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Saturday, May 14, 2011

What Does Huckabee's Decision Mean?

As you might have heard by now, Governor Mike Huckabee is not running for the 2012 GOP nomination in next year's Presidential election.

So what does this mean?

Mitt Romney is once again the de facto "front-runner," Huckabee will never run for President again and Social Conservatives no longer have a candidate.

Huckabee was right about one thing - this race is even crazier now that he is no longer in it.

What say you?

Huckabee Presidential Announcement

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has made his announcement......

...and he's not running for the 2012 Republican nomination for the Presidency.

The Republican based his decision on personal, religious reasons.

What say you?

Huckabee NOT Running for President

In an eight o'clock announcement on Fox News, Mike Huckabee announced that he will not be running for President in 2012.
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Mr. Huckabee was one of the major contenders for the Republican nomination in 2008, garnering 282 delegates by the convention.  The former governor of Arkansas, he now hosts a show on Fox News.

Huckabee discussed voters that will support him, how he believes that he could gain plenty of money fund-raising, and his prayers to Jesus Christ.

He also spoke of "clarity" and an "inner-peace."  He stated:  "I will not be running for President."

Update-  Donald Trump, coming on after Mr. Huckabee, called it "bad news."


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Is Mike Huckabee Running for President?

The political world is abuzz tonight with Mike Huckabee's decision of whether to run for President or not.  Much speculation is split, with a slight majority saying that he won't.

However, others believe that he will run, noting an email he sent out yesterday to his inner circle stating that things are about to "get crazy."
So, is he running?  We'll post the answer below at 8:00EST tonight, some five minutes from now.

Update-  Looks like Mr. Huckabee is stretching it out to keep viewers... Sigh.  Keep it here for updates.

Update #2-  At the very end of his show, Mr. Huckabee announced that he is not running for President.

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Watch Huckabee Announcement/Speech Live, May 14, 2011

You can get live updates here:

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/huckabee/index.html
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The speech will reportedly take place at 8:00pm.

We will be adding updates below, as well as Mr. Huckabee's plans as soon as we know.

Update- Looks like Mr. Huckabee is stretching it out to keep viewers... Sigh. Keep it here for updates.

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French Politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn Arrested at JFK for "Sex Attack"

Yikes.

French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn was "dragged" off of a flight at JFK today after being accused of sexually assaulting a maid in New York.
Arrested
More from the Daily News:
Strauss-Kahn, 62, allegedly crept up behind a maid after she entered his room and forced her to perform oral sex on him, sources said.

The woman broke free and ran out of the room. Strauss-Khan quickly headed for the airport, sources said.

Charges against Strauss-Kahn, who is married to well-known French TV journalist Anne Sinclair, were pending Saturday night, sources said.

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Huckabee Email to Inner Circle: "Things will Get Even Crazier"

A possible sign that Mike Huckabee is going to run?  Maybe.  Here is an email that Mr. Huckabee sent out to his "inner circle" yesterday in its entirety:
Tomorrow night (Saturday) I will announce the next step in my plans for 2012 during my show on the Fox News Channel. I would like to be able to call you or email you personally and in advance of the announcement, but due to the fact that the decision was not finalized until today and that I committed to Fox that I will absolutely not release it prior to doing so on the channel, that became impractical.

A lot of information and speculation was already rampant in the press today, and it frankly isn't fair to you to tell you the details and then put you in the awkward position of saying you didn't know (which at that point wouldn't be true) or saying you did know, but couldn't reveal or discuss it.

It was this afternoon before I could even get word to all of my own children and even now, the executive producer of my show and the staff and crew of the show don't know and won't until I actually do the final preparation literally minutes before I share the decision live Saturday night.

I will look forward to speaking with you soon and once I fulfill my sworn obligation to Fox, I will be free to discuss things that I can't now due to promises to them and to some possible legal considerations of the announcement.

Many friends have said, "how can we help you in the decision?" My answer has consistently been, "Pray that I have clarity." I have it and will share it Saturday night during the show. Please be patient if I don't respond immediately to an email because I expect that once I pull the trigger Saturday night, things will get even crazier, as if that's possible.

My heartfelt thanks for your friendship, prayers, and support,

Mike Huckabee


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Huckabee to Announce 2012 Plans Tonight

Mike Huckabee has hinted in the past year that he would not announce his 2012 Presidential plans until this fall, but apparently he has had a change of heart and will finally announce his intentions this evening on his weekly Fox News show - Huckabee.

The former two-term Arkansas Governor hit the media rounds on Cavuto and the O'Reilly Factor to discuss his big decision on 2012. He wouldn't answer the 2012 question - referring to tonight's show on Fox - but he did say that not one person outside of his immediate family has been told of his decision.

So what will happen tonight?

Unlike many political analysts and pundits, I believe the former Governor will announce his candidacy for the '12 nomination and will most likely win it. With the entrance of Huckabee, who has the strongest following of any candidate, it would be difficult to see him not winning the Republican Primary battle.

I suggest tuning in to Fox News tonight at 8PM.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Gingrich: My Ad on Global Warming with Pelosi was a "Debate," I will "Not Apologize"

Newt Gingrich, carrying heavy baggage from multiple marriages and RINO stances, is now trying to rewrite history.

Lambasted over an ad against "climate change," in which he sat on a couch with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Gingrich is trying to clarify the meaning of the ad.  Gingrich-spokesman Rick Tyler sent an email out to that effect (emphasis mine):
"Newt does not apologize for trying to persuade his ideological opponents that his conservative solutions are the best solutions. His attempt to work with Speaker Pelosi is another testament to Gingrich's willingness to debate his conservative solutions with liberals, in this case Pelosi. As it turned out, Pelosi ... and Gingrich still disagree about how to best protect the environment. But Gingrich will never shy away from debating those on the left on issues like the environment, education and healthcare that they think they own."
You know, I could have sworn that the ad that Gingrich appeared in stated that he agreed with Pelosi.  Probably because that's exactly what the ad said:


Here is a transcript from the commercial:

Pelosi-  Hi!  I'm Nancy Pelosi, life-long Democrat and Speaker of the House.

Gingrich-  And I'm Newt Gingrich, life-long Republican and I used to be Speaker of the House.

Pelosi-  We don't always see eye to eye, do we Newt?

Gingrich-  No, but we do agree:  our country must take action to address climate change.


What a phony.

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Phantom Crane Operators Rake in $400,000 in No Show/No Work Ground Zero Construction Projects Thanks to Mobbed Up IUOE Locals


A series of no-work and no-show jobs for construction projects at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan from a pair of union locals under Fed scrutiny for ties to the Colombo and Genovese crime families is adding more than $96 million to the overall costs, a New York developer group claims.

Outdated rules would allow some members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) to pocket an annual salary of anywhere between $135,000 to $405,000 for doing not much more than showing up to projects that include the Freedom Tower, the 9/11 memorial, a transit hub and work on adjacent streets.
Contractor and union sources confirmed that the eight tower cranes at the WTC site guarantee a bonanza for Local 14 operating engineers and the Local 15 specialists who fix them.

On one day in mid-March, for example, contractors said 56 of 204 Local 14 and Local 15 employees on site held no-work jobs.

The board compiled the statistics in the runup to contract talks with the operating engineers and all the city's construction unions, which start next month.

Local 14 and 15 officials did not return calls seeking comment.

Many of the jobs are vestiges of an era in which the Colombo and Genovese crime families controlled Locals 14 and 15. Local 14 has been under a federal monitor since 2009.

One example is the full-time Local 14 "master mechanics" the contractor must hire whenever five pieces of heavy equipment or three tower cranes are in use.

With a $135,000 base salary, a master mechanic can make a staggering $405,000 a year with overtime that's guaranteed by six-day, 12- to 16-hour-a-day schedules. Welfare benefits, insurance and other costs hike the annual bill to $700,000 for that one mechanic.

It's a ridiculous requirement, REBNY says, because the manufacturer or crane owner does the repairs, not the contractor's master mechanics.

Instead, they are glorified shop stewards, a part-time job in most unions. With three required on site a day, that should cost about $6.3 million through 2013, the board says.

Master mechanic Carl Carrara Sr., identified as a Genovese associate, was charged in a 2003 racketeering conspiracy as the mob's point man in a no-show scam at the Museum of Modern Art.

He and six other master mechanics pleaded guilty that year in two cases that put much of Local 14 and 15's leadership behind bars.

Local 15 demands a similar piece of the action via "®maintenance engineers." They're required on site full time when a master mechanic is there and three major pieces of equipment are operating in case any machines need fixing.

"There is nothing for these guys to do," a World Trade Center construction supervisor said. Eliminating that requirement would save $7.5 million over three years at Ground Zero, REBNY says.

Then there's the Local 15 position of "crane oiler," a relic from the days when equipment needed frequent lubrication. An oiler is required on site when any tower crane is in use.

Today, the oiler simply fires up the crane at the start of work. With overtime, he can earn more than $100,000 a year.

And there's Local 14's "stationary equipment operator," with one assigned to each compressor, welding machine and spray fireproofer in use. With overtime, they pull down about $110,000 a year, REBNY estimated.

A World Trade Center construction supervisor who asked not to be identified said technology has reduced the job to two simple functions: "They turn the machine on in the morning and turn it off at night," the supervisor said. "They are basically non-essential."

REBNY wants the city to loosen the union's influence over who gets licensed to operate heavy machinery.

Now, only operators with city licenses can work here, and applicants must train with city crane operators - virtually all union workers. That gives the two locals a stranglehold on major projects.

"Locals 14 and 15 have the hammer. They have the power to shut down a job," said Steven Spinola, president of REBNY, which wants to be able to hire nationally licensed crane operators.
Local 14 has been under the supervision of a federal court since 2008 as part of an agreement reached between prosecutors and the International Union of Operating Engineers. Members of the locals- acting on behalf of the Genovese and Colombo crime families- were awarding no-show jobs arranged by IUOE Locals 14 and 15. Some members of the local had also been charged by Federal Prosecutors in a 61-count indictment for involvement with a mob run no-show scam during the Museum of Modern Art's renovation between 2002 and 2004.

[hat tip- Lonely Conservative: Labor Union Report/Cross Posted at Not Another New England Sports Blog!]

Herman Cain Wins Washington GOP Straw Poll

HT: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Washington State Republicans' 29th Annual Spring Gala straw poll of 357 attendees has shocked the political landscape with their straw poll result that shows Georgia talk show host Herman Cain edging out nearly one dozen other announced and potential candidates for the Republican nomination next year. 

1. Herman Cain - 54 votes.
2. Mitt Romney - 52 votes.
3. Mitch Daniels - 51 votes.

This vote came only twenty-four hours after Cain's well received performance at the first Presidential debate of the season, which was hosted by Fox News in South Carolina on Thursday evening.

Cain's victory was really surprising, but Daniels third place finish is telling after he won a similar straw poll in Oregon just two months ago. Perhaps the Indiana Governor might have to reconsider his position on whether to run.

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NASA-Funded Group Caught Doctoring Global Warming Data

No surprise here. Another day, another study that was intentionally doctored to make so-called "global warming," now called "global climate change," more alarming.

This time they were caught. A NASA-funded group at the University of Colorado discovered that sea levels were not rising nearly as much as expected. Their solution: just arbitrarily make the number higher.

Unfortunately for the University of Colorado Sea Level Research Group, global sea rates rose a mere .83 inches for the last decade. That's .083 inches a year, or the width of twenty-five pieces of hair. These scientists decided that wasn't nearly enough, so they decided to add over 10% of "growth" to their data.

The group's excuse: they need to "compensate" for a rising land mass. That's right, not only are sea levels rising slowly, but our land is rising as well.

More from Forbes:
For example, the current pace of 8 inches of sea level rise for the present century is essentially no different than the 7 inches of sea level rise that occurred last century. However, with an artificially enhanced 9.2 inches of sea level rise, alarmists can claim sea level is rising 31 percent faster than it did last century.

Even under this scenario, sea level is not rising nearly as fast as IPCC and other alarmists have predicted. Nevertheless, a quick Google search of “sea level” and “global warming” shows an overwhelming number of items claiming dramatic and accelerating sea level rise, with very few items reporting that alarmist predictions and computer models are being contradicted by real-world data. The newly adjusted NASA-funded sea level data will merely add fuel to the errant fire.

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A Declaration of Energy Independence

The rising price of oil has a negative impact on our economy and threatens to stifle our anemic recovery from the government produced and bureaucratically fostered Great Recession.  How did we get here?  Has anyone ever pinpointed the problem beyond blaming speculators and rising demand?  Has anyone shown us how our energy independence could be achieved?
Remember the 1973 oil embargo?  This was our first oil shock.  How did it come about and what did we do about it?  Did these policies solve the problem?
In 1973, the U.S. and the Western world were experiencing an accelerating inflationary spiral. Twenty years of prosperity and accelerating population growth created heavy need for raw materials that were not being produced internally which made them highly vulnerable to commodity cartels. Due to the fall in domestic production mainly because of the powerful man-made global warming lobby the demand for Middle Eastern oil increased. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), formed in 1960, determined to increase its profits at the expense of the West grew stronger.
President Nixon, in an attempt to control inflation imposed price controls on oil in March 1973. The U.S. which has the world’s largest reserves of oil had been self-sufficient in energy up until the late 1950s was by the 1970s importing over 35% of its energy needs.  Through the lack of planning U.S. petroleum reserves were depleted and the pride that goes before a fall led our government, corporations, and individuals to be entirely unprepared for the radical change about to take place.
On the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur October 6, 1973,, Egyptian forces attacked Israel across the Suez Canal, while at the same time Syrian troops attacked the Golan Heights. With help from the U.S., Israeli forces succeeded in pushing into both Syria and Egypt until a cease fire saved both Arab regimes.  On October 17, OPEC struck back imposing a total oil embargo on the U.S. and increasing prices by 70% on Western Europe, and overnight the price of a barrel of oil to these nations more than triples going from $3 to $5.11.
This led to a series of presidential statements and actions all aimed at rallying the American people in the face of growing dependency and international impotence in the energy sector.
Richard Nixon said, “Let us set as our national goal, in the spirit of Apollo, with the determination of the Manhattan Project, that by the end of this decade we will have developed the potential to meet our own energy needs without depending on any foreign energy source.”
President Gerald Ford said, “I am recommending a plan to make us invulnerable to cutoffs of foreign oil. … new stand-by emergency programs to achieve the independence we want…”
President Jimmy Carter said, achieving energy independence was the "moral equivalent of war."
Ronald Reagan, always looking for the free market approach said we should look to, "native American genius, not arbitrary federal policy, to be free to provide for our energy future."
In 1991, in the prelude to the First Gulf War, President George H.W. Bush announced, “There is no security for the United States in further dependence on foreign oil.”
In 2000, President Clinton said, "The nation's growing reliance on imports threatens the nation's security because it increases U.S. vulnerability to oil supply interruptions."
George W. Bush repeated recent presidential history by insisting, in his 2003 State of the Union address, that one of his administration's goals was "to promote energy independence for our country."
Mr. Obama continued the chorus saying, “America's dependence on oil is one of the most serious threats that our nation has faced.”
Did any President ever have an energy policy which effectively dealt with the problems of oil production and supply?
Reagan said, “The best answer, while conservation is worthy in itself, is to try to make us independent of outside sources to the greatest extent possible for our energy.”
Ronald Reagan also said, “Our national energy plan should not be a rigid set of production and conservation goals dictated by Government. Our primary objective is simply for our citizens to have enough energy, and it is up to them to decide how much energy that is, and in what form and manner it will reach them. When the free market is permitted to work the way it should, millions of individual choices and judgments will produce the proper balance of supply and demand our economy needs.
As soon as he became president, Ronald Reagan ended the price controls on domestic oil first imposed by Richard Nixon; these controls had contributed to both the 1973 Oil Crisis and the 1979 Energy Crisis. Almost immediately the price of oil fell, and during the 1980s America didn’t experience the gasoline lines and fuel shortages of the 1970s.  In addition, the removal of price controls ignited a boom in domestic drilling which arrested America’s slide into energy dependence.
As to the energy questions:  How do we end our dependence on foreign oil?  How can we achieve the energy independence which every President since Nixon has said is a matter of national security?  Stop wringing our hands and moaning about our situation, stand up like our ancestors have and boldly declare our Energy Independence!  In practical terms we should: take the shackles off our domestic oil industry, build new refineries, develop better distribution of natural gas, expand the use of nuclear, wind, solar and every conceivable form of energy, and drill baby drill!
Then in this new situation with America reaping the benefits, the jobs, the growth of a renewed sense of freedom and security let’s barter.  One barrel of oil = one bushel of wheat.
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.

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Eww: Pornography found in bin Laden Compound

Once again showing that terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was nothing more than a fraud, officials today stated that they had recovered pornography at his compound.  Looks like that beard was compensating for something.

More from Reuters:
The pornography recovered in bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The officials said they were not yet sure precisely where in the compound the pornography was discovered or who had been viewing it. Specifically, the officials said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials.

Reports from Abbottabad have said that bin Laden's compound was cut off from the Internet or other hard-wired communications networks. It is unclear how compound residents would have acquired the pornography.

But a video released by the Obama administration confiscated from the compound showed bin Laden watching pictures of himself on a TV screen, indicating that the compound was equipped with video playback equipment.

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"What the Frack is Going On?" Two Minutes of Soros Funded Propaganda!

The New York Daily News describes it as "one of the hottest viral videos on the Internet today..." This is a difficult claim to swallow, at the time of this posting there were a mere 3,426 YouTube views. Nevertheless, it does have a catchy tune that likely does much to cover for its lack of intellectual honesty. Much like the documentary "Gasland" the many of the claims articulated in the video are false.

The video gets its own posting on PBS with rave reviews. Of course, the creators "emphasize(s) that the video is not meant to be a substitute for ProPublica's years of in-depth investigations. "While we hope that you enjoy the song....what we really want you to do is read about hydraulic fractured drilling, so you can truly understand 'what the frack is going on.' That at least we can agree on. Everyone should do their own research, draw their own conclusions and put the claims of opponents and proponents to the intellectual test.

The Gas Shale Shock is a great place to start...

Update:

Special thanks to The Lonely Conservative herself, who alerts me to the fact that Pro Publica has very progressive roots. That is in spite of the information that can be taken from their website, which highlights their association to the Wall Street Journal, this investigative group was initially given millions of dollars from the Sandler Foundation. These are liberal progressive billionaires needing to dispense of their hard earned gains by financing their political interests. Pro Publica also received a two year contribution of $125,000 each year from the Open Society Foundations. Not surprisingly, I suppose, this leads you directly to www.soros.org. If you find this a little hard to believe, google it, or just click the link above. The Open Society Foundation by the way, is a network of over 30 International Foundations, mostly funded by Soros, who has contributed more than $8 billion in this effort.

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Possible that Qaddafi Injured

The Italian foreign minister has posited an interesting theory today. Franco Frattini has speculated that Qaddafi was injured in one of the recent NATO airstrikes and is likely not even in the capital of Tripoli.

He added that he believed that footage of Qaddafi with tribal leaders that aired yesterday on Libyan state television was likely recorded earlier.

"I tend to give credence to the comment of the bishop of Tripoli, Monsignor Martinelli, who has been in close contact over recent weeks, when he told us that Gaddafi is very probably outside Tripoli and is probably also wounded. We don't know where or how," Frattini said.

Naturally the Libyans deny:

"It's nonsense," Libyan government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said in Tripoli. "The leader is in high morale. He's in good spirits. He is leading the country day by day. He hasn't been harmed at all."

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Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl to Retire

Some interesting news from the Badger State. Apparently Herb Kohl, the serving Democratic Senator, will be retiring at the end of his term next year. This comes just one year after the Democrats lost both the Governor's mansion and the seat of firebrand liberal Russ Feingold.

It opens up an opportunity for the GOP in this usually blue state. And it also opens up a possibility for Paul Ryan, one of the best fiscal hawks in the country:

"Senator Kohl's retirement, just like his Democrat colleagues who stepped aside before him, immediately presents another key opportunity for Senate Republicans next year," said Brian Walsh, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, in a press release. "It also further dilutes the ability of national Democrats to go on offense, while they fight to maintain their dwindling Senate majority."



The GOP could very well look to Rep. Paul Ryan. However, it's uncertain whether he would want to abandon his post as chairman of the House Budget Committee to make a run for the Senate.
Going to be an interesting race.


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Ron Paul Announces Candidacy for President Video

He may not win the nomination (or my vote) but some interesting news from the Representative from Texas:



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Obama's Alternative Energy Plan: Hydrochloro-bullhockey and Lithium-di-yeswecan


There has been a of discussion on this blog regarding energy over the past few days. If you haven't, take the time to read "A Declaration of Energy Independence" by Dr. Robert Owens.

I would like to highlight a one minute video produced by the NRSC that takes the President's policy and words to task. See Hot Air, the blog for further thoughts about hot air, the President's energy proposals.

I would also like to draw your attention to post at the Commonwealth Foundation that asks the obvious question no one else seems to be asking, "Who Owns 'Big Oil'"? In spite to Senator Schumer's rhetoric corporate fat cat's earn about 1.5% of the proverbial big money pie. If you are an investor of any kind you own a portion of the lions share and repealing tax breaks for oil companies will hurt all of our retirement portfolios than it will anyone. You would think that democrat's would be particularly concerned for the collective.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Newt Gingrich Announcement Video

This was released today:



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"Burn a Bush" Rapper Common Video

Stupidity-- defined! Now invited to the White House.



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Levi Johnston Book Cover

Professional tool Levi Johnston has tried to get a lot of mileage after his one "accomplishment" in life-- getting Bristol Palin pregnant.

Now he has... has.... has a "book" out. And below is the cover.



What a tool-ool-ool.

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Video- LSU Student Attempting to Burn Flag Chased Away by Patriots Chanting "Go to Hell, Hippie"

LSU recently gave one of its students, Benjamin Hass, permission to burn an American flag as part of a "peaceful protest."  And after the decision, it seemed that the students at the college could not care less.  LSU’s student government president Cody Wells stated, “We’re going to respect [Hass'] First Amendment right to burn our American flag.”

Well, turns out students do care.

At the event, recorded by an LSU student and uploaded to the internet, members of the college took a stand. The video begins as Hass is flanked by two police officers on horses.  He is clearly contemplating how exactly to burn the flag.

Suddenly, chants of "Go to Hell, hippie" and "USA, USA" break out across the crowd around him.  Eventually, after ruckus booing, the "hippie" makes a break for it and does not burn the flag.

The video ends with cheering, applause, and shouts of "God bless America!"  Awesome.

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Update: More videos from students:


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Earthquake Hits Southern Spain, Killing Seven | May 11, 2011

Terrible news from Spain: a moderately powerful 5.4 earthquake shook the southern part of the country, killing at least seven and causing extensive property damage.

More from the Telegraph:
Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has deployed emergency military units to the scene, the Spanish EFE news agency reported.

Eyewitnesses that the tower of the church of Santiago was split in half.

"Unfortunately, we can confirm ... deaths due to cave-ins and falling debris," the mayor of Lorca, Francisco Jodar, told radio station Ser. "We're trying to find out if there are people inside the collapsed houses."

The quake was registered at 6:47 pm (1647 GMT), following a smaller 4.4-magnitude quake at 5:05 pm (1505 GMT).

Spanish television showed rescue workers rushing through debris-littered streets. Thousands of residents of Lorca are in the streets, not knowing what to do.

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Disgrace: Pastor Made Believe He was Navy SEAL, Included Aspects of Seagal Movie, GI Jane in Stories

It seems like people want credit for being heroes-- even when they are far from it. Now that Osama bin Laden has met his end at the hands of Navy SEALs, there are many that want to jump on the bandwagon.

One case is a pastor from Pennsylvania, Jim Moats, who has been telling his congregation for five years that he was a Navy SEAL in Vietnam:

Apparently at least part was based on Steven Seagal's 1992 film Under Seige:

Among other things, Moats said he was subjected to waterboarding when he trained at Little Creek Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach in 1971 and was assigned dishwashing duty for his bad attitude. "I had almost no discipline. I was as wild as they came. That was my nemesis," he told the paper. "They weren't looking for a guy who brags to everyone he is a SEAL. They wanted somebody who was ready but had an inner confidence and didn't have a braggadocio attitude."

He also lifted part of his story from the 1990s movie GI Jane:

And what about Reverend Moats's claims that he had been hit by instructors?
That too was taken from a Hollywood film about SEALs - G.I. Jane - in which Moore plays the fictional role of the first woman who survives the crack team's gruelling training regime, Mr Shipley said.

Moats appeared to be apologetic as he confessed his crime:

Moats fessed up to his whopper, and admitted he bought the Trident medal at a military surplus store. "I never was in a class, I never served as an actual SEAL. It was my dream. ... I don't even know if I would have met the qualifications. I never knew what the qualifications were," he told the Patriot-News. Moats did serve in the Navy from 1970-74, but did not fight in Vietnam.

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Syrian Troops Shelling Civilians

This just in from Syria. The Assad regime, apparently buoyed by crushing demonstrations in other cities, has now turned to indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas. This is what we intervened in Libya to prevent. Now the White House and European governments are nearly silent over the intentional attack on a civilian center.

According to reports, this is taking place in Homs, center of many protests.

Heavy tank- and gunfire rocked at least three residential neighborhoods in the besieged city of Homs, which has seen some of the largest anti-government demonstrations during the seven-week-long uprising.
"There were loud explosions and gunfire from automatic rifles throughout the night and until this morning," a resident told The Associated Press by telephone, asking that his name not be used for fear of government reprisals. "The area is totally besieged. We are being shelled."
What's the West going to do?

Cross-posted at World Threats.

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Tea Party Proposes Cut to 2006 Spending

Tea Party Senators, led by Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey, have proposed to cut discretionary spending not to 2008 spending, as asked by John Boehner, but instead to 2006 levels. This would be before the Democrats took over Congress and jacked up spending.

"Simply put, deficits are not inevitable; they can be stopped if we in Congress have the will to stop them," Toomey said.
Toomey's plan would cut non-defense discretionary spending to 2006 levels — pre-2008 stimulus — but leave the details of where exactly to cut to appropriators. Toomey does not touch Social Security, makes just slight changes to Medicare and converts Medicaid from an entitlement to a state block-grant program.

Hopefully it will go through, but appears unlikely.

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Wednesday Bush-a-Thon

Here at Pundit Press we want to open up a new feature-- a celebration of former President George W. Bush every Wednesday.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

We Have Evidence That Everything They Have Told Us is All Wrong

This seems to be a very complicated issue, one that I have not followed closely, regardless, Project Gunrunner is heating up quickly.

Chuck Grassley and Darrell Issa discuss the issue in detail!



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Thad McCotter 2012?

Sound the alarm. Another candidate might run for President.

There are rumors this evening that Congressman Thaddeus McCotter is being encouraged to run for the Presidency next year. He is the ultimate dark horse candidate, but is one of the Republican Party's brightest stars, even though he was just elected to his fifth term in office from Michigan's 11th House district.

Mr. McCotter's 2010 American Conservative Union rating was 86%, slightly above his lifetime average of 84%, and his overall record cannot be deemed anything less than Conservative: he supported the Iraq War and the Bush tax cuts while opposing the 2008 financial bailouts of Wall Street.

I think the Congressman is definitely Conservative and experienced enough to receive the nomination, but we must recognize the sad truth that no-one from the House of Representatives has been elected to the White House in over one hundred and thirty years. And that was a former Civil War General.

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Duke Study Confirms Industry Claims: Fracking Fluid Doesn't Contaminate Fresh Water Aquifers

In spite of what you may have read elsewhere, the most compelling finding of the Duke Natural Gas and Water Study is not that shallow drinking water systems within 1000 meters of active natural gas drilling had methane levels 17 times higher than fresh water aquifers further away from active drilling sites. It is not that these levels are considered dangerous and can allow for explosive levels of gas to build up in enclosed spaces. It is not even that the authors of the study aren't calling for banning the practice, but instead see a need for better stewardship of the industry "to ensure the sustainable future of shale gas extraction and to improve public confidence in its use."

Methane contamination has long been acknowledged by the industry and the Pennsylvania DEP who have "documented cases of gas migration from Marcellus wells around Dimock in Susquehanna county and in Bradford county."

Duke also finds that the gas migrating is thermogenic and is not biogenic gas or gas that is encountered when a water well itself is sunk. This too is consistent with DEP conclusions.

DEP furthermore fond that the gas that was migrating in the Dimock areo was Devonian gas located at about 1,000 to 3,000 feet. Devonian gas is above the Marcellus gas. DEP concluded that the Devonian gas had not been isolated as a result of poor drilling practices.

Bradford and Susquehanna counties have had many more gas migration problems than counties in the Southwest Pennsylvania. Had Duke done this study in Washington, Greene and counties in the Southwest it would have reached different conclusions. The reasons for the geographic difference in the incidence or rate of gas migration include geological differences in the counties, quality of the gas drilling in the respective areas, or some of both.

Authors of the Duke Study, Rob Jackson and Avner Vengosh wrote an opinion piece published in the Philadelphia Inquirer today entitled, "Strong Evidence That Shale Drilling is Risky." This I knew, as does any responsible person who would consider hydraulic fracturing as a source of both income and energy independence. The question that must be asked is, "Do the ends justify the means?" The authors of the Duke Study seem to think they do:

Environmental scientists often have the unpleasant task of exposing the drawbacks of different technologies, and this study shows one downside of fracking. But other energy resources have drawbacks, too, and in some cases they're big ones.

Over the past two years alone, deepwater oil drilling led to a catastrophic spill in the Gulf of Mexico; an earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster in Japan; and a flood of coal sludge inundated homes and spilled into a river in Kingston, Tenn.

Given such incidents, the conclusion we take away from our study is that the United States needs to focus on developing alternative, renewable energy resources that are greener and safer.

We'll likely be using shale gas for some time, and the problems we've highlighted can probably be solved. It would be inaccurate and unfair to say our study proves that fracking should be banned.

John Hanger, a self described expert (for good reason) on energy, environment, and the green economy has served as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission who writes at his blog, Facts of the Day,adds this to the methane controversy:

In the case of 19 water wells contaminated by methane from drilling around Dimock, 14 of the 19 had methane removed by December 2010. DEP required the drilling company to plug and repair gas wells that reduced the gas migration. At some water wells there were measurable declines in methane contamination shortly after gas wells were repaired or plugged.

Furthermore a settlement in December 2010 between DEP and the drilling company required payments to the families near Dimock where gas had contaminated their water wells that averaged $200,000.

DEP also proposed new gas drilling rules in 2009 that became final in February 2011. The new rules raise standards for the design, construction, and operation of gas wells to reduce gas migration pollution.

Gas migration has been a problem in Pennsylvania for decades, well before the first Marcellus well was drilled in 2005. The new, strong rules and the attention to this problem make this the time to reduce it sharply.

If I may add, the methane issue is fixable thanks to good old American ingenuity!

Living in upstate New York I have had to endure being lectured to by my environmental betters that hydraulic fracturing will result in fresh water aquifer contamination by the fracking fluid. For months I have heard that these fluids will permanently contaminate our fresh water sources. The Duke Study found no evidence what-so-ever to support this contention. This argument is the narrative upon which the hydrofracking fallacy has been hoisted. The Duke Study goes a long way to disrupt the narrative.

So when you read flashy headlines like this one at Green Car Congress, or this one at USA Today, or even this at theHuffington Post, or when your local environmentalist tells you that natural gas drilling causes methane contamination of fresh water supplies, just keep in mind that the basis of the whole argument has been sunk and understand the true motivation, using safety concerns to hamstring an entire industry.

South of 5 and 20 draws my attention to an article at Investor's Business Daily that argues that the Obama administration seeks use the idea of safety as it pertains to hydraulic fracturing in the same way it was used in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and spill. That is to shut it down.

The safety mantra was raised once again last Thursday when Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the appointment of a seven-member panel to study hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "fracking," and come up with new safety standards that address concerns raised by environmentalists.

Environmentalists contend these chemical additives contaminate ground water supplies.

"America's vast natural gas resources can generate many new jobs and provide significant environmental benefits," Chu said. "But we need to ensure we harness these resources safely." It was a similar "but" that led the Obama administration to impose a seven-year ban on offshore drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, off both coasts and in the energy-rich Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska.

We believe the safety issue is a cover for the Obama administration's ideologically driven animus toward fossil fuels and its deliberate campaign to raise energy prices — and thereby to make its favored "green" alternatives look more competitive and attractive.

Yeah, that's what I think too!

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Ann Coulter Links Pundit Press!

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has linked Pundit Press for our article on the California Department of Transportation calling a display of the American flag an "impermissible public display." Aurelius wrote the interesting piece.

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California DoT Nixes Public Display of American Flag, Calls it "Impermissible Public Expression"

Can someone please tell me what world we live in when we cannot erect our own American flag because it might upset some people?

In the town of Orcutt, California, thousands of dollars in donations have been gathered to create a monument to fallen soldiers and the branches of our military.  The memorial would go between "a highway exit and a park-and-ride lot;" a pole would rise out of the center and display the American flag.

The California Department of Transportation was okay with the plan... that is, until it was revealed that our nation's flag would be flying.  When CalTrans heard, they stymied the effort, declaring the display of an American flag an "impermissible act of “public expression.”"

The panel that ruled that the American flag could not be displayed demanded "viewpoint neutrality" at the monument.  In other words, they declared it illegal to solely fly the US flag, stating that other flags must also have the right to be flown at the memorial, be it "the British flag, the Nazi flag, or the Jolly Rogers."
Apparently not allowed in California
In response to concerns, CalTrans wrote:
To answer your question regarding the court’s decision in Brown v. California Department of Transportation pertaining to flying the American Flag in the State right of way, it was established that, “The display of the United States flag constituted expressive activity, within the meaning of the First Amendment.”

The concern that we have in this situation is that, whether a flag hanging on a bridge [not OTORA’s proposal], or a monument placed within a park and ride lot [the proposal], we would be placed in a position of having to permit all forms of expression as encroachments in the right of way if we were to allow yours. As such, the department has determined that the state highway system is not a forum for public expression except as expressly allowed.
And do you want any more proof that CalTrans has no idea what it is doing?  More from the Weekly Standard:
Last summer, a few days before the Fourth of July, CalTrans painted over a 35-foot American flag mural on a hillside in the East Bay, several hours north of Orcutt, which had been completed in the wake of the terrorist attacks. CalTrans painted over the mural with gray paint.
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Liberals in Arizona Seek to Form New State

Anyone up for wasting a bunch of people's time and energy, all the while failing at what you aim to do?  No?  Well, these folks in Arizona are.

From Yahoo! News:
A long-simmering movement by liberal stalwarts in southern Arizona to break away from the rest of the largely conservative state is at a boiling point as secession backers press to bring their longshot ambition to the forefront of Arizona politics.

A group of lawyers from the Democratic stronghold of Tucson and surrounding Pima County have launched a petition drive seeking support for a November 2012 ballot question on whether the 48th state should be divided in two.

The ultimate goal of the newly formed political action committee Start our State is to split Pima County off into what would become the nation's 51st state, tentatively dubbed Baja Arizona.

Backers have until July 5 next year to collect the 48,000 signatures required to qualify for a spot on the ballot. If they succeed, it would mark only the first hurdle in a long, circuitous process that even the most determined of supporters readily acknowledge has little chance of bearing fruit.

"We at least need to get it on the ballot, as a nonbinding resolution, to ask the people of Pima County if they want to be a part of Arizona," Tucson attorney Paul Eckerstrom, a former Pima County Democratic chairman who launched the campaign, told Reuters. "All the stars would have to align for this to happen, but it could conceivably happen by the fall of 2013."
Arizona: Could be split into two
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"Allahu Akbar": Man Storms Cockpit in CA. Rageh Almurisi in Custody

Some pretty interesting news out of the Golden State. Apparently a Yemeni man attempted to storm the cockpit of a commercial airliner. It is unclear if he was intending to fly the plane, crash the plane, or something else. This has lit up the net in just a day.

From the actual flight:

More details from FoxNews. The passengers did not take this lying down. They tackled Rageh Almurisi:

Andrew Wai, another passenger, told KGO-TV on Monday that the wife of one of the men who took Almurisi down later said Almurisi was yelling "Allahu Akbar."

"There was no question in everybody's mind that he was going to do something," Marty said.

A male flight attendant tackled Almurisi, and other crew members and passengers, including a retired Secret Service agent and a retired San Mateo police officer, helped subdue him as he banged on the door, police said. The flight attendant put plastic handcuffs on him.

"Everybody was fixated on him," Marty said. "You never think that something like that would happen in your life."

Whoa.

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Afghanistan Needs Border Security

The United States is winning the War in Afghanistan.

Generals Stanley McChrystal and David Petraeus have successfully put in place counter-insurgency operations that work, and last year's troop surge has driven the Taliban out of their spiritual homeland in the vital Kandahar Province - not to mention the equally important Helmand Province as well.

But for all our victories, we are still lacking in one crucial aspect: Afghanistan's border security.

It does not matter how many Taliban fighters we kill this month, because as long as they are able to easily sneak in and out of the country through the porous Afghanistan/Pakistan border, we will be unable to permanently defeat them and thus struggle to maintain our military advances and eventually win the War.

Which is why I'm proposing the following three-step plan:
  1. The United States and our NATO allies should lead a surge in the Taliban controlled provinces that border Pakistan.
  2. The United States and our NATO allies should look into building more bases and outposts along the border, so we can prevent the Taliban from reaching population centers and government targets at all.
  3. The United States and our NATO allies should draw up preliminary plans to seal the porous border with a well guarded and regulated border fence, which would be patrolled by Afghanistan and NATO forces. 
I do not know if any of these proposals will ever be read, but they could help us win the War in Afghanistan by finally preventing our enemies from entering the country to begin with, and relying less on Pakistan's faulty promises.

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America's Conundrum: India v. Pakistan

Whenever our friends India and Pakistan start shooting at each other, the United States has always sat on the sidelines and let them duke it out. It seems to have been a successful strategy, because we get along well with the rivals without ever being dragged into their conflicts.

So what do we do now if India and Pakistan restart their never ending strife?

We get along better with India on matters of Islamic terrorism, but they didn't support our position of a no-fly zone in Libya. And maintaining strong ties with Pakistan, while we continue to fight the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan, is instrumental in winning the War on Terror.

Americans, justly sick and tired with Pakistani officials playing a double game, would probably be on India's side during such a conflict, but the federal government would not have the same luxury - because supporting one over the other would significantly weaken America's influence in the most important region in the world.

In other words, the United States would have to play peacemaker between two longtime foes that are vitally important to our own interests, and the region's.

What say you about this potential conundrum?

Bin Laden Son Missing after Raid

A piece of unconfirmed news headed your way. According to ABC News, one of Osama bin Laden's sons may be missing after the raid on his Abbottabad compound. One of his sons, reportedly Khalid bin Laden, was killed last week.

Reportedly, Hamza bin Laden has gone missing:
U.S. officials said that one of bin Laden's sons, Khalid, was killed in the raid. It is not known if another son, Hamza, was in the compound at the time of the raid, though his mother is reportedly one of the wives in custody. The U.S. has denied the SEALs took anyone from the compound other than bin Laden's body.

Hmmmmm.....

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Microsoft Buying Skype

Some technological news for you. Just after Google releases its calling option on Gmail we have word that Microsoft is buying Skype for a hefty price.

The cost: $8.5 billion.

The deal gives Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) access to Skype's real-time video and voice communications services. The companies said the software maker plans to use Skype to support such products as the Xbox gaming system and Windows Phone.

Microsoft is upping its game. Will Google follow?

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Stupid Political Cartoon of the Day

This one was on Slate-- shows just how the Left cannot come to terms with the fact that the 'good' things about Obama's policies seem to 'trickle down' from President Bush's.

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Media Trying to Spin Why OBL 'Bump' Wasn't Higher

If you take a look at the RealClearPolitics average of the major national pollsters, you will see that President Obama received about a five percent approval bump from the killing of Osama bin Laden. This is actually smaller than I thought it would be and apparently smaller than some in the media expected-- and wanted.

This brings us to an MSNBC article lamenting that Obama's rise in the poll should have been higher, but was dragged down by poor economic news. This is, at least, partially true.

But here’s what hasn’t changed: Just a third of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction; less than four in 10 approve of Obama’s handling of the U.S. economy; and nearly 70 percent think the economy will get worse or stay the same in the next year.

There is an attempt to find good news, though:
What has changed for the president since the raid at bin Laden’s compound: The number of respondents seeing Obama as a strong leader and a good commander in chief has spiked, and public opion for his handling of the war in Afghanistan jumped to an all-time high.

Huh.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Divorce

Less than a year after heading out of the California Governor's Mansion, movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver, have announced a separation. This comes after 25 years of marriage.

Shriver is a relative of the Kennedy political family and Schwarzenegger was a two-term Governor of the Golden State.

 Part of the reason could be professional.

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Since Schwarzenegger left office, it had seemed as though the two were living separate lives. Shriver has worked on her women's empowerment website, guest edited an issue of Oprah Winfrey's magazine and promoted causes near to her heart, such as Alzheimer's research. She struggled with the death of her father, Sargent Shriver, in January, and took her son Patrick and some of his friends on an East Coast college tour in April.

Shriver, 55, spoke openly about the uncertainty she felt about moving on to the next phase of her life.

"It is so stressful to not know what you're doing next," Shriver said in a March 28 YouTube video to supporters. Though there was no intimation of a split, Shriver appeared without her wedding ring. "I'd like to hear from other people in transition," Shriver said. "How did you get through it? What were three things that enabled you to get through your transition?"

The former governor, 63, told a Times reporter in April that he yearned for a show business comeback. It was later announced that Schwarzenegger had signed on to star in three films, including another installment in the "Terminator" series.

There hasn't been any word of an affair by either party-- it is still unclear for the immediate reasons for the divorce.

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Interview with Michael Prell, Author of Underdogma

Today Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 35 in our ongoing interview series. Today we're happy to interview Michael Prell, the author of Underdogma. Mr. Prell has written what has been called "the first great Tea Party book." Pundit Press is going to run a review of the new book within the next several weeks. We want to thanks Mr. Prell again for his time and wish him continued success. Please consider purchasing the book!

1. When and why did you decide to write Underdogma?

When I see things that don’t appear to make sense, it bothers me. Like Americans protesting against America and cheering for foreign terrorists who would kill them if given the chance, or gays and lesbians championing Palestinians and railing against Israel—even though Palestinians kill homosexuals, while Israel protects gay rights and even hosts World Pride Day. So I look for patterns. The pattern I found—in these and many issues that shape our world today—is that many people have a non-thinking, gut instinct to take the side of “the little guy,” the underdog. And, while this “Underdogma” instinct is relatively harmless while watching the NCAA Final Four, it has profound consequences when applied to big issues like American power.

2. What was your favorite part of writing the book?

My favorite part of writing Underdogma was actually writing Underdogma. I refuse to write something unless I understand it from all angles, so I actually spent close to five years researching Underdogma, and only a few months writing it.

3. What does the concept of Underdogma evolve into?

“Evolve” is an interesting word, because evolution is survival of the fittest and strongest, while Underdogma demonizes the strong for being strong, and champions the weak for being weak. So it is more of a devolution, away from the American Spirit that made America great and powerful, toward a rejection of American power and a demonization of those in America who have achieved wealth and power (which was once known as the American Dream).

4. Would the US dropping to second in terms of GDP dispel some of the negative attention it has
received since 1945?

Those who practice Underdogma hate America for being powerful. You can bow down and apologize for America’s power all you want, but as long as America is #1, Underdogmatists will hate America for being #1. So, the only way to satisfy those who hate America for being powerful is to…stop being powerful. That price is too high to pay to satisfy those who hate the great for being great. In the last chapter of my book—the Antidote to Underdogma—I offer a better way than bowing down, apologizing and giving America’s power away.

5. What role do you see the Tea Party playing next year? Less than 2012?

Politicians who are spending America into insolvency—unless they are stopped—will give Underdogmatists exactly what they want: a world in which America is no longer #1. This is what’s at stake, and Tea Partiers get it. That’s why they are fighting the irresponsible spending of politicians, from both parties, every step of the way. The job is not yet done, and that’s why Tea Partiers are not letting up.

6. What has been the most gratifying feedback you've received about Underdogma?

This entire experience has been such a blessing. Three likely candidates for US President have endorsed Underdogma. Frank Gaffney, Andrew McCarthy, the Tea Party Patriots and others have written nice words about the book. I’ve been on air with dozens of my talk radio heroes, including John Batchelor, Hugh Hewitt, Jim Bohannon and Dennis Miller. But the most gratifying feedback I get is from the moms and grandmothers who are the backbone of the Tea Party movement. They love Underdogma, and I love meeting them at Tea Party events. If you want to fill your heart, and your resolve to keep America exceptional, spend some time with the patriotic women who fuel the Tea Party movement.

7. Plans for any other books?

Yes. Several. Including a sequel to Underdogma, and some unexpected ones. Plus a TV series coming out, and a few other things. Go to www.under-dogma.com, sign up for the free Underdogma newsletter, and you’ll be the first to know about everything!
8. Anything else you'd like to add?

Just a quick note about your blog, and blogs in general. I think many people take blogs for granted, and the new grassroots nature of new media that blogs have spawned. The tagline of Pundit Press is “Truth can stand by itself.” True. But blogs, new media and social media help share the truth with others. For that, I’m grateful.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Affair?

Less than a year after heading out of the California Governor's Mansion, movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver, have announced a separation. This comes after 25 years of marriage.

Shriver is a relative of the Kennedy political family and Schwarzenegger was a two-term Governor of the Golden State.

 Part of the reason could be professional.

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Since Schwarzenegger left office, it had seemed as though the two were living separate lives. Shriver has worked on her women's empowerment website, guest edited an issue of Oprah Winfrey's magazine and promoted causes near to her heart, such as Alzheimer's research. She struggled with the death of her father, Sargent Shriver, in January, and took her son Patrick and some of his friends on an East Coast college tour in April.

Shriver, 55, spoke openly about the uncertainty she felt about moving on to the next phase of her life.

"It is so stressful to not know what you're doing next," Shriver said in a March 28 YouTube video to supporters. Though there was no intimation of a split, Shriver appeared without her wedding ring. "I'd like to hear from other people in transition," Shriver said. "How did you get through it? What were three things that enabled you to get through your transition?"

The former governor, 63, told a Times reporter in April that he yearned for a show business comeback. It was later announced that Schwarzenegger had signed on to star in three films, including another installment in the "Terminator" series.

There hasn't been any word of an affair by either party-- it is still unclear for the immediate reasons for the divorce.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Obama OKed Seals to "Fight Way out of Pakistan" if Confronted by Pakistani Army

In another revelation about the raid that killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, it was revealed today that President Obama gave the okay for Navy Seals to fight their way out of Pakistan if the need arose.

According to Administration and military officials, the President "insisted" that the team that took down bin Laden had to be big enough "to fight its way out of Pakistan if confronted by hostile local police officers and troops."

In other words, if the Pakistani army or local police found out about Operation Geronimo, the United States would have ground troops in Pakistan firing against their army.  Considering that not even the Pakistani government knew about the raid, much less the army or local police force, the chances of this occurring were relatively high.

If this had indeed happened, it would have lead to a debacle of huge proportions.  If the United States had killed bin Laden and then had to kill dozens of Pakistanis, much of the nation of Pakistan would likely be calling for war.  This easily could have gotten every single US Seal killed and could have killed dozens, if not hundreds, of civilians in the densely populated city of Abbottabad.

In a worse scenario, which was also very likely to take place, the Pakistani army might have noticed the helicopters and Navy Seals long before they reached bin Laden's lair.  If that happened, not only would Osama bin Laden still likely be alive, but the United States would have likely been engaged in a firefight with Pakistan, likely killing dozens and completely missing out target.

Consider, for a moment, that our relations with Pakistan are strained as it is.  And the mission was a success, with no civilians and no Seals killed.  Imagine dozens dead, a firefight on the ground in Pakistan, miles from the Afghanistan border, and Osama bin Laden getting away alive.

The NY Times continues:
Mr. Obama’s decision to increase the size of the force sent into Pakistan shows that he was willing to risk a military confrontation with a close ally in order to capture or kill the leader of Al Qaeda.

Such a fight would have set off an even larger breach with the Pakistanis than has taken place since officials in Islamabad learned that helicopters filled with members of a Navy Seals team had flown undetected into one of their cities, and burst into a compound where Bin Laden was hiding.

One senior Obama administration official, pressed on the rules of engagement for one of the riskiest clandestine operations attempted by the C.I.A. and the military’s Joint Special Operations Command in many years, said: “Their instructions were to avoid any confrontation if at all possible. But if they had to return fire to get out, they were authorized to do it.”

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Dude-- Star Wars Propaganda Posters

Dude.

I'm joining today!



More at:
http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/awesome_of_the_day/2011/05/celebrate-star-wars-day-with-these-sweet-propaganda-posters.html

H/t: HotAir
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Divorce Details

Less than a year after heading out of the California Governor's Mansion, movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver, have announced a separation. This comes after 25 years of marriage.

Shriver is a relative of the Kennedy political family and Schwarzenegger was a two-term Governor of the Golden State.

 Part of the reason could be professional.

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Since Schwarzenegger left office, it had seemed as though the two were living separate lives. Shriver has worked on her women's empowerment website, guest edited an issue of Oprah Winfrey's magazine and promoted causes near to her heart, such as Alzheimer's research. She struggled with the death of her father, Sargent Shriver, in January, and took her son Patrick and some of his friends on an East Coast college tour in April.

Shriver, 55, spoke openly about the uncertainty she felt about moving on to the next phase of her life.

"It is so stressful to not know what you're doing next," Shriver said in a March 28 YouTube video to supporters. Though there was no intimation of a split, Shriver appeared without her wedding ring. "I'd like to hear from other people in transition," Shriver said. "How did you get through it? What were three things that enabled you to get through your transition?"

The former governor, 63, told a Times reporter in April that he yearned for a show business comeback. It was later announced that Schwarzenegger had signed on to star in three films, including another installment in the "Terminator" series.

There hasn't been any word of an affair by either party-- it is still unclear for the immediate reasons for the divorce.

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