Sunday, February 21, 2010

Preview Single from Joe Bonamassa's new album "Black Rock"

Here is a preview single from Joe Bonamassa's new album, "Black Rock", to be released on March 23.  The single is called "Blue and Rock" and has a nice Zeppelin/Jimmy Page sound in places.  Enjoy!

To pre-order Joe's new album and get it before the release date, click here.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) at CPAC 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

George Will: "Dependency on Government is the Liberal Agenda"

George Will hit a "grand slam" at yesterday's CPAC events with his keynote speech at the dinner.  Here is an excerpt of his speech...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On Ash Wednesday, is VP Joe Biden even Catholic?

From today's Baltimore Republican Examiner.  Written by Sean O'Donnell.

Today as President Obama gave a speech on the Stimulus Recovery Bill, many people may have noticed Vice President Biden in the background with something on his forehead.

Just what was on Biden’s forehead? It was ash in the sign of the cross from a mixture of burned palms and sacred oils because today is Ash Wednesday – the Catholic Church’s observation of the first day of Lent.

But just how Catholic is America’s first Catholic Vice President? Let’s take a look at some of Biden’s political positions and compare them with the teachings of the Church.

On abortion: Biden believes the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion-on-demand (Roe v. Wade) should remain intact. He also has received a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, pledged to appoint pro-choice Supreme Court nominees, and voted no on making it a crime to harm an unborn fetus during another crime. In short, he is a pro-choice politician that strongly supports abortion rights.

However, the Catholic Church is opposed to abortion in any circumstance. The Church is pro-life.

On embryonic stem cell research and human cloning:  Biden has voted to expand funding for embryonic stem cell research and has voted no on banning human cloning.

However, the Catholic Church is opposed to embryonic stem cell research and human cloning.

On same-sex marriage: Biden has voted no on a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.

However, the Catholic Church supports the definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman.

On school prayer: Biden voted no on requiring public schools to allow voluntary prayer.

However, the Catholic Church supports voluntary prayer in public schools.

On the death penalty: Biden authored the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 which greatly expanded the federal death penalty.

However, the Catholic Church is against the death penalty.

On the Iraq War: Biden voted for the Iraq War resolution.

However, the Catholic Church is opposed to the current war in Iraq.

(Additionally, Biden also voted against confirming fellow Catholic Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito, yet voted for confirming Catholic Justice Sonia Sotomayor.)

My question to Vice President Biden is – Why do you claim to be Catholic when your political positions and votes go against numerous teachings of the church? That’s like a Nazi saying he likes Jewish people and enjoys Jewish culture or it’s like a Socialist supporting free markets and private property rights.

If a politician is going to parade his Catholic beliefs about – especially on Ash Wednesday – at least defend the teachings of the Church. Otherwise pick a new religion.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Who Hates Mother Teresa?


The anti-religion crusaders are at it again!

This time they want the U.S. Post Office to cancel a planned new stamp honoring Mother Teresa.

I am continually shocked by the persistence of these activist groups. They seem to never give up! Any mention or reference of God must be wiped out. The Pledge of Allegiance, In God We Trust, you name it… they want it boarded up, whitewashed, and banished from our public life.

But not this time. Not Mother Teresa.

Sign on to our group letter to the Postmaster General here –

A group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation is now spreading lies about Blessed Mother Teresa accusing this holy nun of having a ‘darker side,’ and calling her a ‘polarizing Roman Catholic figurehead.’

That’s why we decided to act swiftly and make sure this anti-Mother Teresa campaign doesn’t gain any more momentum.

The groups now protesting the new stamp never protested other stamps honoring Gandhi, or even Martin Luther King, Jr. who proudly understood his fight for civil rights to be rooted in his Christian faith.

What is plain is that these groups not only dislike Mother Teresa, they despise the Catholic Church. They simply cannot stomach the thought of the United States Postal Service honoring a Catholic nun who spoke out against abortion, contraception, and against the atheistic materialism of the west.

In her famous 1994 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Mother Teresa closed with these words:

“From here, a sign of care for the weakest of the weak - the unborn child - must go out to the world. If you become a burning light of justice and peace in the world, then really you will be true to what the founders of this country stood for. God bless you!”

Please sign our letter to Postmaster General Jack Potter at

Please send this to your friends and family too. We need to push back against this ugly campaign, and stand up for this holy nun and all that she lived for.

Mother Teresa stood up for the best of America ’s ideals. Now it’s time we stand up for her.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Who Is Harry Knox?

Member of Obama’s Advisory Council On Faith-Based And Neighborhood Partnerships Has Repeatedly Attacked Catholics!


On April 6, 2009, President Obama Appointed Harry Knox To Be A Member Of His Advisory Council On Faith-Based And Neighborhood Partnerships. (The White House, “President Obama Announces Additional Members Of Advisory Council On Faith-Based And Neighborhood Partnerships,” Press Release, 4/6/09

Obama’s “White House Office Of Faith-Based And Neighborhood Partnerships Will Work On Behalf Of Americans Committed To Improving Their Communities, No Matter Their Religious Or Political Beliefs.” (The White House, “Obama Announces White House Office Of Faith-Based And Neighborhood Partnerships,” Press Release, 2/5/09)


Knox Says Pope Benedict XVI And Catholic Doctrine On Contraception Is “Hurting People In The Name Of Jesus.” “‘The Pope’s statement that condoms don’t help control the spread of HIV, but rather condoms increase infection rates, is hurting people in the name of Jesus,’ said Harry Knox, director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion & Faith Program.” (“Human Rights Campaign Responds To Pope Benedict’s Remarks That Condoms Increase HIV Infections,”, 3/17/09)

During California Marriage Ballot Initiative Debate, Knox Called Knights Of Columbus “Foot Soldiers Of A Discredited Army Of Oppression.” “Harry Knox, the religion and faith program director for the Human Rights Campaign, said … ‘The Knights of Columbus … in this particular case … were foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression,’ Knox told the B.A.R. , referring to its role in the Prop 8 campaign.” (Dan Aiello, “Catholic Bishops Revealed As Key In Marriage Battle,” The Bay Area Reporter, 03/19/09)

And Called Pope Benedict XVI And Catholic Bishops “Discredited Leaders.” “Knox noted that the Knights of Columbus ‘followed discredited leaders,’ including bishops and Pope Benedict XVI. ‘A pope who literally today said condoms don’t help in control of AIDS,’ Knox said Tuesday, shortly after the pope’s comments were released.” (Dan Aiello, “Catholic Bishops Revealed As Key In Marriage Battle,” The Bay Area Reporter, 03/19/09)

After Local Catholic Church In Wyoming Denied Communion To Gay Couple, Knox Attacked Church For Being “Immoral And Insulting To Jesus” And Committing “Spiritual And Emotional Violence.” “The couple, who were married in Canada, spoke out in opposition to a Wyoming bill that would deny the recognition of marriage rights for same-sex couples in the state. As a result, church officials said explicitly that the couple were denied communion due to their advocacy for marriage equality … [Knox said,] ‘In this holy Lenten season, it is immoral and insulting to Jesus to use the body and blood of Christ the reconciler as a weapon to silence free speech and demean the love of a committed, legally married couple. The Human Rights Campaign grieves with the couple, Leah Vader and Lynne Huskinson, over this act of spiritual and emotional violence perpetrated against them.’” (“Human Rights Campaign Responds To Catholic Church Barring Same-Sex Couple From Receiving ‘The Body Of Christ’” 4/6/07)


In Response To House GOP Leader John Boehner’s Call For Knox To Resign His Position, Obama’s Press Secretary Said “President Is Comfortable With The Makeup Of His Faith Advisory Council.” Q: “A couple weeks ago John Boehner… ask[ed] the President remove Harry Knox from the faith-based council for comments that he made about the Pope and the Catholic Church; he referred to the Pope as a discredited leader. Does the President disagree with those comments and is he planning any action on that?” GIBBS: “I haven’t seen that letter, but I think the President is comfortable with the makeup of his faith advisory council.”(Robert Gibbs, Press Briefing, The White House, 6/2/09)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Joe Bonamassa's New Album "Black Rock" Due Out March 23

Great review from Jon at of Joe Bonamassa's new album, "Black Rock", due out March 23.  The album can be pre-ordered from Bonamassa's U.S. distributor, J and R Adventures.  Pre-orders will be shipped out two weeks prior to the release date.  RC Blog looking forward to the April 23 tour date in Washington, D.C. 

I think I said something similar last release, but I can’t believe Joe Bonamassa is only 32 and Black Rock is his 10th, yes you read that correctly, 10th solo album release. The album was recorded at Black Rock Studios, Santorini, Greece hence the album title. It has a few greek influences thrown in such as on the track "Bird On A Wire", one of the outstanding tracks on Black Rock, which has a Clarino I believe in the intro and it sounds like a Bazouki and maybe Mandolin in the background fused with drums that sound like John Bonham. This track is actually a cover of the Leonard Cohen track and yet again Joe Bonamassa shows his excellent arrangement skills by transforming not only this track but also Jeff Beck’s "Spanish Boots" and Otis Rush’s "Three Times A Fool".

One of the highlights on this album is Joe’s cover of Willie Nelson’s "Night Life" featuring the always incredible B.B. King, the man who recognised the talent of Joe at an early age. Joe and B.B.‘s playing compliment each other well, as do their vocals. I love hearing how different their styles of playing are, B.B. is tasteful and soulful and Joe has more of an aggressive attacking style with a smoking tone.

There are a couple of tracks on this album, "Three Times A Fool" and "Look Over Yonders Wall" that reminded me of Clapton, both in tone and playing. It is amazing what a Chameleon Joe is. Joe plays slide on a track called "When The Fire Hits The Sea" which at first I thought he sounded like Derek Trucks on then I realised, no he sounds like Joe Bonamassa with thick creamy tone and phrasing that draws on classic blues slide players mixed with modern influences.

I can’t review this album without making some Led Zeppelin references. There are a few tracks on this album that obviously draw inspiration from Led Zep and he even seems to replicate some Jimmy Page tones on certain tracks. The opener "Steal Your Heart Away" for instance, which is a cover of the Bobby Parker track, has a Jimmy Page kind of stomping rock riff and tone but then launches into a solo that would make Eric Johnson himself put his guitar down and weep. Also "Blue and Evil", another great track has with some breath-taking guitar playing and a riff that wouldn’t be out of place in Kashmir. I’m not saying that the album is ripping off Led Zeppelin I can just hear a lot of influence in Joe’s playing, tone and writing which not many people could achieve with such originality and style.

The Ballad of John Henry was quite an album to try and follow, Black Rock is a great album and an example of great songwriting, arrangements and of course guitar playing and tone. Joe experiments with guitar tone more than most which brings a nice quality to each track, you never tire of hearing that same sound although and yet it is always unmistakably Joe. Is this album better than The Ballad Of John Henry? Well it is difficult to compare because this album has a totally different feel to it. I love The Ballad Of John Henry, it was my favourite album of 2009 chock full of incredible covers and originals. Black Rock doesn’t quite have the same initial impact for me but grows on you with each listen and after 10 or so listens start to finish I can say that this is probably going to be one of the most played albums in my iTunes this year.

After being asked whether it is a heavy-blues album or a more melodic one such as the last one, the answer is a bit of both but it definitely has more of a rock vibe than the last album and has some great dirty heavy blues tracks such as "When The Fire Hits The Sea", "Three Times A Fool", and "Wandering Earth" (very “Since I’ve Been Loving You” - Zep). Also a folky old school acoustic blues style track called "Athens To Athens". But then it has moments of Rock Blues that will knock you off your feet.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli: Founders would cheer Virginia’s anti-Obamacare bill

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli continues to lead the charge against the mandatory imposition of ObamaCare on Virginians.  God bless him!  Recently, the RC Blog included Cuccinelli's appearance on Fox Business Network's "Cavuto Show" on this same issue.  He should stand as a shining example for all Attorneys General throughout the nation to have the courage to go after the Socialist tactic of mandatory health care for Americans.

Here is an Op-Ed in Wednesday's Washington Examiner from General Cuccinelli:

February 10, 2010 Virginia is moving towards passing legislation that would make it unlawful to implement federal legislation to compel Virginia residents to buy health insurance, a/k/a, Obamacare. On Monday, February 1st, the Democratic-controlled state senate of Virginia passed a bill that would block the implementation of the individual mandate of Obamacare.

Some have argued that, constitutionally, federal legislation compelling Virginians to buy health insurance is no different than any other economic regulation imposed by Congress. That kind of “that’s the way we’ve always done it” thinking is not only incorrect constitutionally, but may help explain why reckless spending at the federal level has pushed America to the verge of bankruptcy.

It reminds me of an exchange between a reporter and one of the several Democratic committee chairmen in the House that are addressing the health care bill: The reporter asked the chairman “where in the Constitution does it say the federal government can mandate citizens to buy health insurance?”

The chairman snapped back: “Where does it say we can’t?!”

Sadly, like many of his cohorts, this chairman was blissfully unaware that if the Constitution doesn’t say the federal government can do something, then it can’t do it. And nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government given the authority to mandate citizens to purchase anything.

The bigger-government approach to the healthcare issue is clear cause to reexamine some fundamentals of how our government should operate. Our system of government is a republic. Before the Revolution, the sovereign was England. Following the Revolution, the power of the sovereign devolved to the people of the states, as explicitly noted in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution itself.

The states, as sovereign entities, granted express and limited powers to the federal government by way of the United States Constitution. To prevent one branch of the federal government from exceeding its express and limited powers, we have a “horizontal” system of checks and balances – the three branches of the federal government.

However, we also have a “vertical” system of checks and balances between the states and the federal government. This vertical system of checks and balances has been used too infrequently, but Virginia is now using it to declare our own law regarding healthcare freedom as a means to counteract an unconstitutional law (if it passes) at the federal level. This would create a conflict of laws.

But as James Madison wrote in Federalist 51, freedom is best protected when political ambition counteracts political ambition. Virginia is protecting the freedom of its citizens by “checking” the federal leviathan on the matter of healthcare.

The courts would need to resolve the coming conflict. Ultimately, however, the voters will decide: do federal politicians who may vote for Obamacare stand with the people and the Constitution? Virginians are saying “no” on a bi-partisan basis.

Too many people in Washington forget they get their authority – and I’ll add, their only authority – by a grant of express and enumerated powers from the sovereign states. But also as Madison wrote, that power “should be drawn from the same fountain of authority, the people.”

Our Virginia legislation, however, is important for other reasons. It may prove to be a model for other states to combat the reckless, out-of-touch ways of Washington. It has long been apparent that people are frustrated with government, but many people didn’t think they could do something about controlling such a behemoth.

Now people are figuring out the way to stop abuses of power which seem to be crippling our economy and eating away our liberty, is by using the Constitution against those who violate it. Leadership in this approach must come from the states.

It is the states that were expected to control the federal government, that’s why Madison said that the “different governments will control each other” in Federalist 51. The “different governments” are the state and federal governments. It’s part of our constitutional role as a state.

As attorney general for Virginia, I’m with Madison. The people of Virginia have every reason to expect that when the government violates the law – especially the supreme law of the land, the Constitution – there will be someone to protect them every bit as much as they are protected against violations of law by ordinary criminals.

For too long, the federal government has operated as if it granted authority and freedoms to people and the states. It’s time to start returning this system to its proper balance. The system has broken down, and that has real consequences for jobs, the economy, our security and our freedom.

Virginia’s history is steeped in protecting liberty – the foundation of our nation’s greatness. Once again, Virginia is taking the lead in protecting our citizens’ sacred liberty.

Monday, February 8, 2010

RFK, Jr. 15 Months Ago: Global Warming Means No Snow or Cold in DC

Great piece from David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who flies around on private planes so as to tell larger numbers of people how they must live their lives in order to save the planet, wrote a column last year on the lack of winter weather in Washington, D.C.

In Virginia, the weather also has changed dramatically. Recently arrived residents in the northern suburbs, accustomed to today's anemic winters, might find it astonishing to learn that there were once ski runs on Ballantrae Hill in McLean, with a rope tow and local ski club. Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don't own a sled. But neighbors came to our home at Hickory Hill nearly every winter weekend to ride saucers and Flexible Flyers.

In those days, I recall my uncle, President Kennedy, standing erect as he rode a toboggan in his top coat, never faltering until he slid into the boxwood at the bottom of the hill. Once, my father, Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy, brought a delegation of visiting Eskimos home from the Justice Department for lunch at our house. They spent the afternoon building a great igloo in the deep snow in our backyard. My brothers and sisters played in the structure for several weeks before it began to melt. On weekend afternoons, we commonly joined hundreds of Georgetown residents for ice skating on Washington's C&O Canal, which these days rarely freezes enough to safely skate.

Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil and its carbon cronies continue to pour money into think tanks whose purpose is to deceive the American public into believing that global warming is a fantasy.

Having shoveled my walk five times in the midst of this past weekend's extreme cold and blizzard, I think perhaps RFK, Jr. should leave weather analysis to the meteorologists instead of trying to attribute every global phenomenon to anthropogenic climate change.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Manhattan Declaration

Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family. It was in this tradition that a group of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars released the Manhattan Declaration on November 20, 2009 at a press conference in Washington, DC. The 4,700-word declaration speaks in defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. It issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere firmly to their convictions in these three areas.  To date, more than 400,000 people have signed the Declaration.
For more information on the Manhattan Declaration, click here.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Happy Birthday President Reagan!

Today, President Reagan would have turned 99 years old.  The Reagan Library is already gearing up for a big celebration over the next year to commemorate the Centennial.  Happy Birthday President Reagan!

Friday, February 5, 2010

RC Blog Endorses Howie Lind for Virginia's 10th Congressional District GOP Chairman

The RC Blog is proud to support and endorse Howie Lind, a true Reagan Conservative, for Virginia's 10th Congressional District GOP Chairman. Lind currently serves as a member of the State Central Committee for the 10th District and has done a fantatic job since being elected to the post in 2008. He also served as the Dranesville District Chairman from 2006-2008. Howie is a decorated 20-year U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Bush Administration.

Here was Howie's announcement of his candidacy:

“In making this decision, I was reminded that each of us has a responsibility as a Virginian and as an American to do our part to preserve and protect what has been handed down to us. In 1980, Ronald Reagan famously asked Americans a question which resonates as much today as it did then: “If not us, who? If not now, when?” I believe, as I know so many of you do, that history is once again calling us to a great struggle - for the very soul of our nation. Our Virginia and American heritage is under siege. Our traditions and founding ideals are under relentless assault. Today's cultural and political "elites" seem determined to destroy everything that has made our nation the envy of the world and are putting our national security at risk. Will you join me and fight for our commonwealth and for our country?”

We encourage all 10th District Republicans to sign up to vote at the 10th District Convention on May 22. The Convention will be held at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Va. The primary business of this convention is to elect the new Chairman. You will need to be registered as a delegate
with your local GOP committee, and attend the convention in person to vote.

For more information on how to sign up as a 10th District delegate, please contact the Howie Lind for Chairman campaign at (703) 336-3940.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Virginia AG Cuccinelli on "Cavuto"

Here's the video from last night's Fox Business Network "Cavuto" show featuring Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.  Cuccinelli tells the Federal Government to "bring it on!" in terms of trying to enforce mandatory health care in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Conservative Walker Leads In Wisconsin Governor Race

Scott Walker, current Milwaukee County Executive, continues to craft a first-rate campaign in his quest to become Wisconsin's next governor.  Walker, a self-proclaimed Reagan Conservative, is one of the Right's young superstars.  The RC Blog has endorsed Walker from the day of his announcement.  Here is the latest poll data from Wisconsin...

Poll puts Walker ahead of Barrett

Madison -- Republican Scott Walker beat Democrat Tom Barrett in a new poll in the race for governor that showed many voters are still undecided.

The poll also put Republican Mark Neumann ahead of Barrett, but within the poll's margin of error.

The poll by Rasmussen Reports showed Walker with 48% and Barrett with 38%. Two percent would vote for another candidate and 12% were not sure who they would vote for.

Those polled chose Neumann over Barrett, 42% to 38%. Seven percent said they would vote for someone else and 17% weren't sure who they would choose in that match-up.

The poll of 500 voters was taken Wednesday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Walker is the Milwaukee County executive, Barrett is the Milwaukee mayor and Neumann is a former U.S. representative from Nashotah.

A Republican primary will be held Sept. 14. The general election is Nov. 2.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Washington Post Challenges Pro-Abortion Critics of Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad

This morning's Washington Post included a column from award-winning sports reporter Sally Jenkins on the upcoming "Focus on the Family" Super Bowl ad, which uses Florida QB Tim Tebow to promote life. 

Of course, the pro-abortion lobby is fighting hard to get the ad pulled, especially in light of the gay dating service ad recently getting pulled by CBS.  Ms. Jenkins, who is pro-choice, takes a shot at those pro-abortion leaders who are, indeed, hypocrites and intolerant. 

Glad to see that there are some individuals on the pro-choice side who are willing to listen to other side and at least respect their position. Hopefully, this ad will convince other like-minded pro-choice Americans that intolerance, typically indentified with the Religious Right, is in reality more prevalent on the Left...

Tebow's Super Bowl ad isn't intolerant; its critics are

By Sally Jenkins, Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I'll spit this out quick, before the armies of feminism try to gag me and strap electrodes to my forehead: Tim Tebow is one of the better things to happen to young women in some time. I realize this stance won't endear me to the "Dwindling Organizations of Ladies in Lockstep," otherwise known as DOLL, but I'll try to pick up the shards of my shattered feminist credentials and go on.

As statements at Super Bowls go, I prefer the idea of Tebow's pro-life ad to, say, Jim McMahon dropping his pants, as the former Chicago Bears quarterback once did in response to a question. We're always harping on athletes to be more responsible and engaged in the issues of their day, and less concerned with just cashing checks. It therefore seems more than a little hypocritical to insist on it only if it means criticizing sneaker companies, and to stifle them when they take a stance that might make us uncomfortable.

I'm pro-choice, and Tebow clearly is not. But based on what I've heard in the past week, I'll take his side against the group-think, elitism and condescension of the "National Organization of Fewer and Fewer Women All The Time." For one thing, Tebow seems smarter than they do.

Tebow's 30-second ad hasn't even run yet, but it already has provoked "The National Organization for Women Who Only Think Like Us" to reveal something important about themselves: They aren't actually "pro-choice" so much as they are pro-abortion. Pam Tebow has a genuine pro-choice story to tell. She got pregnant in 1987, post-Roe v. Wade, and while on a Christian mission in the Philippines, she contracted a tropical ailment. Doctors advised her the pregnancy could be dangerous, but she exercised her freedom of choice and now, 20-some years later, the outcome of that choice is her beauteous Heisman Trophy winner son, a chaste, proselytizing evangelical.

Pam Tebow and her son feel good enough about that choice to want to tell people about it. Only, NOW says they shouldn't be allowed to. Apparently NOW feels this commercial is an inappropriate message for America to see for 30 seconds, but women in bikinis selling beer is the right one. I would like to meet the genius at NOW who made that decision. On second thought, no, I wouldn't.

There's not enough space in the sports pages for the serious weighing of values that constitutes this debate, but surely everyone in both camps, pro-choice or pro-life, wishes the "need" for abortions wasn't so great. Which is precisely why NOW is so wrong to take aim at Tebow's ad.

Here's what we do need a lot more of: Tebows. Collegians who are selfless enough to choose not to spend summers poolside, but travel to impoverished countries to dispense medical care to children, as Tebow has every summer of his career. Athletes who believe in something other than themselves, and are willing to put their backbone where their mouth is. Celebrities who are self-possessed and self-controlled enough to use their wattage to advertise commitment over decadence.

You know what we really need more of? Famous guys who aren't embarrassed to practice sexual restraint, and to say it out loud. If we had more of those, women might have fewer abortions. See, the best way to deal with unwanted pregnancy is to not get the sperm in the egg and the egg implanted to begin with, and that is an issue for men, too -- and they should step up to that.

"Are you saving yourself for marriage?" Tebow was asked last summer during an SEC media day.

"Yes, I am," he replied.

The room fell into a hush, followed by tittering: The best college football player in the country had just announced he was a virgin. As Tebow gauged the reaction from the reporters in the room, he burst out laughing. They were a lot more embarrassed than he was.

"I think y'all are stunned right now!" he said. "You can't even ask a question!"

That's how far we've come from any kind of sane viewpoint about star athletes and sex. Promiscuity is so the norm that if a stud isn't shagging everything in sight, we feel faintly ashamed for him.

Obviously Tebow can make people uncomfortable, whether it's for advertising his chastity, or for wearing his faith on his face via biblical citations painted in his eye-black. Hebrews 12:12, his cheekbones read during the Florida State game: "Therefore strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees." His critics find this intrusive, and say the Super Bowl is no place for an argument of this nature. "Pull the ad," NOW President Terry O'Neill said. "Let's focus on the game."

Trouble is, you can't focus on the game without focusing on the individuals who play it -- and that is the genius of Tebow's ad. The Super Bowl is not some reality-free escape zone. Tebow himself is an inescapable fact: Abortion doesn't just involve serious issues of life, but of potential lives, Heisman trophy winners, scientists, doctors, artists, inventors, Little Leaguers -- who would never come to be if their birth mothers had not wrestled with the stakes and chosen to carry those lives to term. And their stories are every bit as real and valid as the stories preferred by NOW.

Let me be clear again: I couldn't disagree with Tebow more. It's my own belief that the state has no business putting its hand under skirts. But I don't care that we differ. Some people will care that the ad is paid for by Focus on the Family, a group whose former spokesman, James Dobson, says loathsome things about gays. Some will care that Tebow is a creationist. Some will care that CBS has rejected a gay dating service ad. None of this is the point. CBS owns its broadcast and can run whatever advertising it wants, and Tebow has a right to express his beliefs publicly. Just as I have the right to reject or accept them after listening -- or think a little more deeply about the issues. If the pro-choice stance is so precarious that a story about someone who chose to carry a risky pregnancy to term undermines it, then CBS is not the problem.

Tebow's ad, by the way, never mentions abortion; like the player himself, it's apparently soft-spoken. It simply has the theme "Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life." This is what NOW has labeled "extraordinarily offensive and demeaning." But if there is any demeaning here, it's coming from NOW, via the suggestion that these aren't real questions, and that we as a Super Bowl audience are too stupid or too disinterested to handle them on game day.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Reagan's Words Still Ring True Today!

Special thanks to Gary C. for sending this along...

Miss Him Yet?

"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it."
-Ronald Reagan

'Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.'
- Ronald Reagan

'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
-Ronald Reagan

'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.'
-Ronald Reagan

'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.'
- Ronald Reagan

'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.'
-Ronald Reagan

'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'
- Ronald Reagan

'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.'
- Ronald Reagan

'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.'
- Ronald Reagan

'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.'
- Ronald Reagan

'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it'
- Ronald Reagan

'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'
- Ronald Reagan

'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'
- Ronald Reagan

'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'
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