Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Fred Thompson is endorsed by Conservative Weslyan Church

Thompson criticizes Huckabee's position on Cuban embargo
Herald Tribune

Thompson criticizes Huckabee's position on Cuban embargo

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson toured a Bay of Pigs museum in Little Havana on Monday and then criticized rival Mike Huckabee for previously saying the Cuban trade embargo should be lifted.

"He's been a long opponent of the embargo against (Cuban President Fidel) Castro. He thinks we should lift the embargo against Castro, and I disagree with that," said Thompson, whose campaign put out a statement the day before attacking Huckabee on the issue.

As Arkansas governor, Huckabee said the embargo should be lifted, saying it hurt the state's farmers. But before Thompson's event, he told reporters in Miami that he has come to understand Cuban-Americans' perspective on the embargo and said as president he would veto any legislation attempting to lift it.

Thompson said that was a political move.

"People take the views they've had all their political lives and when they decide they want to run for president, they change them. So the question is, where are you going to be in your future?" Thompson said. "It raises issues when politicians change their view on a dime to appeal to a particular group of people right before an election."

Thompson, a former Tennessee senator and star of "Law & Order," made his remarks after touring a museum honoring men who participated in the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. He was shown a gun that once belonged to Fidel Castro's brother, Raul, a bullet removed from a man executed during the invasion, photos of those killed in the invasion and historic Cuban flags.

"I've been a strong, consistent, commonsense, anti-Castro conservative my entire career. That's where I've always been, that's where I'll be in the future," Thompson said.

He told Cuban-Americans gathered at the museum that he looks forward to Castro's demise.

"My greatest wish is to be the president of the United States when Cuba is free, and free Cubans put on trial those who need to be put on trial," he told them.

Fidel Castro, 81, hasn't been seen publicly since undergoing surgery in July 2006, when he ceded power to Raul.

Thompson later told The Associated Press that Castro's death will be a part of bringing change to Cuba, though he cautioned that change may not be immediate.

"The leadership there is old. His brother is no spring chicken, either," Thompson said. "The Cuban people themselves, with the right kind of assistance, ultimately will be the source of their own freedom."

Earlier, Huckabee was endorsed by Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, who is Cuban-American. Both candidates were campaigning in Miami the day after a Spanish-language debate.

Multiple calls to two Huckabee spokeswomen seeking comment about Thompson's remarks went unanswered. Messages couldn't be left because their voice mailboxes were full.

Huckabee son arraigned in Dog Killing
Governor’s son 1 of 2; fired at Scout camp; after stray dog killed


The younger son of Gov. Mike Huckabee and another teen were fired last month from jobs at a Boy Scout camp after the killing of a stray dog.

Marcal Young of Texarkana, scout executive of the Caddo Area Council that operates the camp where the dog was killed, said this week that two boys violated a Scout law, “A Scout is kind.”

Young would not release the names of the boys nor explain how the dog, “probably a mixed breed,” was killed.

The two teens reported the event immediately and said they had made a mistake.
“They felt it [the dog] was ill and what have you, still our policy is it was inappropriate behavior,” Young said.

He would not say what the boys thought was wrong with the dog, but he said they did not suspect rabies.

Members of the camp staff receive training before camp starts and are told what it means to be “a good role model,” Young said.

An anonymous, unconfirmed report describing a particular process of killing the dog and naming young Huckabee as a participant was sent by fax machine this week by an organization against cruelty to animals to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. That report was described by Young and the governor as inaccurate.

Both men declined to say how the dog had been killed or who did it.

The dog was killed July 11 at Camp Pioneer near Hatfield. Only employees witnessed the incident. Not many of them were on hand, one source said.

Young said he chose not to reveal the names of the employees because “I just think that they’re due privacy. These are young people. They make mistakes occasionally, but I’m not covering for them.”

Young said the council’s board gives him the authority to take care of personnel decisions. He said the council believes it took appropriate action and the matter is closed. He said he did not report it to law enforcement authorities.

A source who asked to remain unnamed said David Huckabee, who turned 18 on July 22 and was 17 at the time of the incident, was one of those fired over it.

A reporter’s message left at the Governor’s Mansion for David Huckabee was not returned.

Danny Frady of Texarkana said his son, Clayton, 19, was the other staff member who was fired.

The elder Frady said his son told him he came upon one or more Scouts who had the dog “hung over a limb and choking” so the younger Frady helped “put it out of its misery.”

“I think the boy has paid his dues because he lost his job. He was one of the better counselors. He’s made a mistake, and he’s paid for it,” Danny Frady said. “I don’t think he did anything wrong to put an animal out of its misery.”

Danny Frady said killing a stray dog that has become a nuisance is common in rural areas. The mistake was doing it in front of other youth staff members, Frady said.

Young said the fired employees might be required to undergo counseling if they applied to be employees again. Danny Frady said he doesn’t think his son needs counseling because “he’s not cruel to animals.”

Polk County Sheriff Mike Oglesby said neither he nor his deputies had heard of the incident. A complaint should have been made, he said.

Prosecuting Attorney Tim Williamson of Mena said cruelty to animals is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $ 1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. “We regularly charge cruelty to animals. That’s kind of my pet peeve,” he said.

Oglesby and Williamson said they didn’t intend to investigate because no one had lodged a complaint.

Camp Pioneer in Polk County served 2,026 campers for week-long stints from May 31 through July 25.

The camp employed 65 staff members. Caddo Area Council includes eight Arkansas counties and two Texas counties.


Tammy Bowers said...

Sorry I did not read your really long post. Way too long for me. I basically read the title, that Fred Thompson is endorsed by the conservative Weslyan Church. Well, Mike Huckabee is endorsed by Randy ALcorn. This is what Randy points out on his blog, "As a long-time supporter, this is very disheartening. Senator Thompson has not only lobbied for pro-choice groups as a lawyer, but just last week told Tim Russert that he would not support a human life constitutional amendment to ban abortion."
Sorry, Bill. I can't vote for your guy.
You can get to Randy Alcorn's blog through the list of banks on my blog.

Bill's Waste of Air said...

Too bad you didn't read the entire post. If I were to list all of the endorsements Fred has garnered in the last 4 weeks, it would be a very long post.
Fred has been endorsed by more Pro-Life groups than any other candidate including Huckabee. For the pro-life people, that should raise an eyebrow or two.
I have already pointed out before, what Senator Thompson did 30 years ago is not valid today as he was an attorney and thus held to his client's bidding, and more importantly, his current stance on not supporting a Constitutional Amendment is the RIGHT thing to do.
Changing the Constitution of the United States is not something most Conservatives are ever in favor of. The abortion issue should be left to the Supreme Court, not the Legislative branch.
Randy Alcorn has some "personal" reasons for his endorsment that may have swayed his thinking. See Chuck Norris about that.
Gov. Huckabee has consistently proven to be a tax and spend governor as well as a friend to the illegal immigrant, that is something that should be addressed by our new president.
I will hope that anyone that is going to vote will spend a lot of time examining ALL of the candidates on ALL of the very important issues that our country faces right now.
Just because we in Oregon don't vote until May (when it may be a foregone conclusion) don't let the upcoming elections just be a note on the evening news. Study up.
Only 16 days until the Iowa Caucases!!! Whoohoo!!

mick b; the Anti-Bill said...

If I cared who was endorsing a candidate, then I wouldn't have to study their platforms. In fact, I wouldn't have to think at all! I'd just see who endorsed them and follow in lockstep. It comes down to yard signs and television appearances. I'm afraid that your candidate appears to be losing some steam, while Romney is gaining ground. From a Christian standpoint, if we can't get a solid, politically, savvy Christian in office, our closest ally would be a Mormon candidate. How's that for going out on a limb?

Bill's Waste of Air said...

You are right Mick, endorsements don't mean a lot, but they do tell us what others are thinking, so that we can dig deeper.
As for losing steam, that is completely opposite of the current polls in Iowa as of today.
He is surging in the polls as today is the first full day he has devoted to Iowa, having concentrated most of his efforts in South Carolina, he is seeing the fight between the two "faith" candidates, Romney and Huckabee and realizes that there may be an even greater advantage for him now.

As for Mitt Romney, he said it all in his "faith" speech last week.
One part concerned me the most out of many concerns: "I stand by the faith of my fathers".
That "faith" meaning of course Mormon faith, until 1978 believed that African Americans were the "angels" that were thrown out of Heaven with Lucifer and were therefore not eligible to be in the LDS church. In 1978 the doctrine was changed.
So, does Mitt believe in the "faith of his fathers" or not?
Governor Huckabee did point out another clear LDS belief and he got creamed for it, that the LDS church believes that Satan and Jesus are brothers.
I will give Huckabee a thumbs up for bringing that one out.
Fred has risen above that fray and stuck to the issues at hand, freedom, democracy, economy, immigration, the war, security and the sanctity of life.

One more endorsement from the LifeNews.com, one of the largest Pro-Life groups:

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is doing everything he can to create a strong showing in Iowa and South Carolina to capture the Republican nomination. In doing so, he continues to rack up endorsements from pro-life organizations that say he has a consistent pro-life record on abortion and bioethics issues.

The California Pro-Life Council is the latest pro-life group in Thompson's corner.

Lawrence Lehr, the chairman of the group's political action committee, told LifeNews.com on Tuesday that “There are many pro-life candidates in the race."

“But Fred Thompson is clearly the one, consistently pro-life candidate with the ability to win in November. It is important that pro-life voters rally around a candidate that can make a difference," he said.

Lehr said Thompson's 100 percent pro-life voting record while he served in the Senate made a bid difference for his group.

“Fred is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan;” said Lehr, “firm and deliberative, not given to hype and not to be bullied; he is the kind of pro-life President this country needs.”

The California group is the latest to back the former actor and attorney and it's endorsement follows those of statewide pro-life groups in Minnesota, Vermont, South Carolina, Wyoming, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and New York.

Looking at endorsements from other statewide pro-life groups, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has the backing of Georgia Right to Life and Michigan Chooses Life.

Bill's Waste of Air said...

Oh and just found one more article from ABC.com:

After a sluggish start, Sen. Fred Thompson has sensed an opening in Iowa, and he's moving decisively to exploit it. The opening arises from a combination of Gov. Mitt Romney's changes of position on social issues and Gov. Mike Huckabee's stumbles on foreign-policy questions and immigration.

After his winning performance in the Des Moines Register's debate, Thompson has embarked on a lengthy bus tour of the state. During these final days, his campaign says he'll hold events in 50 communities and will visit 54 of the 99 counties.

On Monday, he picked up the surprise endorsement of Congressman Steve King. Of all the endorsements flying around these days, that one could move the most numbers. It sends a powerful signal from one of Iowa's most conservative leaders to others on the right around the state: We've now got a horse we can ride.

Dawn said...

Goodness Sakes Bill...maybe you should be paid by Fred Thompson for all your passion, zeal, and endorsement for him.

We're going with John McCain most likely...stellar character and experience.

Tammy Bowers said...

I read Mick and Dawn's comments, they are nice and short. Good points. I have to meet that Dawn, someday!

Anonymous said...

Who cares?

mick b; Brady Bunch guy said...

Bill, it looks like your buddy, The Shadow, has returned.