Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Al Sharpton is a One Trick Pony and Represents the Best of the Party of Science

Really, how do debate these people. You have to see it to believe it!

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Congressman Paul Ryan Rebuts the President...

Congressman Paul Ryan has released the full transcript of his remarks to be given following the SOTU. Presented without comment.

~Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked – and it won’t work now.

We need to chart a new course.~

Read the whole thing, but hurry!

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State of the Union!

Jeff Wasaski of Pleated Jeans wrote "Whether it’s a fat population, high rate of STDs or excessive tax rate, it turns out that every state ranks dead last in at least one unsavory category." So he compiled a most unusual "worst of" list, featuring your favorite home state (Oh, poor, poor North Dakotans!)

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H/T IOTW, care of neatorama, via pleated-jeans~
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State of the Union Speech Transcript

The National Journal has a full transcript of the President's speech tonight. The President will talk about the wars overseas, the economy, and the future of energy. The text of the speech follows below:

Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague – and our friend – Gabby Giffords.

It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands. That’s what helps set us apart as a nation.

But there’s a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater – something more consequential than party or political preference.

We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.

That, too, is what sets us apart as a nation.

Rahm Emanuel Back on Ballot in Chicago

 For the time being, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is remaining on the Chicago ballot for Mayor. An Illinois court issued a stay.


The Illinois Supreme Court has just issued a stay of the appeals court's order knocking Rahm Emanuel off the ballot and directing the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to restore his name to the ballot.
This is a strong indication that the court will accept the case and, perhaps, of which way the justices are leaning.

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Obama's 2011 State of the Union.

President Barack Obama will be addressing the nation this evening.

Why should anyone care? They shouldn't.

The President's liberal agenda is no longer relevant. Republicans in the House are planning to cut back in government bureaucracy and wasteful spending in the coming weeks and months, while the Senate is divided on policy issues and locked in a continuous debate on the filibuster, and other operating rules.

And the American people are not interested in his "investments" that will grow the federal debt. It's actually quite amazing that President Obama, who is called intelligent on a regular basis by a platoon of biased media network's, can't grasp the meaning of the absolute shellacking that his party received in November. It appears that the President is intelligent in the wrong books, which is the same as not having intelligence to begin with.

The speech to watch this evening is not President Obama's State of the Union address, but the Republican response that will be delivered by Representative Paul Ryan. What he says will be the legislative agenda for the 112th Congress. That's something that Obama cannot interfere with unless he wants to directly oppose the people again on vital legislation.

Cutting government. Cutting spending. Cutting taxes. That is what the 2011 and 2012 Conservative legislative agenda will focus on. The American citizenry has had more than enough of government investments - they demand private sector expansion, which can only be accomplished with the full elimination of Obama's tax and spend economic policies that he has championed for well over two years.

Thus, the President's address tonight is irrelevant.

What say you?

Anything I Have to do is Better Than Attending the State of the Union

Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia says he hasn't “gone to the State of the Union in at least 10 years, and I’m not starting tomorrow night either.” Why any of the Supreme's would attend SOTU this year after the disrespect meted out to them last year by President Obama is beyond me. Justice Scalia, in an address to house republicans yesterday said he didn't know if his Supreme Court colleagues were planning on attending. I for one hope for a full Supreme Court boycott. This may be the only reason to tune in the the speech tonight.

Jill, the pundette a at Pundit & Pundette seems to agree, noting that Andrew B Wilson of The American Spectator thinks that the absence of Nancy Pelosi could me reason enough to watch:

We won't see her constantly popping up and down in the upper right-hand corner of our television screens -- a deranged jack-in-the-box, screaming her approval every time the president pauses for an applause line.

Back to Jill, she writes:

Even so, I probably won't be tuning in. Now that we have our Roku box upstairs I can watch My Name is Earl whenever I want. I know Earl and Randy won't try to con me or insult my intelligence the way Obama and his "I heart business" shtick will do.
Do yourself a favor before you decide to watch and read the whole thing.

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Bring a Democrat friend to Lunch, and invite them to switch to Republican


Go ahead; have "the talk"

From Eric Dondero:

Democrat elected officials, including state legislators and county commissioners, are switching to Republican all over the United States from Maine to Texas, from Georgia to South Dakota. Why not take it to the grassroots level.

Have a friend who's stuck in the Democrat Party? Invite them to lunch, and have "the talk" with them. Give them a friendly little quiz on the issues. And if they agree with at least 60 to 70%, invite them to join up!

An inspiring little story relayed by Jennifer Rubin, WaPo's Conservative Columnist, on newly-elected New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez:
She might be an articulate Republican voice on everything from immigration to education, but she wasn't always a Republican. "When I first registered to vote I registered as a Democrat," she tells me. "My parents were Democrats. I moved to Las Cruces New Mexico in 1986 and again registered as a Democrat." But two Republican friends took her and her husband to lunch one day, "We started to have a conversation about the issues. They never talked about 'Republican' or used the word 'conservative.'" She recalls, "When we got back in the car I said to my husband, 'Oh my God, we're Republicans!'"
Sidenote; Yesterday in Texas, 9 Democrat elected officials in Lamar County (Paris) switched to the GOP. Full story later today at LibertarianRepublican.net.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Jared Loughner Pleads Not Guilty

BREAKING: We have word that alleged Tucson shooter Jared Laughner has plead not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder.

The man accused of carrying out a mass shooting in Tucson pleaded not guilty Monday in a federal courtroom to charges he tried to kill Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides.
Both federal and state authorities intend to prosecute Jared Loughner in the deadly Jan. 8 shootings that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Attorneys may push to move the case to a different venue, Loughner may use an insanity defense, and prosecutors could push for the death penalty. 

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George Allen Senate Candidacy Video

Former Virginia Senator and Governor George Allen announced today that he is running for his old Senate seat. Below is his announcement:

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Rahm Emanuel Kicked Off the Ballot in Chicago

It has been decided by a court in Chicago that Rahm Emanuel does not meet the needed residency status, and therefore can not run for Mayor.

Emanuel had won two lower rulings, but in a split decision today, Emanuel is no longer allowed on the ballot. With the election less than a month away, this is an odd time for the courts to decide this.

The appellate court released this statement:

“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement.”

Kevin Forde, the attorney who argued Emanuel’s case, stated, “It’s a surprise" when he heard the news.

Appellate judge Thomas Hoffman released this statement:

“We... order that the candidate’s name be excluded (or if, necessary, be removed) from the ballot from Chicago’s Feb. 22, 2011.”

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Two Police Officers, U.S. Marshal Shot in Florida

BREAKING- Two police officers and a U.S. Marshal were shot just minutes ago in St. Petersberg, Florida.
Update- Unfortunately, it is now being reported that the officers have died.

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Suicide Bombing at Moscow Airport

At least 31 people have been killed in an explosion at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow, Russia. The news comes as activity in Chechnya and Dagestan saw a small uptick in violence. According to CNN the wounded is over 100:

Updated at 10:04 a.m.] State TV is reporting that the blast at a Moscow airport erupted at the baggage claim area, killing 31 people.

The Health Ministry provided the media outlet with the death toll, it said.

CNN is seeking details on the Russian Investigative Committee report that terrorists are responsible for the explosion.

[Updated at 9:53 a.m.] The Russian government is confirming the death toll of 31 people and says 130 people were injured in the Moscow airport blast.

[Updated at 9:48 a.m.] Russian state TV reported 31 people are dead and more than 100 others were injured in an explosion at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.

In a post on its website, the Russian Investigative Committee is blaming terrorists for the attack.

[Updated at 9:37 a.m.] The explosion at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport killed at least two people and injured 20 others, according to the official RIA Novosti news agency.

Russia's Investigative Committee confirmed the blast, saying 20 people were affected, although the extent of their injuries was unclear.

State TV said the explosion occurred at the baggage claim area of the airport.

The explosion occured at 4:40 p.m. in Moscow, RIA Novosti said.

[Posted at 9:24 a.m.] An explosion has occurred at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow, Russia's Investigative Committee said.

Possible Suicide Bomber Strikes Moscow Airport

An explosion has rocked an airport in Moscow, killing at least 31 and injuring at least 130 people.  RIA Novosti stated that the explosion could have been the result of a suicide bomber.
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Major Romney Supporter Compares Palin to Justin Bieber, Says She is not Competent

Even though former governor Mitt Romney has not announce his Presidential campaign yet, supporters of his are already in attack mode.  Mark DeMoss, a well-connected Romney supporter, released a memo recently that touted Romney as the best candidate.  More notable, however, were his swipes at other Republicans who are prospective candidates for 2012.

DeMoss begins the memo, which he sent out to hundreds of major donors and pastors, outlining what he sees as needed in the upcoming campaign.  He then quickly moves into listing people who "share" the same values, including Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Sarah Palin.  At the end of the list, DeMoss states that values alone cannot win, and then proceeds to list why he believes Romney is the best choice.
Amongst the reasons why DeMoss believes Romney is the best candidate is that he isn't bad at fundraising (even though he only raised 1/7 of Obama and 2/7 of McCain) and because a "poll" stated that Romney is by far the favorite candidate of Republicans.  In the same poll, Sarah Palin was number five, behind Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, Tim Pawlenty, and John Thune.

After this, DeMoss sends veiled barbs at Palin in his support of Romney.

For example, DeMoss touts Romney's time as governor as important, but he is sure to point out that Romney spend four years in that office:  "Mitt Romney has been in government long enough to know how government works (four years as governor)."
However, the most obvious attack on Palin comes at the bottom of the fourth page of the memo.  DeMoss not only alludes to Palin being incompetent, but he also attacks her well-known ability to energize a conservative crowd:
A candidate for president of the United States should be capable of becoming president, and then competent to be the president.
Those who would suggest I am placing values on the back burner will be misreading me and  wrong.  I am only saying that a candidate’s values alone are not enough to get my vote.  For  example, my pastor shares my values, but I don’t want him to be my president.  (By the way,  “energizing a crowd” is also not enough; Justin Bieber can do that—but I don’t want him to  be president either.)
DeMoss rounds out his letter by explaining how he found out about Mitt Romney and why he was convinced Romney was the right person for the Presidency.  His last sentence reads, "I hope many of you will join me.  Thank you."

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Tip of the Iceberg: Endocarditis, Aortic Valve Replacement, and Sterility. Thank you Dr. Gosnell

Finally we are starting to hear from the victims of Dr. Kermit Gosnell's house of horrors and it is truly unbelievable. LaToya Ransome was a "patient" of Dr. Gosnell's who suffered endocarditis as a result of the doctors lack of sterile field. Endocarditis is an infection that occurs on one of the heart valves, usually aortic but in some cases the tricuspid, succumbs to a blood born infection resulting in "vegetations" that form on the heart valve leaflets. These vegetations are not stable and tend to break off and embolize. If this is aortic valve endocarditis this most common result is aortic insufficiency occurring as a result of loss of tissue integrity secondary to infection. The treatment for this is "open heart surgery", but more specifically "aortic valve replacement. " This is not a simple surgery, particularly in the context of infectious endocarditis, and carries a significant morbidity.

One victim, of many, finally speaks out:

Unfortunately, CNN's Martin Savidge minimizes the degree of disgusting by describing Dr. Gosnell's crimes as "destroying viable fetuses" when in reality the crimes include allowing a women to die under your care and severing the spinal cords of children, at the base of the neck, with scissors.

LaToya Ransome isn't the only one to begin speaking out. Davida Johnson "claims she was forced by the doctor to continue" an abortion after she asked him to stop the procedure.

"I said, 'I don't want to do this,' and he smacked me. They tied my hands and arms down and gave me more medication,"

This so called doctor brutalized women in a primarily african american community in Philadelphia. Taking their money and treating them as if they were dogs. Margaret Sanger would be proud that her vision was working so efficiently.

This brings me to another point outlined in Rob Taylor's post about the top five potential allies conservatives ignore-at their own peril.

Number 2: African Americans.

That 2010 was the year of the Black conservative cannot be denied. More Black conservatives were publicly active than any other time I can personally remember. Yet, the conservative movement is not only seemingly blase about this development, but we still tolerate voices withing the movement – like neo-Confederates and “Southern Nationalists” – who go out of their way to make Black conservatives feel unwelcome.
This is foolish, decades of destruction under leftism has begun opening the Black community’s eyes to the shortcomings of the American left. Issues like school choice, 2nd Amendment rights and illegal immigration have aligned African American voters with the Republican party and the conservative movement. Meanwhile groups like Project 21 have began working to change the views of BlackAmericans about the right.

This is a fight the right ought to be itching to pick.
The Other McCain adds the Pagan Caucus?

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Winter in America: Maine Style

I am a southern transplant, it is true. Born in south Georgia I spent my first nine formative years in the deep south. My second nine years were spent in the not so deep south Virginia. These two locals are miles apart but not that much different.
Then I moved out of the family home and security. I meandered my way, through no fault of my own, north, settling in Maine. Where I found medicine, integrity and myself. Turns out, Georgia, Virginia and Maine have an awful lot in common. That is their people. When you need them, like it or
not, they are there. These are Americans and they are found north, south, east, west.

Maine Family Robinson brings me home.

Gayle and I talked it over. Lloyd wasn't home, so we couldn't ask him if he wanted help. And we'd figure he'd say no thanks, even if we could ask him. People are self-reliant here, and often prefer to be left to their own devices. We finally figured no one ultimately minds a kind gesture, and Gayle blasted the snow and my son and I shoveled around the edges. It was the Maine version of a prank, I guess. Instead of vandalizing his house when he wasn't home, we shoveled his driveway.
Would that we were all so neighborly.

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Jets vs. Steelers

The New York Jets, off of their victory over the New England Patriots last week, will be facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the match that will decide which AFC team will head to the Super Bowl. Seeing that our main three writers are Jet fans, let me echo something that Mr. K once wrote:

Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! 

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Rule 5 Sunday

Here are some links that you should check out this AFC and NFC Championship afternoon.  And just to make sure you pay attention, here is a picture of Eva Mendes:
Eva says: Check out those links!
Jammie Wearing Fool has the scoop on a 'Keith Olbermann for White House Press Secretary' Facebook Page.

Reaganite Republican has plenty of Sunday Funnies.

The Lonely Conservative shows a picture of Nancy Pelosi before plastic surgery with JFK (no, really).

Mean ol' Meany...well, I don't know what Mean ol' Meany's article is about because I was just looking at the gal in the Google shirt.

Pirate's Cove writes about Obama's upcoming State of the Union.

Libertarian Republican details a bill to end a tiny bit of Stimulus stupidity.

Director Blue has a small list of Obama's failures.

World Threats explains a new "reserve enrichment site" in Iran.

Innominatus wonders if you are paying attention.

American Power Blog examines left-wing hatred.

IowaHawk is awesome, as always.

The Wild West Coconut Show says good-bye to Keith Olbermann.

Not Another New England Sports Blog waves good-bye to Keith Olbermann.

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Minnesota Bar will Roast Real Bear for Bears-Packers Game

I guess this is one way to support a team.

Today, Blake Montpetit plans to roast a 180-pound bear in honor of the Bears-Packers NFC Championship game today.  Montpetit, the co-owner of Tiffany Sports Lounge in St. Paul, said his cousin shot the bear several months ago.  They then froze it.

Customers at the Tiffany Sports Lounge will not be eating the bear, however.  The state health department has deemed the bear unsafe for consumption because it is unprocessed.  Instead, the bear is headed for a party in Wisconsin after it is cooked.
No, not this bear

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About Tunisia

I have remained silent on Tunisia for a reason.
Many Conservatives and Liberals (and Americans in general) are pleased as punch that Tunisia has overthrown their "president" of over two decades: Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. However, there is nothing to really be pleased about from a realistic foreign policy point of view and everything to be concerned about; we must not jump the gun on this "revolution."

Tunisia has long been a ally of the United States in the ongoing War on Terror and the Jihadists. Ben Ali didn't share the Islamist worldview of our enemies in either the religious, or the political sense. Women are unchained and Islamists are punished in the Tunisia that Ben Ali ruled over - a country more in line with American values and opinions than most of our Arab allies!

The chief (and organized) opposition of Ben Ali's power has been the Islamists, who are in a much better position to gain control of the country in the upcoming national elections than anyone else. Secular Tunisia* could be a thing of the past if our enemies take control of this important Arab land. A troubling thought that is not limited to me.

I worry that Tunisia will turn into another Islamic Republic, such as Iran, and that the abuses we saw under Ben Ali will pale in comparison to what's coming. Imagine what the reaction would be to the "Jasmine Revolution" if Osama bin Laden can take it over via political allies in the first free election in decades? I shudder at the thought.

This is not the time to celebrate the departure of another Dictator in the Arab world, especially when the cure could be worse than the disease, which in this case is the Islamist takeover of a once reliable Secular friend, and turning her into a determinedly steadfast foe. Something the western world cannot afford right now with the War in Afghanistan on the brink of victory.

We must watch this volatile nation very closely, and very suspiciously.

What say you?

* The CIA - "rights for women unmatched by any other Arab nation".

Liberals: Olbermann Lost His Job Because of Bush

Are you ready for tremendous leaps in logic?  Well, when discussing the left-wing in this country there is always a giant gap in thinking, but this takes the cake.

By now you know that MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is leaving the network.  The exact details are unclear; it is not known whether he was fired, left on his own, or both he and the channel came to some sort of agreement.  Either way, liberals are returning to the old stand-by that Olbermann himself helped start: it is all Bush's fault.

Now you might say to yourself: 'Wait, how could they say that?  Nobody except for Olbermann and NBC know why he was canned.  And anyway, Bush hasn't been in office for over two years.'  But you are forgetting who we are talking about: rabid Olbermann fans who only know one person to blame for everything.

So that is what they did.  The logic goes like this: Olbermann got his start during the Bush years and in that time Olbermann became popular with the left.  Eventually, Keith (as they tend to call him) became the beacon for liberalism and MSNBC rose from the ashes like a phoenix.  But you know who screwed it all up?  President Bush!  Why?  Because he had the nerve to leave office!

Since GW left office, they say, Keith hasn't been what he used to be.  He doesn't have all of those "war crimes" to rant about, so his message became less stinging.  Because of that, he lost viewership.  And because of that, MSNBC was able to let him go.  You see, Bush's fault!  It certainly can't be that all Olbermann ever had was anger for our 43rd President and nothing else!  It certainly cannot be that Olbermann was a liberal hack that only portrayed Gerorge W. Bush as a monster to simply get views!
But why am I speaking for these nut-cases.  Read for yourself.  For example, this excerpt from Salon.com that asks:  "Is Olbermann the Victim of his Own Success?"  Steve Kornacki explains how Olbermann became a success because of his "blistering takedown" of the Bush Administration:
Millions of liberals were equally exasperated with the Bush administration; but few could express themselves as exquisitely and powerfully as Olbermann. They asked for more, and Olbermann gladly gave it to them.
According to Kornacki, this brought great viewership to MSNBC.  However, the network put more liberals on, leaving poor Keith as only one out of a chorus of liberals.  Kornacki concludes:
It used to be that he was the only reason liberals turned on their channel at night. Now he’s one of many reasons -- a victim of his own success, in other words.
Steve Kornacki is not the only one who somehow tries to blame Bush for Olbermann's departure.  Jaime Weinman on Macleans.ca attributes Olbermann's success to his "fresh" insights on the Bush administration.  But, once again, when Bush left office, Olbermann just wasn't the same:
Olbermann’s impact has dulled somewhat since the Bush administration ended, or maybe even before that. Countdown was a fresh and surprising show in the mid-’00s, simply because it was doing something nobody else was doing on U.S. news. 
And of course there are the moronic comments from those shocked to learn that Olbermann was a partisan, like this comment on allhiphop.com (yes, you read that right):
I used to watch Olbermann religiously when Bush was in office. He was truly serving them up every night. But ever since Obama got elected he continued to bash the GOP and Bush, but had little to say about Obama's Bush-like policies. It was then that I realized that he was more partisan that an independent thinker.
Or this one from, go figure, the Huffington Post:

It's called Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS).  The first step is admitting you have a problem.

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Romney Wins New Hampshire Straw Poll

The results are in from New Hampshire's first meaningful 2012 Republican straw poll, and they should not be surprising to anyone who has been paying attention:

Mitt Romney led the way with 35%, with Ron Paul (11%), Tim Pawlenty (8%), Sarah Palin (7%) and Michelle Bachmann (5%) rounding out the top five candidates. New Hampshire's own - Judd Gregg - received 2% of the vote, which was good enough for fifteenth in the straw poll.

This straw poll came just after the State Committee elected Jack Kimball as their new Chairman. Kimball is a member of the Tea Party movement, and former Chairman John Sununu supported Juliana Bergeron, who was considered the establishment candidate. The candidates were divided by just 23 votes.

John McCain won the 2008 New Hampshire Primary with just 37% of the vote in 2008; Romney was right behind him at 32%. With Huckabee all but guaranteed to win the Iowa Caucus, winning the Granite State is vital to Romney's 2012 Presidential hopes, which are dimmer elsewhere.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wikileaks Attorney Vows “Private Prosecution” of Sarah Palin if She Sets Foot in Australia

It would seem that the Sarah Palin may be subject to Australian law without ever having been born there or stepped foot there. Who knew?

Anyone who incites others to commit violence against his client, even outside Australia, Stary says, is violating Australian law and can be held accountable for it.

"Certainly if Sarah Palin or any of those other politicians come to Australia, for whatever purpose, then we can initiate a private prosecution, and that's what we intend to do."

I always knew Sarah Palin was a wanted woman, but this is a little over the top....

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Interview with A Trainwreck in Maxwell

Today, Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 19 in our ongoing interview series. Today we're interviewing Kurt from a Trainwreck in Maxwell, one of our most-visited blogs. We thank him for taking part in our series.

1. When and why did you start a Trainwreck in Maxwell?

   Back in 2004, I was working for the city of San Marcos and living in Maxwell, TX.
   It was somewhere around that whole 'Fake-but-accurate Barbra Streisand the Libs were
   throwing around, and I ended up on Blogger from a link someone threw out because he 
   was complaining about comments.

2. What is your favorite part of running your site?

    Some of the smart people I've met online and being able to see an unlimited variety of
     takes on a particular subject.

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

    Much worse. I know it doesn't really look like it, but I generally think people try to do
    what's right, but it looks like he and his party are trying to destroy this country.

4. Any favorite for 2012 yet?

    I'll take my time on that, but as a fiscal conservative I'm ruling out anyone who's only 
    experience has been in the US Senate. I'll also reject anyone that ran in '08.

5. Where do you see the "political climate" in a year?

    Do you mean all the love that we're getting from the Left? That'll stay the same unless 
    someone in a leadership position really puts their foot down and means it, but that won't
    happen because their lunatic fringe needs to let off steam somewhere.
   The MSM will still be covering for Obama unless he really does something that turns 
   them against him. If that happens what they did to Bush will look like love poems.

6. Anything else you'd like to add?

   People being people, I only hope that the new Tea Party congress remembers who 
   elected them when they start getting used to the perks of office.


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2012 GOP Profile: Newt Gingrich

Now that Newt Gingrich is officially running for President, I decided to do some research and to find out who the former Speaker of the House really is. There is the good, the bad, and the very ugly.


Gingrich was elected to the House of Representatives eleven times (resigning after the 1998 election), his only two losses came against a popular incumbent Democrat in the 1974 and 1976 elections. When he was elected Speaker of the House in 1995: it was the first time in four decades that a Republican had been able to reach the coveted legislative post.


Gingrich's "Contract with America" was pivotal in the Republicans historic sweep of Congress in the 1994 midterm election (the GOP gained 54 seats - highest number since 1946). After the new majority was sworn in, Gingrich worked hard to pass welfare reform, to balance the national budget, and to reform the House. All of which he accomplished in just four years as House Speaker.


Gingrich has written over 20 books. He founded the American Solutions for Winning the Future organization, and he's well known for finding solutions to difficult problems. He is a genius, and a intellectual of the highest order. Most expect this particular strength would give him a strong advantage over Obama in the 2012 campaign and the fall debates.


Gingrich's greatest weakness in 2012 would be his disastrous personal life. He has been married three times - twice to mistresses, and cheated on his cancer stricken first wife in the 1980's. His affair with his third wife continued during the House of Representatives votes to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about his own affair.


So how is the Gingrich 2012 campaign polling with the people? Not swell. The Washington Post has Gingrich 12 points behind Mike Huckabee, while Public Policy Polling also has him down by double digits to Mike Huckabee. Gingrich is devastatingly behind Barack Obama in every poll, and will not change without an Obama scandal.

Any thoughts?

Poll: Is Gingrich's Run for President Good or Bad?

This week, Newt Gingrich told close friends and Georgian politicians that he intends to run for President of the United States in 2012.  Newton Leroy Gingrich was a former Speaker of the House and is a self-proclaimed "conservative."  However, he has recently sided with Democrats on key issues or has endorsed liberals, including his endorsement of Dede Scozzafava and a commercial in which he appeared with Nancy Pelosi to warn about "climate change."

Gingrich will apparently try to win the Republican nomination.  This will lead to heated debates over whether his campaign is a good or bad thing.  Well, let your voice be heard now and vote in our poll:

Is Gingrich's Run for President Good or Bad?customer surveys

And here is the video of Pelosi and Gingrich.  If you are a conservative, try not to vomit all over your keyboard:

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Scientist: Earth Could Have "New Sun" Within a Year

People love to hype 2012 as the end of the world.  It's BS, but hey, when it gets into the public consciousness, things stick.

Anywho, a scientist named Brad Carter is predicting that the star Betelgeuse is expected to go super-nova very soon.  If this happens, the sky that we look at could have two stars in it, even though Betelgeuse is 1,300 light years away.  On the bright side, Carter assures us that we won't all die:
"When a star goes bang, the first we will observe of it is a rain of tiny particles called nuetrinos.  They will flood through the Earth and bizarrely enough, even though the supernova we see visually will light up the night sky, 99 per cent of the energy in the supernova is released in these particles that will come through our bodies and through the Earth with absolutely no harm whatsoever.”
So that's good news.

But there has been speculation that a supernova could wipe out all complex life on the planet-- especially due to gamma radiation. I don't know how Mr. Carter knows that the Earth is safe, but I'd like something a little more concrete.

In the year 1006 there was another supernova, SN 1006 that was visible on earth for two days. It was called a "guest star." One account related that the supernova was half as large as our moon in the sky. We can still see the outline of the supernova with telescopes (below:)

SN 1006
And if you are a Star Wars nerd and always envisioned yourself as Luke Skywalker, something like this picture could be here next year:

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Cain vs. Gingrich.

As of now the 2012 Republican Primary battle will be between Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. I prefer Cain over Gingrich.

So who do support between the two announced candidates?

Gingrich: 'I am Running for President'

Ending months of speculation, Newt Gingrich has told close friends and prominent Republicans in the state of Georgia that he will run for President in 2012.  And even though 2011 has just begun, Gingrich is not waiting to put political wheels in motion.

Gingrich has already contacted several prominent Republicans in an effort to begin his campaign.  Amongst those likely to aid Gingrich in the near-future are Nathan Deal, the governor of Georgia, and Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson.

Before this news broke, Gingrich had given a press conference tying himself to Georgia, stating:

“My offices are here. My grandchildren are here. I’m here regularly.  I helped create the modern Republican Party in Georgia starting in 1960. I have a certain fondness for being back in Atlanta.”
However, whether he can revitalize his political base is being questioned.  For example, Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss wondered aloud about Gingrich's ability to produce a successful campaign:
“Newt is my friend. He’s been a mentor, in some respects, since he was speaker when I got elected [to Congress].
“But it’s a different world right now, and we’ve got to make sure that whoever the nominee is, that he can win in November. That’s the goal of every Republican right now. John Thune[, the U.S. senator from South Dakota,] is a very close friend. He’s talked to me about his potential campaign.
“I’m going to keep my powder dry.”
Saxby later continued:
“[Gingrich is] obviously aware of all the negative aspects of the campaign. And I’d be curious to hear from him why he thinks he can win in spite of that.
“In presidential campaigns now, you have to do something in Iowa. You may not have to win Iowa, but you’ve got to make a good showing in Iowa. Then you’ve either got to win or make a good showing in New Hampshire – if you don’t win Iowa.
Then if you don’t win New Hampshire or Iowa, you’ve got to win South Carolina. Can Newt do that?”
These statements echo statements by moderate Republicans concerning former VP candidate Sarah Palin.  However, Gingrich's campaign will certainly interest conservative Republicans, who make up the majority of the party.  Particularly, conservatives will be torn over Gingrich's assertion that he is conservative and the fact that he supported moderate or liberal candidates, like Dede Scozzafava.

It will certainly be interesting to see where this 2012 campaign takes the country, as the race slowly begins.

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Interview with Dan Baltes, Executive Director of AAIA (Group Leading Dupnik Recall)

Pundit Press is proud to present its eighteenth interview in our on-going series.  Today we are lucky to have Dan Baltes, the executive director of Americans Against Immigration Amnesty, answer our questions.  AAIA has been recently been making headlines as it is spearheading the effort to recall Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.  So without further ado:

When was AAIA founded and why?  What is AAIA's goal?

    AAIA was founded in May, 2010 as a section 527 political organization.  Our goal has been the platform for the American people to be heard.  Many politicians claim to speak for the American people but the true voice of Americans is not being echoed or represented in Washington DC.

You are the Executive Director of AAIA.  Do you believe that illegal immigration is the most important political issue of today?

    I believe that many of the problems we currently have in the United States are rooted in illegal immigration: healthcare costs; hospitals are being bankrupted by delivering healthcare to illegal immigrants; unemployment; if we remove the illegal immigrants from the equation there would be millions of jobs available for American citizens; crime/national security; there are over a million illegal immigrants crossing the southern borders every year and we have no idea who they are or what their intentions are in this Country... and the list goes on.

The shootings in Tucson were a national tragedy.  How do you feel about officials and members of the media politicizing it?

    The statements and rhetoric after the tragedy in Tucson is a shameful example of the worst of American politics.

Your organization recently announced that it will lead the way in the recall of Pima Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.  Why do you see this as important?

    Sheriff Dupnik engaged in shameless political grandstanding, a lack of objectivity and was out of line.  As one AAIA member put it, “The Sheriff has forever sullied his office, his badge and department.”

What response did your organization get after you announced that you would be collecting signatures to recall Dupnik?

    We have received an overwhelming response from Tucson voters in support of our effort.  We have also gotten a handful of emails telling us to butt out of Tucson’s business and some other rather colorful terms, but for every one of those emails we receive, we receive 100 thanking us for being involved.

Looking at yourself, do you believe that your are conservative, a liberal, or something in between?

    I believe the constitution is the governing document for our Country.  In that regard it is my opinion that adhering to the constitution would be the center and what we should strive for as an expectation.

Other than illegal immigration, are there any other issues that you believe that this Administration is ignoring/screwing up?

    It is my opinion that DC is a genetic experiment gone horribly wrong....a cross between a really dysfunctional family and a crazy uncle that spawned an insatiable beast that feeds on taxpayer dollars and Congress is a lot like a puppy...you have to watch them closely or they will pee on the carpet and chew up your slippers.  Seriously though.  Our political system is broken.  Laws and activities in DC are controlled by lobbyists and special interests.  Someone forgot to send a lobbyist to DC for the American people and we have been tricked into believing that our representatives were our lobbyists...that is until recently.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

STOP-BANG questionnaire identifies patients with OSA at high risk of surgical complications...

Seems obvious and I am surprised this is the first study to show the connection. And while the number of patients enrolled was relatively low, but the numbers are compelling.

135 adult patients undergoing elective surgery at a tertiary care center were administered the STOP-BANG questionnaire.

41.5% of patients had high risk scores for OSAS.

Patients at high risk of OSAS had a much higher rate of postoperative complications compared with patients at low risk (19.6% vs 1.3%).

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Keith Olbermann Fired? [with video]

Fiery MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann, who has been with the network for almost eight years, is apparently being let go. It is not immediately clear if Olbermann decided to quit or was fired from the network. This came as talks between NBC/Universal and Comcast for a merger deal have heated up.

Olbermann broke the news unexpectedly during his show on Friday night. It was not clear his motivations and he gave no further evidence.

Furthermore, Politico seems to have pegged an important quote that may show that Olbermann was, indeed, fired:

“I think the same fantasy popped into the head of everybody in my business who has ever been told what I have been told: this will be the last edition of your show,” he said.
On top of this-- it may be because of the upcoming merger:

His sources said “the parting came as fallout from Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal, and with it, the departure of NBC head, Jeff Zucker,” he said.
Olbermann also referenced his firing from ESPN in which he had only fifteen seconds to make his final statements. This could mesh with the theory that he was forced out, yet again.

The AP story covering his departure has a surprisingly honest look at the way MSNBC carried itself with Olbermann on their network:

MSNBC essentially molded the network in Olbermann's image. His program is MSNBC's top-rated, gaining in viewers after his evolution from a humorous look at the day's headline into a combatively political show in the latter days of the Bush administration. MSNBC decided that point-of-view programming was the way to go, and hired Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell — both occasional subs for Olbermann — to fill out its prime-time lineup.

Olbermann has been known for being bombastic on-air and off. He called a Tweeter a F*cktard when he was challenged. He told former President George W. Bush to "shut the hell up" and seemed to take delight in every setback in Bush's foreign and domestic policy.

His sendoff gave him some time to address his audience but it was apparently a last-minute affair:

"There were many occasions, particularly in the last 2 1/2 years, where all that surrounded the show — but never the show itself — was just too much for me," said Olbermann, whose father died recently. "But your support and loyalty and, if I may use the word, insistence, ultimately require that I keep going. My gratitude to you is boundless."
The AP article speculates at what might be next for Olbermann, a former ESPN commentator. He may decide to go to struggling CNN. Another rumor says he might go to the Huffington Post-- but MSNBC apparently has its network "prepared:"

MSNBC announced that O'Donnell, who had frequently filled in for Olbermann before starting his own 10 p.m. show, will take over Olbermann's time slot starting Monday. "The Ed Show," with Ed Schultz, will move to 10 p.m. Cenk Uygur of the Web show "The Young Turks" will fill Schultz's vacated 6 p.m. time slot.
The video of the segment:

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