Video: DeMint Named Conservative of the Year by Human Events

 The clip below is part two of the piece put together by Human Events about South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint. You can see the interview with DeMint showing his trademark smaller government ideals:

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The Heat Ball? They will be selling them in the US directly!

It's not what you think. Or maybe it is....converting 95% of the energy they draw into heat. This however isn't the latest in technological advancement, it is over 130 years old and illegal in Germany. I present to you the incandescent bulb, er, I mean, Heat Ball.

"A German businessman is getting around a law banning incandescent bulbs by selling them as "Heat Balls".

As an on topic aside, the State of Maine has recommendations for the disposal of fluorescent bulbs that you have to see to believe. (h/t Maggie's Farm)

Remember these people know better than us.......
  • Do not use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the breakage. This will spread the mercury vapor and dust throughout the area and could potentially contaminate the vacuum.
  • Keep people and pets away from the breakage area until the cleanup is complete.
  • Ventilate the area by opening windows, and leave the area for 15 minutes before returning to begin the cleanup. Mercury vapor levels will be lower by then.
  • For maximum protection and if you have them, wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the sharp glass.
  • Carefully remove the larger pieces and place them in a secure closed container, preferably a glass container with a metal screw top lid and seal like a canning jar.1 A glass jar with a good seal works best to contain any mercury vapors inside.2
  • Next, begin collecting the smaller pieces and dust. You can use two stiff pieces of paper such as index cards or playing cards to scoop up pieces.
  • Pat the area with the sticky side of duct tape, packing tape or masking tape to pick up fine particles. Wipe the area with a wet wipe or damp paper towel to pick up even finer particles.
  • Put all waste and materials into the glass container, including all material used in the cleanup that may have been contaminated with mercury. Label the container as “Universal Waste - broken lamp.”
  • Remove the container with the breakage and cleanup materials from your home. This is particularly important if you do not have a glass container.
  • Continue ventilating the room for several hours.
  • Wash your hands and face.
  • Take the glass container with the waste material to a facility that accepts “universal waste” for recycling. To determine where your municipality has made arrangements for recycling of this type of waste, call your municipal office or find your town in this list municipal collection sites (MS Excel format) (pdf format).
  • When a break happens on carpeting, homeowners may consider removing throw rugs or the area of carpet where the breakage occurred as a precaution, particularly if the rug is in an area frequented by infants, small children or pregnant women.
  • Finally, if the carpet is not removed, open the window to the room during the next several times you vacuum the carpet to provide good ventilation.

The next time you replace a lamp, consider putting a drop cloth on the floor so that any accidental breakage can be easily cleaned up. If consumers remain concerned regarding safety, they may consider not utilizing fluorescent lamps in situations where they could easily be broken. Consumers may also consider avoiding CFL usage in bedrooms or carpeted areas frequented by infants, small children, or pregnant women. Finally, consider not storing too many used/spent lamps before recycling as that may increase your chances of breakage. Don’t forget to properly recycle your used fluorescent bulbs so they don’t break and put mercury into our environment.

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Huntsman and Pence for President? You've got to be Kidding Me

Could the serious 2012 contenders please stand?

Some folks in the media are actually suggesting Jon Huntsman for the 2012 Republican nomination, while RedState, one of the most influential political blogs on the internet, practically endorsed Mike Pence yesterday afternoon. The only thing left is for Senator Olympia Snowe to run for the Presidency. I couldn't imagine another unrealistic candidacy at this time, nor do I want to.

I am not anti-dark horse candidates (I supported Sarah Palin for the 2008 GOP Vice-Presidential nomination in July '08), but I am for realistic candidates being touted. Mitt Romney, John Thune, and other candidates are almost guaranteed to run for President in 2012 - even Mayor Giuliani could potentially run in 2012.

However, candidates to the left of Joe Manchin (Huntsman), or too determined for another office (Pence) are not prime contenders for the 2012 Republican nomination. Neither will run, unless forced by eager supporters, and neither have a realistic path towards victory. Huntsman is entangled with Obama and Pence is entangled with history. Could we please focus our attention on those actually willing to run and to win?
I know that the next fourteen months are going to be difficult for Conservatives and Republicans alike. As everyone will be touting their preferred candidate for the highest office in the land. That is something we just cannot allow to happen - Republicans must be united behind one candidate during the Primaries, and we must spend the next fourteen months finding that perfect unity candidate.

Enough is enough.

Senator McCain did not even win 50% of the Republican Primary vote in 2008, and if the current course of politics is not altered soon - our nominee next year could fail to reach 40% of the overall vote. I am willing to foresake my favored candidate for the sake of my party. Enough of the Huntsman talk, enough of the Pence talk, and enough of the horse trading. Let us talk like men and join behind one man to lead our cause against Barack Obama.

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The Month in Review

 It's been over a month since we did the last month in review. The last review was done on November 20 and it has come to done the period between 11/20 and December 31st. This will also be the last Month of Review of 2010. Of course the last MiR had over 800 articles due to the fact that that period took place over the election period. This one will be significantly lighter-- especially due to the period around the Christmas break.

Total articles: 109

Aurelius led the way with 36, or 33% of the total articles. He led last month's MiR as well in numbers of articles.
Mr. K came in second with 31, or 28% of the total articles. he came in third last time and has staged a nice comeback.
Thomas came in third with 28, or 26% of the total. He was in second place last MiR.
Dr. Robert Owens jumped into fourth place with 7 total articles, or 6% of the total. He was in 5th place last month.
Unlikely Hospitalist slipped to 5 articles, or 5% of the total. His position has fallen but his share has improved from 1.5% to 5% this month.
Joe C. entered the scoreboard with 2 total articles, or 2% of the total.

We had a total of 12,983 total pageviews, falling from the election high of the last MiR.
    Two of our favorite commenters led the way, being the Manhattan Infidel and the other being Fenway Nation. Of course we'd like to thank all of our commenters.

And special thanks go out to all those who took the time to link to us. We really do appreciate it and look forward to returning the favor.

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Issa Puts Out List of Allegations

 Congressman Darrell Issa is preparing to launch multiple investigations into the Obama Administration, calling it one of the 'most corrupt' in history. Issa, now gaining more notoriety in the incoming 112th Congress, has revealed a list of those being investigated.

"If we can take any lessons away from the results of the midterm elections, it's that the American people will no longer tolerate a government that has institutionalized a culture of waste and abuse that acts carelessly with their tax dollars,” Issa spokesman Kurt Bardella said in a statement to POLITICO. “As chairman of this committee, [Rep.] Issa will pursue an agenda that aims to shed light on the failures of government for the purpose of reforming them so that the government is more transparent and accountable to the American people.”
Issa's investigations appear to be gaining momentum but no specific abuses have come to light of yet. What he'll find is unknown but it is not doubted that he will be pushing hard.

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Prankster Poses as Governor Cuomo on Twitter.

Twitter: Where one man's mistake is another man's goldmine.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was sworn in last week, had a brush with the mischievous side of the internet last week when a college student posed as him on Twitter, and according to the New York Times - many New Yorkers bought into the sham:

The Twitter page that Mr. Fahrenkopf created seemed perfectly plausible for a politician, and featured the same snapshot of Mr. Cuomo — smiling and looking off into the distance — that can be seen on the home page of the governor’s new Web site.

My own Congressman actually followed this account believing it was factual.

The false account is no longer in existence, and Governor Cuomo's account has over 800 current followers. I hope elected officials & official staff monitor such outlets of information to avoid such embarrassments in the future. We're living in a brave new world for citizens and politicians alike.

Dennis Miller's "The Big Speech" a Very Big Deal...

"Back in the day, comedian Dennis Miller was a comedy force to be reckoned with. His HBO series-- Dennis Miller Live-- was one of the most consistently funny, best-written shows on television (and a damn fine talk show, to boot), his time on SNL included a successful run behind the "Weekend Update" desk, and his HBO specials were mandatory viewing for anyone that liked their comedy packed with obscure references, biting commentary, and-- at the time-- an absurdly-high joke-to-bullseye ratio. Yes, Dennis Miller was awesome."

This is some of the best comedy I have seen from Dennis Miller in a long time and I believe is sardonic, cutting edge comedy that is laugh out loud funny, albeit politically incorrect. Miller makes fun of those you aren't supposed to make fun of. He brings some degree of levity to a very serious subject.

Also check out: 

Cat Forced to do Jury Duty

How can one so keenly

of the comedy of Dennis Miller over the years not appreciate the "biting commentary, obscure references", pointed comedy that Miller presents on his recent HBO special "The Big Speech." This clip is so provocative and truthfully funny as to bring one back to the comedy of Dennis Miller's "Weekend Update". This comedy cuts to the quick and will make a lot of organizations angry. I suspect a fatwa to be issued any day now. Dennis Miller is a comedic genius and a very brave soul.

"The most serious things are often said in jest."

Linked by Ace, IOTW, Doug Ross. Many thanks

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Holy Crap, Parrots are Geniuses

Take a look at this video and be amazed:

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The Eco-Freaks have Won.

The end of the world as we know it:

Democratic Segregation Lives.

Vote in Our Poll: What Will Happen to ObamaCare by 2012?

With the ObamaCare debates warming up again, it appears that there will be rampant battles over whether to repeal the monstrosity passed last year. Of course the Democrats and President Obama won't take this laying down, but it would appear that Congressional Republicans may push for a full repeal this year.

So with this being a near certainty, how far do you believe they will get by this time in 2012? Of course, it will be a very big issue and will serve as an important backdrop in the 2012 races. If you see something else happening, please just comment below.

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Go Seahawks!

Most NFL fans will be rooting for the St. Louis Rams (7-8) to defeat the Seattle Seahawks (6-9) tonight for only one reason: posterity. Most fans do not want a losing team (Seattle would have a 7-9 record) to claim either a division title, or playoff spot. It would embarrass everyone involved in the league, both owner and fan alike.

That's why I'm rooting for the Seattle Seahawks to win tonight. If the National Football League wants to create a league where the team that performed better last season receives a higher draft spot than the team that performed worst last season in the entire league - I firmly believe that they should be embarrassed in front of the entire world for rewarding failure.

Go Seahawks!

Brett Favre Benched in Last Game

 The Minnesota Vikings have decided to bench quarterback Brett Favre from their final game with the Detroit Lions. If Favre goes through with plans to retire, this would be his last game.

From FoxNews:

The Vikings declared Favre inactive about 80 minutes before kickoff Sunday, concluding days of speculation over whether he could sufficiently recover from his Dec. 20 concussion. He also missed Minnesota's previous game at Philadelphia.

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R. Lee Ermey Unloads on Obama

I don't necessarily agree with everything R. Lee Ermey says here, but it sure doesn't mean that he isn't completely awesome:

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Chris Christie is Awesome

Start your New Year right and listen to a rising star:

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7.0 Earthquake Hits Argentina

A powerful 7.0 earthquake has hit Argentina this New Year's Day.  There are only preliminary reports so far, so the damage is unknown at this time.

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Muslims Kill Seven in Egyptian Church Bombing

Remember, Islam is a religion of peace.  I mean, who wouldn't agree with that, especially after seven Christians were murdered this evening when coming out of a Church mass?

As Christians emerged from Alexandria, Egypt's Mass of the Saints Church, a car bomb ripped through the crowd killing at least seven and injuring at least 24.  Father Mena Adel, a witness to the carnage, explained:  "I was inside the church and heard a huge explosion.  People's bodies were in flames."

Remember, Islam is a religion of peace according to liberals.

In the aftermath, according to news sources,
"Some Christians from the church clashed with police in anger over the blast. The Christians hurled stones at police and a nearby mosque, chanting, "With our blood and soul, we redeem the cross," the witnesses said."
On a day meant to bring people together in celebration of a new year and friendship, terrorist scum always tries to rear its ugly head.  And who do they attack?  Peaceful people worshiping God.
Mass of the Saints Church
CBS further explains the situation in Egypt:
"The attack comes at a time of rising sectarian tension in Egypt and the broader region. In November, hundreds of Christians rioted in the capital, Cairom, smashing cars and windows after police violently stopped the construction of a church. The rare outbreak of Christian unrest in the capital left one person dead.
Christians are believed to make up about 10 percent of Egypt's mainly Muslim population of nearly 80 million people, and they have grown increasingly vocal in complaints about discrimination. There have been occasional attacks targeting Christians - most notably, in January 2009, seven Christians were killed in a drive-by shooting on a church in southern Egypt during celebrations for the Orthodox Coptic Christmas. The Saints Church in Alexandria targetting early Saturday also came under attack in April 2006, when a man with a knife stabbed worshippers."
Religion of peace.

Update:  The death toll has risen to at least 21.  New reports also indicate that it may not have been a car bomb and in fact could have been a suicide bomber on foot.

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Happy New Year.

Happy New Year to the faithful readers of Pundit Press. Our blog hasn't been updated as much as usual due to gaming, reading, vacationing, and working over the past few weeks by me, and my blogger comrades. We'll all be back in action soon, thankfully with a change in House leadership.

Here are some of our better articles from the past year:

Reid: 'I never said Iraq War was lost,' Angle is a "Liar"
The House condemns North Korea; One Republican doesn't
NBC names Ground Zero Mosque developer a "Person of the Year"

Consider this an open-thread; discuss whatever you please.

UConn Loses to Stamford

After eclipsing a Division I record with their 89th win, the UConn Huskies only made it to 90 before losing to Stamford to end their historic streak.  Let me rephrase that: the UConn Huskies' historic 90 game win streak ended tonight with their loss to #8 Stanford.  Will UConn begin another streak?  Only time will tell.

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Finally We All Agree

Progressive policies don’t work.  Everyone, even Progressives agree that their vast array of policies and the programs they always birth don’t work. 
That the provocateurs of these endless policy schemes agree that they don’t work is proven by the fact that these same Progressives constantly seek to revise, revamp, and expand every program they ever impose.  If they were working why is there a need for continuous upgrades?
That Conservatives agree must be deduced by their rhetoric since they do little else except talk. That talk always sounds merely like tinkering with the system since the repeal of these failed policies seldom if ever escapes their lips, unless there is an election on the horizon.
If we now add the recently awakened, no longer silent majority, to the mix we come across a constituency that gets it: these programs don’t work.  Yes, they may accomplish some worthwhile things in the short run, but are they sustainable?  Do these building blocks of the corporate state build a monument to the freedom of humanity or do they instead build a prison for the human spirit?
Yes, everyone agrees the cradle-to-grave nanny-state programs of the Progressive corporate state don’t work. What we disagree on is the motive for their imposition and the remedy for their failure.
In the social sciences it’s impossible to run controlled experiments.  Since the mice can talk they’re always asking, “Who moved my cheese?”  And since they have a nasty habit of jumping over the walls of the maze they confound the best laid plans and preconceived results of the social engineers.  For example, though the widely accepted social engineer Karl Marx assured us that the implementation of his programs would create a worker’s paradise the pesky workers from East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and all the other beautiful places his disciples managed to turn into hell holes kept jumping off the treadmill to nowhere.  They kept voting with their feet and choosing freedom with every opportunity. 
Consult the dustbin of History for the results.  Compare the economies and lifestyles of East and West Germany, Mao’s China and Hong Kong, the USSR and the USA.  Look at the stark contrast between the economy and lifestyle of North and South Korea.  Bring it closer to home and compare California and Texas.  There is no more fitting monument to several generations of Progressive leadership than the once proud motor-city of Detroit.  The policies and programs of the Progressive social engineers have caused more misery, injustice, poverty, and destruction than Attila ever dreamed of or Genghis Khan ever accomplished.  The Progressive secular saints have left a trail of broken dreams littering their path to paradise.
Margret Thatcher told us the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money, and I will add that the problem with our homegrown Progressive policies is that no one spends other people’s money as carefully as they spend their own.  If the government confiscates ten dollars from citizen A, then takes a fifty percent administration fee to redistribute it to citizen B, how can that five dollars returned to the economy be a net plus?  To say we’ll lose a little on each transaction and make it up in volume makes no more sense when it’s government policy than when it’s an example of poor logic.
In addition, in any system dedicated to the redistribution of wealth those who do the redistribution always seem to skim a little more than a little off the top.  And while all this selfless redistribution is going on our freedoms fall through the cracks.  Progressives talk much about freedom.  They want freedom from traditions, and freedom from decorum.  They want freedom of speech if that speech agrees with them.  They want freedom to practice any religion anywhere at any time, a masque at ground zero for example, but no nativities in public squares or prayers at high school graduations. Check that dustbin of history again; the only Presidents in modern American History who ever rounded up citizens for who they were, what they said, or what they wrote were the Progressives Wilson and FDR.
So if we agree the policies of Progressives don’t work what is the dispute that keeps us from completely agreeing?  Our disagreement centers on two things: motives and remedies.
As to motives the Progressives contend they want to help their fellow man.  No one is stopping them from doing so. They could give of their own resources or volunteer at a soup kitchen any time they feel the need to create a just society.  Instead, they want to force others to pay the freight for their ideas as to what causes and what people are worthy of assistance.  This is usually accomplished by them keeping their own money in their pockets while receiving the administrator’s redistribution skim/bonus.  Here’s the disagreement.  It’s transparently obvious the motive is not to help but to re-order, not to augment the system but to change it.
Looking at remedies, the Progressive’s answer to the fact that their Plan A always fails is to try Plan A again except this time make it bigger.  The remedy seen as purely commonsense to everyone else is Plan B.  Take the current mad rush to insolvency as an example.  We recently had a watershed election shouting as loud as possible, “STOP THE SPENDING!”  And what does the Progressive leadership of the twin parties give us, more spending, more spending, and just for good measure more spending.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that when you are trapped in a hole the first thing you should do is stop digging.  When you’re bleeding to death the first thing to do is stop the bleeding.  Just look at the trial balloons floated by even the most fiscally responsible pragmatists the media call conservatives: return spending to what it was under George II.  That was unsustainable.  It was merely a slower ride to the poor house.
What we need is real change: balanced budgets, policies that will re-industrialize America, an end to wars we won’t win, open borders, and an end to inflationary monetary policy that will eventually collapse our economy.  Can we finally all agree on that?
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owens’ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8 © 2010 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

"This Seat Reserved For Non-Wussies"

Governor Rendell has recently appeared on numerous media outlets (Fox News, NBC, and ESPN) to proclaim that the National Football League, and Americans in general, have become wussified. Rendell, who is in the final week of his term-limited Administration, started his anti-wussy outburst when the NFL cancelled Sunday night's primetime NBC matchup between the Vikings and the hometown Eagles, out of concern for public safety.

The Eagles, who are not pleased with Ed Rendell's campaign, had a little present for him at last night's long awaited football game, and it wasn't a victory:

The Minnesota Vikings won with relative ease last night, not one inch of snow was on the ground (and nothing out of the ordinary fell on Sunday night), and Governor Ed Rendell has become the official spokesmen of all things manly. What has happened to this nation is a damn fine question, but I prefer to focus on our weakened will to fight wars; not our weakened will to attend NFL games during massive snow storms.

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Surprise: The Russians Are Becoming Republicans!

The Russians are becoming Republicans!

The Staten Island Advance published a wonderful piece yesterday on a new interesting political trend in New York City's only Conservative stronghold: Russian Immigrants are flocking to the Republican Party to escape the ugly socialistic trend of National Democrats. This news is crucially important to Staten Island Republicans, who were revitalized by the recent elections and could use another powerful pro-freedom base for decades to come.

Arkadiy Fiedman said it best when describing the Democratic Party as "too socialistic". Fiedman served in the U.S.S.R Army as an officer, immigrated to the United States in 1992, and heads the non-profit Staten Island Community Center. He later said that the Democrats shift is "very painful for us to see". I commend the Advance for publishing this fantastic article.

The Russians should feel at home within the Republican Party, where other victims of Communist and Socialistic regimes (Cubans & South Vietnamese) have pitched their tents in solidarity with the party of anti-communists. I'm proud to have them as comrades in America's ongoing political battle where neither prisons nor shots are involved, but energetic debates always are.

Our friends in the Democrat Party should listen to America's naturalized Russian citizenry. They understand what socialism is, and what it does to people. Hopefully.... This new trend will wake up both the leadership and membership in the Democrat Party, before the Michael Moore types can officially claim victory in the once proud Party of Jefferson and Madison.

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The Christmas Song

Here's Nat King Cole singing his classic "The Christmas Song:"

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Murkowski Only "Repub" that Voted for DADT Repeal, Tax Compromise, New START, and DREAM Act Cloture

Though already called a RINO by most conservative Republicans for running a write-in campaign when she lost in Alaska's Senate Primary earlier this year, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska seems to not only be confirming her RINO status, but embracing it.

With lawsuits filed by Republican challenger Joe Miller about November's election being dismissed, Murkowski has won another six years in the Senate.  Apparently, she does not care that she will be considered a traitor to her party.  This is clear from her votes during the so-called "lame duck" session of Congress.

Going completely against the Republican grain, Murkowski has embraced Democratic President Barack Obama's agenda in its entirety.  Obama, reeling from major Democratic defeats in last month's mid-term elections, pushed hard for a new agenda and movement.  Murkowski clearly agrees.

Murkowski is the only Republican Senator who voted for each of the most visible bills that the President supported.  She voted in favor of repealing the nearly two-decades old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which stated that members of the military would not be questioned about their sexual orientation; under it, gays were not allowed to serve openly in the military.
Senator Murkowski also voted in favor of the so-called "tax-cut compromise," which, in reality, did not actually cut anyone's taxes, but kept taxes from increasing.  The President compromised with Republican leaders, allowing Bush-era tax cuts to extend, while he obtained increased spending.

Dubbed "New START," an agreement between President Obama and Russia was also approved by Murkowski.  Some conservatives lambasted it, as it lowers the amount of nuclear weapons in the United States' arsenal.

Finally, Murkowski voted in favor of cloture for the DREAM Act, a bill frequently derided by Republicans.  Though the bill has failed, Murkowski's intent was clear.

It is yet to be seen whether Murkowski will continue to buck Republican trends.  She seems to not know, not care, or has contempt for the fact that most RINOs were voted out last month, as well as dozens of Democrats in Congress.  However, if her recent actions are any indication, Senator Lisa Murkowski is officially a RINO out to be a foil for her very party.

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Giuliani 2012?

Rudy Giuliani for President?

Christian Heinze of The Hill has suggested former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani might be the perfect dark horse candidate to come in and clean up the 2012 Republican nomination. I'm still aggravated that Giuliani decided against running for either the Governorship or the Senate in New York this year, but a potential 2012 bid would explain his hesitation to both appealing public offices.

Would Mayor Giuliani be the most Conservative candidate in the field?

Absolutely not. His views on abortion and illegal immigration are detestable. However, despite his very socially liberal viewpoints, Giuliani did receive the Primary endorsement of Pat Robertson during his previous Presidential bid. Selecting a solid social Conservative* for Vice-President would definitely win over the evangelical voters (such as me) who dominate the Party.

Would Mayor Giuliani be the most accomplished Conservative in the field?

Absolutely. None of his potential opponents have real executive experience in handling the War on Terrorism like him, or in governing America's largest City (which is more populous than most of his potential candidates own states), or in handling, and successfully reducing widespread crime in America's largest City.

I'm still 100% on the Haley Barbour bandwagon, but just the prospect of a dark horse Giuliani candidacy is quite exciting to me. He received 600,000 votes in 2008 when he was well out of the race, and with foreign policy issues once again rising (and with folks like John Bolton) in the news - it's quite possible a Giuliani candidacy could compete for the hearts and minds of GOP voters in 2012.

Should "America's Mayor" remain in retirement, or return to politics?

* - Such as Mike Pence, or Jim DeMint.

Could Someone Please Bring Back Global Warming?

Atlanta Georgia is expecting a white Christmas this year. It will be the first such event since 1882, when 0.3 inches fell.

A strong storm system churning its way through the desert Southwest early Thursday will bring metro Atlanta a good chance for a white Christmas, with accumulating snow possible as far south as the Columbus and Macon areas, forecasters said.

While the ground probably won't be white when you wake up on Christmas, a rain-snow mix expected to begin during the morning will likely change over to all snow later in the day, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

Meanwhile Syracuse New York has been buried in the white stuff already accumulating 71.9 inches this month making it the snowiest December on record.

There has been at least a trace of snow on all but four days so far this month. In one four-day stretch last week, 43.2 inches came down. Never mind the inch or so that fell earlier in the fall.

Now we hear there is a Mini Ice Age coming......I was much happier with the warming weather!

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'Barack Obama Was the Biggest Loser of 2010'

From Spiegel, telling us what we already know. Nice to see it in print even if it is from a German rag.

"Barack Obama was the biggest loser of 2010. He allowed the angry Tea Party movement to grow powerful, he did not pass any decent laws despite his majority in Congress and he was aloof, elitist and indecisive. He had to accept a formidable, yet entirely understandable, defeat in the midterm elections as a result. No one expected much from Obama, at least not during the rest of this year."

"Now, just days before Christmas, Congress has ratified the New START disarmament treaty with Russia. … Will Obama build on this victory? Is it Obama's breakthrough as a president? Will it mark his comeback as a reformer? … Is a new era of cooperation beginning?"

"The opposite is much more probable, namely that the disarmament treaty will be Obama's last significant achievement for a long time. In January, the new Congress will convene. The new representatives who won in the midterm elections will come to Washington, including those Tea Party activists who have little interest in making compromises with Obama. With them, Congress will move to the right …. Possibly the only reason why so many Republicans voted for Obama's law was because they themselves fear the new era and see few chances of passing sensible, bipartisan laws in the new Congress."

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Why Are Democrats Smarter Than Republicans?

The headline says it all, “Obama told lawmakers not passing tax deal could end presidency...” The White House was quick to deny the truth of the statement attributed to a Democratic lawmaker going the extra mile to say the President had never spoken to Representative DeFazio in effect calling him a liar.  However, the general consensus among Washington watchers is that the Congressman told the truth and the White House told the lie.  Up is down, down is up and so goes life in the capitol of the Empire.
My question is if even Democratic congressmen leak that Mr. Obama and his administration are planting the flag in the ground on this tax and spend monstrosity, in effect saying this is their Gettysburg, why don’t the Republicans get it?  Why are Democrats smarter than Republicans?
I was a fourth generation Republican who cut my teeth in Nixon’s first presidential campaign, worked for Goldwater, Reagan, and all the following place holders until the impeachment debacle and the explosion of government growth and spending under Hastert, Lott, and Bush.  When the Republican Senate refused to impeach President Clinton for crimes he later admitted and when they then became Democrat Lite as the party of power and profit, I mailed my membership card to the party that was no longer the Grand Old Party of my great grandfather and became an Independent.
For most of my life I was a party man: accepting some things I didn’t agree with for the greater good of electing a party with a platform I could agree with.  However, once it became apparent that as far as the budget went we had elected the foxes to watch the hen house that the conservative social agenda received a tip-of-the-hat during elections followed by no action, and that the only victims of the impeachment were those who brought the charges the scales fell from my eyes.  Once I saw that the Republicans had lost their moorings and were swilling at the public trough, I realized the platform we conservatives battle so hard for and hold so dear is merely a mirage held in front of social and fiscal conservatives to keep them loyal to a Party captured by the Progressives.
Back in the Dream Time, when my mind was still locked in the glow of Ronald Reagan and all his example and message meant to America even then I wondered, “What’s wrong with these leaders of ours?  Why do the Democrats always seem to outsmart them at every turn?”
Even Reagan, the best of the best, was hoodwinked by Tip O’Neal in the amnesty bargain: we would grant amnesty and then seal the border.  The problem is the illegal immigrants got the amnesty, however America’s border was never sealed.  He also signed several tax deals with the Democratic majority.  We the People lost many deductions in exchange for lower rates.  The deductions never came back even though the rates started rising again as soon as the Gipper said good night and George the First forgot to read his own lips.
George Bush the Elder was out maneuvered by the Progressives so many times that 20% of his base ran to Perot opening the door for Clinton and the first attempt to ram national health care down America’s throat.  That time they overplayed their hand and the last great strategist among the Republicans, Newt Gingrich, was able to sell a Contract with America and bring the first Republican majority in Congress in 40 years. 
Newt kept the promises and brought some fiscal sanity back to Washington.  Within a few short years the Republican led Congress ended welfare as we had known it for generations and balanced the budget.  Unfortunately the Party of Lincoln then nominated someone who campaigned as if he had voted for Lincoln.  The 1996 Republican campaign would have had to improve several thousand percent to make it to dull.  Suddenly, with an assist from the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media, it was Clinton who had been dragged kicking and screaming to the benefit and spending cutting table who was the author of everything positive Congress had accomplished.  The Republicans had been outmaneuvered and outsmarted again.
According to every one of the serial re-counts Bush the younger won Florida and legitimately the presidential race of 2000.  Yet, to this day people talk of him being selected not elected.  After the dastardly deeds of 9-11 the rhetorically-challenged George captured the hearts of America and the admiration of the Western world by taking a bullhorn and talking to a crowd at ground zero.  Yet by fighting and winning America’s first preemptive war and then losing the peace through the lack of planning he soon lost the PR campaign which led to the Pelosi-Reid Congress and eventually absolute triumph of Progressivism in 2008.
The Progressives immediately took the reins of single-party rule and imposed their radical agenda to transform America into a Nanny-state based upon the re-distribution of wealth.  This wanton destruction of the traditional American society based on limited government and free enterprise sparked a vast rebellion in the silent majority and the resulting teanami of 2010 brought a Republican majority back to the People’s House and an expanded minority to the Senate.
What is the first thing these political savants do?  They strike a deal that anyone who has been paying attention can see is tailor made to save the discredited Obama presidency and set the stage for him to follow in Mr. Clinton’s footsteps taking credit for anything good the recent election might make possible.  What are these so-called leaders thinking?  They’re turning the victory of the grassroots into capitulation.  Not only have they signed on to a deal that extends uncertainty and raises estate taxes, they’re giving the Administration cover for a stealth stimulus filled with pork designed to help re-elect the President. 
So, “Why are Democrats smarter than Republicans?”  The answer is they aren’t.  It isn’t a matter of intelligence it’s a matter of people with dedication to something larger than themselves as opposed to people with dedication to seeing themselves as something larger than they are. 
The leadership of the Democrats are committed radical Progressives.  They have a long term agenda to transform America into a socialist welfare state with an unlimited government, and they never lose sight of that goal.  They’re willing to commit political suicide, or more accurately they’re willing to encourage their followers who do not inhabit safe seats to commit political suicide.  They never take their eyes off the ball.  They’re constantly pushing to move closer to the goal line even if it’s one inch at a time.
By comparison the leadership of the Republicans is composed of professional politicians. They’re pragmatists who do whatever they have to do and say whatever they have to say to retain their seats, their power, and their perks.  They believe the inside the beltway press who tell them how visionary they are to compromise, losing sight of those back home in fly-over country who instead believed the campaign promises and expect their representatives to stand up for principles.
The Party of Lincoln once again chooses to be on the receiving end of Pickett’s Charge instead of behind the spit-rail fence chanting “Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg” as their enemy wastes itself in a senseless charge against an immovable barrier.  Once again the leadership of the right has embraced the left in a bi-partisan attempt to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owens’ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8 © 2010 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

If the 2012 GOP Primary was today.

If the 2012 Republican Primary was held today, who would you support for the Nomination? That is a fine question that will be asked over and over again to average American voters for the next sixteen months, and who better to ask first than the intelligent, well thought readers of Pundit Press?
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2010 Census Apportionment of House of Representatives.

The United States Census Bureau has finally released their Apportionment numbers for both the House of Representatives and the Electoral College. The results are good for Southern and Western Republicans, while not so swell for Northern Democrats who continue to lose influence in both the House and the Electoral College.

Red represents growth and Yellow represents decline.

2010 Census Bureau winners:

Texas (R) - 4 seats. Florida (SS) - 2 seats. Arizona (R) - 1 seat. Georgia (R) - 1 seat. Nevada (SS) - 1 seat. South Carolina (R) - 1 seat. Utah (R) - 1 seat. Washington (D) - 1 seat.

2010 Census Bureau losers:

New York (D) - 2 seats. Ohio (SS) - 2 seats. Illinois (D) - 1 seat. Iowa (D) - 1 seat. Louisiana (R) - 1 seat. Massachusetts (D) - 1 seat. Michigan (D) - 1 seat. Missouri (R) - 1 seat. New Jersey (D) - 1 seat. Pennsylvania (D) - 1 seat.

Republican states continue to grow, while Democratic states continue to shrink.

UConn Makes it 89 Straight, Maya Moore Sets Career High

The Huskies of UConn have won 89 basketball games in a row, breaking UCLA's John Wooden's record of 88.  A streak never thought to be broken, Geno Auriemma has surpassed Wooden.  Maya Moore, arguably the greatest women's college basketball player in history, also set a career high in points.  Certainly this was a night for the Huskies, their fans, and women's basketball in general.
The Lady Huskies look so good, it does not look like they will lose in the near future.

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The Truth about DADT

Now that the dust is beginning to settle it is time to digest and implement the new legislation. I am not military and have no practical idea as to how this will play out, but Cassie Fiano, someone deeply invested in the U.S. Marines does and has a unique perspective.

My husband is currently serving in Afghanistan in the Marine Corps. He loves his country and the Corps. His MOS — military occupational specialty — is an 0311, an infantry rifleman. This is a combat MOS. Like many Marines, he wasn’t a fan of repealing DADT. The number one concern I have heard from many Marines around Camp Lejeune was how the repeal would affect unit cohesion, although there are many other issues that come into play. The benefit of DADT has been that it allows the military to remain neutral on homosexuality. Now, the military will have to reconcile service with the gay rights agenda. How will the military now be forced to handle a gay soldier in a relationship? Will they be forced to approve of gay public displays of affection? What about those in the military who aren’t comfortable with their children seeing two men kiss while they’re doing their grocery shopping in the commissary? How will the military be forced to handle a gay soldier who gets married in a state that allows gay marriage? Will gay spouses receive military benefits now, too? And what about the gay servicemembers who aren’t married because their state doesn’t allow it, but are in committed relationships — do they qualify for benefits, too? Will gay and straight servicemembers be allowed to sleep in barracks together? What about when a unit is deployed, and the men are forced to sleep in even closer quarters? What will happen to the soldier or Marine who is uncomfortable with sleeping next to a gay man?
Conservatives and republicans have long been the backbone in the defense of the military. Are we now going to pick up our toys and go home now that,the cat is out of the bag, so to speak. I don't believe the repeal of DADT is terribly unreasonable and trust our commanders, generals, admirals and servicemen to implement this policy with minimal upset.

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Update: Gay Patriot piles on ...

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