Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Can We Win Harman's Seat?

Now that we know Congresswoman Jane Harman is planning to resign from her seat in Congress for a position at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - is there any chance that we could flip her seat into Republican hands?

Probably not.

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?

"Who Cares What the Iranians Think!"

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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Donate for the New HillBuzz Site

 Yesterday we had the great opportunity to interview Kevin DuJan of the site HillBuzz. That site is undergoing a fundraiser in order to switch over to a new site with new servers. We wanted to encourage our readers to check out their site and to consider chipping in a few cents towards their efforts.

As they said:

We are ready to go with the new site…which will be launching in February.  We’ll be on our own server, with a lot more functionality, but we’ll be paying for that server space and maintenance. It’s a big leap for us, so anything you could toss our way to defray those costs is hugely appreciated.  The new site will be ad-supported so at last HB will be self-sufficient in the not too distant future.  If you like what we do, we really need the help to get to the next level.


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Man Killed by "Armed Chicken" at Illegal Cock Fight

This is certainly one of the weirder stories I've heard in a while.

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.
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Monday, February 07, 2011

Vote in Our Poll: Will Sarah Palin Run for President Next Year?

Sarah Palin appears near the top of the list for many conservatives. She also appears to be making moves to run for the Presidency next year. However, she has also made clear that her role in the GOP goes beyond her personal campaigns. Last year's involvement in the midterm races showed that she would assist conservative candidates without running herself.

So will she wait to run another day or will she soon announce her candidacy?

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Andrea Mitchell Just Doesn't Get it

The GOP is just 'using' Reagan!

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Olbermann to Join Al Gore TV Station "Current TV"

Sources now state that Keith Olbermann, recently believed to have been fired from NBC, is going to be joining former Vice President Al Gore's television station Current TV.
1.  Bwahahahahahaha!
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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A Call for Contributors

 Pundit Press is slowly growing, in case you didn't hear. That's why we're asking for those that read the site and think that they should be heard if they would like to write for our blog. Your level of participation is up to you-- an article a day, an hour, or per week. It's a no-pay but rewarding experience.

We're looking forward to your response.

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Olbermann to Make 'Major Announcement' Tomorrow

Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann is slated to make what is billed as a major announcement. His contract was abruptly terminated by the cable network last month and what he would do has been in doubt. However, it has been said that there is a 'conference call' planned for tomorrow, which could lead to speculation. Even the Washington Post got in:
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.


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Vote in Our Poll: Should Jeb Bush Run in 2012?

The internet is alight with some buzz surrounding former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. There is now a small group that is pushing for the son and brother of the 41st and 43rd Presidents to consider running next year. This would enter Bush into the Republican primary and could play a large role in shaping that year's race.

The speculation has made it to the National Review and HotAir. So we'll ask you here-- what do you think?

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Blue Dogs Not Cooperating with Democratic Leadership

 The Hill has a very interesting article today chronicling the disenchantment of the so-called Blue Dog Democrats. This comes as the Blue Dogs took heavy losses in the midterm elections last November. This piece quotes one sitting Representative as saying that the group has 'no communication' with the House leadership of Nancy Pelosi.

"There has really been no communication whatsoever," Shuler told MSNBC. "We still do not have any connection between the Blue Dogs and leadership."

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.
 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.

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Interview with HillBuzz

 Pundit Press is proud to present its 20th interview in our ongoing series. Today we are interviewing Kevin DuJan, the founder and editor of the site HillBuzz. Hillbuzz originally supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries then switched support to Senator John McCain and Sarah Palin for the general election. We are very pleased to be able to bring you this article.
Kevin DuJan

1. When and why was HillBuzz created?

In February 2008, during the Democrats' primary campaign between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, it became clear the mainstream Media (personified in the trio of Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, and Keith Olbermann in particular) was doing everything it could to destroy Hillary's campaign and push Obama towards the White House.  Russert, more than anyone, daily called for Hillary to "just quit already" and drop out of the race.  They employed vicious, stomach-turning sexism and misogyny to brutalize Hillary.  The Media engaged in a concerted effort to demoralize Hillary's supporters, cause her volunteers to abandon her, and her fundraising to dry up.  Working for Hillary's campaign in Chicago, I organized volunteer phone banking, canvassing, and small dollar fundraising efforts and was bombarded with hundreds of emails a day from our volunteer lists asking some variation of "Is it true what Tim Russert said? I heard Chris Matthews say Hillary should just give up, is that true?  I don't know what to make of what Keith Olbermann said yesterday, can you explain it?". 

I call these people "Eeyores" because, like Eeyore in the Winnie the Pooh books, they carried little rain clouds over them, which Russert and the others filled with dirty water steamed over the airwaves.  The "Eeyores" abandoned all hope and shut down because that's what the TV told them to do, and in doing so, Hillary lost close races that would have been won if only her team didn't "just quit" the way the Media told them to. The initial push behind what became HillBuzz was to serve as an umbrella to keep these Eeyores from not only giving up, but convincing others to give up as well.  

Answering all of the Eeyore emails took an enormous amount of time, and since people essentially asked the same things, I started writing stock responses to go out every morning after watching what MSNBC did to push Obama the night before.  At first, I sent these "Media Roundups" out as an email blast but a friend of mine told me I should start a website and counter the Media's attacks on Hillary directly, in real time, and invite our volunteer list to just check the site regularly for updates.  On February 17th, 2008, while a group of my friends and I were creating YouTube videos and phone banking to support Hillary Clinton in the upcoming Ohio and Texas primaries, we launched the original version of HillBuzz on Blogspot.com.  It was just myself, and a small handful of friends who supported me with research and writing behind the scenes. The first day of its existence, the site had 300 hits, but our links were forwarded throughout the Team Hillary network quickly and by the end of that first week, HillBuzz was getting 3,000 hits a day.  During the course of the campaign, my articles and essays were picked up by the national media and HillBuzz.org was featured on The Rush Limbaugh Radio Show, scoring what remains our all-time high of 250,000 hits in a single day. Hillbuzz.org will surpass 15 million hits in February, 2011. 

When Hillary Clinton suspended her presidential campaign on June 7th, 2008, we decided to continue the site by promoting Democrats for McCain efforts because we knew exactly what sort of president Obama would be, what he would do to the country, and the sort of people he would bring to Washington from Chicago with him.  The Democrat Party took a sharp turn Left in 2008, decidedly so, which alienated the "bitter, clinging, Midwesterners" and those like us who were formerly longtime Democrat loyalists.  These are the Jacksonian Democrats, the Reagan Democrats, the Hillary Democrats who now no longer have a place in the Democrat Party.  As former conservative to moderate Democrats, the far-Left and Alinsky Methods-based entity the Democrat Party has become is totally alien to us.  

It was a transformation completely documented on HillBuzz.org, so reading our archives from the beginning through everything that's happened since is an interesting story of how Obama and the Left turned party-loyal, dyed-in-the-wool Clinton Democrats into confirmed and committed conservative, Palin-backing, gung-ho Republicans.

2. At what point did it become clear that the site could not endorse Barack Obama in the 2008 general election?

HillBuzz.org is based in Chicago and is still written from the gay Boystown neighborhood here.  As a state senator and then a US Senator, Obama never did a damn bit of good for any of his constituents.  Though the Media refused to properly vet this man and report on his Chicago dirty dealings, living in this city and being politically active in Democrat circles I knew very well just how much influence Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Frank Marshall Davis, and Louis Farrakhan all had on Obama...and what that would mean for his presidency.  So, I have never supported this man for elected office.  On top of that, during the 2008 campaign the Obama supporters were brutal and vicious toward Hillary supporters.  They aimed the full Alinsky Death Star at us, going so far as to attack Hillary supporters on an individual basis, calling anyone who backed her a racist for not supporting Obama instead.  
Campaigning for Hillary in Iowa, I witnessed pervasive voter fraud committed by the Obama campaign, where Obama supporters from Illinois drove into Iowa to vote in the Caucus at Caucus centers run by the Obama team (who allowed these non-Iowa residents to game the Caucus).  These are Chicago voter fraud tricks, and Obama used them in every state during the primaries, with the Media refusing to report on it because it would make Obama look bad and counter the narrative they were forcing that he was some sort of light-bringing god-with-a-small-g.  And then, not long before the South Carolina primary, Obama used his surrogates to drop the race-bomb on the Clintons, calling Bill and Hillary Clinton racists.  Simultaneously, Obama    promised black voters in the South "Obama money" to the tune of $50,000 a piece if they'd support him, with the money a quid pro quo once he was elected president.  Watch Andrew Breitbart's "Big Government" site as he continues to expose this scandal, commonly referred to as "Pigford", because the national Media has an embargo on this as well.  The two buzz words Obama used ubiquitously in 2008 were "Hope" and "Change" but his campaign, and the man himself, can better be summed up as "Fraud" and "Corruption". 

3. Do you see Sarah Palin as a realistic contender for 2012?

Sarah Palin will be the 45th President of the United States.  She is running a brilliant presidential campaign already, taking full advantage of media opportunities of her own design (such as her books, her speaking tour, her TV show, and even her daughter's appearance on Dancing with the Stars) to establish a personal connection with voters that show she is truly one of us.  The Cocktail Party GOP establishment is invested in running Mittens Romney as the "it's his turn" candidate in 2012, largely because so many GOP consultants and staffers have entrenched themselves around Romney and they all want to have big, important jobs on the 2012 campaign...which will not happen when Governor Palin secures the nomination, since she detests these Cocktail Party establishment types.  The Media, the Left, and the Cocktail Party GOP establishment have formed an axis bent on destroying the Governor and nominating in her place a milquetoast, squishy, cucumber-and-mayonnaise-sandwich stale white male to lose to Obama in 2012.  This is similar to the Media, the Left, and the DNC joining forces to push Hillary Clinton out of the 2008 race and give the nomination and presidency to Obama.  So, for those of us who are veterans of Hillary's campaign, there's a lot of deja vu all over again watching a female presidential candidate taking enormous fire from the Media, the Left, and the party establishment all in service to promoting Obama's personal interests. 

4. What is the best part of running your site?

The best part of running HillBuzz.org are the Ground Reports people send in reporting on what's happening in their part of the country, especially those where people relate stories about how they took action and became involved in the political process like never before.  The number one goal of HillBuzz.org is to give people ideas for how they can get up off the couch, put down the Pepsi, stop complaining, and start DOING something about the things that upset them in terms of what's happening in Washington.  HillBuzz.org started off as a little Hillary Clinton campaign site out of Chicago, but we've transitioned to being a source of news and action items covering Capitol Hill and American politics in general.  What sets us apart is the simple fact that people don't just come to HB to read articles, but instead come to get and give ideas for creative but simple things we can all do to throw both the Left and the Cocktail Party establishment off their games.  There is no greater thrill in life than when something that originated as an idea or Action Item on HillBuzz.org takes off on a national level and gets people off their couches, onto the phones, or out in their communities to actually DO SOMETHING about the things that upset them.  

5. Do you see a primary challenge for President Obama?

There will be no primary challenge for Obama because anyone who would challenge him would be called a racist for doing so.  The Media would, in particular, exsanguinate Hillary Clinton if she would challenge Obama -- so for all of you who continue to fantasize about HRC doing this, you need to stop because the race card will not allow it to happen.  Obama so poisoned the 2008 campaign by racializing it that for the first two years of his presidency even the slightest criticism of this man and his administration was called racist by both the media and the Race Industry headed up by the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Henry Gates, James Clyburn, John Lewis, and others.  It's preposterous to think anyone on the Democrat side would want to endure being called a racist 24 hours a day by this bunch, because that person "tried to take the nomination away from the historic and unprecedented first black president".  That's the sort of garbage that was aimed at Hillary Clinton in 2008 because she would not roll over and allow Obama to take the nomination without a fight to the end.  She was called a racist for "standing in the way of the first black president" and whomever would challenge Obama in 2012 would have the same accusation leveled against her or him.  Doomsday scenario would be, after all the mud-slinging and race-baiting the Obama campaign would engage in to keep the nomination, if he was beaten it's guaranteed the black community would sit home on election day 2012, since Obama was not on the ballot and "he had the nomination taken from him".  Because Democrats depend so heavily on their identity bloc coalition, if blacks sit home en masse next year, the Democrats lose not just the White House, but scores of Senate and House races as well.  There is just no way on Earth Obama is primary challenged next year, as a result of this race-baiting and extortion the Democrat Party engages in to keep its identity blocs in line.  

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.

I am very excited to be launching the new HillBuzz.org site later this month, a dream two years in the making.  It's a huge expense to move the site from its current home to a dedicated server supported by a developer team geared towards making it a premier political resource going forward. The new site is built around a mission of "Choose Your Own Adventure", where every day we feature Action Items for readers to engage in, however they choose.  This drives our focus on "Political Analysis, Action, and Adventure". As much as I love reading the essays and commentary on other conservative sites, I don't see many of them giving readers ideas for how they can get involved, get off the couch, put down the Pepsi, and DO SOMETHING.  Remember, the Left has hired thugs in ACORN, the SEIU, the Black Panthers, and Organizing for America to do its bidding.  Conservatives don't have paid minions to do things.  The Left is just 20% of the country but controls our federal government because conservatives don't do the little things, on a volunteer basis, the Left gets done through the unions and other paid thugs.  The excuse I hear too often is "conservatives have jobs and don't have time to be involved".  So, on HillBuzz.org, our Action Items are designed to be things that are incredibly simple to do, take less than fifteen minutes to half an hour maximum, and cost very little money.  Some days, we might ask readers coast to coast to send postcards to an elected official telling that person how terrible of a job he or she is doing.  Postcards are the most powerful tool in the political arsenal, because they cannot be ignored the way email or voicemails can be.  They are not in envelopes, so an elected official cannot have them sent away for "testing" because that person claims they could have something hazardous inside (which has been happening since 2001 to anyone who wrote an actual letter to an official).  Nope.  Postcards get through to the intended recipient, and along the way they are read by everyone in the office who comes in contact with them.  I encourage people to send postcards with images of their hometown so, visually, when heaps of these things arrive, it looks like the entire country from Seattle to Miami and all points in between is upset with whomever's being written to.  Postcards also encourage brevity, since space is limited, and can get a simple message across like "STOP SPENDING SO MUCH TAX MONEY!" that Congressional or gubernatorial staff can't ignore.  I've heard repeatedly that conservative WANT to get involved, WANT to do something, and WANT to send the Cocktail Party establishment a message that they are not going to accept the status quo any longer...but that conservatives were never taught how to mobilize and become active.  On top of that, there's the "conservatives have jobs and better things to do" attitude that permeates too many conservative sites (where people claim they don't have time to make phone calls or write postcards, but yet seemingly have more than enough time to read countless essays on those sites).  The new HillBuzz.org site is designed to make getting involved as easy as possible, with several ideas every day so that people can choose what political adventure they want to go on.  All of these are things people can do as a family, especially the creative Action Items that involve making posters, designing tee shirts, doing photoshops, and all the other things the Left has legions of paid staff to do, which conservatives must do on an ad hoc volunteer basis.  My most sincere hope is that the "Choose Your Own Political Adventure" spirit of the new HillBuzz.org site will be copied across the conservative blogosphere and incorporated into Governor Palin's 2012 presidential campaign because if we ever get that 80% of the country that opposes the Left off the couch and on its feet, the Left won't hold very many elected offices in the future and will need another generation or three to regroup and come as close to destroying this country as it has during the Obama presidency.

8. Anything else you'd like to add?

I hope anyone reading this appreciates the fact that Americans are not up against just the Left in 2012, but that there indeed is a real and determined axis of the Left, the Media, and the Cocktail Party GOP establishment that very much wants Obama to get a second term.  That last one might be hard for a lot of you to accept, but the Republican Party is currently controlled by a group of people who do not really want to win elections.  These are the Washington Generals of politics, who enjoy the perks and cocktail party amenities of being the out-of-power party, but don't want to do the work that's involved when Democrats are defeated.  So, these guys put on their best blazers, the women slap on their pearls, and they make half-baked attempts at running very winnable races...if only the Cocktail Party wanted to actually win them.  On top of all of this there is also the GOP consultants who consistently run the "it's his turn" candidates like Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mittens Romney...because these consultants specialize in running these bland, white, male, generic candidates the Media loves (right up until the general election begins).  Conservatives need to accept the unfair and harsh reality that the Media will never love them.  No matter how much the Media promises to show that love for whatever "moderate" they are pushing for the nomination, you need to understand that once it's general election time, the Media intends to destroy whomever has an (R) after his or her name.  The only exceptions are those Republicans the Media has tons of dirt on, because then the Media just blackmails those RINOs to do whatever the Left wants, so those people might as well just be Democrats.  In fact, they really are people who were not talented or competitive enough to run as actual Democrats, and saw becoming a Republican to be the path of least resistance to get them to the cushy cocktail party lifestyle they wanted.  We need more Republicans like Sarah Palin, Allen West, Jan Brewer, Michele Bachmann, and company...and less like Mark Kirk, Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, etc.  It's time to stop running the candidate the Media wants Republicans to run.  I hope someone out there can find a way to convince conservatives to end that ridiculous cycle...the one that's set to push Mittens Romney to the nomination if we don't stop it. 

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Top Super Bowl XLV Commercial?

There were many hilarious, and scandalous commercials during last night's amazing Super Bowl game between Green Bay and Pittsburgh. Pinpointing the best ads usually depends on the pin pointer's own tastes and biases. However, we should all be able to agree on three things about last night's commercials:

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.

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P.S. - And the game was absolutely awesome. Congratulations to the Packers.

Old Messages Confirm: Obama Always, Always Wanted Public Option

Since ObamaCare was struck down as unconstitutional recently, it is important to bring up a topic that has gone back and forth for years now: did President Obama ever support a so-called "public option" for the American health system?  If you were to believe liberal apologists, they will probably tell you that Obama never supported the public option.

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:
And I'll also point out that half of these pro-public option tweets came after Knefel wrote his scathingly stupid article.

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.

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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Packers Defeat Steelers 31-25

The Green Bay Packers have won the Super Bowl with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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For the boxscore:


This is Green Bay's fourth victory in the championship.

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Super Rule 5 Sunday

Before the big game starts, check out these links!  And just to make sure you pay attention, here is a picture of Salma Hayek:
Salma says: Check out these links!

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.

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NPR: Reagan is "Patron Saint" of Obama

National Public Radio, NPR for short, is a well-known supporter of liberal politics and news in the United States.  Championed by liberals for compassion and support for left-wing causes, the organization is often chided by conservatives for its skewing of facts and numbers.  Well, NPR is not listening, as evidenced by its new article "What Obama Is Learning From Reagan's Example."

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
NPR begins its article questionably and it doesn't get much better from there.  The first paragraph states matter-of-factly:
[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.
President Reagan
While these comparisons fall mostly flat, NPR is convinced that President Reagan has indeed become a "patron saint" to our current President.  Quoting former Reagan Chief of Staff Kenneth Duberstein, NPR's article states:
"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.

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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Chernobyl: Silent Film

Special thanks to Maggie's Farm....

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Islamists Bomb Church in Egypt

As chaos grips the country of Egypt, it is becoming more and more apparent that nothing is safe in the ailing country.  With clear disregard and indiscriminate hatred, apparent Muslim terrorists set off a bomb in a Church in Northern Egypt.

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.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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John Kerry Angling for Secretary of State

 Massachusetts Senator John Kerry pushed very hard to become Secretary of State during the beginning of Obama's term. Instead, the President chose Hillary Clinton. Now Kerry's at it again.

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.

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Video: Ryan Mauro on FoxNews

 Ryan Mauro, who founded World Threats, our sister site, was featured on Fox and Friends this morning to talk about the situation in Egypt and the wider Middle East:

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Report: Muslim Brotherhood Loves Michael Moore

Michael Moore is a liberal hack who has skewed the truth and has flat-out lied in order to profit off of a system he says is corrupt.  However, he has gained support from many liberals and left-wingers.  One more fan: the Muslim Brotherhood.

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
These posts include If Only NPR Had Fired Juan Williams for the Right ReasonsIf the 'Mosque' Isn't Built, This Is No Longer America, and An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael 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.

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Nouri Al-Maliki Won't Seek Re-Election in 2014.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced that he will not seek a third term in office when the upcoming 2014 National elections are held. This comes in the immediate aftermath of demonstrations that have claimed government's in Egypt and Tunisia over the past two weeks. It appears al-Maliki is attemtping to get ahead of similar demonstrations in Iraq.
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.

Any thoughts?

Egypt VP Nearly Assassinated, Two Bodyguards Killed

Sources have confirmed that exactly one week ago, on January 29, Omar Suleiman was the target of a failed assassination attempt.  The attack on his motorcade killed two of his guards.
More from Fox News:

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.

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Terrorists Blow Up Egypt Gas Pipeline

In an action called for by Islamic groups and extremists, an Egyptian gas pipeline was blown up early this morning.  The attack hurts not only the Egyptian economy, but supplies of resources in Israel and the flow of energy in other countries in the region.

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.

Reuters continues:

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.

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Mubarak Resigns from Ruling Party, Yet Retains Power

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned from Egypt's ruling party.  However, Mubarak will remain as the leader of Egypt.

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.

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Friday, February 04, 2011

The Best Commercial of Superbowl XLV

Happy Birthday Mr. President

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Economy Adds Only 36k Jobs

The US economy added less jobs than expected but the unemployment rate dropped to only 9.0 percent.
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.

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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun

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3 Fights, 1 Goal, 35 Seconds...

I'm not a hockey fan per se, but maybe I should be!

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Birds of a Feather......

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A Sneak Peek at Some Super Bowl Commercials

Do you like the Super Bowl?  Of course you do!  Do you like some of the Super Bowl commercials?  Of course you do!  Would you like to see some sneak peeks?  Of course you would!





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Muslim Brotherhood: We Want no Part in Interim Egypt Gov't

The Muslim Brotherhood, one of the major powers influencing the protests in Egypt for the last two weeks, now says that it has "no intentions" of being a part of the "interim government" in Egypt.  This statement clearly shows that the Muslim Brotherhood believes that the government will indeed fall soon.

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.

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...
We shall see.

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The Great Civil Debate

It is admitted by all except the liberal media and left-wing ideologues jockeying for political and partisan advantage, neither the tenor nor the content of our public discourse had any bearing upon the tragedy in Tucson.  Nevertheless there have been calls for a return to civility in our speech.  I heartily second that motion, believing as I do that civility should always be the hallmark of discussion among ladies and gentleman.  However, that is not the topic of this discourse.
I seek to call my fellow Americans not to a more civil debate but to The Great Civil Debate.  This is the debate we need if we’re to move beyond the gridlock of right versus left, the vitriol of Democrat versus Republican, and the hysteria of a coming conservative authoritarianism or a looming socialist one.  The debate I’m calling for is not an innovation in American History.  Instead it’s a re-play of a previous event and the sequel to our preliminary event: the debate over the ratification of the Constitution.  What we need now is a debate over the relevance of the Constitution with regard to the actions of the Federal Government. 
From the day the Constitution was signed, September 17, 1787 to the day it was ratified June 21, 1788, this country rang with the impassioned speeches and stirring essays of both the opponents and the proponents of this our founding document.  Today is the day and now is the time for the debate to once again stir the hearts of the nation, will we have a limited government, personal liberty and free enterprise or are we going to have something else?  There’s no greater admirer of the United States Constitution then the author of this article.  None can be found who gives more veneration to the Framers or who pays more attention to its words.
However, after 222 years there’s no one more convinced that we’ve reached an historical impasse.  The Constitution is still in force.  It has been amended twenty seven times, but it has not been supplanted.  Yet, it’s all but ignored by the Federal Government.  Our continually expanding federal bureaucracy tips its hat to the commerce clause or uses the elastic necessary and proper clause as a political fig leaf to do whatever they want.  This being the current situation this article is in fact an intervention.  It’s well known that until a problem is recognized there’s no hope for a solution.  Therefore, since every other commentator I’m aware of dances around the 800 pound gorilla in the middle of the room, I’ll acknowledge the obvious and take the afore-mentioned primate as my dancing partner and say what must be said: the Constitution has failed.
This is not to say that it is a flawed document, a vehicle for ulterior motives, or that it has always been a failure.  This is not to say that I’m offering or advocating for a replacement.  As I mentioned earlier, there is no greater admirer of the United States Constitution then the author of this article.  What I do mean to say is that this great document which birthed and sustained a limited government for more than two hundred years has now become effectively irrelevant.
The proof for this sad statement can be seen in the unguarded rhetoric of the movers and shakers of our now unlimited government.  When asked where in the Constitution a warrant for mandated health care could be found one congressman answers, “I don’t worry about the Constitution.”  Another congressman  says, “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says that the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do. It means what we say it means.”  When asked a question about the constitutionality of health care legislation former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s response is, “Are you serious?” 
And we have a President who writes that the Constitution is not “…static but rather a living document, and must be read in the context of an ever-changing world.”  No wonder a liberal pundit finds it odd that a candidate for Congress would promise to consider the constitutionality of legislation saying, “that certainly isn’t the job of Congress. They should just pass whatever they want and let the courts worry about it later.”  These examples are joined by volumes of others, which show that not only is the Constitution irrelevant to these leaders it has become so accepted as irrelevant that they no longer even have to pay lip service to the integrity of the document they’ve sworn to uphold and defend.
We need a reset button.  We need to return to limited government.  But how do we get there from here?  The Tenth Amendment which says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people” has been emasculated through court rulings.  The legal system has moved from original intent to precedent.  From what the words mean to what can we say the words mean.  This tsunami of change is led by the Progressives who believe that we need to evolve past the ideas and procedures devised and set down by the Framers and create a New America. A transformed America founded not on the equality of opportunity but on the equality of outcome.  These big government leaders in both parties seek not mere equal justice for all but social justice, not free enterprise but central planning.
This intervention sadly begins with the assessment based upon the current reality that the Constitution has failed.  However, it ends on a note of hope.  We’re the descendants of the Pioneers, the offspring of the Framers, and we can do this.  We can find a way within the legal framework of the Constitution itself to press that reset button.  We can solve this problem, because we’re Americans and we’re a can-do, get-it-done people.  But if we refuse to admit there’s a problem we’ll be doomed to suffer silently in the shadows as our beloved city on the hill becomes a lost dream in the twilight of freedom.  Instead let’s start The Great Civil Debate. How can we restore limited government, ensure liberty and revitalize free enterprise?  How can we get there from here?  Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owens’ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8 © 2011 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood Website: Support Palestinian 'Resistance,' Hike Price of Oil to West

 For those who say that the Muslim Brotherhood is not an extremist group, their own website appears to suggest otherwise. The Brotherhood is the largest opposition group in Egypt and is perhaps most famous for its 1981 conspiracy that murdered Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for creating peace with Israel two years earlier. A former member of the Brotherhood was Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second-in-command of al Qaeda. The radical group Egyptian Islamic Jihad is an offshoot of the Brotherhood and was formerly commanded by Zawahiri.

The Brotherhood's formal stance is that it has renounced violence. However, its inclinations appear to be the opposite. Protesters, probably affiliated in the group, were reported to be shouting "jihad" in the streets of Cairo yesterday.

The group wants a share of power in any new Egyptian government. It has been in talks with Vice President Omar Suleiman and demand key ministries. If the Mubarak dictatorship is overthrown and the army does not step in the Brotherhood will be the best-equipped and organized group to form a new regime.

According to the Muslim Brotherhood website, Ikhanweb, the organization lays down some key demands. Some are for changes to the Egyptian constitution. Most distressing are its calls for the cancellation of the peace treaty and all relations with the 'Zionist state.'

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.
 Supporting the Palestinian resistance? Considering the organization's ties with groups like Hamas it appears likely that a new Egyptian government under their command would likely open the spigot for funding for terrorist groups.

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.
This is beginning to sound more and more like 1979 every day.

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ABC Reporter Threatened with Beheading

ABC reporter Brian Hartman was carjacked in Egypt today and threatened with beheading.  In a country that is dissolving into chaos, journalists are not exempt.

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.

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."  
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.

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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New Pundit Press Feature: E-mails to the Editor

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Pundit Press is introducing a new feature for our readers: E-mails to the Editor. Once a week, or whenever we receive ten or more letters from readers of Pundit Press on issues discussed on the blog itself, I will publish a special E-Mails to the Editor mailbag.

This is your chance to opine on the issues of the day on one of America's fastest growing blogs in 500 words of less.

So what do you have to do?

E-mail me at aaaabraves@yahoo.com with the subject "Editor," and include your thoughts on a topic we have recently discussed or written about on the blog. All that is needed is your name and your state of residence to apply.

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Egypt VP Snubs Obama in Interview, 'Open' to Talks with Muslim Brotherhood

 Recently appointed Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman has told state-run television that other countries should stay out of Egypt's unrest. The former general was very clear that Mubarak was not going anywhere, while making some small concessions. It is also notable that Suleiman would not rule out running for President in planned elections in September.

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:

More from Vice-President Suleiman's interview with state TV: "Intervention in our internal affairs is strange, unacceptable and we will not allow it."
 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.

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Video: Police Van Running Down Protesters in Egypt

 Video has surfaced of a police van running down protesters on the streets of Cairo. Below we have the footage, straight from Egypt:

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Plurality in Florida Believe Obama Does Not Deserve Re-Election

 Barack Obama won Florida by less than three points in 2008 in the middle of a very Democrat-favorable year. His narrow defeat of John McCain there put his reelection chances in some doubt as the state is set to gain electoral votes before the 2012 race. The bad news for the White House is that it appears that they have some groundwork to get to if they want to win the state again.

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:

Approve: 47%
Disapprove: 49%
Other/und: 4%

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%
Other/und: 7%

And if he is placed against an unnamed Republican opponent, he is losing:

Barack Obama: 40%
Generic Republican: 42%
Other/und: 18%

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.

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