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Huckabee on Dual Citizens; Israeli Wants 'Rape'

By    |   Sunday, 30 December 2007 09:11 PM

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Huckabee Seeks to Restrict Dual Citizenship
2. Former Tancredo Chairman Backs Fred Thompson
3. Israeli Editor Urged Condi to 'Rape' Israel
4. Barry Farber Drawing Rave Reviews
5. We Heard: Rush Limbaugh, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton


1. Huckabee Seeks to Restrict Dual Citizenship

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee supports a measure that would make it a crime for Americans with dual citizenship to vote in foreign elections, perform military service in other nations, or even use a foreign passport.

Huckabee’s "Secure America Plan" includes a call to "discourage dual citizenship" by imposing "civil and/or criminal penalties on American citizens who illegitimately use their dual status."

Prohibited uses of dual citizenship would include "using a foreign passport, voting in elections in both a foreign country and the U.S.," and other actions.

Huckabee’s plan is based largely on work done by the Center for Immigration Studies.

Holding dual citizenship creates "supercitizens" with split loyalties, said Mark Krikorian, the Center’s executive director. "It’s the political equivalent of bigamy."

And Stanley Renshon, a political science professor at the City University of New York who has worked with the Center, said dual citizenship and voting abroad are "a hindrance" to integrating new Americans into the country, the New York Sun reports.

But the proposal is not likely to sit well with Americans with ties to Israel, Taiwan, Poland, Iraq, and other nations who have voted in those countries in large numbers in recent years.

"For Americans of many ethnic backgrounds — including Americans Jews who are also citizens of Israel — any move to punish dual citizenship may cause resentment," the Jewish publication Forward observed.

Marc Stern, general counsel for the American Jewish Congress, said the proposal "would create huge problems . . . Some states won’t even allow you to renounce your citizenship."

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1967 that American citizens did not lose their citizenship by voting in an Israeli election.

In 2005, John Hayworth, who was then a Republican congressman from Arizona, introduced a bill that would have imposed jail time or a fine on naturalized American dual nationals for voting in foreign elections, using a foreign passport, or serving in the armed forces of their second country, according to the Sun.

The bill never made it out of committee.

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2. Former Tancredo Chairman Backs Fred Thompson

Tom Tancredo threw his support to fellow Republican Mitt Romney when he dropped out of the presidential race on Dec. 20, but his Iowa state chairman, Bill Salier, has parted ways with his former boss and endorsed Fred Thompson instead.

"I am honored to endorse Sen. Fred Thompson for president," Salier, who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate from Iowa in 2002, said in a statement.

"Sen. Thompson has been a consistently strong advocate in securing our borders and enforcing the rule of law. He has the leadership and experience we need guiding this nation and serving the people of Iowa."

Curiously, Colorado Rep. Tancredo — who based his White House campaign on fighting illegal immigration — also cited that issue in announcing his support for Romney.

Addressing Salier’s endorsement, Thompson called him a "true conservative leader in Iowa who understands the increasing challenges facing this nation," the Globe Gazette in Iowa reported.

"We share the same conservative principles, and I look forward to working with him as we spread our message of consistent conservatism to the great people of Iowa."

Tancredo’s former western Iowa director, Angie Anderson, has also announced that she is joining the Thompson campaign.

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3. Israeli Editor Urged Condi to 'Rape' Israel

The editor of the influential Israeli newspaper Haaretz told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Israel wants to be "raped" by the U.S. to achieve a Middle East peace settlement.

Editor David Landau was among a group of around 20 people gathered at the home of U.S. Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones during Rice’s visit to the country.

During a discussion of the current Middle East impasse, Landau — who was seated next to Rice — referred to Israel as a "failed state" politically and in need of a U.S.-imposed settlement to the Palestinian problem.

He reportedly urged Rice to intervene, saying the Israeli government wanted "to be raped" by the U.S. and that it would be like a "wet dream" for him to see that happen, according to the New York Jewish Week.

Landau later told the Jewish Week that the report was "inaccurate" and a "perversion of what I said," but he did acknowledge that he said Israel wants to be raped.

He added, "I myself have long felt Israel needed more vigorous U.S. intervention in the affairs of the Middle East," and cited the fact that Israel has failed since 1967 to resolve its territorial conflicts with the Palestinians.

Landau told the New York weekly that Rice was "completely unfazed" by his raw language, and she stated that the U.S. had no intention of imposing a settlement on the Israelis.

The incident took place on Sept. 10 but had not yet been fully reported until now.

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4. Barry Farber Drawing Rave Reviews

Legendary radio talk-show personality Barry Farber is making waves as a frequent fill-in for hosts on mega-station WABC in New York.

The conservative talker, who is also a Newsmax columnist, has a regular slot on the Talk Radio Network and recently filled in for Sean Hannity on WABC, leaving many listeners clamoring for a regular slot for the radio veteran.

Farber has been on the air beginning in 1960, and in 2002 Talkers magazine ranked him as the ninth greatest radio talk-show host of all time.

If you agree that Barry deserves a regular spot on WABC, drop them a line by sending your comments to http://www.wabcradio.com/emailaddresses.asp.

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5. We Heard: Rush Limbaugh, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton

THAT talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh got into the holiday spirit and spread some cheer to the staff at a pricey Manhattan restaurant.

Dining at the Kobe Club the week before Christmas, Limbaugh ordered a $3,600 bottle of Chateau Margaux wine and ran up a tab of $4,410, according to the New York Daily News.

Then Rush tossed in an additional $5,000 as a Christmas gift to the staff.

THAT former President Bill Clinton has donated one of his saxophones to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.

The instrument, signed by Clinton, had been in his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark.

THAT former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s only grandson is starring on his high school football team — that’s American football, not soccer — in Dallas, Texas.

Michael Thatcher, an 18-year-old receiver, helped propel his Highland Park team all the way to the football-crazy state’s Class 4A final.

Michael is the son of Sir Mark Thatcher, one of Margaret Thatcher’s twin children. Mark met Michael’s mother Diane, daughter of a Texas car dealer, while living in Dallas, and they wed in 1987.

The family later moved to South Africa, but Michael moved to the U.S. after his father was arrested in August 2004 on charges of plotting to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea. He received a four-year suspended sentence in South Africa — and has been barred from returning to the U.S. to see his son play football.

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Huckabee Seeks to Restrict Dual Citizenship2. Former Tancredo Chairman Backs Fred Thompson3. Israeli Editor Urged Condi to 'Rape' Israel4. Barry Farber Drawing Rave Reviews5. We Heard: Rush Limbaugh, Margaret Thatcher, Bill...
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