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by Krystle Gabele

January 8, 2009

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FRC’s Tom McClusky: for better or worse

by Jared Bridges

January 7, 2009

Reacting to Tom’s post yesterday on Obama Attorney General nominee Thomas J. Perrelli, sportscaster Keith Olbermann (wasn’t he great in his ESPN days?) last night gave our own Tom McClusky the dubious honor of World’s (third) Worst Person:

 

Perhaps Mr. Olbermann is unaware that FRC is not “James Dobson’s lobbying arm” (we’ve been an independent non-profit since 1992), but around the office, we’re wondering if Tom was slighted a bit?

Is it more or less of an honor to come in third to Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin?

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From Crayons to Condoms:” Another Glimpse into America’s failing Public Schools

by Krystle Gabele

January 7, 2009

Over the Christmas break, there were several books waiting for my attention. Among the books, I chose to read was “From Crayons to Condoms: The Ugly Truth about America’s Public Schools.” This book definitely looked like it would provide some insights on what is being taught in public education. However, upon reading the book, I was appalled to read the stories from parents, students and teachers about the curriculum being taught in schools across the country, which seemed to provide a barrage of sex, promiscuity, lessons on being gay or lesbian, grotesque violence and talking about feelings.

As a public school graduate, I received a quality education that provided a strong background for college preparation without hearing any liberal propaganda being taught by my teachers. However, there are students all over America who subject to the leftist curriculum by either reading pornographic material or listening to an openly gay couple describe the discrimination they face because of their full-blown AIDS.

The book, which featured open accounts from concerned parents, students and teachers, also featured a section about what parents can do to improve the current state of public education. Suggestions include: reviewing what your child is reading for class, not signing any permission forms, and checking out the curriculum.

From Crayons to Condoms” was written by Steve Baldwin, a former California state legislator and Karen Holgate, who is an advocate for education reform. I strongly urge every parent, who has a student in public schools, to read this book and to become active in their child’s education. In a society where education is crucial, it is better for a student to learn in an environment that is not infiltrated with liberal propaganda.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

January 7, 2009

Here’s what we’re looking at today:

More on Warren,” Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker (January 6, 2009)

Voting Record of Health Secretary Nominee Daschle Largely Pro-Abortion,” Matthew Hadro, CNSNews.com (January 7, 2009)

Invest in Abortion,” David Freddoso, National Review (January 7, 2009)

8 Traits of Teens Who Abstain From Sex,” Bernadine Healy, M.D., U.S. News & World Report (January 7, 2009)

ACLU to churches: Not on school grounds, you don’t,” Drew Zahn, WorldNetDaily (January 6, 2009)

Atheists Annoyed by Inaugural Oath,” David Waters, The Washington Post (January 5, 2009)

Pro-life pivot,” Marvin Olasky, World Magazine (January 17, 2009)

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Change Watch Backgrounder: Thomas J. Perrelli

by Family Research Council

January 6, 2009

POSTION: ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

NOMINEE: Thomas J. Perrelli

Born: March 12, 1966

Occupation: Managing Partner of Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office.

Education: graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1991

Clinton White House: In 1997, served as counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno. He subsequently rose to Deputy Assistant Attorney General, supervising the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division, which represents virtually every federal agency in complex civil litigation. Perrelli also supervised the Justice Department’s Tobacco Litigation Team in its litigation against the major cigarette manufacturers.

End of Life issues

An attorney who won an award for representing Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael in his efforts to kill his disabled wife is now an advisor to the transition team of incoming president Barack Obama.

Thomas Perrelli, who raised over $500,000 for the pro-abortion presidential candidate and is the managing partner of a Washington law firm, Jenner & Block LLP, is helping advise Obama on putting together a Justice Department team.

However, Perrelli provided Michael Schiavo with legal advice during his response to the Congressional bill that President Bush signed allowing the Schindler family to take their lawsuit seeking to prevent Terri’s euthanasia death from state to federal courts.

Perrelli led the Jenner & Block team that developed the legal briefs opposing appeals for Michael and he ultimately received the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award in October 2006 for representing Terri’s former husband at no cost.

On Michael’s legal team, Perrelli worked with infamous pro-euthanasia attorney George Felos as well as lawyers from the Florida chapter of the ACLU.” 

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Redistricting

Background: “The 2010 midterm elections and the resulting battles over redistricting will shape the future of both political parties. A case challenging the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) is being offered to the Supreme Court, highlighting these political stakes. And President-elect Barack Obama’s Justice Department is about to take center stage in this fight. The Constitution requires legislative districts be redrawn after each decennial national census. The 2010 midterm elections will determine the makeup of all 50 state legislatures. With few exceptions, these legislatures will then draw new lines of all congressional districts, as well as many state legislative districts, for the 2012 election and beyond. A major factor in this redistricting is the Voting Rights Act. A number of VRA’s provisions apply nationwide, originally designed to protect the right of African Americans to vote. But another provision of the law has been challenged in a case that has now been offered to the U.S. Supreme Court. Section Five of the VRA requires certain jurisdictions with a history of egregious racism to go through a special process before they can make any changes affecting voting. Under Section Five, these jurisdictions must get pre-clearance from the U.S. Justice Department before they can redistrict or make any other changes to their election laws or procedures, or get a three-judge panel of the federal district court in D.C. to sign off on the jurisdiction’s plan. The law requires the Justice Department or the federal court to determine whether the changes would have either the purpose or the effect of abridging the right to vote.”  Blackwell, Ken. “Obama Justice.” Washington Times  Dec. 31, 2008.

Mr. Perrelli, a former Justice Department official and Harvard Law School classmate of Mr. Obama’s, helped raise $500,000 for the president-elect’s campaign, has worked as an attorney for the recording industry, which has significant business before the Justice Department, and represented Democratic lawmakers and voters involved in politically charged redistricting cases, an issue certain to rise again with the 2010 census.” Dinan, Stephen. “Obama’s Justice Picks Draws Ire of Pro-lifers.” Jan. 6, 2009.

Miscellaneous

Close friendship with President-elect Obama

At Harvard, (Cassandra) Butts was moot court partners with Perrelli, who first met Obama at the dinner party and served as his managing editor on the Harvard Law Review. Perrelli, a Washington lawyer who had never been a fundraiser, would go on to collect more than $500,000 for Obama’s presidential campaign. He is now part of the Department of Justice transition team. 

We have all been friends together, and we found a common enterprise through Barack,’ Perrelli said. Perrelli occupied seat 151 of professor Laurence Tribe’s constitutional law class in the fall 1989 semester - just a few feet away from Obama (seat 26) and two others who would prove vital to his ambitions: Julius Genachowski (93) and Michael Froman (103).”

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

January 6, 2009

Here’s what we’re looking at today.

Obama Nominates Four To Senior Justice Posts,” Carrie Johnson and Robert Barnes, The Washington Post (January 6, 2009)

Church vandalism heats up gay marriage debate,” Jessica Garrison, The Los Angeles Times (January 5, 2009)

Less than 10% believe abortion should be legal, unfettered,” Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow (January 6, 2009)

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding Backers Likely to Use Obama, Congress,” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (January 5, 2009)

Maitland-based Liberty Counsel advances views on religious freedom through the courts,” Satta Sarmah, Orlando Sentinel (January 5, 2009)

USCIRF: Religious liberty in Iraq marked by ‘severe abuses’,” Tom Strode, Christian Examiner (January 6, 2009)

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Viacom-Time Warner Cable Cut Deal for Price Increases

by Chris Gacek

January 6, 2009

Last week, cable giant Time Warner “negotiated” a deal to keep showing Viacom’s channels after December 31, 2008.  As a Los Angeles Times article indicated the companies were battling hard with Viacom threatening to turn off kid’s shows to get their money:

Viacom had purchased newspaper advertisements, featuring a tearful Dora the Explorer, and placed an on-screen crawl on its channels to alert viewers to the impending programming blackout. The ads encouraged viewers to complain to Time Warner Cable.”

“The tactic worked — parents reported having to soothe children who were upset over the prospect of not being able to watch their favorite shows on Nickelodeon, including ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.’” 

Emotional blackmailers of children - in which circle of Hell did Dante place such scoundrels?  Not a pleasant one I’ll bet.

Well, of course, Time Warner capitulated and agreed to a 12% increase for the Viacom channels.  Under the old agreement, for example, Viacom received about 32 cents per subscriber per month from cable operators for MTV.  If you didn’t want MTV - tough.  Time Warner carries Viacom channels into 13.3 million houses, so one-third of a dollar per month per subscriber ain’t chicken feed.

Unfortunately, the mechanism to protect consumers from such price increases, manipulation of children, and unwanted purchases of cable channels is not in place.  What would that be?  It is having the power to refuse to purchase and pay for cable channels. 

This episode points to the need for consumer choice in cable TV channel selection.  If cable subscribers had that power - - SpongeBob SquarePants would probably be the one who would need some serious consolation right now after many adults turned him off and pocketed the change.

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Change Watch Backgrounder: Gov. Janet Napolitano - UPDATED

by Constance Mackey

January 5, 2009

POSITIONUNITED STATES SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY

NOMINEE:  Janet Napolitano

Born: New York City, November 29, 1957

Occupation:  Governor of Arizona  - elected in 2002 and again in 2006

Education: Santa Clara University and law degree from University of Virginia

Political Career:  While a partner in the Phoenix law firm Lewis and Roca LLP, Napolitano served as attorney for Anita Hill when Hill testified against the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas.  Appointed by President Bill Clinton as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, she then ran for and won the position of Arizona Attorney General in 1998 where she focused on consumer protection issues and general law enforcement.

Abortion:  “I am committed to women’s reproductive rights.  Current protections must not be eroded, and we must continue to fight to provide Arizona women with the support they need in making decisions about their own bodies.  Thus, I am pro-choice.”

Campaign web site, www.GoJanet.org , “Issues” Sep 9, 2002

Napolitano vetoed every piece of abortion legislation that came across her desk - seven pro-life measures in total including a partial-birth abortion ban as well as a bill to strengthen parental consent requirements.  She refused to sign measures to make sure taxpayer funds do not pay for abortions for state workers.  As Governor she vetoed a bill that would allow women to know that an unborn baby will feel pain during an abortion procedure.  She vetoed a bill in 2004 that would have allowed women to receive information about abortion’s risk and alternatives that abortion businesses sometimes withhold from women considering abortions.  In addition, she vetoed a measure that would have protected pro-life pharmacists from being forced to dispense drugs that could cause abortions.

Appointment of Judges:  “Governor Napolitano defends appointment of judges even though the system never throws anyone out.” “Governor Napolitano is quoted in the Yellow Sheet defending the system of merit selection in Arizona’s larger counties, which allows the governor to appoint judges instead of requiring them to run for election.  They are only required to run for re-election, but it’s impossible to vote them out at that point since they have no name recognition from having never run a real campaign.”….”It is impossible to get rid of bad judges with merit selection, and the governor is able to appoint her political flacks like former legislator Bill Brotherton who has little relevant legal experience; his background consists mainly of Democrat political activism.  Three of Napolitano’s 15 or so judicial appointments have been gay, considering this (20%) is significantly higher than the proportion of gays in the general population, it is clear that Napolitano is able to pursue her own political agenda in the appointment of judges.  Instead of getting judgeships based on real merit, political leftists are able to get judgeships based on their leftwing ideological connections to Napolitano.” [source]

Napolitano’s Appointees:  As Governor, Janet Napolitano has embedded pro-gay rights and pro-abortion activists throughout her administration.  One example is Bryan Howard, who was appointed as a member of the governor’s Commission on the Health Status of Women and Families.  The Planned Parenthood Federation of America awarded Howard their highest honor for leadership for his role as CEO of Planned Parenthood of Arizona.  In his acceptance speech, he said the following: “I am proud of what I have accomplished and how we’ve accomplished it.  I am proud that more mothers and babies survive the perils of pregnancy.  I am proud that more families celebrate a new addition rather than regret it.  And I am proud we are helping more young people to experience their sexuality in a healthy, thoughtful way, whether they are gay, straight, bisexual or transgendered.”  According to the Planned Parenthood account, Howard’s “advocacy on behalf of reproductive rights has led to significant progress for women and families in Arizona, including Governor Janet Napolitano’s rejection of federal abstinence-only funding.” [source]

Law enforcement:  As Secretary of Homeland Security the Governor’s future performance can best be judged by her record on the issue of immigration in a border state.  She used her veto power on some key bills to cut benefits for and the flow of illegal aliens into the state.  Some of those bills included one denying in-state tuition and day care for illegal aliens and one allowing local authorities to enforce immigration law.  She vetoed a bill making English the official state language. She went directly up against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s successful border operations and developed a new task force headed by the Department of Public Safety concentrating on illegal felons with outstanding warrants.  Her mantra in dealing with the illegal immigration problems in her border state has been, “Security and immigration are the federal government’s responsibility.”

While she has complied with allowing the border fence to be built, she has been unenthusiastic about its success.  Last year, Ms. Napolitano reached a deal with Mr. Chertoff to make driver’s licenses more secure under a federal program known as REAL ID, but in June she signed a bill refusing to put the standards in place, calling the program an unfinanced federal mandate.  She was a vocal critic when Congress failed to pass legislation last year revamping immigration law and has also backed proposals favored by some immigrant advocacy groups, including a temporary worker program and ‘a strict and stringent pathway to citizenship’ for illegal immigrants already here that would include learning English and paying fines.  But last year she also signed into law sanctions against employers who knowingly hire illegal workers and later complained when the Bush administration withdrew the bulk of the National Guard from the Mexican border earlier this year, as it had planned.”  Randal C. Archibold, New York Times, November 20, 2008

 

Defending Marriage: Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona announced her opposition this week to a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, according to The Arizona Republic. While Napolitano made it clear that she believes marriage is a union between a man and a woman, she is not in favor of the proposal and finds it unnecessary at this time. Napolitano said, “I don’t think the constitutional amendment is necessary. The voters of Arizona will have a chance to decide this. Personally, I’m going to oppose it. We already have a statute that defines marriage. The courts have already said the statute is constitutional(The Advocate) .”

 

Miscellaneous: In 1991, Janet Napolitano, then a well-regarded partner in the law firm of Lewis & Roca, LLP, served as the attorney for law professor Anita Hill when Hill testified against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.  USLiberals.com

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

January 5, 2009

Here’s what we’re looking at today:

For Privacy’s Sake, Taking Risks to End Pregnancy,” Jennifer Lee and Cara Buckley, New York Times (January 4, 2009)

If This Isn’t Slavery, What Is?,” Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times (January 3, 2009)

Broken promises: Knowledge can help protect teens,” Editorial, The Salt Lake Tribune (January 4, 2009)

Mohler: Newsweek ‘biblical case for gay marriage’ falls flat,” Jeff Robinson, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Towers (January 5, 2009)

Walk for Life West Coast Launches Post-Abortion Billboard, Pro-Life March Coming,” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (January 2, 2009)

Still Fighting,” Russ Pulliam, World Magazine (January 17, 2009)

Conservatives back Blackwell as RNC chief,” Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times (January 5, 2009)

Girls Need a Dad and Boys Need a Mom,” Janice Shaw Crouse, Townhall.com (January 5, 2009)

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