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It is that time of the year where the Christian world gets to celebrate a most favorable day-the birth of Christ Jesus.  Or is it?  The cards have started rolling in with funny scenes and sayings.  The stores are actively pushing their wares under the “Happy Holidays” banner.  What holidays?  New Years Day is a holiday but we don’t give gifts.  Chanukka is a gift giving time but we don’t get a holiday for it.  What happened to Christmas?  Now there is the real question.

Christmas isn’t gift giving.  It is a time off to allow Christians the chance to worship the birth of our Savior.  It allows all believers of different religions and non-believers alike to have a “holiday” from work or an excuse to do whatever.  But Christmas is truly for Christians.  Don’t allow the watering-down of its real reason.  Don’t be politically correct and subvert its intent.  Our savior is born and allow us to celebrate for His sake.  Understand what this day is and call it by its name……..Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all.  May God grant us peace.

RIP #21

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This is my busy time of the year at work, but I wanted to put something up about one of my heroes: Sean Taylor. I have honestly been depressed the last few days about his passing. He was an amazing football player and apparently had become a role model as a father. I hope the Redskins honor his memory the rest of this season by playing some smart football because that would be what Sean would want I’m sure. Here’s a video to hopefully put a smile on the face of some of my fellow Skins fans.

If anyone has the opportunity and time, this would be well worth attending to get a firsthand look at where the pro-illegal migration agenda is heading in 2008.

While nominally the conference is framed as addressing issues related simply to “immigrants” without reference to legal status, the subject matter and list of organizers indicate significant attention to issues related to illegal aliens. Of course, data such as the Pew Hispanic Center studies indicate the overwhelming percentage of immigrants from some areas are here illegally so we can be reasonably certain that is an important target demographic for the event.

Details are as follows:

LOW-INCOME IMMIGRANT RIGHTS CONFERENCE
December 6-8, 2007, Arlington, Virginia

DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22202-2891
Tel: 703-416-4100

Pre-Conference (Sept. 22 – Nov. 30) $315
Onsite Registration (Dec. 1 – Dec. 6) $360

Click here to register online.

Click here to view the event sponsor list.

Below the fold are some of the subjects to be covered – click here for workshop details:

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The excellent Jeremy Lott opined many months ago that “Mike” Huckabee is actually running for vice president. It was, as usual, a well-written and -argued article but small comfort.

Someone I respect who followed the man’s record in office had informed me that the Huckster’s record on addressing illegal immigration while Governor of Arkansas was less than impressive, and his unsolicited moniker of “Quisling of the Year” had the ring of truth to it:

The Arkansas News Bureau records his treason as follows: “In a impassioned speech before hundreds of influential Hispanic civil rights leaders from across the nation, Gov. Mike Huckabee told a captive audience Wednesday that America is great because it has always opened it doors up to people seeking a better way of life.”

Huckabee then made the most stunning admission of complete capitulation to the Illegals that have replaced American workers throughout Arkansas, “Pretty soon, Southern white guys like me may be in the minority,’ Huckabee said jokingly as the crowd roared in laughter.”

It would seem that a lot of Southern white guys in Arkansas who lost their jobs to illegals are not going to be laughing, at all.

So now the news is the Huckster is actually nailing down Iowa. If he beats Mitt Romney there, according to Huck’s staff, “the whole universe just changed.”

Notwithstanding the fact a butterfly in Africa might change the universe, we need to be somewhat cautious in estimating the significance of this admittedly fast-rising campaign. He does appear to be running for president, all right. But he also appears to be running for the 2004 – or possibly 2000 – Republican nomination.

Huckabee is an excellent public speaker, possibly the best of the GOP stable. And he is, possibly, also the most authentic conservative personality of the lot.

One has to wonder, though, if being positioned as the best-spoken, most proven social conservative in the race will matter a hill of beans in November 2008.

George W. Bush won two presidential elections in part by winning the social conservative vote and in part on national security issues (and in part because of the dregs he was fortunate to be opposing). He won his second election in large part by capitalizing on the last viable instance of the “Republican” brand.

One of the key factors which has destroyed that brand since 2004 is the GOP leadership’s role in pushing for an open borders agenda. Authentic conservative or not, passionate preacher or not, Mike Huckabee represents nothing but trouble for American citizens. His way of thinking has helped sink the popular perception of the Republican party.

We don’t need another Republican administration poised to declare war on the American people. This is what George W. Bush has done. This is what the top-tier Democratic candidates for president have voted to do.

We need a Republican nominee who will help rehabilitate the brand. Even as VP, the Huckster is not the man for that job.

UPDATE – Via Arkansas Journal – the man in his own words:

Much more, including numerous other sources, here:

Huckabee was insinuating that not giving taxpayer funded benefits to illegal aliens was akin to stopping the Little Rock Nine from attending Central High. Therefore, we’re all racists if we don’t think that we should have to give illegal aliens college scholarships, saying nothing of the U.S. citizens who would lose out on that same opportunity.

Huckabee calling those of us in Arkansas who opposed illegal immigration racists was par for the course. He went so far as to suggest that a Republican legislator wasn’t a good Christian for proposing a bill to prohibit spending taxpayer money to give illegal aliens benefits, saying that he drank a different kind of “Jesus juice”.

Huckabee ran Arkansas as a sanctuary state. “Do we want to change the future for these kids? Then let’s give them the opportunity. Let’s not say that our doors are open but our opportunities are closed,” Huckabee said in his address.

Read it all.

Hello world!

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Once again, we attempt to reinvent the NOVA TownHall Blog. This was a decision based less on whimsy than expediency, because the Movable Type version was running too slow on our new host.

And in the brave, incisive, hard-charging new world being forged here by the NOVA TownHall authors and commenters, “slow” simply deserves no place in our collective vocabulary.

This version of the blog, you will note, resides right at the NOVA TownHall site root, because over the past 4+ years of existence NVTH has evolved into a blog first, and everything else second. If we start having meetings again, we can certainly advertise and organize them here.

For the time being, both the old-new NOVA TownHall Blog and the new-new NOVA TownHall Blog will operate concurrently. This may be confusing, but I think it will be the good kind of confusing. Based on past experience, upgrading the blog is nothing if not a cluster-you-know-what, and by letting them both run we should minimize the downtime. This also buys me a lot of time to make sure comments work, spam gets deflected, the sidebars get rebuilt, and I learn WordPress. Eventually, all the new, exciting action will be here.

I am especially encouraged by the fact that installing WordPress, compared to installing MT, is like making nachos compares to decoding the human genome.

Thanks for putting up with yet another transitional phase here, and let’s hope this is the last one for a few years.