an assistant to James Baker in Baker’s capacity as Kofi Annan’s personal envoy to the Western Sahara.

2003- He was part of the State Department’s delegation to six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear program, but was removed from the delegation after describing Kim Jong-il as a “tyrannical dictator” and adding that life for the North Korean’s under  Kim’s rule, “life is a hellish nightmare.”

Served as Senior Vice President for Public Policy Research at the American Enterprise Institute
Formerly involved with these conservative groups:
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Federalist Society
National Policy Forum
National Advisory Board
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
New Atlantic Initiative
Project on Transitional Democracies

Major Accomplishments
Mr. Bolton led the successful effort to rescind the 1970’s UN resolution that equated Zionism with racism.
Mr. Bolton played a major role in obtaining UN resolutions endorsing the use of force to fight Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
In his position at the Justice department, he was involved in the Iran-Contra affair.
He also helped lead in the judicial nomination process for Antonin Scalia.
Mr. Bolton was a key-figure in derailing a 2001 biological weapons conference in Geneva convened to endorse a UN proposal to enforce the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention.

His Reputation
Mr. Bolton has the reputation of being hawkish on his foreign policy views. He is also described as neo-conservative, but he personally rejects the term, reminding people that he has been a conservative since high school.

He is known to be highly successful in pushing his agenda, but his bluntness has earned him many enemies.
He has been accused of trying to spin intelligence to support his views and political objectives on more than one occasion.
The Economist wrote that Mr. Bolton was “the most controversial Ambassador ever sent by America to the United Nations.”
David Kopel praised Bolton as “Horatio at the Bridge, saving the Second Amendment from a full-scale assault at the United Nations.”

I love the fact that Mr. Bolton is “blunt”. I cannot stand someone who does not “say what they mean and mean what they say”. We’ve got more than enough mealy-mouth politicians in Washington, we most certainly do not need any more!
On several occasions I’ve seen Mr. Bolton’s “bluntness”, and I appreciate that! I would LOVE to have a President that did not mince his words! I have no doubt that Mr. Bolton would have no problem accomplishing that task!
I am also very encouraged by the experience Mr. Bolton brings to the table. This is a definite positive, especially with how vigilant he is with addressing the issues that need to be addressed.

His Happiest Moment
Mr. Bolton has said that his ‘happiest moment at State was personally ‘unsigning’ the Rome Statute,’ which had set up the International Criminal Court.

On The UN
Mr. Bolton has been a strong critic of the United Nations for much of his career. He has said,

“There is no such thing as the United Nations. there is only the international community, which can only be led by the only remaining superpower, which is the United states.”

On A Possible Run For President in 2012
In an interview with Politico, he said:

“As I survey the situation, I think the Republican field is wide open. I don’t think the party’s anywhere close to a decision. And stranger things have happened. For example, inexperienced senators from Illinois have gotten presidential nominations.”

And in an interview with National Review he said:

“Individual liberty is the whole purpose of political life, and I thought it was threatened back then”-in 1964 during the Goldwater campaign which he describes as “my formative political experience”-“and I think it’s threatened now…..I write, I give speeches, I appear on television-but the only way in contemporary American circumstances to make those issues as salient as they should be is to run for president.”

One thing is for certain- the Republican field is DEFINITELY wide open! There is one candidate that is actually running right now that I can see myself voting for with confidence. There are a couple of others that intrigue me, but only one stands out as definitely someone I would campaign for. Only time will tell who all the candidates will be, and if Mr. Bolton will be in the line-up.

On The Web
John Bolton on Twitter
John Bolton on Facebook
In His Words- War-Powers Crisis

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Roy Moore: 2012 Presidential Profile

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15

Chief Justice Roy Moore made national headlines when he refused to abide by the ruling from a federal judge that he remove the Ten Commandments monument he had specially ordered for the Alabama Supreme Court building. Chief Justice Moore said that his hope was to return “God to our public life and restore the moral foundation of our law.”

While nationally known in the earlier years of this century, his name is not as recognized now. If he does throw his hat into the ring of contenders officially I foresee an uphill battle to get his name out there. However, nothing is impossible!  I will quote Roy Moore- a quote that you will read in context later in this profile of Roy Moore:

“The impossible had happened! God had given me something that I had not been able to obtain through my own efforts.”

While you may disagree with him on his stand, one thing you can say for certain- Roy Moore is without a doubt a man of principles! He will stand on his beliefs no matter what it cost him! His stand has already cost him dearly! There are many reasons I respect Roy Moore, but if for no other reason, I respect him for standing his ground no matter what he loses or gains. We need more great men like this in leadership!

Blessed are they that do his commandments,
that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14

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Roy Stewart Moore was born February 11, 1947 in Gadsden, Alabama to Evelyn and Roy Baxter Moore. He is the oldest of five children, three boys and two girls. He describes his father, a construction worker, as

“a hardworking man who earned barely enough to make ends meet, but he taught me more than money could ever buy. From him I learned about honesty, integrity, perseverance, and never to be ashamed of who you are or what you believe in. Early on my dad shared with me the truth about God’s love and the sacrifice of His own son, Jesus.”

Family
Judge Moore is married to Kayla, and they have four children.

Education
Attended Gadsden High School
1965- Graduated from Etowah County High School
1969- Graduated with a bachelor of science degree from United States Military Academy at West Point, New York
1977- Graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa with a Juris Doctor degree

Military Career
Military Police Officer in Fort Benning, Georgia and Illesheim, Germany
Company Commander of his MP unit in South Vietnam in the Vietnam War

Professional Career
Private practice lawyer, focusing on personal injury and insurance cases
Professional Kick-boxer
Cowboy in the Australian Outback on a cattle ranch
2006- Joined WorldNetDaily (WND) as a contributing journalist 

Political Affiliation
Ran for office in 1982 and 1986 as a Democrat
Has ran for all other offices as a Republican

Political Career
Prosecutor for the Etowah District Attorney
1982- Ran for Etowah County’s circuit- court judge seat as a Democrat
1986- Ran for Etowah County’s district attorney
1992- Appointed as Etowah County Circuit Judge when the sitting Judge Julius Swann died in office
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama
2006- Ran for the Republican nomination for Governor of Alabama but lost with a 2 to 1 margin
2010- Ran for Governor of Alabama but lost, placing 4th in the election with 19% of the vote
2011- Announced the formation of an exploratory committee to run in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries

His Reputation
During the Vietnam War, as company commander, Roy Moore had the reputation of being very strict. Because of his strict discipline, he was given the derogatory nickname of “Captain America”.

He Stands For Something
Chief Justice Roy Moore is without a man of character. Whether or not you agree with his beliefs you will be hard-pressed to say he does not stand up for his beliefs.

As Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, he refused to comply with a court order from a federal judge to remove a monument of the  Ten Commandments from the state courthouse. The matter received national attention, and Judge Roy Moore gained many supporters for taking a stand in defense of  judicial rights and the Constitution of Alabama.

While the Ten Commandments monument is what brought him national notoriety, it did not start with the monument. It was around 1986 that Judge Moore changed his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican, and at that time he added a wooden Ten Commandments plaque that he had personally carved in 1980 to his office. This plaque started what would become years of Judge Roy Moore taking a solid stand for Ten Commandments given to us by God Almighty.

Judge Roy Moore recognizes that divine intervention happens in our lives. When the sitting judge died while in office in 1992, Judge Moore was appointed as Etowah County Circuit Judge- the position he ran for and lost ten years before. Of this appointment he later wrote:

“The impossible had happened! God had given me something that I had not been able to obtain through my own efforts.”

When Judge Moore term as circuit judge began he took his wooden Ten Commandments with him and hung it on the wall of his courtroom behind his bench. In an interview with the Montgomery Advertiser Judge Moore said that his intention in hanging the Ten Commandments was to fill up the bare space on the courtroom walls, as well as to indicate the importance of the Ten Commandments. He stated that it was never his intention to cause controversy. He went on to say in another interview with the Atlantic that while he understood the potential for controversy, he “wanted to establish the moral foundation of our law.”

It was not long after Judge Moore’s appointment that the attorney for the defendants in a murder case objected to the display. This garnered a great deal of attention- not only because of the Ten Commandments and the objection of their presence in Judge Moore’s courtroom, but also because the case involved two male strippers who were known professionally as “Silk” and “Satin”.

It was at this time that there was also a major objection to Judge Moore’s practice of opening court sessions with prayer asking for Divine Guidance for jurors in their deliberations. There was at least one occasion where Judge Moore asked a clergyman to lead the court’s jury pool in prayer. Pre-court session prayers were not uncommon in Alabama, and had been common for many years, having begun by George C. Wallace, Jr. when he was circuit judge. However, the local arm of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter in 1993 threatening a lawsuit if the prayers did not cease.

June 20, 1994- A representative from the ACLU attended Judge Moore’s courtroom to observe and record the pre-session prayer. Though a lawsuit was not filed immediately, Judge Moore went on record stating that it was an “act of intimidation”. This brought him additional attention during his campaign to hold onto his circuit court seat, which he had been appointed to. Judge Moore won the seat in a landslide victory.

March 1995- The ACLU filed a lawsuit against Judge Moore, claiming that the pre-session prayer and the Ten Commandments display were both unconstitutional. The original lawsuit was later dismissed on technicalities, but Governor Fob James instructed the state Attorney General to file suite in Montgomery County in support of Judge Moore.

1996- The case in support of Judge Moore was heard before an Alabama Circuit Judge who declared the prayers unconstitutional. However, he initially allowed the Ten Commandments plaque to remain on Judge Moore’s courtroom wall.
Judge Moore held a press conference immediately after the ruling vowing to defy the ruling against pre-session prayers and re-affirming religious intent in displaying the Ten Commandments plaque.
In response to Judge Moore’s press conference, critics responded by asking the Alabama Circuit Judge to reconsider his previous ruling, and the judge issued a new ruling requiring the Ten Commandments plaque to be removed in ten days. Judge Moore appealed the  decision and kept the plaque up. Ten days later the Alabama Supreme Court issued a temporary stay against the ruling. Once again due to technicalities, the Court never ruled in the case and threw it out in 1998.

A poll released soon after the ruling showed that 88% of Alabamians supported Judge Moore’s solid stand.

Some time later, Judge Moore was investigated by the Alabama Judicial Ethics Committee regarding the use of money raised by Coral Ridge Ministries for his defense, but the investigation ended with no charges being brought against Judge Moore.

The practice of opening court sessions with prayer continues today in Alabama court rooms, however it is not required and not done by all Alabama judges.

Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court
1999- The Christian Family Association began talking with Judge Roy Moore in an effort to convince him to run for the office of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. This effort to draft Judge Moore was due to the fact that the incumbent Republican judge announced that he would not seek reelection. Judge Moore was hesitant to enter a statewide race, stating that he had “absolutely no funds” while the other candidates were well-financed. Judge Moore finally made the decision to enter the race, and on December 7, 1999 he announced his decision from his Etowah County courtroom. Judge Moore stated that he was entering the race

with hope of returning “God to our public life and restore the moral foundation of our law.”

Judge Moore ran his campaign on the religious issues, arguing that Christianity’s declining influence “corresponded directly with school violence, homosexuality, and crime.”

Judge Moore won the election and was sworn in as Chief Justice on January 15, 2001.

In taking the position, Moore stated that he had

“come to realize the real meaning of the First Amendment and its relationship to the God on whom the oath was based. My mind had been opened to the spiritual war occurring in our state and our nation that was slowly removing the knowledge of that relationship between God and law.

I pledged to support not only the U.S. Constitution, but the Alabama Constitution as well, which provided in its preamble that the state ‘established justice’ by ‘invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God.’ The connection between God and our law could not be more clear …”

Ten Commandments Monument
Just one month after the election as Chief Justice, Judge Moore began planning for a larger monument to display the Ten Commandments. His reason for the larger monument was that the Alabama Supreme Court  building required something larger than just his homemade wooden plaque. The final design was a 5,280 pound high-grade granite block which would come from Vermont that measured 3 feet wide, 3 feet deep and 4 feet tall. It would be covered with quotes from the Declaration of Independence, the National Anthem, and various founding fathers. Sitting atop the granite monument would sit two large carved tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. The granite was ordered ans shipped and Judge Moore found supporters and a sculptor to bring his vision to fruition.
The final creation was put in place on July 31, 2001. There were some initial installation difficulties involving the structural support for the monument’s weight, but these difficulties were overcome and it was placed in the central rotunda of the Alabama judicial building. The process of installing the monument was filmed, and the videotapes of the event were sold by an evangelical media outlet in Florida owned by a staunch supporter of Judge Moore’s, the late Reverend D. James Kennedy. The proceeds made from the video were eventually used to pay for Judge Moore’s ensuing legal expenses.

The next morning Judge Moore held a press conference in the central rotunda for the official unveiling of the sacred monument. In a speech following the unveiling, Moore declared,

“Today a cry has gone out across our land for the acknowledgment of that God upon whom this nation and our laws were founded….May this day mark the restoration of the moral foundation of law to our people and the return to the knowledge of God in our land.”

It did not take long for the controversy over the monument to heat up.  Just three months after the monument was unveiled- on October 30, 2001, the ACLU of Alabama, along with the Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law Center to file a lawsuit asking that the monument to be removed, because, in their words:

“[it] sends a message to all who enter the State Judicial Building that the government encourages and endorses the practice of religion in general and Judeo-Christianity in particular.”

Almost a year later, on October 15, 2002, the trial, titled Glassroth v. Moore, began. Presented as evidence for the plaintiffs included testimony that lawyers of different religious beliefs had changed their work practices, including frequently avoiding the court house to avoid passing by the monument. The testimony was that the monument created a religious atmosphere, with many people using the area for prayer.

Moore argued that he would not remove the monument, as doing so would violate his oath of office. His statement:

[The monument] serves to remind the Appellate Courts and judges of the Circuit and District Court of this State and members of the bar who appear before them, as well as the people of Alabama who visit the Alabama Judicial Building, of the truth stated in the Preamble to the Alabama Constitution that in order to establish justice we must invoke ‘the favor and guidance of almighty God.’

Judge Moore stated that the Ten Commandments are the “moral foundation” of U.S. law, saying that in order to restore this foundation,

“we must first recognize the source from which all morality springs…[by] recogniz[ing] the sovereignty of God.”

He added that by adding the monument to the state judiciary building marked “the beginning of the restoration of the moral foundation of law to our people” and “a return to the knowledge of God in our land.”

Judge Moore acknowledged a distinct religious intent in placing the monument, agreeing that the monument “reflects the sovereignty of God over the affairs of men” and “acknowledge[s] God’s overruling power over the affairs of men.”

Judge Moore’s belief was that this did not violate the doctrine of separation of church and state. The  judge presiding over the case later summarized it, saying that Judge Moore’s argument was that

“the Judeo-Christian God reigned over both the church and the state in this country, and that both owed allegiance to that God”, although they must keep their affairs separate.

November 18, 2002, brought the ruling of a federal U.S. District Judge declaring that the monument violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, thereby making the monument unconstitutional. In his ruling the U.S. District Judge judge stated:

“If all Chief Justice Moore had done were to emphasize the Ten Commandments’ historical and educational importance… or their importance as a model code for good citizenship… this court would have a much different case before it. But the Chief Justice did not limit himself to this; he went far, far beyond. He installed a two-and-a-half ton monument in the most prominent place in a government building, managed with dollars from all state taxpayers, with the specific purpose and effect of establishing a permanent recognition of the ‘sovereignty of God,’ the Judeo-Christian God, over all citizens in this country, regardless of each taxpaying citizen’s individual personal beliefs or lack thereof. To this, the Establishment Clause says no.

The ruling mandated that Judge Moore remove the monument from the state judicial building by January 3, 2003. However, the order was stayed on December 23, 2002 when Judge Moore appealed the decision to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling was upheld in the Court of Appeals on July 1, 2003. The earlier stay was lifted, and Judge Moore was now given the date of August 20, 2003 as the deadline to have the monument removed from public areas of the state judicial building.
Judge Moore announced on August 14 that he intended to ignore the order to have the monument removed. Judge Moore’s supporters responded in kind and rallied behind me. Two days later large crowds rallied together in support of Judge Moore and the Ten Commandments monument. As the crowds began to form in front of the of the judicial building it became a forefront in the national media. Among the crowd of supporters were featured speakers such as Alan Keyes, the Reverend Jerry Falwell, and Judge Moore himself. It is estimated that the crowd grew to 4,000 strong more on the day of August 16, and in the remaining days of August the crowd ranged from several hundred to over a thousand each day.

When August 20 came- the deadline for the removal of the Ten Commandments monument, nothing had changed. Judge Moore stood by his statement that he would not remove them from the court house rotunda.
August 22, 2003- Just two days after the deadline had passed, forcing the removal of the Ten Commandments monument, the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed a complaint with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ), which effectively suspended Judge  Moore from the Chief Justice position pending a hearing by the COJ.

In the judgement from the U.S. District Judge, the state of Alabama faced fines of $5,000 a day until the monument was removed. To prevent this from happening, the other eight other members of the Alabama Supreme Court intervened on August 21, unanimously overruled Judge Moore, and ordered the monument removed.
In regards to this, Judge more said that the U.S. District Judge

“fearing that I would not obey his order, decided to threaten other state officials and force them to remove the monument if I did not do so. A threat of heavy fines was his way of coercing obedience to that order,” an action that Moore sees as a violation of the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The fateful day came when the monument that had become such a national controversy was moved from the rotunda of the court house building. On August 27, the monument was moved to a non-public side room in the court house. It was not immediately removed from the building. Pending legal hearings, the monument’s weight, worries that the monument could break through the floor if it was taken outside intact, and a desire to avoid confrontation with protesters massed outside the structure were among the many reasons that it was not removed immediately.

November 12, 2003- The COJ ethics hearing was held  and Judge Moore repeated his earlier stance that

“to acknowledge God cannot be a violation of the Canon of Ethics. Without God there can be no ethics.”

He made it clear that he would continue to stand on his principles, in defiance of the court order , and said that if he returned to office

“I certainly wouldn’t leave [the monument] in a closet, shrouded from the public.”

Judge Moore said that it is his belief that the court order was unlawful, and that complying with the order was not an enforceable mandate.

The Assistant Attorney General said Judge Moore’s defiance of the court order

“undercuts the entire workings of the judicial system…. What message does that send to the public, to other litigants? The message it sends is: If you don’t like a court order, you don’t have to follow it.”

The COJ gave their unanimous opinion the next day, ruling that “Chief Justice Moore has violated the Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics as alleged by the JIC in its complaint.” Though the COJ had several disciplinary options available to address the matter, because of the fact that Judge Moore made it very clear he would defy any similar court orders in the future, they concluded that “under these circumstances, there is no penalty short of removal from office that would resolve this issue.”  Judge Moore was immediately removed from his position.

The monument was physically removed from the court house on July 19, 2004.

No Regrets
2005- In his 2005 autobiography So Help Me God, Judge Moore said he has

“…absolutely no regrets. I have done what I was sworn to do. It’s about whether or not you can acknowledge God as a source of our law and our liberty. That’s all I’ve done…I had threatened the philosophy of judicial supremacy. Those who sat behind benches wearing black robes and wielding gavels did not want to be reminded that there is a God, or for that matter, a Constitution that they were sworn to uphold. Judicial restraint gave way to judicial tyranny, and a new law reigned—the rule of man.”

Other Political Activities
2004
- Joined with Herb Titus to draft the Constitution Restoration Action which sought to remove federal courts’ jurisdiction over a government official or entity’s “acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty or government”. It also gave a provision to impeach any judge who failed to do so. The bill was introduced in both houses of Congressed the year it was written, and reintroduced in 2005, but failed in both committees.

This same year he was an outspoken opponent of a proposed amendment to the Alabama constitution. The proposed legislation, known as Amendment 2, would have removed wording from the state constitution that referred to poll taxes and required separate schools for “white and colored children”. During the civil rights- era, this legislation outlawed this practice. Judge Moore’s argument, along with other opponents of the bill argued that the wording of the amendment would have allowed federal judges to force the state to fund public school improvements by increasing taxes. Alabama voters defeated the proposed amendment with a margin of 1,850 votes out for 1.38 million votes.

Endorsements
In the 2010 election for Governor of Alabama, Judge Moore was endorsed by NASCAR driver Bobby Allison

On The Issues
Has spoken out for the repeal of the federal income tax at rallies sponsored by We The People Foundation

2006- Wrote a column for WND stating that Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to the United States House of Representatives, should not be allowed to serve due to his religious views. He stated that Mr. Ellison could not “honestly take the oath of office” since the Koran does not allow for religions other than Islam to exist. Here is a quote from that article:

“common sense alone dictates that in the midst of a war with Islamic terrorists we should not place someone in a position of great power who shares their doctrine”.

The Play
A 2004 play written by Tom Wofford, entitled, “Judge Roy Moore is Coming to Dinner” is based on Judge Roy Moores opinion in the D.H. vs. H.H. child custody dispute in which a lesbian petitioned the court for custody of her children, alleging her ex-husband was abusive. He play has man quotes from the opinion issued by Judge Roy Moore.  The play portrays two gay men who marry in California and return home to Alabama to tell their families. The play was condemned by Judge Moore, though he had not seen the play, saying it was the “result of federal activism in our court system”. He also added that same-sex marriage has corrupted American society.

The actual case of D.H. vs. H.H. ruled in favor of the father, but the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals overturned the verdict 4-1, stating that substantial evidence existed proving that there was abusive behavior by the father. The Alabama Supreme Court overruled the appeals court on technicalities. In response, Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a coinciding opinion in February of 2002 stating that a parent’s sexuality should be a deciding factor in determining custody. His statement is as follows:

To disfavor practicing homosexuals in custody matters is not invidious discrimination, nor is it legislating personal morality. On the contrary, disfavoring practicing homosexuals in custody matters promotes the general welfare of the people of our State in accordance with our law, which is the duty of its public servants… The State carries the power of the sword, that is, the power to prohibit conduct with physical penalties, such as confinement and even execution. It must use that power to prevent the subversion of children toward this lifestyle, to not encourage a criminal lifestyle… Homosexual behavior is a ground for divorce, an act of sexual misconduct punishable as a crime in Alabama, a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it. That is enough under the law to allow a court to consider such activity harmful to a child. To declare that homosexuality is harmful is not to make new law but to reaffirm the old; to say that it is not harmful is to experiment with people’s lives, particularly the lives of children.

Judge Moore’s comments led to protests in front of the state court house and attracted national criticism from civil rights groups such as  GLAAD, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Human Rights Campaign. Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund filed an official complaint with the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission.

Books
2005- So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle For Religious Freedom
2005-  Judicial Tyranny: The New Kings of America?

Awards
1995- George Washington Honor Medal from National Freedom Foundation Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
1996- Christian Citizenship Award Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
1997- Bill of Rights Award
1997- Christian Statesman of the year Award by D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, Washington DC.
1997- God and Country Award by American Family Association
1997- Spirit of America Founders Award
1998- Andrew Jackson Champion of Liberty by United States Taxpayers Party
1998- “Kentucky Colonel” by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels presented by Governor Paul Patto
1998- Liberty & Union Award by New Hampshire Center for Constitutional Studies
1999- Family, Faith, and Freedom Citation presented by Family Research Council Washington, D.C.
1999- National Spirit of Life Award from African American Family Association
1999- Special Tribute, State of Michigan. Governor John Engler “to a great American and Honorable Judge”
1999- American Heritage of Faith Award from Freedom Flyer Ministries. Chicago, Illinois.
2002- National Hero of Faith Award presented by Vision America Houston, Texas
2003- Doctor of Divinity Ecclesiastical Degree conferred by Methodist Episcopal Church USA. Washington, DC

On The Web
Due to the fact that Roy Moore has not officially put his hat into the ring for president, there is no official campaign website found at this time.

Roy Moore on Facebook
Founder of The Foundation For Moral Law
Roy Moore’s WorldNetDaily article archive

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Sources:

Wikipedia
The Ten Commandments
Man of the Year by Ann Coulter
A Call To Stand With Chief Justice Roy Moore

 

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Jon Huntsman, Jr.: 2012 Presidential Profile

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. was born on March 26, 1960 in Palo Alto, California to Karen and Jon Huntsman, Sr., the philanthropist and billionaire businessman who founded the Huntsman Corporation. He grew up in Utah, and is a seventh-generation Utahan. He is one of nine children.

His grandfather was David B. Haight, an apostle with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), and his great-great grandfather was Parley P. Pratt, the early LDS Church leader. He is also a third cousin, once-removed of Mitt Romney.


Family
John Huntsman, Jr. is married to Mary Kaye and they have seven children- 5 are biological children, and 2 are adopted. They currently live in Washington, D.C.

Religious Affiliation
Mr. Huntsman is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Served as a missionary in Taiwan after graduating from college

Education
Dropped out of high school
Later received his GED
Attended University of Utah
Graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in International Politics
Has been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees

Foreign Languages
Fluent in Standard Mandarin Chinese
Fluent in Taiwanese Hokkien (Minnan)

Personal Activities
Avid Keyboardist- has played with the bands Dream Theater and REO Speedwagon (not as a career)
Motocross fan

Professional Career
Musician- After dropping out of high school he was the keyboardist for the rock band Wizard
Executive for Huntsman Corporation
Executive for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation
CEO of Huntsman Family Holding Company

Civic Organizations
Utah Opera
EnVision Utah
The Coalition for Utah’s Future
KSL-TV’s Family Now campaign

Political Affiliation
Republican

Political Career
Reagan Administration- White House staff assistant
George H.W. Bush Administration- Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce
George H.W. Bush Administration- United States Ambassador to Singapore
George H.W. Bush Administration- Deputy United States Trade Representative
2005 to 2009- Governor of Utah- after serving his his first term he ran for re-election where he won with 77.7% of the votes
2009- Appointed by President Barack Obama as United States Ambassador to China
Resigned his appointment as Ambassador to China, effective April 30, 2011
A potential candidate for President in 2012- the speculation for his potential run for office was fueled when he resigned his appointment as Ambassador to China

Political Accomplishments
The youngest United States Ambassador to serve in over 100 years
Had a very high approval rating while in office as Governor of Utah. He was known to hit 90% approval ratings more than once. When he left office his approval rating was more than 80%.
Utah was named the best managed state by the Pew Center of States under Governor Huntsman.
2008- Delivered a nominating speech for Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention

Political Organizations
Board Member- Asia Society in New York
Member- Brookings Institute Asia Policy Board
Board Member- Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum
Board Member- National Bureau of Asian Research
Founding Director- Pacific Council on International Policy
Former Branch Director- San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank Board
Member, Board of Trustees- University of Pennsylvania
Advisory Board Member- University of Utah School of Business
Former Vice Chair- Coalition for Utah’s Future
Former Chair- Envision Utah
Former Board Member- Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
Former Chair- KSL’s Family Now Campaign
Former Chair- Utah Opera
Former Chair/Vice Chair- Western Governors Association
Former Executive Committee Member- National Governors Association
Former Member- Natural Resources Committee- National Governors Association
Former Member- International Advisory Council, Singapore Economic Development Board

Significant Hurdles
Statistician Nate Silver says,

” Huntsman faces some significant hurdles – his name recognition is not terribly high outside Washington and his home state, and if he cannot begin to concentrate on his campaign until May, he may not be able to put together a strong campaign team or raise enough money. Also, his having served in Barack Obama’s administration could make his positioning awkward on a number of levels.”

Mr. Silver’s stated first hurdle for Mr. Huntsman is one of the main categories, I believe. I, myself, fall into that group.

When I first heard that “Jon Huntsman was considering a run for the Presidency” I initially got very excited. I wondered about a couple of things- namely, his age. It was my impression that it was the senior Mr. Jon Huntsman that was considering putting his hat into the ring for President. I admire Jon Huntsman, Sr. becoming the self-made man that he is.

It wasn’t until later that I realize it was his son.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I began preparing for this article that I found out anything more about him. He is definitely not what I would call one of the “front runners” in this potential race he is supposedly considering.

Though he had a considerably high approval rating as governor of Utah, he does not seem to have the “oomph” that is required to be President of the United States. The “oomph” right now would be name recognition above anything else.

There are still other candidates that do not yet have as much name recognition as others, but to be one of the top rumored possibilities as a candidate and not be a household name could definitely be a hurdle.

On  The Issues
Fiscal Conservative
A combination of Conservative/Centrist/Liberal on social issues

Civil Rights- Supports gay civil unions 
Education- Supports School Choice and believes competition is healthy in school
Energy- Supports alternative sources for energy and efficiency
Environment- As Governor of Utah, he signed up with the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative, “which is nothing more than a regional cap-and-trade system
Free Trade- Supports free trade
Israel- Strong supporter of Israel
Tax Reform- Supports reforming the tax system to be more business friendly

As a colleague of mine stated in a previous article on Jon Huntsman, Jr.,  Mr. Huntsman seems to have “forgotten conservatism.” There are a few issues that stand out positively for Mr. Huntsman, but overall I would personally classify him as a RINO.

Wanted: Donors
According to a May 31 Washington Post article, Mr. Huntsman kicked of a fund-raising trip last week in California. I find it quite intriguing that Mr. Huntsman chose California, of all places, to start his fundraising. California is the polar opposite of the definition of conservatism and the exact definition of liberalism. I know that there are many conservatives in California. But if Mr. Huntsman is serious about being a true Conservative candidate, he does not have a lot going for him.

For all my excitement of thinking that it was Jon Huntsman, Sr. that was possibly running for office, there is just as equally the same amount of dread at the possibility of his son running. Mr. Huntsman appears to be lacking quite a lot that his father embodies- all of which are factors I am searching for as my President.

He Thinks Obama Is A “Remarkable Leader”
In an article by Holly Bailey, it appears as though Mr. Huntsman has absolutely no problem at all with our current leadership. In fact, he is so pleased with the way things are going that he sent a note to President Obama in August of 2009. An excerpt from that note says:

“You are a remarkable leader. It has been a great honor getting to know you.”

As you can see, I underlined the word “remarkable”. That is because Mr. Huntsman also underlined the word “remarkable” for emphasis. So it does not seem as though it was an obligatory act of kindness, but rather a heartfelt, genuine note of appreciation.

If nothing else set my radar off on Mr. Huntsman ability to be President of the United States this one thing alone would!

And my next question is… if he thinks Mr. Obama is doing such a “remarkable” job, why is he running against him?

On
The Web
Jon Huntsman, Jr. Official Campaign Website

Jon Huntsman, Jr. on Facebook

In The News
June 21, 2011: Jon Huntsman, Jr. made his official announcement that he was running for President.

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Sources:
Wikipedia
Yahoo News Article
OnTheIssues.org
VoteSmart.org
Washington Post

 

 

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Chris Christie: 2012 Presidential Profile

Update: August 16, 2011- Speculation still continues to swirl around a possible run for the White House by Chris Christie. See “In The News” for updated news article.

Chris Christie has said numerous times that he will not be running for President of The United States of America in 2012. In fact, after much speculation, rumors, pleas, suggestions and questions regarding a possible run for leader of the free world Mr. Christie made the comment that it looked like the only thing that would prove he is not running for President is to commit suicide.

It has been reported that Roger Ailes and Rush Limbaugh met with Chris Christie to ask him to run for President. It appears as though Mr. Christie stood his ground, even with El Rushbo and the Chairman of Fox News.

I am a member of the crowd who would absolutely love for Chris Christie to throw his hat into the ring.  I am sure it is wishful thinking on my part, as well as the other people who fall into the category I do.

Even though Chris Christie says he is adamently opposed to entering the presidential race, let’s dig deeper into the facts about New Jersey’s new governor. We’ve seen him stand toe to toe with the teacher’s unions. We know he is exactly what this country needs fiscally. But is he a true Conservative?

Personal Information

Chris Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 6, 1962 to Bill and Sondra Christie. He was raised in Livingston, New Jersey. With the exception of when he was in college, he has lived in New Jersey all of his life, so he “has a deep affection and strong commitment to New Jersey.”

He is of Irish and Sicilian descent.

Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic

Family
1986- Chris Christie married his college sweetheart, Mary Pat. They have four children. The family currently lives in Mendham Township, New Jersey.

Education
1980- Graduated from Livingston High School
1984- Graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science
1987- Graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree

Official Lawyer
December 1987- Admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey
December 1987- Admitted to the Bar of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Legal Career
1987- Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, a lawfirm in Cranford, New Jersey where it wasn’t long before he made partner
2002- Was named U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Served as one of the 17 U.S. Attorneys on the Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ advisory committee

Political Affiliations
Republican

Political Career
2009- Elected as Governor of the State of New Jersey
January 2010- Took office as Governor of New Jersey
1999 to 2001- Lobbyist on behalf of GPU Energy, Securities Industry Association, Hackensack University Medical Center, Univeristy of Phoenix and other companies for various issues
November 2009- Elected as Governor of New Jersey, took office January 2010

Civic Affiliations
1994- Elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders in Morris County
1997- Director of the Board- Morris County
Liaison for Morris County Department of Human Services
Little League Basketball Coach
Former Board Member of Mendham’s Daytop Village

Political Accomplishments
In his position as the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey (U.S. Attorney), he was praised by leaders of both the Democrat and Republican parties for his efforts in fighting political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism and polluters. He also gained national attention for his fight in each of these areas.

Chris Christie has proven that he does not care what political party you are affiliated with or how many political connections you have, if you break the law he takes action! Under his leadership, his office won convictions or guilty pleas from more than 130 public officials- on both sides of the aisle. He and his team never lost a single case.

When he left the U.S. Attorney’s office  in 2008, he was praised by every major newspaper in the state of New Jersey for his accomplishments as New Jersey’s US Attorney.

War on Terror
Chris Christie has been in the thick of the battle in the War on Terror. No, he is not in the military, but he led the team that prevented a terrorist attack at Fort Dix.

Chris Christie is known for standing up to the political games and underhanded dealings of the political elite. He has made it very clear that he will not tolerate the abuse of power by elected officials or stealing from the taxpayers in New Jersey.

On The Issues
Pro-Life- says every human life is precious
Marriage is strictly between one man and one woman
Pro-Economic growth, pro-jobs, pro-business
Supports making manufacturing a priority
Says we “can and must” lower taxes
Supports cutting taxes and the cost of doing business in New Jersey
Supports making New Jersey’s health insurance more affordable for small businesses
Supports cutting wasteful spending and enacting more fiscal watchdogs
Strong stand against child pornography and human trafficking
Supports eliminating the special interest labor union loopholes
Public education system if failing. Accountability for teachers and administration needs to be increased.
Supports renewable energy
Supports incentive energy manufacturing and wind turbines
Supports eliminating dual office-holding, dual public employment and conflicts of interest
Supports line item veto
Supports putting all legislation online
Supports eliminating the legislature conflicts of interest
Supports changing the ethics laws to require strict disclosure
Believes government officials should be held accountable for their actions
Supports putting citizens back in charge of their government
Has a 10-point plan to punish elected officials who commit crimes

The Man With A Plan
One thing is for certain- Chris Christie is a man with a plan! I have been impressed with what I have seen in his now numerous and infamous showdowns with the Teacher’s Unions. He also has a written plan of 88 different ways he will fix New Jersey.  In reading his plan it appears he has an answer for almost every issue we face as a country. He is dealing with the issues on the state level within New Jersey, but the issues he is faced with in governing the state are the very same issues we are facing as a nation. Mr. Christie shows that there can be a realistic way to address each one of these issues. Are we going to agree with every single one of the 88 things he has planned? Absolutely not! I do not believe there is a single person I agree with 100% of the time! However, there is a plan in place. His plan is made public so the people of New Jersey can see what his plan is. Agree with him or not he knows how to get things accomplished!

His Reputation
Chris Christie has been called a lot of things in his short, yet very busy governorship.

He’s been called “a fiscal genius“.

It’s been said he:
“has charisma dripping out of every pore in his body”

It’s been said he “was missing in action

He’s upset:
The Obama Administration (this wins him HUGE points with me!!)

What If He Changes His Mind?
Though there are many speculations as to whether or not he will change his mind, Chris Christie is still standing firm that he will not run for President in 2012. The question has been asked whether or not his reputation will be ruined if he changes his mind between now and October 2012.

I am reminded of  George Washington when in 1787 he was approached- and eventually persuaded- to join the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. It is said that upon hearing that the they wanted him to join the Constitutional Convention, he said (although somewhat disputed) “Have I not yet done enough for my country?” While these exact words may not be the ones he expressed I can imagine it was something very similar.

I can also assume this is very much the way Chris Christie feels, though in a bit of a different sense. While he has not served as President before, and has said that he does not feel that he is ready for the Presidency, I am sure it is quite a daunting thought to think about.  To know that many people have the confidence in you that you may not feel in yourself is probably a bit unnerving.

Then there is what I would consider to probably be the main reason why Chris Christie is not running for President at this point. I know that I have heard him discuss this, but I can just about bet that this is the number one deciding factor in this decision. His family. He is a family man and wants to be a part of his children’s childhood. He wants to be able to coach their basketball teams and other extra-curricular activities. Becoming President of the free world would put a bit of a dent in those plans.

Having this put before him cannot be easy on Chris Christie. I am quite sure he is very well aware of the state of this nation. I admire the fact that he wants to complete a full term in office as governor. But I also see the qualities in him that would make the kind of President we need right now.

We are at a very crucial point in the history of this great nation. We are on a collision course with destruction. If we do not find someone with strong morals and character to stand up and say, “Enough is enough!” when it comes to our budget I just do not see any hope out of the mess we are in. Without a doubt I know Chris Christie would be this man.

Is it fair to ask someone to give up their way of life, sacrifice their family life for the rest of this nation? I don’t know that there is really an answer to that question. What is fair? Life is not fair. I think it goes well beyond asking if it is a fair question or not. What that question is I honestly do not know. But I know that we are in a dire situation.

I believe Chris Christie is the kind of man that is not willing to sell his soul, principles, morals and character out to the lobbyists and special interests. Is he perfect? Absolutely not! But I believe he understands what it takes to lead. There are very few people that are able to make the hard decisions that must be made as a leader. I believe this is what defines a good leader from someone who is in a leadership position. ANYONE can be given a title. It takes an exceptional person to be able to stand up to the naysayers and do what must be done. That is the mark of a true leader.

In Chris Christie I see a good leader. This country needs a good leader right now, more than ever!

Is Mr. Christie the man for the job? Only time will tell!

In The News
Speculation of Chris Christie Presidential Run Continues After Rick Perry Joins Race 
Chris Christie to Obama- You Can’t Lead From Behind 
Chris Christie Out Polls Obama in New Jersey 

On The Web
Due to the fact that Governor Christie is adamant that he will not run for President there is no official campaign website.
State of New Jersey- Governor Chris Christie Official Website
Governor Chris Christie on Twitter
Governor Chris Christie on YouTube

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Sources:
The Official State of New Jersey Website
Wikipedia
Conservative New Jersey
OnTheIssues.org
VoteSmart.org
ReligionFacts.com
Squiddoo

 

 

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