Tuesday, February 08, 2011
The likely Republican candidate, Mattie Fein, received only 66,000 votes when she lost badly to Harman just three months ago. And considering Harman has won all five of her campaigns in the 36th congressional district averaging 63% of the vote, Fein would have to not only turnout 100% of her supporters from 2010, but to convince Hawkish Democrats who have supported Harman for 5 terms to support her as well.
However, there is hope.
Charles Djou won that special election in Hawaii's second congressional district last year against all odds. And the 36th district Democrats could Nominate a candidate who lacks the campaign experience of Fein, or who falls too hard on the Progressive line for local voters. Both are plausible outcomes, but no one will be able to handicap this race until the Primary is held in a couple of months.
Unless there is no Republican candidate. California's new primary system works like this: the two candidates who receive the most votes, regardless of political affiliation, advance to the general election to face off against one-another. If the Democrat Party can overwhelmingly get their voters to the polls - we could see a special election without Republican opposition. Disenfranchisement, anyone?
Only one thing is sure as Congresswoman Harman resigns from the House - there will be a race to watch, to predict, and to follow for political junkies who are suffering from a lack of campaigns by the time this election is held in early summer. Including myself.
What say you?
The "controversial" film Iranium, whose screening in Canada was originally cancelled because of "threats of violence" has finally been shown in Canada to a sold out auditorium. James Moore, Canadian Heritage Minister vowed to show the film and has followed through on his commitment.
From the National Post:
Weeks after complaints from the Iranian government cancelled a screening of Iranium at Library and Archives Canada, a sold-out audience filled the theatre Sunday evening to take in the film -- a documentary that is sharply critical of Iran's nuclear arms program.
"Who cares what the Iranians think?" said Fred Litwin, president of The Free Thinking Film Society, in response to requests from the Iranian Embassy that the film not be shown. "Canadians need to know that Iran is a brutal regime that funds terrorism all over the world, and they're trying to get a nuclear weapon."
Demand for tickets was high. One seller told Mr. Litwin his phone was ringing off the hook. The film was supposed to be screened at the archives on Jan. 18, but threats of protest and official pleas from the Iranian embassy shut it down.
The federal Conservatives accused Iran of trying to censor and influence the activities of Canadians and quickly moved to reschedule the film at the arm's length government agency. Foreign Affairs sent a diplomatic note to Tehran stressing that Canada values freedom of expression and will screen whatever films it wants.
In attendance at the Sunday night event was Heritage Minister James Moore, who had directed Library and Archives Canada not to cow to pressure from Iran last month.
"This movie will be shown, the agreement will be kept and this movie Iranium will be shown at Library and Archives Canada," he said prior to Sunday night. "We will not be moving it to a different facility, we're not bending to any pressure."
Today Right Network posts the feature film, via Hulu. You can view the trailer here, but due yourself a service and follow the link, watch the film and share it with your friends.
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A California man attending an illegal cock fight was killed by a chicken after being stabbed in the leg by the chicken. No, I did not make this up. The knife had been artificially attached to the chicken; when the chicken got out of the ring, it stabbed Jose Ochoa in the right calf. Ochoa was declared dead at a hospital two hours later.
More from Yahoo:
An autopsy concluded Ochoa died of an accidental "sharp force injury" to his right calf.
Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt says it's unclear if a delay in seeking medical attention contributed to Ochoa's death. Tulare officials are investigating, and no arrests were made at the cockfight.You can find more odd news on Pundit Press.
Monday, February 07, 2011
So will she wait to run another day or will she soon announce her candidacy?
Will Sarah Palin Run for President in 2012?online survey
2. Looks like there are two losers together on one station now.
Here's more from the New York Times:
Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host of “Countdown” on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people familiar with his plans pointed Monday to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.
One of the people with knowledge of the plans said Mr. Olbermann would have an equity stake in Current TV. The people insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized by their employers to comment in advance of the official announcement.
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At the time of his exit, the Web site The Wrap reported Olbermann had his eye on creating a media empire like that of Huffington Post. Coincidentally, this past Super Bowl Sunday, Huffington Post announced it had agreed to a $315 million buyout from AOL Inc. in which Arianna Huffington, who made the announcement, would become president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, putting the news outlet she co-founded under the same ownership as AOL's collection of Web sites.
The speculation has made it to the National Review and HotAir. So we'll ask you here-- what do you think?
"There has really been no communication whatsoever," Shuler told MSNBC. "We still do not have any connection between the Blue Dogs and leadership."This also comes as many Democrats in the South have switched their allegiance to the Republican Party. This includes many members of county legislatures and even those in state houses. The biggest of these is the Attorney General of Louisiana, who switched parties recently.
In perhaps the ultimate rebuke to the Democratic leader, Shuler said Blue Dog Democrats often have more in common ideologically with former President Ronald Reagan than with Pelosi. What would have been Reagan's 100th birthday prompted remembrances over the weekend.
1. When and why was HillBuzz created?
2. At what point did it become clear that the site could not endorse Barack Obama in the 2008 general election?
3. Do you see Sarah Palin as a realistic contender for 2012?
4. What is the best part of running your site?
5. Do you see a primary challenge for President Obama?
6. Are you likely to support a GOP candidate in 2012? Are there any that are in the forefront for you?
I am supporting Governor Sarah Palin for president in 2012 with Allen West as her Vice President. Palin/West would be an unstoppable combination with enough punch to really hammer this White House's record hard. I do not trust any of the squishy, cucumber-and-mayonnaise stale sandwich, wimpy men the Cocktail Party GOP establishment and national Media continue to push for the Republican nomination. Please pay attention to something that's incredibly important but that conservatives are shockingly blind to: the Media selects the Republican it wants Democrats to run against by giving that man nonstop positive press coverage...until the day after he secures the nomination and the general election begins. John McCain is a classic example of this, where I heard many foolish conservatives say "Oh, but at least the Media loves McCain so he won't get any negative press". Do you remember the 2008 campaign? As soon as McCain beat Romney and the rest for the nomination, the Media turned on McCain and painted him as too old, too excitable, and too out of touch to be president. And this was the man the Media carried on a love affair with for a whole decade. The same thing is currently happening with Mittens Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, Jon Huntsman, John Thune, and other Cocktail Party establishment favorites the Media is pushing for the GOP nomination instead of Governor Palin. Look for the word "polarizing" in anything written by the Media. It's a word they always use against female politicians to claim they are unelectable. As in, "Sarah Palin is so polarizing and has such negative press coverage that she can't win, so we should go with Mittens Romney because the press loves him". There is a reason Republicans are called "The Party of Stupid", and it's because they keep falling for this garbage. Governor Palin has shown she can withstand any attack thrown against her. Attacking her, in fact, makes her stronger. There is just no man in the entire Republican Party who can hold a candle to her. She's not "Reagan in a skirt"...rather, Reagan is "Palin in a suit". You betcha!
7. Tell us about the plan to build a new HillBuzz site.
8. Anything else you'd like to add?
One. The Chrysler "Imported from Detroit" ad featuring Eminem was the best.
Two. The GoDaddy ad featuring Joan Rivers was absolutely disgusting and evil.
Three. Everyone enjoyed the Snickers ad where Rosanne Barr was hit by a log.
What do you think?
P.S. - And the game was absolutely awesome. Congratulations to the Packers.
Take this moron from the Young Turks, for example:
Quote the idiot: "So now, everybody's coming around to what I've been saying for a long time... which is, oh, it turns out, Obama never wanted a public option in the first place. Of course!!! How long have I been saying that on the show?!"
"Better than you" smugness? Check. Liberal-inspired you-are-a-moron-for-not-agreeing-with-me bravado? Check. Absolutely no facts what-so-ever? Double check.
Or how about this moron, John Knefel, from the Huffington Post:
Quote the idiot: "To assume that Obama wants the public option based only on rhetoric is the height of idiocy. Do we assume a husband loves his wife simply because he says he does, despite years of infidelity? No, we don't. We judge him or her by their actions, and any one who doesn't use that standard is rightly accused of being naive."
It's almost amazing how poorly-informed these liberal hacks are. However, I want to end this stupid debate once and for all. Here now are four tweets, written by President Obama himself, that confirm that, yes, he wanted the public option. No misquoting, no claims of being out-of-context. Simply President Obama's own words as President:
August 20, 2009:
September 9, 2009:
October 26, 2009:
October 29, 2009:
Hopefully this puts this stupid debate to an end forever. President Obama wanted a public option. He said it, he campaigned on it, he pushed a bill that included it. This debate is over.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
For a recap:
For the boxscore:
This is Green Bay's fourth victory in the championship.
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Jammie Wearing Fool has an awesome video of someone dunking... themselves.
Reaganite Republican has plenty of Sunday Funnies.
The Lonely Conservative says that President Obama is not moving to the center.
Mean ol' Meany has a bunch of links.
Pirate's Cove talks about "fish wraps."
Libertarian Republican warns that the border between Israel and Egypt could be threatened.
Director Blue has plenty of links.
World Threats shows a poll in Egypt that should make people nervous.
Innominatus wonders if you are paying attention.
American Power Blog examines left-wing hatred.
IowaHawk is awesome, as always.
And so is Manhattan Infidel.
The Wild West Coconut Show is too.
Not Another New England Sports Blog talks about the unrest n Egypt.
According to NPR, one of the most liberal administrations in recent memory is, in fact, taking lessons from a conservative hero, Ronald Reagan. And no one is learning more than President Barack Obama himself.
|Image included in NPR article, trying to tie Reagan to Obama|
[T]he 40th president has more recently been adopted as a kind of patron saint by the country's leading Democrat. President Obama has immersed himself in Reaganalia.The piece then refers to an op-ed that the President wrote, in which he tied himself to our 40th President. In it, the President makes several comparisons to himself and the late President Reagan. These include "confidence and optimism" and American dreams.
"One of the things that I think has impressed President Obama is that Ronald Reagan fundamentally understood that to govern you need to build consensus in America and not simply consensus in Washington," Duberstein says.
And that means telling and retelling a clear story about where you want to take the country. The president started doing that in his State of the Union address, a speech White House aides described as upbeat, forward-looking and self-consciously optimistic — the definition of Reaganesque.I'm sorry to point this out, but NPR has no idea what "Reaganesque" means. It is not just an "upbeat, forward-looking and self-consciously optimistic" speech. It is small government. It is communicating a complicated truth in a clear way. It is actions. It is results. It is conservatism. All of these things President Obama has not done; most are things he's spoken out against.
I know that NPR likes to rewrite history, but they should do us all a favor and leave President Reagan alone.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
The "Holy Family Church" in Rafah is on the border of the Gaza Strip. According to sources, the Church was likely empty at the time the attack took place. However, the building was badly damaged and the assailants had stolen a cross from the inside.
no immediate claim of responsibility.
For months, there has been speculation that Kerry will get the job he wants in an Obama second term. Clinton said publicly that she is not committed to the position beyond 2012. She also tamped down speculation that she wants to move to the Pentagon as secretary of defense.
A self-proclaimed "progressive," Moore's championing of pro-Islamic and anti-Christian causes has made him a favorite of the Brotherhood, a radical political party that is currently banned in Egypt.
The Muslim Brotherhood has reprinted several articles of Moore's in their entirety, one as recent as this past October. Most of the time, the organization cherry picks quotes in order to bias their stories towards their point of view. However, the articles posted on the Brotherhood's website, Moore's letters are re-produced word for word.
|A Picture Used by the Muslim Brotherhood to Represent Moore|
The Muslim Brotherhood also quotes Moore in several articles as a well-regarded source. In the article Michael Moore: Woodward Book Reveals That Civilian Control of the Military Is a Joke, the entire basis for the article is a statement by Moore about the U.S. military.
In another article supporting WikiLeaks entitled Rallies Defending the Right to Know – Free Thinkers and WikiLeaks, the MB support Moore. The article states:
But the protestors are not the only ones supporting freedom of expression. Noam Chomsky, Julian Assange and Michael Moore, who is famous for raising awareness of government and corporate corruption, all believe in freedom of expression and they are willing to do something about it. They all support WikiLeaks.Possibly the oddest article on the Muslim Brotherhood's website, however, is America needs 'Moore' Democracy. In the article, the Brotherhood calls for a democracy in America closer to the one that Michael Moore envisions.
Al-Maliki, who was elected Prime Minister in 2006 after confidence failed in Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and re-elected in last year's election that was in stalemate for 10 months, has been a friend of the United States since the beginning of the War and was forced to flee Iraq in 1979 for two decades when his ties to the outlawed Islamic Dawa Party were discovered. We can definitely agree that he is an Iraqi Patriot.
This news is definitely disheartening, but we have no choice in the matter.
Iraq would be smart to follow al-Maliki's example and limit all Presidents, and Prime Minister's to two four-year terms. That way neither Islamist, nor Tribal separatists can accuse anyone of "dictatorship", while Iraq's young democracy would be set in stone - such as America's Republic is.
A failed assassination attempt on Egypt's vice president in recent days left two of his bodyguards dead, sources tell Fox News.
Such an attempt on the life of Omar Suleiman would mark an alarming turn in the uprising against the government of President Hosni Mubarak, who only recently named Suleiman as vice president in an effort to quell the unrest and possibly line up a successor.
A senior Obama administration official confirmed that the attack happened soon after Suleiman was appointed, on Jan. 29. The official described it as an organized attack on Suleiman's motorcade.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declined to address the assassination reports when asked earlier by Fox News.
"I'm not going to ... get into that question," Gibbs said.
This attack is not dissimilar to calls that the Muslim Brotherhood had made to stop all Egyptian supplies to the West. It is very possible that someone influenced by the Brotherhood, or even a member, carried out the attack.
State television quoted an official on Saturday as saying that the "situation is very dangerous and explosions were continuing from one spot to another" along the pipeline.
"It is a big terrorist operation", a state TV reporter said.
A security source in North Sinai said "foreign elements" targeted the branch of the pipe that supplies Jordan.
A security source said the Egyptian army closed the main source of gas supplying the pipeline and were trying to control the fires. Television footage on Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya showed a tower of flames at the scene of the blast.
Israel Radio said, quoting sources in the consortium overseeing imports, the blast did not target supplies to Israel but they had been halted as a precaution.
More from CBS:
His son, Gamal Mubarak, and the National Democratic Party's secretary-general, Safwat el-Sharif, have also resigned from the party, in a new gesture to protesters carrying out a 12-day-old wave of anti-government demonstrations.
State TV said the ruling party's six-member Steering Committee of the General Secretariat stepped down and was replaced. The council was the party's highest decision-making body, and el-Sharif and other outgoing members were some of the most powerful (and to many Egyptians, unpopular) political figures in the regime.
El-Sharif was replaced by Hossam Badrawi, member of the liberal wing of the party who had been sidelined within the NDP ranks in recent years because of his sharp criticisms of some policies.
This comes as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking today at an international security conference in Munich, signaled that U.S. support has swung behind a transition headed by the recently-named vice president, Omar Suleiman.
Friday, February 04, 2011
Friday’s jobs report offered a conflicting picture of the nation’s hiring landscape. Unemployment fell because the Labor Department's household survey determined that more than a half-million people without jobs found work. The department conducts a separate survey of businesses, which showed tepid job creation. The two surveys sometimes diverge.
Analysts said severe winter weather likely reduced the number of jobs created in January. Harsh snowstorms last month cut into weather-prone industries like construction, which saw employment fall by 32,000, the most since May. Transportation and warehousing also fell by 38,000 — the most in a year.
Likely intentionally, the Muslim Brotherhood consistently said "interim" government, implying that they will indeed try to make a move on governmental power when a set government is established. They could be doing this to pretend that their actions in causing unrest are not for power, but for ideals.
Oddly, the statement, which appears on the Muslim Brotherhood's main website, has the title "MB: We have no intentions of nominating members for presidency or interim gov’t." Its sub-headline is a seemingly non-sequester, "The Muslim Brotherhood has stated in its recent statement that it does not and will not accept any efforts of intimidation against any Egyptians."
As the article continues, the Muslim Brotherhood is careful to always say "interim" in their promises not to gain power. For example:
Referring to the February 3 climaxing of events the group stresses that they have no intentions in nominating any of its members to run for the presidency nor do they intend to be part of a possible interim government.Obviously, they can then turn around and say they want power in the actual government.
The article continues later:
The MB asserts that it considers the regime’s legitimacy as invalid and confirms that it will not engage in any dialogue until Mubarak leaves stressing that the masses have tolerated decades of corruption, electoral fraud and fixed dictatorial policies.We shall see.
The MB will continue to call for the constitutional rights of men, women, Muslims and Christians alike calling for a civil state based on Islamic democracy...
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Fifth: immediately reviewing the Egyptian foreign policy, especially regarding the Zionists and the need to cut ties with them and support the Palestinian resistance as well as the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
The new regime would also 'review' the sending of oil to Western nations if they support Israel:
3 – stopping the pumping of oil and gas to the Zionists and to review the prices and export it to other countries.
ABC continues its report on the threat:
A group of angry Egyptian men carjacked an ABC News crew and threatened to behead them today in the latest and most menacing attack on foreign reporters trying to cover the anti-government uprising.Just yesterday, CNN's Anderson Cooper and his crew were surrounded and beaten in the streets of Egypt. Cooper was videotaping at the time and was "punched in the head." He was able to escape by getting into a news-van.
Producer Brian Hartman, cameraman Akram Abi-hanna and two other ABC News employees were surrounded on a crowded road that leads from Cairo's airport to the city's downtown area.
While ABC News and other press agencies had been taking precautions to avoid volatile situations, the road to the airport had been a secure route until today. One of their two vehicles was carrying cameras and transmission equipment strapped to the roof, indicating they were foreign journalists.
Hartman says it was only through the appeal of Abi-hanna, who is Lebanese and a veteran ABC cameraman, that they were saved from being killed or severely beaten.
"We thought we were goners," Hartman said later. "We absolutely thought we were doomed."
Earlier today, the United States warned citizens that they should leave Egypt no sooner than today, with violence on the rise. Speculation believes that Americans and other foreigners may not even be able to leave Egypt in the near future, as martial law may be declared or airports and airplanes could be targets of rioters.
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Suleiman attempted to play to both the nationalist and pro-government sides in his interview, stating seemingly contradictory claims. This has been reported by BBC. He said that it is unlikely for Hosni Mubarak's son Gamal to run for the Presidency. He also called upon protesters to be "punished" and blamed them for economic troubles:
Another headline from Vice-President Suleiman's state TV interview: he says the country has lost "at least $1bn" in tourism revenue and one million tourists have left during the turmoil.Suleiman did, however, welcome talks with the main opposition force in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has significant ties with other terrorist groups in the region and has called for war with Israel.
State TV quotes Vice-President Omar Suleiman as saying the Muslim Brotherhood have been invited for talks with the new government. The brotherhood is the biggest opposition group, but was outlawed by Mr Mubarak's government.Suleiman also delivered a backhanded slap at the White House and European nations that called for Mubarak to step down. It appears that he was stating what Mubarak wanted said but did not in his last speech:
This is just another indication that Mubarak plans to stay in power, at least for the time being. Suleiman may be grooming himself to be the next strongman of the country come September.
More from Vice-President Suleiman's interview with state TV: "Intervention in our internal affairs is strange, unacceptable and we will not allow it."
A poll done by Quinnipiac shows that President Obama does not exactly start on favorable ground. This comes just three months after Republican Marco Rubio was elected to the Senate and a GOP governor was selected by the state.
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,160 registered voters with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.First, his approval ratings:
And it does not get better from there. Faith in Obama for another term has slid as well:
Does deserve re-election: 45%
Does not: 48%
And if he is placed against an unnamed Republican opponent, he is losing:
Barack Obama: 40%
Generic Republican: 42%
If you take a look at the differences in the electorate, you can tell that there has been a conservative shift in the state. Many who voted for Obama in 2008 appear unwilling to do so again, especially after the 2010 midterm elections.