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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hugo Chavez in Critical Condition? Dead? Rumors are Flying

I commented previously about the unusual nature of having an unexplained pelvic abscess requiring emergent surgery. It just doesn't happen without some sort of provocation. Now we are getting word as to a possible explanation.

Yesterday the Real Cuba Blog commented that Hugo Chavez was "undergoing a critical clinical condition".

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they could not confirm reports that the Venezuelan president is being treated for cancer of the prostate, which is the rumor that is currently being heard with increasing frequency in Venezuela's high places.

But the health of the Venezuelan president, who underwent surgery two weeks ago in Havana, "is in a critical state, not grave, but critical, complicated," said one of the sources, whose identity can not be revealed due to the sensitive location where he is.

On the other hand, the intelligence sources who have been following closely the situation in Caracas confirmed that Chavez's daughter, Rosinés, together with her mother, Marisabel Rodriguez, mysteriously left Venezuela for Cuba on an Air Force plane .
"Marisabel and her daughter left Venezuela in a hurry said another of the sources. "That was 72 hours ago." El Nuevo Herald (Spanish)

The Devil's Excrement calls it the best kept secret in Caracas, wondering if he has prostate cancer and postulating that he had undergone a radical prostatectomy and implying that there was metastasis.

Fausta's Blog is asking the same questions, quoting Fox News Latino, Associated Press:

Some people suspect Chávez has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness such as prostate or colon cancer while others claim doctors botched liposuction surgery and he suffered an infection.

The chronology of events is

  • Chavez had surgery in Venezuela
  • Following the surgery, he left Venezuela and made stops in Brazil and Ecuador
  • He then flew to Cuba, where he was operated for a pelvic abscess on June 10
  • Chavez was interviewed by phone for Telesur on June 12
  • On Friday June 17, Fidel and Raul Castro dropped by Chavez’s hospital room for a photo-op
  • On June 21, Adan Chavez, Hugo’s brother, said that the president would return to Venezuela by July 4

Venezuela News and Views has been following the events closely and are great resource of any of the goings on in Venezuela. He quotes a spanish language source Gustavo as he rethinks the possibility that Hugo Chavez may indeed be in serious medical trouble. "I do not know how trustworthy is Gustavo's source, but the thing is that his "conspiracy theory" matches so many things so well that, that as Italians would say, si non e vero, e ben trovato. And thus, even if this blogger is always reticent on reporting rumors, for once he will make an exception."

From the post Chavez croaking? Well, maybe...

In short, Chavez would be suffering from a prostate cancer that has metastasized.

This already would explain several things: why Chavez never remarried; why he occasionally seems to get all bloated; why his ample clothing when he does an extended cadena as it could hide adult diapers better; why the mystery around the whole thing as prostate surgery for a macho man is tantamount to recognize that he is not that macho anymore.

Since the post of Gustavo is in Spanish, follows my interpretation of his text in English.

Apparently the "knee" problem was a way to hide the prostate surgery which today can be dealt well enough in a couple of weeks. But if we are to believe Gustavo the post biopsy was not encouraging and they decided to do some advanced body scans which in Venezuela can only be done in a couple of private clinics. Not only Chavez entourage would not trust the discretion of private clinics but it would have been also an admission that the "socialist" care was not as performing as the "capitalist" care since the regime had not been able to match the equipment of the private sector for "el pueblo". Thus the trip to Cuba. One caveat here: where would have Chavez got prostate surgery in full discretion? Has he set an O.R. inside Miraflores or Fuerte Tiuna?

Before, for show, Chavez stopped in Brazil and Ecuador and that must have been a mistake because he got a post op infection. And also some people found him walking strangely well for someone with an alleged serious knee injury. Arriving in Cuba he got feverish soon and they had to drain the abscess. That would have been the real "emergency" part. In a way that was a convenient excuse to justify Chavez stay while the real stuff was being done, namely the body scans.

He seems to have recovered well enough form his infection but apparently the scans were not good and they decided to start radiotherapy. Another caveat: why not chemotherapy? The more so that he has metastasized. A explanation is that under chemo he would have had to resign temporarily since you might go bonkers during the treatment. Chavez cannot go for an interim prez to preserve his tough image of caudillo. Whatever it is, the lone photo of him in Havana shows him rather gaunt and leaning on both Castro brothers. Some people said it reeked of Photoshop but then again... it matches the symptoms.

According to Gustavo's source, the radio therapy will take 25 days twice, with a ten days rest, which explains quite well how they keep postponing the return announcement. In fact they are trying to postpone the traditional July 5th parade to the eight which pretty much would fall in between two treatments, maybe allowing Chavez to set foot in Venezuela for a couple of days. After all if you travel in a plane with a medical bed incorporated, well, you can manage the round trip with a minimum of damage.

The problem is that radio therapy also leaves visible sequels that must be explained (I do not think it includes loss of hair unless it is coupled with some form of chemo). Thus the regime is faced with the unavoidable problem to have to fess up and admit Chavez sickness. And this for sure explains all the nervousness within the grandees of the regime left behind to mind the joint. That is, the drastic reactions to events that do not deserve such reactions, the mistakes in handling the jail crisis, etc,.. as the regime upper echelons know what is going on, or suspect it considering the shroud of silence which is worse than any serious medical communique. In other words within chavismo there is at the same time a succession war open, probably where Cuba is trying to pick its next viceroy, AND a sauve qui peut (1) as all the corrupt fortunes are bailing out of doge before they get arrested in a post Chavez regime, even if led by a chavista.

Do I believe it? Not yet but it is awfully tempting. However let me make something perfectly clear: THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLY THE VERY WORST CASE SCENARIO FOR VENEZUELA.

Much of this speculation is driven by an article published by the WSJ yesterday.

Venezuelan officials scrambled Thursday to reassure compatriots that President Hugo Chávez was not seriously ill after his brother said the president would remain in a Cuban hospital for up to 12 more days, making it likely that Mr. Chávez will be away from the country for nearly a month.

The absence has sparked furious speculation about the president's health and led many in Venezuela to ask: What happens if the former army officer who has ruled Venezuela for 12 years is suddenly incapacitated or even dies?

Now Public trumps all the rumors and asks if Hugo Chavez is dead?

Wikileaks Argentina tweeted earlier today:

"BREAKING NEWS! The president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez died in Cuba this morning. 06/25/2011 08:43AM"

I would only add:

"Regardless of the diagnosis, the real cancer is the destruction of the Venezuelan economy, the people’s rights and freedoms under Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution, which he wants to metastasize through our hemisphere."

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Hugo Chavez in "Critical" Condition

From Fox Latino:
Hugo Chávez extended stay in a Cuban hospital is because he is in critical condition, according to a report in El Nuevo Herald.

The Venezuelan president, who was last seen in public June 9 and last heard from on June 12, on a phone call with Venezuelan state television, was said to have been treated for a pelvic abscess in Cuba.

During the call Chávez said that medical tests showed no sign of any "malignant" illness.

But according to the report in El Nuevo Herald, Chávez finds himself in "critical condition, not grave, but critical, in a complicated situation."
Soon to have a meeting with Satan?
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Crossroads GPS New Ad: Shovel Ready

A pretty effective ad from Karl Rove's group:

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Vote in Our Poll: Do You Support NY Legalizing Gay Marriage?

The New York State Senate has passed, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed, a bill that officially legalizes gay marriage. The question is, do you support it? Vote in the poll below and leave a comment:

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Gov. Christie Releasing Campaign Videos?

You tell me what this is:

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The Sin of New York

New York became the sixth state yesterday evening to redefine the traditional definition of marriage to include homosexuals - joining Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, and New Hampshire - in deciding 5,000 years of civil society based on morality was wrong, unfair and even bigoted.

The State Senate voted 33-29 to redefine marriage. Four Republicans crossed over to the other side, while only one Democrat, a former Pentecostal minister, remained adamantly in opposition to the moral depravity until the final vote. It will become official when Governor Cuomo signs the legislation.

As a proud citizen of New York - I have never been more ashamed of my state government before now. Banning bug bombs is one thing; desecrating marriage is another. There are no feelings of cheer - or pride - inside me, but sadness and disappointment that my state believes it knows better than human biology, and God's morality.

Shame on New York.

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Michelle Obama Thanks Media for "Support, Kindness"

Seriously, who can say the Main Stream Media isn't biased with a straight face?
Mrs. Obama
From RCP:
In an interview with CNN, First Lady Michelle Obama thanks the media for their "support" and "kindness."

CNN reporter: "How's the family ready for this [the election]? It's going to be quite vicious, isn't it? How do you prepare for that?"

First Lady Michelle Obama: "You know, it's … we're ready, you know. Our children, you know, could care less about what we're doing. We work hard to do that. Fortunately, we have help from the media. I have to say this: I'm very grateful for the support and kindness that we've gotten. People have respected their privacy and in that way, I think, you know, no matter what people may feel about my husband's policies or what have you, they care about children and that's been good to see."
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Video: Genius Computer Stops Rockets Right Before Impact

'Iron Curtain' defense smacks rockets in mid-flight.

Blowing up rockets in midflight is easy — as long as you’ve got a fast enough computer.

That’s the thinking at Artis, the Virginia firm trying to outfit the Army’s armored vehicles with so-called “active protection” technology — defenses that can stop incoming projectiles before they ever have a chance to hit. If the approach works, it could not only protect U.S. forces from rockets and missiles. It could shield troops from the most lethal roadside bombs, as well.

Rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles are some of the most potent weapons in the guerrilla arsenal, because they can punch through even the thickest armor. The Israelis, for instance, saw 40 of their tanks get hit by the projectiles in their 2006 war in Lebanon. So U.S. and Israeli defense contractors have tried all sorts of ways to blast these munitions while they’re still hurtling toward their target — to hit one speeding bullet with another, essentially.

But pulling off that trick shot requires a whole bunch of split-second calculations: from detecting the incoming rocket to figuring out its flight pattern to deciding when to fire the countermeasure. To do it all, you need a whole heap of processing power.

“Active protection is a testament to how fast computers are these days — especially when you’re not burdening them, by running an operating system,” says Artis CEO Keith Brendley.

Artis’ approach is a little more algorithm-intensive than others. Rather than blast the projectile early in its flight, Artis’ Iron Curtain system waits to fire its countermeasure until the very, very last moment, when the munition is just a few inches away from ramming into its target. Iron Curtain doesn’t shoot out at the projectile. Mounted on the vehicle’s roof, it shoots straight down.


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New York Passes Same Sex Marriage. Republican Controlled Senate Get No Credit

Just some thoughts.

This is a good thing for New York and the nation. This represents, I believe, the first time that a Republican controlled legislative body has voted to support same sex marriage and there are some obvious reasons for that. There has been considerable behind the scenes negotiations taking place between Governor Cuomo and a minority of Republican senators to carve out strong and specific religious exemptions.

From the Democrat and Chronicle Vote Up Blog:

The language expands the religious carve outs by ensuring that religious organizations or non-profit groups associated with them would not be penalized if they choose not to recognize same-sex marriages. It would also ensure that state and local governments couldn’t penalize organizations who didn’t want to recognize gay couples, essentially ensuring that state aid or state licenses couldn’t be revoked.

Gay-rights groups said they accept the language.

“The amended marriage equality legislation protects religious liberties without creating any special exceptions that would penalize same-sex couples or treat them unequally. The legislation strikes an appropriate balance that allows all loving, committed couples to marry while preserving religious freedom,” the group New Yorkers United for Marriage said in a statement.

This has always been a major sticking point as far as my views on legalization of gay marriage is concerned. I don't begrudge unions of one particular kind or another, but have always been suspicious of activist liberal court judges who seek to impose politically correct dogma on the masses. This bill finds a reasonable medium, I think.

The bill also contains a severability clause that means if one part of the bill were found unconstitutional, the entire bill would be unconstitutional. This is important and means that if the constitutionality of the religious protections are challenged in court and are found not to meet constitutional muster, then the whole bill fails. This is wording I think that conservatives should be proud of.

Senator Steve Saland proved to be one of the key votes in passage. His remarks on the floor of the senate are well worth reading and considering.

In 2009 when the marriage equality bill came before the Senate for a vote, I struggled with the decision. This is an issue which a great many have a deep and passionate interest, both those for marriage equality and those who support the traditional view of marriage. In part, the difficulty in arriving at my decision is that I respect and understand the views coming from both sides of the issue.

In fact, my decision today is rooted in my upbringing. My parents taught us to be respectful, tolerant and accepting of others and to do the right thing. I’ve received thousands of calls, e-mails, post cards and letters. Many of them, whether they were from proponents or opponents, concluded by calling upon me to do the right thing. I want to do the right thing, but needless to say, that decision cannot be the “right thing” for both sides of the equation and, whatever my decision, there will be many who will be disappointed.

As a traditionalist, I have long viewed marriage as a union between a man and woman. As one who believes in equal rights, I understood that the State was denying marriage to those in same sex relationships. In 2009, I believed that civil unions for same sex couples would be a satisfactory conclusion.

Since that time, I have met with numerous groups and individuals on both sides of the issue, especially during the last few months. As I did, I anguished over the importance and significance of my vote. My intellectual and emotional journey has at last ended. I must define doing the right thing as treating all persons with equality in the definition of law as it pertains to marriage. To do otherwise would fly in the face of my upbringing.

For me to support marriage equality, however, it was imperative that the legislation contain all the necessary religious exemptions, so as not to interfere with religious beliefs which I hold as important as equal rights. I believe this legislation satisfactorily resolves the religious exemptions.

I was part of a trio of Senators that negotiated with the Governor and his staff for greater religious protections in this legislation – vastly in excess of the prior defeated version and substantially more than this year’s earlier version. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the important and direct role of the Governor in these negotiations and his genuine sensitivity and concern to the importance of religious freedoms.

While I understand that my vote will disappoint many, I also know that my vote is a vote of conscience. I have contemplated many difficult votes throughout my career and this is by far one of the most, if not the most difficult. Struggling with my traditionalist view of marriage and my deep rooted values to treat all people with respect and as equals, I believe after much deliberation, I am doing the right thing in voting to support marriage equality.

On the whole, good job New York. Now can we get back to the more pressing matters that face the state?

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Watch it Live: Same Sex Marriage Bill Set for Passage in New York? (Bumped)

NY Senate is now in session and will soon vote on bill legalizing same sex marriage. Watch it here and tell me what you think!

nysenate on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

Vote Yes/Vote No

New York state lawmakers have been working to pass a bill legalizing the union between same sex couples. The vote is coming down to the wire and is expected to come to the floor later tonight or tomorrow.

"A National Organization of Marriage poll recently found that 57% of NY state is for traditional marriage. This is in contrast polls conducted by Siena College, Marist, and Quinnipiac that found that a majority of New Yorkers actually support the passage of a marriage equality bill. Those polls also talked to many more people than this poll, which only surveyed 302 “registered voters with voting history randomly selected from the voter registration file in NYS.”

According to the WSJ Metropolis there are many political observers that expect the legislation to pass once lawmakers are able to settle on language that would allow for churches and religious institutions to recuse themselves from performing same-sex unions.

This seems exactly correct. As it stands the Senate is currently deadlocked at 31-31, on shy of the number of votes needed to pass. According to Capital Tonight Sen Greg Ball has now confirmed he is a no vote on the measure. More to the point:

Sen. Greg Ball, who had sought greater protections for religious institutions, released a formal statement this evening confirming that he’s voting no on the same-sex marriage bill.

Ball says there’s just not enough religious exemption language in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s same-sex marriage. The Hudson Valley Republican’s statement isn’t that surprising, since he had said since the bill’s introduction that he would vote no unless broader exemptions were added to the bill.

This leaves only three Republican senators who are undecided on the measure: Mark Grisanti, Steve Saland and Andrew Lanza.

Sen Saland and Lanza have both met with Governor Cuomo in recent days to develop an amendment within the bill that would allow for broader religious protections.

Specifically, a spokeswoman for Sen. Ball said the final legislation protects "religious corporations", but not employees of those "religious corporations" like pastors and ministers, who actually do the work of marrying people.

Personally I don't think the government has any real role in deciding who does and doesn't get "married" and believe that it is incumbent that any potential legislation protect the real first amendment rights of freedom of religion. I also think it more than prudent for legislators to seek particular protections for those religious institutions who will not comply with the joining of a man to a man or a woman to a woman in holy matrimony.

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List of House Republicans Who Voted to Continue Funding Non-War in Libya

Today there were two important votes in the House of Representatives regarding Libya.  In the first, a super-majority in the House rejected a measure to continue the US role in Libya.  Yet when it came to crunch time, a bill to defund President Obama's military action in Libya failed.

The vote was specifically to "limit the use of funds appropriated to the Department of Defense for United States Armed Forces in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization Operation Unified Protector with respect to Libya, unless otherwise specifically authorized by law."

89 Republicans voted no (along with 149 Democrats).  They voted to continue funding the non-kinectic-military-action-war.  Here are their names:

Broun (GA)
Burton (IN)
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Franks (AZ)
Graves (GA)
Johnson, Sam
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kinzinger (IL)
Miller (MI)
Poe (TX)
Rogers (MI)
Ross (FL)
Ryan (WI)
Smith (NJ)
Thompson (PA)
Walsh (IL)

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Liberal Group "I hate it when I wake up and Sarah Palin is still alive" Swells to Over 3,000 Members

Is this what the Left calls civility?  The Facebook group I hate it when I wake up and Sarah Palin is still alive has grown to well over 3,000 members.  3,249 people to be exact.  Over three thousand left-wingers wish to see Mrs. Palin die.  We've written about this disgusting group before. And their group's official picture:
Some of the comments underneath read:
And the seemingly obligatory moron who blames her for the shootings in Arizona (the third one):
Oh, and isn't that special, the group admin laments the death of Osama bin Laden:
Don't forget about comments like these (swearing obscured):

Never in my life have I seen such hatred towards a person for absolutely no reason.  These people are truly disgusting.

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NATO: We are Trying to Kill Qaddafi

In some welcome, though obvious, news, NATO is actually trying to kill Muommar Qaddafi in Libya. Don't know why it took three months for this to be semi-official, but the beans are spilled now.

Presently shitting his pants

"I believed that we were [targeting Qaddafi] but that confirmed it," Turner said. "I believe the scope that NATO is pursuing is beyond what is contemplated in civil protection, so they're exceeding the mission."

Later in the same briefing, Turner said, Locklear maintained that the NATO mission does not include regime change. "Well, certainly if you remove Qaddafi it will affect regime change," Turner said that he replied. "[Locklear] did not have an answer to that."

Locklear also said that, upon Qaddafi's removal, ground troops would be needed during the immediate period of instability, Turner said. In fact, Locklear said publicly that a "small force" might be necessary following the collapse of the Qaddafi regime in a May 30 conference in Varna, Bulgaria.

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Super-Majority in House Rejects Measure to Continue US Role in Libya

Dun, dun, duuuuuun.
Not Pleased
From Yahoo!:
WASHINGTON – The House on Friday overwhelmingly rejected a measure giving President Barack Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military operation against Libya, a major repudiation of the commander in chief.

The vote was 295-123, with Obama losing the support of 70 of his Democrats one day after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had made a last-minute plea for the mission.

While the congressional action had no immediate effect on American involvement in the NATO-led mission, it was an embarrassment to a sitting president and certain to have reverberations in Tripoli and NATO capitals.

The vote marked the first time since 1999 that either House has voted against a military operation. The last time was over President Bill Clinton's authority in the Bosnian war.

The House planned a second vote on legislation to cut off money for the operation.

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We Can Do This Unless We Don’t

If Alfred E. Newman with his “What me worry?” grin was President of the United States he couldn’t do a more pathetic imitation of leadership than we are currently witnessing in Chicago on the Potomac.
Dismissing the easy visuals of an out-of-touch Imperial President such as:
·         Playing golf more in two years than Bush did in eight. With over seventy rounds of eighteen holes in 2.5 years and more that eleven weekends in a row this year it makes one wonder if he’s practicing up for a second career perhaps taking Tiger Woods place once he leaves the White House.
·         The 2010 decision to skip the wreath laying ceremony at Arlington to make a pilgrimage to his political Mecca by the Lake, 
·          Joking about the failure of the 800+ billion dollar stimulus with his cronies at the ironically named Jobs Council when he quipped with his usual uh … uh … off-script eloquence and profundity, “Shovel-ready was not as … uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.”
These types of politically tone-deaf blunders are merely the insensitive actions of a self-indulgent prima donna on his way to a Jimmy Carter style one-term ejection and should surprise no one.   When you hire a novice to do a master-craftsman’s job don’t be surprised when the paint peels or the wood warps.
However, President Obama, even with the debt exploding, the economy imploding and  his poll numbers in free fall has a glimmer of hope for a surprise re-election commonly known as the Republican Party.
The re-treaded leadership in the House, which the new Tea Party majority-makers allowed to continue even after they handed the momentum back to the Progressives with the Lame-Duck Deal, seem determined to hand Mr. Obama a second term.  How can this be? One continuing resolution after another, a budget deal trading a real 1.6 trillion dollar deficit for phantom cuts, re-affirmation of the liberty-smothering Patriot Act, the soon-to-be vote to raise the debt limit, and the political hacks that pass for conservative leaders will prove it’s business as usual for the two-headed bird of prey that is America’s party of power.
The GOP needs the energy and votes of the Tea Party to win.  With a record of caving to the Progressives who will rally round the Republican flag?  Then there is the coming nominee.  Who will it be?  Will it be someone who could fire up the rank-and-file or will it be another in the long line of “It’s My Turn” RHINOs that the Party sets up to get knocked down?  Will Romney be the next McCain, the next Dole, or the next George H. W. Bush?  Will a Huntsman or a Pawlenty garner enough votes of Democrats voting in Republican primaries and thus win a plurality of the votes as McCain did? 
Does the party of Reagan have the courage to nominate someone like Ron Paul who has the record to prove he stands by his limited-government positions?  Do the people who want their constitutionally limited government back have the sense to ignore the drone of the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media and refuse to allow them to succeed in their efforts to make Sarah Palin over into anything but the winner she is?  Do they have the foresight to draft Chris Christie and demand that he run?  In other words do the Republicans have the political integrity to actually run a conservative or will they stick with the same old lackluster Progressive Lite that has spelled doom in the past?
President Obama is eminently beatable.  His successes: healthcare and financial reform were shoved through over the determined resistance of the American public.  His expansion of the wars and his support for the Arab Spring which is code for Islamist take-over has eroded our security.  His religious adherence to the Cloward-Piven Plan to collapse the economy as a means to fundamentally transform America has brought us to the brink of financial disaster.  And his in-your-face golf-while-Washington-burns party at the end of the age lifestyle has made him vulnerable to any candidate who will actually stand for everything the President is against.
The President may say he isn’t on the campaign trail but it would be more accurate to say he has never left the campaign trail except for weekends of golf, luxury vacations, and celebrity parties.  While he was far too busy running for the presidency and miss-managing the country for two years to release a reasonable facsimile of a birth certificate he always has time for important things like the Oprah Show or jetting across the country to glad hand donors. 
We all know the President is an excellent campaigner, which according to himself was one of his chief qualifications for becoming President.  With his 2012 campaign headquartered in his adopted home of Chicago, the home of vote procurement procedures, and his goal to raise and spend one billion dollars there should be no doubt that his will be an energetic and effective campaign.
He may have the organization and he may have the money; however, what is the President’s strategy to overcome his record as the first President since Jimmy Carter determined to manage the decline of America instead of working to ensure its continued success?  How is he to convince the great majority of Americans that his program of reckless spending, apology tours, abandoning friends and embracing enemies is deserving of another four years?  The short answer is he can’t, and so he won’t.
President Obama, aided and abetted by the Progressive Media will pretend the economy is recovering or that prosperity is just around the corner.  They will tell the voters we can’t change horses in the middle of the stream.  The storyline will be, “You may be out of a job and waiting to be foreclosed on but it could be worse and it’s getting better.”  I predict this has about as much chance of working as convincing a Steve Jobs worshipping Apple Devotee that a PC really is better.  So what’s the President going to do?
I believe his only chance for a second term is to either use the media and primary cross-voters to help the Republicans nominate the next “It’s my turn” loser or to split the conservative vote.  The Progressive Media will do all they can to promote a like-minded left-wing RHINO ala-McCain, but if the Tea Party wing has enough juice to nominate Ron Paul or Michelle Bachmann or enough power to draft Palin or Christie I predict there will be a pseudo conservative third party candidate even if the DNC has to finance it.
Four more years of managed decline without a re-election to restrain him and President Obama’s transformational vision of America as just another country may become more than just the content of his latest apology or the lesson taught to our children in public schools.  It may become the shabby reality we will have to endure and the shameful remnant we leave to our grandchildren.  We must stay united, stay focused, and work together for the restoration of America.  We can’t let divisions divide us anymore.  We can do this unless we don’t.
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.

Oprah Rep Now Denies OJ Simpson Admitted Killings

The story is developing as I write.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Oprah Winfrey hasn't landed that confession from O.J. Simpson -- yet.

Despite a National Enquirer report that Simpson confessed from prison to murdering ex wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, a rep for Harpo tells The Hollywood Reporter, "That's not true."

Oprah has said she's determined to get Simpson's confession. He was acquitted or the murders in 1995.

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Video- President Obama forgets Jared Monti's Heroic Death

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CBO- 'Stimulus Doubled Debt by Itself;' Pelosi- "Largely Accrued By President George W. Bush"

Congratulations Representative Pelosi, you are now officially one of the most disingenuous people to ever be elected to office.

According to Nancy Pelosi, economic data is worthless when your trying to make a point. The Congressional Budget Office released a report this week stating that President Obama's Stimulus, and passed by Democrats in Congress, nearly doubled our debt.

When asked about the debt by MSNBC yesterday, Pelosi had no compunction about lying, saying with a botox-induced straight face: "The U.S. government can not default on its debt, largely accrued by President George W. Bush."

Did you feel that shiver go down your spine?  That was your conscious screaming.
So, how do we balance the budget according to Pelosi?  "You can not cut yourself to balance.  It's not balanced unless you have revenue on the table," she babbled.  In other words, spend the same (or more), and raise taxes.

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Time: Does the Constitution Still Matter?

This may very well be the stupidest thing that I have read all week (and I compiled a list of "unexpected" headlines!).  Time Magazine has no where near the readership it once had.  Print media (especially liberal print media) is plummeting into obsolescence.  Time hasn't had an important story in years.

So what do they do?  Show the Constitution being shredded and emblazon the question, "Does it still matter" on top:
Here's the answer:  yes.

There you go, I've just saved you a few misspent dollars and minutes of reading drivel.  Go about your day.  You're welcome.

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"Unexpectedly" Compilation Redux

A reader calling himself JB did a great job chronologically sorting out the headlines.  (Here's the original). He did such a good job, I figured that it had to be it's own article.  So once again, "Our Media Watchdogs" at work:

"Confidence among U.S. consumers unexpectedly fell in December," from Bloomberg Businessweek, January 3, 2011

US jobs growth lower than expected, from RTE, January 7, 2011

Economy created fewer jobs than expected, from American Public Media, January 2011

Construction Spending in U.S. Unexpectedly Fell to Decade Low, from Bloomberg, from February 1, 2011

Job growth slower than expected in January, from Reuters, February 4, 2011

US Q4 growth unexpectedly revised down, from EuroNews, February 25, 2011

Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected, from Industry Week, March 10, 2011

US home sales fall more than expected, from the Financial Times, March 21, 2011

U.S. Factory Orders Drop Unexpectedly, from Industry Week, March 24, 2011

Orders for Manufactured Goods Fall Unexpectedly, from the New York Times, March 24, 2011

"Initial Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly," from Reuters, April 28, 2011

Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise to Three-Month High, from Money News, April 28, 2011

US GDP Growth Slows More Than Expected, from Sky News, April 28, 2011

"Unexpectedly weak economic data," from Economics Newspaper, from April 2011

U.S. private employers added fewer jobs than expected in April, from Reuters, May 4, 2011

U.S. Economy: Previously Owned Home Sales Unexpectedly Fall, from Bloomberg Businessweek, May 19, 2011

US Q1 corporate profits drop unexpectedly, from Business Speculator, May 26, 2011

Economy cools more than expected, rattling stock market, from the Christian Science Monitor, June 1, 2011

U.S. Adds Far Fewer Jobs Than Expected in May, from National Journal, June 1, 2011

And this quote was in Yahoo's front-page article today:

"At the conclusion of a two-day policy meeting, the central bank said that while the recovery is continuing at a moderate pace, growth is somewhat slower than expected. It also said the jobs market is "weaker than anticipated.""

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Two Men Arrested in Seattle Terror Plot

Chalk up another victory for the good guys.

Two muslim men, both natural born citizens, were arrested Wednesday night in Seattle for plotting to attack a local military recruiting station with grenades and machine guns. Reports indicate the Jihadists were inspired by the horrific 2009 Fort Hood massacre that resulted in the deaths of thirteen American soldiers.

Local law enforcement were alerted to the terrorist threat by a third man, who was approached about joining the plot, but who worked with the police instead. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force played a key role in the successful operation by combining federal, state and local resources.

The Department of Justice has charged them with conspiracy to murder officers and employees of the federal government, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and other crimes.

This planned attack would have been much worse than Fort Hood, because the Military Entrance Processing Station they were targeting houses not only many civilian employees and military personnel, but a child's daycare center.

We have once again succeeded in stopping the bad guys, but there will always be one more Islamic terrorist to catch - and we must never forget that.

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Clinton Advisor: Internet is "the Che Guevara of the 21st Century"

At times it boggles my mind just how stupid some people are.  Che Guevara was a genocidal racist that murdered countless innocents.  Yet, for whatever reason, he has become a folk hero to many on the left.

One admirer: Hillary Clinton's senior adviser for innovation, Alec Ross. Speaking to a summit, Ross stated that the internet is "the Che Guevara of the 21st century." He apparently is implying that the revolutions in the "Arab Spring" are helped by the internet and that, should the revolutions succeed, communist nations will arise.  For his statement to be true, Ross would also be looking forward to the deaths of thousands of innocents thanks to the internet.  If that is not what he meant, then he is simply stupid for not knowing what and who Che Guevara was.

And no, Ross did not compare Guevara to the internet as an insult.  He clearly was extolling the internet and Guevara, as he praised the "redistribution of power."

"Dictatorships are now more vulnerable than they have ever been before, in part – but not entirely – because of the devolution of power from the nation state to the individual," he continued.
A fan of racist murderers
Afterwards he said:
"One thesis statement I want to emphasize is how networks disrupt the exercise of power. They devolve power from the nation state – from governments and large institutions – to individuals and small institutions. The overarching pattern is the redistribution of power from governments and large institutions to people and small institutions...

"If hierarchies are being leveled then people at the top of those hierarchies are finding themselves on much shakier ground. What's remarkable is the speed, this is lightning fast change taking place and I've got to be honest, I think this is fun. It's going to be wildly disruptive in the next few years and net-net I think this is a good thing."
And go figure, Ross also helped President Obama get elected.

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WSJ: Perry Running for President

A source close to Texas Governor Rick Perry tells the Wall Street Journal that he is preparing to jump into the Presidential race. This comes after speculation that Perry would enter the Republican field.

Our normally reliable Republican source reports that Mr. Perry has surveyed the field and decided to get in the race later this summer, perhaps around the time of the national prayer meeting that Mr. Perry is hosting on August 6 at a Houston football stadium. Our source also reports that Mr. Perry is aiming to compete in the Iowa Straw Poll, even though it occurs just a week later, on August 13. The thinking is that apparent front-runner Mitt Romney "does not reflect the Republican Party" and is therefore vulnerable to a credible challenge from the right, especially after Mr. Romney's recent squishy remarks on global warming.

Beyond simply the August 13 event in Ames, Iowa, a big question for Mr. Perry is whether a compressed schedule would allow him to attract enough money and primary voters to win the nomination. Perry campaign adviser David Carney says that question still hasn't been answered, and even a positive verdict doesn't necessarily mean the Texan would enter the race. "Then he's got to saddle up and do a gut check" to determine if he's ready for the rigors of a presidential run, says Mr. Carney.

Pressed on whether these decisions have already been made, Mr. Carney adds, "We don't have to cloak our intentions, because we don't know what our intentions are."


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