Tuesday, January 25, 2011
~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.~
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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)."
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."
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The Tip of the Iceberg: Endocarditis, Aortic Valve Replacement, and Sterility. Thank you Dr. Gosnell
"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,"
Number 2: African Americans.
That 2010 was the year of the Black conservative cannot be denied. More 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.
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.
Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets! Jets!
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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.
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|
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".
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!
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.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
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....
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.
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:
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And here is the video of Pelosi and Gingrich. If you are a conservative, try not to vomit all over your keyboard:
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:)
So who do support between the two announced candidates?
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.”
“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.
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.
Friday, January 21, 2011
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%).
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: