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Romney Is the Real Deal

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 7:53 AM

By: Ronald Kessler

Last April, Newsmax magazine ran a cover story headlined, “Romney to the Rescue: Romney’s Got the Right Stuff for 2008.”

Based on interviews I conducted with Mitt Romney and his friends, family, and aides, as well as with critics and neutral observers, the profile depicted him as a remarkably successful businessman and conservative governor with impeccable character.

Since the Newsmax article appeared nothing has changed.

No one has revealed that Romney appointed a close friend as police chief who has since been indicted for dealings involving figures with ties to the Mafia, as is the case with Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani did this even though he was warned about red flags in the candidate’s background.

There have been no revelations that Romney commuted or pardoned 1,033 criminals, including 12 murderers, as did Mike Huckabee. To the contrary, Romney granted no commutations or pardons as governor. Nor did Romney raise taxes. In contrast, by the end of his 10-year tenure, Huckabee was responsible for a 37 percent hike in the sales tax in Arkansas. Spending increased by 65 percent — three times the rate of inflation.

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Romney is the real deal – to really understand this, please read the rest of this article. It sums it up beautifully.


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Apostle Urges Students to Use New Media


Two hundred graduating students at Brigham Young University-Hawaii were urged today to use the Internet — including blogs and other forms of “new media” — to contribute to a national conversation about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder M. Russell Ballard, an apostle in the Church, told the mostly Mormon student body that conversations about the Church would take place whether or not Church members decided to participate in them.

“We cannot stand on the sidelines while others, including our critics, attempt to define what the Church teaches,” he said.

“While some conversations have audiences in the thousands or even millions, most are much, much smaller. But all conversations have an impact on those who participate in them. Perceptions of the Church are established one conversation at a time.”

Church leaders have publicly expressed concern that while much of the recent extensive news reporting on the Church has been balanced and accurate, some has been trivial, distorted or without context.

Elder Ballard said there were too many conversations going on about the Church for Church representatives to respond to each individually, and that Church leaders “can’t answer every question, satisfy every inquiry and respond to every inaccuracy that exists.”

He said students should consider sharing their views on blogs, responding to online news reports and using the “new media” in other ways.

But he cautioned against arguing with others about their beliefs. “There is no need to become defensive or belligerent,” he said.

View the address here.
What a wonderful thing – we all need to get our voices “out there” for so many reasons. This is important for all of us.

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Q&A with M. Russell Ballard and Quentin L. Cook

What the Mormon Church wants you to know

M. Russell Ballard, left, and Quentin L. Cook of the Mormon Church. M. Russell Ballard, left, and Quentin L. Cook of the Mormon Church. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
By Michael Paulson December 23, 2007

IT’S BEEN A tough few years for Mormons in the public square.

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There was Jon Krakauer’s book about homicidal Mormon fundamentalists, and an HBO miniseries, “Big Love,” on polygamists, and a series of theatrical events, from “Angels in America” to “Confessions of a Mormon Boy,” that highlighted Mormonism’s alleged ostracism of gays.

And now, of course, there is the campaign of Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who is seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency. Although Romney is the fifth Mormon to seek the presidency, his arrival at a moment when there is enormous focus on the relation between religion and politics has surfaced a wave of negative sentiments and suspicion about his Mormon faith.

The Mormon Church, formally called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has watched the national conversation with considerable concern, and has recently embarked on an intensive effort to influence the way the faith is perceived. Among its efforts, the church has begun sending apostles – top level administrators of the faith – out to meet with the editorial boards of newspapers and magazines around the nation.

“Everyone knows why there is a national debate going on about Mormons right now,” the church says in a statement. “But over the past several months, we have seen an endless parade of ‘experts’ – from academics to pollsters to evangelical Christians and even journalists – commenting on, describing, explaining and expounding our faith. Too often, the Church itself is left out of that conversation altogether. We’d like to join it.”

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What’s Behind the McCain-Huckabee Love-Fest?

December 25, 2007 02:51 PM EST rating: 9.7/10 (3 votes) | comments: 12

There is a saying in politics that is as old as Methuselah (or at least as old as John McCain) – “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” I don’t know how much stranger it could get than the latest hook-up.


Consider this item by Michael Levenson from today’s Boston Globe.com article McCain, Huckabee form unusual alliance against Romney.


John McCain and Mike Huckabee have become unusual allies, united by their desire to stop Mitt Romney from winning the early presidential nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.While Huckabee and McCain have repeatedly criticized Romney, they have showered each other with affection. McCain has lauded Huckabee as “a man of integrity, honesty, and decency.” And Huckabee has praised McCain as “a true, honest-to-God American hero.”


The warmth between them may be heartfelt, but both men recognize that they need each other over the next two weeks. McCain needs Huckabee to beat Romney in Iowa‘s Republican caucuses on Jan. 3, so that Romney is weakened for the New Hampshire primary five days later. And Huckabee needs McCain to draw votes from Romney in Iowa. Polls indicate McCain and Romney are in a statistical tie in New Hampshire, and Huckabee is leading Romney in Iowa.The alliance between the folksy former Arkansas governor and the irreverent Arizona senator has been one of the stranger story lines to emerge in the Republican race. McCain, after all, has had a rocky relationship with evangelical voters since he criticized Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson during the 2000 presidential campaign, saying their message of “intolerance” hurt the Republican Party and America. Huckabee, meanwhile, has rocketed to the top of the Iowa polls and the top tier of national candidates by courting evangelical voters and marketing himself in his ads as a “Christian leader.”

Go read it all… very disturbing…


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Listening to Pandora this week has just been AMAZING. Giving politics a little break and rebuilding for the New Year – this is the way! For Free!

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.pandora.com posted with vodpod

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A must see, this puts it all together:

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