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There are only 2 people with any chance of being elected President. The Overwelming Consensus regarding what is in the "Catholic interest" is that it better not be Clinton.  Our little Group can only communicate with a small circle of Virginia Catholics.  Among those are persons who presently plan to not vote at all. Their reasons are their own but range from cynicism about the world in general to feeling that Trump is "unworthy".  We hope that some who are presently not planning to vote will find a reason to do so by considering the material we publish. Also, some followers of our web page may know persons, including those in their family circle, who presently will not vote. We hope that material we publish will motivate conversations that will convince the present NeverTrump acquaintences.

The fact is that if Trump loses Virginia, Clinton will be our next President. Presently he trails in Virginia and that is probably because so many in the Virgina suburbs of DC make their living on Government programs as Federal employees or contractors.  For many, 4 more years of Federal Government like we've had is less risky to them than what Trump's America First agenda might mean to their wallets.  For that reason, Catholics must overcome that motive. We have no chance unless we get every genuine Christian we know to the polls on Election Day. It's the moral duty of everyone reading this.

School Boards Awakening Christian Parents
Victoria Cobb, President, Virginia Family Foundation
Friday, September 23, 2016

After hearing from parents on Wednesday night into the wee hours of Thursday morning, and following weeks of intense opposition from county residents, the Prince William County School Board voted to postpone until at least next June any further discussion on elevating the subjective notions of sexual orientation and gender identity to a special protected status in the schools’ policy.

This is a HUGE WIN for parents and students in Prince William and all across the Commonwealth!

Prince William County residents and leaders, much like Fairfax County before them, are a shining example of how concerned parents can stand up and successfully push back against dangerous and politically-motivated policies that seek to blur all lines of truth and sanity while making our children the guinea pigs for Leftist social experiments. 

For over five hours, nearly 140 speakers passionately and compellingly addressed a proposed revision to the school system’s policy that would elevate the subjective notions of sexual orientation and gender identity to a special protected status. From our assessment, at least 90% of the comments were from parents, grandparents, students, pastors, and community leaders strongly opposed to the idea of putting boys in girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and bedrooms for overnight trips.

Backing them up with their support, booming applause, hand-made signs, with many wearing their characteristic red, several hundred Prince William residents – mostly parents – filled the meeting room, as well as an overflow room reserved specially for this meeting.
n fact, it was remarkable just how one-sided it turned out to be. Parents were having none of it. And as we saw, the School Board members got the message. The only member to oppose the motion to postpone discussion until the next year was Chairman Ryan Sawyers, the man singularly responsible for pushing this nonsensical policy change despite overwhelming reasons to back off.       

While the School Board should have gone ahead and voted down this terrible policy, it was notable that they decided to take no action until after the courts provided more guidance on the matter. But after witnessing what parents in Prince William pulled together in just a few short weeks of learning about this policy, imagine what parents and residents can do with nearly a year’s worth of coordination!

Perhaps the School Board members are thinking to themselves, “I fear we may have only awoken a sleeping giant.”

For now, count this one as a win for parents, a win for student safety, privacy, and dignity, a win for the rule of law, and a win for sanity and common sense. In the meantime, other counties across Virginia should look to Prince William County as a great model for protecting our school children.  


  DHS Gives Aliens from  “Special Interest
 C ountries” U.S. Citizenship

This report is from Judicial Watch.
As you know, we take a keen interest in the integrity of our elections, and we’re aware of efforts by the Obama administration to try to game the system by rushing through naturalizations to affect the elections.  This mad rush will surely result in abuses, as our Corruption Chronicles highlights:
In the latest of many gaffes at the mammoth agency created after 9/11 to keep the nation safe, at least 858 illegal immigrants with deportation orders were mistakenly granted U.S. citizenship. It gets better; the foreigners are from “special interest countries” of concern to national security, according to a federal audit that blasts the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Even for DHS, which is charged with preventing terrorist attacks but is well known for a multitude of security lapses, this seems like a bit much. The illegal immigrants fooled our nation’s Homeland Security agency by using different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship. It was that simple, which makes it even more frightening. “This happened because neither the digital fingerprint repository at DHS nor the repository at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) contains all old fingerprint records of individuals previously deported,” according to an announcement  released by the DHS Inspector General along with the scathing report. That means this could be the tip of the iceberg because there’s about 148,000 old fingerprint records of illegal aliens from special interest countries who had deportation orders or who are criminals or fugitives that are not available. This is because they have yet to be digitized so their fingerprints are missing from government databases.
That means a government adjudication officer doesn’t have access to all pertinent information when determining if certain foreigners with criminal histories qualify for citizenship. It’s as if the three stooges are in charge of national security. Worse yet, federal authorities have known about this security gap for years, the agency watchdog reveals, but little has been done to correct the problem. Back in 2008 Customs and Bord
er Protection (CBP), which operates under DHS, identified 206 immigrants who used a different name or other biographical information to gain citizenship.
This didn’t seem to rattle the government enough to take action or at least pretend to investigate the illegal aliens, strip them of citizenship or prosecute them. Under the Immigration and Naturalization Act a federal court may revoke naturalization through a civil or criminal proceeding if the citizenship was obtained through fraud or misrepresentation. “However, few of these individuals have been investigated and subsequently denaturalized,” according to the DHS IG.
The consequences of this negligence could be dramatic. At least three of the immigrants who fraudulently gained citizenship obtained credentials to work in secure areas of commercial airports or seaports, the DHS watchdog writes in its report. A fourth person is actually a law enforcement officer, though the report fails to identify where. “This situation created opportunities for individuals to gain the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship through fraud,” DHS Inspector General John Roth said. “To prevent fraud and ensure thorough review of naturalization applications, USCIS needs access to these fingerprint records.” DHS has “plans” to digitize and upload all available fingerprint records and review the eligibility of naturalized citizens whose fingerprint records reveal a deportation order under a different identity, the watchdog says, though no timeline is offered.

Judicial Watch has reported on DHS’s transgressions over the years, including its failure to deport a number of illegal immigrants with criminal records who ended up committing heinous crimes. Among them is a drunken illegal alien from Bolivia who killed a nun in Virginia despite having a substantial criminal history. Last summer a Haitian illegal immigrant who had spent 17 years in prison for attempted murder, savagely stabbed a young woman in Norwich, Connecticut because DHS didn’t follow through with removing him from the country.
Just this month an illegal immigrant member of the notoriously violent MS-13 street gang murdered a teenager in Gaithersburg, Maryland even though he had been deported twice in the last two years. Clearly, DHS didn’t follow through with the order. Last year Judicial Watch sued the DHS IGp for records regarding a terrorist “hands off” list used by the Obama administration to allow individuals to enter the U.S. who had previously been barred because of suspected terrorist ties.
President Obama has made a mockery of our immigration system, twisting it to serve his own globalist and political passions. Not only is our physical safety at risk, but also the trustworthiness of the upcoming election is increasingly suspect.

Abortion Industry Owns Virginia Governor
A Report from the Virginia Family Foundation, October 24, 2016
Today, the $1 billion abortion industry got what it paid for; politically motivated protection from Terry McAuliffe.  Despite overwhelming evidence uncovered by inspections of abortion centers, including bloody, unsterilized medical equipment, doctors and nurses not washing hands or re-gloving between patients, untrained and unaccountable staffing, and hundreds of other deficiencies, the Board of Health, populated by those who passed the Governor’s pro-abortion litmus test, did as they were ordered and watered down health and safety standards.  During this sham process demanded by the Governor the Board also violated the clear law of Virginia regarding the transparency and ethics of the adoption of regulations.

Some of the more radical changes to the health and safety standards (there were more than 20) include:
Removed the requirement that abortion centers meet the CDC’s minimum standards for preventing infections.  Incredibly, one McAuliffe appointed Board member attempted to suggest that the CDCs standards, evidence based, were not necessarily the best standard to go by, but believes the abortion industry will provide itself adequate standards.
Granted the Commissioner of Health unparalleled and unlimited power to ignore what health standards for abortion centers are left through “permanent” variances.  Essentially, the Commissioner can unilaterally decide if any safety standard is unnecessary and cease to enforce them.
Removed requirement that women be offered resources for post-abortive counseling, a standard suggested even by the abortion industry’s own “regulatory” body, the National Abortion Federation.

Removed a requirement – already fulfilled by every abortion center in Virginia – for a facility to have a transfer agreement with a local hospital in case a patient suffers an emergency.  One of the Board members told of how even the dentist she takes her son to has a transfer agreement because he does oral surgery.
Of course, all the media will talk about is the Board's decision to remove construction standards, though having adequate space for emergency personnel would seem a reasonable safety feature.  The Board also based many of its decisions on a radically aggressive interpretaton of a Supreme Court decision from earlier this year.
By the time the Board was done eviscerating the standards, when the Department of Health sends public health inspectors into abortion centers – if it even does – they won’t know what to look for or what standards to hold the facilities accountable to, making it a political farce.

Over and over those members of the Board of Health not controlled by the abortion industry and Terry McAuliffe offered legal and reasonable explanations for keeping the current health and safety standards.  Over and over they objected to having to vote on amendments that are outside the original “Notice of Intended Regulatory Action,” making the amendments illegal, and over and over they were defeated by McAuliffe’s appointees.

The day began for our staff as early as midnight last night, when we had people on the property of the hotel where the meeting was to be held out of concern the rules sent to us late Friday about how entrance to the meeting and signing up for public comment would be enforced.  Sure enough, despite being told by both the Department of Health and the hotel management that no one would be allowed to line up until 6:30 am, pro-abortion activists began lining up before 2:00 am.
  Despite our repeated effort to get the rules enforced, both law enforcement and the hotel refused.  Only because so few pro-abortion activists showed up was our side able to gain access to the room.

Several doctors and medical professionals argued during public comment that watering down the health and safety standards flew in the face of any reasonable medical practice and puts women in danger, but their pleas were largely ignored.  

The actions of the Board that violate state law and the Board’s disregard for the clear intent of the General Assembly have opened Virginia to costly litigation.  We have known from day one of this administration that abortion will be protected at all costs – including ignoring the well-being of the women who make the unfortunate decision to entire an abortion center in Virginia. Under Terry McAuliffe and Mark Herring, the political ends justify illegal means.

But mark my words, this fight is far from over.