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Funding the War on Spinach

by Family Research Council

March 16, 2007

A list of provisions in the emergency war supplemental U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans Health and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007” that do not fund the war:

  • $74 million for peanut storage costs.
  • $25 million for spinach growers.
  • $25 million for livestock (2005 Hurricane Livestock Indemnity program).
  • $100 million for citrus assistance (2005 Hurricanes Citrus program)
  • $283 million for the Milk Income Loss Contract program.
  • $120 million to compensate for the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the shrimp and menhaden fishing industries.
  • $60.4 million for salmon fishery “disaster” in the Klamath River region in California and Oregon.
  • $48 million for salaries and expenses for Farm Service Agency.
  • An additional $500 million for emergency wildfires suppression even though the Forest Service already has $831 million available for this purpose.
  • $400 million for rural schools.
  • Government contracting reform.
  • Minimum wage increase, which is already moving on a separate track.
  • $50 million for asbestos mitigation U.S. Capitol Plant.
  • $16 million for security upgrades to House of Representative Office buildings.
  • $6.4 million for House of Representatives Salaries and Expenses Account for business continuity and disaster recovery expenses.
  • $35 million for NASA risk mitigation projects in Gulf Coast.
  • $20 million for Emergency Conservation Program for farmland damaged by freezing temperatures.
  • $5 million for losses suffered by aquaculture businesses including breeding, rearing, or transporting live fish as a result of viral hemorrhagic septicemia.
  • $4 million for Office of Womens Health of FDA.
  • $10 million for the International Boundary and Water Commission, US/Mexico for the Rio Grande Flood Control System Rehabilitation project.

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The Washington Briefing 2007

by Jared Bridges

March 16, 2007

During yesterday’s FRC blogger briefing conference call, Joe mentioned that registration is now open for FRC Action’s Washington Briefing. We’re especially excited about some special events related to bloggers and blogging which are in the works. Watch this spot for updates. In the meantime, here’s the relevant information for registration:

As we face powerful attacks on our values, there is no better time to stand with FRC Action and our friends at Focus on the Family Action, American Values, and the Alliance Defense Fund for a fall event guaranteed to change the public debate. Registration is now open for the second annual Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit from October 19-21 at the Hilton Washington in downtown D.C. Last year’s event attracted 1,800 attendees from 47 states and nationwide coverage from more than 200 major media outlets. Join us for special sessions featuring the 2008 presidential hopefuls, a who’s who of the pro-family movement, a presidential straw poll, book signings, a gala dinner, and much more! For more information or to register, log on to www.frcactionwashingtonbriefing.org or call 888-372-2284. Book your reservations by May 15 and receive a $25 Early Bird discount!

Sign up today!

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CAIR But Not Paravel

by Tony Perkins

March 15, 2007

Despite protests from some members of Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) allowed the radical Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization with reported ties to terror groups and funding from Arab regimes, to hold a discussion on Islam in America’s greatest symbol of freedom and democracy - the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi allowed CAIR access to the Capitol despite its animosity toward the very government in which she serves. The group has refused to renounce Muslim extremism or condemn fundamentalist terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.

Tuesday, its leaders even offered their support to a lawsuit filed on behalf of six imams who were escorted off a U.S. Airways flight after making anti-American statements, disrupting passengers with shouts to Allah, requesting unneeded seatbelt extenders, and arousing suspicion by moving from their assigned seats to a pattern associated with the 9-11 attacks. At a public press conference to announce the suit, CAIR forced Washington Times and CBN reporters off the premises saying they were “not welcome.” Perhaps CAIR’s leadership is concerned that these journalists understand the danger behind their radical agenda.

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Resist Retreat

by Tony Perkins

March 15, 2007

While many in Congress apparently don’t have the stomach to battle the Islamic terrorists in Iraq, they don’t hesitate to take up a fight with the head of the U.S. military over his opposition to a proposed law that would allow homosexuals to openly serve in the U.S. military. In an interview in which Gen. Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was asked about a bill introduced by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.), Pace said that homosexuality, like adultery (both of which violate military law), is immoral. Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) was quick to fire off a response saying he strongly disagreed with the General’s statement that “homosexuality is immoral.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined the anti-Pace volley, saying, “We don’t need moral judgment from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.” Even administration officials, like Defense Secretary Robert Gates, signaled retreat from the General when he said “personal opinion really doesn’t have a place here.” The Washington Post accused Gen. Pace of “bigotry.”

Many Americans do not know that military personnel have a separate set of laws that govern their conduct; it is called the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Under the UCMJ homosexual behavior, like adultery, is criminal. It is immoral. The outrage should not be focused at Gen. Pace for defending the law, it should be directed at Rep. Meehan and others who in the midst of a war want to make political correctness a priority and try and turn the military into a laboratory for their liberal social ideas. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Pace should not have to apologize for defending the law; rather, he should be applauded for upholding it. We urge his colleagues and the administration to resist the urge to retreat and instead follow his brave leadership.

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FRC Welcomes Ken Blackwell as Senior Fellow

by Tony Perkins

March 15, 2007

We are pleased to announce that Ken Blackwell, former undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission and mayor of Cincinnati, will join FRC as Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment. In this new role, Blackwell will lead our efforts in addressing education, tax reform, and family economics.

As one of the nation’s leading conservative voices, Mr. Blackwell has a distinguished record of service in Ohio as both treasurer of state and secretary of state. The Wall Street Journal has compared his policies and principles to those of Ronald Reagan. In the battle for family, faith, and freedom, we can think of no better teammate than Ken Blackwell whose unwavering commitment to conservative policies has advanced both family enterprise and family strength.

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Fight global warming with fewer babies

by Jared Bridges

March 14, 2007

The Huffington Post’s Dave Johnson offers a novel solution to global warming, and it doesn’t involve your children:

…Yes, hundreds of millions of people will face water shortages and starvation by 2080 — but only if those hundreds of millions of people are alive in the first place.

What am I getting at? One solution to the crisis is for people to stop having so many babies. We’re already using up the fisheries. The cattle being raised to feed so many meat-eaters is as big a problem as the cars we’re all driving.

There is plenty of time between now and 2080 to dramatically cut the population of the world by simply limiting how many babies we’re all having. If there are fewer people around then fewer people face starvation, disease, dislocation and the rest of the consequences.

Johnson doesn’t say whether or not he would have given such advice to his mother…

[HT: Acton Powerblog]

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Family Facts #7

by Family Research Council

March 14, 2007

On average, Catholic high school graduates were 7 to 11 percent more likely to vote when they reached young adulthood compared with graduates of public high schools, after controlling for school selectivity.

Source: “The Effects of Catholic Schooling on Civic Participation” Dee, Thomas S. International Tax and Public Finance Vol. 12, Number 5. , 2005. Page(s) 605-625.

(HT: FamilyFacts.org

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