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Anti-Immigrant Virginia Legislator Targets Food, Shelter

A state legislator from the northern Virginia suburbs has proposed a bill to “forbid religious, charitable or community groups from using state or local government money to intentionally serve illegal immigrants by providing food, shelter, education or other social services,” the AP reports.

Del. Jackson Miller, a Republican recently elected to represent the affluent Washington suburb of Manassas, has made “quality of life” issues his political signature, which for him means combating “overcrowding” (i.e., extended family members) and cracking down on undocumented immigrants looking for work. His campaign website lists “illegal immigration” as his top issue.

Miller said he was inspired to act following the efforts by the town council of the nearby suburb of Herndon to create a day-laborer center, which drew fire from right-wing groups like Judicial Watch and the Herndon Minutemen and was incorporated into the 2005 governor’s race by unsuccessful GOP candidate Jerry Kilgore. Nevertheless, his bill is more reminiscent of a provision proposed by Republicans in the U.S. House last year that would have created criminal penalties for churches that give aid to immigrants without checking their papers first.

FRC Rebuts SOTU, PFAW Rebuts FRC

The Family Research Council was not overly-impressed with the President’s latest State of the Union address, complaining that President Bush “failed to challenge the new majority to advance core family and cultural issues”:

[T]he President failed to challenge the new majority to advance core family and cultural issues, issues that many in the new majority campaigned on last year. These same issues will motivate pro-family Americans to rally around an administration that needs support.

"With two years left in the Bush Presidency, the stakes for families couldn't be higher. What will become of the culture of life, the defense of marriage, and permanent family-friendly tax policies?

Mr. President, fight for the American family and American families will stand with you!"

The FRC was so unimpressed with the President’s speech that FRC’s Tony Perkins released his own video response in which he warned that “today we have the most anti-family leadership in Congress that Washington has seen in over a decade,” saying the “stakes for the American family could not be higher”:

It seems as if FRC is sticking with its delusion that Republicans merely need to dedicate themselves to advancing the right-wing agenda in order to win the support of the American people.  

And if FRC is going to keep making this argument, then we’ll just have to keep reminding them of the uncomfortable truth:

Long-Shot Brownback at Home in Anti-Abortion Protest

Campaigning for president as “the full-scale conservative,” Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) has won the hearts of many right-wing activists for joining in the calls warning of a so-called “War on Christmas” and blocking a judicial nominee who once attended a lesbian commitment ceremony, but his candidacy has so far failed to establish viability. “Brownback has to prove he can win,” as Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention put it. Still, the senator is steadily expanding his base, as he demonstrated during Monday’s anti-abortion protests in Washington.

Brownback wrote an op-ed in support of the protests in The Washington Times, and he spoke at several events during the day, culminating in a “Brownback for President” reception. Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reports:

The Rev. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life gave the opening prayer: "We pray today particularly for a man whom we love and whom we admire, whom we look to and have looked to for leadership and have not been disappointed. We pray today for Senator Brownback and his family."

Two hundred march participants chanted: "Brownback! Brownback!"

Brownback at Blogs4LifeBrownback also spoke at the Family Research Council’s Blogs4Life conference (covered by ProLifeBlogs, Townhall, and Human Events), where he predicted that “Roe v. Wade is going to be overturned” within a few years, as Milbank reported.

He announced his introduction of the "Unborn Pain Awareness Act" and vowed to protect all "children of a living God." Asking why disabled Americans are protected but not fetuses with abnormalities, he demanded: "What's the difference -- location?" For emphasis, he introduced a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome. He urged the listeners to speak to abortion-rights supporters with "truth encased in love."

This is not the first time Brownback has used children as stage props. This past summer, the senator argued against embryonic stem-cell research by bringing out a 7-year-old girl, who had drawn a picture of herself as an embryo saying, “Are you going to kill me?” This particular rhetorical technique was previously used by former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania), who brought a 4-year-old to the Senate chamber while arguing for the “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.” ““What they wanted to do was kill this baby by stabbing her in the base of the skull and suctioning her brains out,” said Santorum, pointing to the girl in the audience.

Santorum’s extreme politics endeared him to the Right – not too long ago, he was the one frequently mentioned as a potential presidential candidate – but it cost him his Senate seat in November’s election. Brownback is hoping to find a growing Right Wing in Iowa that could give him the edge in the GOP caucus, but first he has to appeal to more moderate Republican voters, and convince them that he won’t meet Santorum’s fate. Otherwise, the difference will be location – the chasm between warm reception at a far-Right blog panel and disappointment at a real-life voting booth.

(Photo from ProLifeBlogs.com.)

Anti-Abortion Protest in Washington

Local minister “asked what would have happened had Martin Luther King been aborted, then described the process in detail.”

Focus on the Family Looks to States for Anti-Abortion Legislation

Such as bans triggered on overturn of Roe.

Right Spins in Advance of State-of-the-Union Speech

FRC’s Tony Perkins and Heritage’s Ed Fuelner.

Anti-Immigrant FAIR Launches Pre-Emptive Attack on Bush Speech

Denounces “radical immigration agenda.” Meanwhile: FAIR complains about lack of border fence.

Virginia Bill on Student Clubs Revived

Permission slips apparently target gay-straight alliances.

And Then The Hypocrisy Detector Went Off the Charts

gingrich3.jpgThe Washington Post reports that Newt Gingrich’s new organization recently received “a $1 million check from Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon G. Adelson.”

The Post turned to Traditional Values Coalition head Lou Sheldon for comment on the idea that Gingrich would be using gambling funds to bankroll his right-wing agenda:

"The problem is the income comes from what we call a vice, and that is an issue," said the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, which has long been a powerful voice on social issues inside the GOP.

"I certainly could never have done that and I certainly can't encourage it, but if good will comes out of it in terms of these issues . . . then that remains to be seen. There's an old expression that the devil's had the money long enough, it's about time the good people got their hands on it," he said.

Oh the hypocrisy:

[Jack] Abramoff quietly arranged for eLottery to pay conservative, anti-gambling activists to help in the firm's $2 million pro-gambling campaign, including Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, and the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition. Both kept in close contact with Abramoff about the arrangement, e-mails show. Abramoff also turned to prominent anti-tax conservative Grover Norquist, arranging to route some of eLottery's money for Reed through Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform.

In May, eLottery hired Abramoff's firm, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, for $100,000 a month, according to lobbying reports. In the following months, Abramoff directed the company to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to various organizations, faxes, e-mails and court records show. The groups included Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform; Sheldon's Traditional Values Coalition; companies affiliated with Reed; and a Seattle Orthodox Jewish foundation, Toward Tradition.

In 2000, Abramoff’s client, eLottery, faced devastation if Congress passed legislation prohibiting internet gambling.  Abramoff’s solution was to take an exception for jai alai and horse racing contained in the legislation and argue that the exceptions would actually expand legalized gambling and then gin up right-wing opposition.  

Unfortunately for him, most of the Right supported the bill, so Abramoff reached out to Sheldon and Ralph Reed in an effort to kill it.  Sheldon when to work pushing House members to oppose the bill and targeting Reps. Robert Aderholt, J.C. Watts and others with mailers accusing them of supporting a “law the gamblers want” for having voted for the gambling bill.  

In the end, Abramoff’s scheme paid off and Congress adjourned without passing the legislation.  

It was no coincidence that Abramoff called Sheldon "Lucky Louie."

ABC Correspondent's Book to Show High Court Influence of Far-Right Justice Thomas

Moved Scalia to Right. Also from book: AG Gonzales tried to block Miers nomination, warning of right-wing “revolt.”