Thursday, December 02, 2004

Right Wing News

December 2, 2004

Sex Education

The Center for Reclaiming America is pleased that the omnibus appropriations bill recently passed by Congress provides a record $104 million for abstinence education programs, a 39 percent increase over the previous year. CRA supporters are urged to "contact your elected leaders and express your appreciation for this morally upright legislation." Read.

Meanwhile, a new report from Democrats on the House Committee on Government Reform reports that "over two-thirds of abstinence-only education programs funded by the largest federal abstinence initiative are using curricula with multiple scientific and medical inaccuracies. These curricula contain misinformation about condoms, abortion, and basic scientific facts. They also blur religion and science and present gender stereotypes as fact." Read.

Voting

Columnist David Limbaugh belittles those calling for a recount in Ohio and claims that the "demagogic mantra, 'Every vote must count,' is getting old." He asserts that: "The Democrats started a very dangerous precedent in Florida, and they're playing with fire again in Ohio. While they profess to be motivated by a desire to restore public confidence in the process, they are going to degrade our system to that of a glorified banana republic if they don't stop these reckless assaults." Read.

Censorship

The New York Times quotes the American Family Association's Tim Wildmon on the controversy of the network-rejected ads from the United Church of Christ. Said Wildmon, "The ad isn't indecent and doesn't violate F.C.C. standards. I'm stunned they're not running it. They might not want the grief." Read.

Filibuster

Jeffrey Mazzella of the Center for Individual Freedom says it is time for the Senate GOP to go nuclear on judicial nominations. Read.

Used with the permission of People For the American Way [or People For the American Way Foundation]

Oregon: Oregon Young Republicans Split

12/1/04

In response to the decline of membership involvement due to an ongoing administrative proliferation at the state level, the organization has split. Oregon Young Republicans, Inc. have built a new state organization to more accurately reflect the structure, philosophy and priorities of young conservatives in Oregon. We invite you to join us, and become involved again. Among the changes …

Streamlined leadership:

Our Board of Directors consists of three positions: President, Vice- President and Secretary, all limited to single-year terms.

A solid direction:

Your new state organization exists to facilitate activism. We will serve as a liaison between our volunteers and the campaigns that need them.

Events that matter:

The members of this club are the same ones who organized:
The primary night party
The 4th of July picnic
Food Drive and party for the Oregon Food Bank
Several counter-protests at the beginning of the Iraq war
The YR Dorchester party, 2003 and 2004
The Blue party at Dorchester
The ballot kick-off party with Lars Larson

A new hub for activism:

OregonYoungRepublicans.com now allows you to get involved without having to create a local county club. Volunteer opportunities, events and campaigns will be promoted through the site, and email alerts will keep you up-to-date.

We value your time:

Oregon Young Republicans will not waste your time. We will not weigh you down in elaborate administrative procedures, or expect you to attend marathon meetings of dubious purpose.

On Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Harms American Workers

December 1, 2004

Wal-Mart’s low-wage, low-benefit, anti-union policies are a prime example of how rapacious free market ideology harms American workers. With nearly 5,000 stores worldwide, the world's largest retailer has never acknowledged a single labor union—except in China, where the company was recently forced to acknowledge the state run union in order to safeguard $18 billion in cheap Chinese goods. In fact, a Wal-Mart handbook explicitly instructs its managers to bust unions: “Wal-Mart is opposed to unionization of its associates. Any suggestion that the Company is neutral on the subject or that it encourages associates to join labor organizations is not true.”

  • Wal-Mart symbolizes everything that is wrong with free market ideology. Rather than providing good wages, solid benefits, and opportunities for collective bargaining and better relationships between management and workers, Wal-Mart goes out of its way to depress wages, reduce benefits, and threaten employees who seek better working conditions – all in the name of profit. Yet, one of its chief competitors, Costco, takes the exact opposite approach—good wages, benefits, and cooperative management—and has outpaced Wal-Mart in recent years.

  • Wal-Mart undercuts American workers by relying on cheap Chinese labor and goods. On top of its anti-union policies, the corporate giant is rapidly becoming a slave to cheap Chinese labor, undercutting American workers and products in the process. Wal-Mart imports so much merchandise from China—now estimated at around $18 billion in total inventory—the company is now a major contributor to the overall U.S. trade deficit with China.

  • Wal-Mart kills small businesses and communities all across America. Small businesses across America have been killed by Wal-Mart’s business model of relentlessly driving down prices by undercutting American workers and fighting unions. Home-grown businesses in rural areas and small cities simply can not compete with a corporate giant who cares little about the impact of its policies on communities and workers.
  • Efforts By The Christian Right To Force A Win

    Here is an email being sent out by one Christian Right group:

    Help The Passion of the Christ win the best movie of the year award!


    Vote today and then forward this on to your family and friends so they can vote! Voting ends Dec. 13.

    Dear XXXXXX,

    Please help The Passion Of The Christ win the best movie of the year in CBS’s People’s Choice Awards! Cast your vote and then forward this to your friends and family and ask them to vote for The Passion Of The Christ.

    PLEASE SAVE THIS EMAIL. AFTER YOU CAST YOUR BALLOT, PLEASE COME BACK TO THIS EMAIL AND FORWARD IT. BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE CBS WEBSITE IS SET UP, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FORWARD THIS INFORMATION FROM THE VOTING SITE. AFTER CASTING YOUR VOTE, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO RETURN TO THIS EMAIL IN ORDER TO FORWARD IT TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

    We are asking you to register so that we can keep an accurate tally of the number of votes AFA Online produces for the movie. As you know, Mel Gibson is not the favorite person in Hollywood because of his making this movie.

    PLEASE, AFTER YOU HAVE VOTED, COME BACK TO THIS EMAIL AND FORWARD IT TO ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE TO VOTE AS POSSIBLE. THIS MOVIE DESERVES TO BE THE MOVIE (DRAMA CATEGORY) OF THE YEAR! WITH YOUR HELP IT WILL BE!

    Help us make sure The Passion Of The Christ gets more votes than any other movie in history! Voting ends December 13. Please take action now.

    Click here to register your vote!
    Sincerely,

    Don

    Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
    American Family Association

    More on DeLay

    DeLay's Unethical Behavior Grows

    December 2, 2004

    Reports yesterday confirmed House Majority Leader Tom DeLay took $100,000 from the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)—a private prison company—at an August fund-raiser for his children's charity, the DeLay Foundation for Kids. CCA has a 20-year history of mismanagement and malfeasance and continues to lobby for a bill that would privatize up to half of the jails in the state of Texas. As one of Texas's leading politicians, and the chief architect of the behind-the-scenes campaign to redraw congressional boundaries in Texas that is now under grand jury investigation, DeLay's involvement with CCA is no accident.


  • DeLay's shady dealings with CCA are part of an ongoing pattern of unethical behavior in Washington and Texas. DeLay has been rebuked three separate times by the House Ethics Committee for improper fundraising methods and was caught last year using his children's charity as cover for collecting soft money for events at the Republican National Convention.

  • DeLay has no problem taking money from corporations in return for favorable access to the legislative process. CCA's "contribution" to DeLay was not by chance. In November 2003, Texas awarded the company a lucrative contract for the management of more than 8,300 beds in seven state prisons. Its lobbying effort to expand the share of state prison beds that can be privatized was thwarted last year only because of aggressive last-minute opposition from Texas's prison guards, who stood to absorb pay cuts of up to 40 percent.

  • Americans deserve to know all of DeLay's "charitable" donors and their legislative interests. Voters have a right to know whether their leaders are taking money from lobbyists, corporations, and other groups who have significant interests before Congress and state legislatures. Given DeLay's troubling ethical patterns, he should release the full list of donors to his charity for public review.
  • Daily Talking Points is a product of the American Progress Action Fund.

    Wednesday, December 01, 2004

    Christian Conservative Group Sends Porn Link To Subscribers

    An Action Alert was sent out by The Alliance Defense Fund on November 29th with the article headline, "DOJ’s Anti-Porn Efforts Well-Funded for 2005", VN Online, Scott Ross, 11.29.2004


    After clicking on the link, instead of being taken to Christian News Online or some conservative publication, World Net Daily or National Review, you are sent to a porno site, AVN one of the premier porn online magazines.


    Quote From The Alliance Defense Fund Website:

    "The Alliance Defense Fund labors to defend the family. The family is the most basic unit of any society, and the foundation of America. Without healthy, functioning families, a culture cannot survive. God has defined the ideal for family as one man and one woman, married for life, and those related to them by blood, adoption, or marriage."

    Right-wing News

    December 1, 2004

    Censorship

    Alabama state Rep. Gerald Allen (R-Cottondale) has authored a bill that would prohibit the use of public funds for the "purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle." Allen argues that any novels featuring gay characters or textbooks suggesting homosexuality is genetic would need to be removed from the shelves and destroyed. If the legislation were to pass, prohibited works could include Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," and Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited." Read

    A state legislator is trying to cut the funding of South Carolina Educational Television's budget after it aired a documentary on gays in the South. "I thought it was just social, leftist propaganda that they had no business airing," said state Rep. John Graham Altman, R-Charleston. "They were actively promoting homosexuality as an OK thing to do."Read

    CBS and NBC refuse to air an ad from the United Church of Christ which explains that the church "welcomes all people, regardless of ability, age, race, economic circumstance or sexual orientation." CBS explains its decision: "Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples and other minority groups by other individuals and organizations and the fact the Executive Branch has recently proposed a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast on the [CBS and UPN] networks." Read

    Immigration

    Columnist Michelle Malkin issues a polemic against the "open border lobby" or OBL [Same initials as Osama bin Laden. Get it?]: "Political correctness is the handmaiden of terrorism. By smearing the overwhelming majority of Americans who support real borders as racists and xenophobes, the OBL obscures its deadly agenda: sabotaging our existing immigration laws and blocking any new efforts to punish those who abuse the system." Malkin is particularly critical of the National Council of La Raza. Read

    Judiciary

    The American Center for Law and Justice says it is "mobilizing and working to ensure that the Senate takes the necessary action that will put the judicial filibuster off limits." Read

    The National Review's Jonathan Adler on the medical marijuana case pending before the Supreme Court: "Despite its apparent importance to drug warriors, Ashcroft v. Raich is not about medical marijuana or drug prohibition. Nor is it about the wisdom, or lack thereof, of allowing chronically ill individuals to smoke weed for medicinal purposes. Rather, it concerns the limits of federal power under the Constitution. Federalism does not play favorites. It limits the scope of federal power to pursue liberal and conservative ends alike. If a majority of the Court remembers this lesson, Angel Raich will get to keep her medicine. More important, the nation will keep the constitutional limits on federal power." Read

    Civil Liberties

    Linda Chavez, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, defends the interrogation methods used at Guantanamo Bay. The International Committee of the Red Cross charges that such practices amount to torture. Read

    Monday, November 29, 2004

    Texas: GOP hypocritical in protecting DeLay

    House Republicans have done something truly appalling. They’ve knocked down an ethics rule that banned House members from holding leadership positions if they’ve been indicted on felony charges.

    They did it on behalf of House majority leader Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas. A Texas grand jury already has indicted a number of his associates and he’s expected to take a similar hit in the near future.

    I strongly urge you to editorialize against this move. What’s astonishing about it is that the Republicans just repealed a provision that THEY put in place back in 1993 when they said they were cleaning up Congress.

    This is no mere act of hypocrisy, though. Nor is it just a Beltway issue that’s only relevant in Washington. This is a national moral lapse that cuts to the heart of our government. It’s an utter outrage, and you need to stand up for the public good and shine a spotlight on it.

    DeLay already has been rebuked four times by the House Ethics Committee for various violations. It makes people like me, who play by the rules and pay the taxes that provide for DeLay’s salary, even more cynical about politics and American democracy. Just imagine how great Republicans like Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt would react. It’s a disgrace.

    Please devote some of your coverage to addressing this dirty move. Have the vision to editorialize against it and play the role of the public watchdog. We, the people, are ultimately the caretakers of our democracy.

    When politicians fail to govern with dignity, we must stand up, speak out and hold them accountable.

    Mario Olvera
    South Padre Island

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