Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.

calendar   Friday - November 02, 2007

Fred on Driver’s Licenses for Illegals

From the FredFile

While Hillary Clinton was speaking out both sides of her mouth at last night’s debate over the issue of drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, what went unsaid is that this is a recipe for increased voter fraud. Under the federal “Motor Voter” law (the National Voter Registration Act of 1993), states must provide applicants for drivers licenses with the opportunity to register to vote.

Giving legal drivers licenses to illegal immigrants is wrong and would provide them the opportunity to register to vote in our country. People who are not citizens of the United States should not be encouraged by pandering politicians to further break our laws and risk the health of our political system.

UPDATE: Fred spoke to reporters in San Jose today:

As far as I’m concerned, I think giving drivers licenses to illegals is a bad idea for a lot of reasons. I think we have to quit inducing people to come and stay if they’re illegal. I think it’s a disservice to the millions of people who stood in long lines around the world at American embassies to come here and play by the rules and become American citizens and become productive and great parts of our society. But when you’re making it easier, when you’re providing sanctuary cities and telling your local officials that they can’t even cooperate with federal authorities, and then saying its a federal responsibility, I think that’s an irresponsible way to go,

Drivers licenses are the nearest thing to an ID card that we’ve got in this country. Your need your drivers license for everything. Why aren’t they being apprehended and sent home if they come in and announce that they’re illegal? We’ve either got to be serious enforcing our laws or not. I don’t think we can afford to be selective in that regard.

So right.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/02/2007 at 08:31 AM   
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calendar   Monday - October 29, 2007

Fred in Field and Stream

David Petzal, the gun nut for Field and Stream, published a statement by Fred concerning the UN and Gun control.  Here is an excerpt:

Besides concluding that all nations are obligated under international human rights law to control the small arms and light weapons to which its civilian population has access, the UN report remarkably denied the existence of any human right to self-defense, evidently overlooking the work of Hugo Grotius, the 17th century scholar credited as the founder of international law, who wrote, “It is to be observed that [the] Right of Self-Defence, arises directly and immediately from the Care of our own Preservation, which Nature recommends to every one. . . ,” and that this right is so primary, that it cannot be denied on the basis that it is not “expressly set forth.”

There is another disturbing aspect to this call for international global gun control. Throughout modern history, the forced disarmament of people by its government has often been accompanied or followed by that government’s commission of often massive human rights abuses. In fact, no genocide in the 20th century occurred when the victim population still possessed small arms, legally or illegally, with which to defend themselves.

So now the UN wants to disarm civilians? Where was the UN when the massacres in Rwanda occurred? What did the UN do to protect the victims of ethnic massacres in Bosnia? Disarming civilians under the guise of international human rights law will only lead to more such genocides by ensuring that civilians can never defend themselves! It would be funny if it weren’t so perverse.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/29/2007 at 03:02 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - October 25, 2007

Immigration Plan Released

A little late reporting this, but still looks better than anything else I’ve seen.

Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Plan Released

In previous commentaries Fred has mentioned the need to secure our borders and uphold the rule of law. In “The Importance of Border Security” he wrote,

You can’t have national security without border security. It’s not only necessary for any meaningful immigration reform; border security plays a key role in both the interdiction of illegal drugs and in defending America against terrorist threats. Weak borders allow terrorists and smugglers, as well as millions of illegal aliens, easy entrance to the United States. Unfortunately, it’s not at all clear our government is committed to its first responsibility: the protection of our borders.

Today, Fred has released his Border Security and Immigration Reform Plan.

These are the highlights:

No Amnesty. Amnesty undermines U.S. law and policy, rewards bad behavior, and is unfair to the millions of immigrants who follow the law and are awaiting legal entry into the United States.
Attrition through Enforcement. Adding “at least 25,000 agents” to the Border Patrol and doubling the number of ICE agents.
Enforce Existing Federal Laws. Rejecting sanctuary cities by cutting federal discretionary funds to states and local governments that ignore existing immigration laws.
Reduce the Jobs Incentive. Require U.S. employers to use the E-Verify system to determine if a person can legally work here.
Bolster Border Security. Finish building the wall along our border.
Increased Prosecution. Go after coyotes, alien gang members, and criminals.
Rigorous Entry/Exit Tracking.

The plan also includes improving our immigration process; rewarding those who play by the rules and add to our country:

Maximize Program Efficiency. Make it faster and easier for employers and immigrants to obey the law.
Enhanced Reporting.
Modernize Immigration Law/Policy. Reduce chain migration to spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens.
English As Official Language. The plan would promote assimilation and legal immigrants’ success, and require English proficiency in order for any foreign person to be granted lawful permanent resident status.
Freedom from Political Oppression. The U.S. would continue to welcome victims of ruthless regimes.
Service to Country. Those lawfully serving in our armed forces would have an easier time becoming U.S. citizens.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/25/2007 at 08:43 AM   
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calendar   Friday - October 19, 2007

Jackie Hearts Fred

My favorite line:
“...just like there’s a conspiracy to build up Hillary Clinton and make her a genius when she’s basically a moron.”


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/19/2007 at 01:58 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - October 11, 2007

Fred’s Facts Check Out

I only watched a few minutes of the debate this week, but what I saw was rather imporessive.  I feared Fred would get into that slow drawl mode and lose everyone’s interest, but he didn’t seem to.  I think he bobs and turns his head too much, but I can take that if the content is right on. has the skinny on whether Fred made up stuff or not.

Thompson stuck to the facts in his rookie outing. A number of his statements attracted our interest, but they all checked out.

Corporate Taxes 2nd Highest in the World: Thompson was correct when he said of the U.S., “We have the second highest corporate tax penalty in the world.” According to a study produced by the global consulting firm KPMG, the U.S. top corporate tax rate of 40 percent is just slightly below Japan’s 40.6 percent. The United States is resisting a worldwide trend that has seen most nations reduce corporate taxes during the last decade. As of Jan. 1, 2007, the German rate was 38.36 percent; the Italian rate was 37.25 percent; and the Canadian rate was 36.1 percent. The average for the 30 major industrial democracies was 27.8 percent.

WMDs in Iraq: Thompson corrected moderator Chris Matthews, who wrongly implied that the former senator had said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction “right before” the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq:

Matthews: You made a statement a couple of days ago, I believe, that alluded to the fact you believed that there were such weapons [WMDs] in Iraq. Do you believe they were there right before we got in – they were moved out somewhere? ...
Thompson: No, I didn’t say that. I was just stating what was obvious and that is that Saddam had had them prior. They used them against his own people – against the Kurds.

Thompson was correct. Matthews referred to remarks the senator made to about 60 persons in Newton, Iowa, last week. Both MSNBC and the Des Moines Register quoted him as saying, “We can’t forget the fact that although at a particular point in time we never found any WMD down there, he clearly had had WMD. He clearly had had the beginnings of a nuclear program.” Thompson didn’t say in the speech when Saddam “had had WMD.” The Register updated its article with a follow-up interview in which he made clear he was referring to a period long before the war:

Thompson (Des Moines Register): He [Hussein] acknowledged, I think, in filings made by the United Nations that prior to the invasion – sometime prior to the invasion – that he had chemical and biological weapons. I mean he used chemical weapons on the Kurds.

We can see how Thompson might have given the crowd in Newton the impression that he thought Iraq possessed WMD immediately before the 2003 invasion. Unless he saw the Register’s update, Matthews could well have been left with that impression, too.

Economic Growth: Thompson erred – but on the safe side – when he said, “We’re enjoying 22 quarters of successive economic growth.” Actually, the U.S. economy has grown for 23 successive quarters, according to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. And when preliminary figures on gross domestic product for July, August and September are released later this month, the official total is expected to reach 24.

Restraining Future Social Security Benefits: Thompson also was correct about the effect of restraining growth of Social Security benefits for future retirees:

Thompson: And then, lastly, one of the other things that could be done would be to index benefits to inflation. Index benefit to inflation for future retirees. It would not affect current or near retirement people. [It] would be indexed to inflation instead of wages, as it is today. And it would solve the problem for several years; it wouldn’t solve it indefinitely, but it would give us a window of opportunity to get our arms around the problem. It would be a major step in the right direction.

The Social Security actuaries calculate that it would require a tax increase of 1.95 percent of taxable payroll to pay benefits promised under current benefit formulas for the next 75 years. But most of that “actuarial imbalance” would disappear under various proposals to peg benefits of future retirees to inflation rather than to wage growth. One form of so-called “progressive” indexing would allow future retirement benefits for the lowest 40 percent of wage earners to keep growing under the current formula, which is pegged to wage growth, but slow down the growth of benefits for higher-income workers retiring after 2012 according to a sliding scale. Benefits for those at the very top would rise only enough to keep pace with inflation. Actuaries calculated that this would remove 1.21 percentage points from the 1.95 percent actuarial imbalance.

Opinions differ on whether any reduction in future benefit growth is a step “in the right direction,” and we take no position on that. Thompson was correct to say that proposals for inflation indexing would “solve the problem for years,” however.

Not a bad report card for his first time out.  How did the others fair?  Go and have a look.  There is a lot of detail, much of it aint pretty.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/11/2007 at 03:28 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - September 27, 2007

Fred’s Principles

The Friends of Fred have published four guiding principles that Fred will run his Presidency on.

We believe to take the measure of a man you must understand his principles. What will be the standards he applies as issues come before him? Fred Thompson has clear principles he has honed through his years of public service. We now have those principles on the website. Here are a few:

These principles will guide a Thompson administration. What do you think?

I like what I see.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/27/2007 at 09:24 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - September 08, 2007

Daily Fred Thompson Attack

Today’s entry comes from Michael Reagan, son of the Gipper, and

A Few Questions For Fred Thompson
By Michael Reagan
September 7, 2007

Fred Thompson’s opening shot in launching his campaign on the Jay Leno show was impressive, but now he has to forget the sound bites and the folksy advice and get down to brass tacks.

To begin with, he has to give the voters in the primary states a good reason to pick him over all the other Republican candidates. He has to tell them not only where he stands on the issues, but also what he plans to do about them.

It’s not enough to say he wants a better America—after all, everybody wants that. He has to spell out how he plans to get there.

What is he going to do to give us the smaller government candidates keep promising but never seem to provide?

What is he going to do to win the war in Iraq and the war against terrorism?

How does he plan to create a fairer income tax system that rewards hard work rather than punishes it?

He needs to answer those questions and be very specific in his answers.

He goes on from there, demanding the Fred answer all of these questions with exacting detail before he can be taken seriously.  He doesn’t want to hear anything about how Fred “feels” unless it is how he feels about the people.

Sheesh.  What a putz.

They guy is making his first stump speech and is supposed to have already layed out his entire plan for peace on earth?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/08/2007 at 08:00 AM   
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calendar   Friday - September 07, 2007

Daily Fred Thompson Attack

This morning’s attack comes from Brad Blakeman of Freedom Watch.  He feels that all networks, cable included, should pull all episodes of “Law and Order” now that Fred is running.  The argument is that it gives him a clear advantage to have his mug on the air in a fictional TV show.


Link to MSNBC Video


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/07/2007 at 08:39 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - September 06, 2007

New Button

Inspired by Misha, I’ve created my own Fred08 Button.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/06/2007 at 02:13 PM   
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It’s Official

Fred made his announcement on Leno last night.  Here are the clips:

Then you can go to Fred08 and watch his announcement video.

Let the games begin!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/06/2007 at 07:35 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - September 05, 2007

Fred’s First Ad

Fred08/I’m With Fred


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/05/2007 at 11:07 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - September 04, 2007

NY Daily News on Fred

What does the New York Daily News think about Fred?

There are those inclined to sneer that Fred Thompson ultimately has not much more than Hollywood star power going for him. Could be. But then, Americans didn’t elect Ronald Reagan simply because he used to be that nice man on “General Electric Theater,” and Arnold Schwarzenegger is not governor of California just because people liked him so much in “Conan the Destroyer.”

Committed Fredheads, for their part, are sure that what they’ve got in their man, a lawyer and former U.S. senator, is a genuine pure-conservative alternative to the other Republican presidential candidates, one who is certain to give Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney at least a few cold sweats.

Well, maybe yes, maybe no. At the very least, Thompson’s impending candidacy does immediately reenergize a race that has, let’s be honest here, settled into a sort of stupefying torpor after all these umpty-ump months - and brings new light to several ongoing campaign issues. Thompson is absolutely pro-life, period, no waffling about it. He is solidly pro-Second Amendment, period, no dithering. He’s a gung-ho war on terror man, a no-nonsense border security man. America is about to find out whether Republicans lean more toward Thompson’s unabashed purity on social issues - or toward the practical executive experience touted by Giuliani and Romney.

To date, Thompson has played his cards cannily, and he walks into this party with Favorite New Flavor all over him. American politics has, of course, seen his likes before. Thus, Thompson’s serious test starts now. Voters will make up their minds soon enough whether he’s just another pretty face.

Pro Life?  Check
Pro Gun?  Check
WoT?  Check
Border Security?  Check
Punches Hippies?  Check

What’s there not to like?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/04/2007 at 11:21 AM   
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calendar   Friday - August 31, 2007

Fred’s In

September 6th, that’s the official day.

Next week, Fred will announce he is running for President of the United States. The internet has been buzzing these past few hours and excitement continues to build as we near the day of his announcement.

The plan is Fred announcing September 6 by a webcast at Then Fred will head out on a five-day campaign tour through Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida before his homecoming in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

It’s exciting for everyone who has been supporting Fred these past few months, but this is just the beginning. As Fred said, “we have an opportunity to change politics in Washington and across the country.” Supporters from all over the country can now devote their time, energy, and resources to supporting a man who wants to keep America secure, unite us, and push for continued prosperity.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/31/2007 at 06:57 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - July 14, 2007

RINO is still clueless

Mr. Christian is needing some assistance. That’s how I interpret his last post. I’ll do what I can. Let’s see how this goes over…

The Dayton Daily conducted an email interview with ex-Senator Mike DeWine (RINO-OH) The results show that DeWine still doesn’t understand why he lost last November.

Yes, I held my nose and voted for this clueless jerk. But I did NOT support him with either money or time. He was one of the ‘gang of seven’ Republicans who held up Bush’s court nominees.

DDN. From your experience, what do think people don’t understand about Congress that they would be interested in knowing? That is, what’s the main misunderstanding?

DeWine. Many times all the public sees is the partisan bickering. While there is way too much of that, what is missed is that on any given day (while) the headlines may be of partisan squabbling on one issue, on that very day there are dozens of cases of Democrats and Republicans working together. Virtually every bill and amendment I got passed in the Senate was done by working very closely with a Democrat partner.

You know, I vote Republican for a reason. I’m a partisan. I expect partisan ‘bickering’. I want partisan ‘bickering’. The problem, Mr. DeWine, is not that there was too much ‘partisan’ bickering. The problem was that there was too much ‘partisan’ caving on the Republican side. Mainly by RINOs like you, Mr. DeWine. Next question:

DDN. Who are two people you particularly admire? One D and one R.

DeWine I admire a number of senators of both parties. You don’t need to agree with a person on everything to admire them. Here are just a few:

I admire Joe Lieberman (independent Democrat from Connecticut) because he is a man of principle with a lot of common sense and guts. I admire Chris Dodd, D-Conn., as an effective fighter for kids and because he cares deeply about an area we ignore: South America and Central America.

Mitch McConnell (the Republican leader, from Kentucky) is a tough and effective legislator who knows how to get legislation through. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., also has a passion for kids’ health and has a big heart.

This is so wrong on so many levels…

Lieberman is good on one thing and one thing only: National defense. Otherwise Lieberman is as much an enemy of the Constitution as DeWine. Case in point: DeWine’s comments on Chris Dodd. an effective fighter for kids and because he cares deeply about an area we ignore: South America and Central America. Under Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution, I cannot find anything about ‘kids’ or ‘South America and Central America’ being the business of the Congress. Not Yours!

You probably get my drift by now. Just one more cut from this sorry excuse for a Republican…

DDN Do you sense any change in the political times that’s going on now? I mean, do you expect the politics of the next decade or so to be different in some particular way than, say, the last decade?

DeWine Thirty years ago, few of us would have predicted the rise of the radio talk-show hosts or the power of the single-issue groups. Nor would many 10 years ago (have been able to) understand how the Internet would be used in politics or ever hear of the term blogs! So it is very difficult to predict the future.

We can predict that the methods of communicating with voters will continue to evolve.

Further — and this may be wishful thinking — I believe the voters will demand less partisanship and more results. I heard time and time again last year “stop the partisan bickering and get things done.”

A case of a RINO listening to Democrats. No Republican that I know has EVER told me that the ‘partisan bickering’ should stop. I don’t want ‘results’. I want Constitutional ‘results’: on illegal aliens, healthcare, education, etc. Note that the Constitution gives Congress oversight on illegal aliens, not over healthcare or education. NOT YOURS!

Unless the Democrats cave ...

As a result of last November, and the RINO’s that ran my state (like Gov. Taft), Ken Blackwell, a man I did vote for and will again if he runs, lost. Gov. Taft was a criminal. Found so by the courts. Now I have a Democrat Governor by the name of Ted Strickland. A scary man, he’s a psychologist who doesn’t believe in God or sexual preference. One of his first acts was apparently to allow interns to have sensitive data on their laptop computers. Predictably, one of these was ‘stolen’. (Yeah. Right. Stolen. By the DNC.)

So today in the mail I received this notice:

The State of Ohio has confirmed that your name and social security number was contained on a computer back-up device (this is false, or the news is false, it was a laptop – Christopher) that was stolen... I won’t bore you with the rest as it is two pages long. Bad as Taft was, Strickland the Shrink, is already worse.

A Democrat Governor can’t protect private info in his State, how can we expect a Democrat to protect the Nation?


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/14/2007 at 09:56 PM   
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