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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Amount of Articles in the Last Month per author, of which there were 808 posts (yes, 808!)-
Aurelius led the way with 489 posts, or 60.5% of the articles
Thomas Ferdousi came in second with 238 pieces, or 29.5% of the articles
Mr. K came in third with a solid 66, or 8.2% of the articles
Unlikely Hospitalist came in fourth with 12, or 1.5% of the articles
Dr. Robert Owens came in fifth with 3 articles, or .3% of the articles
Top Views per Writer for an Article, of which there were 54,325 pageviews total (a 69% increase!)-
Thomas Ferdousi led the way by far with his article VIDEO: Democrat Gets Booed for Blaming Bush-- In Massachusetts! The piece received 12,322 pageviews, or 22.7% of the views over the last month. It was also linked on Instapundit. Thomas also garnered us another 3,682 views, or 6.8%, with his coverage of the Rally to Restore Sanity, better known as "Smug-Fest."
Mr. K's best article came with The Positives of George W. Bush. It garnered 602 views, or 1.1% of the views. It was also linked on Michelle Malkin.
Aurelius's best article was Grayson: Glenn Beck can "Stick it," which received 537 views, or 1% of the views. Glenn Beck's The Blaze linked to it.
Unlikely Hospitalist's biggest article was The Big Scandal, which received 32 pageviews, or .05% of the views.
Dr. Robert Owens's biggest article was My Name’s America and I’m a Debt-a-holic, which received 29 views, or .05% of the views.
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Odds and Ends-
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I forgot to include two new stats: Most prolific commenter and favorite commenter, which goes to the person who commented the most on posts and the person whose comments are the best, respectively:
Aurelius had by far the most comments.
Paul Mitchell (who writes for Mean 'ol Meany) was our favorite commenter.
In a gloating tirade, Murkowski claimed victory in Alaska against Republican nominee Joe Miller. In a time like this, one would expect Murkowski to be at least slightly humble. She was not. Defending her decision to run, Murkowski stated:
"They tell me that this cannot be done, that this is a futile effort. Well, perhaps it's time they met one Republican woman who won’t quit on Alaska:”The quote comes at 1:13:
The swipe was in reference to former Alaska Senator Sarah Palin, who stepped down last year. Obviously, Murkowski has found no need to keep things classy.
In August of this year Lisa Murkowski, the senior Senator from Alaska, lost the Republican primary for Senator to Joe Miller. In a year in which the average voter is particularly disgusted by politicians who cling to power despite the wishes of the people, Murkowski refused to concede defeat and decided to run as a write-in candidate.
With a large lead so far in the vote count, Murkowski has asked Miller to conceded, after she declared victory. Joe Miller has not. Analysts believe there is a good possibility that Miller will ask for a recount.
Incensed by this tweet, Olbermann wrote back to the man (caution, link contains bad language). In it he used the F-word twice and added the derogatory "-tard" at the end, in reference to the pejorative word used for mentally handicapped persons. Here is the tweet with part of Olbermann's words sanitized:
Mr. Olbermann returned recently from a suspension from MSNBC for donating to Democratic candidates for Congress. He missed more than two weeks of his liberal commentary program Countdown with Keith Olbermann. It is odd that Mr. Olbermann would use such language right after he returned from a suspension. However, MSNBC has not stated whether it will take action over this newest incident.
The tweeter's overall message, that "we are all Americans," is further lost when he uses the word "f**ktards" (cleaned up) to describe people who try to differentiate between nationalities and races. Olbermann took offense and responded, using the expletive twice.
Friday, November 19, 2010
You can read all about it on Pelosi's blog "The Gavel." With someone like Pelosi, one would expect that she would leave out the fact that the United States spent over three times $26.8 Billion to bailout companies like GM. However, she does not, referencing the $82 Billion just two paragraphs later.
Here is a short excerpt showing the ridiculousness of Pelosi's writings:
"Government action supporting the auto industry prevented a $26.8 billion loss to the American taxpayer and saved nearly 1.5 million American jobs...The loss would have been caused by increased public welfare payments and lost tax receipts from workers had the government not provided $82 billion of assistance to the industry."Pelosi does not explain how exactly the United States saved $26.8 Billion while spending over $50 Billion more just to bailout auto companies.
This is very similar to the President's and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's claims that the Stimulus saved $282 Billion. According to them, the $787,000,000,000 price tag on the Stimulus saved Americans $282,000,000,000. Once again, they never explain how you can save money by spending three times as much.
This is just another example of Democrats arguing that spending a tremendous amount of money is somehow saving money. Obviously the drubbing they received earlier in the month didn't teach them anything about fiscal responsibility or about not lying to the American people.
She really thinks that she can get away with lying to the American people. Well, I think she is wrong.
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So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:
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The M1A1 Abrams entered the service in 1980, replacing the old M60 Patton, which was our main battlefield tank for almost two decades before. The M1A1 Abrams weighs 67.6 short tons, drives 41.5 mph, and fires out of 2,600 pound Rheinmetall 120 mm gun. This is definitely something I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of.
Although the tank was introduced three decades ago, it hasn't seen much action besides for the Iraqi front - during both Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was successfully used during the latter Operation in the Anbar Province. This next deployment will be located in the Helmand province, which is a Taliban dominated region that borders Pakistan.
This should be a reminder that we're still fighting a War in Afghanistan, and that all of our honorable soldiers deserve the moral support of Americans at home. I believe it's the least Americans can do, considering what our soliders are doing - every day for us, all across the entire world.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Discussing President Obama's effect on business during his tenure in office, Trump stated in an interview, "I think he has been not good for business." Coming from a man worth $2.9 Billion and who has spent his life building successful businesses, that has got to sting.
But Trump does not stop there. Regarding President Obama's experience, with the economy and more, Trump has no kind words, stating, "I think he’s totally over his head.” The President, who has spent years trying to down-play his lack of experience, is once again hammered.
However, an even bigger question arose concerning Trump during the interview. While Trump's criticism of the President may seem out of the blue, even if justified, questions later in the conversation may have brought out the real reason why Trump was trouncing Obama: Mr. Trump is mulling over a Presidential run in 2012.
However, looking at his recent comments regarding China and the President's foreign policy, Trump is clearly giving a Presidential bid some thought.
In another recent interview with George Stephanopoulos, Trump stated,
"I am thinking about things. And I'm looking at this country ... and what's happened in terms of respect, and the respect for this country is just not there... I have many people from China that I do business with, they laugh at us. They feel we're fools. And almost being led by fools. And they can't believe what they're getting away with.”Will Trump run? The question is in the air, but only one person knows for sure.
“I respect him; I like him; I think he’s wonderful in many ways,” the real estate mogul said on MSNBC on Thursday. “I think he has been not good for business, and honestly – and very sadly – the world does not respect this country, and therefore, I think the world doesn’t respect our leader. He’s a nice man, but I think he’s totally over his head.”Furthermore, Trump is talking about possibly challenging current Republican front-runner Sarah Palin in the nomination battle should he decide to run.
"I am thinking about things. And I'm looking at this country ... and what's happened in terms of respect, and the respect for this country is just not there," Trump tells ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos.Trump also made similar points on MSNBC yesterday, saying that China was beating the US economically in some fields. It is still unclear if Trump will run, but with the United States still in a protracted economic slump, he may be welcomed by part of the GOP. Considering that Mitt Romney is the only other candidate that would claim business success, Trump would probably outshine the former Governor of Massachusetts.
"I have many people from China that I do business with, they laugh at us. They feel we're fools. And almost being led by fools. And they can't believe what they're getting away with.”
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The poll also shows that not only are people now against the war, the percentage is increasing from just several months ago. While this is not nearly as many as opposed the Iraq War during the 2007 surge, it still denotes a fall in popularity.
American voters say 50 - 44 percent that the U.S. should not be involved in Afghanistan, the first time the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds more voters opposed to the war. This compares to a September 9 survey in which voters said 49 - 41 percent that the U.S. was doing the right thing in Afghanistan.Quinnipiac is not the most reliable of the national pollsters, but I do have the feeling that most other polling firms would find a similar result. People are tired of the war, even though it is clear that al Qaeda and the Taliban will be able to reorganize with an Allied pullout.
Cross-posted at World Threats.
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Ahmed Ghailani, who helped al Qaeda lead attacks in East Africa, was aqcuitted of 284 of 285 counts against him. Ghailani helped to bomb US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, killing 224, including 12 Americans.
Ghalaini was found guilty of one conspiracy charge but the most potent, including murder, fell by the wayside.
"You deserve a lot of credit," U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan told the jurors after the verdicts were announced. "You have demonstrated also that American justice can be delivered calmly, deliberately and fairly, by ordinary people - people who are not beholden to any government, including this one."
Naturally, one has to wonder how this method of trial could fit for a war criminal like Khalid Sheik Mohammed and whether a non-citizen captured outside of the US really needs a civilian trial. Hopefully this will be the final nail in the coffin trying to try him here.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
According to a HotAir.com survey of three thousand Conservatives, if the 2012 Republican Primary was held today: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would sweep the Conservative electorate nationwide. Only Governors Sarah Palin and Mitch Daniels were able to compete with Chris Christie; Romney could not even win the state of Michigan, where his father was a popular Governor for six years.
If Conservatives were the only Primary voters in 2012 (as of today):
Gov. Christie (NJ) would win 33 states.
Gov. Palin (Alaska) would win 12 states.
Gov. Daniels (Indiana) would win 1 state.
In the real world - Mitt Romney would win most of the North East, with Chris Christie performing well in the Mid-Atlantic. Sarah Palin would dominate the West, Mitch Daniels the Mid-West, while Mike Huckabee would carry most of the deep South (pending on Haley Barbour). Meaning the voters would not be selecting the next Republican Nominee; the Convention would.
Obviously, that's not enough to spurn Nancy Pelosi from maintaining control over House Democrats, because she was elected House Minority Leader* this afternoon, with relative ease over North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler.
Conservatism within the Democratic Party officially died today.
* - Pelosi previously served as House Minority Leader between 2003-2007.
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Pelosi was challenged by Blue Dog Heath Shuler but she beat him with relative ease. The Democratic bloc stayed together for the vote and put her back in charge.
"There was a lot of unrest in the room for several hours," Shuler said following the vote, arguing the strength of his challenge "sends a message" that the party needs to change direction.
Pelosi ultimately had little trouble repelling the challenge from Shuler, one of the relatively-conservative Blue Dog Democrats who saw their numbers decimated in the midterms. The vote was 150 for Pelosi to 43 for Shuler.
According to Politico, Greene is setting up the first steps to run for the office of the chief executive. However, he still has to fight off the pesky charges that he showed pornography to an unwilling college student. It is unknown whether he will be found guilty or not.
But he appeared confident when talking to the media:
“I’m the next president,” Greene said. “I’ll be 35 … just before November, so I was born to be president. I’m the man. I’m the man. I’m the man. Greene’s the man. I’m the man. I’m the greatest person ever. I was born to be president. I’m the man, I’m the greatest individual ever.”Greene plans on pleading not guilty to the charges despite the fact that his lawyers did not show up to the trial.
According to his campaign website he lost only because of the intragisence of Democrats.
Comedian Lewis Black and others imply that voting for me was dumb, but the South Carolina Democratic Party bosses were the dumb ones. The 358,276 people who voted for Greene voted for their own interests. That’s smart.Oh, and he has a comic book about himself as basically the savior of the world. [warning, PDF]
So here he is: the long awaited challenger from Obama's left for the Democratic nomination. Keep in mind that he also thought he was going to beat Jim Demint and won the Democratic primary over a state office-holder.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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While many see Rangel's guilt as a slam dunk, and while others state that his corruption is irrefutable, Rangel does his best to discredit the panel that found him guilt. First he declares that there is absolutely no evidence against him, even though a panel of multiple people found him guilty on 11 counts of violations:
an article (which he himself wrote) in which he elaborates on his defense of himself, while spouting lies about the Committee that found him guilty.
According to Rangel, he was denied his "due process rights" and his "right to counsel." We all know this is not true, as Rangel's own legal team quit two months ago. In other words, not only did he already have at least two months (and in fact had more), he already had "counsel." They quit on him because he was so obviously corrupt and he disagreed with them on legal strategies.
Rangel goes on to say:
"While I am required to accept the findings of the Ethics Committee, I am compelled to state again the unfairness of its continuation without affording me the opportunity to obtain legal counsel as guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.I know that the vast majority of this is Rangel intentionally lying and trying to make it seem that the House Committee is out to get him, but I honestly wonder if he believe the lies that he is spewing. Either way, he's guilty, both in the eyes of the public and now officially.
This unfair decision is the inevitable result of the Committee's insistence on moving forward despite the absence of any legal representation on my behalf. The Committee elected to reject my appeal for additional time to secure new counsel and thus acted in violation of the basic constitutional right to counsel."
According to Pelosi, the 111th Congress, thanks to her leadership, saved the United States from economic ruin and in fact made it much stronger. It's all in her faux-facts "blog" The Gavel. I suppose now that Ms. Pelosi is going to lose control of the House, she thinks lying her botoxed face off will have no consequences.
For example, according to Pelosi, she passed massive legislation that increased "Financial Responsibility" to Congress. Not only that, but she cut "taxes for most Americans by $1.5 trillion." At the end of the paragraph, she declares "Action Completed," obviously to imply that she actually did something like this.
But why stop there? Pelosi continues with her lies, and cites several projects that "created" millions upon millions of jobs for the American people.
First she references the Stimulus Package, which she states "jumstart[ed] our economy." According to her, it will "create and save 3.5 million jobs" and "give a tax cut to small business and 95% of American workers." I'm sure this is a small point, but the fact that the unemployment rate under Obama has exploded utterly destroys the idea that the Stimulus jumpstarted anything.
Pelosi continues that she has created over 500,000 jobs through other types of Stimulus, government spending, and "tax breaks." Sure you did, Nancy.
By the end of her "accomplishments," she states that she has "completed," quote, "cutting Bush deficit by more than half by 2013." That's weird, considering that the CBO states that in 2009 alone, the Obama Administration and Congress have quadrupled the deficit:
Pelosi may think that she can pull a fast one on the American people, but she is mistaken.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Never underestimate the power of Sarahcuda:
Five million Americans tuned in yesterday to watch the world premier of Sarah Palin's Alaska, on a Sunday night, when the Patriots and Steelers were battling it out on NBC. Not since Going Rogue sold 2.7 million copies nationwide last year, has the former Republican Vice-Presidential candidate had this much command over our Nation's short attention span.
I'm still sure that Governor Palin will not run for President in 2012, but if she does - I'm starting to think she could actually win the Republican Nomination, with or without Huckabee in the race. Her base is strong, her will is strong and her fighting spirit is definitely strong. Don't count her out just yet.
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Now, the 2,200 students at West Potomac High School are allowed to hand in papers whenever they wish and will not received a lower grade than others. In other words, if you turn in a paper two months late, you can still get an "A."
Not only that, but even if you get every single question wrong on a test or a quiz, you still do not receive an F. In fact, you can take it as many times as you like so long as you don't pass. If you get an A your tenth time, you get an A and only an A. Miss school? That's okay, you do not have to answer for it because the school "understands" that being a kid is tough.
Parents have complained about this new "standard:"
"What about the conscientious student who keeps up with class, studies until 2 a.m. and pulls an A on a math test? Should a peer who skipped class and flubbed the test twice or three times get an equal grade? With the new policy, the ultimate grade on a student transcript could be the same, even though the two students took very different paths."But "expert" Rick Wormeli defends the decision to give students NMs, or "no mark," when they do not complete their work or do extremely poorly instead of an F. According to Wormeli, and I can hardly believe this, not giving students an F is harder on students:
"It's far more demanding on kids. Now it's, 'Oh crud, I have to learn it.' "I'll just say that Wormeli is full of it. A much more plausible reaction by a ten or eleven year old that does not want to do his work is: "I don't need to do it and I can't fail no matter what. I'm not doing it."
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"Obviously we're trying to help kids who were not successful in the past, but really we're trying to help all kids."You know what? If you work hard and try, you earn your grades. We do not, and hopefully will never, live in a society that gives away free grades to unqualified citizens. We should not and cannot give slackers who have never tried in their life high-paying jobs, especially when it takes away the job of someone who has worked hard to get where they are. This is disgusting.
Of course, Rangel's claim is simply a lie, as his legal team quit two months ago after a debate over strategy. Most likely, the team realized how corrupt Rangel was and wanted to go one way. The corrupt Rangel wanted to go another, and his lawyers just quit.
This meant that today, at the beginning of Rangel's legal hearings, that he had no legal representation. Of course, since his lawyers quit two months ago, he had plenty of time to assemble more people. Either Rangel could not get anyone to accept his case or he intentionally did not hire anyone in hopes that the court would delay the hearing. They did not, so Rangel walked out.
On November 2, despite the tremendous political pressure on him because of the ethics trial and the clear corruption evident, Rangel was reelected by a large margin. In fact, Rangel won 81% of the vote in his district, a tremendous amount by any standard.
In court, Rangel faces a tremendous amount of counts against him, including over one dozen charges of financial and fundraising misconduct. To think that he can simply pout and walk away from his hearing shows that Rangel is in over his head.
To see his egotism, all one has to do is take a look at his campaign site. In an article on his campaign site entitled, "Harry Reid’s near-perfect game plan makes victory look like child’s play," Reid gives himself a nice pat on the back. The article, which Reid posted and which also appeared in the Las Vegas Sun, a liberal mouth-piece, Reid explains how he planned a "decisive victory" over Ms. Angle:
"Adopt a catch phrase for your opponent and repeat it relentlessly. For Angle, it was “extreme and dangerous.” The phrase appeared in commercials and was featured in virtually every speech given on Reid’s behalf. Exit polls showed many Reid voters picked the incumbent because they thought Angle was too extreme."Notice that Reid never mentions the word "truth." He simply states that you should repeat a "catch phrase over and over again. However, if you believe that Angle was the only person that Reid attacked in this article, you are mistaken. Reid also went after his son Rory:
"Avoid people who could hurt you even if it’s your son. Reid never appeared publicly with gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid, fearing the appearance of a political dynasty would turn off voters. Father and son held separate fundraising events and rallies, even if they had the same speakers, such as former President Bill Clinton, stumping for them."Once again, truth is no where to be seen. Reid simply states that "fearing the appearance of a political dynasty would turn off voters." He never said that it wasn't, just that it would turn voters away.
|Reid: Thinks he's better than you|
"The Reid organization’s Terminator-like single-mindedness, relentlessness and discipline turned preparation into the most satisfying victory of Reid’s career, a resurrection unthinkable most of the year by the Beltway cognoscenti."Unfortunately, come January, Reid will indeed "be back," despite the Republican wave that occurred two weeks ago. Not only that, but Reid clearly has not learned his lesson; he continues to be smug, amateurish, and elitist.
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But the trial that opens today comes with a surprise-- that Rangel had improperly used funds from a Political Action Committee to pay for his own defense. And not only did he use funds, he allegedly used a lot of them-- almost $400,000.
Rangel's office refused to comment on the PAC money. On top of the $393,000 in PAC funds, records show Rangel yanked $1.4 million from his campaign coffers in 2009 and 2010 to pay the firm Zuckerman Spaeder, his main legal-defense team, and $100,000 in 2009 to pay Davis' firm.Obviously we can't foresee what will happen in the ethics hearings but they've been a long time coming. Rangel has been flouting the ethics rules for a while, including allegedly using money from campaigning to pay for vacation property. Other charges include:
- Misusing office to create center in his honor.
- Used free postage to ask for donations.
- Received over $1 million consulting with a firm while he was Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. This happened while meeting with a lobbyist from the firm about tax laws.
- Failure to report income.
- Using rent-stabilized property as a campaign headquarters.
Altogether there are 13 charges against the New York City Congressman and it appears that he won't be squirming out of any anytime soon.
Rangel has been out of the limelight lately as the Democrats did not want a corruption scandal going public. However, the people in his district don't seem to care, renominating him in the Democratic primary against a challenger and giving him 80% in this month's elections.
UPDATE: According to FoxNews Rangel has apparently 'excused' himself from the hearing.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010
In his decision to run, Shuler stated:
"We've just come off the largest ... loss for the Democratic Party in almost a century. And to be able to put Speaker Pelosi as minority leader is truly ... unacceptable for our party."Whether Shuler will be able to win is up for speculation. Pelosi, in power for years, is unlikely to relinquish her power to a challenger. Likewise, she is sure to get many votes from people who have worked with her over the years.
Many Democrats are already against Pelosi:
In North Carolina, Democrat Larry Kissell stated that he hopes Pelosi "will change her mind and step aside." Representative Joe Donnelly of Indiana has stated that he is "disappointed that Speaker Pelosi is going to seek the position of Minority Leader." Representative Dan Boren of Oklahoma stated that Pelosi's bid is "very disappointing." Representative Heath Shuler said he may even challenge Pelosi's bid.
With many against Pelosi, it is hard to understand why she is pushing on. Yet even these Representatives do not comprise the entirety of Democrats against Pelosi in the House. Even hardened supporters of Pelosi, ones who voted with her near or at 100%, want her out of power.
As the numbers grow against Pelosi, it will certainly be interesting to see how this all plays out. Is Pelosi that desperate to hold on to power? Only time will tell.
With the people demanding low taxes via voting booths and opinion polls, the President's Fiscal Responsibility Commission came out against tax hikes in any income bracket. One of their tax plans even involves lowering the income tax level further. The lame duck session of Congress is just one day away; it's make or break time for Obama.
Democrats voted out of office have no reason to support those who caused their defeat, and the remaining few Democrats who actually have fiscal sense, such as Heath Shuler, have absolutely no reason to stand against the public. In short, the bipartisan push is for all tax levels to remain the same for everyone - rich or poor.
|Boehner: Set to Take the Gavel Back|
Obama's disapproval numbers are almost at the point of no return, and his reelection campaign will resemble the road to the White House for John Kerry, according to some. Either he will, due to joint pressure from Republicans and the people, stand against income tax raises on all, or he'll seal his 2012 defeat with the largest tax increase in history.
Regardless of what happens this week, it sure will be fun to watch Obama struggle with empowered Republicans for the time in his Presidency, and quite frankly, his entire political career.
Christie's said no to 2012 every time he's been asked although he hasn't ruled out 2016 or later at this point. Naturally, we could see him President in 2016 or 2020, but personally I don't think he will run this time around.
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