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Major Terrorist Threat "Thwarted"

BREAKING

Over the last several days the government has reported that there has been a "credible" threat of terrorism across Europe and possibly the United States.  Drone attacks intensified in Pakistan and security increased throughout Western Europe.

New intelligence now suggests that this threat has at the very least been "intercepted" and at most has been "foiled."  According to the Hindustan Times, the "Mumbai-style" attack has been completely thwarted.  "Mumbai-style" refers to ten coordinated terrorist attacks that killed over one hundred Indians in 2008.

However, questions still abound.  It is not known where the terrorists are; some in intelligence fear that they are already in Europe.
Drone Attacks Helped Disrupt the Attack
Tim Marshall, the editor of Sky News's foreign affairs, stated "I am led to believe a number of these attacks were designed against the leadership of this particular plot, which had an Al Qaeda and possibly some sort of Taliban connection projecting into Europe."

Speaking about the evacuation of the Eiffel Tower, Marshall added that "It doesn't necessarily mean it was a target, but it shows how nervous the French are."

According to Sky News, the attacks were aimed at at least Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

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More on Alan Grayson ad......

I wanted to simply comment on "The Content Behind That Grayson Ad" post by Thomas Furdousi, but had problems commenting. By the way, has anyone else noticed this? Regardless, I will comment here!

Contessa Brewer of MSNBC infamy laid into Alan Grayson earlier today as well. One has to wonder what is in the water over there at NBC and CNN. It's almost as if executive heads were rolling out of the boardroom. Call me cynical here, and although I very much appreciate every effort to get this cretin out of office, he is very low hanging fruit. Just safe enough to kick up the ratings and not lose the tiny core of viewers that are left.

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The Context Behind that Grayson Ad...

Yes, it's that horrible:



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Kim Jong Il's Son Promoted to General

Seems More Likely He Will Succeed Father

Kim Jong-Un, the son of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, has been promoted again, which lends more credence to the belief that Jong-Un will be declared the heir to Jong-Il.  Jong-Un is now a general in the North Korean army and has been mentioned by the state media in N.K. for the first time in his life.

With Kim Jong-Il looking weary after a recent stroke and his insane rhetoric, it seems very likely that his son will become the new leader of North Korea sooner than later.
Kim Jong-Il
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Interview with the Unrepentant Patriots

Pundit Press is proud to present its ninth interview in our new interview series. Today we are interviewing Moose, one of the leaders of the new group the Unrepentant Patriots. We wanted to ask our readers to check out their site and see if you would like to join.



1. When and why were the Unrepentant Patriots created?
 The group had its roots in an innocent e-mail exchange in the Fall of 2008, shortly after the Republican National Convention.  I received a message from my "darling niece", a very sweet but also very naive young lady who took it upon herself to express her very slanted opinion about the appropriateness of the use of 9-11 footage during the RNC, and her overall disdain for everything conservative -- using Keith Olbermann as her patron saint of animadversion.  Including me in the distribution of that message, and particularly doing so with that turd Olbermann as her shibboleth of philosophical rectitude, was akin to tossing red meat before a lion, and I pounced.  I went ahead and offered a quick lesson in American history and civics at her expense......and hit "Reply All."  My reply set in motion a growing e-mail chain that eventually grew in size to several hundred participants, and eventually a point of "critical mass" was reached that I felt warranted the creation of a discussion group.  Hence The Unrepentant Patriotsgroup was created under the auspices of Google Groups, and then early this year I decided that the lack of functionality and the relative cumbersomeness of the Google Groups platform had become an impediment to our success, so I moved the group to Yahoo Groups.  The group has grown to a current subscribed membership of more than 400, but there are many, many others who participate indirectly, as non-subscribed contributors and as "forwarders" of our content, so our reach actually far exceeds initial appearances.

2. What is the goal of the group?

Constructive discourse to promote and encourage the restoration of true Constitutional governance in the American Republic, as intended by the Founding Fathers.
 

3. Has President Obama been better or worse than you expected/feared?

About as I anticipated, but I believe he definitely would have been worse if it weren't for groups such as ours that have arisen to support the insurgent awakening of conservative, Constitutional opposition to his broader goals.
 

4. Would you support a "RINO" in 2012?

I will seek to support a true conservative Constitutionalist in 2012.  The RINOs are a big part of why we find ourselves in the predicament we're now in.

5. Will the Tea Party last into 2012?

Absolutely, as long as we can prevent it from being co-opted by the RINOs and the entrenched Republican establishment.  The "Tea Party" itself is far less significant than the underlying philosophies it was founded to exemplify and promote.
 

6. Would a third-party conservative/libertarian run for President be a good thing or bad thing?

Any candidacy that can unite a broad cross-section of the electorate against another anti-Constitutional administration -- whether it be one headed by B.O., or some other "Demorat", or a RINO, or a Republican, or anyone else who refuses to follow the essential foundational tenets of the American Republic -- would be a good thing, so the key question is not whether a "third-party candidacy" would be a good thing or a bad thing, but whether the third-party candidate, and the third party itself, will submit to the authority of the Constitution and govern accordingly.
 

7. Anything else you'd like to add?

May God save the American Republic -- but let us not forget that He won't do it for us.....He expects us to get off our butts and do the work.




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Raese Takes Lead in West Virginia.

John Raese, the Republican candidate in West Virginia's upcoming Senatorial election, has now taken a two point lead in the latest Rasmussen survey of 500 likely voters. This comes a day after the Democratic candidate, Governor Joe Manchin, announced his support for repealing parts of ObamaCare, though he was unspecific on which parts.

John Raese - 48%.
Joe Manchin - 46%.
Someone else - 2%.
The undecided - 4%.

To see West Virginia, a Conservative bastion that is still under the thumb of Democratic rule, support a Republican candidate for United States Senate is absolutely unreal. Especially when you take into account the fact that the last elected Republican Senator from the State was in November of 1956. Which, ironically, was also a special election to replace a deceased Democrat.

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Vote in Our Poll: Most Important Race in 2010

I know that there are over 400 races for Congress this year but obviously some have taken a lot more press coverage than others. That's why I'm leading it up to you the readers to tell us what race is the most important to you or to the political climate in general. Check out the races listed, if you have any more suggestions, feel free to let us know and comment.







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Remember to Bookmark!

Just a reminder-- if you like the site remember to bookmark so you'll always be able to come back. Please also follow on the left-hand column. And if you find something interesting, please comment!

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"I'm an American" Music Video

Check out this excellent new video sent to me from a reader.



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VIDEO: The Worst Political Ad You Will Ever See

Have Democrats no shame?  Republican Dan Webster is running for Congress in Florida.  He seems like your average guy, unless you are running a sleazy campaign against him.  In that case, he is "Taliban Dan," as a new ad states, and he is "wants to make divorce illegal" and hopes women get raped and beaten.  You've got to see this to believe it:


This is ridiculously disgusting.

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Meet Ted Danz, Republican Candidate for Congress.

Disclaimer - The Author is a volunteer for the Ted Danz campaign.

If you need to ask what Ted Danz, a Republican candidate for Congress in Upstate, New York, is really all about, than look no further then the Winston Churchill quote that defines his campaign: "America is an idea, not a place".
Or, in other words: Freedom isn't just for us, it's for everyone on the earth.

Mr.Danz is in an uphill battle against Representative Paul Tonko (D), a strong supporter of Speaker Pelosi, and especially of Congressman Rangel, who he even donated five hundred dollars to. New York's 21st congressional district is overwhelmingly Democratic, but Conservatism runs deep in our bloodline, and honesty is next to cleanliness.

Mr.Danz has a couple of thousand dollars in the bank, a couple of hundred dedicated volunteers, and a fighting spirit that is unmatched by a couple of thousand soldiers, due in part to him being a former Navy reservist. He also owns a successful business that has been around for decades in the area.

His positions and policies are simple:
  1. America is exceptional.
  2. The Border is broken.
  3. Repeal ObamaCare, now.
  4. Jump start the Economy.
  5. Reform Social Security.
  6. Implement Term Limits.

Mr.Danz is not just a Republican candidate for Congress. He's a former member of the US Navy, and he's a successful businessman who has served the people of New York's 21st congressional district as a hard working American for decades, and now wants to serve us once more as a hard working, hard nosed legislator in these troubling times.

Please visit his campaign website: www.teddanzforcongress.com

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Interview with Closet Conservative

Pundit Press is proud to present number eight in our on-going series of interviews.  Today we are lucky enough to have the founder of Closet Conservative answer some of our questions.  Be sure to check out their site:

When and why did you start Closet Conservative?

I started it about a year ago because I read a lot during the day and always find stuff that makes me crazy, or inspires me. I would share the links with friends, and then just figured that I should take the plunge and start putting all the links and thoughts on a blog. I also started it to vent about things that I can't really talk about freely at my day job.

What is your favorite thing about running a successful conservative website?

Thanks for the compliment! I just like putting information out there for discussion. I like entertaining people and have met some very interesting people through my web activities.

How would you rate President Obama's Administration?

I think he is the worst American president ever. He is the first "post" American president, and a woeful amateur. I find him arrogant, unqualified, anti-Israel, anti-Western, and a terror sympathizer.

Is there a major issue that you believe that the President and Congress are ignoring?

I think President Obama utterly ignores and apologizes for Islamic terrorism. Congress, in my view, ought to pay more serious attention to the illegal immigrant issue in the US.

How do you think the Republican party will fare in the November elections?

Hoping for total and utter humiliation of the Democrats.

What is your opinion of the Tea Party that has spread across the nation?

I find the Tea Party inspiring. I think a lot of politicians have underestimated the anger that the average American citizen has toward this administrations unprecedented attacks on individual liberty and the American way. The Obama administration will start to feel the wrath of the people on an increasing basis as we head toward November. The Tea Party has been maligned as 'racist'-which is the only pathetic attempt that liberals can muster to try and shut them up. Having said that, I think that Tea Party activists should be aware that they will seem hypocritical if they publicly denounce things like Porkulus and other big-government initiatives, but clamor for their own entitlements at the same time. They need to be consistent.

Do you have any favorites Republicans for 2012?

I love John Bolton, but he was thrown under the Republican bus. I still like Sarah Palin. The pickings are slim, unfortunately.

Is there anything you would like to add?

America is a wonderful country and I know she will weather the Obama storm and hopefully, come out stronger.

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Liberal Congressman Laughed and Booed at for Saying Social Security is "Stable"

Democrat Congressman Russ Carnahan was speaking at a rally about our Social Security system.  After bashing President Bush for half a minute, Carnahan decided to say "the social security system has been stable for 75 years.  It has one of the most efficient ratings in terms of any agency."  The crowd erupted in laughter:



If liberals want to say that Social Security is stable under their watch, this is the kind of response they will get.  The best thing the lady at the podium can say is that people have a "moral contract" not to laugh at people making outrageous statements?

I'm glad the crowd started laughing again when she said that.  I'm also glad that the audience called out Carnahan for bashing Bush and hurting Social Security.

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Perry Up in Newest TX Poll

Incumbent Governor Bill Perry still holds a significant lead int he Texas Governor's race against opponent Bill White. The Republican governor has served since 2000 when he became governor after then-executive George W. Bush retired to become President. Perry faced a difficult 2006 bid for re-election after winning handily in 2002. Perry defeated Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson to keep the GOP nod this year, energizing his supporters.


Perry * (R): 46%
White (D): 39%
Other/und: 15%
* Denotes incumbent

Notice the high numbers of undecideds and the fact that Perry is still below 50%. The race isn't over yet but if Perry can reach the elusive 50% he may be ready for re-election.

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38% Support Obama Re-election

 There is some significantly bad news for President Obama. Even when not matched up against a Republican challenger and more than two years away from the next electoral stakes he still has a hard time finding 40% of the population that believes he deserves re-election. Naturally, these numbers are an incomplete picture of the electoral landscape for the 2012 race but it is not looking good so far for the President.

Meanwhile some of the internals did not break the President's way:

It’s Obama’s policies that are hurting him right now. By a 13-point margin, voters are down on the health care law. In an especially troubling sign, more than half of self-identified independents — 54 percent — have an unfavorable opinion of the law, compared with just 38 percent who have a favorable opinion.

Let's see who the GOP chooses to challenge him but if he continues on this path it may be an easier sell than expected. Don't write Obama off yet, though. He's a tenacious and grandstanding campaigner.


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Barney Frank Needs Bill Clinton to Campaign for Him?

 A fitting follow-up to my article last night about the Democrats' woes in Massachusetts. Yes, that deep-blue, semi-crazy state appears to be ready to throw out one of its loudest and most liberal members. Apparently powerful House Finances Chairman Barney Frank needs former President Bill Clinton to come to his MA-4 district and campaign for him despite running unopposed in 2006 and winning over 64% of the vote in 2008.

This year he faces a stiff challenge from former Marine Sean Bielat who appears to be scaring the incumbent. Despite having a former President there to speak, the rally only garnered 300 people. Compare this to the fervor at the Republican rally:

With chants of, “Go Sean, Go,’’ and “Retire Barney’’ signs waving in the air, about 200 people gathered at the counter-rally to the Clinton appearance.
“Two days ago, Frank said the economy is poised for recovery,’’ said Bielat, 35, of Brookline, a Marine serving in the Reserves. “Going around the district, I haven’t found it.’’
He denounced the “arrogance’’ of incumbents who have forgotten their constituents.

This also comes as news is leaking out that Frank is polling under 50% in the liberal district and that Bielat is not as far away as one might think.


Frank * (D): 49%
Bielat (R): 39%
Other/und: 12%
* Denotes incumbent

Still, it's hard to see Bielat winning even with those numbers. However, it's always good to see the Democrats on the ropes in one of their core districts and having to divert money there that would have to be spent elsewhere.

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Republican Within One in Massachusetts

 This is not a poll result that I expected but apparently according to the Boston Globe the Republican in the Bay State's Gubernatorial contest is within one of a sitting Democratic Governor. This isn't the same wave that defeated Martha Coakley, but is partially the result of a screwy three-way race much like the New Jersey Governor's race last year.

Incumbent Democrat Deval Patrick was elected in the spirit of "Hope and Change" and has since being inaugurated in 2007 built up a steady reputation for incompetence. Patrick is a personal friend of President Obama's and suffers even lower approval ratings than him-- even though he received 55% in the Democratic wave year of 2006.

But these new results are something to behold:

Patrick * (D): 35%
Baker (R): 34%
Cahill (I): 11%
* Denotes incumbent

Patrick is also being dragged down by Timothy Cahill, who is the State Treasurer and who left the Democratic Party last year. The unfortunate news is that Cahill appears to also be dragging down Baker. Baker appears to be gaining since June when he was behind by a full seven points. The Republican in 2006 received just 35% of the voting share.

Baker’s strength appears to rest on his appeal to unenrolled, or independent, voters, who make up more than 50 percent of the electorate and often determine statewide races. Among registered independents, he leads Patrick 35 percent to 28 percent, with Cahill getting 13 percent.

Patrick suffers from a 42% approval rating with a 43% disapproval rating-- in a deep blue state. This is certainly not good news-- but if he could tap into the 7% more that approve of him than say they will vote for him, it could be a problem.




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Interview with the Creator of Election Day

Pundit Press is proud to present our 7th interview in our new series. Today we are interviewing John Gastil, the creator of the free video game Election Day. Election Day is an excellent concept game which I have played. Try it out-- it's a free download.

1. When and why was Election Day Created?
It slowly emerged from my keyboard from 1994-2000. Development on the project went on hiatus after 2004.


2. How has the game affected public knowledge of the election cycle?
It's hard to say. I've used the game with middle school students, who enjoyed the game and got a better sense of the Electoral College and the importance of fundraising. I haven't done a user study, partly because my primary concern has been debugging--not audience research.


3. What has been your favorite part of working on the project?
Writing the original code for the game required making precise mathematical assumptions about voter behavior and the efficacy of different campaign strategies. When the math didn't work, it was interesting to see how it needed to be revised. There are still a few "substantive bugs" in the game--that is, code that works as written but produces silly results. Most of the bugs that remain in the game are of the "broken software" variety; that is, they make the game crash.


4. What has been frustrating about developing Election Day?
The bugs. I'm not a programmer by trade, and I never found a volunteer programmer who was interested in polishing the project and making it hum. 

5. Any plans for 5.0?
I need to find either a volunteer programmer or someone who's willing to work for a meager salary to bug detect and squash. When that happens, we'll make a big fuss about having a version 5.0. It'd be nice to have that up-and-running in time for the next Presidential election. Anyone interested in helping the project should contact me at jgastil@uw.edu.


6. Have you used the game to conduct simulation of past or upcoming races?
Yes. It's quite entertaining to do that. I once had an army of middle schoolers try to get Ralph Nader to win a single state. One of them managed to win Connecticut, but it took a lot of tries.



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SNL's New David Patterson Skit: Slightly Offensive, But Pretty Funny

Hat tip to Hot Air.


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Liberal Bias Alert- AP: People Wanted Government to "Do More" in Health Care Overhaul

I'm sure that you are aware of story after story about Americans against the Health Care Bill that the President helped push through Congress earlier this year.  Rasmussen released a poll less than a week ago stating that 61% of people wanted the bill repealed.  Politico wrote an article at the end of August in which more people opposed the health care reform than favored it.

Well, AP would like you to ignore all that.

According to a new "poll" released by AP this morning, "Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1."  That's right, according to AP, the people who are against the overhaul in Health Care are against it because it doesn't do enough.

And hey, while they were added, they decided to fiddle with the number of people against the bill.  According to AP, exactly 40% of Americans are against the Health Care Bill.  Exactly 30% are in favor.  Exactly 30% are neutral, but they would be in favor if the government did more.  Isn't it just lucky that the people were perfectly divided?

So, according to AP 66% of Americans are in favor of the government doing more.  What else does the AP article say about those people?  According to them, 68% of those who want the government to do more "favor requiring medium to large companies to provide insurance to their workers or pay a fine."  That's right, mandated health care.

I'm sure you're already aware of how ridiculous this poll is, but in case you were wondering, AP states that
"the survey was conducted Aug. 31 to Sept. 7, and involved interviews with 1,251 randomly chosen adults nationwide. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points."
I'm assuming that "nationwide" means the heart of Manhattan and San Fransisco.

How could anyone at AP think that people would take this poll seriously?  This is just another example of a liberal bias trying to shove thoughts down the average American's throat.

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Harry Reid: Republicans 'Getting Our Soldiers Killed'

We all know that Nevada Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid has no tact nor common sense.  Obviously, he has no decency either.  Playing politics with money going to troops in harms way, Reid attached an amendment that would overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  When the bill failed earlier this week, instead of taking the blame or admitting a mistake, Reid wrote this on his campaign site:

“Republicans are again playing politics with our national security.  Today they blocked the Senate from debating a bill that would give our troops the resources they need to keep America safe – stopping not only funding for combat vehicles and bulletproof vests or measures to improve our military’s readiness, but even a well-earned pay raise to help our troops and their families make ends meet.  
 “I am disappointed that my Republican colleagues put partisan politics ahead of the best interests of the men and women who courageously defend our nation.  Democrats will continue to fight for our troops and will work to ensure that our troops have the resources they need to do their jobs.”

Obviously Mr. Reid is either completely unaware that his amendment sunk the bill, or he's a lair.  Or both.  He is also clearly unaware that some Democrats, as well as Republicans, voted the bill down.  But hey, what are facts to a guy with no shame?
Reid
Take this example, another quote from Reid's own campaign site.  In it, he explains how Republicans are using bad Nevada unemployment numbers as "cheap political points."  It would make sense...if Reid hadn't been a Senator in Nevada since 1986:
"While some may cheer a bad economy in an effort to score cheap political points, Nevadans are fighters who have no patience for that.  I will keep fighting with them to create jobs and get our economy back on track, and I won't stop until every Nevadan who wants a job has one."
Reid's foolishness is all over his site.  Look at his "Press Release" section.  There are hundreds of articles on the tremendous amount of money he has given away.

With any luck, this man will be out on his butt come November.

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Congress Degraded itself to Colbert's level.

America's economic situation is stagnant. The unemployment rate just will not decline. And the Administration's rhetoric over the looming congressional vote on extending all of the Bush Tax Cuts have big and small businessmen worried about the uncertain future. America as a whole is fearful and afraid of the future.

On top of all that, our politicians are ever increasingly involved in unethical or illegal activities, while the Department of Justice is continuously being exposed as a racially charged government operation that turns its supposedly "blind" eye away from any voter intimidation geared towards white Americans.

So what is Congress doing to regain the lost trust of the American people?

They invited Stephen Colbert, who, in character, delivered a deposition to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Security. In what will hopefully go down in history as black Friday-the day decency officially died in Congress.

This Congresswoman from California, Zoe Lofgren, must have been on medical marijuana for idiocy when she invited Mr.Colbert to address the Subcommittee that she Chairs on the working conditions of migrant (illegal alien) farm workers in America. So when will Jon Stewart be called in to testify in front of the House of Representatives on the plight of America's unemployed? I'm guessing never.

Absolutely nothing else can explain this disgrace, but pure idiocy.

Was Mr.Colbert's performance funny? He had his moments. But should this Comedy Central ass wipe had been invited to talk in front of the Nation? Not a chance in hell. He used the most respected institution in the world for his own selfish desires.

Shame on Stephen Colbert.

And shame on Congresswoman Lofgren, who was responsible for this disgrace.

Liberal Hack Ed Schultz: Chris Christie a "Cold-Hearted, Fat Slob"

Did you notice that I had to put "liberal hack" in the headline?  That's because I was pretty sure you would have no idea who Ed Schultz is.  He runs a hilariously low-rated liberal commentary show on MSNBC (go figure).  He also talks out of his ass, though sometimes it looks like his mouth.

Here he is bashing Chris Christie for defending Meg Whitman from a heckler:


I'd tell Schultz not to quit his day job, but he's terrible at that too.

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The Tenth Amendment

The 10th Amendment:


"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."



"This fatuous infatuation with the Constitution, particularly the 10th Amendment, is clearly the work of witches, wiccans and wackos. It has nothing to do with America's real problems and, if taken too seriously, would cause an economic and political calamity. The Constitution is a wonderful document, quite miraculous actually, but only because it has been wisely adapted to changing times. To adhere to the very word of its every clause hardly is respectful to the Founding Fathers. They were revolutionaries who embraced change. That's how we got here."
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HOMOCON is Sold Out!

HOMOCON 2010, featuring Ann Coulter is sold out.

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Interview with Conservative Site "This Ain't Hell"

Pundit Press is proud to present our 6th interview in our on-going series.  Today we are lucky to have the successful conservative website This Ain't Hell answer some of our questions.  I'd like to thank This Ain't Hell for an excellent interview:

When and why did you start This Ain't Hell?

I started TAH four years ago yesterday because I got tired of being banned for my passionate opinions. The last banning was from Right Nation. I don't remember why, but I'm sure it was for being obstinate. I flailed around for a year and a half looking for my niche. I tried to avoid being a milblog because I didn't think I deserved the label...then I had it thrust upon me in 2008 because of my work against phony soldiers and the organizations that use veterans for their own political gains. Like IVAW, VoteVets, IAVA and Oath Keepers. No one was taking them on at the time, and now everyone wants to.

What is the most rewarding aspect of running a successful political site?  What is the most daunting aspect?

I've made a lot of friends and we've been in the news a few times. I guess it's rewarding that our research and connections tell the public things they wouldn't know otherwise. I know some real-life heroes that everyone knows ABOUT, but I get to call them by their first names and they buy me drinks. And I know some quiet heroes that don't get mentioned but they help people put their lives back together and make folks feel loved when they may not otherwise. Just knowing those people gives me hope for the future. Without This Ain't Hell, I probably wouldn't have the opportunity to meet the best people America has to offer, people-wise.

Daunting? Well, one of my co-bloggers had his laptop seized with a federal warrant just to intimidate us last year during the Hasan thing at Fort Hood. I guess it's fairly daunting that sometimes we do things that bring us out of the basement and into the light of day. That's why I moved TAH Headquarters to an undisclosed location in West Virginia, an open carry state. I kid, but it sounds good.

You've recently written that you want Republicans in the minority in Congress.  Could you explain why?

That was a co-blogger, TSO. He says things that are a little off the wall sometimes. I agree with him to a point, I suppose. The Republicans did such a piss poor job of being Conservatives when they had the majority in Congress, it's tiring trying to defend them. I think TSO's point, though, was that even if they get the majority in November, they're going to look weak because the president will veto everything they send him and that won't do us any good in Nov. 2012.

How do you expect Republicans to fare in the November elections?  Will they take back the House and Senate, one or the other, or neither?

They certainly have the opportunity to take back both houses, but the election is more than a month away. Republicans have a habit of doing stupid things that the Democrats can use against them (with the media's big megaphone) and defeat them. Ya know, sex scandals, campaign irregularities - things that don't seem to have any effect on Democrats' reputations when it happens to them.

Do you have a favorite Republican for the 2012 Presidential campaign?

Honestly, I like Sarah Palin a lot. She's got a George W. Bush personality. Like her or not, you know what she's going to do in a given situation because she tells us up front what she's like. Palin isn't the idiot she's made to look like in the press. I think she'd be a kick-ass President if she had a Congress that would get on board with her...like we thought Congress was going to be during the Bush Administration.

TSO likes Pawlenty and if I didn't have high hopes that Palin is going to rescue a truckload of Golden Retriever puppies from wolves and zombies on the nightly news in the next few months, I'd probably be for Pawlenty, too.

President Obama has been in office for over a year and a half now.  Has he been worse than you expected, better, or in between?

That depends. On the Terror War, I supported him until last summer when he decided to make the politically expedient decision instead of the commander-in-chief decision. I've been vocal about that since last year, too. He exceded my expectations until last summer. He's fallen in line with my expectations since.

His domestic agenda was about what I expected - too much radical change in one big bite. I hardly know where to begin and he's kept all of us busy trying to track all of his wild-ass legislation. I think that was his plan. Well, not his plan, because I think he's too much of a figure head to have any agenda other than his own reelection to satisfy his ego. I doubt he has a thought in his head.

What do you think about the Republicans' new "Pledge to America?"

The Contract with America was genious and I'm curious as to why the GOP hasn't done one every election. America deserves to have a scorecard to keep track of what we're voting for.

I think the current pledge is too little too late. Unless they get a veto-proof majority, the only thing they're going to accomplish is stop Obama from passing his wilder legislation which is OK, but it's just so much wheel spinning and gives the GOP another bad name to fight in the next election.

If the Republicans hadn't wasted those Bush years feathering their own nests, they wouldn't have found themselves in this position of begging for our trust and making impossible promises. I haven't given a dime to the GOP since 2004 and they haven't given me a reason to trust them yet.

The Pledge gives them a unified voice, but they need a real leader to lead us all out of the woods. One hasn't emerged yet. Ronald Reagan led the party from the minute Jimmy Carter took the oath of office. Who are we following now?

Even the Contract with America fell short when it came to term limits - the cornerstone of congressional reform. Tell me when they're ready to end the Congressional retirement plan and repeal the 17th Amendment.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The key to this upcoming election is going to be voter turn out. Every vote counts and if you don't vote, you can't bitch. If you can't bitch, what are you going to do for two years? Read This Ain't Hell?


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Chris Christie Lays the Smack Down on a Heckler

Just last week I debated the great site Reaganite Republican over who are the top five Republican choices for President in 2012.  New Jersey governor Chris Christie was one of my choices.  While we included a poll to gauge our readers reactions, Christie wasn't even in the top eight.  I have a feeling that if that poll went up today, the results would be much different.

On the campaign trail for Meg Whitman, Christie was listening to her speak.  That is he was before a heckler kept yelling at her across the stage.  So Mr. Christie decided to kick some ass:



Awesome.

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GOProud Endorses Sean Bielat

I have said this before, and will say it again, there is a movement going on. The "first followers" are making their voices heard.


GOProud is a group that represents gay conservatives and their allies. And they aren't the only ones to endorse Sean Bielat and the conservative cause. The gentlemen at Gay Patriot have been making mincemeat of Barney Frank and speaking passionately as to how Conservatism represents their interests and the nations. The Boys and Chrissy at Hillbuzz are more than passionate in the defense of Sarah Palin and eviscerating in their analysis of President Obama and his administration.

“We believe strongly that the best thing we can do to protect the jobs of gay workers isn’t to pass new federal laws, but instead to fire one of the men responsible for the financial meltdown that cost millions of Americans their jobs GOProud is strongly committed to doing whatever is necessary to help fire Barney Frank!”

This is remarkable a remarkable phenomenon and is not isolated in the gay community and will play a role in the coming elections.
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Ahmadinejad: U.S. Planned and Carried Out 9/11

Illegally elected Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad spoke to the United Nations today and blamed they United States government for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  The U.N.'s headquarters are just four miles away from Ground Zero.  Do I really need to say that this man is a cancer upon our earth?

Ahmadinejad stated that "some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy, and its grips on the Middle East, in order to save the Zionist regime."  By "Zionist regime," the nut-job was referring to Israel.

Is there really a need for me to explain how ludicrous this is?  The fact that Al Qaeda took credit for the attack should be a dead give away.  The fact that no U.S. official has admitted being complicit in the attack, the fact that no organization has ever found any proof that any members of the government were aware of the attacks.  Ahmadinejad didn't explain how the United States attacking its financial center could possibly help their economy.
Here's looking at you, crazy
The Iranian nut job continued his speech, angrily demanding that the United Nations must establish "an independent fact-finding group" to investigate the attacks.  By the end of his speech, Ahmadinejad was speaking mostly to himself, as U.S. and European delegations had left in protest.

Remember, Ahmadinejad the "President" of Iran.  I use quotation marks, of course, because the Iranian government fixed the elections from the start.  The boxes were stuffed, and Ahmadinejad received over 100% of the vote in some areas.  His people see him as a fraud, the world knows him as a liar.  Why he is even  invited to the United States or the United Nations baffles me.

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Manchin might have shot himself in the foot.

Governor Joe Manchin is running as a Conservative outsider to replace the late Senator Robert Byrd in West Virginia's upcoming special Senatorial election this November. However, the appointment of his legal advisor, Carte Goodwin, to the US Senate could actually hurt his "outsider image" when we take a well deserved look into Carte Goodwin's voting record over these past two months.

Mr.Goodwin has
  1. Voted for homosexuals to serve in the Military.
  2. Voted for abortion in the United States Military.
  3. Voted to grant amnesty to illegal alien children.
  4. Voted against repealing costly ObamaCare items.
  5. Voted for Confirming Elena Kagan to the Bench.
  6. Voted for the anti-free speech DISCLOSE Act.

Keep in mind that Governor Manchin and Mr.Goodwin have worked together for five years, and that their worldviews must be similar. It's hard to believe the pro-life, anti-gay marriage, fiscally conservative Joe Manchin would never have known that his own personal legal advisor was an anti-life, pro-gay, and fiscally insane liberal fella before he was appointed into the United States Senate.

I also find it quite unusual that the Governor doesn't have a "issues, or policies" page at his own campaign website. Perhaps to cover up the damning fact that if he is elected to the US Senate, that he will be nothing more than a stooge for the Obama agenda, such as his hand picked seat warmer has been for the past two or so months.

Manchin is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Keep him out of the US Senate at all costs.

New Poll: Gillibrand Lead Down to 1 Point

Can you say "unbelievable upset in the making?"  According to a new poll by Survey USA, the Senate race in New York between incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Joe DioGuardi may be just that.  The poll states that DioGuardi is trailing Gillibrand by a single point, 45-44%.

Survey USA states
New York voters will, unusually, elect 2 United States Senators in 2010. In the Special Election to fill the final 2 years of Hillary Rodham  Clinton's  term, incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and former Congressman Republican Joe DioGuardi today finish effectively even, Gillibrand's nominal 1-point lead being within the survey's theoretical margin of sampling error. Gillibrand leads in the 5 boroughs of NYC, trails elsewhere. Men vote Republican, women vote Democrat and, in this contest, cancel each other out. Lower-income voters break significantly Democrat. Middle-income and upper-income voters break slightly Republican.
Considering that New York is not only a Democratic stronghold but also was not even considered in danger of flipping, this election could make massive waves.
DioGuardi
The new poll also comes on the heals of a new NY gubernatorial Quinnipiac poll that states Republican Carl Paladino is only 6 points behind heavy favorite Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

USA Survey also polled voters for the Paladino/Cuomo race, finding that Cuomo is up by 9%:

In an election for New York Governor today, 09/22/10, 1 week after the Primary and 6 weeks until the General Election, Democrat Andrew Cuomo defeats Republican Carl Paladino 49% to 40%, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for Gannett, including WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, and the Journal News in White Plains.

Lower-income voters account for all of Cuomo's lead. The contest is effectively even among middle-income and upper-income voters. Cuomo leads 2:1 in New York City. Paladino leads 5:3 in Western NY. The candidates are effectively even in the NYC suburbs and Upstate. Consistent with SurveyUSA polling in other statewide races: men in 2010 are voting Republican, women in 2010 are voting Democrat; there is a 34-point gender gap for Governor.
These elections could be huge.


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Texas Board of Education to Vote on Pro-Islamic Bias in Textbooks

This coming Friday the Texas State Board of Education will be taking a vote on textbooks.  This will have nothing to do with important dates or grammar, but something that something potentially insidious: brainwashing of students.

Critics of new textbooks have called on the BoE to investigate and vote on several passages in new textbooks that they believe have a "pro-Islamic bias."  According to Republican member of the Texas Board of Education Don McLeroy, the only reason why Islam is getting a favorable writing is because "Academia wants to lean over backwards to be politically correct and not be labeled ethnocentric, so it's kind of a cultural relativism."

McLeroy and other critics of the textbooks cite the fact that Islamic beliefs and rituals are discussed more than twice as long as Christian beliefs, 248 lines to 120.  They are also upset with "politically-correct whitewashes of Islamic culture and stigmas on Christian civilization" as well as "sanitized definitions of 'jihad' that exclude religious intolerance or military aggression against non-Muslims."

Possibly most damning is one textbook that McLeroy cited, a 2003 textbook entitled "World Civilizations."  In its table of contents, Christianity and Judaism are not listed what-so-ever.  Islam, however, is mentioned multiple times.

Barbara Cargill, another member of the Board of Education, stated that the vote against Islamic bias is "not meant to be divisive; it's actually meant to ensure equality and fairness and is not favoring Christianity over any religion."
A rally over textbooks
 Not everyone is in favor of changing textbooks, however.  Reverend Bobbi Kaye Jones, a prominent member of the Austin District of the United Methodist Church, stated, "As leaders from faith communities across Texas, we urge the state board to reject this misleading and inflammatory resolution."  He believes that the textbooks are fine the way they are.

Because Texas is one of the biggest buyers of American textbooks, much of what students will learn across the country depends on this vote.  It is being held on Friday.

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Eric Holder slips under the bus in 3, 2, 1...

Christopher Coates has agreed to testify before the Civil Rights Commission on Friday. Ten months ago he was instructed by DOJ officials to disregard a subpoena asking him to give testimony regarding the New Black Panther voter intimidation case that was dismissed earlier this year.
"In a dramatic development that could shake the political leadership of the Justice Department, career lawyer Christopher Coates has sent a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights offering to testify Friday on matters related to the controversial New Black Panthers voter-intimidation case."
"Christopher Coates, the award-winning former chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, was subpoenaed by the Commission to testify about the case. He was subsequently instructed by DOJ officials to ignore the subpoena. Within the past hour, commissioners were informed that Chairman Gerald Reynolds had spoken with Coates and that the chairman would reconvene the Commission’s ongoing hearing on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to hear Coates’s testimony." (h/t pajamas media)




Obama on Afghan War: "I'm Done doing This!"

Author Bob Woodward's sixteenth book is about to drop this coming Monday, and the excerpts that have been released are already causing an uproar.  The Obama Administration had given Woodward exceedingly open access to documents and personnel, as well as the Commander in Chief, in hopes that Woodward would paint a sympathetic picture of our 44th President.  It seems that they were wrong.

The New York Times was able to obtain quotes from the book, and they are damning.  The NYT suggests that the war in Afghanistan "divided" the Obama Administration and lead to arguments amongst the higher-ups.

In the excerpts, President Obama himself erupts in anger over the Afghan war.  When asked about sending in 4,500 more troops to save lives, the President got angry, yelling, "I’m done doing this!"  The President's decision to end Afghan war in 2011 is also shown as a political move.  Speaking about why he decided he cannot push back the 2011 withdrawal date, the President stated that he wanted to keep his liberal support.  “I can’t let this be a war without end, and I can’t lose the whole Democratic Party,” the President said.

The anger does not stop at the top.  In a heated conversation about Richard Holbrooke, the administration’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Vice President Joe Biden called him "the most egotistical bastard I've ever met."

Why would Biden say such a thing?  Because, according to Holbrooke, President Obama's strategy in Afghanistan "can't work."  Furthering the discontent inside the White House was Lt. General Douglas Lute, who said that Obama's decisions did not "add up."

Obviously, these quotes show an entirely different light than the Obama Administration was hoping for.
Woodward
Further discontent can be seen between Rahm Emanuel and former Intelligence Director Dennis Blair.  Mr. Blair warned the President and Mr. Emanuel that terrorists were being trained in Pakistan to attack the United States and Europe.  Emanuel responded, "You’re just trying to put this on us so it’s not your fault."  Clearly Mr. Emanuel and Mr. Blair were not on good terms, nor did Mr. Emanuel seemed concerned about the threat of terrorism.

With the book coming in just a few days, and these fireworks already going off, it will be very interesting to see what the rest has to say.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hot?

Would you ever call Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hot?



I would not for two reasons: 1. I have respect for the United States Senate, and would never use such a term to describe a member of the honorable institution. 2. Ms.Gillibrand, with all due respect, is not within 10,000 miles of "hot". Once a woman (or a man) hits 40 years of age - "hot" leaves the room.

So why do I bring this up?

Apparently, Senator Harry Reid (who, I knew had deep seeded psychological problems) believes that my Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, is the hottest member of the entire United States Senate. I'm not kidding you, he actually said that at one of Ms.Gillibrand's campaign fundraisers last week, with her standing just a few feet away from him, red faced and all.

That's right my fellow Americans. The Senate has really reached a new low.

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Repub. Buck Expands Lead in Colorado Senate Race

Republican Ken Buck holds a four point lead over incumbent Democrat Senator Michael Bennett, according to our nation's most accurate polling system.  Rasmussen Reports has Buck with 49% and Bennett with 45%.

Though a near-statistical tie, the retaining of a four point lead bodes well for Buck.  An earlier poll by Rasmussen showed Buck with a three point lead over Bennett, 47-44%.  This means that Buck's lead is both expanding and is nearing the unbeatable mark of 50%.
Considering that then-Senator Obama won Colorado handily in 2008, Buck's lead in the polls is a stark difference.  On top of that is the fact that Bennett is an incumbent, who normally benefit from perks and name recognition in the general election.

Rasmussen goes on to say
In matchups since March, Buck has earned 44% to 49% of the vote, while Bennet has picked up 38% to 45% support.
Looking at these numbers, it is clear that Buck could be potentially playing with a big lead (as big as 49-38) while if everything goes right for Bennett, he would have a one point lead (45-44) over Buck.

With Republicans poised to make large gains in both the Senate and the House, a win in Colorado would bring them one step closer to controlling Congress.  A conservative candidate, Buck is looking good to many voters tired with the status quo.

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Ted Danz (NY-21) Speaks to the Schoharie County Young Republicans



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Inteview With Ben Thompson, Founder of Badass of the Week

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number five in our ongoing series. Today we are taking a little more lighthearted track and interviewing Ben Thompson, the founder and editor of Badass of the Week. He is also the author of a book by the same name. So check out the site and pick up the book and go through the dozens of awesome individuals that have shaped our history and legends.

1. When and why did you start Badass of the Week?

I wrote my first Badass of the Week article back in April 2004, and haven't missed a week since then. The site originally started as kind of a joke – I was ridiculously bored at my desk job, so I started putting these articles together as something fun to send out to my friends for a laugh. If you'd told me six and a half years ago that I'd be turning it into a book I probably would have laughed you out of my cubicle.

2. Why did you decide to write a book?


What I wanted to do with the book was to find a way to tell some of the awesome stories from history without making them boring. It's unbelievable how some teachers and books out there can take these incredible people and make their stories sound so mind-numbingly dull that you'd rather jam pointy metal objects in your eyes than hear about them. My hope is that I can tell the action movie version of these badass peoples' lives – making it funny and exciting without sacrificing historical accuracy. Just because history is important doesn't mean it has to be boring!


3. You must be asked this a lot, but who is the badassest of the badasses?



There are so many head-crushingly hardcore badasses out there that I have a really hard time narrowing the list down to just one or two. Ultimately the book is a top-40 of some of my most favorite historical face-crushing heroes and heroines, but, to be totally honest with you, I could write a hundred books this size and still not hit everyone I want to talk about.


4. Have there been subjects that you particularly like to write about?



I have a difficult time immersing myself in one particular time period or corner of the globe for an extended period of time, and I really enjoy being able to jump around and cover many different subjects. It keeps the material fresh and exciting in my head, which (I hope) translates into the writing.

That's the great thing about history – there are so many incredible stories out there that one week I can be talking about a samurai warrior disemboweling his enemies on the battlefield, the next week I'm reading stories about World War II tank commanders plowing their way through the hedgerows of Normandy, and the week after that I've got pirates firing broadsides at Spanish treasure ships and swinging around on ropes. It never gets old.


5. Why did you decide to include both fictional and non-fictional badasses?

While my real passion lies in history, it's also really entertaining to change gears every once in a while and talk about some insane fictional character like Odysseus or Darth Vader. There are just a ton of completely ridiculous myths and legends out there, and sometimes it's great to be able to just let loose and have some fun with these fantastical, over-the-top tales. I often find that the funniest articles are the ones where I’m talking about some fifty-foot dinosaur demolishing Tokyo with nuclear fire-breath and swinging subway cars around like nunchucks.

6. What is the best part about running your site?

I really love what I'm doing. At the risk of sounding trite, however, if I had to pick one thing I think I'd say it would be all of the incredible support I get from fans and readers. Few things make me happier than opening an email from a fan suggesting the story of some new, incredible badass I'd never heard of before. I learn something new every day, which is an amazing feeling.


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Trouble in Paradise?

Woodward tells all?

“Obama’s Wars”

"Some of the critical players in President Obama’s national security team doubt his strategy in Afghanistan will succeed and have spent much of the last 20 months quarreling with one another over policy, personalities and turf, according to a new book."




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Cuomo: Should I Call Paladino "An A--hole?"

The gubernatorial race in New York is on fire.  With Republican Carl Paladino cutting heavily into Democrat Andrew Cuomo's lead (though Cuomo still has a double-digit one), insults are beginning to get personal.

No longer held to ads or signs, both Paladino and Cuomo have resorted to a slash-and-burn approach.  Working off of the anger that many average voters have, Paladino questioned whether Cuomo had "cojones" to take him on in a debate.

In response, Mr. Cuomo gathered his top advisors and held a meeting to decide what they were going to do with Mr. Paladino's strategy.  During the conversations, Cuomo was heard saying, "If a guy says you have no cojones, how do you punch him back, call him an a--hole?"  The dash marks are added.

Not only does the "a--hole" comment show the tensions in New York, but the use of the word "punch" gives it an almost violent tint.

Paladino on Fox News:


In an election that was supposed to be in the bag for Cuomo, it looks like there is actually a race going on.  Not only that, but a new poll suggests that Kirsten Gillibrand is getting a run for her money by Joseph DioGuardi.  Spread DioGuardi's name, he needs more recognition!

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Surprise: Gillibrand Only Up By 10% in NY Senate Race

In what seems to be a Democratic stronghold, New York may yet have a race in it.  Incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand, who analysts have said had an insurmountable lead, is now only ahead of Republican Joseph DioGuardi by 10%, according to the nation's most accurate polling service, Rasmussen.

Previously, DioGuardi was much further behind Gillibrand in the polls.  In early September alone, he was down by 20%.  He has cut the lead in half.

Considering the amazing upsets that have already happened this year, most notably Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts, it is not inconceivable that DioGuardi could bridge the gap by election day.  Though Gillibrand is an incumbent Senator, she was never elected.  This badly hurts her name recognition, which gives an advantage to DioGuardi.
Another factor that bodes well for DioGuardi is Carl Paladino's primary victory, which shows that conservatives in New York will vote in droves come November.  As the official candidate of the Conservative and Taxpayers parties, DioGuardi looks like the non-inside conservative this election cycle.

Considering the shock waves that swept the country after Scott Brown's victory, if DioGuardi were to win in November, the surprise could be even greater.  Not only that, but the Republican party would be one giant step closer to controlling the Senate.

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Who leads in West Virginia?

The race to replace Senator Robert Byrd is heating up, but the polling numbers are confusing. The political "fog of war" has settled in West Virginia.

According to Public Policy Polling: Republican John Raese is leading by 3%. However, according to Rasmussen Reports: Democrat Joe Manchin is leading by 7%. Who do we believe? We have two respected polling firms showing two completely different results from the same race.

Public Policy Polling:
John Raese (R) - 46%.
Joe Manchin (D) - 43%.

Rasmussen Reports:
Joe Manchin (D) - 50%.
John Raese (R) - 43%.

Who do we believe, and who is really in the lead?