Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Environmental Extremist Recommends Arson

Craig and Julie Saunter, the anti-gas celebrities from Dimock, who never miss an opportunity to prolong their 15 minutes of fame with additional wild claims, are at it yet again. They have just made another video asserting, for example, their water is polluted by runoff from drill site ponds, except there are no such ponds, that technology having been replaced by closed loop systems. You can watch it here, but don’t hold out much hope for credibility. The seem to, by design, leave much to the imagination.

What is most revealing about this video, however, is not what’s said or depicted in it, but what’s said about it, by other anti-gas extremists, specifically someone named “DutchTimmie.” This guy, incredibly, recommends arson with the following comment on the video (posted at the YouTube site where the video is featured):

"Go burn their trucks at night, I am done with this s&!t."

Dutch Timmie has an answer for those with whom he disagrees, violence. This is not to be discounted as it has happened before. A storage barn for Cabot Oil and Gas was intentionally torched, causing upwards of $40,000 dollars in damage. This is not to implicate in any way Dutch Timmie in the arson mentioned previously, only to illustrate the intolerance and destruction of those who disagree with natural gas drilling. "It demonstrates an astounding intolerance matched only by the self-righteousness of those who practice such techniques."

Dutch Timmie identifies himself as Timothy Drake on his youtube channel. Evidently from the Netherlands, he fancies himself a singer and artist. Need I say more?



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Royal Wedding Invitation List

The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is happening on Friday. We've already reviewed the potential wedding dresses for the princess-to-be.

Now, via the Washington Post, we can bring you a part of the wedding list. President Obama and the First Lady are not invited.

Members of the British Royal Family

The Queen

The Duke of Edinburgh

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Henry of Wales

The Duke of York

Princess Beatrice of York

Princess Eugenie of York

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Phillips

Miss Zara Phillips with Mr. Mike Tindall

Viscount Linley and Viscountess Linley

And The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones

The Lady Sarah Chatto and Mr. Daniel Chatto

And Master Samuel Chatto

And Master Arthur Chatto

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

The Earl and Countess of Ulster

The Lady Davina and Mr. Gary Lewis

Lady Rose and Mr. George Gilman

The Duke and Duchess of Kent

Earl and Countess of St. Andrews

Lord Downpatrick

The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor

The Lady Amelia Windsor

The Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor

The Lady Helen Taylor and Mr. Timothy Taylor

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor

The Lady Gabriella Windsor

Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy

Mr. and Mrs. James Ogilvy

Miss Marina Ogilvy

The Lady Saltoun

Members of Foreign Royal Families

The Prince and Princess of the Asturias

The Crown Prince of Bahrain

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium

The Sultan of Brunei and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha

King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of the Bulgarian

The Queen of Denmark

King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes

Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Prince Constantine of Greece

Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait

Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso and Princess Mabereng Seeiso of Lesotho

The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

The Crown Prince and Princess of The Netherlands

The King and Queen of Norway

Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said of Oman

The Emir of The State of Qatar and Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned

King Michael I of Romania and Crown Princess Margarita

Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and Princess Fadwa bint Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman

The Queen of Spain

The King of Swaziland

The Crown Princess of Sweden and The Duke of Västergötland

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand

The King of Tonga

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia

The Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia

Dignitaries

The Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda

The Governor-General of Australia and His Excellency Mr. Michael Bryce

The Governor-General of The Bahamas and Lady Foulkes

The Governor-General of Barbados

The Governor-General of Belize and Lady Young

The Governor-General of Canada and Mrs. David Johnston

The Governor-General of Jamaica

The Governor-General of New Zealand and Lady Satyanand

The Governor-General of Papua New Guinea and Mrs Michael Ogio

The Governor-General of the Solomon Islands and Lady Kabui

The Governor-General of St Christopher and Nevis

The Governor-General of St Lucia

The Governor-General of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Lady Ballantyne

The Prime Minister of Australia and Mr. Tim Mathieson

The Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Ms Delores Miller

The Prime Minister of Barbados

The Prime Minister of New Zealand and Mrs. John Key

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and Lady Somare

The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Mrs. Rosalia Nestor King

The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and The Grenadines and Mrs. Ralph Gonsalves

The Premier of Bermuda and Mr. Germain Nkeuleu

The Premier of The British Virgin Islands and Mrs. Ralph O’Neal

The Premier of the Cayman Islands and Mrs. Kerry Bush

The Hon. Sharon and Mr. Rodney Halford (Falkland Islands)

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar and Mrs. Peter Caruana

The Chief Minister of Montserrat and the Reverend Doctor Joan Delsol Meade

The Hon. John and Mrs. Vilma Cranfield (St. Helena)

Members of Government, Parliament and Devolved Administrations

The Prime Minister and Mrs. David Cameron

The Deputy Prime Minister and Ms. Miriam Gonzalez Duantez

First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Mrs. William Hague

The Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Hon. Mrs. Osborne

The Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor and Mrs. Kenneth Clarke

The Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equalities, and Mr. Philip May

The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and Mrs. Jeremy Hunt

The Rt. Hon Ed Miliband, M.P and Ms. Justine Thornton

The Speaker of the House of Commons and Mrs. John Bercow

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales and the Lady Elis-Thomas

The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and Mrs. Alex Fergusson

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Mrs. William Hay

The Lord Speaker and Mr. Martin Hayman

First Minister of Wales and Mrs. Carwyn Jones

First Minister of Northern Ireland and Mrs. Peter Robinson

First Minister of Scotland and Mrs. Alex Salmond

The Mayor of London and Mrs. Boris Johnson

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor and The Lady Mayoress

Sir Gus and Lady O’Donnell

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Westminster and Count Paolo Filo della Torre

Mr. and Mrs. Simon Fraser

Representatives from the Church and other Faiths

The Most Reverend Gregorious, Archbishop of the Greek Archdiocese of Thysteira and Great Britain

The Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs. Rowan Williams

Rabbi Anthony Bayfield

Mr. Anil Bhanot

The Archbishop of Armagh, Cardinal Archbishop Sean Brady

Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend David Chillingworth

The Right Reverend John Christie, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Mr. Malcolm Deboo President, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe

The Rt. Reverend Doctor Norman Hamilton

The Archbishop of Armagh, The Most Reverend Alan Edwin Harper

Monsignor Philip Kerr, The Convener, Action of Churches Together in Scotland

Commissioner Elizabeth Matear, Salvation Army

The Archbishop of Wales, The Most Reverend Doctor Barry Morgan

The Reverend Gareth Morgan Jones, President of the Free Church Council of Wales

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-Connor

The Archbishop of Westminster, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols

Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh

Rabbi Alan Plancey

Imam Mohammad Raza

The Chief Rabbi (Lord Sacks)

The Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Acting Head Monk, The London Buddhist Vihara

Maulana Syed Raza Shabbarm, Muhammadi Trust

Mr. Natubhai Shah, President, the Jain Academy

Dr Indarjit Singh, Director, Network Sikh Organisations (UK)

Canon Chirstopher Tuckwell

The Reverend Martin Turner

The Archbishop of York and Mrs. John Sentamu

Senior Members of the Defence Services

Major General and Mrs. William Cubitt, Major General Commanding Household Division and GOC London District

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen and Lady Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff

General Sir Nicholas and Lady Houghton

Air Vice-Marshal the Hon. David and Mrs. Murray, Defence Services Secretary

General Sir David and Lady Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff

Admiral Sir Mark and Lady Stanhope, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff

General Sir Peter and Lady Wall, Chief of the General Staff

Amongst the guests at The Wedding Service are all Heads of Mission in London representing countries with which the United Kingdom has normal diplomatic relations and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants for the United Kingdom. These individuals will not be accompanied by their spouses or partners.

Other guests at The Wedding Service, who may be recognisable to television viewers or whom have an official link to Prince William or Miss Middleton include the names below. Please note that this list is not exhaustive of any of the categories of guests – charitable, military, friends or any other category – invited.

All the following individuals have been invited with their spouses or partners if married or in a civil partnership:

Mr. David Allan

David Allan is the Chairman of Mountain Rescue, England and Wales. Prince William has been Patron of the organisation since 2007.

Major Tom Archer-Burton

Major Archer Burton was Prince William and Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer in the Household Cavalry. He also led the Burnaby Blue expedition to southern Africa – an African community project supported by Sentebale, in which Prince Harry was involved.

Mr. Charlie Mayhew

Charlie Mayhew is Chief Executive of the Conservation Charity, Tusk Trust. Prince William and Prince Harry visited Tusk-funded projects in Botswana last year. The visit to Africa was the first overseas Royal tour that Prince William and Prince Harry undertook together.

Mrs. Alison Moore-Gwyn

Alison Moore Gwyn is Chief Executive of Fields in Trust. In 2010, Prince William became Patron of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields, an initiative to protect and create hundreds of playing fields throughout the UK in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The project is run by Fields in Trust.

Mr. Seyi Obakin

Seyi Obakin is Chief Executive of Centrepoint. Centrepoint became Prince William’s first Patronage in 2005. His mother, Diana, Princess of Wales was also Patron of the Charity. Seyi slept rough with Prince William in London to highlight the issue of homelessness.

Mr. Peter Cross

Peter Cross is Chief Executive of the charity SkillForce, of which Prince William has been Patron since 2009. Earlier this month, Prince William officially launched the SkillForce Prince’s Award, in recognition of the contribution that young people make to their communities.

Miss Amanda Berry

Amanda Berry is Chief Executive of BAFTA. Prince William has been President of BAFTA since 2010.

Mrs. Ann Chalmers

Ann Chalmers is Chief Executive of the Child Bereavement Charity. Prince William has been Patron of the Charity since 2009. The Child Bereavement Charity educates professionals and supports families both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.

Mrs. Julia Samuel

Julia Samuel is Chair of the Child Bereavement Charity and also a family friend of Prince William. Prince William has been Patron of the Charity since 2009. The Child Bereavement Charity educates professionals and supports families both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.

Mrs. Tessa Green

Tessa Green is former Chairman of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Prince William became President of The Royal Marsden in May 2007 having undertaken two days of work experience there in 2005. The Prince helped out in a variety of departments, including medical research, catering and fundraising.

Mr. Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson worked closely with Prince William as Chief Operating Officer of the FA’s 2018 World Cup bid.

Sir Trevor Brooking

Sir Trevor is the Football Association’s Director of Football Development and is responsible for youth-coaching standards in England. Prince William has been President of the FA since 2006 and has met Sir Trevor on several occasions at FA events.

Sir Clive Woodward

Sir Clive Woodward is a former Coach of the England Rugby Team and the British and Irish Lions. Prince William was invited by Sir Clive to join the British and Irish Lions rugby team on their tour to New Zealand in 2005.

Mr. Gareth Thomas

Prince William met Welsh Rugby player Gareth Thomas several times in his role as Vice Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.

Mr. Ian Thorpe

Australian Prince William met the Olympic swimmer, Ian Thorpe, on a visit to Australia in 2010. The Prince has since supported Mr. Thorpe’s charitable organisation Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth, which focuses on improving health and education for children.

Mr. Barty Pleydell-Bouverie

Barty Pleydell-Bouverie led the Cycle of Life charity bike ride across Africa in 2008, which raised money for the Tusk Trust.

Rear Admiral Ian Corder

Rear Admiral Ian Corder is Rear Admiral of Submarines. Prince William was appointed Commodore-in-Chief of Submarines by The Queen in 2006.

Brigadier Ed Smyth-Osbourne

Brigadier Smyth-Osbourne was Prince William and Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer in the Household Regiment and acted as their military mentor. He was also Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer when The Prince undertook active service in Afghanistan.

Major William Bartle-Jones

Major Bartle-Jones was Prince William’s Squadron Leader in the Household Cavalry Regiment based at Windsor.

Wing Commander Steven Bentley

Wg Cdr Steve Bentley is Prince William’s Search and Rescue Force Squadron Leader at RAF Valley, Anglesey.

Sergeant Keith Best

Sgt Keith Best is a colleague of Prince William’s at RAF Valley, in Anglesey, North Wales. The Winchman was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air after playing a major role in the rescue efforts in the Cumbrian floods in 2009.

Squadron Leader Paul Bolton

Sqn Ldr Paul Bolton is a colleague of Prince William’s at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales.

Wing Commander Kevin Marsh

Wing Commander Kevin Marsh met Prince William through his service in the RAF. He will be one of the Path Liners outside Westminster Abbey on the wedding day.

Lance-Corporal Martyn Compton

Martyn is a Lance-Corporal in the Household Cavalry. He was injured in an ambush in Afghanistan in 2006, which put him in a coma for three months and left him with 75 per cent burns.

Miss Holly Dyer

Holly is sister to 2nd Lieutenant Joanna Dyer, who was killed by a bomb in Iraq in 2007. Joanna was a close friend of Prince William’s at Sandhurst. In a statement released by Clarence House at the time, Prince William said he was “deeply saddened to hear the tragic news and he is very much thinking of her family and friends right now and they will remain in his thoughts and prayers.”

Mrs. Susie Roberts

Susie Roberts is the widow of Major Alexis Roberts, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007. Major Alexis Roberts was Prince William’s Platoon Commander at Sandhurst. In a statement released at the time, Prince William said he was deeply saddened to learn of Major Robert’s Death. The Prince remembers him with ‘great fondness and respect’.

Mr. and Mrs. Bryn Parry

Former soldier Bryn Parry and his wife Emma founded the charity Help for Heroes to assist wounded service men and women. Both Prince William and Prince Harry are supporters of the charity and Prince William previously opened a new swimming pool at Headley Court in 2010, which had been funded by Help for Heroes.

Mr. Edward Gould

Mr. Edward Gould was Master of Marlborough College whilst Miss Middleton was a student.

Dr. Andrew Gailey

Dr Andrew Gailey is the Vice-Provost of Eton College and was Prince William’s Housemaster.

The Hon. Edward Dawson-Damer

Australian Ed Dawson-Damer is an ex-Irish Guards officer, who was Equerry to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in the 1980’s. He hosted Prince William for a section of his visit to Australia in January 2010.

Mr. Sam Stevenson

New Zealander Sam Stevenson was Prince William’s New Zealand equerry during his visit to the country in July 2005. At the time, Sam was a Captain within the New Zealand Defence Forces. During the visit, Prince William undertook official engagements representing The Queen in Wellington and Auckland at events to commemorate the end of the Second World War.

Sir John Major

Following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, Sir John Major was appointed a Guardian to Prince William and Prince Harry with responsibility for legal and administrative matters.

Mr. Rowan Atkinson

Actor Rowan Atkinson is a close friend of The Prince of Wales.

Mr. Tom Bradby

The journalist and news reporter Tom Bradby has known both Prince William and Miss Middleton for some time. He conducted their first joint interview together on the day their engagement was announced.

Mr. Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle is best known as a travel writer, television presenter and adventurer and has met Prince William on a number of occasions.

Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John is a singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. He performed at the funeral of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Mr. and Mrs. David Beckham

Prince William, as President of the Football Association, has met footballer David Beckham on a number of occasions. They recently worked together as Ambassadors of England’s 2018 World Cup Bid.

Mr. Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie is a friend of Prince William and Miss Middleton. He is a well-established filmmaker, who directed Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Revolver.

Miss Joss Stone

Joss Stone is best known as an English Soul singer and songwriter. She performed at the Concert for Diana at Wembley in 2007 and at City Salute in 2008.

Mr. Mario Testino

Photographer Mario Testino took Prince William and Miss Middleton’s official portrait photographs to mark their engagement.

Miss Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Tara Palmer Tomkinson is a friend of The Prince of Wales and his family.

Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen

Amateur jockey Sam Waley Cohen is a friend of Prince William and Miss Middleton.

Mr. Galen Weston

Canadians Galen and Hilary Weston are friends of The Prince of Wales and his family.

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Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

With the Royal Wedding coming up on Friday, let's take a look at the bride's choice of fashion for the day:

Some potential choices from Glamour:




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Kate Middleton Pictures

With the royal wedding coming up on Friday, let's take a look at the bride-to-be.

Also-- some potential wedding dresses for Kate Middleton.



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Finally! Thanks for Following!

 Thanks to the support of our loyal readers, we've finally reached 100 followers. We held several drives to increase the readership of our site, including yesterday's Final Countdown. We're also happy to report that we've reached 100 followers, on Twitter, as well.

So thanks to L, Follower Boost, Robert, pc25, Ryan Mauro, robot, Cari Johnson, Paul, hotairnews, the Watcher, Fotis Zygoulis, and others for putting us over the top!

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Pelosi: Having More Oil Won't Lower Oil Prices

Clearly Nancy Pelosi has never heard of "supply and demand."  It's a simple concept, really: the less of something you have, the more expensive it is because of its scarcity and vice versa.

Apparently no one ever told this basic concept to disgraced Democrat Representative Nancy Pelosi.  Taking to Twitter, she exclaimed yesterday:
The problem is, as usual, the facts simply do not agree with Ms. Pelosi.

You might notice that she linked to an article from CNN.  As is often the case with CNN, their facts are muddied as well.  In fact, even in their own story they admit to over-selling their headline, which was "Drill baby drill won't lower gas prices":
While increased oil and gas drilling in the United States may create good-paying jobs, reduce reliance on foreign oil and lower the trade deficit, it will have hardly any impact on gas and oil prices.
For anyone who knows the English language, "hardly" does not mean "none."  It means little.  So, what is the definition of little?  Well, shocker, CNN leaves that out completely.  Is a drop from $4.00 a gallon to $3.99 the "hardly" they are referring to, or is a $4.00 drop to $3.50 "hardly any impact."  Well, it's up to you the reader to decide.

Even worse is the Democrats complete ignorance of much of what drives prices up.  If I'm not mistaken, President Obama just launched a "gas speculation task force."  In other words, people drive up the price of oil and gas based on what they perceive and not based on actual amounts of oil.

So... if speculation is the cause of much of the rise in gas, wouldn't drilling for oil (which would cause an increase in oil) drive prices down?
Pelosi
In other words, more oil equals more supply, which would drive prices down simply through supply and demand.  On top of that, it would cause speculators to believe that there is more oil (because there would be), and therefore drive prices down more.

Congrats, Nancy, you're wrong not just once, but twice-over.

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Yemen Opposition Agree to End Protests

 The opposition groups protesting against Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh have reportedly agreed to stop demonstrations. This comes as the groups and Saleh agree upon a framework suggested by the Gulf community.

This would then lead to Saleh leaving within thirty days.
Mohammed Salem Bassindwa, head of opposition’s national dialogue council, told the Associated Press Tuesday that he expected soon to sign the initiative by the Gulf Cooperation Council, an organization of six neighboring states.
“We have approved the Gulf Arab initiative and the signing of the agreement will take place in the next 24 hours,” he said.
The door now opens for Saleh to go.

Cross-posted at WorldThreats.

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Rachel Maddow: Top US News Anchor?

The Guardian published a piece yesterday calling Rachel Maddow a "top US news anchor" and how she prefers jokes to anger in political discussion.

Done laughing?

Besides from the relevant fact that Maddow is one of the left's greatest bomb throwers against anyone who falls under the Conservative umbrella, how can any legitimate news organization call her a "top anchor" without filing it under satire?

Apparently, they did not read the cable news ratings for Thursday, April 21st, 2011 when Maddow was last competing against Sean Hannity's program on Fox News, which if you don't get - demand it!

Sean Hannity - 1.9 million viewers; Rachel Maddow - 1.0 million viewers. In fact, Maddow's program is in such high demand that Bill O'Reilly's repeat at 11PM that evening defeated her program by just over 200,000 viewers, and even by 30,000 viewers in the prime 25-54 age demographic.

I don't know who approved this story at The Guardian, but they should drink a nice dose of reality before touting liberal talking points.

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Hmmmmm: Trump to Make 8 Visits in NH Next Wednesday

 This is something that will get the political world's tongues wagging. It appears that for all of the talk that Donald Trump may not be serious, Charles Krauthammer may just be right. Donald Trump may have not made any formal announcement, but he's making the moves of someone running for President next year.

And one of the states that he would probably have to win in (or at least have a good showing) is New Hampshire. The Granite State is holding their primary next February and Trump is already polling fairly well there. As a matter of fact, the real estate mogul hit 20% in a recent poll, and is within six points of Romney.

 Now we get this word from the New Hampshire paper the Union Leader. According to an article on their website, Trump not only plans to come to the state-- he's making a tour of it.

Cohen said that Trump will spend about eight hours in New Hampshire and have several meetings with invited guests at various locations in southern New Hampshire. We're told the guests will range from GOP activists to Tea Party activists to business men and women.
In addition, said Cohen, Trump will make a least one unannounced walk through at least one Main Street area of a community to meet with voters. People who happen to be where he is walking will to get to meet him if they wish.
But overall, he said, "The purpose of this trip is not a meet and greet for the public."

Notice the repetition of the word "unannounced." The Donald obviously wants attention by going to the state, but... apparently wants to avoid attention? Or perhaps heighten the mystery surrounding his quasi-bid until he makes the official announcement next month.

In any case, he's preparing for something. And New Hampshire seems to have what he wants.

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Poll: 46% of Americans will "Definitely Not Vote for Obama"

With his base of supporters crumbling and his polls tanking because of high gas prices and the economy, President Obama is facing more bad news today.  In a new poll released earlier today, an astounding 46% of Americans stated that they would "definitely not vote for" President Obama.

In the 2008 race, Obama received 53% of the vote against 46% for John McCain and Sarah Palin. This new poll takes into consideration those voters who did not cast a ballot in 2008, including some that may have come of age in the previous three years.

This news has serious implications for the President, who just recently announced that he would be running for a second term in office; namely, that only 54% of Americans would even consider voting for him at all.

Of the remaining 54%, only 31% stated that they would "definitely vote for" the President.  That leaves only 23% of voters who would simply consider voting for him.  Worse for the President, this means that 15% more Americans would never vote for him than vote for him.

So Obama runs a full 22% under his 2008 performance as many of his previous backers (including, I'm sure, many disappointed independents) are not even sure if they would support him. many of these could be dispirited former Hillary Clinton supporters or just people who realized that Obama could not live up to the hype.

In a sister poll, released the same day, only 38% of Americans believed that the President was "definitely" born in the United States, with another 18% saying that he "probably" was born here.  Obviously, 56% of Americans is not a super-majority of any kind, particularly when talking about such a fundamental question.

While Obama is launching his re-election strategy, he better keep in mind that the mood of the country is souring-- and will continue as gas prices go up further.

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Obama 1997 Finals Question- Help Two People Legally Clone a Human

In 1997, Barack Obama was a "Senior Lecturer" at the University of Chicago Law School. On December 13, 1997, Professor Obama administered a final exam to his law students.

The test seems quite lengthy for the average person; students had six hours to write an up to 12-page paper, answering and expanding on two long scenarios.  The first question: help a married couple clone their only daughter.
Professor Obama

The scene is set by then-Professor Obama thusly:  Mary and Joseph are middle-aged parents who live in "Bethlehem City."  Their daughter, Dolly, was in a horrible car accident, after which she entered a "vegetative state."  After discussing the issue, and faced with a "void," her parents have decided to clone her, even though the will that Dolly had left is vague about what she wanted after death.

Her parents also say that they heard her talk about cloning at least once and that they would like to use that as evidence that Dolly would have liked to be cloned.  However, they live in the imaginary state of "Futura," which is one of the few states that has banned cloning.

You are Mary and Joseph's lawyer.  You might expect such a complex question to allow the student to argue whether it is legal/constitutional, using evidence of their choice.  But no.  Your job is to help them clone their daughter, period.

The first question is decidedly vague:  as their lawyer, you need to tell Mary and Joseph whether their "rights" are being violated if they are not allowed to clone their daughter.  Professor Obama stresses that students "do not need to arrive at a definitive conclusion." However, he states that students should "consider" that a ban on cloning "does in fact encroach on some constitutionally recognized rights," but that the ban is "possibly" constitutional anyway.

Here is the entirety of the second question:
Second, assuming Mary and Joseph decide to transport Dolly to a state that already permits human cloning, they would like to know whether they can mount a successful constitutional challenge to a possible state ruling that neither Dolly’s “living will” nor her general statements regarding cloning are sufficiently indicative of Dolly’s consent to permit the removal of her cells for cloning purposes. In answering this question, assume that under both the common law and statutory law of all states, Dolly’s general statements regarding cloning would not constitute “clear and convincing” evidence of her consent to be cloned, but might be considered evidence of consent under a “preponderance of the evidence” (that is, a “more likely than not”) standard.
The first thing to notice is that then-Professor Obama already assumes that many states are already open to and allow legal cloning. How he has come to this conclusion, particularly considering that when he wrote this cloning was banned across the board, is a question in itself.

Mr. Obama now
Second, the question is specifically aimed at forcing students to lobby in favor of allowing Mary and Joseph to clone their daughter.  You must argue that there is a “preponderance of the evidence;” the only real question is how.  You can't say cloning is wrong, you cannot argue that there is no “preponderance of the evidence.”  The question is there to force students into arguing in favor of helping a family clone their daughter.

Also, did anyone notice the names "Mary and Joseph?"  The names of Jesus' human parents.  At the very least, the choice of those names is very odd.

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Ron Paul: I'm Running for President

No shock here:  Representative Ron Paul is running for President.  Though supported by a loud and vocal group of libertarians, Paul rarely makes a big splash in his runs for our nation's highest office.
Mr. Paul
More from the National Journal:
Sources close to Paul, who is in his 12th term in the House, said he will unveil an exploratory presidential committee, a key step in gearing up for a White House race. He will also unveil the campaign’s leadership team in Iowa, where the first votes of the presidential election will be cast in caucuses next year.

Paul, 75, ran as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988, finishing with less than one half a percent of the vote. After more than a decade as a Republican congressman, Paul gave it another shot in the 2008 presidential election, gaining attention for being the only Republican candidate calling for the end to the war in Iraq and for his “money bomb” fundraising strategy, which brought in millions of dollars from online donors in single-day pushes.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Defiant Pakistani Actress Rips Into Mullah Accusing Her of 'Immoral Behavior' on TV Show, Recieves Death Threats


Seems as though any number of mundane activities in present-day Pakistan such as being a moderate politician, being a Christian government official or even being a Christian- can carry with it the inherent risk of being murdered at any moment by radical islamists.

So it was against this backdrop that Pakistani actress Veena Malik returned to Pakistan after an appearance on the Indian version of the Big Brother reality show (called Bigg Boss). Her appearance drew criticism from Islamic clergy who considered her conduct on the show (cuddling with and massaging the shoulders of one of her Indian co-stars) 'immoral behavior'.


As it turns out, Malik would get the chance to defend her actions and confront one of her critics on Pakistan's Frontline TV show. It would not end well....at least for the mullah who attempted to scold and browbeat her like a truant schoolgirl.

MEMRI TV video
Not surprisingly, the Lollywood spitfire has reportedly received death threats against herself and her family from a lesser-known islamist group that calls itself Tehreek-e-Taliban last month.

Malik was no stranger to controversy prior to her Bigg Boss appearance. In September 2010, she testified against her ex husband before cricket's international governing body. Mohammed Asif, a popular player on Pakistan's national cricket team, was implicated in a match fixing scandal at the time. There were anonymous threats directed at her family in Lahore that same month.


Malik has since returned to India as a co-host for the cricket-themed reality show called Big Toss which was set to coincide with the recently-concluded 2011 Cricket World Cup.

The Search for 100 Followers (The Final Countdown)

  If you've been reading Pundit Press for a while you probably like the site. If that's the case-- lend us a hand and consider 'following' the site. Just take a look at the widget on the left-hand sidebar. We're stuck at ninety and were wondering if there were 4 readers that would be willing to get us to an even 100. We put up a similar article several days ago and gained two followers (thanks!).

You can follow with Yahoo, Google, Blogger, AIM, OpenID, Twitter, and other sources. Just click  'follow' and read the directions from there. Pundit Press thanks you. Of course, you can also follow us on Twitter.


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UPDATE: 4:29 pm

Thanks to Robert and pc25 for getting us to 98. Just two left!

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The Calvin Tillman Show

Coming soon to a fire hall, museum, legion hall, university or television set near you: The Calvin Tillman Show. For those new to the drilling debate, Calvin Tillman is, or rather was, mayor of the small town of DISH, Texas which sits smack in the middle of the Barnett Shale deposit. Mr. Tillman has made a cottage industry of touring the country, including the Marcellus Shale region, and accusing gas drilling companies of poisoning the good citizens of the USA wherever they drill. His evidence? Well, er, let’s not bother with evidence. It’s the accusations that matter! And the children! His children! Other people’s children! Headaches, nose bleeds, asthma…the list goes on. Problem is, there’s never any evidence that ties drilling activities in the DISH region with said ailments, even though a number of environmental tests have been performed.

Mr. Tillman and fellow Texan Tim Ruggiero, a landowner who claims he too was adversely affected by gas drilling, founded an organization in 2010 called ShaleTest.org. The organization’s stated aim according to their website: “ShaleTest.org is a non-profit organization that will collect environmental data, and provide environmental testing to lower income families and neighborhoods that are effected by natural gas exploration.”


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Scientist Abuzz Over Controversial Rumor that God Particle Has Been Detected


A rumor is floating around the physics community that the world's largest atom smasher may have detected a long-sought subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle."

The controversial rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. It's not entirely clear at this point if the memo is authentic, or what the data it refers to might mean — but the note already has researchers talking.


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Five Months, One Thousand Feet, Five Hundred Taliban Prisoners Gone to Fight Another Day

It was 4 a.m. before the guards at Kandahar’s Saraposa prison even knew anything was wrong. By then it was too late: The last of at least 476 prisoners, most of them Taliban and some of them experienced commanders, had escaped the facility through a tunnel — more than 1,000 feet long — painstakingly dug into the compound over the course of five months.

The Saraposa prison break this morning wasn’t just a triumph of DIY underground engineering, clandestine keys and possible double-agents. The escape amounts to a big manpower boost for the Taliban in a region where the insurgency has recently lost ground.

Equally, the breakout is a damning failure for Afghan security forces that failed to stop an even bigger escape at the same Afghan-run, 1,200-inmate facility two years ago. The threat of imprisonment is a real deterrent to insurgent activity, at least at the lowest levels. The Saraposa breakout undermines this effect.

The return of hundreds of veteran Taliban fighters to their units — just as the annual spring fighting season is getting underway — is also foreboding development for NATO forces hoping to show off lasting security gains ahead of their slow withdrawal, scheduled to begin this summer. “This will have a negative effect on Kandahar’s security situation,” Abdul Wahab Salihi, the deputy intelligence chief in Kandahar, told The New York Times.

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Obamacare, IPAB, and the AMA

High-Deductible Health Plans Pose No Special Risks to Medically Vulnerable Populations

In spite of what we have been told....


The President's real alternative to Ryan's plan is rationing!


"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."


I keep hearing so much about the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Better know as the Death Panel.


David Catron says it is so while Mark Levin adds the Greatness, and Milton Wolfe, President Obama's cousin piles on.....



A Medicaid card doesn't assure access to care.


Junk science in the age of Obama!

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Haley Barbour's Not Running for President

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour announced this afternoon that he is not running for President next year, and will focus on his final year in office.

As a former Haley Barbour supporter, before he decided to oppose the War in Afghanistan for his own gain, I am surprised he pulled out. His faithful decades of service to the Republican Party would have made him a lock to raise tens of millions of dollars in any Primary battle.

This means no serious Republican candidates from the South have entered the 2012 Republican Nomination battle, unless you count Buddy Roemer, and not one serious person is counting him.

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Ron Paul Enters Presidential Race

Not exactly unexpected, but Ron Paul is now in the 2012 race. Paul, an experienced veteran from the 2008 is expected to get a fair amount of support.

He's opening his committee.

Sources close to Paul, who is in his 12th term in the House, said he will unveil an exploratory presidential committee, a key step in gearing up for a White House race. He will also unveil the campaign’s leadership team in Iowa, where the first votes of the presidential election will be cast in caucuses next year.
Paul, 75, ran as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988, finishing with less than one half a percent of the vote. After more than a decade as a Republican congressman, Paul gave it another shot in the 2008 presidential election, gaining attention for being the only Republican candidate calling for the end to the war in Iraq and for his “money bomb” fundraising strategy, which brought in millions of dollars from online donors in single-day pushes.

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Video: Herman Cain on FoxNews

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Source: Daniels More Likely to Run as Barbour Drops Out

A nice big ht to HotAir for picking up this story.

According to a source close to Daniels, he is more likely to run now that his friend, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, has exited the race.


Getting more interesting....


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Haley Barbour Not Running for President

We have some breaking news in the political race for President in 2012. Haley Barbour, once considered a front-running in the race for the Republican nomination next year, has announced that he is not, in fact, running for President.


"I will not be a candidate for president next year," Barbour, a Republican, said in a statement. "This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided."
Barbour, the former chairman of the Republican Governor's Association, said he would continue serving as governor of Mississippi and work to "elect a new Republican president in 2012."
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Election 2011: Conservatives Lead in Latest Canada Poll

According to a new Nanos Research poll of 1,000+ Canadian voters, Stephen Harper's Conservatives are heading towads a smashing victory in next week's Parliamentary election that was forced by liberal opponents just last month.

Almost 40% of Canadian voters support the Tories; 25.6% support the Liberals; 23.6% support the National Democrats; 6.5% support the Bloc Quebecois and 3.6% support the Greens. This bodes well for Prime Minister Harper's desire for a majority government.

Canada votes nationwide on May 2nd. I hope my ideological cousins succeed in winning control of Parliament and finally implement much needed reforms.

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Daily Kos Called on Prosser to Not Challenge Recount when Difference was 200 Votes!

Now, do you want to take a look at the height of hypocrisy. The Daily Kos and the left-o-sphere has been either suggesting or crying out loud that there must have been some sort of funny business in the Wisconsin election that has returned state Justice David Prosser to the bench by over 7,000 votes. Many are calling for a recount to be paid for by the state.

Now it appears that those same 'reasonable' people had called upon Prosser to not ask for a recount before all of the ballots were counted and as the margin of difference was just over 200 votes. The Daily Kos, of course, is the source of this stupidity.

Take a look at this:

So now it would be Prosser who would be the hypocrite for accepting the incomplete results of such a close election? Now that all of the votes are in and Kloppenburg is behind by 3500% that amount, let's see what the Kos Kids are up to now:


For some reason this doesn't surprise me. If Kloppenburg wants to waste Wisconsin's money, let her go for it. it just reinforces her own selfish interests int he face of reality. Besides, with all of the money that Scott Walker is saving-- maybe the state can finally afford it.

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Another Virus (Reportedly) Hits Iran-- the Stars Worm

This is coming from the state-controlled media in the Islamic Republic of Iran, so take it with a grain of salt. Despite the probability of some sort of distortion, the root idea of this story is most likely true.

According to Iran, the country has been hit by another computer worm. This comes after the Stuxnet worm almost knocked out its Bushehr reactor last year.

"Stars" is the second serious computer worm to hit Iran in the past eight months. Late last year, a powerful virus known as Stuxnet targeted the country's nuclear facilities and other industrial sites.
Iran has acknowledged that Stuxnet affected a limited number of centrifuges — a key component in the production of nuclear fuel — at its main uranium enrichment facility in the central city of Natanz. But Tehran has said its scientists discovered and neutralized the malware before it could cause serious damage.
Jalali downplayed the impact of Stars, but said it is "harmonious" with computer systems and "inflicts minor damage in the initial stage and might be mistaken for executive files of governmental organizations."

Hmmmm.....

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Syrian Forces Begin Indiscriminate Firing in Deraa

 The Syrian security forces have killed at least 300 civilians since the protests began in that country about a month ago. The worst of the violence appears to have occurred over the last five days. Now there is word coming from that country that the Syrian military is beginning an even worse wave of atrocities.


According to sources in the protest movement, there has been firing in the protesting city of Deraa and the capital of Damascus.

One activist was quoted as saying that security forces were "firing in all directions", and at least five people were reportedly killed.
Witnesses also said security forces had opened fire in a suburb of Damascus.
A prominent human rights campaigner said President Bashar al-Assad had launched a "savage war" on protesters.
 This is beginning to be a crime against humanity. Where is the White House?

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Live Royal Wedding Updates

From the Telegraph:
4:48pm (Britain Time) Regular users of the roads around Westminster will be relieved to know that, before tens of thousands of wide-eyed tourists descend on the place, they're going to have a bit of a clean-up. Like before your guests turn up at a dinner party, you disinfect the carpets and scrub worst of the vomit from the walls. PA reports:

Quote After roads are closed to traffic on Thursday night, street sweepers will make sure every step of the route is gleaming, ready for the royal couple. And as soon as the newlyweds leave Westminster Abbey, teams will hit the streets again to clear up an expected 140 tonnes of waste.

Mark Banks, waste and recycling manager at Westminster City Council, said: "We're fairly well-rehearsed with this kind of thing because we're at the centre of London so this is a bit like New Year's Eve, or the Notting Hill Carnival. Everyone is up for the challenge."

4:34pm More than 5,000 police will be on duty for the ceremony, Scotland Yard says.

4:15pm We know that the old stereotype of Americans not understanding irony is entirely false, as anyone who has ever watched The Simpsons or Curb Your Enthusiasm or really any television at all in the last 20 years will know. But they don't always help themselves - witness CNN:

Quote Isn't a rainy wedding day good luck? Or at least ironic, according to Alanis Morissette? Downpours on the day of the royal wedding could play havoc with the meticulously planned preparations, not to mention dampening the spirits of hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to line the streets of London.

How many times? "Unfortunate" is not the same as "ironic".

3:51pm, 4/26 Poor John Laughrey, the ardent Royalist who has camped outside Westminster Abbey, has apparently been pestered by "hundreds" of tourists (and presumably no small number of journalists) since staking his territory.
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The beginnings of a Worldwide Revolution against Islamo-Fascism




It all started in a Town Square in Frankfurt, Germany April 22, 2011. One un-identified brave German Woman stood up for Western values, and called upon her fellow Countrymen to rise up against the Islamo-Fascist invaders.

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Video: Reagan's 'A Time for Choosing' Speech

Future President Ronald Reagan speaking for Barry Goldwater in 1964 in "A Time for Choosing."



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Hundreds Escape Afghan Prison

Some terrible news has just broken out of Afghanistan. There have been jailbreaks in Afghanistan and Iraq during the wars there but it appears that this could be one of the worst.

More than 400 escapees have fled the prison, including Taliban commanders, according to the reports.

Prison supervisor Ghulam Dastagir Mayar said Monday that they estimate about 476 prisoners escaped through a tunnel they had dug to the outside. He says the jailbreak happened about 11 p.m. on Sunday and that many of those missing were held for working for the insurgency.
Kandahar prison holds about 1,200 inmates.
Police and government officials also confirmed the jailbreak but said they did not have details.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said about 100 of those who escaped are Taliban commanders and many of the others are fighters with the insurgency.
This could be a bad, bad sign.

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Charlie Sheen 'Goddess' Bree Olson Breaks Up via Text Message

Perhaps the good times for Charlie Sheen have come to an end. Even though his 'comedy' tour is going poorly and he's gotten a lot of publicity, this could be the kicker.



One of Charlie Sheen's 'goddesses,' Bree Olson, has broken up with Sheen with a text message. Olson is also a porn star and a favorite of the actor.

But during his show in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., yesterday, Sheen answered a fan's question about how he and his two goddesses were doing by saying, "Not well, because one left." Sheen wished Olson well, but did admit that her goodbye arrived in a text, according to the New York Post.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Must See Video for Easter - German woman stands up to Islamo-Fascism



A sole brave woman counter protests a rally by a Radical Muslim cleric who had called for the death penalty for all German gays.

She shouts to the crowd:

This is Germany! Stand up fellow Germans. This man speaks like Hitler.

Happy Easter to All...

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Grover Norquist Doesn't Represent Conservatives

Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma accused Grover Norquist of not representing all Conservatives this morning, and the founder of Americans for Tax Reform responded this afternoon by falsely claiming Senator Coburn "lied his way" into office when he first ran for the U.S. Senate back in 2004.

I'm not going to get into their full argument, that's what Politico is for, but I will comment on Senator Tom Coburn's comment about Mr. Norquist. On that, he's absolutely correct and should have stood up to this imposter years ago.

Grover Norquist likes to strut around and tout himself as a leader in the Conservative movement, but many rank-and-file members would beg to differ. His advocacy for abandoning the War in Afghanistan just to reduce spending is detested, and his inability to praise our legislators in Congress without praising himself is deeply disturbing.

Senator Coburn is the real Conservative. He has to make decisions every day in the United States Senate, while Norquist sits on the sidelines and yells at men.

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Obama Thumbs Nose at Armenians, Refuses to visit Genocide Memorial while in LA

Another day, another promise broken.  President Obama has refused to visit the Montebello Armenian Martyrs’ Monument in Los Angeles, even though he was there that day and despite being asked by prominent Armenians to do so.

Apparently the President of the United States was too busy to acknowledge 1,000,000 Armenians killed in a brutal genocide.

More:

Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region Board chairman, Andrew Kzirian said that ANCA had sent a letter to Obama asking him to lay a wreath at the Montebello Armenian Martyrs’ Monument during his Los Angeles-area visit. 
Addressing the protestors during a demonstration in Los Angeles Kzirian explained that the ANCA-WR received a form letter back from the White House claiming a conflict in the president schedule, Asbarez reports. 
“As President Obama embarks on his re-election campaign, the Armenian American community and anti-genocide activists of conscience are still waiting for him to demonstrate Presidential leadership to fulfill his 2008 promise by reaffirming the Armenian Genocide during his annual proclamation,” stated Kzirian. 
“Coming to California, home to nearly a million descendants of the survivors of this Genocide, the president could have taken a strong step in that direction by visiting the Armenian Genocide Martyr’s Memorial in Montebello,” he added.

In the President's defense, he probably has no idea what "an Armenian" is and that they went through a genocide during and after the First World War.

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Happy Easter! Christ the Lord has Risen!

Iran Blacks Out Syria Coverage

 The Islamic Republic of Iran has a lot to worry about. Not only are international sanctions getting tightened even as oil prices go up, but its chief ally in the Middle East is under intense stress. The uprising in Syria has barely elicited a response from the White House but has turned heads in Teheran.

So much so, that there is reportedly now a media blackout of coverage regarding the protests.
Iran has used its mouthpieces to the rest of the world as forums to address Syria’s battles and promote Tehran’s positions.
State-run English-language Press TV offers straightforward coverage with comment sections that include a mix of both pro-Assad messages and calls for his regime to go. Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam television on Saturday quoted the foreign ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, as rejecting Obama’s claim of Iranian aid to Assad in his time of crisis.
If Assad goes, Iran will be next on the chopping block. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen… Syria…. Iran?

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

To Mr. K, With Love

I seem to have upset the sensibilities of Mr. K with my endorsement of a potential candidacy of Herman Cain and Alan West. Evidently he feels that Mr. Cain doesn't have the foreign policy experience required to be Commander in Chief. This of course is the same argument made against Ronald Reagan. It is true that he lacks this area of expertise but I trust he has enough judgement and common sense to do much better than what we have currently. Of course, adding Alan West to the ticket would do much to discount this line of reasoning.

Our biggest foreign policy problem moving forward revolves around radical islam. We are waging war in three muslim countries right now and Congressman West has first hand knowledge as to what is required to win this war and bring our men and women home.

Herman Cain is more than a talk show host. He brings executive experience and business know how. He is living the american dream. His father held three jobs and his mother worked as a maid to give him an opportunity to succeed and he did not disappoint. To discount him because he lacks foreign policy gravitas is fool hardy. He is a Tea Party favorite and his conservative bona fides cannot be questioned, unlike Donald Trump. He is clearly interested in the presidency having been the first to form an exploratory committee. Importantly, he negates one of President Obama's biggest selling points, minority status. He is the ultimate self appointed American Black Conservative. He favors a return to the gold standard, small government, and free enterprise. He is a confident and articulate speaker who doesn't rely on teleprompters to finish a speech. This mostly reflects his history as a talk radio host and would make him a formidable opponent in any debate. His lack of political experience should be seen as a boon, not a bane. He has no political baggage that political opponents could target giving him an added benefit over his potential republican foes.

Cain/West is an intriguing possibility. I appreciate Mr. K's concern's but I fail to see how this causes him to be dumbfounded. For what it is worth, this blog was a big proponent of John McCain for president, so in some respects I can understand how this particular blog founder doesn't want to take electoral risk, but I would argue that the majority of potential candidates expressing interest in the republican nomination for president are about as engaging as our last nominee, and I will state for the record, I voted for McCain not because of excitement, but because of desperation!

Herman Cain should be considered a real option. I encourage all, including Mr. K to look more closely at the Herman Cain's record and resume. He is a viable candidate and should be thoughtfully considered.




Interview with Doug Ross

 Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 33 in our ongoing series. Today we're interviewing Doug Ross from Doug Ross @ Journal. Doug's site is a trendsetter in the conservative blogosphere, including his Larwyn's Linx and picture series. We're honored that he agreed to take part in this interview.

1. When and why did you start your site?

I started my blog ("Doug Ross @ Journal") in late 2003, more as an experiment than anything serious. I originally wrote about a wide variety of topics. Some personal, some technology, some political. Over time, the eventsI observed in politics and the economy began to dominate. I think, in retrospect, the move of the Democrat Party from its traditions and lineage -- to a very, very left-wing organization, primarily because of its funding sources -- began to shock me into action.


2. What is the best part about running a website?

It's cathartic for me. To have a forum on which I can vent about the things that I believe are fundamentally worth calling attention to. Thanks to wonderful support from the A-list bloggers and media bigwigs -- Ann Coulter, Hugh Hewitt, Jim Hoft, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Reynolds, Dan Riehl, Don Surber, Mark Tapscott, and I'm sure I'm forgetting lots of great ones -- I've gotten more mentions and traffic than I deserve.


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


Far, far worse. I knew his background and did my best, along with my brothers-in-blogging-arms, to educate people about his radical upbringing and background. But I had no idea he would act with the amount of disregard for the economic well-being of the country; or for the law; or for the border. Do we still have a legacy media in this country? Just wondering.

4. Do you have any favorites for 2012 yet?

While they're not all running, my favorites would be true conservatives -- bound to our Constitution -- that can articulate our beliefs in God-given natural rights, private property, free markets and limited government. You know, like those radicals James Madison, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, et. al. That said, those I believe would be great presidents include:

Michele Bachmann, John Bolton, Herman Cain, Jim DeMint, Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and Allen West.

5. If Obama should win a second term, will this nation default on its debt or face hyperinflation (or something worse)?

I hope and pray that we won't have to deal with that. Though, at the rate we're going, we may not have to wait until 2012 to see hyperinflation.

6. Why was the 'real' Barack Obama not uncovered before the 2008 election?

Our pathetic, failing legacy media was so willing to consider skin color over character -- the antithesis of Martin Luther King Jr.'s message to us -- that they failed to vet this radical acolyte of Alinsky. This man parrots the words of Castro, Chavez and Peron. Demonizing various classes, certain industries, segments of society to divide us. How many times have you heard Obama screech about "millionaires and billionaires" when he really means couples that make $250,000-a-year? There's a word for this kind of agitator, but I can't use it in polite company.

7. Anything else you'd like to add?

Thank you for the opportunity to discuss blogging. For those interested in learning about building up their blog traffic, Robert Stacy McCain's article "How to get a million hits on your blog" is as good a primer as you'll find.

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Re: Cain/West 2012?

I usually don't pick a fight with what my fellow bloggers at Pundit Press publish, but I must respond to the opinion article supporting a Herman Cain/Allen West presidential ticket in next year's much anticipated race.

Really?

Herman Cain has not one ounce of experience in foreign affairs. America is fighting in two wars now and is stationed in another hot spot - this is not the right time to trust a radio talk show host to be Commander-in-Chief during great international conflict, and turbulence. Advocacy for such a candidate leaves me absolutely dumbfounded.

As for Col. Allen West. He is one of my favorite Congressman in the House of Representatives today, but he has only three months of legislative experience, and he has spent more time running for office than actually serving in office at this point in his political career. His time will come, but not now.

We need serious candidates to run against President Obama next year, not men with little experience, or desire for the Presidency.

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Obama: New Task Force will Examine Gas Prices

After banning off-shore drilling, pledging to buy oil from Brazil, and refusing seriously curb the United States' use of foreign oil, President Barack Obama announced that a new task force will examine why gas prices are so high.  Hopefully this "task force" is simply a mirror that the President looks into every morning.

The President's stated goal is to "root out" reasons why prices are going up.  I assume he will not find himself at fault, but rather a myriad of other reasons.  Now, don't get me wrong, the President is not the only reason why prices are skyrocketing, but he is certainly one of the major reasons in the US.

President Obama continued: "We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of the American people for their own short-term gain."
Obama: Can't figure out why gas prices are going up
Yahoo! continues:
Obama, decrying such levels as yet another hardship "at a time when things were already pretty tough," said Holder was forming the Financial Fraud Enforcement Working Group. 
The task force will focus some of its investigation on "the role of traders and speculators" in the oil-price surge Obama said. The group will include several Cabinet department officials, federal regulators and the National Association of Attorneys General. 
In Washington, Holder said he would press ahead with the investigation, even though he did not cite any current evidence of intentional manipulation of oil and gas prices or fraud. 
"Based upon our work and research to date, it is evident that there are regional differences in gasoline prices, as well as differences in the statutory and other legal tools at the government's disposal," Holder said in a memo accompanying a statement announcing the task force. "It is also clear that there are lawful reasons for increases in gas prices, given supply and demand."
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Royal Nonsense

With just one more week until the entire world watches Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot, thus giving the monarchy world wide attention it doesn't deserve, I feel the need to speak out once again about this royal nonsense.

Who cares?

This is the last grasp of a dieing monarchy, and we should not aid its survival in any way.

After Queen Elizabeth II dies, both Australia and New Zealand have discussed leaving the United Kingdom and embracing their Republican philosophies. The move towards Republicanism is something we should be celebrating in the U.S., but few seem to grasp the significance of monarchy's decline.

Americans, who fought to overthrow the tyranny of monarchy over two hundred years ago, should look at this wedding as nothing more than Royal nonsense. It's celebrating the institution of enslavement, of decrees, of evil.

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