Signatures Being Collected to Officially Recall Dupnik

On January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, a madman named Jared Loughner murdered 6 people, shot a Congresswoman in the head, and injured another 14.  He was tackled and subdued by heroes who had been in the middle of the horror.  In the hours after the rampage, little was known about Loughner.  It was in this time that America was introduced to Clarence Dupnik, the Pima County Sheriff.

In the absence of facts, Dupnik quickly and loudly began to blame the right and talk radio for the tragedy in Tucson.  As facts slowly came in, it was learned that Loughner was most likely apolitical; if he was "political" at all, Loughner was most certainly liberal.  Yet Dupnik did not back away.  In fact, he continued his assault on honesty, making the rounds on MSNBC and CNN.

But there is recourse for Dupnik's irresponsible actions: recall.  Citizens can recall Dupnik and strip him of his office.  And calls for this are growing louder daily.

First there are the so-called bloggers who have called for Dupnik to be recalled.  The Astute Bloggers, Mommy Life, and even Instapundit have all called for the recall of Dupnik.
But most important, ABC is now reporting that Dupnik is subject to recall.  Further, a group called Americans Against Immigration Amnesty has now officially begun to collect the 100,000 signatures needed to strip Dupnik of his office.  AAIA cited Dupnik's "irresponsible" comments and "shameless political grandstanding" as the reasons for their actions.

Soon after, Dupnik stated that Tucson has become the "tombstone of the United States," and that he "doesn't know how anybody could not be angry at the way government has performed."

There is also a Facebook page that calls for the recall of Dupnik.  It currently has over 800 members.

Edit: While Instapundit did raise the idea that Dupnik could be recalled, he did not officially endorse the idea.

Update: From AAIA's website: "If you are a registered voter in Pima County, Arizona and would like to volunteer to gather signatures to put this measure on the ballot, please email us at dan@restoreourdream.org"

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Two Students Shot in California

A suspect is in custody after shooting students in a California High School.

More from Fox News:

Authorities say two students were shot Tuesday morning at a high school in Los Angeles. One person  has been arrested.
Police believe the gunman, a black male wearing black clothing, is a student at Gardena High School, the school where the shooting occurred.
Police say one bullet was apparently fired accidentally hitting a 15-year-old boy in the neck and a 15-year-old girl in the head. The girl is in surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, police say.

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Sources: Lieberman Will Not Run for Re-Election

Sources are stating that Connecticut independent Senator Joseph Lieberman, will not run for re-election next year. The 2000 Vice Presidential Democratic candidate, remains unpopular with much of the liberal base for his consistent support of the Iraq War and John McCain for President in 2008.

If he had chosen to run for re-election, Lieberman would have faced a crowded Democratic field. On Tuesday, Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz announced her intention to run, and Rep. Chris Murphy also may enter the Democratic primary contest.

He was one of the best members of the Senate, and I will miss him if these reports are true. He spoke with clarity that many did not even comprehend on issues of national security. I can only hope he decides to run.

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Bysiewicz to challenge Lieberman.

Full disclosure: Joe Lieberman is one of only two Democrats that I actually like.

Susan Bysiewicz, a former Connecticut Assemblywoman and Secretary of State, has announced her intention to challenge Independent Senator Joe Lieberman in next year's much-anticipated Senatorial election. The Senator is expected to seek his fifth term next November, but odds are he will be unable to survive the election.

Bysiewicz is known for successfully pushing an Amendment to the Connecticut State Constitution in 2008* that will allow seventeen year-old residents to vote in future Presidential primaries if they turn eighteen before the general election in November. The Progressive Huffington Post has already declared Bysiewicz a challenger "from the left".

Joe Lieberman famously left the Democrat Party in 2006 after Ned Lamont defeated him in the primary, due to Lieberman's unwavering support for the War on Terrorism, and particularly in Iraq. Most Republicans united behind Lieberman during the general election, but with an increasing focus on fiscal, and governmental issues within the movement - the right is bound to support their own challenger as well next time around.

Unless the Republican Party is able to convince Lieberman to either join our ranks: unlikely, or moderate his policies - even more unlikely since he's a man of devout principles and convictions, he will face a two-pronged threat in next year's Senatorial election, leaving him with very little hope of finding an outlet of supporters.

Any thoughts?

* - Passed with 64% of support.

Kent Conrad to Retire

North Dakota Democrat Kent Conrad has decided to retire at the end of his term. The Senator may have seen the loss of his party in last year's Senate race and decided to call it quits.

"After months of consideration, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2012," Conrad said in a letter to constituents. "There are serious challenges facing our state and nation, like a $14 trillion debt and America's dependence on foreign oil. It is more important I spend my time and energy trying to solve these problems than to be distracted by a campaign for reelection."

Perhaps another victory for the GOP in 2012.

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Hatch Trails in Primary Challenge

Six-term Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is trailing in a hypothetical primary challenge. The Utah Republican just saw his counterpart Bob Bennett knocked out of office last year in a Republican primary. Hatch ran for President in 2000, but did not get more than 3% nationwide. Hatch's last competitive race for Senate was in 1982.

Utah Policy came out with a new poll of that state's Republicans, in which Hatch was placed third against former Governor John Huntsman and current representative Jason Chaffetz.

Huntsman: 40%
Chaffetz: 30%

Hatch: 26%
Other/Und: 4%

Hatch's chances suffer when the more serious Republican primary voters are polled:

Among self-described "very conservative" Utah voters, Hatch fares worst. Nineteen percent of those voters would pick him in a three-way primary, 48 percent would choose Chaffetz, and 26 percent would back Huntsman. 

Hatch does still do well in a general election matchup, beating a Democrat by 9%, even though he won by 31% in 2006, a good year for Democrats.

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Cat Forced to do Jury Duty

I know that there are a lot of jokes about the legal system and lawyers, but this is beyond strange. In Boston, a cat named Sal has been called in for jury duty. Sal has been ordered to arrive at a courthouse on January 23. Your tax dollars at work.

I don't know what his verdict will be.

Anna Esposito, wrote to Suffolk Superior Crown Court in Boston, US, to explain that a mistake had been made, but a jury commissioner replied saying the cat, named Tabby Sal, "must attend" on March 23.
Mrs Esposito had included a letter from her vet confirming that the cat was "a domestic short-haired neutered feline".
Tabby Sal had been entered by Mrs Esposito under the 'pets' section of the last census. "When they ask him guilty or not guilty? What's he supposed to say - miaow?" She said.
"Sal is a member of the family so I listed him on the last Census form under pets but there has clearly been a mix-up."
A website for the US judicial system states that jurors are "not expected to speak perfect English".

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Video- Liberal Makes Video of Loaded Guns Aimed at Palin, Equates GOP to Nazis

In the aftermath of the shootings in Arizona, liberals were quick to accuse conservatives of "starting" hatred, claiming that the left-wing was peace-loving and civil.  Soon after that, people began to hurl death threats at Palin and continued to spread disgusting lies.  And now there is this:

This video is filled with nothing but hatred; someone whose ilk call themselves non-violent and smarter than the average person.  But before someone can delete this video and say it was a conservative hoax, let me take a couple of screen shots:
If you look closely, under "Republicans" it states "we didn't start the fire oh wait...we did start it."  That is underneath pictures of Fox News, the GOP elephant, and a swastika, amongst other things.  I'm sure I don't need to point out how self-contradictory and stupid the statement and the picture is.

The same user, travis122imdb, also made a low-quality, poorly made video of Tucker Carlson being "executed" by Michael Vick:

Underneath he wrote, "Wouldnt it be great if we could "execute" people we dont like?"

Remember, liberals say they are the level-headed ones.

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Polls: 35% Blame Palin for Arizona Shooting, 53% Approve of Media's Handling of Story

Just minutes after shots rang out in Tucson two Saturdays ago, liberal "journalists" began to tie former VP candidate Sarah Palin to the shooting, in the complete absence of facts.  After it was learned that the shooter, Jared Loughner, was most likely liberal and did not listen to Sarah Palin at all, left-wing pundits still continued to blame Palin.  Unfortunately, it worked to a large degree.

A poll released yesterday found that 35% of Americans believe that Palin is at least partially to blame for the shooting.  35% of Americans bought into the lie.  35% of Americans must be morons.

According to Gallup, only 21% of Americans see themselves as liberals, so that leaves at least 14% of Americans that blindly find Palin behind the trigger in Tucson.  Blaming Palin for the insanity of Jared Loughner is so beyond idiotic, I honestly believe that there must be another dimension that I am unaware of, simply because so much stupidity cannot be contained in our reality.
But it gets worse.  In the aftermath of the shootings, while liberals were screaming for the death of Palin, the former governor of Alaska defended herself.  I'll say it again: Palin was defending herself from malicious lies, telling people that the shooting was a tragedy and that she wasn't at fault.  46% of Americans disapproved of Palin's handling of the aftermath.

46% of Americans found it bad that a woman who had nothing to do with the shootings in Tucson defended herself.  46% of Americans found it bad that a woman who has death threats against her dared to ask people to calm down.  46% of Americans found it bad that a woman used her first Amendment rights.  46% of Americans found it bad that a woman wouldn't know politics if President Bush roundhouse kicked them in the face.

In contrast, only 30% of Americans approved of the way Palin handled the aftermath.

But here's the kicker.  53% of Americans found that the media- the very media that libeled Palin, the very media that called for blood- 53% of Americans approved of how they handled the story.

I have to stop writing now, I'm afraid my eyes will start bleeding.

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Pundit Press Breaks 100,000 Visits All-Time

Just a little stat-keeping, but Pundit Press has broken 100,000 visitors all-time.  While this (obviously) pales in comparison to other websites, it's big news for our tiny part of the internet.  On another note, Pundit Press has received over 40,000 pageviews in the last two weeks.  Hopefully we'll be able to keep that up!

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Austria Formally Declares War on Servia.

I never thought it was possible. I have always read that the New York Times was once a grand newspaper, and that only recently had the American icon declined in value. However, I am now of the opinion that the New York Times has always only been a national disgrace to all clear thinking men and women in America.

"All the news that's fit to misprint".

Any thoughts on the Times of old?

Vote in Our Poll: What Do You Think of Reince Priebus as New RNC Chairman?

With the new RNC election last week, we saw the expulsion of Michael Steele, after he racked up a huge deficit while he came in with a sizable surplus. Steele was out by the end of the fourth round which left Priebus, Anuzis, Cino, and Wagner. Priebus finally won in the seventh round, beating Cino and Anuzis. With Priebus ready to set the stage for the 2012 races, is his appointment a good thing or a disaster?

What Do You Think of Reince Priebus as New RNC Chairman?online survey

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J. Eric Fuller a Member of "HypnoThoughts.com," Wrote he has "Extraordinary Persuasive Charisma"

James Eric Fuller was shot by Jared Loughner last Saturday.  While I have sympathy for what he has gone through, his actions and comments in the last week have been nothing short of dangerous and incendiary.

Pundit Press has learned that Fuller has a history of self-aggrandizement and spewing political rhetoric.  As a member of "HypnoThoughts.com," Fuller explained his political beliefs in detail.

Under "Area of Speciality," he wrote:
I use extraordinary persuasive charisma to interest blase, apathetic, oblivious and at times hostile voters to listen to the voice of justice and consanguinity. My experiences encountering public figures and many affluent travelers in person has led me to believe that we all are to blame for George W. Bush.
First, I wonder if he used his "extraordinary persuasive charisma" when he screamed "you're dead" at a Tea Partier.  Second, how self-centered do you have to be to think that everything you say is the "voice of justice and consanguinity?"

Under "What are you looking for on this site," Fuller wrote:
KIndred (sic) spirits and an opportunity to advocate my personal agenda promoting social justice and common sense.
Fuller joined HypnoThoughts in early 2010, January 11 to be exact, as evidenced by his "activity" section:
This means that the profile was not created after the shootings in Arizona by a fake user, nor after Fuller was arrested.  Also, there are two pictures of Fuller on his profile and he wrote that he lives in Tucson.

On January 16, an administrator on the site "froze" Fuller's account, so in case they delete his profile, here is a screen-shot of his profile descriptions:
HypnoThoughts is a sizable but not extremely large website; it contains a ranking of 114,500 on the internet according to Alexa and currently has 7,561 members.  As can probably be guessed, the main focus of the website is hypnosis.  From hypnosis to help "salt cravings," to "safe sane consenual (sic) erotic hypnosis," to warnings that "the matrix is coming."  HypnoThoughts describes itself as a "free hypnosis social network."

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Monday Link Fest

Here are some links that you should check out this Monday morning:

Jammie Wearing Fool has a new layout.

Reaganite Republican has an excellent of Ronald Reagan telling jokes.

The Lonely Conservative details officials who don't know the Constitution.

Mean ol' Meany talks about the moonbattery of J. Eric Fuller.

Pirate's Cove has the scoop on ridiculous theories about what Global Warming has caused.

Libertarian Republican details the new Miss America and her conservative stances.

Director Blue explains liberalism in a single picture.

World Threats discusses Iran's nutty president Ahmadinejad "press[ing] his luck."

Innominatus has his clever "comment of the week."

American Power Blog has a story about J. Eric Fuller's arrest.

IowaHawk is awesome, as always.

The Wild West Coconut Show details illogical liberal leaps in logic.

Not Another New England Sports Blog notes the death of an American hero.

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Braylon Edwards does a Back-flip After Winning against Patriots (Video)

If you are a Jets fan, you've gotta love this (which, indeed, I do):

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J. Eric Fuller: Tea Partiers want to kill "9-year-old Girls" (With Audio)

James Eric Fuller was shot by Jared Loughner last Saturday.  While I have sympathy for what he has gone through, his actions and comments in the last week have been nothing short of dangerous and incendiary.

Fuller was arrested and send for a psychiatric treatment yesterday, as he screamed "you're dead" at a Tea Party leader.  However, this action was simply the culmination of vitriol that he has hurled at the Tea Party, both before and after the shooting.

Right after the shooting, Fuller gave an interview with liberal Democracy NOW.  This is what he said:

Here is a short transcript (starting at 16:10):

Fuller- "It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle, and the rest got their first target...Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all, even 9-year-old girls."

After Fuller spoke, on the Democracy NOW's webcast, they played sad music while they showed video of Glenn Beck speaking at a rally.

Things like this are why people blindly blame each other for the shooting.  Get this through your head, liberals: Jared Loughner was a nut.  If you say that you can "understand" why he did this, you are nuts as well.

Update: And here is new video that Pundit Press has obtained of Fuller's arrest:

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Pundit Press on the March

 This humble site is growing, a little at a time. Since our start last September, we've doubled our number of writers to six and have also increased our audience. While we're still not huge, we're on the way up. Here are some of the figures:

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Total: 133

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Aurelius: 184
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Man Shot at Giffords Rally Arrested for Shouting Death Threat at Tea Partier

James Eric Fuller, who was shot in the leg last week in Tucson by Jared Loughner was incarcerated in a mental institution after shouting a death threat at a member of the Tea Party.

This happened after a representative of the movement suggested that the discussion on gun control should take place after the funerals of last week's victims. In response, Fuller took a picture of the man and shouted, "You're dead."

Fuller was arrested and carried away by deputies:

The Pima County Sheriff's Office said J. Eric Fuller, 63, was involuntarily committed to an undisclosed medical facility, NBC News reported. The Associated Press said he was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.
He faces charges of threats and intimidation and disorderly conduct, according to Tucson TV station KGUN.

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"I Have a Dream" Speech

Here is possibly the greatest speech of all time, in honor of the great Martin Luther King, Jr.:

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New Loughner Video

This video was released by the LA Times and apparently played a role in his suspension from his college. Boy, he's nuts.

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Interview with ElvisNixon.com

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 17 in our ongoing interview series. Today we're interviewing the creator and editor of the site ElvisNixon.com. Check out this conservative site!

 When and why did you start ElvisNixon?

I started ELVISNIXON.com in the summer of 2009 because I felt I have a unique perspective.  I teach at a college in southern California. You may notice that I must use a moniker.  The reason I must remain anonymous is that working in academia one realizes very quickly that the Left in general, and Leftist intellectuals in particular, is a narrow minded, bigoted, and intolerant lot, as any group of Klansman that ever existed. They would stop at nothing to silence any questions of their orthodoxy. 
Italian Marxist Gramsci spoke of the need for the Left to "march through the institutions." This meant burrowing into the existing hierarchy of culture, education, media, and religion, and replacing those whose values represented Christian thought with secular humanists, homosexuals, and others who would undermine the old civilization to make way for a revolutionary society.  Not unlike the classic science fiction thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers, these potentates enjoy the reverence and respect that holding positions in the establishment affords them, all the while seeking to destroy anyone with mildly centrist or conservative opinions.
Another reason I started the blog is because connections that are obvious to me are not always to others.  For example, I was astounded that nobody else sees the grotesque disparity between Mr. Obama's instantaneous admonition against a "rush to judgement" in the case of Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood jihadi, and the Reichstag-Fire-like attempt by his cronies in the managed media to connect the TEA Party and people like Sarah Palin to the demented murderer Jared Lee Loughner. 
What is your favorite thing about running your site?

I most enjoy getting feedback from my readers.  I am always amazed that my microscopic voice garners responses from as far away as New Zealand, and even Dodge County, Georgia.
Do you have any favorites for 2012 yet?

Anybody but John McCain! (or Donald Trump. . . or anyone named Bush)
Has President Obama been better or worse than you expected?

Obama has been far worse than I expected. I knew full well that he would use the White House as a sledge hammer against the pillars of traditional western morality, appointing abortion zealots and those opposed to natural marriage to high office.  I did not expect that the man who ran as a "post-racial" candidate would be fomenting racial hatred in an effort to win elections.  His attempts to create an atmosphere of anti-white frenzy amongst Hispanics and others in response to the recent attempts to protect the citizens of Arizona from a massive illegal alien crime wave are nothing less than contemptible, if not outright dangerous.  His inflammatory language referring to conservative as "our enemies" is shameful and would be grounds for immediate impeachment has they been uttered by a conservative.
 Anything else you'd like to add?

There are many more of us out there than the media would like us to know.  We are everywhere.  Don't believe the lie. Many of us see our job description, as "throwing sand in the machine," as John Taylor Gatto said.  Christian Lardner, author of Stuff White People Like and Whiter Shades of Pale, is a good example of this.  He is by no means a self-described conservative, yet everything he writes satirizes the self-righteous, self-absorbed, urban Liberal with all of his hypocrisies.  With the wit of H.L. Mencken, Lardner skewers his targets and makes you wonder how our managed-media and "entertainment" industry can get away with missing these buffoons and blue noses, all the while wheeling out slanderous, cliched stereotypes of patriots, Christians, and anyone who fails to worship at the foot of the Obama/Geffen/LA Times altar of pagan idolatry.
Genuine conservatives believe that there is far more to life than politics; it is the Liberal who stakes all of his hope in politics and political messiahs. We know that family, faith, and culture (which includes the fine arts as well as general entertainment) are all organic, meaning that, as Edmund Burke described, they are interwoven and not to be replaced by some tinkerer or mechanic at a whim without the possibility of unforeseen consequences. It is important to recognize that many of us have abandoned the playing field of culture and ideas in the hopes that winning elections will result in truly changing hearts and minds.  This is a grave mistake.  Meaningful change is not a top down affair.  It involves the personal as well as the political.  For too long, conservatives have allowed the Left to dictate popular music, literature, art, film and television; this must change.

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Grow The Economy Not The Bureaucracy

Business is like water. It follows the path of least resistance.  A fact which should birth shame in the hearts of all Americans is that for the last decade American Businesses have been in a mad rush for the door.  They’ve left America, once the epitome of free enterprise, choosing instead to establish them in Communist China.  Today Federal red tape and taxes are strangling American free enterprise.
Innovation is like lightning. It comes in a flash, burns white hot, and is impossible to bottle.  When free enterprise is stifled by government interference in the marketplace the incentive to develop and produce are stunted.  Americans have always been the can-do people.  We’ve always been the leaders in invention and innovation.  Our entrepreneurs have traditionally led the world in new patents and processes.  In 2011 many sources predict China will take the lead in high tech patents applied for and new industrial processes pioneered.  It takes thinking outside the box to find the new and provide the best.  In America today the Federal Government has set to work making the box stronger, to weaving a mesh of regulations and taxes, and turning the box into a cage.
The grand gesture, voting to repeal Obamacare presented by the House Republicans as proof that they’ve become true fiscal conservatives, is a hat trick meant to beguile the newly awakened and lull them back to sleep.   The smoke screen of denying funding as a way to stop the implementation is hollow argument offered by people who know better to people who should know better.  The aspects of the national health plan which are taking effect in 2011 do not require any funding.  They come in the form of regulations, fees and taxes.
Grid lock is the best we have to hope for from the 112th Congress.  The very idea that any repeals or rollbacks of the omnibus thousand page take-over bills will pass in Harry Reid’s Senate and be signed by Mr. Obama is laughable.  Not only will the Senate not validate the results of November 2010, it is working diligently to stack the deck with new rules to prevent the enlarged minority from interfering with the evolutionary changes the Progressives constantly seek to enact as they attempt to evolve past the Constitution.  What we need now is the party of “Hell no!” acting as a roadblock to the Progressives long march to the corporate state.  Reading the Constitution at the beginning of the session is a great act of showmanship.  Demanding that every piece of legislation contain a clause citing the constitutional empowerment for its enactment is long overdue.  
However, what we need is a House that remembers that according to the Constitution all tax bills must originate in the chamber of the people.  What we need is more than showmanship and more than doing what should have been done since 1789.  What we need is a House that’s willing to to call out the other branches of the Federal Government when they exceed their constitutional powers.  The House has the power to investigate, subpoena, the power to impeach, and the power to bring suit in Federal Court.  They have the power to expose the Progressive juggernaut for what it is: an express on the road to serfdom.
Their economic plan is merely inflating the next bubble and praying that the rest of the world considers America too big to fail.  America is fast approaching the tipping-point as a global manufacturing power.  Manufacturing made-up 53 percent of the economy in 1965, it only accounted for 39 percent by 1988, it accounted for merely 9 percent in 2004, and the decline continues.  The warning signs are everywhere: a loss of a staggering 32 percent of manufacturing jobs since the year 2000, employment in the computer industry is lower in 2010 than it was in 1975, and we’ve lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.  We are turning into merely a source of raw materials and a market for manufactured goods from China, which is the textbook description of a colony.
No matter what the rhetoric, no matter what the stated intentions, it appears the consequences of the last ten years work by the best government money can buy are the unintended consequences.  These political savants are so clueless that their answer to the problem of too much government and too much regulation is to appoint new committees, commissions, and expand the bureaucracy to study the old and recommend solutions that entail new regulations and more government.
This isn’t rocket science.  We aren’t trying to figure out the orbit perimeters of a sling-shot around the moon to reach Saturn.  This is Political Science and Economics: the arcane arts of who gets what, when, and how.
 If we want manufacturing and innovation to grow reduce taxes to the lowest in the world and take the steel boot of regulation off the throat of free enterprise and watch our manufacturing base and our industrial output soar.  If you want more jobs stop stifling small business with uncertainty and watch the unemployment rate fall.  If we want more consumer spending instead of the next round of bail-outs and stimulus pay-offs to campaign contributors give the American people a one year federal tax holiday and watch consumer activity go through the roof.  In other words grow the economy not the bureaucracy.
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 © 2011 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

Cato, Reason, and other libertarian groups completely ignoring the Threat of Radical Islam

The following is a guest piece by our good friend, fellow blogger Eric Dondero, who writes over at Libertarian Republican.

Foreign Policy analysts Dr. Clifford May opines over at National Review: "The War Against the Christians
The most important story not being told" Jan. 13:
He writes:
Imagine if Muslims in Europe were being arrested for nothing more than peacefully practicing their religion. Imagine if Muslims in South America were being sentenced to death for “insulting” Jesus. Imagine if mosques were being bombed and burned by terrorists in a growing list of Christian-majority countries.
Now here’s what you don’t need to imagine because it is all too real: In recent days, Christian churches have been bombed in Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, and the Philippines. In Indonesia a mob of 1,000 Muslims burned down two Christian churches because, according to one commentator, local Islamic authorities determined there were “too many faithful and too many prayers.” In Iran, scores of Christians have been arrested. In Pakistan, a Christian woman received the death penalty for the “crime” of insulting Islam; the governor of Punjab promised to pardon her — and was then assassinated for the “crime” of blasphemy.
I could provide dozens more examples of the persecution and, in many cases, “cleansing” of Christians in what we have come to call the Muslim world...
Radical Islam presents the absolute Greatest Threat to Liberty in our Lifetimes
LibertarianRepublican.net in which I serve as Editor, is one political website that has been telling the story. Within the last week alone, LR has run stories on:
Labour MP: Pakistanis raping British Girls rampant in UK
Police in Britain too "frightened" of PC to arrest Pakistani men raping British Girls
Muslim police officer guns down 6 Christians on Egyptian Train - Female victims not wearing Burqas
South Sudan votes for Independence like our own fight for Independence in 1776
Islamist attackers hack to death 13 Christians in Nigeria
Radical Muslim conquest of Somalia near complete
Cato jumped on the demise of the Soviet Union, but refuses to promote Liberty in the Middle East
Clifford May is correct in questioning the liberal media, and there serious lack of coverage of these vastly important stories. But he misses the libertarian media.

Where's Reason on the rise of Islamo-Fascism? Where's the Cato Institute and their daily blog? The Libertarian Party? Influential libertarian pundit sites like The Agitator, Liberty Papers, The Daily Libertarian, Nolan Chart?

Of course, numerous other left-leaning libertarian sites completely avoid the subject for obvious reasons; sites like AntiWar.com, LewRockwell.com, and many of the Ron Paul sites. To talk of the threat of Radical Islam, would bring up the uncomfortable subject of what to do about it, for these hardline non-interventionist/isolationists.

But Cato, Reason? Why are they taking a head-in-the sand approach on Islamo-Fascism? They proclaim to be consistently Pro-Liberty, but how can we have liberty if Sharia Law is being shoved down our throats?
And Cato has no leg to stand on in this regard. For, in the early 1990s, they sent an entire delegation of free market economists and policy analysts to the former Soviet Union to promote freedom-oriented policies, at considerable expense. Why aren't they doing the same now in the Muslim world, sending libertarian scholars and policy analysists over the Middle East to promote Ayn Rand, Hayek, and other free marketeers?

LibertarianRepublican.net is virtually the only libertarian website giving coverage to the threat of Radical Islam. In fairness, Reason touches on the subject once in a great while, when it overlaps with free speech concerns such as the Danish cartoonist and South Park controversies. But that's it.

Yes Clifford May, the liberal media is purposely avoiding coverage of Radical Muslim violence against Christians. But the libertarian media is just as absent. It just doesn't fit the template.

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Reince Priebus elected RNC Chairman.

Reince Priebus was just elected Republican National Committee Chairman.

Even though it took to the seventh ballot, Priebus led every round of voting.

Steele Drops out of RNC Race

Michael Steele, whose mismanagement and ridiculous statements almost cost Republicans dearly this last election cycle, has dropped out of the RNC Chairmanship race.  Hopefully now we can get someone who can unite the Republican party and (almost as important) is competent.
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Live Blog - 2011 RNC Chairmanship Election.

NOTE: Candidate must receive absolute majority (85) to win.

The 2011 Republican National Committee Winter Meeting is under way!

I will be live blogging the RNC Chairmanship election throughout the day.

(12:28 PM)

The declared candidates for Chairman:

Michael Steele of Maryland.
Saul Anuzis of Michigan.
Maria Cino of New York.
Reince Priebus of Wisconsin.
Ann Wager of Missouri.

(12:30 PM)

Nominations should begin in fifteen minutes; actual voting in seventy-five.

(12:50 PM)

Ann Wagner has been Nominated by National Committeeman John Ryder.

(12:55 pm)

Reince Priebus has been Nominated by National Committeeman Steve King.

(1:00 PM)

Michael Steele has been Nominated by National Committeewoman Miriam Hellreich.

(1:05 PM)

Maria Cino has been Nominated by Ohio Republican Chairman Kevin DeWine.

(1:10 PM)

Saul Anuzis has been Nominated by National Committeeman Morton Blackwell.

(1:20 PM)

The 2011 RNC Chairmanship Election is beginning - Members are now voting.

(1:30 PM)

The first round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.

(1:39 PM)

First balloting predictions (first-last): Priebus, Steele, Aruzis, Cino, Wagner.


(1:45 PM)

First ballot results are in:

Priebus - 45
Steele - 44
Cino - 32
Anuzis - 24
Wagner - 23

(1:47 PM)

The RNC is now in recess for twenty minutes.

(1:49 PM)

The second round of balloting will begin in twenty minutes. Stay tuned.

(2:01 PM)

The 2009 RNC Chairmanship election went six ballots. How long will this one go?

(2:08 PM)

The second round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting again.

(2:18 PM)

The second round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.

(2:27 PM)

Second ballot results are in:

Priebus - 52 (+7)
Steele - 37 (-5)
Cino - 30 (-2)
Wagner - 27 (+4)
Anuzis - 22 (-1)

(2:28 PM)

The RNC is now in recess for twenty minutes.

(2:30 PM)

The third round of balloting will begin in twenty minutes. Stay tuned.

(2:35 PM)

Time for Chairman Michael Steele to exit the RNC Chairmanship election.

(2:49 PM)

The third round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting again.

(3:00 PM)

The third round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.

(3:08 PM)

Third ballot results are in:

Priebus - 54 (+2)
Steele - 33 (-4)
Wagner - 32 (+5)
Cino - 28 (-2)
Anuzis -21 (-1)

(3:11 PM)

The RNC is in recess for ten minutes.

(3:13 PM)

The fourth round of balloting will begin shortly. Stay tuned.

(3:14 PM)

Someone is bound to exit the race. They're stalled between five candidates.

(3:22 PM)

The fourth round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting again.

(3:24 PM)

All five original candidates are still on the ballot. Can you believe this?

(3:31 PM)

The fourth round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.

(3:40 PM)

Fourth ballot results are in:

Priebus - 58 (4+)
Cino - 29 (+1)
Steele - 28 (-5)
Wagner - 28 (-4)
Anuzis - 24 (+3)
Write-In - 1

(3:42 PM)

The RNC is in recess for ten minutes.

(3:45 PM)

The fifth round of balloting will begin shortly. Stay tuned.

(3:48 PM)

Will anyone leave the race? The RNC is in a stalemate.

(3:50 PM)

Michael Steele is remaining in the race. Priebus leads with 58.

(3:52 PM)

Michael Steele leaves 2011 RNC Chairmanship election.

(3:55 PM)

Michael Steele endorses Maria Cino and asks his 28 supporters to follow.

(3:58 PM)

The fifth round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting again.

(4:00 PM)

They are four candidates remaining: Anuzis, Cino, Priebus and Wagner.

(4:07 PM)

The fifth round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.

(4:18 PM)

Fifth ballot results are in:

Priebus - 67 (+9)
Cino - 40 (+11)
Anuzis - 32 (+8)
Wagner - 28 (0)
Write-In - 1 (0)

(4:20 PM)

Cino gained 11 votes; Priebus gained 9 votes; Anuzis gained 8 votes.

(4:21 PM)

The RNC is in recess for ten minutes.

(4:23 PM)

The sixth round of balloting will begin shortly. Stay tuned.

(4:25 PM)

Priebus needs 18 votes to win - I don't think he can get it.

(4:30 PM)

The sixth round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting.

(4:40 PM)

The sixth round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.

(4:48 PM)

Sixth ballot results are in:

Priebus - 80 (+13)
Anuzis - 37 (+5)
Cino - 34 (-6)
Wagner- 17 (-11)

(4:50 PM)

Reince Priebus needs five more votes to claim victory.

(4:52 PM)

The RNC is in recess for ten minutes.

(4:53 PM)

The seventh round of balloting will being shortly.

(4:55 PM)

Saul Anuzis needs 48 votes to win - near impossible.

(4:58 PM)

Ann Wagner leaves 2011 RNC Chairmanship election.

(5:01 PM)

The seventh round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting.

(5:02 PM)

There are three candidates remaining: Anuzis, Cino and Priebus.

(5:11 PM)

The seventh round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.

(5:12 PM)

This could be it. We'll know within a couple of minutes.

(5:19 PM)

Seventh ballot results are in:

Priebus - 97
Anuzis -43
Cino - 28

(5:22 PM)

Reince Priebus elected Republican National Committee Chairman.

Saul Anuzis for RNC Chair.


As National Republicans head into this morning's bi-annual Chairmanship election, we can all agree on one thing: Michael Steele, our current Chairman, must be replaced today. His gaffes (abortion, Afghanistan, southern strategy) insulted core constituencies, and his horrible fiscal management skills (record low contributions; record high debt) has cost the RNC millions of dollars.

But as to who we support? That has divided Republicans sharply.

Maria Cino is a former Bush Administration official who worked in both the Commerce and Transportation departments. She is also a former Deputy RNC Chairman who has worked closely with pro-abortion Republican organizations in the past. She has the support of Boehner and Cheney.

Ann Wagner served as Missouri's Republican Chairman for six years, as Co-chair of the RNC for four years, and as Ambassador to Luxembourg for another four years. She recently served as Chairman of then-Congressman Roy Blunt's very successful campaign for Senate in the election to replace Kit Bond. She has received the support of few RNC members.

Reince Priebus is the youngest Wisconsin Republican Chairman in history. He lost in his only campaign for elected office (Wisconsin State Senate), even though he outspent his Democrat opponent by a two-to-one margin, and until recently was a very strong ally of Chairman Michael Steele. He's supported by former RNC Chairman Haley Barbour

Saul Anuzis is the former two-term Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, and was the youngest delegate to the Republican National Convention when Ronald Reagan received the Nomination in 1980. He's the proud son of Lithuanian immigrants, a successful businessman, and technologically savvy. He is supported by seven State Republican Chairman.

Not hard to guess who I support.

Saul Anuzis is a dedicated Conservative who understands the American dream better than all his opponents combined. He will lead the RNC to success in 2011 and 2012 by righting the financial ship, and by leading the RNC to a brave new technology-inspired political world, hopefully on the RNC's horrid website first and foremost.

To the 168 RNC Committee members: Vote Saul Anuzis for Chair.

Dire Straits song banned in Canada for anti-gay slur

In 1985 this song was an international hit. I was 12 years old then and remember it well. In 1985 this song was everywhere, including MTV. In fact is was "Money for Nothing" that launched the network. It is great song with one hell of a guitar riff that has now been banned by our neighbors to the north.

From the Washington Times:
The Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" was ruled by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council to be "extremely offensive" and thus inappropriate for airing on radio or television because it uses an anti-gay slur.

The decision against St. John's radio station CHOZ-FM in Newfoundland was released Wednesday. In it, the panel ruled that the word "faggot" "contravened the Human Rights Clauses" and its ethics code and is "no longer" permitted "even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days."
What will be next, the censoring of Huckleberry Finn?

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Check Out the New York Young Republicans

As a member of the Young Republicans and the State of New York, I feel that I should let our faithful readers know about the NYYR.  So check these guys out:

And the new logo of the Schoharie Young Republicans:

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Charity Fires Director for Facebook Posts About Arizona Shooting

If you founded a charity that clothes disadvantaged children, you should be considered a hero.  If you write on Facebook about the Arizona shooting, so long as you do not support the shooting, you do not deserve to be fired.  Well, Coats for Kids disagrees.

Glen Busch and his wife founded the organization's Chicago chapter, which has clothed thousands of children since 2005.  On Saturday he wrote on his Facebook profile about the shooting:

"This was not a political thing, it was a psychotic thing.  This kid was nuts!  Now lets (sic) drop the ink wars and pray for the families.  Maybe apologize in public just like your accusations as well?  I'm just saying."

He then wrote:

"OK in the spirit of open discussion.  Now that we know that this kid was an extreme socialist and democrat, does that change some of the opinions?  Guys, look, this is not political, he's just crazy."

The next day his boss, Paul Darby, called Busch a "radical," and fired him:

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Hutchinson Won't Run for Re-Election

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, after losing her primary bid for governor last year, has announced that she won't run for re-election next year.
"I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2012," she wrote to supporters. "That should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be."

So who will replace her?

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Sparks of Economic Life are Emerging.....In New Jersey

An amazing dichotomy is setting itself up and will be on full display in the years leading up to the 2012 elections. On the one hand there is Illinois and California. On the other is New Jersey. The proverbial armpit of NYC? Sorry to all my Jersey friends, the inferiority complex is unfairly deserved.

It seems, in an attempt to settle a $13 billion budget deficit the Illinois state legislature and governor have opted to solve the problem by increasing personal income tax by a whopping 67%, from 3% to 5%, and increasing the corporate income tax from 7.3% to 9.7%.

I fail to see how raising taxes in a time of economic turmoil makes any sense, but of course, living in upstate New York I am used to paying obscenely high personal income tax. Did you know that New York's personal income tax is higher, even after the Illinois tax increase, in all but the bottom 2 tax brackets. Even more pathetic, if you make less than $8,000, you are removed from 4% of your pay. As far as I'm concerned, Illinois has had it easy.

How New York State income tax rates are structured
The tax table below will show in detail the New York state income tax rates by income tax bracket(s). There are 5 income tax brackets for New York.
If your income range is between $0 and $8,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 4%.
If your income range is between $8,001 and $11,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 4.5%.
If your income range is between $11,001 and $13,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 5.25%.
If your income range is between $13,001 and $20,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 5.9%.
If your income range is $20,001 and over, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is6.85%.
Income tax brackets data last updated March 3rd, 2009.
A little over a year ago Chris Christie was elected governor of New Jersey. In that time he has balanced the budget, cut the unemployment rate by 8 tenths of a percentage point, cut taxes, and cleared the streets of snow by 6 am.

In the great melting pot full of 50 different experiments at once, we will soon witness a head to head study in economic policy. This is a battle, (can I still say that), conservatives win every time. I can only hope that Governor Cuomo and his rhetoric makes him more like Christie and less like Quinn.

Since I can't seem to embed it, you can and should see the video, here.

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Obama Delivers Greatest Speech of His Presidency

There are speeches and there are speeches.  We're a conservative website, but I must recognize the speech President Obama finished delivering just seconds ago.  It was a masterful speech.  It was, by far, the greatest speech he has ever given.  President Obama rose above politics tonight.

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Video: Palin Responds to Tragedy in Arizona, Critics

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A Media Guide For the Journalistically Challenged....

More brilliance from Michael Ramirez......

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Facebook Group "I hate it when I wake up and Sarah Palin is still alive" Breaks 2,000 Members

Remember, liberals are the ones with common sense.  Remember, it is all conservatives' fault that there is anger in the United States.  Remember, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck caused a madman like Loughner to go on a rampage.

I'm tired of liberal hypocrisy and here's just another example of their hate-mongering.  For example, the new Facebook group "I hate it when I wake up and Sarah Palin is still alive" calls for the death of Sarah Palin.  And don't believe the BS that it is just one crazed liberal or two nuts lefties.  This group, as of this moment, has exactly 2,139 "likes:"
That's over 2,000 people that actually searched for and gave a  thumbs up to a group calling for the death of Sarah Palin.  And before Facebook takes this disgusting group down (and liberals say it was some sort of right-wing hoax) let me take some screenshots:
And the founder of the group constantly telling people to F themselves:
Remember, liberals are civil!

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Biden Bombshell on Afghanistan War.

Vice-President Joe Biden is not the kind of leader you send to a war zone.

He advocated a horrid plan to split Iraq into three separate nation's when the war briefly turned against the United States in 2006, and he opposed the successful surge that established the Iraq of today: peaceful, prosperous, and united. Then again, perhaps he was only posturing for the '08 Democrat Primaries?


Vice-President Joe Biden opposed the ongoing surge in Afghanistan, and he had a blowout with Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, before the Obama Administration even had control of our government. In fact, Biden has been on the wrong side of wars in the Middle East for two decades now: he voted against authorizing the use of force against Saddam during Desert Storm.

So you would think Vice-President Biden's recent trip to Afghanistan was more of the same from old Joe, right? Amazingly, no. If Vice-President Biden was sincere in his comments to Karzai, our current 2014 deadline to leave Afghanistan was just essentially blown up, and Joe Biden actually pulled the trigger.

Biden actually said "we're not leaving if you don't want us to leave" to Karzai. This is significant news on the Afghanistan War, considering the Obama administration has consistently pushed for a withdrawal deadline. Perhaps on-the-job training for the 44th President has taught him a thing or two about governing.

And how to alienate your Vice-President on foreign policy matters. Old Joe probably enjoyed his talk with President Karzai, and his pledge that "we're not leaving if you don't want us to leave", but I doubt it will change his thrice-proven wrong mind. Somewhere in Wyoming, a former Vice-President is smiling today.

What say you?

Huckabee leads in Iowa.

Via Public Policy Polling.

Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas, has one thing going for him if he does decide to run for the GOP Nomination again next year: Iowa will back him just as strongly as they did in 2008. This comes one week after a poll out of New Hampshire showed Mitt Romney leading the GOP field with relative ease.

Huckabee leads the way with 30%*, while Romney (18%), Palin (15%), and Gingrich (13%) round out the front runners. Ron Paul leads the second-tier candidates with 6%; while Pawlenty (4%), Thune (3%) and Daniels (1%) are struggling to find name recognition and active support in the first Caucus.

With Iowa trending to Huckabee, and New Hampshire to Romney - the voters of South Carolina, not just Republicans since SC primary elections are open to all registered voters, could very well choose the next Republican Nominee for President, and perhaps the next President of the United States in late January, 2012.

Any thoughts?

* - Huckabee won Iowa with 34% in 2008; Romney placed second with 25%.

42% of Democrats think Shootings 'Politically Motivated'

Even as more evidence mounts that Arizona shooter Jared Loughner was likely influenced most not by his politics (left-wing as they are) but his psycosis, the narrative is not fitting with all Americans. Loughner's insanity appears to be more and more clear as the days go on-- weird statements, drug habits, and outbursts in class.

He was a 9/11 Truther and opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a political independent. Yet for some reasons all of these antithetical items seem to just make people want to blame Sarah Palin all the more. Furthermore, his hatred of Congresswoman Giffords started before the Tea Party or Palin's national career.

Still, in a CBS poll, it appears that some still want to blame politics, and it would appear that the prime target remains the Tea Party. Even MSNBC said that there was no link to the movement... "yet" in their broadcast. However, many Democrats still see Loughner as a product of the Tea Party.

Democrats were more evenly divide - 49 percent said they saw no link between the shooting and the rhetoric, while 42 percent said they did see a tie. Among independents polled, 56 percent said they saw no connection and 33 percent said they did see one.
Just another disgusting politiziation of the horrific shootings on Saturday. Still without a shred of evidence. I don't expect to hear an apology from Paul Krugman anytime soon.

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Auburn Defeats Oregon

 Auburn has defeated Oregon 22-19 in the BCS Bowl. Just as Joe C. predicted.

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Dupnik Press Conference

Here is Sheriff Dupnik on the Tucson shootings blaming the right wing:

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Video: Who Wants to Hear Alan Grayson Talk About Loughner?

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