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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Just a Note of Introduction

I just wanted to give a note of introduction.  As most of us, I have many titles in my life.  One of the ones that I am most proud of is American.  I am a first generation American, in fact.  I was told often as a child how lucky I was to be an American.  I grew up with a great sense of pride in this country and the freedoms it provides.  My parents left a land that offered little opportunity to come to a country that offered anyone who was willing to work hard a promise of the "American Dream". 

While I did pay attention to politics for the majority of my life, I realized several years back that I needed to become more involved.  Shortly after President Obama took the oath of office I started blogging.  My goal is to write from the heart about what it is like to be a conservative surrounded by liberals, in the suburbs of Washington, DC. 

I have a background in direct marketing and fundraising.  I firmly believe that we, as Americans, can make a real difference in the world.  Not by force, but by giving from our hearts. 

I write my own blog, just a conservative girl, and I contribute at PotLuck as well.  I write about culture and the hypocrisy I see everyday coming from the left.  Especially as it pertains to conservative women and minorities. 

I hope you will find my posts thought provoking, interesting, and maybe you will learn a little something too. 

I look forward to hearing feedback from the readers. 

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'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters Call for Cannibalism (With Pictures)

Here are some of the dumbest signs that I had the displeasure of reading from the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement, which calls on people who work to pay for everything.  In the meantime, the "poor" protesters get the word out on their laptops and iPhones.

Oddly enough, it seems that sign after sign talks about eating fellow human beings.  This "movement" was already bizarre and phony, without the push for cannibalism:
And you can't call for human flesh without weirdos dressed as creatures that eat human brains:
Or odd comments about "cannibal BBQs:"
And:

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'Occupy Wall Street' Blasts Banking Industry... but Apologizes to Its Own Banker

Not terribly bright, are they?:
The protesters known as Occupy Wall Street may be critical of capitalism, but they still rely on the banking industry to collect and process the donations that they use to feed the troops and keep their rallies going.

So when an account for donations was mysteriously frozen, organizers accused the industry of holding the money hostage -- only to issue a public apology hours later when they realized it wasn't The Man who had brought them down.

The confusion began Friday morning when the Alliance for Global Progress, the nonprofit soliciting online contributions for Occupy Wall Street, sent out an alert to its supporters with the headline: "URGENT! Demand that e-onlinedata Stop Holding Hostage Contributions to 'Occupy Wall Street'! Release the funds! CALL TODAY!”

The alert listed the phone number for e-onlinedata, the credit card-processing company that had been receiving but not fully processing online contributions...

But after Occupy Wall Street supporters inundated e-onlinedata with complaints, protest organizers discovered the truth: It was their own fault. They issued a public apology and called off the troops, saying the volume of contributions had been more than their account could handle.

"Following extensive conversations with the company today, we are confident that the situation is on its way to a rapid resolution," the latest alert reads. "Please stop making calls to E-Onlinedata and please forward this alert to any listserves to which you may have forwarded our original alert."
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D.C. Smithsonian Museum Closed by Demonstrators

Thanks for closing down a free exhibit, douchebags:
Washington’s National Air and Space Museum has been closed for the day after demonstrators tried to enter the building on the National Mall with signs, and at least one person was pepper sprayed.

Smithsonian spokesman John Gibbons says a large group of demonstrators, estimated to be between 100 and 200 people, arrived at about 3 p.m. and tried to enter the building.

Gibbons says when a security guard tried to stop them, saying they could not enter with the signs, he was apparently held by demonstrators. A second guard who arrived used pepper spray on at least one person and the crowd dispersed.

Gibbons says one woman was arrested by police. The museum is expected to open as usual on Sunday.
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Italian Magazine "Oggi" Pairs Amanda Knox Cover Story With Knives Set

From Mediaite:
If you’re a reader of Italy’s Oggi magazine, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself receiving a little extra gift with your next magazine purchase. And we’re not talking about a dinky little tin ring or plastic animal figurine or strain of E. coli in your Cracker Jack box, no sir: You’ll get a set of four knives, and what appears to be a pizza cutter! …Right alongside a cover story declaring that “Amanda Knox è Libera” (“Amanda Knox is Free”). As in, the very same Amanda Knox whom, as you may be aware, was recently declared not guilty of having participated in the stabbing death of her flatmate in Italy.

We verified that the photo above is definitely not a hoax or Photoshop job. In fact, a source in Italy tells us that the magazine “teased last week that they would be giving away knives!”

Now, it’s important to note that this magazine, which is something like Italy’s version of People, routinely features giveaways, and there’s a distinct possibility that the pairing of a knives set and a cover story on a young woman who had been embroiled in a case involving a brutal stabbing is merely coincidental. Still: It most certainly gets attention! We wonder why Sports Illustrated never decided to capitalize on the O.J. Simpson trial by giving away a pair of gloves, or why Parenting never featured a cover story on Casey Anthony with the chance to win a “mom’s night out for you and your friends.” Seize the fervor, you know?
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Friday, October 7, 2011

White House Adviser on Solyndra: '*#~@ show'

No *#~@:
When Solyndra hit the fan in August, White House energy adviser Heather Zichal may have summed it up best.

"*#~@ show," Zichal wrote in an email Aug. 25.

Zichal’s email is one of dozens showing Obama administration officials were planning how to handle a Solyndra bankruptcy days before the solar company went under.

On Aug. 17, Dan Utech, an energy special assistant in the White House, wrote in an email that DOE had learned Solyndra was beginning to shut down operations.

“It’s unclear what that means in terms of how many people are involved at Solyndra, but we’re now in a place where this could break at any time. DOE communications will be reaching out to WH comms shortly to coordinate.”

The emails also show officials were staking out positions and assigning blame.

The White House and Office of Management and Budget were told by DOE on Aug. 11 — a full 20 days before Solyndra filed for bankruptcy — that the California solar company was “experiencing difficulties and that a bankruptcy or restructuring is imminent,” according to an internal OMB email.

“This issue could become public very quickly since Solyndra may already be unable to pay their suppliers,” the email states.
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Enter Sandman by The Mini Band; 8 to 10 years old

Sweet:

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Gingrich Wants Seven Three-Hour Debates

Newt Gingrich told the assembled crowd at the Values Voter Conference earlier today, which I turned on a few minutes before, that if nominated he would call for seven three-hour long debates between himself and President Obama in the spirit of the Lincoln-Douglas debates for the general election.

The crowd cheered.

As did I.

Presidential debates are insulting. Candidates are asked questions and have only one, maybe one and a half minutes to answer what they would do in a very complex situation, leaving room to be desired in many instances. Neither Lincoln, nor Douglas had that problem: one would speak for one hour; the other would go on for ninety minutes and the first would rebut for another thirty.

I think the former Speaker is absolutely correct.

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A Call for Contributors

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Santorum Social Values

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum addressed the Values Voter Summit today and asked the assembled crowd to imagine his family in the White House:
Rick Santorum raised up his family as a model of Christian conservative principles at the Values Voter Summit, vowing to lead by example on cultural issues as president and recounting in emotional detail the death of one of his children.

Santorum recalled an episode in the 1990s in which he and his wife, Karen, were told by a doctor that their unborn son had “a fatal defect and is going to die.”
Senator Santorum's personal experience will definitely resonate with social conservatives, including myself, but unfortunately we're no longer fighting the culture wars and public attention is not on abortion, but on an unbelievably bad economy.

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Video- Lawrence O'Donnell's Offensive Interview with Herman Cain

Nothing like smug, white, liberal douchebag Lawrence O'Donnell lecturing Mr. Herman "Awesome" Cain about how he is not "authentic." MSNBC, as always, should be ashamed:

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New Perry Ad- Romney and Obama are Carbon Copies



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Obama Falls to Tie Low in Gallup Approval

President Barack Obama has not have a good several weeks. The economy is still struggling, with fears that the Greek credit situation can deflate world markets. Politically, Senate Democrats blocked his jobs bill and the Solyndra and Fast and Furious scandals continue to grow.

Obama has resorted to class warfare to try and bulk up his sagging poll numbers. This does not seem to be working. In fact, it very much may be handicapping his numbers.

His numbers in the Gallup daily tracking has fallen as of late. Since the October 1-3 period, it has fallen four percentage points, tying him with his previous low.

As it stands now, the Obama approval rating breaks down like this:

Approve: 38%
Disapprove: 52%

The disapprove number is slightly lower than the 55% registered in late August. However, it's apparent that Obama's speeches about punishing the successful and Biden's statements of blame on the Obama Administration are not helping.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen's numbers paint a similar picture:

Approve: 42%
Disapprove: 57%

Four more percent approve but five more disapprove. This is becoming a rocky road for re-election. Perhaps the Administration will order up more class resentment, stat.


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How Do We Re-Industrialize America

Manufacturing in America peaked in 1979 when 19.5 million Americans actually produced durable goods.  In the last 30 years our manufacturing sector has declined by 40% losing almost 8 million jobs.  Nearly 6 million jobs have been lost since 2000 and since the Great Recession began we have lost an average 89,000 manufacturing jobs every month for the last two years.  Due to this dramatic constriction America has fallen below 12 million workers employed in manufacturing for the first time since 1946 and is now below levels not seen since 1941.  This dismal record portrays the stunning decline of America as a manufacturing superpower.  And while a rise in productivity has helped America maintain a prominent position in the world this has not resulted in manufacturing continuing to be an avenue for upward mobility for Americans.
So how do we re-industrialize America?  How do we get back all the jobs that have been exported in the last 30 years?  What will be the consequences of taking the bold steps necessary to make America once again the engine that drives the world’s economy?  What will be the result of failing to do so?
To set this discussion into its proper context first we must look at how America grew from a rustic agricultural nation on the edge of Western civilization into the greatest industrial superpower ever known.
In the interest of full disclosure I must confess that I am a life-long capitalist.  I believe that capitalism is the only economic system ever devised by man that requires free choice as a necessary requirement.  Every other system is either more or less a command economy.  The defense and restoration of America’s capitalist economy is today a hallmark of the conservative movement.  Many study the works of Milton Friedman and Friedrich von Hayek.  Those of us who want to see economic opportunity unshackled espouse the principles of both the Chicago and the Austrian Schools of economics as opposed to the theories of the Frankfurt School which have moved America in the direction of a centrally planned economy. 
Flying in the face of this conventional wisdom for the purposes of this discussion we must ask the question, was it capitalism that provided the environment which set America on the road to material riches and industrial power?  Culture to humans is like water to a fish.  It is everywhere.  It provides the medium through which we move.  However, since it is ever present it is not something we constantly notice or concentrate on.  Most of those who read these words were raised in a time or by people who taught American History as a positive, ever improving saga.  We were taught that America never started a war and never lost one.  We were taught that rugged individualism carved out an empire from a raw wilderness.  We were taught that capitalism paved and paid the way. 
At the hazard of being branded an apostate to conservatism I must continue to ask the question, was capitalism the catalyst for America’s industrial power or do we labor under the after-glow of a time when American History was taught in such a way as to magnify present circumstances by projecting them into the past?  Are we looking to a myth of free enterprise to recreate what it didn’t create in the first place?
Was it capitalism that fostered the founding of the colonies which became the seedbed of the United States?
Mercantilism was the economic system that proceeded capitalism in western civilization.  This was a system of economic nationalism which sought to build a strong country by maintaining a favorable balance of trade and by being self-sufficient.  This was one of the primary reasons why the sea-going European powers sought to establish colonies.  They wanted to secure sources of raw materials for their developing industrial sectors and to control external markets allowing them to produce and sell products all within their domestic economy, keeping all the gold at home.
The term mercantilism was coined by Adam Smith the philosophical father of capitalism, but it was not capitalism.  Inherently Mercantilism necessitated a centrally planned and controlled economy.  What benefitted the nation was permitted and encouraged.  What didn’t was prohibited and discouraged.  It was under this system that the English colonies were founded.  The first viable English colony in the New World, Virginia was founded by the Virginia Company a joint stock company which was given a charter by James I.  This charter, like subsequent charters given to the Massachusetts Bay Company and proprietary charters given to individuals such as William Penn and the Lords Baltimore gave these companies and individuals monopolies within specific geographic areas.  Government imposed and enforced monopolies are a restraint of trade and by nature incompatible with a free capitalist system. 
The colonies founded upon this restraint of trade followed suit giving monopolies to companies and individuals to do everything from making iron to importing. Government planning and control of the economy did not stop there.  The colonial governments also granted subsidies, bounties, land grants, loans and money prizes to encourage the birth and prosperity of the industries and services desired.  Through these actions the precursors of modern America were doing what is today reviled as inherently un-American, picking winners and losers.
If we fast forward to the founding of the United States do we find the unbridled free enterprise seen today to be the natural state of the Republic? 
In 1791 Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton issued his third path-breaking report to Congress the Report on Manufactures.  Of all his reports this one is considered the most innovative.  It provided a stark revelation of Hamilton’s and his Federalist compatriots’ vision for America and its economy.  So did this report outline an economy based upon capitalism and free enterprise?  No it did not.  This report envisions an America “independent of foreign nations for military and other essential supplies” this is the heart of a mercantilist program.  Hamilton proposed subsidies to encourage industry.  Some of the mercantilist policies advocated by Hamilton encouraged the central government:
·         To constitute a fund for paying the bounties.
·         To constitute a fund for a board to promote arts, agriculture, manufactures, and commerce.  Hamilton wanted the fund to:
1.      to defray the expenses of the emigration of artists, and manufacturers in particular branches of extraordinary.
2.      to induce the prosecution and introduction of useful discoveries, inventions, and improvements, by proportionate rewards.
3.      to encourage by premiums, both honorable and lucrative, the exertions of individuals and of classes.
The historical evidence of America’s reliance upon protectionist and economic interventionist policies as tools in the building of our greatness can be found everywhere.  The central government built, licensed, and encouraged roads and canals to foster interstate trade by providing monopolies, subsidies and grants.  It fought wars to safeguard sea lanes and to expand territory and markets.  And it birthed, regulated and controlled the financial industry from its very inception.
The incontrovertible evidence points to the fact that America was founded, launched, and nurtured as the successor to and the continuation of mercantilist not capitalist policies.
If these were the policies of economic nationalism which helped foster America’s rise to industrial greatness wouldn’t it seem appropriate for these policies to be the ones that would help it rise again?  There is only one national figure who has consistently urged a return to economic nationalism, Patrick Buchanan.  He has pointed out for years that our rush to embrace so-called free trade has put American workers at a decided disadvantage.  The dissolution of tariff protection forced our workers to compete against people who will work for a small percentage of what Americans can afford to work for in societies with little or no regulation.
How do we get back all the jobs that have been exported in the last 30 years? 
If we want to re-industrialize America we have to protect our markets and support our industry otherwise we will soon sink to a supplier of raw materials and a market to China and the other rapidly rising industrial powers of Asia. 
What will be the consequences of taking the bold steps necessary to make America once again the engine that drives the world’s economy? 
Such a policy calculated to re-build our industry and re-capture our domestic markets from China, Japan, and the four tigers of Asia will carry as many risks as it does benefits.  Just as any predator will react to resistance on the part of its prey so to if we enact tariffs on Chinese goods it may well ignite a trade war.  Then again anything worth having is worth fighting for.  If we want to once again rise to the top of the industrial world to once again have a favorable balance of trade we need to look to what is best for America not what is best for the U. N. or what is best for the globalization lobby. 
What will be the result of failing to rebuild our industrial sector?
Some may deride this proposed return to mercantilist policies as isolationism.  However, just as a nation without borders will soon cease to be a nation any nation that fails to protect and encourage its industry will find itself an agricultural and raw material colony in all but name for those nations which do.
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 © 2011 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Poll: Cain Expands Lead Over GOP Field & Leads Obama, 46%-44%

The Hurricain keeps on moving:
Herman Cain has opened up a 20 percentage point lead among likely Republican primary voters in the race for the Presidential nomination, and also holds a narrow lead among all likely voters over President Barack Obama.

Cains share of the GOP primary has jumped 10 percentage points since Sept. 26 and is now at 38%. Mitt Romney is second with 18%, followed by both Rick Perry and Ron Paul, at 12% each.

The Oct. 3-5 IBOPE Zogby interactive poll also matches Cain, Romney and Perry against Obama. Cain led Obama, 46%-44%, while Obama is one-point ahead of Romney, 41%-40%, and leads Perry, 45%-40%.

As for President Barack Obama, both his job approval (41%) and the percentage who believe he deserves re-election (38%) are virtually unchanged from recent polls.
Herman "Awesome" Cain
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Muslims in Spain Declare "Jihad on Dogs;" Poison Canines in Street

Reports from Spain are now indicating that Muslims have declared a new enemy: dogs.  In the course of the last several weeks, fifteen canines have been apparently poisoned by Muslims in Lérida, in northeast Catalonia.

A natural reaction to this would be: what the hell?  Local residences say that Muslims are murdering the dogs.  Muslims in the area consider canines "unclean" and therefore their existence violates their religious freedom.
A poor, poisoned dog
Islam, they believe, forbids the keeping of dogs unless they are for hunting.

The region is heavily populated by people of the Islamic faith.  Not ironically, dozens of dogs were poisoned in the same area several years ago.  Understandably, non-Muslim citizens of the region are "alarmed" and now have set up groups which escort people who walk their dogs.

It is unknown when, or if, the attacks will stop.

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Reid Triggers Nuclear Option, Ends Repeat Filibusters

Nothing like the nuclear option:
In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.

The Democratic leader had become fed up with Republican demands for votes on motions to suspend the rules after the Senate had voted to end a filibuster.

Reid said these motions, which do not need unanimous consent, amount to a second-round filibuster after the Senate has voted to move to final passage of a measure.
The Senate voted 51-48 to back Reid and overturn the Senate precedent. Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) was the only Democrat to vote against his leader.

The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had been a humdrum knife fight over amendments to China currency legislation.

Reid appealed a ruling from the chair that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) does not need unanimous consent to force a vote on a motion to suspend the rules to consider amendments after cloture has already been approved.

The chair, which was occupied by Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), ruled under the advice of the Senate parliamentarian that Republicans had the right to force a vote on a motion to suspend the rules and proceed to President Obama’s controversial jobs bill.

Republicans planned to use this right of the minority to embarrass Obama by showing that many Democrats do not support his jobs package as originally drafted. But Reid moved to kill their plan by appealing the chair’s ruling, triggering a vote.

The maneuver is arcane but momentous. If a simple majority of the Senate votes with Reid and strikes down the ruling, the chamber’s precedent will be changed through the unilateral action of one party.
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Attack Watch Gives Mitt Romney Lamest Nickname Ever

Far be it from me to defend Mitt Romney, a phony flip-flopper who hopes the Republican base will somehow forget all the liberal statements and actions he has made. However, Attack Watch, President Obama's snitch-website, has given him the lamest nickname I have ever heard.

I believe they are trying to be snarky, but this comes off as if a kindergartener had to quickly insult someone. Their headline? Mitt “No Apologies” Romney Repeats False Attack On … Apologies.

Not only is that mind-bendingly lame, but they used the word apology twice, making it redundant. Even worse is the "...," somehow implying that a bunch of people are calling Mitt Romney "No Apologizes."
Is this really the best they can do?

On top of everything, Attack Watch claims that President Obama had never gone around the world saying that the United States erred in the past. If they actually did some research (I know, crazy talk), they would have found quotes like these:

President Obama, speaking at Rhenus Sports Arena, Strasbourg, France, April 3, 2009:
"So we must be honest with ourselves. In recent years we've allowed our Alliance to drift. I know that there have been honest disagreements over policy, but we also know that there's something more that has crept into our relationship. In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive."
Or saying that the United States was wrong in the way it conducted the War on Terror:
Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And during this season of fear, too many of us--Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens--fell silent.

In other words, we went off course. And this is not my assessment alone. It was an assessment that was shared by the American people who nominated candidates for President from both major parties who, despite our many differences, called for a new approach--one that rejected torture and one that recognized the imperative of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
So, for once Mitt Romney was correct.

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Video- Michele Bachmann Bad Lip-Syncing / Bad Lip Reading

Enjoy:

Also watch the Mitt Romney Lip-Sync and Rick Perry Lip-Sync

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Huntsman: All in New Hampshire

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman hasn't caught on in the polls, even with his extensive main stream media cheerleading and administration releases that they 'fear him the most', except in his always first on the checklist New Hampshire - where recent polls show him approaching double digits for the first time.

I wrote earlier this year that Huntsman's campaign would have to be based in the granite state, because of its record of supporting unconventional candidacies (Eisenhower in 1952, Lodge in 1964 & Buchanan in 1996) and the fact his moderate record could only compete there.

Well, the recent media reports out of Huntsman land (or, the Salt Lake Tribune in this case) indicate that his campaign is all-in in New Hampshire. Either he will win the primary or finish very well in second place to stay in the race, or he will finish less than necessary and bow out of the election, because there would be no hope.

This shouldn't surprise anyone. Huntsman doesn't appeal to 80% of Republicans - and what Conservatism he does have is usually minimized by his liberalism, which is so offensive at times that some wonder why the man isn't challenging Obama in the Democrat primary.

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Thoughts on Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street protests are spreading across the country from their New York City birthplace, and causing continuous disruption wherever they go. My general opinion has been that they don't really matter because most Americans, even if they don't like Wall Street, dislike mob-rule even more.

And this is mob-rule.

Hundreds, and in some isolated occasions, thousands of youth have taken to the streets to demand........... something from the supposed fat-cats on Wall Street and other financial capitals, usually with no effect due largely to their disorganized nature, and collusion of two dozen different causes screaming at the same time.

Their protests are incoherent, except in their anti-capitalist message, and their political impact is bringing me back to history books describing the 1960's, which is bringing me back to why law-and-order politics got a certain man elected to the White House - folks don't like mob-rule, it goes against the American foundation.

I don't think these protesters will have any impact on our culture, although I fear some of them might have an Arab Spring like desire to overthrow the authority, or "the man," and that police should be digging into these chaos-starters for ties to anarchy and anti-american organizations.

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E-mails Show Energy Department was Pushing Second Loan for Solyndra

A bunch of geniuses:
Newly released e-mails show the Obama administration’s Energy Department was poised to give Solyndra a second taxpayer loan of $469 million last year, even as the company’s financial situation grew increasingly dire.

The department was still considering providing the second loan guarantee to the solar-panel manufacturer in April and May 2010, at a time when Solyndra’s auditors were already warning that the company was in danger of collapsing.

Details of the plan are revealed in e-mails released this week by Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is investigating the original loan. On Wednesday, the probe intensified as committee Republicans requested that the White House provide all documents, dating back to President Obama’s inauguration, that would show communications between staff members and other officials regarding Solyndra’s original $535 million federal loan guarantee.

Republican leaders said that documents obtained in recent weeks show that Obama’s “closest confidantes” monitored the loan, and that his campaign donors offered advice on the company.

“Documents reveal a startlingly cozy relationship between wealthy donors and the president’s confidantes, especially in matters related to Solyndra,” Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chairman of the committee’s investigations panel, said in a statement.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Quick Thoughts: Palin Not Running

The electoral saga that began when Senator McCain lost the 2008 Presidential election finally concluded today with the announcement that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will not enter the 2012 election. I have only these thoughts:

Sarah, you did the movement good in the 2008 election as Senator McCain's Vice-Presidential nominee, however, you will serve us better in the future as someone on the electoral sidelines using their skills, and talents to influence movement opinion than someone, publicly unpopular, running against Barack Obama.

This is good news for the Republican Party - we need to stop looking for new entrants and start considering our current field, because they are our choices to challenge and, hopefully, replace Barack Obama in 2012.

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Steve Jobs Dead at 56

This sucks:
Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died, Apple said. Jobs was 56.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," read a statement by Apple's board of directors. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."

The homepage of Apple's website this evening switched to a full-page image of Jobs with the text, "Steve Jobs 1955-2011."

Clicking on the image revealed the additional text: "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and, with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, marketed what was considered the world's first personal computer, the Apple II.
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Sarah Palin Not Running-Who Benefits?

Now that Sarah Palin has confirmed her disinterest in running for the office of President the biggest question is which of her would be adversaries will benefit most from this decision? I think the answer is obvious, but what do the rest of you think?


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Text of Sarah Palin Statement

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made a surprising statement today by indicating that she will not run for President. The text is below:

October 5, 2011
Wasilla, Alaska
After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.

In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.

Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country!

God bless America.

– Sarah Palin

From ABC News.

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WH Sends Mass Email Saying Republicans "Won't Even Vote" on Jobs Bill

Ah hypocrisy, you've been around a lot lately.  I've seen you next to Eric Holder when he was testifying about Fast and Furious and behind President Obama when he was touring the Solyndra plant last year.  Looks like you're back again.

You may have heard the news yesterday that Senate Democrats blocked President Obama's "Jobs" Bill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell actually pushed for a vote yesterday, actually echoing Mr. Obama's cries to vote on the bill.

"I'd like to give him that vote," Mr. McConnell said. No dice. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked the vote.

But because hypocrisy is so thick in the White House, they actually sent out a mass email yesterday blaming Republicans. The title of the email? "They won't even vote on it."
"...Why Don't I Just Lie to the American people? Genius!"
As you can probably guess, the email title is a flat-out lie.

Here's the entire thing:
From: Jim Messina, BarackObama.com
Subject: They won't even vote on it
To: "XXXXX XXXXXXX" (xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.com)
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 2:46 PM

2012
Friend --

President Obama is in Dallas today urging Americans who support the American Jobs Act to demand that Congress pass it already.

Though it's been nearly a month since he laid out this plan, House Republicans haven't acted to pass it. And House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is out there actually bragging that they won't even put the jobs package up for a vote -- ever.

It's not clear which part of the bill they now object to: building roads, hiring teachers, getting veterans back to work. They're willing to block the American Jobs Act -- and they think you won't do anything about it.

But here's something you can do: Find Republican members of Congress on Twitter, call them out, and demand they pass this bill.

Be the first to use our new tool and tweet for jobs.

Here's why we built this new tool, and why it's important.

If you've written letters or sent email to Congress before, you know it can be a frustrating experience -- sometimes it takes them weeks to respond, and sometimes they don't respond at all.

But many members of Congress personally receive the messages sent to them on Twitter, so you have a better chance of getting your message directly to them.

And even if they don't respond, your message will be public -- front and center for everyone who follows you or your representative. That means their staff, other constituents, and the media will see the mounting pressure.

So tweet for jobs now:

http://my.barackobama.com/Tweet-for-Jobs

If you don't use Twitter, you can also contact someone else who needs to hear from you about this bill: The editor of your local paper. We have a tool that lets you send a letter to the editor, and even gives you facts and tips to help you write the most effective note you can. Write one now:

http://my.barackobama.com/Letters-for-Jobs

The American Jobs Act is not controversial legislation.

Ideas like rebuilding our roads and bridges, repairing our public schools, and keeping teachers in our classrooms are all ideas the Republicans have said they would support or have even proposed themselves.

But they're so dead set on preventing anything from getting done on President Obama's watch that they will reverse, deny, or ignore what they've said and done in the past -- even if it costs more American jobs.

And remember: They're willing to cost you and any other American your job, or your chance at a new job, because they think that doing nothing won't cost them theirs. Tweet at Republican members of Congress now and tell them you want a vote on the jobs bill right away:

http://my.barackobama.com/Tweet-for-Jobs

Or write a letter to the editor:

http://my.barackobama.com/Letters-for-Jobs

I know we've been asking a lot of you lately, and all of us here would have loved to give you a break this week after all the emails we've been sending. But the reality is that we're building a grassroots organization from the ground up even as we're supporting the President in battles that need to be won right now. And that means we've got to be willing to stay focused week after week from now through the election.

Thanks again to all of you who donated to the campaign before the end of the third quarter, and for everything else you do to have the President's back.

Thanks,

Messina

Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America
So, I'm guessing they want us to tell the Democrats to vote on the bill?  Either that or they're bald-faced liars.  Don't tell me, I think I know which one...

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Devastating New Anti-Obama Ad

How anyone can support him, I will never know, especially after this video:

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Occupy Wall Street Supporters Turn On Each Other on their Website

Putting the fact that the people calling for the occupation of Wall Street have a website, which means they can afford a computer and an internet connection, aside, it appears that this gang of nitwits is not too fond of how their "revolt" is being handled.  The most evident example of this is on their imbecilic "demands" page, which allows comments.

Even though these people stress that their "front" is unified, it is clearly not.  There is in-fighting and anger towards one another.  Enjoy:

"A freakshow:"
"Lloyd!:"
"Funny:"
And these come from other parts of the site.  Don't trust the unions, even though other Occupy Wall Street supporters love them (expletive obscured):
"Bickering idiots:"
Plain "stupid:"
A bunch of geniuses for sure.

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List of Demands from Occupy Wall Street

Taken directly from their website. Try not to one, laugh, or two, shake your head at how stupid these people are:
Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending "Freetrade" by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.

Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.

Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

Demand four: Free college education.

Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.

Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.

Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America's nuclear power plants.

Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.

Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.

Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.

Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the "Books." World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the "Books." And I don't mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.

Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.

Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.

These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
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Michael Moore: I Am an "Out of Control" Sociopath who is also a Kleptomaniac

Oh, wait, Michael Moore is talking about the "rich."  I get it.  Since Moore's net worth is only $50,000,000, he must be a real authority on the average person and how evil the rich are.  Riiiiiight:
Keith Olbermann, host of "Countdown" on Current TV: "Figuratively, where does it (Occupy Wall Street) go from here, do you think? Based upon your experience and what you've seen in your three trips down there."

Michael Moore: "I think that, not only is this going to continue, these cities that you mentioned. This is what is so wonderful about this. There really isn't anything driving this other than what Wall Street has done and what those who are in charge of our economy have done. They weren't just happy enough with multi-billions, they wanted tens of hundreds of billions, maybe even trillions, so--"

Olbermann: "Kleptomania."

Moore: "They're kleptomaniacs, is what they are. They're out of control. I think there is some sort of sociopathic illness and they know what us to life in a kleptocracy. Where the kleptomaniacs run the show. This is going to spread. I said this last week, I said it two weeks ago when I first spoke with you. And the mainstream media was trying to pooh-pooh this, 'oh it's just a feud down there, don't worry.' Well what happened Saturday, not just here, but as you said in Boston, LA, in Chicago and elsewhere."

Moore calls on President Obama to give another speech and to call upon his Justice Department to investigate the bankers and give them a perp walk.
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Romney: Military Defender

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney defended the amount of money we spend towards national defense in an interview with the New Hampshire based Union-Leader. Calling 20% an appropriate level of spending on our military - Romney cited continuing jihadist threats, Chinese aggression, Iran's nuclear goals, and Russian regression as reasons to maintain a robust defense presence.

This represents Mr. Romney's strongest efforts yet to reach out to hawks, who have often been ignored this election cycle, on defense spending since the campaign kicked off, and he did so effectively. I would love to see more of this from other candidates, but few are willing to stand for our national defense this year - which is very un-republican.

I might be biased, due to my recent endorsement of Mr. Romney, but I have not heard many candidates for the Republican nomination defend defense spending this year, and some are even backing off of Bush's very successful foreign policy achievements of the previous decade. But not Mitt - he is standing strong thus far - and kudos to him.

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September Layoffs Highest in Two Years

Obamanomics:
August private payrolls were revised down to an increase of 89,000 from the previously reported 91,000.

But the number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms in September jumped to its highest in more than two years due to heavy cutbacks by the U.S. military and Bank of America, another report on Wednesday showed.

Employers announced 115,730 planned job cuts last month, more than double August's total of 51,114, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The figure was the highest since April 2009 when 132,590 layoffs were announced.

September's job cuts were also much higher than the same time a year ago, tripling from the 37,151 job cuts announced in September 2010. For 2011 so far, employers have announced 479,064 cuts, up 16.5 percent from the first nine months of 2010.
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Assad Threatens to Attack Tel Aviv

Scum:
Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday threatened to set fire to the Middle East, and especially to Israel, if NATO attacks Syria, the Iranian Fars news agency reported.

In a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Assad said: "If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv."

Davutoglu reportedly conveyed a message of warning from the US to Assad. The Iranian report has not been verified by other sources.

According to the Fars news agency, the Syrian president stressed that Damascus will also call on Hezbollah in Lebanon to launch a fierce rocket and missile attack on Israel, one that Israeli intelligence could never imagine.

"All these events will happen in three hours, but in the second three hours, Iran will attack US warships in the Persian Gulf as American and European interests will be targeted simultaneously," Assad reportedly said.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

West Virginia Gubernatorial Results

This special election to fill Senator Joe Manchin's term in the governor's office had turned into a tight race, but not tight enough for Republicans to squeak out their first gubernatorial victory in fifteen years.

Here are the results (via AP):

Earl Tomblin (D) - 149,909 - 50%.
Bill Maloney (R) - 142,197 - 47%.
Bob H. Baber (M*) - 6,058 - 2%.

Tomblin and Maloney definitely fought to the grave in this one, but the fact remains that West Virginia votes for Republicans to lead the nation and Democrats to lead the state.

What say you?

* - Mountain Party (Green Party affiliate).

Senate Democrats Block Obama Jobs Bill

Why do I have an odd feeling that the Main Stream Media will blame Republicans for this?:
Senate Republicans tried to make Democrats hold a quick vote on President Obama's jobs-stimulus bill Tuesday, but were blocked by Senate Majority Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who is sponsoring Mr. Obama's bill but who said other matters take priority.

Mr. Obama has traveled the country calling for Congress to pass his plan immediately — including most recently Tuesday afternoon in Texas — but the tax increases included in his bill are opposed by Republicans and even many Democrats.

With that in mind, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, tried to force a vote, which presumably would have resulted in a humiliating defeat for the White House.

"I'd like to give him that vote," Mr. McConnell said.

The Senate is currently debating a bill that would push for compensatory tariffs on exports from countries that manipulate their currency — which is designed to punish China.

Mr. Reid said that bill has been waiting for years, and takes precedence over the president's jobs-stimulus. He tried to get an agreement to short-circuit a filibuster and bring up the president's bill later this month, but Mr. McConnell objected that.
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Cain Builds Lead in Four States

Former CEO and Federal Reserve Governor Herman Cain has been surging the last several weeks. The conservative leader has pushed into second place, tying with Texas Governor Rick Perry. He's received a lot of media coverage lately and was interviewed on the Tonight Show last week.

Cain has also been impressive in individual states. Cain's name recognition is rising, along with his popularity. His message of fiscal prudence and the 9-9-9 tax plan are welcomed by many.

Cain's candidacy is combining fiscal and social conservatives and his remarks supporting Israel will draw in national security hawks. In polling released today, Cain is storming the states.

Take first the most likely pro-Cain state, Georgia, his home.

Cain: 41%
Gingrich: 17%
Romney 10%
Perry 9%
Paul 5%
Bachmann 1%
Huntsman 1%


Fellow Georgian Newt Gingrich takes a solid second place, but is still 25% behind Cain.

In nearby North Carolina, Cain has also surged to the top. Public Policy Polling (which tends to lean left, did three state polls):

Cain 27%
Gingrich 17%
Romney 17%
Perry 15%
Paul 6%
Bachmann 6%
Huntsman 2%
Santorum 2%


And in Nebraska he also holds a double-digit lead:

Cain 30%
Gingrich 16%
Romney 13%
Perry 10%
Bachmann 10%
Paul 5%
Santorum 4%
Huntsman 2%


In West Virginia, Cain holds a smaller lead, but is still on top:

Cain 24%
Gingrich 18%
Romney 16%
Perry 15%
Bachmann 8%
Paul 6%
Santorum 3%
Huntsman 1


If Cain can start pushing 50% in states, he very well could become the front runner. Perry and Bachmann's decline in the polls are aiding Cain-- as well as the business leader's good debate performance.

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Starbucks Peddles Fake Coffee-Stained T-Shirts for $85

Seriously:
If people will pay $5 for a Caramel Frappuccino, why not $85 for a stained T-Shirt?

Starbucks has teamed up with designer Alexander Wang to mark its 40th anniversary with the limited edition shirt. The coffee stain isn't real, but the price is. The shirt also bears Starbucks' siren concealed within the fake stain.

Wang told InStyle magazine that his inspiration was “what everyone tries to avoid – spilled coffee on a T-shirt.”

The shirt is part of a collaboration between the Council of Fashion Designers America and the Seattle-based coffee chain to help celebrate "40 years of coffee, culture and the continued evolution."

The designers, who also included Billy Reid and Sophie Theallet, were asked to make their own interpretations of the brand and translate them into clothing designs. Reid and Theallet's tees were a little more traditional. Theallet's features a jigsaw-like map of the world, while Reid takes the Starbucks logo and spatters it, paint gun and stencil-like, onto the shoulder of a brown shirt.

You can buy the shirts at Nordstrom's or Starbucks, but at Starbucks, if you pay an extra $5, they'll throw in a cup of coffee.
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Bernanke: "The Recovery is Close to Faltering”

Obamanomics at work:
The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, offered a grim assessment of the nation’s economic health Tuesday, telling a Congressional committee that “the recovery is close to faltering.”

Mr. Bernanke said that the Federal Reserve has acted forcefully to support growth and that it stood ready to do more. But he emphasized that the rest of the government also needs to act on problems including the federal debt, unemployment, housing, trade, taxation and regulation.

“Monetary policy can be a powerful tool, but it is not a panacea for the problems currently faced by the U.S. economy,” Mr. Bernanke said. “Fostering healthy growth and job creation is a shared responsibility of all economic policy makers.”

Mr. Bernanke began his testimony Tuesday by repeating his basic assessment that the economy has grown more slowly than expected, because of unexpected setbacks like the Japanese earthquake and the European debt crisis and because of domestic problems like the ongoing housing crisis.

“The recovery from the crisis has been much less robust than we hoped,” he said, although he also reiterated that the Fed expects faster growth going forward.
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BREAKING: Christie Not Running

I know the New Jersey Governor has said nearly one million times that he would not seek the 2012 Republican nomination, and still very few believed him, but today they have no choice.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R)
Chris Christie just announced in his Trenton press conference that he will not run for President next year and that his job right now is to serve the people of New Jersey; a job he obviously takes with great pride.

Hopefully, this announcement will end the speculation once and for all.

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P.S. - I believe this is the right decision. Christie likely wouldn't have won the 2012 GOP nomination if he did run and I really don't think he wants to run for President, which is - and only is, alone his choice.

New Poll Shows Cain Tied With Perry for Second

The Republican field continues to show surprises as Herman Cain has surged into second, according to a new ABC News poll. The former CEO has risen as Texas Governor Rick Perry's numbers have dipped. Cain has received a lot of press recently, while Perry's last debate performance likely hurt him in the polls.

According to this latest poll, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has taken first place, although he has difficulty gaining traction in the field.

This comes into place as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will reportedly announce that he is not, in fact, running for the Presidency, despite massive speculation. His press conference at 1pm Eastern will likely state this.

Romney: 25%
Cain: 17%
Perry: 17%
Gingrich: 9%
Paul: 9%
Bachmann: 7%
Santorum: 2%
Huntsman: 1%


All of this comes a day after a new poll places Herman Cain in second in the Florida primary. The Florida contest, which was moved up to January, may be one of the most vial:

Romney: 28%
Cain: 24%
Gingrich: 10%
Perry: 9%


All of this is good news for Cain, if he can keep up the momentum.

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Watch Chris Christie Press Conference Live, October 4, 2011

Governor Christie is reportedly going to, once and for all, address whether he is running for President.  The press conference is supposed to start at 1:00pm:


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Truck Bomb Kills 70 in Somali Capital

Some terrible news coming out of Mogadishu. At least 70 people were killed today when a large truck bomb exploded in the worst attack in months. This comes after al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab left much of the capital. The fundamentalist group claimed responsibility:

"Al-Shabab carried out that attack," a spokesman for the insurgents told Reuters. "Our target was the ministries."

The jihadists were attempting to kneecap Somalia's future:

"The casualties are mostly students and parents who were waiting for results of scholarships from the Ministry of Higher Education," the government said. "The attack shows that the danger from terrorists is not yet over and that there are obviously still people, who want to derail the advances that the Somali people have made towards peace."

Hopefully the UN and AU will respond with more peacekeepers.

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Not a Surprise: Chris Christie Won't Run for President in 2012

From Politico:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has decided against entering the race for president, likely ending once and for all the GOP establishment’s hope for a new candidate in the 2012 race.

Christie has scheduled a 1 p.m. press conference in his state’s capital, where he’s expected to announce that he will not seek the presidency. Two sources said he has started informing people of his decision in advance of his Trenton press conference.

“He is not running,” said a fundraiser informed of the decision. “Mary Pat and the gov just called tier one [donor] group to say he was out.”

The first-term governor, who has repeatedly ruled out a White House bid over the last year, indicated new openness in recent days to a possible run.

Christie would have been favored to win an enormous amount of support from national Republican power brokers who to date have been dissatisfied with the Republican field.

His stature had been effectively keeping a cadre of major New York and New Jersey contributors on the sidelines as they awaited his decision. Now his would-be financial backers may feel pressure to choose between the field of declared Republican candidates, which is unlikely to grow at this late date.
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Watch Ben Bernanke Testimony Live, October 4, 2011



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Chris Christie to Announce Decision on Running for President Today

Let the speculation continue:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has scheduled an afternoon press conference in Trenton to announce his decision on whether he will run for president.

The appearance is set for 1 p.m., his office said, giving no further details.

Christie is set to make the announcement days after sources confirmed he was reconsidering his long-held promise that he had no interest in pursuing the 2012 Republican nomination.

The outspoken former state attorney general has repeatedly said he would not run. Last January, he said he had made a pledge to Garden State voters to be their governor. In May, he said he was "thrilled"by the attention, but added "I just don't want to do it."

A month later, he said he was "100 percent certain" he would not run next year, adding that he was making the decision "based on whether I believe in my heart that I'm ready to be president of the United States."
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Return to Convention

Two weeks ago the Republican Primary was a mess: nine candidates appeared in the Fox News debate, folks were still searching for new entrants and the inter-party conflicts were getting worse and worse over basically nothing. I was one more debate from losing my mind and an book reference from coma.

And now? Holy hell has erupted.

Florida has moved up their GOP primary to January 31st: several weeks before it was supposed to be held, South Carolina has responded by rescheduling their primary to January 21st and New Hampshire is seriously threatening to hold theirs sometime in late December - right around Christmas.

This has led me to be convinced that the current formula for selecting presidential nominees is flawed and that the primary system should be scrapped. We should return to the convention system.

Yes, I'm advocating for the days of old - national conventions convening in April of the presidential year and elected delegates selecting the party nominee. Foregoing the resource draining, and conflict stirring primaries that have become media circuses since the major parties adopted the current system, while allowing wisdom and council to prevail. 

The presidency of James Polk, one of America's more accomplished leaders, would have been impossible if the primary system dictated the Democrat nomination in 1844, because he was selected as the compromise candidate to settle the fierce nerves of Van Buren and Cass delegates. And let us not forget about Abraham Lincoln - he would never be selected by a primary system today.

Unity within the ranks would be stronger under a convention system because there wouldn't be a long twelve month process where Republicans are tearing one-another apart and voters/donors are literally invested in their candidates; not their party, succeeding.

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Gaddafi Killed Photo

Former Libyan Dictator Muammar Qaddafi is dead:





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Video- Fox Report Confirming Eric Holder Lied Under Oath about 'Fast and Furious'


H/T Gateway Pundit

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Ken Burns: "Slavery was our worst idea. I'm not sure Prohibition was second, but it's is right up there.""

I'm not sure that slavery, per se, was an American idea even though it was terrible. Prohibition, however is purely American and gives a glimpse into the progressive politics that brought it about.


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Breaking: Holder Was Aware of Fast and Furious

New leaked information has indicated that United States Attorney General Eric Holder, was in fact of the operation known as Fast and Furious. Holder testified that he had only heard of the operation "recently."

FoxNews is reporting that Holder was personally identified as being informed of the plan at least twice. One report, from 2010, states that Holder was informed of the plan. This new information premiered just minutes ago on Fox's Special Report with Bret Baier.

If true, this would show that the Department of Justice was far more involved in the operation than it previously admitted. With more revelations spilling out regarding the case, Holder's duplicity could either point to gross incompetence or a cover-up. Both are unbecoming to his office.

Waiting on a print article from Fox.

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Amanda Knox Acquitted

From ABC:
A jubilant Amanda Knox was cleared of murder charges today by an Italian appeals court today, ending her four-year prison ordeal and clearing the way for the American student to return home to Seattle.

The tension of the moment was so acute and full of dread for Knox that she looked pale and physically ill when she was brought into the courtroom for the verdict. A female member of her legal team knelt next to Knox to comfort her.

When the judge cracked the tension by announcing her acquittal, Knox nearly collapsed. She was rushed out of the courtroom, barely able to walk, stumbling while being hauled along by court officers.

The former exchange student was crying and doubled over, her head occasionally coming up for big breaths of air.

Left behind in the courtroom was the family of Meredith Kercher, Knox's British roommate who she was accused of killing. Kercher's mother, Arline Kercher, sat stoicly long after the elated Knox family hugged each other fiercely and streamed out into the street.

In the street, the family was greeted with cheers and boos with some shouting "disgrace."
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Rumor: Christie Backers told to Assemble in Trenton on Thursday

According to new information, key Chris Christie backers have been told to go to Trenton, New Jersey on Thursday. This information comes as reports fly that the New Jersey Governor is actively thinking about jumping into the race. Rumors have also mentioned that Nancy Reagan and George W. Bush are pushing for him to enter the fray.

A top Christie backer last week claimed that he was told not to support another candidate until this week. Now we get word that fundraisers are told to assemble in New Jersey's capital later this week.

Big potential donors to Christie have been told to prepare to go to Trenton this Thursday to stand on stage with him for the announcement if he decides to run. He has not decided yet.

The Governor has been holding his cards close to his chest and has not been as unequivocal in his denials of running. His speech at the Reagan Library received standing ovations and a woman begging for him to enter the race.

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Top Christie donors told to head to Trenton

The speculation continues:
With speculation mounting over a possible presidential run for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a reliable source emails me this:

Big potential donors to Christie have been told to prepare to go to Trenton this Thursday to stand on stage with him for the announcement if he decides to run. He has not decided yet.

Regardless of his decision, this announcement will be big news…
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